From the President:
Rodney Gullatte
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October 22, 2020

Greetings My Fellow Rotarians,

                I hope you are having an amazing week.  We are heading into Holiday Season 2020 with an increase in COVID-19 cases and a snow producing winter weather system coming in this weekend.  Still, I’m optimistic about the future.  I want to give a shout out to those members who serve on the Service Fund Committee.  Most of our charitable financial giving as an organization comes from the decisions made by that amazing group of Rotarians.  I had the pleasure of serving on that Board the last two years.  During that time, we had a record setting Flight 2019 influx of money to manage.  We also had the start of our endowment.  Leadership often has a part to play in how successful and effective an organization can be.  I want to thank Kent Palmer for navigating us through the last two years of Service Fund stewardship.  It was great to watch Kent work.  I appreciate the opportunity to work under his leadership.  Money is one of the tools in which we, as Rotarians, continue to bless the World we live in.  The Service Fund under Kent’s leadership has facilitated some amazing good in Colorado Springs. 


Trevor Dierdorff and I were able to build Version 2.0 of the Marian House Computer Lab with the help of the Service Fund.  Fourteen computers complete with a new network and virtualized server infrastructure. This was an $8,000+ project that was done by Rotarians.  People can come off the streets and find recover their ID using those computers.  They can sharpen computer skills, write resumes and apply for jobs online.  Those people then become taxpayers and voters.  This builds a better community for all of us.  Community and Economic Development is one of our seven areas of focus.  This is the project I’m most proud of since I’ve been a member of our club.  Trevor and I both own technology companies.  We used our company resources to build this computer lab with the help of Rotary.  This is the work we do.  What would you like to see done next?  There is no limit to what you can do through Rotary to make our World better.


Kent Palmer, thanks again for your leadership.  I also want to thank Ian Glassford for stepping up and stepping into the role as Chair of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs Service Fund.  I’m happy that you will be sharing your leadership and wisdom as the new Chair.  Thank you to the Service Fund board for the great work they continue to do for our club and the World.


On Sunday, we will be having our World Polio Day movie screening of Disney’s Coco.  Tickets are $20 per person and you can get them online.  We have 11 seats available. You can pay online for them here:

See you all on Friday for another outstanding meeting!


Yours in Rotary Service,


Rodney Gullatte, Jr.

President, Rotary Club of Colorado Springs

This Week's Program 
Oct 23, 2020
"Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber"
"Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber"

Mr. Aldaz is the President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The growing Latino population has dramatically changed the complexion of the United States and the State of Colorado.  By 2050, population estimates predict that one in three Americans will be Latino. In Colorado, more than 21% of the population is Latino, with an average age of 26. The percentage of Latinos is going to continue to grow significantly over the next several decades.  El Paso county is one of five counties in Colorado with the highest Latino population growth from 2010 - 2014. 

The need to support the work of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber and commit to diversity and inclusion is ever more apparent given that the Latino demographic represents the 8th largest economy in the world ($2.13 Trillion GDP) eclipsing the combined GDP of the European Union.  Supporting the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber enables businesses and individuals to engage a constituency with purchasing power of $1.5 trillion dollars comprising 17 percent of the American workforce.

Over the next 20 years, Colorado’s population will increase from its current share of 21% to 33%. The growing Latino population will characterize the demographic destiny of Colorado and the United States. In fact, Latinos will have an impact on all aspects of life, specifically in small business enterprises.  Currently there are over 6,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the Pikes Peak region as of 2017  projected to reach over 9,000 by 2022.  

The Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber continues to gain relevance in El Paso County as Hispanic start-ups and entrepreneurs continue to emerge.  In order to support this growth, the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber has put in place seasoned executive leadership to advocate for Hispanic-owned and small business enterprises in El Paso County.  The credibility and influence of the Hispanic Chamber’s leadership has enabled direct access to City of Colorado Springs leadership and representation and Colorado Springs Chamber Board of Directors representation.

Oct 30, 2020
"Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control District"
Nov 06, 2020
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Virtual District 5470 Assembly


I look forward to seeing our district and club leadership this Saturday for the Virtual District 5470 Assembly! If you are interested and have not yet registered for the the virtual assembly, please see the invitation below. 

Due to the logistics involved in hosting an interactive virtual assembly, I asked that all Rotarians register individually and that you work from your own computer. However, I am aware that some clubs have decided to meeting in person and will log in under one Zoom registration. If you are one of those clubs, I ask that you email me a list of all the Rotarians in your club that will be attending the virtual assembly no later than THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22nd @ 5p.m. This will help me get a better idea of who is in attendance. 

Also, after you have registered you will receive an email from Zoom with the meeting link. If you have not received that email I ask that you check your Spam folder first and then email me if you are still unable to locate the email.

As always, reach out if you have any questions at all. I look forward to seeing you this weekend! 

We are pleased to bring you the Virtual District 5470 Assembly on October 24th from 9:00 - 12:30 a.m. via Zoom. This will be a great opportunity for your club leadership team to work together to develop your club’s strategic plan and budget, get new directions on leadership in a volunteer setting, and find resources available from District 5470 and RI .

Below, I have included the schedule and the registration link for the assembly. Due to the structure of the assembly and how we will conduct the Zoom meeting, we ask that each Rotarian register individually. We will be using the breakout room function in Zoom so if everyone can work off their own individual computer, it will make the process and facilitation easier for our presenters.


  • Introduction - Chip Ecks, District Governor
  • Foundation - Dave Wood, Past District Governor
  • Budgeting - Chris Peterson, Past District Governor
  • Strategic Planning - John Picciotto, Vail Rotary Club

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Oct 24, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


If you have any questions at all, please reach out to Bonnie Watson (District Trainer) at or 720-393-9911. 

-Bonnie Watson - Rotary District 5470 Trainer 

Our club is hiring!
Non-Profit Executive Assistant
We are a large, active Rotary Club and are seeking a part-time Executive Assistant to assist our volunteer officers and board members in coordinating the multitude of projects and activities that our club undertakes monthly. The successful candidate will be responsible for the administrative details of the club.  This position reports directly to the Club President and will coordinate with other board members as needed.  The successful candidate will support our mission to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.  The candidate will also be committed to following our 4-way test: 1.  Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?
Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Providing administrative assistance, such as writing, and drafting emails, drafting memos, and preparing communications on behalf of the Board and the Club President.
  • Performing accounting and bookkeeping duties
  • Organizing meetings, including scheduling, sending reminders, meeting set-up, and organizing catering for our weekly meetings
  • Set up and operate the sound system for our weekly meetings
  • Using various software, including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and virtual meeting applications.
Skills and Qualifications:
  • Time management and ability to meet deadlines
  • 2-3 years of administrative assistant experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to treat confidential information with appropriate discretion
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
Hours and compensation:
Will work 20 hours per week.  This position requires the successful candidate to work 10 am to 3 pm on Fridays and from 11:45 am to 2 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  All other hours to be coordinated with the Club President.
All resumes should be sent to: 
NFL Sweepstakes Fundraiser!


***This event will end on October 31!***

***Please email Charlie Brown at to purchase tickets for this fundraiser***

Community Service Committee Updates:

Updates on Community Service!

We are still looking for volunteers for the following events:

Planet Walk – Saturday Oct. 31st

2 Rotarians to Set-up (8:00 – 10:00 AM)

2 Rotarians to Clean-up (12:00 – 1:00 PM)

Email Samantha Chapman if you would like to sign-up at



Mark you calendars for Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army – December 12th, 13th, 19th, & 20th

Sign up will be shared in November.


We will be taking pre-orders for cookies from Boonzaaijers for World Polio Day that can be picked up on Friday,  Oct. 23rd. An electronic Pre-order form will be sent out shortly. A portion of the proceeds from each dozen cookies sold will be donated to PolioPlus this year and your order will bring awareness to the eradication of polio across the world.

This Week In History

1797: First parachute jump is made over Paris.

1867: US takes possession of Alaska.

1947: Congress investigates Communists in Hollywood.

1959: Guggenheim Museum opens in New York City.

1965: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Highway Beautification Act.

1972: Clean water act becomes law.

1972: Sydney Opera House opens.

1975: Gay Sergeant challenges the Air Force.

1977: Reggie Jackson - aka Mr. October - hits 3 homers in 3 swings.

1977: Three members of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd die in Mississippi plane crash. 

1985: First Blockbuster store opens.

1988: "Roseanne" debuts.

2012: Cyclist Lance Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.


Rotary Giggles



“We are all a little weird. And we like to think that there is always someone weirder. I mean, I am sure some of you are looking at me and thinking, “Well, at least I am not as weird as you,” and I am thinking, “Well, at least I am not as weird as the people in the loony bin,” and the people in the loony bin are thinking, “Well, at least I am an orange”.”
― Jim Gaffigan

Kathleen's Korner
Hello to my beloved Rotarians!
This quote is one of my favorites! There are so many times that Rotarians have had that impact on me. One time in particular, our club was meeting at a different venue. I walked into the meeting and our very own Claudine was behind the table where we were checking in and getting our badges. I don't know what else was going on that day but I know that I was feeling particularly vulnerable and nearly skipped the meeting. Claudine saw me, jumped up and came around the table to give me a big hug! I can guarantee you that she had no idea what value that big hug had on me. My day totally turned around and was so much better! I'm extremely happy for Claudine, our outgoing Executive Director. She's found a great nonprofit that really appreciates and respects her! Our club now has to find someone as awesome and competent and fun and huggy! Thank you, Claudine! I know you've had that affect on many others besides me. 
Another time after being on medical leave for an extended period of time, I was coming back to the club (just in time for Past President Caryn's year!) I was excited to come back but also very aware that 1/3 of the club was new to me and it didn't feel very much like my club anymore. I felt like the outsider. President-Elect (at that time) Rodney saw me from across the room and walked over and gave me the biggest, warmest hug and suddenly I felt really good about being there! 
Some people think that Zoom keeps us from having that impact with visitors or even our members. I do not agree. Even if we were having in-person meetings, the physical touch would be very limited to nonexistent. I'm especially enjoying the break out sessions during our weekly meetings. It's so nice when you log into the meeting and someone says "Well, there's ___________! Great to see you!" So, let's see how we can make people feel welcome and appreciated with virtual hugs! And if you're lucky enough to see someone you know in person, make that ankle bump a little extra!
In humbled Service Above Self,
Kathleen Saltmarsh-Voss
Rotary of Colorado Springs President-Elect
Extra! Extra!
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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Harold Eichenbaum
October 5
Emily Hill
October 6
Larry Sparks
October 6
Lynn Vidler
October 6
Fabrizio Labate
October 9
John Suthers
October 18
Ray Nunn
October 28
Bob Louden
October 30
Claudine Dickson
October 30
Join Date
Alicia Apple
October 1, 2016
4 years
Tuck Aikin
October 1, 1967
53 years
Andy Vick
October 3, 2014
6 years
Dick Harwood
October 10, 1980
40 years
Caryn Adams
October 14, 2011
9 years
Claudine Dickson
October 14, 2014
6 years
John Suthers
October 15, 2015
5 years
Bill Sinclair
October 20, 1978
42 years
Trevor Dierdorff
October 21, 2011
9 years
John Rodgers
October 25, 2002
18 years
Curt Ormond
October 29, 1971
49 years
Upcoming Events
World Polio Awareness Day (Cookie Day)
Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery
Oct 23, 2020
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary District Assembly
Oct 24, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
World Polio Day Movie Event
Oct 25, 2020 2:30 PM
Habitat for Humanity - Home Preservation Project
Oct 28, 2020 8:30 AM –
Oct 31, 2020 4:30 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Oct 28, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Colorado Springs Planet Walk
America the Beautiful Park
Oct 31, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Wells Fargo Bank or ZOOM
Nov 25, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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