Weekly Bulletin

09 Jul 2019 5:36 PM | Anonymous

President Vivien called our meeting to order at 12 Noon. She led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

Visiting Rotarians:    Dick Bracket (Albuquerque)

July is– “Changeover Month”

We collected just one pin or name tag buck fine today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Michael’s happy to be home once more.

Fofo says that the New Mexico Jazz Workshop 2019 season of Jazz Under the Stars concert is doing well.

John is celebrating one of his wedding anniversaries today.

Penny’s happy ‘cause she’s driving again.

Our Trivia Quiz for the day from Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl:

Why are we called Rotary? Everyone knew that it’s because the original group rotated the location of their meetings.

Rotary was founded during February of what year? Once again we knew that it was way back in 1905.

In Albuquerque, what happened in 1904? Actually  someone knew that it was the very first electric streetcar in our city.

Club, District & R.I. News and Business:   

The Club still needs a President-Elect and a Membership Chair.

As of 1 July, it’s time to pay your Rotary membership dues. Please make your checks out to Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia.

Emily once again touted our “Don’t Meth With Us” project & gave us the latest news on her progress.

We have a large group of Russian medical doctors and hospital administrators who will be in the ABQ area for meetings with local hospitals for an educational program during September. 

A few home hosts work full time and we are in need of a few drivers who would be willing to pick up one or two doctors at a home in the morning, drop them off at their meeting site, and then pick them up at the end of the day and return them to their host home. We need the same driver for any given day, so they know what the guests look like and where the drop off/pick up locations will be. If you are able and willing to serve in this way for one or more days, please copy this note and return your response to  pedaceabq@aol.com  indicating which day(s) you could drive (please note your name, club, and phone # so we can be in touch).

We are still working on the exact times but it will be morning and mid-late afternoons:

Sept. 11 Wednesday, Sept. 12 Thursday, Sept. 13 Friday, Sept. 16 Monday, Sept. 17 Tuesday

The Polio Plus jar made its usual trip around the room.

We work at Storehouse New Mexico on 12 July, 8:30A to 12 Noon.

The Storehouse is located at 106 Broadway, SE, Albuquerque, NM.

Emily has reminded us that, if you have signed up to assist with a Club project, PLEASE SHOW UP!

Those organizations which we help, depend upon the number of Club members that have volunteered!

Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. The following Club members will supply meeting program speakers for each month of the 2019-2020 Rotary Year:

July– Allan     August– Karen            September– Dave       October– Marion

November– Pat           December- Special Events on 12/ 3, 12/10, 12/17, Holidays 12/24/19 and 12/31/19

January-Michael        February– Dayna        March– Judy & Libby                        April– Maggie

May– Emily                June– Pam

Monthly B.D. “Treats” shall be provided by:   July- Pam    August- Emily                        September- Jan

October- Maggie        November- Pat           December- Patrick

Today’s Program: Rotary's Stay in School Project / Mission:Graduate

Allan introduced Rotarian Dick Brackett, member of the Albuquerque Rotary Club.

Mission: Graduate’s vision is a world-class education system that provides opportunities for all children and youth to excel and succeed in school, graduate with a post-secondary certificate or degree, and enter a career of their choosing in central New Mexico. Download a pdf version of our brochure.

At the heart of this work is a big goal, around which all activities are oriented: 60,000 new college degrees and certificates in central New Mexico by 2020.

To achieve this vision, Partners are united around a common purpose to nurture and develop the next generation of skilled workers, engaged citizens, and civic leaders, by:

·        setting big goals for educational attainment

·        developing a common agenda

·        galvanizing all sectors of the community

·        supporting and holding each other accountable as we work toward achievement of the goals

In 2010 the United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) released its strategic plan, including recommendations to conduct a needs assessment and to develop stronger collaborations within the community. UWCNM commissioned the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) to conduct this needs assessment.

In 2012, UWCNM invited the President and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services to become co-chairs of the newly formed Education Support Initiative. The co-chairs pulled together a group of leaders, that would later become the Vision Council, to develop a vision and goal for the Initiative.

During 2013, the Vision Council came together to sign the Central New Mexico Education Compact. Under the Compact the Vision Council committed to the Vision, Common Purpose, and Goal that still guides Mission: Graduate’s work to this day.

In 2014, Mission: Graduate facilitated the formation of three Collaborative Action Networks: the

·        High School Graduation Network

·        College Completion Network, now known as the College and Career Readiness Network

·        Employment Network

Additionally, Mission: Graduate has formed a partnership with a pre-existing collective impact initiative, known as the Early Childhood Accountability Partnership (ECAP).

A partnership between Albuquerque area Rotary Clubs, Stay In School / Mission:Graduate, and several Albuquerque Public Schools is helping students to understand the value of their education. Surveys have shown that more than half of the students recognized the importance of graduating high school, following a series of presentations about the value of staying in school. A third of the students found the presentations educational, citing that setting a budget and getting the education and job that provides a means to meet financial needs for a lifestyle of their choosing is important.

Rotarians have spoken with students at APS high schools about the importance of staying in school. Rotarians have been trained or have assisted in coordination.

During Stay-in-School conversations, Rotarians speak with students about the benefits of having a diploma as compared dropping out, setting up a budget based on lifestyle expectations, and share their personal experiences on the way to their current life position.

A new model has emerged whereby individual Rotarians developed a working relationship with a school. In this role, the Rotarian manages logistics, volunteer recruitment and training, and presentation delivery. Mission: Graduate continues to support the work by providing data analysis of survey results.

The Stay-in-School curriculum supports Mission: Graduate’s college and career readiness strategy. Aligned work helps multiple organizations work toward achieving the same goal.

Volunteers from Albuquerque-area Rotary clubs take over classes at a High School. Their message: education pays. In New Mexico, individuals without a high school diploma earn an average of $17,785 per year compared to high school graduates, who earn an average of $25,637 per year. A two-year degree recipient earns on average $30,135, and a four-year degree recipient earns an average of $43,230. These data are drawn from the U.S. Census’s 2014 American Community Survey.

Rotary volunteers walk students through a budget exercise, during which students realize that high school graduates are better able to afford living expenses than people who drop out of school. In a survey response, one student plainly wrote, “School = Money.”

Note that, in Albuquerque, we’re back to only a 69% graduation rate (It was once 85%)!

Dick needs volunteers! There’ll be three training sessions for volunteers at the United Way HQ on 6, 14, & 21 August. He asks that we sign up today.

“Stay In School” classes take place within the first six weeks of the school year. Currently, ten schools are on this program schedule.

For more information Dick Bracket may be contacted at RBracket@NewMexico.com

OR, go to www.MissionGraduateNM.org

In appreciation of today’s program, President Vivien presented Mr. Brackett with a packet of Fofo’s lemonade mix, which support Fofo’s Haiti projects.

There being no additional Rotary business, President Vivien put an end to it all at 1:00 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

12 July            We work at Storehouse New Mexico today 8:30AM to Noon.

15 July            RYLA ~ Boys' Camp starts at 12N

16 July            Regular Meeting- Rotary Friendship Exchange visitors

21 July            RYLA ~ Girls' Camp starts at 11AM

21 July            Silver Horizons’ “Strikes for Seniors”- 10A-3P.

23 July            Regular Meeting-

30 July            Regular Meeting-

6 Aug              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

6 Aug              Regular Meeting-NM’s Medical Cannabis Program.

13 Aug            Regular Meeting- Equality New Mexico

20 Aug            Regular Meeting-

27 Aug            Regular Meeting-

17 Sept            District Governor Gary King visits our board meeting & regular meeting.

17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day Party???

23 or 30 June Installation of New Officers

The family of Rotary is invited to experience aloha at the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 6-10 June 2020.

Thanks to our members for assisting with setting up & striking Club equipment used to run our meeting.


The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia.  For more information on service, please contact us:  service@RotarySandia.org

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