From the President:

April 21, 2022              

My fellow Rotarians~

Be sure and read the new article in this week's bulletin from our District Foundation Chair about polio and how we're getting VERY close to the end of it!

I am familiar with historical information about Rotary and its beginnings but I did NOT know until yesterday that April 19 was the birthday of our founder, Paul Harris! He was born in 1868 in Racine, Wisconsin. If you missed it and are just now hearing about that, tip a glass for Paul Harris the first chance you get. What an enormous humanitarian effort his brainchild became!

Do you ever feel like you're not doing enough to make the world better? You might not ever have an idea that affects millions of people. But we all have our place. When my kids were younger, I used to think that I wasn't doing much for the community but I was raising a couple of individuals to be productive members of society. Once my kids didn't need me as much, I started looking for ways to matter. My dad was a Kiwanian so I was familiar with the idea of service organizations. I started running and raising money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to combat blood cancers. I sat in a huge event room in San Diego one evening just before completing the San Diego Rock n Roll Half Marathon and the keynote speaker told us that between all of those in the room who had been fundraising for LLS, we had collectively raised $12.5 million. My lesson was about the impact of many working hard to make a huge difference. And that IS huge!

But what if the work is too big to make a big difference? You might remember that a few weeks ago, someone shared the story of the starfish for our words of inspiration.

"Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean for exercise. 

One day, the old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.

Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. 

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the boy replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled, and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

Who are YOU making a difference for? Actually, that's a silly question because how can we ever know who is watching and the complete impact of our words and actions? I do know this, however. When you always try to do the right thing, even when no one is watching (that you know of), you WILL make an impact on someone. Sometimes that someone is you. Some of us need to be reminded occasionally that we are good people and we are doing good for the world, even when it might only benefit one person. So I encourage you to do the big things when you can but never forget the impact of the small things. 

This week's Random Awesome Deed suggestion is to look for the small ways you can make an impact. Be kind and courteous. Hold a door for someone. Smile. Make eye contact. Say "thank you". Put your grocery cart in the corral. Let someone merge into your lane. Pay it forward at Starbucks. There are so many ways to impact people we don't even know. For this week, "Go [small] or go home!" ;)

Now let's go forth, be great stewards of Rotary and Catalysts of Caring in our Community! 

Please be well, be safe, and be kind. There are a lot of people needing just that.heart 

In Rotary Service,

Kathleen Saltmarsh-Voss


Rotary of Colorado Springs 

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This Week's Program 
Apr 29, 2022
"The Pinery at the Hill"

The Antlers Hotel cannot accomodate us today.

So, we've arranged for a great lunch at:

    The Pinery at Hill

    775 West Bijou Street

    Colorado Springs, CO 80905


Apr 29, 2022
"Rotary Club of Yangon, Myanmar"
"Rotary Club of Yangon, Myanmar"

You may have met Poe Phyu at one of our luncheons.  She has been a visiting Rotarian for several Fridays.  She is currently the President of the Rotary Club of Myanmar.   Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.

Daw Poe Phyu founded Myanmar Deals Real Estate Agency in 1992, and has overseen the growth of the real estate sector in Myanmar throughout the decades. She retired from real estate in 2016.

She is also the Co-Founder of Red Stone Gold and Idea in which she is its Idea Director, overseeing marketing and creative projects.

Daw Poe Phyu is also passionate about her volunteer organizations. She is the Founder and President Taw Win Htan Organization in which she and her team are saving palm trees that are becoming more and more rare and endangered, dry zone in Myanmar, yet culturally and sustainably valuable to Myanmar and its communities.

She is also a Patron of Lay Kyun Thu Foundation and the advisor of the Cochlear Implant Programme of Victoria Hospital Health Foundation.

Born in Mogok, Myanmar, she stays true to where she comes from as Daw Poe Phyu is also an advisor of “ Mogok 800 Years Foundation”.

Daw Poe Phyu was a judge for the 2017 and 2018 Miss Universe pageants in Myanmar. She also was a part of the panel of judges for the South East Asia Property Awards (Myanmar Property) from 2014 to 2016.

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April is Maternal and Child Health Month!
District Update on Polio
 The first quarter polio reports from the two remaining countries not considered polio-free continue to be cautiously optimistic. With just six cases of the wild poliovirus reported in 2021, the trend was positive. Today that trend continues as we have had just one case of the wild poliovirus in Afghanistan this year and 441 days since the last reported case of the wild poliovirus in Pakistan. 
 Milestone' in polio eradication achieved - BBC News
   The most encouraging information in the report is that there have been no Positive Environmental Samples since early December. Additionally, the cases of Circulating Vaccine - Derived Polio have dropped to just 34 compared with 195 at this time last year.
    The eradication of only the second disease from the planet remains the primary goal of Rotary International. The continued support of Rotarians will see this goal achieved. Please help Rotary International with your donation to The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Fund. With your help, we will have a polio-free world.
Yours in Rotary Service,

PDG David Wood

District 5470


Rotary Youth Exchange!

Bring the world to your home!

Host a Rotary Youth Exchange Student aged 15-18.5 during the 2022-2023 school year for a period of 3-5 months. The student must attend the same high school for the entire year.

Youth Exchange | District 5680

The Host Family needs to have the DESIRE to provide the following:

1. Love as a family member. The student will be a part of your family, not a guest.

2. A Bed – The student does not have his/her own room, but we do ask that they have

their own bed.

3. Food – We ask that you provide food for the student including lunch while at school,

treating the student as you would your own.

4. Transportation – The student will not be allowed to drive while in the US. If bus transportation is not available to the school, the host family would need to provide that and transportation to other events within reason.


If you are interested, please reach out to Katie Lenger,, cell phone 641-891-0394.

All Things FLIGHT 2022
                                                       CALL FOR ARTISTS: Rotary Flight 2021, Rotary Club of Colorado Springs at  Online/Virtual Space, Special Events
FLIGHT XV committee meets every Friday directly after the weekly club meeting. The zoom link is available below for those who cannot attend in person.
For more information, please contact Tina Dewey, FLIGHT XV Chair at
Flight 2022 is well underway and we are excited to be back in person at the Boot Barn Hall on September 24th.  As many of you know, getting Flight “aloft” is a significant effort and our largest fundraiser in support of the many great service initiatives of the club.  We are actively seeking sponsorships at this time.  If you or your business can contribute to this worthy cause, you can find additional detail at  Please also think about other contacts you have in the community that are good sponsor candidates.  You can either refer the contact information to Tom Naughton ( or Lynne Pearson ( or if you prefer to contact them yourself, the sponsor brochure and commitment form are available at
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Rotary Grants Training
Every year every Rotary club is given the opportunity to do Rotary Grants Training online for the purpose of qualifying to request district and global funding for club projects. Our next training is Saturday, April 30 from 9 am - 12 pm. If interested, please register:
You are invited to Rotary District 5470 Grant Management Training Seminar via Zoom. The Grant Management Training Seminar is a required training event for Clubs intending to apply for a Global Grant or a District Grant. This event will be virtual. Click on the link below and register today!
When: April 30, 2022 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Registration in advance is required for this meeting (click below): meeting/register/ tZYlcO6qrTkvHdSVoXzQKgQajv9-K- 2isSJX

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Be sure to flag the email or add the event to your calendar as the link in the confirmation is your access to the training.
Upcoming District Assemblies/Registration links
Below you will find REGISTRATION Links to several options to attend this spring's Rotary DISTRICT 5470's ASSEMBLIES. Both Assemblies will have the same curriculum which is designed for 2022-2023 Rotary Club officers and Board members especially Presidents elect, Rotary Foundation, Membership, Public Image, and Community Service chairs and members.
If you will be serving in one of these roles next year or have an interest in doing so in the future, one of these Assemblies is for you.
I look forward to seeing you either in Colorado Springs on April 23, or Montrose on May 14.
Please use the links below to register for Rotary 5470 District Assemblies. You may select one of two assemblies, one in Colorado Springs on April 23, or in Montrose on May 14. 
April 23, 2022, 9 am - 4 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton
1775 Cheyenne Mountain Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 
May 14, 2022, 9 am - 4 pm
Holiday Inn Express
1391 S Townsend Ave
Montrose, CO 
Yours in Rotary Service
Sam Kevan
District Governor 2022-2023, Rotary District 5470
The Veteran Network
We are in the initial stage of forming a Veterans Group in the COS Downtown Rotary Club.  This group will serve as a cohesive unit in community service projects (thanks, Samantha Chapman, for including us!), have its own space on the ClubRunner page (thanks, Mike McGrath!), and strengthen both Rotary and Veteran bonds.  The first initiative for the Veterans Group is to honor World War II Veterans. (Thank you, Kerry Pearson, for your legwork on this project!)
If you are a Veteran, please contact Chip Frazer at or 202.595.4295 with name, branch of service, and (if desired) dates of service and/or military campaigns.  If you know a Veteran in the club, please let Chip know, since we'd like to get the word out as far and wide as possible.
Chip Frazer
Rotary of Colorado Springs

Community Service Committee Updates:

Listen to this week's meeting for updates!

Thank you to those who provided donations to One Nation Walking Together. We collected 127 lbs of food for them!

This month we will have our 2nd memorial tree planted in honor of those Rotarians who passed in 2021: Scott Feller, Rhea Woltman, and Nelson A. “Buz” Rieger

Please join us on Friday, April 22nd

Where: Millibo Art Theater

           1626 S. Tejon St.

           C/S CO 80905

When: 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Details: The tree will be planted by Harding Nursery and following the planting, we will spend time cleaning up the garden and surrounding area of the Art Theater in honor of Earth Day! Please dress appropriately for our ever-changing weather, bring sunscreen, gloves, and wear closed-toe shoes.  

Register here:

We would appreciate it if anyone who knows the memorialized Rotarians could speak about them at the tree planting for 1-2 minutes. Please let Samantha know if you would be able to be there!


The Great American Clean-up is returning to Colorado Springs! There are many locations participating in the clean-up and we encourage members and their families to choose a location that is best for them. Register at the event site of your choice and please let Samantha Chapman know where you have signed up! Don’t forget to take and share pictures.


International Committee News!
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International Committee Update!
Currently, we are working on the following projects: 
  • Practical Education Network (PEN) in Ghana
  • Hunger project in Niger
  • Trampled Rose In Ethiopia
  • Locally Haiti
  • Vision project in Bisceglie, Italy
If you are interested in participating in our International Committee, please email Jordan Davis at to be added to the notification list!
Support for Ukraine
From our District Governor Becky Smith:
Razom – Together we are Ukraine
Here are the  sources that have identified specific focus areas for Ukrainian support:
International Red Cross  (Rotary and the Red Cross have a long-standing relationship of support and alliance)
Rotary District 2241 in Romania  (This information came from the DG in Southern California.  She is a Romanian immigrant).
You can wire funds directly to the Rotary District  2241 of Romania.  They have established a Disaster Relief Fund.
Here is the bank info for a wire transfer.
str. Gheorghe Barițiu, nr.8, Cluj Napoca 
Cluj-Napoca, Cluj 400000 Roman ia
Account in USD:
Swift: BTRLRO22
Asociația Rotary District 2241 Romania & Republica Moldova 
Hotel Ibis. 
Calea Grivitei  nr.143, sector 1,
București 010741 Romania
Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We are deeply concerned about the Ukraine crisis and need your help.

Rotary is made up of people of action, especially in difficult times. In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.

Half a million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that the number of refugees could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.

With your donation to our Disaster Response Fund, we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time.  Click HERE to donate now. 


John Germ
Trustee Chair, 2021-22
The Rotary Foundation
And from Habitat For Humanity:


Habitat for Humanity GB

Ukraine appeal

Dear Friend,

As we watch the distressing situation unfold across Ukraine, Habitat for Humanity Great Britain joins colleagues across our network in calling for an end to the deadly attacks.

As an organization that passionately believe that homes should be safe havens for all, seeing people forced to flee from their homes is a tragedy.

In Ukraine, we work on energy efficiency in housing through a partner organization based in Odessa. The latest reports from our partner are that all their staff are safe, though attacks have killed people within the district.

Our colleagues on the ground in neighboring countries, together with partners from other charities and organizations in a united response, are helping assist those who have been forced to flee, as well as preparing longer-term plans to support families into more permanent homes.

Ukraine appeal

Responding to the crisis

Habitat for Humanity National Offices in the neighboring countries of Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia are responding by supporting refugees fleeing to find safety and shelter, as well as devising plans to support families into a longer-term shelter.

In Poland: Many of the families arriving at the border are single-headed, as many Ukrainian parents are choosing to have one parent remain in the country to join the resistance. Funds are being raised to lessen the burden of housing for the Ukrainian refugees.

In Romania: An assessment team from Habitat for Humanity Romania has traveled north to the Ukraine-Romania border. The temperature is currently below freezing, so the priority here is to source air heaters for people sheltering in tents on the border. The team is also working to secure hotel rooms as temporary shelters for refugees.

In Hungary: Our colleagues are pursuing how they can best provide support for refugees at the border.

In Slovakia: A team of staff have made their way to the border and are working on plans to support partner organizations. 

More updates about our work in Ukraine’s neighboring countries supporting refugees will be provided as information comes in.

Ukraine response

The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates up to 4 million Ukrainians could flee if the situation deteriorates further.

Supporting refugees into decent homes

Right now, the situation is desperate. Our teams around the world are working tirelessly to do all they can to assist and plan how best to help, and your support today is a crucial part of that response.

Without you, we simply can't do the work that we do.

In the short term, we will continue to assist governments and partners to meet the urgent needs of refugees at the Ukrainian border.

In keeping with our 'Pathways to Permanence' approach, our longer-term response will focus on supporting refugee families to reduce their vulnerability, helping move them along a path to permanent, durable shelter.

To support our continued efforts in helping those who have been forced to leave their homes, please make a donation today.  

Seeing families have the most basic needs of safety and housing compromised is truly heart-breaking, but with you beside us, we'll do everything we can to be there, rebuilding shattered lives brick-by-brick - however long it takes.

With my heartfelt thanks for your continued support,

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Amazon Smile in 6 steps!
As you're doing your shopping online, did you know that you can support our Rotary Club with every Amazon purchase? Here’s how:
  1. Go to (not Amazon Smile is the same company, same account, same password, but the Amazon Smile program gives one half of one percent of every purchase to charity. No, it’s not a lot, but it’s also not nuthin’ (to be exact: about $150 for the Club so far). So again, go to
  2. Sign into your Amazon account as you normally would
  3. On the very top left of the page, next to the AmazonSmile logo, are three horizontal bars. Click there for the drop-down menu.
  4. Scroll ALL the way down to “Your AmazonSmile”; it should be the last option right before “Sign Out”; Click on “Your AmazonSmile”
  5. On the right side of the page, click on the “change charity” box under Your current charity (Note: If you are currently supporting another charity, that’s awesome! These instructions are for those who are not doing so. Also, if you have not previously selected a charity, your default option will be St. Judge Children’s Research Hospital.)
  6. Type in Community Service Fund of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs; click Select
  7. That’s it. You’re all set. Just remember to go to when you shop from now on.
*Originally written by Past President Caryn Adams
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April 18, 2014
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