Longmont  Rotary Club
November 23,  2021
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:  Crossroads School

Crossroads is a school with a unique vision for the Longmont area. Their mission is to assist middle and high school students who have experienced academic and/or behavioral struggles in traditional schools, to reach their potential through an individually distinctive, learner-appropriate program.  

Barb Bulthuis, the Executive Director provided a brief historical review of academic models in the US.  As the growth in American cities rose, the early American learning model centered on a factory-style learning of the 3 R’s (reading, writing and arithmetic). Classroom sizes comprised 30 students, of the same age learning the same material.  While this model proved effective for many, some differentiating began to develop. Ideas such as “No child left behind” arose as the discovery that children learn differently and more academic individualization offers more success for students.  Charter schools, magnet schools, vocational trade schools and certificate programs now offer successful paths for many students.

About 12 years ago, Barb began brainstorming a model that was “mastery based”.  Crossroads school opened its doors in August 2010. They offer smaller classroom size (8-10 students) and students advance only after they have mastered their current learning material.  While this might seem to slow down a student’s learning, a mastery-based focus can ultimately move a student forward quickly.

Barb shared a few stories of students at Crossroads and their transformative experience and resultant career success.   Crossroads has a plan to reshape the future of at-risk teens:  to offer an alternative source for solid education, to offer a second and sometimes third chance to students who need that extra support to provide an educational experience that gives students the foundational tools for a successful future.

Moment of Inspiration by Brandi Ruff
As we enter into the holiday season, Brandi offered us some advice.  "99 Ways to Survive the Holidays:  Avoid the Mall, Take a chill pill, Pray, Guzzle eggnog, Underschedule, Re-gift, Get a new family, Believe in Santa Claus.  Turn off your phone, Ring the bells for Salvation Army."   For the complete list of 99 click Here. 
Enjoy and Thanks Brandi for the holiday hints and humor!  
Vocational Talk:  Dr. Julia Bruce
Julia grew in the suburbs of Denver, “a lovely safe neighborhood with lots of kids”.  She graduated from Arapahoe High School.  She wanted to become an Oceanographer, "even though I had never seen the ocean".  She did a quick turn in college and instead majored in Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Her first job was growing large vats of E.coli, studying the actions of Messenger RNA.  When the funding of that research project ended, she decided to move to Mexico.  While it proved to be quite an adventure, she also enrolled in Medical School.  It wasn’t long before she transferred to the University of Colorado’s Medical School.  With her brand new degree, Julia and her family moved to California where she took over a practice at UCLA. As time went on, Julia was drawn back to Colorado, moving to Greeley with her husband and 2 kids and enjoying life on a horse ranch.  Fast forward some time, Julia recently moved to Longmont after the sudden passing of her husband.  She is “more or less” retired from Medicine and is excited to live in Longmont and is “so happy to be a Rotarian!”
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
Winter Warmth Coat Drive
Oct 17, 2021 – Dec 04, 2021
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nov 27, 2021 – Dec 25, 2021
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Nov 30, 2021
Generate Hope; Offering a Way Out for Sex Trafficked Victims
Dec 07, 2021
When Journalism was Real
Dec 14, 2021
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Rotary: Local and Global
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November 1
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November 29
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November 30
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