Posted by Joy Collins on Apr 09, 2014
32 Rotarians & 1 guest present for our Club Assembly today
Inspirationally, Mike Waid announced that the Parker team he was on to raise $5K this past weekend for St. Baldrick's actually raised in excess of $17K which goes to help fund research for curing childhood cancer.
Club President Courtney Howey, asking us to think of the ways we currently contribute to our club activities, led the Assembly train of Committee Chair reports. Club Service Chair Gary Bristow reported on fellowship events and the good work of our Program Chair, Website Administrators, Public Relations Chair, and Membership Chair.
Community Service Chair Dan Barnes: our club made contributions this past year to Project Sanctuary, Toys for God's Kids, Parker Downtown Trick-or-Treat, 9-11 Breakfast for Firefighters, Women's Crisis Center, SECOR, and Homes for Our Troops.
Vocational & Youth Service Chair Jim Dvorak: our club makes ongoing contributions with tutoring time and 4-Way Test teaching at the Douglas County Support Center; and we delivered dictionaries to all 3rd graders in the 13 district elementary schools.
International Service Chair Kevin Hausmann: we focused on a water project (funding sand dams in Kenya) and a Shelter Box. Don Willson reported that after hosting students from Germany, Croatia, Sweeden, Finland, and this year from France, our club will take a break next year. Emma (from the north side of Aix-en-Provence) is enjoying her time in Colorado through the end of June. Special thanks to all the host families!
New Generations Chair Becky Hoeck: our club has worked for about 5 years to cultivate an Interact Club & with Tamera Krause's help, we now we have one at Legend HS. Those students raised funds and supplies through a "Hat Day" to support Colorado Flood Victims and with community help they made 100 baby blankets to send to Cambodia.
Club President Courtney Howey thanked everyone and pointed out that our club fundraisers help fund all these efforts. Rotarians need to plan to pitch in and enjoy fellowship through service for the three days of the Labor Day weekend Smokin' BBQ event as well as during Parker Days.
Rotary Foundation Chair Christopher Plummer explained how all the funds we contribute go through Rotary International, how Paul Harris giving gets accounted for, and how 3 years later the funds we've given cycle back to us as the amount we can apply for to give grants.
Sargent-at-Arms Douglas Klich thanked Jim Chincholl and John Howe for all their help with setting up and putting away club items each week, helping him greet and check-in members. He reported no need to force orderliness on club meetings this year.
In a fond farewell to George Lewman, we sang Mike Dunkel's version of "So Long", shared memories and thanks, and enjoyed some cake. Best wishes, George! Be sure to come back and visit us.
Upcoming events: April 30 meet at Legend HS for lunch Charter Mtg of our Interact Club; May 1 (5-7pm) meet at Lone Tree Hyatt to support efforts to establish a Rotary Club in Lone Tree; June 25 evening Change of Command Dinner at Pradera; August 9 CCV Rotary Picnic at Stonegate.
Posted by Joy Collins on Apr 04, 2014
27 Rotarians & 4 guests said pledge & 4-way test and sang "When April Showers May Come Your Way"
Our own Andrea Wyant, Youth Librarian at Parker's Douglas County Library, shared an inspirational story about a family discovering their grandfather's recorded interview about war-time stories he had never shared with his family. This inspired Andrea to record her favorite stories about her life and children, and so she strongly encouraged us all to record our favorite stories for posterity any way we can. The library has resources for assisting in preserving those stories.
Debra Wilcox, Co-Founder at The 3d Printing Store, Department Head Advanced Technology for Transportation at Cleantech Fellows Institute, and Principal at Alex Air, shared a broad glimpse at all the amazing projects coming through her store (from inventors' prototypes to biotech customizations - like a splint for a baby's trachea - to replacements for an out-of-date carburetor part) and showed us how a desktop 3d printer makes a chain with all the parts interlinked. Check out this short video!
Parker Mayor Mike Waid showed up with pink- and purple-dyed hair and reminded us that this goofy fun is all to help raise funds (along with several other Parker soon-to-be-bald-for-a-great-cause citizens) for St. Baldrick's Foundation's efforts to Conquer Childhood Cancers. Please donate whatever you can online or in person and come cheer them on this Saturday April 5th 2pm at the PACE!
Our Rotary District 5450's Regional Assistant District Governor Lin Miklas (Castle Rock High Noon) visited our club meeting and announced her enthusiasm for the upcoming 2014 District Conference: May 2-4, within easy reach at the Embassy Suites Hotel (14th & Stout, Denver). Register online for one or more days!
Steve visited us from the Castle Rock Morning Rotary to invite us to participate in their Ducky Derby fundraiser. He also offered a friendly hand to pitch in and support our fundraisers! Please support their Ducky Derby Saturday June 7th, a whole town event from 11am-5pm. Ducky entry tickets are available online (see the left side tabs at www.crduckyderby.com) and you don't need to be present to win (but of course it would be more fun to be there).
Posted by Joy Collins on Mar 27, 2014
26 Rotarians & 9 guests opened with Pledge, 4-Way Test & "Here Comes the Sun"
Ron Redd from Parker Water & Sanitation presented information on Parker's water partnerships, water sources, and current status of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir. Lots of great information and photos! Tours are available by reservation every other Friday afternoon.
Ralph Martin shared that our club is sponsoring a new Rotary club forming in the Lone Tree area. More of our Rotarians are needed at a May 1st meeting, location TBD. Let Ralph know if you are interested in helping.
Don Mack and Joy Collins received Rotary "blue" badges, duly earned!
Mike Waid reminded us that next Saturday, April 5th, is his Shave the Mayor event: 2pm at the PACE! Donate at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/shavethemayor2014/
Posted by Joy Collins on Mar 22, 2014
32 Rotarians and 2 guests attended; we sang "When Irish eyes are smiling".
Our own Dr. Win Pendleton, USAF-Retired, shared the history of The Four-Way Test and then challenged us to apply the test to various scenarios he handed out to small groups. Each group had time to reflect and then one person from each group had one minute to explain how the group applied The Four-Way Test to work through the moral dilemma. Thank you, Win, for challenging us to use The Four Way Test in our lives, to share with others involved how we thought through the problem, and to share with our Rotary group how we applied The Four-Way Test.
Congratulations to Sheryl Scripter and Rob Christy who received their Rotary "blue" badges, duly earned!
Kevin Hausmann gave us an update on the Sand Dam project in Kenya that our club learned about from UK Rotarian Roy who visited our club from Rotary District 1140. Funds matched by Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and Britain's Department for International Development have practically tripled our club's contributions. Excellent Development is the organization helping local people in Kenya and other countries build the sand dams; here's a short video explaining how the sand dams being built in Kenya work. More information is presented in RIBI reports from June 2013 and August 2013 as well as Excellent Development's 2013 Annual Report.
Posted by Joy Collins on Mar 12, 2014
33 CCV Parker Rotarians, 5 Parker AM Rotarians, & 13 guests
Open World Leadership Program's delegation of 6 Russian visitors and their local interpreter shared with us a video of their hometown (Ivanova, north of Moscow), what they do for work and hobbies, photos of their week-long visit in Colorado, and their wonderfully positive impressions of their time with Americans. Their host families threw a very generous welcome party for them and have worked to make their stays as comfortable as possible. They visited Parker Town Council, Douglas County Offices, and Parker Police among other sites for shopping and dining in Parker, Boulder, and Denver. We enjoyed meeting them and hearing their stories, exchanged tokens of appreciation (including their book of artwork from Ivanova Art & Design School), and know we will not forget this incredible cultural exchange. The Open World Leadership Program was founded in 1999 by our US Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington.
Congratulations to Kyle Kercheval, Legend HS senior, who received our CCV Rotary Student of the Quarter Award. Kyle has great career goals and is lined up to attend Arizona State University in the fall. He has our best wishes and confidence in his abilities, great work ethic, & proven spirit of service for others in his community. We look forward to seeing you realize your dreams, Kyle!
Legend HS's AVID program is looking for two teams of 4 Rotarians to help judge AVID students' final projects on two afternoons in April. Sign-ups went around today and watch for the details in your email, Rotarians! More information is available online at this Legend HS AVID link.
Posted by Joy Collins on Mar 05, 2014
Stephen McSpadden, architectural engineer and real estate adviser, presented his research on the history of money and encouraged us to look into how money, the Federal Reserve, and the world banking system really work. He suggested we start by watching a film on YouTube called "Money as Debt." For more information, get in touch with Stephen McSpadden!
George Lewman and Dan Barnes have invited us to help set up for, attend, and help take town the tent and food at Homes for our Troops' Key Ceremony for Marine Sgt. Gabe Martinez and his family. This home is in Parker; let's welcome him to our community! For all the details on this event, checkout the website at https://www.hfotusa.org/gmartinez.
Posted by Joy Collins on Mar 26, 2014
Parker Adventist has a very impressive Cancer Center! Our club enjoyed a tour of the facilities this week during our regular meeting time. See more about it at their Oncology and Cancer Care website.
Posted by Joy Collins on Feb 19, 2014
US Rep Cory Gardner spoke, sharing his personal history from Yuma, CO and giving us lots of data about the extensive 4th congressional district of CO. His modus operandi is "Don't just complain, work on a solution!" and he encouraged all of us to know that change really happens from the ground up. He encouraged us to go to town meetings, get on our senators and representatives' websites, get on their mailing lists, know what they are doing, communicate our thoughts and ideas to them, hold forums, and hold debates.
Ralph Martin, who is transferring his Rotary membership from CA and before that from HI where he served as club president, shared his personal history and why he loves Rotary. Welcome to our club, Ralph!
It's almost Caucus time, Don Willson announced that as a great way to get involved. Just check your party website for Colorado precinct caucus locations; they start at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 4th.
Posted by Joy Collins on Feb 14, 2014
Josh Duncan, development director for MountainChild (www.mountainchild.org) spoke to us about this organization's work in Nepal. Did you know...? (Click on More... below to see what we learned.)
End Polio: See www.rotary.org/en/end-polio and contribute however you can! Our club is working to exceed our funding commitment. See Chris Plummer to contribute funds via check to Rotary Foundation.
Exchange Students Dora (from Croatia) & David (from Switzerland) with the 2009-10 Rotary Exchange in Parker and Cherry Creek came back for a visit to CO. Great to see them!
Parker Library has a program to help you get your photos into digital format and VHS tapes changed to DVD. Check it out!
Upcoming Events: Feb 20 State of the Town (5-6) & Mayor's Charity Ball (until 10 pm at PACE); Feb 27 Rotary Fellowship (5-7 pm at Elevation 5900)
Posted by Joy Collins on Feb 05, 2014
Posted by John Brokken on Jan 29, 2014
http://youtu.be/7XyrkeqJzFIWe met today to celebrate the Broncos season and to show our support for them! We also had fellowship and enjoyed the company of our fellow Rotarians.
The song maestro wrote a gem to the tune of Home on the Range!http://youtu.be/7XyrkeqJzFI
Posted by John Brokken on Jan 15, 2014
This week’s meeting was off-site at the PACE center. A nice change of venue.
Mike Dunkel, our new Membership Chair, shared his revised approach to membership. He has put together a streamlined process for getting membership applications completed, submitted to the board and reviewed for approval. His ‘meet and greet’ suggestion for giving new candidates the “Rotary experience” when visiting our club will definitely make that person feel welcome.
The program was Project Sanctuary, presented by Heather Ehle, CEO & Founder. Project Sanctuary takes military families from battle-ready to family-ready through outdoor, therapeutic retreats in a healing environment and ongoing family support services following each retreat. They currently have 1,500 families on their waiting list. Once a family is accepted into the program, all expenses are paid to bring them to the Colorado facility and for the week long stay. Volunteers are always welcome and can either work through our club for scheduling or go directly to the website (projectsanctuary.us). Cherry Creek Valley Rotary presented Heather a check for Project Sanctuary in the amount of $6,000.
Next week’s meeting will be back at the Adventist Hospital Conference Room.
36 Rotarians and 10 Guests were in attendance.
Posted by John Brokken on Jan 08, 2014
President Courtney presented Rotarian Mike Waid with a Certificate for donating 12 months of space at the PACE Center to hold the Rotary Board Meetings. Thank you Mike.
Guest speaker was Amy Shoemaker, topic was Increasing Employee Productivity with BEER. If you were not in attendance you probably think she was referring to an alcoholic beverage – not the case. Good presentation with a lot of information on constructive feedback and “How To” coaching sessions with employees. I couldn’t help but think as I listened to the material that this would work on our kids too.
Next week’s meeting will be held at the PACE Center. Rotarians need to let Gary Bristow know what they would like to eat, catering provided by Sweet Lorraine’s.
33 Rotarians and 7 Guest were in attendance.
Posted by John Brokken on Nov 20, 2013
This was our last official meeting before Thanksgiving. Linda Ganz not only inspired us, but also gave us some Thanksgiving trivia. We were entertained with a musical program presented by the Douglas County Support Center. A rendition of what they are learning with the guitars CCVR helped purchase. It was a pleasure to have the entire support center join us.
25 Rotarians in attendance as well as a host of guests.
Posted by John Brokken on Feb 13, 2013
Today's meeting was one of the most interesting formats that we have. Today, we were pleased to listen to four Red Badge members tell their life story. Its always nice to learn more about our fellow Rotarians, their lifes path, and their families. Thank you to the Red Badges that shared your stories and we look forward to hearing more life stories from other Red Badges and from established members.
We welcome guests to our meetings as well, so please come check out one of our meeting and get involved with the community!
Posted by John Brokken on Feb 06, 2013
We started the meeting today with a Paul Harris award to John Diak. Congrats John!!!
Today we had a club assembly formatted meeting where each of the Service Directors spoke about what we have accomplished this year and what we have left to do.
Posted by Gary Bristow on Dec 19, 2012
Our meeting on December 19th was the last of this calendar year. Andrea Wyant and Joeanna Jaeger provided their 'Life Stories' and then Andrea presented a very insightful program on the Parker Library and what the Douglas County Library system has to offer. Please remember that we will not have a meeting on December 26th and the January 2nd meeting will be a 'Fellowship' meeting at the hospital conference center. Come and share what you got for Christmas and enjoy a great lunch with your fellow Rotarians.
Posted by John Brokken on Nov 07, 2012
It was a great day for our Parker Rotary group... not only did Mike Waid win the nomination for Parker's next Mayor, John Diak and Josh Rivero were elected for Town Council, and we had our song maestro is back!
Josh Rivero also gave his vocational speech along with John Brokken and Shelly Rosnick received her red badge.
Posted by John Brokken
Happy Birthday to Walter Borfitz on October 21st and Don Wilson on October 26th!
Posted by John Brokken on Oct 24, 2012
Brandi did a great job filling everyone in on Trick or Treat on Main Street which is coming up quick. We will be having our club meeting at Obrien Park in downtown Parker next week at 12:30. Come prepared to help set up!
Posted by John Brokken on Oct 17, 2012
The Boy Scouts kick off our Rotary meeting with a very entertaining song, then President Elect Courtney fills in for our fearless golfing President.
Posted by John Brokken on Sep 26, 2012
Its was a bittersweet club meeting since Anges is now joining a Rotary Club closer to her new home. We hope to have her visit soon!
Posted by John Brokken on Aug 29, 2012
Posted by John Brokken on Aug 29, 2012
Three new red badges at todays meeting! Welcome Josh Rivero, Bryan Daffer, and Linda Ganz!
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