April 2018
As we approach the hour of our District Celebration, I am honored and excited to walk alongside our District and my fellow Rotarians in the spirit of celebration. Rotarians have so much to celebrate! Some of the extraordinary work we have done as Rotarians includes: the vaccination of 2.6 billion children against Polio, millions and millions of hours donated to service, the constant and ever growing network of Rotarians that enthusiastically helps the world, peacemaking initiatives – big and small, awareness projects related to physical and mental health, attention to children’s literacy, a focus on water and access to clean water. Indeed, Rotary has much to celebrate.
Each of our clubs has so many projects that should be a point of pride for all of us. While we continue to push forward, as spring brings new life and energy, I encourage each of the clubs in this District to take a moment to celebrate all you have done to serve your community. I urge you all to stand alongside me in congratulating our District on service and on being a part of a local, district, and global family of Rotarians.
We hear often that we live in polarizing times. Our country is frequently decried as politically divided. In Rotary, our politics sit outside the door and our connections build on a desire to build strong communities, to foster service and good will, and to transcend politics to focus on actionable, tangible projects that help our communities thrive. In May, at our District Celebration, we will join together to remember what it is that makes Rotary so special. We will share our success and brainstorm for our future.
When I stop to think about what it is that makes me want to shout from the rooftops about Rotary it is the sense of connection I have with my fellow Rotarians and the communities I help. When I ask my fellow Rotarians what they celebrate in Rotary, they tell me:
  • I celebrate the connections made by being a Rotarian.
  • I celebrate the connections with my club members I might never have met.
  • I celebrate the connections to community projects and global projects, the connections to the people involved in the projects; seeing the difference Rotarians make in the lives of the people served.
  • I celebrate the connections to incredible dedicated folks serving in roles at the District level, not  only seeing what they do for Rotary but seeing the support they give others.
All of the connections inspire me to be a better Rotarian, a better person, a better leader. Now I want to pass it on and be the inspiration to others.
I invite you to stand up in your club this month and declare what you celebrate each time you attend a Rotary meeting, serve a Rotary project, or work on Rotary service, and then come share with us at the District Celebration in May! Let’s honor Rotary and one another. Click here to learn more.
And while you are there, share another part of your life with us. Do you own a business? Would you like to share your story with other Rotarians and also learn about their businesses? Join us for the first ever Business Expo at this year's District Celebration. Click here to learn more. 
Yours in Rotary,
Abbas Rajabi, District Governor
April 14-15, 2018  |  Manual High School, Denver
with Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias
District 5450 is putting together a printed Business Directory for the May 19-20 District Celebration. Listings are $25 annually.
Registration Deadline is April 13 - CLICK HERE to have your business included!
May 19-20, 2018
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
Registration closes midnight May 10th
REGISTER NOW for the May 19 and 20, 2018 Celebration of Rotary with keynote speakers former DU Chancellor Dan Ritchie addressing how Rotary can help reach  consensus in a divided society, and Lt. General Jay B. Silveria, Superintendant, US Air Force Academy. Add to this break out sessions, panel discussions, and the Service and Business Expos and you have an action packed 24 hours of fellowship celebrating Rotary.
Registration is now open!  Watch the video of DG Abbas & Sam Adams - click here!
June 25, 2018  |  Toronto, Canada
Rotary eClub One cordially invites you to our 2018 Annual Banquet on Monday, June 25th in Toronto. Come and socialize with eClub One members and other Rotarians from around the world, and enjoy an elegant dinner at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to make great contacts and meet new friends in a relaxed social setting. For reservations and registration, visit 
The top six reasons a Rotarian should plan to attend their first Rotary International Conference in Toronto June 23-27, 2018:
  1. It couldn’t be any easier to go. There are three-hour non-stop flights for less than $500.
  2. Toronto is an easy city to navigate.  Public transportation works well and there are no language issues.
  3. Toronto is a fun city that is world famous for its food and entertainment.
  4. World-class speakers, entertainment and programs provide opportunities that most people will never experience.
  5. Attending will make you even more proud to be a Rotarian by providing you with an enormous sense of connection and appreciation for the greatness and effectiveness of Rotary around the world.
  6. No matter what your Rotary passions are, the connections you will make and the resources available in the gigantic House of Friendship will make you a better Rotarian and improve your projects’ results.
For more information and to register visit
When asked the secret of his success, a renowned fisherman said, "Use the bait they like, not the bait you like."
So simple and still profound. And how revealing of our human condition. We use what we like. We talk about what we know and like. We share what we care about. And the opening to listen, not only to prospects, but to our members, closes a little.
Did you know we lose most of our members in their first three years and many in their first year? Why is that? I think it's because we keep offering the bait WE like.
The challenge we all have, no matter how long we've been in Rotary, or in our club, is to keep listening with fresh ears to our members. Are we using the bait they like?  And with our long-time members, notice if something has changed: aging parents; kids leave; grandchildren arrive; these are big changes and can have a huge impact. Are we paying attention?
In just a few short months this Rotary year ends and a new one begins. And our topic remains recruitment and retention. We say these two words a lot. And neither are simple, or easy.
Who said it would be easy?!
Our District Celebration is May 19th. We'll be announcing clubs with outstanding achievements in many areas, especially membership. Keep up the good work and stay tuned.
A vaccine that prevents cancer?
As we know in Rotary, our work is never done, but at this spring-time of rebirth, let’s stop and celebrate our successes.
More than 7 million children under the age of five die each year from disease, malnutrition, lack of access to healthcare, and inadequate sanitation.  Although both maternal and child death rates have decreased by almost half in the past two decades, continued support is needed to sustain progress. 
Rotary’s response?  We provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Through Rotary-supported programs, women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease. Our projects empower the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. 
In District 5450 your Maternal and Child Health Care team has most recently focused on the exciting HPV Cancer Prevention Vaccine and other childhood vaccinations in conjunction with Drs. James Todd and Edwin Asturias, Pediatric Infectious Disease and Epidemiology specialists, the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, state legislators, and others devoted to protecting the children of Colorado.  Rotaract and Interact Clubs are being educated in hopes that they will take a lead and join the effort to save lives. 
Why do Rotarians give to The Rotary Foundation’s endowment program? We know that many donors cringe at the idea that their donations are going to anything besides delivery of services, so why would somebody give money that purposely is not going to be spent? Well, endowment opportunities give donors a strong reason to contribute to The Rotary Foundation…one that is very serious about planning for the future. But there is a primary reason about “the future” that motivates donors to contribute to endowment.
The idea of perpetuity is the key for decision-makers. Many Rotarians want the good humanitarian work that Rotary does for people around the world to continue forever. The impulse for some part of us to live on forever isn’t a negative one—some say it is comes naturally. When we give contributions to Rotary’s Annual Fund or PolioPlus or one of six area of focus, we get a warm glow from knowing that the money is going to be used soon to further our charitable mission. When we give contributions to endowment, we experience the glow of perpetuity. Our money will undergird The Rotary Foundation long after we are gone. That’s a powerful motivator!
Littleton Rotarians again used Flower Power to raise the spirits of local seniors with flowering plants rescued from the annual Home and Garden Show.
Dozens of volunteers helped to close out the show and box the thousands of plants at Mile High Stadium. More volunteers loaded boxes into rental U-Haul trucks for Monday morning deliveries. 640 plants headed to Littleton. First stop TLC Meals on Wheels where 300 plants would soon be in the hands of seniors eager for their meals and a special treat. Next would come Amity Plaza, Bradley House, Alyson Court, River Pointe and finally Wind Crest. 
The tradition of saving plants and raising spirits is just one of the many community services provided by Rotarians in Littleton. Engaged in the community since 1922 local members support as many as 18 local charities through financial donations as well as direct service hours. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Littleton visit
Does your club have members who were born after 1960? They likely don’t know much about polio. Do you sometimes need a speaker for a club meeting? Are you wondering how to keep interest up about polio eradication and continuing to raise money for Rotary’s number one mission? District 5450’s Polio Committee wants to help you!! We have recently developed a Speaker’s Bureau and will soon have information on the District website with ideas for fundraising and short messages that can be shared during club meetings.
The committee is exploring ways to make information more easily accessible, but for now follow these steps: Go to , then click on “Full District Website”; on the next page click on “Foundation”.  From the drop-down menu below Foundation click on “Polio Eradication”. There will be several choices including Speakers’ Bureau where you can read short bios and contact info for Rotarians who are willing to come to your club and do a presentation on various topics relating to polio.
There actually is a plethora of resources that your club could access and use - on YouTube alone if you type “polio” into the search box over 100 videos will come up! Sorting through all this can be very time consuming. In the coming months, the polio committee plans to review these and other resources and put together a format that will help you quickly and reliably find resources to educate your club and your community, to successfully raise funds for ending polio, and to help you celebrate with us when we “Get to Zero”!     
The Rotary Club of Northglenn-Thornton has for many of years conducted an annual food drive to help our neighbors in the Northglenn and Thornton areas. Every year the club selects four food banks, two in Northglenn and two in Thornton. This drive is conducted typically in mid-February through the beginning of April when the food banks are in the need the most.
In 2017, the club had a record year in collecting nearly $10,000 in non-perishables and cash donations with the help of a matching grant from District, community partners, and our wonderful members. The food drive runs about six weeks with members collecting nonperishables. We should mention that not only do we enjoy helping our neighbors in need, but we don’t forget their four-legged family members either.
We enjoy cash donations because we go shopping to ensure we are getting nutrient based foods, along with good staples, such as rice, pasta, etc. to support a healthy diet.
Once we collect the food and shop, then it is time to prepare for delivery. We begin with sorting the food. When sorted we then equally distribute the food onto eight pallets. Then each pallet needs to be prepared for delivery. The key is to have the pallets go on the truck in such a way that the first delivery has two pallets easily accessible, then stop two and so on.
More than one out five school children (28%) reports being bullied. Children who experience bullying are at increased risk of poor school performance, anxiety and depression which in turn can contribute to violence to oneself or others. 
The Peaceful Schools Program (PSP) is dedicated to creating safer, more respectful, and bully-free environments for our children and youth. The program uses an adaptation of Rotary’s 4-way test along with educator-endorsed lesson plans to teach the concepts of expressing feelings, building community, resolving conflicts, and celebrating diversity. Adopted by18 Rotary Clubs in District 5450 and implemented in more than 25 elementary schools in the greater Denver area, the program is positively impacting more than 1500 elementary school children along with hundreds of high school students.   
Learn more about this program and how it is making a difference for our children and youth by inviting us to speak at your next club meeting (contact Carole Baumbusch at or visiting our website at  
As we enter the last quarter of the Rotary year let's take a minute to look at where we stand with donations to our Rotary Foundation Annual Fund. Recall that the Annual Fund is the primary source of funding for most Rotary grant projects including the District Designated Funds (DDF) that we use as matching funds in many of our projects.
Last Rotary year (2016-17) District 5450 Rotarians contributed $516,421 to the Annual Fund. This year (2017-18) we have raised over $384,000 to date. We are just short of 3/4 of the way to equaling last year’s contributions with slightly more than 1/4 of the year remaining. Obviously we want to grow our funding year over year which means we hope to exceed last year’s numbers.  
This is a great time for Clubs to review their progress toward their Annual Fund goals. Please don't wait to send in funds that have been accumulated by the club until year end. Individual Rotarian's should consider their plans to support our work. Become a first time donor, add to your prior donations or use matching points to make someone a Paul Harris Fellow.
Rotaract Auraria Denver is now official thanks to the mentoring and inspiration of Lee Mulberry, District Youth Services Chair. Officers President Hailey Davis, VP Raechel Buehler, Secretary Tori Schramm, and Treasurer Edgar Calderon were sworn in and given their pins. Sponsored by Mountain Foothills Rotary, this will be the fourth Rotaract in the District. President Susanne Robert and others from Mountain Foothills were in attendance for the celebration. Months of preliminary work have gone into building a good foundation for the club. Officers reported on their project plans, fundraising, club culture, marketing, and upcoming events. Their appeal will go out to the entire Auraria Campus - CU Denver, Metro, and CCD - and also younger professionals in the area.
Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to effect change in communities worldwide.
For more information email or President Hailey Davis
Rotaraction ( is an online Rotary club for 18 to 30-year-old people, and is accepting new members.  The structure of Rotaraction differs significantly from Rotaract. First, it is entirely online, second the primary communication tool is a smart phone app.  Third, all Rotaraction members will be full Rotarians.  
Rotaract Clubs will not be impacted as their value proposition is quite different and still valid. Rotaract is geographically bound just as Rotary Clubs are, Rotaraction, by being online, will not have geographic boundaries nor regular meeting times.
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).

Have something to add to the lists?  Email

Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.

Rotary District 5450 - Colorado, USA
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