Veterans Day Celebration

It was a special day at Del Norte Rotary last week as we honored our veterans. A talk by veterans advocate and veteran, John Garcia, was inspirational.

 John has been recognized numerous times for his outstanding contributions to the veteran community in New Mexico.  Since coming home from Vietnam in 1970, he has dedicated his life to making veterans a priority.  John is the founder of the Veterans Integration Center and he has served on numerous SBA Advisory Boards.  He advocates for both veterans and business owners.  

John spoke of the importance of veterans, and the role that Vietnam veterans have had in paving the way for services and appreciation for more recent era veterans.   The Vietnam era veterans' efforts are particularly impactful recently as it is the 40th Anniversary of  Vietnam War Memorial.

58,000 men were killed in Vietnam of which 61% were under the age of 21, and the average age of the soldier was 18.  He highlighted that only 1% of  Americans have put on the uniform to serve their country. 

Because of the efforts of Vietnam veterans there is now a common bond and deep respect for veterans who return home to contribute to their communities.  They have created a renewed pride in the flag and their legacy has made a difference to all veterans today.

Dignity…pride…respect…and honor are now bestowed to a greater degree to all veterans primarily because of the efforts of the Vietman Veterans. 


Thank you for the decorations, Kathie

Satellite Members Honored
with Paul Harris Awards
Cheryl, Sondra, & Kim
Marilyn & Kim

At the recent Satellite meeting Kim Helm and Dave Anderson presented two of our Satellite members with Paul Harris Awards.  Sondra Carpenter, accompanied by her mother, Cheryl Strotz, was honored with a Paul Harris Award for her role as our current Satellite Chair.  Marilyn Strube was honored with a Paul Harris Award for her continuing work heading up many of our community service projects.  Both awards were a surprise and well deserved.

Vocational Committee holds Business Open House 

The first Business Open House for Del Norte Rotary Members was held Thursday, November 10 at the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Thanks to Rotarian Ron Epps, their Director, for opening his offices to us.  

The next Open House will be held on December 13th at the Silk Road Connection. It is being hosted by Rotarian and owner, Berdel Boulanger.  Fabulous clothes and jewelry will be available for purchase just in time for the holidays.


Bring a Guest Day

November 30

The Membership Committee has designated our meeting on  November 30  as “Bring A Guest Day”.  The  speaker will be Danielle Casey, the President & CEO of Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance.  If you know anyone that would like to learn more about creating a prosperous and diverse economy for the Albuquerque Metro area ask them to join us for lunch and this presentation.    Ms. Casey will surely be a great speaker,  and this will be an  excellent opportunity for you to bring a prospective new member to an exciting and educational Rotary meeting. 

Del Norte Holiday Party

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 Donate to the Rotary Del Norte Foundation!

November is Rotary Foundation month.  What better way to impact thousands of needy people in our own community than by making a tax-deductible contribution to your Del Norte Foundation.   Contact Steve Becker at 505 292-8621 or


Del Norte Trade Show

 January 25, 2023

Mark your calendar for the next Del Norte Rotary Trade Show which will be January 25 from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Sheraton Uptown.  This is an opportunity for our Business Members to showcase their professions and visit with members about their businesses.  Our Business Members will receive a complimentary table and two passes for lunch to share with visitors.  If you are part of the Business Membership program and want a table please contact Vocational Chair, Noel Valencia, to reserve your place.  

The regular Buffet Lunch will be served,  no formal program will be held.  We  ask that members visit with all the participating vendors.


Celebrate Del Norte's

35th Anniversary 


You and your guests are invited to join fellow Rotarians on February 24, 2023 as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the founding of Del Norte Rotary.  An 80’s style dinner dance at the Sheraton Uptown will begin at 6pm and will include a small silent auction benefiting our Del Norte Rotary Foundation.  

This celebration will replace our regular meeting that would have been on Wednesday the 22nd.  Please come dressed in 80’s attire.  Prizes will be given for the best costumes.  

RSVP to Executive Secretary, Donette Wagner ( by February 18.  The cost is $50 per person, which will replace the normal weekly pre-paid meal cost of $27, and  will include a $20 contribution to our Del Norte Foundation.


Around the Club

Clarence Hughes is our new Program Chair. Please send recommendations for future luncheon speakers to him.

Fred Bryant is working on new Club Directories.   If you have any changes to your club information you can change it on line or let Fred know the changes that you would like made.  

Thanks to Louise Romero and Stephy Griego for arranging for the Kirtland Air Force Color Guard who opened our meeting honoring our veterans.

What a great veteran our Sgt. At Arms, Mark Ormerod, turned out to be— he waived all fines on Wednesday due to Veteran’s Day.

"Congratulations and Thanks Again for your Service'" to our Rotarians who are veterans and to the veteran guests who were present at Wednesday's meeting.

Clarence Hughes announced that his wife, Erika, is doing well after a recent surgery.  She sends many thanks for all the calls and the food delivered to them.

Congratulations to long time member Ken Abbott and wife Cris on their wedding anniversary. 

Thanks Jerry Becker for being in charge of the Veteran’s program and getting such a great speaker.   

Congrats to the Veteran’s Integration Center VIC on their new project to build a housing community and resources for the homeless veteran’s in Albuquerque.  Land has been purchased at I25 and Gibson where a new VIC Campus will be built.  For more information contact Rotarian, Jerry Becker, their Board Chair.  

Thanks to all the club members who bought Thanksgiving baskets for SARANAM.  Monies left over will be used for the S.A.F.E. House Christmas Dinner.  The dinner will be held on December 10th and we will be hosting approximately 150 people. 

Upcoming Events
Del Norte Rotary Club Satellite Meeting
Marty Padilla's home
Nov 16, 2022 6:00 PM
Fundraising Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
Nov 21, 2022 5:30 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Meeting - Bring a Guest Day
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Nov 30, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM UTC-07:00
Public Image Committee Meeting
Sandy Rausch's home
Dec 01, 2022 6:30 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Satellite Meeting
Marty Padilla's home
Dec 07, 2022 6:00 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Holiday Party
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Dec 11, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
Dec 12, 2022 5:30 PM
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
Fundraising Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
Dec 19, 2022 5:30 PM
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