2010-11-03, Tom Walker, District 5520 RF Chair

After applause for Anita Blackburn’s music during lunch, President Richelle Ponder called the meeting to order. After Barbara Rose Farber’s invocation, Janet Green led the singing of “God Bless America.” Paulina Salopek was this week’s mystery greeter. President Richelle reminded us that can collections from this month and next will go to the Gospel Rescue Mission.  

Happy bucks came next.  Paulina was happy the election was over. Billy (or maybe Bully) Bullock is happy with the new Speaker-elect of the House. Dave O’Brien is happy that political ad season is over. Dave Hansen is happy be back from Iowa, where it is already freezing. Matt Holt is happy to be planning a visit to his grandson in England. Jim Parks is happy to work in the same industry as Bully Billock.  

Washington Elementary-Richelle Ponder, Eddie Padilla, Billy BullockPresident Richelle announced that our project supported in part by a District Simplified Grant has been completed. Richelle and Billy delivered school supplies to Washington and MacArthur Elementary Schools that they and Charlie and Nora Yaryan obtained. Thanks to those involved (Charlie is also taking care of the grant paperwork), and to Insta-Copy who helped with the costs of the supplies.  

MacArthur School-Lorraine Guillen and Richelle PonderPresident Richelle reminded us that District Governor Tim Parker would visit the club on November 17, and introduced guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians, including Kathy Olson who reminded us that host families are still needed for a district Rotary exchange student event on December 2 through 4. Please contact Kathy if you can host two students for those days. Henry Broekhoff announced that planning has begun for the June 9 Taste of Las Cruces event to be held at the new convention center, that Barbara Rose Farber and Jim Maxon would continue on the committee, and that he is seeking others to assist.  

Earl Phillips called on student-of-the-month committee members to introduce the November/December students in attendance, after thanking Bully, or maybe Billy, for covering this duty in October. Billy introduced Joseph Medina from Oñate, who is involved in baseball and the principal’s advisory committee; he plans to “attend and graduate” college in a medical field. Mayfield student Denae Horning is active in National Honor Society, orchestra, and community projects. Sarah Schatzman from Mesilla Valley Christian is class vice president and active in varsity cheer, advanced placement classes, National Honor Society and many community projects; she was one of the “Mayor’s Top Teens” and plans to study government and international relations.  

The Program

District 5520 Foundation Chair Tom WalkerJim Maxon introduced speaker Tom Walker, the district 5520 Rotary Foundation chair. Tom is a U. S. Naval Academy graduate who served aboard and commanded a nuclear submarine. He has been a RYLA counselor and president of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque.  Tom began by stating that District 5520 “does the Rotary Foundation (RF) right in upholding the Foundation’s motto, “Doing Good in the World.” He showed a video clip that highlighted the educational and humanitarian programs conducted by the Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund. Specifically, it discussed Ambassadorial Scholarships, Group Study Exchanges (GSE), and Centers for International Studies, as well as District Simplified Grants, Matching Grants and PolioPlus.  

He then gave significant detail about our district’s participation in these programs. The district has 41 active matching grant projects and nine more in progress. This year’s projects have leveraged about $75,000 from clubs with a similar amount from the district and approximately $250,000 from RF giving the projects funding of about $400,000. The district sponsors an International Peace Scholar from Santa Fe who is studying in the UK. A GSE team from the district will visit Mindanao in the Philippines this year, with coming visits to Australia and South Africa.

The Rotary Club of Las Cruces sponsored one of the first 100 projects funded by RF, the eye clinic in Mexico. Our club has leveraged contributions of $29,420 into projects exceeding $350,000. The school supplies project this fall is our first ever Simplified Grant. Our club is one of the top three clubs in the district in average contribution to the Annual Programs Fund, with nearly $170 per member last year. To Paulina’s question about the Gates Challenge grant for PolioPlus, Tom responded that the goal of raising $200 million (to be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) is about three-quarters complete, with plans to complete by the New Orleans convention this summer.  

After The Program

Bill Wheeler won the 50/50 drawing. President Richelle invited the Paul Harris/Rotary Foundation committee to meet with Tom briefly after the meeting, then led the Four Way Test and adjourned the meeting.  

Tom commented on his visit in his home club newsletter (see pages 4 and 8)

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Guests of Rotarians

Guest    Host
Nancy Broekhoff Henry Broekhoff
Damien Martinez Matt Holt

Visiting Rotarians

Rotarian Home Club
Kathy Olson Rio Grande
Dawn Hawthorn Mesilla Valley

Student Guests

Student School
Danae Hornung Mayfield
Joseph Medina Oñate
Sarah Schatzman Mesilla Valley Christian
Wallyson Raphael Rotary Exchange Student from Brazil at Mayfield


Rotarian Date Club
Dave Lemen 11/3 Rio Grande

November Birthdays of Rotarians

Don Moen November 8
Charles Tharp November 12
Curt Coleman November 17
Mary Ellen McKay November 20
Ted Shelton November 20
Barbara Nelson November 20
Gus Gandara November 21
Dave Lemen November 28
Pete Hampton November 29

November Wedding Anniversaries

Henry & Nancy Broekhoff November 9 42 years
Andy & Jennifer Taylor November 11 15 years
Ivan & Arlene Stubbs November 26 33 years
John & Isobel Hernandez November 26 6 years

November Club Anniversaries

Charles Tharp November 10 39 years
Pete Hampton November 13 9 years
Bill Harty November 24 11 years
Lyn Ames November 29 32 years

Submitted by Bill HartyBill Harty