Blankets for Ukraine
 
Ukrainians are facing a freezing winter without windows and heat, due to bombing.
 
Your donation to Conifer Rotary Foundation supports a project run by a Rotary club in Kharkiv, Ukraine, to have 25,000 waterproof blankets manufactured in Ukraine. Your help provides jobs during the war, and free blankets for Ukrainians.
 
You can help by donating cash, check or credit card at Conifer Rotary Foundation, PO Box 1430, Conifer 80433 or by clicking the donate button below.
 
Please specify “Ukraine blankets” on the PayPal site so your donation sent to the right place.
 
Join us! 
Conifer Rotary meets Tuesday mornings at 8:00 AM in a hybrid format either at the Mountain Resource Center or online via videoconference over Zoom. Evening meetings are currently being held in person every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM at Our Lady of the Pines.
 
Visitors please join us, email us at rotaryclub@rotaryconifer.org and we will send you the information you need for the meetings.  Club members, check your email for online meeting details from our President.
Rotary Conifer Peace Park

Rotary of Conifer Celebrates Blessing of Peace Park Installation at the  Aspen Park Community Center

Amidst aspens in full glory, a blessing ceremony to celebrate the inaugural stage of the Conifer Rotary Peace Park took place on Sunday, September 25 at the Aspen Park Community Center.

The Conifer Peace Park is a place to reflect on peace and to hold events dedicated to peacebuilding.  

The park’s central Conifer location, in a lovely grove of aspen trees behind the Aspen Park Community Center (APCC), was made possible by the APCC Home Improvement Association.  The park also received generous support from Rotary Club International District 5450, Rotary Club of Conifer, Peacebuilding Club members, and the Conifer community, which contributed funding, skill and sweat for the park. 

“Although the installation has only begun with the placement of benches and boulders, persons who have visited the park say it already gives off a peaceful aura,” said Stanley Harsha, co-chair of Conifer Rotary Peacebuilder Committee.  “The project will be completed by May 2023 with native landscaping and peace poles with messages of peace.”

Rotary Club of Conifer President Diana Phelps cut the ribbon marking the beginning of the Peace Park. She noted that the 285 Corridor’s first peace park is being realized in only four months from conception to installation.   

The park will hold events in the future to commemorate peace and to educate about peace, with an emphasis on reaching children. 

Dennis Swiftdeer Paige, Peacebuilding Club member and the park’s landscape designer, offered a Native American Coal Bundle blessing, carefully collected and containing a piece of coal from The Sacred Fire at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Bobby Siles, trained by Lakotas as a certified medicine man, blew sacred smoke to bless the park as a place of peace. 

This park takes its place among over a hundred peace parks worldwide. Rotary International established its first peace park in 1932 at the U.S.-Canadian border.  

One feature of the park is a boulder with an inscription of the Rotary Four-Way test, which embodies principles of peacebuilding. "Of the things we think, say or do: 

  • Is it the TRUTH? 

  • Is it FAIR to all concerned? 

  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 

  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?” 

 

For more information, e-mail stanleyharsha@outlook.com

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Conifer and Bailey residents worked together to install boulders and benches in August

 
Rotary of Conifer Peace Park blessed amidst Aspens in full autumn glory
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Dennis Swiftdeer Paige offers Native American blessing
 
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Rotary of Conifer Diana Phelps cuts ribbon for Peace Park installation
 
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Rotary of Conifer Peacebuilder Co-Chair Stanley Harsha remarks how visitors find the Peace Park to have an aura of peace.
 
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"Imagine all the people living life in peace"
 
 
 
 
285 Backpack Pantry Program
 

 

Children who are hungry have difficulty staying focused for learning. They experience mood swings. They have trouble participating in athletics and other activities. They experience stomach aches, headaches and fatigue. Chronic hunger impacts kids for a lifetime.

One in five children in Colorado belong to families that cannot afford food or do not have regular access to food.  The 285 Backpack Project is here to help.

The 285 Backpack Project is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Conifer and the communities of Conifer and Bailey.  We help children who do not have enough food to eat at home by providing them with easy-to-prepare weekend meals and snacks throughout the school year.  By helping to sustain these children, we want to not only help meet their nutritional needs but also promote their physical, cognitive and social development, and enhance their overall sense of well-being.

  • Rotary members order the food from the Food Bank of the Rockies to fill our 285 Backpack pantry and every week during the school year, volunteers from the community meet to fill bags with a variety of easy to prepare, nutritious foods for kids to take home.  
  • The school arranges delivery of the bags to the children whose families have requested the food.  Any child is eligible.  All families are invited by letter from the principal to participate.

 

Want to make a difference?  You can help by volunteering through the sign-up genius below, by making a donation to the Conifer Rotary Foundation or by helping to get families signed up.

 
 
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Join us in our Conifer Rotary Foundation efforts to make our local community and the world a better place.
 
 
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End Polio Now
Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of our longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
 
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Updates and Announcements 

Sergeant at Arms: A Sergeant-at-Arms is needed for December and beyond. Contact Diana if you are interested in helping out for a month.

Blankets for Ukraine: On Nov. 19 we raised funds for Blankets for Ukraine at King Soopers. We collected over $1300, gave out about 100 informational handouts, and garnered some interest in our Rotary Club. A link will be available on our website for the next week to collect donations. A big thank you to all of those who took the time to show up to help with collections!
 

Conifer Christmas Parade: The Conifer Christmas Parade is taking place on December 3rd. We are registered to be in the parade and a planning meeting was held on November 16th. 
 
Club Social: Our club's Holiday Social will be on 12/4 4pm at Janine’s house. It will be a Potluck; the theme will be “ugly sweater”.
 
Sponsoring Families: The Club will be working with the Boys & Girls Club to sponsor three families for the holidays. More details to follow.
 
Community Survey: Conifer Area Council is asking residents to complete a community survey. This is how information is gathered to better understand what is important to residents of this community. To learn more and complete the survey, go to: https://coniferareacouncil.org/community-vision/conifer-survey-results/
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing: The Salvation Army is accepting volunteers for bell ringing starting November 25th - December 24th. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer, you can contact Angela who can provide a link to a sign-up genius.
 
285 Backpack Project: The 285 Backpack Project helps children who don't have enough food to eat at home by providing them with easy-to-prepare weekend meals and snacks throughout the school year. We are always looking for volunteers to help with this mission. To sign up to volunteer, Click Here or email 285backpackproject@gmail.com. 
 
Evening Meetings: Evening meetings happen every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, and the next one will take place on Wednesday December 14th at 5:30 PM at Our Lady of the Pine Catholic Church. There will be no evening meeting on Wednesday November 23rd due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
November 29th: No meeting will be held the 5th Tuesday of the month in November. 
 
 
Upcoming Events & Training:
 
Below is just a snapshot of upcoming events. All District Events can be found by going to the Rotary District 5450 Website.
 
Holiday Party: Holiday Party will be on Dec 4th at Janine’s place, details to follow.
 
Throw-Back Thursday on a Saturday: will be held on January 21 at the Aspen Park Community Center, details to follow.
 
Home and Garden Show: April 1st and 2nd at Evergreen High School.
 
2023 District Conference: The 2023 District Conference is scheduled for April 29th.
 
ConiferFest: August 12th
 
 
 
Polio Plus:
 
 
 
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. 
 
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
 
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
 
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. It costs $3.00 to fully protect a child against polio, including the cost of the vaccine and activities required to deliver the vaccine.
 
 
Meeting Program: Guest Speaker - Cary Johnson, 1st District Attorney’s Office
  • Our guest speaker this week is Cary Johnson from the 1st District Attorney’s Office. A $25 speaker gift to Polio Plus will be made in Cary’s name.
  • The Federal Government ran a contest for IT people to come up with an application to ID spam calls. The winning program is able to ID a call that is coming from a computer. The call never rings to the cell phone. The three big cell phone providers are using this tech.
  • After the first five years, the application was ‘returned’ to the people that designed it and they have been able to sell the application. The winning application is NoMoRoBo.
  • Scammers take advantage of our senior populations, to get them on the phone and get them to send the money. The best way to protect people is to never have these call get through.
  • The best call blockers are
    • 1. Robo Killer $6.99/mo. and can be loaded up to 4-phones, this will also block scam text messages
    • 2. True Caller free application
    • 3. NoMoRoBo $2.99/mo
  • To protect land lines, you can buy a box that your land line is plugged into.
  • Online searching can be protected by a more secure search engine. One that is recommended is DuckDuckGo – five reasons why are:
    • 1. Makes you anonymous
    • 2. Encrypts Everything
    • 3. It’s Free
    • 4. Stops fraudulent web site, no pop-ups, no cookies. So far this year the Fed’s have ID’d 18,600 fake websites; these are web sites that look like the real deal but when you go place your order, enter all your personal ID and credit car information, but you never get the product.
    • 5. The search results are random; no company is paying DDG to be at the top of the search list.
  • Q: How is this funded? It is an open source, donations are made.
  • The best security to have on your phone is a bio-protected passcode, finger or face ID. The Colorado DMV has been taking your ID photo that can be used for face recognition.
  • A best practice for security is to clear your cache weekly.
  • 1 out of 3 calls are scam calls, the company’s that make these calls are untouchable because they are coming in from outside the United State.
  • If you are interested learning more and would like to request to be added to the mailing list for the Crime Prevention Newsletter, Cary's contact information is:
    • Cary Johnson
    • Director: Community Relations
    • 1ST District Attorney’s Office
    • 500 Jefferson County Parkway
    • Golden, CO.  80401
    • csjohnso@jeffco.us
    • 303-271-6970