The Club will NOT meet May 1, 2018
Program: Dr. Mark Guzman
The Last Forbidden Kingdom: Nepal Himalayas Upper Mustang Valley
Dr. Guzman joined us to tell us about his trip to Nepal.  He made the trek to do ecological studies in an area that is very harsh—both in its landscape and human history.  The government is very corrupt, having confiscated millions of aid dollars that have been sent from around the world.
The was in the Mustang valley of Nepal, an area heavily damaged by the earthquake.  The valley pokes into Tibet and is  pristine.  is group made a 200-mile circular trek over three weeks.  The elevation ranged from 14-16,000 feet with sentinel peaks of 27,000 feet surrounding the valley.  It is a very dry region, with a lot of wind and dust.  There are gorgeous temples for the Buddhist and Hindu religions that sit on high plateaus.  The homes were very meager by comparison.  The area has the longest prayer wall in the world, made of large rocks that they have decorated with prayers.
Previously inaccessible, the area has only been open to outsiders for 30 years.  The Chinese are constructing roads in order to extract uranium.  
The visiting group gave away eyeglasses and head lamps to the people of the area.  Dr. Guzman was able to practice medicine, he helped patients with stomach problems, lung issues as well as muscular/skeletal problems.  In addition, the group started a recycling project in the valley.  They will be returning in October to continue the project.
  • Board meeting report: 
    • $1000 to the Guatemala project that assists girls and women in education and job development.
    • $500 to the Interact Clubs who helped at St. Patty’s Day party.
    • $1500 will go to purchase books and place Rotary stickers in them for the incoming kindergartners.
    • The Club and the Fitzsimmons Middle School Interactors will hold an “Unsung Hero” luncheon at Platte Canyon to honor employees who are seldom recognized.
  • Mountain Area Home and Garden Show:  the sign up is complete, we can always use additional help - especially during the Friday setup from 3 to 7 PM at Evergreen High School.  
  • The Conifer Rotary Foundation is supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library purchasing books for kids.  
  • The District Rotary Celebration is May 19-20; members can register on the District 5450 website.
  • RYLA/YRYLA:  Thanks to all the members who interviewed the young people this past week.  We will be sending ten kids to the Rotary Youth Leadership camps.  Suzanne shared the inspiring messages the kids wrote about in their essays.
  • May 19 the Conifer Rotary will be providing volunteers for the 9 Health Fair being held at Our Lady of the Pines and a team to take down tables at the Veterans’ Rendezvous at Aspen Ridge Church in Marshdale.  Charlotte will be signing up volunteers for both events.  
  • Tom Becker is organizing a day at the Rockies for the Club.  The Rockies give back $5 of the $17 ticket price to Conifer High School baseball. It will be a party!!  Watch for the date!
New (old) Member induction:   Tom Becker!!! Welcome
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting April 17, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-04-17 06:00:00Z 0
Program:  Club Assembly—Re-Visioning
The report of today's visioning meeting will be sent to all members separately.
  • Ed attended the Dun Eden, FL Rotary  meeting. Janine attended the Evergreen, CO Rotary
  • District Celebration is May 19 in Denver.  Sign up on the District website
  • The RYLA interviews start this week.  Suzanne needs interviewers from the Club for next Monday in Conifer.  Thank you Nancy and Jim Lynch and Amy Baker.
  • Platte Canyon High School has requested $ for their after-prom event.  The Board will be discussing next week.
  • The Colorado Rockies baseball event to raise money for the Conifer High School baseball team is in the planning stages.
  • The students going to Kenya need additional “scholarship” money for three of the students; donations can be made through the Conifer Rotary Foundation. 
Paul Harris Award.  Janine received the Paul Harris plus one for her contributions to the Rotary International Foundation.
Dean McCall Talk
Dean is from the DC area, then moved to California for 24 years before moving to Colorado.  He is an engineer and a musician.  
He is married to Lenore, who is a marketing professional and they have two grown children.  Rotary is important to him because his father was a Rotarian in VA. Dean always went to the fishing event his father put together for Rotary, skipping school.  He learned about the social and service aspects of Rotary at that time and is dedicated to continuing his service to Rotary.  He will be our Club President after Janine!
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting April 10, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-04-10 06:00:00Z 0
Program: Yes, Our Club has a Website!
Lee Willis, Webmaster
Lee moved from the spectator's seat to the front of the room today to enlighten us about our club website,  Most of the website is open to the public.  There are some areas of the website that require member login because they contain personal information about our members or confidential club information.
Lee handed out a guide, attached below, to help our members navigate the website.  Under the “Our Club” button, there are some links that are only viewable to logged in members.  Member information is available there, and they can update their own personal information.  The Board meeting minutes are are also there, published for members only.  In addition, there is a link for eClub make-up meetings under “Our Club”.
Lee encouraged the members to log on and look around the website to get a better understanding of what it offers.  He pointed out the Weblinks button, which contains both Rotary and Community links.   
The District 5450 website is linked from Conifer Rotary Website; there you can log in (with your club login) and register for District events.  There is a  RYLA website with information and stories, registration information and a calendar.
The RI website uses its own log in and requires registering with your Rotary member number.  It can be found on your personal profile on our club website, or on your Rotary magazine address label.  An important function of the Rotary website is the ability to make contributions to RI Foundation (“Give” link). 
GUESTS: Tom Becker
  • Finn attended the Area 8 dinner last week.  The Chief Editor, Denver Post, was the presenter.  Newspapers are gradually going away. 
  • MOUNTAIN AREA HOME AND GARDEN SHOW: Janine presented a request of Evergreen Rotary to assist in obtaining vendors; we have more booths available, if you know a business that might be interested in the show please contact Janine.
  • RYLA---we interview 10 students next week. 
  • Registration for the District 5450 Celebration is on the District website.
  • Wes reported on the Kenya trip this summer.  There are 14 young people (one from Evergreen and the remainder from Conifer HS) going.  Each kid needed to raise their own funds, $3000.  There are two students who need assistance—a total of $1200 by the end of April.  Members can donate through the Conifer Rotary Foundation.  Mark’s business is donating shirts for the kids to leave with kids in Kenya
  • We received a Thank You came from St. Laurence for having our St. Pat’s celebration there.  Suzanne is waiting for financials for her report to the Club .
  • There will be a “shred-a-thon” in Bailey Saturday June 16 , 9 to Noon at the Crow Hill Insurance company. 460 Park County Rd, Bailey.
Meet Our Member:  Lee Willis
Lee's father was a Rotarian and inspired him to join.  He loves being with people who like to give back to the community.  Lee comes to us from Pennsylvania, he grew up in the Pittsburgh area.  Not being able to afford college, he was able to obtain a scholarship to the Naval Academy; he flew fighters in the Navy and had a career of over 20 years.  He then became a commercial pilot and retired from Southwest Airlines.
Website Guide Handout:
Four websites that can help you as a member of our club:
Rotary Club of Conifer Website,
  • Six ‘buttons’ at the top of the page can guide you to just about anything you need to know.  Most of this information does not require logging into the website:
    • Home.  Current information.
    • Our Club.  Club information for members, including Email Message Center, Board of Directors minutes, Member Information, How to use the MRC Projector and much more.
    • Calendar.  Past, Present and Future events
    • News.  Club meeting notes.
    • Downloads.  Reference materials available for download.
    • Photos.  Photos of our club events, going back to 2011.
    • Weblinks
      • Community Links.  Links to related organizations in our community.
      • Rotary Links.  Links to useful Rotary websites.
    • Contact Us.  Sends an email to the club.
  • Member Login Link at top right of home page.  Access to members-only information and functions.
    • Opens to Club Administration page.  The My ClubRunner section (upper left) is the area of interest for club members.
    • Access to your profile, member directory, Email Message Center, useful club documents and more.
Rotary District 5450 Website,
  • District information – club websites and contact information
  • District News and Events – Calendar of District events such as the District Celebration and the RI Convention.
  • If login needed, use your Rotary Conifer logon and password.
Rotary District 5450 RYLA website,
Rotary International website,
  • Log on using the “My Rotary” link at the top of the homepage, it requires its own logon credentials.
  • Access Rotary Foundation, Member Center, your profile, Rotary Club Central, Rotary Brand Center, etc.
  • Rotary International Foundation.  Be sure to log in to receive club recognition and Paul Harris Award points.  Accessible using the “GIVE” link at the top right of the Rotary International homepage.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting April 3, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-04-03 06:00:00Z 0
Program:  Outdoor Lab: 61 years!
Paige Brophy
The Outdoor Lab is a 5-day, 4 night program embedded in the 6th grade curriculum for all Jefferson County 6th graders.  It provides the opportunity for all 6th graders to attend a week long integrated learning experience focused on our natural environment.
Why Outdoor Lab?  It gets kids outside.  It helps them learn about nature, science, and about themselves and how to work with others.  What is the impact?  Kids get more confidence.  They learn leadership skills.  They learn about the world being bigger than just their lives.  The program now serves 6800 students a year.  High school students and interns participate.  Interns teach High Schoolers how to teach the students.  All JeffCo students attend regardless of ability to pay or disabilities.  There are nurses on site to support students with disabilities.  There are 775 acres at the two sites:  Windy Point and Mt. Evans. 

The latest development is a green house at both sites where students will grow the food to eat while at Outdoor Lab.  The Mt. Evans green house just opened and the Windy Peak green house will open in May.  Another initiative is the Outdoor Lab Youth Advisory Board;  they will work with the high schoolers before, during and after their experience. 
Improvements for both sites are underway and include a new dining hall at the Mt Evans location because a large boulder adjacent to the building is compromising the structure.  In addition, there are plans for ADA accessible bathrooms in all the bunkhouses.
To help fund the program, the Outdoor Lab Foundation was formed in 2003.  They partner with many organizations.  King Soopers and Safeway provide funds from the gift cards, called lab cards.  The foundation is soliciting community partners for a $1000 fee and individual donations are welcome.  An upcoming vote for a JeffCo bond will provide needed funding for Outdoor Lab facilities.  The cost/student is $500, but families pay no more than $350.  The facilities are rented to other camp groups during the summer as well as hosting wedding and other private events.
“Our students may walk the same trails but they each leave a different footprint”
  • Thanks to all who helped with the St. Patty’s party!  The financials will be presented by Suzanne.  A special thanks to our beer sponsors and to Taste of Denmark for dessert!
  • The Board meeting was held last night.  All are welcome to attend; please let Finn know for the food planning.
  • The previous announcement regarding entering Rotary volunteer hours on the District website was incorrect.  Project hours are entered by an authorized Club representative on the Rotary Club Central portion of the RI website.
  • Our April 10 meeting will be a Club Assembly to discuss our objectives for this year and to review our Visioning plan.
  • We still need vendors for the Home and garden show.  Prospective vendors can sign up at
  • The District Conference will be held in Denver May 19.
  • May 19 will also be Conifer High School graduation, 9Health Fair and Veterans’ Rendezvous.
  • The Foundation meets today to discuss scholarships.
  • The Conifer High School baseball team is doing a fund-raising by selling Rockies tickets; a portion is returned to the CHS baseball team.  The price/ticket is $17 and available from Marilyn, 303-489-6711.
Meet Your Rotary Member!
Charles Harrison shared a brief bio and what Rotary means to him:  Charles grew up in the Bay area, educated in the Jesuit tradition in California.  He is an Eagle Scout and he attended college in California.  He came to Colorado and staged a play in Durango and met his wife, whose father was the president of the Rotary Club.  They moved to Seattle for ten years, then they returned to the Front Range and he looked for a Rotary Club and joined our club.  He sees Rotary as a way to give back to the larger community. 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting March 20, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-03-20 06:00:00Z 0
Program: Kathy Kowalski
Faithfull K9 Service and therapy Dog training
It takes 7-12 months to train a service dog.  It can cost up to $30,000 to train a dog who does not have any prior training.  Different organizations have different qualifications for the dogs.  There is not a certification for dogs who are trained.
Service dogs are generally allowed in any type of facility.  The dog should be leashed when in the community.
Freedom Service Dogs are usually taken from shelters.  The trainer will look to see if the dogs are friendly, will follow the rep, will allow food to be taken away, will be ok having legs moved, tail rubbed and other assessments.  The FSD folks take them on 5 outings to test the dogs tolerance is.  The training will include opening doors, turn on/off lights, remove clothing, help the person get out of bed, create space for people with PTSD, wake from a night mare, address anxiety, pick up items the person cannot reach and more. There are specific tasks that the dogs need to do in various settings in order to receive the FSD vest. 
Susan Imming  provided a handout that provided information about Service Animals, including all the laws related to them. 
Guests:  Tom Becker—returning to be a member!  Welcome!!
  • The Board meeting is next Monday at 6pm at Well at Bradford Junction.  Board members, please email your report to Finn asap.
  • Mountain Area Home and Garden:  Suzanne needs members to follow up with Vendors.  We need additional vendors if anyone has ideas.
  • St. Paddy’s party this Saturday!!  Sell tickets!  We are preparing for 150 dinners.  There is a veggie option.  We need additional card tables.  Bring unsold tickets.  The auction will include an option do donations to specific Rotary projects.  There will be six beer vendors, 3 white and 3 red wines and Jamison Irish Whiskey.
  • The Area 8 Rotarians will meet Wednesday March 21 at Mt. Vernon for social hour, 5:30pm, buffet dinner, speaker:  Lee Ann Colacioppo, Editor in Chief of the Denver Post.   Price: $29 for Rotarians, $39 for guests.  Email Finn if you wish to attend!
  • Marlis McAllister gave a brief bio:  She grew up in Evergreen and went to college in California.  She joined Rotary in California at the invitation of a colleague.  She especially enjoyed the family of Rotary and appreciates the service that Rotary provides in the world.  When she returned to Colorado, she checked out our website and joined as soon as she landed here.  She has volunteered to review our by-laws; if you would like to help her, please let her know! 
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting March 13, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
Program:  Mary Betts, Natural Grocers Nutrition Consultant
Mary Betts is a nutrition consultant at Natural Grocers and she joined us today to give us advice on healthy eating.  She attended Nutritional Therapy Institute in Denver and was in private practice until two years ago when she joined Natural Grocers.  She does free outreach/education for any organizations in the community.  She also has classes at the kitchen at Natural Grocers and does individual nutrition teaching.  The community room in the Natural Grocers store is available to community groups; there is no charge.  It will hold up to 20 people.
She presented “How to Build a Healthy Meal”.  The Meal Wheel is similar to that from the Federal Government.  The recommendation is that vegetables make about ½ your meal plate; quality protein should be a palm-sized portion, ¼ of the plate; the remaining ¼ plate is divided between fruit, optional carbohydrates and healthy fats.  Each meal/snack should have this balance of nutrients. 
  • The next Board meeting will be 6PM March 19 at The Well at Bradford Junction.
  • Home and Garden Show needs vendors; if you know a business that might benefit from being part of the Show, please put them in touch with Suzanne or Janine.  The date will be April 28-29. 
  • PETS (Presidents Elect Training) was this past weekend.  Dean reports that the focus was on Service, Rotary’s theme. 
  • Finn suggested that everyone go to ; members will have to create their own user name and password.  Please enter your volunteer hours for Rotary as they reflect our vision and mission. The site is full of Rotary information for members.
  • There is a Rotary membership training this Saturday, March 10, Red Rocks Community College, 9-11:30 am.  We need a member to attend. 
  • Charles shared Rotary Anniversaries (thank you, Dee for making the anniversary cards):  Susan Imming 10 years.  Lee Willis 9 years.  Charlotte Wytias 6 years.
  • RYLA/YRYLA update:  we have three Platte Canyon HS applicants and one from Conifer HS.  There are three from FMS and one from WFM.  We expect to have 10!!
  • St. Paddy’s Day tickets are available on our website as well as from Rotary members.  We need volunteers to make this happen, sign up at our SignUp Genius link by clicking HERE.  Please sign up to help prepare St. Laurence Friday March 16 at 6pm and during the day and evening on Saturday!
  • March 13, 7PM:  Crisis and Clarity in the Middle East will be presented by His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan and Ambassador Dennis Ross, Middle East Adviser, at Ellie Caulkins theater.  The event is free, but sign up with Finn or reserve a ticket at (use promo code: CELLEngage18).
  • The Golden Miners’ Alley Theater in Golden will give $5 back to Conifer Rotary Foundation for every Rotarian’s ticket sold.  Announce that you are a Conifer Rotarian when you purchase your tickets.
  • Next week we will start weekly presentations by individual Rotarians, speaking about what Rotary means, why you are a member and a quick bio.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting March 6, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-03-06 07:00:00Z 0
Program:  Colorado Mills Operation Restoration: Guided by the 4-Way Test
Kimra Perkins
Last May 8, 2017 Colorado Mills and the western Denver suburbs were hit by a major hail storm that severely damaged the roof and closed the Center for over 6 months; it was reopened on November 21, 2017.  Kimra shared how she used the 4-Way test to guide her work for recovery.
Guests:  Curt Harris, Kimra Perkins
  • Board meeting:
    • The minutes will be posted on the Conifer Rotary website
    • The August Fundraiser will be postponed until 2019
  • St Patrick’s Day Dinner-Fundraiser
    • Suzanne has flyers and tickets.  Tickets are $20 and $10 for kids 5-12
    • Finn has 5 beer sponsors
    • We still need Silent Auction items---Janine is collecting them
  • Janine encouraged us all to participate in the Rotary Foundation.  She placed a sticker on all member nametags for those who have donated.  We have 14 Paul Harris Fellows in the Conifer Rotary Club.
  • Finn visited the Clear Creek Rotary Club social, where they inducted their newest member; they have grown from 10 members to 17 and 3 more in the pending!
  • RYLA applications are due. A number of children are signing up.
  • Janine, Dean and Finn will be attending PETS (President Elect Training) this weekend.  All members can attend this training.
  • The District conference will be a one night event in Denver: May 19 and 20.  The House of Friendship will be open to the public, encouraging communication and networking.
50/50:  Happy Dollars!!
Rotary Club of Conifer meeting February 27, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-02-27 07:00:00Z 0
Program:  Conifer Community Survey, Prepared by Conifer Area Council
Shirley Johnson, President
The Conifer Area Council was formed in 2002.  Mission: to work as a broad based group to provide a forum to identify and address community issues.  They have a Board of 9 volunteers and they are looking for more.
They have completed four community surveys; these are the results of the latest survey.  They received 1,656 completed surveys.  The survey area has an estimated 12,242 population over age 18.  The respondent’s statistics included age, marital status, number of children, employment status, years living in the Conifer area.  Specific results:
  • The five most pressing issues identified:  fire vulnerability, preservation of small town character, diminishing water supply, lack of urgent medical facility, not enough well paying jobs.  Additionally: traffic on Hwy 285 and the need for a Recreation Center.
  • Most respondents prefer single-family dwellings in the area.  Most would like to see empty storefronts filled instead of building new developments.  
  • More business options requested: restaurants, car wash/detailing, bakery, movie theater.
  • Requests for services: urgent care facility and shuttle bus/taxi services.
  • Recreational options: community center, connected community hiking trails, community center for outdoor and indoor activities. 
  • Youth activity options: swimming pool, indoor team sports/fitness facility, safe trails to get to schools and after school activities.
  • Activity options for seniors: access to health/wellness classes, swimming pool, transportation, social connections, in-home services: OT/PT. 
  • Parks/Recreation District:  58% said yes. 
  • Land conservation was important to the respondents: for wildlife habitat, mitigate impact of development, public recreation and historic qualities. 
  • Historic preservation was important to over 70%. 
  • Building architecture: over 93% want historically inspired but contemporary look, natural landscapes, and downward street lighting to preserve dark skies. 
  • The Conifer Loop and Trail options will be discussed in more depth at a later meeting. 
The Conifer Area Council will send results to County and State representatives and to the organizations that supported and contributed to the survey.  All are encouraged to attend hearings for up-coming developments.
  • Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, February 21 7-8pm at West Jefferson Middle School
  • Board meeting is next Monday, February 26, 6pm at The Well at Bradford Junction
  • The current edition of Serenity Magazine has a full page advertisement for the mountain area Rotary Clubs.  Rotary Conifer will have a full page ad this spring.
  • President Elect Training is March 2-4, at the Renassaince Hotel near the airport.  All Rotarians can attend.
  • St. Patrick's Day dinner/fundraiser is Saturday, March 17 at the St. Laurence Church.  The Club will set up on Friday evening, 6pm.  Janine has 11 items for the silent auction.  We could use more donated items or gift certificates.
  • Conifer High School Interact’s trip to Kenya has two more fundraisers coming up: a Home and Garden Show booth and Run The Ranch.  Donations can be made to the Conifer Rotary Foundation, earmarked for Conifer Interact Club Kenya trip.
  • Conifer High School boys basketball will start playoffs at 6pm at CHS February 21st.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting February 20, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
PROGRAM:  Iloveuguys, John Michael Keyes
“ You can’t choose tragedy.  You can choose your response”
John Michael Keyes joined us today to talk about iloveyouguys foundation, whose mission is "To restore and protect the joy of youth".  His organization was born from the tragic death of the Keyes’ daughter Emily at the hostage/shooting at Platte Canyon High School.
John Michael and his wife Ellen started with a fund-raiser to honor the surviving six girls who were also held by the gunman and call themselves the Awesome 6.  The Foundation they founded has raised money to support many programs for kids, including scholarships at Platte Canyon High School. 
Over the years the focus of the Foundation has become School Safety---improving common communications between all the members of the school community: “Standard Response Protocol.  Lockout.  Lock Down.  Evacuate.  Shelter.”  The educational program has been taken to communities across the country and also into Canadian school districts.  They also are partnering with many organizations that work to prevent violence.  In 2012, they expanded their focus was to develop a standard reunification method for families when emergencies happen in the school.  Many law enforcement agencies are incorporating the Standard Response Protocol in their training.  The programs have been re-written for all the age groups and now include for businesses.  Materials are provided in many different formats.  All materials are available FREE on their website:
Last year they made over 120 presentations nationwide.  The Foundation has given over $62,000 in scholarships, and a total of $150,000 back into the community.  Most of their revenue comes from training programs; the remainder from events, grants, curated sponsorships and general donations.  They are now in Spain, England, and Somalia.
Their next step is to develop COMMUNICATION materials development.
HOW TO HELP:  become an advocate—share the website; donate.
  • Wendy won National Award for Healthy Kids.
  • The Board meeting will be February 26, it is on the website!
  • Watch for information from Janine regarding the RI Foundation.
  • Janine attended the Evergreen Rotary meeting and the Chamber meetings to share information on the Mountain Area Home and Garden Show.
  • We will be adding all the parents of the children we have supported in the past three years in invitations to our events.
  • Hugh reported on the evening club and their good energy.  They had a good meeting on the 7th to start preparation for the peach sale, developing a system on the computer.
  • Lee has the Board minutes on our web-site for members.
  • St. Patrick’s Day party will be held on St. Patty’s Day!  The tickets will be available next week.  Any silent auction items will go to Janine.  Leslie suggested creating auction baskets; the committee will send out ideas. 
  • The Interact dinner was successful as they prepared for their trip to Kenya.  The group will need suitcases, big and small (17-24 inches) if you have some to donate.
  • The Conifer Rotary table at the Trivia Bowl almost won first prize.
  • Clear Creek Rotary has a party February 23rd at Tommy Knocker Brewery in Idaho Springs
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting February 13, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-02-13 07:00:00Z 0
Program: Mitch Brown, Sr. Environmental Health Specialist
Radon in Jefferson County Homes
Our speaker was Mitch Brown, an environmental health specialist with Jefferson County Department of Health.  January was Radon action month and there was a concerted effort to get homeowners to test their homes for Radon.
Radon is a decay product of the natural uranium that occurs in the rocks below our feet.  It is just one of the steps that uranium goes through to eventually become lead.  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  The risk of dying from lung cancer due to radon is about the same as the risk of dying in a car accident.  For smokers, that risk is increased 5 times.
Colorado is located in the zone with the highest levels of radon on the EPA map.  In Jefferson County the average level of radon is 7 pico-curies/liter, 4 pico-curies/ liter is considered the level at which action should be taken. There are several ways to test for radon, using both short-term and long-term means.
Short-term testing is the most commonly used form of testing.  A test kit can be obtained from Jefferson county for $10 which includes the analysis.  Kits can also be purchased at Home Depot, but the analysis is a separate fee.  Types of short term test kits are:
  1. Activated charcoal-this uses activated charcoal as it absorbs radon and is the test kit used by Jefferson County.
  2. Alpha track-This method uses a piece of foil and tracks the alpha particles being released.  The particles make streaks across the foil. 
  3. Electric Ion Chamber-this is essentially a combination of activated charcoal and alpha track.
Long term testing also uses alpha track and electric ion chamber but the testing requires 90 days and is monitored continuously.  
It is recommended that homeowners test for radon every 2-3 years because soil shifts and rock formations change.  Radon is heavier than air and it tends to settle in the lower levels of our homes.   So, it is recommended that the test kit be placed in the lowest level of the home.  If there are elevated levels of radon in the upper part of the home, it is most likely due to the radon in the water. 
Homeowners should test for radon before selling.  When we are selling our home, we are required to disclose if we know a hazard exists, however, the seller is not required to disclose what that hazard is.  It becomes an issue of ethics.  We should also test anytime we are making repairs or renovations.  Home buyers should ask about radon testing and when it was last done, as well as who did it.
Mitigation works!  It consists basically of drawing the air out from under the home and releasing it outside.  There are several methods used to accomplish this.  More information is available at the CPHE website, search “radon”.  They also have a list of certified contractors that install radon mitigation systems.
  • The club social last Wednesday was a great success.  Thank you Suzanne for making the arrangements.
  • Lesley Landon will be the new club Secretary.
  • Board meeting will be February 26 as February 19 is President’s Day
  • RI Foundation update  If you have not made a donation to RI, we are encouraged to do so in order to meet our goal.
  • St. Patrick’s day  We will be having our dinner at St. Lawrence on Saturday March 17, 2018.  The menu has been changed and will consist of Irish stew, soda bread and dessert.  We are also planning to have silly/fun games for people to play and we will still have the silent auction.  Liquor license has been obtained.
  • Finn encouraged us to attend other Rotary meetings.
  • Visioning meeting at Hugh’s house Feb 7 at 5:30.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting February 6, 2018 Yvonne Lipson 2018-02-06 07:00:00Z 0
Program:  Dr. Ted Ning, Evergreen Rotary Global Grant
Starfish:  Empowerment, equality and opportunity for all
Dr. Ted Ning of the Evergreen Rotary Club talked with us today about his program in Guatemala, Starfish.  He is gathering support from 20 Clubs in our District for this Rotary Global Grant.
Starfish is now ten years old, it encourages and supports young girls to continue their education beyond primary school.  In the Mayan culture (which is 50% of the total population), girls rarely go beyond that point in their education.  Starfish encourages families to allow their girls to be educated.  Beginning at age 12 it engages young girls in a social environment.  The program uses mentors who are women who have been educated in the program; college graduates who bring a new perspective to the families in the group.  The mentor helps the families on many levels, including helping the family understand the benefits of educating their daughters.  The focus is helping women become entrepreneurs, which includes support from Rotarians, who provide internships.  So far, 240 girls have graduated from the program and there are 50 girls in University programs.
Starfish has Four Goals:
  • Girls do not marry until age 25
  • Commit to 15 years of education
  • Achieve income of $3500/ year---twice the income of her father
  • Giving back—in her own community
Using this grant, Starfish is going to open a new school next to the University.  It will be a model for education in Guatemala and will be the center of a network for the country.
The funds that are raised in our District will get a 4.5 to one match.  Ted invited our Club to participate in donating to the Global Grant.  The total grant will be $150,000.
Guests:  Bob Kemp, Mile-Hi Rotary and District Foundation Committee
  • No morning club meeting next week!  It is the fifth Tuesday of the month and we celebrate with a social event instead.  Join us at the newly reopened Aspen Peak Cellars Winery in Bailey 4:30-7:00 PM Wednesday next week.  Their address is 60750 US Hwy 285, see you there!
  • Janine reports that our giving to the Rotary Foundation has decreased this year.  She reminded us that our donations to Rotary International come back to the District for Global Grants and District grants after three years.  You can give through our Club quarterly dues or directly on-line at Rotary International.
  • There is currently money available at the District for grants if we have needs we could apply for.
  • Finn attended the Presidents’ meeting last week.  He encourages members to attend the Rotary Educational Institute. 
  • The District Conference will be May 19-20 at the Hyatt Denver Tech Center.  Registration is on the District website.
  • Dean McCall attended the Grant’s Seminar, which enables our Club to apply for District grants.
  • Mark Rehm and Hugh Macauley have been working on the Club Visioning process; there are several areas that need assistance and leadership.  Mark will be sending out the review via email.
  • The Conifer High School Interact Club Fundraising Dinner is this Saturday--- Lasagna, raffle and silent auction.  The tickets are $20/2 for $35 and are available on their website, click HERE.  The funds raised will support the Interact trip to Kenya. 
  • Everyone wear your Rotary pin to meetings!  We all voted today for a $1 fine if the pin is not worn.
  • Janine asked for help to support the Nurturing Parent program.  We provide healthy snacks and volunteers are needed to purchase $9 worth of healthy snacks each week.
  • Wendy reported on the reading grant that needs Rotarians to read to kids at West Jefferson Elementary School at 2:45 PM each school day.  The books are in the Rotary 150 book section of the library with Rotary stickers in them. 
  • Bruce Ward, Choose Outdoors video will be on PBS Thursday at 7pm.
  • RYLA applications are available on-line:
  • Evergreen Rotary is having its Mardi Gras fundraiser on February 10.  Tickets are $60 per person, available on the Evergreen Rotary website.
  • The Evergreen Blue Grass Festival contributed $1500 to the Back Pack Project for our participation in the event.
  • Congratulations to Melony Harris who received a Paul Harris Fellow award for giving $1000 to the RI Foundation.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting January 23, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
PROGRAM:  What the new Tax Law means to us.
Mark Rehm and Cathy Taylor
Two of our CPA members teamed up to tell us about the changes we will see when we file our 2018 income taxes in 2019.
For personal Federal Taxes:
  • Standard deduction is increased substantially, which will cause most tax payers to not itemize their deductions.  This is expected to impact  charities.
  • Itemized deductions: 
    • Medical: over7.5%
    • Deductions for property taxes and other state and local taxes limited to $10,000.
    • Fee deductions for many other expenses are eliminated, notably especially job expenses, tax preparation expense, etc.
    • Home equity loan interest is no longer deductible; mortgage interest reduced from $1 million mortgages to $750K for new mortgages.
  • Alternative minimum tax is gone
  • Alimony paid is not deductible; income for the recipient is not reportable
  • Moving expenses are not deductible; employer paid moving expenses will be income on W-2
  • Affordable Care Act:  mandated penalty goes away in 2019
The impact on individual Colorado Taxes.  Cuts in federal deductions will lead to higher taxable income at the State level; the Colorado Legislature talking about whether to let this happen or make adjustments to make the changes tax neutral.  Best guess: Colorado will let the extra income tax happen.
Federal Business deduction:
  • 20% for qualified business income:  no definition about “qualified” yet.  This includes schedule C, S-corps and partnerships.  Limited by income (Single $157,500; Married Filing Jointly $315,000).
  • For businesses, entertainment is no longer deductible; corporate tax rate is reduced from 35% to 21%; Also, no 1031 exchange for personal property.  No charitable deduction for college donations.
Guests: Jen Clark, Conifer High School PTA
  • The CHS PTA Mind Blown Trivia Night, February 10, 6:30-10pm at Our Lady of the Pines.  Funds raised are for Technology in the Classrooms. Tables of 8 available at $15/seat. Bring your own appetizers.  Beverages available.  Tickets available on-line:;  for more info contact them at
  • Two checks were received for Back Pack Project, one from Jefferson Unitarian Church and one from Sharon Kyle (Mesa, AZ)!  Muchas Gracias!!
  • Mountain Foothills Rotary, Crutches for Africa, Chili Cook Off, Saturday February 10, 12-3pm.  Tickets are $10 ($20 at the door).  Enter your chili for $25 prior to event.  Tickets available at
  • The Conifer Interact Club Sasa Harambee fundraiser dinner is Saturday, January 27, 7-10pm at Our Lady of the Pines. Tickets are available on their website, click HERE.
  • Wes and the CHS Interactors met last weekend with Carol Carper and Joseph to discuss plans for their trip to Kenya.
  • Board of Directors meeting next Monday, January 22, 6pm at The Well at Bradford Junction.  Board members, please send your reports to President Finn.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting January 16, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
PROGRAM:  Colorado’s Legislature is Back in Session
Colorado State Representative Tim Leonard, District 25
Tim Leonard joined us to tell us about his responsibilities as our Colorado State Representative. He is  a member of the Education, State Affairs, Audit, Veterans and Military Affairs Committees.  Tim told us that our state budget increases steadily year over year, that most money issues involve how to apportion funds rather than how much is available.  Colorado’s State Budget is ever increasing: from 15 billion to 27 billion from 2006-2016.  Our budget increased 1 billion a year on average over the last 20 years. 
Education, Health Care policy and higher education are the largest areas of increase.  For K-12, the state aid and local funding continues to rise from $1500 to over $6000/pupil.  Local money provides 1/3 of the cost.  Colorado has 900,000 pupils; private schools and home school student numbers are about 35,000.  Tim informed us about the ongoing quest for the best measure of success for evaluating the costs of education.  
There is a new perspective that vocational training is a viable alternative for students who are better suited for a career in the skilled trades. 
  • The Club Board meeting will be January 22, 2018, 6pm at The Well at Bradford Junction.
  • Please visit the businesses that have Coupon Books, collect their money for book sales and restock their inventories.
  • The Interact Club has the Warren Miller Fundraiser this Friday at Wild Game in Evergreen.
  • The Interact Sasa Harambee Fundraiser Dinner is on January 27 at Our Lady of the Pines.  Tickets are available online HERE.
  • Thanks to Kim Kaiser, Fitness and Sports, for her donation to the Back Pack Project.
  • Conifer Area Council requests that all 285 Corridor residents to fill out the community survey, click HERE for the survey.
  • Suzanne shared the news articles that she put into the Canyon Courier about Conifer Rotary fund donations to the community and the Interact Club news.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting January 9, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-01-09 07:00:00Z 0

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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