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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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Jack Connelly
Apr 04, 2018
 
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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
 
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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.

Bryan Wachs
Apr 18, 2018
 
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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. 

Scott McInnis, Frank Whidden
May 02, 2018
 
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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.”

Amaya Garcia, Luce Villemin
May 09, 2018
 
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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.

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
 
Michael McCormick
Jul 11, 2018
 
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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
Jul 18, 2018