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Rotary Club of Aurora 
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Welcome to another issue of our weekly bulletin! Find out what we covered during the last weekly meeting, what is going on in Rotary, and Happy Easter!
This Week in Rotary
Welcome Guests
Jessica Smith - Commercial Broker w/Madison Properties
Steve Ruger - City Clerk for Aurora Colorado
Welcome Jessica and Steve.
 
Congrats to the Lemar Family
We congratulate Sam and Felicia on the birth of their daughter Elivia Lemar, 8lbs, 20 inches.  Mom and daughter are doing well. 
 
Reminder Community Support - Keller Williams Red Day
Member Phil Gibson announced that his wife, Beth and their organization Keller Williams Denver Southeast, will be collecting lightly used sleeping bags and/or non-logo backpacks to support the homeless.   The backpacks will be packed with non-perishable items and water.  If you would like to support this effort please bring items to an upcoming meeting and give to Phil.  The Red Day event will occur on 5/9.   
 
State of The City - SOLD OUT
Two lists went around for volunteer assistance and where you would like to sit at the event.  If you were unable to be at the meeting and would like to volunteer please reach out to Linda:  lwit2@msn.com
 
West Coast Trip - Anne
Member Ric Martin presented on behalf of The Rotary Foundation a check in the amount of $1325 as a sponsorship to support Anne's trip to the West Coast, which is roughly half of the cost of her trip.  Lots of pictures Anne!!!
 
Fox Trot 5K and Fox Den events
Member John Wolfkill mentioned two events coming up for CCA.  April 26th their Fox Den event which supports new entreprenuers and is similar to the Shark Tank idea.  Come join the festivities and support up an coming Aurora entrepreneurs.  To learn more about Fox Den click on link here =========>  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efqo9jg307c8cf1f&oseq=&c=&ch=
 
Fox Trot 5K on May 4th, 2019.  Link below for more information:
 
Aurora Public Schools - Festival of the Arts
Member Don Massey(pictured) mentioned that the Town Center of Aurora is hosting the APS Festival of the Arts.  Approximately 300-400 exhibits will be on display through the end of April.  Swing by and see the great artists from APS, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and the sunshine while you walk!! See link for details: https://towncenterataurora.com/events-news/event/festival-of-the-arts-2019-performances
 
Red Tailed Hawk Park Updates
Thank you to Black Forest Hills Elementary staff and students.  They raised $688 dollars through change collection for support of the park.  Thank you also to the Gates Foundation for their support and a $15K check.   Check presentation will be on May 20th.  We have exceeded $250K.   Thanks to all the committee members and members of the club for your support of this outstanding effort for the children.   
U.S. Congressman - Jason Crow - 6th District

Our speaker this week was U.S. Congressman Jason Crow.  He provided an update on his first 100 days in office.  His main focus was on his first bill H.R. 1.  

Specifically, H.R. 1 would help end the reign of special interest money in American politics by:

  • Upgrading online political ad disclosure and strengthening large donor disclosure rules;
  • Cutting off the flow of foreign money into our elections;
  • Committing to overturning Citizens United; and
  • Demanding the special interests who broke the political system bear a significant cost of fixing it.

H.R. 1 would also expand access to the ballot box and enhance federal support for voting system security to protect future U.S. elections by:

  • Promoting automatic, online, and same-day voter registration;
  • Expanding early and absentee voting;
  • Recruiting and training more poll workers;
  • Supporting adoption of paper ballot systems to bolster election security;
  • Protecting voting systems against cyber attacks; and
  • Requiring independent redistricting commissions to help combat partisan gerrymandering.

Additionally, the legislation would hold politicians accountable:

  • Tightening rules on lobbyists and foreign agents;
  • Slowing the special interest revolving door between Capitol Hill and corporate lobbyists;
  • Reforming the Office of Government Ethics; and
  • Prohibiting Members of Congress from serving on for-profit corporate boards or using public dollars to settle harassment lawsuits.
He also worked on H.R.8 for universal background checks and an energy efficiency bill.  
 
Congressman Crow is on the House Arms Services Commitee.  He also serves on the Readiness subcommittee, Intelligence and Emerging Threats subcommitee, Small Business subcommittee.   He is also working in a bipartisan manner to resolve the 40K employment vacancies in the VA system.  It is taking 200 days to hire a person in the VA and that needs to change according to Congressman Crow...Agreed!    
 
He spent a fair amount of time answering questions from members and sharing his thoughts on how to impact the future in a positive bipartisan way. 
 
Thank you Congressman Crow for your time and sharing the updates. 

  

Upcoming Events
Rotary - Pilothouse Brewing
May 29, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
 
Installation Dinner
Vehicle Vault
Jun 21, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Craig Wagner
May 5
 
Jayme Mead
May 7
 
Jim Bickford
May 10
 
George Peck
May 11
 
Regina Edmondson
May 30
 
Spouse Birthdays
Felicia LeMar
May 5
 
Julie Patterson
May 6
 
Mary Mollicone
May 6
 
Jean
May 20
 
Omar Montgomery
May 24
 
Ellen Kruschwitz
May 26
 
Kay
May 29
 
Anniversaries
Rick Richard
Monica Richard
May 10
 
Jim Bickford
Kelly Bickford
May 20
 
Allen Kirkman
Cynthia Kirkman
May 22
 
David Patterson
Julie Patterson
May 25
 
Patti Bateman
Kirk Bateman
May 25
 
Join Date
Charles Cluster
May 1, 1984
35 years
 
Ron Maclachlan
May 1, 1984
35 years
 
Thomas Klein
May 19, 2017
2 years
 
Shannon Brunston
May 24, 2018
1 year
 
Kelley Neumann
May 31, 2016
3 years
 
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