Serving the Children of the World

May 20 Report to the Governor of Kiwanis Southwest District and Clubs of Division 2

Governor’s Visit Update for Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Regarding the Kiwanis Year October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque has had a very positive impact this year as we commemorate our 100th year of giving back to our community. Our year starts out in the first week of October with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year we utilized 550 volunteers from area Kiwanis Clubs, Key Clubs, CKI, Optimists, UNM ROTC Groups, and other Youth Activities Organizations in our community. Our volunteers worked 1250 five hour shifts during the 15 events over the nine days that comprise the Fiesta. Our efforts were able to generate over $75,000 for children’s charities and youth activities in our community in addition to being the smiling faces that welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to Albuquerque.

So far this year we have added 7 new individual members. We have also added one new corporate member that we are very proud of in Boys and Girls Ranches of New Mexico, a very important youth guidance entity that was established by our past president Al Buck back in the 1940s.

It has been my pleasure to do the historic research on all 99 past presidents of our club and provide our club a report on two Presidents per meeting throughout the year. We reestablished a Public Relations Chair in order to be sure the community knows our story, past and present. Our extremely energetic past President Dave Orner has stepped up to fill that role. We will also be sponsoring a Balloon in this year’s Fiesta that will have a banner reminding the fiesta crowd from all over the world of our impact on the community.

On the 29th of last month we put together our Service Leadership Program forces to provide parking services for the Renaissance Faire at the Balloon Museum. We generated $3200 for the Service Leadership Programs and our club through that effort. We had rain, wind, sleet and snow that morning but with the “never give up” attitude of those fine young individuals we were successful in parking and exiting over 1000 cars for the event.

We will also be holding our second annual Fairways to the Future Golf Tournament on September 9th so be sure to register your foursomes on the website and come out to support Children’s causes and have a great time doing it.

We are focusing on growing our club through an outreach effort to the younger executives in our community. Through our Facebook and website presence we have begun to reorient the club to accommodate that specific group. It is a difficult transition due to the age of our current membership but we are making inroads with both groups. We will begin our press on businesses in the community to inspire the business leaders to encourage their employees and themselves to give back to our community via Kiwanis participation. We love rolling up our sleeves and working to build a better community, so the more projects we can be involved in the better. We think that approach will provide the necessary inspiration.

We will be having our 100th Birthday Party and Induction for Jeff Rowe as our 101st President at the Elaina Gallegos / Kiwanis Picnic Area on September 16th in an all-day event. It will include the Service Leadership Program members for fun and games during the day and the induction banquet in the early evening.

I would like to invite you all to come out and celebrate with us. It promises to be a great Kiwanis Day.

I want to personally thank each and every one of you for everything you do for our community. It is truly inspiring to work with you all.

Most importantly I want to thank our Governor Michael Iafrato on behalf of my club for your governance this year by presenting you with this check… Thank you your visit and your service, Governor Iafrato.


Respectfully, Mark Haley

Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque

100th President

Nearly 100 Years Ago...

The Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque is one of the first Kiwanis Clubs in the nation. It was chartered on October 3, 1917, two years after the founding of Kiwanis as an organization. The Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque is among the largest Kiwanis club in the world.  For over 90 years we have been serving the people of Albuquerque by providing needed services to those less fortunate than ourselves. Our belief is that when we strengthen, inform and aid our fellow citizens, we help to create a better place for all of us to live. We are extremely proud of our community and our Club's role in making it a wonderful place to live.

Our Members

Our members come from all walks of life: bankers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, judges, scientists, financial planners, educators, social service professionals, elected officials, retirees and many others spanning the entire spectrum of professions in Albuquerque. What we all have in common is a desire to give back to the community that has been so good to us.

Ongoing Projects

The Kiwanis Learning Garden is located in Old Town, at an apex formed by the entrances to the NM Museum of Natural History and Explora.  More info will be found on different pages of our site in the future.


This plaque at the Kiwanis Learning Garden in Old Town recognizes the original effort by Kay Ballinger and Mike Williams to implement Steve Schroeder's 1998 Presidential Project.  A review of the history and extraordinary benefits derived from the Garden were presented to SWD Gov. Iafratto prior to the Division 2 luncheon on May 20.