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Byron Kominek and his father are co-owners of Jack’s Solar Garden.   This family farm, located off of North 95th St. in Boulder County, is unique in that it now incorporates agrivoltaics.  Agrivoltaics utilizes the same land for both solar photovoltaic power as well as for agriculture. 

Currently the farm has installed 3,200 solar panels, (which provides enough power for over 300 family homes),  along with the production of agriculture.

Through various partnerships, Jack’s Solar Garden offers valuable research and public education in this new sphere of sustainable farming called agrivoltaics. Educational tours are available. 

Jack's Solar Garden is the largest commercially active agrivoltaics system researching a variety of crop and vegetation growth under solar panels not just in Colorado, but in the United States.

For more information, follow this link to the website:  Jack’s Solar Garden.

 

Dee Marie,  Author, Yoga Teacher Trainer, CYT , Founder, and Executive Director of CALMING KIDS.
 
In 2004, Dee created CALMING KIDS: Creating a non-violent world, starting out as a pilot program in a local elementary school.  This program quickly grew into an important classroom tool for teaching children non-violent communication, and respect for their peers’ personal space.
 
This curriculum contained:    
• Evidence-Based
• Supports Anger Management
• Improves Concentration
• Reduces Stress
• Promotes Physical Wellbeing
• Fosters Empathy
 
BULLYING IN SCHOOLS
According to a 2001 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, bullying and aggressive behavior are on the rise in American schools. CALMING KIDS is an effective solution, training school teachers, counselors, yoga teachers, and students how to use non-denominational yoga techniques to increase concentration, relaxation, and fitness as a means promoting non-violent communication and anger management.
 
In addition to teaching school children of all ages and grades, Dee offers a yoga teacher training to young adult students interested in spreading this important body of material. 
For more information: Follow this link to the website- Calming Kids
Epidemiologist, Michael Langona provided a COVID-19 update.  Prior to his retirement, Michael finished off his epidemiological career at Longmont United Hospital (2005-2018). Michael provided us with a primer review of the virus SARS CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19.  This all too familiar name breaks down as: CO-corona, VI-virus and D-disease.

 

Rotary Clubs of Longmont (Twin Peaks and Longmont Rotary) and the Niwot Rotary club are hosting a community Personal Care Products collection drive to support the needs of 4 local non-profits.  Collection bins will be set up in the community (King Soopers on  S. Hover, Pace St and ACE Hardware and Walmart on East Ken Pratt Hwy).  In Niwot the bins will be located at Niwot Market and Niwot High School.  The collection drive will be for 3 weeks, starting April 18th to May 8th.  
Katharine Reece is the Donor Relations Manager for the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County. The organization is working to close the opportunity gap in education in Boulder County. "I Have a Dream" was founded in 1981 by Eugene Lang in Harlem, New York. Today, there are 22 affiliates in the U.S. and Boulder County is the largest affiliate.
 
The organization works to improve the graduation rate in Boulder County and believes that the entire community is responsible for student success. A recent survey showed that Boulder County is least open to minorities, immigrants and refugees. As a result, many people of color feel excluded from our community.
 
I Have a Dream seeks to identify affected students and create resources to close the gap. The organization provides social and emotional support to "dreamers" and up to $10,000 in post-secondary tuition education assistance to each dreamer. Fifty to sixty students in a grade school or housing site form a "cohort" and opt in for 12+ years of support. I Have a Dream forms partnerships with school districts and housing partners.
 
Family partnerships include home visits, support with parent-teacher conferences, mentoring and support navigating the educational system. Additionally, post-secondary and career support are offered, along with scholarships.
 
I Have a Dream of Boulder County employs 32 full-time and part-time staff, 30 Notre Dame Americorps members and 700 volunteers. For more information, contact Katharine at katharine.reece@ihaveadreamboulder.org.
Our Young Rotarians continue to meet every other week via a Zoom call.  The silent auction will be postponed, a fundraising event to benefit the Philippines Project, providing food and school supplies to children in that area.  


Hello Everyone,

 

The Rotary theme for 2020-21 is Rotary Opens Opportunities.. A key goal for the upcoming Rotary year will be how do we maintain and continue all that the club has built over the last 100+ years?  What do we need to do to maintain the club as a cohesive unit?  How do we continue to support our community through local grants and projects?  How do we continue to support Rotary International, the Foundation, and Polio plus?  Also, how do we prepare for the day when programs like RYLA are able to resume?  

 

A friend of mine is a multiple time cancer survivor.  He always says that tough times mean that better ones are in the future.  With that in mind, my focus will be on how we maintain what we have today, and how we prepare to transition to the other side of our current paradigm.  Longmont Rotary has a great tradition and a great group of people.  Like everything else these days, things will be a little more difficult than usual, but we can and will succeed.

 

Thanks

Dave

Longmont Rotary

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UPCOMING CLUB SPEAKERS
Bruce Davies
May 11, 2021
History of Estes Park
Carolyn Love, Ph.D.
May 18, 2021
Unconscious Bias
Angel Hoffman
Jun 01, 2021
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
Representative Tracey Bernett
Jun 08, 2021
Day in the Life of a Legislator
Michelle Bailey
Jun 15, 2021
Build-A-Chair: Transforming Lives of Disabled Children & Adults in Tanzania
Scott Cook, CEO
Jun 22, 2021
Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
Longmont Rotary
Jun 29, 2021
Officers Induction
Chris Wiorek of Niwot Rotary Club
Jul 06, 2021
Rotary District 5450 WASH local Action Group
Scott Rochat
Jul 20, 2021
Energy Efficiency Rebates & New Business Benchmarking Program
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