Happy Independence Day!


Club Happenings


1.  Club Meeting Updates

This past week, we had our last Club meeting of the Rotary year!  Our very special guest presenter was Shannon Horst, Executive Director with Tree New Mexico, whose mission is to help communities lant and care for trees in urban areas - large and small - throughout the Land of Enchantment.  (HOME - Tree New Mexico (  Past District Governor, Rotary Wrangler, and somewhat coincidently Shannon's Brother Kit Turpen also swore in our new Club President, Brad Ekhoff!  Congratulations to Brad and the incoming Club Board!
Here's a video of the Wranglers who helped us celebrate Independence Day!
As we are in transition, we haven't updated our Events Calendar yet.  We will be meeting this Thursday, July 6th.  Once we have clarified our program, we will let you know.  We will not be having a Twilight Meeting this Tuesday, July 4th, because of the holiday, so we're planning to reconvene the following Tuesday, July 11th.

2. Bike Fund-Raiser Update - Walkers can join us!

Last week, we were given the green light to have walkers join bicycle riders for our fund-raiser!  If you have not yet done so, please consider registering through the website (, and also spread the word including through the brochures and also the video below. 

3. Bastille Day Freeloaders at Jacqueline Hockey's home!


Jacqueline is once again going to host our Rotary de Sol Freeloaders potluck dinner on Friday, July 14th at 6:00 PM.

This will be the first of our new Rotary year events as well as a celebration of Bastille Day to honor Jacqueline's French heritage. You can impress Jacqueline with your knowledge of a few facts about this day. 1) July 14th is only called Bastille Day in English speaking countries; In France it is known as Fete National Francaise or French National Celebration. 2) The day celebrates the storming of the Bastille on July 14,1789, and the Fete de la Federation on July 14,1790. 3) The double LL in Bastille is silent as in tortilla.

Tea and water will be furnished but feel free to bring any adult or other beverages you would like.

More information coming!!!


4. 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! 

5.  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.  

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


July Birthdates!

July 3 - Mike McCaffrey

July 6 - Christine Glidden


July Anniversaries of joining our Rotary Club!

Mark Abramson

Brad Ekhoff

Mike McCaffrey

Brent Melville

Vicki Turpen



Rotary Happenings

July's Rotary Theme is New Leadership Month to reinforce the start of the new Rotary Year!


And here's the theme for this new 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.
Let's all have a great week in Rotary putting Service above Self!
Upcoming Events
Morning Meeting for All Del Sol Rotarians
Jimmy's Cafe and ZOOM
Jul 06, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Cub Scout Pack 442 Summer Overnight
Jul 07, 2023 – Jul 09, 2023
Freeloaders at Jacqueline Hockey's Home
Jacqueline Hockey's Home
Jul 14, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cycling & Walking for Cycles
Jul 15, 2023
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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