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.



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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

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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


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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

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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.
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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

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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

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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!)

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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

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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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.
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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
    Rotary Club of Conifer Videoconference Meeting April 14, 2014 Charlotte Wytias 2020-04-14 06:00:00Z 0

    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
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting March 10, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-03-10 06:00:00Z 0

    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)
    Rotary Club of Conifer, Meeting, March 3, 2020 Charlotte Wytias 2020-03-03 07:00:00Z 0

    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!
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting November 12, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-11-12 07:00:00Z 0

    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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