Posted by Maria Jose Cadiz
The Rotary International District 5520 Sonny Brown Award recently was presented to Mark Brandt of Capitol Ford Lincoln.  This award was established in 2005 to honor past Rotary district governor Sonny Brown.  The award recognizes businesses in District 5520 that exemplify high ethical standards.
Capital Ford Lincoln has been the major auto sponsor for the Rotary Club of Santa Fe's Pancakes on the Plaza since 2010.  The dealership also sponsors the Rotary Club of Santa Fe's annual golf tournament and provides a new Ford Mustang as the hole-in-one prize.
The Brandt family, with the dealership, gives $50,000 to $60,000 annually to local schools and nonprofits.
Sonny Brown Award Maria Jose Cadiz 2018-09-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Schott
Our RYLA student, Brandon, from CHS Interact
Deborah Simon presenting to the students and staff
Deborah & Brandon at lunch with campers & staff
More from RYLA Fred Schott 2018-07-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schmelling
The Rotary Club of Santa Fe
Board of Directors Meeting
August 08, 2018
  • Club and Foundation Finances
    • The Club finances are currently sound and should remain so assuming no significant changes in membership
    • Membership fees that are paid on an annual basis will be separated into quarters to more accurately reflect the status of the Club finances throughout the year.
    • Tom Simon is continuing to work on making the Foundation Finances, particularly the parts related to Pancakes on the Plaza, which overlap multiple years, more transparent
    • Dan Kratish has worked with the Hilton to ensure that our meal costs are correctly calculated going forward.  The minimum charge will now be 81 members rather than 85, and will be based on an agreed upon number between Dan and the Hilton staff
  • Three names were recommended for membership: Steve Ferree, Harry Heflin, and Kevin Koval.  The names will be circulated to the membership for their information and comments.
  • Steve Schmelling presented a report on membership changes during the last six months, or so.  We have had net loss of about 14 members for a variety of reasons.  This did not include the three members presented this evening.  Carolyn Moore, also said that there are several additional names that she is working with as potential members.
  • The Board Unanimously approved the following motion regarding  the policy for paying for the lunches for potential new members:
    • Members inviting potential new members in to the Club will pay for the first two lunches for the potential new member.  Once the potential new member has been confirmed by the membership, the two lunches paid by the sponsor can be reimbursed by written request to the Membership Committee Chair. 
  • John Adams and Dick Jones gave a report from the By-Laws Committee.  In short, the Committee is meeting regularly and is nearing a final draft for presentation to the Board, and then to the Club as a whole.  The new by-laws will be largely an update of the present by-laws and will include clarifications, new material for things not included in the current by-laws, such as the STARS group, and will also make them consistent with newly revised constitution.
  • Maria Jose Rodriguez Cadiz reported that she has found someone to fill each of the slots of the public relations committee, and that she would like to thank those individuals who stepped up for these jobs.
  • Dan Kratish reported that the  Golf Tournament is moving ahead
  • Raffi Andonian reported that the Grants Committee expects to have the Pancakes Grant Applications ready to distribute by the middle of August.  With a due date of October 1, the grants awards should be made before the end of the calendar year.
Board Meeting Steve Schmelling 2018-06-13 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome Home, Ester!! Schott 2018-06-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones
Save the Date!
June 21, 2018
New Member Party
Join in with the Fun & Membership Committees to welcome all the Rotarians that have join our club this year.  The Party will be in the Clubhouse at Estancia Primera just off Hyde Park Road.  Sign-up sheets will be available this Thursday at Rotary.  New Members will be guest of the Club.  $10 for members that have been in the Club for more than a year and their guest.  The Fun Committee will provide BBQ, beer and wine.  Please bring an appetizer, salad, side dish or desert.  Hope to see you there!
LAST CHANCE! Dick Jones 2018-06-06 06:00:00Z 0
Farewell to Ester Fred Schott 2018-06-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz
Share your thoughts about the next three years!
Rotary Club Strategic Plan Survey
Due Friday, May 4, 2018
Now is the time to share your thoughts and ideas with the Strategic Planning Committee.  Paper copies of the survey will be available at the Thursday lunch meetings. 
2019-2021 Strategic Plan Survey Margaret Mertz 2018-05-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schmelling
As some of you may be aware, Herb Cohen, a long time member of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, passed away last Thursday. He was a wonderful man who had been very ill for several years. Herb was a Paul Harris Fellow and served as our Club president in 1999-2000. He supported Pancakes on the Plaza every year since Rotary took the event over. Herb embodied the Four Way Test and will be truly missed.
With fond memories Steve Schmelling 2018-05-02 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange at District Conference Fred Schott 2018-05-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Langley
A big thank you to Fred Schott, Jan Schott, Larry Haslam, Jim Roghair, Paul Lange and David Mordhorst for volunteering to serve dinner Pete's Place two weeks ago. Thanks also to Club members who contributed $324 for the purchase of the food we served. We had good partners from the El Centro Club, and we fed about 150 grateful people.
With gratitude - Pete's Place Tim Langley 2018-05-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lew Geer
STARS member Lew Geer visiting his daughter Liz Serendip, a past member of our club, in Penticton, BC, Canada. We attended her current club 7 am morning meeting. There was great fellowship, and they have a very successful reading and teaching project going in Guatemala. Liz and her family are doing well in Penticton, and love their home.
Greetings from Canada Lew Geer 2018-04-17 06:00:00Z 0
Recognizing Young Artists Dick Jones 2018-04-17 06:00:00Z 0
Ester and Montine in Hawaii!! Fred Schott 2018-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Oxley
STARS is meeting every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6-7 pm at the Violet Crown Cinema lounge area - come a little early to order food and drink. 
Great energy and good people!!  Also - an opportunity for a regular club meeting makeup!
STARS Meeting on Monday, March 26 Robin Oxley 2018-03-14 06:00:00Z 0
Join the Fun Committee on March 14 in Pie Town, NM to sample some of the best pies you’ll ever taste!
The Pie-O-Neer Café offers a selection of over 20 different pies including their award winning signature pies like Chocolate Chess with Red Chile, New Mexico Apple Pie with Green Chile and Pine Nuts and Peach Green Chile.
The Pie-O-Neer has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Bill Geist.
Interested in participating?  Contact Dick Jones at
Do you like PI(E)???? Dick Jones 2018-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz
Additional Note from Jim Lodes: 
On the Sweetheart  Auction picture you can see my wife, slightly left of the top of Zella’s head. She was one of the volunteers selling jewelry at the event (as she has for several years.) J
Rotarians at Sweetheart Auction Margaret Mertz 2018-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
River Clean Up Adams 2018-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones
The Fun Committee is planning a birdwatching weekend at the Bosque del Apache January 20 & 21st.!  The Bosque is one of the country's premier birdwatching venues.  If you're interested or have questions please contact Dick Jones  Rooms are no longer being held as a block.  
Save the Dates! January 20-21 Dick Jones 2017-12-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hetzler
Please check in to Clubrunner and update your profile information and photo for the New Year!!  Our club directory is the way we know all about your work, your interests and your activities - the source for our vocational service and networking.  Contact Carol Hetzler if you have questions or need assistance.  
Update your profile for the New Year!! Carol Hetzler 2017-12-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Mente
The Rotary Club of Santa Fe's STARS group is continuing with a series of mixers, called "Inklings" next Monday 6 - 7 PM as a new format for for their meetings for the next few months.  The purpose of these mixers is to re-connect, refresh, and increase the vitality of STARS.  All members of the STARS group as well as other members of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, particularly those members who may find this schedule more compatible with their other obligations, are invited to attend.  You are also welcome to bring a guest.  We will gather in the Library at La Posada de Santa Fe,  330 E Palace Ave.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  The fellowship is free.
The dates of the upcoming Inklings are:
January 8 and 22   (the first Monday is actually New Years Day)
We sincerely hope that you can join us and bring a friend or friends!   As always, this event constitutes a make up meeting for any Rotary member.
Inklings Pat Mente 2017-12-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Burckle
Congratulations and thanks for your willingness to serve!

President: Fred Schott

Immediate Past President: Zella Cox

President Elect: John Adams

Treasurer: David Hansen for the Club; Tom Simon for the Foundation

Secretary: Steve Schmelling

Vocational Service: Carol Hetzler (Year 2)

Community Service: Margaret Mertz (Year 1)

Membership: Carolyn Moore

Youth Services/New Generations: John Triolo and Melissa Moore (co-chairs)

Club Administration: Brad Thompson (Year 2)

Rotary Foundation: Tim Langley (Year 2)

Public Relations/Publicity: Maria Jose Cadiz


Recording Secretary: Madeline Feijoo

(Positions identified in italics are two year positions)

2018-19 Board of Directors Ed Burckle 2017-12-20 07:00:00Z 0
Interact and Adelante Thanks Fred Schott 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Santa Fe on Facebook 2017-11-28 07:00:00Z 0
In honor of our Veterans Trip Rothschild 2017-11-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Schott

A big THANK YOU to all the club members who donated to the Capital High School Interact Club’s Adelante Thanksgiving Dinner drive.  Over 150 meals distributed and over 700 persons fed.  A special thanks to Gary Clendenen for “wrangling” all those pumpkin pies on Tuesday morning!  Great coverage in the Santa Fe New Mexican.  

Capital High School Interact Club - THANK YOU Fred Schott 2017-11-28 07:00:00Z 0
Promoting Rotary Wherever We Go Deborah Simon 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo
A big thank you to Brian McPartlon for volunteering to head up this years 4-Way Essay Contest.  Also thanks to Lynne Schneider and Julie Rivers who have volunteered to help read the students essays.  If anyone else wants to help, please talk to Brian. 
Thank you Rotary.
District 4-Way Test Essay Contest - Thank You John Triolo 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schmelling
There will be a memorial service for Tom Moore, who died earlier this year, and was a long-time member of The Rotary Club of Santa Fe  The service will be this coming Saturday, November 18, at 2:00 pm at The First Presbyterian Church, located at 208 Grant Avenue.
Memorial Service for Tom Moore Steve Schmelling 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Schott
Members of the Capitol High Interact Club will be at our club meeting Thursday to promote & gather funds for their Thanksgiving Food Collection which goes to feed over 150 SFPS families through Adelante.  Please come prepared to give!  Checks may be made out to the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Foundation if they specify “CHS Interact Club”.  Thanksgiving food items are also welcomed.
Capital High School Interact Club Thanksgiving Food Drive Fred Schott 2017-10-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz
Following our very successful '2017 Rotary Tour of New Zealand' we are
running a similar Tour again next April and this time we are inviting
American Rotarians from within the California and Texas Districts. (Plus

We would therefore appreciate your assistance to ensure your Members get to
consider this opportunity for 'International Rotary Fellowship', as well as
to participate in our wonderful 'Rotary Tour of New Zealand'.
Peter Hawkins & John McMillan
2018 Tour Coordinators
The Rotary Club of Pakuranga (Inc)
District 9920
Rotary Tour of New Zealand 2018 Margaret Mertz 2017-10-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz
During my club visits, it is exciting to learn about the many community activities that Rotary Clubs perform throughout our district, providing critically needed services that save lives both locally and globally.
Often, I am asked to share some of these activities for the benefit of other clubs and Rotarians and the communities they serve. Accordingly, I am pleased to share with you that the Rotary Club of Ruidoso is sponsoring a bone marrow registry initiative that can involve our entire district.  Please see the attached flyer for information on how you and your members can participate in person or online to help save lives.
The bone marrow registry event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ruidoso will be held on Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lincoln County Medical Center, 211 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico.  If you're unable to participate in person, please see the attached flyer for information on joining the registry online.
If you have any questions about the registry, please contact Rotarian Cynthia West at  If you have information you would like me to share, please reply to this message.
Doreen Fox Kelsey
District Governor 2017-2018
District 5520 Bone Marrow Registry Margaret Mertz 2017-10-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Wood
On Thursday, November 9, the Rotary program will focus on veterans.  ALL the club's veterans are asked to submit a photgraph of when they were in the service.  This picture can be a standard DOD head & shoulders shot or a picture of you taken in the field (on board ship, etc).  We would prefer one when you were younger rather than one taken just before you got out.  
If the photo is already in digital form you can email it to either John Wood ( or Mark Schumann (  
If all you have is a hard copy please give it to one of us at a Thursday meeting.  We will scan it and get it back to you.  We are asking that all pictures be submitted by October 31.  
We will make a short slide show showing your photo from the club directory alongside the photo you submit from active duty.  It should be a fun slide show for all to see.  Thank you for your photo and your service.  
Photos Needed - Veterans Day Program John Wood 2017-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Moore
Skeletons may be heartless, but you're not.  Have a heart & give blood to a body in need!
Nurses With Heart Home Care & the Santa Fe Business Incubator in partnership with United Blood Services need you to donate lifesaving blood to our area!
Join us on:  Tuesday, October 31, 2017
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa Fe Business Incubator
3900 Paseo del Sol, Santa Fe, NM
To book a time to donate blood, call us at 505-424-9099 or email
Don't be a ghoul - Donate Blood Carolyn Moore 2017-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Victoria Bruneni
Dear Rotarians,
Thanks to those who donated items for the CHS Interact flea market or stopped by last week.  For those who did not, you have a second chance.  We will be holding an additional rummage sell/flea market this weekend, same place, Bohemiac Santa Fe, 3918 Rodeo Rd., October 21, 9am-1pm.  So now we need items to sell!  Please clean out your closets, garages etc. for a good cause and stop by to see what treasurers are available!  
Please share this with your friends, families, church groups, barber, etc.
Capital High School INTERACT club and Bohemiac Santa Fe are hosting a FLEA MARKET/Tag Sale Flea Market on 10/21/17 9am-1pm 3918 Rodeo Rd to benefit the Adelante program. Every year, the Interact club at Capital High School delivers 150 meals to SFPS families served by the Adelante program. We will sell table space on a first-come-first-serve basis ($20 per spot) for you or your organization to sell your treasures. We will also be grateful for any donations you would like to make to our booth - all items sold in the CHS Interact booth will support the purchase of goods for the Thanksgiving meals.
Please contact Victoria Bruneni   to register your booth or make arrangements to drop off donated goods, large items should be dropped off the morning of. Smaller items can be dropped off at the Inn at Santa Fe  AND COME SHOP THE SALE!
Capital High School Interact Club Flea Market Redux Victoria Bruneni 2017-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz
Your Rotary District wants YOU to participate in the Regional District Assembly in Santa Fe or T or C this October 28 (Santa Fe) or October 29 (T or C)!  We are trying a new approach called peer facilitated learning.  We want to bring together everyday Rotarians, not necessarily district leaders (but we love them, too), who have knowledge to share with those wanting to learn.
WHO: Anyone who has knowledge and ideas to share with other Rotarians or Rotarians looking for ideas.  In other words, any Rotarian!
WHAT: Foundation, Membership, New Generations, Grants, and whatever else you want to learn from your peers with experience.
WHERE: Inn at Santa Fe (Santa Fe) or Albert Lyons Event Center (T or C)
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
HOW: Go to the district website at and click on the left side for Regional Assemblies.  Hotel discounts available if you want to stay overnight.
LUNCH: You must register if you want lunch.  $10 for Santa Fe; Free in T or C
I know everyone reads the district newsletter, but just in case you missed it, I have attached the Top Ten Reasons for attending the fall assembly.  Please join us! 
Doreen Fox Kelsey
District Governor 2017-2018
Regional District Assembly Margaret Mertz 2017-10-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones
The Fun Committee will meet on Thursday October 19th, following our lunch meeting.  Anyone interested in joining the committee is welcome.  Ideas for Fun Committee activities are also welcome.
Fun Committee!! Dick Jones 2017-10-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz
Ester Piekut, our Rotary Exchange Student from Kolding, Denmark is a fabulous violinist!  She warmed our spirits with her music last week.  
Ester Piekut's debut performance Margaret Mertz 2017-10-03 06:00:00Z 0
Community Benefactor Award from St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Zella Kay Cox 2017-10-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Schott
This has been another great month in Taiwan. I have been doing a lot of things. I spoke at my exchange club dinner. I am a team captain for the tainan soccer team for exchange students. I also ran a 100m in 14.15 sec. I feel proud. Some challenges this month were : 1. How will I find places to eat without using my cellphone and not getting lost? 2. How will I push myself to finish my homework when I'm extremely tired? I have been having a great time that I forget time passes by quickly. I have been in Taiwan for 1 month 1 week. I don't feel homesick. I always try to do something fun with family first, then family. 
Message from our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student YQ Wheaton Fred Schott 2017-10-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo
Due to the date change, several of our volunteers are not be able to help with the Golf event this Friday, October 6th.  I need at least two more Rotary members to step up and help out.  You will only need to help from about noon to 3 PM.  During that time you will be able to enjoy a delicious lunch along with all the beer you want to buy!
Golf Tournament Volunteers Needed John Triolo 2017-10-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz

Good News basket contributions for September 14 and 21 totalled $3,866, designated for hurricane and earthqueke relief.    

Good News basket fundraising for the Wildlife Center will resume on September 28.  

Thank you for your continued generosity.  


Relief Efforts for Disaster Victims Margaret Mertz 2017-09-26 06:00:00Z 0
Santa Fe Rotary Golf Tournament Kevin Southwick 2017-09-19 06:00:00Z 0
Wildlife Center Pictures Dick Jones 2017-09-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Victoria Bruneni
On Monday, September 25, IL Vicino Pizza is donating 20% of their proceeds to the CHS Interact Food Drive when you reference “CHS Interact.”
Take the family out.  Treat the office staff to lunch.  Feed your face and help feed the hungry in Santa Fe.
Eat Pizza - Help Capital High School Interact Club Victoria Bruneni 2017-09-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo
We still need several more volunteers to help with the golf tournament on September 29th. If you can help, please let John Triolo know.
Volunteers For 2nd Annual Rotary Golf Event John Triolo 2017-09-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andy Otto
We are having a Santa Fe River Clean-up event on Wednesday September 13th at 5:30 pm.  We will meet at the skate park (Sandoval and Alameda) and pick up debris from the river bed down to Guadalupe.  Many hands make light work!  We should be able to finish in about one hour.  The result will be a clean river bed for all to enjoy and be proud of...
If you have any questions, please call Andy Otto at (505) 820-1696
Santa Fe River Cleanup Andy Otto 2017-09-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doreen Fox Kelsey, District Governor
Dear Fellow Rotarians, 
Since my first announcement, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support offered by Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians throughout our district for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Rotary is a generous and caring family, and you make me proud to be a Rotarian.
I am pleased to be able to share two more ways that Rotarians can help.  Money is always needed, but there are other ways to give.  Blood donations centers are not able to collect desperately needed supplies in the Houston area.  Donations made in New Mexico and west Texas are critically needed for south Texas residents.  I have attached a list of blood drives in New Mexico.  DGE Linda Woodward is working with Rtn. Martin Gomez to provide a list of blood drives in west Texas.
If you donate, please mention that you are donating on behalf of Rotary.  Later, we will be able to assess the impact that Rotary has made.
Many Rotarians have asked me for an online donation option, and I am pleased to be able to provide this link to Rotary District 5930 Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. As additional options become available, Rotary International will provide more information.
If you are unable to directly link from the above, please copy and paste it in your web browser.
Thank you for your help during this time of need.
Doreen Fox Kelsey
District Governor 2017-2018
(509) 499-5223
Support for victims of Hurricane Harvey Doreen Fox Kelsey, District Governor 2017-09-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones, Fun Committee Chair

The Fun Committee and the New Mexico Wildlife Center invite you to join us on September 16th for a tour of the Wildlife Center and presentation on their work conserving and restoring native wildlife and their habitats.

We will meet in the parking lot at DeVargas Center near Starbucks to carpool.  We will leave for Espanola at 10:00.  Our program will begin at 10:30. Following the tour of the Wildlife Center we have a 12:30 reservation for lunch at El Paragua in Espanola.

Sign-up sheets will be available at Rotary this Thursday.

New Mexico Wildlife Center Tour September 16 Dick Jones, Fun Committee Chair 2017-09-05 06:00:00Z 0
Going Fishing Dick Jones 2017-08-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Buddy Roybal
Rotarians Helping Rotarians
As we know, Rotarians are noted for providing a helping hand where ever needed.
Currently many Rotarians are involved in Rotary Club service projects as well as other service projects in the community.
We are interested in finding out which service projects, outside of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, our members are currently involved in.  This information will provide us data needed to establish a “Rotarians Helping Rotarians” project.
Thank you,
Buddy Roybal
Rotary Club Service Projects Buddy Roybal 2017-08-08 06:00:00Z 0
Board Meeting August 9 at 5:15 Steve Schmelling 2017-08-08 06:00:00Z 0

Public Relations/Communications - volunteers needed!

If you are interested in helping the club with the weekly e-newletter, La Rueda, or with our website, please let Margaret Mertz know - ( or 505.690.7261).  

Also, the committee will gather after the Thursday, August 10 regular meeting - newcomers or curious visitors welcome!!



Public Relations/Communications Margaret Mertz 2017-08-01 06:00:00Z 0
Hi John,
Our sincerest thank you to you and the Rotary Club for giving Cate such a wonderful opportunity to participate in RYLA. Her experience was nothing short of awesome and she has made life-long friends in such a short time. The camp created a space and place for these girls to bond in such a short time, they were all so sad to say goodbye to each other. Thanks to social media, I was able to look at a lot of videos of the girls doing all kinds of fun and exciting activities, full of laughter and support of each other. Cate learned a lot about herself, her strengths and weaknesses and how to foster them. It sounded like a magical week and she feels very lucky to have been a part of it. Again, we can't thank you enough.  I believe Cate will formally thank everyone and provide a video from this past week at an upcoming Rotary meeting. (She has a great video!)
She has already has plans to visit with several of the girls next month! 
All the best,
The Burke Familiy
Thank you to Rotary John Triolo 2017-08-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo
The brain child of Alison Pannell, a member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos,  wanted the girls attending RYLA to do more than they had done in the past.  While attending this year Rotary International Convention, she learned of a program using volunteers to help prepare meals on a very large scale.  With the help of a $9600 District grant and funding from Rotary International, she brought this unique opportunity to RYLA this year.  The food will be given to the Meals of Hope Food Bank in Albuquerque
Turn Here to get to RYLA camp   Turn here to get to RYLA        
  Camp eating facility   lunch facility
 Cate Burke sponsored by our club waving while preparing meals  Cate Burke, sponsored by our club waving
  Gov. Doreen Kelsey  on the food assembly line 
   packaging in progress
    although looked crazy
  packaged 42,000 meals in 2 hours
    labeled packages
     John and Shane LaMond modeling latest Rotary head wear

RYLA Campers Preparing 42,000 Meals John Triolo 2017-08-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schmelling

Change in Meeting Date for Next Week's Meeting

Dear Santa Fe Rotarian:
Because of s conflict in scheduling with the Hilton, the Rotary Club of Santa Fe meeting that was originally scheduled for Thursday, August 3, will now be held on Wednesday, August 2.  The meeting time will remain the same.  This shift in days is a one time event, and all future meetings will be on Thursdays.
Steve Schmelling,
Club Secretary
Meeting date change Steve Schmelling 2017-07-26 06:00:00Z 0
RYLA- Stay tuned for next week's photos of camp visit!
Here's John upon arrival at RYLA  with student, Cate Burke
RYLA John Triolo 2017-07-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones
Music on the Hill @St. John's on Wednesday July 19th.  Concert at 6, gathering at 5 for picnic dinner. For more information click on the event.
Music on the Hill Event Dick Jones 2017-07-05 06:00:00Z 0
Batter crew 2017-07-05 06:00:00Z 0
Unique New Member talk Ferdi Serim 2017-06-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones
The fun committee will meet on Thursday July 13th at 1:00pm, following our regular meeting.
Hope to see you then!
fun committee meeting Dick Jones 2017-06-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo on Jun 13, 2017
A behind the scenes look at what it takes to get ready for Pancakes on The Plaza.  The grills used must be cleaned each year before they can be used for Pancakes.  Rotarian Chris Harris coordinates the volunteers helping preparing the equipment for Pancakes on the Plaza.
Picture #855 Chris Harris, Jack Harris and Terry Williams-Keffer, executive director of Pancakes on the Plaza,
with volunteers from Sam's Club who helped get the equipment cleaned and ready to go for Pancakes.
Picture #848  Volunteers from Sam's Club cleaning the grills.  
Ready, Set . . . .  Pancakes Preparation John Triolo 2017-06-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 13, 2017

Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year

Thursday, June 8, Annette Hayden was recognized as the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year at the annual Business Awards Gala.  With a Hollywood theme the members enjoyed food from a variety of vendors while posing for pictures and encouraging many start-up businesses to pitch their products in hopes of winning a $500 grant.  Held at the Jet Hanger the Chamber event also focused on the success so far of maintaining better air service from the Santa Fe Airport.
Annette Hayden SF Chamber Board Member of the Year John Adams 2017-06-13 06:00:00Z 0
May 10th Foundation Celebration....
"Dr. Ed Urig and his wife Debbie, owners of the Bonita Medical Center in Santa Fe, address the club on May 24 after being named the Sonny Brown Small Business of the Year in District 5520.  Pictured with the Urigs is Henry Pick, one of the founders of the Sonny Brown Award."    
Larry Haslam receiving his Distinguished Service Award from PDG Dick Jones
Women Presidents honored
May 10th Foundation Celebration 2017-06-06 06:00:00Z 0
RYLA campers to visit in June John Triolo 2017-05-30 06:00:00Z 0
Mark Schumann is exhibiting  his photographic images at Harry’s Roadhouse,  He will make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation in their name equal to 40% of the purchase. The framed prints are selling from between $400 and $1600. The work will be up at Harry’s least through the 18th of June, and possibly through the 28th.
Art sale benefits Rotary Mark Schumann 2017-05-23 06:00:00Z 0
Buddy Roybal and his family sitting next to a 1938 Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC (one of two in the world) valued at $40 million during the family's visit to Ralph Lauren's private auto collection in NYC during a visit last week.
A memorable moment 2017-05-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz
Offering a $20 contribution to the Good News basket for the best Memorial Day photo submitted next week!!
Just Saying #53 Margaret Mertz 2017-05-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Haslam

Thanks to all Rotary members for presenting me with the Distinguished Service Award for 2016-2017.

The May 10 meeting was a great celebration for each of us. I was surprised, excited, and humbled to receive this award. Thanks to all. I am so grateful for all the opportunities Rotary has presented to me.

With gratitude,

Larry Haslam

Thank you Larry Haslam 2017-05-17 06:00:00Z 0
Social media Training Ned Jacobs 2017-05-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz on May 02, 2017

Margaret Sez

         Margaret Mertz's first time to AT&T Park last Wednesday - and the Giants beat the Dodgers with a walkoff    in the bottom of the 10th - great game.  Slowly counting down all the MLB parks . . . 
                                  Don't forget to send me your news and photos!!
Just Saying #52 Margaret Mertz 2017-05-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andy Otto on Apr 26, 2017
For the Rotary funded My Water, My Watershed classes this spring in the Upper Watershed, it was suggested that we reach out to see if any Rotarians can help out as chaperones for these 5th and 6th graders.  Signing up would entail a quick background check (cost of $15) and then leaving from the Sangre De Cristo Water Treatment Plant at 9:00 am and returning at 2:30 pm.
These are the dates:
2017 Spring My Water, My Watershed Field Trip Schedule:
Teacher's Name
Field Trip Date
Terri Blackman
Wood Gormley
Esteban Moreno
Ms. Runyan
Mr. Guiterrez
Ms. Holzer
Wood Gormley
Ms. Webster
Wood Gormley
Veronica Pacheco Martell
El Camino Real Academy
Fernando Meseguer Copado
El Camino Real Academy
Karina Menter
El Camino Real Academy
Delara Sharma
Violetrae Anaya
Katie McCauley
Mountain Kids
For more information and to sign up, please call Raquel Baca Tompson at (505) 820-1696.
Thank you Rotary Club of Santa Fe for your help with this vital program!
Andy Otto
Executive Director
Santa Fe Watershed Association
1413 Second Street, Suite3
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Our River, Our Water, Our Future!
2015 Pinon Award Recipient Logo
Chaperones Needed for Watershed Classes Andy Otto 2017-04-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz
Congratulations to Cheryl and Pat on their newest grand-daughter!!  In the proud grandmother’s words:  “Here is the newest Mente, Marielle Jane Mente.  She was born April 12th. Her big sister, Claire is the most loving big sister ever! This little girl looks just like Poppy (aka) Pat Mente. Mutti (aka) Cheryl Ford-Mente cannot wait to hold this beauty.”
Keep your news and photos coming, fellow Rotarians!!!  (text or email)
Just saying number #51 Margaret Mertz 2017-04-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones
New Member Orientation will be conducted Thursday following our lunch meeting.  We will conclude no later than 2:30.  New Members, their sponsors and mentors should attend.
RSVP to Dick Jones -
New Member Orientation Dick Jones 2017-04-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones
New Member Party
Thursday April 20th, 5:30pm, at Santa Fe Spirits, 7505 Mallard Way Unit I
New Members will be guest of the Club.  All others are $15.  If you haven't paid, please bring payment to Rotary on Thursday or to the Party.  Credit Card payment will not be available at the Party.
New Member gathering Dick Jones 2017-04-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo
We are currently recruiting students to attend RYLA this summer.  Camp dates are:
Boys    July 16-22
Girls    July 22-28
To be eligible students must have finished their junior year and entering their senior year in the fall.  If you know of students who may be interested please let me know. 
Thursday at Rotary I will have several RYLA Brochures for anyone who may know of potential campers.  If you would like additional information you can check it out at, look for the RYLA section under Youth or visit
“Our world needs qualified leaders who can motivate others, make good decisions and execute their plans in a timely manner.”  2017 RYLA Brochure   
RYLA Update John Triolo 2017-04-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schmelling on Apr 04, 2017
The Board will be meeting on April 12 starting at 5:15 pm, at 613 Old Santa Fe Trail.  These meetings are open to all Club members and are part of the new member program.  If anyone has an item they would like to have on the agenda, they should either send it to President Ed Burckle, or if it is Foundation related, to Foundation President Zella Cox.
Board Meeting Steve Schmelling 2017-04-04 06:00:00Z 0
Check out pancakes website! Carol Hetzler 2017-03-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Natalie Guillen
The STARS group will be participating in the "Keep Santa Fe Beautiful" day (April 22) by working in our 'adopted park,' Frenchy's Field. We plan to be there from 9am to 12pm, clearing out boards, rebar, dead plants, mesh wires etc from the old community garden.
Anyone from the main club is welcome to join us!
Please contact Natalie ( if you plan to join so we know how many to expect. 
Join the STARS group to clean up Frenchy's Field Natalie Guillen 2017-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schmelling
    Next Board meeting April 12th 
Board Meeting Highlights
March 08, 2017
  • Financials - The Club’s bank balance is about $6,000 more than it was a year ago
  •  The Club is still negotiating with the Hilton on a new contract for meeting space and meals.  The thought that we might leave has prompted the hotel to improve its earlier offer.
  • The Foundation Awards Banquet will be April 20 in the evening.  We will have a guest speaker and also award several Paul Harris fellowships.  The cost of the banquet for members is included in the cost of their weekly meals.
  • The Medians Project is finally moving ahead, but needs someone to chair the effort.
  • The Board approved three new members, Jim Lodes, Raffi Andonian, and Melisssa More.  They should be formally inducted within the next few weeks.
  • The Board approved an offer by the Club to host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from New Zealand in late September.
  • The Club is working with SFCC to start a Rotaract program.
Board Meeting Steve Schmelling 2017-03-15 06:00:00Z 0
RCSF's first fundraising golf tournament in many years yields $6,500 to Partners in Education benefiting needy students at Capitol High School "  Pictured are Dan Kratish, Golf Committee Chair, Victoria Bruneni, Rotary Youth Programs, and Ruthanne Greelan, Executive Director, Partners in Education.
Golf Tourney Success Ed Burckle 2017-03-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hetzler on Mar 01, 2017
On our February 23rd meeting, eleven nonprofit agencies were awarded grants from our Pancake on the Plaza proceeds. 
The recipients were: The Sky Center, St Elizabeth Shelter, Santa Fe High School Theater, Many Mothers, Youth Leadership Santa Fe, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Youth Shelter and Family Services, Santa Fe Watershed Association, The Masters Program, Feeding Santa Fe and New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding.  
Pancake on the Plaza Recipients Carol Hetzler 2017-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo
Needed Volunteers to Help With RYLA Selection
John needs a couple of volunteers to help with interviewing students to attend RYLA.  Interviews will be held the 2nd week in April.  It would be helpful if we had at least one lady on the interview panel.
Contact John Triolo for more details.....
Volunteers needed John Triolo 2017-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
UNM Rotaract Club
The eleventh annual Love Your River Day was a successful river-wide clean-up program because of all of the great support from the Santa Fe community!
On February 18, 2017, 170 people completed the river wide clean up by removing over 325 bags of debris from the Santa Fe River.
Santa Fe Watershed Association , celebrating it’s twenty-year anniversary, would like to give a special thank you to Chris Ortiz and the City of Santa Fe staff at Frenchy’s Field for helping us put on this event. The River was left in beautiful condition, thanks to the efforts of the volunteers, on this perfect sunny day!
Our sincere gratitude is extended to all of the volunteers, including the UNM Rotaract Club and the SF Community College Veterans Resource Center, who helped make this event. A special thank you is also extended to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Outside Magazine, Iconik Coffee Roasters, Dunkin’ Donuts, Trader Joe’s, Kakawa Chocolate House, Verde, the City of Santa Fe, and the County of Santa Fe for all of their generous donations and support.
Finally, a huge THANK YOU to the participants, who powered through the river and arroyo channels to get the job done!
Rio de Santa Fe
(and Raquel, Keely, and Andy from the Santa Fe Watershed Association)
Love Your River Day Andy Otto 2017-02-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Burckle
On February 2, 2017, we awarded seven Good News Basket Grants of $1,000 each to our first six awardees of the year.
  1. Solace Crisis Treatment Center
  2. Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association
  3. Sky Center/ NM Suicide Intervention Project
  4. La Familia Medical Center
  5. NM Center for Therapeutic Horseback Riding
  6. Interfaith Community Shelter
  7. Coming Home Connection
Good News Basket Checks Given Feb 2 Ed Burckle 2017-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Feb 09, 2017

Rotary Club of Santa Fe Group Photo 1/26/17

January 26, 2017
We gathered for a group photo at our club assembly.  Many sported the new shirts with our club logo and you can tell we are a close group.
President Ed is a fine fellow willing to give the shirt off his back for club spirit!
Photo of our Group January 26, 2017 John Adams 2017-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Feb 07, 2017
John went traveling in January. Where is he? The first Santa Fe Rotary Club member to correctly locate this picture of John -- the city name will be good enough -- will net a $100 donation to the Good News Basket. Contest ends February 28.
Where's John? John Adams 2017-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Feb 07, 2017
We note with regret the passing of our former club member and friend.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Feb. 5, 2017
. . . . It was as US Consul in Stanleyville 1964, (now Kisangani of the Democratic Republic of Congo) that Hoyt found himself at the center of an international hostage crisis. Followers of Patrice Lumumba, "Simbas", took 2000 hostages, including the US and Belgian Consuls. For 111 days, Hoyt was at the center of the conflict, negotiating with the rebels in an attempt to protect the hostages and limit the violence.
MICHAEL P.E. HOYT November 16, 1929 - December 14, 2016 John Adams 2017-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
Newest Ramp Project Lynn Schneider 2017-02-06 07:00:00Z 0
Just Saying #48 Margaret Mertz 2017-01-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo
We will be taking a Rotary Club of Santa Fe group photo, Thursday, January 26. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to be part of group photo.  Please wear new Rotary polo shirt or any other Rotary clothing you own.
Picture Day John Triolo 2017-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz

This past holiday Cheryl Ford-Mente visited her home in Texas and had a chance to visit former Club Secretary, Candace Matelic. Now living in Fort Worth, Candace has become an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth. Candace sends her love and good wishes to her Santa Fe club.

Just saying #47 Margaret Mertz 2017-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz on Jan 10, 2017

Just Sayin' #46

Assistant Rotary District Governor Pat Murray (right) of Santa Fe recently welcomed Kurt Schoenberg as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.  Club Secretary Nancy Cerutti, who led the induction ceremony, looks on. Photo by Rob Metcalf.
Becky Hardy, right, of White Rock was honored Tuesday by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a  Paul Harris Fellow. Club member Linda Hull presents Hardy's pin as District 5520 Assistant Governor Pat Murray of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe looks on. The fellowship is named after the founder of Rotary; donations to the Rotary Foundation of $1,000 are recognized by fellowships in his name. Hardy was honored on behalf of her father, Rotary Past District Governor Richard Sagness of Pocatello, Idaho, District 5400. Photo by Oliver Morris  
In this version of "Where's Waldo?" called "Santa Fe Rotary wonders Where's John" we have this photo of the wandering member.  Hmmm. Where is he? Maybe an incentive will be in order. The next time you see John tell him where you think this is and the first person who is right will get $100 donated to the Good New Basket in their name.  Game On!!
BTW yes travel does tend to put on a few pounds but the wind was blowing and making the sweater blow about. 
Just Sayin' #46 Margaret Mertz 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Santa Fe
Officers and Board Members
2017 – 2018
President - Zella Cox
President Elect - Fred Schott
Immediate Past President - Ed Burckle
Secretary - Steve Schmelling
Treasurer - Vic Brenneisen
Other Board Members:
Club Service - Brad Thompson
Rotary Foundation - Tim Langley 
Vocational Service - Carol Hetzler
Community Service - Buddy Roybal
Public Relations - Margaret Mertz
Membership Development & Retention – Carolyn Moore
New Generations - John Triolo
STARS Liaison: Natalie Guillen (Non-voting position)
Rotary Club of Santa Fe Foundation
President - Fred Schott
Vice Chair - Zella Cox
Secretary - Steve Schmelling
Foundation Treasurer – Tom Simon
Past President - Ed Burckle
Other Board Members (not included above)
Grants - David Setford
Arts Committee Liaison – Reid Callanan
2017-2018 Board of Directors Steve Schmelling 2017-01-02 07:00:00Z 0

Tons of celebratory photos this week!!


Bryan Valentine retirement celebration at St. John's College (along with two SJC presidents, and me)


Antonio Lopez and Bob Parker skiing over the weekend (BRRRRR!!)

Rotary Club of Santa Fe Holiday Party


Happy holidays to everyone, and best wishes for a joyful and healthy 2017!!

Just Saying #45 Margaret Mertz 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Schott
Rotary District 5520
RYE Ski Weekend
Santa Fe, February 23-25
District 5520 is asking the Rotarians in Santa Fe to host the RYE Ski Weekend.  Hosting this event will involve the following:
  • We will need to provide host families for 10 (2 boys and 8 girls) students for the weekend –Thursday evening through Sunday morning (two students or more per family).  Hosting involves providing the students with lodging for Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, breakfast on Friday,Saturday & Sunday, and an evening meal on Friday evening.
  • The group will use The Inn at Santa Fe as their “headquarters” and for district’s committee lodging for the weekend.
  • Inbound students are to be picked up from the Inn at Santa Fe Thursday evening and hosted for sleeping each night at host Rotarian homes and brought back to the Inn each morning after being fed breakfast.
  • The students will ski at Ski Santa Fe on Friday morning and need to gather at the hotel at7:30AM.  Adults Rotarians are invited to join them for skiing.  We need 15 persons in order to qualify for a discounted rate.    
  • On Friday evening, after skiing, the host families should pick up the students at 6 pm, feed them, maybe take them out for some activity, then home.
  • On Saturday, the group will do community service somewhere in Santa Fe.  We need suggestions for possible substantial activities.  Students like to spend at least 2 hours doing this.  The group will also visit Meow Wolf that afternoon.
  • The Club’s Fun Committee will host a pot-luck Saturday evening for the RYE Students and the other SF Rotary Clubs (hopefully at The Inn at Santa Fe). 
ski weekend hosts needed Fred Schott 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Who says we don't know how to get attention? Here are some fine Rotary members who know how to ring the bells for the Salvation Army Holiday Collection.  Merry Christmas to all who played Santa so that those with less might have a little more this season.
Ding - a - ling! Ed Burckle 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Just Saying #44 Margaret Mertz 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Fun Committee Dick Jones 2016-12-12 07:00:00Z 0
I'm Just Sayin' #43 Margaret Mertz 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deborah Simon on Nov 29, 2016
I am attaching some photos from the ramps project .  The ramp and deck are for our club's Horses for Heroes Veterans project. Those in the photos include Lynn Schnider, Trip Rothchild, John Triolo, Buddy Roybal and myself , Deborah Simon.
I hope your Thanksgiving weekend has gone well.
Ramps at Horses for Heros Deborah Simon 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Mertz on Nov 29, 2016
Hello!!  Margaret Mertz (new member) here.  I'm stepping into the role of collecting pictures and stories for La Rueda each week, following Cheryl Ford-Mente's great tradition.  I think it will be a wonderful way for me to get to know all of you . . . so send me your significant news for the club (either your own, or on behalf of others).  Here's the best email address for me: - you can also text me (including pictures) at 505.690.7261.  If you're on Facebook or LinkedIn, please 'friend' me or request a connection - just search for me by name.  
I had a great time helping out with the Interact Club Thanksgiving project - here are a couple of pictures of the unloading and sorting.  Great article in the New Mexican lin case you missed it.  Kudos to the Capital High students for their work, and many thanks to Victoria Bruneni for all her leadership on this project.  
I'm Just Sayin' No. 42 Margaret Mertz 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
I'm Just Saying, No 41 Cheryl Ford-Mente 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Ford-Mente on Nov 01, 2016
Thank goodness Halloween is over! Now we are on a slippery slope to Thanksgiving and then the Holidays as they are called. 
This week's IJS is devoted to pics. Our members were quite busy since we talked last and here are some of the pictures to prove it.
Welcome back Bob Murray and Pat too - continue doing better. We love you!
At Zone Conference, Deborah Simon gets recognized for her good work.
Lew Geer in Japan!
Rubbing elbows with the rich and famous - yes! John Bishop, Rita Moreno and Glenys Carl!
This is John Adams as Oberon for the Masquerade Ball. I hate to dress up (I guess unusual from one that has been in the theatre all her life). I did find this picture of me many years ago playing Titania at the University of Texas at Arlington. LOL! My Oberon was not nearly so wicked looking.
This is my last I'M JUST SAYIN'.  I hope someone who is better at getting people to send in pictures and articles will take it over. Talk to Carol Hetzler or John Adams if you would like to take the lead on this.
So Ciao! Peace out!
I'm Just Sayin", No. 40 Cheryl Ford-Mente 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Zella Kay Cox on Nov 01, 2016
Professional Business Women of New Mexico was formed 93 years ago with a primary purpose as stated at the time: “to achieve equity for women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information, personally, politically and professionally.”  The motto of the organization is: Inspiring, Supporting, Recognizing. As part of that recognizing is an annual award made by the Santa Fe Professional Business Women chapter to identify a Santa Fe Professional Business Woman of the Year.
The Rotary Club of Santa Fe is proud to have not one, not two, not three, but four of its members who have received this honor: Pat Murray in 1991, Annette Hayden in 2012, Zella Kay Cox in 2015, and Maria Jose Rodriguez Cadiz in 2016. Each of these women personify the objectives of the organization and incorporate into their everyday lives the purpose of PBWNM.
Way to go Maria Jose Zella Kay Cox 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Triolo
Cost $31
Colors:  White or French Blue
One order will be placed for all shirts paid for.
Goal is for the entire club to purchase a shirt.
We will designate one Rotary meeting as Rotary Shirt Day in which all Rotary members will wear their shirts and we plan to take a group photo.
The shirts are REALLY nice.
Rotary Shirts for Sale John Triolo 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Wine adventures-Vivac Winery Oct 15, 2016 Carol Hetzler 2016-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Opportunity Andy Otto 2016-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Schmelling
The next Board meeting will be February 8th, 5:15pm at 613 Old Santa Fe Trail.

Board Highlights
Rotary Club of Santa Fe
January 18, 2017
  • Finances – The Club has a balance of about $50 K.  This is about 10 percent greater than at this time last year.
  •  Giving to the Rotary International Foundation appears to be on track to meet our goal for the year.  As a result of the Polio Plus fundraising last month, the Club has donated $3,920 this year, well in excess of our goal of $3,000.  Deborah Simon also reported that Rotary International has released the money to purchase an ambulance for the maternal and child health project in Guatemala.
  • There has been a little progress on the median project, and it seems to be moving forward again.  Natalie Guillen reported that our STARS Club is working on adopting a city park for a service project.
  • The Board approved Ferdi Serim for membership, and his bio has been sent to Club members for review.
  • John Triolo reported that the Club has sold 51 shirts, and that there will be a group photo of the Club on Thursday, January 26.
  • The Club will be issuing an RFP for the Club’s lunch venue for the coming year, starting July 1, 2017.  The Club’s current contract with the Hilton expires June 30.
Board Meeting HIghlights Steve Schmelling 2016-10-17 06:00:00Z 0
Beautiful Santa Fe Fall Foliage Carol Hetzler 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Auctioning Off the UNM Basketball Charlie Goodman 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Golf Benefit Carol Hetzler 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Nigeria outbreak forces rethink of polio strategies

By Leslie Roberts
Hit with a report of a third case of polio in northern Nigeria, leaders of the global eradication effort are asking themselves how they could have been so terribly wrong about the country. Like the other two cases detected last month, the new case—a 24-month-old boy—is living in the violence-wracked state of Borno, the stronghold of the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The devastating setback could not have come at a worse time. The beleaguered Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is finally entering the home stretch, and program leaders were just about to declare a hard-earned victory in Nigeria—3 years without a case of wild poliovirus. Then, in mid-August, the country reported two polio cases in children in Jere and Gwoza districts.  
Within days, DNA sequencing confirmed that the virus had been circulating in the region undetected for about 4 years. The new case was discovered in Monguno district, but the family came from Marte district, as did the family of the Jere case.
“We have to understand why we did not see the virus for 4 years,” says Michel Zaffran, director of GPEI at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  
True, Borno poses unique challenges to the program, which has long been familiar with working in conflict zones by brokering “days of tranquility” during which vaccinations can occur, for instance, or else conducting “hit and run” operations when there is a lull in the fighting. The strategy has also relied heavily on vaccinating the streams of people who flee the violence. But under Boko Haram “the population is forbidden to leave,” Zaffran says. (The three cases detected so far are children whose families somehow managed to escape.)
“We thought surveillance was good enough,” Zaffran says—and 
in Borno state it was. What they missed were the “totally inaccessible” areas where the population had been trapped and was large enough to sustain transmission of the virus. “Are there other places we are blind? We can’t exclude that other populations have not moved. What innovative strategies can we use?” he asks.
A couple months ago Zaffran says he worried that the world was so close to finally eradicating polio that donors would declare victory prematurely and shift funds elsewhere. Now, he worries that the program might not learn the lessons from the “failure” in Nigeria.
In the wake of the Nigerian outbreak, program leaders are also taking a hard look at how GPEI can know when the virus is really gone. “We thought 3 years without a case was enough to certify a country polio-free. Nigeria tells us that 3 years may not be enough,” he says.
The outbreak has other implications as well: It costs money and saps morale. “But morale is very strong overall,” Zaffran says, “and we have faced this situation unfortunately in the past.”
Nigeria outbreak forces rethink Leslie Roberts 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones on Aug 09, 2016

The Rotary Club of Santa Fe
Invites you to
Our Annual Sock Hop
Saturday – August 20th, 2016
11:30pm ‘til 3:30pm
1008 Old Santa Fe Trail
Hosted by Buddy & Irene Roybal
Enjoy an afternoon of classic cars, rock & roll music, & Rotary Fellowship!
Live music provided by Pat Carter
The Fun Committee will serve BBQ pulled pork & chicken, baked beans and sodas.
Members are asked to bring dessert or an appetizer!
A contribution of $10.00 per person is asked to help cover the cost of the BBQ.
Sign-up sheets will be available beginning at Thursday’s meeting or RSVP to Dick Jones
Rotary Sock Hop Aug 20 Dick Jones 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Member List and Table Toper 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2016
RICHARD N. ("DICK") CARPENTER Richard N. ("Dick") Carpenter, a fifty-four year resident of Santa Fe, passed away while surrounded by his family on August 6, 2016. He was 79 years old. Dick was born on February 14, 1937 in Cortland, NY. He graduated from Syracuse University and Yale Law School. From 1959-1960, he traveled and spoke extensively throughout the Indian subcontinent as Rotary Foundation Fellow for International Understanding at the University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan and was described by the Pakistani press as having "earned the unofficial title of 'goodwill ambassador'" and by the Pakistani President as "a great ambassador in spreading goodwill and understanding." - See more at:
Richard Carpenter -- RIP John Adams 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Burckle on Aug 02, 2016

Music on the hill

Members enjoying Music on the Hill performance Members enjoying Bert Dalton and the Brazil Project at Music on the Hill, St. John's College, July 27, 2016.
Larry and Fran Logan celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary.
First Fun Committee Event of the 2016 - 2017 Rotary Club of Santa Fe year.
We were at Music on the Hill Ed Burckle 2016-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2016
Good News Basket 2016/17 Top 11
  1. Solace Crisis Treatment Center
  2. Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association
  3. Interact of Capital High School
  4. Sky Center/ New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project
  5. New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Horseback Riding
  6. La Familia Medical Center
  7. Santa Fe Watershed Association
  8. Sangre de Cristo Chorale Young Singers Program
  9. The Masters Program Charter School
  10. The Friendship Club
  11. Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Good News Basket 2016-2017 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2016
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. There will be more information coming later about the details of our recent event. But here are some of the pictures of what went on.

Remembering pancakes on the plaza 2016

Mayor Gonzales and Governor Susanna Martinez are enthusiastic supporters.

Member Bill Scruggs displays his bunting in unusual places.

2015-16 President Tom Simon hands off duties to incoming 2016-17 President Ed Burkle at the June 30, 2016 meeting.

Interact Club received Presidential Citation June 30, 2016.

Celebrate the 4th of July with Pancakes on the Plaza John Adams 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Burckle on Jun 28, 2016

President Elect Message

Fellow Rotarians,
I am honored and humbled (this may be cliché but it’s true) to be taking the reins of the club as your president effective July 1st.  As we celebrate the end of our 2015/2016 Club Year, I wish to acknowledge and thank our current President, Tom Simon, for his stellar leadership and steady hand in guiding the club to new heights. 
Tom’s year was highlighted by some tremendous accomplishments (and here are just a few examples):
  • Raising over $100,000 for local charities and non-profits in our signature Pancakes on the Plaza fundraising event
  • Initiating a Satellite Club for the first time that will help generate new and younger members while allowing an alternative, less expensive way for Rotary to serve our community
  • Guiding the merger of the Arts Committee with our Club’s Foundation to provide seamless support of local artists while cutting red tape and duplication of effort
  • Supporting a vibrant Rotary International project to bring clean water to Guatemala—a multi-club (District) effort
  • Providing more “Fun” events than we’ve ever had
  • Being named our District’s President of the Year for large clubs
  • Supporting the club’s first-ever Membership Directory that lists the vocational and personal interests of all members
  • Encouraging service projects for our members such as: Mission of Mercy (free dental care); refurbishment of the Bataan Memorial near the State Capitol; Santa Fe Runaround; and Ramps Project (helping physically challenged individuals gain access to their homes without climbing stairs)
  • Reigniting a Fundraising Committee to help steer the club in its philanthropic pursuits
  • Staunchly supporting our Interact Club involvement with Santa Fe HS and Capital HS as well as Communities in Schools, and helping ensure our Rotary Exchange student from Taiwan had a host family at all times
  • Allowing Rotarians to find their best way to serve.
Our club has a rich history of excellent leaders and members and I am privileged to be associated with such an awesome group of Rotarians who truly epitomize a way of life we call “Service Above Self”.  Thank you for your support during the next twelve months; I know I will need it in abundance as all of our accomplishments are group efforts.  And, I hope we can have some fun and good cheer along the way.
I will outline the vision for the club for the next twelve months soon, but the purpose of this message is to merely say “Thank You Tom” for a job done exceedingly well!  I am also thankful you will remain an officer of the Board so we may all benefit from your wise counsel and expertise.
With Appreciation!
Ed Burckle
From Your President Elect Ed Burckle 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jun 21, 2016

Who? When? Where?

Who is this Rotarian? Where was this  picture taken? What week was this taken?
You need the full name with middle initial.  The place needs to be specific, not just the city.
Can you answer all three questions by June 27?  For each correct set of answers (all three) an anonymous donor will put $100 in the Good News Basket on June 30.
Wait! What is on the cap he is holding?  Is that a Pancakes on the Plaza logo?
Have fun!!!
Who, When and Where John Adams 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones on May 24, 2016

Rotary Club of Santa Fe – Fun Committee

Thursday May 19th, 2016



July 3 & 4th
Pancakes on the Plaza
July 20th or 27th
“Music on the Hill” – St. John’s
August 4 – 8
Rotary Friendship Exchange – Sicily Team in Santa Fe
August 17th
Tailgate Party and Santa Fe Opera
August 27th
Sock Hop - Hosted by Buddy and Irene Roybal
September 10th
Family Day at Glorieta (invite other SF Clubs?)  $20.00 per person
Sept. 26 – 30
Rotary Friendship Exchange – Vancouver Team in Santa Fe
October 1, 8 or 15
Grape Harvest & Gourmet Lunch
October 30, 2016
Lion King – Popejoy Hall – Albuquerque
(RCSF tickets sold out, tickets may be available at box office)
December 8th
Holiday Party
We need to pick a date for “Music on the Hill”
The Club will be asked to host both RFE teams and will probably have a “Pot Luck” dinner one of the night the teams are in town. 
Alternate date for Glorieta is August 20th – this is Indian Market Weekend
We need to pick a date for the Grape Harvest and decide if we want to reserve the entire event for Rotary (requires 20) or be part of a general group.
I wanted to get something on the calendar so I went ahead and chose December 8th for the Holiday Party.  We can always change the date.  Do we want to repeat last year’s event?
Fun Committee Wants You to Review Dick Jones 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Ingram on May 24, 2016

Join us for a month of Italian cultural events!
CineFesta Italia in Santa Fe – all June long!

Benefiting Communities In Schools

Celebrare la cultura Italiana e Santa Fe
bambini e le famiglie!
Italian food, wine, art, fashion and more!

Valerie Ingram, Development Director

Communities In Schools of New Mexico
PO Box 367, Santa Fe, NM  87504-0367


CineFesta Italia Valerie Ingram 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Schott on May 24, 2016
Jeby, our Rotary Exchange student is ending his exchange year on May 25.  At our club meeting on May 26 we will have the chance to wish him well and to meet his father who is coming to Santa Fe to claim Jeby and to thank the club for hosting him this year.  Let’s come and give Jeby a send off.
Farewell to Jeby Fred Schott 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Deborah Simon would like everyone in the Club to be aware of the need to have at least two people in the Club to participate in a grants training webinar later this month if the RCSF is to be eligible for a Global Grant this year. The training is on line, so you can do it from the comfort of  your home or office in the early evening.  There  are 2 date options:  Tuesday, May 24 orWednesday, May 25; both are from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.  It is interactive.  If you are interested in participating in this training, please let Deborah know at .  Deborah will see that you get registered and also get the necessary information to log on to the webinar.
Grants Training 2016-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
All Santa Fe Rotary Members  !!!!
We need volunteers for the Santa Fe Runaround 
              on Saturday May 21, 2016
Lots of fun we will meet at the Pagoda on the Plaza from 6:30 – 7:00 am
Doughnuts and Coffee and free TEE SHIRTS
We Need your help so join us for the fun time 
Don’t be bashful we need your help this year!!!
Signup sheets will be on table or email me, Bob Parker,  or Brian McPartlan
Santa Fe Runaround 2016-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Who says they don't have fun at District Conference Lleta Scoggins 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
See our FaceBook page for pictures and details:
Tom Simon, President of the Year
Deborah Simon, Rotary District Service Award
Berardinelli Funeral Services, Rotarian Business of the Year, Rick Berardinelli
First National Bank of Santa Fe, Sonny Brown Large Business of the Year
Dick Jones Club Outstanding Active Rotarian
Santa Fe Rotary Club, Most increase in Membership
Santa Fe Rotary Club, Extra Large Club Newsletter of the Year
And the Winner Is? John Adams 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Make the Santa Fe Plaza Beautiful Buddy Roybal 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Ford-Mente on Apr 19, 2016
I'm Just Sayin'  
We sometimes bend the 4 Way Test, but not this time!
Thank you, Antonio Lopez, for sending some pictures of your Boston Marathon experience.  Antonio says," I ran the Boston Marathon on Monday 4/18/16 in 2:49." That sounds like a terrific time to me! Congratulations!
It was my pleasure to have Candace staying with us this Monday and Tuesday. She and daughter Madeline are settling quite well in Fort Worth. The weather, however, has been rather bad in this their first week.  We had to discuss their disaster plan and a safe place for them under the stairs at their new house. Madeline loves all th shopping opportunities.  I will be to visit soon and take advantage of the many opportunities myself! 
Ciao for now! Remember to send your bits of fun my way to
I'm Just Sayin", No.28 Cheryl Ford-Mente 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Ingram on Apr 19, 2016

News from Communities In Schools May 2016

Prepared for La Rueda
May 2016
How did Los Payasos (the clowns) solve a bullying problem? Los Payasos is one of the creative ways Communities In Schools (CIS) site coordinators address serious problems in their schools. Before we finish the tale of the clowns, we want to update the Rotary Club on this year’s accomplishments, made possible, in part, through a grant from the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Foundation.
CIS site coordinators worked with more than 5,100 students and their families in ten public schools to ensure that students have the support they need to arrive at school rested, nourished and ready to learn. To date, 511 of those students received individualized case management services which ranged from arranging tutoring or counseling to matching families with basic needs services. One hundred of your neighbors volunteered as tutors to support these students academically. We will provide a final report for this school year later this summer which will include our statistics on student progress.
A story about the work CIS site coordinators do to support students comes from Dan Marotta, the coordinator at Kearney Elementary. Two sixth grade boys talked to Dan about another student in their class who was bullying them. Dan investigated by going to eat lunch with this small bilingual class which has only eleven students, five of whom are boys.
After watching how the boys interacted with each other, Dan talked privately with the boy who seemed to be the main bully. “He broke down crying in my office, saying he thought about his actions when he got home,” Dan reported. This boy said he didn’t know how to make friends, and that he felt bad that some of the kids would no longer eat lunch with him.
Dan responded by creating a boys’ group for these five students that meets once a week during lunch.  “The boys aired their grievances and apologized to each other. We discussed how to make friends and what it is that makes a good friend,” Dan said. “The goal is not for these boys to become best friends, and I constantly remind them of that. Because their class is so small and they spend all day with each other they have to learn how to treat each other with fairness and respect. According to them, the class has been much better since the group started.”
After the positive outcome of the group’s first meeting, Dan suggested that the group should have a name. “We sat there in silence, until finally one of them spoke up. ‘Los Payasos’ he said, and they all laughed. I asked for the translation, and they told me it means ‘the clowns.’ I don’t think there’s a more fitting name for us.”
The mission of Communities In Schools New Mexico at Santa Fe is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Communities in Schools May 2015 Valerie Ingram 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Lustig on Apr 19, 2016

Here is a note and some photos from Andrew Lustig, member of our club (STARS) who just came back from the Jordanian boarder of Syria.  We gave him $1,000 from the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Foundation prior to his departure.

Andrew Lustig
Founder & President
Global Outreach Doctors
[phones removed for privacy]
Skype: Globaloutreachdoctors

Andrew Lustig <>

Hi Tom,
I hope you are well.
Most of our team returned from the Syria border a few days ago. There are few straggler docs still there.
Attached are some pics. If you get a chance to respond to my Facebook friend request, you’ll see the whole story!
Trip introduced me via email to Tore Knos who spoke recently in Santa Fe. BTW, Rotary support is all over his webpage.
The generous donation from Santa Fe rotary and the apparent major funding of Tore’s group by rotary international, got me thinking a bit.
Though Tore’s board is made up of many rotarians and we are not, I wondered if GoDocs could seek Rotary international support?
Also, is it possible for me to speak and slideshow at other rotary organizations in ABQ, Denver, etc?
Would they likely be willing to make a donation do you think, or is that typically mostly for their local members?
Global Outreach Doctors Andrew Lustig 2016-04-19 06:00:00Z 0
Golf Committee to Meet March 3 Dan Kratish 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Communities in Schools (CIS) is grateful for a recent Rotary Foundation grant which will support its work providing case management services to students in ten of Santa Fe’s low-performing public schools. CIS site coordinators work one-on-one with students to mitigate the poverty-related challenges facing students that undermine their ability to succeed in school. Site coordinators focus on five areas:  academics, attendance, basic needs (housing, medical care, transportation, food), behavior and family engagement.
Recently, one of the two site coordinators at Capital High School told this story about a student he works with: 
“At the beginning of this school year, one of my colleagues (the CIS site coordinator at Ortiz Middle School) called to ask me to look out for one of her former students who was coming to Capital.  The girl had been referred to CIS in middle school because she was injuring herself by cutting her skin. The middle school CIS site coordinator arranged for counseling through Presbyterian Medical Services, but the girl stopped going. 
I was able to track the student down and invited her and her mother to come learn more about CIS services. She did come see us with her mother but was reluctant to talk. She was dealing with anger management issues and depression.
I learned she was being teased at home and at school about her appearance. She was absent a lot, and was struggling academically – her grades were all Ds and Fs. She certainly didn’t have any interest in being at school.
With her mom’s permission, I began case managing the student - checking in with her on a regular basis, monitoring her attendance and grades. I invited her to join a girls’ group at the school, facilitated by the Sky Center. The group is focused on developing coping strategies to deal with problems at school and at home.
The student stuck with the ten-week program and showed great improvement. She was an active participant in the group and gained confidence as she developed resiliency. Her attendance improved and her grades started going up. Today her grades are As and Bs. I don’t have to go looking for her. She comes to see me at the CIS office to let me know how she’s doing. She carries herself differently – she’s more confident and proud of her grades.”
--Ivan Cornejo, CIS Site Coordinator at Capital High School
News from Communities in Schools 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Feb 09, 2016
Many of us can remember the paper La Rueda's with the members and classifications on the back page.
Several members have asked if we could do the same kind of thing on the web site.
Thanks to Zella Kay and Madeline the answer is yes.  You will see the image of the back page of our table topper under the HOME PAGE DOWNLOAD FILES on the left side of the "Home" page.
We should have updates posted there in July and January.
John Adams, editor
Members and Clasifications John Adams 2016-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Ingram on Jan 05, 2016
Prepared for La Rueda
January 2016
Communities in Schools (CIS) provides “wrap around” services which identify what kids need to stay in school and succeed. CIS has a corps of 110 volunteer tutors working with students weekly to support academic achievement. We know this one-on-one relationship with a reliable adult improves student success. During the 2014-15 school year, 86% of 156 students who had academic goals did achieve their goals. This included improving class grades, overall GPA, test scores or completing homework.
So far this school year, 12 CIS Site Coordinators devoted 963 hours to case management services for 276 students at ten schools. 2,331 additional students and 421 parents participated in CIS programs. We anticipate doubling the number of students in case management services this semester.
To support this important work, volunteer tutors are now needed in the following areas for all grade levels, Pre-K through high school:
ü  Bilingual tutors
ü  Math
ü  English Language Learners  
ü  Science
ü  Language Arts
ü  After School Programs
ü  After School One-on-One
To sign up as a volunteer, go to and click on the “help” tab at the top of the page. Or to learn more, call volunteer coordinator Cynthia Torcasso at 505-954-1880.
News from Communities in Schools Valerie Ingram 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Glick on Dec 16, 2015
                                     ROTARY CLUBS OF SANTA FE
Pancakes on the Plaza
Grant Awards 2016
Name of Applicant
Assistance Dogs of the West
Boys and Girls Club
Carlos Gilbert Parents Teachers & Kids
Coming Home Connection
Earth Care
Food Depot
Gerard's House
Interfaith Leadership Alliance - Envision Santa Fe
La Familia
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Mandela International Magnet School
May Center
New Mexico Center for Dental Health
New Mexico School for the Arts
New Mexico Suicide Intervention/Sky Center
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Santa Fe Community Yoga Center
Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity
Santa Fe High School - Parent Teacher Coalition
St. Elizabeth Shelter
St. Vincent Hospital Foundation
Villa Therese Catholic Clinic
Youth Shelter and Family Services
25 grants were awarded in amounts from 20% to 90% or requested amount.
Pancakes on the Plaza Grant Awards 2016 Robert Glick 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Schott on Dec 08, 2015
Jeby, our club’s youth exchange student from Taiwan, has now been welcomed by his second host family, Stephen, Maria & Skylar Sheldon, as well as Brooke who is off to college at UNM.  A great big thank you to the Sheldons who also hosted our exchange student last year.  While we thank the Sheldons for their hospitality, we are also in need for our next host family who can welcome Jeby for the spring.  You can help by spreading the word with your friends and contacts.  So far this year both of our host families, Frances Fernandes and the Sheldons have not been Rotary club members.  Since this is our club program, It would be great if our next host is a Rotarian.  If you have questions or know of persons who may be interested in hosting, contact Fred Schott or Victoria Bruneni.
Sheldon&#39;s welcome Rotary Youth Exchange Student Jeby Hung Fred Schott 2015-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Deborah Simon honored as one of 10 who made a difference Santa Fe New Mexican 2015-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Mission of Mercy Buddy Roybal 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Carols and Choruses Greg Heltman 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lleta Scoggins on Oct 13, 2015
We are pleased to be able to offer you participation in the Rio Grande Academy October 24 and 25 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Rio Grande Academy (RGA) is the District 5520 part of The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI). The purpose of RLI is to provide an educational opportunity for Rotarians identified as potential leaders. Specifically, RLI seeks to have Rotary clubs in its member districts identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important in voluntary organizations. 
Rio Grande Academy Lleta Scoggins 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Goodman on Oct 08, 2015
This is my final report, as I will be back in Santa Fe by the next Rotary meeting. Wrote extensive report yesterday in time for the Rotary meeting. I was having trouble with email and seems it did not get sent or saved as draft, lost somewhere in cyber space. The trip to Lugo was great but it turned out to be the day from hell, seems almost everything went wrong. Remember, things are never so bad they can't get worse. Spent with Australian friends walking the wall and touring Lugo. Finally decided to check in to our albergue and discovered we had reserved space in Sarria, 50 km back. Canceled reservation and took the last bus to Pala de Rei. Getting off the bus I lost my Maui Jim sunglasses. My phone was running low on power, my charger was in my pack I had forwarded ahead, and when I turned it back on it wanted to know the code for the Spanish SIM card, I didn't have a clue. Finally to top it all off I went to the ATM to get $ and the machine took my card, not to be returned. We did have a great dinner that evening. Next day walking was great, but on Sunday it started raining. Monday we arrived in Santiago in what was reported in the paper the next day as a flood. Water was ankle deep, there was no getting warm or dry until we arrived in Santiago. I met so many wonderful people on the Camino many of which we're checking in to get their certificate the same day as I. Took a bus tour of Muxia and Finisterre. Had the best seafood paella I Jane ever had in Finisterre. Changed plans coming home and flying thru Dublin where I will meet Ian whom you may recall I meet at the beginning of the trip. We will visit Temple Bar Pub, the happening place in city center Dublin, and have a couple of Ginness.

See all the Rotarians on Thursday.
Thanks for supporting my effort and our Guatemala water project.

Despite the fact I skipped a section of the Camino I am in possession of a distance certificate, certifying I walked 775 km.

>On Oct 1, 2015, at 1:18 PM, Charles Goodman <> wrote:
> This is my third report. Another week has past on the Camino. Weather has been great and I am now less than 100 km from Santiago. Last few days have been tough, seems like I developed tendenitous from some serious downhill walking. Iced it, wrapped it, and yesterday got some compression socks, life's a bitch when you get old. I would say this has been the most beautiful part of the Camino. Left Sarria this am with cloudless sky, but walked in the fog until about 11, it was awesome. I had a plan when I started this trip, but like most plans, it was shoot on the first week. Anybody that wants to give it a try, I have lots of advice. I in Portomarin tonight. Taking a side trip to Lugo tomorrow to see the oldest Roman walled city in Spain. Still plan on being in Samtiago on Monday, but the weather report says rain Sat-Thurs. we'll see how that works out. Almost to my goal.
> Buen Camino
Camino de Santiago Charlie Goodman 2015-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 06, 2015

Punkin' Chunkin' Volunteers Needed!

The Rotary Club of Estancia is in need of our help during their annual Punkin' Chunkin' October 17th.  Volunteers are needed to work the admission gates and help with parking.  A couple of times in the past, the Rotary Club of Santa Fe has attended Punkin' Chunkin' as spectators, but this year we’ve been asked to help out.
Volunteers should plan on being at the launch area in Estancia by 9:35.  Enter through the vendor’s gate and report to the big tent for instruction.  Angie Coburn is their volunteer coordinator.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Dick Jones at
Punkin&#39; Chunkin&#39; Dick Jones 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julia Bergen on Sep 29, 2015
September 28, 2015
Communities In Schools of New Mexico (CIS) is deeply grateful to the Santa Fe Rotary Club Foundation for its generous support of our work in the Santa Fe Public Schools. Starting off the new school year at full-speed, our dedicated team of school-based site coordinators is working diligently to ensure all children and youth have access to the resources and supports they need to be successful in school and achieve in life.
As you know, support from the Rotary Foundation was provided to help CIS build a mentorship program for Capital High School and Engage Santa Fe students - many of whom seek positive support and guidance from caring adult role models. At Engage Santa Fe a magnificent mentorship was forged during the spring of 2015 when Rotarian Cheryl Ford Mente met and began working with Evangoline Rael.  In Cheryl’s words, “ My protégé, Evangoline, is a phenomenal young woman with tremendous potential…It is difficult to understand why someone would ever bully such a smart and beautiful person. I feel I am making a difference and that is a good feeling. Evangoline is a gift to my world.”
CIS Site Coordinators are continuing to increase the number of case managed students, providing long-term, comprehensive support and care for students and their families, the majority of whom live in poverty. During the 2014-2015 school year 86% of CIS case managed students with academic goals met their target; 83% of students with behavior objectives met their goals; 77% with increased attendance targets met their goal.  75% of students at CIS schools received basic needs assistance, including food, clothing, shelter, medical care and emergency funds. Focusing on our primary five-key indicators, attendance, academics, behavior, basic needs support and parental engagement, CIS aims to mitigate the poverty related obstacles standing in the way of a young person's ability to show up at school rested, nourished and ready to learn.
CIS is proud to partner with the Santa Fe Rotary Club Foundation in creating a rich and rewarding school learning experience for our Santa Fe children and youth. 
Rotary in the the Schools Julia Bergen 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trip Rothschild on Sep 22, 2015

The Club was treated to a wonderful treat, as our speaker, Mario Ortiz, District Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Service based in San Antonio, arranged for a new citizen ceremony at our meeting. Mr. Ortiz administered the citizenship oath to a delightful young lady from Santa Fe, Patricia Velazquez. Ms. Velazquez immigrated from Argentina and is a behavioral health therapist, practicing on her own. The Club was truly honored to welcome our newest citizen!


Patricia Velazquez

Mario Ortiz presents the certificate of citizenship to Patricia.

Patricia's family supporters join ner.

Mr Ortiz administers the oath of citizenship.

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A New Citizen Trip Rothschild 2015-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones on Sep 15, 2015
October 31, 2016                 The Lion King             Popejoy @ UNM
                                             See the Event Listing for more details.
The Fun Committee is planning several other events to complete our schedule.  Notice of these events will be announced as soon as scheduling is completed.  If you would like to suggest an event, please contact
Dick Jones at
Rotary Club of Santa Fe
Fun Committee
Calendar of Fun Events Dick Jones 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Goodman on Sep 15, 2015
To all my supporters:
Just an update on my progress, 86.1 mi done, 386.1 to go. The first day was 12 mi relentlessly uphill, then 3 miles down about 30% grade, steep. Stayed in a municipal albergue operated by volunteers. 183 beds in pods of 4. Hooked up with 2 lads and  a girl from Ireland pluse a guy from Liverpool to walk with. Typical day starts by walking about 4-6km have coffee and croissant. Walk another 10km have snack and try to be at destination by 1. Time for shower sometimes on the low side of luke warm. Seen some beautiful country. If I had to title this trip it would be: The World is not Flat. Lots of up and down. I am currently in Logrono, capital of Rioja, think grapes. Lots of fruit along the Camino, black berries, figs, purple & green grapes, apricots, peaches, pears, and more. This is a rest day, went to see the doc to get some blisters taken care of. All of this is in old medivial Spain. The pilgrim menu gets old, mostly lots of potatoes and white bread with a salad, protein, and postre.

Buen Camino
Charlie is on the Path Charlie Goodman 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones on Aug 11, 2015
Deborah Simon, a member of Rotary Club of Santa Fe, is Rotary zone 27's Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award recipient. Zone 27 covers a large part of the western US. This award honors an outstanding Rotarian whose career and activities illustrate the impact of Rotary's programs on their service to humanity. Congratulations Deborah! — with Dick Jones,Deborah SimonTom Simon.
She is one of 15 in the world to be honored with this recognition. She and Tom will go to the Rotary Zone Conference in San Antonio where she'll accept the award on 9/19.  One of the 15 will be chosen by RI and will be flown to Seoul, South Korea for the RI Convention, all expenses paid.  The convention is  May 28 to June 1, 2016.
Deborah Simon says Thank you to all the clubs and individuals who are part of the Guatemala Coalition that helped make the
international projects possible. Together we can make a lasting difference.
Deborah Simon Honored Dick Jones 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones on Aug 11, 2015
Last week the Fun Committee met and discussed several ideas for the coming year. We are posting the minutes in the "Download" section at the left. We are always happy to entertain new ideas.
Dick Jones, Chair
Fun Committee Ideas Dick Jones 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Simon on Jul 28, 2015
Last week we had the opportunity to review the different ways we serve our Club. We heard from the committee chairs for the coming year telling us about what their committee does and how that serves you the club members.  Then club members will had the opportunity to tell us officers what areas you would like to work on for this year.  Some wanted to continue what you have been doing; some wanted to make a change.  Some new members decided where they would like to start.
Fourteen people took advantage of the virtual volunteer committee fair and signed up on line. Four people responded with an email, Twenty more people signed up at the meeting.  Many people carried over from what they were doing last year.Thirty-two members have yet to select a committee on which to serve.
Tom Simon
Results Club Assembly and Committee Fair Tom Simon 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
As the officers take their places each year we have the opportunity to review the different ways we serve our Club. At the July 30 Club Assembly we will hear from the committee chairs for the coming year telling us about what their committee does and how that serves you the club members.  When we finish our review you club members will have the opportunity to tell us officers what areas you would like to work on for this year.  You may want to continue what you have been doing or if you want to make a change this is a good time to tell us.  You may also wish to take on more or in the case of new members decide where you would like to start.
We will have tables identified in the courtyard outside the Ortiz Ballroom where you can write your contact information on sheets for the different committees. Also look for a special event where you can do a virtual electronic sign up.
Tom Simon
Club Assembly and Committee Fair Tom Simon 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Murray on Jul 28, 2015
Club members please remember that we will be presenting the following Paul Harris Fellow awards at our meeting this Thursday
Marc Brandt
Natalie Guillen
Karl Kern
Jacques Paisner
Mark Schumann
John Triolo
Shanan Campbell Wells
William A. Lewis
Everyone needs to remember to wear their medallions and Paul Harris pins.  If there are members who need upgrades to their Paul Harris pins (additional stones), please let either Annette or me know.
Thursday is Paul Harris Day Pat Murray 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Serendip on Jul 21, 2015

We had 7 people attend and one was Michael Erickson who is from the Los Alamos Stars group and gave us good insight to their groups evolution and coordination with the main Los Alamos club. Our next meeting will be at Southwestern Title at 236 Montezuma Ave. on Monday July 27th 6-7pm

Update on STARS Liz Serendip 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by K. R. Ravindran on Jul 21, 2015
K.R. Ravindran
President, 2015-16
T +1.847.866.3235
F +1.847.866.3390

Dear Club Officers,

Although I cannot join every club for each of their changeover or installation ceremonies as you may call them, I want to emphasize how important each event is, for they mark the beginning of this new Rotary year. Both you and I only have this one opportunity to lead Rotary in our new roles and must commit to making the most of it.

I hope the video message below will inspire not only you but your fellow club officers, as we work together over the next year to share the good work of Rotary and to Be a Gift to the World.

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015-16

Greetings from our new International President 2015-16 K. R. Ravindran 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Victoria Bruneni on Jul 14, 2015
Several Rotarians came by to bid farewell to Fabienne our exchange student from Switzerland and welcome home both Abby from Taiwan and Brook from Brasil (out out bounds). It was a lovely time meeting her family and sharing stories about this young lady who touched so many of our hearts.                                                                                                                                                            
  Elissa below ( my kiddo) is probably      saddest to see her leave. She will be missed!
The other picture is of the host families the Sheldons, the Santos family and myself plus Fabienne's parents.
Saying Goodby to Fabienne Victoria Bruneni 2015-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Glick
These are the organizations selected by club member's votes at the last meeting in June:
Solace Crisis Treatment Center
Trinity Site Downwinders Documentary -- Scrubland Films
Santa Fe Search and Rescue Group
Coming Home Connection
Food Depot
Leadership Santa Fe
First Tee of Santa Fe
Santa Fe Symphony
Interfaith Community Shelter Group
New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project
Santa Fe Children's Museum
Cancer Foundation for New Mexico
Good News Basket Organizations for 2015-2016 Robert Glick 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Serendip
Service To All Rotary Satellite (STARS) forms in Santa Fe
There is a new branch of the Santa Fe Rotary Club, called STARS, Maybe for younger members or those definitely young at heart the programs will be at more convenient times for people who work and have trouble getting to luncheon meetings.  It is also a less expensive way to become involved in Rotary where there will be no regular expense for a meal.
New and prospective members come check us out. Regular members may want to come for a shot of youthful enthusiasm and may want to offer to sponsor some STARS events.
The Satellite Club will start with evening meetings on the second and fourth Monday of the month. The first STARS meeting will be at Southwestern Title & Escrow at 236 Montezuma Ave on July 13 from 6-7. Contact Liz Serendip to learn more:
Satellite Club Liz Serendip 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Scruggs on Jul 05, 2015
Product DetailsStella Artois 0.4 L glasses:
You can still support the Pancakes on the Plaza fundraising effort  We still have several sets of these beautiful glasses offered as a premium for a donation of $30.
To place your order for one or more pairs, email Pat Murray ( or Bill Scruggs (  Your glasses will be delivered to you at the next Rotary meeting.  Make your checks payable to the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Foundation and indicate Pancakes on the memo line.  Numbers are limited so order soon. 
These glasses were donated to the club by Missouri Eagle Distributing, Premier Distributing and Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Pat Murray and Bill Scruggs
Follow Up Support Pancakes -- Special Offer Bill Scruggs 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Glick on Jun 20, 2015
This year we have lots of qualified contenders for our Good News Basket charity. Our club members decide on the priorities. Voting will take place at the June 25 Thursday meeting.  Each member has a total of eleven votes to distribute among the applicants. Read the following background information to help you decide.
2016 Good News Basket Applications for Review Robert Glick 2015-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Cowles on Jun 20, 2015
As previously announced our club is participating in the Chama Valley Rotary Club’s day of fun and fellowship featuring an excursion on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  A day in the mountains aboard this historic steam train out of Chama makes for splendid outing, and to top it off the Chama club and the railroad have arranged for a 20% discount on tickets for Rotarians.  All you need do is call the railroad directly at 888-286-2737 and ask for the "20% off Rotary discount on Ride #6."  There are still seats available in Coach Class (at a discounted price of $76).  Tourist and Parlor Class seats are sold out.
To learn more about this unique National Historic Site please visit the railroad’s web site:
Best to leave Santa Fe by 7 am Saturday morning to arrive at the Chama Depot well before departure time of 10 am.  The train then climbs into the high mountains through spectacular scenery, arriving at Osier, Colo, for a hot lunch, before returning to Chama by 4:10 that afternoon.  The excursion is followed by a Rotary social hour at 6:00 pm (BYOB).
If you have any questions please contact Dick Cowles at (or 986-1814).
Got a Ticket to Ride? The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR Dick Cowles 2015-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Downwinders Natalie Guillen 2015-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Virginia Byrd on Jun 02, 2015
We're getting ready for the Fourth of July--Pancakes on the Plaza
You can get to our page from the Events List.
You can get to our page from the Links dropdown on the Home Page.
You can get to our page directly from:
2015 Pancakes on the Plaza Virginia Byrd 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
City of Santa Fe, NM tax-exempt organizations that provide services in the areas of education, visual, performing arts, social services, medical services, and environmental conservation may apply. An organization that is operating under the non-profit umbrella of another organization (acting as Fiscal Agent) may also apply, but a copy of the fiscal agency agreement must be provided with this application. No religious entities (except if the entity is serving as a Fiscal Agent for the applicant who is providing services in the Areas of Interest); no political or governmental entities. All applicant organizations must have a sponsor who is a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe.  Organizations must be in good standing with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office
Application Window for Proposals: May 29 through June 12, 2015.
Award amount: The typical award is $1,000.  No award will be greater than $1,000.
PLEASE MAIL the completed application to the above address. It must be postmarked no later than June 12, 2015.
go to complete story for the form
Good News Basket Grant Applications Robert Glick 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarian,
When disaster strikes, our partner ShelterBox often works closely with Rotarians to evaluate local needs and devise a plan for immediate response. The Rotary family provides vital assistance to ShelterBox Response Teams by helping with disaster assessments, housing response team volunteers, and helping coordinate relief logistics. Over the past twelve years, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors have partnered with ShelterBox to help communities in dire need of assistance immediately following a disaster:
Shelter Box and Rotary 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones on May 25, 2015
The Rotary Club of Santa Fe
Invites you to
Our Sock Hop & New Member Party
Saturday - May 30th, 2015 – 1:00pm ‘til 5:00pm
1008 Old Santa Fe Trail
Hosted by the Fun Committee & Buddy Roybal
​See the Event Notice for more Information
Let's Go to the Hop! Dick Jones 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
As previously announced our club is participating in the Chama Valley Rotary Club’s day of fun and fellowship featuring an excursion on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  A day in the mountains aboard this historic steam train out of Chama makes for splendid outing, and to top it off the Chama club and the railroad have arranged for a 20% discount on all tickets for Rotarians.  All you need do is call the railroad directly at 888-286-2737 and ask for the "20% off Rotary discount on Ride #6."  With the discount the tickets are only $76 in coach class, $111.20 in tourist class, and $179 in parlor class.
To learn more about this unique National Historic Site please visit the railroad’s web site: 
Best to leave Santa Fe by 7 am Saturday morning to arrive at the Chama Depot well before departure time of 10 am.  The train then climbs into the high mountains through spectacular scenery, arriving at Osier, Colo, for a hot lunch, before returning to Chama by 4:10 that afternoon.  The excursion is followed by a Rotary social hour at 6:00 pm (BYOB). 
If there is sufficient interest the Fun Committee is also considering hiring vans for the drive up and back.  So please, make your reservations as soon as possible with the railroad and let Dick Cowles know at (or 986-1814) if you would prefer the van option.
Update--All Aboard for Chama Train Day June 27 Dick Cowles 2015-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Our club is participating in the Chama Valley Rotary Club’s day of fun and fellowship featuring an excursion on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  A day in the mountains aboard this historic steam train out of Chama makes for splendid outing, and to top it off the Chama club and the railroad have arranged for a 20% discount on all tickets for Rotarians.  All you need do is call the railroad directly at 888-286-2737 and ask for the "20% off Rotary discount on Ride #6."  Best to leave Santa Fe by 7 am Saturday morning to arrive at the Chama Depot well before departure time of 10 am.  The train then climbs into the high mountains through spectacular scenery, arriving at Osier, Colo, for a hot lunch, before returning to Chama by 4:10 that afternoon.  The excursion is followed by a Rotary social hour at 6:00 pm (BYOB).  
Based upon an initial show of interest by twenty or so members at last week’s luncheon the Fun Committee is also considering hiring vans for the drive up and back.  So please, make your reservations as soon as possible with the railroad and let Dick Cowles know at (or 986-1814) if you would prefer the van option.
All Aboard for Chama Train Day June 27 Dick Cowles 2015-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Abe Silver Remembered John Adams 2015-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on May 15, 2015

We have just learned of Abe Silver's passing.  Details will be posted as they become available but please keep his family in your prayers. 


Abe was a great supporter of our club communications efforts and members who check out his profile information will be impressed with his many accomplishments.

Abe Silver John Adams 2015-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobb Barnes on May 12, 2015
·         VIDEO: The response team managed to capture the earthquake in this video (contains images some viewers may find disturbing)
About Accepting Donations:
Please send people here -
ShelterBox is giving DIRECT AID to survivors.
If you don't want to donate to ShelterBox, then choose someone else, but do something!
Second Quake hits Nepal Bobb Barnes 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
The Fun Committee has learned that the Chama Valley Rotary Club is planning a full day of fun and fellowship for Rotarians featuring an excursion on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  Carolyn Beasley the club’s president will be here this week to tell us more about it.
A day in the mountains aboard this historic steam train out of Chama makes for splendid outing, and to top it off the Chama club and the railroad have arranged for a 20% discount on all tickets for Rotarians.  All you need do is call the railroad directly at 888-286-2737 and ask for the "20% off Rotary discount on Ride #6." 
Departure time is 10:00 am Saturday morning, followed by a hot lunch at Osier, Colo, before returning to Chama by 4:15 that afternoon; and then followed by a Rotary social hour at 6:00 pm.  For further information contact Dick Cowles at 986-1814.
Chama Train Day Coming June 27 – and We’re Invited! Dick Cowles 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Gerald (Gerry) Joseph Magyar (August 31, 1938 - May 6, 2015) Pat Murray 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Ford-Mente on May 05, 2015
We received many awards at District including Large Club of the Year!  Yes we did it again.  But also we received the President’s Citation, a Membership Award for our growth and retention this year, Dick received Rotarian of the Decade, Deborah Simon received a Rotarian of the Year Award and Pat Murray received Diamond in the District.  It was glorious and fun.
Good News from President Cheryl Cheryl Ford-Mente 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Jones on May 05, 2015
Rotary Club of Santa Fe
Text Box:  Annual Paul Harris Dinner
Join the members of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe for an evening of fellowship, celebration and recognition of our
Newest Paul Harris Fellows
Friday May 8th at the Santa Fe Hilton Hotel
5:30 No Host Bar, 6:30 Dinner, 7:15 Awards Presentation
This dinner will be in lieu of our May 7th lunch meeting
There is no charge for members, guest are $20.00 ea.
Members planning on attending should RSVP by return e-mail to
Payments for guest at the dinner must be by cash or check only.
Paul Harris Dinner Dick Jones 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Because of an unforeseen administrative delay, our Foundation’s fundraiser scheduled for May 15 has been rescheduled to early fall 2015.
Centro Fundraiser rescheduled Rhonda Williams 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
The outbound trip to District #5080 is now open for sign-up.  This is a beautiful part of Canada, Washington, and Idaho and it should be the perfect time of the year to visit the area.  Travelers will be responsible for their own transportation into/out of Spokane, Washington and they will be responsible for some of their meals and sightseeing costs.  The hosts will provide private rooms with bath, breakfast, local travel, and some meals and sightseeing costs. 
The RFE is a wonderful way to explore an area(s) with Rotarian hosts and I can promise that participants will see and experience the local area and life in a way that is never available to a tourist.  Many long term friendships have been formed during an RFE.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to join the outbound group to District #5080.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
phone # (505-349-8850
Rrotary Friendship Exchange Donna Pedace 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobb Barnes on May 01, 2015
ShelterBox 100K Matching Gift

A generous opportunity to provide shelter, warmth and dignity

Dear Robert,

We are responding to the earthquake in Nepal as well as eight other disaster locations around the world. The devastation is enormous and so is the need. But out of tragedy, emerges hope. 

Thanks to the generous support from the Latika & Rajiv Jain Charitable Foundation which has pledged $100,000 in matching funds, the impact of gifts of any size – online, via mail or by phone – will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Gifts will be allocated to replenishing aid for future disasters as well as servicing current deployments like Nepal.

This means you can turn $20 into $40 or $1,000 into $2,000. Double your dollars and the impact your gift will have on disaster survivors. It's a unique opportunity that is only available until the funds are exhausted. Will you help us?

Please note that all donations for this matching gift program will be applied to our ShelterBox Solution fund. As a result, no box numbers will be assigned.

Donations are critical as aid supplies are diminishing! Please visit our website and help us continue to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to those in need around the world.

Thank you to those who have already made a gift -- your generosity is appreciated. 

With gratitude,

ShelterBox USA
ps. Just this morning, ShelterBox was featured on The Weather Channel twice! 
Watch the live update from Nepal featuring SRT Becky Maynard 
Watch the interview of ShelterBox Interim Executive Director Alan Monroe
Shelterbox is in Nepal Bobb Barnes 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Campbell on Apr 30, 2015
When disaster strikes a number of charities present their ideas of how to help.  If they are legitimate the resources they gather may still take time to get on site. Rotarians want to help in an effective way. Often the critical need is for immediate help. A group of Rotarians realized that to be effective the aid must be ready to go and fast to implement. Shelterbox was the result of their creative thinking. No, your contribution  may not go directly to Nepal.  That would take too long.  But it will replenish the store of shelterboxes for the next disaster.
The link to Shelterbox USA is  Lots of interesting info about their work and Rotary connection and an easy way to help.
Beginning May 1st at noon, every donation made to the Matching Gift campaign will be matched up to $100,000. 
This is the largest matching gift campaign in ShelterBox USA history.


·         Donate online at

·         By mail, be sure to include “Matching Gift campaign” on the check and in the correspondence. 

·         By phone, call (941) 907-6036 between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET and mention to apply the gift to the matching gift campaign.

Charles Ken Campbell
505-438-0525 cell 505-467-9043
Relief for Nepal Ken Campbell 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhonda Williams on Apr 28, 2015
I have been trying to keep everyone in the loop regarding our club’s activities, but someone suggested to me that I give you the link to our blog so that your members know where to go for information. We have both a FaceBook page and blog.  The FaceBook isn’t used much, but the blog is always up-to-date.  It can be found at  Thank you for all your help.
President, Santa Fe Centro
Centro has a Blog Rhonda Williams 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Ford-Mente on Apr 27, 2015
Hi all you FUN Rotarians,
This week our focus is on friendship. Sometimes we are just getting into an interesting conversation with our lunch mates when the program starts. This Thursday you will have plenty of opportunities to visit as in place of our regular club assembly we are planning a "Fellowship Lunch".  
Wish all those well who will be on their way to the District Conference in Clovis.  We'll tell you all about it when we get back.
In Rotary friendship,
Cheryl Ford-Mente
President 2014-2015
Rotary Club of Santa Fe
From President Cheryl about the Fellowship Lunch Cheryl Ford-Mente 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Santa Fe Run Around May 16, 2015 Sponsors are Santa Striders and Rotary Club of Santa Fe
We will need 25 volunteers from The Rotary Club of Santa Fe
  • General Information: The Run Around is a 5K Run/Walk, and a 1K Kids Race starting and finishing on the Historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe - since 1979. This race benefits the Santa Fe chapter of Girls on the Run (a 501c3 organization)
  • Times: The 5K race will start at 8AM; the Kids 1K race will start at ~9:30AM. Packet pickup on Friday 5/16 at the Running Hub, or on race day 7:00-7:45am
And about the Santa Fe Run Around Bob Parker 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
The Chocolate Maven at 821 W. San Mateo Road in Santa Fe is the new home of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Centro Tuesday mornings at 8:00 am. Meetings will be held upstairs and if anyone has trouble with the spiral staircase, they can use the back staircase in the kitchen.  Thank you to everyone for your patience with us during this search process.
Centro decides on Chocolate Maven John Adams 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Emma Gillespie (George Gillespie's wife) passed away on Friday, April 3rd from a heart attack.  This was sudden and very unexpected.  George had just returned home from the Albuquerque rehabilitation center one week prior.  At this time, George is with his children and family and they will be making arrangements for Emma's services.  We will pass along this information once we receive it. 
For those of you that have known George and Emma for many years, please contact those extended friends and Rotary family that should know about this loss.
Thank you,

Denise Sanchez 
In Memoriam--Emma Gilespie Cheryl Ford-Mente 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
This weeks buzz Candace Matelic 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
It is always nice when we can surprise the person receiving the Paul Harris.  If you know please keep it under your hat until announced.  But it really makes a good impression when we all wear our medallions.  Over the years there has been some variety in medallions, so look around and ask about it if you see one that doesn't look like yours.  (You do have one don't you?)
I wondered for a long time about why the club usually is recognizing  the giver for the first one.  But then I thought how empty it would be to present a Paul Harris to someone who demonstrates the principals of Rotary in their lives if we can't say that about our own life. So as you contribute to that first one, do your very best to live up to what it means so that you know in your own heart it is a proper award.
By the way, there is a very good way to avoid having to read my editorial ramblings each week.  Send me material to use and I will be glad to put it in.  Make sure to put La Rueda in the subject line so my email filters will pick it up.
That's all for now.  No foolin'.
Paul Harris Presentations April 2 and 23 John Adams 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
We are eager to find out what they decided.
Last Week Rhonda wrote:
The March 31 meeting of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Centro will be held at the Swiss Bakery at 8:00 am. After that meeting, we will vote on our new, permanent meeting location and time.  If you will not be attending the meeting on Tuesday, please e-mail me and let me know your preference for a meeting location and meeting time.  Thank you all for your patience these past two months.
Rhonda G. Williams, CPA
Barraclough & Associates, PC
P.O. Box 1847
Santa Fe, NM  87504-1847
Telephone:  505-983-3387
Fax:  505-988-2505
Centro about to make a decision 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Berardinelli on Mar 24, 2015
I attended Culinary Arts School in Albuquerque and achieved an accelerated graduation earning an Associates in Arts degree as a Sous Chef and I cooked professionally for three years before entering my family’s funeral business.  I attended school for Mortuary Science in San Francisco and spent many Friday afternoons picking bluegrass music at Fisherman’s Wharf for beer money and bus fares.
More things you didn't know Rick Berardinelli 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Hayden on Mar 17, 2015

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.  

Rotary News

Paul Harris Fellowship Annette Hayden 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
BOB -- Battle of the Books 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim / Jimmy De May on Mar 10, 2015
Dear Cheryl,
I just wanted to share with you some photos of Jim Moore receiving a Paul Harris last Thursday, February 26th at the West U Rotary Club in Houston. Please feel to share these photos with any other club members who may be interested. 
Jim’s present perfect attendance record of 52+ years, was originally inspired by Jamie Koch’s dad Ferd. Jim was recently honored with a personal lunch and presentation by the president of RI, Gary Huang. As can be seen in the photographs Jim is still in good spirits and feisty health for 86 years. 
Jim has been living with his daughter Alice for the past 4 years. Alice, in order to fulfill an old promise to her dad of even wheeling him to Rotary if she had to in order to maintain his perfect attendance, has joined the club, where she now also has several years of perfect attendance. I think the bug has bitten her, too.
Best wishes,
De May
P.O. Box 980007
Houston, TX 77098
Jim DeMay reports on Jim Moore Jim / Jimmy De May 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Antonio Lopez on Mar 10, 2015
As promised last week here is the story in full:
In early January coyotes visited Antonio & Elizabeth Lopez’s guest bedroom window and kitty (KISHKA) off Coyote Ridge Road (Photos Attached in Full Story). 
Antonio's Kitty and Coyote Story Antonio Lopez 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Mar 10, 2015
Rearranging files on my computer I found this gem--probably as old as Abe but here goes:
3 Men At The Pearly Gates
Three men found themselves at the Pearly Gates. 
St. Peter asked the first man, "What was your annual salary and your profession?" 
"I made $250,000 a year as an attorney," he proudly declared. 
"You may enter Heaven," said St. Peter. 
Then he asked the second man, "What was your annual salary and profession?" 
"I made $150,000 a year as a realtor," he proudly responded. 
"You may enter Heaven," said St. Peter. 
Then he turned to the third man, "What was your salary and profession?" 
"My annual salary was $10,000," he sheepishly mumbled. "Cool!" said St. Peter. "What instrument did you play?"
At least maybe Greg will like it.
Why should Abe have all the fun? John Adams 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Mar 10, 2015
Looking for Centro's meeting?  Last minute change for next week is reported by Rhonda:
Next week’s Rotary meeting will be held at The Swiss Bakery at 8:00am, not at Chocolate Maven as I announced at the meeting this morning.  We have an opportunity to try it out next week and it seemed like a good idea since we are all anxious to find a new permanent home that works for everyone.  Thank you.
Grady Utley says (See events for signing up):
Kris Winterowd, teacher at Chapparal Elementary and part of Rotary Reads, will do a brief presentation on the BoB event that will be held in Santa Fe in April. This battle of the books event will have over 400 students from all over New Mexico competing in a literacy event. We need volunteers and will be asking for  Rotarians to help stage this event. Regards, Grady
Bulletin News John Adams 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Mar 10, 2015
Carolyn Moore writes:
At 24 years of age, I was the Director of an agency that helped new immigrants settle into Canadian society. One of our many ambitious projects was to help women set up their own businesses. I am proud to say that a few of those businesses are still successful some 30 years later.
Ellen Marshall writes 
I was a critical care nurse manager at St Vincent Hospital in the late 90s over ICU, CCU, PCU, and started the cardiac rehab center.
Something You May Not Know, Part II John Adams 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Mar 03, 2015
In response to your editor's request for interesting material for the La Rueda many members sent brief snippets about themselves--something not generally known.
Here is our first list:
John Adams--I was the sports editor for my high school yearbook.
Brian McPartlon--I have a degree in Fine Arts { B.F.A.} painting,1972, from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Jim Snead--I was the first Chair of the NM Environmental Improvement Board.
Marvin Schwab--my undergraduate degree was in zoology. (see below)
Pat Murray--I was a flight attendant with TWA in the mid-sixties!
Victoria Bruneni--has 29 years’ experience working with horses. (see below)
Chris Harris-- I was the 1st woman in Kansas to be in management in an Automobile Dealership. (see below)
Madeline Feijoo--I am a bibliophile.
Chris Morgan--I sailed a 130' schooner from Rockport Maine all the way to Tobago, South America when I was 21.  Scrubbing decks, sanding the hull and navigating by the stars is a good way to learn the value of hard work.
Dick Jones--My first involvement with Rotary was when I was chosen as Young Rotarian of the Month at Clovis High School in 1966!
Ben Saiz--I was editor of our high school newspaper...and editor of our high school year book.
Zella Kay Cox--I am fully ambidextrous and can write with either right or left hand,  sometimes at the same time!
Virginia Byrd--I was the first female athlete of the year at St.Michael's High School.
Bob Murray--I served in the NM House of Representatives
Bernadette Parnell--I rode on a Harley in the Harley Davidson 100th Year Anniversary Parade accompanied by Peter Fonda and Dan Akroyd and 10,000 Harleys!
Antonio Lopez--had an experience with coyotes that will be in a separate story with pictures.
Bill Scruggs--I was Student Council President at my high school my senior year and I was a cheerleader at Westminster College my senior year there.
Fred Schott--I once worked for a year supervising suicidal patients on the locked unit of a psychiatric hospital.
Russell Harman--I have completed running 9 marathons
Maria Jose Rodriguez Cadiz--At age 25 I got married in Santa Fe de Granada, Spain, and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, US. (see below)
Submissions that were longer appear in the full story content.
These are just a few of the stories that I know are out there.  Please continue to send in your little known facts.
Something You May Not Know John Adams 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Feb 17, 2015

Bulletin News Flash


Where is Centro?

Rhonda reports:
The March 3 meeting was held at 7:00 at the Chocolate Maven.  It went well, so we decided to hold next week’s meeting there also.  We are on the brink of making a decision about a permanent meeting place, so if there is some place you think we should check out that we haven’t already considered, please let me know ASAP.  Again, the March 10 meeting will be held at 7:00 am at Chocolate Maven, which is located at 821 W. San Mateo.  Doors open at 7:00.
See the Facebook page for pictures of recent presentations.
Note that previous stories are still available in the Story Library.
Bulletin News John Adams 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian McPartlon on Feb 17, 2015
Arts Foundation Report
The Arts Foundation discussed at length the merger of both Club and Arts Foundation at its
monthly meeting on January 6th. Brian has been and will be meeting with Tom Simon
regarding merger. A review of documents prepared by Tim Butler is for the coming.
There are many things to consider. The Arts Foundation Board is in favor of merger, provided
details can de accomplished.
Arts Foundation Report Brian McPartlon 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian McPartlon on Feb 17, 2015
The build took 5 Saturdays beginning in the end of Nov thru mid January.
We worked from 8am till 1:30.
Rotary volunteers: Brian Mcpartlon,Bob Parker,Don Miller,Kevin Southwick, Brad  Thompson      ,
Charlie Wilson        ,Deborah Simon
Outside help:David Dipbeye, Rob Bolton,Lou Lewis
Much of the preparation was done by Brian and Don Miller. Don and Brian made our efforts know to both the Mayors Committee on Disabilities and the Governors council on Disabilities.
We found the recipient thru Craig's List.
Her name is Mrs. Vargas and she lives on Lopez Lane on the south side of Santa Fe. She is a stroke victim.
She is extremely grateful as prior to this her son in law had to carry her down the stairs to put her in there family car.
She is now able to go outside on her own for things as simple as to get fresh air.
We will be building another "Ramp" in the spring .
We are now in the process of finding a recipient for the next build.
Ramps Project Complete Brian McPartlon 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Feb 10, 2015
Take a look around our web page and on the La Rueda.  We have events coming: a mixer for new and prospective members to meet current club members--see the events upper left.  We have photo albums:  pictures from the Ramp Building Project (more information to come) and pictures from the February 5 meeting (thank you John Hetzler)
Take a Look Around John Adams 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
International Toast Cheryl Ford-Mente 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jan 26, 2015
Jim Moore, received recognition for 62 years perfect attendance from Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang (Taipei, Taiwan). President Huang signed it in English and Chinese.  Jim was a long time member of the Santa Fe Rotary Club.  Now living in Houston he and daughter Alice are members of the West U. Club meeting Thursday mornings
Jim Moore recognized for 62 years perfect attendance John Adams 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trip Rothschild on Jan 21, 2015
We had a visit today from Flavia Mota form Brazil. Flavia was a Rotary exchange student in Santa Fe twenty years ago. — with Flavia Mota.
Flavia Mota Trip Rothschild 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Burckle on Jan 20, 2015
Heads up from Hugh at the Hilton that parking is likely to be an issue Thursday's
meeting and that we are scheduled for the Pinon Grill --double whammy. 
Hugh Thomas wrote to Ed:

I wanted to be proactive and remind you that not only will next week’s Rotary luncheon be in Pinon Grill due to the New Mexico Association of Counties Conference, but also that parking will be a challenge as it is every year during this conference.

Greetings to the Legislators Ed Burckle 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Looking ahead to Paul Harris presentations Pat Murray 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
The Liquid Light Glass Paperweight Experience
Rotarians designed and played with hot glass and had a beautiful paperweight to show for it.
Bernadette Parnell blowing glass at a Rotary fun committee event last weekend. 
Liquid Light Glass Paperweight Experience Julie Rivers 2015-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Our speaker today, former gubernatorial candidate Allan Webber, talked about the economic future of New Mexico. His talk was the first of a two-part series, with Paul Gessing of the conservative Rio Grande Institute next week.
Allan Webber Trip Rothschild 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
We are still getting some things ironed out for the new software.  So that you will be aware of upcoming events here is a preview issue of the La Rueda that should have the Board Meeting and the Fun Committee event listed. More stuff will be filled in as soon as I clean out the pockets from the jacket I was wearing last week.
Preview of Jan 15 La Rueda John Adams 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Glick on Jan 07, 2015
Today, Santa Fe Rotary Club gave 15 Pancakes on the Plaza grants totaling $74,000 to our community non-profits who are working very hard to improve the lives of the people who live in our community! — with Julia Bergen.
Pancake Grant Awards Robert Glick 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jan 06, 2015
This week we will meet in the Mesa A/B; David Setford will handle set-up. John Hetzler and Kate Updike will be our greeters and Deborah Simon will offer our invocation.
With the new year we have upgraded to a new version of the software for our website and La Rueda. Please bear with your electronic media team as we are at the bottom of a new learning curve. We are always open to comments, especially the helpful ones. 
About this Week John Adams 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Harris on Jan 06, 2015
I am sad to say my son Shawn passed December 29th. It was very sudden and so very sad for the people he left behind but his soul's journey was over. Shawn was very involved in Pancakes for several years and I am not sure how I will ever be able to replace him.
Chris Harris
Please respond directly to Chris:
In Memoriam Chris Harris 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie S. Rivers on Jan 06, 2015
What:    The Liquid Light Glass Paperweight Experience, a fun committee event
Where: Liquid Light Glass, located on Baca Street just down from Counter Culture
Cost:      Cost of first paperweight $60.00 or 2 paperweights for $110.00 for each person
Ever wanted to know more about glass art?  Want to try your hand at something just to have the experience those fascinating glass artists have?  Then you’ll love this Fun Committee event!  On Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 10:00a, up to 15 Rotarians can design and play with hot glass and have a beautiful paperweight to show for it.  NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!  Just a willingness to have an adventure and play being an artist for a day with a world renowned master glass artist!  (There will be two instructors for our class)   Come get a hands-on experience in the art of paperweight making with your favorite Rotarians!   They make wonderful gifts for loved ones, and friends or just treat yourself and find great joy in having it sit on your desk!. The pieces you create will be ready for pick-up one to two days after  the Saturday event.   And by the way, any age can play!  Yes, even you, Abe!
RSVP to or cell phone 405-830-2755.  Yes, 405!
We need RSVPs by the end of our Noon meeting on January 15, 2015, meeting.  You can pay onsite upon arrival.
The Liquid Light Glass Paperweight Experience, a fun committee event Julie S. Rivers 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Nov 26, 2014

The earliest Thanksgivings may have been in the spring and may not have even been in New England. And if you care to do some digging, just what the celebrants were thankful for was probably a lot different than what we think of today. Be that as it may, at our last meeting (Nov 20) we had an interactive program with our members noting the things for which they were thankful and then giving to the Good News Basket. This was a celebration truly in the spirit of Rotary and the 4 Way Test.  On Nov. 27, this week's Thursday, our club will not meet at the Hilton, but as we Rotarians spend the day with friends and family we will take the opportunity to spread the spirit of Rotary where we are.  Happy Thanksgiving to us all!

see a story about the earliest Thanksgiving relating to New Mexico here:


What was the earliest Thanksginving? John Adams 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Nov 18, 2014

A new special event on December 18.

News about the slate of nominations for officers and board members.

Our photo album with pictures from the last meeting.

Correspondent submission of stories is welcome.

Let me draw your attention to John Adams 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Ford-Mente on Nov 12, 2014

Nominations for Club Officers were presented November 10.  The slate proposed by the nominating committee was accepted by acclamation. Election of Officers will occur at the December 10 meeting. The nominating committee was chaired by immediate Past President Cheryl Ford-Mente. Tom Simon will, of course, assume the Past President position July 1, 2016.

Nominations for 2016-17 Officers Cheryl Ford-Mente 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Oct 29, 2014


Julie Rivers introduces herself in her character when not in court.

See downloads for this year's strategic plan.

What you missed Oct. 30 John Adams 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Oct 22, 2014

ImageFrom the Santa Fe Institute we heard Sam Scarpino to tell us about ebola and epidemics in general. Serious, yes. But mostly for the people in west Africa. We should worry and be prepared for any epidemic. The odds are, though, that we face other threats much more dangerous.

What you missed October 23 John Adams 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Ford-Mente on Oct 21, 2014


Santa Fe Centro Rotary ClubSanta Fe Del Sur Rotary Club Santa Fe Downtown Rotary Club 




OCTOBER 25, 2014

Santa Fe Farmers market, Main Hall, 8:00 Am - 1 :00 PM

Santa Fe Art market, 8:00 - 2:00 PM

Rotary International ● Rotary FoundationRotary District 5520

Polio Plus day on Oct. 24--Rotary Day Oct. 25 Cheryl Ford-Mente 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
What you missed at the Oct 9 Meeting John Adams 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Murray on Oct 08, 2014

Scheduled for this 16th, and 23rd. Don't forget to wear your pins and medallions!!

Paul Harris Presentations Patricia Murray 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Oct 07, 2014

Lorraine Goldman passed quietly away Monday morning at 7:30 AM in her home.  Jessica Goldman wrote that "Her projects were complete."  

Our aching hearts are full of love for Lorraine and our prayers are with her family. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 10 am, at Temple Beth Shalom.  Interment at Memorial Gardens on Rodeo Road will follow the service.  A meal of condolence at the Temple will follow the interment.  Shiva services at Lorraine's home will be held  on Wednesday and  Thursday evening,  7 pm.  All are welcome to attend. 

Donations in Lorraine's memory may be made to Partners in Education in support of the science initiatives at Capital High or to the Rebekahs and Oddfellows in support of the Music Program.

Goodby Lorraine John Adams 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Ford-Mente on Oct 06, 2014

Centro is meeting at 8 am instead of 7 at Zia Diner.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 15th the Del Sur Club will be changing our meeting location.  We are leaving Lulu's and our meetings will be held at Red Lobster.  The time will remain 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Other Santa Fe Clubs announce changes Cheryl Ford-Mente 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
What you missed at the October 2 meeting. John Adams 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Sep 24, 2014

Kevin Southwick was inducted as a "new" member. He and Hal Hill gave their 3 min. New Member Talk.

John Macukas and John Hanasack presented us with the Vocational Minute -- Life of Paul Harris.

What you missed at the Club Assemply Sept 25 John Adams 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Rael on Sep 24, 2014
  • Sales were up: 
Pre July 4th ticket sales at bank and credit unions were $3000 higher in 2014
                  Cash ticket sales on the 4th were $5300 higher in 2014
                  Credit card ticket sales on the 4th were $630 higher in 2014
Expenses were down:
$11,000 less than last year.
 Mostly as a result of less advertising and PR. Website start-up and related expenses were less in 2014.
net income  increased  to $105,000, from $83,000 last year. 
See Grant Application Form under Downloads at left.
Grants from Pancakes on the Plaza Fundraiser about to begin. Mark Rael 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Snead on Sep 17, 2014

The Museum Outreach Program supports education with programs in the schools supported by the Ames Project,. These include free school programs for grades Pre-K through 12 and for disability groups. They offer pre-museum visits, hands-on activities, museum tours, teacher in-services and curriculum development. Stephanie shared some of her experiences in helping kids awake to their own artistic talents.

Speaker: Aurelia Gomez, Stephanie Riggs, Folk Art Museum September 18 James Snead 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Board Grants Honorary Status to Lorraine Goldman Cheryl Ford-Mente 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Sep 10, 2014

ImageResearch shows that potential tourists still are not aware of New Mexico as a travel destination or if they are they think of dry deserted desert. The Department counters this with a group of ads giving a "true" impression of New Mexico.  Governor Martinez and the Legislature have been very supportive and the advertising budget is higher than it has ever been.  The substantial return on investment means that our state citizens have to pay around $800 less in tax because of the spending by out-of-state tourists. The Department is encouraging New Mexicans to explore in-state destinations not only to keep precious dollars here but to realize the tremendous attractions in our own back yard.

Monique Jacobson, Cabinet Secretary, NM Dept. of Tourism--September 11 John Adams 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
RV Fellowship Potluck--more pictures in album Richard Jones 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Sep 03, 2014

What you missed if you weren't at the September 4 meeting. Rhonda Faught, former Secretary of the NM Transportation Department described the new State Historic Highway Markers honoring women importatnt to the history of New Mexico.Image

Historic Women Honored -- Rhonda Faught - September 4 John Adams 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Virginia Byrd on Sep 01, 2014

We had over 450 volunteers including 100 volunteers from rotary which included representatives from at least 8 different rotary clubs and 2 interact clubs. District governor Lonnie is already signed up for next year.
The Car Show was a huge draw with thousands of people lining the downtown streets to see the gorgeous cars. The bandstand was jamming from 8 am until almost 3:00 pm with people glued to their chairs
The vendors were very happy and we have heard from several it was very successful for them and we already have commitments for next year.


Pancakes on the Plaza -- The Numbers are In -- 2014 Success Virginia Byrd 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Tom Simon gets it fixed. Tom Simon 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
If you missed August 28 - Alena Shaim, IMPACT John Adams 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Aug 20, 2014



District Governor Lonnie Leslie shared this year's Rotary theme, Light Up Rotary! Introduced by boyhood friend Past District Governor Dick Jones, Lonnie reviewed his DG experience to date, told about what keeps him excited about Rotary and invited club members to attend District Conference in Clovis and what promises to be some unique experiences.  A tour of the Norman Petty studio, preserved as it was when Buddy Holly recorded there and a tour of Cannon AFB with its new special operations mission are on tap.  Wonder what goes with the motto, "You can run but you will only die tired!"? The opportunity to meet Lonnie and Ardeth added to everyone's Rotary perspective.

Lonnie Leslie 5520 District Govenor -- Light Up Rotary John Adams 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christopher Morgan on Aug 13, 2014

Chris Morgan continues as chair of the committee on the President's Initiative on Education.  The board has endorsed an approach that will coordinate our existing programs with Communities in Schools--New Mexico.

What you missed August 14. Christopher Morgan 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Aug 13, 2014

Gordon and Karen Wise graced our meeting on Aug. 7 and Bob White came to check on how we were doing August 14.

Past Presidents Visit John Adams 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Schneider on Aug 10, 2014


Beard, Brenda  Aug 15
Nelson, Douglas  Aug 15
Wilson, Charles  Aug 15

Wirth, Peter  Romero-Wirth, Carol  Aug 11, 1990  24 years
Jones, Dick  Jones, Lorraine  Aug 15, 1969  45 years
Watkins, Steve Aug 16, 1976 38 years

more see full story

Upcoming August Birthdays and Anniversaries Lynn Schneider 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Natalie Introduces Her Adventurous Self John Adams 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Randy Randall and Tourism Santa Fe John Adams 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abe Silver on Aug 06, 2014

Scoop Silver Reports


John Dowdle may be moving on but he is leaving some significant contributions in New Mexico.

Dowdle Serves NM Tech Abe Silver 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Brad Thompson gave his New Member speech John Adams 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
New Member Ryan Prinz John Adams 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jul 23, 2014



Former member Mary Pat Butler introduced her boss. Before accepting the Executive Director position at the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, Charlie was employed for 8 years with The Trust for Public Land.  Based out of Santa Fe, he worked on a variety of conservation transaction throughout the southwest including Arizona, Utah and Colorado.  After consulting with the Santa Fe Conservation Trust for eighteen months on their conservation easement program, Charlie became Executive Director in March, 2010. 



What you missed July 24 John Adams 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jul 16, 2014

ImageDr J. Winston Porter

Dr. Porter is a chemical engineer (University of Texas and University of California, Berkeley) whose early experience included management of Bechtel Corporation’s environmental department, and later the master plan for the $30 billion Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia. He then served as an assistant administrator of the EPA with national responsibility for Superfund and other waste management programs. Currently, he is an independent consultant specializing in the energy and environmental sectors, with emphasis on communications activities related to these areas. He is located in Savannah, Georgia.

ImageCheryl and Joe trade banners.

Joe Player returns to Santa Fe for a visit after his move.

What You Missed July 17 John Adams 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jul 16, 2014

Our Newest Members

ImageNatalie Genevieve Guillén



New Members John Adams 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jul 14, 2014

As you may have noticed the email you get from the Santa Fe Rotary Club is a little different this month.  We have a feature on our Clubrunner program that lets us send out a bulletin by email.  This bulletin has an area at the top that is similar to previous emails.  You will find a specific area that will take you to upcoming program descriptions and an area for stories which may feature information on last week's program or some other area of interest.

Your committee would really appreciate any feed back you can send us.  Do you typically look at the bulletin on your computer, or tablet, or smart phone? If just on your smart phone can you see enough of the bulletin to tell you what you need? Do you have time to scroll all the way down to the bottom to see whether you have a duty assignment? We will try to make changes within the format allowed by Clubrunner.

You can send us information too. We could really use pictures from the Pancakes on the Plaza event now.

Remember that this is a work in progress. Together we can have a district award winning effort.

Help Us Change John Adams 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jul 09, 2014

The Himalayan Stove Project is a humanitarian & philanthropic program. It is dedicated to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living in the trans-Himalayan region.  We donate and distribute, free, clean-burning, fuel-efficient Envirofit cook stoves, transforming the lives of individuals and families who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels.Image

Himalyan Stove Project--What You Missed July 10 John Adams 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jul 06, 2014

Did you miss seeing "Fantastic Flipper" Bill Warner at this year's Pancakes on the Plaza? He is recovering from a brief problem that kept him at home, but promises to be back next year.  Our Club recognized his more than 25 years of service with a specially engraved spatula presented at his home this week.


Bill Warner promises to be back to flip more pancakes. John Adams 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jul 03, 2014

We were pleased to greet Dan and Myles at our July 3 meeting where they explained their cross-country trip in support of raising awareness of food insecurity. As luck would have it the Food Depot is the first to benefit from the Good News Basket in 2014-15.

American Community Project -- Augusta ME John Adams 2014-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jul 02, 2014


In the 2013-14 year 26 Pancakes Grants amounted to $53,000. This year we were pleased to have promised and collected $97,500 in sponsorships.Cheryl announced a renewed focus on "End Polio Now" and "Are We Having Fun" is being added on so our club now has a "5 way Test".

Incoming President Cheryl Sets a Fast Breaking Pace John Adams 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Adams on Jun 25, 2014

At his last meeting June 26 Philip reported the Club, Club Foundation, and Arts Foundation are all financially sound,finishing the 2013/14 year on budget.The budget passed for 2014-15 will be accomplished with the same dues as last year.  Philip thanked all members for a great 90th Anniversary and especially the Board of Directors and all Committee Chairs for their outstanding leadership. 

Past President Philip Reviews a Successful Term John Adams 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 08, 2013
Shall we be subjecting ourselves to the charge of unpractical optimism if we venture to hope that The Rotarian will some day be of interest to the public in general?
Paul Harris in The Rotarian February 1918 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Player on Apr 08, 2013

ImageApril is the month that Rotary International designates as "Magazine Month".  This month we celebrate the contributions that The Rotarian magazine makes to our Rotary life. 

The first issue of The Rotarian was published in January 1911 and featured an essay by Rotary founder Paul Harris entitled "Rational Rotarianism".  Harry Ruggles, one of the first members of the Rotary Club of Chicago, printed 2,000 copies but demand was so great he had to print and additional 2,000 copies.

Today the magazine is availabe in print and digital format and is read worldwide. Each issue contains many interesting articles about service projects, Rotarian philosophy and topics of interest to Rotarians.  Over the years seventeen Nobel Prize winners and nineteen Pulitzer Prize winners have written for The Rotarian.

Did you know that every issue of The Rotarian is now available for you to read via Google Books?  Not only can you read any issue but you can search an issue using a keyword.  To make this feature easy for you to find a link has been added to our website's Menu bar.  It is located under "Rotary Links".  Try it out today to view any past issue!

The Rotarian Magazine Larry Player 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates Discusses Polio Eradication With Matt Lauer Larry Player 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Player on Oct 23, 2012


The newly chartered Interact Club of Capital High School is having a Charter Kickoff Party featuring their Fall Fundraiser on November 7th starting at 6:00 pm. The event will be held at the Inn at Santa Fe.  Major Coss will be in attendance as well as our District Governor Mark Glenn.

The proceeds will go to fund Thanksgiving day meals for Capital High families in need through the Adelante Program of the SFPS Office of Student Wellness.

The Adelante Program connects homeless students and their families to community resources and collaborates with other community organizations to raise awareness about ending child homelessness. Adelante provides students, siblings and families in homeless situations with school supplies and clothing; tutoring; weekly evening programs that include dinner, children's art classes, parent workshops and groceries; case management; transportation; advocacy in the schools and community; a Food Pantry; immigrant resources, and the Partners in Education Homeless Fund to help Adelante students during emergencies.

This fundraiser is a community service project of the Interact Club of Capital High School focusing on families from their school. The club is also planning to conduct an international service project during the 2012-2013 school year.

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of


·     Developing leadership skills and personal integrity

·    Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others

·    Understanding the value of individual responsibility

·    Advancing international understanding and goodwill


The first Interact club was started in 1962 by Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida. Rotary International celebrates the week of November 5th as World Interact Week.

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.

For additional information about this event and the Interact Club of Capital High please contact Victoria Bruneni at

To find out more about the Adelente program go to their website at

Interact Club of Capital High School Charter Kickoff Party & Fall Fundraiser Joe Player 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Player on Oct 01, 2012

Rebecca Minton, our Ambassadorial Scholar, will be our guest speaker at the October 4, 2012 regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe.  This occasion give us the opportunity to reflect back on this 65 year old program. 

Ambassadorial Scholarships is the oldest and best-known program of The Rotary Founda­tion — a tradition of excellence since 1947. Rotarians worldwide provide the funds that make this program such a success. These generous contributions are an investment in today’s scholars: they represent Rotary’s faith that these promising students will become tomorrow’s leaders and will make substantial contributions both to their communities and to the world.

The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation have established the following seven objectives for this program.

  • Increasing awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country
  • Instilling in scholars the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self through active participation in Rotary service projects
  • Encouraging scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the quality of life for the people of their home community and country
  • Developing leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community
  • Impacting all areas of the world through a balanced geographical distribution of scholars
  • Encouraging Rotarians worldwide to increase the educational opportunities for scholars from low-income countries
  • Fostering a lifelong association between Rotary and its scholars

The 2010-11 class of Ambassadorial Scholars received US$9.6 million through individual grants of $25,000. Since 1947, a total of $532 million has been awarded to 41,000 men and women. This program is the largest privately funded scholarship program in the world.

As part of its grant restructuring The Rotary Foundation will end this program this year.  Beginning in 2013-2014, The Foundation will offer scholarships opportunities through district and global grants.  This new structure will give Rotarians greater flexibility in sponsoring the next generation of leaders.


Our Ambassadorial Scholar to Speak to Our Club Joe Player 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Player on Oct 01, 2012


October is designated by Rotary as Vocational Service Month. 

Vocational Service focuses on:

  • Adhering to and promoting the highest ethical standards in all occupations
  • Recognizing the value of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians
  • Contributing one's vocational talents to meeting the needs of the community

This is a time when all Rotarians give special thought to how they can best promote the goals and ideals of Rotary through their vocations.

In 1927 Rotary founder, Paul Harris, spoke to topic of vocational service.

"No prospect is more alluring than that held out by the exaltation of one's vocation as the most available and appropriate means of contributing to social needs."

October is Vocational Service Month Joe Player 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Player on Sep 20, 2012

The President of the Rotary Club of Izmit, Turkey sent the following note of condolences for the death of the US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans.

Dear President and Fellow Rotarians,

As Izmit Rotary Club / District 2420 / Turkey, we we would like to express our condolences on behalf of Turkish Rotarians and our people to you and your people for your losses in Libya due to the terrorist attack of Islamic fundamentalists to the American Embassy.

We would like to inform you that, as the members of a nation which also suffered from terrorism a lot, we condemn this inhuman attack, we understand your feelings well and feel your sorrow in our hearts.

We want to believe that our efforts for a peacefull world will achieve in near future, goodwill and international understanding will rule over the globe and mankind will live in a better world.

Yours in Rotary,
Haşmet Fevzi Çakmak
President of Izmit Rotary Club

Our Club President, Allen Macomber, responded with the following note.

Dear President Cakmak,

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, I want to thank you for your words of sympathy on the sad occasion of the death of our Libyan Ambassador and his three associates. We know that the majority of Libyans and other Muslims condemn violence and want peace. We sincerly support Rotary's efforts to bring peace and understanding to the world through the over one million Rotarians around the world that share these values.

We thank you for taking the time to communicate your friendship. I will post your message on our website so our members can read it.

Yours in Rotary,
Allen Macomber, President
The Rotary Club of Santa Fe


Izmit Rotary Club Sends Condolences Joe Player 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Player on Sep 17, 2012
Three Clubs - Small

The Rotary Club of Santa Fe will team with the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Del Sur and the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Centro on a service project for the Flores del Sol Head Start of Santa Fe.   This will be a two day project starting on September 22, 2012 and completing the next day.

The clubs will construct a learning garden consisting of a reading gazebo and a raised planting area equipped with a drip irrigation system.  The gazebo will hold up to twelve students and their teacher.  In the gazebo the children will learn about growing plants for food and enjoyment.

This project is made possible by the three clubs joining together and acquiring a District Simplified Grant.

Flores del Sol Head Start is a program of Presbyterian Medical Services.  This non-profit provides a diverse array of services including primary medical, dental, behavioral health, children's services, home care, hospice and senior programs through 83 individual programs in 38 communities in New Mexico.

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services.  The program engages parents in their children's learning and helps them in progressing towards their educational, literacy and employment goals.

Flores del Sol Head Start Learning Garden Project Joe Player 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Player on Sep 16, 2012


New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was the guest speaker at our club meeting on September 13, 2012.  The Governor spoke on her administration's efforts to improve the education of children with a special emphasis on reading.  She thanked our club for its many efforts to help schools.

Club President,  Allen Macomber, recognized the Governor for her many years of dedicated service to New Mexico.  He then announced that the Rotary Club of Santa Fe had decided to make her an honorary member. 

Honorary membership is the highest distinction a club may bestow and is only conferred in exceptional cases.  It is the way a club may honor a person's  meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals.

President Macomber  then proceeded to further honor Governor Martinez by announcing that she is being made a Paul Harris Fellow.  He presented her with her Paul Harris pin, certificate and medallion.

This was truly a memorable meeting and the club thanks the Governor for her continued service to the citizen's of New Mexico.

Governor Martinez Honored By the Rotary Club of Santa Fe Joe Player 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trip Rothschild on Sep 08, 2012

Albuquerque-based artist Laurence Sisson, a world-renowned painter of the beauties of New Mexico and Maine, has been honored as the 2012 Santa Fe Rotary Foundation for the Arts Distinguished Artist of the Year.

The award will be presented to Sisson at an evening gala Saturday, September 15, at the El Dorado Hotel, starting at 5:30.

 The event will showcase a selection of works by Sisson,and also feature silent and live auctions of some100 works by established local and international artists. Proceeds will benefit numerous art and music programs in the Santa Fe Public Schools

In addition the Rotary Arts Foundation has joined with several local nonprofits to assist them in turning donated art into cash. These items will be featured in the silent and live auctions at the Gala. Unsold works will then be featured for three weeks on an Internet auction on the Denver Rotary Club’s Artists of the World site ( A monumental painting in five canvases by Santa Fe painter Mary Tito, Not Until Then (valued at $988,000), will be the showpiece of the Internet auction.

Santa Fe Rotary has honored the Distinguished Artist of the Year for the past 30 years. Past honorees have included Alan Houser, Eliott Porter, Dan Namingha, Glenna Goodacre, Nancy Younblood, Agnes Martin and Elias Rivera. The Foundation has donated nearly $400,000 in event proceeds to arts programs benefiting local youth over the past 15 years.

Rotary is an international service organization that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. It has 1.2 million members belonging to 33,000 clubs in almost 200 countries. The Rotary Club of Santa Fe, chartered in 1924, is the oldest and largest of three clubs in the city, with about 90 members.

Tickets to the Artist of the year event are $60 each and include hor d’oeuvres and an open bar. For more information and tickets go to or call 505-984-1133.


Artist of the Year Gala Slated For Saturday, September 15th Trip Rothschild 2012-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Player on Sep 08, 2012
The guest speaker for our club meeting on September 13, 2012 will be Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico. She was sworn in as Governor of New Mexico on January 1, 2011, making her the first Latina governor in United States history.

Prior to being elected Governor, she was the District Attorney for the Third Judicial District in Doña Ana County in Southern New Mexico, a position she held for 14 years.

Governor Martinez was born and raised in a hard-working middle class family that lived in the Rio Grande Valley and has made Las Cruces her home since the 1980s. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

We are expecting a full house in a relatively small room, so plan to arrive as early as possible.

Governor Susana Martinez to Speak to Our Club Joe Player 2012-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
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