Longmont  Rotary Club
May 31, 2022
Longmont Rotary
Service Above Self
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
803 3rd Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501
United States of America
All our meetings are in-person and a buffet meal is provided. Lunch is served at 12pm. The actual meeting starts at 12:30 and ends at 1:30 pm.
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Program: Wildlife Sanctuary 
Thank you Austin Hill for this excellent presentation!         The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a 794-acre animal sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. The non-profit sanctuary specializes in rescuing and caring for large predators which are being ill-treated, for which their owners can no longer care, or which might otherwise be euthanized. Nearly 650 animals roam large-acreage, species-specific, natural habitats.  The elevated walkways above the animal habitats provides a fantastic view for visitors, while ensuring the animals are comfortable. At 1.51 miles in length, it even holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest footbridge.  All males are neutered upon arrival at the wildlife sanctuary, except for male tigers because their manes are influenced by testosterone, thus the female tigers all receive contraceptives.  It takes approximately 80,000 pounds of food to feed the animals and Walmart is a major donor in this effort.

The sanctuary also provides public education about the captive wildlife crisis in America and around the world.  In the US there are state specific laws related to ownership of  exotic dangerous animals. Presently there are four states with no laws banning ownership of such animals-Nevada, Alabama, North Carolina and Wisconsin.  It’s estimated that their are about 20,000 large exotic dangerous animals under private ownership.

Recently the Wild Animal Sanctuary was able to purchase of 9,004 acres in Las Animas and Baca counties. This location, called the Wild Animal Refuge, will provide a dream home for rescued animals. Though it won’t be open to the public, these remote lands feature amazing natural landscapes with rocks, hills, canyons and water that will serve the animals as a true sanctuary.

For more information or to schedule a visit contact:

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We welcome our guest to Longmont Rotary!
Dale Sherrod introduces our guest speaker,  Mr. Austin Hill from the Wild Animal Sanctuary.  
Andy Lee provided the Moments of Inspiration today, offering a quote from Henry Beston.   “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.”   -Henry Beston. The Outer Most House, documenting his year on Cape Cod.
May 24th Program: Relationship with the Northern Arapahoe
     Courtney Michelle, VP of Longmont Sister Cities Association, gave us an update on that organization and its relationship with the Northern Arapaho tribe.  LSCA has been active since the 1990’s, conducting student exchanges with Chino, Japan and Ciudad Guzman, Mexico.  It is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, affiliated with Sister Cities International, and has also enjoyed the support of Longmont City Council over the years.  Since 2020, the usual student exchange has been on hold due to the pandemic but a relationship with the Northern Arapaho tribe has begun to take shape.
     LSCA is the first sister cities organization to be successful in establishing some sort of exchange with a tribal nation.  At first SCI discouraged this endeavor, but they are now fully supportive.  Former Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley encouraged LSCA from the start, having met some of the tribal leaders and being interested in their history and problems.  Longmont and the surrounding area were once home to these people.  Since the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864, the Arapaho tribe has been split into two groups and put on reservations, the Southern group in Oklahoma and the Northern in Wyoming.  About 10,000 Northern Arapaho share the reservation with approximately 8,000 Shoshone, who were their traditional enemies.  Over the years, the two groups have intermingled.     
People on the reservations suffer disproportionally from poverty, isolation, drug and alcohol abuse, diabetes, and mental health problems.  Their leaders hope for their young people to gain educational opportunities and to travel and see their ancestral home land. These are the goals LSCA shares. 
     In September, 2021, an official signing ceremony took place in Longmont.  The celebration lasted three days, with dancing, music, food, prayer, a drum circle and youth activities.  Elders of the tribe, Longmont City Council members and the President of SCI were among the speakers.  It was a huge step forward.
     This summer the first student exchange with the tribe will take place.  Longmont students will have the honor of attending the annual Sundance, a rare opportunity for anyone outside the tribe.  Unlike our other exchanges, where students live in family homes, this time students will be housed and supervised in a group situation, both here and in Wyoming.  Obviously, it will take time to establish trust and understanding.  We will do some of the same activities we have done with kids from Japan and Mexico, such as painting at Crackpots, playing at the Rec Center, hiking, and performing for one another.
     Hopefully, we can resume our exchange program with Mexico and Japan by summer, 2023, and continue to expand the program with the Northern Arapaho students.  Travel and intercultural experiences enable understanding and open minds! 
May 10th Program: Denver Sports
PROGRAM:  Denver Sports with Troy Renck (May 10, 2022)
Troy Renck is currently the sports anchor at Denver7. He joined the station in 2016 as the Broncos insider and sportscaster. Renck worked for the Denver Post from 2002 to 2016 as the Rockies beat writer. In 2014 he joined the Post Broncos beat and in 2015 he took charge as the lead reporter during the team’s Super Bowl season. He has also worked for the Havasu City Today’s Daily News, the Colorado Daily covering CU athletics, and the Longmont Daily Times-Call. He hosts the Broncos Podcast with Troy Renck Mile High Sports. Renck was awarded the 2016 Top Breaking News award by the Associated Press Sports Editors for his coverage of Peyton Manning’s retirement.
Troy and his wife have lived in Longmont since 1996 and both of their sons graduated from Longmont High School where they played sports. Troy coached his sons in baseball from a very early age. Although baseball is Troy’s first love, the opportunity to cover the Broncos eliminated the long, grueling travel schedule required to cover baseball.
During his presentation, Troy focused on the Broncos. He said for the first time in six years, the “veil of darkness” has been lifted. The Broncos are finally worth talking about.  It has been six years since they reached the playoffs. Five straight losing seasons; they have had 11 starting quarterbacks since Manning. Renck is optimistic and very excited about where Russell Wilson can take the Broncos as quarterback.  During his 10 years in the NFL, Wilson has gone to the ProBowl 9 times and won a Super Bowl. He is obsessed with the process; he is obsessed with practice and getting better and winning. The Broncos need that—many of the players didn’t know what hard work looked like until Russell Wilson shows up at 5 am every day—it creates excitement and accountability. Last season the Broncos averaged 19 points a game and only 17 points at home; winning teams average 25 points or more. Russell will change that—he has many offensive weapons--it’s going to be fun! Renck thinks the Broncos can at least make it to the playoffs this year!
The other reason for guarded optimism for the Broncos is their new head coach, Nathaniel Hackett. He is a human “Red Bull,” very much the opposite of Vic.  Hackett has never been a head coach at any level but he has incredible energy, understands the U-tube generation, is adaptable, and is an excellent communicator. Russell Wilson’s experience, knowledge, and leadership will be key to Hackett’s success or lack thereof. Renck believes Hackett has a chance to be successful with the modern athlete.
Renck fielded questions about his thoughts around the offensive line and receivers, the assistant coach positions, and if there is more to the story of why Wilson left Seattle. Asked about the Rockies being 500 in May for the first time, does he think there is any hope for them this year—he does not.
The Broncos 2022 schedule comes out on May 12—check it out!
President's Message
Debby Paris
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Hello All,

Thank you for granting me the opportunity to serve as the president of the Rotary club of Longmont for the 2021–2022 Rotary year.

The upcoming year will be one of continuing change as we start the process of returning to the “new normal“ of in-person meetings. The process is going to be a "crawl, walk, run" and I hope everyone will be patient. 
The theme of this rotary year is "Serve to change lives".  It will be wonderful to be able to come up with projects to follow this theme and continue to serve our community locally nationally and internationally.
While we will not be able to have in person RYLA again this year, there will be a one day virtual session. With school being in person, I am looking forward to the Young Rotarian‘s being able to start up again in the fall. Our youth are the future of rotary!
My goal this year is to grow our club by a few members and for everyone to think of younger people in the community who would make great Rotarians.
I look forward to a terrific year.
Yours in Rotary,
Debby Paris
Rotary Club of Longmont
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Scoma, Guy      May 1st       58 Years
Paris, Debby     May 5th     24 Years
Stacey, Russ      May 7th     26 Years
Rezac, Nancy    May 16th    16 Years
Bolton, Sue       May 18th    18 Years
Walker, Josh     May 24th    11 Years
Butler, Joe        May 25th    23 Years
Phillips, Laura  May 27th     5 Years
Korringa, Jeff   May 28th   22 Years
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