Longmont  Rotary Club
April 26, 2022
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:  A Way Forward

The organization, A Way Forward, offers hope to those who struggle with substance abuse.  Debbie Platts, Executive Director and LSW Counselor, Mark Rogers, spoke to our club about this important local non-profit organization.  The mission of A Way Forward is to eliminate financial barriers to recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) and provide a trusting, welcoming, diverse and non-judgmental environment for families and individuals seeking help in the St. Vrain Valley.  Their goals include:  1) Inspire hope that people do and can recover, 2) Walk with people of their recovery journey, 3) Dispel myths about what it means to have a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder, 4) Provide self-help education and link people to tools and resources and ,5) Support people in identifying their goals, and building a path forward.

Debbie reported that throughout the pandemic, problems with use of substance abuse and alcohol  increased.  In fact the rate of alcohol-related deaths outpaced the rate of deaths for all other causes (JAMA March 2022 study).  Debbie mentioned that the staff are available 7 days a week. They are not a franchise, but rather "a community recovery center, for the community by the community". A Way Forward provides structured recovery programs, including services for Veterans, individual and family support, mental and emotional health programming and wellness and community groups.  Debbie reminded the club that A Way Forward recently received a grant from the Charity Fund for the purchase of The Hazelden Betty Ford Mental Health Series.

Mark Rogers spoke about the ever growing problem with drugs, specifically Fentanyl  and Methamphetamine (“meth”).   Fentanyl is a synthetic man made opiate, which is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. It is often mixed with other drugs.  Fentanyl deaths rose from 709 in 2015 to 907 in 2021.   The spray Narcan is a member of the antidotes drug class and is used for Opioid overdose and reversal of opioid sedation. The spray blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medications.  Narcan is saving life’s!

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.  For more information about A Way Forward contact

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Guests of Rotary:  

Claudia Archuleta, who is  a Board member for  A Way Forward.

Welcome Claudia!

A check was presented to Chrysti Britt, Executive Director of Cultivate (formally RSVP) from the Fishbowl proceeds in the amount of $686.00 . 
For the Moment of Inspiration, Cindy Noble shared with the club who inspired her to join Rotary. Dwight Sullivan was her contact point.  Whenever together, he would always talk about Rotary, adding that "You need to get all the way in.  It's like a bed, if you don't get all the way in, you'll fall out".  Cindy asked several club members to share who their sponsors were. It was fun to remember.
Diane Stow shared that the memorial service for Echo Owens will be May 2nd at 11am at Life Bridge Christian Church and a Celebration of Life for Becky Cline will be held May 6th at 11am at St. Stephens Episcopal Church
President's Message
Debby Paris
member photo

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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May 03, 2022
Days of a Retired Surgeon
May 10, 2022
Denver Sports
May 17, 2022
Visit McMurdo Station- Antarctica & the Antarctic Deep Field
May 24, 2022
Relationship with the Northern Arapahoe
May 31, 2022
Animal Sanctuary
Jun 14, 2022
The Power of Membership
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The Satellite Group is painting bowls for the Empty Bowls, OUR Center event.  To join in the fun, come to Crack Pots on May 19th 6-8pm.   
The April Fishbowl
City of Longmont Fireworks 
Sponsored by: Skyline Kiwanis  
A great social at Sugar Beet!
Rotary Years of Service April
Phyllis Dwyer   April 1st     27 Years 
Fed Williams   April 6th     12 Years 
Mary Blue        April 8th     19 Years 
Evonne Pierce  April 9th   20 Years
Alisa Jeffery     April 18th    5 Years
Rose Crispin    April 20th  18 Years
Debbie Setlock  April 25th   27 Yrs
Joe Perrotto      April 28th   13  Yrs
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