Guest Column: Rifle Rotary is all about community |

Guest Column: Rifle Rotary is all about community

The Rifle Rotary Club is proud to have been a member of the Rifle community for over three decades and is devoted to doing meaningful things to help improve the quality of life in our community. Our club is made up of volunteers from a diverse sector of the community, including business and professional people, public servants, clergy members and retired citizens. They volunteer time and effort with a common goal: to improve the community. Following are some of the things we are currently involved in:

Elementary school dictionaries

In partnership with Alpine Bank and the Rifle Elks Club, the Rifle Rotary Club, on a yearly basis, distributes over 300 dictionaries to third graders in Rifle, Silt and Battlement Mesa elementary schools.

Exchange student program

For over 30 years, the Rifle Rotary Club sponsors high school students from our community to study in a foreign country and live with host families in those countries. Rifle Rotary Club also sponsors students from foreign countries to come live and attend high school in our community with a family from our local area.

Raising a Reader Foundation

Rifle Rotary Club is proud to support the Raising A Reader organization that distributes books to young children to enhance their reading abilities. They also educate parents about the importance of reading to their children.

Salvation Army Red Kettle

During the holiday season in November and December, the Rifle Rotary Club helps ring the bell to collect funds for the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping people that are less fortunate than others. Last year, along with lots of community volunteers, we were able to raise over $5,000 for this worthy cause.

Community charities and activities

We are approached by many worthwhile community charities to help further their efforts. We always try to help any charities or activities that we can.

We have some fun, too

Every year, the Rifle Rotary Club holds their ball drop contest at the Garfield County Fair. You can buy tickets to get a chance to win $1,000 in cash. The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win. During the fair, we will drop approximately 2,000 balls from high in the sky in the rodeo arena. If your number is chosen, you are the winner. There are also lots of other prizes given away that day. Even if you don’t win, you will still qualify for many free or discounted services from our community.

If you are interested in joining our club, working with other community members and making a difference, please contact us at 989-3149, or simply drop in and have breakfast with us every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the Grand River Health conference area.

John Dyer is Rifle’s police chief and president of the Rifle Rotary Club.

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