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Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

Brighton Early Rotary: Fellowship, Fun and Community Service !

Brighton Early Rotary meets Wednesday's at 7am at The Armory at Brighton Cultural Center (Community Room - 2nd Floor), 300 Strong St, Brighton, CO.

For more information about the Brighton Early Rotary Club, please call Kevin O'Connell at (303) 999-6648.

For e-mail inquiries, please send your questions to

Thanks for your interest in Brighton Early Rotary.


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Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

The Sheri L. Simon, DVM – Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Brighton Early Rotary Foundation, Inc.
Kevin W. O’Connell, Chairman
P. O. Box 542
Brighton, CO  80601-0542
(303) 999-6648 – Mobile
(303) 957-2393 – Fax
The Brighton Early RotaryFoundation, Inc. is
501c3 Non-Profit Corporation

Federal Tax ID # 26-3971486 


The Sheri L. Simon, DVM - Rotary Memorial Scholarship celebrates the life and legacy of Sheri L. Simon, DVM of Brighton, CO who passed away on December 4, 2011 and is designed to insure continued education by students in the disciplines associated with Veterinary Medicine.   The Brighton Early Rotary Club chose to honor and memorialize Sheri’s commitment to Rotary International and her vocation with this scholarship. 

Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 13, 2012


Rotary club members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease. 

India’s last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. The country recorded 42 cases in 2010, and 741 in 2009.

A chief factor in India’s success has been the widespread use of the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is effective against both remaining types of the poliovirus. Another has been rigorous monitoring, which has helped reduce the number of children missed by health workers during National Immunization Days to less than 1 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rotary has been a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also a key supporter of the initiative. 

Sporting their signature yellow vests and caps, the nearly 119,000 Rotarians in India have helped administer vaccine to children, organize free health camps and polio awareness rallies, and distribute banners, caps, comic books, and other items.

“With the support of their Rotary brothers and sisters around the world, Indian Rotarians have worked diligently month after month, year after year, to help organize and carry out the National Immunization Days that reach millions of children with the oral polio vaccine,” says RI President Kalyan Banerjee, of the Rotary Club of Vapi, Gujarat.

“The achievement of a polio-free India for a full year is a significant step towards a polio-free world -- an example as to what can be accomplished no matter what problems need to be overcome,” says Robert S. Scott, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “Rotarians of India are and should be proud of the key efforts they have made at all levels, without which the world would not be marking this milestone.”

Deepak Kapur, chair of the India PolioPlus Committee, also credits the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for its commitment to ending polio. To date, the Indian government has spent more than US$1.2 billion on domestic polio eradication activities. “Government support is crucial if we are to defeat polio, and we are fortunate that our government is our biggest advocate in this effort,” Kapur says.

“Marching ahead, the goal is to sustain this momentum,” he adds, describing as potentially “decisive” the upcoming immunization rounds this month and in February and March.

If all ongoing testing for polio cases recorded through 13 January continues to yield negative results, WHO will declare that India has interrupted transmission of indigenous wild poliovirus, laying the groundwork for its removal from the polio-endemic countries list, which also includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. However, because non-endemic countries remain at risk for cases imported from endemic countries, immunizations in India and other endemic and at-risk countries must continue. Neighboring Pakistan, which has reported 189 cases so far for 2011, is a major threat to India’s continued polio-free status. Last year, an outbreak in China, which had been polio-free for a decade, was traced genetically to Pakistan.

“As an Indian, I am immensely proud of what Rotary has accomplished,” Banerjee says. “However, we know this is not the end of our work. Rotary and our partners must continue to immunize children in India and in other countries until the goal of a polio-free world is finally achieved.”

Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 10, 2012

BRIGHTON - A wounded Iraq war veteran now knows a bit more about the kindness of strangers after coming home Tuesday to a street filled with a lot of strangers.

Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

January 2012
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rotary, 
At Arlington National Cemetery outsideWashington, D.C., stands a memorial to the Seabees, formally known as the U.S.Naval Construction Force. An inscription reads, “With willing hearts andskillful hands, the difficult we do at once; the impossible takes a bitlonger.”
In Rotary, we already have our ownmottoes. If we didn’t, I might be given to nominate those two lines. The powerof combined effort, as Paul Harris once wrote, knows no limitation. When wework together, the impossible becomes possible.

Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

January 2012
Areas of Focus Are the Causes That Drive Rotary
Areas of Focus are the causes that driveRotary. We are now halfway through the pilot of our Future Vision Plan, and as I look to the future Ithink the most significant change will be the adoption of the six areas offocus -- and not just for our Foundation. I recently heard RI Director StuartHeal, the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, say that our areas offocus fit very comfortably into our RI Strategic Plan. 
Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

"Keeping the Member in Rotary, Keeping Rotary in the Member"

Action steps:

    * INFORM
    * INVITE
    * INDUCT
    * ORIENT
Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

Rotary International offers myriad resources to help Rotarians build effective clubs. Effective clubs are able to achieve the Object of Rotary by

    * Sustaining or increasing their membership base
    * Implementing successful service projects that address the needs of their community and communities in other countries
    * Supporting The Rotary Foundation through both financial contributions and program participation
    * Developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level

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Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

Attending club meetings is a key responsibility as a Rotarian - If you need to do a make-up it's fun and easy at Rotary E-Club One !
Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

Share your passion for Rotary - refer a member !
Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

Visit the web site for The Brighton Early Rotary Foundation, Inc. - our club Foundation !
Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

Need to refer to our current month's E-Bulletin (Newsletter) ?
Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

Rotary's core values represent the guiding principles of the organization's culture, including what guides members' priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organization's leadership.
Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 11, 2012

The Rotary 4-Way Test.....
Posted by Kevin O'Connell on Jan 13, 2012

Member Birthdays

Rene Mikes - January 20th
Kevin West - April 30th
Jim Pauley - May 30th
Bobbi Jo Unruh - May 31st
Kevin O'Connell - June 4th
Dave Simon - July 10th
Linda Jones - September 8th
Donna Petrocco - December 25th

Member Anniversaries

Bobbi Jo & Stan Unruh - April 1st - 51 years !
Jim & Jenny Pauley - June 28th - 9 years

Membership Anniversaries

Manuel Esquibel - 7 years - February 23rd - Charter Member
Kevin O'Connell - 7 years - February 23rd - Charter Member
Donna Petrocco - 7 years - February 23rd - Charter Member
Bobbi Jo Unruh - 7 years - February 23rd - Charter Member
Gary Wardle  - 7 years - February 23rd - Charter Member
Kevin West - 7 years - February 23rd - Charter Member

Rene Mikes - 2 years - April 1st
Rich Wilbert - 2 years - April 27th
Dave Simon - 3 years - July 1st
Dick Hodge - 1 year - Aug 10th
Brian O'Hara - 2 years - September 1st
Linda Jones - 6 years - November 15th
Jim Pauley - 4 years - November 19th
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