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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!