Green for Green Lawn Equipment Trade-In

We Want You--- to turn in your gas-powered lawn equipment and trade up to electric! Green for Green starts this Saturday at Ace Hardware in Carbondale. Every piece of small engine gas-powered lawn equipment including push mowers, edge trimmers, leaf blowers and even chainsaws will qualify for a $50 gift card towards the purchase of a new electric replacement. Now's the time to do yourself and the planet a favor and save money at the same time (first with the gift card, then later with cheaper electricity!)
Come join members of the Carbondale Rotary Environmental Committee at the locations listed on the image above and thanks to our partners at the Carbondale Environmental Fund, CLEER, and Trinity Recycling for making this happen. Starting this way you could walk away with cleaner, greener landscaping options! See you there!
Green for Green Lawn Equipment Trade-In Alan Cole 2024-05-15 06:00:00Z 0

Fireball Drop at Village Smithy a Big Hit!

 Fireball Drop sponsored by Ace Hardware was another great success!
The Carbondale Rotary and the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District teamed up once again to drop up to 1,000 colored ping pong balls (or more) from a fire ladder truck on First Friday, May 3rd at 5pm! What was new this year is that the whole spectacle moved downtown on Main Street outside the Village Smithy! As before, the ball closest the center target w0n the $5,000 grand prize and belonged to Carbondale resident Anna Vitali! Congratulations Anna!
Balls were purchased for $20/each online at or at City Market Carbondale (every weekend and the full week prior) or through our partners at Ascendigo Autism Services and the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.
We raised over $40,000 and all proceeds after expenses go to local volunteer projects, scholarships, Rotary youth exchange and social programs! Thanks to everyone who bought a ball (or 3 or more!)
Fireball Drop at Village Smithy a Big Hit! Alan Cole 2024-04-16 06:00:00Z 0

Potato Day Pancake Breakfast 2023

Calling all hungry Potato Day fans! Rotary will be firing up the grill for pancakes once again on Saturday, October 7th in downtown Carbondale!
Join us at the park at 4th Street and Main Street in downtown Carbondale for delicious pancakes (and potato pancakes) from 8:30am to 10:30am.
Regular pancakes are $10/plate (or potato pancakes for $15/plate) including sausage, orange juice and Bonfire coffee! All proceeds went to benefit the Rotary Club of Carbondale and our scholorships, grants and service projects.
Hope to see you there!
Potato Day Pancake Breakfast 2023 Alan Cole 2023-09-26 06:00:00Z 0 Carbondale,Pancake Breakfast,Potato Day
Fireball Drop 2023 John Stroud 2023-07-01 06:00:00Z 0

Potato Days Pancake Breakfast

We had a great time at Potato Day on Saturday, October 1st in downtown Carbondale!
The park at 4th Street and Main Street in downtown Carbondale was busy with Rotarians serving pancakes from 8:00am to 10:00am.
Regular pancakes were $10/plate (or potato pancakes for $15/plate) including sausage, orange juice and Bonfire coffee! All proceeds went to benefit the Rotary Club of Carbondale. All in all we raised $900!
Potato Days Pancake Breakfast Alan Cole 2022-09-21 06:00:00Z 0

Scenes from the Fireball Drop 2022

Our Carbondale Rotary/Ace Hardware Fireball Drop 2022 was a success, raising over $27,000 to support our student scholarships, Rotary Youth Exchange, community and international projects and grants. Thank you to everyone who partcipated!
Scenes from the Fireball Drop 2022 2022-06-27 06:00:00Z 0

Fireball Drop is Back for 2022!

We're excited to announce the return of the Fireball Drop sponsored by Ace Hardware!
Come join the fun as Carbondale Rotary and the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District team up to drop up to 1,000 colored ping pong balls (or more) from a fire ladder truck at Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale on First Friday, May 6th at 5pm! Which ball will hit the center target and who will win the $5,000 grand prize?
Corporate sponsors include Alpine Bank, Sopris Liquor and Wine, Umbrella Roofing, Sotheby's International Realty River Valley Ranch Office, Wealth By Design, Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Mike Waski.
Balls can be purchased for $20/each online at or at City Market Carbondale (at select times starting in mid-March) or through our partners at YouthZone, Roaring Fork Soccer Club, Ascendigo and Roaring Fork Pickleball Association.
All proceeds after expenses go to local volunteer projects, scholarships, Rotary youth exchange and social programs.
Fireball Drop is Back for 2022! Alan Cole 2022-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Support Carbondale Rotary's endeavors

Our club is involved in several community, district and global programs and projects. Contributions specifically to our club's student scholarships, community and international grants and service projects, and our Rotary Youth Exchange program are welcome and can be sent to the Rotary Club of Carbondale, P.O. Box 538, Carbondale, CO 81623.
202Fall 2021 Rio Grande Trail cleanup.
Support Carbondale Rotary's endeavors 2022-03-05 07:00:00Z 0

Announcing the Fireball Drop 2021!

The Rotary Club of Carbondale has created a one-of-a-kind event this spring and we'd like to invite you to participate in the first ever Fireball Drop on May 7th, First Friday in May at Sopris Park in Carbondale!
We’re going to drop up to 1,000 ping pong balls from a Fire Ladder Truck onto a field of targets! The ball that lands closest to the center target wins the Grand Prize of $5000 Cash!!!!  Other prizes are including $500 cash are available too!
You can help support local scholarships, local community projects, non-profits and international relief efforts all by purchasing 1 ping pong ball for $20 or 3 for $50 by going here:!
Here's our shiny new QR code too!
You can also contact any Carbondale Rotarian if you’d like to buy a ball (or three or more) and pay by check or cash.
The drop happens this May 7th at 5pm and you can watch from a distance at the park or online on Facebook Live! Don’t miss out on something this unique!  Huge thanks to our title sponsor Ace Hardware and featured sponsor Alpine Bank!
All the proceeds are tax deductible and the more money we raise the more we can help our high schoolers, first-responders and others during this time!
Announcing the Fireball Drop 2021! Alan Cole 2021-03-11 07:00:00Z 0

Join us virtually

If you can't join us in person, please consider joining virtually at 6:45 a.m. each Wednesday via Zoom for our weekly club meetings and to hear special guest speakers and presentations. To receive the meeting link, please contact John Stroud at
Join us virtually John Stroud 2020-03-16 06:00:00Z 0

Running of the Balls 2019

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We had our second Running of the Balls fundraiser on Sept. 6, 2019, as part of the Carbondale First Friday festivities downtown.
The evening began with our Running of the Kids race, where children ages 3-8 were invited to be chased by large rubber balls down Main Street in a just-for-fun event.
Then, ticket holders and other spectators lined the street to watch as members of the Roaring Fork Youth Soccer Club kick-shuffled the big, bouncy balls down the street to see which ones would enter the finish chute first to determine the winner.
Congratulations to Kevin Lundy of Carbondale, who held the winning ticket and won the $5,000 grand prize! This event raises needed funds for our student scholarships, community grants and support for global Rotary projects.
Running of the Balls 2019 John Stroud 2019-10-20 06:00:00Z 0

Running of the Balls 2018

Posted by Alan Cole on Sep 10, 2018
Carbondale Rotary’s first-ever Running of the Balls last Friday was even better than we imagined. Locals of all ages came out for First Friday and lined Main Street to watch. We had a kids fun run for ages 3-6, a great parade and lastly the main event when 89 of our big rubber balls got blown down the street by giant fans and leaf blowers.
Jack Brendlinger (on the ATV)
We had perfect weather and amazing, crews of volunteers to make it all happen. The vision of our hard-working event architect, planner and chairman Jack Brendlinger truly became a reality. 
Running of the Balls 2018 Alan Cole 2018-09-10 06:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to our 2018/2019 Scholarship Recipients

Posted on May 18, 2018
Carbondale Rotary 2019 Scholarship recipients
Carbondale Rotary Awards 2018 Scholarships
to Local High School Students
RFHS and BHS Seniors Receive $1,000 each for College
Jim Kenney (third from left) passes the mic to the 2018 Carbondale Rotary Scholarship recipients
The Carbondale Rotary Club proudly presented ten outstanding local high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships to put towards their college tuition at the weekly Club meeting this past Wednesday morning, May 14th at the Carbondale Fire Station. The students were chosen out of a field of 38 applicants based on their academic record, their demonstrated need and their commitment to Rotary’s Four Way Test and motto of Service Above Self. Seven recipients currently attend Basalt High School and three go to Roaring Fork High School.
Congratulations to our 2018/2019 Scholarship Recipients Alan Cole 2018-05-18 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our New Rotary Exchange Students

Posted by Alan Cole on Sep 04, 2017
Carbondale Rotary Club welcomed this year's Rotary Exchange Students at the Aspen Airport in late August. 
Both Stefan Platzer from Austria and Thunyakrit "Ou" Chutiphornphongchai from Thailand arrived to spend the year living with local families and attending High School through the Carbondale Rotary Mountain and Plains District 5470 Rotary Youth Exchange!
Stefan's Carbondale Rotary Greeting Committee at the Aspen Airport!
Thunyakrit "Ou" Chutiphornphongchai is welcomed to Aspen by his host family the Mitchells and Carbondale Rotary members!
Both students will be running cross-country for their respective schools. Ou has already visited the top of Aspen Mountain and Stefan spent his first weekend fly fishing. They're certainly wasting no time settling in to life in the valley!
Special thanks to our very own John Stroud for the countless hours organizing the Rotary Exchange program here and making these life-changing experiences possible!
Welcome to our New Rotary Exchange Students Alan Cole 2017-09-04 06:00:00Z 0

The Time Travelers - Free Screening

Posted on Jul 12, 2017
On Wednesday, July 19th at noon the Carbondale Rotary Club proudly presents a free screening of "The Time Travelers" a documentary film by director Forest Woodward and Brendan Leonard.The event will be at the Carbondale Fire Station and includes a presentation by crew member Ian Anderson.

In January 2017, the USA Men’s Rafting Team set their sights on making history by attempting to break a legendary speed record down 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Their goal was 34 hours. 34 hours…straight.

Throughout 2016, the filmmakers sporadically followed these scrappy, determined guys on their quest…training hard, designing their custom boat, and gaining perspective on what it means to attempt something extraordinary on one of the world’s most breathtaking stages.
The Time Travelers - Free Screening Alan Cole 2017-07-12 06:00:00Z 0

Our New Rotary Exchange Students

We held a very special meeting two weeks ago as we welcomed our two new foreign exchange students, Sophie Hofmann from Germany and Nithin Prakash from India. We also heard from returning local student Megan Webber about her amazing experience in Argentina and met with outbound student Jaden Stryker who is headed to the Netherlands this fall! Sophie is attending Roaring Fork High School and just joined the cheerleading squad and Nithin attends Basalt High School and is on the golf team!
Jaden Stryker, Megan Webber, Sophie Hoffmann, Nithin Prakash
Megan Webber Details her Argentina Experience
Our New Rotary Exchange Students Alan Cole 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our Paul Harris Fellow Award Winners  Alan Cole 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Great Weather, Great All-Valley Rotary Ride on July 9th Alan Cole 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Demotion Party for Steve Skinner - Wed. June 15th

I hope everyone had a good time at the Happening. I enjoyed the gambling, the music and all the wonderful friends together in one place. It’s a good thing that we were not gambling for real because I lost it all!
There is no meeting this week. Instead we are going to meet at Jack and Marsha’s at 5:30 on Wednesday for the Demotion Picnic. Marsha would appreciate your RSVP so she knows how to prepare.
Like I said at our last meeting, it has been an honor and a privilege serving our club. Please show your love and demote me this Wednesday.
Lastly, enjoy this video of “Happy Trails,” performed by Roy Rogers and picture me cantering off into the sunset while the music plays.
Thank you all!
Steve Skinner
Demotion Party for Steve Skinner - Wed. June 15th Steve Skinner 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

New Board of Directors

A new board of directors was elected at this morning's meeting on June 1st, 2016. The new officers and members include:
President: Robin Tolan
President Elect: Ed Queenan
President Elect Nominee: Richard Fuller
Past President: Steve Skinner
Treasurer: Garret Jammaron
Secretary: Jim Kenney
Programs: Rick Carlson
Marketing/PR: Alan Cole
YEO (Youth Exchange Officer): John Stroud
Rotary Foundation (Annual Giving, Polio Plus and Endowment): Ann Harris and Mike Waski
New Board of Directors Alan Cole 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0

Have Interesting Information to Share?

Posted by Steve Skinner on Dec 07, 2015

Our new website has a tool for creating articles that can be posted on the website's Home page and or News tab and or in the Weekly Newsletter.  Please email Steve Skinner at if you are interested. 

Have Interesting Information to Share? Steve Skinner 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ken Neubecker on Jun 01, 2015

Saturday, June 20, at the Orchard in Carbondale.  VIVA MEXICO!!

The HAPPENING!! Ken Neubecker 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Carbondale Fighting Proverty in Africa

Posted by Ted Miller on Apr 12, 2013

Carbondale Rotary Club partners to Fund a Women’s Tree Nursery in Niger


The Rotary Club of Carbondale is helping to tackle poverty, hunger and malnutrition through its support of the Farmers of the Future program. The goal of Farmers of the Future is to help impoverished farmers of Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, escape the poverty trap of subsistence farming. It teaches modern agricultural practice to primary school children and creates profitable farming businesses for their mothers. The project, now in its pilot phase in three villages in Niger, is being implemented through the non-profit organization, Eliminate Poverty Now, which was founded by Carbondale Rotarians John and Judy Craig to promote economic opportunity in Africa, especially for women.


Rotary Club of Carbondale Fighting Proverty in Africa Ted Miller 2013-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Carbondale Rotary 2013 Grants

Posted by Louis Meyer

Rotary Club of Carbondale

….Celebrating Through Service the Diversity  of Our Community


The Carbondale  Rotary Club is proud to recognize our 2013 Grant Recipients:

Applicant $ amount of Grant
Access Roaring Fork $700
Advocate Safehouse $500
Andy Zanca $300
C'dale Clay Ctr $900
CASA of the 9th $900
Family Visitor $350
Houses for Higher Ed $650
Junior Achievement $900
KDNK $700
LiftUp $800
Literacy Outreach $400
Raising a Reader $1,150
RFOV $450
Mt Sopris Historical $1,500
Third Street Ctr $500
Wilderness Workshop $700
Your Friends for Life $400
YouthEntity $500
Youth Zone $900
Habitat for Humanity $5,000
Dental Health Alliance $400
Reach Out & Read $200
C'dale Cmty Oven $200    
TOTAL $19,000
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The Green Team

Posted by Ted Miller

Community Sustainability in the Roaring Fork Valley: High Altitude Permaculture and Greenhouse Design and Implementation Involving Youth Participation and Planning


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