Congratulations and Welcome aBoard!

On January 16, 2020, members of the Rotary Club of Denver elected four Rotarians to serve as Directors on the Club’s Board for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2020.  Directors whose terms expire June 30, 2020 are Ben Allen, Melissa Bowen, Susan Brushaber and Chad Tyler.

 


Colleen Cozad
Realtor/Broker-Associate
Bradford Real Estate

 



Hassan Latif
Executive Director/Founder
Second Chance Center

 


Alison Oyler-Mitsch
Owner
Fresh Events & ReFresh Studios

 

 


Matt Isola
CEO & Founder
Generation Exchange

 


Our thanks to Brian Sweet, Louise Westfall, Harriet Downer, Rich Spong and Chuck Everill for serving on this year’s Board Nominating Committee.

 

 


Due to the resignation of former Club member and trustee Barb Ritchie, the board of trustees, at its October 9th meeting, appointed Sandy Purcell to fill this vacancy and was duly elected by members of the Denver Rotary Club Foundation at their January 16, 2020 meeting.

 


Sandy Purcell
Branch Manager
Raymond James Financial Services

Club 31 Welcomes New Members!

 

Rosie Gantos
Owner
Sola Salon Studios

Date Joined:  11/19/19
Rotary Sponsor:  Peg Johnston

 

Rosie Gantos was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1962. Her family immigrated to Columbus, Ohio in 1976. Her parents, Miguel and Elsa, achieved their American dream by opening their own small businesses in 1978 and having their four children graduate from university. Rosie and her husband, Joseph, met while studying at The Ohio State University in 1982. Rosie graduated from OSU with a BS in microbiology in 1985 and a BS in commercial interior architecture in 2010. Rosie and Joseph, also achieved their American dream by working, owning small businesses in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico, and proudly cheering their kids on through college graduation, home ownership and marriage. Rosie is the proud mother of two wonderful and independent children, Gabrielle and David. Her many interests include travel, reading, sewing, ceramics and working out.


Matt Walsh

CEO & Founder
Green Stone

Date Joined:  11/19/19
Rotary Sponsor:  John Klug

 

Matt is the Founder and CEO of Green Stone, a Digital Experience Agency that strives to earn loyalty for their clients through the crafting of the most delightful, intelligent and effective products, experiences and journeys in the world. Six years in, the firm has already had the pleasure of delivering solutions for Twitter, American Express, Google, Logitech, Beats By Dre, and many other clients in Colorado and beyond.

Prior to Green Stone, Matt spent eight years founding, building and leading a team of 25 Experience Designers at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder as well as a couple of years in at R/GA on the Nike account where he helped craft a number of influential platforms including NikeID and Nike+.  Through that journey, his projects have won many marquee industry awards, but he gets far more excited about winning the hearts and minds of the people he designs for.

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

PolioPlus Update – December 2019

Another not pretty week:  two (2) in Afghanistan and seven (7) in Pakistan bringing this year’s total to 125 vs. 29 last year at this time.  Of this year’s total, 24 are in Afghanistan and 101 in Pakistan, illustrating the magnitude of the problem we have in the latter (almost assuredly attributable to the interruption in vaccination campaign occurring earlier in the year).

The cVDPV cases are also of concern, as we’ve seen sporadic outbreaks in various countries as detailed below.  Remember that these cases aren’t caused by the vaccine, but are caused when the weakened virus sheds from those who have been immunized (and in turn providing some inoculation to unvaccinated individuals) but circulates in a relatively unvaccinated community long enough that the virus mutates back to a virulent form which causes paralysis.

Why don’t we just use the monovalent inactivated vaccination which would prevent cVDPV cases (the type of injected vaccination we use in the United States)?  There are at least three good reasons:  (1) the weakened live virus used in the drops does provide some additional “halo” vaccination effect – as long as it doesn’t circulate long enough and mutate; (2) the distribution chain difficulties (maintaining cold storage long enough, volume of material being transported) isn’t robust enough to allow distribution of the injectable; and (3) cost and skill …. Almost anyone can squeeze a couple of drops of the weakened live virus vaccination; providing training sufficient to allow use of the injectable, along with the significant added cost of the vaccine, syringe, needles, sterile supplies and cleaning agents – is simply not possible.  There are other reasons, to be sure, but these are the primary ones.

The solution for now is to maintain immunization efforts even in those areas without endemic wild polio virus cases to assure that the community “herd immunity” is enough to prevent the circulation of the weakened live virus.  While the primary focus of our efforts are in Pakistan and Afghanistan to eliminate the endemic polio, we must remain vigilant elsewhere, too.  This is why we must continue to raise funds and awareness for the eradication of polio.

Pakistan still remains problematic for carrying out the government’s freshly-renewed mandate of vaccination campaigns:  it was reported yesterday that gunmen shot and killed two police officers escorting a polio vaccination team.  The campaign has been temporarily suspended in the Peshawar, Lower Dir district area.  While fortunately none of the vaccination team were injured, the loss of the policeman is tragic.

Please share with your clubs and districts the importance of continuing this fight until it is complete.  For those looking to make year end donations, this is a good topic to raise.

While it is easy to focus on the difficulties of Pakistan and Afghanistan and become discouraged, remember that we have successfully eliminated polio everywhere else in the world except for these two countries.  It was long thought that the African continent would never be polio free, and yet we know it has not been declared polio-free.  Our will, commitment and fortitude has led directly to that result.  And I’m confident that with your continued help, we’ll have the same result in due course in Pakistan and Afghanistan!

I wish you the best of the holiday season (including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Winter Solstice and of course Festivus for everyone else!).

–Ken

Ken Howell
PDG District 5400 ’15-16, Zone 27 End Polio Now Coordinator

2019 DCIS Travel & Language Fair

Join Club 31’s Adopt-A-School at the 2019 DCIS Travel & Language Fair

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK DIRECTLY TO PARENTS, STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ABOUT THE STUDENT AND COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES YOUR ORGANIZATION OFFERS?  Look no further!

Please join us at the 2019 DCIS Travel and Language Fair where you, along with other exhibitors representing Gap Year, Student Travel, Study Abroad, Cultural Exchange, Language Immersion, Language Learning, Nonprofits, Service, and Volunteer Opportunities (national as well as international), will interact in person with members of the entire DPS community and beyond.


WHEN AND WHERE?
This “Showcase of Opportunities for Students 4th to 12th grade” is FREE and Open to the PUBLIC on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 from 5 – 8 PM at the Denver Center for International Studies (574 W 6th Ave. Denver, CO 80204), Denver Rotary’s ‘Adopt-A-School”, public middle and high school with a global focus and an unique curriculum with double social studies and the opportunity to learn French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Lakota.


WANT TO EXHIBIT?
If you would like to exhibit and use this opportunity to interact in person with members of the entire DPS community and beyond, especially students from elementary to high school and their families, the Registration Form is here or contact Marie if you have any questions or comments.  Students and Teachers can register for free to have a table at the Travel & Language Fair (we especially encourage food sales and travel and language fundraisers).  Community Service and Event credits available to student volunteers. Vendors and exhibitors pay a $100 participation fee or $50 for nonprofits, and we will provide a table and chairs; no electricity available.  Please be in compliance with the relevant tax regulations.

WHO IS INVITED?
All teachers, students, and parents from DCIS, other schools in Denver Public Schools, and our neighboring communities are welcome.

The Travel & Language Fair will be a lot of fun for everyone. Please get ready learn and explore at the Travel & Language Fair on December 12th this year – see you there!

Help Denver Kids, Inc. win $166,000!

 


Help Denver Kids, Inc. win $166,000!
Denver Kids is a finalist in the 2020 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards and the Opus Foundation’s Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award!

 

 

2020 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards
Help us win $100,000 by voting between September 9 and 30!

      Vote for Denver Kids, Inc. in the West Region at:
www.chick-fil-afoundation.org/vote-for-true-inspiration-awards

      You can also vote by using the Chick-fil-A app:

  • Download the Chick-fil-A app on your smartphone
  • Create an account
  • Open the app and click “Rewards” at the bottom of the screen
  • Click “News” at the top of the next screen and tap “Vote Now”
  • Select the “West Region” and cast your vote for Denver Kids!


Opus Foundation’s Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award
Help us win $66,000 by voting between September 24 and October 4!

      Vote for Denver Kids, Inc. at:
      www.opus-group.com/Company/Giving/Building-Community-Award

Learn more about Denver Kids at https://denverkidsinc.org/

DMHR: Champion for a District Grant to Provide BrainWise Training for Denver Kids’ Counselors

Denver Kids is a jewel in Rotary’s community programs.  Rotary Club 31 of Denver helped found Denver Kids after World War II to help at-risk youth in third through 12th grade graduate from high school.  Club 31 Rotarians continue to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors and help fund operations that include twenty full-time counselors.  Rotarians also recruit volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with students from third grade through high school, provide YRYLA and RYLA scholarships and offer numerous educational, career, and recreational activities.

Last year, Denver Kids served more than 900 students in 160 schools who participate for an average of seven years.  The children are recommended by school counselors and may qualify for free reduced lunches and in addition to family, social, educational, and behavioral health challenges.  This combination of strikes belies the 83 percent graduate rate Denver Kids achieve compared with the 65 percent rate of DPS students.  These successful outcomes are a hallmark of Denver Kids.

In 2018, following a training for their counselors in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Denver Kids’ administrators sought a curriculum they could use with students and families.  After a review of programs, they selected BrainWise, unaware that the curriculum had been developed by DMHR Rotarian Pat Gorman Barry.  Neither did they know that BrainWise was being taught in Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County, and Aurora public schools, as well as in Rotary projects at Eagleton Elementary and CEC.

This connection opened an opportunity to seek a District Grant that would cover the training expenses.  In addition, the project would make a wider range of Rotarians aware of mentoring opportunities with Denver Kids.  Denver Mile High Rotary members Tom Cella and Diane Messamore stepped up to be co-champions of the District Grant with Club 31, Denver SouthEast and Castle Pines Rotary as partners.  The grant was approved and Denver Kids’ counselors and administrators were trained in BrainWise in January, 2019.

The recent merger of Denver Kids and Denver Urban Scholars will provide additional opportunities for DPS students to learn SEL and the executive function skills needed to make positive life choices and decisions – with Rotarians and other volunteers serving as mentors.

2019 Peach Sale Club Report

The three goals of the peach sale are

1) The Member involvement in a quick easy project with emphasis on new members
2) Fellowship on pickup day in a “working on a common goal” atmosphere
3) Raise funds to help our Denver Rotary Club Foundation and The Rotary Foundation.

This year 130 Club 31 members, sold or bought peaches.

Pick up day was a blast. With the help of a Forklift from Giles & Farris Machinery and Hassan Latif, Bill Imig, Steve Mast, Pete Wall, Chad Tyler, Rich Spong, Jack Green, Rick Leuthold, Jeff Kleinschmidt and his sons Ian and Isaac Kleinschmidt, 1440 boxes of Peaches were unloaded and loaded. 

Additionally, the following people came and volunteered their time to make this year’s Pickup Day and Pancake Breakfast a success:

PARKING: Harriet Downer, Susan Brushaber, Mark Donovan, Debbie Beasley, Anne McGihon, Drew Price and Lindsay Leuthold Rick’s daughter.
KITCHEN: Don Schlup, Virgil Scott, Kevin Shelledy, Melly Kinnard, Lisza Gulyas, Marjorie Lewis, Andrew Walker and Debby Kaufman.
PHOTOS: Todd Bacon and Bob Lowdermilk
CASHIERS: Darlene Mast, Lauren Mast, Peg Johnston and Marlene Wilkins
BREAKFAST SALES: Don Lewis and John Wilson.
If we failed to mention someone, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

After a small delay because of new equipment in the School Kitchen and the lack of “pancake inversion devises”, the Pancake and Peaches Breakfast went great and we served over 190 plates of Peaches and Pancakes.  A big Thanks to Roberts Italian Restaurant, a Deli in Littleton and the DTC for helping us order the breakfast supplies.

Special Thanks go to Jill Santuccio and Debby Kaufman for their work and organizational skills, Virgil Scott for running our kitchen, and our newly christened flapjack flipper Kevin Shelledy who benefited from the guidance and support of Chief Pancake Flipper Extraordinaire Don Schlup.

The Double Digit Top Sellers are:

224 Collard Case
65 Guice Bryan
56 Mills Craig
46 Harris Dale
40 Wilkins Jim
37 Yake Jay
33 Everill Chuck
28 Mast Darlene
26 Schlup Don
21 Miller Charles
20 Donder Warren
19 White Jim
17 Ellison Harry
16 Johnston Peg
16 Johnston Jim
16 Lowdermilk Robert
16 Penny Mary
14 Scott Virgil
13 Gandera Wynn
13 Kane Don
13 Wall Pete
10 Donovan Mark
10 Metcalfe Dick
10 Mosko Steward
10 Oyler-Mitsch Alison
10 Peters Chris

Again this year Case Collard continued what Tucker Troutman started at Dorsey and Whitney LLP, who used the opportunity to send clients Peaches…they bought 224 Boxes!

The total benefit to Our Denver Rotary Club Foundation and The Rotary Foundation should be over $21,000!

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!

Respectfully,
Bryan Guice
2019 Peach Sale Committee Chair

Business Mentors Needed | LaunchDENVER

You have probably heard about LaunchDENVER, a new program initiated by Denver Rotary to support budding entrepreneurs from the under-served communities of Metro Denver.  The program includes four components: (i) business training, offered through an eight week program conducted by the faculty of the Management Department at Metro State University of Denver; (ii) mentoring from an experienced business person; (iii) access to microloans to support the business, and (iv) networking with other graduates and community supporters of the program.

LaunchDENVER is preparing to accept its inaugural class of entrepreneurs in late September.  We are recruiting mentors for this inaugural class, and for future classes.  

Successful mentors will come with a range of profiles: entrepreneurs with current business operations, experienced business professionals and retired business persons with successful backgrounds.  All of them will share two common traits: a desire to give back to the community, and an interest in helping prospective entrepreneurs grow and develop.

Mentors will be expected to make a commitment of six months, including face-to-face meetings with their assigned mentee(s) at least monthly and connection by phone and/or email in between those meetings.  The first class of entrepreneurs will be assigned their mentors in early December, shortly after graduation from the training program, so your commitment would begin at that time.

To volunteer to serve as a LaunchDENVER mentor, or to request additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact the Rotarian Mentor Coordinator, Don Kane.

Congratulations World Community Service Team & Denver Rotarians!

Pictured: Cher Cruz, Christine Sparks, Rochelle Darling, Sue Davis-Hornby,
Club 31 Rotarians Bill Korstad & Ved Nanda, and Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club President Alan Harvey

Rotarians Bill Korstad and Ved Nanda are involved with improving water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in India.  Their recent water, sanitation and hygiene project (WASH) in India to bring toilets to a rural village where none existed, won our Denver Rotary Club the 2019 George K. Davis Water and Sanitation Award courtesy of the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club and past Club 31 Rotarian Sue Davis-Hornby!

India, like much of the developing world, suffers a scarcity of facilities for disposal of human waste, a population unaware of safe hygiene practices or the need for them and a lack of clean water.  Insufficient water is a global issue which will eventually manifest itself in inter-state conflict.  An important aspect of these efforts is to create conditions that encourage local communities to properly maintain these facilities and develop similar solutions on their own.

The Davis award is presented to the Club who successfully completes what they judge as the best Rotary WASH project in the District 5450 that year.

Congratulations and THANK YOU to Bill, Ved and our World Community Service committee!