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  • 15 Aug 2017 6:18 PM | Anonymous

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month”

    Following our monthly board meeting, President Gail called the regular weekly meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

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

    There was only one pin or name tag buck fine today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    President Gail – Had a great 2 week vacation back East with her kids and grandkids.

    Mary J. – Had a roof leak which hit her garage & office… It coulda been worse!

    Mary B. – Happy to be a Rotarian & an AG… She’s always learning something from visiting other clubs.

    Pat – Just happy to be happy!

    Judy – Had no heat in the bedroom (no HVAC). Now it’s been fixed… wonder what that cost!

    Mollie’s happy that Allan carried the roving microphone around today.

    Tom’s looking for help from a young artist/cartoonist to assist him with a project. He’ll pay, too!

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s roving reporter today: Allan tackled Patrick & strong-armed him into telling us something about himself.

    Patrick is a Mets fan who was born in Chicago! He grew up in Poughkeepsie & Buffalo New York and likes to ski, hike & play golf. Q&A time ended up having him talk about real estate (of course!).

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

    We all have to pay our annual Rotary dues for the 2017-18 RY. Write your check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    News from our August board meeting:

    The board has received and approved Andy’s resignation.

    Emily- Projects:

    Brewfest- Club Fundraiser 2 & 3 Sept (See below)

    Mission of Mercy- 22 Sept. (See below)

    Pat- Outings & such:

    We’ll take in an Isotopes Ball Game on 27 August. Let’s plan to carpool too! More info will follow.

    A “Ghost Tour” will happen soon.

    Progressive Dinner Party- 16 Sept (See below)

    Allan - Interact Club – We’ve finally received their certificate of organization from RI. Many new students have signed up to join Interact. Pat suggests that we buy them a 4-way test banner.

    Treasurer Judy – Has things in-hand. She reported on our two accounts’ starting & ending balances and what we owe & to whom.

    Club members will be working at the Mountain West Brew Fest. Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. It’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM. This is one of only two Club fundraisers.

    District 5520 Governor Doreen Kelsey will visit our Club on 12 September board & regular meetings. She will be our program that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting! We’ll even feed ya!

    Mary B & Karen are planning a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. More info follows. A signup sheet was passed around for this event. It’ll start at Mary B’s (5PM) & continue at the Bash’s place. Can we do it & not get lost down there?

    We’re hoping for a District grant project with Silver Horizons, maybe starting in October. We’ve got a tentative approval for the grant from District and should have the funds very soon. DG Doreen thinks that we may be able to keep the remainder of our last grant & use it for Silver Horizons!

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy website where you can learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September Project.  However, YOU must sign up individually! Several members have already signed up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend. Sign up at District 5520 website www.Rotary5520.org

    DG Elect Linda Woodward says that there will be NEW training next year at the District’s President Elect Training Seminar (PETS). It’s called CATS (Club Administration Training Seminar). CATS is for Club board members, Secretaries & Treasurers. PETS will take place Mar 1-4, 2018 in Ruidoso at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. The last evening will be a dress up affair.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar travelled about the room.

    Today’s Program:   Homegrown speakers introduced by Mollie.

    New Member Mary Johnson gave us the tall tale of her life so far! She’s an only child who was born in Texas and the mother of four kids, of which three remain living and none in NM. Married twice and now single, she has herself a doctorate in educational psychology from UNM. Mary is currently researching and writing a book on Adult Asperger’s Syndrome and is reopening her Counseling practice.

    Mary likes soft jazz, Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, Reislings, Gin & Tonics, Margaritas, Mexican food & follows football. She’s lived in NM a total of 35-40 years & even has a “tat”.

    Member Pat also let us in on several select secrets of her life! Born in Kansas in 1948 (we’re not in Kansas anymore!), Pat attended Southwestern University & Wichita State. She has also gone through two husbands, worked at Sandia Labs, then at AT&T and Technology Partners (IT Solutions). We learned a bit about the AT&T breakup, too! Pat loves to travel and is one of the friendliest people we’ve ever met!

    So, there wasn’t a thought of the day (or, of the week).

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    21 Aug             Solar Eclipse

    22 Aug             Regular Meeting – Ron Goldsmith - Real I.D. needed to renew a driver’s license!

    25 Aug             Sean Connery B.D. He must be really old!

    27 Aug             14 of our Club members will take in the Isotopes ball game tonight! 6:05PM

    29 Aug             Regular Meeting –

    2-3 Sept          We work at the Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest!

    4 Sept              Labor Day

    5 Sept              Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – District Governor

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s- 5PM

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Meeting at Rotary Park- Bring a box lunch to be auctioned off (only if its pretty)!

    24 Oct             World Polio day! What are WE going to do about it?

    1-4 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar 2018    District Assembly & OUR Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for their continuing help in setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 08 Aug 2017 7:21 PM | Anonymous

    At 12 Noon Past President Karen called our meeting to order and led the assembled membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    There were no visiting Rotarians or other guests present at this week’s meeting. 

    There was only one pin or name tag buck fine today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Karen & roommate Allan will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary tomorrow!

    Pat’s grateful for good times during the past 5 weeks… trips & vacations, etc.

    Mary J’s just plain happy.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Judy’s story for the day: In the year 2001, her 4 year old grandson collected and owned many action heroes and each of them had medals with ribbons attached. He noticed that Judy was also a hero! Why? Because he saw that she had a Rotary Paul Harris medal with a ribbon attached. She said “I’m not a hero!” But, upon looking up the definition of “hero”, she realized that, as a member of Rotary, she did indeed fit that definition. Judy hopes that we all know that each of us fits that definition, too!

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

    We all have to pay our annual Rotary dues for the 2017-18 RY. Write your check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. The Club has received July dues invoices from both R.I. & District 5520.

    Mary B. attended last Friday’s presidents’ meeting and brought the following information back to us:

    1.     The Special Olympics funding has been recently cut back. So, they are in need of additional funding, i.e.: They’re trying to get $1 from as many people as possible to meet their costs. Go to www.CanYouOneUp.com to donate your dollar.

    2.     At the meeting, Banjo Bruce informed the attending presidents that Kirtland FCU is starting up a program for new residents called “Home Away From Home”. Volunteers are needed to get the newbies acquainted with the area. Contact David Seely (Del Sol Club) at 503-5598.

    2017 Bi-District Conference: Districts 4110 and 5520 - Making a Difference. This’ll happen on August 11th and 12th, at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum-4100 Dripping Springs Road ∙ Las Cruces, NM. Registration $75 per person. Late registration (August 6) at $90 per person. For hotel reservations, contact Hilton Garden Inn, Las Cruces. Rooms $90 per night. Mention  “Rotary Bi-District”.

    Club members will be working at the Mountain West Brew Fest. Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. It’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM. This is one of only two Club fundraisers.

    District 5520 Governor Doreen Kelsey will visit our Club at our 12 September board & regular meetings. She will be our program that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting!

    Mary B & Karen are planning a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. More info follows. Pat, our social director, is thinking of organizing a Ghost Tour in old town &/or an Escape Room night. There’ll be a night at the ballpark on 27 August.

    Emily has plans afoot for more Club projects. We’re also hoping for a District grant project with Silver Horizons, maybe starting in October. We’ve got a tentative approval for the grant from District.

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy website where you can learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September Project.  However, YOU must sign up individually! Several members have already signed up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shiftPlease sign up ASAP ‘cause that time slot will fill up and it would be fun to be all together. Click on the link below, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx. We’ll try to sign up to be Escorts.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00. All members are encouraged to attend.

    Mary B. received a letter from DG Elect, Linda Woodward last week. Linda says that there will be NEW training next year during the District’s President Elect Training Seminar (PETS). It’s called CATS (Club Administration Training Seminar). CATS is for Club Board, Secretaries & Treasurers. PETS will take place Mar 1-4, 2018 in Ruidoso at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. The last evening will be a dress up affair.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar made its usual trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:   Office of Neighborhood Coordination

    Mollie introduced Ms. Sara Mancini, ONC manager.

    Neighborhoods are the essential building blocks of our city. A healthy, vibrant and connected community can completely transform a city. A neighborhood association is a group of residents, property owners, businesses and non-profits who come together to form a community and to advocate for and organize activities within a specific geographical area that shares a common identity.

    A neighborhood association comes together to build relationships, exchange information, discuss concerns, prioritize needs in the area, identify solutions and work toward a common goal. By building relationships and creating a sense of community, a neighborhood can positively impact the life of each person within the boundaries of the neighborhood association for the better.

    Formed in the late 80s, ONC’s goal is to help create and promote healthy and vibrant neighborhoods and support residents as they more actively and constructively engage with their community. ONC wants to assist neighborhoods in utilizing existing resources, finding and using new ones, and maintaining meaningful involvement with local communities and government.

    With more than 250 registered neighborhood associations and homeowner associations citywide, the ONC provides trainings, promotes increased communication, and shares information between neighborhood groups and residents, helping them build stronger relationships and communities.

    ONC publishes a hard copy and electronic version of their monthly “Neighborhood News” letter.

    Groups and associations are encouraged to provide articles, announcements of events and meetings and volunteer opportunities for the newsletter.

    ONC will soon begin neighborhood association training sessions which will be offered quarterly.

    Sara has comprehensive information cards for homeless persons available upon request.

    For more information, go to https://www.cabq.gov/planning/office-of-neighborhood-coordination/

    1 Civic Plaza NW, Suite 9087, 9th Floor, Albuquerque NM 87102  (505) 768-3105

    Following today’s program, IPP Karen presented Ms. Mancini with a packet of our gift cards in appreciation of her time spent with us today.

    Our Thought for Today was presented by Mary J.: “Livable neighborhoods with a vibrant street life will stimulate our economic life as well.” – Gavin Newsom

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    11-12 Aug       Bi-District Conference- Las Cruces, NM

    15 Aug            Board Meeting at 10:30AM. All members are welcome to attend.

    15 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    21 Aug            Solar Eclipse

    22 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    25 Aug            Sean Connery B.D.

    27 Aug            Our Club members go to the Isotopes ball game tonight!

    29 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    2-3 Sept          We work at the Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest!

    4 Sept             Labor Day

    5 Sept              Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – District Governor

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    24 Oct             World Polio day! What are WE going to do?

    1-4 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 01 Aug 2017 7:17 PM | Anonymous

    This meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. Past President Allan led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    There were no Visiting Rotarians or Guests at this week’s meeting.

    August is– “Membership & Extension Month” 

    Couldn’t find any pin or name tag buck fines today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Mary J. – She’s alive & well and still above ground!

    Emily parted with a late buck & she’s back from El Paso where she helped her son move.

    Mollie put up a buck for Emily’s peaches. Now Mollie’s besties with all of her neighbors!

    Libby had a “just because” buck.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Judy’s Rotary fact for the day: A Rotary moment in history- 1979- The oral polio vaccine introduced into the Philippines (Manila). By 1979, polio had been eradicated in the U.S.

    The date was 29 September, and when then-RI President James L. Bomar Jr. put the first drops of vaccine into a child's mouth, ceremonially launching the Philippine poliomyelitis immunization effort, Rotary's first Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grant project was underway.

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

    IT’S TIME !! We all have to pay our annual Rotary dues. Write your check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. The Club has received invoices from R.I. & District 5520 for $1358 and that’s only for the first half of the Rotary Year.

    2017 Bi-District Conference: Districts 4110 and 5520 - Making a Difference

    August 11th and 12th, at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum-4100 Dripping Springs Road ∙ Las Cruces, NM. Registration $75 per person. Late registration (August 6) at $90 per person. For hotel reservations, contact Hilton Garden Inn, Las Cruces. Rooms $90 per night. Mention  “Rotary Bi-District”.

    Club members will be working (AND the Club is getting paid for it) at the Mountain West Brew Fest. Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. As usual, it’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM 87004. This is one of our two Club fundraisers. So far, 12 members will work at the Brew fest on Saturday & 9 members on Sunday.

    The District 5520 Governor will be visiting our Club at our 12 September board & regular meetings. She will be our program that day. Please plan to be present at that meeting!

    Mary B & Karen are planning a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. More info follows.

    Pat, our social director, is thinking of organizing a Ghost Tour in old town &/or an Escape Room night & maybe a night at the ballpark.      

    Rumor has it that Emily has plans afoot for Club projects. We’re hoping for a District grant project with Silver Horizons, maybe starting in October.

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy website where you can learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September Project.  However, YOU must sign up individually! Several members have already started us by signing up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shiftPlease sign up ASAP as that time slot could fill up and it would be fun to be all together. Click on the link, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx. Guess that we’ll sign up to be Escorts.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. Cost $35. Note the new location. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar yet again made its weekly trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:   Prosperity Works

    Mollie introduced Mr. Daya Khalsa, Director of Development at Prosperity Works.

    Every New Mexican has the opportunity, knowledge and relationships to achieve economic prosperity.

    Prosperity Works builds the capacity of organizations and advocates for policies that generate economic prosperity for all New Mexicans.

    New Mexico is known as one of the poorest states in the country. With smart investments, it can become prosperous. Since their startup 12 years ago, PW uses an effective strategy, moving limited-income families from the margins to the mainstream of economic security. They work with organizational partners to provide family supports, financial education, and asset planning. These steps enable limited-income families to begin accumulating savings that can then be used to open an IDA. Savings through IDAs can be used to purchase a home, a college education, or to start or expand a business.

    IDAs are matched savings accounts at a 4:1 ratio. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) were created to encourage savings, investment and asset accumulation among moderate income and working families.  Assets, such as a home, a college education or a business, enable low-income families to move into the economic mainstream.

    IDA holders are required to complete a financial education program which runs 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. Most IDA programs are offered through local nonprofit organizations, which also provide financial education. IDA savers learn to develop and manage a household budget, manage debt, and set and achieve financial goals. In order to qualify, a household must be 200% under the poverty level and have one income.

    PW advocates keeping energy costs down for limited-income households for more affordable energy rates and for efficiency measures. Weatherization of a home can save energy costs each year. That’s money that could be invested in an IDA. The costs of basics, like heating & cooling, prevent working families and individuals from being able to save for the future. Investments create opportunities for NM’s families to move from poverty to prosperity.

    Though New Mexico is one of the nation’s largest states, PW has created a network that reaches into communities in need across the state. “The New Mexico Assets Consortium” is a network of 32 community based organizations that collaborate to bring opportunity to the moderate-income families in their communities. They provide IDAs, tax return filing support, home weatherization services and other initiatives which maximize household income and decrease expenses. 

    Specifically, PW creates and nurtures programs to help families save and secure financing by working with local banks, build communities by encouraging home ownership and save to start local businesses.

    PW creates these programs and trains local organizations to support opportunities for prosperity. There are currently 21 partners offering IDAs throughout New Mexico. Thanks to 29 funders, PW works with organizations in the pueblos, villages and towns where New Mexicans live.

    There are now 120 IDAs/year in NM.

    Funding comes from a federal grant, individual grants, from some non-profit partners & foundation supporters. The state may also help in the future.

    For more information, go to www.ProsperityWorks.net

    Address: 909 Copper Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102  Phone: (505) 217-2747

    Following today’s program, Allan presented Mr. Khalsa with a packet of our gift cards in appreciation of his time spent with us today.

    Our Thought for Today was provided by Vivien: “Comfort & prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” – Billy Graham

    There being no additional Rotary business which needed to be addressed, our meeting was concluded at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange goes TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    8 Aug              Regular Meeting –Office of Neighborhood Coordination: Sara Mancini

    11-12 Aug       BiDistrict Conference- Las Cruces, NM

    15 Aug            Board Meeting at 10:30AM. All members are welcome to attend.

    15 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    22 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    29 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    2-3 Sept         We work at the Bernalillo Mountain West Brew Fest!

    4 Sept             Labor Day

    5 Sept              Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – District Governor

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project- Albuquerque

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    1-4 Mar           PETS in Ruidoso, NM

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace will be the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 –      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 25 Jul 2017 10:18 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Gail led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    AG Bill Dennis, Albuquerque Club 

    Guests:           Mary Fontaine, guest of Dave.

    July is– “Changeover Month” 

    Couldn’t find a pin or name tag buck fines today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Dave’s back with a fiver- he got his wife to pick him up from the airport at 11:30 PM. happy to have had a safe travel about East Africa. It took 7 flights to get back.

    Maggie’a leaving for 3 weeks in her portable home, to Denver, etc. etc. 

    Mary J Cleaned up stuff at home

    Gail will be gone to the East for a couple of weeks. 

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Judy:  Told us how to plant a “Rotary Garden”

    Squash Indifference, Gossip & Negativity

    Lettuce be happy & kind, Support our Club & Have fun

    Peas of mind, Peas & harmony, Peas in our community & a Peas of cake now & then.

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

    IT’S TIME !! We all have to pay our annual Rotary dues. Write your check for $125.00 to “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”.

    Henderson House is up for sale/sale pending and Things are growing in the planters. So, it looks like that grant project is finished. District will have to figure out how much of the grant money we’ll have to give back.

    Our Manzano H.S. Interact Club’s charter has arrived (finally!) They’ve finished up with their Women2Be project and are planning a new project with the assistance of the NM Quilters Association.

    2017 Bi-District Conference: Districts 4110 and 5520 - Making a Difference

    August 11th and 12th, at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum-4100 Dripping Springs Road ∙ Las Cruces, NM  88011. Registration $75 per person. Late registration- August 6th at $90 per person. For hotel reservations, contact the Hilton Garden Inn in Las Cruces. Room rate is $90 per night. Mention  “Rotary Bi-District”.

    Club members will be working (AND the Club is getting paid for it) at the Mountain West Brew Fest. Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. As usual, it’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM 87004. This is one of our two Club fundraisers. So far, 12 members will work at the Brew fest on Saturday & 9 on Sunday.

    Mary B & Karen are planning a “Progressive Dinner Party” for the membership on 16 September. More info will follow.

    Pat, our social director, is thinking of organizing a Ghost Tour in old town &/or an Escape Room night & maybe a night at the ballpark.      

    Rumor has it that Emily has plans afoot for Club projects. We’re hoping for a District grant project with Silver Horizons, maybe starting in October.

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy website where you can learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September Project.  However, YOU must sign up individually! Several members have already started us by signing up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Please sign up ASAP as that time slot could fill up and it would be fun to be all together. Click on the link, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx. Guess that we’ll sign up to be Escorts.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, Lomas Office, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE (One block east of Eubank Blvd) Cost $35/ attendee. Note the new location. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar yet again made its weekly trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:   Musical Theater Southwest (MTS)

    Karen introduced Mr. Chris Armijo, the unpaid president of MTS.

    Musical Theatre Southwest is a leader in New Mexico Theatre that supports and educates the Community through artistic collaboration. MTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

    Their goals are to present high quality musicals for the public, provide a home for actors, musicians, and others to develop their skills, educate to open the theatre world to children and adults, provide costumes and other theatrical resources to the community and to explore and encourage the development and presentation of new or lesser known works.

    During 1959-1960, the group began as a working organization under the name Albuquerque Light Opera (ALO). In 1960, it was incorporated with the State of New Mexico as Albuquerque Light Opera (ALO).

    Productions began to be presented at Popejoy Hall in 1968 and drew an audience of 8,000 new fans.

    1972 saw their incorporation with the State of New Mexico as Albuquerque Civil Light Opera Association (ACLOA).

    During 1977, construction was completed on the new rehearsal, shop & office facility on Ellison NE.

    Due to renovations at Popejoy Hall in 1995, productions were staged in different venues - Albuquerque Academy Theatre, Kimo Theatre, Kiva Auditorium, and Rodey Theatre were all used during the season.

    In 2002, Bernalillo County took partial ownership of the Hiland complex as New Mexico State funds are raised for renovations of the historic building. MTS remained on as artists in residence and operators of the complex. MTS downsized operations during 2006, and moved to a new warehouse on Ross SE, as Bernalillo County took over operation of the Hiland complex. Performances were then held at Rodey Theatre on the UNM campus. In 2008, MTS focused operations on an all volunteer staff, moving the offices/rehearsal space to a warehouse on Domingo NE and begins performances at The African American Performing Arts Center.

    In 2010, a fire on May 25th destroyed their warehouse and 50 years of costumes, props, drops and archives. The company set up offices/rehearsal space at a temporary warehouse on Linn, NE.
    In 2012, construction on the new warehouse was completed. The costumes, props, and sets were moved to the new warehouse called The Center for Theatre, which includes a 100 seat Black Box performance space.

    The MTS is basically funded by grants, donations and ticket sales (many shows are now sellouts!).

    MTS runs an educational outreach program & dance classes and they also support a different nonprofit organization per show. 5% of profits go to such orgs as CLNKids, PB&J, Heading Home, etc.

    Did you know that there are 52 theatres in Albuquerque?

    Prompted by Maggie, Chris even sang a song for us, too!

    For the 2017 season, MTS debuts the New Mexico premier of Mamma Mia! The MTS Besties is formed from the AMIGOS by and for young theatre supporters.
    Season: Company • Evita • American Idiot • Jekyll & Hyde • The Rocky Horror Show • Mamma Mia!

    For more information, go to www.MusicalTheatreSW.com  or call 505-265-9119

    They’re located at 6320 Domingo Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Volunteers are needed!

    Following today’s program, President Gail presented Mr. Armijo with a packet of our gift cards in appreciation of his time spent with us today.

    Our Thought for Today was foisted upon us by Libby: “If you want to help the American theater, don’t be an actress, be an audience.” – Tallulah Bankhead

    There being no additional Rotary business which needed to be addressed, President Gail concluded our meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Aug              Regular Meeting – Prosperity Works - Daya Khalsa Singh, Director of Development

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange goes TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    8 Aug              Regular Meeting –

    11-12 Aug       BiDistrict Conference- Las Cruces, NM

    15 Aug            Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    15 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    22 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    29 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    2-3 Sept         We work at the Bernalillo  Mountain West Brew Fest!

    4 Sept             Labor Day

    5 Sept             Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept             District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – District Governor

    16 Sept            Member Progressive Dinner Party at Karen’s & at Mary B’s

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    22 Sept            Mission of Mercy project

    23 Sept            Rotary Leadership Institute- Albuquerque

    26 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado                Hotel. Donna Pedace will be the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 – Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 18 Jul 2017 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was called to order at 12 Noon. President Gail led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests today.      

    July is– “Changeover Month”

    Nary a pin or name tag buck fine was collected today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Andy visited Bishop castle in CO, w/ his boy scout troop. You should see it! 

    Mollie Visited w/friends. Also reported that Pat is having a great time in Oregon.

    Allan says that it’s good to be back. 

    Fofo has returned from a 2 ½ week vacation to Alaska & Canada.

    Maggie’s son has finished up training and is back now. He’s a jump master. 

    Gail’s celebrated her grandson’s 11th birthday. Also her “Kippy” has passed.

    Our Sgt-at-Arms Judy:  As the roving reporter, interviewed Mary B. who divulged that she was born & bred in Chicago and came to NM by car when her husband retired. Why did she join Rotary? Mollie threatened her. 

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

    We are saddened to hear the news about the death of Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori last Friday. Sam was so full of energy and promise for the future of Rotary. Rotarians around the world are mourning his passing. Our condolences and prayers go out to Sam’s wife Nora and the Owori family. 

    Latest update...District secretary Kathy Fuller sent all the paperwork again to RI (one week ago) to certify our Interact Club at Manzano High. Yesterday, President Gail spoke with RI and they HAVE received it. They told her that we should hear something by Aug. 7th.

    We received a letter and card of thanks from CLNKids for our Club donation to their cause. 

    2017 Bi-District Conference: Districts 4110 and 5520 - Making a Difference

    August 11th and 12th, at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum-4100 Dripping Springs Road ∙ Las Cruces, NM  88011. Registration $75 per person. Late registration- August 6th at $90 per person. For hotel reservations, contact the Hilton Garden Inn in Las Cruces. Room rate is $90 per night. Mention  “Rotary Bi-District”.

    Club members will be working (AND the Club is getting paid for it) at the Mountain West Brew Fest. Saturday & Sunday, 2&3 September, 11A to 3P, Labor Day weekend. As usual, it’ll be held at Loretto Park, 237 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo NM 87004. This is one of our two Club fundraisers. So far, 12 members will work at the Brew fest on Saturday & 9 on Sunday.

    Rumor has it that Emily has plans afoot for a Club project during the last week of July! Stay tuned…

    Maybe we’ll have a Labor Day gathering at Mary B’s.

    Pat, our social director, is thinking of organizing a Ghost Tour in old town &/or an Escape Room night & maybe a night at the ballpark.

    Below is a link to the Mission of Mercy website where you can learn about their dental service mission if you haven’t volunteered in the past. Emily has set this up as our September Project.  However, YOU must sign up individually! Several members have already started us by signing up for Friday, September 22 at the 11:30 shift. Please sign up ASAP as that time slot could fill up and it would be fun to be all together. Click on the link, read about the mission, and select “Volunteer”. You’ll see the place to register. http://www.nmdentalfoundation.org/whats_new.aspx. Guess that we’ll sign up to be Escorts.

    23 September - District 5520 Central Area Rio Grande Academy (RGA), Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at French Funerals, Lomas Office, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE (One block east of Eubank Blvd) Cost $35/ attendee. Note the new location. All three parts of the RLI are being offered simultaneously. Breakfast is included. When you finish all three parts, our Club will reimburse you for $105.00.

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar yet again made its weekly trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:   Albuquerque Public Community School

    Mollie introduced MS. Danette Townsend, APS Community School Manager and Deanna Cook, ABC Community School Manager.

    A Community School builds partnerships between the school and other community resources. It acts as a location where those partnerships may be utilized. Community Schools focus on the integration of academics, health and social services and youth, family and community engagement and development, as a strategy to improve student learning and facilitate stronger families and healthier communities. The Albuquerque Public School district is a founding member of the ABC Community School Partnership, with APS Leadership and Board members serving as voting members of the Partnership Board. The ABC Community School Partnership was established in order to support the development of community schools. The ABC Board is lead by representatives from Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Business Education Compact, United Way of Central NM, and the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    Community Schools provide a strategy for which fairness is achieved through assessing and addressing disparities in opportunities and outcomes, so that all students experience high quality instruction and receive effective support and services that they need to succeed in school and in the community.

    These 26 Community Schools provide extended learning programs, including before and after school programs and summer programs; school-based or school-linked health care; and family engagement and support services. Eventually, the goal is for all 144 schools to become Community Schools.

    All Community Schools are public schools.

    Website: http://www.aps.edu/community/community-schools

    Following today’s program, President Gail presented Ms. Townsend & Ms. Cook with packets of our gift cards in appreciation of their time spent with us today.

    Our Thoughts for Today was presented by Mollie: “From everyday issues to big transitions, parents are what keep kids grounded and able to adapt to life’s changes.”- Anon

    “ Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcom Forbs

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    22-28 July       RYLA Girls camp

    25 July            Regular Meeting – Musical Theater of the Southwest- Chris Armijo

    1 Aug              Regular Meeting –

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange goes TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    8 Aug              Regular Meeting –

    11-12 Aug       BiDistrict Conference- Las Cruces, NM

    15 Aug            Board Meeting at 10:30AM

    15 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    22 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    29 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    2-3 Sept         We work at the Bernalillo  Mountain West Brew Fest!

    4 Sept             Labor Day

    5 Sept             Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept             District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept           Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept           Regular Meeting – District Governor

    19 Sept           Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept           First Day of fall

    22 Sept           Mission of Mercy

    23 Sept           Rotary Leadership Institute

    26 Sept           Regular Meeting –

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel. Donna Pedace will be the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    23-27 June 2018 – Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 11 Jul 2017 9:23 PM | Anonymous

    Following our first board meeting of the 2017-18 Rotary Year, President Gail called our meeting to order 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:    A.G. Billl Dennis, ABQ Club

    Guests:           Mary Braighton, Guest of Maggie     Coletta Blass & Karen Caldwell, Guests of Gail 

    July is– “Changeover Month”

    Just one pin or name tag buck fine was collected today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Tom’s happy to have finished his term as Sgt-at-Arms.

    Maggie’s happy/sad. All of her sons have moved away from New Mexico.

    Mary J’s happy to be a new member of our Club & for a visit with her children.

    Mary B. had a great 2 week vacation & happy for the new year with Gail.

    Gail’s happy that guests Blass & Caldwell visited us today & for her daughter’s 45th birthday.

    John put up a moth-eaten rare buck for a great weekend at the Santa Fe opera. 

    A quote from Sgt-at-Arms Judy: The more you weigh, the harder you are to kidnap!

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

    The New Rotary Year Begins! The 2017-2018 theme is “Rotary: Making a Difference”. The new Rotary International President is Ian H.S. Riseley, from Sandringham, Australia. Our District 5520 Governor is Doreen Kelsey  (Albuquerque Del Sol).

    Report on today’s board meeting: 

    Neil Shook has left the Club. He’s putting in many days per week at Silver Horizons. He has also refused to accept any compensation for his Henderson House expenditures and asked that the money be returned to the Club’s coffers. This year, we’re hoping to receive a District grant so that we may help out Silver Horizons.

    The next ABQ Rotary presidents’ meeting will take place on 14 July. 

    When D.G. Doreen visits our Club on 12 September, she asks that any gift be donated to the R.I. Annual Fund only in our Club’s name!

    Members are asked to reach out to the community and encourage prospective members to join our Club. 

    Tomorrow, Immediate Past President Karen will be attending a planning meeting of Mission:Graduate.

    Our Manzano H.S. Interact Club has been very busy! In order to assist their members RYLA applications for next July, they asked for the “real” color RYLA brochures and 4-way test cards. 

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

    Following a few comments on membership by President Gail, our first new member of the Rotary Year was inducted today! Dr. Mary A. Johnson is sponsored by IPP Karen Bash. Mary has been a member of the Albuquerque Club and other Clubs before that. Her classification will be “Counselor”. Mary was sworn in by President Gail and “pinned” by Karen. We know that Mary will be a great addition to our Club… WELCOME to the fold! 

    The PolioPlus “spare change” jar made its weekly trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:  

    Libby introduced comedian Mr. Paul Panas, who has recently returned from an engagement in Las Vegas.

    Mr. Panas is also an actor, hair stylist and owner of a new restaurant in Albuquerque, The Big Dish Cafe. He’s appeared in several films with John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr. & Burt Reynolds.

    Paul shared with us his many insights on family, businesses, marriage & divorce, relationships, politics, cruises & stress.

    Following today’s program, President Gail presented Mr. Panas with a packet of our gift cards in appreciation of his time spent with us today. 

    Our Thought for Today was presented by Vivien:

    “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    18 July            Regular Meeting – APS with Donette Townsend

    16-22 July       RYLA Boys camp

    22-28 July       RYLA Girls camp

    25 July            Regular Meeting –

    1 Aug              Regular Meeting –

    8 Aug              Board Meeting

    8 Aug              Regular Meeting –

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange goes TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    15 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    22 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    29 Aug            Regular Meeting –

    4 Sept              Labor Day

    5 Sept              Regular Meeting –

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament.

    12 Sept            Board Meeting with District Governor

    12 Sept            Regular Meeting – District Governor

    19 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    22 Sept            First Day of fall

    26 Sept            Regular Meeting –

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel. Donna Pedace will be the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

  • 27 Jun 2017 8:21 PM | Anonymous

    Our last regular meeting of the Rotary Year was started up by President Karen at 12Noon. She led us in the pledge of allegiance and the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and reflection.

    Guests:           Mary Johnson, guest of Karen           Buddy Robertson, guest of Dave

                            Randy Gleason 

    June has been – “Rotary Fellowships Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy Bucks: 

    Andy complimented Tom’s shirt. We can’t decide which one was best- Tom’s or Andy’s.

    Dave Put up $2 for visits from 2 sets of grandchildren (but, not at the same time).

    Karen’s happy that this is her last meeting as President.

    Mary has both children visiting this week.

    Pat was happy for one week visit to Ghost Ranch and she’ll be visiting Oregon for the month of July.

    Gail celebrates her 34th wedding anniversary.

    Libby notes that Judy & Will are off celebrating their anniversary.

    Mollie says thanks to President Karen for her great year.

    Tom recently celebrated his 45th wedding anniversary.

    OOPS… Forgot to mention it last week - President-Elect Gail is now a Paul Harris Fellow! 

    Sgt-at-Arms Tom’s question of the day:     Annual Rotary dues are coming up. What percentage of our dues does R.I. glom onto? 25%? 50%? 100%? Pat guessed correctly, with 50%.

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

    President Karen offered the Club’s thanks to Pat for hosting our end of year party & incoming board of directors induction.

    President Karen also presented a certificate of distinguished service to Club secretary John.

    Henderson House update:

    The YWCA will be divesting itself of the Henderson House by the end of this summer! They’ll attempt  to sell the facility to another non-profit organization which will be able to use the house. If there are no such takers, they’ll sell it on the open market.

    We’ve spoken to District 5520 and told him about our problem with this grant. Should the house be sold to another non-profit who wants to work with us, we will change that project to continue under a new name. If the property goes to a private owner, we’ll close things out & return some money to the District.

    SARANAM: Members’ donated collection of household items were due at today’s meeting.

    Since all members did not sign up to donate all of the needed & promised items, P-E Gail purchased those items which were not donated by members. All members present unanimously voted to reimburse Gail for the household items which she purchased.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10AM to 3PM, District Rotarians & family are invited to the eight hole course “Farmers vs. Ranchers Golf Tournament” at the King Ranch in Moriarty. Proceeds from the event will benefit Moriarty Rotary Club projects. Sign up “Official 4-person Club Champion Teams” from each Rotary Club. Team members register for $125 each; others @ $30 per adult & $20 for children. Register on-line at www.RotaryDelNorte.org or call (505) 228-9143. Are we going to do this?

    Our Polio-Plus “spare change” collection Jar made its regular rounds.

    Today’s Program:     Open Space Alliance (OSA)

    Vivien introduced Steven Glass, president of The Open Space Alliance.

    Mr. Glass spoke about the wonderful natural resources and open spaces in Albuquerque. 

    Efforts for the preservation of open space lands began in the 1960s which resulted in the acquisition of over 8,500 acres of land by 1968.

    The City Goals Committee wrote in 1969, that the goal is "to preserve the unique natural features of the metropolitan area by achieving a pattern of development and open space respecting the river, land, mesa, mountains, volcanoes, and arroyos." With these words the movement to preserve the features of the city's natural settings had been given official sanction.

    Citizens groups were formed to watch over each element of the city's open space: the Bosque del Rio Grande Nature Preserve Society, Save the Volcanoes, Save the Sandias, and Save the Arroyos. In 1975 these groups were brought together under the banner of the citizens Open Space Task Force. That same year, the City/County Comprehensive Plan was published. The Plan for Major Public Open Space is one of three volumes of the Comprehensive Plan. It calls for acquisition or public control of the major features of the city's natural setting. Elected officials and voters got behind the effort to preserve open space.

    The Open Space Alliance is a nonprofit group of 150 dues paying volunteers working with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division to enhance our quality of life through:

    ·        Increasing awareness of Open Space lands

    ·        Building and strengthening partnerships with groups who share Open Space values

    ·        Promoting conservation, acquisition and stewardship of Open Space lands

    ·        Strengthening volunteerism and community outreach programs

    ·        Providing financial support

    Member support, memorial and other donations and fund raising activities help support special programs and events aimed at preserving and promoting Open Space lands.

    Projects supported by the Open Space Alliance include:

    ·        Get into Open Space, a program that brings Open Space experiences to local-area school students

    ·        Dia del Rio, which promotes conservation work in the Rio Grande Bosque

    ·        National Trails Day and trail care for Albuquerque's many hikers, runners, and bikers

    ·        National River Cleanup.

    ·        The Open Space newsletters feature quarterly calendars of events and updates on Open Space Division activities

    ·        Other projects aimed at promoting and protecting Albuquerque's Open Space

    The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department welcomes all volunteers. Citizen assistance in keeping our nearly 300 city parks clean and usable is valuable to all in the community. You may volunteer individually or in groups. The needs are endless, from trash pickup and weed pulling, to some more involved projects that may require training and assistance from Park Management personnel. Park Management can provide trash bags, brooms, rakes and shovels for a project. Call (505) 857-8645 and sign up to become a park volunteer.

    Today, we also learned that:

    ABQ has the largest open space areas per capita in the USA (30K acres).

    OSA sponsors concerts, art fairs, river cleanups, a national trails day and an archery program. OSA also has joined up with Member Planet Management Syatem and the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds. They’ve also published a “Birding Hotspots” book and have adopted and are refurbishing the Bosque Trail with a grant from REI.

    Contact Open Space Alliance at PO Box 91265, Albuquerque, NM 87199  www.openspacealliance.org

    For a list of open space doings from July through August, go to www.cabq.gov/openspace

    Our Thought for Today was presented by Maggie:”The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we’ll start thinking of doing something about it.” – Jim Fowler

    Following today’s program, President Karen presented Mr. Glass with a packet of our gift note cards in appreciation of the time he has spent with us, today.

    There being no additional Rotary business, President Karen ended this meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins! 2017-2018 “Rotary: Making a Difference”

    4 July              No Meeting because it’s Independence Day!

    11 July            Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    11 July            Regular Meeting – Fun & Laughs with Paul Panas

    18 July            Regular Meeting -

    16-22 July       RYLA Boys camp

    22-28 July       RYLA Girls camp

    25 July            Regular Meeting -

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange travels TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    9 Sept             District wide “Farmers vs. Ranchers “Golf” tournament. 10A-3P

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Hotel. Donna Pedace is the District 5520 conference chairperson. There’s a special rate of $129 per night at the hotel. You can reserve a room by calling 505-988-4455 and asking for the "Rotary Rate." So far, five of our Club members have reserved rooms!

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set to and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.
  • 20 Jun 2017 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    There was no regular meeting today, since our Club’s year end party & induction of our new board of directors took place at Pat’s home this past Saturday. Our thanks to Pat for her generosity in volunteering her home for this pot luck affair. DG 2017-18 Doreen Kelsey, our AG Bill Dennis & his wife Lonnie also attended the festivities. DG Doreen had a great time, inducted the new board & she thinks that we have a really great Club. Club members also brought food that’s needed by CLNKids. Mollie gathered up the offerings for transport to CLNKids.

    June is – “Rotary Fellowships Month”

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

    Henderson House update:

    The YWCA will be divesting itself of the Henderson House by the end of this summer! They’ll attempt  to sell the facility to another non-profit organization which will be able to use the house. If there are no such takers, they’ll sell it on the open market.

    We’ve spoken to the District 5520 foundation grant chair, Dom Bernardi, and told him about our problem with this grant. He said we don’t have to do anything right now regarding the grant and that we can wait & see what happens. Should the house be sold to another non-profit who wants to work with us, as the grant was originally written, we can then say that project is just under a new name. Should this not come to pass & the property goes to a private owner, we’ll have to close things out & return some money to the District. I guess that we’re still waiting for the wood chip delivery.

    SARANAM: Household items to be donated by Club members are due at our 27 June meeting. Additionally, our SARANAM project concerning reading to kids and providing books is to be postponed to this fall.

    On Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10AM to 3PM, District 5520 Rotarians & family are invited to the “Farmers vs. Ranchers Golf Tournament”. The tournament will be held at the King Ranch in Moriarty, where we are advised to watch for cow patties as we play the 8-hole course. The event will benefit the Moriarty Rotary Club projects. Sign up “Official 4-person Club Champion Teams” from each Rotary Club. Team members register for $125 each; others @ $30 per adult & $20 for children. Register on-line at www.RotaryDelNorte.org or call (505) 228-9143 with questions.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such: 

    21 June            First day of SUMMER!

    27 June            Last Regular Meeting of the Rotary Year!- Open Space Alliance - Steven Glass

    1 July               The New Rotary Year Begins! 2017-2018 “Rotary: Making a Difference”

    4 July               No Meeting because it’s Independence Day!

    11 July             Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    11 July             Regular Meeting -

    16-22 July       RYLA Boys camp

    22-28 July       RYLA Girls camp

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange travels TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    9 Sept              District wide “Farmers vs. Ranchers “Golf” tournament. 10A-3P

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel. Donna Pedace will be the District 5520 conference chairperson. We have a special rate of $129 per night at the Eldorado, which is inexpensive by Santa Fe standards. You can reserve a room by calling 505-988-4455 and asking for the "Rotary Rate." So far, five of our Club members have reserved rooms!
  • 13 Jun 2017 8:30 PM | Anonymous

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

    Guests:           Mary Johnson, guest of Karen 

    June is – “Rotary Fellowships Month”

    No pin / name tag fines were collected today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Maggie – Was happy to have attended the Walkin n Circles open house last Saturday. Since G bought her a bottle of water, Maggie returned it to our happy buck collection. Maggie’s B.D. was just celebrated. She asked that, instead of presents, contributions be made to CLNKids. 

    Pat – Suggested that, since CLNKids needs food for kids this summer, we bring needed food to our installation celebration this Saturday.

    Mary – Was happy to be here, today. 

    There was NO Sgt-at-Arms Tom this week.

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

    Henderson House update: We are far from finished with this grant project! When additional work is scheduled, WE NEED MEMBERS TO PITCH IN AND HELP OUT! This past Thursday, the planter irrigation systems were installed. Last Friday, various forms of vegetation appeared and planting was begun. We’ve also received a couple of “bids” for the artificial turf and one of the bidders will donate the installation labor free of any cost to our Club! Mary also planted some flowers this morning.

    Here’s some news – The YWCA will be divesting itself of the Henderson House by the end of this summer! They’ll try to sell the facility to another non-profit organization which will be able to use the house. But, if there are no such takers, they’ll sell it on the open market (wow)!

    We’ve spoken to the District 5520 foundation grant chair, Dom Bernardi, and told him about our possible problem with this grant. He said we don’t have to do anything right now regarding the grant. We can wait & see what happens. Should they sell the house to another non-profit who wants to work with us, as the grant was originally written, we can then say that project is just under a new name. Should this not come about & it goes to a private owner then we will have to close things out & return some money.

    So, we’re still waiting for the wood chip delivery.

    Since our Club is a supporter of the YWCA Henderson House, we joined in at yesterday’s Women in Military Luncheon at Veterans Memorial Park.

    Our Club’s year end party & induction of our new board of directors will take place at Pat’s home on Saturday, 17 June at 5:30 PM. Our thanks to Pat for her generosity in volunteering her home for this event. This’ll be a pot luck affair. DG 2017-18 Doreen Kelsey will also be attending the festivities. 

    SARANAM: Household items to be donated by Club members are due at our 27 June meeting.

    Additionally, that SARANAM project concerning reading to kids and providing books is to be postponed to this Fall.

    On Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10AM to 3PM, District 5520 Rotarians & family are invited to the “Farmers vs. Ranchers Golf Tournament”. Farmers golf is a Dutch game which involves strange clubs and balls. The tournament will be held at the King Ranch in Moriarty, where we are advised to watch for cow patties as we play the 8-hole course. The event will benefit the Moriarty Rotary Club projects. Sign up “Official 4-person Club Champion Teams” from each Rotary Club. Team members register for $125 each; others @ $30 per adult & $20 for children. Register on-line at www.RotaryDelNorte.org or call (505) 228-9143 with questions. There’ll be BBQ, Music & Horseshoes too!

    Our “Polio Plus” spare change jar made yet another trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:     Total Wine

    Vivien introduced Ms. Ashley Smith, wine manager at uptown total wine, taught us everything we needed to know about wine! She keeps 10,000 different wines at her store and didn’t bring a single sample.

    Included, was information about the four “S”s, how to keep bottled wines at the correct temperatures and much more, as listed below:

    New Mexico is one of the oldest wine producing areas in the country.

    In the growing of grapes, both temperature and altitude matter.

    In California, the last drought actually made the wines over that period really great. So, the prices for those years will be increasing.

    The tannins in red wines actually “smooth out” when they’re stored in the bottle for years.

    “Descriptors” were also discussed.

    If you don’t know wines, Merlots are a good starting point. They’re easy drinking.

    Drink whatever type of wine with any foods… Drink what you like! Wine is made to be enjoyed!

    We discussed the reasons for decanting and serving temperatures.

    DON’T EVER put bottled wine in the trunk of your car! It’s too hot & will RUIN your wine!

    Sweet wines are most popular in New Mexico.

    Casks are made from either Oak, Cement/Concrete & Stainless Steel. OAK casks change the flavor.

    Cork types: Cork, Fake Cork, Screw Tops & Glass.

    Rosé is a summer wine.

    We forgot to ask her about “box-o-wine”.

    Today, almost all of our information was gleaned from a very extensive Q&A session and much more was discussed than is listed above. Ashley runs wine classes at 6701 Uptown Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. You can call her at (505) 830-2080 or check www.TotalWine.com

    (Yeah, there are beer & spirits classes, too.)

    Following today’s program, President Karen presented Ms. Smith with a packet of our note cards in appreciation of the time that she has spent with us today.

    Our Thought for Today was presented by Gail: “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” – Michael Broadbent

    There being no additional Rotary business, President Karen ended our meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    17 June            Our Club’s end of year party & board of directors’ installation- 5:30 PM @ Pat’s home.

    18 June            Father’s Day

    20 June            NO Regular Meeting Today

    21 June            First day of SUMMER!

    27 June            Last Regular Meeting of the Rotary Year!- Open Space Alliance - Steven Glass

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins! 2017-2018 “Rotary: Making a Difference”

    4 July              No Meeting because it’s Independence Day!

    11 July            Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    11 July            Regular Meeting -

    16-22 July       RYLA Boys camp

    22-28 July       RYLA Girls camp

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange travels TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    9 Sept             District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament. 10A-3P

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel. Donna Pedace will be the District 5520 conference chairperson. We have a special rate of $129 per night at the Eldorado, which is inexpensive by Santa Fe standards. You can reserve a room by calling 505-988-4455 and asking for the "Rotary Rate." So far, five of our Club members have reserved rooms!

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.

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

    Guests:           Mary Fontaine, guest of Dave. 

    June is – “Rotary Fellowships Month”

    2 pin / name tag fines were collected today. 

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Judy parted with a buck to tell about the 100 Club and the work they do to assist the families of fallen first responders. Four of our Club members have joined the 100 Club. Also, she reminded us of the passing of Rotarian JJ Jiminez of the Del Norte Club. 

    Jan put in a buck for a friend in Chicago, who gave her a can of money for PolioPlus.

    Vivien had a remembrance buck for the 73rd anniversary of 6 June 1944- D-Day 

    Mary owes a buck for telling about her friend, an APD officer who has recovered following a 6 month recovery from an injury sustained in the line of duty.

    Tom proffered a buck for his family member, Josh, who is currently serving with the APD. 

    Sgt-at-Arms Tom’s Question for the week: Which Rotary Club in our District has received an award for the best small Club? Is it Deming? Las Cruces? Or, Rio Rancho? Mary knew it to be the Rio Rancho Club.

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

    Henderson House update: We are far from finished with this grant project! When additional work is scheduled, WE NEED MEMBERS TO PITCH IN AND HELP OUT! This morning, we got down & dirty and unloaded another batch of soil and filled the planters to capacity. Friday, plants will appear and planting will happen at 9:45 AM. We’ve also received a couple of “bids” for the artificial turf and one of the bidders will donate the installation labor free of any cost to our Club. 

    Next Tuesday, our board of directors will meet for the last time (10:30AM) during this Rotary Year.

    Our Club’s year end party & induction of our new board of directors will take place at Pat’s home on Saturday, 17 June at 5:30 PM. Our thanks to Pat’s generosity for volunteering her home for this event. This’ll be a pot luck affair. DG 2017-18 Doreen Kelsey will also be attending the festivities. 

    RYLA sponsorships- We’ve already paid the District $1200 for two campers. None of our applications have been returned. So, after contacting Shane LeMon, President Karen has found that the Marfa, Texas Club needed the funds to send another two campers from Presidio, Texas to RYLA.

    On Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10AM to 3PM, District Rotarians & family are invited to the “Farmers vs. Ranchers Golf Tournament”. Farmers golf is a Dutch game which involves strange clubs and balls. The tournament will be held at the King Ranch in Moriarty, where we are advised to watch for cow patties as we play the 8-hole course. The event will benefit the Moriarty Rotary Club projects. Sign up “Official 4-person Club Champion Teams” from each Rotary Club. Team members register for $125 each; others @ $30 per adult & $20 for children. Register on-line at www.RotaryDelNorte.org or call (505) 228-9143 with questions. There’ll be BBQ, Music & Horseshoes too!

    P-E Gail reminded us that, as one of our next projects, we’ll assist SARANAM, by reading to children this summer and by supplying necessary books for the project. Those members who assist with this project must have a background check and training. Cost of background check is $16.00 per person. A motion from Judy suggested that the Club buy the necessary books for this project at a cost of approximately $200.00. With a second from Libby, the motion was passed unanimously by the attending members, following a discussion re: obtaining a possible donation from some book store.

    Additionally, the Club has indicated our willingness to donate 8 boxes of household goods to SARANAM apartments. A signup sheet was passed around to the attending members for the donation of the needed items.

    The 2017 Rotary International Convention will take place in Atlanta, Georgia 10 June thru 14 June, 2017. 

    Our “Polio Plus” spare change jar made yet another trip around the room.

    Today’s Program:     Albuquerque Police Department

    Officer Russell Alberti, the ONLY recruitment officer for the APD, spoke to us on what it takes to join and serve on the force.

    Alberti discussed the process involved in becoming an APD officer: It’s arduous! An on-line application to be tested is available and it takes 5 months to be chosen for initial testing. 15% to 25% of applicants are tested by both written and physical means. When accepted, another year of training follows. Applicants must pass a credit and background check and a polygraph test. Applicants must be a US citizen and at least 21 years of age (there’s NO maximum age cap!) and there’s a signing bonus too!

    Of the last 500 applicants tested, only 24 graduated. Considering the attrition rate, the force is currently down 200 officers at this time. The retention rate is low, difficult to achieve and important. Retention is not all about the pay… it’s necessary to improve the attitude of force officers. Currently, retirement happens after 25 years of service. APD officers are currently working 12 hour shifts and only 5 officers work the ABQ foothills area. Officers must pass physical testing every year, while both male and female officers are held to the same requirements at all times.

    A Q&A session revealed many more facts about the force and the methods used in their work. Also covered during Q&A, was the existence of Police Service Aides. PSAs are unarmed and assist with traffic control, report writing and other non-sworn public service duties. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and earns $14.12 an hour. PSAs can apply to become a police officer following two continuous years of duty.

    For more information, go to https://www.cabq.gov/police

    Following today’s program, President Karen presented officer Alberti with a packet of our cards in appreciation of the time he has spent with us today.

    Our Thought for Today was presented by Patrick: “My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.” – Sidney Sheldon

    There being no additional Rotary business, President-Elect Gail ended our meeting at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

     

    10 June            Walkin N Circles Ranch Jamboree- 10A-3P. Music, demos, food & meet the horses.

    13 June            Board Meeting @ 10:30 AM

    13 June            Regular Meeting – Total Wine - Ashley

    10-14 June      R.I. Convention in Atlanta, GA

    12 June            YWCA Women in Military Luncheon-11:30AM-Veterans memorial Park

    17 June            Our Club’s end of year party & board of directors’ installation- 5:30 PM @ Pat’s home.

    18 June            Father’s Day

    20 June            NO Regular Meeting Today

    27 June            Last Regular Meeting of the Rotary Year!- Open Space Alliance - Steven Glass

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins! 2017-2018 “Rotary: Making a Difference”

    4 July              No Meeting!

    4 July              Independence Day

    11 July            Board Meeting @ 10:30AM

    11 July            Regular Meeting -

    16-22 July       RYLA Boys camp

    21 June           First day of SUMMER!

    22-28 July       RYLA Girls camp

    3-15 Aug         Rotary Friendship Exchange travels TO Oregon – Contact Donna Pedace

    9 Sept             District wide “Farmers vs. ranchers “Golf” tournament. 10A-3P

    26-29 April, 2018       Save The Date for the District 5520 2018 Conference in Santa Fe – at the Eldorado Hotel. Donna Pedace will be the District 5520 conference chairperson.

    Thanks to everyone for helping to set up and strike the Club equipment needed to run our meeting.


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

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