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: 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 18th:
Chicken, veggies, baked potatoes, salad, dessert
RSVP to Karol: before 12 noon, Tuesday.
Meeting Notes for January 11, 2024
President Karen Thompson rang the bell at 11:59 AM.
Ben Van der Werf read the Invocation.
 Ben Van der Werf

Karen led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Madison Casey accompanied the song “This Land is Your Land.”
Guests of Rotarians:
  • Isaiah Thompson was present for his second visit
  • Ron Gordon introduced
    • his wife Vivian
    • friend and fellow Rotarian Doug Mann.
    • Rotarian Michelle Mann, whom he sponsored
  • Scott Robbins announced
    • the Duck Race Committee will meet next week on the 18th.  
    • The kickoff will be on Jan. 29 at the Ridgeline.  
    • Things are going well, and work with sponsors and merchants is progressing.
  • Pete Sumey announced that
    • Gladys Van Drie has cancer……please pray for her.
    • There is a card to sign that is being passed around.

   Pete Sumey
  • Annie asked if we would be interested in a presentation and lunch at High Peaks Camp at the Salvation Army.
    • David Schwarm, Director, will give us a presentation
    • Welcome us to visit the camp
    • Meals will cost $11/per person
    • There was general agreement to proceed.
  • Carl Robicheaux said that Gary Nelson is not doing well.  Please pray for him.
  • Jim Austin announced the 2024 Shelterbox campaign.  
    • Please consider donating $10 each week to help.
  • Karen Thompson announced the District Conference on May 16-18.  
    • There is limited space, so make a reservation if you want to go to Steamboat Springs.
  • Karen also discussed the purchase of some new equipment for our meetings:  
    • portable microphones and special headphones for those who have trouble hearing well.  
    • There was general agreement to proceed, so those will be a wonderful help in future meetings.
  • Ruby Bode said that math tutors are needed at the school
    • the students lost so much ground during Covid.  
    • Help with math is particularly important, so if you are interested, the contact person is Terry Beaver.
Paul Harris Presentation:
  • Jack Ford presented a special Paul Harris award to Scott Robbins, who has done so much for the club.  
    • He also announced that this year’s Rotary International goal is $500 million, so please consider helping with donations.  
    • They increase the likelihood of our club getting grants.
Scott Robbins receiving his first
Paul Harris Award from Jack Ford
Scott Thompson told a joke that was unusually well-received.
Happy Money:  
  • Annie Slack is happy because
    • Michelle Mann is back,
    • and that Paula Edwards is here.
  • Jim Austin is happy for seeing Michelle.
  • Jim Whiteneck is happy because Lawrence Trifiletti is here.
  • Doug Mann is happy because he and Michelle are back.
  • Ron Gordon is happy for Doug and Michelle.
  • Karen Thompson is happy because her parents have returned safely from Hawaii and are doing well.
  • Scott Thompson is happy because
    • Ruby Bode is here,
    • and congratulated her on the wonderful job she did for our schoolchildren with a bomb threat.
  • Barry Hannigan is happy
    • for his 73rd birthday
    • and because he and Mary are playing a concert on Jan. 27.
Annie Slack introduced the speaker, James Leithart.  He gave an excellent presentation about the work of the Nehemiah Gateway Foundation  in Albania.
James Leithart presenting and receiving
A Piece of the Rock from President Karen
Karen led the Four Way Test and rang the bell at 1:06pm.
Barry Hannigan, scribe
Rotary International's 2024-2025
President and Theme
Stephanie A. Urchick, of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA,
is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2024-25.
I am proud to announce the Rotary International theme for the 2024-2025 year as The Magic of Rotary.  Attached is the image for the theme and you can click here the video of the unveiling of this theme.  Please share this upcoming theme with your Rotary club members. If you'd like to learn more about RI President Elect Stephanie Urchick you can read her bio by clicking here I look forward to serving you and our clubs in 2024-2025!
Julie Johnson Haffner
District Governor Elect 2024-2025
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.
Anyone can apply. When people enter the building they enter their information into a program called Securly. This does a low-level background check to ensure no criminal history of crimes against a child and will also flag anyone on the sex offender list. After this system clears them, they can volunteer as much as they want. We just want volunteers who have middle school level competency in math and are encouraging to our young students and good role models. Thank you!
Ruby Bode
Estes Park School District R-3 Superintendent
Update on Duck Race 2024 Progress
Duck Race Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 2024
5 PM
Wasson Room at the Library
Work for the 2024 Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival is ramping up, or to use a different metaphor, there is lots of quacking going on as we work to make the 2024 race and festival the best one yet. The Special Events application is in and we are actively engaging how to best use the venues available for the festival. In addition to the nuts and bolts of the event, we are also setting about the task of determining how we can structure and create a future governance structure that best serves the club and all of the stakeholders.
Our theme for the 2024 festival has been selected. We will endeavor to bring people together in peace and harmony with the theme "We are family".
In that vein, the next opportunity to bring the community together will be the annual Kick-off meeting, aka Distribution Night. This will occur at 5:00 p.m. on February 29 at the Ridgeline Hotel. Participating Organizations will be briefed on race operations and the duck adoption process for 2024. The 2024 website will be up and running and ready for the adoption contributions to start rolling in!.
Our smaller, planning community, Duck Race Committee will be meeting Thursday, January 18, at 5 p.m. in the Wasson Room of the library. The meeting will include progress reports on our efforts to secure a named sponsor as well as other sponsorships, what's going on in starting our  merchant recruitment to provide prizes and what our progress is in securing volunteers now that we know we have 63 participating organizations. A progress report on the work of our governance committee will also be included.
Quacking along....
Scott Robbins
Big Duck 2024
Solar Panels for Ukraine
Ukrainian Flags
In early January, the Club Board approved a request for $1000 to buy 20 solar panels for Ukraine. These portable  panels will be modified by volunteers for use in Ukraine mainly to recharge mobile phones. The power grid in Ukraine continues to be targeted by Russia making electricity unstable and inconsistent. The panels will be distributed by a network of Rotary and Peace Corps contacts to the military, medical facilities, schools and other institutions that must have the capability to communicate when power outages occur.  The next large conversion event will take place on Sat. Jan. 20 at 10:00am at Fairview HS in Boulder.
Thanks to Chuck and Dale Bonza for initiating this request through the International Service Committee and to Andy Lenec of the Denver LODO Rotary club for coordinating the conversion and shipping of the panels!
Ron Gordon
International Service Committee Director
Mary and Barry Hannigan In Concert
Saturday, January 27th at 2:00 PM
Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church
2000 Ptarmigan Trail Drive
Mary and Barry Hannigan
"There will be a reception following the concert to meet and greet the musicians.  The concert is free, although donations will be graciously accepted." Estes Park News, January 12, 2024, pg 26.
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
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Mark Lee
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2023 - 24 R.I. Theme
Create Hope in the World
January 18, Duty Roster
Invocation: Bill Solms
Song & Pledge:K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Scott Robbins
Scribe: Barry Hannigan
Greeter: Scott Robbins
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-up: Mike Connolly
January 25, Duty Roster
Invocation: Gregg Jurgens
Song & Pledge: K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Bill Smith
Scribe: Madison Casey
Greeter: Bill Smith
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-Up: Lee Lasson
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.
Duck Race Distribution Night
Feb. 29, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 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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