2011-10-05, Pat Sisbarro, Cinco de Pink

At a quarter past the high noon, President Ross Ramsey called the meeting to order.  Our President then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Harry Hansen led us in prayer and Denton Holmes attempted to lead the singing of “Don’t Fence Me In”.   He noted that it was first sung by Gene Autry back in 1944.  (Actually Wikipedia says it was Roy Rogers who sang it in his 1944 movie “Don’t Fence Me In.”)  But, Denton, you were close.  The Grip and Grin followed with Barbara Rose Farber being the mystery greeter.   

Pat Hynes, Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, then passed out literature and made a short announcement about the upcoming International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, October 19-20, in Las Cruces.  She especially encouraged members to attend the luncheon on October 18 where Allan Lockheed, Jr. will speak about “Growing Community Partnership”.  She also invited us to tour a Commercial Space Exhibit Hall at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum.

Immediate Past President Richelle Ponder then thanked the 20 or so members (plus a few more who showed up late) for helping with the club’s “Day of Community Service” on Saturday, October 1.  Members arrived around 7:00AM to begin planning new plants in the medians along Picacho Avenue and were done by 8:30AM thanks to the advance work by the city and inmates. 

Immediate Past President Ponder also acknowledged our club members who attended the dinner for District Governor Bobby Wallace last Wednesday evening.  They were: Lyn Ames, John Strebler, Mel Parish, Steve Loman, Bob Seaton, Ana and Pistol Mangino, Eddie Groth, Mark Santiago, Kim Hakes, Jim and Jackie Parks, Rita Sandoval, Bill Wheeler, Bill Harty, Barbara Nelson, Janet Green, and Jake Redfearn.  Richelle apologizes if she missed anyone.  Thanks Rotarians for representing our club.

President Ramsey then asked that members introduce our Student Rotarians for October.  The biographies of Mary Johnston, Las Cruces High School; Douglas Brown of Mesilla Valley Christian High School; and Aylin White from Onate High School were read and the students received a round of applause.  We look forward to their remarks at the end of the month. 

The Program

Pat SisbarroOctober Program Chair Chris Dulany introduced our guest speaker, Pat Sisbarro, who discussed “Cinco de Pink”.  She noted that this was the fifth year for the “Tough Enough To Wear Pink” fund raising effort to find a cure for breast cancer.  She explained that the event originally started at rodeos. Then, five years ago, she along with Magellia Boston, Mary Henson, and Laura Conniff decided that perhaps Tough Enough To Wear Pink could be expanded to include football games.  Thus the campaign expanded and over the first four years has raised over $1.1 million for breast cancer research.  Pat noted that she herself is a breast cancer survivor from nine years ago. 

TETWP logoPat then went on to discuss some of the upcoming events that will raise funds for Cowboys for Cancer Research.   These will include a sold out fashion show on October 12, the October 15 NMSU-Idaho football game, the Las Cruces Public Schools “Quarters for Cancer” week October 10-14, and the Mesilla Valley Christian and Gadsden high school football games the week of October 17.   She noted there were many additional activities as well.  Elaine Szalay then complimented the speaker on her civic efforts.

After the Program

The first reading was held for proposed member Michele Murphy.  President Ramsay then asked the club to approve the can proceeds being given to Tough Enough To Wear Pink.  The club agreed and also passed the can around one more time for additional donations.  Mel Parish reported that a new set of audio/visual equipment has been given to the “Don’t Meth With Us” club project.  Barbara Rose Farber won the drawing.  The meeting adjourned at 12:45 after reciting The Four Way Test. 


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Guests of Rotarians



Pat Hynes

Jay Jordan

Visiting Rotarian


Home Club

Joyce Campbell-Layman 

Mesilla Valley

Student Guests



Mary Johnston

Las Cruces

Aylin White


Douglas Brown

Mesilla Valley Christian





Elaine Szalay


Rio Grande

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