Highlands Ranch Rotary Club changes leadership

Service, socialization at center of mission

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Joyce Volp has been a Rotarian for only three years, but she has been involved with the organization for 30 years at an arm’s reach as the spouse of John Volp, who served as president of the Highlands Ranch club two years ago.

Volunteerism and leadership are nothing new for Joyce, who just began her one-year term at the helm of the club, taking over for outgoing president Doug Doig.

She has served as president of the Lakewood Jaycettes, the Littleton Kiwanis Foundation and the Littleton Business Association, and was also chair of the Littleton Fine Arts Board and the South Suburban Parks and Recreation Public Art Committee.

“The most important thing Rotary does is to give members the opportunity to give back to the community,” she said. “Through our many activities, Rotary builds goodwill and better friendships. I hope to spread the word that helping your community can be both rewarding and fun.”

The latest Volp to lead the local Rotarians hopes to pick up where Doig left off in continuing to attract younger members and increase the club’s membership base.

With just shy of 60 members, the club is involved in roughly 30 community service projects at the local and international level. The club has a huge focus on youth programs and in recent years has expanded its reach to multiple veteran programs such as Forgotten Heroes, Homes for Our Troops and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Volp said she hopes to initiate a program to help seniors in the community and continue to expand the work the club does with the Douglas/Elbert Task Force.

“I hope to educate and inform our members about what is going on in the community and how we can help,” she said.

The club also has its share of fun, though, and Doig said that is one thing that separates it from a lot of other service organizations.

From annual trips to see the Nuggets, Avalanche, Rockies and Air Force football to golf tournaments, happy hour get-togethers, and even the occasional cruise, Doig said members really enjoy each other’s company and having fun together.

It’s that sense of camaraderie that likely has led to the club being so successful. Under Doig’s leadership this past year, the club raised a record $55,000 at its annual gala.

“One hundred percent of all the funds we raise go directly back into the local community or the worldwide community,” John Volp said. “We don’t have any operating expenses, as our club operates on a dues basis. The fundraising all goes to charitable organizations and endeavors.”

For more information about Highlands Ranch Rotary, please contact Joyce Volp at 303-795-5305 or joycevolp@hotmail.com.