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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.