Club Bulletin - This Week's Announcements
Announcements for the Rotary Club of Evergreen’s August 12, 2022 meeting.
 
Today’s Rotary Inspiration:
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up a royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of the success”  Arianna Huffington
 
A BIG thank you to Gail Sharp for hosting Rowdy Rotarians at the Lucky Penny Ranch.  Also thank you to Sean Olsen for the tasty beverages and Brenda Belrose (pinch hitting for Linda McConnell, who was serving on Jury Duty) for the great snacks.
 
Rotary Day at the Rockies
August 21, 2022, at 1:10 pm
Please remember this game is a fundraiser for End Polio Now polio eradication - $5.00 of each discounted $31.00 ticket goes to polio eradication.
 
Red Badge Members - Ever wonder about the exciting inner workings of our Rotary Club?  Check off one of your Red Badge items by attending our next Board Meeting on August 18, 2022.  Email Kay at kaylamontagne@gmail.com for the Zoom link to attend.
 
Love the amazing pictures of our Rotary meetings and gatherings you receive each week from Carolyn Alexander?  We do too!  Kay presented Carolyn with the “You Rock” award for her many years (since 2007) of providing the images that keep us all connected to Rotary and each other.
 
World Elephant Day has a very special meaning for Kay.  If you didn’t know that elephants could be fitted with custom boots, just ask Kay’s brother, John.  We also learned that while Kay was growing up, her ever patient mother allowed their suburban family to house quite the menagerie: chickens, guinea pigs, carrier pigeons, snakes, lizards, and even a monkey!
 
Welcome to our newest member, Aide (eye-day) Hillman!  Aide owns Home and Office Cleaning, LLC and has been very active in the community driving the EHcO Food Bank truck and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.  She is ready to join like-minded people in the Evergreen Rotary and as she says, she is “high speed, low drag!”
 
Bob Rose reminded us to mark our calendars for the WASH Symposium on October 8, 2022.
 
Peaches are in season:  Ed Steinbrecher of the Conifer Rotary Club wants to remind you to place your order for peaches by August 15th from the Conifer Rotary Club.  Visit:https://rotaryconifer.org/ to order online.  Your peaches will be available for pick up at Aspen Park in Conifer on Saturday, August 27th.  If anyone wants to pick them up in Evergreen, they can be delivered  to Mt. Evans Home Health Care and Hospice on Saturday morning the 27th between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  If you are picking them up at Mt Evans you MUST let me know, Ed Steinbrecher at: esteinbr@du.edu or by text at 303-319-3006.  
 
 
Holly Brekke updated us on the new partnership with Leadership Evergreen to provide a Trex Buddy Bench in the revitalized outdoor area at Center Stage.  Please keep bringing your plastic recyclable bags to our meetings.  As Holly noted, we are only allowed to place 2 benches a year through the Trex program, but we have decided to keep up the good work by helping Leadership Evergreen. A big thank you to Rita Carver, Roger Fertig, and Sue Brown for envisioning this project and making it possible to place two benches in our community. 
 
Chuck Adams is looking for volunteers (AFTER you have done your time at Rotary Recycle Day, right Alan?) to help with this year’s Woohoomanity Challenge on September 24, 2022.  To find out more details, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/Denver/WoohoomanityChallenge
 
Speaking of Alan Rubin…Rotary Recycle Day is September 24, 2022. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44a5af2ca5fd0-13th
 
What an excellent presentation from Bob Rose and Ted Ning from the International Services Committee! 
 
Bob highlighted the St. Helene Water Project in Honduras
Obtaining water in this village was a huge challenge.  Hand dug wells dried up in the dry season and people had to walk great distances to buy water.   Previous water projects were not sustainable. Eighteen Rotary clubs contributed the project of engineering and building a sustainable water system that should last 20 yrs. Engineers without Borders and hydrologists developed the plan and overcame the challenges of how to bring in equipment that was not supported by the infrastructure of St. Helene.  Islanders took ownership by developing a Water Board, were trained in how to collect fees, and helped with the labor of building the wells to provide water. The next steps in assisting the people of St. Helene include water sanitation and economic development.  See more about the St. Helene project here: https://youtu.be/89LPemLhY3w
 
 
Ted highlighted the evolution of what is now known as Maia project in Guatemala https://www.maiaimpact.org/  Ted and his wife, Connie, have extensive knowledge of working in post-war recovery areas through their volunteer experience in Vietnam.  Through that experience, they learned that for a project to succeed, involving the women of the community is key.  In 1998 they began Friendship Bridge, a microcredit program how serving 30,000 families.   They later started Starfish One by One, which served 12-year-old girls by providing an opportunity for an education.  Of the 300 girls who were mentored through Junior High and High School, 270 graduated.  In 2017, with the help of Ted’s son, Travis, the Quetzal University Fund was developed.  It is internationally recognized as a model for education in Latin America.  The University is graduating its first class of young women this November.  To ensure that the program is sustainable well into the future, the GIWEF fund was created.  Ted and other Rotarians have worked tirelessly to partner with other Rotary clubs, apply for Rotary grants and fundraise to provide this legacy for young Guatemalan women.
 
Please consider joining the ISC to make your impact in “Service to the World.”  Join the committee on Sept. 13th at 6:00 pm for their next meeting: