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DG RAY ANDERSON'S MONTHLY MESSAGE
 
JANUARY 2022 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
DG Ray offers his sympathy to those that have lost or had their homes damaged in the recent fires, but is so grateful that no lives were lost. The District has set up a donation fund that can be accessed from the District website or Facebook page - we will be looking for ways in which we can respond to the effected communities.
 
Our District has grown by over 70 members since July 1st - these new Rotarians can join our mission to Serve to Change Lives. DG Ray leaves us with a quote from Albert Einstein: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow."
 
 
 
BOULDER COUNTY FIRES
 
BOULDER COUNTY FIRES - DONATE NOW
 
At least 580 homes have been lost in the Superior, Louisville, Marshall, and Lafayette areas, and 6,200 acres were effected. Record high winds fueled the flames. You can help by donating to the Boulder County Fires Relief Fund - targets for donations have yet to be determined. The District is working with Boulder Rotarians and many others in the surrounding area to determine the best use of the funds and will provide updated information in the coming days and weeks.
 
Donations can be made online (3% of each donation will deducted for handling fees.) For larger amounts, please consider sending a check made payable to:
 
Rotary District 5450 | Subject Line: Boulder County Fires | 5103 Dvorak Circle | Frederick, CO 80504
 
Want to volunteer? Click Here to complete your contact information (everything is private and confidential.) You will be notified as volunteer opportunities become available.
THE DISTRICT IS HERE FOR YOU
 
MELLY KINNARD MENTAL HEALTH FUND UPDATE - the Rotary Clubs of Boulder, Carbon Valley, Denver Cherry Creek, Evergreen, and Golden each received $1000 to support their mental health projects.  Congratulations to them and special thanks to Melly Kinnard for her generous donation. Click Here to learn more about this fund and the winning projects.

PR COMMITTEE UPDATE! New PR tools will be available to the clubs in the first quarter of 2022, including a new video and brochure. During January we will be videotaping interviews with Rotarians at various locations around the District. Stay tuned for firm dates and locations. Everyone is welcome to participate. Also, set aside your best club photos - we will also be asking for those in a few weeks. If you need marketing help, reach out to us by clicking here.

Colorado Women’s Day has an MOU with Rotary WASH District 5450 to help raise funds for essential WASH projects through our annual conference March 10 & 11, 2022. The eight awards that will be presented have an important role in this celebration. Click Here for Event Information, and Click Here for Nomination Information.

WANTED: A PAST CLUB PRESIDENT! Rotary District 5450 is accepting nominations for our 2024-2025 District Governor. Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding leadership position to help inspire Rotarians to do great things? Click Here to learn more.

HOW YOU CAN CHANGE ROTARY - Every three years Rotary brings together an elected individual from each District in the world for the Council on Legislation to decide what changes should occur in Rotary’s operation. PDG Jim Halderman is our District's representative and asks anyone interested in reviewing the 92 items up for discussion in 2022 to review the list, and give him your feedback. Click Here to read more.

STATE OF THE STATE LUNCHEON - SAVE THE DATE: Colorado's own multiple Olympic Gold Medal winner,  Missy Franklin, will be the featured speaker at the upcoming State of the State Lunch. She will share her path to becoming an Olympic champion, her perspective on the state of the Olympics for the participating athletes, and her own mental health journey. The State of the State Lunch will be held at the Hyatt Regency DTC at noon on Thursday, March 10, 2022. The Lunch, which will cost $80, will be preceded by the Mental Health Symposium sponsored by the District's Rotarians 4 Mental Health. Registration details will be forthcoming.


DO BUSINESS WITH OTHER ROTARIANS! JOIN THE DISTRICT'S ONLINE DIRECTORY! 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 DECEMBER 10, 2021 - Click Here
 
SAVE THE DATE!!!
CLUB CONNECTIONS
 
District 5450’s newest Interact Club, Colorado Early Colleges – Castle Rock Interact, completed 2 projects in their first full month as a club!  First, they had a Toy Drive at their school to benefit Shiloh House.  Second, they made more than one hundred handwritten and designed Holiday Cards for a Senior Assisted Living Center!  They are off to a great start!  They are sponsored by Castle Rock High Noon Rotary Club.
 

 
HIGHLANDS RANCH Club President Bill Simmermon's father Jim has been in Rotary 70 YEARS!!! Jim's story is included on page 39 of the January issue of the Rotarian magazine. Jim attends three Rotary meetings each week via zoom, has had perfect attendance for seven decades, and says "the best part of it has been the friends that I've met - and the difference we've made together." Click Here to read the full article.

BOULDER ROTARY Red Badge members were asked their favorite recipes, and very soon the group decided to put together a Pandemic Cookbook. New members = new ideas!!! Click Here to read more and how to order the book.

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 NEW): 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...

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2022 AND BEYOND
 
Goodbye 2021!
 
Thank you to all Rotarians who supported the Rotary International Foundation in 2021! 
 
As we enter 2022, we look back fondly but with thoughts of: Are we back yet? Where did the time go? Did we get together as #PeopleofAction?
 
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.
 
" I am a Rotarian because I revel in joy of belonging to an organization that not only provides each individual with all the true friends that one will ever need, but also because I wake up each morning knowing that my work will save and change a life that day.
—Carolyn EW Pierce, Rotary Club of Dalton, Mass.
 
 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 Champions of Action!

NUMBERS TO CONSIDER -
  • 2,471 newly chartered Rotary and Rotaract clubs, which expand our reach and diversify our membership
  • 55 organizations that partner with Rotary to increase our impact together
  • 25,000+ experts in 27 Rotary Action Groups shared their passion for a common cause to help clubs make an impact

ENTHUSIASM & ENERGY TO ERADICATE POLIO CONTINUE IN DISTRICT 5450! It looks like we might end 2021 with less than 10 cases (and fingers crossed, maybe even less) of polio caused by wild poliovirus and less than 1/2 of the cases caused by cVDPV than in 2020. When we look back to 2021, it may be seen as a turning point for efforts to stop all forms of polio for good. Click Here to read more...

THE 2020-2021 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. https://rotary.org/en/annual-report-2021

DISTRICT 5450 GRANT NEWS - Do you know you can still apply for District Grants to support your Club's 2021-2022 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 2022. What are you waiting for? Apply for a Grant today! For more information, contact the District Grants Subcommittee Chair, Marty Waters - grants5450@gmail.com
 
Here’s a great project idea#Rotary Club of Garden City (Georgetown) in Guyana built a wheelchair-accessible garden for residents of Cheshire Home, a home for children and adults with disabilities. The goal of the garden is to reduce #FoodWaste

 
NEXT MONTH:  PLANNING FOR THE NEW ROTARY YEAR
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAINING
 
Click the links below to view Event Information
 
 
CAN GHANDI'S APPROACH STILL WORK IN OUR VIOLENT WORLD?
Thursday, Jan. 6 - Virtual 6:30 to 7:30 pm MST
 
Tuesday, Jan. 11 | Virtual 7:00 to 8:15 pm MST
 
Wednesday, Jan. 19 | Tickets on sale now!
 
STATE OF THE STATE LUNCHEON & MENTAL HEALTH EXPO
Thursday, March 10 | DTC Hyatt
Save the Date - More Info Coming Soon
 
2022 DISTRICT CONFERENCE
April 29-30 | The Hangar Stanley Marketplace
Save the Date - More Info Coming Soon
 
ROTARY DAY AT THE ROCKIES
Sunday, August 21 - Save the Date
Rockies vs. Giants
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE DISTRICT, CLUBS & THE GLOBE!
 
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Rotary District 5450 - Colorado, USA
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