Ann Klein from the Grant a Dream Foundation presented at our Broomfield Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
The Grant A Dream’s mission is to reduce caregiver burnout by sending moms and dads of chronically ill or special needs children on a rejuvenating “dream” getaway. Ann shared with the club stories of parents who have gone years without the chance to simply be together on a trip because of the intense needs of their kids.
For more information, please visit their website, where there is a very good video explaining the mission if you’d like to know more!
The Broomfield Rotary Club helped to place more than 100 wreaths on the graves of veterans.
There are many things about Joseph Mazzola that Bill Tecklenburg recalls. He said that his father-in-law came into his life at just the right time, that he was a second father figure to him and that he offered guidance and a great sense of humor.
“He was just a loving man,” Tecklenburg said. Joseph David Mazzola places a wreath and American flag on his father Joseph Robert Mazzola’s grave during Saturday’s Wreaths Across America event at Broomfield County Commons Cemetery. (Michael Hicks / Staff Writer)
On Saturday, Tecklenburg, his daughter and Mazzola’s son, Joseph David Mazzola, paid their respects – as other families did with their respected loved ones – at the annual Wreaths Across America event at Broomfield County Commons Cemetery.
The nationwide event pays tribute to departed veterans as part of the holiday season.
Taste It Broomfield, one of the area’s premier tasting and sampling events, came back as strong as ever in 2021. The event was held at the 1st Bank Center on October 20 and featured local restaurants offering samples of their dishes, plus samples from local breweries, distilleries, and more. Over 400 people were in attendance.
The club turned out in force to promote Rotary and our sweepstakes. Guests stopped by our booth and chatted with Pete Snyder and Paul Derda.
Broomfield Rotary is proud to have been one of 12 featured non-profits at the event.
Congratulations to the People’s Choice Award Winners: Hollan Dazed, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Ipie, Yogurt Brothers, and Rails End Beer Company.
The Cub Scout Pack, for which our Rotary Club holds their Charter, met tonight for their monthly pack meeting.
There are 110 Scouts in the Pack this year. They have sold $55,000 worth of popcorn, which is their a big fundraiser for the year. One of the Scouts has sold over $10,000 of popcorn single-handedly. Another has $1,600 in sales. That makes the Pack the eighth largest unit in United States for popcorn sales. They didn’t let the pandemic slow them down. We can be very proud of them.
Tom graduated from Dental School at Ohio State and, while considering opening an expensive clinic, found a chance to work for the Commission Corps and go to a government sponsored dental clinic in one of the northwestern states (including Alaska). Yep, you guessed it…he was offered a chance to work in Barrow, AK for two years. Barrow is the northernmost community on the North American continent and has a population of 2,500. This was (gasp) 41 years ago! He jumped on the opportunity and arrived 6th October, 1980. He found that the population was 3/4 Eskimos who were mostly involved with energy and construction work.
In Barrow, which is 336 miles north of the Arctic Circle, they had a DEW Line station (Distant Early Warning) and 2 restaurants (the better one was a Mexican restaurant). They had 2 months of darkness (from late November through February). Tom was there for the first 6 months by himself, and then he was joined by Connie and their two boys (2 years and 6 months old) who moved into a 2 bedroom, raised house with a 120 gallon water tank that was filled by a pumper truck on demand (they did a lot of water conservation). Their transportation was a 3-wheeler that stayed around town except for an adventure where he traveled 10 miles north to Point Barrow, the actual northernmost point on the North American continent. The weather was generally cold, with 76 degrees below zero at the coldest and a balmy springtime temp of 30 to 40 degrees when it was appropriate to wear knee-high boots whenever outside of the house due to the melting and the huge puddles.
All-in-all he was up there for 1 year and 11 months and 3 days (but who is counting?). What a great start for a wonderful career in dentistry!
Tom’s appreciation for helping with this presentation goes out to Cathy Erichsen and to Connie, Steve and Dani Maier. Way to go, team!
That was a great presentation, Tom! Thanks very much!
PS To the readers of this summary, feel free to ask Tom for details about that bone is that he’s holding in the photo. It is the Ossik from a Walrus and has a cute poem written about it.
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You’ve got a chance to win one of the first Ford Maverick trucks in Colorado along with a Colorado Teardrops camping trailer to take you on weekend adventures. This will be one of the very first Ford Mavericks in the state of Colorado. It will arrive fully decked out ready to hit the Colorado mountains for all of your adventures. It is a gorgeous Hot Pepper Red color, with the XLT luxury with the FX4 offroad package on top then we added the supercrew 4 door option to fit the whole family. Since you will also get the Colorado Teardrops camping trailer to pull behind, the Maverick comes with the Tow package and the Ford Co-Pilot 360 to see as you back up and give you all the advanced driving systems features to keep you protected and on the road.
The Colorado Teardrops trailer will be the Canyonland model which includes a structurally welded aluminum cabin with 3 layers of insulation, beautiful hand crafted light maple wood interior, table, and vent in the ceiling. Steel skid plate runs the length of the underbelly of the Canyonland providing a water barrier and cabin protection for off-road adventures. The back galley door folds up to an open cooking platform and shelving for all your utensils and spices for handy access. The Queen size sleeping area is roomy 60” X 78”. Includes Under floor storage for extra gear and bedding. Also Includes a rear galley cooler slider that fits a Yetti 45 Qt perfectly, 15″ BF Goodrich Off Road Radial T/A KO2s, and rear 2” hitch for bikes or extra camping gear. Its been optioned up with extra interior and exterior LED lighting, solar panels, water tank and on demand hot water, and roof rack for full off the grid adventures.
The Cub Scout Pack that we hold the Charter for had its first meeting of the school year the first of September and the old, pre-COVID energy is back. They have recruited 34 new Scouts for this year so they needed to form some new Dens…which is a wonderful problem to have. Here they are gathering around blankets that are spread out on the ground that have their Den numbers on them. Take a look at them presenting the colors! What a proud moment! Some of these kiddos will be the future leaders of our country…it is fun to watch them grow and mature.
If you want to come see them in action at one of their meetings, Gerry Case, the Chartered Organization Representative from Rotary for the Cub Scout Pack would love to meet you there and have you meet some of the leaders and some of the Scouts!
Broomfield Rotary Club was invited to join in on the fun at Broomfield Days 2021! Broomfield Rotary Club is a long-time supporter of Senior Resources of Broomfield and is honored to participate and help out at this yearly event!
Pete Snyder invited the CASA (Court Approved Special Advocates) folks to come to our August 25th meeting and tell us more about their organization. They asked Pete to join them for the presentation and he proved to be the icing on the cake. Abbie Foley, Associate Development Director, and Paige, Outlook and Recruitment Coordinator told us about the role in a troubled kid’s life that is filled by CASA volunteers.
When the winds of chaos visit kids with problems the CASA people, the CASA volunteers and the Courts combine their talents to work out an equitable situation so that the kids can hopefully return to a functioning life. There are 1300 CASA qualified kiddos in this district and only about 650 volunteers, so they are looking for more volunteers.
Pete told us about the kids that he has worked with and the successes that have changed the kids lives for the better. He explained that some kiddos require more time (to build friendships, trust and relationships) with the kids than others.
We left the Rotary meeting with a warm feeling that some kids who would have fallen to the wayside were ‘rescued’ and went on to experience a more normal life than would have been possible before.
Our hats are off to these fine folks!!!
For more information about CASA – please click here!
The program for August 19th was arranged by immediate Past President Jeff Carlson.
He invited Laura Brown, Oncology Dietitian at Good Samaritan Medical Center to speak to us about Oncology diets (with broad implications and relevance to a good all-around diet). Her talk ranged far and wide and got some gasps and ah-ha’s from the group. It would be impossible to summarize all that she talked about so she kindly provided us a copy of her slides.
If you are interested in seeing them contact Gerry Case and he’ll forward them to you (with Laura’s permission). We all learned a lot about the best approach how to eat to maintain the best possible health. Laura also candidly addressed the pluses and minuses of some specific diets, like the Paleo Diet.
Thank you Laura for the great advice (and are you sure that we can’t enjoy as much honey as we want?)!