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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.
Jay Grimm, Navajo
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."
--Rube Goldberg, American Cartoonist, writer, and inventor, 1883-1970