And, the rains came and came and didn’t stop. Colorado, which has
more than 360 days of sun each year had a week in September that would
have been the equivalent of 100 inches of snow. That same week of our
rains, there was a hurricane in Mexico and flooding in the Philippines. And
just as in Colorado where we have many citizens displaced by the floods and
will be for the months ahead, others in our world are looking to rebuild their
Nature and other forces make us vulnerable. But, to help manage all
that life can throw at our communities is our organization, Rotary
International. Our club, which is International in its composition, helps
communities throughout the world. Last month you heard about Jeremy
Penner who announced our International Grants. We already have several
good applications that Jeremy and his committee will review. Another way
we support our communities is through our Community Service Grants.
Again this Rotary year, the board approved funding for these grants; which
we, as club members can apply to help an organization in our local
communities that support work or an organization, that like Rotary helps
minimize the vagaries of life. Jason Griffin is the leader of this committee.
Watch for an email coming from our club secretary, Emmanuel. Over the
years our club has funded libraries, books for children, scholarships,
animal welfare, food banks, water projects, community cleanup and other
Two years ago, I applied and received a Community Service Grant for
a local organization called Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC). For 35 years
this organization’s mission is to help Metro Denver senior’s age in place.
One of the ways they do this is to give seniors, volunteer opportunities. SRC
has a great volunteer group that devotes itself to home improvement. These
wonderful gentleman go to other homes and repair windows, do yard
upkeep and build ramps for those who need wheelchair access to their
homes. About six months ago, I got to see one of the ramps that was made
possible by a community service grant. This ramp means that a senior can
live in their house. Rotary did that. What other organization can say it help
eradicate polio while installing a wheelchair ramp? Thanks for what you do
to smooth out the hard times that our world faces.