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A note of thanks from the Rotary Club of Roatan for our donation of masks, gloves, disinfectant and other supplies. The items were remaining from our dental mission to Honduras in 2019--we were storing supplies in Roatan for future dental mission work.
Dear Rotary Friends from Denver Cherry Creek Colorado: I want to thank you again for your donation of PPE from your dental brigade to the people of Honduras. The timing of your donation was incredible. Our public health department had just run out of gloves and all PPE is in short supply. Your donation was delivered directly to Dr. Jayleen
Coleman, director of the Bay Islands Health Department. The donation will be used in our Covid-19 Treatment Center, a 30-bed public treatment facility that was created on the island of Roatan.
Toothaches are not just a pain, they keep kids out of school and negatively impact nutrition, which can hold a person back for a lifetime. For over 20 years, our club has sent a team of dentists to remote villages to provide dental care to kids who may have never seen a dentist before (and may never see one again). Dentists from Rotary Clubs across the country, as well as non-Rotarian dentists, coordinate with local Rotary Clubs in Central and South America to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars of free dental care every year, but what they bring home is valuable, too - a deeper understanding of another culture and memories of smiling kids and grateful parents. Please enjoy a few informative slides about the trip to Honduras this last September.
Youth & Literacy
Our Youth and Literacy Committee recently made a 5 year commitment to partner with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Denver. Statewide, the Colorado Imagination Library Program Bill, signed by Governor Polis in 2020, directs the State to help support local communities that enroll. In addition, we donate books weekly to Denver elementary school libraries to help improve youth literacy.
Committee members are actively involved with RYLA/YRYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening/Young RYLA). Whether a natural-born leader who wants to sharpen their skills or a shy young person with potential who needs to break out of their shell, RYLA & YRYLA puts middle and high school students on track for a successful future. Our club works with teachers to identify those who can benefit from leadership training and provides funds to send 9-10 students every year to camp in beautiful Estes Park. Interviewing the students personally is one of the most rewarding activities we do all year.
Student essay contest
Our Student Essay Contest identifies and supports talented young writers who present winning essays at our annual event.
jim hoops scholarship fund
The Denver Cherry Creek Rotary Club established the Jim Hoops Scholarship program to honor the immeasurable positive impact that member Jim Hoops has had on the community during his career as an educator and his continued contributions through the DCCR Club. Two scholarships were awarded in 2020, one each to impressive graduating seniors from East and Manual High Schools. The selection committee was so impressed by the applicants that we sought a way to recognize all of them, not just the two who will receive scholarships.
The Club partnered with PCs for People, a nonprofit organization that provides computers to low-income residents in Denver, to award laptop computers to any of the applicants who need a computer as they embark on their college education.
Jasminemarie Mack With her Pc purchased by dccr
Jhoni Palmer with her pc purchased by dccr
PCs for people
PCs for People refurbishes desktop and laptop computers for distribution to eligible recipients. The Denver Cherry Creek Rotary Club has supported the organization by sponsoring drives for used electronics.
This year, our Club is subsidizing the cost of PCs for Denver Public School students participating in the Family & Community Engagement Program (FACE). The FACE program provides access to resources, information, education and support for everyone in the Denver Public School community.