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Special Needs Children in Albania
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: 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***********
Rotary Lunch Menu for Thursday,  January 11th:
Spaghetti with marinara sauce, ,meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert
RSVP to Karol: before 12 noon, Tuesday.
Meeting Notes for January 4, 2024
President Karen Thompson called the meeting to order.  
Karen led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mel Rueppel gave the Invocation.
We sang Auld Lang Syne to kick off the year, accompanied by Madison Casey.
Guests of Rotarians: 
  • Jim Austin introduced Isaiah Johnson of the Bank of Estes Park.
  • We said hi to long time Rotarian Jack Overly on zoom. 
  • Good to see Sandy Lasson, Honorary Rotarian, with us today.
  • Karen said
    • 62 charitable organizations have signed up for the Duck Race. 
    • Our District Conference will be in Steamboat May 16-18.   There is a limit of 275 attendance.
    • Karen reported she took loads of donated goods to the homeless immigrants in Denver
      • spent the $700 we donated for more items. 
      • collected another 2 boxes and is accepting more. 
      • This is what the Community Service Committee is meeting about today.  One camp of our recipients has been housed temporarily.  
  • Beth Weisberg said
    • we need a volunteer, or several, to deliver Friendship cards and pick up money from the vendors like Safeway.  The frequency is from weekly to several weeks.
    • the Community Service Committee will meet after this meeting to discuss and vote on designating January Happy Money to helping homeless immigrants in Denver. 
  • Jim Austin visited
    • Jack Overly and Virgil Holtgrewe at Good Sam in Loveland. 
    • They live on the same floor. 
      • Jack had a scare from a fall and is fine now after a trip to the hospital.  
      • Virgil is being honored with other volunteers by the National Western Stock Show this month.   He has been to 55 stock shows and he was on the board for many years and founded the volunteer program.
      Jim Austin
Transfer Rotarian welcomed back to the club
Paula Edwards rejoined our club after a 20-year absence.  Today she received her blue badge and gave her bio on what she has been doing since she had to leave us for family responsibilities. 
Joke by Scott Thompson.
Happy Money:
  • Many people put in Happy Money for the immigrants help – Ron Gordon, Scott Robbins, Jim Austin, Pete Sinnott, Pete Sumey, Annie Slack. 
  • Karen is happy that Andrea Escorcia Rodriguez has been elected to the Estes Park Health Foundation and presented her with a Certificate. 
  • Larry Williams is happy for the immigrant help and for the 62 organizations that signed up for the Duck Race. 
  • Bill Smith is happy for new grandchild this year which made five of them visiting for Christmas. 
  • Annie Slack is happy to have Paula Edwards back with us.
  • Lee Lasson is happy that daughter Cassie is finally getting married.
  • Joann is happy for our immigrant help and for her husband David’s birthday and for David and Vern presenting today. 
  • Bill Solms is happy for the coincidence of calling and meeting Andrea on the phone and asking her to come to Rotary. 
Annie introduced our program of the Estes Park Health - David Batey Board Chair, and Vern Carda, CEO.   They presented us with resources for non-medical Home Health Care, Home Health Care, and Hospice. 
Vern Carda & David Batey
presenting our program
Special Presentation
Scott Thompson presented Vern with a Sponsor Duck for supporting the 2023 Duck Race so generously.
  Vern Carda, EPH CEO
receiving Sponsor Duck
We closed with the Four Way Test.
Madison Casey, scribe
Estes Park Health's Plans
Home Health, Hospice and Home Care
Included is a link to David Batey's and Vern Carda's presentation last Thursday:http://  If it doesn't work, email me at  I am also adding one slide with lots of information for your convenience.
Volunteer Math Tutors
Middle School Students Needed
Estes Park Middle School is looking for volunteers who can help tutor middle school students in math instruction. Teachers at the middle school are looking for volunteers to collaborate with them in order to assist students within the classroom. Please see http://THIS FLYER for more information.  Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested and able to help.
Ukraine Zoom Meeting
January 8th, 2024  10 AM
When I asked Andy about information on his next Zoom meeting, this is what he sent me:
“The January Zoom call will take place on Jan. 8, same time.  The announcement and link are on the Facebook group page:” However, I could not get that link to come up so I am including prior information from him so you can attend if you want."
Andy Lenec is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: January 8, 2024 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the First Monday
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 817 7736 3178
Passcode: 676470
Also he wants you to know that the next large conversion event will take place on Sat. Jan. 20 at 10:00am at Fairview HS in Boulder.
Community Service Committee Meeting
January 25. 2024
At its meeting on January 4, 2024, the Community Service Committee voted to approve the use of Projects funds for the Denver project that Karen has organized.  However, a decision on the amount of Projects funds, the mechanism for distribution, and the specific uses for those funds, was deferred so that Karen can obtain more information about what is needed.
The Committee will meet again on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at the Legion, immediately following the regular noon Club meeting.  The results will be presented to the Board of Directors at the Board's February meeting.  If you want to vote but cannot attend on January 25, please email Beth at; she will vote your proxy.
Rotary District Conference 2024
Steamboat Springs, CO
We're excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2024 District 5440 Conference to be held May 16 to 18, 2024 in Steamboat Springs. Since attendance will be limited by the number of auditorium seats, we wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to register. Click on thishttp://District Conference Link where you will find the Conference Program, a detailed list of Conference Information, and a link to the registration page on the District website.
The Conference is being held at the Steamboat Springs Colorado Mountain College campus. The Grand Finale will be at the lodge at the top of the Steamboat resort gondola including dinner, music, and dancing.  Other highlights of the program are:
  • Home Hospitality on Thursday evening, followed by Decadent Desserts at the historic Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill.
  • Night on the Town, including $50 vouchers for dinners at restaurants of your choice.
  • Optional Wine and Cheese Tasting on the Rotary Boardwalk by the Yampa River. (ticketed only)
  • Great speakers, including our Rotary International Director Dan Himelspach, and UC Health Director of Workplace Wellness Dr. Justin Ross.
  • The World Café, Exchange Students, Silent Auction items donated by Clubs, and a Live Auction.
Here is a short video about the conference – (less than 3 minutes):
Please register soon to secure your place and I hope to see you in Steamboat Springs.  There is a block of rooms being held at the Holiday Inn for $129 per night and plenty of other accommodations around town at Hotels, Airbnb’s, and VRBO’s.
Steve Sehnert
District Governor 2023-24
If You Need Help Getting on Zoom
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  1. Start the zoom program on your device
  2. From the Zoom program, go to the Home screen and click on the Join button
  3. Enter this meeting ID to join the Rotary Zoom meeting:  798 570 7369
  4. Click on the Join button and you will be admitted into the meeting
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Mark Lee
From The Chaplain
Do you know a Club Member who needs assistance? Maybe a ride to meetings, or just a phone call to keep in touch? Please contact Bill Smith 970-420-1033 or
Find Your Rotary Member Number
Do you know your member number?  I will be inserting two members' numbers in the Spoke somewhere each week.  If you find your number and let me know, I will add a dollar to the Happy Money jar.  Have fun reading the Spoke!
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Anne Slack
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2023 - 24 R.I. Theme
Create Hope in the World
January 11, Duty Roster
Invocation: Ben Van der Werf
Song & Pledge:K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Ruby Bode
Scribe: Barry Hannigan
Greeter: Ruby Bode
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-up: Mark Lee
January 18, Duty Roster
Invocation: TBA
Song & Pledge: K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Scott Robbins
Scribe: TBA
Greeter: Scott Robbins
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-Up: Mike Connolly
Jan 11, 2024
Special Needs Children in Albania/Amaro Tan School Roma kids 2024 summer camp
Jan 18, 2024
Jan 25, 2024
Shelter Boxes
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club Foundation Meeting
Jan. 18, 2024
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Community Service Committee Meeting
Jan. 25, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rotary Club Board Meeting
Feb. 06, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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Birthdays, Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Barry Hannigan
January 11
Bill Smith
February 1
Sarah Walsh
February 3
Mike Connolly
February 5
Pete Sumey
February 7
Paula Edwards
February 9
Longley Parker
February 18
Carl Robicheaux
February 14
Gregg Jurgens
February 14
Larry Williams
February 14
Jay Harroff
February 17
Join Date
Dave Boon
January 3, 2003
21 years
Bill Smith
January 8, 1987
37 years
Wayne Newsom
January 10, 1980
44 years
Pete Sumey
January 14, 2004
20 years
Sarah Walsh
February 2, 2012
12 years
Barry Hannigan
February 17, 2022
2 years
Dennis Gellhaus
February 22, 2018
6 years
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Administration Director
Community Service Director
Fund Development Director
Fund Development Director
International Service Director
Membership Director
Big Duck
Youth Services Director
Foundation Officers/Directors


Jim Whiteneck

Vice President

Barry Hannigan


Tara Moenning


Gregg Jurgens


Jack Boatman


Tara Moenning

Ernie Altick Program

Ben Van der Werf


Madison Casey


Tom Gardner

Ben Van der Werf

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