President's Message
Nick Tallent
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The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is a diverse group of engaged individuals participating through friendship and camaraderie in opportunities to serve our community and other communities around the world.
Annual Meeting is Coming Up Soon
Your current Board of Directors have begun to consider options and line items of the Pagosa Rotary Community Assistance Fund (CAF).  As you know this is the budget that guides our planning for various fund raisers and how those funds will be used in the community.  If you have specific thoughts about these efforts for 2020, now would be a great time to reach out to an Officer or member of the Board of Directors and let them know so it could be considered.
Speaking of the Board of Directors, the Annual Meeting (most likely December 19) will be the opportunity for you to vote on these leadership positions for the Rotary Year of July 1 2020 - June 30 2021.  The Board members who will have served their 3 year term and be leaving the Board are:  Shellie Peterson, Cindi Galabota, Neal Johnson and Sam Pittmon. If they are willing, these Board members may serve another term if so elected by the membership OR 4 new nominations for Directors will be necessary.  Please give this some thought and consider which of our members would take an active role in managing the Club and be good candidates to lead our club in the future.  Please reach out to a current Officer or Board member with your thoughts.
Nick Tallent - President
Mike Vanover - President Elect
Shellie Peterson - Past President
Jim Garrett - Secretary
Larry McClintock - Treasurer
Pat Love - Sergeant of Arms
Melanie Garrett - Board Member 
Allen Roth - Board Member
Granton Bartz - Board Member
Sharon Crump - Board Member
Cindi Galabota - Board Member
Sam Pittmon - Board Member
Jenelle Syverson - Board Member
Bill Hubbard - Board Member
Art Benzel - Board Member
Neal Johnson - Board Member
3rd Grade Dictionaries Delivered
Once again, Rotary delivers!  Rotarians spent time with the 3rd grade students delivering and discovering their new color illustrated dictionaries.  The children are always excited about this book.  It is their only book from school that belongs to them, they put their name in and they can take it home to share with their family.  Students were instructed about how to look up words, read the definitions and the way the word was used in a sentence.  It is always a very fun event for Rotarians.  
Jaime Novoa, the club's exchange student from Spain, was very interested in the children's reactions!  Five classrooms of students received around 25 Dictionaries for each classroom at a cost of around $2,000.  The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs has been performing this service for 15 years, 14 of which have been under the leadership of JoAnn Laird.  
There were smiling faces all around as we helped children use their alphabet, look up words and find the flags of different countries.
I WILL HAVE TO ADMIT  when Jenelle from the Choke Cherry Tree first introduced this concept to the Board and later to the Club, I did not grasp the possibility right away.
Now that it has had time to 'sink in' I am becoming a really big fan!  All of us are going to do a certain amount of gift giving this year.  Directing our purchases to the Choke Cherry Tree AUTOMATICALLY IS A WIN FOR ROTARY!  Now of course, we need to consider ALL OUR SPONSORS, support their businesses and THANK THEM for their support for all the work we do in the community.  That goes without saying.
This promotion though has the potential to become a very sustainable fund raising effort for Rotary....and Jenelle....will do all the work!  How great is that!
The fact that you can send this 'code' to everyone you know - or don't know for that matter - is amazing.  You can give your friends and family a discount, and grow funds for our work at the same time.  Share it wide, share it far!  This discount will work on the online ordering system so even your Aunt in Alabama can use it!  Let all that sink in!  5% contribution for Pagosa Springs Rotary - 5% savings for using the code.  Not many deals that good.  54PSROTARY
Toys for Tots
Help Us Prepare for Christmas 2019!
When you’re shopping for 7 million children, you need to start early.
Every donation matters when bringing Christmas joy to less fortunate children.
Remember, we will be collecting unwrapped toys at the Holiday Party.  Save some funds and we will let you know details of what to purchase very soon.
November is Foundation Month
Foundation Facts
The Rotary Foundation
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
Did you know that your personal contributions increase your PHF recognition amount to the same value AND give you PHF points at the rate of one point per dollar which can be transferred to create a new PHF or PHF level?  Please consider making a contribution TODAY!
The Board of Trustees manages the business of the Foundation, led by the trustee chair. The Rotary International president-elect nominates the trustees, who are elected by the Rotary International Board of Directors. The trustee chair serves for one year and trustees serve for four years.
Did you know that you can view your own personal giving progress to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION via “My Rotary” on the Rotary International website at
Did you know that Paul Harris Recognition Points can be transferred from Club to individual and individual to individual but not from individual to Club?
Did you know that Paul Harris recognition points can ONLY be used to recognize individuals and not groups or businesses; however points can be used for “Certificates of Appreciation”?
Did you know that Foundation recognition points do not expire, unless you pass away or your surviving partner is a Major Donor?
Did you know that a group of Rotarians can combine their points to make Recognition? The minimum transfer is 100 points and in denominations of 100 points.
Did you know that the Transfer Recognition request form can be downloaded from
Did you know that THE ROTARY FOUNDATION is Rotary International’s only charity?
Did you know that a PHF+1 refers to a Paul Harris Fellow recognition pin with one Sapphire?
Did you know that you’re Club President or Secretary can access your Club member PHF recognition level via MEMBERS ACCESS in the RI website at  and viewing the CLUB RECOGNITION SUMMARY Report?
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Shellie Peterson
Nov 28, 2019
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Dec 19, 2019
Exchange Student Report
Dec 26, 2019
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Be Sure To Thank Our Sponsors
Every Child Deserves Wings
Jack & Katie Threet
  Jim Garrett, Attorney
Mike Vanover
Russell Hampton
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