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  • 08 Jan 2013 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12Noon, with the pledge of allegiance followed by a moment of silence and introspection.

    Visiting Rotarians: Jeff Weinrach, Del Sol Club

    January is  – “Rotary Awareness Month”

    Thanks to Libby for providing today’s meeting notes… John was on jury duty (‘till 18 Jan.)

    Only one pin buck today, from that member whose (her) name shall not be mentioned!

    Sgt.-at-arms Mollie’s question of the week: In the year 1867, who won the right to vote in Washington, D.C.? Kirsten (?) took the day planner prize with the answer “men of color”.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks:

    President Judy was good for $7 for the seven days that she was taken ill w/ flu… all recovered, now.

    Kay kicked in a fiver for Xmas eve at the Taos Pueblo and fer finishing her 1 ½ year old mosaic.

    A buck from IPP Fofo for her hosting and celebration of Caribbean Nations New Year’s day in ABQ.

    Pat’s dollar was to commemorate her great trip to Costa Rica.

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

    Jeff Weinrach spoke to our Club about the upcoming 13 April Governors Ball. The theme will be “April in Paris” and will be held at the Sandia Resort. We’re hoping that Governor Martinez will attend, since many past NM State governors have attended since the ball’s inception in 2003. The event has, over the years, taken in over ½ million (net). All Pueblo, State and Rotary governors are invited

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

    Mollie has volunteered to keep track of our Club’s efforts this year.

    –“Weigh In” and e-mail with Mollie during the beginning of January.

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

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

    Bruce presented Stephanie Hanosh with her RLI graduate certificate!

    Stephanie will also be our newest Club member.

    Kay has produced a Club tri-fold brochure/membership application… in colour, yet!

    Kay also reminded us that all Club members are responsible for bringing suitable program speakers.

    Casa Esperanza dinner service on 15 January: Mary has everything under control – The menu will consist of lasagna, salad, bread & desserts, all of which will be supplied by Club members. Please remember to show up at 5:00 PM for dinner at 6:00 PM. Address: 1005 Yale, NE

    Today’s Program: Member Profile – Karen Bash

    Originally hailing from Denver and schooled in OK (I thought that Enid was just a word in crossword puzzles) & TX. Karen has worked in a cardiac cath. Lab in Houston and also with mentally challenged women. She met Allan, moved to Texas towns and then to Iowa. In ’85 she entered Dubuque Theological Seminary, followed by service with Allan as a co-pastor in Altoona, PA. A move to MO saw her introduction to and membership in Rotary. A visit soon followed to the Dominican Republic with Rotary, where she engaged in water purification and a solar panel project for an orphanage. The Bashes have also adopted a child from China and tried to start up a B&B during the financial crisis, then “retired” to ABQ and joined up with relatives and started up the Sarabande B&B. They’ve also donated a night at Sarabande to the Del Sol’s Govs. Ball silent auction!

    Our thought for the day was then presented by Allan:  “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” G.K. Chesterton

    President Judy then ended the proceedings at approximately 1:00PM.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    15 January NO regular noon meeting… However, take a look at the next line:

    15 January Casa Esperanza Dinner Service by Club members. Show up at 5P & Service at 6P

    21 January Martin Luther King, Jr. day

    22 January Regular Meeting – R.L.I. Rio Grande Academy, w/ Bruce & friends.

    26 January Rotary Leadership Institute- RGA Albuquerque

    29 January Regular meeting

    2 Feb.  Groundhog day

    5 Feb.  Regular meeting – Bernalillo Cty. Metro Detention Center

    5 Feb.  Board Meeting

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

    12 Feb. Regular Meeting

    14 Feb.  Valentine’s Day

    18 Feb. Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb. Regular Meeting

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

    26 Feb. Regular Meeting

    5 March Regular Meeting

    5 March Board Meeting

    12 March Regular Meeting

    17 March St. Patrick’s day

    19 March Regular Meeting

    8-9 March Peace Weekend

    26 March NO MEETING!

    28 March Circles dinner service

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

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

    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 to also act as greeters.

  • 18 Dec 2012 6:29 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s party to order at 12Noon.

    Visiting Rotarians: Norm Liss, Del Norte, who brought along 2 visiting UNM Rotaract members,

      Ms. Hyunjung Lee (Ambassadorial Scholar) and Mr. Santiago Rojas.

    Today’s Guests: Many many guests of Club members attended and were introduced to the gathering.

    December is  – “Rotary Family Month”

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

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

    Mollie has once again volunteered to keep track of our Club’s efforts.

    –“Weigh In” with Mollie by the first week in January 2013.

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

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

    Today’s Program: Today was our Club Christmas party day at the beautifully decorated Event Palace!

    We’ve saved Albertson’s stamps and filled up 2½ books! PE Wim will give them to Sue Campbell at Saranam.

    All members and guests brought gifts for the exchange event and gifts for our Christmas family. Once again, we all brought gifts for each member of our “adopted” family (all 6 kids). A gift card was also presented to the family and momma Erica expressed her heartfelt thanks to the assembled Rotarians.

    The pot luck food table was overflowing (both hot and cold dishes) and was really great this year.

    Although President-Elect Wim attempted to keep order during the gift exchange, mayhem and riotous behavior appeared to be the order of the day. The Christmas pig, tequila, salsa, bottles of wine and champagne exchanged owners several times. However, the rubber chicken purse was not up for grabs this year. All goodies were accounted for, with the exception of one small wrapped gift… wonder what it was?

    Festivities ended “officially” at around 1:50 PM, but stragglers refused to leave for quite some time, what with more picture taking, etc.

    NOTE: Would everyone please send their party pix to James, so that he could post them on our website.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    21 Dec. Winter Begins!

    25 Dec. Christmas Day – NO MEETING!

    26 Dec. Kwanzaa begins

    2013

    1 January New Year’s Day… NO MEETING

    8 January Regular Meeting- Club Planning

    8 January Board meeting

    15 January NO regular noon meeting… However, take a look at the next line:

    15 January Casa Esperanza Dinner Service by Club members. Show up at 5P & Service at 6P

    21 January Martin Luther King, Jr. day

    22 January Regular Meeting

    26 January Rotary Leadership Institute- RGA Albuquerque

    29 January Regular meeting

    5 Feb.  Regular meeting

    5 Feb.  Board Meeting

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

    12 Feb. Regular Meeting

    14 Feb.  Valentine’s Day

    18 Feb. Presidents’ Day

    19 Feb. Regular Meeting

    26 Feb. Regular Meeting

    5 March Regular Meeting

    5 March Board Meeting

    12 March Regular Meeting

    19 March Regular Meeting

    8-9 March Peace Weekend

    26 March NO MEETING!

    28 March Circles dinner service

    4-6 April P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

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

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

  • 11 Dec 2012 6:26 PM | Anonymous

    After our Club board of directors spent some time in meeting with our District Governor, President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12Noon and led our Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a few moments of silence.

    Visiting Rotarians: District Governor Mark Glenn (Las Cruces), AG Donette Wagner (Del Norte) and

      District operations Co-Chair, Jim McKinney

    Today’s Guests: Cindy Watts, guest of Andy Ms. Verdugo, guest of Janet

      And The Cobb sisters.

    December is  – “Family Month”

    Couldn’t get any “no-pin” bucks today.

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie’s had to forego her question of the week, due to today’s full schedule.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Mary received her RLI grad pin and her facilitator’s pin, too.

    Wim forked over $2 ‘cause he has a successful visit to Detroit and for Mary, who he says is a great RLI facilitator.

    Bruce put in a hundred cents for the successful RGA RLI (Part II) last Saturday. The next Rotary Leadership Institute is scheduled for 26 January… All three parts!

    Janet extolled the virtues of lasting friendships and the Rotary Youth Exchange.

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

    Don’t forget our gathering at Casa Solano on 13 December. All members attending are asked to bring some cookies. Maggie will bring the tea. Festivities start at 1:30PM. Don’t forget to bring your gift.

    When you shop at Albertsons Supermarkets, please save their current stamps and bring ‘em in to Pres. Judy. She’ll give them to Sue Campbell at Saranam. So far, we’ve filled up 2 booklets! We’d like to fill up and present the booklets before Christmas.

    Club Christmas Party (18 December). So, we know who’s going to bring what and who’s going to bring whom. We’ve all signed up AND we’re all bringing a gift for the exchange event… Each member and guest should bring in a wrapped gift (value around $10) for the secret Santa gift “exchange” on the day of the party.

    Gifts for our Christmas “adopted” family: Once again, we all know who’s bringing what and for each member of the family. Please wrap & label gifts and bring them to our party on 18 December. A gift card will be presented to the family. $100 from the Club’s coffers… Also, members are tossing in a few bucks  to add to the card.

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

    Mollie has once again volunteered to keep track of our Club’s efforts.

    –“Weigh In” by the first week in January 2013.

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

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

    Today’s Program: District Governor Mark Glenn

    The busy (only 3 Clubs of 71 left to visit!) DG Mark took the floor and spoke to the gathering of many things Rotary. Subjects included: Service Above Self, Peace Through Service and Membership. Additional facts revealed by GD Mark:

    50% of District 5520 Club Presidents are women.

    Our very young Club has given $4860 to the R.I. Foundation (so far). That’ll pay for 48000 doses of Polio prevention!

    Our Club has 16 Paul Harris Fellows and two benefactors.

    Our Club is the most active in the Rotary Leadership Institute, Rio Grande Academy division.

    R.I. Foundation Report : Just when things were running smoothly, James took up a few minutes to describe our new method of reaching R.I.‘s suggested $25/yr./member Polio Plus Goal. James & Wim have come up with a change jar, to which we’ll all add, each week. Just forego a fancy coffee once per week and put that amount in the jar, and we’ll make our goal by the end of the Rotary year.

    DG Mark’s challenge to Club Presidents: Sit down to lunch with each new member and find out why they joined Rotary and Promise them that we’ll support their new ideas.

    The 2013-2014 R.I. Foundation changes were outlined. Districts will be governing and running more of the projects and matching grants. So, RI will send more $$$ to Districts. GSE will be gone and replaced by all Rotarian Vocational Service teams. Ambassadorial and Peace scholarships will be run by each District, instead of Rotary International.

    Also addressed, were our “New Generations” youth programs and our efforts in those areas. PDG Dick Jones is a resource for more New Generations info.

    This year’s District Conference in Las Cruces (May 2013) will be fun, without all of the boring lectures.

    At $85/night, we’ve taken up the entire hotel.

    Remember, we’re special, partly due to our 4-way test… Be proud and “Live the Rotary way of life”!

    Following the conclusion of DG Mark’s comments, President Judy presented him with a check (in his name) to his favorite charity, “Cowboys for Cancer research”.

    Our Thought For The Day was offered by John: “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” Mark Twain

    Thanks to Libby and to Marion, for picking up the food for today and for setting up the buffet table.

    At 1:00 PM President Judy concluded our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    13 Dec. Casa Solano Holiday Party – 1:30P – Presents, Cookies & Punch!

    16 Dec. Boston Tea Party (1773)

    18 Dec. Our very own CHRISTMAS PARTY! (Pot Luck) Don’t forget to bring wrapped presents.

    25 Dec. Christmas Day – NO MEETING!

    26 Dec. Kwanzaa begins

    2013

    1 January New Year’s Day… NO MEETING

    8 January Regular Meeting- Club Planning

    8 January Board meeting

    15 January NO regular noon meeting… However, take a look at the next line:

    15 January Casa Esperanza Dinner Service by Club members. Show up at 5P & Service at 6P

    22 January Regular Meeting

    29 January Regular meeting

    28 March Circles dinner service

    4-6 April P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    13 April Governors Ball

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

    Members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue, break down after our meetings and to also act as greeters.

  • 04 Dec 2012 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12Noon and led our Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a few moments of silence

    Visiting Rotarians: Bill Michael, Del Norte

    Today’s Guests: The two Cobbers

    December is  – “Family Month”

    No No “no-pin” bucks today. Should Bill have put one in?

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie’s question of the week: On 1 December, back in 1955, A 42 year old woman was arrested on her way from her job as a seamstress. Not needing any further hints, President Judy was first to respond and took the prize with the correct answer: Of course, it was Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement". (It all happened on a bus.)

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    James started things off with his thanks to the Del Norte Club, for their $500 contribution to the Juarez artificial limb cause.

    Mary followed up by telling us that she’s now a Great Grandma (must have married very young). It’s a boy – 8lb. 13 oz. Jacob now lives in Oklahoma… you know, winds and plains.

    Miguel was LATE and didn’t fork over any penalty!

    Fofo tossed in a buck, ‘cause she was very impressed with a young lady at the food bank, who gave her a gift for her work helping out those who are more unfortunate.

    Harris was so happy that he got his ATV back from repair. Now he can plow his driveway (from what?)

    Mollie’s nephew is at the top of those who took the PSAT’s. AND, she has a great grand dog (Lola).

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

    Today, we’ve inducted a NEW MEMBER into our midst, Marion McDonald (her check cleared).

    Membership Chair Kay inducted Marion, with the assistance of her sponsor, President Judy. Welcome to Rotary and to our Club, Marion.

    Our District Governor, Mark Glenn, will be visiting our Club, on 11 December (That’s next week)! All members PLEASE attend and fill up those seats, starting at 11:45A. The Club will be forking out some bucks for a buffet luncheon. So, don’t bring a “brown bag”! Libby & Marion will be setting up the comestibles. ALSO, the DG will be meeting with our Board of Directors at 11 AM that day – All board members please attend.

    We’re all hoping that the next RLI session will really take place. It’s scheduled for 8 December, 8AM at Kirtland Federal Credit Union’s training center, 6440 Gibson B’lvd SE. Register at the District 5520 website, pay for it up front ($35) and our Club will reimburse you. Try It, You’ll like it! You don’t know what you don’t know about Rotary.

    When you shop at Albertsons Supermarkets, please save their current stamps and bring ‘em in to Pres. Judy. She’ll give them to Sue Campbell at Saranam. So far, we’ve filled up 1½ booklets! We’d like to fill up and present the booklets before Christmas.

    Don’t forget our gathering at Casa Solano on 13 December. Last week, a list of residents’ needs and wants was passed about and donors were found for all. All members attending are asked to bring some cookies. Maggie will bring the tea… Maybe some punch, too?

    Club Christmas Party (18 December). A list of who’s going to bring what and who’s going to bring whom, was passed around last week. Sign up AND bring a gift for the exchange event… Each member and guest should bring in a wrapped gift (value around $10) for the secret Santa gift “exchange” on the day of the party.

    Gifts for our Christmas “adopted” family: Once again, a list of the family’s wants and needs was circulated to those in attendance. Please wrap & label gifts and bring them to our party on 18 December. Do you remember what you’re bringing?  A gift card will be presented to the family. $100 from the Club’s coffers… Also, members are tossing in a few bucks each, to add to the card.

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

    Mollie has once again volunteered to keep track of our Club’s efforts.

    –“Weigh In” by the first week in January 2013.

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

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

    So, Mollie, when do we start????

    Today’s Program: Hearts of Gold-Animal rescue w/ Norma Johnson

    Harris introduced our guest speaker Norma Johnson, and filled us in on her most recent doings.

    Norma hails from Guam and then Hawaii. She holds down a full-time job at Kirtland AFB (just for the money) and devotes the remainder of her time to fostering dogs. She formed Hearts of Gold with friends and has been rescuing and fostering in New Mexico for around 15 years. You’d be surprised that many rescues are purebred doggies! After fostering and socializing them, Norma works with NM Animal Friends and PACA, among other no-kill adoption organizations. She tries to get a hold of animals before they reach a shelter, i.e. “surrenders”. Adoption fees vary (up to $150), in order to reimburse the adoption groups for vet fees, spaying/neutering and for the cost of chips. All adoption groups are in need of bedding, blankets, food and toys.

    Extensive Q&A followed, which revealed many facts about the poor treatment of animals in NM.

    For more information, you can reach Norma at (505) 269-2199

    Following her presentation, Norma received a gift of our card package from President Judy as a remembrance of her visit to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day was subsequently offered by Harris: “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

    Albert Schweitzer (The Philosophy of Civilization)

    AND at 1:00 PM President Judy concluded our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    7 Dec.  Pearl Harbor Day – 71st anniversary.

    8 Dec.  Rotary Leadership Institute – 8 AM

    9 Dec.  1st full day of Hanukkah

    10 Dec. Human Rights Day

    11 Dec. Club Board meeting with DG Mark at 11 AM! All board members please attend.

    11 Dec. Regular Meeting – District Governor Mark visits our Club today! 

     Everyone please attend. The Club will provide lunch for all!

    13 Dec. Casa Solano Holiday Party – 1:30P – Presents, Cookies & Punch!

    16 Dec. Boston Tea Party (1773)

    18 Dec. Our very own CHRISTMAS PARTY! (Pot Luck) Don’t forget to bring wrapped presents.

    25 Dec. Christmas Day – NO MEETING!

    26 Dec. Kwanzaa begins

    2013

    1 January New Year’s Day… NO MEETING

    8 January Regular Meeting- Club Planning

    8 January Board meeting

    15 January NO regular noon meeting… However, take a look at the next line:

    15 January Casa Esperanza Dinner Service by Club members. Show up at 5P & Service at 6P

    22 January Regular Meeting

    29 January Regular meeting

    28 March Circles dinner service

    4-6 April P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    13 April Governors Ball

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

    Members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue, break down after our meetings and to also act as greeters.

  • 27 Nov 2012 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12Noon and led our Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a few moments of silence

    Visiting Rotarians: Zizi Fritz from the downtown Club.

    Today’s Guests: The two Cobbetts joined us once again.

    November still is  – The bitter end of “Rotary Foundation Month”

    Couldn’t collect any “no-pin” bucks today.

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie’s question of the week: On this day, back in 1924, a two mile parade was begun, which has since withstood the test of time. Who, what, where (we know when)? Well, the first to answer (there were many) was Pam, with “The Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, in New York”. Her efforts were rewarded with a new yearly pocket planner (for 2013).

    While hiding the answer, Mollie then asked the musical question, what’s the fourth test of the 4-way test?

    Most in attendance beneficially rattled off the answer.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Maggie was amazed and proud of husband Rob. He successfully completed the Tucson Bicycle Tour.

    Pat had only three things to say:

    1.  If you remember that massage table that was going to be offered at out sidewalk sale for only $40, Pat was able to gain the assistance of her massage therapist, Mary Menefee, who managed to sell the item for… $255.00 !!!! The cash was handed over to Kirsten, who salivated over the bundle.
    2.  Pat’s back from a visit to Kansas, where she presided over her mother’s estate sale.
    3.  BUT, Pat’s going away (yet again); first, to N.C. then to Costa Rica ‘till the end of the year.

    Kirsten was good for $2… Her eldest celebrated her 12th birthday anniversary and her brood celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with family.

    James had to put his two cents in, re: the very successful Rotary El Paso Bi-District Conference. 100+ attendees made for a lively conference, at which our international matching grant application was approved! Three ABQ Clubs (Downtown, Del Norte and Sandia) have each pledged $500 towards the ultimate goal of $21K for 17 artificial limbs. J&W have also pledged toward this cause. James assured us that more pledges will be forthcoming.

    James also put us on notice, that there are two Paul Harris Fellowships (fire sale) available for half-price!

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

    Bruce wore his District hat today and once again extolled the virtues of The Rotary Leadership Institute, Rio Grande Academy. President Judy and Sgt-at-Arms Mollie received their FRAMED graduation certificates from Bruce today. The next RLI session is scheduled for 8 December, 8AM at Kirtland Federal Credit Union’s training center, 6440 Gibson B’lvd SE. Register at the District 5520 website, pay for it up front ($35) and our Club will reimburse you. Try It, You’ll like it! You don’t know what you don’t know about Rotary.

    When you shop at Albertsons Supermarkets, please save their current stamps and bring ‘em in until 8 January, to Pres. Judy. She’ll give them to Sue Campbell at Saranam. So far, we’ve filled up over half of our booklet! We’d like to fill up and present the booklet before Christmas.

    Janet spoke up regarding our Club Christmas Party (18 December). A list of who’s going to bring what and who’s going to bring whom, was passed around today. Sign up AND bring a gift for the exchange event… When Wim returns, he’ll be telling us more.

    Don’t forget our gathering at Casa Solano on 13 December. A list of residents’ needs and wants was passed about and donors were found for all.

    Recently, Fofo e-mailed a list of gifts for our Christmas “adopted” family to all Club members. Today, another list of the family’s wants and needs was also passed throughout the attending membership.

    Everyone “signed up” and all will be fulfilled. Please wrap & label gifts and bring them to our party on 18 December.

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

    Mollie has once again volunteered to keep track of our Club’s efforts.

    –“Weigh In” by the first week in January 2013.

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

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

    So, when do we start????

    Today’s Program: Bosque School – James introduced today’s program speaker, Mr. William (Billy) B. Handmaker, headmaster of Bosque School.

    The Bosque School Mission is to prepare young men and women to become lifelong learners with the highest character values and academic goals in a natural New Mexico setting with strong family and community involvement. Founded in 1994, this is a non-sectarian, coed, college prep school, grades 6 through 12, with a student to teacher ratio of 9:1, which promotes scholarship, community and integrity.

    The primary objective of Mr. Handmaker’s presentation was not to promote the Bosque School. Today, his emphasis was placed on three initiatives which are supported by the Bosque School. These initiatives are:

    1. Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP)

    2. Teacher Turnover (Sofia Center Mission)

    3. Low Graduation Rate in New Mexico (Breakthrough Collaborative)

    Each of these initiatives were outlined and discussed. A lively Q&A session followed the presentation, during which many opinions were aired.

    Looking for more info? Go to  www.BosqueSchool.org

    Following his very interesting and informative presentation, Mr. Handmaker received a gift of our card package from President Judy as a remembrance of his visit to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day was then offered by Pam, since James rarely has a thought that he can remember. Pam, however, did manage to remember the substance of a sign which she had seen every day:

    “Good teachers cost money. Poor teachers cost more!”

    At 1:00 PM President Judy ended our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    4 Dec.  Regular Meeting – Club Planning & Hearts of Gold-Animal rescue w/ Norma Johnson

    4 Dec.  Board Meeting

    8 Dec.  Rotary Leadership Institute – 8 AM

    9 Dec.  Hanukkah

    11 Dec. Regular Meeting – District Governor Mark visits our Club today! 

     Everyone please attend. The Club will provide lunch for all!

    13 Dec. Casa Solano Holiday Party – 1:30P – Presents, Cookies & Punch!

    18 Dec. Our very own CHRISTMAS PARTY! (Pot Luck)

    25 Dec. Christmas Day – NO MEETING!

    2013

    1 January New Year’s Day… NO MEETING

    8 January Regular Meeting- Club Planning

    8 January Board meeting

    15 January NO regular noon meeting… However, take a look at the next line:

    15 January Casa Esperanza Dinner Service by Club members. Show up at 5P & Service at 6P

    22 January Regular Meeting

    29 January Regular meeting

    28 March Circles dinner service

    4-6 April P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    13 April Governors Ball

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

    Members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue, break down after our meetings and to also act as greeters. So, who’s helping out in December?

  • 13 Nov 2012 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12Noon and led our Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a few moments of silence

    Today’s Guests: Marion McDonald (soon to be a member), guest of pres. Judy

      Steph Hanosh, guest of Mollie       Marianne Kelly, guest of Maggie

      John Salamack, guest of Libby

    November is  – “Rotary Foundation Month”

    NO pin bucks today. Did the “late” Miguel have his pin? We’ll never know. Harris showed up a tad late, too… But, he paid for his transgression.

    Mollie’s question of the week (actually, two questions): On this date, back in 1982, what US monument was completed? Without any hints, John Salamack took the prize with the answer “Viet Nam veterans Memorial”. The second question of the day: Last week, what previous political prisoner, who turned national leader, had their picture placed on the latest bank notes? Mary came up with the correct answer of Nelson Mandella. A group effort then came up with the picture on the other side of those bank notes, i.e.: “The big five” (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo & Elephant).

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    James tossed one in, ‘cause he’s happy that the election is over & there are no more ‘phone calls from people you don’t know!

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

    Saranam stamp saver mini-project: When you shop at Albertsons Supermarkets, please save their current stamps and bring ‘em in until 8 January, to Pres. Judy. She’ll give them to Sue at Saranam. So far, we’ve filled up half of our booklet!

    Don’t forget our gathering at Casa Solano on 13 December. Libby will publish a list of residents’ needs and wants. So far, Sam the Shepherd will get cigars from John & cookies from Maggie.

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

    Mollie has once again volunteered to keep track of our Club’s efforts.

    –“Weigh In” by the first week in January 2013.

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

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

    So, when do we start????

    Have you logged onto & looked at OUR Club’s website? Lots of info there.

    Take a couple of minutes and click on this link http://rcoas.onefireplace.com

    Today’s Program: “Revolution Without Violence”, Rob Noyes Smith

    Rob is an executive coach and management consultant to both large and small corporations.

    When he attended a Navy SEAL funeral with his Navy SEAL son, his perspective shifted. Through the pain and sorrow of what he saw around him he decided "enough;" He questions, “Why do we humans continue going to war after war after war?”

    In this book, Noyes Smith explores his own warrior past, the father to son lineage and the influence of the ego outer self vs. the wise inner self. This leads him to uncover the fundamental drive in men. What he refers to as the Three F's: "Food", a euphemism for any survival resource, such as oil. "Fight," to do whatever it takes, including war, to secure your particular tribes survival. And we do all this for the "Future," the genetic imperative to secure his tribal lineage.

    These fundamental drivers lead him to look at the resource and ideological threats in eight possible war scenarios, ultimately concluding that the greatest of all these is the financial mismanagement by the warring political parties, a condition the author believes leads to financial collapse and more war, greater war, even a nuclear world war three.

    But recognizing the threat is not enough. A problem without a solution is of little use. The author then goes to work on political structural solutions/changes to save democracy from the present political swamp in Washington, while outlining the necessary financial steps that need to be taken to resurrect the union.

    Further addressed, are issues to be faced and possible solutions. A question was also put forth, “What happens if we don’t pay heed?” Another fact that arose during the discussion/Q&A, was that Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President (1801-1809), advocated Periodic revolution, “at least once every 20 years,” was “a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

    Following his presentation, Rob received a gift of our card package from President Judy as a remembrance of his visit to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day (Actually, two) was then offered by Maggie:

    “Peace cannot be achieved through violence. It can only be attained through understanding.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then, he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandella

    And, at 1:00 PM President Judy put an end to our proceedings.

    An impromptu board meeting was then called by James & Mollie. Attending were the following board members : Pres. Judy, Sec’y John, PE Wim, IPP Fofo, Mary, James, Mollie and Kay (Quorum present).

    Subject: James put forth a motion that our Club support and sponsor the following matching grant: Pepe’s Club wants to supply 17 needed artificial limbs, total cost $21K. James & Wendy will supply seed money of $500.00 US. If our Club’s pending $500 grant contribution for the ABQ computer lab falls through, we’ll move that money to the artificial limb grant. With a second by Mollie, the motion was passed unanimously.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    16-17 Nov. Bi-District Conference – El Paso, TX

    20 Nov. NO MEETING

    22 Nov. Thanksgiving Day

    25 Nov. International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

    27 Nov. Regular Meeting – Program: Bosque School

    4 Dec.  Regular Meeting – Club Planning & Hearts of Gold-Animal rescue w/ Norma Johnson

    4 Dec.  Board Meeting

    8 Dec.  Rotary Leadership Institute

    9 Dec.  Hanukkah

    11 Dec. Regular Meeting – District Governor Mark visits our Club today! Everyone please attend.

    13 Dec. Casa Solano Holiday Party – 1:30P – Presents, Cookies & Punch!

    18 Dec. CHRISTMAS PARTY! (Pot Luck)

    25 Dec. Christmas Day – NO MEETING!

    2013

    1 January New Year’s Day… NO MEETING

    8 January Regular Meeting- Club Planning

    8 January Board meeting

    15 January NO regular noon meeting

    15 January Casa Esperanza Dinner Service by Club members. Show up at 5P & Service at 6P

    28 March Circles dinner service

    4-6 April P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    13 April Governors Ball

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

    Members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue, break down after our meetings and to also act as greeters. Thanks to Wim & Marion for undertaking this task for November.

  • 06 Nov 2012 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12Noon and led our Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a few moments of silence and thoughts to the East coast digging-out efforts.

    Today’s Guests: Marion McDonald, guest of Pres. Judy      Stephanie Hanish, guest of Mollie

                               And 2x Cobbishness

    November is  – “Rotary Foundation Month”

    Only one pin buck, today. In the interest of anonymity, Miguel will not be mentioned.

    Mollie’s question of the week: On this date, in 1947, what TV show started and is still running? Following several hints and incorrect guesses, Marion finally got it, with “Meet the Press” and received the grand prize of really big bucks.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    James brought us back a banner from Jacksonville, FL.

    Wendy coughed up $4, since she’s happy (their doggie, too) to be back from the southern tour of 11States

    Libby was good for $2, to tell of travelling friends to/from Ireland, who returned a tad late, due to that pesky hurricane. Also, John Salamack finally returned a bit late from Italy (the storm, again) sans baggage, which wound up in Mexico City. In Europe, they obviously don’t know the difference between Mexico and NEW Mexico!

    Miguel turned in some cash to tell of his dad’s 94th birthday anniversary. This is a guy who served in three wars, too!

    Don’t know who “turned in” Harris for showing up late… He just seemed to appear out of thin air.

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

    Saranam  stamp saver mini-project. If you shop at Albertsons Supermarkets, please save their current stamps and bring ‘em in until 8 January, to Pres. Judy. She’ll give them to Sue at Saranam.

    Club Projects (Mary):

    Casa Esperanza dinner service on Tuesday, 15 January, 2013. The menu will be Lasagne, Salad & dessert.

    Casa Solano holiday party in December – Most of their residents are still with us. Sam the shepherd is still going strong. However, Mel has since passed on. Attending members voted to provide gifts, cookies and punch for this celebration on Thursday, 13 December at 1:30 PM. Libby has a list of the residents’ needs and we’ll see it soon.

    Circles dinner – Pat Diem – The membership voted to provide this dinner on 28 March, 2013.

    Our Christmas Potluck Luncheon – 18 December - Volunteer a food co-chairs are Janet and Karen. Wim will be managing the gift list and proceedings.

    As you all know, we’re “adopting” a family for the holiday season this year. IPP Fofo will tell us of their needs. Gifts will be presented at our Christmas party.

    Rotary Friendship Exchange problem: A host for two of the men coming from Chile has just been diagnosed with a serious health issue and has had to drop out. The guests are due to arrive Nov. 21 (the day before Thanksgiving) and they’ll remain here until the 24th. They speak only a little English. So, one or two Spanish speaking homes are desperately needed. Who will be willing to share their homes with these Rotary visitors? PLEASE!!! We need someone who is willing to step up and help. We are on a very short timeline and Donna needs help.

    Contact Donna Pedace, District Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair W: 505-982-2226      H: 505-685-4115 

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

    Mollie has once again volunteered to keep track of our Club’s efforts.

    –Start anytime, but “Weigh In” by the first week in January 2013.

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

     -      -Document total participant loss and turn in

             Club results through the District 5520 website by April 10th, 2013

    Mario DiGesu (Dee-Jay-Zoo) wellness@windstream.net  (575) 894-8029

    Andrew Garrison kocartel@yahoo.com  (505) 818-2149


    The new look of the District 5520 website on ClubRunner is fully operational.

    Click on this link and take a look  www.Rotary5520.org

    Have you ever logged onto & looked at OUR Club’s website? Lots of info there.

    Take a couple of minutes and click on this link http://rcoas.onefireplace.com

    Today’s Program: Member Profile – Janet Wheatley, nee Ft. Benning, GA.

    Janet spent the formative years of her existence moving to and fro throughout the US and the rest of the world (22 countries worth). However, this was not due to her wanderlust. Her travels were instead caused by her being a D.O.D. dependant.

    Finally, in ’91, she made her latest move from GA to NM’s ABQ, reentered school, studied construction management and went for her contractor’s license. Initially an interior designer, Janet went into building inspection then building development. Getting into her own business eight years ago, she now represents two pet door manufacturers. Her company custom installs these doors in ways that you cannot imagine, since she has quite a bit of construction experience. Both of Janet’s parents (Jodi & Jim) are long time Rotarians and are currently members of some other unnamed Club in Rio Rancho. Janet is active in many other charitable efforts and has been known to donate (her fast growing tresses) to “Lots of Love” every few years.

    Thanks to Janet for sharing her seamy past with us and we all know that she’s a great asset to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day was then offered by Wim, who has only original thoughts. He asked us to remember to vote… It’s our civic duty. He also reminded us to be thankful (as US citizens) for what we have.

    And, at 1:00 PM President Judy ended our meeting and invited all members to attend the Club board meeting, which followed immediately after this meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    8 Nov.  Wendy’s birthday anniversary! She does look younger than her professed 39 years.

    10 Nov. E-Assembly Foundation Training – 9A-12N. James will also be “attending”.

    11 Nov. Veterans Day

    13 Nov. Regular Meeting – “Revolution Without Violence”, Rob Smith (Sounds familiar?)

    16-17 Nov. Bi-District Conference – El Paso, TX

    20 Nov. NO MEETING

    22 Nov. Thanksgiving Day

    25 Nov. International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

    27 Nov. Regular Meeting – Program: Bosque School

    4 Dec.  Regular Meeting – Club Planning & Hearts of Gold-Animal rescue w/ Norma Johnson

    4 Dec.  Board Meeting

    8 Dec.  Rotary Leadership Institute

    9 Dec.  Hanukkah

    11 Dec. Regular Meeting – District Governor Mark visits our Club today! Everyone please attend.

    13 Dec. Casa Solano Holiday Party – 1:30P – Presents, Cookies & Punch!

    18 Dec. CHRISTMAS PARTY! (Pot Luck)

    25 Dec. Christmas Day

    2013

    1 January New Year’s Day… NO MEETING

    8 January Regular Meeting- Club Planning

    8 January Board meeting

    15 January NO regular noon meeting

    15 January Casa Esperanza Dinner Service by Club members. Show up at 5P & Service at 6P

    28 March Circles dinner service

    4-6 April P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    13 April Governors Ball

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

    Members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue, break down after our meetings and to also act as greeters. Thanks to Wim & Molly for undertaking this task for November.

    Also, we extend our thanks to Pat for looking after our refreshment table. Did I see baked goodies, today?

  • 30 Oct 2012 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12Noon and led our Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a few moments of silence and introspection, especially to send positive thoughts for East coast residents.

    Visiting Rotarians: Linda & Wally (The Newlyweds) from the Metro Club

    Today’s Guests: Marion McDonald, guest of President Judy AND Cobb & Cobb (the law firm)

    October is  – “Vocational Service  Month”

    Oh, good… No pin bucks today!

    Mollie’s question of the week: On this date, back in 1954, the Soviet Union launched Sputnick II. What was the occupant’s name? Wim had it right… It was Laika the doggie.

    Also on that day, the NY Daily News reported that Pres. Gerald Ford refused a Federal bailout for New York City.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Pam paid out a buck, to comment that Mollie is color coordinated in Rotary Blue, today. President Judy was also in Rotary Gold! Pam also loves the cards that she bought from Mary and thanks to Judy for her new name pin (All this for just one buck).

    Peggy witch tossed one in, for the safety of Skip’s family in NY, even though they had some storm damage.

    Harris noted that his family was OK in Mass.

    John’s kids are also OK in PA & NJ.

    Andy had some good news, too: ABQ kids project “Youth Conservation Corps” received their grant application of $150K for the Los Altos Skate Park, in ABQ… we’ll visit next summer!

    Wim was good for $4, since he survived his successful October B.D. celebration.

    Mary parted with $2 to congratulate President Judy and Sgt-at-Arms Mollie for graduating RLI. AND, tnx to Pam for the purchase of a bunch of her cards… a % goes to our Club!

    Kay fished out $1 to tell of the ABQ “Zoo Boo” family event. ½ of the events proceeds go to a scholarship foundation.

    And, IPP Fofo found a dollar to commemorate the family’s mom (of whom Fofo is a mentor) who found herself a job.

    Pat mentioned that project Circles New Mexico also has need of meals (dinners) served on the 4th Thursday of each month. Service would happen at Holy Family Church. Perhaps our Club would be able to provide a meal during February of 2013.

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

    The Rotary Leadership Institute, Rio Grande Academy was attended on 27 October by President Judy, Sgt. At Arms Mollie (both graduated) and Mary.

    Mary, our Service Projects Chair, reminded us of the date for our Club’s Casa Esperanza dinner service. We’ve decided that our Club will provide and serve dinner on Tuesday evening, 15 January. We’ve still got to figure out what we’ll be serving (Lasagne?).

    Also, please remember that we’re going to provide our yearly party at Casa Solano during December.

    President Judy announced the result of our membership poll, re: a matching grant presented by James last week. The grant would help Escuela Luz del Mundo equip a computer lab for the middle school in the international district of Albuquerque. The membership has voted to donate $500 to this effort. Additional financial commitments will be needed before the Bi-District conference on 16 November. If the needed amount is not met by that date, the project would not happen.

    One of the hosts for two of the men coming from Chile (Rotary Friendship Exchange) has just been diagnosed with a serious health issue and has dropped out. They are due to arrive Nov. 21 (day before Thanksgiving) and remain here until the 24th. They only have a little English, so one or two Spanish speaking homes are desperately needed, who will be willing to share their homes with these Rotary visitors. PLEASE see if anyone is willing to step up and help. We are on a very short timeline and Donna needs help.

    Contact Donna Pedace District Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair W: 505-982-2226      H: 505-685-4115 

    Del Sol Club’s Governors Ball – Since the Del Sol Club is our sponsor Club, we’ll be supporting this fund-raiser. The event proceeds will help the children’s cancer camp AND NMx sports.

    So far, we’ve (by a show of hands) filled one table of ten at the event. The ball will take place in Albuquerque, on 13 April, 2013. Tickets are $150 per person. Jeff Weinrach is the Committee Chair & our Bruce B. will also serve on this committee.

    Saranam  stamp saver mini-project. If you shop at Albertsons Supermarkets, please save their current stamps and bring ‘em in until 8 January, to Pres. Judy. She’ll give them to Sue at Saranam.

    Our Christmas Potluck Luncheon – We still need a food chair person… Wim will manage the gift list.

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

    Select a club champion to be in charge of your club efforts. (We haven’t done this, yet!)

    –Start anytime, but “Weigh In” by the first week in January 2013.

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

    •    -Document total participant loss and turn in
    •      your club results through the District 5520 website by April 10th, 2013 

    Mario DiGesu (Dee-Jay-Zoo) wellness@windstream.net  (575) 894-8029

    Andrew Garrison kocartel@yahoo.com  (505) 818-2149

    Yes, the NEW District 5520 website is in service on ClubRunner and is fully operational.

    Click on this link and take a look  www.Rotary5520.org

    Today’s Program: Today’s unpredictable economy and the effects on financial planning.

    Harris introduced Mike Suttle, who’s a licensed, registered investment advisor and owner of the Suttle Financial Group.

    During his presentation, Mike parted with many gems of wisdom, regarding financial and retirement planning and estate transfer.

    That moderate portfolio theory (The Efficient Frontier) doesn’t work! Diversification works well for income distribution analysis. Anyone can look into their investment portfolio and tell if they’ve invested well... You can take care of your own boat.

    Rate investments as: Red – Wall Street – The Sails of your boat.

      Blue – Predictable “low risk”, (ie: real estate) - The hull of your boat.

      Green – Absolutely safe, ie: Insurance and Banks – The keel of your boat.

    You need all three to have a good boat.

    Additional points mentioned by Mike, were:

    Nobody knows where we’re going (up or down) in the market.

    As in mountain climbing, Getting to the top is optional… Getting back down safely is mandatory!

    The newly adopted Government law, Actuarial Guideline  “AG38” Requires Life Insurance companies to keep more $$$ in reserve.

    Review your beneficiary designations NOW, for proper transfer of assets!

    Remember that, eventually, you’ll be giving it all away. So, plan now, to make it (the transition) easier.

    Following his presentation, President Judy presented Mike with a packet of our cards as a remembrance of his visit to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day was then offered by Harris, who quoted Reba McEntire: “To succeed in life, you need three things- A wishbone, A backbone and A funny bone!”

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

    Programs and Happenings: 

    31 Oct.  Halloween… Eat lots of candy… A food group that’s good for you!

    4 Nov.  Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov.  Regular Meeting – Club and Project Planning

    6 Nov.  Board Meeting

    6 Nov.  Election Day!

    8 Nov.  Wendy’s birthday anniversary!

    10 Nov. E-Assembly Foundation Training – 9A-12N

    11 Nov. Veterans Day

    13 Nov. Regular Meeting – “Revolution Without Violence”, Rob Smith

    16-17 Nov. Bi-District Conference – El Paso, TX

    20 Nov. NO MEETING

    22 Nov. Thanksgiving Day

    27 Nov. Regular Meeting – Program: Bosque School

    4 Dec.  Regular Meeting – Club Planning & Hearts of Gold-Animal rescue w/           Norma Johnson

    4 Dec.  Board Meeting

    8 Dec.  Rotary Leadership Institute

    9 Dec.  Hanukkah

    11 Dec. Regular Meeting – District Governor Mark visits our Club today!

    18 Dec. CHRISTMAS PARTY! (Pot Luck)

    25 Dec. Christmas Day

    2013

    1 January New Year’s Day… NO MEETING

    8 January Regular Meeting- Club Planning

    8 January Board meeting

    15 January NO regular noon meeting

    15 January Casa Esperanza Dinner Service by Club members. Show up at 5P & Service at 6P

    4-6 April P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    13 April Governors Ball

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

    Members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue, break down after our meetings and to also act as greeters. Thanks to Maggie for volunteering to undertake this task for the month of October.

    Wim & Molly will be setting up next month.

    Also, we extend our thanks to Pat for looking after our refreshment table.

  • 23 Oct 2012 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12Noon and led our Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a few moments of silence and introspection.

    Today’s Guests: Marion McDonald, guest of President Judy,  Keenan Bash

                               AND the two smaller Cobbii

    October is  – “Vocational Service  Month”

    Only one “no pin buck” today, from Harris.

    The question of the week tested our collective memory. The “Lasting Lessons” article in the Rotarian magazine told about a matching grant which gave Afghan students a chance at a better future. From what Club (in the USA) did Steve Brown and Fary Moini originate this project? After many hints, Harris guessed that it was the La Jolla, CA Club. They worked with the Uni-Town Club of Peshwar, Pakistan, to serve 6000 students. As part of today’s quiz, Sgt-at-Arms Mollie related this project to the 3rd and 4th items of our 4-way test.

    In order for us to better remember the Rotary 4-way test, Mollie gave each of our members a wallet card, upon which was printed the Rotary 4-way test and the “Object of Rotary.”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    Mollie hopes that temps will not go below 45F.

    Libby parted with a hard earned dollar, to proclaim Marge & Wim’s 37th wedding anniversary!

    Fofo relieved herself of a happy fiver, to tell of the ending (hopefully) of her 14 year conflict with the city of ABQ. The latest visit by a fire marshal at last provided The Event Palace with that long awaited certificate. She no longer needs a firewall and sprinkler system!

    Kay has completed her very first 20K walk. It was for Duke City.

    Peggy told of her wonderful trip with husband Skip, to Aspen, CO, to see the foliage… It was beautiful!

    Harris chipped in $2 ‘cause he finished putting two swamp coolers to sleep for the winter.

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

    Mary, our Service Projects Chair, has found that Casa Esperanza is in need of some dinner meals. We’ve decided that our Club will provide and serve dinner on a Tuesday evening during November. More info to follow.

    Also, please remember that we’re going to provide our yearly party at Casa Solano during December.

    President Judy brought up the subject of a possible matching grant, an idea presented by James. Consideration of our Club’s participation was discussed. The Albuquerque Club grant would help  Escuela Luz del Mundo equip a computer lab for the middle school in the international district of Albuquerque, where 30% of the families live below the poverty level. The total amount needed for this project is $36,222.00. There are financial commitments from their Club’s foundation, the Metro Club, some individual Rotarians and a couple of Mexican Clubs. James suggests that we donate $1,000 to this effort. Additional financial commitments are needed before the Bi-District conference on 16 November. If the needed amount is not met by that date, the project would not happen. Mary proposed a motion and Andy provided a second, that the Club treasurer e-mail a comprehensive list of our available and committed Club funds to all members (this week). Members may indicate (via e-mail) to President Judy, whether they wish to have our Club support this grant and the amount ($1000 or $500) that we should donate.

    Del Sol Club’s fund raiser – Pres. Judy & PE Wim attended the initial Del Sol Club Governors Ball committee meeting. Since the Del Sol Club is our sponsor Club, we’ll attempt to support their fund-raiser in some manner. The event proceeds will help the children’s cancer camp AND NMx sports. So far, we have (by a show of hands) filled one table of ten, at the event. The ball will take place in Albuquerque, on 13 April, 2013. Tickets are $150 per person. Jeff Weinrach is the Committee Chair & our Bruce B. will also serve on this committee.

    Saranam  stamp saver mini-project. If you shop at Albertsons Supermarkets, please save their current “stamps” and bring ‘em in, to Pres. Judy. She’ll give them to Sue at Saranam.

    Our Christmas Potluck Luncheon – We need a food chair person… Wim will manage the gift list.

    Bruce brought us up to date on the Rotary Leadership Institute (Rio Grande Academy). Training seminars (parts 1, 2 & 3) will take place on 27 October, 8A-3P. The $35 fee (for each of 3 parts) includes b’kfst & lunch, binders w/training materials. Location: Kirtland federal Credit Union’s education center, 6440 Gibson B’lvd, SE – Corner of Gibson & Louisiana.

    The Club will pay your fee… Try it, you’ll like it! (You don’t know what you don’t know about Rotary)

    You can register on-line, at the District 5520 web-site!

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

    –Select a club champion to be in charge of your club efforts.

    –Start anytime, but “Weigh In” by the first week in January 2013.

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

    _Document total participant loss and turn in
         your club results through the District 5520 website by April 10th, 2013 

    Mario DiGesu (Dee-Jay-Zoo) wellness@windstream.net  (575) 894-8029

    Andrew Garrison kocartel@yahoo.com  (505) 818-2149

    Our District 5520 Vision: To provide support and resources for every member to understand, achieve, sustain, and share “Service Above Self”.

    The NEW District 5520 website is in service and is fully operational.

    Go and click on this link  www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Today’s Program: A history of the Masons – Carl Cataline (Lodge past master)

    What’s a Mason? The answer is simple. A Mason (or Freemason) is a member of a fraternity known as Masonry (or Freemasonry). Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Probably, it arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land.

    In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area. In the United States, there is a Grand Lodge in each state and the District of Columbia. In Canada, there is a Grand Lodge in each province. Local organizations of Masons are called lodges. There are lodges in most towns, and large cities usually have several. There are about 13,200 lodges in the United States.

    By 1731, when Benjamin Franklin joined the fraternity, there were already several lodges in the Colonies, and Masonry spread rapidly as America expanded west. In addition to Franklin, many of the Founding Fathers (men such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren and John Hancock) were Masons. Masons and Masonry played an important part in the Revolutionary War and an even more important part in the Constitutional Convention and the debates surrounding the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Many of those debates were held in Masonic lodges.

    The word "lodge" means both a group of Masons meeting in some place and the room or building in which they meet. Masonic buildings are also sometimes called "temples" because much of the symbolism Masonry uses to teach its lessons comes from the building of King Solomon's Temple in the Holy Land. The term "lodge" comes from the structures which the stonemasons built against the sides of the cathedrals during construction. In winter, when building had to stop, they lived in these lodges and worked at carving stone.

    Like many artisans today, stonemasons centuries ago wore leather aprons to carry their tools-and to protect themselves from flying chips of stone. This custom was adopted by the men who became Freemasons. Thus, modem Masons wear a lambskin or cloth apron, sometimes elaborately decorated or embroidered, to show their pride in being members of a fraternity with so long and great a history.
    Masonry teaches that each person has a responsibility to make things better in the world. Most individuals won't be the ones to find a cure for cancer, or eliminate poverty, or help create world peace, but every man, woman and child can do something to help others and to make things a little better. Masonry is deeply involved with helping people - it spends more than $1.4 million dollars every day in the United States, just to make life a little easier. The great majority of that help goes to people who are not Masons.

    Some of these charities are vast projects, like the Shriners Hospitals for Children  and Burns Institutes. Also, Scottish Rite Masons maintain a nationwide network of over 100 Childhood Language Disorders Clinics, Centers and Programs. Each helps children afflicted by such conditions as aphasia, dyslexia, stuttering and related learning or speech disorders.

    A degree is a stage or level of membership. It's also the ceremony by which a man attains that level of membership. There are three, called Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason. The names are taken from the craft guilds. In the Middle Ages, when a person wanted to join a craft, he was first apprenticed. When he had proved his skills, he became a "Fellow of the Craft" (today we would say "Journeyman,") and when he had exceptional ability, he was known as a Master of the Craft.

    The degrees are “plays” in which the candidate participates. Each degree uses symbols to teach, just as plays did in the Middle Ages and as many theatrical productions do today.

    The Masonic degrees teach the great lessons of life-the importance of honor and integrity, of being a person on whom others can rely, of being both trusting and trustworthy, of realizing that you have a spiritual nature as well as a physical or animal nature, of the importance of self-control, of knowing how to love and be loved, of knowing how to keep confidential what others tell you so that they can "open up" without fear.

    It really isn't secretive, although it sometimes has that reputation. Masons certainly don't make a secret of the fact that they are members of the fraternity. They wear rings, lapel pins and tie clasps with Masonic emblems like the Square and Compasses, the best known of Masonic signs which, logically, recall the fraternity's early symbolic roots in stone-masonry. Masonic buildings are clearly marked, and are usually listed in the phone book. Lodge activities are not secret. Many lodges have answering machines which give the upcoming lodge activities. But there are some Masonic secrets, and they fall into two categories.

    The first are the ways in which a man can identify himself as a Masonundefinedgrips and passwords. They are kept private for obvious reasons. It is not at all unknown for unscrupulous people to try to pass themselves off as Masons in order to get assistance under false pretenses.

    The second group is harder to describe, but they are the ones Masons usually mean if they talk about "Masonic secrets." They are secrets because they literally can't be talked about, can't be put into words. They are the changes that happen to a man when he really accepts responsibility for his own life and, at the same time, truly decides that his real happiness is in helping others.

    The following facts were also noted:

    Masonry is not a religion.

    Some are surprised that no one has ever asked them to become a Mason. They may even feel that the Masons in their town don't think they are "good enough" to join. But it doesn't work that way. For hundreds of years, Masons have been forbidden to ask others to join the fraternity. So, when a man decides he wants to be a Mason, he asks a Mason for a petition or application.

    Kit Carson and Lew Wallace were Masons.

    2 Grand Lodges exist in New Mexico

    After a Mason completes the first three degrees, only masters can join the York Rite, then the Scottish Rite and then there’s the Shriners.

    You can read up by buying “Freemasons for Dummies”.

    16 (?) past US presidents were/are Freemasons.

    Did you know that Masons ran the underground railroad?

    A secret handout was provided, along with the showing of an informative DVD.

    Following the presentation, President Judy presented Carl with a packet of our cards as a remembrance of his visit to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day was offered by Andy, who told of Freemason Teddy Roosevelt and why he was attracted to Masonry.

    And, at 1:05 PM President Judy officially ended our meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    24 Oct.  World Polio day

    27 Oct.  Rotary Leadership Institute - Rio Grande Academy

    30 Oct.  Regular Meeting – Mike Suttle

    31 Oct.  Halloween… Eat candy… It’s good for you!

    4 Nov.  Daylight Savings Time ENDS!

    6 Nov.  Regular Meeting -

    6 Nov.  Election Day!

    10 Nov. E-Assembly Foundation Training – 9A-12N

    11 Nov. Veterans Day

    13 Nov. Regular Meeting – “Revolution Without Violence”, Rob Smith

    16-17 Nov. Bi-District Conference – El Paso, TX

    20 Nov. NO MEETING

    22 Nov. Thanksgiving Day

    27 Nov. Regular Meeting -

    4-6 April, 2013 P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    13 April, 2013  Governors Ball

    2-5 May, 2013  District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    Members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue, break down after our meetings and to also act as greeters. Thanks to Maggie for volunteering to undertake this task for the month of October.

    Also, we extend our thanks to Pat for looking after our refreshment table (But, not today).

  • 16 Oct 2012 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12Noon and led our Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a few moments of silence and introspection.

    Visiting Rotarians: Cal Campbell, Charleston Club of East Illinois, an ex ABQ resident.

                                    Jodi & Jim Wheatley, Rio Rancho

    Today’s Guests: Isabel & Piper, the Cobbetts

    October is  – “Vocational Service  Month”

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    John was attending to his AG duties at the Los Lunas Club today. So, Libby has given of her time to note the happenings of today’s meeting… thanks, Libby!

    Mary chipped in some “happy coins” for niece & family visiting for the Balloon Fiesta. Also, neighbors looking for seamstress work or pet sitting.

    Andy put his two cents in for NM Xtreme sports & 508, selected as recipients of $$$ from Del Sol Club fundraiser.

    Pam gots a new sweetie & she now does natural pet as well as human care & healing.

    At this point, our Sgt-at-Arms Mollie, insisted that we all recite the 4-way test.

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

    Del Sol Club’s fund raiser – Camp Enchantment for Andy’s Xtreme Sports.

    Our Christmas Potluck – We need a food chair person… Wim will manage the gift list.

    R.L.I. (Rio Grande Academy) training seminars (parts 1, 2 & 3) will take place on 27 October, 8A-3P. The $35 fee (for each of 3 parts) includes b’kfst & lunch, binders w/training materials. Location: Kirtland federal Credit Union’s education center, 6440 Gibson B’lvd, SE – Corner of Gibson & Louisiana.

    The Club will pay your fee… Try it, you’ll like it! (You don’t know what you don’t know about Rotary)

    Saranam (Sue Campbell) stamp saver mini-project.

    Membership with Kay – Since all members are responsible for supplying our Club with prospective members, Kay handed out a form to all present. She asks that we supply her with a list of possible new members (name & contact info)… She’ll do the calling.

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

    –Select a club champion to be in charge of your club efforts.

    –Start anytime, but “Weigh In” by the first week in January 2013.

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

    _Document total participant loss and turn in your club results through the District 5520 website by April 10th, 2013 

    Mario DiGesu (Dee-Jay-Zoo) wellness@windstream.net  (575) 894-8029

    Andrew Garrison kocartel@yahoo.com  (505) 818-2149

    Our District 5520 Vision: To provide support and resources for every member to understand, achieve, sustain, and share “Service Above Self”.

    The NEW District 5520 website is in service and is fully operational.

    Go and click on this link  www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Today’s Program: Common Ground - A Park Above and “Moonbeams & Butterfly Ball”. With Lori Lowen, V.P. of A Park Above, Inc.

    Mission Statement: To build an All Abilities park in Rio Rancho, with a design based on the Common Ground Park in Lakeland Florida.

    This will be a park with kids of all abilities playing together building healthy relationships. It’ll be a park with fun activities that are accessible to those who could not access them before. Seeing the vision of this park is easy, because it’s already been done. We just need to duplicate it with some changes to fit our community.

    To make this happen, A Park Above, Inc. Foundation has partnered with the City of Vision : Rio Rancho, State of New Mexico, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, local business, and with support from the community. The Park Above board has been working on this project for nearly 4 years. The Rotary Club of Rio Rancho has been very supportive in the conception of this project. They’ve donated seed money to the tune of $75K and the land has been donated by Rio Rancho - 4 acres on the East side of the newly opened Presbyterian Rust Medical Center boarders Rio Rancho and Albuquerque… between Unser & Golf Course!  1/2 the FUNDING has been raised through Capital Outlay & corporate sponsors (Intel, HP, Sandia Labs). Help is still needed to complete the goal of $2.8 Million… due to the high tech components and specific requirements for the “Green Water Splash Area”, computers and motion activated screens, amphitheater, giant video game for heart, lungs, and hand-eye coordination, this project requires all funds in order to break ground to complete the complicated park.

    Help is needed to build the first “Common Ground ~ A Park Above” in this area. This will be a destination park for the State of New Mexico drawing in visitors & businesses! The projected play equipment will be designed for ALL abilities for ALL children. Anyone can sponsor a piece of needed equipment, a brick on the friendship path, or a butterfly. Therapists can help their clients utilizing the park equipment. Plans for a Concessions Building, Buddy Day, scheduled educational programs, and many volunteers will be needed.

    Many opportunities are in place for community ownership… let them know that you want to help! As Rio Rancho Mayor Swisstack says, it takes a village, and that is what we will do, build this incredible park though community effort, business support, county and state!  Work is continuing, to have in place a perpetual fund should any equipment need to be replaced. This high tech park will be a destination for the entire community, where therapy, exercise & fun can happen. There is also planned, a Fitness Trail that will surround the Park donated by Presbyterian Rust Medical Center: $150,000.00. Groundbreaking will take place during August of 2013 and the planned finish date is in the spring of 2014. A Park Above, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with an ALL volunteer Board & Foundation.

    A “Moonbeams & Butterfly Ball” will be held to benefit the new park. This event will take place on Saturday, 10 November, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Spa & Resort. Time: 5P to Midnight, $100 per ticket, black tie optional. Cocktails, photos & silent auction. Kay’s husband’s band will be playing at the function. More Info??? Goto http://www.AParkAbove.com or, call (505) 975-0928.

    Following the presentation, President Judy presented Lori with a packet of our cards as a remembrance of her visit to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day was offered by Kay, which she made up, on the fly.

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

    Programs and Happenings: 

    23 Oct.      Regular Meeting – A History of the Masons with Carl Cataline

    24 Oct.      World Polio day

    27 Oct.      Rotary Leadership Institute - Rio Grande Academy

    30 Oct.      Regular Meeting – Mike Suttle

    31 Oct.      Halloween… Eat candy… It’s good for you!

    10 Nov.      E-Assembly Foundation Training – 9A-12N

    16-17 Nov. Bi-District Conference – El Paso, TX

    4-6 April, 2013   P.E.T.S.! @ Marriott Pyramid, Albuquerque.

    13 April, 2013    Governors Ball

    2-5 May, 2013    District 5520 Conference – Las Cruces, NM

    Members sign up with Sgt-at-Arms Mollie to set up our venue, break down after our meetings and to also act as greeters. Thanks to Maggie for volunteering to undertake this task for the month of October.

    Also, we extend our thanks to Pat & Alan for looking after the refreshment table.


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

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