Our Projects
This Rotary Project was started in 1999. This project is now a joint venture comprised
of the Rotary Club, the City of Montrose, Pepsi Bottling and the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife.
The event is held at Chipeta Lake (which is now owned by the City of Montrose). This is an outdoor event that occurs each year on a Saturday in early May.
Each child is given a fishing pole (to keep) with hooks, sinkers and bait.
The fishing poles, hooks, sinkers and bobbers are provided by the Department of Parks & Wildlife. Rotary provides the hot dogs and Pepsi provides the drinks.
Rotarians and volunteers from the community are available to the children learn how to fish. There is no charge for this event.
This Club project began in 2003. Rotarian's deliver about 550 dictionaries each year to all 3rd grade students in Montrose, Olathe, Ridgway and Ouray.
The dictionaries are a  high quality hard cover book.

The Club has delivered over 8,500 dictionaries since 2003.


This has been a Club project since 2003. The Club provides 2 pair of new shoes and a package of socks for each child.
This event occurs once each year - generally in August.
The children are identified by Social Services, Hilltop House and teachers.
The shoes and socks are purchased from Famous Footwear who offers discounts to the Club.
Rotarian's host one or more families and are required to be present when the children receive the shoes.

Over 8,000 pairs of shoes have been provided since 2003.

The Montrose Rotary Club has been providing scholarships to graduates of Montrose and Olathe High Schools for over 50 years.
The Club awarded $10,000 in scholarships to 8 students in 2018.
The scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and preference points are given to students attending Colorado Mesa University -(Montrose campus) or the Technical College of the Rockies.
All graduates from Montrose or Olathe High School including Vista Charter School and Peak Academy are eligible to apply.
Application forms are available on the Montrose Community Foundation web-page.