Platte River Power Authority Overview
presented by
Javier C. Camacho,
Director of public and external affairs,
strategic communications and social marketing
accompanied by
Leigh Gibson, PhD
Senior External Affairs Specialist
Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit, community-owned public power generation and transmission utility that provides safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. In 2018, Platte River's board of directors approved the Resource Diversification Policy, which directs Platte River to proactively work toward the goal of achieving a 100% noncarbon energy mix by 2030 while maintaining Platte River’s three pillars of providing reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable electricity and services. Platte River is currently developing its 2024 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), whereby it is modeling different generation portfolios with support from independent advisors and subject matter experts, as well as input from the public to create reliable baseload generation using clean energy resources. This presentation will provide a general overview of Platte River’s history, governance structure, footprint, and generation portfolio; describe the IRP process; and discuss the progress toward and challenges of transitioning to a 100% noncarbon energy mix.
Javier C. Camacho was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He joined Platte River Power Authority in July 2022 as the Director of public and external affairs, strategic communications and social marketing. He previously served as the Strategic Communications and Community Relations manager for El Paso Electric, a privately-owned, fully integrated electric utility that serves southern New Mexico and west Texas.  Javier began his career as a high school history teacher in Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY. It was during his tenure in education that he learned the power of information and empowering people with education. So he took a leap and became a freelance journalist writing for publications like The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and El Paso Times and became a social media marketer in the early 2010s. He returned to El Paso where he worked to tell the southwest city’s story of resilience and innovation with organizations like the City of El Paso, El Paso Water, and the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso. 
Our program this week will be held in person, but a Zoom link will be provided. Click on the link below to be admitted.
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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
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   Rotary Lunch Menu for Thursday,  April 11th:  
Chicken Alfredo, mixed vegetables, salad, breadsticks, mini cheesecakes.
RSVP to Karol: 
before 12 noon, Tuesday.
Meeting Minutes for April 4, 2024
President Karen Thompson rang the bell at 11:59 PM.
Dale Bonza read the Invocation.
Karen Thompson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Madison Casey accompanied the song “Home on the Range”
Guest of Rotarians
  • Laura Shepard from Wisconsin is visiting us today.
  • Rick Life is visiting us.  He has been accepted by the Board for membership.
  • Beth Weisberg announced:
    • The High School auto-shop program invited us to their open house this Saturday from 11-2.
    • Merchant prizes has 178 prizes so far!
      • Ask Beth and Tim for more information.
      • They still need volunteers.
  • Scott Robbins asked Bill Solms about sponsorships
  • Bill Solms reported:
    • Sponsors is mostly done.
    • We are currently working on collection.
  • Scott continued by reporting:
    • Duck adoptions are slower in comparison to last year.
    • We are encouraged members to start promoting duck adoptions!
  • Isaiah Johnson announced:
    • the Estes Chamber of Commerce is hosting a live event for scam prevention training.
  • JoAnn Batey announced:
    • The Stanley Home Museum is having a high tea.
  • Annie Slack asked:
    • if after President’s Nights we would like to miss three meeting because the first meeting of our fiscal year is July 4th. 
    • We have no meetings scheduled on June 20th or June 27th, our usual practice after President’s Night. 
    • But if we skip July 4th, that would mean no meetings between June 13th and July 11th.
    • She asked if the club would like to meet on Thursday, June 27th.
  • President Karen Thompson asked for a motion for the club to meet on 6/27.
    • A second was stated.
    • The motion passed.
  • Annie announced a Celebration of Life to honor Gladys Van Drie on June 8th (See article in Spoke).
  • Scott Thompson asked
    • If you took a tub of ducks home to sort, please bring them back.
Joke of the Day:
Paula Edwards gave us a joke about sea monsters.
Happy Money:
  • Karen is happy to be back in Estes Park.
  • Scott Robbins is happy because he got a good cookie today and the YMCA is helping this year with the Duck Race!
  • Wayne is happy Karen went with him to get his eyes checked.
  • Bill Solms is happy because Big Duck is doing an amazing job this year.
Annie Slack introduced our speaker, Mark Purdy. He is Chairman for the Estes Park Western Heritage Foundation. They organize the Rooftop Rodeo for Estes Park. He presented on the history of the event and how it works!
Mark Purdy presenting & receiving a
Piece of the Rock from Pres. Karen Thompson
We closed with the Four Way Test.
Andrea Escorcia Rodriguez, scribe
Board Accepts New Member Application
Rick Life
Rick Life was a Rotarian with our Club back in the early 2000s.  Rick estimated he was a member from about 2006 to 2011.  He wants to resume his membership and the Board has unanimously approved his application.  Previously he oversaw the Rotary International Student Exchange Program and was on the Estes Valley Board of Directors.

Officer Life was born in Portsmouth, Virginia.  He attended the University of Northern Colorado, holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from the University of Colorado Boulder and attended Northwestern University.  He has served with the Estes Park Police Department since 1998.  Currently, Rick is a Captain with the Estes Park Police Department.
His law enforcement career began as a Corrections Officer with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in Greeley, CO.  He is certified in Homicide Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, Traffic Accident Investigation, Equine Abuse Investigation, and Leadership in Police Organizations.  In addition, Rick is a Law Enforcement Driving Instructor, an FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor, SWAT Operator, FBI Hostage Negotiator and formerly practiced as a Taser Instructor and Intoxilyzer Instructor. He is a recipient of the Life Saving Award. He led the team that produced the first Estes Park Marathon and currently serves on the board of directors for the Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo.
Rick is married to Sandee, a school teacher at Estes Park School District R-3 and has a daughter, Lexie.
According to club bylaws, if there are no objections within seven days of publication, the applicant shall be considered elected to membership.
Community Service Meeting April 11, 2024
Dear Community Service Committee Members,
We will be having a Community Service Committee meeting on Thursday, April 11, right after the regular Rotary meeting ends at 1:00 p.m.  Dave Boon has brought us a potentially exciting project to help fund construction of a community garden for residents of the Falcon Ridge Apartments to grow their own vegetables, and he will be at our Committee meeting to answer questions. Please see details in the email I sent out on 3/22 and try to attend the Committee meeting on April 11.  If we vote to approve the requested funding, then I will present that recommendation to the Board at their meeting on the first Tuesday in May.
Be Prepared,
Not Scared
Crossroad Needs Supplies
  • Cereal - Family Sized
  • Hearty Soups - Vegetable, Chicken, Beef
  • Canned Fruit - Peaches or Pears
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Baked Beans
  • White Rice (any size - we can repackage)
Andrea Escorcia
Career Technical Education Program
Hosts an Open House
Saturday, April 6th, 2024
  #1                                        #2
#1  Elliott, Auto Class Student
#2   Visitors, Sonja Thompson, High School Principal,
Student, Elliott, Auto-shop Instructor TJ Appel,
Chuck Bonza, David Batey
Gladys Van Drie's Celebration of Life
Gladys Van Drie
5/13/36 - 3/31/24
Gladys Van Drie was a Past President to our club as well as Assistant Governor to our 5440 District.  She passed away on Easter Sunday, March 31st.  A Celebration of Life will be held for her on June 8th for 1 to 4 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are welcome to Rotary International (, Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park (  If you would like to read more about Gladys please refer to the Estes Park News April 1, 2024 Edition.
Estes Park Rotary Duck Race 2024
Be Sure to Purchase Your Adoption Tickets Now!
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2023 - 24 R.I. Theme
Create Hope in the World
April 11, Duty Roster
Invocation: Tara Moenning
Song & Pledge: K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Karol Rinehart
Scribe: Madison Casey
Greeter: Karol Rinehart
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-up: Mark Lee
April 18, Duty Roster
Invocation: Madison Casey
Song & Pledge: K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Chris Davis
Scribe: Andrea Escorcia Rodriguez
Greeter: Chris Davis
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-Up: Mike Connolly
Apr 11, 2024
Platt River Power Authority
Apr 18, 2024
Water Project in Nicaragua
Apr 25, 2024
Estes Valley Watershed Coalition
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club Foundation Meeting
Apr. 18, 2024
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Duck Race Committee Meeting
Apr. 18, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Rotary Duck Race
May 04, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 30th Social at High Peaks Camp
May 30, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Birthdays, Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Karen McClure
April 5
Dawn Shields
April 6
Lee Machin
April 11
Jim Austin
April 20
Tara Moenning
May 3
Rob Cohen
May 14
Sue Fereday
May 17
Jack Boatman
May 18
Brad Rosenbaum
May 22
Dmitri Galcovski
May 24
Gladys Van Drie
May 24
Scott Thompson
May 27
Karen Thompson
May 28
Guy Van der Werf
April 5
Karen Thompson
Scott Thompson
April 16
Scott Thompson
April 16
Grant Delbecq
Carol Delbecq
April 20
Peter Sinnott
April 20
Harry Livingston
April 23
Virgil Holtgrewe
May 8
Madison Casey
Marty Yochum
May 20
Dennis Gellhaus
May 21
Pete Sumey
May 23
Dave Evans
Karen McClure
May 27
Karen McClure
David Evans
May 27
Kathy Groesbeck
Alan Groesbeck
May 28
Join Date
Gladys Van Drie
April 3, 1997
27 years
Mike Connolly
April 3, 2008
16 years
Peter Sinnott
April 5, 2007
17 years
Chris Davis
April 9, 2023
1 year
Gregg Jurgens
April 14, 2011
13 years
Carl Robicheaux
April 18, 2019
5 years
Bill Solms
April 21, 2016
8 years
Chuck Bonza
April 25, 2008
16 years
Dale Bonza
April 25, 2008
16 years
Philip Moenning
April 25, 2008
16 years
Scott Thompson
April 25, 2008
16 years
Tara Moenning
April 25, 2008
16 years
Anna Weddle
May 29, 2023
1 year
Lee Machin
May 31, 1973
51 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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