The Dolores Rotarian

          Newsletter | April 2018

Welcome to the first issue of our monthly bulletin! Hoping this format provides some handy information, good visuals, and a way to keep informed of what we're doing. Please help me make it better by giving any constructive feedback. Thanks! -Susan

P.S. - I know some of pics come out really small on your smartphone, but you can click on them and it will open up another page where you can view it (as long as you have internet access).

Newest Member

A warm welcome to our newest Rotary Club member, Cody Folsom with the Dolores Outfitters. Their business is a great place to rent all your outdoor needs, get some gas, and stock up on snacks. Please stop by and say hi when you're in town. And take a look at their website and Facebook page!


Club Impact

So far for 2018...

  • $500.00 donated to the Durango Rotary Club for their Tibetan Water Project

  • $500.00 donated to Skyler B. for Rotary Youth Exchange Program

  • $730.00 raised for the Student Scholarship Fund from Superbowl and NCAA squares

  • $134.00 raised for the Pee Wee Wrestling club by passing a donation hat around, which helps pay for new mats for their club

  • $356.77 raised and donated to The Bridge Shelter thru our January Bingo Fundraiser

  • $1600.77 raised and donated to the DAV thru our February Bingo Fundraiser

  • $1228.00 raised and donated to Operation Graduation thru our March Bingo Fundraiser
We are now accepting student scholarship applications for the Patrick Colton Community Service Award, which offers a $500.00 award to one graduating Dolores senior who has engaged in community service that made a contribution to their community. Applications are available on our website or with the school counselor and are due back by May 1st.

Rotary Youth Exchange Program

It feels good to know that you can have a tremendous impact on someone else's life. Especially on one who is still forming the kind of person they will be before taking on the responsibilities of adulthood. It's one of the most important things we can do as a community and as a society to make our future brighter.

Skyler B. from Dove Creek was chosen to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program (RYLA) in 2017, and learned so much from that experience that she applied to be a Rotary exchange student. Our club was not ready to become her sponsor, so we reached out and connected her with the Durango Rotary Club, and donated $500 on her behalf. She has been accepted and will be going to Poland this fall for her senior year!

The amazing thing is, Skyler really wanted her town to have an exchange student of their own, and has found three host families in Dove Creek that are willing to participate, with each family taking one-third of the school year to host. We were so impressed by Skyler's initiative that we decided to step in and become a sponsor for the inbound student.

Our Rotary District Office has offered us a grant of $1500 to help cover costs associated with sponsoring an exchange student. But we need some volunteers. We have a Rotary Youth Exchange Officer in place. Now we are on the hunt for a Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor, which involves monthly meetings with the student to assess how they are settling in. Please let us know if you may be interested, because we already have three possible exchange student candidates from different parts of the world we can choose from!


Bike Race Meetings


The 2018 Poster and postcards have been finalized and will be out shortly for distribution! We will be sending postcards to the Pueblo to Pueblo 1/2 marathon and bike race on April 28th, and the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde Bike race on May 12th.

Our bike race has also been added to many online event calendars locally and regionally, with pictures, posters and links to our website.


Sponsor letters have begun to be mailed out. This is one of the most vital ways we generate our yearly fundraising and help pay for our tshirts (which cost us $3200 last year). We will need all Rotarians to help out with this endeavor. Have someone who may be interested in becoming a sponsor? Forms are available on our website, or at our meetings. Know one of the unresponsive business owners on our list? Visit them and ask them personally to become a sponsor. I still see many people in the area wearing our tshirts, it's a good way of building good-will and getting their name out in the community, win-win.


New this year! We are selling reserved parking for our bike racers in the lot behind the old Dolores Medical Center building. We measured it out, and found that the lot is 156 feet by 80 feet, and we can get around 35 parking spots out of it.

We added the ability to reserve a parking spot online for $5.00 when riders sign up for the race, and we are going to create a sandwich board with "Reserved parking" on one side and "Parking lot full" on the other side. We will need at least two attendants to help on race day (hint hint, nudge nudge).


We are changing the route slightly this year, with riders going around the reserved parking lot instead of through it, that way we completely separate the riders from parking traffic. We are also going to improve the finish line area with better fencing and signage, so that spectators are more aware of oncoming racers, and they can't just walk over the barriers we create.



The last two bingo's have been very successful, and it's been good to see those organizations stepping up and making sure their people know and attend. That will make or break their events, as well as our ability to be an effective facilitator.

Disabled American Vets (DAV)

We were able to raise $1600.77 in February, with a huge turn out. I heard they were marketing this event months in advance, and personally calling people as well. Kudo's to their efforts, it truly paid off!

Operation Graduation

In March, we raised $1228.00 for Operation Graduation, a way for graduating seniors to celebrate their life achievement in a safe and fun way.

The next bingo is scheduled on April 24th to benefit The American Legion. Please spread the word, share the Facebook event, tell your friends and family to attend. It will be held at the Dolores Community Center, 6pm - 9pm. Soup supper begins around 6:30pm for $5/person, and bingo begins at 7pm for $10/card, each card good for all 10 games. It's a fun night out, and a way to give back to the community.



Our last USDA commodities giveaway was March 3rd. We usually have around 25-30 families who are signed up, but in March, only 18 boxes were given away.

We have been talking about the program and how it has changed over the last year. Our goal is to get more families aware of the program and signed up, as well as any ways we can improve/enhance the food selections we receive. If you have any insights, please let us know!

Next giveaway is Saturday, April 21st, 6:30am - 7:30am at the Dolores Firehouse. Volunteers are needed beginning at 6am to help set up, box up and distribute.



Dolores Chamber Annual Spring Banquet was a success this year. Thank you to the Dolores Chamber of Commerce, The Dolores Community Center, The Town of Dolores and all our area businesses who donated and participated. A special shout out to Jerry Whited, who went out and worked hard to get people to show, secured some silent auctions items, and even saved the day with his mic system when the one there went on the fritz. Penny Johnson and Linda Isaman were instrumental in obtaining many of the silent auction items, Dewayne Findley and Larry Engel had fun serving Dolores River Brewery beer on tap behind the bar, Montezuma Mexican fed us an excellent fajita dinner, and the Dolores Food Market had amazing cakes for dessert. Fun times were had by all!

Both Cortez and Dolores had their annual Easter Egg Hunt, with one of our Rotarians dressing up as the Easter Bunny. Eggs and candy everywhere, and in just a few minutes they were gone, tucked away in kids baskets.

One of our Rotarians won $500 in Telluride Rotary's Red Ball Express fundraiser! Would have been exciting to watch the big red balls going down the course at the Telluride Ski Resort.

Recent Speakers


Jerry Whited
Candidate for Dolores Mayor
Jen Stark
Candidate for Town Counsel
Jim Candelaria
Candidate for County Commissioner


Chad Wheelus
Candidate for Dolores Mayor
JoDee Powers
Dana Petersen
Mancos Cowboy Half-Marathon


Derek Padilla
US Forest Service
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