Updates and Announcements
Evening Meetings: The evening meeting will NOT be happening on Wednesday December 22nd.  The next evening meeting will be on January 12th at 5:30 PM at Our Lady of the Pine Catholic Church. 
Salvation Army: The Salvation Army need’s bell ringers. If you would like to sign up, please go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4bada82ca6f58-conifer5 
285 Backpack Project: A Sign-Up Genius is available to volunteer to assist with things like transporting and packing food. To sign up, go to: ​​https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c48afa823aa8-back 
License Plate Petition: Our District is working with District 5440 and 5470 to get 3,000 electronic signatures so a specialty Rotary license plate will be considered by the State Legislature.  Signing the petition does not require you to purchase a license plate. To sign the petition, please visit: https://www.rotary5470.org/Stories/co-rotary-license-plate-petition 
Sponsoring a family for the holidays: We would like to help sponsor 5 families for Christmas again. We will be trying to help those who need assistance and  some lifting up during the holiday season. This will include fundraising of donations like we did last year to buy gifts as well as Christmas trees and ornaments/decorations. We may be able to get some decorated trees from Mt. Evans Hospice, thank you to Betsy! 
Rotary Youth Exchange: We don’t currently have any students for the outbound program. Youth exchange is amazing, so if anyone knows of any kids, try to encourage them to see if they can get rushed into the program.
Area 8 Social: The Area 8 Social Committee is trying to secure El Rancho for our Area 8 social which is planned for April 6 2022.   Yvonne needs to get a rough head count for this event back to the committee by the end of next week.  The cost for the social will be $40. Please let Yvonne know if you’re planning to attend.
Thank you to:
  • Diana for hosting a social this past Friday in her beautiful home! 
  • Arana for hosting the district webinar last week on HeartMath. Thanks also to Charlotte and Denise for being there to support her!
  • Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the Conifer Christmas Parade this past weekend!
Our club, along with the other Area 8 clubs, made a donation to Resiliance1220 so they could get matching funds from the district. We received this lovely thank you note from Heather Aberg:
Wonderful Rotarians, I want to thank each of you for the work you’ve put into this Area 8 Grant which will allow for Resilience1220 to see more youth in counseling! We are now receiving at least one call per day so this money will allow us to serve these wonderful kids! Deep appreciation as we change the face of mental health together!
White Elephant: We need to start planning our White Elephant Holiday Party for sometime in early January.  If you’d like to host this year’s event, please reach out to me.  For those of you new to the club, we do our holiday party in January so that everyone has the opportunity to get rid of an unwanted gift they received this year.
Colorado Women’s Day Conference: Know a woman who has worked hard and deserves recognition? Nominate her for one of the awards to be presented at the 7th Annual Colorado Women’s Day conference to be held on March 10  & 11, 2022. The deadline for nomination pdf or WORD documents to be emailed to the Colorado Women’s Day office in Golden is Friday, January 14, 2022. Nominations should be emailed to: Awards@ColoradoWomensDay.org.
The Dictionary Project: They are looking to get 3rd grade dictionaries from the American Indian Academy of Denver. They are trying to raise $84 to cover a box of 24 dictionaries. If anyone is interested in making a donation, reach out to Amanda for more information.
Upcoming Events:
9Health Kids Vaccine Clinics: 9Health is working to get more kids vaccinated during the holiday season and they’re setting up clinics at the Denver Zoo on November 29th and December 15. They will be targeting kids from underserved communities so they’re asking for help purchasing 600 tickets for the Denver Zoo lights as a treat to go do after getting vaccinated. 
If you would like to provide financial support in any amount, please send donations to:
1139 Delaware Street
Denver, CO 80204-3607
Please indicate in the subject line of your check that your donation is in support of the Zoo Lights/Vaccine project. 
Area 8 Social: Planned for April 6 2022. 
Home & Garden Show: To be held on April 9th and 10th at Conifer HS. 

Meeting Program: Conifer Rotary Foundation Grants Presentations
Cindy Latham: Wildfire Ready
  • Project that has been a collaboration between clubs
  • Rotary Wildfire Ready is a  project started two years ago and it has been a collaboration between clubs.
  • Program was started to really tackle what can be done to help people prepare
  • Evergreen and Conifer are highest risk areas in the state of Colorado for wildfires.
  • Digital brochures available with over 29k views
  • Since 2020, the program has created the Wildfire Ready website, created a social media presence on Facebook, four different educational brochures, and created the Rotary Wildfire Ready truck for events. 
Lori & Eileen from PeaceWorks
  • PeaceWorks is a local agency supporting victims of and survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.
  • Goal of supporting victims and helping them find their voice through safety support and advocacy.
  • Mission is to advocate for all survivors, children and companion animals. They do this through free services provided through community to all people. Crisis intervention hotline, safety planning, shelter for people and pets, prevention education to create social change
  • In 2021 they used towards bathroom renovations
  • In 2022 they will be putting in a playground structure for clients/children
Betsy Hayes: Mt. Evans Home Healthcare & Hospice and Camp Comfort
  • Keri Jaeger President CEO: Been in the community for over 40 years serving a large area between Park County, JeffCo, Clear Creek and north into Gilpin County.
  • Clinicians care for 350 patients a day and last year they provided 24,000 visits to patients
  • They provide hospice care and  in-home healthcare. They also have grief counseling, education, support groups, and 1:1 counseling for those going through grief.
  • Camp Comfort: 
    • Meant for children who have lost a loved one. 
    • Gives them connection with other children, allows fun and grief work for children who have that specialized need.
    • Going forward starting in 2022, camp will be free for all children that wish to attend. 
    • All in all it costs about $1000 for each kid, so Rotary has paid for two kids to go to camp this year. 
Guests: Betsy Hayes and Keri Jaeger from Mt. Evans Home Healthcare & Hospice, Lori & Eileen from Peaceworks, Cindy Latham from Wildfire Ready. Welcome!