Sponsors to the 2014 State of the Town and Mayor's Charity Ball
*Parker Adventist Hospital
*Patricia Jo Stone Attorney at Law
*Comcast- Mile High Region
*Board of Douglas County Commissioners
Social Hour Sponsors:
*Harman Family Dental Clinic
*The Parker Chamber
*Parker Station-Professional Offices
Club Executives & Directors
The Rotary of Parker, Colorado is a volunteer service organization whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and throughout the world. We meet Thursday mornings at 6:45 a.m. for breakfast, and guests are always welcome! Stop by for great fellowship and programs, and to learn more about this fantastic organization.
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Parker, CO 80138
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Carol Hertzler places the Rotary pin on her husband, Glenn, after he was inducted into membership last week.
Glenn is sponsored by Mike Oldham and his classification is Business Development.
He grew up in a small town in Wyoming. Glenn has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Wyoming. Leaving the farm, he took his first job with Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California. Moving to Colorado, Glenn then spent seventeen years as a drilling contractor, working in the oil fields. In 1996, he and his brother started a small business in aviation software.
After selling of a major portion of his business a year and a half ago, Glenn has the opportunity to look for ways to employ his talents. The Parker Rotary presents just such an opportunity to serve his community and the world.
Josh Duncan is the Director of Development Projects at MountainChild.org. He is a professional engineer and a graduate of CSU. His father was a Rotarian and he is a former student of the month. Josh is a water resource engineer, professional photographer, and a hiker/climber.
MountainChild is a non-profit organization that exists for the purpose of raising awareness, resources and financial aid for humanitarian work carried out amongst impoverished children living in the Himalayas. They have identified five core issues in the area: health, trafficking, education, child labor, and environment. Half of the children in Nepal will die before the age of 8.
Membership Chair Lindy Blackburn presents Stephanie with her membership certificate with her sponsor Jan Beller.
Stephanie was born in London, Ontario in Canada. She has two grown children. She worked in Greeley for 2 1/2 years after a recruited found her a job there. She then took a job in Denver at Rose Home Care.
Widowed last year, Stephanie was looking for what to do with her time. She was convinced by Jan and Sue Gardner to investigate Rotary and became hooked after attending a few meetings.
Jennifer Oldham, was introduced by her father, Mike. She is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist with 25 years of experience. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. Jennifer graduated from Ponderosa High School in 1984 and the University of Colorado in 1988.
Jennifer has never looked as what she does as a job, but considers it to be a public service. She chose three stories that she did as examples of her work.
Furnace Fires in California. Numerous home fires were being caused by faulty furnaces. The problem has been going on for a number of years without decisive action by the consumer safety organization. She conducted a five month investigation into the problem, interviewing homeowners, fire fighters, attorneys representing homeowners, and manufacturer’s reps. Distributors had made alterations to the units. At least 140,000 units had been sold in California and the number could be as high as 250,000 (unconfirmed). Many units were recalled as a result of the story.
Tom Duncan showed a documentary filmed by a television station in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The film commemorates the annual celebration by the town of Pilsen, in the Czech Republic, of the liberation of that town from the eight-year occupation by the Nazis in World War II. Pilsen, famous for its beer, is the largest city in the Czech Republic.
The US Army liberated the town in May, 1945. The biggest part of Pilsen’s celebration is the “Convoy of Liberty” when thousands of citizens line the streets to observe the parade by the WWII veterans and restored military vehicles. Czech reenactors play the part of American soldiers and innumerable American flags fill the town. There is a genuine love for Americans and what they did for the town of Pilsen.
Mike Waid is a charter member of the Cherry Creek Valley club. He is a Paul Harris Fellow. His father is a retired Marine who lives in Albuquerque. After visiting Mike’s club here in Parker, his father went home and joined the Rotary Club in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. In a short time, he became president of the club and is now an Assistant Governor. In discussing the 4-Way Test, Mayor Waid explained that he fails the test every day, but that the objective is to continually work to live by the test to the best of our ability. He thanked the club for the honor and promised to show up at our meetings more often.
Brittney Bulawa is the Chaparral High School Student of the Month. She stands 14th in a class of 448 with a cumulative GPA of 4.09. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Art Honor Society.
Brittney is the President of the Senior Class and a member of the varsity basketball team. In addition, she is a member of Link Crew and is the editor of the yearbook. Her teachers praise Brittney for her conviction and ability to inspire those around her.
Kathy Gappinger, her government teacher, attended the meeting and commended her organizing the first “Senior Sunrise” event at Chaparral.
Brittney has scholarships from several schools, including CU Boulder. She is interested in several school, but has not made her final decision. Georgetown is her current favorite. She plans to study political science.
She was accompanied at the meeting by her mother, Stephanie, and brother, Josh.
Cheryl Lovell is president of Rocky Vista University (RVU) located in Parker. RVU has a College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a leader in global, rural/wilderness, and military medicine.
Rocky Vista was founded in 2006 and opened in 2008. RVA operates as an independent, privately funded organization. The technologically advanced building of 145,000 square feet. They employ approximately 140 faculty and staff.
Colorado is classified as a medical high need area with 50 of the 64 counties being medically underserved. Of those 64 counties, 26 have one or no physicians. This situation motivated the founders to invest $40 Million in the school, which is estimated to have a $75 Million economic impact on the town, county, and state. RVU is a for-profit organization and pay approximately 3/4 of a million dollars in taxes each year.
Annual tuition for a student at RVA is $47,000. That amount is in the middle of the pack nationally.
Osteopathic medicine has a “whole person concept”, concentrating on the interrelation of the body’s systems. Structure influences function and the emphasis is on keeping yourself healthy. Last year there were 4,300 applications for the 160 available student seats. Forty percent of the students are from Colorado. They are proud of that statistic.
The University has three “tracks”: (1) military medicine with the largest number of military-related position in the country, (2) global medicine concentrating on Doctors without Borders, (3) rural and wilderness medicine, unique to Colorado. Cheryl discussed high tech “cut suits”, trained actors as standardized patient encounters, realistic simulators. Over 97% of their students pass the licensure exam.
Brandon Abell is Chaparral’s Student of the Month. Brandon has a cumulative GPA of 3.97 and is currently ranked 27th in a class of 448. He is taking four Advanced Placement Course this year and has lettered academically all four years at Chaparral.
Brandon is a member of the Marching Band (Woodwind Captain and soloist), the Jazz Ensemble (lead Tenor Sax), and the Symphonic Band. He is a member of the Link Crew and the National Honor Society.
His teachers consider Brandon to be a “bright, insightful, and extremely thoughtful” student; a “very kind, caring, and nice young man”.
Brandon intends to attend CU Boulder and study either bio-chemistry or bio-medical courses. His career hopes are to become a doctor. He expects to continue to pursue music and, perhaps, to have a minor in music.
He was accompanied at the meeting by his mother, Karla, and his younger brother, Jordan. Brandon is one of the newest members of the Chaparral Interact Club.
Bill Fernow presented historical information about the development of submarines and submarine warfare. Due to the number of questions asked, which he encouraged, Bill only got from the first documented submarine in 1620 through the US efforts in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Since he only got through a portion of his prepared presentation, part 2 of Submarine History will continue on January 2 by the current schedule.
Hopefully, in part 2, he will be able to discuss the post-war development of advanced submarines including the introduction of nuclear power and its impact on the ability to enable “real” submarines to operate. He will present a brief description of the multiple capabilities of today’s modern submarines, including the recent naming of a submarine under constructions as the USS Colorado.
Julia Schweiss has a cumulative GPA of 4.09 and stands 15th in a class of 448. She has lettered in lacrosse. Julia is a member of several organizations including: the Link Crew, DECA, and the National Honor Society. She is taking four Advanced Placement classes this year and has lettered academically all four years. Chaparral Basketball Coach Rob Johnson attended and related high praise from her lacrosse coach. She is interested in attending Santa Clara and also a Cal, Washington, and South Carolina. Julia is interest in a career in engineering. She was accompanied by her parents, Skip and Lisa and her brother, Michael, who is a pitcher for the Normal Cornbelters in Indiana.
Grace Tynecki is Student Council and Student Body President at Ponderosa. She is captain of the varsity soccer team and is a member of the varsity cheer squad. A very active young lady, she finds time to serve as president of DECA, a member of the Link Crew, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and be involved in theatre. She has applied at several universities; CU Boulder, University of Oregon, Gonzaga, and Nebraska. She has several interests in careers; high school teacher, sports team public relations, sports announcer. Assistant Principal Natalie Garcia praised Natalie as her “go-to” person. She was accompanied by her parents Bob and Jeannie.
Jim Muir presented Honorary Member Carl Hanson a check for $1,000 as a donation to Praying Hands Ranch. Carl updated the club on goings-on at the ranch. The past two years have been difficult financially. The ranch started in 1987 when their handicapped son, John, bought their first horse with his own money. Over the years they have average between 80 and 100 clients, both children and adults. Their latest program is titled Heroes and Horses. He also discussed the 295 acres of land that they are managing south of Parker on Parker Road. They will certainly need volunteers as the project moves forward.
Gerri Kier presented the efforts being made to make life better for the adopted Sherpa village of Chyangba in Nepal. Gerri is a Colorado native. She is a member of the Cold Creek Rotary Club and has been an active Rotarian for 18 years.
Arriving in Katmandu, she found it to be a nasty city with lung-searing pollution. Everything is carried on one’s head. If you have a bicycle, you have a business. Markets are set up on the streets.
There is hardly any wildlife in Nepal, including no fish. Everyone drinks tea, lots of tea.
Sherpas carry 80 to 100 pounds and earn $1.60 a day. Basecamp is at 18,000 feet. She made the trek to Mt. Everest base camp. Gerri avoided eating any of the meat that the Sherpa carry. It can make one very sick. When you don’t get meat, Spam can taste wonderful.
Cooking is done on open fires inside the houses. The Nepalese die at age 50 of tuberculosis and other lung issues from breathing the smoke. This is the basis for the smokeless stove project that Gerri is involved in the village of Chyangba. The village has been adopted by an international group of Rotarians.
McKenna Bird is the Ponderosa High School Student of the Month for March. She has a GPA of 3.62, standing 54 of 297 students. She has been accepted at several universities and is awaiting to hear from Columbia. However, McKenna has decided to take a “gap year” next year and enter the modeling world. As an accomplished photographer, she has received many recognitions and awards. She has played soccer and was the manager of both the boys and girls soccer teams. Chrissy Thorsen, her English Literature teacher, praised her abilities as a student and photographer. She has enjoyed being in front of the camera as much as being behind it.
Jason Romero, Executive Director of Firefly Autism, followed an uncharted path to his present situation. He is a “recovered” lawyer. He spent ten years with General Electric, and spent several years as an expatriate in Puerto Rico. Diagnosed with a visual impairment at age 14, he was told that he would be blind by age 30. Jason is 13 years past that deadline. He has one child with autism. Going through a life-changing event (divorce) he re-evaluated his objectives and decided to commit to a life of service.