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  • 09 Aug 2011 6:32 PM | Anonymous

    President Fofo called our meeting to order at 12:00 N and asked us to take a moment and reflect upon

    all of the hunger in the world.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            None                           Guests:           Ms. Vivian Laws

     

    August is “Membership & Extension Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Maggie’s husband just started up another new business.

    Judy announced that our program speaker for 23 Aug. “Wounded Warrior Project” will be holding their  3rd annual fundraising dinner/dance on Saturday, 20 Aug. – Ooh La La.

     See www.OohLaLaEvents.org

    Judy also mentioned that Libby will be “filling in” for the temporarily absent IPP Mollie. She’ll collect the gathered egg cartons and deliver them to Roadrunner food bank.

    James noted that he and Mollie are co-chairing our fall sidewalk sale fundraiser and that, since many key members will be absent for that originally scheduled date (30 Sept.- 1 Oct.), perhaps we could reschedule the event to later in October or into November. Fofo will check her schedule.

     

    Mary schedules our program speakers.

    If you’d like to provide a meeting program, get in touch with her to find open dates.

     

    Membership

    Libby will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members – just ask.

     

    Club News & Business:

    Kirsten presented a listing (a really BIG chart) of possible service projects upon which we could all cogitate. James will post the possibilities on our web-site, along with links to web-sites. Your input would be appreciated. Included, were: Roadrunner food bank, Casa Solano (Silver Horizons), Casa Esperanza, Asst’d youth projects, Habitat, Project LINUS, etc., etc.

    President Fofo noted that Roadrunner food bank distribution has been cut from 50 lbs. of food Per family to 35 lbs. Per family, with no change in cost.

     

    Today’s Program:           

    Mary Jane introduced Ms. Vivian Laws of Make a wish foundation, New Mexico Chapter.

    Vivian has been with the 25 year old New Mexico Chapter for six years and currently serves on their board of directors as V.P. of Wish Granting. This worldwide organization grants the Wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

    On April 29, 1980, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix, Arizona, named Chris Greicius realized his lifelong wish to become a state trooper. Many of those responsible for fulfilling Chris' wish wanted to do the same for other children. This led to the founding of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. This Foundation is now the largest wish-granting organization in the world, with 74 chapters in the United States and its territories, and 28 international affiliates spanning five continents.

    The New Mexico Chapter was founded in 1986 and granted its first wish in January 1987, to Donovan who wanted a bicycle. The NM chapter is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of New Mexico residents. Each board member assists in all phases of the Foundation's work. Four full-time staff - including President/CEO, Volunteer/Operations Manager, Wish Manager, and Office Manager - who work with an extremely dedicated family of volunteers throughout the state, to make MAWFNM successful. The acceptable age range of candidates is 2 ½ to 18 years and the NM chapter will grant 95 wishes this year. Volunteers receive training, to assist in screening candidates. Individual groups can also sponsor a wish.

    The ONLY chapter in New Mexico is located at 144 Louisiana Blvd., NE - Albuquerque, NM 87108. Want more info? Go to www.wishnm.org

     

    President Fofo presented our guest speaker with the traditional gift card packet as a remembrance of her presentation  to our Club.

     

    A Thought for the day from John, quoting Ben Franklin:

    “ In wine, there is Wisdom.            In beer, there is Freedom.            In water, there is Bacteria!”

    So, you know what I’ll be drinking.

     

    President Fofo adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM

     

    We thank our guests for visiting with us… Come back, soon!

     

    Programs and Happenings for August:

     

    16 Aug             Regular Meeting – Program: Vessel Health & Heart Disease – and then…

    16 Aug             Board / Business Meeting

    19 Aug             World Humanitarian Day

    23 Aug             Regular Meeting – Program: Wounded Warrior Project

    30 Aug        Regular Meeting – Program: Safe House
  • 02 Aug 2011 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    President Fofo called our meeting to order at 12:00 N and asked us to take a moment to think about what’s happening today, in Washington, DC.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            Jody Wheatley (Rio Rancho)

    Guests:  Gretchen Kryda & Mark Leonard, guests of John                     Adrian, TK’s grandson

                    Miguel Martinez,      Piper & Isabel, Kirsten’s daughters          Jasmin Noorullah-Wright

     

    August is “Membership & Extension Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Bruce is happy to bring news to us of the first District 5520 RLI class (Part 1), which took place last Saturday in Albuquerque. 12 participants attended. The next RLI class in Albuquerque (Parts 1 & 2) will be given on 1 October, 2011.

    Maggie told us about the District boys RYLA, last Tuesday, where husband Rob was voted the best speaker. 70 boys from District 5520 are attending this year’s RYLA.

    Peggy, just returned from Florida, reports that her parents are doing well.

    President Fofo participated in a most successful garage sale, the proceeds from which, benefited Haiti relief. They raked in $400 in the first 2 hours of that sale.

    President-Elect Judy reported on IPP Mollie’s “condition”. Mollie will be doing some hyperbaric chamber treatment. Grafting will follow… No surgery as yet. So, get it together & call / e-mail Mollie.

     

    Mary schedules our program speakers. If you’d like to provide a meeting program, get in touch with her to find open dates. There IS an event calendar. It also exists on our Club web-site, courtesy of James.

     

    Membership

    Libby will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members – just ask.

     

    Club News & Business:

     

    President Fofo will be bringing us news from the monthly Club Presidents’ meetings. The meetings take place on a Friday, 7AM at Weck’s (near I-25). There’s some movement regarding Polio Plus, which we’ll hear about.

    Additionally, President Fofo shared with us, a 2008 document found among her records. This listing of traits of ethical behavior, describes how we (as Rotarians) organize our actions and view our obligations to ourselves and to each other as productive, contributing members of our community.

    Yup, several of you missed a really good handout today!

     

    Today’s Program:       

    Our originally scheduled program speaker was unavoidably cancelled (at 9:30 this morning), due to an emergency visit to the Veterans Hospital.

    We will reschedule this program with Lindsey & Jim Stanek, ASAP.

    Accordingly, PE Judy had to find a recipient of the freshly baked doggie treats that she had purchased. A POP QUIZ !!!

    Yup, the answer Nick & Nora’s doggie “ASTA” won someone the treats today. When this program is rescheduled, Janet will provide another round of treats for the Paws & Stripes doggie.

     

    Well, the last minute stand-in program speaker/recruit turned out to be none other than that volunteer and honorary Club member, Colonel Bruce Bortner (Ret.), who graciously consented to overwhelm and regale us with the tale of his life experiences. AND, he also included some visuals and descriptions of his most recent work related travels.

    His tale began in Baltimore, MD and after 11 years, moved to Orlando. Several ensuing  changes of scenery took him to Cleveland, Glendale, London Ontario (Canada, to you) and then back to Florida and Ohio (Kent State). Wow!

    Bruce got his first 5-string banjo as a graduation present, which served him well during the 60’s. With a draft number (remember the ’69 draft lottery?) of 49, Bruce chose to join the air force after College and made it his career for 30 years. He seemed competent enough to be entrusted with the aircraft that we pay for. So, the USAF let Bruce actually fly the things until they took away all of that fun and made him a Colonel. After all of that colorful and exciting experience, he flew a desk.

    Bruce is now an independent contractor for our State Department, has visited all of the world continents (except Antarctica) and 28 countries.

    Can you say, “Anti-Terror Instructor Development Trainer”?

    While at Kirtland, Bruce joined the Del Sol Club as an honorary member in 1997 and became an active member in 2000.

    A collection of Bruce’s memorabilia provided us with an informative “origin” quiz, complete with gift pins for the correct answers.

    A “Tour of Sarajevo” followed, along with commentary on the trials and tribulations of Bosnia-Herzegovina / former Yugoslavia and the Serbs, Muslims, et. al.

    Bruce also visited with the Rotary Club of Sarajevo while in town. District 1910 covers Bosnia- Herzegovina and Austria.

    A quick and informative narrative and history helped us better understand that area of the world, while we also learned about “Sarajevska Pivara” a brewery and restaurant, “The Rose of Sarajevo”, Café alley and copper alley.

     

    President Fofo presented Bruce with our traditional gift card packet as a remembrance of his presentation  to our Club.

     

    A Thought for the day from Libby, quoted Michael J. Fox, concerning excellence vs. perfection.

     

    Please sign up with Kathy to provide us with a thought for the day

     

    President Fofo adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM

     

    We thank our guests for visiting us… Come back, soon!

     

    Programs and Happenings for August:

     

    If you haven’t already done so, please PAY YOUR CLUB DUES! 

    A $125 check written to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” would be nice.

     

    6 Aug               Chinese Valentine’s Day (What?)

    9 Aug               Regular Meeting – Program: Vivian Laws - Make a Wish Foundation

    16 Aug             Regular Meeting – Program: Vessel Health & Heart Disease – and then…

    16 Aug             Board / Business Meeting

    19 Aug             World Humanitarian Day

    23 Aug             Regular Meeting – Program: Wounded Warrior Project

    30 Aug             Regular Meeting

     

    Please remember that:

    1.            Members volunteer and sign up with Kathy to set up our venue before and break down after our meetings and they also act as greeters.

    Thanks to Kathy & Wim for their help with this chore during the month of August.

    2.         We’re all responsible for finding appropriate program speakers for our meetings.

  • 26 Jul 2011 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    President Fofo called our meeting to order at 12:00 N and asked us to focus on the future, with the hope that we finally get a budget.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:     Tony Pino                            Guests:            Brian Cochran and Miguel Martinez.

     

    July is STILL “ Literacy Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

    Kathy’s grandson is goin’ home.

    Mary schedules our programs. If you have a meeting program, get in touch with her to find open dates. There IS an event calendar. It also exists on our Club web-site, courtesy of James.

    Remember to wear your Rotary pin  – Especially at meetings.

     

    Membership

    Libby will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members – just ask.

     

    Club Business:

    President Fofo reminded us of the existence of the Rotary Friendship Exchange Program and expressed her hope that our Club would attempt to join this program. Just to give us a “feel” of how this program works, President Fofo spoke of her visit to Morelia, Mexico.

     

    The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.

    The goal of a Friendship Exchange is to build greater international understanding and goodwill among Rotarians and their families.

    Additionally, exchange participants can Learn how their vocations are practiced in other parts of the world, Observe new customs and cultures and Promote an appreciation of cultural diversity worldwide.

     

    There are two types of Friendship Exchanges: the visitor exchange and the team exchange. In both types, the participating districts agree upon the number of people or couples participating, the length of stay and other details. Rotary Friendship Exchanges are expected to be reciprocal.

     

    Visitor exchange

    The visitor exchange gives individual Rotarians, who may be accompanied by family members, the opportunity to spend a few days in the home of a Rotarian in another country. The typical visitor  exchange lasts from three to seven days.

     

    Team exchange

    The team exchange allows several Rotarians or Rotary couples to travel to different communities in a host district for a period of up to one month.

     

    Univocational exchange

    A unique aspect that can be incorporated into either the team or the visitor exchange is the univocational exchange, where both the guest and host Rotarians are members of the same profession.

    A univocational exchange gives participants the opportunity to explore a common interest.

     

    Volunteer/service exchange

    Volunteer or service exchanges include opportunities for visiting Rotarians to participate in the service activities of a host club during an exchange.

     

    More information about our District RFE program will follow as the Rotary year progresses.

    James will be attempting to start up (Through our District) a program with India, perhaps with the inclusion of a Polio immunization.

     

    Today’s Program: GSE – District 5520 : District 9670… The Australia Experience.

    Rotarian Tony Pino led our District’s GSE team in their visit to Australia’s District 9670.

    Along with outbound team member Brian Cochran, Tony recounted their team’s trip to the Sidney/Newcastle area. It’s a 29 hour trip from here to there, with the final leg (LA to Sidney) taking 14 ½ hours. That part of Australia is 16 hours “ahead” of New Mexico time, i.e.: it’s tomorrow there!

    Great pictures were also presented, showing team members, kangaroos, barbies, prawns, beer & wineries.

    Hamburgers w/the works actually include an egg and pineapple. The area visited is replete with wineries and coal mines (mostly open pit type). Typical salaries, costs and taxes were also commented upon. The team visited the District 9670 conference, attended by more Rotarians than attended our District conference (even though there are half the Rotarians in their District!).

    Remember: It’s a Koala… NOT a Koala bear!

    Want to see more? Goto: www.RotaryGSEAustralia.WordPress.com

    They’re also on facebook (you don’t have to join): Rotary GSE Australia 2011 5520 to 9670

     

    President Fofo presented our guest speakers with the traditional gift card packets as a remembrance of their visit to our Club.

     

    A Thought for the day from Kathy provided us with a quote from Norman Vincent Peale.

    Please sign up with Kathy to provide us with a thought for the day

     

    President Fofo adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM

     

    We thank our guests for visiting us… Come back, soon!

     

    Programs and Happenings for August:

     

    If you haven’t already done so, PAY YOUR CLUB DUES! 

    $125 Checks written to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”

    (Or, to Mr. “CASH” & yes, I’ll enjoy my world trip)

     

    30 July             Rocky Mountain Division Rotary Leadership Institute!!!

    1 Aug               Ramadan Begins… It lasts a whole month!

    2 Aug               Regular Meeting – Program: Paws and Stripes

    6 Aug               Chinese Valentine’s Day (What?)

    9 Aug               Regular Meeting – Program: Make a Wish Foundation

    16 Aug             Board Meeting -

    16 Aug             Regular Meeting – Program: Vessel Health & Heart Disease

    23 Aug             Regular Meeting – Program: Wounded Warrior Project

    30 Aug        Regular Meeting
  • 19 Jul 2011 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    President Fofo called our meeting to order at 12:00 N and asked us to think about rain!

     

    Visiting Rotarians:       Kathy introduced Donette Wagner, our AG and James Hatsell, of Dallas, GA

    Guests:            Rita Kemp, Kathy’s sister-in-law and former Club member, Miguel Martinez.

     

    July is “ Literacy Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Kathy’s grandson is visiting (without his parents, too).

    President Fofo related news about a most successful Roadrunner food bank distribution, at which Kirsten, Peggy, Betty & Miguel helped out. Roadrunner expressed the thought that they were the most organized distribution group they’ve seen! Sixty families were helped with 2500 lbs of food, at a cost of $150.00.

    Peggy announced that a listing of our Club’s 2011-2012 board of directors has appeared in the Albuquerque Journal business outlook section, on 18 July, 2011.

    Janet updated us , re: Maureen McGraw Home Project - We meet there, on Sunday at 9AM

    Mary schedules our programs. If you plan to schedule a meeting program, get in touch with her to find open dates. There IS an event calendar. It also exists on our Club web-site, courtesy of James.

     

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

     

    Membership (Libby’s our membership chair):

    Libby will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members – just ask her.

     

    Club Business:

    President Fofo has begun to receive feedback from the membership. Members have voiced their opinions that more projects would be welcomed, especially community projects. We will plan a minimum of international projects, since we cannot exclude them. In addition, fundraising events should be planned.

    Members have also raised the point that our meeting’s program speakers should not be interrupted with questions during their presentations.

    President Fofo announced that the popular vote of the membership has indicated that our board meetings should (and will) take place following our regular weekly meeting, on the third Tuesday of each month.

    Further member correspondence has also shown that most members are satisfied with the manner with  which our Club is progressing.

     

    Today’s Program: (Member Profile) President-Elect Judy necessarily introduced James Morrison – “Able to leap not-so-tall buildings in a single bound”. However, it appears that, in the past, dangerous chemicals may very well have affected his ability of cohesive thought.

    That being said, the Waukegan, IL native commenced to regale the assembly with the story of his existence. Jimmy is the product of his family’s dry cleaning business (hence the use of unmentionable chemical compounds), after which, he came up with (in a moment of clarity) an epiphany/insight, which he was eager to share with us. There seems to be four types of people existing in this world:

    1) Consciously competent people, 2) Unconsciously competent people, 3) Consciously Incompetent people and, 4) Unconsciously Incompetent people. That being said, James is confident that he’s a #3 type.

    This appears to be a good thing, in that, he knows his limitations, his likes and dislikes, unlike most people. After his stint with the navy (ours?), James moved into mini-computer repair. At the age of 24, he moved to Albuquerque, NM, where he picked up a degree and moved into sales with startup companies (now fortune 500 types). After 14 years of this grueling experience, James started up his own company in the internet services field, which he runs today. James’ Rotary life began in NM, with the Del Norte Club, where he has served as president.

    Now, his tenacity permits him to sell his services door-to-door and he often attempts to receive payment for said services. Juarez, Mexico is home to many of his hotel clients. No kidding, Juarez appears to be a fairly booming town. Auto manufacturers make their home in the vicinity AND there’s a very large and busy U.S. consulate in town.

    Several useful facts that we’ve learned from James:

    Contrary to popular belief, James is not really “tired of old women”.

    The phrase “He cannot be found” = “You ain’t getting paid, today”

    The phrase “Manana” = “You ain’t getting paid, today”

    Beginning in the year 2006, approximately 20,000 business people have moved from Juarez to El Paso.

    In the year 2012, a new party may be voted into power in Mexico. Then, hopefully, the present violence will abate.

    Don’t use your turn signals… It’s a sign of weakness!

    We still don’t know when he and Wendy got hitched!

     

    Thought for the day from Libby, who quoted Eleanor Roosevelt for us.

    (Please sign up with Kathy to provide us with a thought for the day)

    Then, President Fofo adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM

     

    Programs and Happenings for July:

     

    July                 PAY YOUR CLUB DUES! 

                            $125 Checks written to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”

                            So far, 16 out of 22 have paid. Keep ‘em coming- RI & District 5520 wants their money!

    26 July              Regular Meeting – Come & learn about the Group Study Exchange & Australia, too!

    1 Aug               Ramadan Begins at Sundown… It lasts a whole month!

    2 Aug               Regular Meeting – Program: Make a Wish Foundation

    6 Aug          Chinese Valentine’s Day
  • 12 Jul 2011 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    President Fofo called our meeting to order at 12:00 N and asked us to imagine the future

    (Let’s imagine some rain,too!).

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            None

    Guests:            Eliot Goldstein, Miguel Martinez with his wife and daughter, Yessie.

     

    July is “ Literacy Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    James threatened to fashion his donated Rotary gear into a necklace for President Fofo, unless she hung it on a wall at our meeting place.

    Judy gave $5.00 just to get rid of the chicken.

    President Fofo really wants to change the time of our Board meetings, in order to prevent the airing of sensitive information during the presence of non-Club members. Peggy, our P.R. director can’t make it early on a Tuesday. How ‘bout holding the board meeting after our regular meeting? Well, let’s have ALL members state their opinion, for the Board to take into it’s consideration.

     

    President Fofo will soon be running a monthly food distribution operation at the event palace under the auspices of the Roadrunner food bank. This’ll take place on a Tuesday, where 2500 lbs. of food will be delivered at 2PM, with distribution beginning at 3PM. To begin, 50 families will be served, with a limit of 50 lbs. Per family (A box-full). As you know There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (TANSTAAFL). So, the total cost of this operation will be $150.00 per month. Lou Hubbard (Honorary Club Member) has “signed up” to defray $25.00 of that monthly cost. A minimum of four volunteers will be needed to assist with this distribution effort. We’ll be trying to vote this in as a Rotary project, as Pat presented a motion for Board consideration, with a second from James.

     

    An update on the proposed Club Project at Maureen McGraw’s home: Janet says that Mondays are a No-Go. She’ll be visiting Maureen’s on Thursday to “assess the situation”.

     

    Mary does schedule our programs. If you plan to schedule a meeting program, get in touch with her to find open dates. There IS an event calendar. It exists on our Club web-site, courtesy of James.

     

    NOTE:   Immediate Past President Mollie will be setting up a member profile schedule.

     

    We should all remember to wear our Rotary pins  – Especially at meetings.

     

    Membership (Libby’s our membership chair):

    She’s “working” on two possible members, Jerome & Bryan.

    Libby will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members – just ask.

     

    Today’s Program: Member Profile

     

    Pat Diem started her life in a place called Kansas but not on a farm. Her masters degree was earned in business administration and, in 1975 she began working at Sandia Labs for 10 years where she met her husband. She worked for AT&T in Greensboro, NC, then to (of all places) Allentown, PA. A move to Basking Ridge, NJ followed. Another move to Houston with a different firm entailed extensive travel. 1999 saw a relocation to Albuquerque again, where Pat currently resides. Her parents (her father’s 90 years of age) live in Kansas, whom she visits regularly.

    Pat’s interests include world travel, hiking, quilting, knitting and Rotary, too.

     

    Janet provided us with a thought for the day from Albert Schweitzer.     

    And,    

    President Fofo adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM

     

    Programs and Happenings for July:

     

    July                  PAY YOUR CLUB DUES! 

                             $125 Checks written to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”

    19 July             Board Meeting and then our Club Business Meeting

    24 July             Tour de France race ends today

    26 July             Regular Meeting – Come & learn about the Group Study Exchange & Australia, too!

    1 Aug               Ramadan Begins at Sundown… It lasts a whole month!

    2 Aug               Regular Meeting – Program: Make a Wish Foundation

    6 Aug               Chinese Valentine’s Day

  • 05 Jul 2011 5:50 PM | Anonymous

    President Fofo called our meeting to order at 12:00 N and asked us all to take a quiet moment to imagine the future.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:      None                  Guests:            None

     

    July is “ Literacy Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    James announced that the provisional Club of Sandoval had it’s 2nd meeting and has 4 members.

    Pat thanked us all for our donations for the women’s shelter and reminded us that she is accepting donations of toiletries, etc. and will deliver these needed items on a monthly basis. Pat also read us a note of thanks from the shelter for our donations.

    We hope to schedule a program presentation by the shelter during the month of August.

    John kicked in a buck, just to let us know that the Isotopes lost last night 13 to 10…

    But, the fireworks were great!

    Mary actually schedules our programs. If you’re attempting to schedule a meeting program, get in touch with her to find open dates. There IS an event calendar. It exists on our Club web-site, courtesy of James.

    We will make a bona fide attempt to have an up to date printout of our meeting program schedule calendar available at meetings for your perusal.

    Mary suggests that we plan another Rotary Box Lunch Auction at Rotary Park (This Fall???)

    James thinks that we should begin planning our sidewalk sale ASAP!

     

    Please e-mail your ideas, concepts and proposed goals for the new Rotary year, to President Fofo AND to Secretary John.

    We should all remember to wear our Rotary pins  – Especially at meetings (not in the shower).

     

    Membership (Libby’s our membership chair):

    Prospective member Eliot Goldstein visits us next week.

    Libby will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members – just ask.

     

    Today’s Program: Member Profile

     

    Today, we were treated to President Flaurance (Fofo) Voltaire-Herrick’s reminiscences of her life and career(s).

    One of 15 brothers and sisters, Fofo was born in the country of Haiti, to an Isocratic family. The remaining 12 children are now dispersed all over the world. Her dad was a surgeon and an acquaintance of Bebe Doc Jean-Claude Duvalier. She attended Boston University, Hunter College in NY and Pratt Institute. She’s also lived in St. Louis, California and for the past 26+ years has resided in New Mexico. Fofo mothers a total of 5 children and is presently married to Dan Herrick.

    Hers has been “a life truly blessed”.

     

    Following her captivating memoirs, Fofo went on to outline her concept of our Club’s new Rotary year. She stressed that our projects during her term of office should be fun and our focus as a team would stress the proposition that we be the best possible Club as we can. In addition, we must remember that we’re a  special Club. Also, she hopes that our team will work in our community and that our projects will span both national and international interests.

    Fofo then presented Past-President Mollie with her past president’s pin and expressed her thanks to Mollie for her diligent and successful work during the preceding year.

     

    President Fofo recognized Janet, who presented her idea for a future project.

    One of Janet’s clients, Maureen, is a single retired military veteran in her 70’s, has experienced a stroke, which has left her paralyzed on one side. Along with the assistance of her service dog, Maureen is able to function. She is able to drive, but cannot perform many activities. She has also fallen a few times. Her home is cluttered and could use some straightening up, organizing and, perhaps, some cleaning. Hopefully, our Club members could assist her, since she has no family in the area. This presents us with a possible “hands-on” project, which would present no cost to the Club. Four to five members could invest several hours of their time (can’t fit many in her home). A sign up sheet would be made available for a Monday (date to be selected). Kirsten has received the proposal, which will be presented to the board of directors for their consideration.

     

    Additionally, President Fofo called our attention to two District 5520 projects.

    Our District Governor has initiated a P.R. effort, which will expand the public’s knowledge of Rotary.

    A commercial ad would be placed with Comcast, describing Rotary & it’s works and how to join a local Club. Interested parties’ contact information would be channeled by the District to any appropriately located Club. The total cost of this Ad would be $2000, with Clubs donating $200 each. To date, 8 of our District’s Clubs have contributed towards this effort.

     

    Another District-wide project initiated by the Farmington Club has met with success throughout New Mexico (except for Albuquerque). This labor intensive project is titled “Don’t Meth With Us” and is targeted at 5th graders. Bruce has visited the Farmington Club where he learned of this project and James has volunteered to obtain a program speaker (in August?) who would further explain the project.

     

    Treasurer Wim presented a preliminary budget for 2011-2012, which concluded that our Club must initiate at least one fundraiser in order to survive and to complete projects. Referencing last year’s final  statement further proves the necessity of fundraising efforts for this year.

    Wim also noted that our Club must endeavor to improve our image as a dynamic group, which thinks to the future and is not only “the brownbag Rotary Club of Albuquerque”. In order to accomplish the above, “we need to be in the forefront, which will require simultaneous hard work, funds and good fun”.

     

    John’s thought for the Day:           Do it big, Do it right, Do it with style!

                                                                (Fred Astaire)

     

    President Fofo adjourned our Meeting at 1:10 PM (Our bell got a good workout today).

     

    Programs and Happenings for July:

     

    July                  PAY YOUR CLUB DUES!  Checks written to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    11 July             World Population Day

    12 July             Regular Meeting – Come & hear Pat’s Profile!

    19 July             Board / Business Meeting

    24 July             Tour de France race ends today

    26 July             Regular Meeting – Come & learn about the Group Study Exchange

     

    Please remember that:

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

    2. We’re all responsible for finding appropriate speakers/programs for our meetings.
  • 01 Jul 2011 7:13 AM | Anonymous
    ROTARY CLUB OF ALBUQUERQUE SANDIA
    has elected a new board of directors for 2011-2012. They are Flaurance Votaire-Herrick, president; Judy Jeffrey, presidentelect; John W. Kryda, secretary; Whn Kramer, / treasurer; Libby Jennings, membership; Kirsten Cobb, service projects; Kathy Laney, sergeant at arms; James Morrison,  foundation and advisor; Peggy MoellerMead~ .public relation . and Mollie Papen-Eatinger, immediate
    past president.
  • 28 Jun 2011 6:55 PM | Anonymous

    To begin, a buffet luncheon was enjoyed by all, after which President Mollie called this last meeting of our Rotary year to order at 12:15 PM.

    She asked us to take a moment to ponder the words of Sarah Bernhardt:

    “Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself, that one becomes rich.”

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            DGE Bobby Wallace             PDG Rick Akins & wife Roz

    Guests:          Gretchen Kryda & John Keener, Guests of John

                            Miguel & Ramona Martinez                       Dan Herrick & Eliot Goldstein, Guests of Fofo

     

    June is “Rotary Fellowships Month”

    Share your hobbies and passions worldwide, with other Rotarians.

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Peggy started us off, by recounting an encounter with Pres. Health group, at which,

    she found it necessary to quote the 4 way test to the gathering.

    Kathy then parted with $5, to tell of how thankful she is that a neighborhood fire did not affect her.

     

    We’re still accepting donations of toiletries (samples from hotels, etc.), which Pat will give to the women’s shelter. This is an ongoing project. So, please continue to collect these items.

    In addition, we’re gathering those pop tops and egg cartons, too.

     

    We need meeting programs for July and August!

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    Judy is our source (Libby takes over on 1 July) for and will provide Rotary introductory materials

    for prospective members... Just ask her!

     

    Today’s Program:

     

    President Mollie recapped our Club’s first year accomplishments:

    During our first year (Chartered on June 30, 2010), the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia

    has really shined and accomplished much.

     

    1)    Haiti: Collection of household goods and assisted with fund raising dinner & auction

    2)       Jessica Project

    3)    New Mexico Mission of Mercy

    4)       Last July, we held a box lunch auction at Rotary Park.

    5)       Assisted at and attended the 2010 Rotary Zone Institute (Zones 21B & 27).

    6)    We organized a Silver Horizons Christmas party for Casa Solano residents,

            providing Food, gifts & entertainment.

    7)   Our Club has helped a young woman diagnosed and dying of brain cancer, attain a quick

          divorce & make arrangements for the future of her two children.

           Twila Larkin, Att’y of the Albuq. Rotary Club, graciously assisted us with this project,

           on a pro bono basis.

    8)   Worked at the Road Runner Food Bank, where we packaged beans.

    9)    Back with lunch and a visit for Casa Solano residents

    10)  Organized a Sidewalk Sale fundraising event, the proceeds from which, will permit us to carry on

           our work of service.

    11)  Prepared and served dinner for the residents of Casa Esperanza

    12)  We also have two small ongoing projects--- Members collect Tab Tops from cans for APS

           and Egg cartons for the Road Runner Food Bank.

    13)  Co hosted the Australian Group Study Exchange Team dinner and one of our Club

           members hosted a GSE team member.

    14)  Members attended the District 5520 conference in Ruidoso

    15)  We recently Conducted a membership drive meeting, which included an FBI program   

            on Identify Theft.

    16)  Five New Rotarians were inducted into the membership of our Club.

    17)  Our Club received a Rotary International Presidential Citation

            in recognition of our year’s accomplishments.

     

    President Mollie tendered her profuse thanks to her outgoing board of directors and to the past year’s chairpersons. Beautiful remembrances were also proffered to her outgoing board…

    Thanks, Mollie! 

     

    James introduced PDG Rick and his wife, Roz and related a true story,

    which was inspired by PDG Rick.

    PDG Rick then “took over” our meeting, for the purpose of Installing our new Club president and her board of directors for the Rotary year 2011-2012. A listing of all is as follows:

     

    Flaurance (FoFo) Voltaire-Herrick                           President

    Judy Jeffrey                                                                 President-Elect

    John Kryda                                                                  Secretary

    Wim Kramer                                                                Treasurer

    Kathy Laney                                                               Sergeant at Arms

    Mollie Papen-Eatinger                                               Immediate Past-President

     

    Directors:

     

    Kirsten Cobb                                                               Service Projects

    Libby Jennings                                                           Membership

    Peggy Moeller-Mead                                                 Public Relations

    James Morrison                                                          RI Foundation

    Maggie Noyes-Smith                                                 New Generations

     

    PDG Rick then inducted our Club’s newest member, Kathleen Clinton – Sponsored by Judy.

     

    Fofo presented a plaque to outgoing president Mollie, commemorating her year++ as our Club’s charter  president. Flowers followed, along with a “personal” gift – a beautiful scarf.

     

    Our newly minted president Fofo provided us with some insight as to her plans and ideals:

    Let us attempt to foster three new “brown bag” Clubs, which will be based upon the same principle of  service upon which our Club has been founded! Also, we should remember that we’re unique - not only because we’re the first  “brown bag” Club.

     

    Our thought for the day was provided by our 2011-2012 President-Elect, Judy:

    Remember, if you’re dying in an elevator, remember to push the “up” button!

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for June:

     

    30 June            Last day of the Rotary year.

    1 July               Club Semi-annual reports due

    1 July               PAY YOUR CLUB DUES!  Checks to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”

    1 July               All Club Presidents (Fofo) should submit their

                            “Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs” to their DG of ADG

    1 July               Canada Day - - - “Oh, Canada”

    4 July               Independence Day

    5 July               Club President Fofo’s first meeting! “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”

                            Please attend & support her and your new board of directors.

                            Find out what we’ll be doing in the new year and bring new ideas!

    11 July             World Population Day

    24 July             Tour de France race ends today

    30 July             Tentative date set for

                            The Rotary Leadership Institute - Rocky Mountain Division – Rio Grande Academy.

                            What’s that? YOU CAN REGISTER to get some education about Rotary!

     

    Members really do volunteer with Kathy Laney, who schedules the set up of our venue before and break down after our meetings and to act as greeters. Please help out.
  • 14 Jun 2011 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12 Noon in the boardroom of the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity offices.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:             None                  Guests:             None

     

    June is “Rotary Fellowships Month”

    Share your hobbies and passions worldwide, with other Rotarians… Like to SCUBA? R/V?

    More Info??? Go to http://www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/Fellowship/Pages/ridefault.aspx

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    We’re still gathering donations of toiletries (samples from hotels, etc.), which Pat will give to the women’s shelter. This is an ongoing project. So, keep collecting & bringing ‘em in.

     

    We need meeting programs for July and August!

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    Judy is our source for and will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members...

    Just ask her!

     

    Today’s Program:         

    Following an introduction of the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity’s total operation by Donna Swenson, Development Coordinator and Judith Ann Lucero, Executive Director, we were treated to a special Club tour of Habitat’s “ReStore”.

    Nila Scarberry, ReStore’s manager, guided us through the beautifully organized (neat & clean, too!) masses of new and used furniture, materials, tools, appliances, doors, windows, plumbing and electrical parts, fixtures, screws, nails, paint, etc. etc. I couldn’t list all the categories of goodies that are available at VERY reasonable prices! Whatever you do, visit this store before you shop anywhere else. You really have to see this place to believe it! Well, I’m sure that I won’t be allowed in without supervision… I’ll just buy too much. It’s a good thing that the registers weren’t open today. The Albuquerque ReStore is open for business Wednesday through Saturday, 9A-5P.

     

    Some additional info regarding Habitat:

     

    Home # 156 will be dedicated on 16 July

    Homes are 3 to 4 bedroom, single story dwellings.

    The Habitat operation has been present in Albuquerque for 25 years.

    The ABQ operation has only 20 employees, with the remainder of work being accomplished by volunteers. Yes, you can volunteer – For every hour that you volunteer, you get a discount coupon!

    Both Private and Corporate donations support this operation.

    Habitat does pick up donated materials.

    A fund raiser Golf tournament will take place on 26 September.

    The City is working with Habitat and has made available 16 lots for their use (at $30K/lot).

    Open House event will take place on Saturday, 18 June. (There will be prizes!)

    Quarterly breakfasts take place, in order to secure donors and sponsors. Breakfast sponsoring by Clubs is needed, i.e.: venues and food for anywhere from 200 to 700 persons.

    Need more info???? Goto www.Habitatabq.org  OR, www.Habitatabq.org/ReStore

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting and we vacated the premises at around 1:30 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for June:

     

    18 June            DG Bobby Wallace Induction & celebration at NM Boys & Girls Ranch. 11A-3P

    18 June            Metro Club’s Car Show- Hard Rock Casino. 10A-3P. www.abqClubMetro.org

    18 June            Habitat’s “ReStore” open house- 9A-5P

    19 June            Father’s Day

    20 June            World Refugee Day

    21 June            Incoming board organizational meeting at Event Palace. Fofo will convene at 11AM

    21 June            Board Meeting – All members are welcome to attend.

                             Come and contribute your ideas & comments!

    21 June            Summer solstice – Summer Begins

    28 June            Meeting – Installation of our new President & Board of Directors by PDG Rick Akins.

                             All Club members are requested (really) to attend this meeting!

                             There’ll be munchies, etc.

    30 June            Last day of the Rotary year.

    5 July               Club President Fofo’s first meeting!

                             Attend & support her and your new board of directors.

                       Find out what we’ll be doing in the new year!
  • 07 Jun 2011 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and asked us to take a moment and ponder the words of Sarah Bernhardt: 

    “Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”

     

    Visiting Rotarians:             None                                     Guests:             None

     

    June is “Rotary Fellowships Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    President-Elect Fofo has returned from Toronto, Canada, where she visited a Toronto Club (90 yrs. Old). This Club has an $11 MILLION foundation. Lunch cost her $38 Canadian (Around $45 US). Toronto is very expensive. Wasn’t Toronto the masked man’s Indian friend?

    President Mollie reminded us that DGE Bobby Wallace’s induction will take place on 18 June, at the NM Boys & Girls ranch. To attend, you’ve got to RSVP this week – tell President Mollie. So far, there are 5 members attending from our Club. Why not attend? There’s a free lunch!

    Business: We’ve been trying to figure out what to do with that $500 donation to our Jessica project from the Del Sol Club. President Mollie finally received an answer from them, through Bruce B. We’ll return a check and a note of thanks to their Club foundation until we find a use for the funds. When that happens, we’ll be welcome to that donation.

    Pat announced that we’re still gathering donations of toiletries (samples from hotels, etc.), which Pat will give to the women’s shelter. This is an ongoing project. So, keep collecting & bringing ‘em in.

    Today, there was a huge box of collected goodies, which Pat will deliver today.

    Mary gave us a heads up (FYI) regarding next week’s meeting at Habitat’s “REstore”. We’ll show up for a special Club tour next Tuesday at our regular meeting time. That’ll be our meeting- so, show up there (204 San Mateo, South of Central). Travel instructions are on our web-site.

    Mary further mentioned that we need meeting programs for July and August!

    Kay tossed a buck into Ms. Piggy’s tutu, to commemorate the anticipated birth of her 5th grandchild!  She’ll be Alicandra Sophia Guadagnoli (Hope I got that right).

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    Today, President Mollie officially inducted Kay Guadagnoli into our Club’s membership. Mollie also sponsored new member Kay. Fofo took pictures, too!

    Judy will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members... Just ask her!

     

    We were treated to a most interesting member profile by Libby, a transplanted Phoenix Arizonian(?).

    Torn between Science and Art, Libby’s professional expertise in management, graphic art, etc. has led her to Albuquerque, where her great sense of humor has become ours to enjoy. Let’s keep her with us and help find her a “gig” which will benefit our worthy city and populace.

     

    Today’s Program:             TK wrote a book…(A true story). She told us all about it!

    “Lucky: The Squirrel with a Tale” is a book about a small creature that finds her way into TK’s life and the many things that happen to them in a short amount of time. In Chapter 1: “Lucky’s Beginning,” the beginning is actually the end. Then, reflection on the early days of feeding her by eyedropper, finding food she would eat, housing her, a trip to the vet, playing with her, and her rapid growth follow. Chapter 2: “Lucky’s Reign of Terror” exposes Lucky to other animals in the house. She reacts in a comical way that lets them know not to mess with her. Lucky’s travels, “Grandma”, hotel staff, family, and the effect she has on lives of others are the basis of Chapters 3 and 4. Lucky gets trapped by a man who wants to kill her. Her subsequent “extended stay” with her human due to this near-fatal release comprise Chapter 5. Chapter 6 is a second failed attempt to free the tenacious little squirrel. Chapter 7: “Lucky’s Release” Her final release briefly touches on the lessons learned from this unlikely source -one of God’s funny little creatures. Published by Trafford, April 2011, Cost $ 19 for a signed copy, too! Buy one from her and TK will donate $5 to our Club’s coffers! She disappeared before I could get one… well, maybe next week.

     

    Thought For the Day: President Mollie asked us to remember the current fire in AZ (soon to be our problem, too) and those fire fighters on the line.

    Wim flew through the smoke last night… his plane had to land IFR.

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for June:

    11 June            Rotary Facilitator training for RLI at Marriott Pyramid… Mary & John attend.

    14 June            Meeting – Special tour of Habitat’s “REstore” – Show up at the regular meeting time.

    14 June            Flag Day (Not just any flag)

    18 June            DG Bobby Wallace Induction & celebration at NM Boys & Girls Ranch. 11A-3P

    18 June            Metro Club’s Car Show- Hard Rock Casino. 10A-3P. www.abqClubMetro.org

    18 June            Habitat’s “ReStore” open house- 9A-5P

    19 June            Father’s Day

    20 June            World Refugee Day

    21 June            The new board organizational meeting at Event Palace. Fofo will convene at 11 AM.

    21 June            Board Meeting – All members show up to contribute their ideas & comments!

    21 June            Summer solstice – Summer Begins

    28 June            Meeting – Installation of our new President & Board of Directors by PDG Rick Akins.

                             All Club members are requested (really) to attend this meeting!

    30 June            Last day of the Rotary year.

    5 July          Newly inducted Club President Fofo’s first meeting!

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