Speakers for June 2nd
Greg Raymond
Regional Vice President
Children’s Hospital Colorado—Colorado Springs
Greg Raymond joined Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) in 2001 and was promoted to his current role in July 2013. He is currently overseeing the planning and development of the new Children’s Hospital Colorado—Colorado Springs, expected to be completed in 2018. Greg is also responsible for all of the organization’s work in southern Colorado including Children’s Colorado Outpatient Specialty and Urgent Care at Briargate, Children’s Colorado Therapy Care at Printers Park, Children’s Colorado Therapy Care in Pueblo, and Children’s Hospital Colorado team members providing pediatric expertise at Memorial Hospital Central. Previously, he helped oversee the planning and preparation for Children Colorado’s move to the Anschutz Medical Campus and later provided leadership to launch and grow a variety of clinical, surgical and programmatic areas.
Greg is active in the Colorado Springs community by representing Children's Colorado—Colorado Springs on the Board of Governors for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp. He was also elected and serves on the Community Health Partnership board. He is a member of the Emily Keyes Fund Advisory Board, which is responsible for the allocation of state funds to promote donor awareness and donor designation for the transplantation of organs and tissue in Colorado. He also provides leadership in youth scouting and various youth sports around the community.
Greg was raised in Utah, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. He received his master’s in health care administration from University of Minnesota. He and his wife Colette live in Colorado Springs, where they are raising their four children who attend D-20 schools.
Jenny Stafford, Philanthropy Director, Colorado Springs
Jenny Stafford joined Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation as the Foundation’s first Colorado Springs-based employee in 2013. There, she oversees the fundraising for the Foundation in Southern Colorado. Most recently, Jenny was on the staff of the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation and ran her own consulting practice.
She also previously served as Development Director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Jenny was born and raised in Maryland where she attended the University of Maryland. She received her masters from the University of Colorado and has lived in Colorado Springs since 2001. Jenny is married to Mark Stafford and they have two children.
Annie in Venice
Our current outbounder on exchange in Germany is enjoying a European tour.  Annie Nikolaus is seen in this picture in a Venetian gondola -- she's second from left.  During this tour, Annie diverted briefly to Slovakia and was able to meet Romi Bogarova, our inbounder coming in August.  Great opportunity as Annie will be Romi's host family sister in the not to0 distant future. 
Rotary Social -- June 8th
Prime is hosting another social -- Thursday, June 8th, 5:30 p.m., at The Smiling Toad Brewery (owned by Rotarian Biff Morehead).  Proceeds will benefit another Prime service project with Midland Elementary School.  Biff will have the food trucks on site.
Temporary Lodging Request
Please take a look at the request I received from Past-President Dick Harwood.  Thanks,  Dennis.
I met with a delightful young woman on Saturday named Veronika Repkova. Veronika is from the Czech Republic, a January (2017) graduate from a university there (and will be retuning for a Master’s degree there in the fall), and is working for her third summer as a salesperson for the Southwestern Company based in Nashville, TN. The Southwestern Co. sells educational materials geared for pre-school through high school. They sell door-to-door and utilize only college students from the U.S. and around the world as salespeople. I can vouch for their legitimacy because I sold for the Southwestern Co. for two summers while I was in college many years ago.
Veronika is leading a team of several other Czech students who will be selling this summer in Colorado Springs. She contacted me as an “alumnus” of Southwestern and asked me if I knew of anyone who might have a room or rooms available for one or more of the students for the summer. I'd put up a couple of them but I’ll be gone for extended periods of time this summer and wouldn’t feel comfortable having anyone stay in my house while I’m traveling.
The students don’t need “hosting” the way a foreign exchange student does. They are very independent and work six days a week from about 7:00 am until 8:00 or 9:00 at night. All of them obviously speak very good English, are mature and responsible, and have been well-vetted by the Southwestern Co. A couple of them might have rental cars but most ride bicycles or take buses and walk. 
If you know of anyone who might be willing to house one or two of these students for the summer – or if you would be willing to talk with Veronika and give her any suggestions you might have – I would really appreciate it and will pass that information on to her.
Dick Harwood
Rotary Leadership Institute

Want to learn more about Rotary?


Rotary District 5450 has created a wonderful RLI Fast Track program that can move you quickly through all three parts.  We are offering it for the first time in our District in Colorado Springs at the beautiful Penrose House Conference Center on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th.


Here’s how it works:

Want just Part I – Begin at 1 pm on Friday and be finished by 4:45 that afternoon.


Already did Part I in Telluride or Grand Junction before Rotary Roundups in 2015 or 2016 and need Part II and III to finish -- Begin at 9:15 Saturday morning and finish at 2:50 pm. We will provide lunch. – Receive your pin and completion certificate!


Already did Parts I and II in Colorado Springs or Montrose last year and need just Part III to finish – Join us at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon and finish by 2:50 pm. – Let us know if you want to join us for lunch.


Want to complete all three parts at one time – Come on Friday by 1 and finish on Saturday by 2:50 – Network over lunch on Saturday, receive your pin, and completion certificate.


Remember that Grant Management Training is offered on Saturday from 12:30 to 2:45 pm at an adjoining room, so you could do Parts I and II, have lunch with classmates, and then switch over to the Grant Training Workshop. 


Cost for each part is $20 separately or $50 for the full 3-part training, which includes lunch.  If you are coming for Part III only, you can add lunch $10 if you wish to network with others. Email to register and pay at the door with cash or check.  No charge for the Grant Management Training workshop unless you want to add lunch prior to that session for $10.


Please register by Monday, June 19th.  

Rotary Leadership Institute
Penrose House, 1661 Mesa, Colorado Springs
Part I -- Friday, June 23 and Part II and III -- Saturday, June 24, 2017
Draft as of 5-22-2017
Friday, Part I – Cripple Creek Room
1:00 – 1:30 Welcome/Introductions – Paulette Church                                                                   
1:30 – 2:15   My Rotary World and Rotary Opportunities – Paulette Church
2:15 – 3:00   International Service and The Rotary Foundation – Clyde Church
3:00 – 3:15   Break - Snacks
3:15 – 4:00   Engaging Members -- Paulette Church         
4:00 – 4:45   Service Projects – Clyde Church                                                                 
Saturday – Part II and Part III  -- Penrose Room
9:15 – 9:50              Ethics and Vocational Service – Chip Ecks
9:50 – 10:30            The Rotary Foundation – Cliff Anson
10:30 – 10:45          Break – Snacks
10:45 – 11:20          Effective Leadership Strategies – Paulette Church
11:20 – 12:00          Attracting Members -- Clyde Church
12:00 – 12:30          Lunch – Networking – Outside Time
Begin Part III
12:30 – 1:15            Strategic Planning and Analysis – Chip Ecks        
1:15  – 2:00             Public Relations and Club Communications – Dennis Shoemaker
2:00  – 2:30             Team Building –     
2:30 – 2:45              Making a Difference and Goal Setting – Paulette Church
2:45 – 2:50              Evaluation, and Wrap Up – Paulette Church
Must leave the Penrose Conference Center by 3 pm.
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Member Birthdays
George Ehnert
June 4
Ken Schinstine
June 4
Dick Harwood
June 9
Veta Fleming
June 12
Jack Donley
June 13
Kevin Stevenson
June 13
Laura Nonte
June 13
Allan Roth
June 14
Timothy Gore
June 14
Guy Cresap
June 17
Jack Brush
June 20
Steven Kidd
June 25
Kent Palmer
June 27
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Luisa Graff-Coleman
June 1, 1990
27 years
Geoff Wright
June 2, 2000
17 years
Ray Nunn
June 2, 1995
22 years
Craig Engelage
June 5, 1992
25 years
Harold Eichenbaum
June 5, 1981
36 years
Ron Rubin
June 5, 1978
39 years
Larry Sparks
June 6, 2014
3 years
Charlie Brown
June 11, 1993
24 years
Bonnie Goff
June 12, 2015
2 years
Bill Casey
June 15, 2001
16 years
Robert Fountain
June 18, 2015
2 years
Tom Gonzalez
June 19, 2010
7 years
David Brockway
June 27, 2014
3 years
Bart Givens
June 30, 1995
22 years
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Tiona, Jeff
Greeter / Microphone
Foster, Maile
Greeter / Microphone
Smisek, Wayne
Intro Guests & Visitors (Head Table)
Garcia, Greg
Weber, Chuck
Words of Appreciation, Inspiration and Reflection
Medina, Kris
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Jun 22, 2017
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