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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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.


Photos from Jan. 21, 2016 meeting

Marsha Yelick gave a thoughtful and poetic invocation.

Dave Evans led us in teaching the world to sing.

Pete Sinnott introduced guests.

Karol Rinehart was welcomed to the Blue Badge Brigade.

Brad is happy that Karol joined the club.

Jim Austin was happy about Rotarians' work at Winterfest.

Jim McGibney presented a program on Korea and encouraged us to sign up for the Seoul conference.

And now the children's library has a book on Korea, courtesy of a club grant. It's one way we thank our speakers.



Immunization Month winners

Each child that was immunized had their name put into a drawing for a $100 Safeway Gift Card.
Dr. Mark Wiesner, Pediatrician with Estes Park Medical Group, and Conner Harr, a recent high school graduate.
Baby Todd Kennedy, Dr. Mark Wiesner, and Todd’s mom, Elizabeth.


Calling All Grant Applicants!

The Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation has announced the opening of the application process for the 2014-2015 Community Rotary Grants Program. The Foundation, in partnership with the noon Rotary Club, invites grant proposals from charitable or other tax-exempt organizations in the Estes Valley.  The deadline for receipt of the completed applications is January 2, 2015. Awards will be announced in late January 2015.
”It’s anticipated that these proposals will support programs and projects that help foster the general well-being of our community while advancing the principles and purposes of Rotary,” said Dave Evans, Community Grants Chairman for the Foundation. “The recipient organizations address a wide variety of causes, including support for the arts, for youth and the elderly, as well as overall community needs.”
Charitable non-profit organizations may download both the application and guidelines from the Rotary Club of Estes Park’s website at under the heading, “Community Grants.”  Requests for hard copy of the application and guidelines may be mailed to The Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation, PO Box 1854, Estes Park, CO  80517. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  
The mission of the Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation is to help foster the general well-being of the Estes Park community. Created in 1977, the Foundation fulfills the mission in two ways.  It annually awards scholarships to qualified youth graduating in May from the Estes Park High School.  It also awards grants to 501(c)(3) and other tax-exempt charitable organizations in the community each spring.
The Club generates funds for these purposes by conducting a variety of public fundraising events.  
“Traditionally, there’s always a great musical event in the late winter, then the Duck Race in the spring, and then a huge golf tournament in the summer,” Evans said.  Other member events and raffles also are conducted throughout the year. In addition, the Foundation receives donations and bequests from members and members’ families, designated to fund the general mission of the Foundation.          
“Although there is never enough money to support all the worthwhile causes, last year the Foundation proudly awarded over $15,000 in grants to 18 organizations,” explained Evans.  The largest grant was $2,000, and the average grant size was $834.  Since 2004, the Foundation has provided almost $162,000 to organizations in the Estes Valley. Since its creation in 1977, the Foundation has awarded funds totaling over $1 million for college-bound student scholarships and grants to local organizations.  
The 2014-2015 Grant Application emphasizes another important aspect of Rotarian beliefs.  Not only is the Foundation interested in funding worthwhile projects, but the Rotary club also  is interested in providing service via members.  The motto of Rotary is “Service Above Self."  Grant applicants are requested to list Rotary Club of Estes Park members who serve in any capacity within their organization. Applicants are also asked to suggest ways that Rotarians can help serve the organization with their time and talent.
Rotary is a service organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build peace in the world.  Rotary is dedicated to promoting truth, enhancing good will and friendships, and being beneficial and fair to all concerned.  

Beware of new email scam claiming to be from Foundation Chair Klinginsmith
A new email purporting to be from Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith is targeting Rotary members. The email falsely claims that members can become End Polio Now ambassadors if they email club information to a Gmail address within 48 hours. The fraudulent email has the subject line “BECOME AN END POLIO AMBASSADOR” and is sent from a fake email address. This is a scam. Rotary staff is working to resolve the issue. Avoid being the victim of scams by deleting any email that appears suspicious.
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