State of the Town

2015  Parker
State of the Town
& Impact Award
11:30 AM - 1 PM
Vehicle Vault
18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway
Parker, Colorado
Keynote Speaker
Honorable Mike Waid
Mayor of Parker
Tickets - $35
2nd Annual
Mayor's Ball Gala
Evening with Dining and Dancing
Silent Auction
February 28, 2015
6 - 10 PM
Vehicle Vault
Automotive Museum
18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway
Parker, Colorado
Tickets - $75

State of the Town Sponsors

Premier Platinum - $5,000
Platinum - $2,500
Media Platinum Sponsor
Search Parker Magazine
Gold Sponsor - $1,500
Joy Lutheran Church  
Silver Sponsor - $1,000
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 
Bronze Sponsor - $500
Carolyn Williamson RE/Masters,Inc
Parker Payless Liquors
Contributor - $300
Parker & Castle Rock Centers for Audiology

Silent Auction Contributions

Footers Catering

Club Executives & Directors

President - Board Officer
President Elect - Board Officer
Treasurer - Board Officer
Secretary - Board Officer
Sergeant at Arms - Board Officer
Club Service Co-Chair- Board Member
Club Service Co-Chair - Board Member
Youth Services - Board Member
Community Service - Board Member
International Service - Board Member
Grants Director - Board Member
Public Relations - Board Member
Rotary Foundation - Co-Board Member
Rotary Foundation Treasurer - Co-Board Member
Vocational Services - Board Member
Immediate Past President - Board Member
Membership Chairperson
Program Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Webpage Updates

The Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado is a volunteer service organization whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and throughout the world.  We meet Thursday mornings from 6:45 - 8:15 a.m. for a breakfast meeting. Come join us for our for great fellowship and programs while learning more about this fantastic organization.  Please note, there is no morning meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month when we have an evening social gathering.  Guests are always welcome!

Parker Adventist Hospital
Parker Adventist Hospital
Conference Center (South Entrance)
9395 Crown Crest Boulevard
Parker, CO 80138
(303) 269-4000

Latest Club News

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Devon has a GPA of 4.23 and is in the top 10% of his class at Chaparral High School.   He is involved in National Honor Society, DECA, Cross Country, Track and more.  He is most interested in Math and Science and is planning to go to college and major in Engineering.

This weeks' guest speaker, Eric Shuemake is a chiropractor and a co-author of the book: "Cruise Ship or Nursing Home: The 5 Essentials of a Maximized Life".  He gave a very informative program on nutrition.

The Rotary Community Corps at Rocky Vista University collecting and delivered 70 coats to the Denver Indian Center just in time for the holidays.  The coats were delivered on a Thursday afternoon and were all distributed by the next day.  RVU did a great job!

Lisa Douglas enlightened the Rotary Club of Parker on January 8, 2015 about the new CU South Denver program that is now at the Liniger Building, formerly known as The Wildlife Experience.  Lisa leads all aspects of the extraordinary CU South Denver enterprise, which includes facilitating academic program access for all four CU campuses, facility management, and continuation of many of the community services that The Wildlife Experience is known for — a museum, K-12 education, community programs, and event rental and catering.

Ponderosa student Phillip Reid has been the President of the National Honor Society from 2014 to present.  He’s co-officer for Student Council, the Athletic Council, the Douglas County School District Advisory Group, Spanish Honor Society and more.  Phillip is also in athletics, church and volunteers in the community.  He plans to attend college in the fall. 


Several Parker Rotarians went to the Denver Indian Center on December 20, 2014 to help bring a Merry Christmas to their families.

New member induction:  Mark Scheuneman sponsored by Michele Duncan, Mike James sponsor by Lindy Blackburn and Pat Kendrick sponsored by Michele Duncan.  Welcome to Rotary!

Student of the Month Tracey Morris is introduced by Bill Kelly.  Teacher, Craig Bowman is pictured with Mr. Kelly and the Morris family.  Tracy is in the top 10% of her class at Chaparral High School.  Tracey is involved with Student Government, DECA, the National Honor Society and many other activities.

The Rotary Club of Parker volunteered at Project Cure.

The Rotary Community Corps of Parker shopped and wrapped presents for two families in need.  This was made possible by a District Grant the Rotary Club of Parker who sponsored the evening.

Tonight the Rotary Club of Parker celebrated Christmas.   The theme was Light Up Rotary at Christmas and 70 attended the evening. 

Jane Johnson honors Bob Satrom with his Paul Harris +7 pin.  Congratulations Bob!

December 4, 2014 Guest Speaker, Gary Lasater gave an update on RTD.  Gary also thanked the Rotary Club of Parker for recognizing his son at a recent meeting as the Student of the Month, the gift of the Gazebo to the Town and all of our community support.

Dr. Peter Ewing, District 5450 Governor, lead a District 5450 Area Assembly at the Parker PACE Center on November 18, 2014.  Many Parker Rotarians attended and helped with the event. 

374 Boxes sold with over $4,400 given to our Community and those in need.  Thank you to all who helped with this project.

The Rotary Club of Parker, at its regular meeting on November 6, honored two local wartime veterans for their service in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam.  Those honored were Brigadier General Edward M. Markham, III, (Korea and Viet Nam) and Mr. Darold E. Schmidt (WWII). 

Julie Rosenthal and Steve Sandis were installed as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Parker.   Steve Brown is a mentor and Carl Finamore the sponsor for Steve Sandis while Julie Rosenthal is mentored by Jane Johnson and sponsored by Kam Breitenbach.  Welcome!

Guest speaker, John Etzell with two students of Colorado Early Colleges High School, Braden Schindel and Caroline Reinhart.
Colorado Early Colleges Douglas County (CECDC) is a tuition-free charter high school that provides its students an opportunity to take college classes and earn a degree.

Colorado Early Colleges Douglas County High School (CECDC) provides  students in 9th-12th grades the opportunity to start working on college-level courses as soon as they are college ready.  CECDC students can earn a combination of high school and college credits as they pursue a high school diploma and an Associate degree or higher-- all at no cost to Douglas County families. CECDC pays for tuition, fees, and textbooks.


"Want to help? Contact Parker Rotarian Mike Oldham,"


The Mayor and Town Councilmen attended the opening this weekend of the Vehicle Vault Museum in Parker.  Most of the Rotary Club of Parker State of the Town committee were there to check out the event.  We think this is an awesome place for the State of the Town Luncheon and The Mayor's Ball in February.  See any of these committee members to make your reservation now, as seating is limited and you do not want to miss this Rotary event.  This is the perfect place to bring your family and friends.

The Parker United Church opened their doors to sponsor Feed My Hungry Children on October 24 and 25.  Several Rotary Club of Parker members helped with the project.  The Rotary Community Corps of Parker, sponsoerd by the Rotary Club of Parker, had a group of 25 members and friends come and help too.


The Rotary Community Corps of Rocky Vista University held their first election of officers on Wednesday, October 22.  Pictured are Julie Rosenthal, Executive Director of Admissions and Marketing, Cynthia, Vinay Setty, Manuel Lewis, Sohayla Rostumi, Amanda Beach, Vinjay Setty, and Rotary Advisor Kam Breitenbach.  Amanda Beach was elected President, Sohayla Rostumi – Vice President and  Manuel Lewis – Secretary/Treasurer.  The Rotary Community Corps at Rocky Vista University is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parker.  Plans to work together on community projects are being planned.  Picture by Jane Johnson.

Jane Johnson, President of the Rotary Foundation, recognized Harold McCloud for his Paul Harris support.

Rotarian Sue Gardner enjoys our visiting pet that came with speaker Sunny Weber.  The program was about special need animals.

Student of the Month - Anthony Puga

Sharon Tennison, The author of “The Power of Impossible Ideas,” shared her story with the Rotary Club of Parker.  Tennison was a nurse and mother of four living in the San Francisco area at the height of the cold war, and like most Americans, she was fearful that the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. appeared to be careening toward nuclear confrontation. Sharon organized a group of mainstream American citizens who traveled to the U.S.S.R. in 1983 with the impossible mission to open doors between the peoples of the two Superpowers.

The Rotary Club of Parker held their September social event at Carino's restaurant in Parker.  Many Rotarians and their spouses attended for an enjoyable evening of fun, food and great conversations.

The Rotary Club of Parker and the Parker United Methodist Church held a Homecoming Dance for teens and adults with special needs.  There were 92 attendees with 45 volunteers helping in all aspects to make the evening a success.  Sam Moyson was corwned King and Catherine Carr Queen of the evening.

Abby Carter was honored at the Rotary Club of Parker Student of the Month.  Congratulations!  Abby
Rocky Community Corps of Rocky Vista University
The Rotary Community Corps of Rocky University held their first meeting on September 17, 2014.  In attendance were Cynthia Omega, Sohayla Rostami, Sarah Edgerton, Manuel Lewis, Joseph LaPorta, Vinay Setty, Vijay Setty, Amanda Beach, Julie Rosenthal and the Rotary Club of Parker members Jane Johnson and Kam Breitenbach.
The club wrote their bylaws and will be holding their first election of officers soon.
The RCC of RVU is looking forward to doing community service projects with the Rotary Club of Parker.

PROJECT C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) is the registered trademark of the Benevolent Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, humanitarian relief organization based in Denver, CO. It is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world that delivers medical supplies and equipment to developing countries. Its main purpose is to collect and sort donated medical supplies and equipment from manufacturers, hospitals, and surpluses and then distribute the supplies and equipment to developing countries based on a needs assessment of the local hospitals and clinics in those countries.
Members from the Rotary Club of Parker come together to help at Project Cure once every quarter.  Anyone is welcome to join this worthy project.  The next date our club will be helping will be December 16, 2015 from 7:0 – 9:00 p.m.  Contact Don Clasen to help.

Past District Governor Mike Oldham and Rotary Club of Parker member, Kam Breitenbach, recently attended the Rotary Zones 21b nd 27 conference at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado.  Both attended training sessions and learned of the declining membership in Rotary in the United States.  We need to find new ways to attract new members and retain our current members.  The highlight of the Conference was the presence of Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang.
A House of Friendship was set up for a very limited number of participants.  The Rotary Club of Parker was selected to showcase our Rotary Community Corps of Parker (special needs group).  There was much interest in our table and a lot of information was shared.  Kam was able to visit with President Huang and explain how our RCC operates.  President Huang took our RCC trifold to share.

Musicians Steve Brown, Steve Gilbert and Jim Muir lead singing.   Rocky Vista University challenged the Rotary Club of Parker to the ALS Challenge.  Nathan Goodman - guest, Rotarians Lindy Blackburn and Irv Buck accepted the challenge!  It was announced that Rocky Vista University has been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parker as the newest Rotary Community Corps.  Meetings will be held on the RVU Campus and is open to Medical Students, Faculty and Staff of RVU.

On Saturday, August 23rd, the Rotary Club of Parker delivered Peaches and Pears.

Rotary & Parker Task Force Food Drive
Saturday, August 16
Thank you to the following Rotarians and Rotary Community for a job well done!  Thank you for volunteering together on a Saturday!  You are very much appreciated and have helped many people in need.   ROTARIANS:  Melanie Hood, Liz Volz, Alvara Pisoni, Carl Finamore, Wayne Wagener,  Bill Kelly, Jim Boyd, Li Pettett, Gloria Beckley, Lew Million, Mike Oldham and Kam Breitenbach.  ROTARY COMMUNITY CORPS:  Donnie Lederman, Paul Triggs,  John Mueller, Jason Kruger, Ethan Baber, Megan Duncan, and Heather Gossett.


Parker Rotarians with Steve Budnack (center),  adults and teens from the Rotary Community Corps of Parker head of the Parker Task Force.

The Rotary Community Corps of Parker and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Parker, recently assembled 75 backpacks full of school supplies for children and teens in need. Funding for this program came from a 2014-2015 Parker Task Force DDF Rotary Grant. Clubs and businesses supporting this project include; the Rotary Club of Parker, Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Castle Pines, Aurora Southlands Rotary, the Rotary Community Corps of Parker, Parker Wal-Mart, and Parker Adventist Hospital.


2014 YRLA & RLYA Students
Michael Loomer is a student at Sierra Middle School who said that there was not one downside to his week at YRYLA.  Everyone became great friends in one week and he really enjoyed the Matrix Team Building Experience.  “If everyone had a chance to go to this camp, the world would be a better place.”  Michael’s passion is a Cancer Challenge Research.  He battled the disease at 2 ½ years of age.
Jackson Hoops learned to trust people and his team.  He told us that it was a great experience for everyone who went to camp.  He has a passion for football and basketball.
 Kaitlyn Daniels is a student at Cimarron Middle School.  She said there were awesome counselors.  She learned to respond and trust each other and came back with a whole list of suggestions for her school, such as doing more community service.  It was just the greatest thing! Kaitlyn’s passion is Education, literacy and the ability to read and write.
Erin Koons attends Ponderosa High School and was not sure what to expect and felt lost and confused before she went to camp.  RYLA made an impact on her and she learned to trust others.  She thanked Rotary for the opportunity to go.  Erin has a passion for communication and advertising.
Molly Kamper is a student at Ponderosa High School and stated that she came back a changed person, completely different.  She made a new family that she is going to keep forever.  She enjoyed the explanation of the 4-Way Test and how to use it in your daily life.  Molly said it is hard to remember the life she lived before RYLA.  Molly has a passion for charity and non-profits that focus on community need.
Kelly Dassler found RYLA to be an empowering experience where everyone learned a lot about others.  She joined the  the Chaparral High School Interact Club for the SERVICE opportunities.  Kelly has a passion for reading and would like to help children learn to read.

Ken Claiborne became a Paul Harris Fellow.  Michele Duncan got Paul Harris plus 4 pin .  Jo Stone became a member of the Paul Harris Society.

On Thursday evening July 25th, the Rotary Club of Parker held their Social Evening at Rocky Vista University.  RVU is a medical school located in Parker.  Members were  impressed with the Doctors, Administrators, Students and facility.  Tours were given throughout the school.

The Rotary Club of Parker and the Rotary Community Corps of Parker worked together to assemble 75 back packs for students in need.  The purchase of the back packs and supplies was made possible with a DDF Grant from District 5450.  Participating Clubs and organizations included the Rotary Club of Parker, Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club, Aurora Southlands Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Castle Pines, the Rotary Community Corps of Parker, Parker Adventist Hospital and Parker Walmart. 

Michele Duncan organized volunteers for the Tour de Ladies Bike Ride to raise funds for The Crisis Center.     Pictured are Bill Shriver, Scott Gough, Jennifer Walker from the Crisis Center, Sue Gardner and a friend.  Not pictured are Li Pettett and Ken Claiborne.

Lindy Blackburn, President, Carl Finamore - Past President, Michele Duncan - President Elect, Bob Satrom - Treasurer, Steve Sumption - Sergeant At Arms, Scott Gough & Tom VanderHeidenDirectors, Kam Breitenbach & Jane Johnson, - Club Service,  Li Pettett- International, Tom Duncan - Foundation, Larry Brutlag - Grants,  Ben Martin - Secretary, David Selden -Vocational,  Larree Morgan - Youth Services, Li Pettett - International, Bill Kelly - Community Service (no picture), Ron Beller - Public Relations (no  picture)
Rotary Rides
Together our Team (the Rotary Riders) raised $5,950 for MS.  Way to Go!!!  Thank you Rotary Club of Parker and for every member that contributed to our Rider.  Your Support was a total of $1,480.  A significant part of the total Fundraising.  Thank you.
Day 1 - Starting Line, Day 1 - Mid Day, Day 2 Starting Line.

Li Pettett demonstrated a willingness to enthusiastically and passionately participate in virtually all of our club projects and has been an active participant in District activities:  
  • *Li led our efforts to support Home for Our Troops
  • *Supported and volunteered with Project Sanctuary
  • *Participated in every Task Force food drive
  • *Helped Kam regularly with RCC
  • *Volunteered regularly for project CURE
  • *A key volunteer for the Open World project
  • *Volunteered for virtually every fundraiser
  • *Attended Rotary Leadership Institute                                                           *Attended District Assemblies and Conferences                                                   *Participated in a mission trip and volunteers regularly at the Parker Task Force and her church                                       *The list goes on and on.
2013 - 2014 Board of Directors Honored

Bob SatromTreasurer, Bob has served as our treasurer for 5 years and has done an excellent job of managing both our club and service funds.

Michele DuncanFundraising Director, Michele served for two years as Youth Services Director before becoming our Fundraising Director, arguably one of the most difficult positions in the club.

Steve Brown International Service Director has served admirably in this position for the past 2 ½ years. Most recently, Steve led the way on a $35,000 International Grant to provide clean water and sanitation to an Orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

Cathy Groves – Club Service has been involved in virtually every aspect of the club over the 13 years as a member.  Cathy and her husband, Jon, will be moving soon.  Her enthusiasm was contagious and we will miss her.

Larree Morgan – Youth Service Director has been a member of the Rotary Club of Parker for 18 years. Larree did an excellent job of modifying our scholarship program not only to recognize academic performance but need as well. 

Li Pettett – Community Service Director joined Rotary on May 24, 2012.  Sex weeks later she accepted the opportunity to head Community Service.  It has been nonstop ever since.

David Selden – Vocational Service Director has been a Rotarian for 3 ½ years.  He became interested in the 4-Way Test.  As Director this year he has led the committee in developing an Essay Contest for High School students and the implementation of a scholarship program.

Ron Beller – Public Relations Director joined our club in May of last year.  Shortly after, Ron stepped up and accepted the position of Public Relations Director and has done an outstanding job of improving Rotary awareness throughout Parker and the County.

Larry Brutlag – Grants Director has become the “Grants Guru” for our club and the noon club.   With Larry’s knowledge and willingness to help in the preparation of Grants we have utilized all of the grant monies available to our club, with some creative partnerships, additional funds have also been made available.

Steve Sumption – Sergeant at Arms stepped up and agreed to become our Sergeant at Arms with another member moved out of state. Steve did an excellent job getting the meeting room ready each week, taking it dow after the meeting and most importantly selling drawing tickets!

Tom Duncan – Foundation Treasurer handles cash, credit card payments and fundraiser expenditures for al of the clubs fundraisers in attrition to his duties as the Foundation Treasurer.  Thank you Tom for all that you do and for helping the club to be as efficient as possible!

Glen Petty and Randy Hill – Program Chairs who put in a lot of effort, numerous emails, phone calls and lots of follow up to be sure we  have speakers each week.  They have done an outstanding job of providing interesting, informative and fun programs.

Ben Martin and Kam Breitenbach were thanked for stepping in for Bill Fernow when he moved out of state.  Ben agreed to fill in as Secretary while Kam took over the Lamplighter.

Sue Gardner and Janice Beller were thanked for their commitment to the Youth Exchange program and the major commitment that requires a significant amount of time.  They did an outstanding job!

Alvaro Pissoni and Cathy Hill were recognized for their work with the Open World program.  Alvaro and his committee went above and beyond the norm to make this year’s Open World program truly exceptional.

Steve Trevino, Melanie Baker-Hood and Tom VanderHeiden were thanked for this years’ State of the Town and Mayor’s Ball an event that we can all be proud of. 

  Jim Boyd was thanked for all the great pictures this year while Steve Brown, Steve Gilbert and Jim Muir were thanked for the great music that kicks off every meeting.

Carl Finamore thanked Kathy Hill, non-Rotarian, for holding the Open World Reception in her home.  (We’d LOVE for you to become a member!!)

The gavel was passed from Carl Finamore to Lindy Blackburn.


Speaker Gene Westback, a retired Colonel, USAF with 28 years of service.  Gene went to Aurora High School and graduated from CSU.  Gene got a Model “A” before he was old enough to drive!  He joined the Rocky Mountain Model A Club over 6 years ago.

Speaker Wayne Russert grew up milking cows in Minnesota!  His career included Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Honeywell and the D&RG Railroad.  He retired after 31 years with Lockheed Martin Aerospace.  Wayne also served 16 years in the Civil Air Patrol.
A mini car show followed the morning meeting.


Rotarians At Wok.............At PLAY.  Join us and you too can have fun while raising money for a good cause.  

  Congratulations!  Rotarian Tom Duncan is a member of the Paul Harris Fellows and Dick Gordon and Ted Sweeney are members of the Paul Harris Society.   

Jan Beller and Lindy Blackburn were recognized for bringing in new members to the Rotary Club of Parker.

In 2005, the Rotary Club of Parker built the Gazebo in Old Downtown Parker and donated it to the Town of Parker.  Since that time, Parker Rotarians have keep the Gazebo looking sharp with paint and keeping the flower gardens looking beautiful.

Diane Leavesley and Sharon Nemecek
Leadership Douglas County Representatives
Leadership Douglas County helps emerging and recognized leaders expand their skills, and enhance their knowledge of local and state issues, as well as leverage their individual passion to make positive changes in our community.


Carol Carper spoke to the Rotary Club of Parker on June 5th about the Kenya Water Project.


A picture is worth a thousand words!  Vedrana Kovalenic from Croatia with her Rotary Mentor Jan Beller.

Bailey Baker from Legend High School also won the 4-Way Test Essay Contest. She is the Past President of the Interact Club at Legend High School. Bailey will be attending Brigham Young University. She thanked our club for making a donation to their Interact club for Cambodia Baby Blankets.

Student of the Month - Ken Clairborne introduced Matt Baldin, 2014 class Valedictorian from Chaparral High School. He graduated with a 4.46 GPA and will be attending Georgia Tech to study mathematics and computer science.


Madison Nash – Madison is graduating with a 4.1 GPA and will be attending Auburn University in Alabama. Her community service includes, Kids Running America and Saddle Up Foundation. She will be studying Biomedical Engineering. Leigh Dassler is graduated with a 4.36 GPA and will be attending Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Leigh was a founding member of the Chaparral Interact Club. Their first project was collecting for Crutches for Africa. Legih also attended RYLA.Madison Nash – Madison is graduating with a 4.1 GPA and will be attending Auburn University in Alabama. Her community service includes, Kids Running America and Saddle Up Foundation. She will be studying Biomedical Engineering.

Leigh Dassler is graduated with a 4.36 GPA and will be attending Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Leigh was a founding member of the Chaparral Interact Club. Their first project was collecting for Crutches for Africa. Legih also attended RYLA.


Keith Evanson was a 4-Way Test Essay Contest winner and also a 2014 Scholarship Winner for the Rotary Club of Parker. He was awarded the most valuable citizen for Orchestra and in Boy Scouts, Order of Arrow, Eagle Scout, plays piano and is enrolled at Colorado State University majoring in engineering and music. He graduated from Ponderosa Hight School.

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     Madelyn Merritt and Rotarian Bill Kelly
Madeline is rated 9th in her class at Ponderosa High School.  She is involved with Link Crew, Spanish Honor Society and Cross Country.  Madeline will be attending Western Washington University and studying International Business.

Delaney Marsh graduated from Ponderosa High School with a GPA of 4.29 and is ranked 3rd in her class.  Delaney will be attending the Colorado School of Mines.  Her community service included helping with Rocky Mountain Special Olympics and PEPC Military Missionaries.
Roselle Dorman from Ponderosa High School graduating with a GPA of 3.65 and graduated 67th out of her class.  Roselle will be attending the University of Northern California.  Roselle’s community service includes being a Water Ambassador for the Douglas County Water Authority, volunteering at Castlewood Canyon, Denver Volunteers of America, school ground cleanup, Habitat for Humanity and school coat and book drives.
Keith Evanson, graduated from Ponderosa High School with a GPA of 3.9362 and ranked 27th  in his class.   He will be attending school at Colorado State University.   Keith’s community service included participating in cleaning up his campus, helping pack shoes at the Denver Rescue Mission and participating in a money for Colorado flood victims.
Drew Dahm is graduating from Chaparral High School and is rated 39th in his class with a GPA of 3.9592.  Upon graduation he will be attending the University of Colorado in Boulder in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Drew’s volunteer efforts are also impressive:  he is a member of Campus Life, is active in his church – S.E. Christian, was a basketball team peer partner for the Special Olympics from 2012 to 2014, and performed frequently with the Sea Cadet Color Guard at numerous Military and Sporting events in the Metro Area.  He was a caddie at Colorado Country Club, and a Day Camp Counsellor at Timberline Camp in Estes Park. And finally, he will be the Emcee at Chaparral’s Graduation this week.

District 5450 Conference Awards
The Rotary Club of Parker was presented the Literacy Award from the Rotary Club of Englewood for their RCC Book Club and an understanding that you do not need to be able to read to enjoy books.  The RCC wrote their own book in 2013 which was a project empowering teens and adults with special needs to become authors and share their joy of books. 
Club Presidential Citations with Distinction
This award stresses the importance of both membership and continued support of the Rotary Foundation.  The actions and criteria for this award support the priorities and goals identified withing the RI Strategic Plan:  strengthen clubs, increase humanitarian service and enhance public service.  Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Parker!
Hank Battjes is a member of Parker United Methodist Church (PUMC).  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering. 
The PUMC mission team has 17 members.  The team’s goal was to partner with Respire Haiti in providing service, gifts, prayers and witness to the Haitian victims of the January 2010 earthquake. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Seventy percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.  In Port-au-Prince, half of the people have no access to latrines and fresh water.  The earthquake affected 3.5 million people, 220,000 died, and 300,00 were injured.   
Leah Dassler is Chaparral High School Student of the Month.  Leah has a cumulative GPA of 4.27 and stands fourth in a class of 448.  She is the vice president of the
Chaparral Interact Club and was a founding member.  Leah is a member of the National Honor Society.  She was active in collection money for Haven Anderson and also collected over 300 cans of food for the Parker Task Force.  Leah has been active in Link Crew and is a member of the Chinese Honor Society.  She has been on the tennis team for four years.  Her tennis coach commented on her integrity and hard working attitude.  Leah had attended RYLA.
She wants to major in International Business in college and would like to attend Davidson University in North Carolina. 
She was accompanied at the meeting by her parents, David and Kim, and her brother Scott (who was a Young RYLA attendee). 

JT Mason is the Ponderosa High School Student of the Month.  He has a 3.3 GPA and stands 131 out of 305 seniors.  JT is member of the Student Council and Link Crew.  He participates in Lacrosse and is captain of the Cross Country Team.  He loves poetry, knitting, and long walks on the beach.  JT plans to attend Metro State and study marketing.  His coach praised JT’s inspirational leadership and considers him to be the best captain of the cross country since he has been coaching at Ponderosa.  JT joined Bret during a 100 mile run, who noted that it is unusual for an adult to rely on a teenager as much as he did on that occurrence. JT was accompanied at the meeting by his mother, Sandra Barrett

Our own resident historian, Ben Martin, presented a tribute to Abraham Lincoln.  He quoted a compilation of some of Lincoln’s statements on liberty that was put together by Walt Disney.  Ben considers Lincoln to be the father of our country’s second founding. 
   The day before this meeting was the 149th anniversary of the surrender of Lee to Grant.  Ben covered two aspects of Lincoln’s greatness.  He decided to concentrate today’s presentation on the Lincoln/Douglas debates and the Emancipation Proclamation. 
    A connection was made between the Missouri Compromise and Thomas Jefferson, who was still alive in 1820.  Jefferson wrote about it, saying that has always been optimistic about the future of our country, but this act made him doubt. 
Michele Duncan presents a check for $9,600 to Jennifer Walker of the Women’s Crisis and Family Support Center. Seven Rotary clubs joined forces to provide this stipend.  Jennifer recounted the many projects that Rotarians have performed at the center, including last year’s shed and expressed sincere appreciation.  Oh, by the way, they are changing their name to simply “The Crisis Center”, in hopes of avoiding any confusion over the fact that the center does accept males.

The Student of the Month is from Ponderosa High School.  Kim has a cumulative GPA of 3.97 and stands 22 of 305 in  her class.  She is the captain of the Cross Country and Track teams.  Kim is a member of the National Honor Society, Link crew, and the Athletic Council.  She enjoys biking, hiking, and camping with her family and friends.  Her community service includes the National Sports Center for the Disabled and the Denver Rescue Mission. Kim has been accepted to Colorado State University where she will study civil engineering. 
   Kim was accompanied by her mother, Peggy; dad, Kevin;  and Ryan Miwa, Ponderosa Chemistry Teacher. 

Steve Budnack, these year’s winner of the Parker Impact Award and head of the Parker Task Force, accepts a check for $2,500 made out to the Task Force from . 



Feb 05, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
Chief Bob Baker
South Metro Fire Rescue Authority
Feb 19, 2015
Pres Lindy Blackburn
Presentation of Impact Award Nominees
Mar 05, 2015
Scoutmaster Jason Hayes
Parker Scout Troop 16
Mar 12, 2015
Lt Col Dan Hampton
F-16 Wild Weasel
Mar 19, 2015
Nicole Salter
A Precious Child
Apr 02, 2015
Ron Claussen
Castlewood Canyon State Park
Apr 09, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Dave Selden
Long-term care issues and nursing home facts
Apr 23, 2015
Lindy Blackburn, et al.
Vietnam Memories - 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon
May 07, 2015
Randy Pye
Excel Projects in Parker
May 14, 2015
Tom VanderHeiden & Glenn Hertzler
Chaparral Scholarship Awards
May 21, 2015
Director Fred Koch, Darrell Roberts, Art Griffith
Douglas County Public Works Engineering Director
Jun 04, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
Douglas County Sheriff
Douglas County Sheriff's Office update and introduction of Under-Sheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth

Rotary Club of Parker Facebook connection

Rotary Club of Parker Facebook
2014 - 2015 Contributors:
Members and Non-members have the option to individually contribute to the activities of the Rotary Club of Parker and will be recognized for their contributions.
July 1, 2014  to June 30, 2015
$1000 or more
Anonymous Donor  +   1                                                          Bill and Nancy Gripman
Tom and Leslie Duncan
Irv and Kathy Buck
David and Paula Cichon
Gold $750 to $999   
$500 to $749
Al Johnson
Jane Johnson                            
Doc Martin
Lew Million
Michele Duncan
Bob Satrom
Larry Brutlag
Larree & Kathy Morgan
$250 to $499
Glenn Petty
up to $249
Wayne Wagener
All levels of sponsorship will receive recognition in the Lamplighter, on the web site and in other appropriate publicity sponsored by the club.

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We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Parker Adventist Hospital-Conference Center
9395 Crown Crest Blvd.
Parker, CO  80138
United States
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