DG John and his  wife, Sharon, recently visited Del Norte,  bringing greetings from Roswell, along with our very own UFO Drivers Licenses.  The next District Convention will be in Roswell and John asked us to "Save the Date", April 20-23, 2023.  The event will be kicked off with a party at the Roswell UFO Museum.  

DG John met with our Del Norte Board the evening before, where each Director and Committee Chair shared their activities and goals for the year.  He was impressed with our accomplishments and plans.   He commented that he was glad to hear that we are assigning new members to a committee in order to promote engagement from the moment they join the club.  He emphasized the importance of asking people to join us for club activities…for socials, service projects, as well as our meetings.  

He addressed the question of why Rotary is still talking about Polio.  The recent Polio outbreaks remain a stark reminder that Polio is still a threat and that vaccines are still the only solution for prevention.  

He and Sharon attended our Gala with the Folds of Honor and were impressed with the event.  He stressed the new RI theme of “Imagine” in challenging us to “imagine” what Del Norte can do for the community when we are united behind a universal goal.  He confirmed with his statement that “we’re better together”.  

President Mary Tieman thanked him with a custom “Flavor or Albuquerque” gift, a Del Norte shirt, and a $100 donation to Polio Plus in his honor.  



It was another long weekend for our Satellite members who volunteered to  finish the erection of a new pergola at the Rape Crisis Center.  Not only did our group donate money for supplies, they also spent many hours over three weekends  completing the project.  Thank you to Marty and his crew for a fabulous job.  


Rotarians at Work
Finished project




Established in 1957, Rotary Paul Harris Fellowships have had a tradition of honoring others.  Points are received by all club members for every $1000 that is donated to the Rotary Foundation.  These points can then be given to others for recognition.  This was Monica’s 8th Paul Harris and Harris’s 6th. 
Our Hosts
The Cuisine
Hushpuppy Wranglers

We’ve been talking about the Fish Fry for quite a while, but never expected to have such a great response to our request to make it a Fundraiser for Polio.  Over 50 club members attended the event at the home of Ken and Cris Abbott, where Ken fried up catfish, along with help from President Mary Tieman.  Barbara LaGree, the “Hush Puppy Queen” and her husband Brooks, supplied all the hush puppies one could eat.  A swimming pool full of 200 yellow-numbered ducks and a giant yellow duck created a lot of excitement when everyone got a chance to secure ducks that they had purchased for a chance to win great prizes.  Maria Montoya Chavez was the winner of the grand prize:  a Taos weekend.  

Duck Master

Highlights from 10/12/22 Meeting



It was a pleasure to welcome an expert speaker to educate our club, but it was especially nice when that speaker is the son of a fellow Rotarian.  Marilyn Strube was pleased to introduce her son, Sean Maden, to the club and ask him to share his knowledge gained as the Strategic Capital Planner for the City of Albuquerque.  As a career employee of the City, he shared with us all the basics, along with information about how funds are used, how to ask for funds and what plans exist for the future of our city.  Currently, the City is working on a decade-long plan to run from 2023-2032.

Mr. Maden stressed that the General Obligation Bonds are the ones most influenced, but that all bond proposals must be durable.  Bonds are paid through our property taxes.  Currently, there are approximately 200 million dollars in this Bond cycle.  He verified that there are no city bonds on the ballot this year.  They usually do approximately 120 city projects a year and approval rates on the Bond proposals are about 65%.  

Although Bond funds are allocated to several areas, like energy conservation, streets and trails, open space and public art, approximately $9 million is set aside to be used for City Counselors own neighborhoods.  That way, City Counselors are able to use funds as they are most needed in the areas they represent.  So contacting the City Counselor in your own District is often very beneficial.  

Some Bond-funded projects coming up are for new fire stations, rehabilitation for some APD facilities and reconstruction of several major streets and intersections.  In the past, the City has sponsored projects like the Sawmill District and housing area and One Central, designated to support small businesses.  


PDG Tom Walker, Endowment/Major Gift Advisor, honored Clarence and Erika Hughes for their recent contribution to the Rotary Foundation. They were presented with pins with a diamond in the center and  a crystal award cube.



On Thursday, October 20 the Veterans Integration Center will again be hosting their Stand Down & Project Hands-Up for homeless veterans in our community.  They need volunteers for work as personal shoppers,  clothing re-stockers, traffic flow coordinators, and coordinators both inside and outside.  Volunteers need to arrive by 6:30 AM in order to get their assignments and be ready for the opening ceremony.  

Many of our members have been active volunteers for this project in the past so this is another great opportunity for you to volunteer again.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Fred Bryant immediately at 505 280-4118 or email him

Upcoming Events
Del Norte Rotary Club Board Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Oct 18, 2022 5:30 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Satellite Meeting
Marty Padilla's home
Oct 19, 2022 6:00 PM
October Ghoulish Event - Ghost Tour
Seasons Rotisserie and Grill Restaurant in Old Town
Oct 20, 2022
Del Norte Rotary Club Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Oct 26, 2022 12:00 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Satellite Meeting
Marty Padilla's home
Nov 02, 2022 6:00 PM
Public Image Committee Meeting
Sandy Rausch's home
Nov 03, 2022 6:30 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Nov 09, 2022 12:00 PM
Community Service Committee Meeting
Albuquerque Country Club
Nov 09, 2022 5:45 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Kathie Williams' home
Nov 14, 2022 5:30 PM
Del Norte Rotary Club Board Meeting
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Nov 15, 2022 5:30 PM
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More club news


Thanks to Ken Abbott for bringing John Calcott back for lunch and sponsoring him as a new member.  

Welcome back to Sheryl Pedersen, a Rotarian from California, who relocated to Albuquerque and is ready to move her membership to the club.  


Who let Larry Strickland back at the podium as Sgt. At Arms?  He was in his element again accusing Fred Bryant of being a “sandbagger” during his recent championship win at the FOH Las Vegas Golf Tournament.


Many Thanks to Norm Liss, who sponsored the weekend trip to Balloon Fiesta for the District's inbound youth exchange students.


 Special Thanks go from Donette Wagner to Fred and Evelyn Bryant, who drove her home from Phoenix after her recent back surgery.  


Congrats to Tom and Karen Macek on their 31st Wedding Anniversary.  




It is hard to believe that fall is here with cooler temperatures and leaves changing colors.  This also means one third of our Rotary year has already flown by.  September is recognized by Rotary International as literacy month, and I would like to thank everyone who donated to our children’s book drive.  

Social events and fellowship are an important part of our Rotary club.  The Del Norte Annual Fish Fry was such a wonderful day!  I enjoyed spending time with everyone who attended.  A special thank you to Ken and Cris Abbot for hosting this event at their beautiful home.  

As we move into October, I want to remind everyone that Rotary World Polio Day is October 24th.  Recent detection of the vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 case in New York and isolates in several environmental samples collected in London remind us polio remains a threat. I am so proud and grateful to Kathie Williams and Marty Padillia for their vision and leadership of the Polio Plus Duck Fundraiser which raised $3500 for Polio Plus.  

As a member of Del Norte Rotary Club of Albuquerque you are changing lives, not only in in our great community, but in the world.  I encourage you to bring a guest to a meeting soon.  



Mary Tieman, President




Congrats to Fred Bryant who is the new Operations Manager for District Governor John Druesdum.  


Thank you to everyone who brought books to the children’s Book Drive.  125 books will be delivered to Manzano Mesa and Inez Elementary schools.  


Welcome Back Mick Burke-- Still on crutches, but out of the hospital.  


Happy Birthday to Monica Padilla and Kathie Williams.  


Larry Strickland has been in our club 18 years.  


Continued thanks to all those who work on back packs for Manzano Mesa School (especially our Satellite members).  65-70 back packs are filled   every week, full of food and  snacks for the weekend.  


We hope Matt Hudson’s manager, Kirk Andres, returns to the club.  He has been with Matt 22 years. 


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