Announcements/Business
 
  • On November 7, at 6:00 p.m., the next meeting of the board of directors will be at Janine’s house.
  • On November 9, at 8:00 a.m., the Evergreen Rotary Club will be packing soldier boxes at The Wild Game in Bergen Park.
  • On November 10, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Red Rocks Community College, the District will host foundation and membership workshops. The club will pay the registration fee. If you want to go, please register online and ask for reimbursement.
  • On November 14, at 5:30 p.m, the club will hold its evening meeting. Our meeting will be followed by the Conifer Town Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. at West Jefferson Middle School. Club members who attend the evening meeting have done a great job representing us at the Conifer Town Hall and they would love to be joined by some of those who attend the morning meetings.
  • On November 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the club will have its next social, which is an evening at Stage Door Theater. We will see a dress rehearsal of White Christmas.  There is a suggested donation of $10.
  • On December 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Conifer High School Interact club will show a Warren Miller film. They are working on getting a sponsor and hoping that JJ Madwell’s will provide catering. The money the club raises will go to Starfish to help young girls in Guatemala get an education.
  • On January 8, 2018 (this is a new date), from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the District will host the State of the State luncheon at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. The focus will be on mental health and wellness. Molly Bloom, the keynote speaker, will discuss her own struggles with mental health and substance abuse. This event sold out last year so, if you want to attend, you should register early.
  • On January 25, District 5450 will host the RI President’s Dinner and Polio Fundraiser at the Denver Marriott South. RI President Barry Rassin will be the guest of honor. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and costs $75.00. You can stay the night at the hotel for $99.00 per room.
  • On March 16, we will have our annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at St. Laurence Episcopal Church. Tom Becker will be cooking. We need to update the tickets and flyers and get them printed before the first of the year. We also need help with silent auction donations. More details to follow.
  • Suzanne attended the Interact Conference on November 3 with a group of our Interact students. We currently have Interact Clubs at West Jefferson and Fitzsimmons Middle Schools and at Conifer High School. This Thursday will be the first meeting of the newly formed Interact Club at Platte Canyon High School. The Interact Club at Fitzsimmons Middle School received one of only two Presidential citations for overall club performance, awarded by the District. Mark Rehm has graciously agreed to sponsor Interact t-shirts again.
  • We recently had a great Day of the Dead party at Dean and Leonor’s house. Janine thanked them for hosting and told them we are all eagerly awaiting the next event there so we can celebrate the progress of their kitchen renovation.
  • While hiking in the Pike National Forest recently, Mark saw Bruce Ward. Bruce asked Mark to say to say ‘hi’ to everyone in the club.
  • Ed noticed that Conifer High School was rated #3 in the country by the Washington Post. Wes got a round of applause.
  • In a recent edition of the Canyon Courier, the newspaper ran a story about the 285 Backpack program and Mountain Backpacks  (the Evergreen Rotary backpack program).
  • The Conifer High School Interact Club is in a competition charity drive and is collecting canned food Items for MRC. If you would like to donate, please bring your donation to our next meeting.
  • Our next morning meeting is on November 20. We will award more grants to additional recipients, and bring canned goods for Conifer High School Interact!
 
 
 
Program:
Conifer Rotary Foundation Grant Recipients, Part 1
 
 
Today three of our 2018 Rotary Conifer Foundation grant recipients joined us to receive their grant awards.  They told us about their organizations and how they will use their grants.
 
 
Friends of Staunton State Park - Jeanie Boymel and Wayne Parkinson - $2,000
 
Jeanie told us the Friends of Staunton State Park provides financial support for promoting, preserving, and protecting the park. Our Rotary Conifer grant will be used in their track chair program. The program was conceived in August 2015 when Mark Madsen, a disabled person who enjoyed the outdoors tremendously, passed away. The Madsen family started the effort in 2016 by seeding a donation fund to purchase track chairs for the park. The effort produced the park’s first track chair in May 2017 and it was immediately successful. It was used on 150 hikes during the first year of the program. The Friends have since purchased two additional track chairs and have hired a track chair program manager during the hiking season to schedule hikes and recruit volunteers. The program has matured to include other necessities including backpacks, ponchos, and safety radios, and they now have a garage for the chairs. The track chair volunteers have joy sticks with which they can control the chairs for those occupants who cannot control the chairs themselves. Our club helped fund the purchase of the joysticks. The Friends have purchased gift cards to give to the top 8 track chair volunteers, one of whom has taken 30 hikes. This concept is gathering interest nationally, with state parks in Kansas, Michigan, and Oregon having adopted their own track chair program or inquired about doing so.
 
Our grant this year will be used to purchase ‘car seats’ to secure children and small adults safely in the track chairs. The chairs are one size fits all, and that doesn’t work for small people. Up to now, they have resorted to using pillows and foam material to secure small riders in the chairs.
 
In addition to telling us about the track chair program, Jeanie told us about other projects in which the Friends have been involved: the visitor’s center will open in January, complete with a stuffed mountain lion; there is rescue equipment in the park, including AEDs; and visitors to the park have participated in fun recreational and educational activities, including archery and fishing. Attendance at the Hike or Treat has tripled since its first year; weeding and preservation efforts are ongoing; and Eagle Scouts are constructing projects in the park with the help of the Friends. Jeanie encouraged all of us to join the Friends of Staunton State Park.
 
 
Stagedoor Theater - Kirsten Logan and Dean Arniotes - $1500
 
The Stage Door Theater mission is to make theater accessible for people of all ages and abilities, to develop skills and confidence, and to be creative in different ways. Stage Door wants the skills it teaches to last a lifetime.
 
The Stage Door youth program is large and growing, it includes children of all ages and abilities.  They are supported by a team of dedicated directors, choreographers, and parent volunteers (the parents help with costumes, props, etc.).
 
Kirsten has been with Stage Door for a year. She is proud to point out the unique strength of its program, that the children are all taught to support each other which she has not seen in other theater programs. For example, when each child auditions, the whole room erupts in applause. They all learn feel and act like they are a family.
 
The Stage Door program teaches children to be self-reliant and successful. It also teaches them teamwork. It encourages the children to develop lasting friendships and includes an incredible group of older kids who work with the younger ones.
 
This year Stage Door is performing a variety of programs to give the children the opportunity to learn different skills. It is currently rehearsing White Christmas, which teaches tap dancing and classical Broadway singing. In the spring, it will perform Rent, , which is a rock and roll program.
 
Stage Door will use the grant funds for student scholarships.
 
 
Platte Canyon School District - Sarah Bowman - $1,800
 
Sarah told us about the greenhouse that will be built at Deer Creek Elementary School. The project will have two phases: the first is a 26 foot geodesic dome greenhouse, and the second will be 6 raised garden beds with fencing to keep out the wildlife. It will be behind the school and accessible to everyone, including children in preschool. The excavation for the dome was done in July and it should be complete by next August.
 
The children are excited about the project, with plans to make scarecrows and garden pet rocks. The Boys and Girls Club is involved, and the school is contacting 4H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts for help over the summer with weeding and watering. Jane Baumann, a retired engineer who works at MRC, does high altitude gardening and will help everyone, even those with a black thumb, to have green thumbs.
 
Fundraising started with $1,650 and is up to $16,500.
 
 
 
Guests: Ken Troxler (a former member of the club), Leonor McCall, Gail Sharp (Evergreen Rotary, picking up soldier box donations), Jeanie Boymel and Wayne Parkinson (Staunton State Park), Kirsten Logan and Dean Arniotes (Stagedoor Theater), and Sarah Bowman (Deer Creek Elementary School).
 
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting November 6, 2018 Marlis McAllister 2018-11-06 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Conifer Evening Meeting
     
    Announcements/Business
     
    • Angela discussed upcoming ads in the Canyon Courier.  Janine will contact the newspaper regarding the fees.  Janine noted that the check presentation pictured in a recent addition of the Canyon Emergency Room was last years and that the donation was about $10,000 more than that which was pictured on the check in the paper.
    • Janine spoke about Carol Carper’s (Evergreen Rotary) upcoming trip to Kenya, contact her if interested.
    • There will be a program presented by Jefferson County on water use in the conifer area.  It will be on 11/3/18 at West Jeff Middle School from 0800-1200.
    • Janine brought us up to date on the condition of Charlotte’s son.  While he was working on the Habitat for Humanity house, he fell off the roof and sustained multiple significant injuries.  He is in the Trauma Care Unit at Swedish Medical Center.  Charlotte has been with him extensively during his recovery period.
    • Today is World Polio Day
    • Janine: Reported on the District Governor’s visit to the morning meeting.
    • Angela talked about the Soldiers’ Box sponsored by Gail Shepard of the Evergreen Rotary Club and TallGrass.  She had worked on getting letters written to the veterans to enclose in the boxes sent.  The letters were written by students and were very touching.
    The boxes will go out on November 9.   $17 for each box.  The most important items are the simplest: shampoo, deodorant, soap and women’s hygiene supplies.  The soldiers in Forward Operating Bases especially need these supplies.
    • The Town Hall meeting on November14th, is the same day as our evening group meeting.  Angela indicated that we needed to be there by 1830.  Christy will be at the church at 1700 to assemble backpacks.  Given the constraints on our times, it may be best that we meet at West Jeff Middle School at 1830 and discuss any issues pertinent to our group at that time.
    • Janine   presented a Most Inspirational Member certificate to Angela; all of her good work, always done with a smile and a New Jersey accent.
    • Charles Harrison has been diligently working on membership criteria.  He recently sent an email outlining his proposal for analyzing our current membership and process for obtaining new members.
    • Some dates to remember, more information is available on our club website under Upcoming Events (we have a website!) https://rotaryconifer.org.
      • 11/7/18 at 1800, Board of Directors Meeting at Janine’s home
      • 12/1/18  Rotary Learning Institute, at Red Rocks Community College 0830-1530
      • 12/13/18  State of The State luncheon.  Governor will give opening remarks and Molly Bloom will be the keynote speaker
      • 1/25/19  Rotary International President’s Dinner and Polio Fundraiser
      • 4/27/19  District Conference from 0900-2100
    • Next meeting 11/14/18.  Will start at the Saint Laurence at 1700 for backpack assembling and then move to the Town Hall meeting at 1830.
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting October 24, 2018 Hugh Macaulay 2018-10-24 06:00:00Z 0
    Program: Sandy Mortensen
    District Governor
     
    Before she could begin her presentation, Sandy discovered she has a few things in common with Conifer Rotarians. Like Sandy, Angela Bassano is from New Jersey. They were each familiar with the other’s home towns. And, like Sandy, Ed Steinbrecher attended the University of Wisconsin and is a Wisconsin Badger.
     
    Sandy’s theme this year is “Connections,” which she characterized as complementary of the Rotary International theme, which is “Be the Inspiration,” because you cannot be an inspiration if you are not connected.
     
    In addition to her commitment to Rotary and our District, Sandy took some extra time to promote some important upcoming events:
    • This year’s State of the State luncheon will be on December 13th.  The Governor will give the opening remarks and Molly Bloom will be the keynote speaker. Once again, mental health is the theme.
    • The Rotary Learning Institute will happen on December 1 at Red Rocks Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Institute is a great way to learn more about Rotary and to meet other Rotarians. There will be three different sessions.
    • The RI President’s Dinner and Polio Fundraiser will happen on Jan. 25. It will be a fascinating event at which lots of Rotarians will be present. The RI President chooses visit our District for because we are in Sandy’s words an “amazing” District.  We have received a Zone award for net membership growth. We have also received an award for contributions to The Rotary Foundation and to Polio Plus.
    • The District Conference will take place on April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Arvada Center. It will include a happy hour the night before and Rotarians will be able to attend whatever play is being staged at the time.
     
    Sandy revised the District newsletter to make it more appealing and she would appreciate our reading it. It used to be 14 or so pages long and she has made it much shorter by incorporating links instead of full stories about club events. She wants clubs to use the newsletter to connect with other clubs. We can send any information we want included in the newsletter to Beverly Mendell. Sandy has also changed the DG’s Monthly Message from a letter to a short video.
     
    Greg Podd from Evergreen (past RI Vice President for Zones 21 and 27) asked Sandy to tell us about the new Rotary pin. Instead of just the Rotary wheel, the pin is rectangular in shape and incorporates both the word “Rotary” and a depiction of the wheel. The purpose of the new pin is to pique the interest of others in Rotary, and initial feedback indicates that it is working.
     
    Sandy pointed out that she was wearing Red Converse high tops that feature the “End Polio Now” logo. We are down from 22 cases worldwide to only 13.  Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries remaining with individuals suffering from the disease. Nigeria has been polio-free for 3 years. The shoes are a fundraiser. You can acquire your own pair at the Stomp out Polio website: http://rotary5400.org/page/stomp-out-polio/ The shoes cost $50 and the proceeds benefit Polio Plus.
     
    Sandy explained that she put her hat in the ring for DG because she is proud of what Rotarians do and particularly that we are all volunteers. Rotary has a structure and sticks to it, including a leadership plan common to all clubs. All of the leaders are providing service. Every single Rotarian is willing to take on a job and serve Rotary. Most Rotarians she meets are proud to be Rotarians.
     
    Sandy joined Rotary because someone invited her, but it took 2 years and multiple invitations to join. After she joined, one of the other members in her club told her he was looking for 10-12 people to go to Costa Rica to build a school. A trip to Costa Rica was not on her bucket list, but she went anyway. The Rotarians stayed in accommodations that were not glamorous but were adequate. They had a 2-hour commute to the school site, including a ride in a boat. When they first arrived, the Rotarians could see the locals watching them from the trees. One day, one of them walked out of the forest to ask who was going to build the school. The translator told him what everyone did for a living. Because no one was a builder, the local asked again who was going to build the school. Slowly, but surely, all of the locals emerged to help with the build. The Rotarians took breaks and played Frisbee and softball with the locals. Then the kids started showing up. Finally, the women started cooking lunch for everyone. After lunch, the women said they wanted to thank the Rotarians because they were changing the lives of the local children forever. The government had agreed to send a teacher if they had a school. After her trip to Costa Rica, Sandy felt as if she was no longer just a member of a club, but was a Rotarian. Since then, she’s been to many other projects around the world.
     
    Sandy stays in Rotary because of the opportunities it offers to develop leadership skills that translate to many aspects of her life and the connections she makes, including those with fellow Rotarians and speakers. She thanked us for being connected to each other, to the community, and to the world. She encouraged us to share our stories about why we stay in Rotary and then talk about all the projects we do.
     
    When she was in New York, Sandy read words on a banner that she believes apply to Rotarians and she shared them with us:
     
                We Rotarians . . .      We activate
                                                    We persevere
                                                    We partner
                                                    We plan
                                                    We organize
                                                    We mobilize
                                                    We teach
                                                    We communicate
                                                    We coordinate
                                                    We listen
                                                    We guide
                                                    We strategize
                                                    We mentor
                                                    We elevate
                                                    We shine
                                                    We dignify
                                                    We voice
                                                    We enable
                                                    We rally
                                                    We resolve
                                                    We educate
                                                    We lead
                                                    We unite
                                                    We connect
                                                    We inspire
     
    In our District, we have almost 3,000 members and we have 61 clubs!
     
     
    Guests: Curt Harris (Evergreen Rotary), incoming District Governor.
     
     
    Announcements/Business
     
    • Janine presented Ed Steinbrecher with a certificate for being an inspirational member for all of the work he has done and still does scheduling interesting programs for the club.
    • On October 13, Conifer Rotarians President Janine Payton (along with her husband Don), Pat Hagan, Charles Harrison, Marlis McAllister (along with her husband Steve), Dean McCall, and Charlotte Wytias (along with her son Andrew) participated in a Habitat for Humanity build in south Evergreen. Sadly, Andrew was hurt when he slid off the roof. He will be in the hospital for a couple of weeks, but should recover fully from all of his injuries. Other than the accident, it was a wonderful event, with great weather and lots of Rotary camaraderie. For those who would like to volunteer but were not available on October 13, Marlis will send out a link to a web page where people can sign up to volunteer on an individual basis.
    • On October 27, we will have a Halloween social at Dean and Lenore’s home. It will be a pot luck and will happen in the evening.
    • On November 3, there is a water education seminar from 8 a.m. to noon at West Jeff Middle School.
    • Also on November 3, there is an Interact conference at 8:30 a.m. at Valley High School in Gilchrist. We already have 10 students signed up to go.
    • On November 6 and 20, Conifer Rotary Foundation grant recipients will present to the club about the projects we are funding. The recipients include Deer Creek Elementary, Staunton State Park, Stage Door Theater, and others.
    • On November 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Red Rocks Community College, the District will host Rotary Foundation and Membership workshops. You can sign up on-line and the club will cover the cost.
    • On November 29, we will have another club social by attending the dress rehearsal of White Christmas at Stage Door Theater for a suggested donation of $10, which will benefit Stage Door Theater.
    • On December 13, District 5450 will host the State of the State luncheon at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The focus will be on mental health and wellness. Molly Bloom, the keynote speaker, will discuss her own struggles with mental health and substance abuse. This event sold out last year so, if you want to attend, you should register early.
    • On January 25, District 5450 will host the RI President’s Dinner and Polio Fundraiser at the Denver Marriott South. RI President Barry Rassin will be the guest of honor. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and costs $75.00. You can stay the night at the hotel for $99.00 per room.
    • On March 16, we will have our annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the Episcopal Church. Tom Becker will be cooking. More details to follow.
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting October 16, 2018 Marlis McAllister 2018-10-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Barry Schwartz
    The Middle East
     
    Our own Barry Schwartz told the story of his trip to the Middle East.  He described it as the crossroads of the world, and the most dangerous region of the world.
     
    Barry and his wife made an Adventure Travel trip, which took them to three countries, Jordan Egypt and Israel.  It is the only company doing this trip after the Arab Spring.  Our State Department requires that US citizens be protected, which meant having armed guards in all places they traveled.
     
    Their route followed that of Moses to the Red Sea in Jordan and Israel.  They visited several sites in Egypt as well.  The area of Mesopotamia was the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of civilization:  scientific, literary, religious, and engineering.  Now this area is barren of all of these, however it was the center of civilization for over 3000 years.  Barry shared a time-line video that showed the change of cultures that governed the region.  They got to visit homes to learn about the lives of those who live there.  The photos he shared highlighted the landscapes and cities in the three countries.  Barry included many history lessons in the presentation.  Thanks, Barry!!!  Great program.
     
     
    Guests:  Carol Carper (Evergreen Rotary), Santiago (Montessori School)
     
     
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • 7 pm Wednesday is Conifer Council at West Jefferson Middle School
    • Saturday September 29 is the Taste of Italy, a benefit for the Mountain Peace Shelter
    • Homecoming at Conifer High School is Saturday Sept 29.  They need chaperones.
    • Last Wednesday the RYLA and Young RYLA students presented their experiences from this summer’s camps.  They were very grateful to Rotary for the experience.  The Conifer High School Interact students presented a check for $350 for Polio eradication.   
    • Last Saturday, our Club painted three bathrooms and cleaned up the grounds of the Mountain Peace Shelter. 
    • Janine and Finn attended the District Club training event on Saturday.  She will be participating in the District Public Relations committee—with a little help from her son.
    • Our next social event will be October 6:  a Hay Ride at Hugh Macaulay’s ranch.
    • October 16, the District Governor will attend our breakfast meeting to present the District’s Vision.
    • See the current issue of the Rotarian.  It features an article about our former member Bruce Ward as he starts a new conservation organization!
    • The Platte Canyon HS has a staff person volunteering to sponsor their new Interact Club.
     
    Happy Dollars!
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting September 18, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:
    Education in the age of technology: The West Jefferson Elementary Approach
    Wendy Woodland
     
    Our own Wendy Woodland talked to us today about literacy education in her school.  How do we define Literacy? It has changed since our Rotarians were in school.  Literacy evaluation used to be focused on “fact/recall”.  The Common Core program moved away from basic fact/recall questions.  Now students have to read several sources and draw conclusions from evidence they read about.  Students have to write about their understandings that led to conclusions.
     
    Literacy skills are necessary to compete in the global marketplace:  critical thinking (not regurgitation), communication, collaboration, understanding, and analyzing.  Students must learn how to evaluate, determine what is factual and valid.  Teachers evaluate the students’ processes for finding and evaluating  the materials they read.  They are encouraged by questions from the teacher to test their own thinking processes.  Some of the elementary classes are reading Esperanza Rising and the UN Declaration of Human Rights:  they are recognizing and evaluating abuses in the story with regard to the Declaration.
     
    To evaluate literacy, there are benchmarks at each level of education starting in kindergarten.  All the reading/evaluation is done on computer now.  So the children have to learn computer skills to participate.  Common assessments nationwide came about when Governors met to create basic success in learning, so that children across the country have common skills and knowledge.   Evaluation is performance based and includes students evaluating one another’s work as well in addition to teachers.  These processes encourage communication between students.  The students also are learning respect for different perspectives.  
     
    Reading at home, even if it is an adult reading to the child, significantly helps their ability to read.  Let the children read what they want to read to encourage their reading skills.  West Jefferson Elementary invites Rotarians to read in the school.
     
    Announcements/Business
     
    • The Peach Sale brought media attention in the 285 Hustler and the Canyon Courier
    • The Rotary Peak hike with the exchange students will be this Sunday at 8:30 am.  Meet at the top of Loveland Pass for this 1.5 mile hike.  Car pool, because parking is limited.
    • The Membership Committee will meet Wednesday at 5:30 at Charles’ home.  Anyone interested in membership issues and plans, please come.
    • Marlis sent an invitation to the Club to participate in the building of a Habitat of Humanity home in S. Evergreen. Please contact her if you can help.
    • The District Club Training will occur Saturday, Sept 15. Register on the District website. Tuition can be paid by the Club.
    • Saturday, Sept 15 the Club will do a work project at the Peace Shelter.  There will be a BBQ at 5pm at Suzanne’s for all Club members.  More details will be sent via email.
    • The RYLA and Young RYLA students will present their experiences at Conifer High School at 6pm.  Pizza will be provided.  This will be in conjunction with the folks from the evening Rotary group. The evening group will be preparing Back Pack food at St. Laurence Church at 5pm prior to the RYLA presentation.
    • Finn is now the Area 8 Assistant Governor.  Congratulations!  
    • The tail-gate social event last Friday was a great success and Conifer HS won the football game.
    • Janine's Board will meet the first Wednesday evening each month. The next meeting will be October 3, 6pm at Janine’s home.
     
    Guests:  From West Jefferson Elementary School:
    Holly Wagner, Librarian and digital Teacher and Justine Creel, Instructional Coach
     
    Jesse and Marlis won the drawing--- a package of cookies
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting September 4, 2018  Charlotte Wytias 2018-09-04 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Platte Canyon School District 
    Mike Schmidt, Interim Superintendent, High School Principal and Football Coach
     
    Mike Schmidt joined us to talk about our local Platte Canyon school district, an important part of our local Rotary community focus.  Mike started his career as a math teacher and coach 20 years ago.  He has been a principal for 12 years.  When the previous superintendent left last year, he applied for and was selected to be the interim superintendent to provide some continuity.  He is enjoying outreaching to the other schools in the District.
     
    He sees the District as a service organization and he to strengthen the cultural to focus on the students.  They have 150 staff members, all of whom he knows and he sees his role as supporting staff in the endeavor.  The first Platte Canyon football game will be this Thursday!  He loves directly working with the players.
     
    Because of its size, the school district can provide individually focused education for the students.  He knows the importance of helping students understand the importance of what the curriculum offers---and making the curriculum relevant to the interests and talents of the students. 
     
    Teacher shortage is an issue for his school district; qualifications of teachers; and salaries for teachers.  Mike recognizes the need to create an environment that attracts good teachers.
     
     
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • The peach sale was very successful:  $8000+ Thanks all for the teamwork. Thanks to Angela for her dedication to this fund-raiser!
    • The Back Pack Project started last week!  Last Wednesday, the evening group got the food ready for the back pack, which they will do prior to their meetings starting in September.
    • The Club Board meeting will be tomorrow evening at Janine’s at 6:00pm.  All Rotarians are welcome.
    • Tom Becker reports that we are having a “tail-gater” at the Well at Bradford Junction for happy hour at 5:30pm this Friday.   We will then go to Conifer High School for the football game against Woodland Park at 7 pm. 
    • The Community Service Committee met last week before the evening group meeting.  Projects they are considering:
      • Nancy Woodson—removing plastic straws in our local restaurants
      • Marlis McAllister—Habitat for Humanity home building in S. Evergreen and trail maintenance
      • Support the recycle project sponsored by Evergreen Rotary, Saturday, September 22
      • Charlotte will send a report and a request from members to provide input on projects you would like to engage in.  
     
    • Wednesday, September 12, the RYLA kids will be presenting about their experiences at Conifer High School.  There will be refreshments.
    • Saturday, September 15, 7:30 am, The District 5450 orientation/education training will be held at Front Range Community College.
    • Saturday, September 15, Rotary will  have a workday at the Mountain Peace Shelter in Bailey.  More details to come.  There will be a BBQ at Suzanne’s after the event for all Rotarians.
    • Saturday, September 29, PeaceWorks is holding Taste of Italy at Glen Isle in Bailey. Tickets are available on line…mountainpeace.org.  Angela is collecting items for the silent auction.  
     
    • The Mountain Area Garden and Home Show Committee presented a check for our share of the proceeds: $16,250!!!
     
    50/50:  Happy Dollars
     
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting August 28, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-08-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Club Assembly
     
    Announcements/Business:
    • September 15: The Club will do a work day at The Mountain Peace Shelter.  More information to come.  There will be a BBQ at Suzanne’s after.
    • This Friday is pick up peaches day.  If you are volunteering, wear the Rotary t-shirt
    • Back Pack starts this week.  The evening group will help set up the food for this week.
    • Friday August 31 will be this month’s social event.  We will gather at the Well at Bradford Junction for happy hour, then a tail-gate party at Conifer High School by 7:30 to see the football game against Woodland Park.  Come at 5:30pm to the Well.
    • There is a District 5450 Club information training program, Sept 15.  There are a number of breakout sessions that will teach about many aspects of Rotary.  It will be held at Front Range Community College.  The price is $25 and includes breakfast.  The Club will assist with tuition—speak to Janine.  For more information and to sign up, go to the District website by clicking HERE.
    • President Janine recognized Jesse McKean for his dedication to the opening process for our meetings.  She is inviting other members to take turns helping.  Please sign up!
     
     
    Marble Raffle:  Bill McLaughlin
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting August 21, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-08-21 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Kenya in the Eyes of the Conifer Interact Club
     
    The students from the Conifer Interact Club joined Carol Carper at the Sasa Harambe project in Kenya where she has devoted herself to improve the lives of the local people.  Their activities during their visit included:
     
    • To fund and build a playground for children with handicaps, prepared the playground area area and built it.  Students from the St. Anthony Uluthe secondary school students worked on this project with our Interact visitors.  
    • To repair “chair tricycles” for handicapped children to give them mobility.
    • They helped paint the equipment at the “small home”.—a home for children with disabilities where they can attend school so that their parents didn’t have to worry about them.
    • They worked with mentors at the secondary school, St. Anthony Uluthe, where they spent time with the students and attended some classes.
    • They played soccer with the students….our kids were not as good but the Kenyan children let them win anyway.  A fun note: the soccer field was “mowed” by a resident cow.
    • They had a field trip with the Uluthe students to Lake Victoria—a first for the Kenyan students, who do not get trips away from their home school.
    • They visited a Sasa Harambe farm where sustainable agriculture is used to teach other farmers successful farming techniques.  They saw the process the farmers are using to grow and cultivate hay for sale for cattle feed.  The farmers are taught to plant grass around cornfields to prevent insects from getting to the corn.
    • They visited a baby home, where they cared for and played with orphan infants and small children.
    • They visited a dispensary/clinic where they observed and helped with the various types of care.  In that area of Kenya, one in four adults is infected with HIV, although malaria is the major killer.
    • They also got to out into the community to test people for malaria. Medication is not easily obtained due to government corruption and misappropriation.
    Some interesting observations:
    • Nearly everyone speaks three languages:  their native language, English and Swahili.
    • The Kenyan students were very interested and committed to their education.  They all wear uniforms, which are expensive for families.  Education is compulsory up to eighth grade.
    • Secondary students represent only 6% of the total student population, because secondary education is very expensive.  Families engaged in the Sasa Harambe farming do have enough money to send their children to school.   
     
     
    Guests: Carol Carper, Evergreen Rotary
     
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • The peach orders are complete!  The Sign Up Genius will be up soon for the distribution of the purchased peaches on Friday August 24th.
    • The Club will try a new meeting schedule September through November.  Morning meetings will be on the first and third Tuesdays, 7am, at the Mountain Resource Center.  Evening meetings will continue on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings, 5:30 pm at St. Laurence Episcopal Church.
    • September 15th is a busy day!!!  The District training workshop will be in Denver; speak to Janine if you can attend this event that is required for Clubs to get District grants. Also, the Club will have a workday at the Mountain Peace Shelter in Bailey.
     
    • Lee received a Most Inspirational Member Award for his work on the Club website.  Thanks, LEE!!!!
     
    • The Back Pack Project starts next week!  The first load of food from Food Bank of the Rockies comes via semi truck to Pine Junction next Thursday at 10 a.m.  Thanks to Marlis and Dean for volunteering to transport to the pantry at St. Laurence Church. Volunteers will be preparing the bags of food for the kids next Thursday afternoon at Deer Creek Elementary (2:30 pm) and Elk Creek Elementary (2:00 pm).  
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting August 14, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-08-14 06:00:00Z 0
    Program: Lee Willis
    Airline Travel:  What you don’t know….
     
    Our own Lee Willis provided us with a behind the scenes view of the intricate rules and procedures that make airline travel safe.
     
    Lee described airline safety as a system with three very important parts:
    1. Systems and Rules—FAA; European Aviation Safety Agency; International Civil Aviation Organization.
    These are organizations that are critical to airline safety.  They provide structure for airline management and safe navigation;  Rules and procedures are developed from lessons learned.
    1. All airline personnel receive extensive training regardless where they are in the system: aircraft maintenance, operations/command center, airport personnel, flight crew.
    2. Aircraft:  engineering design, manufacturing processes, inspections, testing.
     
    1. Pilot pre-flight preparation:  check weather and airport conditions; check for special procedures; logbook discrepancies, maintenance inspections and procedures and all back-up systems; preflight inspection of the aircraft exterior, cockpit and aircraft interior inspected by flight attendants.
    2. Airport and weather conditions: hazardous weather, icing; airport congestion, construction; departure and enroute changes and required fuel for those changes
    3. Procedures include flows and scripted callouts; below 10,000 feet, there is only essential talk
    4. Passenger issues:  drunk passengers are removed from the plane; inflight medical issues; out of control passengers
    Bottom line: Air travel is far safer than auto travel.  The US Census Bureau data shows that a person's chances of dying in an auto accident is 1 in 102, while the chances of dying in an aircraft accident are 1 in 205,552!
     
    Guests: Carol Carper, Evergreen Rotary
     
    Announcements/Business:
    • We are starting a marble drawing fund-raiser.  If you travel, bring a small gift for a drawing. First, if you haven’t already, be sure to purchase marble draw tickets, 1 for a dollar or 3 for $2.  When members travel they bring back a small item for the drawing- if your number is drawn you can choose the sure thing item or choose to try to get the white marble that is in this cup among 50 blue marbles.  If the white marble is drawn you win the 50/50 pot- if not that blue marble is removed and the pot is added to next week.  
    • Rotary Peak had trail maintenance on August 4. Rotary Peak Opportunities- hiking with the inbound exchange students on Sunday Sept. 9th.They would also love to have Rotarians volunteer as trail stewards particularly on weekend mornings. If you are interested contact Rick Clark - rick@littletonrotary.org or 303.880.6447  or Jim Brook - Jimbrook22@gmail.com or 970.409.8995
    • Peach orders are due by August 13;  Sign up Genius for staffing the sale will be up soon.  We will work 9-6 in two hour increments.
    • Next Monday, the District will provide a webinar on Club Training.If you are interested in learning about what it takes to get us money from the district grant process there is a webinar scheduled for August 13th from 5-7pm. You can do it right from your own home or office- no need to drive down the hill and it is free.  We will need one member to either attend this webinar or the training at Red Rocks College in January. 
    • Back Pack Project starts August 23!  There are a number of ways that Rotarians can help.  We organize each week's food on Tuesday mornings following this meeting and will have some members of the evening group do that on the weeks we don’t meet. On Thursday afternoons we take the food from the pantry to both Elk Creek and Deer Creek Elementary schools and pack the bags. We can also use help when we get deliveries from the food bank- usually on the 4th Thursday of the month in the morning, a good size vehicle is a plus for this. Please talk to Charlotte if you want to be included in this very rewarding activity.
    • The plans for starting the 2018-19 Rotary Coupon Book planning starts this evening at 5:30 at Wes’ home.
    • In September we will begin a three month trial of a new meeting schedule.  We will hold morning meetings on the first and third Tuesday mornings at MRC at 7 a.m. and evening meetings will continue on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings at St. Laurence Church at 5:30pm.
    • The Roll and Read/Imagination Library event August 4 was successful.
    • Our Club was recognized in the Canyon Courier for our tree-planting near Deckers and by Mt. Evans Home Care and Hospice for our donation to them.
    Rotary Club of Conifer meeting August 7, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-08-07 06:00:00Z 0
     
    The Club will NOT meet next Tuesday
    We will gather at Staunton State Park Sunday July 29 10am-2pm
     
    Program:  Marci Radin
    A Traveler’s Perspective on India
     
    Marci Radin joined us to talk about her volunteer experiences with the Shadhika charity in India.  Several years ago she was introduced to Shadhika  by a physician colleague whose parents started this organization to support education and empowerment for girls in India, www.shadhika.org.  They invite donors to visit India to observe the program's successes.  Marci was so inspired by her visit to India that she returned, again and again.
     
    Her second trip was as volunteer teaching English as a second language and basic computer skills.  She even retired from her job to make additional three-month journeys to volunteer as a teacher.  
     
    There are over three million NGOs in India that provide services that the government lacks.  She is connected to two organizations in Kolkata, India that support education and employment preparation: Shadhika  and Uddami (http://uddami.org) is an organization that provides education, English, computers and work skills and job readiness.  The school is available to poor students, for no charge. 
     
    Marci shared photos and stories about the programs and the people who are part of her life in Kolkata. She plans to return again in December for three months.  
     
     
    Guests: Mindy and Jenna Audlin from Evergreen Rotary; Joan Phillips, friend of Marci Radin
     
     
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • Next week President Janine will start a new 50/50 process.  Watch for specifics!
    • A Rotary Peak hike with Exchange Students will be August 4.
    • The Hiwan Homestead and MRC will do a literacy program in Evergreen: August 4. Contact Janine if you would like to volunteer.
    • Order peaches by August 13th.  Click the peach right here  to order online directly or you can order from our website.  Pick up your peaches Friday August 24th in front of Luna's Mandala in Aspen Park Center, 25797 Conifer Rd., Conifer.  PRINT A COPY OF YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT AND BRING IT WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR ORDER!  Watch for the Sign up Genius to help with distribution.
    • This Sunday from 10-2 the Club will have a family social event at Staunton State Park; it includes a guided historical hike of the property.  We will meet at Davis Ponds; watch for the sign after you pass the entrance station.  Bring you own beverage and a dish to share.  
    • August 1st, 5:30-8pm we will meet at Mad Jack’s to kick off the 285 Back Pack fund-raising.
    • We need a Club member to participate in a webinar in order for us to qualify for District grants.  The webinar will be 5:30-7:30—and can be done from home.  There will also be a training this winter at Red Rocks Community College.
    • In September, we will start a trial change of meeting schedule; information is on the front page of our website.
    • Ed thanked members who helped with SummerFest in Evergreen last weekend; the event supports Evergreen Center for the Arts.
     
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, July 24, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-07-24 06:00:00Z 0
    Program: Bigfoot in America
    Jim Myers
     
    The Country store in Bailey, which was built in 1878, now houses the Sasquatch Outpost and Museum. Jim and his wife Daphne created the Outpost from the Bailey Country store.
     
    The Sasquatch Outpost idea started shortly after they purchased the store, a long time member of the Bailey community had seen a Bigfoot in the Bailey area while out walking. She shared her experience with Jim.  Then the television program, Finding Bigfoot, came to Bailey after this Bailey sighting.  Over 100 people came to the event, so Jim knew there was a interest in Bigfoot and he and Daphne decided to create their Sasquatch Outpost and Museum.  Public interest has been impressive, over 10,000 people have visited since they opened the museum three years ago. The museum expanded two months ago to about double the size.  It includes a map with pins marking Bigfoot sightings of museum visitors. 
     
    There have been sightings in every State and Canada, in the last 50 years there have been as many as 30,00 sightings.  Physical evidence of Bigfoot existence includes:
    1. Footprints (there was a 20 inch print on the Tanglewood trail; near Bailey Lodge—the prints were 7-8 foot stride)
    2. Manipulation of the environment (tree upside down and rammed into the ground and tipped into the crook of another tree, snapped aspen trees left hanging)
    3. Habituation activity—gifting sites (setting up a site with items, leaving it and returning to notice changes to the site)
    4. Sightings (Patterson-Gimlin Film 1967, Bluff Creek, CA)
     
     
    Guests: Jim and Daphne Myers
     
     
    Business/ Announcements:
     
    • Peaches arriving soon, order by August 13th.  Click the peach right here  to order online directly or you can order from our website.  Pick up your peaches Friday August 24th in front of Luna's Mandala in Aspen Park Center, 25797 Conifer Rd., Conifer.  PRINT A COPY OF YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT AND BRING IT WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR ORDER!
    • Rotary Peak activities:  Aug 4 is trail maintenance; Sept 9, Youth Exchange will take their national flags to the peak.
    • Imagination Library: Area 8 Project:  It is the opportunity to sign up for parents to get a book for their children every month until they are 5 years old.  The Dam Duck Derby literacy event August 4 hosted by MRC and Hiwan Museum will have a Rotary booth to support Imagination Library.
    • Grants Training from our District, Sept 15.  We need one member to attend to make us eligible for Matching Grants.
    • Conifer Rotary Social event: July 29, the social committee has scheduled a nature walk and picinic.  We will meet at the Davis Ponds, Staunton State Park picnic area, 
    • 10am-2pm.  We need food for the picnic; sign up.  We will have large sub-sandwiches.  It is family event!
    • Come to Mad Jack’s Brewery August 1,  5:30-7:30.  Scooter’s BBQ will have food for purchase.  The brewery will be giving a portion of beer sales during the month of August to the 285 Back Pack Project!
    • Our Rotary Interactors will do their presentation about their Kenya trip August 14.  
    • Board of Directors’ Meeting: report
      • The Board meeting was last night.  In order to create a balanced budget, we are changing our meeting schedule.  Starting in September the morning meetings will be held on the 1st  and 3rd Tuesday mornings of the month; and the evening group will continue to meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings.  Morning dues will remain the same and the evening group will have an increase in dues.
      • The Board meetings will be set on days that will not be just before the morning meeting!
    • The Club needs a new person to assist the Sgt of Arms team, to help set up the meeting, greet folks, do happy dollars/do the raffle; clean up and put away.  Please let Janine or Mark know if you can help!
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting July 17, 2017 Charlotte Wytias 2018-07-17 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Plastics Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability Project
    Chris Pfaff and Ginny Ades
     
    We enjoyed a very informative presentation by Chris Pfaff and Ginny Ades about the efforts of the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability EAS+Y.  They told us about the proliferation of plastic waste because it such common product in life and it decomposes very slowly.  Curbside recycling has helped, although Colorado is well behind the nation in this effort:  12% compared to 34% recycling nationwide.
     
    They told us about some common products that produce huge amounts of plastic waste:
    • Half of the plastic we use is thrown away after just a few minutes of use.
    • Starbucks cups.  Cannot be recycled because they are made of paper with a plastic liner.  Starbucks has committed $10 million to researching the problem.
    • Grocery bags.  Take recyclable bags to the grocery for your purchases instead.  We use 100 billion bags in the USA annually.
    • Water and soda bottles.  1 million single use plastic bottles are used per minute throughout the world.  They are easily recycled, yet we only recycle-30% in the US.
      • In the US, we use 15-17 million barrels of oil annually to make our plastic bottles, that is enough to power 100,000 vehicles
      • Making plastic bottles requires 2 to 3 times water as there is in bottle
      • BPA is in larger bottles – banned in baby products
    • Plastic straws.  They cannot be recycled and we use 500 million each day in the US alone.  Companies are switching to paper straws to help combat the problem.
    Much of the plastic waste ends up in the ocean.  This is particularly problematic for many island nations where pictures showed children wading in acres of discarded bottles.
     
    Plastic breaks down into small particles and is eaten by fish and birds.  Many die from the logjam it creates in their digestive systems, and it is detected in the seafood and shellfish we eat.  Researchers are now finding micro-plastic particles contaminating the bottled water we purchase.
     
    Things to think about:
    • Recycle whenever you can
    • Say ‘no’ to plastic straws in restaurants
    • Use glass containers, it recycles very well with less effort than other waste
    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Refute
     
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • RYLA  Bill Manning invited us to come to the RYLA camp and observe the remarkable results students are experiencing.
    • Tom Becker is working hard on club social events.  Stand by for more from him regarding future events.
    • Bob Carper’s Celebration of Life Saturday July 14th
    • Wes Paxton is back from his trip to Africa with the Interact participants, assisted by Joey Wilson.
    • Board meeting 7/16 6PM Janine’s house, all are invited.
    • 9/22 is Evergreen recycling day
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting July 10, 2018 Lee Willis 2018-07-10 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Charlotte Wytias
    Program:  Club Assembly, discussing club strategy for our future.
     
     
    New Member Induction:  Nancy Woodson, WELCOME!
     
     
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • Wes Paxton and the Interact students are on their way to Kenya.  Our best wishes for the success of their project!
    • Run the Ranch fundraiser was last Saturday:  Ed’s former exchange student from Germany who is visiting Conifer came in third.  He thought there were about 50 people at the event.
    • We have 10 members signed up for highway clean up this Saturday on Pleasant Park Road.  The group will be meeting at 9 am at the parking area below the office buildings left off Pleasant Park Road above the US 285 interchange, join us.
    • Tree planting in the Hayman burn area scheduled for Saturday, June 16.  We need volunteers; email will be coming to finalize the project.  Young people (kids) are welcome to help.
    • The Conifer Rotary Foundation meeting will be next Tuesday at the regular meeting; this is a required meeting by the IRS.  There will be an election for new Board members.  The financial report will be presented, including information about the endowment.  Members will have input about the distribution of grants to community organizations and will be voting on the new Board. 
    • Changing of the guard will be Saturday July 7th at Janine’s home.  More information to come.
    • The Rockies baseball game (fund-raising for the Conifer HS baseball team).  Tom has proposed  July 15---taking the train from Golden.  The cost of the game is $17 ($5 will go to Conifer HS fundraising).
    • Rotary Peak will need volunteers to do trail maintenance this summer.  Finn will provide more information.  He reports that the exchange students will make the Peak as a project when they arrive. 
    • The evening group will be meeting at Hugh’s home Wednesday June 13, to discuss the Peach Sale.  All members are encouraged to attend. 
    • Mountain Home and Garden Show made approximately $24,000 (half will come to Conifer Rotary).
    • Marlis is up-dating the Conifer Rotary By-Laws, which will address the addition of the evening group of Conifer Rotary Club. 
    • Tom Becker and Yvonne Lipson will be organizing the monthly Club Socials.
    • There is going to be a new logo for the Rotary Club of Conifer, to conform to the Rotary International requirements.  There will be more discussion at the meeting next week. 
     
    Happy Dollars!!!
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting June 5, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-06-05 06:00:00Z 0

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

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

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

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

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

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