Sheriff’s Posse Lodge shows appreciation to Rotary

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Los Alamos Daily Post photo-Doug Wilson

Rotary recognized members of the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge for their services to the community during the Rotary’s meeting Tuesday. In return, the Posse Lodge Cowboy Breakfast Manger  Annie Giambra said in an  e-mail to the club, “We, the LA Sheriff’s Posse, would love to offer the Lodge/Shack to your organization for evening fund-raisers. Maybe a spaghetti dinner, enchiladas, brisket or other dinner menu. I can’t speak for all our members but I would be willing to help with cooking, obtaining food permits, cleaning, whatever is needed.” Rotary members are encouraged to watch for updates as planning for a future fundraiser gets started.

Math tutors needed for GED students

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Gabe Baca spoke during a recent Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting.

Students enrolled in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ high school equivalency program are requesting tutors. One student request help with math and two other students need assistance in several subjects.

A math tutor’s services could be used one or two nights a week. The class is held from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the UNM-LA campus.

If interested, please contact Gabe Baca at gbaca@unm.edu or call 663-3400 for more information.

Rotary responds to assisted hearing needs in Smith Auditorium

 

Los Alamos Daily Post Photo-Carol Clark

Los Alamos Daily Post Photo-Carol Clark

When Los Alamos High School Graduate Chloe Keilers was a junior, she spoke at a Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. She shared her experiences as a deaf student as well as her blog for other deaf teens and their families. Keilers also mentioned to Rotary Club Vice President Linda Hull that Smith Auditorium could use an assistive hearing system.

Keilers’ suggestion and Hull’s initiative lead the local Rotary Club to fund an audio looping system in the auditorium. Hull presented a proposal to the Board, worked with contractors and consultants and the LAPS administration including Ross Mason and Joanie Ahlers, and ultimately reached an agreement with Gary Clark of GWC Looping. To serve a portion of the audience well and to stay within  budget, the center rows of the auditorium, the wheelchair aisle forward through the front row–about 14 rows total–are looped east- west, seat by seat.

 

Rotarians learn about the changes in UNM-LA’s GED program

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The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) offers two alternatives to a high school diploma: the General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). During the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’ regular meeting Tuesday, Gabe Baca, director of the Adult Learning Center at UNM-LA, said the branch campus prepares students for both the GED and HiSET.

A few of the differences between to two are the GED is now solely conducted online whereas the HiSET can be taken either on paper or online, Baca said.

Rotary offers financial support through a grant to help students afford these programs. “Your support-I can’t thank you enough,” Baca said. “It’s encouraging to know there’s support out there for our students.”

He added the GED and HiSET program have received some improvements. The classes have increased from just once a week to four days. A smart board was installed and classroom conditions were improved with new lighting and other changes.

Last year, 107 students went through the program, Baca said, adding this year’s classes have just started.

In addition to offering preparation for the GED and HiSET, the UNM-LA’s adult basic education features English as a Second Language classes and community education which includes enrichment programs, professional development and classes for the youth.

Fiesta Los Alamos a huge success

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Rotarian and STAR member Laura Loy shared some good news with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during the club’s regular meeting Tuesday. The Fiesta Los Alamos fundraiser, which was held July 25 at Fuller Lodge, raised more than $12,000 to help provide lodging to parents whose children are in the hospital. Due to poverty, the children’s parents cannot afford shelter. STARS and the El Camino Real Rotary Club in El Paso, Texas, teamed up to offer these parents with shelter. “It was wildly successful,” Loy said, adding that more than 200 people attended and the fundraiser sold out.

 

Meeting showcases a opera historian

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Craig Smith shared his new biography, Visions and Voices: John Crosby and the Santa Fe Opera, with members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during last week’s club meeting.
As a classical music critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican for 20 years, Smith covered the opera and its founder for many years.
Smith’s book portrays a man, driven to realize an almost impossible cultural ambition. Crosby possessed the strength of character and determination and discipline that requires could be applied to almost any major individual achievement.

Rotarians party for a good cause

On July 25, the Los Alamos STARS Club threw a party for the community at Fuller Lodge. The event, Fiesta Los Alamos, featured a mariachi band, flamenco dancers from the Baile Espanol dance troupe in Santa Fe, as well as a live and silent auction.

Dinner was served by Blue Window Bistro and Bandelier Grill provided a cash bar. This party provided a significant purpose. It raised funds to provide shelter for parents of children receiving medical treatment in Juarez, Mexico. These parents, due to poverty, are forced to sleep on the streets while their children are in the hospital. STARS and the El Camino Real Rotary Club in El Paso, Texas, teamed up to offer these parents shelter.