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Las Cruces (Rio Grande)
We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Las Cruces Convention Center
680 East University
Las Cruces, NM  88001
United States
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Sergeant at Arms
Immediate Past President
Membership Director
Public Relations
Club Administration Director
Rotary Foundation Director
New Generations Director
 
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Speakers
Chris Erickson
Jan 22, 2019 12:00 PM
Update on New Mexico's Economy
Karen Barker
Jan 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Space Port America
Pam Lillibridge
Feb 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Retirement and the Traveling Life
LIndsay Thoman
Feb 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Learning About the March of Dimes
Derrick Cuenica
Feb 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Update on Mountainview Regional Hospital
 
Upcoming Events
 
Welcome!

Our annual yard sale to support the Mesilla Valley Hospice has raised nearly $200,000 for the hospice over the past several years.

The Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces (#1310) is an active group of men and women who like to have fun while enthusiastically participating in helping people in our community and throughout the world. We also welcome new members. 

We're very sad to share that Verona "Ronnie" Wright passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019.  Ronnie was the Las Cruces Rio Grande Rotary Club president for 2016 - 2017.  She was a kind, generous and active member since her joining our club on October 1, 2008. She served as treasurer, youth committee director (now New Generations), RYLA coordinator & counselor, Rotary Youth Exchange as Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) and counselor, to name a few. Ronnie was a real advocate for the youth and Rotary youth programs and was always there and ready to work. 
 
 
Here's a fine tribute to Ronnie that captures her so well, by our Poet Laureate, Ross Burkhardt. 
 
Ronnie, you will be remembered fondly and greatly missed.
 
RONNIE REMEMBERED: A TRIBUTE TO VERONA “RONNIE” WRIGHT
January 13, 1947 – January 4, 2019
 
We knew her time with us was short,
And yet it came as a surprise
When Ronnie passed away last week.
Would that it were otherwise.
 
Ronnie served our club with joy,
Generating love and cheer.
Kind, committed, generous,
Ever ready, always there.
 
Past-President, a smile for all;
Laughter, and a friendly greeting,
RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange;
She brightened every Tuesday meeting.
 
We’ll miss this proud Rotarian,
And though she’s absent from our sight,
In our hearts we still can see
The smiling face of Ronnie Wright.
 
 
By Ross M. Burkhardt
January 8, 2019
 
Funds Raised to Help 600+ Children in Dona Ana County
 
Matt Hold (L) accepting check from Club President Ken Binkley.
 
The Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces raised $18,500 in support of children at its annual holiday dinner and auction event on December 8. The funds went to the Dress the Child Foundation, whose mission is to provide new clothing and shoes for elementary children in need.
 
Dress the Child originated in 1986 by a handful of Las Cruces Rotarians who recognized that a need existed. This year, Dress the Child funds have helped to dress more than 600 children. Dress the Child founders and volunteers believe that children who lack adequate clothing can suffer lower self-esteem than other children, tend to perform poorly in school, and suffer from other social issues.
 
Las Cruces Rio Grande Rotary has launched a new Satellite Club for those who require a meeting in the evening hours! Here's an easy way to introduce your friends to the value and the fun that Rotary brings to the community and to everyone who becomes a member, personally and professionally.
 
 
Please join us for our next meeting from 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm, January 14, 2019 at the Game Sports Bar & Grill, 2605 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM, near NMSU.
 
This is not a traditional Rotary lunch/breakfast meeting, just a friendly get together to share the Rotary Four-Way Test, the causes we support, and the friendships we build along the way. It's BYOB (buy your own beverage and snack). Rotarians, join us and bring a friend! You can also view the event on our Rotary Facebook page and share it with your friends.
 
Questions? Please contact our Satellite Club Chair, Eva Diaz,  Secretary Maria Zuniga or our Club Membership Director, Chris Cruz. You can also learn more about what we do by visiting our website, Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces.
 
Rotary. Be the Inspiration. 
 
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Di Maddox
    January 7
  • Matt Holt
    January 8
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Madelynn Mackin
    January 3
  • DI Maddox
    January 7
  • Terry Sheldon
    January 23
Join Date:
  • Midhat Quadri
    January 1, 2015
    4 years
  • Philip Stevens
    January 1, 2002
    17 years
  • Robin Auld
    January 1, 2013
    6 years
  • Chris Erickson
    January 3, 2011
    8 years
  • Chris May
    January 7, 2003
    16 years
  • Gene Gant
    January 7, 2008
    11 years
  • Vic Villalobos
    January 7, 2001
    18 years
  • Scott Russell
    January 15, 1992
    27 years
  • Di Maddox
    January 16, 2008
    11 years
  • Larry Maddox
    January 16, 2012
    7 years