Updates and Announcements
ConiferFest: Planning is in full-swing. We are asking for volunteers to help put on a successful event. For more information on where help is needed, and to sign up, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ea4af22abfa7-coniferfest 
Rotary Foundation: The club has approved Suzanne B. and Angela B. to remain on the Foundation Board and has also elected Sara G. as the Foundation Treasurer. All Foundation meetings are open for Club members to attend and Wes will be hosting a general meeting in September to review the past year’s Board revenues and expenditure. 
Sergeant-at-Arms Request: We need volunteers for a September Sergeant-at-Arms and beyond. Please contact Diana if you are interested and able. 
Peace Club Updates: The park is moving along fast! Ground work will begin the first week of August, keep your eyes open for an email requesting help with the ground breaking. We are tentatively planning the dedication ceremony for May 2023.
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, go to: ​​https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c48afa823aa8-back
Peaches: Each year our club sells peaches from Noland Orchards to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. The link to purchase peaches can be found on our website at rotaryconifer.org. Peaches this year are $40/box. They will be available for purchase until August 15 and the pickup will be in Aspen Park on August 27.
Roadside Clean-Up: Art will be working with Leslie to get some plans in place. Stay tuned for more info soon.
Upcoming Socials: Our first social event will be a brown-bag lunch guided bird hike in Staunton State Park. An email with more info is coming with tentative dates of Aug 20 or 21 st. In addition to regularly scheduled socials, the last Tuesday of each month, our meetings will have an ice breaker where the Sergeant-at-Arms will pull questions from a hat like: “When was the last time you laughed out loud”. We are all looking forward to spending more time socializing!
Evening Meetings: Evening meetings happen every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, and the next one will take place on Wednesday June 22nd at 5:30 PM at Angela's home (contact Angela for address details).
Upcoming Events:
ConiferFest: Saturday August 13th at Our Lady of the Pine Catholic Church
Peaches: Order by August 15th, pickup on August 27th 
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. A donation of $25 will be made in your name to help eradicate polio.

Meeting Programs: Cara Camping “From Cruelty to Care” 
  • Speaker Gift – A $25 donation will be made to PolioPlus in Cara Camping’s name.
  • Cara provided an eye opening presentation about Animal Welfare and provided information about companion animal, farm animal, and equine animal bills as well as information about how federal laws are made and what you can do to help.
  • To see a copy of the presentation, please click here

We had Nancy Smith from Evergreen Rotary as a guest. Nancy let us know that the Firewise fire truck will be at the Elevation Celebration and they are in need of volunteers. A signup genius will be provided.