Updates and Announcements
Evening Meetings: The next evening meeting is on Wednesday March 9th  at 5:30 PM at Our Lady of the Pine Catholic Church.
285 Backpack Project Request: Looking for volunteers to help with picking up, packing and delivering food. To sign up to volunteer, go to: ​​https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c48afa823aa8-back 
Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited Disaster Response Grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing. To donate, click here: https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund 
Rotary License Plate Petition Update: ​​Signatures were submitted to the State of Colorado for the specialty Rotary license plate. However, several hundred were disqualified for being duplicates or having PO Box addresses - so there is one final request for online signatures.
Please click the link below ONLY if:
  • you have not already submitted your name either electronically or on a paper form
  • you live in Colorado
By signing the petition, you are not agreeing to purchase the Rotary license plate – just that you would like to have it approved.
To complete the online form go to:
District Governor: Rotary District 5450 is accepting nominations for our 2024-2025 District Governor. Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding leadership position to help inspire Rotarians to do great things? Click Here to learn more.
Evergreen Ice Melt Contest: A fundraiser done by the Mt. Foothills Rotary Club - guess when the barrel will fall through the ice this spring on Evergreen Lake. Participants will also need to guess the high temperature in Evergreen which will be used as a tiebreaker. For more info, please click here
ConiferFest: This year will be our 3rd and we’re having it on Saturday August 13th at our Lady of the Pine’s church, on the fields behind the church. Tom and Suzanne are working on getting some bands, we will be getting food and beverages. Wes will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday March 9th at 6PM to discussing planning this and other events (https://meet.google.com/jad-irvd-fba Or dial: (US) +1 541-371-2884 PIN: 901 774 996#).
St Patty’s Auction: We will have Irish brews available for purchase, which can be optionally green. We have a menu of Irish food and are still collecting auction items for auction at the event. If you have secured an item for the auction we are asking that you either bring it to the Tuesday Rotary meeting, drop it at Angela's shop, or get it to Janine or Lesley. We need to have the items before March 14th in order to get bid sheets and close out info done in time. Wes will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday March 9th at 6PM to discussing planning this and other events (https://meet.google.com/jad-irvd-fba Or dial: (US) +1 541-371-2884 PIN: 901 774 996#)
Boys and Girls Club: Are hosting a series of parenting classes, 6:30-8 each Weds in March at Deer Creek Elementary School. See this flyer for more details:

Area 8 Social: There is a PayPal link on rotaryconifer.org where you can submit payment for the Area 8 social. The paypal link includes a PayPal fee with the total amount coming to $45.99 per person. Cash payments can be made directly to Angela or by mailing a check to the rotary PO box at PO Box 1430, Conifer, CO 80433. Cash payments are at the original price (without the PayPal fee added) of $43.98 per person. 
Foothills Home & Garden Show: We have tickets printed and want to get these out into the community. Would love to have members pick some up, take them out and hand out to people you know. We have maybe 10 booths left, if you know anyone tell them they need to get online and get it booked. -- we’re showcasing nonprofits in a bigger way this year. This year a big focus on wildfire awareness. There will be a lot of booths on fire safety, mitigation, signing up for code red, and the awareness truck will be there as well. 
Last Tuesday in March: We will not have a meeting because there are 5 Tuesdays this month. 
Peace Building Committee: The first planning meeting will be at Stanley Harsha’s house on Thursday March 10th at 6:30PM. Reach out to Stanley or Denise for more details including the address. 
Upcoming Events:
St Patrick’s Day: We will be having a fundraising event at the Snowpack Taproom where we’ll do an auction and have a band for entertainment. March 17th starting at 5PM until they close.  If you’d like to assist with finding auction items, please contact Wes or Amanda.
Area 8 Social: Planned for April 6 2022 at El Ranch, a great opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from other clubs! You can make payment by mailing a check to the Rotary PO Box, with cash, or by using the PayPal link rotaryconifer.org. Note there is a small additional fee when paying with the PayPal link.  
Home & Garden Show: To be held on April 9th and 10th at Conifer HS. The website is live: foothillshomeshow.com
Mind Blown Trivia Night: Now being held on April 9th at Our Lady of the Pines Church from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. The event flier can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/mv9rauza

Meeting Program: Ron Kilgore - Board of Directors at CORE fka IREA 
  • August of last year IREA (Intermountain Rural Electric Association) changed their name to CORE
  • To better reflect who they are, they decided to change their name in 2019. This was delayed by covid, and in August 2021 the new name was announced and adopted
  • They are known as CORE electric cooperative now - why? The company has changed, and they are not primarily in the mountains anymore. The bigger reason is they do compete and Rural mountain electric doesn’t give off the vibe of reliability and viability. 
  • Also helps with recruiting employees, trying to get the best of the best. 
  • When Ron moved here in 1998, he just thought power outages were a part of living in the mts. But that has changed. They count how many times power goes out and for how long and those numbers are published against all other utilities, other coops, and public power. 
  • Reliability numbers are through the roof. Average outage for CORE is 46 minutes, their motto has become let’s fix it before it breaks. 
  • This month the systems are being updated to go to a brand new operating system. You will notice when it goes live. 15 months ago we got new electric meters so that allows you to go to an app and see usage in real time. Operations folks are putting investments in to give reliable and safe power. 
  • On red flag days, those are wildfire danger times. Things can blow into power lines. On red flag days, they have the ability to change their system and make it much more sensitive. That might cause outages, lights may blip or go out more, because the system has been changed to be very sensitive and when things go bad they’ll turn it off very quickly. 
Guest: Ron Kilgore IREA, Ann Imse, welcome!