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

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Rotary District 5520 ~ Past District Governors Directory
On Saturday, March 25, the District Assembly will convene at 10:00 a.m. at the Albuquerque Crowne Plaza located at 1901 University Blvd. NE.  This event is the premier training opportunity for all Rotarians in the District – not just district leaders.
The training will focus on the priorities of the Rotary strategic plan, which include membership, Rotary Foundation and Public Image.  For those clubs who are planning to apply for any district grants, the session will include grants training that will qualify your club to participate in a grant. At least two persons from the club must attend grants training in order to qualify for a grant.
We are pleased to welcome Gretchen and Gary Bren, from Omaha, Nebraska and Christine Grodecki of the Rotary Foundation, who will be presenters.  Gretchen has served as District 5650 Polio Plus Chair and is a recipient of both the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and the International Service Award for a Polio –Free World.  Gary Bren currently serves as District Governor for District 5650.
The cost for attending is $25, which includes a plated lunch.  The session will end at 3:15 with door prizes.  In the evening, the Foundation Dinner is scheduled at 6:00 p.m., and will feature keynote speaker Christine Grodecki.  The cost of the Foundation Dinner is just $50.  Special hotel rates are available from the Crowne Plaza at $89 for either Friday or Saturday night.
Consider joining us at Applebee’s at 2600 Menaul NE, just minutes from the Crowne Plaza, before the Assembly.  The Rotary Club of Albuquerque Sandia will host a pancake breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. for just $9.
It’s easy to register from the District website, and a link is included for the hotel.

(Photo: courtesy of  Ryan Williamson)

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.

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.

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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.
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For those clubs/individuals that were unable to attend the District 5520 Annual Foundation eTraining held Saturday, December 10, you may view it in its full content on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ANzUpS3tPQE.
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