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Your Rotary Reminder

Monday, April 8, 2024

join us sheraton uptown

Sheraton UPTOWN Hotel

2600 Louisiana Blvd NE (@ Menaul Blvd)

in the ROXY ballroom

Small black umbrella found last Monday.

It's at Front Desk's lost & found

Monday's Lunch Program

in the Roxy ballroom

April 8, 2024 

Shery Welsh, SES, PhD


Directed Energy Directorate

Air Force Research Laboratory 

Dr. Shery Welsh, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Directed Energy Directorate Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. She leads the Department of the Air Force's Center of Expertise for directed energy and optical technologies and oversees development and technology transitions in four core technical competencies: laser systems, high power electromagnetics, weapons modeling and simulation, and directed energy and electro-optics for space superiority.

Dr Shery Welsh full CV

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Joe Hastings will be receiving his blue badge (again)!

Joe is the Co-Director of Explora

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ARCF Check Presentation

The WHEELS Museum's Executive Director, Leba Freed will be presented a $15,000 check from our Club's fundraiser held on Mar 3 at the museum.

The WHEELS museum was just named best nonprofit by ABQ Business Journal

Monday, April 8 Committee meetings:


Other meetings next week (April 8-12)


every Thurs: RCA Fellowship Breakfast

7:15am @ Wecks on PDN


This week's Birthdays

April 5 - 14

BOB Haladay

STEVE Rogers

STAN Bolton

Next Monday's Off-Site Program

April 15, 2024 

Vocational Visits

Sign Up Sheets will be out on Monday!

or email your selection now

Verus Research - Manzano Mountain Retreat - Parnall Law Firm - BeeHive Homes - Allaso Titan Development - Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry - Explora

No lunch program that day at the Sheraton Hotel.

Monday, April 15 Committee meetings:


Other meetings next week (April 15 - 19)

THURS, April 18: ARCF Board meeting

7:30am @ J.Shomaker's office

every Thurs: RCA Fellowship Breakfast
7:15am @ Wecks on PDN
3-26-seed sheets

Saturday, April 27

RCA's annual

Children's Seed Festival

in RCA's Children's Fantasy Garden

at ABQ BioPark

Sign up sheets at Monday's Rotary

or click image

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Need a RCA shirt $15

Our Club's Seed Festival volunteer project coming up

 on Sat April 27

In stock:

1 large

3 of XL

2 of XXL

1 of 3X

Email Ann (asinger@rotaryabq.org) and I'll bring it to Rotary on Monday!


April Programs

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April 22, 2024 

Carolyn Fittipaldi 

The Education Trust Board of New Mexico – The Education Plan & Scholar’s Edge 529 Education Savings Plans


Rotary Educational Programs

2024 District Conference

April 17-22, 2024

New Registration Options: You can now register for a single day of the conference rather than the entire conference. When you go to the registration page, you can choose which days or the whole conference.


Home Hospitality Program: We’re delighted to offer the Home Hospitality program again this year. You can indicate your attendance on the registration page


Early Bird Date Extended: The entire conference Early Bird rate is now available until April 1. Please take advantage of it now!


Optional Golf on Thursday: Join us for a fun day at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course. Sign up when you register!

Hotel Reservation Information:

Courtyard by Marriott – NMSU - To book:

1. Call (575) 526-1722, press 1 for reservations

2.  Ask to make a reservation under “District Rotary Conference” rate.

3. Click this direct reservation link: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1708983019737&key=GRP

At-a-Glance Agenda and Programs

THURSDAY, April 18

Fun Optional Activities and Evening Reception

  • Golf at Sonoma Ranch ($58 paid at the course)
  • Explore Las Cruces & Mesilla Shopping and Restaurants
  • Evening Opening Reception an Award-Winning Vineyard 


FRIDAY, April 19

Exciting Day with Latest Rotary Updates 

           Action Packed Afternoon of Informative Panel Sessions


  • Breakfast and Opening Ceremony
  • Business Meeting
  • Recognition Awards
  • All Club Luncheon
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Evening Hospitality Room

SATURDAY, April 20

Come Appreciate Our Youth Programs

Celebrate Your Year at our Sparkling Gala  


  • Breakfast
  • Youth Programs
  • RYLA Program Updates
  • RYE Talent Show & Programs
  • Afternoon Sessions
  • Gala Dinner (Cocktail Attire) 
  • Hospitality Suite
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Explora is honored to be recognized at CNM's 25th Annual New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards, presented by CNM, in the category of Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Non-Profit Organization.

The New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards highlights those entities that exhibit "ethical practices in operation, management, personal philosophy, and response to challenges," according to ethicsinbusinessnm.com.

We are so proud to be a values-based organization, with a set of Core Values written by our staff annually.


If you'd like to join the celebration on April 25, 2024 at Sandia Resort and Casino to honor Explora and all of the 2024 award recipients, please reserve your tickets HERE.

Congratulations to RCA Rotarians

Joe Hastings & Kristin Leigh, Co-Directors

Rotary Foundation Grant Training

required for those working with grants

via zoom

April 4    6:00-7:00

Register on the District 5520 website

For help see Tom W or Ann S

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Dear Rotarians of District 5520,

I'm thrilled to share some exciting news with you! Our district has the opportunity to reactivate the Friendship Exchange program, and we'll be hosting a Rotary group from Ontario, Canada.

As part of this exchange, our District-5520 will be traveling to Ontario from August 10th to the 24th. Ontario's district includes captivating cities like Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Toronto, offering a plethora of exciting places to explore.

The Canadian delegation will be visiting our district from October 19th to November 2nd, with their visit spanning two weeks.

We need volunteers to host and travel to Canada. Initially, we're reaching out to those interested in joining the trip to Canada in August. We're looking for 6 to 10 Rotarians, whether singles or couples, to participate.

Additionally, we're seeking volunteers interested in hosting our Canadian guests for three nights in three different cities within our district.

This invitation is extended to all Rotarians of our district. If you're interested in participating or getting more information, please reply to this message.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

Warm regards, 


Fernando Lopez

Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair

District 5520

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Get your application in today!

high school Junior

boys & girls

free 1 week summer camp

no relation to a Rotarian is needed!

Notes from RCA Office

April-June quarterly dues will be processed in next week

Tax receipts for the Wheels fundraiser donations have been emailed


From RCA Rotarian Mary G Perdue:

Golf fundraiser for joni & friends

May 13, 2024 at Sandia Golf Club

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Spare Room for a Rotarian coming to ABQ?

"I am a retired dermatologist and a member of Riverview Rotary District 5370.

I will be volunteering at a Disrupt HR/ Shrm conference in Albuquerque on April 27- May 2. " (I believe he is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Does any of your members have a spare room---April 27--May 2--- to put him up on those dates? (allergic to cats)

Dr. Allen Lycka 

I have his phone number if you prefer to call or text

His email signature:

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Institute for Medieval Studies | The University of New Mexico

The annual series of lectures is coming up April 24 -27

This year's focus is on Medieval Women

Yes, RCA is still zooming Mondays!

Join URL: same as always


Meeting ID: 857 3355 6745                                Passcode: 794895