Weekly Bulletin

29 Sep 2020 3:26 PM | Anonymous

Our meeting was called to order 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.

September has been– “New Generations Month”

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

President Allan asked us to remember that District 5520 Governor Sunny Kellerman will be visiting with us at both our board meeting and regular meeting on 13 October. She’ll be “the program”.

Bruce reminded us of Saturday’s “Vibrant Club” zoom workshop. President Allan will not be able to attend. In his place, our immediate past president Vivien will attend.

Following our weekly roll call,

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

1) Rotary Magazine reports that RI Foundation approved grants in June, 2020 for continuing polio work. Which of the following statements are true?

1) Approved 19,306 vehicles for frontline  workers in Afghanistan

2) Approved training for 6,000 vaccinators in Sudan

3) Recruited 2,530 community health workers in Pakistan

Answer:  1 and 3 are correct, and # 2 understated Sudan training number by 100% - grants were approved for 12,139 vaccinators to be trained. Also...funds for 90 million doses of oral polio vaccine.

2) Also from Rotary Magazine…What is the story on “The Road to Piyali Junction” about?

a) Ways to convene a sensible highway engineering plan for rural roads that are repeatedly washed out in monsoons.

b) RI helps Girl Scouts eco-camps expand into southern Africa – lions, zebra & wildebeest notwithstanding!

c) A California Rotarian sets up a school for girls in her hometown of Kolkata, India.

Answer:  Vivien guessed it – it’s # c - 3) A  Rotarian now living in Santa Ynez Valley in California sets up a school for girls in her hometown  of Kolkata, India (a rural village near West Bengal). The PACE Learning Center founded in 2003 by Deepa Willingham is now a collaborative effort of many ROTARY clubs to educate girls in a  low-income community. Kolkata is a big sex-trafficking village- many girls are abused and sold into sexual slavery for as little as $30.

3) We have all heard about the 1918 Philadelphia war bond parade held (against many doctors’ advice for quarantines) in the face of news from Kansas and Boston that an epidemic flu was gaining hold. The head of Philadelphia’s Naval Hospital told the Public Ledger in the days before the parade: “There is no cause for further alarm. We believe we have it well in hand.” So, the parade went forward. “In the streets of downtown Philadelphia 200,000 people gathered to celebrate an impending allied victory in World War I. Within a week of the rally an estimated 45,000 Philadelphians were afflicted with influenza.”

What American city withstood political and social pressure to “lock down” their city twice and dramatically lowered their death count?  (Hint 1: It is one of the ten (10) major cities on the second-longest river in North America, Hint 2: It is in the mid-west, and 3) the city has an arch!   Allan guessed correctly even before the arch hint!!

St. Louis Pandemic story: St. Louis took action early. St. Louis was the sixth-largest city in the USA with a population of about 756,000. News of the flu spreading through Boston, Philadelphia and other cities provided early warnings, and officials took notice.

“St. Louis had an energetic and visionary health official in Dr. Max Starkloff,” He was fully supported by the city’s mayor, “was very quick to implement city closures”. He closed public places such as schools, theaters, playgrounds, city courts and churches and banned gatherings of more than 20 people. He canceled the city’s Liberty Bonds parade. “They recognized that crowds were a danger”. Businesses protested closings. “They were upset because they were losing revenue,” “It was a constant conflict between them and the city.” Though “Starkloff listened to business pleas to reopen, he didn’t reopen the city all at once,” Navarro said. “He did it in a step-wise fashion.” Starkloff reimposed restrictions as infection cases rose again in November 1918. Infections subsided, and restrictions ended in December. St. Louis fared better than other cities. Post-pandemic analyses revealed that “social distancing was highly effective against virus transmission.”

So…history does repeat itself. Stay the course and hang in there!

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

Navajo food donation collections will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4PM. The food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE.

On Saturday, October 3rd, 8:00A - 11:00A, there’ll be an on-line "Be a Vibrant Club" Workshop. All Club Members may attend. Below is the registration link for the workshop. You can also register through the home page of the District 5520 website:


If you have any questions about the Workshop, contact Jeff Weinrach by phone or e-mail.  505-400-1403 jweinrach5520@nmia.com

24 October. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States.

For info about Rotary Day at the United Nations, go to www.Rotary.org/un-day. Read your October Rotary magazine to find out about Rotary’s involvement in the UN.

Oct 24 is World Polio Day – Gloria would like to mail in our contributions before then. So, it’s suggested that everyone who has Happy Bucks and/or Polio Jar funds for the month of September, write  a check to Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia for that amount and mail it to Gloria before Oct 10. That’ll give her time to deposit the checks and write a check from the club & mail it to the R.I. Polio Fund.

District 5520 will hold an Art Auction for the district's National Polio Month event. The auction will be held via Zoom on October 19th,6:00P to 7:30 P. At the event, we’ll auction off Items donated from each of the clubs in the district. Each Club is asked to donate one item by October 24.

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

Suggestion: Give a call to a member who hasn’t attended our Zoom meetings!

Need tomatoes? Call Gloria in 2 weeks.

Today’s Program:     New Mexico Child Advocacy Network (NMCAN)

Cheryl introduced Kayla Strickler, Community Engagemant Coordinator of NMCAN. Kayla builds and manages relationships with NMCAN’s community partners, working to improve the support offered to young people in New Mexico.

NMCAN  partners with young people to build community, promote equity and lead change. Since 1990, NMCAN has been leveraging community partnerships and volunteerism to improve children’s and youth’s experiences in foster care. NMCAN has grown to engage young people (ages 14 to 25) impacted by the foster care and juvenile justice systems to improve their transition to adulthood. NMCAN works to:

1. Reduce systemic barriers that negatively impact their lives

2. Help them learn how to build positive community networks and strengthen their sense of belonging

3. Access tools to achieve goals related to education, employment, health, housing, and personal finance

They are dedicated to young people as partners and understand the complexities of these systems. NMCAN is a leader within the child welfare community, driving positive change in New Mexico.

NMCAN’s work is grounded in four central approaches:


Meeting young people where they are—connecting them to resources and mentors, and supporting them to advocate for their own policy solutions.


Promoting anti-racist policies and practices across systems, and encouraging young people to utilize their unique experiences as they pursue their education, careers, and personal goals.


Encouraging young people to build the life they want by providing them with healthy, stable relationships as well as work with partners to understand the situations young people face.


NMCAN recognizes that, in addition to trauma that brought them to the foster care or juvenile justice systems, many young people face further stressors in these systems. Programming is developed in a way that fosters resilience, supports families, and is responsive to their distinct needs.

Young people aging out of foster care endure poor outcomes with high social costs. At age 18, they leave the system without the life experiences and the necessary family supports to become successful adults. Some states have extended the age to 21. National data provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that by their 19th birthdays:

·        1 out of 3 experienced homelessness

·        3 out of 5 have not obtained their high school diploma/GED

·        2 out of 3 are unemployed

Similarly, young people who are impacted by the juvenile justice system or homelessness may face the same challenges. They often have a history of abuse, neglect, or trauma, and have few healthy social connections. Most mainstream initiatives are unable to address the complex barriers and challenges faced by those who have experienced foster care, the juvenile justice system, and/or homelessness. The Brookings Institute estimates Central New Mexico is home to 8,300 young people ages 17 to 24 that are disconnected from their community, school, and work. NMCAN works to address these challenges by improving their transition to adulthood. Those who are “aged out” of care in New Mexico are eligible for free tuition at publicly-funded state colleges and universities.

We may be able to help with “Opportunity Passport” asset matching, by providing small matching grants.

For more information, go to www.nmcan.org or call 505-217-0220

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

6 Oct               Regular Meeting – City of ABQ (311) - Carrie Prothero

12 Oct             Columbus Day

13 Oct             Board Meeting with DG Sunny.

13 Oct             Regular Meeting – District 5520 Governor Sunny Kellerman visits via ZOOM.

20 Oct             Regular Meeting – Gold Star Moms – Pat Merville

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

24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

27 Oct             Regular Meeting – Women’s Housing Coalition – Angie Ludi

29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Sec’y 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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