Posted by Edwin Hughes on May 02, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Weekly e-Bulletin of Events & News
Luncheon Meeting this Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Marriott Pyramid North Hotel
5151 San Francisco NE
Taos or Las Cruces Room
Buffet opens at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting starts at 12 Noon
This week's program: Greg Podd, Rotary VP
Greg E. Podd, Vice President of Rotary International, will speak to our club this Wednesday — a rare club visit for a high-ranking RI executive. Greg was unable to make the District 5520’s recent annual conference, but said he could make a club visit this week, and District Governor-Elect Dave Anderson got him to make it for our meeting. We have invited Rotarians from other Albuquerque area clubs to join us as well. Greg is from Evergreen, Colorado, where he served as a zone regional coordinator, so he knows New Mexico and far West Texas (which makes up our far-flung district) very well. Greg is in line to be President-Elect of Rotary International come July 1.
Meeting Volunteers for May 4
Following are those scheduled for duty this week:
Greeter: Noel Valencia
Registration Desk/Lucky Bucks Raffle: Need volunteer
Pledge & Introduction of Guests: David Foster
Invocation: Sandy Seligman
(Note to volunteers: If you can't make your assignment,please find your replacement or contact Caroline Chamblin or Executive Secretary Ed Hughes)
Congrats Del Norte: Big Award Winner at District
Our club virtually “swept the deck” by capturing a multitude of awards at the 2016 “Anchors Away” District 5520 Conference  held in Albuquerque this past weekend. Among the top awards, Del Norte Rotary was one of five big clubs (over 80 members) that captured the Gold Award Presidential Citation from Rotary International. We also captured the District’s Top Attendance Award for big clubs, and the District’s Bob Wooten Award as “The Most Fun Club.”
    Individual Del Norte Rotarians also received top awards including Fred Bryant, Outstanding Active Rotarian (OAR) Award, and the District’s Service Above Self Award. Greg Chalmers and Norm Liss were presented the District’s Service Award, Greg for his long commitment and involvement in the Guatemala Water Project; and Norm for his many years of work with youth including the District’ Governor’s Scholarship program. Others receiving recognition were Del Norte Rotarians who helped with the District Conference, including Kathie Williams, who was co-captain of the conference with Shane LeMon of the downtown club. Others included Fred Bryant, Donette Wagner, Ken Abbott, Terry Boulanger, Donna Pedace, Ed Hughes and District Governor-Elect Dave Anderson and Maureen Anderson.
    Del Norte Rotary was also recognized as having the most members registered for the conference. We also had the most members (34) attend the all-club Paul Harris Luncheon on Friday.
Youth was the focus at District Conference
Rotary has always had an eye on youth with its foreign exchange student program, RYLA leadership camps, and Rotaract Clubs for young professionals. Now it has Interact Clubs for high schools. Youth was definitely the focus at the recent District 5520 Conference in Albuquerque. Among those participating was Michael Freeman, son of John and Kelly Freeman of Del Norte Rotary.  Michael reported on his experiences as a RYLA participant last summer.
Rotary Blood Drive Next Week, May 10
Del Norte Rotary Club and United Blood Services will host a Rotary Blood Drive Day on Tuesday, May 10, at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The club is inviting all area Rotarians to participate to help Blood Services collect critically-needed blood. Come and enjoy fellowship, snacks and drawings for dinners, a night stay at the Sandia Resort Hotel, and many more prizes. If we have at least 20 donors we will draw that night for a Paul Harris Fellow award for one of the donors or Rotarian who brought them. Everyone who shows up will get a special invitation to the Rotary Del Norte/United Blood Services second annual Bloody Mary Party to be held on Friday, May 20, in the Vintage Room at the Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Avenue SE.
Coming Events & Programs
Our next regular luncheon meeting will be May 11 at Sheraton Uptown Hotel. Our speaker will be Dr. Kevin Washburn, professor of law at UNM, speaking on “The Tribal Renaissance: Indian Tribes Today.”
There will be another UNM Rotaract-Mentorship Reception scheduled for Monday, May 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 3644 Thaxton Avenue SE. Join our Rotaractors and Rotarians who currently serve as mentors. If you want to learn more about the Rotaract Mentorship Program, this is a good event to attend.
The next Del Norte Rotary Board meeting will be Tuesday, May 17, in the Uptown Board Room at the Sheraton.
Don’t forget to order your Del Norte Rotary “Service Above Self” T-shirt by May 15. It’s a great way to showcase Rotary during our various community service outings. Cost is just $12.49 per T-shirt. You need to order online at Thanks to Keely Whittington for heading up this project.

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Yours In Rotary,

Edwin S. Hughes, Executive Secretary