Broomfield Rotary recently lost a truly outstanding Rotarian.  Joe Mazzola died suddenly on June 17th, 2014. 
Joe has been a key leader in the Broomfield Club since the early 1960's and is well known for his numerous charitable works.  Joe was club president in 1973/1974 and was awarded the District's Active Senior Rotarian of the year in 2008, and received a Heart of Broomfield Award in 2011 for his philanthropic work within the community.
Although Joe was 86 years old when he passed away, he demonstrated the energy and vitality of a much younger man.  He was the "spark plug" to so many great things within the Broomfield Rotary Club.  Joe was instrumental to the establishment of the Broomfield Rotary Charitable Foundation, and served as Chairman of its Grant Review Committee, evaluating and recommending worthwhile charitable causes.  Joe was actively involved in District Water and Sanitation Projects for many years.  He initiated a project to provide bicycles to needy children as part of our Annual Santa Cops Christmas Gift Program.  Joe solicited used bicycles within the community and with other Rotarians fixed-up, cleaned-up and painted up hundreds of bicycles, to be given away at Christmas over the last three years.
Joe typically went well beyond recommending particular grant requests.  If he found a cause that was truly deserving, he jumped in and helped make it successful.  He took an impassioned interest in such programs as Healthy Learning Paths, a program for guiding elementary students and their families to healthy living habits, the Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health, Rotary's RYLA Program, The Rotary Golf Tournament for Police and Fire, the F.R.I.E.N.D.S Program for supporting those with developmental disabilities, support of Mental Health Partners, and numerous other charitable projects, for which Joe was instrumental in their initiation and success.
Joe was catalyst to making many projects successful within the Broomfield Rotary club.  He was a kind man that never spoke a negative word about anyone.  He had a passion for kids and a love of life.  He was a great family man, a great business man, and a friend to all.  Members of Broomfield Rotary will miss him greatly.