Weekly News – Oct 4, 2023

Oct 4, 2023 | News

Oct 4, 2023

Hello Everyone,

Our speaker tomorrow is Alyssa Begay with Wesst. WESST’s mission is to be a home to New Mexicans starting or growing a small business.  

They provide a support system of consulting, training, incubation and lending to help women and others to successfully grow their businesses.

Congratulations to Perla Wahoske and Lacey Yazzie for being voted as new members; they will be inducted at next week’s meeting.

Thank you to our speaker last week, Ken McAdams-world traveler and photographer.  We loved the narration of Vietnam and seeing all his great pictures.  It was so enlightening learning the culture 30 years after the Vietnam conflict.  Thank you for your time and information.

The 2023/24 Rio del Sol Kiwanis Club was inducted Thursday, Sept 28.

President:   Bernadette Alarid

Past Pres:   Gary Hansen

Pres Elect:  LeAndra Darby

Secretary:   Nikki Taylor

Treasurer:  Chris Troyer

Directors:   Bob Brooks, Brian Turner, Kathy Hogan, and Jill McQueary

Community Dir:  Ed Kompare

New President Bernadette discussed a Board Change with a vote to take place in 2 weeks:  Bob Lehmer to become Director

Jill McQueary will move into Membership Director

Treasurer:  Chris Troyer

Bring your dollars to buy into the poker game; the cards are down to 11 and it supports our yearly social, too!

Please place order for your t-shirt.  A sign up sheet will be at the meeting or email: jmcq2@yahoo.com with your size. Pay Chris Troyer or he can bill you.  Please wear t-shirts when volunteering so everyone knows we are Kiwanis. 

$13 s-xl

$15 2xl

$16 3xl

Thank you to everyone that came yesterday to Carpet One to help organize the shoes for Shoes for Kids.  We are so grateful!  Thank you Lori for all you do to make this smooth for us, too.

Dues for next year are now due and Chris Troyer will have a square device at our meeting for those who would like to pay by credit card.

Brian Turner- I am happy to report that we have received all 600 coats (almost 100 boxes) delivered to my office this week (see pictures attached) for our upcoming event on November 11th .  I also want to thank Fran & Steve for securing some additional coat racks for our upcoming event.

As in years past I am in need of some volunteers to “adopt” a donation box to check on once a week for the month of October and bringing the coats to one of our Dry Cleaning partners.  It is very easy and a low time commitment.  If you are able to ‘adopt’ a location, please send an email to brian.turner@morganstanley.com with the location you would like.



Volunteer Name

Donation Bin/Box

Fire Station 2

3800 English Road

<Need Volunteer>

WM Bin – Need poster

Fire Station 4

790 Hutton Road

<Need Volunteer>

WM Bin – Need poster

Fire Station 5

609 E. 30th St

<Need Volunteer>

WM Bin – Need poster

Fire Station 6

3101 W. Main St

<Need Volunteer>

WM Bin – Need poster


3401 E. Main St

<Need Volunteer>

WM Bin – Need poster

San Juan County Offices

100 South Oliver, Aztec

<Need Volunteer>

BOX Needed (Maytag Store) with Poster


Donated coats can be dropped off at either of our partner Dry Cleaners for free cleaning:

Howards Cleaners            1601 N Dustin Ste A

Crown Cleaners                2025 Sullivan Ave

If your business would like to host a donation location, please let me know.  You can provide your own box or pick up a free one at Maytag store on 20th.

Please keep these upcoming dates in mind and consider signing up for these important events. 

Shoes for Kids!!!  We will be trying the shoes on and passing out to the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Farmington on October 10th at 3:30pm.  The Bloomfield Club will be October 12th at 3:30pm.  We hope you can come for a while and spend some time with the kids and help out!

November 1st and 2nd is Kiwanis Clothes for Kids at Target. Bob Brooks-Chairman.  50 to 60 volunteers needed each evening.  300 to 325 elementary children expected.

Nov 11th is Coats for Kids-Brian Turner-Chairman.

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