Updates and Announcements


Evening Meetings: The next evening meeting is on February 23rd  at 5:30 PM at Our Lady of the Pine Catholic Church.


285 Backpack Project: A Sign-Up Genius is available to volunteer to assist. To sign up, go to: ​​https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c48afa823aa8-back 


Youth Exchange: Diana will be having a session on Youth Exchange to share more detail about hosting an inbound student, what it’s like, and the positive impact it has on the student. 


RYLA Camp: We will have a Junior and Senior camp year. Suzanne will send an email with information about these programs. 


Weather & in person meetings: Reminder that Amanda will make the call on Monday night as to whether the meeting will meet in person when there is weather in the forecast. She will send out an email that night and with the regular zoom email. If you’re ever not sure, please feel free to call her.


District Governor: Still taking applications. Rotary District 5450 is accepting nominations for our 2024-2025 District Governor. Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding leadership position to help inspire Rotarians to do great things? Click Here to learn more.


Evergreen Ice Melt Contest: Guess when the barrel will fall through the ice this spring on Evergreen Lake. Participants will also need to guess the high temperature in Evergreen which will be used as a tiebreaker. For more info, please click here


Home & Garden Show: The website is live: foothillshomeshow.com. If you know anyone who should be in the show, feel free to send them to the website. Interact has agreed to do the booths and flowers, and they can help with setup on friday and cleanup on sunday which is great. 


ConiferFest: Wes recently learned the major improvements planned for Beaver Ranch by the Jefferson County Open Space will require us to find an alternate location. He left a message with Our Lady of the Pines Church, hoping they can help us out. If you know of another prime location with access to power, water and parking that is relatively flat, please let Wes know as soon as possible with the owner’s contact information.


Upcoming Events


Evergreen Club Mardi Gras: The Evergreen Rotary Club is doing their mardi gras party on Friday February 18th starting at 5 PM. More information and tickets can be found by clicking here.


St Patrick’s Day: We will be having a fundraising event at the Snowpack Taproom where we’ll do an auction and have a band for entertainment. March 17th starting at 5PM until they close. Reach out to Wes if you’d like to help with any of the planning.


Area 8 Social: Planned for April 6 2022 at El Rancho. A great opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from other clubs!  


Home & Garden Show: To be held on April 9th and 10th at Conifer HS. 


Mind Blown Trivia Night: Now being held on April 9th at Our Lady of the Pines Church from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. The event flier can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/mv9rauza


Meeting Program: Ashley Holmer and Emily Artner - The Red Sweater Project https://www.redsweaterproject.org/  


  • Red Sweater Project is a non-profit organization that collaborates with developing communities in rural Tanzania to create affordable, accessible, and innovative opportunities for secondary education where it currently doesn’t exist for the majority of children.

  • By providing world-class tours to East Africa’s vast renowned wildlife destinations, Red Rhino Tours, LLC operates to provide visitors with both a unique view into life in rural Tanzania and as a sustainable solution in support of the organization’s mission.

  • Despite recent economic growth in Tanzania, the country remains economically depressed as rural areas continue to suffer from a lack of access to sustainable income-generating opportunities. 

  • Only a small fraction of families are able to afford to send their children to public secondary school (U.S. middle and high school equivalent), with private school out of reach for all but the wealthiest families. 

  • Partnering with local leaders, Red Sweater Project adopts a holistic approach to addressing the diverse needs of at-risk children. 

  • In 2012, Red Sweater Project broke ground in Mungere Village on the community's first secondary school, which has grown in a few short years to support more than 200 students and families.

  • The school offers basic health services with health-based education, access to safe water and sanitation, sustainably-designed infrastructure and an organic school garden.

  • Founded by Ashley Holmer in 2011, the organization and investing safari tour company have become a model for other international development programs seeking to create partnerships that honor tradition and local leadership, encourage sustainability, and recognize education as a crucial step in interrupting the cycle of generational poverty.

  • For more information, please visit: https://www.redsweaterproject.org/ and see the flyer below.


Guest: Ashley Homer and Emily Artner with The Red Sweater Project,  welcome!