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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Thanks to our small but mighty Smoky Hill Rotary Club's $1000 donation, a District 5450 COVID-19 matching graft to SHRC for an additional $1000, and a similar donation from Denver Rotary we were able to help Comitis Crisis Center purchase a sorely needed new commercial refrigerator.
Smoky Hill Sees the Fruits of its nearly $150,000 (total expense) Global Grant Project in Beius, Romania.  The Rotary International Global Grant funded by several Rotary Clubs all around the world purchased and installed brand new urology equipment in the hospital in Beius.
Smoky Hill Rotarians cooked a great homestyle meal for the residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora.  The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay who have a child in long-term care at Children's Hospital.  By providing a meal and lending an ear Rotarians take a tiny bit of the burden of having a child in the hospital away from the family.  This year we also provided a Valentine's Day opportunity for kids to make Valentines for their family.  And there might have been a bit of face painting going on as well.

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday Smoky Hill Rotarians!  Happy Birthday to us!

Our Club just celebrated our 37th birthday on January 25th at the Athenian Restaurant in Aurora.  After a great BIG Greek meal, we all gave a birthday toast in Greek lead by Nikko, the owner of the restaurant, with a shot of Ouzo!  A great time was had by all and many commented on the great conversations and friendships we all enjoyed that night.  Special 37th Birthday Thanks to Charter Member Terry Remigio and Linda for all the decorations and birthday poster on the door.  Great job!

Reflections on 37 Years:  As time marches on, things change.  Our membership has remained steady for the last few years but we are now starting to see things happen, some of which are beyond our control, that has dropped our membership to below 30.  We are now at 29 and will lose one more this March and maybe one more by the end of the Rotary Year.

So, in the next five months, we have to focus on new members.  The pipeline is starting to fill but we need more.  I encourage you to talk about Rotary and what we do that will attract people who want to give back.  If you are not comfortable introducing Rotary to a friend or acquaintance, give the name to me or Jeff Kaes and we will do the "heavy lifting."  Show this newsletter to your spouse or significant other to double your circle of contacts and possible new members.

When I get back from Romania at our meeting on February 10th, let's pack the place with guests that can be potential new members.

We have always risen to every challenge that Smoky Hill has faced.  There is no greater challenge than the need to grow the club.  Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you on the 10th!  President Hugh Radke.

Thanks to Past Everything Talee Crowe for the photos!

Another successful shopping trip for back to school clothes was accomplished by Smoky Hill Rotary for students from Century Elementary.  Rotarians were joined by staff from Century as school uniforms, shoes, backpacks, underwear, and other necessary items were purchased...all with the requisite approval of Mom!  Smoky Hill also purchased a boatload of school supplies: pencils, paper, glue, tissues, sanitizer, etc. that was delivered direct to the school.
Installation Banquet
The club’s annual Installation Dinner was held June 22nd at Heritage Club Eagle Bend. The festivities began with fellowship and cocktails followed by dinner. Terry and Linda Remigio did an outstanding job with the decorations and meal planning. Thanks again to Terry and Linda.
 
President Talee Crowe reviewed the Rotary year and all the projects and events the club completed for the year. PP Karen and PDG Alan Loeb from the Denver Southeast Club presented to Craig Essex the Kevin Farrell Leadership Award for District 5450 for nurturing leadership development in both youth and adults. It is a very deserving award to Craig Essex for all his hard work with RYLA and Young RYLA. Congratulations to Craig.
 
PP Lloyd Gottman reviewed the club’s giving to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund for the year. The club’s per capita amount is $417 which is third in the district. Thanks to Lloyd for a great year and to all the members who made contributions to Rotary Foundation.
 
Incoming President Hugh Radke covered the three areas he would like to see the club focus on this year.
  1. Increase membership by 3. The club has 30 members at the start of the year.
  2. Expand the Peaceful Schools program on bullying to the 3rd grade.
  3. Partner with another Aurora club on a project in Aurora.
PP/Secy Bev Edwards gave an update on our Global Grant for Beius, Romania's Hospital Urology Department.  The Grant has been fully funded and the committee is now fundraising to pay the customs tax that is now being charged.
 
Congratulations to the International Services Committee for your work on this amazing Global Grant!

The Robert W. Tschappat Award was established in 1983 to honor the non-board member who has had the greatest impact on the club during the year. It is the most prestigious award given by Smoky Hill Rotary Club. Robert Tschappat was a member of the University Hills Rotary Club and was instrumental in getting Smoky Hill chartered. PP Terry Remigio reported that the SHRC board at its last meeting voted to rename the award the Gary W. Fletcher Annual Service Award in honor of our late friend and fellow Smoky Hill Rotarian. A fitting tribute to a wonderful man and a great Rotarian.
Rotary is an original "social network" and Smoky Hill Rotary Club became part of that network in 1983. View this video and follow the services that our members prove as they follow the Service Above Self model of Rotary International.
Rotary Fellowships are independent groups of Rotarians, their spouses, and Rotaractors who share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends from around the world. Interested in learning more about them and/or joining one? Here is a link to the list of Rotary Fellowships: ROTARY FELLOWSHIP LIST

We meet Mondays at 12:15

By ZOOM for the Pandemic Future

Contact President Hugh for the link:

hradke@tymeins.com

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