Your 2019 Socorro Rotary Calendar.... Jim 2019-01-15 07:00:00Z 0
Our Favorite Snowy Mtn 2018-12-29 07:00:00Z 0
I am so pleased to learn that our club again met my fathers challenge of 100% attendance.
That would please him muchly. You have earned the 100 euros. 
Yours in Rotary, Ted
Ed Kase Day 2018-12-12 07:00:00Z 0
Our Favorite Mountain 2018-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith
SOCORRO ROTARY donated dictionaries to 22 Alamo 8th grade students last month.
Some of the Thank You notes are posted below.... 
Dictionaries For Students Gerry Klinglesmith 2018-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
North Socorro Sky 10.22.18 2018-10-23 06:00:00Z 0
SELLING DOLLYS BOOKS ! 2018-09-28 06:00:00Z 0
40 MORE READERS signed up at the fair !! 2018-09-16 06:00:00Z 0

INTERACT 2018-09-14 06:00:00Z 0
THE ROTARY REEF 2018-07-20 06:00:00Z 0
April Contreras likes Imagination Library 2018-07-03 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Scholarship Thank You 2018-06-11 06:00:00Z 0
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
Socorro Rotary is 80 years old 2018-06-01 06:00:00Z 0

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

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EWB at NMT 2018-05-10 06:00:00Z 0
President Dan & Dolly 2018-04-04 06:00:00Z 0
Together We Inspire 2018-04-03 06:00:00Z 0
SOCORRO STOREHOUSE sends THANKS for the Rotary Clubs donation to their Empty Bowls Gala fundraiser.
Classroom 4 of SOCORRO HEAD START sent a big green thank you for THE DOLLY PARTON Books event with 46 fingerprint thank yous inside
THANK YOUS 2018-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
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".
Purple Toilet Time !! 2018-03-08 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Rotary Intl Covention 2018-02-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2018
  • 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:  <> 
Rotary Imagination Library2 2018-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
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!
Holiday Thank Yous !!! 2018-01-15 07:00:00Z 0
OUR HOT SHOTS WIN LEGO REGIONAL COMPETITION Savannah Morris 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
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.
NM Balloon Festival 2017-10-24 06:00:00Z 0
Socorro Rotary is a sponsor of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
Check it out at: 

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.



Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Dan 2017-10-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2017
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
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
MATURING !! 2017-06-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2017
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 Farmers Market. Nick &amp; Nadine Keller 2017-06-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017

  Log In Instructions ~Socorro Rotarians

As a Socorro Rotarian, creating a log-in is fairly simple! Follow these steps:
1. Click on the log in button on the right side of the dark blue menu bar on the home page.
2. You will be prompted with a log in window.
3. Enter your email address of record (your email should have been entered and kept current by your club secretary).
4. For your first time logging in, click on “I forgot my password”.
5. You will receive your user Id and password by email to your address of record.
6. Once you have gained access to the website, click on “My Profile”, on the top menu bar and then click on “Change my password”. Now go back to “My Profile” and edit and save your contact data.
7. If you have any problems, please contact Lynn Brandvold at 


Log In Instructions 2017-04-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Savannah Morris on Nov 01, 2016
The Pirates presented themselves and their robot at our Nov 2nd meeting.
They are prepping for the Velocity Vortex national competition in St Louis.
See the 11.9.16 download for the very interesting details of their work.
Airship Pirates Savannah Morris 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2016
Colleen Gino the new Director of our Chamber of Commerce was the speaker at Rotary today.
"We enjoyed your being with us, and thanks"
New Chamber Director visits Rotary 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2016
Thank you for your gift to the Socorro General Hospital's Fall Fundraisers event. Socorro General Hospital has a wonderful History of philanthropy and your contribution continues this tradition. Your support of this fundraiser helps to fund important improvements for the facility as well as provide critical programmatic support.
As fellow doctors we hope you take pride in  knowing that your generosity is an absolutely vital part of helping meet the many healthcare needs of our community today while helping to strengthen our foundation for the future.
Thanks for continuing your legacy of giving.
Gratefully, Giuseppe "Joe" Rizza,
President Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation
Socorro General Hospital "Thank You" 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians building Book Bags for children 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
VLA TIME 2016-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on Jul 19, 2016
Dear Rotary Club Members,
Becoming an International Exchange Student is always our son Casper Huang's wish since he was a high school freshman. We appreciate that you provide the opportunity for him to Austria to carry out his dream. We also want to thank you for recommending him to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy which is happening now. We would like to donate the same amount of the camp fee to Rotary Club, so you can support more local youth in the future. 
We have seen your dedication to our community. It is touching and appreciated.
Sincerely, Frank & Cecilia Huang
Intl Exchange Student THANK YOU ! Gerry Klinglesmith 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0

A cop pulls a guy over for weaving across two lanes of traffic. He walks up to the driver's window and asks, "You drinkin'?" The driver said, "Well that depends - You buyin'?"



Drinkin? Jim 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARIANS HONORED 2016-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to the members of the Rotary Club for your generous donation toward the work of Puerto Seguro/Safe Harbor.
Your support enables us to continue providing services to the neediest among our neighbors in Socorro...and your generosity does not go unnoticed!
Gratefully, Karen Schlue, Volunteer.
PUERTO SEGURO THANK YOU !! Karen Schlue 2016-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
INTERACT MEETINGS new location Penny Lommen 2016-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Penny Lommen on Feb 01, 2016
R otary’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 2016-2017 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity,
to incoming district governors on January 18 at the International Assembly in San
Diego, which was attended by District 5520 Governor-Elect David Anderson.
“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,
who is from Chattanooga, Tenn., and who will take over a RI president on July 1.
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. After a historic year in which transmission
of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.
“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as
the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio. 
OUR NEW LOGO !! Penny Lommen 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY IS.......... Bob Tacker 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
"A few latitudes of gratitude for all you've done"  is on the card sent to Rotary from
the Socorro General Hospital Community Based Programs folks...
thanking Rotary for supplying the materials and preparing the gift bags given to the children at their annual Christmas party.
"Your generous donation to our children is deeply appreciated. Tools not toys will help them build strong foundations."
"CBP is really blessed to have your organization be so generous to us and brought big smiles to little faces."
Socorro Rotary THANK YOU ! 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geraldine Klinglesmith on Dec 14, 2014

Dear Rotarians, Thank you so much for giving me the experience of RYLA! This summer was amazing. I made many friends with similar interests as me and I  have done a lot of things I never thought I could accomplish. RYLA has empowered me to be more social and to utilize my leadership skills in everyday activities. RYLA has changed my personal reality in so many ways making me feel like I can be/do anything I put my mind to, and I am completely grateful for your all giving me that opportunity. Sincerely, Charli Gonzales.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards....A Thank You for RYLA Camping Geraldine Klinglesmith 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary helps out at Childrens Christmas Party Bob Tacker 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Penny Lommen on Nov 26, 2014

The Interact Club had a food drive at the high school last week. 

They collected 1827 cans of food which they delivered to Puerto Seguro! â€‹

Is that cool or what!smiley

Our High School INTERACT club hits a home run !!!!!!! Penny Lommen 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Brandvold on Nov 26, 2014
Overall the District Rotary Day was a great success.  
39 clubs participated and raised over $28,000, coupled with all the matches District 5520 provided over $145,000 to end polio. Good job !!! 
District 5520 reports on ending polio Lynn Brandvold 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Edmondson on Oct 24, 2014

The Rotary Club of Socorro joined in the District Rotary Day on October 25th to help end polio.  Members volunteered to man tables at Smith’s, Walmart and the Plaza not only to collect funds but also to raise awareness of Rotary in Socorro.

Note from our Secretary:

We have the final accounting for our fundraising efforts on Saturday. We raised a whopping $876! This will be matched by the anonymous District Donor to $1752. Then it will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation making the final amount $5,256! This doesn't include the $100 check we will present to our District Governor, Lonnie Leslie, next week. That check should also be matched 1:1 by the donor and then 2:1 by the Gates Foundation resulting in an additional $600..... 

for a grand total of $5,856.00!!!



Photos of our table person power are shown below.......

SOCORRO ROTARIANS HELP ROTARY DISTRICT 5520 END POLIO !!!! Steve Edmondson 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Socorro Rotary at Work for Polio Plus Penny Lommen 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Socorro Rotary Working for Polio Plus. Penny Lommen 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Socorro Rotary Works for Polio Plus Penny Lommen 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Our ad with PAS this coming season Penny Lommen 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Order your 2015 Socorro Rotary Community Calendar on 1st site page Jim Rushing 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Klinglesmith on Jul 22, 2014

The longest-serving district judge in New Mexico was with 
Assistant D.A. Rosa Armijo at last week’s meeting.
Rotarian Kase will retire as District Judge
concluding a lifetime career in the legal profession,

Seventh Judicial District Senior Judge 
Edmund Kase III has retired from the bench after 
43 years. Rotarians responded to the news with 
accolades for a respected community icon.

He did not wear a tie to todays meeting!

Judge Ted Kase Dan Klinglesmith 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Prez Elect Penny & Secretary Lynn Valerie Kimble 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Kimble on Jul 01, 2014

Judge Kase did the honors, and members stepped up to the podium as new officers were 
installed at the June 25 meeting of the Socorro Rotary Club. New officers are: 

Chuck Zimmerly, President, 

Penny Lommen, President-elect, Lynn Brandvold, Secretary; 

Cuatro Bursum, Treasurer; and Dan Klinglesmith, Sergeant-at-Arms. 

Directors are Dan and Gerry Klinglesmith, Steve Edmondson and Penny Lommen

Outgoing President Len Truesdell graciously thanked Rotarians for their contributions, and then turned the gavel over to Chuck. 


New Club Officers Installed for 2014-2015 Valerie Kimble 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
New Prez Chuck takes over from Len Valerie Kimble 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Rushing on Jul 01, 2014

2014 Socorro Rotary Scholarship Winners


Congratulations to Walter Apachito,  Alamo Navajo High School, winner of the annual Socorro Rotary Club $2,000.00 scholarship. 


Because there were four additional qualified students Rotary decided to award an additional $2000.00 to:

Arianne Estopace also at Alamo Navajo HS   $500 Honorable Mention

Danielle Gordon of Magdalena HS    $500 Honorable Mention

Ashley Pyke Socorro HS     $500 Honorable Mention

Clara Baeza Socorro HS     $500 Honorable Mention


SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS !! Jim Rushing 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Brandvold on Jul 01, 2014

We are pleased to announce five new members have joined our ranks!!


Welcome to Jessie Otero


Welcome to Steve Edmondson


 Welcome to William Baker


Welcome to Rosa Armijo


Welcome to Charlie Wagner


Will you be next?




Socorro Rotary celebrates 5 new members !!! Lynn Brandvold 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bottorf on Jun 26, 2014

The city has teamed with the Socorro Rotary Club to maintain a recycling program for white paper.

            In order to participate in this “green” project just do the following:

            Segregate your white paper products in a separate box or basket  

            (This includes copy paper, white envelopes and correspondence/letters

            being discarded, any totally white paper even if well covered by any color ink)


            Take your box to any of the following locations and find a large blue bin with the

            imprint of the Rotary Club/ Socorro Chamber of Commerce. Blue bins are located

            in the County managers office, County Clerk (in the courthouse) the Library,

            the County Annex building, the High school and Cottonwood Charter school,

            and on the Tech campus in Brown Hall, Fidel Center 2nd floor, Cramer, Wells,

           Jones Halls and the NRAO reception area.

Your participation will be appreciated !!



RECYCLE! RECYCLE! RECYCLE! Bill Bottorf 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Rushing on Jun 25, 2014


Joel Partridge coach and administrator of the Socorro Warrior Junior Wrestling program was the speaker at our meeting on June 11.

He told us about the program, showed us some pictures, handled a number of questions and passed out the Team Bio. There are between 18 and 28 boys and girls involved between the ages of 4 and 15 years old. He is looking to grow the team and needs a full sized mat before they can invite other teams to compete in Socorro. Fund raising is continuous. Picture below is a 4 year old wrestler warming up!

See DChieftain article:​






SOCORRO WARRIOR JUNIOR WRESTLING Jim Rushing 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
The Elfego Baca Shootout Bill Lorang 2014-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Penny Lommen on Jun 03, 2014
 Image I The Socorro High School Interact Club held their New Officer Installation on May 15, 2014.
The new officers are:
Camilla Aitbayev            President
Missy Cutchall                Vice President
Matthew Frail                 Secretary
Arianna Sanchez            Treasurer
Back Row     Arianna Sanchez, Ariel Dillon, Joseph Cutchall, Matthew Frail
Front Row    Missy Cutchall, Camilla Aitbayev, Sarah Frail, Clara Baeza 
SHS Interact names new officers Penny Lommen 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geraldine Klinglesmith on May 27, 2014

These RYLA Campers are all Juniors at Socorro High School:


Dushan Gacanich, Camilla Aitbayev,

Naomi Garcia, Charlene ("Charli") Gonzales,

Leanne Jojola, Ekaterina Magedova.


Have fun and tell us about it when you get back! 


Socorro Rotary is sending 6 campers to RYLA this summer Geraldine Klinglesmith 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
WINNERS OF THE FOUR WAY TEST ESSAY CONTEST !! Penny Lommen 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Brandvold on May 06, 2014

The wine tasting event was hugely successful.

Lots of food, drink and folks having a good time.





PENNY TAKES THE GOLD !!!!! Lynn Brandvold 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Penny Lommen on May 04, 2014

Our Bill Weiss Wine Tasting was held on

April 25th at Bodega Burger  

Ticks were a mere $25, good for wine and appetizers.

Rotarians brought the appetizers. Bodega supplied the wine. 

Many items (bottles of wine?)  were silently auctioned. Some great gift baskets were won.

Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship program open to high school seniors in Socorro County.


BILL WEISS ANNUAL WINE TASTING !!! Penny Lommen 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
WINE COUNTRY 102.1 Radio in Socorro Steve Edmondson 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Rushing on Mar 26, 2014
Dan Lanari, the Rehab Dept Manager, held an open house to celebrate the new digs and staffing of the Department. Many famous Socorro Rotarians showed up for the event. Len Truesdell, our president and wife Joan were circulating nicely. Bob Tacker, Hospital Governing Board Chairman, was found bragging about the new Hospital Administrator Veronica Pound (future Rotarian?) who was also present. Penny Lommen, VP of Wine Tasting was getting in face time with most of the folks. George Creamer, SGH computer Guru and wife Marianne, SGH Audiologist were both having a fine time. Dan announced the Jolinda Dallin Memorial Scholarship to the group and that donations are most welcome. The new digs are attractive and the Hors D'oeuvres' were tasty. A good time was had by all.
Rotarians attend SGH Outpatient Rehab Open House Jim Rushing 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Penny Lommen on Mar 24, 2014

Bill Bottorf accepted an award for white paper recycling. 

Our Interact Club at SHS received an award.                                                                                                                                                                       




Socorro Chamber Awards Evening Penny Lommen 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jon Morrison on Feb 27, 2014

Dear District 5520 Rotarians and Friends:

“Thank you to everyone who showed that Rotary Unity is working all over the world!"

3.368,099 United Air Miles is to be awarded to Rotary!!!! In United's 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway, Rotary got 3,368,099 airline miles -- or 36.64 percent of the total votes! These miles can be used for about 33 international airline tickets for humanitarian projects. Last year, Rotary got 2.5 million miles in the giveaway.”

Tom Walker, DGN

3,368,099 United Air Miles given to Rotary Jon Morrison 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Brandvold on Feb 24, 2014

On behalf of New Mexico tech, thank you for your gift of $500 in support of the 28th New Mexico Science Olympiad. The Recognition of outstanding New Mexico students is an important aspect of the Science Olympiad. Your donations support our efforts to continue to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of New Mexico students.

As you know, New Mexico Science Olympiads goal is to increase student interest in the fields of science and engineering, Your support assists our office in providing the necessary resources to achieve these student's goals.

I look forward to working with you again next year. Contact us if we can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely, Rose Baca-Rivet, Director



New Mexico Science Olympiad thank you Lynn Brandvold 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geraldine Klinglesmith on Feb 04, 2014

Socorro Rotary Club Students of the Month

January 2014

Two Socorro High School students were recognized at the Jan. 29 meeting for their academic achievements as this year’s first Rotary Students of the Month. 

Naomi Garcia (left) was honored for her work in social studies. She plans to study graphic design at the University of New Mexico. 

Sarah Moncrief (right) was honored by the SHS vocational education department for her achievements. She plans to study early childhood development after graduation. ImageAccompanying the students was SHS teacher Pam Vega.


Students of the month, January 2014 Geraldine Klinglesmith 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Community Calendar Jim Rushing 2014-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Len Truesdell on Dec 31, 2013

Animal Haven

First State Bank

Pargin Realty-Nancy Rushing

Beckham & Penner

Friends of the Bosque

PHS-SGH Community Programs

Bhasker Medical Clinic

Girl Scouts Grow strong

Plaza Furniture

Bodega Burger Co & Lounge

Good Samaritan Village

Positive Outcomes

Brownbilt Shoes & Wstrn Wear

Hardern Insurance Agency

RAKS Building Supply

Buckhorn Tavern

Holiday Inn Express

Randy's Ace Hardware

C. Bonner Oates Dentisry

Hudson Farm BureauFinancial


Coldwell Banker-BettyHouston

K-Bob's Steakhouse

Security Title Abstract Co.

Daniels Family Funeral Services

Leseberg Auto & Towing

Socorro Consolidated Schools

Don & Rosie Tripp

Los Escondidos Apartments

Socorro General Hospital

El Defensor Chieftain

M Mountain Coffee

Socorro Insurance Mart

Episcopal Church

Monette Ford

Socorro Physical Therapy Services

Farmers Market

Owl Bar & Café

Sofia's Kitchen

THANK YOU to our 2014 CALENDAR ADVERTISERS. PLEASE VISIT THEM! Len Truesdell 2014-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geraldine Klinglesmith on Dec 31, 2013

The officers are:

Sarah McClain, President

Bryn Boyko, Treasurer

Ashley Bustamante, Charity Chair

Richard Flores, Secretary


These folks took over the Highway Cleanup project.  On November 16th Ashley, Bryn, Sarah, Michael Romero and Sean Lujan all pitched in to get it done

The highway sign will be changed to reflect Rotaract is doing the work!

Thanks for your participation and Good JOB!!



WE now have a ROTARACT Chapter at New Mexico Tech Geraldine Klinglesmith 2014-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Lorang on Dec 29, 2013

Rotary Members: You are such a blessing to us! So supportive of our various programs. Your embracing a celebration of our families was so appreciated! Thank you! Beth 

Your support of our program and our community is deeply appreciated! Deb

Dear Rotary Members: Socorro General Hospital-Community Based Programs has been very fortunate to benefit from your wonderful charity and support of our program in helping us to meet the needs of the children and their families. The donation of toys as well as your time and effort were key factors in our successful Christmas Party for our families. Thank you so much for all you do for our community. Sincerely, Kent Howell

CHRISTMAS THANKS from PHS-SGH Community Based Programs Bill Lorang 2013-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Zimmerly on Dec 03, 2013

Valerie Kimble has taken over the job of Bulletin Editor now that George Austin has moved to Albuquerque.

We are most  fortunate to have Valerie in this position as she is a gifted writer and a good photog.

Thank you Valerie for your Service Above Self !!


Check out our weekly Bulletin in the DOWNLOAD section Chuck Zimmerly 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
The El Fuego Baca Shoot from the top of M Mountain in Socorro Bill Lorang 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
INTERACTING !!!! Geraldine Klinglesmith 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Our Mountain after it rained 5 inches on Sept 10 Penny Lommen 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Mayor Ravi Bhasker addressed Socorro Rotary. Thank you. (Click to see picture) Don Tripp 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on Sep 01, 2013

Welcome Noah Rickenbacher!


Our Rotary Exchange student from Solothurn, Switzerland


Noah arrived in Socorro on August 10, 2013 and will be with us for the 2013-2014 school year. He is attending Socorro High School.  


His first host family is Vannetta Perry and Jeff Miller. His second host family will be Janet Coursey. Janet’s son, Nico Seamons, was a Rotary Exchange student in Taiwan last year.


Noah has an older brother and a younger sister. His brother was an exchange student two years ago. His family has an exchange student in their home this year.


He is a fine soccer player and a welcomed addition to the SHS team. He was the high scorer in their first two games.



OUR NEW ROTARY EXCHANGE STUDENT Gerry Klinglesmith 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Captain Adrian Armijo addressed Socorro Rotary! Thank you. (Click to see picture) Jon Morrison 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
SpaceX Launch site in NM Penny Lommen 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on Aug 01, 2013

Thank you for your generous donation to The Dictionary Project.

 Your support makes it possible for students to receive a dictionary for their own personal use that they will be able to use for a lifetime. For some children, this may be the very first book that they have owned. You are truly making a difference in their lives by giving them such an important tool.

Our goal is to reach every third grade student in the United States and you are helping us make this possible. So far this school year, we have reached an estimated 8,880 students. 

Cumulatively, we have been able to reach an estimated 19,704,957 students. 

Of these, 751 were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Socorro.


With gratitude, Mary Frend

The Dictionary Project




Thank you from The Dictionary Project Gerry Klinglesmith 2013-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
A New 2014 Calendar Advertiser ! Dan Klinglesmith 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Oldenettel on Jul 16, 2013

Socorro, N.M. — There's a frenzy erupting in the birding world, and the Rufous-necked wood-rail is to blame. Never before has there been a recorded sighting of a Rufous-necked wood-rail in the United States, but for the last two weeks one of the birds has been right at home among the cattails at our Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Typically, the species is found along the coasts and in tropical forests in Central and South America, far from parched New Mexico.

Aramides axillaris
New friend in town !! Jerry Oldenettel 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Rushing on May 01, 2013

From: Sally McGovern <>
Date: May 2, 2013, 3:56:02 PM MDT 
To: "George S. Austin" <>
Cc: anissa vega <>

Subject: RE: The Anti-Meth Program

Thank you, Mr. Austin!  We are very pleased that you brought your program here to Midway, and I hope all the students get the message about avoiding meth.  You are performing a great community service, and thank you for your time and efforts. 
I'm forwarding this to Ms. Vega so she can supervise the shirt size 
situation.  Thank you again.
Don't Meth With Us !! Jim Rushing 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Austin on Apr 23, 2013

April 24, 2013

Mayor Ravi Bhaskar addresses The Socorro Rotary Club

Mayor Bhasker started off by telling us about the Soccer Field/Rodeo Arena area that is just off U.S. Highway 60 southwest of Socorro. It is about a year away from completion and is being paid for by the Lodger’s Tax ($1.4 million) and about $295 thousand from last year’s legislature and $400 thousand from this year’s legislature. The city is trying to get the National Guard Armory, which isn’t used very much, so that it can be used for indoor events. There is to be a 1-mile walking path around the new sports complex as well as a road to the Socorro County fairgrounds. The city is using the Grefco water well to service the complex. They also want to widen U.S. 60 and have turnoffs, maybe double lane turn offs to accommodate large events and more facilities. The basic idea is to turn this all into the Central New Mexico Sports Complex.

The recent upgrade of city water to meet federal standards cost about $4.5 million, of which about 75% came from the federal government. A current project to upgrade the city sewer system is going to cost about $5 million. The mayor mentioned the problem of septic systems having to meet new federal standards.  This has meant that many old septic systems will have to be abandoned, and residents, like those on Evergreen, will have to be on the city sewer system.

There is a plume of the solvent TCE from a spill in the 1970s at the Eagle Pitcher plant on the north side of town that is moving south.  The Daniel B. Stephens environmental company is drilling wells to find out more about the plume. The possible cleanup is estimated in the $30 million area.

Mayor Bhasker finished his presentation by talking about the transportation system operated by the city at minimal cost to users. This includes movement around town, bringing people to town from outlying areas like Magdalena, and going to the Roadrunner in Belen. The newest effort is to provide low-cost transport for dialysis patients to and from the treatment center in Los Lunas.

Mayor Ravi Bhaskar: “Socorro, where we are now” George Austin 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by W. Nicholas Fleming on Dec 19, 2012

Gov. Susana Martinez announced late Thursday that Solaro Energy will be relocating from California to Socorro.

Solaro manufactures residential and commercial solar products, including solar generators and solar fans, lighting and ventilation systems.

The move is expected to create 100 jobs in Socorro, which will be the company’s new headquarters. Solaro has leased space in the Socorro Industrial Park and has begun construction on a 12,000-square-foot building. Solaro plans to construct two additional buildings in the park, and will apply for Job Training Incentive Program funding.

Martinez will be at the facility on Friday morning for a press conference with company owner Dennis Grubb and Jon Barela, state secretary of economic development.

Socorro Nabs New Solar Business W. Nicholas Fleming 2012-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Zimmerly on Nov 15, 2012

Hello Mr. Rushing, My name is Dezirae Armijo. I am a Senior at Socorro High School. I also play soccer, basketball and run track. My passion is animals, as I was also a volunteer at Socorro's Animal Shelter. It also makes me really happy to help other people that are in need. It was about a year ago that I received an invitation to your Rotary Club meeting at K-Bob's. A week prior and unbeknownst to me, I had been observed helping an unfortunate sole outside of El Camino Restaurant. This observer informed your Club of my actions, which was the basis for the invite.

Today, I am writing for a couple of reasons. First and most importantly, I want to Thank You and the Rotary Club, not only for acknowledging me, but especially for the help and compassion you guys show our community. Although I did not or was not looking for any type of attention, your recognition of my 'Random Act of Kindness' really meant and still means a lot to me. It is very encouraging to me, as I will soon graduate, to know that there are still many good soles out there, as I will soon be on my own in the "real world". I also wanted you to know that the recognition I received from the Rotary Club has served as a powerful confidence booster to myself and has given me the will to continue serving our community and giving all I can to those in need.

Respectfully, Dezirae Armijo SHS Senior Recipient of Rotary's "Random Act of Kindness" award. 

Dezirae Armijo. "Random Act of Kindness" award winner Chuck Zimmerly 2012-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eileen Comstock on Mar 20, 2012

WEAR YOUR ROTARY PIN !! Eileen Comstock 2012-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates tells Rotary News, "It's exciting to be part of Eradicating Polio" Click on "View the entire speech on the Gates Foundation website". Jim Rushing 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eileen Comstock

by El Defensor Chieftain Reports |  

Socorro General Hospital was named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals for quality in the United States.

SGH was the only critical access hospital in New Mexico to have received the award for quality.

“On behalf of Socorro General Hospital, we are extremely proud of the efforts of our physicians, providers, nurses, caregivers and staff as well as the board’s leadership,” said Bo Beames, SGH administrator. “Collectively, everyone has contributed towards achieving this designation.”

Quality of care data was compiled by iVantage Health Analytics. iVantage Health Analytics Hospital Strength Index ranks critical access hospitals throughout the country in terms of three aspects; quality, patient perspective and financial stability. The quality index is a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures. Those include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and outpatient measures. Each measure is indexed to national performance and then averaged with all five measures which produce a composite score. iVantage Health Analytics is a private health care business intelligence and technology company that provides health care information.

Beames said establishing quality of care standards can be challenging although the work of the hospital’s clinical leadership has made all the difference.“Vernie Pound and Dr. Darla Bejnar have really embraced the quality protocols and processes for all care provided at Socorro General Hospital,” Beames said. “They have united providers and staff in delivering high caliber care.”

“Our results as a top 20 critical access hospital in the country for quality means area residents can count on us to deliver the services they need and expect,” said Beames.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,500 respected employees and growing.




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