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Your Rotary Reminder

Monday, Feb 19, 2024

join us sheraton uptown

Sheraton UPTOWN Hotel

2600 Louisiana Blvd NE (@ Menaul Blvd)

Bringing a Guest?



Please RSVP to ANN (asinger@rotaryabq.org) so there will be plenty of seating & food.

Monday's Lunch Program


February 19, 2024

APD Chief Harold Medina


In the winter of 2014, after serving 20 years of being a sworn officer, Medina retired from the Albuquerque Police Department as a Commander. He started his police career in November of 1995, when he graduated from the Albuquerque Police Academy. During his career, he was a patrol officer for 9 years. Medina was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 where he became involved with the Albuquerque Police Department Party Patrol. During his time with Party Patrol he focused on decreasing illegal sales to underage youth. This proactive approach brought compliance rates in the Albuquerque area up to 95%. He also focused on providing prevention and intervention education strategies to the local Albuquerque high school students. This included partnerships with the schools, teachers and laws enforcement with a focused presentation of alcohol awareness to students.


In 2007, Medina was promoted to the Lieutenant rank and remained there for 2 years. He worked closely with community partners such as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and was recognized by them in 2008 for the leadership of Party Patrol; his program won the Hero’s award for that year. In the fall of 2009, he transferred to the Property Crimes Division. During the next 19 months through the use of community policing principles he created partnerships with community stakeholders, and increased internal communication and cooperation. During these 19 months, property crimes saw double-digit reductions in many areas.


In 2011, Medina was promoted to the rank of Commander. His philosophy was to help improve public trust and community partnerships. These initiatives led to the continued success in the reduction of property crimes in the Southwest Area Command. He was honored as the Uniformed Officer of the month as a patrol officer three times. He received the Uniformed Officer of the Year for the Albuquerque Police Department in 2004. Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored him with an individual Hero’s Award for his work in preventing underage drinking in 2007.


In 2014, Medina retired from the Albuquerque Police Department and shortly thereafter became the Chief of Police for the Pueblo of Laguna.


In December of 2017, Medina was appointed to Deputy Chief for the Albuquerque Police Department and currently oversees the Field Services Bureau. He strongly follows the principles of community oriented policing and has begun implementing Community Engagement, Partnerships with Business Coalitions, Youth and Elderly Outreach within the Albuquerque Police Department.


Medina was named interim Chief of Police in September 2020, and appointed by Mayor Keller to serve as permanent Chief of Police in March 2021.


The Albuquerque City Council voted 8-0 on March 15, 2021 to confirm Medina’s appointment as Chief of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Question & Answer session

We're anticipating a significant interest in asking questions after Chief Medina speaks.


Please ask your question as briefly as possible and refrain from making a statement. We may have to cut you off. This allows us to address the maximum number of questions.


We'll focus on questions from members first, & others if time permits.

Bringing a Guest?



Please RSVP to ANN (asinger@rotaryabq.org) so there will be plenty of seating & food.

Monday, Feb 19 Committee meetings:

11am -- Membership Team meeting (Uptown Boadroom)


1pm -- WHEELS fundraiser committee meeting (Uptown Boardroom)

Other meetings next week (Feb 19-23)

FRI, Feb 23: 11:30am - RCA Board

NM Baptist Foundation

every Thurs: RCA Fellowship Breakfast
7:15am @ Wecks on PDN
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February 16 - 25

SHIRLEY Morrison

BOB Kitts

Next Monday's Program

Feb 26

What is the Wheels Museum

& why is the RCA March 3 fundraiser for them?

Executive Director Leba

Rotarian Tom Sims

The WHEELS logo

Monday, Feb 26 Committee meetings:

1pm -- WHEELS fundraiser committee meeting

& every Monday in February in Uptown Boardroom

RCA's next fundraiser Sunday, March 3, from 2-5pm

The WHEELS logo

Museum is easy to get to - easy to park

There are ramps and ADA entrances and restrooms


There is a front parking lot and a much larger one behind (photo). All parking within a fenced secured area.

wheels musm map

Buy your tickets now

We need to know if you're coming in order to buy the pizza, veggie platter, cookies and beverages such as iced tea & lemonade.

 Children under 12 are free!

Teenagers $10

Adults $25

wheels ticket form
The WHEELS logo

Thank You to these Sponsors

Joan Punt

John & Dianna Shomaker

Titan Develoment /Amy Calderon

Frenchs Funerals & Creamations /Tom Antram

Morgan Stanley / Steph Thiel

Randy & Redd Eakin

Patti Hennessey

Helen Marquez

Bill Sale

Marti Bass

Our goal is $7500 SPONSOR FORM

custom wood case

to purchase museum display cases

replacing cases that are too low

[note: WHEELS includes skates!]

old case skates

Other meetings next week (Feb 26- March 1)


every Thurs: RCA Fellowship Breakfast
7:15am @ Wecks on PDN

Drop a note to Hutch

We may not see Hutch at Rotary for awhile. He might be stuck at home for a bit.

Drop him a note

Encourage him to join the others on zoom

Hutchison Jim


March Programs

March 4, 2024

Krzysztof Zimowski 

Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic

and the Opera Southwest Orchestra

March 11, 2024

Raul Torrez

Attorney General


March 18, 2024

Steve Stucker 

Bring a potential new Rotarian or a friend to Rotary

Details to follow

March 25, 2024

Fred Nathan 

Think New Mexico founder & Executive Director

Legislative Session Summary

do you know a high school Junior - boys & girls

free 1 week summer camp

no relation to a Rotarian is needed!




Rotary Educational Programs

Zoom presentation Saturday morning, Feb. 17 when high school junior, Madeline Abrams, will share her rain harvesting system to help conserve water for growing vegetables and as a way to reuse discarded plastic water bottles.

Madeline has presented her invention to Rotary Clubs in Uganda, Namibia, Angola and South Africa where it is being implemented.

Time: Saturday, Feb 17, 2024 11:00 AM Mountain Time; 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83517790604?pwd=QjZzY3pCUWdraUdnaTlJbXdmK2Zndz09 Meeting ID: 835 1779 0604 Passcode: 565529 

Rotary Foundation Grant Training

required for those working with grants

via zoom

March 20  6:00-7:00

March 26  6:00-7:00

April 4    6:00-7:00

Register on the District 5520 website

For help see Tom W or Ann S


via zoom

Feb 24  9:00am -12:00

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Thank you for thinking of us gals

on Monday!

You're the sweetest

with a cherry on top!

daymon ely vert

Full report from Monday's speaker

Daymon Ely

48th version of homelessness plan for ABQ


polio 2-16

recent Polio Update from TRF

estelle rosenblum obit

Tues, April 9, 2024 - a evening party

The Rosenblum family went back and forth on a lot of ideas and have decided that the best way to celebrate mom (Estelle Rosenblum) is at the April 9 Italian Night at the Sheraton Uptown where they are going to honor Mom, who established with Jim Hesse the Young Voices scholarship.

I'll relay the details as I receive.

GS flyer code

GIRL SCOUT cookies time

our bookkeeper, Monica Yaple's daughter is selling cookies!

easy to order via code or paper form

GS paper order form

Yes, RCA is still zooming Mondays!

Join URL: same as always


Meeting ID: 857 3355 6745                                Passcode: 794895