There was no meeting this morning for Rotary Conifer because of the snow.  Remember the Conifer High School Interact Club Run The Ranch Fundraiser is June 1st at 7:30AM.  Two events: a 5K cross country race and a 5K fun walk.   Come enjoy the beautiful scenery of Conifer's Beaver Ranch Park while supporting a very good cause.  For more information and registration click HERE.
 
No Meeting for Rotary Club of Conifer May 21st, support Run The Ranch Lee Willis 2019-05-21 06:00:00Z 0
Announcements/Business:
 
  • A review of the June calendar:  
    • June 1, 7:30 am, is Run the Ranch at Beaver Ranch.  The money raised will go to the Interact Nepal trip summer 2020.  It is a 5K and can be run or walked.  Register on line.  Tax deductible donations can be given through our Conifer Rotary Foundation, with a notation for Conifer Interact.
    • June 4:  NO morning meeting
    • June 5:  Board meeting at Janine’s home at 6:00pm
    • June 11:  Regular morning meeting
    • June 12:  Regular evening meeting
    • June 18:  Regular morning meeting
    • June 25:  Regular morning meeting with Club Foundation presentation by Wes Paxton
    • July 2:  NO morning meeting
    • July 7:  Changing of the guard 
  • The Conifer High School graduation is this Saturday, May 18.  Wes needs more volunteers.
  • The Veterans’ Rendezvous is this Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.-12 noon.  Rotary volunteers for tear-down:  11:30.  Thanks Lesley and Pat!  Other volunteers are needed!
  • Scholarships will be given this Thursday at Conifer HS and Monday the 20th at Platte Canyon. All 9 students will be given $1000, due to the generosity of Conifer Rotary members.  Please contact Joyce if you can help make presentations to the winners.
  • We received a thank you note from Katherine Dahlin, the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship for Bootstraps, she went to Africa last year with Conifer Interact.
 
Program:  Colorado Life with TABOR and Gallagher
Ed Steinbrecher
 
Basics of taxation:
  • We are governed by Colorado Constitution and Statues.  The Constitution can be amended by citizen initiatives or by referral by the legislature to citizens.  The State Constitution and Statues authorize taxation.
  • All taxes are determined by Rate X Value = Revenue
  • State income tax is currently 4.63% X Federal taxable income
  • Property tax rates depend on the different types of properties:  residential, agriculture, commercial, industrial, and natural resources.
  • Property taxes use mill rate.  One mill is $1 per $1000 assessed value.  40 mils would be 4%; or $40/$1000.  
 
Gallagher.  In 1982, legislator Dennis Gallagher proposed a Constitutional amendment to address inequalities in county assessments. County assessments were not standard and required more money from the State to cover expenses.  
Gallagher states: The amount of revenue raised by Residential real property tax shall not exceed 45% OF THE TOTAL in perpetuity.  All state revenue from other property taxes will be 55%.  To meet state income needs in 1982, residential was taxed at 21% of actual value.  With fast growth and increasing home values, the Gallagher limit forced the state to reduce the rate and it is now 7.2% of actual value.  Every special district has to use to the state set assessment rate, regardless of Residential values.  Some districts may not have had increase in new residential properties nor increase values of existing properties.  This forces a reduction in revenue for special districts (i.e. fire departments).  Next week's meeting will have Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin discuss the negative impact on our Fire Department.
 
Tabor.  Constitutional amendment passed in 1992, it forces a spending limit on the state to not exceed year over year growth plus inflation.  Revenue cannot increase by more than growth plus inflation of the prior year.  There is a property tax revenue limit.  This works, until there is a recession, and the years following that recession are restricted to the previous year's numbers.  This puts state revenue well below the level before the recession.  There can be no new taxes nor increase rate unless approved by voters (De-Brucing).  If there is excess revenue above the limit, that money overage must be returned to the taxpayers.
 
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, May 14, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-05-14 06:00:00Z 0
    Announcements/Business:
     
    The program in two weeks will focus on our fire department, including information and next week we will learn about our tax notices and what they reveal about where our money goes and how TABOR and Gallagher affect the financing of our special Districts.  Bring your JeffCo Property Tax Notice next week to learn where your tax money goes.  Chief Bill McLaughlin will talk about the issues facing the fire Department.
     
    The Board report from President Janine:
    • We have a new slate of officer applicants that we will vote on this month.
    • Wes agreed to be President-elect, although since he was recently President he will relinquish if another member is interested and able to step into the position.  He will continue as Chair of the Club Foundation.
    • We need a new Rotary International Foundation Chair.
    • Hugh is requesting a new person to replace him as Chair for the evening meetings.
    • Cathy Taylor: treasurer
    • Marlis McAllister: Secretary
    • Charles Harrison and Charlotte Wytias: co-chair the Membership Committee
    • Amy Baker: Youth Services Chair.
    • Leslie Landon: Community Service Chair
    • Pat : International  Service Chair
    • Suzanne will be RYLA chair
    • Mark Rehm: Fund-raising Chair
    Rotary announcements:
    • The Club Foundation will have its annual meeting and election for Board membership by June.  The Board will elect a Chair once formed.
    • Beaver Ranch will offer their site to Rotary for a music festival fundraiser.  In addition to music we plan to have vendors, food trucks and beer, which will be held August 15, 2020.  More information to come!
    • Run the Ranch will be June 1, at Beaver Ranch to support the Interact Club at Conifer HS for their Nepal trip summer 2020.
    • Lee Willis received his Paul Harris award, plus two!  Congratulations and thank you.
     
     
    Program: Dinosaur Ridge, Erin LaCount
     
    Erin LaCount joined us today to share her enthusiasm for the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.  The organization works with Jefferson County Open Space to maintain this 150 million year old site.  They don't own the land, they just supervise its use as caring custodians of this paleontologic site.  Friends has been in existence for 30 years, founded by Dick Scott in April 25, 1989.
     
    Their mission is to educate the public about, and ensure the preservation of the natural and historic resources of Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail and surrounding areas.  There are several areas of dinosaur tracks and bones along a four-mile long ridge.
     
    The current history of the area began in 1877 when Mr. Arthur Lakes, a paleontologist, was engaged to find and excavate dinosaur sites.  In 1938, the Work Progress Administration was building Red Rocks Park and they discovered fossils and dinosaur tracks.  The Denver Museum of Natural History came to survey the tracks and gathered bones that are in the Museum.
     
    There was little activity at the site until March 1989 when Martin Lockley led tours to study and set up preservation efforts.  In 1993, money became available to start construction projects to stabilize the area and create visitor walk-ways.  They have since built stairs to give easy access to bone sites and now have an educational/viewing area.  There are 335 identified foot prints so far.  Their site is popular among tourists, partly because it is close to downtown Denver.  In the past 10 years, the annual visitor count has gone from around 25,000 to 235,173!  
     
    Future plans are for Rooney Road to be re-routed to allow for a formal parking area and a new visitor center, track site cover and other enhancements.  The roadway will have designated bike lanes and a dedicated walkway.  There will be picnic areas, and hiking trails as well.
     
    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has many fundraising events to raise funds for maintaining their current visitor center and to help build future resources.  They need more volunteers, with many options for helping both with the public and behind the scenes.  The Friends do adult field trips: Wild Wanderers go to many areas in our region.  More information is on the website:  http://dinoridge.org
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, May 7, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-05-07 06:00:00Z 0
    April 30, 2019 we will NOT have a morning meeting
     
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • The next Board meeting will be 6PM Wednesday, May 1, at Janine’s home.
    • Dean McCall is recruiting his Board for his President term starting in July.
    • Joyce Snapp needs help interviewing Conifer and Platte Canyon Seniors who have applied for our scholarships.  She starts interviews Wednesday April 24th at Conifer High School.  There are three interviewees at Conifer and six applicants at Platte Canyon.  Platte Canyon interviews will be next week, time to be determined.
    • Suzanne reports that three Conifer students have applied for RYLA.  Platte Canyon students are in the process of applying.  Suzanne will be setting up the interviews and she will need volunteers to help.  
    • The 9 Health Fair is this Saturday, April 27th, at Our Lady of the Pines Church.  We have enough volunteers for the 6:45AM shift, but need more volunteers for the 9:30-noon shift for Registration.  
    • There will be an Imagination Library fund-raiser, 'Beach Day' at A-Basin with a 70’s theme; May 3rd.  Join Rotarians for a day of fun!
    • The Home Show planning for next year has begun.  Vendor sign-up will start the beginning of June.  Janine needs helpers to be on the team!    This is our biggest fund-raiser.  Thanks to Lee for volunteering to be the Treasurer for the event.
    • The Fitzsimons Middle School Interactors are gathering tools and building supplies for the “Makers’ Space”, part of the STEM program.  Suzanne will be sending a list of the items that are on the “tool drive”.  There will be collection boxes at various locations that Suzanne will list, or bring them to Rotary for Bailey Rotarians to deliver to the Fitzsimons Middle School.
    • Quarterly dues are payable, watch for your invoice.  Actually, do it the easy pay with a regular Bill-Pay payment from your bank.
    • The Taste of Evergreen will be next Thursday, May 2, 5:30PM at the Evergreen Lake House.  Yvonne will be competing!   Tickets are $30 at the door. 
    • June 22nd at Crow Hill Insurance in Bailey, there will be a “Shred-a-Thon”.  It is a fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat will also be accepting donations of furniture and house-hold goods.  
     
     
    Program:  Center for the Arts Evergreen—Share the Moment
    Celia Sladek
     
    Celia Sladek joined us today to talk about a new community engagement program at Center for the Arts Evergreen:  Share the Moment.  It is a support program for adults living with memory loss and for their caregivers.  They need Rotary support to spread the word about the program and to volunteer to help.
     
    Share the Moment provides an opportunity for people with memory loss and their caregivers to enjoy and discuss aspects of the current art gallery exhibit without the need for memory.  It provides a pleasant social interaction with family and friends; caregivers can share a fun outing with the person that they care for.  There is no pressure for remembering particulars—only enjoyment of the moment.
     
    Center for the Arts Evergreen also has a number of art activity programs for visitors.  The programs are free, but attendees are asked to register so that there will be enough support and supplies.  You can learn more about them at their website https://evergreenarts.org.

    The Share the Moment program idea came from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  The Denver Art Museum is also using this model.   The Evergreen Center received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, https://www.arts.gov.  The program started last fall and has had 16 sessions, serving 120 attendees.  
     
    Program Docents are all volunteers and are not necessarily artists.  They receive training from the Alzheimer’s Association and they have an advisor from the Denver Art Museum.  To volunteer, call 303-949-9432.  Celia is coordinating volunteers and she can be reached at: celia.sladek@ucdenver.edu.
     
     
     
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, April 23, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-04-23 06:00:00Z 0
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • District 5450 Conference is April 27 at the Arvada Center.  Registration deadline is hours away, sign up on the District website.
    • The barrel is STILL on the ICE!
    • Scholarship applications were due last Friday.  Joyce is setting up interviews for next week.  We need more Rotarians to help with the interviews; Joyce will be sending information about the dates/times/places.
    • The 9 Health Fair will be at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church Saturday April 27th.  Volunteers are needed for the registration table.  Please contact Charlotte to sign up.
     
     
    Program: Joy International, Bill Graf
    Devoted to the rescue, restoration, reintegration and 
    prevention of children forced into the child sex trade.
     
    JOY International, www.joy.org, is a 501(c)3 charity based here in Conifer, CO.  “Awareness without action is apathy”, states Dr. Jeff Brodsky, founder of Joy International.  In 2010, Dr. Jeff became aware that poor, barefooted children are highly vulnerable to becoming forced into the human trafficking sex slave trade.  He took his shoes off then, and he has been barefoot ever since.
     
    Child sex trafficking is recruitment or abduction of a child under 18 who is forced or coerced to commit a commercial sex act.  It is estimated that 2 million children are sexually exploited each year; over half are under age 16.  In Thailand, 60-70% of sexually exploited children are HIV+.
     
    JOY’s vision is to prevent this from happening and to see each exploited child rescued and given a new life.  Through JOY, partnerships are formed with rescue organizations and law enforcement to find and rescue these children.  The next step is restoration, placing the children in a safe house, enabling the healing process.  Then the children are reintegrated into normal society—some into their own family, if safe, or into other helpful communities.
     
    Prevention is just as important: educating parents and youth, and arresting, prosecuting, convicting and imprisoning the pimps and traffickers.
     
    To raise funds for their amazing effort, JOY holds Barefoot Mile events around the country.  It is a mile walk (with or without shoes), either donating or getting sponsors to donate for their walk.  On June 22nd, a local Barefoot Mile event will be held at Evergreen's Marshdale Park and Fields 9:00 am to noon.  There will be food, music, face-painting and other family oriented activities.  Registration is at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/943754.  Business sponsorships are needed to support the event, go to http://thebarefootmile.org.
     
    To learn more, there will be a local educational event Saturday April 27th, 9:30AM for adults, 12:00 noon for youth at the Evergreen United Methodist Church, 3757 S. Ponderosa Drive. For more information, go to www.joy.org/evergreen or call 303-674-4810.
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting April 16, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-04-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • Janine reviewed the successes of the Area 8 Dinner last week at El Rancho.  All five Rotary Clubs had attendees.  Everyone present was invited to participate in Rotary Bingo: we each had a list of catagories and we had to find other Rotarians who fit the description---such as who was a founding member of their club, or who is a Colorado native, or who can recite the Rotary Areas of Focus---and more.  The Presidents of each Club presented an overview of their Club activities.  The big news was from the Rotary Club of Clear Creek which has more than doubled their membership in the past year!  Congratulations to them!
    • There is a Conifer Rotary social this Thursday, 6-8 pm at Bradford Junction.  Food and beverages will be for sale.  
    • The District 5450 Conference starts at dinner Friday, April 26 with the main conference all day Saturday, April 27 at the Arvada Center.  Registration is on the District 5450 website.
    • Volunteers are needed for the 9 Health Fair, Saturday April 27 at Our Lady of the Pines. Conifer Rotary will be at the Registration tables, 6:30am to 12 noon.  Contact Charlotte to help.
     
     
    Program:  Bill Downes, 2016-17 District 5450 Governor
    ROTARY 101
     
    Bill Downes's presentation is available to download or view by clicking HERE, or go to the Rotary Conifer home page, Downloads Tab.  Here are some interesting notes from Bill's presentation:
     
    The Guiding Principles: The theme is good will and ethics in all aspects of life
     
    • The Four-Way Test—there is a committee in the District to share this Test with Rotarians and out in the community
    • The Code of Conduct:  Act with integrity, deal fairly, improve peoples quality of life in our community and in the world, no behavior that reflects badly on Rotary
    • Advancing Goodwill:  A-political, A-Religious, Gender Neutral, Rotary Action Groups (Rotarians focused on specific world needs) , Rotary Fellowships (Focus on specific personal interests).  
    • Advancing Peace: Rotary was instrumental in the founding of the UN and UNESCO
    • Advance world Understanding thru Youth Exchange, Friendship Exchange, Vocational Training Teams, International Conventions
     
    The Structure of Rotary: Rotary is the largest service organization in the world:  36,000 clubs in the world, 529 Districts in 34 World Zones.  Our District has 61 Clubs and each belongs to one of 13 Areas---our Conifer Club is in Area 8.  
     
    Throughout Rotary, the organization has two aspects:  Operations and Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation has three focuses:  The Annual Programs Fund, the Permanent Fund and Polio Plus.  The Rotary Foundation is rated the number one charitable organization in the World!
     
     
    Guests:  Michele Robbins, Chris Robbins, Mountain Foothills Rotary
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, April 9, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-04-09 06:00:00Z 0
    ANNOUNCEMENTS/BUSINESS:
     
    • 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.
     
     
    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 geographic transit region in the USA.
     
    This month is the 50th anniversary 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 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. 
     
     RTD transportation tickets can now be purchased on your phone.
     
    If you want more information or have suggestions, please contact Peggy at peggy.catlin@rtd-denver.com or 720-656-0670.
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting April 2, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-04-02 06:00:00Z 0
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • The Foothills Home, Garden and Life-style Show is this weekend at Evergreen High School.  We have a Conifer Rotary Booth--Janine is creating a tri-fold with information about Rotary and Conifer Rotary--we will promote the club, peaches sale, and have a Back Pack display.  We will also have new 'business' cards to invite guests to visit the morning and the evening meetings.  Janine will send an email sign-up for Rotary table volunteers.  
    • A very special THANK YOU to Tom Landon and Don Payton for shoveling out the pantry last week…. The bomb cyclone left over 3 feet of snow on the path to the door.
    • We are re-thinking the sale of tickets for next year's St. Pat’s dinner.  We will likely have members sell tickets.   Ten Interactors volunteered at the dinner and we plan to give them money for their projects.
    • Bill Downes will take our promotional materials to his office in Conifer to help build our membership. 
    • The 9 Health Fair will be at Our Lady of the Pines on Saturday April 27.  Plan to sign up to help with registration.
    • The April 3rd Area 8 social, has well over 100 attendees from the five area Rotary Clubs.
    • The District 5450 Conference will be at the Arvada Center Saturday, April 27.  Sign up on the District web-site or just click HERE.
     
     
    Program:  Carol Carper, Sasa Harambee (Now we do it together!)
     
    Sasa Harambee is amazingly successful and it is only getting better, thanks to Rotary!   There are 300 farmers who are now able to feed themselves and are generating income by growing and selling hay.  Carol just received a matching grant from our District Rotary to set up a database to document the number of people who live with disabilities. The money will also be used to provide training for working with people with disabilities.  Disabled persons in Kenya face a societal bias that they have been visited by the Devil.  For that reason they stay out of sight and suffer with their disability.  Our Rotary members who are going to Kenya in May will be conducting focus groups with Kenyans who suffer with disabilities.
     
    The farmers that Carol works with are doing very well with clean water and sustainable agriculture.  This whole project was funded by Rotary.  The protected springs that our Interact Clubs funded are among the only springs that have not dried up in their current, extreme drought.
     
    Carol plans to live almost full time in Kenya, exempting the HOT months of January and February.  She plans to move her Rotary membership to a Rotary Club in Nairobi, Kenya.  It is a very active, productive club, having obtained many multi-national Rotary Global Grants.
     
    Carol shared a documentary that tells about the Kenya project.  View it on our rotaryconifer.org homepage under the Weblinks - Rotary tab, or just click HERE.
     
     
    Guests:  Bill Downes, District 5450 District Governor 2016-17
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, March 26, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-03-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • SPECIAL AWARD: Pat Hagan received the Most Inspirational Member Award for her exceptional efforts to Make It Happen for our St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser.
    • Our three Conifer Interact guests reported on their activities for the year.  They also asked our club to sponsor their June 1st Run The Ranch fundraiser event at Beaver Ranch.  The money raised will be used for their 2020 summer trip to Nepal.  Sponsors will be acknowledged on all their swag and T-shirts.
    • Thank you to all the Rotarians who helped with the St. Patrick’s Day party…. We made $2300 on the auction.  A special thanks to Pat for all the behind the scenes work on making the party a success.  And kudos to Yvonne for all the cooking of the special meal.
    • The Foothills Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show fundraiser is coming up soon: March 29-30.  You can still volunteer to help using Sign-Up Genius by clicking HERE.
    • The District Literacy workshop from the District will be March 30.   Go to the District website to sign up or just click HERE.
    • The Area 8 dinner is April 3, 2019, 5:30 at El Rancho.  Leslie needs your reservation by Wednesday March 20.  Cost is $25 per person, please pay at a club meeting.
    • The annual District 5450 Conference is April 27 at the Arvada Center.  Sign up on the District web-site or just click HERE.
    • The Rotary International Convention will be in Hamburg, Germany June 1st - 5th.
    • August 15, 2020 will be a Rotary event at Beaver Ranch!  This will be a Conifer Rotary Foundation Fundraiser.  Wes is coordinating.
     
     
    Program: Kathryn Green, Regional US Census Bureau
     
    Kathryn is a recruiter for the Census.  She joined us today to talk about the 2020 Census and temporary jobs available as Census workers.
     
    The Census is mandated by the Constitution and has been conducted every 10 years since 1790.  The results are used to draw the boundaries of the House and Senate Districts.  For Colorado, our state's population growth in the last 10 years could mean an additional representative for us in the House of Representatives.  In addition, the Census determines the amount of federal funds distributed to each State: $685,000,000,000 (that's $685 billion) is allocated to the States.  Last time our Federal allocation was 25% of the State budget.  Obviously an accurate count is critical to our state budget, If we are under-counted, we lose nearly $2000/person.  A new feature this year: individuals can report the census online.  The Census results are to be available October 2020.
     
    Recruiting for census positions is extremely important.  The recruiting occurs in 2 phases:  Field positions are being recruited now.  All positions: management, supervisory, non-supervisory and enumerators and field positions are all temporary.  There are a number of hiring requirements, get information and apply online by clicking here: 2020census.gov/jobs.
     
    Kathryn's presentation is available for download from our home page Downloads tab, or by clicking HERE.
     
     
    Guests:  Shellie McKeown of MRC, and Micah Moffit, Milena Lewis, and Phoebe McKeown, from Conifer High School Interact
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting March 19, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-03-19 06:00:00Z 0
    Announcements/Business:
     
    • The District Conference is on Saturday, Apr 27.
    • President Elect Dean McCall went to PETS over the weekend. He said it was worthwhile because he learned a lot. He thought it would be nice if the District would provide a checklist of things that need to be accomplished during the year.
    • There is a link on the website to sign up to help at the St. Patrick’s Day party. Tickets are also available on the website. Please buy tickets in advance to help determine the amount of food we need.
    • There is also a link on the website to sign up to help at the Foothills Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show. Tickets are free.
    • The District 5450 Area 8 Assembly will take place on April 3 at El Rancho. The cost is $25 per person plus beverages, which will be priced at happy hour pricing.
    • Alateen meets at Conifer High School on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. It is a support group for those affected by drinking or drug use. It is open to anyone up to age 18.
     
    Program: Jeff Shrader, Jeffco Sheriff
     
    By nature, the Sheriff’s office is reactive because it needs something on which to take action. That notwithstanding, the Jeffco Sheriff tries to be proactive.
     
    After a 20 year decline, crime has been trending up and is up by 25% recently. In an attempt to be more proactive, the Sheriff’s office looks every month at what is going on in different areas and what issues are most prevalent. They have observed that increases in property crime are most prevalent. They believe the roots of the increase are threefold: (1) substance abuse is on the rise, particularly opioids; (2) mental health issues are also on the rise; and (3) homelessness.
     
    Also in an attempt to be proactive, the Sheriff’s office looks at the population in the county jail. There are approximately 25,000 people booked into the county jail each year. In 2015, 100 inmates per month were on opioid withdrawal protocol. In 2016, that number had increased to 200 per month and, in 2017-2018, it was up to 300 per month. 45,000 to 60,000 people die each year because of opioids. Opioid addiction has had an effect on the crime trend.
     
    The Sheriff noted that when Amendment 64 (recreational marijuana) passed, it was thought drug cartels would disappear, but things have shifted instead. There is now a large organization of approximately 800 in-home grows throughout the Front Range. Colorado marijuana has become valuable in other states because of the strains that are grown and the level of THC they contain. On the coast of Florida, for example, Colorado marijuana is worth about $7,500 per pound and it is a “fashion statement” in Mexico City.
     
    The Sheriff must react to what is going on in the communities. His office tries to predict where crimes will happen based on recent activity and using targeted data, which helps.
     
    On Nov 11, 2017, the Sheriff’s office opened a veterans housing unit in the county jail. Jeffco does not have a large population of veterans, but some of them have found their way into trouble, perhaps as a result of PTSD. They find themselves homeless, find themselves abusing substances, and may they have mental health issues. The veterans housing unit provides support and treatment. It has become the most well-behaved housing unit in the county jail. The inmates self-regulate because they are used to a code of conduct. They also want the privilege of staying in the unit where there are military flags on wall and the doors stay open longer. In addition, people come into the unit to teach classes. Interactions with deputies have improved and rates of recidivism have dropped by as much as 50%. The unit has resources to help identify housing for the veterans when they leave the jail.
     
    Following the improved behavior in the veterans housing unit, the next two units have become more well-behaved. The county jail has since opened a behavioral health unit (addiction beds). There are two 64-bed modules. The inmates receive moral recognition therapy (MRT). MRT is the program with the most hope for success. It relies on moral reasoning, teaching people to think and process what they are facing. Where it has been used in other counties, and particularly in prison, recidivism rates have dropped. The prisoners agree to participate. The Sheriff’s office believes it is a worthwhile investment because it doesn’t cost anything extra and it potentially reduces the jail population. Like the veterans housing unit, these two housing units have better behaved populations and the inmates can gain additional privileges.
     
    The Sheriff reported that 95% of the people booked into county jail will get out. Some of them will transfer to the Colorado Department of Corrections, but they are the rare ones. Inmates can be held in the county jail pre-trial and then for a maximum of 2 years on each charge after conviction (typically, sentencing to the county jail for multiple charges is not consecutive). The Sheriff’s office needs to transition people back into the community, especially those who have been in custody for a couple of years. 
     
    The Sheriff follows what is going on in the Legislature. There may be some changes, some of which may be beneficial. He believes we have a pretty thoughtful process, but he wants to weigh in on things in advance. He observed that California had several things happen at once, including a transfer of prisoners from prison to county jail, which changed the shape of things. The Colorado Legislature is currently looking at prison reform. There are questions about whether we have a sufficient number of prison beds. Prisoners may be released earlier and put on parole and a prison that was closed may be reopened. The Sheriff does not want the cost of housing prisoners in Colorado to shift from the state to local taxpayer dollars. The Legislature is also looking at bail reform.
     
    We are unfortunately seeing an unprecedented number of officer-involved shootings in the state. One of them was a JeffCo deputy. The driver of a car was driving it a the deputy and he shot the driver. The passenger then appeared to be reaching for a weapon and the deputy shot the passenger as well. The Sheriff wants to understand what is happening so his deputies can avoid the use of deadly force. It is his theory that most of the people involved in the officer-involved incidents have had experience in criminal justice system and have an attitude. He would like to identify the underlying problem so people can figure out what to do.
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting, March 5, 2019 Marlis McAllister 2019-03-05 07:00:00Z 0
    ROTARY CLUB OF CONIFER
    Meeting
    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 peggy.catlin@rtd-denver.com or 720-656-0670.
     
    ANNOUNCEMENTS/BUSINESS:
     
    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.
     
     
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting April 2, 2019 CHARLOTTE WYTIAS 2018-05-22 06:00:00Z 0

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

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

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

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

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

    The Rotary Four Way Test Lee Willis 2013-02-10 07:00:00Z 0
    • January:   Rotary Awareness Month
    • February:   World Understanding Month & R.I.'s Anniversary
    • March:   Literacy Month
    • April:   Magazine Month
    • May:   Rotary Education Month
    • June:   Rotary Fellowship Month & R. I. Convention
    • July:   Transition Month * New Rotary Year Begins
    • August:   Membership and Extension Month
    • September:   New Generations Month
    • October:   Vocational Service Month
    • November:   Rotary Foundation Month
    • December:   Rotary Family Month
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