Club Happenings




1.  Club Meeting Updates

At this past Thursday's Club Meeting, our special guest presenter was Jacques Toney, Associate Membership Director with the YMCA of Central New Mexico.  We were also serenaded for St. Patrick's Day by Sergeant-at-Arms Dan Wilkinson and friends (video in the link below)!
This Tuesday at our Twilight Meeting, we'll be planning for our upcoming bike ride fund-raiser to support our Nepal Global Grant.  Thursday's program is being finalized, and we'll send out the specifics as soon as we have them.
The next Club Board meeting will be this Wednesday, March 22nd, at 7:00am by zoom (login information is in the events section of our website).  All Club Members are welcome to attend.

2.  Recent Service Projects:  Ramp Build and RoadRunner Food Bank

We had two major service projects over the last several weeks:  our most recent ramp build and our service project at the Roadrunner Food Bank.  Here are links to the two photo albums and project descriptions (the albums can also be accessed through our website home page).
Ramp Build:
Roadrunner Food Bank:

3.  Our Four-Way Essay Contest winner and essay! 

Our Four-Way Essay Contest winner this year is Alex Lucero from Annunciation Catholic School.  Alex' essay was submitted to our Rotary District for consideration.  If Alex wins the District contest, he would present his essay at the District Conference next month.  Alex and the other contest applicants have been invited to come to our Club Meeting on April 13th.  Congratulations to Alex and the other participants!
Here is a link to Alex' winning essay for your viewing pleasure!

4.  Our next "Retro" Meeting will be March 30th 

Our next "Retro" meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, March 30th.  Registrations will be on-line and at our Club meetings this week.

5. Upcoming Birthdays and other dates to celebrate, support each other, etc.

Bruce Bortner is recovering from successful partial left hip replacement.  Please keep Bruce in your thoughts and prayers while he is recovering, and feel free to reach out to him.


Herman Haase's wife, Shelly, is recovering from surgery she had in Durango, Colorado.  Please keep Herman and Shelly in your thoughts and prayers as well.


March Birthdates!

March 3 - Jacqueline Hockey

March 9 - Ted Schmidt

March 22 - Herman Haase

March 24 - Willie Edwards

March 28 - Shirley Anderson

March 28 - Dacia Card

March 28 - Dave Simon

March 31 - Aprilyn Chavez Geissler


March Anniversaries of joining our Rotary Club!

Marleta Anderson

James Morrison

Dan Wilkinson

Hannah Faulwell!


6. Rotary Foundation Banquet on Wednesday, April 26th with special guest presenter (and good friend of our Rotary Club) Rotary Foundation Trustee Greg Podd!

On Wednesday, April 26th, the Albuquerque Rotary Clubs will be hosting a Rotary Foundation banquet with special guest presenter, Past Rotary International Director and current Rotary Foundation Trustee Greg Podd.  We will be recognizing those who have supported the Rotary Foundation, educate those new to Rotary about the work of the Foundation, and celebrate the accomplishments made possible by the Foundation.  Tickets are $40 per person.  For more information, please contact Rotary 5520 District Secretary Donette Wagner (505-269-4634, or Fred Bryant (505-280-4118,  Greg is a very good friend of our Club, so let's have a strong turnout for this important event!

7. City-Wide Young Professionals Mixer - All Rotarians are invited!

The Young Professionals of Albuquerque are inviting all members of our Club (and other Clubs) to its upcoming City-Wide Young Professionals Mixer!  It’s an inclusive event where they bring organizations throughout the city together for an evening of celebration, community building and networking with Albuquerque’s most dedicated young professionals.

Where: Revel Entertainment Concert Venue – 4720 Alexander Blvd NE 87107

When: Thursday, April 13 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: Free for all attendees!

Perks: The first 150 people to register receive a free ticket for a Teller drink, free food for all attendees

Event links:


Rotary Happenings

March is Water and Sanitation Month.  Project SMART will be the latest example of our Club's support of water and sanitation initiatives.    

And here's the theme for this upcoming Rotary year!


District Happenings


1.  District Grant Training in March and April - required for our District and Global Grants

Starting March 21st and running through early April, Rotary District 5520 will be putting on Foundation Grant Training, which is a requirement for any Club to participate in grants next Rotary year (at least two members of the Club need to attend one of the trainings to be eligible).  Here is a link to the District website if you want to register for one of the training sessions:

2.  District Conference on April 20-22 in Roswell!

Our annual District Conference ("Imagine the Possibilities") will be in Roswell from April 20-22. 
The Conference kicks off officially with a catered reception inside the UFO Museum ( from 6-8 pm. Re-unite with friends from across our District and make some new ones (maybe some Inter-Galactic ones). There’s the option for a round of golf at the Roswell Country Club Thursday afternoon or Disc Golf at Enchanted Lands park that same afternoon (
Friday events begin with registration at 8 am on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell( in the ITC building and continue through Saturday’s emphases on youth featuring the Youth Exchange Talent Show in the Performing Arts Center following lunch.
A reception for Major Donors and above takes place at 5:30 pm Saturday at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ( There will be a Cocktail ½ hour at 6 and Conference Banquet (MIB Themed) following. Come in your best MIB attire or alien costume and we’ll have fun while celebrating the accomplishments of our Clubs and District!
One of the awards that is given out at the District Conference each year is the Sonny Brown Award (Jimmy's Cafe was a recipient this past year).  Nominations for this year's Sonny Brown Award need to be submitted by April 7th.  Below is a description of the award and eligibility.  If you have an organization you would like for us to nominate this year, please send an e-mail to President Jeff ( with the information.
Established in 2005 the award honors District 5520's Past Governor and Vice President of Rotary International Sonny Brown.  Sonny has given many years of service, demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and provided on-going support to District 5520.  The award recognizes businesses in the District that exemplify that service and the High Ethical Standards of Rotary.
Each Rotary Club in District 5520 is invited to nominate businesses in their community that demonstrate excellence in employee relations, quality of product and/or representation and community involvement of both management and employees.
Business may be nominated in each of the following categories;
 Non-Rotarian Owned Business
  • Small Business Award from 1 to 10 employees
  • Medium Business Award—from 11 to 50 employees 
  • Large Business Award—more than 50 employees
 Rotarian Owned Business
  • At-Large Business - Rotarian Owned Business of any size
Businesses nominated must be located within District 5520. The participating Rotary Clubs may submit one application in each category. Nominees must receive the Club’s endorsement before submission to the District Selection Committee.
Here is a link with more information and to register for the District Conference:

2.  District Newsletter

Below is a link to the latest District Newsletter with all the District Happenings.  Please check it out!

Central Area (Albuquerque and surrounding area) Happenings

Please check out the link below for up-to-date happenings in the Central Area of our District (e.g., Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Socorro, etc.)!  There are a number of projects and activities that we can support.
Please feel free to call, text, or e-mail President Jeff (1-505-400-1403, if you have any feedback or suggestions for future Bulletin content or if you have any feedback or questions about any aspect of our Club.


Let's all have a great week in Rotary putting Service above Self!
Upcoming Events
Boy Scout Troop 285 High Adventure Trek
Mar 18, 2023 – Mar 26, 2023
Twilight Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Nexus Brewery and Zoom
Mar 21, 2023
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Del Sol Board Meeting
by Zoom
Mar 22, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Morning Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Jimmy's Cafe and ZOOM
Mar 23, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Morning Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Jimmy's Cafe and ZOOM
Mar 30, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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