Updates and Announcements
Happy Dollars.  Returning to our fun traditions!
March 29th:  Next Tuesday we will not have a meeting because it will be the fifth Tuesday this month.  Come to the Area 8 Social on April 6th, sign up with Yvonne and check out the poster in the middle of our homepage to pay.
Ukraine crisis.  In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the Rotary Foundation has made available the Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions. You can go there directly by clicking this link: https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund.  Be sure to sign in or create an account to receive Paul Harris credit for yourself and credit for the club.
Sergeant at Arms. We need one or two members to be our Tuesday meeting Sergeant Arms to set up room and tear down.  This is an excellent way to be connected and recognized for your active club service.  See President Amanda.
Blood Drive. As our Community Service Director, Lesley is organizing our next blood drive. It will be late in April, be looking for her email.
Evening Meetings:  Second and fourth Wednesday evenings each month.  The next evening meeting is, Wednesday Wednesday April 13th, at 5:30 PM at Our Lady of the Pine Catholic Church.
285 Backpack Project:  Food truck this Thursday, thank you to the volunteers.  We need help shoveling snow from road to the pantry on snow days.  Please contact Bambi.  To sign up to volunteer, go to: ​​https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c48afa823aa8-back
RYLA.  We have eight slots, only two signed.  RYLA is available for current students in 7th grade for Young RYLA, and 10th, 11th, and 12th graders for RYLA.
Peace Builders.  Stan provided a brief review of their first meeting where ten people attended.  They brainstormed ideas for projects, settling on four to begin:  helping Ukrainians, supporting refugees in Colorado, pursuing peace communications across divides in our community, and establishing a Peace Park in our community.  There is a very active group supporting Ukrainians, check them out at https://www.facebook.com/UkrainiansofColorado/.
Evergreen Ice Melt Contest: A fundraiser done by the Mt. Foothills Rotary Club - 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
District Conference: April 29 at the Hanger at Stanley Marketplace.  Click here for more information and to register: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50085/Event/district-conference-the-hangar
Next Meeting, April 5th.  Don’t miss this one, our speaker is the Rotary exchange student from Nigeria.
Upcoming Events:
Area 8 Social: Planned for April 6 2022 at El Rancho, a great opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from other clubs! You can make payment by mailing a check to the Rotary PO Box, with cash, or by using the PayPal link rotaryconifer.org. Note there is a small additional fee when paying with the PayPal link.  
Foothills Home and Garden Show:  April 9th and 10th at Conifer HS, website foothillshomeshow.com. This is our BIG fundraiser for the year.  Janine is coordinating giving away tickets to the show.  Help get the word out, see Angela for posters to spread around town.  There still are volunteer positions available on signup genius,  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084cada82da3f85-foothills.  There still are vendor booths available, and they have $75 discounts.
ConiferFest: Saturday August 13th at our Lady of the Pine Catholic Church, on the fields behind the church. Wes will be hosting a planning meeting on Wednesday March 30th at 7 PM and will send out a link to join.  Next planning meeting Wednesday April 5th.
Meeting Program:  How Rotarians get things done
presented by our own Charlotte Wytias and Suzanne Barkley.
Charlotte and Suzanne stand out in our club by their involvement with projects to help others.  As such, they provided a very informative presentation, full of ideas for ways to get involved with Rotary:
  • Finding people in need
    • From the community: MRC, Peaceworks
    • From fellow Rotarians: most recently Rotary Peace-builders getting started by Stan and Denise. 
    • From Rotary International or District 5450
      • International projects:  March is Water/Sanitation/Hygiene Month
Note that each month Rotarian magazine has a particular focus that can inspire,
  • District 5450:  Ukraine Refugees, Marshall Fire projects, Troublesome fire
  • Brainstorm ideas from meeting participants:
    • Arana.  A website clearinghouse for non-profits needing volunteers and volunteers wanting to help.  Part-time residents in Conifer are an untapped resource for our community.  Rotary, Boys and Girls Club, and a host of other non-profits always have projects.
Also, a website clearinghouse for individuals who want to help someone needing handyman help.  Including people needing help to list their needs.
  • Ruth.  Perhaps a Facebook page for volunteers.
  • Dean.  Enhance solutions that are in place.  Make sure that we don’t overlook opportunities to make good things better.
  • Resources for support and funds:
    • RI-Foundation.  International matching grants.
    • District grants.  Our own donated money, invested and returned to us.
    • Conifer Rotary Foundation grants.  Benefits focused on our 285 corridor mountain community.  Over $410,000 given to the community.
  • Success stories, examples of how it has been done:
    • 285 Back Pack Project.  Helping our local Elementary and Middle School students learn better by having food for their weekends.  Organized by Charlotte.
  • Kenya, Sasa Harambee, Carol Carper’s passion.
  • Peaceworks.  Helping family members caught in toxic, abusive relationships.