2017-08-16, Fran Boldt & Ellen Saige, Dyslexia Institute of Southern NM

President Lya Jordan called the meeting to order at 12:05.  Mary Ellen McKay provided a thought provoking invocation.  Lya led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.  “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” was led by Daniel Payne.  Following the singing, Lya introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.  The Meet and Greet followed.  There was no mystery greeter.

Happy Bucks:  Greg Fant is happy that students are back at NMSU.  John Pickett is happy about a reunion where all of his children and grandchildren were present—23 in all.  He asked for help in finding a high school or college student who could help lead the Interact Club at Picacho Middle School.  Cornell Menking, the NMSU Rotaract sponsor at NMSU, said he would ask for a volunteer from that club.  Ana Mangino is happy that Pistol is coming home today from a rehabitation place in El Paso where he has been for several weeks.  

Lya gave a donation and asked members to sign a sympathy card for the Rankin family.  Marge Rankin passed away this morning. 

Announcements:  Lya thanked Mark Santiago for attending the Bi-District Conference at the Farm and Ranch Museum.  She explained some of the options that the club may have from the opportunities from this meeting.

Lya also reminded the members of the pot luck dinner to be held on August 24 from 6 to 9 at the Green Clubhouse at 2323 Sedona Hills Parkway.  She has invited members of the two other local clubs to attend.

Lya gave the First Reading for membership for Charlotte and Gary Brockway.

Lya and Patty Groth greeted Anthony Zamora, the winner of a student scholarship and the winner of the club’s lottery.  Patty presented him with a check for $3,500.  Anthony introduced his grandmother Rosie Sanchez who accompanied him to today’s meeting.  He is going to school in San Diego and told of several of his goals.  Lya told him to visit our club whenever he is back in Las Cruces.  

The Program

Fran Boldt introduced Ellen Saige of the Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico, a non-profit group whose purpose is to “save a child through dyslexia education”.  Ellen, a retired special education teacher, discussed the history of the institute from 2008 to the present.  She described research results from the studies of dyslexia.  For example, researchers say dyslexia is a learning disability that affects at least l out of every 5 children in the U.S., is the leading cause of reading failure and school dropouts, and is primarily due to linguistic deficits.  Those who benefit from dyslexia therapy are those who have average through gifted intelligence, good reasoning skills, and have difficulty with reading, spelling, and math. The local institute provides therapy in reading and written language based on a program developed by the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Dallas.  The “key to success is a teacher specially trained.”  Training and testing must start early.  She said some of the children “flunk” kindergarten.  Blaine Goss added the NMSU has an open clinic in the Speech and Hearing department.

Fran gave a personal account of watching her grandson grow and realizing his reading and language skills were not developing as they should based on her experience raising her son.  She described the effort to get help for him.  He was greatly helped by 2 ½ years with the Scottish Rite program.  He is now in middle school and receives A’s in all classes.  He knows he is “different” but it does not bother him.  He says he can learn “outside the box.”  A success story!

Lya presented Ellen with a Rotary keyring inscribed with the 4-Way Test.  Thank you, Ellen and Fran.

After the Program

Patty said $47 was collected today for Lya’s school project.

Mark won the ticket number call but did not pull the joker.  Patty and Lya are adding extra prizes to the pot for those who do not pick the joker (and the money) but do find a face card.

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Guests of Rotarians



Jacque Parks

Jim Parks

Silvia Avila

Elaine Szalay

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club

Gary Brockway

La Grande, Oregon

Charlotte Brockway

La Grande, Oregon

Student Guests




it's summer



Date Club

Sue Groth



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(Photos by Blaine Goss)