The Lamplighter 
Rotary Club of Parker
August 7, 2021
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Don't forget to check out the club's website at for the latest news and updates to our club calendar.
Back in Action for the Parker Task Force

We are once again able to solicit donations for the Parker Task Force at the Stroh Ranch King Soopers for the food drive on Saturday, August 14!  Long-timers, you remember the drill -- there are four 2-hour shifts, starting at 8:00 a.m and ending at 4:00 p.m.

Masks will be required.


To sign up,

  • Go to the Calendar on our club website:

  • On the Calendar, click on the Parker Task Force Food Drive box on August 14

  • On the screen with the event details, click the teal-colored button that says Parker Task Force Food Drive August 14 on the left side

  • Sign up for a shift.  You will get a confirming email

You can also contribute by dropping off a donation on August 14 at the Parker Task Force facilities at 19105 Longs Way, Parker from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Go to their website for a list of the current needs:


WE are the Peach Salespeople!

There are two ways WE can spread the word about our peach/pear sales:

  • First, go the Facebook page of the club at and Share the announcement of the peach/pear sale to YOUR Facebook page
  • Second, cut and paste the message below and email it out to local groups that you are part of -- golf partners, book groups, bridge clubs, etc. 
Let's get the word out there!
The deadline is Tuesday, August 17 to order your peaches/pears! The Rotary Club of Parker is taking orders for Colorado-grown Palisade peaches and pears. We are offering
  • 18-pound box of Peaches: $37.00
  • 10-pound box of Peaches: $26.00
  • 10-pound box of Pears: $26.00
Click this link to go to the club website to place your order online and pay with a credit card:
Peach/pear pickup date is Saturday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Planet Fitness parking lot (SW corner of Parker Road and Main Street in Parker).
Thank you for supporting the Rotary Club of Parker and our community service projects!
Exploring the Possibilities of Harvie Open Space

On July 26 members of the Rotary Club of Parker were joined by Sharon Sjostrom of the Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC), and our guide, Brian O’Malley from the Town of Parker, to tour the Harvie Open Space in Parker.  We saw and discussed the history of the land, artifacts of the Harvie family remaining on the property, and the Town’s plans for developing the open space so that it can be enjoyed by Parker residents while maintaining its undeveloped character.  Most importantly, we discussed what type of hands-on projects the club might engage in with the Town and DLC.


As an initial project, we are planning on a Saturday morning noxious weed (like the thistle in the photo) mitigation project in late August (date TBD) that we hope attracts participation from our members!  It will be a good project to bring your kids, grandkids and/or friends and neighbors.  As the Town’s plans for the park’s development approach implementation, we will seek other opportunities as well.

Rotary at the Strive to Thrive Event
After the successful event on July 24 to create hygiene kits to hand out in our community, the kits were first put to use at the Strive to Thrive event on July 27.  As noted on their webpage, "Strive to Thrive is a bi-annual event hosted by the Community of Care Network [of Douglas County]...Agencies and organizations come together to offer a one-stop-shop resource fair for vulnerable residents in Douglas County."  Here is the Rotary crew ready to hand out hygiene kits.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who helped put together the kits, and to the Rotary crew that staffed the Strive to Thrive event!  It was a rewarding experience to be among the community organizations providing care to Douglas County.
Weeding at Praying Hands Ranch -- Progress!

Another crew of Rotarians worked at the sensory gardens at Praying Hands Ranch on July 31.  We're making steady progress to beat back the weeds and reveal the lovely garden underneath!

Click here for a slide show with more images from the work party.

Fifth Thursday Social -- July 2021

Thank you to new member Amanda Maldonado for organizing a Fifth Thursday social at the Hilltop Tap House in Parker!  It was a terrific evening of fellowship...

If You Miss a Meeting...

Just a reminder that if you miss a meeting, you can go to the club Calendar online, click on the meeting date, and get more information about the program.  We are working to provide information such as the speaker's bio, links to websites, and links to the PowerPoint presentation where possible. 

So, for example, if you missed the fascinating presentation on November 4 about the Crisis Center and their work to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention, 

  • Go to the club Calendar online

  • Click on November 4

  • Get links to the website for the Crisis Center and the PowerPoint presentation by Jennifer Walker, Executive Director. 


News for August 7 2021

Celebration of Remembrance for Bonnie Small

In remembrance of Bonnie Small (Steve Small's wife) who died on March 18, 2020, there will be an open house on August 29 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Pinery Country Club. All are welcome.  


Fire Velo Ride across America in Remembrance of 9/11

Eda DiPasquale reminded us that the group of firefighters who are cycling across America to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 left Los Angeles on August 1.  Their leader, Buck Buchanan, spoke to the club about their mission on June 3.  To follow their route and/or make a donation, go to the website at


Evening Social Celebration Friday, August 27 -- the Club at Pradera

How grateful we are to be able to meet again in person and celebrate our club!  We are having an evening social event on Friday, August 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM starting with a half hour cash bar, followed by dinner, entertainment and a presentation recognizing our honorary members Bill Gripman and Carl and Shirley Hanson who will join us as our guests. Dress is business casual. 

The main entrées will be both Salmon and New York Strip served buffet style, your choice or some of both served with green beans, potatoes Au Gratin, assorted drinks, rolls and a fantastic Chef's Sweet Table. The dinner charge for members is covered by your dues. If you bring guests they will be charged at $35.00 each with the exception of children ten years and younger, charged at $18.00 each. You will be charged for guests on your next dues billing after August 27.
Please RSVP to Mike Oldham at by email no later than August 12.  Include your guests and provide names (please designate children too). Mike must give a final count for adults and children to Pradera by August 17.
Questions? Please don't hesitate to email or call Mike at 303-453-9067.


Rotary at the Rockies

Tickets are now available for Sunday, September 26, when the Colorado Rockies play the San Francisco Giants.  Help knock polio out of the park when you join District Governor Ray Anderson and your District Polio Committee who invite you, your family, and friends to join them at Coors Field.  Wear your Rotary best and make lots of noise - WE WILL HAVE A BLAST!  BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY for only $28 each at

Russell Hampton
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