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!!!!
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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 meetings that our President organized.  Visitors, we welcome you at our videoconference meetings as well!  Send us an email at and we will send you the information you need to join us.
COVID-19 Virus Changes Lee Willis 2020-03-24 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting March 10, 2020

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

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

  • The Rotary District 5450 Area 8 social will be April 8, at El Rancho. All the Mountain Rotary Clubs will be participating.  Sign up and give your $25/dinner (guests are welcome) to Lesley.  There will be a cash bar at happy hour prices.
  • Several members attended the Evergreen Rotary Mardi Gras party last Saturday and had a great time. The band Tunisia provided great music.
  • The Conifer Town Hall last Wednesday was lightly attended due to weather.  The sheriff and the fire chief reported on the financial issues they are facing.  They also discussed the lack of funding in Jefferson County that is impacting the life of the JeffCo County Fair Grounds.
  • The Evergreen Ice Melt Fundraiser is in progress.  When will that barrel fall thru the ice?  Mountain Foothills Rotary is the sponsor.  Tickets are available in many local businesses.  The funds raised go to Rotary community projects.
  • March 14, 8:30am-4:30pm, the Golden Rotary is sponsoring a “Let’s just Talk”.  More information in President Dean’s email.
  • The St. Patrick’s Day party is March 14, dinner 5-8PM and pub open until 10pm.  It will be held at Beaver Ranch.   The online Sign Up Genius only needs a final check and it will be ready for volunteers.  We have paper tickets as well as on-line on our website homepage.
  • District Conference is April 24, 25.  Evergreen Rotary needs volunteers to help with the event.  Sign up for the event on the District 5450 website.
  • The Woohoomanity Challenge to raise money for Polio event information is in an email from Dean.  Sign up to help or to ride!  More information in Dean's email to all members.
  • State of the State Luncheon for District 5450 is on the District website.
  • The Home and Garden Show is nearly filled  with 13 non-profits.  There will be a focus on wild fire readiness.  All the seminar times are filled.  
  • The Conifer summer festival is coming together.  Suzanne is working on a primary sponsor with First Bank.  
  • Suzanne reports from the Fitzsimmons Middle School that they have a drive to collect little suitcases and duffle bags for women at the shelter and for foster kids.
  • Diana attended the Rotary Youth Exchange meeting.  We have two out-bounders going to Croatia; they want to visit the club to talk about their plans for their trip.  For the in-bound young person: McCall’s will be one host.  One of the out-bound families will host also.  We need one more host family.  The students need $125/month for expenses.  We also need members to take the student for events in our area; we must get a background check.  Diana will send a link to the form that we have to fill out.  Marlis volunteered to be the counselor for the in-bound student.  The counselor is available to help with any conflict resolution, homesickness, and other concerns.   We will create a list of events that the Rotarians will do with the student.
  • RYLA applications are open on line:  We have budgeted for 10 scholarships.  There is also a special needs camp that Rotary is sponsoring; more information to come.
 Program:  Census! Katherine Green
The census forms will be coming out in the next week.  You can do them on-line or mail-in.  There are only 9 questions; each person in the household needs to be included.
The census is very important for federal funding for States and Counties (this could mean up to $2000/person!), for the number of Representatives to Congress and more.  For people with a PO Box, the census takers will bring the forms to the actual home.  The sheriff is to be notified when the enumerators are going into various neighborhoods.  No personal information is ever shared; it is archived for 72 years.
The Census is still hiring; they need more enumerators.  The pay is $20.50/ hour and there is mileage for transportation.  The training starts now until early April, depending on the job folks will be doing.
Guests:  Salesa Hancock
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Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, February 18, 2020

New Member Inducation:  Gil Gulbrandson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
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Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting October 15, 2019

  • Mary Steinbrecker and the women of the DAR brought a donation of many boxes of granola bars for the Back Pack Project.
  • The Canyon Courier had pictures and a story about our evening of presentations by the RYLA youth.
  • Next week’s meeting:  Soldier Boxes, Gail Sharp; Twitter tutorial by Lenore McCall and Club business.
  • Day of the Dead party, 6 pm, Saturday October 26 at the McCall’s’ Come in costume or not!
  • Sign up for Salvation Army Bell Ringing at King Soopers over the holidays by clicking HERE, or go to the Community Links tab on our homepage.
  • October 24 is World Polio Day.  District Governor Curt Harris is making a Rotary fundraising bike ride to end polio on November 23rd.  Donate to his ride HERE, or on the District 5450 Website.
Program:  Marny Eulberg, MD, District 5450 Polio Chair
Update on Polio Plus
The reason Dr. Eulberg joined Rotary: she had polio at age 4.  She wants to ensure that other children do not suffer the disease and its related discrimination in many other countries.  Also, as many as 50% of people with polio develop Post Polio Syndrome as they age---which she has experienced.
Current statistics for polio:  in 2018 there were 33 cases of wild polio and 104 cases of vaccine derived polio.  The countries that have the wild polio:  Afghanistan and Pakistan.   This year, there are 88 cases of wild-polio and 95 cases of the vaccine-derived polio.  Polio is derived from ingestion of the entero-virus that is excreted in stool.  It is a water-borne disease.  Many people can carry the virus; only about 1% suffer paralysis. 
Fund-Raising  and events:
  • All donations are matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!
  • Conifer Rotary has a goal of $800 for this year.
  • District Governor Curt Harris is making a Rotary bike ride to end polio on November 23rd.  Donate to his ride HERE.
  • The Rotary International General Secretary will be in Denver for a fund-raising dinner Saturday February 8, 2020.
The cost to fully vaccinate a child with 3-5 doses is $3.  The estimate to globally eradicate polio is $3 billion for the period 2013-19.   The donations are matched by the Gates Foundation 2:1.  By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary will have contributed $20 billion, including the Gates Foundation matches.
More than 1 million Rotarians have supported the vaccine campaign by administering vaccinations, mobilizing awareness activities and engaging government officials.  More than 2.5 billion children have been immunized, resulting in a 99.9% reduction of the disease since 1985!  Since 1988, these immunizations have prevented more than 18 million people from being paralyzed by Polio. 
There are three types of wild polio virus.  Type 2 was eliminated in 1999, Type 3 has not been found since Nov. 2012.  Now only Type 1 exists and it is the only polio type being immunized currently.  If we stop vaccinating now, within 10 years there would be 200,000 cases of paralyzing polio.
Additional benefits of the Polio vaccination effort include an unrelated improvement in identification and treatment of other diseases, such as ebola.  The “+” in the Polio program name refers to giving Vitamin A drops, distributing mosquito nets and doing water/sanitation projects along with the immunizations.
Guests:  Mary Steinbrecker
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Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting October 8, 2019

Club Assembly and New Member Induction
Welcome!   Morti Longsdorf
  • The Club will participate in the Soldier Box project, to send toiletries for our troops at Christmas.
  • The Salvation Army is requesting volunteers to ring the Red Kettle bell at King Soopers.  Sign up at
  • Curt Harris is doing the polio ride; the link to make donations is on the District website.
  • The Clear Creek Rotary Touch a Truck fund-raiser was very successful---over 500 people and made about $7000.
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Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, October 1, 2019

  • Fitzsimmons Middle School needs tools for their STEM projects. Their requests are on the Rotary Conifer website and can be dropped at Moore Lumber or given to Suzanne Barkley.
  • CHS Interact will be presenting information about World Polio Day to the Conifer Chamber at the October Chamber meeting.  They will collect donations and paint finger nails of the donors, as happens for the children who receive the polio vaccine drops.
  • Joyce Snapp will attend the Imagination Library meeting.  She will bring a report back to the Club.
  • @Rotaryconifer is our new Twitter account.  
  • Next week’s meeting will be a Club Assembly.  We will discuss whether or not to support an exchange student.  
  • World Polio Day is October 24.  Share the news with the community. 
Program:  The Salvation Army in Conifer
Shelley Turkington,  Lois Helker
Shelley became involved when she worked for a local bank, where she became an annual “bell-ringer”.  She provided some history for us.  The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, founded in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth in London, England.  The Salvation Army is supporting people in 131 countries, and it came to the United States in 1880.  There are four regions in the USA, Conifer belongs to the Western Region.
The Conifer Salvation Army serves people from Turkey Creek to Kenosha Pass.  They provide financial help with utility bills, rent assistance, water and sanitation, heating repair, mortgage assistance, food (with King Soopers gift cards), and vehicle expenses.  They also support children attending their summer camp in Estes Park.  During disasters, the Salvation Army is there to help.  
Their biggest fund-raiser is the Christmas Red Kettle campaign.  It starts the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas Eve. Last year they received $28,000 from the Christmas kettles, and they received an additional $15,000 grant from IREA for electric bills.  Donations are down from their all time high of $41,000 several years ago.  They also encourage planned-giving---Shelley suggests that the gift be designated for the Conifer Extension in order so that the donated funds come directly to our local chapter.  Ninety per-cent of all funds raised through the Kettle, stay in our area.
All Salvation Army Christmas ringers are volunteers.  They are reaching out to organizations to fill out the volunteer requirements.  Having a person ringing with the Kettle is the best way to obtain donations.  This year the Kettles will be at King Soopers and the Loaf and Jug, Moore Lumber, and perhaps at the Dollar General in Bailey.
The local Salvation Army also works with Mountain Resource Center and Widow’s Oil Pantry to fill Christmas food baskets.  145 food baskets were filled at Christmas last year.  In addition, twenty children and twenty seniors received Christmas gifts.  The Salvation Army does 6 senior luncheons each year, serving 70 seniors each lunch.  It is held the 1st Tuesday of every other month at Aspen Ridge Church in Marshdale. 
To sign up as a volunteer Kettle/Bell Ringer:  send an email to; or go directly to their SignUp Genius webpage at  There is a direct link in the Rotary Conifer homepage weblinks tab as well.
Guests: Bambi Moss
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Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019
PROGRAM:  Peggy Catlin, District N, RTD Board
Peggy was appointed to the Board of RTD last year for Jeffco.  Jeffco is the largest geographical district transportation district for RTD.  She has a 35-year experience in transportation as a civil engineer and worked for CDOT for many years.  She was elected to her position in November as a permanent position.
The “G” Line is opening! The “G”  line is a commuter-rail service and is an extension of the “A” line to DIA—thru Wheat Ridge/Arvada. There have been delays due to regulatory issues with several organizations with complicated issues.  
RTD is the largest transit region in the USA
This month is the 50thanniversary of RTD.  This anniversary year there will be extensions into the SW region of the area.
RTD is looking at broadening a comprehensive commuter system, including partnering with UBER and LYFT.  They will be looking at under-served areas.  The UBER-app will provide information about all the transport possibilities, including a way to pay for full partner trips.  There is a driverless car that is being tested at the Panasonic facility off the “A” line.  
There are issues with low ridership.  RTD has “flex-ride”, green bus, and may be used for fixed rides on low rider routes in addition to the “call and ride”.  Peggy is advocating for this type of transportation for the mountain communities.  She is also talking with the Senior Resource Center to address needs of seniors.  
Tickets can now be purchased on your phone.  
If you want more information or have suggestions, please contact Peggy at or 720-656-0670.
The 9 Health Fair will be held at Our Lady of the Pines on Saturday April 27.  Conifer Rotary will be volunteering at Registration.  Please sign up with Charlotte for the early or mid-morning shifts. 
The Home and Garden Show had about 1000 attendees.  There was an additional expense for the webpage this year, which may reduce our income. Dean has confirmed that Janine will coordinate the event in 2020.  
The District Area 8 dinner will be held at El Rancho tomorrow night at 5:30.  This will be an event that is focused on social interactions and meeting Rotarians from the other Area 8 Clubs!  Drop-ins are welcome.  The price is $25.
The Clear Creek Rotary has a fund-raiser Saturday May 25 11 a.m. in Downtown Georgetown:  “CALL TO DOO-TY”!!  The funds will benefit The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  
Janine has created a tri-fold representing and explaining Conifer Rotary.  She also has “business cards”/invitations for our meetings. Pick up yours and invite new people!
Run The Ranch will be June 1, 201 at Beaver Ranch.  The routes will be different than other years.  The web site will be up this week.  It is a walk or run event and supports the Conifer Rotary Interact trip in 2020 to Nepal.
We will have a big fund-raiser at Beaver Ranch August 15, 2020.  Watch for more information!
A Club Social will be Saturday April 13, 2-5.  The details will be coming in an email an announcement on the web site.
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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.

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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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