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Rodney Gullatte
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February 25,2021



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

Our speaker for Friday will be Ms. Easter from the Wounded Warrior Project

Topic: Rotary Club of Colorado Springs Weekly Meeting

Time: Feb 26, 2021 12:15 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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This Week's Program 
Mar 05, 2021 12:15 PM
"Setting the Pace for Space"
"Setting the Pace for Space"

Colonel Mark Shoemaker is the Commander, 45th Operations Group at Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

He leads a team of over 1,500 Space Force, Air Force, and contractor personnel and manages critical processing facilities valued at over $7 billion in support of space launch activities.  He oversees the operations and maintenance of $20 billion in instrumentation and infrastructure for the 15-million-square-mile Eastern Range, operates three airfields, and supports 10,000 customers with communication and cyber services.  Furthermore, Colonel Shoemaker oversees the vital operations, engineering, acquisition, and maintenance support for launch vehicles and government satellites prepared and launched on the Eastern Range.

Colonel Shoemaker commissioned in December 1996 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Iowa State University as a Distinguished Graduate, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He entered Active Duty in February 1997. His career includes various technical, programmatic, and operational assignments, including multiple positions in space acquisition and as a squadron operations officer and squadron commander in space launch.

He will be introduced by his father, Dennis Shoemaker, and he will be available to answer questions about the recent success of the February 18th Perseverance Rover landing on Mars which launched from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41 on July 30, 2020.

Additional details about the 45th Space Wing and their Airmen can be found at

And you may follow them on social media for current updates.

Mar 12, 2021
"C-SPAN: Make Up Your Own Mind"
Mar 19, 2021 12:15 PM
"Battling Bipolar Disorder - My Brain’s Invisible War"
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All those Who Have Had Their COVID Shots, Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Dennis Shoemaker and Ron Rubin are organizing an in-person Rotary lunch on March 19th for those who have had both of their COVID-19 shots and wish to attend the Rotary meeting around computers for the formal meeting that day!
If you feel comfortable in the presence of others who have been inoculated twice, please feel free to join us at noon. There are other Rotarians who go to Sportivo, where we will also be meeting, on Fridays and we can have some great Rotary fellowship with them, as well. Jordan Davis organizes that group. We would suggest wearing masks except when actually eating, please.
No need to "sign up" anywhere but we think Sportivo will be able to accommodate us around a table or two. 
We are looking forward to seeing you there and resuming a kind of fellowship of Rotarians with whom we can hold an informal lunch. We will order off their menu for those who wish to eat.
Only inoculated Rotarians and their inoculated guests, spouses, please. Others of you who wish to join us can join Jordan and Rotarians at their table(s).
We hope to see many of you there and to celebrate Rotary together, again!
Accountability and Inclusion Webinar
Exploring the Black Experience in Rotary on Thursday, 25 February at 2 pm MST.


“My humanity is bound up with yours, for we can only be human together.” 
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu-  

Dear club and district leaders,
Humans are composed of unique and intersecting sets of social identities, defined by our physical, social, and mental characteristics. Examples include race/ethnicity, gender, social class/socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disabilities, and religion/religious beliefs. By considering each other’s lives, experiences, and perspectives, we allow a community to be not only about what we have in common but what makes us different.

Register now for, Exploring the Black Experience in Rotary on Thursday, 25 February at 15:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), and submit your questions to our experts. A recording of the session will be available to everyone who registers.

Through hearing stories of Black Rotarians around the word, we will:

·      Open ourselves to talking about race and identity. 

·      Become aware and acknowledge how our own social identities impact the club and community experience. 

·      Allow space for all Rotarians to bring their full, most authentic selves to our organization.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions. 

The Membership Development Team
Rotary International

P.S. Throughout 2020-2021, Rotary will host a webinar series to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read more about the sessions that will be offered.

An Important New Face
Many of you have noticed a "familiar" face on our weekly meetings. Karen Mooty is our new club administrator! Her face may look familiar because she is a twin sister to our current club secretary and President Elect Nominee, Kay Rendleman! 
Karen is training with our amazing Claudine Dickson so you know she's becoming the invaluable GO-TO for all things rotary!  - She can be reached at if you have club administration issues to discuss.
February is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month!
Rotary fosters understanding across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.

Promoting Peace: Rotary’s peacebuilding history around the world

From a pre-World War I resolution calling for “the maintenance of peace” to our continuing support for Rotary Peace Centers, Rotary and its members have a long history of promoting peace and working to address the underlying causes of conflict in communities around the world.

Lending our influence

Rotarians from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, proposed before the 1914 Rotary Convention that the International Association of Rotary Clubs (now Rotary International) “lend its influence to the maintenance of peace among the nations of the world.” Delegates at the convention, which took place just weeks before Europe became engulfed in war, agreed.

It was a bold statement for a relatively young organization that had become international only two years earlier and had a presence in just a handful of countries.

Chester Williams, a British expert on Anglo-American relations, answers questions from high school students during an Institute of International Understanding event in Michigan, USA, circa 1943.


The Objects of Rotary

With memories of the Great War fresh in their minds, delegates to the 1921 convention in Edinburgh, Scotland, amended the association’s constitution to include the goal “to aid in the advancement of international peace and goodwill through a fellowship of business and professional men of all nations united in the Rotary ideal of service.”

Delegates to the 1922 convention made sweeping changes to the Rotary International and club constitutions. Separate objectives for each were replaced with the Objects of Rotary (now called the Object of Rotary). The new approach, however, retained the vision for peace.

Institutes of International Understanding

An early effort to achieve this objective involved Rotarians in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, who organized a program in 1934 to encourage and foster international understanding. It included 11 days of public community meetings, bringing in prominent authors, economists, scientists, politicians, and commentators to discuss issues such as the economy, world peace, and scientific advances.

The idea, which came to be known as Institutes of International Understanding, was well-received, and in 1936, Rotary International suggested that other Rotary clubs emulate it. While clubs were responsible for arranging local institutes, The Rotary Foundation helped pay for speakers’ expenses beyond what clubs could afford. Over the next decade, 965 clubs in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand sponsored hundreds of institutes that drew thousands of people eager to learn more about the world beyond their own borders.

World War II

During World War II, Rotary members looked for ways to create a stable and peaceful world. In 1940, convention delegates adopted a statement, Rotary Amid World Conflict, which emphasized that “where freedom, justice, truth, sanctity of the pledged word, and respect for human rights do not exist, Rotary cannot live nor its ideal prevail.” Walter D. Head, then Rotary International’s president, remarked that there must be a better way to settle international differences than violence and called on Rotarians to find it.

"Peace Is a Process,” a 1944 compilation of articles from The Rotarian magazine, focused on the new opportunities for international cooperation that would appear when the war ended. In “Setting the Pattern for Peace,” historian and diplomat James Shotwell explained the differences between the failed League of Nations and the approach taken to form the United Nations.


The Rotarian magazine ran essays by authors, politicians, and other well-known figures that encouraged discussion on the topic of peace. Rotary published collections of these essays as “A World to Live In” (1942) and “Peace Is a Process” (1944). Recognizing that the end of the war didn’t eliminate the need to discuss these topics, Rotary continued the series with “Peace Demands Action” in 1947.

The United Nations

Rotary was present at the start of the United Nations in 1945. Rotary International was one of 42 organizations invited to serve as consultants to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, California, USA (commonly called the UN charter conference). Additionally, many Rotary members and honorary members from around the world attended the conference as members of and consultants to their nations’ delegations.

Rotary and the United Nations remain committed to creating lasting change that enhances international relationships, improves lives and communities, and creates a more peaceful world.

Today, Rotary International holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council (UNESCO). The Rotary Representative Network, established in 1991, maintains and furthers this relationship with several UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies.


Rotary founder Paul Harris recognized the connection between international understanding and peace. In a message to the 1921 convention, Harris had written, “Rotary believes that the better the people of one nation understand the people of other nations, the less the likelihood of friction, and Rotary will therefore encourage acquaintance and friendships between individuals of different nations.”

Scholarships for graduate study in other countries became the first program of The Rotary Foundation in 1947. The idea of sending a student abroad for at least a year of university study was part of an effort to encourage higher education and promote greater understanding between people of different cultures and nationalities.

After Harris’ death that year, donations to The Rotary Foundation (Harris had requested them in lieu of flowers) began flooding in to Rotary headquarters. The Paul Harris Memorial Fund was designated for the newly created scholarship program.

Called the Paul Harris Foundation Fellowships For Advanced Study, it supported 18 scholars in its first year. Later it became known as the Ambassadorial Scholarships and lasted until 2013, when graduate-level scholarships were incorporated into district and global grants.

Peace Forums

To raise awareness about issues that cause conflict and activities that promote peace, Rotary created Peace Forums as a three-year pilot program. Rotary leaders and invited guests explored topics such as “Nongovernmental Organizations and the Search for Peace” at the first Peace Forum held in 1988 in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

In 1990, the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation broadened the program and changed the name to Rotary Peace Programs.

Rotary Peace Centers

At various times, Rotary members had proposed creating a university to promote peace, but the concept never seemed feasible. In the 1990s, Rotary leaders were inspired by the 50th anniversary of Harris’ death to consider an alternate approach.

The idea was simple, but the impact would be tremendous: Rotary would encourage people already engaged in peacebuilding as a career to apply for graduate-level study in the field, and The Rotary Foundation would provide scholarships to peace fellows that would allow them to enroll in established peace programs at existing universities.

Rotary approved the creation of Rotary Peace Centers program in 1999, and the inaugural class of Rotary Peace Fellows began their studies in 2002.

Rotary Peace Centers, located at universities around the world, develop leaders who become catalysts for peace in local communities and on the global stage. They study the causes of conflict and build practical skills exploring innovative solutions to real-world problems in areas such as human rights, international relations, and global health and development.

Rotary is not a university and yet it has an educational task to perform, and that task is to divert the world mind to thoughts of friendly cooperation. — Arch Klumph, father of The Rotary Foundation, in a speech to the 1921 convention

Peace for all time

Rotary’s goal today is to create environments where peace can be built and maintained through sustainable and measurable activities in communities worldwide. Peacebuilding remains a cornerstone of our mission as a humanitarian service organization.

Get to know your club members!
Craig Engelage
1.Where were you born and where did you grow up? Born at Travis AFB in California. Lived in five states for high school. High school and college in Nebraska
2.       Coffee or tea? Coffee
3.       Favorite sport to watch? Favorite sport to play? Favorite sports teams? Watch football, play tennis, Fav Teams: Colorado Rockies, St Louis Cardinals, Denver Broncos

4.       What is one thing from your Bucket List? Travel to Australia

5.       Do you have pets? None now; miss my border collie who died 5 years ago

6.   What is one thing you’ve done that you never want to do again? Go to an opera. ONE & DONE! Ugh!!

7.   If you had to give up one of your five senses for the rest of your life, which one would it be: sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell? Lost my sense of smell with Covid in November. Could go with smell.

8.   What was your first job? Dishwasher then cook in restaurant in Papillion, Nebraska

9.   How long have you been in Rotary? Have you ever been a Rotarian in another club? If so, where? 28 years in this club

10.   What is your favorite community service activity that our club has participated in? Flight! So well run and raises a lot of money for good causes.

11.   Who was your rotary sponsor? Rhea Woltman

12.   What board positions have you held in our club or in prior clubs? President, President-Elect, Treasurer (5 times), Club Service (2 times), Programs (2 times)

13. What is something else that other Rotarians would find interesting about you that you'd like to share? I lived in NE Maine from 3rd grade to 6th grade in a town called Caribou. The schools closed for 2 weeks in early October so the school kids could help harvest the potato crop, which was mostly done by hand. In the 5th and 6th grades, I was old enough to "pick potatoes" for extra money. Cold and dirty but also fun.
Community Service Committee Updates:

Recent Updates/Upcoming Projects/Events:

In February we are partnering with Peak Vista Community Health Centers and The Men’s Exchange for a clothing and item drive.

Peak Vista is in need of the following:

  • Used: blankets if in good shape and laundered
  • New: tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, backpacks, hand warmers, socks, grocery gift cards, puzzle books, pencils, new coats, hats, and gloves for adults

Donations can be dropped off at the Health Center at 340 Printers Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 or coordinate a pickup with Samantha Chapman.


The Men’s Exchange will accept used professional clothing which can be dropped off at the physical location downtown, 409 N. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO.

Please share any pictures of your donations and let Samantha Chapman know if you donate.  


From March 10-13  join us and other local Rotary clubs in volunteering with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity during their International Women’s Build Week. All Rotarians are welcome to volunteer and there are options between a morning/afternoon or all day shift. Encourage a spouse, significant other, or friend to join you as we assist a local home in our Colorado Springs area.

Please sign-up here:


This sign-up has been shared with the other Rotary Clubs in the area, so be sure to sign-up today!


Kindest Regards,


Samantha Chapman

International Committee News!
International Committee is working on some great projects! Jordan Davis, International Director, will be updating us soon!
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."
Kathleen's Korner

Hello, Rotarians

I had an epiphany earlier this week. I think it's worth sharing because I can't be the only person to have this revelation. Or maybe someone else needs to hear this perspective.

Several weeks ago I had a very negative doctors appointment. The doctor said that the surgery they did on my leg in January did not work. I thought there were other options if that didn't work but I found that I misunderstood and I'm pretty much at the end of the healing my medical team can provide.

Just to paint a realistic picture, I spend most evenings and a lot of mornings with pain levels at 8 or 9. I have to breathe through much of it and hope for relief as soon as possible. I'm only sharing this so you can understand the absolute disappointment I felt after talking to the doctor. I left the appointment pretty shattered. I knew to expect some residual pain and mobility issues from the accident in 2017, but I did not expect to be still at this level.

I came home from the appointment, allowed myself to feel deflated for a few hours then something really strange occurred. Opportunities started coming my way (within just a few days) and I am now following a dream I've had for years. I'm not ready to talk about it yet but it's in development and going forward full steam. And when the stars align and everything falls into place, you know that you are on the right path. I will never send a thank you note to the unapologetic man that ran over me and who used to be one of my dear friends. I will however be grateful for the place I'm at now. And I understand that I had to go through a lot of the process to get me to this place. I'm one of those weirdos that felt sure that this horrific accident would have a good ending. I've just been looking for one for so long. No one grows without going thru stuff. I have friends that are going through things or have gone through things that I'd never want to have. I guess the "powers that be" thought I was strong enough and then pushed that a bit further. wink

My point is that the very disappointing doctors appointment actually freed me from my subconscious inability to plan and live because I guess I was waiting to be truly healed and THEN start "living". I would never have guessed that the experience with the doctor that day would lead to my freedom. 

I wonder how many others have gone through a tough experience to later see that it was all part of the plan and brought you to the place you needed to be. For me, just understanding some of that process is helping me. It doesn't take away the physical pain but my heart is healing and I think now that was the most important part of the plan. I have faith that at some point, I'll find some relief from the physical pain but for now, as bizarre as it sounds, that physical pain is a constant reminder of the miracle manifesting inside.


Cheers! Raising my half-full glass to you!

In Rotary Service,

Kathleen Saltmarsh-Voss

Colorado Springs Rotary President-Elect

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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
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Kay Rendleman
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Keith Starns
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March 30
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Ralph Ledwig
March 6, 1981
40 years
Edward Bailey
March 8, 2018
3 years
Jack Brush
March 8, 1985
36 years
Kelly Young
March 8, 2019
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Marc Peck
March 8, 2019
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Kay Rendleman
March 16, 2017
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Kris Medina
March 16, 2017
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Marv Thomason
March 17, 1978
43 years
Michael Hendren
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Terri Cain
March 22, 2018
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Mike McGrath
March 30, 1990
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Upcoming Events
Flight 2021 Meeting
Mar 05, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Habitat for Humanity- Women's Build Week
Mar 10, 2021 8:30 AM –
Mar 13, 2021 4:30 PM
Flight 2021 Meeting
Mar 12, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
March Community Service Committee Meeting
Mar 18, 2021
12:00 PM – 12:40 PM
Flight 2021 Meeting
Mar 19, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Flight 2021 Meeting
Mar 26, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Flight 2021 Meeting
Apr 02, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Flight 2021 Meeting
Apr 09, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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