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The Del Norte Rotary Club's community service work-day project at St. Martin's Hospitality Center near downtown Albuquerque involved removing old concrete tables and replacing them with new all-steel freshly-painted picnic tables. There were six Del Norte Rotarians who gave a little "sweat equity" to get the job done on Friday afternoon (March 26). The Rotary club donated $1,000 to the project, received a matching fund of $1,000 from Rotary District 5520's Simple Grant Fund, and St. Martin's also donated $1,000 in order to purchase four new picnic tables for their outdoor pavilion area. Board Member Scott Stafford was in charge of the work session and the purchase of new tables, while Rotarian Matt Hudson provided a non-Rotarian work crew with a fork lift to remove the old concrete tables.
Rotarians who participated included Gary Williams, Scott Stafford, Fred Pugh, Fred Bryant, Marty Padilla and Matt Hudson. The lady in the last photo (all sitting or standing on two of the new tables) is Renee Ruybal, of the St. Martin's mission staff.
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Del Norte Rotary Brings Home 7 Awards from District
Club President Kathie Williams returned from the Rotary District 5520 Conference in Clovis with an armful of awards captured by the club and its members -- seven in all. Del Norte was awarded the Presidential Citation and Club Attendance Award (over 80%) as well as winning the Best Club Website Award (thanks to Sonia Torres). "We did not get the Best Club Award," Kathie noted, "but Santa Fe Rotary won it again and with a net plus 20 members, I can see why they won." Five Del Norte Rotarians also brought back individual awards: Norm Liss was the winner of the New Generations Award for his contributions to Rotary youth programs in the District; Bobby Wallace was the winner of the Schulte/Delahunt Award for exceptional service to the District; Dave and Maureen Anderson won the District Distinguished Service Award for their contributions to Rotary; and Kathie herself won the Service Above Self Award for exceptional leadership in the District. Del Notre was also well represented at the district conference with 13 members and spouses attending the 3-day conference.
Ed Hughes receives 2014-15 ROTY award from Kathie Williams
“Ed is one of the finest administrators in Rotary today," said Kathie, "and he is everywhere Rotary has an event or a happening. He is an experienced corporate manager and a creative genius when it comes to writing and photography. We are so fortunate that Ed found us when he thought he was going to retire in New Mexico,” Kathie said. This was Ed’s third ROTY honor, having been honored as the Rotarian of the Year in Loveland, Colo., and Jefferson City, Mo., before he and his wife Linda moved back to New Mexico in 2012. In his professional life, he was a news reporter and a SW Bell (AT&T) division manager in Dallas.
Donna Pedace, the “lady with connections,” was named Rotarian of the 4th Quarter for 2014-2015 and presented her award by Past President Kathie Williams on July 22 who credited Donna as being the pivotal reason that the club’s attendance record soared this past year. Donna served as the Director of Programs and chair of the very active Programs Committee that brought in what many called “the best array of speakers and programs in many years.” She is a twice member of the club, with a brief break while a Santa Fe Rotary Club member. As a world traveler with her husband Bill, Donna is just the right person not only to bring in excellent speakers but also to head up the district’s Rotary Friendship Exchange for the past few years. She was presented with her award while the India RFE team was in town and visiting our club.
There is a lot in common with Rotary clubs in Indore, India and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both are involved in projects having to do with clean water, serving children, and advancing Rotary’s ideals. But there is also a big difference. Subhas Trivedi’s club of Bhopal South grew — just last year — from 56 to 95, and its women members went from 9 to 37. It was the No. 1 growing club in all of India. The India Rotary Friendship Exchange Team from India — seven strong — spent 10 days visiting sights, getting a taste of New Mexican veggies and weathering its unpredictable “monsoon season” weather. They were also feasted by a scrumptious all-vegetarian New Mexico-style dinner at the home of Kathie and Gary Williams, and they attended meetings with various Rotary clubs in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area, exchanging flags and gifts. At their last Rotary meeting with the Del Norte Club of Albuquerque, they spoke of their many projects back in India and encouraged club leaders to join in with them for a long-term project involving providing food for needy blind children. “Together, we helped eliminate polio in our countries. We can do the same with stamping out hunger with our children,” said Kulbhushan Chopra, past president of the Indore Meghdoot Rotary Club.
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