Longmont  Rotary Club
October 5, 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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October: Fundraising for Polio
Chris McVay announced the launch of our Polio campaign, raising funds throughout the month of October.  Our club goal is to raise $5,000.  If we meet that goal, a club member has offered to donate $10,000.  Additionally we will be auctioning off donated items/event packages on October 19th.  Throughout the month we will be collecting spare change from the Polio Jars on our tables.  And, the fishbowl will go to Polio during the month of October. AND more still....Join us on October 23rd at the Left Hand Brewery-Beer Garden for an afternoon of Fun/Fund.   
Program:  Reflections from an Election Observer

Rotary Club member, Dick Lyons has served as a Election Observer, volunteer for the State Department, serving in Europe and Central Asia. He has completed about 15 Election Observation missions in Europe and Russia.  Leading into his talk, he offered this disclaimer,  "The information shared today is my opinion and does not reflect the opinions of the OSCE”. So who is the OSCE?   Dick explained that this organization acts a bit like a “mini-UN”  The OSCE is a forum for political dialogue on security issues for the joint action to improve the lives of individuals and communities. The OSCE has 57 participating states in Europe, Asia and North America.    Dick guided us through several elements of the election process in countries he served, offering some compare and contrast with US election practices.

Election Day: Most countries have elections on national holidays or Sundays.  So why does the US have elections on Tuesday?  It is thought related to 19th century religious traditions of Sunday Sabbath, travel time to the county seat to vote and farming/market demands.

Length of Campaigns:  In the US 18 months is a customary campaign.  In other countries, campaigns range from 6-16 weeks.  The campaign ends with a final rally, before starting the “quiet period”, where no campaigning or ads are allowed.  All signage is also removed.  Quiet periods last 2-3 days, allowing the voter time to reflect on their voting decision.

Opening of the Polls:  In Tajikistan they open the polls with a band. Some countries play the national anthem, some read a proclamation.  Something to mark the solemnity of the election process. In the US a simple announcement, "The polls are now open" is offered, however, in 2020 Denver opened the polls with a mariachi band.

First Time Voters:  Recognition of individual's first vote is common in European countries with flowers, certificate or such.

Mobile Voting:  Mobile voting for the disabled is common in the European countries. Mobile voting can include election judges traveling to nursing homes, prisons and hospitals.  In the US we do provide mobile voting in senior communities.

National Voter ID cards are common in European countries. Invisible ink is also used to prevent multiple voting.  In the US, after first registering to vote, an individual can provide an option of ID’s depending on state requirements. 

There are between 300-700 election judges.  The US sends about 10% of the election judges. There are two observers to a team, who travel with a driver and interpreters.  You are given a list of precincts and the Observer selects the sites to monitor.  Smart phones are issued for submitting reports in a prompt manner. The days are long for an Election Observer: 7am to 7pm, and you may be asked to stay up late into the night while votes are tabulated.  The actual voting boxes are also closely monitored by the Election Observer.   

"It's been a rewarding experience and I'm grateful for the opportunity to contribute" 

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President Debby and Don 
Leona introduces Guest  
Early Halloween maybe??
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
Program Speakers
Oct 12, 2021
Rotary Non-Profit Day Out
Oct 19, 2021
The Battle of Britain
Oct 26, 2021
Polio: Present and Future
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Rotary Non-Profit Day Out
Oct 12, 2021
Winter Warmth Coat Drive
Oct 17, 2021 – Nov 20, 2021
October Club Social
Left Hand Brewery
Oct 23, 2021
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Janet Day
October 1
Roger Lange
October 3
Philip Crews
October 8
Bruce Hellbaum
October 10
Tim Waters
October 10
Guy Scoma
October 14
Anne Reynolds-Smith
October 17
Leona Stoecker
October 17
Stan Ladd
October 22
Dave Ferro
October 26
Joe Perrotto
October 31
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