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2011-03-09, NMSU Police Chief Jaime Chavez, Dynamics of Human Confrontation

At 12:08:30PM, President Richelle Ponder hit the bell creating a “dink” instead of a “dong.” Turns out she broke the gavel last week (fortunately Curt Coleman ducked in time to avoid the flying head) and it wasn’t fixed yet. With that explanation, she called the meeting to order. Bill Wheeler gave the invocation in the absence of Ivan Stubbs and President Richelle led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Maxon was again song leader and did a good job leading us in “Home On The Range.” Last week it was “Don’t Fence Me In”… Jim must like the wide open spaces.

2011-03-02, Dave Driscoll and Lorraine Huit, Rotary Youth Exchange

At 12:10PM, President Richelle Ponder called the meeting to order. Ivan Stubbs gave the invocation and President Richelle led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Maxon was song leader and did a good job leading us in “Don’t Fence Me In”…except for the fast parts. President Richelle asked the group to give our pianist, Anita Blackburn, a round of applause for the great music and another jolly meet and greet followed. Rick Jackson was the “Mystery Greeter”.

2011-02-23, Jeff Witte, NMSU Food Safety Laboratory

President Richelle Ponder called the meeting to order for Barbara Rose Farber’s invocation; Barbara Rose let us know about Franklin McKay’s hospitalization after emergency surgery on Saturday, February 19.  After President Richelle led the Pledge of Allegiance, Bob McPherson led the singing of “America.”   Next, we had the chance to greet everyone, including mystery greeter Ted Shelton. 

2011-02-16, Les Smith and Matt Holt, Let's Talk About the Legal System

At ten past high noon, President Richelle Ponder called the meeting to order. Barbara Rose Farber gave the opening invocation and President Ponder led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Song leader Bob McPherson led us in two verses of The Battle Hymn of the Republic and our pianist, Anita Blackburn, did a great job pounding out the chorus. After the meet and greet, President Richelle announced that Gary Lenzo was the “mystery greeter. ”

2011-02-09, Jim Parks and Harry Hansen, Let's Talk About Real Estate

President Richelle Ponder called the meeting to order.  Barbara Rose Farber asked for a moment of silence to remember Jared Szalay, Frank’s son and Elaine’s grandson, who unexpectedly passed on January 31, then gave the invocation.  After President Richelle led the Pledge of Allegiance, Ross Ramsey led the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”   After singing “Happy Birthday” for our eight Rotarians with February birthdays, we had the chance to visit with everyone there, including mystery greeter Harry Hansen. 

2011-02-02, Meeting cancelled due to bad weather

The great freeze of 2011 brought record low temperatures and rolling power blackouts.  Because of the latter and interest in the safety of our members, President Richelle cancelled this week's meeting.  The scheduled speaker, NMSU Police Chief Jaime Chavez, was rescheduled in March. 

2011-01-26, Alexandra Glowacki, Antique and Art Appraisals

President Richelle called the meeting to order and asked Jim Maxon to give the invocation. He also told us of the passing of Lya’s mother. Lya and Jay you have our sympathy and prayers.

Songstress Janet Green said “we have such beautiful weather compared to the rest of the country” then selected “You are my sunshine” as our song.

After meeting and greeting, our mystery greeter, Don Dresp was identified. A dollar was collected from those who did not shake his hand.

2011-01-19, Jan Wimsatt, Home Instead Senior Care

President Richelle Ponder sounded the bell calling us to order. The invocation was given by Jim Maxon. The Prez lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Janet Green decided that since we pledge allegiance to the flag, we should also sing to it. Our song “You’re a Grand old flag”.

After a period of meeting and greeting, our mystery greeter, Charles Townley was identified and those who bypassed him put their dollar in the can. Every little bit helps.

2011-01-12, Steve Loman, Janet Green, and Howard Ness: Gubernatorial Inauguration

President Richelle Ponder called the meeting to order. Mel Parish gave the invocation and Prez Richelle lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Janet Green, our song leader selected “My country tis of thee”. From my corner of the room, it sounded good.

2011-01-05, Richard Heerema, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service

After President Richelle found the bell but not the gavel she used a spoon to ring the bell and call the meeting to order. Gene Jameson, a “ferner” (he is from somewhere in the US of A) gave the invocation. Our Prez lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Janet Green decided that we should Bless America, so we did. It must have been good because president Richelle said we sounded better from the podium.

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