(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.