The Lamplighter 
Rotary Club of Parker
November 23, 2019
Club News November 23
  • NO MEETING November 28 – Happy Thanksgiving!
  •  NO MEETING December 5 – enjoy the evening holiday party!
Motivation in the Morning
We had the privilege of hearing from author and motivational speaker Debra Fine at our November 21 meeting.  Debra spoke on, and exemplified, The Fine Art of Small Talk.  If you want more tips, check out her books The Fine Art of Small Talk, The Fine Art of The Big Talk and Beyond Texting: Face-to-Face Communication for Teens.
Don’t let the State of the Town get lost in the holiday bustle!  This is the big fundraising event that makes so many of our activities possible.  Thank you for the surge of pledges that came in this week.  There is still plenty of time to solicit sponsors for the event on February 26, 2020.
Reminder that if you want to take part in the gift exchange at the Holiday party on December 5, bring your wrapped gift to the party.  The gift should be valued under $20, preferably consumable and fun!  Not a white elephant.
Morgan Riddle, Chaparral Student of the Month for November
From the left: Rotarian Kaki Keibel, Student of the Month Morgan Riddle, parents Suzette and Barry Riddle

We are honored to introduce Morgan Riddle, the Chaparral High School Student of the Month for November!  Morgan has served in student government at Chaparral all four years and is currently Student Body Vice President.  She serves on the Link Crew and as a writing tutor for underclassmen.  Morgan plays on the Chaparral Varsity volleyball team that won the 5A state championship earlier in November.  She has also lettered academically all four years.  She plans to attend college at the University of Northern Colorado.
Opportunities to Serve (November 23)
Gift cards for the Parker Task Force.  Li Pettett reminds us that we have collected gift cards for clients of the Parker Task Force, typically for grocery stores or big box stores such as Wal-Mart or Target, in $25 or $50 denominations.  Please bring the cards to the Holiday Party on December 5, or the meeting on December 12.  Thank you for your generous support of those in need in our community.
Alvaro Pisoni is looking for volunteers for about 4 hours in the second week of December to help inventory donated firefighting materials that are being shipped from South Metro Fire Rescue to firefighters in Odessa, Ukraine.  The inventory party will take place at the training Center for South Metro here in Parker at 17801 Plaza Dr.  Look for a later email to confirm the date and time.   Please contact Alvaro at if you would like to help.
Wendell Geary reminds us of the next work date for Project C.U.R.E.  You can register yourself and guests online by clicking on the date below:
Mike Endres reminds us of the final Parker Wine Walk of 2019 on Friday, December 6Click here to get more information and sign up online.  You can also email Mike to let him know you’d like to volunteer:
We have received an urgent request from the Town of Parker asking for our support for the upcoming Annual Christmas Carriage Parade on Saturday, 14 December 2019.  Brooke Spain, the town's event coordinator, has indicated that they could really use some help with street closure and parade route marshals.  The parade begins at 12:00 PM. 
Brooke has asked that Rotary volunteers sign up online.  Click here to be directed to the signup page.  Once you are signed up, Brooke will send out event day communications, parking passes and instructions to everyone.  Mike Endres will bring the Rotary vests.
Please feel free to contact Brooke Spain, Special Events & Sponsorship Coordinator, with any questions: or (303) 805-3253.  Also let Mike Endres know if you will be volunteering: (720) 352-4227, Our Club has supported this annual Parker community event in the past, including last year. Please consider donating a couple hours of your time to this enjoyable event - it's a great way to provide visibility for our Club!  (The photo is from the 2010 Carriage Parade, and the mini horse is named Tater Tot.)
Save the date!  The Parker Rotary Community Corps (RCC) for disabled teens and adults is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Ave Maria Catholic Church.  Mark the date on your calendar – you are welcome to join in their celebration, or there will be opportunities for us to help out with setup and cleanup.  Click here for more information.
Liz Volz invites us to donate professional clothing that we no longer use to “Law Suits,” which provides this professional attire to high school students who will be participating in moot court in February 2020.  Please contact Liz at if you have any questions.
News of Rotary Friends November 23
Bill Fernow sends his greetings and enjoys hearing of our doings through the Lamplighter.
Prudy Abeln writes: “John and I are moving to Tucson, AZ after our 10 years in Taos, NM.  We sold the Dreamcatcher B&B one year ago, but stayed in Taos to wrap up our many volunteer involvements.  We welcome any Rotary friends who might be heading to Tucson to escape winter in Parker, CO.”  New Address as of Dec. 15, 2019: 13117 N. Desert Mosaic Place, Marana, AZ 85658.
Prudy Abeln, 2008-2009 Past President, Parker Rotary Club.  575-613-3337 (cell),
Russell Hampton
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