Posted on Feb 24, 2014
Littleton Rotarians once again stepped up and volunteered to assist in this annual event organized by the Rotary Club of Broomfield. Each year at the end of the Colorado Garden & Home Show, hundreds of flowering plants are boxed up for delivery to area nursing homes, assisted living centers, and other facilities where the residents would appreciate a touch of spring color. Thanks to the club members who worked at the conclusion of the show to pack boxes with plants, and to the members who delivered the boxes the next morning.
Several years ago, on learning that most of the flowering plants displayed at the annual Colorado Garden & Home Show wound up in dumpsters at the conclusion of the show, members of the Broomfield Rotary Club determined to rescue those plants and distribute them to area care facilities. Enlisting the support of other metro Denver area Rotary Clubs, the program today distributes these flowers throughout the entire metro area. Rotarians working together to improve people's lives is at the core of Rotary's motto: Service Above Self."
Posted on Feb 17, 2014
Valentine’s Day was made special for residents of the Libby Bortz Assisted Living Center thanks to volunteers from Littleton Rotary and the Littleton Elks Lodge. Linda Divino, Activities Director at the center arranged for a live band to perform “Big Band” music as the highlight of Valentine’s Day. Realizing that many of the residents have difficulty in walking and that few of the people living there are men, she asked our Rotary Club and the Elks Lodge for willing volunteers to come and be dance partners.
One of our Club's newest members, Belinda (“B”) Gonzalez, along with Russ Strandberg and Rick Clark stepped up to help out, and in the process had a very enjoyable and rewarding time. The music was great and the ladies kept Russ and Rick busy as long as the music was playing. Two very lucky male residents took turns keeping “B” dancing to everything from swing to waltzes.
The smiles were many and the gratitude deep as the last dance finished and we bid everyone goodbye. It’s hoped that this will become an annual opportunity for our Club to share some special time with those dear people who rarely experience visits from people who genuinely care about them.
Posted on Dec 13, 2013
Gary crosses the Finish Line. Gary receives congratulations from RI General Secretary John Hewko.
Rotarians know that age is no limitation when there is good work to be done. Littleton Rotarian, Gary Leitch, proved that at 78, riding in the 31st Annual El Tour de Tucson benefit bike race was well within his ability. One of the largest annual cycling events in the country, the El Tour de Tucson raises money for select charities. Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign became a significant beneficiary of this event thanks to the efforts of Tucson Rotarian, Mike Harris. Gary learned of this event and immediately determined he would gather sponsors and train for the ride.
Littleton Rotary Club members supported his efforts by making pledges and Gary headed off to Tucson ready to ride. In spite of a dismal day of cold, constant rain, he completed his targeted ride length and was happy to have been a part of the 8000-9000 riders and the 70 Rotarians representing Rotary Clubs from throughout the US.
Congratulations to Gary and thanks to all who supported his efforts in raising over $4,000 for End Polio Now. Thanks to the 2 for 1 matching grant from the Gates Foundation, total funds raised at the event for End Polio Now are over $2.4 million! Now that’s a fundraiser!
Posted on Nov 29, 2013
l-r: Sandy Perkins, Galen Graham, Sophia Uhlig, Zach Polonsky, Maureen Stewart
The Littleton Rotary Club has a long tradition of sponsoring Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and more recently, Young RYLA . These award scholarships are available to any middle school 7th graders and high school juniors & seniors. Generally, applicants selected have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement and have potential or proven leadership experience. On selection, the students experience a week-long program held at the Ponderosa Retreat & Conference Center in Larkspur (Young RYLA), or at the YMCA of The Rockies in Estes Park (RYLA). These summer programs expose the young people to a series of leadership and team-building experiences that hone their skills at becoming positive leaders at home, school, and in their communities. High quality local and national leadership experts are brought in to be keynote speakers and share their insights on what defines a true leader.
Our program on Tuesday, November 26th featured three of the five RYLA students our Club sponsored this year. Our club’s RYLA Chair, Sandy Perkins presented the program and each of the students had an opportunity to share their thoughts and gratitude for the life enhancing experience. The students represented Columbine High School, Heritage High School and Euclid Middle School and did a very good job in answering numerous questions from the audience. These students are tangible examples of the positive effect Rotary’s RLYA programs are having on our youth. Education, encouragement, team-building, and support is what RYLA is all about. Be proud of what we do as Rotarians and let others know about this outstanding program.
Posted on Nov 16, 2013
Literacy Chair, Dale Flowers presents check to Mary Ellen Dillman, Principal, Centennial Academy
The Rotary Club of Littleton has a long tradition of supporting education at Littleton Public School's Centennial Academy (aka: Centennial Elementary). Several years ago, Principal Mary Ellen Dillman recognized that due to budget cuts, certain key elements to enhancing her students learning experience would be difficult, if not impossible, to continue or maintain. Thus began "Mary's Wish List." Each year Mary would identify unfunded needs and make a list focused on those items that would be especially helpful to students if a funding source were to be found.
Littleton Rotary to the rescue.
On learning of these needs, the Board of Directors of the Littleton Rotary Foundation (funded through club member’s donations, bequests, and public fund-raising projects) decided to help. Each year since she began making her lists, the Foundation has worked to provide funding for specific items. This year she was presented with $750.00 for much needed repair of musical instruments and the purchase of music stands. We can imagine the challenges of teaching music to students whose instruments don't work properly and who have no stand on which to place their sheet music while playing or practicing.
Thank you to Mary for caring enough to make her schools’ needs known, and a very big Thank You to the Littleton Rotary Foundation and all the members of the Rotary Club of Littleton.
Posted on Oct 29, 2013
I Can Read and Homework Club at Centennial Academy
It's a special time for students when Rotarians and community members volunteer to participate in the I Can Read Program at Centennial Academy of Fine Arts. This simple and effective program pares volunteers with teachers and select students to share time in supporting reading skills by simply listening to students read.
Volunteers are assigned a classroom teacher who then contacts the volunteer, usually in early September, and they work together to set up a schedule based on the teacher’s needs and the volunteer’s availability. The teachers choose students they feel will benefit most from the time, support, and attention the volunteers provide. Usually the volunteer works with one student at a time and they see from 2-4 students each visit. Each visit is just one class period in length.
The volunteer doesn’t need to bring anything as the teacher provides the reading material. Often it will be a book, article, or poetry that the student is reading in class.
I Can Read volunteers are very important to the success of these students by providing them with additional reading practice and support, as well as a warm and friendly personal connection. Students look forward to the days that their I Can Read volunteer works with them and for many students, it is the highlight of their day!
The program needs your help to ensure its' continued success. For information on how to volunteer, contact Littleton Rotary Club Literacy Chair, C. Dale Flowers at 303- 794-4218 or Rotary@cdale.com . Better still, CLICK HERE to access and download the volunteer forms which detail the specific information necessary to become an active member of the I Can Read program.
Posted on Oct 28, 2013
A beautiful fall morning with mild temperatures greeted the many volunteers who gathered at the Littleton City Center on Saturday, October 26th for the Littleton Sunrise Rotary Club’s fall version of Hands Across Littleton. The Littleton Rotary Club (luncheon club) began their Hands Across Littleton project almost 20 years ago. The annual project, usually held in May, focuses on cleaning and fixing up the homes and yards of mostly elderly homeowners who no longer have the physical ability or means to maintain the appearance of their homes and yards as they would like.
The project has been so successful that this year, Littleton Sunrise club member, Ann Mather, came up with the idea to expand the efforts and create a fall leaf-raking day. The Sunrise Club invited Littleton Rotary to help out with this expanded activity and a great time was had by all who participated.
After receiving and maps and directions to the properties, the happy group headed out for a half-day of fun raking leaves. Included in the group of volunteers was Rotary Youth Exchange student, Nica Zabala, from the Philippines. Nica is a student at Heritage High School and has been excited at all the opportunities to serve the community through Rotary and her school.
A big Thank You to our sister club, Littleton Sunrise, and to Ann Mather for making her idea a reality.
Posted on Sep 18, 2013
It’s hard to imagine a more successful first-time event than what our Littleton Rotary Club experienced on Saturday, September 14th. The First Annual Alferd Packer Bacon Party was attended by hundreds of people all with happy smiles of appreciation for the food, bands, and of course, beer. The winning combination of free, top-drawer, entertainment, quality vendor displays, and outstanding food services kept the happy crowds coming back for more. While elsewhere in the metro-area experienced heavy rains and flash-flood warnings, Littleton was blessed with virtually rain free skies throughout the event.
Proceeds from this happy event benefit the Littleton Rotary Foundation and through it, dozens upon dozens of community projects and services throughout the greater Littleton Community. Additionally, the Littleton Rotary Foundation provides seed money for international service projects spearheaded by the Littleton Rotary Club's International Service Committee, often in conjunction with other area Rotary Clubs. Some of these international projects: providing textbooks and instructional aids for teachers in remote areas of Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of Congo; pure water storage and distribution systems for rural villages in Honduras; and most recently, Bio-Sand Water Filters for over 500 villagers in rural Nicaragua.
Our Club is especially grateful to Greg Reinke of Reinke Brothers, Inc. for his unwavering support of our fundraising efforts and his generosity in allowing us the use of his parking lot, portable stage, fencing, restroom facilities, and numerous other items helpful to our event.
Posted on Jun 13, 2013
Rotarians (in white shirts) from the Rotary Club of Somoto, Nicaragua install bio-sand water filters in rural villager's homes as a result of a Littleton Rotary Club matching grant project facilitated through the Rotary International Foundation and the Littleton Rotary Foundation. Bob Moore, a member of our Club for just 4 years has spearheaded this significant project. Click here to read the recent newspaper article.
Back in 2005-06, the Rotary Club of Littleton embarked on the most ambitious project in the Club's history. Thanks to the passion and drive of Barbara Jacobsen and her Rotarian spouse, Merl, the project was made a reality through the efforts of a very select and dedicated committee and hundreds of hours of planning and work by Club members.
The project's goal was to provide the funding to enable Project C.U.R.E to build or purchase an existing building for use as their world headquarters and primary warehouse. We succeeded in raising $500,000 and coupled that with a generous matching contribution from Jake Jabes, owner of American Furniture Warehouse. Today that project is a reality. The facility that Littleton Rotary helped fund is meeting the needs of Project C.U.R.E in it's mission of providing donated new, used, and surplus medical supplies and equipment to needy clinics and hospitals in developing countries around the world.
Project C.U.R.E. has reserved the 1st. Monday of each month from 5-7 PM as a "Sorting Night" for Littleton Rotary, their friends and family. Please consider volunteering for this worthwhile activity and come to better understand the enormous scope of this significant organization. The work is fairly light and you'll be working on sorting donated medical items under the direction of a Project C.U.R.E. volunteer manager. Project C.U.R.E asks that you sign up not earlier than a week prior to the 1st Monday. That way they have fewer no-shows and can better plan for what tasks to assign for the volunteers in attendance. Click here to sign up.