The Lamplighter 
Rotary Club of Parker
June 10, 2019
Building a Playground in Lebanon
Mark Garfinkel of the Centennial Rotary club invited us to participate in a project their club is supporting to build a playground at an orphanage/school in Lebanon.  Lebanon has been affected by a huge influx of refugees from the civil war in Syria.
Communities Connected and Mental Health
Rotarian Bill Shriver (right) presents a check to Jason Hopcus, President and CEO of the Arapahoe/Douglas Counties chapter of NAMI.
Jason Hopcus, the President and CEO of the Arapahoe/Douglas Counties chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) came to update us on NAMI’s activities.  He also told us about a new initiative that he is launching, the Communities Connected project.  Jason is being sponsored in part by Bonneville International, a media company that includes local radio stations such as KOSI 101.1 and KYGO 98.5.  You can listen to podcasts from the Communities Connected project on the radio station websites (for example, at
Announcements Lamplighter June 10
Don’t forget the special Open World meeting on Thursday, June 13 at the Conference Center at Boondocks Parker (18706 Cottonwood Drive, Parker 80138) starting at 7:00 a.m.  We will hear from the Open World delegates from the nation of Georgia about what they have learned from their busy week in Colorado studying rural tourism.  As a reminder, all people present will be charged $15.00 per person, which includes the breakfast buffet and the event set-up.
Mike Endres has been organizing volunteers to assist at the Project Sanctuary Retreat #184 from August 9-14.  He has also gotten word that Project Sanctuary could use additional helpers for Retreat #179 from June 29 – July 3.  If you are able to help with Retreat #179, please contact Mike at
Thank you
Thank you to Glenn and Joan Petty for hosting the Open World delegation from the nation of Georgia for a Wild West dinner on June 7.  Also thank you to our two club troubadours, Jim Muir and Steve Brown, for serenading the crowd with western songs!
Thank you to everyone who braved the ominous weather Saturday evening, June 8 to help pour beer during Parker Days! 
Russell Hampton
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