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Longmont  Rotary Club
April 27, 2021
Longmont Rotary
Service Above Self
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Jack's Solar Garden & Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center

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.

 

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Local Rotary Clubs Sponsor Personal Care Products Drive 
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.  
CALMING KIDS: Creating a Non-Violent World
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
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Rotary District Conference 
 
The annual Rotary District conference is scheduled for May 6th and 7th.  This event is virtual but can also include an in-person dinner if interested.  
President's Message
Dave Ferro
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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

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