Speaker Date Topic
Christine Randono May 29, 2020
Recapping my 3 weeks in NYC as a nurse during Covid-19 outbreak

Christine is a physicians assistant in Colorado Springs and agreed to work for three weeks in NYC at the Billie Jean King Center which was transformed into an emergency hospital supporting Covid-19.  She was in NYC for three weeks, 7-days a week 12-hours a day.  Christine's team included one of the top infectious desease specialists in the Country.  Her stories on her experience are fascinating.  

Donna Nelson Jun 05, 2020
Spirit of the Springs: What it is and How it Helps our Community

Donna Nelson, our newly minted Rotarian, first arrived in Colorado Springs in 1994. She was stationed at Fort Carson and, like so many before her, thought that Colorado Springs would be a great place to settle down and start a post-military career. Donna began her career as a Medical NCO in the United States Army, serving for nine years in the military. Staying in Colorado Springs, she quickly found jobs in the community and in 2011, Donna was offered a job with recently elected Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. He offered Donna a job as an economic vitality specialist with the city. She worked with Bach for four years, and has continued in the mayor’s office with John Suthers. Her current title is Spirit of the Springs Program Manager — a position that has been highly visible and impactful.

Donna is responsible for multiple civic outreach and community programs and runs the Mayor’s Cup annual charity golf tournament, which has raised and donated $420,000 for local scholarships since 2012. She has also been an effective change agent.

As an African American woman in a workplace historically composed of white males, Nelson feels a special responsibility.

“I don’t think of myself as a trailblazer,” she said, “because there are so many women who came before me. But I try to do my best for those who will come after me and those who came with me.”

Nelson currently serves as board chair of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, and has served as board chair of the Urban League, the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and the Chamber Rising Professionals. She is a Woman of Influence (2019). Most recently, Donna was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists Examiners among many other volunteer positions within our city, receiving many awards in the military and also in civilian life.

Donna has lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years, has one daughter, Jasmine, and 2 extremely smart grandchildren, Soulyman and Fatima, who live in Rockford, IL.

Aaron Winter Jun 12, 2020
The opening of the Flying W Ranch

Aaron Winter is the manager of the Flying W Ranch.  He will update us on the new facilities, and share with us their plans for opening the new Flying W Ranch this summer. 

Chris Reen, Publisher of The Gazette Jun 19, 2020
Update on the Colorado Springs Gazette
President Caryn Adams Jun 26, 2020
Wrap up for the year. Thanks to President Adams on her hard work on a successful Rotary year
Cass Daley/Jody Richie Sep 18, 2020
Presentation of Diamond Awards to D-11 High Schools

For the last 20 years, the CS Rotary Club funds and performs the Diamond Award Program. A Committee is created of volunteers from the Rotary Club. The High Schools of D-11 are requested to initiate the Program in the Fall. During this time, the Students are requested to nominate a Teacher to be considered for this award and recognition. The nominations can be made until the Christmas break. After this time, the DA Committee evaluated the nominations and makes selection recommendation for each High School, plus a Special Impact Award for individuals and Teachers that are recommended by the Principals and Assistant Principals from each High Schools.

Because of the shutdown associated with the Coronavirus, the award ceremony at a Rotary Luncheon was reschedule from Mar/Apr to September.