Join the Rotary Club of Five Points RiNo for a Silent Night party to raise money in support of Northeast Denver community organizations—the event will feature a silent disco and silent auction. All proceeds will go to support local non-profits, including the Women's Bean Project, GrowHaus, Bessie's Hope, and more. Further, some proceeds will also be contributed to the Rotary Foundation's End Polio Now initiative, which has eradicated polio in all but three countries worldwide.

General admission tickets are $30 and include guaranteed access to silent disco headphones for the whole evening as well as two drink tickets that can be used at the bar! There will also be food trucks available in Improper City's expansive outdoor space.

Please note that the silent auction will run from 7:30 - 9:30pm—we will require payment the night of the event for all items and can accept credit cards.
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Posted by Samantha Chan on Feb 20, 2017
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More than half of nursing home residents never receive any visitors. Let that sink in... never. Humans by nature are social creatures which is why we can all easily empathize with how troubling this fact is.
Last Wednesday, several of our Five Points Rotary Club members had the privilege of volunteering with Bessie's Hope, a program with a mission to enhance the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders by bringing generations together in mutually rewarding relationships.
On this special evening, we honored the nursing home residents with a much-desired connection. We sang songs, played games, gave warm hugs, and made genuine human connections. The residents regaled their long history with Denver, their previous careers, and even their current struggles and achievements. 
While our intention was to volunteer and to give our time and support, in the end, it was clear we were the ones who really received an invaluable gift.  
HANGING OUT WITH BESSIE'S HOPE Samantha Chan 2017-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Samantha Chan on Jan 30, 2017
Welcome new Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District member, Ryan Allaire!
Ryan is a Colorado native that once upon a time found his way to sunny California. While having fun in the sun can't be beat, he's somehow managed to find his way back home and now lives in Denver.
We can't be more happy for his return and we're glad to call him a fellow member of our group. Please say hello to Ryan and give him a warm Rotary welcome! 
(Our Co-President, Therese making it official!) 
(Group pic. Welcome Ryan!)
WELCOME NEW MEMBER, RYAN! Samantha Chan 2017-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Samantha Chan on Jan 23, 2017
Looking for a heart-warming cause to occupy an otherwise cold January day? Then look to the Women's Bean Project, "A nationally-recognized social enterprise that offers a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing and handmade jewelry assembly designed to provide women immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job."  
We had the privilege to tour the Women's Bean Project facility where we toured the warehouse, learned about the history of the building (an old firehouse!), and shopped for tasty treats. But more importantly, we learned about the Women's Bean Project's mission - to empower chronically unemployed women with job training so that they can successfully find employment after the program.
(Women's Bean Project Tour Host, Stacy)
(The Upstairs Storefront)
(Old Firehouse Lockers Converted to Employee Lockers)
(Milena Shopping for Some Yummy Eats!) 
The mission is powerful; the women's stories are both gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring, and the products for purchase is of the utmost quality. It was a lovely and soul-fulfilling experience that we can't recommend enough. Come by the Women's Bean Project to shop its store and/or schedule a tour of your own to learn even more about this wonderful project.
To learn more about the Women's Bean Project, visit
TOUR OF THE WOMEN'S BEAN PROJECT Samantha Chan 2017-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Samantha Chan on Nov 28, 2016
Booze, brews, laughs, and toys.
In partnership with the Mile Hi Rotary Club and The GrowHaus, we'll be taking toy donations for GrowHaus's annual holiday toy drive this Wednesday evening.
All toy donations go towards GrowHaus's Winter Festival toy drive, where 586 children have signed up to receive toys!

You can help make this holiday a merry one by purchasing a toy for a child and bringing it with you to Blue Moon Brewery (Rino location), this Wednesday, 6-7pm. See you there! 

MILE HI + FIVE POINTS ROTARY TOY DRIVE Samantha Chan 2016-11-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Samantha Chan on Nov 22, 2016
Save the date party people because the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District is hosting an Ugly Sweater Party (with option to roller skate) on December 16th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. – just in time for the holidays!
This marks our 4th roller skating fundraiser to help #EndPolioNow, Neighborhood DPS Schools, Shots for Tots & Teens Immunization Clinic, Heart and Hand Center, Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT) Colorado, St. Francis Center, The GrowHaus, cityWILD, and so many more great causes and organizations!
Purchase your ticket now for event entry, free door prizes, complimentary skate rentals, and fun games & contests.  This is a 3-hour private party where food & drinks will be available for purchase with lively music bumping all night.
The event is 21+ and the cost for entry is $15 plus free skate rental if you purchase tickets online, or $20 at the door plus $5 skate rental (or bring your own skates/blades).
All admissions and proceeds from the event benefit aforementioned charities and organizations.
Copy of UGLY SWEATER + ROLLER SKATING FUNDRAISER  Samantha Chan 2016-11-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Samantha Chan on Nov 22, 2016
Save the date party people because the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District is hosting an Ugly Sweater Party (with option to roller skate) on December 16th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. – just in time for the holidays!
This marks our 4th roller skating fundraiser to help #EndPolioNow, Neighborhood DPS Schools, Shots for Tots & Teens Immunization Clinic, Heart and Hand Center, Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT) Colorado, St. Francis Center, The GrowHaus, cityWILD, and so many more great causes and organizations!
Purchase your ticket now for event entry, free door prizes, complimentary skate rentals, and fun games & contests.  This is a 3-hour private party where food & drinks will be available for purchase with lively music bumping all night.
The event is 21+ and the cost for entry is $15 plus free skate rental if you purchase tickets online, or $20 at the door plus $5 skate rental (or bring your own skates/blades).
All admissions and proceeds from the event benefit aforementioned charities and organizations.
UGLY SWEATER + ROLLER SKATING FUNDRAISER  Samantha Chan 2016-11-22 07:00:00Z 0
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Rotary of Five Points Cultural District proudly welcomes speaker, Rebecca White. White, Central 70 Communications and Government Affairs Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation, will be joining us tomorrow evening to discuss Colorado Transportation matters.
Topics from art murals along the highway stretch, to CDOT construction plans, to re-channeling graffiti energies are all on the table for discussion.
Hear what’s in store for Colorado’s transportation and community efforts and come prepared with any questions you may have for our speaker!  
Speaker: Rebecca White From CDOT Samantha Chan 2016-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Samantha Chan on Sep 13, 2016
Our Back That Truck Up food truck party is coming soon… Sept 24th to be exact! Join us to enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks, live music, and heartwarming feels as proceeds directly support local Five Points programs - programs like Heart & Hand, a local afterschool program established in 2010.  
Founded by Nikki Cady, Heart & Hand (H&H) aims to close the opportunity gap for all children, regardless of circumstance. Cady passionately believes that by providing a nurturing, safe, and positive environment where role models and mentors are actively involved, children can enjoy the same opportunities as their more privileged peers. With Heart & Hand’s involved approach, children can thrive and realize their full potential for a bright and vibrant future. This is an especially important focus during the back-to-school season where children often struggle to secure school supplies.
Enter Heart & Hand. At the beginning of each school year, an adoption program occurs where Corporate and Individual Sponsors can adopt a family where gifts, grocery cards, and a fully stocked backpack are provided to all H&H families. The mission of this program is to prepare H&H youth for a successful start of school. To ensure they have the same tools as their more affluent peers and to eliminate the opportunity gap they may otherwise feel. Thanks to strong ongoing community support, this program has successfully helped over 500 people every single year.
In addition to the back-to-school adoption program efforts, there are also daily endeavors by H&H throughout the school year. Students from 15 different schools in the community come to the Heart & Hand Centers afterschool every weekday to deservedly delight in a hot-served meal and to participate in a variety of academic learning, creative expression, physical activity, and social-emotional workshops. Beyond on-site services, every student is sent home with a backpack full of groceries every Friday. Because ensuring full bellies seven days a week is a 24/7 initiative for Heart & Hand.
But the good doesn’t stop there. On top of focusing on the children’s well being, H&H also pays special care and attention to the families. At the Family Resource Center, H&H provides parents with a variety of referrals, Emergency assistance funding, and general support. Special occasions and holidays are not forgotten as grocery gift cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas are provided. During Christmas, Corporate Sponsors and Individual Contributors participate in H&H’s Christmas adopt a family program, where families are provided with gifts and grocery gift cards.
Heart & Hand is a wonderful, life-changing, community-supported program that Five Points Rotary is proud to partner with. We are excited to imbibe, dance, and laugh the night away at our upcoming food truck party, but even more so, we are excited to be contributing to such an important community program. You too can join in on the fun simply by attending our food truck party!  
A Personal Thank You From Heart & Hand:
Without the community support, we would not be able to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. We would particularly like to thank Five Points Rotary Club, Lockton Company and Saunders Construction for making our Back to School Backpack and Supplies such a huge success. We would also like to thank Emily Henderson at Liv Sotheby's Reality for all of your time and support in making our Christmas Program bring so many smiles to our families at Christmas for the past 4 years!
Posted by Samantha Chan
"Back That Truck Up" food truck party coming Sept. 24th, 2016. Proceeds support students in NE Denver. Come eat and drink for a good cause! 

Hey, Foodie Friends -

Mark your calendars for September 24th as the Five Points Rotary brings you another fun-filled night of YUM. Meet us in the lot next to Black Shirt Brewing Co. from 4-9pm.

Foodies, do-gooders, family, and friends alike are all welcome to join. Come imbibe in drinks, food, live music, games, and more! 

Proceeds will fund our programs supporting students in NE Denver. Please join us to eat and drink for a great a cause.  

RSVP and share with friends:
SAVE THE DATE - BACK THAT TRUCK UP IS COMING! Samantha Chan 2016-08-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 20, 2016
The Rotary Club of Five Points will host Back to the 80s - an indoor food truck party from 6-11pm on Saturday, April 2 at the Glitter Dome, 3600 Wynkoop St. 80216. This free event will feature food trucks, live music, local artists, and craft drinks. Proceeds from the event will sustain Rotary's community engagement programs including the Shots for Tots and Teens clinic, the Books for Nooks literacy program, RAFT teacher events and more. Please join us to celebrate the incredible support of our local businesses and community these past 6 years! 
Back to the 80s Fundraiser 2016-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 19, 2016
We are over halfway through the 2015-16 Rotary year, and during this busy year our members, old and new, have truly embodied this year's Rotary theme: Be a Gift to the World. This week we took a club field trip to visit the St. Francis Center, which serves an average of 800 people a day. Members will be collecting items from their wish list over the next month to help sustain the incredible services they provide 361 days a year to those struggling with homelessness.
In the past few months we've held two teacher events at RAFT, introducing teachers to the classroom kits, materials and classes available and presenting them with gift cards. We've served dinner at the Denver Rescue Mission, raised money for Rotary's End Polio Now eradication program, gathered gifts for Heart & Hand's Adopt-a-Family holiday program, and helped distribute e-readers loaded with books to kids in after school programs through the Cherry Creek Rotary's Books for Nooks program. We've continued assisting Denver Health at the monthly Shots for Tots and Teens low/no cost immunization clinic every 4th Saturday in the Elyria Swansea neighborhood. For the 6th summer, we'll promote youth leadership by funding two local junior high and high school students to attend Young RYLA and RYLA.
We've hosted great speakers, including André van Hall, current Rotary Club of Denver President and official Curiosity Investigator who inspired us to take chances and focus on what's possible. Ginnie Logan and Irina Cortez from Big Hair, Bigger Dreams deeply inspired us with their mission to offer meaningful and relevant leadership and job experiences to African American high school girls. In March, our Rotary Secretary and Director of Finance and Operations at AfricAid, Mike Wright, will present on his recent summit of Kilimanjaro with young women from Tanzania who are part of the Kisa Project.
This year we have also increased our focus on collaboration. We'll be participating with our four other near-downtown-Denver Rotary Clubs at the 45th Annual People's Fair and hosting a young professional's networking event with Stapleton Rotary. We'll contribute funds toward Denver Mile High's Nepal Women's Empowerment grant, focused on income generation training on computer skills, herb farming, weaving and Lapsi candy making.
Please join us for a meeting, service project, or happy hour to learn more about how your passion to serve and give back can be fulfilled through Rotary. And be sure to celebrate with us on April 2 at our Back to the 80s Food Truck Party and Fundraiser! We have lots more in store for Five Points...
Winter 2016 Club Highlights 2016-02-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2015
The Rotary Club of Five Points is hosting a December open house for educators at RAFT Colorado. This is a free event! We'll have hors d'oeuvres and drinks, and we have 15 $25 RAFT gift cards to give away to attendees to use toward a one-year membership or for existing members to use for kits and supplies. Please join us to learn more about this incredible resource!
Please note: finding RAFT can be a little tricky! If you are coming from downtown Denver (heading north on Steele St.), before 39th St. on your left you will see a large glass building (Eastside Human Services) and a sign for Fireplace Warehouse. Turn left (west) into the driveway and drive past and around the glass building to the brick warehouses behind it. Head to the left and DO NOT park at the first RAFT sign. You are looking for the second sign. The entrance is up the stairs.
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Join the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District and ROLL Denver on Friday, November 20 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. for our 3rd roller skating fundaiser to #EndPolioNow! ROLL Denver transforms the EXDO Event Center (1399 35th St. 80205) into a roller rink once a month, and you can enjoy twice the fun at our 3-hour private pre-party. We will have food & drinks available for purchase and great music to roll to. There will also be a silent auction with awesome local items to bid on.
The event is 21+ and the cost for entry is $20 plus free skate rental if you purchase tickets online, or $25 at the door plus $5 skate rental (or bring your own skates/blades). If you want to keep the party going, you are welcome to stay for the main ROLL Denver event from 9pm - 1:30am. This month's theme is Mustache Ride, so break out your best mustache (real or not)!
Proceeds from the party will support the programs of our Rotary Club and Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign, which has already reduced polio worldwide by 99%. NOTE: For those who buy tickets prior to the day of the event, we will have a check-in list when you enter.
Movember Rolling for Rotary Fundraiser 2015-11-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2015
Educators, don't forget that today is our teacher appreciation event at RAFT Colorado! RAFT staff will be on hand to give tours, and we'll have wine & hors d'oeuvres to snack on. Learn about this incredible resource and meet other educators. See you there!
Teacher Appreciation Event at RAFT tonight! 2015-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2015
It's our second year at The Big Wonderful! Join our club and the kids from the Gilpin Summer Garden Program for for a benefit to promote urban garden education. In addition to all of the great food, fashion & drinks available at The Big Wonderful, we'll have a farmers market, a silent auction, booth games, and freshly delivered Palisade peaches (see story below). Bring your family, friends and dogs to celebrate back to school time!
If you would consider donating an item for the silent auction, please email Thank you!
Aug 22 Farmers Market and Silent Auction at The Big Wonderful 2015-08-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2015
It's that time again - the wonderful summer tradition when Colorado Rotary clubs sell amazing Palisade peaches. Peach sales are due Wednesday, August 12 and this year you can order them online! Click here to purchase your order, or fill out the form and email to, indicating how you'll be paying for them. Peach pickup will be on Saturday, August 22nd and you can pick them up in LoHi OR even better, at our Farmers Market and Silent Auction at The Big Wonderful (see above). Hope to see you there!
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Posted on May 14, 2015
The past three months have been a whirlwind of service for our Club members! We have visited with seniors at the Franklin Park Retirement Community through the Bessie's Hope program. We worked with Bessie's Hope to bring seniors and students together to promote constructive problem solving through the Peaceful Schools Program. We prepped and served dinner at the Denver Rescue Mission soup kitchen. We helped kids stay healthy and in school at the Denver Shots for Tots and Teens immunization clinic, and helped the community-at-large stay healthy by volunteering at last Saturday's 9Health Fair at CEC Middle College. Members attended the District 5450 Conference and hosted a booth at opening day of The Big Wonderful, promoting our club and helping Gilpin Montessori Public School volunteers sell water to raise money for their school garden.
We work hard but we are also looking forward to some great social events this summer! The six clubs in our area (Area 1) are planning a fellowship bicycle ride, a tent at the Moonlight Classic, and a night out at a Rockies game. We will set up our booth every 2nd Saturday at The Big Wonderful to continue connecting to the community, and have some fundraising events in the works.
We'd love to see you at our meetings and events. Check the calendar list here and transform those thoughts of serving your community into reality.
Spring and Summer Service and Fellowship Suzie Ahlers 2015-05-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 12, 2015
In January our Rotary Club moved to a new meeting location in Five Points. The Downing Street Grill generously offered a very comfortable room behind the main restaurant so that we can socialize from 5:30 - 6pm and hold our regular meeting from 6pm - 7pm (and enjoy $7 burger/beer night after the meeting if we choose!) We are welcoming other Rotary Clubs and the community to join us at our February Happy Hour on Feb. 25th starting at 6pm. Join us for great food & drinks, networking & socializing. And skeeball, yeah!
February Happy Hour at our new location Suzie Ahlers 2015-02-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2014
The Rotary Club of Five Points will host one more food truck this season, this time at The Big Wonderful on Saturday, October 25th (26th & Lawrence, 80205). From 11am - 3pm the Rotary will have food trucks, local brews and spirits, music by DJ Shawn Green, kids activities, a door prize and more! 
Come early for a great cause, as proceeds support programs and activities at Gilpin Montessori, Whittier ECE-8 and the Shots for Tots immunization clinic in Elyria Swansea.
Fall Food Truck Fest at The Big Wonderful Suzie Ahlers 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
August in Colorado means delicious peaches from the Western Slope. Order 10 lb. or 18 lb. boxes and support our community programs. Email suzie(dot)ahlers(at)gmail(dot)com to order directly. YUM!!!
Fresh Colorado Peaches Suzie Ahlers 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
After the fun and success of our food truck party last August, we'll be returning to RiNo for the Final Friday Food Truck Fiesta! The Fiesta will feature 8 food trucks, beer from Our Mutual Friend, Diebolt Brewing, Jagged Mountain BreweryStem Ciders, and Mile High Winery; hip boutique items from the Denver Fashion Truck, music by DJ Shawn Green, salsa dancing lessons at 7pm by Mark Reagan Salsa, chocolate and games from Chocolate Spokes, a bike raffle, kids activities, and more!

Money raised from the food trucks, drink sales, raffle tickets and YAY! ROTARY! magnets will go to our Cycles for Student Success program, which awards bicycles to students at Gilpin Montessori and Whittier Elementary for excellence in school attendance. It will also support our other programs including Shots for Tots and Teens and the Peaceful Schools program.

Food Trucks include:
Crock Spot
Street Eats 5280
The Orange Crunch
N.Z's Smokin' Guns
Big Kiwi Eats
Sweet 'Ness Cupcakes

Happy Leaf Kombucha will be on site too!

A Taste of the Philippines will be working down the block at another Final Friday event but is donating 10% of proceeds to our Club. Awesome!
We look forward to seeing you there, and appreciate your support! RSVP at
Final Friday Food Truck Fiesta 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jul 09, 2013

We are working with two schools in our service area, Gilpin Montessori Public School and Whittier Elementary, to implement a 'win-a-bike' program with the purpose of encouraging and increasing attendance by students. Kids being present and on time for school has a huge impact on their future success. To help make this a sustainable community program, we are throwing a Food Truck Party on Friday, August 2nd from 6 to 9pm. Join us for a night of fun, food, drinks and music in the parking lot next to The Matchbox on 26th and Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205. 

We will also have a bike as a door prize the night of the event. Stop by while checking out all the nearby
RiNo First Friday happenings.

And what about the food trucks?! They are: Crock Spot, Street EatsThe Tasterie TruckCapt'n CrabbyStill Smokin BBQ, and for dessert, the original Denver Cupcake Truck. YUM!!!

RiNo First Friday Food Truck Party - August 2nd! Suzie Ahlers 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jun 11, 2013

In our work with local schools over the past few years, we've been working to find meaningful and sustainable ways to support kids in our neighborhood. This fall, we will be launching a new program to encourage consistent attendance. Kids with great attendance will be entered in a drawing to win a new bike and accessories, with two bikes given away per semester. We are working with local schools, local bike shops, and a nonprofit that runs bike programs. To raise awareness, our Club has formed a team to participate in the 2013 InnovAge Moonlight Classic and promote our program at the Team Village prior to the 11pm bike ride. We will also be encouraging folks to visit RiNo for the August 2nd First Friday and stop by our Food Truck Fundraiser from 6-9pm! It promises to be a busy and exciting summer and fall for our Club and we can't wait to award bikes to kids.

To join our Moonlight Classic team, go to to register. Under the section Team Information, click Yes to join a team and choose the team Rotary Club of Five Points (Ahlers) from the drop-down box. If you've already registered, you can join our team at Also, join our event on Facebook and invite your friends, family and fellow Rotarians.

More details about the Food Truck Fundraiser on August 2nd will be the meantime, save the date!

Bikes for Kids, Moonlight Classic, and Food Truck Fundraiser Suzie Ahlers 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on May 11, 2013

Did you get a chance to visit Welton Street on May 11th? If not, you missed a special one-day transformation. Rotarians were up extra early that morning to help set up for this dynamic event, featuring everything from bike and walking tours, craft and plant vendors, street painting and chalk drawing, kids activities and bubbles, chess, and an umbrella village! It was a beautiful day and turnout was great. Thank you to the Better Block team and our community for making this happen!

Better Block Five Points Suzie Ahlers 2013-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Mar 19, 2013

We welcomed two new members to our Club during an enjoyable celebration at eden on Tuesday, March 19th. Both Gabrielle and Kyle have a history with Rotary and there were many visiting Rotarians to welcome them to the family. We are looking forward to their expertise and ideas for our Club in the new year.Image

Welcome Gabrielle and Kyle! Suzie Ahlers 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jan 20, 2013
On Tuesday, January 29th from 6 - 9pm the Rotary Club of Five Points will host the 2nd Annual Ping Pong for Polio tournament. Join the tournament and win an OFFICIAL Ping Pong for Polio trophy.

Where: Zing Denver, 3545 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205.
Cost: $15 per person (cash or credit via Square).
Food/Drink: This is a BYOB event - bring your own beer or whatever drink you like! Denver's own Crock Spot Food Truck will be onsite to serve up delicious food.

This is our second annual ping pong fundraiser to help eradicate polio - donations will go to Rotary International's PolioPlus program. Learn more at

Click HERE to RSVP on Facebook. For those reading to the end - print out this page and bring with you for a free beer from the Rotary Club. Cheers!

2nd Annual Ping Pong for Polio Suzie Ahlers 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Dec 15, 2012

One of the great organizations headquartered in our service area is Volunteers of America - Colorado, who also runs a daytime shelter at 28th & Lawrence. We have donated clothes, toys and socks to The Mission in the past. This year, we mobilized our resources to participate in the VOA's Adopt-a-Family program. VOA matched the Rotary Club of Five Points with a family of eight, including six children between the ages of 2 and 12. Club members chose a family member and purchased items from their wish lists, and the gifts were dropped off with VOA staff on Friday, December 14th, complete with gift wrap. We are very excited to make Christmas special for this family and to support the hard work of VOA. Happy holidays to all!

Adopt-a-Family 2012 Suzie Ahlers 2012-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jul 23, 2012
What could be a more delicious way to enjoy the summer than some fresh tree-ripened peaches from Palisade, CO? Order your 10 lb. or 18 lb. box by August 14th and pick up your peaches on Saturday, August 25th right in Denver. All proceeds will benefit our work in the community of Five Points and the surrounding areas. See the attached flyer for details, and for more information email Mmmmm, peach tarts and bellinis!
Peach Sale Fundraiser Suzie Ahlers 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Apr 26, 2012
Please join us on Saturday, May 19 for the 5K in 5Points! Walk or run the race, which begins at 11:30am at Curtis Park and ends at the Five Points Jazz Festival. Come enjoy a great Colorado day and support the young entrepreneurs of YouthBiz as well as our Rotary Club. We greatly encourage youth to participate in this race, so give the kids in your life a great goal for May and help them sign up.</p>

Register today (April 27) and save 15% by entering the coupon code: APR27
$21.25 (ages 18+) // $12.75 (under 18)
Register online OR fax/turn in your hard copy registration form to YouthBiz by 6pm.
(fax – 303.297.0228 | address – 3280 Downing St., Suite C, Denver, CO 80205)

Also by registering today you will be entered to win a free pair of shoes and gait analysis at SA Elite in Cherry Creek Mall!

To learn more about the race and the important work of YouthBiz and the Rotary Club of Five Points, visit
15% off the 5K in 5Points TODAY ONLY! Suzie Ahlers 2012-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Apr 22, 2012
On Earth Day 2012, as part of the 1st Annual Five Points Earth Week Festival, a group of Club members met at Coffee at the Point on Welton St. to assist other community members (including District 8 Councilman Albus Brooks) in cleanup efforts. Cleanup efforts included litter removal, weeding, and painting/graffiti removal. The sun was hot, the weather was beautiful, and the mobilized effort to make immediate, visible changes to our environment was extremely gratifying. We look forward to continuing efforts to make District 8 great!
Earth Day cleanup on Welton Suzie Ahlers 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Mar 12, 2012
On May 19th, the second annual 5K in Five Points will occur in conjunction with the annual Five Points Jazz festival. This race is hosted by the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District and YouthBiz, an organization in Five Points with the mission to advance the social and economic empowerment of youth through a focus on business, academics, and leadership. The 5K will begin at 11:30am in the historic Mestizo-Curtis Park and end at the Jazz festival where participants can celebrate the music, culture and the history of Five Points. Entry fees are $25 for 18+ and $15 for youth ages 6-17 until May 9th; the fee for 18+ will increase to $35 on May 10th. For more information on the race, click here.
Join us for the second annual 5K in Five Points Suzie Ahlers 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jan 24, 2012
On Tuesday January 24th the Rotary Club of Five Points hosted the 1st Annual Ping Pong for Polio Tournament to continue the efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. This was the Club's first time visiting the EXDO Event Center in the RiNo Arts District for its weekly ping pong tournament. Everyone who attended had a great time and we raised $500 to donate to the PolioPlus program of The Rotary Foundation. Our big trophy winner of the night was Jonathan and Thor took second place. We look forward to a return visit soon...Image
1st Ping Pong for Polio a great success Suzie Ahlers 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jan 13, 2012
Join us on Tuesday, January 24th for the 1st Annual Ping Pong for Polio Tournament! This is a Rotary District 5450 fundraiser to continue the efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Five Points. The event is $10/person and will be held 5:30 - 8:00pm at the EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver, CO 80205 in the RiNo Arts District. Happy Hour specials include $2 wells and $3 domestic beers. One drop of polio vaccine costs one quarter, and six drops saves a child from polio. Learn more about Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio here, and join the efforts by showing off your ping pong skills (or cheering on your talented friends)! For questions please contact Lynne Montague-Clouse by clicking here.
Ping Pong for Polio on January 24th! Suzie Ahlers 2012-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Dec 07, 2011

We're collecting wish list items for the Volunteers of America Mission at 2877 Lawrence St. in Denver. The Mission, which is Volunteers of America's oldest program in Colorado, is a daytime shelter which provides clients with food, clothing, job training, employment assistance, spiritual guidance, referrals and a safe place for relaxation and refreshment. Items on their wish list include:


  • bus tokens
  • hygiene kits
  • coats
  • men's underwear & socks
  • bibles
  • bicycles
  • phone cards
  • pantry boxes of food
  • gently used toys

If you can donate, please contact Suzie Ahlers, VP of Service, at suzie dot ahlers at gmail dot com, or 720.891.0843 to arrange a pick-up/drop-off. Thanks for your generosity!

Wish List for Volunteers of America Mission Suzie Ahlers 2011-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Oct 23, 2011

The Rotary Club of Five Points and one of our community partners, EarthLinks, invite you to a happy hour event on October 25, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Casselman’s Bar and Venue. Casselman’s is located at 2620 Walnut Street in downtown Denver and free street parking is available. There is no cover charge for the event.

This gathering is an expansion of the monthly Rotary Club of Five Points happy hour and we are excited to invite the larger Five Points community, as well as the supporters of our respective organizations. This is a chance to learn more about the Rotary Club of Five Points and EarthLinks, as well as meet other Five Points business and community members. Proceeds from sales of the bar’s drink specials (including the signature Five Pointer drink) will benefit both organizations. Additionally, EarthLinks will have their products for sale.

For those who enjoy 80s rock music, the band Anvil will start playing at 8:00 pm.

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Suzie Ahlers at

Join us at 6pm on October 25th for a special Five Points community Rotary Hour! Suzie Ahlers 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Sep 17, 2011

With the summer came a new Rotary year and a new President for our Club, Emily Shamsid-Deen. Emily's work with our Club leading up to the beginning of her term demonstrated that the Club was ready to jump in and start supporting our service area through hands-on projects. We began in July with our monthly project, Shots for Tots and Teens, at the Colorado Miners Community Center led by our Treasurer, Therese Rasmussen. Two weeks later, our Board Member at Large, Jamie Villareal, organized a school supply drive on August 9th for teachers at Cole Arts & Science Academy and Gilpin Montessori, two Denver Public Schools in our service area where teachers often have to go out of pocket to provide extra supplies to students in need (see photos here). Then, on August 13th, our Co-VP of Service, Sue Golding, encouraged Club members and their families to rise extra early on a Saturday morning and paint the house of a local resident in need through Brothers Redevelopment, who has used its Home Maintenance and Repair Program to repair and refurbish the homes of tens of thousands of disabled and elderly homeowners throughout the Denver metro area (see photos here).

Besides all the great work we accomplished, we also welcomed some wonderful speakers to our new meeting space at Fluid Coffee Bar. On July 19th, a representative of the Mayors Office of Sustainablity outlined the Greenprint project, which organizes neighbors to canvas their neighborhoods and educate their neighbors energy-saving programs such as free recycling and junk mail reduction. August 16th brought a very special guest, past Rotary International Vice President Tom Thorfinnson. Thom shared his vision for the future of Rotary and the importance of focusing on the core values that make Rotary such a vital organization. At the end of August, we welcomed District Governor Jim Halderman and his wife, Peggy on their rounds to all the District Clubs. We shared our successes, challenges, and plans for the year, and Jim shared his thoughts on Rotary's theme for this year, "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity."

Besides all the hard work, we also had fun! Our esteemed Rotarian Dave Hill organized a trip to see the Rockies on August 7th, complete with a birthday cake for one of our future Rotarians on his 3rd birthday. We will be enjoying an end-of-summer BBQ at Sue's house on Sept. 24th. As fall approaches, we are looking forward to more great service projects and fun with our fellow Rotarians and their families!

A great summer for the Five Points Club Suzie Ahlers 2011-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Aug 03, 2011
Starting on Tuesday, August 9th at 6pm, the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District is moving to Fluid Coffee Bar! We are very excited to use their new meeting space and support this great community business. There is 2-hour parking on the streets and also free visitor parking in the garage on Pearl St. We will still be hosting Rotary Hour every 4th Tuesday at Jonesy's Eat Bar. Come visit our new space and enjoy some delicious Novo coffee and Udi food!
We're moving our meetings to Fluid!! Suzie Ahlers 2011-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jun 10, 2011
On Friday, June 10th we celebrated a successful year together at the Courtyard Marriott on 16th street in Denver. Rotary District 5450 Assistant Governor Steve Sehnert joined the Club and presented the Presidential Citation - the second time the Club has been presented with this award. The new Club officers were announced and special recognition was given to new VP of Membership, Les Allen. Members also thanked President Anthony Graves for his two years of service in the President's role, getting the Club off the ground and bringing it to where it is today. Also, new President Emily Shamsid-Deen spoke about her vision for the coming year. Everyone is looking forward to serving our community in the coming year!
Banquet Celebrates 2010-11 Year of Service Suzie Ahlers 2011-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on May 20, 2011
The first annual 5K in Five Points hosted over 200 runners and walkers, joined by an incredible team of volunteers. See highlights from the race here.
5K in Five Points a great success! Suzie Ahlers 2011-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on May 05, 2011

After the devastating earthquake in Japan, a group of expats, students, and concerned volunteers living in <st1:state w:st="on">Colorado created Cocororado, a charity combining “Cocoro” (which means heart in Japanese) with <st1:state w:st="on">Colorado that benefits tsunami and earthquake survivors in the Tohoku region of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Japan</st1:country-region>. Cocororado has been raising money through the sale of t-shirts, stickers, buttons, and other paraphernalia designed and produced by Design Sesame, a design company from Boulder. After their first yard sale which raised over $1,700 for the Red Cross, one of the Club members approached her Cocororado coworker and asked if their charity would be interested in donating toward a ShelterBox for the Japanese survivors.

Within 3 weeks the Club and Cocorado had pooled together their dollars to purchase a ShelterBox. This is truly a gift from the heart and we look forward to tracking our Box as it goes to a family in need. The Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District salutes Cocororado for their amazing work! If you would like to support Cocororado, visit their facebook page to find out about more events or visit their online shop to purchase merchandise. All profits go toward disaster relief in Japan.

Cocororado and the Five Points Club team up for ShelterBox Suzie Ahlers 2011-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on May 05, 2011

On May 21st, the inaugural 5K in Five Points will occur in conjunction with the annual Five Points Jazz festival. This exciting new race is founded and presented by the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District and YouthBiz, an organization in Five Points with the mission to advance the social and economic empowerment of youth through a focus on business, academics, and leadership. The 5K, set for 12:00pm, will begin at historic Mestizo-Curtis Park and end at the Jazz festival where participants can celebrate the music, culture and the history of Five Points. Entry fees are $30 for 18+ and $15 for youth ages 6-17 until May 14th; the fee for 18+ will increase to $35 after May 14th. Please join us on May 21st  and get ready for some great jazz music after the race!

Come run in the First Annual 5K in 5Points! Suzie Ahlers 2011-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Apr 13, 2011

Every Spring, people from around the state come together to deliver 9Health Fair's free and low-cost health awareness and educational screenings. Because of this volunteerism, over 100,000 lives are impacted annually. The mission of the 9Health Fair is to promote health awareness and to encourage individuals to assume responsibility for their health. The Fair not only provides on opportunity for each of us to take charge of our health, but offers numerous options for volunteering. There are a number of Fairs occuring in the next few weeks, which you can view and register for here. If you would like to volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page here.

Serving Our Neighborhood - 9Health Fair Suzie Ahlers 2011-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Mar 18, 2011

May has been an incredible month for the Five Points Cultural District Rotary, starting with President Graves' keynote address at the District Conference, the chartering of the Interact Club at the Denver Venture School, Project C.U.R.E. and Shots for Tots, and the 4th official Rotary Hour!

History-Making May for the Club Suzie Ahlers 2011-03-18 15:57:41Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Mar 18, 2011

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, Five Points Cultural District Rotarians, District 5450 Rotary leaders and family braved blizzard conditions to celebrate the induction of five new members to the Five Points Cultural District Rotary Club.

Five New Members Inducted! Suzie Ahlers 2011-03-18 15:57:23Z 0
Five Points Cultural District Rotarians Lead Efforts to Make Census Count in 2010 Suzie Ahlers 2011-03-18 15:56:58Z 0
Support Our Neighborhood - March 17 - 19 Suzie Ahlers 2011-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Therese Rasmussen on Mar 08, 2011
On March 8th, Vivian Lam from the Chinese Divine Culture Assocation visited our Club to give a short presentation and show videos of the Shen Yun Performing Arts dance and music company. This dance troupe performs traditional and new dances of China with the intent of spreading traditional culture. It looks absolutely spectacular and well worth going too. Shen Yun has two performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on March 19 and tickets can be purchased at King Soopers or Rotarians can receive a 10% discount by contacting Vivian at 888-316-4234 or
Shen Yun Performing Arts comes to Denver Therese Rasmussen 2011-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Mar 06, 2011

On March 1st, our Club enjoyed a presentation from an amazing local organization, EarthLinks, who has been serving at-risk people in our neighborhood for 15 years. EarthLinks gives homeless and low-income persons the opportunity to earn a small stipend for creative work that connects them to nature and the creative process. Their building houses a garden where program participants grow and care for flowers, vegetables and herbs. These items are used to make a variety of products including soap, cards, bookmarks, vases and more. Other programs at EarthLinks include an apprenticeship program in floral design, and day trips into nature. Volunteers at EarthLinks (including our fellow Five Points Rotarian Sue Golding) not only provide support to persons in the programs, but work directly alongside them to foster a true sense of community and shared experiences.

Please visit the EarthLinks How You Can Help page for more information on how you can support this vital organization.


Serving Our Neighborhood - EarthLinks Suzie Ahlers 2011-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Anthony E. Graves: New Director of Government & Community Affairs for VISIT DENVER Suzie Ahlers 2010-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Secretary Therese Rasmussen Leads Effort to Donate ShelterBox Suzie Ahlers 2010-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony Graves on Jan 12, 2010
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. --Colin Powell
Weekly Inspiration - 1/12/10 Meeting Anthony Graves 2010-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jan 11, 2010
If you don't have a program to keep and record history, you're just going to lose it. You can't save everything, but you can keep it in mind.
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Suzie Ahlers 2010-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzie Ahlers on Jan 11, 2010
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We Welcome Your Ideas! Suzie Ahlers 2010-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Therese Rasmussen 2009-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Therese Rasmussen 2009-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Hour on May 25th Suzie Ahlers 0
New Members to be Inducted on March 23rd at Jonesy's Suzie Ahlers 0
UN Declares Haiti Earthquake the Worst Disaster Ever Dealt With Suzie Ahlers 0
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Posted by Suzie Ahlers
The second Census 2010 canvassing event hosted by the Five Points Cultural District Rotary Club is taking place on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Five Points Cultural District Rotarians are enlisting the help of other metro-area Rotarians and neighborhood volunteers for this service project, to not only reach a wider population, but also to train other Rotary Clubs on how to hold canvassing events in their service areas. Volunteers will meet at Blackberries, 710 East 26th Ave, Denver at 9am. Please arrive early if you plan to order coffee and/or food.
This Saturday: Promoting the 2010 Census in Northeast Denver! Suzie Ahlers 0
Posted by Therese Rasmussen
We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
Welcome to our new website! Therese Rasmussen 0