Rotary Club of Colorado Springs

Welcome to our Club!

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Antlers Hilton Hotel
4 South Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States


Although our fabulous Butterflies and Friends Gala event is over, your BaF (Butterflies and Friends) still have some meetings scheduled to tie up loose ends.  We will be having a BaF Committee and artists social on November 6th.  We plan to present checks to the artists and solicit feedback from them.

The BaF Committee will also be meeting (Rotary Members only) to de-brief on this year's events.

Mark you calendars for November 21!  We will present a comprehensive report to the club on the event.  Although we are still tabulating a few results, we do know that this year we had "best evers" in raffle ticket sales and attendance!

Thank you to everyone for your support of this event!





Are you looking for funding for a project?  Now is the time to apply for the monies needed from the Community Service Fund. Applications are due to Carol Bach on 12/19.  You can find and download the form from our club's website.  Simply go to the Community Service Fund Button on the left side of the screen.  From there you will have the option to download the necessary form.  The form also gives Carol Bach's contact info.


WOW!  Our club has some fantastic grant writers!  We owe a huge THANK YOU to Carol Bach and Caryn Adams.  These two Rotarians have gotten $3150 in grants for projects our club is spearheading!  Here is the breakdown:

International Committee:  Received $500 from a District 5470 grant for sending children’s books to Romania.  Carmen Mateo and Caryn Adams are leading this program.

Rotary Club Community Service and Emily Griffith Center:  Received $500 from PPARE and $1500 from our District 5470 for a backpack project.  These backpacks will be used by individuals as they go into the community.  Judy Casey, Ashlee Martin, and Jack Houser are leading this program.

Rotary Club Community Service and Rotary Making A Difference:  Received $300 from PPARE and $350 District 5470 for our Dental Day Program.  This increase in grant money will allow us to expand our program to Taylor Elementary, as well as continue at Queen Palmer Elementary.  This program allows us to see children in grades 2-5 to screen for dental issues.  Member of the Rotary Making Difference Committee are:  Carol Bach, Jack Brush, Leslie Cook, John Cunning, Michael Haas, Jack Kinney, Larry Liston, Greg Moore,  Marlene Rothzeid, Ron Rubin, and Dennis Shoemaker.         

Great things are happening at Rotary!  Join a committee and get involved!


The goal of this program is to help families in need experience Christmas.

We will be collecting:

Christmas Trees





And...we will need volunteers to help at Santa's Workshop & Deliver trees 

Stay Tuned....more details to follow!



Griffith Center Backpack Project:  An Update by Judy Casey & Ashlee Martin, PRIME Member

One of our community service projects this fall is providing backpacks for boys who live at the Griffith Center.   

We are filling the backpacks with items suggested by Jamie Sachtjen, Director of Fundraising at the Griffith Center.  Among the items are a water bottle, a journal, a pen, a cap, and a light jacket.  We have worked closely with Jamie to put this project into action.  We have received grants from both the district and PPARE and have already ordered the items to be placed.

The boys have a Community Day every Thursday, and the backpacks are needed for the trips that they take in the community.  They do community service (example: Habitat for Humanity), and they enjoy some special trips that enhance their studies at school.  Jamie is thrilled that we are helping the Griffith Center boys in this way.

Once all items have been received, we will have a Backpack Stuffing Party, and we will let you know the date, time, and location soon.


Fellow Rotarians. The Rotary Club of North Colorado Springs is changing its meeting place to The Sunbird Restaurant 230 Point of Pines Dr. Colorado Springs, 80919 effective Dec. 17th 2014. There will not be a meeting on 12/24 or 12/31. 

Thanks, Alan Tefft ADG Area 2

Interview Opportunity:  Do you have an interest in being on an Interview Team of fellow-Rotarians that will be selecting those 26 high school students who will go abroad on D5470’s Long Term Rotary Youth Exchange program……next year?
We will hold these interviews for high school kids from throughout our D5470 over the weekend of Dec. 5-7 in Grand Junction at the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inns next to the GJT Airport.  We begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with Interview Team training from 7 to 9 p.m.  Saturday there is a quick training review and student interviews begin at 8:30 to 12 noon; teams will interview the parents of those kids they spoke with from 2-5 that afternoon.  There is a dinner for RYE committee members, YEOs, and other Rotarians who wish to come that evening.  Sunday morning is another round of interviews with a different group of kids from 8:30 to 12 noon after which we will have a quick pizza and salad lunch and then go through the decisions as to which students should go and what country they will go to.  We will finish up by 3 at the latest.

We need 40-50 Rotarians from throughout our district to make this happen.  Currently, there are three front range students sponsored by Minnequa,  Rampart Range, and North Colorado Springs Rotary Clubs who are vying for one of 26 spots for long term RYE this year.  We also have TWO students from front range Rotary Clubs currently abroad: Blake Runyan sponsored by Broadmoor District RC in Brazil and Arman Hudspeth sponsored by Pueblo West RC in Japan.

We need help getting the word out to your local high schools about this amazing opportunity.  What better way to learn first-hand how it all works than by being a part of an Interview Team at District Interviews, Dec. 5-7 in Grand Junction.  A!l of our inbounders from 20 countries as well as most of our Rebounders (kids who have been abroad this past year) will be there to convince our 40+ candidates they should come/go to their particular country. 

Won’t you please join us????
Yours in Rotary service,
Marilyn Branch, Chair
Mountain & Plains Rotary Youth Exchange – District 5470
PO Box 1295 / 465 ½ W. Dakota
Telluride, CO  81435
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Dec 05, 2014
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Rotary Foundation Scholar in Nepal
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