Rotary Club of University Hills-Community Service 2018/2019
 
Clothing Drives
Club Rotarians donated cash, clothing, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items twice a year, to Senior Support Services and Sacred Heart House. Directed by club Rotarian William Collier, and delivery of items added 8 hours of volunteer time.
 
Sacred Heart House
Sacred Heart house offers a continuum of services to homeless mothers with children and single women. Some club Rotarians on a regular basis also contribute teddy bears and other supplies, advise and time on a regular basis. Thank to David McKinley and William Collier.
 
South Metro Medical Equipment Closet
Club Rotarians (Jim MacDermott, Jim Fleming, Marvin Hersh, Mike Hitchcock and Ricardo Cardenas) donated cash of $1,150.  SMMEC loans out medical equipment to people in the community who would not be able to otherwise afford such medical equipment.
 
Special Kids, Special Care Inc.
 $3,000 was funded to provide newborn sleep sacs to local hospital NICU’s and infant cribs throughout the Denver Metro Area. This is part of the public health nurses and the organizations’ “Safe Sleep Going Home Program”.
 
Little Flower Center/Joy Drive
The center was granted $1,500 for supplies and treats for Christmas gift boxes for children in Aurora Public Schools and Denver zip codes 80239 and 80249. In addition, some Rotarians donated in- kind items such as school supplies and time of over 8 hours.
 
Annunciation School Bus-Pass Program
$3,000 was granted for bus passes to allow marginalized students to be able to attend this Exploratory Learning Center of Excellence The funding and match provides transportation for these students to use RTD buses for transportation to and from school.
 
Southwest Improvement Council-SWIC
$1,500 was granted for 50 school children living in low income households to receive a new school Backpack filled with basic school supplies.
 
Annual Giving Tree
During the holiday season, Rotarians can make donations for toys for Sacred Heart House and Warren Village.  Last December, $1,609 was raised from Rotarians and matched by the club. Each organization received $1,609. Thanks to Jim MacDermott for maintaining the tradition and Bob Newton for check delivery.
 
Colorado Young Leaders
$2,000 was granted for two projects the Youth Empowerment Basecamp and the Global Youth Service project. The monies were used to sponsor the events for youth to focus on the theme of social justice in our community and organize a service project.
 
Colorado College and University Scholarships/Hobson Fund /STEM
Our Club is currently supporting seven students with annual scholarships totaling $33,500.  The Club has awarded over $409,500 of scholarships to students for CU/Boulder, CSU/Fort Collins, UNC/Greeley, Colorado School of Mines, and Regis University. Thank you, Hobson Committee Team under the leadership of Dan Astle. Extra Thank s, to Paul Bauer for processing applications.
 
 
Rotary Club of University Hills International Service-2018/2019
 
Afghanistan Children’s Science Museum
The club wound up its project with the Rotary Club of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The project set up and equipped a children’s science museum in Kabul. Some Club Rotarians and some of our Rotary Scholars also donated in kind science supplies.
 
Polio Plus
The club donated over $1,200 to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus. We give club speakers a certificate acknowledging the contribution made in their behalf for speaking. 
 
Project Cure: Honduras
The club raised about $20,000 to ship door-to-door a container of about $500,000 of medical supplies and fixtures and equipment to a hospital in Honduras. The container arrived in June and is being trucked to the hospital.  Thank you to Ricardo Cardenas, Michael Haviland and Mike Hitchcock and International Committee for getting this project past the finish line.
 
Rotary Club of University Hills Vocational Service-2018/2019
 
Student of the Month
During the school year, the club Rotarians interview West Middle School students recommended by school teachers’, that have shown excellent leadership skills and community volunteer efforts. Each month of the school year, a student is selected to be a Student of the month.  The student is honored with their family at a regular Rotary meeting.  Tom Murphy and Rich Sattizahn have run the program this year and with other Rotarians donated over 30 hours to this project.
 
West Middle School 4-Way Test
Under the leadership of Rich Sattizahn, a mentoring program based upon the Rotary 4-Way test. Over 400 students in the 6thgrade participated in the program.  Rotarians showed up at the Fall and Spring sessions and led discussions in small groups.  Critical thinking and ethical responses to situations following the 4-Way test were held. Over 100 club volunteer hours were donated to this project.
 
RYLA
Each summer the club sponsors high school and junior high students to attend the RYLA leadership Camps. Mel Grusing and Helen Hempel have worked on the program for many years, countless hours.  Five to Seven students are sponsored each year after application and interviews.
 
Vocational Talk
The club features a vocational/classification talk by one of its members which allows fellow Rotarians to learn more about the member.  The member’s talk focuses on the Rotarian’s vocation, personal interests, and family. 
 
Children’s Christmas Party
Annually, the club invites children/ grandchildren of members and children living in transitional housing to a Christmas party. Lunch is served and Santa gives each child a special gift. Thanks to our Resident Santa Rich Sattizahn.
 
Zoo Day 
For over 20 years, the Club Rotarians have hosted handicapped students from Cherry Creek Schools, to a day at the Denver Zoo. This year Sabin School children were also included. The festivities include lunch and a special Zoo day shirt. Thank you , Bob Newton for founding this program and David Henninger for continuing the program.