District 5450 · Club 1110

Demonstrating Service Above Self in Lakewood, Colorado since 1967

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Rotary Club of Lakewood Foothills - Leading with Purpose. Serving with Pride.

Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club, Rotary supports the main goal of Rotary International by developing projects that address today’s critical issues, be they children at risk, poverty, hunger or the environment.

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Donna Connolly


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October 4 & 5 was Lakewood\ís annual Cider Days celebration at the BelMar Heritage Center and our club was operating the cider presses as we have for many year. The pressing booth was open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM both days and it was "all hands on deck" again this year to keep the new presses going. We gave away several hundred samples and those attending brought in  about two tons of apples from the local trees. It was a bumper crop this year. Thank you go to the friends and family members of us Rotarians for helping out. Lastly our special thanks go to the hard working volunteers from the Heritage Center without whom we couldn\ít have served all those who wanted to process their apples. Russ Gleason and Natalie Van Tyne were the project leaders for our Cider Days project.

Early morning on Sunday, August 17th found Club members helping to set up the finish line area for the First Annual Revel Rockies MARATHON. We had six members and three family assistants along with one guest prospective member. After setting up for over an hour we waited for the first runners to cross the finish at the Bandimere Speedway parking lot in Morrison. After they began arriving we provided assistance, handed completers\í medals, and gave away food, drink, and T-shirts. It was a great way for us to serve the runners who had obviously spent long hours training for the race. Thanks to Kit Swenby for organizing our participation.

The theme of Rotary 5450 District Conference held May 2-4 at Embassy Suites in Denver was "Delivering Effective Humanitarian Service". Attendees had opportunities to hear some outstanding speakers including incoming Rotary International Director, Gregg Podd; Steve R. Brown who has established schools in Afghanistan; Kevin Grover, Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian; Rachel Lonsdale of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation speaking on our joint efforts to eradicate polio; Dr. Robert Lupton, author of "Toxic Charity"; and US Ambassador and former Assistant Secretary of State, Christopher Hill. The common thread in their presentations echoed the old adage, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

"It’s Showtime!" (formerly House of Friendship) featured displays by clubs of their many and varied service projects. Our club had selected the Rotary Club of Summit to receive our Scott Metcalf Award for their Guatemala Literacy Project. The other highlight of the conference was the talent show presented by the International Exchange Students directed by our own Ron Kientz. (Donna Connolly)

The 9 Health Fair at the Denver Indian Center was well attended by Lakewood Foothhills Rotaryy members and volunteers from the University Hills Rotary. While all went well, the Health Fair was not at all well attended by the public as in previous years. It is yet to be determined whether or not a 9HealthFair site  will be offeered at the the DIC in 2015. (Marshall Turner)

Officer Troy Lowrie, Morrison Police Department, presented the TIPS training on Tuesday April 22nd immediately following our Club meeting. TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol Members were urged to attend this training. even if they were not planning to work the Morrison AlleyFest on May 3. We will be able to utilize the training at future club fundraisers.

Our club is continuing the quarterly exchanges with the Denver West Rotary Club. Our Club’s weekly meeting on March 25th was with the Denver West Rotary Club at Rolling Hills Country Club.

One of the main sources of Rotary Awareness comes via the monthly issues of Rotarian Magazine. In January, during Rotary Awareness Month, club members were asked to provide a written summary of one item from any of the 2013 issues of Rotarian. Contributions will be compiled into a list and shared with all members.

Our Four Way Test at Long View High School project resumed in January when several members of the Club’s Four Way Test in the Schools Project continued their work for the 2013-2014 school year. Half of the school’s students had completed the program in November and the rest participated in January. Lakewood Foothills Rotarians have been conducting this activity for several years. They are trained as facilitators who then work with small groups of Long View students to teach them about the Four Way Test. Then students discuss how it could be applied to important decisions and problems in their own lives. Our thanks to Harold Pratt, the project leader.

As part of a partnership project with Warren Tech we provided gifts to families of Metro West  Housing Solutions from Warren Tech classes, with more gifts from WT also going to the Denver Indian Center.  Our Rotarians’ gifts for children also went to the Denver Indian Center. The Warren Tech efforts were organized by the students in the school’s National Vocational Technical Honor Society. Our Club’s work was lead by Natalie Van Tyne and Marshall Turner. This year we encouraged gifts that support learning, such as puzzles, games, books, and appropriate DVD’s. Gifts were delivered to both organizations following the Dec 17th meeting by several of our club members. Overall we provided gifts for over thirty families at MWHS with about another hundred gifts going to the children served by the DIC.

On November 19th we delivered Thanksgiving turkeys and all the dinner fixin’s to the Metro West Housing Solutions so 36 families could have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks to all our members who donated turkeys and to the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Foundation for supporting the expense of the additional food. The Foundation is supported primarily by our annual Peach Sale. A special thanks goes to Natalie for her leadership of this project. 

Ciders Days 3013 was a great success. Our club members, along with volunteers from the Lakewood Heritage Center, served hundreds of participants by processing their apples to make apple cider. Thanks to the project leaders, Russ and Natalie, and thanks to the volunteers who helped at our booth. Cider Days is an annual event of the Lakewood Heritage Center which is held the first weekend of October. The Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club has run the cider pressing booth for many years as one of our community service projects.

The 2013-2014 Club Year is off to a great start with three new members. In July we inducted Tricia Sargent into the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club. She is a retired educator with a special interest in women’s history. Her Rotary interest is membership and she will lead that effort in the year ahead. In August we inducted Joe Neville and Joe DeAguero. Joe Neville is the Political Director of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. Joe N. is interested in helping with some of our communications technology and New Generations service. Joe DeAguero is a Financial Advisor with Waddell and Reed, in Golden. Joe DeA. is participating on our Visioning team and also was a member of the leadership team for our Club Foundation’s annual Peach Sale. We look forward to all three of them being active members of the Rotary Family. 

On June 6 the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club held a "Visioning for 2016" Workshop. Ten members were led through the process by a team from District 5450. The results were statements regarding what the club should be like in three years and what will be the emphasis for service projects and club activities.

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 Lakewood Foothills Rotary members, along with Rotarians from other clubs, volunteered at the 9HealthFair site at the Denver Indian Center. This is part of an ongoing partnership between the five Rotary Clubs and the Denver Indian Center.

On June 29, the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club held its Installation of Officers for the 2013 - 2014 Rotary Year. The new President is Dick Sargent. Other officers are: Donna Connolly, President Elect and Treasurer; and Stan Joy, Secretary. Natalie Van Tyne will serve as the immediate Past President.

Here are two messages about our Work Day at the Denver Indian Center on April 16th, 2012.

From: Jay Grimm 
Subject: RE: Rotary-Denver Indian Center Work Day - You are all amazing. 


Thank you Rotarians for your hard work and commitment to community. We are grateful for your compassion and interest in Colorado’s American Indian community. The building looks great.  

Warmest regards, 

Jay Grimm, Navajo
Executive Director
Denver Indian Center

From: Michael Oldham, Past Rotary District 5450 Governor
Subject: Rotary-Denver Indian Center Work DayDear

Workers at the DIC Work Day,  

Thank you for participating in yesterday’s workday at the Denver Indian Center. Your diligence and hard work enabled us to complete all of our project as planned and earlier than anticipated. Most importantly we partnered with the DIC  to get the Montessori Pre School installed. We all look forward to seeing it in operation in the future.

I express the thanks of everyone on the American Indian Committee, to participating Rotarians and community members who helped. We also extend our thanks to the Denver Indian Center folks including Jay, Payton, and Shannon for their assistance with the project, and to Edwin and Rose for a wonderful breakfast set up and great lunch.


  "Each day must be filled with as much joy as we can wheedle out of it. Life doesn’t live itself."


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Club Activities

FIRSTY THURSDAY Feb 5 at 5pm at Westrail Tap & Grill (NW corner of W Cedar Dr. and Union Blvd) Friends, family and prospective members are welcome.  Come and socialize in an informal atmosphere.

FLOWER POWER is Sunday Feb 15 and Monday Feb 16. This project gathers flowers and plants at the end of the Garden and Home Show and distributes them to residents of nursing, senior and assisted living facilities. On Sunday evening volunteers will have free admission to the show. After closing, plants are “harvested” and packed in boxes to be loaded on a semi which will be taken to the parking lot at Coors Field on Monday morning. Sunday at the Convention Center is a fun event and your whole family is welcome to participate. Our Club will need volunteers on Monday morning starting about 8:00am at Coors Field to help deliver the plants. Because the boxes are tall, a van or SUV is required. Volunteers are also needed to meet the drivers and help unload the plants at the designated facilities. This year we will be providing plants to The Courtyard at Lakewood (managed by Alisha and Jon Mack) and Brookdale Senior Living on Alameda (formerly Emeritus and Brighton Gardens). Natalie will have a sign-up sheet for volunteers.

BOARD MEETING will be held immediately following our club meeting on Tuesday Feb. 17.

NO CLUB MEETING on Tuesday March 24 when Warren Tech is on spring break. Members are encouraged to make up at another club’s meeting or online at www.rotaryeclubone.org.


DISTRICT CONFERENCE will be held at Keystone Resort the weekend of May 1-3. Registration is open on the District Website www.rotary5450.org. There will be lots of great speakers as well as a s’mores cookout and sing along with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary).

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION is June 6-9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  For more information or to register visit www.riconvention.org.

FIELD TRIP TO the C.E.L.L. Exhibit in Denver in place of our regular meeting on Tuesday June 23. Lunch arrangements are being made.

LFH INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS party will be held Sunday June 28 at Addenbrooke Park in Lakewood. This casual, family event will be catered. Watch for more details.

NO MEETING Tuesday June 30.

Info from District 5450, other clubs and organizations

WATER CONFERENCE Saturday Feb 14 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at Red Rocks Community College Environmental Training Center (13302 W Sixth Ave.) Register on the District 5450 Website www.rotary5450.org. Cost is $50 and includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch. This is a great opportunity to learn about water sanitation and flood recovery with a special focus on Colorado.

MARDI GRAS PARTY is being held Tuesday Feb 17 from 6-9pm at Evergreen Country Day School 1093 Swede Gulch Rd. (just east of Home Depot) by the Evergreen Rotary to raise funds for their international service projects. There will be Cajun Gumbo, Jambalaya, live music, dancing and costumes. For more info or to purchase tickets ($50 single; $90/couple) call John Wingate (303) 877-5173 or Barbara Wingate (303) 435-8300.

WEST CHAMBER CHAIRMAN’S INAUGURAL CELEBRATION will be held Friday Feb 20 from 6-11pm at Denver West Marriott. This event will honor businesses and nonprofits in several categories. For more info or to register visit www.westchamber.org.

WINE TASTING AND DINNER benefitting the Betty Proctor Fund (a program of the Action Center) is Thursday March 5 & Friday March 6 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Mary 126 W. 2nd Ave. Denver. Cost is $35. Please RSVP to Lynda by Feb. 27. lyndam@theactioncenterco.org or (720) 407-6703.

RLI or Rotary Leadership Institute’s last session for District 5450 this Rotary year will be held Saturday March 28 at Red Rocks Community College. All three courses will be offered. You may start now and finish the other two in the fall. Cost of $40 includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch and can be reimbursed by our club. To register contact Karen Briggs briggs129@comcast.net or (303) 919 0819.


Jeremy Ryan will be coordinating Club meeting programs for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year.  If you know of people interested in speaking to our club please contact Jeremy.  Jeremy’s email is jeremyr@wdgcpa.com

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