Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, July 20, 2021

Upcoming Events:
  • Elevation Celebration: Elevation Run/Walk 7:15 am on Saturday, June 24th. Fee is $35 for adults and you can do the 10K, 5K, or 2 mile race. 
  • Webinar: Mindfulness and Empathetic Action August 5th, 630pm via Zoom. Sign up at 
  • ConiferFest: August 21 - Foundation meeting immediately followed this meeting for continued planning. Another planning meeting is scheduled for Monday July 26th at 9AM - Wes sent out a Zoom link. 
  • Membership Summit: August 21 - If anyone doesn’t plan to attend ConiferFest and would prefer to do this, the signup is on the district’s website
  • Rotary Day at the Rockies: Sunday, September 26 at 1:10pm Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants. If anyone wants to coordinate a group of us going together, please feel free to do so. Tickets: $28 each. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to End Polio Now.
Lee: Sent invoices around the 1st of July, he’ll be resending some because he realized he may have had some issues with his email getting out.
Rotary Social: Thank you to Amanda and Jonathan for hosting this. Attendance was great and many people brought guests. If anyone has photos, send them to Amanda. An Elk even made an appearance! 
Charlotte: Thanks to Bambi and Pat for helping Leslie this week covering 285 Backpacks. This is the 4th Thursday, so the truck is coming into Pine Junction and she needs help with unloading the truck and getting food to the pantry.
9News Health Fair: We were asked to do another this fall october 16th! 2-3 folks are needed to sign up to form a committee with Charlotte for planning so if you have interest, let her know. Because we won’t have as many covid restrictions, we should be able to do a lot more this year in terms of screenings and services.
Intermountain Humane Society: Sent a thank you note for the generous donation from rotary. 
Leonor: Mi Casa - Leonor started working there a couple of months ago. It’s a resource center serving women and low income minorities in the Denver Area. Tomorrow they’ll be featured by Kyle Clark at 6pm for the micro-giving campaign, he’ll be posting the number to text to donate to Mi Casa. They would appreciate our support!
Meeting Program: Nandita Bajaj - Overpopulation
  • World Population Balance:
    • Vision and Mission - envision a future where our human footprint is in balance with all life on earth, enabling all species to thrive.
    • Mission to educate about the impacts of overpopulation. 
  • Nandita gave an informative presentation on how the earth’s population has spiked in the last 200 years due to advances in technology and the effects of overpopulation on the planet. 
  • For more information about this topic and the World Population Balance organization, please visit: 
Guests: Bob Loeffler, Frank Sims, and Suzanne Koczon (new member at Evergreen). Welcome!
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, July 13, 2021

Upcoming Events:
  • July Social: Saturday, July 17th at Amanda’s house at 6pm. DG Ray Anderson will be attending, this will be a great opportunity for us to get to know him! Potluck: bring your favorite dish and a beverage if you like. Everyone is encouraged to invite a guest. Please RSVP if you haven’t already. 
  • Elevation Celebration: Elevation Run/Walk 7:15 am on Saturday, June 24th. Fee is $35 for adults and you can do the 10K, 5K, or 2 mile race. There’s a link from Denise that went out for a signup genius for folks to sign up to volunteer: Rotary Wildfire Ready: Elevation Celebration (
  • Webinar: Mindfulness and Empathetic Action August 5th, 630pm via Zoom. Sign up at 
  • ConiferFest: August 21 - Foundation meeting Tuesday, July 13 (this morning) to talk about planning for ConiferFest. 
  • Membership Summit: August 21 - If anyone doesn’t plan to attend ConiferFest and would prefer to do this, the signup is on the district’s website
  • Rotary Day at the Rockies: Sunday, September 26 at 1:10pm Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants. If anyone wants to coordinate a group of us going together, please feel free to do so. Tickets: $28 each. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to End Polio Now.
Resilience 1220: Provides individual and group counseling to people in the mountain communities ages 12-20. More info can be found here: 
Some of the included programs are:
  • SOAR: Supporting Others in Addiction and Recovery is a support group for people 14-20, that meets on Tuesdays at 730pm via Zoom
  • Parenting: Creating a safe place for your teen and family on July 14 from 7-830pm via Zoom 
  • Grief support group July 14 from 9-11am at Evergreen Lake. In person - $10 per person with Paddle boarding and brunch
  • Beyond the Rainbow (support for the LGBTQ community) 2nd Wednesday of the month via Zoom
Out in the Community: 
  • Amanda was a guest with the KIWANIS Club of Conifer - meet on Wednesdays at 7:30am at Conifer Café. They would like to know what we are doing in the community and find ways to collaborate. 
  • Marlis and Amanda attended the Evergreen Rotary Club meeting last Friday. In the past Ed has coordinated getting peach orders to this group, but this year he has a conflict, so Leslie has volunteered to help with this. He’s also looking for volunteers to take a load (10-15 boxes) to Mt. Evans Hospice. Contact Ed if you’d like to help.
  • Center for the Arts, needs tents for their Summer Fest for the weekend and in the past they’ve rented from Rotary. Wes will help coordinate with Ed. 
Meeting Program: No guest speaker today, the club went into the foundation meeting early to start the ConiferFest planning conversation. 
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, July 6, 2021

Upcoming Events:
  • July Social: Saturday, July 17th at Amanda’s house at 6pm. We can do potluck if you like!  Details to follow…
  • Webinar: Mindfulness and Empathetic Action on August 5th, 630pm via Zoom. Sign up at
  • ConiferFest: August 21st - Foundation meeting Tuesday, July 13 (a week from today) to head into the final planning for the ConiferFest
  • Membership Summit: August 21 - If anyone doesn’t plan to attend ConiferFest and would prefer to do this, the signup is on the district’s website
  • Rotary Day at the Rockies: Sunday, September 26 at 1:10pm - Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants and Tickets: $28 each. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to End Polio Now.
  • 2021-22 Club Goals:
    • RI Annual Fund: Goal $2,250 (LY $1650, actual $1933)
    • RI PolioPlus: Goal $500 (LY $800, actual $635)
    • Membership: 38 (LY 35, actual 35)
  • Expectations for 2021-2022:
    • Transition to hybrid sometime in late July or August-thank you Dean McCall for going down to MRC with me last week to work on setting up the room for hybrid!  I also took the big white box and organized it for us.
    • If you need to speak or bring something up in a meeting, email me before so I can put you on my agenda.
    • Same with the Word of Focus-if you want to share one, email it to me before the meeting and I’ll have you do it.
    • We need speakers!  Who is the most interesting person you know?  Have you invited them to speak to us?  We will be able to accommodate remote speakers once we transition to hybrid.
    • We will start meetings at 8am sharp so we can finish on time.  I’m happy to leave the Zoom open for anyone who wants to chat with the group.
    • I will remind people to mute out – we often have background noise that makes it hard to hear one another.  Make sure you check your computer/device before our speaker begins so we show them the utmost respect.
  • Guessing Jar Fundraiser: (Leonor) 
    • The jar will come to the social at Amanda’s home July 17!
  • Freedom Run:
    • Thanks to Ed for the leadership at the Freedom-Run.  Over 800 people showed up for the run!  Rotary was the key player in coordinating and helping Mt. Evans with the success of the event.
  • Peach Sales: (Angela)
    • Amanda will attend Kiwanis and Evergreen Rotary to promote the peach sales.  Ed will help with those meetings, to coordinate the Evergreen peach deliveries.
  • Pass the Gavel: (Marlis)
    • Thanks to Marlis for her leadership last year!  And for the wonderful Pass-The-Gavel potluck.
    • Email photos to Leonor/Julie to be put on website.
Program:  Stanley Harsha, Former US Diplomat
The Root Cause of Violence and How to Address it
  • Stanley spoke about the war against terrorism, religious and ethnic conflict, and civil war as he experienced it in Indonesia as a US Ambassador. Click here to download a copy of his presentation: 
  • Some recommended reading: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, by Amanda Ripley
  • Some of the different drivers of conflict include:
    • Confirmation bias
    • Conflict entrepreneurs
    • Good conflict
    • High Conflict
    • Humiliation
    • Understories
  • When Indonesia became free from the Dutch, President Sukarno was elected to guide the development of democracy.  Communism was deeply involved at that time and the Cold War was in play.  In 1965-66, over 500K Indonesians were massacred by the country’s army…to fight communism. It became a thriving democracy in 1999.  
  • Stan arrived just as the events of 2001 occurred, starting the War on Terrorism and the conflict against Islamic relationship. 
  • The US was blamed by Indonesians---based on humiliation by the Dutch and the US and the war against Muslims.  They feared the invasion by the US to destroy Islam.  
  • The US, under President Bush started a campaign to show the life of Islam in the US---to humanize the US.  
  • Stan met with a publisher who was demonizing the US and Israel and he was able to change the perspective of the publication and the people it served.
  • President Obama changed the perspective on dealing with the Muslim world.  We developed a focus of developing understanding of one another and a partnership in facing and defeating terrorism.  
  • Conflicts continue, especially against Chinese/Christians
  • After retiring, Stan wanted to move away from bigotry and misunderstanding.  He started 1000 Abrahamic Circle, bringing leaders of Islam, Christianity and Judaism together from around the world—within homes and religious institutions.  They promote dialogue and a sharing of their perspectives.
  • Stanley met Denise Onyskiw in the past year, who invited him to join our Rotary Club and to start a peace committee within the Club.  Rotarians, world-wide, are developing peace clubs, focusing on issues. See the RI website: for more info.
  • We will invite a speaker from Boulder Rotary to learn from them about their Peace Committee.  Morti will arrange this speaker for a meeting soon.
Guests:   Frank Sims
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, June 22, 2021

  • Next Tuesday: 5th Tuesday of the month, so we will not meet and that makes today Marlis’ last meeting as President. Thank you to Marlis for everything you’ve done for the club during a remarkable year!
  • Evening Conifer Rotary Group: meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Angela's (contact her for address) from 5:30-6:30pm.  If the weather is inclement, the meeting will be at the Catholic Church (Our Lady of the Pines).
  • Upcoming Events:
  • Peaches Update: 
    • We’ve emailed our contacts about peaches and are preparing a card to send in the mail. Angela will be going to pick up the mail from our PO box to look for orders. We are not depositing checks until they pick up their peaches, so will make this clear to everyone who orders with a check.
    • Ed usually delivers peaches to the Evergreen rotary meeting. Since peaches arrive on a Saturday this year, we may have to ask them to come pick up themselves. It will be Evergreen Rotary’s recycle day, so maybe peaches can be delivered to that location. Ed can’t do it this year because of a wedding he’s attending, so Lesley has offered to do it since she’ll be at the recycling event. Amanda has offered to attend an ER meeting to promote the peach sale. 
  • Involvement with other organizations (Amanda):
    • She’s lived on Foxton drive for years and has never been to the VFW patriot breakfast and finally went and it was wonderful. 
    • Thinking maybe some time this fall we could pick a day and several of us could go representing Rotary. 
    • We’d like to help other local clubs like Kiwanis, VFW, and any others this in the coming year so if anyone has suggestions feel free to let her know.
  • Hybrid Meetings:
    • We will try to be hybrid to be inclusive of all members to make it easier for those who are working and/or have difficulty making an in person meeting all of the time.
    • Sept 1st is our  goal of going full hybrid
    • Our initial July 1 date is not as realistic - mainly because Amanda will just be getting started as club President and will need a little time to settle into everything.
    • Let Amanda know if there are any “I can’t do…” vs preferences when it comes to the format and timing of club meetings. 
  • Meeting Speakers (Morti):
    • Any members who would like to speak, please send your info to Morti to get on the calendar. We’re booking into September now. 
    • Thanks to everyone who provided feedback about what to do when speakers cancel unexpectedly. 
Meeting Program:  New member induction - Maria Galter
  • Maria was previously a member of the Evergreen Rotary and has moved to Bailey and felt like joining our club would make more sense. 
  • Maria is now officially inducted as our newest member of the Conifer Rotary club, welcome Maria! We are so excited to have you join us.
Guests: Sara Gardner, Maria Galter
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, June 15, 2021

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Workshop 3: Social responsibility and Community Engagement presentation June 24 7:00-8:00PM.  Information and sign-up at
  • Golden Rotary golf tournament Rolling Hills Country Club June 21st.  Go to for more information.
  • Rotary Day at the Rockies will be Sep 26th, the game starts at 1:00PM.  Check it out at
  • Our club Pass the Gavel party will be 6:00PM June 26, at Marlis’s home.  Please RSVP so that the party planners know how much main course BBQ Chicken and pulled-pork to prepare.  Bring a side dish to share and your beverage.
  • Mount Evans Hospice/Home Care sponsored Freedom Run (5K) will be July 4, 8am, starting at the Evergreen Middle School.  Rotary is a sponsor and we get two entries.  Information and sign-up here: (use code CONROTARY21)
  • Peaches orders!  Order your Rotary peaches on our club website homepage by clicking HERE.  We sent emails to past customers and orders are flooding in.  Pick up your peaches Saturday August 28th at Aspen Park Village Shopping Center, 25797 Conifer Rd., Conifer.
  • Rotary International Good News:
    • Childbirth care in Mongolia.  The Rotary Club of Waimate New Zealand inspired a program that has significantly reduced infant mortality rates in Mongolia.  A team from Australia, Mongolia and New Zealand developed training materials for health care professionals in Mongolia starting back in 2013.
    • COVID vaccination sites in the Verona region of Italy.  A desperate need for help to get vaccination sites running had the region’s Rotary clubs producing 150 volunteers in the first week of need.  The volunteer roster eventually grew to over 700.
  • In person meetings, are still not happening.  There is a group within the club addressing how to make in person meetings accessible online for those who want to attend online.
  • As Program Director, Morti would like to know if there is interest in online presentations from professional sources such as TED for meeting programs.  Please contact her with preferences.
Meeting Program: Sarah Kinzer, CEO MRC
Stride HealthCenter partnership with MRC
Sarah engaged our conversation regarding in person Rotary meetings at MRC, welcoming us to start meeting there in person when we are ready.  She added that they recently upgraded their internet to a fiber-optic connection – enabling excellent internet connectivity for conducting in person-online hybrid meetings.
MRC has an exciting new partnership with Stride Community Health Center.  This will enable community members to come to MRC for medical services provided by Stride.  Stride has a medical exam room in MRC and starting July 6th they will be available Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30AM – 4:00PM with three staff members.  This includes a general practice MD.  Stride accepts all insurances except Kaiser because Kaiser has their own in-house network.  This includes Medicare and Medicaid, and they recently received a special permit to provide Veterans’ Medical Benefits.
Stride wants to establish themselves as a medical home for local people, to include well child exams, immunizations and chronic disease treatment.  For dental care, patients will be referred to the Stride Health Center in Englewood.  MRC can provide gas cards for people who need them.  Their services will include Behavioral Health, this will help the Jefferson County Mental Health professional who comes to MRC once per week.  They will hold their first vaccination clinic the first week of August during back-to-school days at MRC.
Guest:  Sarah Kinzer, CEO MRC, speaker
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, June 8, 2021

  • Evening Conifer Rotary Group: meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Angela’s home, 5:30-6:30pm.  If the weather is inclement, the meeting will be at the Catholic Church (Our Lady of the Pines).
  • Upcoming Events:
  • Peaches Update:  The information will be sent to our previous emails.  August 28, $38.  We will have it in Aspen Park.  Sign up Genius will be set up early August.  There will be order forms at Elevation Celebration and the Interact run.  Lee is working on setting up a PayPal account.  
  • International Service Committee: Pat will attend the International Service Committee tonight (Tuesday)—an in-person meeting!!
  • Rotary Day of Service Youtube:  The Rotary Day of Service, May 8, 2021 video can be found: Way to Go Conifer Rotary!!
Meeting Program:  Audrey Boxwell, PhD, Psychologist and Doctor of Theology
  • Dr. Boxwell began her career as a dental hygienist.  She learned of a number of chronic ailments that her patients had.  After 30 years, she left this career and went back to school to get her doctorate and focused on the mind-body connection.  Meditation became an important “treatment” to help people with illnesses.  She had to learn meditation via focusing on her breath while walking and climbing…sitting meditation did not work for her!  
  • She wrote her dissertation on the mind-gut connection, with the gut being the organ that responds first to stimuli in the environment.  She found that taking her patients walking helped them use their breathing to relax and reduce the stresses causing symptoms.  Walking opens people’s capacity to relax and communicate the issues they are experiencing.  She calls her therapy Psyche-Hike.  (psyche=soul).  Movement is a great healer.  In-spire-ation helps our mind to work better and helps us to “move forward”.  
  • Her book is titled:  From Sole to Soul.  She wrote her book while walking. It is a book of daily inspiration to help people “get moving” every day.  The book is available from or Amazon
Guests: John Liu,  Frank Sims,  Sarah Gardner, Barry Schwartz (welcome home!)
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, June 1, 2021

  • Fire relief efforts: 
    • Sat., June 5 |  10:00 am to 3:00 pm Phase 1 - Trails Restoration
    • 25 volunteers are needed to spread and rake seed where dead trees have been cut and chipped. Lunch and water will be provided. This is a District Natural Disaster Response Committee project utilizing the Colorado Wildfire Disaster Relief Funds. Flyer with more info is attached. Additional dates for the Trails Restoration project will be coming throughout the summer.
    • Sat., June 12 | 9:30 am Summer Clean-Up
    • Volunteers are needed to help clear lots damaged by the East Troublesome Fire. This is a Grand Lake Rotary club project in conjunction with Adopt-A-Family. Flyer with more info is attached.
  • Upcoming Events: 
    • Ethics and the Four Way test is June 3rd 6:30-7:30 PM
    • Rotary International virtual convention on June 12-16th
    • Social Responsibility and Community Engagement June 24th
    • Pass the Gavel on June 26th at 6PM at Marlis’ home 
  • Peaches: August 28th, doing it in Aspen Park with more specific details coming soon. Julie and Lee are working to get a Paypal link created for credit card payments.
  • Elevation Celebration: Hoping to get more info about the wildfire preparedness truck - but it may be too large for the event. Does Rotary want a tent to pass out information and would we have the people to work the tent? Marlis to make a connection for the fire truck.  
  • Food Bank of the Rockies: Thank you to everyone who helped with the delivery last Thursday! Now Charlotte is putting together menus. 
  • Mental Health Community Seminar: 3PM - 5PM this Saturday June 5th and hosted by Conifer Church of Christ. Located above Scooters BBQ at 11825 US Highway 285. For more information call or email Wayne Burger at 303-619-880
  • Award from Wilmot Elementary school granted to Art! - He does so much in this community across different organizations and he was presented with thank you notes in pinwheels placed in his yard. It was shared on Kyle Clark’s show on 9 News as well. Congratulations Art! Click here to see the story on 9 News (starting at 16:50): 
Meeting Program: Wesley Paxton - CHS Interact Club
  • Interact is geared at getting kids involved in service - Wes provided a talk on what the Interact Club has been up to at Conifer High School. In trying to teach these students Service above Self they put on a number of volunteering activities throughout the year. 
  • For example, the kids put on two big events, a blood drive where they went down to southwest plaza to donate blood and a drive at the school. In the fall, the trick or treat street, where elementary students and their parents can dress up and drive through this year. Interact had a themed table that they dressed up in and passed out candy.
  • Additionally, they did some work with the Elk Run nursing home delivering candy during Halloween and Valentines Day.
  • Trying to get a trail hike put together in the future - to pick up trash along the way.
  • These kids are always looking for volunteer opportunities and projects to participate in to show their leadership and service, so anything the club can do to pass those opportunities on along the way will help.
Guests: Maria Galtar and Sara Gardner, welcome! 
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, May 25, 2021

  • Fire relief efforts: In Grand Lake looking for volunteers
    • Sat., June 5 |  10:00 am to 3:00 pm Phase 1 - Trails Restoration
    • 25 volunteers are needed to spread and rake seed where dead trees have been cut and chipped. Lunch and water will be provided. This is a District Natural Disaster Response Committee project utilizing the Colorado Wildfire Disaster Relief Funds. Additional dates for the Trails Restoration project will be coming throughout the summer.
    • Sat., June 12 | 9:30 am Summer Clean-Up
    • Volunteers are needed to help clear lots damaged by the East Troublesome Fire. This is a Grand Lake Rotary club project in conjunction with Adopt-A-Family. 
  • Upcoming Online Events: Understanding our History on May 27th 7-8PM, Ethics and the Four Way test is June 3rd 6:30-7:30 PM, Rotary International virtual convention on June 12-16th
  • Peaches: Confirmed for Saturday August 28th. Unfortunately, we can’t use the Aspen Park shopping center as we have in the past. But there are some other options either with Taspens or even one of the RTD Park n’ Ride lots that are being looked into.
  • Evening Meetings: The next evening group meeting on June 9th at 26667 De Berry Street in Conifer, or Our Lady of the Pines Church if weather is inclement. The evening group got together last week and pulled all of the tents out of the shed and organized everything which is looking great.
  • Virtual RYLA: Happening on Saturday July 24th with two amazing speakers lined up. If you know anyone who might be interested let Suzanne or Diana know. 
  • Conifer High School Graduation: Great event, over 2000 familie members and guests. Really great kids and recognition for them. One Stanford, Harvard, Naval Academy two, One going to Air Force Academy. Conifer HS gets the top of the list because of any kids who want to go to a service academy. Daniels Fund scholarship recipient going to school of Mines. Seniors get to graduate two weeks early, everyone else is taking finals this week, sports are still going on and wrapping up for the season.
Meeting Program: Stove Team International
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, May 18, 2021

  • Rotary 101: Is today 7PM via Zoom. You can sign up on the district website. Email Beth Mendel if you can’t register the rest of today and she’ll give the link.
  • Upcoming Events: Understanding our History on May 27th 7-8PM, Ethics and the Four Way test is June 3rd 6:30-7:30 PM, Rotary International virtual convention on June 12-16th
  • Pass the Gavel: On June 26th. Tom will have pulled pork and BBQ chicken with a potluck for the rest. Guests are welcome! 
  • Evening Meetings: Starting in June, the evening meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 at Angela’s or the Our Lady of the Pine church if there is rain. 
  • Food Bank of the Rockies: The first shipment from the Food Bank of the Rockies is coming in this week. Thanks to Tom, Ruth and Arana for volunteering to help with pick-up!
  • Scholarships: It was a good year where the Club was able to give out six scholarships to local highschool students. All of the students were so qualified and amazing it was very difficult to select the winners. Thanks to Suzanne, Stanley, Dean, and Amanda for working on the interviews!
  • Virtual RYLA: We can go ahead and proceed and if the kids want to do it great, if not, then that’s understandable after a year of Zoom/zoom-fatigue. Diana and Suzanne will discuss and come back with more info.
  • Foothills World Affairs Council: Stanley is a member of the Foothills World Affairs Council and is also on the board. Every year they do a contest called World Quest where highschool students go through and take a quiz on international issues. The winners go to Washington DC and there may be opportunity for participation from Conifer and Platte Canyon HS. Stanley will talk with Suzanne and will come back with more info.
  • Guessing Jar Fundraiser: No entries yet. Morti tried multiple times and asked friends to do it too but ran into some issues so Leonor is going to take a look to see if there’s a larger issue going on. From there, we’ll extend this for another month. 
Meeting Program: Alison Hedgepath from CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties presenting on “CASA - 20 Years of Advocacy”
  • Alison Hedgepath is with CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates. Alison does outreach and recruitment to recruit all volunteers to interview and get them ready for training.
  • The CASA mission is to assign trained volunteers to advocate in court for safety and well-being of abused and neglected children. 
  • Alison presented on how one may become a CASA volunteer, what the expectations are, and how volunteers are having a big impact on these children’s lives.
  • A copy of the presentation can be downloaded by going to: 
  • Volunteers can apply at or you can also donate - CASA is a 501(c)3.
Guests: Maria Galter, Katrina Quintana, and our speaker today: Alison Hedgepath. Welcome!
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, May 11, 2021

  • Rotary 101: class is on May 18th at 7 PM via a Zoom Session, Finn shared the link last week via club runner. Something for both new and longtime members. It is free and one hour. 
  • Conifer HS graduation: Saturday May 22nd, still needs one more golf cart driver, and six more people to assist with parking. 
  • Mental Health Seminar: Saturday June 5th at 3PM presented by Rebecca Torres, Amanda has emailed a flyer with more information to everyone. This will include things like overcoming the stigma of mental illness, helping people identify outward signs of mental illness, and what you can do to help yourself or someone else. 
  • Rotary Virtual Convention: June 12-16th. $65 for the event with 20 breakout sessions, including member engagement, leadership skills, Rotary’s new area of focus is the environment. 
  • Pass the Gavel Ceremony: June 26th at Marlis’ house at 6PM. 
  • May 8th Day of Service: Went really well, the wind was a little problematic, but we were able to collect food all day. Community members are amazingly generous - $340 in cash and store gift cards, 900 lbs of food as well!
  • 285 Backpack Project: we need at least one more child to sign up so we can get the funding from the USDA. If you know of any families, any outreach would help.
    • Charlotte would like to start training someone to take over the Backpack Project to focus on other areas in Rotary. Reach out to Charlotte/Marlis/or Amanda for more info.
  • Status of 2021 Donation Goals: Goal for the Rotary International annual fund was $1650 and currently we stand at $1933 which is great. The Polio Plus giving goal is $800 with current donations at $435 - if all active members donated $10 that would put us over the goal for the year! Go to the Rotary International website to donate. This money does count towards Paul Harris. 
  • Leonor - The guessing jar fundraiser is still going on, you can purchase your guessing tickets at
  • Angela - Peaches are on this year! Date and more info will be coming soon. 
  • Dean - Rotary Club was represented at Conifer HS trivia night last Saturday. Tied for 6th place. They had great food and a really fun time. It was a great example of how to run a contest online. 
Meeting Program: Amanda Weedman presenting on Conflict Management Strategies
  • Amanda is in the process of finishing her MBA, and last semester took a course in Conflict Management that she found interesting and thought could be interesting to the club. 
  • Conflict is unavoidable, but most conflicts fall into one of three categories: perceived incompatible goals, perceived scarce resources, or interference. 
  • If all participants in a conflict are dissatisfied with an outcome of a conflict, it will start to trend toward a destructive conflict.
  • When running into a conflict, people default to one of three systems: avoidance, collaborative, aggressive/coercive.
    • Avoidant- walking away, pretending like something doesn’t exist, allowing resentment to build up.
    • Collaborative - Meetings and mealtime talks to discuss issues, listening, dealing with it directly, being open.
    • Aggressive - survival of the fittest, being honest with no regard to how it impacts others, strong feelings, never backing down
  • Gender also plays a role in how we handle conflict. For example, men tend to display more dominating and competitive behavior while women display more avoidant and compromising behavior. Women tend to be more verbally aggressive, while men tend to be more physically aggressive. 
  • Power struggles - power is ability to produce intended effect, influence behavior over another person, and resist influence of others. In some situations, you may perceive you have less power than others, and others you may feel you have more. This will affect how you will engage. 
    • If you can be mindful of this, and adjust accordingly. For example, showing restraint when you are in a higher power situation, or focusing on interdependence when you’re in a lower power situation.
  • There are five conflict styles: avoiding, dominating, integrating, obliging, compromising all on a scale of concern for self vs concern for others. For example, integrating is high on both concern for self and concern for others.
  • There are advantages and disadvantages to all five styles
  • To download these slides, go to and click on Conflict Management Strategies.
Guests: Incoming Area 8 Assistant Governor, Bob Loeffler, John Liu, and Maria joined us again this week too. Welcome everyone!

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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, May 4, 2021

  • Mind Blown Trivia Night is this Saturday night held by the Conifer High School PTSA. If you’re vaccinated, you can host a small group in your home and participate virtually. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year. 
  • Reminder to everyone that Rotary updated their logo a few years ago and we should use the new wheel logo to adhere to the brand guidelines. More info on branding guidelines can be found here: 
  • Pass the Gavel event will be on June 26th at the McAllister home. Save the date!
  • District has some awards given annually, coming from various different clubs primarily honoring other Rotarians. Marlis has submitted for three of them this year including the Kevin B. Ferrall leadership award for Wes, Mary K Hasz membership award to Charlotte, Scott Metcalf award for the Mask Project. To everyone involved in these, kudos to you all!
  • Saturday was Wildfire Preparedness Day where we had a great event, a few hundred people attended at Elk creek fire in Conifer and Evergreen Fire at Bergen park. The truck looks great!
  • May 8th Day of Service: this Saturday there are some volunteers setting up at 9am and collecting food from 10-3 PM. Could use a few more volunteers, reach out to Leslie if interested. Check donations can be made out to Conifer Rotary Foundation, and we will also have a cash donation jar available.
  • Pat: Attended Evening for Haiti. Was really well done and our international committee contributed funds to help build a fence to protect an agricultural school there. One of the Evergreen members got a Ted Lewis award for compassion for nurses and they raised money at the event and reached their goal which was wonderful.
  • June 19th will be Bailey Day. More info coming soon.
  • Charlotte: 9-10 families signed up for the summer program. We need at least 20 to get the Food Bank of the Rockies USDA grant. If anyone can do some outreach, that would help a lot!
  • Reminder: The Guessing Jar fundraiser, last day is May 20th. Visit to guess.
  • Finn: Rotary 101 - there is a special course for everyone and particularly new members. May 11th, it’s free and a great way to learn about Rotary. He will send the link via Club Runner.
Guests: Salesa’s Mom and member of Coffeyville, Kansas Rotary: Earlene Smith. Additionally, Maria Rosa Galter joined us from Pine Junction. Welcome!
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, April 27, 2021

  • Wes will be scheduling the ConiferFest planning meetings soon. This is taking place August 21st and will be a similar concept to what we did last year, but it’s up for discussion. There is a possibility we could be clear by June and we could have more options for what we have to do with fewer restrictions.
  • PTSA Conifer is hosting Mind Blown Trivia Night. It is virtual, you can join as an individual or you can go to a home to have a little group gathering and participate that way. $20 per person on May 8th: 
  • The Food Drive will also be May 8th for Day of Service from 10-3pm setup around 9am. If anyone wants to come to help, please feel free to let Leslie know. Leonor made posters that have been put up around the community . There’s also a banner to put out for visibility during the event. BIG shoutout to Leonor who was hugely instrumental in getting these materials ready! King Sooper said we should get in touch too to see if people could handout fliers for what is needed so shoppers could pick it up on their way in.
  • Upcoming Pfizer vaccine events:
  • Amanda - She will start reaching out and calling people and wants to hear feedback and about what you want for next year. Any ideas are welcome!
  • District conference May 6-7th followed by day of service May 8th. Still some spots available if you want to register. If you want to attend virtually, registration closes on May 5th.
  • District looking for 1-2 people to serve in the role of District Youth and At Risk Youth Officer Protector. Contact Marlis for contact info if interested.
  • The Evergreen Ice Melt barrel fell through ice on April 14th at 1:34 PM -  which is pretty late relative to years past!
  • Evening Weds group meetings starting this week at 5:30 at Kristi’s house since there’s a lot of snow coming in.
  • Pass the gavel will happen on June 26th at Marlis’ house. Stay tuned for more info.
  • Survey was sent recently about returning to in person meetings: 24 responses so far out of 37 total. It’s optional, but if you want your voice to be heard please respond. Right now, it looks like there is a tie for returning in person in June vs starting in July. We’re also working on a hybrid meeting so people can participate via Zoom. 
  • May 1st wildfire preparedness day moving forward with the Rotary Wildfire Readiness group. Elk Creek 8:30-11:30am , Bergen Fire Dept 1:30-4:30pm. Stop by and be sure to wear your Rotary shirt! 
  • Angela: Be sure to watch Town Hall meeting - it’s posted:
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, April 20, 2021

  • District Webinar and in-person event: they need more in person registrants  - if you’d like to sign up do so before Friday at 8am.
  • June 25th 9-12th is the Crow Hill Insurance shredathon. Go to for more info.
  • Local Haiti is putting on a program called Evening for Haiti on April 25th at 5 pm. Contact Pat for more info to sign up.
  • Evening group will start meeting in person again, April 28th at 5:30 at Angela’s or Kristi’s if there’s bad weather.
  • May 1st Wildfire Preparedness Day event at the Elk Creek firehouse. Serenity magazine has a really nice article out about that event.
  • Food Bank of the Rockies grant was approved for the 285 backpack project. Once a month, 3rd or 4th thursday of the month they will send pallets of food for four separate menus for four weeks at no charge to us. It would really help through any connections Rotarians have to please let people know they can get in touch with Charlotte to get them signed up to get kiddos food on weekends during summertime. Charlotte just needs to put in an order by the beginning of May.
  • Lee will be putting out a survey about getting back together for in-person meetings
  • Angela: town hall meeting tomorrow night, get on and listen in 
  • Finn: Assistant Governors meeting happened yesterday, there will still be money available for district designated funds so if there is a project we need to get it reported sooner than later for approval.
Program:  Jamal Bowen, First-Year Experience Program at the Community College of Denver
  • Jamal Bowen grew up in Montbello in Denver and attended Denver Public Schools which shaped who he is today. Jamal graduated from CSU in 2013 and then obtained his masters in Organizational Management from Ashford University, School of Business and Technology in 2016. He teaches Business and Entrepreneurship at Community College of Denver and is here to tell us about the First Year Experience program. He’s also Morti’s nephew!
  • The  First Year Experience program at Community College of Denver is aimed at helping new students to be successful at CCD
  • There are a range of students and backgrounds that can participate 
  • The program creates clear milestones to track towards to help with career exploration and study skills. Meeting students where they are and pushing them in a way that makes them successful. Break down a semester plan and helps them to “start here, go anywhere”
  • Jamal teaches business and they had an opportunity to collaborate with DU. Some CCD students had never been there, and they were working on an event to present to the community and they were all very proud because his students stood out. 
  • Milestones are bundled into a course with a FYE professor that teaches with a content professor. FYE is there to assist and help out along the way throughout the course. FYE Course is geared at teaching study skills and career skills but counts towards certificate/degree programs so the content teacher doesn’t have to take time away from their content. aka business or sociology 
  • This goes a long way in giving these new students confidence which in turns sets them up for better success in school. 
  • They have seen the growth in their students, but the biggest thing is the testimony they’ve seen with their students. 
  • They are putting together a promotional video, if anyone knows of students who may be interested these are opportunities that are being provided to everyone!
  • Go to and click Downloads to access and download the Community College of Denver - First Year Experience presentation. 
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, April 13, 2021

  • Elevation Celebration will be on July 24th and 25th.  
  • Upcoming events: 5/1 Wildfire Preparedness; 5/8 Rotary Day of Service Food Drive. 
  • The Food Drive will be taking place Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10 AM – 3 PM in the parking lot at the First Bank in Aspen Park. All food collected will go to local Food Pantries: Mountain Resource Center, LifeBridge, and Widow’s Oil. 
    • Donated items can include: canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned pasta, fruit juice, cereal, peanut butter, tuna, beans, soup, oatmeal, pasta, rice, grocery store gift cards, cash. 
  • The Colorado Haiti Project is having a virtual meeting called Evening with Haiti, they’re going to honor Marcia Walsh from Evergreen who is active with Rotary as well. If anyone wants to join April 25th at 5:00PM, let Pat know she’s getting the info on how to join. 
  • Pat is still working on the scholarship committee with Dean. They are trying to get scholarship applications from students from Platte Canyon, they already have a few from Conifer High - the deadline is this Friday 5 pm. 
  • Morti is reviewing an old list of speakers and noticed there are numerous members who spoke in the past. Any members that would like to speak in June, July, or August please email or text Morti to get on the list.
  • Kristi: the chamber is doing their trash pick up on the 22nd. If Rotary wants to do it on that day as well it’s an option. 
  • Yvonne has the big jar to fill for our guessing game and Leonor has offered to get it posted on 
  • Janine presented the Paul Harris Fellow recognition to Kristi. Congratulations!
  • Marlis shared information about Water for Peace in Papua New Guinea. In 2018, several villages inhabited by five cultural groups agreed to put aside past conflicts so they could enjoy the water supply. The system supplies clean water to 3,000 residents in 8 villages for the first time ever, comes from a spring and has a gravity feed system making maintenance easy, and is a fine example of what Rotary Foundation contributions support.
  • Contact Denise for information on Action for Peace Scholarships. 
  • We are having the Evergreen Rodeo this year on June 19th & 20th. The Evergreen Rodeo Board is in the midst of planning and Marty is starting to ‘round-up’ volunteers. More information can be found: 
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, April 6, 2021

  • May 6th is the District Conference - In person event will be held. Can get more information on the District’s Website.
  • Rotary District Governor’s monthly message from Bob Kemp can be viewed by going to
  • Several 9 News Health Vaccination sites are still running. Can contact Audrey if interested in volunteering
  • Sept 26th - Rotary Day at the Rockies : portion of ticket sales goes to End Polio Now. More info will be coming soon. 
  • Next board meeting will discuss a starting date for meeting in person. May be hybrid, but need to explore the technology. Earliest is June - need to see what happens between now and then but just would like an indication of how many people are interested. 
  • ConiferFest save the date is up on the website Tentative date is August 21st.
  • Diana: Rotary youth exchange is postponed one more year. 
  • Angela: St Paddy's day, didn’t bring in as much as years past but would like to highlight. that she made a deposit for a total of $396 from St. Paddy’s Collections, plus Valentines, and the barrel. 
  • Called about peaches fundraising, hoping to be able to do it but can’t say anything definite until after may10th. We’ll be first on the list if they can grow them this year.
  • Conifer Lobos bleecher box project: in final phases of fundraising. planning to install bleachers in May. If anyone is inclined to purchase a seat or a row, there’s still time to do that. 
  • Denise & a Peace Committee: Something we would form within our club. Opportunity to pair with other countries at the International Convention. Will be on the agenda to discuss at the board meeting. 
  • Leslie & May 8th day of service: Still trying to get in touch with King Soopers to nail down a location. Backup plan is to look at the parking lot at 1st Bank. 
Program:  Dr. Marny Eulberg, District PolioPlus Chair
  • District 5450 Polio Committee chairperson
  • Dr. Eulberg is a polio survivor who is very involved in organizations dedicated to survivors and eradication
  • In Rotary, the terms Polio Plus and End Polio now are all basically the same thing. The hope was that Rotary could declare world polio free by 2005 but the effort is ongoing.
  • Some of the pluses in PolioPlus:
    • Giving vitamin a drops and deworming medicine in addition to drops of polio vaccine
    • Including water and sanitation projects
    • Since 2020: teams have included covid training, surveillance, and contract tracing
  • Making a lot of progress, and back on track:
    • Cases caused by wild polio virus has dropped by 99.9%
    • So far this year, there have been 2 cases caused by wild polio virus
    • 43 caused by circulating cVDPV
    • 20 million people are estimated to be walking who would have otherwise been paralyzed 
    • No cases of wild polio cases outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan for several years. 
    • All of Africa declared polio free since august 2020
  • You must listen carefully when hearing statistics about polio
    • Are they talking about only wild polio virus or also including those caused by the circulating vaccine derived virus?
    • In 2020 1075 children were paralyzed by cVDPV and those children are just as paralyzed as those who contract the wild one
  • There is a new program in district 5450
    • Polio Plus society
    • Sign a pledge that they wild donate at least $100/yr until polio is eradicated
    • Donations can be made at 
    • Conifer Rotary already has 2 members which is a higher percentage basis than many of the other clubs!
  • Sunday September 26th: in the afternoon will be a game for the Rotary Day at the Rockies
    • portion of tickets will go to end polio now
    • Details will be coming 
    • Some hesitations with covid and wanting to make sure everything is all clear
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, March 23, 2021

  • Reminder: we will not meet next Tuesday March 30th
  • Broomfield Rotary fundraiser:  Crossing Top Golf Holes for Hope Open April 25, 1-4:  $100 entry; only 20 teams of six may register. 
  • St. Pat’s Fundraising update:  $160 plus donations from Angela’s Leprechaun crew. The fundraiser will continue through March 31.
  • May 8 Day of Service:  Conifer Radio will do a PSA—Amanda will be our voice.  The three pantries have responded with the list of food donations they need and will have a volunteer available to collect the food at our collection site for each of the pantries.  Lesley will check with King Soopers about being able to collect in front of the store or at First Bank next to King Soopers.  We need to come up with ideas for promotion: messages thru PTAs’ and school news, church bulletins, Social Media, My Mountain Town, Flume, Mountain Connection and other new outlets.  Send Lesley other ideas. This event has been created via District 5450 to promote Rotary in all our communities.
  • Vaccine update from CHS:  Stride Health Care will host April 16,17 J&J vaccine administrations at CHS.  Contact Stride Health Care to make an appointment. It will be a drive through with 5-minute wait after the immunization. or call 303-360-6276 for an appointment.
Program:  Dr. David Woodland, Researcher on Pandemics
  • “Woody” is President Elect of Rotary, Summit County!
  • The science behind pandemics:  Were we expecting a pandemic?---"The pandemic clock is ticking---we just don’t know what time it is.” Edgar Marcuse, MD, PhD
  • We have had pandemics throughout human history: The Plague of Justinian, 541-750 CE.  Smallpox—1157BC was found in the body of the Egyptian Pharoh;  Killed an estimated one billion people (now eradicated by vaccine).
  • Spanish influenza 1918-19: killed 25-50 million worldwide
  • AIDS:  killed 40 million worldwide—and is on-going; we have not been able to develop a vaccine
  • Tuberculosis: kills one every 21 second—on-going (problem with drug resistance)
  • African Swine Fever:  25% of pigs worldwide had to be slaughtered.
  • Emerging diseases occur as new disease all the time 
  • Re-emerging disease:  recur over and over, often as variants
  • Dr. Woodland provided a world map which showed all the different diseases that have and are currently occurring world-wide.  
  • The corna-viruses: SARS-CoV-1 (Guandong Province—low transmissibility but high pathogenicity) MERS-CoV  (High pathogenicity); SARS-1, SARS-2 (covid19)
  • Why do we get pandemics?---the viruses reside in animals in the wild and then can jump to humans as we have increasing contact between wild animals and as domesticated animals are infected by wild animals and transmit to humans.
  • MERS and SARS1—bats carry and transmit to other animals.
  • COVID19 likely came from bats, transmitted to mammals, then to humans---the virus has to adapt to bind to human receptors.  The virus mutates to first attach, then break into the lung cells.  The new variants allow greater infectivity or may reduce the effect of vaccines.  
  • Factors affecting pandemic severity:  well over 200 virus strains are implicated in causing the common cold---which can reduce susceptibility to the COVID19, as a person develops generalized immunity.  
  • RNA vaccine:  easy to make and safe; it is easy to change to adapt to variants (storage at cold temps is problem).
  • The Bottom Line:
  • Pandemics have repeatedly affected human populations
  • New and old pandemic pathogens are constantly lurking in animal reservoirs
  • Transmission from animals to humans is exacerbated with our increasing encroachment on wild animal habitats
  • We are likely to suffer more pandemic pathogens in the future
“Woody” is available to speak to any interested group: 

Welcome to our Guest: Dano Howell from Bailey 

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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, March 16, 2021

  • PETS is this weekend: Amanda will be going and learning all about Rotary and she will tell us about what she learned next tuesday
  • Tomorrow: Last day to buy tickets for Evergreen Ice Melt
  • March 18th is the Zoom presentation for Time’s teen of the year. RSVP was supposed to be by March 12th
  • Sunday April 25th Broomfield Crossing Top Golf Holes for Hope Open: $100 per person, only 20 teams of 6 can participate
  • St Paddys fundraiser: $240 so far online, not including Angela’s orders
  • May 8th day of service: Leslie scheduling some follow-up for the planning this week. The committee is meeting tonight to work on getting the Jar filled to get that posted for the April event that will lead into May.
  • Foundation Board is meeting immediately after this meeting today
  • Arana has an idea for a potential fundraiser: 
    • Making seed bombs and selling them for the growing season. 
    • Originally the idea came out of New York in the 70’s: the idea is to be able to take these bombs, clay, soil, seeds and they break into the ground and plant themselves. 
    • Selling beginning of May end of June
    • Thinking maybe high school students looking for volunteer hours and the Boys & Girls Club could help with making them because it looks like a messy fun project. 
    • Board is meeting and needs to approve the fundraiser, assuming it’s approved then we can move forward and may need to form a committee. 
    • Wes: this could also be a great opportunity to use as a fundraiser with the next Home & Garden event in 2022. We could do it now, and then again at the home and garden show.
    • If anyone is interested in helping reach out to Morti and Arana, especially someone to help figure out how much to charge.
  • Speaker Today: Arana Hagan- HeartMath
    • Recently attended a refresher training on HeartMath. 
    • Arana started doing HeartMath about 8 years ago. She was a counselor and there was one area she noticed she couldn’t change, when she was driving and someone did something stupid and cut her off, she would get furious. Such a flash point that none of the tools she had really worked on stopping that burst of anger. 
    • Couple of months after she started doing HeartMath, she noticed her reaction was much better. The only thing that had changed was HeartMath. 
    • This program builds your resilience, ability to stay calm and alert, and to handle stressful situations. Goal of building resilience: ability to prepare for, recover from, and adapt in the face of stress challenge or adversity.
    • This training is used by Police, Fire Departments, EMT and many more
    • Started in 1991, Based on science and has been extensively researched. 
    • They can do a before test and after test and literally show this has changed the culture attitude and stress for people who have had the training. 
  • Arana is happy to do this training with anyone who needs it and can work to be flexible on structure (e.g. one hour or six hours)
  • Additional information can be found at 
    • Click on training, and click on HeartMath Experience, they are offering these trainings for free
    • March 27 12-2 she’ll be teaching a free class, please send Arana an email if interested. 
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, March 9, 2021


Welcome new member:  Stanley Harsha!


  • The St. Patrick’s Day event is underway.
    • There are photos on the page. 
    • No one has signed up for the Leprechaun Trap but Angela has gathered participants’ money as well as the online registrants.
    • Thanks to Angela, Pat, Amanda for getting the word out to the community!
  • The Rotary Wildfire fire preparedness day will be May 1st.
    • The Wildfire Education Truck will be at Elk Creek Fire Station at Richmond Hill 8a-11a and in Bergen Park Fire House 1p-4p.
    • The truck will be a tool for educating the public about all the preparations neighbors/families need to create.  There are interactive features to engage kids’ interest. There is a plan to find a place to park the truck ahead of the event to publicize the May 1 event.
    • Donations can be made to  
  • The District 5450 Rotary community event will be May 8th
    • This will be a day of service as part of the District Conference, promoting Rotary in our greater community as well as engaging clubs to work together. 
    • Our Area-8 Rotary Clubs will focus on raising funds/gathering food for our food pantries. 
    • The planning committee will determine which pantries will be supported
    • Marketing for our 285 corridor in conjunction with the other Area-8 Clubs could include newspapers, ConiferRadio, social media, Our Mountain Town, flyers, Chambers and all our members
    • We will need to continue to brainstorm how to get donations—i.e., drive-thru food drops; web-site fund donations
    • Who else can volunteer to help?  
    • Let’s promote the May 8 event and raise some money by having a large pickle jar with candy with an online photo
      • Leonor to help design an info poster to promote
      • The committee will determine the price of tickets and how the money would be distributed for the pantries/backpacks. 
    • Email any ideas for this event to Lesley.  
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, March 2, 2021


  • Put the Rotary Day Rotary Day at the Rockies Sunday September 26 on your calendar.

  • The District 5450 Natural Disaster Committee is determining how to distribute funds for Colorado wildfires---also, the District is still gathering funds to help our neighbors!  

  • Steve from Castle Rock Rotary needs gently used phones, laptops and tablets to go to Africa. 

  • Time magazine Kid of the Year is a Lone Tree, Colorado student. There will be a Zoom presentation for her induction. She works on solving the issue of removing lead from water. Time's First Kid of the Year Zoom presentation to Gitanjali Rao, student at STEM School Highlands Ranch: RSVP to

  • Totes for Hope: The Food Bank of the Rockies is offering area back pack projects the opportunity to get their food at no charge. Charlotte has sent our application.  If approved, a month’s worth of food with a varied menu for the weeks in the month would be available for pick-up (the representative thought that our food could be brought to our Pine Junction site).  

  • Spring Break Back Pack update:  Charlotte and Lesley met with Katie, a member of St. Laurence Church, who will be coordinating the boxes of food for Spring Break.  We pulled a full week’s menu into the back room of the pantry for ease in getting it to the church; they plan to fill the boxes (which Katie’s mother-in-law is purchasing the boxes for the food). A letter will be going out in the back packs this week requesting family preference for where to pick up their box: their school, the church, the Lifebridge pantry in Bailey or home-delivery by high school interactors.  

  • Update on our St. Pat’s fundraisers:  Posters are being distributed in the community this week.  Leonor has sent the announcement and posters via social media FB, Neighborhoods and to our area principals.  Sharon T. is placing it in “Our Mountain Town” and suggested we use Conifer Radio.  Leonor will send the posters via email for us all to distribute to our families and friends.  Yvonne suggested getting it to teachers directly so they could set up teams to participate.  

  • Suzanne reports that Platte Canyon Chamber has asked for Rotary help for Carnival Alley at Bailey Day June 19.  We would coordinate a carnival row that would provide games and fun things to do, all done with and for promotion of local not-for-profits.  Conifer Rotary could also have a booth to promote all of the things that our Club promotes and supports in the community, as well as our up-coming fund-raisers  The Conifer Interact has done the Carnivals at Children’s Hospital, so we have a number of games in our shed we could use.  

  • Diana reports on Youth Exchange:  The orientation for out-bound students was held two weeks ago.  Rotary International will determine by mid-March if the exchange program will be a go.  If the Exchange goes forward, Boulder will need families to take two students.  Our Club has the opportunity to assist in hosting.  Cathy Taylor needs a helper to be the Youth Exchange Officer to coordinate the student experience and to be an emergency back-up home: Janine has volunteered. The whole Club will make a commitment to assist with student activities and to support the host families. 

  • Following up on the 12-Step program that Arana did two weeks ago, Dual reports that he has found an app on-line, “Al-anon Families”.  There are virtual meetings all day long on the site in lieu of face-to-face meetings.

  • Immunization update:  many of the pharmacies are having extra doses of COVID vaccines at the end of their clinics; so even if you don’t have an appointment, there may be doses available.  

We will be inducting a new member next week.  Welcome Stanley Harsha!


Guests: Stanley Harsha

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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, February 23, 2021




  • District 5450 is looking for volunteers with expertise in websites and social media. Reach out to Marlis to get the contact.

  • The Texas disaster plan: The District does not have plans at this time. Charlotte has friends in Austin who suggested donating to

  • The Rotary Day of Service, May 8 will display the Evergreen Rotary Wildfire truck. It will be an educational venue in the community to help people understand how to be as safe as possible in the event of wildfire. The education will also include information geared to kids. All volunteers will be trained before the day of the event. Cynthia Latham of EG Rotary is the contact for volunteering.

  • Conifer Medical Center may need volunteers to help with future COVID vaccine events. Be on the look out.

  • Amanda announced a presentation by a friend of hers who is a suicide survivor. We will be given information when the date is set. Volunteers may be needed; there will be more information coming.

  • Totes of Hope, Food Bank of the Rockies, rep will be meeting by phone with Charlotte and Suzanne this morning. We will explore how we could partner. Also, we are working with St. Laurence Church to put together boxes of food for back pack families for Spring break—one month from now. The process will involve setting a menu, getting boxes, moving food from the pantry up to the church narthex, packing and arranging with families how to get the food to them: at school, from the church or home delivery. CHS students are interested in volunteering to help deliver food if families choose that way to receive it. In addition, we are looking at ways to provide food during summer break. More to come.

  • Leonor has the St. Patty’s posters that are available to be distributed around the community. The website will be on a tear-off on the posters. Please get the word out to the community. Get your photos in to the site with the dog-walks and the leprechaun capture event. Leonor has sent information to the Principals and PTA presidents.

  • The Valentine’s Day event was fun with Rotary volunteers helping put the food into the bags and distributing to our guests; as well as promoting Rotary to potential members. Everyone raved about the food. Castles and Kitchens website has information about their up-coming events. Sharing is Caring program: $25/meal provides meals to families served by MRC; the tab for donating is on the Castles and Kitchen website. More events are in the works for the up-coming spring/summer. Stay tuned.

  • The Conifer Area Council Town Hall meeting was recorded; please log on to increase the number of participants, which is helpful in getting local voices heard by the county. Contact Angela for more information.


Guests: Kathy Berry and Karen Greguras (Los Altos, California Rotarians), Stanley Harsha

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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, February 9, 2021



  • Lee would be willing to be webmaster if someone would consider taking the treasurer position. The webmaster position posts the weekly bulletin and manages incoming emails as well as creating links for events; it takes at least 5 hours a week. The treasurer uses Quickbooks and creates the monthly reports and sends the quarterly dues bills to members. Communicate your interest to Marlis.

  • The Rotary Evergreen Mardi Gras is February 19 and 20---with drive-in entertainment at Wild Game in Evergreen. Go to the Evergreen Rotary website to sign up.

  • The Rotary Wildfire Ready: there are three brochures that have been developed: Harden your home; Defensible space; and Emergency go bag. There are links coming on our Conifer Rotary website so that we can share them.

  • The Valentines Dinner update: today is the last day to order via We have our full complement of volunteers to distribute to dinners.

  • Leonor has created a data base of all our community members who have participated in our events so that we can send them invitations for our future events.


Program: Club Assembly


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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, February 2, 2021



  • Rotary Wildfire Ready is offering free Zoom webinars on Colorado Wildfire Readiness, every third Monday from 4-5:30pm. Contact Cindy Latham, for details and register to join the Zoom meeting.
  • Free Rotary Peace Seminars on zoom: Register on the Rotary District 5450 website
  • February 4, 6:30-7:30 pm, Principled (win/win) Negotiations
  • March 4, 6:30-7:30pm, Unconscious Bias
  • 2021 RI Convention: will be virtual, June 12-16. Sign up on the District 5450 website.
  • We need a new webmaster for our Club. Lee or Bambi can orient a new volunteer.
  • The Evergreen Mardi Gras fund-raiser: Feb 19-20….drive-in entertainment will be presented at Wild Game….$40-$100/car, depending on proximity to the event. It will be live-streamed Febr 19, 7:15pm--$25. Go to Evergreen Rotary Website,
  • St. Laurence Church has reached out via member Katie Ogden about partnering with the Conifer Rotary 285 Back Pack Project. The church is raising money and seeking grants to provide a box of food for the weeks that the kids for vacation. Charlotte and Katie will be reaching out to MRC to determine how boxes of food are put together and to the schools to find out how many families we are serving and how boxes could be distributed to them prior to vacations.
  • The Mask-querade website link is on and is still open for sale of women’s masks.
  • Rotary Youth exchange: Boulder schools will not be accepting exchange students this coming year. So far, Jeffco is still allowing the exchange.
  • Mount Evans Home Care and Hospice Virtual Birthday Gala, February 26, 2021.---The TV show you don’t want to miss; it will include a live and silent auction and Party Box (includes a commerative bottle of wine, wine glass, special dessert, party favors and more!) $40. Go to the has the silent auction and more! Tunisia will provide the music.
  • Girl Scout cookies are available—contact Ruth Moore!
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Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, January 26, 2021

  • Free Webinar on Colorado Wildfires: Marlis will send the link via our webmaster, Bambi Moss
  • Mt. Foothills IceMelt Fund-raiser: go to to guess the date, hour, minute and second the barrel will sink into Evergreen Lake; First prize: $1000; second: $500; third: $250; forth: $125. The funds raised go to INSPIRE, programs for kids with handicaps via Evergreen Parks and Rec; EcHO—Evergreen Christian Outreach; Crutches 4 Africa.
  • Conifer Rotary Foundation Valentine’s Dinner Fund-raiser is coming in February. Please share the information that will be coming on our FaceBook page.
  • 9Health COVID vaccination sites are looking for Rotary partners to assist with medical and non-medical services at these sites:
    • Crossroads Church - 10451 Huron St, Northglenn, CO 80234
        • Wednesdays
        • 7am to 11am
                 Primarily needing non-medical volunteers
  •  Seniors' Resource Center - 3227 Chase St, Denver, CO 80212
           Thursdays   1 pm to 5 pm
  • Arvada Covenant Church - 5555 Ward Rd, Arvada, CO 80002
             Fridays   11 am to 3 pm
If you are interested in helping go to Or contact Alex Andrews directly:
Charlotte will contact Alex to determine if our volunteers will be able to get their immunizations on site.
  • Rotary Peace Committee is working on a program around the 4Way Test and Peace-building.
    The class is $100, which includes materials and zoom and a private facebook group. Clubs can apply to be a “Peace Club”. There will be Rotarians from around the world. Denise will send the flyer to Bambi to be included on our website. The Ohio Rotarian providing the class: More information will be shared by Denise.
    Program: Conifer Rotary Foundation Grant Recipients
    Peaceworks: $2250. We are Advocacy---for the people we serve.
    Vision: Through advocacy and community education, PeaceWorks works toward the elimination of ALL forms of relationship violence, abuse and oppression with a focus on: intimate partner violence and abuse, sexual assault, teen dating violence, sex trafficking and stalking.
    PeaceWorks was started in 1984.
    • There is a safe shelter, safe pets, 24/7 crisis assistance, community awareness and education, mobile advocacy, peace and wellness line (719-619-2999).
    • In 2020, there were 22 community events with 265 attendees; shelter nights 1,624, serving 89 individuals, shelter to 31 pets, 435 crisis calls.
    • Staff include crisis advocates, SART coordinator, outreach coordinator, hot line, grant-writing.
    • New shower installs will be funded by the Rotary grant.
    • Rotarians are invited to request a tour to see the improvements at the shelter.
    West Jeff PTA, school teacher grants: $1250
    • They do one major fund-raiser a year primarily using physical /outdoor activities
    • Last year there was support for broadcast journalism at the school and an architecture project as part of their Colorado History Module as well as an area in the school to display kids’ artwork.
    • Rotary provided supplies that PTA could give to teachers for the students’ benefit.
    • The Rotary grants excite parents in the school to encourage fund-raising; Rotary has provided almost 30% of the funds requested by the teachers via the PTA.
    • This year, they purchased computer light-boxes; the science lab was able to get new supplies; supplies were provided for the Pride Alliance Club; a button maker, with buttons used as awards to kids; support for the robotics program.
    Guests: Stanley Harsha

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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, January 19, 2021


    • The District 5450 webinars are available on-line at the District website.
    • All District 5450 Clubs are encouraged to perform a community service project May 8, 2021 and to promote Rotary through the project. Lesley will be reaching out to determine how we can spend our time.
    • The Mountain Foothills Rotary Ice-melt is going forward: Guess the day/time the barrel will fall thru the ice.
    • Please pick up the White Elephant gifts from Angela.
    • There is a zoom call this morning connecting 9Health Fair and the Rotary District 5450.
    • The Conifer Rotary Valentine’s dinner is a Foundation fund-raiser. Castles and Kitchens will be making dinners that the community can order and either pick up or can be delivered at an additional charge. More details will be forth-coming
    • The Mask-querade. 500 masks were made. $1987.67 was raised for the Foundation. The left-over masks will be donated to the community. Let Leonor know of community needs.
    • Rotary Youth Exchange had its interviews last week via zoom. There were 12 students interviewed---5 were from last year. Three are from previous families who sent students abroad. There are 3 countries that have guaranteed exchange plans: Germany, Croatia, Brazil. There will be scholarships for kids for next year. The youth exchange officer training for Cathy Taylor will be coming up soon. There will be training for “parents”. RI will stop the process if the COVID danger worsens.
    • We need help to pick up food from the Food Bank of the Rockies Thursday January 28, 10am in front of IMHS in Pine Junction. Thanks to Arana, Lesley, Dean
    Conifer High School students desperately need volunteer service hours. If anyone knows of opportunities, contact Principal Wes Paxton.
    Presentation of Grants from Conifer Rotary Foundation
    We have given over $240,000 since the founding of our Conifer Rotary Foundation
    Conifer Area Council: $600 for a Laptop that provides access to the Council zoom meetings.
    Mount Evans Home Care and Hospice: $ 2,000. Mountain Journey.
    • Serves people not formally attached to medical services…due to many reasons
    • There are seven volunteers, currently serving 25 people, hooking people to resources that are “person-centered”.
    • Many visits are currently done by zoom or snail-mail connection; grocery delivery is available.
    • We can refer vulnerable people but a physician connection is needed.
    • Birthday in a Box fund-raiser will be held the end of February..go to the website:
    Mountain Resource Center: $1900 Up-grade of technology for MRC educators
    • Food was an emergency food source for the mountain community, partnering with the Food Bank of the Rockies, to provide a drive thru resource, serving up to 75 people every day. The number of volunteers has increased.
    • Veterans have also found a number of sources of assistance.
    • Mortgage and rental assistance and utility help were available for community in need.
    • The parenting programs, parents as teachers were done on-line; the internet system was up-graded with fiber-optics and the phone system was up-graded. Connection programs were up-graded for support groups and tele-medicine.
    Additional donations going to:
    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
    High School Scholarships
    Guests: Stanley Harshsa
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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, January 12, 2021

    Tis the Season of the White Elephant”
    A grand time was had by all
    Please pick up your gift at Angela’s home
    Three District webinars coming. Sign up on this District website.
    • Jan 26, 7-8pm: Strategies for Developing RI Leads
    • Febr 4, 6:30-7:30: Principled (win/win) Negotiations
    • Mar 4, 6:30-7:30: Unconscious Bias
    The RI International Convention will be held June 12-16 in Taipai: Go to the RI Website to register.
    Mtn Foothills Rotary Club Ice-Melt fund-raiser is a go on Evergreen Lake. Buy tickets at $3 each to make your estimate for when the barrel drops thru the ice. The funds raised support the Inspire program, serving special needs kids. Go to:
    The Valentine’s Day Fund-raising dinner update: There will be 2 menus: Chateaubriand and Parisian Chicken. The cost from Castles and Kitchens will be $25-30 and the Club will determine the price as the fund-raiser. The meals will be a take out. It will be offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Valentine’s Day). There will be 16 meals a day on TH. Fri and Sat and 25 meals for Sunday. A small committee will work out details and how the club members can help. Leonor will organize the social media announcements.
    There are still masks available on line.
    The recipients of our Foundation grants will present their organizations to the Club at our next two zoom meetings.
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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, January 5, 2021



    • District 5450 is requesting nominations for District Governor. Candidates will be past club presidents. Let Marlis know if you have a candidate in mind.
    • District is looking for past members of college fraternities and sororities for prospective new members for Rotaract. If you have contact with your school Greek organization, reach out to see if there are students who might be interested.
    • District Peace is Possible webinar is this week: January 7, 6:30-7:30pm.
    • Our meeting next Tuesday will be the virtual White Elephant exchange. Drop your gift at Angela’s home before next Tuesday. Mark will run the exchange from Angela’s home.
    • The “Anti-social Social” provided four families with Christmas trees (thanks to Bambi and Ira), decorations, and gifts. Thank you to everyone for donations for the project. Thanks to Suzanne and Pat for coordinating the event. There is consensus that this will become an annual event.
    • Maskquerade: The project is now selling the mask at a reduced price. Go online to to order your masks. As of this morning, we will net $1750 with postage removed. Boys and Girls Club need masks for kids, so some of the extras will go to them; additional leftovers will be sent to other groups we have supported with masks.
    • The Valentine’s fund-raiser: Meals will be prepared by Castles and Kitchens and folks will order, purchase and pick up the meals. Tom Becker is planning the menu and setting up the cost for the meals as well as the logistics for purchase and pick up.
    • The back pack project needs granola bars/fruit and grain bars. They can be dropped at the pantry at St. Laurence or contact Charlotte to arrange pick up.
    • Lee has sent our invoices for dues. If you can have your bank arrange to send the dues via Zell: If you want to write a check, get it to Angela or mail to the Conifer Rotary PO Box 1430, Conifer 80433-1430.
    • Full Send Bike park initial meeting is tonight…there will be many other steps before the project will be approved by Jefferson County.
    • The Salvation Army raised about 75% of the normal amount at the Red Kettles.



    Program: speaker has rescheduled for January 23


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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting, December 15, 2020

    • No club meetings December 22nd and 29th.
    • The club will have our traditional white elephant gift meeting on Jan 12th.  Drop off gifts at Angela’s before the meeting and pick up your lucky gift acquisitions at Angela’s afterward.
    • Check out the Rotary Peace Committee virtual event on January 7th.  Registration and information is available on the District website at:
    • Suzanne reported that $650 was donated for Santa Cause.  MRC has 4 families, maybe 5 who can use our help.  All are single mothers with teenagers, one is a Grandmother with custody of a 3 year old and a 12 month old.  Suzanne and Pat are doing the shopping.
    • Julie reported that the Maskarade fundraiser has brought in $2074:  46 masks + 18 lanyards.
    • Wes reminded us that the Conifer High School behind the scenes tour will be Thursday at 3:30.  He also encouraged everyone to look at the Interact Club jewelry for sale on the Maskarade website to benefit the Rotary Polio effort.  You can see it here:
    • Angela says there are bell ringing openings at King Soopers and Moore Lumber in Pine Junction.  Sign up with Sign-up Genius here:
    • Lesley invites us all to participate in the blood donation drive in progress.  Contact her for more information.
    • There is a community Zoom meeting 5:30PM January 5th about the proposed Full Send Bike Ranch, a proposed bike park on Shadow Mountain Drive.  Join the meeting here.
      Meeting ID: 977 9478 0530     Passcode: 121436
    Ron Kilgore.  IREA Board of Directors, District 2
    We enjoyed a very informative presentation by Ron Kilgore IREA Director for District 2.  He was appointed last August after the preceding Director, Duke Dozier, passed away.
    IREA. Is the 2nd largest electrical cooperative in the country, well respected and considered an example to follow by other companies.  As an example, they currently have an executive position opening and there are 186 qualified applicants from around the country.
    IREA is helping their customers and their community:
    • COVID.  IREA suspended disconnects, waived the disconnect fee, stopped charging late fees, and re-evaluated customers and rate structures.  Bill payment arrangements are being made with customers needing help.  Their disconnect notices resumed in July, fortunately at a lower than average rate because of their other efforts.
    • IREA Cares Program.  A company program encouraging their employees to volunteer for community opportunities.  Program coordinator, Becky Wilson, can be reached at 720-733-5546.  She publishes volunteer opportunities within IREA and employees get the day off to volunteer.  This was implemented last August.
    • Renewable Energy.  IREA is an industry leader.  The cost for renewable energy, especially solar, has plummeted in recent years.  Their new Pioneer Solar Facility near Bennet will come online in 2021, producing 80 megawatts of solar power.  Information about that project is available here:  They have been committed to solar energy since the Victory Solar project came online in 2017.  That project produces 12.8 megawatts of power, enough for 2000 homes.  For more information about that project click here:
    • Rooftop solar.  There are almost 3000 IREA customers with rooftop solar interconnected to their system.
    • System Improvements, $69 million spent.  Numerous projects are underway to improve system reliability.  Noteworthy is the Kenosha Pass to Roberts Tunnel Transmission Line upgrade from 44KV to 115KV.  In general, it is more expensive to run power through the rugged foothills than on the plains and that cost is absorbed by the entire coop.
    • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).  New AMI meters for the entire IREA coop.  There are over 160,000 installed-95.8% complete.  They will provide improved outage notification, distribution automation, and better rate options.  It measures voltage at delivery points, and Identifies problems from blinks and voltage drops.
    Peak customer usage is between 6 – 9PM.  The new meters will enable customers to adjust their optional usage to lower demand times.  This information is available to customers online at the IREA website.  Their MyPower website and mobile apps provide that access.
    • Fire Mitigation.  IREA is very aware of the wildfire risk caused by vegetation impacting their power lines.  They have an aggressive vegetation management (tree trimming) program to minimize wildfire risk when there are high winds.  They clear their right of ways and if they find hazard trees nearby-they offer free removal to the property owner.
    Power Supply.  IREA has limited self-generated power and hence they buy wholesale power from other utilities.  Their current Power Purchase Agreement with Xcel Energy expires in 2025, and they must inform their supplier (Xcel) by the end of this year if they intend to seek a new contract or continue the present agreement.  Power is easy to buy, but not necessarily cost effective.  IREA sent a Request For Proposal to power suppliers last summer and received 117 proposals from 24 bidders.  Many are cheaper than Xcel but Excel is very reliable and they have many ties to the Xcel system.  They are pleased that their efforts to find lower cost, reliable power, while minimizing emissions may have potential options.
    Ron emphasized that he is very impressed with IREA’s dedicated, high quality employees and board members.  To them, providing reliable power is a passion, much more than a job.
    You can contact him at
    Guest: Ron Kilgore, IREA District 2 Director
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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting November 24, 2020



    • The Salvation Army bell ringing Sign up Genius is available. Besides King Soopers, Moore Lumber in Pine Junction is a site that will only be on Saturdays. Contact Angela if you need “guidance”. The computer is Angela’s best friend.

    • We will not meet December 22 and 29.

    • How might we do the “White Elephant” gift exchange? More info to come.

    • Lesley has been looking into how the Club can do a Rotary Blood Donation Day. Two possible days: December 5 and 12. There is a site at Vitalant 5066 S. Wadsworth Blvd (Bellview and Wadsworth) She will send a link to sign up. Be sure to wear your green Rotary shirt.

    • SANTA-CAUSE!!!! The Rotary non-social for tree-cutting will be Sunday December 6 at Bambi’s property. There will be a sign up genius for 2 hour increments to promote social distancing. There will not be food/beverage provided---bring your own. Suzanne suggested that we could cut trees for families in need: she has reached out to Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies. There are families in need for Christmas. We could cut trees for the several families at BGC. We could use money donated to purchase what the families might need for the holidays. Suzanne will reach out to BGC to find out what families may need so we can focus our support. Lee will be posting a link for donations for “Santa-Cause” for this fund-raiser

    • The Mask-querade fund-raiser has brought in $1443. There are over 500 masks on the website for purchase at Please order your masks and send the link to friends and family.

    • Rotary Youth Exchange up-date: Diana needs two Rotarians to do interviews of the two young women who applied last year who still wish to participate. She will set up a zoom meeting with the girls and families. There is a guide for the questions to ask. Contact Diana to join her. (Dean and Lesley have volunteered).

    • How is it that it seems only to snow on Tuesday mornings. Ed




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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting November 17, 2020



    • Free District 5450 seminars can be found for registration on the District website.

    • Ethics of the 4-Way Test: December 1, 7-8pm

      • Tolerance, Diversity and Cultural Understanding: Dec 3, 6:30-7:30

      • Membership Panel Discussion: Jan 5, 7-8pm

      • Peace is Possible, Jan 7, 6:30-7:30pm

      • Principled (win/win) Negotiation: Feb 4, 6:30-7:30pm

      • Unconscious Bias: Mar 5, 5-6pm

    • Update on 9 Health Fair: The Board of 9 Health has determined that they cannot support the Health Fair going forward into the un-foreseeable future. Our 9Health Fair in Bailey was the 2nd to last to be held. It provided valuable health information to a number of residents.

    • The Conifer Town Hall will be on-line tomorrow evening. Go to our Rotary and the community weblink.

    • We will be doing Salvation Army bell ringing at King Soopers and Saturdays at the Moore Lumber in Pine Junction. There is a sign up genius on our website.

    Wes reports on the Foundation:

    • The committee selected 8 grantees. They will be recognized and receive their funds in January 19 and 26 (virtually). Wes will report on the organizations after he has sent a letter to the organizations.

    • The Mask-erade fund-raiser is going well. Leonor and Amanda are creating the masks. Please share the information with families and friends. We have already sold $500 of masks. The sewers are being very creative with fabrics, designs, and now can sell lanyards to help keep the masks handy around your neck .  We have sent over 9800 masks, donated to the community.

    • Tom Becker of Castles and Kitchens will be creating a Valentine dinner as a fun-d –raiser. There will be a zoom meeting this evening for planning this event. Members will get the meeting link from Wes Paxton.

    • There will be a discussion of our virtual St-Pat’s party at the meeting tonight.

            The Christmas Tree cutting “non-social” social will be at Bambi Moss’s home. There will be a sign-up-genius for 2 hour increments, going 10am-4pm. There will be hot chocolate and             maybe a fire (depending on fire restrictions. ) There will be a donation bucket to raise money for the Foundation. Bring family and friends. Wear your festive gear!


    Program: DG Bob Kemp

    The District 5450 Update

    Rotary presents everyone many ways to Serve.

    Rotary is having to change, as has the world:

    The pandemic has caught us off guard and we don’t really know where we are going. We are many more months into it than we had imagined at the beginning. At the end of February, there was a district President’s Elect training. At that time, no one imagined that the disease that was far away would soon be upon us. Bob left for a trip to Uganda the next week to observe the distribution of mobility devices from Rotary. The pandemic unfolded in the rest of the world during his three weeks away. The Ugandans became afraid of the visitors! He left on one of the last flights to the USA.

    On his return home, he was quarantined for 2 weeks and Rotary shut down world-wide. There were many clubs shutting down, so how would Rotary survive if we couldn’t meet? Pivot! Zoom became the new means for keeping us together. There was a steep learning curve for all. Within weeks, Rotary Clubs were meeting on Zoom a sense of change and the ability for Rotary to be resilient.

    Where now? We are still in transition. The challenges: how to increase membership? Our district lost members at a rate of 5% this year. There were drops in donations for polio+ and the general fund. How can we individually help? How can we stay relevant to the new generations and more diverse populations?

    There are also opportunities: engaging virtually; invite speakers from around the world; members can participate remotely if they are far afield; membership can be more available because scheduling can be more flexible. We must evolve. Zoom is a temporary fix. Now we need to re-engage in our communities and the world. We have to engage safely in our projects going forward, including in our social gatherings.

    What are the constants? Rotary: the core values, the 4-Way Test. We will adapt, but keep the Rotary spirit. We need to encourage participation. We need to attract new members through new venues.

    *We need to re-commit to eradicate Polio. (Africa has been certified as Polio-Free)

    *We need to offer members a way to serve in a meaningful way.

    *Reach out to members who are missing

    *Offer the rest of the community an opportunity to join Rotary; it may be easier with the virtual meetings

    *What are the new issues we can help to improve: homelessness, food insecurity, loss of income, mental health issues. (Rotarians for Mental Health is a committee within the District).

    *There are ideas for fund-raising available on the Zone website.



    Guests: District Governor Bob Kemp

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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting November 10, 2020

    • The District training's on line can be found at the District 5450 Website.
    • President Marlis shared a video from the District about the Colorado wildfires, with a request for community response to help those affected. The District has a disaster response: Go to District 5450 Disaster relief on the District 5450 website. This is the information for donations to District 5450 wildfire relief fund: M_id=492283826347
    US mail: Rotary District 5450, Subject Line: Colorado Fires, 5103 Dvorak Circle, Frederick CO 80504.
    • Last Saturday, the Club did a road clean-up on Pleasant Park Road. We had 10 volunteers. They collected 15 bags of trash. Thanks to Pat for coordinating. They picked up a mattress, a key with a number, a postal package that Ed took to the Post Office. We will plan to do pick-up twice a year so that we can get a recognition sign along the roadway.
    • The Christmas toys for MRC update: Ed has placed a request with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots for pick up on December 5, to be distributed to the MRC families December 6. Today is the 245th birthday of the Marine Corps.
    • Tomorrow is Veterans Day.
    • The Conifer Rotary Foundation is meeting this morning.
    • Conifer Town Hall is November 18—it is being recorded and can be accessed on-line.
    • Bell Ringing will be starting at King Soopers the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. The Sign up Genius is available. Temperature will be taken and masks will be required.
    • The Mask-uerade fund-raiser will be discussed at the Foundation meeting this morning. We already have people signing up on PayPal on our website. Nancy has volunteered to do post office runs.
    • Denise reports on the Peace Committee; there is discussion on how to get people communicating about issues that are dividing our populations. She can provide more information and how to participate. There will be monthly webinar with a focus on how to listen. How can Rotary be a force? The District has a meeting December 3 and RI has a peace meeting in January. We can get more information at the District Website or contact Finn Knudsen.
    • Bambi and her husband are inviting the Rotary Club for a social event on their property Sunday, December 6 for cutting of Christmas trees. Families and friends are invited. There will be an rsvp so that social distancing can be maintained, perhaps coming in shifts. There will be a fire-pit, hot chocolate and Candy Cane hunt for the kids. Donations for the trees will go to Rotary. If that day doesn’t work, Bambi can arrange for folks to come a different day.
    • Pat has an International Committee meeting tonight and will report next week.
    • Milena from Conifer HS Interact:  The Interact club has a fundraising project for this COVID-19 period.  They are selling “Peace Out Polio” logoed items to promote Polio awareness and raise money.  Check out their wide variety of products at
    Program: Carol Carper
    The Teen Pregnancy program in Kenya:
    WASH, Menstruation and Teen Pregnancy are all Inter-related
    Carol and Rotary have excavated and maintain 13 protected springs in the region of Sigomere area in Western Kenya. Our Interact Clubs have raised money for some of these.
    The program also works with people with disabilities—Fitzsimmons Interact raised money and Conifer HS Interact built a handicapped accessible playground for children in the Kenya region.
    Things Girls cannot go without: Water and Privacy. Many of the springs are polluted. The latrines are open, not private.
    Carol shared the history of how women have been treated and how they managed their menstrual flow across the centuries. Currently, in COVID, the teen pregnancy has gone up 250%, the sexually transmitted infections are present in 1 in 4 females, and urinary tract infections are common. Rotary has been addressing these issues: 2 outreaches at 22 schools. In the meetings, there is education about sexuality and menstrual health. The girls and boys are given underpants; the girls get menstrual towel packages.
    They held a gathering to celebrate International Year of the Girl.
    There is a proposed global grant; the Denver Rotary 21 is the leader. The program will focus on menstrual health, sexuality, drug abuse, gender-based violence. Data will be tracked to determine the effectiveness of the programs.
    The service component will include grants to provide privacy and water at latrines; there will be two cleaning days for spring protection; there will also be trash collection---the trash will be an entry fee to a disco event.
    The contributions to date will provide enough sanitary pads for 400 girls for a year.
    Janine Payton: The Rotary Foundation
    When donating to Rotary: Three pots of money 1) Club maintenance; 2) Conifer Rotary Foundation---for our local beneficiaries; 3) The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
    Why give to the Rotary Foundation?
    • In 100 years, TRF has given over $4 billion for international projects---and sometimes, USA communities are beneficiaries.
    • Carol Carper’s projects in Kenya
    • Polio eradication started in 1988—when there were over 350,000 new cases around the world each year. We are seeing less than 50 now.
    • And many more! Go to the Rotary International website for all the data:
    TRF has areas of focus: preventing disease, providing clean water, supporting education, growing local economies, saving mothers and children, promoting peace.
    Money from TRF: DDF---50% of donated funds comes back to our district 3 years later to be used for local or global projects. Clubs can apply and must do a match.
    Our Club has used the money for Back Pack Project, MRC parenting classes, the anti-bullying projects at our schools….and more. Wes can provide the whole list.
    TRF: has received 4 star Charity Navigator designation.
    Individual recognition can be awarded for donations to TRF: 1) Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member; Paul Harris Fellow; Multiple Paul Harris Fellow; Paul Harris Society member
    Donations can be done via our dues invoice each quarter; donate via or even by Zelle; to—donate; become a benefactor in your estate plan. You can designate the TRF projects you wish your money to go to support.
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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting November 3, 2020

    • Marlis.  December 5th is Rotary community service day; we need a plan.  Ideas proposed from the group:  road cleanup, donate blood, support whatever form the MRC Christmas Party has for this year, or Toys for Tots pick up.
    • Angela.  Salvation Army bell ringing this holiday season will be very limited in scope.  King Soopers will have limited bell ringing, a Sign-up Genius will be available for people to volunteer.
    • White elephant gift party this year.  Since we are meeting online, we will have to adjust our procedure.  Proposal, give all white elephant gifts to Marlis and she can open each person's the selected gift online.  Angela volunteered to let us use her house to deliver gifts to Marlis.
    • Wes.  New construction at the High School is the new practice gym.  It will also have drama classrooms and storage for theater sets.  An additional auditorium is possible in the future.
    • Amanda, with Leonor and Julie, our newest member, are organizing the Maskarade fundraiser using the ConiferFest website.  It is up and running thanks to Leonor.  They already have 70 masks, better than expected.
    • Leonor.  More donated masks were sent to needy causes.
    • Milena Lewis from Conifer HS Interact:  The Interact club has a fundraising project for this COVID-19 period.  They are selling “Peace Out Polio” logoed items to promote Polio awareness and raise money.  Check out their wide variety of products at
    Program.  Owen Jones. Colorado Careers
    Job / Career Planning
    Owen Jones joined us with an inspiring talk about lifestyle and careers in Colorado.  Amanda used his help to help her through a rough career transition.  And wow, what a great help he was!
    Owen came to the US 35 or so years ago and he still has his gentleman's English accent.  His road to Colorado Careers started with a series of successful jobs at Rolls Royce engines, then Parker Pens, then on to his own pen company.  He entertained us with the story of his amazingly challenging transcontinental move to the US with only 10 days to plan and make the move!
    At Colorado Careers, he helps people who want to move to Colorado but need help making it work.  Owen pointed out that careers in Colorado aren’t as much about seeking and finding suitable jobs.  Getting connected with relationships is the key, it is more about who you know and who knows you.  Over the years, he has built many connections around the state.
    Owen noted that his mix of clients have changed, starting about 5 years ago his clientele transitioned to local people.  Although, now with COVID-19 he is seeing a lot of career seekers escaping to Colorado again.
    In Denver, a resurgence of business activity started in July.  As a result of the COVID-19 economic effects, businesses are improving their procedures and the way they do business.  Hospitals are working on Black Belt procedures to be proactive and improve their business processes.  Customer service procedures are improving with rapid responses to client needs.  Colorado job market is alive and well.  Blue collar jobs are a hit.
    Owen keeps in touch with his clients.  One result of these contacts is the company, High Trail Expeditions.  It is a new company that does leadership training in the wild.  They provide offsite training for companies in adventure locations – mountains, wilderness, desert, etc.  Employees are faced with out of the box problem solving and remarkable results are achieved.  Talents and skills among company employees are discovered, offering new opportunities when they return to work and to conduct company business.
    Colorado Careers currently has 16 clients.  Some are changing direction.  Some are looking for imaginary jobs and that are impractical.  Owen emphasizes that career seekers must look for jobs that exist and he helps them make the connections.
    • What advice would you give to High School students starting their careers?
    Owen:  Sell yourself with your accomplishments, not responsibilities.  You will get hired because of your accomplishments – what you have done.  Through life, have a mindset of growth and improvement and that will lead to accomplishments, and that will get you hired.  We all have accomplishments: organizing people and projects, provide training, and so on.
    • The Affordable Care Act brought many employees with hospital systems onboard.  How has COVID has changed the way they handle employees?
    Owen: Now employees are remote, flex time and remote working are improving productivity.  When COVID is over there will be some retention of the new procedures.
    • Why is it so hard to receive a response when sending a resume for a job opening?
    Owen: Big companies use computer tracking software on resumes.  There are tools to get around that.  Send him a note, he can help you find out what is missing on your resume to fix it.  One page resumes are a thing of the past.
    Guests:  Owen Jones, Milena Lewis, Conifer High School Interact
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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting October 27, 2020

    • Rotary Zone Institute is November 12-14, virtual meetings and training, a great opportunity!  Check it out,
    • November 1 Lunch and Fundraiser with RI President Folger.  Register here, by 10/31, Saturday.  Cost: $28, $25 goes to fighting Polio.
    • Brittany Woodrum completed her Colorado 14rs fundraiser to climb our 14rs with a 14 pound Shelterbox on her back!  She raised $100,000+.
    • Amanda, Leonor and Julie, proposed an idea for a fundraiser to raise money for our foundation by silent-auctioning COVID masks.  We discussed when would be best to do this, the consensus of ideas was to call the event ‘Mask-uerade’ and to do it before Black Friday.
    • Morti suggested the possibility of fundraising with a wine sale, possibly in January.  She has done this with Aspen Peak Winery and was very successful.  UPS & FedEx will ship.  We could realize up to $10 per bottle in income for the foundation.
    • Janine reported on the Foothills Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show pre-planning online meeting this past week.  COVID is forcing us to decide that the Homeshow will not happen next year.  She will contact vendors who left deposits with the show to see if they are willing to donate a portion of their fees to the show and the community support it provides.
    Program: Wes Paxton, Rotary Conifer Foundation
    Rotary Conifer Foundation Annual Report
    • Total assets, including reserves in May2019: $105K
    • Total income 2019-2020 $17K, severely impacted by the pandemic
    • To compare, in past years foundation income was $26K to $30K
    • There will be no additional RYLA scholarships.  The 2020 RYLA was cancelled by COVID-19 so 2020 funds were moved forward to 2021 RYLA, if it occurs.
    • For 2019-2020 expenses were $18K.  That consisted of RYLA scholarships, Community Grants, and scholarships for graduating high school students.
    • Approximate income for 2020-21 will be about $8K because we have been restricted by COVID-19.  Most of that came from Peach Sales donations thanks to Angela and her helpers.  Many customers donated all or part of their peach payments to the foundation.
    • We have foundation records going back 12 years and our total giving to the community through grants and scholarships exceeded  $232K!
    • 2020 grant applications are due today from non-profits.  Awards will be notified November 17th and they will be invited to a future meeting to tell us how they will use their grant funds.
    • The Foundation will be giving Scholarships in the spring.  Those applications will be due March 26th next year.
    • Our next board meeting November 10th. We will be determining the grant awards from the applications we received.
    • Questions
      • Leonor.  Can we use the ConiferFest website for the fundraisers we discussed: masks auction and wine sale?  Wes will add it to the board meeting agenda as they must approve.
      • Nancy.  What is the endowment account?  Answer: It is included in the foundation’s total assets.  Money given to foundation many years ago to be an endowment.  Former member Dennis Schavietello and Ed set up the account with $25K, the intent was to only use the interest earned for foundation giving.  The Foundation Board decides what to do with that money, now worth $48K.
      • Nancy.  How long has foundation been in existence, only 12 years?  Ed responded and informed us that records have only been kept for 12 years.  Angela said that the Foundation was formed in 1999.
      • Marlis.  For this year, we need to make up the $15K to $20K shortage in fundraising if we want to continue giving as we have in the past.  Fundraising events this winter such as Mask-querade and wine auction will help.  Marlis asked for volunteers to head these fundraisers.  Amanda, Leonor and Julie said they were already working on the mask auction fundraiser idea and they will continue the work.  Morti said that she will head the wine sales event since she has done that before but she will need others to assist.  Leonor offered to help Morti with marketing.  Wes said that the leaders will need to present their fundraising ideas to the board.
      • Tom Becker.  Suggested that he will contact his business partner to see if they can help with a dinner fundraiser for Rotary.  He and Fran own Castles & Kitchens and they could do a gourmet take-out dinner for cost to Rotary, profits would go to the Foundation.  They did a similar successful event for Stagedoor Theater.  Tom contacted Fran and she agreed that they can do the fundraiser dinner.  With further discussion, Valentine’s Day was agreed as a good time to have this event.
      • The group suggested making a video to promote Conifer Rotary to the community.  Amanda offered to help.
      • 3 good fundraising ideas for the Foundation.  Morti, Amanda, are Tom are planning to present to the board on November 10th.
    • To enable club members to observe the Foundation Board meeting, Wes will send an online meeting invite to club
    • Presentation Slides:
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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting October 20, 2020



    • Amanda Weedman has agreed to be our President-Elect. Thanks, Amanda.
    • District 5450 training: Go to the District 5450 website for all the information and registration.
    • October 24 is World Polio Day. Let’s celebrate.
    • November 1, noon to 1pm is a virtual luncheon with RI President, Holger Knaack. Go to the District 5450 website to register. Guest speaker: Rachel Lonsdale of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration fee of $28, of which, $25 will go to support Polio +. Each $25 donation will be matched 2:1 for the Gales Foundation, helping vaccinate 125 children per registration. Register at the District 5450 website.
    • The Club Board meeting:

    The best news: Amanda Weedman agreed to be President-Elect.

    Options for dues payment: Please pay the dues invoice that Lee has sent out. We can do a bank bill-pay: or

    Electronic payment to the Club checking account via Zell, a direct bank to bank payment without a fee. Lee will send the information with the invoices.

    • December 5: Community Service Day for RI. Watch for announcement about our District project.
    • There will be a competition between Clubs for membership attending Zoom meetings…more information to come. (we expect to win)
    • We have made more than 9400 masks. There are 23 mask-makers in our group. Let Leonor know if you know of other schools that are in need of masks. Arana is taking our masks to Laredo Elementary in Aurora—they are very excited to be getting the masks---via a teacher friend of hers. Finn will share the information about this project with the District.
    • Arana is donating play dough and little bubble jars for our back packs next week.
    • Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the 9Health Fair in Bailey last week. The 9Health representatives were greatly impressed with our mountain community response and our excellent volunteers!
    • New Member Induction: Julie Mendelson Welcome, Julie.


    Program: Julie Lanckriet

    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library


    Sarah has been part of Evergreen Rotary for one year. She has taken the Dolly Parton Imagination Library as her special project.

    “You can Never get enough books into the hands of enough children”...Dolly Parton The program was started in 1995 in honor of her father, who was very smart but never learned to read.

    This is a gifting program available to any child from birth to age 5. Books are hand selected by a committee of early childhood experts to be age-appropriate and aligning with the child’s developmental needs. The children get a free book delivered to them every month. It encourages parents to read to their children.

    During the pandemic, Dolly, via u-tube, has been reading books to children.

    There has been research on Imagination Library that shows increase reading time with the parent and child. The children are reading better in school. Parents believe that their children are better prepared for school.

    The Mountain Area Imagination Library Program: 5 area VIII Rotary Clubs participate to support the projectt. The coverage area: Pine, Conifer, Evergreen, Morrison, Bailey, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties.

    In our area this year so far, we have doubled the number of children participating: 260 in January—currently 498.

    The Colorado Senate passed a bill to form a state-wide Imagination Library. The State will pay 50% of the monthly invoice from the Dollywood Foundation, with funds to start next summer.

    There has to be an affiliate to promote the program. Rotary is that affiliate in our area.

    The cost of the program for the coming year will be $12,000. This covers the mailing of the books ($2.10/child/month).We can donate via, then find our local Imagination Library on the site to donate. Our Club share is about 14% of the $12,000, based on our membership numbers. We will probably have to cap the number of children served in our area at 500, given the budgetary constraints this year. How can our Club help raise the money needed??!!!! Charlotte suggested writing a grant to the PCCP Resale-Boutique in Bailey---we would provide volunteer assistance for a month and receive up to 70% of the profits for that month. (other non-profits have received up to $3000 for their month)



    Sarah Lanckriet, Evergreen Rotary and speaker,

     Jim Mendelson (Julie’s Father and California Rotarian)


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    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting October 13, 2020

    Posted by Charlotte Wytias


    • We have 3 more free District Seminars: sign up on-line
                 Club Runner Basics, this evening, Oct 13, 7-8pm
                 Youth Protection: Oct 17, 3-4 pm
                 Alternative membership options: Nov 10, 7-8pm
    • Oct 24 is World Polio Day: don’t hesitate to share this important date
    • November 1, noon to 1pm is a virtual luncheon with RI President, Holger Knaack. Go to the District 5450 website to register. Guest speaker: Rachel Lonsdale of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration fee of $28, of which, $25 will go to support Polio +. Each $25 donation will be matched 2:1 for the Gales Foundation, helping vaccinate 125 children per registration.  Register at the District 5450 website.
    • Pack It Up Polio is a competitive fund-raiser between Interactor Clubs in the District. You can donate via the Rotary Club website.
    • 9Health Fair update:
    • Charlotte will be sending an email to Rotary volunteer today with info about your specific job, the floor map of the event, COVID19 safety/sanitation measures and the coupon for 20% off labwork fees for volunteers.
    • The set-up will be at noon Friday at Platte Canyon HS gym.
    • All volunteers should plan to arrive Saturday morning by 7am. The Bailey VFW 8661 will provide continental breakfast: juice, coffee and pastries/bagels.
    • If you want to sign up for labs, it is best to sign up online at You will need to pick an appointment time.
    • RI updates:
    • Jennifer Jones, Rotarian from Ontario Canada, will be the RI President for 2022-2023. She will be the first woman to hold the President position!
    • Dr. Tunji Funsho is the chair of Rotary Nigeria Polio + Committee …..Time Magazine made him one of the 100 most influential persons in the world for his work with Polio in Africa.
    • Mask Project update:
                172 masks went to the Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies
                32 to Louisiana
                We have given away 9300 masks to date
                We do have kids masks and a few adult masks and the plan is to reach 10,000
      • Pat will be meeting with the Rotary International Committee tonight and will bring information to the Board meeting
      • The Board meeting will be at 6 pm Monday, October 19. Via zoom. All members are encouraged to attend. Let Marlis know if you want the link (not the same as the morning meeting zoom)
      • Youth Exchange update from Diana Phelps:
                  The plan is to start an in-bound student next fall. Our outbound students are also planning to go in the fall. More slots are available for out-bound students. Scholarship funds are                       available. We have the McCall’s as one host families. We need a counselor and two more families. Go to the Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Exchange website: for more               information about the program and needs. All the safety procedures are being updated. Face to face planning is being done on zoom.
      • Mountain Bowls fund-raiser is done virtually this Thursday. Go to the website to donate and see all the goodies available.
      • Tall Grass Spa in Evergreen is sponsoring a fund-raiser for Mt Evans Homecare and Hospice. It is a mural creation on blocks of wood, which you can purchase and paint.
                Pick up your 4”x4” block at Tall Grass for $10 (or $25 if you also want the paint). Return your creation by November 1. It will be added to the mural that will celebrate 25 years for                Tall Grass! And the money will go to Mt Evans.
      Guests: Julie Mendelson
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      Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting October 6, 2020



      Conifer Rotary Foundation Grant supports nonprofit organizations along the 285 Corridor between Morrison and Bailey. Community Grants are made possible by fundraising events sponsored by the Conifer Rotary Club that include the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner; the Foothills Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show; the ConiferFest; the Peach Sales; and generous donations from Rotarians and community members. Altogether, the Conifer Rotary Foundation has provided our foothills communities with over $220,000 in grants and youth scholarships.

        The 2020 Conifer Rotary Foundation Grant is due on Tuesday, October 27th.Applications will be reviewed by the Foundation Board and applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in early November. If you have question about the application, please contact us at  The application will be on our Conifer Rotary website. Encourage local organizations to apply---October 27 is deadline to get them in. RYLA scholarships and high school scholarships have been discussed and a report will be coming to our meeting soon, to include our financial out-look.

        9Health Fair: Register for labs at If you haven’t signed up to volunteer, contact Alex Andrews at 9Health and she will get you signed in: 303-996-0989.


        Rotary “birthdays”: Jesse McKean 20 years; Morti Longsdorf 1 year; Cathy Taylor 13 years, Congratulations.

          The Rotary Conifer social was held at Dean and Lenore’s on Sunday—socially distant and masked. The food was great and a wonderful time of being together.

          Free Rotary Webinars: go to District 5450 for registration and information.

          Rotary Conifer got a District 5450 Award for highest growth in membership for last year for Clubs our size.

            Milena Lewis: Conifer Rotary CH Interact is raising money for Polio Plus, Pack It Up Polio. They are in competition with other Clubs in the District. Members can donate via Conifer Rotary PayPal—designate donations to Pack It Up Polio.

            Kenya fund-raiser: $1,492 was raised for the young girls, via Facebook. Thanks, Leonor.

              Life Care Center of Evergreen has had COVID-19 cases. Be sure to wear your masks.

              September Conifer Town hall Meeting

              To our amazing Conifer community,

              Even with everything unimaginable happening to our country and the world  this year, there is still so much to report about what is going on in the Conifer community.  Please join us for our September 23rd Virtual Town Hall Meeting by accessing the recording link that will be sent Thursday morning, September 24th.

              • What new developments are being planned?

              • How about new trails that are in the works? 

              • How can I guarantee that my vote will be counted? 

              • Meet the Interim Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools

              • Will Conifer residents ever get library services?

              • Hear from our Fire Departments during a record Wildfire Year

              • What's going on at the Conifer Chamber, Jefferson County and the State Legislature?

               Your Conifer Area Council Board of Directors



              Program: Rotary Wildfire Readiness (RWR)

              Lauren Romberg—Evergreen Rotary


              The goal is to prepare our area for wildfire.

              There is now a fire truck purchased by Chuck Riddings It is being outfitted to provide information all over and inside the truck for the wildfire education of our communities to include: defensible space around homes, evacuation plans/back-up plans, “Go Bags”, mitigation of property, Code Red; videos and a kids’ zone where kids can wear firemen’s hats, take coloring books about fire readiness and play with the truck’s horn.

              There are many similarities in our region to the Paradise, CA fire several years ago where over 80 people perished and the town was wiped off the map. We are in great potential danger in our mountain communities and need to learn how to mitigate and prepare. RWR is focused on getting people in our communities educated about how to prepare for the fire(s) that will come: as the fire chiefs say—it’s not a matter of IF, it is a matter of WHEN. Get your neighbours involved to solve the problem.

     has a donation link. The development of the education/truck requires over $25,000.

              Other educational links for fire readiness includes: Fire Adapted Communities (FAC);; FireWise:


               Guests: Lauren Romberg (RWR and Evergreen Rotary, Julie Mendelson, Bill Taylor



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              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting September 22, 2020

              • No Meeting next week, the club does not meet when there is a fifth Tuesday of the month.
              • Angela:  87 people donated $6305 for the Peaches sales effort.  We are immensely grateful to the good will of our community and Angela’s efforts to run the Peach sale this year.  Evening meeting members will be writing Thank You cards to all who donated.  They will meet 5:30PM next Wednesday in Angela’s front yard.  We are very grateful for the extra effort from Amy and Ed as they helped Angela with the peaches effort.
              • Wes:  Next Foundation board meeting will be next Tuesday morning September 29th.
              • Leonor:  the Sigomere Girls fundraiser ends September 30th and $1142 of $1400 has been raised so far.  This amazing effort is best described by Leonor’s Facebook fundraiser page:
                “Imagine a world where you did not own any underwear. None. Now imagine having a period without feminine products and having to go to school. Horrible, right? We heard about this last year from the school principals we met in Sigomere, Kenya. The goal of this fundraiser is to change lives by supporting and educating young girls with a period positive, self-care focus.”
              • Carol:  To underscore the need for donations to the Sigomere Girls fundraiser, Carol reported that the teen pregnancy rate is up 250% since COVID-19 stay-in-place orders were issued.  Educating children about their bodies is so important, and the children are not learning it from their parents.
              • Charlotte:  9Health Fair volunteers are still needed for the 9Health Fair at Platte Canyon High School October 17th.  Sign up online at
              • Angela: Conifer Town Hall Meeting is September 23rd.  You can view the recording of this meeting at:
              Amy Carman, CEO Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies
              COVID and Leadership during the Pandemic.
              Amy Carman joined us to talk about the innovative leadership and flexibility that was used for the Boys and Girls Club to survive these past months.  The Boys and Girls Club assists working families with school age children to deal with the need to have a safe place for their children when they are working.  The club has after school, weekend, and summer programs for school children that are built around development opportunities for the children.  Reading, hiking, sports, arts and crafts, character and team building, are only some of their areas of focus.  Add in the challenges of protection and social distancing in this pandemic and the task seems daunting.
              They did it.  They were closed for a month and a half during the stay-at-home order but reopened in May.  Meeting outdoors and mandatory masks enabled the staff to maintain a safe environment for all.  Families coming to them had stories of their children having to wait in their parents’ vehicles in their workplace parking lot while they were working.  Naturally, the students fell behind during the month and a half of remote learning.
              The Boys and Girls Club answered the need by increasing their staff nearly double.  For funding they applied for every possible COVID funding source.  Life changed very quickly for them; flexibility was the key to success.
              Demand for their services was overwhelming these past several months.  Simple things like obtaining masks to fit a grade school child’s face, obtaining sufficient sunscreen, and teaching children how to wash their hands and to do it a lot, were not easy to resolve.
              Amy was grateful for the numerous community partners that helped.  Help from IMHS for puppy trips, Platte Canyon Resale Boutique to raise funds, local restaurant food donations for meals, and Department of Human Services and County Health, were just some of the partners.
              The Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies has 349 children registered in their programs.  They daily average attendance is 55 children in Bailey and 35-40 in Fairplay.
              For more information, contact Amy Carman at
              Julie Mendelson, prospective new member; Amy Carman, program speaker; and Carol Carper, Sasa Harambee, Sigomere Kenya Rotary Program
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              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting September 15,  2020

              • Carol update: she applied for a work permit and a Kenyan alien ID; she was too old for the ID, says the computer. She challenged and did get it. This will make it easier to enter Kenya after traveling abroad. Three days ago she got her own car, a Toyota Vanguard, 4 wheel drive.
              • 9Health Fair: Rotarians (and others), please go to the website; click on the “login” at the top right of the page; go to Platte Canyon High School Health Fair site to see the jobs that need to be done (with a brief description of the job---for more info, call Charlotte, 315-730-8121). Volunteers will get a 20% discount for their lab work, if they wish to do labs. Everyone needs to arrive at the site by 7am to get oriented and ready for clients. Charlotte is still working on set-up/take-down day/time. Thanks, all.
              • Leadership Evergreen: Go to the September Lifestyles or to sign up if you are interested in participating. The cost is $550.
              • District webinars are free: Go to the District Website to sign up or contact Marlis for assistance. There are a variety of topics.
              Board Report:
              • Approved a new dues structure: all members will pay $90/quarter (this leaves a little financial cushion for the Club for 2020-21). Invoices will be sent out for the 2nd quarter from Lee, treasurer in October. Please pay your 1st quarter dues asap, if you have not already.
              • The Budget was approved. Request a copy of the budget from Marlis, if you would like that information.
              • Angela contacted all peach sale purchasers. Mark gave Angela a letter to acknowledge receipt of donations in lieu of returning checks. To date, donations total: $5925! Angela continues to reach out to folks who have not stated their intentions about donating their peach money.
              • We are will not meet September 29---a social is being planned: More information to come. Likely date: Sunday, October 4.
              • We have raised $640 for personal care products for girls in Kenya. Leonor will post the link on the Conifer Rotary Website.
              • Wes reports on all the excellent athletic achievements of Conifer High School Students. Conifer teachers are doing a wonderful job keeping all the kids and virtual-studying kids on track for the year. In addition, grab and go meals are still being provided to all children via Jefferson County Schools.
              Conifer Town Hall Meeting, (virtual) next Wednesday, September 23, 7pm. Contact Angela to find out how to get the link for the meeting.
              • The Foundation Annual Report and Election:
              Wes Paxton, Chair of the Conifer Rotary Foundation.
              • Election: Angela, Suzanne, Mark
              Grant Applications to come as soon as we have the final report Foundation Budget. The grant applications will be due October 20, 2020.
              Guests: Carol Carper, from Kenya
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              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting September 8, 2020



              • Volunteer for the 9 Health Fair: Saturday October 17, 2020 at Platte Canyon High School. Please contact Charlotte about the task you would like to perform. See the email sent last week via Club Runner with the jobs that need to be covered. Charlotte will be sending the link for you to sign up for our Platte Canyon High School 9Health Fair….watch for that link. Look for our Conifer Rotary FaceBook page that Leonor created for the event. Great job.

              • Next week we will have Conifer Rotary Foundation elections and we will learn about what the grant process will be for this year. Ed also is asking that the file that has all the information about previous grantees and amounts of money our Conifer Rotary Foundation has given over the years be provided.

              • September 29, there will NOT be a meeting. Yvonne and Tom will be talking about a Club social on October 3 or 4th….Watch for an announcement.

              • The zoom Board meeting will be Monday September 14 at 6pm. All members are welcome to attend. Send Marlis a message is you would like the link for the meeting.

              • The District has DDF (District Designated Funds) monies for projects we would like to do. Please share any ideas you may have.

              • Janine has re-printed out our new Club brochure. Let her know if you would like copies to share with your community. She always puts one in the new member folders.

              • We sent 280 masks to the Oglala Sioux Nation and 80 to a school in Thornton.

              • The Zoom Conifer Town Hall meeting is September 25. Go to for the zoom link.

              • MRC needs funding for the leaking cistern. Go on line to donate.



              President Marlis presented a quick overview of Rotary
              Rotary International Focus:
              Promote Peace,
              Fight Disease,
              Provide Cleanwater, Sanitation and Hygiene,
              Save Mothers and Children,
              Support Education.
              Grow Local Economies,
              Environmental Protection (the newest focus starting 2021)
              5 areas of Club Service,
              Community Service
              Club Administration
              We are in Area 8 of District 5450, along with four other area Clubs: Evergreen, Mountain Foothills, Clear Creek, Peak to Peak

              September is Literacy Month. Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides any child from birth to age 5 with an age-appropriate book every month at no cost to families. Anyone can sign up. Our Rotary Club supports this program.

              The signature project for Rotary International and all Rotary Clubs around the world is POLIO Eradication. On August 25, WHO announced that the Wild Polio Virus has been eradicated in all 47 African nations? 90% of the world is now free of Polio. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the two countries where the Wild Virus continues.



              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting September 8, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-09-08 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting September 1, 2020


              District 5450 has set May 7-8, 2021 for the District Conference. The registration will be on the District website---there is a link on our Conifer Rotary Website.

              The Rotary International President’s virtual gathering will be November 1, 2020, 12-1pm: $28 ($25 to Polio Plus), Speaker from Gates Foundation. The registration will be on the District Website.

              Marlis gave a positive report on the District Zoom Conference. She thinks there is a recording for folks who couldn’t attend.

              A volunteer opportunity for Conifer Rotarians: Metro Caring food bank gets food in bulk which needs to be broken into family size. I-70 and Colorado Blvd. We could sign up for one day or more. There are age restrictions for participants, including age over 65 and co-morbidity making folks more vulnerable to COVID. Contact Lesley if you are interested in participating.

              There is a new RI policy for Child Safety for people working with kids. Our Club has to sign off on this policy in order to work with kids. Marlis will send it out to everyone working with kids.

              This month, the Board meeting will zoom on Monday, Sept 14 (Marlis will be going to their son’s wedding on the 3rd Monday). All members are invited to attend.

              District 5450 website: Marlis recommends we check it periodically to see what is happening, see webinars, registration for conferences, etc.

              Area 8 Presidents’ meeting: Bob Kemp reports that we have $45,000 DDF (District Designated Funds) that we can apply for. It requires matching funds from our Club. We will brainstorm possible projects we’d like to fund.

              Members can attend zoom meetings of other clubs! It’s a good way to see how other Clubs’ meetings are run and how they do their gatherings and fund-raising.

              The Conifer Music Festival #2 will not be held this fall.

              Carol Carper requests help for feminine products for young girls in her area of Kenya. Leonor will set up a fund-raiser via our Conifer Rotary Foundation Facebook on-line—via “Helping Girls”. Carol reports that the teen pregnancy rate has gone up 250% with COVID and kids just being home with nothing to do. Carol’s organization will give 400 girls packages with basic feminine needs. She is also setting up education for girls and adults about their bodies, about menstruation and sexuality and sexually transmitted disease. In Kenya, women with HIV are creating the “sanitary pads”, which is a source of income for them. The funds we raise can support these local businesses. We will set up several means for getting the word out via social media.

              New Member Induction. ARANA HAGAN Welcome.


              Program: Amanda Weedman

              The Conifer Festival Slide Show


              Guests: Carol Carper, Arana Hagan, Bill Taylor

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting September 1, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-09-01 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting August 25, 2020



              • The District 5450 Conference will be virtual this Saturday, August 29. The 2021 will be Saturday May 8, a Day of Service. The District suggests we coordinate with other Clubs. Be thinking of a project that we could do that day.
              • There is a Virtual luncheon with RI President, Holger Knaack, (TBD). The cost will be $28 ($25 goes to Polio). There will be a representative from The Gates Foundation as a guest speaker. The registration will be available after the District Conference.
              • We had a social event last Sunday: burgers, corn, watermelon, and many side dishes. It was a lovely afternoon. Thanks to Tom and Lesley for coordinating the meal.
              • Angela gave an update on what happened to the peach sale...very sad. She is sending thank you’s to folks who are donating their peach money. Ed reports that he has over $400 that has been donated by purchasers.
              • Wes reports that he will be meeting with people this week to discuss the prospect of a future Conifer Fest. The big concern is being able to get sponsors if we request of them so soon. He will have an update for the meeting this Thursday.
              • The 9 Health Fair is on track for October 17, 8am-1pm. It will be held at the gym at Platte Canyon High School. The space will allow for social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask. Protective gear and hand sanitizer will be provided. Folks will sign up for specific times for their blood draw/flu shots—probably like a sign up genius. The route inside will allow one way in and one way out of the building. The only other station being considered is: Covid Survival Skills---dealing with stress; this will include information on community resources.Rotary will be in charge of the registration tables (most folks will have registered on-line; walk-ins will fill out their registration at a separate table, which Rotary will serve). We may have other volunteer options as well---more to come.
              • Leonor participated in a Jeffco Health Dept. session and learned that we have a 3.74 positivity rate. The state is watching the cases every two weeks, and if drops, restrictions will be modified. Jeffco has a new testing site at Mile High Church in 720-431-2161, for information and reservation.
              • The VFW is doing hybrid meetings. Do we want to consider doing that?
              • The Back Pack Project is underway. Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey has several families that have reached out even before the letters of invitation were sent. We will have to modify our processes, since we cannot be in the schools to prepare the bags. And we haven’t determined how the bags will be distributed to kids who are not in-person learning. A work in progress!!
              • There is still discussion about how the Conifer Library will open. Wes will keep the Club up to date.


              Program: Deb Gulbrandson
              Osteoporosis Update/Preventive Measures
              Deb has been a physical therapist for nearly 30 years. She focuses on osteoporosis and teaches about how to treat patients with osteoporosis.
              One in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over 50 will have an osteoporosis fracture in their life. 20% of people with hip fracture will die in a year.
              Normal bones have small holes; in osteoporosis, the holes are larger. The quality of the bone is also important. Bones have “building and breaking down” of bone tissue all the time. When we are young, the building is faster, but with older folks, the breaking down is faster than building.
              The information below not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only.
              The spine, hip and wrist are the most vulnerable for osteoporosis. There are modifying factors: alcohol, smoking, over or under exercising; poor nutrition, folks with lactose intolerance. Sunshine is also a factor, including too much sunscreen; we need 20 minutes of direct sun. Some meds: corticosteroids, cancer drugs inhibit absorption of calcium. Diet: avoid empty calories and soda pop (phosphorus leaches calcium). Look for high content calcium in foods. Vit D with calcium as a supplement (these can interact with Rx, so report to your doctor). Each person metabolizes food differently, so a nutritionist guidance would be important.
              Dexascan is the gold standard to determine bone density. A prediction for fracture: FRAX-this website will help you determine risk.
              The big risk for spinal fracture relates to the frontal part of the spine. Extension exercises has a 16% re-fracture rate. Flexion exercise 89% re-fracture rate! STRENTHEN YOU BACK MUSCLE—do decompression: lie flat on your back on the floor with knees bent, arms at your side—simple exercise!! It opens the front of the spine to stimulate new bone formation. Do it once or twice a day.
              Work on alignment and posture: move to the edge of chair, feet flat and press feet down into the floor---hold and then relax your feet, straighten back; sit like this for 5 minutes every hour. This strengthens the back muscles.
              Two types of exercise: weight bearing (change angles—like a soccer player to increase bone density---to “wake up the bones”) and weight resistance. Dancing, TaiChi (also helps with balance). Resistance, using weights , bands, use the body and gravity.
              Stand tall; foot press to lengthen the body. Imagine a string on the top of your head. Stand on one leg—15 seconds if 65+ or 30 seconds for under 65. Change sides. Ankle wobble is part of the strengthening; keep hips and torso straight. The next step will be to close your eyes and stand on one foot. Stand on a folded blanket to improve balance and improve bone density.



              Guest: Bill Baylor, Ann Kecher, Arana Hagan, Cathy Donahue


              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting August 25, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-08-25 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting August 11, 2020


              • There is a Rotary Membership zoom August 18; sign up on the District website for ideas for growing Rotary.

              • CODE Red: be sure to sign up in your county to get emergency alerts. You can set the mileage range for getting announcements about emergencies. If you had signed up for CODE Red and didn’t get notification for the recent Evergreen Fire, please contact Marlis.

              • The District 5450 virtual Conference is August 29. Sign up on the District website.

              • Thank you to Conifer Rotarians who assisted with the Conifer High School graduation last Friday.

              • We still need volunteers for the Conifer Festival.; go to Sign up Genius. This Thursday at 8 am the field will be laid out for parking and other aspects for the event.

              • Conifer Rotary is being asked to assist with the 9Health Fair Express to be held at the gymnasium at Platte Canyon School District, October 17. Lesley and Charlotte will be coordinating Rotary’s involvement.

              • Peach up date: we are waiting for a new date and will likely have to pick them up in Westminster. Angela will know by Friday. Wes will have “radios” available for the pickup site.

              • Angela is celebrating 21 years in Rotary.



              Marlis shared a video from the Clear Creek High School Interactors in celebration of graduation 2020.


              Guests: Arana Hagan

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting August 11, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-08-11 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting August 4, 2020

              • Angela reports that she has ordered 320 cases, to be delivered to Aspen Park Saturday August 15. We have 281 paid orders. She also ordered 25 cases of pears; they may sell for $5/bag or $25/case (a group will meet with Angela tonight to discuss pricing). There will be letter going out to let purchasers know when the fruit is to arrive. A final message will go out two days prior to August 15. Lenore will be posting on our Facebook page to let the community know we have more to sell and that we will also have the pears. We need folks to volunteer to hand out the peaches; Lee will set up a Sign up Genius.
              • Wes reports on the Conifer Festival: We have sold 50 tickets. Price is now $75. We still need Rotarians to help. Go to Sign Up Genius. Wear a mask. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be available. Amanda will be the MC. She needs input about the acts and the sponsors. We have Blue Grass/Americana/and Cars tribute as well as the Conifer High School student musicians.
              • Registration is open for the District Conference, to be held virtually August 29: $22. $20 goes to End Polio and the donations will be double matched by Gates Foundation. Go to the District website to sign up.

              • We had thank you’s from schools, Parmalee and Elk Creek Elementary Schools, who received our masks. They expressed deep gratitude.

              • Angela reported that the Back Pack Project received two donations: $4100 in the mail this week.

              Program: Patrick Griswold, RN
              Wellness and Self Care in the Time of Covid
              • People all have leaking of our energy and well-being during Covid. During stress, we experience fight, flight or freeze. All of these can be un-healthy. Covid creates a constant stress.
              • Stress creates responses that have short term and long-term ramifications. The stress hormones can cause many physical changes that can bring about illness and mental distress.
              • There are many ways that we can address the effects of stress. We need to address our physical self (exercise and nutrition), creative self (cognition and emotion), the coping self (leisure, self worth), the social self (friendships) and the essential self (our spirituality, our essence).
              • When we start new activities, they may seem awkward, until we do them more regularly. Take the self-care challenge: each day determine to do something new, different, self-caring. make a list of goals for the summer
                         Daily ideas could be:
                         drink 15 liters of water
                         help someone
                         listen to a podcast
                         do something you enjoy
                         create a bucket list
                         30 minute nature walks
                         have a no complaint day
                         make a list of who you need to forgive…..create your own list
              • We need to think about what we are learning in this Covid time, what is important to keep and what to let go.
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting August 4, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-08-04 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting July 28, 2020



              • The District 5450 gave the Area Clubs an award for their Literacy Project.

              • The ShelterBox 14’ers Project: Britt Woodrum, a Rotary Peach Fellow Candidate will climb all 54 Mountains in Colorado over 14,000 feet with a Shelterbox on her back. She is raising money for ShelterBoxUSA; She is looking for sponsors to raise money to purchase shelter boxes. Her goal is to raise $1400/mountain. ShelterBox is an International Disaster Relief charity, founded in 2000 in Cornwall, UK. Rotary has been an early partner since its founding. The shelter boxes are filled with a variety of life-sustaining equipment, depending on the particular disaster, which generally includes: tent (large enough for a family), tarps, ground cover/mattresses, blankets, water storage container/water purification supplies, cooking sets, solar lights, kids schoo/activities….and more. Go to for more information.
              • Marlis spoke briefly about the Conifer Rotary Foundation and the Rotary International Foundation. RI Foundation has given $20 million to Clubs around the world for the pandemic response. It is important that every Rotarian every year donate to the Rotary International Foundation.

              • The Conifer Festival report. Volunteer opportunities are available on Sign Up Genius on the email that Wes sent last night. We will need someone to clean equipment between the musician groups. Do sign up. Jefferson County now requires a face mask for all events when outside the vehicles. There will be a walk through at Beaver Ranch next Monday at 10a.m. Wes will be sending out an email reminder. There was discussion about having “donation” jars for additional fund-raising.
              • There is a Sign Up Genius sign up for volunteers helping with the Conifer High School graduation.

              • We currently have 221 orders for peaches. On Monday, Angela will call Nolan Farms to learn about the Westminster delivery date or if we have to go to Palisade. An email will go out to all who have ordered. She is trying to determine the number of extra cases. We anticipate the peaches will arrive August 21. Angela would like to have walkie-talkies to assist communication between the coordinator and the delivery folks; Wes will investigate.
              • Carol provides an update: the final food drop is going to flooded out 68 families in Kenya. In addition, the families are receiving anti-malaria medication.There is a “pandemic” of pregnancies during the pandemic! Carol is setting up educational programs for the young people.The mask crafters have produced over 8600 masks, including 80 for the Conifer Fest. The sewers are also creating t-shirt bags for the peach sale.

              • Diana spoke of the Rotary Exchange program and a recent communication: Alba from Spain (2012) has graduated medical school; she is going into pediatric oncology; only four graduates will be accepted into the specialty training. Her Exchange student experience will be of help!
              • Morti is looking for speakers for our club; please forward any ideas you may have.

              • Grab n Go at Conifer High School has been happening all summer and will be going on until August 17 or maybe into September.
              • Conifer schools will be open the first week of September. Elementary and Middle schools in person; the High school on a hybrid schedule which will be announced soon. The Back Pack Project is waiting to hear from the schools about their returning plans and how many families need weekend food. More to come. The 2800# of food will fill the pantry tomorrow!! Conifer Rotary Foundation was given a grant of $2000 to cover the major portion of our purchase from Food Bank of the Rockies.


              Guests: Arana Hagan, Carol Carper from Kenya

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting July 28, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-07-28 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting July 21, 2020

              • Virtual District 5450 Conference: August 29. All members are encouraged to participate, especially our new members.

              • District Governor, Bob Kemp, will visit our Club in November 17th. The District Governor visits every club during the Rotary year.

              • District 5450 is offering “specials” for the Business Directory; contact Marlis for more information.

              • The Celebration of Life will be held during the District Conference, honoring Rotarians who have passed away this year. If you know of a Rotarian we have lost this year, please let Marlis know. Mat is one we all know.

              • The Conifer Festival: August 15, Cars Tribute Band, Mint Edition and a Blue Grass band that is being approached by Tom. During the time when guests are arriving, Conifer High School musicians will be playing. We will have food by Los Three Garcias. Amanda is working to get other food trucks; licensing is an issues.

              • Back Pack Food is coming: Charlotte will put out a call for help to pick up food at Food Bank of the Rockies one day next week. We have been given a grant for $2000 which we must spend by the end of this month. This will be a large load of food, so we will need large vehicles.

              • Denver Rotary District 5450 is a sponsor of  the Woohoomanity Challenge bike ride, September 12. They need volunteers to help support the riders. Lesley will contact that Club to see if members of our Club can volunteer as a group. The web-site: Lesley will send the information to our Club to determine our interest—in both financial support and volunteering. More information will be coming and a decision as to whether we will participate.

              • Mask project: Eleven elementary schools are covered 8400+ masks. The sewers will continue more slowly going forward, especially to have masks for the Conifer Festival. We will be sending thank-you’s to all our sewers and folks who donated material for the project. We will investigate how we can get publicity for the work we’ve done.

              • The sewing team will be invited to make T-Shirt bags for peaches so we can divide cases of the fruit. Angela will get Rotary information flyers to go into the bags as well as have stickers to go on the bags.

              • There will be a virtual meeting Thursday evening to continue planning the Conifer Festival. All members may participate. Wes will send the link.

              • The evening group will be meeting in Angela’s back yard, in person, tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22. All are invited.


              New Member Induction:

              Denise Onyskiw

              Guests: Carol Carper from Kenya

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting July 21, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-07-21 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting July 14, 2020


              • Update on Elephant Butte fire in Evergreen: fire growth has slowed, there are hot spots within the perimeter. The weather is to be cooler today and tomorrow. We will continue to monitor and be available to help as needed.
              • Graduation for CHS is Friday, August 7 at PM. Wes needs volunteers to assist with parking by 2-2:30 check-in. Please contact him if you can help. There will be screening for all the folks attending: temperature check, query about illness; face masks and social distancing will be required. Wear your own mask or paper masks will be available. Orange vests will be provided. If you can stay for the two hours, you could help move folks out of the venue at PM. Wear your Rotary t-shirts.
              • Update on ConiferFest. We have some sponsors: 1st Bank, Scripps-Taylor Accounting, Branches Cabinetry and Woodson Realty. The sponsorships are Main Stage for $1,000; $100 sponsorships are also available. Our Conifer Rotary website has the applications for sponsorships. Posters will be distributed. Los 3 Garcia’s will provide a food truck. We have sold 9 tickets to date. We expect to have ticket sales growing as soon as we have band confirmation. Wes will ask the Club to review the COVID-19 guidelines.
              • Facemask: 8,099 sewn. We will deliver to 9 elementary schools this week.
              • The evening group will meet next Wednesday at Angela’s home at 5:30pm. All are welcome….social distancing/masks and refreshments.
              • Ruth gave a COVID-19 update from her sister, an ER doctor in CA. The hospitals she serves are out of beds; they have had to get Remdesiver and oxygen re-supplied. A number of her colleagues have become ill and several/and family have died. Take it seriously.
              • The Food Bank of the Rockies truck will be coming Thursday, July 23 for the Back Pack Project. Charlotte will be needing help picking up food in Pine Junction. More details to come.
              • Angela celebrated her birthday July 9. Today is Mark’s birthday. Happy birthday to you both!!

              Guests: Denise Onyskiw (she will be inducted into the Club next Tuesday!)

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting July 14, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-07-14 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting July 7, 2020

              • Face Masks: Leonor has reported 7,490 have been completed. The stockpile for the schools is nearly done. We have not received a request for the middle and high schools. 
              • Wes reported that a message will go out today from the Jeffco schools about the middle and high school projections for fall semester plan in the age of COVID19.
              • There will be a meeting of the ConiferFest planning team Thursday at 6pm. Wes sent a link via email yesterday. Leonor got posters out, and Janine  posted on FaceBook. 
              • There were 46 people who attended Amanda’s presentation last night on Job Search. A couple of people reported that it was excellent.  The second session will be tonight. She has created a recording which she will make available to participants and the Club members. She received $135 in donations for the Club. Thank you, Amanda!!
              • Marlis shared some information about what some other Rotary Clubs around the country are doing in response to COVID19. Several Clubs are creating face shields via 3D. Conifer High school STEM is also creating face-shields.


              Program: Mark Spiroff of Conifer Radio

              He and his wife have been Conifer residents for 17 years. He retired from human resources and wanted to start a radio program, but has moved to creating the Conifer Radio.

              The mission: A voice for the Conifer Colorado and US Highway 285 Corridor Communities. Vision: to become the leading audible channel connecting and serving the community in real-time.

              What is “community radio”?

              A “service model” or an “access model” (which will involvement participation of the audience---his primary model)

              Two Chambers have stepped forward to be Founding Supporters. He met with them to determine what was important to them for our 285 Corridor community.

              There will be additional “great neighbors” in the area: Fairplay to Evergreen and SW Jeffco.

              This Radio is modeled after CPR/NPR. The focus will be on the US Highway 285 corridor. It will be funded by underwriters. There will be “old School Alternative Classic Rock” initially, with minimal interruptions.

              Where do I find Conifer Radio? Internet/broadband live links from website: When the FCC allows low-powered stations again, Conifer Radio may apply.

              He wants Conifer Radio to have positivity and be nonpolitical. It is to highlight, celebrate and focus on the stories, the impressive people and the good works of people in our communities.

              Upcoming events as the station grows:

              • Top of the 5pm hour: local musical artists and recordings of local groups

              • Coffee on the Corridor---conversations, people to people in the community

              • The Grateful Dead-head and friends hour

              • Saturday morning Swap-Meet flea market

              • Conifer podcast—featuring the stories of Conifer Radio’s founding supporters, initially.

              All of this depends on Underwriters;

              • Underwriting is a classy form of promoting “us” (he will need 20 more underwriters)

              • Underwriters will be regularly featured and promoted

              • This supports a break-even business plan, designed for a future non-profit organization

              • There is a sub-level for non-profit support that is currently free; for profit businesses will pay $40/week.

              • He plans that there will be no whiny, irritating non-stop fundraising broadcasts

              The Future:

              • Include High School students, producing their own shows

              • Radio shows by local, fun, positive personalities

              • Possible broadcasts by local folks and boosters of high school sports

              • Launching additional internet-streaming station for Park County

              • See the community have fun with this!!

              • The website will have a listing of programming starting in August.

              Should you want to know more about being an Underwriter or participate as artists:

              Conifer Radio produced by:
              Hudson Ross Associates, LLC
              Mark Spiroff, Consulting principal

              Guests: Denise Onyskiw

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting July 7, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-07-07 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting June 23, 2020

              We will NOT meet next week, June 30.
              The following week, Marlis will send out the new ZOOM information
              • The Passing of the Gavel event will be a potluck dinner 5:30PM this Saturday at Marlis's home.  Look for an email with directions to her home.
              • Rotary Grants training.  Pat attended and will share at a future meeting.
              • Tomorrow, Hugh will be visiting at Angela’s to engage the evening group.  Art, Amy, Kimberly, Mark plan to attend.  They will be creating a response letter about the peach sales.  Angela has had many inquiries and will create a contact list.
              • Angela is selling the St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser auction items and has money for the Foundation.  Lesley and Janine have additional items for sale.
              • Christy has been busy volunteering for MRC during COVID-19 stay-home:  she painted the pantry, and picked up food from Food Bank of the Rockies for the MRC pantry food distribution.
              • Masks report from Leonore:  6161 sewn, with over 2000 for the elementary schools.  We need volunteers in July to count and box masks for the schools.  Contact Leonore to help.
              • Our President Elect Nominee position for 2021 is open.  After much careful thought Lee informed us that he will be unable to take the position.
              • Wes reports that we have approval from Jefferson County to hold our ConiferFest Music Fundraiser August 15!  We are moving forward with planning and need help, please contact Wes.  We need sponsors to fund the event.  We have a list of potential businesses; members will need to reach out to engage them for sponsorships.
              • RI is in the midst of this year's virtual International Convention.  Leonore “attended” a couple of sessions the past weekend:
                • On Saturday she learned about Rotary history, including the role of Rotary in starting the United Nations 75 years ago.
                • Rotary's experience in eradication of Polio will help with the international effort to fight COVID-19.
                • The Rotary president made a statement about the importance of being a fully inclusive organization.   There was a focus on how to include Rotarians’ families in our activities.  In the near future, Rotary will focus on technology to keep us connected and keep our projects moving forward.  Rotary will open meetings to “the world”. 
                • Leonore suggested signing up for other presentations coming up that would be of value for our Club members.  She was very impressed with the presentations she viewed.
                • Go to the RI website to link to the Convention.  You will need to register, but can attend any of the sessions you wish.  Many of the sessions will be “on-demand” at a later time. 
              • News from Conifer High School:  Wes invites us to visit the new CHS (without pets) track with “social-distancing”.  The baseball field is completed.  The auxiliary gym is being built.  The library is still closed; a book-mobile is scheduled to come to the campus.  Fund-raising is going on to build bleacher seating for 1500; they are $7000 short at this time. 
              • The Conifer Chamber Elevation Celebration Run will be held virtually; runners/walkers will log their own miles.  There will be swag bags; Angela is collecting for the bags.  Go on line to register. 
              • Our own Amanda Weedman, Senior Recruiter & Coach at Goodwin Recruiting, is presenting a Job Search webinar July 6 & 7, 6pm, as a Conifer Rotary Foundation fundraiser.  Sign up free at  "Kick-Starting Your Job Search" a 2-Part Webinar Series.
                • On Monday, July 6th at 6 pm MST, she will present Part One: Resume Fundamentals. Here you will learn how to compose a resume that will capture the interest of hiring managers, post it on job boards, as well as set up a LinkedIn profile that is both professional and a reflection of who you are.
                • On Tuesday, July 7th at 6 pm MST, Part Two: Interviewing With Confidence will take your knowledge to the next level and help you create a strategy for every type of job interview: phone, webcam, and in-person. You will learn how to use your personal story to help you gain credibility as a candidate and land the job that you’ve been dreaming of!
                • When you sign up, you will have access to both events! 
                • Amanda will promote the webinar to MRC workforce and the Chamber of Commerce in Conifer and Bailey as well as the Park County Human Services Work Force. All Area 8 Rotary Clubs have been contacted.  Let her know if you have other organizations.
              Guests: Denise Onyskiw
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting June 23, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-06-23 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting June 16, 2020

              • Angela corrected our communication from last week, requesting help for road clean up is with the Conifer Area Council, not the Conifer Chamber.  If you want to help, go on line to sign up.
              • Masks report:  5855 produced, stockpile of over 1000 for children.
              • The Passing of the Gavel:  Saturday, June 27, 5:30pm at Marlis and Steve’s.  We will social distance/masks (when not eating and drinking). potluck.  More information to come.
              • Grant training will be on-line this Thursday, June 18, 1-4 pm.  Pat is planning to participate.  Please join her if you are interested in helping, sign up on the District Website.
              • Wes sent an email about the ConiferFest planning, this Thursday evening, 6pm.  We need more members to help.  We are looking for sponsors; please let Wes know if you have ideas.  Lenore has a draft of a contract package.  She has a list of potential sponsors; she will share that and members can pick the businesses they want to contact.  The website is developed; we are waiting final approval from JeffCo before we advertise.
              • Peaches: The price of the Oklahoma peaches is higher than what we’ve paid, but may be reduced.  Nolan Farms in GJ may still be able to provide some peaches; he is waiting to see if he can get workers to pick.   He asked Angela to contact him at the end of July.  We will likely have to have to provide our own transportation to get the peaches.  We will be brain-storming our options.  Party at Cathy Taylor’s home in Grand Junction if that trip comes together.
              • The RI Convention on-line starts this weekend.  It is free.  You must sign up on-line.
              The Conifer Chamber of Commerce UPDATES
              Melanie Swearingen.
              In the last three months, the Chamber has created a Task Force focused on economic development, which has been meeting daily since the March shut-down.  They have included a number of legislators on the taskforce.  They have helped to get SBA loans, PPE loans, etc.  They have created educational programs for businesses applying and using the loans to enhance compliance with rules. 
              JeffCo has business grants for unincorporated county businesses.  Five million dollars is available for businesses (up to $5000 per business) and 2.5 million for non-profits.  The focus is on businesses in a physical location; there was a change to decrease the number of employees required to get the funding.
              The Chamber helped keep restaurants open with take-out options by encouraging citizens to support these businesses.  The Chamber led brain-storming efforts to increase the number of guests that could be served—by offering out-side eating. More employees are being brought back to work now.
              The retail shops need shoppers.  Some of them will not be able to survive without our support. 
              Elevation Celebration is cancelled for this year.  They hope to have Octobeerfest in the fall.  The wearing of masks is not required; it is not a law.  Businesses are encouraged to have employees wear masks and customers are asked to wear masks as well.  Hand sanitizer needs to be available to demonstrate that the business is serious about preventing COVID.
              Guests: Denise Onyskiw, Carol Carper from Kenya, Melanie Swearingen
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting June 16, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-06-16 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting June 9, 2020

              New Member Induction!
              Welcome to the club Amanda Weedman
              • We had a Bloody Good Party last Friday,  At least 5 Rotarians donated blood at Vitalant in Denver and a nice group for the socially-distanced party at Marlis and Steve’s home.  The weather cooperated, Tom's pizza was fabulous and fun was had by all.  Good to see everyone in person!
              • The Club Pass-the-Gavel event could be similar to Friday’s gathering at Marlis’ home.  The date and specifics will be sent out soon. 
              • Yvonne reports that she contacted a peach orchard in Porter, Oklahoma.  She has had their peaches and says they are very good.  We would have to pick them up; a 13 hour drive there…but an easy drive!  They would be ready by the end of August.  She doesn’t know the price/case.  Dean and Angela will move forward to get more information.  Ed is willing to help also.
              • Wes: report on Foundation and fund-raiser.  We are planning to do a drive-in concert August 15th at Beaver Ranch.  He has an application into JeffCo.  JeffCo will allow up to 100 people at an outside event.  We will get a special permit, since folks will be in their cars.  There is a meeting on Thursday, 6pm.  He will send a link.  Committees and chair-people are defined.  We need more helpers!  Please attend the virtual meeting on Thursday to help!
              • Leonor:  thanks to all who have collected fabrics and t-shirts for ties.  5380 masks have been sewn.
              • MRC looks forward to having us back in person when the time is right.  Things are going well there.
              Program:  Evergreen Audubon and Nature Center
              Brad Andres, President
              This has been a great spring for winter finches, probably partly because we were all spending more time at home with COVID-19.  Brad gave us an excellent report on the birds in our area, when they fly in, their eating preferences and even the types of nests they make.  He told us about the evening grosbeak, pine grosbeak and cassein’s finch.  We learned about early nesters like the red-cross-bill, great-horned owls, flickers and woodpeckers, pygmy nuthatches, and “water oozle”.
              The Evergreen Nature Center opened in 2008.  It is a seasonal operation, closed in winter.  Their mission is: "To foster contagious enthusiasm and life-long respect for the natural world by providing fun and inspiring educational experiences for people throughout the Bear Creek Watershed."  There are 2 paid staff and many volunteers, and they served 12,448 visitors last year.
              Nature Center programs: 
              • Monitor nest boxes in open-space parks—there are about 50 boxes in Evergreen parks; they house Mountain and Western blue-birds, tree swallows, violet-green swallows, house wrens, mountain chickadees and nuthatches.
              • They built nest boxes to sell as a fundraiser—this year it was on-line with home delivery.
              • They are doing a Student Bird Art Contest---this was done virtually this year.  The art work will eventually be displayed at the Nature Center.
              • There are spring after-school programs, which were done virtually this spring.
              • The half day summer camps, story time with Evergreen Library and large community and school group visits are on hold at this time of COVID. 
              • They are now starting small group events that provide social distancing. 
              • The Nature Center is not yet open—they may go to small group reservations (with masks). 
              Brad reported on the decline of birds in North America.  Since 1970, 1 in 4 birds are gone—2.9 BILLION.   Most are grassland birds (Meadow Larks and Lark Bunting).  The use of the land for farming, and insecticides are a big factor in the decline.  Aerial insectivores have lost their insect food source.  Climate change has changed the vulnerability of various species. 
              What can we do?
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting June 9, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-06-09 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting June 2, 2020

              • Carol Carper and Obam visited our meeting from Sasa Harambe, Kenya to talk about a food project that they are setting up to assist families whose crops have been lost and to engage them in participation with the project.  The project will provide beans, rice and oil.
              • Leonor McCall reports that 5130 masks have been crafted.  Art has gathered over 200 t-shirts for the ties that are needed for children's masks.
              • The 5450 District business directory is still accepting Rotary business ads.
              • Barry Schwartz reports on how the States they traveled thru, Florida to Colorado, are dealing with COVID and masks.  Colorado wins, however, Colorado has more cases.  Is it a matter of temperature?  Leonor’s parents in Cancun say that COVID is raging.  We still have much to learn.  STAY SAFE.
              • We won’t know until July if we will have peaches this year.  Dean suggests we be prepared to do the peach sale in the event that the peaches become available.  We may do a first come–first served peach sale, if we get some peaches.
              • The Fund-raising meeting last week developed ideas for several events.  Wes is getting permission from the County, Sheriff and Beaver Ranch for the first:  a drive-up concert at Beaver Ranch, like a tailgate event.  Second is doing smaller events of 10 people at individual homes.  Third is a “Ted Talk” from Amanda that would be a National event related to job preparation and personal development.  A fourth would be an event to serve kids.  Another would be on-line gaming event:  like a poker meet.   The last would be a raffle/auction to guess who wins the “Masters” or other event; the winner gets the pot.  The next meeting is this Thursday at 6pm.  Everyone is asked to participate. Wes will send the link for the on-line meeting.
              • The Bloody Good Time event is this Friday, 6-7:30pm at Marlis and Steve’s.  Everyone is invited whether or not you give blood.  We need to RSVP so Tom knows how many folks are coming.  If you did not respond on Zoom this morning, contact Tom Becker---he sent an email this week, which included directions to the event.  We will be able to play horseshoes.  Bring chairs and food to share and BYOB.  WEAR YOUR MASK, of course. 
              • Bambi had major foot surgery yesterday.  She is home and doing well.  She will be on a “zero pressure” cart for 8 weeks.  She has lots of support at this time.  Diana will keep us in the loop, in the event she has need of assistance.
              • Don Payton may be able to play golf after today’s ‘stress’ test.
              • Platte Canyon High School Seniors are celebrating at a ranch up HWY 43 tonight….a drive-by event.
              • Schools around the country are looking at a mix of in-person and on-line education for the fall.  The JeffCo school district is still working on the plan for fall. The community survey regarding fall educational plans from JeffCo School District is on-line and needs to be filled out by June 3.  Read JeffCo's 'Restart Model' by clicking HERE and you can take the survey by clicking the link on the model or just click HERE.
              • The construction at Conifer High School is in work and progressing well.
              • There are remote resources for children who are struggling at this time of isolation:  Resilience 2020 is available to kids who are having emotional issues related to isolation.  Safe To Tell is also a resource for families and children.
              • Dean asked RI and District 5450 about when we could resume in-person meetings.  Guidelines have been provided and we can determine what feels best for our club. 
              • The current Rotary Outbound Exchange Students’ schedules will be discussed by the RI Board later this month.  Several of the countries are providing ½ year options, including Croatia, where our kids are scheduled to go.  We will not know if the In-Bound students will come, since many of the normal school activities may not be held. which would diminish their experience.
              Program:  Club Assembly
              We discussed the balance of Club Assemblies to speakers:  50/50.  There was consensus that this provides us with the best way to stay connected with our members. 
              We are also comfortable at the 8:00AM time for continuing our online meetings.
              We will arrange social events that will provide for physical distancing.
              Carol Carper and Ezekiel Obam from Kenya and Barry Schwartz
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting June 2, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-06-02 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting May 26, 2020

              • Mask Up-date:  Leonor reports that 4432 masks have been sewn, donation valued at over $40,000.  They are making masks for the schools (2500); they need more fun fabrics and lining materials as well (old sheets work well).  The group could use more helpers---cutters, especially, contact Leonor, she’ll send the pattern.
              • Janine reports that Don Payton continues his recovery and is doing well.
              • There was a wonderful article by Cliff Bowron in the May Serenity Magazine about the Conifer Rotary.  Also, the Canyon Courier and Flume had articles about our scholarship programs; six students received $1000 each.
              • Wes is planning a Google-meet meeting Thursday to plan a potential summer fund-raiser, he sent the link.  Please join.
              • Carol Carper reports from Kenya-Sasa Harambee that 533 families will receive food on Friday, for farmers and people living with disabilities.  They had a recent flood, which destroyed many homes and crops.  Consider that there are five members in each family. That means about 2665 people will benefit.  They would like to do a low level of staples for flood victims for 6 mos. while they recover from the disaster.  The food is being funded by American donations. Please help by sending donations to Sasa Harambee, 225 Union Blvd. #105, Lakewood CO, 80228.  Thank you all.
                Platte Canyon is having a graduation gathering in a field off County Road 43 in their cars on Wednesday nights for their Graduation Celebration. 
              • Angela reports that Nolan Farms will NOT be able to provide peaches for our Rotary summer fund-raiser because they cannot find workers to pick peaches.  Dean has suggested we try to support Nolan Farms by going and picking up our own peaches.  Angela will call them back right away to see if this could work.  More to come. 
              Program:  Jim Forester, from Iraq to Platte Canyon
              Jim left the military to become a teacher after completing 20 years of Army service.  He did his student teaching at Platte Canyon High School and now has his teaching license; he will be teaching 6th grade social studies at Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey.
              His dad was a Rotarian in Fayette, GA; Rotary kept their town alive when many of the mills closed.  He holds Rotary in high regard!
              Jim became an Army officer by getting his college degree through ROTC.  His first tour was in Kuwait.  Back home he received more training at Fort Sill.  Then it was back into the fray in Iraq in 2004.  He left Active Duty and joined the Colorado National Guard.  Jim's better half was also in the Army Guard and when their second child came along he decided to retire from the service after 20 years.  If both of them were to be called to overseas duty there would be no one to take care of their children.
              Why teaching?  Jim enjoys the contact with students.  Teaching is like being a trainer from his military days, a natural fit for him.  He first looked at project management as a career, a logical follow-on for many military retirees.  For Jim, that didn't work---sitting at a desk and staring at a computer.  He used his post-911 GI bill benefits in the "Troops for Teachers" program to get a Master's Degree from Regis University last year. 
              He ended up in Platte Canyon in 2018 when he became licensed as a substitute teacher, as part of the Regis program.  From there he had an opportunity to cover a Social Studies class for two weeks.  Jim found that students have respect for a former military member who begins their teaching experience with 20 years of life experience beyond college.
              Jim shared his thoughts on the appropriateness of current curricula.  He has concerns that students see negative perspectives about our country.  He tries to put history into perspective as evolutionary.
              There were many questions and thoughts about the on-line learning required by COVID-19 and how education may evolve going forward. 
              He suggests that young people need to know fundamentals; technology is great but it can fail.  For instance - to know how to find your way with a compass when GPS doesn't work.
              Students are not “entitled” and need to hold themselves accountable.  He believes that it is important for some students whose interests draw them to the trades, to have that opportunity.  College isn't for everyone.  Students should have occupation options. 
              Guests:  Amanda Weedman
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting May 26, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-05-26 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting May 19, 2020

              • Mask report: 3700+ masks made and delivered! 309 yards of fabric donated to date. 
              • Don Payton is recovering well!  He and Janine did a 15 minute hike yesterday.
              • District 5450 is going to purchase peaches from Georgia; we can order with them through July.  Conifer still plans to use Nolan Farms Pallisade Peaches.  We can also purchase pears.  Angela will be speaking with them next week to confirm our order.
              • Finn reported on the Assistant Governor meeting:  Only five clubs in our District will receive the Presidential Citation and we are one of them!
              • A BLOODY GOOD TIME:   June 5!  Members are donating blood and then meet to socialize in the evening at Marlis’s home.  Tom will send particulars.   Wear your green Conifer Rotary shirt and get a “selfie” as you donate.
              • The District has reduced the business directory fee to $1.  Dean sent an email with the particulars if you have a business you would like to promote to fellow Rotarians. 
              • WooHoo Humanity bike ride in Denver has been changed to Sept 12.  There will be more information to come. 
              • We continue to look at Fund-Raising events.  We are solvent, but do not have additional funds to donate.  Anyone with ideas, please share your ideas.  Ideas brainstormed at the meeting:
                • Gil suggested a $100 raffle, members sell the tickets.  His Club made close to $5000; the prize was grand-prize cash, plus every 10th ticket got $100.  We could also get donations from the community as prizes. 
                • Wes talked with the Chamber about Elevation Celebration, which will delayed.  Depending on COVID-19 guidance, this could enhance our proposed fundraiser in August.   
                • Perhaps a series of smaller events over the course of the summer.
                • Outdoor movies with folks in cars, selling water/soft drinks and snacks. 
                • Can we do something similar to what we did for St. Pat’s---drive through food with a theme; maybe for “fee” or donation; maybe use local restaurants for food, get beer from Finn?  Do a virtual concert after people pick up food and go home?
                • Can we do separate shows over the course of a day and folks can pick the show time they want to attend?  How could we incorporate local vendors?
              • Conifer High School had a car parade as the “graduation” event last Saturday; they drove thru campus, then through the community.   
              Club Updates
              • Bambi Moss volunteered to be our new Webmaster.  Thank you Bambi!
              • Lee volunteered to be our treasurer for the coming year.  Thank you, Lee!  He will then move into the Club President position for 2021-2022. 
              • Cathy is taking a break from Club responsibilities as Treasurer.  She has served on the Board since her first six months in the Club.  Thank you Cathy!
              • We need someone to be program director.  Gil and Morti volunteered to team up.  Thanks!
              • We need a secretary for the coming year.   Marlis will relinquish this job as she becomes President.
              • The year-end “passing the gavel” will be restricted by COVID-19 guidance.  Marlis and Dean will determine how this can be done in a safe and fun way.
              Amanda Weedman, Mask-maker extraordinaire.  She is a senior recruiter for Good Win Recruiting, a company out of New Hampshire.  She presented her take on Charlie Brown and his message for the HR world.
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting May 19, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-05-19 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting May 12, 2020

              • Janine reports that Don is recovering well, the best to both of you!
              • Peaches report: Angela will update us next week on the availability of peaches for this year's sale.  She will be talking with Brian at Nolan Farms.  His blossoms survived the frost, however he is having trouble finding workers to pick fruit and has many challenges with regard to housing workers.
              • Mask report:  Leonor reports that her group has delivered 3101 masks!  That is over $31,000 donations at $10 each - way to go!  They could use more fabric, especially more masculine prints.
              • Update on a possible music concert with the Symphony; they could provide a string quartet.  The big issue is social distancing.  Maybe we could spread out groups of 10.  Or maybe we could do a zoom concert?  Tennyson House in Denver made $165,000 last week.  Dean has been looking into various virtual venues.  Nancy will check with other venues that the symphony could access. 
              • Back Pack update:  Next Wednesday will be the last back pack distribution.  A message about the local pantries that families can access during the summer will be in those back packs.  Charlotte sent a message to the school staff who have been coordinating with students and their families:  if they are unable to get to the pantries, we want to figure out a way to help get food to them over the summer.
              • Angela announced Conifer Area Council proposed an on-line meeting for Monday, May 25 ( that is Memorial Day---they may change the date) re-zoning for 180 units on 47 acres south of Safeway.  Please join, this is important for our water, fire protection and traffic congestion.
              • Dual shared the origin of his name:  when he was born his father was protesting government taxation.  His father wanted Dual to remain anonymous to protect him from taxation.  His name for his birth certificate was his father's name, and 'the second'.  When he was two years old, his mother gave him his birth certificate name: Dual, = second.  As it turns out, he does pay taxes.
              Program:  Wes Paxton
              Remote Learning and Going Forward with Conifer High School
              Wes is the Principal of Conifer High School.  He started his talk by saying that nothing has prepared us for what we are experiencing right now!  After March 12, the last day of in-class learning, his staff accomplished the amazing feat of creating a remote learning system for their students... Over the weekend - and began remote learning the next Monday, March 16!
              Fortunately, from the bond issue passed this last year, all freshmen received Chromebooks to use.  That has been updated to provide Chromebooks to all students who need them for remote learning.  WiFi hotspots have been set around the community for families who don’t have access to internet at home.  The students had already started using the “virtual” media for their regular learning, so this process was not unfamiliar.
              The school uses a teaching format called asynchronous learning---engagement vs. seat time.  The learning is available all day, depending on the student’s availability for engagement.  Teachers post their assignments on-line, students then log in for teacher contact and learning videos, (AP resources for seniors).  The learning model lets students join the class any time during the day.  Unfortunately, this limits one on one interaction between students and teachers.  Students have projects to demonstrate their learning.
              Other adjustments caused by the school facilities being closed:
              • All sports and activities were cancelled for the Spring semester, a disappointment for the school athletes.  Conifer High School has a robust athletic program that was sorely missed this Spring.  In addition, new tennis courts, track and field facilities, and baseball field with real turf were not able to be used.
              • SAT/PSAT were cancelled.
              • School Accountability is on hold.
              • Evaluations of staff are on hold.
              • The college Advanced Placements Assessments/test.  The tests are being offered this week, it is a one to one free response essential questions in a 45 minute time frame.
              • The school changed grading guidelines to address the change in the learning environment.
              • Staff will be developing adapted interventions for future learning.
              Going Forward:  changes are being issued from the District literally daily.  Next fall and perhaps forever going forward there will be a shift to a hybrid learning model.  There will be reduced numbers of students each day for in person contact.  Social distancing and masks will be required. 
              The high school campus will re-open August 1st.  There will be no athletic practices/activities at the school until then.
              The drop in revenue to the State will reduce funding for schools.  Employees will be losing some income/or may lose positions. 
              Student enrollment appears to be increasing.  Some private school students will be returning to the public school system. 
              How has everyone adapted?  It is hard not to have face-to-face interaction.  Collaboration is difficult.  Productive struggles are more difficult to evaluate.  The special needs students are having a difficult time.
              It appears that technology and asynchronous learning will become the norm; along with tech and face to face balancing.
              Families at home are experiencing many more challenges---how to help parents?
              Conifer High School Seniors:
              • End of year events have been postponed….hopefully finding dates later in the summer.  They will be working with the public health department to determine how that will work.
              • There will be a Senior Parade 2PM Saturday May 16th on the Conifer High School campus---everyone in cars.  There will be music, teacher sharing, announcements, etc.
              • Commencement is planned for Friday, August 7th at 5pm on the athletic field---more details to come.
              • Other events could be designed based on the Governor’s guidance. 
              The construction project will be starting in the next week.  The new addition is expected to be completed January 1, 2021.   All the construction set-up will be on the east side of the school. 
              There is no set plan on whether school will start on campus in September. 
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting May 12, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-05-12 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting May 5, 2020

              • Lee is our President Elect for 2021-2022.  Congratulations and thanks!
              • Mask report:  delivered over 2600 masks to 35 organizations, including the Navajo Nation.
              • What are the men in the Club doing to support COVID-19?  Dean will engage the guys to find some way that they can help in the COVID 19.
              • Vitalant Blood Bank: Tom Becker will send out information about how we can all sign up. We are planning for Friday June 5; more information to verify will come.  Wear your Rotary shirts; request staff to take photos; Dean will assemble a photo collage.  We will have an after-donation party at Marlis’ driveway.  Social distancing provided, free of charge!
              • Dues are payable now, use the convenience button on our club website homepage or send a check.
              • Dean suggested a “happy bucks” donations be instituted.  He will come up with a plan for doing that virtually.
              • Fund-raising ideas:
                • Giving Tuesday is today and funds will be matched today only, but donations can be made through May 26.  Dean sent an email with the link.  You can also donate to our foundation using the link on the club website.
                • On-line music festival.  Suzanne suggested, she could reach out to the Nashville folks to see if they have ideas about how we could do that.  Maybe local community musicians would like to play; Nancy will explore. 
                • House-concerts for small groups of people paying to attend. Nancy will look into the possibility. 
                • July 4 could be a day for patriotic music events.
              • Dean is asking about the changes that we have each experienced since COVID-19 limits have been in place. 
                • Marlis’ son got credit for jury duty after it was postponed last winter.
                • Morti has slowed down, all in a good way.
                • There are many “kindness outbreak” pages on social media---many people are reaching out to help neighbors.
                • We have seen more extremes in people’s world views and expressions—not always positive!
                • Cathy is appreciating the time she now spends with her parents walking every weekend when visiting Grand Junction.
                • Every aspect of what we do is coming into question.  We are looking at alternate ways to do what we have always done: Schools can use remote learning on snow days, with chrome-books for every kid.  And we can have Rotary meetings remotely when weather is bad.
                • Employers could allow more virtual work—with multiple benefits to workers and the planet.
                • Gas prices have dropped!
                • Parents are really appreciating teachers!!!!  This is Teacher Appreciation Week!  WJMS is giving teachers thank you gift cards for local restaurants.  Platte Canyon kids made a video for their teachers and Morti purchased gift cards.
              • The scholarship team completed interviewing PCHS and CHS and selected six students as recipients.   Suzanne will be putting an article in the paper announcing the recipients.  We also gave a Bootstraps scholarship; Wes sent a link to a video thank you.
              • Cliff Bowron, Colorado Serenity, requested an article about Conifer Rotary and all that we have been doing since COVID-19.  Leonor sent an article that included our various projects with photos.  Be on the lookout in the next Serenity, thank you Leonor!
              Program Next Week:
              Wes Paxton will give an update on what’s happening at CHS, including virtual learning and future opportunities for our schools.
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              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting April 28, 2020

              • Scholarships:  Dean, Pat and Suzanne (Marlis and Ruth) interviewed 12 students with one more today.  We have $5200 available for scholarships this year.  Because of our limited funds, we will offer 6 scholarships, three each at the two high schools at $1000 each.  We need $800 to fulfill our scholarships obligation.  Please help make up the difference.  Donate to the Foundation via the website, or send a check to the club PO Box.  Let Suzanne know if you plan to donate.   
              • Lesley researched setting up a blood donation drive.  She reports that Vitalant Blood Bank is interested but we must have commitments for at least 30 people to donate, and we have to provide a place.  Marlis will help advertise for donors when Lesley has a date and place determined.  Lesley will reach out to Evergreen Rotary for additional participants.
              • Leonor reports we have delivered 2200 masks!  Their primary focus is for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  If community members need a mask, they can request via Rotary and arrange delivery.  Recipients of masks can make a donation to the Conifer Rotary Foundation or the Mountain Resource Center.
              • District 5450 has tentatively rescheduled the district conference for 29 Aug (one day).  Go/no-go decision will be forth coming.
              • If you won anything in the silent auction please be sure to pay for the item(s).  The website Donation button works for this purpose, use the Note entry to describe what you are paying for.  Any questions, ask Janine.
              • The District is asking for donations of old smart phones to augment efforts of Rotarians for Mental Health, which is being funded through a Rotary Disaster Recovery grant.  The phones would enable real-time mental health sessions with providers, for people that otherwise would not have access.
              • Next week's meeting:
                • Let's talk about fundraising
                • Open mic -- if you have a short presentation you'd like to make about Rotary or community efforts, or general interest, please let Ed and me know.  This is a good opportunity to keep us all in the loop.
              Meet Salesa Hancock
              She grew up on a farm in Poppyville Kansas, on the Kansas/Oklahoma border.  The farm was homesteaded at the beginning of the Homestead Act in the 1800s.  Her dad started farming it in the 1970’s.  She started her career in agriculture in 4H.  All their vacations were “sheep” shows.  She and her sisters started a company that bred sheep for other 4H kids.  She received agricultural scholarships for college at Kansas State where she graduated with a degree in Agriculture-Economics.
              She started her career as a trader of agricultural products and marketing products for farmers.  She ended up with Cargill supporting farmers and building relationships between farmers and Cargill.
              She met her husband, a chemical engineer who also worked in the agricultural business.  They were transferred to North Carolina right after their wedding, bought a house under construction and spent the first three months of their marriage in a hotel!  In North Carolina they had a daughter, Grace.  Later they were transferred to Nebraska and then had a son, Landon.  Both children are in the Conifer schools.  When the children were 3 years old and 18 months, they were transferred to Hamburg, Germany for three years.  Then it was Utah when they returned from Germany.  After four years, they moved to Colorado with her husband’s job.
              She has been a 4H advisor all her life; has participated in Jr. Achievement; and she’s been active in PTA.  She looks forward to being active in Rotary.
              Welcome, Salesa!
              Program:  History Colorado and the On-line Connection
              Bethany Williams, Collections Access Coordinator
              The History Colorado Society was established in 1879.  It is the State History Preservation organization.  There are nine Museums and Historic Sites across the State.
              The best way to get to know the organization is their website, at  It is filled with exhibits that are fun and interactive, with many images and videos.  The website includes many additional experiences:
              • Exhibits
              • Power points presentations
              • Online lectures (they are free, but donations accepted)
              • Story time for kids and adults
              • Crafts
              • Archeology and preservation webinars
              • Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts page.
              • Biographies of Notable Coloradans.
              • Podcasts
              • UTube channel (recipes, doing oral histories, Chicano Murals)
              • SoundCloud—oral histories.  There is   One page is . 
              History Colorado’s Collection has history, people, places, things and events---everything from a seed stone to a steam tractor; these are found in research catalogues, which include an online collection available for download. 
              History Colorado's Stephen H. Hart Research Center is the portal to the collection of historical items.  The center is open to the public, after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-4pm.  They have a service connection to Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection that includes newspaper collections from around the State.  They also have the National and State Register of Listed Properties.   Following the links on all these pages gives much more detail and history. 
              There is a Membership available which offers many benefits. 
              Guest:  Earlene Smith (Salesa’s Mother who is also a Rotarian)
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting April 28, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-04-28 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting April 21, 2020

              • Board Meeting:
                • Reviewed the budget in light of loss of income. No Home and Garden Show, No St. Pat’s, Likely no peach crop this year, perhaps no Summer Music Festival. We will hold the money we have not spent for next year.  If you have concerns, please contact Dean for clarification.  The Board invites members to consider other means for raising money, be creative!
                • Lesley is going to contact Bonfils Blood Bank to see if we can sponsor a blood drive in our area. 
                • We now have the option to pay our club dues online, in addition to the way we have always done it.  Lee added a club dues payment window to our website homepage and Cathy will be adding a message about paying our DUES online via Credit Card or PayPal.  If you choose to use the online option, there will be a small fee added to cover the PayPal fee.
              • Face Mask report from Lenore and her team:  1,648 have been created and delivered to area health care workers and others, including in the Back Pack food bags.
              • The St. Pat’s silent auction is still on line via Janine.  If you have bid on items, please use the online Donation button to pay up.  We have made over $400 so far.
              • We will start our virtual meetings at 8 a.m. starting next week.
              • Last month, Platte Canyon High School Interact Club delivered hundreds of coats and blankets to Halo’s Closet on West Colfax- a result of their collections in the Bailey area!
              Program:  Making History on Puget Sound
              A project called: Credimus (to believe, to trust in)
              Kip Otteson and Steve Hanford
              Kip and Steve are Platte Canyon High School (PCHS) teachers who wanted to give their students a hands-on learning experience and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  They chose the Seventy48 boat race on Puget Sound, Washington, sponsored by the Northwest Maritime Center.  The Seventy48,, is a 70-mile boat race from Tacoma to Port Townsend, WA that must be completed in 48 hours. 
              They assisted the students at PCHS in building a 40-foot out-rigger that carried 17 students and adults, a hands-on learning activity.   The kids learned how to calculate and draw lines, cut wood, and use various tools.  The best builders were the girls, because they followed instructions.
              They were featured on Channel 9; from this they got a volunteer gentleman from Denver who created hand-written punch lists for the kids to use and was able to guide them---always better to have an “outside” adult. 
              They started in January last year and had the craft ready to go to Dana Point, California for "sea trials" by Spring Break.  In California, they developed into a team, learning how to paddle on the ocean and to be safe.  Paddling in ocean swells gave them a clear idea of how the boat was going to do.  Half the kids had never seen the ocean.  As a bonus, they had dolphins and whales that swam with them from time to time.  They also did some nighttime training in Colorado before they departed for the race, since the race is an overnight event.
              They got amazing support from the students' families, many of whom traveled to Seattle to cheer them on.  The parents had trackers and during the race they would follow along the shoreline, cheering, and encouraging them.  At the end of the race their supporters treated them like celebrities! 
              They came in 17th out of 129 boats and finished in only 17 hours!  That was an average of 4 miles/hour, 30-40 strokes/minute.  They were the ONLY student-built and -operated boat in the race.  The Maritime Group in Washington loved them and gave them tremendous support for their amazing feat.
              Coming into this adventure, these kids had dreams and aspirations; and after this experience, they knew they would be able to do whatever they could dream.  They all grew tremendously. 
              This year they have been converting the boat into a paddleboat.  It will be a STEM project and will expand the educational experience.  Their plan is to win the race.  Unfortunately, COVID-19 cancelled this year's event so they will do it next year.
              For more information and photos do a web search on: Platte Canyon Yacht Club.
              Curt Harris, District Governor, Dick Bryant (former Conifer Rotary member, past President and former Principal of Fitzsimons Middle School in Platte Canyon School District)
              New Member Induction:  Salesa Hancock, welcome to the club!
              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting April 21, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-04-21 06:00:00Z 0

              Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting April 14, 2014

              • Dean reported that the quarterly Rotary Presidents’ meeting was held yesterday.
                • Our club is doing well by meeting on-line.
                • Clubs are finding ways to help their communities during this economic crisis.
                • Most District members are staying well.
                • The District Conference, RYLA, YRYLA, Youth Exchange and the RI International Conference are cancelled.
                • The District and Clubs are re-inventing ways to support our communities with funds that cannot be used as we planned before COVID-19.
                • The District plans to provide a separate RYLA event next year for this year’s kids.
                • RI is moving more functions online, expect more online services.
              • Congratulations to our newest member, Salesa Hancock.  We were unable to have an in-person meeting induction so we proclaimed her as an official member of the club today!  Salesa's husband is in the food supply industry and she warned us that there may be upcoming food shortages.  The COVID-19 shutdowns created a shortage of labor to harvest and move food, and several meat packing plants shut down.
              • Last month, Platte Canyon High School Interact Club delivered hundreds of coats and blankets to Halo’s Closet on West Colfax- a result of their collections in the Bailey area!
              • The speaker next week is Kip Otteson, teacher at Platte Canyon HS.  He sponsored a student group to build a boat and compete in the SEVENTY 48 BOAT RACE from Tacoma Washington to Port Townsend last summer.  The boat was a 40-foot outrigger canoe, powered only by paddles---and 18 kids.
              • We have 13 students who have applied for Conifer Rotary Scholarships.  Suzanne and Pat will be interviewing via Zoom.
              • Finn brought information about how Clubs can grow membership with videoconferencing as well as for clubs to have joint meetings, and share speaker presentations.  Our online world brought on by COVID-19 is yielding opportunities we had not anticipated before, including:
                • Enabling speaker programs originating anywhere!
                • Allow short-notice weather-cancelled meeting by videoconference.
                • Out of town member participation.
                • More opportunities to explore...
              • Thanks to all who are sewing and transporting masks for care-facilities in our area.  We made over 700!  Fifty masks are going to BackPack parents this week.
              • Janine continues to provide the on-line auction for the items that were part of the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner auction.  Bid using the email she sent.
                • St. Patrick's Day beer is still available.  Dean will re-send the information about how to access the beer from Finn.
                Program:  Discussion of the By-Laws draft
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting April 7, 2020

                • Wes Paxton is the Principal of the Year for Jefferson County School District!  Mega Congratulations!
                • Dean reports that District 5450 matched our $1500 donation for MRC food pantry, so we sent $3000 to MRC!
                • Next week, we will discuss the draft of our up-dated By-Laws.  Forward your suggestions to Dean before the meeting.
                • Lesley picks up Tom from Afganistan TODAY!  He will be quarantined for 2 weeks.  Welcome Home, TOM!
                • Our sewing buddies have made over 400 masks.  Thank you~!
                • The Home and Garden Show is cancelled for this year.  A couple of the vendors are donating their registration to help cover expenses.  We have a published a list of vendors on the Home and Garden Show website---please use them for jobs you may have.  A HUGE Thank You for all your work, Janine!
                • Janine has developed shingles---we wish her a speedy recovery.
                • It is time for the Club to select a President-Elect for 2021-2022.  If you have an interest in serving in this capacity, please contact Dean.  A search team will be meeting soon to fill this position.
                • Wes's committee will make a decision about whether to hold the August Music event by the first of June. 
                • We will need new fund-raising ideas, since we are losing our usual events this year.
                • Run the Ranch is postponed; if the August event is held, the Run will be held in conjunction will the Music Event.
                Program: The Dark Web
                Cara Camping
                The Dark Web is a purposely hidden part of the web that keeps users anonymous.  To access the Dark Web, you need special authorization such as a password, login, etc. 
                It is important to know that there are three parts to the World Wide Web.  The first is the one that we know well and it is called the Surface Web.  This is where we use browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, and enjoy access to everything from social networks to our financial records, movies and shopping.  The Surface Web only comprises about 2% of the World Wide Web.
                The Deep Web makes up almost 98% of the World Wide Web.  Websites on the Deep Web are not “indexed”, meaning that search engines cannot find them as they do their regular scsans to learn what is on the web.  Private emails, Dropbox, Public Records, Corporate information, etc. are found here.
                The Dark Web accounts for about .03% of the World Wide Web.  A special browser is need to access the markets and hidden sites on the Dark Web.  The sites on the Dark Web also are not “indexed”.  People use the Dark Web because it is designed to keep them anonymous while they are searching and conducting activity.  Dark Web websites end in .onion, instead of .com, .org, etc.
                There are several browsers designed for Dark Web anonymity but “TOR” is the most widely used.   TOR stands for 'The Onion Router'.  TOR takes the data that you are sending when you access the Dark Web, and engulfs it in many layers of encryption so that your activity can be hidden from most of the world.  The layers are akin to the layers of an onion.
                Bitcoin is the digital currency that is used for transactions on the Dark Web.  Bitcoin takes on the value of what the seller assigns.  It is not like dollars and does not really have a structure.  The number of Bitcoins required to buy something on the Dark Web is set between the seller and the buyer.  It changes all of the time.
                TOR started in the US Naval Research Lab in the mid-1990s.  It was developed for government secrecy and is still funded by the US government.  The government funds it because the more people who use the Dark Web, the more their activity is hidden.  Its similar to “a needle in the haystack”.  TOR is free and it is very simple to download and use.
                Normally, to get to a website on the Surface web, you go through some type of router, then your Internet Service Provider (ISP).  It is pretty straightforward.  However, for the Dark Web, you start with the TOR browser, go through your router and ISP, and then your data hits a TOR server that determines how your data will be routed over the TOR network.  The TOR server is a device that maintains a database of the various nodes that are available in the TOR network.  Once you get to this server, you are officially on the TOR network and it is difficult to track what you are doing.  Your data will typically go through three nodes, which are simply devices that volunteers maintain so as to keep the TOR network alive.  Your data is wrapped in the onion encryption and the use of three nodes makes it even harder to find you. 
                Although the Dark Web is designed for anonymity, there are still ways to discover if you accessed the TOR network and what you did there.  The FBI and NSA do a lot of surveillance of the Dark Web, due to the nature of what goes on there.  You can still be “discovered” at various points along the way as you get to your desired Dark Web site.  There are vulnerabilities along the path and organizations have the technology to find out where you have been on the Dark Web.  This is one of the reasons why you should be very careful when using the Dark Web.
                Most of the action on the Dark Web comes involves illicit drugs.  Second to that, many schemes are available where criminals have stolen something that you own and made it available for sale.  For example, a criminal can steal your PayPal account.   Then the account is sold on the Dark Web.  The buyer gets access to whatever balance is on your PayPal account, and he probably paid about 10% of the balance to get that access.  There are sites that are downright disgusting.  This is another reason to be very careful when on the Dark Web.  You might see something that will be very hard to forget.
                In addition to PayPal accounts, you can buy a package to become a US Citizen, a passport fake IDs, credit card accounts, Netflix accounts and of course drugs.  This is a very limited list of what is available on the Dark Web.  You can even buy services that will give you the tools to hack into other people’s information.
                Should you use the Dark Web?  It actually is used by more than just criminals and it is not illegal in the United States.  It allows for oppressed people to learn, speak out and have a sense of freedom.  However, it is the ACTION that you take while on the Dark Web that might get you into trouble. 
                You might stumble upon an illegitimate site.  Many sites require logins and there are reports of people’s information being distributed from their Dark Web profiles.  As already said, although the TOR network is anonymous, authorities have developed the capability to get around that. 
                One of the first marketplaces on the Dark Web was called the Silk Road.  It sold a lot of things, many which were illegitimate.  The person who developed it was eventually arrested and he is now serving two life sentences and 40 years without parole.  While not all punishments are this harsh, the authorities are on top of the Dark Web activity and they will take action when required.
                It is therefore recommended, that unless you know what you are getting into and have a real purpose to be on the Dark Web, you should stay off.  There are plenty of websites for the average person to use and safely enjoy on the Surface Web.
                Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting April 7, 2020 Lee Willis 2020-04-07 06:00:00Z 0

                Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting March 31, 2020

                • President Dean sent a copy of the club By-Laws draft to all club members.  Please review for discussion in two weeks.  Please send ideas/comments to Dean, Ruth or Marlis.  The Board reviewed them last evening with a few minor changes.  We will vote on them in a couple of weeks.
                • Update on our caterer Irene:  The Board decided to make partial payments to her.  Dean is working with her to determine what is appropriate.
                • We need a President Elect Nominee, for July 2021-June 2022.  If you would like to take this role or want to nominate a member, please contact Dean.  The caveat from Dean is that this Club runs itself; it’s the easiest leadership job he’s ever had J so don’t be afraid to jump in!
                • District 5450 will match up to $1500 in COVID-19 donations from Clubs.  We are going to donate $1500 from our club treasury to MRC, which will be matched by the District.
                • If anyone wants to donate, go to our Rotary Conifer web site, there is a button where donations or dues can be paid via our PayPal account.
                • The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner silent auction items will be saved for our next event.
                • Fitzsimons students raised $260 for Polio Plus.  Suzanne and Dean are adding to the donation and the total amount will be sent to RI.  Thank you to our Interact students, Suzanne and Dean!
                • The Foothills Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show will not happen this weekend.  There is continuing discussion about whether to postpone or cancel.  Some of the vendors have asked for refunds.  Some are waiting to participate in a future show.
                • The April 8th Area 8 Social at El Rancho is cancelled for COVID-19 concerns.
                From our members:
                • Carol Carper reports that Kenya is in the early stages of their COVID19 epidemic.  Residents are social distancing by requirement of the government, police are enforcing.  Carol reviewed how the farmers are doing and how they are trying to keep their farms working.  The German government is subsidizing the farmers.  There is a strong commitment to keeping the farmers working; people need food.  Carol shared the work that the Conifer Rotary monies have provided, with the special focus on serving people with disabilities and training personnel working with them.  Rotarians are always welcome to visit once the virus is under control; she has extra beds, so visitors only have travel expenses.  COVID-19 airfare prices have increased to $4000 for a one-way ticket to the US, it is normally less than $500.  So she’s not traveling here any time soon.  She has a good internet connection and welcomes all emails.
                • Joyce:  Doing well, enjoying the quiet time.  She’s found that pre-order and delivery for groceries seems like a good idea.
                • Gil:  Their business is shut down.  They took a drive the other day to relieve cabin fever.
                • Lee:  He introduced his blind dog Bella, who was sitting on his lap.  He and Cara continue their room painting and Cara completed her presentation for next week’s meeting on the Dark Web.  Lee promises that it will be a very interesting program.
                • Lenore:  She has been sewing masks—they have delivered over 200 to Mt. Evans and Elk Creek Senior Living Center.  She intends to keep sewing; the need will continue.  CDC now recommends that everyone wear a mask when they are out and about.  The cloth masks are not totally safe, but will help reduce transmission of the virus.  Lenore will send patterns to everyone, hoping to add more sew-ers.
                • Tom:  He and Fran are making take-out meals for their Castles and Kitchens business.  Otherwise, he and Joyce are staying home.
                • Finn:  Spending on-line time with friends over-seas.  He reports that Monday morning is a good time to go to the grocery.  He’s been cleaning…and drinking beerJ
                • Nancy: She’s getting bored after two weeks.  She is available to purchase food for backpacks.  Thanks! CW
                • Angela: She’s seeing a limited number of clients and is not accepting new clients.  She spreads appointments out so that she has time to disinfect the whole shop between clients.  Tony has been out for short walks.  In Rotary news, she reports that Bill Taylor is back in town and interested in re-joining the Club.  She has not heard from Hugh.  Amy is doing well; their home construction continues and she’s going back to her job at school this week.
                • Marlis:  She is out of quarantine and is healthy.  She’s working on the to-dos around the house, reading and knitting.
                • Diana:  Zoom is cool!  Her youngest daughter helped her figure it out.  She goes out hiking with her dog-who is not happy with all the extra activity and the required brushing afterward.  She has a grandson who has Crohns Disease and must to be isolated; he is doing ok.
                • Lesley:  Her kids are home and won’t let her go out in public.  She has been helping set up the back pack food for the kids, J  Thanks, Les!!!  CW
                • Yvonne:  She says the COVID-19 Stay at Home order is an introvert’s dream come true!  She’s been watching Outlander and playing with the dogs.  She has her famous chicken soup available for anyone who requests.
                • Ed:  His kids are more in contact than they’ve ever been!  Mary is busy sewing masks.  Some of the golf courses are open and he hopes to take advantage.  The courses are set up so there is no contact with employees and the course itself is set up so you don’t touch anything!  Today’s the day J
                • Morti:  On-line schooling is starting for Sarah; Morti is principal and teacher.  Hopefully her husband will be in charge next week.  Sarah is doing better with isolation; she is ‘Zooming’ with all their family members.  Morti is working 12-18 hours a day for Kaiser.  The numbers of patients with COVID-19 is jumping, but a lot of patients are now getting discharged.
                • Bambi:  She has been on lock down with her parents.  They did get her mother moved to a facility that is managing her Alzheimers well.  Her dad misses her mom, but there is less difficulty in having conversations and he is feeing free-er. 
                • Dual:  The family is doing well.  They are being school teachers.  The dogs are enjoying frequent walks.  He and his wife are having difficulty keeping up with their real work!
                • Charlotte: Mostly staying home except when getting back pack food ready and distributed.  Many of the families have not picked up their bags; so she is working on another plan to be sure they get the food for kids.  Mountain Back Packs is distributing little boxes (mostly snack-type foods, ready to prepare soups, and mac and cheese) at local businesses.  The plan is for families to pick them up on their own schedules.  She will see what happens this week to decide if they need to find a different way to distribute.  Last week they took all the bags not picked up in Bailey to the two local pantries, who were grateful to get the extra food.  She will keep the Club appraised about changes and what they need for the kids.
                Stay Well, Everyone!!!!
                Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting March 31, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-04-02 06:00:00Z 0

                COVID-19 Virus Changes

                We are doing our part to slow the COVID-19 coronavirus by temporarily suspending our regular morning and evening meetings.  Club members, please join our Tuesday morning videoconference meetings that our President organized, check your email for details.  Visitors, we welcome you at our videoconference meetings as well!  Send us an email at and we will send you the information you need to join us.
                COVID-19 Virus Changes Lee Willis 2020-03-24 06:00:00Z 0

                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting March 10, 2020

                • Area 8 Social will be April 8, El Rancho.  All five of the Mountain Clubs will be participating.  $25 payable to Conifer Rotary and cash bar.
                • District Conference April 24, 25 is cancelled to protect our members from the spreading COVID-19 virus outbreak.
                • March 14:  “Let’s Talk”  a program presented by Golden Rotary at Red Rocks.
                • Mountain Area Home, Garden and Leisure Show April 4, 5.  Sign up to volunteer on Sign up Genius.  
                • The Conifer Rotary Star Wars Trivia Team won the Best Table theme and costumes at Mind Blown: Conifer High School fund-raiser Saturday.
                • Platte Canyon High School is requesting cash or door prize donations for the After Prom Committee. The After Prom will be April 17, 18. There will be discussion at next week’s meeting.
                Program:  Club Assembly led by President Dean
                Dean presented actual data from Johns Hopkins, CDC and WHO regarding COVID-19.  Eighty percent of people who are infected recover within 2 weeks.  In China, with the significant quarantine, the rate of illness is now dropping.
                Statistically, men are twice as likely to succumb as women, especially where there is underlying illness.
                COVID-19 is significantly virulent.  Historically, pandemics recur after viral mutation, so a recurrence of COVID19 may reemerge in future seasons.
                There was discussion of sources of mis-information and where to get correct information.  
                Guests: Salesa Hancock
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                Rotary Club of Conifer, Meeting, March 3, 2020

                • District Conference is April 24, 25.  Reservations are on line at the District 5450 Website.
                • Area 8 Social, April 8 at El Rancho.  Lesley is taking reservations at $25.  All five Mountain Rotary Clubs will be partying!
                • Let’s Talk—re-learning to communicate respectfully:  Golden Rotary March 14, 8-4:30 at Red Rocks College.  Go on the Rotary District 5450 website for tickets: $80
                • Fund-raiser for an oven at Small Home, Kenya, is completed on-line via Facebook.  Total $1500 was raised.  This will allow them to bake goods for sale for raising money for Small Home. More information about Small Home is:
                • Trash Pickup:  May 2 and Sept 12 will be community-wide trash pick-up days.  Doing this twice a year will allow Rotary Conifer to have a road sign on our road. Put these dates on your calendar.
                • Marlis attended the PETS training last weekend.  She extolled the training for all the information that was given and how much better she feels prepared to be our President next year.  Our 2021 theme is Rotary Opens Opportunities.
                • The Sign up Genius is up for the St. Patrick’s Day party March 14.  Please sign up to help!  Lee Willis sent the sign up via email.  
                • The evening group will now meet at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 5:30.
                Program:  Erin LaCount, Education Coordinator, Dinosaur Ridge, Golden Colorado
                Salacious in the Cretaceous: Dino Sex 
                The Jurassic Museum of Asturias, has a display of two T-Rex in copulation position, an artistic rendition. Birds and Dinosaurs are genetically related, so recognizing the mating habits of the birds gives us an idea of how dinosaurs may have had sex.  Birds have a wide variety of mating habits and artists provide renditions of how the dinosaurs may have mated.
                Brachiosaurus Altithorax is a Colorado Dinosaur---40 feet tall and 80 feet long weighing 56 tons—with a very long neck.  The theory is that they would have needed a large body of water for buoyancy to engage in sex. It was covered with spikes/plates... probably made procreation interesting.
                Guests:  Salesa  Hancock, Graci  and Senna (Rotary Exchange students from Conifer High School going to Croatia)
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, February 18, 2020

                New Member Inducation:  Gil Gulbrandson

                • The Evergreen Mardi Gras party is this Friday.  Advance tickets available on on the Evergreen Rotary website
                • Mountain Foothills Rotary has the Ice Melt fund-raiser in process.  Tickets are available in many businesses in the area.  
                • Area 8 (five mountain Rotary Clubs) Social will be Wednesday, April 8 at El Rancho.  Dinner is $25; cash bar with happy hour prices.  It is a great time to get to meet and socialize with folks from our sister clubs.  Contact Leslie to make a reservation, pay by check made to Conifer Rotary.
                • The Conifer Town Hall Meeting:  7pm Wednesday, February 19 at West Jefferson Middle School.  Our new fire chief, Jacob Ware, will be introduced and some of our elected officials will be speaking.
                • St. Patrick's Day Dinner Fundraiser
                  • Save the date, Saturday, March 14, at Beaver Ranch.  This is a major fundraiser for our club so please plan to help.  We will send an online volunteer signup to everyone via Sign-up Genius.
                  • Some of the work that is supporting this effort:  Dean will pick up the posters and tickets.  After the event we will need to set up tables and clean up to prepare for the VFW breakfast on Sunday. Yvonne will send Tom the menu to plan prep work.  We can set up the room Friday night.  Our decorations are in the shed and will need to be transported to Beaver Ranch—Pat will coordinate.  Pat will order soda bread.  Angela is in charge of the silent auction—she needs the items identified by this Friday; she is creating the program, which will include all the information about the event.  Finn has taken care of dessert; we will need someone to pick up the dessert.  We anticipate help from our Interact Club thanks to Suzanne and we will acknowledge them on the program.  Tickets will be perforated so that we can account for numbers; Yvonne has ordered. The dinner will be $30 for adults and children up to 12 years old $15.  
                • Home and Garden Show
                  • Save the dates April 3-5 at Conifer High School.  Janine reports that we have 60 booths of 85 filled, including 10 non-profits.  We have some new businesses as well as returning businesses.  Chamber members get a discount, which has helped attendance.  Our title sponsor is Chuck Riddings, State Farm Insurance.  There will be a focus on Fire Mitigation/Firewise programs.  Tom is working with facilities at Conifer HS.   
                  • For attendees we will have $5 tickets to give away or sell; or folks can bring food items (pudding, granola bars) for back packs and the MRC food pantry.  We have seminars filled for both days.  For volunteer help, Janine has a paper sign up, and there will be a Sign-up Genius.  Pat will be in charge of getting signage out in Conifer/Bailey; a volunteer from Evergreen Rotary will do Evergreen.
                Program:  Planning the Summer Music Festival
                Wes Paxton
                Saturday, August 15, 10 am-8pm, at the Beaver Ranch soccer field and surrounding areas.  This is a fundraiser for the Conifer Rotary Foundation.  The profits will be allocated to the Foothill Forest Fire Mitigation grant Program, the 285 Back Pack Project, for graduating high school student scholarships, and for RYLA awardees.
                SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH 10:00AM to 8:00PM
                • Community Celebration and Conifer Rotary Foundation Fundraiser
                • Beaver Ranch Park
                  • Soccer Field and Surrounding Areas
                • Community Causes:
                  • Foothill Forest Fire Mitigation
                  • Grant Program
                    • 285 Backpack Program
                    • Conifer Foundation Grants and
                  • Scholarships
                • Logistics Committee:
                  • Dean, Cathy, Mark, Tom and Wes
                  • Beaver Ranch Board Approval
                    • Soccer Field Layout for Stage, Beer Sponsors, and Vendors
                  • Parking: Denver Mountain Parks Issues with Usage
                  • Safety and Security:
                    • Jeffco Sheriff's Office — Reserve in July
                    • Elk Creek Fire Request Volunteer EMS and Firefighters
                  • Liquor License: 60 Day Application Due by June 1 5th
                • Sponsorship:
                  • Diana, Leonor, Dean, Tom and Wes
                  • Tiered Sponsorship:
                    • Top
                    • Middle
                    • Friends of the Conifer Rotary Foundation
                  • Beer Sponsorship: Finn
                • Music:
                  • Suzanne and Tom
                  • Nashville Up and Coming Artist
                  • Signature Band
                  • Local Artists
                • Marketing:
                  • Lee and Leonor
                • Vendors and Food:
                  • Janine, Suzanne, Diana, and Tom
                • Transportation:
                  • Pat and Nancy
                • Facilities:
                  • Leslie and Charlotte
                • What's next?
                  • Monthly Meetings
                  • Sub-Committee Meetings
                  • Timeline
                  • Signed Contracts and Agreements
                Guest:  Salesa Hancock
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                Rotary Club of Conifer, Meeting, January 28, 2020

                • District Conference: April 24 & 25 at the Westin Hotel - Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd.  The District needs volunteers to help, contact Finn.  Save the date information on the District 5450 website or just click HERE.
                • Evergreen has their annual Mardi Gras dinner February 21.  Tickets are available on their website.  This is a major fund-raiser for their Club.
                • Area 8 (five mountain Rotary Clubs) Social will be Wednesday, April 8 at El Rancho.  Dinner is $25;  Cash bar with happy hour prices.  It is a great time to get to meet and socialize with folks from our sister clubs.  Contact Leslie to make a reservation, pay by check made to Conifer Rotary.
                • District Governor nominations are open and members can provide input.  Contact Dean or Finn.
                • The Rotary Leadership Institute is this weekend, February 1st.   The Club pays the fee, this training is very helpful in understanding all aspects of Rotary.  Go to the District 5450 website to register or just click HERE.
                • February 8th is the Rotary Polio dinner and fund-raiser and the speaker is John Hewko, CEO of Rotary International.  Reservations sign up is on the District website or just click HERE.
                Dean McCall, Club President
                Notes emailed to club members.
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, January 21, 2020

                • District Conference: April 24 & 25 at the Westin Hotel - Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd.  The District needs volunteers to help, contact Finn.  Save the date information on the District 5450 website or just click HERE.
                • Evergreen is doing their annual Mardi Gras February 21.  Tickets are available on their website.  This is a major fund-raiser for their Club.
                • Area 8 (five mountain Rotary Clubs) Social will be Wednesday, April 8 at El Rancho.  Dinner is $25;  Cash bar with happy hour prices.  It is a great time to get to meet and socialize with folks from our sister clubs.  Contact Leslie to make a reservation, pay by check made to Conifer Rotary. 
                • District Governor nominations are open and members can provide input.  Contact Dean or Finn.
                • The Rotary Leadership Institute is February 1st.  It is three sessions and the Club pays the fee.  This training is very helpful in understanding all aspects of Rotary.  Go to the District 5450 website to register or just click HERE.
                • February 8th is the Rotary Polio dinner and fund-raiser and the speaker is John Hewko, CEO of Rotary International.  Reservations sign up is on the District website or just click HERE.
                Guests:  Salesa Hancock
                Program: Scott Brown, from Golden Rotary Club
                Behavioral Investing:  The Surprising Necessity of Biases
                Our awareness of our biases can help us: to deal with positive and negative aspects of our life.  Being aware is not difficult, but it can be life-changing. Bias are short-cuts, a function of the right-brain, to get to answers more quickly.
                Scott talked about right/left brain functions and used “Rain Man” as an example of two brothers who used the two different sides of the brain.  He brought up the CNN/Fox News as an example of bias that he explained that their biases are not what we “think”.
                Over-confidence bias, planning bias, availability bias, illusion of control are all documented biases. There are over 200 biases that have been studied.
                Most people are OVER confident of their financial status—and are wrong.  A negative financial shock increases mortality by 50%!  STRESSFUL!
                Bias can be good:  it can save your life.
                Bias can be disastrous:  Immediacy bias can cause major mistakes.  The Tenerife air disaster in March 1977 that killed 583 people is a good example.
                Here are Scott's slides from his presentation:
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, January 14, 2020

                • President Dean attended the mid-year Presidents’ meetings Saturday.  He felt that our Club was on the leading edge in membership development as well as productivity and lots of fun.  
                • The Rotary Leadership Institute is February 1st.  It is three sessions and the Club pays the fee.  This training is very helpful in understanding all aspects of Rotary.  Go to the District 5450 website to register or just click HERE.
                • February 8th is the Rotary Polio dinner and fund-raiser and the speaker is John Hewko, CEO of Rotary International.  Reservations sign up is on the District website or just click HERE.
                • The second annual District 5450 Area 8 gathering will be held April 8, 2020, 5:30-8:30pm, at El Rancho.  The cost of the dinner will be $25. This is a great opportunity to meet Rotarians from the other Mountain Area-8 Clubs and do some great socializing.
                • Janine is directing this year's Foothills Home and Garden and Lifestyle Show, and she has us off to a great start.  30 booths out of 80 are already sold.  It will be April 4th and 5th at Conifer High School.  Janine needs help getting sponsors; they get many extras, including a free ad in the Canyon Courier brochure that goes to 15,000 homes in the area.  A $100 booth discount is available for local vendors by registering online and adding one of the 3 Chambers (Evergreen, Conifer or Platte Canyon) as the promotion code.
                • St. Patty’s Day Dinner Fundraiser planning is under way.  It will be held at Beaver Ranch, Saturday March 14th.  Please be thinking about the silent auction items.  Reach out to folks you know to get donations. 
                • Peggy Halderman sent information about sewing projects by Crafters for America for the animal victims of the fires in Australia.  Contact Yvonne or go to the Animal Rescue Craft Guild Facebook page at
                Program: The Holiday White Elephant Gift Exchange, Frivolity and Fun for All!
                New Member Inducted!  Our Sincere Welcome
                Dual Schneider, Estate Lawyer
                Guests: Jenny Durr and Anson Thompson, The Thompson Group.  Jenny and Anson are transplants from Indiana, lived for a while in Denver and moved to Conifer.  Anson was a member of the Denver MileHigh Rotary.
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, January 7, 2020

                • Thanks to Marlis and Steve for hosting the Club Holiday party last Saturday. 
                • We are collecting The Rotarian Magazines, placing stickers over addresses and placing them in community offices.  Please bring your Rotary Magazines to club meetings after reading them. 
                • The Rotary Grants Seminar is this coming Saturday in Golden.  The application is on the District 5450 website.
                • The Rotary Leadership Institute is February 1st.  It is three sessions and the Club pays the fee.  This training is very helpful in understanding all aspects of Rotary.  Go to the District 5450 website to register or just click HERE.
                • February 8th is the Rotary Polio dinner and fund-raiser and the speaker is John Hewko, CEO of Rotary International.  Reservations sign up is on the District website or just click HERE.
                • The Platte Canyon Interact Club is continuing their coats and blankets collection for two more weeks. Contact Suzanne for more information.
                • Our next Club Social is The Trivia Night event on March 7th.  Contact Tom or Yvonne to form your team~!  This event supports the Booster Club at Conifer High School.
                • Planning for the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Fundraiser is under way.  The event will be held at Beaver Ranch and we will need lots of help from our members.
                • Our club foundation will be asking for funding for the Kenya Small House project.  More information will be coming. 
                • Our Conifer Rotary evening meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 5:30, now at the Conifer Community Church.
                • Summer Music Festival Announcement.  John Cerillo and his wife Ruth have been invited to help put our music together for our summer music fest, August 15, 2020.  John is a musician, song-writer and singer.  He works with young talent in Nashville, writing new music with the young artists.  Many of the artists are breaking out….John would like to bring some of the young musicians to our festival! He described the wide range of music that these young artists are performing.  
                The event will have music, vendors, beverages and fun to raise money for our community projects.  
                Program:  Alessandro Sachs
                Clean, Uncontaminated Water for Oglala Lakota Sioux in Pine Ridge, SD
                Pine Ridge, The Lakota Nation, is the third largest reservation in the US.  Unfortunately it has a history of the water contamination.  The US government retained the mining rights on the property when they 'gave' the Nation the reservation land.  Uranium is mined there and it has polluted their water supply
                The government built a pipeline from Pierre South Dakota to the reservation—the largest water purification plant in the world with water pipes over 200 miles long.  The pipelines don't reach the dispersed native homes on the reservation, so the people are using wells that are mostly contaminated.  Many of the young mothers have been taught to feed their babies powdered formula, which requires the water.  Many members of the tribe left the reservation because of the contaminated water.  Their health is deeply affected by the contamination.  
                Water is Life, is the name of the project.  Half of the reservation sits over the High Plains Aquifer.  Its goal is to construct water lines from the pipeline to the homes.  The county is the poorest county in the USA, so families cannot afford the piping.  There are 68,000 homes without adequate sanitation and water.
                Boulder Rotary started a District grant with their Foundation funds last summer.  The Lakota Nation has an NGO: Running Strong for American Indian Youth, started by Billy Mills, an Olympic Gold Medalist. The focus is on creating a healthy community.
                The Boulder Rotary Club wants to do a reverse Rotary grant in order to get a global grant for the Lakota Reservation. Running Strong is matching the Rotary dollars; they set the criteria for the households that will get the pipes.  Currently the monies are addressing one home at a time, as they launch the project.  Every $3,000 donation from Rotary is matched to meet the cost to get water to a home.  Money from Colorado Rotary Clubs (12 District 5450 Clubs are currently addressing other needs, but water is not the focus) can be sent to Boulder Rotary. 
                The pilot project has brought water successfully to three homes.  Boulder Rotary will continue this effort while trying to get a Reverse Rotary Global grant.  
                Alessandro Sachs's information handout is attached to this story.  Click the "Read More" button below the story on the club homepage.
                Brandi and Christina (owners of new florist in Conifer/Kings Valley), Salesa Hancock, John and Ruth Cerillo, Eddie Frisk (Finn’s grandson), Gil Gulbrandson, Dual Schneider (who will be our newest member with induction scheduled for next week)
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting December 17, 2019

                • We will NOT meet December 24 nor 31, 2019.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  The program will be about a Rotary project in the Pine Ridge Reservation to provide safe water to homes.
                • Please sign up to be a Salvation Army bell ringer.  There are slots at King Soopers, the King Soopers Convenience Gas Station, and Moore Lumber in Pine Junction.  The link to sign up is on the Conifer Rotary website under the Weblinks tab, or just click HERE.
                • Rotary Leadership Institute for District 5450 is February 1st.  It is perfect for any Rotarian who wants to learn more about the larger world of Rotary.  Go to the District 5450 website to register or just click HERE.
                • February 8th is the Future of Rotary Dinner and Polio Fundraiser in Denver featuring Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko. Reservations sign up is on the District website or just click HERE.
                • The Conifer Rotary holiday party will be at Marlis McAllister’s home Saturday, January 4th.  More details to come.
                • Suzanne Barkley lost her mother last week.  Please keep her in your thoughts!
                • At the Board meeting last night, we reviewed a number of grant requests.  The Board took time to consider our priorities, since we have a number of grant requests that have come into us.  We will prioritize organizations with whom we have a relationship or connection.  More decisions in January.
                • The Board also learned how to make tamales at the meeting last night!  Thank you, Leonore!
                • Bring Rotary magazines.  We will put our Rotary information sticker in place of your address and distribute them in the community.
                • The Warren Miller film, sponsored by the CHS Interact Club raised almost $2000, which will be used for the Conifer High School Interact trip to Nepal next summer.  There were a number of donations from local businesses: Evergreen Mountain Sports—Door Prizes.  Never Summer Boards—Snowboard.  Icelandic Skis—pair of skis.  Many thanks for the support!
                • January 14 we will have our White-Elephant gift exchange.  Dr. Scott Brown of the Golden Rotary will present “The Brain and Behavioral Health” at our January 21st meeting.
                • There will be a Trivia night fundraiser March 7, at Our Lady of the Pines Church.  We need a second table of Rotarians - Be the “dark side” of the Star Wars theme for Conifer Rotary.
                Program:  Foundation Grant Awards
                • West Jefferson Middle School PTA:  Sarah Miller and Salesa Clark:  $1000 for Teacher grants.  Teachers apply to the PTA for grant monies that have been collected by the PTA.  They gave 18 grants to teachers this year.  One was for special needs students that provide a life-skills class, including cooking classes.  They funded a vacuum pump for the science class.   The social science classes are focused on Colorado history, including an architectural focus, creating “historical” buildings.  The art department was given a bulletin board to hang student artwork.  These projects provide enrichment beyond the regular classroom teaching, and free the teachers from having to pay for materials from their personal budgets!
                This year the counselors want support for “friends of Rachel club”, which honors the tragedy at Columbine and the focus on providing kindness awards. 
                • Conifer High School Robotics Team—TeamBlitz 2083:  The Robotics Club Students at Conifer High School, $1000.  The money will purchase a new computer for the process of designing and building their robot and to accomplish functional programming of the robot.  They are entering it into an International competition next year.
                The Robotics Club provides the students with extra opportunities to learn and develop.
                • They learn electrical, mechanical, technical and marketing skills.
                • The competition they will enter gives them significant challenges to overcome.  Each year, new specifications are given.  In the past they had to complete the build in six weeks, but they will have more time to design, select and build for this next competition.
                • They have twice the number of students in Robotics Club this year compared to last year.  This is giving them more “minds” to create a more complex robot.
                The students demonstrated the robot they built for this last year’s competition.
                Guests: Gil Gulbrandson, Dual Schneider, and Scott Brown, Golden Rotary
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting December 10, 2019

                • The Club will not meet December 24 and December 31
                • We will have a Club Social at Aspen Peak Winery in Bailey Sunday, December 15, 2-5pm
                • The Holiday Party will be January 4, 2020 5-8 at Marlis and Steve’s home
                • The Conifer High School Interact Club will be showing the Warren Miller adventure movie "Timeless" at Conifer High School 7PM December 13.  There will be prizes and vendor booths.  The tickets are available on our Conifer Rotary website homepage at or click HERE to go to the Interact Club website for more information.  The funds raised will help fund the Interact trip to Nepal next summer.
                • Please sign up to be a Salvation Army bell ringer.  There are slots at King Soopers, the King Soopers Convenience Gas Station, and Moore Lumber in Pine Junction.  The link to sign up is on the Conifer Rotary website under weblinks, or just click HERE.
                • Rotary Leadership Institute for District 5450 is February 1st.  It is perfect for any Rotarian who wants to learn more about the larger world of Rotary.  Go to the District 5450 website to register or just click HERE.
                • February 8 is the Future of Rotary Dinner and Polio Fundraiser in Denver featuring Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko. Reservations sign up is on the District website or just click HERE.
                • Bring Rotary Magazines for distribution to the community.  We have Rotary “stickers” to place over your address label.  We will take them to doctor offices, veterinarian offices, other public places….be creative!
                • The Dolly Parton Imagination Library table at Conifer Holiday Parade was successful.  We talked with many folks and distributed many flyers.  A number of parents shared that they already are part of the Imagination Library and they love it!
                • Bill Downes is selling tickets for the Ice Melt contest on Evergreen Lake, a fund-raiser for Mountain Foothills Rotary Club.  The proceeds go to special needs kids and to the Food Bank.  Tickets: start at $1 for 3, on up to $11 for 20.  The top prize is $1000.  You can get your tickets from Bill or at many Evergreen area businesses.
                • Bill also reports that he and his wife met with Mat and Audrey Matson in Hawaii.  He suggested that Mat would welcome greetings from Conifer Rotarians.
                • Pat Hagan volunteered at the MRC Kids Christmas Party last Saturday.  MRC staff sends their thanks for the Toys for Tots picked up and delivered by Rotarians  Marlis and Hugh.  The party served over 60 families.
                • Next week we will award our final Conifer Rotary Foundation grants to community organizations.
                Introducing our newest member:Bambi Moss
                Born and raised in Conifer, Bambi and husband Ira have two children, both in college.  Both kids are very athletic.  Bambi has a degree in environmental studies.  Her career has involved various types of medical support work.  She worked for many years with Diana Phelps, who is now her Rotary Mentor.
                Bambi enjoys volunteering.  She does emergency animal evacuation for small animals, a member of the animal protective league.  She volunteers with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC).  Right now she is providing home care for her elderly parents.
                Program:  Club Assembly
                The Rotary Grants Process by President Dean McCall
                Dean led us through the Rotary Grant process in anticipation of our club becoming more involved with grants.
                Guests: Gil Gulbrandson, Dual Schneider, Bill Downes, Mike Stark
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting December 3, 2019

                • The Club will not meet December 24 and 31.
                • We have a Rotary Social December 15, 2-5 PM at Aspen Peak Winery.
                • The Back Pack Project is being supported by Chill’d Yogurt in Conifer, across from Brooks Place by giving us coupons that will be given to Back Pack kids who return their t-shirt bags each week.  The t-shirt bags will help us reduce the use of plastic bags.  Please stop by Chill’d to thank Karin Watt for her generous contribution... and the yogurt is yummy.
                • We need more granola bars, peanut butter/cheese crackers, or cheese sandwich crackers.
                • $25,000 was raised for Polio Plus support by District Governor Curt Harris's 100 mile bike ride in Tucson.  It will be matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation.
                • The Salvation Army needs more Bell ringers.  There are slots at King Soopers, the King Soopers Convenience Gas Station, and Moore Lumber in Pine Junction.  The link to sign up is on the Conifer Rotary website under weblinks, or just click HERE.
                • Rotary Leadership Institute for District 5450 is February 1st.  It is perfect for any Rotarian who wants to learn more about the larger world of Rotary.  Go to the District 5450 website to register or just click HERE.
                • February 8 is the Future of Rotary Dinner and Polio Fundraiser in Denver featuring Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko. Reservations sign up is on the District website or just click HERE.
                • The Conifer High School Interact Club will be showing the Warren Miller adventure movie "Timeless" at Conifer High School 7PM December 13.  There will be prizes and vendor booths.  The tickets are available on our Conifer Rotary website homepage at or click HERE to go to the Interact Club website for more information.  The funds raised will help fund the Interact trip to Nepal next summer.
                PROGRAM:  Rotary Conifer Foundation Grant Awards
                Today, we had three more deserving community organizations join us to receive grants from our club foundation:
                • Stage Door Theater: $1000.  Beth Campbell shared Stage Door Theater's benefits for young people who participate.  Life Skills:  problem-solving, collaboration and cooperation, integrity, time management, communication, leadership, mentoring, creativity and confidence.  Students learn:  tech booth, backstage, stage management, student directors.
                Rotary’s donation goes to student scholarships for kids who cannot afford to participate in Stage Door.
                • Mount Evans Home Healthcare and Hospice, Camp Comfort. $1600.  Charlie Shemanski.  Charlie told us about Mount Evans Home Care and their Camp Comfort.  Rotary has been a supporter for over 10 years and have given over $25,000.  Twenty percent of the Mount Evans patients do not have funds to pay for the care they receive.
                Their organization covers a very large area, they serve all the communities visible from the summit of Mt. Evans!  Home health services include post-hospitalization, rehabilitation, and palliative care.  Hospice care evolves from being diagnosed with an illness that will likely cause death within six months.  Grief support is provided for both adults and children.
                Camp Comfort:  this is a weekend-long bereavement camp twice each summer, for grieving children ages 6-12 who have lost a close family member.  The workshops are balanced with recreation and group support services.  Children can return to be a buddy for new kids coming into the program.  The Camp was started 25 years ago and in that time, many similar camps have been established nationwide.  Most of the children need scholarships to pay for the camp, which is what the Rotary donation will do.
                • PeaceWorks:  $1746.  Lori Cuno.  Peaceworks enables the Mountain Peace Shelter, battered family member education and awareness, mobile advocacy, and support groups.  Their service area is 3000 square mile radius.  It is the only pet-accepting shelter in Colorado, and it includes large animals.  The funding will go to exterior cameras and thermostats.
                Guests:  Dual Schneider
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting November 19, 2019

                • December 15, 2-5 at Aspen Peak Winery is our next Conifer Rotary Social---all are welcome, (especially our guests today)
                • The Holiday Party will be held January 4th, 5-9PM at Marlis and Steve’s home.  More to come.
                • Imagination Library has a link on the website for Conifer Parade.  We need volunteers to “wo-man” the table to share the project with our local families with little kids.
                • Please bring your Rotary Magazines; we will add a sticker with our Conifer Rotary meeting information and website address.  We will drop them at doctor and vet offices, tire and auto service centers---and more.  Your name and address will be covered over.
                • Diana reported on the Youth Exchange program.  Our Club has 2 out-bound students going to Croatia.  We have 2 host families for our in-bound exchange student, only one more is needed.  There are 14 exchange student kids in our District.  Diana reports that the Exchange program supports itself; it does not receive funds from the District or Rotary International --we may need to do some fund raising to help our kids---in bound and out bound.
                • Start to think St. Paddy’s! fundraiser!  Yvonne is starting the planning. 
                • Conifer Trivia Night will be in February—anyone interested in putting together a team, contact Yvonne, who will coordinate our teams.
                • Pat Hagan will attend the Grants qualification seminar January 11.  Anyone else who is interested, join Pat by signing up on the District website. 
                • Rotary Leadership Institute will be February 1.  This is a excellent training to acquaint members with all things Rotary.
                • Coats, blankets and other cold-weather gear are being collected by The Platte Canyon High School Interact Club members.  Bring them to a Rotary meeting to be delivered to Platte Canyon.  The Interactors will be distributing them with the school superintendent and his wife. 
                • We will be giving out more grants December 3rd and 17th.  These are fun meetings in Rotary - it is what we are about.
                Program:  Cynthia Latham, Evergreen Rotary
                In Harms Way: Scary Similarities Between Our Foothills Ares and Paradise California
                Our area is one of the worst areas in the country for wildfire danger.  Cynthia showed us the many frightening similarities between our area and Paradise, California.  Even scarier is the extremely fast progression of the Paradise fire.  That fire was ignited by sparks from a power line seven from Paradise, in less than six hours Paradise was destroyed and 83 people died.
                What happened:  Emergency communications failed.  There was poor defensible space on private property and old building codes for homes.  Escape routes were overwhelmed and blocked.
                After the fire,  toxic debris had to be cleaned up-twice as much as from the World Trade Center after 9/11, 90% of the population moved away, there is no safe water supply until at least 2022 and $53 million dollars to restore.
                Lessons learned:
                • Excessive vegetation along critical roads must be removed
                • Evacuation plans need to be improved
                • Emergency Communication must be improved, cell towers failed
                • Building codes must be updated
                • Need to widen right-of-ways and add shoulders along key evacuation routes
                What Paradise had that Our Area does not:
                • Municipal government
                • Preparations for wild fire emergency
                We have too much wildfire fuel.  Mega-fires that cover over 100,00 acres and sterilize the earth are becoming more common, more people living in the woodland urban interface (WUI), no coordinated government authority, residents are unprepared for wildfire.
                It is not a matter of “IF” but “WHEN” we will have a devastating fire.
                To become ready:  the READY, SET, GO website has valuable information, go to
                • Download the READY, SET, GO Information Book HERE;
                • Create defensible space around the home;
                • Use fire resistant landscaping;
                • Harden your home: roofs, vents, decks and porches, siding and windows;
                • Provide emergency responder access;
                • Know your escape routes; 
                • Sign up for CodeRED emergency notifications, click HERE.
                Evergreen and Mountain Foothills Rotary are starting an organization to help prepare the community.  The goal is to have a Community Wildfire Protection Implementation Plan (CWPIP).  Grant money is available to help. 
                Evergreen Rotary has an educational fire truck to educate the community; it is available for community events. 
                We also need evacuation planning for disabled and elderly; get everyone signed up for CodeRed. 
                Our local fire departments have many educational pieces available for free.
                Addendum:  The Rotary Conifer Music Festival fundraiser on August 15, 2020 will be supporting our Fire Departments’ mitigation efforts.
                Guests:  Rebekah and Steve Gordy, Dual Schneider
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                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting November 12, 2019

                • The Soldier Box project will be packing the boxes on Friday morning , November 15th, 9am, at Wild Game in Bergen Park.
                • End Polio:  Donate to Curt Harris’ bicycle ride fund-raiser.  There is a link on our home page, or simply click HERE
                • Toys for Tots for the MRC Holiday celebration toy pick up will be Friday December 6th; the Holiday Party will be Saturday December 7th.
                • The Board meeting will be Monday, November 18, 6 pm at the McCalls.  All members are welcome.
                • The sign up link for Salvation Army bell ringing is on our Conifer Rotary website on the Weblinks tab, or simply click HERE.
                • The Imagination Library table at the December 7th Conifer Christmas Parade needs volunteers.  Sign up on on our Conifer Rotary website, Weblinks tab, or simply click HERE.
                • Janine has a folder of all the newspaper articles Conifer Rotary has been featured in.  Great publicity!
                • There is a Rotary social this Saturday at Castles and Kitchens, 6-9pm, $40/pp.  There will be a cooking class and dinner, bring your favorite wine.  RSVP to Tom Becker by email at
                • Step 2 for next year's Rotary Youth Exchange will be this weekend.  Diana is on the outbound students interview team.  We have 2 outbound candidates and we requested 1 inbound student.
                • If you want to make year-end donations to the Rotary International Foundation or the Rotary Conifer Foundation, now is the time to start thinking about it.  Very good things happen in both places.
                  • For Rotary International Foundation, Cathy Taylor can make it happen for you but contact her by December 10th to make sure it is processed this year.  You can also donate online at the Rotary International website by clicking HERE.
                  • For our Rotary Conifer Foundation, use the Donate button on our Conifer Rotary website to donate online or just click HERE.  Another option is to simply give your donation to Mark Rehm, the club foundation treasurer, before December 31st.
                • Yvonne needs plastic water bottles for the greenhouse she is building.
                • Fire mitigation next with Cynthia Latham from the Evergreen club.
                Program:  Awarding Foundation Grants to the Community
                Today, we had three deserving community organizations join us to receive grants from our club foundation.  In random order, here they are:
                • Mountain Resource Center/Family Project  $1250.  Chris Johnson and Sarah Pervis
                Outdoor Discovery and Play Area for the Mountain Resource Center early childhood program.  The space will be outside MRC and will enable the Family Project to engage a variety of outdoor activities for children and parents.  This a natural learning program that will encourage creativity and imagination, with a focus on preventing obesity.  It will engage parents in recognizing the outdoors as a natural play area for children.  The space will be available to other groups and community members as well.
                • Park County Senior Coalition/Senior Alliance of Park County  $800.  Bobbi Gore and Joyce Whittle
                The Senior Alliance mission is to enable seniors to live at home by providing: assisted transportation, case management, chores, respite, rural area meals, homemaking, information and assistance, nutrition education and transportation.  This grant will be used to bring services to the Bailey area of Park County.
                • Resilience1220  $1250.  Heather Aberg.
                Their program provides mental health services for young people 12-20 years by volunteer therapists. They provide their services with the help of 25 volunteer therapists.  Their programs include suicide prevention through group therapy, plus they address gender identity and transgender issues for youth.  They recently received their 501(C)3 status and can now provide remuneration to the director.
                New Members:
                Bambi Moss was inducted today!
                Morti Longsdorf received her badge!
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                Rotary Club of Conifer, Meeting, November 5, 2019

                • Wes Paxton presented $179 that was raised for Polio Eradication.  Conifer High School Interact raised the funds in several fundraising events.  Their next fundraiser: tickets for a Warren Miller skiing film will be on sale in the next couple of weeks.  The money raised will help fund the Interact Club trip to Nepal.
                • Conifer High School football team beat Evergreen last weekend.  They are undefeated this year and they are ranked  fifth in the State.  With a win next weekend they will be #3 in the state!
                • The Interact District Conference was last Saturday.  Our Conifer High School Interact Club received the prestigious Ron Prasher award.  It recognizes the club for overall excellence in projects and service.
                • The link to Salvation Army bell ringing sign up is under the Weblinks tab on our club website.  Or, simply click HERE to sign up to ring the bell.
                • There is a sign up genius for the Imagination Library table at the Conifer Holiday parade.  Joyce Snapp is needs someone to wear the Dolly Parton outfit!
                • Our District Governor, Curt Harris, is bicycle riding to raise money for Polio.  100 miles in the November 23rd El Tour de Tucson, supporting Rotary’s Ride to End Polio.  The link to support his ride is on our website; help him raise $20,000 to end Polio.
                • We need granola bars and peanut butter crackers for the back pack project.
                • Next week's meeting:  we will distribute foundation grant awards, induct our newest member, Bambi Moss and a report from the Conifer Rotary membership committee.
                • The Rotary Rose Parade float committee needs funds for a Rotary float. Our Board will discuss a possible donation.
                • The next social will be November 16th, 6-9 pm at Castles and Kitchens, enjoying wine and appetizers, making pastas and pasta sauce and EATING.  Flyer and RSVP info coming up.
                Program:  Bob Rose
                St. Helene, Bay Islands, Honduras, Water Projects
                St. Helene is an island at the east end of the Bay Islands off Honduras, accessible only by boat.  There are no roads nor means for transportation around the island other than by foot.  The homes are on stilts, as are the toilet facilities, most of which hang out over the water.  There is no work on St. Helene, so many of the men fish or go out to sea to raise money.  There are 200 homes and about 1000 residents.
                This is a long-term Rotary project consisting of several phases, using a global grant from the Rotary Club of Roatan and support from Evergreen Rotary and Edmonton Canada Rotary.
                The project started in 2014 after a community needs assessment. There are six settlements on the island and each provides a member for their leadership team.  A play ground for children was the first project, which brought the six communities together.  The communities are developing a sustainable plan to meet their comprehensive needs.
                The project received an education grant from Edmonton Canada Rotary.  It built a school and included teacher training.  Safe water is their biggest challenge.  They had hand-dug wells which are becoming brackish and failing.  They had to haul drinking water jugs by boat and then on foot to the homes.  Past water efforts were not sustainable.  Rotary's involvement was to first develop trust with the residents.  They now have two good Rotary wells.
                The second phase, with a global grant, is focused on bringing water to every home.  Rotary's efforts also include training water board personnel to maintain the system and collect fees.
                The next phase is latrines and economic development, with a budget of $210,633.  There are currently seven Rotary Clubs (four in Canada) that are supporting the Grant and have raised $51,853.
                Guest: Richard Toussant, Evergreen Rotary

                Rotary Club of Conifer, Meeting, November 5, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, October 22, 2019

                No Meeting next Tuesday, October 29.
                Come to the social this weekend.
                • Gail Sharp joined us to request donations for the Soldier Box Project.  It is a holiday season program to send personal essentials to our overseas troops working in remote areas where these items are scarce.  Please bring donations of personal care items, greeting cards with messages for soldiers, there is a collection box at MRC.  They will pack boxes to send on November 15, 8:30-10:30 a.m at Wild Game in Evergreen.  Last year the collections provided boxes for over 400 soldiers.  It costs over $17 for each box---$4000, so cash is also needed.
                • Thank you to Cathy Taylor and Lesley Landon for breakfast today.
                • Be sure to sign up for Salvation Army bell ringing.  There are sites in Bailey and at King Soopers and the KS Convenience Store in Conifer.  Click HERE to sign up, or go to Conifer Rotary webpage under the Weblinks tab.
                • The Board approved support for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library booth at the Conifer Christmas Parade and Market Place on Saturday December 7th.  We will need Rotarians to set up and man the booth in the tent.  We need someone to wear the Dolly Parton costume, those who weren't at the meeting are at the top of the eligibility list!
                • Support our District Governor Curt Harris’s 100 mile bike Ride to End Polio.  Click HERE for more information and to donate, or go to our Rotary Conifer homepage.  World Polio Day is Thursday, October 24th, share the news!
                • Day of the Dead party at the McCall’s is this Saturday, 6pm….potluck and optional costumes.  We will not have a morning meeting next week---this is our social event for this quarter.
                • The Rotary evening meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23, 5:30pm at St. Laurence Church.
                • Thanks to Marlis, Dean, Lesley and Christy for help unloading the food bank truck Thursday, October 24, delivering to the Back Pack pantry.
                Program:  Twitter tutorial
                Leonor McCall
                Sign up for Twitter and follow our club postings, add the app to your phone or their website at  It is an online micro-blogging (breaking news) app; short messages limited to 140 characters.  Your username (handle) is tied to email or smartphone (less than 15 characters).  You can choose to share privately or publicly, but beware - EVERYTHING can be shared by everyone.  Hashtags with a memorable word creates a link to conversations.  Our club account is https:///  Contact Lenore for more helpful tips.
                “About Me, Morti Longsdorf
                Morti (Matilda)---and many additional names—was born in New York City and grew up mostly in Brooklyn.  Family business travels had her living in Europe and Africa during her elementary school years.  She is multi-lingual, thanks to those early years.  A dedicated student, she graduated from SUNY Oswego with an MBA in four years!
                Her post-college endeavors found her heading west, to Microsoft initially with a group of friends.  After a few stops along the way, she ended up in Denver.  She fell in love with the arts scene, the housing, and the community.  She worked for a small company for 14 years, then moved to Kaiser Permanente.  She is married and has a daughter, Sarah, who is nearly 14 years old and attends Fitzsimons Middle School.  She was attracted to Rotary because her mother was a Rotarian and Morti developed a strong gift for giving back.
                Guests:  Gail Sharp, Evergreen Rotary
                Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, October 22, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-10-22 06:00:00Z 0

                The Rotary Four Way Test

                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.

                The Rotary Four Way Test Lee Willis 2013-02-10 07:00:00Z 0

                Rotary Monthly Themes

                • 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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