Current Problems with Healthcare
Robert Luisana
Robert Luisana's presentation on Thursday, May 2nd, is a quick discussion of the current problems with Healthcare...cost, snowballing prescription drug cost, inefficiencies in the system and the problem of people being uninsured. He also covers the proposed options for change in the health field.
Rob Luisana graduated from East Carolina University, in 1973, where he was Student Body President. He is a former Guilford County teacher and basketball coach, as well as serving as President of the North Carolina Association Educators for Guilford County Schools, 1981- 83. He has worked as a health insurance broker and consultant for the past 37 years, working with corporations and individuals on all aspects of healthcare and insurance. Over the past five years, he has been a frequent presenter on healthcare issues, including NPR and Politico. Among his activities, he is captain of the Guilford County, Senior Games Basketball Team….. “Deadmen Dribbling”
Rob is married to Karen, an antique dealer and showroom director. They have two grown boys and five grandchildren.
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
    RSVP to Karol:
   Rotary Lunch Menu for Thursday,  May 2nd:  

Philly sandwiches, with cheese, (peppers/onions on side), potato chips, garden salad, dessert.  


RSVP to Karol: 
before 12 noon, Tuesday.
Save the date:  President’s Night, Thursday, June 13th, 5:30 - 7:30 at the American Legion.
Meeting Notes for April 25, 2024
President Karen Thompson called the meeting to order.  
Lawrence Trifiletti led the Invocation.
Karen led the Pledge of Allegiance.
We sang “America the Beautiful”, accompanied by Madison Casey.
Guests of Rotarians:
  • Roberta Raworth who is joining our club from Sunrise
  • Rick Life’s wife Sandy is with us today. 
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Karen acknowledged birthdays and anniversaries. 
We signed a card for Michelle Mann who is still having mobility troubles. 
  • Jim Whiteneck got 2 more volunteers today to complete his crew to read “Josh the Otter” to the four kindergarten classes next Thursday at 8:30 at school.
  • Tara Moenning said annual town cleanup is this Saturday at 9:00 at the Visitor’s Center. 
    • You can also see Tara or Beth today on to get a route and bags in advance and start work anytime.
  • Carl Robicheaux needs people to walk the river with him, or the bank, to clear out obstacles for the ducks. 
    • This is also this Saturday at 9:00 and starts at Nicky’s.  
    • Kirk’s Fly Shop will provide waders for those needing them.
  • Chuck Bonza said he works the crowd at Duck Race to sell duck tickets and answers questions.  
    • For those in doubt on a charity, he offers them the slip of paper (on our tables today) that has a QR code to our Rotary Foundation.  
    • He tells them it is for our community grants to these charities and is determined by our members’ giving. 
    • Take a slip for ourselves and support our Foundation grants!
  • Big Duck Scott Robbins had duck race announcements, 9 days to go:
    • Breakfast is now available at the Wapiti Colorado Pub which is at the starting line in the old Nicky’s.
      • $20 and starts at 7:00. 
      • Spouses and all committee members invited along with our members.  
      • Write him at
    • Merchant Prizes – Thanks to Tim & Beth and crew we have 325 prizes. 
    • We got more sponsors recently but can always use more. 
    • Duck adoptions are at 3,674.
  • Dave Boon said we need youth to attend RYLA and Young RYLA. 
    • We only have one. 
    • We and Sunrise are each sponsoring
      • 2 Young RYLAs (7th grade)
      • 1 RYLA (high school). 
  • Lawrence Trifiletti received his blue badge today and Joan Batey got hers recently. 
New member Induction: 
Annie Slack inducted Rick Life back into our club. 
  • Wife Sandy stood with him
  • Sponsors Chuck and Dale Bonza were present
L to R:  Dale Bonze, Sandee Life,
Rick Life, Chuck Bonza
Rick delivering his
2 minute biography
Joke of the Day
Lawrence Trifiletti told the joke in Scott’s absence.
Happy Money:
  • Rick Life is happy that his daughter Lexi advanced at Disney to her dream job as an "Imagineer” who design the creative content of the park. 
  • Karen was happy for Lawrence telling the joke instead of her. 
  • Annie was happy that
    • Roberta is joining our club and
    • for Rick Life joining today.
  • Suzy Blackhurst is so happy Rick is joining our club again. 
    • He was on the club board when she was president and was terrific.
  • Beth is happy that 18 volunteers got our merchant prizes. 
  • Dave Boon and Bill Solms were happy for Rick joining our club.
  • Ruby Bode was happy
    • for Rick and wished him luck interviewing for Police Chief. 
    • She was happy that Sandy Life got out of teaching school today. 
    • Also, the Youth in Action group at school gave $2,000 from their fundraiser to 10 organizations. 
Annie introduced Dawn James, Treasurer, of Estes Valley Watershed Coalition.  She described their broad mission, starting after the 2013 flood, to now address the health of water, forests, and wildlife. 
Dawn James receiving a
Piece of the Rock from
Pres. Karen
We ended with the four-way test.
Madison Casey, scribe
Lawrence Trifiletti has completed his
"Good Beginnings" Requirement
He is now a full member of
The Rotary Club of Estes Park
Lawrence Trifiletti
Last chance to quack for 2024! 
We Are Family!
We are less than a week away from the 2024 Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival! You can adopt ducks  right up to the Duck Drop at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.  Come on down to enjoy the full flavor of the festival. Come to Bond Park to do and hear some West African-style drumming starting at 10:30 a.m. with Djembe Jive.  As an alternative you can head to Riverside Plaza and listen to our new Mayor, Gary Hall and Share the Road and the Highland Brass Quintet. After that you can head to the Duck Drop at 1:00 p.m. at Nicky's Resort and the Wapiti Colorado Grill where the Riverside Ramblers will play, the Estes Park High Scholl Choir will sing, and our own Dave Scott will send the ducks off with his trumpet just like the Kentucky Derby!  Make no mistake, you will hear no quacking sounds coming from Dave's horn!  Roll on down to Riverside Plaza and the finish line where Curtis Kelly will emcee and the Highland Brass Quintet, Neilson and Nicholson will perform. Sunny Boy Jim Jack Jones will play at Bond Park at 1:00 p.m. followed by our headliner, Cowboy Brad will play all our 70's favorites. If you  happen to get hungry for some street food, we will have three food trucks at bond Park to choose from.  For those that think they have a knack for predicting the bowel movements of ducks, come by Nicky's at the Start or at Riverside Plaza. And if you are not so good at predicting the results of the Duck Squats, take solace in the fact that you are contributing to the Rotary Foundation.
It sounds like a full day of quacking good fun to me! See you there!
Scott Robbins
Big Duck 2024
Community Clean Up Day
April 27, 2024

Contact Tara with questions for where you can work and to get trash bags and safety vests:

Share a Dinner With Robert Luisana
Our May 2nd Speaker
Mama Rosa's
May 1st, 6 PM
Go Dutch
Robert Luisana is wondering if there is anyone in our Rotary, who would like to join he and his wife for dinner Wednesday, May 1st.  They would love to hear about life at Estes Park from someone local. He doesn’t consider himself to be a charming dinner companion, but says his wife Karen definitely is.
Rob's presentation on Thursday, May 2nd, is a quick discussion of the current problems with Healthcare...cost, snowballing prescription drug cost, inefficiencies in the system and the problem of people being uninsured. He also covers the proposed options for change in the health field.
The president of the Rotary Club of Five Points in Columbia reported Rob’s talk is educational and informative.  He provides unbiased information on all sides of the issue, although he does share his thoughts based on his experience.  At no point was there any “sales pitch” or push for his services.  I think you will find his presentation to be an eye-opener on an issue we all have come to accept, but which could be a lot better.  Olivia Jones, Attorney at Law
Please contact Annie if you would like to join them for dinner.  970-231-6697,
Josh The Baby Otter Volunteers
Josh The Otter will be coming to visit the Estes Park Elementary School Kindergarten classes at 8:30 AM on Thursday, May 2. The kids are very excited to learn about Josh! We have four volunteers who will read Josh‘s storybook to each class.  
Thanks for your help!!!
Jim W.
Ron Gordon Selected
Pull the Rope to Release the Ducks
May 4th!
Ron Gordon             2023 Duck Release
We are so honored to have Ron Gordon pull the rope on the Duck cage this year.  Ron will have been a member of our Rotary Club for 32 years come this June!  He has served as Club Service Director, Club President, Foundation President, and is currently Director of International Service. Like most members, he has served on many committees. Most notably, he was on the Rotary Scholarship Golf Committee for over 20 years.
He and his wife, Vivian, have attended quite a few District Conferences and International Conventions. They look forward to their continued involvement in the many exciting future activities of the Rotary Club of Estes Park!
Estes Park Rotary Duck Race 2024
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Go to to learn all about this year's Duck Race.
Scholarship Awards Night
Save the Date:   May 6th, 6 - 8pm
Scholarship Awards Night at the Estes Park High School Auditorium
Please join us as Rotary will be awarding scholarships to deserving students from the Estes Park High School class of 2024.
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2023 - 24 R.I. Theme
Create Hope in the World
May 2, Duty Roster
Invocation: Annie Slack
Song & Pledge: Annie Slack/Casey
Guest Intro: Tara Moenning
Scribe: Madison Casey
Greeter: Tara Moenning
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-up: Scott Thompson
May 9, Duty Roster
Invocation: Karol Rinehart
Song & Pledge: Anne Slack/Casey
Guest Intro: JoAnn Batey
Scribe: TBA
Greeter: JoAnn Batey
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-Up: Mark Lee
May 02, 2024
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Update on the Loop
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Salvation Army's High Peak Camp
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Upcoming Events
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May 02, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Rotary Duck Race
May 04, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Scholarship Night at High School
May 06, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
May 30th Social at High Peaks Camp
May 30, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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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
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Club Administration Director
Community Service Director
Fund Development Director
Fund Development Director
International Service Director
Membership Director
Big Duck
Youth Services Director
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Barry Hannigan


Tara Moenning


Gregg Jurgens


Jack Boatman


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Ben Van der Werf


Madison Casey


Tom Gardner

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