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  • 10 May 2011 5:36 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12:00 N and asked us to take a moment to forget the past to be in the present.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:     None (Bruce IS an honorary member, now)              Guests:    Jerome Tuck

     

    May is “Sharing Community Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    President Mollie forked out five bucks to tell us that she visited Las Cruces last weekend, to attend her brother’s receipt of an honorary doctorate degree.

    Judy thanked all participating members for their efforts at last week’s meeting.

    Bruce’s son picked up his M.E. degree from the University of Wyoming.

    President-Elect Fofo attended a presidents’ meeting last Friday and learned that many attendees were miffed that they had to pay $ 15 for breakfast!

    Re: RYLA –   President Mollie has found two candidates (1 boy & 1 girl).

                            Peggy is working on providing one more.

    Info on our Casa Esperanza Project: Date – 24 May. We will be providing dinner for an average of 35 persons. The venue has plates and flatware. We should show up at around 4:00 PM. Dinner happens 5P-6:30P. We clean up after… Menu was discussed. Betty passed around a signup sheet and will call those members who were not in attendance today. Judy & Libby are assisting Betty with project management. There are only 4 SMALL kitchens at this venue! So, it would be best to bring pre-cooked items that can be warmed up. They really could use veggies & fruit.

    This PM project will take the place of our regular afternoon meeting!

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    We’ve a Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year- 2 months to go!

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

     

    Today’s Program:

    Peggy introduced two guest speakers today: Bill Herman of Hollywick Farms and Lee Liggett of Whispering Spirit Alpacas. Both Bill and Lee own neighboring companies.

    They’re not really competitors, but both raise alpacas.

     

    3000 years before the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Peruvian people were expanding an economy built on the commercial value of their alpacas. Through man's first known use of selective breeding, they were producing alpacas whose quality of fleece was far superior to even the best contemporary alpacas.

    500 years before Rome began to build its empire, the alpaca was entrenched in the Incan empire, which  encompassed the western side of the South American continent.

    And so it remained for another 2000 years, until the arrival in the New World of the Spanish conquistadors in the 17th century. As the soldiers of fortune began the conquest of the Incan people, another casualty of their carnage was the little "humming sheep" so prized by their Incan enemy. The alpaca, which had been treasured for almost 4000 years as a source of highly prized fiber, was viewed only as a competitor for grazing lands allocated to the Spaniards' sheep, and therefore most useful as a source of meat. This deliberate decimation of the alpaca herds would have led to their extinction except for one saving turn of fate. As the surviving Incans sought sanctuary in the Andes, they took their alpacas with them as they began their exile into the mountains. In the centuries that followed, a much more hardy and healthy alpaca developed, where survival of the fittest became a reality.

    In the mid 1800's, Sir Titus Salt of London "discovered" the remarkable fiber of this musical camelid and began promoting its use in the finest textile mills and fashion houses of Europe.

    Even with this limited exposure to the outside world, the alpaca remained relatively unknown in the United States until 1983, when a group of American importers began purchasing small numbers of these animals from select breeders in South America and bringing them to their farms as breeding stock.

    Today, over three million alpacas exist worldwide, with 98 percent still located in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. The alpaca herds in the United States are estimated at 17,000 and are expected to increase gradually in the next two decades.

    Alpaca fiber will predictably become even more prized as textile manufacturers, fashion designers, and the purchasing public become more aware of this remarkable fleece.

    Selective breeding in North America will produce a healthier alpaca with improved fiber and conformation. Meticulous genealogical records and tightly monitored registrations will be maintained on all alpacas in order to insure progress and control of quality in these vital areas.

    White and near-white alpacas of high quality will continue to be in great demand due to their superior genetic structure and worldwide favor.

    Colored alpacas will probably grow in popularity among North American breeders due to their beauty and the demand for non-dyed natural fabrics by health-conscious American consumers.

    Prices paid for quality breeding stock will remain high in the next decade.

    Additional facts: In the past, U.S. alpacas had only been raised as pets and shown competitively. However, these friendly animals are now also raised for their 22 color variations of fleece. The maximum weight of these animals reaches 225 pounds, they’re smaller than llamas and they are not used as pack animals. They’ve an average life expectancy of 20 years in South America, while in the USA, it’s much longer. Alpaca fleece is hypo-allergenic due to the absence of lanolin. The alpaca has lower teeth, only! They dislike windy days, and tolerate snow and cold weather. However, the heat of southwest summers does present a problem and they are sheared once a year, usually during the spring. Their gestation period is approximately 335 days, thereby preventing rapid proliferation. Herds in the southwest are usually protected from predators, by Great Pyrenee dogs. Remember… you can’t own just one alpaca!

     

    Both during and following this presentation, lively Q & A produced a wealth of information on the subject. For more information, go to www.hollywickfarms.com .

    Also, attend the 8th annual East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour, 4 & 5 June, 2011 – 10A-5P. Brochures can be found at www.milagromoonranch.com and at www.whisperingspiritalpacas .

     

    As is our custom, both guest speakers were presented with our usual gift card package, as a remembrance of their visit to our Club.

     

    At this point, Mary thought us a thought for the day (I thought).

     

    We extend our thanks to our guests for joining us today and we extend

    an invitation to visit us again.

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:05 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for May:

     

    17 May            Board Meeting – As usual, all members are asked to attend and provide their input.

    17 May            Buddha Day (Vesak)

    21 May            RI Convention in New Orleans

    22 May            International Day for Biological Diversity (What’s that all about?)

    23 May            Victoria Day

    24 May            PM Meeting & dinner service at Casa Esperanza

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May       Regular Meeting
  • 03 May 2011 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 11:45 AM and asked for a quiet moment to bring ourselves into the present.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:             Bill Rothweiler, Bruce Bortner, Donette Wagner,

                                                    Douglas Moody and Jody Wheatley

     

    Guests: All introduced by Kathy…    Too numerous to write ‘em all down – What a great turnout!

     

    May is “Sharing Community Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Info on our Casa Esperanza Project: We will be providing dinner for an average of 35 persons. The venue has plates and flatware and four kitchens. Dinner happens 5P-6:30P. We clean up after… Date- 24 May. Menu??? Peggy suggests pasta shells w/different sauces. More to follow.

    They really could use veggies & fruit.

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    Today, President Mollie officially added Bruce Bortner (Del Sol) as an honorary member of our Club.

    We’ve a Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year.

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

     

    Today’s Program:

    Judy introduced us to Dave, representing of the FBI’s cyber squad, who was kind enough to enlighten us about the ins and outs of Identity Theft. To start off, Dave asked for some identity theft stories from the assembled guests and members. Yup, there were quite a few… some involving credit card theft, too!

    Identity theft is basically the misuse of a person’s identity, credit and bank accounts. This theft can be accomplished through the gathering of sensitive identifying information from your mailbox, your garbage, automobile and from your personal computer. To reduce the chances of any type of theft, try not to be an easy target. Shred your bank statements… don’t just throw them out.

    Passwords: DON’T use birth dates, pet or family names. If your passwords are complicated (as they should be- using letters AND numbers) write them down and lock them up.

    Make up a sentence and then use the first letter of each word as your password.

    Watch out – Look at the domain name of the sender.

    Re: Social networking sites – Their security ain’t great.

    Remember to “log out” of a site… Don’t just close the screen page.

    With credit cards: Don’t answer any questions when you receive a ‘phone call or e-mail. Always initiate the call or e-mail or goto the web site that your credit card or bank publishes.

    DON’T click on links! Go directly to the site that you want.

    You may also want to check with your insurance agent regarding your loss coverage.

     

    How can you suspect that someone has stolen your identity?

    Is there any missing mail? Has a loan been denied? Are there any (no matter how small) credit card charges that you don’t remember?

     

    Use the FREE yearly credit reports that are available from the three reporting services.

    If you suspect that your identity has been stolen, defend yourself:

    #1 - File a police report.

    Place fraud alerts with Equifax, Experian and Transunion..

    Report to your bank(s) – they will help you.

    CLOSE your bank accounts and open new ones.

    Report to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, at www.ic3.gov Look at the site, now.

     

     

    Use a “stand-alone” computer only, for on-line banking.

    When going to or receiving sensitive information from a website, check the address, ie: look at the header. It should have “httpS:// “ for the most secure connection.

    Quite a lot to remember… Dave fielded many questions from the assemblage, through which we learned about additional defenses to identity theft. Following this informative presentation, President Mollie presented our guest speaker with a remembrance of his visit.

     

    Secretary John then provided our quote for the week, after which it was time to put on the feedbag!

    Everyone enjoyed the goodies provided by Club members.

     

    We extend our thanks to our guests for joining us today

    and we extend our invitation to visit us again.

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:15 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for May:

     

    5 May              Cinco de Mayo

    6 May              Last Chance to Advance register online, for the 2011 R.I. Convention

    8 May              Mother’s day

    10 May            Regular Meeting.

    17 May            Board Meeting – As usual, all members are invited to attend and provide input.

    17 May            Buddha Day (Vesak)

    21 May            RI Convention in New Orleans

    22 May            International Day for Biological Diversity

    24 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            Memorial Day

    31 May            Regular Meeting

  • 28 Apr 2011 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order (sort of) at 11:00 AM…

    At least, that’s when we all showed up.

     

    This week’s meeting was held on a Thursday, at Silver Horizons’ Via Solano House, where we revisited the current residents and brought a “pot luck” luncheon.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:     None

    Guests:           Leo Klinker

     

    April is still “Magazine Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Info on our Casa Esperanza Project (Betty’s Project Chair): We will be providing dinner for an average of 35 persons. The venue has plates and flatware and four kitchens.

    Dinner happens 5P-6:30P. We clean up after… Date- probably 24 May??? Menu???

    Peggy suggests pasta shells w/different sauces.

    They really could use veggies & fruit.

     

    We really should remember to wear our Rotary pins (not in the shower) – But, especially at meetings.

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    We’ve a Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year.

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

    Since a quorum of Board members was present at this meeting, we all agreed (JWK’s motion & President Mollie’s 2nd) that Bruce Bortner will become an honorary member of our Club! 

     

    Today’s Program:

    Just a great time meeting the residents, having lunch, general “hobnobbing” and exchanging gossip.

    Solano’s resident artist produced a few amazing portraits of his visitors, too!

    Sam, the shepherd, presented each of us with thank you cards, for visiting today. We hope that he enjoys his cigars.

    We extend our thanks to our guest for joining us today and to Silver Horizons for permitting us to visit.

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:30 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for April (And May):

     

    29 April            Arbor Day

    30 April            Rotarians at work Day.

    1 May              We could set up a May pole… But, I forgot the dance.

    3 May              Bring a Guest Meeting – Speaker from the FBI, on “Identity Theft”

                             Free finger food – only if you help & bring some. This’ll be an RSVP event for guests.

    5 May              Cinco de Mayo

    6 May              Last Chance to Advance register online, for the 2011 R.I. Convention

    8 May              Mother’s day

    10 May            Regular Meeting.

    17 May            Buddha Day (Vesak)

    21 May            RI Convention in New Orleans

    22 May            International Day for Biological Diversity

    30 May            Memorial Day

  • 12 Apr 2011 5:14 PM | Anonymous

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

     

    At this point, we all managed to perform the chicken dance. It was NOT a pretty sight.

    Perhaps, next week, we will not be subjected to such indignities.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            Bill Rothweiler, AG   & Bruce Bortner, Del Sol (District Membership Chair)

    Guests:            Kay Guadagnoli, Janet Wheatley, Kathy Clinton & John Salamack

     

    April is “Magazine Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Mary congratulates the Club membership on the GSE effort & reported on the GSE farewell (from ABQ) dinner. Mary will co-chair the District GSE effort next year, along with Gina (who, by the way stuck her head in to say hello). Note that next year, we will exchange GSE with South Africa.

    Mary also showed-off the flag given to our Club, by the Aussies.

    Then, she gave it away to Bruce (easy come, easy go).

     

    Our sidewalk sale Club Fundraiser – Report from next year’s treasurer, Wim. On Friday, we made

    $ 1309.53 and on Saturday, we made $ 376.50. Total Sale receipts = $ 1686.03.

    Why we made that three cents, we’ll never really know (actually Wim does know).

     

    Bruce (deep pockets) Bortner shelled out a buck, just to remind us that he really does some work related travel. He did tell us that we’ll not be seeing much of him during June, July & August. He’ll be in Jordan, Mexico, etc.

    James handed out some left over discount coupons to the elephant bar. Unfortunately, mine had expired.

     

    Bill R., our very own AG, related some info regarding our upcoming District Conference, which starts on Thursday and ends on Sunday.

     

    Pot Luck luncheon at Casa Solano - Libby has several calls into Sarah, to no avail. She’ll visit the place personally, to get results, ASAP. Still, no definite date has been set for this (April) project.

     

    Info on our Casa Esperanza Project (Betty’s Project Chair): We will be providing dinner for an average of 35 persons. The venue has plates and flatware and four kitchens. Dinner happens 5P-6:30P. We clean up after… Date- probably 24 May??? Menu??? Peggy suggests pasta shells w/different sauces. They really could use veggies & fruit.

     

    You really should remember to wear your Rotary pin (not on your P.J.s) –

    But, especially at meetings.

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    We’ve a Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year (2 down, 8 to go).

    Judy will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

     

    Today’s Program:

    Introduced by Libby, Cynthia Cisneros, Development director of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH), along with her co-speaker, Mindy Grossberg, program coordinator of ArtStreet, informed us about the workings of AHCH.

    Founded in 1985 as one of nineteen original projects, AHCH was part of a national demonstration initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Memorial Trusts to develop innovative approaches for providing healthcare to people experiencing homelessness.

    The AHCH mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking homeless people to individual and collective solutions and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity. Their vision is to live in a world that is just and without homelessness.

    Recognizing that primary care provided in isolation is neither effective nor sufficient to address the underlying health problems or barriers to care faced by homeless people, the developed model focuses on providing a full range of health and social programs.

    AHCH is the only healthcare organization in central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to homeless people. Their goal is not just to help homeless people to become healthier. Rather, it is to help them overcome all of the health-related barriers to moving out of homelessness and into lives as participating members of the community.

    Among their principles, AHCH believes that homelessness is unacceptable; that every person has the right to adequate food, housing, clothing, and health care and that all people have the right to participate in the decisions affecting their lives.

    ArtStreet: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently awarded a grant of $20,000 to AHCH for a collaborative project between AHCH’s ArtStreet program, Harwood Art Center and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This project, called Synergy: La Onda de la Palabra/Wave of the Word began in September 2010 and culminates with two exhibits open to the public in April and May 2011 and a book release party in the Fall of 2012.  The coffee table book will document the collaborative process and culture of the Albuquerque arts community, creating a legacy of arts for the City of Albuquerque and participating artists/organizations.

    The Synergy project brings together a team of writers and artists along with staff from Harwood Art Center, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and ArtStreet (a community art studio) who are working to provide a formal technical grounding for artists in the homeless community who lack access to the arts and artistic instruction. 

    Nearly 85% of artists who enter ArtStreet are homeless and have limited access to the arts. The presence of housed professional artists at ArtStreet creates a collective and reciprocal learning environment that enhances all participants’ identities as artists, provides a sense of larger community, dispels stereotypes, and offers problem-solving and support. By using themes relating to the experience of homelessness, diversity, and culture the collaborative project will work to breakdown the barriers between housed and non-housed artists, culminating in exhibits at the Harwood Art Center.

    The ArtStreet program of AHCH, the Harwood Art Center, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center has a long history of collaborative service with one another. Combined, these three organizations provide both critical services and enriching arts programming to thousands of men, women and children in Albuquerque every year. ArtStreet also relies upon donated supplies.

    In addition to cash donations, AHCH could really use – New Sox, New Adult underware, lip balm and sunscreen! For more information, goto www.abqhch.org

     

    As is our custom, Ms. Cisneros and Ms. Grossberg received gift card packets from President Mollie as a remembrance of their presentation and visit to our Club.

     

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

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for April:

     

    14 April            District Conference starts – Some of our members shall attend!

    15 April            Jackie Robinson Day!

    18 April            Passover begins at sundown

    19 April            Board / Business Meeting & It’s Paul Harris’ Birthday Anniversary – 1868

                              All members & lobbyists are invited to attend.

    22 April            Earth Day & Good Friday

    24 April            Easter

    26 April (Maybe) Casa Solano luncheon visit (Pot-Luck) - Libby

    29 April            Arbor Day

    30 April            Rotarians at work Day.

    3 May              Bring a Guest Meeting – Dave from the FBI  -speaker- “Identity Theft”

                             Free finger food – only if you help & bring some. This’ll be an RSVP event for guests.

     

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

    Thanks to Wim & Kathy for assisting with this task during the month of April.
  • 05 Apr 2011 5:06 PM | Anonymous

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

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            None

    Guests:           Janet Wheatley, guest of James            Kay Guadagnoli, guest of President Mollie

                            Melinda Dawe, Guest speaker.

     

    April is “Magazine Month” (The Rotarian, of course)

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Kirsten- Habitat’s first golf tournament (No date yet) collecting for “goodie bags”.

    President Mollie- Thanks to all for your wishes, on the passing of her Brother-inLaw.

     

    Our sidewalk sale Club FundraiserFriday, 8 April 12N to 5P & Saturday, 9 April 8A to 3P

    Newspaper ads for our sale will be placed as per President Mollie, by Peggy.

    Pat will also place notice of sale, on Craig’s List. Please ref to our Club web-site.

    Also, we need some strong backs to help load up President Mollie’s pickup at 3PM Thursday afternoon. E-mail will follow. Wim will provide change cash (seed money) & a cash box (Yes, he’ll get it back).

    Bring your TAGGED ($$$) treasures to The Event Palace on Thursday, 7 April, starting at 3PM.

    Friday at 10A – Some of us will be there to price items that ain’t been.

    Items should start at $1.00 – please, in order to make life easier for our cashier (Wim). Please tag with dollar amounts only (No cents / scents / sense). Save & bring bags, too! Small Items in a box.

    Everyone has got to make a showing… Two or three members CAN’T run this thing, alone!!!

    Leftovers go to womens’ shelter -they’ll p/u Sat 4PM.

    P.S. – Please… NO Clothing items (wear some – don’t bring any for sale).

    If you bought stuff, please remove by Saturday - 5PM, latest.

    Betty, Wendy & James can work only on Friday. Maggie cannot attend (Another Airstream trip???).

    WE park in the back parking lot. Signage: Rotary banner & another by Pat.

     

    Pot Luck luncheon at Casa Solano (Libby) – No firm April date, yet.

     

    Info on our Casa Esperanza Project from Kathy (Betty is Project Chair): We will be providing dinner for an average of 35 persons. The venue has plates and flatware and four kitchens. Dinner happens 5P-6:30P. We clean up after… Date- probably 24 May??? Menu??? Peggy suggests pasta shells w/different sauces.

    They really could use veggies & fruit.

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    We’ve a Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year (2 down, 8 to go).

    Judy will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

     

    Today’s Program:

    Ms. Melinda Dawe, Coordinating/Director of the volunteer services department at Presbyterian Hospital, explained the extents of Service & Volunteer opportunities. This volunteer department is NOT an auxiliary, as is found at many such facilities.

    Volunteering at Presbyterian began in 1952 (their 60th anniversary is coming, soon) when a small group of community minded women met to see what they could do to help patients at the hospital. With help from Marion Kellogg Van Deventer, who for 63 years embodied the heart and soul of caring at Presbyterian, an auxiliary was organized and the first volunteer opportunities at Presbyterian were started. Today, in the Albuquerque Metro area alone, over 650 volunteers continue this legacy of community service. Additionally, volunteering plays an important role at all Presbyterian facilities throughout the state. On average, volunteers donate over 80,000 hours of service, valued at over $1.5 million annually.

    Volunteer Services will match your interests and talents with a volunteer opportunity. Opportunities are available in: Hospice (20 hour orientation), Information Desk, Gift Shops, Medical Records, Primary Care Volunteer, Pet Therapy, Patient Transport, Surgery Host, Sewing Groups, Life Line installation,  Emergency Room and more.

    Volunteer services also will work with you, regarding time off.

    Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old and serve in nearly every department of the hospital.

    A nine month commitment consists of one, four hour weekly shift. A personal interview, orientation and training are required, along with compliance in ethics and an annual evaluation.

    If you are interested in volunteering you may fill out an application (link below) and return to the Volunteer Services Department.  Applications may be submitted by mail. Adult Application

    Mail your application to:     Presbyterian Hospital

                                                    Volunteer Services Department

                                                    PO Box 26666

                                                    Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666                www.phs.org

    Pres. IS a not for profit organization. Therefore, No tax is charged at the gift shop!

    Ms. Dawe also explained the “life line” program, which is an emergency response system (Philips).

     

    As is our custom, Ms. Dawe received a gift card packet from President Mollie as a remembrance of her presentation and visit to our Club.

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

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for April:

     

    6 April              We’re co-hosting the GSE dinner with the Del Sol Club. Everyone’s coming!

                            @ Debbie & Steve Reynolds’ home- 366 Rincon Road, Corrales. 6P-9P – I found it!

    8 April              Friday – Our sidewalk sale starts today at 12N-5P

    9 April              Saturday – Continuation of our sidewalk sale, 8A to 5P

    9 April              District E-ASSEMBLY – 9A-11A (For incoming Club officers)

    12 April            Regular Meeting- Program: ABQ Health Care for the Homeless

    14 April            District Conference starts

    15 April            Jackie Robinson Day!

    18 April            Passover begins at sundown

    19 April            Board/Business Meeting & It’s Paul Harris’ Birthday Anniversary - 1868

    22 April            Earth Day & Good Friday

    24 April            Easter

    26 April (Maybe) Casa Solano luncheon visit (Pot-Luck) - Libby

    30 April            Rotarians at work Day.

    3 May              Bring a Guest Meeting – FBI speaker- “Identity Theft”

                             Free finger food – only if you help & bring some. This’ll be RSVP for guests.

     

    Join the fun at the 2011 District 5520 Conference – April 14-17 – Ruidoso @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center. You can log onto our District 5520 website and register. www.rotary5520.org              For a good time, call 575-258-5500

     

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

    Thanks to Wim & Kathy for assisting with this task during the month of April.
  • 29 Mar 2011 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12:00 N and called for a quiet moment to feel grateful to be who we are.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:     Bruce Bortner (Del Sol),           Art Humphries

    Guests:           Lois Quinlivan, guest of Mary Jane;       Barbara MacDonald, guest of  Wendy;

                            Tammy Gerber Ojeda, guest of Pat

     

    March is still “Literacy Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Betty’s in Orlando… Maybe she’ll bring back some rain.

    Peggy reminded us that the Jewish Family service Gala Fundraiser still needs two volunteers to work their silent auction area on 3 April.

    Fofo visited and extolled the virtues of the American Indian Cultural Center.

    Maggie’s son Michael deployed to Iraq. She also braved another excursion in her restored airstream & smoked 2 cigarettes (ooooh!).

    Bruce B. finished his excursion to Kazakhstan & returned to tell of his trip.

    James threw in a late buck & will try to get Janet Wheatley (The doggie door shop) to attend next week.

    Wim related that his son finally received his Q clearance & is at Sandia.

     

    Info on our Casa Esperanza Project from Kathy (Betty is Project Chair): We’ll be providing dinner for an average of 35 persons. The venue has plates and flatware and four kitchens. Dinner happens 5P-6:30P. We clean up after. Date- probably 24 May??? Menu??? Peggy suggests pasta shells w/different sauces.

    They really could use veggies & fruit.

     

    Our upcoming sidewalk sale Club FundraiserFriday, 8 April & Saturday, 9 April

    Bring your TAGGED treasures to The Event Palace on Thursday, 7 April, starting at 3PM.

    Items should start at $1.00 – please, in order to make life easier for our cashier (Wim). Please tag with dollar amounts only (No cents / scents / sense). Save & bring bags, too! Small Items in a box. Everyone has got to make a showing… Two or three members CAN’T run this thing, alone!!! Leftovers goto shelter (they’ll p/u). P.S. – Please… NO Clothing (wear some – don’t bring any for sale).

    If you bought stuff, please get it out by Sat 5PM.

     

    Today was your last chance to buy and turn in your District Cruise raffle ticket stubs. Mandy & Judy have headed up this District effort at our Club. Tickets went like hotcakes! Wonder how much we collected?

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    Today, President Mollie inducted the world’s newest Rotarian, Mary Jane Tatarsky. Mary Jane is the second member taken into our Club this month. Her classification is “Educator”.

    Welcome and congratulations Mary Jane!

     

    We’re still chipping away at that Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year. So, please do your part. Judy will provide Rotary introductory materials for prospective members.

     

    Today’s Program: Our very own Geologist, Wim, was kind enough to share his knowledge and 20 odd years of experiences about diamond mining in South Africa. Wim told us of how (beginning in 1963) he hiked many miles, laid baselines and camped outdoors, to obtain exploration samples.

    He also provided us with an abbreviated history of the area:

    The Kaapvaal Craton in central South Africa has some of the richest diamond-bearing kimberlite dykes on planet earth. Kimberley, capital of Northern Cape provence in South Africa, started out as a mining/boom town, becoming ground-zero for the historic South African diamond industry. Starting in 1866 on a farm near Hopetown, a shepherd found a small white pebble along the bank of the Orange River. That white pebble turned out to be a 21.25 carat diamond, dubbed the "Eureka." In 1870, diamond diggers discovered stones at the Bultfontein, Du Toits Pan, and Vooruitzight farms, and in 1871, an 83.50 carat diamond was found on the slopes of Colesberg Kopje, leading to the first 'diamond rush' into the area. Miners began arriving by the thousands, and the hill at Colesberg Kopje began to disappear, replaced by a gigantic open-pit mine that became known as the "Big Hole".

      

    Kimberley 'Big Hole' Mine - Photo: Public Domain

    Kimberley began as a town called "New Rush" and was renamed Kimberley on June 5th 1873. Kimberley was named after the British Secretary of State of the Colonies, John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley. A diamond trader/speculator from England, named Barney Barnato systematically bought up pieces of the Big Hole to eventually create the 'Kimberley Central Mine.'

    The largest company to operate a diamond mine in South Africa during the diamond rush was the De Beers Company, founded Cecil Rhodes. The De Beers empire was started on a farm owned by two Boer War settlers, brothers D. A. and J. N. De Beer. Around 1873 the De Beer brothers sold out to a group of mining syndicates who later merged with Cecil Rhodes' pumping company to form 'De Beers Consolidated Mines.' Kimberley rapidly became the largest city in the North Cape, due to massive migration to the area from all over the African continent. These immigrants supplied the cheap labor force for the De Beers company and Kimberley Central Mine's Big Hole.

    As of today, five enormous holes have been dug into the earth at Kimberley, each following the trail of the kimberlite pipes. The largest, the "Kimberley Mine" or "Big Hole," covered 170,000 meters and reached a depth of 3,520 feet (1,097 meters). Kimberley's Big Hole mine is the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. The Big Hole yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before it was closed in 1914. Three of the remaining holes; the Du Toitspan, Wesselton, and Bultfontein mines closed in 2005.

    The Cullinan Diamond Mine (aka Premier Diamond Mine) has been the source of some of the world's largest diamonds. Prospector Thomas Major Cullinan purchased the land in 1902 after the present owner  died. The mine is located in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The mine is situated over one of the largest kimberlite pipes in the world.


    The largest rough gem-quality diamond in the world was found by Frederick Wells (above center), of the Premier Diamond Mining Company in 1905. The rough stone was 3,106.75 carats, weighed over 1.3 pounds (621 grams), was colorless and free of inclusions. Known as the "Cullinan Diamond," the rough uncut stone was sold to the Transvaal Government for 150,000 pounds.

     

     

     

    In 1907 King Edward VII had the stone cut into eleven gemstones. The largest of the eleven was named the "Cullinan l" or the "Great Star of Africa" which weighed 530.20 carats. The second largest cut diamond to come from the Cullinan stone was called the "Cullinan ll" or "Lesser Star of Africa", weighing 317.40 carats.

    Cullinan Diamond Mine - Photo: Public Domain

      

    The Portuguese Diamond from the Premier Mine

    The Great Star of Africa was the largest polished diamond in the world until the discovery of the "Golden Jubilee" diamond in 1985. The Golden Jubilee diamond was also from the Premier Diamond Mine and has a cut weight of 545.67 carats.

    Contrary to popular belief, samples were not available after Wim’s presentation, although he did pass around some actual size representations of the diamonds mentioned above. If you really want to “dig your own”, for a price, you can go to Arkansas & have some fun. However, it appears that your yield may be less than 2 carats per ton.

    As is our custom, Wim was presented with a gift packet by President Mollie, as a remembrance of his effort.

    Our thanks to our visitors for joining us today. Come visit us again!

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:05 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for April:

     

    1 April              Some Old Fool’s Day

    4 April              GSE at Downtown Rotary meeting

    5 April              Regular Club Meeting- Program: Pres Hospital- Services & Volunteering.

    6 April              We’re co-hosting the GSE dinner with the Del Sol Club. Help out! Ask Mary! Be there!

                            @ Debbie & Steve Reynolds’ home- 366 Rincon Road, Corrales. 6P-9P

    8 April              Friday – Our sidewalk sale starts today at 12N-5P

    9 April              Saturday – Continuation of our sidewalk sale, 8A to 5P

    9 April              District E-ASSEMBLY – 9A-11A (For incoming Club officers)

    12 April            Regular Meeting- Program: ABQ Health Care for the Homeless

    14 April            District Conference starts

    19 April            Board/Business Meeting & It’s Paul Harris’ Birthday Anniversary - 1868

    22 April            Earth Day & Good Friday

    24 April            Easter

    26 April (Probably)      Casa Solano luncheon visit (Pot-Luck) - Libby

    30 April            Rotarians at work Day.

    3 May              Bring a Guest Meeting – FBI speaker- “Identity Theft”

                            Free finger food – only if you help & bring some.

     

    Please plan to attend and join us at the 2011 District 5520 Conference – April 14-17 – Ruidoso @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center. You can log onto our District 5520 website and register. www.rotary5520.org                   For a good time, call 575-258-5500

     

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

    Thanks to Judy & Libby for assisting with this task during the month of March.

    I wonder who’ll be helping out with this task in April?
  • 22 Mar 2011 4:50 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 11:50 AM and called for a quiet moment to focus on why we are here today:  Spending time is more important than spending money!

     

    Today’s meeting was held at the Roadrunner food bank- No, not in the warehouse.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            Bruce Bortner

    Guests:          Cathy Clinton – Judy’s sister.

                            Mary Jane Tatarsky – To be formally installed into membership ASAP!

     

    March is  “Literacy Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Project request forms are available at our meetings. See President Mollie or John if you need one.

     

    Info on our Casa Esperanza Project from Kathy (Betty is Project Chair): We’ll be providing dinner for an average of 35 persons. The venue has plates and flatware and four kitchens. Dinner happens 5P-6:30P. We clean up after. Date??? Menu??? Peggy suggests pasta shells. They really could use veggies & fruit.

     

    Our upcoming sidewalk sale Club FundraiserFriday, 8 April & Saturday, 9 April

    Bring your TAGGED treasures to The Event Palace on Thursday, 7 April, starting at 3PM.

    Items should start at $1.00 – Please, in order to make life easier for our cashier (Wim) please tag with dollar amounts only (No cents / scents / sense). Save & bring bags, too!

     

    District 5520 e-assembly takes place on Saturday, 9 April 9A-11A (oops!). All incoming Club board members really should “attend” this event. Well, we already picked this date for our sidewalk sale. So, James & Bruce will attempt to “record” the proceedings for our use, when we’re finished with our sale/fundraiser.

     

    Only one more week to buy those District Cruise raffle tickets. Mandy & Judy are heading up this District effort at our Club. The tickets are only $10 each and are tax deductible. You also get credit from The Rotary Foundation (EREY) for your contribution. The filled in ticket stubs have to be turned in to Mandy by the last meeting in March. Win that $1500 cruise voucher to a cruise line of your choice!

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    We’re still 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.

     

    Our thought for the day was provided by Mary Jane.

     

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

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 12:15 PM.

     

    Today’s Program:             Weighing, Bagging, Sealing & Tagging & Boxing of the beans…

    We all looked so cute in our white coats, gloves and hairnets.            From 12:15 PM to 2:15 PM

    See pix on our web-site.             I never want to see another 2 pound bag of beans, again.

     

    Programs and Happenings for March:

     

    29 March         Meeting speaker/program by Wim –

                              Learn about diamond exploration & get free samples.

                              Last Chance to buy chances for District cruise raffle!!

    1 April              Some Old Fool’s Day

    4 April              GSE at Downtown Rotary meeting

    5 April              Regular Club Meeting- Pres Hospital- Svc’s & Volunteering.

    5 April              GSE at Rio Rancho Rotary meeting

    6 April              GSE at Del Norte Rotary meeting

    6 April              We’re co-hosting the GSE dinner with the Del Sol Club. Help out! Ask Mary!

                             @ Debbie & Steve Reynolds’ home- 366 Rincon Road, Corrales. 6P-9P

    8 April              Friday – Our sidewalk sale starts today at 12N-5P

    9 April              Saturday – Continuation of our sidewalk sale, 8A to ?

    9 April              District E-ASSEMBLY – 9A-11A

    12 April            Regular Meeting- ABQ Health Care for the Homeless

    14 April            District Conference starts

    19 April            Board/Business Meeting

    22 April            Earth Day & Good Friday

    24 April            Easter

    26 April            Casa Solano luncheon visit (Pot-Luck)

    3 May              Bring a Guest Meeting – FBI speaker- “Identity Theft”

                             Free finger food – if you help bring some.

     

    Please plan to attend and make plans to join us at the 2011 District 5520 Conference –

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

    You can log into our District 5520 website and register. www.rotary5520.org

     

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

    Thanks to Judy & Libby for assisting with this task during the month of March.
  • 08 Mar 2011 6:18 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12:05 Noon and called for a quiet moment to focus on that which we hold sacred.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            PDG Dick Jones

    Guests:            Mary Jane Tatarsky;            Frank Frost, guest of TK

     

    March is  “Literacy Month”

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    Project request forms are available at our meetings. See President Mollie or John if you need one.

    Our upcoming sidewalk sale fundraiser – Let’s pick a day & date – Friday? Saturday? Sunday?

    Today, we became test dummies for Fofo. She had us test a FREE lunch from El Mariachi restaurant.

    TK’s book will be out in 2 weeks!

    Wendy didn’t wear her pin (oops). But, her fiver included a mention of her (& James, too) 4 day trip in TX… a Rotary event, no less!

    President Mollie kicked in for her announcement of her 30th wedding anniversary and her eldest grandson’s B.D.

    Pat’s insurance company actually paid her the full amount towards a new roof.

    Peggy’s daughter-in-law – an M.D. on her way to Haiti. Hope she’ll get in thru customs with badly needed drugs, etc.

     

    Only three more weeks to buy those District Cruise raffle tickets. Mandy & Judy are heading up this effort for the District. You also get credit from The Rotary Foundation (EREY) for your contribution.

    The filled in ticket stubs have to be turned in to Mandy by the last meeting in March.

    Buy ‘em – sell ‘em & win that $1500 cruise voucher to a cruise line of your choice!

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

    We’re still chipping away at our Club membership goal of 10 new members by the end of this Rotary year. We’ve got one more prospective member  “in the works”.

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

     

    Today’s Program:

    Introduced by James, our guest speaker was PDG Dick Jones, a Rotarian for 23 years and District 5520 PolioPlus Chair. PDG Dick’s sharing of his intimate knowledge of this project helped us understand the history of Rotary’s fight to eradicate Polio.

    In 1979, Rotary’s involvement eradicated Polio from the Philippines by 1985.

    Since PolioPlus was launched in 1985, Rotarians have contributed money, time, and networking expertise to the polio eradication effort throughout the world.

    Rotary’s financial contributions to the global polio eradication effort will reach nearly US$1.2 billion by the time the world is certified polio-free. Rotary’s leadership, beginning in 1985, inspired the World Health Assembly to pass a resolution to eradicate polio, which paved the way for the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. During the period 1986 thru 1988 we raised $247 Million.

    Thousands of Rotarians around the world have volunteered during National Immunization Days to immunize children. The period 2002-2005 saw us raise another $135 Million.

    In 2007, We received a gift of $100 Million from the Gates Foundation. Gates asked Rotary to match this gift. In 2009, Gates provided an additional gift of $255 Million and Rotary raised our goal from $100 Million to $200 Million.

    The PolioPlus program helps Rotary fund operational costs, i.e.: transportation, vaccine delivery, social mobilization, and training of health workers, and support surveillance activities. Read more about what happens before, during, and after a National Immunization Day (NID).

    Rotarians work to encourage both donor and polio-affected governments to commit the political and financial resources needed to eradicate polio. To date we’ve immunized 2 Billion children.

    The four countries in which Polio still exists, are Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan & India.

    We’re “this close” to our goal: we need $200 million by June 30, 2011 and we’ve got $163 million.

    District 5520’s goal is $210,000 and we’re at $152,000. So, let’s try to give at least $25 each, to meet our goal. You can contribute on-line at www.Rotary.org  (Member Access). Also, you should really take a look at Charlie Rose’s interview with Bill Gates: www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11456

     

    As is our custom, President Mollie presented PDG Dick with a remembrance of his visit to our Club.

    Judit 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 1:05 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for March:

    10 March            World Kidney Day

    13 March            Daylight Savings Time Begins (“Spring Forward”).

    15 March            Monthly Business/Board Meeting. The Ides of March 

                                 Join us… We’ve got to address the dues situation!

    17 March            Saint Patrick’s Day.

    20 March            First Day of Spring! (Vernal Equinox).

    22 March            Today, we meet at and visit the Roadrunner Food Bank.

    22 March            World Water Day.

    6 April                 We’re co-hosting a GSE dinner with the Del Sol Club. Help out! Ask Mary!

     

    It’s time to start making plans to join us at the 2011 District 5520 Conference –

    April 14-17 – Ruidoso @ The Lodge at Sierra Blanca/Ruidoso Convention Center.
  • 01 Mar 2011 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    President Mollie called our meeting to order at 12:00 Noon and called for a quiet moment to focus on the things that make us smile.

     

    Visiting Rotarians:            None

    Guests:            Mary Jane Tatarsky

     

    March is  “Literacy Month” (If you can read this, you’re doing OK. If not, it must be my writing)

     

    Announcements & Happy/Sad/Brag Bucks:

     

    We’ve got project proposal forms with us at every meeting.

    President Mollie asks the musical question of Fofo: When is the best time for us to schedule our Club Garage Sale? (Since it’ll be held at The Event Palace). Due to venue scheduling, it looks like the best date will be the first week of April. Hopefully, this could turn into a yearly fund raising event.

     

    We’re still pushing those District Cruise raffle tickets. Mandy & Judy are heading up this effort.

    The tickets are only $10 each and are tax deductible. You also get credit from The Rotary Foundation (EREY) for your contribution. So you get something right off the starting line.

    The filled in ticket stubs have to be turned in to Mandy by the last meeting in March.

    Buy ‘em – sell ‘em – trade ‘em (what are these – baseball cards?) & maybe even win that $1500 cruise voucher to any cruise line!

     

    You guys missed a great time at the Del Sol Governors ball.

    Wish I didn’t forget my camera. Oh, well, there’s always next year.

     

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

     

    Membership (Judy’s our membership chair):

     

    Today, President Mollie had the pleasure of inducting our first new member in seven months!

    Mary B. assisted in the ceremony as sponsor and “pinned” the world’s newest Rotarian, Kirsten Cobb

    (Yes, her check cleared). Hopefully, we’ll get some photos of the event posted on our web-site.

     

    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.

     

    Today’s Program:

    Introduced by President Mollie, our guest speaker was none other than Maggie the svelte, who let us in on some “secrets” of weight watchers. Maggie was initially replaced by “Muffie” our WW instructor, who entered complete with boa and accompanied by a musical fanfare.

    In 1963, Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch began inviting friends into her home, to discuss how best to lose weight. Today, that group has grown to millions of women and men around the world who use the products and services of Weight Watchers to lose unwanted pounds. After that first meeting, an estimated one million people, from Brazil to New Zealand (they went international in the 70’s and are now in China, too), come together each week to help each meet their weight-loss goals at Weight Watchers meetings. Weight Watchers is reaching others via the Web at www.weightwatchers.com.

    Weight Watchers believes that dieting is just one part of long-term weight management. A healthy body results from a healthy lifestyle - which means mental, emotional and physical health. Weight Watchers does not tell you what you can or can't eat. They provide information, knowledge, tools and motivation to help you make the decisions that are right for you about nutrition and exercise. They help you to make healthful eating decisions, and encourage you to enjoy yourself by becoming more active. To provide motivation, mutual support, encouragement and instruction from their leaders, Weight Watchers organizes group meetings around the world. Meeting members often become meeting leaders and receptionists, sharing the story of their personal success with others.

    Some additional facts imparted to us by Maggie: 66% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, which leads to increased healthcare costs. A 10% weight loss can save $2200 to $5300 per year in health care costs. Slow, steady weight loss = Long lasting results.

    Looks like there’s a good cookbook, too, from the C.I.A.

    Questions – Can I buy some points? – How many points is a double bourbon? – Should I carry a deck of cards with me? All in all, an informative and encouraging presentation by Maggie.

    As is our custom, President Mollie presented Maggie with a remembrance of her presentation.

     

    Wim provided us with our thought for the day, which reminded us that your voice can change the world.

     

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

     

    President Mollie adjourned our Meeting at 1:00 PM.

     

    Programs and Happenings for March:

    8 March              Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday.

    13 March            Daylight Savings Time Begins (“Spring Forward”).

    15 March            Monthly Business/Board Meeting. Hail the Ides of March –

                                Watch Out for sharp objects!

    17 March            Saint Patrick’s Day.

    20 March            First Day of Spring! (Vernal Equinox – Hi, Vern).

    22 March            Today, we meet at and visit the Roadrunner Food Bank.

    22 March            World Water Day.

    6 April              We’re co-hosting a GSE dinner with the Del Sol Club. Help out! Ask  Mary Katherine!

     

    Now’s the time to start making plans to join us at our 2011 District Convention –

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


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