The Lamplighter 
Rotary Club of Parker
October 21, 2019
Ponderosa Student of the Month Kayla Fairweather
Pictured from left to right, Rotarian Jim Muir, Student of the Month Kayla Fairweather, mom Cynthia Fairweather, teacher Jason Anderson

Congratulations to Ponderosa Student of the Month for October Kayla Fairweather!  Kayla has extensive participation in service activities, including currently serving as president of National Honor Society at Ponderosa.  She is involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation as a youth ambassador.  She is on her way to earning the Gold Award in Girl Scouts and has been involved in various mission projects.  Kayla also runs cross country and track.  She is currently ranked number 1 in her class of 330. 
Kayla plans to study biomedical science and psychology.
Announcements October 21
World Polio Day is this Thursday, October 24!  One way you can show your support for Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio is to 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 2019.  Click here for more information or to pledge your support.
Ken Claiborne reminds us that this coming Thursday, October 24 is the big collection day for the Denver Indian Center.  Please bring the following items to the meeting on October 24 and Ken will get the donated items to the Indian Center:
  • 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:
Family of Rotary: Li Pettett reminds us to let her know of any concerns in the Rotary family so she can let the club know during meetings.  Li also coordinates the sending of cards of sympathy or encouragement.
Fifth Thursday – on a Wednesday!  Our Fifth Thursday social event in October is on Wednesday, October 30 so as not to conflict with Halloween.  Join us at the Welcome Home Brewery in Parker (19523 Hess Rd, Unit 303, Parker) on the NW corner of Parker Road and Hess Road from 5-ish to 8-ish p.m.  In addition to some great brews, right next door is the Rocky Mountain Pizzeria, so you can order up some pizza to go with the beer.  Please let Jim Muir if you plan to attend.  You can sign up online and indicate the number of guests by following this link:  Or you can email Jim at
Rachel Robinson from Parker Adventist Hospital visited the club earlier this year to tell us about the Christmas Store which benefits needy families in our area identified through Parker schools.  On October 17 Tom VanderHeiden presented Rachel with check to support the Christmas Store. 
We as individuals can also support the store by buying some of the hot gift items for this year:
  • Knock-off AirPods for teen boys and girls 
  • LOL dolls 
  • Scooters 
  • Beanie Boo stuffed animals (large size)
  • Thomas the Train toys
  • Remote controlled toys
Rachel notes that we can buy other items, too; “all gifts are welcome and appreciated!”  If you purchase any items for the Christmas Store, please be in touch with Rachel to let her know of your contribution and to find out where/when to bring the items:   The Christmas Store served 140 families last year, and the need continues to grow.
Thank you
Thank you to all who helped solicit food for the Parker Task Force at the Stroh Ranch King Soopers on Saturday, October 19.  We contributed to the best-ever day for the Parker Task force – a grand total from all sites of 500 crates of donations, $3352 in cash, and $726 in gift cards!  Our presence and efforts make a difference.  And who could resist these smiling faces?!
Rocky Vista RCC members Danielle Coleman and Elyssa Goldstein thanked us for volunteering at their MASH camp for high school students over the weekend of October 12-13.  Club members helped with tasks such as registration and serving as “victims” for some of the activities.  Hal Gustin helped run a CPR training class.
Hal Gustin presented a check to Cami Jeralds of the Crisis Center in support of their work to end domestic violence.
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile