On February 23, 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s Chicago office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. Harris' desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.
Rotary now has 1.2 million members across the globe in more than 35,000 clubs.
Our club, The Rotary Club of Estes Park, was founded in 1926.
“No one can see the future. No one knows what changes lie ahead. But I have faith in Rotary, and in Rotarians, that with every passing year, you will make our world a better place through Rotary Serving Humanity."
~John F. Germ, 2016-17 President, Rotary International, on the 112th anniversary of the founding of Rotary on February 23, 1905.
David Wolf, Fire Chief for the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, will present our program on Thursday, Jan. 12. As chief, Wolf is responsible for guiding the district toward its mission of providivg the citizens and visitors to the Estes Valley with superior fire prevention, fire protection, and emergency services in a safe and efficient manner.
"We accomplish this with a combination department that includes five full-time staff and 43 volunteers. Our primary response district has grown well beyond the boundary of the Town of Estes Park, and encompassing 66 sq. miles," Wolf explains. "The District also provides mutual aid to neighboring departments in Allenspark, Pinewood Springs, Big Thompson, and Glen Haven, as well as Rocky Mountain National Park. First as the Estes Park Fire Department (1907-2010) and now as the Fire District, the organization’s success is the result of countless dedicated volunteers committed to serving their community."
Wolf's presentation will serve two roles. First, he will give some background and updates on the Fire District’s state and short term future plans. Second, he will discuss the role that citizens play in fire prevention to reduce both their risk and the risk of the community.
"Fire prevention is a key part of our mission, and the most effective way to reduce the risk of incidents and minimize the impact of incidents that do happen," Wolf said. "We will review a few key tips for ensuring your own home is protected, including: understanding fire restrictions, home smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and wildfire defensible space.
Before assuming his role with the EVFPD in June 2016, Wolf spent 15 years as a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas. He earned a B.S. in from Allegheny College, a M.S. from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, all in geology. He worked for an international oil & gas company in Houston for six years as a research scientist and exploration geologist. While a full time graduate student, David also worked as a State Fire Instructor in New York. Once in Houston, he served the 600 member Cy-Fair Fire Department as a station officer, board member, and ultimately managed the department’s fire training program for 350 volunteers.
Please join the Rotary Club of Estes Park in welcoming David Wolf on Jan. 12.
- if you are coming to The Stanley, and
- if you are bringing a guest.
Chase the Music has original music composed and performed for children battling critical illness. The impact of Chase the Music programs begins with the child. The magical gift of a personal commissioned piece of music is like no other. It is unique and created just for that child.
Clark Hodge, Founder and Executive Director of Chase the Music, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, October 27, at their regular noon meeting. In 2011, Hodge conceived the concepts behind Chase the Music. He has delivered a number of pieces of music for critically ill children and he will be sharing some of this music with us.
He has dedicated his life to ensuring that Chase the Music impacts as many people as possible. He encourages everyone to Chase the Music and to never stop smiling.
Married and with two grown boys, he finds pleasure in the outdoors, in music, and in community. He has been an organizer behind multiple Guinness World Records.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century Rotary clubs, around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Rodeway Inn in Estes Park. Please note our new Rotary location. Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend. Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m., the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program begins at 12:30 p.m.
We will clear over $1,600 this time for our scholarship fund.
Sept. 22 program: free enterprise, freedom's imperative by Bill Marshall
- Old bank statements,
- Credit card offers,
- Cancelled checks,
- Old medical records,
- Paycheck stubs, or
- Anything with your personal information.
Our Sept. 15 program: fighting weekend hunger
Terry Leija, teacher and outgoing president of the Estes Park Education Association, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, September 15, at their regular noon meeting. He will discuss efforts by EPEA to combat food insecurity and hunger in Estes Park students. Please note the change in location for Rotary Club meetings.
During the 2015-2016 school year, EPEA started the Estes Pak program, a supplemental food program. EPEA provides meals for students and families who need food on weekends throughout the school year. Leija has served as coordinator of the program.
Leija is a second grade teacher at the Estes Park Elementary School. He has taught in Estes Park for over 20 years.
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Rodeway Inn in Estes Park, located at 1701 North Lake Avenue on Highway 34 just west of Dry Gulch Road. Please note our new Rotary location. Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend. Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m., the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program begins at 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 program to feature Visit Estes Park CEO
D.G. Redder to visit Estes Park Rotary Club
Nearly one in five Americans call rural communities home. These small towns are where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, and work together towards a common goal. These are close knit communities, great places for people to raise kids, start businesses and be close to family. The local hospital is an economic driver for the community as one of the largest employers, but they face issues as well providing updated services and state-of-the art equipment for ever changing healthcare needs, an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, declining reimbursement rates, and disproportional funding levels. Tholen will talk about the role of rural hospitals and what challenges and opportunities are ahead.
Sculptor Robert Bellows to describe Warrior StoryField Project Thursday
Longley Parker honored as Rotarian of the Year
- Club Administration: Karol Rinehart
- Community Service: Roger Thorp
- Fund Development: Kathy Groesbeck
- International Service: Anastacia Galloway
- Membership: Scott Thompson
- Programs: Rick Taylor
- Youth/Vocational: Dmitri Galcovski