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Roadrunner Food Bank - Food Drive 2015
Del Norte Rotary volunteers--some 20 strong--spent a busy two hours(November 21) sorting cans and packages of dry food at the Manzano Post Office in Albuquerque to help with the Postal Letter Carriers during their city-wide food drive for the Roadrunner Food Bank. The food drive is an annual community service project for the Del Norte Rotary Club in the fall.
Del Norte Rotarians Stand Up at Veterans “Stand Down”
Thanks to all Del Norte Rotarians who volunteered at the annual Veterans "Stand Down" at Noonday Ministries, a Veterans Integration Center event to help returning military veterans get back on their feet as civilians. A hot lunch, hot showers, bedding, clothing, and getting in touch with a variety of social agencies was offered veterans last Thursday. Del Norte Rotary was among several community and veteran organizations who served as guides and worked in the food lines and clothing area. Gary Williams headed up the community service event for the club, and other volunteers included Mike Creedon, Fred Bryant, Terry Boulanger, John Freeman, Ed Hughes, Marc Powell, Sandy Seligman, Scott Stafford and Keely Whittington.
2015 Del Norte Events!
Thank you everyone for your support for Del Norte's Annual Golf Tournament 2015!
“Pints for Polio” offer toast to expected “End of Polio Now”
Rotarians around the world celebrated the end of an era on Saturday, October 24, with the good news that it now appears polio is at last near the end of its strangle-hold on crippling children in the far corners of the world. In Albuquerque, Rotarians celebrated by holding a series of “Pints for Polio” toasts as a fun fund-raiser held by all seven Rotary clubs in the city in partnership with five local brew pubs with pint glasses etched with the “End Polio Now” logo along with spiffy red T-shirts emblazoned with the “End Polio Now” logo and logos of sponsors around the metro area.
Fred Pugh of Del Norte Rotary, who worked with the other clubs and brew pubs to pull off a most unique way of celebrating the end of polio, said he hoped the multiple events would raise their goal of $10,000.
“To see the end of this devastating disease really called for a celebration,” he said. “In addition to meeting the Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self, we Rotarians like to have fun, too, so this was our way of doing good for a good cause — and having fun doing it.”
Clubs who participated in the “Pints for Polio” series of events included the Rotary Club of Albuquerque, Del Norte Rotary, Del Sol Rotary, the Metro Club, the Rio Grande Club, the Rio Rancho Club and Rio Rancho Sunrise. Brew pubs serving up their brews for $20 donations were the ABQ Brew Pub, Boese Brothers Brewery, Rio Bravo Brewing Co., Nexus Brewery & Restaurant, and the Turtle Mountain Brewing Co. of Rio Rancho.
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Congratulations to Mark Rudolph, Rotarian of the Quarter
For the past 14 years, long-time Rotarian Mark Rudolph has been the Del Norte Club’s faithful servant as a member of the Caring Hearts Committee in charge of the Rotary Club’s monthly recognition of APD’s Officers of the Month. Last week, October 14, when he was once again honoring our finest men and women in blue, he was honored himself by Club President Barbara LaGree as the Rotarian of the Quarter for July-September. Now he knows why his wife Barbara was a surprise guest at the club luncheon. Congratulations to Mark!
Two Charter Members Pass Away
In October, within a period of 10 days, Del Norte Rotary lost two Charter Members of the club. We mourn their loss.
On October 18, charter member Reba Lovrien passed away at her daughter’s home in Tijeras. Reba was Del Norte Rotary Club’s first female president in 1991-92, and she also was the first women to be appointed as District 5520 Governor in 1994-95, two years after her late husband, Clark Lovrien, also served as district governor. Her memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6 at First Baptist Church of Tijeras, in Tijeras, NM. Reba will be interred at the Air Force Academy with Clark Lovrien, who was in the first graduating class at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Reba and Clark had a special place in their heart for Rotary and the members of our Club in particular. They both embodied Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”
James C. Mehlberg, 68, died October 28, 2015. He was also a charter member of the Del Norte Rotary Club, which was formed in 1988 as the second Rotary club in Albuquerque. James and family moved to Albuquerque 28 years ago as a manager in the Financial Industry and worked most recently with Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor. In the last 10 years of his life, Jim suffered from ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig Disease, which affects a person’s muscles and mobility. A Celebration of his Life will be held Monday, November 2, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Chad's Episcopal Church, 7171 Tennyson St. NE.
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New Rotary flag and banner materials available in Brand Center
Give your Rotary flag or banner a new and professional look with our updated materials, available in the Brand Center. With eight options of colors and backgrounds to choose from, you can find the design that will best strengthen your club or district brand. The Brand Center also offers everything you need to create communications with the Rotary look and tone. You can download Rotary’s logo -- or create your own club or district logo. And you’ll find editable templates for brochures, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, fliers, and more. (Sign-in required.)
Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world. “Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work. The six...
Welcome back home, Karen!
Karen McCann, past member of the Del Norte Rotary Club, has returned and become a member once again. She was welcomed back to the club last week by President Barbara LaGree and members who attended our meeting at the Sheraton Uptown. Karen is agency manager for Farm Bureau Financial Services and is co-sponsored by Bob Rausch and Kathie Williams. Bob was her sponsor when she first joined Del Norte Club in 2012. She was then with State Farm Insurance. Before the meeting was over, Karen had already signed up to be a member of the club's Vocational Services Committee.
Welcome back home, Donette!
Donette Wagner, past club president and long-time Del Norte Rotarian, was welcomed "back home" to Del Norte Rotary Club by Membership Director Clarence Hughes and sponsor Gary Williams last week at the Canyon Club at Four Hills. Donette had moved to a new job in North Carolina last June, but after trying out all the golf courses on the East Coast, she decided to return "home" to Albuquerque to continue with her Software Solutions business in ABQ. She is sponsored by both Gary and Kathie Williams. It was very appropriate that her "return home" was at the Canyon Club, which is almost in her back yard in the Four Hills area of southeast Albuquerque.