The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.  Let us remind ourselves of this test and use it throughout our daily lives.

Of the things we think, say or do:

1.  Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The fact is, greatness is not captured in statistics.  It’s captured in stories. — Wayne Gretzky

When I first watched the video for this week’s meeting, I was stuck with the notion that as an international English-speaking eClub we have the ability to educate and inspire others about Rotary as Brian Rocha has done.  With members on 5 continents, we can share what the Rotary Clubs are doing in our local communities and around the world.  Many of us are members in Rotary Fellowships which include travel while others are members of Rotary Action Groups that are actively doing service work around the globe.

Fellow Rotarians, it is the duty of our Rotary club to add new members from time to time, so that we may not only increase our usefulness and influence as a Club, but also to extend the spirit of Rotary throughout the community.  Today, I welcome to our ranks and admit to membership Paul Wagner & James Tilker.

Rotarians Paul & James, you have been elected to membership in this club because your fellow members believe you to be a worthy representative of your calling and also to possess qualities that will permit you to exemplify the true spirit of Rotary in your public, business, social and private life.

I wish to impress upon you that you have been admitted not only to the Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA, but to a worldwide association; and by virtue of your membership in this club, you will be welcomed into the fellowship of any Rotary club in the world.

The honor and privilege of Rotary membership carries with it duties and obligations.  You will be expected to attend the club's meetings regularly, to perform your share of club service, and to place your knowledge and talents at the disposal of the club in its task of carrying the principles of Rotary into the daily life of the community.

Rotarian Paul & James, in the name of the Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA I now formally admit you to membership in this club and welcome you to our Club.

Fellow Rotarians, I introduce to you our newest members, Rotarian Paul & James, and ask all of you to welcome them.

This past week District Governor-Elect presented the Rotary Club of the Southwest USA with a digital copy of a Certificate of Appreciation from The Rotary Foundation.  This is in recognition of our financial support of the End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign during the 2016/17 Rotary year.  I want to thank our members and guests for their financial support and the leadership of our 2016/17 Board of Directors.  It is that teamwork that make this recognition possible.

Lebanon Club Member Brings Water to Hundreds of Schools

When young Jamil Mouawad of Lebanon was in school studying the hospitality industry in the Dominican Republic, he joined the Rotary Club of San Juan de la Maguana. 

Mouawad became club president at age 27 in 1981.  In 1996, he returned to Lebanon, a country devastated by a 15-year civil war.

“The infrastructural situation of most schools in Lebanon is beyond catastrophic,” says Mouawad, now owner and general manager of the Ehden Country Club.  “Especially when it comes to the water quality.” 

In 2011, water samples from schools throughout Lebanon showed disease-causing organisms. Two years later, dozens of students were hospitalized because of water contamination. 

“That’s when we declared that Rotarians are on the move,” Mouawad says. 

The result was a large-scale project led by Mouawad, then governor of District 2452.  The effort includes all of Lebanon’s Rotary clubs as well as outside partners and Lebanese ministries. 

The project, with significant funding from The Rotary Foundation, has installed new tanks and water filters at over 700 schools. 

The goal is to provide clean water in the roughly 500 remaining schools in Lebanon by 2018, Mouawad says.  The water project has taken an extra urgency with an influx of Syrian refugees, a half-million of whom are children. “Our projects are reaching out to both Lebanese and Syrian students,” says Mouawad.


Brian Rocha is a member of the Rotary Club of Goleta, California, USA.  While Brian was fortunate to have travelled in his life, he felt an urge to turn his passion for travel into something much more rewarding.  This urge was fueled by a desire to make an impact and make a difference in the world.

Brian conceived of a trip with a threefold mission to inform others about Rotary.  The first mission was to educate others on Rotary through online content such as blogs.  The second mission was to show Rotarians and others the impact that Rotary is making in the people’s lives around the world.  Lastly, Brian wanted to inspire Rotarians to do more and non-Rotarians to join us in service.  He pitched the idea to his Rotary club and Rotary International.  With their moral support, Brian began a self-funded trip around the world.  This eight-month journey began with 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.  He visited several different countries around the world, capturing pictures and video throughout his experience.


As a Rotary Club that meets online, we are unable depend on the financial support from a single local community for our service projects.  As a result, weekly donations from our members and visiting Rotarians is our primary fundraiser.  From your donations, the Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA can support Rotary initiated service projects around the world.  In the spirit of Rotarian service, we ask that you make a donation.  If you are a visiting Rotarian doing a make-up, we ask that you consider an amount that be equal to your meal price at your regular Rotary meeting.

Donation Payment Options


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If you prefer, you may write a check to the Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA and mail it to our treasurer at:

     Carol Anderson, Treasurer
     PO Box 52138
     Albuquerque NM 87181-2138
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jenna Saldaña
    July 2
  • Wendy Nelson
    July 6
  • Victor Esperón Alva
    July 29
  • Terry Lubsen
    August 12
  • Judy Taunt
    August 24
  • Mac Whyte
    August 28
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Robert Nelson
    August 24
  • Manou Debande
    Roland Debande
    July 23
  • Wendy Nelson
    Robert Nelson
    August 5
  • Sher Downing
    Tim Downing
    August 7
Join Date:
  • Anne Green
    July 1, 1988
    30 years
  • Dan Hill
    July 1, 2013
    5 years
  • J. Brennion
    July 1, 2012
    6 years
  • Vimal Hemani
    July 2, 2003
    15 years
  • Sandy Abalos-Havir
    July 24, 2010
    8 years
  • Victor Esperón Alva
    July 24, 2002
    16 years
  • Jim Bissonett
    August 1, 1985
    33 years
  • John Dugaw
    August 1, 1984
    34 years
  • Lee Dueringer
    August 2, 2007
    11 years
  • Beth Wexler
    August 8, 2004
    14 years
  • Sher Downing
    August 9, 2001
    17 years

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