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Restoring vision to hundreds in China
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations. But Razo didn't...
World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...
Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...

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Welcome to Our Club, Proud Member of District 5450

Rotary Club of Summit County

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:10 AM
Summit County Community & Senior Center
83 Nancy's Place
PO Box 415
Frisco, CO  80443
United States
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Election of Officers and Directors for 2015-16
      Nominations may be made during the month of November by any member, as well as by the Club's Nominating Committee comprising all Past Presidents who are still active members. To be valid, nominations from the general membership must state the name of the nominee and the position, confirm his or her willingness to serve, and be delivered or emailed to Jim Brook or Peggy Beeler no later than 8 pm on Sunday, November 30. Nominations will be announced to the club during our regular meetings on Monday evening December 1 (satellite) and Tuesday morning December 2 (breakfast) and also included in the weekly eBulletin for the following two weeks. The election will be held during our regular meeting on Tuesday, December 16. Please contact Past President Jim Brook with questions or comments.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014  - Orientation night at Sandy Mortensen's home in Frisco.
All new members with Red Badges who have not yet attended an Orientation should attend on November 19th as these meetings are generally held only twice a year.  Attending New Member Orientation is a requirement of removing Red Badges. That being said, Orientation is not just for new members, its also for any Rotary Member that wants to brush up on their Rotary knowledge, is a sponsor to a new member, and/or just wants to come and show their support and have a great evening.  Appetizers and cocktails will start flowing at 5:30 with the meeting portion to begin at 6:00pm.
Directions to Sandy and Lou's: Summit Blvd to School Rd/CR 1040. (one stop light up from Frisco Main St -- turn left).  Take second right onto CR 1041, follow around to Stop Sign.  Go on through the Stop into "The Duck".  Take first right into the cul de sac. Park on street.  Please don't block neighbors drive or garage.
Address: 5B Mallard Ct (Tan Duplex with dark brown trim)  Sandy's cell is 970-390-0176.  Lou's cell is (970)390-1490

It’s that time of year to begin collecting money to buy turkeys for the upcoming Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  The last couple of years we have fed between 350 and 425 people.
The member collection typically comes close to the value of the birds; however, we still need to furnish the soft goods (plates, napkins, utensils, cups, etc.), and coffee, tea, punch, milk and water.  Through an ECHO Grant, the Keystone Conference Center cooks the meat, provides stuffing, potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. 
City Market gives us a great price for the turkeys, the Town of Silverthorne donates the Pavilion for our use, and the Summit Daily News places the ads for us.  Please give a hearty Thank You to each of them when you can.
I will be passing the basket for your donations at the October 28th and November 4th meetings.  Thank you for your generosity!  I can be reached at 970.485.0824.
Wendy Myers


Last Week in Rotary 

Gary Nicholds led us off with an inspiration reminding us that patience is a virtue.

We heard from a gentleman from the Republic of Georgia who is here for a year but lost needs a place to stay for November and December. If you have room in your home and would be interested in helping, please talk with Lee Edwards or Betty Naftz who have more details.

Next week - Wendy Myers will be starting the collection for the Thanksgiving dinner. Don't be a turkey, bring some cash to donate!

The Rotary night at Community Dinner was on Tuesday night. There was a great thank you to the sponsors of the Community Dinner in the monthly Summit Daily News page that came out last week as well. Larry Stone was the sponsor of this month's page.

Get ready to celebrate! Lori Burke has kindly offered to host the Holiday Party at her home. More details to come, but mark the date of December 17th. This will be a celebration that you do not want to miss.

Flu Shots will be available next week both before the meeting at 6:45am and after the meeting is over. Diane Monaghan will be sending out more information via e-mail. Please RSVP to the message so that we can have an accurate estimate for the health care providers.

There was no school on Tuesday, but we still got to hear from Julia - our Brazilian exchange student - who has been taking advantage of some of Colorado's amazing places. Last week it was Glenwood hot springs.


Charlotte Jacobsen gave a classification talk, explaining to us all how a sailing trip to Bermuda can lead to moving to Summit County (and no, they did not get lost.) We have some fascinating individuals in our club! 


The Membership committee is looking for new members! There is a meeting this week, but if you are curious about what the membership committee does, please see Julieanne Gilchrist for more information.


Paul's hat was provided by our very own multi talented ski patrolling, instructing, snowmobile wrangling Wendy Myers.  Speaking of Paul Harris, the upcoming months threaten to be chilly for Paul. Help keep Paul warm and end Polio by putting your chapeau on Paul's head. See Lee Edwards to reserve your day.

The Raffle winner was Sharron Butler, who reduced the deck to 50 cards and kindly left the ace of spades in the deck for another try next week.

President Peggy Beeler hinted that next week we will be having some Halloween fun. Come dressed in your favorite costume to the meeting!

Next week we have the pleasure of hearing  Ted Lawson from the Wounded Warriors Family Ski Week. Until then, enjoy this beautiful amazing place we live!







Our satellite meetings are held from 5:30 - 6:45  pm on the first and third Mondays of every month in a private room in the Backcountry Brewery, corner of Main St and Hwy 9 / Summit Blvd in Frisco. All Rotarians are welcome and we hope that you'll invite your friends and colleagues to check us out as well!  No advance notice needed.


If you would like to present your passion at one of our meetings, please contact Jim Brook at 970-409-8995 or at   


Our Annual Holiday Party will be held on the evening of December 17th. Mark your calendars as you will not want to miss this event.
More details to come...
The regular Tuesday meeting on December 23rd will be not be held in lieu of the party.


Every second Wednesday of the month, Rotarians have been gathering for Happy Hour from 5:00 to 6:30.  If you haven't checked it out, pencil it in and come by and socialize, on one or any of the following dates... SEE YOU THERE!  


Our next Happy Hour will be:

November 12th – Blue Spruce, Frisco
Note: December and January will not have a scheduled happy hour, but will start again in February

The Happy Hour Committee members are:  


Judy Irwin, Julieanne Gilchrist, David Matthews, Aleda Kresge, Lynn Myers and Ann Clement. Some of us will be at each of the Happy Hours to welcome everyone. If you would like to be on the Happy Hour Committee, please contact Judy Irwin and/or Julieanne Gilchrist.




We want to thank all of those sponsors who are identifying community leaders/business professionals and bringing them to our meetings.  Remember, a Prospective Member should attend 3 meetings before turning in their application, sponsor form, a short bio and $100 application fee to JULIEANNE GILCHRIST.  The application will then be presented to the Membership Committee for approval and then the Board of Directors.  Once approved their name and bio will be posted in our bulletin for 3 weeks.  If there are no questions about the Prospective Member the induction will be scheduled. 

If you would like to be a Mentor to a new member please see Ann Clement.  We encourage new members to interact with Prospective/New Members as much as possible.  One of the Red Badge requirements is to be a Greeter 3 times.  Because our club is growing and we are experiencing so many guests, greeters are so very important.  You don't have to be a new member to be a greeter.  It is just one more way of participating in Club Service.




Jennifer Cassell is the coordinator for the Safety First, Safety Fast for Summit campaign who is focused on passing the 1A ballot initiative in November. She will be visiting us at an upcoming meeting, but if you are interested in finding out more about these initiatives, you can learn more downloading the files from our clubrunner home page. The files are called SFSF Fact Sheet and SFSF Presentation.



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