The smiles say it all. The only question is who is smiling more, Antonio Cachazo, president of the Rotary Club of Camino Real, or the children at the Centro Comunitario Soles de Anapra? The community center is located in one of the poorest areas of Ciudad Juarez and the Camino Real club has partnered with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, as well as with a private company, in a commitment to provide food baskets to feed 60 kids and to volunteer in the community for the whole Rotary Year until June 2016. They are currently looking for additional partner clubs to cover other necessities, including school supplies, cleaning supplies, kitchen equipment and scholarships to help improve their quality of life.
Great job to the members of both clubs for taking on a project that is so meaningful to many!
Congratulations to the new leaders in clubs across District 5520! Every Rotarian plays a key role in the success of a club, regardless of what position he or she holds. Here's a prime example of that. Did you know that, while Paul Harris was the first president of Rotary International, he was not the first president of a Rotary club?
Although Paul Harris was the founder and organizer of the first Rotary club in Chicago in 1905, the man selected to be the first president was one of the other founding members, Silvester Schiele. By the year 1910 there were 16 Rotary clubs, which linked up as an organization called the National Association of Rotary Clubs. A couple of years later the name was changed to International Association of Rotary Clubs as Rotary was organized in Winnipeg, Canada, and then in England, Ireland and Scotland. In 1922 the name was shortened to Rotary International. When the first organization of Rotary clubs was created in 1910, Paul Harris was selected as the first president. He served in this position for two years from 1910 until 1912, thus, the founder of the Rotary idea, who declined to be president of the first club, became the first president of the worldwide organization, Rotary International.
Photo: The first four Rotarians: Silvester Schiele, Paul P. Harris, Hiram Shorey, and Gustavus Loehr, circa 1905-1912. Copyright, Rotary International.
Posted by By Ryan Hyland
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.
Tom Walker Installed as Rotary District 5520 District Governor
Rotary District 5520's new district governor rises to the challenge with a personal and professional background in service. After graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971, Tom Walker served in the United States Navy, where he served in four nuclear submarines. That service and other volunteer activities have well-prepared him to lead Rotary District 5520, which is comprised of 70 clubs and about 2, 600 members in New Mexico and West Texas.
“Rotary helps people," said Walker. "Not only in our own neighborhoods, but in places that are spread out around the world. I'm excited about working with all of our members to serve our local, national and international communities."
District 5520 is the largest Rotary district in the continental United States. Walker will be traveling throughout the District to provide support and leadership. He joined Rotary in 1997 and was the 2007-2008 president of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque and continues the Rotarian tradition of his family. His parents were both Rotarians and Paul Harris Fellows. His father was the 1994-1995 District 6030 Rotarian of the Year. Tom was the 2010 District 5520 Rotarian of the Year and received the 2013 District 5520 Service Above Self award. He was the 2010-2013 Rotary District 5520 Foundation Chair and has served 2 years as the District 5520 Grant and Annual Program Fund Chair. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation, a Paul Harris Society member as well as a Clinton P. Anderson Fellow and Guardian Society member of the Albuquerque Rotary Charitable Foundation. Tom is an eight year counselor at District 5520 Boys’ Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp, and is a facilitator for District 5520’s Rio Grande Academy for training and leadership.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.
As a District 5520 Rotarian, creating a log-in is fairly simple! Follow these steps:
1. Click on the log in button on the right side of the dark blue menu bar on the home page.
2. You will be prompted with a log in window.
3. Enter your email address of record (your email should have been entered and kept current by your club secretary).
4. For your first time logging in, click on “I forgot my password”.
5. You will receive your user Id and password by email to your address of record.
6. Once you have gained access to the website, click on “My Profile”, on the top menu bar and then click on “Change my password”. Now go back to “My Profile” and edit and save your contact data.
7. If you have any problems, please contact Kathy Fuller at 575-430-0432.
DISTRICT 5520 GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARSHIP
Provide support and resources for every member to understand, achieve, sustain, and share “Service Above Self”.