Posted by Susan Lisak
Rotary Meeting Minutes For: October 10, 2017
Call to Order:   6:30am
Pledge of Allegiance
Question of the Day? What do you need to do before winter comes?
In Attendance: Lou Ann Jacobson Ball, Dan Porter, Robbie Singer, Mark Tucker, Tom Seymour, Dr. Burnside, Scott Cooper, Ed Merritt, Will Furse, Dave Sanford, Susan Lisak, Paul Bilger, Shawna Valdez, Eli Brown, John White, Lori Haukeness, Cameron Elder, Courtney Corbitt, Deanna Truelson
Any New Guests?
  • John White, from Rochester NY.  John visits every October and attends our Rotary meetings. Welcome back!
Homecoming Weekend Review  
  • Giant Rotary Wheel was at the Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon, with Rotarians dressed as Wizard of Oz characters and information cards were given out.  Friday night was the football game, and Saturday was the Homecoming Dance.
Donation Request:
  • The Cortez High School is asking for a bike helmet for a disabled student. We have a few in storage left over from the Kids Bike Rodeo.
  • Dave Sanford will coordinate with Jim Reser of the Cortez Rotary Club. Motion passed.
Donation Request:
  • Cameron Elder and Courtney Corbitt, with the Dolores High School Student government to speak about their Kids Christmas program
  • Each year, the Student Government coordinates with Elementary school counselors to take around 20 kids Christmas shopping.
  • Kids are chosen by Elementary school counselors based on need, their guardians are given forms to fill out, and then the kids are taken to Walmart and paired with a high school student chaperone, with around $100 per kid to spend on various items, like clothing, school needs, presents, toys, etc.  Afterwards, they go to Wendy’s for lunch.
  • Cameron estimated they’ve been able to raise around $1500 so far, but need over $2000.
  • Other sources of revenue are from the Homecoming dance, donut & coffee days, and other fundraising events that come up
  • Motion was made to nominate Cameron Elder as an honorary Rotary member. This will allow Cameron to sell raffle tickets for the vacation raffle, in which half of the proceeds will go to her cause. Motion passed. Cameron has been added to the Clubrunner membership page.
Christmas light installation & maintenance, Saturday Oct 21st.
  • Need a ladder, electrical or duct tape to secure wires, game camera, D batteries, SD card, and people mostly checking lights.
  • Did Rico pick up old wreaths? Unsure.
  • Meet for breakfast at 8am at Ponderosa, up to lights area at 9am.
Harvest Fest, Saturday, Oct 14th
  • Raffle tickets will be sold at the beer tent, which will be run by Susan Lisak, Ed & Sheryl Merritt, and Shawna Valdez as volunteers, and anyone else who wishes to help out.
  • Susan will bring the banner, vacation raffle tickets, and signs. Ed & Dr. Burnside will bring rifle tickets.
  • Goes from 10am - 4pm, Flanders Park
7:10am - Guest Speakers
Lori Haukeness, Superintendent Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
Dan Porter, Assistant Superintendent - Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
  • Ballot Issue 3B: Mill Levy Override (MLO)
    • The upcoming Cortez Mill Levy vote on Nov 7th will cover 3 categories:
      • Recruit & Retain teachers - had 35 teachers quit out of 190, lost 3 to Durango
        • 50% of teachers have less than 5 years of experience
        • 3B would bring salaries from $29,250 to $33,600
      • Technology - infrastructure and computers
        • Buildings are aging and do not carry the needed electrical infrastructure
        • 1:1 device (chromebooks, laptops, etc) to kid ratio is the goal
      • Transportation - aging bus fleet
        • Engine’s are going out
        • Metal fatigue from county roads
        • They have a 20 year plan of replacing buses
    • This will amount to about $35.69 residential increase per $100,000 value
    • Only 58 districts in the state have no mill levy override. 120 already have one in place. Montezuma is one of the poorest counties.
    • Would give about $4.9 million to school use.
    • Teachers have been involved and have organized walks around neighborhoods to spread the word.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30am