Posted by Wendy Renee on Sep 18, 2017


Golden Rotary: Mon Sep 18 2017

Rick Hebert Hoot:
“What never asks any questions, but always answers?”
─ A Doorbell.
Guest Speaker, Ken Wiig, Second Wind Fund, Sep 12, 2017
“Helping Children & Youth at Risk of Suicide”:
Ken Wiig, Board of Director for the Second Wind Fund, along with Chris Weiss, Development Director, were our special guest speakers on this day of Sep 12, 2017. Second Wind Fund (Second Wind) was founded in 2002 as a community response to four consecutive suicides of teens who attended the same local high school. Mr. Wiig and Mr. Weiss were in attendance to educate our group on the topic of youth suicide, the warning signs, and action for prevention.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10 – 19 in Colorado, Colorado being amongst one of the highest in the country. Second Wind’s mission is to decrease these statistics by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment. Second Wind has partnered with more than 217 therapists to provide counseling for crisis situations. The counselors work for a reduced rate, $70.00/hour, while fundraising covers the sessions. Per Chris Weiss, “approximate cost to save a life is $1000.00.” At $70.00 per session, x 12 sessions, counselors are able to schedule within a week for a person in need.  
Warning signs to watch for are talk of suicide or death, a sense of not belonging, feeling like a failure, social isolation, feeling depressed, previous attempts, history of suicide with friends or family, drastic changes in behavior, loss of interest in activities, giving away of prized possessions, impulsive behavior, humiliation or discipline crisis, chronic irritability and agitation, recent severe loss, mental illness, and alcohol or drug abuse. If you are aware of any of these risk factors and warning signs, take action and get help. In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If you have concerns, “Ask, Listen, Encourage help, Tell them you care, and Don’t keep it a secret.”
To Refer a Youth to Second Wind Fund
  • Contact your school counselor, psychologist, or social worker to contact Second Wind Fund for you.
  • If the youth is not in school, contact your family doctor or a mental health professional.
  • If you are a youth struggling with suicidal thoughts, tell a trusted adult.
Respond During a Crisis
  • In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Call the Colorado Crisis Support Line: 1-844-493 TALK (8255)
  • Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Second Wind Walk/Run: Raising funds to save the lives of children & teens at risk for suicide.
From Michelle Barnes: Rotary will have a table at the annual CASA Gala on Sep 23, 2017. If anyone would like to be in the drawing for a complimentary seat (including a plus one), please email: or let Michelle know at the beginning of the meeting on Sep 19, 2017. Michelle will draw the winner at Rotary’s weekly meeting! CASA trains and supports hundreds of local volunteers to advocate for children who are abused and neglected – many of whom live in foster care and/or group homes.
Upcoming Calendar:
  • Tue 09/19/2017: Weekly meeting at Table Mountain Inn
    • Speaker will be Adrienne Elliot. Topic: “Adoption”
    • 7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Fri 09/22/2017: Foothills Art Center Gala, Glitter in the Garden (black-tie optional) Golden, CO
    • Proceeds from this event support the Art Center’s responsible operations, innovative art, and educational and community programs.
    • Event starts at 6:00 PM
    • For additional information and tickets:
  • Sat 09/23/2017: CASA Gala, A Night for CASA 2017 The Denver West Marriott
    • What a special night it will be! Because of our supporters, more than 2,700 children in our community have benefited from having a Court Appointed Special Advocate, a CASA volunteer.
    • We look forward to seeing everyone at this years “A Night for CASA” – September 23, 2017.
    • For more information: or
  • Tue 09/26/2017: CLUB IS DARK. In support of the Area 7 Assembly.
  • Wed 09/27/2017: Area 7 Assembly, the Vista at Applewood Golf Course
    • Please mark your calendars for a very special evening!
    • Three clubs from our Area will be in attendance for this Polio Plus fundraising event
    • All Rotarians are encouraged to attend
    • Buffet dinner, cash bar
    • Special guest speaker, Abbas Rajabi, 5450 District Governor 2017 – 2018
    • Cost for you and guest covered by the club, though limited number of paid admissions. If we exceed the number of paid admissions, then cost is $18.00/person
    • Please RSVP to Greg Elliott: 
    • Please RSVP no later than 09/20/2017
  • Tue 10/03/2017: Weekly meeting at Rolling Hills Country Club
    • Speaker will be Geoff Brown. Topic: “What is Denver Asset Building Coalition (DABC) About?”
    • 7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Sat 10/07/2017: 16th Annual Second Wind Walk/Run Fundraiser, Clement Park, Littleton, CO
Uplifting take-a-way:
“Place your hand over your heart. Do you feel that. That’s called purpose. You’re alive for a reason. Don’t ever give up.”
─ quote by Joyce Meyer.