The Weekly Noon Meeting was a Celebration of Mothers led by Bill Simmermon standing in for President Bob with a special program.

(Photo highlights will appear at the end .)

Terre & Bill getting ready to Kick Off our meeting

Noon Meeting Highlights:

Terre Cone opened the meeting with the poem, "A Mother's Love" by her favorite poet, Helen Steiner Rice.

Our Program was truly special; one member said it was "THE best program we have ever had"!
Sue Bramley, Tamie Fennell, and Elya Kinsey presented a program with the stories of their own grandmothers, mothers, and, in Elya's case, her own very touching story of becoming a mother now to very young children with her husband, Eric, who is also a member of our Club. 

Sue's brave ancestors' story began in Augsburg Germany. With a Prussian soldier in her family history, her own grandparents found that a journey to America would serve their family best. Her "Opa" settled in Chicago; her "Oma" followed with three small girls in tow a couple of years later via Trans-Atlantic Ship! The youngest, Beatrix, was Sue's Mom. And Sue shared photos of her own family now, full of beautiful grandchildren and the dog -- named after her Mom!
Tamie's story was deeply touching. It was the story of her mother, but it was also a story of mental health struggles and the struggles of children whose parents suffer through illnesses. Tamie and her sisters had loving parents who accomplished much and taught their daughters a great deal. Today, the challenges she faced as a child inform her work for many years on Mental Health, and her ongoing work with NAMI. She also reminded the club how critically Mental Health issues remain in our society.
Finally, Elya's story is of her experiences with Eric, building a family through IVF.  There was a particularly striking photo depicting much of what is involved for families who conceive (and who lose) babies in this process that is fraught both with fear and with hope. Today, Elya and Eric have two beautiful young daughters, Juliette Penelope and Viviana Rose. We were delighted to see their pictures, and as a club, we cannot wait to watch them grow as mini-Rotarians in our Club!
Finally, we have to give extra cheers for a toast that we shared with sparkling wine. What a treat!

General Reminders & Announcements

  • Need 1 driver and 1 copilot (2/car) to deliver meals for Project Angel Heart. May 17th needs a copilot, and the 18th needs a driver. Please call Elizabeth if willing to drive/sit shotgun, 970-799-4321
  • The Rock went from Terre Cone to Maria Narvaez for her devoted service and willingness to help whenever asked.F
  • The Cherry Creek Chorale is next weekend, May 17th and 18th will wrap up the 44th Season! For information you may visit: 
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PLEASE keep decorating Project Angel Heart bags. This week's bag will be shown at the end of the newsletter. Reen used black markers and colors to create swirls of color to accent each other.

Sunrise Meeting Highlights

The recycle event was a success! They held it on May 4th at the Cherry Hills Christian Church. 1000 cars showed up. 63,000 lbs of paint were received and 45,000 lbs. of electronics were recycled!
Total money raised stands at about $15,000 with $4,300 coming from Corporate Sponsors and Private Donors.
The Recycling Partners made the day possible. Our hats off to 3R Technologies and Green Sheen Paint Recycling.

Flyin' B Meeting Highlights

The regular weekly meeting was a success. There was a guest who is  new to Wind Crest. She was the first woman President of the Rotary Club of Newport Beach, California. They are crossing their fingers that she might join the club!

Dave Talbot (Rotary Club of Evergreen) presented on  Crutches4Africa.

The group's budget is being submitted to the Foundation for the new Rotary Year.
There is a Blood Drive on May 25th in the Colorado Meeting Room at the Colorado Clubhouse. Donors may visit and please use the BLOOD DRIVE CODE: 10053216 to register your donation time.
For Eligibility Questions: +800-289-4923

Committee News

RCHR Board - 2nd Wednesday each month 7:30-9 am
Nothing to report.
Highlands Ranch Rotary Foundation - 3rd Thursday 9-11:30am
Nothing to report.
Community Service - 3rd Thursday 11am
Help & Hope collection at King Sooper's on Wildcat is June 22nd not the 6th.
International Service - 2nd Thursday 11am
Nothing to report.
Military Support - 4th Wednesday 8am via zoom
Nothing to report.
Membership Committee
Elaine reminds us that the next Membership Meeting will be on 6/6 at 11 am at LTGC. All new members are welcome, of course, and "old" members can certainly join us. It is a nice way to get involved in the important task of orienting our new club members and welcoming them.
Youth / RYLA
Nothing to report this week.
Other Committee Updates
Nothing to report.
Upcoming Club Meetings
May 15, 2024 7:15 AM
May 16, 2024
GTKY talk
May 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Immigration Law
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Upcoming Events
Highlands Ranch Rotary Foundation Mtg.
Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel
May 16, 2024 10:00 a.m.
Community Service Committee Mtg.
Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel
May 16, 2024
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Epic Day of Service
May 18, 2024
Trivia, Tacos, and Tequila
Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel
May 21, 2024 6:00 p.m.
Military Support Committee Mtg.
Zoom only
May 22, 2024
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Warrior Bonfire Program
Modern Brew
Jun. 08, 2024 – Jun. 09, 2024
Project C.U.R.E.
Jun. 10, 2024
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
RCHR Board Meeting
Eastridge Rec Center
Jun. 12, 2024
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
International Services Committee Mtg.
Jun. 13, 2024
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Join Us for a Meeting!
We offer different meeting times to accommodate individual schedules: 
Sunrise Meeting
We meet for breakfast the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month
HRCA Eastridge Rec Center
9568 S University Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Noon Meeting
We meet for lunch the first four Thursdays of each month
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel
9808 Sunningdale Blvd
Lone Tree, CO  80124

Flyin' B Meeting
We meet the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month
Wind Crest Senior Living
Long's Ridge Classroom
3235 Mill Vista Rd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Our club is open to anyone who wants to be a positive force in our community and the world!
Additional Links
Rotary International
Rotary District 5450
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Tamie listening with attention
Smiles as we thank the ladies for bubbles and flowers.
Photo of the IVF materials often used.
The notes above from the meeting are submitted by Kim DeCoste ( on behalf of the Rotary Club of Highlands Ranch, 2023-4. For consideration or with feedback, please reach out directly. Please send corrections if needed also. Newsletters generally publish on the Tuesday subsequent to the prior week's meeting. Thank you.
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