This Week in Rotary
Club Meetings

This past Thursday, our special guest presenter was Kitty Edstrand with the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (one of the recent Don Chalmers Memorial Grant recipients).  Kitty discussed what will be done with the proceeds from our grant, which will focus on purchasing adaptive equipment for their students; and we are extremely excited to hear back from Kitty after the school has purchased the equipment and is in use as to how it has helped their students!

This Tuesday at our Twilight Meeting, Club Service Committee Chair Brent Melville will work with us on planning for upcoming service projects including what we will be doing for World Polio Day.  And, on Thursday at our Morning Meeting, Rotary District Governor John Drusedum will be our very special guest presenter.  


Club Happenings


1. Rotary Del Sol Charity Ball (or whatever it will be called)

Now that we have voted to continue to coordinate the Charity Ball in partnership with the Rotary Club of Albuquerque (RCA), there are several key next steps:  one is to start the vetting process to select our charity, and the other is to meet with RCA to determine who will be key members of the various committees.  More to come on both fronts later this week.


2. Don Chalmers Memorial Grant Recipients Article!

Be on the lookout in tomorrow's Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook for an article on our Don Chalmers Memorial Grant recipients!


3.  Ghost Tours Update!

Yesterday, you should have received a communication about an easier way for us to get the mandatory training to support the Ghost Tours of Old Town in September in October as both a fun activity and a fund-raiser.  Sorry about several e-mails about this as we were working with Ghost Tours literally at the same time we were communicating with our membership.  In short, if you cannot attend the training on Friday, 9/23, and are interested in volunteering, please contact Misty with ABQ Tours (1-505-985-8300), and she will coordinate the training with you.  This is so much easier than what we had arranged initially.  In conjunction with Kent Cravens and the Albuquerque realtors, this is a great opportunity for our Club.  Please consider volunteering (especially now that the training is much easier to schedule), and the link to sign up is below.

Ghost Tour Volunteer Time-Slot Registration:


4.  Balloon Fiesta Volunteer Opportunity

There are still a few slots open on October 2nd (the morning shift) for our Balloon Fiesta volunteering fund-raiser that Dave Simon coordinated for us.  Please register through the website events calendar if you are interested, and feel free to register guests including potential members.


5.  Club Retro Meetings!

On October 20th, the club will resurrect the Retro Meeting where 3 or 4 members of the club host the weekly meeting at their place of business. Besides having a completely different meeting place than we usually have at either Jimmy's or the Nexus Brewery, members will have the opportunity to experience what other member do in their jobs. In part because of our Club members meeting at different times, we have made some updates to the Retro meeting.  With the new Retro meeting, the host would determine the time the meeting would take place, since we have some members who can't attend early morning meetings. The Club leadership including our Club Vocational Service Point of Contact Bruce Bortner will work with potential hosts on how to handle food and drink.  

So how do we determine who attends which meeting? Each host will be limited to hosting a certain number of members depending on level of interest and availability.  Once we identify the hosts, we will send out a signup email with each host identified along with directions to the host's place of business. Members will select the location they wish to attend, and whether or not they wish to have a meal, if one is available. Since it will be first come, first served, they should select a backup in case their first choice is full. 
If you are interested in possibly being a Retro Meeting host, please contact Bruce Bortner,  We plan on doing at least two Retro meetings this Rotary year and perhaps a third if there is significant interest.

6.  Upcoming Birthdays!

Jeff Weinrach - September 20th

Chris Van Dyck - September 22nd

Mark Abramson - September 26th


7.  Venmo Reminder!

New Venmo is up and running for our Club Account (to pay dues, happy bux, lucky bux) - "@RotaryDelSol30", and it will show up as Herman Haase.  If you're set up using the old Club Account in Venmo, please change it.  The Club Foundation account ("@R-otaryDelSolFoundation") is staying the same.  Here's what it looks like when you access it:


8.  Rotary Del Sol is Social!

If you have any ideas or suggestions for our social media, please let Public Image Chair Lisa Chavez or President Jeff know.  And please like, follow, share, etc. our social media.  It will help spread the good word!


If you have any Rotary-related news or happenings, please provide them to Jeff so he can include them in upcoming bulletins.


Rotary Happenings

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month.  Our Club has participated in literacy projects for years including mentorships and tutoring.  We have ample opportunity to participate in similar projects this year and going forward.

October 24th is World Polio Day.  We will be working on our polio fund-raiser as we have in previous years; so, if you have any suggestions, please let President Jeff or Club Service Projects Chair Brent Melville know.


District Happenings


1.  District Governor John Drusedum's blood drive challenge is still in effect through January 31st.  The goal is a total of 1000 units collected ("1000 Pints of Life").  Last year, the District gave out four Paul Harris Awards, and will do it again this year for the clubs with most pints donated.  More information on the Blood Drive Challenge can be found here:  documents/en-us/d1f076f4-1ea7-421c-abaa-df7d0e043a7d/1). 
Central Area Happenings
Our Club is part of the District's Central Area, which includes all the Clubs in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho as well as Clubs in the East Mountains and as far west as Grants and Gallup.  We have set up a website which contains information about what is going on in the Central Area including events that we can support.  Here's the link so you can see what our neighboring Clubs are doing in case you are interested in helping them:
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
Twilight Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Nexus Brewery and Zoom
Sep 20, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Special RDS Board Meeting with DG John Drusedum
El Pinto
Sep 21, 2022
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Special Morning Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Jimmy's Cafe and ZOOM
Sep 22, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Morning Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Jimmy's Cafe and ZOOM
Sep 29, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
2022 Balloon Fiesta RDS Volunteer Opportunity
Balloon Fiesta Park
Oct 01, 2022
3:30 PM – 9:30 PM
2022 Balloon Fiesta RDS Volunteer Opportunity
Balloon Fiesta Park
Oct 02, 2022
4:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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