January 3, 2012 Meeting – Denali Wilson made a presentation about the Safe Haven Project in Ghana. This project focuses on educating children and teens with HIV through a health program designed to identify sources of HIV and methods for prevention. Each year, a group of ten Americans and four Ghanians travel to the camp and stay for two weeks. Our club sponsored Denali to attend the 2010 RYLA Camp. She is now attending NMSU, and majoring in
biology. Denali is also a recipient of an NMSU President’s Associates Scholarship.
January 10, 2012 Meeting – Vic Villalobos introduced Tom Townsend. Mr. Townsend is a member of the DAC Humane Society Board. His presentation addressed the Humane Society achieving it’s goal of zero “No Kill” in seven years. New Mexico is currently 46th in the country regarding animal protection laws. The society wants changes made to existing laws to provide clear definitions of animal cruelty to ensure that law enforcement can make arrests in such cases.
January 17, 2012 Meeting – Matt Olson introduced Robert Faubion of the EBID (Elephant Butte Irrigation District) Board. Mr. Faubion’s presentation addressed current water issues. The drought in the southwest will continue. Currently, this year’s snow pack is estimated to be lower than the 30 year average.
January 24, 2012 Meeting – Mel Parish, Richelle Ponder and Michelle Murphy are members of the Wednesday morning Rotary Club. They are members of the “Don’t Meth with Us” program committee, and provided us with a rehearsal of the program, which will presented to all 6th grade students.
January 31, 2012 Meeting – The fifth Tuesday of the month is dedicated to club business matters. Status reports were presented by New Generations chairperson, Mike Beckett; Brad Beasley, Treasurer; Dave Hicks, Membership chairperson; Ronnie Wright, Public Relations; and Club Administration chairperson, Richard Haas.
FEBRUARY 2012 SPEAKERS:
February 07, 2012 – Jess Williams, Public Relations Officer for Dona Ana County
February 14, 2012 – A representative from DAAC
February 21, 2012 – A representative from Spaceport America
February 28, 2012 – A representative from LCPD Gang Task Force
Dictionary Day – March 13, 2012
Yard Sale Pick-Up and Maintenance – February: Josh Lyon, Nikki MacDonald, Tom Mackin, Ken Martin, Chris May, George McCoy, Scott Mohrhauser, Terry Moss, Len Nelson and Chuck Olson. Please contact Chub Foreman to set up your schedules.
Katelyn Reichardt is a junior at O*ate High School. She is the daughter of Chris and Sherri Reichardt.
*She is active in Key Club, Drama Club and Student to Student.
*Her interests are dance ( ballet, jazz and contemporary), reading, music, and doing crafts.
*Katelyn keep busy volunteering for various project through out the community.
*She plans to attend college at the University of Alabama in Tucaloosa. She is not yet sure of her major, and may become a pediatrician, or possibily dance and business so she have her own dance studio.
He was sponsered by Karen Bailey a member of the Thursday morning club.
Scotty enjoys working with youth to assist them to become better citizens and aid them with their future. He states that, “If it is in the best interest of the community I will be a participating assist.”
Shannon Groll – is a Junior at Onate High School. She is the daughter of Steve and Valerie Groll.
She has received an academic letter for 3.5 or higher GPA for the last two years. Her school activities are varsity volleyball, National Honor Society and she is a member of Student 2 Student.
She enjoys playing volleyball, swimming and scrapbooking.
Shannon’s career and education goals are go to a four year university and then on to law school.
Her dream for her future is to open her own law firm and live a happy life with her family.
Edward Mathwig – Ed was a Rotarian in Waupaca, WI. He is now retired and is a snow bird living between La Crosse , Wisconsin (where he is close to of his daughters and her family including 2 grandkids) and Las Cruces New Mexico, where he moved the first week of January 2010, to get away from the gray skies and cold weather in WI. He hopes to return here annually. He was sponsored by Loren Kuehne.
*In his professional career he spent five years in education as teacher and guidance counselor. He spent the last twenty-three years as a college administrator.
Well, Fellow Rotarians, it’s definitely still winter here. But today has been a big day for Lithuanians.
February 17 is Independence Day. It is also Uzgavenes. The latter is a very old celebration, dating back to pagan times, and now converted into the Lithuanian equivalent of Mardi Gras. It is the night before Ash Wednesday.
This year, the two aligned. Quite the rare occurrence. This afternoon I walked down the block to the Old City Square, and watched what is mostly Independence Day. But Uzgavenes was there too.
People wear masks and costumes, and extort small change for candy (a mix of Halloween and Rotary fines??). Uzgavenes always ends in a battle between the spirit of winter and the spirit of spring, and spring always wins. I dunno, it still doesn’t feel that way tonight!
This country is very proud of their independence, it’s taken seriously.
The yellow/red/green flag is in evidence everywhere in the city. And as some of my pictures show, kids will be kids no matter where you are.
Crafts for sale. Kids having fun. Food…and beer over open fires to go with it??
I did decide to buy lunch. And I remembered to take a picture of it when it was about half gone.
I happened to run into two students here who are on Fulbrights, so we wandered some together. They even used my camera to take a picture of me.
We walked down Pilies Street to Independence Hall, and watched the ceremonies there. And you can get very close to public figures…where’s the security? It’s there. Uniformed police are around, but note the picture of the overly serious guy with the earpiece hidden in his hat.
And tomorrow the holiday is over and things are back to normal work.
Rio Grande Rotary member Laura Smart traveled to India in February to administer the polio vaccine in a fight to eradicate the disease. Through the “2 Drops of Life” program set up by the World Health Organization, it is the organization’s hope that polio will be eradicated in India by 2012.
In a country affected by poverty and despair, Laura, with fellow Rotarians, set out on a journey to bring hope to the children of India.
Laura left the comfort of her home in Las Cruces on Feb. 3 and traveled more than half-way around the world to help administer the polio vaccine to thousands of children in an effort to save their lives from the disease that may result in permanent disability or even death.
Laura joined 37 fellow Rotarians from around the world in this fight to eradicate polio. From Feb. 3 to Feb. 14, the Rotarians administered two drops of the polio vaccine orally to advance Rotary International’s quest to immunize every child 5 years of age and younger in India.
Laura, despite not having a medical degree, was never nervous or afraid to administer the vaccine to the children.
“The World Health Organization has been administering the “2 Drops of Life” for more than 10 years now, so all Indians are accustomed to it,” she said. “There is nothing to fear. We vaccinated 55,000 children in three days. The (people of India) know about this program since they’ve seen how polio can ravage the body of those who never received the vaccine as a child.” Laura states that parents with children under the age of 5 understand the consequence if they choose to not vaccinate their children. “There are cases of people crawling around on the streets who have polio,” Laura said.
She explained that in India, residents live in close proximity with their cows, chickens, goats, pigs and wild dogs. Slums consist of rundown shacks and tents made from signs and tree branches. Laura knew her trip to India was not a vacation, but a mission of compassion. “I’ve traveled all over the world working, vacationing and volunteering for various mission trips,” she said.
Laura and her husband, Bob Crowley, moved to Las Cruces in 2005 after she retired from Delta airlines where she served as a flight attendant for 30 years. Laura has stayed busy volunteering for the American Red Cross, Search and Rescue Team, Mesilla Valley Hospice, a homeless children’s organization, as well as serving as a Rotarian.
“I consider myself a “mission junkie” and ask God every day to reveal to me what He wants me to
me to do next,” Laura said. “I want to bless as many people as possible since I have been
so blessed by having wonderful parents, family and friends.”
After 20 years of hard work immunizing against Polio, Rotary International and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease. A strong push is now being carried out worldwide by Rotarians to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic
proportions. This push has been made even more important by the $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high; another example of Rotary working for a better world.