Longmont  Rotary Club
June 14, 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: Journey to Lesbos

Journalist and club Rotarian, Maria Karagianis shared the account of her 2016 visit to the Moria Refugee Camp in Lesbos.  Through some informal contacts, Maria was asked to visit the camp to observe and report on the conditions.  After some deliberation, she did agree to visit, however when she arrived, the Greek government would not give her a press pass. Being an astute journalist, she quickly met up with some camp volunteers who provided her access,(somewhat illegal Maria recounts).

The Moria refugee camp was dubbed "the worst refugee camp on earth", as reported by the BBC, a sentiment also echoed by  Maria.  The camp was built to accommodate around 3,000 people, however there were around 20,000 people living in the camp, among whom 6,000 to 7,000 were children under the age of 18. It was not uncommon for people to wait in line for 3 hours for food and never get anything.  Maria said it was more like a prison than anything.  Luckily there were a lot of great volunteers at the camp.


Because of overcrowding, the camp expanded into a nearby olive grove, known as "Moria jungle", where the living quarters were makeshift, typically made out of pallets and tarps. The migrants cut down an estimated 5,000 olive trees, some of them centuries old, to use as firewood.

In September 2020, a fire badly damaged the camp of more than 12,000 asylum seekers. Most of the refugees were left homeless on the street. Maria thought that most of the refugees were placed in other camps that the Greek government had built.   The fires were started deliberately by migrants, the Greek government adding that the refugees were protesting that the camp had been put on lockdown due to a COVID outbreak.

When Maria returned to the US, she provided a talk at the Harvard Club about her visit to the Moria Refugee Camp. That further launched some 30 additional talks. Even though Maria is retired, it is clear, “once a journalist, always a journalist!”

Longmont Rotary Slate of Officers 
The 2022-2023 slate of officers was presented to the club members for a vote.  Leona Stoecker made a motion, seconded by Andy Lee to approve the slate as presented with unanimous approval.  Click here for list 
Club Photos from Meeting
We welcomed our guests to Longmont Rotary!
Thanks Cindy, Rose, Dallas and Tim for inviting a guest. 
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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Schreiber, David  Jun 1st   33 Years
Laartz, Brian  Jun 13th      22 Years
Caldwell, John  Jun 14th   45 Years
Hovick, Craig   Jun 14th    34 Years
Beck, Darrell    Jun 16th    30 Years
Maloit, Dan       June  16th     1 Year
Taylor, Kim         Jun 21st   11 Years
Lange, Roger   Jun 22nd   23 Years
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