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DG JIM JOHNSTON'S MONTHLY MESSAGE

Time for Reflection
 
In the midst of a dark and (sometimes) cold winter, we find time for reflection and hope for growth. Hope that come springtime, the bloom of colors will match our optimism for the days ahead and rejuvenate our souls.
 
In my world, it is time for organizing the year ahead: the kid’s spring sports commitments and re-enrolling in school for the fall (already!). Also, we moved into a new house last week…the tiresome drudgery of unpacking boxes necessitates reorganization, and the opportunity for new pathways and routines as we remake our home. 
 
Isn’t this similar to Rotary? It’s time for sometimes urgent conversations to identify who will take the reins in days ahead, and for final plans to attend the International Convention in Singapore. In four weeks, new Club and District leadership will regroup at PETS and begin charting their course for the next fiscal year. Trunk loads of Club issues will be unpacked and tasks will be sorted into what to keep, what to toss and what new components to add.
 
This is all part of the Rotary seasons and renewing our commitment to keep the wheels of Rotary turning. We can do this.
THE DISTRICT IS HERE FOR YOU
 
ROTARY DAY AT THE ROCKIES!
Sunday, May 12 - 1:10 pm
 
SAVE THE DATE!!! Rockies vs. the World Champion Texas Rangers! Please remember this game is a fundraiser for End Polio Now polio eradication - $5.00 of each discounted ticket goes to polio eradication. Click here for the flyer.

DG 2026-2027 NOMINATIONSWho will be the next in line to be District Governor for Rotary District 5450? Could it be a member of your Club? Could it be someone you know? Could it be you? The District needs your assistance in identifying potential candidates. Click Here for the application process.

IT’S TIME FOR CLUBS TO SIGN UP FOR ROTARY’S EPIC DAY OF SERVICE.  Clubs register now, Members in March.  Clubs don’t need a project yet, just tell us who in the Club to send info and resources to.  It only takes 2 minutes at epicdayofservice.org.  While there, check out the short video you might like to show your Club.  Let’s all have an EPIC day of fun and service… you don’t want to miss it on May 18th!

AWARDS SCHEDULE UPDATE! Since the annual District Conference has been permanently moved to the fall, the awards schedule has been changed to the full prior Rotary year July 1 through June 30. Click Here to learn about all of the available Club, District and District Governor awards.

MELLY KINNARD $1,000 MENTAL HEALTH GRANTS: Melly Kinnard from the Rotary club of Denver has again generously donated $5,000 to encourage and support District 5450 club mental health projects.  Rotarians for Mental Health will administer distribution of these funds to clubs, up to $1,000 per club. CLICK HERE to read more and access the application form.

ROTARIANS DOING BUSINESS WITH ROTARIANS!
 
Who better to work with than your fellow Rotarian? Check out the new Rotary Business Network page on the District website. This is a great opportunity to support other members in the District, and know that the person you're working with lives by the 4-Way Test. You can find a list of businesses or join the monthly Zoom connections meeting the first Wednesday of every month.

CO ROTARY LICENSE PLATES NOW AVAILABLE!
 
In order to obtain your license plate, your club secretary must sign the Membership Verification Form, which you must take the signed form to your local Department of Vehicles office. The cost will be about $65-70 depending on your county. You will need to turn in your current license plates at the time of your order, and you will be given temporary paper plates. Your new plates will be mailed to you in 2-6 weeks. Click here for the complete application process. Show your Rotary support - order your plates now!

JOIN THE DISTRICT'S ONLINE BUSINESS DIRECTORY! Register now for only $5 per year! Let other Rotarians know how to reach you!  http://rotary5450.business/

CLUB MEMBERSHIP & GIVING REPORT 01.10.2023 - Click Here
 
CLUB CONNECTIONS
 
CONIFER MINDFEST MENTAL WELLNESS FAIR, Saturday, Feb. 17, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm - This mental wellness and health fair is designed to boost to mental well-being and live your best life. MindFest is open to everyone, admission is free, and is meant to be fun and informative. There will be games and activities, resources and speakers and raffles throughout the day. You do not need to have a mental health issue to benefit from MindFest.  

DENVER LODO member Martha King was awarded the Channel 7 Everyday Hero award on January 3 for her constant commitment to volunteering at the Food Bank of the Rockies. Erin Pulling, CEO of the Food Bank of the Rockies, said "We have 18,000 volunteers over the course of a year. And Martha really stands out."

BROOMFIELD CROSSING just inducted Mary Ann Hard last week - with this initiation the club is now 12 of 25 members female! Rotary clubs worldwide average only 26% female.
 
The photo shows Club President Esther Worker (left) presenting the new member certificate to Mary Ann (right).

DENVER LODO awarded Charlie Hunt Rotarian of the Year on January 18th at Pints Pub in Denver. He also received 3 more awards: The Membership Champ of the Year, New Member Sponsor, and the Paul Harris Medallion. Click here to read more about Charlie.

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 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...

HAPPY 119TH BIRTHDAY, ROTARY! Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.
 
Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world. Celebrate Rotary’s Birthday by offering an individual or club foundation donation via The Rotary Foundation to the Annual Fund Share and also through Legacy/Endowment/Bequest giving to Peace and Conflict program, helping support these grants, peace centers, and Peace Fellows.

FEBRUARY IS PEACEBUILDING & CONFLICT RESOLUTION MONTH
 
One of the seven areas of focus is Rotary peacebuilding and conflict prevention - It is often, however, the conflicts that occur throughout the world that are the root causes of poverty, despair, economic hardship, and poor health. Take for instance the major deterrent to polio eradication: the difficulty in vaccinating children in war-torn countries. Rotary International as an organization understands this relationship and therefore is deeply invested in supporting individuals and programs that will develop leaders who are committed to seeking ways toward peace. The path toward peace begins with understanding and respect for the differences that make us unique. CLICK HERE to read more.

THE GROUNDWORK FOR PEACE - Trustee Chair's Message: Following the news is challenging these days. Stories of war and violence are deeply discouraging. It breaks my heart when I hear about innocent bystanders, particularly women and children, who are caught in the crossfire of conflict. Is there anything we can do about it? We certainly can’t turn away from the problem. I think in these times, we need to shift our focus from what we can’t change to what we can do. CLICK HERE to read more...

Spread the word because every child’s health matters.
 
 
2024 CONTINUES THE WILD POLIO VIRUS1 ZERO STREAK! We are now 9 weeks since the Onset of Paralysis of the most recent reported Wild Polio Case - in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Note - The 2023 Total Case Count numbers will not be final for a couple of months due to discovery and lab testing times.
 
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Barry Rassin announced at last week's International Assembly that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today transferred $100 million to our Polio eradication campaign.
 
PolioPlus Society KENNEL KLUB! Enroll your pet in the continuing effort to eradicate Polio!
 

HOT OFF THE PRESS – GRANTS UPDATE! From Chair Marty, we have 30 DDF grants going now this year either approved or pending. We still have 34K in DDF left for any other grant projects. These financial resources will be exhausted soon, so get in your first come first served projects soon.  
 
Continue to keep these grant projects/applications coming – we can do it Rotary 5450 and make a great difference in our communities as #PeopleofAction #RotaryResponds

DID YOU KNOW? This year, we imagined all that Rotary could be and what our future might look like, together. It began by affirming the importance of comfort and care for our members and demonstrating the power of courageous and empathetic leadership.
 
One way we did this was by honoring six People of Action: Champions of Inclusion. These Rotary members came together to build a sense of belonging, openness, and respect for all people through Rotary. CLICK HERE to read more...

EASIEST WAY TO DONATE - ROTARY DIRECT. Enroll in Rotary’s recurring giving program, Rotary Direct, which makes giving easy, fast, and secure. You can schedule a monthly, quarterly, or annual donation that empowers Rotarians to change lives in communities around the world. ROTARY DIRECT SAVES...
 
Time — Sign up once to give continuous support
Money — Lower administration costs mean more money for programs
Lives — Give to The Rotary Foundation to do good in the world
Don’t wait, sign up today: https://www.rotary.org/en/donate

IT’S TIME TO APPLY. The Rotary Peace Fellowship application for 2025 fellowships is now available for both our master’s degree programs and our certificate program. The application deadline is 15 May. Learn more and start your application: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships. Contact us with any questions at foundation@rotary5450.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAINING
 
Click the links below to view Event Information
 
Wednesday, February 7 | 5:30 pm MT via Zoom
 
Registration closes Monday, Feb. 5!!!
First session will be Sat., February 10
 
Tuesday, February 20 | 7:00 pm MT via Zoom
 
Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 pm MT via Zoom
 
EPIC DAY OF SERVICE - SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 18 - Join Clubs around the District in Service
 
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE DISTRICT, CLUBS & THE GLOBE!
 
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Rotary District 5450 - Colorado, USA
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