From the President:
Rodney Gullatte
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May 27, 2021


Tune in tomorrow for another outstanding meeting @ 12:15 pm!

Our speaker for Friday will be PK Knickerbocker presenting "Pikes Peak Region Attractions"

Topic: Rotary Club of Colorado Springs Weekly Meeting

Time: May 28, 2021 12:15 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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This Week's Program 
Jun 04, 2021
"Why Veterans Are Starting Their Own Businesses vs. Joining the Work Force"
"Why Veterans Are Starting Their Own Businesses vs. Joining the Work Force"
Mr. James Flowers is a loving husband to Shunna Flowers (Air Force Ret) and father of 3 children. Mr. Flowers is a retired Army Combat veteran of 23 years. After serving in the Army he became an International Trainer for the US Army SHARP Program (Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program). He is an Elder at his church Harvest Time Redeeming Ministry and heads the Audio Ministry.
Mr. Flowers has been a serial entrepreneur, since 2012.  In conjunction with his LegalShield business, he is also the owner of DJ Shield LLC, The Credit Command Center, President of COS OLD SCHOOL DJs, Chair of the Southern Business Partnership, President of Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of Colorado Springs Black Business Network, Board Member of the Fountain Economic Development Center, Advisor and Entrepreneur of the Year for the Businesswomen’s Network, in Pueblo Colorado and an all-around community influencer.
Mr. Flowers credits his motivation and success to his faith in GOD, support of his wife pushing him forward and the love of his kids.
Favorite quote:
"‏To be successful, you must be willing to do the things today others won't do in order to have the things tomorrow others won't have."
~Les Brown
Jun 11, 2021
"Arts Vision 2030"
Jun 18, 2021
"YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region"
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May is YOUTH SERVICE month!

Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.

You can find all things FLIGHT 2021 in this column every week! Also, check out WWW.CSFLIGHT.ORG!
~The Artist Workshop is tonight and Friday evening and Al B Johnson will be instructing the artists on materials they can use on their creations! It's gettin' real, folks!
~Sponsorship information: 
If you are interested in being a sponsor for FLIGHT 2021 at one of the many sponsorship levels available, please click here for the:
Sponsorship information
Commitment form
~Silent Auction information: 

Do you have items you would like to donate to this year's FLIGHT? We would love to feature your item in the silent auction. The auction will take place virtually, Saturday, September 25. Please download this form, Complete the form and send to Amanda Salmons at The deadline for donations is Saturday, August 28.


Community Service Committee Updates:

Rotary Tree Challenge: In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Colorado Springs and in support of the Mayor’s Tree Challenge we have partnered with Harding Nursery to offer discount trees for Rotarians in the Colorado Springs area. Show the flyer (below) to receive:

  • 20% discount off any tree over $189
  • 5 gallon special on small deciduous tree for $79
    • Trees Included: Burr Oak, Swamp White Oak, Red Oak, Hackberry, Greenspire Linden, Princeton Elm
    • Harding Nursery will plant trees starting at $115.
  • This opportunity will be honored from May 21st – June 30th.
  • Print tree flyer

Learn more about the Mayor’s Tree Challenge here:

*Be sure to track your tree on the website and let Samantha Chapman know so we can track how many Rotarians purchased and planted trees as well.*

Kindest Regards,


Samantha Chapman

Rotary of Colorado Springs

Community Service Director

International Committee News!
International Committee Updates!
The next International Committee meeting is July 7 at 3 pm, location TBD!
- Joint Project with Denver Mile High Club Uganda mental health is approved and in motion!
- CSF approved $500 for Ashesi University project in Ghana. Distract Grant request submitted. Looking to get other local clubs to partner with us.
- Colorado Haiti Project is continuing on its agriculture project and has changed its name to Locally Haiti. 
- We are drafting a request for the Practical Education Network (PEN) in Ghana for funding to help with the transition to online learning because of covid. SEE BELOW FOR A PEN UPDATE! We got to hear from PEN's CEO & Founder, Dr. Heather Beem, recently as one of our speakers for the club's weekly meeting!
From Martin Cook and the International Committee
A couple of weeks ago we had a presentation by Dr. Heather Beem, Founder,
President, and CEO of The Practical Education Network (PEN)
( Dr. Beem is an MIT Ph.D. in Mechanical
Engineering who moved to Ghana and has devoted her work to find ways to
train science, math, and engineering teachers across Ghana in innovative, hand-on
ways to teach science using only inexpensive and readily available materials in
Ghana, where most schools can’t afford even a single piece of science equipment.
Our International Committee is interested in applying for grants to support PEN’s
work and we may even shoot for a Global Grant.
As a result of COVID, PEN has had to modify its teaching methods from in-person
teacher training to various virtual methods. As you might imagine, this is
challenging in the extreme in a country like Ghana where the internet structure is
unreliable and often not available. But this turns out to have an advantage: PEN is
able to reach far more teachers with their training and to think about expanding
their work beyond Ghana other sub-Saharan African countries. It is estimated that
by 2100, one-third of all human beings alive will be in Africa, and the work PEN is
doing developing talent in STEM areas will be key to Africa’s flourishing with that
many people.
While we hope that we can secure Rotary grants eventually to support PEN’s
work, Dr. Beem has recently indicated an urgent need for additional funds to
support this expanded work. For the past year, she has been running everything
from her living room! She needs funding for some of these needs much sooner
than our grant processes can possibly provide. So Kathleen encouraged me to
write up her request in case individual Rotarians might wish to contribute directly.
Judith Casey and my wife and I are already “PEN Pals” (monthly contributors to
her efforts, and we plan to contribute additional fund for her specific requests,
which are as follows directly from Dr. Beem:

"The last year has been one of unprecedented growth for Practical Education Network, and your support has directly enabled it. Thank you!

Before COVID, we never imagined moving our program online. But we were wrong.

With your support, we have successfully pivoted to an online platform. The results have been astounding. This means we can equip more teachers, transforming the educational experience of many more children.

This is great news! But it's also challenging.

We have outgrown our current workspace (my living room). We need a more effective and efficient office. As a growing organization, this is a new but necessary step for us. On the one hand, it's so encouraging that more and more students in Africa will have access to STEM education! On the other hand, it means we need to raise an additional $50,000.


$50,000 will enable us to:

  • Lease a 3-room office
  • Provide essential furnishings
  • Set up a hands-on science showcase room
  • Purchase a newer vehicle

Nelson Mandela said: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

We are standing at the cusp of an African-wide movement for STEM education for all children. I invite you to walk with us. Please consider donating here:

With gratitude,


CEO and Founder"

And of course, I’d be happy to talk to any of you about PEN’s work, the importance of STEM in African
development, and the situation in Ghana. You may recall that my wife and I volunteered to teach at
Ashesi University in Ghana a few years ago, and I gave a talk about that a couple of years ago at Rotary. Dr. Beem is now a Lecturer at the University in addition to her work with PEN. I can be reached at (719) 244-8749 or
Onward and upward,
Jordan Davis - International Committee Director
Feeling isolated?  BYOL! (Bring your own laptop!)
Are you missing seeing your other Rotarians in person? Feel free to join Jordan Davis and Kay Rendleman with some of your other fellow Rotarians on Fridays over at Sportivos inside the Antlers hotel. Arrive starting at 11:30 for socially distanced socializing and bring your laptops and headphones to participate in the meeting on Zoom at 12:15! Questions? Contact Jordan or Kay.
Get to know your club members!
Laurel McLeod
  • I was born in Denver, young childhood in Mill Valley CA, age 9 on lived in Colorado Springs.  Cheyenne Mtn. HS grad '64. Then I went to two rather contradictory schools (RIVALS!): Univ. of Denver followed by Colorado College (class of '69).  My protective father required me, as his first-born of 3 kids,  to remain in Colorado. I was the first in our family to earn a college degree.
  • Majoring in French, I was able to take a junior abroad in Switzerland.  BA completed,  I taught English for a year in Tarbes, France (at the base of the Pyrenees) in exchange for a French head resident at CC's "French House." Returning to the Springs, I taught French at CMHS & took summer courses at CC, earning an MAT in French.  Then CC hired me!... I unexpectedly became the Dean of Women, the last person to hold that antiquated title. Fall, 1999 I took a sabbatical to be Dean of Student Life on the Semester-at-Sea program and circumnavigated the globe! (WOW! My 2 daughters & my mother joined me in the middle section of the voyage and my fiance Jim Allen met me in Hong Kong and in Morocco.) WE were SO lucky to be traveling then...
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee!
  • I'm a lousy sports spectator, but I love to ski, climbed 60 of Colorado's '14'ers, and my horse Tomahawk was my first love from age 10--18.
  • Corny but true, my mother Anna Lucille (now age 95) is my hero:  Born to 2 young immigrants, raised in the Great Depression, losing her father at age 9 to tuberculosis, poor & hard-working. Smartest girl in her class 'til she dropped out of school to work. Never dwelling on the bad, creating the good in her life, she is kind, knowledgeable, and loved by so many who have come into her life. She is the "matriarch" of our blood and our "adopted" family.
  • I have a cat. Current adoption:  Pixel, a short-haired breed (the sort which arrived on the Mayflower as the mouse-rat killer...the first domesticated house cat breed in the New World, per the Humane Society). I love dogs, too, but cats are easy to leave at home for a while...
  • Do I collect anything? I collect notes, so I can try to remember stuff...
  • Which of the senses would I be willing to lose? Some think I've already lost my taste when experimenting with cuisine...
  • My first job was "Penzoil Girl" at Bill Breck Dodge on East Academy Blvd. in the late '60s.  I rode the bus out a couple of afternoons/week to write reminder postcards.  My pay paid for my tiny apartment near CC.
  • I joined Rotary in 2000, shortly after returning from Semester at Sea, inspired by the need for "service" beyond working in Education. My sponsor was the father of a classmate of my younger daughter--Mike McGrath. BTW at my first meeting, I happened to sit next to Dr. John Cunning who kindly told me that women were very welcome at the CS Rotary Club (it was not very integrated yet...)
  • My favorite Rotary project is reading to elementary school kiddos.
  • Areas of current need in our community for potential Rotary projects:  homelessness & the racial divide in our country...+ international efforts.
  • Something interesting about me? I was a single mom of 2 young daughters (my surprise!) Divorce hit when I had a 19-month old and 4-year-old daughters) My work was as an administrator at Colorado College (an "accidental career" which I loved)--as Dean of Women, Dean of Students, V-P for Student Life (first woman). Fortunately, my family was all here--an enormous help.
**Editor's note: When googling for pictures of I found a pretty nice one of Laurel in the Colorado Springs archives! People of Impact! WOW!!! Also, Laurel is a popular name for floor plans. wink
Kathleen's Korner

Dear Rotarians,

I know many people who say they have no regrets. One, WOW. And two, I don't believe you.cheeky

I know, it sounds harsh. But I don't know one mom who doesn't regret that she didn't snuggle her babies more or listen to her toddlers more or spend more time with those teens in the years before they leave home for their adventures. Those years are so short but when you're in them they seem SO. LONG.

I am not bogged down by my regrets but I couldn't say that I have none. And I know that it's better to live a life that I won't regret. I do for the most part. But those high school years, college years, young adult, newly married, young mom...If I knew then what I know now...So these are just some of mine.

  • You are responsible for your own happiness.
  • Don't play the dumb blonde. It may work for you when you're young but those repercussions last a lifetime. You're better than that.
  • It's ok if not everyone likes you. Just imagine your best self and be that.
  • Not everyone is honest. Don't trust just anyone so much or so quickly.
  • Those babies are only babies for a while. Someday they leave and although your heart can reach Nashville and Sacramento, it's a bit more difficult to reach with your arms.
  • Some people are only in your life for a season. Appreciate the blessing or the lesson.
  • Everyone dies at some point. Always be the last one to release a hug. And tell those you love, that you do.
  • Follow your gut. Even if you think you will never be good enough, follow your gut.
  • And when something doesn't seem right to you, follow your gut then as well.
  • You. Are. Enough.
  • Not everyone is who they say they are but be sure that you are.
  • And that one day that you meet a guy who coordinates local races and you think about getting him the paid gig for Heart Walk, DON'T DO IT!! SERIOUSLY, DON'T.
  • And the most important one is that no matter the accidents, the spills, migraines, the loss of your dad, getting run over, not winning the lottery, EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT. IT ALWAYS DOES.
In Rotary service,
Kathleen Saltmarsh-Voss
Rotary of Colorado Springs President-Elect
Bulletin Annoucements~!
If you have bulletin announcements, please email the EXACT WORDING of your announcement to by Wednesday at 5 pm. I don't write your announcements but I do make them nice 'n' fancy!
Amazon Smile in 6 steps!
As you're doing your shopping online, did you know that you can support our Rotary Club with every Amazon purchase? Here’s how:
  1. Go to (not Amazon Smile is the same company, same account, same password, but the Amazon Smile program gives one half of one percent of every purchase to charity. No, it’s not a lot, but it’s also not nuthin’ (to be exact: about $150 for the Club so far). So again, go to
  2. Sign into your Amazon account as you normally would
  3. On the very top left of the page, next to the AmazonSmile logo, are three horizontal bars. Click there for the drop-down menu.
  4. Scroll ALL the way down to “Your AmazonSmile”; it should be the last option right before “Sign Out”; Click on “Your AmazonSmile”
  5. On the right side of the page, click on the “change charity” box under Your current charity (Note: If you are currently supporting another charity, that’s awesome! These instructions are for those who are not doing so. Also, if you have not previously selected a charity, your default option will be St. Judge Children’s Research Hospital.)
  6. Type in Community Service Fund of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs; click Select
  7. That’s it. You’re all set. Just remember to go to when you shop from now on.
*Originally written by Past President Caryn Adams
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Julie Falletta Dinkel
June 5
Blair Carral Carter
June 8
Ian Glassford
June 8
Dick Harwood
June 9
Jack Donley
June 13
Kevin Stevenson
June 13
Allan Roth
June 14
Terri Cain
June 14
Jim Caro
June 16
Guy Cresap
June 17
Jack Brush
June 20
Steven Kidd
June 25
Kent Palmer
June 27
Join Date
Luisa Graff-Coleman
June 1, 1990
31 years
Geoff Wright
June 2, 2000
21 years
Ray Nunn
June 2, 1995
26 years
Jesse Rivera
June 4, 2014
7 years
Karan McGrath
June 4, 2020
1 year
Craig Engelage
June 5, 1992
29 years
Harold Eichenbaum
June 5, 1981
40 years
Ron Rubin
June 5, 1978
43 years
Larry Sparks
June 6, 2014
7 years
Charlie Brown
June 11, 1993
28 years
Jesse Collette
June 12, 2017
4 years
Josh Slate
June 12, 2017
4 years
Tom Gonzalez
June 19, 2010
11 years
David Brockway
June 27, 2014
7 years
Bart Givens
June 30, 1995
26 years
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