President's Message
Ron Rubin
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It was so exciting, for me, to announce the amount that has been raised through our 2017 Flight Gala at last week's meeting. I included the caveat that it might change from the number I posted with the volunteers holding up the dollar amount of OVER $75,000! Well, we have another bill that came in and the total amount will probably be closer to $72,000 or so - still a very respectable amount and more than last year. I'm also pleased that so many of you have completed the questionnaire about Flight and fundraising I asked you to complete at our meeting last week. Claudine also posted it in an email to the entire club and I would like to get responses from the rest of you, if you'll please take the time to fill it out before Friday so we can tabulate the results for our Club Assembly meeting on the 19th.
Now we have three politicians in our club: Larry Liston, Bill Rhea (our newest member who is running for the 5th Congressional District) and Maile Foster just announced she is running for Colorado House District 18! Wow, maybe we can get funding from the legislature for our club's service fund in the future if Bill and Maile win, with Larry already there (ha, ha). Best of luck to Bill and Maile!
Thanks for such an interesting program, Bart G. and Regina Lewis (who is a past Rotarian of our club and whom I hope will consider rejoining). It was eye-opening and made me realize, as always, that people can change and make something more of their lives if given opportunities as a "hand up" rather than a "hand out".
Our next board meeting is on January 25 at 7:30 am at the Antlers, for anyone who is interested in attending
So many new venues and restaurants and apartments are being built. UCCS's Ent Center for the Arts is opening this month and the Olympic Museum is rising from the ground in SoDo (South Downtown). Our Catalyst Campus for Cybersecurity had an article in Sunday's paper with the prospect of it likely becoming a center of national importance. I read all of this with great enthusiasm for our community. Now, if we can just get some snow (what?).
Wayne and Betz Smisek's wonderful children's books published under the rubric: The Chocolate Mountaineers Club that helps instruct kids how to Be Good - Do Good is being brought to life as a musical on January 18, 19, and 20 at Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center. Our past member, and CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory - Linda Weise - wrote the music and lyrics. Please plan to attend with kids and grandkids and support this very worthwhile endeavor. Find out more about it all at and discover what Ph.B. means. This club is changing lives, just like we as Rotarians are.
Be a Host Family for Youth Exchange
Our club has agreed to host a Rotary Youth Exchange student for the 2018-19 school year from August through May of next year.  We have made our initial inquiry with Palmer High School and have the support of D11 for this endeavor.
Now is the time that we're in search of three host families.  The host family periods are Start of School Year in August to Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving to around Spring Break, and Spring Break to End of School Year.  We have two CS Rotary families interested in hosting, one for the first period and one for the third, and need to know of others who might support this wonderful program.  You don't have to live in D11, but need to be willing to get the student to and from school.  Also, you don't need to be a Rotarian to host so if you have neighbors who might be willing, please let us know.  We are planning to ask for a female exchange student.
If you are interested and need more information, please contact our Youth Exchange Officer, Juliana Howard,, our Director of Youth Services, Carol Bach,, or Past-President Dennis Shoemaker,
News from Cambridge
Greetings from Cambridge! 
I hope you are having a wonderful start to you Holiday Season! I want to apologize for not keeping you more up to date with my studies and experiences here in Cambridge. After I last emailed you, my term really took off and I became overwhelmed with coursework and making the full adjustment/transition to living in England and Cambridge (much more difficult than I expected!). That said, I officially turned in my first big paper last Friday! My paper focused on how distributed/flatter leadership models in schools impact teacher-well being. I've attached a copy, if you are interested in taking a look at my research thus far! Absolutely zero pressure (considering it's fairly long and dense), but it's there if you would like to see what I've been up to academically! Next term, I plan to conduct research (hopefully) in a local Cambridge school as well as some schools in Colorado Springs!
I have been using the past week to slowly decompress and reflect upon my travels/experiences over the past few months. I've started to draft some emails about my travels through Asia this summer, and afterwards plan to write about my first few months in Cambridge (e.g. punting on the cam, joining the soccer/basketball teams for my college, attending Formal Hall dinners, meeting incredible people from all over the world, and presenting at local Rotary Club dinners). 
My Rotary hosts here have been absolutely incredible. One of my hosts, Vic Starkey, took me on a tour around the outskirts of Cambridge two weeks ago. It was so nice to get out of the University for a bit, especially considering it was a day when I was feeling particularly stressed about my paper (and a bit homesick). I am always so grateful for the support of The Rotary Club here and in Colorado Springs. 
I will be in Colorado Springs for a very quick week (from December 15th - December 22nd). Vic has actually volunteered to give me a ride to Heathrow Airport (so generous!). Please let me know if either of you (or any of the fellow Rotarians) would like to grab a coffee or lunch! 
Thank you so much for everything,
Rotarian Dave Artusi - Newest AdAmAn Member
Meeting Responsibilities
Brockway, David
Visitor Check In
Matei, Mihaela
Greeter / Microphone
Engelage, Craig
Greeter / Microphone
Tiona, Jeff
Intro Guests & Visitors (Head Table)
Nelson, Tom
Rendleman, Kay
Words of Appreciation, Inspiration and Reflection
Collette, Jesse
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill Koch
January 6
Juliana Howard
January 7
Greg Garcia
January 8
Donna Dell'Olio
January 9
Marlene Rothzeid
January 10
Bud Herskind
January 18
Greg Moore
January 22
Jolly Wall
January 22
Laurel McLeod
January 30
Jeff Ahrendsen
January 31
Join Date
Harlan Ochs
January 1, 1959
59 years
Kent Palmer
January 1, 2001
17 years
Rodney Gullatte
January 1, 2012
6 years
Bud Herskind
January 7, 1993
25 years
Bill Kettles
January 10, 1975
43 years
Bill Koch
January 20, 2004
14 years
Juliana Howard
January 23, 2015
3 years
Alan Gregory
January 25, 2013
5 years
Wayne Smisek
January 29, 2010
8 years
Claudine Dickson
January 30, 2015
3 years
Jan 12, 2018
Colorado Springs Early Colleges
Jan 19, 2018
President Ron Rubin
Jan 26, 2018
Veterans Trauma Court
Feb 02, 2018
Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Feb 09, 2018
Social Impact Organizations
Feb 16, 2018
The City of Colorado Springs
Feb 23, 2018
Peace and Understanding Day
Mar 09, 2018
Josh the Otter Water Safety Program
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting (in the Executive Board Room)
Antler's Hotel
Jan 25, 2018
7:03 AM – 9:00 AM
Board Meeting (in the Executive Board Room)
Antler's Hotel
Feb 22, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
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