In a nearly full room, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-way Test.  In keeping with the weather, Michelle Freckleton shared some quotes with the theme of “snow” for thought for the day, thank you Michelle.


Thank you to Chris Stillwell for greeting our members and guests today.  We welcomed three visiting Rotarians and several guests, in addition to our members.  Sheets were passed around to sign up to be a greeter.  New members, please sign up as it is a great way for members to meet you and you them. 


Holly Rogers did the first reading of two potential new members, Nancy Smith Beste and Chancie Keenan.  If anyone has any objections, please put it in writing to either Holly or myself.


Tiffany Leeson also announced that Steamboat will be hosting the ski trip for all of the District 5440 exchange students in January.  She was looking for host families that would be able to have exchange students stay with them for the weekend.  I believe that she was close to getting enough hosts, but if you are interested, please email her in the event she still has openings.


Steve Sehnert is organizing the Nominating Committee and asked that any member interested in serving on the Board next year to please submit an application, available on our website.


Our program was the second, in a series of three, political forum.  Geneva Taylor made the introductions of our candidates and went over the rules which included an opening statement not longer than three minutes, answering questions from our members, then a two minute wrap up.  Almost all of the candidates wanted to respond to the questions, therefore, the program took up the remainder of our meeting time.  The following were the candidates and/or surrogates in attendance:


     Routt County Clerk & Recorder – Kim Bonner

     Representative Colorado House District 26 – Democrat Dylan Roberts and Republican Nicki Mills

     Lt. Governor State of Colorado – Representative Lang Sian

     United States Congress District 3 – Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush and Dist. Attorney Brett Barkey, surrogate for Congressman Scott Tipton and also surrogate for Secretary of State, Wayne Williams

     Additional candidates were contacted and some, although confirmed, did not show.


Thank you, once again, Geneva for organizing and contacting all of the candidates and representatives for our political forums and election issues.


No time for GOOD NEWS this week, which was very unfortunate, because Angela Catterson had baked a fresh apple pie (still hot out of the oven) from apples left over from our lunch a couple of weeks ago.  Her intention was to auction it off and from the looks of it (PERFECT), it would have brought a very good price!  Thanks Ange for the attempt….


NEXT WEEK’S MEETING IS AT OLYMPIAN HALL – The program will be the final political forum and will cover the ballot issues.


Don't forget all of your GOOD NEWS, bring it to share next week,

Carol Johnson