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Your Rotary Reminder

Monday, March 25, 2024

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Sheraton UPTOWN Hotel

2600 Louisiana Blvd NE (@ Menaul Blvd)

Monday's Lunch Program

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March 25, 2024

Fred Nathan 

Think New Mexico founder & Executive Director

Legislative Session Summary

Fred Nathan, Jr. founded Think New Mexico and is its Executive Director.

Fred served as Special Counsel to New Mexico Attorney General Tom Udall from 1991-1998. In that capacity, he was the architect of several successful legislative initiatives and was in charge of New Mexico’s lawsuit against the tobacco industry, which resulted in a $1.25 billion settlement for the state.

Fred serves on the boards of Santa Fe Preparatory School and the Thornburg Foundation, and is a former trustee of his alma mater, Williams College.

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Think New Mexico

Results Achieved During the 2024 Legislative Session

During the 2024 legislative session, 54 education-related bills were introduced, just four of which made it through the process and were signed into law. One of those bills was Senate Bill 137, which enacted the reforms proposed in Think New Mexico’s Education Roadmap report to upgrade the training and transparency of the state’s school boards. 

Monday, March 25 Committee meetings:


Other meetings next week (March 25-29)


every Thurs: RCA Fellowship Breakfast

7:15am @ Wecks on PDN


This week's Birthdays

March 22 - 31

TIM Webb

PEGGY Graham

Congratulations Bert!

ABQBizFirst annual philanthropy award 

Presentation made on Thurs, Mar 21

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Your Membership Team wants to

thank YOU for bringing a guest or friend!

Steve Stucker 

Importance of Friends

We had over 100 attendees and about 25 guests.

Next Monday's Program

April 1, 2024

Alina Gabryszewsky-Kukawa 

Prepping us for the next eclipse on April 8

Alina Gabryszewska-Kukawa holds a master's degree in physics with a specialization in astronomy from A. Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. 

Her professional journey took her to the United States where she immigrated in 2005. In the U.S., she initially taught at Georgia Southern University (GSU) in Statesboro, Georgia. Later, she transitioned to Delta State University (DSU), where she achieved the title of Associate Professor in Physics and Astronomy.

Currently, Alina Gabryszewska-Kukawa serves as a lecturer at several educational institutions in New Mexico

Monday, April 1 Committee meetings:


Other meetings next week (April 1-5)


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

Get your application in today!

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free 1 week summer camp

no relation to a Rotarian is needed!

Our Club contributed towards a global grant in Vapi India

PP Mark Goodman will tell us more in a week or so

Thank you to our ISC ("International Services Cte"

they allotted some of their limited budget to this project


April Programs

April 8, 2024 

Shery Welsh, SES, PhD


Directed Energy Directorate

Air Force Research Laboratory 

April 15, 2024 

Vocational Visits

The multiple sites will be announced shortly!

No lunch program at the Sheraton Hotel.

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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

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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

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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!

District 5520 Announces the

2024 PDGs Dick Jones/Rick Akins

New Generations Award


application information for the 2024 PDGs Dick Jones/Rick Akins New Generations Award. Nominations must be submitted to me, District Governor Nominee Designate Jeff Weinrach (jweinrach5520@nmia.com), no later than Friday evening, March 29th. The winner will be recognized at the District Conference in Las Cruces.


Rotary Educational Programs

Rotary Foundation Grant Training

required for those working with grants

via zoom

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

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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

The last day to book your reservations is Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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

Notes from RCA Office

April-June quarterly dues will be processed in the first week of April.

Tax receipts for the Wheels fundraiser donations were emailed last week

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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.

Yes, RCA is still zooming Mondays!

Join URL: same as always


Meeting ID: 857 3355 6745                                Passcode: 794895