The Lamplighter 
Rotary Club of Parker
October 4, 2019
Early Fall Speakers
We’ve had a string of terrific speakers leading into Fall:
September 19 -- Merlin Klotz, Douglas County Clerk and Recorder, spoke on the security of the election process in Colorado in general and Douglas County in particular.  For more information on the office Clerk and Recorder, click here.
September 26 -- Penny Nission from the Mizel Museum spoke on the 78th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre during World War II and commemorations of the Holocaust.  For more information on the Mizel Museum, click here.  
October 3 -- In recognition of Rotary International’s support for improving literacy, we had three representatives from the Douglas County School District speak about local initiatives.  
Erica Mason, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Growth
Linda Conway, Director of Library Programming
Tiffany Regan, Dyslexia contact for DCSD
A thank-you note
Our club received a lovely thank-up note from Justin Stenman, who received a scholarship from the club in 2018.  Click here to read Justin’s letter.
Announcements October 4
We have our next sorting day with Project C.U.R.E. on Tuesday, October 15 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Click here to register online, or contact Wendell Geary to sign up ( 
We have filled all four shifts for the Parker Task Force Food Drive on Saturday, October 19 at the Stroh Ranch King Soopers from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Please feel free to come and lend a hand that day even if you aren’t signed up!
Ken Claiborne will be gathering items for the Denver Indian Center at our meeting on October 24:
  • Coat/glove drive.  The coats can be either new or used, but if the coats are used please have them cleaned before donating
  • Food bank.  Please bring non-perishable items for the food bank.  The Denver Indian Center can also use cash donations to stock their food bank
Mike Endres reminds us of the last two Parker Wine Walks of 2019.  You can get more information and sign up online for the following two dates:
You can also email Mike to let him know you’d like to volunteer:
World Polio Day is coming up on October 24!  You can support our District Governor Curt Harris in his efforts to raise money to end polio as he rides his bike 100 miles in the Ride to End Polio, part of El Tour de Tucson 2019Click here for more information or to pledge your support.
The District is offering Course 1 of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) on November 2, 2019 at Red Rocks Community College.  Course 1 is perfect for any Rotarian who wants to learn more about the larger world of Rotary, and to prepare President Elects and Assistant Governors for their leadership positions.  For more information or to register, click here.
Volunteering -- give yourself credit!
It is important for us to record our volunteer hours to show how much our club does for the betterment of our community and world.  Please record - on a monthly basis - the number of hours that you spend doing Rotary work.  Don’t forget to include these important areas of activity: 
  • Administration.    Board of Directors/Foundation -- time spent preparing reports and attending meetings
  • Club Service.  Time spent preparing for club meetings - site prep and clean-up, coordinating electronics and music, etc.
  • Community Service.   Time spent planning (committee meetings, preparing, making announcements, leading) and actually working on volunteer projects
  • International Service.  Time spent planning (committee meetings, researching and preparing grants, making announcements, leading) and actually working on volunteer projects
  • Vocational Service.   Time spent planning programs, vocational scholarships, etc.
  • Youth Service.   Time spent planning (committee meetings, preparing, making announcements, communicating with schools & students, leading) and working directly with youth programs
  • Fundraising.   Time spent planning and executing fundraising activities, including contact with vendors, making announcements, sponsorship solicitations, event prep/set-up/clean up, writing scripts, etc.
  • Grants.   Time inquiring about grants, planning projects, writing applications, communicating with funder(s)
  • Membership.   Time spent planning committee meetings, trainings, recruitment, communications with prospects, mentoring
  • Public Relations.   Time spent working with ClubRunner or other electronic communication tools, writing stories/articles, coordinating meetings, etc.
  • Programs.    Time spent researching potential presenters, communicating with individuals, follow-up with Parker Library for acknowledgements, etc.
Check out the calendar on our website! 
  • Go to our club’s website at
  • Click on Calendar on the menu bar across the top of the screen
  • If you click on any item on the calendar, you can get more information on the event and can sign up as well.
Be sure to let Susan Gustin know if you have an item to add to the calendar (
Kam Breitenbach, alias Mrs. Claus, has made arrangements for visits to local hospitals and nursing homes in December.  But she needs some elves to help her!   To see the dates and to sign up online:
  • Go to our club website at
  • Click on Calendar on the menu bar across the top of the screen
  • On the calendar, scroll to December to locate the five dates.
  • To volunteer for a date, click on the date in the calendar, then click on the Members button in the Online Registration box on the left side of the screen
Thank you
Thank you to the volunteers who helped sort medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E. on September 24.  In addition to Rotarians and their families, there were 10 volunteers from the Rotary Community Corps at Rocky Vista University.  It was our greatest number of volunteers ever at Project C.U.R.E.!
Thank you to everyone who helped pack meals for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) during the weekend of September 27-29.  You helped pack 303,000 meals that weekend!   Over 1400 volunteers participated in the weekend event, including 22 members of the Rotary Community Corps of disabled teens and adults and their families. 
In addition to supporting FMSC directly with a check earlier this year, some of the proceeds from the peach sales in August also went toward paying for the meals.  Here is Jane Johnson presenting a peach sale check to volunteers with FMSC.
Thank you to all those who spent a lovely fall day cleaning up the grounds around the gazebo in O’Brien Park.
Russell Hampton
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