Rotary District 5520 Assistant Governor Tom Simon (left) of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe assists Alison Pannell (second left), President of the Rotary Club f Los Alamos, and Greg Viola (right), Foundation chair, as they present Rotarians Linda Hull and Lesley Harelson with Paul Harris Fellowship recognitions. The recognition is named after Rotary International’s founder and given based upon members’ donations to The Rotary Foundation, the financial arm of Rotary International. Photo by Bob Hull
BY LINDA HULL
Rotary Club of Los Alamos
Members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos gathered Tuesday evening, December 13 at Cottonwood on the Greens for their annual Winter Holiday Party. More than 40 members and guests attended, enjoying a buffet dinner, friendship, holiday cheer, entertainment by the Lads of Enchantment, and a raffle of prizes donated by local businesses. Linda Bullock was inducted as the Club’s newest member; two members received Paul Harris Fellowship honors for their donations to The Rotary Foundation; and the Club’s two youth exchange students spoke about holiday traditions in their homelands, Germany and Taiwan. The Club’s international service in South Africa and Guatemala was recognized, respectively, by Martin Bucher of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana and by Deborah Simon of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe.
To promote local small businesses, generous prizes were raffled from Samizdat Bookstore and Teahouse, Atomic City Quilts, Pet Pangaea, the LAMC Lobby Shop, Pajarito Environmental Nature Center, Flowers by Gillian, and the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Rotarian Oliver and Kateri Morris also donated a basket of specialty foods. The proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will support the Club’s scholarship program for local students.
The Rotary Club sincerely thanks these local businesses for their generosity and encourages the community to explore the selection of engaging gift ideas each business offers. Each offers items of particular interest for holiday shopping!
Maurice Sheppard directed the Lads of Enchantment at the Rotary Club’s Winter Holiday Party at Cottonwood on the Greens on the evening of December 13. Photo by Linda Hull
The Lads of Enchantment with director Maurice Sheppard sang holiday harmonies at the December 13 party hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Photo by Linda Hull
Linda Bullock, the newest member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, was inducted by Rotary District 5520 Assistant Governor Tom Simon of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe. Rotarian Tim Bullock, Linda’s husband, nominated her for membership and presented her with her Rotary pin. Photo by Linda Hull
Deborah Simon of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe gratefully accepted a pledge for $1000 from the Los Alamos club given in support of a clean water project she has led since the late 1990s in the highlands of Guatemala, bringing freshwater, significant sanitation improvements, and a higher quality of living to many remote villages. Photo by Linda Hull
Dr. Martin Bucher, a 1985 graduate of Los Alamos High School, spoke at the holiday party given by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos on December 13. Bucher, a researcher at the University of Paris and also the President of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana in South Africa, where he teaches in the summer, described the grant his club and the Los Alamos club have partnered on to expand math education to underserved students. Bucher is visiting family here over the holidays. Photo by Linda Hull
Youth Exchange student Hannes Wiertzema of Germany told Rotarians about his family’s holiday traditions. He spoke in both English and German. Photo by Linda Hull
Youth Exchange student Olivia Hsieh of Taiwan told Rotarians about her family’s holiday traditions. She spoke in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Photo by Linda Hull
Youth Exchange students Hannes Wiertzema, second from left, and Olivia Hsieh, right, and 2022-2023 outbound Youth Exchange student Annabelle Rosette, second from right) draw raffle tickets with the help of Rotary Club Treasurer Lesley Harelson, with spinner, and Club President Alison Pannell. Photo by Linda Hull