Weekly Bulletin of Events & News
Monday, November 19, 2018 ♦ Edited by Eddie S. Hughes
No Luncheon Meeting Wednesday, November 21
Have a thankful Thanksgiving holiday!
Our next scheduled weekly luncheon meeting will be November 28. In honor of Rotary International Foundation Month, our Foundation Committee Chair and International Services  Director Kim Helm will present our program. See you then!
Last week’s program: Team Kirtland: Home Away from Home
Dave Seely and Rotarian host Fred Bryant.
ave Seely has seen his share of frightened young “first term” airmen come to their newly-assigned air base at Kirtland AFB for intense Global Strike Command training, wishing they were back home with family. Since Team Kirtland: Home Away From Home was organized as a way to match airmen with a host family in Albuquerque, first thing they know they love it here – especially the green chili and the dry mountain air.
    “Many young airmen come to Kirtland who have never heard about Albuquerque, much less about New Mexico. But when they do come and are hosted by a non-military family for a family meal, and a chance to pet a dog, they can once again experience the feeling of home,” Dave told Del Norte Rotarians last week at the club’s annual Veterans Day celebration.
    Dave noted that most “first term” airmen who are stationed here to undergo intense nuclear weapons training – once they feel that Kirtland and Albuquerque is “home” for the next 3 to 4 years – are happy and want to stay as long as they can here. He encouraged Rotarians to make themselves available to host an airman for a year or more. “If you have a dog, we will match you with an airman who misses his dog back home. If you love to fish, we will match you with an airman who loves to fish – or who may never have had the chance to go fishing.”
    Dave is a member of the Albuquerque Del Sol Rotary Club, and noted that four of his five-member board are also Del Sol members. For more information about hosting first-term airmen, go to TeamKirtlandHAFH.org.
Charity Golf check: $22,000 presented to YMCA
The Rotary Del Norte Foundation presented a check for $22,000 last week as the result of generous proceeds from Del Norte Rotary’s annual Charity Golf Tournament last August. Golf Tournament Director Mike Skolnick and co-committee chair Fred Bryant made the presentation to YMCA of Central New Mexico’s Jeff Wagner and Zizi Fritz. Some $11,000 from the golf proceeds will also go to the Del Norte Foundation, noted Foundation Treasurer David Foster.
APD Detective honored as Officer of the Month
APD Detective Cody Willsey was recognized last week as Officer of the Month for November by Mark Rudolph and his fellow Rotarians for his “exceptional work and dedication” in solving a repeat burglary case involving jewelry and guns. His citation came from APD Chief Michael Geier. Detective Willsey told Rotarians that some 42 weapons were eventually recovered. Also named Officer of the Month was Officer Nicholas Cain, who was not able to attend the meeting.
Good-bye cake: Sally Casey moves to Carlsbad to re-join hubby
 Sally Casey, director of sales and catering at Sheraton Uptown, attended her last meeting with the Del Norte Rotary Club last week, having served the club in many, many ways over the past seven years. She will be moving to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to rejoin her husband, Dennis, who has been working in Texas and southeastern New Mexico for the past two years. Steve Becker asked the hotel chef to prepare a special “Good-Bye” cake as the desert for the luncheon meal. She introduced a member of her staff, Kathey Bowe, who will be submitted as the hotel’s representative to the club. Sally’s new mailing address will be 1011 Callaway Dr., Apt. 2905, Carlsbad, NM 88220.
Angel Tree gifts: Due by December 5
Monica Padilla reminded Rotarians they need to pick up their “gift” sheet from the club’s Angel Tree by November 28 as part of the club’s annual Christmas Gift-giving Program to families being cared for by the S.A.F.E. House of Albuquerque. Gifts for children and adults are due back by December 5. Volunteers are also needed to help with the S.A.F.E. House Holiday Party set for Saturday, December 15, at St. George’s Orthodox Church.
Club and Member News
  • Donna Pedace was inducted into the Silver Horizons’ Hall of Fame for exemplary community service at a dinner last Wednesday evening. Congratulations, Donna! Also inducted: Bruce Seligman, spouse of Del Norte Rotarian Sandy Seligman.
  • Barbara LaGree asked for prayers for fire fighters in California who are in harm’s way fighting three separate wild fires that have destroyed towns and more than 7,000 homes, with more than 200 listed as missing. Her daughter, Lyndsay, and her family live in Thousand Oaks and fire actually reached their fence line before the wind shifted. Fortunately, Lyndsay and family hope to make it to Barbara and Brook’s home for Thanksgiving to get away from the smoke and ashes.
  • Christy Cattaneo notes the Backpack Project is fully funded for this year, and additional food donations aren’t required at this time. But there are still lots of hands-on work needed every week to make the program run smoothly. Consider volunteering to shop for food and stuff backpacks for the children.
  • Reminder: Sandy Rausch reported that 74 members/spouses have already signed up to attend the club’s Holiday Party, to be held Sunday, December 16, at the Unser Racing Museum on Montaña, in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, at $40 per person. After December 5, the price goes up to $50 a person. It includes dinner.
Wednesday, November 20 — Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Sheraton Uptown Board Room.
Wednesday, November 28 — Club luncheon; program: Kim Helm, Rotary International Foundation.
Wednesday, December 5 — Club luncheon; program: Dr. Dan Patterson,Eastern New Mexico University; 6:30 p.m., Satellite meeting.
Wednesday, December 12 — Club luncheon and Club Assembly (Election); APS Officers of the Month.
Sunday, December 16 — Club Christmas Party, Unser Racing Museum.
Note: No meetings on Dec. 19, Dec. 26 or Jan. 2, Christmas and New Year’s holidays.