Event Types

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.

Rick Adleman and Tony Giurado
Jan 31, 2018
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 
Dave Huerkamp, Bob Delavan
Feb 07, 2018
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.   
Michael Blackburn, The Love Host
Feb 14, 2018

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.

Doug May
Feb 21, 2018

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.

Tom Benton
Feb 28, 2018

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.

Mayor Rick Taggart and City Manager Greg Caton
Mar 07, 2018

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.

Steven Norman PhD
Mar 14, 2018

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. 

Teresa Nees
Mar 21, 2018
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. 
Robert Gay
Mar 28, 2018
Jack Connelly
Apr 04, 2018

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.

Jenn Moore
Apr 11, 2018

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 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.

Bryan Wachs
Apr 18, 2018

Topic: Chloe will be speaking today about her story, path and how she was able to get to where she wanted to be in her career and with her year-long fulfillment as Miss Colorado USA.

Bio: Chloe Brown grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 2017, Chloe graduated from Arizona State University, as a member of Pi Beta Phi, with a bachelor-of-science in health policy. She is currently working as an orthopedic sales consultant for DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction as well as being Miss Colorado USA 2018.  Chloe will compete on May 21st for the title of Miss USA live on FOX Television this spring.  If she wins, she will advance to compete for the coveted title of Miss Universe.  Some of the most rewarding projects of Chloe's include working with dental charities such as Give Kids a Smile and Special Smiles through the Special Olympics.



Chloe Brown
Apr 25, 2018
Mesa County Commissioners
May 02, 2018
Rotary Exchange Students
May 09, 2018
Robin Brown
May 16, 2018
Jamie Hamilton
May 23, 2018
Angela Padalecki
Jun 13, 2018
Elizabeth Fogarty
Jun 20, 2018
Tom Benton
Jun 27, 2018