Speaker Date Topic
DSE Evenings - Mike Andrews Oct 25, 2017
Valor Bridge

Mike Andrews from Valor Bridge (www.valorbridge.org) is a leadership and career development program for transitioning military men and women.  

Club is Dark for the CIHAD Gala Dinner Oct 26, 2017
DSE Rotary Will Receive Recognition As Major Donor for 2017 Year
Travis White, Principal Travis White Communication Nov 02, 2017
Arguing Without Anger

Travis White, Ph.D.

Experienced software industry executive and educator with special expertise in strategy, marketing, communications, innovation management, and product planning. Significant experience with companies in transition, including mergers, private-to-public transitions, technology/product transitions, and leadership transitions. Broad international experience, including Sweden, France, Mexico, Ecuador, Japan, and Germany. He has lived for 13 years; living, working and teaching outside the United Sates. His teaching experience is in Spanish & English in multiple countries -- including Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, United States, and Venezuela. He teaches workshops and short courses on innovation and corporate strategy. Travis is a keynote speaker for technology industry and user group events and he is an experienced social media campaigner and blogger.

Travis will be introduced by Pat McGuckin.

Arguing Without Anger

Red people and blue people are at it again. Neither side seems to accept that the other side consists of real people with real ideas that are worth listening to. Debate is out. Contempt is in.

As a result, our nation is highly polarized.  To work our way out of the current stalemate, we need to listen closely and speak wisely. We need to debate effectively rather than arguing angrily. Here are some tips:

  • It’s not about winning, it’s about winning over
  • It’s not about values 
  • Stick to the future tense
  • The best way to disagree is to begin by agreeing
  • Don’t fall for the anger mongers
  • Don’t fall into the hypocrisy trap
  • Beware of demonizing words
  • Show some respect
  • Be skeptical
  • Burst your bubble
  • Give up TV
  • Aim for the persuadable
  • Engage in arguments

Remember that the only thing worse than arguing is not arguing – We know how to argue. Now we need to learn to argue without anger. Our future may depend on it.

Date is Reserved for Veterans Day Theme Nov 09, 2017
Don Oatley, Bill Palmer & Les Johnson (and their draftees) are planning meeting speaker and theme
Vogt, Brian Nov 16, 2017
CEO Denver Botanic Gardens

Heppe to introduce, no powerpoint

Club is Dark for the Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 23, 2017
District 5450 Governor Abbas Rajabi Nov 30, 2017
District Rotary Update
District Rotary Update
Abbas Rajabi, an American by choice, grew up in Hamadan, Iran in a large family. His passion for education brought him to the United States where he pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas in Arlington. After working at several large companies, Abbas decided that his entrepreneurial spirit was too strong to deny. He began several small businesses in Texas, South Carolina and then Colorado while also building a family. Most recently, he is the founder and president of Mohegan Capital, a private real estate investment fund specializing in value-add and income producing industrial real estate.

Abbas is a very proud Rotarian, he believes Rotary is the most prestigious Service, Philanthropic and Networking organization ever. Abbas has a great passion for service. As tragedies erupted around the world, he channeled the power of his Rotary family to help those in need. His passion for education inspired him to create “Pencils for Peace” - a program that gave school supplies to Afghan children. Abbas along with his Rotary friends were involved in remodeling numerous orphanages in Mexico as well as the coordination and execution of a trip to Thailand to help victims of the 2004 Tsunami. After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Abbas arranged a fundraiser to benefit the brave NYFD firefighters and took a check to the New York City Rotary club. At the height of the housing crisis in the United States, Abbas coordinated the efforts of Rotarians and volunteers to help families in Denver’s east Colfax area motels buy much needed food and gifts during the holiday season. When Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and the tornados in Joplin, Missouri happened, Abbas was quick to organize his club and the Rotary District  to help those in need. Most recently Abbas served on the District’s Flood Relief Committee, fundraising for victims of the 2013 Boulder flood. In 2002-2003 he was named District 5450’s Rotarian of the Year, and remains a committed Rotarian after more than 25 years.
Abbas is married to Sami Rajabi who he met in Iran while in high school. Their first big adventure together was when Sami joined Abbas in the United States over 44 years ago. She is involved in their businesses, and uses her financial acumen and passion to help ensure a successful family business.
Sami and Abbas are proud of their four very accomplished children; a journalist and mother, a lawyer and volunteer firefighter, a physician at Harvard, and a post-doctoral fellow at U of Penn Annenberg School.  All of the Rajabi's children are also Paul Harris Fellows. They have two grandchildren who bring them great joy. Aside from time with family, Abbas and Sami love spending what time they may have dreaming about  traveling, reading, boating, watching films, grilling on the back deck and hosting their friends for fun, food, and fellowship!  
Club is Dark for the State of the State Luncheon Dec 07, 2017
Members are asked to volunteer and attend the State of the State Luncheon on Dec. 7th
Carlos Fernandez Dec 14, 2017
Director, Colorado Nature Conservancy

Heppe to introduce

Secretary: Gail Pederson, gail.pederson@tnc.org

Last Club Meeting for 2017 Dec 21, 2017
Musical Celebration to Celebrate the December Holidays
Club is Dark for the Year-End Holiday Dec 28, 2017
Happy New Year!
Meeting not at CHCC - Building is closed this week Jan 04, 2018
We will meet somewhere else.
Meeting not at CHCC - Building is closed this week Jan 11, 2018
We are scheduling Rotation Day #3
Steve Turner Jan 18, 2018
History Colorado

Steve Turner, AIA, Executive Director

Mr. Turner has worked with History Colorado since 2008. During that time he led the State Historical Fund and the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation. He helped administer more than $91 million in preservation grants over his tenure. He also helped lead the effort to expand the state’s preservation tax credit, which has been instrumental in preserving historic assets across the state. Steve’s professional experience spans several decades and his work includes local, national, and international projects. After earning dual master’s degrees in urban and regional planning and architecture from the University of Illinois, he has worked as a preservation planner for both the United States / International Council on Monuments and Sites and the United States Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. His other professional experience includes working as a historic architect for the National Parks Service and as the executive director of Historic Denver Inc.

Mr. Turner will be introduced by Richard Heppe.


Brett Mitchell Jan 25, 2018
Music Director, Colorado Symphony

Heppe to introduce

Dr. Rob Valuck Feb 08, 2018 7:00 AM
The Opioid Addiction Epidemic

To be introduced by Dr. Mark Laitos and Courtney Cowgill.  Additional info (bio/picture/topic description) will follow.

Sally Cowal, American Cancer Society Mar 15, 2018 7:00 AM
HPV Vaccinations and Cervical Cancer
HPV Vaccinations and Cervical Cancer

Ambassador Cowal leads the American Cancer Society efforts to reduce the global burden of cancer primarily through advocacy for effective tobacco control measures; improvement of access to cancer screening, treatment and pain relief; and collaborations with other cancer control organizations, advocates, and governments.  Ambassador Cowal has been a key contributor to the public health and nonprofit arenas, having helped found the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Switzerland and serving as its director for external relations to raise awareness of AIDS as a public health and economic issue, as well as serving as founder, president and CEO of the Cuba Policy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of the benefits of expanding trade and people-to-people contact with Cuba.

She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, appointed by former Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Cowal has also served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. embassy in Mexico, and counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Other foreign service assignments have taken her from India to Colombia to Israel.

Ambassador Cowal comes to the American Cancer Society most recently from Population Services International (PSI). She is a graduate of DePauw University (BA) and George Washington University (MPA).

   She will be introduced by Jamie Mager