Last Week in Rotary
3155 S Vaughn Way
Aurora, CO
United States of America
35 people attended our first meeting of the year.
Guests Via Zoom
Anne Starke-hof - Former exchange student from Germany
Emily Nzeribe - Rotary Club of Aladinma Owerri, District 9142
Beverly Sondag – Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs
Father Kenny Udumka - Guest Speaker
Due to the increase in Covid-19 infections Governor Polis implemented new restriction preventing us from meeting in person until further noticeWe will continue to meet virtually using the same Zoom link below. Look for an email Thursday mornings 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 35 zoom participants allows. The feedback was extremely positive so this will continue for the foreseeable future. Let member David Dreibelbis know if you have ideas about creative room names. This should be fun!
We have some sad news fellow Rotarians. The Rotary Club of Aurora lost member Richard Schutt over the holidays. Please reach out to his family to offer condolences. We will miss you Dick!
Member Sam LeMar presented the final numbers achieved through our club's bell-ringing efforts for the Salvation Army. Here's the summary.
Smokey & Himalaya
South Lands
IIIif and Buckley (High School Kids)
Bob Barrows 11/20/2021
$  2,580.00
$     940.00
$      882.00
 $     875.00
 $    375.00
$    1,314.00
 $     949.00
 $    601.00
$     258.00
$    1,083.00
 $  1,323.00
 $     397.00
$    715.00
$    1,604.00
 $  2,126.00
 $      478.00
$    2,407.00
$     2,637.00
 $  1,931.00
 $     1,652.00
Virtual Kettle
 $     837.00
Doug Evans Virtual  Donation
 $    5,000.00
Patti Bateman Virtual Donation
$     1,000.00
Phil Gibson Virtual Kettle
 $   1,164.00
Rick Richards Virtual Kettle
 $    1,501.00
Chuck Cluster
 $   1,000.00
 $  24,922.00
 $  7,204.00
 $   3,503.00
 $ 35,629.00
That's pretty impressive! We averaged $153/hour for our 165 hours of volunteerism. The Salvation Army is still $40,000 short of its fundraising goal. Fortunately that shortfall has been backfilled with grants and other fundraising activities. 
In other Salvation Army news, this worldwide pandemic has added a layer of complexity to doing the good work this organization does. With only three team members, the Aurora Salvation Army distributed12,000 food boxes since 12/13, that’s 164k meals. 400 families also received toys this holiday season. We are proud to support Sam and the great service his organization provides those in need in Aurora. The sad news is that 60% of the families they are serving are new to the program.
Member Linda Witulski stated that the book boxes we contributed to are going up. How exciting for those neighborhoods!
Not mentioned during the meeting but still worthy of mentioning is Honorary Member Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman's efforts to understand the plight of homelessness in Aurora. CBS Denver ran a story about him going under cover to help with this understanding. Click here to watch the interview.
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. 
PEACE FORUM DISCUSSIONS - register now for these free one-hour monthly discussions on a variety of topics. Thursday, Jan. 7, will be Peace is Possible: Is war an inevitable part of human nature or can it be prevented or minimized? Click Here to view the flyer!
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:
·       Instagram:
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 1/13/21 Online only.
Guest Speaker, Father Kenny Udumka - Hope Center Integrated Center
We had the honor to hear from Father Udumka about a very special project members of our club are heavily involved in. The American Initiative for Health and Wellness in Africa is the organization that makes all this possible. Click here to learn about the only integrated healthcare center providing 24/7 services for physical, mental spiritual needs in Nigeria.
Contact Member Joel Kruschwitz at  with questions or for more on how you can help.
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