Monday, June 18, 2018 ♦ Edited by Eddie S. Hughes
 
Luncheon Meeting this Wednesday, June 20
 
Sheraton Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE at Menaul
Baldwin Ballroom (East end)
Buffet opens at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting starts at 12 noon
 
Program this Week: Changing of the Guard
 
This week will be our official "Changing of the Guard" meeting, as President Scott Stafford turns the gavel over to President-Elect Donna Pedace. This is coming one week earlier than usual, since many of our old guard and new guard will be attending the Rotary International Conference in Toronto, Canada, June 23-27. Donna and her new Board for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1, will also be officially inducted. Scott will also be handing out awards for his 2017-2018 year of "Making a Difference" in the world.
 
Meeting Volunteers for June 20
 
Greeter: Ina Miller
Lucky Bucks Sales: David Foster
Pledge and Introduction of Guests: Monica Meyers
 Invocation: Marilyn Strube
 
Last week's Highlights: Picnic and Memorial Tree Dedication
 
Del Norte Rotarians gather for the dedication of the club's newest Memorial Tree
honoring Charter Members Reba Lovrien, James Mehlberg and J.J. Jimenez.
 
Some 56 Del Norte Rotarians and their guests enjoyed a shady day of picnic fun and fellowship last week at Rotary Park, thanks to Club Services Director Monica Meyers and her committee. And thanks also to Kelsey Lyons, owner and operator of Which Wich? Gourmet Sandwiches & Catering Service, for the salubrious sandwiches. Members also joined in honor of three former Charter Members who passed away in 2015-2017: Reba Lovrien, our club's first woman president; James Mehlberg, a financial planner for Morgan Stanley who suffered from ALS for more than 10 years; and J. J. Jimenez, a long-time jewelry business man and lung transplant survivor for 15 years. The dedication was led by former Executive Secretary Ed Hughes. The Memorial Tree, the first "rubber" tree to be planted in a city park, was decorated in red-white-and-blue by Alice Mehlberg and Mary Jimenez, widows of two of the three Charter Members who were honored with a plaque at the base of the tree.
 
 
Club and Member News
 
Alice Mehlberg, co-chair of our RYLA Committee, reports that we are a couple of counselors short for the RYLA Girls Camp, which runs July 21-27. She is interested in talking with anyone interested about "this incredible opportunity to interact and make a difference in the lives of our RYLA campers." Already signed up to serve as counselors from our club are Brooks LaGree (boys camp, July 15-21), and Mary Williams (girls camp).
 
Mike Skolnick, chair of our Charity Golf Tournament, is still in need of sponsors and raffle prizes. The annual fund-raiser for our Rotary Del Norte Foundation and the YMCA of Central New Mexico is set for August 18 at the Santa Ana Golf Course. The next Golf Committee meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20.
 
Sandy Seligman notes that Deborah Simon, with the Santa Fe Rotary Club and founder of the United by Friendship Foundation, which has joined Rotary in many Guatemala water and humanitarian projects, is in need of funds to help the Rotary Club of Guatemala City as the result of the devastating volcano eruption there. She said donations from club members can be made out to our club, which will in turn provide a check to the United by Friendship Foundation. For more information, contact Sandy.
 
Coming Events & Programs
 
  • Joint Board Meeting (current and incoming board members) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the Serenade Room.
     
  • Our club is scheduled to help Road Runner Food Bank with food sorting on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     
  • Our next (and last of the Rotary year) luncheon meeting will be on Wednesday,  June 27. Past President Barbara LaGree will be our emcee with most of our year-ending officers attending the Rotary International Conference in Toronto, Canada.