The Lamplighter 
Rotary Club of Parker
April 16, 2021
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Douglas County Land Conservancy

Our speaker on April 15, Sharon Sjostrom, is on the Board of Directors for the Douglas County Land Conservancy (DCLC).  Sharon spoke to us about the activities of the DCLC and its mission to preserve open space in Douglas County.  Click here to view her PowerPoint presentation with its beautiful images of Douglas County!  For more information, click here to go to their website. 

Sharon also described the Decode Douglas County activity, that encourages residents to get out and enjoy the open spaces.  For more information and to download this year’s booklet, go to

Don't forget -- you can always access information on our speakers from the club calendar:

  • Go to the club website at
  • Click on Calendar on the menu bar at the top of the page
  • Click on the date for which you would like more information

Note – in addition to her involvement with the DCLC, Sharon is also the President-elect of the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.  We want to give a shout-out to the club’s Ducky Derby coming up on June 13, 2021.  You can cheer on a Ducky who is entering the race on behalf of the DCLC!  Click here for general information on the Ducky Derby, and click here for more specific information on how to support a Ducky that is racing on behalf of a non-profit.  The photo to the left shows Ducky Doug Landry (center) winning first place on behalf of the Douglas County Land Conservancy in the virtual Ducky Derby in 2020!


    Work Morning at Praying Hands Ranch May 8

    We are joining other Rotarians in a District Day of Service on Saturday, May 8.  Our club’s project will be a garden clean-up in the sensory gardens at Praying Hands Ranch from 8:00-11:00 a.m.  Dress grubby, bring a pair of work gloves, and get ready to get down and dirty!  No specific gardening experience is needed.

    We will need a variety of gardening tools, particularly flexible leaf rakes.  Please be sure your name is on any tools that you bring.


    Please bring a mask to wear in case you end up working in close proximity to others.


    To sign up online,

    • Go to the club website at

    • Click on Calendar at the top of the page

    • On the calendar, go to May 8 and click on Garden Clean-up: Praying Hands Ranch

    • Click the button that says Members under Online Registration and follow the instructions.  In addition to registering yourself, you will also be able to register any family members or friends that would like to come along!

    You can also email the event chair, Ron Sorlien (, to let him know you are coming.

    For more information on the mission of Praying Hands Ranch, check out their website at

    The photo below shows an aerial view of the ranch.  The blue arrow points to the area to park, while the green arrow points to the garden.


    Club News for April 16

    5th Thursday at Takoda's Tavern

    Our club has the practice of getting together for a social event on the fifth Thursday of months that have five Thursdays.  We will resume this in-person socializing on Thursday, April 29 at Takoda’s Tavern (12365 Pine Bluffs Way, Parker, CO 80134, on the SE corner Parker Rd. and Hess Rd.) starting at 5:30 p.m.  Please let Mike Oldham know if you plan to come (

    Note: we do NOT have a regular morning meeting on 5th Thursdays.


    Round-up of Club Property

    We are trying to lasso all our stuff!  If you have anything at your home that belongs to the club (vests, tablecloths, mysterious boxes…), please send an email to Pat Kendrick ( and let him know what you have.  We are trying to create an inventory of club property and determine what should be kept.



    Rotary District 5450 Conference

    The District Conference is coming up on the evenings of Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7.  The conference will again be offered in a virtual format.  For more information on the conference and to register, click here.  The deadline to register is April 23. 

    The registration fee is $25, which the club will pick up.  When you register, please indicate that you will pay by check.  Then forward your confirmation email to the club Treasurer, Hal Gustin (  Hal will send a single check to the district to cover all our registrants.   (If you have already registered and paid by credit card, contact Hal to arrange to be reimbursed.)


    Paying Club Dues Using Zelle

    Club Treasurer Hal Gustin reminds us that we are now able to pay our dues online with Zelle, a service offered free to customers of many banks/credit unions.  If you have any difficulties setting up Zelle, you can contact Hal ( or Amanda Maldonado (

    You should get an email from Hal acknowledging your payment within 24 hours of your sending it.  If you do NOT receive a confirmation email from Hal, please let him know right away and he will help you troubleshoot . 


    Inspiration – Poverty Cure

    If you would like more information on Poverty Cure, the organization that Wendell Geary mentioned in his inspiration on April 15, check out their website at

    Nicole Fritz, Ponderosa Student of the Month for April

    Congratulations to Nicole Fritz, the April Student of the Month for Ponderosa High School!  Nicole joined us for our April 15 meeting, accompanied by her mom Allison and by her Spanish teacher Danelle Stanton.   Ms. Stanton credited Nicole with being dedicated, thoughtful, kind, positive and encouraging.

    Nicole has served the Ponderosa community on student government and on Link Crew, as well as being involved with FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).  Nicole lettered in cross country three years and served as team captain.  She also plays basketball and volleyball, and plays saxophone in band.

    Nicole plans to attend Colorado School of Mines to study engineering.  Best wishes in this new adventure, Nicole!

    Food for the Force!

    Members of the Rotary Club of Parker joined others from the community to support the Parker Task Force’s drive-through food drive on Saturday, April 3.  Volunteers collected 355 cases of donations from a steady stream of cars, including representatives of the Parker Cruisers Car Club!   The club also presented a check for $3000 to the Task Force.

    Russell Hampton
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