Socorro Rotary Foundation

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The Socorro Rotary Club Foundation is a qualified charitable organization supported by tax deductible donations from individuals who share the vision of a better Socorro. 

Donations can be made to the Socorro Rotary Club Foundation, PO Box 972, Socorro NM 87801

Come visit our club meetings at noon every Wednesday at the Bodega.

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Serving Socorro since May 4,1938

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
606 North California
(Mailing address is PO box 972)
Socorro, NM  87801
United States
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The high school Interact Club is again putting out the dreaded Purple Toilets.
If you wish to purchase insurance against having a Purple Toilet placed in your yard, you can give Gerry Klinglesmith your $20 and she will pass it on to Interact.
The money that is raised by Interact will be donated to "Doctors Without Borders".
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: 
    • Delivers a free, age-appropriate, high quality book each month to the homes of preschool children, from birth until their fifth birthday. If registered at birth, the child will have a personal library of 60 books by the time they enter Kindergarten. The books are addressed to the child and are delivered to the child’s home or Post Office box.
    • Encourages parents to read, sing, talk and play with their children, thus giving the children the tools to enter Kindergarten ready to learn and increasing the likelihood they will experience success in school and beyond while strengthening family bonds.
  • The Socorro Rotary Club and Foundation:
    • Registers children for the program
    • Secures funding to pay for the books and their mailing. 
  • New Mexico ranks 49th out of the 50 states overall in child well-being according to the recent Annie E. Casey Foundation Kid’s Count Report.  
  • We are experiencing a lack of preschool programs, plummeting reading proficiency scores and low income levels.
  • Many studies (Evans and Kelly) support the idea that the more books there are in the home, the longer a child will stay in school. Further studies (Hart and Risley) indicate that children from a literacy-rich environment enter Kindergarten with a vocabulary ten times greater than those with few books in their homes who hear fewer words.
  • We provide a proactive, educationally sound way to engage young children and their parents in the roots of literacy.
  • We seek funding from individuals, service organizations, businesses, foundations and state and local governments.
  • Recent parent surveys in other affiliates and research studies confirm the program is making a difference.  Reading proficiency levels are on the rise and parents are spending more time reading with their child.
  • A recent study found that children four to five years old who are read to three to five times a week have the same reading ability as children six months older. Reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to. (Kalb, & Van Ours, 2013).
  • You can volunteer to help distribute and collect registration forms, become a data entry clerk or join the Rotary Club and participate as a club member.
  • You can “adopt” one or more children.
    • One child = $25 for one year (12 books including 2 bilingual)
    • Four children = $100 for one year (48 books including 8 bilingual)
    • Forty children = $1,000 for one year (480 books including 80 bilingual)
  • Donations can be given to any Rotary Club member or mailed to Dan Klinglesmith, President, PO Box 179, Socorro, NM 87801.  Make checks payable to The Socorro Rotary Club Foundation
Contact us at: Register: using forms in download files on this page
 Link to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library web page:  <> 
Socorro Rotary is a sponsor of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
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A Letter From Dolly

Dear friend,

Thank you for your interest in my Imagination Library.

This program is one of the most important ways I know to improve the educational opportunities for children in your community.

When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.

The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.

I hope you'll agree to become a champion of the Imagination Library in your community. You will be amazed at the impact this simple gift can have on the lives of children and their families. We have seen it work in our backyard and I'm certain it can do the same in your community too!

I appreciate your interest in my Imagination Library and thank you for all you continue to do for children.



The Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) is one of the oldest fellowship programs within Rotary.  It is a program that sends Rotarians with/without a spouse/relative/significant other to another district, usually in another country.  There they are hosted in the homes of fellow Rotarians for periods ranging from 3 - 14 days.  During that time, they may visit Rotary projects, Rotary Clubs, do some sightseeing, and generally get to know their hosts, their customs and culture, and something of the surrounding area. Then Rotarians from the hosting area come to visit our district, where we do the hosting.
For details see RFE downloads. 
Children, Youth and Families Dept. Thank you Rotary Members for your donation of a Food Basket for our families in need during the Holiday Season.
Socorro Adult Activity Cooperative: Our sincere appreciation for your donation to our Adult Day Program.
Please feel free to visit our website at for more information about our programs. Thanks for your generosity and support!
El Defensor Chieftain won the General Excellence award in the New Mexico Press Assn's Better Newspaper Contest, the highest award for it's classification. Scott Turner Chieftain Editor and Publisher said "We're honored to win the award for General Excellence."  Socorro Rotary is honored to have the Chieftain as a Business Member and proud of Scott.
On behalf of the Socorro Public Library, I would like to thank you for your contribution to our Reading Is Fundamental Program (RIF).
RIF is committed to a literate America where all children have the opportunities that literacy provides. For over fifty years, RIF has
been an important voice for children's literacy, and in partnership with libraries such as ours, it has impacted the lives of hundreds
of children in the Socorro area.
Your support plays a key role in our success in achieving the mission of our library which is to meet the evolving educational, cultural
and recreational needs of local residents by providing modern library resources and services.
There is no way to express our gratitude for your kindness. We at the Socorro Public Library are continually inspired by the dedication
and generosity of donors like yourselves who answer the call to give repeatedly. Again, we thank you for your generosity.
Sincerely, Donald Lorenzo Padilla. Library Director
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME. Since the start of my Freshman year I have had nothing  but support from each and every one of you. (especially Penny & Gerry) I appreciate you sending me to RYLA, giving me guidance with INTERACT and for the scholarship. I plan on continuing my community service in ROTARACT at CSU. All of you have taught me so much & I am beyond thankful. Thank you for the scholarship and I hope to make you proud. Sincerely, Autumn Goranson
On May 31st Nadine Keller spoke to us about nutrition programs for the food insecure. Nadine and her husband, Nick, originally lived in Albuquerque. But Nadine’s father and mother had a 13-acre farm in Polvadera and persuaded Nick and Nadine to come there and farm.
 Before Socorro had a Farmer’s Market, her grandfather used to sell fresh produce on the plaza. So when Nadine and Nick started farming they got involved in Farmer’s Markets. They have been involved in the Socorro Farmer’s Market for the last 18 years.
Fresh produce is especially important for low income individuals for proper nutrition. Nadine explained that there are currently three programs to help the food insecure; Women, Infants and Children (WIC),Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Senior Hunger Initiative (SHI). Read her full presentation in the May 31st SRC downloaded Bulletin. 
 Our annual Bill Weiss Wine Tasting at the Capital Bar was a huge success.
Thanks to Penny Lommen for  a job well done!! 
Tommie McSherry
Mar 28, 2018
 INTERACT meets every Tuesday at 11:20 (Lunch period) in Joanie Mauldin's classroom.
Folks wanting to attend need to ask at the front desk for an escort to her room.

The Socorro Rotary Club was organized on May 4, 1938 with sponsorship by the Belen and Mountainair clubs. The 23 original members represented a cross section of the community. The charter night was held on June 6, 1938. Participating in the occasion were Austin Lovett of the Belen club, Rotarian McWhirter of the Mountainair club and Clinton P. Anderson , past President of Rotary International (1932-1933) and a long-time senator from New Mexico.
The Socorro club helped to celebrate Rotary International’s Golden Anniversary (1905-1955) by reaching a membership high of 38. A special event that year was a “Rotary Ann” box supper at the American Legion Hall. The club bulletin, “The Rotary Rio Rambler” was also initiated that year.
     In 2002 we co-sponsored the new club in Elephant Butte. In 2007 we set a new high in membership with 42 members
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