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  • 22 Feb 2011 5:59 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12:00 Noon and called for a quiet moment to focus on our hearts and bring ourselves into the present.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            Bruce Bortner, District Membership Chair

    Guests:                                 Mary Jane Tatarsky, Kirsten Cobb & Michael Gemme

     

    Yup, February is still “World Understanding Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    President Mollie reminded us of the Club’s Project request forms. If you want the Club to become involved a pet project of yours, get a form from John or President Mollie or from our web-site.

    Fill out the form and submit it to John or President Mollie for consideration by the board.

    Well, we’ve got to raise money for operations and projects. So, President Mollie suggested that the Club run a “Sidewalk Sale”. As soon as a date is set (Fofo will chair the project), we’ll bring our tagged heirlooms (on a Friday) to the Event Palace and hold the sale on Saturday & Sunday. We’re really going to do this. So, let’s empty our garages of those valuable items and remember that one person’s junk is another’s treasure.

    Kirsten Cobb will become our Club’s newest member on 1 March! She says that “Habitat” could use a temporary volunteer to answer their ‘phones.

    Peggy updated us, re: Jessica Project – Mr. Otley Smith is still involved with this project. The Homebuilders Association will no longer be involved. However, Mr. Smith will be utilizing the services of individual contractors, as the project progresses.

    Maggie is an official member of the AA team (One of the A’s stands for Airstream). She & Rob finally  spent a 5 day trip in that restored trailer.

    Bruce mentioned that the “twofer” points EREY $100 Foundation donation could be doubled up to count for 10 of  those Cruise raffle tickets!

    Do this on-line at R.I.’s member sign-in during OUR BIRTHDAY tomorrow (or, today).

     

    Judy’s pushing those District Cruise raffle tickets. She’s helping Mandy in this effort.

    They’re $10 each and are tax deductible. You also get credit from The Rotary Foundation (EREY) for your contribution. The ticket stubs have to be turned in to Mandy by the last meeting in March.

    Buy ‘em – sell ‘em & maybe even win that $1500 cruise voucher to any cruise line!

    Kathy mentioned that there was an unexpectedly wonderful turnout to welcome home a NM wounded vet. The 19 year old vet was welcomed by hundreds of well wishing people! See it on KOAT’s web-site.

     

    Please remember to wear your Rotary pin – especially at meetings.

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    We’re chipping away at our Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year. Judy will provide you with Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

    New Member installation ceremony will take place at next week’s meeting!

     

    Today’s Program:

    Introduced by Judit, our guest speaker was Mr. Michael Gemme, Executive Director of The Jewish Family Service (JFS). This is a 501c3 organization, which offers targeted social services that help preserve and improve the quality of life for New Mexican residents. JFS is non-sectarian, offers many  services for the entire community (Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Zuni Pueblo). JFS is planning to expand their assistance to the entire state. They partner with Federal, State & Local governments, as well as United Way, Roadrunner Food Bank, etc. JFS services include:

    “Aging Well at Home Program”, which includes 13 individual services; “Helping Our Community’s Most Vulnerable” program, including a food pantry, support groups and emergency utility assistance; “Nurturing Our Jewish Community”, including 5 additional services. JFS also supplies services to 75% of the 12000 Jews who are not active members of organized religious groups.

    JFS’ values:  1. Repair the world, 2. Being righteous (charity), 3. Doing the right thing (being ethical).

    JFS asks us to join them for “The Art of Caring” dinner & fundraising event on 3 April, 6P-10P, at the NM Museum of Art and History. Tickets are $90 per person. The event will include wine raffles and both live and silent auctions. They need volunteer help with the event, as well as items for their auctions.

    Any questions about JFS may be directed to Judit. OR, goto www.jfsnm.org .

     

    As is our custom, President Mollie presented Mr.Gemme with a remembrance of his visit.

    AND we recited the 4 way test, as an indication of our values as Rotarians.

     

    Kathy then provided us with our thought for the day.

     

    We extend our thanks to our visitors for joining us today. Come visit us again, soon!

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for February:

    23 February        Rotary Day! – 106 years of service (Yup, it’s our birthday).

    26 February        Governor’s Ball – Who’s going to help us make a showing this weekend?

    1 March              Meeting – Everyone come and Meet Kristen! Hear Maggie, too!

    13 March            Daylight Savings Time Begins

    17 March            Saint Patrick’s Day

     

    Make plans to join us at our 2011 District Convention – April 14-17 – Ruidoso

    @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center.

  • 08 Feb 2011 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12:00 Noon and called for a quiet moment to feel the friendship all around us.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            None today.

    Guests:                       Martin Kielpinski, Gabriela Gonzalez, Carlos Carrasco,

                                        Kirsten Cobb, Steve Morrison & Mary Jane Tatarsky

     

    February is “World Understanding Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Update on Jessica Truesdale, provided by her father, Martin Kielpinski – Handicap access has been added onto house. Plans to add another 1000 sq. ft. will cost another $40K to $50K (minimum), with a projected start during March. There’s only $11K in the bank. So, even though the media coverage never generated many donations, income for the project has only been generated through the Homebuilders Ass’n of Central NM, various church groups and Rotary. A benefit dinner is planned by Homebuilders with the help of Rio Rancho’s mayor, and a tentative date during March. Martin will call James with the date.

    No van will be needed, since her “family rehab therapy” looks upon her use of her present vehicle as a good source of physical therapy.

    Jessica is 100% mentally, has pretty good speech, some eyesight and can walk only with assistance.

     

    Peggy won a ticket lottery for Pope Joy’s “Wicked”.

    Wendy & James will be driving down to Texas, where they’ll be visiting our District’s 71st Club – “Camino Real”, many of it’s members left Mexico Clubs. There are 8 past presidents in their Club!

    W & J will also visit San Marcos, via the Rotary R/V fellowship… We’ll be missing them for 3 weeks.

    Last Saturday night, President Mollie & Mary paid a visit to the Sunrise Club’s Rio Rancho nursing benefit dinner event at Tamaya.

    James also introduced his eldest son, Steve.

    Kathy’s grandson made regional wrestling.

    Pat warned us that TK has picked up a case of pneumonia! Call her & make her talk on the ‘phone!

    Fofo threw in a buck, to extol the virtues of Lou – On Sunday, while she was attending church, he found that the Event Palace had five broken water pipes and went up on the roof to find a water cutoff!

    Mary says that we could use some program/speakers for meetings, during March.

     

    This year’s Rotary Governor’s Ball will be held on 26 February. The Del Sol Club (Our sponsoring Club!) is running this event at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort. The black tie optional event runs from 5:30 PM to 12 Mid., with dinner at 7 PM and entertainment at 9 PM. www.governorsball.org

     

    You really should wear your Rotary pin – especially at meetings.

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    We’re aiming to fulfill our Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year.

    Judy will provide you with Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

    Looks like we got one (the check’s in the mail)! We even ordered some new member pins today.

     

    Today’s Program:

    Introduced by Kirsten Cobb, our guest speaker was Mr. Carlos Carrasco, Development Manager of

    Habitat for Humanity and was assisted by Gabriela Gonzalez. Their mission: The Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity builds community one home, one family at a time by making it possible for low-income families to own simple, decent, affordable homes. Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build decent, affordable housing.

    This year, they have a $480K grant to provide land for 16 projected homes located near old Coors & Central. Average home cost is $75K plus $25K for the land. One house is almost completed and they’re trying to complete 8 others this year. At this time, they’re looking at more non-traditional fund raisers. There’s enough manpower in the field, with 8000 people in their database. However, habitat’s greatest manpower need exists in their office, especially needing assistance with database updating. This year 300 to 400 applications will be processed for 8 to 16 new homes. All of the homes are now newly built, have 3 to 4 bedrooms and average 1200 to 1500 square feet, with some at 1700 square feet. Families awarded these homes must put in 500 hours of work on that home. A 20 to 25 year mortgage at 0% interest is usually obtained. 155 such homes currently exist in the Albuquerque area.

    Habitat builds (on average) one new home every 10 minutes in the U.S. It’s based in Americus, Georgia and was founded in 1976. Need more info? Goto www.habitatabq.org.

     

    As is our custom, President Mollie presented Mr. Carrasco with a remembrance of his visit.

     

    Mandy brought in more of those District Cruise raffle tickets. Judy’s helping Mandy in this effort.

    They’re $10 each and are tax deductible. You also get credit from The Rotary Foundation (EREY) for your contribution. The ticket stubs have to be turned in to Mandy by the last meeting in March.

    Buy ‘em – sell ‘em & maybe even win that $1500 cruise voucher to any cruise line!

     

    Pat provided us with our thought for the day.

     

    We extend our thanks to our visitors for joining us today. Come visit us again, soon!

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for February:

    12 February            Lincoln’s Birthday

    14 February            Valentine’s Day !!!!!

    15 February            Club Business/Board meeting. Come & see what we really do at these meetings!

    20 February            World Day of Social Justice

    21 February            Presidents’ Day

    22 February            Washington’s Birthday

    23 February            Rotary Day! – 106 years of service (Yup, it’s our birthday).

    26 February            Governor’s Ball – Who’s going to help us make a showing?

     

    Make plans to join us at our 2011 District Convention – April 14-17 – Ruidoso

    @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center.

  • 31 Jan 2011 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12:00 Noon and called for a quiet moment to focus our hearts and bring ourselves into the present.

     

    Visiting Rotarians: Tom Walker District Foundation & Grants Chair

                                        Bruce Bortner District Membership Chair

     

    Guests:            Bob Brittain, guest of Peggy & Kirsten Cobb

     

    January is  “Rotary Awareness Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Much of our lunch goodies were provided by (and thanks to) Mandy.

    President Mollie donated her Birthday (yesterday) Gift Chocolate Cake to the common cause.

    Not one crumb was missing when she brought it.

    We received a note of thanks from Samantha Bousliman at CNM (Our speaker of 4 Jan.).

     

    Lou came all the way from next door, to update and provide us with his opinion regarding the Jessica Project. We have an earmarked sum of $500 in our coffers, donated to this project by the Del Sol Club and we must decide if the project will continue. Recently, Lou hasn’t seen or heard from Jessica. However, she’s doing much better & is walking now. Peggy related news that Mr. Otley Smith is now “out of the picture”, though the Home Builders Association will address the subject at their February meeting. Perhaps we’ll have Jessica visit us at a future meeting.

     

    James asked which members will be serving on our board next year and pointed out that attendance at PETS would prove to be an invaluable resource to all future board members.

     

    This year’s Rotary Governor’s Ball will be held on 26 February, 2011. The Del Sol Club (Our sponsoring Club!) is holding this event at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort to benefit The Boys & Girls Ranches, Los Ninos and the Del Sol Foundation. The black tie optional event runs from 5:30 PM to 12 Mid., with dinner at 7 PM and entertainment at 9 PM. Cost = $150 per person. www.governorsball.org  So far, 5 of us will attend. Whoopie!!!

     

    Remember to wear your Rotary pin – especially at meetings (But, not to bed).

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    Our membership committee held a meeting today, just before this meeting – plans are afoot.

    Let’s fulfill our Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year.

    See Judy to obtain Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

     

    Today’s Program:

    Introduced by James, our guest speaker was Tom Walker, District 5520’s Foundation and Grants Chair. Tom presented a really comprehensive picture of Rotary’s Foundation and it’s workings.

    He did a great job of explaining where Foundation money comes from and exactly where and how funds are distributed.

    Our Foundation is the charitable arm of R.I. and was essentially initiated in 1917 by Arch Klumph.

    The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
    The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

    Programs of The Rotary Foundation include:

    PolioPlus – We’ve raised $1 Billion since the program’s inception!

    (Do you know what “P.A.I.N.” stands for?)

    Humanitarian Grants (3H= Health, Hunger & Humanity):   

                                                    Disaster Recovery            District Simplified Grants            Matching Grants

    Educational Programs:        Ambassadorial Scholarships             Group Study Exchange

                                                    Rotary Peace Fellowships                  Rotary Grants for university teachers

    Finally, there are schools to teach peace and conflict resolution instead of another school for war.

     

    In anticipation of The Rotary Foundation’s 100-year anniversary in 2017, the Trustees are developing a plan to move the Foundation toward its second century of service.

    The Foundation has made slight modifications to its programs since its inception and the Trustees sought input from a wide variety of stakeholders in developing the Future Vision Plan. The plan updates the Foundation’s mission and creates a more effective and efficient way to help Rotarians develop diverse projects with greater impact and sustainable outcomes. The Foundation's new mission, along with its new motto – Doing Good in the World – were approved by the Foundation Trustees and the RI Board and endorsed by the Council on Legislation. 

     

    The Future Vision Plan is designed to:

    Simplify Foundation programs and processes consistent with the mission.

    Focus Rotarian service efforts where they will have the greatest impact by addressing priority world needs that are relevant to Rotarians.

    Offer program options to help achieve both global and local goals.

    Increase the sense of ownership at the district and club levels by transferring more decisions to the districts.

    Gain greater understanding of The Rotary Foundation’s work and enhance Rotary’s public image

     

    Note: We’ve reached $158 million towards the $200 million Gates matching challenge, with only $42 million to go. Our goal will probably be reached by the 2011 international convention.

     

    Mandy distributed the long awaited District Cruise raffle tickets to everyone in attendance. They’re $10 a pop and are tax deductible too. It’s a sure bet that Mandy (Club Foundation Chair) will have more available next week (and next week, and next week…). The ticket stubs have got to be turned in to Mandy by the last meeting in March. Buy ‘em – sell ‘em & maybe even win!

     

    President Mollie presented Tom with our remembrance gift of his visit, along with a bag of goodies from Mandy. Tom IS the man to ask, if you need to know anything about TRF.

     

    Kathy provided us with our thought for the day.                

     

    We extend our thanks to our visitors for joining us today.

    Wow! What a meeting – I counted 20 heads (with bodies attached).

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:05 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for December:

     

    27 January            International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    29 January            Roadrunner food bank’s “Souper Bowl” Need information? Goto www.rrfb.org

    31 January            Special program @ Albuquerque Club: Valerie Plame Wilson & scientists from SFI

    2  February           Groundhog Day

    1  February           Club meeting- Maggie’s the program! – Wanna lose some weight?

    3   February          Chinese New Year – It’s the year 4708 - the year of the Rabbit. Wear red today!

    12 February          Lincoln’s Birthday

    14 February          Valentine’s Day !!!!!

    20 February          World Day of Social Justice

    21 February          Presidents’ Day

    22 February          Washington’s Birthday

    23 February          Rotary Day! – 106 years of service (Yup, it’s our birthday).

    26 February          Governor’s Ball – Who’s going to help us make a showing?

     

    Make plans to join us at our 2011 District Convention – April 14-17 – Ruidoso

    @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center. Don’t make me show up alone!

    D.G. Tim asks every Club to contribute $100 to help defray the cost of our District convention!

     

    Members set up our venue before and break down after our meetings and act as greeters.

    Thanks to Maggie and Libby for assisting with this task during the month of January.

    Next month’s setter upper and breaker downer volunteers will be Pat & TK (Yes, they did volunteer).

  • 11 Jan 2011 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    President-Elect Fofo called our meeting to order at 12:00 Noon and called for a quiet moment to focus on the past year and the new year.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            Bruce Bortner, District Membership Chair

    Guests:            Mary Jane Tatarsky, guest of Libby and John Salamack, our guest speaker

     

    January is  “Rotary Awareness Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Kathy’s grandson won a wrestling match

    Maggie has joined the 21st century with a new electronically operated gift laptop.

    Chuck reminded us of the 1year anniversary of the Haiti disaster. Libby adds that we will be able to see various newscasts regarding the anniversary, perhaps to find out what is happening with the donations.

    Fofo related an organ donor story, regarding her niece, who had recently passed away in CA.

     

    Please plan to show up at our 18 January Board Meeting. We need your input regarding upcoming projects. We’re thinking of holding one meeting every month at the Roadrunner food bank and paying a return luncheon visit this spring, to the Casa Solano senior residential facility.

     

    This year’s Rotary Governor’s Ball will be held on 26 February, 2011. The Del Sol Club (Our sponsoring Club!) is holding this shindig at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa and will benefit The Boys & Girls Ranches, Los Ninos and the Del Sol Foundation. The black tie optional event runs from 5:30 PM to 12 Mid., with dinner at 7 PM and entertainment at 9 PM. Cost = $150 per person. www.governorsball.org

     

    Remember to wear your Rotary pin – especially at meetings (It goes on the left side)

     

    Membership (Judy is our membership chair):

    Let’s fulfill our Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year.

    See Judy if you need some Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

     

    Today’s Program:

    Our guest speaker was John Salamack, Exec. Dir. of Clothes Helping Kids, who was kind enough to enlighten us about his recent excursion to Uzbekistan. John’s unique insights into this country and it’s people is enhanced by his past work and travel experience in this part of the world.

    His trip’s primary goal was to observe the country’s unique 1000 year old architecture.

    The Republic of Uzbekistan (pop. 28million), once a part of the USSR, declared its independence in 1991 and is one of the five “stans” located in Asia.

    The 450 sq. kilometer country is one of the very few doubly landlocked nations.

    Russia conquered the territory of Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Resistance to the Army after the Bolshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic established in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land poisoned and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry. The country seeks to gradually lessen its dependence on agriculture while developing its mineral and petroleum reserves, in addition to promoting tourism.

    John’s three week visit during the fall season (cotton harvest time) permitted visits to only three major cities: Tashkent, Samarqand and Bukhara. He flew into Tashkent, the country’s capital (pop. 3million), a very modern city with extensive public transportation, including a subway system. The city has existed for approximately 3000 years. In Samarqand, on the old silk route, John stayed at a B&B with many interesting tourists and visited ancient mosques and tombs.

    In Bukhara, John visited several shops, many of which were operated by very independent and world savvy women. In fact, these shop owners were aware of New Mexico and Santa Fe!

    Generally, it seems that the ease of transportation surpasses the general disrepair of roads. While traveling the country’s roads, John saw Mercedes and Lexus autos and donkey carts. The people looked well dressed and well fed, were friendly and hospitable and there appeared to be little strife. Traditional dress is prevalent and the most useful language seems to be Russian. Sunni-Islam appears to be dominant.

    John’s candid insight into this nation has truly enlightened us and changed our perception of this far-off land! To see the photographs presented, goto  www.PetersTravelPhotos.Shutterfly.com it’ll be worth it!

    Following Q&A, President-Elect Fofo presented John with our remembrance gift of his visit.

     

    Libby provided us with our thought for the day excerpted from “The Prophet” by the Lebanese writer, artist and philosopher, Khalil Gibran.              

     

    Our thanks to our visitors for joining us today.

     

    President-Elect Fofo adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM. +/- 1 minute.

     

    Programs and Happenings for December:

     

    17 January            Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    18 January            Monthly Board meeting – Please join us and provide us with your input.

    25 January            Regular meeting- Tom Walker guest speaker- Foundation & Grant Chair.

    27 January            International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    29 January            Roadrunner food bank’s “Souper Bowl” Need information? Goto www.rrfb.org

    31 January            Special program @ RC Albuquerque: Valerie Plame Wilson & scientists from SFI

    26 February            Governor’s Ball – Who’s going to help us make a showing?

     

    It’s time to give some thought to our 2011 District Convention – April 14-17 – Ruidoso

    @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center. Come & keep me company!

    D.G. Tim asks every Club to contribute at least $100 to help defray the cost of our District convention!

     

    Volunteer members set up our venue before and break down after our meetings and act as greeters.

    Thanks to Maggie and Libby for assisting with this task during the month of January.
  • 15 Dec 2010 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to Order at 12:00 PM and called for a quiet moment,

    to send love and joy to others.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            Norm Liss (Who’s a Del Norte charter member)

     

    December is  “Family Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Libby updated us that Judy’s extremely busy at this time, what with lots of family in town and her brother’s memorial service on Saturday.

    Mary reported on last week’s Silver Horizons party and pointed out that she’s happy NOT to be in Illinois.

    Maggie threw in a couple of bucks for Rob’s last day of radiation treatment and for the successful donation of their car, to Casa Esperanza.

    Pat’s daughter’s in the honor society!

    James & Wendy are really happy to have survived their trip “down South” & reported that District 5520 will have a new Club in El Paso – the Camino Real Club.

    Fofo told us about the girls from Haiti. They’re doing OK, have Medicaid & food stamps, will leave for a new home on 10 January and are in school.

    Fofo also brought in a guest (Gary), who related his tale about his 23 yr old son who’s recovering from leukemia (6 yrs, now). Treatment in Phoenix (Mayo Clinic) is very expensive, in addition to weekly travel costs. In order to defray some of these expenses which the Navajo Nation is not yet helping with, Gary and family are selling crafts. Several members purchased some of these beautiful Christmas season works.

     

    Please remember to always wear your Rotary pin – especially at meetings

    (Did you wear your pin this week?).

     

    President Mollie presented a motion for consideration by the membership.

    Those present (a real quorum) voted to cancel next week’s meeting which would have been a Board meeting. So, the next Board meeting – January’s - will be a really “big one”.

    That makes this meeting the last one for this year.

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

     

    Our Club membership goal, to be fulfilled by the end of this Rotary year, will be TEN (10) new Club members – That means each of us still has to bring in just ½ of a member.

    Membership has to involve all of our Club members! 

    See Judy if you could use some Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

     

    Today’s Program:

     

    Maggie introduced our guest speaker and extolled the virtues of Norm Liss, who hails from the Del Norte Club. Norm is the current District 5520 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program chair and enlightened us about this Rotary program.

    Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, more than 40,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is one of the world's largest privately funded international scholarships programs. Nearly 700 scholarships were awarded for study in 2009-10. Through grants totaling approximately US $16.2 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 80 nations.

    The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

    Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club. Before completing an application, applicants must contact a local Rotary club to make sure that their district participates in this program (District 5520 does participate). Because timelines vary, only a local club can provide specific information about application deadlines. For 2012-13 awards, club deadlines may be as early as 1 March 2011 or as late as 15 August 2011. We’re now looking for 2012 applicants and DG Tim has obtained 3 scholarships to be awarded by our District. Interviews will commence in June or July of 2011, in Albuquerque. Each scholarship will be in the amount of $26,000.

    Norm also “rattled off” condensed bios of many of the past and present District 5520 scholars. Applicants cannot be related to current Rotarians. To initiate a program, a Club should form a committee for this purpose – Norm suggested that the committee should then inform UNM about the availability of these scholarships through our Club. This scholarship rates “very high” , as evidenced by the past year’s 9000 applications for which only 600 were available/awarded. Things will change over the next few years, where Rotary International will have more input regarding the scholarship awards.

    With their interest whetted, members questioned Norm closely about this program, after which

    President Mollie presented Norm with our “Thank You” package of cards.

     

    President Mollie then adjourned our Meeting at 12:25 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for December:

     

    16 December            National Regifting day – do your part.

    21 December            NO MEETING TODAY !

    25 December            Christmas Day

    26 December             Kwanzaa begins today

    28 December            NO MEETING TODAY !

    31 December            New Year’s eve

    29 January                Roadrunner food bank’s “Souper Bowl” Need more information?

                                       Goto www.rrfb.org

     

    FUTURE:            It’s time to start thinking about our 2011 District Convention –

                                April 14-17 – Ruidoso

                                @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center.

     

    Please remember that volunteer members set up our venue before and break down after our meetings and act as greeters. January will see Maggie part-time and Libby assisting with this task.

     

    Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year to all !

     

    See you on 4 January at our next meeting.
  • 11 Dec 2010 5:06 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie gathered our Club together today at 12:00 N, to celebrate the holidays with the residents at Via Solano House, of Silver Horizons.

     

    Visiting Rotarian:            Banjo Bruce Bortner – District Membership Chair (sans banjo)

     

    Yup, December is  “Family Month”

     

    Please remember to Always Wear Your Rotary Pin – especially at meetings

    Did you wear yours, this week? Else, how they gonna know you’re one of the good guys?

     

    Mary really did a great job of organizing our party today and early arrivals got to help with the setup, too.

    This party was our meeting for the week and was held at 1419 Solano, NE 87110 - Casa Solano senior residential facility.

     

    Great food, gifts, merriment & songs were the order of the day.

    The facility’s residents included a retired shepherd and a really good artist (ask Chuck’s wife).

    I wonder if they’d let Sam (the shepherd) have a few cigars.

    Fofo, was that some sort of yoga exercise you led? It seemed to have some effect on all present!

    TK the elf showed up with some gas still in the tank, in full regalia (including “spock” ears) and did NOT manage to get herself arrested in transit (Don’t know what happened to her on the way home).

    Our gifts were well received by the residents, while all of those really good desserts disappeared.

    Banjo Bruce brought his guitar and managed to (fortunately) drown out most of the poorer vocalists in the group.

    Thanks to all of our members (and Bruce) who gave of their time, efforts, food and gifts.

    All helped make this gathering into a truly memorable event, which should be repeated next year.

    Yup, it all went off without a hitch.

     

    Or, in Mary’s own words:

     

    Thanks to all for a great job. I believe we brought a little sunshine into the day for the residents.

    It could not have happened without your effort & compassion.

     

    Mel was thrilled with his gift of the soft blankets (& could hardly wait until they were washed & on his bed) & chocolate.

    Sam, our sheepherder, was absolutely blown away, especially by his personal "stash" of cookies.

    Robin couldn't believe the huge set of colored penciled.  He graciously did 2 sketches.

    Leva certainly enjoyed her food & was beginning to be a bit more responsive by the time we left.

    Bill loved his Detroit Lions gear.  The hat looked really great on him.

    Denise, the day caretaker, & Sarah, the manager, were thrilled for the residents & I think also enjoyed the activity & seeing their folks have a good time.

     

    I was left with the impression that you can go back for a visit any time & be most welcome. It was heart warming to see the smiles on faces. Thanks again for all you did to make the day special.

     

    (Signed) Mary

     

    Our festivities concluded at about 1:30 PM. – Where did the time go?

    For those members who couldn’t make it today, you were missed.

     

    Programs and Happenings for December:

     

    10 December            Human Rights Day

    14 December            Regular meeting.

    16 December            National Regifting Day

    25 December            Christmas Day

    26 December            Kwanzaa begins today

    28 December            NO MEETING TODAY !

    31 December            New Year’s Eve

     

    FUTURE:            It’s time to start thinking about attending Our 2011 District Convention –

                            April 14-17 – Ruidoso @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center.

     

    Please remember that volunteer members set up our venue before and break down after our meetings and act as greeters.

     

    Just a note – We’re a step closer to filling out next year’s Club leadership… rumor has it that TK will be accepting the burden of Club Treasurer!

     

    We will join together once again, on 14 December, at our usual meeting venue.
  • 30 Nov 2010 7:25 PM | Anonymous

    Weekly Meeting Bulletin for November 30, 2010

     

    President Mollie called our meeting to Order at 12:00 PM and called for a quiet moment, to reflect upon that which we hold sacred.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:  Bruce Bortner – District Membership Chair

    Guests:                       Mary Jane Tatarsky, Guest of Libby                         Kirsten Cobb, Guest of Mary

     

    November is STILL “Rotary Foundation Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy Bucks:

     

    Since Thanksgiving Day, Wendy & James are now the proud grandparents of Henry James.

     

    Well, OUR Club is ranked THIRD in club attendance % ranking in our entire District!

    This is, in all probability, due to the extraordinary bookkeeping talents of our Club secretary.

     

    Always Wear Your Rotary Pin – especially at meetings (did you wear yours, this week?).

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

     

    President Mollie announced our Club membership goal, to be fulfilled by the end of this Rotary year (2010-2011), ending on 30 June 2011. Our is/are/am/will be TEN (10) new Club members –

    Now, each of us just has to bring in just ½ of a member.

     

    Membership involves every one of us! We’ve really got to increase our Club’s membership.

    FYI: On average, Rotary membership decreases by about 10% per year.

    See Judy if you could use some Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

     

    Mary is heading up OUR Silver Horizons party, taking place on 9 December – 12N to 1:30P.

    If we get there early, we can get to help with the setup, too.

    This’ll be our meeting for the week of December 6-10.

    It’ll be held at 1419 Solano, NE 87110 (The Casa Solano senior residential facility).

    Mary reports on who’s doing what & for whom and that we’re all “set up” for this event., with food & beverages, decorations & presents for the residents.

    Silver Horizons New Mexico, Inc.            www.silverhorizons.org            (505) 884-3881

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 12:25 PM. and we began our very own private tour

    (by Stephanie Miller) of the Roadrunner food bank facility.

     

    Originally founded in 1980, the Roadrunner Food Bank has occupied this HUGE facility located at 5840 Office Blvd, NE for approximately 18 months. The food bank serves the entire state of New Mexico, with distribution (mostly) accomplished through community outlets. Individuals do not pick up food at this location. The mass quantities of food are acquired through donations and through bulk purchases by the food bank. Many volunteers are required to process, sort and repackage bulk items in their warehouse for distribution.

    The food bank will be holding an upcoming fundraiser event, “The Souper Bowl” on Saturday,

    January 29, 2011. You can buy tickets to this highly competitive event (40+ restaurants & chefs)

    at $40 for adults and $10 children. They need volunteers for this event, also.

    Our Club is considering the possibility of volunteering our assistance at their warehouse, in place of some of our future meetings.

    Need more information? Goto www.rrfb.org

     

    Our tour concluded at about 1:25 PM without seeing their immense cold storage and freezer facilities, ‘cause we ran out of time! Yup, it’s that big! Then, we searched for our conference room and our coats.

     

    If you weren’t there, you missed a very informative meeting today.

    Boy, I never saw so much food in one place – not even at Costco.

     

    Programs and Happenings for December:

     

    2 December            Hanukkah

    7 December            NO MEETING TODAY !

    9 December            We meet at Casa Solano for our Silver Horizons Party.

    25 December            Christmas Day

    26 December             Kwanzaa begins today

    28 December            NO MEETING TODAY !

     

    FUTURE:            Time to start thinking about

                            Our 2011 District Convention – April 14-17 – Ruidoso

                            @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center.

     

    Please remember that volunteer members set up our venue before and break down after our meetings and act as greeters.

     

    See you on 9 December (Thursday) at our Silver Horizons Party.
  • 26 Oct 2010 9:21 PM | Anonymous
    Check out the new Bylaws and minutes of the last board meeting.

    1) login at top right corner of page
    2) Click on Members Only

    View club info

  • 24 Mar 2010 8:33 PM | Mollie Papen

    What an outstanding meeting. District Governor Dick Jones drove down from Santa Fe to be our guest speaker and announce to the Sandia club members and other guests that we have now reached the provisional club status.

    Rotary Sandia is a brown bag club but several members made a great lunch in honor of Governor Jones and our other guests. We hosted presidents from other clubs in Albuq. and Rio Rancho, district dignitaries and several good friends.

    Our next big celebration will be when we a chartered club. We are only seven members away from that goal. We have worked on three projects and always have big fun. So if you are out and about on any Tuesday at 11:45 drop in and see what we are about. Bring your own lunch.

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