Weekly Bulletin

10 Dec 2019 5:43 PM | Anonymous

Following the December board meeting, President-Elect Allan called our regular meeting to order at 12 Noon. He led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

Visiting Rotarians:    Frank Rivera, AG ( Rio Rancho)

December is – “Family Month”

No pin or name tag fines were imposed today.

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Dave offered a recognition buck for Cheryl, suggesting that she be promoted to Master Sgt-at-Arms.

Gloria’s cell phone didn’t really die… She only needs a portable phone charger (Try Costco).

Michael coughed up $2- One for the Theodora Project… He received a big donation or two. The other buck was for a long needed vacation with his lovely wife.

Bruce was happy to be here and next week, too!

Allan’s looking forward to being a past president once again!

Pam is also happy to be back, at least for the holidays.

Cheryl came up with $10 (wow) for attending a wonderful citizenship ceremony.

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

A Johns Hopkins survey found that Rotarians donated how many hours of public service? It was 47 Million hours per year!

Cheryl was kind enough to provide holiday gifts for the staff at Solano & Hannett.

The Polio Plus loose change jar traveled around the room.

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

Please remember our visits to Solano & Hannett Houses on 17 December at 1:00 PM. Gifts were brought to today’s meeting. Visits to these assisted living homes will replace our regular meeting on that day. Banjo Bruce and James Morrison will supply musical accompaniment for those who attempt to sing traditional songs.

Solano House is located at 1419 Solano Drive, NE.

Hannett House is located at 4720 Hannett Ave., NE.

We have received a letter of thanks from Cloud Dancers.

The Governor’s Ball - 18 or 25 April. It seems that the host Clubs don’t know where it’ll be held. Tables of 10 go for $1600. If our Club manages to sell tables, we’ll get $400 back per table. Deadline for table sale is 2 weeks before the event. Ticket sales start on 20 January. Can’t we fill up at least one table? So far, nobody has expressed any interest!

There’ll be another Rotary Leadership Institute session on January 25th, in Albuquerque and the registration link is up and running on the District 5520 website.

Here’s an opportunity to travel on an internationalRFE! There’ll be a group going to District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2, 2020. We don’t know the exact locations to be visited during this RFE. The visit may include the city of Asuncion, Iguazu Falls, etc. 

During June 12-26, 2020, we’re hosting a fun Rotary Friendship Exchange group from South Australia. Since they’re combining this RFE with the R.I. Conference in Hawaii and other travel in the USA, they want to make arrangements as quickly as possible to save on airfare. Donna needs to know which clubs will be hosting, so she’ll know which airport (El Paso and/or Albuquerque or possibly others) they’ll be using for their visit. When hosting clubs are lined up, a specific schedule will be set up as to when they’ll be in each area. There will be five couples and two solo women. The two women could be in the same home if the host has two bedrooms or a room with two beds. Host clubs will make their own determination about what they are willing to provide in the way of meals and sightseeing and what they want the RFE group to pay for. Each hosting club must provide transportation in their area and halfway between the hosting club before and after the visit. 

Please respond as soon as possible to Donna Pedace at pedaceabq@aol.com or to Regina Guest at raeguest65@swcp.com to let us know if you’re willing to host that fun group of Australians.

RYLA camp dates and prices:  The new cost for each student is $700 per camper. That’s an increase of $100 per student from last year. The boys camp will be held Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 18. The girls camp will be held Saturday, July 18 through Friday, July 24. They’re always looking for counselors too. Shane Lemon is the director of RYLA and can be contacted at shanelemon@aol.com

Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:

During December, there’ll be special Events on 12/10, 12/17, with holidays on 12/24 and 12/31  

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

May– Emily                June– Pam

December’s monthly B.D. celebration “Treats” will be provided by Patrick, even though we haven’t seen hide nor hair of him in December.

December’s birthday anniversary celebrants are Michael & Patrick.

Today’s Program:     Celtic Coyotes Solstice Concert

Karen introduced the members of Celtic Coyotes.

The Celtic Coyotes plays and sings traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany. But the “Coyote” in the name suggests other possibilities. Most of the music is traditional Celtic, but some is original.

Celtic Coyotes (Doug Cowan, Stephen Miller and vocalist Anita Amstutz) has a flexible good program for Solstice/Christmas holidays.

The Coyotes began with Doug Cowan. He was one of the original members of the band. The group sang many songs and played many tunes. 

They also offered Solstice CDs of their works for sale.

In appreciation of today’s program, President-Elect Allan presented Doug, Stephen & Anita packets of Fofo’s lemonade, which helps to support her Haiti projects.

There being no further Rotary business, at 1 PM Allan concluded our meeting.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

17 Dec             NO Regular Meeting- We’ll be visiting Solano & Hannett Houses today at 1PM.

21 Dec             Winter Begins

22 Dec             Chanukah Begins

24 Dec            NO MEETING!

25 Dec             Christmas Day

26 Dec             Kwanzaa begins

31 Dec            NO MEETING!

1 Jan                New Years Day

11 Jan              Painting at Cloud Dancers (If temperatures permit).

11 Jan              Haiti:After The Earthquake- Art, Culture, Food & Music - $50 at State Fair Grounds

25 Jan              RLI Albuquerque, NM- All 3 parts offered @ the Lomas French’s 7:30A-1:30P

17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

26-27 Mar       President Elect Training Seminar in Ruidoso

27-29 Mar       District Conference in Ruidoso

18 OR 25 Apr Governors Ball! Where WILL it be held?

23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

12-18 July       Boys RYLA

18-24 July       Girls RYLA

Experience aloha at the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, 6-10 June 2020.

Thanks to 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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