Through the Power and Magic of Rotary,
We can Change the World
Melanie Phelps, fellow Rotarian, Pete Sutton
Melanie Phelps and her husband Pete belong to the Pueblo West Rotary.  She, her husband and other members of their club visited four villages in Nicaragua to help install clean water and latrines for approximately 400 people.  She has a presentation about the power of Rotary in changing lives by giving people access to clean water and she wants to share it with our club.
El Porvenir is an efficient total system template that has been installed in Nicaragua and includes chlorine.  Three weeks ago we had Jack Barker, President of Innovative Technologies, Inc speak to us about his invention of the SunSpring Hybrid water system, larger than a hot water tank with solar and wind power to run it.  Jenna Saldana, Director of US Operations with El Porvenir said the SunSpring technology seems good and works well in areas with dense housing as people bring their containers to it to be filled.  But in rural areas with dispersed homes, women and children would still be walking and lugging heavy buckets.  El Porvenir delivers to the home.
The Pueblo West Rotary is starting a new water project in Comalapa, Nicaragua and would love our club to join them in bringing water to another 482 people.  Their new water project will cost about $100,000.  They can get about $65,000 within their district including District Designated Funds (DDF) and the Rotary Foundation Funds (TRF), so they need to find some out of district partners with their DDF to help them.  That is why they are reaching out to clubs far and wide.
Their talk has 3 parts: 1) How they got involved with Rotary and water; 2) their first project with water and second project with water as well as their trip to Nicaragua to tour the finished water project; and 3) a summary of their new WASH Project to bring water to 2 more villages.
Pete Sutton is currently President of the Pueblo West Rotary Club.  He has been a member of Rotary since 1988.  Pete has held every office in a Rotary Club.  He has been chair of Community Service and International co chair.   Pete is a multiple Paul Harris fellow.  Pete is a CPA and a Managing Partner of Sutton Dowell CPA LLC.
Melanie Phelps is currently District 5470 Global Grant Committee Chair and Pueblo West Rotary Club Treasurer.  She is also Co- chair of  PW Rotary International Committee and  Supervisor of Palmer High School Interact Club.  She has been a science teacher for 31 years.  She currently works with Colorado School of Mines’ Teacher Enhancement Program leading teacher travel classes globally. 
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 18th:  

Beef Enchiladas, Spanish rice, black beans, chips and guacamole, & churros.

RSVP to Karol: 
before 12 noon, Tuesday.
Meeting Notes for April 11, 2024
President Karen Thompson called the meeting to order.   
Tara Moenning led the Invocation.
Karen led the Pledge of Allegiance.
We sang “April Showers”, accompanied by Madison Casey.
Guests of Rotarians:
  • Reuben Bergsten, Director of Estes Park Utilities and former member of our club attended as he is involved with Platte River Power Authority that is today’s program.   
  • Dr. Leigh Gibson, Senior External Affairs Specialist, of Platte River Power Authority.
  • Javier C. Camacho, Director of public and external affairs,strategic communications and social marketing
  • Kevin Mullin was mercilessly teased throughout the meeting after being introduced with guests
Important Dates:
Karen acknowledged birthdays and anniversaries.
  • Carl Robicheaux invited anyone who wants to join him at the storage shed this Saturday at 9:00 AM
    • to put new heads on the plastic poles for herding ducks in the river.
    • He also needs folks for river clean up Saturday April 27 at 9:00 AM.  
      • You need to be able to wear waders and get in the creek.
  • Wayne Newsom announced member Lee Machin’s birthday- our oldest member
    • asked us to sign his birtthday card.   
    • He relayed news about Lee’s situation currently.
  • Beth Weisberg said Community Service Committee meets after this meeting today
    • to discuss and vote on helping the community garden at Falcon Ridge.
  • Andrea Escorcia Rodriguez says she is collecting food for Crossroads Food Drive
    • for 2 more weeks.
    • Bring to this meeting or text her and she will pick up.   
    • She is coordinating this and needs to track tasks and people.
  • Big Duck Scott Robbins had duck race announcements:
    • Merchant Prizes – Tim & Beth thank everyone and we have 2/3 to ¾ of our goal.
    • Need Sponsors as we are running behind.  
    • He asked any past sponsors to renew if they have not.
    • Duck adoptions are going well- now at 2,000.
    • Entertainment is set.
  • Madison Casey asked for a volunteer to come to his house and sort and assemble squares for the Duck Squat board.  
  • Jim Austin said
    • Jack Overly is in palliative care.  
      • Jim missed him on his last visit.
    • Jim made his monthly pitch for Shelter Box. 
    • Since beginning this in July two years ago, we have already raised $4,000 for four boxes- way ahead of his hope of one per year. 
    • He noted a photo of the turmoil in Haiti showed a shelter box tent with Rotary logo on it, so somehow, they are making their way in even though it is too dangerous for Shelter Box folks to go there.
    • We hope to show a model box at the Duck Race.
Joke of the Day:
Scott told his joke.
The door prize from the sticker on the plate was won by Isaiah Johnson.
Happy Money:
  • Bill Smith enjoyed his trip home to New York
    • is happy his mom’s surgery went well.  
    • He was also proud that he was finally able to complete the entire Rotary crossword puzzle in one sitting.
  • Chuck Bonza was impressed by Madison’s duck attire.
  • Jim Austin was generally happy.
  • Carl was happy for Bill Solms.  
  • Kevin Mullin was happy to be here
    • signed up for $100 sponsorship of the Duck Race.  
  • Reuben Bergsten was happy to be back at our club.
  • Bill Solms reminded us to solicit our out-of-town family and friends to adopt ducks.
Annie introduced Javier Comacho, Director of Public and External Affairs of Platte River Power Authority, who gave a thorough overview of the function of that organization that is the wholesale provider of our electricity.
Javier presenting and receiving a
Piece of the Rock from Pres. Karen
We closed with the Four Way Test.
Madison Casey, scribe
Still Need 70 More Merchant Prizes for the Duck Race
We Are Family
While it's true that we have raised about 2/3 of the Duck Race prizes we need, and our valiant volunteers have been doing an amazing job on merchant prize follow-up, we still need 70 more prizes to reach our minimum goal.  So for anyone with merchants they haven't managed to pin down yet, please don't give up.  We need you to follow up with every merchant on your list who may yet donate a Duck Race prize. If you need help to complete your list, please tell Beth or Tim, and we will follow-up for you if you need us to. 
Many thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to get merchant prizes so far.  We very much appreciate your efforts.  Now we are asking for everyone to please circle back to all of your merchants who haven't yet submitted a prize, and please don't give up!
Beth and Tim
Volunteers Needed for Community Service Project
2023 Community Clean Up Day
Hello again, wonderful Community Service Committee,
As  you may have read in the Trail Gazette, the annual Estes Park Community Clean-Up Day this year is on Saturday, April 27.  This  is when we solicit volunteers from the community to help pick up trash all around Estes Park the week before the Duck Race, so that everything will look beautiful on Race Day.  Every year we have a long line of volunteers show up around 9:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center to get route assignments, and our very own Noon Rotary coordinates all of this.
Tara and I will be in the parking lot at the East side of the Visitor's Center on April 27, and we can use 3 volunteers from our club to help greet and sign in the volunteers, hand them the trash bags they will need, and generally keep the check-in running smoothly.  This can be done either standing or seated at the check-in table.  We need our 3 Rotary volunteers from around 8:30 a.m. until around 9:30 a.m. that morning.
If you would like to volunteer to help with check-in, please let me know.
Many thanks,
Community Clean Up Day
April 27, 2024
9:00 AM

Community Clean Up Day, Saturday, April 27th, 9 am, will meet at the east side of the Visitor’s Center.   We will be handing out routes and orange bags to volunteers to pick up the trash.  Over the next two weeks Rotarians who wish to select a particular route and acquire bags, may do so at the regular meeting.  See Beth or Tara to select the route of your choice.

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 will need four volunteers who will read Josh‘s storybook to each class. If you’re interested, please contact Jim Whiteneck. (918-629-3236)  
Thanks for your help!!!
Estes Park Rotary Duck Race 2024
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Crossroad Needs Supplies
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  • Hearty Soups - Vegetable, Chicken, Beef
  • Canned Fruit - Peaches or Pears
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Baked Beans
  • White Rice (any size - we can repackage)
Andrea Escorcia
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2023 - 24 R.I. Theme
Create Hope in the World
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
April 25, Duty Roster
Invocation: Lawrence Trifiletti
Song & Pledge: K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Isaiah Johnson
Scribe: Madison Casey
Greeter: Isaiah Johnson
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-Up: Lee Lasson
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.
Community Clean Up Day
Apr. 27, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
River Clean Up Day
Apr. 27, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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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