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Rotary District 5520 ~ Past District Governors Directory

(Photo: courtesy of  Ryan Williams)

Dave Anderson, District 5520 Governor for Rotary clubs in New Mexico and Far West Texas, spoke to the Rotary Club of Carlsbad on Nov. 30, delivering a message based on the worldwide organization’s 2016-17 theme of “Rotary Serving Humanity.”

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation,” Anderson told members. “What began with a donation of $26.50 has become a $3 billion effort today by Rotarians here in our communities and around the world in support of humanitarian efforts.”

Anderson expressed his appreciation for the service that the Rotary Club of Carlsbad’s members perform within the community and their support of Rotary’s global programs.

Carlsbad Rotary Club President Juan Dorado echoed Anderson’s comments about the great efforts made by Rotarians and expressed his appreciation to Anderson for his visit and service.

There are 68 clubs and some 2,600 members in District 5520 -- the largest Rotary geographic district in the U.S. Members have been active in raising funds and working on projects through Rotary's Global Grants, raising nearly $750,000 collectively for regional projects involving clean water in Guatemala, medical defect repairs in Mexico for cleft palates and cross-eyed conditions in children, and projects leading to the clean disposal of hypodermic needles.

Anderson, a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, said he first fell in love with New Mexico at age 14 when he attended Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron. The University of Denver graduate is an Air Force veteran who was stationed in the southwest before overseas assignments to Vietnam, Korea, England, Germany and Greece. He is a recipient of the Airman’s Medal for heroism. Anderson and his wife, Maureen, are members of the Del Norte Rotary Club in Albuquerque, where he is a past president. He is semi-retired from his company, Paragon Technical Services, a Federal government contractor.

The Rotary Club of Truth or Consequences, NM is showcasing its "Don't Meth With Us" Project at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea.  Shown above is Rotarian Mario Di Gesu, who shared information about the project with Rotarians from across the globe.  Great job, Mario and members of the Rotary Club of TorC!
Graduating members of Delancey Street who have just received their high school diplomas crowd around Dr. Gabe Baca, in graduation regalia, director of the Adult Basic Education department at UNM-Los Alamos.  In the crowd also are Alison Pannell, President of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, and Linda Hull, the Club's PR coordinator.  The Rotary Club of Los Alamos provided vouchers to pay for each graduate's exam fees.
   Through an initiative undertaken by the late Gil Butler with a District 5520 matching grant, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos has provided financial support for students in the Adult Basic Education (ABE) department of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) since 2008.  The Club does this by paying the exam fees for students taking the General Education Degree (GED) and High School Equivalency (HSE) exams.
   The beneficiaries of this grant are students served under the UNM-LA ABE program and who participate in the HSE program:  Los Alamos residents; Native American students from surrounding Pueblos; and students who are recovering from substance abuse at Delancey Street Foundation (San Juan Pueblo, NM) and the Sangre de Cristo Women’s Transitional Living Program (Peña Blanca, NM).   This project, as shown by its success in the past, has positively affected the Los Alamos community and its neighbors by providing educational advancement for those who might not otherwise be able to afford the exam fees, $51.50.  Improving educational opportunities for local residents, whatever their age or circumstance, is in keeping with Rotary’s pledge to support literacy and vocational success.
And The Winner Is. . . !  Sara Tuzel of Los Alamos, a first-year medical student at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, was recently notified by Norm Liss, chairman of District Rotary Foundation Scholarship Planning Committee, that she has been selected to receive the District 5520 Governor’s Scholarship, a $10,000 award. This award, in its first year, is given to the student who best epitomizes the Rotary motto of Service Above Self through service and academic achievement.  The scholarship criteria required that the recipient must be a student enrolled in a college or university within District 5520 who is also pursuing a course of study in one of Rotary’s principle areas of focus:  peace and conflict resolution, child and maternal health, disease prevention, economic and community development, water and sanitation, and basic education and literacy. Tuzel’s focus falls within disease prevention and child and maternal health.
Tuzel, 23, who was chosen from a field of 18 other outstanding applicants, is committed to serving indigent populations.  Beginning in high school, Tuzel served as a medical translator for four summers at a Honduran orphanage and surgical clinic and has spent significant periods volunteering with two different mission hospitals in Cameroon.  In the first months of 2015, she managed a medical clinic in Haiti, treating lepers and disabled elders.
Tuzel has also given considerable volunteer service to a homeless facility in Albuquerque, as well as a center for sexually-abused children, and has worked long hours in emergency rooms in Los Alamos and Albuquerque. She also started a program with UNM classmates to teach children in Farmington about diabetes and healthy lifestyles.
As part of UNM’s BA/MD combined degree program, Tuzel graduated, magna cum laude, in 2015 with a BA in Health, Medicine and Human Values and began medical school at UNM in the fall.
In her application, Tuzel wrote, “With care and compassion, I want to show that each individual has intrinsic worth, that each is valued regardless of material wealth or social class.”  She continues that even beyond providing medical care, “It is even more important to me that people know that we share a common humanity and are equally worthy of dignity and respect.”
Tuzel is the daughter of Jolanta and Walter Tuzel of Los Alamos.
Rotary is a world-wide organization whose purpose is development of fellowship among business people and professionals in a community, the promotion of community betterment, high standards in business and professional practices, and the advancement of international understanding, cooperation, goodwill, and peace.
Submitted by Linda Hull, Rotary Club of Los Alamos
Congratulations, Sara, on receiving the
District Governor's Scholarship!

The Rotary Club of El Paso knows what service is all about.  For the fifth year, the club is building a ramp in cooperation with the University of Texas – El Paso.  The project will benefit a family that cannot afford a ramp otherwise, giving mobility and ease of access to their home.  
“We hope to extend lives through removal of mobility barriers such as three or four steep steps out of a mobile home,” said Rotarian David Kessinger.  
All ramps constructed by the club are constructed with treated lumber for longevity, are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and free of charge to the recipient and their family.    
The Rotary Club of El Paso is one of three groups building in El Paso under the larger organization called The Texas Ramps Project with over 10,500 ramps built statewide in over 32 different regions, 190 of the 243 counties in Texas.  Given an average of 25 foot each ramp and an average of 60 hours each build, that’s over 630,000 volunteer hours and over fifty miles of ramp just in the past 10 years (10,000 plus hours in El Paso alone).  More information is available about The Texas Ramp Project 501.c.3 organization at the website:  at www.texasramps.org.     
For more information please contact Kessinger at dkessinger@ckcelpaso.com.


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