Program:  Mary Betts, Natural Grocers Nutrition Consultant
Mary Betts is a nutrition consultant at Natural Grocers and she joined us today to give us advice on healthy eating.  She attended Nutritional Therapy Institute in Denver and was in private practice until two years ago when she joined Natural Grocers.  She does free outreach/education for any organizations in the community.  She also has classes at the kitchen at Natural Grocers and does individual nutrition teaching.  The community room in the Natural Grocers store is available to community groups; there is no charge.  It will hold up to 20 people.
She presented “How to Build a Healthy Meal”.  The Meal Wheel is similar to that from the Federal Government.  The recommendation is that vegetables make about ½ your meal plate; quality protein should be a palm-sized portion, ¼ of the plate; the remaining ¼ plate is divided between fruit, optional carbohydrates and healthy fats.  Each meal/snack should have this balance of nutrients. 
  • The next Board meeting will be 6PM March 19 at The Well at Bradford Junction.
  • Home and Garden Show needs vendors; if you know a business that might benefit from being part of the Show, please put them in touch with Suzanne or Janine.  The date will be April 28-29. 
  • PETS (Presidents Elect Training) was this past weekend.  Dean reports that the focus was on Service, Rotary’s theme. 
  • Finn suggested that everyone go to ; members will have to create their own user name and password.  Please enter your volunteer hours for Rotary as they reflect our vision and mission. The site is full of Rotary information for members.
  • There is a Rotary membership training this Saturday, March 10, Red Rocks Community College, 9-11:30 am.  We need a member to attend. 
  • Charles shared Rotary Anniversaries (thank you, Dee for making the anniversary cards):  Susan Imming 10 years.  Lee Willis 9 years.  Charlotte Wytias 6 years.
  • RYLA/YRYLA update:  we have three Platte Canyon HS applicants and one from Conifer HS.  There are three from FMS and one from WFM.  We expect to have 10!!
  • St. Paddy’s Day tickets are available on our website as well as from Rotary members.  We need volunteers to make this happen, sign up at our SignUp Genius link by clicking HERE.  Please sign up to help prepare St. Laurence Friday March 16 at 6pm and during the day and evening on Saturday!
  • March 13, 7PM:  Crisis and Clarity in the Middle East will be presented by His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan and Ambassador Dennis Ross, Middle East Adviser, at Ellie Caulkins theater.  The event is free, but sign up with Finn or reserve a ticket at (use promo code: CELLEngage18).
  • The Golden Miners’ Alley Theater in Golden will give $5 back to Conifer Rotary Foundation for every Rotarian’s ticket sold.  Announce that you are a Conifer Rotarian when you purchase your tickets.
  • Next week we will start weekly presentations by individual Rotarians, speaking about what Rotary means, why you are a member and a quick bio.