DTC Rotary Club – small club makes great impact

Officers of the Denver Tech Center Rotary Club are, front row, from left, Sally Shuler, Liz Martin, Peter Hughes,  Reed Osborn, Steve Warden, Kelley Evans; back row, from left, Steve Salter, Bob Steiert, Steve Tillis, Larry McLaughlin, Ben Miller, Sandy Long.
Provided by: Liz Martin

The small but mighty Denver Tech Center Rotary Club hosts its fifth annual For the Love of Children Dinner Auction on Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. at The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Boulevard, Denver, 80210. The event is sponsored by Miller and Steiert, P.C. and features a Caribbean theme, in support of the club’s many projects in the Dominican Republic. The evening is co-hosted by Colorado Youth at Risk, which empowers teenage students to make life choices that positively impact their futures. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased online at

With only 30 members, the club has raised over $100,000 in the past five years changing children’s lives by feeding the hungry, educating the deaf, vaccinating the underprivileged, providing clean water, and encouraging high school students to do the same.

Past auction proceeds have gone to the Dominican Republic to provide clean water for indigent families, nutritious breakfasts for 120 children at a special school for children who cannot attend public school because they lack birth certificates and education for deaf students who would otherwise be ignored and grow up to lead sad, lonely and unproductive lives. The DTC Rotary Club’s current project in the Dominican Republic is the purchase of a printing press to print workbooks for children who attend school by radio in the remote parts of the country.

In the Denver metro area, many families cannot afford to go to a pediatrician to get normal childhood vaccinations. Last year the DTC Rotary Foundation funded more than 1,000 vaccinations through the Shots for Tots program and club members regularly assist at local immunization clinics.

At Thomas Jefferson High School, students in the Interact Club, which is sponsored by DTC Rotary, are developing leadership skills and making a difference in their families, school and community. With the DTC Rotary Club’s support this year the Interact Club contributed $5000 to the Heifer Project and received a “Make a Difference” award for their efforts. Each year the DTC Rotary Foundation awards a $2,000 college scholarship to a member of the Interact Club who has shown an exceptional history and commitment to helping others. This year’s winner is Angela Kumagai, who now attends CU-Boulder where she is majoring in pre-law.

For more information about the event or the DTC Rotary Club, call Liz Martin at 303-220-8841 or visit the club’s website,

From the Your Hub sections of the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News in October 2007.

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