The Lamplighter 
Rotary Club of Parker
November 19, 2021
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Harvie Park Cleanup

Saturday, November 13 turned out to be a beautiful day for outdoor work cleaning up Parker's newest open space at Harvie Park.  A group of Rotarians and family members cleaned up garbage from the park lands, and found treasures as well -- such as a desiccated snake!  Click here to view a slideshow of the event.


Perennial Planting at Praying Hands Ranch

We had a second outdoor project on Saturday, November 13 -- planting perennial flowers donated by Tagawa Gardens in the sensory gardens at Praying Hands Ranch.  This project was a terrific example of the adage "Many hands make light work" as we got 50 plants into the ground and mulched in 90 minutes.  Below are photos of part of the raking crew and two of the newly planted beds under their protective covering of pine needles.

News for November 19

Some items of information related to the Holiday party at The Club at Pradera on Thursday, December 9:

  • Please be sure to RSVP to Mike Oldham ( with the number of guests by Tuesday, November 30

  • We’re having a raffle!  There are two ways to participate:

a) If you bring one pack of new, unopened underpants (any size/type) then you will get one ticket (1 ticket for each pack donated, no limit!).  The underwear will be donated to The Gathering Place in Denver


b) You can purchase raffle tickets at the party for $5 each.  All cash proceeds will be donated to Polio Plus on behalf of our club.


Fun AND Funds!

The District Polio Committee, in cooperation with the Colorado Rockies organization, had a special ticket arrangement with the Rockies for the game against the Giants on September 26th.  Rotary sold approximately 400 tickets, which will net about $20,000 for the End Polio Now cause.  What a fun way to raise funds!

Arabella Blaskovic, November Student of the Month for Chaparral

Pictured from left to right: father and friend Roberto Blaskovic and Natalie, sister Annika Blaskovic, mother Katrina Hapke, Student of the Month Arabella Blaskovic, Rotarian Linda Kamerling

Congratulations to Arabella Blaskovic, the November Student of the Month for Chaparral High School.  One of Arabella’s main contributions to the Chaparral community has been through the Link Crew program.  She worked with a Link Crew partner to help freshmen acclimate to life in high school during the difficult COVID pandemic, striving to create a sense of community among the students.  As a school Link Crew advisor commented, “Arabella is one of the most genuine and effective Links I have ever witnessed.”  She also works as a writing tutor and as Executive Officer for National Honor Society as well as the Event Coordinator & Publicist for French Honor Society.  Arabella was praised as exemplifying Chaparral’s motto “Take Care of One Another.”

Arabella is interested in becoming a veterinarian after college.  We wish you the best, Arabella!

Megan Braun, November Student of the Month for Ponderosa 

Pictured from left: Rotarian Mike Oldham, teacher Gary Cordray, Ponderosa Student of the Month Megan Braun, parents Michelle and Allan Braun

We congratulate Megan Braun, who has been selected as the November Student of the Month for Ponderosa High School.  Megan serves the Ponderosa community as a Link Crew leader, as secretary of FBLA and as a member of National Honor Society.   Teacher Gary Cordray commented on Megan’s willingness to speak up and contribute in class in an era when students are concerned about online retribution.   She was also praised for how she “sets a positive tone and contributes to a sense of community in her classes.”

Outside of school, Megan is an avid equestrienne and recently placed 3rd in the world at the American Quarter Horse Association competition.   She has also volunteered over 120 hours at the Elizabeth Stampede.

Megan hopes to pursue a career in medicine after college.

We're Closing In on the End of 2021!

As we get ready to leave 2021 behind us and move forward to 2022, here are two transitions to note:

  • 2021: Record your volunteer hours.  There has been a lot of volunteering going on in 2021!  Click here to access the Member Resources screen where there is a link to record your volunteer hours.

  • 2022: Sign up on the club duty roster.   Please go to the online duty roster for the club and sign up for one of the jobs that makes our meetings run, such as leading the Pledge of Allegiance or the Four-Way Test.  The link to the duty roster is on the Home page of the club website.  Spots are available through March of 2022!

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. 


Election Results: Foundation of the Rotary Club of Parker 

Congratulations to Lisa Neal-Graves, who has been elected to serve as a Trustee of the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Parker.

Here are the current officers and trustees of the Foundation:

Foundation officers

  • President: Steve Trevino

  • Secretary: Ben Martin

  • Treasurer: Larry Brutlag


  • Club President (Jim Muir) and Club Treasurer (Hal Gustin), who share a vote

  • Ron Beller

  • Michele Duncan

  • Al Johnson

  • Dave Selden

  • Lisa Neal-Graves

New Members 2021

Even in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, our club continues to grow.  Here are the new members who have joined us since our club photographers Ron Beller and Jim Boyd got started up again in our September meetings:

Stephen Chismarich with Jim Boyd and Jim Muir

Adriel Woodman and Susan Garwood with Mike Oldham and Jim Boyd

Kazungu Julius with Gail Lehrmann and Jim Boyd

Michael Busch and Shawn McMillin with Jim Boyd and Steve Brown
In addition to the people pictured above, here are the new members who have joined us in 2021:

Lorrie Crum
Tricia Fahey
Michael Graham-Hyde
Tim Hayes
Michelle Wise
Eda DiPasquale
Kyle Winders
Amanda Maldonado
Karen Jefferson
Lisa Neal-Graves

We welcome this fabulous array of talent and experience to our club and look forward to the increased impact on our community and world that you will make possible.

Duke Mooney, Chaparral Student of the Month for October

Pictured are Duke with his mom Brenda (left) and Rotarian Linda Kamerling.

We congratulate Duke Mooney, the October Student of the Month for Chaparral High School.  Duke has served the Chaparral community in a wide variety of roles, including in student government and as a joint commissioner of Chaparral's Red Blue Crew.  He has been an active member of DECA for the past three years, including two years in leadership roles.  Duke serves as a Peer Coach helping with Special Olympics for Significant Support Needs students (SSN).  He is also a member of the Boys’ Varsity tennis team.  One school administrator describes Duke as a “pillar of the Chap community.”

Duke has also served the larger Parker community by volunteering at a local food bank.

Congratulations, Duke – we wish you all the best as you move forward from high school!

Russell Hampton
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