2017-05-03, Elmo Roach, US-Russia Recent Developments

President Christopher Dulany rang the bell to begin the meeting at 12:10.  John Pickett gave the invocation.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Blaine Goss led the boisterous singing of “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”  The meet and greet time followed.

Christopher read the list of May birthdays, May wedding anniversaries, and May club anniversaries. Visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians were introduced.

Happy Dollars and Announcements

Happy dollars were collected from John Hernandez, who said he was mighty glad to be here; Mary Ellen McKay announced that her granddaughter has graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in petroleum engineering and is employed very gainfully; and Patty Groth  commented on contacts with Mel Parish and  student of the month Antonio Zamora.   Visiting Rotarian Cecilia Ulibarri from Nashua Rotary West told us of coming home to visit her family in El Paso and Las Cruces.  Kristi Granados thanked Charles Townley for his good program at the last meeting and said her sister has moved to Tempe.   John Pickett thanked Patty for going with him to the Interact club at Picacho Middle School.  He also asked members to attend a thank-you lunch for the teachers and principal there on Friday, May 5, to show appreciation for their work which has promoted a turnaround.  John is also asking for help with a service project on May 31 in which teams find projects to aid the community.  Christopher talked about the new women’s basketball coach at NMSU. 

Richelle Ponder reminded members that the Taste of Las Cruces is coming on June 8 with some new restaurants to be involved.  She and Patty have tickets.  Patty read a request from the New Zealand Rotary Fellowship Exchange for housing in Las Cruces.

The Program

Bob Seaton introduced Russian scholar/professor Elmo Roach who among many other achievements has a Ph.D from Ohio State, worked at Brady and spent much time in Russia.

Professor Roach gave us a well-organized talk on “US-Russia—Recent Developments”.  He concentrated his program on Putin’s strategic objectives.  In the geopolitical area, Putin wants to “Make Russia great again” by adding more direct influence in the Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria.  He wants to restore the Russian economy which is in dire straits.  The oil revenue has been a major setback.  Sanctions on Russia were set by the U.S., the EU, Canada and Japan when Putin invaded and occupied the Crimea in 2014.  The loss of oil revenue has been devastating.  His most urgent priority is to get the sanctions lifted which led to his preference for Trump as U. S. President rather than Clinton who wanted the continue the sanctions.  Dr. Roach says Russia cannot compete in warfare conventionally because of its financial struggle, its low morale and out-of-date infrastructure and equipment.  “Cyber warfare is a vastly cheaper way to be competitive.”  He went on to tell about cyber attacks which have already occurred and the connections between Wikileaks and Russia.

Thank you, Dr. Roach, for this informative talk.

After the Program

Patty said $119 had been collected for sister-city exchange student Rosie Goodson.  Mary Ellen McKay had the winning ticket for the $500 lottery.  She drew an ace but not the joker.  There are now 13 cards left including the two jokers.  The meeting adjourned with the 4-way test.

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Guests of Rotarians



Trina Davis

Bobby Rankin

John Davis

Bobby Rankin

Judith Ames

Lyn Ames

Jeanne Roach

Bob Seaton

Linda Seaton

Bob Seaton

Gene Love

Bob Seaton

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club

Cecilia Ulibarri

Nashua Rotary West

Bruce Loveless

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Marilyn Loveless

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Buffy Johnson

Rio Grande

Student Guests




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Date Club




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