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  • 08 Apr 2013 10:05 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the assembly in our pledge of allegiance followed by a moment of silence and contemplation.

    Visiting Rotarians: Dave Walbright, ABQ Club

    Guests: Cindy Watts Hennelly, guest of Andy          Gretchen, guest of John

                 Marianne Kelly, guest of Maggie

    April is – “Magazine Month”

    Why, oh why was there just one pin buck today.

    Sgt.-at-arms Mollie’s Jeopardy question of the week: What do the following words have in common? Truth, Fair, Goodwill & Beneficial… Yes, we all knew it. They’re all in the 4-way test! Since Mollie rolled up the 4-way test banner beforehand, we all recited the test from our aged memories.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Harris started things off with two bucks, for Gloria’s clean bill of health and for his surviving the Boy Scout camp out.

    James was good for a buck, in order to “show off” his 15 year old sweater that he admired (and received as a gift) from a Cichuahua, Mexico Rotarian.

    Pam threw in two, ‘cause she spent the weekend (30 hours) playing scrabble. And, she’s teaching a new nutrition class at UNM.

    Not to be outdone, Vivien let us have a buck for the enjoyment of last night’s basketball game.

    Moneybags Wim outdid all with a fiver, for surviving last weekend’s PETS.

    Last but not least, Mollie parted with a buck, since she’ll be a GREAT grandmother in November!

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

    It is with great pleasure that District 5520 announces the selection of Frank “Tom” Walker as our District Governor Nominee Designate for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Tom has been a member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque since September of 1997. If no qualified challenges are received by April 17, 2013 Tom’s selection will be certified and submitted to Rotary International. Wanna send in a challenge? Nah!

    Speaking of challenges, here’s the Rotary Springtime Blood Drive Challenge: United Blood Services asks that we recruit fellow Rotarians, friends, family, etc. to donate blood during 22-30 April (Rotary Week) at the “Big red Building”, 1515 University B’lvd. Call the UBS scheduler at 505-246-1484 or 246-1445 to set up an appointment. Times: Mon & Tues: 7A-3P, Weds & Thurs: 10:30A-6P, Fri & Sat: 7:30A-3P. Please use the Rotary Challenge special signup sheet at the center.

    Don’t forget to bring in your Albertson’s game pieces to our meetings! Got several new ones, today.

    The Polio Plus change bank was passed around the room as is our usual custom. There’s $123 in there!

    District 5520 “Choose the Cruise”. Get your raffle ticket or ten and credit your EREY & PHF total. Allan is running the ticket distribution and collection of funds. Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Program Fund. Write your checks to “The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. At our District 5520 conference, the winner will receive a $2500 voucher written to any travel agent. The seller receives a $1000 voucher. Please don’t forget to fill out the ticket stubs with the name and ‘phone number of the donors! As of today, we’ve collected $1000, which appears to be our yearly average. Can’t we go over that by at least $10 ??? Allan has to send the stubs and our list to PDG Dick Jones by 25 April, 2013!

    James reminded us once again, of the CLN Breakfast, which will be held at 8:00 AM, on 30 April, at the Hotel Albuquerque (show up at 7:30AM).

    We’ve told them that we’d “fill up a table” at this event in order to learn more about the program, find out how we can help and to get a free breakfast. So, RSVP James (as he requested) by 15 April.

    As scheduled, the threatened “Brown Bag” Picture happened today (That was fun)! The collective visage of Marion, Peggy, Mary & Miguel were missed.

    Janet’s still working on our Club’s “Show & Tell” board for the District 5520 Conference. Please e-mail any pictures, etc. of ANY Club doings (both past and present) that you have, to Janet.

    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie has keept track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –We’ve “Weighed In” and e-mailed Mollie every week.

    -e      -The final “Weigh Out” has taken place.

     -      -We’ll document our total loss and will turn in Club results this week.

    Thanks to all members that have participated!

    Today’s Program: Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship

    Maggie introduced Emily Blea, volunteer coordinator and told us a bit about her career.

    Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Inc. (Cloud Dancers) is an Albuquerque-based recreational horsemanship program founded in 1982 for people with disabilities. They’re a 501c(3) non-profit organization located in Corrales, New Mexico. Their goal is to provide individuals with an opportunity for a unique therapeutic, recreational experience in a fun, safe environment.

    Cloud Dancers is an Affiliate Center Member of PATH Intl. ( Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International). Cloud Dancers offers a Therapeutic Riding Program, in collaboration with Mandy’s Special Farm( http://www.MandysFarm.org ).

    Certified instructors and trained volunteers focus on the riders' abilities. While many riders have serious physical and developmental challenges, they can overcome many of the barriers they experience in their everyday lives by using skills learned while riding. A person with physical limitations can find new opportunities for mobility on a horse, while others may experience increased confidence, pride, and responsibility. Clients’ ages range from 5 years through adult and pay a $310 fee, for the 8 week session.

    The philosophy of Cloud Dancers’ approach is to help individuals reach their potential by building on many small successes. A fun and challenging riding program is designed for each student with achievable goals. As the riders practice trying to attain their goals, self-esteem and confidence also grow.

    Much of the credit for the success of the equestrian programs may be attributed to the connection between horse and rider. A developing partnership allows gentle, trained horses to understand and feel the commands of a rider who may often be dependent on others in most aspects of their lives. It is this horse-rider partnership which makes the Cloud Dancers Program so special.

    The therapeutic value of the program, such as strengthening and relaxing muscles, developing coordination and increasing joint mobility, is matched only by the uplifting emotion and pride shared by the riders and those who love them. Currently, 28 riders partake of the trail and arena program, assisted by 80 volunteers, who give of their time weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

    The program would be nothing without their wonderful horses, Jackie, Joe, Lady J, Lady Summer and Speedy. Lady Summer is a Tennessee Walking Horse; the other four are American Quarter Horses.

    All five are calm, predictable, and unfazed by just about anything. They know exactly what to do when their riders are inexperienced, off balance, or unsure, and yet they know how to respond to the more subtle cues from riders who are more experienced and confident.

    The group’s volunteer coordinator is Emily Blea. You can reach them at CloudDancersTHP@gmail.com, with a web site at http://www.CloudDancersOfTheSouthwest.org.

    Additional contact information: P.O. Box 14058, Albuquerque, NM 87191. Phone: 505-363-1277.

    Ms. Blea also informed us about the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Department of Senior Affairs Home Services Program, complete with informative handouts. Citizens aged 60 or older are offered services consisting of Minor home repairs, Installation of bathroom safety equipment, wheelchair ramps & steps, home chores and light yard work. A small donation by recipients is advised, upon completion of work by the volunteers. For more information, go to their website http://www.cabq.gov/seniors.

    As is our custom, President Judy then presented a gift packet of cards to Ms. Blea as a remembrance of her visit to our Club.

    Our thought for today was provided by Wendy: “The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.” An old Arabian Proverb.

    Since Wendy thought the thought was too short, Maggie thought and added a thought, too:” A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” Pam Brown

    And, at 1:00 PM, President Judy concluded our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    13 April Governors’ Ball.

    16 April Regular Meeting – Care Net Pregnancy Center, Mary LeQuieu

    19 April Paul Harris’ Birthday anniversary (1868)

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM – Nancy Bearice

    27 April RLI – RGA training… Register on the District website, “Training” top of the home page.

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo – Susan Hill

    30 April CLNKids breakfast – 7:30 AM – Hotel Albuquerque.

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    7 May  Regular Meeting - Archetype Dermigraphic Studios/Gallery – Ben Shaw

    7 May  Board Meeting

    14 May Regular Meeting - Growing Epidemic of Identity Theft – Claire Shuford

    21 May Regular Meeting -

    28 May Regular Meeting -

    4 June  Regular Meeting – Please attend & be prepared with ideas for fundraising events.

    11 June Regular Meeting -

    15 June Installation of District 5520 Governor, Christopher (Kit) Turpen

    18 June Regular Meeting -

    23-26 June R.I. Convention – Lisbon, Portugal

    25 June Regular Meeting -

    Club members are needed to sign up with our Sgt-at-Arms in order to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also to act as greeters.

    Thanks to Karen & Allan, who have graciously volunteered to complete this task for the month of April.

  • 02 Apr 2013 7:49 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the assembled Club members in our pledge of allegiance. A moment of silence and contemplation followed.

    April is – “Magazine Month”

    Only ONE pin buck today, from a “visiting” Rotarian.

    Sgt.-at-arms Mollie’s Jeopardy question of the week: On 2 April, 1986, The NCAA adopted what basketball rule? President Judy took the prize with the first answer “ The 3-point rule”.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Welcome home Wendy & James! You are now both “visiting Rotarians”.

    James threw in $2 – Happy to be back & not having to spend $40 on Rotary lunches. Also, for Wendy’s new status as the latest Social Security recipient.

    Not to be outdone, Wendy kicked in $1 for Maggie & Rob’s visit while they were in CA.

    Maggie put in her $1 for the commissioned painting of a remarkable picture of doggie, Yoda.

    Pat received her medicare card yesterday.

    Peggy’s neighbor is selling her friend’s RV… really cheap, too! For the same buck, Peggy reminded us that “Fur & Feathers” needs our help. Also, please keep Lorie & Leslie in your thoughts.

    Andy paid up an announcement buck, to mention that a state probation & parole facility is slated to move near warehouse 508 (NMx) and that they’re not too happy about it.

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

    Don’t forget to bring in your Albertson’s game pieces!

    The Polio Plus change jar was passed around the room as is our usual custom. It’s doing well!

    The District 5520 “Choose the Cruise”. Get your raffle ticket or ten and credit your EREY & PHF total. Allan is running the ticket distribution and collection of funds. Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Program Fund. Write your checks to “The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. At our District 5520 conference, the winner will receive a $2500 voucher written to any travel agent. The seller receives a $1000 voucher. Please don’t forget to fill out the ticket stubs with the name and ‘phone number of the donors! So far, we’ve collected only $700.

    Janet’s working on our Club’s “Show & Tell” board for the District 5520 Conference. Please e-mail any pictures, etc. of ANY Club doings (both past and present) that you have, to Janet.

    President Judy has set next week as the date for our “Brown Bag” Club picture. Please attend this meeting to be included!

    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie is keeping track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie every week.

    -e      -“Weigh Out” 12 weeks from your start date.

     -      -Document total participant loss and turn in Club results April 10th, 2013.

    So far, we’re up to 25lbs. and counting.

    Today’s Program: Endorphin Power Company (EPC)

    Andy introduced today’s program speaker, Mr. Jeff Holland, Executive Director of the Endorphin Power Company.

    The EPC deals with substance abuse, an individual and social problem. Their goal is to address that problem on both levels. EPC promotes the benefits of healthful living, healthful connections, and environmental consciousness. They cultivate an environment in which individuals and communities foster health, happiness, and global awareness through “Four Pillars” of education, physical health, meaningful relationships and service to others.

    Since 2003, volunteers have spent many hours working to make the Endorphin Power Company a respected non-profit organization in the field of addiction recovery.

    EPC provides transitional housing for persons with substance abuse problems and provides a clean and sober living environment where they can reach their goals.

    The idea behind the Four Pillar program is that residents should cultivate physical, mental, and social activities as a part of their recovery. This gives them the best countermeasures for overcoming the effects of drug use and dependence, while building their lives in ways that would make drug use impossible, undesirable and counter-productive. The program consists of four basic tenets: Exercise, education, community, and service.

    “Regular physical exertion to improve and maintain health and to increase skill and strength”. This is the pillar from which EPC derives its name. Drug use impacts neurochemistry and establishes compensatory functions in several bodily processes. In addition to putting a resident on a healthier path in general, exercise helps the body re-establish a new baseline for physiological functioning, and restores its ability to produce neurotransmitters (like endorphins) in a more natural way. Research shows the benefits from exercise are the most enduring. Residents spend a minimum of 30 minutes exercising in the gym – or 30 minutes of other sustained exercise, at least five (5) days per week.

    “The process of acquiring knowledge, increasing powers of reasoning, improving judgment, developing intellectual maturity and finding some way to express or apply that in the world.” Education brings us into contact with new experiences. Focusing on education helps sharpen mental processes and perception and leads to clearer reasoning. The education pillar involves learning about more healthful and rewarding environments, people, situations, values and behaviors. Residents spend a minimum of 30 minutes per day on education.

    “Engaging a social group whose members reside within a specific locality and/or have a common bond or interest.” It doesn’t matter what group the residents choose to affiliate with, so long as doing so does not involve using drugs. The key is that residents seek groups of variously like-minded people. Addiction typically precludes intimate human contact. The primary purpose of this pillar is for residents to be engaged with the people with whom they live, to practice communication skills, to deal with emotions in a supportive environment, to learn to listen and to deal with people with whom they may not get along. Residents spend 30 minutes per day involved in EPC’s community. As their stay lengthens, residents hopefully look for other communities with which to engage.

    “Helpful acts done by persons or groups that benefit others without any expectation of personal reward or payment.” The service pillar is the most central to the spirit of EPC. Since it’s inception in 2005, The Endorphin Power Company has benefitted from the services of many people. All of those who have given, have experienced the idea contained in service. Many addicts have spent years wandering in their own sensations and have lost contact with this simple truth. Residents drawn to EPC respond immediately to the mission of giving to others and doing for others. This is the most difficult of all pillars to address. Residents are expected to spend 3 hours per week involved in service activities. Once the ability to give has been established in someone, other related and healthier social contexts and relationships become available. And the world is made a better place.

    The program usually runs from 6 months to one year and up to 19 persons (both male and female) are housed at the facility. Yearly operations costs run between $200K to $300K. The waiting list for inclusion into this program is between 4 to 6 months following a screening procedure. Facility tours are available upon request.

    EPC is located at 509 Cardenas, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106  505-268-3372
    For more information goto www.EndorphinPower.org

    President Judy presented a packet of cards to Mr. Holland as a remembrance of his visit to our Club.

    Our thought for today was provided by Libby: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

    And, at 1:00 PM, President Judy concluded our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    4-6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    9 April  Regular Meeting – Cloud Dancers Therapeutic Horsemanship- Sydney & Emily Tool

    13 April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy.

    19 April Paul Harris’ Birthday anniversary (1868)

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    30 April CLNKids breakfast – 8:00 AM – Hotel Albuquerque. James would hope that our Club will “fill up” a table.

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    15 June Installation of District 5520 Governor, Christopher (Kit) Turpen

    23-26 June R.I. Convention – Lisbon, Portugal

    Club members are asked to sign up with our Sgt-at-Arms to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also act as greeters.

    Thanks to Karen & Allan, who have graciously volunteered to complete this task for the month of April.

  • 26 Mar 2013 6:44 PM | Anonymous

    President-Elect Wim called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led the Club in our pledge of allegiance. A few moments of silence and introspection followed.

    Visiting Rotarians: Bill Michael, Del Norte Tony Piño, Del Sol

    March is – “Literacy Month”

    Oops! TWO pin bucks today.

    Welcome back, Mollie!!!!

    Sgt.-at-arms Mollie’s Jeopardy questions of the week: Who can complete the following quotation appearing in the April edition of The Rotarian Magazine: “A huge wave of generosity follows a…”  

    Well, close, but no cigar! The answer is “…National disaster.”

    Next question: Manny Pacquiao, boxer, congressman and president of his Rotary Club, is from what country? Pam got it, with “The Philippines”. And, what’s his age? Answer: 34 !

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Alan led things off as an unorthodox clergyman, by donating a box of prophylactics to IPP Fofo. This was in answer to her expression of the many needs of Haiti.

    Fofo coughed up $2 for her receipt of two free tickets to the Governors Ball! Too bad she ain’t gonna sit at our Club table!

    Kirsten parted with a buck for her daughter Piper’s 9th birthday celebration.

    Pam, not to be outdone, threw in $2 for her participation at our Circles, NM dinner service, which reminded her of her days as a Vista volunteer. The other buck was to express her happiness that her “estranged” sister’s invitation to join her & visit in Durango.

    Mollie outdid them all with a fiver to thank all who are helping her through the recent loss of her husband.

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

    We received a very nice card from Circles New Mexico, thanking us for our Club’s dinner service on 21 March.

    Also received, was our Club’s yearly Voting Credential Certificate, to the 2013 R.I. International Convention. We must select a delegate or proxy, ASAP.

    That Polio Plus loose change jar was once again passed around the room.

    The District 5520 “Choose the Cruise”. Get your raffle ticket or ten and   credit your EREY & PHF total. Allan is running the ticket distribution and collection of funds. Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Program Fund. Write your checks to “The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. At our District 5520 conference, the winner will receive a $2500 voucher written to any travel agent. The seller receives a $1000 voucher. Please don’t forget to fill out the ticket stubs with the name and ‘phone number of the donors!

    Janet’s working on our Club’s “Show & Tell” board for the District 5520 Conference. Please e-mail any pictures, etc. of ANY Club doings (both past and present) to Janet. President Judy will set a date for a “Brown Bag” Club picture.

    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie is keeping track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie every week.

    -e      -“Weigh Out” 12 weeks from your start date.

     -      -Document total participant loss and turn in Club results April 10th, 2013.

    Kirsten’s still working on the District 5520 4-way test essay contest! Only one essay has been returned to our Club to date. Kirsten, Stephanie and Andy are attempting to have additional schools and home-schoolers involved.

    Today’s Program: CLN Kids w/Tony Pino

    PE Wim introduced Tony (our Club’s next Assistant Governor) informed us of his impressive bio. and of his involvement with CLNKids (Cuidando Los Niños).

    The CLNkids goal is to make sure homeless children and their families never become homeless again. They do more than just help families with their immediate needs – getting a roof over their heads and a meal on their table. This organization also helps families to develop the skills necessary to get back on their feet and stay there. For the children, this means providing them with the highest quality early childhood education. For the parents, this means offering job training, life-skills training and other educational resources to put them on the path to self-sufficiency.

    The goal of CLN is to re-house families within one year and they have achieved 75% fruition of this goal.

    CLNkids is a 501(c)(3) State licensed corporation committed to ending child homelessness in our local community. CLNkids is a public/private partnership created by a volunteer effort to address the needs of homeless families in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1988. More than twenty years later, CLNkids is proving that we can help families end homelessness through education. Their model, which focuses on providing homeless children with critical early childhood development and providing their parents with educational resources to put them on the path to self- sufficiency, has an 82% success rate.

    Located in southeast Albuquerque, the facilities are on par with some of the best pre-schools and daycares in the city. Early childhood development programs are not only nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, but are state licensed and have received a 5-star rating (the highest rating possible) from the Children, Youth and Families Department.

    To continue their mission, CLNKids rely on both public and private support through donations, advocacy and volunteerism.

    Some additional information garnered from this program and during the following Q&A period:

    Causes of homelessness, Problems associated with homelessness, How homelessness impacts growth and development of children.

    There are over 16,000 homeless children in New Mexico, of which 11,000 can be found in Albuquerque.

    New Mexico ranks 45 of 50 (States) for children at risk of homelessness.

    At present, 52 children are in this program, accounting for approximately 200 persons being served.

    Headstart helps out with this program also.

    CLN doesn’t actually house the kids or their families.

    When we contact him, Tony will set up a Club tour of the facility on any Friday at 10:30AM.

    James is working at the CLNKids breakfast, on 30 April (Tuesday), 8:00AM, at The Albuquerque hotel, where we will be able to hear more about the organization and help out with donations.

    Contact information: P.O. Box 12786 Albuquerque, NM 87195 Phone: (505) 843- 6899
    Or, check out their website:
    http://www.clnkids.org

    PE Wim presented yet another packet of cards to Tony (since Tony ran out of cards) as a remembrance of his visit to our Club.

    Our thought for today was provided by John:

    “Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.” Napoleon Bonaparte

    And, at 12:55 PM, President-Elect Wim rang the shiny bell & put an end to our doings.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    29 March Good Friday

    31 March Easter

    2 April  Regular Meeting – Endorphin Power Company

    2 April  Board Meeting

    4-6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque. ($90 + hotel room)

    13 April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy. Sandia will fill a table or two!

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    30 April CLNKids breakfast – 8:00 AM – Hotel Albuquerque.

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    Club members are asked to sign up with our Sgt-at-Arms to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also act as greeters. Thanks to IPP Fofo, Maggie, Miguel & Wim for helping out for the month of March.

    Karen & Allan have graciously volunteered to complete this task next month.

  • 19 Mar 2013 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    Our regularly scheduled meeting for this week has been cancelled. In its stead, our members joined forces and met on 21 March, 5:00 PM, at the Circles New Mexico gathering.

    March is – “Literacy Month”

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

    Just a note: Rotaract didn’t join us last week as planned. However, we did receive an e-mail from them…

    Dear Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia,
    After returning to town late this week, I was notified of Rotaract's absence at the previous Rotary Sandia meeting. I wanted to write to express my sincere apologies. Though it serves as no excuse for a pre-planned meeting, it appears that our attending members encountered last minute scheduling conflicts. Please know that this is in no way normal behavior for our club. If you're club would be willing, Rotaract would wholeheartedly appreciate rescheduling our presentation. Though, if this is not possible, we also understand.
    On behalf of Rotaract UNM, I would like to formally thank you for taking the time to consider hosting us at one of your meetings. Furthermore, we welcome the opportunity to work together with Rotary Sandia in future endeavors. Thank you.
    Sincerest regards, Jason Jones  Past President, Rotaract UNM

    Janet’s working on our Club’s “Show & Tell” board for the District 5520 Conference. Please e-mail any pictures, etc. of ANY Club doings (both past and present) to Janet. President Judy will set a date for a “Brown Baggins” Club picture.

    This week’s Program:

    The Circles NM dinner service took place at Holy Family parish hall. Pat headed up this Club effort and organized things. So, we all knew who was bringing what. The dinner menu consisted of Lasagna (meat & veggie), Salads & Desserts. We all showed up at: 562 Atrisco Drive, SW. The hot stuff was hot and the cold stuff was cold (as planned). Directions to the event had been e-mailed to all members.

    Dinner service began at 5:30 PM and ended at 6:30 PM. Everything was really yummy, too!

    Following dinner, a program ran until 8:00 PM. The evening’s program was entitled “Big View : Community focus on strategies for systemic barriers faced by families trying to move out of poverty.”

    Programs and Happenings: 

    20 March Spring Sprang!

    22 March World Water Day

    23 March RYLA Rally at Elephant Butte Inn & Spa – 9A-12N

    26 March Regular Meeting – CLN Kids w/Tony Piño

    26 March First day of Passover

    29 March Good Friday

    31 March Easter

    1 April  April Foolishness Day!

    2 April  Regular Meeting – Endorphin Power Company

    2 April  Board Meeting

    4-6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    9 April  Regular Meeting – Cloud Dancers Theraputic Horsemanship

    13 April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy. Sandia will fill a table!

    16 April Regular Meeting – Care Net Pregnancy Center

    22 April Earth Day

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    7 May  Regular Meeting –

    7 May  Board Meeting

    12 May Mother’s Day

    14 May Regular Meeting –

    21 May Regular Meeting -

    27 May Memorial Day

    28 May Regular Meeting -

  • 12 Mar 2013 4:27 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12:05 PM and led the Club in our pledge of allegiance. A few moments of silence and introspection followed.

    The Girl Scouts were here! They came with cookies! We bought some! We ordered some! We carried cases of the stuff off to our homes! They left with all of our money!


    Guests: Allan & Karen’s daughter, Kerrie.


    March is – “Literacy Month”


    Only one pin buck today, by the lady with the tall, lace-up boots.

    Acting Sgt.-at-arms Pat’s Jeopardy question of the week: When was the last RLI Rio Grande Academy held? Well, it was scheduled for 9 March. BUT, according to Mary, classes were cancelled! Because Mary had the only correct answer, she took the prize.


    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Pam was scheduled to cater a spiritual breakfast today, at 6AM. So few attended, that she was able to take all of the extras to hospice. Also, Pam showed us several pix of her two Corgies (Regina Elizabeth’s doggies, ya know).

    Peggy’s announcement buck alerted us to impending problems “Fur & Feather” animal shelter. They’ll be needing to replace non-existent donations of supplies for the next 4 to 5 months! Please help.

    Please go to www.furandfeather.org and see what they’re all about.

    Harris was just happy that he showed up!

    Andy announced that, at 8:30 AM tomorrow, on 770 KKOB radio, they’ll be talking about the 13 April Rotary’s Governor’s Ball! For the same buck, he also told of his wonderful 4 day trip to San Diego, where he visited his kids and grandkids.

    Pat did the happy dance!!!! It looks like her mom’s house has been sold!


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

    That Polio Plus self counting loose change jar (this week it was a box) was once again passed around the room. We seemed to disagree as to what type of aircraft was depicted on the box cover. I was right… You were wrong!

    PE Wim addressed future fund raising ideas and opened the subject to discussion. Several ideas surfaced, including suggestions on improving the sidewalk sale.

    The District 5520 “Choose the Cruise”. Get your raffle ticket or ten and   credit your EREY & PHF total. Allan is running the ticket distribution and collection of funds. Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Program Fund. Write your checks to “The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. At our District 5520 conference, the winner will receive a $2500 voucher written to any travel agent. The seller receives a $1000 voucher.


    Circles NM dinner service will be held at Holy Family parish hall (21 March @ 5:00 PM). Pat’s heading up this Club effort and passed around a signup sheet, so that we’ll know who’s bringing what. Menu: Lasagna (meat & veggie), Salads & desserts. Location: 562 Atrisco Drive, SW. Bring the hot stuff hot and the cold stuff cold. Directions will be e-mailed to all. PLEASE, let’s make a BIG showing!

    Janet’s working on our Club’s “Show & Tell” board for the District 5520 Conference. Please e-mail any pictures, etc. of ANY Club doings (both past and present) to Janet. President Judy will set a date for a “Brown Bag” Club picture.


    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie is keeping track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie every week.

    -e      -“Weigh Out” 12 weeks from your start date.

    -      -Document total participant loss and turn in Club results April 10th, 2013.


    Kirsten’s still working on the District 5520 4-way test essay contest! Only one essay has been returned to our Club to date. Kirsten, Stephanie and Andy are attempting to have additional schools and home-schoolers involved. We’ve got until 15 March!


    Today’s Program: Members of Rotaract were supposed to speak to our Club today. However, they didn’t appear. This is World Rotaract week… This is the 45th year of the Rotaract program.

    We were fortunate enough to induce Ms. Adriana Armijo, a leader of the Girl Scout Troop, to tell us of her group’s endeavors. Their project today will teach the girls goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Each of the three well spoken scouts present at our meeting told of why they joined the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and also about their activities.

    Since we had a bit of time ‘till closing, President Judy called upon several members to tell us of their sinister past, travels, future hopes & dreams, etc. as long as they fit it all into only one minute.


    Our thought for today was provided by Wim: “He who has received a university training possesses a rich choice. He need never be inactive or bored, there is not a reason for him to seek refuge in the clack and clatter of our modern life. He need not be dependent on the headlines which give him something new every day. He has the wisdom of all time to drink from, to enjoy as long as he lives.” Winston Churchill


    And, at 1:00 PM, President Judy put a halt to our proceedings.


    Programs and Happenings: 

    March St. Patrick’s day… Time to watch “The Quiet Man” & imbibe in Irish coffee(s)!

    March NO MEETING!

    March Spring Begins!

    March Circles NM dinner service at Holy Family parish hall, 5:00 PM

    March World Water Day

    March RYLA Rally at Elephant Butte Inn & Spa – 9A-12N

    March Regular Meeting – CLN Kids w/Tony Pino

    March First day of Passover

    March Good Friday

    March Easter

    April  Regular Meeting – Endorphin Power Company

    April  Board Meeting

    -6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque. ($90 + hotel room)

    April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy. Sandia will fill a table or two!

    April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    -5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM


    Club members are asked to sign up with our Sgt-at-Arms to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also act as greeters. IPP Fofo, Maggie & Miguel (Wim’s helping out, too) are undertaking this responsibility for the month of March.

  • 05 Mar 2013 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12Noon and led our pledge of allegiance. A few moments of silence followed, during which we were asked to keep Mollie in our thoughts.

    March is – “Literacy Month”

    Nary a one pin buck today.

    Acting Sgt.-at-arms Pat’s Jeopardy question of the week (Easier than last week’s question): Who was the famous pianist that died this week???? So, who was really first with the correct answer? “I was” said Libby, with the name Van (Harvey Lavan) Cliburn. What was the prize?

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Maggie won the drawing of $50 from Pat’s nursing student Violet. Of course, Maggie gave the $50 back to Violet, for more needed school supplies. Maggie’s also sad, since her son’s Nat’l Guard unit is going to be doing a lot of travelling between the USA and Qatar.

    Harris’ wife, Gloria now has a clean bill of health… That’s certainly worth a buck!

    Andy attended three Rotary Club meetings (took credit for only one). He’s happy to be visiting his kids and grand kids in San Diego, soon.

    Kay’s son attended the fireman’s academy.

    Karen’s son, Keenan passed his emergency management test (Also worth at least a buck).

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

    Mollie is accepting shiva visitors, so call her & visit. Instead of flowers, etc., our Club has complied with the family’s wishes and has sent a memorial contribution check for $100 to the Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice, in memory of John Eatinger.

    The Polio Plus self counting loose change jar got itself passed around the room.

    President Judy and Kay inducted Vivien Lahiri into our Club’s ranks. There’re pictures to prove it too! Welcome to our Club Vivien. She originally joined Rotary in Hawaii in 1995. Vivian (a trained bio-chemist) has 3 children and now lives with her son, in Albuquerque.

    Tickets to the Governors ball (13 April, Black tie optional) are available from President Judy. We have 12 attending, so far. The cost per ticket is $150.

    Write your checks to the “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Sol”.

    Kay took some of our time to describe our participation in the Albertson’s Monopoly game. All members present agreed to take part and bring in “game pieces” to our meetings for Club use.

    Kay also mentioned that the “A/V” column on our program speaker list, really does serve a purpose. It alerts us to the need of video projection. Please don’t forget to use that column!

    The District 5520 “Choose the Cruise” raffle tickets are available at $10 each. Get your ticket or ten and   credit your EREY & PHF total. Allan is overseeing ticket distribution and the collection of funds. Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Program Fund. Write your checks to “The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. At our District 5520 conference, the winner will receive a $2500 voucher written to any travel agent. The seller receives a $1000 voucher.

    Circles NM dinner service will be held at Holy Family parish hall (21 March @ 5:00 PM). Pat’s heading up this Club effort and passed around a signup sheet, so that we’ll know who’s bringing what. Menu: Lasagna (meat & veggie), Salads & desserts. Location: 562 Atrisco Drive, SW.

    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie is keeping track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie every week.

    -e      -“Weigh Out” 12 weeks from your start date.

     -      -Document total participant loss and turn in Club results April 10th, 2013.

    Maggie, our New Generations Chair, noted that our Club will sponsor 2 campers this year. We’re looking for one boy and one girl. Applications (8ppgs. worth) for H.S. Juniors are available at the District 5520 website and the camp will take place during July. Only one application is out, so far. If you know of someone who meets the criteria (H.S. Junior), download an application & get it filled out ASAP.

    Kirsten’s still working on the District 5520 4-way test essay contest! Only one essay has been returned to our Club so far from the 8th graders. Kirsten, Stephanie and Andy will try additional schools and home-schoolers in the area. We’ve got until 15 March!

    The Sandia “hard copy” membership directory is being undertaken by Janet. President Judy will e-mail Club member info forms which are to be completed and given to Janet.

    Today’s Program: IPP Fofo provided us with an overview of the current conditions in Haiti.

    In Fofo’s opinion, poverty will worsen in the area. Questions arise as to where a Billion dollars have disappeared. Some are of the opinion that most of the relief monies haven’t left other countries, while much of the funding went to pay volunteers and not to the intended recipients. So, money has disappeared, additional funds will probably not be forthcoming and there has been no accountability for the distribution of funds.

    Few locations of water resources exist, while most city residents have no or little access to water. Through lack of funding, the few water treatment facilities have not been properly maintained, resulting in questionable water supplies.

    Most temporary housing facilities are deteriorating, since their construction materials consisted of plywood without any foundations. Many tent communities presently exist, with no sanitation or refuse collection or disposal.

    Following the earth-quake, 40 percent of camps did not have access to water, and 30 percent did not have toilets of any kind. An estimated 10 percent of families had a tent; the rest slept under tarps or even bed sheets. Only a fifth of camps have education, health care, or psycho-social facilities on site.

    Those existing homes that haven’t been destroyed, have had to be “walled-in” to prevent theft.

    Most Haitians are still waiting for some sort of “rescue” from their predicament, with no jobs, no income and nothing to do.

    Rubble removal has been a major problem, and most rubble remains un-managed. Property rights and coordination issues have been obstacles on this front; the difficulty of navigating narrow roads has been an issue as well. Overall, the progress of relief has been disappointing.

    Relief organizations are holding money for later projects that they could be spending now. If they would spend more, the above problems could be alleviated.

    Following IPP Fofo’s presentation, Ms. Kathryn Trujillo (a 2010 CNN Hero) told us about the Birthing Project USA and their SisterFriend Safe Birth Kit. Based in Albuquerque, more info on the group may be garnered at http://www.BirthingProjectUSA.org. A fundraiser effort for Birthing Project will take place at the Cooperage on 22 March, where Hillary Smith will perform.

    IPP Fofo asks that we support her future international work.

    President Judy presented our additional speaker, Ms. Trujillo, with a packet of our cards, as a memento of her visit to our Club.

    Our thought for today was provided by Vivien: “If you have something to do that is worthwhile doing, don’t talk about it, but do it. After you have done it, your friends and enemies will talk about it.” George W. Blount.

    And, at 1:15 PM, President Judy concluded our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    8 March International Women’s Day

    8-9 March Peace Weekend

    9 March Rotary Leadership Institute

    11 March World Rotaract Week starts (45th year)

    12 March Regular Meeting – Members of Rotaract speak to our Club.

     Don’t forget to bring $$$ for Girl Scout Cookies!

    17 March St. Patrick’s day

    19 March NO MEETING!

    20 March Spring Begins!

    21 March Circles NM dinner service at Holy Family parish hall, 5:00 PM

    22 March World Water Day

    23 March RYLA Rally at Elephant Butte Inn & Spa – 9A-12N

    26 March Regular Meeting – CLN Kids w/Tony Pino

    26 March First day of Passover

    29 March Good Friday

    31 March Easter

    2 April  Regular Meeting – Endorphin Power Company

    2 April  Board Meeting

    4-6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque. ($90 + hotel room)

    13 April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy. Sandia will fill a table or two!

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    Club members sign up with our Sgt-at-Arms to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also act as greeters. IPP Fofo, Maggie & Miguel (Wim’ll help out, too) will undertake this responsibility for March.

  • 26 Feb 2013 7:50 AM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12Noon and led our pledge of allegiance. A few moments of silence followed, during which we were asked to keep Mollie in our thoughts, since her husband, John has passed away.

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

    Couldn’t get a single pin buck today.

    Acting Sgt.-at-arms Pat’s Jeopardy question(s) of the week: If you’ve read your latest copy of the Rotarian, you shoulda known the answer… Well, it ain’t March yet, so I didn’t open it up!

    So, the article “Living by the Book” quotes Joe Queenan as saying that he reads how many books in a year? Mary was closest, with an answer of 100 books. She got herself an itty-bitty flashlight for that answer.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Maggie parted with a buck, to tell us of Del Norte’s silver anniversary bash at the Marriott, which she attended.

    Vivien threw in a dollar, for her induction next week… She received her name badge this week.

    Allan (& Karen) each kicked in a buck for their daughter, who entered the rolls of the National Honor Society!

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

    Mollie will be accepting shiva visitors beginning next week, for a period of two weeks. Instead of flowers, etc., our Club has voted to comply with the family’s wishes and will send a memorial contribution check for $100 to the Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice, in memory of John Eatinger.

    The Polio Plus self counting loose change jar was once again passed around the room.

    Next week, President Judy will induct Vivien Lahiri into our Club’s ranks. Hopefully, Kay will be over the flu and will be able to participate.

    Tickets to the Governors ball are available from President Judy. We’ve committed to a table of 10.

    On 13 April (Black tie optional). The cost per ticket is $150.

    Write your checks to the “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Sol”.

    Once again, the District 5520 “Choose the Cruise” raffle tickets are available at $10 each. Buy a ticket or ten and get credit to your EREY & PHF total. Allan is overseeing ticket distribution and the collection of funds. Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Program Fund. Write your checks to “The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia”. At our District 5520 conference, the winner will receive a $2500 voucher written to any travel agent. The seller gets a $1000 voucher.

    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie is keeping track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie every week.

    -e      -“Weigh Out” 12 weeks from your start date.

     -      -Document total participant loss and turn in Club results April 10th, 2013.

    Maggie, is our New Generations Chair. Our Club will sponsor 2 campers this year. We’re looking for one boy and one girl. Applications (8ppgs. worth) for H.S. Juniors are available at the District 5520 website and the camp will take place during July. Only one application is out, so far. If you know of someone who meets the criteria (H.S. Junior), download an application & get it filled out ASAP.

    Kirsten’s still working on the District 5520 4-way test essay contest! Not many returns to our Club as yet, from the 8th graders. Kirsten will try additional schools in the area.

    Today’s Program: Dr. Valentino DeLaO

    Miguel introduced Dr. Val, who practices Reflexology, Kinesiology and provides Iridology Services. He’s a Naturopath, Nutritional Expert. Certified Kinesiologist and Irdologist and is a graduate of Trinity College of Natural Health.

    We started off with “the crazy dance”. It was supposed to keep us awake throughout the presentation. However it really wasn’t necessary. Here’s a guy who practices what he preaches… he’s 77 years young and looks a heck of a lot younger! Dr. Val started off with a familiar question: What’s everyone’s goal in life? Of course, it’s (ultimately) “Happiness”.

    We found that most people who see him are not sick, but “out of balance”. Since our bodies are constantly regenerating, we need the proper raw materials to regenerate properly. We need minerals, amino acids and vitamins to permit proper regeneration.

    Dr. Val discussed: Biological age vs. chronological age, the fact that the body heals itself, the supposition that “you’re your own worst enemy” and that you can change that, by learning. So, read a book about your health! Let the information flow!

    Additional subjects were also touched upon, including:

    Why should your Ph be checked;

    How come the neuropathic approach to health is known and revered throughout the world, except in most of the western nations (esp. in the USA);

    Medicine is your food and food is your medicine;

    The body heals from the inside out and also from the top down;

    The body heals in the reverse order from the order that symptoms appear.

    Solutions to many problems lie in getting rid of toxins, walking and exercise, developing a sense of humor, refusal to carry emotional baggage and “taking vacations” from routine.

    Dr. Val also suggests that we don’t drink milk (drink soy milk), that we eat raw fruits and veggies, and that we cut back on red meat.

    Following a Q&A period, President Judy presented a packet of cards to Mr. De LaO as a memento of his visit to our Club.

    Our thought for today was provided by Maggie: “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
    Abraham Lincoln

    At 1:00 PM, President Judy rang the bell and once again concluded our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

     

    5 March Regular Meeting – IPP Fofo will speak to us on the current conditions in Haiti.

    5 March Board Meeting

    8-9 March Peace Weekend

    9 March Rotary Leadership Institute

    12 March Regular Meeting

    17 March St. Patrick’s day

    19 March NO MEETING!

    20 March Spring Begins!

    21 March Circles NM dinner service at Holy Family parish hall, 5 PM

    23 March RYLA Rally at Elephant Butte Inn & Spa – 9A-12N

    26 March Regular Meeting – CLN Kids w/Tony Pino

    26 March First day of Passover

    29 March Good Friday

    31 March Easter

    2 April  Regular Meeting - Club Planning & Participation

    2 April  Board Meeting

    4-6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque. ($90 + hotel room)

    13 April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy. Sandia will fill a table or two!

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    Club members sign up with our Sgt-at-Arms to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also act as greeters. We thank Maggie & P-E Wim for volunteering their services for the month of February.

    Undertaking this job next month, will be IPP Fofo, Maggie & Miguel (Wim’ll help out, too).

  • 19 Feb 2013 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12:10 PM and led our pledge of allegiance. A few moments of silence followed, during which we were asked to keep Mollie, her husband John and Harris’ wife, Gloria in our thoughts.

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

    Only ONE pin buck today. Who should it NOT have been?

    Acting Sgt.-at-arms Pat’s Jeopardy question(s) of the week: When was “Presidents Day” first celebrated and whose birthdays did it celebrate? If the question weren’t so simple, we could have guessed that the year was 1800, in the honor of presidents Lincoln and Washington.

    Then, an even MORE difficult question was posed: When was the Washington Monument completed?

    Well, it was in the year 1884, which no one guessed.

    In order to improve our mood, Pat related a poem about the chipmunk, by Ogden Nash:

    My friends all know that I am shy, But the chipmunk is twice as shy as I.
    He moves with flickering indecision like stripes across the television.
    He's like the shadow of a cloud, or Emily Dickinson read aloud.
    Yet his ultimate purpose is obvious, very: To get back to his chipmonastery.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Two sympathy cards were signed for Mollie, by all.

    Stephanie parted with a buck, in order to state that she’s happy not to have the flu.

    Kay tossed one in for a show and tell about her valentine’s heart shaped potato! Yup, we all saw it.

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

    Our Polio Plus loose change jar was once again passed around. We seem to be well ahead of the current target.

    Tickets to the Governors ball are available from President Judy. We’ve committed to a table of 10.

    On 13 April (Black tie optional). The cost per ticket is $150.

    Write your checks to the “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Sol”.

    Once again, the District 5520 “Choose the Cruise” raffle tickets are available at $10 each. Buy a ticket or ten and get credit to your EREY & PHF total. See Allan and he’ll make you take 10. $2500 to the District winner, with $1000 to the Rotarian who sold the ticket. Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Program Fund.

    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie is keeping track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie every week.

    -e      -“Weigh Out” 12 weeks from your start date.

     -      -Document total participant loss and turn in Club results April 10th, 2013

    It was suggested that members collect those Albertsons Monopoly game tickets, for the Club to donate to Saranam.

    Maggie, is our New Generations Chair. Our Club will sponsor 2 campers this year, one of each persuasion. Applications (8ppgs. Worth) for H.S. Juniors are available at the District 5520 website and the camp will take place during July. Only one application is out, so far. If you know of someone who meets the criteria, download an application & get it filled out ASAP.

    Kirsten’s still working on the District 5520 4-way test essay contest! Not many returns to our Club as yet, from the 8th graders. Kirsten will try additional schools in the area.

    Today’s Program: New Mexico Veterans Integration Center

    Andy introduced Ms. Elinor Reiners, the NMVIC’s program director.

    Ms. Reiners started her career in the US Air Force. She has expanded her career to 25 years experience in management of small businesses and contracts/programs ranging from $200K to $25M in annual revenues. Her expertise is in operations and business/financial management for research, manufacturing and technology environments and for non-profits. She has extensive experience working with diverse businesses, setting up collaborations and developing new business and partnerships. Ms. Reiners has experience working with non-profit organizations and serving as a volunteer.

    The New Mexico Veterans Integration Center responds to the needs of veterans, with focus on those who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. The center provides employment training, housing and supportive services based on a Continuum of Care. Both male and female single veteran clients usually take advantage of the offered programs for a period of 3 months to a maximum of one year.

    The board of directors is an all volunteer eight member group and a support staff of ten completes the roster. Up to 50 veterans receive support from the Albuquerque facility, of which 10% are female and 12% of the total veterans are under 40 years of age. NMVIC is not a shelter; it’s a temporary housing program which also assists clients with food and clothing as necessary. The center assists their veterans in finding jobs, receiving their VA benefits and teaches daily living skills.

    To promote their reintegration into society, residents are required to perform community service (food bank, etc) and assist with NMVIC upkeep and activities.

    Although the program boasts a 70% success rate, some veterans do return to the program.

    The NMVIC is a 501(c)(3) organization and is located at 13032 Central Avenue, SE (off of Tramway).

    Public support and donations are needed: Food, Clothing, laundry items, toiletries, pots & pans, silverware and funding.

    NMVIC has future plans to expand to 200 residents with the inclusion of veteran’s families and low income veterans. Additional larger facilities will provide a separate computer room, cafeteria and a common kitchen area. For additional information, they may be contacted at (505) 265-0512. Or, go to www.nmvic.org Wow! A lively and informative Q&A session followed Ms. Reiners presentation.

    President Judy presented a packet of cards to Ms. Reiners as a memento of her visit to our Club.

    Our thought for today was provided by Kay: “Laughter is life’s sweetest creation, for life is rich, beauty is everywhere and every personal connection has meaning. Celebrate the joy of every day.”

    At 1:00 PM, President Judy rang the bell and once again concluded our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    22-23 Feb. AG/LG training @ Hilton Garden Inn – Las Cruces, NM

    23 Feb. ROTARY DAY! It was all started in 1905, by Paul Harris.

    26 Feb. Regular Meeting – Dr. DeLaO, CNHP, Nutritional expert

    5 March Regular Meeting – Club Planning & Participation

    5 March Board Meeting

    8-9 March Peace Weekend-El Paso, TX-Districts 5520 & 4110 (See District website)

    9 March Rotary Leadership Institute

    12 March Regular Meeting

    17 March St. Patrick’s day

    19 March NO MEETING!

    20 March Spring Begins!

    21 March Circles NM dinner service at Holy Family parish hall, 5 PM

    23 March RYLA Rally at Elephant Butte Inn & Spa – 9A-12N

    26 March Regular Meeting – CLN Kids w/Tony Pino

    26 March First day of Passover

    29 March Good Friday

    31 March Easter

    2 April  Regular Meeting - Club Planning & Participation

    2 April  Board Meeting

    4-6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque. ($90 + hotel room)

    13 April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy. Sandia will fill a table or two!

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    Club members sign up with our Sgt-at-Arms to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also act as greeters. February’s volunteers are Maggie & P-E Wim.

  • 12 Feb 2013 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led our pledge of allegiance. A few moments of silence followed, during which we were asked to keep Mollie, her husband John (now in hospice) and IPP Fofo in our thoughts.

    Guests: Vivien Lahiri and the two Cobbses

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

    NO pin bucks today and Harris has a new name tag.

    Acting Sgt.-at-arms Pat’s Jeopardy question of the week: What country consumes the greatest amount of wine? Nope, it ain’t France!

    Well, to our surprise, it’s the good old USA! Janet guessed that the figure is 13% of total production.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    Our immediate past president Fofo has recently returned from Haiti.

    Pam’s happy to be back… She’s working too hard!

    Peggy’s back from her trip & wanted to put in an “elephant buck”. However, she asks that we keep her dad in our thoughts & she’ll be going East to see him.

    Vivien added to the kitty, ‘cause her grandson just took his first steps! (He’s only 23 years old, too)

    President Judy has been able to donate some equipment to Haven House. Does anyone need an electric typewriter that’s been used only twice?

    Pat reminded us that her friend Violet is still raffling off a Kindle to finance her nursing school materials.

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

    Our Polio Plus loose change jar was once again passed around. Gotta remember to bring some next week!

    Janet is putting together a “hard copy” Club directory for all of us “on her nickel”. If she waits 2 weeks, there’ll be another member.

    Tickets to the Governors ball are available from President Judy. We’ve committed to a table of 10.

    On 13 April (Black tie optional). The cost per ticket is $150.

    Write your checks to the “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Sol”.

    Once again, the District 5520 “Choose the Cruise” raffle tickets will soon be available at $10 each. Buy a ticket or ten and get credit to your EREY & PHF total.

    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie is keeping track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie every week.

    -e      -“Weigh Out” 12 weeks from your start date.

     -      -Document total participant loss and turn in Club results April 10th, 2013

    Maggie, our New generations Chair, told us all about this year’s RYLA effort. Our Club will sponsor 2 campers this year, one of each persuasion. Applications (8ppgs. Worth) for H.S. Juniors are available at the District 5520 website and the camp will take place during July. Only one application is out, so far.

    If you know of someone who meets the criteria, download an application & get it filled out ASAP.

    Today’s Program: Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails

    Andy introduced Ms. Alisa Swinderman, the community relations manager of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. With a video program and a handout, Alisa familiarized us with the object and operation of the Girl Scouts.

    The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails continues the work of Juliette Gordon Low, who created the Girl Scout in 1912. The organization provides girls with the programs and activities to help them develop the courage, confidence and character to become our future community leaders.

    The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails is a member of the global Girl Scouting community which includes 3.3 million Girl Scouts. Through membership in the World Association of Girl Guides (UK-1910) and Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts is part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

    Their mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Through hands-on activities in science, technology, business, economic literacy, outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouts provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.

    Not only do they still sell cookies, but there’s the 17th annual “Cookie Caper” which will be held on 7 March at the Inn & Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe. Check out the web site: http://www.nmgirlscouts.org

    Through the cookie sales program, girls learn goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

    There’ll be a “Cookies & Milk Break” at our Club, on 12 March. So, bring in some bucks and buy your favorites while they’re hot.

    Some additional facts were revealed during a Q&A period:

    The highest level accomplishment is the Gold Award, which is similar to the Boy’s Eagle Scout.

    Girls don’t always join a troop. There are also Camps, Events, World travel, etc.

    Take a look at www.ToGetHerThere.org

    Volunteers are needed – both long and short term.

    Though Andy was involved in girl scouting, he didn’t have to wear a skirt.

    Alisa’s two daughters participate in the scouting program.

    The Girl Scout Promise and Law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Promise is the way Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and other people, and the law outlines a way to act towards one another and the world.

    The Girl Scout Promise: On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

    The Girl Scout Law: I will do my best to be Honest and fair, Friendly and helpful, Considerate and caring, Courageous and strong, and Responsible for what I say and do, And to Respect myself and others, Respect authority Use resources wisely, Make the world a better place, and Be a sister to every Girl Scout.

    President Judy then presented a packet of cards to Ms. Swinderman as a remembrance of her visit to our Club.

    Our thought for today was provided by Kirsten: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

    At 1:00 PM, President Judy concluded our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    14 Feb.  Valentine’s Day

    18 Feb. Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb. Regular Meeting – NM Veterans Integration Center

    22-23 Feb. AG/LG training @ Hilton Garden Inn – Las Cruces, NM

    23 Feb. ROTARY DAY! It was all started in 1905, by Paul Harris.

    26 Feb. Regular Meeting – Dr. DeLaO

    5 March Regular Meeting – Club Planning & Participation

    5 March Board Meeting

    8-9 March Peace Weekend

    9 March Rotary Leadership Institute

    12 March Regular Meeting

    17 March St. Patrick’s day

    19 March NO MEETING!

    20 March Spring Begins!

    21 March Circles NM dinner service at Holy Family parish hall, 5 PM

    23 March RYLA Rally at Elephant Butte Inn & Spa – 9A-12N

    26 March Regular Meeting – CLN Kids w/Tony Pino

    26 March First day of Passover

    29 March Good Friday

    31 March Easter

    2 April  Regular Meeting - Club Planning & Participation

    2 April  Board Meeting

    4-6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque. ($90 + hotel room)

    13 April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy & we’ll fill a table!

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    Club members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also act as greeters. February’s volunteers are Maggie & P-E Wim.

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    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led our pledge of allegiance. A few moments of silence followed, during which we were asked to keep Mollie & her husband John in our thoughts. John recently took a fall and fractured his pelvis. Additionally, we later found out that Harris’ Gloria is in distress and doctors are looking into the cause.

    Guests: Vivien Lahiri and the two Cobbettes

    February is – “World Understanding Month”

    Dagnabbit, only one pin buck today and Harris’ name tag is still AWOL.

    Acting Sgt.-at-arms Pat’s Jeopardy question of the week: The Rotarian magazine featured an article about a bicycle rally. In what country did the rally take place?

    Harris took the grand prize with his answer of “Germany”.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    After a bit of coaxing and a few implied threats, the assembled membership finally coughed up a few bucks as follows:

    Vivian loaned us a buck for her impending Sandia membership, while Wim acknowledged her sentiments with another buck.

    Maggie was good for a not so happy single, in order to express the fact that Rob is still alive, but doesn’t do laundry.

    President Judy ‘fessed up to the fact that she actually read a “Dear Abby” column. One of the answers suggested that a person subject their statements to three questions which were very similar to the 4-way test.

    President Judy also announced the availability of a Fax machine and a copier/printer, since her husband has just closed down his law office. Wanna buy them for $50? Or, perhaps some organization could use a donation?

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

    Our Polio Plus loose change jar was once again passed around.

    To date, a total of $81.77 has been collected.

    Tickets to the Governors ball are available from President Judy. We’ve committed to a table of 10, on 13 April (Black tie optional). The cost per ticket is $150.

    Write your checks to the “Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Sol”.

    P.E. Wim noted that books of raffle tickets will be available for the event.

    District 5520 “Lose A Ton”…The District 5520 Wellness Committee Challenges all Clubs! 

    Mollie is keeping track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie every week.

    -e      -“Weigh Out” 12 weeks from your start date.

     -      -Document total participant loss and turn in Club results April 10th, 2013


    Today’s Program: Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center

     Andy introduced Chaplain Marie Laverriere, who is currently the Chaplain for the Metropolitan Detention Center. Her responsibilities include the training and scheduling of volunteers to assist in providing inmates with their spiritual/religious needs according to the facility's policies, which enforce the latest federal acts that insure all inmates' religious freedoms. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bangor Theological Seminary, is certified in spiritual direction and is a licensed New Mexico social worker. Marie explained the layout and operation of the 10 year old facility, while extensive Q&A and “virtual tour” pictures helped us better understand the manner in which things are run at the jail.

    The mission of the Metropolitan Detention Center is to protect the public and provide a safe and secure environment for both inmates and staff under the principles of direct supervision and in accordance with the American Correctional Association (ACA) standards.

    Chaplain Laverriere’s presentation and overview revealed the following facts:

    The overcrowded facility is heavily into rehabilitation of it’s wide range of male and female inmates.

    85% of the 2400 inmates are male.

    5 housing units exist, one of which houses a mental health unit and supervision is accomplished by 800 employees.

    The facility is segregated by classifications; violent, nonviolent, male, female, etc. But not age separated.

    In-house high school classes are made available by the Bernell Charter School.

    Some inmates return frequently, because they have no other place to live.

    In order to reduce overcrowding when possible, a Community Custody Program exists, where an inmate is removed from the detention facility and returned to his or her home, job and neighborhood,

    Inmate visitation is accomplished ONLY by television screens (Not face-to-face).

    The facility could use donations of plastic “dollar store” type glasses.

    Volunteer services include help from PB&J, Unity Church, Veteran’s organizations, Crossroads, AA & various churches.

    President Judy then presented a packet of cards to Ms. Laverriere as a remembrance of her visit to our Club.

    Our two thoughts for today were provided by Libby:

    “The worst prison would be a closed heart.” Pope John Paul II

    “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.” George Bernard Shaw

    At 1:00 PM, President Judy rang the bell and ended our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    8 Feb.  Boy Scouts of America founded in 1910

    10 Feb. Chinese New Year (Year of the snake)

    12 Feb. Regular Meeting – Girl Scouts of NM, w/ Alisa Swinderman

    12 Feb. It’s Fat Tuesday!

    14 Feb.  Valentine’s Day

    18 Feb. Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb. Regular Meeting – NM Veterans Integration Center

    22-23 Feb. AG/LG training @ Hilton Garden Inn – Las Cruces, NM

    23 Feb. ROTARY DAY! It was all started in 1905, by Paul Harris.

    26 Feb. Regular Meeting – Dr. DeLaO

    5 March Regular Meeting – Club Planning & Participation

    5 March Board Meeting

    8-9 March Peace Weekend

    9 March Rotary Leadership Institute

    12 March Regular Meeting

    17 March St. Patrick’s day

    19 March NO MEETING!

    21 March Circles NM dinner service at Holy Family parish hall, 5 PM

    26 March Regular Meeting – CLN Kids w/Tony Pino

    2 April  Regular Meeting - Club Planning & Participation

    2 April  Board Meeting

    4-6 April President Elect Training Seminar @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque. ($90 + hotel room)

    13 April Governors’ Ball. See President Judy & we’ll fill a table!

    23 April Regular Meeting - ED Horizons of NM

    30 April Regular Meeting – Project Amigo

    2-5 May District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    Club members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue before our meetings and break down following our meetings and also act as greeters. February’s volunteers are Maggie & P-E Wim.


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

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