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 Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, The City of Broomfield and Broomfield Rotary Are Working Together to Bring Free Books To Kids.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and Broomfield Rotary. 
 
Broomfield Rotary and the Broomfield Library are Imagination Library's affiliates in Broomfield Colorado
 
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PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Clean water is a basic need for human beings.

When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.

While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our members to also improve sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries. Members start by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure and then add education programs to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits.

LEARN HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN

 

 

Are You a Member of the PolioPlus Society?

This is your opportunity to make a difference. 
SUPPORTING "People of Action".

We Have a Passion For Giving Back

 Over the last 4 years our foundation has given more than $300,000 to local nonprofits such as SRB (Senior Resources of Broomfield), A Precious Child, Bal Swan, CASA, , Broomfield FISH, Healthy Learning Paths, Broomfield Veterans Museum, Wounded Warrior Project, Global Hope, Colorado Conservatory of Dance and many local individuals who needed a little help and love. 

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Would You Like to Help?
Real Stories
"People of Action"

by Robert Balzano

Thursday evening at our Rotary meeting we had a visit from an extraordinary young lady named Fayth and her parents, Darrel and Melissa Cates.  Fayth came to thank us for a $300.00 grant that the Broomfield Rotary Foundation gave them for their nonprofit organization called Operation Fayth. Operation Fayth is an organization that gives back to children who are battling the hardest days of their lives! Fayth is also battling her own battles with Adolescent multiple sclerosis, and other health issues. Despite her own struggles, this truly amazing young lady unselfishly continues to make a difference.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Is Now Available Everywhere in Broomfield.

 Rotary now partners with the Broomfield Library and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide brand new, age-appropriate books to all young children in Broomfield! At no cost to families, children in the program receive one book in the mail each month until they reach the age of five. With this gift, they are more likely to enjoy reading and be excited about books and learning. We need your support to be able to provide his opportunity to all children under five in Broomfield. 
  • Over 5000 kids under 5 live in Broomfield
  • The Imagination Library mails over 2 million books to children every month.
  • 16% of the books are either fully bilingual Spanish-English or include Spanish-language content.
  • 85% of the books include parent reading tips and activities.
  • Rotary offers the Imagination Library to all children under 5 in Broomfield.
  • Broomfield Rotary and the State of Colorado pay approximately $25.00 per year for each child enrolled in the library.

Click Here to Learn More and Help Us Reach Our Goal to Enroll Every Eligible Child.

By raising $25,000, we can offer the Imagination Library program to all children under five in Broomfield. A mere $25 will ensure that a local child receives a free book delivered to their home every month for an entire year. Let’s make a difference together!

William Sheridan

 
This week, fellow Rotarian William Sheridan, updated us on Colorado’s Discrimination laws as they pertain to rental properties. Here is a short summary:
 
Landlords cannot discriminate against tenants based on any of the Protected classes that include ancestry, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, and source of income.

Many of us have heard of these protected classes, but his presentation sparked extensive discussion about how easy it is to get sued for a violation and expensive it can be for a landlord to be sued for potential violations of these laws. 

In short, his advice if you are renting property is to have a written set of guidelines and stick to them.

Paige Otto,  DASA
by Robert Hoyle
 
     Our program Thursday, February 8th was Paig Otto the  Community Engagement Manager for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for the 17th Judicial District that is composed of Adams and Broomfield Counties.
 
     CASA's stated mission is " To provide court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children and youth from the child welfare system so every child can be safe, have a permanent home, and have the opportunity to thrive."
 
     Paige started her comments by thanking our Club for the grant CASA received earlier this year and expressed their thanks for the support, Rotary and its individual members continue to provide.  Several Rotary members have served as CASA volunteers, most especially our Past President Pete Snyder who is a bit of a legend as a long time CASA volunteer.
 
     Paige noted that approximately 500 children (18 or younger) in Adams and Broomfield counties were represented by CASA volunteers in 2023.  However, there were several hundred more they weren't able to work with because of lack of volunteers.  There is a particular need for men and bi-lingual adults.  
 
     Paige answered questions about the training program provided before the court will accept volunteers into the program.  She also emphasized the support team involved including trained case workers and attorneys that deal with the legal, medical, and support programs available through the court system.  
 
     The CASA volunteer is principally charged to communicate the needs they see lacking in the child's environment, including schooling, to their case worker.  Visits at least twice a month with the child are usually the norm.
 
     Paige also noted the increased problem with school truancy in that 1 in 4 students are reported to be chronically truant since the end of the COVID zoom days.
CASA has been asked to support the courts and assign volunteers to work with these students.  This is a new area for CASA in 2024.
 
     Paige asked the members to consider attending CASA's annual Light-of-Hope fundraising luncheon scheduled for April 11th at the Omni Interlocken Hotel.  The events always include inspiring stories about how CASA Volunteers make a difference in the lives of children and families.
 
https://casa17th.org/light-of-hope/
 
 
Linda Kennedy, Imagination Library
 
During our Thursday evening gathering, we also had the pleasure of listening to Linda Kennedy. Linda brought together a team of committed volunteers who are actively working to encourage registrations for our Imagination Library Program.  This is her summary presentation to our members.
 
A small but motivated and dedicated group met on January 29, 2024, to plan how we will enroll Broomfield’s 0–5-year-old children in the Imagination Library. We have designed bookmarks for parents and donors, which we will distribute after our next meeting. Additionally, we recognize the need to fund this project through Rotary without diverting resources from other causes. During our Thursday evening meeting, I encouraged members to sign up on the Rotary website for a recurring monthly donation of $25.00. This contribution will fully meet our expectations.
If you haven’t already signed up, please take a moment to visit www.broomfieldrotary.org and scroll down past the Corvette to find the Imagination Library Donation Button. Thank you to those who have already committed to bringing books into children’s homes. Studies indicate that these kids will be better prepared for kindergarten, reading at or above grade level, and achieving success throughout their school years.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 26, at 6:30 PM at my home: Linda Kennedy 1410 Foxtail Drive, Broomfield
If you’re interested in helping us sign up families and donors, please join us. You can reach me at:
  • Email: lkenn1410@comcast.net
  • Phone: 720-935-5112"
Thank you for your dedication to this important cause.
 
 
Our first Thursday on the road was a great success at 3 Margaritas!  Chuy Gutierrez (Owner) was easy to work with and let us welcome customers as they came through the door. We had several Rotarians in attendance bringing their friends and family.  A great opportunity to promote our club and to meet new people!  We thank Chuy for allowing us to put on this fundraiser. We will continue to look for other first Thursday opportunities to socialize and introduce others to our world of being a Rotarian belonging to a great organization! 
 
      

Rotarians across Colorado and Wyoming are coming together on May 18, 2024, for an EPIC Day of Service to volunteer on local service projects. We are inviting our communities to join us, with the goal of uniting 100,000 volunteers to take action that will deliver meaningful change in our world and in ourselves.

We will be joining forces with Rotarians in 8 other states and 3 countries. Since the first Rotary Day of Service two years ago, more than 14,000 volunteers have worked on more than 450 community service projects.

Imagine what 24,000 hours of volunteering can do! Parks can be transformed...shelter for hundreds of unhoused built...community centers repaired...lives turned around...and so much more.  

More information coming soon.

 

Join Us For Dinner
 
Broomfield Rotary is a service organization. We are friends and neighbors who unite to create lasting change in Broomfield and across the world.   As People of Action we are always looking for new perspectives and new ideas. 
 

Our club meets every Thursday evening at the Broadlands Golf Course. There is dinner and a program designed to keep us informed about what is going on in the community, the nation, and the world.

Are you a leader willing to help us increase our impact, expand our reach, and increase our ability to adapt? Join us for dinner on Thursday to learn more?     

Ben Vagher
President