Rotary Club of Summit County


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Photo essay: Rotary past and present
This Membership Month, in celebration of over 100 years of service, we dug into the archives and found any number of parallels between today's Rotary and yesterday's. Though our world is constantly changing, this gallery reminds us how Rotary's core values have remained intact through the decades.
Rotary Peace Centers shape hundreds of careers in peace and conflict resolution
With bloody conflicts raging in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and parts of Central Africa, the message of nonviolence and reconciliation that nations worldwide will observe on 21 September demands more urgent and collective attention. In 2001 the United Nations designated the September date as an annual International Day of World Peace "to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence" according to a General Assembly resolution. The day's devotion to peace connects closely with what Rotary members have been fostering since The Rotary Foundation's mission to advance world...
Illness leads former Navy code breaker to form world’s first Facebook-based Rotary club
When a life-threatening illness stripped away many of her professional ambitions, Amanda Wirtz, a former U.S. Navy code breaker and professional violinist, turned to humanitarian service and Facebook to give her life new purpose. Wirtz was in her twenties and pursuing a career as a fitness trainer when a sharp pain in her abdomen sent her to the emergency room. Expecting something manageable like appendicitis, she instead found herself facing a rare tumor disorder that required her to undergo 30 surgeries over the next several years. Forced to rethink her life plans, Wirtz began focusing on...
Tips to help your club find and nurture a Youth Exchange host family
With 12 children -- six girls and six boys -- the Labordes hardly needed to add another member to their family. But they did: Over 40 years ago, Julia Mullikin, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from the United States, became like another daughter to this large family in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. "She's been a blessing for us," says Maria Victoria Hallal de Laborde who was 18 when Mullikin arrived in 1973. Like many exchange students, Mullikin remains close to her host family. So close that when one of Laborde's sisters was diagnosed with a rare, fatal disease, Mullikin arranged to send the...
Free vegetable gardens sprouting up around France
Imagine a community where the residents are all free to plant, grow, harvest, and eat healthy food whenever they want without having to pay for it. Sound too good to be true? That's exactly what residents of more than 20 cities and towns in France are doing through a project called Potalib. Launched by the Rotaract Club of Versailles, Potalib was inspired by the Incredible Edible project, an international food-sharing movement founded by Nick Green in England. The Rotaract members obtained Green's permission to apply the concept in France, changing the name to "Potalib," a contraction of "...

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Welcome to Our Club, Proud Member of District 5450

Rotary Club of Summit County

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:10 AM
Summit County Community & Senior Center
83 Nancy's Place
PO Box 415
Frisco, CO  80443
United States
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President's Message


Summit Rotary News


Do you remember your first meeting as a Rotarian?  Second, third?  Was it welcoming, comfortable? Were you a little nervous?  Did your sponsor or mentor ask how they could assist you in getting engaged in Rotary, answer questions you might have had?  There is always room for improvement in this area.  When you Sponsor a new member you also have a responsibility to help them become engaged and comfortable as a Rotarian.  Have you done that with those you have sponsored?  Was it done for you?  Remember this at each meeting and look around the room.  Introduce yourself to a new member.  Get to know them.  Are you welcoming guests?  They could be our next Rotarian.  Make that happen!

I challenge you to bring someone to a meeting as a guest.  Then ask them how they were received, what they thought about our program, breakfast and if they would like to learn more about Rotary.  Give your Membership Chair, Julieanne Gilchrist, some feed back.  She or a member of her committee are willing to sit with this Prospective Member after a meeting to go over more details.   Surely you know someone in the community who wants to be a part of something so remarkable when it comes to helping students, serving the community, volunteering at charitable events, help with international projects.  

Look around our community, at your church, at your favorite store.  Ask yourself, would this person be a good Rotarian?  Then ask the person.  It is that easy!






Last Week in Rotary 

Last Tuesday was the day the monthly Summit Daily News page came out, and this time it was all about our student exchange program. We got to hear from our exchange students who all attended a flag ceremony the previous week and got to represent their countries.

We learned a bit about Cindy Bargell who shared her story with us in a classification talk. 

David Null was recognized for reaching Peak 2 of the Scaling the Summit program. Nice going!

We have quite a few new members, but one less with a red badge, as Lori Burke got to remove her "new member" sticker from her name badge.

Paul Harris donned a fancy RYLA Bandana this week (not a hat) thanks to Kathy Davis. She reminded us all that it is Suicide Prevention Month and urged us all to put the Suicide Prevention Hotline number in our phones  888-207-4004 for those of you who didn't have your phones handy!

Lou Wagner bought the winning ticket this week, but the Big Pot and the Ace of Spades continues to elude the winners- bring your change with you next week, someone is guaranteed to win within the next 52 weeks....

A planning reminder to all: our meetings on October 7 and 14th will be held at the SOS building., NOT the senior center.  Mark your calendars!






Our satellite meetings are held from 5:30 - 6:45  pm on the first and third Mondays of every month in a private room in the Backcountry Brewery, corner of Main St and Hwy 9 / Summit Blvd in Frisco. All Rotarians are welcome and we hope that you'll invite your friends and colleagues to check us out as well!  No advance notice needed.


If you would like to present your passion at one of our meetings, please contact Jim Brook at 970-409-8995 or at   



Golf for the year is over, but stay tuned next year for some Rotary Golf!

(And in the meantime, if you want to strategize about next year, talk to Tom French)




Every second Wednesday of the month, Rotarians have been gathering for Happy Hour from 5:00 to 6:30.  If you haven't checked it out, pencil it in and come by and socialize, on one or any of the following dates... SEE YOU THERE!  


Our next Happy Hour will be:

October 8th – Red Mountain Grill, Dillon
November 12th – Blue Spruce, Frisco
Note: December and January will not have a scheduled happy hour, but will start again in February

The Happy Hour Committee members are:  


Judy Irwin, Julieanne Gilchrist, David Matthews, Aleda Kresge, Lynn Myers and Ann Clement. Some of us will be at each of the Happy Hours to welcome everyone. If you would like to be on the Happy Hour Committee, please contact Judy Irwin and/or Julieanne Gilchrist.




We want to thank all of those sponsors who are identifying community leaders/business professionals and bringing them to our meetings.  Remember, a Prospective Member should attend 3 meetings before turning in their application, sponsor form, a short bio and $100 application fee to JULIEANNE GILCHRIST.  The application will then be presented to the Membership Committee for approval and then the Board of Directors.  Once approved their name and bio will be posted in our bulletin for 3 weeks.  If there are no questions about the Prospective Member the induction will be scheduled. 

If you would like to be a Mentor to a new member please see Ann Clement.  We encourage new members to interact with Prospective/New Members as much as possible.  One of the Red Badge requirements is to be a Greeter 3 times.  Because our club is growing and we are experiencing so many guests, greeters are so very important.  You don't have to be a new member to be a greeter.  It is just one more way of participating in Club Service.






When you do business with a Corporate Partner, thank them for being a Rotary Sponsor!

Upcoming Events



Sep 30, 2014
Patsy Barnes
Navigating Healthcare Choices
Oct 07, 2014
Asa Armstong
Youth Exchange Presentation
Oct 21, 2014
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley
The ACLU: Advocating for Civil Liberties
Oct 28, 2014
Ted Lawson & John Ebright
Wounded Warriors Family Ski Week
Nov 04, 2014
Dan Eberle
Marijuana Legalization: A New Conversation
Nov 18, 2014
Maggie Ducayet
Summit in Honduras
October 2014
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