Thanks!
At our last meeting, Tom Maher recognized Wayne Newsom for rounding up volunteers to offer the invocation and introduce our guests! We all appreciate your efforts!
 
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This week: Creating a culture of caring
 
Karen Randinitis, Estes Park resident who facilitates the Communities that Care program locally, will present our program this week. She will share the work of Communities that Care, which is funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
 
Karen Randinitis
 
Communities that Care is a science-based framework that looks at local level data and gaps in services and works towards substance abuse prevention and positive youth development. This program falls under Larimer County Dept of Health and Environment and answers the question from the Governor regarding prevention programs using marijuana retail tax dollars. Forty-six communities in the state have picked up this funding.  
 
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Jan. 4 program: learn about an eye hospital
that focuses on the poor in India
 
Modi Charitable Eye Hospital in Bangalore, India, was established in 1980 by Dr. P. C. Modi. Initially, the eye hospital functioned as a camp-based eye center. Dr. Modi and his eye camps are a household name in India for their dedicated services to the poor since the 1940’s. 
 
Over the years, the eye hospital has been renovated to better serve the community, including operating room eye surgery, outpatient facilities to treat preventable blindness  like cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes, as well as pediatric eye problems. 
 
The eye camps have doubled the day camp eye surgeries from 500 to 1000 surgeries every month and doubled the outpatient care services from 100 to 200 patient visits per day. Approximately 20 percent of the patient population pays for their services via a sliding scale, and 80 percent of the population receives free eye care.
 
The Modi Eye Hospital is supported by Dr. Modi’s Charitable Trust, NGO’s, public donations, and Rotary grants. The Bangalore NW Rotary Club has a several-year plan to improve the mission of the eye hospital.
 
Dr. Krishna Murthy, retired physician and former EPMC Specialty Clinic allergist, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, Jan. 4, at their regular noon meeting. He will discuss the Modi Eye Hospital in India, which has prevented blindness in many thousands of individuals.
 
Dr. Krishna Murthy
 
Dr. Murthy has been honored as Rotarian of the Year and is a past president of the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club. He has been recognized by Rotary International in Glasgow, Scotland, for his asthma day camps in India. In addition, Dr. Murthy has been recognized as Physician of the Year by the Larimer County Medical Society and is past president of the Larimer County Medical Society and Colorado Allergy & Asthma Society. He remains involved in Rotary’s End Polio efforts and international service. 
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century. Rotary clubs around the world initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Rodeway Inn in Estes Park, located at 1701 North Lake Avenue on Highway 34 just west of Dry Gulch Road. Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend. Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m., the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program begins at 12:30 p.m. 
 
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Music to get you in the holiday mood: Mountain Echoes Choir
 
Mountain Echoes is an after school choir for students in Grades 3-5 at Estes Park Elementary.  The students meet on Tuesdays after school for one hour to rehearse. Mountain Echoes is directed by Mrs. Jenna Williams and accompanied by Mr. Mike Williams.  
 
Mountain Echoes performed at the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
 
"In November, we sang our holiday songs for the Estes Park Tree Lighting Ceremony," said Jenna Williams. "Last week, we sang the National Anthem for a boys’ varsity basketball game. For the past two years, we auditioned and were chosen to sing the national anthem at a Rockies baseball game, and our goal is to sing the National Anthem for the Rockies this spring."
 
The Mountain Echoes Choir formal concert will be on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Estes Park Elementary School gym. The students will finish 2017 by singing at the elementary school Christmas Sing Along at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, before going on break. 
 
They even practiced on Halloween!
 
"These students have phenomenal dedication and talent that they are providing for our school," Jenna Williams said.
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Sept. 8 program to feature Visit Estes Park CEO

President and CEO of Visit Estes Park Elizabeth Fogarty will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, Sept. 8, at their regular noon meeting.  She will discuss Visit Estes Park, a destination marketing organization, and how it supports tourism in our community.  Please note the change in location for Rotary Club meetings.
 
 
Fogarty will share how Visit Estes Park supports Estes Park’s economic vitality through tourism marketing, destination product development, event promotion, and community partnerships. Visit Estes Park is a data-driven, research-based organization which develops and executes strategies to enhance the quality of life for our residents and supports a year-round economy for our community.
 
Elizabeth was Vice President of Operations at Estes Park Condos from 2005–2013, while also participating with the Estes Park Wedding Association, Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, and Project Manager of the Estes Park Winter Festival 2010-2013. Elizabeth was the recipient of “Volunteer of the Year” for Estes Park in 2011.
 
Currently, Elizabeth is Vice President of the Estes Area Lodging Association, Larimer County Small Business Development Center Consultant, and Executive Board Member of the Estes Park Economic Development Corp.  Other committees include Town of Estes Park Events Committee, Wellness Committee, and Colorado Tourism Office Travel Resources Marketing Committee.
 
Participation with the organization began as a founding board member of the Local Marketing District Board in 2009 and involvement with Visit Estes Park’s Branding, Logo, Website and Marketing Committees. She has been President and CEO of Visit Estes Park since 2014. 
 
 
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Rotary Sponsors Immunization Month in Estes Park
 
Each April, Rotary Club of Estes Park sponsors Infant Immunization Month to raise awareness of the importance of immunization for infants and children. As part of the immunization program, children who are immunized during April are able to register for a chance to win one of two $100 Safeway gift certificates. Two winning names are drawn at the end of April. This year's winners are pictured below with their doctors. 
 
 
         
Dr. MacElwee with Mariajose Castillo Marquez and her mother Maria.
 
             
Dr. Mark Wiesner with Elizabeth, John and Joshua Russ.
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This week's program: Tom and Marilyn Maher share their Myanmar journey
 
 
Tom and Marilyn Maher, world travelers, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, June 9, at their regular noon meeting. They will describe their journey through Myanmar (Burma) via the river highways.
 
With recent political changes in 2010, Myanmar has become more accessible for tourists. The Irrawaddy River valley forms the historical, cultural and economic heartland of Myanmar. Hence, a river cruise is an excellent way to explore this culturally diverse country and to meet the people living along its river banks.
 
After graduating from Oklahoma University, Tom Maher served in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a fighter pilot and was honored as Top Gun for both the F100 Super Sabre and F105 Thunder Chief. Afterwards, he flew for Trans World Airlines (TWA) for 30 years, spending more than 25,000 hours in the air. He is a past Rotarian of the Year in 1999, and he has been heavily involved with the Estes Park Duck Race and with Cholera Plus projects in Bolivia, India and Africa.
 
A graduate of Montana State University, retired teacher Marilyn Maher taught in the Park School District for 25 years and started the Talented and Gifted program in the elementary schools. In addition, she authored the children's book “Lucky’s Adventure” about the Rotary Duck Race.
 
As avid explorers, Tom and Marilyn have traveled to over 100 countries together.
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century. Rotary clubs around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Other Side Restaurant. Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend.  Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m., the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program begins at 12:30 p.m. 
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Thursday's program: Mike Caldwell on Alpine ascent
 
 
Mike Caldwell, outdoor guide, will speak at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, May 19, at their regular noon meeting. He will speak about the first Alpine accent of the Fitz Roy Traverse in Patagonia, completed in January 2014.
 
The traverse was a long sought after goal by alpinists for decades, but no one was able to accomplish it due to the very short windows of good weather in Patagonia and the need for speed, excellent rock climbing skills, as well as Alpine skills. His son Tommy Caldwell and his partner Alex Honnold were the first to succeed. Their reputations as world class rock climbers, and not as alpinists, made them surprising choices for success. Their success won them top Alpine awards around the world. 
 
Long considered impossible, coveted by many and attempted by few, the toothy Fitz Traverse has fueled the imaginations of climbers in Patagonia for decades. Tracing the iconic skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks, it spans four miles and 13,000 vertical feet across snow and ice-covered rock.
 
Caldwell will discuss a film, “A Line Across the Sky,” filled with humor and glimpses into the world of these athletes, which documents this Alpine adventure. It won major film awards around the world at film festivals in 2015. 
 
A former Mr. Colorado, Mike taught middle school in Loveland for 30 years. Currently, he likes to fly fish, rock climb, workout at the gym, and work full-time as an outdoor guide.
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.  Rotary clubs, around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Park Village Theater, adjacent to the Other Side Restaurant.  Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend.  Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m., the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m. 
 
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Festival of feathery fun around the bend
Duck Race 2016 thanks its sponsors
 

 
The 2016 Estes Park Rotary Duck Race will keep visitors entertained from early morning until late afternoon in so many places that it will be impossible to miss the fun. Most events are free of charge. Here’s a recap of the entertainers and activities in Estes Park on Saturday, May 7.
 
Bond Park
8 – 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast sponsored Longs Peak Rotary Foundation and Kiwanis Club. Pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee for $5 per person.
9 a.m. Duck Waddle 5K foot race departs from Bond Park and follows a route that features views of the Fall River and Rocky Mountain National Park, finishing at Bond Park. Register online at epmarathon.org. Cost $25/adult and $23/seniors includes a duck adoption; $23/youth. All registrants get a race shirt. Fee increases by $5 after May 2.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Beer garden, food vendors, photo booth, live music, and interactive games sponsored by 15 Duck Race charities
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Shake Your Tail Feather Music
10 a.m.  Steve Smersh
11 a.m.  Will Thomas
12 p.m. Ran Off the Rooster
1 p.m.   Brad Fitch
2 p.m.   Bayou Folk
 
Downtown
10 a.m. Duck Hunt. Pick up a game page at Bond Park, visit 20 listed businesses, find the hidden duck at each and collect a sticker. Return the game page by 2 p.m. to Bond Park for a prize drawing. Sponsor: Downtown Business Partners.
10 a.m. – noon. Duck cartoons showing at the Reel Mountain Theater. Give your feet a break and quack up with cartoons!
 
Nicky’s Steakhouse
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Retail sales of duck-themed treasures
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. music by Riverside Ramblers
11 a.m. Duck Squat raffle sponsored by the Estes Park Rotary Foundation
11:30 a.m.  Lucky, the Duck Race mascot, arrives in the famous yellow Jeep
12 p.m. Estes Park Singers
12:30 p.m. Duck adoption sales close at Nicky’s
1 p.m. ducks drop into the Fall River to begin their race
 
George Hix Riverside Plaza
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Highland Brass Quintet
1 – 2:45 p.m. Great Blue
1 – 3 p.m.  Sales of fabulous duck-themed treasures
1 p.m. Duck Squat raffle sponsored by the Estes Park Rotary Foundation
3- 5 p.m. Ran Off the Rooster
12-4 p.m. Face Painting
1-4 p.m. Balloon artist, Caricature artist, Estes Park Band Boosters
1-2:30 p.m. Special appearance by Bruiser the Big Dog
When the ducks waddle in, prizes will be listed on large boards outside The Wheel Bar.
 
Throughout Town
Adopt ducks on Race Day 10 a. m. - noon at: Bond Park, Visitor Center, Macdonald Bookshop, Inkwell and Brew. Sales at Nicky’s close at 12:30 p.m.
 
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Town of Estes Park will provide shuttle service to/from several locations, including Nicky’s for the start of the race. Go to
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It's Showtime!

April 22, 2016
Phone: (970) 586-2559
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: $15 for adults; students free
 

“It's Showtime,” a benefit musical variety show produced by The Rotary Club Of Estes Park, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. Now in its sixth year, “It’s Showtime” provides scholarships for Estes Park High School students. Performers include talented students, production staff and committee members, and other representatives from the larger community, in a variety of musical styles including vocal and instrumental renditions of show tunes, classical, folk, western, pop, and jazz.Tickets are $15, with students admitted free. For information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, or for more details about “It’s Showtime,” contact Jack Overly, jmoverly@cs.com, 970-586-2559.

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March 3 Meeting Photos

Randy Skeie led the invocation.

Pete Sumey chose the song and led the pledge.

Anne Slack introduced guests.

Chip Sproul brought a guest, Virgil Yardoro.

 
 

Guests included Lois Sumey and Sally Park. All are welcome at Rotary!

Tara Moenning's guest was Wendy Koenig, who received a scholarship from the club in the 1970's.

"Big Duck" Rene Moquin is back and the 2016 Duck Race is going to be great!

Bruce Carmichael is leading the Golf Tournament Committee and wants you to sign up for the June 25 event.

Jay Harroff invites all to cheer on Daffney in upcoming track meets.

Kerrie Hill introduced our program.
 

 

 
A book for the library and a piece of the rock rounded out an informative program on the Wellness Center.
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Thursday's program: historic film footage of Estes Park

 
James Pickering, Historian Laureate of Estes Park, and Derek Fortini, Estes Park Museum Director, will speak on Thursday, March 10, at the Rotary Club of Estes Park, at their regular noon meeting. 
 
Thanks to a generous monetary gift, the Estes park Museum recently digitized 37 of its film reels, ranging from the teens through the 1950’s. 
 
Dr. Pickering and Fortini will present a short collage of films featuring familiar events from other eras, such as the rodeo and an Elkhorn parade.  In addition, viewers will get to see live action of the Summer Ski Jump, which used to take place on Old Man Mountain every July.  These entertaining films are sure to stimulate a lively conversation of how things have changed, or remained the same, throughout our colorful local history.
 
Dr. James Pickering is the Historian Laureate of Estes Park and had written or edited over 30 books focusing on Estes Park, Colorado and the American West.
 
Estes Park Museum Director Derek Fortini is a Colorado native and graduated with his Masters Degree from the University of Denver.  He has worked at the Museum for the past nine years.
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.  Rotary clubs, around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Park Village Theater, adjacent to the Other Side Restaurant.  Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend.  Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m. The Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m. 
 
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Feb. 25 Meeting Notes

President Scott Thompson called the meeting to order at noon. Randy Skeie led the invocation, Dick Broman the song and Pledge, and Jack McDade introduced guests. Guests included Jose Almeida. Scott told a blonde joke.
 
Announcements
  • Larry Williams reminded everyone that it’s Duck Race time again and that Thursday, March 3, representatives from the 64 charities will meet to collect their sales packets. Volunteers are needed immediately following the Rotary meeting to help assemble packets.
  • Debbie Delaney said that 930 letters will be going out to merchants next week to solicit prizes for the Duck Race. She hopes to offer 600 prizes this year, up from last year’s 577. She needs volunteers to help with this effort.
  • Tara Moenning read a letter from Sadie Miller, recipient of the 2015 George Prochaska Scholarship from Rotary. Sadie thanked the club for the financial help and shared her academic progress. Tara invited all club members to support It’s Showtime, which raises funds for scholarships. It’s Showtime will be held on April 22 and 23.
Induction
Rick Taylor, membership chair, inducted Russell Garendour into the Rotary Club of Estes Park and thanked his sponsor, Jack Boatman. All members welcomed Russell with a round of applause.
 
Happy Money
  • Rob Ludlum is happy to be at Rotary after spending some time last week in the hospital.
  • Debbie Delaney is happy to be at Rotary after spending some time recently in the hospital.
  • Kathy Groesbeck shared her pride in her 3-year old grandson’s talent.
Program
Claudine Perrault introduced John Nicholas, president and CEO of the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation, who provided an overview of the group’s work in the following four areas: community-wide strategy, workforce housing, competitive Broadband, and entrepreneurship.
 
Adjournment
President Scott Thompson adjourned the meeting at 12:59 with the double recitation of the Four-Way Test.
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Feb. 25 Photo Highlights

Jack McDade, a member of the Rotary Club of Estes Park since 1984, introduced guests.

Jose Almeida came to hear the program; Claudine Perrault introduced the speaker.

Rick Taylor inducted new club member, Russell Gardenour, and thanked his sponsor, Jack Boatman.

The club made a great donation to the children's library, Busy, Busy Town, to thank our speaker John Nicholas.

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Director Bielmaier to discuss emergency services in Estes Park

Mike Bielmaier, Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC), will give a special presentation at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the regular noon meeting. He will discuss emergency services provided by our ambulance paramedics and EMTs to the Estes Valley and surrounding communities. In addition, a special award will be presented by the Rotary Club to the Estes Park Medical Center Emergency Medical Services. 
 
Bielmaier has been in EMS for 34 years and is a national registry Paramedic. He received a B.S. degree in Healthcare Administration with an emphasis in Emergency Management from the University of Phoenix in 2013. In addition, Mike is an instructor for Dive Rescue International, instructing dive rescue/swift water rescue and recovery. Moreover, he is trained in tactical emergency response by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department and is an active member of the regional SWAT and Bomb squads. Currently Director of EMS, Bielmaier has been at EPMC and served our community for over 10 years.
 
He is the proud father of two sons, Jacob and Noah, who attend the Estes Park High School.
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century. Rotary clubs, around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.
 
The Rotary Club of Estes Park meets Thursdays at the Park Village Theater, adjacent to the Other Side Restaurant. Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary and its programs are welcome to attend. Buffet is served at 11:30 a.m., the Rotary business meeting opens at noon, and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m. 
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Feb. 11, 2016 Meeting Notes
 
President Scott Thompson called the meeting to order. Brad Rosenbaum gave the invocation. Dick Broman led us in singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” a Capella.   (What a show-off) Scott Thompson led guest introductions. There were no visiting Rotarians. Jack Boatman introduced his guest Russ Gardenour who is visiting our club for the second time. We welcomed back member Pat Barnett after an absence. Bill Smith introduced his boss Susan Allnut from Fort Collins. 
 
President Scott’s Joke of the Day was once again met with groans and calls for mercy.
 
Nominating Committee
Brad Rosenbaum presented the official second reading of the nomination of Rick Taylor for President Elect.
 
Announcements
  • Tara Moenning announced that the annual community cleanup will be held the last Saturday of April as usual which is the 30th this year, and is the weekend before the Duck Race. 
  • May 14 is the next Shred-a-thon, Tara also announced. Another event is scheduled at the fairgrounds so this time the shred will be held at the EP High School parking lot.
Happy Money
  • Scott Thompson was happy for the good treatment wife Karen received at the Estes Park Medical Center for her routine diagnostic procedure yesterday.
  • Robert Ludlum was happy with the expectation of today’s program.
  • Madison Casey was happy for the Broncos Super Bowl victory!
  • Jack Overly was happy that his wife Mary was happy that football season was finally over.
Program
Sandy Reid introduced today’s program --Lynn Arenson of Medical Transport Solutions, a division of MASA.   She told us about air and ground ambulance service and how these services are billed and insured.  Her company sells comprehensive insurance for this that covers families anywhere in the world to get the ill person and their family, possessions, pets, and vehicles back home. 
 
Submitted by Madison Casey, Scribe
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Meeting Notes, Feb. 4, 2016

The February 4th meeting was called to order by President Scott Thompson. The Invocation was delivered by Pete Sumey. Jack Overly led us in a hearty rendition of “It’s a Grand Old Flag”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Very welcome guests were Dick Life, who came to hear the program, and Jack Boatman’s invitee Russ Gardenour who has helped us with the duck race over several years.
 
After a groan-inducing joke about a mugger, President Scott made several announcements that are important to all members: 
  • The board has been brainstorming to come up with ways to improve and strengthen our noon Rotary.
  • We are all encouraged to introduce new members to the idea of serving the community through joining Rotary.
  • Lunch will cost $12 beginning next week. This increase will help to slow the amount the club pays each week above the amount received for a guaranteed number of meals.
  • Scott has completed an update of the roster of members’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. A copy is available for each member to take home.
  • Many clubs have “classification” talks as their programs. This is where a member presents a program based on the career field they listed when they joined Rotary. By learning from each other, we find out more about the individual and gain insight into fields we may know little about. It is suggested we schedule more of these interesting programs from our members.
  • We are sending a get well card to Bob Hamlin, who is in the hospital in Loveland.
  • All of us are encouraged to reach out and care for one another by seeking out members who are not in attendance to make sure they know we miss them and hope they can come to meetings again soon. 
Nominating Committee Report
Nominating Committee chair Brad Rosenbaum thanked Scott for the hard work he is doing as Rotary President. He then gave the first reading of the nominee for President Elect for next year: Rick Taylor (who was inspired to step up by Thor).
 
Golf Committee Report
Golf Committee chair Bruce Carmichael requested at least two more members for this important fundraising committee. Tasks include renewing sponsorships, collecting gift certificates, and networking with golfers to have them sign up to play in the tournament. There is already a strong core of hard workers who would welcome new volunteers to assist in this venture.
 
Happy Money
  • Happy Money was given by Karen Thompson because the Broncos are playing in the Superbowl. 
  • Jay Harroff gave a happy update on Daphne – she is now in 8th grade and will be playing on the basketball team this afternoon. 
  • Thor Homme is happy to introduce Bob Brunson who is presenting today’s program. At 94 years old Bob is a fine inspiration to us all as an example of how to age gracefully while staying up to date – he is on Facebook – and is always open to new people and experiences. Thor wants to be like him when he matures.
Program
Our Own Bob the Explorer, with the able assistance of Mark Riffle from the library, enthralled the audience with beautiful pictures from his photographic journey through the game parks of Kenya in the 1970’s: “Long Necks and Striped Asses”. Many thanks to Bob for educating us on a wide range of birds and animals in Kenya.
 
Submitted by Dale Bonza, Scribe

 
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Meeting Highlights: Feb. 4, 2016

The February 4th meeting was called to order by President Scott Thompson. The Invocation was delivered by Pete Sumey. Jack Overly led us in a hearty rendition of “It’s a Grand Old Flag”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Very welcome guests were Dick Life, who came to hear the program, and Jack Boatman’s invitee Russ Gardenour who has helped us with the duck race over several years.
 
After a groan-inducing joke about a mugger, President Scott made several announcements that are important to all members: 
  • The board has been brainstorming to come up with ways to improve and strengthen our noon Rotary.
  • We are all encouraged to introduce new members to the idea of serving the community through joining Rotary.
  • Lunch will cost $12 beginning next week. This increase will help to slow the amount the club pays each week above the amount received for a guaranteed number of meals.
  • Scott has completed an update of the roster of members’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. A copy is available for each member to take home.
  • Many clubs have “classification” talks as their programs. This is where a member presents a program based on the career field they listed when they joined Rotary. By learning from each other, we find out more about the individual and gain insight into fields we may know little about. It is suggested we schedule more of these interesting programs from our members.
  • We are sending a get well card to Bob Hamlin, who is in the hospital in Loveland.
  • All of us are encouraged to reach out and care for one another by seeking out members who are not in attendance to make sure they know we miss them and hope they can come to meetings again soon. 
Nominating Committee Report
Nominating Committee chair Brad Rosenbaum thanked Scott for the hard work he is doing as Rotary President. He then gave the first reading of the nominee for President Elect for next year: Rick Taylor (who was inspired to step up by Thor).
 
Golf Committee Report
Golf Committee chair Bruce Carmichael requested at least two more members for this important fundraising committee. Tasks include renewing sponsorships, collecting gift certificates, and networking with golfers to have them sign up to play in the tournament. There is already a strong core of hard workers who would welcome new volunteers to assist in this venture.
 
Happy Money
  • Happy Money was given by Karen Thompson because the Broncos are playing in the Superbowl.
  • Jay Harroff gave a happy update on Daphne – she is now in 8th grade and will be playing on the basketball team this afternoon.
  • Thor Homme is happy to introduce Bob Brunson who is presenting today’s program. At 94 years old Bob is a fine inspiration to us all as an example of how to age gracefully while staying up to date – he is on Facebook – and is always open to new people and experiences. Thor wants to be like him when he matures.
Program
Our Own Bob the Explorer, with the able assistance of Mark Riffle from the library, enthralled the audience with beautiful pictures from his photographic journey through the game parks of Kenya in the 1970’s: “Long Necks and Striped Asses”. Many thanks to Bob for educating us on a wide range of birds and animals in Kenya.
 

Submitted by Dale Bonza, Scribe
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Photos from Jan. 21, 2016 meeting

Marsha Yelick gave a thoughtful and poetic invocation.

Dave Evans led us in teaching the world to sing.

Pete Sinnott introduced guests.

Karol Rinehart was welcomed to the Blue Badge Brigade.

Brad is happy that Karol joined the club.

Jim Austin was happy about Rotarians' work at Winterfest.

Jim McGibney presented a program on Korea and encouraged us to sign up for the Seoul conference.

And now the children's library has a book on Korea, courtesy of a club grant. It's one way we thank our speakers.

 
Photo Highlights Rita DuChateau 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
A quack-out from the Big Duck
Before I leave town I want to thank all of you for your efforts in securing sponsors for the 2016 Duck Race Festival. We are down to two outstanding accounts and we will get them. More importantly we have several new sponsors: Dave BBQ, Park Supply, Egg and I, Lumpy Ridge Liquor, Estes Park Brewery, etc.  Have a great holiday season and again many thanks.
Rene Moquin
2016 Big Duck (Chairman)
 
Duck Race News Rene Moquin 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita DuChateau

Pumpkin Day - Year 79!

Many volunteers made the annual Pumpkin Distribution Day on a success.
Classes gathered for group pictures on Oct. 23 with their pumpkins at the Estes Park Elementary School.
A fun day for Rotarians, parents and kiddos.
Pumpkin Distribution Day Rita DuChateau 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
The Ron Kuhns Memorial Scholarship
 
To commemorate Ron Kuhns' service to the Rotary Club of Estes Park, especially his generous support of our Foundation's Scholarship Awards, a scholarship has been established in Ron's name. Contributions are now at $7,600, with a goal of $30,000. This amount will allow the scholarship fund to award a $1,000 scholarship annually.
 
If you would like to join your fellow Rotarians in honoring Ron, please send a check to Estes Park Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 1365, Estes Park, CO 80517. In the memo line of your check, please add "Ron Kuhns Scholarship Fund" and send the check to Gregg Jurgens' attention.
 
For more information, contact Tara Moenning.
Ron Kuhns Memorial Scholarship 2015-08-16 00:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam, Ron Kuhns 

 
Services will be held for Rotary Club of Estes Park member Ron Kuhns Friday July 24, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies 1700 Brodie Ave Estes Park. Ron died Thursday evening in Boulder. Online obituary and guest book will be available at www.allnutt.com. 

Ron was born July 26, 1933. He joined the Rotary Club of Estes Park in May 1997, sponsored by Ned Linegar.

"Ron was a great guy, a great Rotarian, an extraordinarily generous man who always had a laugh and smile. He will be missed," said a club member.
In Memoriam, Ron Kuhns Rita DuChateau 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita DuChateau
June 27 golf tourney a win for golfers and students
 
 
A great turnout, a gorgeous day and some fabulous prizes created a successful Rotary Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament on June 27, according to the event chairman. Golfers and sponsors included several visiting Rotarians, including Sojourner Frank Haines, pictured above.
 
“The 2015 tournament had the best turn out we have experienced in several years. We had 70 golfers, and everyone left happy,” said Bruce Carmichael, golf tournament chairman.
 
“We are still collecting sponsor pledges and paying our bills, so I can't give official fundraising results, but I believe we have exceeded our goal of 12,000,” he added.
 
A complete list of sponsors and prize donors will be available within a week, he added.
 
The event winners were:
 
1st Place Team: Mike Romero, Kathy Romero, David Persons, Anthony Welch
2nd Place Team: Jane Schoen, Sam Portman, Shelley Doggett, Brad Doggett
3rd Place Team: Jay Harroff, Javier Gomez, Curt Collar, Dave Lasota
Chip and Putt Contest: Brad Rosenbaum
Closest to the Pin, Hole #2: Bob Rising
Closest to the Pin, Hole #7: Roxanne VanSkiver 
Closest to the Pin, Hole #10: Justin Calkins
Closest to the Pin, Hole #15: Tim Hull
Most Accurate Drive Men: Bryon Holmes
Most Accurate Drive Women: Carrie Logan
Longest Putt Men: Wayne Andersen
Longest Putt Women: Ashley Hartman
 
“We are gratified with the support we received from golfers, sponsors and the many merchants who donated prizes,” Carmichael said. “I think we had a fun and financially successful tournament and a great committee that put it all together.”
Golf Tournament Update Rita DuChateau 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
President's Night Highlights Scott Thompson 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bonza

Time Capsule and Bench project draws three willing workers

Monday June 25th, three Rotarians from our club restored the Estes Park Knoll Willows Time Capsule and bench area. This involved replacing heavy flagstones throughout the area cut to size by the Estes Park Public Works Department. Jim Austin, Thor Homme, and Pete Sinnott provided the labor and expertise to replace the stone seats and mortar them for all time.  

Thanks to this Rotary “A” team of constructors for their efforts.

The time capsule was a Rotary project in 2005 and presumably in 2115 someone will be there to see what’s inside. It is on MacGregor avenue facing the beautiful valley in front of the Knoll Willows area and across the street from the Bank of Estes Park parking lot. 

The water tank unit was provided by Jim Austin towing it with an unusually nice tow vehicle.

Plenty of leaders in this group made for lots of discussion on the alignment and placement of the flagstone.

Time Capsule project Chuck Bonza 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita DuChateau
 
CORRECTED: This week's program features park, rec district update
 
 
This week's speakers will be Skyler Rorabaugh, executive director of Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, and Recreation Superintendent Tom Carosello.  The program will be a general update on current District programming, projects and initiatives, and will include some ideas on what will be offered in the future.
 
Skyler Rorabaugh grew up in western Kansas, in the Russell and Ellis communities. He is a graduate of Brown Mackie College, with a degree in business administration management, and a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s of science in recreation/sports management and a master’s of science in sports administration. Rorabaugh participated in college and semi-pro baseball through early years in college. He served as the Ellis Recreation Commission Executive Director in Ellis, KS from 1999 to 2006, the Aquatics Director and Recreation Director for the City of Bonner Springs, KS from 2006 to 2007,  and the Executive Director for the Turner Recreation Commission in Kansas City, KS from 2007 to 2012.
 
Rorabaugh has been the Executive Director for the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District since April 2012. He has accepted the Director of Campus Recreation position with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and will begin work there in August 2015.
 
His family includes his wife Kristen, daughter Jaysa and son Chase. His hobbies include basketball, volleyball, softball, disc golf, hiking, skiing, hunting, running, listening to music and attending concerts. 
 
Tom Carosello was recently hired as the Recreation Superintendent for the District. Tom served as the Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Pagosa Springs since 2007. He began his formal career in parks and recreation in 2005. Prior to that he was a journalist and grant writer for 11 years, covering local sports, environmental and government issues in Ohio, Arizona and Colorado. He has a B.A. in Sports Journalism and Public Relations from Ohio State University.
This week's program - CORRECTED Rita DuChateau 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete Sumey
January 21 Meeting Notes
 
President Scott Thompson rang the bell at 12:00. The Invocation was presented by Marsha Yelick. Dave Evans led us in song  and the Pledge of Allegiance. Guests were introduced by Peter Sinnott. Visiting Rotarians: Guest Speaker Jim McGibney, Past President of the Denver Downtown Rotary Club.
There were no Guests of Rotarians.

Announcements
President Scott reported that the Brainstorming process is ongoing.
The club roster is being updated.
Consideration is leading toward the establishment of a Care Giver Committee.
 
Blue Badge, New Member Bio
Rick Taylor presented Karol Rinehart with her Blue Badge. Karol presented her bio to the group. Karol was commended for her friendly demeanor, willing participation in club activities, and leadership as Director of Club Administration Services.
 
Happy Money
Brad Rosenbaum is happy that Karol is a Rotarian.
Jim Austin is happy with the club volunteer turnout for the Chili Contest at Winterfest.
Bob Brunson is happy that Karol was his partner at the Chili Contest.
Kathy Groesbeck, Director of Fund Development, thanked everyone who volunteered for the Chili Contest. The effort raised $3,000 for Club Projects. Peter Sinnott and Chuck Bonza were thanked for their efforts to organize the volunteers.
 
Program
Jim Austin introduced speaker Jim McGibney, the honorary consul of the Republic of Korea for this area and the Vice Dean for the Colorado Consular Corporation.
 
Adjournment
President Scott Thompson dismissed the group with the 4-Way Test.
 
Respectfully submitted by Pete Sumey
 
Meeting Notes Pete Sumey 2015-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bonza
Glen Haven Global Grant Update 
 
Rotary International approved a grant on August 12, 2014 for $168,000 for the recovery of water and septic systems to property owners in Glen Haven after the devastating flood of September 2013. What’s remarkable about this grant it includes funds from Rotarians in India and Brazil which were matched by Rotary International.
 
Results since August of 2014 for the $168,000 Rotary International grant for Glen Haven property owner flood recovery of wells and septic tanks are:
  • $138,000 has been distributed: $104,450 for wells and $32,037 for Septic tanks for 30 property owners
  • Approximate $30,000 is still to be distributed to 7 applicants still in the process of permits and contracting
Committee members from all three Rotary Clubs in Estes Park continue to be active with the hopes of having the funds distributed and successful grant completion by June of this year.
 
Glen Haven Grant Update Chuck Bonza 2015-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Guy Van der Werf
Major13 to headline Dec. 10 program
 
 
Major13 , the Estes Park High School’s vocal jazz ensemble, will sing at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, December 10, at their regular noon meeting.
 
Consisting of the top 13 vocalists from the choral program at the EPHS, Major13 is under the direction of Dr. Alan Denney.  The ensemble performs all over the state of Colorado and regularly sings at the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.
 
Dr. Alan Denney is in his 10th year as choral director at the EPHS.  He has studied conducting with Dr. James Jordan, Dr. Gary Graden, and Dr. Rodney Eichenberger.  This year, a record 110 students participate in one of the four choral ensembles at the EPHS, which represents 30 percent of the school’s student population!
 
We hope that you enjoy their performance!
 
Please note that all family members, friends and other community members are very welcome to join us for the performance.
 
Copy of This week's program Guy Van der Werf 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Guy Van der Werf
Major13 to headline Dec. 10 program
 
 
Major13 , the Estes Park High School’s vocal jazz ensemble, will sing at the Rotary Club of Estes Park on Thursday, December 10, at their regular noon meeting.
 
Consisting of the top 13 vocalists from the choral program at the EPHS, Major13 is under the direction of Dr. Alan Denney.  The ensemble performs all over the state of Colorado and regularly sings at the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.
 
Dr. Alan Denney is in his 10th year as choral director at the EPHS.  He has studied conducting with Dr. James Jordan, Dr. Gary Graden, and Dr. Rodney Eichenberger.  This year, a record 110 students participate in one of the four choral ensembles at the EPHS, which represents 30 percent of the school’s student population!
 
We hope that you enjoy their performance!
 
Please note that all family members, friends and other community members are very welcome to join us for the performance.
 
This week's program Guy Van der Werf 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
In Memoriam, John Hazlitt
 
The memorial service for Estes Park Rotary Member John Hazlitt will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:00 at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave.
In Memoriam, John Hazlitt Rita DuChateau 2015-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Today's Duck Yuck
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Q: How do you get down off a horse?
A: You don't get down off a horse..you get down off a duck!
 
 
Humor provided by Dale Bonza
Duck Yuck Dale Bonza 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kerrie Hill

Immunization Month winners

Each child that was immunized had their name put into a drawing for a $100 Safeway Gift Card.
Dr. Mark Wiesner, Pediatrician with Estes Park Medical Group, and Conner Harr, a recent high school graduate.
Baby Todd Kennedy, Dr. Mark Wiesner, and Todd’s mom, Elizabeth.
 
   
Immunization Month Kerrie Hill 2015-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome our two prospective members!
 
Rick Taylor, membership chairman, recently sent information by email to all club members on two prospective club members. Please review the following:
  • Application and biographical statement for Karol Rinehart
  • Application and biographical statement for Deeanna Windyka
​He asks that all members introduce themselves to Karol and Deeanna. He also thanks their sponsors and mentors.
 
"Kerrie has introduced several staff at the hospital to our club in recent years and her gracious manner and enthusiasm for Rotary is much appreciated. Thank you, Kerrie! Our president, Brad Rosenbaum, introduced Karol Rinehart to our club and will serve as Karol's sponsor.  Thank you, Brad!  Dale Bonza has also been instrumental in welcoming Karol to our club and will serve as Karol's mentor, helping her to feel connected from day one," Taylor said.
New members proposed Rick Taylor 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita DuChateau

Calling All Grant Applicants!

The Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation has announced the opening of the application process for the 2014-2015 Community Rotary Grants Program. The Foundation, in partnership with the noon Rotary Club, invites grant proposals from charitable or other tax-exempt organizations in the Estes Valley.  The deadline for receipt of the completed applications is January 2, 2015. Awards will be announced in late January 2015.
”It’s anticipated that these proposals will support programs and projects that help foster the general well-being of our community while advancing the principles and purposes of Rotary,” said Dave Evans, Community Grants Chairman for the Foundation. “The recipient organizations address a wide variety of causes, including support for the arts, for youth and the elderly, as well as overall community needs.”
Charitable non-profit organizations may download both the application and guidelines from the Rotary Club of Estes Park’s website at www.rotaryclubofestespark.org under the heading, “Community Grants.”  Requests for hard copy of the application and guidelines may be mailed to The Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation, PO Box 1854, Estes Park, CO  80517. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  
The mission of the Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation is to help foster the general well-being of the Estes Park community. Created in 1977, the Foundation fulfills the mission in two ways.  It annually awards scholarships to qualified youth graduating in May from the Estes Park High School.  It also awards grants to 501(c)(3) and other tax-exempt charitable organizations in the community each spring.
The Club generates funds for these purposes by conducting a variety of public fundraising events.  
“Traditionally, there’s always a great musical event in the late winter, then the Duck Race in the spring, and then a huge golf tournament in the summer,” Evans said.  Other member events and raffles also are conducted throughout the year. In addition, the Foundation receives donations and bequests from members and members’ families, designated to fund the general mission of the Foundation.          
“Although there is never enough money to support all the worthwhile causes, last year the Foundation proudly awarded over $15,000 in grants to 18 organizations,” explained Evans.  The largest grant was $2,000, and the average grant size was $834.  Since 2004, the Foundation has provided almost $162,000 to organizations in the Estes Valley. Since its creation in 1977, the Foundation has awarded funds totaling over $1 million for college-bound student scholarships and grants to local organizations.  
The 2014-2015 Grant Application emphasizes another important aspect of Rotarian beliefs.  Not only is the Foundation interested in funding worthwhile projects, but the Rotary club also  is interested in providing service via members.  The motto of Rotary is “Service Above Self."  Grant applicants are requested to list Rotary Club of Estes Park members who serve in any capacity within their organization. Applicants are also asked to suggest ways that Rotarians can help serve the organization with their time and talent.
Rotary is a service organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build peace in the world.  Rotary is dedicated to promoting truth, enhancing good will and friendships, and being beneficial and fair to all concerned.  
Noon Rotary Foundation Ready for Grant Applications Rita DuChateau 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

Get Quackin' - Still Time to Volunteer

Thor "Big Duck" Homme and his committee are ready to welcome the community to this year's Estes Park Duck Race on Saturday, May 3. Have you adopted your feathered friend yet? Your donation helps our community -  and gives you a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes!
 
Adoption forms are available at our  meeting today, from any of the 62 beneficiaries, or at Nicky's on Saturday.
 
Remember that by circling #1, your donation will benefit the Estes Park Rotary Foundation and will support our Community Grants Program.
 
Volunteers are needed for Race Day. See Thor for details. Help Estes Valley recover, show your Mountain Strong Spirit, and be a part of the area's biggest fundraiser.
 
Get Quackin'!
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The Hazeltons exhibit sedate golfing attire at the Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament

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Posted by Marsha Yelick on May 09, 2012

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The 24th annual Estes Park Duck Race now goes into the history books as a fast and profitable race for the 65 non-profit organizations in the Estes Valley who participated by selling duck adoptions.“5,713 ducks adopted today! Wow!”gushed Kris “Big Duck” Hazelton, chair of this year’s race. She beamed with pride because $108,491 will be distributed to the 65 participating organizations. 

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Catch The Glow Parade

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 We would like to thank all who were involved with the Catch The Glow Parade. The work you put in was greatly appreciated and well done. The float this year was exceptional you all
 represented our club with class! Here's one big Quack to all!
 
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We wanted to share some pictures from Malvin Walkers ceremony in which he was given the Legion Of Honor Medal form the French Consol. This Medal is the highest decoration in France and is well deserved. Thank you to Mal and all our great veteran's who have fought for our freedom.

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It’s Bell Ringing Time!

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Salvation Army needs your help for its annual bell ringing campaign. Noon Rotary is responsible for eleven days from November 29 through December 9. Randy Skeie and Wayne Andersen are coordinating the effort for the club and need volunteers for bell captains and bell ringers. Look for the sign-up sheet at Rotary meetings beginning Thursday, November 1.

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Posted by Brad Rosenbaum
COMMUNITY CORNER CAFE WAS A SUCCESS!
 
We want to give a big thanks to all who were involved with the cafe this past Friday night. Your help made it a huge success! We served over 170 people and provided a great atmosphere for all those who attended. It was a great time for the volunteers and attendees and we received many compliments throughout the night. The only complaint was a speck Don Widrig left on a plate he washed, but we had a talk with him and it was cleared up to give us 100% satisfaction. Thanks again to all who supported this great night. See you next year!
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Posted by Douglas Fox

The Rotary Club of Estes Park is seeking non-profit organizations and charities who want to raise money for their own group by participating in the 2013 Estes Park Duck Race on May 4th.  Organizations sell duck adoption forms asking buyers to check off their group on the adoption form which means the group gets $19 of the $20 cost of the adoption.  

            “It’s going to be a special race this year as we celebrate our Silver Anniversary and you will want to participate in all the events we have planned,” wrote Larry Williams and Susan Day in a letter mailed out this week to 61 organizations and charities that took part in the 2012 race.Image

             Williams and Day said there are two simple rules that must be followed:

1)      The non-profit group must have a local presence and benefit residents of the Estes Valley.

2)      The organization must be named as a receiving organization on at least $400 worth of duck adoptions (20 adoptions).

            Any non-profit wishing to participate should fill out an application form and return it no later than December 31st.  Forms are available by calling 970-586-3295 or writing the Rotary Club at PO Box 1226, Estes Park, CO 80516.

            “Last year, more than $108,000 went to 65 charities and organizations who took part in the race,” said Williams.  “As an example, the 8th grade Class Washington Trip Fund raised over $13,000 in last May’s race. Keep in mind 95% out of every $20 duck adoption goes to the organizations and charities selling adoptions. The Rotary Club retains only $1 to defray the cost of staging the race.  And because this is our 25th year, we’re planning some special Silver Anniversary events. Get those applications in by Dec. 31st”

            For more information, call 970-586-3295.

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Submitted by: Doug Fox

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Image*The first Estes Park market was on July 11, 1996, staffed and funded by a group from the Newcomers Club and dubbed the Estes/Big Thompson Valley Farmers Market.  

*Three of the original vendors continue to be involved: Mike Scofield,Terry Turner, and Eden Valley Farm are still participating.

*The red wagons date from the beginning and the market has been held in 3 different locations.

*At first, the city would issue a permit for only 2 months at a time.  Renewal depended on an accident-free record.  Enter the "car parkers".  

*The Rotary Club of Estes Park assumed responsibility for parkers in 2003 - nine years ago.  The Club declined management of the entire market.

*The funds were donated to local community organizations.

*Vickie Dennis, the flower vendor, took over management of the market in 2003.

*The EP Rotary Foundation receives $1000 each year from the market proceeds.

*In 2012 Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, proclaimed August 5-11 National Farmers Market Week,  The number of farmers markets nationwide has increased 170% in the last 12 years to almost 7,800 in 2012.  Boulder's is the largest in Colorado and consistently ranks among the bert in the nation.

Karen McClure

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This Week's Program


  
"Insurance And You In A Wildfire Prone Area" with Susan Fereday and Brock Harl

 

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Home owners insurance and you in a wildfire; What do you need to know to help manage an insurance claim and what you can do to mitigate your loss. We will discuss types of coverage available generally, how losses are typically paid and options for payment. What to watch for to make sure you have adequate coverage.

Susan Fereday has been with State farm Insurance Companies since 1993. She started June 1st, 2012 in Estes Park just in time for the Woodland Heights fire where 24 homes were lost, 11 being insured with State Farm. 

Brock Harl started with State Farm in 2003 in the liability and medical unit. He was promoted to a large loss unit where he was recognized by State Farm for his professionalism in handling the Woodland Heights and High Park fire.



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The Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation announces the opening of the application process for the 2012 Community ImageRotary Grants Program. The Foundation, in partnership with the noon Rotary Club, invites grant proposals from charitable or other tax-exempt organizations in the Estes Valley. The deadline for receipt of the completed applications is January 15, 2013 and awards will be announced in March 2013.

Charitable non-profit organizations may download both the application and guidelines from the Rotary Club of Estes Park’s website at www.rotaryclubofestespark.org under the heading, “Community Grants.” Request for hard copy of the application and guidelines may be mailed to The Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation, PO Box 1854, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The mission of the Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation is to help foster the general well-being of the Estes Park community. The Foundation, created in 1977, fulfills the mission in two ways. The Foundation annually awards scholarships to qualified youth graduating in May from the Estes Park High School. The Foundation also awards grants to 501(c)(3) and other tax-exempt charitable organizations in the community each spring.

The Club raises funds for these purposes by conducting a variety of public fund raising events. Traditionally, there’s always a great musical event in the late winter and then a huge golf tournament in the summer. Other member events and raffles are also conducted throughout the year.
In addition, the Foundation receives donations and bequests from members and member’s families, designated to fund the general mission of the Foundation.

Although there is never enough money to fund all the worthwhile causes, last year the Foundation proudly awarded over $12,000 to 17 organizations. The largest grant was $1,500 and the average grant size was $738. Since 2004, the Foundation has provided $134,250 to organizations in the Estes Valley. Since its creation in 1977, the Foundation has awarded funds totaling over $1,000,000 for college-bound student scholarships and grants to local organizations.

This year the 2012 Grant Application emphasizes another important aspect of Rotarian concerns. Not only is the Foundation interested in funding worthwhile projects, but the Rotary club is interested in providing service via members. The motto of Rotary is “Service Above Self.” Grant applicants are requested to list the Rotarians (Sunrise, Noon, or Long’s Peak) who serve in any capacity within their organization. Applicants are also asked to suggest ways that Rotarians can help serve the organization with their time and talent.

Rotary is a service organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build peace in the world. Rotary is dedicated to promoting truth, enhancing good will and friendships, and being beneficial and fair to all concerned.

Noon Rotary Foundation Ready for Grant Applications Brad Rosenbaum 0
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ImageGrowing up in rural parts of Guatemala is a challenge -- particularly if you’re a child in search of an education.  Jack Vaughan of the Rotary Club of Estes Park says consider some basics: “First, they’re not very literate and they’re awful poor.  Of all the kids who start in the first grade in elementary school, two-thirds of them have dropped out by the sixth grade.”  It’s not that way in the cities, but it is in rural Guatemala.
That’s where the Rotary Club works to make a difference in the lives of thousands of youngsters.
The Guatemala Literacy Project is one of four programs that will benefit from a fundraiser Sept. 18th at 6:30pm by the Rocky Mountain Opry at the National Park Village Playhouse, 900 Moraine Ave. (Highway 36). Proceeds from this special extended version of the Opry’s rock ’n’ roll show will all go for learning programs for kids in Guatemala and Estes Park.  Seating is limited and reservations are required for the show.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Opry’s Box Office at the National Park Village Playhouse entrance or by calling 970-577-8000.  Call soon because tickets are going fast.
“The teachers in Guatemala don’t have more than a high school education themselves,” explains Vaughan.  “That’s one thing. The other thing is most of these rural kids spend their time having kids as soon as they’re old enough.  So they grow up in large families that need a lot of help caring for their siblings. A lot of times they’re encouraged to drop out of school by the parents to stay home and help.”Image
Very few children in elementary and middle school in Guatemala have textbooks.  That’s why 350 Rotary clubs are partnering with the Cooperative for Education, a charitable group, which has been placing textbooks in Guatemalan schools for 15 years.  School by school, year by year, they’ve helped more than 29,000 children and have 128,000 textbooks in more than 190 rural schools. The project has cut the dropout rate by 46%.  Studies have shown that by simply staying in school, young people in Guatemala can improve their earning potential by as much as 50% over their lifetimes.
“The Rotary club is thrilled that the Rocky Mountain Opry is donating all of the proceeds of the show to this fundraiser,” said club president Pete Sumey. “They put on an amazing show and they are committing extra effort to make sure this show will be different from any of the others they stage at the Opry. We also want to thank Scott Webermeier for donating the use of the theater that night for the show.”
The fundraising show will start an hour earlier than usual and will feature a 50s-60s clothing contest, a trivia contest, more songs, and a vintage car show by members of the Estes Park Car Club. The Estes Park Museum is also supplying photos of the town in the 50s and 60s as part of the decorations for the show.
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It’s musical variety that fuels the performers on stage. “We did eight different shows here this summer,” show producer George Staerkel explained, “and in 56 shows to have eight different ones that’s a lot of variety.  There’re a couple of reasons for that: one, we don’t want to get bored playing the same thing night after night after night. By doing eight different shows over three months, that keeps it fun for us.”
It also keeps people coming back for more.  “We see them walk through the door every week,” said Barbara Barleen. “Some of them two or three times a week.  The loyalty is tremendous.”
“We’re not really playing for ourselves,” added Staerkel. “We’re playing for them, so we have to keep trying to think of new things to do to keep those regulars coming back.”
     “When I put a show together, I’m putting what they want,” said Barleen. “We can tell by audience response.  We can tell by the looks on their faces. If we’re doing something up there they’re not responding to -- out it goes.”
In addition to helping kids in Guatemala, the Rotary club plans to use the money raised to purchase books for the summer reading program at the Estes Valley Library and for improvements to theImage outdoor reading area the Rotary club constructed earlier this year.  It already has proven to be very successful in attracting children and parents for a reading adventure outdoors.  The club also will use fundraising proceeds to purchase the books each program speaker signs and donates to the children’s library.
“When you consider the impact this club has in helping children in Guatemala learn how to read and in maintaining the reading proficiency of children in Estes Park, it makes this fundraising event a really big deal,” said Sumey. “Spending $30 for a ticket to the Sept. 18th show is not just a ticket to an evening of great fun and great music it’s also an investment in our kids and kids thousands of miles away.  For them, it’s a ticket to a brighter future.”
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Ladies put on your poodle skirt, and guys grease up your hair, roll up those blue jeans, squeeze into a tee shirt with a cigarette pack rolled up in the sleeve, hop in your ‘57 Chevy and head for the Playhouse at the National Park Village on September 18th for an evening of rock ‘n’ roll hits from the 50’s and 60’s presented by the Rocky Mountain Opry.
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Posted by Brad Rosenbaum
 
Youth Exchange Student to Rotarian
 
By: TheresaMaria Widawski
 
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Years have a way of slipping by. It was 1970 when a shy and apprehensive young girl boarded a jetliner for an exotic destination half way around the world from Wilmette, Illinois. As a teenager, I never could have imagined the lasting impact those precious months as a Rotary Youth Exchange student would have on my life.
 
I was a senior in high school when someone mentioned that Rotary International, headquartered in a neighboring Chicago suburb, was sponsoring students for their youth exchange program. I immediately applied and was accepted. The organization was unfamiliar to me but I came to learn that it was an all male (at that time) service organization composed of community and business leaders. As the daughter of blue collar parents, I was in awe of the opportunity. So, with great excitement, I went off to the Rotary Club of Matsumoto, Japan where I was received with great kindness. I happily attended Arigasaki High School with my new friends and there I amazed both students and teachers with my “mastery” of English! Over the months, I lived with three families and was educated in the Japanese way of life, customs and thinking. I was sushi savvy before sushi was cool and I daresay, the girl who returned home was not the same one who left the year before.
 
Over the years I married, moved to Colorado, raised a family, built a business and served on several boards. I would hear the name Rotary now and then. There was a debt needing repayment.
Fast forward to a new millennium. My husband Thom, and I moved to Estes Park, Colorado full time in 2011. At a neighborhood gathering I was told that there were not one, but three Rotary Clubs in town. Hmmmm, Rotary. Now there’s a name that warms my heart. I jumped at the chance to attend a meeting with Rotarian Jim Austin and reconnect with the organization that changed my young life. The opportunity for repayment had presented itself.
 
The pride and the rich memories I carry from being a Rotary Youth Exchange student have never dimmed over the years nor has my conviction that the exchange experience changes the lives of all those who are involved. I saw my father’s WWII battle-hardened heart soften as he experienced the generosity of the Japanese people through me and I like to believe that my interactions with my Japanese families, friends and townspeople added to understanding and goodwill toward the United States. Now the debt I owe the program has inspired me to serve. Today, I am an active Rotarian, including being co-chair of the joint Youth Exchange Committee of the clubs of Estes Park; I learn more about what Rotary is and does and the opportunities to serve every day. Serve, that is another word that warms my heart. It has taken a few years, but this Youth Ex- change student has come full circle. I am a Rotarian.
 
We are looking for Youth Exchange alumni now living in District 5440. If you or someone you know has participated in the program at any time in the past please contact me at tm@veruscommercial.com or 970-586-4707.


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