Weekly Bulletin

15 Sep 2020 8:42 PM | Anonymous

Our meeting was called to order via Zoom by President Allan at 12 Noon. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test and a moment of silence and reflection followed.

Visiting Rotarians:    Frank Rivera, District Assistant Governor

September is– “New Generations Month ”

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Vivien’s grandson will be 9 yrs old soon.

Fofo’s granddaughter started kindergarten!

Gloria had a disappointment buck for a class cancellation.

Emily’s granddaughter started “ninjas” for one year olds class.

Following our weekly roll call,

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

1.     170 years ago in September, 1850, what New Mexico big event occurred? Was it:

NM Admitted as a territory of the US?

NM Admitted to statehood of the US?

Lost out on the Texas panhandle?

First railroad train enters Santa Fe, NM?

Answer: NM admitted to US as a Territory. The boundaries of New Mexico then contained most of the present-day New Mexico, more than half of the present-day Arizona, and portions of the present-day states of Colorado and Nevada.  Although this area was smaller than what had been included in the failed statehood proposal of early 1850, the boundary disputes with Texas had been dispelled by the Compromise of 1850.  Michael got it!

2.     What other nearby area also gained Territory status that day? Was it Arizona, Utah or Wyoming?

Answer:  It was Utah ! Emily and Maggie guessed correctly.

3.     What area became a STATE that day? (Oregon, Texas, California or Arizona)

Answer:  California!  Though it had only been part of the United States for two years (and never was even a territory!) California became the 31st state on the day New Mexico was admitted as a Territory. Allan got this one I think!

4.     Which of the US Govt. agency logos shown are NOT in the US Dept. of the Interior?

4-H Cooperative Extension Service, National Park Service, US Forest Service, BLM or Fish & Wildlife Service?  Answer:  4-H and US Forest Service are in the Department of Agriculture, Emily knew 4-H

5.     In what year was the 1st National Wildlife Refuge System (part of the Fish and Wildlife Service) established ?  1883, 1893 or 1903

Answer: Following the establishment of Florida's Pelican Island as the first National Wildlife Refuge, in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the System has grown to encompass more than 566 National Wildlife Refuges spanning approximately 100 million acres of lands and 750 million acres of oceans in the United States. Great guess Judy!

6.     How many National Wildlife Refuges do we have in New Mexico?  3,5,8 or 11

Answer: New Mexico has 8 NWRs.  How many have you visited? 

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge,          

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge,  

Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area, San Andres National Wildlife Refuge            

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge & Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge, here in ALBUQUERQUE!

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

President Allan reminded us about the District’s Northern Action Team’s “Becoming a Vibrant Club” workshop. It’s scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You can register for  this workshop on the District web site. 

He also reminded us about the 29 October District Art Auction (6P-7:30P). We should contact District Se’cy Donette to donate Items.

Rotary District 5520 will hold its virtual e-Assembly on District Youth Programs for Club & District Committee Chairs, Club Presidents and Officers and the District Leadership Team next Tuesday, 22 Sept. from 6:00 to 7:30. This program will provide Club and District Leadership with the latest information on our District Youth Program and how we will be moving forward.

There will be presentations on the following topics:

Youth Exchange, RYLA, Interact, Rotaract, The 4-Way Test Essay Contest and Youth Protection

Registration is available on the homepage at rotary5520.org under “Upcoming Events”. There is no  charge for this program, but you must register to receive the Zoom link for this event. 

Please contact Dick Jones at rjones9755@aol.com if you have any questions.

Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org. To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” with login names and passwords for yourself.

Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the MANY remaining months, please contact Judy.

Today’s Program:     ABQ Backyard Refuge Program

Cheryl introduced Ms. Aryn LaBrake, Executive Director, Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Ms. Ani Jamgyal, program coordinator of the backyard refuge program also attended.

Ms. La Brake introduced the new ABQ Backyard Refuge Program and updated us on the big changes happening at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

The land that was a dairy farm and historically part of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro historic trail, is now Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, the Southwest’s first urban wildlife refuge. After the  Dairy Farm in the South Valley closed, the 570-acres were farmed for alfalfa and a potential development site for a sewer plant, racetrack, or housing/industrial development. Rather than see the land developed,  the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR, began advocating for the protection of one of the largest remaining areas of undeveloped land along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque.

The Friends of Valle de Oro NWR, along with local partners and in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, played a significant role in the funding ($18.5 Million) and acquisition of the property in 2014, which was designated the nation’s 559th national wildlife refuge in 2012. The refuge became a non-profit in 2013.

Valle de Oro is rooted in the South Valley community in Albuquerque. They’re building the refuge from the ground up, directed by community input. 

The Refuge is still in its initial phases of development. It continues to work on restoring the land to its natural state of native habitat along the Rio Grande. Admission to the refuge is free.

Already home to hundreds of species of wildlife and migratory birds as well as a premier environmental education field trip destination, the Refuge will expand over the next years to include:

·        Visitor’s center with amenities for the public

·        Resources for educational and community programming

·        Expansive restoration projects to transform the land back into a native high desert, wetland, grassland, and Bosque forest habitat landscapes

The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is envisioned as a dynamic urban wildlife refuge with  connections to the community, innovative design and programming that increases a sense of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

The vision is that the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR of the future shall be a dynamic group - a force for positive change, with a diverse membership, a healthy, well-managed budget, with growing financial and resource capacity.

The Friends contribute to Valle de Oro being a place of learning with a wide variety of environmental education programs, community activities and events drawing many visitors. Trails and other Refuge features guide the steps of adults and children who visit regularly, gaining a love for the outdoors, and an awakening sense of stewardship. Refuge amenities and activities support increasing development of a conservation ethic and inspire engagement in related local, regional and national issues. There are increasing numbers of visitors from outside of Bernalillo County and around the world who become aware of and are sympathetic to this mission.

Join in the mission and support the realization of Valle de Oro NWR as a valuable community resource. By becoming a Friends member, your annual membership fee is providing sustainable funding to help  accomplish their mission. “Friends” members are the backbone of this organization and they not only sustain the planned work, but have the opportunity to become involved advocates for the transformation at Valle de Oro National Wildlife to a community asset and foster a community engaged conservation ethic in our own backyards and the nation.

Membership Prices: Individual - $25.00      Senior (65+) - $15.00

We share our backyards with hundreds, even thousands of different plants and animals, but as cities grow, places for wildlife become fewer and farther between. Fortunately, in Albuquerque, our backyard is home to a multitude of public lands, like Valle de Oro Urban National Wildlife Refuge, where both wildlife and human communities benefit from ecologically rich habitat that exists within the city and its immediate surroundings.

So as important as public lands are to the conservation of wildlife, it is also essential that we do not think of protecting wildlife as something that only happens on the public lands we visit on the weekends. The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the partners in this ABQ Backyard Refuge program want to support Burquenos to create a system where our public lands are not island refugia, but rather part of a larger system of private and public, rural and urban lands that can all contribute to helping our wildlife and community thrive. This program began in 2019.

All species are in constant need of suitable habitat in which to dwell and give the next generation a chance to thrive. With wildlife gardening, we can enhance our own outdoor spaces while providing resources for our wild neighbors to make their homes. Even in urban areas, we can make changes that allow other species to flourish with us. Wildlife gardening provides a means of cooperating with our wild neighbors by being aware of their needs and deliberately creating spaces that embrace their presence.

From a large, one acre lot that can host numerous different trees, shrubs and flowers to a deck or balcony large enough for just a small container garden, everyone can contribute by making an effort to garden for wildlife and landscape for conservation.

There’s an education guide available with a workbook and best practices guide to follow. Currently, you can find a very large listing of local plantings on their website. Also, there’s a three level space certification that’s available.

For more information, go to www.friendsofvalledeoro.org  (505) 750-3383

AND, see www.abqbackyardrefuge.org

There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded by Michael at 1:00 PM.

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

19 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute – Part 3 via ZOOM (Register on D5520 website)

22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!  How did that happen?

22 Sept            Regular Meeting – CABQ Recycling Program

25 Sept            District Happy Hour!

27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

29 Sept            Regular Meeting – NMCAN – Kayla Strickler

6 Oct               Regular Meeting –

12 Oct             Columbus Day

13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

20 Oct             Regular Meeting –

23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110 – Yup, it’ll be “virtual”.

24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

27 Oct             Regular Meeting –

29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Se’cy Donette to donate Items.

1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

7 Nov              Foundation Zoom Training

12-14 Nov       Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West Register NOW (It’ll cost you $49)

8-11 April       District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball – Albuquerque Convention Center- 5PM to 11PM

12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.

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

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