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  • 05 Jun 2018 6:18 PM | Anonymous

    Following our last monthly board meeting of the Rotary Year, President Gail called this meeting to order at 12:00 N, led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    James Morrison, ABQ DelSol           Andrew Garrison, Rio Rancho

                                        K.N. Srinivasan, Mysore Midtown, India 

    Guests:           Wendy Morrison

    June is “Rotary Fellowships Month” 

    Two pin / name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks: 

    Emily’s happy that three Club members (Emily, Pat & Pam) will be working for “Don’t Meth With Us”.

    Maggie put up a confused buck & overslept a couple of days & missed last Friday & Tuesday. They just bought an MGB-GT, too!

    Dave honors Allan with Interact & has the summer off.

    Libby’s happy to be house sitting for Judy & Will.

    James & Wendy are back from France/Rotary, & climbed with the Cappuccino group. He had to convince them that he was 90 yrs old.

    Gail’s happy that her nephew & wife visited for a week.

    Andrew notes that the Rio Rancho Club’s golf tournament brought in $60K.

    Mollie’s happy to see Andrew today.

    Pam will be leaving on vacation to LA, starting tomorrow.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today:

    In 1905, what were the first names of those four guys that did what? They started Rotary & their names were Paul, Gustavus, Silvester & Hiram. Andrew came closest & took home the page tags,Magnifying glass & bookmark.

    Allan still has to give away the 5 tea bags that were donated by Vivien, 2 years ago.

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

    Mary J will be taking some time off, i.e.: A Leave of Absence, to work on her business & to visit family.

    Another great moment in time to celebrate! James Morrison, our District’s RI Foundation PHS Chair, took the floor in order to present President-Elect Patrick with his Paul Harris Society award.

    A Sympathy card for Marion was passed around for signatures, etc. The Memorial Service for Roger will be Saturday June 30th from 1 to 4, at Roger's home. Just to add insult to injury, Marion has to go in for eye surgery on Thursday.

    Elephant Butte Rotary Weekend Overnight Trail Ride Jun 09, 2018 8:00 AM – Jun 10, 2018 11:00 AM

    We’ll be holding our installation of Club officers and celebration on Thursday, 21 June, 4P-8P, at the Elena Gallegos picnic area, (Kiwanis Reservation Area). So, what are the odds that it’ll rain? Sign up sheet will be passed around, to see who’s bringing what.

    RYLA ~ Boys' Camp will take place at the Manzano Mountain Retreat Jul 15, 12:00 N – Jul 21, 12:00 N

    RYLA ~ Girls' Camp will also take place at the Retreat Jul 21, 12:00 N – Jul 27, 11:00 AM

    The Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest will happen once again on August 25th (only one day this year!!) at Loretto Park. Wonder if they’ll let us work for them? Who’s our contact? Is there any interest in volunteering our Club’s services yet again? Shall President Gail call them?

    At today’s board meeting, the “Ways & Means Committee” alternate fund raising ideas were discussed. At our 26 June meeting, the membership will discuss & choose alternate fundraising events for the 2018-2019 RY.

    Here are a few more Notable Rotarians:

    John F. Kennedy (U.S. President)
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (U.S. President)
    Konrad Adenauer (former German Chancellor)
    Neil Armstrong (American astronaut)
    Angela Merkel (German Chancellor)
    Nicolas Sarkozy (French President)
    Margaret Thatcher (former British Prime Minister)
    Lance Armstrong (cyclist and multiple Tour de France winner)
    Walt Disney (American film producer)
    Bill Gates (American software entrepreneur)
    Ronald Reagan (former U.S. President)
    George W. Bush (former U.S. President)
    Richard Nixon (former U.S. President)
    Rainier III. (Prince of Monaco)
    Hassan II (King of Morocco)
    Asif Ali Zardari (Pakistan's head of state)

    Today’s Program:     “Wellness & Rotary” –

    Karen introduced Andrew Garrison, fellow Rotarian & member of the Rio Rancho Club.

    The trainer’s latest venture is co-authoring a wellness book titled “Wellness in Mind.”

    Wellness in Mind expands the old exercise and diet equation into the worlds of psychology, physiology, sociology and neuroscience. He explores wellness values, vision, mission, and objectives; then drills in the strategies to make wellness a reality.

    Andrew discussed Nutrition/Diet & Exercise, stress, blind spots in our lives, compensatory behavior, dissociative thinking and barriers to wellness.

    He suggests that we connect with our friends in Rotary for support. How we obtain the power to do more, through projects.

    Evoke caring in ourselves; be an advocate… How can I help? Develop clarity & focus.

    Improve ourselves: Change our negative responses to stimuli, Raise our awareness, Improve our environment.

    Everything in moderation is a good thing.

    President Gail presented Mr. Garrison with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that he has spent with us today.

    Our Thought For the Day was presented by­­­­­ Pam: “America’s health care system is in crisis precisely because we systematically neglect wellness and prevention.” – Tom Harkin

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 June            Regular Meeting – Judge Hank Bohnoff returns!

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            NO MEETING

    21 June           Summer Solstice

    21 June           Club Officer installation & celebration of our 2017-18 year.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June           Regular Meeting –

    29 June           We work at Silver Horizons- 12:30 to 3:30

    3 July              NO MEETING

    4 July              Independence Day!!

    10 July            Board Meeting #1

    10 July            Regular Meeting-

    Thanks to our members for continuing to help with setting up and striking the equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 29 May 2018 8:07 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called this meeting to order at 12:00 N, led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Bill Dennis, ADG

    Guests:           Q. Loren Smith           Mary Fontaine

    May is “Sharing Community Month”

    Just One pin / name tag fine was collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Gail’s nephew is visiting this week & she’s fostering a doggie, too.

    Dave laid out a buck for wife Mary – she bought lunch.

    Bill just returned from CO, where he visited graduating granddaughter.

    Judy will be out next week & will be in CA visiting graduating grandson.

    Loren’s stepdaughter will be visiting in August & the whole family will be getting together, too.

    Mollie parted with a buck for pres. Gail’s bringing food to the ways & means committee meeting.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: For the fridge magnet, tell us what 76% of the surveyed readers (on the back cover of the Rotarian) revealed. What mattered most to them was working in their local community. Mary B took the prize home.

    To take home the portable beauty kit/mirror-comb thingie, answer me this: On the inside back cover of the Rotarian, there’s a full page ad for what group’s summit that’ll take place on 22 June in Toronto Canada? Silence pervaded the room… It’s WASRAG! Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group.

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

    The pancake breakfast Temporary Ways and Means Committee meeting was held. They’ve come up with some suggestions and are working with Karen to arrange a meeting without a program speaker to be able to go over the options suggested.

    There’s a signup sheet for our “Storehouse” work day on 1 June, 8:30A to 1:00P. So, if you have an uncontrollable urge to work & do good, find it & affix your name to it.

    Wanna see how a District Governor is installed? Well, you can take a trip to Anthony, NM and see how it’s done! DG Linda Installation  Jun 02, 2018 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM .

    Elephant Butte Rotary Weekend Overnight Trail Ride Jun 09, 2018 8:00 AM – Jun 10, 2018 11:00 AM

    We’ll be holding our installation of Club officers and celebration on Thursday, 21 June, 4P-8P, at the Elena Gallegos picnic area, (Kiwanis Reservation Area). So, what are the odds that it’ll rain?

    RYLA ~ Boys' Camp will take place at the Manzano Mountain Retreat Jul 15, 12:00 N – Jul 21, 12:00 N

    RYLA ~ Girls' Camp will also take place at the Retreat Jul 21, 12:00 N – Jul 27, 11:00 AM

    The Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest will happen once again on August 25th  (only one day this year!!) at Loretto Park. Wonder if they’ll let us work for them? Who’s our contact?

    Here’s some interesting info…A few Notable Rotarians

    ·        Warren G. Harding, U.S. president

    ·        Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer

    ·        Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic

    ·        Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate

    ·        Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate

    ·        Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate

    ·        Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer

    ·        Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator

    ·        Richard Lugar, U.S. senator

    ·        Frank Borman, American astronaut

    ·        Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist

    ·        Franz Lehar, Austrian composer

    ·        James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.

    ·        Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president

    Today’s Program:     What Does an Appellate Judge Do Anyway?

    Karen introduced Judge Henry “Hank” Bohnhoff, one of the judges on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. He was appointed to this court by Governor  Martinez in January 2017 to succeed retired Judge Kennedy. Bohnhoff's current term ends on December 31, 2018. He filed to run for election in 2018 in order to remain on the bench. Judges hold eight-year terms but may run in a retention election in the general election at the end of their term. If not retained, a judge's term ends on the January 1st following the election.

    Judge Bohnhoff explained his job and the New Mexico Judicial System.

    The New Mexico Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in New Mexico. It was established  in 1965 and has heard 37,000 cases since its inception. The court of appeals has offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The Santa Fe office is in the supreme court building, and the Albuquerque office is adjacent to the UNM School of Law. The court consists of 10 judges, sitting in panels of three. A majority of two judges must agree on opinions. One judge may act upon a motion unless the motion goes to the merits of the case. If so, a motion will be decided by a two- or three-judge panel.

    The court has jurisdiction in civil, non-capital criminal and juvenile cases. It has discretionary jurisdiction in interlocutory decision cases and administrative agency appeals. The court takes all appeals from lower courts except those involving capital punishment or life imprisonment, those involving habeas corpus and appeals from the Public Regulation Commission. The court takes about 900 cases each year.

    To serve on the court of appeals, an individual must be at least 35 years old, have practiced law for 10 years or more and be a state resident for at least three years.

    The annual salary for judges of the New Mexico Court of Appeals was set to $124,616, commencing on July 1, 2014. Judges have no term limits. Most judges are appointed by the governor.

    The NM Court System consists of:

    The Supreme Court – 5 Justices. Accepts 60 cases per year. (Founded in 1841)

    Court of Appeals – 10 Judges. 800-900 cases per year.

    District Courts – 13 Courts with 96 Judges

    Magistrate, Metropolitan & Municipal Courts. 180,000 cases per year!

    A lengthy Q&A session revealed many additional heretofore unknown (to many of us) facts. Also discussed, were pretrial detention, the need for more funding and keeping politics out of judicial elections. 35 states have no contested judicial elections (NM is NOT one of them).

    President Gail presented Judge Bohnhoff with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that he has spent with us today.

    Our Thought For the Day was presented by­­­­­ Vivien: “Charity begins at home and justice begins next door.” – Charles Dickens

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 June              We work at The Storehouse- 8:30A to 1:00 PM.

    5 June              Board Meeting- 10:30 AM

    5 June              Regular Meeting –“Wellness & Rotary” – Andrew Garrison

    12 June            Regular Meeting -

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            Regular Meeting -

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    21 June            Club Officer installation & celebration of our 2017-18 year.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June            Regular Meeting –

    3 July              Board Meeting #1

    3 July              Regular Meeting-

    4 July              Independence Day!!

    Thanks to our members for continuing to help with setting up and striking the equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 22 May 2018 6:43 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Donna Pedace (Del Norte)

    Guests:           Q. Loren Smith                       Susan Olsen, guest of the Bashes

    May is “Sharing Community Month”

    Yup, there were TWO pin / name tag fines collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Fofo- Happy to reach her 70th on 5/30.

    Vivien- Welcome visitors! And a sad buck for gas prices.

    Donna- Left us with a buck for the incoming RFE from Scotland.

    Mollie- Got her sister to the doctor… She’s doing jes fine!

    Pam- Parted with a buck to tell us about the jazz club at the Andaluz hotel. There’s jazz on Fri & Sat PM!

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today:

    For the Great Cleaning Secrets book, name the featured woman photographer who took photos in this month’s  Rotarian magazine. Many guesses failed to name her… Stephanie Sinclair.

    For the post-it kit with clip AND pencil, tell us what the Rotarian article on recruitment says on how to meet new members. For having the closest guess, Patrick took the prize. The answer was actually: Through “MEETUP”!

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

    Congratulations to President-Elect Patrick on his Paul Harris Fellowship! Now there are eleven active club members who have their PHF!

    Happy Birthday to Fofo! She got herself a song and carrot cake, too!

    Emily, Pamela & Pat are communicating with Maureen Anderson about working for the Don’t Meth With Us effort.

    We proudly recognize our quiet hero, Allan, for work with the senior affairs dep’t  which assists ABQ seniors with repairs, safety installations, etc.

    We have three possible District Community Grant recipients for the 2018-19 Rotary Year. They are:

    Rio Grande Food Project, The Storehouse and CLNkids. The attending membership voted today, to select the group for which we will apply. Rio Grande received the most votes, followed by CLNkids.

    We’ll be holding our installation of officers and celebration Thursday, 21 June, 4P-8P, at the Elena Gallegos picnic area, (Kiwanis Reservation Area).

    There’s a signup sheet for our “Storehouse” work day on 1 June, 8:30A to 1:00P. So, find it & affix your name to it.

    Since there’ll probably be no District Assembly in ABQ next year, it’ll affect our usual pancake breakfast fundraiser! Shall we do sumpin else? Join the temporary fund raising committee to figure out what we’ll do, when we’ll do it & how much we’ve got to make. Members will meet on Wednesday, 23 May, (TOMORROW) at Mollie’s home at 1 PM.

    Mary B noted that Ron Hensley (Del Sol) asks for our help this Saturday, 5/26, 8A-5P at “Heroes Walk Among Us”. We’d be cleaning & fixing up at an apartment complex. They also need $$$ to help with rent. HWAU is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit whose mission is to end veteran homelessness.

    We’ve also received notes of thanks from CLNkids and Casa Esperanza.

    District 5520 will have our first Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to Russia from Sept. 8-15, 2018. Due to the political climate, the visa process is expected to be difficult, just as it was for the Russian group who recently visited us. Please check that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the end of the RFE before you respond with your interest in participating. The outbound group will visit Ekaterinburg (third largest city in Russia) and Chelyabinsk.

    Please respond with your interest by emailing pedaceabq@aol.com. Those who join the group will be asked to send a $100 per person check, made out to Rotary 5520, as a deposit to hold a space.

    Our outbound RFE group has just completed their visit in Scotland and it’s time to set up hosting plans for their RFE group to visit our District (Sept. 11–20, 2018). We ask that clubs and club members  volunteer to host our incoming guests. We’re looking for hosting clubs & families to share their homes and time with them for 3-4 days in each hosting community. If you’re willing to host and/or possibly be a local coordinator for your club, please let Donna know as soon as possible, so that we can set the travel itinerary. Questions? contact pedaceabq@aol.com or 505-349-8850.

    Today’s Program:     “Spotlight”

    Karen introduced  Ms. Donna Pedace, VP of the NM Children’s Foundation and a member of the Del Norte Club. New Mexico Children’s Foundation is a grassroots organization that funds small non-profit children’s organizations throughout New Mexico

    Investigative reporters / journalists are shining a spotlight on child well-being, abuse, child trauma and other adverse childhood experiences. The NM Children’s Foundation (Gary King, President) has taken an interest in assisting the journalists in their quest to bring legislative attention and funding to this subject.

    Since Rotary needs to put itself into the public eye and youth service is one of the five avenues of Rotary service, Donna suggests that we endorse and sponsor the work of Spotlight.

    A ‘Town Hall” roundtable meeting will be scheduled sometime this fall, to discuss solutions to the issues that affect our children. This meeting will attempt to initiate public opinion which will cause the state legislature to make appropriate changes and effect any necessary funding. 

    Today, the attending Club membership has voted unanimously to lend our collective voice to those of other Albuquerque & Rio Rancho Rotary Clubs in the support of this cause.

    For reference, the following information will assist in future communications :

    Donna Pedace: pedaceabq@aol.com or 505-349-8850.

    New Mexico Children’s Foundation: www.NMChildren.org

    President Gail presented Ms. Pedace with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that she has spent with us today.

    Our Thought For the Day was presented by Allan: “Research on child abuse suggests that religious beliefs can foster, encourage and justify the abuse of children. When contempt for sex underlies teachings, this creates a breeding ground for abuse.” – Mary Garden

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    28 May            Memorial Day

    29 May            Regular Meeting – What Does an Appellate Judge Do Anyway? - Judge Hank Bohnhoff

    1 June              We work at The Storehouse- 8:30A to 1:00 PM.

    5 June              Board Meeting

    5 June              Regular Meeting –“Wellness & Rotary” – Andrew Garrison

    12 June            Regular Meeting -

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            Regular Meeting -

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    21 June            Club Officer installation & celebration of our 2017-18 year.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June            Regular Meeting –

    3 July              Board Meeting #1

    3 July              Regular Meeting-

    4 July              Independence Day!!

    Thanks for continuing to help with setting up and striking the equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 15 May 2018 7:36 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Maureen Anderson, Del Norte

    Guests:           Lawrence Qutbuddin

    May is “Sharing Community Month”

    No pin / name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Karen’s happy that her rotator surgery is done & over with.

    Judy’s glad that Karen’s finished with surgery.

    Emily mentioned that there’ll be a big dance show @ the Kimo, Thursday at 1PM- “History of NM”. She’s also happy for Karen & sad for the passing of her puppy, “Charity”.

    Mary B spent some time up at the springs.

    Gail had a great trip w/ Jeffrey & is happy for recovering Karen.

    Penny also put up a buck.

    Mary J needs a crown & is happy that she can afford it, too!

    Pat spent a day in Santa Fe, re: Childhood Poverty. +black lives matter in ABQ next.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today:

    For the “can kitty mask”, who can tell us what this month’s Rotarian annual issue is about? Too many knew that it’s the annual Photo Contest Issue1

    The photo contest judge also shed some light on what subject? Maggie won a Chinese nail clipper for her answer “the lives of women”.

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

    Our guest Lawrence was talked into giving a recitation of one of his poems, “Light, Sound & Word”.

    Today we officially inducted Pamela Tanner into the ranks of our Club membership and sponsor Emily officiated at the ceremony. Hope that Pam will not be FL bound for a while. Welcome to Rotary Pam!

    Cake & munchies were thoughtfully provided by President Gail, too!

    We’ll be holding our installation party on Thursday, 21 June, 4P-8P, at the Elena Gallegos picnic area, (Kiwanis Reservation Area).

    There’s a signup sheet for our “Storehouse” work day on 1 June, 8:30A to 1:00P. So, find it & affix your name to it.

    Since there’ll probably be no District Assembly in ABQ next year, this’ll affect our usual pancake breakfast fundraiser! Shall we do sumpin else? Join the temporary fund raising committee to figure out what we’ll do, when we’ll do it & how much we’ve got to make. Members will meet on Wednesday, 23 May, at Mollie’s home at 1 PM.

    Emily has been kind enough to wade through our past Club records and to have come up with an 8 page spreadsheet that includes our Club’s income and expenditures. This really helps us to put numbers on next year’s budget!

    A quiz followed just to make things interesting, instead of just reading back figures to us. Tickets to an Isotopes ball game were awarded as prizes for the closest guesses as to our yearly average income and expenditures! Yup, there were winners- Mollie & Libby took ‘em home.

    Our District will have our first Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to Russia from Sept. 8-15, 2018. Due to the political climate, we expect the visa process to be difficult, just as it was for the Russian group who recently visited us. Please check that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the end of the RFE before you respond with your interest in participating. The outbound group will visit Ekaterinburg (third largest city in Russia) and Chelyabinsk.

    Please respond with your interest by emailing pedaceabq@aol.com. Those who join the group will be asked to send a $100 per person check, made out to Rotary 5520, as a deposit to hold a space.

    Emily also went over some possibilities for next year’s grant. Currently, there are three candidates: The Storehouse, CLNKids and Rio Grande food Pantry. It looks like they only need funds at this time. In order to receive a District Community Grant, members must also spend time & work on a project.

    Today’s Program:     "Don't Meth With Me"

    Karen introduced  Ms. Maureen Anderson, a member of the Del Norte Club who gives these talks to area school children.

    "Don't Meth With Us" is an anti-drug program for 5th graders and is a 501(c3) tax exempt foundation.

    The Mission is to educate children and families about the consequences of methamphetamine, arming them with the tools necessary to combat illicit drug use and addiction. To accomplish this, representatives go into schools and engage students on a personal level, opening their eyes to a bright, drug-free future.

    Paul McQueary (Farmington Club) is the founder of Don’t Meth With Us, the NM organization that started the original effort to curb the high rate of meth use. Many Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts in the USA are currently “on board” with this effort.

    Ms. Anderson showed us how a typical school presentation is accomplished. She also listed the ingredients that are used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.

    In 1887, meth was first synthesized from the drug ephedrine, an organic substance used in China as medicine for hundreds of years. The first known epidemic of meth after World War II was in Japan. Both the US and Japan used this drug to improve their soldier’s performance during World War II.

    In 2009 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported that there were over 26 million meth addicts in the world and called it the most abused hard drug on earth. In the US there were 1.5 million users.

    Trying a small amount of meth can cause bursts of energy, anxiety, tremors, jitteriness, convulsions, paranoia, hypothermia, and insomnia. Further effects include dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, weight loss, skin rashes, sores, & infections. The convulsions and hypothermia can result in a stroke and  death.

    Long term effects include meth mouth (addicts often lose teeth), sores, chronic fatigue, paranoia or delusional thinking, changes in personality, bone loss, malnutrition, liver and kidney damage and  permanent psychological damage.

    ABQ & Rio Rancho Clubs have assisted with this program when it was first begun:

    Albuquerque - Gordon Hennessy & Dom Bernardi

    Albuquerque Del Sol - Dan Wilkinson

    Albuquerque Del Norte - Bill Michael

    Albuquerque Metro - Waylon Gentry

    Albuquerque Sandia - FoFo Herrick

    Albuquerque Rio Grande - Ryan Jaseph

    Rio Rancho - Earl Waid

    Don't Meth With Us Foundation, Inc. PO Box 6725  Farmington, NM 87499

    President Gail presented Ms. Anderson with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that she has spent with us today.

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail rang the bell and concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 May            Ramadan begins

    22 May            Regular Meeting – “Spotlight” – Donna Pedace

    28 May            Memorial Day

    29 May            Regular Meeting – What Does an Appellate Judge Do Anyway? - Judge Hank Bohnhoff

    1 June              We work at The Storehouse- 8:30A to 1:00 PM.

    5 June              Board Meeting

    5 June              Regular Meeting –

    12 June            Regular Meeting -

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            Regular Meeting -

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    21 June            Club Officer installation & celebration of our 2017-18 year.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June            Regular Meeting -

    Thanks for continuing to help with setting up and striking the equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 08 May 2018 6:56 PM | Anonymous

    President-Elect Patrick called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.

    May is “Sharing Community Month”

    Two pin / name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks: 

    Karen will be undergoing some rotator cuff surgery tomorrow. 

    Maggie announced that she collected a carload of stuff for animal humane. But, she found out that Fofo will be soon holding a garage sale for Haiti & brought her stuff to the Event Palace.

    Mary J. put up a fiver! She’s now a great grandmother!

    Pat was happy to have nine guests attending the CLNKids fundraiser breakfast.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: How did the American Society of Civil Engineers rate the USA infrastructure? Barbara Bruce guessed that we received a D- and won a set of notebook tabs.

    #2 What’s the number of newspapers that closed up shop in the last 15 years? Maggie guessed the closest to the 600 papers that have closed. She won a pure metal box which contained a golfer’s kit with a metal Tee, a divot fixer and a tape measure.

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

    We’ll be holding our installation party on either 21 OR 23 June. Stay tuned for further developments!

    Allan has confirmed that parents DID sign papers for our Interact kids photos to be taken and released.  Patrick, Jan and Gail can now post the interact party pictures on our Club’s website & face book page..

    There’s a signup sheet for our “Storehouse” work day on 1 June, 8:30A to 1:00P.

    Pres-Elect Patrick announced that, at the last Presidents’ meeting, RYLA needs more adult male assistance at camp. RYLA will take place during the week of July 13.

    Since there’ll probably be no District Assembly in ABQ next year, this’ll affect our usual pancake breakfast fundraiser! Shall we do sumpin else? Join the temporary fund raising committee to figure out what we’ll do & when we’ll do it.

    Mollie has purchased a special award for the Club’s installation ceremonies.

    Today’s Program:     "Breaking the Silence"

    Mary B. introduced Ms. Barbara Bruce, Program Director and Sandy Staplehurst of “Breaking the Silence”. Barbara and Sandy spoke to us about their work in reaching out to kids about mental illness, stigma and suicide.

    In 2007, Desiree Woodland began presenting lessons on mental illness in classrooms around Albuquerque. As a mother and teacher in Albuquerque schools, she recognized the need for education about mental illness in middle and high school classrooms.
    In a talk to the Albuquerque mayor in 2013, Desiree shared the fact that ". . . . I realized that I was ill-equipped to understand mental illness. I began to educate myself and saw the great need to educate youth to make it okay to talk about something that had been hushed up, covered over with shame as if it was the fault of the person who HAD mental illness. It is not a moral weakness or a character flaw but an illness. . . . I have endeavored to speak up and give youth the language to engage in dialogue, and remove the shame from mental illness."

    In 2012, Executive Director Michele Herling of Compassionate Touch Network and Desiree met and spoke about the need for mental health education in classrooms.

    BTS is a core program of Compassionate Touch Network, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to increasing mental health literacy for youth, teens, and adults utilizing education and the arts.

    In 2013, they brought their shared vision to fruition and Breaking the Silence / New Mexico (BTS/NM) became a core program of Compassionate Touch Network.
    They scripted a curriculum to meet the needs of teachers, psychologists and social workers in middle and high school classrooms. The outcome was an interactive curriculum about mental illness and suicide that complements anti-bullying instruction, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

    BTS/NM confronts the myths and stereotypes that reinforce the silence about mental illness and suicide. Since 2013 BTS/NM-trained adult and youth facilitators have presented to youth in middle and high school classrooms in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Española, Pojoaque, and Zuni Pueblo. Lessons include personal stories, information, warning signs and resources.

    THREE WAYS TO BREAK THE SILENCE - CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS
    Offering BTS/NM curriculum by a team of trained facilitators to upper elementary, middle, and high school students in the classroom.
    Teaching professionals and nonprofessionals to be education facilitators in the class- room and at community forums.
    Raising awareness about mental illness and educating city and county community leaders, school administrators and staff, teachers, parents and the general public.

    Breaking the Silence / New Mexico works with upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms to bust the stereotypes and prejudices surrounding mental illnesses and suicide. A team of trained facilitators presents an interactive lesson that educates students to:

    ·        Recognize that mental illnesses are biologically based,

    ·        Understand the value of peer support systems,

    ·        Recognize warning signs, and support early treatment and

    ·        Utilize local and national resources

    Some additional facts: 20% of adolescents struggle with a mental disorder. One half of such disorders begin by age 14. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in NM (ages 14-24).

    BTS needs facilitators and sponsors.

    Barbara Bruce, Program Director - Breaking the Silence / New Mexico  (505) 577-7840
    email: Barbara Bruce / info.breakingthesilence@gmail.com and www.CompassionateTouchNetwork.org

    President-Elect Patrick presented Ms. Bruce with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time that she has spent with us today.

    Our Thought For the Day was presented by Mary J: “To be or not to be is the only question.”

    – Albert Camus, French philosopher, author, and journalist. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism.

    There being no further Rotary business, President-Elect Patrick rang the bell and concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    15 May            Regular Meeting -

    15 May            Ramadan begins

    22 May            Regular Meeting -

    28 May            Memorial Day

    29 May            Regular Meeting –

    1 June              We work at The Storehouse- 8:30A to 12Noon

    5 June              Board Meeting

    5 June              Regular Meeting –

    12 June            Regular Meeting -

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            Regular Meeting -

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    21 or 23 June  Club Officer installation Party.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June            Regular Meeting -

    Please continue to help with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 01 May 2018 10:24 AM | Anonymous
    President Gail called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.


    Visiting Rotarians:    David Simon (Del Sol)

    May is “Sharing Community Month”

    No pin / name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Gail’s happy to have spent 2 ½ weeks visiting her grandkids.

    Emily put up two bucks for vacationing (again?) to Fresno & Yosemite. She reminds us about Glidden’s fundraiser on 5 May.

    Maggie vacationed and visited three NM State parks.

    Mary J put up an advance apology buck, in case her phone rings- It’s her daughter’s due date!

    Vivien split a buck 3 ways- Penny, Pam & Vivien’s son just joined a Rotary Club in La Jolla San Diego!

    Mary B parted with a buck for the District Conference. Glidden’s Zambia people attended.

    Pamela’s happy to be back in ABQ.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: What’s on the cover of this month’s Rotarian magazine? Mollie said that it’s not a ladder… Those are Railroad Tracks!

    So, what’s on the BACK cover? It’s a picture of Rotary bells & how they’re made.

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

    Pat reminded us that the CLNKids breakfast is this Friday. The last table space was taken by Fofo.

    The annual CLNKids support breakfast will take place on 4 May, at the Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30 AM. We are to have 9 to 10 who’ll attend. Thanks to Pat for volunteering to be our table host / manager. Sign up today if you plan to attend. We must register by 27 April. Club donation will be $200.00.

    Rotary Leadership Institute classes will be held on Saturday, May 5th ~ 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE (French Funerals, Lomas Office). Register on the District website. All three sessions will be offered simultaneously. Breakfast included!

    Save the date!! 23 June is the day that we’ll be holding our installation party. Where? We don’t know yet. Any ideas?

    Thanks to Allan for running our booth at the H&G show! Got a couple of leads, too.

    Emily passed around a signup sheet for our “Storehouse” work day on 1 June, 8:30A to 12 Noon.

    Since there’ll be no District Assembly in ABQ next year, this’ll affect our usual pancake breakfast fundraiser! Shall we do sumpin else? Join the temporary fund raising committee to figure out what we’ll do & when we’ll do it.

    Pres-Elect Patrick reminded us that next year’s grant application is due on 1 June. Do you have an idea?

    Today’s Program:     Albuquerque Parks and Recreation 

    Karen introduced Mr. Dave Simon, Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Director.

    Albuquerque's Park Management Division maintains and manages around 300 park sites.

    Mission Statement

    Protect, plan, enhance, and maintain a Parks, Major Public Open Space, and Trails System that gives Albuquerque its sense of place.

    Promote economic development and tourism by continuing to provide quality, affordable facilities and programs (e.g. Golf, Recreation, Swimming Pools, Parks, Open Space, Balloon Fiesta Park, Shooting Range, and Sporting Events).

    Assure quality educational programs for youth to encourage positive behavior towards a conservation ethic and therefore combat "Nature Deficit Disorder."

    Provide quality recreation programs to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for all ages.

    Encourage and develop a healthy and safe work environment, ethical management practices, and a spirit of teamwork for all Parks and Recreation employees.

    Parks & Recreation Department Goals

    ·        Promote and Market Albuquerque’s Recreation Programs, Parks, Golf Courses, and Open Space

    ·        Develop New Strategies to Improve Albuquerque’s Leisure, Recreation, and Sports Facilities and Programs

    ·        Conserve and Sustain Albuquerque’s Natural and Cultural Resources for Future Generations

    ·        Meet Youth Entertainment and Sports Needs and Expectations

    ·        Maintain Harmony with Community and Neighborhood Associations

    ·        Ensure Every Visitor has a Quality Experience

    ·        Involve and Empower Community Groups

    ·        Increase Customer Confidence

    ·        Respond to Customer Needs Every Day of the Week

    A goals report shows the progress toward reaching a set of long-term goals, established with the input of its residents. Since 1995, city residents have convened every four years to determine and define Albuquerque's goals. The goals are categorized into eight areas, and each goal is further clarified through positive statements called desired community conditions. The full report is available on their website.

    Recreation Facilities & Activities

    Albuquerque is loaded with outstanding recreation opportunities. Make plans today for an activity.

    Basketball | Flag Football | Shooting Range | Softball | Tennis | Pickle Ball | Model Aircraft Flying

    Outdoor Recreation

    Albuquerque has an ideal climate and great recreation open to everyone.

    Rock Climbing Wall | Model Rocketry | Extreme Recreation | Winter Sports | Bicycling

    Swimming Classes

    Whether you want to dip in an Olympic-size pool or improve your tennis game, they are happy to help you get started. Swimming Lessons | Lifeguard Courses

    Filming Locations in Albuquerque Parks

    To see which Albuquerque parks have been used for filming movies and television shows, a map of Park Filming Locations is available on their website.

    We have 15 dog parks, 148 tennis courts, 15 aquatics facilities & 4 municipal golf courses. There are 29K acres of open space. It costs $5million/yr for watering, from their $40 million budget.

    For the most up-to-date information about games and weather, call (505) 768-GAME (4263).

    For more information, go to https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation

    President Gail presented Mr. Simon with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time he has spent with us today.

    Our Thought For the Day was presented by Jan: “The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.” – Marlee Martin

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    4 May              CLNKids support breakfast @ Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30AM

    5 May              Women2Be Fundraiser- “Wine for Womanhood” www.Women2Be.org for tickets

    8 May              Regular Meeting - Barbara Bruce, "Breaking the Silence"

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    15 May            Regular Meeting -

    15 May            Ramadan begins

    22 May            Regular Meeting -

    28 May            Memorial Day

    29 May            Regular Meeting –

    1 June              We work at The Storehouse- 8:30A to 12Noon

    5 June              Board Meeting

    5 June              Regular Meeting –

    12 June            Regular Meeting -

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            Regular Meeting -

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    23 June            Club Officer installation Party.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June            Regular Meeting -

    Please continue to help with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 24 Apr 2018 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    No regular meeting today. However, we’ll  be attending the “All Club Luncheon” at the District Conference in Santa Fe on Friday.

    April Has Been “Magazine Month” 

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

    The annual CLNKids support breakfast will take place on 4 May, at the Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30 AM. We are to have 9 to 10 who’ll attend. Thanks to Pat for volunteering to be our table host / manager. If you plan to attend, contact Pat Diem. It’s free… BUT, bring your checkbook.

    Rotary Leadership Institute classes will be held on Saturday, May 5th ~ 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    10500 Lomas Blvd, NE (French Funerals). All three sessions offered simultaneously. Breakfast included!

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – Eldorado Hotel.

    27 Apr             All Club Luncheon  - Past Rotary International President, Rick King, Main Speaker!

    1 May              Board Meeting

    1 May              Regular Meeting -

    4 May              CLNKids support breakfast @ Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30AM

    5 May              Women2Be Fundraiser- “Wine for Womanhood” www.Women2Be.org for tickets

    8 May              Regular Meeting -

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    15 May            Regular Meeting -

    15 May            Ramadan begins

    22 May            Regular Meeting -

    28 May            Memorial Day

    29 May            Regular Meeting –

    5 June              Board Meeting

    5 June              Regular Meeting –

    12 June            Regular Meeting -

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            Regular Meeting -

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June            Regular Meeting -
  • 17 Apr 2018 5:42 PM | Anonymous

    President-Elect Patrick called our meeting to order at 12:00N. He led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Guests:           Gloria & Michael Povolny, guests of Patrick

    April is “Magazine Month”

    Just one pin / name tag fine was collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Pat parted with a buck to celebrate her entry into the 70’s. Also, to have seen Book of Mormon.

    Judy put one up for Pat’s joining the 70’s club.

    Mary B was happy, too. But, she didn’t have a buck.

    Libby related a “Book of Mormon” story… She discovered two young, well dressed young men who were sharing a joint in an arroyo!

    Mollie has a leak which cannot be found! Does someone have the name of a good plumber?

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Rotary Magazine, re: Shelter Box.  As we all remember, we have sent one to Nepal in the recent past. Shelter Box people are trained and they have a final exam. Where does this take place? No one guessed that it’s in the U.K.

    The Las Vegas Rotary Club wants to change the image of their city. How are they attempting this? Expecting Moms receive a “Future Rotarian” pin!

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

    NO REGULAR MEETING on 24 April!!!!

    Our ad in the Peace Choir’s programs did turn out nicely

    We received a note of thanks for our donation to The Rock at Noonday.

    The “All-Club” Luncheon is held every year during the District Conference. On Friday, April 27th. all clubs are asked to make that luncheon their weekly club meeting and to encourage all members to attend.

    Rick King, Past R.I. President will be the featured speaker at the event.

    The annual CLNKids support breakfast will take place on 4 May, at the Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30 AM. We are to have 9 to 10 who’ll attend. Thanks to Pat for volunteering to be our table host / manager. Sign up today if you plan to attend. We must register by 27 April. Club donation will be $200.00.

    Rotary Leadership Institute classes will be held on Saturday, May 5th ~ 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE (French Funerals, Lomas Office)

    All three sessions offered simultaneously. Breakfast included!

    Today’s Program:     New Mexico Junior Achievement

    Karen introduced Mr. Mark Schmit, program manager.

    Junior Achievement of New Mexico, Inc. is the state's largest economic education organization. Junior Achievement uses free hands-on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, JA brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential.

    JA is a 501(c)(3) organization which was begun in 1919. They believe that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy.

    Their goal is to build young people's capacity to spur economic development and contribute to America's global competitiveness. Junior Achievement helps prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate and effectively manage wealth, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

    In learning these lessons, and putting them into quantifiable action, students become intimately familiar with economics and finances. They become better prepared to assume their role in the practical world of work and responsible citizenship.

    JA empowers young people to own their economic success. Their volunteer-based K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.

    Junior Achievement is New Mexico's organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through real-world, hands-on programs.

    Programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

    JA's unique approach (less lectures and more hands-on) allows volunteers from the community to deliver their curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, 202,000 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of their lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

    JA does need volunteers/mentors and donations. $36 allows JA to serve one student and $1000 permits them to offer a program to one class at a partner school. We’re looking into starting up JA at Manzano HS

    JA Statewide Headquarters: 4700 Lincoln Rd. NE   Albuquerque, NM 87109

    Erin Hagenow, President  president@newmexicoja.org  Direct Line: (505) 342-6354

    For more information, go to https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-newmexico

    Or call 505-342-6350

    Our Thought For the Day was presented by Allan: “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – anon.

    There being no further Rotary business, President-Elect Patrick concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence (a booth) at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    24 Apr             NO REGULAR MEETING

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – Eldorado Hotel.

    27 Apr             All Club Luncheon  - Past Rotary International President, Rick King, Main Speaker!

    1 May              Board Meeting

    1 May              Regular Meeting -

    4 May              CLNKids support breakfast @ Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30AM

    5 May              Women2Be Fundraiser- “Wine for Womanhood” www.Women2Be.org for tickets

    8 May              Regular Meeting -

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    15 May            Regular Meeting -

    15 May            Ramadan begins

    22 May            Regular Meeting -

    28 May            Memorial Day

    29 May            Regular Meeting –

    5 June              Board Meeting

    5 June              Regular Meeting –

    12 June            Regular Meeting -

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            Regular Meeting -

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June            Regular Meeting -

    Please continue to help with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 10 Apr 2018 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    No regular meeting today… Instead, we had ourselves a Field Trip to Casa Rondena Winery

    at 11:00 AM, MDT. The tour was informative and the surroundings were very pleasant.
    Cas Rondena Winery, 733 Chavez Road NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

    Following our tour, members and guests met for lunch at Sadie’s. Don’t ask about Allan’s lunch.

    April is “Magazine Month” 

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

    James Morrison found and delivered Pat’s Paul Harris fellowship certificate. Better late than never!

    Gail will be away to CT and visiting grandkids for a couple of weeks.

    NO REGULAR MEETING on 24 April!!!!

    The “All-Club” Luncheon is held every year during our District Conference. On Friday, April 27th, all clubs are asked to make that luncheon their weekly club meeting and to encourage all members to attend.

    IF a member has registered for the full conference, there is nothing more that needs to be done. 

    IF a member has already registered to attend a part of the conference and has paid for the Friday luncheon, nothing needs to be done. 

    IF there are members who will ONLY attend the luncheon and haven’t registered as yet, go to the District 5520 website ( www.Rotary5520.org ) by April 16th and register. Cost is $30 per person. Rick King, Past R.I. President will be the featured speaker for the lunch.

    “Roots to Wings” fundraiser project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 8 volunteers (& we have!) on 14 April (Saturday evening) at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We’ll be working booths and games and we’ll earn $400. This’ll be a book signing fundraiser event.

    The annual CLNKids support breakfast will take place on 4 May, at the Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30 AM. We have 9 to 10 who’ll attend. Pat has volunteered to be our table host/manager. Get your name to her if you plan to attend. We have to register by 27 April. Our Club will donate $200.00.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

    17 Apr             Regular Meeting – New Mexico Junior Achievement- Erin Hagenow, President

    21 Apr             Queen Elizabeth II Birthday

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence (a booth) at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    24 Apr             NO REGULAR MEETING

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – Eldorado Hotel.

    27 Apr             All Club Luncheon  - Past Rotary International President, Rick King, Main Speaker!

    1 May              Board Meeting

    1 May              Regular Meeting-

    4 May              CLNKids support breakfast @ Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30AM

    5 May              Women2Be Fundraiser- “Wine for Womanhood” www.Women2Be.org for tickets

    8 May              Regular Meeting-

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    15 May            Regular Meeting-

    15 May            Ramadan begins

    22 May            Regular Meeting-

    28 May            Memorial Day

    29 May            Regular Meeting-

    5 June              Board Meeting

    5 June              Regular Meeting-

    12 June            Regular Meeting-

    17 June            Father’s Day

    19 June            Regular Meeting-

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    26 June            Regular Meeting-

    1 July              A new Rotary Year begins!!!!

    Please continue to help with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 03 Apr 2018 6:33 PM | Anonymous
    Following this morning’s board of directors meeting, President Gail called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    There were no visiting Rotarians and just one guest (Penny) at today’s meeting.  

    April is “Magazine Month”

    Just one pin / name tag fine was collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Judy’s youngest grandson graduates this year- will attend film school- was accepted into a choice of three schools!

    Dave: When his wife left, she took the car… his pin was in the car! (She’ll be back soon)

    Vivien for Penny and for son #1- He actually sent flowers for Easter! He also visited a Rotary Club.

    Mary J. parted with a fiver for: Penny; +1 prospective member; great weather; the weekend is over and one for our group happiness!

    Penny coughed up a buck for being our newest member.

    Gail will be away to CT and visiting grandkids for a couple of weeks.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: After showing off all of his prizes, the questions began…

    What was another (original) name for the Nob Hill shopping center? Following several strange answers, the truth was revealed to us: the name was “Wiggleman’s Folly” (1947). Attesting to our city’s changing boundaries, members Mary J, Pat, Dave & Judy had some Interesting comments to add.

    #2… Re: April’s Rotarian magazine interviews what person regarding what 50th anniversary? Mary B. picked up a package of toothpicks (new?): Yup, it’s the 50th year following the assassination of MLK Jr. Bernice King is his youngest daughter. 

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

    April Birthdays: Allan, Pat, Vivien and Penny. They all had to share one song! 

    We are happy to have Mary J induct our newest Club member today! Penny McElhaney has joined the ranks of dedicated Rotarians. Her sponsor is Mary Johnson. Welcome Penny!

    President Gail read several letters of thanks to us. They were from our Interact Club members.

    Our Pancake Breakfast fundraiser: Everyone put in so much work! Net amount to our coffers= $1898. We’d still like any comments about the event & about the venue.

    NO REGULAR MEETING on 24 April!!!!

    The “All-Club” Luncheon is held every year during the District Conference. On Friday, April 27th. all clubs are asked to make that luncheon their weekly club meeting and to encourage all members to attend.

    IF a member has registered for the full conference, there is nothing more that needs to be done. 

    IF a member has already registered to attend a part of the conference and has paid for the Friday luncheon, nothing needs to be done. 

    IF there are members who will ONLY attend the luncheon and haven’t registered as yet, go to the District 5520 website ( www.Rotary5520.org ) by April 16th and register. Cost is $30 per person. Rick King, Past R.I. President will be the featured speaker for the lunch.

    Today was the final call from Dave for District Cruise raffle tickets. Any that you buy will add to your EREY and Paul Harris Fellowship. Make out checks to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    “Roots to Wings” fundraiser project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 8 volunteers (& we have!) on 14 April (Saturday evening) at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We’ll be working booths and games and we’ll earn $400. We should be doing this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen! This’ll be a book signing event.

    The annual CLNKids support breakfast will take place on 4 May, at the Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30 AM. We have 9 to 10 who’ll attend. Pat has volunteered to be our table host/manager. Get your name to her if you plan to attend. We have to register by 27 April. Club donation will be $200.00.

    Every year, each Rotary Club receives voting documentation from R.I. to be used by a delegate at the Yearly Convention. No one will be attending from our Club this year. So, we will forward our voting proxy to a District Rotarian who plans to make the trip to Canada.

    Silver Horizons will be opening up a thrift store! We’ll plan to help out somehow, soon.

    Pat has donated $500 to the Club in lieu of a quilt.

    Emily is working on a $1000.00 matching grant for us, from PNM.

    Following the winery tour on 10 April, we’ll get together for lunch at Sadie’s. How to get to the winery & to Sadie’s? Karen will send out an instructional email to all.

    Today’s Program:     If we had one, it would have been about Wellness and Rotary.

    Karen was to have introduced fellow Rotarian and past president of the Rio Grande Club, Andrew Garrison. He forgot all about today’s talk!

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    10 Apr             Regular Meeting – 11AM Field Trip & tour of Casa Rondena Winery with John Calvin

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

    17 Apr             Regular Meeting – New Mexico Junior Achievement- Erin Hagenow, President

    21 Apr             Queen Elizabeth II Birthday

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence (a booth) at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    24 Apr             NO REGULAR MEETING

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – Eldorado Hotel.

    27 Apr             All Club Luncheon  - Past Rotary International President, Rick King, Main Speaker!

    4 May              CLNKids support breakfast @ Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30AM

    5 May              Women2Be Fundraiser- “Wine for Womanhood” www.Women2Be.org for tickets

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    15 May            Ramadan begins

    28 May            Memorial Day

    17 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

    Please continue to help with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

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

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