Join Your Fellow Rotarians for the 2021 District Conference!

May 6, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM  |  May 7, 2021, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Registration by April 23 is highly recommended

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Thursday, May 6 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Virtual
Learning Session Presentation and District Business Meeting for all Attendees
Program includes RI President Nominee, Jennifer Jones by video, facilitated by Curt Harris, Past District Governor and followed by the District 5450 Business Meeting
*** Thursday program included with either Friday option ***

Friday, May 7 | 4:30 – 8:00 PM | In-Person | Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Reception, Dinner & District Conference Program | $85 per person (payment must be made in advance)
Seating is limited to 150 per state guidelines. Social distancing & masks will be required. 
Program includes a Reception and Dinner, and guest speakers that include District Governor Bob Kemp, District Governor Elect Ray Anderson, Rotary Foundation Vice Chair Brenda Cressey, Rotary Scholar Brian Adams, & District Governor Awards Presentation

Friday, May 7 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Virtual Only
District Conference Program | $25 per person
Program includes guest speakers that include District Governor Bob Kemp, District Governor Elect Ray Anderson, Rotary Foundation Vice Chair Brenda Cressey, Rotary Scholar Brian Adams, & District Governor Awards Presentation

Denver Rotary Wins Ed Bemis Communication Award!

The #Rotary Club of Denver has been awarded the Ed Bemis Award for Communications by the Rotary Club of Littleton and District 5450.  The award is named for Ed Bemis, the late publisher of the Littleton Independent newspaper, Past President of the #Littleton Club, and Past District Governor (way back in 1943-44).  This award is a great tribute to Ian Campbell, our Communications Team Vice-President and President-Elect, who has served the Communications Committee so ably over the past few of years.  Thanks to Ian, our Club has been recognized for the “Best Club Communications” in the District for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  The award consideration is equally weighted between newsletters, social media, and other blogs and projected-related outreach.  The criteria for the award include the handling of Club news, education about Rotary activities, originality in content, and format and appearance. A huge “thank you” and congratulations to Ian!

 

 

Edwin Bemis Award for Best Newsletter
Presented by the Rotary Club of Littleton
EDITARIAN’S CREED
by Edwin A. Bemis, District 113 Governor 1943-44

WE BELIEVE that our club bulletins are valuable and effective instruments in the development and maintenance of good Rotary clubs; THEREFORE, as bulletin editors, we shall gladly contribute our time and energy to the production of the best bulletins we can offer to our members.

WE BELIEVE that our club bulletins should be informative, interesting, dignified, constructive and entertaining; THEREFORE, we shall lend every effort toward making these attributes the controlling influence in gathering material for our bulletins.

WE BELIEVE that one of the purposes in having Rotary club bulletin editors is so that the week after week history of our clubs will be written; THEREFORE, we shall endeavor to give as complete coverage as is possible of the club and its officers, committees and members.

WE BELIEVE that directed and humiliating jests, derogatory statements, or any similar items which might make a member the object of ridicule, are not in good taste and do not belong in a club bulletin; THEREFORE, we shall be very alert to see that all material in our bulletins are acceptable to all members.

WE BELIEVE that questionable jokes are foreign to the ideals of, and thinking by, members of Rotary clubs; THEREFORE, we shall be circumspect in the choice of what is to be included in our bulletins.

WE BELIEVE that an interchange of information between clubs, within and outside of our respective districts, is most desirable and profitable; THEREFORE, we shall endeavor to exchange bulletins with as many clubs as our ability permits.

WE BELIEVE that there are unlimited opportunities for club bulletin editors to spread and to help perpetuate Rotary throughout the world; THEREFORE, we will dedicate ourselves, our abilities, and our energies to the furtherance of Rotary, and shall so discharge our responsibilities that our activities will be a stimulus to our fellow members and a credit to the communities in which we live.

WE BELIEVE that in being selected to edit our club bulletins we have been deeply honored, and inherent in this honor is recognition of leadership as well as a great challenge; THEREFORE, we will exercise that leadership as effectively, acceptably, and unassumingly as is compatible with our relationship to our club members. We will dedicate our utmost ability and loyalty to that challenge, knowing that in it lies the real meaning of the great pronouncement of Rotary.

Jim White’s 50 Years of Service

Compiled and read by Debbie Beasley, April 15, 2021

Jim has been with Rotary for 50 years – 50 YEARS!  With perfect attendance – PERFECT ATTENDANCE.  Not only that, but Jim is also a third generation Rotarian following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

Lauren shared with me some of the historical documents, pictures, accolades, and cards that we have regarding Jim.  There is much to say about Jim’s Rotary life, but it would not be right or appropriate to dive into that without first talking about Jim as a husband and father.  Jim’s family is at the heart of who he is and what means the most to him.  It is an honor to have Eric, Scott, and Tanya with us here today.  Eric and Scott continue the legacy of Rotary making them 4th generation Rotarians.  As you just heard with the Lee White Memorial Resolution, Jim and Lee had a special love and bond.  It is the foundation of family that defines Jim.

Jim joined Rotary on November 19, 1970.  Dues at that time were $58.50 quarterly.  His membership application included some things we all know about Jim.  Colorado School of Mines graduate.  Twins Scott and Eric were also listed although Tanya was not born quite yet. His hobbies were listed as golf, bowling, and skiing.  And 50 years later he still hits the ski slopes and will be embarking on a Grand Canyon Raft trip in a few weeks.

When Jim was accepted in the club 50 years ago, the Rotary Club of Denver met at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.  His welcome letter, penned by George Smith Jr. said: “I have known Jim for over fifteen years and have watched him grow from boy to man and know him to be honest, forthright and a gentleman – requisites for a good Rotarian.”

Through the years, Jim has assumed a number of roles on a variety of committees.  He remains an extremely active and engaged member.  Currently Jim is serving on the Denver Rotary Club Foundation Board of Trustees, the Membership Committee and Jim is also active in the weekly happy hour hosted these days by Zoom.

Further, Jim has been an extremely generous Rotarian in terms of both time and money.  Jim serves on the Denver Rotary Club Foundation Board of Trustees, is a DRCF Gold Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow +3, embracing and supporting our two foundations.  He also gives of his time and talents. Just two weeks ago, Jim was one of 8 performers in our club April Fool’s talent show.  His storytelling skills intertwined with his yo-yo and napkin tricks were a fun addition to the evening.

As you look at the pictures of Jim 50 years ago and today, you can easily say that he has not changed much.  The mustache of yesterday is gone but that smile is the same.  So is the generosity, kindness and uniqueness that makes Jim such a special Rotarian to each of us.

Memorial Resolution

Leela H. White
June 15, 1944—March 3—2020
Denver Rotary Club 31 Member – 18 years
“Machine Shops—Sales, Marketing”

Compiled by Carolyn Smith and read by Jim Mack, April 15, 2021

Fellow Rotarians and guests, we have lost a loyal member of the Denver Rotary Club.  We pause today in memory of our friend and fellow Rotarian, Leela Hohmann White.

Lee died after a fall at home on March 3, 2020 with her devoted family gathered around.

Lee was the youngest of four daughters born to Lee and Irene Hohmann in Denver on June 15,1944.  Her father, also Lee, had immigrated from France to become a businessman and restauranteur in Denver.

Lee was a mountain girl.  When she was five, her Dad purchased a cabin on 13 acres in the foothills west of Denver.  So that Lee could get to school and to see her friends, her parents bought her a horse, Prince.  Her parents fostered the independence that characterized her life and created the strong character that we came to know and love.

Lee attended the one room school near her home until Ralston Elementary was completed in 1955.  At aged 10, she rode the three miles to the new school.  Prince was content during the day in the corral built by the school for the horses of many of the young students.  Lee went on to Golden High School and Colorado Women’s College where she studied Business and Business Law.

Lee met Jim White, the man who would become her husband, in the summer of 1959 at a party in the mountains near her home. She was only 14 but, even at that young age, she decided she would be Mrs. Jim White someday.  Sure enough, while still college students, they were married five years later on August 31, 1963.

Jim completed his degree as Engineer at Colorado School of Mines and Lee finished her Associate in Arts Degree at CWC while still newlyweds.  They moved often those first post college years after Jim joined Shell Oil Company and then served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers.  Their twin sons, Scott and Eric, were born at Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 1966.

The family returned to Denver in 1968.  Jim resumed his job with Shell for a couple of years until joining his father in the family businesses: Denver Air Machinery Company and Denver Machine Shop, Inc.  Lee was recruited to help run those businesses as Sales and Marketing VP and eventually became Jim’s business partner and the co-owner of Denver Machine Shop.  I remember the considerable pride Lee displayed when introducing me to the Shop some years ago.  Each of the employees in turn had only praise for her and her importance to the company’s success particularly during the tough times of the 1980s.

Lee kept quiet about the constant severe pain she suffered from scoliosis and the surgeries that were the result.  She had 17 vertebrae fused in five separate operations beginning when she was 30 years old.  Somehow, she continued the annual family tradition to cut down their Christmas tree.  And she loved hiking with friends and family members despite continuous pain.  Typically concerned about others with the same condition rather than herself, she started and continued to lead the support group, “People for Scoliosis”.

Lee was a devoted mother and grandmother.  Their daughter, Tanya, was born in Denver in 1972 on the birthday of her six-year-old twin brothers.  Lee was proud that her three children completed college and were married before she 50 years old.  In her later years, she devoted her love and attention to her six grandchildren: JB, Aleece, Heather Lee, Kevin, April and Victoria.  They loved her in return.  Lee’s happiest moments were when the family was all together.

To say that Lee was a member of Denver Rotary for 18 years is a bit misleading.  She was an active Rotary wife for 30 additional years attending District and International Conventions and joining Jim in his many Rotary fund raising and other Club activities.  I introduced Lee to become a member of Denver Rotary in her own right in March of 2001.  As a member, she continued her mentorship for the High School Scholarship Awards, Denver Kids, and she supported students in Rotary exchange programs.  She was a Denver Rotary Club Foundation Fellow and The Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow +1.

We express deepest sympathy to Jim, Eric and Steph, Scott and Laura, Tanya and Eric and JB, Aleece, Heather Lee, Kevin, April and Victoria.

We miss Lee.  She brought a special spirit to every greeting.  The day was always brighter for each contact with her.

This Resolution was accepted by a standing vote of the members of The Rotary Club of Denver and others at the Warwick Hotel and on Zoom on April 15, 2021.

Club 31 Welcomes New & Returning Members

Jagdish Jaganath
Banking Relationship Manager/VP

Date Joined: 2/16/21
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Rotarian, Melly Kinnard & Ved Nanda

Jagdish Jaganath (“Jag”) is a Denver native who has a wonderful six-year old daughter named Akshaya.  He is a career long Commercial Banker and Treasury Management professional who is a two-time graduate of the University of Denver (BA, MBA).  Jag spent fifteen years of his life in another country called California and is excited to return to his hometown of Denver!  Jag has one sister and brother-in-law and is a proud uncle to three nephews, he has a very positive poodle named Lulu who never has a bad day, and he is blessed with an amazing mom!

 

Les Volpe
(Retired) President, Edward L. Volpe, P.C.

Date Joined: 2/16/21
Rotary Sponsor: Returning Club 31 Rotarian

Les Volpe is renewing his membership in the Downtown Denver Rotary Club after a brief hiatus.  Prior to that he had been a member of the Club for over 20 years during which time he served on some committees including the Grants Committee.

His career has been in the legal field, primarily in litigation.  Les is a 4th generation Coloradan, and he and his wife, Barbara, have raised their two children and are helping to raise their five grandchildren here in Denver.

He has also spent many years as a funder, teacher, and coach for high school students in Denver and elsewhere in the study of Constitutional Law in a program called “We the People—the Citizen and the Constitution” which is a national contest for Constitutional debate by high school students conducted in all 50 states.  He has worked with East High School students in Denver, and that school has been the National Champion of the competition at least five times.

He looks forward to meeting and working with many of our members including those whom he has known throughout his career here in Denver.

 

For additional information about new members, please log into our membership database at www.dacdb.com.

2020 Peach Sale Report

(Photo credit: Todd Bacon)

The January freeze in Palisades didn’t get us down. COVID-19 didn’t defeat us. Losing our long-time delivery company didn’t stop us. A change in venue didn’t cripple us. A late-season drought that forced us to prematurely halt sales didn’t (completely) unhinge us. Peach Sale 2020, by all accounts was a major success after we take into account all the hurdles we had to clear.

Big thanks to the committee and volunteers noted below … and to ALL of you who bought A box, or MULTIPLE boxes, of peaches!

By the (round) Numbers:
Total Net: $19,845

  • 50% to your Denver Rotary Club Foundation: $9,923
  • 50% to The Rotary Foundation: Split theirs 50/50 between Polio Plus and Annual Fund ($4,961 to each)

Compare to previous years:

  • In 2019, our net was $21,084 (about 6% more than this year)
  • In 2018, our net was $19,331 (about 2.5% less than this year)

Top Sellers:

  1. Peach Royalty Chuck Everill – 86 boxes (plus a three hundred dollar additional donation on top!)
  2. Craig Mills – 61 boxes
  3. Jim Wilkins – 39 boxes
  4. Bryan Guice – 30 boxes
  5. Harry Ellison – 25 boxes
  6. Don Kane – 23 boxes
  7. Charlie Miller – 20 boxes
  8. Kevin Shelledy – 20 boxes
  9. Paul Jones – 17 boxes
  10. Warren Donder – 15 boxes
    Bob Lowdermilk – 15 boxes

These “top ten” brought in more than $15,000 of our total!

It’s also important to note that Dorsey & Whitney (through Rotarian Case Collard) typically orders more than 200 boxes of peaches as client gifts. Due to COVID-19 keeping people from their offices, thus complicating deliveries, Dorsey instead made a contribution of peaches (through us) and cash (directly) to the Food Bank of the Rockies. This highlights how peaches can be used, as Craig Mills also does with UBS, to benefit both DRCF and clients of Rotarians!

Thanks again to the 2020 Peach Committee and Volunteers:

  • Todd Bacon (Photographer)
  • President Debbie Beasley
  • David Dickmann
  • Harriet Downer (Peach Team Planner)
  • Bryan Guice (Peach Sale Co-Chair)
  • Lisza Gulyas
  • Kris Hemenway
  • Jim Johnston
  • Don Kane
  • District Governor Bob Kemp
  • Thomas Longino
  • Jeff Mason
  • Steve Mast
  • Lauren Mast
  • Jill Santuccio (Fundraising VP)
  • Kevin Shelledy (Peach Sale Co-Chair
  • Rich Spong
  • Pete Wall

A BIG thank you again everyone who supported our peach sale through hands-on volunteering, contributions, partaking in the peach pancake breakfast and to everyone who bought peaches!

 

      

More Good News from Rotarians for Mental Health (R4MH)!

Read by Past President & R4MH District Co-Chair Seth Patterson at our December 3, 2020 Club meeting via Zoom.

Whoever said Friday the 13th is unlucky must not have been a Rotarian.

This year on Friday, November 13, Rotarians for Mental Health (“R4MH”) hit the trifecta!

First, our Rotary Connects project, received a Zone Innovation Award…and I still don’t know what a Rotary Zone is!   That project provided cell phones to about 750 low income clients of the nine Community Mental Health Centers serving our District so that they could continue their therapy using emerging telehealth technology.

Second, the project was part of an award to our District for our pandemic relief work from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for National Philanthropy Day.  Here is a link to an awesome two minute video about that work.

Some of you will recall in 2008, during dearly departed Sue Fox’s term as Club President, our Club was recognized as an Outstanding Service Organization from the same National Philanthropy Day organization.   Also that year, another dearly departed member and then CEO of Denver Kids, Donna Hultin, was recognized by this group.

Last, but not least, on November 13th, the Rotary Club of Denver Southeast’s Foundation granted $2,000 to R4MH to offset a portion of our 2020 State of the State Symposium expenses.

So…during this period of giving thanks, the members of Denver Rotary have much to be thankful for:

  • The community service and fellowship of two of our outstanding members, Sue and Donna;
  • Our support to some of those less fortunate, so that they can maintain a critical health service; and
  • The continued support of fellow Rotarians, and some prominent non-Rotarians, for our pandemic relief work.

Not to be greedy, but there is one other thing we could wish to be thankful for, that is spreading the knowledge of the good works of Rotary…beyond Rotary.

So, any time that anyone asks what you are thankful for, please consider something that you value from your involvement in Rotary.

GO ROTARY…and Broncos and Buffs and soon, Nuggets!

Memorial Resolution

PHIL PANKEY
June 23, 1929 – September 14, 2020
“Medical and Dental Billing”

Compiled and read by Steve Mast, November 12, 2020

Good afternoon family members of Phil Pankey, fellow Rotarians and guests.  We pause today to present this Memorial Resolution in memory and celebration of the life of our friend and fellow Rotarian, Phil Pankey.

Let me first recognize the family members and friends of Phil’s who have joined us today – Phil’s son Ralph Pankey, his wife Susan and daughter Tori, of Windsor, CO.  Phil’s daughter Jill Pankey Scheer and her husband Scott, of Littleton.  Scott’s father has been a long-time member of the Littleton Rotary Club.  Also joining us is our good friend Bob Martin who is a member and Past President of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club.  Bob and his wife, our dearly departed Past President Sue Fox, were longtime friends of Phil’s.  As a matter of fact, Phil introduced Sue to our Club.

Phil was born in Harrisburg, Illinois.  He graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in 1951 and an M.S. in 1956.  And on this Veteran’s day celebration it should be noted that Phil served in the Navy from 1953 to 1958 and as a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve until 1977.

He joined the Denver Rotary Club in 1958.  Phil was the founder, owner and President of the Medical Administration Company, a billing and accounting service for doctors and dentists. He sold his company in 1976.

In looking through Phil’s membership file I wasn’t surprised to see recommendation letters for Phil describing him as “a young man of sterling character and pleasing personality” & “a young, successful and very industrious worker on anything to which he sets his mind”.  And the Credit Bureau report that the Club got from the Associated Credit Bureaus of America stated that the “subject is well regarded by all informants”.  And I was pleased to see that he paid his “admission fee” of $100 and his first quarter’s dues of $25.96.

As many of you remember, in August 2018 we celebrated Phil’s 60 years of perfect attendance. Phil remained a member of Club 31 even after moving to Mexico where he actively participated and made up missed meetings at the Rotary Club of Manzanillo.

Of course, he could not celebrate 60 years of perfect attendance without first celebrating his 50-year anniversary with the Club in May 2008. Phil was a member of Rotary for a total of 62 years, was a Denver Rotary Club Foundation Fellow, a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow +1, and a contributor to our Club’s Centennial Project, The Player statue outside Coors Field. He was also a Club Board Director and a Club Secretary for President Pres Smith. In addition to serving on the Club board, Phil was also a board member for the Denver Athletic Club and was instrumental in forming our 35+ year meeting location with them.

In addition to Phil’s love and commitment to Rotary, he was also committed to the people and small businesses of Colorado when he served as the State representative for House District 38, Littleton from 1983 to 1998. During his tenure, Phil received the Law-Maker of the Year Award by For the Record Publication (1996), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award (1998), and in 2009 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Denver Athletic Club…just to name a few.  During one of his award presentations, it was mentioned, “Phil was chosen for his dedicated work standing up on behalf of the average citizen and against special interests”.  I met Phil through Denver Rotary.  When he was a House Representative, I fondly remember him hosting Darlene’s and my kids, Brian and Lauren on the House floor.  Phil let them sit in “his chair” and explained the political process to them both.

It was an honor to have known Phil and witnessed his dedication to Rotary and the good things we can do. He will be dearly missed by Rotary, in the Denver and the Manzanillo communities.

Madam President and fellow Rotarians, I move for the adoption of this Resolution for Phil Pankey by a standing vote of the membership and others present.

This Resolution was accepted by a standing vote of the members of
The Rotary Club of Denver and others via Zoom on November 12, 2020.​​​​​​​

Club 31 Welcomes Back Returning Member

 

Patrick Byrne
CEO
Denver Kids, Inc.

Date Joined: 9/15/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Honorary Member/Michelle Maldonado

 

Patrick Byrne is an advocate for under resourced youth with a focus on improving secondary and post-secondary educational opportunities for disadvantaged students to optimize their career potential. Patrick currently serves as the CEO of Community Outreach at Denver Kids. He founded Denver Urban Scholars (which merged into Denver Kids) in 1995, developing the mentoring, volunteer, and academic support programs as well as directing staff and recruiting volunteers. Patrick obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Gonzaga University, and received a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. He completed his Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver in 2006 and in 2012 earned his PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and Regis University. Patrick was the recipient of the Mile High Speaker of the Year in 2017 and the Regis University Civis Pinceps Award in 2019.

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