Last Week in Rotary
3155 S Vaughn Way
Aurora, CO
United States of America
31 people attended our second meeting of the year.
Guests Via Zoom
Emily Lefferts - Prospective Member
Due to the increase in Covid-19 infections Governor Polis implemented new restriction preventing us from meeting in person until the February 3, 2021 meetingWe will continue to meet virtually using the same Zoom link below even after the Hybrid meetings begin. Look for an email from Kimberly Armitage detailing next steps. 
President Phil Gibson instituted a new process for those that join the meeting early. We were placed in smaller breakout rooms to allow for more intimate conversations than 31 zoom participants allows. The feedback was extremely positive so this will continue for the foreseeable future. Members are encouraged to sign on at Noon to get to know your fellow Rotarians in a more intimate setting. Thank you member David Dreibelbis for facilitating this new process!
We shared some sad news last week about the passing of fellow Rotarian Richard Schutt. Click here to read Dick's obituary.
President Phil Gibson recognized our Red Badge members that attended the meeting today. They were Adam Kehl and Lori Mackenzie. We look forward to meeting you in person!
President Phil Gibson updated us on a Rotary President's call last night concerning our available grant monies. District 5450 has $89,000 in grant money available. The Rotary Club of Aurora has access to $3,000 in grants for international projects as well as $3,000 for local projects. Phil would like to pursue a grant for the Hope Center Integrated Center presented during last week's main program. Plans are underway for some matching funds to exceed the $5,000 goal mentioned by member Joel Kruschwitz last week.
If you have suggestions for the local grants, let President Phil or any board member know. Projects that may extend into President Elect Danielle Lammon's term and beyond. Currently under consideration is Blue Star Recyclers that gave a presentation to the club last year. This organization employs people on the autism spectrum to disassemble electronics for recycling purposes. Exactly the type of organization Rotarian's like to support.
May 8, 2021 has been designated as a Day of Service for Rotary District 5450. All clubs are encouraged to plan a service activity around that date. The Rotary Club of Aurora is looking to partner with the other Rotary Clubs in the area for a large socially-distant project. A clean-up day is perfect. President Phil mentioned The Urban Farm. This organization works with troubled youth in the Denver area and would be a clean-up project. Please contact President Phil or President Elect Danielle Lammon with any ideas you may have for this collaborative day.
Member Rick Richard informed the club that a proposed Foundation budget for the 21-22 Rotary year is under development. Expect an email from Kimberly Armitage soon with a date for the Foundation budget discussion.
Rotary District 5450 has shared a couple of videos thanking healthcare workers. Click here for the one produced by the District and here for a separate one from The Rotary Club of Denver Southeast. Enjoy!
Members Jana Clark and Karlyn Shorb gave a presentation about the shift COVID-19 has caused at Aurora Colorado Sister Cities International. They had to cancel all international activities so they started concentrating on local needs like Food Kitchen Collective. They provided over a 1000 bags of fresh food and 500 PPE kits. They supported 19 local business and 5 nonprofits along the Havana Improvement Corridor. They also talked about upcoming projects. This organization has multiple Sister Cities around the world. Contact Karlyn Shorb for more information. Click here are go to 15:12 for their presentation.
Member Paul Suss will be sending out a signup sheet for invocations. Please consider helping out in this small way.
Here are some events brought to you by Rotary District 5450
COLORADO WILDFIRE DISASTER RELIEF FUND: The fires may be out, but the need is still great. The Natural Disaster Response Committee is currently working with local Rotarians and contacts in Grand Lake and other effected areas to determine how best to distribute donated funds. It will take some time before needs assessments can be completed. Donations can be made online or you can mail a check to Rotary District 5450, Subject Line: Colorado Fires, 5103 Dvorak Circle, Frederick CO 80504. Click Here to learn more and see photos, or click here to watch a short video on the fires. 
WANTED: A PAST CLUB PRESIDENT! Rotary District 5450 is accepting nominations for our 2023-2024 District Governor. Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding leadership position to help inspire Rotarians to do great things? Click Here to learn more.
OREGON FIRE RELIEF: Thank you video from grant recipients in Oregon - your donations helped the Back to Work Project.
PDG Frank Sargent was honored by the Englewood Club for his 50 years of Rotary service to the club and our District! Tributes were included in The Hub and The Villager.
ROTARACT 5450 STEERING COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR GREEK ALUMNI: Rotaract 5450 would like your help to get more young adults involved with Rotary and experience the "Rotary magic."  READ MORE if you can help!
PREPARE THE SOIL, A PARADIGM FOR PEACE - if the soil is not prepared, then the seed will wither and die. It is very apparent that Peacebuilding is no different. READ MORE...
NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY 2020 - Rotary District 5450 was selected as an honoree! National Philanthropy Day in Colorado is a celebration of philanthropy — giving, volunteering and charitable engagement. Click Here to read the full announcement.
RESOLVE TO HAVE FUN and MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Rotary’s 2nd Annual Woohoomanity™ Challenge is for every Rotarian and every club in our District. Enjoy a fun day of volunteering or biking at the Denver Century Ride, and make a difference by raising money for your club’s service projects. Last year 117 participants from 17 clubs raised $86,000 and netted $82,000SAVE THE DATE September 25th… and Woohoo 2 U 2!
RYLA plus was honored a second time by Rotary International in December by being named the runner-up in RI's inaugural RYLA leadership awards. Rotary International highlighted RYLA plus on its social media pages:
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This unique RYLA program accommodates teens with physical disabilities at Easterseals Colorado's ADA-compliant camp, Rocky Mt. Village, in Empire, CO.  For more information about RYLA plus, go to or contact Karen Loeb at if your club is interested in helping to sponsor a camper in 2021.
RECORDING LINKS ON DISTRICT WEBSITE: Did you miss the Virtual District Conference? Couldn't participate in the training webinars? The recording links are now on the District website under the Training/Events tab.
District Business Directory - If you are running a small business and would like additional exposure please consider putting your name into the Rotary District Business Directory.  Reach out to Bev Mendel for additional information: 
Beverly Mendel, District 5450 Registrar
Telephone: 303-477-0654
Address: 5103 Dvorak Circle
Frederick, CO 80504
COVID19 Information

We care about the health and safety of our member and community. As we continue to monitor and learn more about the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to share some information with you. You’ve probably seen the following guidelines before, but they’re important and worth repeating:

⦁ Wear a cloth mask that fully covers your mouth and nose.
⦁ Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after each use of disposable gloves.
⦁ When returning home take off shoes and clothing leaving them by the door.
⦁ Wash your face and hands before touching anything in your home after going outside.
⦁ If using a cloth mask, wash it every day in hot soapy water and air dry.

Until Further Notice - Meeting Updates - NEW ZOOM LINK   

Aurora Rotary Club will host our weekly meeting virtually every Wednesday from 12:00-1:30 until we as a country have passed through the Covid19 pandemic.  
This meeting is free and open to the public.
Enjoy featured speakers, gather community resources and have some fun!
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and
community leaders.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. LIVE with Rotary Club of Aurora
When: Every Wednesday 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join us every Wednesday same time online. New speakers and presenters weekly
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 818 6333 3969
Password: 1954RCA
 Next meeting on 1/20/21 Online only.
Guest Speaker, Tom Klein - New Communities
Our very own Tom Klein updated us on his most recent project, Argenta. Argenta will be located in the old Fanfare location. When complete, Argenta will have two apartment buildings containing a total of 200 apartments, 86 townhouses and 20,000 square feet of retail space. This project was made possible by TIF financing. Tom explains how TIF works and talks about other projects that have benefited from this process. Argenta is slated to be complete in 2022. We are proud of the work Tom does and to call him a friend! Click here are go to the 31 minute mark to watch his presentation.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Nubia Madrid
September 8
Skip Arms
September 25
Joel Kruschwitz
September 30
Spouse Birthdays
September 2
Phil Gerkin
September 14
Rick Henn
September 19
Mordecai Brownlee
Daphne Brownlee
September 2
Peter Traynor
Wendy Traynor
September 18
Dwight Taylor
Mary Mollicone
September 19
Danielle Lammon
Jeremy Lammon
September 21
Douglas Anthony
Sheila Anthony
September 26
Sheila Anthony
Doug Anthony
September 26
Join Date
Brad Pierce
September 2, 2003
19 years
Karlyn Shorb
September 3, 2018
4 years
Luis Escurra
September 6, 2021
1 year
Nubia Madrid
September 9, 2020
2 years
Scott Cartwright
September 23, 2020
2 years
Jerry Beabout
September 24, 2008
14 years
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