The Rotary Club of Estes Park

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Estes Park

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
New Location: Rodeway Inn
1701 North Lake Avenue
Estes Park, CO  80517
United States
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Sept. 22 program: free enterprise, freedom's imperative by Bill Marshall

Bill Marshall, a retired Fortune 250 company treasurer and writer, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, September 22, at their regular noon meeting. His program will focus on rediscovering free enterprise, freedom’s imperative.  Please note the change in location for Rotary Club meetings.
 
Bill Marshall
According to Marshall, rediscovering free enterprise will enliven your cocktail conversation as it reveals three original insights challenging accepted wisdom on the source of freedom. His insights derive from three overlooked questions: (1) What is the difference between capitalism and free enterprise?  (2) What is the primary purpose of free enterprise?  Hint:  It is not making money.  (3) What is the fault in the practice of free enterprise, which is based originally on the writings of America’s other founding father in 1776?  He feels that this “defect” in the practice of free enterprise is the root cause of income inequality and wealth disparity in America today.
 
Marshall poses one more question, “what really is America’s economic policy?”  He believes that rediscovering free enterprise is imperative to our freedom and that of future generations.
 
Now retired, Bill Marshall was the Treasurer of Nalco Chemical Company, a Fortune 250 industrial company specializing in global water treatment. He is a former Navy Lieutenant, Naval Flight Officer and Mission Commander. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Bill earned a degree in industrial engineering from LeHigh University, studied business at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. He is married, lives in Estes Park, and has one daughter, an equine veterinarian.
 
Marshall has written two books, Rich Shareowner, Poor Shareowner and Money Ain’t Free, both of which were selected among the year’s top investment books by “Stock Trader’s Almanac.” He is completing a third book, Rediscovering Free Enterprise:  Freedom’s Imperative.
 
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 Rodeway Inn in Estes Park, located at 1701 North Lake Avenue on Highway 34 just west of Dry Gulch Road.  Please note our new Rotary location.  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. 
 
 
 

 
 
Shred-a-Thon Oct. 15: Clean your desk, help scholars
 
Is it weighing you down? Keeping you from having a clean office, a neat desk or a clutter-free storage room? Tired of feeding papers to your puny shredder, three sheets at a time? The Rotary Club of Estes Park can help you reach those paper-free goals!
 
Come and contribute your excess paperwork at the Estes Park Rotary Club Shred-a-Thon on Saturday, October 15. You can drop off your items between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or until the truck is full. Just drive to the Event Center parking lot off of Manford Avenue in Estes Park.
 
“Community shred days are part of our commitment to the prevention of identity theft and our support for recycling,” said Tara Moenning, event coordinator.
 
Items appropriate for shredding are:
  • Old bank statements,
  • Credit card offers,
  • Cancelled checks,
  • Old medical records,
  • Paycheck stubs, or
  • Anything with your personal information.
Clips, staples, and binders do not need to be removed.
 
While there is no charge, a generous donation would be appreciated, Moenning notes. The Rotary Club sponsors the cost of the truck so that all tax-deductible, donated funds will benefit the club’s scholarship program.
 
If you can’t be there on October 15, a club member will pick up your items. Call Tara Moenning, 970-577-0186 for information on pick up.
 
 
 

 
 

Our Sept. 15 program: fighting weekend hunger


Terry Leija

Terry Leija, teacher and outgoing president of the Estes Park Education Association, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, September 15, at their regular noon meeting. He will discuss efforts by EPEA to combat food insecurity and hunger in Estes Park students. Please note the change in location for Rotary Club meetings.

During the 2015-2016 school year, EPEA started the Estes Pak program, a supplemental food program. EPEA provides meals for students and families who need food on weekends throughout the school year. Leija has served as coordinator of the program.  

Leija is a second grade teacher at the Estes Park Elementary School. He has taught in Estes Park for over 20 years.

The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Rodeway Inn in Estes Park, located at 1701 North Lake Avenue on Highway 34 just west of Dry Gulch Road. Please note our new Rotary location. 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. 

 
 

 
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Sept. 8 program to feature Visit Estes Park CEO

President and CEO of Visit Estes Park Elizabeth Fogarty will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, Sept. 8, at their regular noon meeting.  She will discuss Visit Estes Park, a destination marketing organization, and how it supports tourism in our community.  Please note the change in location for Rotary Club meetings.
 
 
Fogarty will share how Visit Estes Park supports Estes Park’s economic vitality through tourism marketing, destination product development, event promotion, and community partnerships. Visit Estes Park is a data-driven, research-based organization which develops and executes strategies to enhance the quality of life for our residents and supports a year-round economy for our community.
 
Elizabeth was Vice President of Operations at Estes Park Condos from 2005–2013, while also participating with the Estes Park Wedding Association, Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, and Project Manager of the Estes Park Winter Festival 2010-2013. Elizabeth was the recipient of “Volunteer of the Year” for Estes Park in 2011.
 
Currently, Elizabeth is Vice President of the Estes Area Lodging Association, Larimer County Small Business Development Center Consultant, and Executive Board Member of the Estes Park Economic Development Corp.  Other committees include Town of Estes Park Events Committee, Wellness Committee, and Colorado Tourism Office Travel Resources Marketing Committee.
 
Participation with the organization began as a founding board member of the Local Marketing District Board in 2009 and involvement with Visit Estes Park’s Branding, Logo, Website and Marketing Committees. She has been President and CEO of Visit Estes Park since 2014. 
 
 
 

 
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Learn how Estes Valley Legacy links donors to charities on Sept. 1
 
Jerry Kennell, Administrator of Estes Valley Legacy, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, September 1, at their regular noon meeting. He will discuss this important and innovative program. Please note the change in location for Rotary Club meetings.
 
 
While serving on the board of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, Kennell envisioned the need and opportunity for Estes Valley nonprofits to collaborate on a  program of education and marketing of planned and estate giving for donors in the Estes Valley. Estes Valley Legacy, a collaborative effort that now includes 15 leading area nonprofits, was founded in 2014 as a program of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center. 
 
Kennell has over 40 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and fundraising. He was in service to three nonprofit organizations as executive director, to two fundraising consulting firms as founder and principal, and to the western region of a nationwide charitable and financial services firm as managing director. Furthermore, he worked as a member of the president’s staff at New York University and as vice president for advancement at a Midwestern liberal arts college. In addition, he served as the Development Officer for our Estes Valley Library and as board member and officer for numerous nonprofit and civic organizations.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Rodeway Inn in Estes Park, located at 1701 North Lake Avenue on Highway 34 just west of Dry Gulch Road.  Please note our new Rotary location.  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. 
 
 

 
 
 Mental health needs in Larimer County to be topic of Thursday's program
 
This week's program will provide insight into a proposed Mental Health, Detox/Substance Abuse Facility. Our speaker will be Cheryl Olson, a Fort Collins native, who is is co-chair of People for a Healthier Larimer County. She served as a Larimer County Commissioner from 1997-2001, including three years as chair. She also led the steering committee for the community-wide Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Project from 2001 to 2012.
Olson is active in the Fort Collins real estate community. She referees regularly for the Larimer County Board of Equalization and is the endowment fund chair for SummitStone Health Partners. Cheryl has been active in the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce; Fort Collins Board of Realtors; Colorado Association of Realtors; National Association of Realtors; Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry; and the local Republican Party.
 
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's events include “It’s Showtime!” and the annual Golf Tournament, which raise funds for scholarships awarded each spring to graduating seniors. The largest effort of the club is the annual Duck Race, which generated over $117,000 for 64 area charities in 2016. The club also awards community grants annually to area non-profits. The Club of Estes Park welcomes new members. For more information, visit rotaryclubofestespark.org, or come to a meeting. 
 
 
 

 
 

D.G. Redder to visit Estes Park Rotary Club

Barbara Redder, Governor of Rotary District 5440, will speak at the regular meeting of the Estes Park Rotary Club at noon on Thursday, Aug. 18,  at the National Park Theater, in the lower level of the Other Side Restaurant in Estes Park. Her district includes 54 Rotary clubs in Wyoming, Northwern Colorado, Eastern Idaho and Western Nebraska.
 
The International Rotary theme for the year is Rotary Serving Humanity!  DG Barb is expected to focus on growing Rotary’s contributions to humanity. The theme is meant to put focus on all the projects that the Rotary Club of Estes Park accomplishes, both locally and internationally. Opportunities are plentiful for potential members, young and old, to help Rotary achieve its mission of “peace and understanding throughout the world,” and by bringing their passion to provide service.
 
“We’re anxious to share some of our projects with the District Governor Barbara Redder, said Thor Homme, Rotary Club of Estes Park president. 
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park's events include “It’s Showtime!” and the annual Golf Tournament, which raise funds for scholarships awarded each spring to graduating seniors. The largest effort of the club is the annual Duck Race, which generated over $117,000 for 64 area charities in 2016. The club also awards community grants annually to area non-profits.
 
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 welcomes new members. For more information, visit rotaryclubofestespark.org, or come to a meeting. 
 
 
 
 
Thursday's program: rural hospitals in Colorado
 
 
This week's program will focus on rural hospitals in Colorado. Presenter Chris Tholen is the vice president of financial policy and chief financial officer for the Colorado Hospital Association. Tholen has 18 years of experience in health care finance and strategy that includes an emphasis on government policy, hospitals, physician groups and private insurance. Prior to joining the CHA, he held positions with Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic.

Nearly one in five Americans call rural communities home. These small towns are where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, and work together towards a common goal. These are close knit communities, great places for people to raise kids, start businesses and be close to family. The local hospital is an economic driver for the community as one of the largest employers, but they face issues as well providing updated services and state-of-the art equipment for ever changing healthcare needs, an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, declining reimbursement rates, and disproportional funding levels. Tholen will talk about the role of rural hospitals and what challenges and opportunities are ahead.
 
Tholen also will discuss Amendment 69 which will appear on the Colorado ballet in November 2016. If passed, this amendment would establish a “universal health care system” called “Colorado Care” and would create a state government-owned cooperative in which all Colorado residents over the age of 18 would be automatically enrolled as members. 
 
 

 
This week's program: Doolittle Raid on Tokyo
 
 
As a child, Dick Baggett grew up listening to stories by his parents, uncles and aunts about World War II – both Europe and Asia. In college he majored in history and psychology.  He has maintained his interest in history throughout his life. Dick has read the biographies of most of the political and military leaders of World War II. Additionally, he has read about most of the major land, air and sea battles. He has read all of the published volume works of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
His interest in the Pacific and Asian theaters was heightened when he was in the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.
 
During the past few years he has developed a particular interest in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo -- the first offensive action by the United States following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Dick has met and interviewed representatives of five of the sixteen B-25 crews that flew off the U. S. S. Hornet to attack five cities in Japan. From his research and personal visits with these people he has developed a riveting story about the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and the crews who flew the mission.
 
Dick's reason for sharing the story of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo is to remind his audiences that the freedom we enjoy today was previously purchased at great sacrifice by others.
 
Richard "Dick" Baggett is a Past District Governor of Rotary District 5840.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Sculptor Robert Bellows to describe Warrior StoryField Project Thursday

Metal sculptor Robert Bellows will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, July 28, at their regular noon meeting. Bellows will speak about the Warrior StoryField Project.
 
In April 2013, two combat veterans, Marine Brad Gallup and Army Ranger Danny Moore, dropped in to visit Robert Bellows in his shop and offered to help. These three men went to work heating, bending, and shaping hard iron plow sweeps into rooster feathers. Over the next six months, the act of transforming metal into art allowed them to talk effortlessly about war and the experience of combat.
 
This prompted the Warrior StoryField, a collaborative sculpture project with a core mission of exploring what it takes to bring warriors home from war. The team is comprised of veterans and civilians working in community to create a large sculptural park to be called Warrior StoryField. Bellows envisions this park as a symbolic art installation that provides an experiential moment of pause, inviting us to explore how we, both veterans and civilians, can carry the burden of our wars as a community.
 
As one team member describes the burden of his fellow veterans, “It’s the silence that’s killing us.” The objective of the Warrior StoryField is to gently pierce the veil of silence as they imagine and build three large sculptures.
 
The first sculpture is a Dragon. The Dragon represents the Warrior Protector, the Demon Destroyer, and the Guardian of the Nation. Symbolically, it carries the experience of the Warrior at War. The second sculpture is a Phoenix. The Phoenix represents the Messenger of Renewal and Transcendence. Symbolically, it carries the endless possibility of transmutation and transformation of the Veteran Come Home. The third sculpture is The Space in Between. This space is formed by placing the Dragon and the Phoenix into an eternal relationship connected through their eyes, their hearts, and the ashes below their feet. The artistic challenge is to make this connections so palpable that simply walking in between the Dragon and Phoenix can evoke a visceral experience of the invisible wounds of war, where veterans can experience deeper feelings of loss, sadness and grief. 
 
Robert Bellows is a metal sculptor working in Boulder County as an artist for 35 years. He believes that art can bring understanding to things that otherwise cannot be understood, and stimulate conversations that might otherwise never begin. 
 
The Phoenix and The Dragon
 
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.
 
 
 

 
 

Longley Parker honored as Rotarian of the Year

Our club has presented the Rotarian of the Year Award to Longley Parker, treasurer of the club board and local business owner.
 
According to tradition, the award was presented by the person who earned the honored the previous year. Tara Moenning, 2015 recipient, described the many attributes that earned Parker the award. Among those include his volunteerism with several community organizations, from the club’s Duck Race to foundation boards for the hospital and Salud on which he served as treasurer.
 
“Longley Parker is so deserving to be selected as Rotarian of the Year. He works tirelessly in his profession, serves on boards for other worthy organizations and still has time to serve as the treasurer for The Estes Park Duck Race and The Rotary Club of Estes Park. He is a huge asset to Rotary and the entire Estes Park community,” said Scott Thompson, 2015-16 president.
 
Parker, an Iowa native, has worked as an optometrist in Colorado for 15 of his 39 professional years. His patients at Aspen Eye Center in Estes Park are grateful that he did not follow his original career path as a teacher. His family includes wife Julie, and sons Chuck, who lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and Nathan, who resides in Bailey, Colorado. His hobbies draw him to the outdoors to hunt and fish with his sons. Julie, also a work partner, says Parker is “a pretty humble guy who gives freely of his time and loves to be a part of Rotary.”
 
 
 
 

 
 
This week's topic: brain function and exercise
 
Dr. Erica Norris and Nurse Practitioner Katrina Plassmeyer will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, July 21, at their regular noon meeting.  They will discuss how the brain functions when stimulated by exercise and what factors compose a healthy brain, as described by John Ratey, MD, in his book, “Spark.”
 
In addition, they will describe the connections between depression, anxiety, and addiction treatment modalities and exercise. 
 
Practical strategies will be presented for incorporating exercise into daily activity and how to set exercise goals.  Also, exercise appears to benefit the brains of children.
 
 
Dr. Norris, a Board Certified Family Physician, has been at Timberline Medical for the last 9 years.  Prior to that, she worked for Centro San Vicente in San Elizario, TX, Kaiser Permanente in Denver, and Wilbey Medical Clinic in Oak Harbor, WA.  She received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.
 
 
Katrina Plassmeyer, a Certified Nurse Practitioner, has worked at Timberline Medical for  the past 2 years.  Previously, she was employed by St. Luke’s Family Medicine in Hailey, ID and St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum, ID.  She earned her Bachelors and Master Degrees in Nursing from Idaho State University.
 
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. 
 

 
 
July 14 program to provide overview of PD's active shooter/violent intruder training
 
 
 
 
Officer Curt Plassmeyer of the Estes Park Police Department will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, July 14, at their regular noon meeting. He will discuss the ALICE Violent Intruder Training Program, a proactive response to an active shooter/violent intruder situation.
 
ALICE was developed by a law enforcement officer and his wife, an elementary school principal, after the Columbine High School massacre. The program has studied multiple active shooter situations and learned what kind of responses save lives.
 
In the 1950’s we learned to duck and cover. We lock the doors and hide under the table. But there have been multiple lives lost because of this ineffectual response.
 
ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate (not sequential). The ALICE training provides employees of schools, business, churches, and governmental agencies multiple ways to respond to an active shooter situation and to give them the confidence and training needed to save lives.
 
In the Alert portion of ALICE, Plassmeyer will talk about the different ways employees could be alerted to a violent intruder situation and how to alert the police and others in the area. He will discuss the noises, the smells, and the observations that you might encounter.
 
In the Lockdown portion of ALICE, Plassmeyer will strategize how to barricade a door, making it less inviting for an intruder. Employees will be shown how to jam a door with items at hand.
 
In the Inform portion of ALICE, Plassmeyer will discuss what information is important to give to the police and to fellow employees.  He will show how this information can assist in saving lives.
 
In the Counter portion of ALICE, if everything else fails, there may be a time where it is necessary to counter. Plassmeyer will demonstrate how to use simple items to counter the threat. He will show how easy it is to distract the threat and give you and others the time needed to survive.
 
In the Evacuate portion of ALICE, he will explain why this is the preferred response if possible. Many victims in multiple active shooter situations could have survived if they would have evacuated instead of taking the ingrained duck and cover approach. It is important to be aware of a building’s exits and how to evacuate quickly.
 
Plassmeyer has been involved in training the staff at the YMCA of the Rockies, the Town of Estes Park, and the Estes Park School District. And he will now engage and teach the Rotary Club of Estes Park.
 
Curt Plassmeyer grew up in Monument, Colorado and attended CSU for two years.  He then acquired his fishing/hunting guide license at the Royal Tine Guide School and moved to Idaho to pursue his guiding career. After he and his wife, nurse practitioner Katie Plassmeyer, had two children, he decided to start his career in Law Enforcement, working for the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department in Idaho for five years. Two years, ago he and his family moved to Estes Park, where he joined the Estes Park Police Department.
 
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. 
 
 

 
 
Welcome to the new Rotary Year
First meeting to be a Club Assembly
 
Please plan to attend this week's Rotary Club of Estes Park meeting on Thursday, July 7. This will be Thor Homme's first meeting as 2016-17 President and he would like to see everyone there. Members will receive an update from the following committees:
  • Club Administration: Karol Rinehart
  • Community Service: Roger Thorp
  • Fund Development: Kathy Groesbeck
  • International Service: Anastacia Galloway
  • Membership: Scott Thompson
  • Programs: Rick Taylor
  • Youth/Vocational: Dmitri Galcovski
Many club members have signed up for the above committees and more help is needed on each. Learn about the work of the club, which occurs at the grass roots committee level. President Thor encourages all members to become an active part on these committees to more fully understand the club's service mission and to connect with new and old friends. 
 
"Active membership is the lifeblood of any club. Our focus this year will be on our membership and on building our committees. Please consider how you can contribute," Homme said.
 
 
 

 
Start of Rotary year brings new leadership, praise for outgoing leaders
 
Members of the Estes Park Rotary Club recently gathered to thank outgoing officers and board members, present awards and install new leadership.
 
The club thanked 2015-16 President Scott Thompson and turned the gavel over to 2016-17 President Thor Homme. Award winners included Trudy Collar, who earned the Spirit Award, and Rita DuChateau, who received and the Distinguished Service Award. The Rotarian of the Year award will be presented at a later date.
 
   
 
Thompson recognized 2015-16 Rotary Foundation Board President Brad Rosenbaum, Vice-President Sarah Walsh, Secretary Ken TeSelle, Treasurer Gregg Jurgens and members Sue Fereday, Phil Moenning and Marcia Yelick. The incoming members of the 2016-17 Foundation Board members were also announced: Sue Fereday, Kerrie Hill, Jeff Liddle, Phil Moenning, Scott Thompson, Sarah Walsh and Marsha Yelick.
 
Thompson also thanked his 2015-16 Club Board of Directors: Chuck Bonza, Bob Brunson, Rita DuChateau, Dana Fritz, Anastacia Galloway, Dmitri Galcovski, Kathy Groesbeck, Longley Parker, Karol Rinehart, Brad Rosenbaum and Rick Taylor. Thor Homme received his President’s pin, thanked Thompson on behalf of the club and gave him a framed gavel to commemorate his leadership. Homme introduced his Club Board of Directors: Rita DuChateau, secretary; Longley Parker, treasurer; Randy Skeie, sergeant-at-arms; Scott Thompson, past president and membership; Karol Rinehart, club administration; Roger Thorp, community service; Anastacia Galloway, international service; Dmitri Galcovski, youth/new generation and Kathy Groesbeck, fund development.
 
Homme said the Rotary Club of Estes Park has routinely placed him in positions outside of his comfort zone and has helped him grow as a leader. He encouraged all club members to actively serve on committees, help new members feel valued, and step up to leadership positions.
 
The annual President’s Night event took place at the National Park Village June 25 and included a performance by member Bruce Carmichael on guitar and vocals.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park is a service organization that provides support for local and international projects. Its events include “It’s Showtime!” and the annual Golf Tournament, which raise funds for scholarships awarded each spring to graduating seniors. The largest effort of the club is the annual Duck Race, which generated over $117,000 for 64 area charities in 2016. The club welcomes new members. For more information, visit rotaryclubofestespark.org
 
 

 
 

20th Annual Rotary Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament a win for golfers, students

 
A great turnout, a gorgeous day and some fabulous prizes created a successful Rotary Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament on June 25, according to the event chairman.
 
“The 2016 event drew 57 golfers, and many said that it was a fun tournament ,” said Bruce Carmichael, chairman. “We are still collecting sponsor pledges and paying our bills, so I can't give official fundraising results, but I believe we have well exceeded our goal of $10,000,” 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: Bruce Carmichael, Greg Yager, Bill Davis, Katie Shilts
2nd Place Team: Dale Berg, John Micek, Nancy Micek, Audrey Ault
3rd Place Team: Morgan Mulch, James Carnell, Rich Flanery, Mike Louk
Putting Contest: Isaac Calden
Closest to the Pin, Hole #2: John Vorreiter
Closest to the Pin, Hole #7: Scott Rowan
Closest to the Pin, Hole #10: Virgil Yarbrough
Closest to the Pin, Hole #15: John Gelhaus
Most Accurate Drive Men: Paul Nickel
Most Accurate Drive Women: Pat Vorreiter
Longest Putt Men: John Vorreiter
Longest Putt Women: Kerri Logan
 
“This tournament has been a summer highlight for Estes area golfers for many years. The support we received from golfers, sponsors and the many merchants who donated prizes all combine to create a memorable afternoon. Most importantly, the funds we raise for scholarships make college a little more affordable for our local students,” Carmichael said.
 
 

 
No regular meeting this week
 
Plan to attend President's Night Friday, June 24
 
 
As our Rotary year draws to a close, it's time to celebrate, recognize and thank club members who made 2015-16  memorable and successful. President's Night also looks ahead to the 2016-17 Rotary year and salutes the new officers, Club Board and Foundation Board members.
 
While our club focuses on Service Above Self, this event is an evening to look within the organization and take pride in the year's accomplishments. It's a special program and we hope you will join in the fun, food and fellowship.
 
When? Friday, June 24 5:30 p.m. cash bar, 6 p.m. dinner, and 7 p.m. program
Where? The Other Side Theater (our regular meeting room)
Cost? $20 per person
Who? You and your guests
How? Please contact Karol Rinehart, Club Administrator at kj.rinehart@centurylink.net or by calling her at (970) 586-5719.
 
See you at President's Night!
 
 
 

 
 
Thursday's program: Kristi Elyce on the Loveland sculpture show
 
 
Kristi Elyce will describe Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park celebration at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, May 26, at their regular noon meeting.
 
Sculpture in the Park will be celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year in Loveland, Colorado, on the second weekend in August. It is the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the United States. She will describe this amazing show that takes place in our own backyard. The Loveland High Plains Arts Council, a non-profit organization, hosts the show in order to support the Benson Sculpture Garden, a beautiful park in Loveland that displays over $5 million in sculpture.  
 
Kristi Elyce has been involved with Sculpture in the Park as a volunteer for many years and is the Show Business Manager for the Loveland High Plains Arts Council. She lives in Estes Park and served as the President of the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club in 2014-2015. Previously, she worked many years in human resources management, including eight years at Harmony Foundation.
 
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 Sponsors Immunization Month in Estes Park
 
Each April, Rotary Club of Estes Park sponsors Infant Immunization Month to raise awareness of the importance of immunization for infants and children. As part of the immunization program, children who are immunized during April are able to register for a chance to win one of two $100 Safeway gift certificates. Two winning names are drawn at the end of April. This year's winners are pictured below with their doctors. 
 
 
         
Dr. MacElwee with Mariajose Castillo Marquez and her mother Maria.
 
             
Dr. Mark Wiesner with Elizabeth, John and Joshua Russ.
 

 
 
 
Memorial Day Edition of The Spoke
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Thursday's program:
Dr. David Brunson to share amazing animal stories 
 
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. 
 
Posted by Guy Van der Werf
 
 

 
 
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.
 

 
 
 
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Oct 27, 2016
Clark Hodge
Chase the Music