District 5520
70 Rotary clubs serving New Mexico and Far West Texas!


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by Ross M. Burkhardt
March 7, 2015
It’s time to bid farewell to Loren!
With him, Rotary is never borin’.
Soon, South America he’ll be explorin’
With Nancy, and live as an Ecuadoran.
Thanks for your years of service, Loren.
Your steadfast efforts left no time for snorin’.
If Rotary were bridge, you’d be Charles Goren,
And if Rotary were law, who else? Earl Warren.
In the desert heat, or when rain is pourin’,
Golf is the game where your aim is low scorin’.
You rejoice whenever the Lobos are roarin’,
And Nancy’s the gal that you’re adorin’.
You greet Rotary guests who walk through the door in;
Each year to the Rotary Foundation, you put more in.
New RGR members you’re always lurin’,
And to all club officers you provide good mentorin’.
Rio Grande and District duties you’re never ignorin’.
You’ve helped our Rotary club go soarin’;
So what this poem is actually underscorin’
Is that we’ll miss you, Secretary Loren.
To indulge in a bit of poetic metaphorin’,
We hope you enjoy your new por favor-in’.
We wish Nancy and you well and mucho encorin’.
Adios, buen amigo, Rotarian Loren!



Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran announces this Presidential theme for 2015-2016, Be a Gift to the World, at the opening session of the International Assembly in San Diego, CA USA.


Clovis Rocks! Registration Open for 2015 District Conference!

2015 Annual Conference 
Rotary International District 5520
April 30 - May 3, 2015
Clovis Civic Center
Clovis, New Mexico
 Registrations range from $245 (individual) to $475 (for a couple).
The registration will be discounted for all registrations before April 1st, Rotarians bringing a
spouse or friend, first time Conference attendees, and new Rotarians
joining Rotary since June 30, 2014.
 Click here to register!
There are four conference hotels. Just call the direct phone below and ask for the Rotary Group Block Rate.

Holiday Inn Express Call: 1-575-935-8777
Las Quinta Call: 1-575-763-8777
Fairfield Inn and Suites Call: 1-575-762-1411
Days Inn Call: 1-575-762-4491

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District Governor Applications Dead Line Extended to April 15, 2015


Attention !

All District 5520 Rotarians

February 16, 2015


Dear Rotarians

             It has been suggested and agreed by the nomination Chair District 5520 PDG Kit Turpen, the deadline for applications for the nomination of District Governor 5520 be extended until April 15, 2015. This extended application deadline will help facilitate additional qualified applicants for District Governor 2017/2018. 

             The nominating committee will interview applicants at the district conference in Clovis April 30, to May 3, Date and time to be determined.

                         Please mail your applications to:

                        Kit Turpen PDG

                        4935 Fairfax NW

                        Albuquerque NM 87114

             Only past club presidents are eligible for consideration.

            Please click here to find a list of duties and the application for a nomination.




Kit Turpen

PDG 2013/2014

Nominating Committee Chair


Literacy is a Critical Skill for All

An estimated one billion people--one-fourth of the world's population--are unable to read. Illiteracy of adults and children is a global concern in both highly industrialized nations and in developing countries.
The number of illiterate adults in the world is increasing by 25 million each year! In the United States, one quarter of the entire population is considered functionally illiterate. The tragedy of illiteracy is that those who cannot read lose personal independence and become victims of unscrupulous manipulation, poverty and the loss of human feelings. Illiteracy is a major obstacle for economic, political, social and personal development. Illiteracy is also a barrier to international understanding, cooperation and peace in the world.
Literacy education was considered a program priority by Rotary's original Health, Hunger and Humanity Committee in 1978. An early 3-H grant led to the preparation of an excellent source book on the issues of literacy in the world. The Rotary-sponsored publication, The Right to Read, was edited by Rotarian Eve Malmquist, a past district governor from Linkoping, Sweden, and a recognized authority on reading and educational research. The book was the forerunner of a major Rotary program emphasis on literacy promotion. In 1985 the R.I. Planning and Research Committee proposed, and the R.I. board approved, that the Rotary clubs of the world conduct a ten-year emphasis on literacy education.
March is Literacy Month and many Rotary clubs are thoughtfully surveying the needs of their community for literacy training. Some clubs provide basic books for teaching reading. Others establish and support reading and language clinics, provide volunteer tutorial assistance and purchase reading materials. Rotarians can play a vitally important part in their community and in developing countries by promoting projects to open opportunities, which come from the ability to read.



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Rotary International has released their free mobile app for your convenience.  Click below for a full list of features and direct links to download directly from the Apple app store, Google Play, and BlackBerry App World.  It’s called the Rotary Club Locator from Rotary International.
The Rotary Club Locator app helps you find a Rotary club meeting when you’re on the go.
* The “Near Me” search locates clubs within a physical radius of 100 miles. (Note: Actual driving distances may be further.)
* A keyword search for clubs. This search looks for the keyword in either the club name or meeting location address. This is useful for finding clubs that are outside of the 100-mile radius from your current location.
* A map showing a club’s location and driving directions
* The ability to save search results to a list of favorite clubs
* The ability to add a club to your phone’s contact list
* The club’s website and primary phone number, if available
* A search function to find clubs by district
You can download the App depending your device by following the following links:
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