The Lamplighter 
Rotary Club of Parker
August 1, 2019
Celebrating Youth with RYLA
From left to right: Rotarian Tom Furmanski with RYLA/Young RYLA students Hannah Block, Emma Henderickson, Hallie Fangman, TJ Berry, Julia Rieth, Vanessah Goze.
On August 1 we celebrated our club’s involvement with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).  The RYLA program (high school students) and Young RYLA (middle-school students) offer youth the opportunity to develop their leadership and communication skills.  In our district this takes the form of week-long summer camps where the students experience a variety of team-building exercises.  
Six of the nine students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parker, pictured above, were able to attend the meeting on August 1 to tell us of their experiences.  The students enthusiastically described the growth that each had experienced at the camps.  Family members who were present echoed the students’ glowing reports.  It was wonderful to see such articulate youth who want to make a difference in the world!
Our thanks to Tom Furmanski who coordinated the RYLA program for the club in 2018-2019, and to Dan O’Neill who assisted Tom with interviewing students last spring.
For more information on the RYLA programs for Districts 5440 and 5450 (central and northern Colorado, western Nebraska, Wyoming and eastern Idaho), click here.  
Rotarians at work packing medical supplies bound for Nicaragua
A group of Rotarians were hard at work on July 19 packing a container of medical supplies bound for Nicaragua with Project C.U.R.E. The Rotary Club of Parker spearheaded a grant request through Rotary International to partner with Project C.U.R.E. to ship a container full of hospital equipment and medical supplies to an orphanage clinic in Nicaragua.   We raised $22,000 to cover the costs associated with shipping the container.  It is estimated that the container full of donated items will provide nearly $400,000 worth of much-needed medical supplies and equipment.
Announcements August 1
Jim Muir reminds us that peach/pear sales are still going on!  The deadline for placing orders is August 14.  Let people know that they can place an order on our website at or by contacting Jim at  Peach/pear delivery day is Saturday, August 24
Mike Endres is looking to gather a meeting of people interested in community service.  Look for more information from Mike about possible meeting dates.  He also asked if we would be interested in volunteering for one of the three remaining Wine Walks in Parker.
Mike Endres announced that Project Sanctuary is looking for volunteers for upcoming Retreat #184 (starts August 9) and Retreat #185.  Also, Project Sanctuary was featured in The Washington Post on July 16, 2019 – click here for the full article. 
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