"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:
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***********
Chicken/pork kabobs, fried rice, grilled pineapple, sesame broccoli, dessert.
Rotary Lunch Menu for Thursday,  February 22nd:
RSVP to Karol: before 12 noon, Tuesday.
Meeting Notes for February 15, 2024
President-Elect Annie Slack rang the bell at 12:00 PM.
Ruby Bode gave the Invocation.
Annie led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Madison Casey played the song “God Bless America.”
Guests of Rotarians: 
  • Karol Rinehart introduced Steve Rishel and his wife, Marlene.  Steve took the picture that won the Friendship Card contest.
  • Ron Gordon introduced Harry Livingston, an honorary member.
Marlene & Steve Rishel    Harry Livingston & Ron Gordon
  • Mel Rueppel introduced Eric Blackhurst.
  • Annie introduced Emily Johnson, wife of Isaiah Johnson, who is becoming a member today.
  • Annie announced that Gary Nelson’s
    • viewing will be Friday, Feb. 23 at the American Legion from 1 – 3 pm
    • his memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb.24 at 10 am at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church.
  • Annie announced that volunteers are needed for
    • Junior Achievement,
    • Membership,
    • the Spoke.  Please consider helping out.
    • Jack Ford has volunteered to be the President-Elect for next year.
  • Scott Robbins announced
    • the theme for the Duck Race, which is “We Are Family.”  
    • The Duck Race Committee will meet tonight at 5:00 at the Ridgeline, not the library.  
    • The kickoff will be Feb. 29 at the Ridgeline, Salon E and F.  There will be pizza!
Big Duck Scott Robbins
displaying this year's
Duck Race logo
  • Karol Rinehart said that
    • a donation basket is coming around for Gary Nelson.  
    • Donations will go to
      • the Rotary Foundation or
      • the American Legion.
  Karol Rinehart
  • Jim Jonell said that there are three spots open for Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and Young Rotary Youth Leadership Award (YRYLA).
    • RYLA has two spots are for a tenth grader
    • YRYLA has one spot for an eighth grader.
      Jim Jonell
Youth Services Director
  • Jim Whiteneck announced the Foundation meeting today at 1:30 PM at the Quality Inn.
Induction of New Member
Isaiah Johnson and his wife, Emily came to the front of the room for Isaiah’s induction into the club.  Scott Thompson, Isaiah’s Sponsor, was unable to attend as he was on vacation.  Emily presented Isaiah with his New Member packet and Badge along with his Certificate of Membership.  Isaiah then gave a brief introduction of himself to the club members.
Pres. Elect Annie,  Isaish       Isaish's 2 minute intro
Johnson & his wife Emily
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Jack Ford reminded members that Rotary International contributions are important for our club, and $200 per member is the ideal amount for maximizing the amount we receive back when applying for grant money from the Foundation.  Please note that Ray Leaycraft will match a $100 contribution right now.  He then presented a Paul Harris +5 award to Mel Rueppel in recognition of Mel’s contributions to the Rotary International Foundation.
Mel Rueppel receiving
PH+5 award
Jack Ford told a joke about “plethora”.

Happy Money: 
  • Ron Gordon is happy that Isaiah Johnson lowers the average age of the club.
  • Suzy Blackhurst is happy about the 49th anniversary of her first date with Eric.
  • Chuck Bonza is happy for the donation of yarn for Ukraine.
  • Pete Sinnott is happy that Isaiah is a new member.
  • Carl Robicheaux is happy for Jack and Isaiah.
  • Annie is happy that Jim Scritchfield is visiting.
Annie Slack introduced Brian Duerloo of Frog Creek Partners. He presented very interesting  information about his systems to reduce storm water pollution.
Brian Deurloo demonstrating part of his storm
water drain system & receiving a Piece of the
Rock from Pres. Elect Annie
President-Elect Annie let the four-way pledge and rang the bell at 1:00 PM.
Barry Hannigan, scribe
Gary Nelson's Celebration of Life
Gary Nelson 11/30/1962 - 01/27/2024
There will be a visitation on Friday, February 23rd from 1-3pm at the American Legion Post 119, 850 N St. Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO.  His funeral will be at 10 am on Saturday, February 24th at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail, Estes Park, CO.  Arrangements are being handled by Allnutt Funeral Home, Estes Park. His obituary was in this week's Estes Park News, February 16, 2024. 
The Rodeo Committee wants to invite all Rotarians to Gary Nelson's Celebration of Life at Cousin Pat's on February 23 from 6-8pm.
Nominees for Rotary Club Board
Rotary Foundation
Per our Bylaws "the names of the nominees: (1) shall be published in three successive edition of the club newsletter prior to the election; and (2) shall be read by a Nominating Committee member to the membership at three successive regularly scheduled meetings..." 
Nominations for the Rotary Club Board are: Officers: President: Anne Slack, President Elect: Jack Ford, Past President: Karen Thompson, Secretary: Sarah Walsh, Treasurer: Gregg Jurgens with Assistant Treasurer: Longley Parker, Sergeant-At-Arms: Jim Whiteneck, Directorates: Club Administrator: Karol Rinehart, Community Services: Beth Weisberg, Fund Development; Tara and Phil Moenning, Membership: Scott Robbins, Internal Services: Ron Gordon, Youth Services: Jim Jonell.
Nominations for the Rotary Club Foundation are: Club Liaison (Karen Thompson), and the six Trustees include Barry Hannigan, Mark Lee, Madison Casey, Jack Boatman, Jim Whiteneck, and Dennis Gelhaus. The Foundation selects the officers for the year when they first meet. Gregg Jurgens will continue to serve on Finances as a consultant. 
I want to thank Jack Ford and Scott Robbins for stepping forward to accept the President Elect and Membership Directorship positions respectively.  I have been actively seeking members to fill these positions since last July.  I appreciate it and know both gentlemen will do outstanding jobs.  We still need to formally elect them but I don't think anyone will turn them down!
Interact Spring 2024 Schedule
Isaiah Johnson, Niki Gassman, Erin Berryhill, Stacey Winsor,
Dave Boon, Jim Jonell
Anna Weddle is not pictured but she along with members of our noon Rotary Club (Isaiah, Dave, Jim and Anna) as well as Sunrise Rotary (Niki and Stacey) and Erin Barryhill ( 8th grade teacher and sponsor) met Thursday night, February 8, to plan the Spring schedule of meetings of the Interact Club.   Please see schedule below.  4 to 5 adults are needed per meeting which runs from 11:30 AM to 12:05 PM.  The club meets in room 232.  It is a wonderful, exciting time with enthusiastic students and adults.  If you want to have some fun, contact me at and I can forward you to Anna Weddle or Jim Jonell.  If you decide this is something you would enjoy, you do need to have  your driver's license to get into the school.
Rotary District Conference
Steamboat Springs, CO
May 16 - 18, 2024
Click on this http:// where you will find the Conference Program, a detailed list of Conference Information, and a link to the registration page on the District website.
Non-acrylic Yarn for Ukraine
Our Noon Rotary project involving sending modified solar panels to Ukraine, has an additional project for sending yarn. Do you have extra, surplus yarn wool, mohair, alpaca suitable for socks just collecting dust? The yarn goes into making socks and other needs. My point of contact is Andy Lenec in the Broomfield Club and a monthly zoom meeting with Dr. Valeri in Ukraine who distributes the yarn.

It goes to women in Ukraine as projects especially to create socks and hats for front line troops, school kids who may several times a day have to go outside to enter bomb shelters, and schools which turn them into craft projects for kids sometimes just waiting in bomb shelters or during power outages.  Some villages have older women left behind from the evacuations who also receive the yarn giving them a purpose.

A previous box of 40# was sent from another club and the pictures are shown above.
My goal is to collect yarn through the end of February. I’ll be glad to pick it up via a call to me at 970 775 3555. (Also, for any questions you might have) Then I coordinate with Andy and via Sunflower Seeds Ukraine it is shipped to Dr. Valeri for distribution.

Our Rotary Club has been supplying Solar Panels for the phone recharger project and this is just a simple adjunct.
Chuck Bonza
International Services Committee
The Rotary Club of Estes Park
Ray Leaycraft Will Match Your Donation
of $100 to the Rotary International Foundation
Ray Leaycraft
Ray is so passionate about inspiring you to donate to the Rotary Foundation that he will match your donation of $100.  Go to  Select Donate.  Fill out the form.  When you receive that information in your email, forward it to Ray at together with your Rotary ID and your mailing address.  Contact me if you have any questions at
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
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2023 - 24 R.I. Theme
Create Hope in the World
February 22, Duty Roster
Invocation: Scott Robbins
Song & Pledge: Anne Slack/Casey
Guest Intro: Jack Ford
Scribe: Madison Casey
Greeter: Jack Ford
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-up: Lee Lasson
February 29, Duty Roster
Invocation: No Meeting
Song & Pledge: No Meeting
Guest Intro: No Meeting
Scribe: No Meeting
Greeter: No Meeting
Program Intro: No Meeting
Meeting Set-Up: No Meeting
Feb 22, 2024
Salud Foundation
Feb 29, 2024
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Upcoming Events
Duck Race Distribution Night
Feb. 29, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Birthdays, Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill Smith
February 1
Sarah Walsh
February 3
Mike Connolly
February 5
Pete Sumey
February 7
Paula Edwards
February 9
Longley Parker
February 18
Jack Ford
March 12
Dave Evans
March 25
Anne Slack
March 28
Carl Robicheaux
February 14
Gregg Jurgens
February 14
Larry Williams
February 14
Jay Harroff
February 17
Chris Davis
Rita Davis
March 4
Join Date
Sarah Walsh
February 2, 2012
12 years
Barry Hannigan
February 17, 2022
2 years
Dennis Gellhaus
February 22, 2018
6 years
Karol Rinehart
March 5, 2015
9 years
Lee Lasson
March 13, 2003
21 years
Beth Weisberg
March 16, 2020
4 years
Madison Casey
March 16, 2006
18 years
Mark Lee
March 16, 2020
4 years
Dave Evans
March 22, 2007
17 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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