Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker

Parker Cherry Creek Valley

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
The Conference Center Parker Adventist Hospital
9395 Crown Crest Blvd
Parker, CO  80138
United States
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Students in the Cimarron Middle School Interact Club have never been to Afghanistan, Nigeria or Pakistan. Nor have they had to worry about contracting polio, a contagious, crippling and often deadly virus that infects the brain and spinal cord, which has been eradicated around the world except for Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Students at Cimarron, in Parker, want to make sure children in the three countries where polio is still a problem won't have to worry about the deadly virus in the future. Students raised money through the Pajamas for Polio fundraiser last month, which they donated to the Rotary Club International, which is the leading service organization for eradicating polio. The students' efforts earned them their Rotary banner, which now hangs in the entryway to the school.

“I joined the Interact Club because my friend told me about it and it sounded like fun,” said student Abby Reis, 11. “I really like it and I want to help my community and other people. Now I wish we could meet two times a week because I want to do so much more.”

The club is a junior Rotary Club, and students had to earn a Rotary banner to hang in their school, by sponsoring a local and international fundraising event. Pajamas for Polio qualified for the international event, and students donated the $500 raised to eradicate polio. They are planting trees around Parker for Arbor Day, and working on a school safety project which qualifies for local events. Students were presented their banner by the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker, and spent an afternoon crafting individual name tags to accompany the banner. The club currently boasts nearly 40 members.

Norah Dishong, 13, said she can see herself becoming a Rotarian and upholding the organization's motto of “Service Before Self” throughout her life.

“I'm doing this because it feels really good to help out my community in a way that doesn't benefit me. I could see myself in a lifetime of service,” said Dishong.

Student adviser Nicole Martin said although she supervises the students, they take the initiative to run the club by themselves.

“They're a great group of kids, and this is the kind of club that anybody can belong to,” said Martin. “We have kids who are also involved in sports, theater and math. They all get along and are all passionate about helping others.”

 

Brayden Jacob, 13, a student at Cimarron Middle School, along with seven of his classmates, joined more than 200 people at Parker's PACE Center April 11 for the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker's Third Annual Achievement Luncheon.

Jacob was one of 39 nominees being honored by the Rotary Club for taking the initiative to do something that helps others. “Service Above Self” is the motto of the service organization, and Jacob was nominated because he approached his principal, Chris Zimmerman, and asked about starting a club at the school called Interact, which serves as a young Rotarian club and encourages students to help others.

“I learned about the Rotary while I was at a leadership camp and thought nowadays people aren't always nice to each other,” said Jacob. “I thought I could inspire kids at school to do the right thing.”

Rotarian Cheryl O'Brien, who helped organize the event, said it's actions like Jacob's that make a difference in the world.

“The purpose of the celebration is to recognize salt-of-the-earth people who perform little acts of service, that may not seem like much to them, but make a big difference to other people,” said O'Brien.

The event was kicked off with an invocation by Pastor Gary McCusker, and a proclamation from Parker Mayor Mike Waid praising the efforts of all nominees. Author Tommy Spaulding was the keynote speaker,and encouraged attendees to continue their acts of service. Spaulding founded Leaders Challlenge, one of the largest high school civic and leadership programs in Colorado.

Nominees came from throughout Douglas County, and Light 'n' Heart awards were given in a dozen categories, including Young Person of Achievement, Achievement in Leadership, Local Service and International Service, as well as Unsung Heroine/Hero.

Jacob received the Achievement as a Young Man Award Light 'n' Heart award, and also received a copy of Spaulding's book "The Heart-Led Leader."

Ralph Martin joined the Rotary Club in 2002, and said he looks forward to the annual luncheon each year.

Students Jenna Barrus, Genevieve Hier, Paul Bowers, Julia Huck, Tatus Bristow, Lindsay Mullen, Paige Dickman, Anna Schulhoff, Cici Ehmann and Megan Yu received scholarship awards.

“It's wonderful to see so many good people, and young people. I look forward to it every year,” said Martin. “I couldn't imagine my life without the Rotary.”

 
LOTS of grant money given for worthy organizations to continue their service throughout our community and the world. Arrive Kenya, Wellspring Community, Parker Task Force, and Project Sanctuary.
Thank you to our Awesome Sergeant-at-Arms, Jim Chincholl (left) who has served our Club tirelessly and with so much commitment for many years! Thank you Jim for all you do for Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker! 
(pictured here with Eric Dyer, President-Elect)
Our latest new members receiving their WHITE badge! (from left)Mike D and new members -- Tom Z, Nell and Tom L. Welcome to the club!
Our special guest on Feb. 14th was Miss Colorado, Meredith Winnefeld. She shared with us her passion for young people and how the pageant program has allowed her to follow her dreams, get a college education and go further by working on her Masters in Business and Marketing. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!  Meredith is joined here by Tish Shade, a member of our club and is currently Mrs. Parker! She will be competing in April for the State title. Good luck and thank you ladies! 
 
Our Student of the Quarter for the second quarter of the school year was Jack Freeman, pictured here with Staci Batterson, an Assistant Principal at Legend High School, along with Tamera Krause, the Interact adviser for LHS. Congratulations Jack! 

2018 Achievement Luncheon

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Achievement Luncheon on April 11, 2018 from 11-1pm at the Parker PACE Center! This event will highlight both men and women who live and/or work in Douglas County that have made an impact on the lives of others in many ways. Their exemplary volunteer work and hearts of service will be recognized during the luncheon. This year, the keynote speech will feature author Tommy Spaulding, a world-renown inspirational speaker on leadership and a New York Times bestselling author of It's Not Just Who You Know and The Heart Led Leader. You don't want to miss this amazing event!
  We are excited to welcome these great folks into our club this past week! 
Sheri Shoemaker, Tom Zimmerman, Jason Naugle and Tom Lamar have made application and received their Red badges. We look forward to having them with us and all the great service we can accomplish together! 
 
 
The Legend Interact students and several our club members spent the last 4 Fridays at Gold Rush Elementary reading to the four 1st Grade classes. The students read 4 different books to all the classes and discussed how the characters relate to the "four awesome questions".
We had a great time and we know the kiddos did too! We left a copy of each of the books in each classroom. Thank you Andrea for organizing us all soooo well!
You were our Champion!!! 
Another awesome Trick or Treat on Mainstreet this Halloween!
It was wonderful to have Miss Colorado, Meredith Winnefeld, for coming and passing out candy to our kiddos and taking pics with so many! 
 Thank you to all our club members who worked so hard to set up, play music, pass out candy, and just be in the moment to make the event so special and successful for the town of Parker!! Thanks especially to Eric Dyer and his team for all their tireless hours of planning! A huge shout out to the Legend Interact club also who brought so much joy to the kiddos! 
 
Clark and Jan Hastings became members CCV Rotary on May 20, 2016. After many years of dedication and service at the Parker Task Force, they did a lot of research and vetting of organizations, which might be fun and rewarding for them to invest their time and talents in. After looking over the books with Don Willson, the Hastings chose CCV Rotary. The Hastings have provided programs for our meetings, attended board meetings with new ideas, participated in the DC Student Support Center, contributed meaningful inspirational moments, and participated in Trick or Treat on Mainstreet in a number of ways. Recently, we had the privilege of recognizing both Clark and Jan as Paul Harris Fellows. For these reasons and more, Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker is pleased to recognize Clark and Jan Hastings with the 2016-2017 Rising Star Award.
 
Our club expands to welcome Becca McCluskey
 
We enjoyed an awesome change of command dinner at the Colorado Golf Club on Tuesday evening. The night was spent visiting and looking back at the great events and projects that we were involved in and that we supported. Highlighted was the resilience, adaptability and strength of our club and it's membership. Mike Dunkel turned the gavel over to Becky Hoeck and we are excited going into 2017- 18 year of exciting service and opportunity! Thank you to all of our club members who were able to attend. Happy Fourth of July and God bless America!
 
The membership here at The Parker Rotary Cherry Creek Valley is booming!  We meet over lunch on Wednesday's at Parker Adventist Hospital.  We have welcomed over 7 new members in last several months!  Rotary offers an incredible opportunity to give back to your community with some of the kindest most generous people in Parker.  There are local and international opportunities for service!  (Click on the links in the top left of our home page to see some of the great work we are doing!)  
Today, we were honored to have Jeff Moore, a local area firefighter, share the details of his bicycle adventure across the United States.  Jeff rode from San Francisco to New York (4400 miles in just 61 days!) to raise money for fallen firefighters and their families.  He also wanted to raise awareness for the sacrifices firefighters make every day.  He shared lots of pictures of the beautiful landscape as well as the firehouses and firefighters that put him up along the way.  He was stunned at the "immense hospitality" he was given.  Jeff reminded us what an immense impact one person can make in our community!  
 
 
 
We had a packed house today to hear John Ramstead, a certified Leadership Coach, who delivered a powerful talk about connecting with our passions to live a life "that outlives our life."  As a combat fighter pilot who was selected to attend Top Gun, he had us  the edge of our seats detailing a typical day at the office - landing his F-14 on a carrier deck!  However, his greatest triumph, and biggest life lesson came with a near-fatal accident that had him under hospital care for two years.  During his recovery time, he sought clarity on what is truly important in life.  He shared his journey to help us connect with our own legacy.  He reminded us that "everyday is a second chance."  
 
Kevin delivered an inspirational moment that highlighted the fun and success we've had with Brewfest - $45,000 raised to allow us to serve our community.  WOW!  We also had an opportunity to elect our 2017-2018 board.  Congratulations and thank you to those who are serving on our board! 
 
 
Congrats to Dr. Win Pendleton for being named a Channel 7 Every Day Hero for his service with the Douglas County Student Support Center.  Dr. Pendleton credits the Rotary for getting him connected to this opportunity to serve students who have struggled with math in the traditional high school setting.  He's volunteered his time there for 10 years!  Now that is service above self!  Click >>HERE<< to watch a quick video.
We scrambled for a list minute meeting spot, but El Trio handled our group like pros!  And thank goodness...we had some very special guests!
Today we met Hannah Haveman, our Student of the Quarter.  Hannah is a Senior at Legend and has maintained a 4.0++ GPA with weighted courses. This past year, she acted as co-captain of her Varsity volleyball team.  Additionally, she volunteers at her church and at the field house with young volleyball players.  Headed to the University of Cali at Monterey Bay this fall, she plans to study Psychology, with a specialty in children's therapy. She has signed her letter of intent to play volleyball there as well. 

Hannah was joined at our meeting on Dec. 7th by her Mom, Stacey, and her grandmother, Grace, who is a former Rotarian from the Dallas area.  Congratulations Hannah on being our Student of the quarter and good luck in your future! 
We held our annual Change of Command Dinner at the Colorado Golf Club this year and the venue and dinner were awesome. Beings that this was President Kevin's last official meeting, he had a multitude of awards to present to various CCV members. Joy Collins was our Rotarian of the Year and deservedly so.
Everyone had a wonderful time, even though the turnout was less than in past years. Next year we should concentrate on increasing the numbers of members/souses that attend this CCV signature event, celebrating the past year and the optimism for the upcoming year.
      
 
Michelle Boyer will be the president for 2016-17 CCV calendar year. We wish Michelle the best and we encourage all CCV members to help Michelle in her endeavors this upcoming year.
 
President Kevin opened the meeting, the last of his tenure for CCV. Gary Fields provided the inspirational moment, recognizing the efforts of the Women of Achievement committee for their fine work with this event last week.
Heather Ehle with Project Sanctuary provided a report on how their Gala went and informed the club of the positive effects that PS has with military families.
CCV honorary member, Mike Oldham visited the club and provided an update to his global grant.
Please note that we will not meet at the hospital next week as that evening we are having our annual Change of Command dinner at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker.
Thanks to Kevin and his board for all their hard work and commitment to CCV Rotary this past year!!
 
President Kevin opened the meeting and Ken Carlson provided the Inspirational Moment. 
Today's program was Fred Fleming from the Denver Bronco Organization. Fred has been involved with the Pat Bowlen family for 50 years and has worked with the Broncos in many capacities over the years. Fred shared some very humorous and interesting stories regarding the history of the Broncos and their coaching staff. This is Fred's third visit to our club and his talks are always a rare treat for all.
 
Upcoming events are:
    6-10-16 CCV Annual Picnic to be held at the Stonegate Community Center
          Contact Andrea Wyant for more information (awyant@dclibraries.org)
    6-15-16 Women of Achievement Award Luncheon to be held at the PACE Center
          Contact Michelle Boyer for more information (mboyer@concordeis.com)
    6-29-16 Annual CCV Change of Command Dinner to be held at the Colorado Golf Club
          Contact Andrea Wyant for more information (awyant@dclibraries.org)
Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker, Rotary Club of Parker, Rotary Community Corps and Lutheran High School students came together to assemble 72 back packs with school supplies. This project was made possible with a grant completed by the morning club. 
President presided as usual and Jason Hamel provided the Inspirational Moment today. The program today was a Parker Library update provided by Bob Pasicznyuk. Bob provided some insight into the design and layout of the new library, scheduled to open around Labor Day 2016. 
Upcoming events are:
    6-10-16 CCV Annual Picnic to be held at the Stonegate Community Center
          Contact Andrea Wyant for more information (awyant@dclibraries.org)
    6-15-16 Women of Achievement Award Luncheon to be held at the PACE Center
          Contact Michelle Boyer for more information (mboyer@concordeis.com)
    6-29-16 Annual CCV Change of Command Dinner to be held at the Colorado Golf Club
          Contact Andrea Wyant for more information (awyant@dclibraries.org)
Our meeting on this day was our annual Officer of the Year Award Luncheon held at the PACE center. Officer Trey Biles from the Parker Police Department was recognized as this year's recipient. This is the second consecutive year Officer Biles has won the award. He was the first officer responding to the report of three juvenile males who had fallen through the ice on a retention pond close to Legend High School on January 14, 2015. Through his heroic efforts one male, Cole Robinson was pulled from the icy pond and treated at the scene. Cole attended this event to honor of Officer Biles. 
Many dignitaries attended this event to honor Officer Biles, Including Mayor Mike Waid, Police Chief King, South Metro Fire Chief Baker, Parker Adventist Hospital Director of Emergency Services Heather Tiftickjian, ParKer Adventist Hospital Director of Public Relations Rachael Robinson and six students from our Legend High School Interact Club.
Don't forget that our annual spring picnic will be held on June 10th at the Stonegate Community Center and our annual Change of Command dinner will be held on June 29th.
 
 
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LOTS of grant money given for worthy organizations to continue their service throughout our community and the world. Arrive Kenya, Wellspring Community, Parker Task Force, and Project Sanctuary.
 
Speakers
Change of Command Dinner
Jun 27, 2018
Colorado Golf Club
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
Jul 04, 2018
Happy Birthday America!!!