Rotary Club of Conifer
January 15, 2019
Program:  Greg Romberg, Lobbyist
What a lobbyist does and the focus in the current Legislature in Colorado
Greg started in the Department of Regulatory Reform—both for the state and then the City of Denver.  He moved into lobbying and has worked at all levels of government.
A lobbyist works as a translator, helping people understand what is happening.  Term limits in Colorado made the role of staff and lobbyists important in being the historical reporters and teaching new legislators how government works.
 Greg gave an update on the state of the Colorado legislature, reviewing the composition of the two houses and the ramifications in terms of how legislating is being managed.  
As a first focus, our new Governor is proposing full day kindergarten for the whole State.  The issue, of course, is how to pay for this project.  There is more money available this year than has been since TABOR was passed, but there are many competing interests.
The Colorado Governor does not have the power that many other Governors in the country have.  In Colorado, the Governor proposes the budget but the legislature/joint budget committee does what it wishes. 
Guests:  Lenore McCall
  • January 26, RI President will be at the Marriott South:  Dinner and polio fund-raiser
  • Presidents of Area 8 met last night.  Ice-melt tickets are available from Janine.  The tickets are $3.  This is a major fund-raiser for Mt. Foothills.
  • January is Rotary Vocational Service month.  The focus is on ethical behavior in our various vocations and following the 4-way Test. 
  • The Club is returning to the morning meetings the first, second, third and fourth Tuesdays. We will not meet the 5thTuesday and will have a social event.  
  • Trivia Night is February 9.  The Club has one table filled.  We can have a second table.  Notify Yvonne is you want to join.
  • Next week, we will be planning the St. Pat’s fund-raiser.  If you have auction items, bring them.  
  • February 23, Evergreen has its Mardi Gras party.  John Wingate will bring more information next week.  
  • Mark Rehm received his Paul Harris Fellow, plus 4!   Thanks and congratulations!
Rotary Club of Conifer meeting January 15, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-01-15 07:00:00Z 0

  • The Conifer High School sponsors the Trivia Bowl fund-raiser Saturday, February 9, 5:30-9:30.. Our club will purchase a table or two; each table creates a theme and wears costumes, brings food.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
  • The breakfast plan for up-coming Tuesdays:  we will alternate catered and member-provided breakfasts,we will have a continental breakfast purchased via the Club by different members. There is a $50 limit for the food purchase.  Members will give their receipts to Cathy for reimbursement. Wes is passing out a sign-up for providing the breakfast food.
  • Evergreen Rotary Mardi Gras fund-raiser will be held February 23, 6-9 pm at the Country Day School.  The cost is $60 per person.
  • Our St. Patrick’s Day fund-raiser will be Saturday March 16 at St. Laurence Church.  Angela will be gathering items for the Silent Auction; all members can submit gifts/baskets as well.  Students at CHS will be creating the posters and publicity.  
  • RYLA applications will be on-line mid-February.
  • Interact Updates:
    • Fitzsimons MS donated $350 to the school in Kenya; a gate at the entrance of the school has a sign acknowledging the FMS donation!
    • West Jefferson Middle did a food drive for MRC
    • CHS:  Their Warren Miller film night raised $1200, which will provide funds for 2 Classrooms for Starfish in Guatamala.  The CHS Interactors will do trail work on the Colorado Trail this summer.
    • Soecial thanks to our Conifer Rotary Interact sponsors who inspire the kids to follow their passions in community service.
Guest:  Lenore McCall
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting January 8, 2019 Charlotte Wytias 2019-01-08 07:00:00Z 0
  • The Rotary International President’s Dinner:  January 25 at the Denver Marriott South, price $75.  Rooms are available if you would like to spend the night.
  • State of the State presentation:  Mental Health focus; January 8 at the Marriott/Denver Tech Center.
  • Thanks to Ed for his support of the Rotary International Foundation.  He received his Paul Harris + One for his donations to the Foundation.
  • All members are getting their new RI member pin!
  • The President Elect nominee is under consideration for 2020-2021.  Please let Janine know if you have an interest in this office.  
  • The Conifer High School Warren Miller event raised $1200 which will provide two classrooms for the StarFish, education program for girls in Guatemala.
  • The Fitzsimons Interact Club and the West Jefferson Middle School did penny-wars and nickel-wars fundraisers to provide money to purchase malaria kits in Kenya.  Suzanne will count the money and report how much they raised.
  • Mark reminded members that we can provide their donation to the Conifer Rotary Foundation; get your check to Mark before the end of the year.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies will have a chili cook-off in Bailey, January 26. They are looking for sponsors.  
  • Melony Harris is moving her membership to the Littleton Rotary Club—we will miss her!
  • The Mountain Home and Garden Show will now be called Foothills Home, Garden and Lifestyle show.  It will be held at the Evergreen High School and the Evergreen Rotary will be in charge for 2019.  The date is March 30-31, a month earlier than in the past.
Updates to our event schedule for 2019, also available on our website calendar
  • There will not be an evening meeting on December 26th.
  • There will not be morning meetings on December 25th and January 1st.
  • Our next social gathering will be January 5, 2019, 5-8pm at Christy Cragin’s home.  The main dish will be prime rib.  Please sign up for the event and for food to share by contacting Janine.
  • The Club is returning to weekly Tuesday morning meetings.  We will have catered breakfast on the first and third Tuesdays.  The food for the second and fourth mornings is being planned:  Wes will coordinate having Club members pick up continental breakfast items for the 2/4 Tuesdays.
  • The Board meeting will be Monday January 7, 2019
  • Our next morning meeting is Tuesday January 8.  Bring a gift for our annual “white elephant gift exchange”—we will have catered breakfast.
Program:  Forensic Genealogy
Christine Cochran, Our Provenance, Ltd.
Christine Cochran joined us today to talk about making stories of peoples' history for legal purposes.  Forensic genealogy definitaion:  the application of genealogy to legal issues.  It includes land transactions; natural resources and mineral rights, probate (missing and unknown heirs), dual citizenship; repatriation of military remains (no one left behind law), unclaimed bodies, criminal investigations, adoptions, guardianships, and expert witnesses.  
The genealogist's tools include DNA analysis; family tree construction, census records, probate records, vital records (birth, marriage, death); FAN methodology (friends, associates, neighbors); precise documentation and citations and more.
Genealogists do not have credentials: buyer beware!  However, there is an organization that sets standards:  Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.  In addition, there are these professional organizations: Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh; National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
The term 'genealogist' does not equal 'forensic genealogist': the military requires certification. Liability insurance is necessary  for doing forensic genealogy.  Private investigators searches are for living people; forensic genealogists deal with deceased persons.
The affect of forensic genealogy for the future:  deterrent to criminals' stop serial killers, DNA can provide evidence of persons who were not originally on the “persons of interest” list', limits the number of people who are “persons of interest”, which saves money and resources.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting December 18, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
  • There will be no morning meeting on New Year's Day, January 1st.
  • The State of the State, luncheon will be noon January 8, 2019 at the Marriot Denver Tech Center.  Tickets are available on the District 5450 website, click HERE to go there directly.
  • The RI Presidents dinner will be January 25, 2019.  This is a major Polio fund-raiser sponsored by District 5450.  Tickets are available on the District website
  • The Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Conifer King Soopers goes through December 24th.  Please sign up to ring the bell and encourage patrons to fill the kettle!  Click this link and go to Sign up Genius at:
  • Our next Board Meeting is 6PM December 5 at Janine’s home.
  • The Warren Miller movie "Face of Winter" will be shown 7:00PM Friday December 7 at Conifer High school, sponsored by the Interact Club at Conifer High School.  The funds raised will be used for Ted Ning's Starfish International, an organization that supports education for girls in Guatamala.
Today's meeting was a club assembly to discuss our meeting scheduling format and breakfast format for the morning meetings.  We are in a trial period, meeting in the mornings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.  The group discussed their likes and dislikes for the schedule and President Janine will take those ideas to the Board meeting on Wednesday.  We also discussed our morning meeting breakfast expense and other options for food at the morning meeting.
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting December 4, 2018 Lee Willis 2018-12-04 07:00:00Z 0
  • The State of the State, presented by Governor Hickenlooper, will be held January 8, 2019.  Tickets are available on the District 5450 website.
  • The RI Presidents dinner will be January 25, 2019.  This is a major Polio fund-raiser sponsored by District 5450.  Tickets are available on the District website
  • The Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Conifer King Soopers starts this Friday and goes through December 24th.  Please sign up to ring the bell and encourage patrons to fill the kettle!  Click this link and go to Sign up Genius at:
  • Our next Board Meeting is 6PM December 5 at Janine’s home.
  • The evening club will meet 5:30PM November 28 at St Laurence Church.
  • Our next club social is 6:30PM November 29th at the Stage Door Theater.  We're going to watch the dress rehearsal for "White Christmas".  A $10 donation is suggested.
  • The Conifer Christmas Parade is December 1.  Conifer High School and our Interact Club students will have a float.
  • The Warren Miller movie "Face of Winter" will be shown 7:00PM Friday December 7 at Conifer High school, sponsored by the Interact Club at Conifer High School.  The funds raised will be used for Ted Ning's Starfish International, an organization that supports education for girls in Guatamala.
  • Interact Report:
    • The Fitzsimmons Middle School Interact Club is raising money for malaria kits for Kenya.
    • The Platte Canyon High School is starting their Interact Club.  They have twelve members to date and have nominated their Board members.  They will be supporting a homeless program in Denver.
    • The Rotary Club of Conifer now sponsors FOUR Interact Clubs!
Conifer Rotary Grant Recipients, Part 2
Peace Works:  $1200. Lori Cuno, CEO of PeaceWorks, shared that last year's grant from Rotary provided needed fund-raising software.  This year the funds will go to purchase appliances for the kitchen at the The Mountain Peace Shelter. 
The Shelter is serving nearly twice the number of victims this year as last: 2200 nights of shelter. It is one of only three shelters in the State that also shelters the family pets.  Peaceworks is reaching out to the community to provide preventive education and support.  They added support groups for families, and they are providing education to schools to support healthy relationships.
The average stay for “guests” is about 2 months.  Finding permanent housing is one of the biggest issues for clients returning to the community.
Mountain Resource Center: $1500. Theresa Burns, coordinator of parenting programs told us that last year’s foundation grant went to the Nurturing Parenting Classes.  Nineteen families participated.  The class sessions start with parents and children together and then they separate into separate groups.  Nourishment is provided as part of the program.  Parenting materials are given to the families for home assignments.  The families are then eligible to access all of the services at MRC.  Goals include school readiness and reduction of child abuse.  
GUESTS:  Lori Cuno, Theresa Burns
Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting November 20, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-11-20 07:00:00Z 0
  • On November 7, at 6:00 p.m., the next meeting of the board of directors will be at Janine’s house.
  • On November 9, at 8:00 a.m., the Evergreen Rotary Club will be packing soldier boxes at The Wild Game in Bergen Park.
  • On November 10, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Red Rocks Community College, the District will host foundation and membership workshops. The club will pay the registration fee. If you want to go, please register online and ask for reimbursement.
  • On November 14, at 5:30 p.m, the club will hold its evening meeting. Our meeting will be followed by the Conifer Town Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. at West Jefferson Middle School. Club members who attend the evening meeting have done a great job representing us at the Conifer Town Hall and they would love to be joined by some of those who attend the morning meetings.
  • On November 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the club will have its next social, which is an evening at Stage Door Theater. We will see a dress rehearsal of White Christmas.  There is a suggested donation of $10.
  • On December 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Conifer High School Interact club will show a Warren Miller film. They are working on getting a sponsor and hoping that JJ Madwell’s will provide catering. The money the club raises will go to Starfish to help young girls in Guatemala get an education.
  • On January 8, 2018 (this is a new date), from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the District will host the State of the State luncheon at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. The focus will be on mental health and wellness. Molly Bloom, the keynote speaker, will discuss her own struggles with mental health and substance abuse. This event sold out last year so, if you want to attend, you should register early.
  • On January 25, District 5450 will host the RI President’s Dinner and Polio Fundraiser at the Denver Marriott South. RI President Barry Rassin will be the guest of honor. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and costs $75.00. You can stay the night at the hotel for $99.00 per room.
  • On March 16, we will have our annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at St. Laurence Episcopal Church. Tom Becker will be cooking. We need to update the tickets and flyers and get them printed before the first of the year. We also need help with silent auction donations. More details to follow.
  • Suzanne attended the Interact Conference on November 3 with a group of our Interact students. We currently have Interact Clubs at West Jefferson and Fitzsimmons Middle Schools and at Conifer High School. This Thursday will be the first meeting of the newly formed Interact Club at Platte Canyon High School. The Interact Club at Fitzsimmons Middle School received one of only two Presidential citations for overall club performance, awarded by the District. Mark Rehm has graciously agreed to sponsor Interact t-shirts again.
  • We recently had a great Day of the Dead party at Dean and Leonor’s house. Janine thanked them for hosting and told them we are all eagerly awaiting the next event there so we can celebrate the progress of their kitchen renovation.
  • While hiking in the Pike National Forest recently, Mark saw Bruce Ward. Bruce asked Mark to say to say ‘hi’ to everyone in the club.
  • Ed noticed that Conifer High School was rated #3 in the country by the Washington Post. Wes got a round of applause.
  • In a recent edition of the Canyon Courier, the newspaper ran a story about the 285 Backpack program and Mountain Backpacks  (the Evergreen Rotary backpack program).
  • The Conifer High School Interact Club is in a competition charity drive and is collecting canned food Items for MRC. If you would like to donate, please bring your donation to our next meeting.
  • Our next morning meeting is on November 20. We will award more grants to additional recipients, and bring canned goods for Conifer High School Interact!
Conifer Rotary Foundation Grant Recipients, Part 1
Today three of our 2018 Rotary Conifer Foundation grant recipients joined us to receive their grant awards.  They told us about their organizations and how they will use their grants.
Friends of Staunton State Park - Jeanie Boymel and Wayne Parkinson - $2,000
Jeanie told us the Friends of Staunton State Park provides financial support for promoting, preserving, and protecting the park. Our Rotary Conifer grant will be used in their track chair program. The program was conceived in August 2015 when Mark Madsen, a disabled person who enjoyed the outdoors tremendously, passed away. The Madsen family started the effort in 2016 by seeding a donation fund to purchase track chairs for the park. The effort produced the park’s first track chair in May 2017 and it was immediately successful. It was used on 150 hikes during the first year of the program. The Friends have since purchased two additional track chairs and have hired a track chair program manager during the hiking season to schedule hikes and recruit volunteers. The program has matured to include other necessities including backpacks, ponchos, and safety radios, and they now have a garage for the chairs. The track chair volunteers have joy sticks with which they can control the chairs for those occupants who cannot control the chairs themselves. Our club helped fund the purchase of the joysticks. The Friends have purchased gift cards to give to the top 8 track chair volunteers, one of whom has taken 30 hikes. This concept is gathering interest nationally, with state parks in Kansas, Michigan, and Oregon having adopted their own track chair program or inquired about doing so.
Our grant this year will be used to purchase ‘car seats’ to secure children and small adults safely in the track chairs. The chairs are one size fits all, and that doesn’t work for small people. Up to now, they have resorted to using pillows and foam material to secure small riders in the chairs.
In addition to telling us about the track chair program, Jeanie told us about other projects in which the Friends have been involved: the visitor’s center will open in January, complete with a stuffed mountain lion; there is rescue equipment in the park, including AEDs; and visitors to the park have participated in fun recreational and educational activities, including archery and fishing. Attendance at the Hike or Treat has tripled since its first year; weeding and preservation efforts are ongoing; and Eagle Scouts are constructing projects in the park with the help of the Friends. Jeanie encouraged all of us to join the Friends of Staunton State Park.
Stagedoor Theater - Kirsten Logan and Dean Arniotes - $1500
The Stage Door Theater mission is to make theater accessible for people of all ages and abilities, to develop skills and confidence, and to be creative in different ways. Stage Door wants the skills it teaches to last a lifetime.
The Stage Door youth program is large and growing, it includes children of all ages and abilities.  They are supported by a team of dedicated directors, choreographers, and parent volunteers (the parents help with costumes, props, etc.).
Kirsten has been with Stage Door for a year. She is proud to point out the unique strength of its program, that the children are all taught to support each other which she has not seen in other theater programs. For example, when each child auditions, the whole room erupts in applause. They all learn feel and act like they are a family.
The Stage Door program teaches children to be self-reliant and successful. It also teaches them teamwork. It encourages the children to develop lasting friendships and includes an incredible group of older kids who work with the younger ones.
This year Stage Door is performing a variety of programs to give the children the opportunity to learn different skills. It is currently rehearsing White Christmas, which teaches tap dancing and classical Broadway singing. In the spring, it will perform Rent, , which is a rock and roll program.
Stage Door will use the grant funds for student scholarships.
Platte Canyon School District - Sarah Bowman - $1,800
Sarah told us about the greenhouse that will be built at Deer Creek Elementary School. The project will have two phases: the first is a 26 foot geodesic dome greenhouse, and the second will be 6 raised garden beds with fencing to keep out the wildlife. It will be behind the school and accessible to everyone, including children in preschool. The excavation for the dome was done in July and it should be complete by next August.
The children are excited about the project, with plans to make scarecrows and garden pet rocks. The Boys and Girls Club is involved, and the school is contacting 4H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts for help over the summer with weeding and watering. Jane Baumann, a retired engineer who works at MRC, does high altitude gardening and will help everyone, even those with a black thumb, to have green thumbs.
Fundraising started with $1,650 and is up to $16,500.
Guests: Ken Troxler (a former member of the club), Leonor McCall, Gail Sharp (Evergreen Rotary, picking up soldier box donations), Jeanie Boymel and Wayne Parkinson (Staunton State Park), Kirsten Logan and Dean Arniotes (Stagedoor Theater), and Sarah Bowman (Deer Creek Elementary School).
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting November 6, 2018 Marlis McAllister 2018-11-06 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Conifer Evening Meeting
    • Angela discussed upcoming ads in the Canyon Courier.  Janine will contact the newspaper regarding the fees.  Janine noted that the check presentation pictured in a recent addition of the Canyon Emergency Room was last years and that the donation was about $10,000 more than that which was pictured on the check in the paper.
    • Janine spoke about Carol Carper’s (Evergreen Rotary) upcoming trip to Kenya, contact her if interested.
    • There will be a program presented by Jefferson County on water use in the conifer area.  It will be on 11/3/18 at West Jeff Middle School from 0800-1200.
    • Janine brought us up to date on the condition of Charlotte’s son.  While he was working on the Habitat for Humanity house, he fell off the roof and sustained multiple significant injuries.  He is in the Trauma Care Unit at Swedish Medical Center.  Charlotte has been with him extensively during his recovery period.
    • Today is World Polio Day
    • Janine: Reported on the District Governor’s visit to the morning meeting.
    • Angela talked about the Soldiers’ Box sponsored by Gail Shepard of the Evergreen Rotary Club and TallGrass.  She had worked on getting letters written to the veterans to enclose in the boxes sent.  The letters were written by students and were very touching.
    The boxes will go out on November 9.   $17 for each box.  The most important items are the simplest: shampoo, deodorant, soap and women’s hygiene supplies.  The soldiers in Forward Operating Bases especially need these supplies.
    • The Town Hall meeting on November14th, is the same day as our evening group meeting.  Angela indicated that we needed to be there by 1830.  Christy will be at the church at 1700 to assemble backpacks.  Given the constraints on our times, it may be best that we meet at West Jeff Middle School at 1830 and discuss any issues pertinent to our group at that time.
    • Janine   presented a Most Inspirational Member certificate to Angela; all of her good work, always done with a smile and a New Jersey accent.
    • Charles Harrison has been diligently working on membership criteria.  He recently sent an email outlining his proposal for analyzing our current membership and process for obtaining new members.
    • Some dates to remember, more information is available on our club website under Upcoming Events (we have a website!)
      • 11/7/18 at 1800, Board of Directors Meeting at Janine’s home
      • 12/1/18  Rotary Learning Institute, at Red Rocks Community College 0830-1530
      • 12/13/18  State of The State luncheon.  Governor will give opening remarks and Molly Bloom will be the keynote speaker
      • 1/25/19  Rotary International President’s Dinner and Polio Fundraiser
      • 4/27/19  District Conference from 0900-2100
    • Next meeting 11/14/18.  Will start at the Saint Laurence at 1700 for backpack assembling and then move to the Town Hall meeting at 1830.
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting October 24, 2018 Hugh Macaulay 2018-10-24 06:00:00Z 0
    Program: Sandy Mortensen
    District Governor
    Before she could begin her presentation, Sandy discovered she has a few things in common with Conifer Rotarians. Like Sandy, Angela Bassano is from New Jersey. They were each familiar with the other’s home towns. And, like Sandy, Ed Steinbrecher attended the University of Wisconsin and is a Wisconsin Badger.
    Sandy’s theme this year is “Connections,” which she characterized as complementary of the Rotary International theme, which is “Be the Inspiration,” because you cannot be an inspiration if you are not connected.
    In addition to her commitment to Rotary and our District, Sandy took some extra time to promote some important upcoming events:
    • This year’s State of the State luncheon will be on December 13th.  The Governor will give the opening remarks and Molly Bloom will be the keynote speaker. Once again, mental health is the theme.
    • The Rotary Learning Institute will happen on December 1 at Red Rocks Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Institute is a great way to learn more about Rotary and to meet other Rotarians. There will be three different sessions.
    • The RI President’s Dinner and Polio Fundraiser will happen on Jan. 25. It will be a fascinating event at which lots of Rotarians will be present. The RI President chooses visit our District for because we are in Sandy’s words an “amazing” District.  We have received a Zone award for net membership growth. We have also received an award for contributions to The Rotary Foundation and to Polio Plus.
    • The District Conference will take place on April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Arvada Center. It will include a happy hour the night before and Rotarians will be able to attend whatever play is being staged at the time.
    Sandy revised the District newsletter to make it more appealing and she would appreciate our reading it. It used to be 14 or so pages long and she has made it much shorter by incorporating links instead of full stories about club events. She wants clubs to use the newsletter to connect with other clubs. We can send any information we want included in the newsletter to Beverly Mendell. Sandy has also changed the DG’s Monthly Message from a letter to a short video.
    Greg Podd from Evergreen (past RI Vice President for Zones 21 and 27) asked Sandy to tell us about the new Rotary pin. Instead of just the Rotary wheel, the pin is rectangular in shape and incorporates both the word “Rotary” and a depiction of the wheel. The purpose of the new pin is to pique the interest of others in Rotary, and initial feedback indicates that it is working.
    Sandy pointed out that she was wearing Red Converse high tops that feature the “End Polio Now” logo. We are down from 22 cases worldwide to only 13.  Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries remaining with individuals suffering from the disease. Nigeria has been polio-free for 3 years. The shoes are a fundraiser. You can acquire your own pair at the Stomp out Polio website: The shoes cost $50 and the proceeds benefit Polio Plus.
    Sandy explained that she put her hat in the ring for DG because she is proud of what Rotarians do and particularly that we are all volunteers. Rotary has a structure and sticks to it, including a leadership plan common to all clubs. All of the leaders are providing service. Every single Rotarian is willing to take on a job and serve Rotary. Most Rotarians she meets are proud to be Rotarians.
    Sandy joined Rotary because someone invited her, but it took 2 years and multiple invitations to join. After she joined, one of the other members in her club told her he was looking for 10-12 people to go to Costa Rica to build a school. A trip to Costa Rica was not on her bucket list, but she went anyway. The Rotarians stayed in accommodations that were not glamorous but were adequate. They had a 2-hour commute to the school site, including a ride in a boat. When they first arrived, the Rotarians could see the locals watching them from the trees. One day, one of them walked out of the forest to ask who was going to build the school. The translator told him what everyone did for a living. Because no one was a builder, the local asked again who was going to build the school. Slowly, but surely, all of the locals emerged to help with the build. The Rotarians took breaks and played Frisbee and softball with the locals. Then the kids started showing up. Finally, the women started cooking lunch for everyone. After lunch, the women said they wanted to thank the Rotarians because they were changing the lives of the local children forever. The government had agreed to send a teacher if they had a school. After her trip to Costa Rica, Sandy felt as if she was no longer just a member of a club, but was a Rotarian. Since then, she’s been to many other projects around the world.
    Sandy stays in Rotary because of the opportunities it offers to develop leadership skills that translate to many aspects of her life and the connections she makes, including those with fellow Rotarians and speakers. She thanked us for being connected to each other, to the community, and to the world. She encouraged us to share our stories about why we stay in Rotary and then talk about all the projects we do.
    When she was in New York, Sandy read words on a banner that she believes apply to Rotarians and she shared them with us:
                We Rotarians . . .      We activate
                                                    We persevere
                                                    We partner
                                                    We plan
                                                    We organize
                                                    We mobilize
                                                    We teach
                                                    We communicate
                                                    We coordinate
                                                    We listen
                                                    We guide
                                                    We strategize
                                                    We mentor
                                                    We elevate
                                                    We shine
                                                    We dignify
                                                    We voice
                                                    We enable
                                                    We rally
                                                    We resolve
                                                    We educate
                                                    We lead
                                                    We unite
                                                    We connect
                                                    We inspire
    In our District, we have almost 3,000 members and we have 61 clubs!
    Guests: Curt Harris (Evergreen Rotary), incoming District Governor.
    • Janine presented Ed Steinbrecher with a certificate for being an inspirational member for all of the work he has done and still does scheduling interesting programs for the club.
    • On October 13, Conifer Rotarians President Janine Payton (along with her husband Don), Pat Hagan, Charles Harrison, Marlis McAllister (along with her husband Steve), Dean McCall, and Charlotte Wytias (along with her son Andrew) participated in a Habitat for Humanity build in south Evergreen. Sadly, Andrew was hurt when he slid off the roof. He will be in the hospital for a couple of weeks, but should recover fully from all of his injuries. Other than the accident, it was a wonderful event, with great weather and lots of Rotary camaraderie. For those who would like to volunteer but were not available on October 13, Marlis will send out a link to a web page where people can sign up to volunteer on an individual basis.
    • On October 27, we will have a Halloween social at Dean and Lenore’s home. It will be a pot luck and will happen in the evening.
    • On November 3, there is a water education seminar from 8 a.m. to noon at West Jeff Middle School.
    • Also on November 3, there is an Interact conference at 8:30 a.m. at Valley High School in Gilchrist. We already have 10 students signed up to go.
    • On November 6 and 20, Conifer Rotary Foundation grant recipients will present to the club about the projects we are funding. The recipients include Deer Creek Elementary, Staunton State Park, Stage Door Theater, and others.
    • On November 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Red Rocks Community College, the District will host Rotary Foundation and Membership workshops. You can sign up on-line and the club will cover the cost.
    • On November 29, we will have another club social by attending the dress rehearsal of White Christmas at Stage Door Theater for a suggested donation of $10, which will benefit Stage Door Theater.
    • On December 13, District 5450 will host the State of the State luncheon at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The focus will be on mental health and wellness. Molly Bloom, the keynote speaker, will discuss her own struggles with mental health and substance abuse. This event sold out last year so, if you want to attend, you should register early.
    • On January 25, District 5450 will host the RI President’s Dinner and Polio Fundraiser at the Denver Marriott South. RI President Barry Rassin will be the guest of honor. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and costs $75.00. You can stay the night at the hotel for $99.00 per room.
    • On March 16, we will have our annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the Episcopal Church. Tom Becker will be cooking. More details to follow.
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting October 16, 2018 Marlis McAllister 2018-10-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Barry Schwartz
    The Middle East
    Our own Barry Schwartz told the story of his trip to the Middle East.  He described it as the crossroads of the world, and the most dangerous region of the world.
    Barry and his wife made an Adventure Travel trip, which took them to three countries, Jordan Egypt and Israel.  It is the only company doing this trip after the Arab Spring.  Our State Department requires that US citizens be protected, which meant having armed guards in all places they traveled.
    Their route followed that of Moses to the Red Sea in Jordan and Israel.  They visited several sites in Egypt as well.  The area of Mesopotamia was the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of civilization:  scientific, literary, religious, and engineering.  Now this area is barren of all of these, however it was the center of civilization for over 3000 years.  Barry shared a time-line video that showed the change of cultures that governed the region.  They got to visit homes to learn about the lives of those who live there.  The photos he shared highlighted the landscapes and cities in the three countries.  Barry included many history lessons in the presentation.  Thanks, Barry!!!  Great program.
    Guests:  Carol Carper (Evergreen Rotary), Santiago (Montessori School)
    • 7 pm Wednesday is Conifer Council at West Jefferson Middle School
    • Saturday September 29 is the Taste of Italy, a benefit for the Mountain Peace Shelter
    • Homecoming at Conifer High School is Saturday Sept 29.  They need chaperones.
    • Last Wednesday the RYLA and Young RYLA students presented their experiences from this summer’s camps.  They were very grateful to Rotary for the experience.  The Conifer High School Interact students presented a check for $350 for Polio eradication.   
    • Last Saturday, our Club painted three bathrooms and cleaned up the grounds of the Mountain Peace Shelter. 
    • Janine and Finn attended the District Club training event on Saturday.  She will be participating in the District Public Relations committee—with a little help from her son.
    • Our next social event will be October 6:  a Hay Ride at Hugh Macaulay’s ranch.
    • October 16, the District Governor will attend our breakfast meeting to present the District’s Vision.
    • See the current issue of the Rotarian.  It features an article about our former member Bruce Ward as he starts a new conservation organization!
    • The Platte Canyon HS has a staff person volunteering to sponsor their new Interact Club.
    Happy Dollars!
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting September 18, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
    Education in the age of technology: The West Jefferson Elementary Approach
    Wendy Woodland
    Our own Wendy Woodland talked to us today about literacy education in her school.  How do we define Literacy? It has changed since our Rotarians were in school.  Literacy evaluation used to be focused on “fact/recall”.  The Common Core program moved away from basic fact/recall questions.  Now students have to read several sources and draw conclusions from evidence they read about.  Students have to write about their understandings that led to conclusions.
    Literacy skills are necessary to compete in the global marketplace:  critical thinking (not regurgitation), communication, collaboration, understanding, and analyzing.  Students must learn how to evaluate, determine what is factual and valid.  Teachers evaluate the students’ processes for finding and evaluating  the materials they read.  They are encouraged by questions from the teacher to test their own thinking processes.  Some of the elementary classes are reading Esperanza Rising and the UN Declaration of Human Rights:  they are recognizing and evaluating abuses in the story with regard to the Declaration.
    To evaluate literacy, there are benchmarks at each level of education starting in kindergarten.  All the reading/evaluation is done on computer now.  So the children have to learn computer skills to participate.  Common assessments nationwide came about when Governors met to create basic success in learning, so that children across the country have common skills and knowledge.   Evaluation is performance based and includes students evaluating one another’s work as well in addition to teachers.  These processes encourage communication between students.  The students also are learning respect for different perspectives.  
    Reading at home, even if it is an adult reading to the child, significantly helps their ability to read.  Let the children read what they want to read to encourage their reading skills.  West Jefferson Elementary invites Rotarians to read in the school.
    • The Peach Sale brought media attention in the 285 Hustler and the Canyon Courier
    • The Rotary Peak hike with the exchange students will be this Sunday at 8:30 am.  Meet at the top of Loveland Pass for this 1.5 mile hike.  Car pool, because parking is limited.
    • The Membership Committee will meet Wednesday at 5:30 at Charles’ home.  Anyone interested in membership issues and plans, please come.
    • Marlis sent an invitation to the Club to participate in the building of a Habitat of Humanity home in S. Evergreen. Please contact her if you can help.
    • The District Club Training will occur Saturday, Sept 15. Register on the District website. Tuition can be paid by the Club.
    • Saturday, Sept 15 the Club will do a work project at the Peace Shelter.  There will be a BBQ at 5pm at Suzanne’s for all Club members.  More details will be sent via email.
    • The RYLA and Young RYLA students will present their experiences at Conifer High School at 6pm.  Pizza will be provided.  This will be in conjunction with the folks from the evening Rotary group. The evening group will be preparing Back Pack food at St. Laurence Church at 5pm prior to the RYLA presentation.
    • Finn is now the Area 8 Assistant Governor.  Congratulations!  
    • The tail-gate social event last Friday was a great success and Conifer HS won the football game.
    • Janine's Board will meet the first Wednesday evening each month. The next meeting will be October 3, 6pm at Janine’s home.
    Guests:  From West Jefferson Elementary School:
    Holly Wagner, Librarian and digital Teacher and Justine Creel, Instructional Coach
    Jesse and Marlis won the drawing--- a package of cookies
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting September 4, 2018  Charlotte Wytias 2018-09-04 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Platte Canyon School District 
    Mike Schmidt, Interim Superintendent, High School Principal and Football Coach
    Mike Schmidt joined us to talk about our local Platte Canyon school district, an important part of our local Rotary community focus.  Mike started his career as a math teacher and coach 20 years ago.  He has been a principal for 12 years.  When the previous superintendent left last year, he applied for and was selected to be the interim superintendent to provide some continuity.  He is enjoying outreaching to the other schools in the District.
    He sees the District as a service organization and he to strengthen the cultural to focus on the students.  They have 150 staff members, all of whom he knows and he sees his role as supporting staff in the endeavor.  The first Platte Canyon football game will be this Thursday!  He loves directly working with the players.
    Because of its size, the school district can provide individually focused education for the students.  He knows the importance of helping students understand the importance of what the curriculum offers---and making the curriculum relevant to the interests and talents of the students. 
    Teacher shortage is an issue for his school district; qualifications of teachers; and salaries for teachers.  Mike recognizes the need to create an environment that attracts good teachers.
    • The peach sale was very successful:  $8000+ Thanks all for the teamwork. Thanks to Angela for her dedication to this fund-raiser!
    • The Back Pack Project started last week!  Last Wednesday, the evening group got the food ready for the back pack, which they will do prior to their meetings starting in September.
    • The Club Board meeting will be tomorrow evening at Janine’s at 6:00pm.  All Rotarians are welcome.
    • Tom Becker reports that we are having a “tail-gater” at the Well at Bradford Junction for happy hour at 5:30pm this Friday.   We will then go to Conifer High School for the football game against Woodland Park at 7 pm. 
    • The Community Service Committee met last week before the evening group meeting.  Projects they are considering:
      • Nancy Woodson—removing plastic straws in our local restaurants
      • Marlis McAllister—Habitat for Humanity home building in S. Evergreen and trail maintenance
      • Support the recycle project sponsored by Evergreen Rotary, Saturday, September 22
      • Charlotte will send a report and a request from members to provide input on projects you would like to engage in.  
    • Wednesday, September 12, the RYLA kids will be presenting about their experiences at Conifer High School.  There will be refreshments.
    • Saturday, September 15, 7:30 am, The District 5450 orientation/education training will be held at Front Range Community College.
    • Saturday, September 15, Rotary will  have a workday at the Mountain Peace Shelter in Bailey.  More details to come.  There will be a BBQ at Suzanne’s after the event for all Rotarians.
    • Saturday, September 29, PeaceWorks is holding Taste of Italy at Glen Isle in Bailey. Tickets are available on line…  Angela is collecting items for the silent auction.  
    • The Mountain Area Garden and Home Show Committee presented a check for our share of the proceeds: $16,250!!!
    50/50:  Happy Dollars
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting August 28, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-08-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Club Assembly
    • September 15: The Club will do a work day at The Mountain Peace Shelter.  More information to come.  There will be a BBQ at Suzanne’s after.
    • This Friday is pick up peaches day.  If you are volunteering, wear the Rotary t-shirt
    • Back Pack starts this week.  The evening group will help set up the food for this week.
    • Friday August 31 will be this month’s social event.  We will gather at the Well at Bradford Junction for happy hour, then a tail-gate party at Conifer High School by 7:30 to see the football game against Woodland Park.  Come at 5:30pm to the Well.
    • There is a District 5450 Club information training program, Sept 15.  There are a number of breakout sessions that will teach about many aspects of Rotary.  It will be held at Front Range Community College.  The price is $25 and includes breakfast.  The Club will assist with tuition—speak to Janine.  For more information and to sign up, go to the District website by clicking HERE.
    • President Janine recognized Jesse McKean for his dedication to the opening process for our meetings.  She is inviting other members to take turns helping.  Please sign up!
    Marble Raffle:  Bill McLaughlin
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting August 21, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-08-21 06:00:00Z 0
    Program:  Kenya in the Eyes of the Conifer Interact Club
    The students from the Conifer Interact Club joined Carol Carper at the Sasa Harambe project in Kenya where she has devoted herself to improve the lives of the local people.  Their activities during their visit included:
    • To fund and build a playground for children with handicaps, prepared the playground area area and built it.  Students from the St. Anthony Uluthe secondary school students worked on this project with our Interact visitors.  
    • To repair “chair tricycles” for handicapped children to give them mobility.
    • They helped paint the equipment at the “small home”.—a home for children with disabilities where they can attend school so that their parents didn’t have to worry about them.
    • They worked with mentors at the secondary school, St. Anthony Uluthe, where they spent time with the students and attended some classes.
    • They played soccer with the students….our kids were not as good but the Kenyan children let them win anyway.  A fun note: the soccer field was “mowed” by a resident cow.
    • They had a field trip with the Uluthe students to Lake Victoria—a first for the Kenyan students, who do not get trips away from their home school.
    • They visited a Sasa Harambe farm where sustainable agriculture is used to teach other farmers successful farming techniques.  They saw the process the farmers are using to grow and cultivate hay for sale for cattle feed.  The farmers are taught to plant grass around cornfields to prevent insects from getting to the corn.
    • They visited a baby home, where they cared for and played with orphan infants and small children.
    • They visited a dispensary/clinic where they observed and helped with the various types of care.  In that area of Kenya, one in four adults is infected with HIV, although malaria is the major killer.
    • They also got to out into the community to test people for malaria. Medication is not easily obtained due to government corruption and misappropriation.
    Some interesting observations:
    • Nearly everyone speaks three languages:  their native language, English and Swahili.
    • The Kenyan students were very interested and committed to their education.  They all wear uniforms, which are expensive for families.  Education is compulsory up to eighth grade.
    • Secondary students represent only 6% of the total student population, because secondary education is very expensive.  Families engaged in the Sasa Harambe farming do have enough money to send their children to school.   
    Guests: Carol Carper, Evergreen Rotary
    • The peach orders are complete!  The Sign Up Genius will be up soon for the distribution of the purchased peaches on Friday August 24th.
    • The Club will try a new meeting schedule September through November.  Morning meetings will be on the first and third Tuesdays, 7am, at the Mountain Resource Center.  Evening meetings will continue on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings, 5:30 pm at St. Laurence Episcopal Church.
    • September 15th is a busy day!!!  The District training workshop will be in Denver; speak to Janine if you can attend this event that is required for Clubs to get District grants. Also, the Club will have a workday at the Mountain Peace Shelter in Bailey.
    • Lee received a Most Inspirational Member Award for his work on the Club website.  Thanks, LEE!!!!
    • The Back Pack Project starts next week!  The first load of food from Food Bank of the Rockies comes via semi truck to Pine Junction next Thursday at 10 a.m.  Thanks to Marlis and Dean for volunteering to transport to the pantry at St. Laurence Church. Volunteers will be preparing the bags of food for the kids next Thursday afternoon at Deer Creek Elementary (2:30 pm) and Elk Creek Elementary (2:00 pm).  
    Rotary Club of Conifer Meeting August 14, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-08-14 06:00:00Z 0
    Program: Lee Willis
    Airline Travel:  What you don’t know….
    Our own Lee Willis provided us with a behind the scenes view of the intricate rules and procedures that make airline travel safe.
    Lee described airline safety as a system with three very important parts:
    1. Systems and Rules—FAA; European Aviation Safety Agency; International Civil Aviation Organization.
    These are organizations that are critical to airline safety.  They provide structure for airline management and safe navigation;  Rules and procedures are developed from lessons learned.
    1. All airline personnel receive extensive training regardless where they are in the system: aircraft maintenance, operations/command center, airport personnel, flight crew.
    2. Aircraft:  engineering design, manufacturing processes, inspections, testing.
    1. Pilot pre-flight preparation:  check weather and airport conditions; check for special procedures; logbook discrepancies, maintenance inspections and procedures and all back-up systems; preflight inspection of the aircraft exterior, cockpit and aircraft interior inspected by flight attendants.
    2. Airport and weather conditions: hazardous weather, icing; airport congestion, construction; departure and enroute changes and required fuel for those changes
    3. Procedures include flows and scripted callouts; below 10,000 feet, there is only essential talk
    4. Passenger issues:  drunk passengers are removed from the plane; inflight medical issues; out of control passengers
    Bottom line: Air travel is far safer than auto travel.  The US Census Bureau data shows that a person's chances of dying in an auto accident is 1 in 102, while the chances of dying in an aircraft accident are 1 in 205,552!
    Guests: Carol Carper, Evergreen Rotary
    • We are starting a marble drawing fund-raiser.  If you travel, bring a small gift for a drawing. First, if you haven’t already, be sure to purchase marble draw tickets, 1 for a dollar or 3 for $2.  When members travel they bring back a small item for the drawing- if your number is drawn you can choose the sure thing item or choose to try to get the white marble that is in this cup among 50 blue marbles.  If the white marble is drawn you win the 50/50 pot- if not that blue marble is removed and the pot is added to next week.  
    • Rotary Peak had trail maintenance on August 4. Rotary Peak Opportunities- hiking with the inbound exchange students on Sunday Sept. 9th.They would also love to have Rotarians volunteer as trail stewards particularly on weekend mornings. If you are interested contact Rick Clark - or 303.880.6447  or Jim Brook - or 970.409.8995
    • Peach orders are due by August 13;  Sign up Genius for staffing the sale will be up soon.  We will work 9-6 in two hour increments.
    • Next Monday, the District will provide a webinar on Club Training.If you are interested in learning about what it takes to get us money from the district grant process there is a webinar scheduled for August 13th from 5-7pm. You can do it right from your own home or office- no need to drive down the hill and it is free.  We will need one member to either attend this webinar or the training at Red Rocks College in January. 
    • Back Pack Project starts August 23!  There are a number of ways that Rotarians can help.  We organize each week's food on Tuesday mornings following this meeting and will have some members of the evening group do that on the weeks we don’t meet. On Thursday afternoons we take the food from the pantry to both Elk Creek and Deer Creek Elementary schools and pack the bags. We can also use help when we get deliveries from the food bank- usually on the 4th Thursday of the month in the morning, a good size vehicle is a plus for this. Please talk to Charlotte if you want to be included in this very rewarding activity.
    • The plans for starting the 2018-19 Rotary Coupon Book planning starts this evening at 5:30 at Wes’ home.
    • In September we will begin a three month trial of a new meeting schedule.  We will hold morning meetings on the first and third Tuesday mornings at MRC at 7 a.m. and evening meetings will continue on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings at St. Laurence Church at 5:30pm.
    • The Roll and Read/Imagination Library event August 4 was successful.
    • Our Club was recognized in the Canyon Courier for our tree-planting near Deckers and by Mt. Evans Home Care and Hospice for our donation to them.
    Rotary Club of Conifer meeting August 7, 2018 Charlotte Wytias 2018-08-07 06:00:00Z 0

    The 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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