Greeter (and President Elect!) Bob Morrison welcomed 22 enthusiastic Rotarians to the back room at Maggiono’s today, and Jay Carpender, demonstrating a level of technical prowess only before achieved by David Wood and Dan Astle, welcomed our single zoomer.
President Patrick opened our meeting (which required multiple rings of the bell) and invited Steve Whizenhunt up to the podium to provide an inspiration.
Whizzy shared the story Louis Edward Curdes, who was not only a Great American Hero, but may be the only pilot ever to marry someone he once shot down in a plane. His story certainly justified the nickname of his P-51 Mustang, “Bad Angel.” Whizzy then led us in our pledge.
President Patrick asked for announcements:  Mel Grusing shared that he, Georgia, Paul Bauer, President Patrick, and Jim MacDermott spent Saturday serving meals to 190 women at the Women’s Center—President Patrick then followed up by reminding us what a wonderful experience these service opportunities can be. Paul will be setting up more of these in the future.
President Patrick also made an announcement on behalf of our Fellowship Director, Xenia (who is owed a HUGE apology by your scribe) concerning the two upcoming evenings of Chocolate and Wine Pairings in downtown Littleton. We have 9 signed up for September 8, and 2 already for the 15th, so sign up soon (these will be capped at about a dozen). And now for the apology; we’re not sure how our spellcheck changed “Xenia” to “Zana” in our last newsletter, but we’re certain that’s how that misspelling gaffe occurred. A suitable punishment is being considered by the Board, to possibly include relief from duties. Your scribe can only hope.
President Patrick then personally filled in for our Sergeant-at-Arms, making two consecutive weeks of lawyer jokes. Lest you think that we were hitting rock bottom, recall that our two lawyers were filling in for Sergeant-at-Arms Dick, so that this actually represents a step up. (Your scribe also noted that “lawyer joke” could possibly be construed as being redundant.)
In addition to sharing a rather amusing anecdote involving the difference between lawyers from Wyoming and California, President Patrick also shared an explanation from Dick as to why he had been setting the bar as he had been to start this Rotary year. Apparently, Sergeant-at-Arms Dick was under the impression that the bar was being set to do the limbo, and the substitute SaAs were competing in the high jump. Dick will be scouring Norway for new material, although there was significant discussion around the possibility of taking up a collection so that Dick could extend his stay—at least until the end of the Rotary Year.
  • DGEN Martha Diss-Sundby contributed to talk about the importance of service, and then to tie in some sad news to last week’s speaker—she attended a funeral this week for a young (59) man who died from ALS.
  • David McKinley just got back from Oahu where he was visiting his son and family (with Carol).
  • Jeff Miller is going to Norway to see his daughter (and hopefully to convince Dick to stay as long as he likes).
  • Steve Holben, the collector of the funds, threw in a five-spot due to the low take this week.
President Patrick asked Bud Laber to introduce our speaker, who was Bud’s friend Ken Stable. Many of us remember Ken as a candidate for State Representative, but none of us could have imagined his life story, which he shared with us. Ken came from extreme poverty, homelessness, and some of the worst circumstances Cuban immigrants could provide here in the Denver area, and rose through sheer will, a strong mentor, and a passion for reading and education to where he is today—a law student who is preparing for a life of politics and service.  It is a story celebrated the world over, but one that is told far too seldom for those who are born into those circumstances. Ken considers himself one of the lucky ones, and he has shown that through his intense dedication to service and giving back.  It was a true inspiration, and we thank Ken for sharing his story, and Bud for bringing us this incredible program.
President Patrick thanked Ken, and shared a thought for the day from Steven Covey.
University Hills Rotary currently meets at noon on Fridays at
Maggiano's Little Italy 7401 S. Clinton St., Englewood Co 80112 
Parker Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven!  Great music is inspiring, and a master of inspiration was Ludwig Van Beethoven. He was beloved by audiences since his first composition 240 years ago. We will belatedly celebrate his birthday 250 years ago in 2020. Join us for the magnificent 5th Symphony and other exciting Beethoven works.

The better tickets are only $29 each.  Let me know if you would like to attend and how many tickets I should purchase for you.  I’m happy to advance the money, but if you commit you will need to reimburse by March 18th.  I’ll work on keeping us all together.  Please respond sooner than later as this event may sell out.  My email address is
Community Services Chairman Paul Bauer is going to set up a meeting with the committee next week.  Paul has a personal connection with the area and believes our club should be able to work directly with an area Rotary Club.  Once the Committee has a plan in place he will let the club know how University Hills Rotary will help our neighbors in Boulder County. If you would like to make a direct donation to help with this effort you can:
1.  Pay direct to Bud with check, cash or credit card at an upcoming meeting.
2.  Send a check to Bud - Make check payable to Rotary Club of University Hills
13804 E Bellewood Dr, Aurora CO  80015
3.  Make a payment to Pay Pal - click this link 
Thank you
On Sunday October 3rd 2021 The Rotary Club of University Hills celebrated its 50th Anniversary of its founding in October of 1971.   
Past President Larry Bell and Current President David Wood were Masters of Ceremony. 
Jay Carpender gave the invocation he sited Our current Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta, who recently wrote “ Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on Earth.”  “Service is the rent we pay for space we occupy on Earth.” “Service Above Self” is Rotary’s motto.  See below for the full invocation.  Larry Bell and David Wood thanked special guest that included District Governor Elect Bushi Anikpenzie, Past President David Dennis and many of our current and former Hobson Scholars.  Ricardo Cardenas and Carol Gardner spoke of the impact two of the clubs projects had on the communities we supported.  Rich Sattizahn called out many members to speak to why and when they became Rotarians.  Phil Beaver gave humorous presentation that said why each of the Rotarians in attendance actually joined Rotary.   
Special thank you to Rich Sattizahn who chaired the committee that put together a very special night.  Other committee members included Martha Diss Sunby, Barbara Hale, Dortha Cicchinelli, Larry Bell, Guss Achey, Patrick Plank, Bud Laber, Jim MacDermott, David Henninger and Dan Astle. 
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President Elect
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Scholarship Committee Chairman
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John Harpole
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Marlou Bergkamp
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League of Women Voters-November Ballot Measures
Tim Hilgert
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Community Solar
Don Barnett
Oct 21, 2022
The Great Rapid City Flood of 1972
Rotation Day
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Lexi of Prime Chiropractic
Nov 04, 2022
The Sitting Disease
Modern Major General
Nov 11, 2022
Two-Star Stuff
Lauren Panasewicz
Nov 18, 2022
ROME (Range of Motion Program)
Laury Bowman
Dec 09, 2022
History of Fiddles and Violins
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