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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
Editarian
Membership Chairperson
Program Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Webmaster
Webpage Updates
 
 
 

Sponsors to the 2014 State of the Town and Mayor's Charity Ball

Gold Sponsors:

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Reserve Sponsors:

*Parker Adventist Hospital

*VanderHeiden Financial

*Patricia Jo Stone Attorney at Law

*Comcast- Mile High Region

*IREA

*Overhead Services

*Board of Douglas County Commissioners

Social Hour Sponsors:

*Harman Family Dental Clinic

*The Parker Chamber

*Parker Station-Professional Offices

*Nelson Design

 

 

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Welcome!

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
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Latest Club News

 

To learn more about the happenings of the Rotary Club of Parker, click on one of the following links to read a copy of the weekly publication - The Lamplighter:

7/31/14

7/24/14

7/17/14                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

New "Optional Sponsorship Policy"  Check it out Click here

 
 
 
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.
 
ROTARIANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND AROUND THE WORLD!
 
 

 

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 . 
 
 

 
 
 

2014 Peach and Pear Fundraiser PARKER PICKUP

 

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Speakers

Jul 31, 2014
Linda Watson
Skyridge Hospital Update
Aug 07, 2014
Mike Oldham
RYLA & Young RYLA
Aug 14, 2014
Ann Marie -- local attorney and author
Korea- The Forgotten War Local attorney and author of "Letters to Ann -- The Korean War 1950 -51"
Aug 21, 2014
Dave Selden, Aimee Jones, & Tom Furmanski
Vocational Talks/Member stories
Aug 28, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Mike Oldham
Respire Haiti
Sep 11, 2014
Lauren Nelson
Vehicle Vault
 
 
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