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  • 15 Jun 2021 5:47 PM | Anonymous

    Well, half of the month is gone and there was NO weekly Zoom meeting this week! Instead, we all (well, some of us) met at the new home of Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship.

    Visiting Rotarians:    None today.

    Guests:           Gretchen showed John how to get to Cloud Dancers.

                            Without her direction, he’d still be driving around New Mexico!

    June is–Rotary Fellowships Month

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Re: Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship District community grant:

    We visited the new facility, sat in the shade and finally applied Rotary stickers to their helmets today. Some time ago, we paid $1,011.60 for and donated 15 new riding safety helmets (Troxel Liberty Schooling Helmets) and two sets of safety cones.

    This was an IN PERSON meeting instead of a ZOOM meeting at noon, at 9629 2nd NW. Cloud Dancers also gave us a short history of the organization. Today’s visit finishes up this District Community Grant.

    Yes, President-Elect Emily DID take a couple of pictures.

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

    Please note that our 29 June “in person” 12Noon induction meeting will now be held at President-Elect Emily’s home and NOT at Rotary Park.

    Our Assistant Governor, Frank Rivera, confirmed the date and place of our installation of officers. He’s checking with Lt. Governor Tony Piño to see whether he will attend to induct our new officers. If Tony can’t do it, Frank will officiate! 

    Please be aware that our dues invoices from both RI and District 5520 will appear at our doorstep at the beginning of July. So, each member will have to cough up $125.00 during that month.

    Today after our meeting at Cloud Dancers, President-Elect Emily decided to visit North Domingo Baca to talk to Tom Gallagher. It’s official… WE WILL BE HAVING IN PERSON MEETINGS AGAIN!!!

    Beginning Tuesday, July 13, North Domingo has us on the schedule to meet from noon till 1:30 for the next year.  Maximum people in classroom #1 cannot be more than 20.

    You must wear a mask if you have not been vaccinated, or if you have had your shot, it must be at least 2 weeks since you have had the shot, then you don't need to wear a mask.

    Everyone needs to have a senior affairs ID. If you don't have one, it will cost you $20.00 at the front desk. If you DO already have a senior affairs ID, you will be grandfathered in for a year and you don't need to pay for a new one till next year.

    We’re well on the way to qualifying for our District grant funds and an incentive bonus. Allan has signed off on the Women’s Housing Coalition proposal for roof repairs “grant agreement” and it has been submitted. The District has confirmed receipt. Now we’ll wait to be notified whether or not to submit the full proposal.

    There being no additional Rotary business, we all went home at around 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    19 June            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            First Day of Summer !!

    22 June            Regular Zoom meeting - Donna Payne - Foster parent and trainer for new foster parents

    29 June            Rotary Picnic Meeting & Installation at Emily’s home! Bring your lunch.

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.

    13 July           “IN Person” meeting at N. Domingo Baca – 12N- Classroom #1
  • 08 Jun 2021 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    Following our June board meeting this morning, our weekly Zoom meeting was called to order at Noon by President Allan. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    No Visiting Rotarians or Guests this week.

    June is–Rotary Fellowships Month

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

    The 6th of June commemorates “D-Day”. So, what’s the “D” stand for?  Yup, it stands for “Day”!

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Re: Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship:

    We’re applying Rotary stickers to their helmets on Tuesday, June 15th. Sandia Rotary will have its IN PERSON meeting instead of a ZOOM meeting!!! We’ll meet at Cloud Dancers at noon. 

    Address: 9629 2nd NW. Directions: Traveling North ON 2nd Street. When you get to 2nd and Alameda, cross Alameda going North. The first time you can make a left, turn and go over the big ditch and you will see 9629 2nd on the West side of 2nd street. 

    They’ll also give us a short tour of their new facility.  If you want to help put stickers on the helmets, please let Emily know. Please RSVP to Emily so she can let Cloud Dancers know how many to expect.  

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

    Please note that our 29 June “in person” 12Noon induction meeting will now be held at President-Elect Emily’s home and NOT at Rotary Park.

    Discussed at today’s board meeting and brought to the attention of today’s attending Club members, was our Club’s District grant proposal for the Women’s Housing Coalition, which is due to District on 15 June. The question arose as to the need of Club member volunteer work hours necessary to fulfill the Grant requirements. Cheryl will check with the District grant chairperson as to the need of grant work hours.

    Additionally, Scott Stafford of the Del Norte Club, pitched the possibility of combining the District grant resources of four District Clubs, to benefit the Navajo nation. The attending board members have voted not to become involved in this grant proposal. However, we may decide to assist in the delivery of food, clothing and other materials when and if this grant is approved.

    Please be aware that our dues invoices from both RI and District 5520 will appear at our doorstep at the beginning of July. So, each member will have to cough up $125.00 during that month.

    President Allan is still trying to contact Tom Gallagher to set up our meeting schedule at N. Domingo Baca center.

    Today’s Program:     New Mexico Child First Network (NMCFN)

    Gloria introduced Anne McKinney, board member of NMCFN.

    New Mexico Child First Network is dedicated to improving the lives of children in foster care and empowering those who serve them through training, policy reform, and direct mentorship.

    NMCFN provides support and training to caregivers of children in care. We work to serve the 2,600 New Mexico children (between the ages of 0 to 18) currently in foster care by supporting, empowering and training those who serve them. They’ll now service youth up to 21 years of age.

    Through enriching programs, services and advocacy, we empower families and youth to thrive. To ensure that all children in care receive the best care available, we recruit, train, support and retain foster, kin, guardians and adoptive parents for children in our system. 

    As a 501c3 non-profit organization, NMCFN relies on the support of donors to fulfill their meaningful work for the NMCFN community and constituents: children in foster care, state custody, and their caregivers. NMCFN has been a non profit organization for 2 ½ years and has a yearly budget of $300 million.

    New Mexico Child First Network is tasked with a special mission, unlike any other organization in the state of New Mexico. We exist to serve the most vulnerable children in our community. We believe each child deserves a safe, loving and permanent home. It is our mission to help the children in care achieve that.

    NMCFN offers resources, services, support and training for the special persons who have stepped up to serve, love, and lift up children in care. 

    Everyone connected to New Mexico Child First Network, from the staff, to the volunteers, to the donors, know they have a significant opportunity to make a lasting difference in a child's life. When children fail in other settings, they have the opportunity to thrive through us. NMCFN’s passion to serve has grown alongside the needs of the community.

    Excellent foster parents reduce length of stay because they’re working with the birth parents on reunification, and they reduce the effects of re-entry because they provide birth parents with an expanded natural network within their own community.

    Courtesy of Foster Source, the Learning Source training classes are taught from a trauma-informed approach – helping foster parents learn new skills in order to meet children where they are and begin the healing process. These classes help make the foster parenting experience a community effort. These courses help children in foster care and their families create positive family dynamics by building trusting relationships and offering essential tools to navigate difficulties.

    NMCFN works with CYFD. At present, both CYFD and NMCFN will rename “Foster” families as “Resource” families.

    June 2021 is Pride Month and to celebrate, NMCFN is focusing on sharing stories of LGBTQ+ children and families impacted by the foster care system. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) young people are over-represented in foster care, where they are more likely to experience discrimination, abuse, neglect and the risk of harm.

    Looking for more information on NMCFN?

    Got to https://www.nmchildfirst.org/

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention.

    15 June            “IN PERSON” Meeting  at Cloud Dancers – 9629 2nd NW (Alameda & 2nd) .

    19 June            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            First Day of Summer !!

    22 June            Regular Zoom meeting - Donna Payne - Foster parent and trainer for new foster parents

    29 June            Rotary Picnic Meeting & Installation at Emily’s home! Bring your lunch.

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.
  • 01 Jun 2021 6:06 PM | Anonymous

    This Zoom meeting was called to order at Noon by President Allan. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    No Guests or Visiting Rotarians today.      

    June is–Rotary Fellowships Month

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

    1.     June is the third month of the year to have fewer than 31 days. What are the other two so far this year? Answer: February and April. Go Penny!

    2.     What’s the next one coming up? (Hint: State Fair starts the 9th) Answer: September

    3.     Only one of our club members has a birthday in June! Who is it? Answer: Maggie. Happy Birthday Maggie.

    4.     TODAY is special election day. How late are the polls open in today’s election? Answer: Many people knew the polls are open ‘til 7:00pm. You can drop off absentee ballots there also. Take your mask.

    5.     On June 1, 1968 Simon & Garfunkel's single hit "Mrs Robinson" reaches #1 on the charts. It was the first rock song to win a Grammy music award for Record of the Year. What was the movie and who were the stars? Answer: The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman (go Allan!), Katherine Ross (was that you Pam?) and Anne Bancroft (pretty sure that was Karen). You guys sure know your movies. Good thing I’m asking the questions not answering them!

    6.     On June 1, 1973, Paul McCartney and Wings release “Live and Let Die”. What was the movie and who was the star?  Answer: Live and Let Die, # 8 in the James Bond series (Go John!), and it was the first appearance for Roger Moore as James Bond. It was the first time that a rock music arrangement was used to open a Bond film.  P.S. Linda McCartney was the co-author of the song!

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Re: Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship:

    We’re applying Rotary stickers to their helmets on Tuesday, June 15th. Sandia Rotary will have its IN PERSON meeting instead of a ZOOM meeting!!! We’ll meet at Cloud Dancers at noon. 

    Address: 9629 2nd NW. Directions: Traveling North ON 2nd Street. When you get to 2nd and Alameda, cross Alameda going North. The first time you can make a left, turn and go over the big ditch and you will see 9629 2nd on the West side of 2nd street. 

    They’ll also give us a short tour of their new facility.  If you want to help put stickers on the helmets, please let Emily know. Please RSVP to Emily so she can let Cloud Dancers know how many to expect.  

    Women 2Be got themselves another $60K grant! They’re also expanding their area of influence.

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

    We’ll be contacting Tom Gallagher of N. Domingo Baca. Karen & President Allan will be searching for him today. Could we be meeting there soon - - July???

    RI is reminding Rotarians to write your EREY check to the RI Foundation for $100. This donation counts toward your Paul Harris Fellowship & it helps our club to qualify for a piece of grant funds. At least send $25.00. Deadline for mailing checks To Gloria is June 7. This’ll give Gloria time to fill out forms and to send a check and paperwork to R.I. Foundation before June 30.

    Make your check payable to:   Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia

    In the check’s lower left “For” section, write:  R.I. Foundation ANNUAL FUND

    Mail to:    Gloria Podolny, Treasurer    2108 White Cloud ST NE   Albuquerque, NM  87112

    Today’s Program:     Fisher House Foundation -  Friends of New Mexico Fisher House

    Judy introduced Darlene Allen, Friends board of directors.

    The Friends of NM Fisher House mission is to ease the burden on veterans and their families during difficult times. Friends of New Mexico Fisher House (FONMFH) is dedicated to financial and emotional support for the New Mexico (ABQ) Fisher House, built by the Fisher House Foundation mission to support America’s military in their time of need. These “homes away from home” enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families.

    Fisher Houses are owned and operated by the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs in association with the attached hospital. Each Fisher House is between 7 and 21 suites and can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. They feature a spacious common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and a living room with a library and toys for children. Newer houses are 100% handicap accessible and include elevators. A Fisher House is a temporary residence and is not a treatment facility, hospice, or counseling center.

    Programs: Scholarships,  Hero Miles,  Hotels for Heroes,  Newman's Own Award Grants

    ·        A Fisher House is a temporary residence for families supporting hospitalized Veteran or Service member. It is NOT a treatment facility, or counseling center.

    ·        There are 85 Fisher Houses, located in the US, Germany and UK. The NM (ABQ) Fisher House is the 80th Fisher House constructed and donated to a VA/Military Installation by the Fisher House Foundation.

    ·        The Albuquerque Fisher House is located on the Parade Grounds of the Raymond Murphy  Medical Center near the Gibson and San Mateo gate in Albuquerque. It’s a “home away from home” so that military families can be together during treatment for serious illness or physical/occupational therapy. The House is within steps of the Veterans Hospital.

    ·        The NM Fisher House has 16 suites. Families share a common kitchen, laundry room, dining room, and living room. Each family has one room to share, with a maximum of four people allowed in some of the rooms.

    ·        Patients at the NM Medical Center have the benefit of having loved ones within walking distance of them in a safe, comfortable environment. Veterans can focus on healing and treatment and families can focus on supporting their loved one.

    ·        There is no fee for staying at a Fisher House, saving families significant costs and more importantly, worry. Guests served at the NM Fisher House come from all over the United States. In just four months of operation, the Albuquerque Fisher House has served families from 11 states throughout the country.

    Fisher houses have existed for 25 years. They’re also a 501C3 organization. The New Mexico house has existed since October 2019 and has accommodated 100 families so far.

    Donations are always needed and they can always use volunteers. Their “Meal Train” program permits groups such as Rotary to come in, provide the fixins & cook for the residents. Tours will be available soon.

    Address: VA Loop @ Gibson, Albuquerque, NM 87108

    Phone: (505) 265-1711 ext. 3180

    Website:  FisherHouse.org

    www.FriendsOfNMFisherHouse.org

     

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    8 June              Board meeting at 11AM

    8 June              Regular Zoom meeting - Anne McKinney - New Mexico Child First

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention.

    15 June            “IN PERSON” Meeting  at Cloud Dancers – 9629 2nd NW (Alameda & 2nd) .

    19 June            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            First Day of Summer !!!

    22 June            Regular Zoom meeting - Donna Payne - Foster parent and trainer for new foster parents

    29 June            Rotary Picnic Meeting & Installation at Rotary Park! Bring your lunch.

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.
  • 25 May 2021 7:03 PM | Anonymous

    This Zoom meeting was called to order at Noon by President Allan. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    DG Sunny Kellerman, Bob Peterson, Michael Podolny

    May is–Youth Service Month

    District Governor Sunny was happy to announce that, as of 19 May, it’s been 138 days since there have been no wild polio cases in Afghanistan and 112 days in Pakistan.

    Additionally, there was a great District 5520 Rotary Leadership Institute part 2.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Re: District 5520 community Grant with Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship:

    We’re applying Rotary stickers to their helmets on Tuesday, June 15th. Sandia Rotary will have its IN PERSON gathering instead of a ZOOM meeting!!! We’ll meet at Cloud Dancers at noon. 

    Address: 9629 2nd NW. Directions: Traveling North ON 2nd Street. When you get to 2nd and Alameda, cross Alameda going North. The first time you can make a left, turn and go over the big ditch and you will see 9629 2nd on the West side of 2nd street. 

    They’ll also give us a short tour of their new facility.  If you want to help put stickers on the helmets, please let Emily know. Please RSVP to Emily so she can let Cloud Dancers know how many to expect.  

    Volunteers are needed to fill the following 2021-22 Club officer and director positions: 

    President-Elect Nominee & Project chair.

    Save the date (and please R.S.V.P.) May 30, 2021 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    The celebration of life for Fofo is scheduled on May 30 (Sunday) 2021.

    Location: the Event Palace, 1413 Eubank Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

    Please email or call Gabrielle Pierre-Louis at glouis@salud.unm.edu   Cell: 505-401-8983

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

    Tom of N. Domingo Baca Center needs to communicate with us. Could we be meeting there soon???

    It’s that time when RI reminds Rotarians to write an EREY check to the RI Foundation for $100. This donation counts toward your Paul Harris Fellowship. This helps our club to qualify for a piece of  Grant funds. At least send $25.00. Deadline for mailing checks To Gloria is June 7. That gives Gloria time to fill out forms and to send a check and paperwork to R.I. Foundation before June 30.

    Make your check payable to:   Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia

    In the check’s lower left “For” section, write:  R.I. Foundation ANNUAL FUND

    Mail to:    Gloria Podolny, Treasurer    2108 White Cloud ST NE   Albuquerque, NM  87112

    Today’s Program:     Toastmasters International & Rotary International

    Judy introduced Bob Peterson of Toastmasters International.

    Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 364,000 in more than 16,200 clubs in 145 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

    Toastmasters is a powerful combination of a proven education program where you receive effective evaluation that helps you build skills at your own pace. Plus, Toastmasters’ communication and leadership development does not take place in a typical instructor-led classroom and is not limited to a set timeframe, like a seminar or conference.

    To help achieve personal and professional goals, Rotary International is working with Toastmasters International to provide opportunities to grow our networks, leadership and communication skills, and our impact within the community. This alliance with Toastmasters is different from RI's relationships with other organizations: It enhances our membership experience through professional development opportunities and making connections beyond your club.

    Today, Bob touched on these subjects:

    Why this alliance makes sense to both Rotary & to Toastmasters.

    Commonality & Benefits, Toastmasters principles; Incorrect usage of our language.

    Both organizations have similar structures.

    Wordplay, Listening skills & Body language.

    Benefits to both Rotary & Toastmasters: Improved communications skills, Succession simplified, Leadership development, Improvement of comfort levels & Improvement in networking.

    What shall we do Now?

    Make contact with Toastmasters, Invite a speaker, Become a member & get Toastmasters to become Rotarians, Have them join in on service projects AND take advantage of this alliance!

    Contacts for Rotary Toastmasters: 

    Bob Peterson  bpbobpeterson@gmail.com   915-241-6055

    TK O’Geary    tkogeary@gmail.com    505-263-3034  In Albuquerque

    Ofelia Mletzko      ofeliamletzko@gmail.com    915-474-0113

    Stephen Ralph, Toastmaster District 23, Club Growth Director  Stephen.Ralph.D23@gmail.com

    On Facebook search for Rotary 5520 Toastmasters to see the Facebook page

    If we need more information:

    https://petersontoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org/

     

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    30 May            A celebration of Fofo’s life – 3P-8P at the event palace.

    31 May            Memorial Day

    1 June              Regular Zoom meeting - Darlene Allen - Director of Fisher House Foundation (Veterans)

    8 June              Board meeting at 11AM

    8 June              Regular Zoom meeting - Anne McKinney - New Mexico Child First

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention.

    15 June            “IN PERSON” Meeting  at Cloud Dancers – 9629 2nd NW (Alameda & 2nd) .

    19 June            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            First Day of Summer !!!

    22 June            Regular Zoom meeting - Donna Payne - Foster parent and trainer for new foster parents

    29 June            Rotary Picnic Meeting & Installation!

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.
  • 18 May 2021 6:23 PM | Anonymous

    Our Zoom meeting was called to order at Noon by President Allan. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians & Guests:           None

    May is–Youth Service Month

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

      What famous Rotarian helped Sam Walton of Walmart fame get his start ? Answer: It was James Cash Penney. A member of the NYC Rotary Club, JC Penney founded the department store chain in 1902. He later employed and trained a young Sam Walton, who went on to found Walmart. Was Sam Walton a Rotarian?  Yes he was!  Rotary Club of (where else) Bentonville, Arkansas!

      How many global grants are our district clubs involved in? (19, 22 or 28 global grants) District 5520 clubs are involved in 28 global grants at this time!  6 are from Albuquerque area clubs. Some examples are funding nursing education in Juarez, Mexico, training and educating youth peace workers in Bolivia, and sewage controls in Guatemala. Good work funded by the RI Foundation and others. (Keep those donations flowing Albuquerque Sandia!)

       These three men; Earl Warren, Charles Houston and Thurgood Marshall, were involved in an important fair education case that found “separate is not equal” 67 years ago yesterday. What was the case name?  Answer: Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, a ruling that struck down the Plessy v. Ferguson case law from 1896 that allowed separate “but equal” segregated schools. . 

      What were the roles of the three individuals named above? Answer: Earl Warren was the newly appointed (by Eisenhower) Chief Justice, replacing recently deceased justice Fred Vinson who was a supporter of “separate but equal” schools.  Thurgood Marshall was the lead defense attorney representing the NAACP who brought the suit. Charles Houston was a WW I vet, graduate of Harvard Law who went on to become Dean of the Howard Law School, where he mentored Thurgood Marshall and then hired him to work at the NAACP under his tutelage.  Although Houston died before the court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education, it was his strategies that were successful in the lead up to this historic case. 

      On May 18, 1980, This 1 Billion dollar insurance loss took place in a western state….(John guesses it just from this clue!) It was seen from miles around and 80,000 feet into the sky….It deposited ash in the 11 surrounding states... What was it?  Answer: Mount St. Helens volcano eruption!  Allan and Karen reported that they were sent a box of the ashes that fell in great volume on Portland Oregon after the explosion.  Apparently potash (in those ashes) is sometimes good for rose bushes (you had to be there…)

      On May 18, 1985 what movie directed by and starring this actor (Mel Gibson) premiered at the Seattle Film Festival ? Was it Gladiator, Braveheart or Kingdom of Heaven?  Answer: (Correctly answered by everyone present!) Braveheart.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Re: District 5520 community Grant with Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship:

    We’re going to apply Rotary stickers to their helmets on Tuesday, June 15th. Sandia Rotary will have its IN PERSON gathering instead of a ZOOM meeting!!! We’ll meet at Cloud Dancers at noon. 

    Address: 9629 2nd NW. Directions: Traveling North ON 2nd Street. When you get to 2nd and Alameda, cross Alameda going North. The first time you can make a left, turn and go over the big ditch and you will see 9629 2nd on the West side of 2nd street. 

    They’ll be giving us a short tour of their new facility.  If you want to help put stickers on the helmets, please let Emily know. Please RSVP to Emily so she can let Cloud Dancers know how many to expect.  

    Volunteers are needed to fill the following 2021-22 Club officer and director positions: 

    President-Elect Nominee, Project chair and R.I. Foundation chair.

    Save the date (and please R.S.V.P.) May 30, 2021 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    The celebration of life for Fofo is scheduled on May 30 (Sunday) 2021.

    Location: the Event Palace, 1413 Eubank Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. This celebration of life will be complete only with assistance from you. 1) Single best story of Fofo to tell at the microphone (please come prepared); 2) Favorite photo or two of Fofo - sent ahead via email to glouis@salud.unm.edu so we can have a special display for the celebration, and 3) Your turn to cook or contribute, so bring either a favorite side dish to share, drink or financial contribution (jerk chicken and brisket will be catered).

    Meet with fans of a beautiful soul who touched each and every one of us with her laughter, her candor, empathy, infectious smile . . . constant and generous outpouring of delicious food and drink . . . incredible kindness, closeness to God, and so much more.

    Please email or call Gabrielle Pierre-Louis at glouis@salud.unm.edu   and cell number of 505-401-8983

    to respond with how many to attend, your digital photos and or any other questions.

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

    It’s that time of the year when Rotary International requests Rotarians to write a check to the RI Foundation for $100. This program is “Every Rotarian Every Year”. It promotes and encourages everyone to participate. This donation will count toward your Paul Harris Fellow Fellowship. If 100% of our club members contribute at least $25 or more, our club will qualify for a larger piece of the Grant funds. The deadline for mailing the checks is June 7. That’ll give Gloria enough time to fill out forms and get the check and paperwork mailed to R.I. Foundation before June 30.

    Please make your check payable to:   Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia

    In the check’s lower left “For” section, write:  R.I. Foundation ANNUAL FUND

    Mail to:    Gloria Podolny, Treasurer    2108 White Cloud ST NE   Albuquerque, NM  87112

    This is an invitation to join in on a “club-hosted special event” of a Virtual Toastmasters’ Club on Monday, May 31, at 6:00 pm MDT. Whenever a month has a fifth Monday, we

    hold an event such as this, with an Accredited Speaker who delivers a training session to our members

    and guests. This month, our speaker will be Ross Mackay, who will speak on, “The Neuroscience of Goal Achievement.”

    Today’s Program:    

    Judy introduced Margo Murdock, Master Gardener. Margo has been a Master Gardener in Bernalillo County for over 15 years and is also an active member of the Albuquerque Daylily Society. Today, she spoke about gardening in the high desert and appropriate plants for landscape sustainability.

    Subjects covered today, were:

    Plants for high desert gardening… Where did this type of plant originate?

    Plant needs & how they get their nutrients: Water, Humidity, Sun, Wind, Temperature swings & mulch.

    We have a Ph of >7. Our soil texture is sand, clay, DG & caliche and we have little precipitation.

    Among ABQ native plants (High Desert) are Desert willow, NM olive, 3-leaf & chamisa.

    There are also Mediterranean, High Desert, Oasis and Mountain plants.

    Pick drought tolerant plants… some plants require drought!

    Watch out for what type of mulch that you use!

    The type of plant’s location on your property is important… Does it need shade? Too much heat?

    Does the plant need acid or alkaline soil?

    If you can, buy plants from local (Southwest) growers…There are very few of these.

    Where to water trees & shrubs? Out at the roots, NOT at the trunk!

    Water deeply and less often & don’t compact the soil. Fertilize the feeder root area w/compost.

    Annual maintenance- Soil amendment & fertilization; Pruning in late summer; Irrigation: Change schedule seasonally (3 schedules)… Frequency vs. duration. ½” of rain = 1x watering.

    Water properly! Especially during establishment (2-3 years for native plants).

     

    So, how do you remember everything? There’s so much to know!

    Try Salman at www.HighCountryGardens.com

    www.AlbuquerqueGardenCenter.org

     

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    22 May            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 2, Via Zoom.

    25 May            Regular Zoom meeting – Bob Peterson, Toastmasters International (DG Sunny attends)

    30 May            A celebration of Fofo’s life – 3P-8P at the event palace.

    31 May            Memorial Day

    1 June              Regular Zoom meeting -

    8 June              Board meeting at 11AM

    8 June              Regular Zoom meeting -

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention.

    15 June            “IN PERSON” Meeting  at Cloud Dancers – 9629 2nd NW (Alameda & 2nd) .

    19 June            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            First Day of Summer !!!

    22 June            Regular Zoom meeting -

    29 June            Rotary Picnic Meeting & Installation!

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.
  • 11 May 2021 7:17 PM | Anonymous

    Following our May board meeting, this regular Zoom meeting was called to order at Noon by President Allan. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Michael Podolny

    May is–Youth Service Month

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    A friend of Pat’s is helping volunteers with “NM Kids Matter” and “Friends of Foster Children”. They’re collecting suitcases, duffle bags and attractive or humorous bags in which foster children pack their clothes and toys when moving. Regrettably, many of them move often.

    Even TJ Maxx type decorative reusable shopping bags are an improvement. Pat hopes that you’ll inventory your suitcases, etc. and see if you have anything to contribute. You may have seen pictures of foster children carrying all of their worldly possessions in big black garbage bags. There are stories of their bags being thrown out or confused with another’s, resulting in deep distress and anger. The campaign is called “Trash the Bags” and donations are needed by May 15. If you have anything to donate, drop it off at Trash the Bags on Saturday 5 May, from 11:00AM to 3:00PM

    NM Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO 2300 Buena Vista Drive, SE  # 126   ABQ, NM  87106

    Re: District 5520 community Grant with Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship:

    Thanks to Cheryl’s efforts, she has checked with the District Grant Chair and found that “all is well and the project has been marked as Completed. Thus, there is nothing further to be done to satisfy the reporting requirements”. However, we’re going to apply Rotary stickers to their helmets on Tuesday, June 15th. Sandia Rotary will have its first IN PERSON gathering instead of a ZOOM meeting!!!  WE are excited!! 

    We’ll have our meeting at Cloud Dancers at noon. Address is 9629 2nd NW. Its a bit tricky to get to so please follow these directions: Traveling North ON 2nd Street. When you get to 2nd and Alameda, cross Alameda going north. The first time you can make a left - turn and go over the big ditch and you will see 9629 2nd on the west side of 2nd street. 

    They would also like to give us a short tour of their new facility.  If you’re interested and want to help put stickers on the helmets, please let Emily know.

    Please RSVP to Emily so she can let Cloud Dancers know how many to expect.  

    Volunteers are needed to fill the following 2021-22 Club officer and director positions: 

    President-Elect Nominee, Project chair and R.I. Foundation chair.

     Save the date and please R.S.V.P. May 30, 2021 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    We need your presence for ONE LAST celebration to honor Fofo.

    The celebration of life for Fofo is scheduled on her day of birth –May 30 (Sunday) and will be held this year, the year of her passing, 2021. The location is the Event Palace, 1413 Eubank Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    This celebration of life is only complete with contributions from you. 1) Single best story of Fofo to tell at the microphone (please come prepared); 2) favorite photo or two of Fofo from any point in her life - sent ahead via email to glouis@salud.unm.edu so we can have a special display for the celebration, and 3) your turn to cook or contribute so bring either a favorite side dish to share, drink or financial contribution (jerk chicken and brisket will be catered).

    Meet and reconnect with like-minded fans of a beautiful soul who touched each and every one of us with her laughter, her incredible candor, deep empathy, infectious smile . . . constant and generous outpouring of delicious food and drink . . . incredible kindness, closeness to God, and so much more. The day is our turn to celebrate and communally create one last festivity to honor a special soul.

    Please email or call Gabrielle Pierre-Louis at glouis@salud.unm.edu   and cell number of 505-401-8983

    to respond with how many to attend, your digital photos and or any other questions.

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

    NM governor Michelle will be speaking at the Santa Fe Club 13 May meeting. If you wish to attend via Zoom, contact PDG Dick Jones at RJones9755@aol.com.

    It’s that time of the year when Rotary International requests Rotarians to write a check to the RI Foundation for $100. This is a program called “Every Rotarian Every Year” to promote and encourage everyone to participate. This donation will be recorded in your Paul Harris Fellow account. If 100% of our club members contribute at least $25 or more our club will qualify for a larger piece of the Grant funds. The deadline for mailing the checks is June 7. That will give Gloria enough time to fill out the paperwork and get the check and paperwork mailed to R.I. Foundation before June 30.

    Please make your check payable to:   Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia

    In the “For” section in the lower left, write:  R.I. Foundation ANNUAL FUND

    Mail to:    Gloria Podolny, Treasurer    2108 White Cloud ST NE   Albuquerque, NM  87112

    Today’s Program:    

    Judy introduced Cecilia Sadler, Rotary Alumni and President of Hands of the Caribbean. 

    Cecilia was a 1998 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte. She earned her master’s degree in Ecological Sustainable Development while attending Murdoch University in Western Australia. With FoFo’s passing, she is in the process of taking the helm of Hands of the Caribbean.

    Cecilia outlined how her Australian project worked and how her experience helps with her present job projects at Los Alamos.

    She has quite a bit of experience writing R.I. international grants and described how the power of Rotary has worked throughout her life experience.

    She also related how she met Fofo and developed their relationship and her involvement with Hands of the Caribbean.

    Furthermore, Cecilia described how politics and cash flow differs between Haiti and the USA. The “Hands” board of directors makeup was outlined and how a non-profit works with problems presented by Haitian politics.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    18 May            Regular Zoom meeting – Margo Murdoch, Master Gardener

    22 May            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 2, Via Zoom.

    25 May            Regular Zoom meeting – Bob Peterson, Toastmasters International

    30 May            A celebration of Fofo’s life – 3P-8P at the event palace.

    31 May            Memorial Day

    1 June              Rotary Picnic Meeting!

    8 June              Board meeting at 11AM

    8 June              Regular Zoom meeting -

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention.

    15 June            “IN PERSON” Meeting  at Cloud Dancers – 9629 2nd NW (Alameda & 2nd) .

    19 June            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            First Day of Summer !!!

    22 June            Regular Zoom meeting -

    29 June            Regular Zoom meeting -

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.
  • 04 May 2021 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    Our Zoom meeting was called to order at Noon by President-Elect Emily. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    PDG Tim Parker

    May is–Youth Service Month

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

    1.     What activity focus does Rotary celebrate in the month of May? Answer: Youth Services month 

    2.     A foundation was recently established in our Rotary District to support a vital youth project. What is the target of the funding? Answer: The RYLA Foundation. If you have any questions please contact the RYLA Foundation’s President, Bob Barnard at rleeb02@gmail.com. (To make a donation to our new RYLA Foundation, please send your check payable to the District 5520 RYLA Foundation, Inc. to Debbie LeMon, District 5520 Bookkeeper, 5445 Pikes Peak Loop NE, Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87144. If you have any questions please contact the RYLA Foundation’s President, Bob Barnard at rleeb02@gmail.com

    3.     Who is the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Santa Fe on May 13? Actor Ali McGraw, SpaceX Astronaut Mike Hopkins (NASA), or Governor Lujan Grisham? Answer: Governor Lujan Grisham. Open to all via Zoom, and free of course!  Contact Dick Jones at rjones9755@aol.com  if you would like to receive the Zoom link to see what the Governor has to say to Rotarians!  

    4.     On May 4, 1979,  what politician was the first woman in her country to be elected  Prime Minister? Answer: Margaret Thatcher.

    5.     Tomorrow is the celebration of: National Clean-Your-Room Day, National Nurses Day, or Cinco de Mayo. Answer: Cinco de Mayo! 

    6.     What does Cinco de Mayo commemorate? Answer: Mexican Army victory over the French troops at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco Mexican War.

    7.     What is the official dish of Cinco de Mayo? Answer: It’s apparently mole poblamo!

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Judy coughed up a happy fiver for her grandson (at USC), who had his script produced!

    We need member volunteers to fill the following 2021-2022 Club officer and director positions:  President-Elect Nominee, Project manager/chair and R.I. Foundation chair.

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

    NM governor Michelle will be speaking at the Santa Fe Club 13 May meeting. If you wish to attend, contact PDG Dick Jones at RJones9755@aol.com.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Please get in touch with Judy to supply a program for the months of May & June. Judy is considering a meeting at Rotary park!

    R.I. Annual Fund giving time is just about here! Most members donate $100 yearly to the R.I. Foundation’s Annual Fund. Please donate at least $25 if you can. Make checks out to our Club, with RI Annual Fund noted on it.

    There’ll be a District Assembly on May 8th for training incoming Club Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs. The Assembly will run all day. There’s a single registration to attend any of the sessions. Jeff’ll send registrants a detailed agenda. A registration link for the assembly is accessible through the District website. Rotary District 5520 Assembly | District 5520 www.Rotary5520.org 

    Questions? Contact Jeff Weinrach, District Trainer 1-505-400-1403  jweinrach5520@nmia.com

    Today’s Program:     Human Trafficking

    Judy introduced PDG Tim Parker. Tim serves as the Rotary District 5520 Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative Chair and recently finished service as NMDOT’s Human Trafficking Awareness Committee Chair.

     Human trafficking is an ongoing and increasingly growing problem across the country. The statistics are alarming and The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to bringing awareness to this crisis by instructing our employees to become more aware of their surroundings and what might be taking place in and around the variety of environments our employees are working in. It is important to apply the "See Something, Say Something" approach to our lives. It may be the one thing that prevents an abduction or saves a life!

    Annually, human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide. It is the fastest growing and 2nd largest criminal enterprise in the world.

    Human Trafficking is the exploitation of a person for commercial sex or forced labor. There are an estimated 25-40 million victims of human trafficking in the world. It happens in every country.

    It’s in our own backyard - Chances are that you already know a victim!

    It impacts every community. Anyone can be a victim. In the U.S., 2-4 million victims are being trafficked; 75% are exploited for sex. Almost half are children, and most are women and girls. Victims come from all demographics.

    Spot the signs - Sex trafficking happens 365 days a year. What to look for:

    ·        Signs of violence: unexplained bruises, black eyes, cuts, or marks

    ·        Behaviors including fear, anxiety, depression, hyper vigilance, nervousness

    ·        Easily startled, agitated, or afraid

    ·        Unsure of where they are

    ·        Not in control of money or documents

    ·        Accompanied by older “boyfriend” / companion

    ·        Dressed to look older or inappropriately for the weather/situation

    ·        Name or symbol tattooed or branded on neck, chest, or arms

    300,000 youth are at risk of being trafficked every day in the USA.

    13 is the average age that a sex trafficking victim is first sold.

    6,000 is the average number of times a sex trafficking victim is raped.

    1 in 100 are the odds of escape.

    7 years is the average life span for those who don’t escape, once trafficked.

    40,200 cases reported since 2007

    27% of cases go unreported

    Half of reported cases are minors

    30% of cases originate in the Midwest

                            Actually, there is NO official estimate of total numbers!

    If you think someone is being trafficked DO NOT intervene or interact with someone you suspect is being trafficked. It can put both you and the victim at risk. Do NOT attempt to rescue anyone.

    Call 888-373-7888 (National Sex Trafficking Hotline) or 911.

    What Rotary is Doing

    Our mission is to End Human Trafficking. We will serve as facilitators and problem solvers and provide forums for discussion. We will provide Rotary Clubs with information, resources and toolkits to engage their communities and support local organizations and agencies working to end human trafficking. To end human trafficking, we have to prevent it before it happens. To that end, our Initiative will focus on:

    ·        Raising Awareness

    ·        Educating Children and Youth

    ·        Reducing Risk Factors that make children vulnerable

    ·        Stopping the Demand

    Every Rotary Club is encouraged to support local organizations working to end human trafficking to raise awareness about human trafficking, and to engage your community around this issue. Click here to find out how.

    ·        An estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Of these:

    o   16 million (64%) were exploited for labor,

    o   4.8 million (19%) were sexually exploited,

    ·        Forced labor takes place in many different industries. Of the 16 million trafficking victims exploited for labor:

    o   7.5 million (47%) forced labor victims work in construction, manufacturing, mining, or hospitality

    o   3.8 million (24%) forced labor victims are domestic workers

    o   1.7 million (11%) forced labor victims work in agriculture

    ·        71% of trafficking victims around the world are women and girls and 29% are men and boys.

    ·        15.4 million victims (75%) are aged 18 or older, with the number of children under the age of 18 estimated at 5.5 million (25%).

    ·        Victims spend an average of 20 months in forced labor, although this varied with different forms of forced labor.

    ·        While only 19% of victims are trafficked for sex, sexual exploitation earns 66% of the global profits of human trafficking. The average annual profits generated by each woman in forced sexual servitude ($100,000) is estimated to be six times more than the average profits generated by each trafficking victim worldwide ($21,800), according to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    More Info??? Go to https://RotaryEndHT.org

    Also, checkout the SOAR training program from the US Department of Health & Human Resources.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    8 May              District 5520 Assembly

    9 May              Mother’s Day

    11 May            Board meeting at 11AM

    11 May            Regular Zoom meeting - Cecilia Sadler

    18 May            Regular Zoom meeting –

    22 May            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 2, Via Zoom.

    25 May            Regular Zoom meeting -

    30 May            A celebration of Fofo’s life – 3P-8P at the event palace.

    31 May            Memorial Day

    1 June              Rotary Picnic Meeting!

    8 June              Board meeting at 11AM

    8 June              Regular Zoom meeting -

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention.

    15 June            Regular Zoom meeting –

    19 June            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            First Day of Summer !!!

    22 June            Regular Zoom meeting -

    29 June            Regular Zoom meeting -

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.
  • 27 Apr 2021 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    Our Zoom meeting was called to order at Noon by President Allan. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Donna Pedace, Del Norte

    April is– “Magazine Month”

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     What disease is Rotary, Gates Foundation and World Vision working toward eliminating by funding an additional 2,500 community health workers in Zambia? (Hint: it’s not polio!) To help end malaria in Zambia, The Rotary Foundation, World Vision USA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will each contribute $2 million for the Rotary-led Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia program. This $6 million program will add 2,500 community health workers to the national health system in Zambia, allowing for effective malaria diagnosis and treatment for more than 1.3 million people in ten of the most highly affected districts in Central and Muchinga provinces.

    2.     Today in history: on April 27, 1989 what world power encountered a major uprising of youth that was put down by force?   Answer: The Chinese at Tiananmen Square

    3.     Commercial jingle of the week: What product was “It’s magically delicious!” the ad jingle for?  Answer: Lucky Charms

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Pat’s last chemo is done with!

    President-Elect Emily is still looking for member volunteers to fill the following 2021-2022 Club officer and director positions:  President-Elect Nominee, Project manager/chair and R.I. Foundation chair.

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

    Individual registry for City immunization volunteers – Talk to Cheryl if you want to help out..

    Emily has attempted to contact the Food bank for work at the end of May, Packing boxes at Silver Horizons and Attaching helmet stickers at Cloud Dancers (Cheryl has ‘em). So far, no one has returned her calls.

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Please get in touch with Judy to supply a program for the months of May & June. Judy is considering a meeting at Rotary park!

    There’ll be a District Assembly on May 8th for training incoming Club Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs. The Assembly will run all day. There’s a single registration to attend any of the sessions. Jeff’ll send registrants a detailed agenda. A registration link for the assembly is accessible through the District website. Rotary District 5520 Assembly | District 5520 www.Rotary5520.org 

    Questions? Contact Jeff Weinrach, District Trainer 1-505-400-1403  jweinrach5520@nmia.com

    Today’s Program:     Scandalous Women of the Old West

    Judy introduced author Donna Pedace, District 5520 Secretary,

    This book profiles ten amazing women who lived in the Old West. They left society's conventions behind and  engaged in a wide range of interests and professions. They overcame incredible odds to make a place for themselves in their chosen world, despite the sometimes objections of both men and women. Each blazed new trails for women who would come after them. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for their strong will and perseverance.

    “Scandalous as defined by the standards of the 1800s. These are women who lived outside the role of traditional wife and mother,” explained Donna.

    In preparation for writing her book about a subject that had fascinated her for years, Donna delved deeply into historical documents, such as diaries and newspaper reports, to dispel “the myths and suppositions” that surrounded the lives of the 150 women she originally researched.

    She eventually chose the final 10 based upon the diversity of their backgrounds and exceptional life experiences, beginning with those whose birthdates fell in the early 1880s on through 1885, spanning most of the 19th century. Pedace added very few editorial comments. The women and the lives they led stand on their own.

    The book begins with the life story of Doña Tules, who is probably the best known of the women in the book. Born near the turn of the 19th century, she’s remembered as an incredibly shrewd business woman and probably the only woman in U.S. history who loaned the federal government money to launch a military campaign. It’s not known if General Kearney repaid his $1,000 debt to outfit the troops headed to Chihuahua, Mexico.

    The book ends with mule pack operator Olga Schaaff Little whose life began in 1885 and extended into the 20th century. She is best known for her long years of transporting precious metals from mines in Colorado and for leading 15 miners to safety during a blinding blizzard when they had run out of food.

    In between the pages that pay tribute to Tules and Little are the true stories of Mary Field, nicknamed Stagecoach Mary, who was born into slavery, yet worked in missions of the Catholic Church in Ohio and Montana. Her drinking and legendary brawling, winning most fights against her male opponents, motivated the Bishop to urge her to seek work elsewhere. For many of the ensuing years, she was a mail carrier, beloved by those on her Montana routes.

    There are the two wives of Horace Tabor, Augusta and Elizabeth “Baby Doe”, whose poignant lives were colored by the fluctuating market for silver; the Apache war shaman, Lozen, who rode on raids into New Mexico and was a friend to Geronimo; and Nellie Cashman, “Angel of the Miners”, who, when a military rescue failed, organized and led a team of six men to save 150 stranded miners during a brutal winter in northern British Columbia. She eventually settled north of the Arctic Circle and traveled thousands of miles each year to spend time in Arizona.

    We can’t overlook Mattie Silks Thomson Ready, Denver’s most successful madam; Susan McSween Barber, a survivor of the Lincoln County War, who became known as the “Cattle Queen of New Mexico”; Polly Bemis, a Chinese woman, who, as a child, was sold into slavery by her family to work in Idaho; or anthropologist and society maven Elsie Clews Parsons, Ph.D. who was adopted into a Hopi tribe.

    Pedace concluded her presentation by reminding us that “what these women experienced is well outside the realm of our experience.”

    Pedace grew up in Missouri and, after graduating from college in California, worked for General Dynamics on the first Trident submarine. Ten years later, she returned to California to open a boutique travel agency, followed by positions as executive director in several national education and arts organizations including the Spanish Colonial Art Society and Museum in Santa Fe. As a member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque del Norte, Pedace has directed two of District 5520’s major international travel programs.

    After years of research, Pedace remarked that she had “run out of excuses” and pursued the opportunity to write a book about “those scandalous women of the Old West.”

    Pedace’s book, Scandalous Women of the Old West—Women Who Dared to Be Different, is available through Amazon.com.

     

    There being no additional Rotary business, President Allan told us to leave at 1:00 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    1 May              Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    4 May              Regular Zoom meeting- Human Trafficking with PDG Tim Parker.

    8 May              District 5520 Assembly

    9 May              Mother’s Day

    11 May            Board meeting at 11AM

    11 May            Regular Zoom meeting - Cecilia Sadler

    18 May            Regular Zoom meeting –

    22 May            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 2, Via Zoom.

    25 May            Regular Zoom meeting -

    30 May            A celebration of Fofo’s life – 3P-8P at the event palace.

    31 May            Memorial Day

    1 June              Regular Zoom meeting -

    8 June              Board meeting at 11AM

    8 June              Regular Zoom meeting -

    12-16 June      Rotary International Convention.

    15 June            Regular Zoom meeting –

    19 June            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June            Father’s Day

    21 June            First Day of Summer !!!

    22 June            Regular Zoom meeting -

    29 June            Regular Zoom meeting -

    1 July              The new Rotary Year begins.
  • 20 Apr 2021 6:52 PM | Anonymous

    Our Zoom meeting was called to order at Noon by President Allan. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    Visiting Rotarians:    Michael P       Frank Rivera, AG

    Guests:           Paula Getz

    April is– “Magazine Month”

    Following our weekly roll call,

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

    1.     Yesterday was the birthday of an important person in Rotary history. Whose birthday was it and where was he born? Answer: Paul Percy Harris was born in Racine, Wisconsin on  4/19/1868. At age 3 he moved to Vermont where he was raised by his paternal grandparents. After his grandfather died, Harris could not return to a second year at Princeton and sought work as a law clerk in Iowa.

    2.     Where did Paul Harris first meet his wife Jean? Answer: According to Wikipedia, Harris met Scotswoman Jean Thomson at a nature club meeting. They were married on July 2, 1910 in Chicago.

    3.     Advertising Jingle Trivia: What product was being promoted by this 1971 jingle: "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing”? Answer: Coca Cola. “Buy the World a Coke" was produced by Billy Davis and portrayed a positive message of hope and love, featuring a multicultural collection of teenagers on top of a hill in Italy appearing to sing the song. The idea originally came to Bill Backer, an advertising executive working for McCann Erickson, the agency responsible for Coca-Cola. Backer, Roger Cook and Billy Davis were delayed at Shannon Airport in Ireland. After a forced layover with many hot tempers, they noticed their fellow travelers the next morning were talking and joking while drinking Coca-Cola. Backer wrote the line "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" on a napkin and shared it with British hit songwriters Cook and Roger Greenaway. It was a hit single in 1971 and The Seekers went on to produce a full song and album with the same name that also achieved success.

    4.     Now that you have your covid vaccination card, where should you keep it? Answer:

                *. Make a copy of your CDC covid 19 Vaccine card

                *. Carry the copy in case it is needed, (like to show your primary care physician)

                *. You can laminate the copy (never the original) Reason: more vaccines may be needed in future

                *. Using your cell phone camera, take a picture of the original to have a backup.

                *. Store* the original card with your other vaccination records and important documents like

                    passports, etc.

                *Before you store it, Emily says you can show it at a Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut every

                  day thru 2021. Warning – this could add poundage!  

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    Cheryl has received our Club’s new Rotary masks !!!

    President-Elect Emily is still looking for member volunteers to fill the following 2021-2022 Club officer and director positions:  President-Elect Nominee, Project manager/chair and R.I. Foundation chair.

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

    Our Club was recognized as one of the 2020-2021 ShelterBox Hero Clubs at the District conference!

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Please get in touch with Judy to supply a program for the months of May & June. Judy is considering a meeting at Rotary park!

    Then, there’s the District Assembly on May 8th for training incoming Club Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs. It’ll be a combination of plenary and breakout sessions. The Assembly will run all day with three scheduled breakout sessions. There’s a single registration to attend one or more of the breakout sessions. Jeff will send registrants a detailed agenda. Here’s a registration link for the assembly, which is also accessible through the District website. Rotary District 5520 Assembly | District 5520 www.Rotary5520.org   Questions? Contact Jeff Weinrach, District Trainer 1-505-400-1403  jweinrach5520@nmia.com

    Today’s Program:     The New Mexico Legislative Session

    President Allan introduced Karen Bash, District 68 NM Legislature Representative.

    Karen updated us on the doings of the 2021 New Mexico legislative session. She also filled us in on those bills on which she has worked. Her priorities have been schooling, child welfare and food insecurity.

    A $7.4 billion budget has passed both chambers. It offers long-term, low-interest loans up to $150,000 to eligible New Mexico businesses and nonprofits.
    Legislators also charted an economic exit from the COVID-19 pandemic and set up priorities on policing reforms, abortion rights and child poverty.

    Legislators have ramped up state tax breaks for working families — a finishing touch on a broad package of economic relief measures.

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed bills that provide grants and minimal-interest loans to small businesses, a $600 tax rebate to low-income workers and a four-month tax holiday to the food service industry.
    Lawmakers also passed an overhaul of the state’s liquor laws which will help the tourism and hospitality industries. The new law makes it easier for restaurants to serve mixed drinks and allow home alcohol delivery. At the same time, the legalization of recreational cannabis was also passed.

    With backing from Native American and Black activists, lawmakers approved a bill that bans hair-based discrimination in the workplace and schools.

    But, bills fell flat that challenged police procedures on use of force, chokeholds and misconduct reviews.

    A budget bill from the Legislature directs new financial resources toward public education.

    The session highlighted shifting attitudes toward abortion, as legislators made good on promises to rescind the state’s dormant 1969 ban on most abortion procedures — ensuring abortion access in case the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down its Roe v. Wade decision.

    In another political change, a bill to ban the use of traps, snare and poison on public lands won final approval from the House of Representatives by a one-vote margin.

    The testing of self-driving vehicles in New Mexico has been authorized, putting our state at the forefront of that industry and creating a new economic driver for our state.

    New Mexico has been positioned on the cutting-edge of space tourism by facilitating the uninterrupted operation and growth of the commercial space flight industry in our state. 

    A centralized, comprehensive plan is now provided to deliver broadband internet to every home and business in our state. This legislation establishes a director of broadband for New Mexico and leverages federal and state resources to build this infrastructure. The plan also establishes an office of broadband, resulting in a comprehensive broadband program in New Mexico. 

    Another bill provides terminally ill, mentally competent adults in New Mexico, who are given six or fewer months to live, with the option to obtain medication allowing them to pass away peacefully. The bill contains strict eligibility requirements and extensive safeguards to protect patients and regulate the practice.

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

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball Telethon

    27 April          Regular Zoom meeting- Scandalous Women of the Old West w/Donna Pedace.

    1 May            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    4 May            Regular Zoom meeting- Human Trafficking with PDG Tim Parker.

    8 May            District 5520 Assembly

    9 May            Mother’s Day

    11 May          Board meeting at 11AM

    11 May          Regular Zoom meeting - Cecilia Sadler

    18 May          Regular Zoom meeting –

    22 May          Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 2, Via Zoom.

    25 May          Regular Zoom meeting -

    30 May          A celebration of Fofo’s life – 3P-8P at the event palace.

    31 May          Memorial Day

    1 June           Regular Zoom meeting -

    8 June           Board meeting at 11AM

    8 June           Regular Zoom meeting -

    12-16 June    Rotary International Convention.

    15 June         Regular Zoom meeting –

    19 June         Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3, Via Zoom.

    20 June         Father’s Day

    21 June         First Day of Summer !!!

    22 June         Regular Zoom meeting -

    29 June         Regular Zoom meeting -

    1 July           The new Rotary Year begins.
  • 13 Apr 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    Following this morning’s monthly board meeting, President Allan called this Zoom meeting to order at Noon. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-way test followed with a moment of silence and reflection.

    April is– “Magazine Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:  

    President-Elect Emily is still looking for member volunteers to fill the following 2021-2022 Club officer and director positions:  President-Elect Nominee, Project manager/chair and R.I. Foundation chair.

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

    Club members provide program speakers for our meetings. Please get in touch with Judy to supply programs for the months of May & June. Let’s consider another meeting at Rotary park!

    There’ll be a District Assembly on May 8th for training incoming Club Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs. The Assembly will be a combination of plenary and breakout sessions with a special guest presenter for the opening session, RI Chief Strategic Officer Tom Thorfinnson. Breakout sessions will be by Club role (e.g., Club Secretary, Club Membership Chair). The Assembly will run all day with three scheduled breakout session times. 

    There’s a single registration whether participants attend one or more of the breakout sessions. Jeff will send registrants a detailed agenda. Here’s a registration link for the assembly. It's also accessible through the District website. Rotary District 5520 Assembly | District 5520 (rotary5520.org)

    If you have any questions about the assembly, contact Jeff Weinrach, Rotary District 5520 Trainer 1-505-400-1403  jweinrach5520@nmia.com

    Today’s Program:     The Gourmet Farmer

    Pat introduced Ms. Tammy Farmer-Stocker.

    Tammy presented her program on health promoting foods & nutrition as medicine.

    Responding to the need for healthy food choices in the West Texas area, The Gourmet Farmer launched as the only organic food choice within 100 miles and quickly grew to a following of 800+ in the community. Without access to organic food suppliers (they did not stock organics in distribution centers at the time), Tammy grew produce at her family farm and developed relationships with area farmers and ranchers to establish a supply chain for the business.

    She closed her cafe in 2009 when the farm was killed by a crop duster spraying a neighbors GMO cotton field with RoundUp. That event led to an interesting journey toward writing a book on the topic and obtaining a masters degree in the study of living systems and interrelatedness of sentient life forms.

    With the intention of inspiring local farmers to once again grow gardens and share their bounties, Tammy created and organized Scurry County's first-ever farmer's market, attracting regional farmers, ranchers, and artisans. The market quickly grew to more than 850 followers and continues to thrive today.

    “It’s hard to be 100 percent organic in West Texas due to the amount of crop dusting that happens in the summer and fall, unless you are growing in a green house,” she said. “But we all do our best to protect our garden areas.”

    Subjects covered today were:

    Your relationship with food, toxic & damaging elements; your bodies and reactions to food intake.

    Food used to prevent disease (the microbiome).

    Covid-19 & what it does to you- Defenses against viruses & boosting the immune system:

    Fight it with mushrooms, broccoli sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, pomegranate, blueberries, blackberries, oysters, pecans & omega-3 and pistachios.

    Super foods for stem cells are tomatoes (3x per week reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 30%) and chocolate (73% dark).

    The development of new blood cells (Angiogenesis) (vitamin K12) is helped by some cheeses.

    To quote Tammy, “The future of medicine is food.”

    Her ‘phone number and email to follow.

    There being no additional Rotary business, our meeting was adjourned at 12:38 PM.

    Programs, Happenings and Stuff & Such:

    20 April          Regular Zoom meeting- The Legislative Session – Rep. Karen Bash

    24 April          Governors’ Charity Ball Telethon

    27 April          Regular Zoom meeting- Scandalous Women of the Old West w/Donna Pedace

    1 May            Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 1, Via Zoom.

    4 May            Regular Zoom meeting- Human Trafficking w/ PDG Tim Parker

    8 May            District 5520 Assembly

    9 May            Mother’s Day

    11 May          Board meeting at 11AM

    11 May          Regular Zoom meeting - Cecilia Sadler

    18 May          Regular Zoom meeting -

    25 May          Regular Zoom meeting -

    30 May          A celebration of Fofo’s life – 3P-8P at the event palace.

    31 May          Memorial Day

    12-16 June    Rotary International Convention.

    20 June         Father’s Day

    1 July           The new Rotary Year begins.
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