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Congratulations to the Rotary Clubs of Longmont (Twin Peaks and Longmont Rotary) and the Niwot Rotary club for hosting a community Personal Care Products collection drive to support the needs of 4 local non-profits.  Collection bins were set up in the communities of Longmont and Niwot for 4 weeks.     

 

 

 

Angel Hoffman has been working in the geriatric field since the early 1990's.  Her experience includes both long-term and acute care with a focus on providing support and education to people living with dementia and their care partners.  Her motto for her work comes from the quote of Maya Angelou, " People will forget what you said, people will forget what you do, but they will never forget how you made them feel."  Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia- Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.  Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Dementia is not a normal part of aging. It is caused by damage to brain cells that affects their ability to communicate, which can affect thinking, behavior and feelings.   Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that is caused by complex brain changes following cell damage. It leads to dementia symptoms that gradually worsen over time. The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is trouble remembering new information because the disease typically impacts the part of the brain associated with learning first.

Bruce Davies shared history highlights of Estes Park.  Bruce provides driving tours of the nature and history of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. 
Archaeological discoveries of our Native American ancestors date back some ten thousand years, migrating through the areas we now call Estes Park.  Some of the valuable artifacts from that time can be seen at the Mahaffy Cache on the CU campus. 
The arrival of the first Euro-Americans to these valleys began in the 1790s.  Kentuckian, Joel and Patsy Estes and their 14 children traveled to this area in 1860, discovering its beauty and thinking it would be a great place for raising cattle.  The Estes family did not stay, leaving in 1866, in search for a more temperate place in which to ranch their cattle.  Others, however, soon arrived, and by 1874, the valley had been opened for settlement under the terms of the Homestead Act.  Though the first pioneer families (the MacGregors, Spragues, Jameses, Hupps, Fergusons, and Lambs among them) came to ranch and farm, most soon discovered that a more profitable living could be made by taking care of the needs of the summer visitors who arrived, in increasing numbers to vacation in this scenic area.  

Erik Mason shared with our club a few of the many memorable stories of Longmont’s colorful history, as outlined in his book, Longmont: The first 150 Years.   Through text and nearly 300 historic photographs, this book tells the stories of the many people who have called Longmont home. It is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley.

This year Longmont is celebrating its 150th anniversary.  The land that Longmont now sits on, was once the ancestral home of the Cheyenne, Ute and Arapaho Indians.  Longmont’s origins started with the Chicago-Colorado Colony.  Longmont’s agricultural hub fostered flour mills, a vegetable cannery, and a sugar factory, laying the foundation for its present day varied business enterprises.  

Longmont: The First 150 Years is available for purchase at the Longmont Museum's Gift Shop at 400 Quail Road and also available to borrow through the Longmont Library!

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.

 



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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