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  • 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.

  • 09 Oct 2012 2:38 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: Wim’s Margaret & dos Cobbs

    October is  – “Vocational Service  Month”

    No pin bucks, today!

    Announcements/Sad-Happy-Brag Bucks: 

    President Judy was good for $2 today, Thanx to Wim for info re: Golden Age Card and for Judy’s daughter who finished her marathon OK.

    Pat kicked in $2 for her Vermont trip & crabbing at Myrtle Beach. Also to remember Circles’ Melissa, who is now safely residing out of state.

    Andy handed over $1 ‘cause he made it back from visiting his grandchildren in San Diego.

    Mollie thanks Libby & Wim for their yeoman co-chair work on our successful sale.

    Question of the week: On October 9, 1949, what law school first admitted women? An instant answer of “Harvard” came from Karen (and Judy, too!)

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

    Yard sale news from Wim & Libby – Looks like we cleared $2600+ this year (wow!)

    Thanks to all members for their assistance in this year’s endeavor.

    What could we have done to improve preparations? Perhaps more/earlier advance work and notice and a schedule for member involvement. Libby says that we could probably sublet the storage facility again and use the “Truck on Site” to p/u leftovers (clothing).

    There’ll be a member poll, to see if and when we’ll do it again.

    A really big “Thanks“ to Harris for the use of his beeg truck and for his labor, also.

    Also, many thanks to Wim’s wife and son and the two younger Cobbses for their assistance.

    Yup, we did receive our Club paycheck ($870) from the Bernalillo Wine festival and we must recognize the efforts of Kay, without whom this Club fundraiser could not have happened.

    President Judy has received a letter from the Del Sol Club regarding our possible interest in helping out with their Governors Ball. The yearly event will take place on 13 April, 2013. Got a “black tie/dress”? President Judy & President-Elect Wim will attend their first planning meeting on Friday AM, to find out how we can help.

    The NEW District 5520 website is in service and is fully operational. Go and click on  www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Today’s Program: Saranam Family Transition Assistance.

    Wim introduced Sue Campbell, Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator. Following a short video presentation, Ms. Campbell explained the operation of the organization.

    Saranam is a 2-year housing and education for homeless families in Albuquerque, NM. Saranam offers a comprehensive range of services to assist families in transitioning beyond homelessness.

    The word "saranam" means “refuge”. Saranam's Mission and Vision is to transform the lives of homeless families and to empower families to end their homelessness and poverty through housing, education and supportive communities. Saranam works with homeless families (a family, for Sananam's purposes, includes at least one adult and one child with a legal connection) who have a desire and the motivation to change their lives to end their homelessness.  Saranam provides:  Long-term housing, Intensive case management, Increasing levels of education, Focus on addressing individual issues and acts as a supportive community. All families live in one apartment complex and are not employed during their stay. Applications received through accredited agencies are considered once yearly, during June and July, while six to eight families are taken in, each year.

    Because the underlying issue of building community and building a network for support is so important to the program of Saranam, families are accepted into the program in classes. Many classes teaching life skills are facilitated by CNM. This allows for an immediate peer group and community to form. Saranam is not a drug/alcohol treatment facility, a domestic abuse shelter, a mental health treatment facility nor do they provide any emergency services/shelter. For additional information go to www.SaranamABQ.org

    Following Sue’s presentation, President Judy presented Ms. Campbell with a packet of our cards as a remembrance of her visit to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day was offered by Wim: “A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” (Walter Gagehot)

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

    Programs and Happenings: 

    16 Oct.  World Food Day

    16 Oct.  Regular Meeting – Common Ground-A park above. Moonbeams &                           Butterfly Ball. (A Rio Rancho Club Project) With Jennie Schulte Baca

    23 Oct.  Regular Meeting –

    24 Oct.  World Polio day

    27 Oct.  Rotary Leadership Institute - Rio Grande Academy

    30 Oct.  Regular Meeting – Mike Suttle

    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.

  • 02 Oct 2012 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting took the form of a Club picnic at Albuquerque’s Rotary Park. Every one brought their own yummies, while beverages and dessert were provided by the Club. And, this year, it didn’t rain! Bruce has safely returned from his latest “business” trip and graced us with his presence at today’s fest.

    Guests at today’s picnic were: The two young Cobbi, John’s Gretchen and Peggy’s CJ (Skip).

    October is  – “Vocational Service Month”

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

    Sidewalk Sale news: A letter of thanks (.pdf format) to our donors has been composed by James & is available to all, for your use. And, as if you didn’t want to know, we netted over two thousand six hundred bucks! Looks like the total tiredness paid off.

    President Judy has received a letter from the Del Sol Club regarding our possible interest in helping out with their Governors Ball. The yearly event will take place on 13 April, 2013. More info will follow.

    The NEW District 5520 website is in service and is fully operational. Go and click on  www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Programs and Happenings: 

    4 Oct.  Canadian Thanksgiving Day

    8 Oct.  Columbus Day

    9 Oct.  Regular (Business) Meeting

    9 Oct.  Board Meeting

    16 Oct.  World Food Day

    16 Oct.  Regular Meeting – Common Ground-A park above. Moonbeams & Butterfly Ball.

    23 Oct.  Regular Meeting –

    24 Oct.  World Polio day

    27 Oct.  Rotary Leadership Institute - Rio Grande Academy

    30 Oct.  Regular Meeting – Mike Suttle

  • 25 Sep 2012 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    Today’s meeting was nonexistent. However, we hope to see Club members on Thursday evening to help move sale items, and of course, on Friday and Saturday to join in on the sale.

    September is still – “New Generations Month”

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

    UNM Rotaract Club Charter Party (with 37 members) will take place on 28 September at 5P to 7P at Yannie’s. $15.00 per person with a cash bar.

    Sidewalk Sale planning & news: The A-1 Self Storage unit is located at 4700 Osuna Road, NE, West of San Mateo, past Cliff’s amusement park.  We’ll be moving sale items into The Event Palace on Thursday (27th) at 7PM.

    So, that means we show up at the storage unit at 5:00 PM on Thursday.

    On Friday, 28 Sept., sale starts at 12Noon ‘till 5PM (please show up to help set up at 7:30AM).

    On Saturday, 29 Sept., the sale continues, starting at 8AM (setup starts at 7AM) ‘till 12 Noon. PLEASE don’t forget to price the items that you bring in!

    A letter of thanks to our donors has been composed (.pdf) by James & is available to all, for your use.

    The Metro Club invites us to their “Wine and Strings Extravaganza” Sunday, 30 Sept, 2P to 5P, at the Los Equipales restaurant, 4500 Silver, SE, in Albuquerque. There’ll be a silent auction & raffle items. $30 per person buys you hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting & classical guitar music. Proceeds benefit the Atrisco Elementary Children’s Christmas gifts and the Veteran’s Integration Center.

    The NEW District website is in service and is fully operational. Go to  www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Programs and Happenings: 

    27 Sept. 7PM Load-In to The Event Palace… Please show up (see above) for a couple of hours to help.

    28 & 29 Sept CLUB SIDEWALK SALE FUNDRAISER!

    2 Oct  Our Club Picnic Meeting at ABQ Rotary Park (Pat will be in Vermont) Bring your own lunch… Beverages and dessert will be provided by the Club.

  • 18 Sep 2012 9:13 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called today’s meeting to order at 12 Noon and led our pledge of allegiance, followed by a moment of silence.

    Today’s Guests: The two younge Cobbi

    September is – “New Generations Month”

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie started off with a “Pin Check” but, there were no losers today.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy/Brag Bucks:

    President Judy let us have seven singles (supplemented with one each, from Wim & John), for a total of eight members who worked at the storage unit yesterday. 7+2=9… John couldn’t get his buck back.

    Mary let a buck loose for the load of fresh parsley that she picked & brought us today and to be back from her most recent trip. Don’t forget that the Grand Tetons = big boobies.

    Libby brought in a copy of Rayzor Dent’s Vaulted Eagles for anyone who wanted a good read.

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie asked the question of the week: On this day in September of 1793, what important cornerstone was laid in D.C. and by whom? John literally took the cigar with our correct answer: George Washington dood it at the U.S. Capitol Building.

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

    UNM Rotaract Club Charter Party (with 37 members) will take place on 28 September at 5P to 7P at Yannie’s. $15.00 per person with a cash bar.

    As our membership chair, Kay will be representing our Club at the District 5520 membership training webinar on Saturday, 22 September. If anyone else wishes to resister for the webinar on the internet, goto https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/732267257

    Sidewalk Sale planning & news:

    We still have that storage unit at A-1 Self Storage for big stuff, located at 4700 Osuna Road, NE, West of San Mateo, past Cliff’s amusement park. See Libby or Wim. It looks like we still have room for some goodies in there. Call Wim @ 797-3278 to set up help and to assist with moves to the storage unit.

    We can start to move sale items into The Event Palace on Thursday (27th) at 7PM.

    So, that means we must show up at the storage unit at around 4:30 PM on Thursday to load up Harris’ box truck.

    On Friday, 28 Sept., sale starts at 12Noon ‘till 5PM (please show up to help set up at 7:30AM).

    On Saturday, 29 Sept., the sale continues, starting at 8AM (earlier, if you can) ‘till 12 Noon.            PLEASE don’t forget to price the items that you bring in!

    A letter of thanks to our donors has been composed (.pdf) by James & is available to all, for your use. Leftover items may very well go to Vietnam Vets. Wim will get Janet to include descriptions of cherse items in the newspaper ad of our sale.

    The Metro Club invites us to their “Wine and Strings Extravaganza” Sunday, 30 Sept, 2P to 5P. It’ll be at the Los Equipales restaurant, 4500 Silver, SE, in Albuquerque. There’ll be a silent auction & raffle items. $30 per person buys you hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting & classical guitar music. Proceeds benefit the Atrisco Elementary Children’s Christmas gifts and the Veteran’s Integration Center.

    The opening of the Senator Clinton P. Anderson park will take place on 22 September at 10AM. Location,  Isletta & Clinton, SW.

    The NEW District website is in service and is fully operational. www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Today’s Program: Ronald McDonald House – Mary introduced Kristen Rortvedt, Executive Director of Albuquerque’s Ronald McDonald House.

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico provides comfort, care and a home away from home for families whose children are in medical treatment. Every day New Mexico families with critically ill children travel to Albuquerque for essential medical care not available in their own community. Kids in medical crisis need their parents nearby, while families need a temporary home while supporting their ill children and staying at a hotel is not financially possible. Providing unduplicated services since 1982, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM has provided temporary lodging to thousands of families facing this challenging situation.

    This program sustains families and keeps them close to their ill kids, which has significant long-term positive outcomes. The first Ronald McDonald House was created in Philadelphia in 1973 and on October 30, 1982, the New Mexico Ronald McDonald House opened. Since then, over 33,000 families have stayed in this comfortable and supportive home environment.

    Over the years the House changed and so did the organization. In March 1996, they began serving the community as Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico (RMHC-NM) with a mission to provide temporary housing to families with ill children. In 2007 the Ronald McDonald Family Room at UNM Children’s Hospital was opened, where respite services outside the walls of the Ronald McDonald House are provided. This Program serves local families who need to be near their ill children. It now serves over 600 guests monthly.

    In 2008 the latest House Expansion was completed by doubling the capacity of family guestrooms to 30. The House now has the capacity to provide over 10,000 family lodging nights annually.

    The House has been a temporary home for thousands of families while employing a permanent staff of  eight and a part time staff of twelve. The warm and compassionate environment would not be possible without the dedication of the 4000 volunteers who are crucial to their programs. Students, retirees, civic and social organizations, as well as corporate teams have cooked, cleaned, computerized, raked, weeded, laundered, listened and cared for the families and the mission. It is because of these volunteers and  organizational history, that Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM is truly the “House that Love Built.”

    Globally, 300 houses exist to serve the families of only pediatric patients and only 12% of their budget is underwritten by McDonalds. The NM house celebrates it’s 30th anniversary on 30 October, 2012.

    The NM house currently serves the UNM childrens’ hospital and is planning to expand their service to Presbyterian hospital, in the form of 4 sleeping rooms. The cost of a nightly stay at the house is $75 of which they ask a $15 contribution from a family. However, none are turned away due to their ability to pay. A future expansion to the Southwest part of New Mexico is presently being considered.

    There’s always a need for funds and a wish list of needed items does exist. Many volunteer opportunities are also available.

    Following a Q&A period, as is our custom, President Judy presented Ms. Rortvedt with our packet of cards. In addition, she was also presented with a rather large package of those can tops we’ve been saving. For further information, go to www.rmhc-nm.org

    Our Thought For The Day was then provided by Mary, who quoted Lydia M. Child: “An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves”.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    21 Sept. International Day of Peace

    22 Sept. Autumnal Equinox (First day of autumn)

    25 Sept. Yom Kippur

    25 Sept. NO ROTARY MEETING ! Yard sale preparation.

    27 Sept. 7PM Load-In to The Event Palace…  Please show up (see above) for a couple of hours to help.

    28 & 29 Sept. CLUB SIDEWALK SALE FUNDRAISER!

    2 Oct  Our Club Picnic Meeting at ABQ Rotary Park (Pat will be in Vermont)           Bring your own lunch… Beverages and dessert will be provided by the Club.

    Members sign up with Mollie to set up our venue and break down after our meetings and, they also act as greeters. Thanks to Harris & Miguel for volunteering their services with this task during the month of August.

  • 11 Sep 2012 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12 Noon and led our pledge of allegiance. This was followed by a moment of silence, during which we were asked to remember both the 9-11-01 victims and our many freedoms.

    Visiting Rotarians: Sandra Pugh, Metro Club         Greg Chalmers, Del Norte Club

    Guests:          Both young Cobbses

    September is – “New Generations Month”

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie started off with a “Pin Check”, which resulted in only one buck.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy/Brag Bucks:

    Peggy was going to be off to an Austin conference today… oops! It’s tomorrow. Also, it’s her parents 60th wedding anniversary.

    Pat just bought a new escape from Chalmers Ford, along with kibitzing assistance from Mollie.

    Sandra and Fred are celebrating their 20th anniversary together. She also brought in some items for our sale.

    Andy thanked members for their assistance with the dirty dash last Saturday.

    IPP Fofo recounted her wonderful experience with hosting a UK family with the RFE.

    Wim noted the Journal’s misspelling of his name in our published Club Board notice.

    Bruce is going away again for three weeks on business, to Entebe and Uganda. Since he won’t be here for the Wine & Strings Extravaganza, he auctioned off his ticket to Fofo, after Sandra “sweetened the pot” with 2 tickets to the upcoming Lobos vs. Texas State game.

    Mollie’s oldest grandson was married last weekend, in ABQ.

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie asked the question of the week: On this day in 1959, a U.S. congress bill was passed, which resulted in what new stamp?

    The correct answer was provided by Bruce, who took the prize with “FOOD STAMPS”!

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

    Unless Bruce gets at least 4 students for each of the R.L.I.’s 3 classes on Saturday, classes will be cancelled. So, sign up today on-line, at the District 5520 website. It costs $35 and it starts at 8AM

    Sidewalk Sale planning & news:

    Wim reminds us that we have a storage unit at A-1 Self Storage for big stuff, located at 4700 Osuna Road, NE, West of San Mateo, past Cliff’s amusement park. See Libby or Wim. It looks like we still have room for a lot of goodies in there. James has compiled a list of pickups to be made. Call Wim @ 797-3278 to set up help and moves to the storage unit. IPP Fofo says that, we can start to move items into The Event Palace, for our sale, on Thursday (27th) at 7PM. Don’t forget to price the items that you bring in!

    A letter of thanks to our donors has been composed (.pdf) by James & is available to all, for your use.

    We need help to rearrange the locker & to price stuff! Join us at 7AM on Monday, 17 September.

    Sale starts at 12Noon, Friday, 28 Sept. & at 8AM (earlier, if you can) on Saturday, 29 Sept.

    Wim has already sold chairs for $50.

    Visiting Rotarian Sandra told about the Metro Club invite to their “Wine and Strings Extravaganza” Sunday, 30 Sept, 2P to 5P. It’ll be at the Los Equipales restaurant, 4500 Silver, SE, in Albuquerque. There’ll be a silent auction & raffle items. $30 per person buys you hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting & classical guitar music. Proceeds benefit the Atrisco Elementary Children’s Christmas gifts and the Veteran’s Integration Center.

    We’re sorry to note that Kathy Clinton has resigned her Rotary membership, since she’s moving out of state. We wish Kathy well and hope that she rejoins a Rotary Club at her new location.

    The NEW District website is starting to come into service and will be fully operational by 15 September. www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Take a look at our Club website. James has posted a short u-tube link there, documenting our presence at the wine festival.

    Today’s Program: Natural approach to Staying Healthy.

    Introduced by Andy, our newest member, Dr. Pamellina Cornish, D.O.M., N.P., is a doctor of oriental medicine and natural physician. She practices Eastern, Western, Ancient and Modern natural therapies. Pam has been practicing in ABQ since 1987, teaches at UNM, hosts seminars for a variety of firms and she is NOT 81 years of age! 26 years ago, she cured herself of Rheumatoid Arthritis, from which she suffered between the ages of 20 to 35. With the assistance of a powerpoint presentation and informative handouts, we learned about techniques that could be introduced to heal ourselves through the process of natural therapies and food choices. Natural medicine isn’t the alternative, it’s the original method of healing, since it’s been around for thousands of years.

    During the presentation, several items were addressed, including: 30 ways that we poison ourselves before breakfast, the dangers of microwave oven use and why we regain “lost” weight.

    Dr. Cornish often treats patients collaboratively with nutritionists, chiropractors and MDs, including general practitioners, gynecologists, neurologists and rheumatologists. Western and Oriental medicine can be combined easily, since neither system is complete.

    During the Q&A period, additional subjects were engaged, after which Pam even received our traditional card packet!

    Our Thought For The Day was provided by Pat Diem, who quoted Eckhart Tolle.

    And, at 1:00 PM, President Judy ended this week’s meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    15 Sept District 5520 Rotary Leadership Institute @ Kirtland Fed. Credit Union. 8AM

    16 Sept Rosh Hashanah

    18 Sept Regular Meeting – Ronald McDonald House – Patricia Brkich, Development Director

     Don’t forget to bring in all of your can tops for her!

    21 Sept International Day of Peace

    22 Sept Autumnal Equinox (First day of autumn)

    25 Sept Yom Kippur

    25 Sept NO ROTARY MEETING !

    27 Sept. 7PM Load-In to The Event Palace… Please show up for a couple of hours to help.

    28 & 29 Sept OUR CLUB SIDEWALK SALE FUNDRAISER !

    2 Oct  Club Picnic Meeting at Rotary Park

    Members sign up with Mollie to set up our venue and break down after our meetings and, they also act as greeters. Thanks to Harris & Miguel for volunteering their services with this task during the month of August.

  • 04 Sep 2012 7:17 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12:05 PM, led our pledge of allegiance, followed by a moment of silence. She then thanked all who participated at yesterday’s Bernalillo Wine Festival.

    Visiting Rotarians: ADG Bill Michael, from the Del Norte Club.

    Guests: Janet Schuh, guest of Pamela

    September is – “New Generations Month”

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie started off with a “Pin Check” and found two missing.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy/Brag Bucks:

    Peggy celebrated her 39th birthday yesterday. Also, she was treated to a San Diego tour of the aircraft carrier Midway by her brother.

    James related a story about “City animals at-large”, during which, he observed animal control personnel attempting to corral a couple of (what he thought to be) large dogs. The dogs turned out to be a couple of sheep which were running loose within their gated community!

    Maggie’s back! She told of her latest 2583 mile excursion after picking up her motor home in Santa Fe, through Vancouver, Oregon, Zion, Grand Canyon, etc. She lost 1 lb., too!

    Pam asked that all present indicate their health related concerns and challenges, to help focus her presentation next week. Also, she kicked in a buck for passing out wine glasses with her new friend, yesterday.

    Wim was good for a fiver, congratulating the Club team effort (including his wife and son), yesterday.

    Fofo also offered her congrats to Kay, for all of her work in setting up yesterday’s Club involvement and fund raising at the festival.

    Andy also brought his daughter Amanda to help us out yesterday. She’d like to join Rotary & we’ll work to fit us into her schedule! James commented that our Club growth and sustainability depends upon young(er) Rotarians!

    Libby kicked in a happy to have survived buck.

    Mollie gave up a one to say that this is a great Club membership, to have given of our time on a holiday, to work for our Club.

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie then asked the question of the week: What’s the fifth avenue of Rotary service?

    The correct answer was, of course, “New Generations”. The four components of New Generations, are: RYLA, Interact, Rotaract and Youth Exchange.

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

    Today, our membership chair Kay inducted the newest member into our Club. Pamela (Dr. Pamellina Cornish, D.O.M., N.P.), who was sponsored and pinned by Andy Braman. Welcome, Pam.

    Well, we did it! Kay commented on our participation at the 25th annual Wine Festival fundraiser in Bernalillo. The event took place on 3 September and Club members (and family) worked two shifts… all 16 ½ laborers represented our Club. In a couple of weeks, we’ll find out how much we actually made. The  people running the festival said (to many of us) that we were the best (& smartest) “volunteer” group that they have ever had!

    Wim & James have visited and will continue to visit ABQ Clubs & are announcing our need for items for the sidewalk sale at their meetings. Their members left ‘phone nos. for item p/u & took our notice sheets. We have a storage unit at A-1 Self Storage for big stuff, located at 4700 Osuna Road, NE, West of San Mateo, past Cliff’s amusement park. See Libby or Wim. It looks like we still have room for a lot of goodies in there. James has compiled a list of pickups to be made. Call Wim @ to set up help and moves to the storage unit. We’ll soon find out from IPP Fofo, when we can start to move stuff into The Event Palace, for our sale… maybe Thursday? Don’t forget to price the items that you bring in! A letter of thanks has been composed (.pdf) by James & is available to all, for your use.

    The NEW District website is starting to come into service www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Andy runs NM(X) and they need some assistance.
    The Programs for the youth served by New Mexico Xtreme Sports Association are the "beneficiaries" of the First Annual Dirty Dash-New Mexico, held at Wildlife West in Edgewood on Saturday, September 8th.  Part of what makes the Youth of NM(X) the beneficiary of this race is their ability to garner Race Day Volunteers to help make sure the event runs smoothly!!! See www.TheDirtyDash.com

    Andy’s asking to see if you could give a few hours of your time and help out. 

    Here's how & where they need your help:
    THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 @ SPORTS SYSTEMS on Montgomery NE - PACKET PICK-UP
    2 Shifts - 9:00am to 2:30pm and 2:00pm to 7:00pm
    FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 @ SPORTS SYSTEMS on Montgomery NE - PACKET PICK-UP
    2 Shifts - 9:00am to 2:30pm and 2:00pm to 7:00pm
    Race Day Packets are to be handed out, T-Shirts and Sell X-tra Dirty Dash Swag...
    They need about 5 more volunteers for each day, 2:00pm to 7:00pm Shift...
    SATURDAY, SEPT 8 @ Wildlife West in Edgewood
    Needs 150 volunteers! 1st Volunteer Shift is 7:30am to 11:30am and the 2nd Shift is 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Places to help: Start Line Check-In, Parking, Selling Merchandise, Bib Check, Water Stations,

    Finish Line Food, Finish Line Trash, Obstacle Rovers, Wall, Cargo Nets, Rope Swing, Balance Beam
    Chug/Jello Obstacle, End of Day Clean-up
    "Green Sneakers" (gathering & bagging 1,300+ pairs of "dead" shoes) – going to warehouse 508 & then to needy people in other countries.

    Substituting for Mary, President Judy brought up the subject of future service projects. We discussed the fact that it’s the responsibility of all members to find and suggest service projects. Maybe also visit Casa Solano at Christmas time, again?

    James also suggested that we “shoot” interesting programs (15 min.). He’ll post them on U-Tube and provide a link at our website. So, who has a fairly good camera & tripod?

    Today’s Program: This was a Club Planning and Business Meeting.

    Needed Future programs: October is OPEN & 2 weeks in November are open, too!

    All members should be “on the lookout” for meeting programs & set up with Kay!

    Our Thought For The Day (actually, three thoughts) were provided by Peggy. I forgot to get one of the copies that Fofo ran off (sorry).

    And, at 12:56 PM, President Judy concluded this week’s meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    8 September International Literacy Day

    9 September Grandparents Day

    9/11/2001 A Day to Remember!

    11 Sept Regular Meeting – Natural approach to Staying Healthy, with Pamela Cornish.

    15 Sept District 5520 Rotary Leadership Institute @ Kirtland Fed. Credit Union.

    16 Sept Rosh Hashanah

    18 Sept Regular Meeting -

    21 Sept International Day of Peace

    22 Sept Autumnal Equinox (First day of autumn)

    25 Sept Yom Kippur

    25 Sept NO ROTARY MEETING !

    28 & 29 Sept OUR CLUB SIDEWALK SALE FUNDRAISER !

  • 28 Aug 2012 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12:00 Noon, and led our pledge of allegiance, followed with a moment of silence

    Guests: Keenan Bash  and the two Cobbii

    August is – “Membership & Extension Month”

    Unexpected goodies in the form of both hot & cold snax were provided by (and thanks to) IPP Fofo. YUM!

    Thanks to Peggy’s work, our great looking shirts arrived and everyone was happy with their choices, too! You can still order a shirt.

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie started off with a “Pin Check” & Fofo kicked in a buck!

    Announcements/Sad-Happy/Brag Bucks:

    Kay’s husband’s band will be playing at the Sunday Isotopes game.

    It’s the Bash’s 1 year anniversary in Albuquerque!

    Mary Jane told friends about Fofo’s restaurant & they really enjoyed it.

    Peggy offered the immediate use of ½ a sandwich, instead of a dollar.

    IPP Fofo was good for $2: She’s partnering to do banquet work at the hotel located at Lomas & Eubank.

    The second buck was for her kids that are visiting from Santa Barbara, CA.

    Harris is happy that his son’s back in school!

    James kicked in $3 and thanks to Mollie, Wim & Miguel for helping move the donated cribs. Soon, there’ll be 2x donation pickups by volunteers Andy, Miguel, Wim & James.

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie then asked the question of the week: On this day in 1963, there was a demonstration in Washington, D.C. which ended at the Lincoln Memorial. Who was the main speaker at the event and what was the opening statement?  Almost everyone knew the answer. But, Libby was the first (and loudest?) and took the puzzle prize, with Martin Luther King, Jr. and “I Have a Dream”.

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

    Kay commented on the status of the 25th annual Wine Festival fundraiser in Bernalillo. The event will take place on 3 September and Club members will be working for two shifts. Our work force will consist of 15 persons (for each shift) and we DO have enough members signed up. $$$ earned will be going into our Club’s coffers. Shifts are from 11AM to 2:30PM and 2:15PM to 6:10PM. Members arrive ½ hr before their shift starts.  Members are setting up car pools. Parking is located behind the First Ass’y of God Church… not too close to the event entrance. Please don’t forget to sign in before AND sign out after your shift. We can’t bring our Rotary banner… BUT, we will wear our pins and Rotary shirts, etc. So, buy a Rotary shirt… See Peggy. AND, don’t forget to bring water (coolers are OK).

    Wim & James have visited and will continue to visit ABQ Clubs & are announcing our need for items for the sidewalk sale at their meetings. Their members left ‘phone nos. for item p/u & a few took our notice sheets. We have a storage unit at A-1 Self Storage for beeg stuff, located at 4700 Osuna Road, NE, West of San Mateo, past Cliff’s amusement park. See Libby or Wim. Libby had the storage people send the rental invoice to her address… perhaps it’s time that we had a P.O. box???

    The NEW District website is starting to come into service www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Andy brought in a slew of the new “Don’t Meth With Us” T-Shirts with the new logo and Rotary Club names . Pick one for $5. As you know, Andy works for NM(X) and they need some assistance.
    The Programs for the youth served by New Mexico Xtreme Sports Association are the "beneficiaries" for the First Annual Dirty Dash-New Mexico, held at Wildlife West in Edgewood on Saturday, September 8th.  Part of what makes the Youth of NM(X) the beneficiary of this race is their ability to garner Race Day Volunteers to help make sure the event runs smoothly!!!
    Andy’s asking to see if you could give a few hours of your time and help out.
    Here's where they need help...
    THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 @ SPORTS SYSTEMS on Montgomery NE - PACKET PICK-UP
    2 Shifts - 9:00am to 2:30pm and 2:00pm to 7:00pm
    FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 @ SPORTS SYSTEMS on Montgomery NE - PACKET PICK-UP
    2 Shifts - 9:00am to 2:30pm and 2:00pm to 7:00pm
    We'll handout Race Day Packets, T-Shirts and Sell X-tra Dirty Dash Swag...
    We need about 5 more volunteers for each day, 2:00pm to 7:00pm Shift...
    SATURDAY, SEPT 8 @ Wildlife West in Edgewood
    1st Volunteer Shift is 7:30am to 11:30am and the 2nd Shift is 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Places to help: Start Line Check-In, Parking, Selling Merchandise, Bib Check, Water Stations, Finish Line Food, Finish Line Trash, Obstacle Rovers, Wall, Cargo Nets, Rope Swing, Balance Beam, Chug/Jello Obstacle, End of Day Clean-up
    "Green Sneakers" (gathering & bagging 1,300+ pairs of "dead" shoes)

    Today’s Program: Country of Djibouti & More.

    Recently returned from Ecuador (at 10,000’), Bruce showed pix and maps of Djibouti, told about the city and country and let us in on his methods of teaching law enforcement people to create antiterrorism programs. Bruce is a contractor to the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Assistance Office who started the program in 1983 and took this trip during April-May 2012. The Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program fosters cooperation between U.S. law enforcement officers and those of our partner nations engaged in anti-terrorism efforts. ATA provides advanced counterterrorism training and equipment grants to maintain and increase our partners' capabilities to find and arrest terrorists. The ATA program also advances U.S. foreign policy goals by strengthening bilateral relationships.

    Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast (See map below).

    Notice that it’s only 30 miles across the water to Yemen, where Al Qaeda does it’s training.

    It appears that there’s only one decent hotel in the country (Kempinsky Djibouti Hotel), where everyone stays. Many international partner countries have a presence here, due to piracy problems in the area. French is the primary spoken language, the average temp is 101 and it hits 125 in the summer (NOT a dry heat!). There are no natural resources and the income is primarily derived from partner nations. Naval and air bases exist, while shipping includes most of the foodstuffs to Ethiopia (by truck).

    It appears that camels are everywhere and present road hazards, like kangaroos in Australia.

    The course taught by Bruce and his entourage, took place at the National Police Academy and teaches their various forces’ instructors how to set up anti terrorism courses for their respective departments. A newly formed coast guard arm has also been included in this program. Among the items addressed in the curriculum are threat assessment, the area’s vulnerabilities, recommendations and training needed. Course outlines are built, necessary funding sources and budget needs are addressed and man power and facilities requirements are included. In this case, the 20+ students are also taught that communication skills are also important.

    A Q&A period followed Bruce’s presentation, during which many additional and interesting facts were revealed.

    Our Thought For The Day was provided by Mary Jane, who quoted St. Augustine:

    ”The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only a page.”

    And, at precisely 1:00 PM, President Judy concluded this week’s meeting.

    Programs and Happenings: 

    3 September Labor Day (U.S. & Canada)

    3 September Today, we’re working at the Wine Festival !!!!

    4 September Club Planning and Business Meeting – Plan to attend. There’ll be more talk about the sale.

    4 September Board Meeting

    8 September International Literacy Day

    9 September Grandparents Day

    9/11/2001 A Day to Remember!

    11 September Regular Meeting – Natural approach to Staying Healthy –           Pamela Cornish.

    16 September Rosh Hashanah

    18 September Regular Meeting -

    21 September International Day of Peace

    22 September Autumnal Equinox (First day of autumn)

    25 September Yom Kippur

    25 September NO ROTARY MEETING !

    28 & 29 September OUR CLUB SIDEWALK SALE FUNDRAISER !

    Members sign up with Mollie to set up our venue and break down after our meetings and, also act as greeters. Thanks to Mary & Wim for volunteering their services with this task during the month of August. Next month it’ll be the responsibility of Harris & Miguel… thanks, guys.

  • 21 Aug 2012 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12:00 Noon, then led our pledge of allegiance, and followed with a moment of silence, during which we remembered Harris & Gloria, for the loss of her mother.

    Visiting Rotarians: None

    Guests: Doris Budris, today’s program speaker           Bob Brittain, guest of Peggy

                 And, the two Cobbses.

    August is still – “Membership & Extension Month”

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie started off with a “Pin Check” and we didn’t collect a single buck!

    Announcements/Sad-Happy/Brag Bucks:

    President Judy led things off with a happy $10 ! When her daughter visited, she was in training & walked with Judy down La Luz… to the bottom… The $10 was for the resulting pain suffered by Judy.

    Peggy was good for two – She’s back from CA with family & Doris’ daughter married.

    Mary kicked in a buck for her newly found walking partner.

    Pat threw in another buck – She just got herself a couple of (what?) hearing aids and they really work!

    Also, a buck for Mollie, who told her about the Bear Canyon Senior Center classes (at 8AM) and it’s only $13/yr. They’ve got a gym, too!

    Mary Jane proffered one ‘cause she returned from her grade school reunion in OH & also visited family.

    Yup, she told of a kid named by the hospital at birth! It was Fe-mal-e.

    Kirsten handed over $2, for the beginning of a new home school year and for the Constitutional Literacy 13 week class.

    Pamela parted with $1 to tell of her tri-color corgies… she treats them, too!

    And, finally, Harris bestowed us with a dollar: Thanks to friends for helping out with the store and with the doggies when he & Gloria were travelling.

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie then asked the question of the week: On this day in 1959 President Ike signed what State into the union? With Hawaii as the correct answer, Kirsten won the grand prize. During the award some ado surfaced, started up by Peggy.

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

    Kay reported on the status of the Wine Festival fundraiser in Bernalillo.

    The event will take place on 3 September and Club members will be working for two shifts. The work force will consist of 15 persons (for each shift) and we DO have enough members signed up.

    The $$$ earned ($800+) will be going into our Club’s coffers.

    Shifts will be from 11AM to 2:30PM and 2:15PM to 6:10PM. Members arrive ½ hr before their shift starts. Each worker will receive 1 free pass to the event. Looks like we’re really car pooling it, since parking is not too close to the event location. We can’t bring our Rotary banner… BUT, we will wear our pins and Rotary shirts, etc. So, buy a Rotary shirt. Following our meeting, Kay double checked the list of Club volunteers and gave out volunteer passes.

    Wim reviewed preliminary needs for our fund raiser Yard / Sidewalk Sale.

    Wim & James visited the downtown Club & announced the need for items for our sidewalk sale. A couple of their members left ‘phone nos. for item p/u & a few took our notice sheets. The Club will also list our sale in their bulletin. The dynamic duo will also visit the Sunrise Club tomorrow and the Del Sol Club on Thursday. As we sat there, James was on his way to Las Cruces with the donated cribs. We’ll have a couple of them for our sale. We have a storage unit for beeg stuff, located on Osuna near Cliff’s amusement park. See Libby or Wim.

    Donna Pedace has reminded all District 5520 Rotarians that the District 5520 Rotary Friendship Exchange still needs host families for the visiting group of Rotarians from Chile! There are 9 single men and 4 couples in need of housing. C: 505-228-9143 pedaceabq@aol.com

    The Bi-District Conference will take place in El Paso at the Radisson Hotel on 16-17 November, 2012.

    The NEW District website is starting to come into service

    (We’re using both old & new websites for now.). Take a look at it-> www.New.Rotary5520.org

    Today’s Program: 

    New Mexico State Meth Project… “Train the Trainer”, with Doris Aguilar Budris.

    Ms. Budris is the Methamphetamine project coordinator, office of the New Mexico Attorney general.

    This use prevention project started in 2009, with a grant awarded by the U.S. department of justice. The one to two hour “Train the Trainer” program teaches people how to present the program. Small group classes of police, fire, Rotary, Book Clubs, etc.etc. are trained and ultimately teach others how to recognize users and meth houses. This project grant exists only to address meth.

    Methamphetamine (Meth) is a highly addictive stimulant that raises blood pressure and alters brain chemistry. After taking meth, users experience mood changes such as anxiety, euphoria and depression. Once the high wears off, users suffer from severe depression and fatigue. Frequent use of meth may lead to an inability to experience any pleasure, since it alters brain function.

    Meth is made with and contains dangerous ingredients, including ether, drain cleaner, red phosphorus, Sudafed, engine starter fluid, acetone, cat litter, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, gasoline or charcoal lighter fluid, lithium from batteries and lye.

    Q & A produced the following facts:

    Meth is cheap to produce and the street price is less than other drugs such as heroine, etc.

    Meth labs may also be run in an automobile.

    Meth has “been around” since WWII.

    For every 1 lb. of meth produced, there are 6 lbs. of toxic waste! So, the cleanup costs are large.

    Watch for excessive sales of ingredients for meth production.

    The cleanup of old meth houses costs $6K to $100K!

    Doris’ video is less graphic than the one that Rotary is using.

    NM State has yet to put all facets of drug enforcement & locations of sites & users together in one data base.

    Some treatment centers do exist, ie: St. Martins, Turquoise Lodge.

    Andy & Doris may very well “partner” in their meth training efforts.

    Intervention: check the SAMSHA website for treatment programs: http://Dasis3.samhsa.gov/

    A TV ½ hour program (“No Exceptions”) will be presented by KOB on Thursday at 7PM.

    Handouts included booklets and T-shirts exclaiming “Meth Derails Everything”.

    As is our custom, President Judy presented Doris with a packet of our cards as a remembrance of her visit to our Club.

    Our Thought For The Day was provided by Miguel.

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

    Programs and Happenings: 

    28 August Regular Meeting – Country of Djibouti & More. Bruce tells about teaching law enforcement people to create antiterrorism programs.

    3 September Labor Day

    3 September Today, we’re working at the Wine Festival !!!!

    4 September Regular Meeting – Club Planning

    4 September Board Meeting

    11 September Regular Meeting – Natural approach to Staying Healthy – Pamela Cornish.

    Members sign up with Mollie to set up our venue and break down after our meetings and, also act as greeters. Thanks to Mary & Wim for volunteering their services with this task during the month of August.

  • 14 Aug 2012 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy called our meeting to order at 12:00 Noon, led our pledge of allegiance, followed by a moment of silence.

    Guests: Wake Gardner, a friend, mother & grandmother  AND, the two Cobbettes

    August is  – “Membership & Extension Month”

    Sgt-at-Arms Mollie started off with a “Pin Check” and two forgetful victims had to pay up.

    Announcements/Sad-Happy/Brag Bucks: Held off ‘til next week, due to our full schedule, today.

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

    A BIG round of thanks to Libby for her time and effort with this week’s news letter!

    Kay gave us a quick report on the proposed Wine Festival fundraiser opportunity in Bernalillo. Just to refresh your memory, this event will take place on 1 & 3 September and we would work only on 3 September for two shifts. The work force must consist of 15 persons (for each shift) and, to date, we have only 9 members signed up. WE NEED SIX MORE MEMBERS TO VOLUNTEER THEIR SERVICES! The $$$ earned will help inflate our Club’s coffers. Shifts will be from 11AM to 2:30PM and 2:15PM to 6PM and members will arrive ½ hr before their shift starts. Each worker will receive 1 free pass to the event. Looks like we’d have to car pool it, since parking is not too close to the event location. We can’t bring our Rotary banner… BUT, we can wear our pins and Rotary shirts, etc. Buy a Rotary shirt – see our web-site. We could even wear “Don’t Meth With Us” shirts. More info will follow as available.

    Don’t forget that there’s going to be a Rotary Blood Drive real soon.

    Donna Pedace notes that the District 5520 Rotary Friendship Exchange really needs host families for the group from Chile! There are 9 single men and 4 couples still in need of housing.

    The Bi-District Conference will take place in El Paso at the Radisson Hotel on 16-17 November, 2012.

    Today’s Program (Actually, two programs): 

    Our Club’s sponsored student to RYLA, the 6’-6” Wake Gardner.

    Wake spoke to us about his transformation precipitated by the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp experience. Prior to his stay at RYLA camp, Wake told us that he was an arrogant person who felt entitled and special and was a bit of a slacker, always doing the minimum required. His economic status and high intellect allowed him to coast through life.  

    RYLA’s group made it possible for him to meet young men from very different backgrounds and skill sets. He found that learning from other people’s points of view precipitated a humbling experience and he’s grateful for the opportunity to change his outlook on life for the better. The enlightening RYLA experience has caused him to let go of those friends who no longer allow him to be his best. He’ll now attempt to do his best in all endeavors and strive for his goals, always working to be his best self, hoping to become an effective leader and to be grateful for each opportunity that presents itself. Upon completing his senior year at Rio Rancho, Wake plans to go on to college and play basketball in Dallas. He’ll then pursue his interests in political science and history and thinks that “it would be fun to go to law school”. When asked by Mary, he agreed that his future Rotary membership would be conceivable, while he plans to explore a startup of a Rotaract Club at his high school.


    An update on our matching grant with the Juarez Childrens’ cancer clinic:

    Next up, James reminded us of how donations from a few Rotary Clubs can be combined with matching funds from Rotary International and from Rotary Districts, to make big projects possible. Through the magic of video and computers, James showed a recorded program about the Juarez Childrens’ Cancer and Leukemia Clinic, which treats children from infancy through age 16. Doctor Jesus Ruben Ormealas Ramos is the founder and director of Assocacion de Padres de Ninos con cancer y leukemia de Ciudad, Juarez A,C., also known as APANICAL AC. The clinic’s budget is $33,000 to treat the children who suffer with cancer in the Juarez area. As many as 5% of Mexican children are affected with cancers and leukemia, with 15% of those affected having no access to any medical care. This is often due to poor sanitation, poor quality of water and available food, as well as a high incidence of chemical pollution. APANICAL was founded in 1998 by the parents of children in cancer treatment. The breakdown of the $33,000 raised by Rotary, is as follows: Juarez Oriente Rotary Club $  2,000

    El Paso Rotary Club     $  3,000

    Sandia Rotary Club      $  1,000

    District 4110 (Mexico) $  3,000

    District 5520 (Ours)     $  3,000

    Rotary International     $21,000

                          TOTAL $33,000

    The above total amount will provide treatment for 20 children for one month.

    Following his presentation, James then unexpectedly presented a plaque from APANICAL to our immediate past president Fofo and to president Judy, expressing the gratitude of the group for our Club’s assistance with this project.

    Our Thought For The Day was provided by Wim, who provided a quotation by Mahatma Gandhi:

    “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

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

    Programs and Happenings: 

    15 August 1st Rotary National Convention, in 1910 (There were only 16 Rotary Clubs back then)

    15 August Napoleon Bonaparte, Ethel Barrymore & Julia Child B.D.

    19 August Eid-al-Fitr

    21 August Regular Meeting – NM State Meth Project…

     “Train the Trainer”, with Doris Aguilar Budris.

    21 August Count Basie B.D.

    28 August Regular Meeting – Country of Djibouti & More. Bruce tells about teaching law enforcement people to create antiterrorism programs.

    28 August Charles Boyer B.D.

    30 August Warren Buffet & Shirley Booth B.D.

    Members sign up with Mollie to set up our venue and break down after our meetings and, also act as greeters. Mary & Wim have volunteered their services with this task during the month of August.


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

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