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May 2019
Welcome to Aurora Gateway Rotary Club - Winner of the 2014 RI Presidential Citation Award

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Aurora Gateway

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:20 AM
Tin Cup at Meadow Hills Golf Club
3609 S. Dawson
Aurora, CO  80014
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The first round of peaches and pears have arrived and the majority have been picked up or delivered. Butch indicated if you miss the first order or just want some more there is still time. Please let Butch know by Tuesday morning if you want to order more peaches or pears. The prices are the same $39 for a full box and $20 for a half box. Thank you everyone for your support of this annual fundraiser.
The annual changing of the guard. At the June 29th AGRC Installation Dinner, Club members thanked Kay Davis for her year of  service as Club President and swore in Ron DeVries as the 2016-17 Club President. Congratulations to Ron and many thanks to Kay for being a gift to our Club.
Gail Downen, spoke to the AGRC about what it is like to be a Little Person. Gail shared some of the challenges she has in everyday life...counters that are too high at the post office, gas stations and retail shops. She demonstrated how she has fitted her car to accommodate her height and the platform that she uses in her kitchen when she cooks. Her parting remarks were that people just need to be patient with Little People...she is quire capable it just takes longer to do everyday tasks.  Quite an enlightening and enjoyable presentation!
Grant Barrett, with his lovely wife Molly, received the AGRC annual Rotarian of year award at this year new officer Installation dinner. Grants many contributions to the AGRC and to Rotary are amazing. Grant provides support to the Club extension project Ambulance Gateway, plaque's for the Buckley Airman of the month award program and his engaging smile and good humor at our weekly meetings. Grant truly lives the Rotary's motto of service above self and is a most valued gift to our Club. Join the AGRC in congratulating Grant Barrett this years AGRC 2016 Rotarian of the year.
Sam Adams, a local comedian spoke to the Club about following your passion and the importance of laughter in ones life.
Daniel Oh presented a new American Flag and a Rotary Club Flag to the AGR Club. Daniel had the flags custom made in Korea, while he was attending the 2016 Rotary International Conference in Seoul, Korea.  The flags are beautiful and the Club will display them with pride. Again one Rotary member being a gift to the World.
Mark Jessup conducted one of his famous fireside chats with Carol Hartman, our newest Club member. Carol surprised and delighted fellow members with her witty responses to some very interesting questions. The AGRC is honored to have such a talented engineer and passionate gardener in the
Club. Join us in welcoming Carol Hartman.
Mae and Ging heading out for another full day of cultural exchange. Dr. Jeffery Maen from the Cherry Creek Rotary Club was taking the girls to ride the open train in Georgetown and then to a play in Longmont.
Diana Payne presents a check to Kay Davis from the AGRCF for the Comitis Crisis Center.  Kaye and Bob Barke then presented the $5,000 check to James Gillespie, Director for the Comitis Crisis Center to help with the construction of a new garden project they are building.
Several Club members joined Bob Waples and members of the area Patriot Guard welcome home 24 Veterans from their trip to Washington, DC. A wonderful opportunity to honor these men and women who have given so much to their Country.

Abram Palmer from the ShareLingo project presented a lively recap of the projects mission and main objective of helping the English and Spanish Communities through the interchange of culture and language. Lorenzo Martinez, an actor, dancer and art director from Chile lead the Club in a live example of the ShareLingo process. A great experience and fun time.
Kay Davis, Aurora Gateway Rotary Club President and Club members welcomes this years Thai English Immersion participants, Jurapan Phomprasert (Mae) and Kamonchaya Sakhon (Ging) to our Friday meeting. Mae is the Department Head for Business Education at the Rajahbat University and Ging is a 3rd year student in Business Education and the current President of the University's' Rotaract Club.
The Aurora Gateway Rotary Club celebrates 19 years of servicing the City of Aurora, the state of Colorado and far parts of the world. Nine origional Club members continue to participate in the Club.
"The Aurora Gateway Rotary Club was pleased to welcome Master Sergeant Drasher, Tech Sergeant Lopez, Staff Sergeant Alfonso, and Senior Airman Santerria Davis to our Friday meeting. Today we joined Buckley AFB First Sergeants in recognizing SrA Davis as the Outstanding Airman of the Month and congratulate her on her accomplishments. Thank you to all the men and women of Team Buckley and all of our military for your service and sacrifices."
Eight members of the Aurora Gateway Rotary Club delivered flowers from the Denver Home and Garden show to area nursing/retirement homes. Thanks to Sandy, Brian and Grant and his beautiful little daughter, for picking up the flowers and to Len, Dan, Diane, Barbara and Glenna for helping to deliver the flowers. Locations benefiting from the power of flowers were: InnnovAge, Life Care Center, Juiper Village, Brookdale of Aurora, Belleview Heights and St Ann's Home. A beautiful morning to help spread some sunshine to those who can't get out.
A very sad month for our Club. Barbara Setliffe's son passed away last week and Ron DeVeres lost his step-father this week. Condolences and prayers go out to both Barbara and Ron. 
 Congressman Mike Coffman provided an update on what is happening in the  6th District and in the US House of Representatives. Congressman Coffman has been serving his country for over 30 years as both a public servant and a member of the US military. What a pleasure to hear his insight into key events facing our State and Country.
Eight members of the Aurora Gateway Rotary Club helped to bring an early spring to six area nursing/retirement home. Thanks to Sandy, Brian and Grant, along with his beautiful little daughter, for picking up boxes of flowers from the Denver Home and Garden Show and to Len, Dan, Diane, Barbara and Glenna for helping to deliver the flowers. Aurora area homes receiving these tokens of spring were: InnovAge, Life Care Center of America, Juniper Village, Brookdale Heights and St Ann's Home. A beautiful morning to spread the power of flowers.
Maya Claridge, a 14 year old high school freshman is an amazing and inspiring young woman. Maya shares her story of being bully at school by girls she at one time felt was her friends and the years of abuse she endured before she was able to break free from the power these girls had on her. Maya not only has learned to deal with this very difficult situation but has gone on to turn her experiences into a positive message to help others. Check out Maya's hit song Put it Down on iTunes.
"When you're being bullied it feels like you're all alone, but you are not. You can put down the fear, overcome the pain and rise above the hate. If I can survive it, you can too" Maya Claridge
Club member, Michael Leikam and Director of the Colorado Higher Education Opportunity Center for Fort Hayes State University presented a half day Public Relations Seminar on Saturday Jan 30th.  Over 25 members from six local Rotary Clubs attended the seminar and took away useful tips and tools for creating press releases, that tell a story, writing for the media, how to get the word out regarding Club projects and using tools at hand to take better photos and shoot videos.  Those attending found the seminar a great way to hone and refine skills in promoting our Rotary Clubs. We hope to see Michael take this valuable seminar to other Rotary Clubs through out the District.
Kicking off the first Club Assembly of 2016, our own Barbara Douglas presented the Club an award from the Salvation Army recognizing our contribution to the Christmas Helping Hands project. Other guests were Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Project Cure, Ambulance Gateways newest partner in distributing ambulances worldwide and John Reed a friend of Len who recently returned from a trip to Thailand. Len Brass shared a brief update from his month long visit to Petchebum, Thailand and several of the the Clubs International projects. Ron DeVeres closed out the meeting with a quick demo of how to access RI website and update ones individual profile information. A great and informative meeting.  
On the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the 1991 Gulf War, celebrated Army combat veteran, Tony Drees, opens up to the Aurora Gateway Rotary Club about what it takes to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and launch a success program dedicated to helping others facing overwhelming challenges. 
Despite invisible disabilities Tony shares an inspirational message about Sustainability and the value of personal accountability in education and service to community.
A very moving and inspiring speaker.
Nira Duvan, Coordinator for the Arapahoe County Volunteer Connection organization spoke to the Club on Friday. Miss Duvan shared information on the organization and talked about possible volunteer opportunities for the Club and individual members. Diane Burridge thanked Miss Duvan and presented her with a certificate for 30 polio vaccinations that will be made in her name. 
Peter Waugh, Domestic Programs Director for Engineers Without Boards USA, spoke to the AGRC today regarding projects his group is currently working on. Community based and sustainable programs are their main focus. Peter also shared several opportunities where volunteers are needed.
Eight AGR Club members attended the RI Presidents Dinner Saturday evening.  RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran spoke on the 2015-16 theme " Be A Gift To The World" and shared information on the ongoing efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide. District 5450 presented President Ravindran with a check for over $2.2 million dollars. Funds were raised from a special Polio Plus fundraiser conducted throughout the District.
The first meeting of the new year had a busy agenda. Thanks to Barbara for securing Shalom Cares and providing breakfast for the meeting. A big Thank You was received from our adopted Christmas Families.  And, check out the fun pictures from our annual White Elephant Exchange under picture albums on our main page. 
The Aurora Gateway Club celebrated the holidays with a festive dinner and evening of song and dance.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah to all.
Aurora Gateway Rotary members, Marilyn, Chris, Glenna, Diane, Barbara, Sandy and Barbara and her husband Pat represented Aurora Gateway Rotary at the annual Bessies Hope Bowl-a-Thon. Pizza was consumed, balls were dropped and fun was had by all. It is always great to come out and support such a great organization.
Aurora Fire Chief Mike Garica updated the AGRC on the new Police and Fire training center scheduled to open in January 2016. Chief Garcia also shared  information about a collaborative program with CU where Aurora will have the use of new technology equipment that should expedite service in medical emergency situations.

Area 2 Clubs Come Together

The five Rotary Clubs of Aurora turned out to hear District Governer Mary Kay Hasz shared her vision of the year ahead and encouraged everyone to attend the RI Presidents dinner on January 9, 2016.  Mary Kay also presented an award to the Aurora Club and Rotary International's Outstanding Club Award to the Fitzimmons Club. Assistant Governer Gary Gillard provided a lively forum for sharing of ideas and best pratices.
A very informative and fun evening. 
Saddly Dan Davis's mother passed away on September 19th. Dan and his family will be celebrating the many gifts his mother gave to the world in her 101 years of life with a memorial service on 9/26 at Cherry Creek Retirement Village. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan, Kay and their family.
The Aurora Gateway Rotary Club and Len Brass, Membership Chair welcomes home Bob Waples a returning member who has been gone for a year and its newest Club member Barbara Douglas.
Anne Bell, an Encore Innovation Fellow introduced the AGRC to a non-profit called Boomers Leading Change in Health. This organization focuses on changing the conversation about aging and developing programs to engage adults "50+" in exploring their passions and impacting their communities. Interesting how the baby boom generation continues to influence cultural shifts and are taking advantage of the opportunities created by the longevity dividend. 
Members of the AGRC turn out in support of the Phamaly theater group and its production of Cabaret. Great performance of a very sensitive story. Congratulations to Phamaly, their many talented actors and Ron DeVires and Len Brass for introducing our Club to this amazing group.
Forty four players turn out for the annual AGRC Golf Tournament. Winners of the Rotary Team Challenge went to
the Denver Southeast team.
Shane Phillips spoke to the Club this week on what to do when your spouse or loved one dies. Always a difficult topic but a very useful and enlighted discussion. Thank you Shane for your sensitive approach to a tender topic.
Eight members of the Aurora Gateway Rotary Club helped the Aurora Fire Department and the Tri County Health organization provide much need inoculations to over 20 children. The Club will also help with the August and September clinics. Always a fun and reward time (for Club members).
Tom Clough completes all the Red Bage tasks and becomes a full member of the AGR Club.
District Governor Nominee Mary Kay Hasz performed the swearing in ceremony for Kay Davis, AGRC incoming Club President.  
Barbara Setliffe and Diane Burridge entertained the Club with a clever game for getting to know our fellow Club members better. Each Club member had to list 5 things about themselves that the other members might not know...4 had to be true and 1 false. The Club then had to try to guess who wrote the list and which item was false. What a great time learning about our fellow Club members and how very crafty and creative they can be. A fun time was had by all.


Thank you to Chip Hartney for the introduction to our Friday, June 12th speakers.  Sirey Zhang and Joel Onditi are from an organization called The Wealth of Health, Inc., a small non-profit that provides medical supplies in Sirisia, Kenya.
Six weeks ago two ladies from Thailand came into our lives and immediately captured our hearts. The AGR Club and fellow District 5450 Rotarians hosted and shared their personal and professional lives with Nat and Mint.  The ladies came to Aurora from Petchabun,Thailand to participate in a six week English Immersion program sponsored by the AGR Club. Today we send them home and wish them a safe travels and much success in their teaching future.
The Aurora Gateway Rotary Club visits Generals Park...a Club project begun over 10 years ago as a vision of then Club President, Diana Payne. Only by the persistent hard work and personal efforts of Mark Jessop and Richard Blanchard did the park become a reality. A real contribution and respite for the Aurora community
Once again, Mark Jessup does a great job of interviewing a new Club member. Tom Clough, a native of Wyoming shared stories of growing up in a small community and what brought him to Colorado.  Always nice to get personal insight into a new Rotarian. Welcome Tom Clough.


The Aurora Gateway Rotary Club welcomes Natchayal, a teacher of Humanities at Petchabun University, Thailand and Mint, an English student at Petchabun. Both ladies will be staying with Club members for the next 6 weeks and learning more about Aurora, Colorado and the USA.  Please drop by one of our weekly Club meetings to meet and visit with both Natchayal and Mint.


Michael Curta, Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Aprapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, started serving the public as a teenager in Iowa where he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Years and many certifications later he is still serving the public with his involvement in ACARES. Michael gave the Club an overview of how ACARES works with local organizations in providing support and communication opportunities during times of community crisis.
Mark Jessop, spent time interviewing the Clubs newest member, Sandy Rothman. What a rich and colorful background Sandy brings to the Club. Clearly Sandy and his wife share a passion for helping others and both have a Rotarian's heart for service. Welcome Randy Rothman to the Aurora Gateway Rotary family.

Kevin Hougen, President of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce provided a update on the happens in and around Aurora. Kevin shared statiatics regarding the growth of Aurora and new opportunities for the third largest City in Colorado. Life is looking up in our All American City.

Mark Shaker, a partner in Flightline Ventures, presented their concept for the Stanley Market Place. The old Stanley Aviation property located in North Aurora is being re-developed to be a unique Community. The 22 acre property and re-designed buildings will house restaurants, retail business, educational facilities, community meeting places and gardens.  The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in late 2015 or early 2016.

Recently the Aurora Gateway Rotary Club raised funds to help a young women in Mexico with a kidney transplant. The funds have been recieved and the process of scheduling the transplant has begun. It is an amazing feeling to know that by the generosity of people thousands of miles apart,  a young girl and her mother will have a healthier and happier life.

The following is a note from our friends in Mexico:


Matt Chapman, Bureau Manager for the City of Aurora Office of Emergency Management shared a brief overview of the Bureaus disaster plan. Matt gave an over view of how the police and fire train and prepare to handle both natural and man made disasters. With over 14 years of experience as a local firefighter Matt had some interesting facts and stories to share. Great to heard that our community takes planning very seriously.

Tom Clough, a retired financial executive was officially welcomed to the AGRC. Presenting Tom his Rotary Pin was Len Brass, Club Membership Chair and Glenna Hale, International Service Chair.

Diane Johnson, the Aurora Public Schools Testing Center Coordinator spoke to our Club this morning. Diane shared the background of the GED program and its long path from a paper based program to the newly installed computer-based program. The new computer-based program will be permanently housed at Pickens Technical College. We were all impressed with Diane commitment to the program and clearly those student who had fallen between the educational cracks and are in the need of an alternative diploma, have found a permanent place in Dianes heart.  In addition to the every popular GED program the new center provides testing for several technical certification programs. Many thanks to Ms. Johnson for a very informative and enjoyable presentation.

Club President, Dan Davis kicked off Fridays meeting at the Clubs new meeting location, The Tavern at the Meadow Hills Golf Club. Please join us at 7:15am on most Friday mornings and enjoy this bright and fresh location with its good food and friendly servers.

Peg Rudden, Executive Director helped start Advocates for Children 30 years ago and has helped the agency grow into the largest Court Appointed Special Advocate agency in Colorado. Since 1985 AC has served over 15,000 abused and neglected children in Arapahoe, Douglas, Ebert and Lincoln Counties. Kristin Kunz, Program Director has been with Ac for 8 years. Recently Kristin and her staff have initiated programs to serve children who are going through truancy and delinquency courts. In addition she works with volunteers who whose to serve abused and neglected children. Anyone wishing to learn more about how they can become a volunteer feel free to contact either Peg or Kristin at 303.328.2351.

The Salvation Army...more than Bands and Kettle. Mr. Sickle, Chairman of the Aurora Salvation Army Advisory Council, provided an update on the services and programs the Army provides throught out Metro Denver. Of particular interest is the 1.5 million dollar upgrade to the Aurora Salvation's Community Center and plans for expanded community services.

Janice Napper, Aurora Assistant City Manager and member of Aurora Gateway Club and Karen Goldman, Aurora Deputy City Clerk explained the role and responsibilities of the City Clerks office in elections. Janice, also shared some interesting historical events and items held by the City Clerks Office. Very nice to see Janice in her official role.

In the audience for the presentation was Regina, our returning Teacher from Thailand. Welcome home Regina.

The Area 2 Club Assembly, was well attended by members of the 5 Aurora Rotary Clubs; Aurora, Smoky Hills, Fitzsimons, Stapleton, and Aurora Gateway. Kicking off the event Gary Gillard introduced Peter Ewing, 5450 District Governor. Peter spoke about the continued fight to eliminate polio world wide, this years focus on retaining and building membership and other challenges facing Rotary Clubs.

Club Presidents then presented information about their respective signature projects and identified where there were opportunities to join together and through collaboration strengthen their programs. For Aurora Gateway, Len Brass spoke about the English Immersion program with Thailand and introduced Regina Springli, a teacher the Club had sponsored in an exchange program with the University of Phetchabun, Thailand. Chip Hartney presented a brief overview of the Ambulance Gateway Program and Mike Leikam spoke about a developing project to promote the activities of all five clubs through traditional and new media sources.

It was a very interesting evening and those in attendance seem to enjoy the fellowship and time spent with fellow Rotarians.

The Area 2 Interactive Assembly is upon us.  Assistant District Governor, Gary Gilliard, invites all area Club members to attend and share your enthusiasm for lighting up Rotary with a truly interactive assembly.  Together we will develop fellowship and connection between clubs and Rotarians, learn about common goals, and discover the different ways each club has found to achieve service both locally and internationally.  
Tuesday, November 4th
5:30 to 8:30pm
The Doubletree Hotel
13696 E Iliff Place
I-225 and Iliff Avenue
Aurora, 80014

The Aurora Gateway Rotary Club mans the Salvation Army Red Buckets each Saturday through out December. Club members take 2 hour shifts outside local King Sooper stores to help raise funds for a worthily organization. If you happen to spot one of our smiling Rotarian please stop and say hi and drop something into the pot.

Aurora Gateway Rotary's own Jeannie Davis, presented an overview of her brothers business Amber's Smile. Driven from his love of his late daughter Jim Russ launched Amber's Smile to make tote bags in Amber's honor. The bags which organize your shopping bags and provide a small compact place to keep shopping bags, lishs and shopping needs. Each bag is personalized with an indavidual piece of art or Club logo. The bags are assembled in three facilities that employe people with disabilities. Any one interested in purchasing one or more bags should check out Amber's Smile

ImageMarilyn, Chris, Glenna and a composite bowler named Diane represented Aurora Gateway Rotary at the annual Bessies Hope Bowl-a-Thon. Pizza was consumed, balls were dropped and fun was had by all. It is always great to come out and support such a great organization.

Sixteen days ago … the Aurora Gateway Rotary Club was challenged to raise $5,000 by Dec 23 to help pay for expenses associated with a kidney transplant for 13-yr old girl in Juarez, Mexico.   As of last night, we attained that goal!   And we did so without tapping any of the funds for our club’s ongoing and worthwhile projects.

The story behind this challenge began thousands of miles away...when this child was 9, she was diagnosed with renal failure caused by a congenital disease of the bladder called vesicoureteral reflux which occurs when the urine in the bladder returns to the kidneys.   The problem was not detected before her kidneys were damaged permanently.  She left school in the 7th grade and now undergoes hemodialysis every other day for three hours each session to stay alive. 

A sister Rotary Club, Juarez Norte, championed a kidney transplant program in which the surgical staff and the Mexican Social Security Institute hospital donate their time and facilities to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of the procedure to $10,000.  Those costs cover testing (pre-op and post-op) and drugs which are not part of the agreement.  The biggest cost is for the anti-rejection drugs utilized after the surgery.  The Mexican health care plan that covers poorer families does not cover such surgeries, but does cover treatment not directly associated with the surgery.  So it will begin paying for her post-op treatments two months after the surgery.   

So by meeting our challenge the funds raised will be matched by an anonymous donor, and will complete the story by helping this young girls and her mother (the kidney donor) through that transplant procedure and get her to the point where the health care system kicks in and helps her (we hope) to a complete recovery and full life.

Those who serve others above themselves are true Rotarians and are blessed with a giving heart.

Our Club is so blessed, Happy Holidays to all!


The Aurora Gateway Rotary Club welcomed Regina Springli as its newest and maybe youngest member. Regina, is an English teacher who the Club sponsored in a year long exchange program with the University of Petchabun,Thailand. Regina brings both youth and an infectious enthusiasm for serving others to the Club.

Join us in welcoming Regina.

Hayley Morris, manger of the Ten Thousand Villages store in Cherry Creek shared the history and background of this non-profit Organization. A Fair Trade Retailer since 1946, the Villages' stores are part of a global network of social entrepreneurs that work to empower artisans in developing countries get their art out to the world. Hayley shared some of the many hand crafted pieces of art that the store offers.

The Aurora Gateway's annual while elephant gift exchange is always a fun time. This year did not disappoint...several favorites from past years made their appearance... like the ever popular pink energizer bunny, the bass fish statue, the 1980 mini-TV, a box of nuts and bolts, the pink pig bank, the Mystery game and the hand-carved wooden statue that does not quite stand upright.  First time items like the custom framed picture of President Dan Davis and his toe floss, the fondue dishes and the War Between the Sexes game are sure to be new repeaters.

Besides the fun exchange, the Club celebrated meeting a recent challenge of raising $5,000 to help a young girl receive a much needed kidney transplant. The Club also wished Len Brass a safe trip to Thailand where he will deliver Club contributions to the Petchubun Rotaract Club, the Women's Prison project and show our support for a local effort to raise funds for a hemodialysis machine. In addition Len will finalize the upcoming visit of our 5th English Immersion student and another professor from the University.

As we start this new year the whole Club wants to wish all our fellow Rotarians  a very happy and healthy New Year.

Please join us at Windsor Gardens' Emerald Greens for golf tomorrow (Monday) night for 9 holes of golf. We have tee times from 5:30 to 6:00.

What you missed last time.

1. Margaret Shoup's hole -in-one! Witnessed by Mark Jessop and Butch Shoup.  Congratulations, Margaret!

2.  The goose poop award goes to my honey, Elizabeth, for nailing a goose in the butt with her approach shot to the green.  The goose lost of few feathers but was otherwise unharmed.

Paul Mitchell
Rotary Club of Aurora Gateway

Heart felt thanks go out to Len Brass and Ron DeVers for spearheading a great fundraiser and for introducing the Club to the amazing theatre group, Phamaly. Phamaly's mission is to inspire people to re-envision disability through professional theatre. Their vision is that every individual with a disability has the opportunity to participate in all aspects of high quality performing arts...and that vision was alive and shinning in last nights performance of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Central to the story are the themes of hope and forgiveness. The "dreams" of Joseph become the "hope" for a brighter future for him and ultimately for his people. Andrew Lloyd Weber's music score and playful shitf of style and period reinforce the significant role imagination and creativity play in the enrichment of all our lives. The Aurora Gateway Rotary Club and fellow Rotarians in attendance were proud to support the Phamaly organization and all the amazing performers who showed us how to light up the night.


If you were not in attendance this past Friday you missed a very interesting and exciting meeting.   Michael Wolf's son, Alec visited the Cub and shared his RYLA Leadership Camp experience. Alec was very thankful for the opportunity the Club can given him and felt it was a very inspiring experience.

Mark Jessop strikes again! Mark conducted a very humorous and  informative fireside chat with Lynn Metz. Who knew we had such a well read man and antique car enthusiasts in our Club. Thank you for sharing Lynn.

Closing out the meeting, was a great demo of the only articulated ladder truck in the metro area. Mark Hays and his highly trained team provided a great hands-on demo of a very unique and important piece of equipment . Clearly local Fire Station House 6  stands ready to help people in all kind of emergency situations. The Rotary motto of  "Service Above Self" surely applies to all our local firemen.  

Molly Barrett, fellow Rotarian, wife to Grant, mother of six beautiful children, business owner and now candidate for Colorado House District 41. The old saying if you want something done give the task to a busy person...well that surely is what is at work here. Molly shared her desire to see a representative that lives and works in the district  represent District 41 in the Colorado House. Being a local business person and have children in Aurora Public school it is no surprise that she will be focusing her attention on education, mental health and business issues. As a past AGRC member and friend of Rotary we wish her and her family well in this new venture.

ImageThe Aurora Gateway helped coordinate the September Shots for Totes day at Fire Station 2. This 12 year corporative program between Tri County Health, Aurora Fire Department and the Rotary Clubs of Aurora has helped hundreds of children with their pre and elementary school inoculations. Another great Community project that we support with time and funds.

I just wanted to let you know who are the  lucky prize winners of the random drawing for completion of the survey associated with the 2016 District Conference.  The drawing occurred this evening at the Zone 27 District Leadership Institute Dinner; DG for D5450 -  Peter Ewing -  picked the lucky winners.

1st Prize – Fully Paid Registration Fee for one for the 2016 District Conference – Barbara Setliffe – Aurora Gateway Rotary Club

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we must report that Gordon Jessop passed away on August 14th. Our thoughts and prayer are with his wife Rita and son, Mark. Gordon was a warm and caring  man with a true Rotarian heart. His ready smile and warm greeting will be missed at our Friday meetings.

Many of the AGRC members attended Mass for Gordon at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Parish, on Thursday, August 21st, his internment at Fort Logan National Cemetery, and a reception that followed. The Colorado Patriot Guard Riders provided a royal send off to Gordon.

Charitable gifts in Gordon's name can be made to:

Aurora Gateway Rotary Foundation
P.O. Box 440998, Aurora, CO 80016

What a great meeting the members of the Aurora Gateway Rotary Club enjoyed this past Friday. Len Brass returned from a lengthy Italian vacation and a bout of pneumonia, Bonnie Ohr was back from Hawaii and  a great nephew of Paul Harris was a guest. Peaches sales were good and everyone was exceited about seeing the evening performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, performed by Phamaly Theatre Co.  Ernie Duff spoke to the Club about the Aurora Strong Resilience Center. A place of healing- it is about building resilience and helping people adapt to change, stress and trauma in healthy and flexible way!

Melissa Weisser, Miss Wheelchair Colorado, gave an inspiring talk regarding living life to its fullest. Missy, as she likes to be called, shared her amazing journey as Miss Wheelchair Colorado. She spoke of the opportunities the title has presented her with and the joy and enthusiasm she has experienced so far in her rein. Although, Missy works full time as a word processor and is perusing a paralegal degree, she still finds time to be involved in Community events and outdoor activities across the State. Missy welcomes the opportunity to share the story of living life to its fullest, even if it is from a seated position, with others. A delightful young women and a very inspiring speaker.

Wilson “Bill” Colwell, tells the Club a little of his time in the 101st Airborne Division during World War 2.

Few 84 year old, white-haired men are classified as celebrities. This week we met one, Wilson Colwell, 86, of Morrison…a survivor of the invasion on June 6, 1944, that claimed 10,000 allied dead and wounded in one day.  Colwell was just 16 years old when he jumped into Normandy in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944. He joined the army at 15, after lying about his age. He was part of the famous 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment.

August 1st, the date for an exclusive presentation of the.Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by the Phamaly Theater Company; the first theatre company to exclusively cast actors with disabilities.







Eleven teams played in the 2014 Annual Golf Tournament at Green Valley Ranch. The shamble format tournament began at 7:30am and concluded around noon. The team from the Denver Southwest Rotary Club won the Rotary Challenge and retained the traveling trophy. Tom Moore, won the longest men's drive, Chris Cunningham the longest men's putt; Coke Governski, won the women's longest drive and Glenna Hale, the longest women's putt.

Many thanks to Bob Barke for his time and energy in organizing the tournament, all the Club members who came out to welcome the attendees and helped with registations and the many businesses who sponsored individual holes.

Irma Creamer, Coordinator of Volunteer Translators for the Aurora Police Department spoke to the Club on how she volunteered her way into a job. Currently Irma coordinates the training and access to volunteers who speak 30 different foreign languages that may help the police during emergencies and with their interaction with the public.

The Amarok Society, a Canadian Charity, created by Dr. Tanyss goes into the worlds most forebidding urban slums to teach mothers to teach both boys and girls who are too poor to go to school. "If you teach a mother, you teach a family;if you teach five mothers; you teach a neighbourhood"

June 17 at 10:00 am , the Technological University of Cd. Juarez (Universidad Tecnológica de Cd. Juárez), celebrated their XV anniversary,  during this event the Juarez Norte Club presented a re-donated ambulance.

The event was a success, the Chihuahua Health Office (Jurisdicción Sanitaria   # 2) alongside with Rotary Club Juarez Norte, represented by Dr. Héctor Puertas and Lic. Jorge Félix, respectively, donated the ambulance to the University (UTCJ).

 At the same time the group announced the accomplishment of a blood donating campaign by meeting their goal of providing 60 blood units, this event wants to be established as a permanent campaign, assisted by the ambulance and the paramedic students. The blood received will be used by APRONICANCER, an organization that helps children with cancer, they also informed that the ambulance will provided assistance   to the institution transporting the kids.

To Contact Us...
Aurora Gateway Rotary Club
P.O. Box 440998
Aurora, CO 80014

Up Coming Club Events

AGRC meets at 7:30am Fridays, at the
Tavern at Meadow Hills Golf Course
  • Club Board meeting 10/19
  • Bessies Hope Bowling 11/5
  • Club Holiday Party