Weekly Bulletin

09 Jun 2020 7:30 PM | Anonymous

Following the last 2019-20 R.Y. Board Meeting via Zoom, President Vivien called our Club meeting to order via zoom at 12:00 Noon and welcomed all present. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

June is “Rotary Fellowships Month”.

June birthdays are: Maggie and Jan

Following our weekly roll call,

Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented our weekly trivia questions:

As the nation struggles to recover from the pandemic, what 3 modes of transportation are in short supply?  Answer– bicycles, scooters (used for food delivery) and recreational vehicles.

What is the building pictured and why was it built?

It was the Southwestern Presbyterian Sanatorium, built in 1908 for treatment of TB. (Vivien and the Bashs guessed it). The facility was a five-room house on Oak Street, one of the few homes on the road to the university. It was the city’s second such sanatorium. The East Mesa drew such a concentration of “sans” and TB cottages that for a time the street was dubbed “TB Avenue” or “San Alley.”

When was the building torn down? Reportedly torn down in 1967 to make way for the new ER at Presbyterian Hospital on Central!

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

At least thru July, all of our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

It looks like the North Domingo Baca Center (our meeting venue) may very well open in August!

Good news! The proposed $5 increase in District dues has been deferred until July 2021.

Just in case you’d like to know, our Club was founded 10 years ago, during June, 2010. Of the original 20 charter members, only 6 remain on our active member list.

President Vivien attended the last Presidents’ meeting (1st Friday of each month). Among the latest Rotary District projects, is the food drive for the Church Rock Navajo Nation.

Regular food service at The Rock at Noonday has been temporarily suspended. There’s some takeout.

Mark your calendars for 20-26 June to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online R.I. convention.

Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

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

District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference will be held on April 8th thru 11th, 2021 at the Las Cruces Convention center.

Today’s Program: ABQ Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH)

Pamela introduced Ms. Nadia Fazel, dental director of AHCH, who directed our attention to some of the case management problems which are being overcome at AHCH due to the existing pandemic.

For over three decades, AHCH has served our community as the only health care organization in Central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to homeless people. AHCH’s 98 staff members provide critical services to men, women and children every year. By addressing the health-related causes of homelessness, AHCH makes it possible for people to find solutions to end their homelessness.

AHCH’s mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.

Their Vision is to live in a world that is just and without homelessness.

Homelessness in the US is caused by oppression, structural factors (lack of affordable housing etc.) and personal vulnerabilities (trauma, Mental illness, addiction etc). Contemporary homelessness is the product of conscious social and economic policy decisions that have retreated from a commitment to ensuring basic life necessities for all people. Good public policy can reverse this trend.

Yearly, over 7,000 people experiencing homelessness receive services from AHCH. That includes nearly 23,000 health center encounters and 10,000 contacts made through outreach services and drop-in/Recourse Center visits.

20% stay at shelters, 12% in other locations (campers, cars, vans, jails, hospitals etc.) and 25% on the streets. The reminder are in unstable or transitional housing or unreported.

63% of the clients served were male, 37% were female, and children/youth made up 4% of those served.

48% identify as Hispanic, 47% identify as White, 9% as African American, 12% as Native American/American Indian, 1% Asian/Pacific Islanders and the remainder are unknown or unreported.

AHCH collaborates with public and private sector organizations to ensure the best care for their clients, and to address the systemic causes of homelessness. Including homeless people in their policy-making, listening to their needs, recognizing their disenfranchisement and isolation from society, promotes their empowerment towards self-sufficiency.

AHCH is a member of Community Health Charities, formally known as National Voluntary Health Agencies and Combined Health Appeal of America. Community Health Charities (CHC) provides AHCH with direct services to help enhance operations, programs, and community services through access to workplace giving, as well as opportunities to create community level relationship with corporations and their donors. The mission of CHC is to unite caring donors in the workplace with the nation's most trusted health charities.

Most of their funding is realized from HRSA (Federal) and private grants.

While some other organizations (i.e. The Rock at Noonday) use ABQ police to maintain order on their premises, AHCH employs a private security firm whose employees are trained in de-escalation.

AHCH is located at 1217 First Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Telephone: (505) 766-5197

Website:  www.abqhch.org

12  members attended today’s meeting. Come and join us next week. If you encounter any problems, call Gloria.

Following today’s program, we took some time to find out what each of us has been doing to stay out of trouble.

There being no further Rotary business, at 1:00 PM President Vivien concluded our meeting.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

11 June            King Kamehameha Day (Just how do we celebrate?)

16 June            Zoom  meeting – PB&J Family Services – Tashi Swiekosz

20 June            Summer Begins!

20-26 June      The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

21 June            Father’s Day

23 June            Zoom meeting – Program: President’s choice.

30 June            Installation of New Officers via Zoom !

1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

4 July              Independence Day

8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino

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

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