Speakers

Speaker Date Topic
Jesse G. Collette Oct 20, 2017
Planet Walk Colorado Springs
Planet Walk Colorado Springs

Jesse Collette is the brainchild of the Colorado Springs Planet Walk, a trail that includes a display of planets of our solar system, all relatively sized and placed in order. He recently presented the idea to the city's Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services advisory board.  His vision is to place a sun measuring 21 feet in diameter in America the Beautiful Park downtown, with smaller planets arrayed along the Santa Fe Trail.

Andy Vick Oct 27, 2017
Culture in the Pikes Peak Region
Culture in the Pikes Peak Region

Andy Vick is the Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPR) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports and promotes the creative community in the Pikes Peak region. Andy oversees the daily operation and management of a non-profit, local arts agency serving a two-county region with a population of almost 700,000. In conjunction with his work at the Cultural Office, Andy serves on the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors, is an Ex-Officio Board member of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, and is on the Executive Committee for the United States Urban Arts Federation (an Americans for the Arts council of local arts agency executives from the 60 largest US cities). Andy is an experienced public speaker and consultant on the topic of using the arts as a tool for economic development and community vitality.

Kelly L. Cline, District 11 Nov 03, 2017
Teaching from the Front Line
Teaching from the Front Line

Kelly Cline is a Mathematics teacher at Palmer High School, and most importantly, a 2013 Rotary Diamond Award Winner. As a student she attended Stratton and Queen Palmer elementary schools and East Junior and Wasson High School.  She has over 23 years of experience as an educator. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education by Colorado State University and has a Master of Arts in Education degree as well. She is uniquely qualified and positioned to provide an update on teaching and education from where the rubber meets the road. 

Charlotte Waters, Pikes Peak YMCA Nov 10, 2017
Your YMCA and Contributions to Healthy Communities
Your YMCA and Contributions to Healthy Communities

Charlotte Waters is the Chief Healthcare Strategist of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. Since December 2016 she has worked to establish partnerships that align with he YMCA's priorities to improve population health. Her efforts emphasize improved access and reduction of barriers to essential health maintenance programs and services. Before joining the staff of the YMCA, she served as the National Clinical Informatics Manager of Catholic Health Initiatives and as the Director, HealthLink and PBX at Memorial Hospital. She has a Master's Executive Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Informatics from the University of Colorado at Denver, an MBA from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and a Bachelor of Science in Science and Healthcare from the University of New Mexico.

Don Cesare Nov 17, 2017
Blue, Gray, Black - My Service to Country
Blue, Gray, Black - My Service to Country

 

Don will speak about his book, Blue, Gray, Black - My Service to Country, to include CIA projects he worked on, such as the U-2 spy plane incident, and training of Tibetan Freedom Fighters at Camp Hale, Colorado.  He will also talk about his service in the FBI involving the investigation of the President  Kennedy assassination and the Miburn investigation involving the murder of the three civil rights workers in Mississippi by the Ku Klux Klan.

Hunter Kemper Dec 01, 2017
The Life of an Elite Athlete
The Life of an Elite Athlete

Hunter Kemper is the most decorated U.S. triathlete in history. A four-time member of the USA Olympic triathlon team, he is one of only two men in the world to qualify for every Olympic triathlon (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). 

Kemper has won seven USA Triathlon Elite National Championships. In 2005, he became the first U.S. male triathlete to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the world and was selected as the U.S Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year, joining the ranks of Olympic legends such as Michael Phelps and Michael Johnson. That year, he also received the prestigious Jim Thorpe All-Around Award. Other career highlights include earning the gold medal at the Pan Am Games (2003) and gracing the cover of a Wheaties box four times. 

A competitive swimmer by the age of six, Kemper entered his first IronKids triathlon at age 10 and won his age division race. He went on to win five consecutive IronKids national championships before attending Wake Forest University, where he was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track. He captured the USA Triathlon Amateur National Championship in 1997 and turned pro the next year.

Kemper’s stellar career in triathlon is a testament to the power of hard work, determination and perseverance. On more than one occasion, he has battled back from devastating illness or injury – including a shattered elbow and subsequent staph infection that kept him out of action for several months in 2011-12 – to turn in an outstanding race performance when it mattered most. He continues to compete at the highest level of the sport and is eyeing a bid for a record-breaking fifth U.S. Olympic Team berth in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

A devoted family man, Kemper and his wife, Val, are the parents of three young sons and a little girl.  His love for kids and his desire to help them achieve their goals is a passion of Hunter's as he looks to his future beyond competitive racing.  

 

Simon Lomax Dec 08, 2017
The Oil and Gas Industry and the Colorado Economy
The Oil and Gas Industry and the Colorado Economy

Simon Lomax is a research fellow with Vital for Colorado, a coalition of state business leaders focused on energy policy. Simon is a former newspaper and wire service reporter. He covered energy policy in Washington, D.C. during the Bush and Obama administrations. In 2012, he left the news business, became a consultant and adviser to pro-business groups, and moved his family to Colorado as fast as he could. Simon has studied energy sector trends and the strategies of environmental activist groups for more than a decade. He’s a frequent guest columnist for newspapers across the state and has testified to Congress about the campaign tactics of anti-fracking groups. Simon lives in the Denver suburbs with his wife and two daughters, but he’s originally from Australia, and is a journalism graduate of the Queensland University of Technology.

 

World Peace and Understanding Day Jan 05, 2018
World Peace and Understanding Lunch
Jennifer Daugherty Jan 12, 2018
Colorado Springs Early Colleges
Colorado Springs Early Colleges

Jennifer Daugherty- Jennifer is the Head of School of Colorado Springs Early Colleges. She has a passion for education reform and teacher coaching as well as a commitment to student success. She has worked with charter schools for the past 9 years serving most recently as the Lead History Teacher at James Irwin Charter High School where she gained valuable experience in leadership, curriculum development, and effective teaching methods. She has also worked as a Curriculum and Assessment Consultant for Harrison District 2 and as a PRAXIS grader for Social Studies teacher candidates. She has also been committed to fostering an inclusive learning and social environment within the high school to ensure that students feel valued and to encourage genuine relationships between peers. She served as advisor to several student organizations including LINK Crew, cheerleading, Student Council and NHS while also serving on leadership teams such as the School Accountability Committee. She earned her BA in Social Sciences and her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida while her husband was serving in the Navy.

Rotary Assembly Jan 19, 2018
President Ron Rubin
Judge David Shakes and Dr. Steven Kidd Jan 26, 2018
Veterans Trauma Court
Veterans Trauma Court

Honorable David Shakes

Judge Shakes has served as a District Judge since March 2003. Currently, his case assignments include adult felonies, juvenile delinquency cases, and other juvenile matters. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Shakes was a partner in the Colorado Springs law firm of Hendricks, Hendricks and Shakes, P.C. His practice was primarily in the areas of construction and commercial litigation as well as business transactions. Judge Shakes came to Colorado in 1979 when he was stationed at Fort Carson as an Army Judge Advocate. While on active duty in the Army Judge Shakes served as a claims officer, prosecutor, and defense counsel. Since leaving active duty in 1983, he has remained active in the Army Reserve. Judge Shakes is a Colonel in the Army Reserve and currently serves as the Commander of the trial judges of the Army Reserve.

Steven Kidd, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist and Manager Colorado Springs Veterans Administration Dr. Kidd is currently a staff psychologist and manager of the Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Program with the VA of Eastern Colorado. He is an affiliate of the UCCS Trauma, Health and Hazards Center. He is also a current member of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs and an Advisory Board Member of the Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition. 

Gary Butterworth Feb 02, 2018
Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Gary Butterworth was hired in 2016 to lead the Foundation after an 18-year tenure at El Pomar Foundation, a $550 million private foundation. With extensive knowledge and experience in the field of philanthropy and the local community, Gary brings a passion for leadership and impact to PPCF. Gary is also involved with several statewide and civic organizations, serving as President of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners and on the boards of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, the Broadmoor World Arena, and Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Political Science focus from Yale University and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. 

The Honorable Mayor John W. Suthers Feb 16, 2018
The City of Colorado Springs
The City of Colorado Springs

John Suthers was elected the 41st mayor of Colorado Springs by an overwhelming majority on May 19, 2015.

Suthers brings decades of experience in government and management to the City of Colorado Springs.  Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to 2015.  Under Suthers’ leadership, the Colorado Attorney General’s office earned a national reputation for excellence.  In 2012, he was awarded the Kelly-Wyman Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Attorneys General.

Prior to being Attorney General, he was named by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be United States Attorney for Colorado and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate.  In 1999, Suthers was appointed by Governor Bill Owens as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, based in Colorado Springs. In that position he managed an organization with 6,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million.

In 1988, he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties.  For the next eight years he managed the largest and most productive prosecution office in the state of Colorado.  During that time he also served as President of the Colorado District Attorney’s Association and President of the El Paso Country Bar Association.

A lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, Suthers attended grade school here and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and in the top quarter of his law school class at the University of Colorado.  After graduation he returned home and became a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs before spending ten years at the law firm of Sparks, Dix and Enoch.

John's wife Janet also grew up in Colorado Springs, earned her MBA from UCCS and is retired from Agilent Technologies. She is a lifelong community volunteer including service on the District 12 School Board and the City Planning Commission. John and Janet have two accomplished daughters and two beautiful grandchildren. 

 
Diamond Awards #1 Mar 23, 2018
Diamond Awards

Recognition of top teachers in Colorado Springs.