Rotary Club of Aurora
Chartered in 1954

August 8th, 2018

Welcome to another issue of our weekly bulletin!  Learn details about upcoming events and the Denver Botanic Gardens.
This Week in Rotary
Financial Planning for Caregivers
Art Wolfe announced he is holding a financial planning session for family caregivers.  Name of the event is Financial Planning in the Shadow of Dementia put on by Dr. Bill Lloyd, Health Director at Transamerica.  It will be held at Maggiano's in DTC on September 13th and is free of charge for those that want to learn more about this area.  Family caregivers are more likely to experience stress, anxiety, illness, and a shorter life span than the person they are caring for....please contact Art at to attend. 
New City Councilman
New city councilman Johnny Watson joined us and expressed his excitement concerning his new position.  Johnny has been a 16 year resident of Aurora and will fill the at-large seat vacated by now Mayor Bob LeGare.  Thanks for visiting us Johnny!
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. 
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: .
For those that Travel!!!
The club would like to ask all of you that travel around our state, country, or world please bring back fun, unique, and relative gifts for the club to use at future silent auctions.   These can make future fundraisers fun and different than some of the items normally seen. 
Mark Your Calendars!
Please see link below for upcoming events concerning Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.
CSU Global Announcement
Jason from CSU Global mentioned their upcoming move to Aurora.  Ground breaking for the new building will be Thursday August 23rd at 4:30.  RSVP at  New location is at 585 Salida Way, Aurora CO.
Denver Botanic Gardens - Brian Vogt, CEO
Brian Vogt grew up in Hoffman Heights and Littleton where his father was the Arapahoe County Sheriff and mother a treasurer.  He feels like Aurora has done an excellent job in striking a balance with diversity that has not always been seen in other cities.  One of their board chairs had a vision for the Gardens that it would be a place for all people.  When looking at the history botanic gardens their mission was to send ships all over the world to collect specimens for science.   As these gardens developed in the United States with the help of Thomas Jefferson, they began to take on aesthetic value along with the science and economics. 
The Gardens are located on a former first cemetery of Denver in the Congress Park area.  This has created some challenges over the years.  As they built their knew parking structure a few bodies were recovered that hadn't been removed in prior years.   The Gardens have more than 32,000 plants and 3000 volunteers.   They were the 2nd most visited Gardens this last year and in 2014 had 1.4 million visitors making it the most visited public garden on the continent.   They have a plethora of different events,  They have 4 locations.  The most known is the urban location on York Street, Mt. Evans alpine location which has been around since 1957, Chatfield Farms that includes 700 acres of native plant refuge and working farm, and most recently the Plains Conservation Center where they run the a partnership with the City of Aurora primarily focused on programs.   The Gardens four values are transformation, relevance, diversity, and sustainability.    These values have provided the opportunity for people to learn how plants and animals can impact the ecosystem to provide new and former species development.  He discussed how learning how these changes make an impact should give us confidence that even our own small efforts can make an impact on our communities.   Brian made a special announcement to the group concerning Stinky, their Corpse Flower.   Scientifically known as Amorphophallus titanum, the Gardens Corpse Flower bloomed on August 6th, 2016 and was one of the few that has bloomed in the US.  It takes approximately 7-10 years for a second bloom.   Well Stinky appears to be getting ready to make another run a blooming!!  Nothing is for sure with these plants, but stay tuned for the return of Stinky.
Next week's speaker will be on August 15th, Teresa Mazza from Hope House of Colorado.
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