Congratulations Telluride Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations Class of 2023! Telluride Rotary is proud to support several graduates with scholarships totaling $10,500, along with a special annual Service Above Self award. These scholarships are made possible through donors and fundraising. 
Telluride Rotary’s largest college scholarship of $5,000 went to Telluride High student Karla Gutierrez Ruiz, pictured here. Karla, who wants to be an elementary school teacher, impressed the committee with her genuine desire to help others. She wrote about a mentorship she had assisting the teacher in a dual immersion class and how much she loved working with the third graders. Since 2018, she has been a member of the THS Gay Straight Alliance and Communities That Care. For the last couple of years, she has also been a Peer Advocate, an Interact Club member, and was selected by her teachers to be part of a committee that is working to make her school a better place. Karla will attend Fort Lewis College in Durango.
The $500 John Micetic Athletic Award goes to THS student Cole Paczosa, who also earned one of our club's $500 academic scholarships. Cole is an outstanding freestyle moguls skier and has skied at the national and international level for the past three years and plans to continue training and competing while in college. Cole will study Business or Political Science at CU Boulder.
Additional scholarships went to the following students, all at Telluride High unless otherwise noted:
- $1000 to Taylor Holms
- $1000 to Evan Strand
- $750 to PJ Hulst 
- $750 to Hollis Andrew
- $500 to Claire Jacobs
- $500 to Grace Gilhool
The 2023 Telluride Rotary Service Above Self honoree is Ava Osborne (picture here), who is matriculating to the Colorado School of Mines. Ava was chosen for her exceptional work in extracurriculars as well as in the classroom. Ava founded the THS Book Club at school to attract others to read more; she completed a Pinhead Institute science internship; she is a member of the Sources of Strength group that provides mental health advocate training; and, she co-directed this year’s Telluride AIDS Benefit Student Fashion Show.
Could you make a difference in a high school student’s life by making a tax-deductible donation to the Telluride Rotary Foundation for scholarships? In addition to giving through our Donate Now button, you may mail a check made out to Telluride Rotary Foundation with "scholarships" in the memo line and mail to PO Box 1265, Telluride, CO 81435. Or you may donate through Venmo @T-ride_Rotary_Foundation and indicate “scholarships” with the payment.
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Support Telluride Rotary's Spring Raffle and Enter to Win Great Prizes

Our club's spring raffle is live! Please visit to buy entries for a chance to win one of 13 great prizes. Prizes include weekend getaways and gift certificates for local services and goods. 
The money raised will support Telluride Rotary's service projects and scholarships. The drawing will be June 8, and we will notify winners by email, so you do not need to be present to win.
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Rotary Youth Exchange Update

You may be wondering, is Rotary Youth Exchange happening? Telluride Rotary Club has a long tradition of hosting high school students from other countries, and sending local students to study abroad. Because of the Covid-19 global pandemic, however, no Rotary clubs have been able to host or send exchange students since spring of 2020. The program will resume for the 2022-23 school year, and applications for the program are being accepted now through December 2021. For complete info for high school students applying to the program, or for potential host families, visit, the website for Mountain & Plains Rotary Youth Exchange, the study abroad program in Rotary International District 5470. The first part of the program's application for the 2022-23 school year is due November 20, 2021. 
Telluride Rotary Youth Committee co-chairs Patricia Kiernan and Nancy Kerr are overseeing the program at this time. If you have any questions about Rotary Youth Exchange or would like to support it, please contact one of them at or 
Pictured here: Telluride High School student Maile Silva as a Rotary Youth Exchange student to the Czech Republic and Slovakia from August 2019 - March 2020.
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Upcoming Meetings

On June 21, our club celebrated the start of a new Rotary year, and President Roger Young passed the torch to 2023-24 Club President Kaitlyn James. 
In the 2023-24 Rotary year, our club will meet the second Wednesday of the month in the conference room of Ah-Haa School for the Arts, and will gather for a happy hour on the fourth Wednesday of the month at a different restaurant or bar. It's best to check Telluride Rotary's Facebook page or Instagram @telluriderotary for info on the location and speakers at each meeting.
Pictured here: 2022-23 Club President Roger Young, 2023-24 Club President Kaitlyn James, and Assistant District Governor Susan Lisak.
Thank you to the speakers who make our meetings so informative and interesting. If you are interested in being a guest speaker at our club's gatherings, or attending a meeting as a guest if you're interested in Rotary, please email We host hybrid meetings, with a Zoom option for remote participants. 
Click Read More below to see the list of past guest speakers. 
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    Recent Telluride Rotary Club Donations

    In the Rotary year of 2022-23, our club's main International project involved supporting a daycare center in Slovakia, near the Ukraine border, that is dedicated to helping children and their mothers who are Ukrainian war refugees. We donated $4000 to help grow the small but impactful Radost Center for Mothers and Children in Kosice, Slovakia. Read the Telluride Daily Planet article about it.  Our other International grant, of $300, contributed to the Rotary Club of Vail/Eagle's grant to build a clean-water project benefitting several towns in Honduras.
    Locally, our club donated $250 to sponsor the community Trash Bash cleanup in May, and we provided volunteers to pick up approximately 70 pounds of trash. We also are co-sponsoring the June 24 Community Fiesta for to celebrate immigrant heritage with a $250 donation. And, we are sponsoring a Norwood high school student to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy this June, at a cost of $350.
    Earlier in the year, our club gave $500 to sponsor the Telluride AIDS Benefit Student Fashion Show and $500 to support Angel Baskets, which runs the Telluride Food Pantry. We also sponsored, with a $500 grant, the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention. Pictured here are some of the Telluride Rotary members who participated in the walk.
    Last year, our club sponsored a Teen First Aid/CPR workshop in partnership with Wilkinson Public Library to teach teens life-saving skills and earn certification for child care, camp counseling, and other summer jobs. We also made donations to two nonprofits working to support maternal and child health, literacy, and economic development in Uganda. We donated $2500 to African Women Rising and $2500 to International Midwife Assistance. We invited the executive director of each organization to speak at our meeting via Zoom, to learn about the critically important work their organizations do to improve the lives and education of women in Northern Uganda.
    Also in the prior Rotary year, our club approved granting $1000 to support the Telluride Medical Center's covid fund for staff support; $500 to the ShelterBox disaster relief organization; and $500 for the Telluride AIDS Benefit Student Fashion Show. We also contributed $500 to support the Rotary International Global Grant to build new schools and support girls' education in Kenya.
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