Rotary District 5470
Southern Colorado From East to West
The Colorado Connector  October 2020
District Governor Chip Ecks
October is
Economic & Community Development Month

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.

Our members and our foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.

October 24th is
World Polio Day
Governors Club Visit Schedule!
Week 6  
RC of Glenwood Springs Sunset 10/5/2020
RC Rifle 10/6/2020
RC Carbondale 10/7/2020
Roaring Fork Rotario 10/8/2020
Mt. Sopris 10/8/2020
RC Glenwood Springs 10/9/2020
Week 7  
Cortez 10/12/2020
Dolores 10/13/2020
Durango Evening 10/13/2020
Durango Day Break 10/14/2020
Telluride 10/14/2020
Durango High Noon 10/15/2020
Week 8   
RC Fruita 10/20/2020
RC Snowmass 10/21/2020
RC Aspen 10/22/2020
Week 9  
Palisade Sunrise 10/26/2020
Cedaridge 10/26/2020
Delta 10/27/2020
RC of Grand Junction 10/27/2020
Grand Junction Horizon Sunrise 10/29/2020
RC of North Fork Valley 10/29/2020
Redlands Rotary Club 10/30/2020
Attend & Donate
1 November 2020
Help us
Save the Date! 
R.I. President Holger to provide the keynote address for a virtual event to be held on Sunday, November 1 at noon - Mountain Standard Time!  
Please register for this event at the link below and consider making a donation to end this vicious disease! 
Save the Date! 
District Assemblies! 
In Person, October 3rd in Pueblo, and October 24th via ZOOM! 
Contact Linda Avery for more information! 
Rifle Rotary Club Sporting Clay Invitational!
Russell Hampton
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A Note from the Governor

Part 1
I began my travels around our great District on August 31st.  My travels began in Salida and have since brought me to the Vail Valley, the San Luis Valley, Gunnison, Florence, Bayfield, Westcliffe, Limon and Pueblo.  I can honestly say that all my club visits have been eye-opening, and extremely rewarding.  The Rotary Clubs in our District are doing so much for their communities, and still they say they could be doing more.  Of course, we can always do more, but I want us all to stop and look at just how much all of us have done for all our communities in Southern  Colorado.  It is utterly amazing, particularly when you look at what we continue to do to support the education of our youth.  From Dictionaries for third graders, to scholarships for college and career technical schools, to improve literacy,  to supporting RYLA, Interact and RYE.  Your work is so  important to the wellbeing of our youth and the fabric of our communities.  It is all that you do that makes me so proud and humbled to be your District Governor and number one cheerleader.  My tour so far has proven to me that COVID has not stopped the Good Work being done by Rotarians but has opened new opportunities for all of us to explore.  Please Keep Exploring and opening new opportunities for yourself and the communities you love so dearly . 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Governor, Rotary District 5470

A Note from the District Governor Elect!

DGE Becky Smith

District 5470 COVID-19 Community Support Program Success!
A district wide effort to support clubs, the COVID-19 Community Support Program (CCSP), as they worked to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in their communities has been declared a great success!  For the first time ever, the district offered a dollar for dollar funding match to any club for the purpose of assisting their community with regard to the pandemic. 
The application process to receive the funds was a simple one paragraph explanation of how the funds would be used.  Once the application for $500 in support funds was received and approved, checks were in the mail within two days.  Your CCSP Committee was operating at high speed to ensure that the funds were in the club coffers as fast as possible!
Round One of the CCSP program included 46 of the 57 district clubs.  Within 10 days of opening the applications, the district dispersed $23,000 from the district.  Each club was requested to submit a write up and photos of their efforts and the results of those efforts. 
The summaries were both inspiring and humbling.  As the pandemic continued to the people, businesses, and nonprofits of southern Colorado, the CCSP committee determined that a second round of financial support would be beneficial to our clubs. 
Round Two was equally successful!  $20,150 was dispersed to the 40 clubs who submitted requests for funding. The received a check within a week’s time.  All in all, the joint effort of the Rotary Clubs of District 5470 along with the financial support from the district treasury (not DDF!) invested over $86,000 into their communities.   We are proud of the program and so pleased to partner with our clubs.
District Passing the Torch...Done in Proper Rotary Fashion with FUN & FELLOWSHIP!
Last month we finally had the opportunity to 'properly" "pass the torch" between Pass District Governor David Wood and current District Governor Chip Ecks in true Rotarian fashion, with fellowship and fun!  34 Rotarians from across the District attended the event at Biaggis' Restaurant,  including Past District Governor Teresa Anson & Cliff, Past District Governor Jim Mundt, Assistant Governor Steve Oneill, and many other  Rotarian leaders from across the district.
The entire Governors line was able to attend from across the district.  Past District Governor and Cathy Wood, Governor Chip & Pam Ecks, District Governor Elect Becky & Rick Smith, and District Governor Nominee Sam & Lana Kevan.
​​​ Governor Wood was able to pass the Governors' Home Club Banner to North Colorado Springs Club President Greg Palka. 
District Governor Elect Becky Smith presented a fabulous key note for the evening honoring both leaders.  The night was fun and full of fellowship.  The evening's Sargent at Arms Dennis Moffet was able to arouse the crowd to contribute over $567 Dollars for a District 5470 Donation to the Polio Plus fund.  That means the generosity of the Rotarians attending raised almost $1800 to fight the vicious disease.  
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