ImageJanuary is Rotary Awareness Month and thanks to the Rotary Club of Commerce City, hundreds of Commerce City kids will have new shoes to play in and an essential learning resource at their fingertips!

Last month, Commerce City's own Rotary Club purchased and distributed free new dictionaries to over 700 third grade students who attend eight elementary schools in historic Commerce City. Rotary volunteers visited every 3rd grade classroom and hand-delivered the dictionaries to the students who were thrilled to receive them.

Also in the holiday spirit, the Commerce City Rotary Club sponsored the 17th Annual "Hearts and Soles" Program that purchases new shoes for local children in need. During the month of December, the Commerce City Rotary Club purchased shoes, socks, and boots for over 500 impoverished children in the Adams County School District 14 attendance area. Families were referred to the program by schools and social service agencies. Rotary members made appointments to meet families at the local Wal-Mart where the families selected footwear for their children at no cost to them, up to $25 per child. In the words of one mother, "Thanks to the Rotary Club, my children had a smile this year!"

These projects are among many service projects that Rotary does to benefit the Commerce City community including a Dental Hygiene Kit Project and a School Supply Drive. Funds for these projects are generated through annual fundraising events including a trap shoot and golf tournament. For more information about how to get involved or support the Commerce City Rotary Club, please contact Sharon Maybee at 303-655-9831 or

About Commerce City Rotary Club - Commerce City Rotary Club is a local chapter of Rotary International. Rotary International is the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in 33,790 clubs worldwide. Commerce City Rotary Club began in 1961 and is celebrating 51 years of service. Rotary Club members volunteer locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self".