CALLS NEEDED – HB12-1131 hearing tomorrow!

We just got word that we are on the calendar for TOMORROW TUESDAY APRIL 17 for a hearing at Senate Appropriations. Nothing like short notice!  If you have 15 minutes to spare, there are 9 members of the committee that need to hear from you in support of HB12-1131 for Child Loss License Plates! Please call and leave a voice mail or send a quick email.

As before, your message doesn’t need to be long, short and sweet is best.  Each call is logged, and they read their emails!  In the past the House members have made a point of telling us that they got the calls and emails from all of you – so it does make a difference!

Here is what I say when I call:  “Hi, my name is Corinne O’Flynn and I am calling to ask for your support of HB12-1131 for Child Loss Awareness License Plates. I’d love to have this plate in memory of my daughter Rowan.”

Senate Appropriations Committee Members

Pat Steadman, Chair
303-866-4861,
pat.steadman.senate@state.co.us

Mary Hodge, Vice-Chair
303-866-4855,
mary.hodge.senate@state.co.us

Bob Bacon
303-866-4841,
bob.bacon.senate@state.co.us

Rollie Heath
303-866-4872,
rollie.heath.senate@state.co.us

Angela Giron
303-866-4878,
angela.giron.senate@state.co.us

Keith King
303-866-4880,
keith.king.senate@state.co.us

Kevin Grantham
303-866-4877,
kevin.grantham.senate@state.co.us

Kent Lambert
303-866-4835, senatorlambert@comcast.net

Ted Harvey
303-866-4881,
ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us

HB12-1131 goes to Senate Finance – CALLS NEEDED!

On Tuesday, April 10th, RTF’s bill HB12-1131 for Child Loss Awareness License Plates goes before the Senate Finance Committee.  This will be our final opportunity to testify before voting takes place, and as always, your support is needed.  Please email or call the committee members below if you have a moment to do so to let them know you want them to support this bill.

As before, your message doesn’t need to be long, short and sweet is best.  Each call is logged, and they read their emails!  In the past the House members have made a point of telling us that they got the calls and emails from all of you – so it does make a difference!

Here is what I say when I call:  “Hi, my name is Corinne O’Flynn and I am calling to ask for your support of HB12-1131 for Child Loss Awareness License Plates. I’d love to have this plate in memory of my daughter Rowan.”

Senate Finance Members:
Senator Michael Johnston, Chair – 303-866-4864 – mike.johnston.senate@state.co.us
Sen. Angela Giron, Vice-Chair – 303-866-4878 – angela.giron.senate@state.co.us
Sen. Greg Brophy – 303-866-6360 – greg@gregbrophy.net
Sen. Cheri Jahn – 303-866-4856 – cheri.jahn.senate@state.co.us
Sen. Mark Scheffel – 303-866-4869 – mark.scheffel.senate@state.co.us
Sen. Lucia Guzman – 303-866-4862 – lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us
Sen. Keith King – 303-866-4880 – keith.king.senate@state.co.us

Dedicate a Tree at the RTF Healing Garden

Our Healing Garden plan is coming together! We are so eager to break ground and complete the landscaping out at the Angel Memorial Plaza. Since this project began, many people have contacted us about buying trees for the garden. Since there are a limited number of trees that will be available, we’ve decided that it would be fair to everyone to hold a lottery for those interested in sponsoring the trees.

Enter your name below to be in the Tree Drawing
Drawing will be on MAY 1.

We will have a total of 10 trees planted at the memorial, and the whole area will be surrounded by garden beds. Individuals will be able to sponsor a tree (starting 5/1/12 by lottery only) or sponsor a portion of the garden (available now). Engraved stones will be created and placed into the garden with your dedication written on them.  Details about the engraved stones will be available soon.

The Parker Public Works Department has created a landscaping plan for us, and after having the soil analyzed, they have come up with a list of trees and plantings that will do well out there. This list is subject to change based on availability and the direction from the town’s horticulturist.

  • 3 Cleveland Select Pears
  • 3 Bristlecone Pines
  • 2 Hawthornes
  • 2 additional Conifers (likely firs)

Please consider making a donation to support this project. We need to raise $15,000 to complete the garden installation.

Details about the Healing Garden Memorial Project

Help us reach our 15k Goal!

Dedicate a Garden Segment $200
Available Now!

Sponsor a TREE – $400.
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(Please do not make payments at this time.)
You can donate on your own, or share the dedication with a friend.

NOTE: If you prefer not to make a lump sum payment, you will have the option to set up automatic monthly payments (minimum $50 a month) through our donation portal. Because engraving will be done for all sponsorships, these donations are nonrefundable.

SPONSORS: Please understand that by becoming a sponsor, you are making a donation and receiving an engraved memorial in the garden. Individuals will not be permitted to plant anything in the beds or otherwise decorate the garden with personal items. The Town of Parker has graciously allowed our memorial to be placed in the park and we have been given the mandate to maintain the garden according to the planned specifications.

 

Update on HB12-1131

We’ve had a break in the action surrounding HB12-1131 this week and as we head into Friday I thought I’d update you all on the bill’s status.  As of today, we are scheduled to appear before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday April 10.  That can change but I’ll be posting a list of the members that need to be called probably this weekend.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to make calls. Just in case you think they don’t make a difference, they absolutely count.  Each call is logged and tallied for votes in support or against, and the Senator or Representative uses that information to weigh how they will vote.  So, if you’re on the fence, please know that your calls and emails are heard and read, and the message gets through.  Several of the Representatives and Senators commented about the number of calls they have received.

So, thank you!

 

HB12-1131 Introduced into the Senate

We’ve been introduced into the Senate and assigned to the Transportation Committee.  We’re on our way!! 

UPDATE: Our hearing is TUES MARCH 27 at 2PM.  We sure could use your help again making some calls.  There are only 7 Senators on the Transportation Committee. Please consider taking some time to make a few calls on our behalf.

As always, your message doesn’t need to be long.  Short and sweet is best.  Here is what I am going to say:

“Hi, my name is Corinne O’Flynn and I am calling to ask for your support of HB12-1131
for Child Loss Awareness License Plates. I’d love to have this plate in memory of my daughter Rowan.”

Evie Hudak, Chair – 303-866-4840
Suzanne Williams, Vice-Chair – 303-866-3432
Steve King – 303-866-3077
Scott Renfroe – 303-866-4451
Nancy Spence – 303-866-4883
Linda Newell – 303-866-4846
Gail Schwartz – 303-866-4871

HB12-1131 Passes the House!

We’ve PASSED THE HOUSE!!

And now our little bill HB12-1131 takes it’s turn down the blue arrow over there, and heads out of the House of Representatives and into the Senate!  What an exciting time we here at RTF HQ are having as we testify and watch the hearings and track the progress of our bill.

We have learned so much about the incredible process a bill must go through in order to become law, and we’ve watched first-hand how each of our Representatives here in Colorado take every moment of their duty responsibly and with an eye for what their constituents want.

Senator Tochtrop is our sponsor for this leg of the journey. Thank you Senator! We’re quite excited to see how things go with the Senate portion of our trip..

For those of you who are interested, I was able to grab this screenshot of the voting from the final passage in the house.  It is blurry, but the Representatives are listed alphabetically, so you can figure out who voted for and against:  51-14 PASS!

HB12-1131 – Third Reading before the House

Correction! We are on the schedule for tomorrow TUES – MARCH 13 to go before the Full House for the Third Reading of HB12-1131. The 2nd Reading happened this morning and went by so quickly we didn’t even have a chance to talk about it! How about that.

So, tomorrow we have our third reading and vote in front of the entire House, after which it gets introduced into the Senate (where it will have its First Reading, then be assigned to committee, and then have to travel the same course to its third reading in the Senate.)

Today’s 2nd Reading is available to view online.  Just click the image and then scroll down to the archive from today, and click video.  Then on the left of the viewer, click HB12-1131 to advance to video forward to our bill.  Neat-o!

Confused by all these hearings?  Wondering what is going on? Check out this helpful diagram about the process.  If we pass tomorrow, we are about to ride down the blue arrow on the right in the diagram and have the first reading by the Senate Clerk.

We don’t need any calls to be made at this time, so please say a prayer that our bill gets the votes it needs to pass the House tomorrow.

 

HB12-1131 Passes Appropriations!

We couldn’t be more excited with the news that our bill HB12-1131 passed House Appropriations today with a 9-4 vote. While it was not the unanimous vote we received at both the Transportation and Finance Committees, there are simply some in the legislature who are opposed to the Specialty Group Plate Program and will vote against regardless of the purpose of the plate.

We’re celebrating another VICTORY for HB12-1131!

The next stop will be the 2nd Reading before the Whole House. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook and Twitter (links top right) as we get word of that hearing date. We will not be permitted to testify at that time.  Once it passes through the house, we’re on to the Senate committees. We’re almost half way there!!

Thank you to every single one of you who called and emailed the committee members for us.  HB12-1131 is doing GREAT!

HB12-1131 – Time for MORE Calls!

It is time for making calls again!  Our bill HB12-1131 goes before the Appropriations Committee this Friday, March 9.  We are not permitted to testify at this hearing so your calls and emails this week are extra double important!

There are some representatives on this committee who have not heard of our little bill and need to hear from you that this is a license plate that will make a difference to you.

Thank you – and your message doesn’t need to be long or involved, short and sweet is best! Here is what I’m going to say:

“Hi, my name is Corinne O’Flynn and I am calling to ask for your support of HB12-1131
for Child Loss Awareness License Plates. I’d love to have this plate in memory of my daughter Rowan.”

Chair, John Becker; 303-866-2906 Send Email
Vice-Chair, Cheri Gerou; 303-866-2582, Send Email
Brian DelGrosso; 303-866-2947, Send Email
Mark Ferrandino; 303-866-5523, Send Email
Bob Gardner; 303-866-2191, Send Email
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst; 303-866-2915, Send Email
Andy Kerr; 303-866-2923, Send Email
Claire Levy; 303-866-2578, Send Email
Marsha Looper; 303-866-2946, Send Email
Dan Pabon; 303-866-2954, Send Email
Judy Solano; 303-866-2918, Send Email
Jerry Sonnenberg; 303-866-3706, Send Email
Glenn Vaad; 303-866-2943, Send Email

The five names in bold above have not heard our testimony before and have been opposed to specialty plates in the past.  If you are only going to make a few calls, please choose these five first!  Thank you!

We’ve got a new site!

ScreenshotWelcome to the new digs!  Well, this is the BLOG, our HOME PAGE is here.

We are so excited to launch our new and improved website and be able to share it with you after working behind the scenes for months!

The good news: All of our content is still here, with the exception of all the old event wrap-ups. We’ll be bringing that back in a nifty online scrapbook soon.

The great news: We now have user comments and hooks into social media directly from our pages!

The best news: We didn’t spend a dime making this change!  All of the work on this website is done in-house, by us, the volunteers who run Rowan Tree Foundation. We’re really proud of that.

We’ve been working to make sure all of our links are functional, but if you find something we’ve missed, please let us know.

This RTF BLOG will be the place to visit for all our updates and activity that used to appear on our home page. Come back here and watch our Facebook page as we begin to highlight features and changes on the site.

We hope you like what we’ve done!