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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!

Thanks for sponsoring them!  Scout On! 

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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!

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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?)!    

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Colorado weather smiled on Broomfield just in time for our 17th annual golf tournament on 31 August. Players and volunteers gathered at the Omni Interlochen Golf Course early to share some fellowship and putting practice prior to an exciting shotgun start. By the end of the day, the Sil-Terhar Motors team (men) and Dr. Mazzola’s Dream Team (women) emerged victorious but everyone, whether a player or volunteer, walked away with a smile.

The Frank Varra Memorial Golf Tournament was originally organized by Broomfield Rotary members Tom Deland, John O’Hayre, and John Abboud. All three had ties to the Police and Fire communities and fostered a great link with the Rotary to raise funds used to support families of police officers and firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty.  Annually the tournament raises about $30,000 to that end.

Frank Varra, a Rotarian and Broomfield community philanthropist and former Boulder County law enforcement officer, provided the original funding for the golf tournament in the amount of $10,000. The Varra family continues to support the tournament each year as a sponsor. Many wonderful sponsors of funds and products assisted in making the Rotary vision continue to be a reality.

Nearly half of Broomfield Rotarians participate in some way with the tournament. There are far too many to single out but co-chairs Tom Deland and John O’Hayre are appreciative for every individual’s contribution. Along with a golf committee of ten or more Rotarians, the chairmen manage sponsorships, fundraising, signage, and volunteer coordination. Broomfield Rotary’s most recent Past President Pete Snyder brought together a team of over 15 Rotarian volunteers to assist with sign-ins, breakfast set up, and other morning activities the day of the tournament.

The service our club provides to the members of the local Police and Fire Departments represents not only the very best of our club but of the Broomfield community as well. While all volunteers and participants enjoyed a lovely and fun day, the best memories stemming from the event are the emotional and heartfelt thanks our club receives from the families of our local public safety heroes. Broomfield Rotary’s hearts are big and will continue into the future to support the Police and Fire Golf Tournament to raise funds for the families of those who selflessly serve our community.

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We are honored to sponsor our local Cub Scouts, and were able to watch them get their rank advancement this past Saturday at Rotary Park at 136th & Main.

These Scouts are now Webelo II, which is the last rank that they’ll have in Cub Scouts.  Their next advancement will be when they “cross-over” to Boy Scouts early next year.  Notice that they are practicing safe-distancing and that only one den of Scouts is there at a time so-as not to have too many people in the park at one time.  

They certainly appreciate our Rotary Club’s sponsorship and we certainly appreciate being able to be a part of their life journeys.

Article & Photo Submitted by Gerry Case

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This email is being sent to all club members in the interests of soliciting volunteers for this golf tournament.

As you know, on 31 August at the Omni Interlocken Golf Course we will have our annual Police & Fire golf tournament.

We need volunteers for this major fundraising effort.  Members, member wives and others are solicited to assist.

We need volunteers for several stations on the course in various locations.

As volunteers for on-course needs, you will be out on the course in support of various aspects of the tourney.  In these positions, you should anticipate being needed from 0845 until completion of the tourney around 2pm. 

Regardless of your volunteering preferences, please contact Jeff Carlson (jaaccarlson@comcast.net) or at  303-884-8089 to indicate your willingness to help.  Jeff will coordinate your assignments.

This is an important tournament that is held in an outdoors environment.  We need club members to participate as it is a major fund raiser for this most worthwhile effort, so please seriously consider helping in this event.  And as always, please bring your masks.  We will supply hand cleaners and gloves.

Volunteers Needed for 2020 Police & Fire Golf Tournament

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At the conclusion of the 61st annual Colorado Garden and Home Show 24 Denver Area Rotary Clubs came together and with the help of several Boy Scout Troops and the Regis Jesuit football team, gathered all of the flowering plants that were in good shape. The purpose of this effort was to place these flowers in the hands of seniors throughout the greater Denver area, with a focus on 60 local senior living facilities. This year 6741 flowers were gathered and distributed…creating 6741 huge, happy smiles.

In Broomfield, the Evening Rotary Club distributed 256 flowering plants to the residents of Maryel Manor, Salvation Army’s Silver Crest, Broomfield Skilled Nursing Facility, CIA (Connections in Art), the Broomfield Senior Center, and Meals-on-Wheels. The Morning Rotary Club distributed 224 plants to the Lutheran Home in Arvada, Independent Living, Sunrise Assisted Living, Villagio Senior Living, and three Balfour Facilities.

The Rotary Club was told that at one of the facilities a 97 year-old gentleman has been planting and nurturing the flowers that we deliver in the residence home’s garden in the Spring for well over a decade and that’s what keeps him going. Another flower recipient sent photos of the flower that she received a year ago sprouting again this year…much to her delight!

Pictured above, from left to right, are Gail Lukens, Paul Derda, Jane Doak, Sally Bullers, Pete Crouse, Monique Gray, Jill Riggin, Howard Shuster, Judy Shuster, Margretta Perry, Ruth Mills, and Nickie Barbee of CIA (Connections in Art).

The Rotary Club is looking for more sites that would be interested in receiving flowers for seniors next year at the conclusion of the Colorado Garden and Home Show. If you know of such a place, please contact Gerry Case, Rotarian, at (303) 618-0104.

Broomfield Flower Power Program

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It’s about that time again! Time to collect flowering plants at the conclusion of the Colorado Garden & Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center on Sunday, February 17th and DISTRIBUTE them the next morning, Monday, February 18th.

PLEASE LET GERRY CASE KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE

Monday, February 18th, we will meet at McDonald’s at 1250 East 1st Avenue, Broomfield (near 120th and Sheridan) between 8:00 to 8:15am to DISTRIBUTE the plants to Maryel Manor, Salvation Army’s Silver Crest, Broomfield Skilled Nursing Center, the Broomfield Senior Center and Meals-on-Wheels. It will take less than 2 hours to distribute the flowers. Remember, each flowering plant delivered brings a big smile to the face of the recipient! And those smiles are wonderful!!!

Everyone is welcome, and registration is not required, but it would be appreciated if you’d send an email to Gerry Case or call him at (303) 618-0104 and tell him how many to expect. If you’ve already signed up at the meeting then you’ve done everything that you need to do.