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Service Above Self

by TODD HENDREKS | ROTARIAN





Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary International in 1907, said “The foundation on which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood.”


Each week Rotarians in Parker, CO meet to fulfill Rotary’s mission of "Service Above Self" and focus of "building goodwill and better friendships." The Club’s meetings begin the processof extending compassion to individuals in our community and beyond. The forty membersof Cherry Creek Valley Rotary of Parker fundraise at the annual Parker Brewfest to create funds which go back to the community through grants supporting local projects.



The list of local projects and organizations changes as needs in Parker change. Cherry Creek Valley Rotary of Parker prides itself in listening and taking action to support Parker’s local needs. These are some of the local projects.


Title Sponsor for 2022 Parker Hometown Christmas Parade - donated to our local Downtown Business Alliance of Parker for this community event


Parker Task Force Food Bank - Our club provides funds to help those in need get back on their feet and become self-sufficient again.


Firefighter’s Breakfast - Our club provides local firefighters with breakfast on September 11 to honor and remember those who fought fires at the World Trade Center.


Officer of the Year Recognition - Our club recognizes officers from local police and highway patrol for their exemplary service to our community.


Youth Services – Interact Clubs at Legend High School, Cimarron Middle School, Colorado Early College, Gold Rush Elementary School - Local schools and Rotary members support Interact Clubs who provide community service and fellowship similar to adult Rotary Clubs.


Tutoring and Service at Douglas County Student Support Services Program - Club members provide tutoring and curriculum on Rotary's Four Way Test - Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


Student of the Month Recognition - Middle and high school students are recognized for their character, academic work and community service with an award from Cherry Creek Valley Rotary of Parker.


High School Scholarships - Parker, CO seniors apply for scholarship funds which can be used in their post secondary training.


Sammie’s Sunshine - "Our passion as a foundation is to provide support to families who are facing fatalities due to not wearing a 'eatbelt. We truly want to offer them a 'Raye of Hope.'We plan to help support them as needed: financially, emotionally, or just by walking with them through a difficult time. Another passion is seat belt awareness. We will continue sharing Sammie's story so we can help save others through seat belt awareness."


Backpack & School Supplies Program a service of our Rotary Satellite Club of Parker – Cherry Creek Valley United, members who are developmentally challenged.


Blessing Bags for Homeless Individuals - Our club donated items and created blessing bags of daily items that could be used for those without homes.


Project Sanctuary - "Our comprehensive evidence-based program is one of the only ones treating the entire family, active duty service members from all branches of the military, and veterans from all eras of service. We reconnect families, restore hope, and change lives through therapeutic retreat and long-term family support services."


Hide in Plain Sight - Founded in February 2015, Hide In Plain Sight has the mission to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty through education. 200+ scholars have been awarded over $700,000 to help them accomplish their educational aspirations.


Terolyn Horse Rescue - Their mission is to help at-risk horses that have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Those who wish to adopt these horses are carefully screened prior to placement.


We are always looking to add to our membership! Please check us out at ccvrotary.org, search CCVRotary on Facebook or email us at info@parkerbrewfest.com


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