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  • 02 Mar 2021 7:03 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s Zoom meeting was called to order by President-Elect Emily at 12 Noon. She led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Michael, Barrie Segall & Shari Storm from Edmonds, WA.

    March is – “World Understanding Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    President Allan couldn’t be contacted directly today. However, Karen says that he’s getting stronger with much therapy and he plans to return home on Friday. If you wish to give him a call (after 3PM) dial up his room ‘phone: (505) 563-4171

    John was good for $6: Two bucks for Gretchen’s both eye cataract surgeries & $4 for G&J’s two immunization shots.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     Rotary Clubs in what country will distribute $5 million from USAid to help their communities recover from the Covid pandemic? Answer: Italy! Announcing the grant, USAid Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman said “With Rotary’s knowledge of local needs, we’re now able to target our support to help those most affected by this pandemic, while building stronger and more resilient communities” and  “I am proud to support Rotary because of the organization’s enduring commitment to community-led development.” 

    Italy’s 13 regional Rotary districts can each apply for a minimum of three $100,000 grants to support health, education and community development. Eligible activities include providing: equipment for medical facilities, educational supplies and equipment to schools, students and families; and resources to help businesses remain open safely. 

    2.     Last week was the anniversary of the 1st mass inoculation against what disease in the US in 1945? Answer: Polio of course! 

    3.     Extra Credit: What city/state the above mass inoculation took place in and why there? It was Pittsburgh, Pa, because Salk was doing his primary research at Univ. of Pittsburg.

    4.     481 years ago (1540) an expedition sets off from Mexico to explore the Southwest. They discover the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. There’s a nearby State park named for him! It was Francisco Vázquez de Coronado. Born in Spain, Coronado arrived in New Spain (Mexico) in 1535 and was later made Governor of one of its provinces. In 1540, after reports by a Franciscan Friar of the existence of 7 golden cities, he led a large expedition north in search of riches. Finding just villages, his expedition continued on, discovering the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Returning to New Mexico in 1842 without finding sources of wealth Coronado's expedition was considered a failure. Oh well…..

    5.     Who did the Buffalo Soldiers in New Mexico pursue? Answer: Pancho Villa. General Pershing led a punitive expedition against Pancho Villa after the 1916 raid on Columbus, NM.  2 regiments of Buffalo Soldiers who had been guarding the New Mexico Territory border were part of the raid (1 mounted, 1 walking). By 1920 the 3,600 Buffalo Soldiers stationed in Columbus at Camp Furlong represented one of the largest black military communities ever to have resided in the US West, until it’s removal in 1922.The nickname “Buffalo Soliders” began with the Cheyene warriors in 1867, and was a term of respect for the fierce fighting ability of the all-black regiments.

    6.     The 14th Academy Awards honored film achievements in 1941 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony is now considered notable, in retrospect, as the year in which -------------------- failed to win Best Picture, which instead was awarded to John Ford's How Green Was My Valley. Ford won his third award for Best Director. Who were the stars of “Green Valley”? Answer: Maureen O’Hara, Anna Lee, Roddy McDowell & Walter Pidgeon.

    7.     Who was projected to be the Best Picture that year? Answer: Citizen Kane starring Orson Welles

    8.     On this date in 1933, the film named the “4th Greatest Horror Movie in Modern Times” was released in NYC. What was it?  Hints: It had dinosaurs but they weren’t the stars, it took place partially in NYC, there was an ape.  Answer: King Kong!

    9.     Who was the leading female actor?  Answer: Fay Wray. According to her autobiography, On the Other Hand, Wray recounts that Cooper had told her he planned to star her opposite the "tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood". She assumed he meant Clark Gable until he showed her a picture of Kong climbing the Empire State Building.

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

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of March, April, May & June, please contact Judy. What do you want us to know?

    A consensus of Club members present agreed to donate $500 of Club funds to Hands of the Caribbean Inc. a 501C3 NM nonprofit at http://handsofthecaribbean.com to support education and health services in Haiti . We’ll “present” the donation to Fofo’s daughter when she speaks to the Club on 16 March.

    Today’s Program:     How To Work Together When We Can’t Be Together

    Shari Storm had to introduce herself today, since President Allan & Judy didn’t quite touch base on today’s program.

    Shari’s vision is to improve peoples' lives by contributing to their success and being enjoyable to work with.

    Maintaining Momentum / How to Work Together When We Can’t Be Together Social distancing creates all sorts of stressors on working relationships. Learn a few tips that can be used to ensure interaction with co-workers, teams, clients, or anyone else, with grace and empathy. Small changes in the way you communicate can have a long-lasting impact on the connection you have with those you value the most.

    Today’s hints and subject matter:

    Don’t run a business (or a Club) like a battlefield but, like a sport.

    A problem well stated is a problem ½ solved.

    Speak directly to someone when dealing with anything sensitive.

    Find your go to phrase (or noise) to use when you don’t want to say anything at all.

    Be deliberate about what & how you celebrate… Start new rituals.

    Also discussed were unique stressors, i.e. we’re all on edge, with a lot of uncertainty.

    For more info, go to www.category6consulting.com                Or call (425) 367-8818

    Covid rules: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=adley+covid+rules+video

    My book:https://category6consulting.com/purchase-motherhood-is-the-new-mba/

    There being no additional Rotary business, we adjourned at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    6 Mar              President-Elect Training Part 1 via zoom- 9A to 12:30P

    9 Mar              Board Meeting at 11AM

    9 Mar              Regular Zoom meeting –

    13 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 2 via zoom.

    14 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins. Stay up & change your clocks at 2AM

    16 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day

    20 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 Mar            First Day of Spring!

    23 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    27 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

    27 Mar            Passover

    30 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    4 April             Easter Sunday

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

    12 April           Ramadan begins at sundown

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

    1 May              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    9 May              Mother’s Day

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    20 June            Father’s Day

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day.

    4-8 June-2022  International Convention – HOUSTON, TX !!
  • 23 Feb 2021 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    Today, Rotary’s 115th Birthday Zoom meeting was called to order by President-Elect Emily at 12 Noon. She led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Barrie Segall (Del Sol)

    February has been – “World Understanding Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    President Allan could not be with us today… He’s gettin’ better and the prognosis is good & he’s now at Encompass Health Rehab Hospital – room 150 and they even loaned him Bed A. Get better soon, Allan!

    He can be reached by ‘phone from 3PM to 4:30PM. Main # (505) 344-9478

    Today is World Understanding and Peace Day.

    Emily parted with $20 ‘cause she was so proud of her son, who received a US Army achievement award.

    Pamela noted that her Bobby will be moving into his new home very soon.

    Gloria was good for a fiver since her arm is healing well. Also (a sad buck) for her daughter who came close to being bombed out! However, she’ll be relocating with her family to Shanghai very soon.

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

    Did we all go to  cvvaccine.nmhealth.org  ???         

    February birthday:  Richard

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of March (2 weeks worth), April, May & June, please contact Judy. What do you want us to know?

    Here’s an interesting thought from Ben Franklin: In wine, there is Wisdom; In beer, there is Freedom; In water, there is Bacteria!

    We were reminded that a consensus of Club members will be necessary to donate $500 of Club funds to Hands of the Caribbean Inc. a 501C3 NM nonprofit at http://handsofthecaribbean.com to support education and health services in Haiti. We’ll try to have Fofo’s daughter speak to the Club next month.

    Cloud Dancers is in the process of moving their operation to another location! They hope to be in residence by 1 April.

    Today’s Program:     Wild Birds Unlimited

    Judy introduced Claude Vallieres. Claude is a volunteer at Rio Grande Nature Center and Albuquerque Open Space as a bird walk guide. Today, he spoke on the bird species to be found in our area and how to attract and feed them.

    In addition to the approximately 550 species of birds in the NM area, there also exist a few raptors (carnivores) in our state, i.e. coopers hawks (ABQ has the most), great horned owls, some bald eagles (in winter near the river) and, of course, we’ve also got roadrunners, too!

    We can’t do much about raptors… you’ve just gotta live with them.

    Here’s a lot more info about our local birds -

    Roadrunners: you can tell males by red & blue around their eyes (always wondered about that).

    During the winter we’ve got Junkos (described), starlings and gulls too.

    We also have lesser goldfinches year ‘round, robins, threshers, house finches, British house sparrows, bush tits (year ‘round), juniper titmice and woodpeckers (flickers are biggest).

    We also discussed bird strikes into windows and some solutions.

    For even more info, go to Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria Rd., NW  505-344-7240

    Accessible CarouselOpen Space Visitor Center (Westside)   6500 Coors Blvd. N.W., (505) 897-8831

    To create habitats and bird identification, go to www.Audibon.org

    For Wild Birds Unlimited,  https://albuquerqueeast.wbu.com      Or call   (505) 883-0324

    There being no additional Rotary business, we closed up shop at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    2 Mar              Regular Zoom meeting – John tells lies about his life…

    6 Mar              President-Elect Training Part 1 via zoom- 9A to 12:30P

    9 Mar              Board Meeting at 11AM

    9 Mar  `          Regular Zoom meeting –

    13 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 2 via zoom.

    14 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins. Stay up & change your clocks at 2AM

    16 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day

    20 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 Mar            First Day of Spring!

    23 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    27 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

    30 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    4 April             Easter Sunday

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

    12 April           Ramadan begins at sundown

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

    1 May             Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    12-16 June     Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day.

    4-8 June-2022  International Convention – HOUSTON, TX !!
  • 16 Feb 2021 6:07 PM | Anonymous

    Our Fat Tuesday Zoom meeting was called to order by President-Elect Emily at 12 Noon. She led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Well, no Mardi Gras parades today…

    Visiting Rotarians:    Michael Podolny & James Morrison

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    President Allan could not be with us today… Why? He’s had a stroke yesterday AM and is at UNM hospital! The stroke appears to have affected his right side. He’s somewhat better now and the prognosis is good & he’ll be out on Friday (rehab follows). Get better soon, Allan! (NO, you can’t visit him.)

    Pat called in an update on how she's doing. Friday she had enough energy to use the phone. She got out of bed and walked a few steps to a chair. She’s off the morphine and is getting oral pain meds. Needless to say, she's wiped out. She was under anesthesia for five hours during the surgery and everything looked as it should after having the three rounds of chemo. She’s home now.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     Abraham Lincoln stopped his train on his way to his 1st inauguration to thank 11-year old Grace Bedell in person & to gain more votes. What was her advice? Answer: Her advice to grow a beard.

    2.     This town was founded around 1900 and was located 18 miles southwest of Roswell. Until the mid-1920s, about 300 African American people lived there. What was the name of the town? Answer: Blackdom represented an opportunity to those who wanted to shape their own destiny at a time when choices for African Americans were extremely limited. (History: Francis Boyer was a well-educated man who had graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta. His wife Ella Boyer also graduated from college, having attended Atlanta University. They were both teachers.  Sometime in the late 1890s, Francis witnessed the murder of a black barber who was executed in cold blood because he nicked a white patron’s cheek as he gave him a shave. He started collecting stories about atrocities but the Klan threatened him. Francis and his wife decided to found a community in New Mexico because Francis’ father had noted that there was less discrimination in New Mexico when he was in the Army during the Mexican American War.

    Francis and his brother-in-law walked 2,000 miles from Atlanta to the Roswell area. Ella followed the next year. The community of Blackdom grew to over 15,000 acres. It then folded because of drought.)

    3.     On Feb 16, 1923, Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber  of ??????.  Answer: King Tut – the child king of Egypt.

    4.     Feb 16, 1938, the film "Bringing Up Baby" directed by Howard Hawks made its debut. Who were the 2 stars of the film? Answer: Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. 

    5.     In the above film, who was “Baby” Answer: A leopard. Side note: Bringing up Baby was a commercial flop upon its release, although it eventually made a small profit after its re-release in the early 1940s. Shortly after the film's premiere, Hepburn was labeled as "box office poison" by the Independent Theatre Owners of America and her career would not recover until The Philadelphia Story two years later. Who knew?

    6.     February 16, 1959, What Caribbean gentleman, son of a sugarcane farmer, became the 16th Prime Minister of what country? Answer: Fidel Castro – Cuba (And not by a certified popular vote!)

    7.     February 16, 1968, who flew (with their wives) to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ? Answer: The Fab Four of Course (The Beatles)

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

    District 5520 leadership has created a 501(c)(3), corporation identified as “District 5520 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Inc.” The new corporation will function as a foundation; therefore, scholarships and  funding provided by District Clubs and private individuals and companies will be treated as donations meeting all of the guidelines outlined by IRS.

    February birthday:  Richard

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of April, May & June, please contact Judy. What do you want us to know?

    Today’s Program:     Rotary Cycling Fellowship

    Judy introduced our Club’s founder direct from San Diego’s Point Loma Club, James Morrison ,Vice President and member of the International Fellowship of Cycling Rotarians, USA/Canada.

    First, James reviewed some of the many (95 of them) international Rotary Fellowships that are available for us to join.

    It’s all about fitness, fellowship and some fundraising along the way. It doesn’t matter if your cycling is on the road, mountain, electric-bikes, competitive or just weekend family fun rides. The International Fellowship of Cycling Rotarians (Cycling to Serve Fellowship) is a group dedicated to promoting cycling as an opportunity for fellowship. The fellowship has 600 members spanning 14 countries and has accomplished 51 fund raisers.

    The objectives of this Fellowship are to develop and promote world-wide friendship through cycling competitively and recreationally; to serve the community locally, nationally and internationally through cycling activities; and to promote international understanding and peace through cycling activities.

    Today, more people of all ages are discovering the health and mental benefits of cycling. Let’s face it, we’re all getting a little older, even if you’re a millennial. What better way to stay in shape? Cycling, fellowship and service. It just doesn’t get any better.

    Rotarian cyclists were hard at work on World Polio Day. Our General Secretary John Hewko set an example by riding (and raising funds) around Evanston ; Past District Governor Ernie Montagne in Tucson, Arizona; District Governor Tom Drennan around St. Louis, Missouri; Ildus Yanyshev, District Governor of Russia, in Kazan; a Cycling to Serve booth with its chairman Jean-Luc Berger in Aix en Provence, France.

    ROTARY PEDAL is a collective that brings together 20 Rotary clubs in Peru, which organized major cycling events and road safety education campaigns called “Respect the cyclist” since 2015.
    ROTARY PEDAL promotes the use of bicycles as a sustainable means of transport, to promote healthy lifestyles, to preserve the environment and to develop Rotary’s public image in our community.

    The fellowship publishes a newsletter, a membership directory, an event calendar and they have a website. Yup, they pay dues ($20/year) as do most Rotary fellowships and they have neat jerseys too!

    Many events are scheduled throughout the year, i.e.: Tour de Cookie (November in Tucson), Tour de Blast and the Rodeo Road Rally. There’s also “Team Rotary RAAM” which is a ride across America, which takes 7 days and runs for 3000 miles. They’ve raised $1 million! The fellowship has run a Polio ride, a centennial ride and an End Polio Now ride (for 30 years).

    Also, there’s the Rotary International Cycling Championships 2021, which will take place on August 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday) in Nancy, France.

    Want to get involved with the International Fellowship of Cycling Rotarians?

    Click onà Contact us today!

    Cycling to Serve is one of the recognized Rotary Fellowships. Throughout the month of June, we’ll be celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month by sharing inspirational services stories from various Rotary Fellowships. We hope these stories inspire you to join or start a Rotary Fellowship.

    Want more information? Go to  https://www.cyclingtoserve.org

    Also, see www.RideToEndPolio.org

    There being no additional Rotary business, we closed up shop at 1:08 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting – Wild Birds Unlimited - Claude Vallieres

    23 Feb             Rotary’s 115th Birthday. That day is also World Understanding and Peace Day.

    2 Mar              Regular Zoom meeting –

    6 Mar              President-Elect Training Part 1 via zoom- 9A to 12:30P

    9 Mar              Board Meeting at 11AM

    9 Mar  `          Regular Zoom meeting –

    13 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 2 via zoom.

    14 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    16 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day

    20 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    23 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    27 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

    30 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    1 May              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day. 
  • 09 Feb 2021 7:19 PM | Anonymous

    Following our monthly board meeting, this meeting was called to order via Zoom by President Allan at 12 Noon. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

     Visiting Rotarians:    Michael Podolny

     February is – “World Understanding Month”

     Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

     Here’s a phrase for Vivien: “Tickety Boo!”

    Pat has surgery this week… Give her a call.

    Cheryl & Penny will be taking the District grant training.

    Next week we’ll decide to send Club $$ to Fofo’s “Hands of the Caribbean Inc.

    The Club has received a grant from PNM in the amount of $2100.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     What is the recently announced theme for Rotary 2021-22 year ? A: “Serve to Change Lives”.

    2.     What is the topic of the article in the February Rotary Magazine by the “Santa Fe scholar”? Answer: Survival of the Resilient by Laurence Gonzales. Check it out (page 22) He wrote: After trauma, “most of us can and will find ways to cope. We will emerge into resilience and fashion a new life, perhaps one that is fuller and richer than what we left behind.”

    3.     So, what is the “Santa Fe Institute” where the above author was a resident scholar? Answer: It’s a non-profit think tank that looks at complex systems in a multi-disciplinary way. For instance, one of the questions they are working on now is “How can we stop disinformation from flooding the internet?”. It’s ranked 25th in the world among think tanks focusing on science and technology, and also 25th in the world on multidisciplinary studies.

    4.     In what year did the first African person representing a government arrive in New Mexico? Answer: 1593! It was Esteban, an African Moor, was the first official representative of Spain to the Native people of New Mexico at Zuni. He was an adventurer, explorer and original member of the ill-fated Pánfilo de Narváez expedition from Cuba to explore the Florida coast in 1527. He wandered the southwest for over a decade.

    5.     What is the MOST COMMON street name in the US ​​? Answer: Second Street (next in order of frequency are Third, Fourth, Park, Fifth, Main, Sixth, all according to the National League of Cities! Not a Washington, Jefferson or Montgomery in the list!

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

    So, who’ll run our projects next year?

    Don’t forget our voluntary per member donation to our Club, which is past due. This donation takes the place of  fundraising events.

    February birthdays:  Richard

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of April, May & June, please contact Judy. What do you want us to know?

    Today’s Program:     Albuquerque history

    Judy introduced Elaine Briseño, Albuquerque Journal staff writer. Elaine writes a twice-a-month column in the Albuquerque Journal, “What’s in a Name?” where she gives a short history of how places in New Mexico were named. Briseño has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society for an Albuquerque History Accolade.

    Today, we discovered the background of some of New Mexico’s interesting names and history.

    It’s a difficult job to trace name origins, requiring a great deal of research to find the origins of street and town names which have changed over time. There seem to be some “rules” on naming streets, roads, boulevards and avenues. Beginning in the 1800’s and continuing to the 1950’s most names were originated; some from the Spanish, some from Mexican, German, etc. During the 1950’s, there was a huge growth period, where many unconnected and differently named roads became connected but kept their original names (how confusing!).

    An extensive Q&A and discussion period revealed many interesting facts regarding name sources and influences. Did you know that “Kimo” is a made up name?

    There’s also a book by Judy Nickell, “Atrisco to Zena Lona” if you’re interested.

    Need more? Contact ebriseno@abqjournal.com  505-823-3965


    There being no additional Rotary business, we all left at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 Feb             Lunar New Year… AND

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day (Ya ain’t goin out fer dinner!)

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    16 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting – Rotary Cycling Fellowship - James Morrison

    23 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting – Wild Birds Unlimited - Claude Vallieres

    23 Feb             Rotary’s 115th Birthday. That day is also World Understanding and Peace Day.

    2 Mar              Regular Zoom meeting –

    6 Mar              President-Elect Training Part 1 via zoom- 9A to 12:30P

    9 Mar              Board Meeting at 11AM

    9 Mar  `          Regular Zoom meeting –

    13 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 2 via zoom.

    14 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    16 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day

    20 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    23 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    27 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

    30 Mar            Regular Zoom meeting –

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    1 May              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day. 
  • 02 Feb 2021 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    Following the yearly groundhog appearance, our meeting was called to order via Zoom by President Allan at 12 Noon. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Barrie Segall & Michael Podolny

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    From Cheryl, via Gloria, Vivien’s back in Rio Rancho & she’s really bored!

    Vivien address   (email read to her by her daughter) – neesha.lahiri@gmail.com

    or mail a card to:        Vivien Lahiri

                                        The Neighborhood at Rio Rancho

                                        900 Loma Colorado Blvd. NE

                                        Rio Rancho, NM 87124

    Michael is now a member of the virtual Rotary Club to End Human Trafficking & has given up membership in our Club.

    Karen is introducing House bill #140, Re: Mandatory minimums & some judicial reform.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     What is the significance of February to Rotarians? Answer:  The Rotary Founding Anniversary is February 23

    2.     What is the February Rotary focus on ? Choose from: International Development, Civil Rights, Promoting Peace, Service Above Self. (Answer: Promoting Peace!)

    3.     What “first” is Clara Belle Williams known for in New Mexico? Possible answers: - taught at Las Cruces schools for many years (in the NEA Hall of Fame!), raised 3 sons who became medical doctors while attending college herself- was the first African American to graduate from NMSU (who later apologized for making her stand outside classrooms rather than be admitted), - lived to be 108, - all of the above. Answer: All of the above. Want to know more about this courageous and talented New Mexican? Click this link: Heroes, Heroines, and History: Clara Belle Williams -- First Black Student to Graduate from NMSU (hhhistory.com)

    4.     On this day in 1848, what treaty was signed ending the Mexican American War? Answer: Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo.

    5.     Historical Events On February 2, 1653. New Amsterdam officially becomes a city.  Question: Where were the immigrants from, and what is the current name of this city? Answer: The Netherlands, and New York City.

    6.     US History: On February 2, 1921 what important US transportation milestone was reached? Hint: It involved the use of concrete arrows along the route.  Answer: US Airmail service from New York to San Francisco.

    7.     What is the name of the unusual “UFO like” cloud formation recently seen over the Sandias? Possible answers: Ventricular, Ufoticular, Lenticular, Penticular.  Answer: Lenticular, For a lenticular cloud to form, three elements need to be present and in place: Adequate Moisture in the air, Prevailing wind, Formation of an air wave on the leeward side of a mountain. For the non-sailors among us, leeward [ˈlēwərd, ˈlo͞oərd] is “on or toward the side sheltered from the wind or toward which the wind is blowing.

    For next week’s trivia – find the story in this month’s  Rotarian by the author who was an “Appointed Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute” from 2016 – 2020… be ready!!!

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

    Emily has graciously decided to become our Club’s President-Elect!

    So, who’s gonna run our projects next year?

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which is due. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event.

    February birthdays:  Richard

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of April, May & June, please contact Judy. What do you want us to know?

    Today’s Program:     Oasis Albuquerque

    Judy introduced Kathleen Raskob, Executive Director.

    Oasis is a Pioneer in Healthy Aging. Founded in 1987, Oasis is a non-profit educational organization that is active in over 250 communities and reaches more than 50,000 individuals each year.

    Oasis has offered lifelong adventure in Albuquerque since 1991. From art to music appreciation classes; from science and technology to exercise and health programs there is something to kindle everyone’s appetite for learning. There are also volunteer opportunities in the Oasis Intergenerational tutoring program, grades 1 to 3. Oasis ABQ is a 501C3 organization.

    Oasis’ mission is to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement. Their vision is to see that adults age 50 and older across the country have opportunities to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives.

    Oasis seeks to positively impact lives through partnerships to share knowledge, offer evidence- and research-based programs, conduct evaluations and adapt to meet the needs of diverse audiences.

    The Oasis Institute in St. Louis is the national headquarters. The Institute develops national programs and provides training and support for Oasis education centers and partners. Oasis education centers are located in community sites.

    Their network of hundreds of partners includes health providers, corporations, senior centers, community organizations, libraries, universities and colleges, senior living organizations and more.

    Oasis puts into practice the landmark MacArthur Foundation study of successful aging. Researchers found that the key ingredients for a high quality of life are maintaining a low risk for disease, a high level of engagement with the community and high physical and cognitive function, and “it is the combination of all three that represents the concept of successful aging fully.”

    Mailing Address: PO Box 35518  Albuquerque, NM 87176

    Street address: 3301 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 18  Albuquerque, NM 87107

    (505) 884-4529   (Class sign up, get a catalog or talk to Vickie about mentoring a child in reading)

    https://www.albuquerque.oasisnet.org                      www.OasisABQ.org

    There being no additional Rotary business, we all left at 1:05 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    9 Feb               Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    9 Feb               Regular Zoom meeting – Elaine Briseno, Journal staff writer -Albuquerque history

    12 Feb             Lunar New Year

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day (Ya ain’t goin out fer dinner!)

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    16 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting – James Morrison, Rotary Cycling Fellowship

    23 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    23 Feb             Rotary’s 115th Birthday. That day is also World Understanding and Peace Day.

    6 Mar               President-Elect Training Part 1 via zoom.

    13 Mar             President-Elect Training Part 2 via zoom.

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    20 Mar             Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    27 Mar             President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

    9-10 April         District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    1 May              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    1 July               The new Rotary Year begins.

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day.
  • 26 Jan 2021 2:16 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 and the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Tony Piño, Donna Pedace, Barrie Segall, Stephen Becker, Diana DeLaHunt

    Also attending: Club honorary members – Bruce Bortner & James Morrison

    Guests:           Gail Mandel & Jan Strizek

    January is still– “Rotary Awareness Month”

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which is due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event.

    January birthdays:  Emily, Libby and Mollie

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of April, May & June, please contact Judy. What do you want us to know?

    Today’s Program:    

    Today, we joined in celebration and remembrance of our friend and fellow Rotarian (Marie) Flaurance (Fofo) Voltaire-Herrick. Members of the Del Norte Club joined us at our meeting in memory of Fofo.

    We shared memories of Fofo and recounted her many service accomplishments. Fofo personified “Service Above Self”. She was a charter member of our Club, served as Club President and was a Paul Harris Fellow. She also served as a board member of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Fofo belonged to many service organizations including Albuquerque Links, NM Black Caucus, Heart Hospital Eucharistic Ministry and her own Hands of the Caribbean providing education and health services in Haiti.

    The family & friends hope to have a Celebration of Fofo’s Life on her 73rd birthday, May 30, 2021. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Hands of the Caribbean Inc. a 501C3 NM nonprofit at http://handsofthecaribbean.com to support education and health services in Haiti.

    From: Bob DeLaHunt <bobdelahunt@gmail.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 8:51 AM
    Subject: Fo Fo Voltaire

    I just learned of FoFo's passing. Both Diana and I are heartbroken to learn that our friend has died. We have known FoFo for so many years and have always found her to be a loving friend and a passionate Rotarian.  

    All of us who were part of the Rotary del Norte RC have always enjoyed our relationship with our special friend, FoFo. Such a loss. Please extend our heartfelt condolences to the members of your club.

    Bob DeLaHunt, PDG Rotary District 5520

    2001-2002

    A Life Well Lived

    “One has achieved success who has lived life well, laughed often, and loved much;

    Who has gained the respect of intelligent adults and the love of little children;

    Who has filled a niche and accomplished a task;

    Who left the world better than one found it.”

     

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 12:45 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    30 Jan              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 2, via Zoom- Email Kathy Fuller to register.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    2 Feb               Regular Meeting -

    9 Feb               Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    9 Feb               Regular Zoom meeting –

    12 Feb             Lunar New Year

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day (Ya ain’t goin out fer dinner!)

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    16 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    23 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    6 Mar               President-Elect Training Part 1 via zoom.

    13 Mar             President-Elect Training Part 2 via zoom.

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    20 Mar             Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    27 Mar             President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

    9-10 April         District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    1 May              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day.
  • 19 Jan 2021 5:03 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 and the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Pam’s son is with the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Company. They’re performing via internet on Thursday. Pam’s Bobby is working & will move into a new home!

    In October Pat was diagnosed with cancer. She’s focused on healing treatment using nutrition as medicine, mushrooms to increase immunity, chemo and meditation to tackle this unwelcome intruder. She has completed 3 rounds of chemo treatment and they’ll continue through the first half of 2021 with surgery planned for 10 Feb. So far, she’s getting good test results and remains optimistic that a focused approach will produce a good outcome.

    Following our weekly roll call,

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented us with a Trivia Quiz:       

    Inauguration not-so-trivia warm up:

    1.     What number president is Joseph R. Biden Jr. ?  Answer:  # 46

    2.     What does the “R” in Biden’s name stand for?  Answer: Robinette. Biden’s paternal grandmother.

    3.     In what CITY did George Washington’s inauguration take place?  Answer: New York City. George Washington arrived by barge for his inauguration on April 30, 1789. Washington took his oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street. The building still stands as a National Historic Landmark.

    4.     Who was the only President to be sworn in by a member of his own family? Answer: Calvin Coolidge. He was on vacation at his family farm in Vermont, and asleep at 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 2, 1923, when his father, Col. John Coolidge, got the telegram that President William G. Harding had died. John Coolidge, a notary public, swore his son in. Calvin Coolidge was sworn in a second time a couple of weeks later by a federal judge, because people were unsure whether a notary public was authorized to give the oath. But again — the Constitution has nothing to say about who can and can’t swear the president in. Also – Barak Obama was sworn in a second time (next day) because Chief Justice Roberts muffed the wording on the oath. So, apparently anyone can do the ceremony but you better get the oath correct!

    5.     Who was the only president to be sworn in without getting a single vote for president or vice president?  Answer: Gerald R. Ford. He rose to the presidency Aug. 9, 1974, after President Richard Nixon resigned, and succeeded Spiro T. Agnew as vice president after Agnew resigned amid his own ethics scandal in 1973.

    6.     In addition to Kamala Harris, who are the two other women nominated to run for the office of Vice President by a major party?  Answer: Sarah Palin (Republican) in 2008 and Geraldine Ferraro (Democrat) in 1984. 

          Extra Credit: What state were they from?  Answer: Alaska and New York.

    7.     Which President is “out of order” in this sequence:  Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, G.H. W. Bush? Answer: See # 5 above!

    8.     How about this order? Reagan, G.H.W. Bush,, G. Bush, Clinton, Obama? Answer: Clinton was after George H.W. Bush.

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

    It is with our deepest sorrow and shock that we announce the passing of Flaurance (Fofo) Voltaire-Herrick, who has been a charter member of our Club, served as Club President and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

    As per Cheryl, Vivien seemed in a much better mood today than when Emily talked to her yesterday. Glad we waited to tell her about Fofo. She was very shocked but took it okay. Apparently Vivien also had a heart attack a few weeks ago which is what landed her in the hospital. She said her heart attack was caused by having covid. Vivien’s going back to rehab on Friday to start rehab all over again. She knows about our meeting next Tuesday and she will try to attend. Cheryl shared Pat’s news and made her promise to tell when she is back in rehab so we can get her a set of matching flowers for the room – to which she said “beige” with a laugh. Her spirits seemed pretty good at the end of the call.

    Just wanted to let you know that Marion is OK per Judy. Judy also said she’s pretty sure that Marion may not be able to come back to the Club – But, she could surprise us all! 

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which becomes due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event.

    January birthdays:  Emily, Libby and Mollie

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for the months of April, May & June, please contact Judy. There must be something that you want us to know about!

    Today’s Program:    

    Today, we discussed and remembered Fofo and planned to notify Club members of her passing. The Del Norte Club will be notified of Fofo’s passing by Judy. She’ll also ask them to join us at next week’s meeting in memory of Fofo. Emily will be contacting Fofo’s family.

    Additionally, President Allan “sent out the call” to fill our Club’s board of directors roster for the 2021-22 Rotary Year. Several members who were not present, were nominated to fill the posts!

    During this time of year, we normally water our trees once monthly. A full tree with a 30’ canopy should get at least 100 gallons of water each time we water. Since we have lower-than-normal precipitation at this time of year, we should water at least twice monthly. Dormancy does not mean we do not have to water. In fact, trees that are ignored in the dormant season often do not wake up in spring. 

    Club Project… Get a tanker truck and water our president’s trees. Maybe we’ll apply for a grant!

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – In Memory of Fofo.

    30 Jan              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 2, via Zoom- Email Kathy Fuller to register.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    12 Feb             Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentines Day (Ya ain’t goin out fer dinner!)

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    6 Mar              President-Elect Training Part 1 via zoom.

    13 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 2 via zoom.

    14 Mar            Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar            St. Patrick’s Day

    20 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    27 Mar            President-Elect Training Part 3 via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    1 May              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day.
  • 12 Jan 2021 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    Following our monthly board meeting, our regular meeting was called to order via Zoom by President Allan at 12 Noon. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Ranjan, Vivien’s son, wrote to Gloria that Vivien is still at the Neighborhood and looks like she will be there for the foreseeable future. His sister is flying in to ABQ and staying the week to help sort out some of Vivien’s stuff and closing out her apartment. She and Ranjan’s brother are going to do a window visit with their mom on Facetime.

    Following our weekly roll call,

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented us with Our Trivia Quiz:  

    1.     What is the coldest month of the year in Albuquerque?  It’s December! (Glad that’s behind us!) Average high of 41 degrees.

    2.     What is the average high temperature in Alb. on Jan 12 for the past 30 years​?    A: 47 degrees.

    3.     How many minutes of daylight do we gain in January? Over the course of January in our fair city,  the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 37 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 15 seconds.

    4.     Who was this historical figure? Hints: born January 12, 1737, Harvard grad - was never President- warned to skeedadle out of Boston by Paul Revere - first Governor of Massachusetts - first signer of the Declaration of Independence!  Yes, it was John Hancock hisself.

    5.     The TV show All in the Family premiered on Jan 12 of what year?     A: 1971

    6.     What Presidential Palace suffered damage from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010? It was Haiti, where Fofo adds “over 350,000 people died from this earthquake”.

    7.     Born on January 15, 1929, this famous American contributed many memorable quotes, among them:  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, and

                “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear”  A: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which becomes due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event.

    January birthdays:  Emily, Libby and Mollie

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

    Remember Pat’s wedding this week. We’ll send a card. Maybe you should, too!

    Today’s Program:     Dental Hygiene

    Emily introduced Ms. Darly Barkley, owner of Utopia Dental Care and dental hygienist.

    In addition to their office, Utopia also runs a mobile unit which services their outreach program to seniors and schools. They’ll also schedule a visit to your location.

    Darly commenced to educate us about what should be regularly accomplished to keep our teeth and gums in a healthy condition. We need healthy teeth and gums to prevent other nasty things from happening to our bodies. Among other preventive care procedures, she suggests that we eat healthfully, don’t brush too hard since it’ll cause gum recession. Take 10 to 20 seconds brushing each area, while being gentle around the gums. Flossing is not to be ignored! She loves water pics too! Also, get checked out by a hygienist at least once each year. Darly noted that plaque is bacteria and causes other problems.

    She (Utopia) also educates, screens, cleans and includes preventative care and provides regular checkups.

    For more information, they’re located at 1100 Lomas Blvd Nw Ste 1a, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1878
    Phone: (505) 800-9576

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Charisse and Maribel Ventura -financial literacy.

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – speaker pending.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    12 Feb             Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentines Day (Ya ain’t goin out fer dinner!)

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

    15 July            Saint Swithin’s day.
  • 05 Jan 2021 4:43 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    Frank Rivera, our AG

    January is– “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    So, on 13 January at 1:30 PM, Pat will be married to John!

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1. People have been pledging to change their ways in the new year for an estimated 4,000 years. The tradition of resolutions is thought to have first begun in what civilization? (Egyptian, Babylonian or Sumerian) Answer: Babylonian. The tradition is thought to have first caught on among the ancient Babylonians, who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot!

    2. Ancient civilizations typically pinned the first day of the year to an agricultural or astronomical event. In Egypt, for instance, the year began with_(Rising of the star Sirius, The flooding of the Nile, or the first full moon after solstice). Answer: Flooding of the Nile

    3. From which Roman God is the name January derived? Answer: Janus, God of Portals and Transitions.

    4. What event triggers the Chinese New Year? Answer: Second new moon after the winter solstice!

    5. When do the practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism celebrate New Year’s? Answer: February

    6. What event prompted the first New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square in 1907? (A publicity stunt, A drunken accident, A fireworks ban, or A newspaper rivalry) Answer: The world-famous celebration held virtually this year with a few hundred inoculated medical and first responders in attendance, dates back to 1904, when the New York Times newspaper relocated to what was then known as Longacre Square and convinced the city to rename the neighborhood in its honor. At the end of the year, the publication’s owner threw a raucous party with an elaborate fireworks display. 

    When the city banned fireworks in 1907, an electrician devised a wood-and-iron ball that weighed 700 pounds, was illuminated with 100 light bulbs and was dropped from a flagpole at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    7. On January 1, 1788 who emancipated their slaves? Answer: Pennsylvanian Quakers.

    8. On January 1, 1971 what kind of commercials were banned from American television?

    Answer: Tobacco

    9. What was the first group researchers believe to have had burial practices? Answer: Neanderthals. Evidence suggests that the Neanderthals were the first human species to practice burial behavior and intentionally bury their dead, doing so in shallow graves along with stone tools and animal bones.

    10. Which of the burial practices listed below are not in current usage? Burial in the Air, Mummification, High up in a Tree, Mausoleum, Coral Reef, Tree Pod, Space Shot, Burial at Sea, one good set of Fireworks. Answer : All of the above are current burial practices somewhere in the world (and space!)

    11. What four factors caused the increase in the practice of embalming in the 19th century?

    Answer: 1. People sometimes wished to be buried at far-off locations which became possible with the advent of the railways, 2. Mourners wanted the chance to pay their last respects beside the displayed body, 3.Belief in prevention of disease and 4. The wish to prepare funerals and burials, which were becoming more elaborate, without undue haste.

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which becomes due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event.

    Some January (Capricorns & Aquarians) birthdays:  Emily, Libby, Mollie, Joan of Arc, Elvis Presley & Alexander Hamilton.

    It is with great regret that our Club’s board of directors has accepted the resignation from Rotary, of member Dr. Dave Fontaine. He stated that the involvement he has had, has been very positive - up until the virus precluded in person meetings and interactions. He has taken on a major commitment with a church committee and it will involve considerable time. Dave has expressed his thanks to all who have been so supportive of his membership.  It’s possible that he’ll rejoin Rotary in 2022.

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

    Today’s Program:     La Puerta Green Burials.

    Emily gave us some information about La Puerta Natural Burial Ground, a 40 acre private conservation burial site. Located an hour south of Albuquerque near the base of the Manzano Mountains, it lies adjacent to 14,000 acres of open space, preserved for future generations.
    La Puerta’smission is to provide a respectful, simple, affordable & environmentally sound burial choice.
    Natural burial is an environmentally sound burial option where the body is simply returned to the earth without embalming chemicals; wrapped in a bio-degradable burial shroud or placed in a bamboo casket, willow carrier, or pine coffin. Families care for each other in life and they encourage families to take that final step and care for loved ones in death by participating in lowering the body into the grave, adding flowers or other natural mementos.
    Families may plan and direct a graveside service or arrange a graveside service through a funeral home. Funeral and memorial services may also be held as is customary in one’s church, synagogue, mosque, or temple. Families may use any funeral home that agrees to the guidelines of the ​La Puerta Natural Burial Ground. 

     Commemoration:

    ·        Site is recorded with GPS coordinates by La Puerta staff, the surface is restored, and a native plant and/or stone may commemorate the site.

    ·        Natural, indigenous plants or trees, and numerous varieties of yucca or sage may be placed on grave as a marker. Plants of the Southwest has a broad selection available- see their website www.plantsofthesouthwest.com

    ·        Graves may also be marked with a stone that lies mostly flat on the ground. Engraving or non-toxic paint allowed on flagstone or other flat stone

    La Puerta staff offers at no charge:

    ·        Education to hospitals, hospices, care facilities, clinics, churches, and community service groups  regarding guidelines and information on natural burial rights and choices

    Environmentally Sustainable Products Offered - 

    By selecting the burial shroud, bamboo coffin, or willow carrier by Passages International (an Albuquerque based company), you commit to a product that is sustainably produced and fully biodegradable, made from natural, unbleached cotton or fast-growing willow or bamboo. These materials help absorb harmful CO2 from the atmosphere, and grow well on low quality land where crops could not survive. No metals, plastics, or harmful dyes are used in the construction of these products.
    The weavers who make Passages coffins and caskets are artisans in rural Bangladesh and create some of the most beautiful and high-quality woven products available. Passages shrouds, caskets, and coffins are certified Fair Trade, ensuring respect for the environment and a fair price for materials and labor.

    For more information:   Donal W. Key  505-716-2543          Linda Canyon 505-360-4480 www.naturalburialnewmexico.com

    Mailing address:  Natural Burial New Mexico  601 Griegos Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

    After our presentation, each of us related our holiday happenings for Christmas & New Year’s Day/Eve.

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:10 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 Jan              Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Darly Barkley -Utopia Dental Care, LLC- dental hygiene.

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Charisse and Maribel Ventura -financial literacy.

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – speaker pending.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    12 Feb             Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentines Day (Ya ain’t goin out fer dinner!)

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    18 Feb             MLK Jr. Day

    19 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    12-16 June     Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).
  • 29 Dec 2020 9:12 PM | Anonymous

    No meeting was held this week due to a possible new year. SO, just in case, Happy New Year to all !!

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

    Don’t forget our $100 voluntary per member donation to our Club, which becomes due during January, 2021. This donation takes the place of a fundraising event which we’re too darn tired to hold.

    Some December birthdays:  Michael, Charles Goodyear, Pablo Casals, Jude Law & Woodrow Wilson.

    Vivien spent 6 days at Rust and is now back at The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho for rehab. Calls are appreciated and she sounded chipper on the phone. 

    Happy Bucks or Polio Plus contributions haven’t been happening at our meetings. Gloria would be ecstatic to accept donations towards either worthy cause. Mail her a check. If you would rather that she came by to pick up an envelope of $$$, she’d just love to do so. It would be nice to have some of that stuff to mail to Polio Plus or happy bucks to deposit to our Club bank account.

    Mail to:  Gloria Podolny        2108 White Cloud ST NE      Albuquerque, NM  87112

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

    Here’s a few Rotarians that you didn’t know about:

                Charles R. Walgreen, Jr.   Rotary Club of Chicago, IL (I buy my drugs from him)

                Charles Lindberg   Rotary Club of Edinburgh (I never bought anything from him)

                Thomas A. Edison   RC of Orange, NJ (Remember when we used to use “real” light bulbs?)

                Gerald R. Ford   Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, MI

                Franklin D. Roosevelt   Rotary Club of Albany, NY (When I was born, he was president)

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    5 Jan                Regular Zoom meeting – Emily Blea- alternative burials.

    12 Jan              Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Darly Barkley -Utopia Dental Care, LLC- dental hygiene.

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – Charisse and Maribel Ventura -financial literacy.

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting – speaker pending.

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    12 Feb             Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentines Day

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    18 Feb             MLK Jr. Day

    19 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Feb             Regular Zoom meeting –

    14 Mar             Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2AM

    17 Mar             St. Patrick’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    9-10 April        District 5520 Annual Conference – It’ll be only via ZOOM! (What a bummer!)

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

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).

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

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