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Last Week in Rotary
RADISSON HOTEL (I-225 & PARKER RD.)
3155 S Vaughn Way
Aurora, CO
80014
United States of America
 
FULLY HYBRID MEETING!
 
Guests Via Zoom
Guest Speaker- Bruce Dalton, President/CEO Visit Aurora
 
Announcements
With much excitement, we had our first in-person meeting of the year. The food was good and the camaraderie was even better! Now that we're back look for an email every Thursday from Kimberly Armitage asking for your lunch choice. Please RSVP with that choice as quickly as possible. With COVID restrictions, the restaurant needs ample time to order supplies. Please only attend in person if you are comfortable. Otherwise Zoom is the perfect alternative.
 
A special thank you goes out to David Dreibelbis and Josh Hultman for making the hybrid meetings seamless. We know how much work goes into this process and we really appreciate all you do!
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President-elect Danielle Lammon expressed her gratitude at being together in person. Those of us in attendance agreed as she expressed the need to fill her soul today.
 
She went on to announced the formation of a new sub-committee under the Membership Committee called the Care Committee. The purpose of the committee is to add a personal touch for our members. There will be a kick-off meeting at her house in SE Aurora this Saturday February 6th at 10:30 am. The foundation of goals, actions etc. for the committee will be laid out at this meeting. If you are interested in being personally involved with individual members of our club, contact Danielle for her address and other specifics. danielleshannonagency@gmail.com or 303-956-6058. 
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Member Linda Witulski reminded us about District 5450 training coming up...
Principled (Win/Win) Negotiation
Tonight, Thursday, Feb. 4 | 6:30 to 7:30 pm MST VIA Zoom
REGISTER NOW
 
She also reminded us that District 5450 is still soliciting donations to the COLORADO WILDFIRE DISASTER RELIEF FUND: 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. The fires are still active, so 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. 
 
And remember...ARE YOU LISTED IN THE ONLINE BUSINESS DIRECTORY? Register now for only $1.00 when you enter promo2020 on the payment page!  http://rotary5450.business/ - learn more and read about the features: Get details HERE...
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Member Linda Witulski renumbered the badges on the box so if you can't find your badge, consult the master list on the lid. Please remember to sign in as well. There are several badges missing so you might also look around your car, home and office if yours isn't where it's supposed to be.
 
Linda also informed us that those active, engaged, involved Interact kids from Rangeview were invited by Dalton Elementary School to do a Zoom reading to all the kids in school. Naturally they filled every spot. This event will occur February 8 - February 11. We couldn't be prouder of this club!
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The Castlerock High Noon Club is asking for donations of gently used laptops, phones, I-pads etc. to be used for educational purposes in Africa. The link is on the District 5450 website here.
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President Phil reminded us of three service projects coming up in April, exact dates tbd. These projects include a clean-up day for the Highline Canal as well as at The Urban Farm. This organization works with troubled youth in the Denver area.
 
Also on the list is a partnership with member and Assistant District Governor Regina Edmondson to replicate the food bank opportunity her organization Second Chance Center created over MLK day.
 
The goal is to get 80% participation from the members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. These are three quality service opportunities that will be available some time in April. Please pick the one that speaks to you and sign up when the list comes out. This is why we are Rotarians, right?
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Member David Dreibelbis was kind enough to offer some cookbooks in the room. Contact him if you are interested and not able to attend in person.
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Member George Peck gave an update about the State of the Base. This is the time of year we would typically be gathering together to hear about the successes and plans of Buckley Air Force Base. Like everything else in this COVID era, thing will be different this year.
Since Buckley became a Space Force base, its name has changed to Buckley Garrison and the current Commander has been appointed Brigadier General.
We promised a link to Colonel Pepper's Buckley AFB Year in Review/State of the Base video: https://youtu.be/knjwyeG6OqQ, Enjoy!
George also informed us that CO Representative Jason Crow and Senator Michael Bennett are working to keep this critical base here in Colorado rather than moving it to Alabama, which is currently the military's plan. The economic impact for the Aurora area is substantial should the move occur. 
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Here is some additional information provided by President Phil and District 5450:
 
As you know, Governor Polis has enlisted 9Health to help distribute the vaccine statewide. The District is partnering with 9Health to provide non-medical volunteers to help Colorado get “back to normal”.
 
Details are still in the works, but we need volunteers for dates beginning next week! We recognize this may not be the right project for every Club. If you would like to participate:
  • Designate one Club member to gather and manage a list of your club’s committed volunteers and their availability.
  • Send this one name, email, phone number and Club name to Audrey Leavitt (Denver Mile High) at audleav2@aol.com
  • Volunteer opportunities are available NOW!Email Audrey right away if your club is ready to participate. Audrey will email the Club contacts. The Club contact will then forward the date, time, and volunteer specifics to each of their members.
We know everyone has a lot of questions, and information can change from day to day. Here’s what we know now:
  • 9Health needs both medical and non-medical volunteers to support and run the immunization sites. Non-medical duties would include checking people in, assisting with screenings, monitoring recipients after the vaccine is administered, and helping with set-up and break downing down the small tents at the site. 
  • Without question, safety is of utmost importance. PPE will be provided as will training, and there will be strict safety protocols in place. 
More information will be provided as it becomes available from 9Health. If you have questions please contact Audrey Leavitt directly at audleav2@aol.com or 610-805-7579.
 
Thanks for your help as well as for your commitment and service to Rotary!
 
Bob Kemp
Rotary Club of Denver Mile High
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With World Water Day approaching on 22 March, we are more aware than ever that so much in our lives depends on access to clean water. We wash our hands with it to keep ourselves and our communities healthy, cook meals with it to nourish our bodies, and rely on it for proper sanitation. Yet some communities around the world still don’t have reliable sources of clean water. That’s why for this World Water Day, we need help from leaders like you.

You can encourage members to take these kinds of action:

Start a fundraiser to support clean water initiatives on Raise for Rotary.
Members can use Rotary’s new peer-to-peer fundraising tool to raise money for local, sustainable solutions that bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene programs to more people every day. Donations go directly to The Rotary Foundation. And unlike on third-party platforms, their gifts are eligible for Rotary credit!

Make a special gift on 22 March in celebration of World Water Day.
Remind members that a gift of any size can make a difference when we all work together. Did you know that it takes only $24 to provide one person with safe water? Or that $50 can provide a biosand water filter?

Share with friends and family how the Foundation empowers Rotary members around the world to support clean water projects.
Gifts from our donors help provide access to clean water around the world. Residents of the Fulani Doka Mai-Jama’a community in Nigeria can now use water from a solar-powered borehole supply system. In Australia, a Rotarian is working to empower people around the globe to clean the rivers in their communities. In the United States, Rotarians fought toxic algae in the Great Lakes. Rotary members also worked with fishermen to build an artificial reef that helped save the fishing industry in the Philippines.

This World Water Day, we hope you join us in taking action by encouraging members to raise awareness and funds toward ensuring clean water for people in communities around the world.

Sincerely,
The Rotary Foundation
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COLORADO WILDFIRE DISASTER RELIEF FUND: 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. The fires are still active, so 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. 
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FRIENDLINESS, TOLERANCE, AND USEFULNESS - The Role of Rotary in Promoting Democratic Principles Through Peacebuilding. It is my sincere belief that Rotarians now stand in a position to be the forerunner of a positive change. Rotary is “something good in America”. Read more from Jim Halderman, District 5450 Ombudsman.
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S. OREGON FIRE RELIEF UPDATE - The United Rotary Clubs of Southern Oregon previously distributed $50,000 in tools to sole proprietors who had lost tools in the Almeda or South Obenchain fires that began on Sept. 8.  Now armed with $117,000, the program is being expanded - called the Back to Work Project - to include small businesses with employees. Individuals and small businesses are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in tools or equipment. Rotary District 5450 sent $5,000 in donations to help with this program. Click here to read the full PR release.
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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.
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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.
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ARE YOU LISTED IN THE ONLINE BUSINESS DIRECTORY? Register now for only $1.00 when you enter promo2020 on the payment page!  http://rotary5450.business/ - learn more and read about the features: Get details HERE...
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MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT Phil Gibson
 
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:

 **IF YOU MUST LEAVE HOME:
⦁ 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 2/10/21 will be hybrid so feel free to attend in person or via Zoom.
 
 
Guest Speaker, Bruce Dalton - President/CEO of Visit Aurora
Bruce gave a very interesting presentation about Visit Aurora. He highlighted what the organization is doing through the COVID crisis, the hospitality industry in general and the destination marketing world.
Click here are listen to her presentation starting at 10:40.
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Aurora
Service Above Self
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Rendezvous at Heather Gardens
2888 S Heather Gardens Gardens Way
Aurora, CO 80014
United States of America
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Happy Hour -
Oct 19, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Club Board Meeting
Rendezvous Restaurant
Oct 20, 2021 10:50 AM
 
Club Board Meeting
Rendezvous Restaurant
Nov 17, 2021 10:50 AM
 
Club Board Meeting
Rendezvous Restaurant
Dec 15, 2021 10:50 AM
 
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Member Birthdays
Paul Suss
October 4
 
Jerry Allen
October 18
 
Patti Bateman
October 29
 
Spouse Birthdays
Jan Hostetler
October 17
 
Anniversaries
Kevin Hougen
Barbara
October 9
 
Curtis Gardner
Lindsey Gardner
October 30
 
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Jim Rogers
October 12, 2004
17 years
 
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