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  • 22 Dec 2020 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    No meeting was held this week due to a thing called Christmas.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETING on 29 December due to a possible new year.

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

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

    Please note that, as of 10 December, Patrick is no longer a member of Rotary due to business pressures which resulted in his non attendance since July.

    December birthday Anniversaries:  Michael

    Vivien has been readmitted into the Pres Rust Hospital for a while… Room 4101

    We haven’t been very good about Happy Bucks or Polio Plus at our weekly meetings. Gloria would be overjoyed 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 cash, she’d be happy to do so ‘cause she likes money. It would be very 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.

    Some well known Rotarians:

                    Orville Wright, Rotary Club of Dayton, Ohio.

                    HRH Prince Charles   Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan 

                    Sir Winston Churchill   Rotary Club of London

                    Walt Disney   Rotary Club of Palm Springs, CA

                    Pope Francis   Rotary Club of Buenos Aires

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    25 Dec             Christmas Day (Didja get sumpin good???)

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    5 Jan                Regular Zoom meeting –

    12 Jan              Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    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 Dec 2020 5:41 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    Guests:           Jan Strizek & Gail Mandel

    December is– “Family Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 22 December & 29 December.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     Red…green or…(Christmas)

    2.     Luminarias or Farolitos?  In a December 3, 1590, journal entry, Spanish explorer Gaspar Costaño de Sosa mentioned the small bonfires his cohorts had lit to guide a scout back to camp. Luminarias, he called them, thereby casting the first stone in what’s now a 426-year-old, northern-versus-southern New Mexico debate over the little paper bags that light up our holiday nights.

    Chinese paper lanterns found their way to Santa Fe via the 18th-century Manila galleons and El Camino Real, but the fragile paper didn’t invite outdoor use. Once cheaper paper bags arrived on the Santa Fe Trail, locals discovered they could fold down the tops, anchor them with a few handfuls of sand, and set a small candle inside for a subtler display that didn’t deplete the winter woodpile.

    3.     What three characters sing the chipmunk song?      (Alvin, Theodore  and  Simon of course!)

    4.     What was Scrooge’s first name?    (Ebeneezer)

    5.     What is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?  (White Christmas)

    6.     Where did there arise “Such a clatter” ?    (“when out on the lawn there arose...)

    7.     In “It’s A Wonderful Life” what type of spirit is Clarence? (An angel)

    8.     What were Frosty’s last words? (“I’ll be back again some day”)

    9.     Where was I when I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus?  (“...down the STAIRS  to have a peep..”)

    10.  Who said “God Bless Us Everyone”   (Tiny Tim)

    11.  What carol demands “FIGGY PUDDING”? (We Wish you a Merry Christmas – “Now bring us some figgy pudding”)

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

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

    Please note that, as of 10 December, Patrick is no longer a member of Rotary due to business pressures which resulted in non attendance since July.

    December birthday Anniversaries:  Michael

    Oops! Vivien has been readmitted into the Pres Rust Hospital for a while… Room 4101

    Another oops… Emily went and injured herself (fell & broke a bone) whilst making our gift deliveries to Solano & Hannett!

    In the spirit of the holiday season, DG Sunny invited all to join her for the third quarterly District Happy Hour, Today, December 15, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  A Zoom link appears below.

    Time: Dec 15, 2020 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85814342474?pwd=QkV5K3BOVFpQbXo0RjIxMndWOVNlZz09

    Meeting ID: 858 1434 2474   Passcode: 016273
    One tap mobile:   +13462487799,,85814342474#,,,,,,0#,,016273# US (Houston)

    It’s an "Ugly Sweater" Party so wear one if you have it -- or pin a stuffed animal to a regular sweater, or wear a hat....or just join us -- and bring your favorite beverage.  If you’d like, come prepared to share a brief sentence or two about one of your favorite holiday traditions. It’ll be grand to be together again on Zoom as we sit tight & safe, and look forward to some fantastic in-person partying when vaccines are available.  Do come if you can.

    We haven’t been very good about bringing up Happy Bucks or Polio Plus at our weekly meetings. A couple of people have mentioned dollar figures for happy/sad events in their lives. Gloria would be glad to accept any donations towards either worthy cause. The best method is to mail her a check. But if you would rather that she came by to pick up an envelope of cash, she’d be happy to do that. It would be very nice to have some money 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.

    Today’s Program:     It’s virtual party time!

    Members & guests joined in wearing hats, sweaters, lights & some libation, too. Each of us shared favorite memories and stories of past Christmases.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day (Didja get sumpin good???)

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    5 Jan                Regular Zoom meeting –

    12 Jan              Board Meeting at 11 AM.

    12 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    19 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    26 Jan              Regular Zoom meeting –

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    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!).
  • 08 Dec 2020 5:47 PM | Anonymous

    Our regular meeting didn’t happen today. Instead, following our monthly board meeting, those of us who have been assigned, will call & “visit” and drop off cookies & goodies, etc. to the members who do not regularly attend meetings via Zoom. Ya gots to keep in touch somehow!

    December is– “Family Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 22 December & 29 December.

    On 12 December, our gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett house residents.

    Remember to wear your Rotary pin!!!! (But not on your PJs)

    Bet that you didn’t know that Rotary was almost bankrupt in 1915! Frank Mulholland, then RI President, realizing the seriousness and urgency of the situation, conceived the simple idea of asking Rotarians each to contribute a dollar. This common sense method of raising a sizable amount of money proved quite successful; Rotary has not been financially embarrassed since then.

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

    December birthday Anniversaries:  Michael and Patrick

    Did you know that Sir Edmund Hillary was a Rotarian? He was a member of the Rotary Club of Auckland, New Zealand.

    In the spirit of the holiday season, DG Sunny invites all to join her for the third quarterly District Happy Hour, on Tuesday, December 15, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  A Zoom link, courtesy of District Secretary Donette, appears below.

    Time: Dec 15, 2020 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85814342474?pwd=QkV5K3BOVFpQbXo0RjIxMndWOVNlZz09

    Meeting ID: 858 1434 2474   Passcode: 016273
    One tap mobile
    +13462487799,,85814342474#,,,,,,0#,,016273# US (Houston)

    This is an "Ugly Sweater" Party so wear one if you have it -- or pin a stuffed animal to a regular sweater, or wear a hat....or just join us -- and bring your favorite beverage.  If you like, come prepared to share a brief sentence or two about one of your favorite holiday traditions.

    It will be grand to be together again on Zoom as we sit tight, stay safe, and look forward to some fantastic in-person partying when our vaccines are available.  Do come if you can.

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

    “THE RULE OF 85” was mentioned by President Allan at today’s board meeting. Here’s what it’s all about:     A Rotarian is exempt from attendance requirements if

    1.     The aggregate of the member’s years of age (must be over the age of 65) and years of Rotary membership is 85 years or more.

    2.     The member notifies the Club board of directors of the desire to be excused from attendance.

    The “rule of 85” does not exempt a member from payment of dues. Rule of 85 members are still considered as active members and are highly encouraged to continue in attendance at regular meetings and service events.

    Those “rule of 85” members are not counted in attendance totals. Additionally, such members are excused from partaking of meals at meetings and the cost thereof.

    To be considered for “Rule of 85”, a member must submit a signed request to the Club’s board of directors for consideration at the following meeting of the board.

     

    Remember that we are providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. Deliver your gift to Emily and they’ll be delivered to Solano & Hannett.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12 Dec             Our gifts to Solano & Hannett house residents.

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    18 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    12 Feb             Chinese New Year – Year of the OX.

    14 Feb             Valentines Day

    15 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    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!

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

    12-16 June     Rotary International Convention in Taipei (We Hope!).
  • 01 Dec 2020 5:52 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.

    December is– “Family Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 22 December & 29 December.

    After next week’s board meeting, we’ll deliver cookies & goodies instead of attending a regular meeting.

    On 12 December, our gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett house residents.

    Both Marion & Julia have paid their yearly Rotary Membership dues.

    Vivien is still on oxygen & is spending a short time in rehab @ Rio Rancho. She has also requested a two month leave of absence. We can reach Vivian Lahiri, c/o The Neighborhood at Rio Rancho, 900 Colorado Ave NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

    Emily had a $5 happy/sad bux… After all was thought to have been said & done, their home buyer made some unreasonable demands ($$$) and backed out of the sale! Anyhoo, Emily found another buyer & the place is finally gone.

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

    December birthday Anniversaries:  Michael and Patrick

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

    Remember that we are providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. You’ve received an email from Emily. Deliver your gift to Emily by 5 or 6 December and she’ll deliver them to Solano & Hannett. A couple of weeks ago, the Club decided to provide holiday cards filled with $25 each and given to each of the 15 staff members.

    On 8 December, each of us call & “visit” and drop off cookies, etc. to those of our members who do not attend meetings via Zoom. Ya jes gotta keep in touch somehow!

    PB&J is still looking for sponsors for their Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish Program.

    Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor in order to provide them with unwrapped gifts. To be matched with a family of the size you choose, contact Danielle Velasquez or Rosenda Fregoso at (505) 877-7060 or adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org

    Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7th, 2020.

    We are saddened to learn of Pat’s illness which will prevent her from attending meetings for the remainder of the Rotary Year. Our prayers, thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to her at this time. Pat does not wish us to call her. Her sister has come in from Oklahoma to be with her. However, cards and emails would be appreciated. 5712 Mariola Place, NE ABQ, NM 87111

    If you've not yet had an opportunity to participate in our District's Vibrant Club Workshop, we are invited to join in on Saturday, December 5th, from 8:00-11:00 AM by Zoom. This event is open to Rotarians in our District. It's a rare opportunity to pause and inquire, "What is my definition of a 'vibrant club'?" and "What would make my club even more vibrant?" We'll examine some of the key factors that boost our Rotary experience and share ideas with one another about what works and what could be improved. Registration is free on our District's home page, www.rotary5520.org.

    Today’s Program:     ’Tis The Season

    Today’s speaker is Cheryl Wieker.

    First, each of us shared our Thanksgiving day stories.

    Charity giving goes where you want it to go.

    We all receive many requests for charity giving at this time of the year. From environmental causes to our favorite Rotary grantees, we like to share what we can with others less fortunate or those who can’t speak for themselves.

    When you donate to a nonprofit, you want your hard earned money to be well spent. We “Zoomed” through several ways to check out and check up on charities using easily obtained online information - once you know which key indicators to look for.

    Researching Charities On Line

    ‘Tis the season of giving – whether it is time, talent or treasure!  Here are some tips for finding out about charities in which you are interested.

    1.     Check out their website and their annual report,  

    2.     “Google” them, read their press,

    3.     Volunteer at the charity to “look around”

    4.     Charity rating and listing services (listed below) collect data primarily from their IRS tax return (Form 990) and larger charities from the charity’s website, rarely the press, never the charity client! That’s why it’s important to go and visit to get a sense of the place.

    5.     The services are non-profit themselves and independent. Most information is free to the user. Various services focus on different types of organizations (i.e. international aid, US only).

    6.     It is important to understand the term Functional Expense. It’s simply the annual expenses of the charity, divided into three types:  Program, Administrative & Fund Raising. Program (direct services to the client or meeting their direct mission like buying land in the case of the Nature Conservancy) should always be 75% or more of the organization’s expenses. Combined Administrative and Fund Raising should be NO MORE than 25% COMBINED.

    7.     Charity Navigator www.CharityNavigator.org is an example of a charity rating online service we used today. It LISTS all US charities in business over 18 months. They RATE most charities 7 years old +1 million in revenue/year for a minimum 2 years.  

    8.     The reason to use them to find smaller or newer organizations like the ones we Rotarians grant to is that it gives you an easy and direct portal to the organization’s tax return (990) which tells you ALL about the finances and a lot about the administration of the organization. New sections being develop (beta) so some are blank.

    9.      Here are the 9 KEY THINGS to look for about an organization when you go online:

    *Ratings

    *Program Accomplishments

    *Financial Health (audited)

    *Board independence

    *Expanding or shrinking…    

    *Sources of support, (i.e. donations, grants government, investments, dues, fees)

    *Executive Pay Amount

    *Use of Paid Fund Raisers

    *Member of United Way (local social service orgs belong – usually very tightly run)

    If Charity Navigator does not have much information on the organization (too new or too small), reading the IRS Tax Return for a charity (990) looks overwhelming but really isn’t.  If you want to pursue this, let Cheryl know and she can walk you through the 12 important lines to look at.

    10.  List of some charity ranking services:

    www.charityNavigator.org     www.GiveWell.org (international)    www.Candid.org

    www.CharityWatch.org

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

    8 Dec               Board Meeting – 11AM

    8 Dec               Today, it’s the time to deliver goodies to our rarely seen members.

    12 Dec             Emily delivers gifts to Solano & Hannett

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    25-26 Mar        President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April         District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

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

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 24 Nov 2020 8:06 AM | Anonymous

    As is our custom, there was no meeting today since it’s thanksgiving day on Thursday.

    November is– “Foundation Month ”

    Announcements:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 22 December & 29 December.

    On 8 December, following the board meeting, we’ll be delivering  “cookies” &stuff and such, instead of the regular meeting. To whom do you say?

    On 15 December, gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett houses.

    There will be no Club holiday party this year…

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

    November birthday Anniversaries:  Judy & Bruce

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

    Please remember that we are providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. Deliver your gift to Emily by 5 December… Or, she’ll have to pick up from you and deliver the gifts to Solano & Hannett. So, wrap your gifts and LABEL them. 

    On 8 December, each of us call & “visit” and drop off cookies, alcohol, etc. to those Club members who do not attend meetings via Zoom. Ya jes gotta keep in touch somehow!

    At last week’s meeting, Emily mentioned that, since the staff at both Solano & Hannett are really working so hard, we could recognize their work in some manner. The Club will provide holiday cards filled with $25 each and given to each of the 15 staff members.

    PB&J is still looking for sponsors for their Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish Program.

    Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor in order to provide them with unwrapped gifts. To be matched with a family of the size you choose, contact Danielle Velasquez or Rosenda Fregoso at (505) 877-7060 or adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org

    Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7th, 2020.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26 Nov             Thanksgiving Day

    1 Dec               Regular Meeting –

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

    8 Dec               Board Meeting

    8 Dec               Delivery of goodies (as explained above).

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    25-26 Mar        President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April         District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

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

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 17 Nov 2020 8:09 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.

    November is– “Foundation Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 24 November, 22 December & 29 December.

    On 8 December, after the board meeting, we’ll deliver cookies instead of the regular meeting.

    On 15 December, gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett houses.

    There will be no Club holiday party this year…

    Emily spoke to Julia and found out that she’s working very hard at her classes. Julia wants to stay in our Club and will pay her “forgotten” dues.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     Rotary Trivia:  What week is this in the Big West Zone?  Answer: It’s gratitude week!  Write a note of thanks to your mail carrier or catch that delivery person to say how much we appreciate their work during the pandemic.

    2.     What is a Rotex ? (Pick from:  white cards in a rack with phone numbers on them, youth exchange alumni association, or  Rotary system for selecting grant proposals.     It’s the Rotary Youth Exchange grads association. This year they have invited the people whose trips were cancelled to join them on their new website.  Karen got this one I think.

    3.     What UNESCO World Heritage Site dedication was attended by French Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III on this date 151 years ago on November 17, 1869?  Hints: It’s in Africa, it’s a waterway, it saves ships 5600 miles in travel. Answer:  Suez Canal Michael of course got this one first.

    4.     It’s a Monday morning in November, 1969. Across the US, parents and babysitters, grandparents and aunts and uncles are turning on the TV, because there's a new show out today. What is it?  Answer: Sesame Street and the Muppets. Vivien nailed it!

    5.     Question: How many turkeys are prepared for Thanksgiving in America in a normal year? Answer: About 46 MILLION (Blow out question – none of us got it!)

    6.     Question: Black Friday is the biggest day of the year for what trade profession? Answer: Plumbers! (Thanks Pam!)

    7.     Question: What popular song’s real title is “The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day”? Answer: Over the River and Through the Woods.. (Karen aced this one)

    8.     Question: Who was the first President to pardon a turkey? Several suggestions starting with Reagan, but it was JFK according to the trivia source.  (Karen on this one too!)

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

    November birthday Anniversaries:  Judy & Bruce

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

    Please remember that we are providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. You’ve received an email from Emily, permitting each of us to select a resident’s requested gift. Return your selection via email (REPLY TO ALL) & deliver your gift to Emily by 5 December… Or, she’ll pick them up from you and deliver them to Solano & Hannett.

    On 8 December, each of us call & “visit” and drop off cookies, etc. to those of our members who do not attend meetings via Zoom. Ya jes gotta keep in touch somehow!

    Emily mentioned that, since the staff at both Solano & Hannett are really working so hard, we could recognize their work in some manner. A motion was presented by Cheryl, to have the Club provide holiday cards filled with $25 each and given to each of the 15 staff members. The motion received a second from Penny and was passed unanimously by all attending members.

    PB&J is still looking for sponsors for their Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish Program.

    Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor in order to provide them with unwrapped gifts. To be matched with a family of the size you choose, contact Danielle Velasquez or Rosenda Fregoso at (505) 877-7060 or adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org

    Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7th, 2020.

    Today’s Program:     Conversing with Difficult People & Understanding Your Own Triggers

    Michael introduced Anne deLain W. Clark, cofounder of Stanhope & Clark.

    Anne helps people to ask, listen and respond better in the public and private sectors. As an interpersonal communication and conflict management expert, consultant and educator, Anne discussed the power of conscious communication to improve relationships.

    Among some of the facts touched upon, were: Holiday interaction & reactions to election results.

    What do we do in these difficult times? Exploring your best & worst conversations.

    We covered what parts of the brain we use for what… Listening & conversational intelligence, low & high trust and what parts of the brain they work with, ie: the cortex is the part of the brain in which we should do the most thinking (high trust). Outrage & injustice = neocortex, reflex action=low trust & it’s in the primitive brain; the amigdala is where fear lives. We have centralized and non centralized nervous systems.

    We should move to or stay in the prefrontal cortex as much as possible, in order to analyze what happened and how to deal with it.

    For more information, go to  Anne.delain.W.Clark@gmail.com  OR www.StanhopeAndClark.com

    505-470-4427 or 505-819-3861

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:05 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

    1 Dec               Regular Meeting –

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

    8 Dec               Board Meeting

    8 Dec               Regular Meeting –

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April        District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

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

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 10 Nov 2020 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    Immediately following the November board meeting, this regular meeting was called to order 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.

    November is– “Foundation Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS on 24 November, 22 December & 29 December.

    On 8 December, after the board meeting, we’ll deliver cookies instead of the regular meeting.

    On 15 December, gifts will be delivered to both Solano & Hannett houses.

    Dere ain’t no Club holiday party this year…

    President Allan reminds us to sign up for the Rotary Zone Zoom meeting, 12-14 November. Also, his congregation is running a trip raffle. For information, call President Allan.

    Michael’s back from Ghana!

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     In 1957 this man (President Dwight D. Eisenhower) received the Gaither Report which urged the expense of up to $30 billion to build what?   Hint: NOT the Highway System!

          Answer:  Fallout shelters!!

    2.     (Picture of juggler on top of a cement wall with lots of grafitti on it). What happened to this juggler’s perch in November, 1989?   Answer: The Berlin Wall came down.

    3.     When was the Berlin Wall first erected? Answer: Constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off (by land) West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989.

    4.     Why was Alex Trebek nearly expelled from boarding school and dropped out of military school after 3 days?? Answer:  His hair….he didn’t want to get a buzz cut!  (It was 1958 after all…..)

    5.     Why did Alex Trebek decide not to become a priest?  Answer:  “The vow of silence... enough said” he said! RIP Alex Trebek.

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

    November birthday Anniversaries:  Judy & Bruce

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

    Emily announced that we’ll be providing gifts once again to residents of both Hannett and Solano Houses. There’ll be an email from Emily by Friday, permitting each of us to select a resident’s requested gift. Return your selection via email (REPLY TO ALL) & deliver your gift to Emily by 5 December… Or, she’ll pick them up from you and deliver them to Solano & Hannett.

    Cheryl mentioned that, at this morning’s board meeting, Judy had suggested that, on 8 December, each of us call & “visit” and drop off cookies, etc. to those of our members who do not attend meetings via Zoom. Those members present today have set up a list of recipients.

    PB&J is looking for sponsors for their Adopt-a-Family Holiday Wish Program.

    Each PB&J family is matched with a sponsor in order to provide them with unwrapped gifts for the holidays. Each of their families is asked to complete a wish list that provides suggestions to their sponsors.

    To be matched with a family, contact Danielle Velasquez or Rosenda Fregoso at (505) 877-7060 or adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org

    Deadline for sponsors to turn in unwrapped gifts is December 7th, 2020.

    Today’s Program:     Theodora Ghana Project update (Theodora Africa Virtual Assistants)

    Michael introduced Mary Fiadese (Sales) and Justina Ansah (CFO).

    Today, they’ll be doing a practice run of a presentation designed for major donor and new business development.

    Theodora is empowerment. Millions of African women turn to the sex industry because they can’t find any other work. The Theodora project trains them to support small U.S. companies with administrative and marketing tasks.

    Theodora Virtual Assistants serve professionals acting as solo practitioners, very small businesses and solopreneurs. Clients often feel like they’re not in control of their workload and don’t have time to market and sell their services. We help them develop systems to organize and offload some of this work so we can get important tasks done for them.

    Small US-based businesses are helped to do more with less by relieving them of tedious administrative and marketing tasks.

    Task Management

    Our VAs keep you and your to-do’s organized and on schedule. We help our clients keep track of all the moving parts involved in running a busy professional practice or small business. We help you stay organized, and we keep you accountable.

    Marketing Support

    Few professionals enjoy marketing and sales. We help you promote your business by executing your marketing campaigns to your specifications. This includes content development, sales letters, mailing list management and social media marketing.

    DOCUMENT PROCESSES

    We help clients delegate tasks and develop systems to keep work flowing. Following interviews with you, our VAs create process documents specific to your business so the next time you contract for administrative services, your contractors have a roadmap to follow.

    Started in 2020 with a pilot group of six women, today Theodora is serving twelve small businesses with new prospects being added every month. The next step is to help more women in Ghana and to persuade more small US businesses to use Theodora. Following Ghana, other African countries will join the program.

    Theodora Africa is possible through the financial support of individuals, businesses and organizations. Join and help us expand this important program by hiring their services & donating to the project! To date, the program is ¾ of the way to self funding.

    For more information, go to  www.TheodoraAfrica.com

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11 Nov            Veterans Day

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

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

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

    17 Nov            Regular Meeting – Conversing with Difficult People & Understanding Your Own Triggers

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

    1 Dec               Regular Meeting –

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

    8 Dec               Board Meeting

    8 Dec               Regular Meeting –

    15 Dec             Regular Meeting –

    21 Dec             WINTER BEGINS !

    22 Dec             NO MEETING !

    25 Dec             Christmas Day

    26 Dec             Kwanzaa

    29 Dec             NO MEETING !

    1 Jan                New Year’s Day

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April        District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

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

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 03 Nov 2020 10:15 PM | Anonymous

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

    November is– “Foundation Month ”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Cheryl announced a “Drive Through” Food Collection for Roadrunner Food Bank in NE Heights. On Sat. Nov 7 from 9-2, at Tramway and San Rafael Ave (Subway shopping center).  12700 San Rafael Ave. Non-perishables

    Additionally, Journal Newspapers are sponsoring a special edition of “Speak Up”. With only 3 weeks ‘til Thanksgiving, the paper is collecting stories of 500 words or less about what we can be thankful for.  Submit your story by Nov. 15 to newsroom@abqjournal.com

    President Allan reminded us to sign up for the Rotary Zone Zoom meeting, 12-14 November. Also, his congregation is running a trip raffle. For information, call President Allan.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     In the article on hunger how many additional Americans are coping with lack of food because of the pandemic? (6.5 million   11 million   17 million)  Answer:  17 Million

    2.     How many meals are US food banks projected to provide by the end of 2020? (6 billion 8 billion    10 billion)   Answer:  6 BILLION !!!  (That’s a lot of meals)

    3.     On this day in 1948, a newspaper jumped the gun and mistakenly declared New York Governor Thomas Dewey the winner of his presidential race with incumbent Harry S. Truman in a front-page headline: “Dewey Defeats Truman.”  What was the newspaper?       Answer:  Chicago Daily Tribune  (Go Allan)

    4.     In October, 1864 President Lincoln established a new national holiday.  What was the holiday ? Answer: Thanksgiving!  (GO Karen!!)

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

    November birthday Anniversaries:  Judy & Bruce

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

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

    Today’s Program:     “For the One” New Mexico & Vulnerable No More.

    Michael introduced Ms. Toya Kaplan, founder & director.

    Toya spoke about fighting human trafficking and the abusiveness conditions that allow it to thrive even here in the United States. 

    For the One is an organization that brings awareness to and assists survivors of sex trafficking. We work directly with Life Coaches and their Survivors to promote a successful transition from recovery to a restored life. In addition, we have gone on the offense to preventatively expose strategies of Sex Traffickers.

    For the One. This is the calling that dropped into the heart of this ministry at the beginning of our journey. Although it has had many meanings along the way, it continues to direct and refocus us on “The One” right in front of us. The number of sex trafficking victims is daunting, but there is a calm and groundedness in knowing we are all called to the one. It is the heartbeat of all that we do and all that we are.

    One of the primary missions is to change the way the public views human trafficking victims. We push the reality of how human the victims are by asking you to imagine if it was your daughter, your son, your neighbor, your sister or your brother trapped in sex slavery. As our heart beats for the one, we promote a healthy dose of how human each victim really is, and how it could have been any one of us.

    PREVENTION: Until we realize this is a real issue happening in our backyards, we can’t change it. Our Awareness Presentations are fully based on statistics and truths gathered from specialists in this field, regarding the sex slavery industry. With this information, we equip the public and their friends & family with knowledge and tools to identify trafficking as well as protect themselves from it. Let’s prevent our children from trafficking before it happens by giving them these tools as well.

    ASSISTANCE: For the One serves survivors of human sex trafficking. Through finances raised by the Fund Freedom banana bread and supporters, we are able to assist women who are on the last stage (Phase 3) of their journey from recovery to successful, independent living.

    As we have discovered through our previous Freedom House transitional housing program, assistance in this stage is absolutely necessary. If these women do not have support during this transition, they risk becoming vulnerable again.

    To learn more about how we assist survives, please visit: Phase Three Survivors

    MENTORSHIP: This organization provides support through mentorship for survivors, in addition to the mentor/case manager they already have. Mentors have weekly meetings, coffee, dinners, etc. to show consistency for these survivors.

    Mentors are hand selected and are required to have extensive training.

    This year, For the One is launching a campaign called Vulnerable No More. VNM is an event campaign solely geared to preventively reach women and girls before they become victims.

    We know that the common denominator in every trafficking situation is vulnerability. What if we could impact future trafficking statistics through targeted awareness events? We are going on the offensive, exposing the enemy's strategies to the most vulnerable population - our children.”.

    A solid team of volunteers is needed to make it happen. They’ll be holding a Volunteer event on 18 June at Legacy Church, regarding planning for this event. Volunteers will be needed for things such as  brainstorm meetings, event planning schedule, reaching out for community partnerships, leading volunteer teams, etc. This will involve no training to join in.

    If you are interested in attending this event to find out how you can serve this population in a preventive, powerful way, you can fill out their form. They will take the list of names and emails and send you an email with Volunteer Fair details when they have been solidified.

    For more information, go to www.fortheone.one

    Please note that PDG Timothy Parker is our District 5520 HTAI (Human Trafficking Awareness) Chair.

    He’s from the Roswell-Pecos Valley Club. He can be reached at tparker5520@yahoo.com

     

     



    Phone : 575-317-4050

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

    10 Nov            Board Meeting

    10 Nov            Regular Meeting – Theodora Ghana Project update.

    11 Nov            Veterans Day

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

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

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

    17 Nov            Regular Meeting – Conversing with Difficult People & Understanding Your Own Triggers

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

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

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April        District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

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

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 27 Oct 2020 6:10 PM | Anonymous

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

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

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

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

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

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

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

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Telling tales of the fairy who travelled like steam,

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

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

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

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

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

    October birthday anniversaries:  Karen, Cheryl and Dave.

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

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

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

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

    President Allan introduced Angie Ludi, executive director of WHC.

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

    The coalition’s primary goals are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Minimal Program Requirements: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

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

    10 Nov            Board Meeting

    10 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    11 Nov            Veterans Day

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

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

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

    17 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

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

    25-26 Mar       President-Elect Training via zoom.

    8-11 April        District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

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

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 20 Oct 2020 4:54 PM | Anonymous

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

    October is– “Vocational Service Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    President Allan noted that we have received a card from DG Sunny expressing her thanks for our donation to PolioPlus in her name.

    Pam needs an oven repair person!

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

    October birthday anniversaries:  Karen, Cheryl and Dave.

    Soon, we’ll have to start thinking about our December “visits” to Solano & Hannett House. Maybe gifts only this year??

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

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

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

    Oct 24 is World Polio Day – Gloria will mail in our contributions before then. It’s suggested that everyone who has Happy Bucks and/or Polio Jar funds, write a check to Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia and mail it to Gloria. 

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

    Register for our annual Bi-District Conference.  This is the first time in 35 years that it’ll take place VIRTUALLY and AT NO CHARGE. DG Sunny is hoping that each of us will come and check this out -- and, especially, that clubs with an interest in partnering on a Global Grant will be sure to attend.

    The Conference will be held on Friday, October 23, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM MDT and on Saturday, October 24, from 8:00 AM to Noon, MDT.

    Please remember that Club members volunteer to provide program speakers for our meetings. To supply programs for one of the remaining months, please contact Judy. If there isn’t a program, we’ll just sit and stare at each other!

    Today’s Program:     Gold Star Mothers of New Mexico (GSM)

    Emily introduced Pat Merville, President of the GSM Albuquerque, NM chapter.

    A Gold Star Mother is a mother whose child has served and died in the line of duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America or its Allies, or those who have died as a result of injuries sustained in such service.

    In 1928 a group of mothers residing in Washington, D.C. made plans to organize a national organization.  This group was composed of women who lost a son or daughter in World War I.

    American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  It’s a Veterans Service Organization chartered by the United States Congress in 1984. American Gold Star Mothers continue to honor their sons and daughters through service -- service to veterans and patriotic events. Members work closely with all Veteran's organizations, giving many hours of volunteer work and personal service in Veteran's Hospitals and the community in which they live.

    American Gold Star Mothers Mission shall be:

    ·        To keep alive and develop the spirit that prompted world services;

    ·         To maintain the ties of friendship born of that service, and assist and further all patriotic work;

    ·         To provide a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation;

    ·         To assist Veterans of all wars;

    ·         To provide lessons of patriotism and love of country in the communities in which we live;

    ·         To inspire respect for the Stars and Stripes in the youth of our nation.

    Albuquerque Gold Star Mothers meet at least six times a year in the Albuquerque area. There are members of this chapter throughout the state of New Mexico.

    Their mission is to support newly bereaved families by attending funerals around the state and remaining in contact with the families. They support and work with the Veterans and VA Hospital. They also work closely with Blue Star Mothers & the United Veterans Council.

    Annual Dues: $35 - $30 of which is passed on to the National organization

    Contact:  Pat Merville, President

    188 Square H Road     Edgewood, NM  87015           (505) 235-5545 phone

    OR, ABQ Gold Star Mothers PO BOX 91561, Albuquerque, NM 87199

    OR, go to www.gsmnm.org for more information.

    Note that there’s also a gold star dads organization.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23-24 Oct        Bi-District Conference with District 4110.

    24 Oct             WORLD POLIO DAY

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

    29 Oct             District Art Auction 6P-7:30P Contact District Sec’y Donette to donate an item.

    1 Nov              Daylight Savings Time ENDS !!

    3 Nov              ELECTION DAY !!

    3 Nov              Regular Meeting –

    7 Nov              Foundation  Zoom Training

    10 Nov            Board Meeting

    10 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    11 Nov            Veterans Day

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

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

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

    17 Nov            Regular Meeting –

    24 Nov            NO MEETING !

    26 Nov            Thanksgiving Day

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

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

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.

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

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