Longmont  Rotary Club
December 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:  The Season of Giving 
Kathy Wadell, well-known local storyteller, entertained us by telling tales for the Season of Giving, with musical interludes by our own Dale Sherrod, on piano.  Before beginning, Kathy reminded us that oral storytelling requires only the voice of the teller, plus the active imagination of the listeners.  She encouraged us all to picture the characters and scenes however our individual brains perceived them. 
First, we heard a  Hannukkah poem, “Hannukkah Miracles,” which focused on how one little candle can be seen through the dark.  This set the mood for a season of LIGHTS, during the darkest part of the year.
Next, we heard the Italian folktale, “La Befana,” from the 14th Century.  Due to Kathy’s talent, we could all visualize the humpbacked old woman with her long nose, sweeping and baking, keeping to herself while others reveled in the holiday parade. Eventually, La Befana packed up her pies and cookies and flew off on her broom, leaving a little package of goodies for each child in the community.  Many in Italy still believe La Befana comes to deliver treats to good little children on Epiphany Eve, just as the three Kings or Magi delivered gifts to the Christ child.
Kathy finished with O’Henry’s well-known story of simple love, “The Gift of the Magi.”  In this story, a poor young couple sacrifice their most prized possessions to give to each other a Christmas gift.  Della, the wife, sold her beautiful long hair to buy a platinum watch chain for her husband, Jim, to put on his gold watch.  Meanwhile, Jim had bought a set of combs for Della’s long hair, but of course, he had to sell the watch in order to buy them!  The story reminds us all of the true spirit of the season.
Merry Christmas,  Happy Holidays,  Blessings for the New Year!
Program: Current City Council News
Longmont City Council member, Tim Waters was available to answer questions from the club members today.  He shared some of the current issues facing the city agenda.  Those topics included: 1)  Creation of quiet zones through the city of Longmont 2) Feasibility study from a consulting group focused on the performing arts and a conference center. 3) Update on the Costco store coming to Longmont  4) Expansion of the library and the feasibility study exploring that project, 5) Homelessness issues/needs 6)  Expansion of the Longmont Senior Center. 
Thank you Tim for sharing such excellent detail in some of the current business of the Longmont City Council.  Tim was asked to fill in for a last minute program cancellation.  We appreciate his generosity and quality presentation.   
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Rotary License Plates
Our  District is working with District 5440 and 5470 to get a specialty Rotary license plate considered by the State Legislature.
Please help us make this happen.  Anyone can sign as long as they live in Colorado (no PO Boxes allowed).
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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
Program Speakers
Jan 04, 2022
Rotary: Local and Global
Jan 11, 2022
Relationship with Northern Arapahoe
Feb 01, 2022
Longmont Charity Fund
Feb 22, 2022
Murder of William Dickens
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Sue Bolton and Tim Graham sell fishbowl tickets.  December's Fishbowl Beneficiary is Cinnamon Park Assisted Living.
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Chris Ray
December 7
George Tamm
December 9
Phillip Wong
December 10
Chris McVay
December 15
Andres Puky
December 16
Edwina Salazar
December 20
Sue Connelly
December 22
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