Event Types


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

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

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


May 23, 2018

Tourism on the Western Slope: Three Decade Retrospective

May 30, 2018

Colorado Canyons Accociation River Program

Jun 06, 2018

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

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

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

Incoming Presidential Address

Michael McCormick, our honored Rotary Club President for 2018-2019, will be speaking today on this year’s goals and objectives for our Club.  The Rotary International motto for the year is “Be the Inspiration.”  Locally, Rotary has been an lead inspiration for our community for nearly 100 years.

Michael with his wife Paula own and operate Columbine Caregivers here is Mesa County.  Michael started his career in health care in 1980, with his assignment to Ft. Carson Army Hospital in Colorado Springs. After completing his military commitment, Michael became an administrator of senior retirement communities and nursing centers which brought him to Grand Junction.

Jul 11, 2018

Miss Colorado USA 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.



Jul 18, 2018

Teso Safe Motherhood

Emergency Van Arrives in Rural Uganda!  Beverly Lyne, Teso Safe Motherhood

Grand Junction Rotary recently invested in the Teso Safe Motherhood program which had suffered a devastating loss when their van. The van transported laboring mothers to the hospital for emergencies. With collaboration between Grand Junction and Soroti Rotary Clubs, a new van was purchased.

Beverly Lyne, RN, MSN began nursing in 1986, knowing that her heart’s work lay in the resource-challenged areas of the world. Taking her knowledge of community health nursing, HIV/AIDS management, and infectious diseases, she has worked in the most remote regions of Nicaragua, Haiti, and Uganda. She co-founded the Teso Safe Motherhood Project in 2005, which now serves vulnerable families in rural Uganda. She recently retired as Director of the Nursing Education Program at Colorado Northern Community College.

Jul 18, 2018

The Magic Flute

Erica Miller and Hal Wilson are part of the Grand Junction Symphony’s presentation of The Magic Flute.   A dazzling celebration of true love conquering all.  Mozart’s treasured fantasy, The Magic Flute, transports audiences into an unconventional fantasy world. To open our meeting, Erica and Hal will bring a couple of these songs from this masterpiece.

Jul 18, 2018


Jul 25, 2018


Aug 01, 2018

Young Entrepreneur Program

Aug 08, 2018

The Little Lead Soldier, World War I

Aug 15, 2018

Report from the US Department of State

Aug 22, 2018

Western Region OneSource

Aug 29, 2018

Colorado Cattlemen's Association

Sep 05, 2018

Grand Junction Sports Commission

Sep 12, 2018

10 Extra Seconds

Sep 19, 2018

District Governor

Sep 26, 2018

Grand Junction Regional Airport

Oct 03, 2018


Oct 10, 2018

Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau

Oct 17, 2018