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Summit Giving: Rotary Club receives awards

Summit Rotary wins awards

The Rotary Club of Summit County and its members have been selected to receive several annual awards by Rotary District 5450, which comprises almost 70 clubs in an area including all of metro Denver, Boulder, Longmont and other Front Range communities. The Club’s Four Way Test program was selected as the best of its kind, involving 30 Rotarian volunteers in small-group discussions with the entire class of seventh-grade students at Summit Middle School, providing guidance on thoughtful and effective decision making when facing stressful circumstances. Through its service as this year’s lead club for the Guatemala Literacy Project, and by recruiting participation from 100 other Rotary clubs across the U.S. and Canada along with matching funds from other districts and Rotary International, Summit Rotary raised a record $339,000 for the GLP and earned the award for best new project. The club’s comprehensive internal and external communications through its newsletter, websites, social media and monthly page in the Summit Daily News also earned recognition as this year’s best in the district.

The club is most appreciative of recognition as the best overall club in the district through the Paul Harris Award for Excellence, citing its high level of service to many others. Ongoing projects include Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, through which more than 30 local middle and high school students spend a week in residence gaining insight and maturity; international Youth Exchange, which enables high school students to live and study for a year in a foreign country; and the Interact club at Summit High, which engages teens in the service ethic. College scholarships are granted each year to high school seniors and to non-traditional students at CMC. The club was a founder of the weekly Community Dinner in Silverthorne in 2009 and continues to be a key contributor along with many other partners. Its members take the lead in organizing the annual 9 Health Fair every spring, and have supported the Community Care Clinic for many years. Summit Rotary is dedicated to improving literacy through programs including the gift of dictionaries to every third-grade student, the Reading Buddies program with more than 60 adult volunteers providing extra assistance and encouragement to elementary students, and its new program to introduce financial literacy at the fifth-grade level. Outstanding performance by others in the county is encouraged and recognized by the club’s annual awards for Professional Excellence, Heroes, Student Excellence, poetry and essay contests, and in other ways. Another program provides material and moral support for troops stationed overseas, and several small grants are awarded to local organizations by application. Club members were joined by local individuals and companies in donating more than $10,000 last fall to assist victims of flooding along the Front Range.

Funding for the club’s many charitable projects comes from three events — Ice Melt, Car Raffle and Festival in the Park in Dillon (Aug 8 and 9, 2014; formerly BBQ at the Summit) — and from the generous support of its many local corporate sponsors.

Lucha Cantina supports LAPS

Lucha Cantina, at 606 Sixth St. in Georgetown, will support The League for the Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS) from 6-10 p.m. on Monday, June 9, at its ‘Our Profits for Non-Profits’ event. A portion of the Monday revenue will go to the sponsored nonprofit. LAPS is a nonprofit organization that works toward reducing pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs in Summit County and provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners in need. Learn more at

Horse Cents Thrift Store open house

Free Spirit Belly Dancers and Horse Cents Thrift Store will co-host an open house on Saturday, June 7, at 252 Warren Ave., Silverthorne. Free refreshments, dance entertainment and door prizes will be provided for attendees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss the one-day-only specials at the thrift store. Call (970) 389-3269 for more information.

Adopt-a-Cat Month

In celebration of Adopt-a-Cat Month, Summit County Animal Shelter is offering a 50 percent discount on adoption fees for cats through June 30. The shelter has dozens of cats that are in need of caring homes. There are a wide variety of ages, personalities and colors to choose from. Cats can provide excellent companionship, ward off mice and other pests and reduce stress in their human companions. They’re comfortable in smaller living spaces, such as apartments. For more information, contact the Summit County Animal Shelter at (970) 668-3230, or stop by, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 0058 Nancy’s Place in Frisco, next to the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

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