Club Happenings


1.  Club Meeting Updates

This past week, our very special guest presenter was a good friend of the Club and President of the New Mexico Chapter of Folds of Honor, Jim Quick!  And our Rotarian of the Day was Hannah Faulwell!
This week, at our Tuesday Twilight Meeting at Nexus Brewery, we're going to be having an End of (Rotary) Year Party so feel free to come join us for fun, fellowship, and frivolity!  This Thursday's program is being finalized, and we'll let everyone know as soon as it's set.

2. RYLA Camper for this year!

Thanks in large part to the dedicated effort of Club New Generations/Youth Programs Committee Chair, Jennifer Huffaker, we'll be sending Juliana Wardroup-Sanchez to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp this year!  We can't wait to hear from Juliana about what her experience was like!  Due to the pandemic, RYLA camp was not being held the last few years, and it's great to see that it's back up and running.  It's one of the most important Rotary programs that we can support each year! 

3. End-of-Year Freeloaders this Saturday!

We had a wonderful end-of-year Freeloaders bash at Kent and Melanie Cravens' home last night including being serenaded by the Wranglers, looking back at this past Rotary year fondly, and introducing next year's Club Board led by Davis Riordan! 
Some of the important milestones and accomplishments that we had this past year include:
1. We transitioned from the Governors' Ball for Children's Charities to the Don Chalmers Memorial Grants as a result of attaining $1,000,000 in our Foundation's Permanent Fund and using the interest to fund the grants.
2.  We had both a District Grant (to support the very successful ramp builds) and a Global Grant (one of only three Clubs in our District to get a Global Grant approved this year!).
3.  We are the new chartering organization for Boy Scout Troop 285 and Cub Scout Pack 442!
4.  We established new membership categories for Young Professionals, businesses, and spouses!
5.  We brought back the very popular and successful "Retro" meetings (where we meet at each other's business locations) and Rotarian of the Day!
6.  We added depth and diversity to our Club Board.  No Board Member was in the role that he/she had the previous year, and we had seven Club members added to the Board who had not been previously!
7.  And we acknowledged the passing of one of our beloved, Past District Governor Andy Anderson.


4. Bike Fund-Raiser Update

We're making progress on achieving our goal of 50 riders (or walkers) for our Cycling for Cycles fund-raiser but we're not there yet.  Please consider registering through the website (, and also spread the word including through the brochures (Brad sent brochures out to everyone by e-mail in late May) and also the video below. 

5.  Project SMART "Train the Trainer" for Naloxone Class!

We are also looking for volunteers to be part of our upcoming Project SMART (School Education, Medicine and Drug Disposal, Awareness, Recovery, and Treatment) "Train the Trainer" Naloxone class for 20 to 25 people (they do not need to be Rotarians). If you are interested in being one of our trainers for this roll-out, please contact President Jeff at 1-505-400-1403 or  

6.  Don Chalmers Memorial Grant Recipients!

Congratulations to this year's Don Chalmers Memorial Grant Recipients!  
Albuquerque Museum Foundation ($9000)
Beds4Kidz ($19,000)
Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation ($9000)
Global Give-A-Book ($19,000)
New Mexico BioPark Society ($9000)
Talking Talons Youth Leadership ($9000)
Like we did with the first group of grant recipients, we will be inviting them to a Club Meeting as soon as possible to give them their checks, and we'll be inviting each charity to speak at an upcoming Club Meeting about their project.  

7. Ramp Project Final Report - Summary Report

Greg Hallstrom recently submitted the final report for our District Grant.  Here are the highlights:

Five wheelchair ramps for disabled individuals were constructed.  (2 ramps were planned but material costs came down, so we were able to build 5.)  Some of these ramps required disassembly of old and unsafe ramps, and safe wheelchair ramps were built using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. 

The individuals for whom we built the ramps can now get in and out of their houses safely as they go to medical appointments and other activities outside the home.  Caregivers are also beneficiaries as they help the people get in and out of their houses safely.  The feelings of isolation and depression are reduced, and individuals are able to interact socially outside the home, which can be a prison at times when one cannot get out.

For the Club, we worked on this project 35 Rotarian volunteer days and a total of 180 volunteer hours!  HUGE congratulations to Greg, Phil, and everyone who worked on the ramp project!




8. Upcoming Birthdays and other dates to celebrate, support each other, etc.


June Birthdates!

June 16 - Meredith Eisenberg

June 17 - Ron Hensley

June 28 - Mike Kull


June Anniversaries of joining our Rotary Club!

Bruce Bortner

Dr. Mark Kropp

Tim Parker

Dave Ring

Tom Wallis



Rotary Happenings

June's Rotary Theme is Rotary Fellowships Month.  If you haven't done so yet, please consider joining a Rotary Fellowship.  They are awesome!  I'm a proud member of the Beard and Moustache Fellowship!

Here is a link to all the current Rotary Fellowships you can join:


Rotary Fellowships | Rotary International



And here's the theme for this upcoming Rotary year!


District Happenings


1.  District Newsletter

Below is a link to the latest District Newsletter with all the District Happenings.  Please check it out!

Central Area (Albuquerque and surrounding area) Happenings

Please check out the link below for up-to-date happenings in the Central Area of our District (e.g., Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Socorro, etc.)!  There are a number of projects and activities that we can support.
Please feel free to call, text, or e-mail President Jeff (1-505-400-1403, if you have any feedback or suggestions for future Bulletin content or if you have any feedback or questions about any aspect of our Club.


Let's all have a great week in Rotary putting Service above Self!
Upcoming Events
Twilight Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Nexus Brewery and Zoom
Jun 20, 2023
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Del Sol Board Meeting
by Zoom
Jun 21, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Morning Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Jimmy's Cafe and ZOOM
Jun 22, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Ramp Building Fun
Home of Garbriella Garcia
Jun 24, 2023
Morning Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Jimmy's Cafe and ZOOM
Jun 29, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Cub Scout Pack 442 Summer Overnight
Jul 07, 2023 – Jul 09, 2023
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