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Denver LoDo Rotary Club

Denver LoDo

Service Above Self

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
The Mercantile - Union Station
1701 Wynkoop Street
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Denver, CO  80202
United States of America
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Message From the President (Whitney Thomas)

 

 
Welcome
 
Welcome to the official website of the LoDo Rotary Club, located in lower downtown Denver, Colorado. Take time on the to review all our activities.
 
Our Club was chartered in 1994 and has a history of service in lower downtown. We are involved in community events and participate in local community service projects. We also work with Rotary International to eradicate Polio worldwide.
 
Come visit one of our breakfast meetings and learn more about our Club.
 
 
Whitney Thomas
President
 

Can you imagine increasing your club membership by 50% in one month? The Denver LoDo, just that this past January. Charlie Hunt is a member of the club and a Return Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). As a member of District 5450 Rotary - Peace Corps Alliance committee, he has had a dream for some time to recruit RPCVs into the club. It is a natural fit. The focuses of both Peace Corps (PC) and Rotary are almost identical. Recruiting RPCVs is certainly logical.

 

Charlie is also very active in RPCVs of Colorado. As a matter of fact, he is the current president of the organization. Because of this connection, he has been able to have conversations with RPCVs about how Rotary can fit in with their professional development and community service. To his pleasant surprise, he found a number of RPCVs who already had connections with Rotary. One of the club's new member was a Rotaractor. One had received a district scholarship while in college. One had received help from a Rotarian with his professional career. One attended RYLA and then became a RYLA counselor.

 

In the past Charlie had heard from many RPCVs that the difficulty in joining Rotary was typically a financial one. With that in mind, Charlie talked to the leadership in the club about the idea of developing a satellite group under the club. The idea would be that the club would set a different dues structure to allow for more RPCVs to join the club. Club leadership liked the idea.  The new satellite group has a minimal dues structure which makes it very affordable. At the same time, the club is including all of the satellite group members in club committees, service projects, and monthly club socials. Three new members have already been in contact with our district grants chair Carolyn Schrader to volunteer in reviewing international service grant applications. This group is also willing to connect district clubs applying for grants with local RPCVs to assist with refining their projects to have an understanding of local cultural issues where the project will happen.

 

The club officially inducted ten new satellite group members to the club on March 6th.  DGE Curt Harris and District Membership Chair Lynn Perez-Hewitt were in attendance to celebrate this significant addition to the club's membership.

 

If you were interested in learning more about the connection between Peace Corps and Rotary, please check the website www.partneringforpeace.org. Also, if you were interested in learning how to leverage the Peace Corps rotary partnership in your district, take a look at the toolbox we put together to help with PowerPoint, handouts and videos to make the job easier.  You'll find a link for it at https://www.partneringforpeace.org/cpages/get-involved.

Denver LoDo club is pleased to announce that club member Charlie Hunt has been elected to the board of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado and will be their president starting in 2019. 
 
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado focuses on supporting newly Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, helping them integrate home after their service overseas and Peace Corps Third Goal, which is sharing the Peace Corps service experience and being active in local community service.  Charlie has been active on Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado Welcome Wagon committee for the past five years.  In the past six months Charlie has attracted six Returned Peace Corps Volunteers as Rotary members.
 
Charlie has been a member of the Denver LoDo since moving to Denver in 2008 after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu in the South Pacific.  He has served as club president, foundation president and international service chair.  Charlie is also the District 5450 co-chair of the Rotary – Peace Corps Alliance Committee and is on the board of Partnering for Peace: Friends of Peace Corps and Rotary, a National Peace Corps Association affiliate group.
 
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Chief Charlie Masilae Hunt with village Chief Ben Matari
LoDo Rotary Decorates Tree at the Barth and Shares Pizza with the Residents
 
The Barth is part of Senior Housing Options, Inc. (SHO) is a charitable organization that serves low and moderate income elderly and adults with physical and mental disabilities. We currently own and/or manage both assisted living and affordable apartment living units for over 500 residents including properties in Cortez, Denver, Granby, Kremmling, Longmont, and Parachute. SHO generates its own revenues to the extent possible and manages resources well, but still there are unmet needs that require us to ask for help from individuals, businesses, and foundations to assure high care for all residents
LoDo Rotary Serves Breakfast at Urban Peak
 
Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults.
 
 
 
LoDo Rotary Club Members volunteer in our local community to server breakfast and Urban Peak.  Urban Peak was founded in 1988, and  is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults.  
 
 
 

Members of the LoDo Rotary Club attended the 6th annual First Ladies' Luncheon for Project C.U.R.E.  Since 2006, First Ladies' Luncheons have raised enough funding to deliver a combined total of $12.6 million dollars worth of medical relief to hospitals and clinics throughout El Salvador, Mexico, Belize, Ghana, Panama, Tanzania and Mongolia. 

This year's honored guest speaker was Dr. Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza, First Lady of Mozambique.

Project C.U.R.E

THe LoDo Rotary Club participated in Adopt a Trail this year and Cleaned up along the Platte River Trail.   Family and Friends were encouraged to participated and help out.

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LoDo Rotary Volunteers at 9News Health Fair

 

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LoDo Rotary and Barth Residents Share a Meal and Decorate for the Holiday'sImage

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 Library Project at the Magon Academy Charter School 

The LoDo Rotary Team helped the Magon Academy Charter School paint and spruce up the interior of their library.

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LoDo Rotary gets Recognition for Peace Corps work in Vanuatu


Currently serving and returned Peace Corps volunteers recently joined forces with Rotary International to deliver efficient cook stoves to 65 households across two villages in Vanuatu. Returned volunteers Charles Hunt of Denver, who served in Vanuatu from 2006-2008, and Dennis Mello, who served in Vanuatu from 2007-2009, along with support from the Denver LoDo Rotary Club and the Port Vila Vanuatu Rotary Club, not only provided the cook stoves but are also studying their impact.

“As a Rotarian and an RPCV, there are opportunities to make a difference if you are willing to act,” Hunt said. “This is an opportunity to help the people of Vanuatu and research the effectiveness of our efforts at the same time to give us a better opportunity to create a sustainable project.”

 
Serving Breakfast at The Spot  May 17

The LoDo Rotary Club Members Gil Harrison, Dave Ferrill, Kathleen Stage, Mary Pierce, Terri Vogler, Rich Kinney... Melinda, Christine and Yolanda from Urban Peak also joined the LoDo Team.Image

 

LoDo Rotary Club Members Participate in "Better Blocks 5 Points" event May 11 with the 5 Points Rotary Club

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