News for the Week of April 12, 2019 
 
Here's Everything You Need to Know...
 
Bob Wallace – President Bob started off with a Rotary Minute giving a brief history of the Paul Harris Fellow program and ending by presenting Tim Eagan with his Paul Harris Fellow+2.  He thanked Tim not only for his many service contributions to the club and community, but his monetary contributions to The Rotary Foundation as well.  Congrats Tim!!! 
 
Vocational 2 Minutes:  Eric Gill picked on John Seevers, an old timer but not well known by many of our newer members, to give the "Vocational 2 Minutes."  John recounted his time in the club and in Evergreen.  He joined in 2005, a year he remembers well because it was also the year his first child was born.  John talked about starting his business, Valentine, Seevers and Associates, a CPA firm in Evergreen, which two years ago moved into new offices next to Bank of the West on Evergreen Parkway.  He hopes to be able to attend more meetings now that his children are growing up and not in need of so much of his parental attention.
 
Pause for the Cause:
 
Bill Graf from the Lakewood Foothills Club presented an inspiring video about Joy International, a Denver based non-profit devoted to the rescue, restoration, reintegration and prevention of children forced into the child sex trade.  In the video, Dr. Jeff Brodsky, Founder and President of Joy International, relates how he became inspired by visiting the poorest of the poor in many countries and witnessing barefoot children living in landfills who become targets for sex traffickers.  He went barefoot for a year in solidarity with the children.  Joy International is sponsoring two events, the first A Call to Action - Fight Child Trafficking on April 27, and the second, A Barefoot Mile, a fundraiser on June 22.  Click on the titles to learn more.
 
Announcements:
 
Bob Wallace - Bob asked everyone to pause for a moment to remember some of our members who are going through difficult times and send them our best wishes.   Family of Rotary is such an important part of who we are as Rotarians.
 
Area 8 Meeting, last Wednesday at El Rancho.  Thanks to all who attended and especially those who had a hand in organizing it.   It was well done – good food, good comraderie.   
 
District Conference – The format this year will be a one-day event, April 27, at the Arvada Center.  We have a goal of 12 representatives from the Evergreen Club.   Click here to register.  (All volunteer needs have been met.)
 
Janee Meyers – Janee is collecting articles to take to Kenya next month.  She will be visiting Carol Carper’s project, Sasa Harambe, and delivering much needed supplies.  Here is the list of needs: band-aids, bandages, gauze, wound care dressings, ointments for burns, antibiotic cream, Tylenol, sports tape, individually packaged alcohol swabs, disposable medical gloves, sun screen, multi-vitamins for children and adults, reading glasses, deflated soccer balls.  Please bring items to the next two meetings.
 
Alan Rubin - The Evergreen Chorale with the Thomas Dance Project and instrumentalists will be presenting Singing Peace at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm, and at Calvary Church, Golden on Sunday, April 28 at 4:30 pm.  All are invited.
 
Gretchen MacArthur – April 26 is also the date for EChO’s fundraiser, An Evening in the Vineyard at Christ the King Church Hall.  For more details, click here or contact Gretchen at:  gretchen_macarthur@yahoo.com, or 303-526-0446.
 
Marcia Walsh – The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration will present An Evening with Sara Nassr including a traditional Syrian dinner on May 5 in Douglas Hall.  Come hear this amazing woman’s inspiring story.  For more information, click here.
 
Dolly Parton (aka Marianne Temple) - invited our club to party at Arapahoe Basin on May 3rd. It is the annual "Beach Day" and they have reserved picnic spot #3 for us. Come on by any time between 9 am - 3 pm.  Snow sports skills are not a requirement to attend - just your desire to have fun! Bring your camping chair and your choice of snacks or beverages.  Anyone is welcome, so grab your friends and family, too.  Voluntary donations will be accepted in support of the Rotary Imagination Library program.  Don't miss out in the fun! Dolly founded Imagination Library in 1995, inspired by her father’s inability to read and write.  In supporting Imagination Library, the Area 8 Rotary Clubs give the gift of early literacy to every child, age birth to five, in our participating communities. A book arrives in the mail monthly! You can learn more about the program and/or donate by visiting our website, evergreenrotary.org. Select Community Service, and follow the links on the left. Please contact Marianne or Kevin with any questions concerning your trip to A-Basin’s Beach. mariannetemple60@gmail.com or kfm1961@gmail.com.
 
John Wingate – Introduced Pat Temple, Marianne’s “roommate,” and fellow Ducks Unlimited member.  Pat invited us to attend Ducks Unlimited’s fundraiser on April 26 at Mt. Vernon Canyon Club to raise funds for wetlands preservation.  He reminded us of the importance of wetlands to our water supplies and indicated that Ducks Unlimited has preserved over 1400 acres of wetlands internationally.
 
Kimra Perkins – Kimra invited everyone to an Easter Sunday contemplative service at 9:30 on April 21 at Mother Cabrini Shrine.  Kimra will lead participants climbing the 376 steps to the shrine in silence before the service. 
 
Our Speakers:  Monica Swazi, Director of Operations, AfricAid Tanzania, Jess Littman, Director of Monitoring and Learning, and Lizzy Beach, Director of Development discussed how AfricAid mentors secondary school girls in Tanzania to complete their education, develop into confident leaders, and transform their own lives and communities.  They spoke of two programs, KISA Project and Binti Shupavu.  Kisa Project is a two-year leadership course that prepares girls in their last two years of secondary school to attend university and create positive social change in their communities.  Binti Shupavu is a four-year life skills course for lower secondary school girls covering topics such as study skills, personal leadership, health, and self-confidence with the goal of increasing graduation rates for vulnerable girls.  The speakers recounted the early days of AfricAid when Ashley Shuyler (now Carter), then a 16 year old school girl, attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Evergreen and appealed for funds to help young women in Tanzania.  The club passed the hat and collected nearly $1000 in a few minutes time.  That seed money became the foundation for AfricAid which has since helped over 2000 girls to excel in their studies and in life.  Our speakers thanked the Club for the role we played in this wonderful program.
 
Still Current:
 
Project Sanctuary invites us to the OPS GALA 2019 on May 18, 2019 at the CU Denver South campus in Lone Tree. Project Sanctuary helps military families thrive with six-day, therapeutic retreats and an additional two years of family support services. The evidenced-based program is the only program that treats the entire family, helping veterans, spouses, caregivers, and kids heal together.  Find more information and buy tickets at https://projectsanctuary.us/ 
 
Bob Wallace 
  • Join the ERC Board 2019/2020 RCE Membership Contest: Here's your chance to win big by helping your Area of Service Committee recruit new members. So, what do you score when your committee wins? A spaghetti dinner served to your committee by the of committee chairs. 
  • Please remember: Friday mornings, please exit the parking lot of Evergreen Country Day School on the Northeast (ish) side. This is past the Fresh Tracks Catering section of the school. ECDS has requested this in order to ensure the safety and ease of parents and kiddos arriving for school. Thank you!
  • Enter your business in the District's online business directory. This is easy to do, only $25 per year, and introduces your business to over 3,000 fellow Rotarians.
Kevin McGuire: Did you know that the Membership committee is constantly working behind the scenes to bring more of our community members into the Rotary family? Kevin is spearheading a new opportunity for outreach at this summer's July 4th Music Festival. He has the potential to bring in 100 cars for a car show. The car show has promise to bring in quite a bit of money for our projects. Please consider giving Kevin a hand in spreading the fabulousness! kfm1961@gmail.com
 
Important Dates:
Don't forget to mark your calendar with these dates: 
   
   April 27- District Conference
   June 27th- Changing of the Guard 
 
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