2018-03-28, Kramer Winningham, Studio G

President Lya started the meeting with Jim Maxon’s baseball-themed invocation, in honor of Opening Day.  Lya led the Pledge of Allegiance before Earl Phillips led the singing of “Down In the Valley.”  There was no meet and greet because of the very full program. 

Rotarian Frank Rivera, a former Las Cruces music educator, was visiting from the Rio Rancho club with information about a tutoring program their club sponsors; he will return with more information at a future meeting.  Mary Lee Shelton, from the Juárez Campestre club, and June Briggs attended with their spouses.  District cruise raffle tickets were due today.  Richelle announced the first committee meeting for Taste of Las Cruces on Friday; the event will be on Thursday, June 7, so mark your calendars now. 

There were plenty of happy dollars:  Jeff Brown was happy his spouse had returned from a visit to Cape Girardeau, Missouri; this also caused a fine of Cape Girardeau native Mary Ellen McKay.  Mark Santiago announced the opening of a new exhibit at the Farm and Ranch Museum, “Dressed for the Occasion,” with an opening reception on Thursday, April 5 from 5-7 p.m.  John Hernández was “mighty glad to be here!”  Frank Rivera was also happy to be here; Jim Maxon thanked Frank for his participation in events of the West El Paso club when Jim was there and Frank was band director at Santa Teresa.  Barry Fisher was sad to find no Rotary clubs on his visit to Cuba.  Larry Candelaria was happy to be in our club.  Daniel Payne contributed the $5 he had left after taking the family to Disneyland over spring break. 

Richelle Ponder told a story about an off-color chameleon; the joke was pretty close to off-color itself.  Kristi Granados related that they had purchased a house in Boise and that her family was now “bi-statal.” 

We next heard from our March high school student from Oñate, Roberto Gonzalez.  Roberto was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  His father had a 25 year military career followed by 23 years with the Border Patrol.  Roberto is active through Project Excel with the Las Cruces Fire Department as a volunteer.  Through his volunteer efforts with a law enforcement Explorer Post, he got to go to Washington, DC, where he had the chance to meet President Obama.  Roberto is student government treasurer at Oñate, and has applied for admission to NMSU, UNM, and schools in Texas. 

Genesis Tellez from Mayfield missed the meeting due to a doctor follow up, but she will be back to give her talk later. 

The Program

Kramer Winningham led our program.  He leads a group of programs of the NMSU Arrowhead Center involved in student entrepreneurship called Studio G.  Since 2013, Studio G has helped over 800 entrepreneurs start businesses; 79 of those businesses have raised over $3.5 million in funding.  In 2017, these businesses employed 180 people, double the 2016 employment of 90, which was double the 2015 employment of 45.  Studio G programs have expanded to eleven other colleges in New Mexico, including all the four-year institutions, NMSU’s community colleges, Navajo Tech, and the Santa Fe community college.  Kramer showed us information about over a dozen firms started with Studio G assistance; there’s more information at their website (http://arrowheadcenter,nmsu.edu/studiog/

Kramer then talked about the programs of Studio G, all of which are free to NMSU students and recent graduates:  access to an extensive advisor network and participation in a number of related events.  Some of the events include: Aggie Shark Tank, Aggie Startup Club, BizSprint (sponsored by New Mexico Natural Gas), Aggie I-Corps (a National Science Foundation program), and the Hunt Companies Startup Sponsorships. 

Several student-founded companies presented about their enterprises.  Lea Wise talked enthusiastically about Cruces Creatives, a non-profit maker space taking over a building next to Ikard’s Furniture downtown; more at http://crucescreatives.org.  Emeli Novelo talked about Noru Boutique, an enterprise in which she is a partner.  They are working with five metal cutters in Guadalajara making and selling jewelry, currently at the Farmers’ Market and through several retailers.  They play a retail space in January; more at http://www.noruboutique.com.  Alex Gorsuch, the inventor, and Maggie Benham, the business development leader, talked about their company, MagPi Innovations LLC, and showed their product, FieldMAK.  FieldMAK is a portable, modular “laboratory in a box” which can be adapted for use in many industries and circumstances.  They are initially working in the education market, and have applied for grant funding to continue to expand their product offerings; more at http://www.aegorsuchdesigns.com/

After the Program

President-elect Patty Groth noted that the can raised $57 for projects and the pot for the drawing had grown to $24.  Kramer drew Kristi Granados’ winning ticket; she drew the four of clubs and received a meal credit from the prize basket.  President Lya closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test. 

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Guests of Rotarians



June Briggs

Dinus Briggs

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club

Frank Rivera

Rio Rancho

Mary Lee Shelton

Juárez Campestre

Student Guests



Roberto Sella-Gonzalez






Jeff Brown


Rio Grande




Daniel Payne April 5
Fran Boldt April 8
Gary Esslinger April 8
John Pickett April 11
Gary Aschbacher April 21
Jim Maxon April 22
Jay Jordan April 26

Wedding Anniversaries-April

Member Spouse Wedding Anniversary Years

Club Anniveraries-April

Member Club Anniversary Tenure
Sherry Franzoy April 4 6 years
Walt Baker April 5 29 years
Terry McGinnity April 5 1 year
Jim Scott April 14 47 years
Christopher Dulany April 28 8 years
Patty Groth April 30 4 years

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