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DG 'BUCHI ANIKPEZIE'S MONTHLY MESSAGE
 
NOVEMBER 2022 - 
 
A few things are on my mind this month. First, let's talk about District Conferences. If you have been part of Rotary for a few years, you might have attended one or two conferences in the past. I have attended several conferences in District 5450, each held in different parts of our District with its unique theme. Each year, I have come to look forward to the opportunity that the event provides for networking with Rotarians across our District while enjoying the inspirational keynotes and workshop sessions.  The District Conference committee is planning to deliver an even better experience for the 2023 District 5450 Conference at the Cable Center on April 29, 2023. If you had the opportunity to contribute to this planning event by participating in interviews and focus groups organized by the committee, thank you! If you have ideas or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact the conference committee. This is our conference, and we all have a role to play.  
 
The 2023 conference is an opportunity for us to celebrate our shared successes, exchange ideas, and be inspired to continue our impactful service activities. Registration for the conference began on November 1, and I invite you all to register early for the conference. Please visit https://bit.ly/D5450Conference today. This will provide the conference committee with funds to successfully deliver the excellent program they have planned.  There are opportunities for Rotary Clubs, Rotarians, and our community partners to book a table at the event. Please contact the planning committee for details. 
 
It is that time of the Rotary year when we begin succession planning at both the District and Club levels. At the District level, we seek qualified Rotarians for the 2025-2026 District Governor position. Any Rotarian who has served a full term as President and joined Rotary before July 1, 2018, could be nominated by their Club. Beyond the length of time you have been in Rotary, other important requirements are your availability and willingness to commit to the role. Please take a look at the nomination call sent out earlier for more details. As most who have served in this position would tell you, it is a rewarding experience. You get a unique opportunity to learn more about our District, inspire Rotarians, and be inspired by Rotarians while having fun throughout the process. For those wondering, you do not have to be retired or take time off work to serve as Governor. I am actively employed and still able to serve in this role.  Of course, you will have to be able to manage your time well and be able to delegate as needed. Our District organization is strong, with many Rotarians and committees to help you lead, so you will never have to do it alone. If you are interested and have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or any past District Governor. We will be happy to answer your questions. 
 
To all the veterans in our District, we thank you for your service.
 
2023 DISTRICT CONFERENCE
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2023 DISTRICT CONFERENCE
Saturday, April 29, 2023 | The Cable Center
 
Celebrate Rotary's Impact during this one-day conference. Presenters include Peace Corps President, ShelterBox President, RYLA President, PolioPlus Chair, Xmas Miracle Shop, Pediatric Mental Health, and Comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. Special Discount for first-time conference attendees! Click Here for more information!
 
THE DISTRICT IS HERE FOR YOU
 
WANTED: A PAST CLUB PRESIDENT! Rotary District 5450 is accepting nominations for our 2025-2026 District Governor. Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding leadership position to help inspire Rotarians to do great things? Click Here to learn more.

NEW ROTARY CLUB START UP AT WIND CREST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY IN NORTHERN DOUGLAS COUNTY | Do you know someone who lives at Wind Crest? Do you know someone who has a family member at Wind Crest? Please let them know that a new Rotary Club is beginning there with organizational meetings scheduled for November 1, 15 and 30 at 9:30 am on each of these dates, in the Colorado Club House meeting room. Please talk this new club up! If you have questions, please contact Steering Committee Members: Mike OldhamMarion Trummer; Taylor Stephens or Charlotte Roehm.

YOUTH SERVICES UPDATE: 60 years of Interact Movement – Interact celebrates all Young Rotarians in their Local and International service through Youngzest 2.0; October 31- November 6, 2022. Tell us what your Interact Clubs have been doing this fall by emailing District Young Rotary Chair, Sue Garwood. Congratulations to the new Young Rotary Club at East High School, sponsored by Denver Mile High, Tom Cella and Tony Vaida. 
 
Youth Exchange Update – Ten students have arrived, and orientation is complete. The 2023-24 school year interviews will be held at the University Hills YMCA on Nov. 18, 2022. We are looking for volunteers to help with interviews that weekend. To volunteer or for more information on Youth Exchange, please contact Kim Armitage.
 
Rotaract Update – Aurora Community College had its first Rotaract meeting this month!  If you are interested in getting involved with Rotaract by sponsoring a club or connecting with a local Community College, contact Lee Mulberry.

2023 MLK DAY MARADE (March and Parade) celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. | Monday, January 16 - Denver Southeast Rotary is planning on participating, and would like to invite any other clubs in the District to join them. They plan to have all Rotarians march together with a Rotary District banner displayed at the head of the group, showing how Rotary supports and promotes the ideals of DEI as set forth by Dr. King. The Marade will start about 10:45 am and end around noon. For additional information contact Jim Tarpey.

JOIN THE DISTRICT'S ONLINE DIRECTORY & DO BUSINESS WITH OTHER ROTARIANS! Register now for only $5 per year! Let other Rotarians know how to reach you!  http://rotary5450.business/ - learn more and read about the features: Get details HERE...

CLUB MEMBERSHIP & GIVING REPORT 10.10.2022 - Click Here
 
CLUB CONNECTIONS
 
Boulder Rotary is hosting John Hewko, General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International, on Dec. 9 to talk about the war in Ukraine, the relief efforts of all the individual Rotary Clubs around the world and of Rotary International as an organization, and his own experience having been born in Ukraine and having family in the country. You are invited to join in person or via zoom. Contact Vanessa Mead to join for lunch or click this LINK at noon Dec. 9 to join by zoom.

Denver Cherry Creek Club just completed a dental mission to Roatan Island, Honduras where Rotarians, dentists and volunteers treated 369 people! In addition to treating adult walk-ins, the mission operated in a high school gym and treated students from that school as well as a primary school across the street. They also brought in 50 inhabitants from St. Helene who are benefitting from the Evergreen club global grant water project. Click Here to view photos, stories and TV interviews on the club's Facebook page. You can also read a blog with pictures that was written by one of our hosts from the Roatan Club. I am in contact with The Rotarian regarding coverage of the mission. https://bjoroy-karlsen.com/2022/11/01/dental-care-for-the-needy/

Conifer Rotary Celebrates Blessing of Peace Park Installation at the Aspen Park Community Center on Sunday, September 25, 2022. The Conifer Peace Park is a place to reflect on peace and to hold events dedicated to peacebuilding. Click Here to read more and view photos.

The Denver and Boulder clubs joined with the Praha City (Czech Republic) and Lviv International (Ukraine) clubs to coordinate the delivery of more than a ton of donated medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in Ukraine. The supplies were assembled and delivered to Ukraine by Project CURE. The four Rotary Clubs worked together to identify the urgent needs at two front-line medical facilities in western Ukraine, enlist the assistance of Project CURE, and facilitate the shipment and delivery of the supplies to St. Luke’s Hospital in Lviv and Slavsk’a City Hospital in Slavska.

Westminster Rotary was awarded the Legacy Foundation's Nancy Heil Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual or organization in Westminster that has made lifelong contributions of lasting significance to the City of Westminster. Click Here to read the entire article on page 3 of the club's EarlyWord Fall edition.

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 Mission (7/2021): The Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty. Click the links below to read the full stories...

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION HAS SUPPORTED SERVICE ABOVE SELF FOR 105 YEARS NOW!
 
We celebrate The Rotary Foundation as November’s Rotary theme.
 
 - 105+ year history of humanitarian work
 - Weathered wars, recessions, pandemics, etc.
 - Stable reserves and fiscal management
 - Conservative investment strategies
 - 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator for 14+ Consecutive Years
 

GRANTS MANAGEMENT UPDATE: As a reminder, continue to send in your memorandums of understanding documentation and your final 990 submittals as you can this month. Up-to-date lists for clubs that are qualified can always be found at the District website grants page.
 
We have a great grants review team with great experience to support you in 2022-2023, so reach out and say hello when you can. Our team is ready to help and guide your project's success! Grants5450@gmail.com is the team’s email address.

POLIO PLUS BREAKING NEWS! Thank you to those that joined us for World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Thousands of Rotarians and friends shared the awareness message and support for End Polio Now. Your continued commitment to a healthier future for mothers and children is inspiring. How can you help in the fight to End Polio Now? Find out how: https://on.rotary.org/3NbOjn4PHOTO: A team of Doctors and Nurses, ROTARACTORS, and Rotarians giving humanitarian Services during Rotary FAMILY HEALTH DAYS. I love the shirts!
 
The Gates Foundation extends its partnership with Rotary International:

BY THE NUMBERS NOV. 2022: There are ~678,290,000 children under the age of five around the world. 12.5 million of those children have not received any vaccinations. But GPEI partners (UNICEF, WHO, CDC, Rotary International, and GAVI) are working to change that.
 
POLIO PLUS - GET ON THE ERADICATION TRAIN – JOIN THE 5450 POLIO PLUS SOCIETY! Read More NOW

2022 END OF YEAR GIVING OPPORTUNITIES & GIVING TUESDAY - this year Giving Tuesday will fall on November 29, 2022. You can use your IRA to make a tax-free charitable contribution. Every act of kindness makes a difference, and no gift is too small. Click Here to read more. You can also check out this cool video why to give to the Rotary Foundation on GIVING TUESDAY:  https://vimeo.com/374289670

NOVEMBER IS ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH! How can we as Rotarians make a difference and help to celebrate all that The Rotary Foundation does around the world? There are three quick and easy steps - click here to read more.

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION SPECIAL 2022 UPDATE - the annual fall season is so unique to us in Rotary. With World Polio Day in October and with November as The ROTARY FOUNDATION month, it is a time to celebrate all we have achieved in the past year in our global projects and how those are funded by The Rotary Foundation’s philanthropic efforts via Rotarian’s contributions including those in District 5450. Click here to read more.

RAISE FOR ROTARY - fundraising is about to get personal at Rotary with the new online and mobile-friendly program for members and supporters, called Raise for Rotary. The program gives members, donors, and participants a new opportunity to create custom fundraising pages to share with their social networks and raise funds for The Rotary Foundation. Check it out at https://raise.rotary.org/ or click here to read more.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAINING
 
Click the links below to view Event Information
 
Thursday, Nov. 17 | 7:00 pm MST Virtual
 
Thursday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 pm MST Virtual
 
CLUBRUNNER BASICS
Friday, Dec. 2 | 9:00 to 10:30 am MST Virtual
 
Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 9:00 am - 8:30 pm MT
WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE DISTRICT, CLUBS & THE GLOBE!
 
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