Your Rotary Reminder for

Today, Sept 11, 2023

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2600 Louisiana Blvd NE (@ Menaul Blvd)

RCA is meeting in the ROXY Ballroom
next to the restaurant. Hotel's front lobby door is closest

Today's Lunch Program

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Today, September 11:

Carla Sonntag

President and CEO, NMBC/BTNM

NM Business Coalition

Government Largess, Tax Dollar Stewardship, and Albuquerque's Crime Crises

Carla Sonntag is the founder and president of the New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) and Better Together New Mexico (BTNM). Together, these organizations represent hundreds of businesses and thousands of New Mexicans. Through her leadership, NMBC is well recognized both within New Mexico and across the U.S.  

The New Mexico Business Coalition, with decades of governmental affairs experience and expertise, will share insight using recent and ongoing examples of how government policies/regulations/laws impact our daily lives. We've experienced multi-billion dollar tax surpluses at the state level for the past four years which has grown Albuquerque's budget too. So why are poverty, crime, child well-being, and other metrics still some of the worst in the nation? In twenty minutes or less, attendees will get a snapshot of state and Albuquerque tax dollar stewardship. They will hear specific ways to leverage their voice in the process of influencing positive improvements that will impact businesses, employees, and all New Mexicans. 

Monday, Sept 11 Committee meetings:

1pm - ISC (International Service Committee)

Serenade room, next door to usual boardroom

September Birthdays

(Sept 1 -18)


RICH Leonard


HAL Lavender

JOYCE Takeuchi

BOB Clark


Other meetings next week (Sept 11 - 15)


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

Sept. 13 Service Project

Rotary Day at NM State Fair

See you there!

Visit me in the quiet sensory room

PS: if you’re working the State Fair next Wednesday, don’t forget to buy a new RCA t-shirt ($15).

Tell me your size & I’ll have it on Monday for you to pick up & will charge to your RCA account!

Dress to Represent RCA Rotary!

Shirts for sale on Monday

$15 (cash - exact amount - deeply appreciated!)

sizes small to 3X

Next RCA Program

September 18:

Vocational Visits

To our Rotarians' businesses -- some new & some popular sites from past visits

Reminder you must sign up to attend.

EMAIL with sign up information

Upcoming September Programs

September 25:

Chief Emily Jaramillo

ABQ Fire & Rescue

In March of 2023, Emily was selected and promoted to become the first woman to serve as Fire Chief in AFR's 123 year history.

Other events of interest
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What are the qualifications to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange?

Generally a student who intends to apply for our program needs to:

  • be a sophomore or junior at the time of application
  • have good grades (top 1/3 of the class)
  • be outgoing and participatory in your community and/or school
  • be able to choose multiple countries as possible places of travel
  • be emotionally stable (able to manage stress and make decisions well)
  • have parent(s) whole-heartedly supporting the exchange
  • be willing to speak in front of Rotary groups
  • be able to fund the costs of exchange (approximately $6,500).

Assessment of these qualifications will be determined by  in-person interviews; a completed application; and a weekend with leaders and other students.


If interested, contact Michelle Frechette,

District Youth Exchange Committee Chair,

505.379.0544 or [email protected].


Deadline to apply for this cycle is September 30, 2023.

Placitas Artist Series 2023-24 season

PAS concert

Ride for Rotary in India - January 2024

This year’s event will be held from 5th to 20th January, 2024. The 15 days event will start-off from Udaipur (India) and can either be a motorcycle ride, or a four wheeler drive.

The ride will cover multiple Rotary Districts and many Rotary Clubs. Route map will be - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Statue of Unity - Surat - Nashik - Pune - Kolhapur - Goa - Mysore

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Flo Cunningham

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Rotarians to travel overseas on a Rotary Friendship Exchange

Here are opportunity for international travel with RCF friendship teams of rotarians.

By the invitations from Rotarians of the countries listed below, RCF organizing and gathering teams for friendship Exchange trips.

A list 10 clubs are in each country looking forward to greet our team with hospitality and welcome arrangements.

1. Oct 10-20, 2023 GERMANY

Frankfurt-Munich (Bavaria)


2. Nov 5-15, 2023 ITALY


3.Dec 1-11, 2023 -ISRAEL


Rotary 2024 International Convention in Singapore (May 25-29, 2024)


Coming up in 2024 - UNITED ARAB AMIRATES



Vitaliy Bezrodnov - RCF Coordinator

Fuquay Varina Rotary Club, North Carolina USA

[email protected]


NM Society of Association Executives

Policy Forum on September 28 at 9:00 a.m. The forum will feature a candid conversation with Representative Meredith Dixon (D-20).

Representative Dixon serves as Vice-Chair of the House Appropriations & Finance Committee and as a member of the House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee. She is a mother, small business owner, and a proud Albuquerque resident. Her husband Kevin is an engineer at Sandia Labs and together they are raising two daughters in the heart of District 20.

Representative Dixon's policy priorities include: crime and public safety, economic diversification, education, health care, and environment & climate change.

The Policy Forum is a complimentary, member-only program and will be on Thursday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at AGC New Mexico (1615 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102).

Space is limited and preference is given to association executives. Please register as soon as possible.

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District Foundation Peace Initiative Update

Sep 21, 2023 6:00 PM - Sep 21, 2023 7:00 PM



To celebrate the International Day of Peace, Bob Reid will be giving us an update on Rotary's Peace Initiative. We would like to encourage all the clubs in the district to have at least one person in

attendance to better understand what this part of the foundation does and has to offer the clubs in the district. We will also brief you on the peace fellowships and how these can benefit our youth and communities.

RCA's website has several new features!

2023 RCA Membership Directory


Tim Webb only phone is his mobile (505) 363-7571
Yes, RCA is still zooming Mondays!

Join URL: same as always
Meeting ID: 857 3355 6745                                Passcode: 794895