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?

I trust that everyone had a safe, enjoyable, and grateful holiday season.  As we start a new calendar year, I every one of our club members and your individual contributions, whether that be time, talent, or treasure – sometimes all three.  2018 is an opportunity to renew our commitment to our fellow Club members and to Rotary.  We six months left to fulfill RI President Ian Riseley’s theme of Rotary: Making A Difference.  It is now time to get back into doing more of the great things we do as Rotarians.

January also marks the theme of Vocational Service Month in the Rotary world.  We share the gifts of our Vocational expertise, knowledge, and skills through our Rotary service.  Rotary is about the actions that change the lives in our communities and around the world.

In preparing for the last half of our Rotary year, I reviewed several Rotary resolutions from over the years.  I discovered some common themes and distilled them down to these for your consideration.

  • Try new ideas and technology in our Club, and not focus on “we have done this before and…” or “that will never work because…”
  • Be adventuresome – dream and brainstorm on ways that we can improve our fellowship and meeting programs
  • Make a difference though being the best Rotarian that you can.

We cannot do this without your stories.  I challenge each of you – members and guests – to share your stories about the magic of Rotary that you have discovered with others.  These stories can be long or short.  They could be a photograph in keeping with the English language-idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

It has been the way of Rotary to focus thought upon matters in which members are in agreement, rather than upon matters in which they are in disagreement — Paul P. Harris

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 Terry Cowan.

Rotarian Terry, 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 Terry, 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 member, Rotarian Terry, and ask all of you to welcome him.

Zack Glindon, Alex Handley, Thomas Hollingsworth and Cameron Woodhouse from Gillingham School in Dorset won the prize for their invention, a mosquito repellent device called the morbosphere.

Following their win, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and Imperial College London teamed up to give the students a chance to see some malaria research in action, and to test their prototype.

The morbosphere is a floating, clear plastic sphere containing a motor and a solar panel to power it. The idea is that the sphere will sit in stagnant water pools, like water butts, and vibrate constantly, disturbing the surface of the water.

Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman was a keynote speaker at the RI Presidental Celebration held in Vancouver, BC, CA on July 18 & 19, 2003.  This celebration's focus was Vocational Service and was billed as an opportunity to:

  • Exchange ideas on Rotary's second Avenue of Service
  • Share experiences with Vocational Service projects
  • Learn unique ways to promote The Four-Way Test
  • Explore opportunities to volunteer vocational skills

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


You can make a contribution via PayPal by clicking the button below.

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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