Congratulations Telluride Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Telluride Rotary scholarship and prize recipients in the Class of 2022! Our club is proud to award $10,500 in scholarships this year, plus a special prize.
Pictured here, Sarah Ireland received Telluride Rotary's Service Above Self award and a $400 prize for outstanding community service. Sarah is going to the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study nursing, and she won this award because of her extensive volunteer service, on top of working part-time jobs, during high school. In particular, she earned EMS and EMT certification and worked as a junior firefighter and EMT at the Rico Fire Department.
Also pictured is our top scholarship recipient, Isaac Guerrero Garcia, who earned a $5000 scholarship. Isaac is attending Fort Lewis College and plans to major in History and Film. Isaac stood out as an accomplished and resilient young man. On top of working several part-time jobs, he also was active in community service and student government. Additionally, he has had to cope with a painful medical condition for the past six years. The committee was impressed by his positive demeanor and passion to study history and become a documentary filmmaker.
Telluride Rotary also awarded the following scholarships (click "Read More" for a list of recipients).
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.
Congratulations Telluride Rotary Scholarship Recipients Sarah Lavender Smith 2022-05-26 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Rotary Youth Exchange Update Sarah Lavender Smith 2021-05-20 06:00:00Z 0

Recent Telluride Rotary Club Donations

In this Rotary year of 2022-23, our club has given $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 September 25 Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention. Pictured here are some of the Telluride Rotary members who participated.
In the prior Rotary year, to support local youth, Telluride Rotary sponsored three local high school students for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy three-day camp in early June to develop leadership and interpersonal skills. Raelyn Aldrich and Jesse Bates of Norwood High, and Kiara Kelly Warren of Telluride High, attended. Says Kiara, "It was a truly unique experience that I’m grateful for. I got to make new friends and connections while exploring the outdoors and areas near me that I didn’t know about before. I feel I learned a lot of valuable information that I wouldn’t have had the chance to learn anywhere else. The knowledge about teams and leadership that I’ve gained will be invaluable and without a doubt be put to use. ...Thanks again for sending me, I’m sure I’ll remember this for the rest of my life!"
Our club also 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.
On the recommendation of our International Committee, our club 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 April 6 meeting, and members unanimously approve supporting the critically important and sustainable work their organizations do to improve the lives and education of women in Northern Uganda.
For an environmental project, our club donated $500 to support Footprints Running Camp, a weeklong program in the San Juan Mountains for climate action. Each camper is selected based on having a proposal for a community-based environmental project related to climate action, and each camper is paired with a mentor who's an expert in the field. The camp combines trail running with project development and leadership skill-building. 
Earlier in the 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. Our club has been designated a "Shelter Box Hero" for annually supporting their nonprofit for more than three consecutive years. We contributed $500 to support the Rotary International Global Grant to build new schools and support girls' education in Kenya.
    Recent Telluride Rotary Club Donations  Sarah Lavender Smith 2021-04-25 06:00:00Z 0

    Guest Speakers and Upcoming Meetings

    Our monthly happy hour will be Wednesday, January 25, 5:45 - 7 p.m., at the Hotel Telluride. Stop by to socialize! And our next club meeting will be Wednesday, February 8, 6 - 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, guest speaker TBD. Please arrive closer to 5:30 to socialize.
    At our January 11 meting, Rotary Youth Exchange student Annemarie Davidova of the Czech Republic (pictured here with club President Roger Young) gave a presentation and slide show about her home country and her experience here. We also welcomed the leaders of a Rotary Club in Mexico City and learned about their community service and fundraisers. 
    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. 
      Guest Speakers and Upcoming Meetings Sarah Lavender Smith 2021-04-25 06:00:00Z 0