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  • 04 Aug 2020 4:40 PM | Anonymous

    President Allan called our meeting to order via Zoom, at 12 Noon and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Raffi Andonian & Tom Simon

    Guests:           Alexis & Lisa Poldony, Anne deLain W. Clark, Allison Rae

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.               What country is DUE EAST of Ghana? Burkina Faso, Liberia or Togo. Emily gets it - It’s Togo!

    2.         What is the capital city of the Republic of Ghana  Answer- Accra

    3.         What was the pre-independence  name of the Republic of Ghana ?

                Gold Coast, Tanganyika, or Zanzibar (Answer: Gold Coast) Raffi guessed correctly

    4.         When did Ghana achieve independence from Britian? March 6, 1957. It was the first colony

                 in sub-Sarahan Africa to achieve independence. Allan (read the graphic!)

    5.         How many languages are spoken in Ghana? (17, 45 or over 80). Answer: Over 80

    6.         What is the official language of Ghana?  Akan, English or Degaare. Answer: English

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

    It’s a tad past the time to pay your Rotary membership dues. Make your check out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” and send it to Gloria.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org. To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” login names and passwords for yourself.

    Rotary Leadership Institute (Part 2 only), by Zoom, August 15 - 7:45 AM – 1:00 PM.

    Register on the District 5520 website.

    We’re working on getting together at Rotary Park (7725 Quintana Drive, NE) on 25 August. Time ???

    On Saturday, August 15th, we’ll be at the Road Runner Food Bank, (5840 Office Blvd, NE) 8AM to 11AM. Send Emily a note and she can send you rules and regulations that you’ll need to know about when working at Road Runner Food Bank.

    Here’s the list from Tashi Swierkosz at PB&J for needed school supplies. See if you can bring items when we meet at Rotary Park. If you’re not going to Rotary Park, call Emily to meet at another location. Emily & Gloria will drive contributions to PB&J. They need: Pencil bags, Crayons, Colored pencils, Washable markers, No.2 pencils & grips, Pencil sharpeners, Glue sticks, Erasers, Blunt-tipped scissors (Fiskar brand if possible), Plastic folders, Wide-ruled notebook (composition & spiral bound), Loose leaf paper, Tissues, Backpacks, Rulers, Highlighters, Pens, Index Cards, Construction paper, Watercolors, Sanitizer, Clorox wipes (if possible). 

    For PB&J Teachers: Mounting putty, Dry eraser markers, Laminating sheets, Sharpies, Baby wipes.

    Please don’t forget that we’re reinstating our $100/year voluntary member assessment in January, 2021.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. We’ve got to volunteer to supply program speakers for one of the remaining months. Contact Judy.

    For those members who have expressed an interest, the food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE on Saturdays & Sundays from 10AM to 3PM.

    Today’s Program: Theodora Ghana Project

    Michael introduced Gloria Osei, Mary Fiadese and Nana Serwah, participants in the program.

    The Theodora Project is a program that facilitates the transformation of women who work in the sex trade in developing countries (Ghana) because of a lack of opportunity. This project creates viable career opportunities in the field of virtual personal services sold in developing countries. It has a number of unique features that promise to greatly improve the lives of the women it serves. These are:

    • A participant buy-in process ensures that participants understand the work they do to be successful, creating agreed upon benchmarks for accomplishment… this leads to:

    • Financial support that allows the women to stop their previous work and focus on necessary

    training… so that they can fully commit to:

    • A robust program that covers much more than vocational skills to help participants develop new

    behavior and work habits which enhance their opportunity to succeed. Thus, they can take advantage of:

    • A business development program that actively works with the users of the virtual assistant services to achieve their specific goals. Participants are then guided to their fulfillment of those goals while they are undergoing training. The confidence that participants build from actually accomplishing productive work, provides a foundation necessary to:

    • Ultimately pass on the ownership, management and mission of the business to the participants.

    The Theodora Project (named after the Byzantine Empress Theodora who rose to the highest level of attainment) is a joint venture of the Hunter Foundation, a Ghana nongovernmental organization and The Podolny Group International, a United States 501.c.3 not-for-profit company.

    The principal of the Hunter Foundation, Gail Grant, is an educator who has worked with disadvantaged women in Africa and Asia for over 20 years. His understanding of the real-life dynamics of these women allows him to modify educational best practices to suit the needs of a population that has the desire to work but has never worked in an environment requiring the disciplines of a daily workforce. The principal of The Podolny Group International, Michael Podolny, has specialized in providing services to small and middle-size businesses, specializing in the area of guiding business owners’ transition management and ownership. Michael is applying his skills to this project, mentoring the participants to grow into their own management and ownership of this process.

    Support of the Theodora Project can be done by donation or by becoming a user of Theodora Project’s

    Virtual Personal Assistant services. This program is also supported by the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia and by Rotary Clubs in Accra, Ghana.

    Today, each of the three participating women (Currently, there are six participants) explained how they became involved in the virtual assistance project. As we learned, this project and developing business assists small businesses with marketing ideas, organization, cost management accountability and scheduling prioritization. The program will eventually become a for profit business owned by the participants.

    A Q&A period further revealed that the project does market research projects and that they do have clients. The project’s billing structure currently charges flat monthly fees of $200. Due to the high cost of living in Accra, the girls estimated that they each must receive a minimum salary of $600 per month.

    It was further mentioned that, in addition to the skills learned by the program participants, English grammar and writing education would prove to be beneficial.

    Also mentioned were the Trusted Advisor’s Network and the Jumpstart Program.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11 Aug             Board Meeting at 11AM

    11 Aug             Regular Meeting – The 100 Club.

    15 Aug             RLI – 7:45AM to 1:00 PM

    18 Aug             Regular Meeting

    25 Aug             Regular Meeting… Maybe we’ll be meeting at Rotary Park!

    25 Aug             National Cowboy Day !

    1 Sept              Regular Meeting -

    7 Sept              LABOR DAY

    8 Sept              Board Meeting

    8 Sept              Regular Meeting -

    15 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!

    22 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting -

    8-11 Apr 2021 District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.
  • 28 Jul 2020 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    Via Zoom, President Allan called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    July has been– “Changeover Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Emily put up $2 for her first day of lawn mowing and for 75% of her side yard flagstone finished!

    Gloria was good for $2, for her grandson’s interview by chamber of commerce and receiving a goodie bag from our State governor. Also, her middle daughter’s on her way to Iraq.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    What is Eid-al-Adha and who celebrates it?

    A: 1.7 billion Muslims celebrate this 3 day holiday. It’s one of only two holidays for Islam followers called for in the Book of Quran. The celebration honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God's command. (Eid means to celebrate and Adha refers to sacrifice so Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice)

    Q: Why do Muslims sacrifice a domestic animal during Eid-al Adha?

    A:Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. Muslims commemorate this by sacrificing a domesticated animal – usually a sheep or goat. Karen Bash got the honors for these right answers!

    Q: What is another celebration held on the same day (July 30, 2020)

    A: UN International Friendship Day. Proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that “Friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.”

    Q: The above two celebrations take place on July 30 this year. Why aren’t they on the same day next year?

    A: Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day of the twelfth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar. Because this calendar is based on the lunar cycle, in the more commonly used the Gregorian calendar this date shifts from year to year, moving forward around 11 days annually.

    Q: What famous humanitarian said this? “The most terrible kind of poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” 

    A: No right guesses - It was Mother Teresa.

    Q: The Rotarian Trivia for August Issue: In the article on Loneliness, what’s the definition used ?

    Is it 1) Less than 3 close confidants, 2) The absence of human connection, or 3) It’s subjective for each person. A: Answer 2 and 3.

    Q: How does being a member in Rotary combat feelings of loneliness?

    A: Being part of a group of like minded people, service short-circuits the consequences of loneliness – the chipping away of our self-esteem and feeling “unlikeable: and shared experiences and shared missions leads to …” (Read more in this month’s edition of The Rotarian article on Vivek Murthy and his research on loneliness, starting on page 41)

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

    It’s time to pay your Rotary membership dues. Make your checks out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” and send it to Gloria.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

    To see what’s happening at our District and at Rotary International, go to www.Rotary5520.org and to www.Rotary.org. While you’re there, set up “account” login names and passwords for yourself.

    Rotary Leadership Institute (Part 2 only), by Zoom, August 15 - 7:45 AM – 1:00 PM.

    Register on the District 5520 website.

    An updated “My Rotary” (On the RI website) that’s faster, easier to navigate, and accessible on your mobile devices launches later this month.

    We’re working on getting together at Rotary Park (7725 Quintana Drive, NE) on 25 August.

    On Saturday, August 15th, we’ll be at the Road Runner Food Bank, (5840 Office NE) 8AM to 11AM.

    Send Emily a note and she can put your name on the list and send you rules and regulations that you’ll need to know about Covid and working at Road Runner Food Bank.

    Here’s the list from Tashi Swierkosz at PB&J for needed school supplies. See if you can bring items when we meet at Rotary Park. If you’re not going to Rotary Park, call Emily to meet at another location. Emily will then drive all the contributions to PB&J.

    Pencil bags, Crayons, Colored pencils, Washable markers, No.2 pencils & grips, Pencil sharpeners,

    Glue sticks, Erasers, Blunt-tipped scissors (Fiskar brand if possible), Plastic folders,

    Wide-ruled notebook (composition & spiral bound), Loose leaf paper, Tissues, Backpacks, Rulers,

    Highlighters, Pens, Index Cards, Construction paper, Watercolors, Sanitizer, Clorox wipes (if possible). 

    For PB&J Teachers: Mounting putty, Dry eraser markers, Laminating sheets, Sharpies, Baby wipes.

    Please remember that we’re reinstating our $100/year voluntary member assessment in January, 2021.

    In order to resume our happy bucks and polio jar tradition, you’ll be receiving envelopes for each member’s donation.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. We’ve got to volunteer to supply program speakers for one of the remaining months. Contact Judy. July, September, November & February are spoken for. Michael has a speaker for the 4 August meeting.

    Food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE on Saturdays & Sundays from 10AM to 3PM.

    Today’s Program: NM School for the Blind (NMSBVI)

    President Allan introduced Ms. Pat Beecher, school Superintendent.

    The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was founded in 1903 as a State supported land grant school governed by a Board of Regents. In 1906, the school opened in Alamogordo, New Mexico. It’s a specialized school which provides residential, academic, support, and outreach services to students in New Mexico. Today, the residential campus is still located in Alamogordo with a second campus in Albuquerque, that houses an early childhood program and as well as the school’s statewide services.

    NMSBVI, educates students from birth through post high school. They ensure quality education through collaborative relationships with students, families, and local/ state/national partners to provide advocacy, training, resources and support services, ensuring that all students will become independent, productive members of their communities.

    Early Childhood Program (ECP):

    Preschool services are available at both the Alamogordo and the Albuquerque campuses. Preschool/kindergarten is part of services offered to children throughout each stage of growth and development. These programs serve children from Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Students are required to have a diagnosed vision impairment that adversely impacts their capacity to learn in a traditional classroom.

    The program for Preschool and Kindergarten consists of literacy, math, concept development, socialization and all aspects of the expanded core curriculum for blindness. Students become familiar with their immediate environment; then expand outward to travel successfully into new and unfamiliar areas. Guided exploration and self-discovery are used to support learning at every level. All children are placed in the preschool programs by IEP team decision because they require daily support from a teacher of the visually impaired.

    Additional services include classroom instruction, orientation and mobility instruction, speech-language therapy, physical and occupational therapy, nursing, social work, audiology & transportation.

    Residential Program:

    NMSBVI’s residential services are available to students who have an impairment that has been determined to impact their learning. Families and school districts consider a placement when the student needs intensive instruction in skills related to visual impairment. Placement on campus may be appropriate when a school district has been unsuccessful in hiring or replacing its teacher of the visually impaired; when a student is nearing the completion of their high school years and is not ready for their next life step; when a student is ready to move to their district’s middle or high school but the student’s team thinks the student could benefit from an ‘extra’ year to prepare for middle/high school.

    NMSBVI accepts students who need 3-year re-evaluations or a 45-day placement to help a district determine if intensive instruction specific to a student’s impairment can make a difference in their learning. All admissions to the residential program are a coordinated effort between school district and NMSBVI. A phone call from a family member or school district will begin the process of exploring the appropriateness of a placement.

    The residential campus serves students from the local communities and throughout the state. Local students or very young students are day students only. Residential students have the benefit of a longer day. Transportation to and from school each weekend and holiday is available so that students are able to spend the weekends with their families.

    NMSBVI has a travelling low vision clinic and they’re into research also. They produce and provide Braille textbooks and are working on teaching Braille music. Last year, 4000 students were served and services are free!

    For more information, go to www.NMSBVI.K12.nm.us

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    30 July            Eid-al-Adha begins at sundown

    4 Aug              Regular Meeting via Zoom – Theodora Ghana Project

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (Maybe Not!)

    11 Aug            Board Meeting at 11AM

    11 Aug            Regular Meeting – 100 Club.

    15 Aug            RLI – 7:45AM to 1:00 PM

    18 Aug            Regular Meeting

    25 Aug            Regular Meeting… Maybe we’ll be meeting at Rotary Park!

    25 Aug            National Cowboy Day !

    1 Sept             Regular Meeting

    7 Sept             LABOR DAY

    8 Sept             Board Meeting

    8 Sept             Regular Meeting

    15 Sept           Regular Meeting

    18 Sept           Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    22 Sept           First Day of Autumn!

    22 Sept           Regular Meeting

    27 Sept           Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept           Regular Meeting

    8-11 Apr 2021 District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei.Who’s celebrating?
  • 21 Jul 2020 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    Via Zoom, President Allan called this meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    There were no Visiting Rotarians or guests this week.        

    July is– “Changeover Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Michael parted with a $20 today ‘cause the Ghana project just received their 501C3 status! It took a year!

    Cheryl tossed in a buck for Judy’s presence today. Also, Cheryl talked to Mollie & Pat, too.

    Gloria was in for $2 ‘cause her middle daughter will go to Iraq on the 28th & family will go back to the Ukraine.

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    Trivia: From the August,2020 The Rotarian Magazine:

    Why is this Rotarian (photo shown) dressed as a ship’s officer?

    Michale Rhind from Scotland is Second Officer of a cruise ship that was in search of a landing berth during the early days of Covid-19. He’s 24 years old. He attends Rotary club meetings via ZOOM when he is at sea. Read his fascinating account of the covid-voyage on page 50 of The Rotarian. There’s also a very interesting story about loneliness on page 41.

    Next question (from Mollie P.) about a beautiful sculpture of feathers. In what country is this sculpture located and why? The sculpture called “Kindred Spirits” is located in County Cork, Ireland.

    What does the sculpture commemorate between US Native People and people of Ireland? A: “Kindred Spirits” sculpture commemorates the 1847 donation by the Native American Choctaw People to Irish famine relief during the Irish Potato Famine/Great Hunger

    The Choctaw themselves were living in hardship and poverty and having recently endured the Trail of Tears. While records of the exact amount of the donation vary, the figure usually given is US $170.  In the coinage of the time, U.S.$170 meant 8.22 troy ounces of physical gold, or about US $14,000 in 2020 prices.

    Nearly 175 years later, the Irish are reaching out to the Native American community to repay a good deed. How much have Irish people donated to the Navaho/Zuni Go Fund Me Covid Relief fund? (1,2 or 3 million?)  A: over 3 million dollars! Nice.  (Thanks Mollie for the Trivia Tip!)

    Now to local Albuquerque trivia: In what year was the land grant that includes Corrales given to  Corporal Francisco Montes Vigil?  1645,1690,1710 (It’s 1710)

    ? What did a corporal do to get this gift? (Unknown – will research!)

    In what year was the CURRENT Village of Corrales incorporated? (It’s 1971)

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

    It’s time to pay your Rotary membership dues. The club will be paying the first half of our dues to Rotary International and yearly dues to District 5520 at the end of this month. Please make your checks out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” for $ 125.00 and send it to Gloria.

    BTW… Note that, yearly, your Club pays around $110 to District & RI (combined) dues per member!

    Through July, our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

     

    We’re working on getting together at Rotary Park (7725 Quintana Drive, NE) on 4 August (?) – 12N. Bring a mask, keep social distance & bring a chair & your lunch if it happens.

    Please remember that we’ll be reinstating our $100/year voluntary member assessment in January, 2021.

    In order to resume our happy bucks and polio jar tradition, you’ll be receiving envelopes for each member’s donation.

    It is with great regret that your board of directors has accepted the resignation from member Mary Johnson. Mary has resigned her membership in Rotary due to business pressure.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Please volunteer to supply program speakers for one of the remaining months. Contact Judy. July, September & November are spoken for.

    Michael will try to get us (dig up) a speaker for one meeting in August.

    We’ve just got to work on getting these possible new members into our Club: Julie Piño & Tom Macek.

    Food drop off site for the Navajo Hope Project is at The Albuquerque Collective, 1321 Eubank, NE on Saturdays & Sundays from 10AM to 3PM.

    Today’s Program: Small business recovery and housing

    President Allan introduced Mr. Daymon Ely (D), attorney & member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 23. He’s chair of the Rules & Order of Business Committee and has experience in the areas of housing, taxation and finance.

    Mr. Ely began by speaking about the pandemic fallout and the relationship to businesses being shut down. During the House’s 4 days of special session in June, they addressed the problems of unemployment and shutdown & how they could help. So, how could they find the funds which can be used to assist small businesses with a stimulus package. $400 million of the permanent funds could be raided for small business loans & capital outlay projects as investments, not grants. By August 2020, loans to small businesses (AND non-profits, too) will be set up in the following manner: Small businesses which gross less than $5 million and have been in operation for over one year can apply for a loan of $75,000. In this manner, 5300 businesses can use the fund. Business technical assistance will also be available when necessary.

    What’s happening with housing? Mortgages and rents become due and will cause an eviction crisis to ensue! The $600 Federal addition to unemployment insurance expires on 25 July. In order to help the situation, the NM Supreme court issues a moratorium and the Payroll Protection Plan will help. The question arises of how to further assist tenants and landlords, since ultimately, they need cash. The State can’t give out cash. So, hopefully, the Feds will have to pass another stimulus bill… they must deal with this problem. Our courts have the power (&they’re doing just that) to mediate evictions. Our hope is that the government will come up with a temporary fix by the end of August 2020.  

    A discussion about shutdowns and recovery followed.

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 1:10 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    28 July            Regular Meeting via Zoom – NM School for the Blind (NMSBVI) –

                                                                           Pat Beecher, Superintendent.

    30 July            Eid-al-Adha begins at sundown

    4 Aug              Regular Meeting via Zoom… OR, maybe we’ll meet at Rotary Park!

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino

    11 Aug            Board Meeting at 11AM

    11 Aug            Regular Meeting

    18 Aug            Regular Meeting

    25 Aug            Regular Meeting

    25 Aug            National Cowboy Day !

    1 Sept             Regular Meeting

    7 Sept             LABOR DAY

    8 Sept              Board Meeting

    8 Sept              Regular Meeting

    15 Sept            Regular Meeting

    18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!

    22 Sept            Regular Meeting

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting

    8-11 Apr 2021 District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei
  • 14 Jul 2020 7:50 AM | Anonymous

    Following our first board meeting of the Rotary Year, President Allan called this meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Vitaliy Bezrodnov, Downtown Fuquay-Varina Rotary Club, NC.

    July is– “Changeover Month”

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    Rotary Peace Fellowships: Last week we had a prospective fellow attend our meeting. True or False- Is the fellowship a 15 to 24 month masters degree? OR, is it a 3 month certificate program?

    It’s BOTH! How many universities, worldwide, host the masters program? There are five and it’s free!

    What’s the “new” quarantine period for out of state visitors to NM? It’s 14 days.

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

    Here we go again! The Club still needs a President-Elect.

    As of 1 July, it’s time to pay your Rotary membership dues. The club will be paying all of our dues to Rotary International and Rotary International District 5520 at the end of this month. Please make your checks out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” for $ 125.00 and send it to Gloria.

    Through July, our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

    Perhaps the North Domingo Baca Center will open up for us in August!

    Some Rotarians that we have known:

    J. William Fulbright, U.S. Senator    Warren G. Harding, U.S. President

    John F. Kennedy, U.S. President        Dr. Charles H. Mayo, Founder Mayo Clinic

    Earl Warren, Chief Justice, US Supreme Court        Woodrow Wilson, US President

    Orville Wright, American aeronautical designer

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

    We’ll be reinstating our $100/year member assessment in January, 2021.

    Your board of directors has decided to donate $500 to Ms. Brittney Woodrum’s ShelterBox drive. We’ll consider adding another $500 in January.

    In order to resume our happy bucks and polio jar, next week there’ll be envelopes for each member’s donation to these causes.

    Please remember that Club members are welcome to attend any of our monthly board meetings.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Karen & President Allan are providing program speakers for the month of July. Please volunteer to supply program speakers for one of the remaining months. Contact Judy.

    Member birthdays to celebrate this month: John

    Today’s Program: Rotary Childrens Fund (RCF)

    President Allan introduced Mr. Vitaliy Bezrodnov, Vice President of the Rotary Childrens Fund, founder and coordinator of the Cultural Youth Exchange Program “GOLDEN GATES”, Cultural Arts Chair, vice president of Fuquay-Varina Arts Council and Rotary Friendship Exchange.


    The Rotary Children's Fund exists to promote good will between countries by funding organizations that contribute to peace, cultural understanding and appreciation through the arts.

    RCF finds young artists, performers and musicians worldwide to share their cultures through  performances and workshops which feature their talents and traditional costumes.  

    RCF improves good will between the people of America and other countries, developing a better understanding of cultures, music and traditions and building cultural bridges.

    Golden Gates – A cultural exchange program

    Since 2003, over 500 young people were awarded to be in 40 youth groups that traveled internationally and shared their talent and culture with over 1,000,000 people. For the last 5 years organized groups visited over 300 public schools, universities and colleges and provided educational multicultural programs.

    RCF provides a structure for talented young people from around the world to share their talents, be cultural ambassadors of their country and learn about the USA. Performers are selected from public schools, cultural arts centers, music schools, colleges and universities, dance academies and other arts and culture related Institutions in the US and Internationally.

    RCF has been building bridges across cultures through music and dance for almost a decade. By introducing their culture to the people around the world, young cultural ambassadors have a great opportunity to learn about American and world’s culture, history and people.

    This is a Cultural Youth Exchange Program. Incoming groups from varies countries come to the US and present programs as GOLDEN GATES. The Golden Gates are groups of young talented artists from Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Lithuania. Each group represents culture, traditions, music and dance of their country. Golden Gates started to tour the US since 2003. Each tour lasts 2 to 4 weeks and covers 20-25 states.

    In many of the communities that these students visit, they are hosted in local family homes. This hosting is a learning experience for the visitors to this country as well as the families they visit. Years after a visit, many on both sides of the ocean remain friends. Several of the student performers have also gotten the opportunity to be Rotary exchange students.

    RCF is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit  since 2003. It funds programs that let young artists & musicians worldwide share their gifts and talents. RCF provides programs that introduce the culture of other countries to the American people and permit participants to learn about the USA.

    RCF supports programs that improve good will between the people of America and other countries, developing a better understanding of cultures, music and traditions and building cultural bridges.

    Participants are youth from 14 - 21 years old, with achievements in Music, Arts, Dancing and General Studies.

    For more information, go to www.RotaryChildrensFund.org



    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was concluded at 12:55 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    19 July            National Ice Cream Day ! (Pres. Regan did it in 1984)

    21 July            Regular Meeting

    28 July            Regular Meeting

    30 July            Eid-al-Adha begins at sundown

    4 Aug              Regular Meeting

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino

    11 Aug            Board Meeting at 11AM

    11 Aug            Regular Meeting

    18 Aug            Regular Meeting

    25 Aug            Regular Meeting

    25 Aug            National Cowboy Day !

    1 Sept             Regular Meeting

    7 Sept             LABOR DAY

    8 Sept              Board Meeting

    8 Sept              Regular Meeting

    15 Sept            Regular Meeting

    18 Sept            Rosh Hashana begins at sundown

    22 Sept            First Day of Autumn!

    22 Sept            Regular Meeting

    27 Sept            Yom Kippur begins at sundown

    29 Sept            Regular Meeting

    8-11 Apr 2021 District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei
  • 07 Jul 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    President Allan called our first meeting of this Rotary year to order at 12 Noon and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. A moment of silence and reflection followed.

    July is– “Changeover Month”

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    In the July Rotarian, expert Marc Freedman describes what key to longevity? 

    1.     People thrive when they work together with a common purpose...

    2.     Being involved in community programs can offset some of the predisposition for dementia.

    3.     Intergenerational projects for the common good are longevity enhancing, or.

    (It’s all of the above!)

    Who’s the person in the picture, AND what was he launching on May 21, 1983 ?

    It’s Pete Domenici launching the USS Albuquerque – A Los Angeles Class attack sub that saw 33 years of service and 1.1 million nautical miles before being decommissioned in 2017.

    This was the second US Navy ship named after our city.

    At the ship's commissioning on May 21, 1983, the Mayor of the City of Albuquerque presented a set of keys for a new Rolls Royce to the Commanding Officer.

    The first skipper to pilot the submarine up the Rio Grande to Albuquerque for a port visit would win this prize. At each Change of Command these keys were turned over to the new Commanding Officer by the Mayor or his representative.

    Who was the Mayor of Albuquerque  in 1983?

    Harry E. Tingley

    What was the name of the first Navy ship named after our city?

    USS Albuquerque ! (A la “who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?”) It was a patrol frigate launched in 1944. The first ship flew under the flags of the US, Soviet Union, and Japan under lend lease arrangements over its 27 years of service. It earned three battle stars for it’s participation in the Korean War. The ship was afloat only 25 days when the cargo ship it was escorting in the Aleutian Islands hit a mine or was torpedoed by the Japanese. The USS Albuquerque had to scuttle (sink) the stern part of the cargo ship after the bow went down.

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

    The New Rotary Year Begins! The 2020-2021 Rotary theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.

    The new Rotary International President is Holger Knaack (Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany).

    Our District 5520 Governor is Sunny Kellerman (Silver City).

    The central District 5520 Lt. Governor is Tony Piño and

    our Club’s Assistant Governor is Frank Rivera (Rio Rancho).

    Our Club board and directors are as follows:

    President – Allan                    Immediate Past President – Vivien    Secretary – John

    Treasurer – Gloria                  Sgt-at-Arms – Cheryl                         R.I. Foundation – Dave

    Youth Service – Allan                        Projects – Emily                                 Grants – Gloria & Michael          

    Programs Chair- Judy            Webmaster- Patrick

    The Club still needs a President-Elect!

    As of 1 July, it’s time to pay your Rotary membership dues. Please make your checks out to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia” for $ 125.00 and send it to Gloria. Does anyone even have a checking account? Well, cash is good too! Once upon a time, we used to take credit cards too.

    Through July, our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

    Perhaps the North Domingo Baca Center (our meeting venue) will open up for us in August!

    Every year, our District Governor must visit each Club in his/her district. This year, our DG will be visiting each Club via “virtual” means.

    Our District’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) coordinators, Renee Cantin and Kathy Fuller, will announce new virtual RLI sessions beginning soon. Three courses constitute the full program.

    Check out our Club web site and calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

    District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference will be held on April 8th thru 11th, 2021 at the Las Cruces Convention center. We did attend the 2013 District conference which was held on 2-5 May, 2013 in Las Cruces.

    Thought for the day: Do it big, Do it right, Do It with style.

                                                                                        Fred Astaire

    Some Rotarians we have known:

    Harry A. Blackmun, Supreme Court Justice

    Frank Borman, U.S. Astronaut

    Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Arctic explorer

    Gary Carruthers, New Mexico Governor

    Gordon Cooper, Astronaut

    Cecil B. De Mille, Motion picture director

    Raymond F. Firestone, chairman and chief executive officer, Firestone

    Please remember that Club members are welcome to attend any of our monthly board meetings. You can listen, you can talk & suggest BUT, you can’t vote!

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Karen & President Allan will provide program speakers for the month of July. Please volunteer to supply program speakers for the remaining months. Contact Judy.

    Member birthdays to celebrate this month (July): Only John (He’s old…Some redwoods are older)

    So, who needs some dirt???? I know who has too much of the stuff!

    Today’s Program: Shelter Box – The Fourteeners Project

    President Allan introduced Ms. Brittney Woodrum.

    Brittney “Bert” Woodrum became a ShelterBox Ambassador nearly a year ago when she began her masters in Humanitarian Assistance at the University of Denver. She’s also a Rotary Peace Fellow candidate!

    ShelterBox started up 20 years ago and is a global network. It’s an official project partner with Rotary International. ShelterBox was founded to provide emergency shelter to people affected by disasters and humanitarian crises around the world. Since 2000, ShelterBox staff and volunteers have helped to shelter more than 1.5 million people in more than 100 countries around the world.

    In 2000, a Rotary Club in Cornwall, England adopted ShelterBox as its millennium project. Little did they know that it would become the largest Rotary Club project in the world, with affiliates in countries across the globe. In 2002, ShelterBox’s American affiliate was adopted as a project of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, FL. In 2004, ShelterBox USA was officially established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. ShelterBoxes are currently deployed to 10 countries around the world. Several  years ago, our Club sent a ShelterBox to Nepal.

    Climbing Colorado’s 58 “Fourteeners” is a rite of passage for every aspiring mountaineer. Towering over 14,000 feet, these mountains rank as some of the tallest and most challenging in North America.

    Brittney has made it her mission to summit all 58 peaks with the iconic ShelterBox on her back to raise awareness and funding for ShelterBox. Her trek will take place July through September of 2020.

    Totals: 58 mountains; 232,300 Total feet of elevation; 540 miles.

    Brittany will be climbing one mountain each day.

    Summit Schedule

    Fri 7/10               Culebra Peak

    Sat 7/18               Pikes Peak

    Sun 7/19             Grays & Mount Torrey

    Mon 7/20            Longs

    Tues 7/21            Mt Bierstadt & Mt. Evans

    Fri 7/24               Quandary Peak

    Sat 7/25               Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross

    Sun 7/26              Mt. Sherman

    Tues 7/28            Mt. of the Holy Cross

    Thurs 7/30          Mt. Massive

    Fri 7/31               Mt. Elbert

    Sat 8/1                 La Plata Peak

    Sun 8/2                Huron Peak

    Mon 8/3              Missouri Mountain

    Wed 8/5              Mt. Belford & Mt. Oxford

    Thurs 8/6            Mt Harvard

    Fri 8/7                 Mt. Columbia

    Sat 8/8                 Mt Yale

    Sun 8/9                Mt Princeton

    Mon 8/10             Mt Antero

    Tues 8/11             Tabeguache & Mt Shavano

    Sat 8/15               Castle Peak

    Sun 8/16              Pyramid Peak

    Mon 8/17            Maroon & North Maroon Peak 

    Wed 8/19            Snowmass Mountain

    Thurs 8/20          Capitol Peak

    Mon 8/24            San Luis Peak

    Tues 8/25            Wetterhorn Peak

    Wed 8/26            Uncompahgre Peak

    Thurs 8/27          Redcloud Peak & Sunshine Peak

    Fri 8/28              Handies Peak

    Mon 8/31            Mt Sneffels

    Tues 9/1              Wilson Peak

    Thurs 9/3            El Diente & Mt Wilson

    Fri 9/4                Mt Eolus & N Eolus – Durango High Noon Rotary

    Sat 9/5                 Windom & Sunlight Peaks

    Fri 9/11                Mt. Lindsey

    Sat 9/12               Blanca Peak & Ellingwood

    Sun 9/13              Little Bear Peak

    Mon 9/14            Humboldt Peak

    Wed 9/16            Crestone Peak & Needle

    Thurs 9/17          Kit Carson & Challenger

    Sat 9/26               Pikes Peak

    SPONSOR A PEAK

    *Rotary Club sponsorships will receive a picture of Bert with your Club banner at the top of your peak. Sponsors are marked in green.

    *Supporter sponsorships will receive a picture of Bert with an item or picture of your choosing at the top of your peak.

    Donations needed: Her goal is to raise $81,200 and, so far, she has raised $6,508.00

    The following amounts will buy:

    $50      Light

    $100    Tools

    $500    Shelter

    $1000  Complete Box

    $1400  Sponsor a Peak

    For more information, go to https://www.shelterboxusa.org/fourteeners/

    To reach Brittney: Brittney.Woodrum@gmail.com

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    14 July            Board Meeting – 11:00 AM

    14 July            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    21 July            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    28 July            Regular Meeting – 12 Noon

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino

    8-11 Apr 2021 District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference -Las Cruces Convention center.

    12-16 June 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei
  • 30 Jun 2020 5:10 PM | Anonymous

    President Vivien called our meeting to order via zoom at 12:00 Noon and welcomed all present. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Tony Piño, Lt. Governor of District 5520. (ABQ Del Sol)

    June has been “Rotary Fellowships Month”.

    June birthdays were: Maggie and Jan

    Following our weekly roll call,

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented our weekly trivia questions:

    The new R.I. President, Holger Knaack is a Rotarian from what country? He’s from Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany!

    What’s the new Rotary theme for the 2020-2021 year? It’s “Rotary Opens Opportunities”!

    Then, we had to identify two photos (we got ‘em both right) – One was Vivien’s induction from last June and the second was Allan, taken 1 ½ years ago at a Club project.

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

    Through July, all of our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

    Perhaps the North Domingo Baca Center (our meeting venue) may open up for us in August!

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year: Pam did it in June.

    Tony’s wife Julie has just retired. Let’s get her to join our Club!

    Tony says that the Del Sol Club is now meeting “in person”.

    Vivien has a new e-mail address!

    On July 10 (Friday) there’ll be another ABQ Club Presidents’ meeting.

    Today’s Program: Installation of the 2020-2021 Club President & Board of Directors.

    President Vivien addressed the assembled members and reviewed the Club’s accomplishments of the 2019-2020 Rotary Year. We all took part in many projects, added one member and contributed grants to our community and to an international project. Additionally, we have increased two of our member Paul Harris Fellowships.

    The attending Club members added their thanks to Vivien and congratulated her for a job well done.

    Lt. Governor Tony Piño noted to all, that Vivien did a great job of running the ABQ Club Presidents’ meetings during this past year! He then administered the oath of office to the incoming Club President, Allan Bash, and to the incoming Club Board of Directors.

    Our newly elected Club President, Allan, then addressed the attending Club members. Allan pointed out that Rotary membership in the USA has diminished! So, we’ve got to grow our Club during the next year. For the 2020-2021 RY, we’ve got an enthusiastic membership who’ll do a great job. Since we all do such a good job, it’ll make his term as Club president effortless and painless.

    12 members attended today’s meeting. Come and join us next week for our first meeting of the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. If you encounter any problems with signing into the Zoom meeting, call Gloria.

    Following today’s program, we found out what each of us has been doing, where we have traveled, etc.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:00 PM President Allan concluded our meeting.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    7 July              Zoom Meeting #1 – Club Assembly

    14 July            Board Meeting

    14 July            Zoom Meeting -

    21 July            Zoom Meeting –

    25 July            National Cowboy Day

    28 July            Zoom Meeting -

    8 Aug             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino
  • 23 Jun 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    President Vivien called our last Club meeting of the 2019-2020 Rotary Year to order via zoom at 12:00 Noon and welcomed all present. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Ranjan Lahiri & Dr. Antonio Grillo-Lopez

    Guests:           Aurindro,  Misha & Kiran Magowan

    June is still “Rotary Fellowships Month”.

    June birthdays are: Maggie and Jan

    Following our weekly roll call,

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented our weekly trivia question:

    What does this chart represent??? NOT Albuquerque, but showing Bernalillo county’s current Covid-19 cases.

    Currently, we have 1828 cases with 82 deaths.

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

    We are sad to have learned that Jan has submitted her resignation from Rotary due to business pressure.

    Through July (at least), all of our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

    It looks like the North Domingo Baca Center (our meeting venue) may open up for us in August!

    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online R.I. convention.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year: Pam’s doing it in June.

    District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference will be held on April 8th thru 11th, 2021 at the Las Cruces Convention center.

    Today’s Program: Coronavirus 2019 Update

    President Vivien introduced Dr. Antonio Grillo-Lopez, RC of LaJolla Golden Triangle, CA and renowned medical researcher. Today, he helped us to become acquainted with various facts about the virus.

    SARS Cov-2 Virus causes Covid-19 (Coronavirus 2019 disease) in humans.

    How shall we ultimately defeat SARS Cov-2? Here are determining factors:

    We want to survive the disease… To combat the disease, we are using convalescent plasma, which has antibodies, then Hyperimmune globulin and derived Anti-SARS Cov-2 antibodies (some are even manufactured!)

    We don’t know the recovery rate as yet…

    Then, there’ll be a SARS Covid-2 vaccine which will be available soon. Some will be available in October and more during January, 2021.

    Remember that vaccines are NOT 100% effective.

    There are currently around 160 vaccines being developed around the world by various companies and are in various stages of completion.

    Then, there’s “Herd Immunity”. That’s when at least 60% to 70% of the population are immune.

    Of those persons who are infected, the overall survival rate is 95%. The young, under 20 years of age, have a survival rate of 99%. The elderly, over 65 years of age, have a survival rate of 85%.

    Re. Immunity: If you’ve had the virus and recovered, you do have some immunity (antibodies). For how long? We don’t know… Maybe for 40 days (figuring half-lives) or, maybe for 6 months.

    Next, there’s the question of how and when we should “reopen”.

    How? Very Carefully!

    When? Only when a downward trend in cases and mortality really happens.

    Now, in the USA, 20% to 40% of positive persons are asymptomatic… I.E.: 1 in 10 tested will have the virus! As of this time, only 9% have been tested.

    There are now 2.4 million cases in the U.S. and one person in twelve tests positive.

    In New Mexico, numbers of both cases and deaths are going down.

    We do have some problems… Not everyone will wear masks (only 60% wear them). Also, not everyone will want to be vaccinated!

    You can’t really find the N-95 masks… So, homemade masks are better than nothing. They must be made with at least three layers of cloth.

    Don’t believe all of what you hear via newspapers and TV, etc. Reporters are NOT scientists and do NOT really understand those scientific reports!

    Will there be mutations of this virus as there are with other viruses?? Maybe… We’ve got to be ready for that.

    Dr. Grillo-Lopez suggests that we all get our Pneumonia vaccinations also.

    REMEMBER - - - It ain’t over ‘til it’s over!!

    13 members attended today’s meeting. Come and join us next week.

    If you encounter any problems, call Gloria.

    Following today’s program and an extensive Q&A session, we talked and found out what each of us has been doing to stay out of trouble.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:00 PM President Vivien concluded our meeting.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20-26 June      The 2020 Rotary International Virtual Convention

    30 June            12 Noon Installation of New Officers (via Zoom). With Lt.Gov. Tony Piño in attendance.

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    7 July              Zoom Meeting –

    14 July            Board Meeting

    14 July            Zoom Meeting -

    21 July            Zoom Meeting –

    25 July            National Cowboy Day

    28 July            Zoom Meeting -

    8 Aug             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino
  • 16 Jun 2020 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    Once again President Vivien called our Club meeting to order via zoom at 12:00 Noon and welcomed all present. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    June is still “Rotary Fellowships Month”.

    June birthdays are: Maggie and Jan

    Following our weekly roll call,

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented our weekly trivia questions:

    Trivia Question 1:

    The following wacky events are taking place where?

    Track your progress on a leaderboard, enjoy some friendly competition, and have the chance to win great prizes.

    Explore the Virtual House of Friendship to discover potential partners, projects, and other valuable resources.”

    Answer: It’s the 2020 Rotary International Conference. This year it’s virtual, and free to attend. Just click on the link below to find out more or sign up. Go to https://www.riconvention.org/en/sign-2020-rotary-virtual-convention to see all that is offered and to sign up.

    Here are 6 things you didn't know about the 26th best sandwich of all-time!

    1. The first written reference was in 1901
    From the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics: "For variety, some day try making little sandwiches, or bread fingers (!), or three very thin layers of bread and two of filling, one of peanut paste, whatever brand you prefer (JIF!), and currant or crab-apple jelly (YES!) for the other."

    2. They fed the troops
    According to the Peanut Board peanut butter and jelly were staples in military rations during WWII, and the returning G.I.s helped popularize the sandwich.

    3. They used to be for rich people
    Before the commercialization of the peanut industry in the early 1900s, the cost of peanuts was high. According to 
    Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea, it was eaten in sandwiches with pimento cheese or meat at fancy New York City tearooms.

    4. The average American will eat 1500 PB&Js before they turn 18

    5.. Bread slicing technology made it popular
    The Illustrious History also notes that with the invention of packaged, sliced bread (!) in the '20s, kids were now able to safely make their own sandwiches, thus skyrocketing PB&J's popularity.

    6. It was President George W. Bush's favorite sandwich
    In 2000, he admitted to Oprah that he loved them and then jumped up and down on her couch.

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

    Through July (at least), all of our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

    It looks like the North Domingo Baca Center (our meeting venue) may open up for us in August!

    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online R.I. convention. HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
    General sessions, 20 and 21 June. To take part in the general sessions, go to the home page of riconvention.org. Click on the button under the General Sessions block, which will say JOIN beginning 19 June. You’ll automatically be directed to a preview page where you can check your connection. Starting 20 June, at 08:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), when you select JOIN you’ll be taken to the current session, and it will play in your browser’s default language. These sessions will also be available to view later.

    There’ll be a Rotary District 5520 Happy Hour on Friday, June 19. Join your fellow Rotarians, as outgoing District Governor Gary King bids us a farewell and incoming Governor-Elect Sunny Kellerman has opening comments for her year.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year: Pam’s doing it in June.

    District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference will be held on April 8th thru 11th, 2021 at the Las Cruces Convention center.

    Update on that Cloud Dancers District Community Grant project: Emily’s been talking to them & has come up with many questions and some answers. What’s really to be painted? Well, they need barrels repainted with several different colors and that @##$% 6’x40’ outdoor ramp, too! The ramp has to be sanded also. There’s no really big hurry & maybe we’ll wait ‘til it cools off in the fall. Then a schedule will be worked out.

    Today’s Program: PB&J Family Services, Inc.

    Pamela introduced Tashi Swiekosz, development & communications director and Felicia Tapia-Alvidrez, associate director.

    PB & J's Mission is to help at-risk children to grow and develop to their full potential in nurturing families within a supportive community.

    PB&J was founded in 1972 and began as a volunteer effort reaching out to children who had mothers with mental illness and grew into a nationally recognized non-profit serving more than 2,000 children and parents annually. Through PB&J’s advocacy, talent, and relationship building, NM developed policies that have resulted in cutting-edge practices for those who frequently have no voice at policy tables. PB&J remains the only program to provide intensive wrap-around services for children and their parents, including parenting education in the homes. Creating supportive communities and families has meant incorporating the spaces of prisons and jails, elementary, middle and high schools, the pueblos and far reaches of Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties – an effort with countless barriers. The growth of PB&J has been a response to the needs of children and families that have emerged in a changing society and the courage, inspiration and vision of their founder, PB&J staff members, board members, community partners, and PB&J parents. PB&J’s philosophy focuses efforts on the family as a unit, as well as on individual family members. This approach takes into account the powerful and unique reciprocal relationship between parent and child and the impact they have on one another. PB&J believes that by enhancing the family members’ sense of self-worth and competency, this strengthens each individual’s ability to develop as a capable and responsible citizen of our community.

    PB&J provides Therapeutic Parenting Program & Child Development Center/Early Intervention Services, a New Mexico PRE-K Extended Day Program, a Family Infant Toddler Program (FIT), New Mexico Home Visiting and Community Based Prevention and Intervention and Reunification.

    PB&J also provides a therapeutic environment for children and families to engage in developmentally appropriate, interactive activities while they are waiting to have a visit at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). The children are provided with snacks and the families are screened for any case management needs with referrals given for appropriate services. The staff is trained to coach and model age appropriate play and adult/child interactions with attention to issues resulting from parental incarceration.

    There’s also a Juvenile Community Corrections Program (JCC) funded by the Children Youth and Families Department. This program is a unique approach to working with incarcerated teen parents and their families. The program provides services that are gender responsive, culturally competent and based on the client’s needs. The program emphasizes intensive individual parenting skills, parenting groups, therapeutic supervised family visits and intensive home visiting upon release.

    Additionally, they have an Adopt-A-Family Holiday Wish Program. During the holiday season, this program gives them a holiday experience by providing toys for the children and basic necessities for the family. Volunteers help with gift wrapping, card making and coordination. For more info, email adoptafamily@pbjfamilyservices.org.

    With a staff of 80 at three locations, PB&J serviced 961 kids (so far) this year.

    Individuals, companies & families are welcome to volunteer in the office, gardens, playground clean up, mentoring, or serving meals.  They’ll design a project for volunteers. School supplies will be needed this year. Since school reopens and our Club may begin regular meetings during the middle of August, we’ll have to receive and fulfill their “wish-list” pretty soon.

    We can make Tax-Deductible donations by mail or in person at: PB&J Family Services, 1101 Lopez Road SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105      Phone: 505-877-7060

    The PB&J website: www.PBJfamilyservices.org

    13 members attended today’s meeting. Come and join us next week.

    If you encounter any problems, call Gloria.

    Following today’s program, we talked and found out what each of us has been doing to stay out of trouble.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:04 PM President Vivien concluded our meeting.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20 June            Summer Begins!

    20-26 June      The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 June            Zoom meeting – Program: Dr. Antonio Grillo-Lopez, RC of LaJolla Golden Triangle, CA

                                                                       Coronavirus 2019 Update

    30 June            Installation of New Officers (via Zoom). With Lt.Gov. Tony Piño.

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    7 July              Zoom Meeting –

    14 July            Board Meeting

    14 July            Zoom Meeting -

    21 July            Zoom Meeting –

    25 July            National Cowboy Day

    28 July            Zoom Meeting -

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino
  • 09 Jun 2020 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    Following the last 2019-20 R.Y. Board Meeting via Zoom, President Vivien called our Club meeting to order via zoom at 12:00 Noon and welcomed all present. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    June is “Rotary Fellowships Month”.

    June birthdays are: Maggie and Jan

    Following our weekly roll call,

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented our weekly trivia questions:

    As the nation struggles to recover from the pandemic, what 3 modes of transportation are in short supply?  Answer– bicycles, scooters (used for food delivery) and recreational vehicles.

    What is the building pictured and why was it built?

    It was the Southwestern Presbyterian Sanatorium, built in 1908 for treatment of TB. (Vivien and the Bashs guessed it). The facility was a five-room house on Oak Street, one of the few homes on the road to the university. It was the city’s second such sanatorium. The East Mesa drew such a concentration of “sans” and TB cottages that for a time the street was dubbed “TB Avenue” or “San Alley.”

    When was the building torn down? Reportedly torn down in 1967 to make way for the new ER at Presbyterian Hospital on Central!

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

    At least thru July, all of our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

    It looks like the North Domingo Baca Center (our meeting venue) may very well open in August!

    Good news! The proposed $5 increase in District dues has been deferred until July 2021.

    Just in case you’d like to know, our Club was founded 10 years ago, during June, 2010. Of the original 20 charter members, only 6 remain on our active member list.

    President Vivien attended the last Presidents’ meeting (1st Friday of each month). Among the latest Rotary District projects, is the food drive for the Church Rock Navajo Nation.

    Regular food service at The Rock at Noonday has been temporarily suspended. There’s some takeout.

    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online R.I. convention.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:       June– Pam

    District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference will be held on April 8th thru 11th, 2021 at the Las Cruces Convention center.

    Today’s Program: ABQ Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH)

    Pamela introduced Ms. Nadia Fazel, dental director of AHCH, who directed our attention to some of the case management problems which are being overcome at AHCH due to the existing pandemic.

    For over three decades, AHCH has served our community as the only health care organization in Central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to homeless people. AHCH’s 98 staff members provide critical services to men, women and children every year. By addressing the health-related causes of homelessness, AHCH makes it possible for people to find solutions to end their homelessness.

    AHCH’s mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness 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.

    Homelessness in the US is caused by oppression, structural factors (lack of affordable housing etc.) and personal vulnerabilities (trauma, Mental illness, addiction etc). Contemporary homelessness is the product of conscious social and economic policy decisions that have retreated from a commitment to ensuring basic life necessities for all people. Good public policy can reverse this trend.

    Yearly, over 7,000 people experiencing homelessness receive services from AHCH. That includes nearly 23,000 health center encounters and 10,000 contacts made through outreach services and drop-in/Recourse Center visits.

    20% stay at shelters, 12% in other locations (campers, cars, vans, jails, hospitals etc.) and 25% on the streets. The reminder are in unstable or transitional housing or unreported.

    63% of the clients served were male, 37% were female, and children/youth made up 4% of those served.

    48% identify as Hispanic, 47% identify as White, 9% as African American, 12% as Native American/American Indian, 1% Asian/Pacific Islanders and the remainder are unknown or unreported.

    AHCH collaborates with public and private sector organizations to ensure the best care for their clients, and to address the systemic causes of homelessness. Including homeless people in their policy-making, listening to their needs, recognizing their disenfranchisement and isolation from society, promotes their empowerment towards self-sufficiency.

    AHCH is a member of Community Health Charities, formally known as National Voluntary Health Agencies and Combined Health Appeal of America. Community Health Charities (CHC) provides AHCH with direct services to help enhance operations, programs, and community services through access to workplace giving, as well as opportunities to create community level relationship with corporations and their donors. The mission of CHC is to unite caring donors in the workplace with the nation's most trusted health charities.

    Most of their funding is realized from HRSA (Federal) and private grants.

    While some other organizations (i.e. The Rock at Noonday) use ABQ police to maintain order on their premises, AHCH employs a private security firm whose employees are trained in de-escalation.

    AHCH is located at 1217 First Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

    Telephone: (505) 766-5197

    Website:  www.abqhch.org

    12  members attended today’s meeting. Come and join us next week. If you encounter any problems, call Gloria.

    Following today’s program, we took some time to find out what each of us has been doing to stay out of trouble.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:00 PM President Vivien concluded our meeting.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (Just how do we celebrate?)

    16 June            Zoom  meeting – PB&J Family Services – Tashi Swiekosz

    20 June            Summer Begins!

    20-26 June      The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 June            Zoom meeting – Program: President’s choice.

    30 June            Installation of New Officers via Zoom !

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino
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    President Vivien called our Club meeting to order via zoom at 12:00 Noon and welcomed all present. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    June is “Rotary Fellowships Month”.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Ranjan Lahiri

    Guests:           Joyce Bidwell

    June birthdays are: Maggie and Jan

    Following our weekly roll call,

    Sgt-at-Arms Cheryl presented our weekly trivia questions:

    1.                        What city and nation will be hosting the 2021 Rotary International Convention?

                It’s Taipei, Taiwan!  June 12-16, 2021.

    2.         In the June issue of The Rotarian, what avian picture got an “Honorable Mention” in the annual Rotarian Photo Contest?  It’s a puffin!

    3.                        Name this pictured Albuquerque landmark building located at 120 Central Avenue SW. Emily got it before we finished reading it! The Sunshine Building, built in 1924 and added to the City and National Historic Register in 1985. Designed by architect Henry Trost and built by Italian immigrant Joseph Barnet. Built on the site of the infamous White Horse Saloon (closed 1920) Last remodeled in the 1990s for live music performances. Emily grew up near to the Sunshine Theater!

    4.                        What TV series filmed in Albuquerque and used the Sunshine Building for their purported “Headquarters? It was “In Plain Sight” a fictional series about people in the Witness Protection Program with plenty of back-story about the characters running the shop!

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

    At least thru July, all of our Rotary Club meetings will be taking place via Zoom.

    It looks like the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (our meeting venue) opens in August!

    Kelly Dutro (our old Interact Club Adviser) called Allan. She has access to the H.S. and offered to glom onto some of their fabric for use  (by Allan, etc.) in the manufacturing of masks.

    Karen will probably be back to Santa Fe on 18 June.

    The Ghana Theodora Project has five paying clients!

    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention. Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with participants around the world during this time of unprecedented challenges.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed).

    Club members provide program speakers for each month of the Rotary Year:       June– Pam

    District 5520 PETS and Annual Conference will be held on April 8th thru 11th, 2021 at the Las Cruces Convention center.

    Today’s Program: Christian Counseling Professionals (CCP)

    Emily introduced Mr. Gary Webb, CCP’s Clinic Director.

    Mr. Webb spoke to us about "A NEW WAY", including homelessness and drug addiction in Albuquerque. CCP is a medical group 501c3 organization that also works on marriage, family, mood disorder, trauma and living a purposeful life.


    CCP’s mission is to come alongside their clients in difficult times in order to help them lead more peaceful, joyful lives. They accomplish this by providing one-on-one, family, couples, and group counseling.

    For over 20 years, CCP has offered compassionate, multi-discipline professional counseling services. This is a non-profit organization founded to provide counseling services based in Christian principles. Their licensed, experienced therapists, psychiatrists, and medical staff believe in the power of faith-based treatment. They understand the challenges that are faced in today’s world, and have the experience and expertise to treat emotional and behavioral problems. CCP encourages active participation from clients and their families in the counseling process, utilizing a “Client-Centered-Care” therapy model. CCP is a full-service, multi-specialty behavioral health care service which is staffed with licensed, experienced therapists with expertise in treating emotional and behavioral problems. In addition, there is a nurse practitioner on staff to support the counselors and provide medical care for those patients that require it.

    Services combine modern therapeutic practices. CCP is committed to help healing by strengthening client’s resources, offering strategies for repairing relationships, sharing skills for strengthening family dynamics – all for a fuller, more satisfying life.

    CCP works in partnership with pastors, pastoral staff, teachers, employers, and other referral sources.

    Services include:

    ·        Marriage Counseling

    ·        Teens and Adolescents

    ·        Children and Parent Couseling

    ·        Family Counseling

    ·        Grief Counseling

    ·        Sex Therapy

    ·        Life Changes

    ·        Women’s Counseling

    ·        Men’s Counseling

    ·        Pain, Chronic Illness, & Injury Counseling

    ·        Life Classes

    ·        Depression & Anxiety

    Our Club may be able to assist CCP at some of their functions w/ food service.

    For more information, go to https://www.christiancounselingprofessionalsnm.com/

    Or call (505) 856-0300

    13 members attended today’s meeting. Come and join us next week. If you encounter any problems, call Gloria.

    Following today’s program, we took some time to find out what each of us has been up to.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:03 PM President Vivien concluded our meeting.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    9 June              The last 2019-20 R.Y. Board Meeting via Zoom, at 11:00 AM

    9 June              Zoom meeting – ABQ Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH)- Nadia Fazel

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (Just how do we celebrate?)

    16 June            Zoom  meeting – PB&J Family Services – Tashi Swiekosz

    20 June            Summer Begins!

    20-26 June      The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 June            Zoom meeting – Silver Horizons – Ron Hildago

    30 June            Installation of New Officers via Zoom !

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino


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

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