2018-01-10, Jo Galvan, LCPS Bond Election

President Lya Jordan opened our meeting at 12:10 pm. Ana Mangino did the invocation. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. John Pickett led us in singing a famous Johnny Cash song (I’ll Walk the Line)…with Brother Pickett's reckless alterations to the original verses. We had no meet & greet session. We had three visiting Rotarians, two guests of Rotarians, and three high school students.

Happy Bucks: John Hernandez was glad to be here. Mark Santiago was glad that his mistaken identity was corrected by last week’s edition of Spokes & Cogs. Charles Townley was proud that his new carport was finished in one day. Bill Harty gave a dollar to explain the absence of Richelle Ponder at the meeting. Steve Loman kicked in $20 to celebrate the fact that a grant was procured which will allow additional bullet-proof clipboards for law enforcement officers.  Earl Phillips was happy to have his longtime friend Jo Galvan at the meeting. Jay Jordan announced his fiftieth wedding anniversary.  It’s true. Lya was there at the wedding ceremony too.

Announcements: Lya Jordan is looking for a Program planner for the month of February. Mary Lee Shelton announced a special dinner and movie on January 28, 2018 from 5:00-8:30 pm here at LaPosta to benefit the National Fragile X Foundation.

The Program—Jo Galvan and Earl Phillips on the Upcoming School Bond Vote

Earl Phillips introduced Jo Galvan who has been with the Las Cruces School District for 30 years. Jo reminded us that the school district is for every student enrolled in our public schools.  Bond elections come up every 4 years.  February 6 is the date this year.

The 2014 bond provided needed funds for LCHS, Sierra Middle School, Booker T. Washington School, Jornada Elementary, and Field of Dreams. 

The current 2018 bond will support Lynn Middle School, Onate, Fairacres, Hillrise, and Desert Hills Elementary. Other projects are included as well. For instance, maintenance and repairs are scheduled for many schools, particularly those projects that receive matching funds from the State. The budget also includes a contingency fund for unexpected costs increases that may surface as the improvements are being built. The tax rate for the bond is $9.92; the same as before. All totaled the 2018 General Obligation Bond amounts to $50,000,000. You can vote on Feb 6 at one of thirteen schools in town.

In the question & answer time, Jo and Earl said that in previous years, school bonds have passed because of the great support of citizens of the city and county. They also noted that there are no charter schools in the 2018 bond. And, to the disappointment of some, the bathrooms at Mayfield High will not be updated this time around.  

After the Program

Patty Groth announced that the “can” collected $149 for the club school project.  The pot for the card drawing game is valued at $48. Steve Loman held the winning red ticket. While he did not pull out a joker from the deck, he was given a prize from the consolation basket. Next week, we do it again. 

The meeting was closed with the 4-Way Test.

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Guests of Rotarians



June Briggs

Dinus Briggs

Larry Candelaria

Jim Maxon

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club

Mary Lee Shelton

Juárez Campestre

Buffy Johnson

Rio Grande

Lori Allen

Rio Grande

Student Guests



Brooke Salmon

Las Cruces

James Maestas


Jordan Gallegos









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