On May 25th, 2017 our Rotary Club was visited by Sgt. John “Jack” Ryland Thurman and his daughter, Commander Karen Thurman, USN, NC. Jack talked about being part of the first wave of Marines to land on Iwo Jima during WWII. He gave a most memorable talk that had us all spellbound. He was part of the 5th Marine Division, 27th Regiment. His story began when they were about to land using Steel Amtracs. The Amtracs on the left and right of Jack’s Amtrac were hit by mortars and all 50 men on each vessel were killed outright…making the water that Jack’s group waded through on the way to the beach red with their blood.
He spent the next ½ hour talking about the tremendous firepower of the “Japs” and the tenacity and drive of the Marines whose mission was to take Iwo Jima. He also detailed his experiences entering the caves and tunnels and confronting a Japanese soldier. He then talked about one of the most celebrated Marines in his unit, Ira Hayes, the famous Navajo Code Talker, who was part of raising the Flag over Iwo Jima.
At the end of his talk all of the Rotarians rose to their feet simultaneously and gave him a standing ovation. Jack’s response was, “Semper Fi”!
Thank you Jack and Karen for coming to our meeting and sharing Jack’s incredible story with us.
Thursday, August 17th, was the annual meeting scheduled to recognize and celebrate this year’s District Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) participants.
The two one week sessions are held at the YMCA facility in Estes Park and host approximately 350 high school juniors and seniors from Colorado, Nebraska, Idaho, and Wyoming all sponsored by local Rotary Clubs for a week of intense leadership training and fun.
Information about the program is available on the District RYLA website: rmryla.org.
Following dinner each of the students present introduced their parents and family members and gave a brief summary of the highlights of their week in June in Estes Park. No one was bored, everyone came back exhausted, all came away with leadership tools and lasting friendships.
The first week attendees shown here are, from left to right:
Areli Sanchez-Junior at The Academy of Charter Schools, Anna Richards-Junior at Peak To Peak Charter School, Chloe Wolz-Junior at Broomfield High School, Amanda Thai-Senior at The Academy of Charter Schools
The second week attendees shown are, from left to right:
Kelly Song- Junior at Peak To Peak Charter School, Naomi Burns-Junior at Peak To Peak Charter School, Andres Ocampo-Junior at Broomfield High School, Eddy Frisk-Junior at Holy Family High School, Kyle Bradley-Junior at Arvada West High School
Not able to attend on the 17th:
Bryan Lucchesi-Senior at Broomfield High School
Kevin Chen-Senior at Peak To Peak Charter School
Amanda Warner-Junior at The Academy of Charter Schools
Here is a note we received recently from Rick Clark, Secretary at the Rotary Club of Littleton
Many, many thanks to you and all the members at Broomfield Rotary! We received the generous $550.00 check from your foundation last week and our Littleton Rotary Foundation has deposited into the Rotary Peak funding account they set up.
Our efforts as Trail Stewards at the trail head on Loveland Pass are a total success. We are thanked repeatedly by visitors for the information we provide and the fact that there is someone up there to answer questions. Cyclists are especially grateful that we offer to have them top off their water bottles from our 5gal ice water cooler. In addition to the public service trail map we provide those interested in hiking on the west side of the pass, we give a commemorative “I Climbed Rotary Peak” button pin to those that complete the hike to the summit. Everyone has been so appreciative and happy to learn more about Rotary.
We are encouraging any Rotarians who have 2 to 4 hours to spare to spend time at the trail head as a Rotary Trail Steward. All they need do is contact me or Jim Brook, and we’ll gladly provide them with all the information and materials necessary. It’s easy and rewarding way to greet the public, be helpful, and tell more of the Rotary Story to those who often have no idea what Rotary is.
Please share this email with any in your club that may want become involved. I’ll do my best to accompany any of your members who want to serve up there and help them get comfortable in this easy and fun activity. The very best times are first thing in the morning, but any time will work as does any day of the week.
Thanks again, Tom. Best to you all,
Click here to learn more about the Rotary Peak
This Friday from 1 PM to 3 PM, we will prepare bikes for distribution on Saturday at the Single Mothers United event at the Refuge. Friday’s work session will be held at the storage unit #22 at Broomfield Mini Storage, 11891 Teller Street, Broomfield. We be selecting the appropriate bikes from our inventory to be given away, doing a final inspection of tires and safety checks and loading them into a trailer for transport on Saturday morning.
Saturday morning’s event is at The Refuge, 6900 W. 117th Ave, Broomfield. We will start setting up at 9:00 AM for a 10:30 AM event. We are hoping for good weather as the plan is to be in the parking lot of the Refuge. The request is for 27 bikes for ages from 3 to 16 years old. We need workers for fitting helmets, getting waivers and moving bikes. Should be done by noon.
I am unable to attend this weeks Rotary meeting but Clayton Shearer, co-chair of the bike committee will be there to sign up volunteers. Please see Clayton at the meeting or RSVP me to sign up!
Bob Erichsen was awarded our Club’s coveted Ken Hoyle Award for Rotary Year 2015-2016.
The award commemorates Bob’s hard work and great attitude on behalf of our Rotary Club. The Ken Hoyle Award has been awarded yearly since Ken Hoyle, a Charter Member of our Club, passed away in 2001. Ken was a tireless and relentless worker and ambassador for Rotary. Each year the Club singles out a Rotarians for their service and designates them as the Rotarian of the Year.
Previous recipients include: Vic Boccard, Bob Davenport, Carl Sauerland, John Santoro, Lew Moier, Gerry Case, Tom Mahoney, Vance Rasmussen, John O’Hayre and John Abboud.
It was reported in the news today that Cody Oser was reported dead in Panama. Cody was a boy from Broomfield that attended Broomfield High School and Colorado State University. He graduated last spring with an Engineering degree in Civil Engineering. While at CSU, Cody was actively involved in the Engineers Without Borders organization. He served as Project Manager for our Rotary La Criba Water Project for his last two years at CSU. After graduation, Cody joined the United States Peace Corp. Cody spoke to our Rotary Club several times about his involvement in bringing fresh water to the small village of La Criba in northern El Salvador. It was with a very sad heart that we learn of his death. He was a committed young man that only wished to bring peace and good will to the world. We will miss him.
Click here to read more from the Daily Camera
On Saturday, March 11th, the St. Baldrick’s charity event was held at The Exchange Tavern in Westminster. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation exists to fund childhood cancer research. The event was a fundraising head-shaving event. Retired Chief John O’Hayre, of the Broomfield Rotary club, was a member of the North Metro Fire District team. John personally raised $2,700 and the firefighter team raised $10,000! The event was well attended and was standing room only. Over $21,000 was raised this year at this one location.
The Broomfield Rotary thanks John O’Hayre for working so hard to raise the amount he and his team did and for giving up their hair for such a noble charity.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. Many past RYLArians have said, “It was the best week of my life!”
We are now accepting applications!
Click here for more information!
The Annual Broomfield Rotary Frank Varra Memorial Police & Fire Golf Tournament raises funds to help provide for the families of police officers and fire fighters who are injured or lost in the line of duty.
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Registrations Starts at 8:00am
Shotgun Start at 9:30am
Omni Interlocken Hotel
500 Interlocken Boulevard
Broomfield, CO 80021
$150.00 Individual Registration
20% Discount for Police Officers, Firefighters, and Veterans ($120.00)
- Green Fees
- Contest Opportunities
- Cart Rental
- Practice Balls
- Goodie Bag
- On Course Refreshments (Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks, & Coffee)
- Door Prizes
- Knowing that YOU are helping those who help YOU 24/7 in a time of need.
Click here for more information, to REGISTER, and to become a SPONSOR
On February 23, 2017, Broomfield Rotary had the honor of hosting Lt. Col Mike Daniels from the Civil Air Patrol as well as C/1st Lieutenant Gage Salyer who is a student at Broomfield High School and a member of the Broomfield Composite Squadron.
To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol, please click here to download and view the presentation!
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is celebrating its 75th anniversary! It was created the week before the Pearl Harbor attack to provide border and coastal patrols, and military training. CAP is the official US Air Force Auxiliary.
The CAP mission is Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief, Homeland Security, Counter Drug, Humanitarian Services, and Air Force student ROTC Flights. It serves the local community, our State and the Nation as well as coordinating with other countries. CAP aircraft were the first in the air over New York City after 9/11. The CAP has 52 wings—in every State and territory.
The CAP has a very important function with their student Cadet programs, to provide leadership skills, aerospace education, physical fitness, and character development. There are several levels of Cadet squadrons, based on the age of the cadets. Every June the cadets may attend the COWG summer encampment at the US Air Force Academy. There, they have the opportunity to take orientation flights.
They fly small single engine aircraft painted in red, white and blue. The Colorado Wing has 34 squadrons and are over 1700 members. They support many community activities and disaster assistance. Their missions save the government a great deal of money, by accomplishing their mission in place of costly main-line military aircraft.