Rotary President Barry Rassin to Visit Us!! 2018-10-15 06:00:00Z 0
Polio Plus Ideas 2018-09-27 06:00:00Z 0
2019 District Conference in El Paso! 2018-08-26 06:00:00Z 0
                   Meet the Governors! 2018-07-29 06:00:00Z 0
District Executive Secretary _- Donette Wagner Contact Information: 505-269-6585 
District Bookkeeper - Debbie LeMon Contact Information 
New District Staff Celine Silva 2018-07-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yale Jones on May 07, 2018
There are 24 days left in this Rotary year, and thus 24 days to help District 5520 achieve its goal of support to the Foundation Annual Fund–Share of $100 per Rotarian. We have done well, and we are close. We have added more than 881 new donors to the Foundation this year, and we enjoyed a wonderful response to the offer of a Paul Harris Fellowship points match at our recent district conference in Santa Fe. A big thanks to James Morrison and his team. So, we are almost there.
If you haven’t donated to the Rotary Foundation this year, please help us achieve our goal. But, it’s not just about achieving our goal. Rather, it is about doing good in the world. Our donations to the Annual Fund-Share make help possible service projects in our own communities, as well as global grant projects abroad. We can make, and are making, the world a better, kinder place.
To learn more about the Rotary Foundation and how it uses our money, see To donate online, go to
Your District 5520 leadership team is proud of you and thanks you for your support.
                 Let's Finish Strong Yale Jones 2018-05-07 06:00:00Z 0

It’s a common misconception that only half of our annual giving to the Rotary Foundation comes back to the District for grants.  In fact, with a strategic approach, more than 100 percent can be returned to support humanitarian projects in our district.

The term “SHARE” has a couple of different meanings in the context of Rotary Foundation giving.  In the simplest terms, it is how we share Rotary with the world and our giving with other districts.  The term “SHARE” also is applied to a category of Annual Fund giving (promoted as Every Rotarian Every Year) that is unrestricted.  When you give to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund, you have the choice of restricting your gift to a specific area of focus, such as water/sanitation or basic education/literacy.  But if you make this election, you need to be aware that those gifts will not be included in our District Designated Funds (DDF).  DDF is the money that comes back to our district three years later and provides the funds we use for District Grants as well as the District’s match for Global Grants.

For this reason, district leaders encourage Rotarians to select Annual Fund – SHARE as the best choice for Annual Fund giving when our members donate to the Rotary Foundation.

A portion of our members’ Annual Fund – SHARE giving that is made in fiscal year 2018 will be returned to the District as DDF that we can utilize in fiscal year 2021.  To be more precise, one-half of our district’s total giving to Annual Fund – SHARE is returned as DDF. If our district Rotarians gave, for example, $300,000 to the Annual Fund – SHARE this year, we would receive $150,000 back in DDF three years later.  

The other half - $150,000 in this example - comes back to us from the World Fund, which is administered by the Rotary Foundation and provides a signification portion of the funding of our Global Grants.

This is where the misconception originates, and if we only utilized DDF (and not the World Fund) to support our humanitarian projects, it would be a valid assumption.  But, we certainly don’t need to stop there. Although it has been customary for our district Rotarians to participate in Global Grants as the international partner, we also can choose to be the host partner.  The host partner is on the receiving end of a humanitarian project funded by a Global Grant.

It is no secret that our Rotary District includes many communities with significant economic and social needs.  We can utilize the funds available from Rotary Foundation Global Grants by forming partnerships with other Rotary Clubs in districts outside our own country and tapping into the World Fund.

And that’s how we SHARE and receive more at the same time!

SHARE - It All Comes Back! Doreen Kelsey 2018-05-07 06:00:00Z 0
Sarah Jones, (RC of Albuquerque Del Norte) District Chair of the Four-Way Test Essay Contest, is pleased to announce that, "It’s that time of year again to get the contest information out into your community middle-schools.

"After reviewing past essay contest policies, implementing more student-friendly guidelines will not only enrich the student’s experience, but also improve the quality of the essays.  The time limit to complete the essay excludes some students that grasp the concept, but may not communicate their ideas effectively under this restriction.  Therefore, there is no time limit.  I am hopeful teachers and students will deep-dive into the Four-Way Test and, therefore, encourage research.

"Included in this year’s essay information packets are district goals to encourage a more vibrant, rooted Four-Way Test Essay Contest experience for our middle-school communities.  Please pass this information on to your Club's Four-Way Test committee chair and feel free to contact me if you are interested in helping during the long-term goal planning process."
[The winning essays from all participating District Clubs must be received by the District Four-Way Test Committee Chair by March 16, 2018. Email essays to Sarah Jones at]
2018 Four-Way Test Essay Contest Underway! 2017-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
New Mexico Dental Association Volunteers providing care
The lines of folks who sought help with their dental needs -- at no cost -- went around the massive Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday morning, and again on Saturday, as the New Mexico Dental Association's annual Mission of Mercy free dental care program brought in hundreds of dental professionals as well as volunteers in one of the state's largest community events of the year.
1,500 receive needed dental care at Mission of Mercy event Kathy Fuller 2017-09-28 06:00:00Z 0
 Rotarian Mario Di Gesu (RC of Truth or Consequences) led a T'ai Chi Chih breakout session at the Atlanta convention that was well received.  The room was to capacity 10 minutes before start time which was a surprise because it was the last time slot on the last day.  
T'ai Chi Chih is a moving meditation for mind and body. 
Thank you, Mario! Service Above Self!
Mario Di Gesu in Atlanta! 2017-07-24 06:00:00Z 0
This past weekend District 5520 Rotarians (Tom Simon, Jesse Allen, Sheryl Saavedra, PDG Tom Walker, DGE Linda Woodward, Yale Jones, DG Doreen Kelsey, DGN Jeff Weinrach, Dom Bernardi, PDG Dick Jones, and Andrew Garrison) paid a visit to Denver for Zone Institute Training.
District 5520 Rotarians In Denver 2017-07-24 06:00:00Z 0
Join Rotarians from New Mexico, West Texas, and Mexico for the
Bi-District Conference
August 11th and 12th
NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road ∙ Las Cruces, NM  88011

Late registration begins August 6th at $90 per person  (Includes booth space)
For hotel reservations contact the Hilton Garden Inn: 
2550 S. Don Roser   Las Cruces 
Room rate is $90 per night. Mention - Rotary Bi-District
(Call 575-522-0900)

2017 Bi-District Conference: Districts 4110 and 5520 Making a Difference 2017-07-12 06:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, March 25, the District Assembly will convene at 10:00 a.m. at the Albuquerque Crowne Plaza located at 1901 University Blvd. NE.  This event is the premier training opportunity for all Rotarians in the District – not just district leaders.
The cost for attending is $25, which includes a plated lunch.  The session will end at 3:15 with door prizes.  In the evening, the Foundation Dinner is scheduled at 6:00 p.m., and will feature keynote speaker Christine Grodecki.  The cost of the Foundation Dinner is just $50.  Special hotel rates are available from the Crowne Plaza at $89 for either Friday or Saturday night.
It’s easy to register from the District website, and a link is included for the hotel.
District Assembly: Learning and Fellowship for All District Rotarians  Kathy Fuller 2017-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
The District 5520 Foundation announces additional District Grant Applications will be accepted from Monday, August 15 through Friday, September 2, 2016!  Applications will only be accepted from Qualified Clubs that have no less than two Club members trained in Grants Management during the RY 2016-17.  
New Round of District Grant Applications Dom Bernardi 2016-07-30 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Truth or Consequences, NM is showcasing its "Don't Meth With Us" Project at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea.  Shown above is Rotarian Mario Di Gesu, who shared information about the project with Rotarians from across the globe.  Great job, Mario and members of the Rotary Club of TorC!
TorC Project highlighted at Rotary International Conference 2016-05-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Hull, Rotary Club of Los Alamos, NM
Graduating members of Delancey Street who have just received their high school diplomas crowd around Dr. Gabe Baca, in graduation regalia, director of the Adult Basic Education department at UNM-Los Alamos.  In the crowd also are Alison Pannell, President of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, and Linda Hull, the Club's PR coordinator.  The Rotary Club of Los Alamos provided vouchers to pay for each graduate's exam fees.
   Through an initiative undertaken by the late Gil Butler with a District 5520 matching grant, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos has provided financial support for students in the Adult Basic Education (ABE) department of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) since 2008.  The Club does this by paying the exam fees for students taking the General Education Degree (GED) and High School Equivalency (HSE) exams.
   The beneficiaries of this grant are students served under the UNM-LA ABE program and who participate in the HSE program:  Los Alamos residents; Native American students from surrounding Pueblos; and students who are recovering from substance abuse at Delancey Street Foundation (San Juan Pueblo, NM) and the Sangre de Cristo Women’s Transitional Living Program (Peña Blanca, NM).   This project, as shown by its success in the past, has positively affected the Los Alamos community and its neighbors by providing educational advancement for those who might not otherwise be able to afford the exam fees, $51.50.  Improving educational opportunities for local residents, whatever their age or circumstance, is in keeping with Rotary’s pledge to support literacy and vocational success.
District Grant Supports Los Alamos Basic Education Initiative Linda Hull, Rotary Club of Los Alamos, NM 2016-05-23 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of El Paso knows what service is all about.  For the fifth year, the club is building a ramp in cooperation with the University of Texas – El Paso.  The project will benefit a family that cannot afford a ramp otherwise, giving mobility and ease of access to their home.  
“We hope to extend lives through removal of mobility barriers such as three or four steep steps out of a mobile home,” said Rotarian David Kessinger.  
All ramps constructed by the club are constructed with treated lumber for longevity, are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and free of charge to the recipient and their family.    
The Rotary Club of El Paso is one of three groups building in El Paso under the larger organization called The Texas Ramps Project with over 10,500 ramps built statewide in over 32 different regions, 190 of the 243 counties in Texas.  Given an average of 25 foot each ramp and an average of 60 hours each build, that’s over 630,000 volunteer hours and over fifty miles of ramp just in the past 10 years (10,000 plus hours in El Paso alone).  More information is available about The Texas Ramp Project 501.c.3 organization at the website:  at     
For more information please contact Kessinger at

Rotary Club of El Paso readies for ramp build 2016-02-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

See the RI website for more news!


2016-2017 RI Presidential Theme Announced 2016-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor Tom Walker continues his annual visits to clubs across District 5520, the largest geographic district in North America.  This photo was taken during his October 19 visit to the Rotary Club of Portales.

DG Tom visits Portales 2015-10-26 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Estancia recently held its annual Pumkin Chunkin event!  The crowd-pleasing event not only involves the whole community, but raises money for scholarships, as well.  Great job!

Pumkin Chunkin in Estancia! 2015-10-26 06:00:00Z 0
Dear District 5520 Rotarians:
We have heard it many times: “We’re this close.”  It’s true.  We are, but we aren’t quite there yet.  The polio eradication effort still has work to be done, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  There are two things each of us can do to help.
  1. Join Rotary International on 23 October for our third annual World Polio Day event. We’ll be streaming live from New York City, so tune in at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time to watch a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others.  Link in at
  2. Contribute money to support the final push.  Inoculations cost as little as 60 cents per child.  If every Rotarian in District 5520 contributed only $25 to Polio Plus before the end of the year, we could raise $63,750 for polio eradication.  That’s over 100,000 children we could protect!
But it’s even better.  A donor in our District has agreed to match the first $13,000 donated this year to Polio Plus.  So, our gifts will be leveraged beyond the $2 for $1 match by the Gates Foundation
Please join us in supporting District 5520’s ongoing effort to help eradicate polio.
Tom Walker                                                    Yale Jones
District 5520 Governor 2015-2016                District 5520 Polio Plus Chair

World Polio Day Approaching! mpa 2015-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Antonio Cachazo with kids at a community center in Ciudad Juarez.
The smiles say it all.  The only question is who is smiling more, Antonio Cachazo, president of the Rotary Club of Camino Real, or the children at the Centro Comunitario Soles de Anapra? The community center is located in one of the poorest areas of Ciudad Juarez and the Camino Real club has partnered with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, as well as with a private company, in a commitment to provide food baskets to feed 60 kids and to volunteer in the community for the whole Rotary Year until June 2016. They are currently looking for additional partner clubs to cover other necessities, including school supplies, cleaning supplies, kitchen equipment and scholarships to help improve their quality of life.
Great job to the members of both clubs for taking on a project that is so meaningful to many!

Project in Ciudad Juarez serves those in need 2015-09-22 06:00:00Z 0
2015-2016 President, President-Elect & Secretary Training (PETS) Tom Walker 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0