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

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District Assembly: Learning and Fellowship for All District Rotarians
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 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.
It’s easy to register from the District website, and a link is included for the hotel.
District Assembly: Learning and Fellowship for All District Rotarians Kathy Fuller 2017-02-11 07:00:00Z
New Round of District Grant Applications
The District 5520 Foundation announces additional District Grant Applications will be accepted from Monday, August 15 through Friday, September 2, 2016!  Applications will only be accepted from Qualified Clubs that have no less than two Club members trained in Grants Management during the RY 2016-17.  
New Round of District Grant Applications Dom Bernardi 2016-07-30 06:00:00Z
TorC Project highlighted at Rotary International Conference
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!
TorC Project highlighted at Rotary International Conference 2016-05-30 06:00:00Z
District Grant Supports Los Alamos Basic Education Initiative
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.
District Grant Supports Los Alamos Basic Education Initiative Linda Hull, Rotary Club of Los Alamos, NM 2016-05-23 06:00:00Z
Rotary Club of El Paso readies for ramp build
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.

Rotary Club of El Paso readies for ramp build 2016-02-15 07:00:00Z
2016-2017 RI Presidential Theme Announced

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

See the RI website for more news!


2016-2017 RI Presidential Theme Announced 2016-01-24 07:00:00Z
DG Tom visits Portales
District Governor Tom Walker continues his annual visits to clubs across District 5520, the largest geographic district in North America.  This photo was taken during his October 19 visit to the Rotary Club of Portales.

DG Tom visits Portales 2015-10-26 06:00:00Z
Pumkin Chunkin in Estancia!
The Rotary Club of Estancia recently held its annual Pumkin Chunkin event!  The crowd-pleasing event not only involves the whole community, but raises money for scholarships, as well.  Great job!

Pumkin Chunkin in Estancia! 2015-10-26 06:00:00Z
World Polio Day Approaching!
Dear District 5520 Rotarians:
We have heard it many times: “We’re this close.”  It’s true.  We are, but we aren’t quite there yet.  The polio eradication effort still has work to be done, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  There are two things each of us can do to help.
  1. Join Rotary International on 23 October for our third annual World Polio Day event. We’ll be streaming live from New York City, so tune in at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time to watch a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others.  Link in at http://livestream.com/rotaryinternational/worldpolioday.
  2. Contribute money to support the final push.  Inoculations cost as little as 60 cents per child.  If every Rotarian in District 5520 contributed only $25 to Polio Plus before the end of the year, we could raise $63,750 for polio eradication.  That’s over 100,000 children we could protect!
But it’s even better.  A donor in our District has agreed to match the first $13,000 donated this year to Polio Plus.  So, our gifts will be leveraged beyond the $2 for $1 match by the Gates Foundation
Please join us in supporting District 5520’s ongoing effort to help eradicate polio.
Tom Walker                                                    Yale Jones
District 5520 Governor 2015-2016                District 5520 Polio Plus Chair

World Polio Day Approaching! mpa 2015-10-18 06:00:00Z
Project in Ciudad Juarez serves those in need
Antonio Cachazo with kids at a community center in Ciudad Juarez.
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!

Project in Ciudad Juarez serves those in need 2015-09-22 06:00:00Z
ADIOS, ROTARIAN LOREN a poem by Ross Burkhardt
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!
ADIOS, ROTARIAN LOREN a poem by Ross Burkhardt Ross Burkhardt 2015-03-08 00:00:00Z


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.
2015-2016 President, President-Elect & Secretary Training (PETS)
 District 5520
2015-2016 President, President-Elect & Secretary
Training (PETS)
March 12-14, 2015
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
(click here for online hotel registration)
To make reservations by phone, call 877-622-3056 and reference "Rotary PETS"
Deadline for Discounted Rate is 2.27.2015
2015-2016 President, President-Elect & Secretary Training (PETS) Tom Walker 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z
RI PRESIDENT GARY C.K. HUANG MONTHLY MESSAGE Loren Kuehne 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z
DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGES Lonnie Leslie 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z