Event Types


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

Lodging Tax Increase Presentation

The Tax You Don’t Pay Committee has been formed to advocate for a City of Grand Junction ballot measure that was referred by City Council on July 18th raising the current lodging tax to 6%.  By comparison, the City of Denver lodging tax is 10.75%.  The tax will be roughly an additional $2.55 per room night based on our average rate of $85.00 per night.  Funding will be allocated to support three major activities related to travel and tourism marketing, including minimum air service guarantees and additional funding to market the area as a tourism destination and sporting event venue.

Representatives of the committee including Diane Schwenke, head of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, will present additional information on the measure and why local voters should consider voting yes.

Jul 25, 2018

Young Chautauqua: Bringing History Alive

Topic: In the mid-1920s, Winston Churchill had already had a full career was now serving as Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer.  He would go on from here to become one of the most influential men in the 20th Century.  However, the man he would become would be shaped tremendously by private events in his early life such as Boer War and World War I. 

Bio:  A junior at Grand Junction High School, Anthony Booth is part of the 13th Annual Two Rivers Chautauqua which brings a unique performance art tradition to the Grand Valley.  Chautauqua is where historians give us the chance to interact with characters from the past.  As part of this program, students from elementary school through high school have immersed themselves into the historical past and personalized history.  This year’s event is at the Avalon on August 17th and 18th.   

Jul 25, 2018

Culture & Values in the Workplace

Topic: What does it take to create a strong company culture? How can that culture lead to industry changes while positively impacting standards? Through his own experiences as the CEO of GeoStabilization International, Colby Barrett, J.D., P.E., shares a story of innovation with insights that can be incorporated into personal and business journeys.

Bio: Colby Barrett is a passionate leader within the geohazard mitigation industry. He has worked on stabilization projects for over 15 years, managing projects throughout North America and New Zealand. After studying Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford University on an NROTC scholarship, Colby served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps where he led both infantry and scout/sniper platoons and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for outstanding performance. Colby holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and is a Registered Professional Engineer. Colby has led GeoStabilization International since 2008. He has authored numerous papers on landslide and erosion control as well as Geosynthetically Confined Soil® technology. A recent recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Colby has just been named as one of Engineering News-Record’s National Top 20 Under 40. Under his tenure, GeoStabilization International has been recognized as one of The Best Companies to Work For by ColoradoBiz magazine. 

Aug 01, 2018

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Topic: The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses. YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. The Grand Junction Area Chamber is excited to bring YEA! to Grand Junction and Mesa County! 

Bio: Running YEA! In Grand Junction is Darcy Weir, the newest member of the Chamber team.  She serves as both the Workforce Development Coordinator and the YEA! manager. As such, Darcy works to cultivate relationships with businesses, industry groups, nonprofit and community-based organizations to be actively involved in meaningful relationships that benefit students, teachers and schools, and in doing so providing for a stronger workforce for the Valley.

Bio: Participating in YEA! And presenting today is Madison Hawkins, a 12 year entering the seventh Grade at Fruita Middle School.  Her idea  of Euphoria is a product to help adults and kids calm down.  Madison has struggled with anxiety and emotional regulation her whole life.  It has cost her family a lot of time and money trying to find something to help.  Madison learned a lot about how the brain works and calming strategies.  She developed a ready-to-use kit for kids to address this challenge.

Aug 08, 2018

The Little Lead Soldier

Topic: What does a little lead soldier know about World War I?  Everything, when he travels in the dispatch bag of a colonel who fought in the trenches of Vosges and in the major American battles of St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne.  That colonel was the grandfather of today’s speaker—Hugh D. Wise, III.  The book is a collection of the Colonel’s letters to his son though the voice of the Little Lead Soldier.

Bio: Hugh D. Wise III graduated from Princeton University in 1964 with honors in History.  In the Peace Corps, Hugh lectured in Brazilian universities.  After graduation from law school, Hugh practiced law in Grand Junction from 1969 to 1987.  After retirement, he moved to Aspen with his wife Mary and has lived there ever since. . 

Aug 15, 2018


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

Tourism on the Western Slopeā€ Three Decade Retrospective

Oct 10, 2018

Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau

Oct 17, 2018