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Upcoming Event!!!

Rio Rancho Roots to Wings Fundraiser

The Dick Hillier Tutoring Program targets second through fourth grade students in the Rio Rancho area. This is a unique tutoring program in that it uses the student’s own teacher as the tutor. Participating teachers are paid a small stipend to tutor their own students two hours a week for fifteen weeks. Students are tested at the beginning of the year to determine reading level and at the end of the year to measure improvement.

Participating schools were Puesta del Sol, Maggie Cordova, Colinas del Norte and Sandia Vista Elementary Schools. Seven teachers participated with thirty three students. Twenty eight students met their learning goals, four students significantly surpassed their goals and one student improved, but did not meet their goals due to issues outside the classroom.

For information about the 'Rotary Roots to Wings' Fundraiser on April 29, 2017, please go to one of the links below:
See our video on YouTube!

Root to Wings Registration Page
Dick Hillier Tutoring Program
Roots To Wings Event Information Page
Silent Auction Donation Form
Sponsor Information Form
Sponsor Registration Form

Rio Rancho Rotary Club President’s Message                                                    2016 - 2017                                                               


This year’s Rotary International Theme is Rotary Serving Humanity where the contributions of every Rotarian are combined to improve the quality of life across all oceans, right down to the smallest of local towns. The Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang makes the point “It is how we make a difference--every day, in every club, and every country we serve.”


The various projects this club has been supporting and developing over the years are powerful.  Remember, projects require three things (3) to be successful.  The three things are quality, schedule, and resources.  These 3 things can be compared to a 3 legged stool.  If one of the legs changes in length (either shorten or lengthen) the stool will fall over and the project will not be successful.  It is up to the organizational project team to be creative in the planning to keep their stool upright.  The diversity of the team is SO important.  I am speaking about mental diversity that will pull us together to visualize and plan the details necessary to have success. We have heard the old saying that “The devil is in the details.”  The devil is NOT in the details, rather SUCCESS is in the planned for details. 


“Planning is the process of outguessing and outsmarting failure” from a book by Robert D. Gilbreath entitled “Winning at Project Management.” 


Communication is essential to the success for any organization.  Does this mean that “I talk less and listen more?”  It means that ideas and thoughts need to be expressed and understood.  Please visit us for lunch anytime and we will enjoy your visit.


Carl Thornton, President

Rotary Club of Rio Rancho


2016 - 2017 Board of Directors


President - Carl Thornton

President-Elect - Roger Nagel

V.P./Membership - Frank Rivera

Secretary - Bill Lowen

Treasurer - Marion DeVries

Community Service - Tamara Toles
Club Service - Earl Waid
Vocational Service - Jim Maes
International Service - Carmen Schell
New Generations - Joe Roos
Sgt at Arms - Kevin Beem
Program Coordinator - Audra Dodson
Immediate Past President - Reinaldo Garcia