Rotary Club of Estes Park
Service Above Self 
Since May 6, 1926
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Estes Park

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
American Legion Post 119
850 N St Vrain Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
United States of America
Cost of lunch is $20. No meetings on 5th Thursdays.

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Officers And Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Past President
Club Administration Director
Community Service Director
Fund Development Director
Fund Development Director
International Service Director
Membership Director
Sergeant-at-Arms
Youth Services Director
Home Page Stories
Come meet Estes Park Police Chief Ian Stewart
 
Estes Park Police Chief Ian Stewart
 
After a competitive process, Ian Stewart was selected as Estes Park‘s new Chief of Police, and has transitioned from the role of Interim Police Chief to his official Police Chief role.
 
Stewart brings 25 years of law enforcement experience to the Estes Park Police Department. As Operations Division Captain for Larimer County Sheriff's Office, he oversaw patrol, emergency operations, strategic planning and data, special operations, and special events across Larimer County. Stewart led the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force from 2020-2023 and served as the Rocky Mountain Tactical Team Association president from 2013-2018. His investment in the safety of Larimer County also includes EMT certification and prior service as a firefighter with the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.
 
Our program on July 25th will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be
provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
Time: Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
Cost: $20
Parking: American Legion and the church only 
As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during
the meeting.
Thank You!
July 18 Speaker
STS-31 Space Shuttle Discovery Mission
 
 
Col. Loren Shriver
 
Loren Shriver participated in three NASA missions and spent more than 386 hours in space. 
 
He twice served as mission commander, including on STS-31 (space shuttle Discovery) in 1990, where the five-person crew deployed the Hubble Space Telescope and conducted a variety of middeck experiments. During the mission, the crew also used two IMAX cameras to record new vantage points of Earth’s features as Discovery reached a then-record altitude of 333 nautical miles. The footage appeared in the 1994 IMAX film, “Destiny in Space.” 
 
Selected as an astronaut in 1978, Shriver’s first NASA mission came in 1985 as pilot of STS-51C. The Department of Defense-initiated mission saw the crew deploy a modified Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) vehicle from Discovery’s payload bay. In 1992, Shriver commanded his final NASA mission, STS-46, aboard Atlantis. During the eight-day mission, the crew deployed the European Retrievable Carrier satellite and conducted the first Tethered Satellite System test flight – a joint project between NASA and the Italian Space Agency. 
 
Our program on July 18th will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only        
As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
Meeting Notes for July 11, 2024
 
President Elect Jack Ford rang the bell at 12:00 PM. 
Ruby Bode read the Invocation. 
Jack Ford led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Guests of Rotarians 
  • Ian Stewart our police captain
  • Virgil Scott from the Rotary Club of Denver
  • Bill Kall from Gilbert, Arizona
Announcements
  • Tara Moenning passed around a sign-up sheet to volunteer for the August 10th Shred-a-thon.
  • Scott Thompson reminded us about the Cowboy Brad concert tonight from 5-7 at performance park. 
  • Jim Austin asked us to join him in donating towards Shelter Box. 
Rotarian Stories
This week Kathy Groesbeck told us about herself. Transferred from Topeka, Kansas. She has three kids and seven grandkids. She has been President of the club, President Elect, Little Duck, and Big Duck. She was District Governor for our rotary district for 4 years. She is a Paul Harris member for 8+ years, donating her $1,000 
every year on her birthday. She shared many of her favorite memories as a member. 
 
Joke of the Day
Scott Thompson read us funny signs he thought we would enjoy. 

Happy Money
We ran out of time for happy money and will do it next week!

Program
Chuck Bonza introduced his friend Stan Hilkey. Stan is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. He spoke to us about his background, his mission  and vision for his department, and gave us a detailed presentation on what makes up the 
Colorado Department of Public Safety. 
 
  Chuck Bonza introducing                 Stan Hilkey presentation
           Stan Hilkey

Adjournment 
We closed with the Four Way Test. 

Andrea Escorcia, Scribe
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COME TO THE MEETING ON JULY 11
 
July 11 Speaker
Executive Director Stan Hilkey
 
Ex Dir Stan Hilkey
 
Colorado native Stan Hilkey was appointed Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety in June 2014 by Governor John Hickenlooper and was reappointed by Governor Jared Polis in January 2019.  In his role as Executive Director of CDPS, he provides leadership to the nearly 2,000 members of the department. CDPS is one of the largest departments in Colorado state government.

Under his leadership, the Colorado Department of Public Safety has played a critical, lifesaving role in the state of Colorado’s response to the pandemic, the largest wildfires in state history, and historic civil unrest. 
 
Our program on July 11th will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only        
As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
COME TO THE MEETING ON JUNE 27
 
NO MEETING ON JULY 4TH
 
New Fire Chief Rick Lasky
 
Fire Chief Rick Lasky
 
Rick Lasky, a 40-plus year veteran of the fire service, began his career here as Fire Chief for the Estes Valley (CO) Fire Protection District on April 1, 2024. At our meeting on 6/27/24 Rick will introduce himself to us.  He followed in his father’s footsteps beginning his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and has been a line firefighter, firefighter-paramedic, company grade officer, training officer and command-level officer.
 
While in Illinois he received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors “Innovator of the Year” award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program, a program designed to teach firefighters how to save firefighters that have become trapped or lost in a burning building. Throughout his 40-plus years in the fire service he has served as a career and volunteer firefighter. Rick is a long-standing editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering Magazine, serves on the FDIC International advisory board and as an author has written over 200 technical articles that have been published in national fire-rescue journals. These magazine articles relate to fire department operations, administration, training and safety. He is the author of the best-selling books “Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” and “Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground” published by Fire Engineering Books and is the co-host for the podcast “The Command Post” heard on FireEngineering.com as well as the podcast “Old School.”
 
Rick has also served as a police officer and was wounded on several occasions, once while defending a victim of family violence and has received numerous fire and police awards and commendations. He was also honored in 2011 as an inductee into the Chicago Softball Hall of Fame. He is a Lewisville Honorary Police Officer and Honorary Battalion Commander in the 18th Battalion of the FDNY. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Rick lectures at the local, state, national and international levels and is a sought-after speaker by both the public and private sectors. He is married to his best friend Jami and they have two children Rick and Emily.
 
Our program on June 27th will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only        

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
Final Edition*
 
Our Speaker for June 27, 2024
is
New Fire Chief Rick Lasky
 
Fire Chief Rick Lasky
 
Rick Lasky, a 40-plus year veteran of the fire service, began his career here as Fire Chief for the Estes Valley (CO) Fire Protection District on April 1, 2024. At our meeting on 6/27/24 Rick will introduce himself to us.  He followed in his father’s footsteps beginning his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and has been a line firefighter, firefighter-paramedic, company grade officer, training officer and command-level officer.
 
While in Illinois he received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors “Innovator of the Year” award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program, a program designed to teach firefighters how to save firefighters that have become trapped or lost in a burning building. Throughout his 40-plus years in the fire service he has served as a career and volunteer firefighter. Rick is a long-standing editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering Magazine, serves on the FDIC International advisory board and as an author has written over 200 technical articles that have been published in national fire-rescue journals. These magazine articles relate to fire department operations, administration, training and safety. He is the author of the best-selling books “Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” and “Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground” published by Fire Engineering Books and is the co-host for the podcast “The Command Post” heard on FireEngineering.com as well as the podcast “Old School.”
 
Rick has also served as a police officer and was wounded on several occasions, once while defending a victim of family violence and has received numerous fire and police awards and commendations. He was also honored in 2011 as an inductee into the Chicago Softball Hall of Fame. He is a Lewisville Honorary Police Officer and Honorary Battalion Commander in the 18th Battalion of the FDNY. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Rick lectures at the local, state, national and international levels and is a sought-after speaker by both the public and private sectors. He is married to his best friend Jami and they have two children Rick and Emily.
 
Our program one June 27th will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only        

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
*  This is the last edition I am editing of the Spoke.  If anyone would like to take it over, I would be more than happy to teach you how to create it on Clubrunner.   My email is anneslack@aol.com.  My cell is 970-231-6697.
Annie
Come Celebrate President's Night!
Thursday Night, June 13, 2024
5:30 PM
at the American Legion
 
Annual Changing of the Guard
and
Rotary Awards
 
2023 Award Winners
 
      
Living Legacy Award            Distinguished Service Award
Virgil Holtgrewe presented         Mark Lee presented
by Jim Austin                         by Pete Sinnott
 
        
Rotarian of the Year Award               The Spirit Award
Carl Robicheaux            Tim Moore presented by Mel Rueppel
 
Find Out Who This Year's Winners Are!!
 
No Zoom transmission this week
Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be June 27, 2024
 
   5:30 - 6:00 Cash Bar
6:00 - 6:45 Dinner
   6:45 - 7:30 Program
 
$35 Cash, check (Rotary of Estes Park), Credit Card $37
                       
Our Club's Rotary Foundation
 
It's Purpose; How It Works; What It Does;
It's Current Status
 
Presenters:
 
  
Barry Hannigan             Madison Casey
 
Barry Hannigan is currently Vice President of the Rotary Foundation and will teach us about that organization.  Previously he was known for his performances throughout the United States and in Europe. He has performed in Russia, China, England, Ireland, Norway, and New Zealand. He has appeared as guest artist at a host of American universities, such as UCLA, Yale, Cornell, and the Universities of Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Arizona State, and Texas.   Hannigan recently retired as the Ellen Williams Professor of Music at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA., where he received the Class of ’56 Lectureship for inspirational teaching. His students have earned graduate performance degrees in piano at schools such as Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory.
 
Madison Casey has been Past President of the Rotary Foundation but now serves as a consultant.  He will teach us about the financial side of the Foundation.  He has been part of our Rotary Clubs Foundation’s investment since we brought the management in house in 2009.  He was on the committee with Chair Marsha Yelick , who wrote our investment management policy.
 
Madison is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and passed the CPA Exam out of college, though did not practice to be certified. He worked for 12 years as a stock analyst and client liaison in New York for Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. (now JP Morgan) and then the since merged Cyrus J. Lawrence Inc. He has a MBA in Finance & Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Business Administration, Accounting concentration, with Distinction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only        

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
 
Come to the Social
with
Sunrise Rotary
out at
The Salvation Army High Peak Camp
4:45 PM Thursday night.
 
No Noon Meeting
 
An Overview of Transportation Infrastructure
in
Estes Park
 
Greg Muhonen
Public Works Director
 
Greg Muhonen is a Professional Civil Engineer who has used his training and life experience to serve the transportation infrastructure needs of Larimer County residents for over 37 years.  His civil engineering work experience spans private land development, land use entitlement review, traffic engineering, municipal policy, and public works capital project design and construction. Greg's Core Values are Lead by Example, Keep his Word, Build Relationships and Transparency.  "I hold myself and my team accountable to each other, our Town residents, and our Town leaders to implement the goals and priorities that we collaboratively establish.  We learn and share our knowledge and skills freely, understanding that our roles in the organization and community exist to build relationships with, and serve the needs of, our residents.  I believe we are personal stewards of the public trust."
 
Greg was born and raised in Idaho, the eldest of 10, 5 sisters and 4 brothers.  His wife is a veterinarian.  They have been married for over 40 years and he is a Percussionist at Summit Church.
 
Greg will provide an overview of the transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the Estes Park Public Works Department.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided.
Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
Rotary Weekly Luncheonce: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
Meet Dr. John Knudtson
Diagnostic Radiologist at Estes Park Health
and
Our Scholarship Recipients
 
Dr. John Knudtson
 
Dr. Knudtson came to Colorado by way of Kansas. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Knudtson grew up traveling to Colorado for skiing, hiking, mountain biking and the gorgeous views.  The father of three adult sons, he managed to get his family hooked on Colorado and the things the mountains offered. Two of his sons moved to Colorado and Dr. Knudtson and his wife Peggy soon followed.
 
Professionally, Dr. Knudtson has practiced for over 20 years in every type of medical setting from physician’s offices to small rural hospitals to the largest tertiary medical centers.  He has been Medical Staff President, Chief of Staff, Department Director and Medical Director for numerous Radiology Departments and Diagnostic Imaging facilities.  He is very excited to live and practice in Estes Park.  He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, University of Kansas Medical School and is subspecialty trained in Breast Imaging from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  He is also a proud veteran of the United States Navy and was a designated Navy Flight Surgeon.  He served as the Squadron and Wing Surgeon for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 4 and Strategic Communications Wing ONE in the TACAMO branch on the US Strategic Command ultimately leaving the Navy after 13 years of service.
 
Dr. Knudtson loves anything in the outdoors and now loves having his kids come up from the city and spend time in Estes Park with their grand dog Luci.
 
His education record is as follows: University of Kansas 1989; University of Kansas School of Medicine 1993; University of Kansas Diagnostic Radiology 2001; Diplomate, American Board of Radiology 2001; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Breast Imaging 2017.
 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
Learn About Global Grants
presented by
 
  
Bob Waltermire       and       Joe McCarthy
 
Bob Waltermire:
 
I joined Rotary in 2006 and I have been especially interested in international service.  I was president of my club for the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  I have been a member of my club’s International Service Committee (ISC) since I joined Rotary and I have been chairperson of the committee since 2021.  My term as chairperson will end in 2027.  I lived in Ethiopia in the early 1970s and my only global grant was a project to develop springs and provide potable water for three communities in southwest Ethiopia.  I have managed three district grants in Ethiopia; one for text books and two for development of springs for three other communities.  My club’s ISC also provided partial funds for spring development projects in two other communities in Ethiopia that did not involve Rotary grants.  I managed three district grants for my club’s Community Service Committee.  I am a member of the Paul Harris Society and have been active in many of my club’s fundraisers.  
 
Joe McCarthy:
 
My Global Grant project is in collaboration with the Rams Without Borders club of CSU, along with some other water experts. The project is to provide household water to over 700 people in two communities in El Salvador. I started working on a Global Grant in September of 2020, before I even considered myself a member of the International Service Committee. I became a Rotarian” during the process of connecting with clubs to collect pledges, when I realized just what “YIRS” means. I raised $135,895 for the project, including $2000 from the Estes Valley Sunrise club (thank you very much!)
 
I joined Rotary after one of those life-changing events. In my case, it was cardiac arrest. I visited 3 of the Fort Collins clubs and 2 satellite clubs before deciding to join the Breakfast Rotary Club. I was inducted in June of 2020, right at the start of Covid. I am a Paul Harris Society member, am chairman of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness) committee, member of the International Service committee, and President Elect Nominee.
 
My interest in global grants started with my first inauspicious trip outside of the US was a wrestling tournament just across the border into Canada when I was 14. Since then, I studied for a quarter in Tours, France, and worked for a summer during college in Paris. After getting married in Greeley, where I worked for HP, we then lived outside the US for almost 20 years (10 in France, 1+ in Singapore, 4 in Egypt, and 4 in Dubai – all with HP. I’m a recovering engineer, a recovering introvert, and a member of Toastmasters.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
Current Problems with Healthcare
 
Robert Luisana
 
Robert Luisana's presentation on Thursday, May 2nd, is a quick discussion of the current problems with Healthcare...cost, snowballing prescription drug cost, inefficiencies in the system and the problem of people being uninsured. He also covers the proposed options for change in the health field.
 
Rob Luisana graduated from East Carolina University, in 1973, where he was Student Body President. He is a former Guilford County teacher and basketball coach, as well as serving as President of the North Carolina Association Educators for Guilford County Schools, 1981- 83. He has worked as a health insurance broker and consultant for the past 37 years, working with corporations and individuals on all aspects of healthcare and insurance. Over the past five years, he has been a frequent presenter on healthcare issues, including NPR and Politico. Among his activities, he is captain of the Guilford County, Senior Games Basketball Team….. “Deadmen Dribbling”
 
Rob is married to Karen, an antique dealer and showroom director. They have two grown boys and five grandchildren.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
Estes Valley Watershed Coalition
 
Dawn James
Board Treasurer for EVWC
CEO, Process Interventions, LLC
 
After 30 years in multi-industry leadership roles, delivering over $1B USD in optimization savings and leadership development, Dawn decided to take her executive leadership experience that spanned across 48 countries and begin assisting others to maximize their business and personal growth. Now CEO of Process Interventions LLC, a global consulting business that launched in 2016, Dawn provides business optimization and leadership coaching services to small and mid-size corporations, as well as to individuals who seek organization or coaching in their personal lives.
In 2016 EVWC had asked Process Interventions LLC to assist with optimizing the project management processes of their initial 14 project sites. Being impressed with their vision, mission, and active projects that were helping the community recover from the 2013 flood, Dawn joined the EVWC Board in 2017. She has held EVWC positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer throughout seven years of service and averages 600 volunteer hours annually. While serving her last two-year term, Dawn will continue to support EVWC as Treasurer.

Dawn and her husband Rick started building their home in Estes Park in 2011 and officially made Estes Park their home in 2013. She enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, and giving back to family and community. Dawn has obtained two Six Sigma Black Belt certifications and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Industrial Engineering and Material and Logistic Management from Kettering University, formerly GMI Engineering and Management Institute located in Flint, Michigan. Former employers include Honeywell International, Whirlpool, United Parcel Service, and General Motors.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
 
Through the Power and Magic of Rotary,
We can Change the World
 
Melanie Phelps, fellow Rotarian, Pete Sutton
 
Melanie Phelps and her husband Pete belong to the Pueblo West Rotary.  She, her husband and other members of their club visited four villages in Nicaragua to help install clean water and latrines for approximately 400 people.  She has a presentation about the power of Rotary in changing lives by giving people access to clean water and she wants to share it with our club.
 
El Porvenir is an efficient total system template that has been installed in Nicaragua and includes chlorine.  Three weeks ago we had Jack Barker, President of Innovative Technologies, Inc speak to us about his invention of the SunSpring Hybrid water system, larger than a hot water tank with solar and wind power to run it.  Jenna Saldana, Director of US Operations with El Porvenir said the SunSpring technology seems good and works well in areas with dense housing as people bring their containers to it to be filled.  But in rural areas with dispersed homes, women and children would still be walking and lugging heavy buckets.  El Porvenir delivers to the home.
 
The Pueblo West Rotary is starting a new water project in Comalapa, Nicaragua and would love our club to join them in bringing water to another 482 people.  Their new water project will cost about $100,000.  They can get about $65,000 within their district including District Designated Funds (DDF) and the Rotary Foundation Funds (TRF), so they need to find some out of district partners with their DDF to help them.  That is why they are reaching out to clubs far and wide.
 
Their talk has 3 parts: 1) How they got involved with Rotary and water; 2) their first project with water and second project with water as well as their trip to Nicaragua to tour the finished water project; and 3) a summary of their new WASH Project to bring water to 2 more villages.
 
Pete Sutton is currently President of the Pueblo West Rotary Club.  He has been a member of Rotary since 1988.  Pete has held every office in a Rotary Club.  He has been chair of Community Service and International co chair.   Pete is a multiple Paul Harris fellow.  Pete is a CPA and a Managing Partner of Sutton Dowell CPA LLC.
 
Melanie Phelps is currently District 5470 Global Grant Committee Chair and Pueblo West Rotary Club Treasurer.  She is also Co- chair of  PW Rotary International Committee and  Supervisor of Palmer High School Interact Club.  She has been a science teacher for 31 years.  She currently works with Colorado School of Mines’ Teacher Enhancement Program leading teacher travel classes globally. 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
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As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
Platte River Power Authority Overview
presented by
 
Javier C. Camacho,
Director of public and external affairs,
strategic communications and social marketing
accompanied by
Leigh Gibson, PhD
Senior External Affairs Specialist
 
Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit, community-owned public power generation and transmission utility that provides safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. In 2018, Platte River's board of directors approved the Resource Diversification Policy, which directs Platte River to proactively work toward the goal of achieving a 100% noncarbon energy mix by 2030 while maintaining Platte River’s three pillars of providing reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable electricity and services. Platte River is currently developing its 2024 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), whereby it is modeling different generation portfolios with support from independent advisors and subject matter experts, as well as input from the public to create reliable baseload generation using clean energy resources. This presentation will provide a general overview of Platte River’s history, governance structure, footprint, and generation portfolio; describe the IRP process; and discuss the progress toward and challenges of transitioning to a 100% noncarbon energy mix.
 
Javier C. Camacho was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He joined Platte River Power Authority in July 2022 as the Director of public and external affairs, strategic communications and social marketing. He previously served as the Strategic Communications and Community Relations manager for El Paso Electric, a privately-owned, fully integrated electric utility that serves southern New Mexico and west Texas.  Javier began his career as a high school history teacher in Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY. It was during his tenure in education that he learned the power of information and empowering people with education. So he took a leap and became a freelance journalist writing for publications like The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and El Paso Times and became a social media marketer in the early 2010s. He returned to El Paso where he worked to tell the southwest city’s story of resilience and innovation with organizations like the City of El Paso, El Paso Water, and the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso. 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
How Rooftop Rodeo Developed
 
Rooftop Rodeo coming in July!
 
Mark Purdy, Chairman, to present.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
Journey Of A Water Warrior
 
Jack E. Barker
Founder/Owner of Innovative Water Technologies, Inc. (IWT)
 
 
In 2007 Jack received and e-mail from a little girl in an orphanage in India.  It was just 3 lines: "“DRINK WATER EVERYDAY, BECAUSE I HAVE TO, IT MAKES ME SICK”.
 
After 25 years in the Public Drinking Water business, Jack immediately realized that this e-mail was a turning point in his life.  Jack started R&D on a drinking water system that could be used around the world for the children, Jack incorporated “State of the Art” technology and a lot of common sense.   This resulted in the design of the SunSpring Hybrid, a 100% solar and wind powered drinking water system that utilizes Membrane Ultra-filtration.
 
Among many other awards, the SunSpring Hybrid was awarded the grand prize as the 2022 “Coolest Thing Made in Colorado”!  Since then we have completed over 1000 projects in 38 Countries, this is an average of over a project a week. With many of these being ROTARY projects, I’d like to share some projects we have done with ROTARY around the World.   We are much more than just a product, our systems are designed to meet and exceed the USEPA criteria for our US Public Drinking Water Systems, yet distributed around the World.  Rotary is without a doubt, the best organization I have every worked with. 
 
IWT is always available for questions, comments, partnerships, training, etc…  We will be with you throughout the entire project from site evaluations, installations, training to 24/7/365 customer and technical support.  I have also personally been on over 50 Rotary drinking water projects myself.
 
Jack E. Barker/President
Innovative Water Technologies, Inc.
Rocky Ford, Colorado, USA
Office 719-254-4426 (0700-1530 Mon-Thurs, 0700-1130 Fri)
Cell 719-469-6807 (call or text anytime)
http://Jack@innovativeh2o.com(e-mail anytime)
http://www.innovativeh2o.com  (website)
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
Hearing Loss and Dementia
 
Is there a connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline?
Yes and No.
Take a dive into the most recent science and news with Dr. Workman. 
 
Dr. Cory Workman
 
Dr. Workman "Dr. Cory" comes to Estes Park by way of Idaho. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Idaho State University in his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho in 2006. He received his doctorate in Audiology in 2013 also from Idaho State University. He completed a clinical residency with Colorado West Otolaryngologists Ear, Nose, & Throat physician's clinic in Grand Junction, CO. He spent 3 years in Grand Junction working specializing in hearing loss and balance disorders. He also coordinated the implantable hearing device program while there. Most recently, Dr. Cory has worked in Boise, Idaho with Southwest Idaho ENT as a clinical audiologist. Dr. Cory specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, balance and dizziness disorders, hearing aids, repairs, wax removal, hearing protection, and assistive devices. He brings a personalized, straightforward approach to his patients and enjoys improving the lives of those he serves.
 
Dr. Cory has served on the national Student Academy of Audiology board of directors from 2011 to 2013 and as president of the Colorado Academy of Audiology from 2014 to 2015. He carried board certification from the American Board of Audiology and is very active nationally for the professional of audiology.
 
Dr. Cory and his wife, Melinda, have 2 daughters and share a love of music, the arts, and the great outdoors. They can be found around town looking for the best live music or in the outdoors biking and skiing. They are excited to be a part of the Estes Park community and look forward to many years ahead.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: http:// https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369  
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
Estes Valley Watershed Coalition
 
Dawn James
Board Treasurer for EVWC
CEO, Process Interventions, LLC
 
After 30 years in multi-industry leadership roles, delivering over $1B USD in optimization savings and leadership development, Dawn decided to take her executive leadership experience that spanned across 48 countries and begin assisting others to maximize their business and personal growth. Now CEO of Process Interventions LLC, a global consulting business that launched in 2016, Dawn provides business optimization and leadership coaching services to small and mid-size corporations, as well as to individuals who seek organization or coaching in their personal lives.
In 2016 EVWC had asked Process Interventions LLC to assist with optimizing the project management processes of their initial 14 project sites. Being impressed with their vision, mission, and active projects that were helping the community recover from the 2013 flood, Dawn joined the EVWC Board in 2017. She has held EVWC positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer throughout seven years of service and averages 600 volunteer hours annually. While serving her last two-year term, Dawn will continue to support EVWC as Treasurer.

Dawn and her husband Rick started building their home in Estes Park in 2011 and officially made Estes Park their home in 2013. She enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, and giving back to family and community. Dawn has obtained two Six Sigma Black Belt certifications and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Industrial Engineering and Material and Logistic Management from Kettering University, formerly GMI Engineering and Management Institute located in Flint, Michigan. Former employers include Honeywell International, Whirlpool, United Parcel Service, and General Motors.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
 
 
Alzheimer's & Dementia
 
Angel Hoffman
 
Angel Hoffman has been working in the geriatric field since the early 1990's.  Her experience includes both long-term and acute care with a focus on providing support and education to people living with dementia and their care partners.  She has a Master's of Art degree in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado and Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University.  Her motto for her work comes from the quote of Maya Angelou, " People will forget what you said, people will forget what you do, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
 
Angel will provide a dementia education, where we are with current research, the organization's focus and resources available.
 
Angel Hoffman, MA
Director of Community Engagement
Northern &  Western Colorado
 
Serving Larimer, Jackson, Grand, Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties.
  
HELPLINE:  800.272.3900  available 24/7
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
NO MEETING February 29, 2024
 
 
Next Meeting March 7, 2024
with Angel Hoffman on
Alzheimer's & Dementia Awareness
"Behind the Scenes"
with Doug Frisbie
 
Doug Frisbie
 
Doug Frisbie is President of Estes Park Salud Foundation.  He will present the 32 year history of the Salud Family Health Center here in Estes Park.  He will inform us how Salud is providing medical, dental and behavioral health services to Estes Park.
 
Doug and his family moved to Estes Park in the fall of 1990 with no jobs and two young children. His spouse, Eileen Flaherty was the first medical provider of the Estes Park Clinic which opened 1992.  Concerned about the financial viability of the new clinic, Doug along with a number of like-minded people (mostly women) established a foundation to provide financial support for the new clinic.   Doug has been the president of the Foundation on numerous occasions and serves as its current president.
 
Doug served on the EP School Board for eight years, was manager for Larimer County’s Estes Park Office, and learned how to bake while working at the newly opened Notchtop restaurant.  Doug and Eileen have two daughters who live in NY and Washington DC.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You
This Week's Luncheon Menu
 
 
RSVP needed for Rotary lunch.
 
********ATTENTION:  NEW  RSVP DEADLINE***********
 
RSVP DEADLINE, TUESDAY, February 20ieth, BEFORE 12 NOON.
Chicken/pork kabobs, fried rice, grilled pineapple, sesame broccoli, dessert.
Rotary Lunch Menu for Thursday,  February 22nd:
RSVP to Karol: http://kj.rinehart@aol.com before 12 noon, Tuesday.
 
Frog Creek Partners
 

Brian Deurloo, President and Founder

 

Brian Deurloo was born in South America and raised in rural Wyoming. In 1997, he obtained a mining engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a recipient of the Ultimate & All-Around Miner Award. Shortly after graduating, he backpacked Australia and New Zealand, and then bicycled Europe with his dog. Brian has lived and worked on four continents but seems to always return to Wyoming where he is happily married with one daughter. Brian worked for 17 years in different mines, gas fields, and oil patches around the country in development, engineering, and management roles. Brian’s last role in the fossil fuel industry was the US general manager for an international energy company where he managed projects in Viet Nam, Australia, Brazil, and the United States from Alaska to Louisiana.  Brian is the president and founder of Frog Creek Partners and a member of the Rotary Club of Casper, Wyoming. He enjoys inventing, hiking, reading, skiing, beekeeping, and finding fun adventures with his wife and daughter.

The idea of the Gutter Bin® stormwater filtration system came to him in a dream in early 2016. He started Frog Creek Partners shortly thereafter as a business to create innovative solutions to complex environmental problems. Within the first few years Brian won an innovation award, raised capital to fund the company, filed several patents and expanded the company. He continues to grow the company and product line while surrounding himself with valuable team members with a like-minded focus of cleaning the world’s water one storm drain at a time.
 
Frog Creek Partners is an environmental technology company that specializes in stormwater filtration and pollution measurement services. The patent pending Gutter Bin® stormwater filtration system and Mundus Bag® water filter are Frog Creek’s flagship products. It is the most easily maintained and functional stormwater filtration system on the market. Because clean water is a good thing™ Brian will get the audience’s mind into the gutter by speaking about what stormwater pollution is and how it can be solved. Stormwater pollution is a leading cause of water pollution in the world. Brian invented the Gutter Bin® stormwater filtration system to remove pollution from water thereby protecting and restoring rivers and oceans.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking
 
Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain Inc.
 
 
Presented by
 Jennifer Tow  |  Program Manager of Northern Colorado
 
My name is Jennifer Tow.  I live in Berthoud.  I have lived there for the past 23 years with my husband and daughters. I have 4 girls, 2 in college and 2 in high school, and just as may pets.   I am originally from Illinois. I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in History and Secondary Education.   I previously worked in Thompson School District and St. Vrain School District.  Two years ago I took a job with Junior Achievement and have loved every minute of it.
 
My topic is the Junior Achievement which is a world wide nonprofit that teaches kids about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness.
The Rotary Foundation 101
 
Ray Leaycraft
Past President of The Rotary Club of Estes Park
 
Ray and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 53 years. They moved from Texas to Estes Park in 1995 and lived in Estes Park for 27 years. In 2022 they moved to Highlands Ranch to be closer to their family. They have one daughter, Sandy, who is married to Rob Hunt. Sandy and Rob have 2 sons, Austin and Toby. Ray and Cindy say their grandsons are the real reason they moved to Highlands Ranch! Sandy and Rob are co-owners of The Links Golf Course in Highlands Ranch.
 
Ray was a police officer for 28 years, serving 22 years on the Garland, Texas Police Department. After moving to Estes Park in 1995 Ray served on the Estes Park Police Department for 6 years. Ray retired from police work in 2004 and then worked as a property/casualty insurance agent in Estes Park for 10 years.
 
Ray has been a Rotarian for 28 years, joining the Rotary Club of Estes Park in 1996. He served on numerous committees, was club secretary and served as club president in 2008-2009. Ray also served in several capacities for District 5440:  Assistant Governor, District Protection Officer, District Governor selection committee, Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator and as the District 5440 Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Chair. Ray transferred his membership to the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club in 2011 and was a member of that club until moving to Highlands Ranch in 2022.
 
Ray and Cindy are strong believers in The Rotary Foundation, both are Bequest Society members. With support from Cindy, Ray reached Major Donor status regarding contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Ray is extremely happy that since moving to Highlands Ranch, Cindy has now joined Rotary, both are members of Highlands Ranch Sunrise Rotary Club.
 
"I've always felt that The Rotary Foundation is very confusing and hard to be able to get a full grasp on it's complexities.  This presentation is about the basics and I try not to get into too much detail."
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369  
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
Social/ShelterBox Presentation
 
 
 
Jim Austin presenting Shelterboxes
 
Jim will provide a brief discussion of
  • who is Shelterbox,
  • how does Shelterbox decide where to provide help,
  • are all Shelterbox contents the same,
  • how is ShelterBox funded,
  • what is the Shelterbox annual budget,
  • how is Rotary connected to Shelterbox, and
  • what is the role of Rotary Club of Estes Park?
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only

As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
Skilled Trade at Estes Park High School
 
Erica Davis
Career and Technical Education Instructor
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank you!
Nehemiah Gateway USA
updates us on
Special Needs Children in Albania
plus
The Amaro Tan School Roma Kids 2024 Summer Camp 
 
James Leithart
Video Editor and Social Media Manager

After graduating from Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA) with a degree in Community Development, it was a year living in Hawaii led James to discover his passion of storytelling. Initially through photography, then video, and in more recent years in writing, James has spent the years since college honing his skill and developing his craft.  Realizing the power that impactful stories have to move and motivate people, James traveled around the world for a number of years, learning and experiencing new cultures. He spent this time growing his personal brand and social media following through Instagram and YouTube, using his platforms to tell stories of the overlooked, undervalued, or under appreciated. It was this that led him to Albania.  Originally from the United States, James moved to Albania in 2018 to work as a Video Editor and Social Media Manager, with his role expanding into the areas of campaign strategy, public relations, copywriting and more, taking on different roles through the entire NG organization.

Come hear the latest information on the projects our Rotary and District 5440 have supported via grants to Amaro Tan, a school for at-risk children living in extreme poverty.

Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
As a courtesy to our members, please silence your cell phones during the meeting.
Thank You!
 
Estes Park Health's Plans for
Home Health,  Hospice and Home Care
presented by
David Batey and Vern Carda
 
         
David Batey                        Vern Carda
 
David Batey, Estes Park Health (EPH) Board Chair, and Vern Carda, EPH CEO, will briefly present on and then answer questions about EPH’s Plans for Non-Medical Home Care, Hospice, and Home Health Care.  They will also talk about five recommendations from the EPH Medical Staff you should consider taking well before you need long-duration or end-of-life medical care.  They will provide contact information at EPH for any follow-up questions you may have on long-duration and end-of-life care as well as resources available through Larimer County’s Office on Aging. 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
No Meetings December 21st or 28th
No Spoke December 28th
 
See you in 2024!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah
 
 
Join Our Holiday Dinner and Special Performance
by
 
The Mountain Echo Choir
led by Paul Maley and Amelia Bryant
 
Ballet Renaissance
Led by Brianna Furnish
 
Singing by Our Club Member
Ruby Body
 
Paul Maley is currently in his 14th year of teaching Elementary Music and 3rd as the Estes Park Elementary Music Teacher.  Maley is also the Chair Elect for the Colorado Music Educators Association General Music Council and presents professional development to schools districts, colleges, and other professional music organizations around Colorado.  He is an active performer around the state, composer, published writer, and music lover.   Paul’s wife Jen is the Librarian at Estes Park Elementary School where their 3 children attend.  For more info on Paul and his musical journeys, check out www.paulmaley.com.
 
   Paul Maley
EP Elementary Music Teacher
 
Amelia Bryant is a senior at Estes Park High School (EPSH).  She has been co-directing the Mountain Echo Choir for 2 years and works regularly in Maley's classroom with all ages of students.  She is active in musical theater, most recently playing the leading role in EPHS's production of Chicago, Grandma in The Adams Family, along with many others.  Bryant is a talented singer, guitar player, piano player, and all around musician.  Amelia is planning on attending Oregon State in the Fall in the pre-med program.

The Mountain Echo Choir is a musical ensemble that features 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.   The choir performs music  of all ages and genres  that focuses on messages of positivity, peace, and love.   This performance will feature Ballet Renaissance, a non-profit ballet company here in Estes Park led by Brianna Furnish.  The choir will also be joined by EPSD Superintendent, Ruby Bode, for a holiday number! 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369  
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
(See article below if you are experiencing problems getting on Zoom.)
This Week's Luncheon Menu
 
 
RSVP needed for Rotary lunch or beverage and dessert.
 
RSVP DEADLINE, TUESDAY, December 12th,  BEFORE 5 PM.
 
Rotary Lunch Menu for Thursday,  Dec. 14th:
 
RSVP to Karol:  kj.rinehart@aol.com
 
Pork chops,  Brussel Sprouts with bacon and chestnuts, twice baked potatoes, corn pudding, 
Christmas salad, Cheesecake minis for dessert.
RSVP to Karol:  kj.rinehart@aol.com
 
Restoration Camp Colorado
Valor Vacations
 
Kathryn Severns Avery
 

Across our nation first responder agencies are stretched dangerously thin. The difficult, demanding, and dangerous work they do is causing burnout at a record pace.

When my husband, Chris, was killed in 2020 by robbery suspects fleeing from Lakewood, Colorado police, I knew nothing about this world. My interactions consisted of a few well-deserved speeding tickets. But the kindness and compassion I experienced after Chris’ death and what I learned by creating an ongoing relationship with those who serve, protect, and care for us in our worst moments inspired me to act.

In 2021, I founded Restoration Ranch Colorado a 501(c)(3). In 2022, I used my own funds to purchase and renovate a 40-acre ranch where dispatchers, fire/EMS, law enforcement, emergency department personnel, victims’ advocates, members of the Judiciary, and their families can come for a day visit or an overnight stay. We are not a mental health facility, nor do we provide mental health counseling.  Rather, we’ve created a serene setting which provides a place for reflection, relaxation, and recreation and a place to care for those who care for us.

I made a commitment to “educate, advocate, and agitate” on behalf of first responders.  As a civilian, I have fewer constraints on what I can do and say to bring attention to multitude of health and wellness issues first responders face – issues of which most members of the public are blissfully unaware. That is, until tragedy strikes. The heart-wrenching statistics, including more first responders died by suicide in 2022 than died in the line of duty, are simply unacceptable. We can and must do better.

Our pioneering efforts include the Ranch, our Valor Vacations® program which provides time at donated vacation properties to our stakeholders and their families, and camps for teenage children of first responders. Our Colorado Puts First Responders FirstTM initiatives use health and wellness as a recruiting and retention platform. We are working to create regional childcare facilities for first responders, a healthy grab and go meals program, an “American Ninja Warriors” style gym to provide unique workout opportunities to enhance on-the-job performance, and first responder housing support though our 501(c)(3).   

There are still some first responders who are suspicious and skeptical of our motives. We have no political or religious affiliation. We aim only to serve and support those in what we refer to as “the traumatic event lifecycle.” Over the last two years, I’ve put $1.25 million of my own money into this endeavor and have followed through on every commitment I’ve made to create a place of respite for first responders and their families.

Why am I doing this? I was not able to be with my husband when he died at the crash scene. But those I call “my first responder angels” were with him as he took his last breath. That is why I created the Restoration Ranch Colorado – to give back to those who selflessly serve the public in circumstances that can be unimaginable.

 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
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Mark Lee
 
 
NO Meeting This Thursday
or
Next Thursday, November 30
No Spoke the week of November 30
 
BUT
 
Come to the Estes Park Memorial Observatory
1:00 PM
November 30
For Make-Up Presentation by
Mike Connolly
 
Special Thanksgiving Luncheon
 
 
It's Late!  Past time to sign up
but Karol will give you a reprieve
 
If you let her know ASAP that you want to come.
 
Thursday, November 16th will be our Thanksgiving luncheon at Rotary.
Turkey,
sweet potatoes
green bean casserole
 stuffing
rolls
dessert

Please RSVP to Karol NOW!

RSVP to Karol:  kj.rinehart@aol.com
The Wonder of Shelter Boxes!
 
 
Presented by
 
Past District Governor Lee Varra-Nelson
 
ShelterBox began in 2000 as a Cornwall, England Rotary Club's millennium project. With the support of Rotary members and clubs around the world, ShelterBox grew to become an internationally recognized, independent disaster relief organization. Lee Varra-Nelson will teach us the benefits of ShelterBoxes.
 
Lee joined Rotary as a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast in 2003. She recently served as our District Governor 2022-2023. Lee is a Paul Harris Fellow since 2008, a Paul Harris Society Member since 2011, a member of the Bequest Society, a Level 1 Major Donor and a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation. Lee’s career with Hewlett-Packard spanned over 35 years and crossed many business functional areas. Lee left Hewlett-Packard to work as a Senior Technical Project Manager for Intrado, a company that supports and enhances the national 911 emergency system. She has also donated her project management expertise to Rotary for major projects and conferences. Lee and Catherine and their black Lab Molly live in Fort Collins.  They have four adult children and eight grandchildren. They all enjoy spending time kayaking at the lake, hiking in the mountains and movie nights.
 
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Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!
 
 
RSVP needed for weekly Rotary lunch or beverage and dessert.
  • RSVP deadline, Tuesday, November 7, BEFORE 5 PM
  • Rotary Lunch Menu for November 9th:
    • Lemon  Chicken,
    • Mixed Veggies,
    • Baked Potatoes,
    • Rolls,
    • Dessert
  • RSVP to Karol: kj.rinehart@aol.com
  •  
 
Thursday, November 16th will be our Thanksgiving luncheon at Rotary.
Turkey,
sweet potatoes
green bean casserole
 stuffing
rolls
dessert

Please RSVP to Karol by Friday, November 10th, before 5 PM for
the Thanksgiving meal.


RSVP to Karol:  kj.rinehart@aol.com
 
Veteran Terry Rizzuti
 
Terry P. Rizzuti was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1946. He spent much of his early youth in Rome, New York, and surrounding towns before moving back to Oklahoma in 1965. He joined the Marine Corps in 1966 and served a tour in the northern I-Corps area of South Vietnam as a “grunt” from October 1966 to November 1967 assigned to the 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division, occasionally attached to the 1st or 3rd Divisions. He was awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds received on May 2, 1967.
 
Rizzuti graduated with an English Literature degree from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 1977, and then completed two years of graduate-level literature studies. He worked in various OU positions between 1980 and 1996, and helped found OU’s Vietnam Memorial Scholarship Association. He is currently a member of Flinch Forward and The 26th Marines Association, as well as a life member of The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Disabled American Veterans, and The Khe Sanh Veterans Association.
 
Rizzuti proudly served two one-year terms (2016 – 2018) as Commander of American Legion Post 119 in Estes Park, Colorado, and is currently its Service Officer. He was selected for Estes Park’s Katie Speer Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2017.
 
Currently, Rizzuti is a writer (author mostly) living in Estes Park, Colorado. He has been published in several print and on-line journals, most notably Connecticut Review and War, Literature and the Arts. Rizzuti is best known for his novel The Second Tour, and can be contacted through his website FoodForThoughtFiction.com.
 
Terry will first acknowledge his mother’s birthday because November 9th was her birthday. Then he plans to shift to the subject of Veterans Day, including a little bit of its history. He will recognize any veterans in the room, as well as their families, and also the Noon Rotary members. He will say a few words about The American Legion, specifically our Post 119 and  then talk a little bit about suicide prevention.  Veterans are one of our nation’s potentially unifying forces during these troubling times, and they have made sacrifices that our society should appreciate and thank them for.  He plans to close with a short discussion of what he thinks about on Veterans Day, including remarks about a  few of his personal experiences during and post my time in Vietnam.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
 
 
Estes Park Housing Authority Update
 
Scott Moulton
Executive Director of Estes Park Housing Authority
 
Scott Moulton had served as the Authority’s Housing Supervisor since 2018, providing leadership for diverse community volunteer organizations and continually demonstrating his passion for supporting housing issues.  He was selected for the Executive Director position May 11, 2022.  Previously Mr. Moulton had held management and accounting positions for 15 years in the private sector with Deloitte and Touche, Sage Hospitality, Stonebridge Companies, and MGM Resorts International in the Las Vegas and Denver hospitality markets.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Social/Table Talk Program
 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
State of Our Schools
 
Ruby Bode
Superintendent of Estes Park School District
 
Ruby Bode's first successful teaching experience was when she tutored teenage girls to pass the GED at a homeless shelter in Des Moines, Iowa when she was 20 years old. That is when her aspirations to be a teacher began and she pursued secondary education. She has had a passion for learning and has continued to grow as a leader in education ever since. Ruby taught science in the classroom for 10 years before she was called upon to lead the middle school as principal. Ruby has been an administrator for the last 10 years. Ruby joined Estes Park School District in 2005 and has served in the capacity of teacher, coach, principal, director, and assistant superintendent. Most recently, Ruby was named the Superintendent of Estes Park Schools on July 1, 2022.
 
Ruby is currently a doctoral student at Colorado State University. She holds a Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Northern Colorado. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Secondary Education, Iowa State University.
Her vision and passion for the success of every student makes her leadership a bright, new and exciting future for our students, teachers, district staff, parents and community.  Ruby would like to share the school district's strategic plan, direction and goals for the next 5 years.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
"Behavioral Health in Larimer County: An Overview"
 
Michael Allen
Chief Executive Officer
SummitStone Health Partners
 
Michael Allen has over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as both a clinician and an administrator.  For the past 7 years, Michael has served as Chief Executive Officer for SummitStone Health Partners, the largest provider of mental health and addiction services in Larimer County, serving nearly 10,000 clients annually in offices located throughout Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park. Michael holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS).
 
For Mr. Allen’s presentation “Behavioral Health in Larimer County: An Overview,” he plans to first focus on why mental health and addiction issues are important
  • offer some brief explanations and definitions.
  • cover recent mental health and addiction trends in our community, illustrating the need for services but also highlighting some positive trends.
  • talk about resources for getting help, how Rotary members can get involved
  • future plans and strategies for mental health and addiction care in our area.
  • Have time for Q&A.
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
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Assistant District Governor Visits
 
Karen Knutson Morgan
District Governor Nominee for 2025-2026
Rotary District 5440
 
Karen initially joined Rotary in 1990 as a member of the Fort Collins Rotary Club in Colorado.  While in that club, she served as chair of several committees, including International Youth Exchange and Scholarships.  She resigned after several years to commute daily to Denver for work. She rejoined Rotary in 2014 as a member of the Fort Collins Foothills Club (CO) and has served in the roles of Board member, Club Secretary, Club President (2020-2021), as well as serving on the Fort Collins Peach Festival Committee.  Serving as President during the Covid “lock-down” was a true privilege.

She served as Assistant Governor for the Fort Collins clubs in District 5440 for a year before being nominated by her club and selected to serve as District Governor in 2025-2026. She is proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow and Sustaining Member.  Karen served as a senior executive in the credit union and health care industries with 45+ years’ experience in marketing and communications, people development, strategic planning, and operations. Today, she consults part-time with non-profits and organizations in communications, fundraising and issues management.
Karen currently serves on the boards for SummitStone Health Partners (the community behavioral health center for Larimer County, Colorado); the Mental Health Substance Use Alliance of Larimer County; and Western Colorado University’s Mountaineer Football Alumni Association. 
 
Karen holds a B.A. degree from Colorado State University.  Karen is married to Dick Morgan, a retired high school educator and coach in Fort Collins, Colorado.  They have two adult children (no in-laws or “grands” yet).  Dick and Karen are avid sports enthusiasts and enjoy traveling. And you’ll often find Karen swinging a golf club for fun.
 
DGN Karen will make a few remarks on our District structure and the Rotary International Action Plan followed by an interactive dialogue with club members to learn more about our club successes, plans, and challenges. “As your District Leadership team, we want to understand how we can support our clubs in the important and meaningful work you do in your communities. “ 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
 
Award Winning Author Shares His Work
 
Dan Jorgensen
 
Dan Jorgensen – who lives in Milliken, CO – grew up on a South Dakota farm, attended a one-room country school, and earned two degrees from South Dakota State University.  A writer, educator and public relations specialist, he’s won awards in all three fields.  Dan wrote his first novel Killer Blizzard for a creative writing project at Colorado State University.  He’s written hundreds of news, sports and feature stories and 9 books.  His two most recent books, both winners of several awards, are the mystery-thriller Rainbow Rock and the historical novel And The Wind Whispered.
 
Dan has given presentations to Rotary Clubs about his writing and the writing process  Here's a link to his author's page, set up by his publisher: https://www.amazon.com/author/danjorgensenHe also has a blog about writing and authors called "A Writer's Moment."  Here's a link to that if you are interested:  writersmoment.blogspot.com/
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Learn About Crisis Advocates
 
Presentation by Michelle Fanucchi,
Program Director
and
Diana David Brown,
Executive Director
 
Estes Valley Crisis Advocates are professionals and volunteers trained to support victims of crime or trauma. Advocates offer victims information on their rights and compensation, provide person-centered emotional support, and help to find resources through contacting organizations, such as criminal justice or social service agencies, to get help or further information for victims. They can also help ensure safety by creating a  personal safety plan and securing a safe place to stay. Advocates understand what it is like to be a survivor of crime or trauma and provide gentle and caring emotional support.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
The Top 5 Scams Reported to the Better Business Bureau in 2022
 
Jennifer Hahnke
Education and Outreach Manager
Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming
 
Learn about the riskiest scams from the past year from the 2022 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report.  The report uses data submitted by consumers to BBB Scam Tracker to shed light on how scams are being perpetrated, who is being targeted, which scams have the greatest impact and much more.  The BBB Risk Index helps us better understand which scams pose the highest risk by looking at three factors: exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss.  The Risk Report is a critical part of BBB's ongoing work to contribute new, useful data and analysis to further the efforts of all who are engaged in combating marketplace fraud.
 
Jennifer Hahnke is enthusiastic about developing beneficial connections, celebrating marketplace trust & promoting ethical relationships. Almost ten years ago, my varied corporate, creative, and nonprofit career paths converged to allow me to share BBB's mission of trust, ethics, and transparency through meaningful connections made throughout BBB's diverse Northern Colorado and Wyoming region. Through outreach, education, training, and mentor opportunities, I enthusiastically manage and/or support BBB’s mission through various Foundation programs and Marketing & Communication projects and events. At BBB, we believe in the power of trust to grow people, businesses, and communities. It’s the principle we were founded on over 100 years ago and what continues to motivate us today.
 
I invite you to connect with me at: jhahnke@wynco.bbb.org, 970.488.2033.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Red Cross Hands Only CPR
 
 
Cindy Holmes, RN BSN
Red Cross NOCO DHS Lead
Presentation Topic:
Hands Only CPR – This presentation trains people how to perform CPR compressions to help maintain blood flow to the brain.  It has been proven to be effective in helping victims survive.  This is not a certified class and does not include rescue breathing. The use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) will also be covered.
 
Biography:
Cynthia (Cindy) Holmes has worked as a nurse at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Banner Hospice of Northern Colorado.  She retired in 2020 to spend more time with her husband.  During the Cameron Peak fire she decided she missed helping people and decided to become a Red Cross Volunteer.  She is currently the DHS (Disaster Health Services) Lead for Northern Colorado.  Her work includes helping in shelters locally and sometimes other states during disasters.  She trains and mentors other DHS workers.  She also enjoy presenting programs such as Hands Only CPR and Stop The Bleed at preparedness fairs, professional groups, Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, scout groups, and many other venues.  She is also involved with reunification activities, presenting youth preparedness programs, and conducting shelter surveys across the NOCO area.
 
Today Cindy is accompanied by Bill Howell, President Elect for Sunrise Rotary and former Red Cross Volunteer as Community Liaison Lead for Estes Park and the Government Operations Lead for Larimer County.
 
      Bill Howell
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
No Meeting August 31, 2023
No Spoke for that week
 
An Overview of the LazyB Chuckwagon and Show
 
 
Quentin Wedan
Owner
 
Quentin is a 1989 graduate of Estes Park High School, and recipient of the Rotary Scholarship at that time.  He received his BS in Business from the U. of Colorado in Boulder in 1993, and earned his MBA at Regis University in 2000.  He has enjoyed a career in Supply chain and logistics while working for companies like IBM and Arrow Electronics. He is now semi-retired and dedicating his time and effort to his local business, the Lazy B Chuckwagon and Show.
 
While growing up in in Estes Park, Quentin worked at the original Lazy B on Dry Gulch road for ten summers. He used the money he earned to pay his way through college.  His wife Roxanne is a Colorado native who grew up in Longmont.   They have been married 26 years and have one son, Grant.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
Hope Lives
 
    
Elise Carver
Executive Director
 
Kevin Mullin recommended Thursday’s program It will be an overall introduction of Hope Lives, it’s program and services, and how it might be able to support and collaborate with the Estes Valley.
 
Elise reports that she is thrilled to be a part of the staff and mission of Hope Lives! Not only does she have a passion for helping people and giving back, but unfortunately like most, she too, has had various family members and friends affected by breast cancer. Elise brings more than 20 years of managerial, training, and customer service experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she held the position of Volunteer Coordinator in Weld county for Pathways Hospice.
 
According to Elise, “I enjoy companioning with clients and the community providing much needed support, especially during these challenging times when world events can often overshadow everyday needs. Since moving back to Northern Colorado, I have been reminded about what a generous and special place this is and I’m excited to see what our future holds!”
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
The First Seven Months of Being Larimer County Sheriff
 
Sheriff John Feyen
 
John Feyen started his career of service as a paramedic in the Kansas City, MO metropolitan area in 1987. He and his wife moved to Larimer County to continue his service as a paramedic/firefighter.
 
In 2019, John accepted an offer as an Assistant Chief with Fort Collins Police Services and served with the agency until 2022. In that time, he led the Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, and the Information Services Division.
 
John was elected to serve as the Larimer County Sheriff and was sworn in on January 10, 2023.
 
Today’s presentation will be about John’s first 7 months in office, what changes he has made and plans for the future.
 
For more information please see: https://www.larimer.gov/elected-officials/sheriff
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
The Boy From the Farm
 
Virgil H. Holtgrewe
Another of our special group of nonagenarians
sharing his story
 

Virgil H Holtgrewe was born on a farm in Southeast Nebraska on September 22, 1930.  He was raised on the farm and learned how to milk the cows, feed the hogs, gather eggs from the henhouse, feed the cattle, drive the tractor as soon as he could reach the peddles and operated all kinds of farm equipment.  Virgil’s profession was farming but the possibility of being drafted into the Army changed his mind.  He attended Wentworth Military Academy for 1 1/2 years of Junior College and started with the ROTC program.  Three years later, he graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a 2nd Lt. Commission in the Army Crops of Engineers and married Carol in the spring of 1955.  A move to Wheat Ridge, CO in 1969 really changed his life.  He became activate on Rotary District committees, a member of the Denver Ag and Livestock Club, National Western Stock Show, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Methodist Churches in Applewood and Denver. 

 

“You can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy”.  Agriculture is still his passion but many changes have been made for the Boy from the Farm!!!
 
Virgil
Storm Water Funding and Proposed 1% Tax
 
   
Greg Muhonen                       Travis Machelek
Public Work's Director           Town Administrator
 
We are fortunate on Thursday to have two of our town employees, Greg Muhonen, Public Work's Director and Travis Machelek, Town Administrator, here to provide an explanation about storm water funding needs.  This text was taken from the May 26, 2023 Trail Gazette edition written by Jeff Hanrahan.  On May 24, 2023 a joint study session took place between the Town of Estes Park Board and Larimer County Commissioners to discuss funding sources for storm water drainage infrastructure. With flooding being a prominent risk in mountain towns, the town and county are exploring options in order to fund $138 million over 30 years in order to ensure Estes Park and its environs continue to effectively drain storm waters. The three options for funding the project are combinations of grants, sales taxes and a user fee for the infrastructure.  Public Works Director Greg Muhonen brought forth three hypothetical funding plans, each with varying ratios of the three funding options.
 
Greg Muhonen is a Professional Civil Engineer who has used his training and life experience to serve the transportation infrastructure needs of Larimer County residents for over 37 years.  His civil engineering work experience spans private land development, land use entitlement review, traffic engineering, municipal policy, and public works capital project design and construction. Greg's Core Values are Lead by Example, Keep his Word, Build Relationships and Transparency.  "I hold myself and my team accountable to each other, our Town residents, and our Town leaders to implement the goals and priorities that we collaboratively establish.  We learn and share our knowledge and skills freely, understanding that our roles in the organization and community exist to build relationships with, and serve the needs of, our residents.  I believe we are personal stewards of the public trust."
 
Greg was born and raised in Idaho, the eldest of 10, 5 sisters and 4 brothers.  His wife is a veterinarian.  They have been married for over 40 years and he is a Percussionist at Summit Church.
 
Travis Machalek assumed the role of Town Administrator on August 27, 2019 after Frank Lancaster stepped down from the position. The Town Administrator is responsible to the Board of Trustees for carrying out the policies set by the Town Board and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Town and its staff of approximately 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, as well as over 500 volunteers.  Travis was recognized by the Town Board in 2022 for “his steadfast oversight for the safety and welfare of the Estes Park Community, Businesses, Visitors and Town Employees and Volunteers during the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration March 19, 2020 - October 31, 2022, as well as the October 2020 wildfire evacuation of the Town of Estes Park.”
 
Travis holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and has completed the University of Virginia's Senior Executive Institute.  His past experience includes work in the City Manager's Office at Laramie, Wyoming, the County Administrator's Office in Douglas County, Kansas, and the City Manager's Office in Fort Collins, Colorado. Machalek and his wife, Ashley, have been residents of Estes Park since 2015.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Features of Our Town Library
 
Eric White
Adult Services Librarian
 
Be sure to come hear Eric White tell about our library and its many features. Eric is in his second year as Adult Services Librarian at the Estes Valley Library, focusing on books/authors and civic engagement. He has called Estes Park home for almost five years. In his previous life, he worked in the tech industry, in the U.S. and abroad. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, travel, and keeping up with his energetic 20-pound terrier.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
To all who have tried this link and not had success, there was a space between the "/" and "7".  That has been corrected and there should be no further problems.
 
Stanley Home Museum
 
Stanley Home
 
JoAnn Batey
Director
 
JoAnn Batey has served on t he Historic Stanley Home  Foundation Board as President for three years prior to becoming Director.  She was born in St. Alburns, New York.  She and her husband David were married on August 11 and have a son named Brian.  JoAnn has been Vice President and co-owner of Intercontinental Bearing Supply Company since its founding in 1981.  JoAnn has been a resident of Estes Park since 2012 and has served as President of the Newcomers Club, Chair of the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District Seniors Advisory Committee, Vice President of the Meadowdale Hills Property Owners Association and member of the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District Foundation Board.  She was also part of a successful election campaign to raise funds for Estes Park roads, trails and emergency communications, as well as a successful campaign to fund the Estes Valley Community Center.
 
Thursday’s presentation will cover:
  • 8 minute Nick Molle video about Flora and FO Stanley
  • Brief summary of Flora and FO Stanley life themes covered in Historic Stanley Home Museum and Education Center tours
  • Brief summary of the Historic Stanley Home Foundation and the museum's accomplishments to date
  • Brief summary of future plans for the Museum and Education Center
  • Questions and answers
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Come Learn About RYLA
Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
 
Dave Boon
RYLA Past President
 
Dave Boon, his wife June, and a family friend survived a horrific event on January 6, 2007 when a Class IV avalanche came down and crushed their car blasting them off Highway 40 on Berthoud Pass, over the guard rail and down a 40% slope. They rolled over and over until they snapped a tree in half and came to a stop, buried alive and upside down, over 300 feet from where the avalanche first hit them. This life altering experience led Dave to write his book: My Wish: Don’t Get Swept Away As a Teen.  He had one goal as a result of his accident;  to help teens and young adults discover their gifts and their passion in life. He wants each and every one of them to become a healthy, happy, and productive member of our world. He doesn’t want them to get “swept away” and knocked off their highway toward success by peer pressure, drugs, alcohol or negative associations,
 
As a result, Dave became involved with RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  It began in Queensland, Australia in May of 1960 by Rotary districts 260 and 258. The committee created a program to train youth (14-30) in character, leadership, personal development, and good citizenship. RYLA was approved by the RI Board in 1971 as an official program of Rotary.
 
Rocky Mountain RYLA (5450 and 5440) began
After hearing about the success of RYLA from a Texan District Governor in 1984, DG Stan Black asked Virgil Holtgrewe from Lakewood to attend the Dos Rios, NM camp with a few boys (girls were not allowed). In 1985, Virgil asked Rotarians Murph Widdowfield from Lakewood, and Warren Holmes from Greeley, and Kevin Farrell from Casper, to take another 11 boys to experience the camp. They came back all fired up to build the best RYLA ever in Colorado!
 
Dave will be speaking about RYLA, YRYLA (young RYLA) and RYLA Plus (Special Needs Children).   He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees and has been a high school teacher, as well as a community college and university professor.  Don't miss this exciting presentation.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Please call my cell at 970-231-6697 if the meeting is starting and you are unable to get the Zoom link.  I , Annie, will try to help.
 

 
President's Night Was 
A
Wonderful Celebration!
 
No Meeting June 22 or June 29, 2023
No Spoke next week!
 
Enjoy the pictures
 
   
Distinguished Service Award    Rotarian of the Year Award
Mark Lee, presented by               Carl Robicheaux
    Pete Sinnott
 
    
     Living Legacy Award            Special Award Presentation
Virgil Holtgrewe, presented      Gordon Slack, Assistant Governor
           by Jim Austin             presented by Past Assistant Governor
                                              Kathy Groesbeck
 
Virgil said: " Thank you.  It was a surprise and I appreciate the honor.  I enjoy life by giving to others and that satisfies me.  My hope is that someone will benefit from my service."
 
             Special Recognition Award
            For Our Five Nonagenarians
       Virgil Holtgrewe, Harry Livingston
Lee Machin, Wayne Newsom, Jack Overly
presented by President Dennis Gellhaus
 and "Vanna White", aka Annie Slack
 
The plaque was made by Pete Sinnott to honor our members 90 years old or older.   Between the five man, they have started RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, PETS, President Elect Training Session, Duck Race, served as Rotary Presidents, designed programs for preschoolers, school age students and many fund raising projects for scholarships to present to our graduating high school seniors to assist them with the cost of higher education.  Their membership in Rotary is as follows: Virgil Holtgrewe - 64 years, Harry Livingston - 25 years, Lee Machin - 50 years, Wayne Newsom - 43 years, Jack Overly - 44 years. The Dedication reads "Cheers to our Rotarian Nonagenarians in recognition of their dedication to Service Above Self".
A heartfelt Thank You and Congratulations!
 
   
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Left to Right
#1: Stephanie and Pete Sinnott
#2: Carol Whiteneck, Karen & Mark Lee, Mel Rueppel, Pat Newsom, Jack Ford, Wayne Newsom, Chuck Bonza, Dennis' son, Beth Weisberg, Dennis Gellhaus
#3: Mary Mesropian, Scott Robbins, Carol Whiteneck, Joanie Jonell, Jim Whiteneck, Beth Weisberg, Jim Jonell, Kathy Groesbeck, Carl Robicheaux
#4: Kathy Groesbeck, Gregg Jurgens, Karol Rinehart, Suzanne Jurgens
#5: Jim Austin, Bill Solms, Marianne Solms, Jean Austin
#6: Lawrence Trifilletti, Anne Trifilletti, Doug Mann, Vivian Gordon, Ron Gordon, Michelle Mann
#7: Carol Whiteneck, Joanie Jonell, Scott Thompson, Jim Jonell, Karen Thompson, Aaron Gellhaus, Lauren Gellhaus, Robbie Gellhaus (hidden), Dennis Gellhaus
#8: Mary Mesropian, Mark Lee, Scott Robbins, Carl Robicheaux, Chris Davis, Carol Whiteneck, Joanie Jonell, Jim Jonell, Scott Thompson, Aaron Gellhaus, Karen Thompson, Lauren Gellhaus
#9: Dawn Shields, Karol Rinehart, Gary Nelson, Virgil Holtgrewe, Jack Ford, Ben Van der Werf, Madison Casey, Wayne Newsom
#10: Mel Ruppel's head, Valerie Van der Werf, Gray Rueppel, Alex Van der Werf
#11: Phil and Tara Moenning
#12: Audrey TeSelle, Karen Lee, Dale Bonza
 
Come Celebrate President's Night
June 15, 2023
5:30 PM
at
The American Legion
 
No Zoom transmission this week
Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be July 6, 2023
 
 
 
Social Time: 5:30 - 6:00
Dinner:  6:00 - 6:45
Program:  6:45 - 7:30
 
Entrees:
Prime Rib
Salmon
Vegetarian Pasta
 
Salad
Side Dishes
 
Dessert:
Cheesecake
Chocolate Cake
 
Meal: $45
 
Programs and Services of EVICS
Family Resource Center
 
          
Laurie Dale Marshall                     Angelina Kirkpatrick
Executive Director                          Family Advocate
 
Their presentation will provide an overview and update of programs and services of EVICS Family Resource Center, with a specific highlight of the Bilingual Storytime Project, the collaborative program funded by the Rotary Club.

Laurie Dale Marshall has worked in the nonprofit sector for 30 years developing and leading programs to serve others. Laurie is always an advocate, using her superpower of connection to build community and empower through opportunities.  Laurie raised her three children (Lincoln, Emma, and Georgia) in Lawrence, KS before moving to Estes Park in 2013 by way of 14 summers at Cheley Colorado Camps, and is excited for her new role as Lala to granddaughter, Chloe.

Angelina Kirkpatrick and her husband, Jesse and daughter, Reagan moved to Estes Park from California.  Angelina has worked with children and families in various capacities in her career.  Angelina supports families via our Family Development program, connecting families to the services they need to reach goals they set for themselves and to build on existing strengths.  She also helps families navigate accessing childcare and early education, provides developmental assessments, and supports social emotional education across home and educational environments.

 

Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Please call my cell at 970-231-6697 if the meeting is starting and you are unable to get the Zoom link.  I , Annie, will try to help.
 
 
Remembering All Who Gave Their Lives
For Us This Memorial Day
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Please call my cell at 970-231-6697 if the meeting is starting and you are unable to get the Zoom link. 
I , Annie, will try to help.
 
DARE TO DREAM
A Video On
How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication
 
Committee Meeting Day
 
Come join the fun!
 
Membership Committee Meeting
International Service Committee - possible - will send separate notice when confirmed
No other meetings scheduled
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Please call my cell at 970-231-6697 if the meeting is starting and you are unable to get the Zoom link.  I will try to help.
 
 
Jack Overly's Rotary Life
 
Jack Overly
 
If you don’t know Jack, you don’t know much about our Rotary club here in Estes Park.  Jack lived here for many years with his dear wife, Mary.  Then Covid hit and he ended up down in the valley at the Good Samaritan Village.  Jack watches most of our meetings via Zoom.  I bet half of you have no idea about this man.  I have had the privilege of knowing him for many years as a result of knowing his wonderful wife.  So don’t miss Thursday’s presentation.  It will tell you who that face is on Zoom and all that Jack has contributed to our Rotary.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Please call my cell at 970-231-6697 if the meeting is starting and you are unable to get the Zoom link.  I will try to help.
 
Ukraine Solar Panel Project
Andy Lenec
 
He will be on Zoom
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Please call my cell at 970-231-6697 if the meeting is starting and you are unable to get the Zoom link.  I will try to help.
Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS)
Larimer County Search and Rescue
 
Jeff Liddle & K9 Kismet
 
Jeff Liddle is a volunteer K9 handler for Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS) and Larimer County Search and Rescue.  Jeff and K9 Kismet are certified through SARDUS as a live find trailing team, as a land cadaver search team, and as a water search team.  They were recently featured on “Out Alive,” Backpacker Magazine’s podcast series (https://www.backpacker.com/survival/out-alive-podcast/).  When they are not on SAR missions, you might see Kismet and Jeff training in the Estes Valley where they live.
 
Attendees can expect a brief overview of the different types of search dogs, working dog characteristics, canine olfactory system overview, and the various aspects of SAR K9 missions.  K9 Kismet will be in attendance and will do a quick demo as well.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Please call my cell at 970-231-6697 if the meeting is starting and you are unable to get the Zoom link.  I will try to help.
 
 
Come One, Come All
 
Committee Meeting Day!
 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
You Don't Want to Miss Mel Rueppel's Presentation on
 
South Atlantic and Antarctic Oceans
 
Mel Rueppel in Antarctica
 
Mel Rueppel will share with you some of his four-week long 2022 journey to the South Atlantic and Antarctic Oceans. It is an opportunity to experience a long ocean voyage without getting seasick! In his presentation you will visit the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. You will see a wonderland of ice, water, and land that is filled with seals, penguins, whales, and birds. You will see some of the impacts of mankind and the remnants of the age of industrial whaling and seal hunting. He will give you a view of boating in the time of Covid. You will be able to “walk” in the footsteps of Shackleton, Crean, and Worsley as they crossed South Georgia in order to rescue their fellow marooned explorers.
 
Mel is a retired researcher, manager, director, and consultant in agrichemicals, pharmaceuticals, product development, and patents. He is an avid traveler, hiker, backpacker, reader, gardener, and woodworker. He has served on the boards of the Salud Foundation, the Library Foundation, and his homeowners association. He and his wife Gray have now lived in Estes Park for more than 19 years.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Estes Park Health Ballot Initiative Conversation
 
        
David Batey                                           Vern Carda
Estes Park Health Board Chair               Estes Park CEO
 
David Batey has been Estes Park Health (EPH) Board Chair since 2018 and an EPH Board member since 2017. Before moving to Estes Park in 2012, he was Epidemiologist/Advisor in ExxonMobil's Global Medical Department.
 
Vern Carda has been CEO of Estes Park Health (EPH) since March of 2020. Before coming to Estes Park, Vern was Vice President, Regional Operations for the Billings Clinic Organization in Billings, Montana.  In this role, he devised and implemented regional health care strategy for much of Montana, Northern Wyoming, and Western Dakotas and had operational responsibility for 11 Critical Access Hospitals (like Estes Park Health), 4 regional branch clinics and other regional partnerships.
 
Their Presentation will include:
  • A brief description of, for State and Political Subdivisions like Estes Park Health, election-related communications that are in compliance with Colorado’s Fair Campaign Practices Act.
  • A brief description of the Estes Park Health May 2, 2023 Election Ballot including Ballot Issue 8A.
  • Referencing Estes Park Health Resolutions 2023-01 and 2023-02
    • A brief description of the reasons Estes Park Health has submitted Ballot Issue 8A to the Park Hospital District voters.
    • A brief description of the reasons Estes Park Health is pursuing an affiliation with a larger health care system, including possible advantages and disadvantages of such an affiliation.  
  • Questions, answers, and discussion      
Organizations like Estes Park Health (in the category of State or Political Subdivisions in Colorado's Fair Campaign Practices Act) are prohibited  from campaigning when they have ballot issues like 8A or candidates running for office.
 
As described in the Fair Campaign Practices Act, Estes Park Health is permitted to provide factual information, tested by including both arguments for and against the proposal, can pass a resolution advocating for an issue (EPH did this), and can describe resolutions passed that are relevant to the issue.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
District Governor Coming!
 
Lee Varra-Nelson
 
Lee Varra-Nelson will present information on the Rotary District Conference preparations for June 8 - 10, 2023 right  here in Estes Park.  She and others have been working hard to assemble an unforgettable conference with World Cafe, Ice Cream Social, Casino Night, and much more.  Be sure you sign up to attend!
 
Click HERE  https://rotary5440.org/page/rotary-district-5440-conference/  for more information.
 
In Rotary we have the 4-way Test
Of the things we think, say or do:
  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
About 10 years ago a 5th part of that was added by many clubs and members.....Is it FUN?
 
Well this year's conference will definitely be FUN.  On Friday night following the barbeque dinner DG Lee is hosting Casino Night. You will have the opportunity to play blackjack & craps using "monopoly money" (not real gambling).  You won't want to miss this fun night at District Conference.  Register today for the best rates!!
No Noon Meeting This Week
 
BUT
 
We Have a Social Planned
Thursday, March 30, 2023
 
Supper at the American Legion at 5 PM
Meet Afterwards at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory at 6:30 PM
 
              
American Legion           Estes Park Memorial Observatory
 
$10 Coupons Off Your Meal Available IF You Let Me Know You Are Coming
I Have to Know Ahead of Time How Much to Pay Mary
Email Me at anneslack@aol.com If Interested
Come for Lunch at the Legion
And Then
On to Quality Inn to Sort Ducks
 
Rotarians hard at work sorting ducks 2022
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 7985707369
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Backbone Adventure Rentals
 
Andy and Missy Hitch
 
Andy Hitch (53) is a native of Estes Park. As a young man he worked in many restaurants, construction jobs, and was a wrangler at a guest ranch. At 21, he and his wife Michelle started a music store in Loveland and ran it for 18 years. The economic collapse in 2008 hit their business hard and they were forced to close. With what little they had left; they started an ATV rental business in Estes Park in 2009. Truth be told, it was a blessing in disguise. Andy grew up 4 wheeling and riding ATV’s. It had always been his true passion; he just never saw a possibility for making a living at it. Since 2009, Backbone Adventures has grown considerably. In 2022, Bonnie Nutt (a long-time employee), accepted the General Manager position. Their goals going forward are to build a stronger foundation, get more involved in the community, and grow in a sustainable way. 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Making a Sculpture From Clay and Turning It Into Bronze
 
    
Gary Williams
 
Gary Williams was born and raised in Colorado and attended CSU. He spent 8 years in the Air Force and 20 years with the City of Austin Electric Utility as an engineer and manager. When he retired he moved to Highlands Ranch, CO and lived there for 17 years. Then he moved to Estes Park in 2017 and has happily lived there since then.
 
Gary will be talking about the process of making a sculpture out of clay and then turning it into a bronze sculpture. He will be using a table and may have examples of the various stages of the process.  He plans to discuss the various types of sculptures, how they are made.  He wants to share what brought him to becoming a sculptor and what he gets out of that particular creative process.
 
Gary loves to hike and his main hobbies are sculpting and woodcarving.  He is married to Robin, has one son, Cody; and they are the proud grandparents of Luke (1yr) and Lily (3Yrs).
 
 
 
Argue Less & Love More
 
Paul Sterling
 
Have you ever noticed that the people you love the most are often the most difficult to talk to?  Find out why and more importantly, what can you do about it so you can spend less time arguing and more time loving the people you really care about. Join Paul Sterling to discover the power of his Argue Less, Love More Communication Method. He has successfully taught this method to a wide variety of people, ranging from prison inmates, at-risk students, university professors, counselors, and therapists, to couples from around the world.
 
He will reveal:
  • The 5 'DOES' that make it safe for open, honest & intimate communication
  • The 5 'DON'T' that stop open and honest communication in its tracks and block any chance of intimacy
  • The difference between 'TALKING AT' vs 'SPEAKING WITH' someone
  • What's the listening switch and why is it critical to Understand
  • The 3 things everyone wants from you when they are talking to you
Paul Sterling went from being a commercial fisherman in Alaska to being the best-selling author of a book on relationship communication called Argue Less, Love More.  He's also an international speaker, and his video on intimacy has been seen over 6.6 million times.
His passion is communication and intimacy coaching for couples. Couples from around the world come to him when they still love each other but are having a hard time getting along. He helps them clear up the issues, resolve the conflicts and turn things around so they can remember why they fell in love in the first place.
You can find out more about his courses and 1-on-1 personalized private coaching at www.ArgueLessLoveMore.net
 
Let’s Leave a Legacy of Love,
Paul Sterling
Relationship Coach

 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Committee Meeting Day!
 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
Membership Committee Meeting - please come
Community Services Meeting - please come
Nominating Committee Meeting - no meeting
Fund Development - no meeting
International Services - no meeting
Youth Services - no meeting
Duck Race Committee - no meeting
Golf Tournament - no meeting
Scholarships - no meeting
 
Come for lunch and socialize with your friends.
 
 
 
New Water Reclamation Facility for Upper Thompson Sanitation District
Will Ensure Service for Estes Valley for Decades to Come
 
                             
        Chris Bieker                           Suzanne Jurgens
     District Manager                Assistant District Manager
 
                             
                                Matt Allen
                         Operations Manager  
 
Since 1971, the Upper Thompson Sanitation District has provided the Estes Valley with reliable, cost-effective Wastewater Treatment services while protecting the Big Thompson River.  To ensure the next 50 years are even stronger than the first, we are making some important updates to ensure our valley thrives in the years to come.
 
District Manager, Chris Bieker is a 42-year full-time resident of Estes Park and has been employed at Upper Thompson Sanitation District for 34 years. During his long tenure at the District, he has performed every function at the facility with an emphasis on wastewater treatment operations. He has managed catastrophic infrastructure losses and flood recovery, navigated pandemics, and most recently wildfire complications, and still loves rolling his sleeves up and delivering one of Estes Park’s most essential services. He considers his next two years to be his most critical and difficult challenge with the design and construction of a new water reclamation facility and lift stations.
 
Suzanne Jurgens began serving Upper Thompson Sanitation District in 2014 as Financial Officer and was promoted to Assistant District Manager in 2020.
 
Beginning in 2012 Matt Allen served the Upper Thompson Sanitation District in the Collection Department as an Operator, and was subsequently promoted to Foreman, and Superintendent. In 2021 Matt was promoted to Operations Manager overseeing operations of the Wastewater Treatment Facility and Collection Department.
 
Be sure to not miss this informative program.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Nick Molle's Passion
 
Nick Molle'
 
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Nick Molle´ has a passion to share the beautiful places on Earth with the hope that it will inspire in others a desire to protect and preserve them.  His dream is that his writing and filmmaking will help contribute to the conservation of our planet.
 
He has hiked, documented, and filmed Rocky Mountain National Park for over 30 years.  When not exploring, or communing with the critters in the Rocky Mountains, he follows his passion for presenting inspirational destinations worldwide, which have included Costa Rica, Alaska, and Australia.
 
WildSide with Nick Mollé: Australia
 
This is the first 20 minutes of a PBS documentary focusing on Australia’s Northern Territory. Wild is an understatement when describing this place, the critters, and the people. This first half of the film is in its final stages of production with decisions still being made. The Rotary audience will have the first look at this pre-screening edition. Join Nick, co-producer John Goerner, and passionate guide Kat, as Kat steals the show with her environmental acuity and Nick steals the airboat with his comic sense of arrogance.  
 
Now, with WildSide, in collaboration with his close friend and fellow environmental filmmaker, John Goerner, they face the consequences of a changing climate simultaneous with an increased public craving for natural environments. WildSide presents a timely message of belief that the educated visitor will be the salvation of our national parks and protected places.
 
“We who so need our urban creations also long for stepping into a forest to take a breath and stare into a landscape which we had no part in creating.” ~ Nick Molle´ (from The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park)
 
“When we look into the wilderness and see the heart of a scientist beating in this place of wonder and see the soul of an artist breathing the beauty, we can see ourselves, where we fit in.” ~ Nick Molle´ Nature of the Beasts
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Shield Ranch
A Home for Young Rescued Boys
 
Dawn and Ed Shields
 
Dawn and Ed Shields believe that the greatest injustice in the world today is human trafficking. This horrible hidden secret lurks beneath the everyday facade of our society. In cities and small towns, with the influential and with the have nots. This disease is no respecter of persons. It started to be made known to Ed and Dawn, and the more they became educated the more they realized they had to make a difference. The passion to make a difference grew and they received training through ARC, the Association for the Rescue of Children, a non-profit started by a former CIA agent. The fact that children are involved compounds how insidious this modern day travesty really is. It is truly the blight of our lifetime. Many of us are parents and grandparents, so it should be very natural for us to want to help children in need. The key to most endeavors is, to start. Even if one child can be rescued, that is infinitely better than none. Boys in particular are increasingly being trafficked. There are currently no homes in the USA that take boys that have been rescued from trafficking. There are homes for homeless boys but not specifically trafficked boys. Through abuse precious boys are robbed of the protective nature they are born with and morph into predators themselves. The more the curtain has been drawn, the deeper our passion and conviction has grown. Thus the birth of Shield Ranch.
 
Fundraising Ornament
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Committee Meetings
 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Membership Committee Meeting - please come if that is your chosen service project
Nominating Committee Meeting - please come
Fund Development - no meeting
International Services - no meeting
Youth Services - no meeting
Duck Race Committee - just met last Thursday.
Golf Tournament - no meeting
Scholarships - no meeting
 
At least come for lunch and socialize with your friends.
Estes Park High School's Give Next Program
with
Marsha Weaver's Students Presenting
 
Lily-Ann Smith & Anna Roberts-Briggs
 
Lily-Ann Smith is a senior at Estes Park High School. She has been in Youth in Action for two years. She joined because she wanted to help gain awareness of local non profits in the Estes Valley School District. She has a passion for making change in her local community and school. Recently that has been through suicide prevention education, and fighting for equal learning opportunities.
 
My name is Anna Roberts-Briggs and I am a senior at Estes Park High School. Aside from Youth In Action, I am president of Key Club, a member of the Student Council, and one of the founders of the Talk! About Social Justice Club. I love getting involved with my community and look forward to pursuing political science at Suffolk University next year.
 
The students will be presenting on their student group, Youth in Action, who held a Bingo Night to raise funds to give back to local non-profit organizations.
 
During December, Estes Park High School’s Youth in Action hosted a Bingo Night at the high school. It made the perfect Friday night for people of all ages, as children, teens, and adults all won great local prizes. BAM, another organization at the high school, handled the concessions. While Youth In Action sold bingo cards and raffle tickets, they sold walking tacos, making them quite a profit of their own. With the proceeds they will  partner with Give Next, a nonprofit that helps students work through grant applications and introduces them to a variety of nonprofits in the area.
 
Our Club will match up to $500 for their Give Next project.
 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
The Rwanda Project
 
Dr. Maria Kidner
 
Maria Kidner is a doctor of nursing (DNP) and a board certified family nurse practitioner who has specialized over 16 years in cardiology and accumulated over 30 years of nursing practice. She has a passion for international adventures having spent six months in Guyana South America working at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital teaching nursing students. She then spent a year in Rwanda, Africa, again teaching nurses and physicians. From those experiences she developed a leadership program called The LEAP Process. She has a Rwandan team conducting LEAP education. Combining her passion for cardiology and Rwanda, she became the director of the first ever cardiac nursing education program bringing together Team Heart Inc. and the University of Rwanda school of nursing. She joined Rotary International in the Lander club fall of 2021. Upon reading the Rotary International magazine, she was curious to see if she could develop a project to decrease rheumatic heart disease and save lives in Rwanda through nursing education. In addition to her passion of international nursing, Dr. Kidner sits on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the International Council of Nursing  Nurse Practitioner research subgroup. She is a peer reviewer for the Rwanda Medical Journal, speaks nationally and internationally,  a 2018 Leadership Wyoming graduate, and remains active in her professional organizations. She is just published her first book entitled, Successful Advanced Practice Nurse Role Transition that is published by Springer. Maria joins us today to talk about rheumatic heart disease and her project in Rwanda.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Welcome to the New Year!
 
 
Dr. Jim Jonell
 
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Jim Jonell, one of our own Rotarians.  Dr. Jim Jonell is a retired clinical psychologist who researched and taught in Sweden for almost nine years.  He has returned many times and always enjoys speaking Swedish.  He will share some slides and tell us about academic life in Sweden as well as giving us a tour of Uppsala University and Stockholm.  At Uppsala he was granted a doctoral fellowship by the university chancellors of Sweden to study the outcome of student changes in personality and values.  His clinic treated over 200 students a week using group therapy.  The clinic was able to do this because it trained psychologists and psychiatrists to do the therapy.  This was the first group therapy clinic in Sweden to use closed circuit tv.  He will briefly share the results of these studies and then give a tour of Uppsala and Stockholm.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
No Meeting December 22nd or 29th.
 
 
Our next meeting will be January 5, 2023!
 
In the meantime, Happy Holidays enjoying your family and friends.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
Holiday Luncheon and Sing-along
 
 
Please feel free to invite friends and family to the Rotary Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 15 at the American Legion. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 12:00. There will be great food followed by a music program. Your RSVP is needed by Tuesday, December 13 at 5:00pm notifying Karol Rinehart of the number that will be attending.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Galapagos Adventure
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
ime:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Lee Kennicke
 
My name is Lee Kennicke.  I am a retired high school teacher and assistant athletic director from the Chicago suburban area, where I worked for 34 years.  I came to Colorado every summer from 1977 until I retired in 2002.  At that time I started living full time in Estes Park and cannot believe I have been here for over 20 years.  I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.  I have always loved the mountains and all the activities that surround mountain life. 
 
One of my passions is photography, primarily landscape and wildlife.  I am by no means a professional photographer but I do enjoy showing others the world through my photography lens. In retirement I have had the opportunity to do a great deal of traveling and my camera is always packed.
Investing With Volatile Markets and a General Economic Outlook
 
    
Katherine E. Stinson, J.D.    Matt Veenker
 
Katherine E. Stinson, J.D.
Financial Advisor, First National Bank of Omaha
 
Kat serves as a Financial Advisor to clients in all aspects of financial planning and investments. She strives to address holistic financial needs of clients by utilizing her legal background and dedication to delivering skillful service.
Credentials
Kat joined First National Bank in May of 2019 after extensive work with Bank of America Private Bank as a Trust Officer in Providence, Rhode Island. She has also worked in risk management and at a boutique trusts and estates firm.
Kat currently holds her Series 7 and Series 66 securities registrations. Kat obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Champlain College and a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and holds an admission to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Passions
In her free time, you can find Kat skiing, paddle boarding and camping with her husband Chris and their chocolate Labrador Retriever named Chip. She also makes time for cooking and entertaining friends and family. Kat has a deep sense of community and enjoys giving back. She is involved in the CU Mentor program for undergraduates and the Boulder Rotary club.
I feel passionate about being entrusted to help clients navigate through a sensitive time, whether it be dealing with a loss, or preserving family wealth and honoring a legacy, I am there to provide support.
 
Matt Veenker
Wealth Manager, First National Bank of Omaha
 
As a Director of Investment Management, Matt helps clients create investment portfolios to secure their dreams and goals. He is dedicated to guiding his clients toward sound financial decisions and lends his experience to help customers build a prosperous future.
Credentials
Matt has dedicated nearly 30 years to clients in the field of investment management. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.
Passions
As a Colorado resident, he is proud to live amongst people who are continually giving back and helping to improve the community for generations to come.
In his own endeavors, he proudly supports organizations that help children grow up happy and healthy. He personally supports his local children’s hospital and various charities dedicated to sending underprivileged kids to college.
The one item on Matt’s bucket list still to be checked off is climbing one of Colorado’s many fourteeners.
Managing money isn’t just stocks and bonds, it’s about goals and dreams and giving back.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Enjoy Family & Friends
 
No Meeting This Week
Thursday is our Thanksgiving Luncheon
Be Sure to Come!
 
 
Veterans' Community Project
 
Our Speaker this week, Mark Solomon, will be talking about the Veterans Community Project.  It  is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country.  It is determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community.
Veterans Community Project is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by a group of combat veterans in Kansas City, Missouri who resolved to stand in the gaps of a broken system that left too many of their brothers and sisters behind. Our staff assists Veterans with navigating the VA and their benefits, identification services, mental and physical health referrals, financial counseling, and employment supports among other services.
 
VCP Village is a planned tiny home community designed to get homeless Veterans off the street and transition them to permanent housing.
 
VCP has a long-term goal of eliminating Veteran homelessness nationwide. Using Kansas City as the blueprint for achieving similar successes in cities across the United States, Veterans Community Project has officially begun its expansion starting with Longmont, Colorado; St. Louis, Missouri; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  
 
If you want to learn more about Veterans Community Project please go to this link:
https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/about
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Partners Mentoring Youth
by
Kathy Whitacre, MS, CRC
Program Coordinator
 
Kathy Whitacre
 
Kathy Whitacre is the Estes Park Program Coordinator for Partners who helps match youth age 7-17 with positive adult role models to enrich lives and build community. Before joining Partners, Kathy worked 20+ years as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Flood Recovery Specialist. After a successful career helping people recover from traumatic injuries and events, Kathy now facilitates building enriching relationships between our youth, adults, and community. You can reach Kathy at 970-577-9348 or kwhitacre@poweredbypartners.org.  
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
 
 
 
Happy Halloween!
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
 
Internet Fraud
or
"How I learned to stop worrying and love the Internet"
 
presented by Jeff Johnston
 
Jeff leads TransUnion’s Global Fraud Partner Team.  Following 11 years as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, Jeff transitioned into the corporate world where he has spent another 11 years directly and indirectly supporting government and identity programs. Prior to his current role, Jeff was a Solutions Consultant providing vital identity and fraud-related technical subject matter expertise to TransUnion’s Public Sector.  Jeff moved to Estes in December, 2021 and enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and snowboarding. He is married and is a temporary resident here while his husband studies in France.
 
We are honored to have Jeff speak to us today.  His parents are Sally and Bruce Johnston of the Sunrise Rotary Club.
 
 
 
 
 
Table Topics & Community Service Committee Meeting
 
 
Dennis will lead us through table topics provided with the purpose of getting to know each other better!
Community Service Committee will also be meeting. There are decisions to be made and a number of updates. 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
District Governor Lee Varra-Nelson
Update on District, National and International Topics of Interest
 
 
Since Lee's visit with us in May to talk about Shelter Boxes, Lee has toured the District extensively. She is excited to give update on all things District, National and International. This is a good time to remember our continuing quest to eliminate polio.
 
 
We are making great progress towards eradicating polio, however recent news reminds us that polio anywhere is a threat everywhere. Polio is being detected around the world in places where it hasn’t been found in decades. In the United States, an unvaccinated man was paralyzed by polio. In the UK, poliovirus has been detected in sewage samples. In Malawi, a child contracted polio. And Mozambique announced its first polio outbreak of wild poliovirus in 30 years.
 
Lee joined the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast club in 2003. She served her club as the Director of Club Administration from 2010 to 2012, President in 2013/14, Rotary Foundation Chair from 2015 to 2019, and is currently serving as Membership Committee Chair. In District 5440 Lee served as Assistant District Governor in 2015, Foundation Annual Fund Chair in 2016 / 2017 and as District Membership Chair from 2018 to 2021.  Lee is a Paul Harris Fellow since 2008, a Paul Harris Society Member since 2011, a member of the Bequest Society, a Level 1 Major Donor and a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation. Lee’s career with Hewlett-Packard spanned over 35 years and crossed many business functional areas. She then worked as a Senior Technical Project Manager for Intrado, a company that supports and enhances the national 911 emergency system. Her favorite work was a special project with NASA’s Director of the International Year of Astronomy. Lee and Catherine and their black Lab Molly live in Fort Collins.  They have four adult children and eight grandchildren. They all enjoy spending time kayaking at the lake, hiking in the mountains and movie nights.
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only
Estes Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
 
Good News!
We can prevent some disasters.
We can be more resilient when disasters occur.
We must understand how to recover.
 
David Wolf, Fire Chief
 
David Wolf has served as the Fire Chief for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District since 2016. He has been active in the fire service for over 20 years, serving agencies in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and Colorado. David chairs the Volunteer & Combination Section for Colorado State Chiefs and is always looking for new ways to support the volunteer fire service. David has a wonderful program for you.  He will be talking about Reachwell Info, NoCo Alert Information and RSG Action Guide...Ready, Set, Go.  You don't want to miss this informative presentation.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only.
Days for Girls
Days For Girls International is an award-winning NGO that works to shatter stigma and limitations associated with menstruation for improved health, education and livelihoods. Since 2008, we have reached 2.5 million women and girls in 144 countries with menstrual health solutions and education, trained 200 enterprise leaders, and mobilized over 1,000 volunteer chapters, teams, and clubs.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only.
 
 
Kate Norton
Days for Girls Volunteer
 
Kate has been volunteering for Days for Girls International for five years in Fort Collins, CO.  She and her DfG co-leader, Liz Ortolano, have recently started their own team that makes Days for Girls kits and donates to DfG businesses in Kenya so they can distribute even more kits!  She discovered DfG during her first trip to Kenya, where she and a group of volunteers work with Kenyans to provide clean water to rural schools.  The goal of the water project is to keep kids in schools.  There, Kate learned that another major factor of girls dropping out of school is not having period products.  This launched her support of the DfG program.  She has a PhD in molecular biology and works in Regulatory Affairs in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  
No Meeting at Noon This Week
 
BUT
 
Come to the Social at the Stanley House Museum!
 
$20/person
 
Meet at the Visitors Center at 4:45 PM for Trolley Ride starting at 5 PM.
 
Rotary Table Talk Topics
 
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only.
 
President Dennis Gellhaus will lead us in and through a series of Table Talk topics.
End of Life Doula Work
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only.
 
Maggie Cotreau
 
Maggie Cotreau is a resident of Estes Park, having moved to the area with her husband Scott about 10 years ago.  Her early professional career included working as a Birth Doula and teaching Parenting Education Classes.  She also has a background as an executive and life coach, having worked with clients around the globe as well as here in Colorado and the United States.
 
Her volunteer work has included victims’ assistance and private hospice companion, leading to her interest in End of Life Doula work.  Maggie received her initial training and certification as an End of Life Doula through INELDA- International End of Life Doula Association. She is now furthering her training and certification to work as an End of Life Doula with parents who have lost a baby before, during or after delivery.
 
End-of Life doulas will work with a dying person, their loved ones, and paid caregivers at any point following a terminal diagnosis, and especially in the last months of life to support them emotionally, spiritually and physically. The end-of-life (EOL) doula will also provide information to help the dying person and others make choices about, or understand the nature of the dying process. Following the death, the EOL doula will help the loved ones reprocess the dying experience through one or more sessions.
 
The Arc of Larimer County
The Arc of Larimer County’s vision is that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are embraced by their community to be included in every aspect of community life as valued, contributing, successful, and equal members of society.
 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
 
Rotary Weekly Luncheon
Place: American Legion
 Time:  Lunch served from 11:30 - 12:00
 Cost:  $20
 Parking:  American Legion and the church only.
 
  David Monroe
 Executive Director
 
David recently joined the Arc of Larimer County as our new Executive Director, continuing a diverse career pathway in public service work that features a long-time commitment to advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. David was raised in Colorado in the Niwot area and attended college at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he received his undergraduate degree in history and a Juris Doctorate in law. His past career experiences include working as an educator, school administrator and grant director in rural Alaska, where he spent a significant amount of time working with Native American students from both the Athabaskan and Inupiat cultures. He also wrote and administered grants for the University of Alaska that provided educational services to rural Alaskans, including grants designed to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. David’s career experience also includes serving for seven years as the Executive Director of a nonprofit agency providing support services to individuals with disabilities, and most recently serving as the Legal Services Director for Disability Law Colorado, an agency that provides advocacy and legal services for individuals with disabilities.
 
 
Katie Kilber
Development Director
 
Katie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado and has her Masters of Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University. She has a passion for connecting with individuals and cultivating meaningful collaborative relationships. She is excited to use her strong skillset in fundraising, nonprofit special events, relationship development, and volunteer management to help the Arc of Larimer County achieve development goals while pushing our mission forward. When Katie is not at the Arc she enjoys cooking, baking, skiing and spending quality time with her husband and their rescue dog Reggie.
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