Please Support Telluride Rotary Scholarships

Telluride Rotary is seeking donations to support scholarships for deserving college-bound high school seniors from Telluride and Norwood. Would you please consider making a donation through the Donate Now button on our website menu? You may also donate other ways; please see below. 
Last year, our club awarded $2000 to Rowen Kelly Warren (pictured here), an exceptional graduate of Telluride High, so he could study Engineering at CU Boulder. “I was able to pay 90 percent of my tuition by using a mix of local and national scholarships, and supplement the rest from my savings, without having to take out a loan,” says Rowen. “It is a wonderful relief to know that I do not have to worry about paying off a balance. Scholarships like the Rotary Scholarship didn’t just enable me to go to an amazing college, but also gave me peace of mind and allowed me to focus on what matters.”
“For as long as I can remember, the Telluride Rotary Club has been an active and vital participant in our Local Scholarship Night,” says Karen Lavender, who retired last year as college counselor at Telluride High. “These scholarships have proved essential in terms of ‘gap funding’—that is, helping students and their families cover the gap between the actual cost of college and the financial aid they receive from the institutions to which they matriculate. These scholarships have time and again allowed our local youth to realize their highest aspirations for higher education. I am so grateful for Rotary’s support!”
Could you make a difference in a high school student’s life by making a tax-deductible donationto 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.
Last spring, Telluride Rotary awarded three scholarships to graduating seniors for 2021. (Please click Read More for details.)
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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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Recent Telluride Rotary Club Donations

At our first meeting of the new year, January 5, 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.
In November, our club unanimously supported a $500 donation to Angel Baskets to support the Telluride Food Pantry, and we also set up a food donation bin in Village Market. 
Earlier in the year, our club sponsored the September 26 Out of the Darkness Southwest Colorado Walk for suicide awareness. In addition to making a financial donation, our club invited the organizer to speak to our club about mental health and suicide prevention. 
Earlier in the year, club members supported the International Service Committee’s recommendation to donate $3000 to support the Manchichi Project of the Rotary Club of Boquete, Panama. This project aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality by implementing an empowerment-based program that trains and equips local indigenous midwives.
In spring, our club also awarded $400 to the local chapter of the nonprofit Addict II Athlete to help the group purchase new shoes and other athletic gear for its participants.
Since mid-2020, Telluride Rotary also has supported:
  • Telluride AIDS Benefit Student Fashion Show
  • Norwood Fire Protection for new equipment in its ambulance
  • Telluride School District for “PE Gym Bags” for at-home physical education during the pandemic
  • Telluride School District for video conferencing equipment to improve hybrid classroom/at-home learning during the pandemic
Recent Telluride Rotary Club Donations  Sarah Lavender Smith 2021-04-25 06:00:00Z 0

Guest Speakers and Upcoming Meetings

Due to the covid spike in our region, our first two meetings of the year will be all virtual via Zoom. We hope to have a special in-person gathering at Ah Haa school of the arts for our February 2 meeting, and then begin meeting at the Elks Lodge after that. On Wednesday, January 19, 5:30 - 6:30pm, we'll have a Zoom gathering with special guest speakers from Panama. Former Telluride Rotarians Linda and Doug Avery, who moved to Panama last year, will rejoin us, along with their new club's leader Jeff Flynn of the Rotary Club of Boquete, Panama. We'll hear an update on their service project, which our club supported with a $3000 grant, to aid midwives and improve maternal and child health among the indigenous population in rural western Panama. Email to rsvp and gain a Zoom link.
On January 5, we kicked off the new year with a robust meeting via Zoom featuring guest speaker Cara Pallone (pictured at left), executive director of KOTO FM. We heard about the community radio's mission and growth, and how KOTO—like Telluride Rotary—builds community and promotes service.
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, please email Click Read More to see the list of guest speakers from 2021. 
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