Summit County Rotarians hand out writing pads during a Kenyan gathering
Summit County's Community Dinner is offered every Tuesday from 5-7p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne. Every Tuesday evening, the Rotary Club of Summit County teams with the Elk’s Lodge 2561 and Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church to provide a hot, nutritious meal to any and all who care to join us. The program has evolved to provide more than just food. The Community Dinner offers a weekly gathering spot for friends and families. In fact, families frequently bring balloons and use the facility to celebrate their children’s birthdays. Depending on the season, we get between 200 and 600 diners each week, and we’ve served over 100,000 meals in under ten years with over a third of that number going to children. Our efforts have been covered by the Washington Post, New York Times, and any number of local publications, and has been used as a case study for similar efforts throughout the United States.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a free meal provided by the Rotary Club of Summit County in conjunction with the Keystone Conference Center and the Silverthorne Pavilion. On Thanksgiving Day, from noon until 3pm, we serve over 400 traditional Thanksgiving dinners: Turkey and dressing, potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad and dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. The Thanksgiving Day dinner has been a free event and community staple for more than 25 years.
Summit In Honduras
Summit in Honduras is a humanitarian 501c3 non-profit working to improve health and education in remote mountain villages in Northwestern Honduras. In conjunction with the Rotary in Santa Barbara, Honduras, we have built three schools and are currently working on a fourth. We are also working with a local clinic to bring medical teams both to said clinic and to neighboring villages.
Summit Rotary shares the dream of ensuring that people’s lives are not governed or defined by poverty, that medical care is accessible, that water is clean and plentiful, and that every child has the opportunity to pursue an education.
Shelter Box Project
Twelve years ago, a Rotarian spotted a gap in aid provision following natural disasters. While food and medicine were immediately delivered, little to no assistance went directly to sheltering survivors and helping them through the first few days, weeks, and months as they struggled to rebuild their lives. Shelter Box was launched to fill that void, providing shelter, warmth, and (in effect) dignity to disaster survivors around the world.
Each Shelter Box provides a tent for a family of up to 10 people, a stove, cooking and eating utensils, tools, a water purification system, bedding, protective materials such as state of the art mosquito netting and a pack of children’s books, pencils and crayons.