Monday, July 16, 2018 ♦ Edited by Eddie S. Hughes
Luncheon Meeting this Wednesday, July 18
Sheraton Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Roxy Ballroom (central area)
Buffet opens at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting starts at 12 Noon
This week's program: Club Assembly
Our meeting this week will be the first of two semi-annual Club Assembly business meetings. It will include the presentation of the final figures from the last budget and the budget for the current year, a review of a few highlights of the International Convention, and some announcements about a few new opportunities for members. It will be led by our new Club President Donna Pedace and new Club Treasurer Bob Rausch. We will also be honoring our APD Officers of the Month.
Volunteers for our July 18 meeting:
Greeter: Cherith Runyon; Lucky Bucks ticket sales: Victor Delgado; Pledge & Introduction of Guests: Maria Montoya-Chavez; Invocation: Sally Casey.
"Be the Inspiration"
"Truly sustainable service, the kind of service we strive for in Rotary, means looking at everything we do as part of a larger global ecology. This year, I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration for sustainable service by addressing the impact of environmental issues on our work. The environment plays a key role in all six of our areas of focus, and that role is only becoming greater as the impact of climate change unfolds. It’s time to move past seeing the environment as somehow separate from those six areas. Clean air, water, and land are essential for healthy communities – and essential for the better, healthier future we strive for. Be the Inspiration – and together we can, and we will, inspire the world.” – Barry Rassin, President, Rotary International
Foundation grants: $81,600 awarded to 20 charities
Rotary Del Norte Foundation Treasurer David Foster, with the help of Ray Nelson, holds up the
"check" showing $81,600 will be donated this year to local charities.
They came, one by one, to tell their story — in one-minute bites — how they are serving the community, be it children and youth; education; shelter and homelessness; hunger prevention; or Veterans and first responders. They represented the core of charities who truly make a difference in the lives of those in need.
     Those who spoke (17 out of a total of 20) were the recipients of some $81,600 in grants that will go out this year from our own Rotary Del Norte Foundation, thanks to funds raised by our annual Gala and a 5% portion of our $1 million dollar endowment fund, said Foundation Treasurer David Foster.
    David thanked the charities for their local involvement, and he thanked members of the club for “your support and contributions and living up to our Service Above Self motto” in being a Rotarian dedicated to helping others locally and globally.
    Among the charities who received grants from $1,000 to $10,000 included Amigos Y Amigas, Assistance League, Barrett House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, BSCO, Children’s Grief Center, Cloud Dancer, CLN Kids, Crossroads for Women, Camp Enchantment, Manzano Day School, New Day Youth, New Mexico School for the Blind, New Mexico Veterans Integration Center, Pegasus Legal, Rio Grande Food Project, Saranam, Store House West, and Wings for L.I.F.E.
    Among those representing local charities was our own member, Beth Lyons, with the School of the Blind, who thanked our club and foundation for their focus on children and families and “those who are hungry and need a helping hand.”
Opening day: New Jobs, A-1 job
Our first meeting of the “new year” last week saw two “opening day” performances that seemed to go without a hitch. New Club President Donna Pedace (right) moderated her first meeting as president, and Sergeant-at-Arms Corey Nelson (left) showed her stuff in keeping the meeting rolling according to schedule. The so-called “Queen of Hearts” made her first call for fines, announced birthdays and anniversaries, and collected dollars for members’ bragging rights. She even handled the drawing for Lucky Bucks ticket without a bobble, although it got iffy when Bernie Butterfield claimed to have the winning ticket drawn, but he was off by one number. The pot, now at $1,496, is still unclaimed.
Red Chairs for Red Badge Training
Red Badge trainers Ken Abbott and Alice Mehlberg, seen on the right, conduct a Red Badge Training session last week in the lobby of the Sheraton Uptown. New Members Beth Lyle and Benny Diaz are seen on the left. New members are required to attend three Red Badge training sessions and fulfill other duties before they can earn their Blue Badge. Sessions are held every first Wednesday at 11 a.m. before the club’s regular luncheon.
VIP guest: New District Governor makes a luncheon appearance
New District 5520 Governor Linda Woodward made an “unofficial” visit last week to our club, since she was “in the neighborhood” and it was lunch time! A member of the Anthony, N.M., Rotary Club, she had been visiting clubs in Grants and Rio Rancho that morning, accompanied by her “driver” and husband, John Woodward. She was met at the Sheraton Uptown by two Past District Governors, Dave Anderson and Randy Gleason, who hosted her at their table. She will make her “official” visit on August 22.  Linda and John expect to drive more than 35,000 miles to visit all 68 clubs within our New Mexico and West Texas district.
Progressive peoples work hard, have fun!
Some 16 Del Norte Rotarians enjoyed their long-awaited (but well planned) Progressive Dinner this past weekend, thanks to Chet and Diana Stewart, who won Gala live auction offering in February. Alice Mehlberg hosted the first stop for appetizers;
Barbara and Brooks LaGree hosted the main course; and Donette Wagner hosted the group for desserts. Chief Coordinator was Fred Bryant and his wife Evelyn. P.S. — Fred even rented a stretch limo for the occasion!
Coming Events
Tuesday, July 17—5:30 p.m., Board Meeting, Uptown Board Room ▪ Wednesday, July 18—Noon, Club Assembly; 6:30 p.m., Satellite meeting, at Monica Padilla’s home ▪ Wednesday, July 25—Noon, Club luncheon, Program: Ashley Biggers, writer-editor-storyteller. ▪ Wednesday, August 22, Club luncheon, featuring District Governor Linda Woodward. ▪ Saturday, August 25, “Fan Appreciation Night,” Isotopes Park.
Club and Member News
  • Alice Mehlberg is “recruiting” members who are willing to spend a day at the RYLA Boys & Girls camps to “see how our RYLA scholarships are being utilized.” The visit to the Boys Camp will be this Tuesday, July 17; the visit to the Girls Camp will be Tuesday, July 24. Car pooling arrangement are available. RYLA camps are held at the Manzano Mountain Retreat on County Road A003 3.5 miles east of Torreon.
  • Executive Secretary Ray Nelson is asking members to check their listing data that will appear in the new 2018-2019 Del Norte Rotary Membership Directory, due out after July 31. A copy of the proposed directory will be at the registration table through July 25. If you have moved or changed your e-mail or contact information since the last directory, make sure you let Ray know.
  • The Fun Committee, now a part of Club Services, has reserved the Jack Daniel’s Old #7 Club Pavilion at Isotopes Park for August 25, for the first 28 who respond, Cost will be $33.75 per person which includes food and soft drinks. August 25 is “Fan Appreciation Night” and there will be fireworks after the game. For more information, contact Sandy Rausch.
Birthdays & Anniversaries: July 16-31
Happy Birthdays
    July 21    Berdel Boulanger 
       July 21    Kim Helm   
          July 22    Fred Bryant   
     Wedding Anniversaries
July 18 Trudy Eberhardt & Paul Cassel 11 years
July 27 Billie & Matthew Adams 8 years  
July 31 Rob & Chris Butler 47 years
 Rotary/Club Anniversaries
July 19 Dave Anderson 23 years       July 22 *Monica Padilla 2 years
July 22 *Christy Cattaneo 2 years      July 22 *Pat Stafford 2 years
July 22 *Samuel Martinez 2 years      July 22 *Sandra Train 2 years
July 22 *Eladio Muniz 2 years
* Charter Members, Satellite group
Club Officers and Directors 2018-2019
Club President: Donna Pedace
President-Elect: Marty Padilla
Vice President: Eladio Muniz
Board Secretary: Marilyn Strube
Club Treasurer: Robert “Bob” Rausch
Immediate Past President: Scott Stafford
Club Services: Sandy Rausch                                          New Generations: Scott Honsowetz
Community Service: Trudy Eberhardt                           Programs: Harris McClain
International/Foundation: Kim Helm                            Public Image: Cherith Runyan
Membership: Greg Chalmers                                         Satellite Chair: Christy Cattaneo
Vocational Services: Victor Delgado               Sergeant-at-Arms: Corey Nelson

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                   Executive Secretary: Ray Nelson
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