To celebrate World Polio Day, the District's Executive Committee painted their pinkies purple to help bring awareness of the efforts to end Polio.
Your gift to the Annual Fund makes an impact - no matter the amount. $10 will purchase a mosquito net to help combat malaria, $25 a school uniform opening the doors to an education, and $100 to buy a sewing machine to teach entrepreneurial skills. CLICK HERE to learn all the ways your donation is helping others around the world.
November is Foundation month. 365 days a year Rotary clubs in District 5450 are making a difference throughout the world. Using District and Global grants, Rotarians are making every day a little better for someone. Thank you for all you do to support the Rotary Foundation - whether it's in your local community or global community - IT ALL MATTERS.
The District needs your assistance in identifying potential candidates for our 2021-2022 District Governor. We know that seems like a long way into the future, but in order to comply with Rotary International’s Manual of Procedure, this is the required protocol.
Former West Point Ethics Professor endorses the Peaceful Schools Program   
Join the Open Forum Call on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5-6 pm to hear Dr. Larry Donnithorne speak about ethical leadership development and why he enthusiastically endorses the Peaceful Schools Program for the development of character and emotional intelligence in our children and youth.
Join the call from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: or Telephone: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656 - Meeting ID: 129 787 105
The need is great this year and nothing goes to waste nor is anything wasted. For more information, click here to read an article by PDG Mike Oldham on Why We Should Serve the American Indian. Here are some ways you can help:
1- Donations for Turkey Coupons for the Family Meals to be handed out before Thanksgiving. They are asking $10/ Coupon and last year we donated 270 Coupons. Each Turkey and fixin’s package feeds six people so that is a great use of the Money. The day they hand these packages out the INdian  Center is also having a 9 News Health Fair at the Center- and that is often the only health care the family will have this year, so it is a big day all around.
2- Clothing: from now through Christmas, the Center is handing out warm coats, gloves, hats and blankets. If you have extras to share, the center will gladly accept them, and make good use of them. The Center also has a robust program to train the men and women as to how to apply for a job and then what is expected when they actually go to work. The program is amazing. Many of the men and women who are in the program have never had a suit, a good pair of shoes, a tie or a starched shirt. If you’re retired, this is a good use of all of those formal work clothes you no longer use. 
3- At Christmas they hand out presents to any child and family that comes to the Center the Saturday just before Christmas. It is amazing to see how meaningful those gifts truly are!  Donations are being accepted in the form of cash or actual gifts and you can drop them off at the Denver INdian Center. No need to wrap the presents. They do that at the Center. They often don’t have enough for the teenagers and it is a very awkward age— so shampoos, soaps, colognes etc. will be very welcomed.
The District Grants Subcommittee needs volunteers to help review District Grant applications. The time commitment is about 3 - 6 hours per month depending on the volume of applications.  No prior qualifications necessary. 
If interested, please contact 'Buchi Akpeh via phone (651-278-5539) or email (
The District Events/AV Team needs volunteers to help setup and teardown AV equipment for the RI President's Dinner and District Conference. No experience needed! If you have a few hours to spare on the day of the event, please contact Doug McLemore at 303-680-4018 or  
Do business with Rotarians in the District. Listings are $25 each annually. You do need to know your Rotary number to register.
Rotary International has a Disaster Relief webpage with information for not only the USA, but other areas around the world that need assistance:
You can also find information about donating to Hurricane Michael by clicking HERE.
The IRS requires that all Rotary clubs in the U.S. and its territories file an annual information return. For those clubs whose tax year follows the Rotary year, the deadline to file is 15 November. The form a club must file is dependent upon its gross receipts for the year. For more information, please see Frequently asked questions about annual reporting requirements for exempt organizations at
The attached report shows Annual Fund and Polio Plus goals entered by each club into Rotary Club Central, and the numbers and per capita achieved by each club. The District 5450 goal is to have an increase in Membership, and for Every Rotarian to give something Every Year (EREY).
Scouts + Rotary = Little Free Libraries
In the spring of 2018, Carbon Valley Rotary had five Little Free Libraries in the Carbon Valley communities and had planned to install two more. The club was approached by Will Greiner, a Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout project. Will saw the club’s original Little Library in Firestone and wanted to build and install four more libraries. Click Here to read the full story. 

Significant Contribution to The Rotary Foundation
Mrs. Miriam Luedecke, a Littleton resident since 1976, was recognized at the Sept. 11 Littleton Rotary Club for her generous bequest to The Rotary Foundation. Mrs. Luedecke said, “I really believe Rotary effectively matches resources with objectives. I love that 90% of the money Rotary receives goes to worthy programs all over the world.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Recycle Roundup a Huge Success
Evergreen Rotary hosted its 10th annual Recycle Roundup on Saturday, September 22. This year's event was named for Mereth Meade, a long time Evergreen resident and Rotarian, who was a pioneer in recycling and other environmental causes until she passed in 2013. There are not many environmental programs in the Evergreen community that Mereth has not touched in one way or another. Her legacy lives on. READ MORE

Grand Lake Rotary Celebrates World Polio Day
On World Polio Day, October 24, Grand Lake Rotary hosted a fundraising event at the home of Bonnie Severson. The guest of honor at the event was Bonnie's Aunt Martha Engelbert, a 95 year old polio survivor. After an interesting and heartfelt presentation of her experiences as a 32 year old mother of 2 when she was diagnosed, attendees donated $2,200 to Rotary International's continuing efforts. Shown in the photo are Martha Engelbert and Club President Michael Long.

Evergreen Rotary Adds New Instrument to Musical Park
There is a new instrument in Stagecoach Park in Evergreen. Lily pad symbols have joined the other instruments that have been wildly popular with children of all ages since they were originally installed with a Rotary grant in 2014. READ MORE

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November is Rotary Foundation Month – Here’s why! Each year, Rotary International highlights November as Rotary Foundation Month to emphasize the importance of and need for Rotarian support of The Rotary Foundation.
Consider lessons about polio fundraising first developed by March of Dimes…the first to challenge the concept that fundraising should be targeted to a few very wealthy donors who would donate large sums of money. Instead, the March of Dimes sought out small donations from a huge amount of people (think 10 cents or less at a time!)
2017-18 Rotary Foundation Awards and Recognition - see which clubs received honors. Will your club be on the list for 2018-19?
Click the links below to view event information...
Nov. 10, 2018
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Dec. 1, 2018
Jan. 8, 2019 (New Date!)
Jan. 12, 2019
Jan. 12, 2019
January 25, 2019
June 1-4, 2019
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.

Rotary District 5450 - Colorado, USA
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