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Longmont  Rotary Club
July 14, 2020
Longmont Rotary
Service Above Self
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Mike Butler Speaks About Policing
On July 14, former Public Safety Chief, Mike Butler, spoke about policing in the past, present and future. "We need to get above our current struggles and look forward to what he future may bring. We need to look at reforming the system that has to do with dealing with human behaviors of substance addiction, mental health and homelessness. Laws do not help with the health and social issues that are prevalent in our society, although elected officials believe that laws are the key.  As a society, we need to learn how to deal with these issues differently. We cannot continue to criminalize these behaviors. Police departments need to be more connected to their communities." The City of Longmont has implemented a number of programs that have contributed to a reduction in serious crimes even as the city's population has grown.
Micah Homes Landscaping Project this Weekend
Our club received a Rotary District Grant to provide the landscaping for the newly completed Micah Homes.  A project of the Inn Between, this complex will provide permanent, supportive apartment units for six low-income elderly or disabled individuals.  We will complete the landscaping project on June 12th and 13th.  If you would like to volunteer, Chris Ray to Sign-Up     
Peach Sale
 
 
Orders are now being taken for the 2020 Peach sale! The peaches are coming from Georgia this year as the Palisade crop was destroyed by a Spring frost. These are baseball-sized, freestone, and are mouth-watering delicious! The cost is $30 for a 12-pound box.
 
Delivery is currently set for Saturday, July 25 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the parking lot at Ace Hardware, 1727 Main Street. Please use this link to order today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054DA5A92FA6F58-peach
Family of Rotary
Our Family of Rotary Chair, Diane Stow is available to members during this challenging time.  We want to serve and support one another.  If you have needs or know of a club member in need, please reach out to Diane Stow.  You can email Diane or contact her at 303-775-3338.  
Young Rotarians In Action
Our Young Rotarians continue to meet every other week via a Zoom call.  The silent auction will be postponed, a fundraising event to benefit the Philippines Project, providing food and school supplies to children in that area.  
District Conference Date Set!
The Rotary District 5450 Annual Conference is scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and will be a Virtual on-line event.  It’s a great chance to learn from other district clubs and share ideas.    
Message from our Club President 


Hello Everyone,

 

Two years ago, when Debbie Setlock called and asked if I would be interested in being the President-Elect Nominee (and the following four years of offices), I really didn’t think I would be the right person for the job.  I was still new to Rotary, and to Longmont.  After thinking about it, I figured that there probably wasn’t a better way to become acquainted with both.  The club was almost 100 years old at the time, so I assumed that systems and processes were in place, and I really couldn’t break anything.  While I knew that I didn’t know what I didn’t know, I would not have guessed that my term as president would begin while the world was experiencing a pandemic and our community following an evolving set of Safer at Home guidelines.  Our current situation presents significant challenges for the club. I think it also makes it simple to focus on priorities.  

 

A key theme for the upcoming Rotary year will be on how to we maintain and continue all that the club has built over the last 100+ years.  What do we need to do to maintain the club as a cohesive unit?  How do we continue to support our community through local grants and projects?  How do we continue to support Rotary International, the Foundation, and Polio plus?  Also, how do we prepare for the day when programs like RYLA are able to resume?  

 

A friend of mine is a multiple time cancer survivor.  He always says that tough times mean that better ones are in the future.  With that in mind, my focus will be on how we maintain what we have today, and how we prepare to transition to the other side of our current paradigm.  Longmont Rotary has a great tradition and a great group of people.  Like everything else these days, things will be a little more difficult than usual, but we can and will succeed.

    

I’d like to thank Nancy Rezac for the job she did adapting to a rapidly changing environment and keeping the club moving in the right direction.  Secondly, I’d like to thank the other current board members, Debby Paris, Wein-Pin Yeh, Frank Rainey, Jerry Buchholz, Andres Puky, Raeann Larsen, Rose Crispin, Sam Smith, Laura Phillips, Yvonne Pierce, Chris Ray and Bob Parsons.  It’s been my pleasure to serve on the board with them, and I look forward to the next year.

 

Thanks

Dave

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Opposite of Addiction is Connection
Jul 28, 2020
Award-Winning Documentary: Carry the Tune-The Importance of Continuing Musicianship Beyond School
Aug 04, 2020
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