Welcome to the Rotary Club of Castle Rock

We are a local community service organization who believe in Service Above Self.  Our club has distributed an average of $50,000 per year to non-profits to support basic needs, emergency support, victims assistance, education, and related projects.  If you are interested in serving the community either financially or by volunteering, please consider joining us or supporting our fundraisers.

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated warnings, we will be conducting e-meetings until further notice.  Meetings will open at 7:00 am on Wednesday and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:15.  If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact the Club Secretary HERE for login details.

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Welcome!

The Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado is a volunteer service organization whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and throughout the world.  We meet Thursday mornings from 6:45 - 8:15 a.m. for a breakfast meeting. Come join us for our for great fellowship and programs while learning more about this fantastic organization.  Please note, there is no morning meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month when we have an evening social gathering.  Guests are always welcome!

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Welcome!

The Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado is a volunteer service organization whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and throughout the world.  We meet Thursday mornings from 6:45 - 8:15 a.m. for a breakfast meeting. Come join us for our for great fellowship and programs while learning more about this fantastic organization.  Please note, there is no morning meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month when we have an evening social gathering.  Guests are always welcome!

- See more at: http://www.parkerrotary.org/#sthash.iBH7pZQG.dpuf
Speakers
Austen Schlecht - CRPD Officer
Oct 28, 2020 7:00 AM
Community Partnership Unit (Lowell Ranch | 2330 I-25 (East Frontage Rd, Castle Rock)
                   
Thanks to all who joined us at the Festival Park Farmer’s Market by Local Colorado and the Rotary Ducky Derby and Street Fair on Sunday, August 23rd.  
 
The main event for the day was the Ducky Derby, where thousands of numbered rubber Duckys are released into Plum Creek at 1:00 and they “race” a half mile to the finish line.  See the race and many videos from Derby Day on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CRRotary
 
Here are the race results:
First Place ($2000): 2151
Second Place ($750): 3168
Third Place ($250): 433
Fourth Place ($100): 4422
Fifth Place ($50): 4558
Sixth Place ($50): 6762
Seventh Place ($50): 856
Eighth Place ($50): 4962
Ninth Place ($50): 1130
Tenth Place ($50): 850
 
To claim your prize, please click HERE to contact us.  Please note that you will need either your paper ticket or the email you received when you purchased your ticket to claim your prize.
 
In addition to the Ducky Derby and Street Fair, a Virtual Ducky Race featuring Duckys swimming for local non-profits closed at midnight on August 18th.  Six Rotary-supported non-profits entered Duckys into the 2020 Race and all competed valiantly.  Thanks to all participating Duckys and their supporters.  Meet the Duckys and see the final Derby Leaderboard on the links to the left.  Through your ticket purchases and related "cheers", you have helped raise needed funds for local non-profits, including those with Duckys in the 2020 race.  Although all Rotary-supported non-profits are winners, the first place Ducky in the 2020 virtual derby is Doug Landry representing the Douglas Land Conservancy, earning an additional $1000 for the Douglas Land Conservancy.  Other racing ducky's and the organizations they represent were introduced and each participating organization was provided a check for $250.  This awards ceremony is available live on the Rotary Club of Castle Rock Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/CRRotary).   
 

COVID-19 Update

As Rotarians, we live by the motto "Service Above Self".  During these difficult times, we are working together to stay engaged and serve our community to the best of our abilities.  This includes providing additional financial resources to groups providing critical services, such as the Help and Hope Center.  We are also offering our time and talents as individual Rotarians, and as a club. 
 

The Rotary Club of Castle Rock Provides $20,350 to the Help and Hope Center This Year

Rotarian Sharon Sjostrom volunteering at the Help and Hope Center Food Pantry
The Help and Hope Center is a regular recipient of support from the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.  With the impacts of COVID-19 to the community, the Rotary Club Foundation recently allocated $8,000 in funding in addition to $3,000 provided earlier in the year to support the food pantry at the Help and Hope Center.  Club members contributed another $7,850 as individuals and were awarded a grant from Rotary District 5450 for $1500.  Club members are also volunteering at the food pantry (see photo right).
 
 
Thank you to all community members that supported Rotary Club fundraisers in 2019, such as the Ducky Derby and Peach Sales.  These fundraisers provide the funding needed to support local non-profits in times of need.    
 
If you are interested in helping us serve the community, please consider joining us in our e-meeting this Wednesday.  
 
Here are a few useful links during this challenging time:
Please note that the Ducky Derby 2020 Street Fair has been rescheduled to August 23rd, 2020.  We are collecting donations through ticket sales and the club is actively supporting local non-profits in need by providing financial contributions and volunteer support.

Jack Muhlenhaupt is the Rotary Club of Castle Rock’s Student of the Month for March 2020.

Jack Muhlenhaupt, senior at Castle View High School, was awarded the Rotary Club of Castle Rock’s Student of the Month for March during a e-Meeting with the club on April 1.  Castle View High School Principal Rex Corr presented the award.
 
Corr said Muhlenhaupt was an exceptional scholar who has taken a rigorous course load and earned a 3.83 gpa. He has taken five advanced placement classes, some college credit and three years of engineering courses.  He is also active outside of school, earning a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate and serving as an Eagle Scout. His scout project was to build a stairway of 18 timber steps for elementary children to safely access a churches’ after school program.  He is also working at a restaurant about 15 hours a week.
 
Muhlenhaupt’s teachers describe him as: 
  • dedicated to making sense of his course work and that he is patient and motivated.
  • wise beyond his years, witty and has a good humor.
  • smart but doesn’t show it and is flexible and a loyal friend.
Muhlenhaupt has been accepted at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. He said he chose Mines because of its reputation and that it takes him closer to the mountains.

Student of the Month for March, Jack Muhlenhaupt

Help & Hope Center (formerly known as the Douglas / Elbert Task Force)

Since 1984, the Help & Hope Center (formerly the Douglas/Elbert Task Force) has provided assistance to individuals and families in Douglas and Elbert Counties who are in financial distress and at risk of becoming homeless. They exist to meet the immediate needs of residents who are in financial distress and to help them work through troublesome times with dignity. 

During the COVID-19 Crisis, the Help & Hope Center and their clients have experienced significant disruptions.  Their Food Bank normally distributes about 65,000 pounds of food per month. Several local retailers typically donate pallets of food to the Help & Hope Center for distribution.  With unprecedented demand at local retailers, food supplies at the Help & Hope Center become critically low.  Cash contributions also become scarce in times of distress in the community.  Cash contributions were down 40% in February 2020.

The Rotary Club of Castle Rock Foundation, routinely provides funds to the Help & Hope Center.  Foundation funding is collected primarily through the Club's Fundraising Events such as the Ducky Derby and Peach Sales.  An additional fundraising campaign from members to provide emergency funding during the current COVID-19 crisis is underway. 

Makayla Boekes is the Rotary Club of Castle Rock’s Student of the Month for February.

Boekes is a senior at Castle View High School and ranks 19th in her graduating class with a grade point average of 4.15.  She is active in the community and school. Her community activities include such things as being a youth coach in summer camps, going on service trips to Peru, Seattle, Puerto Rico and New Orleans, and working many events at the high school and a local elementary school.  At CVHS she is active in the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Spanish medical and service clubs, Student Athletic Leadership Team, varsity track and field, basketball and Event Coordinator for Faith Lutheran Youth.  She earned athletic letters all four years of high school and was first team all-state in 2018. She also has been a team captain three different years.  Boekes has taken six Advanced Placement classes and has earned 16 college credit hours in the school’s concurrent enrollment program.

 
Assistant Superintendent Ryan Hollingshead introduced Boekes to the club. He said her teachers call her a “rock star” in math class who helps others when they are in need. Her Spanish teacher said Boekes submits only the highest quality work and challenges herself to do better and improve her skills.
Hollingshead said Boekes’ volunteer work included things such as preparing land for a garden and making adobe bricks from mud and straw. He said she strives to be a global leader and make a positive impact on the world.
 
Boekes told the club she wants to pursue a medical career but is not sure on which field she will focus. She said she hopes to attend Baylor University.
 
Student of the Month for February Makayla Boekes, her mother Margaret, CVHS Assistant Principal Ryan Hollingshead and Rotary Club President Wes Schuneman.