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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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I am very grateful to the Rotary Club for choosing me to be the recipient of this year's Rotary Scholarship. This award means a lot to me, both because it will assist in paying for college expenses and because i appreciate all that The Rotary Club does for our community. When I leave for college I hope to continue serving the community in some way using the skills and experience I gained over the past few years with interact. I am thankful to you for helping to make that possible.
Sincerely, Katya Makhnina.
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

Great Outfit doing good work world wide !!
Riley Haragan of EWB at NMT was our speaker 5.9

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  • 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: theks@aol.com Register: using forms in download files on this page
 Link to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library web page:  <https://imaginationlibrary.com/> 
Socorro Rotary is a sponsor of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
Check it out at: http://usa.imaginationlibrary.com 

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 www.lvfnm.org 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
Ronna Kalish
Sep 26, 2018
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