Students shared their experiences at the recent Rotary Leadership camp. We also sent a student to the World Affairs Conference in Waukesha, WI, (Carroll University). RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary where students can develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making new friends and connections.   This annual event (held in Estes Park), is offered to qualifying junior high and high school students. Students always recall the camp fondly, talking about their favorite group activities, new friendships formed, along with building confidence and leadership skills.  
The World Affairs Seminar provides students a global perspective on world affairs, offering seminars and speakers from around the world, talking about current crucial topics.  
Grace Smathers, a previous RYLA participant and now Camp Counselor, announced the opportunity for Rotarians to volunteer for next year's RYLA camps.  If you are interested, please email Grace at   
Congratulations to these students.  It was exciting to hear about their experiences and how it inspired them.  As Debby Paris said,  "I know the future is in good hands".

Professor Bickers is the Chairman and Professor of the Political Science Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Dr. Bickers offered the question, “Are we entering into a wave year and what is the likelihood of a red wave this upcoming election?  So, what is a Wave Election?  The term wave election is frequently used to describe an election cycle in which one party makes significant gains in the Senate or House. These are generally viewed as a win/loss of about double the average midterm swing, approximately 45-50 seats. These have become increasingly common, occurring recently about every other midterm. For a wave election to occur, there are some identifying factors as precipitators. 

1) National Conditions: The popularity of the President. recessionary conditions, scandals, enthusiasm differentials, voter excitement, mismatched seats. 

 2) Candidate Decisions: The number of open seats.  Strategic retirements of vulnerable incumbents, Open seats are always more competitive.    Entry of high quality  challengers becomes for more likely when conditions look ripe for defeating incumbents.  (Usually has held/won an office before).   

3) Donor Decisions: The success or failure of major policy initiatives, Incumbents of the vulnerable party double-down on fundraising for PAC’s that give to incumbents.  Incumbents raise more money when they are threatened. In fact, a leading indicator of an incumbent’s loss is raising huge amounts of money, relative to potential donors to their normal amount. 

 Presented by Maria Martinez.

A Precious Child provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. A Precious Child partners with more than 500 agencies, such as, schools, health and human services, foster care organizations, hospitals, fire and police departments, churches, nonprofits and shelters. Through this partnering, they can amplify their impact and serve more individuals and families.  Headquartered in Broomfield, A Precious Child serves eight Denver Metro counties- Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and Weld.

Some recent examples of their service projects include: Support services to the Marshall Fire victims, child and family advocacy, support for youth to participate in sports and arts programs, school backpack programs, and mentor programs.  Maria said volunteers are essential. Opportunities like hosting supply drives or gathering teams for short term projects could be ideas for our club to engage with A Precious Child and serve the needs of our community.  

President Wein-Pin Yeh and Past President Debby Paris enjoy fellowship and libations at the Changing of the Guard Party this month. President Wein brings new officers to the board; Gregory Culvelier-Treasurer, Ben Thompson-Membership, and Mark Pimper-Vocational Service.  Additionally, Longmont Rotary inducted Co-President-Elects, Rose Crispin and Tim Waters.  Serving for two years, these PE/PEN’s will bring a new leadership strategy to the club.  Congratulations also to Frank Rainey, continuing secretary, Debbie Setlock, PR & Communications, Chris Ray, Foundation Chair, and Andres Puky, International Services. 

Mike Butler, former Longmont Chief of Security continues to make a difference in the Longmont Community. Mike is forming a non-profit school called, The School of Statesmanship. “We interchangeably use the word statesman, stateswomen, states-person.  This is a different kind of statesmanship school with emphasis on developing leadership/citizenship skills that view the world through a lens of goodness and possibilities, not just problems to be fixed”. This model moves away from a Patriarchal or Machiavellian style of leadership, and instead focuses on Servant Leadership-a model where leaders serve those they are leading.  “In our school, the art of great citizenship will be emphasized, believing that great communities are created by great citizens. That means not just leaders, but empowered citizens." 

Each course is three hours with 45 courses, totaling 135 hours of in-class course work, (with a few hours outside the classroom). He hopes the school will open in October of this year.  Some of the Task Force Partners include local Rotarians- Tim Waters, Carol Enright, Carol Santala-Gearing, Wein-Pin Yeh and Dick Lyons. 

Managed by the City of Longmont, NextLight is Longmont’s fiber internet provider. "We love being your neighbor and serving the Longmont community", said Valerie Dodd, CEO of NextLight.  
This community-based, community-owned provider offers gigabit fiber optics and is recognized as one of the fastest ISP's in the nation.  NextLight is now seven years old, with 25 thousand customers, and 90% built out with 100% fiber network.  This innovative company boasts 20 million in revenue and anticipates the debt to be paid off in 2029. Valerie circulated her business cards soliciting ideas for future innovations to support and serve the community of Longmont.
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Order your Palisade, Colorado peaches, fresh from C & R Farms with local pick-up on August 30th.  Price for a 18 lb box is $45 or $25 for a 9 lb half-box.   Click LINK to place your order. 
Proceeds benefit local Rotary Club projects in Longmont.  Payments can be made with Cash or Check payable to Longmont Rotary Club and will be collected when your peaches are picked up.  Pick up will be at High Plains Bank on August 30th beginning at 5pm with drive-thru service available. If you can’t make it on the 30th, please note in the box and your peaches will be held at the bank for later pick-up. 
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