Program:  Conifer Community Survey, Prepared by Conifer Area Council
Shirley Johnson, President
 
The Conifer Area Council was formed in 2002.  Mission: to work as a broad based group to provide a forum to identify and address community issues.  They have a Board of 9 volunteers and they are looking for more.
 
They have completed four community surveys; these are the results of the latest survey.  They received 1,656 completed surveys.  The survey area has an estimated 12,242 population over age 18.  The respondent’s statistics included age, marital status, number of children, employment status, years living in the Conifer area.  Specific results:
  • The five most pressing issues identified:  fire vulnerability, preservation of small town character, diminishing water supply, lack of urgent medical facility, not enough well paying jobs.  Additionally: traffic on Hwy 285 and the need for a Recreation Center.
  • Most respondents prefer single-family dwellings in the area.  Most would like to see empty storefronts filled instead of building new developments.  
  • More business options requested: restaurants, car wash/detailing, bakery, movie theater.
  • Requests for services: urgent care facility and shuttle bus/taxi services.
  • Recreational options: community center, connected community hiking trails, community center for outdoor and indoor activities. 
  • Youth activity options: swimming pool, indoor team sports/fitness facility, safe trails to get to schools and after school activities.
  • Activity options for seniors: access to health/wellness classes, swimming pool, transportation, social connections, in-home services: OT/PT. 
  • Parks/Recreation District:  58% said yes. 
  • Land conservation was important to the respondents: for wildlife habitat, mitigate impact of development, public recreation and historic qualities. 
  • Historic preservation was important to over 70%. 
  • Building architecture: over 93% want historically inspired but contemporary look, natural landscapes, and downward street lighting to preserve dark skies. 
  • The Conifer Loop and Trail options will be discussed in more depth at a later meeting. 
The Conifer Area Council will send results to County and State representatives and to the organizations that supported and contributed to the survey.  All are encouraged to attend hearings for up-coming developments.
 
 
Announcements/Business:
 
  • Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, February 21 7-8pm at West Jefferson Middle School
  • Board meeting is next Monday, February 26, 6pm at The Well at Bradford Junction
  • The current edition of Serenity Magazine has a full page advertisement for the mountain area Rotary Clubs.  Rotary Conifer will have a full page ad this spring.
  • President Elect Training is March 2-4, at the Renassaince Hotel near the airport.  All Rotarians can attend.
  • St. Patrick's Day dinner/fundraiser is Saturday, March 17 at the St. Laurence Church.  The Club will set up on Friday evening, 6pm.  Janine has 11 items for the silent auction.  We could use more donated items or gift certificates.
  • Conifer High School Interact’s trip to Kenya has two more fundraisers coming up: a Home and Garden Show booth and Run The Ranch.  Donations can be made to the Conifer Rotary Foundation, earmarked for Conifer Interact Club Kenya trip.
  • Conifer High School boys basketball will start playoffs at 6pm at CHS February 21st.
 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting February 20, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
PROGRAM:  Iloveuguys, John Michael Keyes
“ You can’t choose tragedy.  You can choose your response”
 
John Michael Keyes joined us today to talk about iloveyouguys foundation, whose mission is "To restore and protect the joy of youth".  His organization was born from the tragic death of the Keyes’ daughter Emily at the hostage/shooting at Platte Canyon High School.
 
John Michael and his wife Ellen started with a fund-raiser to honor the surviving six girls who were also held by the gunman and call themselves the Awesome 6.  The Foundation they founded has raised money to support many programs for kids, including scholarships at Platte Canyon High School. 
 
Over the years the focus of the Foundation has become School Safety---improving common communications between all the members of the school community: “Standard Response Protocol.  Lockout.  Lock Down.  Evacuate.  Shelter.”  The educational program has been taken to communities across the country and also into Canadian school districts.  They also are partnering with many organizations that work to prevent violence.  In 2012, they expanded their focus was to develop a standard reunification method for families when emergencies happen in the school.  Many law enforcement agencies are incorporating the Standard Response Protocol in their training.  The programs have been re-written for all the age groups and now include for businesses.  Materials are provided in many different formats.  All materials are available FREE on their website: Iloveuguys.org.
 
Last year they made over 120 presentations nationwide.  The Foundation has given over $62,000 in scholarships, and a total of $150,000 back into the community.  Most of their revenue comes from training programs; the remainder from events, grants, curated sponsorships and general donations.  They are now in Spain, England, and Somalia.
 
Their next step is to develop COMMUNICATION materials development.
 
HOW TO HELP:  become an advocate—share the website; donate.
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS/BUSINESS:
 
  • Wendy won National Award for Healthy Kids.
  • The Board meeting will be February 26, it is on the website!
  • Watch for information from Janine regarding the RI Foundation.
  • Janine attended the Evergreen Rotary meeting and the Chamber meetings to share information on the Mountain Area Home and Garden Show.
  • We will be adding all the parents of the children we have supported in the past three years in invitations to our events.
  • Hugh reported on the evening club and their good energy.  They had a good meeting on the 7th to start preparation for the peach sale, developing a system on the computer.
  • Lee has the Board minutes on our web-site for members.
  • St. Patrick’s Day party will be held on St. Patty’s Day!  The tickets will be available next week.  Any silent auction items will go to Janine.  Leslie suggested creating auction baskets; the committee will send out ideas. 
  • The Interact dinner was successful as they prepared for their trip to Kenya.  The group will need suitcases, big and small (17-24 inches) if you have some to donate.
  • The Conifer Rotary table at the Trivia Bowl almost won first prize.
  • Clear Creek Rotary has a party February 23rd at Tommy Knocker Brewery in Idaho Springs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting February 13, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-02-13 07:00:00Z 0
Program: Mitch Brown, Sr. Environmental Health Specialist
Radon in Jefferson County Homes
 
Our speaker was Mitch Brown, an environmental health specialist with Jefferson County Department of Health.  January was Radon action month and there was a concerted effort to get homeowners to test their homes for Radon.
 
Radon is a decay product of the natural uranium that occurs in the rocks below our feet.  It is just one of the steps that uranium goes through to eventually become lead.  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  The risk of dying from lung cancer due to radon is about the same as the risk of dying in a car accident.  For smokers, that risk is increased 5 times.
 
Colorado is located in the zone with the highest levels of radon on the EPA map.  In Jefferson County the average level of radon is 7 pico-curies/liter, 4 pico-curies/ liter is considered the level at which action should be taken. There are several ways to test for radon, using both short-term and long-term means.
 
Short-term testing is the most commonly used form of testing.  A test kit can be obtained from Jefferson county for $10 which includes the analysis.  Kits can also be purchased at Home Depot, but the analysis is a separate fee.  Types of short term test kits are:
  1. Activated charcoal-this uses activated charcoal as it absorbs radon and is the test kit used by Jefferson County.
  2. Alpha track-This method uses a piece of foil and tracks the alpha particles being released.  The particles make streaks across the foil. 
  3. Electric Ion Chamber-this is essentially a combination of activated charcoal and alpha track.
Long term testing also uses alpha track and electric ion chamber but the testing requires 90 days and is monitored continuously.  
It is recommended that homeowners test for radon every 2-3 years because soil shifts and rock formations change.  Radon is heavier than air and it tends to settle in the lower levels of our homes.   So, it is recommended that the test kit be placed in the lowest level of the home.  If there are elevated levels of radon in the upper part of the home, it is most likely due to the radon in the water. 
 
Homeowners should test for radon before selling.  When we are selling our home, we are required to disclose if we know a hazard exists, however, the seller is not required to disclose what that hazard is.  It becomes an issue of ethics.  We should also test anytime we are making repairs or renovations.  Home buyers should ask about radon testing and when it was last done, as well as who did it.
 
Mitigation works!  It consists basically of drawing the air out from under the home and releasing it outside.  There are several methods used to accomplish this.  More information is available at the CPHE website, search “radon”.  They also have a list of certified contractors that install radon mitigation systems.
 
 
Announcements/Business
 
  • The club social last Wednesday was a great success.  Thank you Suzanne for making the arrangements.
  • Lesley Landon will be the new club Secretary.
  • Board meeting will be February 26 as February 19 is President’s Day
  • RI Foundation update  If you have not made a donation to RI, we are encouraged to do so in order to meet our goal.
  • St. Patrick’s day  We will be having our dinner at St. Lawrence on Saturday March 17, 2018.  The menu has been changed and will consist of Irish stew, soda bread and dessert.  We are also planning to have silly/fun games for people to play and we will still have the silent auction.  Liquor license has been obtained.
  • Finn encouraged us to attend other Rotary meetings.
  • Visioning meeting at Hugh’s house Feb 7 at 5:30.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting February 6, 2018 Yvonne Lipson 2018-02-06 07:00:00Z 0
Program:  Dr. Ted Ning, Evergreen Rotary Global Grant
Starfish:  Empowerment, equality and opportunity for all
 
Dr. Ted Ning of the Evergreen Rotary Club talked with us today about his program in Guatemala, Starfish.  He is gathering support from 20 Clubs in our District for this Rotary Global Grant.
 
Starfish is now ten years old, it encourages and supports young girls to continue their education beyond primary school.  In the Mayan culture (which is 50% of the total population), girls rarely go beyond that point in their education.  Starfish encourages families to allow their girls to be educated.  Beginning at age 12 it engages young girls in a social environment.  The program uses mentors who are women who have been educated in the program; college graduates who bring a new perspective to the families in the group.  The mentor helps the families on many levels, including helping the family understand the benefits of educating their daughters.  The focus is helping women become entrepreneurs, which includes support from Rotarians, who provide internships.  So far, 240 girls have graduated from the program and there are 50 girls in University programs.
 
Starfish has Four Goals:
  • Girls do not marry until age 25
  • Commit to 15 years of education
  • Achieve income of $3500/ year---twice the income of her father
  • Giving back—in her own community
Using this grant, Starfish is going to open a new school next to the University.  It will be a model for education in Guatemala and will be the center of a network for the country.
 
The funds that are raised in our District will get a 4.5 to one match.  Ted invited our Club to participate in donating to the Global Grant.  The total grant will be $150,000.
 
 
Guests:  Bob Kemp, Mile-Hi Rotary and District Foundation Committee
 
 
Announcements/Business:
 
  • No morning club meeting next week!  It is the fifth Tuesday of the month and we celebrate with a social event instead.  Join us at the newly reopened Aspen Peak Cellars Winery in Bailey 4:30-7:00 PM Wednesday next week.  Their address is 60750 US Hwy 285, see you there!
  • Janine reports that our giving to the Rotary Foundation has decreased this year.  She reminded us that our donations to Rotary International come back to the District for Global Grants and District grants after three years.  You can give through our Club quarterly dues or directly on-line at Rotary International.
  • There is currently money available at the District for grants if we have needs we could apply for.
  • Finn attended the Presidents’ meeting last week.  He encourages members to attend the Rotary Educational Institute. 
  • The District Conference will be May 19-20 at the Hyatt Denver Tech Center.  Registration is on the District website.
  • Dean McCall attended the Grant’s Seminar, which enables our Club to apply for District grants.
  • Mark Rehm and Hugh Macauley have been working on the Club Visioning process; there are several areas that need assistance and leadership.  Mark will be sending out the review via email.
  • The Conifer High School Interact Club Fundraising Dinner is this Saturday--- Lasagna, raffle and silent auction.  The tickets are $20/2 for $35 and are available on their website, click HERE.  The funds raised will support the Interact trip to Kenya. 
  • Everyone wear your Rotary pin to meetings!  We all voted today for a $1 fine if the pin is not worn.
  • Janine asked for help to support the Nurturing Parent program.  We provide healthy snacks and volunteers are needed to purchase $9 worth of healthy snacks each week.
  • Wendy reported on the reading grant that needs Rotarians to read to kids at West Jefferson Elementary School at 2:45 PM each school day.  The books are in the Rotary 150 book section of the library with Rotary stickers in them. 
  • Bruce Ward, Choose Outdoors video will be on PBS Thursday at 7pm.
  • RYLA applications are available on-line:  RMRYLA.org.
  • Evergreen Rotary is having its Mardi Gras fundraiser on February 10.  Tickets are $60 per person, available on the Evergreen Rotary website.
  • The Evergreen Blue Grass Festival contributed $1500 to the Back Pack Project for our participation in the event.
  • Congratulations to Melony Harris who received a Paul Harris Fellow award for giving $1000 to the RI Foundation.
 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting January 23, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
PROGRAM:  What the new Tax Law means to us.
Mark Rehm and Cathy Taylor
 
Two of our CPA members teamed up to tell us about the changes we will see when we file our 2018 income taxes in 2019.
 
For personal Federal Taxes:
  • Standard deduction is increased substantially, which will cause most tax payers to not itemize their deductions.  This is expected to impact  charities.
  • Itemized deductions: 
    • Medical: over7.5%
    • Deductions for property taxes and other state and local taxes limited to $10,000.
    • Fee deductions for many other expenses are eliminated, notably especially job expenses, tax preparation expense, etc.
    • Home equity loan interest is no longer deductible; mortgage interest reduced from $1 million mortgages to $750K for new mortgages.
  • Alternative minimum tax is gone
  • Alimony paid is not deductible; income for the recipient is not reportable
  • Moving expenses are not deductible; employer paid moving expenses will be income on W-2
  • Affordable Care Act:  mandated penalty goes away in 2019
The impact on individual Colorado Taxes.  Cuts in federal deductions will lead to higher taxable income at the State level; the Colorado Legislature talking about whether to let this happen or make adjustments to make the changes tax neutral.  Best guess: Colorado will let the extra income tax happen.
 
Federal Business deduction:
  • 20% for qualified business income:  no definition about “qualified” yet.  This includes schedule C, S-corps and partnerships.  Limited by income (Single $157,500; Married Filing Jointly $315,000).
  • For businesses, entertainment is no longer deductible; corporate tax rate is reduced from 35% to 21%; Also, no 1031 exchange for personal property.  No charitable deduction for college donations.
 
 
Guests: Jen Clark, Conifer High School PTA
 
 
Announcements/Business:
 
  • The CHS PTA Mind Blown Trivia Night, February 10, 6:30-10pm at Our Lady of the Pines.  Funds raised are for Technology in the Classrooms. Tables of 8 available at $15/seat. Bring your own appetizers.  Beverages available.  Tickets available on-line:   https://coniferhighschoolptsa.thundertix.com/;  for more info contact them at CHSTriviaNight@gmail.com.
  • Two checks were received for Back Pack Project, one from Jefferson Unitarian Church and one from Sharon Kyle (Mesa, AZ)!  Muchas Gracias!!
  • Mountain Foothills Rotary, Crutches for Africa, Chili Cook Off, Saturday February 10, 12-3pm.  Tickets are $10 ($20 at the door).  Enter your chili for $25 prior to event.  Tickets available at http://www.crutches4africa.org.
  • The Conifer Interact Club Sasa Harambee fundraiser dinner is Saturday, January 27, 7-10pm at Our Lady of the Pines. Tickets are available on their website, click HERE.
  • Wes and the CHS Interactors met last weekend with Carol Carper and Joseph to discuss plans for their trip to Kenya.
  • Board of Directors meeting next Monday, January 22, 6pm at The Well at Bradford Junction.  Board members, please send your reports to President Finn.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting January 16, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
PROGRAM:  Colorado’s Legislature is Back in Session
Colorado State Representative Tim Leonard, District 25
Tim.leonard.house@state.co.us
 
Tim Leonard joined us to tell us about his responsibilities as our Colorado State Representative. He is  a member of the Education, State Affairs, Audit, Veterans and Military Affairs Committees.  Tim told us that our state budget increases steadily year over year, that most money issues involve how to apportion funds rather than how much is available.  Colorado’s State Budget is ever increasing: from 15 billion to 27 billion from 2006-2016.  Our budget increased 1 billion a year on average over the last 20 years. 
 
Education, Health Care policy and higher education are the largest areas of increase.  For K-12, the state aid and local funding continues to rise from $1500 to over $6000/pupil.  Local money provides 1/3 of the cost.  Colorado has 900,000 pupils; private schools and home school student numbers are about 35,000.  Tim informed us about the ongoing quest for the best measure of success for evaluating the costs of education.  
There is a new perspective that vocational training is a viable alternative for students who are better suited for a career in the skilled trades. 
 
 
Announcements/Business:
 
  • The Club Board meeting will be January 22, 2018, 6pm at The Well at Bradford Junction.
  • Please visit the businesses that have Coupon Books, collect their money for book sales and restock their inventories.
  • The Interact Club has the Warren Miller Fundraiser this Friday at Wild Game in Evergreen.
  • The Interact Sasa Harambee Fundraiser Dinner is on January 27 at Our Lady of the Pines.  Tickets are available online HERE.
  • Thanks to Kim Kaiser, Fitness and Sports, for her donation to the Back Pack Project.
  • Conifer Area Council requests that all 285 Corridor residents to fill out the community survey, click HERE for the survey.
  • Suzanne shared the news articles that she put into the Canyon Courier about Conifer Rotary fund donations to the community and the Interact Club news.
 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting January 9, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
PROGRAM:  The White Elephant Gift Exchange!!
A great time was had by all!!!!
 
Announcements/Business:
 
  • Saturday January 6 is the RI President’s dinner.  Go onto the District 5450 webpage to sign up.
  • Dean McCall is the Club President Elect nominee.  Congratulations Dean!  And Thanks
  • The Board meeting will be Monday January 22, 2018 at 6 pm
  • Next week’s program:  State Representative Tim Leonard of the 25th District will be next week’s speaker talking about the up-coming State Legislative session.
 
 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting January 2, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-01-02 07:00:00Z 0
Program:  Sports Radio Broadcasting
Mark Johnson
 
Mark Johnson, recent KOA radio sports director and national sports broadcaster, joined us today and entertained us with his personal stories of events that occurred during his career.  Some of the highlights of his stories included:
 
  • Mark hails from North Dakota, and he is proud to share that origin with the likes of Lawrence Welk, Angie Dickenson, and Carl Wentz, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback.
  • He started his broadcasting career at age 20 before he finished college by filling coffee cups and doing various odd jobs to support the disk jockeys at his local radio station.  After what seemed an eternity as the go-fer at the station he was finally able to sit at the microphone… as the all-night album replay announcer on Magic 96.  And that was about all he was allowed to say!
  • Mark got his big break on Thanksgiving Day, filling in for the daytime disk jockey.  He told us that his entire family and many friends tuned in to his station to listen to him.  Mark discovered that he was very anxious to do the job right, so anxious that he cued his first song incorrectly.  His debut on radio opened with an expletive, an honor he was reminded of for a long time!
  • His career took him all over the country as he moved up in the ranks as a sports announcer.  Places like Santa Barbara California, his wife’s hometown, then back to North Dakota to finish his degree.  He even found himself working for Gene Keady, the Legendary Purdue Basketball Coach.  Then he moved on to Illinois State with Gene Keady’s help, and on to Syracuse.  He called the play-by-play for their 2003 National Championship over Kansas while Carmello Anthony was on the team.
Mark and his family have lived in Denver 14 years, and after 13 years at KOA Radio iHeartMedia budget cuts removed him from his position as Sports Director this past Spring.  He will remain as sports announcer for Colorado Buffaloes on KOA radio and is moving on to teach broadcasting at the University of Colorado.
 
 
Announcements/Business:
 
 
  • No meeting next Tuesday December 26th.  Enjoy the Christmas Holiday.
  • Gift exchange meeting on January 2nd, Mark Rehm will be our Master of Ceremonies.
  • At the Board meeting on Monday the 18th Dean McCall accepted a nomination to become our 2019-20 Club President after Janine Payton's term.  Other nominations for the 2019-20 President position are still open, please contact a Board member.
 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting December 19, 2017 Lee Willis 2017-12-19 07:00:00Z 0
Program:  What’s Happening up in Space:  NASA Missions
Dean McCall
 
Our own Dean McCall shared more information regarding exciting advancements in the space industry.  Download his presentation from our club website in the file downloads tab, or simply click here, Dean's Presentation.  It also has web links to interesting internet sites.
 
Dean explained the importance of being able to search the entire electromagnetic spectrum in our quest to learn more about space.  He shared some of the results of a recent space launch that uses of microwaves to measure water vapor on the earth.  The electromagnetic spectrum can give science a picture of what is happening in the world of space.    For example, gamma and x-rays give scientists information about active galaxies, remnants from massive dying stars, and accretion of matter around black holes.  Longer wavelengths of the spectrum see dark, cool, obscured objects, dusty star-forming areas, etc.  Being able to examine the entire spectrum also enables us to identify space junk, meteoroids and micrometeoroids.  This helps us understand the universe and how we can use that knowledge to benefit us on earth.
 
Our solar system has more than the sun and planets.  It includes the asteroid belt, outer planets, Kuiper belt (contains our outer planets), and the Oort cloud---billions of comets that are part of our solar system. 
 
Although NASA currently does not send humans into space, it is still very active with programs in space.  These include:
  • Discovery (Deep Impact; Kepler—looking for exo-planets, some of which could sustain life)
  • New Frontiers (New Horizons—just went past Pluto and learned a lot of new information and now is looking beyond Pluto)
  • Solar System Exploration (looking for near-earth asteroids).  Objects in space that could impact earth with catastrophic consequences.  The technology currently exists to redirect those objects if they are found.
These programs are far less expensive than the manned space missions.  They provide scientific exploration, and many of these missions can be re-purposed when the primary mission is complete.
 
 
Announcements/Business:
 
  • MAHGS:  Janine updated us on the planning, we are well ahead of last year's show.  Sponsors are the current focus.
  • Visioning:  Please review the jobs sheet and determine where you can best help the club.
  • 285 Back Pack Project:  The PCCP Resale-Boutique and Bailey presented an additional $250 for the 285 Back Pack Project, for a total this year of $2775!
  • Suzanne gave a quick report on Choose Outdoors and the Capitol Christmas Tree lighting in Washington D.C.  Choose Outdoors works with the Forest Service to select the tree---this year from Montana---and move it to the Capitol.  Choose Outdoors is an organization that was founded by Bruce Ward, former Conifer Rotarian.
  • The Holiday Party:  6:00PM this Friday, December 15, at Dean and Lenore McCall’s home.  Bring an ornament for the Peace Shelter tree. If you haven’t signed up, please contact Suzanne.
  • The Fitzsimmons Middle School Interact Club has a project to write and send Holiday Cards for our military in Afganistan.
  • The Conifer High School Interact Club and peer counselors raised money for Shelter Boxes (shelterbox.org),  $810.85.
  • Interactors’ fund-raisers have a link for their events on our club web-site.  The funds raised will help send the students to Kenya this summer. They will be building a playground for handicapped children, and they will be taking shoes for handicapped kids and school supplies.
  • The evening club has a project providing copies of the Constitution for 5th graders.
  • MRC Christmas party will be this Saturday.  Volunteers are needed.
 
 
 
Rotary Cub of Conifer Meeting December 12, 2017 Charlotte Wytias 2017-12-12 07:00:00Z 0
Program:  Health Care in America
Hugh Macauley, MD
 
Our own Hugh Macaulay talked with us about his profession.  It started with two doctors he met who were significant influences on his choice of a career:  Albert Sweitzer, who  came to the US to do a presentation at the Aspen Institute and Dr. Tom Dooley who was a missionary in Laos.
 
 
Hugh started with a Family Medicine residency and practiced for several years as a family doctor.  He then went into Emergency Medicine for 15 years in North Carolina, Aspen, and Denver.  As an ER Doctor he obtained a great deal of experience in drug and alcohol treatment.  He later chose to move on to Occupational Medicine in order to improve his work hours and have more family time.   That is a field that deals with very difficult patients, many of whom are addicted, coming out of prison, and often manipulative.  In his career, Hugh experienced the very wealthiest people in Aspen to some of the poorest In his Occupational Medicine practice. 
 
Hugh reviewed the history of medicine, from the earliest folk medicine to the codification of care in Egypt.  The evolution of modern medicine began with Galen in the pre-renaissance period.   In the early 20th century, Dr. Osler started a residency program in the US and doctors stayed at the hospital 24-7.  There was a specific curriculum and guidelines for practice.  In 1917, the Flexner report came out.  Standards for medicine were developed and regulated.  In the 1960-70’s the idea of diagnosis related care (DRG’s) was developed by the government, which related to payments.  Evidence-based medicine developed about that time, using scientific medicine research data.
 
Interestingly, the biggest contributor to improved American health was indoor plumbing.  Present day medical care is not based on relationships that have the greatest impact on an individuals health.  Now, it is technology and its use. 
 
Medical care is a commodity.  Questions that must be answered:  How can we allocate medical care?  Do we ration?  By price?  By availability? By wait time?
 
Guests:  Brett Rohr
 
Induction of New Member:  Dee Profitt
She is a staff member at Our Lady of the Pines.  Susan Imming is her Rotary mentor.
 
Announcements/Business:
  • The Coupon Book sale was very successful at King Soopers last Friday.
  • The summer fundraising event planning is in process; committee is working to select an appropriate venue.
  • St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser is in planning; more to come.
  • The Christmas Party will be Friday December 15, 6pm at the McCall home.  Dean will send directions and Suzanne is managing the sign up for food.
  • The MRC holiday party needs volunteers and Marlis set up a Sign-up Genius site for us.  The date is Friday and Saturday December 15, 16.  Volunteers are needed both days, click the Sign-Up Genius link HERE to see where and when you can help.
  • Please fill out the Community  Survey by the end of December; just click this link: Conifer Community Survey.
  • A new community events center is planned for a site on Windy Point.
  • Bell ringers are needed for the Salvation Army, click HERE for the Sign- up Genius or call Angela.
 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting December 5, 2017 Charlotte Wytias 2017-12-05 07:00:00Z 0

The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, or do:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

For many decades Rotary Clubs and Rotarians have used The 4-Way Test as an instrument to develop respect and understanding among peoples.

Rotarians around the world use the 4-Way Test in business, government and schools as an effective measuring stick for conduct, a guide to right thinking. If memorized and constantly applied to relations with others, it will contribute to more effective and friendlier relationships.

By getting into the habit of checking your thoughts, words and deeds against the 4-Way Test, experience shows that it will help you become happier and more successful.

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  • January:   Rotary Awareness Month
  • February:   World Understanding Month & R.I.'s Anniversary
  • March:   Literacy Month
  • April:   Magazine Month
  • May:   Rotary Education Month
  • June:   Rotary Fellowship Month & R. I. Convention
  • July:   Transition Month * New Rotary Year Begins
  • August:   Membership and Extension Month
  • September:   New Generations Month
  • October:   Vocational Service Month
  • November:   Rotary Foundation Month
  • December:   Rotary Family Month
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