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DG BOB KEMP'S MONTHLY MESSAGE
 
JANUARY: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
DG Bob reminds us while 2021 is beginning with its own set of challenges, there are many reasons for optimism as well: 
 
♦  Rotarians may have a role in the Covid-19 immunizations and be a voice for immunization to our friends, families and communities
 
♦  2021 has the potential for a year on the upswing, and for Rotarians to do our part for positive change to help unify our country and communities to address recent social and humanitarian crises including job loss, homelessness, food insecurity and mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU HEALTHCARE WORKERS VIDEOS!!!
 
THANK YOU HEALTHCARE WORKERS VIDEOS!
 
Please watch and share this great THANK YOU VIDEO from Rotarians around the District. We want it to reach as many Healthcare Workers and facilities throughout not only Colorado, but around the country and the world! Let everyone know how much they are appreciated! https://youtu.be/2Axl4ZpiN5A
 
Denver Southeast Rotary also created a great video thanking Healthcare Workers - https://vimeo.com/490287353/cf101bbbe0
 
THE DISTRICT IS HERE FOR YOU
 
COLORADO WILDFIRE DISASTER RELIEF FUND: The fires may be out, but the need is still great. The Natural Disaster Response Committee is currently working with local Rotarians and contacts in Grand Lake and other effected areas to determine how best to distribute donated funds. It will take some time before needs assessments can be completed. Donations can be made online or you can mail a check to Rotary District 5450, Subject Line: Colorado Fires, 5103 Dvorak Circle, Frederick CO 80504. Click Here to learn more and see photos, or click here to watch a short video on the fires. 

PEACE FORUM DISCUSSIONS - register now for these free one-hour monthly discussions on a variety of topics. Thursday, Jan. 7, will be Peace is Possible: Is war an inevitable part of human nature or can it be prevented or minimized? Click Here to view the flyer!

WANTED: A PAST CLUB PRESIDENT! Rotary District 5450 is accepting nominations for our 2023-2024 District Governor. Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding leadership position to help inspire Rotarians to do great things? Click Here to learn more.

OREGON FIRE RELIEF: Thank you video from grant recipients in Oregon - your donations helped the Back to Work Project.

PDG Frank Sargent was honored by the Englewood Club for his 50 years of Rotary service to the club and our District! Tributes were included in The Hub and The Villager.

ROTARACT 5450 STEERING COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR GREEK ALUMNI: Rotaract 5450 would like your help to get more young adults involved with Rotary and experience the "Rotary magic."  READ MORE if you can help!

PREPARE THE SOIL, A PARADIGM FOR PEACE - if the soil is not prepared, then the seed will wither and die. It is very apparent that Peacebuilding is no different. READ MORE...

LET'S DO IT DAY - Holiday Day of Service! December 5, 2020 - each club was encouraged to pick a project unique to their community. The results were amazing! Click Here to read about the various projects around the District!

RESOLVE TO HAVE FUN and MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Rotary’s 2nd Annual Woohoomanity™ Challenge is for every Rotarian and every club in our District. Enjoy a fun day of volunteering or biking at the Denver Century Ride, and make a difference by raising money for your club’s service projects. Last year 117 participants from 17 clubs raised $86,000 and netted $82,000SAVE THE DATE September 25th… and Woohoo 2 U 2!

RYLA plus was honored a second time by Rotary International in December by being named the runner-up in RI's inaugural RYLA leadership awards. Rotary International highlighted RYLA plus on its social media pages:
This unique RYLA program accommodates teens with physical disabilities at Easterseals Colorado's ADA-compliant camp, Rocky Mt. Village, in Empire, CO.  For more information about RYLA plus, go to www.rylaplus.org or contact Karen Loeb at kcloeb@gmail.com if your club is interested in helping to sponsor a camper in 2021.

RECORDING LINKS ON DISTRICT WEBSITE: Did you miss the Virtual District Conference? Couldn't participate in the training webinars? The recording links are now on the District website under the Training/Events tab.

ARE YOU LISTED IN THE ONLINE BUSINESS DIRECTORY? Register now for only $1.00 when you enter promo2020 on the payment page!  http://rotary5450.business/ - learn more and read about the features: Get details HERE...

CLUB MEMBERSHIP & GIVING REPORT DECEMBER 2020 - Click Here
 
CLUB CONNECTIONS
 
SUMMIT COUNTY'S ADOPT AN ANGEL PROGRAM helped 567 children and 259 families through their contactless delivery of coats and toys. Click Here to read about this amazing service project!

MEAD Rotarian Ernie Amaranto MD reports on the progress of the GLOBAL SEED SAVERS international project, which has shown significant positive effect on the farmers’ productivity, security, and sense of communal belonging. Read more...

AURORA FITZSIMONS partner with Cubscouts to install a Little Free Library within General’s Park in Aurora. Read more…

UNIVERSITY HILLS recently completed an international project in El Salvador to build and furnish a library in a local school, as well as improve the principle's office and other areas. Click Here to watch the YouTube video

OVER 65? YOU CAN VOLUNTEER NOW TOO! Denver Cherry Creek & Metro Caring's project to repackage staple foods into smaller bags has raised the age limit! Click Here for more info and to volunteer.

Post your story on your club's website or Facebook page, and then send the link to office@rotary5450.org. Doing so will give your club more exposure - readers will see the story on your club's site, which will let them know more about your club and members.
 
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Foundation Vision: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and ourselves.” Adopted by the Board and Trustees in June 2017, this vision statement reflects the impact Rotary aspires to have on the world and our members. Click the links below to read the full stories...

FINALLY - THE END OF 2020! Thank you to all Rotarians who supported the Rotary International Foundation in 2020!  As we enter 2021, it is still hard to believe we are done with 2020, YES SO DONE! We celebrate the wonderful work that The Rotary Foundation has accomplished through Rotarians who are inspired to work on behalf of others around the world despite all the health and economic pandemic challenges worldwide!
 
During this past year, Rotarians have identified reasons they support The Rotary Foundation.  Some of the quotes include:
  • It makes me feel good to know I am helping others.
  • I believe in Rotary’s mission of doing good in the world.
  • I want to support that Ugandan water project.
  • I want to impact my community by doubling and tripling our grant funds, leveraging where we can.
  • A member of my club asked me to support Rotary’s work.
  • Charity Navigator’s TOP rating for the thirteenth year, The Rotary Foundation has given me confidence that my gift is being used wisely.
  • I’ve been a member for a long time and I plan to leave a legacy.
  • I want to give back so that others may have an improved life.
  • The eradication of wild #polio from Africa was one of the greatest achievements of 2020. CNN highlights #Rotary member Dr. Tunji Funsho for his role in this historic milestone. I want to support these continued achievements.
For whatever reason you have given, thank you for your support this past year!  Your support is impacting many people in your community and others around the world!! We are 5450 People of Action!

ENTHUSIASM & ENERGY TO ERADICATE POLIO CONTINUE IN DISTRICT 5450! The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is reflecting upon both the immense challenges faced and the incredible ways that the polio program has stepped up in 2020. From supporting pandemic response efforts and relaunching polio vaccination campaigns to kickstarting new initiatives like the emergency call to action, the program continues to work to overcome obstacles. READ MORE...

THE 2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT from Rotary International offers an online look at The Rotary Foundation's latest accomplishments, showing all the ways that Rotary is influencing the lives of millions of people around the world. 2020 Annual Report | Rotary International 

DISTRICT 5450 GRANT NEWS  - Do you know you can still apply for District Grants to support your Club's 2020-2021 project? You can leverage District Grants with up to 4 Clubs or more at $6,000 to scale up the impact of your existing local or international project or to initiate new projects.
 
It is 2021. What are you waiting for? Apply for a Grant today! For more information, contact the District Grants Subcommittee Chair, Marty Waters - grants5450@gmail.com

NEXT MONTH: FEBRUARY - LOVE IS IN THE AIR!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAINING
 
Click the links below to view Event Information
 
Thursday, Jan. 7 | 6:30 to 7:30 pm
 
MID-YEAR PRESIDENTS MEETING
(for Club Presidents, Presidents Elect, & AGs)
Tuesday, Jan. 12 | 7:00 to 8:15 pm MST
 
Tuesday, Jan. 26 | 7:00 to 8:00 pm MST
 
Thursday, Feb. 4 | 6:30 to 7:30 pm
 
UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Thursday, March 4 | 6:30 to 7:30 pm
WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE DISTRICT, CLUBS & THE GLOBE!
 
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Rotary District 5450 - Colorado, USA
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