Rotary award $500 to LAHS robotics team


Members of the Los Alamos High School robotics team, named Project Y, shared with Rotarians the world of competitive robot-building during the regular board meeting on Tuesday. To help the team be successful, Rotary awarded Project Y with a $500 check. The new season for competition begins Jan. 9 during which teams will receive word of what the game will be for the new season. The robot they create will be designed around this game. It was explained that Project Y will have six weeks to design, construct, test and re-design their robot. The team is only four years old but has already collected quite a few achievements including receiving the Rookie Inspiration award in 2012 and receiving the Control’s Award this year during the regional competition in Lubbock, Texas. The team recently relocated its headquarters to the STEM Center in the Pueblo Complex. To gear up for the new season, the team is hosting a fundraiser. There will be chile cook-off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

A young traveler shares her experiences living in Belgium


Youth Exchange Student Leslie Thalmann shared her experiences while living and going to school in Belgium during the  Rotary of Club of Los Alamos’ meeting Tuesday. She shared pictures and talked about her experiences going to the Bear Festival, riding on trains and visiting Parliament. In addition to traveling to Belgium, Thalmann also paid visits  to Luxembourg, Germany and France.

FBI Coordinator pays Rotary a visit


Los Alamos Daily Post Photo 

Tuesday, during the regular meeting for the  Rotary Club of Los Alamos, FBI Media Coordinator Frank Fisher spoke of the importance of engaging the public in helping to keep criminals off the street.

“We’re very proud of our story … we work very hard, but as J. Edgar Hoover said, ‘We can’t do anything without the help of the American people,’” Fisher said. “Let us know if something seems suspicious or just doesn’t seem right … if you see something – say something.”
Fisher has been the media coordinator for the FBI in Albuquerque since August 2010. Besides advising FBI management on media matters, his duties include community outreach, congressional liaison, back-up field photographer, serving on the FBI Evidence Response Team, and working on EEO and diversity issues.
Before joining the FBI, Fisher was an assistant metro editor at the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for four years, and spent 16 years writing and editing for The Associated Press wire service in various posts around the country. He also is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army.
“I have the best job in the world,” Fisher told the Rotarians gathered Tuesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. “Never since the military have I felt this sense of teamwork and this sense of importance of the mission – to keep people safe.”

-Source: Los Alamos Daily Post

Rotary welcomes new members


Rotarian Nancy Cerutti, middle, inducts new members into Rotary during Tuesday’s regular club meeting. From the far left: Rotarian Carol Clark proposed LeAnne Parson, and invited Mary Beth Maassen to re-join the club. Karen Easton and Clark proposed Trish Alvidrez. From the far right: District 5520 Lt. Governor Lleta Scoggins and District Governor Tom Walker handed out pins and congratulated the newest crop of members. Brian Newnam proposed Shelly Wiemann. Cercutti welcomed the “four newest Rotarians in the world.”

Give the gift of Rotary


During his visit with the Rotary Club of Los AlamosTuesday, Rotary District 5520 Governor Tom Walkers stressed how Rotary is a family. He recalled the story of a mother who was suddenly stricken with polio and how her husbands’ fellow Rotarians helped her through this disease. Their actions inspired the couple’s son to become the president of Rotary International. This year’s theme for Rotary is “Be a gift to the world,” and Walker encouraged everyone to share the gift of Rotary family.



Rotary District 5520 Lt. Governor Lleta Scoggins informs Los Alamos Rotarians that the Rio Grande Academy, which helps molds future Rotary leaders, will be held Oct. 24-25 in Santa Fe. Scoggins paid the local a visit during Tuesday’s regular club meeting at the Los Alamos County Golf Course clubhouse.To register online for the course, go to



Los Alamos welcomes the newest U.S. citizens

Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo conducts the Oath of Allegiance for 20 individuals from 10 countries during the second annual Naturalization Ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

During the ceremony, Rotary Past President James Nesmith reminisced about his work as an immigration officer. He recalled the Russian woman, who upon hearing that she was granted U.S. citizenship, leapt up and gave Nesmith a bear hug.

Being an immigration officer, Nesmith said, was challenging but “so incredibly satisfying.” He added that those individuals working toward U.S. citizenship were inspiring.

“The energy and determination they displayed was incredibly amazing,” he said.

To the newest crop of U.S. citizens, Nesmith said, “What you have done will impact you, your children, your children’s children and on into the future.”

County Council Vice Chair and Research Scientist David Izraelevitz was the special guest speaker during Saturday’s Naturalization Ceremony. He spoke about his own experiences immigrating to the U.S. from Uruguay. Izraelevitz was 11 years old when his family arrived in America.

During his presentation, Izraelevitz remembered how the English language initially sounded like a dog growling and his awe of the supermarket with its breakfast cereal, shopping carts and automatic doors. “Everything in America was oversized,” he said. He added that the newest U.S. citizens have his admiration.

Judges sought for Hilltalkers’ speech and debate tournament


Rotarians interested in volunteering as a judge for the Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team’s Peak Invitational, which will be held Sept. 25-26 at the Los Alamos High School, can sign up at Training will be provided to volunteers.  More than 200 speakers and debaters from all over New Mexico are expected to compete at the tournament.