Serving Socorro since May 4,1938
We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Please join us at K-Bobs !!!
1123 Frontage Rd NW.....next to Super 8
(Mailing address is PO box 972)
Socorro, NM 87801
Posted by Valerie Kimble on Dec 09, 2013
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Vote early and often (daily) and ask all your family and friends to vote for Rotary too.
Posted by Geraldine Klinglesmith on Dec 09, 2013
Posted by Penny Lommen on Dec 04, 2013
We are pleased to announce two new members have joined our ranks!!
Welcome to Rosa Armijo
Welcome to Charlie Wagner
Posted by Chuck Zimmerly on Dec 04, 2013
Valerie Kimble has taken over the job of Bulletin Editor now that George Austin has moved to Albuquerque.
We are most fortunate to have Valerie in this position as she is a gifted writer and a good photog.
Thank you Valerie for your Service Above Self !!
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on Sep 02, 2013
Welcome Noah Rickenbacher!
Our Rotary Exchange student from Solothurn, Switzerland
Noah arrived in Socorro on August 10, 2013 and will be with us for the 2013-2014 school year. He is attending Socorro High School.
His first host family is Vannetta Perry and Jeff Miller. His second host family will be Janet Coursey. Janet’s son, Nico Seamons, was a Rotary Exchange student in Taiwan last year.
Noah has an older brother and a younger sister. His brother was an exchange student two years ago. His family has an exchange student in their home this year.
He is a fine soccer player and a welcomed addition to the SHS team. He was the high scorer in their first two games.
Posted by Bill Lorang on Nov 04, 2013
Posted by Penny Lommen on Sep 11, 2013
Posted by George Austin on Aug 14, 2013
Last Week’s Program
“An Exchange Student in Taiwan”
Nico has grandparents living in Socorro. He actually spent much of his childhood here before moving to Albuquerque for about the last five years. He is returning to Tech to work on a degree in mechanical engineering. However, he spent the last year in Taiwan going to a Catholic high school in the island’s second largest city, Tai’nan.
Taiwan has a population of about 23 million and it is one-ninth the geographic size of New Mexico. Most of the people live along the west side of the island and a mountain range forms the backbone in the middle. The east side is sparsely populated, probably because of the frequent typhoons. Rotary is strong in Tai’nan and there are 62 clubs on the island. He said that when you were introduced to Rotarians, they used the name of their profession, as Mr. Engineer and Mr. Civil Servant.
Nico said that his introduction to the language, Chinese, was in a class for the exchange students and there were seven students in his class from various countries. Normal classes have about 40 to 50 kids. Those students are in school from 7:00 a.m. to about 10:00 p.m. with one long break. Exchange students had it easier and could travel quite a bit. Nico bought a bicycle and took many trips. The longer ones were on the public transportation vehicles – most commonly buses and trains. These were very clean. No food was allowed. You weren’t even allowed to chew gum.
Nico said that Taiwan is a tropical island and about the same latitude as Cuba. It also has badly polluted air. One interesting aspect is that the population hates to use the number 4 and loves to use the number 8. Buildings will be missing the fourth floor while some other individuals will pay high prices to get telephone numbers with many eights. Nico had a great time but is really ready to start at Tech.
Posted by Penny Lommen on Aug 10, 2013
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on Aug 02, 2013
Thank you for your generous donation to The Dictionary Project.
Your support makes it possible for students to receive a dictionary for their own personal use that they will be able to use for a lifetime. For some children, this may be the very first book that they have owned. You are truly making a difference in their lives by giving them such an important tool.
Our goal is to reach every third grade student in the United States and you are helping us make this possible. So far this school year, we have reached an estimated 8,880 students.
Cumulatively, we have been able to reach an estimated 19,704,957 students.
Of these, 751 were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Socorro.
With gratitude, Mary Frend
The Dictionary Project
Posted by Jerry Oldenettel on Jul 17, 2013
Socorro, N.M. — There's a frenzy erupting in the birding world, and the Rufous-necked wood-rail is to blame. Never before has there been a recorded sighting of a Rufous-necked wood-rail in the United States, but for the last two weeks one of the birds has been right at home among the cattails at our Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Typically, the species is found along the coasts and in tropical forests in Central and South America, far from parched New Mexico.
Posted by Dan Klinglesmith on Jul 18, 2013
Posted by Marj Austin on Jul 15, 2013
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Posted by Jim Rushing on Jul 03, 2013
to our new Paul Harris Fellows !
Nick Fleming, Chuck Zimmerly,
and Len Truesdell
"I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago ... Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it".
-- Paul P. Harris, My Road to Rotary
Posted by Eileen Comstock on Jun 27, 2013
by El Defensor Chieftain Reports | June 27, 2013
Socorro General Hospital was named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals for quality in the United States.
SGH was the only critical access hospital in New Mexico to have received the award for quality.
“On behalf of Socorro General Hospital, we are extremely proud of the efforts of our physicians, providers, nurses, caregivers and staff as well as the board’s leadership,” said Bo Beames, SGH administrator. “Collectively, everyone has contributed towards achieving this designation.”
Quality of care data was compiled by iVantage Health Analytics. iVantage Health Analytics Hospital Strength Index ranks critical access hospitals throughout the country in terms of three aspects; quality, patient perspective and financial stability. The quality index is a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures. Those include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and outpatient measures. Each measure is indexed to national performance and then averaged with all five measures which produce a composite score. iVantage Health Analytics is a private health care business intelligence and technology company that provides health care information.
Beames said establishing quality of care standards can be challenging although the work of the hospital’s clinical leadership has made all the difference.“Vernie Pound and Dr. Darla Bejnar have really embraced the quality protocols and processes for all care provided at Socorro General Hospital,” Beames said. “They have united providers and staff in delivering high caliber care.”
“Our results as a top 20 critical access hospital in the country for quality means area residents can count on us to deliver the services they need and expect,” said Beames.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,500 respected employees and growing.
BO BEAMES IS A MEMBER OF SOCORRO ROTARY
Posted by Spencer Pearse on Jun 19, 2013
The new officers for 2013-14 were inducted today by Judge Ted Kase.
President Len Truesdell
President Elect Chuck Zimmerly
Secretary Lynn Branvold
Treasurer Cuatro Bursum
Club Service George Austin
Community Jerry Oldenettel
International Gerry Klinglesmith
New Generations Penny Lommen & Gerry
Past President Jim Rushing
Rotary Foundation Jon Morrison
Posted by Marj Austin on Jun 19, 2013
Norma received the award and recognition at the June 12 regular meeting.
Her thank you:
Thank you for the honor of being awarded the Service Above Self recognition. It is all the more appreciated because I know how much each of you and the Rotary Club of Socorro gives to the community.
The paper weight is just the right size for my desk.
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on May 16, 2013
SHS ROTARY INTERACT CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2013-14
The 2013-14 Officer Installation Ceremony was held on Thursday May 16, 2013 at 6:00PM.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW OFFICERS!!
Sarah Frail, President
Ariel Dillon, Vice-President
Eli Ware, Secretary
Joseph Cutchall, Treasurer
MANY THANKS TO THE 2012-13 OFFICERS FOR A JOB WELL DONE !!
President, Ricardo Flores
VP, Sarah Frail (The new Prez)
Secretary, Ariel Dillon (The new VP)
Joseph Cutchall, (Returning as Treasurer for a 2nd term)
A SPECIAL THANKS TO MARIAN VIGIL, OUR TERRIFIC SPONSOR !!!
Posted by Bill Bottorf on May 22, 2013
The Socorro Rotary Club honors outstanding Socorro High School students during the school year.
The 2012-13 students were selected to be honored by teachers for many reasons. They range from being the best in their subject matter to being average but because of their positive approach and efforts, they were successful in the subject.
Those students honored for the 2012-13 year are:
Business - Hanson Oxford
Art - Diamond Molina
Spanish - Sarah Laine
Vocational - Jose Vasquez
Social Studies - Sam Boykin
Physical Education - Theresa Chavez
English - Amanda Saenz
Science - Tessa Guengerich
Math - Ivy Stover
Posted by Len Truesdell on May 04, 2013
Posted by Marj Austin on May 02, 2013
Socorro Rotary Club celebrates 75 years
Socorro Rotary Club president and webmaster Jim Rushing became a member three years ago, soon after he and his wife moved to Socorro. Invited to a club meeting, he saw a chance to give back to his adopted community. "Rotary is an incredible group of people," he said. "It's for all kinds of people — teachers, business people, students, newspaper people, retirees. Anybody who wants to volunteer to be helpful in the community is welcome.
"Penny Lommen is a good example. She ran the book sale at the library and the wine tasting events. We are all just average people who want to help out in the community. Our motto is 'Service Above Self.'"
Rotary isn't all work and no play, Rushing said. "I enjoy the camaraderie at the meetings," he said. "The meetings are fun. We go out of our way to make sure they are fun." Members meet weekly at K-Bob's for lunch. Each meeting features a guest speaker. The club hosts four social events for its members.
On the serious side, Socorro Rotary Club contributed approximately $30,000 to various charities supporting projects here and abroad this past year. About 75% of that amount is spent on projects here in Socorro County.
Monetary contributions is only a part of Rotary's service mission: "We honor high school students of the month," he said. "We bring them to a meeting, let them tell us about themselves, and give them a certificate." Rotary also sponsors a foreign student exchange student at the high school. Rotary members present the drug prevention program "Don't Meth with Us" to all fifth graders in the school district, partner with the city on a paper recycling project, and pick up trash on I-25 at the Escondida Exit every spring and fall.
Club dues, proceeds from the Bill Weiss Wine tasting event, and the sale of Rotary club community calendars provide funding for the group's charitable events, according to Rushing. The community calendars are the biggest fund raiser, netting the club about $4,000.
"The calendars are ten dollars each," Rushing said. Local businesses purchase advertising space in the calendars, which list community events and milestones, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
Posted by Jim Rushing on May 02, 2013
From: Sally McGovern <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 2, 2013, 3:56:02 PM MDT
To: "George S. Austin" <email@example.com>
Cc: anissa vega <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: The Anti-Meth Program
Thank you, Mr. Austin! We are very pleased that you brought your program here to Midway, and I hope all the students get the message about avoiding meth. You are performing a great community service, and thank you for your time and efforts.
I'm forwarding this to Ms. Vega so she can supervise the shirt size
situation. Thank you again.
Posted by George Austin on Apr 24, 2013
April 24, 2013
Mayor Ravi Bhaskar addresses The Socorro Rotary Club
Mayor Bhasker started off by telling us about the Soccer Field/Rodeo Arena area that is just off U.S. Highway 60 southwest of Socorro. It is about a year away from completion and is being paid for by the Lodger’s Tax ($1.4 million) and about $295 thousand from last year’s legislature and $400 thousand from this year’s legislature. The city is trying to get the National Guard Armory, which isn’t used very much, so that it can be used for indoor events. There is to be a 1-mile walking path around the new sports complex as well as a road to the Socorro County fairgrounds. The city is using the Grefco water well to service the complex. They also want to widen U.S. 60 and have turnoffs, maybe double lane turn offs to accommodate large events and more facilities. The basic idea is to turn this all into the Central New Mexico Sports Complex.
The recent upgrade of city water to meet federal standards cost about $4.5 million, of which about 75% came from the federal government. A current project to upgrade the city sewer system is going to cost about $5 million. The mayor mentioned the problem of septic systems having to meet new federal standards. This has meant that many old septic systems will have to be abandoned, and residents, like those on Evergreen, will have to be on the city sewer system.
There is a plume of the solvent TCE from a spill in the 1970s at the Eagle Pitcher plant on the north side of town that is moving south. The Daniel B. Stephens environmental company is drilling wells to find out more about the plume. The possible cleanup is estimated in the $30 million area.
Mayor Bhasker finished his presentation by talking about the transportation system operated by the city at minimal cost to users. This includes movement around town, bringing people to town from outlying areas like Magdalena, and going to the Roadrunner in Belen. The newest effort is to provide low-cost transport for dialysis patients to and from the treatment center in Los Lunas.
Posted by Lynn Brandvold on Mar 13, 2013
Today Ted Kase celebrated 50 years as a member of the Socorro Rotary Club!!
We are all so lucky to have him with us!
Posted by W. Nicholas Fleming on Dec 20, 2012
Gov. Susana Martinez announced late Thursday that Solaro Energy will be relocating from California to Socorro.
Solaro manufactures residential and commercial solar products, including solar generators and solar fans, lighting and ventilation systems.
The move is expected to create 100 jobs in Socorro, which will be the company’s new headquarters. Solaro has leased space in the Socorro Industrial Park and has begun construction on a 12,000-square-foot building. Solaro plans to construct two additional buildings in the park, and will apply for Job Training Incentive Program funding.
Martinez will be at the facility on Friday morning for a press conference with company owner Dennis Grubb and Jon Barela, state secretary of economic development.
Posted by George Austin on Dec 26, 2012
New Jersey, New York Disaster Relief Efforts:
Thank you for your contribution of $1000.00 to the Rotary District 7490 Walter D Head Foundation. The funds you have donated will be utilized for the clean-up and recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Sandy.
The impacts from the hurricane are enormous, and will require a coordinated effort to make a meaningful impact. Therefore the Rotary Clubs and Districts in New Jersey and New York have joined forces in a cooperative effort to address the needs of the hurricane victims. The funds you provided will be distributed among these districts.
Please visit www.NYNJROTARY.org for information and updates on Rotary's hurricane relief efforts.
On behalf of the Foundation and the Rotary District Governors, I thank you for your generosity and your thoughtful wishes. Yours in rotary Service, Calisto J. Bertin, Chairman.
CC:Rotary Districts 7230, 7250, 7490, 7500 an 7640.
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on Jan 16, 2013
Posted by Marianne Cramer