The Rotary Club of Estes Park

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Estes Park

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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
National Park Village Theater
900 Moraine Ave
Estes Park, CO  80517
United States
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Dr. David Brunson to share amazing animal stories Thursday
 
Rotarian Bob Brunson with his son, David
 
David Brunson, DVM, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, June 2, at their regular noon meeting. Dr. Brunson will talk about the amazing animals that he had the privilege to work on during his wonderful veterinary career.
 
As a veterinarian, Dr. Brunson specialized in anesthesiology of animals. After completing veterinary school in Minnesota, he was on the faculty of Cornell Veterinary School and  Michigan State University Veterinary School. In 1982, he moved to Wisconsin and taught at the Veterinary School there for 24 years. Subsequently, he was hired by Pfizer Animal Health and worked there until his retirement last year.   
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century. Rotary clubs around the world initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Park Village Theater, adjacent to the Other Side Restaurant. Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend. Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m., the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program begins at 12:30 p.m. 
 
 

 
 
Rotary awards $37,000 to EP seniors bound for college, vocational school
 
 
Attending or sponsoring "It's Showtime," playing in or sponsoring the annual golf tournament or contributing at the Shred-a-Thon: it all helps to ease college costs for graduating Estes Park students. On May 18, our club distributed $37,000 to 11 stellar students. While some scholarships have been established as memorials to Rotarians, $24,000 of the total came from the generosity of club members. Please plan to attend Thursday's meeting to congratulate our 2016 scholarship winners:
  • Academic: Simone Paul $8,000 over 4 years
  • Academic: Bradley Harris $8,000 over 4 years
  • Academic: Regina Pierce $8,000 over 4 years
  • The Lee and Alice Hagemeister Memorial Education Scholarship: Logan Hays $2,000
  • The Lee and Alice Hagemeister Memorial Education Scholarship: Liam Fogerty $2,000 
  • The Carver Family Vocational Scholarship:  Autumn Burke  $2,000, $1,000 each year for 2 years 
  • The Brian Archibald Memorial Art Scholarship:  Isabella Ulibarri $1,000
  • The George Michael Prochaska Vocational Scholarship:  Hannah Smith $1,000 
  • The Lynn Coffman Business Scholarship:  Isaac Calden $1,500                              
  • The Stanley Hotel Scholarship, presented by John Cullen:  Torah Fisher $2,500
  • Ron L.  Kuhns Memorial Scholarship, presented by Jeff Kuhns:  Chelsea Newendorp  $1,000 
First recipient of the Ron L. Kuhns Memorial Scholarship
 
 

 
 
 
This week's program: Astronomers explain significance of gravity waves
 
 
Irene and Stephen Little, astronomers, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, May 26, at their regular noon meeting. They will discuss the detection of gravity waves and their importance.
 
Einstein's theory of general relativity, published in 1916, has been checked against observations many, many times and has always been confirmed to be the correct description of reality. The prediction of the existence of black holes was an early prediction from general relativity, but required more than 50 years to be verified. 
 
Likewise, gravity waves (ripples in the fabric of space-time) were predicted by relativity as well. The detection of an orbiting pair of neutron stars and the subsequent slight decay of these orbits provided an indirect verification of gravity waves in the 1970’s. Efforts to detect gravity waves on earth were unsuccessful until this year, when a large consortium of scientists succeeded in simultaneous detection of gravity waves with the LIGO detectors in Washington State and Louisiana. 
 
Irene Little received her PhD in Astrophysics from Indiana University. Since receiving her doctorate, she has taught at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and at CU Boulder. She has published about 60 articles in scientific journals and given talks at several international meetings. She specialized in red giant stars, especially their atmospheres and surrounding gas envelopes. Stephen Little received his PhD in Astronomy from UCLA. He also taught at Wellesley College and Bentley University in Massachusetts and at CU Boulder. He specialized in the atmospheres of hot stars until he met Irene, when he switched to cool stars. 
 
They have both made numerous trips to Kitt Peak near Tucson, AZ for observations, and later made use of satellite observations for their research. They were involved in setting up the Estes Park Memorial Observatory and ran (with ranger Jeff Maugans) an observing program in RMNP for 20 years.
 
Since retirement, they have been interested in Archaeoastronomy, the study of ancient cultures’ interest in Astronomy. They have studied the astronomical alignments of the ruins left by the Ancestral Puebloans in the Four Corners area. In addition, they are interested in the petroglyphs and pictographs left by the ancient peoples of the Four Corners area. Currently they divide their time between Green Valley, AZ and Estes Park. 
 
 
 

 
 

This week: The Old Gallery in Allenspark—A Center for Community & The Arts

Founder and Board Member Margie Patterson and Executive Director Micha Kurz Ben David will speak on Thursday, May 12, at the Rotary Club of Estes Park, at their regular noon meeting. They will present the story of The Old Gallery, which has become a center for community activities and the arts for the Allenspark mountain community.
 
The mission of The Old Gallery is to provide resources and opportunities to enrich lives in our mountain communities. Programs and activities are offered in in five areas: human services, the arts (visual and performing arts), wellness, education, community events, and visitor services.  The numerous offerings can be found on their website www.theoldgallery.org
 
Margie Patterson was one of the founders of The Old Gallery, which occupies the building of the former Westin Art Gallery on Highway 7 at the intersection of the turn into Allenspark. In 2008, Margie and her colleagues rescued the building from its use as an ATV Rental and proposed XXX porn gallery, established a 501c3 organization, and made the gallery into a thriving center of activity. Last year, an extensive renovation of the 1940s building was completed, bringing the building up to code and creating an inviting space for all.    
 
Margie has lived in Allenspark for 10 years. She and her husband, Glenn, first came to the area in 2000 as naturalists at Peaceful Valley Ranch where they led hikes for 9 years. They are avid skiers and hikers (they hiked 265 miles on the John Muir Trail in 2011). Margie is well known to Estes Park audiences as a professional pianist as she performs, teaches, and volunteers as accompanist for local groups and musicians. Also, she teaches privately in her home and at the Rocky Ridge Year-Round Academy in North Boulder.  She recently received her doctorate in piano performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
 
Margie’s involvement with The Old Gallery is a continuation of similar non-profit work she’s been involved with for over 30 years.  She started a community soup kitchen and food pantry (The Open Table) in Concord, MA, which recently celebrated its 26th anniversary. She also spearheaded a major renovation of her children’s cooperative pre-school, doing a lot of the construction work as well as fundraising.
 
Micha Kurz Ben David is the new Executive Director of The Old Gallery. He was born and raised in Jerusalem. Micha an artist and a writer, he provides political analysis about Jerusalem to politicians and academics, but most of all he dedicates his time to consulting grassroots community organizations on strategic development plans. He is thrilled to get to know the magic of the mountains and the communities they host, and is very excited to be working at the Old Gallery.
 
Micha has been involved in community leadership and organizing from a very young age as a founder of three Israeli Scouts centers.  After his military service, Micha founded Breaking the Silence, an organization of Israeli veterans speaking out about the occupation of Palestinian territories. Later he founded Grassroots Jerusalem, a platform for Palestinian community organizing.
 
 

 
 

Spotlight on Duck Race Volunteers 

Lucky was the star of the day, posing for photos with hundreds of fans and keeping spirits high despite the weather.

Jay Harroff and Daffney sold lots of duck-themed treasures at Nicky's.

Big Duck Rene Moquin thanked the crowd for supporting 64 charities by adopting ducks.

Thor Homme and Bill Solms sold cold beers to cold people, quite a feat.

 

Bond Park volunteers Debbie Delaney, Rene Moquin, Brad Rosenbaum and his son, Tara and Phil Moenning were part of an army of helpers that made the day a big success!

The day's heroes braved sleet, thunder and lightning to retrieve over 6,000 sponsor and adopted ducks. Thanks to all who were in the water on Saturday.

 

 

It's Showtime! 

 
"Bravo!" to all who made the Sixth Annual "It's Showtime!" possible. Proceeds from the two performances last weekend help the Estes Park Rotary Scholarship Program. The finale, "You've Gotta Have Heart" was a crowd favorite. President Scott Thompson thanked the performers, sponsors and audience for supporting scholarships for Estes Park High School students. Lucky made an appearance during intermission. 
 

 
 

Thursday's topic: WWI and the Christmas Truce

Laurie Button will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, April 27, at their regular noon meeting, concerning the events that led to World War I.  In addition, she will talk about the “The Christmas Truce” and the underground tunneling that played such an important role during the war.
 
World War I was touted as “The war to end all wars.”  Unfortunately, that was not to be the case.  Triggered by an obscure assassination in 1914, the War set in motion a situation where political motivation and technology would fuel not only World War I, but the worldwide conflicts that were to follow. 
 
Button holds a special place in her heart for veterans and a passion for researching the military conflicts in our nation’s history.  Last fall, she and her husband, Joel, spent two weeks visiting World War I battle sites and museums in northwestern France and the Dutch-speaking Flanders region of northern Belgium.
 
Originally from Iowa, Button has lived in Estes Park for almost 25 years.  She has work for the Estes Park Trail-Gazette, where she was a Feature and Special Sections Editor from 1991-1998.  In addition, she contributed weekly columns to the Estes Park News in the years that followed.  Also, she worked for the Town of Estes Park from 1998-2013, before accepting a position with Boulder Valley Credit Union, now Premier Members Credit Union.  She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and has served as a Guardian with Northern Colorado Honor Flight. 
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.  Rotary clubs, around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Park Village Theater, adjacent to the Other Side Restaurant.  Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend.  Buffet is served at 11:30 AM, the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program will begin at 12:30 PM. 
 

 
 

Thursday's topic: Red Cross Ready Rating Program

Mark Jones and David Greenhouse, representatives from the American Red Cross of Northern Colorado, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, April 21, at their regular noon meeting.  They will discuss the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program, a free self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations, and schools become better prepared for emergencies.
 
American Red Cross membership is free.  Members complete a “ReadyGo” or “ReadyAdvance” assessment online, which creates an emergency action plan from one of their templates.  Members have access to tools, tips, and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.  Membership is confidential and the emergency action plan templates are OSHA certified.
 
The tools, resources, tips and other information that are included in the “Ready Rating” Program are the result of a comprehensive review of preparedness recommendations conducted by the American Red Cross National Office of Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, the national “Ready Rating” team, and the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.  All “Ready Rating” Program steps and recommendations are grounded in scientific research, best practices, and/or expert opinion.
 
To get started, go to www.readyrating.org.
 
Mark Jones is the Business Preparedness Lead and a Board Member with the American Red Cross of Northern Colorado.  Mark is a social worker by training, has worked in healthcare management, and currently is pursuing his MBA at Colorado State University.
 
David Greenhouse serves the American Red Cross in Disaster Services and Business Preparedness in Northern Colorado.  Retired now, he worked for over 20 years in business preparedness for ING, helped establish the ”Ready Rating” Program in the Denver area, and has done preparedness consulting for Colorado schools.
 
 
 

 
 

Thursday's program: Boosting opportunities for students

 

Wendy Ash, President of the Bobcat Booster Club, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, April 7, at their regular noon meeting.  Ash will discuss how the Bobcat Booster Club effectively contributes to Bobcat school sports.

The Bobcat Athletic Club supports all Bobcat athletics so that the athletes in Park R3 School District have the best opportunities to compete well and be successful during their Middle and High School years in sports.

Formerly known as BACers, the Bobcat Booster Club provides equipment and supplies, camp opportunities, coaches’ training, athlete education, spirit activities, and community involvement.  

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.  Rotary clubs, around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.

The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Park Village Theater, adjacent to the Other Side Restaurant.  Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend.  Buffet is served at 11:30 AM, the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program will begin at 12:30 PM. 

 

 
 
Festival of feathery fun around the bend
Duck Race 2016 thanks its sponsors
 

 
The 2016 Estes Park Rotary Duck Race will keep visitors entertained from early morning until late afternoon in so many places that it will be impossible to miss the fun. Most events are free of charge. Here’s a recap of the entertainers and activities in Estes Park on Saturday, May 7.
 
Bond Park
8 – 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast sponsored Longs Peak Rotary Foundation and Kiwanis Club. Pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee for $5 per person.
9 a.m. Duck Waddle 5K foot race departs from Bond Park and follows a route that features views of the Fall River and Rocky Mountain National Park, finishing at Bond Park. Register online at epmarathon.org. Cost $25/adult and $23/seniors includes a duck adoption; $23/youth. All registrants get a race shirt. Fee increases by $5 after May 2.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Beer garden, food vendors, photo booth, live music, and interactive games sponsored by 15 Duck Race charities
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Shake Your Tail Feather Music
10 a.m.  Steve Smersh
11 a.m.  Will Thomas
12 p.m. Ran Off the Rooster
1 p.m.   Brad Fitch
2 p.m.   Bayou Folk
 
Downtown
10 a.m. Duck Hunt. Pick up a game page at Bond Park, visit 20 listed businesses, find the hidden duck at each and collect a sticker. Return the game page by 2 p.m. to Bond Park for a prize drawing. Sponsor: Downtown Business Partners.
10 a.m. – noon. Duck cartoons showing at the Reel Mountain Theater. Give your feet a break and quack up with cartoons!
 
Nicky’s Steakhouse
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Retail sales of duck-themed treasures
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. music by Riverside Ramblers
11 a.m. Duck Squat raffle sponsored by the Estes Park Rotary Foundation
11:30 a.m.  Lucky, the Duck Race mascot, arrives in the famous yellow Jeep
12 p.m. Estes Park Singers
12:30 p.m. Duck adoption sales close at Nicky’s
1 p.m. ducks drop into the Fall River to begin their race
 
George Hix Riverside Plaza
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Highland Brass Quintet
1 – 2:45 p.m. Great Blue
1 – 3 p.m.  Sales of fabulous duck-themed treasures
1 p.m. Duck Squat raffle sponsored by the Estes Park Rotary Foundation
3- 5 p.m. Ran Off the Rooster
12-4 p.m. Face Painting
1-4 p.m. Balloon artist, Caricature artist, Estes Park Band Boosters
1-2:30 p.m. Special appearance by Bruiser the Big Dog
When the ducks waddle in, prizes will be listed on large boards outside The Wheel Bar.
 
Throughout Town
Adopt ducks on Race Day 10 a. m. - noon at: Bond Park, Visitor Center, Macdonald Bookshop, Inkwell and Brew. Sales at Nicky’s close at 12:30 p.m.
 
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Town of Estes Park will provide shuttle service to/from several locations, including Nicky’s for the start of the race. Go to
 

 

It's Showtime!

April 22, 2016
Phone: (970) 586-2559
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: $15 for adults; students free
 

“It's Showtime,” a benefit musical variety show produced by The Rotary Club Of Estes Park, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. Now in its sixth year, “It’s Showtime” provides scholarships for Estes Park High School students. Performers include talented students, production staff and committee members, and other representatives from the larger community, in a variety of musical styles including vocal and instrumental renditions of show tunes, classical, folk, western, pop, and jazz.Tickets are $15, with students admitted free. For information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, or for more details about “It’s Showtime,” contact Jack Overly, jmoverly@cs.com, 970-586-2559.

 

 
 
Duck Race Festival Distribution Night
 
Duck Race adoption sales have begun! You can adopt online at epduckrace.org or in person at a Rotary meeting. Distribution Night was March 3 and officially kicked off the 2016 sales. Adopt now!
 

 
 

Thursday's topic: Wellness Center update

                                                    
Mark Gregson, Dr. Frank Dumont, and Wayne Park will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, March 3, at their regular noon meeting. They will provide an update on the Wellness Center.
 
The Wellness Center programming will be based on scientifically-proven methods for changing behaviors, improving athletic performance, and losing weight. By being proactive with respect to health and by incorporating lifestyle and behavioral changes, individuals are living longer with less debility or disease. The three speakers will discuss how EPMC and the EPMC Foundation are working on bringing the Wellness Center to Estes Park.
 
Gregson, the Interim CEO of the Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC), brings 35 years healthcare senior management experience to EPMC. He formed an interim healthcare management company in 2005 and has served in 11 senior leadership positions. He has broad knowledge and experience in small, medium and large hospitals at locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Gregson received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Administration from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and his MBA in Health and Hospital Administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
 
Dumont, a physician on the active medical staff at EPMC since 2002, is the Immediate Past Chief of Staff. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He practices a full spectrum of internal medicine, with specific interests in wellness, preventative medicine, athletics, and high altitude medicine. Dumont has been the physician lead for EPMC with regard to their wellness projects for the past two years.
 
Park has lived in Estes Park for 17 years, retiring from the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the management of technical assistance programs in member countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. This is his fourth year on the EPMC Foundation Board, currently serving as Vice President, Chairperson for the Board Development Committee, and Chairperson for the Wellness Center Steering Committee.
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.  Rotary clubs, around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Park Village Theater, adjacent to the Other Side Restaurant.  Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend.  Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m., the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m.
 

 
 
Feb. 11, 2016 Meeting Notes
 
President Scott Thompson called the meeting to order. Brad Rosenbaum gave the invocation. Dick Broman led us in singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” a Capella.   (What a show-off) Scott Thompson led guest introductions. There were no visiting Rotarians. Jack Boatman introduced his guest Russ Gardenour who is visiting our club for the second time. We welcomed back member Pat Barnett after an absence. Bill Smith introduced his boss Susan Allnut from Fort Collins. 
 
President Scott’s Joke of the Day was once again met with groans and calls for mercy.
 
Nominating Committee
Brad Rosenbaum presented the official second reading of the nomination of Rick Taylor for President Elect.
 
Announcements
  • Tara Moenning announced that the annual community cleanup will be held the last Saturday of April as usual which is the 30th this year, and is the weekend before the Duck Race. 
  • May 14 is the next Shred-a-thon, Tara also announced. Another event is scheduled at the fairgrounds so this time the shred will be held at the EP High School parking lot.
Happy Money
  • Scott Thompson was happy for the good treatment wife Karen received at the Estes Park Medical Center for her routine diagnostic procedure yesterday.
  • Robert Ludlum was happy with the expectation of today’s program.
  • Madison Casey was happy for the Broncos Super Bowl victory!
  • Jack Overly was happy that his wife Mary was happy that football season was finally over.
Program
Sandy Reid introduced today’s program --Lynn Arenson of Medical Transport Solutions, a division of MASA.   She told us about air and ground ambulance service and how these services are billed and insured.  Her company sells comprehensive insurance for this that covers families anywhere in the world to get the ill person and their family, possessions, pets, and vehicles back home. 
 
Submitted by Madison Casey, Scribe
 

 
 

Photo Highlights - Feb. 11 meeting

Brad Rosenbaum led the invocation.

Dick Broman treated the club to a song.

Sandy Reid introduced the program.

Speaker Lynn Arenson spoke about Medical Transport Services.

 

 
 

Photos from the Jan. 28, 2016 Meeting

In Scott Thompson's absence, Thor Homme presided over the meeting and shared his Rotary Moment.

Tara Moenning led the invocation.

Ken TeSelle selected the song.

What, no guests for Phil Moenning to introduce?

The Golf Tournament, chaired by Bruce Carmichael, holds its first meeting on Feb. 4 and is looking for new members.

Anne Slack is happy that her son has sold a pilot to Fox.

Bruce Brown is happy to announce the birth of a new great-grandaughter of the late Ron Kuhns.

Claudine Perrault introduced herself and then our speaker.

Jose Almeida presented a program on "The New Americans."

A book on The Day of the Dead will be part of the children's library collection to thank our speaker.

   
 

 
 
This week's program: air ambulance services
 

Lynn Arenson, Manager of Employee Group Field Sales for Medical Transport Solutions (MTS), will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, February 11, at their regular noon meeting.  Arenson will share information on air ambulance services in the Estes Valley as well as around the country. 
 
Emergency helicopter flights into and out of Estes Park occur several times per week in the winter months and several times per day in the summer.  If someone is in a life or limb threatening emergency, most likely, they will be flown from the Estes Park Medical Center in order to reduce the time it takes to travel to the Medical Center of the Rockies or another level 2 trauma center.
 
Established in 1974, Medical Air Services Association—Medical Transport Solution (MASA MTS) is an international association dedicated to providing life saving emergency assistance at home, on the job, or while traveling the world.  They offer coverage 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  They cover all out-of-pocket expenses for members for both ground transportation and air ambulance across the world. 
 
Arenson was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse with a degree in Health Science/Community Health.  She has spent her entire career in the healthcare industry, 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry and the past 3 year with MTS. 
 
She lives in Fort Collins and is the proud parent of two children.  She enjoys tennis, skiing, hiking, and spending time in the mountains.

 
 

 
A quack-out from the Big Duck
Before I leave town I want to thank all of you for your efforts in securing sponsors for the 2016 Duck Race Festival. We are down to two outstanding accounts and we will get them. More importantly we have several new sponsors: Dave BBQ, Park Supply, Egg and I, Lumpy Ridge Liquor, Estes Park Brewery, etc.  Have a great holiday season and again many thanks.
Rene Moquin
2016 Big Duck (Chairman)
 
 

 
 
Major13 to headline Dec. 10 program
 
 
Major13 , the Estes Park High School’s vocal jazz ensemble, will sing at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, December 10, at their regular noon meeting.
 
Consisting of the top 13 vocalists from the choral program at the EPHS, Major13 is under the direction of Dr. Alan Denney.  The ensemble performs all over the state of Colorado and regularly sings at the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.
 
Dr. Alan Denney is in his 10th year as choral director at the EPHS.  He has studied conducting with Dr. James Jordan, Dr. Gary Graden, and Dr. Rodney Eichenberger.  This year, a record 110 students participate in one of the four choral ensembles at the EPHS, which represents 30 percent of the school’s student population!
 
We hope that you enjoy their performance!
 
Please note that all family members, friends and other community members are very welcome to join us for the performance.
 
 

 
 

Pumpkin Day - Year 79!

Many volunteers made the annual Pumpkin Distribution Day on a success.
Classes gathered for group pictures on Oct. 23 with their pumpkins at the Estes Park Elementary School.
A fun day for Rotarians, parents and kiddos.
 

 
 
This week's program: Mountain Aires
 

Mountain Aires will sing at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, December 3rd, at their regular noon meeting. Their program includes Songs of the Season, which will energize and inspire us for this holiday season.

Formed in 1978 as the Mountain Aires Women’s Club Chorus, Mountain Aires continues to be sponsored by the Estes Park Women’s Club. Over the years, these talented ladies have performed for a variety of organizations, senior residences, and churches, presenting a variety of musical styles and genres.

We hope that you enjoy their concert! 

Please note that all family members, friends and other community members are very welcome to join us for the performance.

 

 

 

 
 
June 27 golf tourney a win for golfers and students
 
 
A great turnout, a gorgeous day and some fabulous prizes created a successful Rotary Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament on June 27, according to the event chairman. Golfers and sponsors included several visiting Rotarians, including Sojourner Frank Haines, pictured above.
 
“The 2015 tournament had the best turn out we have experienced in several years. We had 70 golfers, and everyone left happy,” said Bruce Carmichael, golf tournament chairman.
 
“We are still collecting sponsor pledges and paying our bills, so I can't give official fundraising results, but I believe we have exceeded our goal of 12,000,” he added.
 
A complete list of sponsors and prize donors will be available within a week, he added.
 
The event winners were:
 
1st Place Team: Mike Romero, Kathy Romero, David Persons, Anthony Welch
2nd Place Team: Jane Schoen, Sam Portman, Shelley Doggett, Brad Doggett
3rd Place Team: Jay Harroff, Javier Gomez, Curt Collar, Dave Lasota
Chip and Putt Contest: Brad Rosenbaum
Closest to the Pin, Hole #2: Bob Rising
Closest to the Pin, Hole #7: Roxanne VanSkiver 
Closest to the Pin, Hole #10: Justin Calkins
Closest to the Pin, Hole #15: Tim Hull
Most Accurate Drive Men: Bryon Holmes
Most Accurate Drive Women: Carrie Logan
Longest Putt Men: Wayne Andersen
Longest Putt Women: Ashley Hartman
 
“We are gratified with the support we received from golfers, sponsors and the many merchants who donated prizes,” Carmichael said. “I think we had a fun and financially successful tournament and a great committee that put it all together.”
 

 
 

Time Capsule and Bench project draws three willing workers

Monday June 25th, three Rotarians from our club restored the Estes Park Knoll Willows Time Capsule and bench area. This involved replacing heavy flagstones throughout the area cut to size by the Estes Park Public Works Department. Jim Austin, Thor Homme, and Pete Sinnott provided the labor and expertise to replace the stone seats and mortar them for all time.  

Thanks to this Rotary “A” team of constructors for their efforts.

The time capsule was a Rotary project in 2005 and presumably in 2115 someone will be there to see what’s inside. It is on MacGregor avenue facing the beautiful valley in front of the Knoll Willows area and across the street from the Bank of Estes Park parking lot. 

The water tank unit was provided by Jim Austin towing it with an unusually nice tow vehicle.

Plenty of leaders in this group made for lots of discussion on the alignment and placement of the flagstone.

 

 
 
 
CORRECTED: This week's program features park, rec district update
 
 
This week's speakers will be Skyler Rorabaugh, executive director of Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, and Recreation Superintendent Tom Carosello.  The program will be a general update on current District programming, projects and initiatives, and will include some ideas on what will be offered in the future.
 
Skyler Rorabaugh grew up in western Kansas, in the Russell and Ellis communities. He is a graduate of Brown Mackie College, with a degree in business administration management, and a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s of science in recreation/sports management and a master’s of science in sports administration. Rorabaugh participated in college and semi-pro baseball through early years in college. He served as the Ellis Recreation Commission Executive Director in Ellis, KS from 1999 to 2006, the Aquatics Director and Recreation Director for the City of Bonner Springs, KS from 2006 to 2007,  and the Executive Director for the Turner Recreation Commission in Kansas City, KS from 2007 to 2012.
 
Rorabaugh has been the Executive Director for the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District since April 2012. He has accepted the Director of Campus Recreation position with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and will begin work there in August 2015.
 
His family includes his wife Kristen, daughter Jaysa and son Chase. His hobbies include basketball, volleyball, softball, disc golf, hiking, skiing, hunting, running, listening to music and attending concerts. 
 
Tom Carosello was recently hired as the Recreation Superintendent for the District. Tom served as the Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Pagosa Springs since 2007. He began his formal career in parks and recreation in 2005. Prior to that he was a journalist and grant writer for 11 years, covering local sports, environmental and government issues in Ohio, Arizona and Colorado. He has a B.A. in Sports Journalism and Public Relations from Ohio State University.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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