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My Name Is… Wes Schuneman

Rotary president enjoys giving back through organization


About me

My father, brother and I moved to the Denver area in 1964 when I was in sixth grade. I have lived here ever since. I am married (24 years) with five adult children, four grandchildren and a fifth on the way. And four dogs. My wife and I built a home outside of Franktown 14 years ago, where we currently live. My professional career has always been in the fields of residential real estate, consumer finance and mortgage finance.

I am passionate about the outdoors. I spend my spare time road biking, hiking, mountain climbing and snowshoeing. I spent five summers doing volunteer work for the Colorado 14ers Initiative.

Working with the Rotary

I have been a member of the Castle Rock Rotary Club for just over a year. I am the current president of the Castle Rock Rotary Club Foundation. Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self.” I really believe that. At Rotary, our goal is to try and make someone's life better. 

Rotary giving back

Castle Country Assisted Living, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, operates three assisted living facilities. The nonprofit made a grant request for its Valley House facility at 255 S. Valley Dr. in Castle Rock. Valley House is home to twenty-three residents. The grant was to repair, replace, upgrade and renovate the outdoor area of Valley House. Much of this area has experienced a significant amount of deferred maintenance. The outdoor area is for the enjoyment of the residents, their families, children and grandchildren, and is the most popular gathering place, especially in the summer months.

The Castle Rock Rotary Foundation allocated $3,500 for this project. We applied for and received a matching grant of $3,500 from our Rotary District Grant Fund, so the total project cost is $7000. This money is being used to purchase all the materials, and Rotarians will provide the bulk of the labor necessary. We have about 20 Rotarians signed up to rake, shovel, tear down and rebuild things.

Castle Country Assisted Living serves a large number of Medicaid patients, and this gives us a chance to help all the residents of Valley House to have a nice place to spend time outdoors, and also entertain family.

Why I'm in a Rotary Club

I have always been involved in some kind of service or charity work. I have been fortunate in a lot of ways. Giving back is always a pleasure and very rewarding. For me, Rotary has been a fantastic opportunity to facilitate giving back. Rotary is a classic example of the "sum being greater than the parts.” The contributions we make as a group are so much more significant than what any one of us could accomplish on our own

My mantra

On a professional level, I know if I always put my clients' interests first, everything else seems to take care of itself. On a personal level, I always strive to be the man my dog thinks I am.

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