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.
This Week's Luncheon Menu
RSVP needed for Rotary lunch.
********ATTENTION:  NEW  RSVP DEADLINE***********
Rotary Lunch Menu for Thursday,  February 8th:
Beef fajitas, mushrooms, onions, peppers, tortillas, corn on the cob, southwest salad, dessert.
RSVP to Karol: before 12 noon, Tuesday.
Meeting Notes for February 1, 2024
President Karen Thompson rang the bell at 12:00 PM.
Barry Hannigan gave the Invocation.
President Thompson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Madison Casey led the song “Sidewalks of New York.”
Guests of Rotarians: 
Scott Thompson introduced Isaiah Johnson, who is going to become a Rotary member.
Annie Slack introduced her husband Gordon and Ray and Cindy Leaycraft.
  • President Karen Thompson said there is no word yet on a memorial for Gary Nelson. It will probably be in mid-February.
  • Karen and Annie Slack discussed the nominating committee.  
    • They will soon present a slate of candidates for the various positions.  
      • They do not yet have a nominee for the President-Elect position,
      • are asking that members consider volunteering
      • The main work of the President-Elect is to get the weekly speakers.
      • Annie said that it is not difficult because many people call asking to be considered.
      • Karen also stressed that the President’s job
        • is not onerous
        • and that the main duty is running the weekly meetings.
Carl Robicheaux told a joke about the Super Bowl.
   Carl Robicheaux
Happy Money: 
  • Karen Thompson mentioned the work of Kathryn Avery, who started Restoration Ranch.  
    • The Ranch is where first responders can recover from the stress of their positions.
    • Kathryn send $25 to honor five Rotarians:  
    • $5 for Dave Scott for his musical contributions,
    • $5 each for Jim Austin, Karen and Scott Thompson, and Gregg Jurgens for their service and help.
  • Ben Van der Werf is happy and sad
    • because he has a new job in Berthoud.
    • So he will be leaving this club
    • But, he will be back for Duck Race
  • Paula Edwards is happy that her grandson will be working at the Master’s Tournament.
  • Bill Solms is happy that Chris Davis’s house is repaired.
  • Jim Austin is happy to see everyone.
  • Scott Thompson is happy
    • that Mark Lee helped with the microphones.
    • to welcome Isaiah
    • for Carl’s joke.
  • Gregg Jurgens is happy to see Ray and Cindy Leaycraft at Rotary.
  • Karol Rinehart is happy to see Karen and Dave Evans, and also Paula Edwards.
  • Chris Davis is happy that
    • he has completed all the requirements for full entry into Rotary
    • is thankful for his sponsor, Pete Sumey.
  • Scott Robbins is happy that he doesn’t have to make a Duck Race announcement.
  • Annie Slack is happy that Chris Davis is a new member.
Annie Slack introduced Ray Leaycraft and his wife Cindy.  Ray presented a program about the Rotary Foundation, stressing that it is not the same as the local Foundation.  Ray discussed many aspects of the Foundation, including the Paul Harris Fellowships, and made a generous offer to match any new $100 donation.
Ray presenting prizes to Scott Robbins &
Carl Robicheaux for correct answers
following his presentation
Ray accepting a Piece of the Rock
from President Karen Thompson
President Thompson let the four-way pledge and rang the bell at 1:00 PM.
Barry Hannigan, scribe
Chris Davis completed his "Good Beginnings" Requirement
He is now a full member of
The Rotary Club of Estes Park
Chris Davis
Board Approves New Member Application
Isaiah Johnson has applied for membership in our club.  He was born in Grand Rapids Michigan, the middle child of three boys.  He then moved to Minneapolis Minnesota while his Dad worked to complete his PhD in education.  Finally the family moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where Isaiah grew up.  Because of his Dad’s influence, academics were a prominent focus in his childhood.  He also participated in extracurricular activities such as Youth in Government, Baseball, Basketball, Football and orchestra. Isaiah was introduced to Colorado through his grandparents who lived here.  His grandfather would take him and his brothers skiing, camping and fishing.
In his application, Isaiah listed two main takeaways from his childhood.  One was the importance of sacrifice for others.  The second was the power and benefits of a like-minded group of people working together towards a common goal.  He realized what he could accomplish with others was far more powerful than by himself.  To quote Isaiah he said “the camaraderie, sense of accomplishment, and feeling of belonging to a group results in more happiness than individual accolades or monetary benefits.”
Isaiah moved to Fort Collins to earn a degree in Finance from Colorado State University.  In his Junior year he started working as an Intern for a bank and found the team dynamic of working at a bank, and the ability to foster business growth and community development was what he wanted. After college, Isaiah focused on his career, traveled, fly fished, golfed and worked on woodworking projects.  He married Emily in July of 2023 and they plan to start a family.  They live in Loveland and he commutes to his new job as a loan officer at the Bank of Estes Park. His goal is to settle down and find home.  He wants to become more involved with the community and associate with people and organizations that give him a sense of belonging, teamwork and achievement.
According to club bylaws, if there are no objections within seven days of publication, the applicant shall be considered elected to membership.
A New Membership Chair is Needed
It is a fun job meeting new, potential members.  It does not take huge amounts of time.  You do have to attend to a new potential member.  Once they have decided they want to join, you give them an Application to complete.  When they return it, you set up a time to meet with them for about an hour, together with their Sponsor.  Then you have to take the time to write the Board, or present to the Board, to get approval.  You are a Board member as a Director.  Next you would send what you presented about the new member to the person doing the Spoke.  It has to be published for seven days per bylaws.  You send Sarah, our Rotary Board Secretary, the information to order the badge and when it comes in,  you perform the Induction ceremony.
One of the parts I love about being Membership Chair is getting to know so many different members right from the beginning.
You won't regret volunteering for this task.
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
Virgil Holtgrewe Recognized
the 2024 National Western Stock Show
Virgil Holtgrewe
Vigil was recognized this week at the Stock show for not only volunteering for the National Western Stock Show since before the volunteer program began but for 48 years straight. He was a founding member of the volunteer program as it is today.  Our Rotary Club is fortunate to have a member like Virgil, who not only contributed to the Stock Show in this way, but also to the founding of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) within Rotary. Many will benefit into the future because of his efforts.
Virgil fell in love with the Stock Show in 1970 after attending for the first time as a member of the Denver Agriculture and Livestock Club. Soon after, he began volunteering, working dozens of jobs over the decades to help the show run smoothly. As a retired worker in farm management, born and raised on a farm in southeast Nebraska, the Stock Show has provided him with a community within agriculture and livestock.
Chuck Bonza 
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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 this 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
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Mark Lee
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2023 - 24 R.I. Theme
Create Hope in the World
February 8, Duty Roster
Invocation: Pete Sinnott
Song & Pledge:K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Scott Thompson
Scribe: Madison Casey
Greeter: Scott Thompson
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-up: Mark Lee
February 15, Duty Roster
Invocation: Ruby Bode
Song & Pledge: Anne Slack/Casey
Guest Intro: Mel Rueppel
Scribe: Barry Hannigan
Greeter: Mel Rueppel
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-Up: Mike Connolly
Feb 08, 2024
Junior Achievement
Feb 15, 2024
Frogcreek Partners
Feb 22, 2024
Salud Foundation
Feb 29, 2024
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club Board Meeting
Feb. 06, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Rotary Club Foundation Meeting
Feb. 15, 2024
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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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