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1. Rotary Champions
In partnership with other local Rotary clubs, we recognize the outstanding scholar athlete in each sport at all 37 high schools in the Colorado Springs area. Scholar/athletes receive certificates and awards recognizing their individual achievement when they and their families are treated to a gala banquet held in May of each year. Also, the outstanding boy and girl scholar/athlete receive a $5,000 scholarship to continue their academic and athletic achievement.  See Curt Ormand for additional information.

2. Butterflies & Friends Project
Our biggest Club project during the year. The Club raised approximately $70,000 divided between the Service Fund and D11 School District's school art programs. The club enlisted local artists to design and make large metal butterflies that were displayed around town and later auctioned to raise money. This project included production of the butterflies, the display, sponsoring the gala event and auction at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

3. Friendship Bridge
The garden party at the Whitney house raised approximately $12,000 to support the Friendship Bridge Program in Guatemala. Friendship Bridge provides micro-loans to enterprising Guatemalan women to aid them in starting successful businesses and rise out of poverty. Friendship Bridge also provides funds to support education for children in Guatemala.

4. Children's Book Drive
In August the Rotary Club of Colorado springs collected over 185 children's books, attached Rotary Club labels, and distributed them to Peak Vista Community Health Center and El Paso County Public Health Nurse-Family Partnership for use at their locations throughout the community.

5. Rotary Making a Difference
This Club-sponsored program provides dental services for children age 1-18. Dental care is provided through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Peak Vista Community Health Centers. Rotary Makes a Difference received a Rotary International grant of $11,725 in 2008 and more recently a District 5470 grant of $1000 in Jan 2009. Through this program the Club provides needed dental treatment to 15 to 30 children in El Paso County each year.

6. Rise and Shine Reading Program
This literacy program is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs and is in its 11th year. Students come from grades 2-5 and are recommended to the program by the learning resource teachers of their schools. Students reading at least two years below grade level that do not have the means to afford a reading tutor are given the opportunity to work with volunteer tutors one hour each week for 24 weeks each school year to enhance reading skills. A unique feature of this program is that parents are required to sign a contract committing their child to program attendance and they agree to attend three training sessions to better enable them to help their child improve reading skills. This program is non-denominational and open to any child in 2nd to 5th grade demonstrating requisite need. We currently have five club members that are voluntary tutors in this program.

7. Taylor Elementary School Reading Program
This literacy program engages Club members tutor children at Taylor Elementary School one on one. We currently have two club members in engaged in this program. Tutors meet with assigned students for 30 minutes each for 24 sessions during the school year.

8. Elementary School Christmas Visits
The Colorado Springs Rotary Club partnered with Colorado Springs School District 11 to brighten this Christmas season for students at three Colorado Springs elementary schools. Director of Local Service Projects, Matt Otten, coordinated the efforts that lead to building over 240 gingerbread houses and aided Santa in distributing 360 gift bags to children from pre-school to 5th grade. On Dec 16th the club supported a Taylor Elementary School project where each student built and decorated a gingerbread house. Later that week the club's own Curt "Santa Claus" Ormond, showed up at Queen Palmer Elementary, Dec 17th and Adams Elementary, Dec 18th, along with his "elves" to distribute gift bags to 360 deserving children. Club members and friends that assisted with gingerbread house construction and aided Santa in distributing gifts.

9. Taylor CSAP Testing Volunteers
Two volunteers per day for two days to aid in proctoring CSAP exams for 3rd grade classes at Taylor Elementary. CSAP tests are state sponsored achievement tests to measure student academic achievement under Federal No Child Left Behind guidelines.

10. Diamond Awards
Recognition for six outstanding high school teachers in Colorado Springs School District 11 - one from each High School. Teachers are nominated by their students and a club panel reviews nomination packages and observes finalists and students interact in the classroom and selects the award winners.

11. Salvation Army Bell Ringers
The Club partnered with the Salvation Army to brighten the Christmas for needy families in El Paso County. Club volunteers manned the Red Kettles to collect Christmas time donations.

12. Cuidad Nuevos Casas Grandes
The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs has partnered with the Rotary Club of Cuidad Nuevos Casas Grandes to provide a fire engine, school buses, and computers. This year we are partnering to provide a ladder fire truck. This truck has a value of $30,000 and is expected to arrive in Mexico in June/July. Or previous projects were funded in part by Rotary International grants. However, this years ladder truck is funded by a group outside Rotary International that was inspired by our previous efforts.

13. High School Needs Based Scholarships
The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs has offered two $5,000.00 needs based scholarships to seniors graduating from either Palmer or Wasson High School in Colorado Springs School District 11. The purpose of these scholarships is to help local students further their academic studies or vocational training and aid them in achieving their full potential in life. Scholarship award is based on a demonstrated financial need, commitment to community service, and scholastic performance. We seek to provide opportunities to a wide range of students who give of themselves to their communities. Our scholarships are not just for students entering traditional four year college programs but are also available for students entering vocational/technical schools and programs, apprenticeships, and two-year colleges

14. Mock Trail Competition
The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs partners with local high schools, El Paso County Court, and the El Paso County Bar Association to sponsor an annual Mock Trail competition in the County Courthouse. Winning teams go on from this competition to represent their school in state and then national Mock Trail competitions. Our local event had 17 competing teams this year. Each team has 10 members and a teacher or school administrator to guide the team. This year there were 25 trials to decide the final winner. These trails were conducted in the County Courthouse. Supporting the trials were volunteers through out our community. Our Club supplied 40 lay volunteers to serve as judges and time keepers. The County Bar Association supplied approximately 50 lawyers and several local judges to oversee the competition.