Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Satellite Meeting
Marty and Monica Padilla's home
May 01, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Public Image Committee Meeting
May 07, 2024 5:30 p.m.
Annual Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Picnic at Rotary Park
Rotary Park
May 08, 2024 11:30 a.m.
Community Service Committee
Mario's Pizza
May 09, 2024 6:00 p.m.
RI Foundation Committee Meeting
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Bar Area)
May 13, 2024 4:00 p.m.
Vocational Service Committee Meeting
Contact Noel for Details
May 15, 2024 11:30 a.m.
Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Satellite Meeting
Marty and Monica Padilla's home
May 15, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fundraising Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
May 20, 2024 5:30 p.m.
Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Board Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
May 21, 2024 5:30 p.m.
Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
May 22, 2024 11:30 a.m.
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Del Norte Rotarians
Become Hunger Heroes
Monica Padilla, our Satellite Chair, shared valuable insights into the Satellite's Backpack Program, a vital initiative serving children in need in our community.

This program was originally funded by DeL Norte Rotarians and through grants from our Rotary District. It has evolved into our official satellite service project, now sustained entirely through our club's fundraising efforts.

This program has been a lifeline for 50 children from Manzano Mesa Elementary School since its establishment in 2017.  These children receive back packs weekly, filled with essentials, including food for two breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners, with additional peanut butter and jelly provided monthly.

The program fills 1,350 back packs annually at an average cost of $5.54 each, totaling $7,500 per year. 

Monica emphasized the broader implications of childhood hunger, impacting cognitive development, behavior, emotional well-being, and overall health. In New Mexico, one in five children faces hunger issues.

How you can support this cause:

  1. Volunteer: Spare your time to pack backpacks. 

  2. Send Support: If you can't volunteer, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

  3. Donate: Consider making a donation to ensure sustained assistance for these children. 

For questions and/or to offer your support, reach out to Monica or any member of our Satellite for further information.


Rotarian, Tom Macek, Highlights Life in Vocational Talk
In his vocational talk, Tom shared his story. 

Tom has been a part of Rotary since 1991. With the distinction of serving as President of three different clubs, he embodies the spirit of Rotarian leadership and service.

Tom and his wife are originally from Manhattan and embarked on a journey that led them to Savannah, Georgia, before settling in Albuquerque four years ago.

In addition to his Rotary engagements, Tom shares his passion for music as a member of a barber shop quartet. He recently performed at our Folds of Honor Dinner.

Tom actively serves on our Del Norte Foundation Board and is also member of our Fundraising Committee. 

Tom emphasized the profound connections and friendships  he has forged with individuals through Rotary.  In Tom's own words, "The beauty of Rotary lies in the diversity of individuals united by the common goal of effecting change."

Carol Follingstad Becomes Newest Del Norte Rotarian
Carol Follingstad  joined our Rotary family with
greetings from Maria Montoya Chavez, who declared, "We are a family."

Maria encouraged Carol to join our club's activities and participate by serving on committees and participating in events.

Ina Miller, her sponsor and mentor, presented Carol with her Rotary pin, marking the beginning of her journey with us.  Welcome, Carol!


Embracing the Challenge: Del Norte Rotary Foundation Chair Calls for Action

Carol Rickert-Asbury, our Del Norte Rotary Foundation Chair, outlined key objectives set by our Foundation Board. Emphasizing the importance of bolstering our presence within the club and community, she urged us to rally behind our annual golf tournament, a significant fundraiser where one third of proceeds directly benefit our Foundation.

Carol unveiled plans for grants totally $45,000 to $50,000 to be allocated to local non-profits this year. Our foundation currently holds $1.258 million in assets. 

Around the Club

Join us for a night of laughter and mystery at the  Albuquerque Little Theatre's production of "39 Steps" on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:30 PM. We have 25 tickets available at $21 each.  Please RSVP to Donette to secure your spot!

Norm Liss, practicing for next years role as Sgt. At Arms,  asked members to not only donate a dollar for every year they have been married, but more importantly to donate one dollar for every year they have been “happily” married!

Terry Boulanger was quick to donate monies in honor of his and Berdel's 39 years of marriage.

Charles Ewing and wife, Kate, are celebrating  24 years of marriage.

Congratulations to Ruth Ronan for donating $92 on her 92nd Birthday. It's hard to believe—she's defying age!

Dave Anderson contributed funds in honor of Maureen's birthday.

Kudos to Hass Aslami and Fundaxi for raising $10,000 to support the family of a fallen police officer.



Rotary 4 Way Test Essay Contest Winners 


Recently, we celebrated the winners of our Rotary 4 Way Test essay contest, showcasing young minds embracing these values,

  • 3rd Place Winner: Julia Kolozsvori Julia highlighted the power of kindness, urging us to apply the 4 Way Test in every aspect of life.

  • 2nd Place Winner: Josiah Trujillo Josiah shared a personal story of learning from a past mistake, emphasizing how the 4 Way Test could have prevented harm.

  • First Place Winner and District Champion: Emilio Josey Emilio explored the history and practical applications of the 4 Way Test, reminding us of its role in problem-solving. 


Del Norte Rotarians Share Their Knowledge

In a recent panel discussion, Del Norte Rotary Club members explored strategies to enhance home values in today's market.  The session was moderated by Noel Valencia, our Vocational Chair, and featured insights from industry experts:

  • Monica Meyers discussed the seller's market and offered tips on home maintenance.
  • Alex Lavidge highlighted the solar market's potential for increasing home value affordably.
  • Zac Anaya shared advice on keeping homes up-to-date for future sales.
  • Mike Skolnick provided updates on Rio Rancho's housing market.

Noel Valencia also emphasized the benefits of using home equity loans for essential projects. 

Upcoming Events
  • Annual Golf Tournament: June 1 Sign up to support the Veterans Integration Center (VIC) and our Del Norte Rotary Foundation. See Mike Skolnick for details

  • Compass Awards and our annual celebration June 28 

  • Annual picnic and bench dedication May 8 at Rotary Park.  

  • Annual Fish Fry: June 22 at Ken and Cris Abbott's home.  Enjoy catfish and hush puppies for $20 per person.




Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As I sit down to write this message, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude that is difficult to put into words. In times of sorrow, it is the support and kindness of friends that truly sustain us. I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to each one of you for your overwhelming support during this difficult time.
Losing my brother, Ron, has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. Yet, throughout this journey, I have been continually uplifted by the outpouring of love and support from my Rotary family. Your emails, texts, cards, and flowers served as constant reminders that I am not alone in my grief, and for that, I am deeply grateful.
Moreover, seeing so many of you at Ron's funeral was a reminder of the strength and solidarity of our Rotary community. Your presence meant more to me than words can convey, and I am truly touched by your unwavering support.
In times like these, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by grief and loss. However, the kindness and compassion shown by each of you have been a beacon of light in the darkness. Your gestures, have made a world of difference to me and my family, and I am eternally grateful.
As we navigate through life's challenges, let us continue to lean on one another for support and strength. Together, we can overcome even the greatest of obstacles and emerge stronger and more united than ever before.
Thank you again for your kindness, your compassion, and your unwavering support. I am proud to serve as your president, and I am honored to be a part of such a caring and compassionate community.
With sincere gratitude,
Marty Padilla President Rotary Club of Albuquerque Del Norte

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More Around the Club

Changes to the Bylaws were voted on and approved by a majority of members present.  These Bylaw changes were sent to all club members 30 days prior to the vote for review.

Welcome back, Jayne Figueroa! You're a Rock Star!

Have you noticed the new addition to our song?  The clapping is a hit with this editor.!

Sending our support to Jacqui Bernstein and her family during this challenging time.

Thank you to Sherri Wells for securing free tickets to the PNM suite for Thursday's Isotopes game.

It was great to have Mikayla Padilla Anaya back among us! 

Hats off to the Community Service Committee for providing lunch to workers installing the dance floor.

Thanks to Norm Liss for filling in as Sgt. At Arms last week.

Thank you Ruth, for your pictures and collages for the newsletter.

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