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  • 20 Mar 2018 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    President-Elect Patrick called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Guests:           Penny McElhaney

    March is “Literacy Month”

    Just one pin / name tag fine collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mary B has to be happy ‘cause it’s the international day of happiness!

    Maggie wound up being happy… She didn’t know why she received a call from South Korea! Her navy Seal son is stationed there (until June) and she didn’t know it.

    Dave’s residually happy, since his three grandchildren visited last Tuesday.

    Mary J agrees with Mary B – Let’s be happy… Also happy to have las Golondrinas here today.

    Mollie touted an art show at Hoffmantown.

    Vivien’s happy for Penny’s presence, today.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: What 4 things are happening this week? Judy almost took what looked like a slightly used dream catcher for her answers! Spring is here, Interact luncheon on Thursday, Our pancake breakfast on Saturday & I didn’t catch the fourth one.

    Then, what’s on our latest Rotarian magazine cover (if you received yours)? Dave read his; It’s the year of the tree, i.e.: Rotary plants for the future.

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

    Pancake breakfast: WE setup on Friday night at 6:30PM. On Saturday, WE show up at 7:30AM to prep for  8A to 10A service.

    District 5520 is seeking a District Bookkeeper to assist the District Treasurer and Secretary in maintaining the District’s financial processes and records. This position will be filled by issuing an independent contract between the Bookkeeper and District 5520, effective July 1, 2018. The selection process will be co-chaired by Dick Jones and Lonnie Leslie. Interested parties should submit a resume including education and work experience by mail or e-mail to Dick Jones no later than April 20, 2018. 

    Interact:Thursday, 22 March,  A combined meeting of both Interact & Rotary -The kids are excited about meeting all of us. We’ll buy and bring them lunch and some awards and prizes. So, we’ll meet in the parking lot to check in at the school front desk at around 11:40AM… The meeting will take place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

    District assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25. To attend, you must register at the District 5520 website. Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Pick up District Cruise raffle tickets from Dave and buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY and Paul Harris Fellowship. Make out checks to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6 to 7 volunteers to “man” their fundraising booth on 14 April (evening?) at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen! This’ll be a book signing event. No, you don’t get to sign any books.

    The annual CLNKids support breakfast will take place on 4 May, at the Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30 AM. We have 9 to 10 who’ll attend. All we need is a table host/manager. We have to register by 27 April.

    Today’s Program:     Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows)

    Karen introduced Ms. Laura Gonzales-Meredith, Education and Volunteer Manager and Mr. Michael King, deputy administrator.

    Along with a PowerPoint presentation, we learned that the mission of El Rancho de las Golondrinas is to inspire learning and preserve the legacy of the land through encounters with the traditions and culture of New Mexico’s Hispano past.

    This is a historic rancho and is now a living history museum. It was strategically located on the Camino Real, the Royal Road that extended from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The ranch provided goods for trade and was a place where the caravans would stop on their journey. It was a paraje, an official rest stop for travelers, and was even mentioned by the great military leader and governor, Don Juan Bautista de Anza, when he stopped here with his expeditionary force in 1780.

    The rancho is located on 200 acres in a valley just south of Santa Fe. They strive to maintain examples of life during the period when Spain ruled in the southwestern portion of the North and most of the Central American continent. The museum opened in 1972 and is dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico. Original buildings on the site date from the early 1700s.

    In 1932, Leonora Curtin and her mother purchased the ranch property. Leonora is known for the founding of Santa Fe’s Native Market in an effort to save and reestablish traditional craft forms and techniques, and to provide local artisans with a source of income during the Great Depression. In 1946, Leonora and her Finnish husband, Yrjö Alfred (Y.A.) Paloheimo, saw the potential in the old ranch as a site for an outdoor living history museum.

    Both Leonora and Y.A. devoted themselves to transforming the property into a place where visitors could physically engage with the rich culture of the region and become immersed in the history of New Mexico. Existing historic buildings were restored, period structures were erected and historic buildings were brought in from other sites around New Mexico. The museum officially opened its doors in the spring of 1972 and has grown into New Mexico’s premier living history museum. Today, the 501c3 museum promotes and preserves the Hispano heritage of Northern New Mexico, while at the same time building a better understanding of the lasting influence of Hispanos in the Southwest and the rest of the country. They’ve a $1.6 million yearly budget to run the place and there are 30 structures on the property. There are guided tours (free for our tour!) and bread baking classes. This is a working farm/ranch and they’ve got a working mill, too. For more information, go to https://golondrinas.org/

    334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507    Phone: (505) 471-2261

    President-Elect Patrick then presented our speakers with gift cards in appreciation for their time spent with us today.

    There being no further Rotary business, President-Elect Patrick concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    22 Mar            We ALL meet at Manzano H.S. Interact Club for lunch & awards.

    24 Mar            10 AM District Assembly & 6 PM Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

    24 Mar            OUR Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday. WE show up at 7:30AM

    27 Mar            NO MEETING – Maybe there’ll be a field trip today! Maybe to the PBS studios.

    30 Mar            Good Friday AND Passover begins.

    1 Apr               Easter

    3 Apr               Board Meeting

    3 Apr               Regular Meeting –

    10 Apr             Regular Meeting –

    15 Apr             It’s the IDES !!

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

    17 Apr             Regular Meeting –

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence ( & a booth) at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    24 Apr             MAYBE Regular Meeting – (Maybe NOT)

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – Eldorado Hotel.

    27 Apr             All Club Luncheon  - Past Rotary International President, Rick King, Main Speaker

    4 May              CLNKids support breakfast @ Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30AM

    5 May              Women2Be Fundraiser- “Wine for Womanhood” www.Women2Be.org for tickets

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    28 May            Memorial Day

    17 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada.

     PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

  • 13 Mar 2018 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called this meeting to order at 12:00N and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:   

    Guests:           Gretchen Kryda, guest of John           Amanda Simes, guest of Gail                                                            Penny McElhaney, guest of Mary J.

    March is “Literacy Month”

    One pin / name tag fine collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Gail’s happy to have granddaughter Amanda visiting.

    Maggie was good for $2- She’s here today because the motor home needs repairs AND found that Penny is her neighbor.

    Mary J put up a buck for Penny’s member application AND her office will be ready in May.

    Mary B had a happy RLI buck AND at least “5x plus ones” were to be had at “Ragtime”.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Where was Conrad Hilton’s Hotel, in Albuquerque?

    Hotel #4 was located at 2nd and Copper. There was some argument as to its present name.

    By now, we all know that RI’s next President is Barry Rassin. In his last  article, what does R.I. need?

    It’s a need to better connect with each other!

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

    N. Domingo Baca has approved our installation of a locked cabinet for Rotary! Where to purchase? New? Used? Minimun ht= 45” inside. Libby suggested that we try Restore office furniture.

    Interact: Wednesday, March 21st.  A combined meeting of both Interact & Rotary -The kids are excited about meeting all of us. We’ll buy and bring them lunch and some awards and prizes. Check in at the school front desk at around 11:30AM… The meeting will take place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25. To attend, you must register at the District 5520 website. Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Pick up your District Cruise raffle tickets from Dave and buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY and Paul Harris Fellowship. Make out checks to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6 to 7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April (evening?) at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen! This’ll be a book signing event.

    Our pancake breakfast tickets… Buy 10 for $90 (A special price for today). Hopefully, enough cash will appear “up front”, in order to pay for food & supplies, which we must purchase. We’re donating our paid unused tickets to Interact… they’ll be our guests this year.

    Judy announced that the 10th annual CLNKids support breakfast will take place on 4 May, at the Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30 AM. We have 9 to 10 who’ll attend. All we need is a table host/manager. We have to register by 27 April.

    Today’s Program:     Ghost Ranch

    Karen introduced Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    Ghost Ranch is a 21,000 acre interfaith education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (USA), located in northern New Mexico approximately 2 hours drive from Albuquerque. The ranch’s mission is to enrich lives. The landscape of Ghost Ranch has been made famous by painter Georgia O’Keeffe. People from all over the world come to work together, to paint, write poetry, to hike, ride horseback, to research globally renowned archaeological and fossil quarries or simply to rest and renew their spirits.

    There are two different guided Georgia O’Keeffe Tours and a Trail Ride through the landscape she painted during the fifty years the artist spent painting and living here. Other guided tours include Archaeology and Paleontology, the Ranch History, and our Movie Site Tour which visits sites of the numerous movies filmed here (Cowboys and Aliens, City Slickers, Wyatt Earp, and many more).

    Visitors may tour the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology, which displays Native American tools, pottery, and ancient artifacts from Paleo Indian culture, 10,000 years ago through ancestral Puebloan times to present time pottery and weavings from local Pueblos.

    The adjacent Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology displays the fossils of the Coelophysis (SEE-low-FY-sis), a dinosaur discovered at Ghost Ranch in 1947. Ghost Ranch is the site of one of the best known paleontological digs in the Northern Hemisphere.The Coelophysis Quarry is a National Natural Landmark as designated by the National Park Foundation.

    The Welcome Center houses a Trading Post stocked with books, art, O’Keeffe ephemera, and a cafe.

    As a retreat center, the Ranch specializes in offering workshops on topics ranging from photography, painting, fiber arts and writing to yoga, wellness, spirituality, sustainability and social justice. Throughout the year guests may choose from programs led by leaders of conscious thought and skilled teachers of creative pursuits. Guests stay in basic, no frills lodging or in the campground. There are also RV hookup sites. Meals in the Dining Hall are included.

    Ghost Ranch is available for groups, meetings and conferences with meeting room areas for a day retreat or week long event with overnight lodging and meal plans for as many as 350 people. Integrate our Farm, Library, Museum Classroom into your program. Our ropes, challenge and waterfront courses help promote team building and interactive fun. The Ghost Ranch Bodywork Program can help participants renew body and mind.

    The facilities are open for guests who wish to simply lodge here. You may stay while workshops, retreats and conferences are bustling and integrate with this energy over meals in the Dining Hall. “Overnight Stay Lodging” includes breakfast.

    While lodging at Ghost Ranch, guests may access to the 24-hour library, children’s playground, labyrinth, karesansui garden, water wheel and four hiking trails.

    There’s a Farm to Table program using their own seasonal farm produce whenever possible. Menus highlight vegetarian entrees. A salad bar is featured at lunch and dinner each day. Meals are served cafeteria style, with choice of indoor or outdoor dining.

    HISTORY: Arthur Pack, one of the country’s first environmentalists, bought the Ranch and sold a little piece of it to Georgia O’Keeffe. Scientists took respite time here from the stresses of building the nuclear bomb at Los Alamos. Famous guests have included Charles Lindbergh, Ansel Adams and John Wayne. Arthur Pack and his wife Phoebe gave the Ranch to the Presbyterian Church in 1955 and even though Georgia O’Keeffe wanted the Ranch for herself she eventually became friends of the first director of Ghost Ranch, Jim Hall. The history of Ghost Ranch reads like a novel.

    When the cattle rustlers were hiding their stolen goods in the box canyon alongside Kitchen Mesa, they discouraged their neighbors from looking around by spreading the rumor that the land was haunted by evil spirits. “Rancho de los Brujos” it was called, “Ranch of the Witches,” which naturally evolved into Ghost Ranch. The turn-off to Ghost Ranch was marked by an animal skull long before Arthur Pack bought the ranch in 1936. When Georgia O’Keeffe came looking for the Ranch she was told to watch for the skull on a fence post. O’Keeffe made a drawing of an ox skull and gave it to Arthur Pack; he promptly adopted the artwork as the logo for Ghost Ranch. When Pack gave the Ranch to the Presbyterian Church they used a sketch of Chimney Rock as a logo. By 1971, partly as a result of O’Keeffe’s encouragement, the familiar skull design was firmly established as the official Ghost Ranch logo.

    For over fifty-five years Ghost Ranch has been a national education and retreat center. At one time in history it had the largest number of employees in Rio Arriba County. From the beginning, Ghost Ranch has been deeply involved in support of the surrounding communities and committed to the preservation and protection of the environment. Classes are offered each year in subjects ranging from Memoir Writing, Adobe Building and Paleontology to Painting and Yoga. Groups reserve rooms and meeting spaces for their meetings; individuals and families come for the day or the week to hike, kayak or just to relax. Beaver national park is nearby.

    Need more information? Call them at (505) 685-1000 or go to www.GhostRanch.org

    President Gail presented a packet of our gift cards in appreciation to Mr. Picha for his time spent with us today.

    Our thought for the day was presented by Emily: “I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” - Georgia O'Keeff

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golondrinas - Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    21 Mar            We ALL meet at Manzano H.S. Interact

    24 Mar            District Assembly & 6 PM Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel. 10AM start

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            NO MEETING – Maybe there’ll be a field trip today! Maybe to the PBS studios.

    30 Mar            Good Friday AND Passover begins.

    1 Apr               Easter

    3 Apr               Board Meeting

    3 Apr               Regular Meeting –

    10 Apr             Regular Meeting –

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

    17 Apr             Regular Meeting –

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    24 Apr             MAYBE Regular Meeting – (Maybe NOT)

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – Eldorado Hotel.

    27 Apr             All Club Luncheon  - Past Rotary International President, Rick King, Main Speaker

    4 May              CLNKids support breakfast @ Hotel Albuquerque, 7:30AM

    5 May              Women2Be Fundraiser- “Wine for Womanhood” www.Women2Be.org for tickets

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    28 May            Memorial Day

    17 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Hope you’ve got a passport!

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 06 Mar 2018 9:29 PM | Anonymous

    Following our monthly board of directors meeting, President Gail called this meeting to order at 12:00N and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Kelsey Lyons, Summit County, CO

    March is “Literacy Month”

    No  pin / name tag fines collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mary B. PETS happened! And a few beers, too.

    Vivien Thanks for the get well card from our members, re: her indisposition.

    Karen Had chest pains last week… A visit to ER & lots of tests, all is OK… wonder what it really was?

    Emily She’s gonna be a grandma in October! After waiting 9 years.

    Judy had some information: On 1 March, the Journal’s crossword puzzle clue was “a service above self organization”. Of course, the word ROTARY was the answer!

    Libby tossed in a buck for Karen’s ER visit turning out OK.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Last week we determined that Barry Rassin (East Nassau) will be our next RI president. What does he think the 2 things that Rotary should keep? Judy won a corn magnet – It’s the 4-way test AND Our Motto “Service Above Self”.

    Next, The Rotarian has published 7 things we don’t know about Rotaract Clubs. Can someone name ONE? Yes, you CAN be a member of both Rotary AND Rotaract. They’ve got energy!

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

    So, Patrick told us all about PETS and what transpired over that weekend. Also, he commented that many presidents-elect are under 40!

    Interact: Wednesday, March 14th.  Save the NEW Date…..The kids are excited about meeting all of us. We’ll buy and bring them lunch and some awards and prizes. Check in at the school front desk at around  11:30AM… The meeting will take place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25. To attend, you must register at the District 5520 website. Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dave has distributed the District Cruise raffle tickets. Pick up your tickets and buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY and Paul Harris Fellowship.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6 to 7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April (evening?) at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen! This’ll be a book signing event.

    Mollie reminded us about our pancake breakfast tickets… Buy 10 for $90 (A special price for today). Hopefully, enough cash will appear “up front”, in order to pay for food & supplies, which we must purchase. We’re donating our paid unused tickets to Interact… they’ll be our guests this year.

    The Rotary District 5520 Nominating Committee met on Thursday, March 1, 2018, and selected Past District Governor Tom Walker (Albuquerque), to serve as Vice District Governor 2018-2019. They also selected Gary King (Moriarty), as District Governor Nominee Designate, to serve as District Governor 2020-2021.

    Today’s Program:     Dave Fontaine's Africa Trip

    Karen introduced our own intrepid traveler, Dave Fontaine, who told us all of the most intimate details about his trip to Africa.

    As a paying guest of Micato Safaris, it certainly looks like Dave had a really first class trip through East Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. Lots of great photos attested to this great adventure. Bush flights were also provided in order to expedite travel between national game reserves. “Tented” camps were provided for overnight stays, while excellent meals were also served. Travel within each reserve was provided by special land rover vehicles, which permitted really close up views of those indigenous animals. Two to three night stays at five different tour locations appeared to be the norm during the two week adventure. 

    If you save your sheckles, this may very well prove to be a trip which would provide memories to last a lifetime!

    Thanks to Dave’s wanderlust and (hopefully) a long life, we may become privy to additional adventures in the future.

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    10 Mar            Rotary Leadership Institute in ABQ- 7:30A-1:30P. Sign up on the District website.

    11 Mar            DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS ! (So soon?)

    13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    14 Mar            We ALL meet at Manzano H.S. Interact

    17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golondrinas - Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    24 Mar            District Assembly & 6 PM Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel. 10AM start

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            NO “real” Meeting – It’ll be a field trip today! Maybe to the PBS studios.

    30 Mar            Good Friday AND Passover begins.

    1 Apr               Easter

    3 Apr               Board Meeting

    3 Apr               Regular Meeting –

    10 Apr             Regular Meeting –

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

    17 Apr             Regular Meeting –

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    24 Apr             MAYBE Regular Meeting – (Maybe NOT)

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – Eldorado Hotel.

    27 Apr             All Club Luncheon  - Past Rotary International President, Rick King, Main Speaker

    13 May            Mother’s Day

    28 May            Memorial Day

    17 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            Summer Solstice

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Hope you’ve got a passport!

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 27 Feb 2018 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.       Well, there was one unnamed guest.

    February is “World Understanding Month”

    No pin / name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mary B’s happy ‘cause Patrick & she will be attending PETS along with a couple of bottles of wine.

    Mollie’s happy because there are only 6 more members to get their pancake breakfast tickets.

    Gail & Jeffrey & de doggies went to Las Cruces & Messia for a couple of days & learned where the saying “the real McCoy” originated (Elijah).

    Allan - yesterday, he got Mary to drive him to a meeting… one month early!

    Emily parted with many bucks, for her trip to Vegas, Greece, NYC and a brand new car!

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s question for today: So, who’s going to be next year’s RI President? Allan had to tell us, ‘cause, even though we see his name in every issue of The Rotarian, we couldn’t remember! It’s going to be Barry Rassin from East Nassau, Bahamas. Next week, there’ll be a couple of dream catchers up for grabs. So, read your Rotarian magazine.

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

    Well, we have our new replacement name tags. That’s the good news.

    For the not so good news, we found all of our old name tags today. They were well hidden!

    We’ll soon get a decision from N. Domingo Baca, re: a locking cabinet for our “stuff”.

    Interact: Wednesday, March 14th.  Save the NEW Date…..The kids are excited about meeting all of us. We’ll  bring them lunch and some awards. Check in at the school front desk at 11:30AM… The meeting takes place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM. We have 3 volunteers to review their 4-way test essays.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25. To attend, register at District website.

    Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dave has District Cruise raffle tickets available. Pick up your tickets and buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY and Paul Harris Fellowship.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6 to 7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    The DaVinci exhibit at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History will be open to Rotarians only, on 16 April, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. We’ll have to “sign up” soon for the event. Who knows what it’ll cost.

    Mollie reminded us about our pancake breakfast tickets… Buy 10 for $90. Hopefully, some of the cash will appear “up front”, in order to pay for food & supplies, which we must purchase. Judy passed around a signup sheet for jobs at the breakfast. We’re donating our paid unused tickets to Interact… they’ll be our guests this year.

    Mollie also reminded us about tonight’s outing at the evening lady Lobo’s basketball game, with dinner before at Quarters on Yale at 5 PM.

    Our next Rotary Friendship Exchange travel opportunity from our district will be to Sweden, August 15–27, 2018. Travelers must arrive in Stockholm no later than August 14. They’ll stay overnight, then take the train to their hosting destination in District 2380.

    Most Swedish citizens speak English, so language issues will not be a barrier. All travelers are  responsible for their transportation to/from the hosting district, some meals, and some sightseeing expenses. The Rotarian hosts will provide a private bedroom, bath, breakfast, some other meals and sightseeing. The RFE program offers the opportunity to experience another country from the local viewpoint rather than as a traditional tourist.

    If you’re interested in joining this trip to Sweden, please respond to Donna at pedaceabq@aol.com ASAP. As always, it’s first come, first served. Anyone who has been on an RFE in the past 18 months will go to the bottom of the list to give others the opportunity to participate. Questions? call Donna 505-349-8850

    All participants are asked to attend one general meeting of the RFE group in order to meet each other and to discuss the travel plans in advance. Remember, if you want to travel on an outbound RFE, we ask you and your club to be willing to host an incoming RFE sometime in the future. It’s an “exchange” program!

    Today’s Program:     NM Voices For Children

    Karen introduced Mr. James Jimenez, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children.

    Originally called the Coalition for Children, New Mexico Voices for Children (NM Voices) was founded in 1987 by three pediatricians. The group sought a way to change the causes of poor child well-being — causes like poverty, inadequate nutrition, violence, pollution, homelessness, and the like. They knew that such entrenched problems would only be solved by changing the systems that perpetuated them. These systems include underfunded schools, the prevalence of low-wage jobs, wage theft by unscrupulous employers, unchecked predatory lending, substandard housing, and the criminalization of drug use, among others. Changing these systems requires educating lawmakers and other leaders about the problems and their solutions, and then holding them accountable.

    Voices is a non-profit, non political group with 10 on their staff.

    Thirty years later, NM Voices, a nonpartisan, statewide advocacy organization, still works to create systems-level sustainable change to improve the lives of New Mexico’s children. To accomplish their mission, they work with state and national lawmakers and officials to shape and implement public policies that are supportive of children and working families.

    NM Voices conducts rigorous research and data analysis, creates and disseminates reports, policy briefs, and other publications and educates and informs policy-makers, the news media, and the public, using the research and analysis. They also make their research available to communities and other organizations so they may advocate for their specific needs. Additionally, they identify and advocate for innovative public policies to improve the lives of New Mexico’s children.

    While working both at grassroots and governmental levels, often in coalition with other advocacy organizations, business leaders, community groups, and the faith community, NMV reaches out to and educates the community through various initiatives and events around the state.

    Over the years, their work along with dedicated partnerships and policy-makers has resulted in significant victories on behalf of New Mexico’s children and working families

    For more info, go to http://www.nmvoices.org/

    Following an extensive Q&A session, President Gail presented our gift cards in appreciation to Mr. Jimenez for his time spent with us today.

    Then, there being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    6 Mar              Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    6 Mar              Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golandrias- Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    10 Mar            RLI in ABQ- 7:30A-1:30P

    11 Mar            DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS !

    13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    14 Mar            We ALL meet at Manzano H.S. Interact

    17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conferene chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Hope you’ve got a passport!

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

  • 20 Feb 2018 7:11 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called our meeting to order at 12:00N and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    No Guests or Visiting Rotarians were present at today’s meeting.         

    February is “World Understanding Month”

    Only one pin / name tag fine was collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Maggie found a buck to introduce “IMPI” (Warrior) her very small rescued canine companion.

    Pat brought greetings from the Amazon, where you can find crocs, birds and many nasty animals!

    Mary B. brought some news, re: Jeff Weinrach, our District Governor Nominee. It seems that he just came home from a stay in hospital (very serious stuff) and is doing fairly well.

    Gail left her pin & name badge in the car today. (No wonder… she does so very much!)

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Somehow, he’s acquired many refrigerator magnets as prizes.

    Who/what was featured on the cover of the March, 2018 Rotarian magazine? It’s ROTARACT! With a picture of Joan Nairuba, a very active lawyer, Rotaractor & Rotarian. Allan tried to give Pat a pineapple magnet.

    Question #2: Who made our box of name tags disappear? Mollie will donate a $10 prize for the correct answer!

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

    Yup… our name tags have been lost and we’ll soon be in the process of ordering new name tags! Those members who have hoarded their name tags have “lucked out”. Please let us know who still has theirs, by checking one of two boxes opposite your name, on the printed sheet designated for that purpose.

    So, we’ve decided that we need to borrow, beg or steal a secure cabinet in which to store our meeting equipment. Any ideas on how to obtain one? Thoughts? Concerns? If new, it’ll cost us $350 or so.

    Don’t forget the yearly dinner that we provide and serve at Casa Esperanza TOMORROW, 21 Feb. at 5 PM. We’ll be serving soups, salads, breads & desserts. Bring your dish AND wear your Rotary vest!

    So, it looks like we’ll try to meet in the “big” room (#1) as much as possible. PLEASE check the big white bulletin board located at the facility’s entrance, just to be sure of the room in which we’ll be meeting.

    Interact Wednesday, March 7th.  Save the Date…..The kids are excited about meeting all of us. For lunch, we’ll bring them a fruit plate, veggie plate and a couple of pizzas. We’ll be deciding on some awards that we can bestow on these kids in the next week. Also, maybe do a 4 Way Test.

    We’ve arranged this combined meeting with Kelly Hayes-Dutro and our Manzano H.S. Interact Club.

    Check in at the school front desk at 11:30AM… The meeting takes place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

    Note: There’ll be an APS foundation grant that’ll appear this summer for Manzano Interact.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website.

    Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dave has those District Cruise raffle tickets available for Club members. Please pick up your tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY Paul Harris Fellowship.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6-7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    The DaVinci exhibit at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History will be open to Rotarians Only, on 16 April, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. We’ll have to “sign up” soon for the event. Who knows what it’ll cost.

    Mollie reminded us about the pancake breakfast tickets… Buy 10 for $90. Hopefully, some of the cash will appear “up front”, in order to pay for food & supplies, which we must purchase.

    She also touted our outing at the Tuesday evening lady Lobo’s basketball game, with dinner before.

    At their next meeting, your board of directors will address your approved business card advert. from our Club, In the New Mexico Peace Choir’s concert program (24 March & 7–8 April) for $65.00

    Today’s Program:     New Mexico PBS-

    Karen introduced Bill Pinnell of NMPBS (KNME). He publishes their Ventana magazine.

    Today, we learned about how a broadcasting station does what it does, how Public Broadcasting works

    and what's new on KNME's schedule.

    KNME has been around for the past 60 years (1958) and is older than PBS. The $250 million that PBS receives from the federal government accounts for 20% of its budget. An additional 20% originates from State government budgets, while the remainder comes from public donations.

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is an American privately owned non-profit corporation created in 1967 by an act of the United States Congress and funded by the federal government to promote and help support public broadcasting (TV & Radio).

    APS & UNM are also very important to the existence of KNME! UNM houses the KNME facility and all of their staff are UNM employees.

    NMPBS partners include Albuquerque Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of NM, ABC Community Schools, Explora, ECAP, NMOST, RGEC, Sandia Nat’l Labs & United Way.

    NMPBS isn’t left out of the picture when it comes to producing their own shows! Besides documentaries like Cloudstreet (Soaring the American West & Balloon Fiesta), they also produce Painting Santa Fe, NM Masterpieces. They’ll also be doing a show called “The Majesty of Music & Mathematics, which will feature the Santa Fe Symphony at the Lensic Theater. Also, there’s the weekly series “Colores” and New Mexico in Focus.

    So, the NMPBS TV digital broadcasting channels lineup is as follows:

    KNME 5.1

    KNME 5.2 – nmPBS Kids – Kids Shows 24/7

    KNME 5.3 – FNX – Devoted to Native American & World Indigenous content

    KNMD 9.1 – PBS World – Documentaries, Science, Current Affairs & History

    KNMD 9.2 – PBS Create – Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Gardening, Home Improvement & Travel.

    KNME is one of the best public supported stations in the United States.

    President Gail expressed our appreciation to Mr. Pinnell for his time spent with us today. It looks like the remainder of our speaker appreciation cards disappeared along with our name tags.

    Our thought for the day was presented by Libby: “PBS is a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs

    Then, there being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Feb             WE prepare & serve dinner at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM – Soups, salads, breads & desserts

    24 Feb             Who wants to learn how to CURL? Wanna go with John? It’ll cost you $20

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting – NM Voices For Children – James Jimenez

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    6 Mar              Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    6 Mar              Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golandrias- Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    7 Mar              We ALL meet at Manzano H.S. Interact

    10 Mar            RLI in ABQ- 7:30A-1:30P

    11 Mar            DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS !

    13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- 5:30P-7:30P

    21-22 Apr       Our Club will have a presence at the H&G show! See Allan to help out!

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got a passport?

     PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

  • 13 Feb 2018 8:58 PM | Anonymous
    On this Fat Tuesday, we partook of food & fellowship before convening to our regular meeting business.

    President Gail then called our meeting to order at around 12:30 and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    None

    Guests:           Rhonda, guest of Mary J.

    February is “World Understanding Month”

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mollie’s  happy this week for her sister, who’s doing OK.

    Mary J. had two bucks worth – One for guest Rhonda & one for her grandson’s birthday.

    Patrick was happy for all of the food today.

    Judy put up a buck to commemorate tomorrow’s Valentine’s day.

    Maggie put up a buck for her nine pounds of motivation to walk.

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

    We seem to have misplaced that rectangular plastic container, in which resided our name tags! We have searched high & low for it, to no avail… Does anyone have any idea to whence it has gone? If we must replace all of those name tags, they’ll cost us $7.00+ each!!!!

    Don’t forget the yearly dinner that we provide and serve at Casa Esperanza on 21 Feb. 12 members are signed up. President Gail has set the menu details. We’ll be serving soups, salads, breads & desserts.

    Mollie has set up a date to see the last of the Lady Lobos on 27 Feb., maybe with dinner before.

    Interact Wednesday, March 7th.  Save the Date…..The kids are excited about meeting all of us. For lunch, they selected a fruit plate, veggie plate and a couple of pizzas for us to bring. We will be deciding on some awards we can bestow on these kids in the next week. Also, maybe do a 4 Way Test.

    We’ve arranged this combined meeting with Kelly Hayes-Dutro and our Manzano H.S. Interact Club.

    Check in at the front desk at 11:30AM… The meeting takes place from 12:05PM to 12:25PM.

    Note: There’ll be an APS foundation grant that’ll appear this summer for Manzano Interact.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website. Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dave has District Cruise raffle tickets available for our Club members. Please pick up your tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice. Any that you buy will add to your EREY Paul Harris Fellowship.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6-7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    The DaVinci exhibit at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History will be open at No Charge, to Rotarians Only, on 16 April, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. We’ll have to “sign up” soon for the event.

    The Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) is one of the oldest fellowship programs within Rotary.  It’s a program that sends Rotarians with/without a spouse/relative/significant other to another district, usually in another country. There, they are hosted in the homes of fellow Rotarians for periods ranging from 3 to 14 days. During that time, they may visit Rotary projects, Rotary Clubs, do some sightseeing, and generally get to know their hosts, their customs and culture, and something of the surrounding area.  Rotarians from the hosting area come to visit our district, where we do the hosting.

    RFE has proven to be very popular in our district and over 400 members who have signed up to host incoming guests and/or to travel out to another district. Anyone who travels pays for their own transportation to/from the other district, some meals, and some sightseeing costs. The hosts provide a private bedroom, usually a private bathroom, breakfast, and usually some other meals. The real benefit of RFE is that you have the opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from another part of the world and can better understand how others live. The hosts do a great job of seeing that you experience their area in a way that no regular tourist ever could.

    The RFE to Egypt will be from May 1 - 8, 2018, in Cairo. The group has been asked to attend their district conference (an additional cost of $285 per person) and give a presentation at that conference. The group will arrive in Cairo no later than April 30 and spend one night in a hotel (at your cost) to rest up from the flight before beginning the RFE on May 1.

    If you are interested in filling a vacancy for either a couple or a solo traveler, please let Donna Pedace know very quickly, as we have to finalize the group. You can reach her by phone at 505-349-8850 if you have questions.

    Today’s Program:     It’s a pot luck Valentine’s party day today!

    There were all sorts of goodies to be had & we all saved room for them! Thanks to all who brought more than enough for all.

    Then, there being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day & Ash Wednesday

    16 Feb             Chinese New Year – It’s the year of the dog.

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting – New Mexico PBS- Franz Joachim, general manager.

    21 Feb             WE prepare & serve dinner at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM – Soups, salads, breads & desserts

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting – NM Voices For Children – James Jimenez

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    6 Mar              Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    6 Mar              Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golandrias- Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    7 Mar              Meet at Manzano H.S. Interact

    10 Mar            RLI in ABQ- 7:30A-1:30P

    11 Mar            DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS !

    13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    17 Mar            Saint Patty’s Day

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    16 Apr             DaVinci Exhibit- NM Museum of Natural History- FREE – 5:30P-7:30P

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got a passport?

    What’s the slogan of Rotary?

    Get the food before it’s all gone!

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 06 Feb 2018 6:12 PM | Anonymous

    Upon the conclusion of our monthly board meeting, President Gail called this regular meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    AG Bill Dennis

    Guests:           Various & Sundry

    February is “World Understanding Month”

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

    We seem to have misplaced the rectangular plastic container, in which resided our name tags! We have searched high & low for it, to no avail… Does anyone have any idea to whence it has gone? If we must replace all of those name tags, it’ll cost us $7.50 each!!!!

    Don’t forget the yearly dinner that we provide and serve at Casa Esperanza on 21 Feb. 10 members are signed up. President Gail will set the menu details. 

    There’s a date set for 7 March, when we’re scheduled to work with Silver Horizons at a food bank OR at their warehouse. This helps to fulfill our Club’s Community Grant obligation.

    We’ll soon arrange a combined meeting with Kelly Hayes-Dutro and our Manzano H.S. Interact Club.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website. Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dave has District Cruise raffle tickets available for our Club members. Please pick up your tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can. Ten would be nice.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6-7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    Today’s Program:     HeartStart CPR instructional class

    Karen Introduced Ms. Amanda Gabaldon, Foundation Project Coordinator.

    The New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1999 to help support educational and research initiatives of the New Mexico Heart Institute such as Project Heart Start.  The programs are designed to enhance the cardiovascular health of people in New Mexico. 

    Project Heart Start (PHS) is dedicated to training all able individuals to perform compression-only CPR (COCPR) and to encourage and facilitate the placement and utilization of automated external defibrillators (AED). Read more.

    A Project Heart Start training session is divided into watching a video, followed by a skill session led by a trainer and a short demonstration of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

    This is a non-certification class. The participants learned to

    ·        assess a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest,

    ·        call 911

    ·        correctly perform chest compressions

    ·        recognize the signs of a heart attack

    ·        save someone who is choking by performing  the Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts)

    ·        use an AED

    At the end of the course people have learned to Call 911, Perform 100 to 120 chest compression per minute hard and fast and use an AED if one is available.

    Compression-only or hands-only CPR has only two steps to remember:
    Calling 911 and pushing on the center of the chest 100 times per minute, hard and fast to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive”. Conventional CPR required checking for a pulse, opening the airway and initiating rescue breathing. These components are no longer needed and not part of the compression-only CPR.

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death. Over 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States. Performing compression-only or hands-only CPR can greatly increase a victim’s chance of survival. In the past when someone collapsed fewer than 30% of the time CPR was performed. Now, with the new CPR, bystanders are attempting CPR 70% of the time.

    Research has shown that compression-only CPR produces better nutrition for the victim’s organs than conventional CPR with rescue breathing. Breathing was often done improperly, wasted time, and did not add to survival. Removing the rescue breaths encourages people to attempt CPR because it is much easier to perform.

    The Good Samaritan laws protect you from any liability if you perform CPR. In New Mexico, the law also protects the layperson who utilizes the automated external defibrillator (AED).

    For more information, go to http://www.projectheartstartnm.org    Or call 505-843-2814

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:15 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting – It’s a pot luck party day!

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    16 Feb             Chinese New Year – It’s the year of the dog.

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting – New Mexico PBS- Franz Joachim, general manager.

    21 Feb             WE prepare & serve dinner at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM – Soup & salads?

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting – NM Voices For Children – James Jimenez

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    6 Mar              Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    6 Mar              Regular Meeting – Rancho de las Golandrias- Laura Gonzales-Meredith

    9 Mar              Silver Horizons – Work Gang – 9:30AM to 1:00 PM

    11 Mar            DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS !

    13 Mar            Regular Meeting – Ghost Ranch – Stephen Picha, Groups & Meetings Representative.

    20 Mar            IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING !!!!

    20 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza hotel.

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser @ The Rock At Noonday.

    27 Mar            Regular Meeting –

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got a passport?

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

  • 30 Jan 2018 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was a work meeting. Club Members served both breakfast AND lunch at “The Rock at Noonday” facility. All hands manned the line and had a wonderful time. I just hope we don’t have chicken for dinner!

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month” 

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

    David and President Gail have met with The Rock at Noonday reps and they will provide a home for our pancake breakfast fundraiser. As specifics are worked out, we’ll all find out how this’ll happen. The planning committee consists of: Gail, David, Mary B, Patrick, Marion & Mollie. Karen will bug Kathy Fuller, to place a notice in the District 5520 calendar.

    Members have approved a HeartStart CPR instructional class by Amanda Gabaldon. $10 per member at our 6 Feb. meeting.

    Don’t forget the yearly dinner that we provide and serve at Casa Esperanza on 21 Feb. 10 members are signed up. President Gail will set the menu details.

    There’ll be a day set up in February, to work with Silver Horizons @ a food bank. This helps to fulfill our Club’s Community Grant obligation.

    We’ll soon arrange a combined meeting with Kelly Hayes and our Manzano H.S. Interact Club.

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website.

    Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Dr. Dave has District Cruise raffle tickets available for our Club members. Please pick up your 10 tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can.

    “Roots to Wings” Project: The Rio Rancho Club has asked us to provide 6-7 volunteers to man their fundraising booth on 14 April at the Mariott Pyramid Hotel. We can earn $400-$500. We’d better do this just in case the Bernalillo Beer festival doesn’t happen!

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    31 Jan              It’s once in a blue moon day!!! A super moon, too!

    2 Feb               Groundhog Day

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting – CPR Class by Amanda Gabaldon. Bring your $10.00

    13 Feb             Board Meeting @ 10:30 AM

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting – It’s a pot luck party day!

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    16 Feb             Chinese New Year – It’s the year of the dog.

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    21 Feb             We prepare & serve dinner at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM – Soup & salads?

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                            Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    PLEASE continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 16 Jan 2018 6:22 PM | Anonymous

    President Gail called our regular meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    None, today. 

    Guests:           Ashley Caysan, Iris Bradford, Mary Fontaine, Gretchen Kryda, Margaret Kramer, Margaret Farrer, Viola Garduno & Penny.

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Two pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mary J. parted with a sawbuck for friend Penny, happy to be back & just happy to be here.

    Pat also had a $10, ditto for Mary J, & thankful that her John just broke a rib falling off of a ladder.

    Mollie put up a buck for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s treatment of her sister.

    Judy threw in a fiver in thanks to all for their wishes & cards, re: her brother’s recent passing.

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today:

    Non Rotary trivia: Re: MLK Jr. day… What was one of the first NM civil rights laws adopted on Feb. 12, 1952? Marion got the closest, with:   The New Mexico Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, or serious medical condition.

    When did a chapter of the NAACP start up in NM? No takers… 1912/1913 !

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

    So, we seem to have discussed soap processing, since we’ll be sending a card to the youngster who recycles and distributes soap to the needy.

    The Rotary Leadership Institute’s Rio Grande Academy on Jan 20th - 7:30AM to 1:30PM at French Funerals Lomas Office, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE Cost $35. Upon completion of all three parts of instruction, our Club will reimburse members.

    Several members of our club have not as yet attended. Rotarians may attend one of the three parts of instruction. RLI/RGA helps members receive a greater knowledge of Rotary. Sign-up on-line at the District 5520 website. http://www.rotary5520.org/ 

    The Crown Plaza is not able to host our Pancake Breakfast at a responsible cost. They wanted $9.00 per plate as opposed to $3.00 per plate that we needed. David and President Gail are meeting with the Rock on Thurs. or Friday, since they are willing to host our fundraiser. We will go over the specifics and make sure it is a win win for both of us. If anyone would like to come to the meeting, let President Gail know or if you have concerns, suggestions etc. If all goes well, we’ll need a person to head up this fund raiser with David as the Logistics guy.

    Mollie will be planning a Club outing to see a lady lobo game during the 3rd week of February.

    Karen – Our Feb. meeting suggestions: A show of hands approved a HeartStart CPR instructional class by Amanda Gabaldon. $10 per member at our 6 Feb. meeting.

    Signup sheets were passed around by Emily for:

    The 30 January work meeting at The Rock at Noonday,

    Our work days at Silver Horizons on 1/24 & 1/26 and for

    Our yearly dinner that we provide at Casa Esperanza on 21 Feb. This is part of our Community Grant!

    District 5520 assembly – 24 March @ Crowne Plaza- 10A-3P- $25 to attend. Register at District website.

    Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

    Today, Dr. Dave has made District Cruise raffle tickets available to our Club members.

    10 tickets @ $10 ea. Buy or sell what you can.

    Our PolioPlus jar travelled about the room to pick up all of our spare change.

    Today’s Program:     CPR program, including “AED” use

    Karen introduced David Crettol, American Heart Association (AHA) certified instructor in CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

    Mr. Crettol discussed quick steps to take if you or someone else is having a heart attack.

    Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills more people than traffic accidents, handguns, house fires, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined, about 350,000 per year.

    It can happen to seemingly healthy people, but those with coronary heart disease and the elderly are at high risk. A family history of arrhythmias or heart related problems can also indicate higher risk.

    While AEDs have been conclusively shown to save lives, keeping one in your house will far from guarantee a positive outcome after an SCA. Although SCAs can happen anytime, anywhere, 75% of them occur at home[2]. Therefore portable defibrillators for those at high risk should save lives, but it’s not quite that simple.

    1.     AEDs cannot be used by the person in cardiac arrest, so there must be another person nearby to see it happen. SCAs aren’t a common occurrence and may not happen to everyone who is at high risk, so it’s usually impractical to keep tabs on a high risk family member 24/7, especially considering at least 6-8 hours of each day are spent sleeping. In fact, less than half of SCAs at home are witnessed.

    2.     When an AED isn’t kept in the house and the first shock comes from paramedics, the victim’s chance of survival is only 2%. One study found the survival rate of SCAs at home increased from 2% to 12% when an AED was kept in the house. Those numbers might not be completely accurate because the study didn’t have enough participants to accurately represent the whole population.

    3.     SCAs usually happen so fast the person having one cannot notify anyone.

    4.     Instead of having AEDs in homes or targeting specific, high-risk patients, AEDs are most efficiently used in high traffic areas. For this reason many public places have defibrillators available.

    Portable defibrillators are expensive and only raise your chance of success from terrible to bad, but they do raise your chance of success. Taking a CPR course as a family along with having a portable defibrillator will also improve outcomes.

    No response to tapping on shoulders.

    Cardiac arrest strikes immediately and without warning. Here are the signs:

    ·        Sudden loss of responsiveness.

    *   No response to tapping on shoulders.

    *   Does nothing when you ask if he's OK.

    *   No normal breathing: Victim is not breathing or is only gasping.

    If you suspect someone is suffering from cardiac arrest:

    ·        Tap and shout

    *   Check if the person responds. Tap him and shout, “Are you OK?” If he doesn’t move, speak, blink, or otherwise react, then he is not responding. 

    ·        Yell for help

    *   Tell someone to call 911 and get an AED. 

    *   If you are alone with an adult who has these signs of cardiac arrest, call 911 and get an AED if one is available. 

    *   Check breathing: If the person isn't breathing or is only gasping, give CPR.

    ·        Give CPR: Push hard and fast

    *   Push down at least 2 inches at a rate of 100 to 120 pushes a minute in the center of the chest, allowing the chest to come back up to its normal position after each push.

    ·        Use an AED as soon as it arrives by turning it on and following the prompt.

    ·        Keep pushing until the person starts to breathe or move or someone with more advanced training takes over.

     

    Heart Attack Warning Signs:

    Chest Discomfort

    Discomfort in other areas of the upper body

    Shortness of Breath

    Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 

    Other signs with or without chest discomfort.

    may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

    SCA is due to an “electrical” problem.

    Heart Attack is due to a Clogged up artery.

    The American Heart Association does not endorse "cough CPR," a coughing procedure widely publicized on the Internet. As noted in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, “cough CPR” is NOT useful for unresponsive victims and should NOT be taught to lay rescuers.

    During a sudden arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), it may be possible for a conscious, responsive person to cough forcefully and repetitively to maintain enough blood flow to the brain to remain conscious for a few seconds until the arrhythmia is treated. Blood flow is maintained by increased pressure in the chest that occurs during forceful coughs. This has been mislabeled "cough CPR," although it's not a form of traditional resuscitation.

    Why isn't "cough CPR" appropriate in CPR training courses?

    "Cough CPR" should not be taught in lay-rescuer CPR courses because it is generally not useful in the pre hospital setting. In virtually all lay-rescuer CPR courses, the finding that signals an emergency is the victim's unresponsiveness. Unresponsive victims will not be able to perform "cough CPR."

    Go & buy “The Body Electric” a book by Becker. It cost only around $6 to $8 !!!

    Remember that you’ve got only 10 minutes ‘til oxygen depletement to the brain. So, get to work quickly!

    Also mentioned: The Good Samaritan Law in NM: Do your best & keep doing it (No liability)!

    President Gail presented a packet of our gift cards to Mr. Crettol in thanks for his time today.

    A thought for the day was presented by Pat, who actually recounted a joke for all of us.

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting – Kathleen Raskob – Albuquerque Oasis

    24 Jan              Work day at Silver Horizons food distribution

    26 Jan              Work day at Silver Horizons food distribution

    30 Jan              A working meeting at “The Rock at Noonday”. Both 8:30A-10:30A & 11:30A-1:30P

    31 Jan              It’s once in a blue moon day!!!

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting – CPR Class by Amanda Gabaldon. Bring your $10.00

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    21 Feb             Dinner service at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    PLEASE don’t forget that ya just gotta continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 09 Jan 2018 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    Following this morning’s monthly board meeting , President Gail called our regular meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

    Guests:           Viola Garduno, Mary Fontaine, Gretchen Kryda, Neshan Rampered, Pam Janner, Margaret Farrer, Dave Crettol, Doreen & Dick ?, Steve Noyes Smith, Margaret Kramer.

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month” 

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks: 

    Vivien was happy to welcome Dr. Ramo.

    David was happy to wake up in time to see last night’s game. 

    Mollie’s sister is doing much better & is driving.

    Maggie owes $3 for sons- one here, one in Guam & one in Colombia 

    Pat’s Happy to be back from vacation. But, she’s going away again in 3 wks to Amazon.

    Mary B happy to have Neshan Rampered visiting our Club & her friend is doing well. 

    Margaret wishes us all a happy new year!

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today:

    What does it say on the January cover of the Rotarian? Doreen guessed part of it & got herself a lollypop: What It’s Like… “Ordinary Rotarians, Extraordinary tales.”

    And, One story comes from a Rotarian in Tokyo, telling what it’s like to… What?

    Libby once again refused to accept that autograph book after answering “to survive an atomic bomb!”

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

    The Rotary Leadership Institute’s Rio Grande Academy will be held on Jan 20th - 7:30AM to 1:30PM at  French Funerals Lomas Office, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE (One block east of Eubank Blvd).

    Cost $35/ attendee. Upon completion of all three parts of instruction, our Club will reimburse members.

    Several members of our club have not as yet attended. Rotarians may attend one of the three parts of instruction.

    RLI/RGA helps members receive a greater knowledge of Rotary. Sign-up on-line at our District 5520 website. http://www.rotary5520.org/ 

    Please note that Judy’s brother has recently passed. No further details are available at this time.

    Today, our board of directors discussed the upcoming pancake breakfast’s new location possibilities. We’ll have (we hope) a couple of choices to vote upon next week.

    It appears that the Student of the Week (by Nusenda) may be gone. If you know of any children who are deserving of recognition, please forward their info to us. We have plenty of cards to send out.

    Birthday cake and appropriate singing indelibly marked the three January member birthdays.

    A signup sheet was passed around for the 30 January work meeting at The Rock at Noonday.

    Our PolioPlus jar travelled about the room to pick up all of our spare change.

    Today’s Program:     Heart Health

    Karen introduced Dr. Barry Ramo MD FACC, cardiologist and Amanda Gabaldon, HeartStart project director..

    Dr. Barry Ramo delivers medical news and information on Action 7 News -- everything from the latest treatments for diabetes to the best ways to lose weight.

    In addition, Ramo is a staff cardiologist for the New Mexico Heart Institute, and holds medical professorships at the University of New Mexico and Duke University.

    He also founded Project HeartStart, an effort to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Albuquerque-area residents.

    The New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation, a 501©3 nonprofit organization, was established in 1999 to help support educational and research initiatives of the New Mexico Heart Institute such as Project Heart Start. The programs are designed to enhance the cardiovascular health of people in New Mexico. 

    The New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation is dedicated to supporting education and research to enhance heart health for all New Mexicans.

    Project Heart Start (PHS) is dedicated to training all able individuals to perform compression-only CPR (COCPR) and to encourage and facilitate the placement and utilization of automated external defibrillators (AED). Read more.

    A Project Heart Start training session lasts only about 45 minutes and is divided into watching a 12 minute video followed by a 15 minute skill session led by a trainer and a short demonstration of an AED ( Automated External Defibrillator). It is a non-certification class. The participant will learn to assess a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, call 911, correctly perform chest compressions, recognize the signs of a heart attack, save someone who is choking by performing  the Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts) and how to use an AED.

    At the end of their course, people should remember to:

    Call 911, Perform 100 chest compression per minute hard and fast and use an AED if  one is available.

    Following this presentation and talk by Dr. Ramo and Ms. Gabaldon , an extensive and informative Q&A session took place.

    More info? Go to www.ProjectheartStartNM.org

    President Gail presented a packet of our gift cards to Amanda & Dr. Ramo in thanks for their time today.

    And, for some reason, we forgot to have a thought for the day… (I had a thought once)

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:15 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Jan              MLK Jr. Day – Do people actually take the day off?

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program with “AED” use. – David Crettol

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting – Kathleen Raskob – Albuquerque Oasis

    30 Jan              A working meeting at “The Rock at Noonday”. Both 8:30A-10:30A & 11:30A-1:30P

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting –

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” 12N to 12N in Ruidoso, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods

    24 Mar            District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 Apr       District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel.

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    PLEASE don’t forget that ya just gotta continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!

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