2018-02-28, Club Assembly/RYLA

As it was the last day of February’s World Understanding Month, Kristi Granados shared the lyrics of "Say Something," by Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, a song expressing our desires to express ourselves.  President Lya Jordan led the Pledge of Allegiance and we all sang "Don’t Fence Me In," another classic song.  Jim Maxon encouraged Mark Santiago to help him lead in song in anticipation of Cowboy Days at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

This week’s guests were the parents our February student guests, JoEllyn Barnes (mother of Nolan Barnes) and Steve and Marneta Hoel (parents of Kaci Hoel).  Welcome to all!

SO MANY HAPPY DOLLARS.  Thanks to Gonzalo, John Hernandez was Mighty Glad to Be Here.  We are grateful to Gonzalo that he is feeling better and able to bring John to the meetings.  John Pickett is happy for the Soles 4 Souls turnout.  Lyn Ames purchased a pair of shoes for Soles 4 Souls and upon checkout found out that the cashier’s child was getting a pair of shoes.  Awesome!  So many Rotarians were glad to be back to the meetings: Elaine Szalay, Charlotte and Gary Brockway, and parents of our student guests.  Barry Fisher is happy to be done with his paperwork.  Larry Candelaria is happy to be over his illness.

Along with the Happy Dollars, there were several announcements made, some happy, some sad.  Patty announced that Rynni Henderson broke some ribs during a fall but Bill Harty had happy news that she is keeping her sense of humor about the whole thing.  Patty also let us know that Paul and Linda Comeau are not doing well and Kristi Granados informed us of the death of Dean Hawkins, who many of us knew.

On a happy note, Patty let us know that 19 pairs of shoes and 36 pairs of socks were purchased for Soles 4 Souls by our members.  Also, our regular lunch server, Melanie is pregnant.  How nice!

Richelle Ponder let us know that Katelyn is on the mend and should be back soon.  She also said that her father liked two kinds of music, Country and Western!  On that note, Mary Ellen McKay shared her joke about a Canadian Salt Truck.  We all had a good laugh.

Don’t forget to purchase your EREY Cruise raffle tickets.

Both Kaci and Nolan had their speeches ready.  Let’s find out a little about them:

Kacy Hoel is a student at Centennial High School.  She began her speech by playing her clarinet.  She explained how important music is in her life and how she plans to attend NMSU and major in music and, perhaps, economics and government.  She enjoys music because if you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter.  Just have fun.

Nolan Barnes is a student at Mayfield High School.  He expressed how important baseball is in his life and how he wants to play college ball, perhaps at TCU (or Northwestern, UA or ASU!)  He also gave credit to his Mom for instilling in him a love for people and the importance of patience and respect.  He said he is lucky to have her as a mom and a friend.

We enjoyed having both these students in February.  Good luck to both!

The Program

What is RYLA?  It is Rotary Youth Leadership Award!

Jim Maxon has been involved with RYLA for many years and through his presentation and photos we were able to experience a bit of what he has experienced.

How does this camp work?  RYLA is an exciting camp where leadership skills in young people are identified, developed, and improved.  The camp lasts six days and is held in the beautiful Manzano mountains in central New Mexico.  The camp is a weeklong seminar run by volunteer Rotarians and spouses.  RYLA’s main focus is to develop young leaders.  They do this through speakers who address ethics, problem solving and conflict management, communication skills and building confidence, self-esteem and trust.

Leadership skills are also developed by team building activities with organized games such as volleyball, inner-tube water polo and a low ropes course.  The challenge of the high ropes course then builds self-confidence.

On talent night, campers are encouraged to share their talent through music, skits, or any other talent they might have.  And, of course, there’s the RYLA Olympics!

Big THANK YOU to Jim for reminding us of our student outreach.

After the Program

The Happy Dollar/Fine can collected $101 for school projects so the raffle pot was $67 this week.  Richelle had the winning ticket but didn’t win the big prize.

The meeting ending with the 4-Way Test.

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Guests of Rotarians



Jo Ellyn Barnes


Marneta Hoel


Steve Hoel


Visiting Rotarians


Home Club



Student Guests



Kaci Hoel


Nolan Barnes






Jeff Brown


Rio Grande




Dinus Briggs March 5
Howard Ness March 14
Jeffrey Brown March 19

Wedding Anniversaries-March

Member Spouse Wedding Anniversary Years
Richelle Ponder Marty Swafford March 12 2 years
Lyn Ames Judith March 23 28 years

Club Anniveraries-March

Member Club Anniversary Tenure
Charles Townley March 1 27 years
Barry Fisher March 16 2 years
Mark Santiago March 21 11 years
Katelin Ponder March 25 3 years

Submitted by Kristi GranadosKristi Granados