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25 Years of Women in Rotary Honorees
Rotary was founded in 1905 but women were not allowed to join until January 1989. Today, male Rotarians cannot imagine how Rotary ever functioned without them. On Sept. 26, The Rotary Club of The Denver Tech Center hosted a celebration of 25 Years of Women in Rotary at Glenmoor Country Club. Twelve outstanding women from Rotary District 5450 and the women leaders of the Englewood Rotary Club were specifically honored.
Approximately 150 Rotarians from around the District were in great spirits for the special occasion. Special guests included the current District Governor Dan Himelspach and Past District Governors Mike Klingbiel, Talee Crowe and Karen Sekich. Debra Fine, a nationally recognized keynote speaker, bestselling author, and past-president of the Denver Southeast Rotary Club, acted as the master of ceremonies. With humor and admiration, she introduced the honorees and briefly described some of their accomplishments.
For example, Peggy Halderman, of the Golden Rotary Club, has dedicated her retirement to working full time to help others. In 2008, she started the Golden Backpack Program which delivers weekend food to 520 children in need and The Snack Wagon to serve weekday lunches during the summer break. This spring she was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.
Karen Sekich, of the Longmont Twin Peaks Rotary Club, a former District Governor, has won numerous award s from the District and Rotary International for her selfless service to others. Among her many accomplishments, she was a chair of the Nicaragua Initiative, worked to establish a school in Nicaragua and helped to bring clean water and sanitation to three communities there.
Sally Shuler’s Rotary association began at age 13 when she was asked to play piano for the Mt. Olive Rotary Club in North Carolina and was encouraged to stay for the meetings. After graduating from Duke University, she attended the University of Liege in Belgium on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Sally is the glue that holds the Denver Tech Center Rotary Club together and has led or assisted club projects in the Dominican Republic which established an AIDS clinic and a vocational school for the deaf, brought clean water to over 6,000 people who previously lived with serious intestinal illness, and continue to provide food for 200 children who attend school in a Puerto Plata slum.
During a visit in 2006, Sally Shuler learned that thousands of children in rural areas of the Dominican Republic attend school by radio and received written educational materials printed on a very old printing press that frequently broke down and required hand collating. Sally followed through on a promise to the Santa Maria Radio School to provide a state-of-the art, multi-color printing press by raising $69,000 from 13 Rotary clubs and The Rotary Foundation.
The accomplishments of the other honorees were equally impressive. They were Roxy Hahn and Barbara Medina of the Centennial Rotary Club; Melanie Gentz and Carolyn Schrader, Denver Mile High Rotary Club; Dr. Joan Spalding, PhD, Evergreen Rotary Club; Shirley Organ, Lakewood Rotary Club; Christa Reich, Denver Southeast Rotary Club; Debi Bush, Cherry Creek Rotary Club; The Women Leaders of the Englewood Rotary Club; and Talee Crowe from the Smoky Hill Rotary Club who was the first female District Governor for District 5450.
DTC President Steve Salter and Assistant District Governor Ross King prepare to celebrate 25 Years of Women in Rotary
Submitted by Inter-Faith Community Services
Each year, Inter-Faith Community Services provides two different holiday programs to help our neighbors in need. These programs help bring joy and comfort during a stressful time of year. Without them, hundreds of seniors and families would feel further despair and sink further into poverty.
Simply put, IFCS works to stop the unyielding stress and hopelessness of poverty. This work only happens though with your support. Here is how to help.
Volunteers help distribute hundreds of food boxes for IFCS Thanksgiving food basket program.
IFCS offers two holiday programs:
• Thanksgiving baskets program, a complete Thanksgiving meal with extras
• The Adopt-A-Family/Senior program, holiday gifts/clothing and food
Last year, 4,011 individuals benefited from IFCS’s Holiday Programs, including hundreds of children who received gifts from generous donors.
“The holidays can be a dark time for people in need,” said Sandra Blythe-Perry, Inter-Faith Community Services executive director. “Through the support of the community, we are able to create a warm glow in the hearts of neighbors in need. Creating that special moment for a child, individual, family or senior can have a long-lasting impact. It can restore hope and help lift the depression often surrounding poverty. I am so grateful for all the community support we get during this time of year because it truly changes lives with a hand up, not a hand out.”
These programs are essential in helping struggling families manage these annual one-time expenses. Quite often, the one-time expenses can run upwards of several hundred dollars. For families living paycheck to paycheck or seniors on a fixed income, it simply isn’t possible to pay for this.
You may be wondering, what is the big deal in missing a Thanksgiving dinner or a holiday gift? Going without these items is a huge emotional burden. It creates a further separation between those who have and those who have not. Simply skipping these events puts a real mental burden on these families in need and can lead to long-term depression issues. It is part of the spiraling effect of poverty. As you or your family misses out on these events, it speeds you quicker into poverty.
Through the community’s generosity, IFCS is a beacon of hope during the stressful holiday season. This means IFCS is able to provide a Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of families during November. In December, IFCS puts the joy in a child’s heart with gifts. They also help seniors with gifts and food that lifts their spirits.
Join IFCS this year as they aim to provide every one of their clients a hand up, not a hand out during the holidays.
During the next several weeks, IFCS needs the community’s support through financial and food donations. There is also a need of volunteers to help collect and distribute food and clothing.
Find out more on how you can make a difference by visiting IFCS.org or by calling 303-789-0501.
The T. Kevin McNicholas Foundation had its Fall Celebration last week at the McNichols Civic Center Building where about 200 guests sipped and supped with samples from Café Rendezvous, an eatery inside the Colorado History Center. The walkabout fare included quail egg hash browns, lobster pot pie, a custard station and outside the building a Craft food truck, doling out mini-donuts and coffee.
It is just one of the Kevin and Mary McNicholas family’s KMSSA sites, now up to more than 40 concessions across the U.S., having started at the Denver Zoo. What a remarkably dedicated family these Cherry Hills Villagers are. Their foundation is focusing on education needs of students, aiming to get them to remain in high school, graduate to trade schools, colleges and universities locally and throughout the region. Toward that end, they award scholarships, offer mentoring and job placements and early education backing ethical leadership values.
There are 10 institutions benefiting from the foundation at this date: Regis Jesuit High School, the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Colorado ProStart, Arrupe Jesuit High School, Johnson & Wales University, The College of St. Benedict’s, The Women’s Bean Project, Machebeuf High School, Escuela Tlatlolco School and the Mullen High School Heroic Vow Campaign.
Among guests were David and Lynn Wong, Liz Frawley, Murri and Andy Bishop, Mike and Maureen Hendricks, Dr. Shawn and Julie Maloy, Karen and Jeff Wetzel, Tom and Tish Wick, Todd Langfield, Dr. Tim and Jane Masterson, Tim and Alison Brantley, Ron and Suzanne Hall, Kara Johnston, Grace Keleher, Summer Mann, Mark and Ellen Kiniry, and Nancy Koontz.
Information on the TKM Foundation is at www.tkmfoundation.org or by calling 303-322-3031.
Trustee Tim Brantley and Murri Bishop
Eimear McNicholas, Toni Oakes Sexton and Patty Calixto
Shannon Fitzgerald, Karen and Jeff Wenzel and Mary McNicholas
Tom Bury, Dr. Alan Bortz, Dave Partheymuller, Darlee Whiting and Perry Nissler join together to honor Bortz for his longtime dedication to the Littleton community.Courtesy photo
On Oct. 8, our Rotary Club honored longtime Littleton physician, Dr. Alan Bortz, with a program dedicated especially to him. Honoring his lifetime commitment to selflessly serving the community, more than 60 invited guests joined our members in celebrating his amazing life. Family members shared wonderful memories of a man whose dedication to his profession, his practice, his family and his community, perfectly exemplifies Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”
Club President David Partheymuller awarded Bortz with the Club’s Distinguished Service Award recognizing his lifetime of service to the greater Littleton community. Bortz was then awarded Honorary Membership in the Littleton Rotary Club. The ceremony ended with Rotarian Tom Bury presenting Bortz with a certificate stating that a $500 contribution is being given to Rotary International’s End Polio Now program by the Littleton Rotary Foundation in Bortz’ name. End Polio Now is a program to eradicate polio worldwide, a goal that will hopefully be reached by the end of 2015.
Children from the Littleton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help collect clothes, food and other items for flood victims. Photo courtesy of LDS Church
Submitted by LDS Church
On Oct. 1, 50 children from the Littleton Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a service project for victims in Boulder who lost everything they had in the recent flood.
The Southglenn Ward sponsored the project, in which children ages 4 to 12, including 14 Cub Scouts wearing Mormon Helping Hands vests, loaded a 26-foot Penske truck (provided by the company and a local church member) full of clothes, toys, furniture, household items, Halloween costumes and diapers. Along with the items collected, $500 was donated.
The children had eager hearts and willing spirits as they collected the items and then loaded the truck in just one hour so everything could be delivered the same evening. Comments heard from the children as the cars filed by with items for the drive were that it felt good doing something for someone else and, “It makes me happy and proud because this will make a difference in their lives.”
The overall sentiment of all involved was that they will never forget the feeling of joy they experienced using their little hands to help their community.
Elizabeth, a 14-year-old girl from Kentlands Ward in the Washington, D.C., area, heard about the flood victims in northern Colorado and wanted to help, so she and nine of her friends made 10 fleece blankets that went home with her grandma who flew to Colorado and gave them to the drive.
October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and the Dumb Friends League is offering discounts of dogs 1 year and older. Courtesy photo
Submitted by Chris Gallegos, Dumb Friends League public relations manager
In the animal world, October is known as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month—a month dedicated to increasing awareness of the millions of shelter dogs looking for homes across the country.
Dogs like Tilly, a blind, 10-year-old Maltese mix, and Max, a 1-year-old, three-legged boxer, are given a second chance for happiness, along with thousands of other homeless dogs, at the Dumb Friends League. The League provides each dog, regardless of age or condition, with compassionate care and customized treatment at its two shelters.
Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month is also a time to debunk a number of misconceptions about shelter pets. For example, many people think that dogs are brought to shelters because they did something “wrong.” That typically isn’t true. A majority of the pets in our care are surrendered due to “people reasons,” like having to move, allergies, or a lack of time or money to care for a pet.
While behavior problems can occasionally be a reason that pets are surrendered, most issues can be resolved with proper training and extra time and attention from the pet’s owner. Many dog “problems” actually are common canine behaviors that were most likely not understood by the previous owner.
For dogs in our care that need a little extra TLC, the Dumb Friends League provides in-shelter training programs to help them become better candidates for adoption. For example, Head Start teaches good behavior to our more challenging young adult dogs, and Canine Courage is specifically geared toward helping timid and under-socialized canines. We also offer free behavior advice through our Pet Behavior Helpline to all dog owners—whether you have adopted from us or not—in order to curb undesirable behaviors and keep people and pets living happily together.
If you’re looking for your next best furry friend, we encourage you to choose the adoption option. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 25, we’ll take $50 off the adoption fee for all dogs 1 year and older. This adoption special is sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet. By adopting one of our homeless dogs, you will not only be providing a loving home to a grateful pet, but you will help open up space for another homeless pet in need at our shelters.
For more information on the Dumb Friends League, visit www.ddfl.org or call 303-751-5772.
Volunteers Briana Carey, Rochel Creenlaw, Abigail Frary, Morgan and Loren Parrish. Photos by Glory Weisberg
By Glory Weisberg
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is out to change the lives of millions of people with Down syndrome. In its brief few years it is already changing the way we look at this population and their challenges.
The massive effort is helping those with Down syndrome gain respect, longevity and a better quality of life. Many of these advances are supported by the local Linda Crnic Institute — the only one of its kind, that focuses on research and medical care. The foundation has raised $2.5 million with help from the annual Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show, a not-to-miss benefit attracting more than 1,000 people each year.
And it all started with foundation Executive Director, Michelle Sie Whitten, daughter of John and Anna Sie of Cherry Hills Village. Her daughter Sophie Whitten has Down syndrome and an enticing personality.
Ricki Rest chaired the Sept. 28 event, proudly showing off “her” Chase Perry, an adorable golden haired child who has Down syndrome. Working with Ricki were last year’s chairwoman, Nancy Sevo, as well as Debra McKenney, Kay Burke, Marilyn Spinner, Jay Mills, Tomago Collins, Quinn Washington, Elaine Walsh and Mary Tuten.
Among the local luminaries on the fashion ramp and in the audience were Larry and Carol Mizel, David and Bonnie Mandarich, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake and Sunny and Norm Brownstein.
Ricki Rest, Nancy Sevo and Sunny Brownstein
Local furniture mogul Jake Jabs was seen schmoozing with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and they were joined by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
There are 400,000 people in the U.S. with Down syndrome and with civilians, politicians and lobbyists in the Sheraton Hotel Denver ballroom you can bet this was the place to be. It’s also the place to be when another such benefit for this nonprofit is held in Washington, D.C. each year.
Or as our governor said, “Beauty starts from the inside and finally gets out. We need significantly more education and researchers. In Colorado we made the month of March Down Syndrome Month and March 21 Down Syndrome Day and we want to make it go nationally.”
In the spotlight were Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award winner and HLN news anchor, Kyra Phillips. Inaugural recipient, DeOndra Dixon presented the second Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award to Tim Harris. He was born in 1986 with Down syndrome and now has a degree in food service and is owner of the Albuquerque restaurant Tim’s Place. The gala was emceed by Channel 9 TV news anchor, Kim Christiansen.
Among guest models paired with Down syndrome models on the fashion runway, were Eric Dickerson, David Duval, Ken Faried, Beverly Johnson, Meg Kardos, Ellen Koski, Ty Lawson, Todd Park Mohr, Caitlin Quisenberry and John Roberts, also a nationally known TV anchor, married to Kyra Phillips.
For more information visit globaldownsyndrome.org.
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Brett, Casey and Chase Perry
Sophie Whitten, all dolled up for her fashion walk
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Jake Jabs
Larry Mizel, David Mandarich, Ernie Blake and Norm Brownstein
Glen Jones and Jeffery Reiss
Denver Nuggets basketball player Ken Faried
Michelle Whitten, John McGinley, Kyra Phillips and Anna and John Sie
Prostate cancer treatment and research in the U.S. is in the shadows of other more highly promoted cancer diseases such as breast cancer, according to sources at the University of Colorado Cancer Center sources.
The reason may be that prostate cancer is embarrassing to address and men shy away from the so-called gloved-hand exam.
But now it’s time to focus on the illness and draft women to nag their men to see a physician for a prostate cancer checkup. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.
It can’t be prevented yet but if caught in stage one the five-year survival rate is about 90 percent, again according to University of Colorado Cancer Center figures.
Sue Goss, Sharon Magness Blake and Gail Johnson
So along comes Sharon Magness Blake, the lady who’s known for her western outlook and amazing philanthropy, galloping in to bring prostate cancer out of the shadows and she got the idea after reading Villager Publisher Bob Sweeney’s column one day.
Magness Blake founded the annual ladies-only Save the Males dinner several years ago and the Sept. 17 event was co-chaired by buddies Sue Ellen Goss and Lisa Haselden and assisted by Gail Johnson.
Fundraising focuses on bags, women’s bags of all types, prices and sizes up for silent auction bid and the Ritz Carleton second floor foyer was belly-to-belly as 250 potential purse buyers circled the auction tables and some bidding battles got pretty hot. Is this an event founder and chairmen’s dream or what?
Lannie Garrett in her Patsy DeCline act
Lannie Garrett did her hilarious and racy Patsy DeCline Show after dinner as we noticed again, that girls laugh more when they’re out with other girls sans their guys.
Funds help provide funding for a patient navigator to guide men through the prostate cancer treatment process at the University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado Cancer Center Prostate Cancer Clinic. Info is at www.uch.edu/conditions/cancer/prostate-cancer.
Among event committee members were Lisa Cook, Michele Falivene, Janice Fritsch, Barb Reece, Suzan Schlatter, Phyllis Chrisman, Claudia Beauprez, Paula Arnold, Maureen Cannon and others who bought tables and seats to this annual must attend money magnet.
Michele Falivene eyed a great Kate Spade bag
Kaye Music and Ellen Stewart
“Bag Ladies” Renee Duncan and Lisa Haselden chaired the silent auction.
Christel Dikeman was about to devour a mini-burger offered by Lucy Sanchez. Photos by Glory Weisberg
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