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Heart of our Purpose

Topic: St. Mary's Medical Center continues to add new and innovative services. A new heart and vascular center is under construction that will bring the most updated technology to western Colorado. One such technology is the availability of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR. TAVR replaces the need for opening a patient's chest and placing patient's on the heart-lung machine for higher risk aortic valve replacement procedures. Aortic valve disease is a common ailment of people of the age of 75 and reduces quality and quantity of life for those afflicted. TAVR procedures require specialized equipment, a team of more than a dozen well-trained people, and specially trained physicians. St. Mary's associates, medical staff, and leaders have worked together to bring this life-changing procedure to the people of western Colorado.

Bio: Dr. Brian Davidson serves as the President of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado.  He assumed this position in May, 2016.  Prior to his move into the position of President, Dr. Davidson served as the Chief Medical Officer for St. Mary’s, taking that position in July of 2014.  Brian came to St. Mary’s from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.  Dr. Davidson’s medical specialty is in Anesthesiology. He was Class President of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Davidson currently serves on a number of local boards, including Hope West Hospice/Palliative Care, Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Grand Valley Surgical Center and Western Healthcare Alliance.  Dr. Davidson and his wife, Dr. Amy Gagnon, have two boys, ages 5 and 1

Jan 03, 2018
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More Than a Game

Topic: More than a Game chronicles an autobiographical account of the struggle for Title IX compliance.  It portrays an inside look at life as a “whistleblower,” the workings, limitations and costs of the legal process, the day-to-day battle engaged and endure; and ultimately the price in human capital paid. 

Bio: Here to speak to us is the author of More than a Game, Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, the new Vice President of Academic Affairs at Colorado Mesa University.  Dr. Pemberton earned her Bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, a Masters from Southern Oregon State College and her Doctorate from Portland State University.  She has worked in higher education for over 30 years at the community college, private undergraduate and public research university level.  Prior to coming to CMU, Dr. Pemberton served as interim dean of the Graduate School at Idaho State University, followed by a 3-years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dickerson State University.  She has also been a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Malta.  She has conducted research, published and presented regionally, nationally and internationally.  Her scholarly achievements include two books, over 30 refereed and/or limited review publications, numerous invited publication and well over 100 presentations. 

Jan 10, 2018
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‘You Can’t Get There From Here’ – Overcoming Obstacles to Travel on the Colorado Plateau

Topic: Former reporter with the Daily Sentinel and current historian Bob Silbernagel looks at what kept the Colorado Plateau isolated for so long, and the early efforts to navigate through here, from the first trails through the railroads and the early automobile travel.  Bob Silbernagel was the editorial page editor for The Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction for 19 years. He retired in 2014, but he continues to write a regional history column for the newspaper.  He is the author of the 2011 book, Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado, and the upcoming Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau, which will be released in May 2018. 

Bio: When not writing, Bob enjoys horseback riding, bicycling and camping, primarily in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.  He and his wife, Judy, live near Palisade, Colo.

Jan 17, 2018
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Excavations at Eagle Rock Shelter: 13,000 years of Rocky Mountain Lifestyle

Topic: Eagle Rock Shelter, located in the northern portion of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area near Delta, is the oldest human occupation site in Colorado, dating as far back as 12,980 years ago.   The lowermost portions of the shelter records an almost continuous series of occupation events from the pre-paleoindian deposits well into the early Archaic periods making this the only known site in North America of this kind.  It has a full record of late Pleistocene/early Holocene human occupation. 

Bio: Glade Hadden, currently the area archeologist for the Bureau of Land Management, Uncompahgre Field Office in Montrose, Colorado. He has been involved in the field of archeology for nearly 30 years, starting as a seasonal “dig-bum” for the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management before becoming a private consultant. He is a Registered Professional Archeologist (RPA), and is a member of the Society for American Archeology (SAA), Colorado Archeological Society and the Colorado Council of Professional Archeologists. He is a former member of both the Montana Archeological Society and the Utah Professional Archeology Council.

Jan 24, 2018
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Education and Our Community: The Herb Feinzig Challenge

In 2016 less than 49% of graduating seniors from the four local high schools furthered their education in some manner. That could mean going to a four-year university, community college, trade school or joining the military. Compared to a national average of 70%, this indicates a cause for concern!

There is a direct correlation between the education level of a population and overall community success.  According to the College Board’s Education Pays 2013 Report, when a community has a more educated population, there are very distinctive benefits for the community including increased wages, increased tax revenues, less dependence on government subsidies, healthier lifestyles and reduced spending on health care and more engaged citizens.

Rotarian Herb Feinzig, and his wife Kate, is challenging the Rotary Club of Grand Junction members to join in supporting scholarships for District 51 students to attend CMU. He will match dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 per year for the next four years. This program will describe the problem faced and Herb’s challenge in more detail.

Jan 31, 2018
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The Grand Junction Rotary Club’s NFL Membership Draft

Brought to you by Dave Huerkamp, inspired by Bob Delevan, challenged by RI President Ian Riseley, and officiated by Rotary Commissioner/President Tom Benton.
 
This fun filled event will provide our members a meaningful Rotary experience by offering them opportunities to make a positive difference and connect with others. Members will experience the thrill and challenge associated with this competitive event, make valuable friendships and feel good about Rotary and the work we’re doing to make the world 
Feb 07, 2018
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4th Annual Grand Junction Rotary Newlywed (and Not-So Newlywed) Game

The 4rd Annual Grand Junction Rotary Newlywed (and Not-So Newlywed) Game will pit married couples from within our Club’s membership against each other in a series of revealing questions to determine how well the spouses know—or don’t know—each other.  Our Rotary Newlywed Game harkening back to the very popular 1960s and 1970s TV game show.  In ourversion, host Michael Blackburn will pit Michael & Paula McCormick, Aaron & Bailey Tice, Chris & Teresa Unfug, and Barbara Traylor Smith & Donnie Alexander against each other.  Through a series of edgy and probing questions, we will discover which couple is most aware of each other.  What they discover about themselves might surprise us all.   
Feb 14, 2018
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Breitburn Bankruptcy Chronicles

Topic: Not knowing he would be cross examining expert witnesses in January, Doug May launched a series of impertinent objections to the New York Federal Bankruptcy Court in October of 2017.  Now known as “The Maggot Guy” by the $1,500 an hour attorneys representing some of Wall Street’s largest hedge funds, against him, Doug, representing himself (Pro Se), has been asking the Judge to reject management’s Chapter 11 Reorganization plan.  Much to Doug’s surprise, it appears that the Judge might be listening.

 Bio: Doug enjoys helping people “retire right.”  Providing objective investment management and legacy planning advice, Doug partners with Barbara Traylor Smith and Jeff Murray as an Independent Wealth Advisor with WealthSource Partners.  Doug also helped launch Two Rivers Trust Company.  Prior to launching his own firm, Doug earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1987 and managed fixed income portfolios for United Capital Management, an institutional pension management firm.  Doug and his wife, Chris, have three boys, any one of which is far brighter and more interesting than their father.

Feb 21, 2018
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State of Rotary

Join President Tom Benton and Peter Booth as they recount the formation of Rotary, its start, growth and current status.  The program will highlight interesting moments in Rotary’s history.  In addition we will share the presence of Rotary locally, regionally and internationally.

Feb 28, 2018
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State of the City of Grand Junction

Topic: Greg Caton and the Mayor Taggart will be providing an update on the current state of affairs at the City of Grand Junction and will be providing highlights of a number of projects or initiatives coming up this year.

Bio: Mayor J. Merrick “Rick” Taggart moved to Grand Junction in the early 80’s to lead and manage Marmot Mountain Works, a young dynamic outdoor company, as its CEO, Chairman and Co-Owner. After selling the business in the late 80’s, Rick went on to lead divisions of The Timberland Company as their Senior Vice President and then on to be the CEO of Swiss Army Brands until 2010. In recent years Rick has worked at Colorado Mesa University as a senior manager and a teacher of business strategy, management and marketing.  As an avid outdoorsman Rick fell in love with this area and while his corporate career took him away from the Valley at times, he and his wife Deanna have made Grand Junction their home for over 30 years. Deanna and Rick have four children, three of them residing in the Grand Valley.  Rick received a B.S. in Management Science at Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Bio: Greg joined the City of Grand Junction in June 2016. He came to Grand Junction from Oro Valley, Arizona, a community outside Tucson, where he had been serving as the town manager. Prior to joining the Town of Oro Valley, Mr. Caton served eight years as assistant city manager for the City of Durango, Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Mr. Caton has received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA (International City/County Management Association), which is the premier municipal government leadership and management organization.

Mar 07, 2018
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CMU MBA Program

Topic: Dr. Norman will provide an informative update of some of the various exciting initiatives underway within the Department of Business, including the MBA and undergraduate programs, update on our pursuit of AACSB accreditation (continuous improvement), and a discussion of future vision and direction.

Bio: Dr. Norman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the guidance of esteemed scholars Dr. Fred Luthans and Dr. Bruce Avolio, after a successful industry career spanning 25 years in various contexts and leadership positions.  Dr. Norman’s research interests include leadership studies, both face-to-face and virtual, positive psychological capital (PsyCap), authentic leadership, and organization-based self-esteem.

Mar 14, 2018
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Mesa County Weed and Pest Management

Topic: We serve the community by managing high-priority, non-native, invasive plants, and insect pests in order to create and protect valuable agricultural commodities, natural areas and infrastructure.  We help County residents re-think their land management problems.  There are opportunities for you to join in the fun!  Here to speak about this fun is Grand Junction native, Teresa Nees of the Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management program. 

Mar 21, 2018
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Utah's Oldest Known Dino

Topic: Rob Gay, Director of Education for the Colorado Canyons Association (CCA), presents new findings on a fossil identified as the oldest dinosaur bone found in the State of Utah.  Specifically, it is identified as coming from the Late Triassic Period (220-200 million years ago).  This fossil is of a sacrum (part of the pelvis) that belonged to a small meat-eating dinosaur that was buried less than 100 miles away from Fruita. This dinosaur is important to the story of the Colorado Plateau because it not only shows us a little of what Utah's oldest dinosaurs looked like, it is also the furthest north anyone has ever found a dinosaur of this age.. This find may help us better understand how dinosaurs spread across North America during this time period.  This was a collaborative efforts of three paleontologists – Xavier Jenkins with Arizona State University, Dr. John Foster with the Museum of Moab, and Robert Gay with CCA.   Their findings are bring published in the Utah Geological Association’s journal Geology of the Intermountain West. The sacrum fossil is currently housed at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita.
 
Bio: Rob Gay digs up dead animals and tells the world about it. As a paleontologist, he has taken citizen scientists out and uncovered fossils hundreds of millions of years old. He's using that experience now at CCA as Education Director to educate the future about the scientific and historic values of our shared public lands. In his free time you can find him hiking, kayaking, or camping across the Colorado Plateau.  Previous to working at CCA, Rob worked with the Museums of Western Colorado and as an educator in Arizona. 
Mar 28, 2018
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White Elephant Sale

Apr 04, 2018
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Eureka!: McConnell Science Center

Topic: The former and much-beloved John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado has changed its name and moved to the Colorado Mesa University campus.  Is in now known as Eureka!: McConnell Science Museum.  The volunteer and staff from Eureka are till dedicated to bringing science though hands-on investigation.  Eureka’s Executive Director Jenn Moore believes the museum is an intersection of math, science, and art—bringing students and the community together for exhibitions, hands-on activities, and classroom learning. Jenn hopes to make Eureka a magnet for creativity, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. She hopes to redefine the way people think about, learn about, and interact with science and technology by making science fun for everyone.

 

Bio: Jenn came to the Math and Science Center from the Timberline Field Institute at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville where she taught courses in Natural Resource Management. Having always had a passion for science and teaching, she developed new programs, wrote grants for student driven research, and managed an internship program for students to have hands-on work experience. Previous to her work at the college she was a research hydrologist for the US Geological Survey in Grand Junction. Her educational background is in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University.

Apr 11, 2018
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Grand Valley Food Hub

Topic: Grand Valley Food Hub is a group of farmers, ranchers, food producers, and consumers with a strong belief that buying locally creates a community with enhanced economic, health, and social benefits.  Why a Food Hub? – Many farmers and ranchers, especially smaller and mid-sized operations, often lack the capacity to access retail, institutional, and commercial foodservice markets on their own, and consequently miss out on the fastest growing segment of the local food market.  The Grand Vision is a public market in a building connecting local food producers with the local community.

Bio: Bryan Wachs, Grand Valley Food Hub’s founder, is a serial entrepreneur with a deep history of building, consulting, and starting a variety of businesses and companies. He co-founded MySalesButler.com after building a new offering for what is now Lycos.  Bryan’s life goal is to create a value-oriented company in providing Sales and Marketing ROI to business of all types and sizes through IT services as flat fee “Tasks” delivered to businesses, large and small.

Apr 18, 2018
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2018 State of the County

Topic: The year 2017 (and the first part of 2018) was an exciting and active year for Mesa County and 2018 will certainly prove just as eventful and challenging.  To let us know more about the accomplishments, opportunities and challenges over the past year, the Mesa County Commissioners are joining us the give their Annual “State of the County” presentation. 

 Bio: Scott McInnis and his wife are both members of long-time multi-generational Colorado families. They reside in Grand Junction and spend free time with their family, enjoying the outdoors and the public lands.  Scott studied Business at Mesa and Fort Lewis Colleges. He also attended the Colorado Police Academy and St. Mary's School of Law.  Prior to his current position as Mesa County Commissioner, Scott has served the community as a Colorado State Representative as well as our congressional district’s representative to the US Congress.  Scott’s term as a County commissioner started January 2015 and runs through January 2019.

 Bio: Frank Whidden has been the County’s Administrator since January 2015. Previously, he served as the County’s IT Director (2011-2014) and Deputy Administrator in charge of IT and Resource Management (2014).  During his time with Mesa County, Frank has led the implementation of numerous IT systems, has implemented numerous county-wide cost savings efforts, and continues to work with the Commissioner to achieve their vision for Mesa County’s future.  Prior to coming Mesa County government, Frank had been involved with IT management since 1991, including at numerous colleges and has owned his own IT company.  He earned his doctorate in Applied Management and Decision Science from Waldon University, a masters in Computer Information Services from the University of Phoenix, and a BBA in Management from Kennesaw State University. 

May 02, 2018
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Inbound Rotary Exchange Students

One of the most successful Rotary programs is its Youth Exchange.  Thousands of students around the world have benefited from living abroad for a year as part of the program.  This year, two students are living here in Grand Junction as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange.  Let’s let them introduce themselves.

“I'm Amaya García and I'm seventeen years-old. I'm from Spain, more specifically from Vigo, Galicia.  It is located in the northwest part of Spain on the Atlantic Ocean.  My city, Vigo is an important European city because the fish, which is one of the best things. I love traveling, meeting new people, new cultures and I enjoy practices sports (like, surfing and tennis).  I'm attending Grand Junction High School. In the school, right now, I'm involved in French club, Interact club and in the tennis JV team.”

“My name is Luce Villemin and I'm fifteen years old. I come from France and more specifically from the Southeast of France on the Mediterranean coast. My city is a pretty big beach town called Toulon. I enjoy cooking, traveling and meeting new people. Here, I go to Central High School. In school, I'm involved in my Student Council, which is really fun and I'm also in my Key Club, a service club.”

May 09, 2018
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2018 Trends and Updates from the Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Robin Brown is the Executive Director for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP), which is the Economic Development agency for Mesa County. GJEP primarily recruits businesses into Colorado’s Grand Valley. Prior to that, Robin owned a PR agency and launched Spoke + Blossom, a lifestyle magazine for western Colorado. Robin served eight years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot and deployed twice to Iraq.

May 16, 2018

JUCO

May 23, 2018

Tourism on the Western Slope: Three Decade Retrospective

May 30, 2018

Colorado Canyons Accociation River Program

Jun 06, 2018
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STRIVE, Framing the Future

Topic: STRIVE is in the process of a capital campaign to improve their delivery of service by redesigning an existing building,  we will move from a 72 year old building with several issues located at 950 Grand Avenue to a more updated facility located at 790 Wellington.

Bio: Doug Sorter is a retired UPS executive who has been with STRIVE for five years and lived in Grand Junction 45 years.  He received a BBA is psychology and a MA in social science.  Doug is married with four children and five grandchildren with one on the way. 

Jun 13, 2018
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Grand Junction as a Visitor Destination

Elizabeth Fogarty recently accepted the Director position at Visit Grand Junction and began on March 2018. Elizabeth will oversee the department to continue the focus of destination management in partnership with the region while keeping the City’s strategic direction a priority. A commitment to preserve and protect while also being mindful of enhancing the quality of life for residents will  be a priority while marketing the area globally. 

 Elizabeth has over 29 years of experience in the hospitality and marketing industries at such organizations as Delaware North Companies (largest privately held hospitality company in the world), The Broadmoor Hotel, Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Sheraton Hotels, Yosemite National Park, and past Vice President of the Southern Colorado Business Travel Association.  Most recently, Elizabeth was President & CEO of Visit Estes Park May 2014 – December 2017.  The award for the Best Marketing campaign at the 2016 Governor’s Tourism Conference was a significant accomplishment. Her other interests include skiing, motorcycles, hiking, camping, rafting, cooking and community outreach. 

Jun 20, 2018
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Outgoing Presidential Address

Tom Benton, our honored Rotary Club President for 2017-2018, will be speaking today on the year’s accomplishments.  The motto of “Make a Difference” has been a guiding goal for the year.  And under Tom’s leadership, the Club has truly “made a difference” in our community this year.   

Jun 27, 2018