MARCH 2018
Most Rotarians know that Basic Education and Literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus that collectively are designed to create a better world and improve lives. However, most Rotarians, especially those from developed countries, do not realize that basic education and literacy skills are sorely absent in undeveloped countries. Even in the United States, schools for underprivileged and/or low-income students often lack the teaching resources and technology to give their students the same education that perhaps our own children received.  Rotary considers it important for everyone, children and adults, to have access to basic literacy through secondary school or its equivalent as well as functional literacy to manage daily living and employment tasks. The abilities to read, write, and engage in critical thought are the necessary components to be considered a literate individual.
Rotary International backs up this concern for basic education and literacy with facts and figures that are astounding. For example, 1.7 million additional teachers are needed worldwide to meet the goal of universal primary education. Also, there are 57 million children worldwide who are not in school.  And, finally, there are 781 million people over the age of 15 –60% of them women—who are illiterate. 
Clearly, there is much that we, as Rotarians, can do and are doing. For example, in our District we have funded numerous global and district grants that provide resources to enhance educational and literacy opportunities. Englewood, for example, has had over a 20-year history of reading books to children, Cherry Creek Rotary partnered with Barnes and Noble to introduce e-readers to schools, and Mt. Foothills and Denver Southeast have been multi-year supporters of the Guatemala Literacy program, just to name a few clubs who have been active in the area of literacy and basic education.
Lastly, if your club is looking for new partnership ideas and organizations, come to the District Literacy conference to be held on March 24 at the University of Denver Joy Burns Center. This conference, chaired by District Literacy Chair Karen Loeb,  is designed to have several different organizations provide background and partnering opportunities in topics that range from teaching and creating habits of philanthropy in youth, raising awareness of the opioid crisis for all age groups, early literacy intervention programs, counter-terrorism literacy here and around the world,  adult literacy bilingual classes and tutoring opportunities, global challenges awareness, sexual abuse prevention training, and providing STEM textbooks for rural Tanzanian school children. While these topics go beyond the traditional reading, writing, and math basics, learning about these topics is important in educating Rotarians about how they can use their monies and sweat equity to engage in new “literacy” topics.
I encourage every Rotarian in our District to take just a few minutes to also view the video on the following link. It tells a beautiful story about how educating one girl can change the world:  Please give thought to how your club can help make a difference by giving both children and adults an opportunity to succeed through having basic tools in literacy and education to move the needle towards a peaceful world.
Yours in Rotary,
Abbas Rajabi, District Governor
Membership Jumpstart
March 10 - 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Red Rocks Community College
Almost sold out.  REGISTER NOW 
Literacy Conference
March 24 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
University of Denver
Learn differenct approaches to literacy. REGISTER NOW 
April 5-8, 2018  |  Lakewood, CO
33rd Annual Native American Youth Weekend - get a great seat at the All West Basketball Tournament featuring 100 Western Indian High School teams
Volunteers needed to help with the Scorekeeping and Time Keeping. The basketball is fast, competitive and great fun to watch. Click Here for Full Information
April 14-15, 2018  |  Manual High School, Denver
with Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias
May 19-20, 2018
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
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.
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
Peace and Conflict Resolution are more important today than ever before.  Between now and the end of April Rotary Clubs around the world will be nominating candidates to be Peace Fellows.  There are two different initiatives:
  -  A two-year fellowship to study for a master’s Degree at one of six locations around the world.  Up to 60 candidates will be successful worldwide. The degree will focus on world peace and international conflict resolution. *
  -  A three-month certificate program at the Rotary Center in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand accepts as many as 25 candidates.  This is a professional development certificate program of interactive study focused on peace and conflict resolution  
Clubs should begin their search for applicants immediately.  They need to conduct their interview and selection process through April.  Completed applications with your club’s endorsement must be received at the address below by May 31, 2018:
Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator 10 years in a row!
For the 10th consecutive year (report dated 12/01-2017), The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.  To review the report, go to
An easy way to support The Rotary Foundation is to use the Rotary Direct form.
On the morning of February 4th, Evergreen Rotarians Greg Podd, Marianne Temple and Curt Harris stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet).  They were joined by Pat Temple, PDG (Utah) Monty Eggett and Dr. Don Weinberg and six young Tanzanian women on the climb: Elli, Martha, Aicande, Wajabu, Molly and Theresia.

“Kili for Kisa 2018” was the second effort with the first climb held in 2016.  The eight-day climb was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Evergreen and was held to support and bring awareness to AfricAid’s Kisa Project.  AfricAid is a non-profit based in the Denver area and was started in 2000 by then-teenager Ashley Schuyler.  The Kisa Project is focused on providing leadership and life skills training to Tanzanian girls in Advanced Secondary School.  All of the six Tanzanian climbers are alumnae of Kisa, with five of them  currently serving as mentors in the program.  The American climbers and other Evergreen Rotarians provided funding to allow the girls the rare opportunity to climb a mountain they see daily but only dreamed that they might someday conquer.

Five of the six Tanzanians joined the six Americans on the summit (one had medical issues at 15,000+ feet).  While all eleven were ecstatic they had achieved the goal, the girls had other emotions as well, including an even deeper commitment to their mission of helping other girls achieve seemingly impossible goals.

Kili for Kisa 2018 was an overwhelming success and Curt is considering a Kili for Kisa 2020 in the fall of 2020.  For more information of AfricAid and the Kisa Project, please visit
Unless you know someone with developmental disabilities, you might not be aware of the challenge parents face when planning the future for their child with special needs.  As one parent poignantly put it, "I just have to live one day longer than my daughter." With few exceptions, individuals with Downs Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities will not go on to college. They won’t have careers or move into their own apartments. Many will struggle to find work. Most will never drive a car. For the rest of their lives they will need support and supervision. Some require 24-hour medical care.
Wellspring calls these individuals STARS, an acronym for “Specially Talented Adults Raising Standards”.
Yet, like most everyone else, STARS want - and deserve - a place to belong, a place where they can feel accepted and valued. They need a place where they can experience the satisfaction of meaningful work and activity. Their families want a place where they know their loved ones will be safe and receive the best care.
The State of Colorado has recently made great strides in addressing the long waiting list for services to individuals with special needs once they are age 21. However, the unfilled demand is still great as thousands of young men and women with special needs age-out of the public-school system each year. The waiting list for services is still thousands deep, leaving many adults with special needs sitting at home bored and lonely. Their parents are fraught with anxiety trying to find productive activities for their adult child. It’s a struggle to find enough time to provide meaningful activities. Most of all, parents wonder who will care for their child when they can no longer provide care.
Sus-tain-ing: Adjective, to strengthen or support physically or mentally.
Synonyms: nourish, nurture
The Rotary Foundation recognizes Sustaining Members as those Rotarians who donate $100 or more per year to our Annual Fund. Sustaining Members provide the lifeblood that allows our Foundation to provide financial support to Rotary programs worldwide. Last year 40% of our District membership were Sustaining Members. Year to date, this Rotary year, approximately 25% of our members have made that commitment.
Please consider showing your support for Rotary by becoming a Sustaining Member this year!
The Peaceful Schools and 4-way programs have combined to provide age appropriate and effective methods to introduce and discuss the 4-way test to children and youth at each stage of childhood development.  
ELEMENTARY (Grades 1-3) – Peaceful Schools Program
At this stage of development (ages 6-8) we want to teach young children to think outside of themselves, to recognize how their behaviors affect other people and to understand the consequences of what they say or do. We have simplified the language of the 4-way test (with Rotary International’s approval) into the FOUR AWESOME QUESTIONS:
Before you think, say or do something, ask yourself:  • Is it true?  • Is it fair to everyone?  • Will it help build friendships?  • Will it be good for everyone?
The Four Awesome Questions (FAQs) are simple and straight forward and easily understood by this age group.  The FAQs are the foundation of the Peaceful Schools Program. 
Peaceful Schools Program:
The Peaceful Schools Program curriculum is built around the FAQs and with four lesson plans and each lesson focused on one of following social and emotional skills: expressing feelings; building community; celebrating diversity; and resolving conflict. 
The Peaceful Schools Program (PSP) is a classroom-based program, sponsored by a Rotary Club, delivered in elementary school classrooms (grades 1, 2, and/or 3), by high school students who are trained by Rotarians to effectively teach the program.  While Rotarians can also teach this program in the classroom, high school students are ideal in that the elementary students respond extremely well to them and the high school students gain immeasurable benefits from the program as well.  (See section 3 below.)
Each of the 4 classroom sessions (and corresponding lesson plan) includes the reading and discussion of a children’s story that illustrates the lesson concept, activities that demonstrate the lesson concept, and music that inspires the children to internalize these lessons. To learn more about the Peaceful Schools Program visit our website at
Unfortunately 2018 will not be the year we “Reach Zero”.  By mid February 2018 there have been three confirmed cases of wild poliovirus caused paralysis in Afghanistan and positive environmental samples continue to show up in both Afghanistan and in Pakistan. 
On a more positive note -- the number of paralytic cases due to circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has markedly decreased from 93-96 cases in 2017 (78 in Syria and 18 in Democratic Republic of Congo) to either zero or three cases thus far in 2018. Carl Tintsman, has said about cVDPV2, “We’ve dealt with this before, we know how to deal with it and can fairly quickly get it under control!” Let’s hope that is true in Syria and the D R Congo!
When cases of paralytic polio are still occurring, it can be discouraging. BUT it is important that we remember some of the remarkable accomplishments that have occurred because of the polio eradication program:
  • The number of cases of polio paralysis has decreased more than 99.9% since 1988 (from 350,00 cases annually in the world in 1988 to 22 cases in 2017!)
  •  More than 16 million people, who would have otherwise have been paralyzed, are free from polio-paralyzed muscles.
  • The global effort to eradicate polio has saved more than US $27 billion in healthcare costs since 1988. If the virus is eradicated by 2020, as projected, an additional $20 to $25 billion will be saved by 2035!
  • Epidemics of Ebola, meningitis, and other acute contagious diseases have been identified, reported, and teams quickly mobilized to deal with these diseases.  This has happened much quicker than would have happened in the past because of the polio surveillance teams and the reporting/tracking teams on the ground, in real time, in the affected countries.
Lastly, we must continue until we reach zero because it is estimated that if we stopped now, within 10 years there would be as many at 200,000 new cases of polio per year in the world!!
The population in District 5450 has grown substantially in the last 10 years with numerous changes in demographics. There is potential in our District for many more folks to share in providing service locally and globally by becoming a Rotarian.
Long time Rotarian, Lou Wagner, has devised a way to look at the growth and the changing demographics. The resulting tool shows the potential for membership based on population, other Service Clubs and the demographics of your area. This tool can also provide information for estimating club membership goals, or goals to establish a new club. The information in the tool, along with Larry Sundrum’s District planning tool, can also be used to reach out in your area for folks to help with community projects, fund raising or for recruiting new members.
Information for the databases is derived from District Rotary data and retrieved from the internet. Additional information for these demographic databases comes from gaining knowledge about you club. Lou and his committee need help to validate and complete these data bases.
On Table 1, find your club (arranged by Assistant Governor Area) and check to see if there is additional room for membership growth. If the “Base SC Members/10,000 population” number is below 31, you have opportunities in your area. There are also some areas of population that show potential for a new club: Ken Caryl, Dakota Ridge, Lafayette, Louisville/Superior. 
For those statistically inclined, the independent variables explained 87% of the variation between the club sizes and population, Median Age, Median HH income, Education, Median House value and race Table 2.  I would appreciate all feedback to or 970-390-1490.
The ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to access Club and Member information on your phone !
• View Club Executives  • Access Member Phone & Emails  • View Club Events  • View Club Info, Meeting Times, Locations  • View District Executives
Click here to view an informational video. Download to your phone via iTunes or the PlayStore.
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.
Rotaraction was formed to fill a need - a way to get/keep young people involved in Rotary, especially since Rotary currently has a limited value proposition for this demographic. The online meetings will consist of “Blog” posts and discussions, each member will have responsibility for writing blogs and responding. In addition, each member will be required to do a minimum number of hours of community service during the quarter.  We will encourage them to create a relationship with a local Rotary Club.
Our research has shown that this demographic has very little desire to spend time in meetings, they want to communicate quickly, easily and at their own convenience. They much prefer to engage in service projects. Many are in college and even if there is a Rotaract club, attending meetings can be too time consuming. 
In addition to the time issue, belonging to most traditional Rotary Clubs is cost prohibitive. Our college members face many costs and often have little opportunity to earn money. Our working young adults also tend to have limited disposable income. Therefore, the club dues are just enough to cover District and RI dues.
Officers:  President: Mary Sand
               Vice President: Mckenzie Purdue
               Secretary: Katie Kelley
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).

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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.

Rotary District 5450 - Colorado, USA
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