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We held our Annual Chili Cookoff on April 25th at the Stonegate Community Center. Of course, Doug Klich won the grand prize for the best chili AGAIN. However, the seven other entries were fantastic as well. We had a great turnout of members, spouses and guests who enjoyed the various pots of chili, as well as hot dogs and many side dishes/desserts.
CCV Rotarians gathered to share stories and some resolutions for the new year. We also recognized that 2014 was a very good year with many opportunities to learn and share our blessings with others in our community and beyond. We had a great time together. Here's to your health and happiness in 2015!
CCV Rotarian Kevin Hausmann encouraged the rest of us to join him in contributing gifts to the SECOR Christmas Outreach. It was a lot of fun to contribute to, and many members were also in attendance to help wrap presents during this week's meeting. As it turned out, the presents were all wrapped, but our club enjoyed a tour of the SECOR Food Bank anyway. Here are a couple of looks at the gifts contributed by the Parker community at Southeast Christian Church.
23 Rotarians and 3 guests enjoyed Sydney Crewe's inspiring presentation about her adventures volunteering in Antarctica!
Sydney showed us wonderful photos of her southern hemisphere summer stint in Antarctica (Nov-Feb 2010). She also first introduced us to the basic topography and political situation in Antarctica, where about 30 nations share the continent. We enjoyed learning about Sydney's adventures and learning about the pioneering spirit of the scientists and support staff who live and work in Antarctica.
Special thanks to Sydney Crewe and to CCV Rotarian Don Willson who encouraged her, his son's sister-in-law, to come talk with us!
Parker's RCC - Rotary Community Corps - will be celebrating its 5th anniversary on January 20th (6pm) at Parker United Methodist. There are just a few tickets left! See CCV Rotary President Emily Strunk for more information.
Congratulations to Paige Westerheid for earning our recognition as Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker's Student of the Quarter from Legend High School!
CCV Rotarian Tamara Krause shared another exciting program at Legend HS: the Big Idea Project in which students work with local business sponsors to develop and complete a project for the community. Please consider serving as a project sponsor or perhaps even a judge for the final competition in May 2015. For more information, please see the flyer posted in our Club's "Documents to Open & Print" section in the left-most column of this website.
CCV Rotarian Ralph Martin spoke to about 75 Legend HS students and parents on "Now I Can Drive...Can I Stay Alive?"
30 Rotarians and our young guests enjoyed fellowship and the sharing of stories.
The Nov 19 Area Assembly was a great time at the Parker Arts Culture & Events Center! CCV Rotarians learned more about the Peaceful Schools program that the Douglas County Rotarians at Work have been implementing. We discussed how we can get involved, too.
Lots of good reports were shared by various CCV Rotarians who delivered dictionaries to our local 3rd graders. Almost every CCV Rotarian was involved with this project. Great job, everyone! Special Thanks to CCV Rotarians Rich and Donna Foerster for taking and sharing some photos of this project again this year.
Dec. 1 is our club's next Board Meeting. All of our members are welcome! We look forward to hearing from our District Governor at this meeting about our helping launch a Rotary Club in Lone Tree.
CCV Rotarian Kevin Hausmann shared gift tags for the SECOR Christmas Outreach. If you missed getting a tag, pick one up at our regular meeting on Dec. 3rd. Please deliver your gift(s) unwrapped with the tag attached by Dec 14 or sooner.
At our Dec. 17 meeting we will be wrapping gifts for the SECOR Christmas Outreach, so note the adjusted location in our calendar!
Participating in Rotary International's drive to support literacy, CCV Rotarians visited 13 Parker Elementary schools to deliver over 1230 dictionaries to 3rd graders this year. Rotarians asked each student to write their name in the dictionary to know that these are gifts to each child - for them to have and use as their own resource. Then, we challenged the students to look up and report meanings for words like "clue" to help them get practice right away. We hope this is the beginning of expanded fun with words for our Parker 3rd graders!
22 Rotarians attended this working meeting.
CCV Rotarian Walter Borfitz received recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow for his contributions to Rotary.
CCV Rotary President Emily Strunk prepared our committees for the year's plans and asked that each committee meet once a month or no less than every six weeks.
Cherry Creek Valley Rotarians of Parker joined forces with Parker Station and many local merchants (see the list of sponsors on our full event website) to share a fun & safe Halloween street party with all the costumed young-at-heart participants who showed up. We've been told there may have been as many as 12,000 there this year!
To give you the best possible remote-experience of this year's Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet, here's a wonderful video that the great folks at Parker Station shared with us. Check it out to see what your favorite shops, inflated Halloween creatures, and costumed characters are. Enjoy!
32 CCV Rotarians and 5 guests enjoyed our Song Maestro Mike Dunkel's words for this week's song (to the tune of "The Monster Mash").
Transferring Rotarians Michele and Brett Boyer shared their life stories including projects they enjoyed with their Rotary Clubs in Iowa.
CCV Rotary President Emily Strunk confirmed all our volunteer sign-ups for our Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet event this Friday and called for more volunteers where needed. We are expecting about 6,000 children with their parents. It's going to be a really great event! Many thanks to CCV Rotarian Brandi Shapiro for all her energy organizing this event for us this year.
CCV Rotarian Jim Dvorak reported that the dictionaries we will deliver to all local 3rd graders are ordered and scheduled to arrive soon. We will need volunteers, including friends and family, to help place a sticker in each dictionary during the first two weeks of November. Stay tuned for location, times, and signups for this fun project. Thanks also to everyone who has already signed up to help deliver the dictionaries the week of November 17th. Stay tuned for more details!
30 CCV Rotarians and 5 guests (including Rotarians from near and far: Parker Morning, Southlands Aurora, Hawaii, and England) sang America the Beautiful and were inspired byCCV Rotarian Tamara Krause's thoughts on living into the seasons of our lives.
CCV Rotary President Emily Strunk shared a video from Rotary International President Gary Huang about World Polio Day on Friday, October 24. Follow the link, see the video, and be part of this exciting work!
Parker Morning Rotarian Michael Oldham, who helped us establish our club and who has been a very good friend to us over the years, shared how he got involved with Respire Haiti School for Orphans, how he helped the school acquire solar-powered security lights last year, and how he is now working on a grant proposal and fundraising to help the school acquire solar-powered electricity school-wide since the electrical grid in Haiti is very unreliable and disruptive to the major efforts at the school compound. Michael also explained to us how the Rotary Foundation Global Grants program has new requirements for a Rotary Club near the project site to become the sponsoring organization to oversee project implementation and for each grant to include courses for the local community.
CCV Rotarian Win Pendleton reported on the successful Four-Way Test Kick-Off event at the Douglas County Support Center. Rotarian Doug Young once again gave a most impactful introduction to the Four-Way Test and 10 CCV Rotarians were on hand to interact with the students in small groups to discuss various scenarios and apply the Four-Way Test. Everyone enjoyed this great opportunity!
CCV Rotary President Emily Strunk called for all members to sign up online (or email her if necessary) to help with our upcoming Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet.
Stay tuned for notes on this meeting which occurred during Fall Break, when many - including this story writer - were out of town.
25 Rotarians and 1 guest were inspired by CCV Rotarian Mike Dunkel's song words set to "On Top of Old Smokey" and his inspirational moment.
Red Badge member Eric Dyer shared his personal story.
Club President Emily Strunk shared this Rotary video about Farmers Feed the Children & the Heifer Project in Romania.
Smokin' Brew BBQ - to continue or not? Mike Dunkel presented a history of our BBQ: about the 2nd year of our club's existence Dave Hickey recommended that we hold a competitive BBQ; Courtney Howey and Kyle Medigar joined our club to help make this event happen. Lots of energy has been dedicated by these leaders along with Don Willson, John Diak, John Howe and several others. The event has grown to include music and the Cow Pie Bingo. It's a big event for us to host and we need to make sure we are totally dedicated to it if we are going to do it again. This will take a culture change in our club to get everyone involved, not just in the volunteer time spent during the event but also and especially throughout the whole year in preparation. Every club member will need to serve on a committee if we vote to keep the Smokin' Brew BBQ.
We must have a new chairperson for the Smokin' Brew BBQ! If you are interested in serving as BBQ Chairperson, contact Club President Emily Strunk. We would also need this many signed up for each of the following committees by the end of October: 6 for Fundraising, 3 for Cow Pie Ticket Sales, 3 for Permitting, 3 for Entertainment, 3 for Advertising/PR, 3 for Judging, 4 for Competitor & Vendor Relations, 3 for Beverages, 3 for Site, 3 for Logistics, and 3 for Manpower. Which committee would you be willing to commit to?
If you did not vote at today's meeting, watch for an email from Emily Strunk. You will need to vote right away, since the votes will be tallied and results announced at next week's meeting.
Our Fundraising Committee will meet Monday October 20th 5-6 pm at Parker Station
Four-Way Test training at DCSC is Wednesday October 22 8-10 am at the Support Center. See the map in our online calendar (at right).
Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet is Friday October 31 2-9 pm. Sign up online to help out!
The Dictionary Project (deliveries to elementary schools) will be happening Nov 17-21. Stay tuned for more details, but mark your calendars for the deliveries and for the dictionary sticker-labelling (1st two weeks of November).
34 CCV Rotarians & 3 guests were inspired by Josh Martin's "let go of your stresses" story.
CCV Rotary Club President Emily Strunk shared a video This Close on how close we are to eradicating polio in the world. Emily asked us to share this video on FB and make a donation at EndPolioNow.org. Stay tuned: World End Polio Day 2014 is October 24!
We also got inspired by another video about how a Detroit Rotary Club did a local business Make Over.
Emily Strunk asked for stories of service and why we joined Rotary. We heard inspirations from CCV Rotarians Kyle Medigar and Becky Hoeck (about Legend High School Interact Club's new project Jeans for Teens)
Rotary needs you to serve as a leader of a committee and as a participant on a committee, as a contributing thinker and as someone who takes action.
Our current club directors are listed along the left-hand column of this website. Talk with them about serving on their committee and about leading a project.
New members in the last 3 years are being asked to sit on the Fundraising Committee. This committee will meet Monday October 20th 5-6pm in the Parker Station Conference Room.
Everyone needs to fit in on more than one committee and project.
On Wed Oct 22 8-10am, CCVRotarians are welcome to join a super team at the Douglas County Support Center to help students practice the Four-Way Test.
Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet is looking for any additional sponsors no later than Monday, October 6 - please get those to CCV Rotarian Brandi Shapiro.
CCV Rotarian Jim Dvorak needs help with the Dictionary Project.
28 Rotarians & 5 guests were inspired by John Brokken's inspirational moment.
Welcome Sandi Aguilar, Colleen Bowe, Eric Dyer, and Steve Prichard - new members of our Club!
CCV Club President Emily Strunk showed us a video about South Africa Rotary Family Health Days and asked anyone interested in serving Rotary in overseas projects to get in touch with her.
The history of our club was presented in photos and stories. Our current Club President had prepared a video of club photos from previous years that we enjoyed seeing. Emily and CCV Founding Club President Mike Dunkel also told stories from the club's inception, from the Charter Dinner on June 7, 2006 and the Club's first service project (guiding car parking at Parker's then newly opened Double Angel Ballpark) to the development of the Club's sponsorship of Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet in Parker and the list of our Club's previous presidents (Mike Dunkel, Mike Waid, Gary Bristow, Emily Strunk, Doug Klich, Don Willson, Kyle Medigar, and Courtney Howey).
Announcements focused on the BBQ Review meeting (Thurs. 7pm at Parker Station), volunteers needed for the 9Health Fair Oct 4 & 5, our Four-Way Test training session for the DC Support Center Oct 22 8-10am, sign up online for helping at Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet 10/31 2-9 pm, our Dictionary Project will be happening in November, sign up for the Rotary Foundation meeting, and our club's next board meeting will be Oct 6 at 5pm at Parker Station.
25 CCV Rotarians and 5 guests were inspired by CCV Rotarian Ralph Martin's story about writing in sand and on stone.
Club President Emily Strunk led with these 3 short videos on Rotary clubs around the world:
- Rotary Toronto's "100 Years In the Spirit of Rotary"
- "In Sydney, Thousands Walk to End Polio Now"
- "Rotoract Doing Good in Ukraine"
Emily hopes these will inspire us to reflect deeply on what projects we want to work on in the coming years. Current and new projects are welcome for consideration.
CCV Rotarian Becky Hoeck shared useful information about RYLA and Young RYLA and then presented the CCVR-sponsored awardees. Becca shared photos of RYLA hikes and friends made at RYLA in Estes Park. Matt shared an overview of each YRYLA Camp day with photos. Both proved that these Awards change lives in a positive direction.
A huge "Thank You!" to Parker Adventist Hospital for providing space and supplies and also to CCV Rotarian Josh Rivero for coordinating and leading the 9-11 Breakfast for South Metro Firefighters and Parker Police! CCV Rotarian Mike Waid requests that all photos and videos taken from this event be loaded into the Dropbox folder labeled "9-11 Breakfast-2014" inside the "CCV Photos 2014 folder". Contact MIke if you have any questions or difficulties with this process.
CCV Rotarian Win Pendleton announced the Four-Way-Test Seminar for the Douglas County Support Center students will be held Wed., October 22 starting at 8 am. Please attend! See the calendar for more details.
Rotarian Melanie from the Parker Morning Club announced the signups of volunteers for the Douglas County Rotary Clubs' 9HealthFair at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital (this location only), jointly sponsored with that hospital. The 9Health Fair will be held Sunday October 5 (from 6 am - 1 pm) & you can pre-register online. Non-medical volunteers are needed for that day as well as for the day before: Oct 4 (11 am - 1 pm: manpower help is needed; 1-3 pm detail work is needed). Sign up at next week's meeting!
Club President Emily Strunk announced that our Club Board meetings occur on the 1st Monday of each month at 5 pm in Parker Station.
CCV Rotarians and their families gathered at the Parker Adventist Hospital Kitchen on Sept 10th to create breakfast burritos for delivery the next morning. As you can see it was an efficient and fun experience, led by CCV Rotarian Josh Rivero.
Various Cherry Creek Valley Rotarians warmed up the burritos and delivered them with orange juice to a station they had requested.
A huge "THANK YOU!" to the brave and dedicated forces in our Parker Police Dept and in all the South Metro Fire Stations and the Franktown Volunteer Fire Dept. We appreciate you and not just this one day of the year but all days of the year.
25 Rotarians and 3 guests were welcomed warmly by our Sergeants-at-Arms Doug Klich and Jim Chincholl.
CCV Rotarian Donna Foerster's Inspirational Moment reminded us that "Rotary is About Service!" and encouraged us to "Be the Light and Light Up Rotary 2014-2015!"
CCV Rotarian Kyle Medigar presented local Parker resident Deb with a check for $10K for having purchased the winning ticket in the 2014 Smokin' Brew BBQ Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser. Deb said, "Wow! I've never won anything before."
We are all grateful to each person who contributed to our CCV Rotary Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser so that our winner could receive the full $10K and so that our club can use the other $10K for our community service projects. We've started applying those funds already to our 9-11 Breakfast for Parker Police and all South Metro Fire Stations and planning for our upcoming English Dictionaries to All Local 3rd Graders, Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet, and other projects this year that will be documented on this website. Thanks for participating & contributing!
CCV Rotary Club President Emily Strunk presented these linked slides on Rotary Service Arms: Club Structure and Operations. Emily says, "There is plenty of room to serve!" and encourages each one of us to get involved in about 5 areas of service. Check out the HISTORY OF ROTARY VIDEO, too! From the video, see if you can answer these contest questions. Our meeting winner, CCV Rotarian Josh Rivero, received a $20 gift card to Parker's Indochine Restaurant.
28 CCV Rotarians and 6 guests including 3 visiting Rotarians
CCV Rotarian Mike Waid shared an inspirational moment about keeping in mind that hard work does make a positive difference.
Immediate Past Club President Courtney Howey announced the resignation of Amy Holland and the stepping up of Emily Strunk as our Club President, endorsed by eight past Club Presidents.
Welcome to Cherry Creek Valley Rotary of Parker, Rotarians Bret Boyer and Michele Boyer!
CCV Rotarian Gary Fields, a retired intellectual property attorney whose career spanned from Washington, DC and New York to Colorado, spoke about "Adventures with Patents and Trademarks" touching on a wide array of fascinating stories from the history of patents and trademarks in the USA.
Gary commented on the current case of the Washington Redskins' trademark dispute, told the fascinating story of actress Hedy Lamar and her joint U.S. patent on "Frequency Switching Spread Spectrum Technology" (under her legal name Hedy Kiesler Markey) with musician George Antheil, showed us copies of the actual patents on everything from the sewing machine and cotton gin to Morse Code and President Lincoln's vessel bouyer.
Gary wrapped up with the first patent in American history, for the making of potash and pearl ash, and showed us a copy of that original patent document which was signed by President George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who was Secretary of State at the time (August 1790).
Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker provides Parker's Labor Day Smokin' Brew BBQ (food, music, and fun) to promote club fellowship, give back to our local community, and fundraise for the wide array of great causes that our Rotary Club supports.
On the far left is Tim Grant from True Bud BBQ having just been named Smokin' Brew BBQ's Grand Champion and at the far right is Johnny Trigg with Smokin Triggers, named Smokin' Brew BBQ Reserve Champions 2014! Congratulations to ALL our winners and competitors. See our Smokin' Brew BBQ page on Facebook for more news, photos, and videos.
34 Rotarians and 6 guests attended today's meeting
CCV Rotarian Don Willson led the Smokin' Brew BBQ Committee reports on readiness. We heard all tasks accomplished by teams led by CCV Rotarians Kyle Medigar, Kevin Hausmann, Dave Hickey, Greg Rodolph, Jim Chincholl, John Diak, John Howe, and Chris Plummer. Don acknowledged great contributions by these leaders as well as by James Edwards, John Howe, Donna and Rich Foerster, and Mike Waid.
Special thanks to all our sponsors for Smokin' Brew BBQ:
Peer Source, One Point, and JDS Professional Group are our Title Sponsors. Xfinity is our Stage Sponsor. Parker Station is our Tent Sponsor. Additional sponsors are the Town of Parker, Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, Affiliated Real Estate Group, Rollens, IREA, Insurance Advisors, Summit Lending Group, Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, International Bank Southlands, Berkenkotter Motors, Synergy Home Care, The Dean Massey Family, Citywide Banks, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, FCI Constructors Inc., Land Title Guarantee Company, Search Parker Magazine, Columbine Label Company, Schultz's Gourmet, Lowes, Waste Management, Hampton Inn & Suites, Budweiser, Pepsi, Parker Payless Liquors, and Certified Balance.
30 CCV Rotarians and 6 guests were present
Gail Hamilton opened by singing her rendition of the beautiful opera aria 'Nessun Dorma' which ends with the dramatic "Vincero!" ("I will win!"). She sang this as part of her run for Ms. Senior America 2013, in which she represented Colorado! Check out her gorgeous photo and book for order on her website Wings to Fly. As a bonus, don't miss Gail's inspiring experiences 'walking where the sun shines' described by a friend on her Core Reflections page!
Though completely blind from the age of 11, Gail was inspired by her grandmother's love and her voice teacher's encouragement. She clung to a quote from Jonathan Livingston Seagull: "Break the chains of your thoughts and you break the chains of your body."
Gail's turn around from the low point of her life was inspired by Lynn Grabhorn's book Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting. She decided to write a book and become famous. She applied for a Habitat for Humanity house and helped build it; she has been living in her Habitat house now for 6 years. When we asked about her next dream, she replied: "To share my story with as many as I can" - through her book and speaking engagements.
Gail wants us to live our lives of greatness by using action-plus-attitude to support the vision we each dream of.
CCV Rotarian Josh Rivero announced that we will be delivering breakfast burritos to 7 Parker-area firehouses and the Parker Police Dept on the morning of September 11 after getting together the night before at Parker Adventist Hospital kitchen to make the burritos. Show up to help that night & sign up to be on the delivery teams.
CCV Rotarian Win Pendleton is looking fellow Rotarians to attend the Four-Way Test Seminar for the Douglas County Support Center on October 8 (tentative). He sure could use more tutors for the students at the Support Center. Please pitch in - it's fun and rewarding!
CCV Rotarian Dave Hickey says "Come down to the Smokin Brew BBQ booth in the Taste of Colorado at the Douglas County Fair Grounds 5-8 pm tomorrow Thursday, August 21." Please visit our commissary source, Pegasus in Castle Rock and say Hi & Thanks! to John there for this support.