Del Norte Rotary Weekly e-Bulletin of Events & News
Tuesday, January 15, 2018
Luncheon Meeting this Wednesday, January 17
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, N.M. 87110
Baldwin Ballroom (east end)
Buffet opens at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting starts at 12 Noon
This week: "History of Railroads in New Mexico"
Our program this Wednesday (January 17) will be presented by Leba Freed Pierce, president of Wheels Museum, who will give us insight on "The History of Railroads in New Mexico." This is right down the rails for those who are history buffs as well as railroad buffs. Our meeting this week will also honor our APD Officers of the Month for January, and we will also have the log-awaited drawing of names of all APD Officers of the Month for 2017 for two $4,000 travel vouchers which are good for two people each and good through December 31, 2018.
Meeting Volunteers for January 17
Greeter: Victor Delgado
Lucky Bucks Raffle: Sandy Rausch
Pledge/Introduction of Guests/Thought of the Day: Steve Becker
Invocation: Michael MacDonald
Vote on Revised Bylaws, Dues Increase Delayed
Club Assemblies at Del Norte Rotary are usually a cake walk. Directors brag about their accomplishments and what they are planning for the rest of the year. But Club President Scott Stafford knew last week’s Assembly would create a lively discussion. Any time you make changes in the club’s Bylaws and propose a dues increase for the first time in 15 years would not go without debate.
     True to his instincts, there was a lively discussion that resulted in Scott declaring that he and his Board would go back to the drawing board with regard to Bylaws changes and changes in the club’s fees structure.
     Two issues stood out: A proposed $5 increase for those who are exempted from meal costs, that would compensate the club for overhead charges from the hotel that are included in the $22 charge for meals to members who do eat. And the proposed Bylaw change that would require doctor’s certificate for requests to be exempted from eating meals due to health reasons.
     Scott pointed out that the increase in club dues – from $200 annually to $300 – was comparable to that charged by other large clubs in the Albuquerque area, but far below the $1,200 charged by the downtown club. The bylaws also included a provision to spread the annual dues over four quarters of billing instead of charging on a semi-annual basis.
     Some members felt strongly that the $5 “overhead” charge on top of a 50% dues increase would negatively impact many of our senior members who have health issues, and perhaps force some to resign. Others also felt that requiring a doctor’s note to back up requests for being exempt from eating hotel meals would be a slap at Rotary’s 4-Way Test, including “Is it the Truth?”
     Scott asked members to submit their ideas of how the club can best meet the financial needs of the club, which have grown by leaps since the last club dues were increased.
Introducing: Soon-to-be Executive Secretary
Raymond Nelson, joined here by his wife, Del Norte Rotarian Corey Nelson, was introduced last week as the soon-to-be new Executive Secretary of the Del Norte Rotary Club, replacing Ed Hughes who had requested to step down after nearly four years on the job. Ray has a career in administrative work that parallels the needs of our club, including helping out Corey and her business, Stellar Senior Housing Experts, which helps seniors find just the right place for housing based on their needs and income. Ray's appointment will take effect on February 1. Meanwhile, Ed will remain as a member of the club and will continue to edit the club's newsletter, NorthWind. And by the way, Ray has told President Scott Stafford that he also intends to join as a member of the club.
Lucky Bucks Winner: Dave Anderson!
Fred Bryant along with Sgt.-at-Arms Maria Montoya Chavez congratulate
Dave Anderson who pulled the Joker out of the deck of cards last week.
For all of Dave Anderson's ballyhooing that "it only takes one card to win," he bought a fistful of raffle tickets last week that earned him a "Lucky 13th" raffle ticket -- and that was the ticket number pulled by Sergeant-at-Arms Maria Montoya Chavez to have a chance at drawing a Joker out of a Lucky Bucks deck of cards that still had 30 or so cards left.  By pulling out the Joker card, Dave will win the Lucky Bucks pot that had grown to $1,327. Lucky for Dave, because he and his wife Maureen will soon be heading for Hawaii. Aloha!
Red Badge Training on January 17 at Satellite meeting
Red Badge Classes, usually held on the second Wednesday before our club's regular luncheon meeting, has been moved to Wednesday, January 17 and will be held in connection with the third Wednesday meeting of the Satellite group at the home of Monica and Marty Padilla. It will again be led by Ken Abbott and Alice Mehlberg. The topic will be "Your Questions."
Needed: Mentors for New Members
Membership Director Don Wagner said he needs mentors for new members who have recently joined our club and new members who will be inducted in the coming months to help them get involved in club activities. Mentorship duties would include sitting with them at luncheon meetings, introducing them to members, and guiding them to get involved in committee work. It can, of course, include those who have sponsored new members as well as committee chairs and past officers of the club.
Correction: Rob Maruca is our Foundation's new Secretary
Rob Maruca, a member of the Rotary Del Norte Foundation Board, is the Foundation Board's new secretary, succeeding Michael Madanick who has resigned from the club and the Foundation board with his move to Las Cruces. Our post last week in the e-Bulletin incorrectly said Larry Strickland had been appointed secretary. Larry, however, is a new member of the Board along with Stephen Becker.
Rio Grande Academy resumes leadership classes on January 20
The Rotary Leadership Institute (formerly known as the Rio Grande Academy) will resume classes in Albuquerque on Saturday, January 20, at the French Funeral Home at 10500 Lomas NE starting at 7:30 a.m. All three level of classes will be held concurrently. Registration is now open for that event and can be found on the District website in the Upcoming Events section on the left side of the home page.
Coming Events & Programs
yes The Del Norte Rotary Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, at Sheraton Uptown Hotel in the Uptown Board Room.
cheeky The first of three planned Private Supper Club events will be held on Thursday, January 18, at the Ferguson Kitchen Gallery, featuring a chef who will prepare an Italian dinner and discuss wine pairing as well. The "private" dinner and wine-tasting is limited to 20 people. Cost is $45 per person or $90 per couple. For more information, contact Monica Meyers. Other Supper Club events are scheduled for March 22 and June 7.
smiley On January 24, we will have a Rotary Del Norte Foundation update, led by new Foundation Board President Nick Ritz and Treasurer David Foster.
laugh The final meeting of January (the 31st) will have as our speaker Deborah Simon, who will give us an update on the Guatemala Water Project.