Greetings Rotarians,
District Events to participate in this Spring and Summer!
Imagine Rotary in the Rockies and Register for the District Conference before Registration Prices go up:
If you are thinking about attending the June 8-10 District Conference in Estes Park Colorado, I am encouraging you to register before the end of this month. Registration fees will increase on May 1st. The discounted room block at the Ridgeline Hotel is sold out. Fortunately there are other hotels in Estes Park that have vacancies. Please check the conference information on the district website. Kellie has added details about the hotels that still have rooms available. Book your reservations soon, these rooms are filling up!
Club Presidents, you can share the success of the projects your club completed in the World Café. Please contact Mike Forney at for more details.  The focus of every district conference is on the clubs and recognizing what they have accomplished.  Please send me a short slide summary of a project your club completed this year that you want to share with conference attendees. The slide summary should include: one introduction slide, slides with pictures of the project or club members working on the project and a final summary slide, 6 slides maximum.  The slides will be played at the district conference during all the meals so conference attendees can see the results of the amazing projects your clubs worked on this year.   

Here’s a summary of the Imagine Rotary in the Rockies Breakout sessions:
Sessions focusing on youth programs
  1. Cowboy Youth Exchange facilitated by Dirk Miller.  Program overview from the district youth exchange committee and some current students
  2. Interact facilitated by Rotarian Jennifer Boreson Johnstown-Millliken An overview of this 200 member Interact Club at Roosevelt High School and discussion on successful strategies
  3. Rocky Mountain RYLA and Young RYLA facilitated by Dave Boon and others. Hear how this Rotary week-long leadership camp at YMCA of the Rockies is a game-changer for teens and Rotarians as well.
 Sessions from D5440 Clubs Projects and Success Stories
  1. Rwandan nurses saving lives: a Rheumatic Heart disease Rotary Project presented by Maria Kidner, Lander 
  2. Worland Club Success Stories presented by Nikki Donahue and Chloe Stine, Worland 
  3. Fun-raising + Fund-raising: The Critical Elements for a successful fundraiser and how to address the challenges. Facilitated by DGE Steve Sehnert and Ellen Kendall, Steamboat Springs
  4. Global Grant: Water, Sanitation and Dignity to the Schools of Grahamstown, South Africa presented by Jackson Hole President Jessica Jaubert, Jackson Hole. 
Sessions on Timely Topics
  1. Fire Prevention and Mitigation presented by Estes Park Fire Chief David Wolf
  2. Emergency Management and how Rotarians Can Help presented by Larimer County Emergency Management Director Lori Hodges
  3. Rocky Mountain National Park an Overview  presented by National Park Service Kurt Base
  4. Braver Angels: Bridging the political, ethnic, and other divides that separates us presented by Rotarian Thomas Brantley, Cheyenne. Rotary Clubs are discovering how partnering with Braver Angels promotes the Four-Way Test
  5. Diversity presented by Dr. Regina Lewis
There will be opportunities to participate in a community service project and lots of free time activities, from touring Rocky Mountain National Park, playing golf, riding the Alpine Slide or shopping in downtown Estes Park.  Register HERE before March 30 and call the Ridgeline Hotel at 970-527-1500 to reserve your room!   
Imagine Your Club Officer Role:
District Training Assembly
This coming weekend, April 22nd,  we will hold a virtual District Training Assembly which will focus on follow-up training for club officers.  If you are a PE, PEN, AG, Treasurer or Secretary and you have not registered to attend this virtual assembly please visit and register free of cost.  Registration will close on Thursday morning and those registered will receive an emailed zoom link to the training.
As always, I don’t need to “IMAGINE” that this Rotary Year for District 5440 will be amazing! Our Leadership Team is talented and very strong.  And every club in the district is compassionate, active, reaching out and making a difference in their community, in the district and in the world. 
Dream Big and Imagine Rotary!         
Lee Varra-Nelson 
District 5440 Governor 2022--2023  
Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast  
cell phone:  970-215-4949