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DG 'BUCHI ANIKPEZIE'S MONTHLY MESSAGE
 
OCTOBER 2022 - 
 
As we begin this month, I reflect on the global efforts toward eradicating polio and the role that we, as Rotarians, have played. For almost 40 years, Rotarians have been at the forefront of the efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. We've donated over $2.2 billion and countless volunteer hours in actions that have protected over 3 billion children from polio. 
 
Our polio eradication campaign has also impacted other health-related outcomes. For example, the vaccine infrastructure network we helped develop across the world has been beneficial in reducing the impact of other vaccine-preventable diseases. More recently, that vaccine infrastructure network was utilized to facilitate the rapid deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.
 
When you have been at the forefront of a cause as long as we have been with polio, one could get fatigued and want to move on to the next thing. However, I would like to ask you not only to stay the course but to recommit yourself to the fight to eradicate polio. The recent polio case in New York shows until polio is entirely eradicated from the world, there is a risk of resurgence even in places where it had been previously eradicated. 
 
Join the PolioPlus Society and commit to donating at least $10 per month. If you have the time, travel to go volunteer at a national immunization days event. Organize a Club fundraiser or dedicate a portion of the proceeds from your recent fundraiser to support polio eradication.
 
Congratulations to the Evergreen Rotary Club for leading a successful District Disaster Grant application. The TRF grant award, valued at $25000, will support a project to produce and distribute waterproof blankets for air raid shelters in Kharkiv, Ukraine.  
 
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UKRAINE UPDATES
 
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has raised over $15 million in Disaster Relief funds in order to provide humanitarian relief to individuals impacted by the war in the Ukraine, and Districts can apply for $25,000 Disaster Relief Grants. On Sept. 9 the District invited interested clubs to submit proposals for humanitarian projects. Six projects were submitted, and through team consensus the Evergreen project to supply waterproof blankets to the bomb/rocket shelters in the City of Kharkiv was chosen. The District applied for the Disaster Relief Grant from Rotary International this week, and Thee rotary Foundation approved the grant in just one week! The hope is that this first project can be completed quickly, and the District can then apply for another $25,000 grant for one of the other five proposals received.
 
John Hewko, Rotary International CEO, was recently in Denver after UN Meetings. Click Here to watch a brief video of his comments on the war, Rotary's efforts, and how Rotary is actually growing in Ukraine.

11th ANNUAL WASH SYMPOSIUM: October 8, 2022 | Hybrid event at Arapahoe Community College & Virtual. Experts from around the world will be joining us to speak about the importance of IMPACT in WASH projects and programs. There will be many opportunities to network, exchange knowledge and discuss best practices. This years event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Evergreen and D5450 WASH Local Action GroupRegistration is still open - click here!

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.

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.

 THE NEW ROTARY YEAR IS HERE!
 
It's time to update your look: IMAGINE ROTARY
 
Click Here to download the new theme logo, view a webinar on how to update your ClubRunner website with the current theme logo, Rotary Masterbrand and wheel, and more! Remember to update your Facebook page too.

THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE IS HOLDING NEW CLUB INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS twice a month about how to start a service-oriented club. Do you know service-minded people who haven't yet found Rotary? Maybe starting a new club is for them! Contact Charlotte Roehm for more information. 

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 09.10.2022 - Click Here
 
CLUB CONNECTIONS
 
Castle Rock High Noon is looking for a Rotarian or Friend of Rotary Dentist who can donate an implant procedure for a Refugee we are working with.  Please contact Steve Baroch - Castle Rock High Noon Rotary Club at 303-909-7563 or steve@baroch.net

Boulder Flatirons Club celebrated RI Literacy month in September by honoring the 501(c)3 nonprofit Boulder Valley Spellbinders as well as awarding an individual Boulder Community member – Susan Cobb - for their outstanding contributions with regards to intergenerational literacy. In 2021-2022 Boulder Valley Spellbinders storytellers told to nearly 2,000 people in 19 Boulder Valley schools (70 classrooms), 2 senior facilities and 3 public forums (the Louisville History Museum, Boy Scout Pack 80, and the Lafayette YMCA Kinder Camp.) There were nearly 12,000 ‘spellbound’ listeners in total. Click here to read more.

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...

FALLING INTO ACTION - OCTOBER IN DISTRICT 5450 is unique colors, weather, outdoor opportunities, snuggly blankets and #peopleofaction. How are you falling into action? Are you preparing your action plans for how you will grow Rotary? Are you acting to prepare your next local or international COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT project?
 
OCTOBER IS ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MONTH and we have much to celebrate with recent 5450 global and district grants helping in this work that are a direct result of 5450 Rotarians giving to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund. Congratulations to the clubs and grants for sustainable Rotary projects in the world!
 
We continually seek as Rotarians those projects that meet our Rotary Areas of Focus of Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Educations and Literacy, and Growing Local Economies. Keep up the great works!
 
Check with the district Technical Advisory Team on resources to help you build you next global or district grant for your club. A great resource will be to join or come to the D5450 WASH Symposium on October 8! November 19 is World Toilet Day - be thankful if you have one or more and consider a Sanitation project for areas of the world that need more of them!

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 UPDATE... 3,2,1...COUNT DOWN FOR POLIO ERADICATION. Three weeks until World Polio Day: Saturday, October 24. Time is limited to plan your World Polio Day event. What is your club doing to recognize this important day? Start planning now! Polio eradication is Rotary’s top philanthropic priority.
 
At #GlobalCitizenFestival, our president @JenJonesRotary announced that #Rotary will commit an additional $150 million to #EndPolio for good. http://endpolio.orgI am proud to announce that Rotary International will commit an additional $150 million to the Global Polio Eradication initiative. We want this to be the start of a massive funding effort to reach the initiative’s $4.8 billion goals. - Jennifer Jones, President Rotary International
 
BY THE NUMBERS: Rotary’s Worldwide 2022-23 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is $150 Million – Including the Gates Foundation $2 to $1 Match if we hit the $50 Million from Rotary.                                                                     

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

SCHOLARS CORNER - we have our current Rotary Scholar Ashley over in the UK doing her graduate work. We continue to find local districts that will work with and support these scholars once they arrive in those countries to start their studies and work in the next Rotary Year. Rotary Scholars are funded directly by the Annual Fund SHARE from The Rotary Foundation. Funding for this upcoming year’s scholars program is from our shareback from donations to The Rotary Foundation 3 Rotary years ago (2020-2021). And the District is ready to kick off Rotary Scholars for this next Rotary year 2023-2024. Click Here to read more.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAINING
 
Click the links below to view Event Information
 
Thursday, Oct. 6 - Virtual
 
Saturday, Oct. 8 - 
Arapahoe Community College & Virtual
 
Tuesday, Nov. 8 | 7:00 pm MT Virtual
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