Mountain Foothills Rotary – Impacting Lives Through Service and Fun
The Mountain Foothills Rotary Club is a close-knit group of talented and passionate people making a significant impact in our own backyard and across the globe. Our members come from the mountain community as well as Lakewood, Golden and Denver and range in age from young professionals to baby boomers and senior stars.
Mountain Foothills Rotary is a service-oriented organization known for “having more fun.” We genuinely like each other and embrace opportunities to work together on worthwhile causes. On the local front, we support the 9News Health Fair, the Alpine Rescue Team, Project Sanctuary retreats for veterans transitioning from active duty oversees, and we are a sponsor of the Boogie at the Barn Music Series to benefit area nonprofits. We partner with other rotary groups to support the Imagination Library Literacy Project which supplies books to young children on a monthly basis, and we co-host an annual Thanksgiving luncheon for area seniors who otherwise may not be able to join their families for a traditional meal.
Our signature projects are the annual Evergreen Ice Melt Contest which gives community members the chance win up to $1,000 by guessing the exact day and time our Rotary barrel will fall through the ice on Evergreen Lake, and the annual Andy Smith Sr. Golf Tournament held at Hiwan Country Club. Proceeds from these events, collected through entry fees and business sponsorships, go right back into our mountain community to support children with special needs served by the INSPIRE Program of Evergreen Park & Recreation District, Evergreen Christian Outreach, Crutches4Africa and community nonprofit projects supported by the club’s foundation.
On the international front, Mountain Foothills supports The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a signature project for Rotary worldwide aimed at the complete elimination of active polio cases across the globe. Led by our club member Dave Talbot, founder of Crutches4Africa, we have helped to collect and transport more than 100,000 mobility devices to disabled individuals living in remote, poverty-stricken villages in Africa and beyond.
Focusing on children and youth is another priority area for Mountain Foothills Rotary. We have provided scholarships to more than 200 area youth to engage in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, a life-changing experience that engenders leadership and life skills for teens and young adults. Mountain Foothills Rotary also funded the formation of Boy Scout Troop 1776, and the Auraria Campus Rotaract Club which involves college age students and young professionals in leadership development activities and community service projects.
Since Mountain Foothills’ inception, we are proud to have contributed half a million dollars to help our neighbors. We welcome the opportunity to be vital partners in improving the quality of life for those who need a helping hand.
Our Club welcomes you to come and check us out. We invite you to attend one of our regular meetings, held every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Canyon Club. In addition to a short business meeting, each week we feature a speaker to inform and inspire our club. Come join us for a pre-meeting time of conversation and libations, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and get to know us a little better.
More information about our club, our signature fundraisers and our community involvement is available on our website: www.mountainfoothillsrotary.org
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