As a native of Albuquerque, and an attorney with more than 20 years of experience, I am committed to doing all I can to improve the lives of the people in this community. My commitment to this community extends beyond the practice of law. I have been a member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque (RCA) since 2003. Since July 1, 2018, I have been especially proud to serve as the President of RCA, and my term extends to July 30, 2019.
Rotary members are professionals in the community with a passion for community, service, and friendship. Through our meetings and activities, Rotary strives to build leadership in its members, and Rotarians regularly step forward to take on the toughest challenges facing our communities. We’re part of a larger international community of 1.2 million Rotarians who are working to improve lives in their communities, and take on humanitarian challenges around the world, through service projects and community outreach. Together, we believe we can create something lasting by building a community that cares and inspiring others to do the same. Today, I’d like to share a little more information about RCA, and the sort of things we do in the community.
RCA was founded as the local branch of Rotary here in Albuquerque in 1916. Over our more than 100 years as an organization, RCA has established a strong record of service to Albuquerque. We even did the original paving of Central Avenue from 1st Street to 8th Street.
In recent years, RCA has supported a number of service and charitable organizations, including the ABQ BioPark Children’s Fantasy Garden, University of New Mexico Hospital, Horizons Albuquerque, Roadrunner Food Bank, Explora’s Pavilion Wing, and many other local and international projects.
RCA has also long been a patron of fine arts. Many people don’t realize that RCA established the Symphony Civic Orchestra, Albuquerque’s first symphony orchestra, in 1932. We asked Grace Thompson Edmister to organize the orchestra, and she became the first woman in the country to conduct this type of ensemble! In 2011, the orchestra was reorganized as the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, and RCA has continued to provide our support.
My primary goal as President is to increase public awareness of Rotary, and especially of the work that we do. I want to grow the membership of RCA during my tenure as president, through our weekly lunch meetings, social events, and other community outreach efforts. Together, we can build a community that cares.