Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to become a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Colorado Springs. My experience with my fellow Rotarians has just been so terrific and welcoming. As a new member, here is a little biography to help people get to know me in the club. I’m sure that I will enjoy getting to know you all in the coming months and years.
I grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota and went to college at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. After getting tired of Minnesota winters, I moved to Colorado in 1993. My plan was to gain residency and then go back to school, however, I moved to the Vail area and found that life in the mountains was just too much fun. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor lifestyle of Vail, after six years there I found that I wanted to do something a little more meaningful with my life. That is when I moved down to Colorado Springs to become a high school teacher. I earned my teaching license through UCCS, and subsequently earned a position teaching U.S. History at Doherty High School, where I have been ever since 2001. Currently, I am serving as President of our District 11 teachers’ association, CSEA.
A little more about me, I have a terrific wife who teaches Art at Doherty, and is a practicing artist herself. She has done several butterflies for the “Flight” auction over the years. I also have an amazing daughter who is starting 6th grade at Jenkins Middle School this fall. In addition, we are big pet lovers, with four dogs, a cat, nine chickens, and a duck. Again, thank you all for welcoming me into this outstanding club. I look forward to getting you know each of you better in the times to come.
Treasurer Report: Funds in the amount of $30,000 were distributed for the Global Grant Scholarship. $4,000 paid from the Service Fund to Trampled Rose, a women's project supported by our Club in Ethiopia.Membership Report: Two new member applications were approved, Samantha Coe and an incoming transfer, Dan Fauth.Service Projects presented by Katherine George include the following for September and October:
- Rotary Readers at Queen Palmer starts September 8. Rotarian's are encouraged to sign up for this important project. It only takes one hour each week to help children improve their reading skills. Contact Judy Casey for enrollment.
- October 1, Saturday, is the Flight Fundraiser. Contact Brittany Smaridge to make reservations
- October 14, Dental Day at Queen Palmer, contact Carol Bach to volunteer.Eric Bernstein has inspected sponsored Rotary Projects in Colorado Springs evaluating repairs and maintenance. His report shall be reviewed and discussed.The Diamond Awards, Jack Kinney suggested the awards be presented at 2 separate weekly meetings.The Service Fund has made donations to projects including: Friendship Bridge, Freedom Park, McMurray Fire Relief and High School Scholarship Funds.The International Service Trip to Nicaragua has 5 people signed up. The application can be viewed on the web-site.November is Foundation Month. To support this worthwhile fund, CS Rotary will be offering a "Matching Fund Program." Details are forthcoming. Instructions shall be provided to obtain data on the amount in your individual fund.There will be an Interact Charter induction at Palmer High School on August 27.Ashley reported on Prime Activities: 2 Prime reps, Ashley Lawrence and Brittany Smaridge, will attend a Rotary Young Professionals Summit in Salt Lake City in late October. Flight fundraising at Cowboy Star will donate a portion of all sales to Flight.A call for "High-End Wine" bottle donations to be included in the auction items on October 1. Also, need donations for theme baskets.
Having been part of the Rotarian Family for just over a year has been inspiring and compelling. To be surrounded on a weekly basis with a group of people whose mission it is to impact humanity locally and internationally is profound. That being said, it is an honor to be involved on this year's Flight Committee where our local chapter of Rotary will strive to make a difference in School District 11. With the commitment from fellow Rotarians, local leaders and the community, last year The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs, through the Flight Gala, was able to raise over $100k and provide grants to District 11 and our Club Service Fund, including funding a purchase for green screen technology for Palmer High School.
This year at the Gala, in addition to the Butterfly Auction and Silent Auction, we will be offering a Wine Pull. This is a fun opportunity to help us raise additional funds. If you are not familiar with a wine pull, the idea is to donate $20 and draw from a barrel of wine corks to win a fabulous bottle of wine. To make this fundraiser possible, we need your help! The Committee is asking that if possible, each Rotarian contribute a bottle of wine for the Pull; with a value of $20 or more. Any donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated. Please bring all contributions to the Friday club lunch.
In advance, we as a committee want to thank you for making this year's Flight a huge success!