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2016-10-19, Dan Howard, NMSU Executive VP and Provost

President Elect Lya called the meeting to order about 10 minutes past noon.  Kristi gave the invocation.  PE Lya then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Patty selected the song “Home on the Range” and recruited Kristi and Blaine to lead as she accompanied on the piano.  Everyone was “forced” to do a good job.  The Sergeant-at-Arms designated Mark Santiago as the mystery greeter. 

2016-10-12, Jennifer Cervantes, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico

President Christopher called the meeting to order about 20 minutes past noon.  Kristi gave the invocation.  President Christopher then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Since Patty has been placed in charge of “modern” music for this month, she held a contest in which Rotarians and guests are to guess a song from a few chords and the year.  Raffle tickets were the prizes.  Songs were a little too new for most of the Rotarians and a little too old for the student guests.  After the contest and with assistance from Kristi, Blaine and Bugs, we sang “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”  The Sergeant-at-Arms named David Yaryan the mystery greeter.  David was hiding in the corner unnoticed by many during the lively “meet and greet.”  President Christopher invited hosts to introduce their guests.  He then introduced our two student guests.

2016-10-05, Richard Hiss, St. Andrew's Hospitality House

President Christopher called the meeting to order about 15 minutes past noon.  Steve Loman gave the invocation.  President Christopher then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Fearing that everyone’s right leg was tired, Patty led us in singing only the first verse of the Hokey Pokey.  Near the end of the “meet and greet” and unnoticed by most, Greg Fant entered the buffet line.  The Sergeant-at-Arms, however, noticed and immediately named Greg the mystery greeter. President Christopher introduced our two visiting Rotarians: Don Buck from the Las Cruces Rio Grande Club and Marilyn Diaz, a retired Police Chief from the Sierra Madre, CA Club.  He invited hosts to introduce their guests and then introduced our two student guests.  

2016-09-28, Debbi Moore, Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

President Christopher called the meeting to order at 12 minutes past noon.  Standing in for Ana, John Pickett gave an inspired invocation.  President Christopher then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  In consideration of Homecoming week at NMSU, Janet Green led us in singing the Aggie Fight Song.  She was nice enough to have printed versions of the song on the tables for those from UTEP and similar places where the magnificently famous song is not as well known.  Due to today’s full agenda, President Christopher asked that we not take time to “meet and greet.”  President Christopher introduced our two visiting Rotarians and invited hosts to introduce their guests.  The student Rotarians were also asked to introduce their guests.  

2016-09-21, NM Senator Mary Kay Papen

President Christopher called the meeting to order at 12:13, had a moment of silent reflection, and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Earl Phillips led a verse and the chorus of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  There was enough meeting and greeting that no one was the mystery greeter. 

Guests included Franklin McKay (good to see him doing so well!) and Mary Lee Shelton (with an announcement about the Juárez Campestre club’s golf tournament coming up soon.  Our September students were also introduced Aretha Deng from Las Cruces, Georgieann Castillo from Mayfield, and Olivia Weinbaum from Centennial.  Happy dollars were collected from Richelle Ponder (Swafford?) who really enjoyed the UTEP football game Saturday, a 66-14 loss to Army; from “mighty glad to be here” John Hernández; from Bob Seaton, who enjoyed the Juárez Campestre club’s 16 de Septiembre party; from Kristi Granados; and from Earl Phillips for his guests Doug Rowley and Offie Hobbs, who gave us a potential project. 

2016-09-14, Paul Weir, NMSU Head Coach for Men's Basketball

John Pickett leads the singingBlaine Goss’s invocation talked about the Seven Wonders of the World before President Christopher led the Pledge of Allegiance.  John Pickett led a verse and chorus of “Amazing Grace.”  Meeting and greeting was so extended that fines were assessed for those shaking the same hands a second time. 

2016-09-07, Garrey Carruthers, NMSU Chancellor

President Christopher called the meeting to order at 12:11 pm. Ana Mangino led the opening prayer and President Christopher lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Janet Green was scheduled to lead the singing, unfortunately she got caught unexpectedly at work. Her only option to pinch hit was a former band director who barely made it into the club. Janet had picked “God Bless America” to remember September 11th. The club gave a rousing rendition in spite of the substitute song leader. Birthdays, club anniversaries, and wedding anniversaries were celebrated. Four of the seven wedding anniversaries were more than 50 years! Jim and Marta Scott lead the pack with 66 blissful years. As guests were introduced, David invited the club to join the NMSU women’s basketball team for their banquet on November 3rd. Look for more information in the coming weeks. Barry brought a flag back from a club visit in Kona, HI. A tough task, glad he was up for the challenge. 

2016-08-31, Bernadette Montoya, "Songs in the Key of Life"

Just past high noon, President Christopher Dulany called the meeting to order.  In lieu of a spoken invocation, our President asked us to take a few moments of silent reflection.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.  Earl Phillips led us in the wishful song “Singing in the Rain.”  If only we could dance and sing like Gene Kelly!  Rotarians then rose to their feet for the meet and greet but the Sergeants could not identify a mystery greeter. (right, last time we sang "Singing in the Rain.")

2016-08-24, Ken Van Winkle, NMSU Alamogordo President

Chris May & Heather PollardShortly after noon President Christopher called the meeting to order.  Steve managed to do an excellent job with the invocation.  President Christopher then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Earl appropriately led us in singing “In the Good Old Summertime.”  There was an energetic “meet and greet.”  President Christopher introduced visiting Rotarians and Guests.  Heather Pollard from the Mesilla Valley Hospice Foundation gave a short overview of the “Emporium,” an antique store on Water Street whose proceeds support the MV Hospice.  The Emporium depends on donations for its operation and any items are welcome. (pictured: Chris May, Hospice CFO--and Rio Grande Rotary past president-- and Heather Pollard)

2016-08-17, Eric Morgan, Sacred Harp (or Shape-Note) Singing

President Christopher Dulany opened the “No Microphone” meeting of the Rotary Club of Las Cruces with a hearty ringing of the bell at 12:12 pm.  Gary Esslinger prayed the invocation, Christopher led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States, and Earl Phillips led us in a patriotic singing of Yankee Doodle Dandy.   A lively meet and greet followed which produced Gus Gandara as the mystery greeter.  That’s a mystery, alright! 

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