Temporary COVID-19 Virus Changes
We are joining the effort to slow the COVID-19 coronavirus by holding videoconference meetings on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 AM.  Our in-person morning and evening meetings are temporarily suspended.  Visitors please join us, email us at rotaryclub@rotaryconifer.org and we will send you the information you need for the videoconference.  Club members, check your email for online meeting details from our President.
Conifer Rotary Foundation Grants
Conifer Rotary Foundation Grant supports nonprofit organizations along the 285 Corridor between Morrison and Bailey. Community Grants are made possible by fundraising events sponsored by the Conifer Rotary Club that include the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner; the Foothills Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show; the ConiferFest; the Peach Sales; and generous donations from Rotarians and community members. Altogether, the Conifer Rotary Foundation has provided our foothills communities with over $220,000 in grants and youth scholarships.
The 2020 Conifer Rotary Foundation Grant is due on Tuesday, October 27th. Applications will be reviewed by the Foundation Board and applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in early November. If you have question about the application, please contact us at rotaryclub@rotaryconifer.org.
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Rotary Foundation Donations
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Owen S. Jones
Nov 03, 2020
Colorado Careers
Janine Payton
Nov 10, 2020
The Rotary Foundation
Bob Kemp
Nov 17, 2020
District Governor's Update
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Rotary Conifer News



  • Amanda Weedman has agreed to be our President-Elect. Thanks, Amanda.
  • District 5450 training: Go to the District 5450 website for all the information and registration.
  • October 24 is World Polio Day. Let’s celebrate.
  • November 1, noon to 1pm is a virtual luncheon with RI President, Holger Knaack. Go to the District 5450 website to register. Guest speaker: Rachel Lonsdale of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration fee of $28, of which, $25 will go to support Polio +. Each $25 donation will be matched 2:1 for the Gales Foundation, helping vaccinate 125 children per registration. Register at the District 5450 website.
  • The Club Board meeting:

The best news: Amanda Weedman agreed to be President-Elect.

Options for dues payment: Please pay the dues invoice that Lee has sent out. We can do a bank bill-pay: or

Electronic payment to the Club checking account via Zell, a direct bank to bank payment without a fee. Lee will send the information with the invoices.

  • December 5: Community Service Day for RI. Watch for announcement about our District project.
  • There will be a competition between Clubs for membership attending Zoom meetings…more information to come. (we expect to win)
  • We have made more than 9400 masks. There are 23 mask-makers in our group. Let Leonor know if you know of other schools that are in need of masks. Arana is taking our masks to Laredo Elementary in Aurora—they are very excited to be getting the masks---via a teacher friend of hers. Finn will share the information about this project with the District.
  • Arana is donating play dough and little bubble jars for our back packs next week.
  • Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the 9Health Fair in Bailey last week. The 9Health representatives were greatly impressed with our mountain community response and our excellent volunteers!
  • New Member Induction: Julie Mendelson Welcome, Julie.


Program: Julie Lanckriet

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library


Sarah has been part of Evergreen Rotary for one year. She has taken the Dolly Parton Imagination Library as her special project.

“You can Never get enough books into the hands of enough children”...Dolly Parton The program was started in 1995 in honor of her father, who was very smart but never learned to read.

This is a gifting program available to any child from birth to age 5. Books are hand selected by a committee of early childhood experts to be age-appropriate and aligning with the child’s developmental needs. The children get a free book delivered to them every month. It encourages parents to read to their children.

During the pandemic, Dolly, via u-tube, has been reading books to children.

There has been research on Imagination Library that shows increase reading time with the parent and child. The children are reading better in school. Parents believe that their children are better prepared for school.

The Mountain Area Imagination Library Program: 5 area VIII Rotary Clubs participate to support the projectt. The coverage area: Pine, Conifer, Evergreen, Morrison, Bailey, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties.

In our area this year so far, we have doubled the number of children participating: 260 in January—currently 498.

The Colorado Senate passed a bill to form a state-wide Imagination Library. The State will pay 50% of the monthly invoice from the Dollywood Foundation, with funds to start next summer.

There has to be an affiliate to promote the program. Rotary is that affiliate in our area.

The cost of the program for the coming year will be $12,000. This covers the mailing of the books ($2.10/child/month).We can donate via www.imaginationlibrary.com, then find our local Imagination Library on the site to donate. Our Club share is about 14% of the $12,000, based on our membership numbers. We will probably have to cap the number of children served in our area at 500, given the budgetary constraints this year. How can our Club help raise the money needed??!!!! Charlotte suggested writing a grant to the PCCP Resale-Boutique in Bailey---we would provide volunteer assistance for a month and receive up to 70% of the profits for that month. (other non-profits have received up to $3000 for their month)



Sarah Lanckriet, Evergreen Rotary and speaker,

 Jim Mendelson (Julie’s Father and California Rotarian)



  • We have 3 more free District Seminars: sign up on-line
             Club Runner Basics, this evening, Oct 13, 7-8pm
             Youth Protection: Oct 17, 3-4 pm
             Alternative membership options: Nov 10, 7-8pm
  • Oct 24 is World Polio Day: don’t hesitate to share this important date
  • November 1, noon to 1pm is a virtual luncheon with RI President, Holger Knaack. Go to the District 5450 website to register. Guest speaker: Rachel Lonsdale of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration fee of $28, of which, $25 will go to support Polio +. Each $25 donation will be matched 2:1 for the Gales Foundation, helping vaccinate 125 children per registration.  Register at the District 5450 website.
  • Pack It Up Polio is a competitive fund-raiser between Interactor Clubs in the District. You can donate via the Rotary Club website.
  • 9Health Fair update:
  • Charlotte will be sending an email to Rotary volunteer today with info about your specific job, the floor map of the event, COVID19 safety/sanitation measures and the coupon for 20% off labwork fees for volunteers.
  • The set-up will be at noon Friday at Platte Canyon HS gym.
  • All volunteers should plan to arrive Saturday morning by 7am. The Bailey VFW 8661 will provide continental breakfast: juice, coffee and pastries/bagels.
  • If you want to sign up for labs, it is best to sign up online at onlinereg.9healthfair.org. You will need to pick an appointment time.
  • RI updates:
  • Jennifer Jones, Rotarian from Ontario Canada, will be the RI President for 2022-2023. She will be the first woman to hold the President position!
  • Dr. Tunji Funsho is the chair of Rotary Nigeria Polio + Committee …..Time Magazine made him one of the 100 most influential persons in the world for his work with Polio in Africa.
  • Mask Project update:
            172 masks went to the Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies
            32 to Louisiana
            We have given away 9300 masks to date
            We do have kids masks and a few adult masks and the plan is to reach 10,000
    • Pat will be meeting with the Rotary International Committee tonight and will bring information to the Board meeting
    • The Board meeting will be at 6 pm Monday, October 19. Via zoom. All members are encouraged to attend. Let Marlis know if you want the link (not the same as the morning meeting zoom)
    • Youth Exchange update from Diana Phelps:
                The plan is to start an in-bound student next fall. Our outbound students are also planning to go in the fall. More slots are available for out-bound students. Scholarship funds are                       available. We have the McCall’s as one host families. We need a counselor and two more families. Go to the Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Exchange website: RMRYE.org for more               information about the program and needs. All the safety procedures are being updated. Face to face planning is being done on zoom.
    • Mountain Bowls fund-raiser is done virtually this Thursday. Go to the mrcco.org website to donate and see all the goodies available.
    • Tall Grass Spa in Evergreen is sponsoring a fund-raiser for Mt Evans Homecare and Hospice. It is a mural creation on blocks of wood, which you can purchase and paint.
              Pick up your 4”x4” block at Tall Grass for $10 (or $25 if you also want the paint). Return your creation by November 1. It will be added to the mural that will celebrate 25 years for                Tall Grass! And the money will go to Mt Evans.
    Guests: Julie Mendelson