JANUARY 2023 - 
Happy new year to you, my fellow Rotarians. Welcome to the year 2023 and the beginning of the second half of our 2022-2023 service year. It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve as your District Governor these past six months. 
I can confidently say that I know a lot more about Rotary and our District than I did when the Rotary year began. All this new knowledge has been due to my interactions with you and your Clubs. Each visit came with its own lessons . . . lessons that I carried along with me and shared with the next Club/Area that I visited. This validates my belief that Rotarians and Clubs have more to teach each other than anyone at the District-level ever could teach them. An excerpt from RI President Jennifer Jones' January message captures it best ==>> "People like me in Rotary Leadership can offer all kinds of advice about how to make your club experience more valuable. But what's most important is for everyone in every Rotary Club to speak up and listen to one another. We should never be afraid to share with our fellow Rotary member what we expect to get out of our membership and have an open discussion about how to make that happen."
Rotary happens at the Club level . . . this five-word phrase also serves to remind me that the objects of my service as District Governor are you (Rotarians), your Rotary Clubs, and Rotary friends/affiliates whose activities and contributions extend Rotary's service within our District and across the world. As your District Governor your success is my business. I am here to support and promote your service activities and ideas. Just let me know how the District or myself (as DG) can help!
Numerous District-level committees are here to support you. Each of these committees is filled with incredible individuals who donate their time to serve you and your Clubs. This month, I thank the Assistant Governors (see list below) for their wonderful work supporting our Rotary Clubs and the District-level committees. They are at the frontline of the District's service to your Club. Most of you are already familiar with these individuals or have seen them in your Clubs. The next time you see any of these individuals, please thank them on my behalf.
Assistant Governor
Club Names
Area 1
Debbie Beasley
Denver, Five Points RiNo, Denver Mile High, Denver LoDo, Denver Cherry Creek
Area 2
Gail Lehrman
Aurora, Smoky Hill, Aurora Fitzsimons, Aurora Gateway, Denver Northeast
Area 3
Robert Mintz
Englewood, University Hills, Denver Tech Center, Denver Southeast, Centennial, Denver Metro South
Area 4
Tamara "Tamie" Fennell
Highlands Ranch, Castle Pines, Parker, Castle Rock High Noon, Castle Rock, Parker-Cherry Creek Valley
Area 5
Donna Petrocco
Commerce City, Brush, Fort Morgan, Brighton
Area 6
Michelle Rea-Meredith
Broomfield Crossing, Northglenn-Thornton, Arvada Sunrise, Westminster, Arvada, Broomfield
Area 7
Dennis Lovaas
Wheat Ridge, Golden, South Jefferson County (Jeffco), Littleton, Lakewood Foothills
Area 8
Robert "Bob" Loeffler
Evergreen, Conifer, Clear Creek County 2000, Mountain Foothills of Evergreen, Peak to Peak
Area 9
David "Woody" Woodland
Breckenridge-Mountain, Winter Park-Fraser Valley, Summit County (Frisco), Grand Lake, Kremmling, Granby
William "Bill" Meyer
Boulder, Boulder Valley, Boulder Flatirons, eClub One of District 5450
Area 11
Deborah "Debbie" Setlock
Longmont Twin Peaks, Niwot, Longmont
Area 12
Michelle Rea-Meredith
Mead, Carbon Valley, Erie, Platteville
In a few days, each of your Clubs will receive a packet (via email) containing mid-year reports from different District-level committees. Please discuss these at your Clubs and send us your questions and feedback. Our goal this year is to meet your expectations on every level. We can only do that with constructive feedback and engagement. Your Club Presidents will meet with the District leadership on January 19 for the Mid-Year Presidents meeting. Committee chairs will be on hand to answer questions from your Clubs at that meeting. 
As we re-strategize for the next six months, it is time to start planning for the future of our Rotary Clubs. If your Club still needs to elect its core leadership (President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.), please consider beginning that process in earnest. Electing your future leadership early allows time for them to be trained and ensures your Club remains strong. At the District level, the process for selecting the 2025-2026 Governor is ongoing. If you've served as President of your Club and joined Rotary on/before July 1, 2018, then you are eligible to be nominated. If you or your Club is interested, be sure to get in touch with PDG Ray Anderson,, asap.  
Finally, the collaborations between our Clubs this year have contributed to creating an atmosphere conducive to a shared learning experience. However, there is room for even more collaboration beyond what we are doing now. I implore you to do more joint events and to attend the meetings of other Rotary Clubs where possible. If you have not done so yet please visit today and register for the 2023 District Conference Celebration.
Saturday, April 29, 2023 | The Cable Center
Celebrate Rotary's Impact during this one-day conference. Presenters include Peace Corps President, ShelterBox President, RYLA President, PolioPlus Chair, Xmas Miracle Shop, Pediatric Mental Health, and Comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. Special Discount for first-time conference attendees! Click Here for more information!
THE DISTRICT HAS A NEW FACEBOOK PAGE: Our old page was taken down by Facebook – so please LIKE our new page! Club Events are posted on our Facebook page and have the most reach to more members.

$85 MILLION WORKFORCE & EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM IN COLORADO - Governor Polis' office and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) recently announced Opportunity Now — a new $85 million statewide grant program to support innovative talent development initiatives across Colorado. The program is seeking grant applications from local organizations and educational institutions working to support Colorado’s employers, workers and students. The deadline for submitting letters of intent is January 23, 2023, for the initiative’s first phase. For more information, including application requirements, please visit: 

WHO WILL BE NEXT IN LINE TO BE DISTRICT GOVERNOR? Rotary District 5450 is accepting nominations for our 2025-2026 District Governor. Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding leadership position to help inspire Rotarians to do great things? Click Here to learn more.

MELLY KINNARD MENTAL HEALTH FUND: Melly Kinnard from the Rotary club of Denver generously donated $5,000 to encourage and support District 5450 club mental health projects.  Rotarians for Mental Health will administer distribution of these funds to clubs, up to $1,000 per club. CLICK HERE to read more and access the application form.

NEW ROTARY CLUB START UP AT WIND CREST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY IN NORTHERN DOUGLAS COUNTY | Do you know someone who lives at Wind Crest? Do you know someone who has a family member at Wind Crest? Please let them know that a new Rotary Club is beginning. Please talk this new club up! If you have questions, please contact Steering Committee Members: Mike OldhamMarion Trummer; Taylor Stephens or Charlotte Roehm.

2023 MLK DAY MARADE (March and Parade) celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. | Monday, January 16 - Denver Southeast Rotary is planning on participating, and would like to invite any other clubs in the District to join them. They plan to have all Rotarians march together with a Rotary District banner displayed at the head of the group, showing how Rotary supports and promotes the ideals of DEI as set forth by Dr. King. The Marade will start about 10:45 am and end around noon. For additional information contact Jim Tarpey or click here.

JOIN THE DISTRICT'S ONLINE DIRECTORY & DO BUSINESS WITH OTHER ROTARIANS! Register now for only $5 per year! Let other Rotarians know how to reach you! - learn more and read about the features: Get details HERE...

PARKER CHERRY CREEK VALLEY HELPED SANTA throughout December as the title sponsor of the Parker on Mainstreet Christmas Parade, visiting long term patients at Life Care Center at Stonegate, and brought hope and joy to patients at Sky Ridge Hospital in Lone Tree. Mrs. Claus and her Santas were busy! Click Here to see a photo and read the whole story.

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The Rotary Foundation Mission (7/2021): 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...

Bon Voyage 2022!
2023 looks to be the year of Jordan! Michael Jordan that is with the number 23!
How else can Rotary become a G.O.A.T like Michael!
We are 5450 Champions of Action so that is up to each one of us. Take the Shot!
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been – Wayne Gretzky
We're excited to see how much we accomplish together this year with The Rotary Foundation. What projects does your Rotary club have planned for 2023?
We celebrate the wonderful work that The Rotary Foundation has accomplished through Rotarians who are inspired to work on behalf of others around the world despite all the health and economic pandemic challenges worldwide.
I support the Rotary Foundation because it made my life better. And I will continue to support the Rotary Foundation and my club’s foundation because they are working in new and important ways to improve the lives of people around the world.
Edward Hicks, a member of the Rotary Club of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
 For whatever reason you have given, thank you for your support this past year!  Your support is impacting many people in your community and others around the world!! Thank you to all Rotarians who supported the Rotary International Foundation in 2022!

ENTHUSIASM & ENERGY TO ERADICATE POLIO CONTINUE IN DISTRICT 5450! It looks like we might end 2022 with around 30 cases (and fingers crossed, maybe even stays there) of polio caused by wild poliovirus 1.
From 11 in 2020 to just 1 today, the number of “families” of wild poliovirus in Pakistan has fallen to a record low. 2023 will be our best shot yet to End Polio Now in Pakistan and around the world.
A gap in immunization coverage led to the importation of wild polio to Malawi & Mozambique, detected this past year. But today, response campaigns are underway in 5 countries, already reaching millions of children with polio vaccines.
In 2021, Nigeria accounted for 2/3 of variant polio cases globally. But in the second half of 2022, just 9 cases have been reported in the country. Our strategies are working. Click Here to read more.

GRANTS UPDATE: Do you know you can still apply for District Grants to support your Club's 2022-2023 project? You can leverage District Grants with up to 4 Clubs or more at $6,000 to scale up the impact of your existing local or international project or to initiate new projects.
It is 2023. What are you waiting for? 93K is still left in District Grant Funds as of this newsletter. Apply for a Grant today! For more information, contact the District Grants Subcommittee Chair, Marty Waters -
Here’s a great project idea for Vocational Service Month that can be used locally in District 5450:
After learning that people with #autism face additional challenges finding work, The #Rotary Club of Chicagoland Korean-Northbrook started a vocational program to help autistic youths learn useful skills for the workforce.
Click the links below to view Event Information
The recording link & materials can be found on the Training page
Thursday, Jan. 5 | 6:30 to 7:30 pm MST Virtual
Monday, Jan. 16
Wednesday, Jan. 18 | Tickets must be pre-purchased!
Thursday, Jan. 19 | 6:30 to 8:00 pm MST Virtual
Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 7.00 to 8:00 pm MST Virtual
Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 9:00 am - 8:30 pm MT
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