Longmont  Rotary Club
September 28, 2021
Longmont Rotary
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
803 3rd Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501
United States of America
All our meetings are in-person and a buffet meal is provided. Lunch is served at 12pm. The actual meeting starts at 12:30 and ends at 1:30 pm.
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Program:  From Tragedy comes Compassion
Program:  From Tragedy Comes Compassion.  Robert J. Walker (Robert started by saying he made a change in the title of his presentation; he now calls it “Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude.)
Robert and Teila Walker live in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and are the parents of now 7-year old Bridger, the middle child of five.  Bridger was a young boy full of life who adored his younger sister and loved rocks.  In July 2020, Bridger and his sister went to a friend’s house and while playing in the backyard, a dog lunged at them. Bridger stepped in front of his sister and was bitten and mauled by the dog.  The damage to his cheek and face was severe and there was a small fracture around his eye.  Bridger was taken to the hospital where two hours of surgery were performed including 92 stitches. While in the hospital, he overheard that the dog was going to be put down and he asked for that not to happen.
Robert’s sister wanted to help and so she posted pictures on Instagram of Bridger’s injuries. The story received 20,000 likes in one day, it went worldwide and at last count was at 1.5 million likes. Requests started coming in from all over the world for TV appearances and interviews. People wanted to do something.  Robert and Teila didn’t want to ask for money; they didn’t want people to question their motives but they needed to do something.  They created a press release saying that while they were not asking for money they ask that people who want to do something donate to a charity of their choice.  They shared the names of their 3 favorite charities:  Wounded Warriors, Mission 22, and Operation Underground Railroad.
People still wanted to do something so the Walker family suggested sending pictures of their favorite rocks because of Bridger’s love of rocks. They set up a PO Box, the smallest they could get.  People started sending rocks and within days the post office delivered two rolling carts of rocks and over the next 2-3 weeks the mail truck delivered loads of rocks to their home every day. Many of the rocks have now been given to groups such as the Boys & Girls Club.
Bridger and his family have witnessed many miracles during his recovery:  the day he smiled and they knew the nerves in his cheek and face were ok; that he didn’t experience a great deal of pain; that he had hundreds of packages to open to help keep him positive. 
Bridger has been honored by many as a hero but he does not think he is a hero.  He has been recognized by many superheroes, celebrities, actors, the WBC, he is even an honorary Green Beret. None have honored him more than the doctors who offered to fly him to NYC for treatments at no cost to the family.  He has had many procedures over the past year and some laser treatments and is expected to have a total of 4-5 rounds of laser treatments. In 2-3 years he will probably have some reconstructive surgery.  Bridger doesn’t want his scar to go all the way away.  He sees it as something to be proud of. He was just doing what big brothers should do.
Bridger’s story brought out the best in people—their desire to help, to show their compassion, and to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in Bridger, his family, and all who have heard his story.
October-Raising Funds for Polio  
There's Exciting news about our October Polio Fundraiser!  Dan Gust announced our club challenge; "If our club raises $5,000, a generous club Rotarian will donate $10,000."  Help  us reach our goal and be a Goal Buster!  
The club will also be auctioning off gift items/event packages to further support out fundraising goals. Our recent speaker, OJ Pratt, volunteered to action off those items.  We welcome donations.  
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Debby gives RYLA update
Walker family draws ticket  
Don leads us in song!
Debby Paris is looking for club members to help interview RYLA candidates during March and April 2022.  Please let Debby know if you are interested and want to learn more.
It was with sadness that we announced the passing of our dear club member, Mr. Bayne Gibson. Bayne has been an active Rotarian for 36 years and committed to serving the needs of his community. Details of memorial service pending.
President's Message
Debby Paris
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Hello All,

Thank you for granting me the opportunity to serve as the president of the Rotary club of Longmont for the 2021–2022 Rotary year.

The upcoming year will be one of continuing change as we start the process of returning to the “new normal“ of in-person meetings. The process is going to be a "crawl, walk, run" and I hope everyone will be patient. 
The theme of this rotary year is "Serve to change lives".  It will be wonderful to be able to come up with projects to follow this theme and continue to serve our community locally nationally and internationally.
While we will not be able to have in person RYLA again this year, there will be a one day virtual session. With school being in person, I am looking forward to the Young Rotarian‘s being able to start up again in the fall. Our youth are the future of rotary!
My goal this year is to grow our club by a few members and for everyone to think of younger people in the community who would make great Rotarians.
I look forward to a terrific year.
Yours in Rotary,
Debby Paris
Rotary Club of Longmont
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Program Speakers
Oct 05, 2021
Observations of an Election Observer: Some Points to Ponder
Oct 12, 2021
Rotary Non-Profit Day Out
Oct 26, 2021
Polio: Present and Future
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Rotary Non-Profit Day Out
Oct 12, 2021
Winter Warmth Coat Drive
Oct 17, 2021 – Nov 20, 2021
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Roger Lange
October 3
Philip Crews
October 8
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October 10
Tim Waters
October 10
Guy Scoma
October 14
Anne Reynolds-Smith
October 17
Leona Stoecker
October 17
Stan Ladd
October 22
Dave Ferro
October 26
Joe Perrotto
October 31
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