Welcome to Taos Milagro Rotary
Taos Milagro Rotary Club (TMR) consists of approximately 50 individuals. Our club is part of the Rotary District 5520 of New Mexico and Southwestern Texas. TMR is actively involved in our local community and international causes. Our main local focus is education and literacy. The Annual Chile Challenge is our primary fundraiser, the proceeds of which go to the Rotary Scholarship and Literacy Funds. TMR has been involved in several international humanitarian missions.
Mission - We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Vision - Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Meeting Time - Our weekly meetings are held on Wednesdays at 8:00 am through a hybrid model:
- 1st and 3rd Wednesdays will be in-person at the Taos Valley Lodge - If unvacinated, we ask that you wear a mask.
- 2nd and 4th Wednesdays will utilize the ZOOM network connection.
- 5th Wednesdays will be a social gathering at a location that will be announced.
All are welcome to join our meetings. We have local speakers that represent local businesses, government leaders, non-profits, etc. We happily invite visiting Rotarians or other interested people to join us at our meetings. Come get involved in our Club! To join a meeting email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the ZOOM link or for the 5th Wednesday the location for the social gathering.
Taos Milagro Scholarhsip Recipients 2020-2021
Taos Milagro Rotary since its inception in 1998 has given over $100,000 for scholarships to Taos County graduating students. The scholarships include academic, certification, and vocational. Applications for the scholarship program can be found under the Documents section on this web site. Over $20,000 in Academic, Certification, and Vocational scholarships were awarded to the following students this year:
Voted the "Best Civic Cub" in Taos - 2021
Each year our local newspaper Taos News conducts a Best In Taos survey collecting data from the Town of Taos and Taos County. Taos Milagro Rotary has won this award for the last five years in recognition of local and international community service. With its motto Service Above Self the club focuses on scholarships for Taos County students, literacy in elementary schools, managing 15 Little Free Libraries, and international projects in poverty stricken countries.
For the Love of Reading - Literacy Program
For the Love of Reading provides one-on-one reading sessions to students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade who are reading below grade level. Volunteers are matched with two students, each student receiving individualized support for 30 minutes. With the intention of building their personal libraries and encourading home reading, book giveaways are held every three weeks allowing students to pick out a book to take home. For the students served, we seek to: improve reading proficiency, develop self-confidence, provide the encouragement and tools to become a life-long learner, and foster a love of reading.
Taos News Article
posted November 20, 2019
Success Story: Taos Municipal Schools - Community partners build success
features Taos Milagro Rotary Literacy Program
Posted Thursday, August 22, 2019
By Cindy Brown
The Taos Municipal School District partners with more than 65 community organizations in order to provide support for its students and give them the best chance to learn and be successful. “I applaud the community for their caring and involvement with the children of the Taos Municipal Schools,” says Dr. Lillian Torrez, the district’s superintendent of schools. “Each one of these organizations is providing assistance through volunteering, finding funding or other resources to support our students.”
Two of the many successful programs are the Rotary Literacy Initiative, which helps kids learn to read, and the Community Schools program that brings support services into the schools.
Rotary Literacy Initiative
Volunteers help kids read at Ranchos Elementary through the Rotary Literacy Initiative. Principal Lourdes Cordova says, “Every day we add volunteers and now have more than 25. The volunteers come in a couple of times a week and work usually one-on-one with students in kindergarten through second grade and we are now adding third-graders, as well. The volunteers and students read to each other and have begun to establish some really nice relationships.”
In addition, volunteers get training so that they can help out at the library. They assist students with checking out books and other needs. “Going into the third year of the program, one measure of success is how excited the students are to see their volunteer,” says Cordova. “It is a way of building community relationships.” There are plans to expand the program to Arroyos del Norte this year.