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  • 16 Jan 2018 6:22 PM | Anonymous

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    None, today. 

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

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Two pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Signup sheets were passed around by Emily for:

    The 30 January work meeting at The Rock at Noonday,

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

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

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

    Foundation Dinner- same evening @ Crowne Plaza- $50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    No response to tapping on shoulders.

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

    ·        Sudden loss of responsiveness.

    *   No response to tapping on shoulders.

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

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

    If you suspect someone is suffering from cardiac arrest:

    ·        Tap and shout

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

    ·        Yell for help

    *   Tell someone to call 911 and get an AED. 

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

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

    ·        Give CPR: Push hard and fast

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

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

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

     

    Heart Attack Warning Signs:

    Chest Discomfort

    Discomfort in other areas of the upper body

    Shortness of Breath

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

    Other signs with or without chest discomfort.

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

    SCA is due to an “electrical” problem.

    Heart Attack is due to a Clogged up artery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting – Kathleen Raskob – Albuquerque Oasis

    24 Jan              Work day at Silver Horizons food distribution

    26 Jan              Work day at Silver Horizons food distribution

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

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

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

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    21 Feb             Dinner service at Casa Esperanza – 5 PM

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

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

    24 Mar            District Assembly & Foundation Dinner @ Crowne Plaza

    24 Mar            OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.

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

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

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

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

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

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

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month” 

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks: 

    Vivien was happy to welcome Dr. Ramo.

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

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

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

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

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

    Margaret wishes us all a happy new year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Today’s Program:     Heart Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More info? Go to www.ProjectheartStartNM.org

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

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

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

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

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

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting – Kathleen Raskob – Albuquerque Oasis

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

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting –

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

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

    24 Mar            District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

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

                           Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

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

    PLEASE don’t forget that ya just gotta continue to help us out with setting up and striking the necessary equipment that we use during our meetings!
  • 02 Jan 2018 5:47 PM | Anonymous

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

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests attended today’s meeting. 

    January is “Rotary Awareness Month”

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Karen’s happy that NM won it’s bowl game in Tucson.

    Mollie’s happy that 2017 is over & done with.

    Dave’s happy for the Aggie win… It was a great game… the best of 39 bowl games.

    Vivien wished us all a happy new year in Hawaiian!

    Gail had a great holiday.

    Maggie also wished us a very happy new year in Afrikaans.

    New Year’s wishes were also offered in German, Spanish & French!

    Sgt-at-Arms Allan’s questions for today: Who, in our Club, is our Club’s R.i.Foundation Chairperson?  President Gail won herself a nail clipper for telling us that it’s DAVE.

    A name badge holder was offered to the member who could name our Club Membership Chair. Maggie was able to present Vivien’s name as the holder of that office. Now Maggie’s neighbors will be able to send her to the correct home written on that name badge.

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

    Only 363 days left this year! Wow, it’s going by really fast!

    Dave mentioned that work at The Rock at Noonday could be scheduled within the next couple of months.

    It looks like we’ll help them out on 30 January.

    Each week, Jan will input information onto our Club’s “sandwich board”.

    In order to accommodate a larger than usual crowd at our meetings, we’ll schedule a bigger room (upstairs) for the next two weeks.

    Since the Club membership is committed to provide a working presence at Silver Horizons “Pantry Stops”, Marion will work with Emily to schedule work the grant’s required days.

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

    Today’s Program:     Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    Today, we planned and prioritized our Rotary work. Three areas were focused upon:

    Club Membership was addressed by our membership Chair, Vivien.

    Vivien offered her thanks to Jan, for the new brochures, business cards and “posters”. All attending members received samples of each. We were reminded that Club members are all Rotary ambassadors. We are to ask potential members to come visit with us at meetings.

    Allan reminded us that he has reserved a space at the next H&G show.

    A dissertation on The Rotary Foundation (TRF) was accomplished by Dave, our Foundation Chair.

    Several points were dwelled upon, including the fact that TRF has a positive impact upon the world. The Mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

    Remember that over 90% of all TRF funds go toward projects in the world.

    Also, the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) program was discussed. We will attempt to donate to this program, by selling District 5520 cruise tickets. Any amount donated will permit our Club full member participation this year. Tickets will be distributed soon.

    Fundraising, a can of worms, was opened up by President Gail. A discussion regarding a method of continuing our pancake breakfast was opened to all attending members. We must, in some manner, replace all of the income, or a large portion of that income ($2800 last year). A lengthy brainstorming session ensued and the following ideas emerged:

    Should this fundraiser still take the form of a pancake breakfast? This remains to be seen. We should look into other similar fundraising events, where we could receive a percentage of total sales.

    We think that such a Club fundraising event should coincide with a District event, in order to maximize attendance at our planned function.

    The District Assembly will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. In Albuquerque.

    It was decided that the event shall NOT take place at any of the following venues:

    The Manzano High School, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, The Range Café,

    The Village Inn, Chile’s.

    We’ll contact and attempt to hold this fundraiser at one of the following venues and set up some sort of split in profits:

    Jimmy’s restaurant (Mary B)

    Dion’s (Maggie)

    The Rock at Noonday (Dave)

    Chipotle (Gail)

    Crowne Plaza Hotel

    If the Manzano HS Interact Club members participate, they’ll receive a portion of our profits.

    We’ll sell tickets at N. Domingo Baca site.

    Last year, we paid $4 per patron to Applebee’s and $40 to the cook. We charged $9 per ticket.

    If it is decided that the pancake breakfast is a “go”, we must advertize once again on the District website.

    If all else fails, how about using food trucks at the hotel, after clearing such an event with the hotel.

    So, now, we have some sort of a plan. More work will follow.

    There being no further Rotary business and because someone else wanted to use the room (some nerve!), President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:15 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    School starts up tomorrow!

    6 Jan                New Mexico Statehood Day

    9 Jan                Board Meeting- 10:30 AM

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    15 Jan              MLK Jr. Day

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

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    30 Jan              Maybe a working meeting at “The Rock at Noonday”.

    6 Feb               Regular Meeting –

    13 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    14 Feb             Valentine’s Day

    19 Feb             Presidents’ Day

    20 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    27 Feb             Regular Meeting –

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar             District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

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

                            Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?
  • 26 Dec 2017 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    No meeting was held today. It’s Boxing Day! 

    December is still “Family Month”

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

    Remember that we’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such: 

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    30 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    1-3 Mar           PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar             District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

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

                            Donna Pedace is District 5520’s conference chairperson.

    23-27 June      Rotary Convention in Toronto, Canada… Got your passport?
  • 19 Dec 2017 6:41 PM | Anonymous

    This evening we held our holiday party & a fun “white elephant” exchange. We all brought finger food as usual, while Pat provided the libations. Everyone also brought some non perishable food for donation to a food bank. The festivities began at 6PM and Allan was the last to leave.

    December is “Family Month” 

    It was great fun to have so MANY Guests present at today’s party meeting.    

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

    Remember that we’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26 Dec             NO MEETING ! (Because it’s Boxing Day)

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    23 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    30 Jan              Regular Meeting -

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar 2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       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?
  • 12 Dec 2017 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    December is “Family Month”

    First, we set up, wrapped gifts and packed up Saranam’s bags of goodies. Then, at 12:35PM, President Gail called our regular meeting to order and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test, followed by a moment of silence and retrospection.

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

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Mary J. Glad to be back &thanks for the great goodies today. Happy that she’ll have no guests for the  coming holidays. Also thanks for a visit to Chicago & 13 family.

    Mollie Put up a fiver & glad to be back. Sis is stable & thanks to Pat for her help.

    Emily had a Great trip to Orlando & St. Augustine. Also thanks to our bell ringers. We picked up $1552 total, which included $1K from Jan’s friend. Great to have Mollie back, too!

    Pat’s happy for her tutoring student & their pot luck dinner and for the Interact quilting.

    Mary B. Visited friends & family in Wheaton, IL (NOT Chicago) then further North. Great travel & trip.

    Judy Thanks for Hugs from Mollie & good to have Mary J. back.

    Jan’s Going to CHICAGO this January, but not to Evanston.

    Gail’s happy that we’re happy!

    Maggie had a lot to say, since we have no speaker today, Still packing up after the 10 day BD party. Brother-in-Law finally going back to Tokyo.

    Bruce’s happy to visit once again & reminds us of RLI on 20 January.

    Where DID that $20 come from?

    Sgt-at-Arms questions for today:

    A packet of travel woolite was rewarded to anyone who could recite the official salutation to the New Mexico flag… It’s "I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures", So, there!

    An empty autograph book did not get awarded for an answer to the following question: “What happened in 1956?” Besides the founding of the Albuquerque Petroleum Club, 1956 also marked the 250th anniversary of Albuquerque. Also, Beltrán Alfonso Osorio y Díez de Rivera, 18th Duke of Alburquerque was present and presented a gift to ABQ. What was that gift? (No takers) It was a tapestry.

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

    Take the time to “Like” our Facebook blurbs!

    Remember that we’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Holiday party & “white elephant” exchange: Pat says that we all should bring finger food as usual. She’ll provide the libations. Also bring some non perishable food for donation to a food bank. The festivities will begin at 6PM on Tuesday, 19 December. Directions to Pat’s place will follow via email.

    Our holiday visits to Hannett House & Villa Solano: We’ll visit both homes on Friday, 15 December at 1PM. We brought our wrapped & labeled gifts to today’s meeting. Banjo Bruce & James Morrison will provide musical accompaniment.

                Villa Solano – 1419 Solano Drive, NE

                Hannett House – 4720 Hannett Avenue, NE

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Our PolioPlus “spare change” jar made its usual trip about the room.

    Today’s Program: SARANAM

    We assembled gift bags for Saranam. President Gail will bring them to Saranam following today’s meeting.

    Our thought of the day didn’t happen.

    There being no further Rotary business, President Gail concluded today’s meeting at 1:10 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO REGULAR MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home at 6 PM.

    26 Dec             NO MEETING ! (Because it’s Boxing Day)

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly… A working meeting!

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       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 assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meetings.
  • 05 Dec 2017 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    December is “Family Month”

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

    Visiting Rotarians:    James Morrison looked in.

    Guests:           Ben Butler, guest of Vivien   Alettress, guest of Tom          & the NM Peace Choir

    No pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Maggie – A survival fiver for all of the guests at her Hubby’s 75th birthday week.

    Tom - $2 for loss of memory… He remembers being married for 45 years to the same woman. And for the attending Choir.

    Karen – Daughter is in the NMSU marching band & their visit to Tucson.

    Pat – A Mollie update: Sister leaving Health South, Cousin visiting, Her car door broken shut.

    Gail – Happy that we’re all here, today.

    Libby – happy to have the choir visiting, today.

    2x Choir members-    Good to see so many women in this Rotary Club.

                                     Thanks for her daughter’s Rotary scholarship to S. Africa.

     Sgt-at-Arms questions for today:

    Correction to last week’s great western trail- Colorado was bypassed, NOT Wyoming. So, Judy was correct and received the teeny note pads as a consolation prize.

    Maggie won a new pen for her correct answer to the question “When & Where is our District Conference this year?” It’s in Santa Fe & April 26-29, 2018.

    A wonderful fingernail clipper was also awarded to Maggie for the partial correct answer “Toronto”- What’s the place and date of the RI convention? 23-27 June, 2018.

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

    Re: Presidents’ breakfast meeting – The Natural History Museum will hold a 16 April PM Da Vinci exhibit only for Rotarians! More information will follow.

    Then, there’s the yearly Rio Rancho Club fund raiser on 16 April for nursing scholarships.

    We’ve lost our pancake breakfast fundraiser Applebee’s venue! Ideas on a new venue will be developed at our 2 January Club Assembly. Meanwhile, come up with some solutions and/or a new venue and make some calls.

    Holiday party & “white elephant” exchange: Pat says that we all should bring finger food as usual. She’ll provide the libations. Also bring some non perishable food for donation to a food bank. The festivities will begin at 6PM on Tuesday, 19 December.

    Our holiday visits to Hannett House & Villa Solano: We’ll visit both homes on Friday, 15 December at 1PM. Wrap & label gifts & bring them to our 12 December meeting! This way, we’ll make sure that all of the residents will receive a gift.

    We’ll be bell ringing for the Salvation Army, on Saturday, 9 December, from 10AM to 6PM. Location: Smith’s at Tramway & Montgomery. We’ve signed up for 2 hour shifts. Wear your Rotary vests!

    Our 2 January Club meeting will be a Club assembly with a Foundation presentation by David. We’ll also discuss membership and a new venue for our pancake breakfast.

    Glidden’s RI matching grant for a sewing center in Nepal needs pledges totaling $1700. Karen presented a motion that the Club pledge $500 to this cause. With a 2nd from Libby, the attending members voted unanimously to accept the motion.

    RYLA: Since there are no Interact Juniors this year, we plan to sponsor 4 campers next year. Maggie has one prospective female camper candidate this year. So, we’ll have to work this out.

    Our PolioPlus “spare change” jar then made its usual trip about the room.

    Today’s Program: The NM Peace Choir (NMPC)

    Karen introduced Christy Conduff, Founder and Director of The New Mexico Peace Choir.

    The New Mexico Peace Choir was founded in December 2015 as an inclusive, mixed voice choir. They sing inspiring songs about nature, social awareness, the human spirit and peace.

    The choir fills a need and bridges the gap between head and heart. The effect of the energy that the choir gives and receives while singing is palpable. They believe that this energy will help transform our world.

    The mission of the New Mexico Peace Choir is to inspire harmony and promote world peace and justice in our communities. The choir strives to connect with individual human beings, which is where change must begin.  It is said that "an army moves on its stomach but a movement moves on its music."  People who hear the Peace Choir are moved to live and act differently in their world. Singers and listeners benefit directly, and the people whose lives they touch benefit indirectly. The NM Peace Choir is a 501c3 tax exempt organization.

    Since their recent beginnings, NMPC has experienced exponential growth and are making a difference in people’s lives. The NMPC has had sell out concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and sang for Earth Day at the historic Loretto Chapel. The choir has opened the last two sessions of the NM Legislature and helped celebrate The World Day of Peace by performing at The Albuquerque Center For Peace and Justice.

    Invitations for the choir’s unique sound, repertoire and “heart” continue to come in. Recently, the choir was honored to represent The U.S. at The World Peace Choir Conference in Vienna, Austria and sing with The Vienna Boys Choir and other Peace Choirs from around the world. The choir then traveled to Prague, for more touring and a performance at The U.S. Embassy that was live streamed to other American Embassies worldwide!

     The 90 voice NMPC has performed The National Anthem at the opening ceremonies for The 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, followed by a concert on center stage!  NMPC was also recently honored to perform at The Baha’i Faith’s 200th Anniversary celebration in Albuquerque.

    For more info, go to www.NMPeaceChoir.org

    Our thought of the day was presented by Jan: “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    6 Dec               Visit with our Manzano Interact Club meets at 12N at H.S.

    9 Dec               Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army- 10A-6P- Did you sign up for your 2 hr shift?

    12 Dec             Regular Meeting – Bring Solano & Hannett gifts to meeting. Solano gift bag assembly.

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO REGULAR MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home at 6 PM.

    26 Dec             NO MEETING ! (Because it’s Boxing Day)

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting – Club Assembly

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting – Heart Health with Dr. Barry Ramo

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    16 Jan              Regular Meeting – CPR program     

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick will attend PETS!)

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       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 assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meetings.
  • 28 Nov 2017 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    November is still “Foundation Month”

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

    No Guests or Visiting Rotarians today.      

    Two pin or name tag fines were collected today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag bucks:

    Karen divested herself of a fiver to announce that she’ll soon be running for the State legislature.

    Tom put up $2 for the hard working volunteers at Silver Horizons.

    John is happy to still be alive.

    Pat told us that Mollie’s sister has completed surgery & is in rehab. Mollie’s exhausted.

    Emily’s son & family visited.

    Bruce visited daughters in CO for Thanksgiving. He’s still very busy doing District work. His Club now has two Interact Clubs & their Rotaract Club is still alive & well. RLI is coming up soon.

    Libby for the fun of visiting both Solano & Hannett homes with Emily.

    Paul just updated his home flooring.

    Gail tossed in a fiver and she’s once again fostering a slew of poopies.

    Sgt-atArms questions for today: Postit notes were won by Pat for answering the following question: What was the great western trail? Well, part of it was the Chisholm Trail.

    Next, for the magnetic clip & measuring spoon, Allan asked the musical question: Name three of the six states that the trail crossed. Pat got it again. (Texas, Oklahoma & Kansas)

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

    Our membership list was circulated today. We were asked to make corrections and additions of emergency contacts to the official list.

    Our Club’s Newspaper Articles were finally published! Now, they know that we really exist.

    Today, we all signed two cards for exemplary school kids.

    Saranam Mommy Bags for 14 ladies this year. The Club will pay $20 each & we’ll add a few additional things, too. Judy says that we can afford the $280.00. With a motion from Allan & a second from Pat, we voted to “do it again”!

    Our holiday party & “white elephant” exchange: Thanks to President Gail we know how & where that name originated. Pat says that we should bring finger food as usual. She’ll provide the libations. We should also bring some non perishable food for donation to a food bank as usual. The festivities will begin at 6PM on Tuesday, 19 December.

    Our holiday visits to Hannett House & Villa Solano: Libby let us in on the plan. We’ll visit both homes on Friday, 15 December at 1PM. A signup sheet was passed around for gifts & goodies & snacks. Wrap & label gifts & bring ‘em to our 12 December meeting! This way, we’ll make sure that all of the residents will receive a gift.

    We’ll be bell ringing for the Salvation Army, on Saturday, 9 December, from 10AM to 6PM.

    Location: Smith’s at Tramway & Montgomery. We signed up for 2 hour shifts.

    On 18 November, James Morrison (One of our Club’s charter members) rode for the District 5520 team in Tucson, AZ - a grueling 106 mile race which is part of the El Tour de Tucson. He was joined by 100+ cyclists from Rotary International and Rotarians representing 40 clubs around the world.

    The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we make lives better in our community and around the world. Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. Over 90 percent of our donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world. Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With these donations, we’ve wiped out 99.9% of all polio cases. Donations also help to train future peacemakers, support clean water and strengthen local economies. One donation can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make our donations go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

    Our PolioPlus “spare change” jar then made its usual trip about the room.

    Today’s Program: Camp Rising Sun

    Karen introduced Mr. Paul Brouse, Exec. Director of Camp Rising Sun.

    Camp Rising Sun was founded in 2006 by a group of parents and professionals who wished for a summer camp experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Mexico. In 2009, this camp  became a part of the autism programs at the University of New Mexico Center for development and disability. The programs of Camp Rising Sun are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).

    Camp is held at the Manzano Mountain Retreat in the Mountains southeast of Albuquerque. The site is also  accredited by the ACA. The camp’s mission is to provide a specialized summer camp experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their peers, provide an opportunity for students, community volunteers, and professionals to gain experience working with those diagnosed with ASD and to provide respite for parents and caregivers of children with ASD.

    Camp sessions are designed specifically for children ages 8-17 years old. The camp provides an inclusive summer camp environment for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their same-age peers. Children sleep in male or female dormitories and are supervised by adults at all times.

    Camp activities include swimming, hiking, sports and games, arts and crafts, theater, photography and video, geo-caching, music, campouts, nature activities, high ropes and challenge courses, martial arts, and a variety of other activities. The camp also contracts with additional trained specialists to provide specialized programs which may include: horseback riding, kayaking in the pool, and other creative specialized programs.

    Determination of camp to counselor ratio is dependent upon each child's needs. One to one staffing is available for those campers who need more supervision.

    Volunteers are university students, community volunteers, and professionals from  the community desiring additional experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum. All undergo a rigorous screening process including: reference checks, interviews, and criminal background checks. Most positions are volunteer assignments and may provide a small stipend.

    Camp Rising Sun has received many generous donations through the United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign this year totaling $10,784.00. Cost of camp is $200,000.00 each year.

    For more information, contact:

    Center for Development and Disability, 2300 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87107

    (505) 272-3000 www.cdd.unm.edu/camprisingsun

    For additional site information, go to www.manzanoretreat.com

    Our thought of the day was presented by Allan.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    5 Dec               Board Meeting

    5 Dec               Regular Meeting -  

    9 Dec               Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army- 9A-6P

    12 Dec             Regular Meeting – Bring Solano & Hannett gifts to today’s meeting.

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home at 6 PM.

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting -

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting –

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick must go to PETS!)

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       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 assistance with setting up and striking the Club equipment needed to run our meetings.
  • 21 Nov 2017 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    November is– “Foundation Month”

    Since today’s regular meeting was canceled, we met at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center and assisted Silver Horizons in the AM prep & at their 2:15 PM scheduled food distribution.

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

    There’ll be NO MEETING during the week of Christmas. However, we’ll be holding our December holiday party at Pat’s place. We’ll also be visiting Villa Solano & Hannett House as usual.

    John had his cardiac stress test today and was refused any surgery (just pills, forever). He’s allowed to drive again (watch out!).

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    23 Nov             Thanksgiving Day

    28 Nov             Regular Meeting –Camp Rising Sun – Paul Brouse, Exec. Director.

    5 Dec               Board Meeting

    5 Dec               Regular Meeting -  

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home.

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting -

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting –

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick must go to PETS!)

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       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?
  • 14 Nov 2017 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    November is– “Foundation Month”

    It’s Election Day! We get to choose a Mayor in Albuquerque.

    Today’s meeting took the form of a group private tour of the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo. We met at the N. Domingo Baca center at 10 AM and car pooled it up to Bernalillo. So, for an entrance fee of $5 each, Docent Brian Gilmore showed us around the site. Luncheon then followed at the Range Café.

    Guests at our Outing: Margaret Kramer & Margaret Farreo

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

    There’ll be NO MEETINGS during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    However, we’ll be holding our regular December holiday party at Pat’s place. We’ll also be visiting Villa Solano & Hannett House as usual.

    Happy Birthday to Judy!!! We all sang to her in the parking lot.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    18 Nov             Food Sorting for/at USPS 3P-5P at 111 Alvarado Drive, SE

    21 Nov             NO MEETING !

    21 Nov             Work at Manzano Mesa 2:15P-4:30P

    23 Nov             Thanksgiving Day

    28 Nov             Regular Meeting –Camp Rising Sun – Paul Brouse, Exec. Director.

    5 Dec               Board Meeting

    5 Dec               Regular Meeting -  

    13 Dec             Hannukkah

    15 Dec             Visit & Party & Gifts at Villa Solano & Hannett House

    19 Dec             NO MEETING !

    19 Dec             Club Party at Pat’s home.

    2 Jan                Regular Meeting -

    9 Jan                Regular Meeting –

    9 Jan                Board Meeting

    1-3 Mar 2018  PETS & “CATS” in Ruidoso, NM (Patrick must go to PETS!)

    24 Mar            2018    District Assembly & OUR CLUB’S Pancake Breakfast

    26-29 April, 2018       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?

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