A Warm Place to Lay Their Heads

A perfect example of Rotary working together with the Peace Corp.  Bunk Beds and washing machines were installed in a Mongolian school dormitory.
A Warm Place to Lay Their Heads Heidi Wolle 2024-03-21 06:00:00Z 0

Applications Open for RYLA and Young RYLA 2024

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The Arvada Rotary Club is sponsoring two spots at RYLA [Rotary Youth Leadership Award] and YoungRYLA each. They are extending an invitation to our club to have us recommend candidates for these awards. They are also inviting us to nominate students for their scholarship. Should anyone be interested, please visit this website to apply: https://rockymountainryla.org/
There are several past participants of this program that stated their experience was life-changing and made them more aware of their capabilities. It is common to see a student become emotional when talking about their experience with RYLA. For many students, this is their first exposure to Rotary and what we, as Rotarians, can accomplish. The projects and exercises in this five-day camp are designed to get the students to think differently about certain situations and develop their own solutions with fellow students they may have not met before attending the camp. Many students worldwide, who have attended RYLA, have continued on to become members of an Interact, Rotaract, and eventually a Rotary club.
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World Polio Day 2023


October 24, 2023 – ARVADA, CO – October 24 is World Polio Day.  No cases of polio caused by wild poliovirus have originated in the U.S. since 1979.  Since 1988 there has been a 99.9% reduction in cases of polio worldwide (from ~360k down to to 9).  There are now only two countries that remain endemic — Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, in June 2022 a case of poliovirus was confirmed in Rockland County, NY.

To recognize World Polio Day, Arvada Rotary Club and Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a breakfast on October 24 at 7:30 a.m. at Indian Tree Golf Club, 7555 Wadsworth Boulevard.  Arvada residents are invited to join the city’s Rotary Clubs to learn about Rotary’s three-decade effort to fully eradicate the poliovirus.  The Chair of Rotary District 5450 PolioPlus Committee, Dr. Marny Eulberg, presented an update on the current status of polio eradication, discussed the different poliovirus types, and shared the resources available to polio survivors.

The Foundations of Arvada Rotary Club and Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club have each set aside $1,000 to match donations from the Arvada community during the month of October.  Funds will be forwarded to the Rotary Foundation where they will be matched two for one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Donations can be made through Arvada Sunrise Rotary or mailed to ASR Foundation, PO Box 740144, Arvada, CO 80006.

Please consider a donation:


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Soul Hope Fundraiser


East Grand Forks church to host fundraiser to protect African children from debilitating foot parasite

Proceeds will be used to support the charity, Sole Hope, which provides shoes for children in rural areas of east Africa where parasitic jiggers prevent them from playing or attending school.

September 20, 2023 – GRAND FORKS, MN – Mendenhall Presbyterian Church in East Grand Forks is hosting the “Sole Hope Fundraiser” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

The event will feature performances by several area professional musicians and a meal donated and catered by Elias Dean, owner of Chino Latino and Steers in Grand Forks, topped off with a variety of desserts baked by the ladies of the church.

The meal will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Music performances are set for 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

Tickets are: $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 10, in advance, and $17 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased in person at Mendenhall Presbyterian Church at 528 10th St. N.W., via Facebook, or by texting (701) 248-0227 for Venmo and Paypal purchase options.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the charity, Sole Hope, which provides shoes for children in rural areas of east Africa where jiggers prevent them from playing or attending school. Jiggers are sand fleas that burrow into bare skin as kids play or walk, then reproduce, causing pain and making walking impossible, said Jenn Kolodka, office administrator for Mendenhall Presbyterian Church.

Soul Hope Fundraiser Bradley Ballard 2023-09-30 06:00:00Z 0

Pinwheels for Hope

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month!
Bright blue pinwheels are a symbol of Child Abuse Prevention month.  Ralston House has partnered with Arvada Sunrise Rotary to accept donations and off pinwheels to plant at your home.  These blue pinwheels serve as a beacon of hope for the children in our community.  Click on link on the right side of our Website or scan the QR Code to Donate,  Rotary will be matching the first $250 of Donations.
Pinwheels for Hope HEIDI L WOLLE 2023-04-15 06:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

Indian Tree Golf Course - October 25th 7:30am
Please register to join us for a World Polio Day breakfast at Indian Tree Golf Course.  The Chair of Rotary District 5450 Polio Plus Committee, Dr. Marny Eulberg, will present an update on the current status of polio eradication, discuss the different poliovirus types and share the resources available to polio survivors.  There is no charge but registration is required.
October 2022 – The Foundations of Arvada Rotary and Arvada Sunrise Rotary have each set aside $1,000 to match donations from the Arvada community.  Funds will be forwarded to Rotary Foundation where they will be matched two for one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.   DONATE TO END POLIO
World Polio Day Heidi Wolle 2022-10-04 06:00:00Z 0

Message from President 21-22

Arvada Sunrise Rotary celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021.  ASR as an organization, as well as its individual members have supported the Arvada community for three decades.  Although the pandemic dramatically changed what ASR was able to do, we continued our focus on service to the community, locally and internationally.  This is consistent with this year’s Rotary theme “Serve to Change Lives
Rotary is about service!  Arvada Sunrise Rotarians are always anxious to meet and welcome others who share this attitude of service to others.  Please feel free to join us at Thrive Workplace, 5610 Ward Road #300 in Arvada on the second or fourth Tuesday at 7:10 am. 
Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or just wish to chat about Rotary. 
Mike Litzau
Message from President 21-22 Heidi Wolle 2021-08-19 06:00:00Z 0
Wash Your Hands - And Donate so Others May Do the Same Heidi 2021-02-01 07:00:00Z 0

Sole Hope

How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Own?
ASR learned that thousands of vulnerable people in Uganda suffer from a crippling parasite called jiggers.  They suffer because they don't own even one pair of shoes.  ASR started collecting over 75 pairs of jeans.   In collaboration with the non-profit Sole Hope, we planned to host a 'Shoe Party' but due to Co-vid, we all got busy tracing and cutting patterns in our own homes.  What an amazing way to benefit the world while being quarantined. Thanks to our District 5450 matching Grant, ASR provided 190 pairs of shoes.  As the winter rolls around, we still find eager Rotarians ready to keep cutting denim.   ~ over 300 pairs of shoes to date. 
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Speak Up! 2018

Speak Up! 2018 is a speech competition among high-school seniors for college scholarships.  It will be held April 19, 2018 from 6-9pm at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Six seniors from Arvada, Arvada West, Pomona , and Ralston Valley high schools will be chosen to compete in a speech contest where the winners will be awarded college scholarships based on how well they incorporate the Speak Up! 2018 theme, “Making a Difference”, and the Rotary Four-Way Test into their speech and the overall delivery of the speech.  The winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship and second-place a $2,000 scholarship.  
Download the application here.  Please note that you may not be able to save the data you enter, so print a hard copy before closing the form.
Application Deadline: February 26, 2018
Interviews:  Feb 26—March 2
Final Selection:  March 9
Questions?  Call Elisa Corry, 913-605-2372 or email Paul Danborn  at pauldanborn@friearndt.com.
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Welcome to Arvada Sunrise Rotary

Arvada Sunrise Rotary celebrates 20 years of humanitarian service, addressing the needs of our local community and abroad. The club was chartered back in 1991 and is still going strong!  Rotary International has been in existence for 105 years and is the largest service organization with 32,000 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide.
The purpose of our organization is to bring together professional and business leaders with one common goal: to foster goodwill and peace through our works and live the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".
 You are welcome to join us at our next meeting and become a part of another 20 years of service here in Arvada and beyond!
In Rotary,

Paul Danborn
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