Community Service at Jack's Solar Garden Charles Hunt 2020-09-02 06:00:00Z 0 Daybreak Toastmasters,Denver LoDo Rotary,Returned Peace Corps Volunteers,Rotary,Rotary District 5450

Club Member Byron Kominek Agrivoltaic Solar Garden 

Jack’s Solar Garden is a family-owned social enterprise owned and managed by Rotarian, Byron Kominek. Jack’s Solar is a 1.2 MW solar array being built this summer on 5 acres of Byron’s grandfather’s farm in Boulder County. This project will become a model for responsible solar farming on the Front Range of Colorado that could enable other farmers to make ends meet while producing both food and energy simultaneously.
Club Member Byron Kominek Agrivoltaic Solar Garden 2020-06-08 06:00:00Z 0 Denver LoDo Rotary,Rotary,Solar
COVID-19 and Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers - What you can do as Rotarians. Charles Hunt 2020-05-12 06:00:00Z 0 Denver LoDo Rotary,RPCV,Rotary,Rotary District 5450
Blessings, Challenges, and New Learning From My 6 Million Steps for Kids Walk 2020-01-09 07:00:00Z 0 Denver LoDo Rotary,RPCV,Rotary
Club Member Attends Rotary Day at the United Nations Charles Hunt 2019-11-23 07:00:00Z 0 Denver LoDo Rotary,Immigrants,RPCV,Refugees,Rotary,service
Club Member featured in August 2019 Edition of The Rotarian Charles Hunt 2019-08-02 06:00:00Z 0 Denver LoDo Rotary,Rotary
Denver LoDo and Port Vila Rotary Clubs support PCV at Nofo School in Vanuatu water tank project Charles Hunt 2019-06-27 06:00:00Z 0

Denver LoDo Increases Its Membership By Over 50% in January!

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 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

Denver LoDo Increases Its Membership By Over 50% in January! Charlie Hunt 2019-03-14 06:00:00Z 0 Denver LoDo Rotary,RPCV,Rotary,membership

LoDo Rotary and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

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 and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Charlie Hunt 2018-12-11 07:00:00Z 0
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June 5, 2013 Happy Hour News

Posted by Terri Vogler on Jun 04, 2013

A good time was had by all!  Charlie opened the meeting at Rio Grande with a toast and ended it quickly.

Present :  Charlie, Mary, Terri, Gil, and Leif.  Guests :  Joanne Dendinger, friend of Mary's, Lisa with Leif and Nancy with Charlie.

We enjoyed ourselves with Margaritas and hors de vours while exchanging fun stories after the "meeting" closed!

See you all on the 12th at the usual meeting place - 1515 Market.

Keep on your calendar July 2 for  our "thank you" to Charlie.

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May 8, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Terri Vogler on May 07, 2013

Present were: Dave Ferrill, Leif Hojem, Charlie Hunt, Mary Pierce, Kathleen Stage, Terri Vogler, Gil Harrisson, Holly Barrett.  Guests included:  Doug Maclamore, our Area Assistant Governor, Bruce Wolff from 5 Points Club, Taylor Bowman one of the RYLA candidates, Maria Amie, Taylors's Mother.

Happy Birthday today to Gil Harrison - sorry the Rockies lost last night, Gil!!

Charlie reported we will be DARK on May 29 in lieu of a gathering at Rio Grande at 5:15 PM.

May 15 Holly will be officially inducted into our Club.  May 17 Club members are serving breakfast at the SPOT one of Urban Peaks facilities.

Pam Gilbert was our speaker for the day.  Pam has traveled to more than 60 countries and does continuing work in Ecudor helping areas build schools and other facilities.  Thank you, Pam, for the enlightening presentation!

Doug presented the Club President, Charlie, the Presidential Citation for the diverse work our Club has done in the past year.

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May 1 Meeting Notes

Posted by Terri Vogler on Apr 30, 2013

Charlie and Terri reported on the District Conference.  Maureen, Kathleen, Charlie (& Nancy) and Terri attrended.  There were exceptional speakers:  Peter Yarrow spoke on "Operation Respect" in which he utilizes music and arts to break the cycle of hatred, bias and bullying, helping children to creat a more just and peaceful world.  Debra Fine spoke about her book, "The Fine Art of Smalltalk". 

 Dave participated in the Cherry Creek Sneak cleanup last weekend.

Our speaker guests were Paul & Carol Ann Rothman who spoke about the Playground for LoDo.  They reported all the hoops that were jumped through to get the work done.     Small donations are still needed in which we might help.  Carol Ann also told us of the "Little Free Library " which she is working on.  Dave may help build shelves for this.

Greeters for the month are:  May 8 - Dave Ferrill,  May 18 - Terri Vogler,  May 22  - Kathleen Stage,  May 29 - Holly Barrett

May 17 is the day for breakfast at the SPOT!!

See you ALL next week!!! 

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Barth Hotel Tree Trimming

Posted by Mary Pierce on Dec 11, 2012

Thank you Leif, Dave, Gil, Jeff, Katie, Bob and Rich for helping out with the annual Barth tree trim event.  

The residents especially enjoyed the conversations and there were a few new faces. 

Thank you Bob for buying and personalizing the annual Lodo tree ornament and to Joey for delivering the $150 resident gift check for necessities.  

A big thank you to Charlene for organizing.

Barth Hotel Tree Trimming Mary Pierce 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes December 5, 2012

Posted by Gil Harrison on Dec 04, 2012

Our new member, Gil Harrison was inducted today.   He was introduced to the Club by Katie.  Gil's Father was a Rotarian in Vermont.  Gil has already been involved in many  Rotary events.  Happy you are with us, Gil.    Bob did an excellent job with the induction in reminding us what Rotary is all about.

As an inspiration Gil quoted A.A. Milne: "Organization is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up".

Guests today : Jim Wogsland, a Rotarian from northern Idaho. Shahnaaz Shaikn, a Rotarian from Petersborough, in the UK., Tony Jennings, Gen Mgr of Roche Bobois in Littleton.  He was a guest of our speaker,


  • There was some confusion re: Rondee for the Board meeting on Dec. 4.  There will be no Board meeting in January, 2013. Charlie will be out of the Country.
  • Still time to register for the district Conference - there is a discount before 12/14/12.  Four former US Ambassadors will be on the panel at the conference and there is a rumor that Condalessa Rice may be there also.
  • Charlie reminded all that he has suggested that each Rotarian meet with another for coffee 5 times this year - can be used as a make-up!! 
  • Barth Hotel; tree trimming DECEMBER 12!  Please use the EVITE to respond. 
  • It was suggested that we have another Urban Peak event.
  • The Club hopes to get a good digital format of our LOGO to be used on different  things.

 Sgt @ Arms:  Leif has been carried away with his Christmas Lights - maybe we should drive by to see them!   Bob found inspiration in Jimmy Valvano's speech in which he encourages everyone to do three things each day, ie: Laugh, think and cry.  Charlie was sorry to have missed Steve's (S E Rotary Club) invitation  to the IDE luncheon that featured surprise guest Bill Clinton.

Guest speaker, Corrine Joy Brown spoke of her numerous talents, interests and endeavors.  She and her husband own International Design Roche Bobois. She  decided to venture out and  follow a dream of writing.  She has become a successful writer of many books on the interesting events & people in the history of Colorado.  We all enjoyed her talk so much that we are hoping Leif  can bring her back for another program.

Thanks, Gil for taking notes today. 

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Meeting Notes November 28, 2012

Posted by Terri Vogler on Nov 27, 2012

Oops!!  I did not include Bob VanNatta as being with us at Urban Peak!  

Thanks to Jan for taking notes at our meeting.

Reminder:  The discount ends for the district Conference on Nov. 30!!!

Other News:

  • Mary reported $1000.00 was donated to Shelter box for Hurricane Sandy!
  • Jim White from VOA shelter for women has volunteer opportunities.
  • King Soopers gift cards are coming in January.

Happy bucks:

  • Leif went to North Carolina to visit with Lisa's parents for Thanksgiving - too cold to dip in the ocean!
  • Charlie had coffee with Zack who is adding to his business as a SPA agent.
  • Jan & her 2 daughters helped at  VOA on Thanksgiving and then joined Mo & family for dinner. 
  • Katie Evans, our guest a couple weeks ago is interested in membership.
  • Terri's two house guests will  be leaving Dec 1 after spending 2 months visiting.
  • Rich's daughter came home with a Rotary coin from school where they had a Rotarian as a guest speaker.
  • We will have only 2 meetings in December as we meet to decorate the Barth Hotel on the 12th and are DARK on the 26th. 
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Urban Peaks Event

Posted by Terri Vogler on Nov 15, 2012

Thanks to Rich and Mary for setting up the opportunity for us to serve the youth at Urban Peak.  Thanks also to Whole Foods for food they donated.  The burritos were the most popular item although the pancakes being flipped by Leif and Dave were a big hit!  It was interesting and sad to see the youth - but Urban Peak does a wonderful job for them.  We were interested to see they were provided laundry facilities, showers, computer time and clothing by Urban Peak.

Thanks again to Rich, Mary, Kathleen, Dave, Terri and Leif for donating their time for this project.

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Meeting Notes November 14, 2012

Posted by Terri Vogler on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks to Bob for the news of our meeting this week..

Katie Evans, was a guest of Charlie and a potential new member.  She is a former Peace Corp volunteer in Africa.  Terri reported that the Project C.U.R.E. luncheon raised $2,025 in supplies and five 40' containers of medical equipment.

Please register for the District Conference before Dec 10 for a reduction in the cost.  It only takes $50.00 to register and it will be refunded in April if you are unable to attend.

Happy Bucks:  The recent storm gave Leif plenty of firewood.  Gil told us he was in Ghana in 2009.  Charlie spoke to the Wheat Ridge Rotary Club and rec'd support for the "ccok stove" project.  Charlene's daughter is now settled with an apartment in NYC after "Sandy"  and Charlene is still collecting coats to send to NYC for victims of the storm.  Mo & John were off to London for the weekend  to celebrate their anniversary.

Our Speaker was a "no show" because of a conflict - but Leif assured us she will be invited back.  As an inticement for our potential member,  Katie,  we shared desserts and chatted with each other.

I am Thankful for all the friends in our Club.    Happy Thanksgiving.


Meeting Notes November 14, 2012 Terri Vogler 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes November 7, 2012

Posted by Kathleen Stage on Nov 06, 2012

The Club welcomed Gil Harrison as our newest member .  He will be formally inducted at a meeting in the next few weeks.

Our next Community Service event is Friday, Nov 16 serving breakfast to at risk youth at Urban Peak.  Please respond to the evite.

Calling all Rotarians!!  The District Conference is April 26-28 in Vail and there is a discount if you register by November 30.  No risk incolved as you can receive a refund up to April.

The speaker for the day was Chris Ciani from "Very Special Arts".  VSA is an international organization  that opens doors to creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts.  They currently have 23 students, some of whom were referred from Urban Peak and who are developing job skills through  VSA.  Their current show features art work from 3 deaf artists.   The studio gallery is located at 909 Santa Fe Drive in the Santa Fe Arts District. 

Happy dollar reports:  Mark's son passed his Financial Specialist exam.  Congradulations!!  Mary is enjoying her work with refugees at South High School.  Bob's daughter in N.J. is very popular as she has electricity after  "Sandy".  Charlene is accepting warm clothing donations through Monday to ship to the East Coast to help those left in need due to "Sandy".

Thank you to Kathleen for reporting notes this week.

Meeting Notes November 7, 2012 Kathleen Stage 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes October 31, 2012

Posted by Terri Vogler on Oct 30, 2012

Oct. 31 meeting:


  • Charlie reminded all to respond to the evite for Nov 16  for Urban Peak.  Please respond even if you are NOT attending.  
  • Sign up for the Dist. conference by Nov. 30 for the discounted rate.  You can cancel if you do not attend. 
  • There will be a Board meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 AM.  You can attend by phone if unable to attend personally.


  • Dave reported that Charlie had given him a tour of the Mall.  
  • Kathleen reported she had planned to attend Charter Night but ended up helping a friend move - and had to drive the moving van!!
  • Terri was having a drop in party for neighbors as there are no trick or treaters coming to the house.  
  • Charlie was invited to help the Police officers of Dist 6 in handing out treats.  
  • Katie was unable to attend Charter Night as her Mother gave her a trip to Sacramento, CA.  
  • Mo reported that John's family home of 4 generations was damaged by "Sandy".  
  • Charlene's daughter has survived the storm also.

Our speaker, Ted Ning reported about the "Starfish" project which helps girls in Guatemala become educated and become independent.  He has invited members to come to Guatemala to view how the project is working.  
Guests included Gil Harrison and Bob Kane - both potential members

Meeting Notes October 31, 2012 Terri Vogler 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

Charter Night

Posted by Terri Vogler on Oct 26, 2012

Thanks to Traci and Gary for hosting a delightful Charter Night. 

Great Mexican appetizers and a fun time had by all . 

Leif as MC gave a synopsis of all the Club has accomplished over the years and Charlie thanked everyone for helping to make this a successful year.

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Meeting Notes October 17, 2012

Posted by Terri Vogler on Oct 16, 2012

Guests today were Nancy Cole, and Catherine McEnroe from the Rotary Club of Utica, NY.  She is a friend of Charlie and Nancy.

Updates and Announcements:

  • A couple members of the Club have been in contact with Tom Currigan who was a charter member & we hope he will be able to attend a meeting with us soon. 
  • The Project C.U. R. E. luncheon was attende by 8 members  of our Club  and a donation from our Club was given as well as individuals' donations.  If you have the opportunity to visit the warehouse for the Project, please do so.  We also can continue to fill the red bags with supplies for the Project.
  • Rich Kinney has set the date for Urban Peak project - November 16th at the "SPOT" .  We will serve breakfast to approximately 30 - 60  people from 7:30 - 10:00 AM. 
  • Charlie suggested we think of a fund raiser and would like someone to volunteer to Chair an event. 
  • Please register early for the District conference in April in Vail..  The next conference will be in downtown Denver and our Club will plan to have a booth.
  • Our speaker today was Susan Martin  who spoke about the Lakewood Cultural Center and all the wonderful programs they offer. 
  • Charter Night is October 27th and our Hostess will be Traci.  Please RSVP ASAP.
Meeting Notes October 17, 2012 Terri Vogler 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

Project C.U.R.E

Posted by Traci Schauermann-Oliver on Oct 11, 2012

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

Project C.U.R.E Traci Schauermann-Oliver 2012-10-12 00:00:00Z 0

Adopt A Trail

Posted by Traci Schauermann-Oliver on Sep 28, 2012
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.

Adopt A Trail Traci Schauermann-Oliver 2012-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes Sept 19, 2012

Posted by Terri Vogler on Sep 18, 2012
  • Our speaker did not show up today so we conversed with our Rotary guest - Earl Motzer from Harrodsburg, KY and a potential member, guest of Katie, Gil Harrison.
  • Katie celebrates her birthday this month.  Many more happy ones, Katie.
  • Sept. 29 is the Greenway projec rain or shine t- bring gloves and pruning shears!
  • Oct. 2, is the monthly Board meeting - all are welcome.
  • Oct. 27 is Charter Night hosted by Traci - please RSVP to her ASAP.
  • Bob is putting together a group for opening night for the "Cut Throat Hockey Team".  Since we were one of the first groups of people-                          they spoke with about the team - Bob thought we might want to support them with our presence.  I t will be a weekend night in Oct. and                          prices for group of 15 would be $12.00 per ticket.   More info to follow!
  • Reminder to sign up for The District Conference  - April 26 - 28 in Vail.
Meeting Notes Sept 19, 2012 Terri Vogler 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Gloria Reynolds on Sep 11, 2012

Money Smart Training at Excelsior Youth Centers, Inc.


On December 1, 2005, the Lodo Rotary Club launched a Money Smart Training project spearheaded by Gloria Reynolds.  The training provides adolescent girls with the money management skills necessary to be self sufficient in life.  During the school semester’s trainings are held every other week.  Training sessions consist of presentations, question and answers, and visiting the gift shop (Gloria’s Gift Shoppe) where the practice making real purchases, writing checks on their Money Smart accounts.  It is by far the most popular portion of the training.  They can purchase stationary items, notepads, pencils, highlighters, and of course candy, one of the favorites from the store. The checks used for the purchase are then listed in their check registers.


The Money Smart training builds knowledge, security, and confidence. 

Participants learn:


  • How to build a relationship with a financial institution;
  • How to open and keep a checking account;
  • The importance of saving money; and
  • The importance of having a bank account instead of utilizing a check cashing checking agencies with outrageous fees.


Lo Do Rotary volunteers spend every other week at Excelsior going over managing money with the girls. The girls are between 16-18 years of age, many of whom will graduate soon and go out into the community to live on their own.



We have seen the girls benefit from this training in numerous ways:


·         They are more confident in asking questions to a banker.

·         They understand the process of opening an account.

·         They are capable of maintaining their bank records.

·         They know the importance of having a bank account and cashing their checks there vs. a check cashing agency.

·         They know the importance of maintaining their accounts to keep their credit references in good standing in case they decide to apply for loans or credit.

·         They understand the importance of saving a percentage of their money.

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Rotaract Club hikes for ShelterBox

Posted by Traci Schauermann-Oliver on Sep 11, 2012

Roteract Club of Mile High Hikes Fourteener for ShelterBox

Full Story at:


On August 11-12, 2012, the Metro Denver Rotaract Club hosted their fourth annual "Peak for a Purpose," supporting ShelterBox's relief efforts. Eighteen hikers embarked on Mt. Democrat, a well-known Colorado"14er,"  a mountain that exceeds 14,000 feet. With each step, the club was helping a family displaced by a natural or other disaster, somewhere across the globe.

Rotary Club LoDo Member Traci Schuaermann-Oliver and her Son, Alex Oliver participated in the event.
Mt Democrat Hike 2012

Rotaract Club hikes for ShelterBox Traci Schauermann-Oliver 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes September 26, 2012

Posted by Terri Vogler

Present at the meeting were:  Jan, Leif, Charlie, Charlene, Katie, Bob, Terri, Kathryn.  Mo had a makeup.  We only have a 45% attendance for the meeting.

Three visitors -  Bob Heiserman from the Denver club, and Scott Southwick from Hamilton, MT. Club and  Gil Harrison who is a prospect. 


  • Charlene reported that her daughter's wedding was a grand affair.  Bob reported the Cut Throat Hockey team's opening date is the weekend of October 19-20.  He will seek more info regarding our attendance!
  • Rich Kinney has sent info re: Urban Peak and our involvement on October 25th.  We as a Club will be serving breakfast at the shelter.   More to follow.
  • Charlie will send an email to all re: the Leadership Program.  Please respond to a previous email from Charluie  titled "Calendar"!  C
  • Charlie presented our program which told us of his experiences in Vanuatu and why the cook stoves are of such importance to the natives.
  • Those of you attending the luncheon for Project C.U.R. E.  please resond to the invite to Charlie. 
  • Happy Birthday to Zach today - Sept. 29!!
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