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  • 26 May 2020 6:44 PM | Anonymous

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

    May has been “Youth Service Month”.

    May birthdays were: Fofo and Julia

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    What was the amount raised at the Rotary Foundation Telethon for COVID-19?

    $529,000 was generated on     2      May, 2020.

    A photo of what local lake was shown to us at today’s meeting? Following several incorrect guesses, it was revealed that it was Tingley Beach.

    What was its original name? It was Conservancy Beach. The beach was closed to swimmers in the 1950’s due to the poliomyelitis epidemic.

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

    Until further notice, all of our Rotary Club meetings will take place via Zoom.

    Today, we have unfortunately learned of the passing of Pamela’s brother and we offer our heartfelt condolences to her.

    Don't miss this week's episode of #RotaryResponds Live when @JohnHewko chats with @ShelterBox CEO @SanjSrikanthan on how they are providing emergency aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. 27 May at 9:30 AM local time.

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

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

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

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

    The next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held on 30 May, part 3 only, via ZOOM. 7:30 AM to 1:10 PM. Register on the District 5520 website.

    Today’s Program: Breast Health & Cancer Education

    Emily introduced - Dr. Elba Saavedra Ferrer, Director & Co-Founder of the Comadre a Comadre Program, UNM Community Health Education Faculty.

    The Comadre a Comadre program was co-founded with Hispanic/Latina breast cancer survivors, who shared their experiences about both the lack of culturally sensitive psychosocial support available to them and their own lack of knowledge of services when they were diagnosed. The Program received funding from the National Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for $250,000 which allowed for a more formal evaluation, including focus groups and full implementation of the intervention in 2003.

    The Comadre Program is a holistic program that embodies strong cultural coping practices, such as prayer and family support to address the many challenges faced by Hispanic/Latinas with breast cancer. The word “Comadre” is a term used to describe the close female kinship that exists in the Hispanic/Latino extended family unit. Peer Patient Navigators (breast cancer survivors) are trained in navigation and in providing emotional support from someone who "has been there." Survivors bring a lifelong passion and ability to motivate and inspire others to adapt and survive from a traumatic illness. A positive role modeling is critical and not only are the Comadres breast cancer survivors but also representative of the women being reached. The Program staff and volunteers are bilingual and all services provided at no cost and in both Spanish and English. They help you no matter what your citizenship status!

    They navigate clients through the maze of health care by linking them with timely clinic appointments to needed cancer services, through needed community resources and social services programs, at the first medical appointment and other key medical appointments, to clinics that offer free or low-cost mammograms or clinical breast exams, to obtain financial assistance, if there are worries about a symptom or a breast problem, or if clients do not have medical insurance.

    ·        We provide breast cancer education.

    ·        We offer group education on breast cancer for clients and loved ones.

    ·        We offer community outreach classes on the early detection of breast cancer.

    At medical appointments and emotional support:

    ·        We offer breast cancer support groups.

    ·        We call you to see how you are doing and support you throughout your journey.

    ·        We visit with you when you need us.

    ·        We advocate for you.

    The program conducts classes on the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship of breast health and breast cancer and its management. These educational sessions are offered through the use of an informal conversational dialog.

    The Comadre Program conducts a one-on-one “Breast Cancer Educational” session with newly diagnosed women and their loved ones upon their initial appointment.

    They are not a clinic. However, they provide access to care. Some clients are referenced by clinics and most call directly for assistance.

    We may be able to assist Comadre by volunteering our time with their outreach program, i.e. they need assistance with preparation of information packets.

    We were also made aware of their painting raffle. Raffle Tickets for Original Artwork at $25 each.

    Original artwork by Simon Silva titled "Amor".

    For more information, go to https://comadre.unm.edu or call 505.277.2398.

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

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

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:05 PM President Vivien concluded our meeting.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Part 3 only, via ZOOM 7:30A-1:10P

    2 June              Zoom meeting – Christian Counseling Professionals- Gary Webb

    9 June              Board Meeting via Zoom, at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Zoom meeting

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

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

    20 June            Summer Begins!

    20-26 June      The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Zoom meeting – Silver Horizons – Ron Hildago

    30 June            Installation of New Officers… We’ll soon find out how & where we’re going to do that!

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino
  • 19 May 2020 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    President Vivien called our Club meeting to order via zoom at 12:05 PM and welcomed all present at this gathering. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    May is “Youth Service Month”.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Kimberly Schafer (President) & Ranjan Lahiri, RC of La Jolla Golden Triangle

    May birthdays are: Fofo and Julia

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1. A 2020 report by the U.S. HUD found that from 2018 to 2019 (before Covid-19)

    New Mexico had the largest percent increase in homelessness in the nation. What was the homelessness percentage increase found?   18 %, 27%, 35%

    Answer:  (Many got this correct!) 27% increase in homelessness in New Mexico from 2018-2019. In New Mexico, according to the report, there were 2,464 homeless people in January, 2019. Of that total, 1,283 persons, or about 52%, were chronically homeless.

    2. Where is the Hope Cafe located and why is it special?

    Answer (given perfectly by Karen Bash) New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

    All proceeds from the Hope Cafe go to Hope Works, one of our Rotary service sites.

    Hope Cafe also serves as an employment training site for individuals attempting to leave the streets and escape poverty. The HopeWorks Hope Cafe was awarded the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness’ Non-profit Innovation Award for 2013

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

    Until further notice, all of our Rotary Club meetings will take place via Zoom.

    Sign up with Emily to work at the Roadrunner Food Bank- Friday, 22 May, 10A-12N

    Road Runner Food Bank is located at 5840 Office Blvd NE. That’s near Jefferson and Singer.

    Go to the Roadrunner Food Bank’s website to find out about their rules.  www.RRFB.org

    Ya gotta bring your own mask- they’ve run out!

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

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

    Get your yearly Every Rotarian Every Year donation out to the Rotary International Foundation. Checks should be written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. Or, you can also donate at the R.I. website (www.Rotary.org/give) with a credit card or send a check to RI! Remember to include your Rotary membership number on your checks.

    As of 30 April, RI reports that our Club has 12 member Paul Harris fellows. For the 2019-2020 R.I. year, 16 club members have donated to the Rotary Foundation.

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

    District 5510 PETS and Annual Conference will be held on April 8th thru 11th, 2021 at the Las Cruces Convention center.

    The next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held on 30 May, part 3 only, via ZOOM. 7:30 AM to 1:10 PM. Register on the District 5520 website.

    As per District 5520 Foundation Committee Chair Tom Walker, the Rotary Foundation Telethon for COVID generated nearly $500,000 on  2      May, 2020.

    Here’s a link to a (free) Contact Tracing Course authored by Johns Hopkins School of Health and run by Coursera (online college level courses) https://www.coursera.org/learn/covid-19-contact-tracing.

    You can read an article about the course from Forbes Magazine by going to

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/danabrownlee/2020/05/13/johns-hopkins-offers-free-contact-tracing-training/#bfd86367a485

    Note from Cheryl: when signing up on the Coursera site, once you are at the Contact Tracing course, SELECT  the “Course Certificate” showing a cost of $49. You immediately get a credit so you do not have to pay or give a credit card.

    Today’s Program: Albuquerque’s 311 community contact center.

    Emily introduced Ms. Carrie Prothero, Division Manager, 311 Community Contact Center.

    The 311 Community Contact Center is a centralized call center for the City of Albuquerque. The 311 service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    They answer questions and respond to requests for service and have been in operation for six years.

    Their hours are: Monday through Saturday - 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

    Alexa Device, City website, Computer, One ABQ App, Online 311 Services, Telephone & Twitter.

    The 311 Community Contact Center is a division of the City of Albuquerque's Technology and Innovation Department.

    You can report an issue or request a service to the City of Albuquerque through the tools above: Abandoned vehicles, Broken street lights, Graffiti, Lost animals, Missed trash pick-up, Pothole, Weed or litter complaints, Request Information about City events, programs, and services, Large-item garbage pick-up, Residential trash or recycle bins, Traffic pavement markings, Traffic signs.

    Information on the most requested from 311 customers.

    ABQ BioPark - The ABQ BioPark includes the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach.

    Animal Noise Complaint

    Use this form to file a complaint about a barking dog or other noisy animal.

    Bicycling - Information about biking in Albuquerque.

    Fares & Bus Passes - Information about bus fares and transit pass prices.

    Parks - Albuquerque's Park Management Division maintains & manages more than 286 park sites, 127 median and streetscape sites, and a total of 113 miles of developed urban and soft trails.

    Routes & Schedules - Information about ABQ RIDE bus routes and schedules.

    Search For a Lost or Adoptable Pet - Information about searching for a lost or adoptable pet.

    Street Repair Request - Use this form to notify the City of a pothole or other street failure.

    Swimming - Information about pools and other aquatic facilities in the City of Albuquerque.

    Zoo - Welcome to the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

    The following are all resident services that can be completed online

    Animal Noise Complaint

    Use this form to file a complaint about a barking dog or other noisy animal.

    Cable Complaint Form

    Report concerns about cable television service.

    Crime Mapping

    The Albuquerque Police Department is now making local up-to-date crime data.

    Crime Statistics (Prior to February 2008)

    These are generated from crime data provided by the Albuquerque Police Department.

    Gang Member Registration

    The City of Albuquerque has developed and passed an ordinance that puts in place a comprehensive anti-gang strategy for Albuquerque.

    GOV TV - Government Television. View government meetings online.

    Group Tour Request Form - Submit your reservation request for a group visit.

    Interactive Public Art Map - Locate public art in Albuquerque

    Leads Online ~ Pawned/Stolen Property - The Albuquerque Police Department uses LeadsOnline as a method of tracking and recovering stolen property sold to businesses (pawn shops, metal recyclers, second hand stores, etc) throughout the city.

    Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Comments - Your comments on the MS4 permit are welcome. The authority will review your submission and take action accordingly.

    New Mexico Roads - See the current traffic, weather and road advisories in New Mexico.

    Online Police Report - File a police report in Albuquerque. Using this online citizen police report system allows you to submit a report immediately and print a free copy of the police report.You can use online citizen reporting for the following crimes: Lost Property, Vandalism, Vandalism of a Vehicle, Theft / Larceny, Auto Burglary, Telephone Harassment.

    Report Illegal Dumping to Storm Drains - Storm drains and arroyos are for transporting rain water from the city streets to the river. Dumping any pollutants to storm drains and arroyos is illegal and a violation of the Clean Water Act.

    Report Restaurant Concern - The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department wants to ensure that your dining experience is enjoyable. However, if that experience is less than acceptable, the Environmental Health Department would like to know about it.

    Report Smoking Vehicle - Use this form to report a smoking motor vehicle.

    Sex Offender Lookup - The City of Albuquerque's decision to post sex offenders on this website is based on the fact that the sex offender was convicted of a sex offense in the past.

    Special Interest Vehicle Recognition Program - Cultivating responsible special interest vehicle club activities and events that promote the City’s cultural heritage and cultural tourism industry.

    Street Repair Request - Use this form to notify the City of a pothole or other street failure.

    Submit a Discrimination Inquiry - Submit a discrimination inquiry to the City of Albuquerque.

    Swimming Group Use - Groups of up to 30 people can request to use Albuquerque's swimming pools.

    Tickets - KiMo Theatre ticket sales

    Volunteer with Open Space - If you enjoy the outdoors and love nature volunteer with open space.

    Information about tickets for events and attractions.

    Freedom 4th - Free | Family | Fun | Concert

    Plan a Visit - Balloon Museum hours, holiday schedule, and admission prices.

    Print-At-Home Tickets - Purchase ABQ BioPark tickets online for general admission and special events.

    Tickets - KiMo Theatre ticket sales

    Dial 311 (or 505-768-2000 when outside of Albuquerque). For more information, go to www.cabq.gov

    They’re located at 600 Second Street NW, Albuquerque NM 87102

    Only 12 members attended today’s meeting. Come and join us next week. It isn’t difficult at all! If you encounter any problems, call Gloria.

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

    There being no further Rotary business, at 12:55 PM President Vivien concluded our meeting.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    22 May            (Sign up with Emily) We work TODAY at the Roadrunner Food Bank- 10A-12N

    25 May            Memorial Day

    26 May            Zoom Meeting- Breast Health & Cancer Education - Dr. Elba Saavedra Ferrer

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Part 3 only, via ZOOM 7:30A-1:10P

    2 June              Zoom meeting – Christian Counseling Professionals- Gary Webb

    9 June              Board Meeting via Zoom, at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Zoom meeting

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

    16 June            Zoom meeting – Silver Horizons – Ron Hildago

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

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

    30 June            Installation of New Officers… We’ll soon find out how we’re going to do that!

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new gown)
  • 12 May 2020 5:16 PM | Anonymous

    Following today’s May board meeting, President Vivien called our Club meeting to order via zoom at 12:05 PM and welcomed all present at this gathering. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Jonas Ayi (Accra Spintex- Ghana) 

    Birthday anniversaries for May are: Fofo and Julia

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    What three other organizations did Rotary join with in April, 2020 to issue a statement of intent regarding Covid-19?

    The service clubs of Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist and Rotary International are working to maintain connections with each other and our neighbors so that we can cope with and overcome the effects of COVID-19. We are leveraging the strength of our combined networks of 3.2 million members to provide comfort and hope to those feeling the effects of isolation and fear. We are focusing our collective skills, resources and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives. In these times of uncertainty, local service clubs remain committed to meeting the challenge of finding innovative ways to take action together to help communities around the globe heal and thrive – and become more united than ever. 

    What happened at the building located at 209 N. High Street in Albuquerque?

    On June 3, 1945 in the Freeman Boarding House, KGB operative Harry Gold met with US spies David & Ruth Greenglass. According to A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, this meeting turned into “one of the greatest disasters in KGB history, leading to the identification of David’s sister and brother-in-law Ethel and Julius Rosenberg”……. The Rosenbergs were executed for treason in 1953. The couple were accused of providing top-secrets about radar, sonar, jet engines, and nuclear weapon designs; at that time the United States was the only country in the world with nuclear weapons.

    Penny guessed correctly and supplied info about another great book for these “stuck-at-home-times” –Walking Albuquerque: 30 Tours of the Duke City's Historic Neighborhoods.

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

    Until further notice, all Rotary Club meetings will take place via Zoom. It ain’t that hard to do!

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

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed). You’ll find information which gives full details of upcoming meeting and project events and messages.

    It’s time to get your yearly Every Rotarian Every Year donation out to the Rotary International Foundation. Checks should be written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. Or, you can also donate at the R.I. website (www.Rotary.org/give) with a credit card or send a check to RI! Remember to include your Rotary membership number on your checks.

    Gloria has 11 checks & 3 “in the mail”, which will total $ 1,360.00. As of 30 April, RI reports that our Club has 12 member Paul Harris fellows (With more to follow).

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

    Today’s Program: Rio Grande Food Project

    Emily introduced Ms. Ari Herring, executive director of RGFP.

    In the summer of 1989, Rio Grande Presbyterian Church members were challenged to feed hungry New Mexicans. Their original vision was to be a satellite of another food pantry and to provide emergency food to the neighborhood around the church. That vision quickly expanded to establish an independent food pantry for the west side of the city.

    By 1989, the RGFP distributed its first food boxes. Seed money from a Fund of the Presbyterian Church USA served as the catalyst and helped provide funding for the first year. Donations from church members, other congregations, and community grants were also used to purchase food. Members of the congregation distributed 2,000 pounds of food to the first clients.

    RGFP has now been in continuous operation for 30 years. During this time, the number of people served and the amount of food distributed has continued to grow.

    Yearly, RGFP has provided a week’s worth of groceries to an average of 4,230 children, adults, and seniors every month; Provided over 1 million pounds of groceries to low-income individuals and families, including 33,725 pounds through their Food for Health initiative; Received 59,239 pounds of food for immediate distribution via generous community donations; Rescued and redistributed 190,588 pounds of grocery store food that would otherwise go to waste and provided $484,879 in PNM Good Neighbor Fund utility bill assistance to 3,802 low-income households.

    Here’s a synopsis of current operations at RGFP:

    Due to the pandemic, RGFP has been forced to suspend normal food distribution operations at their location. For the safety of their clients, volunteers and staff, RGFP has replaced the 5-day/week food distributions that assist 400 households each week with a safer, off-site packing, drive-through and pick-up/delivery distribution model.

    Every Monday through the end of May, RGFP, in partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank, will be taking the lead on a drive-through food distribution model to provide pre-packed food boxes to up to 400 families, equaling the maximum currently served. We are also forming and strengthening partnerships with local non-profits that service some of our most vulnerable community members. We are delivering and offering pick-up of pre-packed food boxes and pallets of food to the Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center, New Mexico Child Advocacy Network, Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, HopeWorks, and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office so that families impacted by interpersonal violence, young people aging out of the foster system, recently housed but previously homeless individuals, and at-risk or homebound individuals can receive emergency food at this time.

    The RGFP staff is continuing to operate at full capacity without the normal volunteer staff of 15-30 per day. We are conducting “food rescue” work from local grocery stores and experiencing a decrease in donated foods from stores due to panic buying. Normally at this time several large local corporations would be conducting food drives to stock our pantry and these resources are now lacking. The bill assistance staff (PNM Good Neighbor Fund & Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority) are still operating at full capacity, 100% remotely. We are continuing hunger relief work, albeit in a different model, and are preparing and planning for the reality of longer lines and the reality that visiting a food pantry may be the new norm for many New Mexicans.

    Our Club’s unrestricted donation to RGFP of $ 1,040.41 will assist them in their needed work.

    For additional information, go to www.RGFP.org

    12 members attended today’s meeting.

    Come and join us next week, ‘cause we have program speakers scheduled for 19 May.

    Following today’s program, we took some time to find out how each of us have been doing.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:05 PM President Vivien concluded our meeting.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    19 May            Zoom Meeting – Christian Counseling Professionals- Gary Webb

    22 May            Sign up with Emily to work at the Roadrunner Food Bank- 10A-12N

    25 May            Memorial Day

    26 May            Zoom Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

    2 June              Regular (?) meeting

    9 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Regular (?) meeting

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

    16 June            Regular meeting

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Regular meeting

    23 or 30 June Installation of New Officers… How are we going to go about doing that?

    30 June            Regular meeting

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new dress)
  • 05 May 2020 4:21 PM | Anonymous

    President Vivien called our Club meeting to order via zoom at 12.05 PM and welcomed all present at this gathering. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Ranjan Lahiri

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

    What event does Cinco de Mayo commemorate? 

    1.     Mexican Independence Day

    2.     Battle of Puebla

    3.     Installation of Emperor Maximilian I as ruler of Mexico

    Answer: Battle of Puebla

    Date:  May 5, 1862

    Aftermath of the 1846-48 Mexican American War and 1858- 61 Reform War – a civil war that pitted

    Liberals (separation of church and state) against Conservatives (tight bond between Catholic Church and Mexican Government).

    After these wars nearly bankrupted the Mexican Treasury, the government suspended foreign debt repayment. France attacked, hoping to establish an empire in Mexico. A large French force attacked, driving the government leaders into retreat. At Puebla, 8,000 French soldiers attacked 4,000 Mexican soldiers. Against all odds, the Mexicans defeated the French. Cinco de Mayo celebrates that victory!

    p.s. Corona Beer had nothing to do with it!  

    Why was this battle significant to the US ?

    1.     No country in the Americas has since been invaded by any other European Force

    2.     If Mexico had not been defeated, historians say that France would have gone to the aid of the Confederate States in the US Civil War 

    Answer: Both are correct!

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

    Until further notice, all meetings will take place via Zoom.

    President Vivien attended the monthly presidents’ meeting last week.

    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention. Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during this time of unprecedented challenges. Just think… This’ll save you thousands!

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed). You’ll find information which gives full details of upcoming meeting and project events and messages.

    Here’s a possible project for the month of May: Pat mentioned that The Roadrunner Food Bank is in need of many volunteers! Groups and individuals are volunteering for this cause. Group volunteer shifts are a minimum of two hours. For more info, go to www.RRFB.org. They’re located at 5840 Office Blvd, NE.

    We really should get our yearly Every Rotarian Every Year donations out to the Rotary International Foundation. Checks should be written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. Or, you can also donate at the R.I. website (www.Rotary.org/give) with a credit card or send a check to RI! Remember to include your Rotary membership number on your checks.

    Birthday anniversaries for May are: Fofo and Julia

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

    Today’s Program: Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

    Emily introduced Mr. Ernie C’de Baca, president and CEO of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

    Established in 1975 by 14 members of the Hispanic business community, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) is an organization focused on improving education and economic development opportunities in Albuquerque and throughout the state of New Mexico. Currently the AHCC is a community of approximately 1,200 business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals committed to scaling small businesses and empowering individuals through economic growth and wealth creation. The AHCC is the largest Hispanic chamber in the country, and the largest chamber of commerce in New Mexico. The membership is comprised of approximately 60% Hispanic-Owned Businesses and 40% Non-Hispanic-Owned Businesses. While being an historically Hispanic-focused association, it is inclusive and consider themselves the Small Business Chamber of not only Albuquerque, but of the state of New Mexico.


    The AHCC believes in contributing to a greater cause - we believe in adding value to membership. The way we do that at the AHCC is by providing a place where successful people can meet and collaborate. What we've found is that most people are one connection away from realizing their dream.
    The Chamber is organized to promote economic development, to enhance economic opportunities and to provide business and workforce education with an emphasis on the Hispanic and small business community in Albuquerque and New Mexico.

    The AHCC Foundation is a 501(c) (3) entity and has no employees. The Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes which support, benefit or carry out the purposes of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation has developed two specific areas of interest to the business community: Education Excellence Scholarships and the AHCC Endowment Fund.

    For more information go to www.ahcnm.org or call (505) 842-9003

    13 members attended today’s meeting, complete with a few appropriate beverages and items of clothing.

    Come and join us next week, ‘cause we have program speakers scheduled for 12 & 19 May.

    Following today’s program speaker, we did take some time to find out how each of us have been doing.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 1:00 PM President Vivien shut the whole thing down.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    10 May            Mother’s Day (Maybe you’ll get a card)

    12 May            Zoom Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Zoom Meeting – Rio Grande Food Project – Ari Herring

    19 May            Regular (?) Meeting – Christian Counseling Professionals- Gary Webb

    25 May            Memorial Day

    26 May            Regular (?) Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

    2 June              Regular meeting

    9 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Regular meeting

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

    16 June            Regular meeting

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Regular meeting

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers… How are we going to go about doing that?

    30 June            Regular meeting

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    8 Aug             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new dress)
  • 28 Apr 2020 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    President Vivien called our Club meeting to order at 12Noon via “ZOOM” and welcomed all present at this gathering. She then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. Today’s meeting was hosted by Gloria & Michael.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Ranjan Lahiri (San Diego) & Juaquin Moya (today’s program speaker)

    April has been – “Magazine Month”

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

    1.     Of the states that adjoin New Mexico, who has the least Covid-19 reported total cases?

    (New Mexico is lowest at 2,823, Oklahoma next with 3,280. Utah has 4233, Arizona has 6,716, Colorado a whopping 13,879 and Texas (as usual the largest) at 26,171. Vivien correctly guessed Oklahoma!

    2.     In this month’s Rotarian Magazine, there is a story about two young women who live in Costa Rica. They left their rural family farm to go to college in the big city. Unlike many of their peers, they returned to the family farm to launch a business, supported in part by a global grant from Rotary Int. What is the business?  (no takers!) It’s a BUTTERFLY FARM!

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

    Please note that, until further notice, all meetings will take place via Zoom. Try it! It’s very easy!

    Pat now has two Yorkshire terrier doggies!

    Be sure to bring to next week’s meeting: Margaritas or Coronas or Dos Equis’ or Tecate.

    A margarita consists of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice.

    Ingredients: 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz Lime juice, 1 oz Cointreau

    Preparation: Rub the rim of the glass with the lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice, then carefully pour into the glass (taking care not to dislodge any salt). Garnish and serve over ice.

    Mike was kind enough to record this week’s meeting (audio only).

    DG Gary King has an exceptional and extraordinary invitation for all members in our District, to join the fight against COVID-19. What if there was a way to help, from the safety of our homes, and make a real difference? Our District is being asked to participate in this extraordinary new effort, and your participation is critical to its success. This program has been announced via press release with national coverage, and the hope is that it will be adopted by Rotary Clubs across the nation in the next few weeks.

    Background: Only a few weeks ago, Rotary Members in a Bay Area, California club engaged Rotary International to recruit 1 million volunteers in two weeks to sign up with Volunteer Surge, a new program that allows us to train online (for free), to become a Telehealth Worker, or a Community Health Worker. Volunteers will provide basic assistance and will reduce suffering and save lives, locally and across the nation by helping health care providers to focus more of their attention where it’s most needed.

    Click HERE to watch a video of the presentation of this inspirational effort to a large group of district governors which will answer a lot of your questions.

    TIME IS CRITICAL.Please click HERE to learn more and decide how we can participate. Share this link with as many as you can, on Facebook, email, and other social media.

    The world is watching, and we, as Rotary Members, People of Action, are now truly defined by our actions in this crisis.

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed). You’ll find information there which gives full details of upcoming meeting and project events and important messages.

    We really should get our yearly EREY donations out to the Rotary International Foundation. Checks should be written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. Or, you can also donate at the R.I. website (www.Rotary.org/give) with a credit card or send a check to RI! Remember to include your Rotary membership number on your checks.

    Member birthdates for April have been: Allan, Pat, Vivien, Penny, Gloria & Pamela,

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

    Today’s Program: Horizons Albuquerque

    Emily introduced Mr. Juaquin Moya, executive director of Horizons Albuquerque.

    Horizons Albuquerque is a non­profit organization offering enrichment programming for public school students in Albuquerque. Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that develop academic skills, enhance self­-esteem, foster responsibility, build problem-solving skills, and encourage a life­long interest in learning. The program emphasizes academic enrichment, social growth with structured group dynamics, swimming lessons, and the arts.

    The Horizons Albuquerque program began in 2014, with 46 students entering second, third, and fourth grade. By 2020, Horizons will have 156 students entering as freshman in High School. The program will add a grade level each subsequent year until the program serves kindergarten to twelfth grade students. Once a student is enrolled in Horizons, they may return each year without reapplying, provided they are meeting program requirements.

    Horizons Albuquerque exists at The Bosque School, Manzano Day School and Sandia Prep.

    ​Need more info? They’re at  P.O. Box 6066, Albuquerque, NM  87197-6066

    ​Juaquin Moya: Executive Director Info@HorizonsAlbuquerque.org           505-998-3331

    A great meeting today, with 13 members attending. Join us next time. We have program speakers scheduled for 5, 12 & 19 May.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    5 May              Zoom Meeting - Cinco de Mayo- Hispano Chamber of Commerce- Ernie C’ de Baca

    10 May            Mother’s Day (Maybe you’ll get a card)

    12 May            Zoom Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Zoom Meeting – Rio Grande Food Project – Ari Herring

    19 May            Regular (?) Meeting – Christian Counseling Professionals- Gary Webb

    25 May            Memorial Day

    26 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

    2 June              Regular meeting

    9 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Regular meeting

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (How do we celebrate?)

    16 June            Regular meeting

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Regular meeting

    23 or 30 June   Installation of New Officers… How will we be doing that?

    30 June            Regular meeting

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    4 July              Independence Day

    8 Aug             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new dress)
  • 21 Apr 2020 6:56 PM | Anonymous

    President Vivien called our Club meeting to order at 12Noon and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test. Today’s meeting was held via “ZOOM” & hosted by Gloria.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Ranjan Lahiri, Vivien’s son in CA 

    April is – “Magazine Month”

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

    Today, we finally officially inducted Julia into the family of Rotary. Julia’s sponsor, Emily, presided over the ceremony. So, how do you get a virtual Rotary pin, name badge and cake through these infernal wires? Welcome to our Club Julia. We know that you’ll be a worthy representative of our Club and that you also possess qualities that will permit you to exemplify the spirit of Rotary.

    Heading Home needs masks! Heading Home is a New Mexico non-profit that provides emergency housing, permanent supportive housing services and prioritized street outreach to people experiencing homelessness. (505) 344-2323

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed). You’ll find information there which gives full details of upcoming meeting and project events and important messages.

    We really should get our yearly EREY donations out to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever amount we can afford. Checks written to “The Rotary Foundation” will do the job. Note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. You can also donate at the R.I. website (www.Rotary.org/give) with a credit card or send them a check! Remember to include your Rotary membership number on your checks.

    Re: Club grants – We have notified our grant recipients that the funds which we donate have now had their restrictions removed, i.e. the recipients may use the funds for necessary expenses during this time of need.

    RGFP is still up & running and will use the grant to supply food for their clients.

    Horizons Albuquerque- Will support families during their summer school. They’ll tell us where the money went.

    NM Jazz scholarships- Funding of musical equipment and instruments for the South Valley Band Project.

    Fofo assured us that no changes will be necessary.

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

    Today’s Program: Theodora Ghana project. (Theodora Ghana, Virtual Assistants)

    Michael updated us on the latest changes to the Ghana Project in light of the Virus situation. 

    Times are a changing! Much of the funding has dried up due to the onset of the virus and they’re looking for new funding!

    The Ghana women have a very nice computer training room for their “boot camp” and they’re working via virtual classes due to the lock down situation.

    Many bureaucracy difficulties have been encountered in getting funds over to Ghana.

    There are currently six projects in progress with the trainees.

    A very good power point presentation was shown, which was created by one of the Ghana girls, Gloria Osei. This was followed by a testimonial video.

    What of the future? There’s a good team in Ghana and they’re working “virtually” through zoom, etc. at this time of change. A great deal of brainstorming is going on, in order to continue this project.

    Michael is also a member of the “Trusted Advisor Network”, a regional consortium of professionals dedicated to collaborative networking who serve business owners.

    Please note that we’ve included information about some services available from Theodora Ghana, Virtual Assistants. The info is included at the end of this weekly bulletin.

    A great meeting today, with 12 members attending along with one guest/Rotarian. Join us next time. We’ll have program speakers on both 28 April & 5 May (so far).

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    22 Apr             Earth Day

    23 Apr             National English Muffin Day!

    5 May              Regular Meeting - Cinco de what?

    10 May            Mother’s Day (Maybe you’ll get a card)

    12 May            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Regular Meeting

    19 May            Regular Meeting

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    26 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

    2 June              Regular meeting

    9 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Regular meeting

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (How do we celebrate?)

    16 June            Regular meeting

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Regular meeting

    23 or 30 June Installation of New Officers

    30 June            Regular meeting

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new dress)

    THEODORA GHANA

    VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS

    SAMPLES OF SERVICES AVAILABLE

    Marketing & Communication Campaign Implementation – So many of us have the best

    intentions when it comes to conducting on-going marketing and communication campaigns.

    But the discipline of getting it done week in and week out often escapes us. Using a virtual

    assistant ensures that this function gets done consistently as is necessary to get results.

    Services include:

    • Setting up mailing lists
    • Designing e-letter and social media content
    • Posting media to various sources and linking to web sites and other social media output

    Research Assistance – How many times have you had a business idea and thought “I should go

    online and do some research…see if it really is what I think” and then promptly never follow

    through because you don’t have the time to actually do the research? A virtual assistant can

    work with you in a collaborative fashion to make your research projects actually happen.

    Services include:

    • Initial brainstorm session to determine search parameters
    • Internet search
    • Summarize initial findings
    • Revised searches based on feedback
    • Final presentation of results

    Calendar Management – Do you have ongoing meetings, trainings, orientations, etc. that

    require significant communication and coordination between multiple people? If you’re finding

    managing the details of these is taking time away from higher value work, consider outsourcing

    to a virtual assistant who can:

    • Set-up calendar dates
    • Contact invitees
    • Collect and catalog confirmations
    • Send out updates, changes and reminders
    • Collect post-meeting feedback
    • Distribute post-meeting follow-ups

    Data Enhancement – Do you have data you have collected but aren’t doing anything with?

    Data that you should be analyzing. Maybe it needs to be reformatted, put into a form where it

    can be analyzed but you simply do not have the time to do so. Using a virtual assistant can

    offload that task and get it done so you can get the most out of your business information.

    Includes:

    • Discussing and getting an understanding of the ultimate use of the analysis
    • Setting up input spreadsheets based upon your desired analytical categories
    • Taking data from numerous sources, categorizing it and putting it into the database
    • Running sorts based upon variables and significance metrics you have provided to allow

    for quicker analysis of results

    Membership Organization Administration – Are you a membership organization with a

    minimal funds for staff or with lots of volunteers who have full time jobs and lack the time to do

    the administrative work the organization needs? Outsource it to a virtual assistant for a fraction

    of the cost and offload function such as these:

    • Send out new member packages
    • Follow-up on required actions from regular and board members
    • Assist event organization via Calendar management (see above)
    • Manage on-going communication via email and social media

    Task Management & Accountability – Find that keeping track of all your to do’s keeps getting

    away from you? Need someone who can be that voice in your ear reminding you of what needs

    to be done and should be done? A virtual assistant can help you keep track of all your moving

    pieces. Because it is their primary function they will stay focused and remind you of priorities

    even when your work distracts you. Your assistant will:

    • Set up a system for you to transmit your action items on a regular basis that fits with

    your preferred means of communicating

    • Organize your action items by priority – importance, due date, etc.
    • Follow-up with you with reminders based upon your preferred means of communicating
    • Provide regular (weekly, bi-weekly summaries)

    Don’t see what you’re looking for here?

    Our team can custom design your virtual assistance solution

    For more information contact:

    Michael Podolny

    (505) 507-2646 or michael@podolny.com
  • 14 Apr 2020 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    Following our board of directors’ monthly meeting (Via Zoom), President Vivien called our Club meeting to order at 12:06 PM and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & the 4-way test .

    Today’s meeting was also held via “ZOOM” & hosted by Gloria.

    We certainly hope that we’ll be able to resume our “in person” meetings on May 5th.

    April is – “Magazine Month”

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

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed). You’ll find information there which gives full details of upcoming meeting and project events and important messages.

    Thanks to both Michael & Gloria who attended the Grant Management Training, just in case we change our minds.

    Allan took part in his President-Elect Training Seminar on-line training.

    At next week’s meeting, Michael will bring us up to date with the latest information on his Ghana project.

    The Del Norte Rotary Club is partnering with Vitalant Blood Center and the New Mexico Department of Health to hold a blood drive on 2 May, 7:30A to 3:30P. Albuquerque Area Rotarians are invited. There’ll be a special room and check-in for all Rotarians. The blood drive will be held at the Vitalant Blood center 1515 University Blvd NE, by APPOINTMENTS ONLY. You can make an appointment by going to vitalant.org or call 505-246-1445 and use sponsor code:  ROTARY 1. You can also call Fred Bryant at 505-280-4118 or email at fredbryant300@gmail.com and he’ll make an appointment for you. 

    Your temperature will be taken prior to entering and the 6 feet separation will be maintained.

    FAST TRACK HEALTH HISTORY. This is a medical screening process that you can complete ON THE DAY OF THE DRIVE by using your computer or mobile device. You can access the online fast track health history questionnaire from the vitalant.org website. This saves time in the interview booth. 

    Call a neighbor. Call a Rotarian. Complete your CENSUS form.

    Let’s get our yearly EREY donations out to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever amount we can afford. Checks written to “The Rotary Foundation” will do the job. Note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. You can also donate at the R.I. website (www.Rotary.org/give) with a credit card or send them a check! Remember to include your Rotary membership number on your checks.

    District grants management training will take place via “Zoom” on the following dates in April:

    April 15, 21 & 22 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9789988731  Meeting ID: 978 998 8731.

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

    Today’s Program: Club Assembly…

    Password, password. Who has the password?

    Today we all discussed our experiences and shared the latest news on what we’re all doing.

    During the latest Rotary District Grants meeting, it was mentioned that our Clubs should make the effort to find out additional things that we need to accomplish.

    There is a way to find out how and where to donate those homemade masks. Find out who’s making them and where they can go… Gloria & the Bashes are helping. It’s unfortunate that the “sewing room” at Manzano H.S. can’t be used at this time of need!

    No, “masks” don’t mean the type that the lone ranger wears… They just don’t cover the right places!

    Zoom worked just great! We hope that more members will join us next week! Fofo tried to connect… Maybe better luck next week.

    There being no further Rotary business, at 12:35 PM our meeting was disconnected. Next week, we’ll not let that happen again.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    15 Apr             NOT tax day.

    21 Apr             Club ZOOM meeting.

    22 Apr             Earth Day

    5 May              Regular Meeting ? Cinco de what?

    10 May            Mother’s Day (Maybe you’ll get a card)

    12 May            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Regular Meeting

    19 May            Regular Meeting

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    26 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

    2 June              Regular meeting

    9 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Regular meeting

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (How do we celebrate?)

    16 June            Regular meeting

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Regular meeting

    23 or 30 June   Installation of New Officers

    30 June            Regular meeting

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new dress)
  • 07 Apr 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    No meeting this week either… (I’ve already forgotten where we meet!)

    We certainly hope that we’ll be able to resume our meetings on May 5th.

    April is – “Magazine Month”

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

    Check out our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org  Click on events (no password needed). You’ll find information there which gives full details of upcoming meeting and project events and important messages.

    What’s happening with all of this “ZOOM” stuff? Take a look at https://zoom.us and download the software ahead of time. See Gloria’s email. It looks like we’ll try to hold “Zoom” meetings next week.

    Gail has her hot tub opened up!

    Pam’s alive and flew into ABQ on Friday. Airports were deserted and only 15 to 20 people on each flight. They wore masks and had gloves. Now she’s gotta self quarantine for 2 weeks. She said “There’s plenty of food in my freezer.”

    No surprise, Donna Pedace has officially postponed the June RFE visit from Australia.

    Give blood, call the Red Cross. Call a neighbor. Try a new recipe. Complete your CENSUS form.

    Let’s get our yearly EREY donations out to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever amount we can afford. Checks written to “The Rotary Foundation” will do the job. Note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. You can also donate at the R.I. website (www.Rotary.org/give) with a credit card or send them a check! Remember to include your Rotary membership number on your checks.

    Make up for missed meetings by joining “on-line” Rotary meetings. Interested? Go to the District 5520 website https://rotary5520.org/, log in and click on “Online Make Ups From Around The World” at top of the home page. Follow instructions and enjoy! Some Clubs are meeting thru ZOOM.

    District grants management training will take place via “Zoom” on the following dates in April:

    TODAY, April 7, 8, 13, 15, 21 & 22. All from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9789988731 Meeting ID: 978 998 8731.

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

    If/when we meet in    May– Emily      June– Pam

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    9 Apr               Passover

    10 Apr             Good Friday

    12 Apr             Easter Sunday

    14 Apr             Board Meeting via “ZOOM” at 10:30 AM

    14 Apr             “Regular” meeting via “ZOOM”.

    15 Apr             NOT tax day.

    22 Apr             Earth Day

    5 May              Regular Meeting ? Cinco de what?

    10 May            Mother’s Day (Maybe you’ll get a card)

    12 May            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Regular Meeting

    19 May            Regular Meeting

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    26 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

    2 June              Regular meeting

    9 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Regular meeting

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (How do we celebrate?)

    16 June            Regular meeting

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Regular meeting

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

    30 June            Regular meeting

    1 July              The New Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

    8 Aug             Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new dress)
  • 31 Mar 2020 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    Yet again, today’s weekly Club meeting has been cancelled!

    (I’m beginning to forget what you look like!)

    March has been – “World Understanding Month”

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

    Our District 5520 conference has been cancelled! The R.I. Convention in Hawaii has also been cancelled! The Center is closed until further notice.

    The Governors’ ball has been rescheduled to happen on 8 August.

    So, do you think that:

    If baseball season ever starts, they’ll still be playing in December?

    That cruise lines will be going out of business?

    Please note that we will not have any meetings until May 5th. In the interest of caution, we will not meet during the month of April. The Governor has us on "home hibernation" until at least 15 April.

    Just to include this reminder to take a look at our Club web site and Calendar. www.rotarysandia.org Click on events (no password needed). You’ll find information there which gives full details of upcoming meeting and project events and also important messages. There are probably a few members who aren’t aware of this important source of Club information.

    Maybe we could consider holding our board meetings via “ZOOM”! Let’s take a look at https://zoom.us If that works out, perhaps we could hold our regular meetings in the same manner! 

    Our yearly EREY donations to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever the amount that you can afford, should take the form of a check written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Also note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Give/Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. You should note your Rotary membership number on that check.

    Please note that you can also donate on the R.I. website with a credit card!

    Did you know that you can make up for missed meetings by joining “on-line” Rotary meetings?

    Interested? Go to our District 5520 website https://rotary5520.org/ , log in and click on “Online Make Ups From Around The World” at the top of the home page. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

    District grants management training will take place via “Zoom” on the following dates in April: 7, 8, 13, 15, 21 & 22. All from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9789988731 Meeting ID: 978 998 8731. (“Zoom” seems to be a simple system to use.)

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

    Here’s some interesting info from the CDC:

    Human Coronavirus Types

    All Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. There are four main sub-groupings of coronaviruses, known as alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s.

    The seven coronaviruses that can infect people are:

    Common human coronaviruses

    1.           229E (alpha coronavirus)           

    2.           NL63 (alpha coronavirus)

    3.           OC43 (beta coronavirus)       

    4.         HKU1 (beta coronavirus)

    Other human coronaviruses

    5.               MERS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS)

    6.               SARS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS)

    7.               SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19)

    People around the world commonly get infected with human coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1. Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. Three recent examples of this are 2019-nCoV, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV.

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, do animal coronaviruses infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

    So, what have we learned that we didn’t already know? There’s a heck of a lot of viruses!

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 Apr               It’ll be a great day for foolishness

    9 Apr               Passover

    10 Apr             Good Friday

    14 Apr             Easter Sunday

    5 May              Regular Meeting ?

    10 May            Mother’s Day (Maybe you’ll get a card)

    12 May            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Regular Meeting

    19 May            Regular Meeting

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    26 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

    2 June              Regular meeting

    9 June              Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    9 June              Regular meeting

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day (How do we celebrate?)

    16 June            Regular meeting

    20 June            Summer Begins! (I know how to celebrate!)

    21 June            Father’s Day (Maybe I’ll get a card)

    23 June            Regular meeting

    23 or 30 June   Installation of New Officers

    30 June            Regular meeting

    1 July               The New Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July        Boys RYLA

    18-24 July        Girls RYLA

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino (You’ll need a new dress)
  • 24 Mar 2020 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting and our Club’s weekly meetings have been cancelled for the remainder of March!

    March is – “World Understanding Month” 

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

    PETS AND our District 5520 conference have been cancelled! The R.I. Convention in Hawaii has also been cancelled! The Center is closed until mid April. We await further instructions. 

    The Governors’ ball has been rescheduled to happen on 8 August.

    Bruce clarifies: Although PETS at Ruidoso has been cancelled, PETS will be conducted online using Zoom technology. It’ll take place in the same time period as previously scheduled for Ruidoso, March 26 and 27. All Presidents-Elect should have been notified about the change. Now there’s no excuse to get your training… AND it’ll save everyone some money!

    Our yearly EREY donations to the Rotary International Foundation, for whatever the amount that you can afford, should take the form of a check written to “The Rotary Foundation”. Also note on the check that it’s for “Annual Fund Share”. Your donation will be credited to your Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Give/Send checks to Gloria, ASAP. You should note your Rotary membership number on that check.

    The visiting Brazilian RFE group on April 14 – 24 has been postponed. 

    Our RFE group going TO District 4845 (Paraguay and NE Argentina) from April 21 to May 2 has also been postponed. During June 12-26, 2020, our District is still scheduled to host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Australia. That may change but we have not received news about any changes. More info? Call Donna Pedace at pedaceabq@aol.com or Regina at raeguest65@swcp.com.

    District grants management training will take place via “Zoom” on the following dates in April:

    7, 8, 13, 15, 21 & 22. All from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9789988731

    Meeting ID: 978 998 8731. (“Zoom” seems to be a rather simple system to use.)

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

    April– Dave        May– Emily            June– Pam

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    26-27 Mar       PETS via “Zoom”.

    1 Apr               Foolishness Day

    7 Apr               Regular Meeting ?

    9 Apr               Passover

    10 Apr             Good Friday

    14 Apr             Board Meeting at 10:30 AM ?

    14 Apr             Regular Meeting ?

    21 Apr             Regular Meeting ?

    28 Apr             Regular Meeting ?

    5 May              Regular Meeting

    10 May            Mother’s Day

    12 May            Board Meeting at 10:30 AM

    12 May            Regular Meeting

    19 May            Regular Meeting

    25 May            Memorial Day           

    26 May            Regular Meeting

    30 May            ABQ Rotary Leadership Institute

    11 June            King Kamehameha Day

    20 June            Summer Begins!

    21 June            Father’s Day

    23 or 30 June  Installation of New Officers

    1 July              The new Rotary Year Begins!

    12-18 July       Boys RYLA

    18-24 July       Girls RYLA

    8 Aug              Governors Ball at Sandia Resort & Casino

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

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