Announcements for the Week of November 12th, 2021
Here's Everything You Need to Know...
 
Our Inspiration for today's meeting was Compassion. 
 
Special thanks to Marianne for setting up the theme for today, (Veterans Thank you meeting),  and for inviting members of the Evergreen American Legion as our guests.
 
Pause for the Cause 1
Our own Bill Manning reached out and showed up with the Coach, (Hal Farmwald, from Indiana), and members of the Evergreen HS Basketball team.  Coach Farmwald discussed the program at EHS and stressed there are 3 elements for success for every program; 1) a good Booster Club, which Evergreen has, 2) A feeder program from local elementary schools as well as outside the area, and 3) Community.  The support of the community through game attendance and other avenues of support is critical.  Thanks Coach and perhaps we'll see you at a game!
 
Pause for the Cause 2-  Chuck Adams, Membership Chair extraordinaire, gave an update on our membership to date.  He presented  slides which summarized how to get info on membership activities as well as  some statistics.  Currently we have just over 100 members.  97 are active and 4 Honorary.  57% are men and 47% women.  80% are over 50 yrs old.  47% with over ten years of service.  (For more specifics, pull up the meeting recording and visit Chuck's presentation).  Chuck's biggest need currently is for Mentor's for new members.  If you have an interest, it doesn't take much time, contact Chuck.  He left us with this quote:  " Keep calm and get your ASK in gear"
 
As part of our Veterans Day Theme, Janie Myers talked about the Families of Service members and the significance of the Blue Star Banner, which is displayed by Families of active service members.   You can have up to 5 Blue Stars on a single Banner.  Families of active duty service members have their own significant issues while their loved ones are off in service of our country.  Marianne, our President, gave a little personal history about her families Blue Star Pin that has been handed down over 3 generations of Naval Service in their family.  Marianne also showed a short video depicting Gary Sinise's personal activities with his Lt. Dan Band and his Foundation in their efforts to help our Veterans.
 
Sondra Kellogg gave a History of her husband Jack's Service and mentioned that Jack was a member of the Navy League.  She then presented Pat Temple, retired Naval Captain, Jack's Navy League pin and stated Jack would want him to have it.  Thanks Sondra.
 
Announcements:
 
Soldier Backpacks - Gail Sharp once again reminded us of the backpacks project sponsored by Tall Grass.  The backpacks will go to homeless veterans in the Denver area.  The original goal was for 100 backpacks but the community's overwhelming response has resulted in enough for perhaps as many as 300 backpacks.  Last of the packing will take place after today's meeting.

 

Evergreen Rotarians are Bell Ringers at Walmart. Our Club is so fortunate to be able to man the kettles again at Walmart this holiday season. We really need many volunteers along with any friends and family to help take over some shift times.  Please remember to wear your white Rotary volunteer button on your bell ringing apron.  If you need a button, they are available at our Friday meetings.  Please open this link to choose your volunteer shifts: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4dadaf2aa5f94-evergreen1

Thanksgiving Luncheon - Marianne Temple introduced Vince Ventimiglia of Seniors 4 Wellness, a new non-profit that will be assuming some of the services lost to seniors when the Senior Resource Center (Yellow House) closed. Seniors 4 Wellness and the Rotary Club of Evergreen will be co-hosting a “Seniors Thanksgiving Luncheon” on Friday, November 19th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Church of the Transfiguration in Evergreen.  Vince needs six or eight Rotarian volunteers to work as servers for the event .  They will wear the traditional blue Rotary aprons, so it will provide good recognition for the club.  If you can help, please get in touch with Vince at seniors4wellness@outlook.com
 
District Business Directory - Marianne also called attention to the District's on-line business directory.  With nearly 60 clubs in the District 5450, it is a great way to publicize your business and reach other Rotarians. The cost is only $5 per year for your listing.   To learn more, Click here

 

Rotary Family Holiday Party is on Thursday, December 9th at the Hiwan Golf Club from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Please don’t miss your chance to make your reservation for you and your guests.  There is no charge for Rotary members.  Adult guests are $50/person and children are $15/person.  The deadline to make your reservation is Friday, November 26th which is the day after Thanksgiving.  Please open up this link to make your reservation for you and your guest(s): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084aa5ad2ea02-family

Bob Rose announced that there are over 200 Afghan refugees already in the Denver area with about 2000 expected totally.  If you have an interest in perhaps volunteering to help some of these folks, you can find more info on the link below.
 
Friday Meeting Volunteers Needed: It really takes a village to host our Friday Rotary meetings. We need members to help with set up & clean up and members to be greeters and take attendance. Please choose a few Fridays to join our team.  Open this link to pick your dates to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49ada92da1f94-friday.  This Sign Up Genius link is also posted on our Club’s website homepage and will be available through June 2022.