2017-08-02, Terra Winter, Community Foundation of Southern NM

President Lya called the meeting to order sometime around 12:10 pm at La Posta Restaurant.  Mary Ellen McKay gave the invocation and asked us to remember Ana Mangino’s husband, Pistol, in our prayers.  Lya then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Daniel Payne led us in two verses of Battle Hymn of the Republic.   We had two guests and two visiting Rotarians.  Trina Davis, Bobby Rankin’s daughter, is becoming a regular and we enjoy having her with us from Springer, NM.  Marty Swafford, Richelle Ponder’s husband, received lots support from the club!  Gary and Charlotte Brockway from La Grande, Oregon joined us again and are considering membership in our club!

Everyone enjoyed the meet and greet which ended with the announcement that Patty Groth was the mystery greeter.

Happy Bucks: Greg Fant is finally without his cast and is happy about that; Kristi Granados’ kids have new USN assignments in San Diego; Blaine Goss is happy about his Europe trip and to see a former student at the meeting (Terra Winter); Patty Groth found her wallet and phone and is happy that pianist Fran Boldt is playing the Loveboat theme song; Bill Harty is happy about the pecan pie and that he was a student of Blaine’s; and Gary Aschbacher had a wonderful VACAY in AK and is now OK!

Announcements:  Remember that the Bi-District Conference is August 11 and 12 at the NM Farm and Ranch Museum.  Mark Santiago is our representative.  Don’t forget the Club Potluck on August 24 from 6-9 at the Boulders on the Green Clubhouse at 2323 Sedona Hills Parkway.  Rotarians and guests are all invited.  The Las Cruces Sun-News is sponsoring  $10,000 in grants – more news to come.  The next Board Meeting is August 10, 2017, at The Game on Espina.  All are welcome.  Rynni Henderson  has agreed to join the board as Public Relations Director.  All three Las Cruces Rotary Clubs will present a $16,000 check to Casa de Peregrinos this afternoon at 4 pm at the Rotary Room at MV Hospice.  The money was raised through the joint efforts all Las Cruces Rotary Clubs with the Taste of Las Cruces. 

The Program

Terra Winter joined the Community Foundation of SNM in June 2017 as the Executive Director replacing Jen Cervantes who spoke to us last year.  Terra recently served as NMSU’s Associate Vice President for Development and before that the Assistant Dean for Donor Development and alumni Relations for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.  Terra is a lifelong New Mexico resident.  Her professional background includes ten years with Mesilla Valley Hospice.

Her first act at the Rotary meeting was to take a selfie with Dr. Goss!!

Terra summed up the purpose of CFSNM in three words – SERVE-CONNECT-SUPPORT.  She believes the Foundation serves as a community resource, connecting donors to needs.  The CFSNM started as the MMC Foundation, then the Healthcare Foundation of SNM and is now the Community Foundation of SNM.  The Foundation manages many endowments, including 38 non-profit organizations in 7 southern New Mexico counties – Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, Grant, Lincoln and Luna.  Terra feels her function is to also reach out to the six counties outside Dona Ana and expand programs.  Some of the nonprofit agency endowments managed by CFSNM include Mesilla Valley CASA and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Terra can be reached at 521-4794 and left information and her cards on the tables.

After the Program

Our speaker, Terra, pulled ticket #044, held by Richelle Ponder.  Alas, Richelle picked the Queen of Diamonds.  She then told a crazy story about Terra, Richelle and a car.  Is it the truth, Richelle????  The can money went back into the pot.

President Lya concluded the meeting by leading us in the 4-Way Test.

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Guests of Rotarians



Marty Swafford

Richelle Ponder

Trina Davis

Bobby Rankin

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club

Gary Brockway

La Grande, Oregon

Charlotte Brockway

La Grande, Oregon

Student Guests




It's summer!



Date Club




Rotarian Birthdays

Member Birthday
Al Sanchez August 2
Terry McGinnity August 8
Greg Fant August 10
Keith Houser August 13
John Hernandez August 17

Wedding Anniversaries

Member Spouse Wedding Anniversary Years 
Mel Parish Sunny August 1 53 years
Jim Parks Jacque August 1 53 years
Al Sanchez Cynthia Trujillo-Sanchez August 3 32 years
Wanda Mattiace Bill August 7 47 years

Club Anniversaries

Member Club Anniversary Tenure
Mary Ellen McKay August 1 23 years
Kiel Hoffman August 8 14 years
Don Dresp August 18 46 years
James Gerwels August 25 7 years

Submitted by Kristi GranadosKristi Granados
(photos by Blaine Goss and Terra Winter)