Rotary Club of Parker
Parker, Colorado
 
As of July 1, 2021, we are returning to in-person meetings at the Parker Library!
Please go to the Calendar to see the dates and speakers of our meetings; click here for information on how to take part in a virtual meeting.
Latest Club News
Congratulations to the following seniors from Chaparral and Ponderosa High Schools in Parker who received Rotary scholarships.  Most were able to join our online meetings on June 3 or 10 to let us know their future plans.  We wish them all the best as they continue their education!
 
 Student
 High School
 College Attending
 Mikaela Fisher
 Chaparral
 NC State University
 Lauren Llamozas
 Chaparral
 BYU Provo
 Sophia Luna-Leonard
 Chaparral
 University of Kansas
 Keagan Sanchez
 Chaparral
 University of Arizona
 Sarah Treiber
 Chaparral
 Grand Canyon University
 Jack Baumbach
 Ponderosa
 CSU
 Nicole Fritz
 Ponderosa
 Colorado School of Mines
 Noelle Lopez
 Ponderosa
 University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
 Carter Motichka
 Ponderosa
 CSU
 Hannah Reynolds
 Ponderosa
 Creighton University
 Allison Yarochowicz
 Ponderosa
 Purdue University
 

The Rotary Club of Parker joined with other Rotary clubs in our District in a day of service on Saturday, May 8.  Look at all that Rotarians can do!

 

Our club's project was to do some spring cleaning in the sensory gardens at Praying Hands Ranch, a therapeutic riding center.  After working, we had the opportunity to learn more about the mission of Praying Hands Ranch while visiting the indoor arena.  We also presented a check to support their work.  To see more photos of our club in action, click here.

 

Rocky Mountain RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is back for summer 2021! This year's program for high school students currently completing grades 9-12 will be a one-day virtual event on Saturday, July 24. The speakers include Gitanjali Rao, the first-ever Time magazine Kid of the Year.

For more information or to complete an application, go to www.rmryla.org  Applications are open through June 30, 2021, or until the conference is full.

 

Congratulations to Riley Gordon, the Student of the Month for Ponderosa High School!  Riley joined us on Zoom along with her parents Jarret and Eileen Gordon and English teacher Dana Swanson.

Riley has served the Ponderosa community in a variety of roles, including as reporter for the Technology Student Association, on Link Crew, and as parliamentarian for National Honor Society.  Riley is the founder of the Outdoor Classroom Task Force, a project to create an outdoor learning space at Ponderosa. Ms. Swanson commented in particular on Riley’s multi-year involvement with PeaceJam, which she currently serves as the co-president.  (PeaceJam is an international organization whose mission statement is "to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.")  Riley has also served the larger community by volunteering at food drives and food shelters, by mentoring elementary students in reading during the summers, and by writing to seniors in retirement homes who were isolated during the COVID pandemic.

Riley plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study biomedical engineering with a minor in Spanish, with the goal of eventually becoming a surgeon.  Congratulations on all your achievements, Riley, and we wish you all the best!

One of the service activities that our club supports is Project Sanctuary, which serves veterans and active-duty military personnel.  As you may be aware, “veterans and service members often struggle to transition into a ‘new normal’ after service or deployment. Faced with higher rates of unemployment, addiction, suicide, and other challenges, military families too often fight their battles alone.” The mission of Project Sanctuary is to “reconnect [military] families, restore hope, and change lives through therapeutic retreat and long-term family support services.”  The Today Show had a segment on Project Sanctuary recently and interest in their retreats has since snowballed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hAU9JN0XF8

Club member Mike Endres recently volunteered at Project Sanctuary Retreat #226 at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch (his 8th retreat).  The photo shows Mike presenting a check from our club to Heather Ehle, Project Sanctuary CEO & Founder.

If you would like more information on Project Sanctuary or on local volunteering opportunities, please contact Mike at endresm2009@gmail.com or check out the Project Sanctuary website at https://projectsanctuary.us/

2021 Parker Impact Awards
The Rotary Club of Parker held a virtual celebration on Thursday, March 11, 2021 to honor the recipients of the 2021 Parker Impact Award, celebrating individuals and groups who have lived out Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self during this past difficult year.
 
Our thanks to Tom Barr of Lightsail Video (https://lightsailvideo.com/) who produced the program for us, and to Rotarian Lisa Neal-Graves who created three of the short videos in the presentation.
 
If you would like to make an online donation to support the Rotary Club of Parker Foundation and its work in the community, please click here.
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Parker

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
As of July 1, 2021 -- Parker Library
20105 E Mainstreet
Parker, CO 80138
United States of America
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Rotary's Annual Theme: 2020-2021 
 
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President - Board Officer
President Elect - Board Officer
Secretary - Board Officer
Treasurer - Board Officer
Co-Sergeant at Arms - Board Officer
Co-Sergeant at Arms - Board Officer
Community Service - Board Member
International Service - Board Member
New Generations - Board Member
Club Service - Board Member
Fundraising - Board Member
Grants Director - Board Member
Past President - Board Member
Club Foundation Treasurer - Board Member
Foundation Chair
Program Chair
Public Relations - Board Member
Membership Chairperson -Board Member
Vocational Services - Board Member
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