Danielle Casey Speaks on Building a Regional Economy

Danielle Casey, President and CEO of Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (A.R.E.A.), detailed the new structure of Albuquerque’s economic growth and development plans aimed at diversifying the economic base of the Albuquerque region.  The aim is to create a prosperous, diverse and inclusive economy, and elevating the standard of living for all.  The new structure serves a four county area and has a 45 member Board of Directors plus robust Advisory Councils.  


Ms. Casey’s goal of making our economy more competitive focuses on bringing together numerous groups to ensure all questions about a company entering into a community are answered, from training needs to available housing.  Economic relocation is an extremely competitive environment and there is often intense competition for jobs, capital investment money and talent.  


A.R.E.A. has an immediate strategic goal of creating 8,000 new jobs in targeted industries, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, film and media, aerospace, bio-life sciences, and corporate and professional services.  Establishing a national identity as a leading destination for businesses will ultimately provide more growth in these areas. 


Ms. Casey cited that almost 2,000 new jobs have been created this year.   Talent for targeted industries remains the hardest piece of successful economic development.  If you want to help with input that will speak to this talent go to the new online quiz site (, where one can make suggestions of how to maximize the economic resources of our communities.   



Del Norte Board Elections
December 14, 2022
Below is the Del Norte Board 2023-24 slate from the nominating committee chaired by Maria Montoya-Chavez. This slate will be voted on during the December 14th meeting. 
Zizi Fritz
RI Foundation - Class II - 2 Year
Kim Helm
Membership - Class II - 2 Year
Clarence Hughes
Youth Services - Class II - 2 Year
Rachelle Ford
Public Image - Class II - 2 Year
Sandy Rausch
Secretary - 1 YEAR
Erica Hughes
Treasurer - 1 YEAR
Mark Martinez

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Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 AM 5:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We LOVE to schedule private shopping parties!




Holiday Party December 11


On Sunday the Del Norte Annual Holiday Party will be held at the Nuclear Museum from 6-9pm.  The evening will include dinner from Chello Grill that includes steak and salmon.  The cost is $45 per person.  You and your guests will also be able to tour the museum while celebrating the holidays with your fellow Rotarians.  


Vocational Trade Fair Coming in January


On Wednesday, January 25, Del Norte will host our annual Vocational Trade Fair at the Sheraton Uptown.  We will not have a speaker, but a lunch buffet will be served.  You  will have the opportunity to visit with our Business Members and learn about the many unique businesses engaged in by our members..  All Rotarians are encouraged to attend and support our Business members.  

Over 20 of our Business Members are hosting a table and will be available to provide information.   Information will be available  from Realtors, Mortgage Companies, Investment Companies, and even details about Funeral Pre-Planning Services.  The event will be open from 11:30 to 1:30 for all members and guests.   



Rotarians Host Fred Harvey Dinner for Gala Guests 


On a recent Friday night a group of friends, who were recent attendees at the Folds of Honor Gala, attended the Fred Harvey dinner that they purchased at the live auction at the event.  10 lucky winners were picked up by a limo, provided by Rotarian Fred Bryant, and driven to the home of Rotarian and Chef, Kathie Williams, where they were served a 7 course authentic Fred Harvey dinner in 1880’s style.  Items on the menu included, Crab and Shrimp au Gratin, Cream of Onions soup, Rack of Lamb with Mushrooms and Asparagus, Lyonnaise Potatoes and Strawberry Sundaes.  All recipes were from the original Harvey House Test Kitchens. 

                                                                                                                                                Rotarian President Mary Tieman and husband, Allen, furnished the wines and Mary served as a Harvey Girl.  Rotarian wives, Evelyn Bryant and Pat Quick also served as Harvey Girls,  dressed in their authentic black with white aprons.  Rotarian Jim Quick entertained with stories about Fred Harvey and he and Pat presented the attendees with copies of the latest Fred Harvey book, “Appetite for America”.


Guests described the evening as “magical” and something that they would purchase again.

 Our Youth Services Committee provided breakfast and treats for the APS Crisis Team Counselors at their training & professional development on Friday, Dec 2nd. Thanks to Erika, Maria, Hass, and Uptown Target for their donations of time, food, and gifts for the team.
Thanksgiving at Saranam
Our Del Norte Delivery Team brought 18 Thanksgiving baskets to families at Saranam 

Around The Club

Congrats to 

       Mike and Joyce Skolnick on their 17th Wedding Anniversary.

       Hass  Aslami and Nilufar Monfared on their 30th Wedding Anniversary.

       Roberto and Rose  Marie Espat on their 57th Wedding Anniversary.  (how great was it to have Roberto at our meeting…you have been missed).


Happy Club Anniversary to Ruth Ronan for 24 years of membership 

Happy Birthday to Rotarian Satellite member, Sally Aslami.


Congratulations to Mark Ormerod’s daughter for her musical accomplishments.

Many Thanks from Mark Rickert to fellow Rotarians who attended the recent fundraiser for the Children’s Grief Center. 

The Alzheimers Center will host their Annual Caregiver’s Conference at the Marriott Uptown on December 10.  For details contact Director and Rotarian, Ron Eppes.  


Brags to Rotarian Dentist, Dr. Billie Adams, from Mike Skolnick who had the best dental experience ever.


Sincere thanks to Rotarian, Tanya McKinney, who was back at the club and grateful for all the thoughts and prayers for her health.  


Congrats to Norm Liss’s granddaughter on her Master’s accomplishments.  


Rotarian, Mark Martinez announced he is  willing to give pickle ball lessons to any Rotarian that’s interested.  If you want to get in on this  “craze”  call Mark.


Mark Skolnick announced that Sandoval Economic Development recently recognized the many generous contributions of Rotarian, Hass Aslami, who continues to provide much needed funds for our community non-profits thru his Fundaxi organization.


Welcome Rotarian, Joan Lewis, from our Satellite group.  It was great to see you at lunch.


Thanks to Public Image Committee member, Bob Rausch, for posting Speaker notifications in the Albuquerque Business Journal.  Thanks to you we had several visitors.  


Welcome to Maria Montoya-Chavez’s sister and CPA, Ana Maria Montoya, and to Rachelle Ford’s guest, Brian Garcia, the Community Schools Development Officer.  


Thanks to Hass for bringing several of his Fundaxi “Business Angels”.


Goodbye to long-time Rotarian, Don Wagner, who has decided to leave the club.  A Past President and active Rotarian, we will miss his expertise and dedication to Rotary.  We wish him good luck in his continued retirement.  


Just a reminder from Foundation Chair, Steve Becker, that you still have time to donate to our own Del Norte Foundation.  If you are  looking for charitable donations to make  before the end of the tax year, please  consider our Foundation, where 100% of the money goes to our local charities.  You can also make the Foundation a beneficiary in your will or make a monthly pledge through United Way at your work.  Steve is always available if you have more questions about how to contribute.  



From the Desk of President Mary Tieman

…and in the blink of an eye, this year has flown by. December marks the halfway point in the Rotary year, and I would like to say thank you for your continued support of our great club. I am always inspired by the numerous opportunities discovered and shared by our members for innovative fundraising and community activities that are relevant and impactful. You are definitely making a positive difference in our community and the world. 

While the holiday season is in full swing, this is also a great time to take a break and reflect on all of the great things we can do as Rotarians. At our last board meeting and club meeting, Del Norte Rotary Foundation President, Steve Becker provided an update on funds for future community grants. For so many this time of the year provides a spirit of giving, and I hope you will consider a generous donation to our Del Norte Rotary Foundation. 

It is such a blessing that Rotary provides the great gift of fellowship and friendship. Our Club Services or “Social Committee” does an outstanding job of providing opportunities to bring all of us together. Allen and I look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you at our party on December 11th. It is going to be a wonderful evening filled with great food, lots of laughter and holiday festivities.  

In closing I wish you and your family peace, health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mary Tieman, President

Upcoming Events
Del Norte Rotary Club Holiday Party
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Dec 11, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RI Foundation Committee Meeting
Dave's House
Dec 13, 2022
Del Norte Rotary Club Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Dec 14, 2022 12:00 PM
Community Service Committee Meeting
Albuquerque Country Club
Dec 14, 2022 5:45 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Board Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Dec 20, 2022 5:30 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Satellite Meeting
Marty Padilla's home
Dec 21, 2022 6:00 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Satellite Meeting
Marty Padilla's home
Jan 04, 2023 6:00 PM
Fundraiser Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
Jan 09, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
RI Foundation Committee Meeting
Dave's House
Jan 10, 2023
Del Norte Rotary Club Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Jan 11, 2023 12:00 PM
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