The club continues its sponsorship of a junior college World Series team each year, helps pack Christmas food packages for the Salvation Army and joins other Rotary clubs in the Grand Valley in purchasing and distributing dictionaries to all third-graders.
We are an irregular collection of Rotarians who enjoy serving our community. We have about 20 to 30 members.
We meet Fridays at noon at Two Rivers Convention Center, 2nd & Main Streets
in downtown Grand Junction, Colorado
We support Mesa County Partners, one of the most successful mentoring and restitution programs in the nation.
We will be hosting a JUCO team in 2017. Stay tuned for details!
The Redlands name comes from the part of the Grand Junction area where the club meets. Once filled with fruit orchards, the Redlands now is primarily residential. Redlands Rotarians need not be residents of the Redlands to join.
True to our self-deprecating humor as a disorganized club, the name of the first president is lost to memory. The chief founder, Demmus Harvey, stepped in to finish the first president's term after he left Grand Junction due to a job transfer. Bob Stokes, a charter member, served as the second president. The Grand Junction Rotary Club, a far larger group, offered vital support for Redlands in its early years. Stokes gave special credit to longtime Grand Junction Rotarian Jim Fuoco.
The fledgling club held a yard sale in its first year to raise funds and later conducted several wine-tasting and spaghetti dinners.
From the start, the club has served as host of a team from the eastern United States during the National Junior College World Series.
In the first 10 years or so of the club's existence, there were at least six Paul Harris fellowships funded. Today, we are proud to be a Paul Harris Fellows club.
Bob Emrich, one of the charter members and a past president, recalled how the club was always been dedicated to a friendly atmosphere. He visited many other Western Slope clubs and "a lot of the clubs seemed a little stuffy." Redlands Rotary is not.
Our club has stayed small, usually fewer than 40 members. But its impact has been larger than the numbers might suggest: helpful to the community and to Rotary, as well as satisfying for the members. The club contributed heavily to RI's polio plus effort, sponsors Paul Harris fellowships, entertains GSE students and participates, with other area Rotary clubs, in other international service activities. A few of our presidents-elect have even attended PETS seminars.
Please contact club president Frank Lindemann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-216-3879 to come as a guest to a meeting.