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Steamboat Springs

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Steamboat Grand
2300 Mt Werner Circle
Steamboat Springs, CO  80487
United States
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We opened the meeting with the Pledge and Four Way Test, followed by the Thought for the Day by Bethany Karulak.  Hummingbirds…she shared some lesser known facts about those incredible little creatures.  She also reminded us that they typically visit us through the middle of September, so keep those feeders full for a little longer.
Mel Stewart was our Greeter today and we welcomed three visiting Rotarians and several guests.  Karen Schneider introduced one very special guest, Margret, our new exchange student from Iceland.  Tiffany Leeson and her family are graciously hosting her for the next few months.
Steve Hitchcock provided us with a brief history of our participation in the 4H Livestock Sale through the purchase of a pig for the Barn Dance.  Once purchased, Rex’s prepares the feast for the Barn Dance and although the costs for this is slightly higher than purchasing the meat through traditional methods, we are able to support both the 4H youth program and the Barn Dance, which currently raises money for the Boys & Girls Club.  In order to defray some of the costs, we ask the members of our Club to consider making a donation.  We passed around a sign-up sheet at the meeting and received a good response from those present, however, if you were not able to attend, you still have the opportunity to make a donation to these efforts. The Livestock Sale is this weekend, so feel free to contact Angela, she can put the donation right on your account, Steve Hitchcock or myself and we will get you on the list.  Thank you for your support.
Jim Moylan then presented two awards that were announced at the District Conference this past May.   Brett and Joanna Allison were presented with People of Action Awards, but were unable to attend the conference.   Congratulations and thank you for all that you have done for Rotary and our Club in the brief time you have been members.
Our program this week was an Update on the Opioid Crisis in our Community and Beyond.  Ellen Kendall introduced the panel of five specialists in this field, anyone of whom could have presented a full program on their own:  Ken Davis, Director of NW Colorado Health Partnership, Mara Rhodes, Founder Mark McManus Foundation, Austin Eubanks, Chief Operating Officer, The Foundry Treatment Center, Nancy Smith Beste, Executive Director, Mountain Medical Injury and Pain Professionals and Cory Christiansen, Chief of Police, Steamboat Springs and fellow Rotarian.  This program, in Ellen’s words, was so “powerful and impactful”.  Each panel member was given the opportunity to provide some updates regarding the Opioid crisis in our community and ideas on where we go from here.  We had so many questions from members, following opening remarks, that we postponed Good News and gave the remainder of the meeting time to answering questions.  If you missed the meeting this week, you missed an extremely informative program and I can’t begin to do it justice by giving you the “Cliff Note Version”.  I would recommend going to the website, and find Austin’s Ted Talk that he gave at Mile High Conference last year.  It will give you an idea of the subject matter and the quality of our panel of speakers.  Ellen will be sending out a list of contacts and references that she received from the panelists.
We will get to hear from some of our newer members on August 21st and August 28th at The Grand with their Classification Talks.  Have a good end of the week.
Respectfully yours,
Carol Johnson


This week’s meeting was at the Peace Pavilion and we were fortunate to have fabulous weather.  Thank you to Chris, Scott, Tara, Josh, Paula, Kristal, Lori and anyone else I forgot, for helping to set-up and clean-up.  Our District Governor was visiting and he was VERY impressed with the beauty of our Peace Pavilion, the Boardwalk and the natural setting.


Following the Pledge and Four-way test, Rachelle Sumner shared a thought for the day.  She asked that we make it a special day for us and someone else by doing a good deed for someone, thank you Rachelle.  We welcomed two visiting Rotarians, in addition to the District Governor and a few guests.


Ellen reminded us to save our Rotarian magazines and bring them to a meeting.  Once we are done reading them, we disperse them in various locations throughout our community, so others will learn about what we do.  Also, she is taking orders for pavers for the Peace Pavilion.  The application can be found on-line, but if you have questions, do not hesitate to email her.


In the final days of July, we matched donations from members to the local Foundation and exceeded our $5,000 limit (by a few dollars).  Thank you to all that took advantage of this opportunity and we will be presenting a number of new Jack Black Fellows in the next month.


Lori Livingston was presented with Rotarian of the Month.  Lori has been a quiet volunteer, spending hours on organizing programs and off-site Club meetings, working on the Barn Dance Committee raising funds, brainstorming Peace Pole ideas and much more.  Thank you Lori for your commitment to Rotary and our Club.


District Governors Chuck Rutenberg assisted us in presenting two Paul Harris Awards.  The first award went to Scott Marr for his Paul Harris times six.  The second award went to Rich Gloor which was his Paul Harris times four, the last two since he has been a member of our Club.  Thank you both for your generosity to the Rotary International Foundation.


We celebrated birthdays of Brian Small, Kris Hammond, Ron Thom and Joe Tater.  Kris was the only birthday boy in attendance so in his honor, we asked him to do Good News.


Today, August 10th, we are officially 44 years old as a Club.  We met at the Peace Pavilion on Tuesday to celebrate our Anniversary as has been our recent tradition.  We celebrated at the Peace Pavilion in 2014, however construction was not quite complete.  Dedication of the beautiful structure was actually in August of 2015, so in addition to having a 44 year old club, we have a 3 year old Peace Pavilion.  Cupcakes all around!


District Governor Chuck Rutenberg was introduced and he shared his vision for the year.  DG Chuck spoke about the “why” we are in Rotary and the difference between that and the “what” and “how”.   His desire to inspire President’s and members in the District, coincidentally, the theme for the year from RI President is “Be the Inspiration”.    He emphasized the importance of “member experience” in retaining members.  He talked about Literacy here at home and some training that will be coming up for the District membership in October.  DG Chuck threw out some ideas on how to involve Interact, RYLA and the youth to begin to develop the future of Rotary.  In his casual style he answered a number of questions from our members.


We completed our meeting with Good News.


We will see you next week back at The Grand for the Rx Panel.  This will be a meeting you do not want to miss and we anticipate a number of guests.  If you are bringing guests, maybe shoot Lori an email so we can get a closer count for lunch. 


Thank you and have a great weekend,

Carol Johnson
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Aug 21, 2018
Susie Wilkinson and Mike Schlictman
Tiffany Leeson - Classification talk
Aug 28, 2018
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Sep 04, 2018
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Sep 11, 2018
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