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.

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

Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Mike Dineen
Senior District Executive Director
Boy Scouts of America

Date Joined: 7/21/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Transferring Rotarian

Before working as a District Executive Mike taught English in Korea, China and Japan.  He has been a Senior District Executive for six years graduating in the top five in his class.  In Mike’s first year, he expanded his district committee to 32 members.  During that time four out of five years he had double digit membership growth and respectively reached 100%+ of their fundraising goal.  The Boy Scouts camping attendance grew participation to 290 total.  They were featured in the International Rotarian magazine for building an international mode for at risk venture crew mentorship program for global impact.  Mike is an active member of Rotary and had acted as the district membership chair.  His favorite hobbies are traveling and volunteering – Mike has had the good fortune to study abroad four times at Southern Illinois University and participate as a member of five networking and community service organizations.  He is an avid reader and am on the way to reading 1,000 books in the next two years.

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

Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Robert Kross
Senior Account Executive
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 

Date Joined: 4/21/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Steve Mast

Robert Kross has worked for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for the past five years as a Membership Representative. The Chamber works with the Denver business community to focus on critical issues that will determine the health of our community and economy to lead to a prosperous future. His role specifically focuses on building Chamber membership through new member acquisition, retention, as well as keeping current members involved.

Prior to working at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Robert worked with the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District helping with public affairs, communication and marketing. This position enabled Robert to quickly learn about the Denver business community, and what it takes to grow a strong business economy with in a region.

Robert attended the University of Missouri, where he received a BSBA in Marketing and a minor in Sociology. He is also currently sitting on the Associates Board for a local non-profit called Project Helping.

Robert has lived in Denver for the past seven years and enjoys hitting the links as well as mountain actives such as skiing, fishing, hiking and camping.

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

Club 31 Welcomes New Members

Thomas Longino
Founder
Longino Public Finance, LLC

Date Joined: 7/21/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard
Thomas Longino is the founder of Longino Public Finance, LLC, a law firm focused on representing investors and trustees in connection with high-yield or distressed financing, whether taxable or tax-exempt.  Prior to forming Longino Public Finance, Thomas practiced law in the area of municipal finance at a large southeastern law firm, mostly as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel, where he gained valuable workout and municipal bankruptcy experience as a member of the team representing Jefferson County, Alabama.  Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a master of laws in federal taxation from New York University School of Law.  A very recent transplant to Denver, Thomas enjoys the Denver restaurant scene, exercise and discovering all that Colorado has to offer.
Debbie Wilkins
Broker Associate
Date Joined: 7/21/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Melly Kinnard & Colleen Cozad
Debbie Wilkins serves as a Compass associate broker.  Debbie is keenly focused on customer relationship development and success defined through achieving set goals.  This customer and goals-driven approach consistently creates positive results for her clients in a rapid real estate market.  Prior to pursuing her career in real estate, Debbie successfully started up and owned her own business from 2005-2019.  The business was private-labeled product sales and distribution, servicing large business maintenance of facilities.  Additionally, her work experience includes multiple sales manager positions in the medical field, including manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson.  Debbie has a strong affection for four-legged friends, including her own two Havanese, Biewer Terrier, and a Bernese Mountain Dog.  This affection also resulted in training her own as therapy dogs.  Other interests include home remodeling, DYI home projects, travel, and restaurants.  Prior to calling Denver her forever home, Debbie lived in St. Louis, Atlanta, and Dallas.  She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Georgia.
For additional information about new members, please log into our membership database at www.dacdb.com.

Club 31 Welcomes New Member

Kris Hemenway
President & Founder
Statera Media

Date Joined: 6/16/2020
Rotary Sponsor: Jim Johnston

Kristopher (Kris) Hemenway is the President and Founder of Statera Media, a Denver based strategy, marketing and media planning firm that focuses on small and mid-sized companies in many different business verticals.  Kris uses a data-driven approach to help his clients find new customers through digital (Social, SEM, E-Mail, Display) and traditional (TV, Radio, Print) media.  Prior to forming Statera Media in 2014, Kris worked for some of Colorado’s biggest and best companies in marketing and media such as:  Vail Resorts, Coors Brewing Company, The Integer Group and Gart Companies.  Kris has lived in Colorado for 23 years and is a proud alumnus of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he graduated with honors with a B.S. in Journalism.  He has been married to his wife Keri for 14 years and is the proud father of two young boys, Harrison (9) and Patrick (5).

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

Donna Hultin Excellence Award Endowment

The Donna Hultin Excellence Award was created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 2008 to honor Donna’s 28 years of dedicated service to Denver Kids, Inc. and her service to Rotary. The annual $500 cash award recognizes one high achieving graduating high school senior who is part of the Denver Kids mentoring program and is college bound. Qualifications include demonstrated academic achievement, excellence in attendance, community service, leadership ability and a positive attitude. For the past 12 years the award was funded annually by the Rotary Club of Denver and for the last two years, this award was matched by a Denver Rotarian and the Hultin Family for a total scholarship of $1,000.

Donna’s husband, Wally Hultin, recently approached the Denver Rotary Club Foundation to create an Endowment to ensure that funding for the award continues in Donna’s name.  Wally offered an initial donation to begin funding the Endowment plus a formula to match contributions from donors. Rotarian Mary Penny then organized a fund raising effort to gather the donations in order to make the Endowment a reality.  Today the Endowment funding is $30,350. Thanks to the vision of Wally Hultin, his generous donation and the generosity of the donors, The Donna Hultin Excellence Award Endowment will now last in perpetuity to fund the annual cash award and recognize future generations of Denver Kids graduates for this prestigious honor.