Speaker Date Topic
Jérôme Pische Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner Feb 12, 2016
Canada and United States/Colorado business relations
Canada and United States/Colorado business relations


Jérôme Pischella has been Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate of Canada in Denver, Colorado since July 2014, overseeing Canadian interests in Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Wyoming and Montana.


Jérôme was Counsellor, Science and Technology at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, from September 2010 to June 2014. In this capacity, he specialized in facilitating innovation links between Canada and the United States, whether for the government, the private sector or academia.


He spent the 2 previous years in Rabat, Morocco as Senior Trade Commissioner and director of the trade section, with a focus on aerospace, agriculture and education promotion.


Jérôme has over 17 years of experience working with Canadian exporters and innovators. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, he worked for 7 years with Export Development Canada, most notably as a Small Business specialist. Jérôme holds a BA in International Commerce from ESCM (Poitiers, France) and a MA in International Business Analysis from Leicester University, UK. 




Kent Downing, CEO, Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts Feb 19, 2016
Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts: A Century of Adventure
Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts: A Century of Adventure

Introduction provided by Rotarian and Past Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America President, Curt Ormond.

100 years of Boy Scouts in the Pikes Peak region.  A review of the past, present and future of the Boy Scouts of America in the Pikes Peak Region.

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Joe Foster, Principal, JFM, LLC Feb 26, 2016
World of Professional Motorsports from a driver who has competed at Le Mans & 24 Hours of Daytona
World of Professional Motorsports from a driver who has competed at Le Mans & 24 Hours of Daytona

Club President Maile Foster will be introducing this program.  

For more on Joe Foster's motorsports career please check out this link:


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Walt Hecox, Professor Emeritus of Economics, CC Mar 04, 2016
Pikes Peak Region: Tourism Can Be A Perpetual Gold Rush
Pikes Peak Region: Tourism Can Be A Perpetual Gold Rush

Introduction provided by Ron Rubin.

Walt Hecox is the Professor Emeritus of Economics at Colorado College.

Walter E. Hecox specializes in courses and research related to regional resource, sustainable development and ecological economics questions.

The following link will take you to further information on the career of Professor Hecox:


Daniel Batchelder,Morning Star Development Mar 11, 2016
Training a New Generation of Afghan Leaders
Training a New Generation of Afghan Leaders

Morning Star Development brings hope and opportunity to the people of Afghanistan, using sustainable economic and community development initiatives designed to empower individuals and transform communities. We are committed to helping the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country and their lives by offering practical hope and resources.

To learn more about Morning Star Development, go to their website:


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Dwight Johnson Mar 18, 2016
Around the World with Rotary.
Around the World with Rotary.

A Rotary member, Dwight Johnson will speak to his experiences of Rotary around the world.


Dan Karcher, Play-by-Play Broadcaster, Sky Sox Mar 25, 2016
2016 Baseball Preview: Will there be joy in Mudville?
2016 Baseball Preview:  Will there be joy in Mudville?

Dan enters his 23rd season providing the play-by-play call of Sky Sox Baseball in 2012, making him the longest tenured play-by-play broadcaster with one Professional or Division-I team in the entire state. He is also beginning his 27th season of baseball play-by-play, including the last 24 at the Triple-A level. He spent the 1989 season in Des Moines with the Iowa Cubs. Other stops along the way for Karcher included Bakersfield and Fresno, California and Springfield, Illinois. Raised in Southern California, Karcher received his M.A. degree in speech communications from Bowling Green State University and his B.A. degree in broadcast communications from Cal State Fullerton. During his 24-year stay in Colorado Springs, Karcher has hosted a variety of local sports shows, including "Falcontalk" with Air Force head Football Coach Fisher DeBerry, "The First Team," "Sox and Rox" with the Denver Post beat writer Mike Klis, and a coast-to-coast sports talk program on American Sports Radio Network. In March of 2006, Karcher was honored by the Colorado Broadcaster's Association when he was awarded first place for the "Best Play-By-Play Sports Coverage by a Station Individual/Team". Karcher, who has filled-in on several Rockies broadcasts over the years, is also the lead play-by-play voice of RMAC Football and Basketball telecasts, as well as the Junior College World Series on the Altitude Sports and Entertainment TV Network. Involved with the local chapter of the American Heart Association, Dan resides in Colorado Springs and has four children; Natalie, Ian, Lauren-Danae and Beau, and three grandchildren, Evita, Maria and Tyler-Daniel.


Diamond Awards Presentation Apr 08, 2016
Recognition of top local high school teachers

Jean Feist Apr 15, 2016
The Story of Jazz
The Story of Jazz

A Rotary member, Jean Feist will be speaking about "The Story of Jazz."

100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club Dinner Apr 29, 2016
No normal Noon meeting. Dinner event with RSVP.
Stephen Coonts, Author May 06, 2016
17 time New York Times bestselling author - Flight of the Intruder, Final Flight, Cuba, etc.
17 time New York Times bestselling author - Flight of the Intruder, Final Flight, Cuba, etc.

17 of Stephen Coonts' novels - including Flight of the Intruder, Final Flight, Cuba, America, Liberty, and The Traitor have been New York Times bestsellers.  He is also the author of The Cannibal Queen, the acclaimed nonfiction account of his flight across America in a vintage biplane.  A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, Coonts is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University Colorado School of Law.   A former attorney, Mr. Coonts resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For more information on Stephen Coonts, please look at his official webpage:



Steve Recca, Executive Director May 13, 2016
Center for Human Security University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Center for Human Security University of Colorado - Colorado Springs


Steve Recca is Executive Director of the Center for Human Security in the University of Colorado Colorado Springs School of Public Affairs. He concurrently serves as the Co-Director of the University and Agency Partnership Initiative for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security and as the Humanitarian Assistance Program Advisor with the Pacific Disaster Center. Steve’s previous positions include security policy assignments with the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, Department of Defense, and in academia. From 1995-98, he served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter for the Secretary of the Navy and the Director of Central Intelligence. Following assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Steve held the Inman Intelligence Chair at NPS, and returned to Europe in 2003 to serve as the Defense Department’s Chief Liaison to the German Federal Intelligence Service. From 2006 until April 2009, Steve directed the Center for Homeland Security at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he managed graduate and undergraduate education programs, applied research, and an international civil security seminar program in partnership with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado, on advisory boards for the University of California – Los Angeles and Marian University, and on the editorial review boards for three peer-reviewed journals: Homeland Security Affairs and Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, and Journal of Homeland Security Education.

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