Upcoming Events
Public Image Committee Meeting
Jun. 04, 2024 5:30 p.m.
Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Satellite Meeting
Marty and Monica Padilla's home
Jun. 05, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
RI Foundation Committee Meeting
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Bar Area)
Jun. 10, 2024 4:00 p.m.
Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Jun. 12, 2024 11:30 a.m.
Community Service Committee
Mario's Pizza
Jun. 13, 2024 6:00 p.m.
Fundraising Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
Jun. 17, 2024 5:30 p.m.
Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Board Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Jun. 18, 2024 5:30 p.m.
Vocational Service Committee Meeting
Contact Noel for Details
Jun. 19, 2024 11:30 a.m.
Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Satellite Meeting
Marty and Monica Padilla's home
Jun. 19, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fish Fry
Abbott's House
Jun. 22, 2024 5:30 p.m.
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Picnic at Rotary Park
Memorial Bench Dedication
As part of our picnic,  a bench was dedicated in remembrance of Del Norte Rotarians who have passed away.
Important Announcement

Due to an increase in food costs our Rotary Club lunch charge at the Sheraton will be increasing effective July, 2024, from $27 per meeting to $33 per meeting.  (All evening meetings and other special events will be billed separately and may be at a different cost)

The Board has  voted to increase the weekly meeting fee for Rule of 85 members attending the meeting, but not consuming any part of the meal from $5 per meeting to $10 per meeting,  effective July, 2024.

If you have any questions please contact incoming President Sandy Rausch.
Speaker, Kristen Gamboa, Economic Development Specialist for PNM

Kristen, an economic development professional, was introduced by Rotarian Sherri Wells. Kristen shared insights into her work in Valencia County and its neighboring communities. Kristen has a long history in driving economic growth,  and  provided  an overview of the fundamentals of economic development, addressing key questions such as:

  • How does the community benefit?
  • How does the company create and retain jobs?
  • Is the company an economic-based business?

Did you know that 80% of new jobs and capital come from companies that already exist in our communities? 

Kristen outlined the steps to developing an effective economic development plan, emphasizing the importance of conducting industry visits, maintaining a consistent visitation schedule, and follow-up.

PNM  works closely with local Chambers of Commerce, the University of New Mexico, and various major operations across the state. They also work closely with the Albuquerque Area Economic Development Team.

Currently, PNM is working on the expansion of solar projects which are expected to create over 2,000 jobs, the development of more META buildings with investments exceeding $2 billion, and major expansions at Intel.

Economic development impacts every corner of New Mexico. Many companies, especially data companies, considering relocation, frequently inquire about the availability of power grids, land and skilled labor.

Kristen concluded her presentation with a video, highlighting New Mexico as a "pioneer" and an "innovator," always ready to tackle any challenge that comes its way.

Officer of the Month Honored

Detective Herman Martinez has dedicated over 30 years to the Albuquerque Police Department, currently serving in the Investigative Bureau’s Central Narcotics Unit. Detective Martinez is widely regarded as a leader by his peers, DEA agents and fellow narcotics detectives, 

In his most recent cases, he has lead efforts resulting in the seizure of over 100,000 Fentanyl pills.  APD Police Chief Medina praises Martinez, stating, "His expertise and experience are invaluable to all because he always serves as a role model. He consistently takes on directed tasks and places an emphasis on safety."

In recognition of his outstanding service, Detective Martinez received a gift card courtesy of Rotarian Hass Aslami’s restaurants and a goodie box from President Marty filled with candy for all situations. 


Del Norte Inducts Two New Members into our Satellite Club

 Welcome Caleb Guerrero and Erin Riley 

Erin is with the USDA and is a second generation Rotarian.  Her father is an active Rotarian and is currently attending the Rotary International Conference in Singapore.

Caleb is the founder of Valor Digital Marketing Company and a  former Rotarian from the Tulsa Southside Rotary Club.

Welcome to our Rotary Club and the world of Rotary or as Rotarian Maria Montoya Chavez said during her induction,” Welcome to our Rodeo”!   I’m pretty sure she meant our Rotary Club, but this might also be true!

Sondra Carpenter
Shares Her Rotary Story

Sondra Carpenter, recently shared her Rotary story as part of her vocational speech to the club.  Rotary has been a part of Sondra's life from an early age as her mother, Cheryl Strotz, has a long history as a club member and Past President.

Professionally  Sondra serves as the Executive Director of the Christina Kent Early Learning Center. 

As the Youth Services Chair, Sondra continues to inspire and support our youth, reflecting Rotary's mission of positive change. Her dedication and commitment shine reminding us of the power of service and connection.

Around the Club

Well-wishes go out to Rotarian, Tanya McKinney, who was recently involved in a car accident.  Tanya is back home nursing a broken wrist and other injuries.  “Get well soon!”


Congrats to Sherri Wells, who won another lucky bucks ticket for once again “out-dressing” our Sgt. At Arms, Mike.

Happy Birthday to Rotarian, Karon Roberts.


Happy Anniversary to President, Marty and Monica Padilla.  When asked how long he has been married he said  "Its been 32 years, 1 month, and 3 hours".

Happy Anniversary to Fred and Evelyn Bryant

Happy Anniversary to Joe and Susan Swickard


Congrats to Cheryl Strotz for 35 years in the club and to  John Perner for 24 years.  


Many thanks to Mike Skolnick for all his work on the Golf Tournament  held on June 1.



Our Annual Fish Fry is Saturday June 22 at the home of Ken & Cris Abbott.  RSVP to Exec Sec Donette Wagner. This event will benefit our Del Norte Foundation and the Manzano Mesa back pack program.  Raffle Tickets are being sold:  $20 each or 6 for $100.  Prizes include gift cards, appliances, wine, and 150,000 Hilton Honors points you can use at any Hilton property around the world.  

You should have seen the BIG HEART that arrived to sell tickets!
The last meeting of this Rotary year is Friday, June 28, 5:30 PM at the Sheraton. This will be President Marty’s last meeting and it’s bound to have a lot of surprises.  The “Compass Award”  will be presented to an Albuquerque “B” Corp.
The President's Corner

Dear Del Norte Rotary Club of Albuquerque Members,

As my tenure as President draws to a close this June, I find myself filled with a profound sense of gratitude and pride. Serving as your President this past year has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Together, we have accomplished incredible things, and I am deeply thankful for each of you who has contributed to making this year exceptional.

From our community service projects to our fundraising efforts, the dedication and compassion each member has shown has been nothing short of inspiring. We have touched many lives, not only in our local community but also globally, embodying the true spirit of Rotary. The success of our initiatives and the positive impact we have made is a testament to the collective effort and unwavering commitment of this remarkable group.

I am especially grateful for the support and guidance I have received from our board members and committee chairs. Your hard work behind the scenes has been crucial to our achievements, and I have been continually impressed by your leadership and creativity. I also want to extend my heartfelt thanks to every member for your enthusiasm, participation, and camaraderie. It is your passion for service and fellowship that makes our club so special.

As I transition into my new role as Assistant Governor of our Rotary District 5520 starting July 1st, I am excited to continue serving our Rotary family in a different capacity. I am confident that with your ongoing support, our club will continue to thrive and make an even greater difference in the years to come.

Thank you once again for an extraordinary year. It has been an honor to lead and serve alongside you. I look forward to seeing all the amazing things we will accomplish together in the future.

With deepest gratitude and warmest regards,


Marty Padilla

President, Del Norte Rotary Club of Albuquerque


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