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LONGMONT ROTARY
June 18, 2024
Thanks for 40+ Years of Rotary Service!
Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you were extended to Longmont Rotarians who have served Rotary for over 40 years. Co-Presidents Rose Crispin and Tim Waters presented these special Rotarians with a certificate of gratitude. The complete list includes: John Caldwell, Al Carr, Fred Coats, Ed Kanemoto, Ken Kanemoto, Kaj Lauridsen, Lee Lawson, Bob McCarty, Bob Parsons, Dallas Powell, Larry Jensen, Mark Sullivan, Ralph Josephsohn, Andres Puky, and Guy Scoma.
Longmont Rotary Garage Sale
Many thanks to our club members for their help with the Longmont Rotary Garage Sale.  We are grateful to Elevated Supports for providing a perfect location for our fundraiser.  
We await our final total, as donations continue.  The proceeds of this event benefit club projects and local youth services.    
 
Leona Stoecker, our Garage Sale Chair, and Tim Waters, Co-President enjoy some
fun trying on a mohawk wig.  What do you think? 
  Leigh Flanagan, Director of Elevated Supports and C.G. Frink pause for a quick photo. 
You name it, we have it!  
There is no doubt that Rotarians had items to donate.  
Jim Kanemoto International Peace and Compassion Award
Longmont Rotary proudly presents Andres Puky with The Jim Kanemoto International Peace and Compassion Award. This award honors an outstanding Rotarian who has demonstrated compassion on a global scale by working on international humanitarian projects addressing critical issues such as hunger, poverty, and illiteracy, or by promoting peace and compassion through community interactions worldwide. The award is accompanied by a Paul Harris Fellow, which includes a thousand-dollar donation to Rotary International.
 
Edwina Salazar, (pictured left), presented the Jim Kanemoto International Peace and Compassion Award to Andres Puky for his work with the Rotary Open World Program. Established in 1999, the Open World Program fosters cultural and political ties with post-Soviet countries. Longmont Rotary has hosted 19 delegations since the program's inception. The Longmont Open World Committee hosts the delegations, coordinates site visits, and facilitates information exchange, providing complimentary housing during the exchanges. Andres embodies the qualities of compassion represented by the tower—Love, Empathy, Understanding, Gratitude, and Selfless Giving. Club member Dick Lyons added, "We thank you, Andres, for all you have done for the Open World Program by forging bonds of friendship and promoting peace and compassion in our community and with people from around the world."
 
Edwina recounted that Japanese farmers began arriving in the St. Vrain Valley between 1915 and 1920, with names like Tanaka, Nishida, and Kanemoto becoming familiar providers of local farm fare. Goroku Kanemoto, who came from Hiroshima, Japan, via Mexico in 1919, raised his family in Longmont. The family opened a roadside stand to sell their produce and eventually transitioned from farming to development, building the 700-home Southmoor Park subdivision in south Longmont. This subdivision included Kanemoto Park, where brothers Jimmie and George Kanemoto commissioned the construction of the five-story Tower of Compassion, styled after a Japanese temple. They donated the tower to the city to express their family’s gratitude for the kindness Longmont showed toward families of Japanese descent during World War II when most were forced into internment camps, and their property seized. The 1972 tower, with its five stories, symbolizes the meaning of compassion—Love, Empathy, Understanding, Gratitude, and Selfless Giving.
Several years ago, when announcing the creation of this new award, Rotary member Phyllis Dwyer remarked, "Jimmie Kanemoto is known to most of us as Mr. Compassion. He quietly goes about doing good things for others without making a big fuss about it. He doesn't do it for the recognition - he does it to help humanity." Jimmie was nominated many times for the Longmont Rotary Compassion Award but would not accept the honor. However, each year, he facilitated the conferring of the award to others. Ms. Dwyer noted, "He is certainly a man who exemplifies the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self". His contributions to Rotary will make life easier for the peoples of the world for many years to come." The Jim Kanemoto International Peace and Compassion Award is only to be awarded to an outstanding Rotarian who has demonstrated compassion on a global scale. The recipient at a later date will receive the Paul Harris Fellow.
 
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Longmont Rotary
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First Lutheran Church
803 3rd Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501
United States of America
Our noon 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. We also have a Satellite group that meets in the evenings. See website for details.
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