Upcoming Events
Del Norte Rotary Club Satellite Meeting
Marty Padilla's home
May 03, 2023 6:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
May 08, 2023 5:30 PM
RI Foundation Committee Meeting
Dave's House
May 09, 2023
Annual Del Norte Rotary Club Picnic at Rotary Park
Rotary Park
May 10, 2023 12:00 PM
Community Service Committee Meeting
Albuquerque Country Club
May 10, 2023 5:45 PM
Ladies' Membership Tea
May 13, 2023 2:00 PM
Fundraising Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
May 15, 2023 5:30 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Board Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
May 16, 2023 5:30 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Satellite Meeting
Marty Padilla's home
May 17, 2023 6:00 PM
Annual Del Norte Rotary Club Golf Tournament
Santa Ana Golf Club
May 20, 2023 8:00 AM
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   LADIES AFTERNOON MEMBERSHIP TEA:  Saturday, May 13, 2023, 2:00pm at Donette’s:1711 Quail Run Ct. NE

   Wear a hat & bring a potential new lady Rotarian. RSVP To Donette:



Saturday, May 20, at Santa Ana Golf Club

Sponsors and Players are needed.  If you can help contact Mike Skolnick.  

2023 District Rotarian of the Year
   Del Norte Rotarian, Fred Bryant, was honored by DG John Drusedum  as the District Rotarian of the Year for his aid to the District Governor as head of Operations and for all the services he provides to people around our District.  Congratulations, Fred!  It is  well-deserved.
2023 District Fun Club

Del Norte Rotarians Attend District Conference and Site Real UFO’S

   It was a fun weekend in Roswell, New Mexico, where a group of Del Norte Rotarians met for a UFO Event.  PDG Bob Rausch and wife, Sandy, Maria Montoya Chavez and husband, Leland, Hass Aslami, Alice Mehlberg, Donette Wagner and Kathie Williams attended the weekend event to represent our club.  They even constructed a table-top UFO for the finale contest and although they did not win they had a great time.  For the final banquet held at the Anderson Museum of Modern Art everyone dressed as someone from the UFO movie “Men in Black”.

   It was a weekend of awards and celebrations.  The Del Norte Club was the recipient of the Bob Wootten Fun Club of the Year Award, which celebrates the one club in the District that has the most fun at their meetings and in their yearly activities.  


RYLA Visits Del Norte

   It might have been a typical Day at RYLA, but it wasn’t a typical Del Norte Rotary Meeting!  

   It was fun, interactive, and inspiring.  Del Norte’s RYLA Chair, Maureen Anderson,  and her team did a wonderful job making us feel like we actually spent the day as a RYLA camper.  

   From the minute the 5:30am day started at the old apple orchard in the Manzano Mountains with camp counselors having coffee at 5:30AM  to honoring the flag and reciting the 4 Way Test we were inspired to get up and get busy.  We were led in the RYLA cheer by Del Norte Rotarian, Sally Aslami, who is a RYLA graduate.  We did exercises led by our VP, Marty Padilla, to the tune of the Village People’s YMCA.

   Teamwork is an integral part of RYLA.  We  experienced working together first-hand. The activity is called ‘The Helium Stick”.  Using long thin dowel rods we worked as groups to balance and lower the sticks to the ground.  This team building game led us  to draw various conclusions about verbal and non-verbal communication, the difference between loud vocal “leaders”, soft spoken “leaders”,  and those who lead by example.

   Boys Co-Camp Leaders and Rotarians, Shane LeMon and Bruce Davis, who have spent the years at RYLA shared their experiences.  They shared one of the Boys’ songs by leading us in a rousing chant of “Ham and Eggs”.  

   RYLA District Chair and Del Norte Rotarian, Alice Mehlberg, serves along with Del Norte Rotarian, Joan Lewis, as Co-Directors of the Girls Camp.

   Registration is open for camp through the end of May and there are opportunities for both campers and for counselors.  if you know of a High School Junior who has leadership potential or someone that might make a great Counselor please contact Alice.  Alice assured us that being involved in RYLA would be a most rewarding experience for both participants and counselors! 


"There was a Great Big Moose"
   Helium Stick
Paul Harris Awards        
RYLA Shapes Lives

   2015 RYLA graduate and current RYLA Sports Director, Michael Freeman, shared the ways RYLA changed his life.  In the beginning of the application process all he knew was that his father, Del Norte Rotarian, John Freeman, just told him this:  “Fill this application out.”  “Don’t ask questions.”  And “You’ll thank me later.”  

   It is all so true.  Michael’s RYLA experience turned into many opportunities, into a way of life and ultimately into a career.  It was such a life-changing experience that Michael, as a father himself now, can’t wait to have his children experience “The Magic of RYLA”.  



   It takes two main resources to run RYLA: people and money. In 2020 the RYLA organization became a 501C3 non-profit organization and created an opportunity for RYLA supporters to make tax deductible contributions for operations and equipment, for camper scholarships and for endowments.  PDG and Del Norte Rotarian, Bob Rausch, a RYLA Foundation Board member said that contributions can honor significant Rotarians in our District.  These Rotarians were some of the original leaders and creators of RYLA:  PDG’s Sonny Brown, Henry Pick and our own Del Norte Rotarian, PDG Reba Loverin, who was the creator of the girl’s RYLA program, and of course, Mr. RYLA and 40 year volunteer, Bruce Davis.   If you would like to a make RYLA donation please contact Bob Rausch for more details.

Around the Club

   International Foundation Chair, Dave Anderson, presented Paul Harris awards to several RYLA volunteers for their continued leadership.  Donette Wagner, Joan Lewis,  and  Bruce Davis, were honored for their commitment to RYLA.  Maureen Anderson was presented with the official RYLA pin making her an honorary member of the RYLA Staff.

   PE Maria Montoya Chavez announced that she will be taking over as CEO of her law firm, Sutin, Thayer and Brown, and will not be able to continue with her duties next year as  Club President  for Del Norte.  VP, Marty Padilla, will be taking over as PE and will become President during the 2023-2024 Rotary year.  Congrats to Maria who will become the first Hispanic female to hold such a position in our community.  

   Congrats again to the Del Norte Rotarians, Rotary Club of Albuquerque Rotarians  and RYLA Committee members who always Step Up and Step In to make things special and  for providing us with a RYLA adventure that we’ll never forget.

Banquet Celebrates The Rotary Foundation and Its Supporters

   The Del Norte Rotary Club hosted an evening dinner for Rotary members of Albuquerque and other New Mexico Rotary Clubs, Those who have supported The Rotary Foundation were presented  with Paul Harris awards.  Past President, Clarence Hughes served as MC for the event attended by over 100 people.   

   A special presentation highlighted the work of The Rotary Foundation and celebrated its accomplishments was given by Rotary International Foundation Trustee, Greg Podd.  His presentation focused on the work of The Rotary Foundation and its role in changing lives at home and around the world.  Since 1917 over 5.7 billion dollars, has been collected and used for the advancement of peace and health around the world.  The Rotary Foundation is listed in the top 1% of all U.S. based charities and has received the top rating from Charity Navigator.

   Mr. Podd continued his presentation with a series of personal stories about the impact of Rotary in the world…saying that  “Every action—no matter how small makes a difference.”  The services that Rotarians provide are a great example of ordinary people doing ordinary things and having extraordinary results.  Through the efforts of Rotarians the threat of polio has been greatly reduced around the world.  To date only new 1 case has been reported this year.

   Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation (those who have given over $10,000) Ruth Ronan (Del Norte) and Janet Thompson (Albuquerque)  were honored.

   The evening ended with Paul Harris awards being given to  24 Del Norte Club Members for their support of The Rotary Foundation and their work on special projects. 

    A Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded for each $1000 donation toThe Rotary International Foundation. All donations are  also matched by the Rotary Foundation with Recognition Points that you may use to honor another individual. Many of the awards presented at the Recognition Dinner came from accumulated recognition points donated by Club members. If you would like to make a donation or recognize any individual with a Paul Harris now is the time to act as all donations are currently being matched by our Club International Committee. Please contact Dave Anderson for more information: or (505) 350-6661.

More Around the Club

   Although Fred Bryant and wife, Evelyn, were on a European vacation, Fred managed to show his presence during the Foundation dinner by giving speaker, Greg Podd, his own special dinner of a “burned hot dog” to honor Greg for his recent cooking of some 3500 hot dogs for his Rotary Club’s  “Special Day for Special Kids”.   Dave Anderson continued the “roast” by presenting Greg with some kitchen mitts and a very long hot hog roasting stick!



   Some people were surprised when one of the Paul Harris award winners, Satellite member, Jon Helm, kissed one of the presenters!  Not to worry…it was his wife, Kim Helm, who will take office this coming year as head of our Foundation Committee.  

Rotarians at Work and Play
President Mary Tieman

   May is Rotary Youth Services month and I hope you are looking forward to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) this year as much as I am.  RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts around the world.  Students spend a week developing their leadership skills while having fun and making lifelong connections. For a bit of history ,RYLA began in Australia in Brisbane in the 1950’s and is now run by Rotary for young people throughout the world. Thousands of young people become RYLA graduates known as Rylarians every year.  

   I would like to  thank Maureen Anderson and Alice Mahlberg for providing our club with the RYLA Experience presentation in early April.  It was so well done and absolutely so inspiring to experience a day at RYLA Camp.  I encourage you to volunteer as a camp counselor this year and there is no doubt that you will positively impact a young person’s life for the future.  

   With only a couple of months left before the close of this Rotary year and my term as President of our amazing club, I am filled with both excitement and trepidation. My nature is to be positive and find the blessings in life: I hope that has been apparent during the past ten months.  It has been such a glorious experience to serve as the president of Del Norte Rotary and build so many meaningful relationships with all of you. 

 Let’s finish the year strong by bringing in some new members. Family, neighbors and co-workers will all appreciate the gift of Rotary.

Yours in Rotary Service

Mary Tieman, President




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