What a meeting! We had a great turnout. Thank you to the team at the Steamboat Grand who rolled out an additional table to accommodate our overflow crowd.
Gillian M was recognized with a Paul Harris +1 for her generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Winnie D announced an upcoming meeting of the International Grant Committee to consider proposals for an RI Global Grant and invited interested members to join the committee. Please get in touch with Winnie if interested.
Kim Hess gave a great presentation on her recent successful Everest climb. It was an exciting and moving presentation on what it takes to reach the top of the world. The presentation held the attention of the room and there were many questions which generated additional interesting information an anecdotes.
We did not do Good News as the presentation was so interesting that I did not want to stop it for that purpose... so please remember whatever you were planning to talk about and share it with us next week.
Our program for July 26 also promises to be very interesting. We will have two speakers, one representing each side of the upcoming ballot question on health care. Don't miss it!
If you missed our meeting the other day we hope to see you next week!
At Tuesday's meeting we heard from a couple of impressive young ladies who are participating in our Summer Youth Exchange Program. One is visiting right now from Spain and the other, a local Steamboat student, who will be heading to Spain for the second half of the exchange shortly.
We also enjoyed classification talks from Melissa and Otis. These are always some of my favorite programs as I like to learn about our members.
Next week we will be hearing from our local Everest Climber Kim Hess who successfully summited Everest this season. It should be and interesting presentation!
Good News for the last couple of meetings totaled $714.
See you next week!
Thanks to Paula Cooper Black and Brad Meeks for serving as greeters and to Brad for doing our introductions.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Thank you to Jody Corey who provided some words on service from Pres. Obama, which was especially appropriate after a month of many service hours by our club.
Ski Town Golf Classic: Glen Traylor, co-chair of event (with Jackie Brown) thanked our many sponsors and the volunteers who made this such a special, fun and successful event - wait until you hear the fabulous fundraising totals! And thanks also to Jackie and Glen’s Rotarian committee members: Tara Weaver, Karl Gills, Scott Marr, Steve Sehnert, Scott Wither, Ashley Kane, Kristal Eckley, Brian Harvey, Celina Taylor, Jody Corey and also to Non-Rotarians, Pegi Simmerman, and Kate Nowak. Great job and many thanks for the countless hours you devoted to planning and executing this event!
Flower Barrels – Gillian Morris thanked the club for their many volunteer hours sanding, staining, putting on plaques, potting and finally delivering our awesome flower barrels to the community. Per Gillian’s records: Can you believe that nearly 40 Rotary volunteers, plus others, tallied 150 -175 work hours, not including the hours on delivery day? And Paula Cooper Black gets the “above and beyond” award – for showing up to at least 8 work sessions! This was our club at our best – and along with the Ski Town Golf Classic what a great show of service and accomplishment these past weeks!
Exchange Student Farewell Book: Tara Weaver announced that the Rod Hanna book, Seasons of Light, for Anna Heidler was being passed around for members to sign with our “Good bye wishes.”
4th of July Parade: Marci Valicenti, with the help of club members, is on the march to winning this year’s 4th of July Parade group award! We were told, “We WILL win!” So let’s do our part to make this happen by wearing cowboy boots, patriotic gear (a flag attached to a shirt will do!) The parade theme is “Stars, Stripes and Spurs” so even better if you can wear some spurs. Morning libations will be provided prior to our float departure…stay tuned for more news from Marci! Always a fun time for Rotarians and our kids too!
MAY ROTARIAN (S) OF THE MONTH: Gillian Morris and Eric Rabesa received the award for May for their relentless determination to get our 200 flower barrels beautified and ready for delivery in a very short time frame. This was accomplished with a great deal of help from our members (see above) but Gillian and Eric orchestrated this monumental accomplishment. Their “gift” will truly keep on giving, as we enjoy the refurbished flower barrels for many years to come. Thank you both!
PAUL HARRIS FELLOW PLUS 3 AWARD: John Holloway was presented with his Paul Harris Fellow plus 3 award for his contributions to the Rotary International Foundation. John is a Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient for our club and he continues to give and achieve in so many ways! We continue to appreciate him and all that he does!
PROGRAM: Joel Berman, Executive Director (soon to be retired) and Founder of Adaptive Adventures, spoke about his own experiences and insights into the world of adaptive sports. He provided some history, not only with the laws but with our language (crippled, to handicapped to disabled, to adaptive to now maybe something better – inclusive or integrated?) and he prompted us to think about several things, such as, are adaptive sports nice or essential? He described his personal journey from Wall Street, becoming disabled himself – a time when he discovered “accidents change your life’s path – they may be a deflection, but you stay moving forward” and this then led him to becoming a leader in the adaptive sports industry. Apologies for our inability to provide Joel with the AV equipment he was promised – we know his photos would have been wonderful – but even without the aid of photos, we very much appreciated his enlightening talk.
GOOD NEWS: Thanks to John Centner for a hearty and fun Good News, which resulted in contributions of $738 – partly thanks to Jeff Swoyer who honored one of our longtime unwritten club traditions of giving back to the club 10% of any event winnings – Jeff won $2500 at the Ski Town Golf Classic Event! Congratulations and thanks Jeff for your generosity.
NEXT WEEK: Changing of the Guard at the Peace Pavilion. Drinks at 5:15, dinner buffet begins at 5:45. Ceremony to begin around 6:15 – 6:30. Hope you can make it!
And a final note. This was my last regular meeting and I very much appreciated all the kind remarks during Good News. And I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every member for your constant support and help during my year as President. It has been an honor!
I am looking forward to the “Changing of the Guard” so I can recognize the work of our members and we can celebrate another awesome year for our club – a club which, it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, is “The best club ever!” And here’s some further confirmation of that – the awards we received at the District 5440 Conference, which I neglected to list on the May 31st meeting notes:
Add to this list, the many ways we "did good in the world and in our community!" Another year with so much to be proud of!
Ellen Kendall, Club President
Thanks to Coleman Cook and Bobby Davis for serving as greeters and to Coleman for doing our introductions.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A thank you to Alice Klauzer for the Thought for the Day on the importance of a smile!
Part One: Four more grant recipients reported on how our grants are helping their organizations – Routt County Council on Aging, Steamboat Art Museum and The Journey Ahead. Thanks for helping us understand the important work you do in our community!
Anna Heidler, our exchange student from Dresden, Germany, decribed her year in Steamboat – what she did and how it has impacted her life. When asked, “What do you tell your friends back home about how Americans are not as you expected?” with the grace of a true ambassador, Anna said “I’ll have to think about that!” We very much enjoyed having Anna with us and wish her a wonderful future, with hopes she’ll come back to visit us. A huge thank you to Anna’s host families: The Elliotts, Bunkers and Brices - who all made Anna’s time here extra special!
GOOD NEWS: Thanks to Gillian Morris who did her usual speedy and fun Good News collection!
NEXT WEEK: Mike Forney’s trip to Brazil as an RI President’s Rep.
Ellen Kendall, Club President
Thanks to PJ Wharton and John Holloway for serving as greeters and to PJ for doing our introductions.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Thank you to Susie Wilkinson, who shared some favorite quotes that guide her life and her family’s lives too. It was especially timely that one quote was from the late and greatest Mohammed Ali.
Crutches for Africa: Rachelle Summers read a thank you note from Dave Talbot, Founder and head of Crutches4Africa in which he acknowledged our very successful drive. Locations will continue to accept mobility devices all year long!
Ski Town Golf Classic: Since this is now past tense, we look forward to a report on the event at our next meeting. It was a perfect day for the golf teams at Catamount, followed by fun and fellowship at Strings, with some big winners from our club! We will hear who won the Rex’s $100 gift card for most tickets sold and more details next week. Congratulations and thanks to Jackie Brown and Glenn Traylor, Co-chairs and to the committee for a successful event!
Flower Barrels – Gillian Morris announced – “We are almost there!” It has been an amazing feat to repair, sand and stain nearly 200 barrels plus build an additional 30 barrels! They look fantastic and this year will showcase an exceptional product – both the barrels and the flowers! Many thanks to the many members who have devoted time and effort to this endeavor and to Gillian, Kathy Elliott and Eric Rabesa for leading us on this project. We will still need some final help – more details to follow – and then for the delivery on Tuesday, June 14th we need more trucks and more hands. This is always a fun evening of service and fellowship with a barbecue, catered by Smokehouse at the Community Center – Families welcome and even if you don’t help deliver the barrels, come for the dinner – ready at 5:30. Gillian and Eric will send out an email for final needs and instructions.
Summer Exchange Students: We heard from two of our summer exchange students, outgoing student, Olivia Hobson, who will be going to Thailand for 3 weeks and her incoming counterpart, Bam, from Thailand, who will be staying with Olivia's family. Both shared their appreciation for the opportunity and Bam gave us a flag from her home club. We will look forward to hearing from Olivia when she returns and wish Bam an enjoyable stay here in Steamboat.
Rotarian of the Month: Rachelle Summers received the April Rotarian of the Month Award for her leadership with our Crutches4Africa Drive. Rachelle took the reign of this project having never been involved with it, and made it even better and more impactful. Stay tuned as Rachelle continues to see that this project carries on all year long.
Part One: We were able to hear from several more of our grant recipients: Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, Yampatika, Young Tracks, The Chief Theatre and the NW Center for Independence. Again, all worthy organizations and we thank them for sharing with us how our grants are being used to help them serve our community.
Many thanks to Past District Governor and Past President, Mike Forney, who graciously offered to do a program for us on his recent trip to Brazil. Mike received an important honor through being asked by RI President Ravi, to be his representative at a Rotary district conference in southern Brazil. However, we were not as gracious to Mike as he to us, as we lost his slide show connection about half way through his presentation. Apologies to Mike, and needless to say, Mike carried on and gave us an interesting look at the culture of Brazil - how else but through stories of the Rotarian hospitality that he and Janet received on their trip?! We also know Mike performed his duties well and may we say “with Rotary pride!?” Thank you Mike for sharing with us.
GOOD NEWS: Thanks to Scott Marr who did Good News. It seemed to have an exceptionally high number of congratulations – Much to do with our children….from 8th grade graduations to high school graduations to a forthcoming “second” attorney at the US Supreme Court. And add in Lynaia’s successful marathon. All good news!
NEXT WEEK: NO NOON MEETING. Flower Barrels delivery. Meet at 5:00 at CMC followed by a barbecue at Community Center beginning at 5:30. All welcome, whether you deliver barrels or not. Children too!
Ellen Kendall, Club President
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