Updates and Announcements 

Boys and Girls Club: The Boys and Girls Club wants to partner with 285 Backpack to take packs of food to Platte Canyon.
Yard Work Volunteering: Trish is working on weekend dates for helping people with their yard work. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Blankets for Ukraine: On Nov. 19 we’ll be raising funds for Blankets for Ukraine at King Soopers from 12 PM - 4 PM. Contact Ann if you are interested in helping or getting more info.

Conifer Christmas Parade: The Conifer Christmas Parade is taking place on December 3rd. We are registered to be in the parade and Lesley is volunteering her garage to build the float.
Town Hall Meeting: The next town hall meeting will be taking place this Wednesday November 16th at West Jefferson Middle School. We will have a Rotary table at the town hall meeting and if there is any Rotary information you would like to get out at this meeting contact Angela.
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: Funds and Grants Talk
During this meeting the club had a conversation about club funds and different grant options. The notes from this conversation are below:
  • Dean: The money we send to Rotary comes back multiplied. Money we put in comes back three years later. There is a 5% scrape-off that administrators take to operate the fund.
  • Club qualifications include: a representative had to take training. We have members who have done it. Our club is up-to-date with all the qualifications. 
  • We could get up to $3000 from the district every year. We must apply for it. And we can stretch it out to more money if we couple with other clubs.
  • Bill asked about bonding. Morti said we do not have to be bonded. Need budget of more than $150,000 for that to be a requirement. 
  • If you send $100 to Rotary Foundation, $5 goes to ops. $47.50 to the Global Fund; and $47.50 to DDF. And that comes back to district. Funds coming back are use-it-or-lose-it. 
  • District grants musts be humanitarian and in underserved community, local or international.
  • Global grants: Example is water spring filtration systems in Kenya, must have a local club sponsor on scene. Must be in area of focus. No conflicts of interest. 
  • The stream treatments are passive water filtration, basically a leach field with a pipe in a rural area. This area in Kenya has lots of natural springs used for water. Filtration is a way to passively clean up the water. The water comes out clean, you can drink it right out of the pipe. And it’s cheap, originally $1500. 
  • Club funding of a project is the trigger, not our foundation money. Can get up to a $3000 match from district for local projects or international. Global grants can pay 80 percent of the project. $1 can multiple to $4.80. Global grant is huge. Need multiple clubs involved, including a club on-site. 
  • Ann: Blankets for Ukraine is not global because the war interferes with the global requirements for a grant.
  • Diana: They have simplified district matching grants. Peace park: We put in $3000 and got $3000. 
  • Janine: There are a lot of wells around the world with Rotary logos that don’t work, because there is no follow-thru. Now must be sustained. 
  • Dean: The water spring filtration systems don’t need maintenance. We went to Kenya and saw the stream treatments. Water-borne illness stats go way down, and disabilities drop because many were caused by water-borne illness. You can literally see how the individuals are affected. 
  • Rotary can be a great enabler but you have to team up with others. 
  • Janine: Our donations to RI comes back in form of these major projects. 
  • Diana: You can make a donation to RI directly or on a line-item with dues. 
  • Paul Harris Fellow: Your first $1000 donation total to RI makes you a Paul Harris Fellow, then add $1000 at a time. Also can be Paul Harris Society for $1000 in one year. 
  • District Designated Fund Grants (DDF) local humanitarian projects and international humanitarian projects. 
  • Local foundation funds are more limited in what we can do. We use ours for grants to charities, scholarships, youth leadership programs. Club money goes to expenses.
  • Lesley: We’ve funded playground, Peace Shelter appliances, Mount Evans Camp Comfort for children who have lost loved ones, also helped build the Mountain Resource Center (where we meet.) Diana: We don’t pay rent and a lot of clubs do.