There is no finish line in Rotary...
Leadership in Rotary is a funny thing. So many members LOVE their club and our organization, yet a minority of us get excited by a role of meaningful responsibility in Rotary. Of course, hundreds of people across our district do raise a hand to lead, and uncountable scores of members before us certainly have as well. Still, we have thousands of members across our 57 clubs. Imagine a club where everyone was willing and ready to say “YES!” even before being asked.
Under the tireless leadership of Katherine Henchen-Hauff (Centennial), our district launched a new professional development channel called RISE Leadership Academy. The program provides support, guidance and education that encourages and empowers Rotarians to feel ready and eager to help their club, our district and Rotary thrive. Two cohorts of 20 students each completed RISE’s first sessions on servant leadership. Already graduates claim new understanding of what it means to lead, and they are choosing to embrace unfamiliar opportunities. Katherine and all of the facilitators dedicated efforts to start this program deserves our sincere thanks!
To quote past RI Director, Vicki Puliz, “There is no finish line in Rotary.” If you have not yet served as club president, membership chair and/or assistant governor: please do! It may not be easy, but that’s the point. Rotary needs you. If you have served as a leader, what will you do next? This is how Rotary works: perpetually taking turns in roles that organize, communicate, support, and inspire. Each of you ensures the Rotary wheel keeps turning. 
Rotarian Cindy Chase joined Denver Cherry Creek Rotary in 2017. A neighbor introduced Rotary to Cindy leading with our mission to eradicating polio as he knew Cindy’s father was afflicted with polio at age 19 and this Rotary cause would be dear to her heart. In 2022-2023 she served as President of her club. Cindy serves as Denver Cherry Creek Foundation and Membership Chair, District Polio Committee member, and is on the Epic Day of Service team. She is a Paul Harris Fellow +7.

Cindy has a longstanding history of advocacy for humanitarian and environmental causes. In the late 80s, she actively promoted the Windstar Foundation and raised funds for The Hunger Project by running the 1989 Peace Marathon in Moscow. Throughout the years, she has consistently supported various non-profits in the Denver community. Click Here to read Cindy's full bio.

CRUTCHES 4 AFRICA NEEDS YOUR HELP! Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 am in Aurora - help load a container with crutches, canes, walkers & wheelchairs. RSVP required, contact Rtn. David Talbot for more info and to RSVP.

Sunday, May 12 - 1:10 pm
ORDER TICKETS NOW! Rockies vs. the World Champion Texas Rangers! Please remember this game is a fundraiser for End Polio Now polio eradication - $5.00 of each discounted ticket goes to polio eradication. Click here for the flyer.

Saturday, May 18, 2024
Have FunMake a Difference… and Fundraise if you’d like to help your Club do more service.

END POLIO NOW COORDINATOR Ramesh Ferris gave a great live update on the current state of Rotary's PolioPlus campaign. CLICK HERE to watch the Zoom recording from the May 1 session.

TRAVEL TO RWANDA & KENYA with DGN Cindy Rold and other District Rotarians October 12-26, 2024. For more information, CLICK HERE for a recording of an informational call about the trip (passcode: kQJad%f9) If you are interested in attending and receiving updated information about the trip, please email DGN Cindy at

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AWARDS SCHEDULE UPDATE! Since the annual District Conference has been permanently moved to the fall, the awards schedule has been changed to the full prior Rotary year July 1 through June 30. Click Here to learn about all of the available Club, District and District Governor awards.

In order to obtain your license plate, your club secretary must sign the Membership Verification Form, which you must take the signed form to your local Department of Vehicles office. The cost will be about $65-70 depending on your county. You will need to turn in your current license plates at the time of your order, and you will be given temporary paper plates. Your new plates will be mailed to you in 2-6 weeks. Click here for the complete application process. Show your Rotary support - order your plates now!

JOIN THE DISTRICT'S ONLINE BUSINESS DIRECTORY! Register now for only $5 per year! Let other Rotarians know how to reach you!

DENVER 31 ROTARY CLUB invites you to embark on an African adventure with purpose! Join us for an exhilarating Rotary trip filled with service, safari, and unforgettable experiences. Travel to South Africa and Kenya with Denver Rotary Club 31 World Community Service Chair, John Finegan, and other Rotarians from August 25 - September 6, 2024For more information visit Rotary International - Focused Cloud: South Africa & Kenya in Cape Town, Nairobi ( or contact John Finegan at:

CENTENNIAL ROTARY, in partnership with Districts 5450 and 2483 and the Rotary Club of Zrenjanin, Serbia, realized the dream of supporting local hospitals with $192,000 of medical equipment and supplies provided by Project Cure. Supplies have been delivered.

Post your story on your club's website or Facebook page, and then send the link to Doing so will give your club more exposure - readers will see the story on your club's site, which will let them know more about your club and members.
The Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty. Click the links below to read the full stories...

MAY IS YOUTH SERVICE MONTH - One of Rotary’s main avenues of service, Youth Service is the Rotary theme for May. Whether it is Rotaract, Interact, Young Rotary, RYLA, or Rotary Youth Exchange, the youth that we collaborate with, help support in club service, mentor, fundraise for, offer leadership training and other learning opportunities, have an increasing role in our Rotary lives and truly have the Service above Self spirit and true heart-led leadership.
As we complete the school year with our youth, let’s continue to celebrate them, with end of the year celebrations, scholarship awards, finish our interviews for RYLA and Young RYLA, and continue to focus and nurture our youth in service for the summertime by inviting them to service projects and club fundraisers. Click Here to read about some great tips for all of us as we help build Community Youth, Interact and Rotaract in District 5450.

SERVICE AT THE CENTER - Trustee Chair's Message: There’s something magical about Rotary. Even after all these years of being a member, I continue to be amazed by it. Take successful leaders from various backgrounds and professions and bring them together under a set of core values with service at the center. Add networks and friendship and then watch the magic start happening. It’s you — Rotarians and Rotaractors — who make that magic happen. It’s you who think outside of the box and apply what you know to serve others. I see the same magic in the Rotary Foundation grants that are funded by you and led by you. Click Here to read more.

DID YOU KNOW? Does someone in your network have a passion for cultivating communities of #peace? Applications for our #Rotary Peace Center Fellowships for the 2024-25 academic year are now open. Learn more about our fully-funded masters or certificate programs here:
Rotary Peace Centers is a program of The Rotary Foundation and all donations help fully support our scholars in these Peace Center Fellowships. Donate now at

DISTRICT 5450 GRANTS - Congratulations District 5450 Rotarians! We have spent all of this year’s District Designated Funds Grant financial resources available. We will start over in the new Rotary year, 2024-2025 on July 1.
REGISTER NOW for the Grants/Club Qualification Training in person on Saturday, June 15 at Front Range Community College. This event will meet the training requirement for any Club that wants to sponsor a Rotary Grant in 2024-2025.  Note that the lead Club on a Grant must be qualified before the Grant is approved. 
This training is recommended for the lead Rotarian on a Grant, as well as incoming Club Presidents, Foundation Chairs, and Club Grant Committee Chairs. Topics will include Club Qualification requirements (MOU and Club IRS filing documentation), District Grants, Global Grants and Reporting and Stewardship.

Calling all President Elects! Here are the Rotary Foundation PE's top 3 tips of the month: (1) in the next few weeks, work with your Rotary Foundation or Club Foundation chair to determine dollar amount goals for Annual Fund and PolioPlus for the Rotary year 2024-2025 and report those goals on Rotary Club Central by May 1, (2) by June 1, please work with your chairs to select and prepare your foundation (Club and or Rotary) committee members for 2024-2025, and (3) by July 1, please create subcommittees or teams as needed to help solidify your work in the upcoming year with PolioPlus, Annual Fund giving, Rotary Foundation education, grants/projects, etc.
Enjoy this incredible journey leading your Rotary club! Please contact Dave Willman, current Rotary 5450 Foundation Chair, at if The District 5450 Rotary Foundation Team can help in any way.

Without Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine, we couldn't have done all we have in the fight to #EndPolio. Now Dr. Peter Salk is carrying on his father's legacy. Listen to the new episode of the Rotary Voices podcast to learn about this extraordinary family: 
Yahoo! 2 weeks without any reports of wild poliovirus caused paralysis—date of onset of most recent case = 2/29/24 (so approx. 8 weeks ago) Click Here to read the full update.
Click the links below to view Event Information
Sunday, May 12 | 1:10 pm at Coors Field
Saturday, May 18 - Join Clubs around the District in Service
Thursday, May 23 | 7:00 pm MT via Zoom
Thursday, June 6 | 6:30 pm MT via Zoom
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