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 Bill Lorang on Jun 19, 2013
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 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 Ryan Mertz on May 06, 2013
National Nursing Home Week to be celebrated May 12-18
- May 16th – BBQ on the Patio from 10:30am to 1:00pm
- May 18th – Landscaping and Cleanup Day; BBQ at noon for participants
Socorro, NM, May 9, 2013) – The Good Samaritan Society – Socorro is celebrating National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18, with the theme: “Helping Each Other Along the Way.”
National Nursing Home Week is set aside each year to honor residents of long-term care centers, their families and those who work in long-term care. The American Health Care Association established the week in 1967.
“During this special week, we will show our support and give thanks for those we serve,” says Administrator Ryan Mertz. “We hope the community will celebrate this week with us as well.”
The community is invited to celebrate National Nursing Home Week with the center during two days this week. On Thursday, May 16, the Good Samaritan Society –Socorro plans to have the Good Sam Band play at 9:30am followed by a worship service. At 10:30am, there will be a BBQ on their newly remodeled patio.
On Saturday, May 18, from 7:00am to noon, the center, partnering with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and LGE Construction, will culminate the week with a Landscaping and Cleanup Day. There will be a worship service around 9:30am. At noon there will be a BBQ for participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and tools. All are welcome.
Drought-tolerant plant donations are welcome!
The Good Samaritan Society – Socorro is part of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates more than 240 rehabilitation and skilled care centers, and senior living communities in 24 states. The Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”
For more information, please contact:
Ryan Mertz, Administrator
Good Samaritan Society – Socorro Phone number 575-835-2724
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
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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 Jim Rushing on Apr 19, 2013
Posted by Marj Austin on Apr 30, 2013
WE ARE CELEBRATING
Socorro Rotary Club’s
* May 4,1938 *
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 Elva Osterreich on Feb 11, 2013
Posted by Marj Austin on Feb 07, 2013
El Defensor Chieftain February 6, 2013
This year's Community Awards Banquet will be on Saturday, March 9, with a social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Join the Socorro community at the Garcia Opera House for a night of fun, delicious food, and good company, as we celebrate those who contribute to making Socorro such a great place to live.
This year's honorees have been chosen by the Chamber membership, except for the Ann Hale, Eaton, Director's and Lifetime Achievement Awards, which are chosen by the Chamber's Board of Directors. Hearty congratulations to the following!
Ann Hale Award: Gerry Klinglesmith... This award is given each year in honor of Ann Hale, a community leader known for assisting and advocating for our city's youth. This year's recipient is Gerry Klinglesmith, who has worked devotedly with the Girl Scouts of our area for many years.
Gerry is the immediate past president of the Socorro Rotary Club.
Posted by Penny Lommen on Feb 07, 2013
El Defensor Chieftain February 6, 2013
Local receives Woman of Influence Award
Each year, New Mexico Business Weekly convenes a panel to recognize women in our state who are leaders in their field. Mary Ann Chavez-Lopez, Executive Director of El Camino Real Housing Authority, was one of 32 women chosen this year, out of over 400 nominations.
Ms. Chavez-Lopez has been with El Camino Real Housing Authority since 1988, when she started as secretary. In 1997, she became Executive Director. When asked what she thought made her successful in her position, she said she loves getting up and going to work each day. She also explained that it’s been important to surround herself with people who are supportive. “I have a good board as well as HUD and other officials helping me along the way,” she explained, “and this makes a huge difference.”
Mary Ann is a member of the Socorro Rotary Club.
Congratulations on being a Woman of Influence, Ms. Chavez-Lopez!
Posted by Bob Tacker on Feb 04, 2013
Enter Solaro Energy
Socorro is now the new home site for Solaro Energy. Solaro, which makes point-of-use solar electric lighting, ventilation and solar electric generating systems, brings jobs and economic development to the area.
Lindsey Padilla/El Defensor Chieftain: Mayor Ravi Bhasker, Solaro vice president of operations Emilia Dikunova, Gov. Susana Martinez, Solaro CEO Dennis Grubb and Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela stand under a Solaro light that is installed in a room at City Hall during a presentation Dec. 21.
The company, located at 1404 Enterprise Road, is from Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Solaro Energy will provide new job opportunities, as well as produce environmentally friendly products so homes can consume less power, said CEO Dennis Grubb.
“I have a passion for the solar business,” Grubb said. “I am an inventor, a classic American inventor. I am a pretty good business person. I invent products people want to buy, energy efficient products that have a positive impact on humanity.”
Grubb is one of the original inventors of the tubular skylight system that bends sunlight down a reflective light transfer tube. He also invented a slow close retractable screen system called the Clear View Retractable Screen Door.
Posted by Bill Bottorf on Jan 19, 2013
Dear members of Rotary,
Puerto Seguro-Safe Harbor is so very grateful for your generous donation to further our efforts to serve the less fortunate people of the Socorro area.
A hot meal, hot shower, a place to wash and dry clothes. good clothes and shoes, sleeping bags, blankets and much more are things we offer to the homeless and those in temporary need.
The clients of Puerto Seguro very much appreciate your caring. Thank you so much.
Sincerely, Deborah Gifford. Volunteer
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 Jan 16, 2013
January 16 Rotary Socorro Program
Presented by Nathan LaFont,
GM, Elephant Butte Inn
Nathan, who is the general manager of the Elephant Butte Inn in Elephant Butte, introduced us to Spaceport America, which has been built in the Joranada del Muerto about a 30-minute drive southeast of T R C. The facility consists of a large hanger/viewing facility, a very long runway, and related structures. This all was built with about $209 million from the 2006 legislature. Just the runway cost $27 million to finish. The facility received a certificate of occupancy in 2012. Nathan believes that the spaceport could be the “economic driver” for southern New Mexico, including Socorro.
At present, there are three committed tenants; Virgin Galactic, UP Aerospace, and Armadillo Aerospace. Many others are interested. Nathan says that the problem in development is that the only tenant granted liability-exempt status by our legislature is Virgin Galactic, and not even their suppliers. Without that status, other businesses and suppliers are reluctant to sign on. There are other states that are thinking about changing their liability laws to get into the market.
To get a ride into space with the Virgin Galactic equipment costs about $200,000 and it is 10-20 minute ride into outer space. There are two pilots and six “astronauts.” The company is thinking about carrying cargo into space but has not done so as yet. Armadillo Aerospace has had about 10 launches and has sent up some projects designed by high school kids from Las Cruces.
We were encouraged to check out two websites: spaceportamerica.com, where one can view the facilities and even sign up to visit the Spaceport America, and saveourspaceport.com, a group made up of those who want to inform legislators of our feelings. Spaceport America can be reached by Exit 79 off I-25.
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 Lynn Brandvold on Jan 25, 2013
Socorro Rotary wishes a special
Happy New Year"
To Our New Members !!!:
New Mexico Tech
Bill del Giudice
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on Jan 16, 2013
Posted by Sally Banks on Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012...Dear Rotary Club Members,
Thank you for the Thanksgiving food basket you donated to one of our less fortunate families during the Thanksgiving Holiday. They were very happy to receive the food and will have a Happy Thanksgiving because of your kindness and generosity
We appreciate the support you give to our agency and our clients each year. We especially appreciate your help during these hard economic times We hope that all of you will have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.
Sincerely, Patricia Zamora, CYFD/Socorro County Protective Services
Posted by Dan Klinglesmith on Nov 10, 2012
Posted by Marj Austin on Oct 31, 2012
To all members of the Socorro Rotary Club,
New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series is very grateful for your contribution for the 2012-2013 Season. Please know that it really means a lot to PAS!
Your contribution helps subsidize youth concerts and outreach programs in three school districts, the Community Arts Party and July 4th Celebration, dance and theater residencies, complimentary tickets for seniors, youth and special populations, and affordable ticket prices to our shows.
Our performances are well attended by a broad base of campus and town communities, and in-state tourists. Your donation will be acknowledged, recognized and appreciated by many people.
Thank you so much for enriching our college and community with your support of the arts.
Ronna Kalish, PAS Director
Posted by MaryAnn Chavez-Lopez
Posted by Lynn Brandvold
October 3, 2012
Dear Socorro Rotary Club,
CASA would like to send you a big THANK YOU for all your help and involvement in out 11th annual golf scramble.
It was a success in which Rotary played a large part.
Thank you so much,
Lori Cummings & Ginni Jones
Posted by Marianne Cramer
Posted by Jon Morrison on Sep 03, 2012
Greetings from Mark: It’s our new year! How very funny to think about a new year, a new beginning, a new vision with the very same Rotary. We are now off and running. We all build on the foundation of the leadership of Rotary International, District 5520 and our individual clubs.
Posted by Jim Rushing on Aug 08, 2012
From: John Kryda <email@example.com>
Subject: ROTARY - 1 August, 2012 ADG Visit
To: "Jim Rushing" <RFulfillmentSolutions@Yahoo.com>
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012, 2:15 PM
Dear President Jim,
It was certainly a pleasure to see you again and to visit with the Socorro Club.
Your Club's hospitality, enthusiasm, humor, fellowship and vibrant well being certainly cannot be exceeded by any of the New Mexico Clubs which I have visited over the past 20 years.
The new Web-Site and facebook presence is to be commended, while few other Clubs' work in the community exceeds that of Socorro's.
District Governor Mark has every reason to be truly proud of Socorro's
accomplishments and we look forward to visiting you all on 29 August.
Yours in Rotary,
John W. Kryda
Rotary International District 5520
Assistant District Governor
Central Action Team
Posted by Marj Austin on Jul 27, 2012
“Through my contact with Rotary, I learned about the importance of community service. The Rotary motto of Service Above Self has left a deep impression and has guided me since. I would like to express my profound gratitude to The Rotary Foundation for having given me that unique opportunity and a solid foundation that eventually led me to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, a global service organization to protect those fleeing from armed conflict and persecution.”
– Sadako Ogata, Japanese prime minister’s special representative for assistance to Afghanistan
Posted by Jim Rushing
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on Jun 07, 2012
Socorro High School
23 May 2012
Dear Mrs. Klinglesmith
On behalf of Socorro High School Students and the Counseling Staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for kindly awarding scholarships during our 2012 Awards Night.
You helped make the evening a great success. We thank you for your continued support of our Socorro High School students, because without you our students would not be able to further their education and pursue their careers. It is a privilege to work with you on these scholarship/awards and we certainly look forward to working with you again next year.
Tina L. Garcia
Geraldine R. Rivera
Socorro High School Guidance Counselors
Posted by Gerry Klinglesmith on May 30, 2012
Shorty Vaiza says he’s humbled by selection
BY Jonathan Miller
El Defensor Chieftain Reporter
Socorro County Chief Deputy Shorty Vaiza has been a pillar of the Socorro County community for many years. He serves the public as both a law enforcement official and a heavily involved philanthropist. And recently, the Rotary Club decided to recognize Vaiza for his many contributions.
On May 18, Vaiza was honored as a First Response hero during a dinner at the Rotary District 5520 Convention in Albuquerque. He was presented with a certificate and a plaque, and Socorro Rotary Club president Gerry Klinglesmith pinned Vaiza as an honorary Rotarian for his service to the community.
“It’s always an honor when you get recognized by someone that’s not in law enforcement,” Vaiza said.
Vaiza was previously involved with the club’s “Don’t Meth With Us” program that goes to middle schools and educates kids on the dangers of methamphetamine, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines.
“They are very active. I’m really impressed with the Rotary Club,” Vaiza said. “They’re very involved in the community.”
Posted by JR Seeger on May 18, 2012
The Socorro High School Interact club completed its school year on 10 May 2012 with the Installation Ceremony for new officers of the Club. Outgoing President Jordan Vinson congratulated incoming President Ricardo Flores during the ceremony at the Socorro High School Library. The remaining slate of new officers included Sarah Frail as the VP, Ariel Dillon as the Secretary, Joseph Cutchall as the Treasurer, Project/Charity review coordinator Leah Guengerich, and Recruitment coordinator Bryn Botko. The outgoing seniors/officers including Ms. Vinson, Sarah McLain (VP), Angela Ellis (Treasurer) and Kaitlin Warden (Project/Charity review coordinator) also attended the meeting.
The Interact club of 2011-2012 was the most successful in the 5 year history of the club!! Through a number of different fund raising programs, the club raised slightly more than $7000. One hundred percent of these funds were passed on to local, national and international charities.
See The Interact Site page for the whole story!!
Posted by Dan Klinglesmith on May 18, 2012
Indian philanthropist commits another $1 million for Rotary’s polio eradication efforts.
See RI NEWS for details.
Posted by Bill Bottorf on Apr 04, 2012
The winner is Gabby Perez
Shown with Gerry Klinglesmith
and Bill Battorf
Posted by Charles Millar on Mar 14, 2012
Harry A. Blackmun Supreme Court Justice
Frank Borman U.S. astronaut
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Arctic explorer
Gordon Cooper, astronaut
Cecil B. De Mille, Motion picture director
Raymond F. Firestone, chairman and chief executive officer, Firestone
J. William Fulbright, U.S. Senator
Warren G. Harding, U.S. President
John F. Kennedy, U.S. President
Connie Mack, Baseball Hall of Fame
Dr. Charles H. Mayo Founder Mayo Clinic
J.C. Penney, founder, J.C. Penney Co.
Charles R. Walgreen Walgreen Drug
Earl Warren, Chief Justice, US Supreme Court
Byron R. White U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Woodrow Wilson, US President
Orville Wright American aeronautical designer
Clenton P. Anderson Senator NM
Gary Carruthers NM Governor
Posted by Marj Austin on Mar 06, 2012
Rotary's early emblem was a simple wagon wheel (in motion with dust). It was designed in 1905 by Montague M. Bear, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago who was an engraver. He designed the emblem to represent both civilization and movement. Most of the early Rotary clubs adopted the wheel in one form or another.
The present emblem, 24 cogs and six spokes, was adopted in 1924. A keyway was added to signify usefulness. An official description of the emblem was adopted at the 1929 International Convention.
Posted by Jim Rushing on Feb 28, 2012
May 22, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
The Socorro Rotary Club is proud to announce it's 75th Anniversary!! It all began on May 4, 1938 !!
Jan 03, 2013
Dec 12, 2012
"The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment."
- Elbert Hubbard
Dec 10, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world"