Rotary Club of Santa Fe

PO Box 2465

Santa Fe NM 87504-2465


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2014-2015 Board/Committee Responsibilities

Foundation President
Immediate Past President
Foundation Treasurer
Club Service
Community Service/Arts Foundation Liason
Grants Chair
International Service/RI Foundation
Membership Development Chair
Vocational Service
Youth Service

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Santa Fe

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 11:30 AM
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501
United States
District Site
Venue Map

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Santa Fe

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 11:30 AM
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
100 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501
United States
District Site
Venue Map

Home Page Stories

I attended Culinary Arts School in Albuquerque and achieved an accelerated graduation earning an Associates in Arts degree as a Sous Chef and I cooked professionally for three years before entering my family’s funeral business.  I attended school for Mortuary Science in San Francisco and spent many Friday afternoons picking bluegrass music at Fisherman’s Wharf for beer money and bus fares.

Rhonda writes
The March 31 meeting of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Centro will be held at the Swiss Bakery at 8:00 am. After that meeting, we will vote on our new, permanent meeting location and time.  If you will not be attending the meeting on Tuesday, please e-mail me and let me know your preference for a meeting location and meeting time.  Thank you all for your patience these past two months.
Rhonda G. Williams, CPA
Barraclough & Associates, PC
P.O. Box 1847
Santa Fe, NM  87504-1847
Telephone:  505-983-3387
Fax:  505-988-2505


The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.  

Rotary News


Dear Cheryl,
I just wanted to share with you some photos of Jim Moore receiving a Paul Harris last Thursday, February 26th at the West U Rotary Club in Houston. Please feel to share these photos with any other club members who may be interested. 
Jim’s present perfect attendance record of 52+ years, was originally inspired by Jamie Koch’s dad Ferd. Jim was recently honored with a personal lunch and presentation by the president of RI, Gary Huang. As can be seen in the photographs Jim is still in good spirits and feisty health for 86 years. 
Jim has been living with his daughter Alice for the past 4 years. Alice, in order to fulfill an old promise to her dad of even wheeling him to Rotary if she had to in order to maintain his perfect attendance, has joined the club, where she now also has several years of perfect attendance. I think the bug has bitten her, too.
Best wishes,
De May
P.O. Box 980007
Houston, TX 77098
As promised last week here is the story in full:
In early January coyotes visited Antonio & Elizabeth Lopez’s guest bedroom window and kitty (KISHKA) off Coyote Ridge Road (Photos Attached in Full Story). 
Rearranging files on my computer I found this gem--probably as old as Abe but here goes:
3 Men At The Pearly Gates
Three men found themselves at the Pearly Gates. 
St. Peter asked the first man, "What was your annual salary and your profession?" 
"I made $250,000 a year as an attorney," he proudly declared. 
"You may enter Heaven," said St. Peter. 
Then he asked the second man, "What was your annual salary and profession?" 
"I made $150,000 a year as a realtor," he proudly responded. 
"You may enter Heaven," said St. Peter. 
Then he turned to the third man, "What was your salary and profession?" 
"My annual salary was $10,000," he sheepishly mumbled. "Cool!" said St. Peter. "What instrument did you play?"
At least maybe Greg will like it.

Looking for Centro's meeting?  Last minute change for next week is reported by Rhonda:
Next week’s Rotary meeting will be held at The Swiss Bakery at 8:00am, not at Chocolate Maven as I announced at the meeting this morning.  We have an opportunity to try it out next week and it seemed like a good idea since we are all anxious to find a new permanent home that works for everyone.  Thank you.
Grady Utley says (See events for signing up):
Kris Winterowd, teacher at Chapparal Elementary and part of Rotary Reads, will do a brief presentation on the BoB event that will be held in Santa Fe in April. This battle of the books event will have over 400 students from all over New Mexico competing in a literacy event. We need volunteers and will be asking for  Rotarians to help stage this event. Regards, Grady

In response to your editor's request for interesting material for the La Rueda many members sent brief snippets about themselves--something not generally known.
Here is our first list:
John Adams--I was the sports editor for my high school yearbook.
Brian McPartlon--I have a degree in Fine Arts { B.F.A.} painting,1972, from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Jim Snead--I was the first Chair of the NM Environmental Improvement Board.
Marvin Schwab--my undergraduate degree was in zoology. (see below)
Pat Murray--I was a flight attendant with TWA in the mid-sixties!
Victoria Bruneni--has 29 years’ experience working with horses. (see below)
Chris Harris-- I was the 1st woman in Kansas to be in management in an Automobile Dealership. (see below)
Madeline Feijoo--I am a bibliophile.
Chris Morgan--I sailed a 130' schooner from Rockport Maine all the way to Tobago, South America when I was 21.  Scrubbing decks, sanding the hull and navigating by the stars is a good way to learn the value of hard work.
‚ÄčDick Jones--My first involvement with Rotary was when I was chosen as Young Rotarian of the Month at Clovis High School in 1966!
Ben Saiz--I was editor of our high school newspaper...and editor of our high school year book.
Zella Kay Cox--I am fully ambidextrous and can write with either right or left hand,  sometimes at the same time!
Virginia Byrd--I was the first female athlete of the year at St.Michael's High School.
Bob Murray--I served in the NM House of Representatives
Bernadette Parnell--I rode on a Harley in the Harley Davidson 100th Year Anniversary Parade accompanied by Peter Fonda and Dan Akroyd and 10,000 Harleys!
Antonio Lopez--had an experience with coyotes that will be in a separate story with pictures.
Bill Scruggs--I was Student Council President at my high school my senior year and I was a cheerleader at Westminster College my senior year there.
Fred Schott--I once worked for a year supervising suicidal patients on the locked unit of a psychiatric hospital.
Russell Harman--I have completed running 9 marathons
Maria Jose Rodriguez Cadiz--At age 25 I got married in Santa Fe de Granada, Spain, and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, US. (see below)
Submissions that were longer appear in the full story content.
These are just a few of the stories that I know are out there.  Please continue to send in your little known facts.
Carolyn Moore writes:
At 24 years of age, I was the Director of an agency that helped new immigrants settle into Canadian society. One of our many ambitious projects was to help women set up their own businesses. I am proud to say that a few of those businesses are still successful some 30 years later.
Ellen Marshall writes 
I was a critical care nurse manager at St Vincent Hospital in the late 90s over ICU, CCU, PCU, and started the cardiac rehab center.

Arts Foundation Report
The Arts Foundation discussed at length the merger of both Club and Arts Foundation at its
monthly meeting on January 6th. Brian has been and will be meeting with Tom Simon
regarding merger. A review of documents prepared by Tim Butler is for the coming.
There are many things to consider. The Arts Foundation Board is in favor of merger, provided
details can de accomplished.

The build took 5 Saturdays beginning in the end of Nov thru mid January.
We worked from 8am till 1:30.
Rotary volunteers: Brian Mcpartlon,Bob Parker,Don Miller,Kevin Southwick, Brad  Thompson      ,
Charlie Wilson        ,Deborah Simon
Outside help:David Dipbeye, Rob Bolton,Lou Lewis
Much of the preparation was done by Brian and Don Miller. Don and Brian made our efforts know to both the Mayors Committee on Disabilities and the Governors council on Disabilities.
We found the recipient thru Craig's List.
Her name is Mrs. Vargas and she lives on Lopez Lane on the south side of Santa Fe. She is a stroke victim.
She is extremely grateful as prior to this her son in law had to carry her down the stairs to put her in there family car.
She is now able to go outside on her own for things as simple as to get fresh air.
We will be building another "Ramp" in the spring .
We are now in the process of finding a recipient for the next build.


Apr 02, 2015
Sen. Peter Wirth
NM Legislative Wrap Up
Apr 09, 2015
Chris Morgan
Santa Fe Mission of Mercy, NM Dental Assoc.
Apr 16, 2015
Gregg Marcantel
NM Dept of Corrections
Apr 23, 2015
Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos National Lab Community Programs

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Nominations for Club Officers were presented November 13.  The slate proposed by the nominating committee was accepted by acclamation. Election of Officers will occur at the December 11 meeting. The nominating committee was chaired by immediate Past President Philip Spiers. President Cheryl Ford-Mente will, of course, assume the Past President position July 1, 2015.

Shall we be subjecting ourselves to the charge of unpractical optimism if we venture to hope that The Rotarian will some day be of interest to the public in general?
The rise and fall of civilization will depend upon the thoughtfulness or the thoughtlessness of men.  The greatest thing that can happen to man or nation is to stimulate the individual or the national thoughtfulness.

As no individual who shirks his community service can lay justifiable claim to being a well-rounded citizen, so no Rotary club of today which is indifferent to the welfare of the city in which it is established measures up to the stature of full-grown Rotary clubs. 

The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood.
"It must not be overlooked that being a Rotarian imposes upon a man an obligation to carry into his trade association the ideals and precepts which he holds as a Rotarian.  He should endeavor to make them appreciated and get them accepted by all in his line of business."

No prospect is more alluring than that held out by the exaltation of one's vocation as the most available and appropriate means of contributing to social needs.




The future of Rotary is shrouded in expectant mystery.  It is for you my new Rotarian friends to aid in the unfurling of the Rotarian destiny.
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