Speaker Date Topic
Carlos Fernandez Dec 14, 2017
Director, Colorado Nature Conservancy
Director, Colorado  Nature Conservancy

Colorado State Director

The Nature Conservancy

I am currently the Colorado State Director for the Nature Conservancy, where I lead a staff of 57 and a Board of Trustees of 25 Trustees as we work together with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers to build alliances and shared agendas that advance conservation outcomes both in Colorado and around the world.

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries and all 50 United States. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. With the support of more than 1 million members we have protected over 119 million acres of land around the world. In Colorado, the Conservancy has protected nearly 1 million acres of land and restored over 1,000 river miles with the support of more than 30,000 in-state members.


Richard 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
Dr. Ronald Lee, Psy.D. Jan 18, 2018 7:00 AM
Mental Health of Students in the Cherry Creek School System

Ronald Lee, Psy.D.
Director Mental Health Services
Educational Service Center
Student Achievement Services
4700 S. Yosemite St.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
720-554-4272 fax

To be introduced by Jim Stambaugh


Brett Mitchell Jan 25, 2018
Music Director, Colorado Symphony

Heppe to introduce

Eleanor Allen - CEO of Water for People Feb 01, 2018 7:00 AM
Solving the Global Water Crisis
Solving the Global Water Crisis

Eleanor Allen is the CEO of Water For People, a global nonprofit working in nine countries in Africa, Latin America, and India to help develop sustainable water and sanitation services. It is recognized as an innovative leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector through its innovative approach to development, which brings together local entrepreneurs, technology, governments, and communities to create quality, reliable and lasting systems and services.


Prior to Water For People Eleanor was the Global Director of Water at Arcadis and the Latin America Director of Water at CH2M. She is a registered professional engineer experienced in leading multi-cultural, global teams in delivering rural and urban infrastructure programs and in managing regional and global operations.

Eleanor and Water For People were named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation. Eleanor did a TEDx talk on Why Water Is A Women’s Issue. She won the Denver Outstanding Women in Business Award in Architecture, Engineering and Construction and was inducted into the Academy for Distinguished Alumni at the University of California at Berkeley. Eleanor is on the Advisory Board at the University of Colorado Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities and is a Water Environment Federation Fellow. She has lived and worked in many different countries and speaks four languages. 

Eleanor will be introduced by Steve Werner.


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.

Club Table Talks Feb 15, 2018
Philosophical Funding Question: How Should We Evaluate Funding Requests

We are through our first 1/3 of our Rotary Ro

Steve Turner Feb 22, 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.


Tim Lerew Mar 01, 2018 7:00 AM
Cold War Patriots


Cold War Patriots honors the contributions nuclear weapons and uranium workers made to America’s national security by connecting them and their families with expert resources and advocating for their rights.

Cold War Patriots (CWP) is a community resource organization for nuclear weapons and uranium workers who served this nation from the Manhattan Project through the Cold War, and up to the present day. Many of these workers became ill due to their exposure to radioactive and toxic substances.

Cold War Patriots acts as the leading voice for this community of workers by lobbying Congress to protect and strengthen workers’ access to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) health benefits. Cold War Patriots members and their families receive information and resources to help them navigate the government health programs. CWP connects workers and their family members to the larger community of nuclear and uranium workers nationwide and recognizes their important contributions to America’s national security efforts.

Tim Lerew will be introduced by Lou Anne Epperson. 

Mike Klingbiel Mar 08, 2018
Rotary International Foundation

Heppe to introduce?

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

Club is Dark for Charter Night Mar 22, 2018
Dr. Janine Davidson, MSUD President Mar 29, 2018 7:34 AM
Importance of Education in Today's Society
Importance of Education in Today's Society

The ninth president of MSU Denver, Janine Davidson, Ph.D., is a compelling leader with extensive experience guiding large and complex organizations.

Prior to joining the University, Davidson served as the 32nd undersecretary of the United States Navy, where she managed all Department of the Navy affairs including Navy and Marine Corps integration, acquisition, finance, personnel, legislative affairs, research, and development. In that role, she was responsible for the health and well-being of nearly 900,000 sailors, marines, civilians and their families. 

Davidson has nearly 30 years of experience in military operations, national security policy and academic research. As an analyst and academic, Davidson was a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is a lifetime member. She has taught national security policy and political science at Georgetown University, George Mason University, and Davidson College.

She holds a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s of science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. She was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School and was the first woman to fly the Air Force’s tactical C-130. 

Davidson became president of MSU Denver on July 24, 2017. Her primary focus is on student retention and graduation – better serving the nearly 20,000 current students that call the University home and preparing them to launch into the workforce. While MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans through programs relevant to the state’s economy, Davidson aims to build the institution’s reputation both nationally and internationally.

Congressman Mike Coffman Apr 05, 2018 7:00 AM
State of the Congress in WDC

Mike Coffman began his distinguished career of serving our nation at a very young age. At age seventeen, after finishing his junior year at Aurora Central High School in 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Through the Army, Coffman was able to earn a high school diploma. In 1974, he left active duty to attend the University of Colorado under the G.I. Bill where he continued his military career by serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. Coffman took a leave of absence from the U.S. Army Reserve and the University of Colorado to attend D.G. Vaishnav College in Chennai, India in 1976 and the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, Mexico in 1977. Coffman graduated from the University of Colorado in 1979 and immediately transferred from the U.S. Army Reserve to the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as an infantry officer.

In 1983, Coffman came back home to Colorado and started a small business, an Aurora-based property management company, that would grow to over 20 employees. He remained the senior share holder of the firm for the next seventeen years until selling his interest in 2000. While in business, he continued serving in the military by joining the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

In his role as a Colorado small business owner, Coffman saw the need to bring more common sense pro-growth economic policies to state government so he ran and was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1988 and re-elected in 1990. Shortly after his 1990 re-election, Coffman took an unpaid leave of absence from the state legislature and volunteered to return to active duty for the first Gulf War where he served as the executive officer for a light armored infantry company. The battalion that Coffman served in was ordered to attack and defend positions inside of Kuwait, for three consecutive days prior to the main ground attack, as part of a deception and reconnaissance-by-fire operation. Coffman retired from the military in 1994 after having served for seven years between the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve and thirteen years between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1994, Coffman was elected to the State Senate where he served as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. While in the State Senate, he completed the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1998, Coffman was elected to the office of State Treasurer and re-elected in 2002. In 2005, the U.S. Marine Corps was under strength in meeting their requirements for the Iraq War and begun to extend Marines beyond their active duty enlistments, recall Marines recently released from active duty, and selectively reach out to retired Marines and request their return to active duty. Coffman resigned his position as the State Treasurer and volunteered to return to the U.S. Marine Corps for an assignment in Iraq. In Iraq, Coffman was a civil affairs officer where he worked in support of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) in 2005 and in 2006 he was reassigned to help establish interim local governments in the Western Euphrates River Valley.

In 2006, Coffman came home after completing a full tour of duty in Iraq and was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve out the remainder of his term as the State Treasurer. In that same year, he ran and was elected to the Office of Secretary of State and served in that capacity until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

Coffman is the only veteran in the Colorado delegation and the only Member of Congress to have served in both Iraq Wars. Congressman Coffman represents the 6th Congressional District of Colorado and serves on the Veteran’s Affairs Committee and the Armed Services Committee where he is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.


Courtney to introduce.


Table Talks: Potential New Fundraiser Apr 12, 2018 7:00 AM
Comparison of Fundraising Ideas
Colorado Crisis Services Apr 19, 2018 7:00 AM
Suicide: Recognition of Risk and Prevention

Speaker to be introduced by Dr. Charlie Hazlehurst

Donald Zuckerman, Colorado Film Commissioner Apr 26, 2018 7:00 AM
Making Movies in Colorado
Making Movies in Colorado

Donald Zuckerman is a producer of sixteen movies, best known for Green Street Hooligans (2005), Casino Jack (2010) and Freaky Deaky (2012).  In 1994, Zuckerman produced his first feature film, “The Low Life,” with Kyra Sedgwick and Rory Cochrane. It was directed by a 32-year-old filmmaker named George  Hickenlooper.  The two went on to make seven films together, among them “Casino Jack,” “Mayor of the Sunset Strip” and “The Man From Elysian Fields.” That last one starred Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger and Julianna Margulies. It also gave the director’s cousin, a Denver brewpub owner named John Hickenlooper, his first movie role.

Zuckerman was appointed director of the Colorado Office of Film, TV and Media on June 21, 2911.  A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Office of Film, TV, and Media takes great pride in promoting the great State of Colorado to the film and television industry locally, nationally and internationally. They work to enhance the success of Colorado film projects through promotion, funding, and education.

The Colorado Office of Film, TV,0 & Media attracts and facilitates content creation in the state to generate economic growth in all of its communities. They also connect filmmakers, animators, gamers, and photographers to the resources they need, such as location assistance, crew referrals and inter-governmental cooperation.  They administer a 20% cash rebate incentive program for production costs, which covers feature films, TV pilots, TV series (broadcast and cable), TV commercials, music videos, industrials, documentaries and video game design and creation, as well as other forms of content creation.  


Donald Zuckerman will be introduced by Courtney Cowgill.

Tamara Banks - Emmy Award Winning Journalist May 03, 2018 7:00 AM
Photo-Journey and Tour of the People of South Sudan
Photo-Journey and Tour of the People of South Sudan

For Emmy Award-winning journalist, Tamara Banks, the statement, “One Person Can Make a Difference,” is more than just words.   Tamara is currently using her 20 years of journalism experience to evoke positive social transformation in our community and globally through excellence in journalism and civic engagement.  She is well known as a respected anchor and reporter for WB 2 News in Denver, Colorado before becoming a national and international freelance journalist. Tamara’s work has appeared on ABC News, HDNET’s World Report, CNN, BBC World, FOX News, and Al Jazeera America.

Tamara is a global thinker and international documentary filmmaker. She produces films and news programs in many parts of the world including in Sudan and South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains focusing on a genocide and crimes against humanity.   Tamara has also traveled to Uganda where she interviewed child soldiers, as well as to Rwanda where she reported on that country’s post-genocide challenges and successes.  

The short version of Tamara’s documentary film, “The Long Journey Home,” depicting the journey of former Sudanese slaves coming back home after years of enslavement, was accepted into the 2009 Hollywood Film Festival, “HollyShorts.”  She also covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti. And she toured with U.S. Army and Iraqi Security forces and reported on yet another untold story: U.S. and Coalition Forces training, mentoring and empowering Iraqis before the U.S. pulled out of the war-torn country.

Tamara is also an accomplished equestrian and plays polo, the sport of kings (and queens).

She will be introduced by Steve Werner and Dr. Peter VanArsdale.

Club Table Talks #3 May 10, 2018 7:00 AM
Location Requirements
Club is Dark for the District Conference May 17, 2018 7:00 AM
Members are Asked to Attend the District Conference at a TBD Subsidized Rate
Dr. Larry Wahlberg, Veterans Administration May 24, 2018 7:00 AM
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Dr. Larry Wahlberg is a clinical psychologist and Program Manager, PTSD, RRPT with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Bio to follow.

Dr. Wahlberg will be introduced by Dr. Charlie Hazlehurst.


Club Assembly Jun 07, 2018 7:00 AM
What Do the Officers & Committees Do for our Club? Who Do You Ask for Information and Help?

Brief presentations will be made by:

Debbie Hagan - Secretary

Karen Loeb/Kris Morse - Treasurer

Peter Van Arsdale - International Service Committee

Shari Lutz - Community Service Committee

Larry Bass - Vocational Service (RYLA in the three flavors and Rotation Days)

Fred Jauch/Christa Reich-Morris - RI Foundation and DSE Foundation

John Wetherinton - DSE Foundation in greater detail