• Janine reviewed the successes of the Area 8 Dinner last week at El Rancho.  All five Rotary Clubs had attendees.  Everyone present was invited to participate in Rotary Bingo: we each had a list of catagories and we had to find other Rotarians who fit the description---such as who was a founding member of their club, or who is a Colorado native, or who can recite the Rotary Areas of Focus---and more.  The Presidents of each Club presented an overview of their Club activities.  The big news was from the Rotary Club of Clear Creek which has more than doubled their membership in the past year!  Congratulations to them!
  • There is a Conifer Rotary social this Thursday, 6-8 pm at Bradford Junction.  Food and beverages will be for sale.  
  • The District 5450 Conference starts at dinner Friday, April 26 with the main conference all day Saturday, April 27 at the Arvada Center.  Registration is on the District 5450 website.
  • Volunteers are needed for the 9 Health Fair, Saturday April 27 at Our Lady of the Pines. Conifer Rotary will be at the Registration tables, 6:30am to 12 noon.  Contact Charlotte to help.
Program:  Bill Downes, 2016-17 District 5450 Governor
Bill Downes's presentation is available to download or view by clicking HERE, or go to the Rotary Conifer home page, Downloads Tab.  Here are some interesting notes from Bill's presentation:
The Guiding Principles: The theme is good will and ethics in all aspects of life
  • The Four-Way Test—there is a committee in the District to share this Test with Rotarians and out in the community
  • The Code of Conduct:  Act with integrity, deal fairly, improve peoples quality of life in our community and in the world, no behavior that reflects badly on Rotary
  • Advancing Goodwill:  A-political, A-Religious, Gender Neutral, Rotary Action Groups (Rotarians focused on specific world needs) , Rotary Fellowships (Focus on specific personal interests).  
  • Advancing Peace: Rotary was instrumental in the founding of the UN and UNESCO
  • Advance world Understanding thru Youth Exchange, Friendship Exchange, Vocational Training Teams, International Conventions
The Structure of Rotary: Rotary is the largest service organization in the world:  36,000 clubs in the world, 529 Districts in 34 World Zones.  Our District has 61 Clubs and each belongs to one of 13 Areas---our Conifer Club is in Area 8.  
Throughout Rotary, the organization has two aspects:  Operations and Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation has three focuses:  The Annual Programs Fund, the Permanent Fund and Polio Plus.  The Rotary Foundation is rated the number one charitable organization in the World!
Guests:  Michele Robbins, Chris Robbins, Mountain Foothills Rotary