Rotary Club of Aurora
Chartered in 1954

August 15th, 2018

Welcome to another issue of our weekly bulletin!  Learn details about upcoming events and Hope House.
This Week in Rotary

Rotary Guests This Week

Francoise Bergan - Aurora City Council from Ward VI joined us and is planning on becoming a member of our club.  For more information about Francois and her involvement in Aurora please see link below.  Welcome Francois!

Cheryl Riggs - Joined us on Wednesday and is excited to be part of our club going forward.  Cheryl is with Caring Transitions and is new to the area.

Jose Castillo - El Salvador Consulate - Invited by member Bill Wiggins and is excited about getting to know people in Aurora.

Karlyn Shorb - Aurora Sister Cities visited us as well and thanks to Bill Wiggins persistence is planning on joining us as well.  Welcome Karlyn and thanks Bill for your support!!  

Additional Announcements
Peaches are In!!
Peach season is here - If you ordered Palisade peaches the pickup will begin at 1:30-6:30 on 8/17.  This effort supports our friends at the Aurora Fitzsimons Rotary Club.  Click here for more information:  https://
Anne Stark Arrival!

Member Tom Klein announced that Anne Stark arrived on Sunday from Hoff, Germany.  She has started at Smoky Hill High School and will be running cross country.  Tom will bring Anne to next week's meeting for introductions.  

Aurora Symphony Fundraising Event

Member Art Wolfe invited everyone to his home for a fundraiser to support the Aurora Symphony on 9/15/18.   There will be a concert, food, and drink will be provided for a back yard concert.   Art indicate that a 4 piece brass ensemble will be providing the entertainment along with special guest Kelly Augustine. (President Jim Bickford's wife!).  More information soon.    

Reminder - Amazon Smile

President Jim encouraged us to use Amazon Smile.  Set up an account, designate the charity you  are supporting and 0.5% of what you buy from Amazon will be donated.  Consider the Aurora Rotary Foundation as your charity of choice. 
Reminder August 29th - Alternative Meeting 
President Jim announced that we are dark on August 29th, but for those interested we will have an opportunity to have lunch at  Pilot House Brewing Company - Rotary Social.  They will have a food truck available for $10.  Beer is on your own if desired.  Spouses are welcome to join.    Use the following link to register: .
Mark Your Calendars!
Please see link below for upcoming events concerning Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.
Hope House - Theresa Mazza
Theresa Mazza shared with us the vision of Hope House.  

Since 2003 they have developed an organization to provide a better future for teen moms.   They opened a Residential Program in Arvada providing self-sufficiency program as well as a stable home for teen moms to strive, resulting in a healthy future for them and their children.  All services provided at Hope House are free of charge and these women work very hard to achieve their goals.  Hope house receives 150 Crisis calls every year.  67% of teen moms live below the federal poverty line and for teen moms there isn't a place for them to go.  Hope House provides them for a safe place to live along with the support to grow and flourish.  When these women graduate from the Residential program they are ready to support themselves and their child(ren).   Their GED program was launched in 2007 and has been a tremendous success in building up teen moms.  In 2013 their Resource Center opened located in Westminster.  This has allowed Hope House to support additional teen moms.  The Resource Center Programs include:

  • GED Program
  • College & Career Program
  • Healthy Relationships Program
  • Parenting Program
  • Life Skills Workshop
  • Certified Counseling
  • Financial Literacy classes
  • Early Learning Program for the children of teen moms

These programs help break the chain of poverty through education and support.  These moms can go through the program at their own pace and do not get kicked out based on life's developments.  These women also develop skills in technical fields such as engineering, health sciences, and business allowing them to support themselves and their children.  They stick with these women until the age of 24.  

To find out more about Hope House click on button below.

 Next week's speaker will be on August 22nd, Sandy Mortensen, Rotary District Governor for 5450.
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