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A few updates for you as you enjoy the Spring weather…

First, as Ben mentioned last night, Bal Swan is holding a fundraising event on Wednesday 3/23. The concert will feature players from the Colorado Symphony and will be conducted by Michelle DeYoung. A link to buy tickets is below, and there are in-person and live stream options.

Second, please make every effort to attend next week as Ben will be presenting on the sweepstakes. As you know, this is a vital component of our fundraising efforts this year. 

Finally, you may recall that we had a great presentation a while back from Ann Klein of the Grant A Dream foundation. 

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.

They are hosting a poker tournament at The Broadlands on Saturday 4/2. I’ve attached a file with more details, and you can also find them at the link below. They are looking for both players and volunteers. Depending on the level of interest from the club, we could consider a sponsorship.

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Ron Puening

Ron Puening spoke to our Club about the pluses and minuses of the Removal of Historical Memorials.  He discussed the Stone MountainConfederate Memorial in Georgia, the Sand Creek Massacre, and many memorials that were raised to glorify specific moments in history.

There was some intense discussion about his views as he is very dogmatic about the removal of what he and others consider offensive statues and memorials.  

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Offered by: Gerry Case

Andy Lenec, a Ukrainian American, and his wife Joan, who visited and presented a program to us recently, came back to offer us some insight into what is happening in Ukraine. When Andy was here previously he spoke about his experiences in Ukraine in the US Peace Corps and about taking a group of 10 college-aged men and women to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference in Ukraine with the goal of perfecting skills in leadership, volunteerism, communication, conflict resolution, and team building.  

If there is more that you’d like to do to help Ukraine please go to: and read their story about working with Project Cure to get medical supplies, equipment, and services to doctors and nurses to help the people in Ukraine.  Their daughter is on Facebook raising funds to help Ukraine with the awful situation that is occurring over there right now.  Her name is Alana Maria Schmidt…put her name into the search bar on Facebook and take a look at her page on the plight of Ukraine and feel free to help out there, too, if you are so moved (it would obviously be very much appreciated).  

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Offered by: Dotti Moyer

The Broomfield Foundation donated $1,000 to the Afghan Resettlement Program in Broomfield.  The funds were given to Larry Bangs who is spearheading this program for four families that are relocating to Broomfield. The base for this operation is at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, located at 10th and 287.  

Through the generosity of the community furnishings for four families have been donated. Volunteers have assisted these families with chauffeuring them for medical appointments, school enrollment, job applications, and support groups to assist them in adjusting to a new culture.

The immediate need is to get four dependable cars, giving them more independents to work, do errands, go to school and medical appointments.  

Anyone who has an old reliable car they would be willing to donate will help this cause.  In addition, monetary donations with this project to obtain cars are badly needed. Four cars are needed currently.  The father in one family was an interpreter, speaks fluent English, and has obtained his driver’s license. He can’t seek employment without a car to at least get him to public transportation.

This effort was published in this month’s ‘Real Simple’ magazine.  It recognizes the efforts by Heidi Henkel, a Broomfield councilwoman to start this resettlement effort in Broomfield.

Note:  Check can be made out to Holy Comforter Church, 1700 West 10th Avenue, Broomfield CO, 80020.  Phone  303-466-2667.  Funds are in a special limited account and are not comingled with church funds.

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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!

Thanks to Ann for a great presentation!

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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.

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Offered by: Kurt Sava

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.

Click here for some photos from this years event!

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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.

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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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Win a 2022 Ford Maverick and a Colorado Teardrop Trailer and $5000 Cash

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 Broomfield Rotary Charitable Foundation is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit organization EIN: 11-3792261