2018-09-05, NMSU Women's Basketball Coach Brooke Atkinson

President Patty Groth called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m.  Larry Candelaria gave the invocation. Wanda Mattiace led us in singing two verses of “Oh Fair New Mexico.”  She had a fine ringer-singer, her daughter Michelle.  We greeted our fellow Rotarians.  Bill Harty was the secret greeter.  President Patty read the list of members who have birthdays, anniversaries and club anniversaries in September, and we sang “Happy Birthday.”

Announcements & Happy Dollars: Patty announced a Toys for Tots meeting, and she said that she will attend a Toys for Tots workshop next week.  Bill Harty paid happy dollars on behalf of NMSU volleyball, Richelle Ponder paid for an Aggie-Miners-Lobo joke, Mary Ellen McKay gave funds to celebrate her trip with her husband to the Albuquerque volleyball tournament, and Gary Brockway paid a colorful happy dollar.  Kristi Granados discussed the correct pronunciation of Prescott with Terry McGinnity, and she agreed with a member that this week’s Rotarian question was about location (Hamburg) of the 2019 International Conference.  We welcomed our new high school guests.  They will say something about themselves at the next club meeting.

The Program

Gus Gandara introduced NMSU Women’s Basketball coach Brooke Atkinson.  She discussed her recruiting this past year, including a 23-year old transfer and a 25-year old transfer from Nigeria who will bring experience to the team.  She has a solid team, including a freshman player who keeps the team lively as well as Brooke Salas, the 2017-18 WAC Player of the Year.  Coach Atkinson’s role is to put the team’s pieces together in a winning mode. 

The team will face a challenging road schedule that includes a tournament at Florida International University, but it has excellent players and has had a fine record for years.  Coach Atkinson believes that the team will succeed.  She noted that all of her players receive scholarships.  Coach Atkinson discussed her own background as a multi-sport athlete who loves basketball and teaching.

After the Program

President Patty said that she is “55 going on 12.”  The pot, which is dedicated to “Splitting Arrow Robotics,” received $46 this week, and is up to $500.  Terry McGinnity held the winning ticket and received six new lottery tickets.  We closed with the Four Way Test and a reminder from Patty to read our Rotarian Magazines.

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