Rotary Club of Colorado Springs

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Come celebrate Fat Tuesday with your Rotary friends and guests!    
Event Details:
February 17, 2015
Johnny Martin’s Car Central
1 S. Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Event Fee $20 per person.  You won't want to miss our themed appetizer buffet, great fun and fellowship.  Bring your friends, spouse, significant other.  Cash Bar.
 Please RSVP to Jason Aguilar at


Our Rotary PRIME group is spearheading a local service project - A Blanket Drive for the Homeless. Let’s help those who don’t have a warm place to hunker down on a cold day/night.  Please bring a new, or clean and gently used blanket to our club meeting this Friday 1/23 or next Friday 1/30.  







Our club is collecting books for 2 Service Projects - one local and one international!  

Please bring your new or gently used children's books to our club meeting this week!  Think of how many we could collect if each member brought 5 books to our meeting on Friday!
Local Project - Reach Out and Read!
Let’s clean off our bookshelves!  Let’s make room for new reads and donate your gently used, greatly loved books to a worthy cause, Peak Vista in Colorado Springs.
Reach Out and Read in the Peak Vista Centers prepares Colorado’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Reach Out and Read also works to turn waiting time into reading time within the clinic, by supplying gently used books to be kept in the waiting room, enjoyed on the spot, and taken home by families to keep.
We would love for every child to leave this clinic with a book in hand. You can help.
Some donation guidelines:
•  Books should be gently used (covers and pages intact, clean and unmarked pages).
•  Books may be for the following age groups: infants up to and including young adults.
•  There are books that won’t work for this Book Drive: textbooks; coloring or activity books; books with themes of death, religion, holidays, divorce, or abuse.
For our International Book Collection Project:

The international half of the project will benefit children (up to 4th grade) in schools in Bucharest, Romania. We are partnering with the Rotary Club of Bucharest #2241. Schoolchildren in Romania learn English as a compulsory subject, but materials in English or in short supply. Our efforts will promote literacy and global citizenship.


On December 20, the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs bell ringers were assisted by RYLA alumni from the Colorado Springs area.  Blanca and Diana Blake (Manitou High School), Kylie DesBouillons (Mesa Ridge High School?), Zoe Jennings (Palmer High School), Alex La Plante (Coronado High School),  and Georgia Niswonger (Cheyenne Mountain High School) all were bell ringers at the Uintah King Soopers location.  They enjoyed the time and we thank them for being a part of our holiday service activities.  This group of young leaders and others from the Pikes Peak Area have carried on with their leadership training and have joined together as a part of the Rotary Youth Advisory Council (RYAC).  This council hopes to interest more students in forming Interact clubs in our area.  Thank you RYAC for your service!!


The Griffith Center daypacks are ready to be stuffed!  As you may remember, Ashlee Martin and I have ordered the items that the staff at the Center requested.  The items that will be stuffed in the daypacks are (1) jackets, (2) caps, (3) water bottles, (4) pads,and pens.  They will be used on Thursdays when the students have a Community Day when they go into the community for a variety of reasons - learning, serving, etc.

We plan to have a daypack stuffing party on Monday, January 26, from 4:00 until we finish.  We will meet at Johnny Martin's Car Central in downtown Colorado Springs.  I will have a signup sheet at Friday's meeting so that members can sign up to  help. 

When you sign up for the stuffing party, I will send directions to Johnny Martin’s Car Central.

We hope you can join us!

                                    Judy Casey


Michaela joined our club in early 2014. Within a year’s time, she has made incredibly significant contributions and impacts through our club into our community. She has been involved in several service projects including the Marion House computer lab tutoring program and Butterflies and Friends and was instrumental in Rotary’s Prime’s inaugural 100 Holes of Golf fundraising event.  She has also coordinated and lead the Thanksgiving Turkey Project and the Christmas Tree Projects, which served hundreds of local families that would not have otherwise been able to enjoy holiday festivities.  
In her own words, “the cool things about Rotary to me are that there is an unlimited amount of resources to be able to do a service project, all it takes is a touch of creativity. Rotary has been an incredible learning experience for me in that I have met some amazing people that have empowered me to want to do more in the community that I live in. The future of Rotary looks very bright. Someday I can see myself as the President (thankfully not the President of the United States). I might have a few gray hairs and a cane, but I would love to be president of this chapter one day. I also see me playing a big part in helping grow Rotary Prime. There will be Rotary Prime chapters all over the world someday soon! The best part about Rotary is I get to shoot for the stars and be able to reach them. It is important to me to consistently set goals and help others while having a ton of laughs the whole way!”


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Jan 30, 2015
Non-Profit Day
Organized by K. Saltmarsh Voss
Feb 06, 2015
Edin Mujkic -- Asst Prof UCCS
"The Most Dangerous Country in the World"
Feb 13, 2015
Jacqueline Lundquist
Worldwide Water Projects
Feb 20, 2015
Donna Dell'Olio
"The Trampled Rose Project" - Ethiopia
Feb 27, 2015
Elliott Pulham -- CEO, Space Foundation
Club Meeting at the Space Foundation
Mar 03, 2015
Tatiana Bailey, Dir., So Co Economic Forum
Local and State Economies
Mar 13, 2015
Kim Shugart
Magnum Shooting Range, Colorado Springs

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