Taos Milagro Rotary presents Mountainfilm on Tour, a Virtual Film Festival, November 11 - 14, 2021
Exciting news: The Taos Milagro Rotary Club, along with presenting sponsors — The Jones Family Fund, Champions of the Planet & The Cabot Family Charitable Trust — are bringing Mountainfilm on Tour, a virtual film festival, to support youth programs including college and vocational scholarships and literacy, book distribution and reading programs.
Buy your ticket today!
Over the course of four days this fall — November 11 - 14 — local Rotarians and our presenting sponsors, will offer the community a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring short films curated by the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.
As our fundraiser will be virtual, we can reach a great many people in the comfort and safety of everyone’s home! (We expect to offer the festival as in-person event in 2022!)
This new family friendly event is mission critical as it is our major fundraiser for our youth programs which reach nearly 1500 students in Taos County, including local star students like Abdul Kweis who depends on our scholarship program to help pay his tuition at Columbia University in New York City.
In the past, sponsorships and community support of our annual “Chile Challenge” have generated the majority of funds needed to support these programs. And like other years, our goal is to raise $30,000 to support these efforts that so many local students have come to rely on.
Help ensure the sustainability of our impactful youth programs by joining the community for this new COVID-safe and exciting virtual event. And next year, we'll be sure to celebrate this event together at the Taos Center for the Arts!
Tickets for the virtual film festival are $15. If you intend to watch the films with friends or family, consider making an additional donation at checkout.
Tickets are on sale now here!
Special Thanks to Our Supporters:
Sabroso Restaurant & Bar; Shaw Family; Henry Van Wageningen; Kathryn Herman; Lucille Gallegos & George Jaramillo; 5 Stepping Stones; Marcia Beatty; Kate Bednarski; Chris Ellis; Taos Community Foundation; LOR Foundation; Rivera Family Funeral Home; The Salamander Company; Crollett & McDowell, PA; King Mortgage; Jesse Pederson; Henry Architects; Taos Lifestyle
Want to add your name to our list of supporters? Contact Yale Jones firstname.lastname@example.org, 575-779-4628 or Kathy Herman at email@example.com, 305-632-1234.
Get to Know our Club!
Taos Milagro Rotary Club consists of approximately 50 individuals and is part of the Rotary District 5520 of New Mexico and Southwestern Texas. Our club is actively involved in local community and international causes. Our main focus is education and literacy. The Annual Chile Challenge is our primary fundraiser, the proceeds of which go to the Rotary Scholarship and Literacy Funds. The Taos Milagro Rotary Club has been involved in several international humanitarian missions.
Mission - We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Vision - Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Meeting Time - In accordance with the CDC guidelines and the increase in COVID and Delta Variant viruses the club has returned to ZOOM meetings. To join a meeting email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the ZOOM link.
Taos Milagro Scholarhsip Recipients 2020-2021
Taos Milagro Rotary since its inception in 1998 has given over $100,000 for scholarships to Taos County graduating students. The scholarships include academic, certification, and vocational. Applications for the scholarship program can be found under the Documents section on this web site. Over $20,000 in Academic, Certification, and Vocational scholarships were awarded to the following students this year:
Voted the "Best Civic Cub" in Taos - 2021
Each year our local newspaper Taos News conducts a Best In Taos survey collecting data from the Town of Taos and Taos County. Taos Milagro Rotary has won this award for the last five years in recognition of local and international community service. With its motto Service Above Self the club focuses on scholarships for Taos County students, literacy in elementary schools, managing 15 Little Free Libraries, and international projects in poverty stricken countries.
For the Love of Reading - Literacy Program
For the Love of Reading provides one-on-one reading sessions to students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade who are reading below grade level. Volunteers are matched with two students, each student receiving individualized support for 30 minutes. With the intention of building their personal libraries and encourading home reading, book giveaways are held every three weeks allowing students to pick out a book to take home. For the students served, we seek to: improve reading proficiency, develop self-confidence, provide the encouragement and tools to become a life-long learner, and foster a love of reading. Keep reading...
Success Story: Taos Municipal Schools - Community partners build success
features Taos Milagro Rotary Literacy Program
Posted Thursday, August 22, 2019
By Cindy Brown
The Taos Municipal School District partners with more than 65 community organizations in order to provide support for its students and give them the best chance to learn and be successful. “I applaud the community for their caring and involvement with the children of the Taos Municipal Schools,” says Dr. Lillian Torrez, the district’s superintendent of schools. “Each one of these organizations is providing assistance through volunteering, finding funding or other resources to support our students.”
Two of the many successful programs are the Rotary Literacy Initiative, which helps kids learn to read, and the Community Schools program that brings support services into the schools.
Rotary Literacy Initiative
Volunteers help kids read at Ranchos Elementary through the Rotary Literacy Initiative. Principal Lourdes Cordova says, “Every day we add volunteers and now have more than 25. The volunteers come in a couple of times a week and work usually one-on-one with students in kindergarten through second grade and we are now adding third-graders, as well. The volunteers and students read to each other and have begun to establish some really nice relationships.”
In addition, volunteers get training so that they can help out at the library. They assist students with checking out books and other needs. “Going into the third year of the program, one measure of success is how excited the students are to see their volunteer,” says Cordova. “It is a way of building community relationships.” There are plans to expand the program to Arroyos del Norte this year.