Social/ShelterBox Presentation
Jim Austin presenting Shelterboxes
Jim will provide a brief discussion of
  • who is Shelterbox,
  • how does Shelterbox decide where to provide help,
  • are all Shelterbox contents the same,
  • how is ShelterBox funded,
  • what is the Shelterbox annual budget,
  • how is Rotary connected to Shelterbox, and
  • what is the role of Rotary Club of Estes Park?
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.
********ATTENTION:  NEW  RSVP DEADLINE***********
Rotary Lunch Menu for Thursday,  January 25th:
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, cornbread, dessert.
RSVP to Karol: before 12 noon, Tuesday.
Meeting Notes for January 18, 2024
President Karen Thompson rang the bell at 11:59 AM.
Wayne Newsom read the Invocation.
Wayne Newsom &
President Karen Thompson

Karen led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Madison Casey accompanied the song “The Band Played On”
Guests of Rotarians:
  • Gordon Slack, AG & Sunrise Rotarian came to visit us today.
  • Scott Thompson welcomed
    • Rotarian Brad Rosenbaum
    • our Guest Speaker Erica Davis.
  • Solar Panels for Ukraine Update: Chuck Bonza will go down on Saturday to see how they work and update us on the project.
Chuck Bonza &
President Karen
  • Kevin Mullin visited Gary Nelson.
    • Gary wishes he was here
    • talked about how much he values Rotary and all our members.
    • If you would like to visit you can coordinate with the front desk to schedule a time.
Kevin Mullin &
President Karen
  • Scott Robbins announced that
    • February 29, 2024, is the kickoff meeting with Duck Race Distribution night.
    • there is a Duck Race Committee meeting tonight @ 5pm at the Wasson Room in the Library.
Scott Robbins &
President Karen
  • Jim Whiteneck announced we have the Foundation meeting at 1:30 PM today.
    • He also provided a Polio Update: 12 cases worldwide with none this month.
  • Scott got a dad joke book for Christmas
  • Karen updated us on the immigrant camp status.
    • Their needs have changed to kitchen and home needs
    • She emphasized that this is not a rotary project but the January Happy Money has been pledged for this project.
  • Karen announced we still need volunteers for Rotary Leadership roles of
    • President Elect
    • Membership Chair
    • Spoke Editor.
Scott T. told jokes about being old.
Happy Money
  • Beth gave money in honor of Karol. They bet $5 that they couldn’t get people to sign up last week to help on Friendship Cards. She put in $25.
  • Karol announced
    • she is going to bet with Beth more because 5 people signed up to help with Friendship Card monitoring.
    • Brad & Dale sponsored her, and she is putting in $2 for them.
  • Annie put in $2 to
    • support Karen’s project this month.
    • say how excited she is to have both Gordon and Erica here.
  • Scott Robbins gave money for Jack Ford to thank him for presenting his Paul Harris Award last week.
Annie Slack introduced our Speaker, Erica Davis. She gave a wonderful and informative presentation about Career and Technical Education (CTE). Erica teaches programs like construction, welding and plumbing at the local Estes Park High School. It was wonderful to hear about how our local kids are being taught hand on experiences in the trades.
Speaker Erica Davis receiving a
"Piece of the Rock" from
President Karen
Karen led the Four Way Test and rang the bell at 12:46 PM.
Andrea Escorcia, scribe
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.
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
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.
USB Solar Panels Readied for Shipment to Ukraine
On Saturday, January 20, under the leadership of Andy Lenec from the Broomfield Rotary Club, approximately 30 volunteers and students from Fairview High School in Boulder gathered to fit USB-ready connectors and decorate USB solar panels. In a couple of hours, 30 panels were finished, including the 20 recently donated by our club to this effort.
Chuck and Dale Bonza attended the event Saturday. There was a high level of energy in the room as the panels were decorated and a real-time zoom call with Ukraine allowed participants to hear their current needs and for them to give thanks to the volunteers in the Fairview High Student Center.
Panels cost $47, chargers are $13, and shipping costs are $12 a panel. The panels already received in Ukraine have been distributed through the coordination of Dr. Valeri, a colleague from Andy's Peace Corps days. Panels have been distributed to schools, community centers, and front-line troops.
Since the electric grid is a regular target of missile attacks each week, the panels allow cell phones to be charged and communications to continue.
PBS recorded the previous October event, and this video gives a good explanation of the project. Andy says the project is growing to volumes nearing 100 panels. He is now engaging the Rotary clubs in Ukraine to accept and distribute panels. In the meantime, distribution continues through
Here is Andy’s Facebook page:http://
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
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
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  1. Start the zoom program on your device
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Mark Lee
From The Chaplain
Do you know a Club Member who needs assistance? Maybe a ride to meetings, or just a phone call to keep in touch? Please contact Bill Smith 970-420-1033 or
Find Your Rotary Member Number
Do you know your member number?  I will be inserting two members' numbers in the Spoke somewhere each week.  If you find your number and let me know, I will add a dollar to the Happy Money jar.  Have fun reading the Spoke!
Bulletin Editor
Anne Slack
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2023 - 24 R.I. Theme
Create Hope in the World
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
February 1, Duty Roster
Invocation: Barry Hannigan
Song & Pledge: K. Thompson/Casey
Guest Intro: Chris Davis
Scribe: Barry Hannigan
Greeter: Chris Davis
Program Intro: Anne Slack
Meeting Set-Up: Scott Thompson
Jan 25, 2024
Shelter Boxes
Feb 01, 2024
Paul Harris Donations
Feb 08, 2024
Junior Achievement
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Upcoming Events
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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