Weekly Bulletin

27 Oct 2020 6:10 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.

October is– “Vocational Service Month”

Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

Is your phone running low on battery? Go to the settings menu, then find & select the “low power mode” for your device. This will disable non-essential tasks, giving you up to four more hours of battery life!

President Allan reminded us of the upcoming District 5520 Art Auction on 29 October.

Cheryl reports that she will be making a run to donate toiletries. So, for those in NE Alb, if you have things to donate and want her to pick them up from you, let her know at wiekerc@comcast.net

Judy notes the CA Mission fire evacuations… Her kids are located there.

Gloria’s happy that her internet is now working OK.

Following our weekly roll call,

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

1.     Why did Rotarian Dr. Tunji Funsho recently make news? (Hints: He is chair of the Rotary Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee and he and 99 pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans recently got an award).  Answer: He is one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People for 2020!

2.     On October 20, 1973 the pictured building was dedicated. WHAT is it ? WHERE is it? WHO dedicated it?  Answer:  Sydney Opera House in Australia, dedicated by none other than QEII herself!  It was begun in March, 1959. The original estimate to build Sydney Opera House was $7 million. The final cost was $102 million and it was largely paid for by a State Lottery.

3.     In 1803, Jefferson’s long-time goal to control a major port was achieved when the Senate ratified an expenditure. What was the purchase, port, and what was the river name? Answer: Louisiana Purchase.  Ratified by the US Senate on October 20, 1803, it centered around the Mississippi, with the port of New Orleans at it’s terminus.

4.     Extra Credit: Was any part of current New Mexico included in the Louisiana Purchase? Answer: (stumped the crowd!) YES!  The upper NE corner (now covered by snow) was a part of the Louisiana Purchase.

5.     October Weather… What can you say about it? One of the years below was the driest with 0.00 inches of rain, and the other was the wettest with 3.11 inches. Which is which? (1984 and 2012)  Answer: The wettest single day in October was 16 October 1984 when 1.26 inches of rain fell.

6.     The poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who was born in Massachusetts in 1807, wrote this poem in 1850.What was it about?

“Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood ! - the old days recalling,When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts  were falling!  When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within”      Answer: What is a Jack-o-Lantern?

(Penny asked the poem title – it’s The Pumpkin stanza 4. Here’s the rest of the stanza:

When we laughed round the corn-heap, with hearts all in tune,

Our chair a broad pumpkin,—our lantern the moon,

Telling tales of the fairy who travelled like steam,

In a pumpkin-shell coach, with two rats for her team!

7.     What vegetable did the Irish carve for Halloween way back when?  Turnips, Carrots or Pumpkins?  Answer:  Turnip! Historically, on All Hallows' Eve, the Irish hollowed out turnips and placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits—and they were a lot creepier than the carved pumpkins we see today. Good thing this tradition didn't stick or we might be drinking turnip-spice lattes right now. The name is also tied to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a neer do well who bargains with Satan and is doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to light his way. So, go out and carve a vegetable to celebrate that Jack-o'-lanterns came to the United States with the Irish immigrants.

8.     WHEN does daylight savings time end? Answer: THIS Sunday at 2AM. So, after you put your carved turnip to bed, turn the clocks BACK an hour. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

9.     WHEN is Election Day?  Answer: It’s in one week so get out and VOTE!  EARLY VOTING Locations open through Saturday 10/31 at 7:00pm.

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

October birthday anniversaries:  Karen, Cheryl and Dave.

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

District 5520 will hold an Art Auction for the National Polio Month event. The auction will be held via Zoom on October 2 9th, 6:00P to 7:30 P. Donated items will be auctioned off from each of the clubs in the district. Each Club is asked to donate an item by 24 Oct. Speak to 5520 Sec’y Donette Wagner (secretary5520@gmail.com ).

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

Today’s Program:     Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC)

President Allan introduced Angie Ludi, executive director of WHC.

Formed in 1990, the Women’s Housing Coalition assists low-income women with children, who wish to  become self-sufficient. WHC provides affordable housing, training and a variety of support needs.

The coalition’s primary goals are:

To assist families headed by single women struggling to attain adequate housing and sustainable employment.

To affirm the rights of these families to the dignity of shelter and gainful livelihoods.

To support their efforts to become financially self-sufficient, confident and contributing members of our collective society.

WHC strongly believes that housing is only the first step to becoming self-sufficient. Their clients have many needs. They often need counseling, emotional support, life skills, education, and they need to learn to trust themselves. This is a "hands-on" organization. Women who choose to live in Coalition Housing choose to take a positive step toward improving their lives. Clients are required to be employed or attend school fulltime or, volunteer their time for a local agency. They are also required to work on the maintenance and improvement of their homes and to participate in monthly self-development and life skills training meetings.
Clients meet with staff to evaluate and discuss goals, obstacles, and progress toward self-sufficiency. The staff is also a huge resource to clients as they provide referrals to needed services.

The Coalition provides mothers and their children an environment that fosters and nurtures their independence, personal growth, financial responsibility and a road map to becoming self-sufficient women and an inspiration to their children.
Women's Housing Coalition is not simply an organization that supplies 21 low-rent housing units, but one that provides a partnership with its clients that will lead them to success and self-sufficiency through a comprehensive program that addresses the problems associated with homelessness and poverty. Clients usually stay in the program for 2 years.

WHC actively assists clients in becoming economically independent and provides the support that each individual family needs to meet its goals.

The Coalition also offers self assessment programs, career planning, life skills training, parenting classes and personal growth and development. WHC works in conjunction with many other non-profit agencies, churches and social workers at the city, county and state levels.
WHC will help their clients access community resources available to provide legal assistance, child care, job resume preparation, counseling for women and children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence, and other support services. WHC’s budget is around $150K.

Minimal Program Requirements: 

1.     Must be a single Mom with Children living with her.

2.     Must be working 32 hours or more a week, or going to school full time, or a combination of both.

3.     Verification of income proving that you will be financially able to pay rent each month $310.00  for a one bedroom or $350.00 for a two bedroom.

4.     Cannot bring your husband or significant other to the property.

Orientation meetings are held each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at 3005 San Pedro NE. Meetings start at 1:30. Individuals arriving late will be asked to return the following week. WHC introduces the Coalition program, answers questions, and accepts applications at the meeting.

The WHC operates a thrift store, accepting donations for supplies, furnishings and clothing that assists clients and their children as they start their new lives. The store is also open to the general public, with revenues supporting the Women’s Housing Coalition programs.

The thrift store is located adjacent to the office and is open from 9A-4P on Wednesday and Thursday.

Donations can be dropped off at the office Monday -Thursday 9A-12P and 1:30P-4:00P.
Office is closed on Friday. WHC does not accept men's clothing or men's shoes since the organization is focused on women's needs. 

The thrift store is located at: 3007 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

The coalition is located at 3005 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone:  (505) 884-8856          www.WomensHousingCoalition.org

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

Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

29 Oct             District 5520 on line Art Auction 6P-7:30P

1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

7 Nov              Foundation  Zoom Training – 9A-11A.

10 Nov            Board Meeting

10 Nov            Regular Meeting –

11 Nov            Veterans Day

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

14 Nov            RLI part 1 via Zoom- 7:30A-1:30P. Register on the District website.

16-22 Nov       The “Zone Ride” during Rotary Gratefulness Week.

17 Nov            Regular Meeting –

24 Nov            NO MEETING !

26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

5 Dec              District’s “Vibrant Club Workshop” 8A-11A

25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

8-11 April        District 5520 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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