2011-12-07, Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

At 12:13 pm Ross Ramsey rang the bell to get our attention. He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. John Pickett gave the invocation.  Ross led the club in singing “White Christmas.” Since we had a jam-packed agenda, we skipped our usual greeting time and proceeded to introductions and announcements.

Richelle Ponder gave the nominating report with the slate of officers for 2012-13.  The names will be read again at a later meeting for a vote.

The Program – Paul Harris Fellow Awards

PHF medallionJim Bullock began the PH award ceremony by summarizing the purpose, methods, and history of the PH Award.  $900 million has been raised through this program (and that is just in our club).  The last part in the parentheses is untrue, but it should have gotten your attention.  Please continue reading.  We had six awards to present.  One of the recipients was unable to attend the meeting.

Keith HouserIn order of presentation, Keith Houser was inducted by Jim Bullock. Jim pointed out the Keith was raised on a ranch in which he was responsible for caring for the goats.  Keith also enjoys riding his Harley.  He graduated from NMSU and is now the branch manager for Document Solutions, Inc. Keith has served his community through the LC Chamber of Commerce, Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and Cowboys for Cancer Research.

Lya JordanHusband, Jay Jordan introduced Lya Jordan for her second PH award.  Lya is from Seychelles and speaks French, but she was a British citizen.  Now a U.S. citizen she graduated from NMSU more than once. Lya serves as our club’s Executive Secretary. She has also served on the board of Planned Parenthood, has been elected (3 times) as president of Beta Sigma Pi in LC, and is honored to be the BSP Woman of the Year several times.

Barbara LawOur third recipient, Barbara Law was introduced by Mark Santiago.  Mark told a couple of humorous stories about Barbara including one about “racing toilet paper.”  Barbara is a graduate of Colorado Women’s College, University of Denver, and the University of Colorado, School of Medicine.  She has been a Texas Tech faculty member for the past 18 years.  She specializes in pediatrics.  She is a prior PH fellow. Mark Santiago

Switching roles, Mark Santiago was introduced by Barbara Law.  As a historian, Mark has a number of book titles to his credit. He grew up in Arizona and moved to NM to serve as the director of the Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.  He joined Rotary in Alamogordo and joined our club when he moved to LC to become the director of the Farm & Ranch Museum. Mark serves our community in a number ways, and continues his unwavering interest in history.

John McDowell


John McDowell joined our club in 1956 making him one of our longest standing members. Bill Wheeler introduced John, a native New Mexican who is a dentist.  Many locals can recall being treated by John. He was a charter member of Toastmasters International. He is a painter, woodcarver and jewelry maker. He has been active in Rotary for more than 50 years, and has served on numerous community boards. 

After the Program

Jim Bullock won the drawing and immediately donated his proceeds to the can. The can collected $678 which goes to the El Caldito Soup Kitchen.  The meeting closed with the recitation of the 4-way test.

PHF HonoreesSpecial Note—Blaine has a speaker who is ready to talk to the club.  If you are a monthly program planner who needs another speaker, see Blaine for details.

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Guests of Rotarians



13 guests

Club/PHF Honorees

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club



Student Guests



Alejandro Castañeda

Las Cruces





Elaine Szalay


Rio Grande

Kim Hakes


Rio Grande

Submitted by Blaine Goss