Posted by Shellie Peterson
President Kim and Greg Wynn (standing in for Donna who was substitute teaching) revealed a banner from the Archuleta County School District.
The 2018 mini grant program was very successful.  Fifteen local teachers from a variety of Archuleta County schools applied for grant funds.  Applications were submitted from Pagosa Springs Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Pagosa Family School, and Pagosa Peak Open School.  Their applications varied greatly in the needs for their students.  Applicants requested funds for classroom supplies, science enrichment, creative classroom furniture, and much more.  Pagosa Springs is very fortunate to have educators from many diversified schools who are dedicated to the enrichment of our young people.
It is with great pleasure that the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is proud to announce that all applicants’ grant applications were awarded for a total of over $2,200.00.  
This Year's grant recipients were Dana Hayward, Sabra Miller, Rachael Christiansen, Jeanne Dahler, Anita Hinger, Jennifer Banks, Lauren Wolford (3 grant applications), Linda Lutomski,  Karla Choat, Emily Murphy, Heather Rose, Sarah Johnson, & Kelle Bruno.  
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club Teacher Mini Grant Program is a long standing annual program for our club and this year was no different.  The mini grant program awards a limited number of grants with a maximum award of $200 for special classroom projects to individual teachers in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Archuleta County.  The mini grant provides working capital to innovative teachers who want to develop new ideas to enrich the student classroom experience.  The mini grants also provide funds to teachers for materials or projects that would not otherwise be available through the school district or for teachers that would otherwise have to use their own money to support them.  
Our thanks go out to Donna Wynn who shepherded this project through to completion this year!  Good Job Donna!
Rotary is a Proud Partner to the Archuleta School District Shellie Peterson 2018-02-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Johnathan Dobson and Doug Large spoke to the Club regarding their desire to provide a school in San Juan Puerto Rico with solar power.  Their initiative is in the beginning phase and results from traveling around the island and finding communities largely being ignored and left to fend for themselves after the hurricane.  They wanted to find a project that would make a lasting impact and by providing solar power to the  S U Marta LaFonta NE school in the central west mountains they feel like they can do that.  
Johnathan traveled the country looking for such a project and they plan to raise approximately $25,000 to purchase and ship the required materials such as batteries and  solar panels.  They are currently working with the Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary Club with the hopes of using their 501(c)(3) status so that contributions could be tax deductible.  
Solar Power for Puerto Rico Shellie Peterson 2018-02-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Art Benzel began with an invocation consisting of excerpts from a poem by George Carlin (yes, the often vulgar comedian, but a thoughtful observer of life too), “The Paradox.” Lines recorded by your scribbling reporter included observations that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, more convenience but less time, more medicine but less wellness, stay up too late and wake up too tired, love too seldom and hate too often, and have been to the moon and back but have trouble walking across the street to greet our neighbor.
Sharon Crump then led the group in singing Grand Old Flag.  Sharon’s leadership of the uplifting favorite was more melodious than a previous effort perhaps still ringing in the ears of some.
Guests included Constance D’Angelis, 9 Health Care coordinator, and James Smith, president of Citizen’s Bank, a multiple-time return guest.
Announcements included requests for volunteer sign-ups by Jo Bridges on behalf of the Feed our Children backpack program (sign-up “early and often,” Jo implored), and President Kim Moore for the Kentucky Derby party, being held again at Keyah Grande.  “Many hands make light work,” Kim suggested, encouraging all to volunteer for one of the many jobs hosting the event demands.
Dave Campbell then presided over the induction of a new member, Meg Wempe, an event which he said was the result of “a couple of years of arm-twisting.”  Meg is the director of the community’s highly esteemed Ruby Sisson Library. 
(According to information on the internet, the Library dates to a donation of books from the estate of a wealthy New Yorker in 1896.  Ruby Sisson was a local teacher, rancher and philanthropist, who lived from 1901-1985.  Community members raised the funds to build the current library building in 1989.  The building, located at South 8th Street and Highway 160, was later remodeled and expanded in 2005.)
Meg shared a little of her background with us.  She grew up in South Carolina and is a graduate of Clemson University.  After college she bounced around a bit, including a period in residence at what she described as a “hippy farm” in Virginia, until she earned a Masters in Library Science at Arizona.  Eventually she wound up in Pagosa Springs, fell in love with the community, and skiing, plus, got married.  She does triathlons, and recently participated in the Penguin Plunge.  Meg is a welcome addition to Rotary!
Another Penguin Plunger, Nick Tallent, reported that he survived the event the previous weekend, despite being nearly drowned by the weight of his bulky Penguin costume which he wore into the San Juan.  Nick said he raised $600 for Big Brothers/Sisters, and the Plunge and other Winterfest events raised a total of $11,000 for various causes.
Exchange student Laura Delgado reported she had raised $1600 for her Hawaii trip, but much of the needed sum “is still missing for me.”  Her current fund-raising effort is Valentines’ Day candy.  Laura reported that she had recently attended the X-Games, staged this year in Aspen.  The trip was much fun, she added, except for the $7 hot chocolate in an Aspen bistro.  (Beware, all ye who enter here, the land of million-dollar “affordable” homes – no joke!)
Sunshine and Showers under Betty Switzer’s leadership produced several offerings of interest, including Lassie Olin’s report that People Magazine had listed Pagosa Springs as one of 10 places in the world to visit (the only US location so honored),
Kim’s comment that it was husband Walt’s birthday and a celebratory visit to Ouray was anticipated, Donna Wynn’s report that her daughter would be opening a restaurant, Carol’s Kitchen, back home in Norman, Ok. on February 17, and your reporter’s disclosure of another step on the Pagosa odyssey started by chance in 2004, his admission to the practice of law in Colorado.
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
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Randy told us that his career in fire fighting began in Amarillo, Texas in 1981.   He retired from the fire department there after 25 years, and subsequently joined the Pine River Fire Protection District based in neighboring Bayfield, coming to the Pagosa District a few years later.  He was appointed chief in 2016.
The Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) was established as a Special District under Colorado law in 1979, Randy said, and later merged with the former fire department of the Town of Pagosa Springs in the 1990’s.  The District currently has four paid officers, two chiefs, a Fire Marshal, and two staff persons.
Much of its fire fighting is done by a large force of volunteers, currently 41.  Paid staff are on duty during the normal business week, so response to calls in off hours depends on volunteers and staff responding from their homes and their personal activities.   There are seven stations in the PFPD.
The PFPD is formally responsible for coverage of an area of 37 square miles, but in reality responds to calls in an area of 1000 square miles, including places where there is no other convenient coverage like the southern part of Mineral County, and Wolf Creek Pass -- the site of many vehicle accidents, particularly involving heavy trucks.
Randy added that the PFPD deals with more than only calls to fires.  It also staffs a rescue team, a Hasmat team, responds to accidents and wildland fires, and has trainied paramedics who provide supplemental emergency medical service (EMS) response in the community. 
Randy Larson, Pagosa Fire Protection District Jim Garrett 2018-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator

For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
Rotary Foundation Receives Highest Rating Shellie Peterson 2018-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Justice Ministries of Pagosa describes itself on its Facebook page as “A faith based, non-profit organization that operates as a non-governmental human service agency. We connect those who have a need with those who have a heart willing to serve.”
Among its activities has been the organization of the Salvation Army Christmas season bell ringing/collections, seasonally sited currently in the community at City Market and Walmart.  Nancy thanked Rotary for its participation in the fund-raising drive, through supplying bell ringers sufficient to staff 10 out of 31 total days at the City Market            site.  She reported that over $16,600 was raised at City Market for local programs receiving funds from the drive.  The total raised was more than $36,000 including nearly $7800 at Walmart and $11,850 from mail-in donations.
Nancy and Neal distributed certificates of appreciation to all “bell ringers” from Rotary. 
Nancy Williams & Neal Umali, Salvation Army Bell Ringing Jim Garrett 2018-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
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Cindy Gallabota started the meeting by noting that Rotary had been founded in 1905 by a lawyer, and the name “Rotary” was adopted because the meeting site rotated among members’ offices.  She then offered the invocation.
Cindy narrated a story: a group of frogs was hopping through the forest.  Two fell into a deep pit, landing on a ledge. They tried to jump out, but after several futile attempts, it seemed too deep, and one yielded to despair and jumped off the ledge to the bottom.  The other continued to try, but the remaining frogs looking down from the edge of the pit sadly yelled “Stop, it’s no use.”  Nonetheless, the frog continued to jump, finally reaching the edge with a desperate try, and clambering with an exhausted lunge onto the surface.  The others were amazed, and exclaimed in wonder that their fellow had not given up despite their warnings.  The frog replied, ‘”my hearing is poor, I thought you were shouting encouragement.”
The moral, Cindy explained: “Be careful what you say to others, it may be a matter of life or death.”
Later during the meeting, Cindy issued a call for volunteers to participate on a rotating basis in delivering invocations.  Currently, she and Art Benzell are carrying the load.  Some recruits to help pitch in would make a meaningful job more manageable.
Then came time for the song.  This week, it was “Grand Old Flag,” written by George M. Cohan in 1906 (the year after Rotary’s founding). Sung well or not, it is a stirring march, that makes the hearts of Americans everywhere swell with pride.  Cohan, regarded as the father of American musical theater, is celebrated by a statue in New York’s Times Square, and in addition to “Grand Old Flag,” penned numerous other famous songs including “Over There,” “Yankee Doodle Boy,” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.”  (Thanks to Bill Hubbard for supplying the lyrics of the song, as well as many others.)
President Kim Moore announced that the Kentucky Derby party will again be held at Keyah Grande this year, on May 5.  A volunteer sign-up sheet was circulated.  (If you missed it, don’t worry – there is a fabulous array of opportunities still available for eager Rotarians.)
Ronnie Doctor reported that exchange student Laura Delgado is selling Valentine Tins filled with treats to raise funds for her Hawaii trip.  Unfortunately, air fare has jumped in cost, so Laura has work remaining to do.
Borde Rio owner Jason Cox then told Rotarians that the restaurant will be closed for remodeling and rebranding: it will become Riff Raff II, Jason said, a sort of a branch of his original Riff Raff that in addition to serving food and drink will substantially expand brewing capacity.  Jason said that he hopes the remodeled restaurant will be able to continue hosting Rotary meetings.  During the remodeling, Rotary meetings will continue to convene in the building, at least until further notice.
In Betty Switzer’s absence, Roberta Tolan presided over Sunshine and Showers.  Roberta lacked Betty’s umbrella and parasol props (which seem to supply a nearly magical aura), but still reaped a bounty of offerings. 
Among others, Dave Smith noted that he’d had a good week combining abundant sunshine with a daily breakfast featuring toast spread with Laura Delgado’s delicious fund-raising jam; Kim reported she’d visited with Bob and Patty Tillerson, whom she said enjoy receiving visitors even though Bob is currently on oxygen; and Bill Hubbard gave an off-the-cuff review of the new book noted in the Bulletin a few weeks ago by Dan Darling (Bill Darling’s son), which he said is a good mystery.  
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Wynn
Thank you to Kim Elzinga for the photography!
Congratulations to:  Dana Hayward, Sabra Miller,
Rachael Christiansen, Jeanne Dahler, Anita Hinger, Jennifer Banks, Lauren Wolford (3 grant applications), Linda Lutomski,  Karla Choat, Emily Murphy, Heather Rose, Sarah Johnson, & Kelle Bruno.  
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club Teacher Mini Grant Program is a long standing annual program for our club and this year was no different.  The mini grant program awards a limited number of grants with a maximum award of $200 for special classroom projects to individual teachers in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Archuleta County.  The mini grant provides working capital to innovative teachers who want to develop new ideas to enrich the student classroom experience.  The mini grants also provide funds to teachers for materials or projects that would not otherwise be available through the school district or for teachers that would otherwise have to use their own money to support them.  
2018 Teacher Mini-Grants Awarded Donna Wynn 2018-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Brooks began the presentation by summarizing the District’s “process around” its conclusion school facilities are in urgent need of an upgrade.  He reported that the District had hired an architectural consultant in October 2016 to survey its facilities in light of its expected growth and demographics.  The following spring, Lindner said, the District formed a Planning Assistance Team including representatives from the community, teachers, and School Board members to help in planning and in community outreach necessary to develop support. 
Last December, he added, the District decided to seek a Best Grant, a Colorado program providing school districts funds to undertake capital projects.  The grant application was prepared by the consultant and recently approved by the Board, he said.  So the process of seeking to accomplish the desired upgrade is well in motions, but far from complete.
Superintendent Reed then took the podium to discuss the School District’s programs.  Currently, the schools serve a growing student population, she said, with current enrollment being the highest in 10 years.  She said that 92% of high school students graduate within 4 years, and 42%  go on to college.
On the negative side, Linda reported that state school funding (which is especially important because of restrictions imposed by state law on local funding) is in a “downward spiral.’  That makes grants hugely important, but she reported that the District has achieved notable success with its grant applications, citing as an example that all district students now have access to counselors, many available through the support of grant funding.
Linda Reed and Brooks Lindner, Archuleta School District Jim Garrett 2018-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Doug Secrist, President of the Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary Club, was proud to present Robert Soniat with the Rotarian of the Year Award.  Robert is being recognized for his tireless service to the youth of the community as well as the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  Congratulations Robert!
Rotarian of the Year, Mountain Morning Rotary Shellie Peterson 2018-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Smith
Photography provided by Al Myatt
Pagosa’s junior scientists recently met at the Middle School to present their research projects. Students who chose the Middle School Science Fair as an elective, started by selecting a topic and a hypothesis. They then designed experiments to test the hypothesis, and analyzed the results to determine whether the hypothesis was correct.
All research projects were judged by three scientists. With so many excellent projects, the competition was fierce. First place went to Jonathan Nasralla for his research on the possibility of using a Fresnel Lens to generate electricity from the sun’s rays. Jonathan’s Fresnel Lens, dubbed the “Solar Death Ray”, was so powerful that it melted a metal can using only energy from the sun. Like most great experiments, initial attempts failed. In Jonathan’s case, the high temperature steam generated by his Frensel Lens melted the plastic turbine that was supposed to generate electricity. Also, like most great research, initial experiments showed what needed to be done next!    
Second place went to Skylar Sherman for her study of the effects of caffeine and coffee on plant growth. The goal of this research was to enhance plant growth as a possible means of solving the world food shortage. Third place went to Andrew Bowles, who explored the relationship between the weight of an airplane and the power required to fly the airplane. Related studies have shown the benefits of replacing aluminum with carbon fiber in airplanes, and they have led to increased baggage fees charged by the airlines.  
All science fair students are encouraged to present their research at the Regional Science Fair in Durango on Thursday March 1. Winners in Durango may have the opportunity to present at the state competition in Denver. 
Rotary Supports the 7th and 8th Grade Science Fair David Smith 2018-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
In observation of Martin Luther King Day, Cindy Gallabota began the meeting with “factoids” from the life of the martyred leader as the invocation.  Among the gems unearthed by Cindy:
  • At birth, King was named Michael, after his father.  But the senior Reverend King, inspired on a trip to Germany, changed both their names to Martin, to honor Martin Luther.  (One might say that some honor as well was ultimately reflected back on the transformative 16th Century religious leader by virtue of the change of the younger King’s name, when the latter, too, became a transformative leader.)
  • King began attending college at age 15.
  • He was imprisoned 30 times.
  • His observation that to love others, first love (accept) yourself, rather than being like a Ford trying to change to a Cadillac.
  • His statement of life’s most persistent question: What are you doing for others?
       Then, in the absence of our Songmeister, Bob Tillerson, or any of the usual cadre of strong-voiced and courageous stand-ins, President Kim Moore led the group in singing “America, The Beautiful.” 
       Visitors included Dick Bond, Kenny Rogers from morning Rotary, and the new President of Citizen’ Bank, James Smith, who recently arrived in Pagosa from Bentonville, Arkansas.
      Current exchange student, Brazilian Laura Delgado updated us on her activity at the Pagosa Springs High School, and on the fund-raising for her planned trip to Hawaii during spring break.  Currently Laura is selling Blueberry/Lime Jelly – which was moving before the meeting like hotcakes for breakfast at an Army base.
Lisa Scott then reported that she had recently heard from Laura’s predecessor of four years ago as the exchange student in Pagosa, “Bob from Thailand.”  Lisa showed off a skirt and blouse Bob had sent her.
      President Kim then recalled another exchange student from a few years back, a Taiwanese who after being told how much Kim enjoyed a cup of tea, gifted her with boxes of tea by the score.  Much appreciated, Kim said, but beyond her consumptive capacity, offering to share the bounty with other Rotarians upon request.  But, said Lisa, why not let Laura sell the tea?  Instantly persuaded, Kim vowed tea would be on sale alongside the Blueberry/Lime Jelly next week.
       Donna Wynn then reported on several mini-grants by Rotary to Pagosa school teachers for supplies, which she said had been put to good use.
Continuing the schools-related theme, Dave Smith reported on the recent 6th and 7th grade science fair, which he said was a big success with 23 student projects entered.  Prizes for the best entries are funded by Rotary, Dave said, with judging undertaken by a panel of local community members with scientific and technical backgrounds.
       Nick Talent then encouraged Rotarians to support and volunteer for the Big Brothers/Sisters organization, which he said can have substantial effect on the lives of youngsters lacking informal, personal interactions with adults more experienced in life.
       Later, during the Sunshine and Showers segment, your fearless reporter -- being moved by nostalgia triggered by Dave’s earlier report of the Science Fair -- recounted his own youthful experience in 6th grade of building a “working” volcano as a science project, in years now nearly forgotten.  Sadly, your reporter’s moment of fond reminiscence was disrupted by a douse of objectivity from his wife, Melanie: “Everyone made a volcano,” quoth she.   Well, after all, there was a reason your reporter became a lawyer.  But, I stick to my guns: it was a nice volcano.
       Among others who offered Sunshine or Showers under the mystical inducement of Betty Switzer’s sunglasses and tiny parasol, Bill Darling had notable offerings under each heading.  Under Sunshine, Bill reported that his son Dan had authored a book titled Archaeopteryx (The Albuquerque Trilogy, Vol. 1) , now being sold by both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Amazon reports the novel involves “a tangle of weirdness as old as the American Southwest,” and it currently receives the full five stars from eight reviewers.  But Bill reported a Shower too (with exceptional good grace): that his battle with lymphoma continues, likely leading to the necessity of more chemo and radiation treatment.  One can be confident of this: Bill will continue to wage the battle with strength and good cheer.
      Betty then turned to birthdays, announcing that your reporter, Diane Bower and Lassie Olin were Rotary’s January babies.  For the ritual singing of “Happy Birthday,” Kim then produced a large bag of kazoos, enough apparently to be used for monthly birthday observances for decades to come.  She and Dave Commack then displayed the use of a kazoo for the benefit of all and sundry.
       With this preliminary, the birthday honorees were called forward for the celebration.  Alas, only your reporter was present to be festively be-hatted, feted and handed a kazoo.  But, with Kim and Dave joining in, a hearty trio was formed merrily to toot “Happy Birthday,” accompanying the meeting’s singing of the traditional song. 
       However, your reporter (a ham by nature, who occasionally indulged in kazoo tomfoolery during his college years, also numbered among those almost forgotten) was not fully satisfied by one song alone, and continued his display of kazoo “virtuosity” with a rendition of a chorus of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  Betty immediately began doing a magnificent little soft shoe dance in the aisles worthy of Mr. Bojangles, until your reporter ran out of audacity, and returned to his seat, his notebook, and more scribblings.
       Betty then announced some notable anniversaries, including Dave Commack’s 25 years as a Rotarian, and Dave and Jean Smith’s 51st wedding anniversary.
I wonder if Kim regrets the kazoos?
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-01-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
      Greg began with an account of the process leading up to his appearance as the week’s speaker, charged with the task of navigating the path between boring and narcissistic, he said, while regaling the group with his “life story.” 

      Dave Commack, he explained, had called, outlined the concept of occasionally inviting a Rotarian to speak at a meeting of his or her life and times, and then added a forlorn appeal that he “was desperate.”  Greg recalled that he reflected it was probably true, given that a name beginning with W is usually at the bottom of any list, and succumbed to Dave’s entreaties.  Whether Dave was truly desperate, or not, Greg’s charming narrative well demonstrated that his choice as lead-off hitter was sound.

       Greg recalled that he grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, where he went to schools within a mile of his home, and then matriculated at the nearby University of Oklahoma.  He graduated in 1981 with a degree in business administration.  During his schooling, Greg had made a little money to help make ends meet by working part time at the local Ford dealership, beginning in high school with car washing, and eventually progressing to some sales while still an undergraduate.  So it was only natural that when Greg received his degree, he took the job of credit manager at the dealership.

      Then, as fate would have it, in the process of calling in loan applications to the dealership’s bank, he began to form a relationship with a young woman who took the applications.  The relationship soon advanced  into courtship, and ultimately marriage to wife Donna.

      Donna, Greg recounted, was from a family of five children, and wanted also to have five.  But nevertheless, after two daughters and a son between 1986 and 1988 (whew), Donna thought better of that plan, and the family grew no more.

      Meanwhile, Greg was advancing at the dealership, and eventually became manager of truck sales, twice winning recognition as manager of the year.  Despite his success, however, he became frustrated with the work, resulting from constant, rapid turnover in sales staff causing him continually to devote his time to training, and began to think of a career change.

      A few years before Greg began to think about finding another opportunity, his Dad and a friend had started a small hardware store, with a plan that after a few years Greg’s father would sell out and the friend would take full responsibility.  But fate intervened again by contriving the opposite outcome: the friend unexpectedly died, leaving Greg’s Dad with full responsibility.  For help, he turned to Greg to buy the store.

      Greg recalled at the time he doubted it would be possible for him to be a success in the hardware business, but nevertheless decided to give it a shot.  He and Donna sold their home, their cars, everything they could to raise money.  At first they had tough sledding, and lived hand to mouth.  But although they were barely making it to the end of each month, Greg said there was a major positive side too: the opportunity to work closely with his Dad.

       Finally, the store turned the corner, and Greg began to be able to hire some help.  Apparently, he had good insight: he recalled that he found people who were good employees and continued with him for years. 

       The business expanded and prospered, and Donna worked as a teacher.  Eventually Greg said, they began to consider retirement.  Over the years they had come to enjoy Colorado, and spent vacations frequently at a place in the mountains between Crede and Lake City, known as Oleo Ranch.  There they met a man who had enjoyed such financial success in life that, Greg said, he could live anywhere.  One day, they fell to talking about towns in Colorado, and the wealthy friend proclaimed, “Pagosa Springs is the place.”  In October 2010, Greg recalled, after a couple of visits to Pagosa, he and Donna bought a house in the Lakes area.  A few years later, Greg sold the hardware store to the son of one of his original employees, and he and Donna retired and moved to Pagosa.
      “Retirement is great,” Greg proclaimed.  But he did note two complaints about Pagosa: the cell coverage is lousy, and there is so much to do.  As an example, Greg said he and Donna bought a canoe, then loved canoeing on the lakes so much they bought another for family to use, and then had so many friends who loved it too they bought a third.

      But flat water alone was not enough, so Greg and Donna bought a used, commercial river raft too, for use on local rivers.  Comically, Greg described the first launch of the raft on the San Juan just south of downtown, which he said within 30 seconds led to the thought, “My gosh, this is where we die.”  But the craft was restored to good order within a few minutes, eventually yielding a happy ride downstream for 15 or so miles.

      Greg participates in the local Search and Rescue organization, led by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s office.  “A fantastic, dedicated group,” he said, “all willing to go all out for a stranger” in harm’s way.

      Greg’s story concluded with a brief reference to golf, which he has recently taken up.  Like many, he has found his relationship with golf complex: among other points, he recalled it restored to his vocabulary the “four-letter words” he had long ago abandoned.

      Greg finished to a hearty round of applause.  Good work, Dave!
Greg Wynn, All 50 Shades Jim Garrett 2018-01-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
            In President Kim Moore’s absence, Dave Richardson presided over the meeting with well-practiced aplomb.
           Cindy Galabota began the meeting with “a prayer for common ground,” a thoughtful appeal to the better part of human character consisting of several lines invoking a unifying theme.  The whole was too extensive for your reporter’s pen faithfully to track, but key elements included, “may I be a force for replacing fear with insight,” and “may I be open to others.”
            Jessie Formwalt followed by leading the group in singing, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”  All gave hearty voice.  (Neal Johnson, a table-mate, asked sotto-voce, “Do kids still sing these songs?”  One prays fervently that they do, but in this era of digital communications, social networking, and diminishing relevance of traditional values, maybe grade schools have abandoned the old songs together with cursive writing.)
            Lisa Scott reported that she had received a card at Christmas from last year’s German exchange student, Leo.  Back in Berlin, Leo reported he misses Pagosa, and has a Colorado flag and a picture of the 2016 Pagosa Springs High School Boys Soccer team (Leo played striker) on his wall.
            This year’s resident exchange student, Brazilian Laura Delgado, reported she was planning to tryout for the spring High School musical, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  But, she admitted, she was nervous about singing.
            In Sunshine/Showers, Betty Switzer returned to her regular sunglasses and umbrella (leaving the memorable Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer glasses for the next Santa season).  Carrie Weiss began by offering a combination S/S, reporting that she and John would be away from Pagosa for two months, travelling throughout the South in their RV.  (John added, “I just drive.”)
            Ramona Tscharr then reported what was unambiguously a shower: her departure from Pagosa Springs to move back to Austin, Texas.  The artistic Ramona, whose talents have provided yeoman service to Rotary in innumerable events, most recently last fall’s Barn Dance, was honored by a bitter-sweet rendition by the group of “Red River Valley.”  Dave then offered Ramona Rotary’s heartfelt thanks for all she has done.
            The meeting then enjoyed another ambiguous S/S: competing reactions by two members to the Alabama Football Championship win, the first claiming it was joyous sunshine, the second, gloomy showers.  (Your reporter will observe that to his ear, more boisterous support was drawn by the latter perspective than the former, but he must acknowledge the possibility that his conclusion was influenced by bias.  Alabama again????  Enough!  We already have a commercialized Saint Nick.  We don’t need a Saint Nick Saban, at $11 million a year, an absurd amount for a so-called educational institution – though, to be fair, bad judgment of that sort is not unique to Alabama.)
           Turning to education with a more realistic perspective, Dave Smith reported on the March Senegal trip he is organizing.  The group will be visiting three Senegalese high schools, where travelers will have the opportunity to interact with students.  Dave issued an appeal for English language paperback books that can be given to the students, who are native French speakers and receive English instruction in high school.  Junior high school reading level would be appropriate, he suggested.
Announcements and Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-01-18 07:00:00Z 0
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           The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) has an agreement with the Town of Pagosa Springs to build and operate three grow domes in the town’s Centennial Park on the north bank of the San Juan River, across from the Springs Resort.  In addition to the domes, the park has a small amphitheater scenically located by the water and new restroom facilities, and will be landscaped with plantings and native rocks.  
            Roberta began the presentation with a report that recent grants have supplied funding to add the two final domes to the first, which was completed in 2016.  Roberta summarized that the first of the year-round, geothermally heated domes was primarily dedicated by GGP to educational uses, with heavy involvement by the Pagosa Springs schools.  The second and third will be devoted to community gardening (with the participation of various groups) and mountain gardening innovations and research, respectively.
Roberta Tolan and Cameron Parker GGP Jim Garrett 2018-01-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The new extension agent, Robin Young, drew extensive interest with her talk to Rotary. 
            Robin began by explaining the basics of the Colorado State University Extension Program, locally based in an office at the County Fairgrounds.  The focus, she said, is “practical education to develop skills.”  She identified multiple fields of emphasis: agriculture, energy, natural resources, farm and consumer services, food systems, 4-H for youth, horticulture, and small acreage management.
            Robin mentioned several upcoming events:
  • On January 18, a regional backyard gardening workshop, including discussion of “high tunnel” gardens, to be held in Bayfield;
  • On January 22, a presentation by the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (which recently announced having won grants to fund construction at its site in Pagosa Springs’ Centennial park of two additional grow domes);
  • January 223 and February 10, Radon Workshops (Robin said Radon is frequently found in Colorado); and
  • February 7, a regional Beef Symposium dealing with livestock health and nutrition, to be held this year under a plan of annual site- rotation in Farmington, N.M.
However, she pointed out that the Extension Program hosts events throughout the year.  All are publicized in advance in the Pagosa Springs Sun, and details are provided for interested parties such as time and specific locations.  In addition, Robin invited residents to contact her office for information: the phone number is 970-264-5931, and email is
            Robin also gave Rotarians a brief summary of her personal background.  She grew up in Tuscon, studied forestry in Flagstaff, was a teacher in Woodland Park for a few years, and served prior to coming to Pagosa as the Custer County Extension Agent (east of the San Luis Valley).  She was also the Custer County Weed Control Manager, and was honored last year as the Colorado Weed Manager of the year.
Robin Young, Archuleta County Extension Agent Jim Garrett 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Guests at the meeting included two Pagosa Springs High School Students who have been selected as “outbound” exchange students for 2018-19.  They are Pictured here along with our current in-coming exchange student, Laura Delgato from Brazil.  
Sophomore Lauren Rowland is ticketed for Denmark.  Lauren said she loves travel and is excited to have been selected.  Junior Sahvanna Vasquez will be going to Romania.  She told us she has been friends with the recent exchange students who have spent a year in our town, and her friendships triggered her own interest in the program.
Introducing Out-Going Exchange Students 2018 Jim Garrett 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The meeting began with an invocation by Art Benzel, who offered the observation that many of us tend to be too judgmental.  “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,” Art illustrated, “it’ll spend it’s life stupid.”  So, look for the good.
            Sharon Crump then led the group in singing “White Christmas,” in a rendition that had perhaps an undercurrent this year of a higher sense of urgency than customary for Pagosans, in view of the nearly unbroken string of sunny days recently experienced.
            Among announcements were the news from Carrie Weiss that the tally of the Salvation Army Christmas collections, will be announced on February 1.  But Carrie was able to report definitively that the effort will yield a donation of $1000 to Rotary’s Feed Our Children campaign.
            Dave Smith then gave an update on the trip to Senegal he is organizing for this March.  Rotarians are welcome to participate, he said, at a cost of approximately $2500 a head.  Dave is lining up an interesting, in-country itinerary, and more details will be forthcoming.  Immunizations are needed, he advised, so the adventuresome should start making their plans.  Contact Dave for more information.
            Betty’s “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer” sunglasses emerged once again (presumably for the last time this year) for a memorable encore in Sunshine and Showers, featuring Betty’s own tribute to a lengthy list of Rotarians for good works, ranging from Carrie’s excellent job of organizing the Salvation Army bell-ringers, to Dave Campbell’s productive work with new members, Bob Tillerson’s yeoman efforts as Rotary’s Songmeister, Bill Hubbard’s patient labors for Loaves and Fishes, and Kim Moore’s “extraordinary” service as president, among a host of others too numerous to be recited here.
            There was no speaker; instead, the club’s annual meeting was convened.
            The principal business of the annual meeting was the election/announcement of officers.  Jo Bridges it was announced, will take office as the new secretary, and Larry McClintock as the new treasurer.
            Also, three additional new board members were elected by the vote of meeting attendees.  The successful candidates were Bill Hubbard, Art Benzel and Jenelle Syverson. 
Congratulations to all our new officers! 
As the meeting closed, Kim Moore presented our Borde Rio server, Stephen, with a Christmas gift from the members of Rotary.  Stephen is married with a young child, so the gift was much appreciated.
            After Jessie Formwalt led the group in a jolly rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the meeting closed, with the observation from our president that as we were six minutes early, she should no longer be referred to as “the late” Kim Moore.  
WHew! - We Made it Through the Holiday! Jim Garrett 2018-01-04 07:00:00Z 0
A Thought - Going into 2018 2018-01-04 07:00:00Z 0
Apparently, everyone gets in on the fun of Bell Ringing!  Appears to me we have a dog and musical instruments adding to the event for one of the last few days of the community fund-raising effort.
Rotary Clubs, both Noon and Mountain Morning, contribute a great deal of the 'ringing' to the effort.  90% of the funds raised will stay available to the members in our community who are in need of help.  The Salvation Army also has contributed to Rotary's efforts for the Feed Our Children Program with those same funds!
There will be a report available in the near future about how much was raised!  
Rotarians Ringing ...and singing?? 2018-01-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Bridges

What a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas-  Jann Pitcher and her band of merry elves from Jann Pitcher Real Estate surprised our “Feed Our Children” kids with carefully selected and beautifully wrapped gifts.  For the second straight year these fantastic folks have thrown a Christmas party for our little partners and topped off the event with presents for all the participants.  Jann and her crew demonstrate that service to community does not take a holiday!

Christmas Party & Presents for the Feed Our Children Kids Jo Bridges 2017-12-21 07:00:00Z 0
Here are a bunch of Santa's Helpers out Ringing the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell!  You know, Rotary is all about serving the community and the world but Rotarians are not above having a great deal of FUN while doing it!
Our thanks to Carrie Weiss, and no doubt John Weiss, who manage the Rotarian participation in this project every year.  Hundreds of hours are committed to raising these funds, 90% of which stay to lend a hand in need to those in our own community. 
Rotarians - Ringing that Bell!! 2017-12-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Smith
If you have not yet gotten your check to David Smith for a contribution to the Donor Advised Fund, the Polio Plus Fund or the Rotary Foundation....Get your checks ready and bring them to the Holiday Party THIS THURSDAY!!!  See either David Smith or Larry McClintock so that these funds can be contributed - Time is running out......
Some of our members have asked about the possibility of visiting Senegal during one of our visits when we hold a Science Teacher Training Workshop. Information on how such a visit might take place follows.
Let me know (Ph 264 6647) if you are interested in joining. If there is enough interest, I will organize a meeting to discuss more details.
Dates:  End of Feb or early  Mar
Duration: ~2 weeks
Airfare and in-country expenses: ~$2500
Day 1:  Fly from Albuquerque
Day 2:  Arrive in Dakar, Senegal. DS to meet you at the airport and spend the night in the area
Day 3: Travel by local transport north to Saint Louis (6-8 hrs)
Days 4-6: Saint Louis sight-seeing and visiting English classes in local high schools. Leave English books at the schools to start a small English library. Visit with local Rotarians. Participate in Science Day.
Day 7: Travel by car inland along the Senegal River to town of Podor. Observe irrigation and agriculture. Spend the night in a great little hotel.
Day 8: Visit sights around Podor and spend a second night there.
Day 9: Continue traveling along the Senegal River to the city of Malam. Spend the night there.
Day 10: Travel west to city of Linguere. Visit the high school and look at interesting paintings on the walls. Leave English books. Linguere is a dusty, remote town. Spend night in Linguere.
Day 11: Drive SE to city of Tuba, where we will visit the great Mosque of Tuba. Spend the night in this famous religious city and learn about the Sufi form of Islam.
Day 12: Drive to Dakar. Spend the night.
Day 13:  Sight-seeing in Dakar. Perhaps a visit to Gori Island.
Day 14: Fly to Albuquerque.
Proposed Travel in Senegal, West Africa David Smith 2017-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Pagosan Ray Finney has devoted himself to the mission in Nicaragua of the non-profit organization El Porvenir for over 25 years, and was glad to contribute a little more of his time to acquaint Pagosa Springs Rotary with its activities.
            The organization undertakes very basic infrastructure projects in the impoverished rural areas of our Central American neighbor, to improve the lives of the residents by providing clean drinking water, enhancing sanitation, planting trees and contributing to children’s education.
            Wells are essential to provide clean drinking water, because rural streams near remote Nicaraguan villages are polluted by domestic animals.  A short film displayed by Ray showed that clean water for villagers demands hand-dug wells (as much as 60’ deep into rock) equipped with manual pumps using a system of ropes.  A simple and basic approach, but nonetheless important in the lives of residents: the film showed villagers walking to the well and standing in line to fetch water, often starting as early as 4 am.  A brochure distributed by Ray advised that only $2500 is needed for such a well, sufficient to provide clean water to a rural village or a school.
Ray Finney Presented the Amazing Results of El Porvenir Jim Garrett 2017-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The meeting began with an invocation Sherri Booher, who offered several observations to live by: promise big and deliver big, she said, challenging us to make a promise we can keep, every day.  Don’t overlook the small joys of life.  And be a leader, she reminded, noting that it’s the lead sled dog that enjoys the best view.
            After the Pledge of Allegiance, and a rousing rendition of “You are My Sunshine” under the guidance of the Songmeister, visitors were introduced.
            Then, Greg Booher was revealed as the mysterious, “Mr. R.”  The revelation was greeted with a howl of surprise from Dave Commack: “where were you?”  Undaunted, Greg shot back, “Hiding, so I can make a lot of money,” and admonished, “fork it over.”  A host of chagrined members complied – this week, not including your reporter, who was saved by Bill Hubbard.  Bill had thoughtfully re-printed Dick Babillis’ “Starfish” invocation from several weeks back, but was unable to attend the meeting, and requested Greg at the last minute to give it to me for presentation.
            Jo Ann Laird reported to the group that the recent distribution of dictionaries to third graders had been a great success, and thanked all those who participated, with a special nod to Mr. Commack for having delivered the dictionaries to those handling the distribution in the classroom.  (Perhaps Jo Ann felt Dave needed a special pat on the back, after all the anguish he had suffered over Mr. R.)
            Sergeant-at-Arms Betty Switzer then unveiled her season-appropriate Sunshine and Showers props.  These featured a remarkable pair of elaborately-horned, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer sunglasses, equipped as well as horns with a bulbous red nose – a marvel of marketing ingenuity, which so swept away the group that your reporter regretfully missed the ensuing announcements in the midst of the murmur of hilarity sweeping the room.  Announcements seemed comparatively few: perhaps Rotarians were too dazzled by the sunglasses to take the floor? 
No doubt the glasses will reappear at Rotary’s annual meeting on December 21, which will make the event more than ever one not to be missed.
            Roberta Tolan then shared with Rotarians the welcome news that the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership had received two new, substantial grants from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Garden Foundation.  Together, the two grants will be sufficient to allow realization of the GGP’s ambitions, by funding the installation of two additional grow domes in Pagosa Springs’ Centennial Park, on the banks of the San Juan River opposite the Springs Resort.  The existing, original grow dome is devoted to educational uses.  One of the new domes to be added in the Park will provide community garden space, and the other will be devoted to the development of innovational techniques.
            Sergeant Betty then waiver her scepter (not sepulcher), and resumed the floor, to read a “Who am I?” submitted by one of our members, describing a personal attribute unlikely to be known to other members.  Betty challenged Rotarians to guess the member’s identity, based on the mysterious contributor’s description of having once put his/her hand inside one of a cows’ four stomachs, while the cow was (what else) dining contentedly. 
A flurry of wild guesses from the audience ensued (apparently, many among us are imagined to be capable of troubling the digestive tract), followed immediately by stout denials from the various accused, until Betty relieved us of the suspense.  “The hand in the stomach,” she said, “was the hand that rings the gong to assemble the meeting,” identifying President Kim Moore as the adventuresome Rotarian.
Kim explained that when she had been a pre-veterinarian student at Colorado State University, her class had been introduced to a cow whose stomach could be accessed through an external port, entered by removing a plug, and she and her fellow students had all explored the animal’s stomach with a gloved hand while it was munching on hay or some such bovine delicacy, appearing not the least troubled by the invasions.  Kim did not comment on whether the experience had any bearing on her career today in real estate.
Announcements and Happenings Jim Garrett 2017-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Guess what?  Wonderwoman is a reformed computer geek! 
That’s right, Pagosa’s very own certified, personal trainer and tri-athlete extraordinaire, Theresa Snyder, earned a degree in Computer Science from the University of Vermont, and lived out of a suitcase troubleshooting for years as an information technology executive, before rejecting a partnership at Ernst & Young, and cashing it all in for a life dedicated to athletic, not intellectual perspiration!
Now, as a trainer, she overcomes her clients’ limitations resulting from sedentary lives by inducing them with encouragement and her indefatigable smile to take on pain and receive gain at the PLPOA Rec Center, and as a triathlete, flails her arms, churns her legs, and gallops her entire being and psyche through water, up hill and down dale in a relentless battle with the clock along-side of hundreds of other competitors (some of whom, based on Theresa’s description, apparently regard their peers as mere obstacles to be shoved aside, or under if they happen to be in the water at the time).
Theresa, who confessed to having become a tri-athlete “for some unknown reason,” has competed in 14 of the events since 2011.  This year, she said, she competed in the Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska, with 4000 others (many of whom, most likely, also have difficulty explaining why.  But that is like asking Sir Edmund Hillary, why he climbed Mount Everest?  Because, it’s there, he is reported to have answered.) 
But Theresa did offer a hint about some of the satisfaction she reaps from competing in triathlons: crossing the finish line, she said, “makes you so happy!”
Theresa counseled that those who want to compete in triathlons need a supportive spouse or partner, good nutrition, good shoes, a taste for travel, and a training regimen.  She said she likes to take two days off from training each week, to keep mentally fresh.  “Be good to yourself,” she advised.
She offered hints for general physical well-being too.  Theresa advised that stretching after exercise, when the body is warmed up, not before, will benefit the casual athlete most.  In exercising, she said, one should push herself – don’t pretend to exercise while talking on the phone from the gym.  And the body is like a furnace, she observed, needing fuel: food and water.  So don’t skip meals, and be sure to get protein.
When traveling, Theresa advised wearing compression socks.  And for hiking, she suggested using two poles.  Plus, use elastic bands to exercise the shoulders, she advised, to keep them mobile and limber for all=around fitness.
At the end of her talk, the cheerful Theresa was thanked by a warm round of applause, and was then joined by several of her apt pupils, beaming in good health with cell phones safely tucked away, and water bottles surely near at hand.  Clad in Wonderwoman t-shirts alongside Theresa were Jo Bridges, Melanie Garrett, and Kim Moore, all flanked by Dave Richardson, in a gender-appropriate Superman t-shirt (“faster than a speeding bullet”). 
Theresa Snyder, a/k/a/ Wonderwoman Jim Garrett 2017-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Bridges
The Rotary Clubs of Pagosa Springs, both Mountain Morning and Pagosa Springs Rotary conduct a project throughout every school year to provide food for children in the community over weekends.  Children in the Feed Our Children program collect a backpack loaded with food for all the children in their family every weekend throughout the school year.  This activity is possible because of funding from Rotarians and many individuals and businesses in the community.  Sherpa Real Estate generously donates a portion of their profits on every house sale to a local non-profit.
Our thanks go out to Sherpa Realty and the Carothers Family!
Feed Our Children Contribution Jo Bridges 2017-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
Once again, Rotary delivers!  Rotarians spent time with the 3rd grade students delivering and discovering their new color illustrated dictionaries.  The children are always excited about this book.  It is their only book from school that belongs to them, they put their name in and they can take it home to share with their family.  Students were instructed about how to look up words, read the definitions and the way the word was used in a sentence.  It is always a very fun event for Rotarians.  
Dictionaries Delivered to the 3rd Graders Shellie Peterson 2017-11-25 07:00:00Z 0
Once again, Rotary delivers!  Rotarians spent time with the 3rd grade students delivering and discovering their new color illustrated dictionaries.  The children are always excited about this book.  It is their only book from school that belongs to them, they put their name in and they can take it home to share with their family.  Students were instructed about how to look up words, read the definitions and the way the word was used in a sentence.  It is always a very fun event for Rotarians.  
3rd Grade Dictionaries Delivered Shellie Peterson 2017-11-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Dick was an insightful man, known to this writer principally for brightening Rotary meetings with occasional invocations illustrating key truths with stories.
His last invocation, on November 9, perhaps eerily foreshadowed his passing.  Dick began with the observation that when we die, our lives are a story told by our survivors, and when they die, only a memory.  But, citing the story of an experiment with monkeys on an isolated island, Dick pointed out that some things we do may become more than memories, and may arise to practices followed by others, improving the human condition.  Thus, he concluded, volunteering to help in Rotary projects invites the establishment of the wide practice of volunteerism.  So, “Rotary makes a difference,” Dick observed.
Dick’s invocation leapt to mind upon seeing a few days later the story from the Chicago Tribune, picked up on the internet, of a small-town, Illinois farm family.   In September, the farmer, the last of uncounted generations who had farmed the same acreage since frontier days, succumbed to a sudden, fatal heart attack.  Sons, daughters, brothers and sisters had all left the land, and there was no one to bring in the harvest, only the woman the farmer left behind. 
But, there were his neighbors, farmers who every day, seemingly forever, had shared his lifetime of storms, droughts, good harvests, bad harvests, and fickle markets: a life of struggle, but always leavened by neighborliness.  In their Sunday best at the funeral, “Don’t worry about the harvest,” they told the grieving woman.  And when the time came, in early-dawn darkness there the neighboring farmers were, in phalanxes of rumbling harvesters, beginning the advance in good order through the rows of corn and soybeans to bring in the harvest. 
When all of America was small towns, that’s how we were, everyone had your back.  Now life is complex, and we are mobile; we are no longer rooted in the ground or follow the same lives from cradle to grave, and no longer share the good times and hard times with the same neighbors throughout.  The human instinct, fundamental to our species, to band together to help others overcome in times of misfortune is blunted by distraction, engulfed by separation, and confused by uncertainty. 
But to vindicate our basic instinct to help others, Dick’s last invocation points us to the remedy. 
Well said, Dick.  And may your insights long inspire our practices.
A Tribute to Dick Babillis Jim Garrett 2017-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Clap your hands rhythmically twice . . . then three times . . . then continuously, Thomas Heuser instructed.  The audience complied.
That is conducting, he said, surprising us with the information that we had “played” Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and illustrating the point by humming the melody as the audience repeated its newly learned feat of musical prodigiality.
In an appearance before a rapt Rotary audience of unsurpassed dynamism, informativeness and outright entertainment, Heuser wowed all with his enthusiasm for music and dedication to our regional symphony.
The San Juan Symphony splits its performances between Durango and Farmington, with occasional forays to other regional venues.  It stages an annual subscription series of concerts, as well as a handful of special performances (such as the “Nutcracker” at Christmas time).  Its musicians are professionals, Heuser said, and come from throughout the region (some as far away as Lubbock, Texas).
As conductor, Heuser recounted it’s his job to shape the performance, and to draw energy into the hall from performers and audience alike.  With the audience and performers fully engaged, a musical performance becomes “a beautiful thing,” he said.
It takes a year, he added, for a conductor fully to learn a piece of music, which requires understanding of why the composer wrote the music in a particular way, the objective being pursued, and what matters to its best achievement in a performance.
Thomas Heuser, San Juan Symphony Music Director Jim Garrett 2017-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
David Smith once again beautifully illustrated just how vital our international efforts are in the world!!  Some folks may say to themselves, why are we working in foreign countries when we have so much need here in our own country?  While there is great need here, the definition of poverty in the United States for a family of four is $24,600 per year, or just under $17 per person per day.  The World Bank's definition of poverty is $1.90 per day.  10% of the worlds 7 billion population, or 700,000 people live in this extreme poverty condition.  That is double the population of the United States.  
David's presentation also illustrated the there is a connection between this extreme poverty and terrorism.  Young men trying to provide for their family in these extreme poverty conditions are much more enticed by extremists such as ISIS, if only to be paid $50 per month.
Our club is encouraged to support the greater Rotary mission by contributing to the Annual Share Fund, Polio + and our Donor Advised Fund (DAF). Dividing one’s giving amongst these funds is a matter of individual preference. Each fund helps Rotary achieve its goals. All contributions to these funds generate Paul Harris Points and they are tax deductible.
David Smith, International Service Chair, DAF Giving Shellie Peterson 2017-11-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
President Kim recognized visitors and visiting Rotarians as well as commended Sam Pittmon and Neal Johnson regarding the outstanding results of the World Polio Drive in front of City Market!!  Over 600 was raised that day from public contributions as well as $1,000 from Rotarians!
She also thanked Jann Pitcher and David Cammack for their work collecting candy that had been contributed by Rotarians and delivering it to the families that live in the Mesa Heights area.  Nick Tallent mentioned that increasingly, these residents are young families that would be hard pressed to allocated enough money to purchase the treat or treat goodies for so many children that frequent this area on Halloween.
Another kind of trick or treating was going on last week as well.  Rotarians were encouraged to bring the types of 'kid-friendly' food that is distributed each week for the Feed Our Children program.  Jo Bridges updated us about the current recipients being 15 families with 47 children who are benefiting from these efforts each and every week throughout the school year.
News and Happenings...and FUN! Shellie Peterson 2017-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Rotarians were called to order by Jo Bridges sitting in for President Kim Moore. Jo filled in admirably, despite needing to rely on a strong voice to command attention in the apparent absence of a bell to be gonged (perhaps Kim takes in travelling with her, just in case?)
Opening ceremonies featured the return of Bob Tillerson, the Songmeister, to lead the group in a heartfelt rendition of “Home on the Range.”
Several interesting guests attended including two young women from Pagosa Springs High School, who are applicants to be outgoing exchange students, and Carol and Bruce (whose last name your reporter must apologize for neglecting to note), who identified themselves as Rotarians from “the unburned part of Northern California.”  In addition, Kenny Rogers from Morning Rotary, visited the meeting to announce a gift of $1000 from our early-bird brethren to the “Feed our Children” campaign. 
Among the additional announcements were the opening by Doug Large of a campaign to raise funds for a solar and wind powered water purification system, to be sent to Puerto Rico for help in overcoming the recent hurricane disaster.
Jan Pitcher “pitched in” with an update on the Mesa Heights Halloween Candy campaign, predicting that thanks to Rotarians’ generosity, as many as three bags full of candy will be supplied to Mesa Heights residents to aid in coping with the traditional invasion of trick-or-treaters.  Continuing the Halloween theme, Nick Tallent reminded meeting attendees of the Haunted House at the Mason’s Lodge behind Pagosa Bakery, running from Saturday the 28th through Halloween night, each evening between 5 pm – 10 pm.
Jo announced the two key results of the Barn Dance sponsored by Rotary on the evening of Saturday October 21: first, that a great time was enjoyed by all (Betty Switzer offered the observation it was the best Barn Dance ever), and second, that $11,225 was raised by the event for community projects and scholarships. Ramona Tschaar, the artistic decorations committee chair, then added thanks to committee members for their outstanding work in transforming a barn into . . . well, an attractive barn.
Jo saluted the absent Kim for her leadership contributing to the success of the Barn Dance and other Rotary activities, and suggested that all Rotarians pay tribute to Kim’s efforts by dressing in costume for the post-Halloween meeting on November 2 (this week).  Jo commented, she’d rather “walk on ground glass” than don a Halloween costume, but vowed to overcome that aversion for the meeting, and urged all to join her.
With all the recent giving, Rotarians’ bank balances may have receded currently to low ebb: despite Betty’s best efforts, few sunshine or showers accounts were offered.  But in her usual good spirits, Betty noted, “$5 is better than nothing.”
Announcements and Happenings Jim Garrett 2017-11-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Neal Johnson then reported on the success of the Polio Day collection, to raise funds to support immunization of children throughout the world and eradicate the dread, crippling disease.
Neal advised that members of the public had donated a total of $529 to the collection pot staffed by Rotary volunteers at City Market on Tuesday the 24th, and that Rotary members themselves contributed an additional $600.  All funds collected, Neal pointed out, will by matched twice over by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has partnered with Rotary International in the effort to eradicate polio. 
(Neal noted that many children had been among the members of the public to contribute to the collection, and this reporter can suggest that the collections volunteers are unlikely soon to forget the wonderful sight of small children, with serious demeanor, putting money in the pot – it gives one hope for the future of humanity!)
World Polio Day - A Community Success Jim Garrett 2017-11-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Speaker:  Exchange Student Laura Delgado
Supported by a host of visiting High Schoolers (among them, Lisa Scott’s daughter, Diana Scott, the ace goalie of the soccer Lady Pirates, who was also celebrating her 17th birthday), Brazilian exchange student Laura Delgado provided Rotarians an introduction to her native land, which she said is the world’s fifth largest country in land-area, speaks Portuguese, calls its currency the Real, and makes its capital Brasilia (a city like Washington, D.C. created specifically for that purpose).
The Brazilian flag, Laua noted consists of a green background, emblematic of the country’s abundant lush vegetation, a yellow diamond, representing its mineral wealth, and a blue celestial orb with 27 stars representing its states and the capital district, and words meaning “order and progress.”
Laura said the country is known for its beautiful beaches, soccer, food (she recalled especially deserts made with enormous quantities of sugar), Carnival, the Amazon River, and abundant waterfalls.
Brazil features many citizens of Japanese, German and Italian heritage, Laura said.  She noted a German friend, currently an exchange student in Durango, relishes pointing out that it was Germany that won the most recent soccer World Cup, that was staged in Brazil in 2014.
Laura Delgado Jim Garrett 2017-11-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Speaker:  Archuleta County Sheriff Rich Valdez
After vouching for the extraordinary volume of Halloween visitors in Mesa Heights, Sheriff Valdez described the diverse responsibilities of his office in serving the residents of Archuleta County.  Among them, he said, are fighting wildland fires, emergency response, search and rescue (extending into remote parts of Hinsdale and Mineral Counties as well as Archuleta County), community patrol and law enforcement, criminal investigations, traffic control, prisoner housing, prisoner transportation, court security, service of civil process, and animal control.
In exemplification of the complexities this extensive list of responsibilities may entail, Valdez discussed an upcoming emergency response drill scheduled for next April.  The drill will be based on a mock emergency, he said, the bursting of the Capote Lake dam with resultant flooding, which would he said have impacts reminiscent of the recent flooding near Boulder, Colorado.   The exercise will involve not only Archuleta County personnel, but as in real life, assets from the Ute Nation, the Forest Service, the National Guard, and neighboring counties. . 
But, the Sheriff also pointed out that many of the diverse responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office may be exercised primarily out of the public view, and consequently out of the public mind.  Thus, he noted, his office responded to over twenty wildland fires this year, mostly in remote areas with little public impact (if only because prompt suppression was achieved).  Another example he provided was that his office is responsible for the safe custody currently of 12,000 pieces of evidence related to criminal cases.
Rich Valdez, Archuleta County Sheriff Jim Garrett 2017-10-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Go over to City Market today - World Polio Day!!  Each dollar Rotarians collect TODAY will be matched two to one!
Where are we in the fight to end polio? What are our successes and challenges? Find out during a live event on World Polio Day.
No child should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Help us make an impact on World Polio Day.
Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second. Join the fight on World Polio Day.
How can you triple your impact? Thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled. Donate today.
Rotary Fights Polio Worldwide Shellie Peterson 2017-10-24 06:00:00Z 0
Where are we in the fight to end polio? What are our successes and challenges? Find out during a live event on World Polio Day.
No child should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Help us make an impact on World Polio Day.
Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second. Join the fight on World Polio Day.
How can you triple your impact? Thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled. Donate today.
Or stop by the City Market and talk with Rotarians in person and make a donation on October 24th, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM!
Rotary Celebrates World Polio Day Shellie Peterson 2017-10-19 06:00:00Z 0
It’s a barn dance! The Pagosa Rotary Club is hosting the third annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance the evening of Saturday, October 21 from 7 to 11 p.m at the Archuleta County Extension building. Country Thunder will be the live band playing boot-scootin’ country music for line dancing and your favorite swing moves. Band members include Clay Campbell on base guitar, Dave Chambers on drums, Dennis Kleckner and Greg Guitar strumming guitars and all gentlemen contribute to the singing.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at Exit Realty or from any noon Rotarian. Bonnie Blue BBQ will be on site to serve a snack or a meal  for purchase and a cash saloon will be available with local brews and a full bar. Local retailers and restaurants have donated items that will be available in a drawing for anyone who purchases a chance to win.

Profits from the Barn Dance are spread throughout the community in the form of scholarships, food-filled backpacks for youth needing weekend meals, dictionaries for third graders and awards to send our youth leaders to leadership camps. 
3RD Annual Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance Shellie Peterson 2017-10-19 06:00:00Z 0
Rod Proffitt addressed the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club last week.  The San Juan Water Conservancy District is one of fifty such entities created  in 1987 to serve the water needs of the majority of Archuleta County.  The District is not a water provider, but makes sure water resources are available for beneficial use to those who do provide water for the community.  Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District is the water provider for this area. 
Mr. Proffitt was speaking principally about the San Juan Water Conservancy's mill levy increase that is on the November ballot.  The mill levy increase is intended to support efforts to obtain approximately 109 acres if forest service land and 23 acres of private ranch land necessary to build a water project associated with the original Weber Running Iron Ranch, or better known as Dry Gulch. 
Mr. Proffitt explained that the project has changed substantially since the challenges by Trout Unlimited and associated Supreme Court rulings indicating that 50 year projections were more appropriate for water storage needs.  The original size of reservoir planning was found to be speculative and basically set water planning precedent in Colorado.  The changed project is now operating under the name of the San Juan Headwaters Project in a revised scope of 11,000 acre feet storage and minus the previous pumping operations from the San Juan River.  
More information and details regarding the efforts of the San Juan Water Conservancy District can be found on their website at
Rod Proffitt, San Juan Water Conservancy District Shellie Peterson 2017-10-19 06:00:00Z 0
Where are we in the fight to end polio? What are our successes and challenges? Find out during a live event on World Polio Day.
No child should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Help us make an impact on World Polio Day.
Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second. Join the fight on World Polio Day.
How can you triple your impact? Thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled. Donate today.
Or stop by the City Market and see and talk with Rotarians in person on October 24th, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM!
World Polio Day Shellie Peterson 2017-10-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Distinguished marriage and family counselor Pat Love, a Rotarian, former faculty member of the University of Texas, and graduate of the University of West Virginia near your reporter’s former Western Pennsylvania environs (a Mountaineer!), delivered a brief but learned discussion of concepts central to her art.  (Alas, notes could but poorly keep pace with Pat’s fascinating disquisition, packed with nuggets of information, and so this report can provide but meager hint of the wisdom she shared.  But, here goes):
Pat began with the observation that narcissism and the sense of entitlement are on the rise in the U.S. today.  Empathy is declining.  These trends sow the seeds of discontent among those impacted by dealings with others whose own whims, wants and wishes dominate their conduct, and impede sound relationships.
Pat illustrated by citing research with chimpanzees trained to conduct trades using pebbles as a sort of currency.  Chimpanzees love grapes, so one study group was offered grapes in exchange for their pebbles.  Another group was offered exchanges for slices of cucumber, much less desirable to chimps.  After the groups learned to trade, they were placed together.  Members of the first group continued to be allowed to trade for grapes, but the second group could trade pebbles only still for cucumbers, despite observing the better deal offered their peers.  Now, the second group no longer cooperated, refusing to trade for the undesirable item.
Even chimpanzees understand fairness, Pat said.  The research showed that the second group’s perception of unfairness impeded the key relationship, trading.   So too, she said, equity is key to human relationships.  But she contrasted equity with equality, when that means “score-keeping,” and demanding an even tally.  Score-keeping, and subsequent concern for discrepancies does not support relationships but leads to divorce, she explained.
Pat then discussed a common difference between men and women, beginning with a riddle.  Why do Texas men like their women to wear leather, she asked?  Because, she answered, they like them to smell like a new truck.
Pat Love Jim Garrett 2017-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Announcements and Happenings
After the meeting was gonged to order and ceremonies completed (including a rendition of “Don’t Fence Me In”), new treasurer Larry McClintock, taking over for the departing Jimmy Munozscano, alerted us that invoices for dues payments had been sent.  Larry added gracious thanks to Jimmy for his help in smoothing the transition of the treasurer’s responsibilities.
Shelly Peterson then reported that tickets for the Barn Dance were selling well, with payment already received for 25% of the total available.  As well, Shelly reminded Rotarians to keep track of their community volunteer hours, and noted that members had recorded 591 total hours of activity so far this year through September, a great start on the effort to qualify for the coveted Presidential Citation.
Dave Smith then took the floor to announce he was seeking volunteers for an international service opportunity, involving a program sponsored by Rotary International with support of funds appropriated by the U.S. Congress.  The program hosts visits to the US by delegations from former Soviet bloc countries. Dave proposed that our club apply to host a group from Kyrgyzstan, a mountainous, central Asian country astride ancient caravan routes, bordering China about 1000 miles east of the Caspian Sea, and sitting north of the Indian sub-continent about 800 miles from New Delhi. If the application is successful, Dave said that six visitors would spend about eight days in Pagosa, to learn about building tourism.  The visit would be intended to help Krygyzstan build its own tourism industry by capitalizing on the country’s natural and historic attractions.  Dave is looking for host families for the prospective visitors, in order to be able to submit a completed application.  The visit will be scheduled for early June, 2018, he added.
President Kim Moore told the meeting that the Halloween candy collection to help residents respond to the flood of trick-or-treaters in the Mesa Heights neighborhood will begin at next week’s meeting, continuing until the meeting before the holiday.  She urged members to start bringing in packages of candy to contribute.
In addition, Kim said that during Rotary’s “costume party” meeting on Thursday, November 2, immediately after Halloween, there will be a collection of food items for Rotary’s Feed our Kids project, conducted through the Elementary School.  Project Chair Jo Bridges reported that there is a need for canned goods like soup and tuna, as well as, granola bars and juice boxes.  She added that more volunteers are needed, and circulated a sign-up sheet with slots for volunteers running into December.
Conifer oils (think pine trees) actually contain an anti-inflammatory compound called Alpha-Pinene.  This has been used to treat bronchial issues such as asthma and is being studied for other inflammatory diseases.
In Betty Switzer’s absence, Sunshine and Showers was conducted by Dave Cammack, whose winning manner elicited a number of contributions despite his glaring lack of either sunglasses or an umbrella, not even a tiny one.
Perhaps the most memorable “shower” was from Nick Tallent, who related the cautionary tale that leaving a package of pancake mix in your car may be taken by raccoons as an invitation to party – messily, to boot. A word to the wise is sufficient, they say, so unless you like the interior of your car furnished with a coating of flour, remember to take edibles inside.  (At least it wasn’t the three bears, Nick, otherwise we’d be calling you Goldilocks.)
What Happened Last Week? Jim Garrett 2017-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The meeting was gonged to order with sturdy thumps on the Rotary Bell by President Kim Moore, resplendent in a festive cowboy hat and boots.  The normal opening elements (invocation, pledge of allegiance, song, etc.) were featured by a rousing rendition of “Home (Home!) on the Range” belted out by the eager attendees under the strong leadership of the songmeister, Bob Tillerson. 
Visitors included former member Dick Bond, now of Albuquerque, who proclaimed lasting devotion to our lively Pagosa Springs Rotary Chapter.  Dick then offered a little stand-up comedy, in the form of an Irish joke set in a pub, featuring the improbable feat of downing 60 Guinness Stouts in 60 minutes.  (Anyone whose youth included exposure to the hopelessly doomed exercise known as “minute beer” will understand just how improbable that is.)  But it was a great joke, well told by Dick.
Kim then inaugurated the monthly practice of circulating a sign-up sheet for Rotarians to record their monthly activities fulfilling Rotary projects.  The sheet will facilitate the club’s efforts to meet the threshold level of community/club activities required to win a Presidential Citation.
Rotary’s next big project, of course, is the October 21 Barn Dance.  Shellie Petersen said tickets for the dance ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) are moving briskly.  Kim displayed the impressive event posters to be displayed around town in the run-up to the Barn Dance, and announced a decoration committee meeting for later in the day.  Committee Chair Ramona Tschaar offered the opportunity to share a bottle of wine as an inducement to join the meeting.  Ramona received congratulations from the meeting for her excellent work in designing the posters, as well as the dance tickets themselves.  If you spin a ball as you drop it, it flies.
Kim made announcements for concerning two future meetings, occurring immediately before and immediately after Halloween.  She asked that Rotarians bring Halloween Candy to the meeting on October 26, five days before the holiday.  The candy will be collected, and  provided for distribution on Halloween to households in Mesa Heights, a thickly settled neighborhood in town north of U S 160 which traditionally is a visited by trick-or-treaters from throughout the community, especially children living in sparsely populated areas.
Turning to the November 2 meeting, following Halloween, Kim asked that Rotarians attend the meeting in costume to celebrate the holiday.  Ramona said she loved the idea, and proposed a “best costume” prize be awarded. 
Jo Bridges announced the start of the annual “Feed our Children” project, in which Rotary distributes backpacks packed with foodstuffs to elementary school students to take home to their families on weekends.  She solicited volunteers for the three key tasks of the project: filling the packs, delivering them to the school, and distributing them to the children.
There was no winner of the lottery.  The pot “climbed” to $20.  Maybe it’s like Powerball: tickets sell better when the numbers get higher.
What Happened Last Week? Jim Garrett 2017-10-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Speaker: Report of Ahia Kaeser, on her exchange student experience
High School student Ahia shared with Rotary her experiences last year as an exchange student in Italy, where she was with a family on the island of Sardinia, located about 125 mi. off the coast of the mainland in the Mediterranean Sea, southwest of Rome.
Ahia shared some of the differences she found in the educational experience: schools were in session 6 days weekly from 8:15 am to 1:15 pm., she said, and the students were based throughout the day in one room, visited by rotating teachers.  Her school had a focused classical curriculum, she said, and its students typically go on to University.
The school schedule allows students to get home in time for a big family lunch daily, joined by parents who come home from work.  Meals are important to Italians, she said, and recalled one that extended for a celebratory seven hours.  “Mange, Mange,” was a frequent refrain, she recalled, possibly lamenting having gained some weight.
Ahia Kaeser Jim Garrett 2017-10-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roberta Tolan
3rd Annual Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance October 21
Mark your calendars for the Pagosa Springs Rotary 3rd Annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance, Saturday, October 21, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Archuleta County Extension Building.
Dig out your favorite country outfit, polish those boots and get ready to kick up your heals to the high energy sounds of County Thunder, one of the best country dancing bands in the region. Great barbeque will be available for purchase and a cash bar with all of your favorite brews will be on hand.
Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance Roberta Tolan 2017-09-28 06:00:00Z 0
We had a "Golden" opportunity for a meeting last week. It was an opportunity for conversation and sharing. Something that struck me was that it was an opportunity to be grateful.  We think of 'gold' or "golden" to be a precious thing.  All of what was shared were certainly precious things to be grateful for!  Did you know that gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, and career?
We were grateful for Bob and Patty Tillerson!  Bob, having just turned 91 last week and Patty to join him at 90 this week and 70 years married!
Other 'golden' thoughts:
  • Chimney Rock is celebrating 5 years as a National Monument!
  • Ron Gustafson was able to take an 'Honors Flight' to Washington D.C. honoring his service in WWll
  • Ramona Tschaar's daughter turned 39 years old
  • Carrie Weiss's son Garrett and daughter-in-law, Meagan, just closed on a home in Bayfield!
  • Ray & JoAnn Laird were married on a houseboat on Lake Powell.  Inside of his golden band was inscribed Happy Labor Day
  • Jann Pitcher told us that to be a 'golden' guest, you need to be the first person at the birthday party
  • We had lots of happy wishes over 'golden' anniversaries and grand kids
  • We celebrated Nick Tallent's 7.5 years since he moved to Pagosa Springs
President Kim even made cookies  

Jann Pitcher was asked to share a 'Rotary Moment'. She said she had thought quite awhile about what exactly to share and ended up with thoughts from Paul Harris.  She noted that Rotarians care about other people; they care about their community.  Larger than that, they care about the world we live in and its future.
Which is a perfect transition to Rotarians caring about early childhood education and the fund raising efforts of Seed of Learning.  Coming up soon is the 'Little Black Dress' affair.  Anyone who can go (well ladies anyway) should do so and support these efforts.  President Kim made gifts of several items and with the help of Melanie Garrett and Jennelle Syverson - they showed us a beautiful "Evening in Italy" basket.  Contents included a large pasta bowl and utensils, wine, and all the fixings including a movie!  This should fetch a hefty amount toward the fund raising effort!
Nick Tallent - our social media mogul - a mogul is a person who dominates an enterprise or industry - REMINDS US - to like and SHARE!  The magic begins with the SHARE.  That means that whatever the post, it goes to YOUR network of friends, who can SHARE it with their network of friends and so on.....the power of social media!
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-09-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Jane Parker - Pagosa Family School Coordinator/Shared School Liaison
            Ms. Parker identified herself as the administrator of the Pagosa Family School, which she told us provides after-school enrichment programs to local elementary and middle school students.  Included in the enrichment program are Spanish and Art classes, drum line, and choir.
            The Family School operates in the Pagosa Springs Elementary School on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the Pagosa Springs Middle School Tuesdays and Thursdays.  But, Ms. Parker emphasized, its activities are not just for public school students, but also for others who may be attending private schools or home schooling -- more than one third of the participants come from those sources, she added.
            This year, when enrolment is finalized, Ms. Parker anticipates approximately 150 students will participate in the Family School.  Primary funding originates from the State of Colorado, she said, and is disbursed to the Family School through the Archuleta School District (ASD).  While she emphasized there is no negative impact on the School District’ own operating budget, as the funds are simply passed through, Ms. Parker praised the District for its “amazing” support for the program.
Pagosa Family School - Learning Together Jim Garrett 2017-09-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The meeting opened with an invocation by Dick Babillis, telling the story of a beach covered with starfish after a storm, and a little girl who was picking up individual starfish and returning them to the sea.  A passer-by told her there were so many on the beach, throwing them back into the sea one-by-one would make no difference.  She threw another back, and responded, “it will make a difference to him.
Tickets for the October 21 Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance were distributed to Rotarians during the meeting.  President Kim Moore announced that a special meeting for interested members to discuss decorations for the dance would be held 4:30 pm Wednesday Sept. 20, at the Pagosa Brewing Company restaurant.
  • Guest Dominique Wynn announced the formation of a non-profit business with plans to establish at 136 E. Pagosa Street, in the River Center, an indoor playground to be known as the Romp Room.  The community has 650 children under school age, Ms Wynn said, with no place to play in bad weather other than inside their homes.  The Romp Room will fill that gap, and become a place “to get the wiggles out.”  Plans for the new play space include an “Imagination Cabin,” games and a climbing wall.  It is being prepared for opening, and will operate daily from noon to 6 pm when opened.  Donations are solicited.  A phone number was provided by Ms. Wynn, (970) 400-1278.
  • Membership Chair Dave Campbell introduced new member Greg Wynn to the meeting.  Greg told us he grew up in Norman, Ok. and attended the University of Oklahoma there. After working as the credit manager at a Ford dealership (which led to his meeting his wife, Donna, then a banker, and now also a new member), he operated a hardware store for 25 years before he and Donna moved to Pagosa last year. As Membership Chair, Dave also reminded Rotarians to report their voluntary Rotary activities, for attendance credit that can substitute for missed meetings. President Moore added an additional reason for members to report voluntary activities: to support the effort for Pagosa Springs Rotary to be recognized with a Presidential Citation from Rotary International, which requires documentation of a threshold level of volunteer activity.
  • Goodbye wishes were expressed by Carrie Weiss to Barry Wheeless, who is moving from Pagosa Springs.  Sharon Crump then led the meeting is singing “Red River Valley,” in Wheeless’ honor.  Barry said he will be present for the meeting next week. Penguins will give their mate a pebble as a way of proposing.
  • Sam Pittmon’s ticket was drawn from the basket of raffle tickets that had been sold.  Sam then demonstrated clairvoyance, promptly selecting the winning envelope containing the ace of spades!  Sam, who said “I never win anything” behind a happy grin, took home the pot of $223. 
Announcements & Happenings Jim Garrett 2017-09-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Garrett
Rose Cheadle, this year’s Grand Marshall for the 4th of July Parade, was President Kim's special guest and she thanked Rotarians for the honor of her selection. We also welcomed Karen Ross, mother of Sarah Ross, one of our RYLA students.  Rotarian Lisa Scott introduced this year’s visiting exchange student, Laura Delgado, from Padua, Brazil, a small city with about 40,000 residents, about four hours from Rio Di Janeiro.  Laura, a junior at Pagosa Springs High School, will discuss her life in Brazil at a later Rotary meeting in October.  A Blue Whale's heart is the size of a VW Beetle and you could swim through some of its arteries.  In other NEWS:
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Betty Switzer led the meeting in observance of September Birthdays for Lisa Scott, Bob Tillerson, and Patty Tillerson.  A rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” was joined by all, to the accompaniment of party horns tooted vigorously by the honorees (especially Bob).  Betty mentioned also the birthdays of two additional Rotarians, who were not able to be present for the meeting, Dan McPherson and Jenelle Syverson
  • Betty followed up by also honouring 30-year Rotarian Jan Pitcher with the presentation of a “genuine Rotary ballpoint pen,” to mark the anniversary of Jan’s membership.  Jan commented that jointing was the “best decision I ever made.”  It was noted that when she jointed, Jan was the first woman to become a member of Rotary in the state of Colorado.
    Additional membership anniversaries noted by Betty included Bob Eggleston (25 yr.), Carrie Weiss (18 yr.), Jo Ann Laird (14 yr.), Lassie Olin (13 yr.) and David Smith (7 yr.)
The Rotarians’ version of “This Is Your Life,” more prosaically known as “Who Am I,” challenged meeting participants to guess the identity of a member who provided the clue that his/her experience of butchering an elk for the first time followed the severe injury of a “beautiful cow elk” in a traffic accident near her Pagosa home.  The self-proclaimed “road kill butcher,” Sharon Crump, was not successfully identified by meeting attendees.  After stumping the audience, Sharon described how the unfortunate elk had to be put down due to her injuries.  Despite Sharon’s lack of experience, she took the initiative to butcher it to make sure the meat would be preserved for those in need.
News & Announcements James Garrett 2017-09-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Garrett
Our speakers were three Pagosa Springs High School students, Sarah Ross, DeAnn Schaaff and Madison Corbett, who had recently attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program held over a three day weekend at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs.
            Introductions were provided by Roberta Tolan, who explained that high school sophomores and juniors (from the past school year) are eligible for the RYLA program, which seeks by exposing promising students to new experiences, issues and challenges, to develop character, build skills and nurture leadership.
            Junior (this year) Sarah Ross told Rotarians that participation in the program had been, to her, like a taste of college, offering opportunities for close interactions with high schoolers of different backgrounds from all over Colorado.  The experience, she felt, encouraged open-mindedness. 
Sarah noted that a feature of the program was a testing “rope course,” in which small teams were challenged to meet demanding goals, which required teamwork to achieve.  The exercise taught trust of others, she said.  In addition, she had participated in a timely project to create “shelter boxes,” containing a variety of supplies for disaster relief, such as were recently needed by victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Sarah observed that among the other lessons she learned was that leadership can take different forms.  Leadership need not be demonstrative, but can be asserted with quiet and reserve, she said.
Fellow junior DeAnn Schaff also commented on the rope course, part of which required her to be suspended above ground with support from the members of her team, in spite of her discomfort with heights.  It was a “good experience,” she said, to be able overcome her difficulty by depending on others.
Reports from the Rotary Youth Leadership Awardees James Garrett 2017-09-14 06:00:00Z 0
Doug Hershey, Educator and Director of Proud Partners, was our speaker last week.   Proud Partners is a program designed to foster student success through the School to Work Study Program and Career & Technical Education Programs.  Doug also told us about the Teacher Want Ads.  This is a posting of ongoing needs where the teachers post what they need to support their students or classrooms. and scroll down to the Volunteer Sign-up. Here is a great way to find a way to help the students!  Also, there will be more opportunities with the Community and Students Job Fair in the spring.
Doug Hershey, Educator & Director of Proud Partners Addressed the Club Shellie Peterson 2017-09-07 06:00:00Z 0
Don't miss the opportunity to hear Madison Corbett, Sarah Ross and DeAnn Schaaf speak to us this week! These three fine students will tell us about their experience at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards! Always a joy to hear from the STUDENTS we work so hard to SUPPORT!
Through RYLA, you can
• Develop your leadership skills and character
• Gain exposure to a variety of issues and people
• Meet active community leaders
• Learn valuable information and career skills
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Shellie Peterson 2017-09-07 06:00:00Z 0
Get Ready!  It's coming!! When Rotary Throws a PARTY FOR PAGOSA SPRINGS! We celebrate our uniqueness. We celebrate our culture, We celebrate our heritage, We celebrate living in this beautiful State of Colorado...What the heck, we simply celebrate it all!  By the way, Have you ever wondered why woodpeckers don’t get headaches? The woodpecker is uniquely designed to experience high g brain decelerations. Humans brains are not, but are impact-tightening helmets in the horizon? I think our Barn Dance Chickens are experiencing High G brain decelerations.....
When Rotary Throws a Party for Pagosa! Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance Shellie Peterson 2017-08-31 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary and polio

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.
World Polio Day October 24th, 2017 Shellie 2017-08-31 06:00:00Z 0
David Smith introduced the International Services Committee work by asking the question; "What is Rotary's role in global poverty?"  The total number of people that live on less than $2.50 a day is approximately 3 billion.  The number of children that die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation is 1.4 million.  The US spends about $30 billion on humanitarian aid each year. Statistics show us that the global poverty rate may have fallen from 37% of the worlds population in 1990 to just under 10% in 2015.  SO YES! there is progress being made to reduce this suffering.
Rotary's 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs in 200 countries make us a highly effective means for delivering humanitarian aid!  By working though local partnerships, the right help can get to the right people, contributing $200 million per year!  You can be a part of this important effort!  Here is a snapshot of what the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, in concert with other clubs and global matching grants is doing right now!
International Programs Shellie Peterson 2017-08-17 06:00:00Z 0
We are very excited to welcome our next Rotary Exchange Student, Laura Delgado.  Laura is from Santo Antonio de Padua, or 'Padua' a small town about 4 hours from Rio de Janerio in Brazil.  Padua has a population of approximately 40,500 people so our Pagosa might seem a bit small to her.  
She has an impressive list of studies at her school with interestingly enough, three language courses; English, Spanish and Portuguese.  Her least favorite classes are Math and Spanish.  Laura's other study subjects include; history, geography, writing, chemistry, biology, physics, literature, philosophy, sociology and physical education.  She also loves to read.
Watching movies at home with her mom and going out with her friends are some of  the activities she enjoys. Most teenagers will like to eat pizza and hamburgers - but Laura adds Japanese food to Laura's list too! Those things along with tea, ice cream and pancakes are also on her list.
Laura's first host family will be Bill & Misti Smyth.  They have a daughter, Ashley, that is the same age as Laura.
Introducing Laura Delgado - Our in-coming Exchange Student Lisa Scott 2017-08-10 06:00:00Z 0
Yes, it was the first of a new month so we celebrated birthdays for; Jessie Formwalt, Greg Booher, Bill Darling, Granton Bartz, Linda Verrips, Mike Vanover, Greg Wynn and Betty Switzer too!
  • Ahia Kaiser joined us for the meeting.  She recently returned from her out-going student exchange to Italy.  She will give a full presentation at an upcoming meeting.
  • Dick Babillis shared an interesting story about the history of the Rotary Four Way Test.  He explained that it was originally developed by Herbert Tailer in 1930 when he was charged with revitalizing a failing aluminum factory.  He started out with 100 words to guide and motivate the employees, but he decided that was just too much.  He kept winnowing it down until, finally, he had the Four Way Test.  The aluminum company had a net worth of over 2 million by 1937.  Rotary International adopted the Four Way Test as its own in 1943.  If you eat a polar bear liver, you will die.  Humans can't handle that much vitamin A.
  • Greg & Donna Wynn joined us for the meeting - as guests of Jeff and Betty Switzer - and as potential new members! Greg shared an interesting story of a rescue he was involved with recently.  Two men, both competent in the outdoors, had become lost when the afternoon storms drove them away from a ridge line they had been following.  He pointed out how the men had done everything right as far as taking care of themselves until the rescue team arrived but that even seasoned hikers can get disoriented in our mountains.
  • New members, Jim and Melanie Garrett had a chance to speak for a few minutes.  Jim shared one of the most interesting thoughts I think I have ever heard anyone say about how they feel about Pagosa - he said "Pagosa has always been our home - it just took us 60 years to find it." Having happened upon Pagosa in 2004 during an extended motorcycle trip with friends it appears it was love at first sight.  Jim and Melanie met when Jim was in law school and Melanie was a secretary at the university.  We are happy to have them join in our efforts here in Pagosa!
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-08-10 06:00:00Z 0
Last week we welcomed Jim and Melanie Garrett and Patty Tillerson into our membership!  At a future meeting they will have an opportunity to tell us more about themselves.
  • In other news:  President Kim announced that Evelyn Tennyson and Patricia Francis, the owners of Two Old Crows Gallery, donated all the proceeds from last week's Pouring event to Rotary!  Such a nice gesture on their part!  $360 dollars will be added to the Community Assistance Fund and used here in the community!  Be sure to stop by their gallery and thank them
  • Neal Johnson told us about reconnecting with an exchange student that he had lost touch with. Ann Mueller had stayed at Neal's home in Artesia, New Mexico during her exchange year. They are now reconnected thanks to Anne reaching out when she saw our website!
  • Jeff Switzer passed along sad news that Mark Barber, the owner of Marconi's had passed away. He reminded us that Mr. Barber had served lunch at the PLPOA when we were meeting there and not charged us.  
  • Greg Booher told of his sad luck with a new truck, a bent tailgate and a tree limb!  So short of a great deal of expense and hassle, I guess the truck is 'broke-in' now.
Betty Switzer was in 'fine-form' with props and everything for the sunshine and showers!  The news was indeed a shower though as Barry Wheeless told us that he and Treva had bought a house in Lakewood. They will be making the move this fall to be closer to their grand kids.  It will sure be hard to loose Barry & Treva!  They will be sorely missed.  I just don't know WHO we will be able to send "get well soon" cards to anymore!
New & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-08-03 06:00:00Z 0
District Governor, George Smith, was our special speaker last week.  George has been a rotarian for 43 years and that path lead him to "the G String".  Not perhaps what might have popped into your mind, the G String is the chain of positions leading up to becoming the District Governor and ultimately the Past District Governor.
District Governor Smith, passed along some pretty timely information given that the Board of Directors has scheduled a retreat for August 8th.  He talked about setting goals for this upcoming Rotary year and the fact that if we do set goals, write them down and visit the progress  being made frequently - we will be much more likely to obtain those goals!
We can get started right now!  Please be thinking about goals you would like to see the Club adopt for this year and share those with any member of the Board of Directors or President Kim.  Think about  goals in the following areas:  Members & Engagement, Foundation Giving, Service, Young Leaders (think RYLA and RYE) and Public Image. Remember - our mission, should we choose to accept it is - Rotary: Making a difference.
1987-1988 - 1988-1989 - 1989-1990 - 1991-1992 - 1992-2000 - 2014-2015
1997-1998 - 1999-2000 - 2000-2001 - 2002-2003
It's time to UPDATE THIS RECORD!  You know we have the talent and heart to do it!  Rotary Club Central has a webinar every 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM.  I attended the last one and I would love to share the invitation with you!  THIS tidbit of knowledge could win you a bottle of wine!
District Governor, George Smith Shellie Peterson 2017-07-30 06:00:00Z 0
Well, Kim and Betty still had some MORE tricks up their sleeve last week!  Kim declared that "Birthdays should be fun" and together they gathered up the July birthday Rotarians for a harmonica hoot!
In other news:
  • Jo Bridges announced yet another generous donation of over $1100 to Feed Our Children from Barbara Swindlehurst of Exit Realty Advantage! The Real Estate businesses have really stepped up in supporting this effort!  Thanks to Barbara, as well as Sherpa Real Estate and Jann Pitcher Real Estate for all you have done for the kiddos!
  • Art Benzel announced the upcoming concert by the Baylor Brass on August 11, 2017 at 5:30. Tickets are just $15 so see Art and plan to attend
  • Lisa Scott mentioned that our next exchange student is arriving in late August from Brazil! More details about her will be coming.  Also, don't forget August 17th is when Leo will be here with his parents so be sure to attend that party!
Our speaker was Margaret Burkesmith, owner of Yoga Clarity.  A couple of the things she said that stuck in my mind were; "The base of all healing is awareness" and "Name it to tame it".  I found her talk to be very inspiring.  Margaret started teaching Yoga in 2002 - to both children and adults.  In 2010 she became a Practitioner and Teacher of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.
Birthday Party - Complete with Hats! Shellie Peterson 2017-07-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by District 5470 on Jul 27, 2017
Rotarians, you have a very special visitor coming on July 27, 2017!!

District 5470 – George Small

George grew up in a “small” central Nebraska farm town (Maxwell) of 250 residents.  A family move following his sophomore in high school, took him to Greeley, Colorado, to finish high school.  He earn a BA at Colorado State College
(University of Northern Colorado) and completed his Master’s program in 1971 at the University of Northern Colorado.  He worked his way through college as a Volvo/Datsun mechanic.  His 34 year professional career includes teaching special education (Walsh), CEO of Southeastern Developmental Services (Lamar) and CFO/COO of Developmental Opportunities (Starpoint – Cañon City).

Rotary service began at the age of 26 in the Lamar Rotary Club, serving as a Board Member, Secretary and President.  Awards during his presidential term include Presidential Citation, District 547 World Community Service Award and Runner Up – District 547 Rotary Foundation Award.  That 547 not a mistake, because this was before Rotary International added the “0” to the District designations.  George became a member of the Rotary Club of Cañon City in 1994.  Committee Chair assignments have been charter member of District 547 RYLA (1986), Group Study Exchange, Rotary International Scholarship, Rotary Club Scholarship, Club -The Rotary Foundation and Webmaster.   District assignments include Community Service Chair, Assistant Governor (2007-2014) and the current District 5470 Executive Secretary.  George has been a Rotarian for 40 years and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.​

PLEASE PLAN on attending this very special meeting and look for upcoming details about other opportunities to meet with George Small while he is here with us!


Upcoming Meeting - George Small, District Governor District 5470 2017-07-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by District 5470 on Jul 27, 2017

District 5470 – George Small

George grew up in a “small” central Nebraska farm town (Maxwell) of 250 residents.  A family move following his sophomore in high school, took him to Greeley, Colorado, to finish high school.  He earn a BA at Colorado State College (University of Northern Colorado) and completed his Master’s program in 1971 at the University of Northern Colorado.  He worked his way through college as a Volvo/Datsun mechanic.  His 34 year professional career includes teaching special education (Walsh), CEO of Southeastern Developmental Services (Lamar) and CFO/COO of Developmental Opportunities (Starpoint – Cañon City).

Rotary service began at the age of 26 in the Lamar Rotary Club, serving as a Board Member, Secretary and President.  Awards during his presidential term include Presidential Citation, District 547 World Community Service Award and Runner Up – District 547 Rotary Foundation Award.  That 547 not a mistake, because this was before Rotary International added the “0” to the District designations.  George became a member of the Rotary Club of Cañon City in 1994.  Committee Chair assignments have been charter member of District 547 RYLA (1986), Group Study Exchange, Rotary International Scholarship, Rotary Club Scholarship, Club -The Rotary Foundation and Webmaster.   District assignments include Community Service Chair, Assistant Governor (2007-2014) and the current District 5470 Executive Secretary.  George has been a Rotarian for 40 years and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.​

District 5470 - George Small District 5470 2017-07-27 06:00:00Z 0
Don't Forget!!!
The upcoming opportunity to support Pagosa's art scene!  We will be pouring and serving for this event and the proceeds will be donated to the Community Assistance Fund!  If you are not signed up to participate, please see Kim today!
Two Old Crows Art Festival Shellie Peterson 2017-07-20 06:00:00Z 0
Last week, Dr. Dene Kay Thomas, President of the Fort Lewis College, was our speaker.  I, for one, learned a GREAT DEAL about our closest college!!  For example, I had no idea that Fort Lewis College had a historic commitment to Native Americans!  Any qualified Native American student is admitted tuition free.  No baccalaureate institution in the country awards more degrees, including STEM degrees, to Native Americans than Fort Lewis College.  I also learned that retention and graduation rates at Fort Lewis College are near the top among Colorado Regionals and that it produces the leading number of Fulbright Scholars.  
Dr. Dene Kay Thomas, President, Fort Lewis College 2017-07-20 06:00:00Z 0
Dave Campbell and Neal Johnson introduced our newest member, Larry McClintock.  Larry and his wife Margaret recently moved to Pagosa full time from New Mexico were he had been an active Rotarian. Larry had been coming to Pagosa since he was a child and now is enjoying living here full time and we are thrilled to have him join in our Rotary efforts in Pagosa Springs.
Welcoming New Member Larry McClintock Shellie Peterson 2017-07-13 06:00:00Z 0
Yes, your Pad Party Package!  While we love meeting at Borde Rio and Shelly & Jason have been great...there was that one little problem with the noisy chairs.  No longer a problem!  Lets hope it lasts! Here you have Rotarians all sanding, gluing and sticking felt chair pads to all those noisy chairs!
Ladies & Gentlemen, open your PPP Shellie Peterson 2017-07-13 06:00:00Z 0
Our speaker last week was our in-coming Rotary President, Kim Moore.
Kim shared some of her goals for the upcoming year.
  • Increase membership by 10 new members
  • Take the Rotary Theme to heart to really impact the community
  • Have a couple of meetings 'just for fun' toward the end of August 
  • Increase our fund raising efforts by $15,000
  • Work toward giving others the opportunity to serve in different positions and spreading tasks around
She also explained a few ideas she would like to implement.  The new room arrangement was a nice start and hopefully it will improve everyone's experience during the meetings. 
  • Reintroduce Mr. or Mrs. R. where a particular member is chosen at the beginning of the meeting to be 'it' and those who do not shake that person's hand can be fined.  The fines collected will go to the Scholarship Foundation
  • Dave Richardson will be our official 'jokester' so if you have any appropriate jokes, send them to Dave
  • There will be a box at the check in table with slips to fill in how you made a difference in the past week
  • Who Am I slips to write down something that no one else would know about you - then we will try to guess who that may be
  • Three Rotary Wishes - list three things you would like to see happen in Rotary this year
  • Pizza with the 'Pres' - each Tuesday evening Kim and Walt would like to have four members over to their house for pizza
  • Encouraging members to bring potential members by providing that lunch to be paid for by the club
Finally, Kim thanked the outgoing Board members Carrie Weiss and Nick Tallent as well as welcomed the new Board members, Sam Pittmon, Neal Johnson, Cindi Galabota and Greg Booher.
The 2017 - 2018 Rotary Year Shellie Peterson 2017-07-13 06:00:00Z 0
Pagosa Springs 4th of July Parade Shellie Peterson 2017-07-06 06:00:00Z 0
We had a great time last Thursday at the Installation Dinner!  We had the opportunity to thank John Duvall for an entire year of leadership with wit and charm!
We honored Jimmy Munozcano for his service above self as Rotarian of the Year!  Thanks Jimmy for all you do for the Club! Unlike the other Officers which are known in advance for each new Rotary year, the announcement Rotarian of the Year is always a big secret and surprise! Past Presidents make this sometimes difficult choice about who deserves this designation the most.
We were able to welcome Kim Moore as our incoming President.  We could not be more excited about this upcoming Rotary year!  Welcome Kim and know that we will support your efforts in making this the best Club year ever!
2017 Installation Dinner Shellie Peterson 2017-07-03 06:00:00Z 0
Meet Your New Sergeant of Arms Shellie Peterson 2017-06-29 06:00:00Z 0
John Duvall conducted an in-depth interview with Terri House, Owner, Editor and Publisher of the Pagosa Springs Sun last week.  Terri is also a Rotarian and a Past President of the Noon Rotary Club. John asked Terri to elaborate about the numerous awards the Pagosa Springs Sun has been honored with. Terri explained that the paper was awarded the TOP WEEKLY paper of their size state-wide as well as receiving the TOP National award for the Visitors Guide.
When asked about her operating strategy; Terri responded that her priorities were to keep her eye focused on journalism's ethics and on what matters to the community.  Terri also said that hardest thing about her roles at the paper would be writing the editorials when they may not always be well received by some people.  
Local Girl Makes Good Shellie Peterson 2017-06-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Livia Cloman Lynch
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is proud to announce those individuals receiving 2017 Rotary Scholarships totaling a record $30,000.
Devin Olivares-Garcia---Devin will attend Ft. Lewis College and plans to study computer engineering.
McKayla Miller– McKayla will also attend Ft. Lewis College and plans to major in elementary education.
Meghan Manzanares – Meghan will attend Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Colorado Springs and will study cosmetology.
Cameron DeMarco – Cameron will attend Colorado State University and plans to study engineering.
Madison Greenly– Madison will attend the University of Colorado Boulder and plans to major in computer programming.
Katreena Yeneza-- Katreena will also attend the University of Colorado Boulder and plans to major in computer science and minor in media design.
Pitcher Lindner—Pitcher will attend the University of Texas Austin and plans to major in electrical and computer engineering.
Hayley Mitchell—Hayley plans to attend Colorado State University majoring in biochemistry.
ROTARY AWARDS RECORD $30,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS Livia Cloman Lynch 2017-06-25 06:00:00Z 0
Pagosa Springs Rotary Club joined in efforts with Wyndham Resorts to host a fund-raising event for the San Juan Search & Rescue efforts.  Upper San Juan Search and Rescue (USJSAR) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that trains and organizes volunteers in search, rescue, and other emergency services as described herein. USJSAR volunteers respond only when activated by the Archuleta County Sheriff or his designee and operate where directed by the Sheriff or his designee. USJSAR members volunteer to provide these services so that others may live.
Rotary Continues to Supports the Upper San Juan Search & Rescue Shellie Peterson 2017-06-22 06:00:00Z 0
Pagosa Springs Rotary Club joined in efforts with Wyndham Resorts to host a fund-raising event for the San Juan Search & Rescue efforts.  Upper San Juan Search and Rescue (USJSAR) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that trains and organizes volunteers in search, rescue, and other emergency services as described herein. USJSAR volunteers respond only when activated by the Archuleta County Sheriff or his designee and operate where directed by the Sheriff or his designee. USJSAR members volunteer to provide these services so that others may live.
Rotary Supports the Upper San Juan Search & Rescue Shellie Peterson 2017-06-22 06:00:00Z 0
Pagosa Springs Rotary Serves through Trash Pick-Up Day Shellie Peterson 2017-06-22 06:00:00Z 0
There will be no meeting at Borde Rio because....
This week, the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club joins with other service organizations to plan, cook and serve for Loaves & Fishes at the Parish Hall. The mission of Loaves and Fishes of Archuleta County, serving as a faith based and community based organization, is to provide nutritious meals in a safe, warm, and caring environment, free of charge, to anyone who comes seeking nourishment and fellowship.  And further, the mission is to provide access to community services and resources to those in need, while providing opportunities for volunteers to give of themselves in service to others. Rotary participates in this effort about four times a year and it is always a great experience!
This Week Pagosa Springs Rotary Serves at Loaves & Fishes Shellie Peterson 2017-06-15 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary is Gearing Up for the 4th of July Parade!! Shellie Peterson 2017-06-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon on Jun 08, 2017
Leo Witscurke our exchange student from Germany gave a talk  titled: My Exchange Year in Pagosa Springs 2016-2017. He initially introduced his three host families that included Anthony and Veronica Doctor and kids, Tim and Stacy Evans and kids and Mark and Jean Garcia and kids who were all in attendance. He then talked about his experience at an "american high school". He expected that he would have difficulty making friends but he found that the student's at Pagosa Springs High School were friendly and welcoming. He liked the teachers because the student-teacher relationship was closer than in Germany and there was not much pressure though he admitted that his grades did not matter here because he had to repeat this school year back in Germany. 
     He talked about sports that he participated in during the year that included soccer and basketball. He was made to feel welcome by his soccer team and they were very helpful. He stated that he had a hard time "adjusting to the elevation" and described how short of breath he was when running initially. He enjoyed playing soccer and was proud of the many goals that he was able to score. He played basketball for the first time of his life and had difficulty learning the rules the first three games but finally got the hang of it and enjoyed playing. He even learned to dunk the ball.
     Leo experienced many trips with his host families. The Doctor's took him to Lizard Head Pass and Moab, Utah where he had fun hiking and bicycling. He traveled to Phoenix, AZ with the Evans family where he attended his first hockey game and had great seats just behind the glass. He also enjoyed shopping and exploring the Phoenix area. With the Garcia family he travelled to The Grand Canyon where he was so amazed by the view that he took at least 100 pictures. They then traveled to San Diago, CA where he attended his first professional baseball game. He got to go to the beach where he swam in cold cold water for only 5 minutes and also experienced a roller coaster ride. 
     Leo talked about the many friends he made when he met with other Rotary exchange students in Colorado. They visited several places including the Great Sand Dunes and the alligator farm near Alamosa where he was excited and frightened to hold an alligator. Says he got to make friends with students from nearly "every continent". His best friends were Nithin from India, Bernardo from Spain and Fabio from Brazil. 
     In closing, Leo thanked our Rotary club and his host families for "the best year of my life" and Lisa Scott for her consistent support. He stated that he plans to return to Pagosa Springs with his family and will attend our Rotary meeting on August 17, 2017.  When asked about his expectation when he came to America, he stated" I did not expect Americans to be so nice". When asked about American food he stated " I am not really picky I just eat a lot. His favorite American food is Mexican food.
     After leaving Pagosa Springs next week, Leo will be traveling with other Rotary exchange student across the United States from Denver to the Grand Canyon, to Las Vegas, to Los Angeles, to San Diego, to Tucson, to El Paso, to San Antonio, to Houston, to New Orleans, to Tallahassee, to Orlando, to Myrtle Beach, to Washington D.C., to New York City, to Cleveland and to Chicago where he will depart back home to Germany.
     Lisa Scott and Leo's host families describe him as nice, well adjusted, easy going, has notable integrity, is happy and always smiling and I think we all would agree.
Leo's Presentation and Going Away Party Sam Pittmon 2017-06-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon on Jun 08, 2017
  • Ramona Tschaar introduced Brian Collabolletta as a guess. He is the manager of Pagosa Multipurpose Pavilion that includes the Ice Rink that is put up yearly at South Town Park. Ramona and Brian announced a fund raiser for the Pavilion on July 4th that includes a BBQ dinner and the raffling of a bathroom remodel at the home of the winner worth 10,000 dollars. Contact Ramona for information and tickets.
  • Neil Johnson announced that the new member induction for Chris Kohler is being delayed until he return to Pagosa Springs after traveling for work.
  • Sharon Carter reminded us that our club will be doing Loaves and Fishes next Thursday June 8th and requested that additional members sign up. More help is needed with preparation on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Dave Cammack thanked all who helped with set up, take down and clean up for the Kentucky Derby Party.
  • Jan Pitcher requested additional members sign up for trash pick-up on June 10th.
  • Dick Babillis announced the Grand Opening at Pagosa Springs Medical Center June 17th from 10 am until 2 pm.
News and Announcements Sam Pittmon 2017-06-08 06:00:00Z 0
Laurie Dickson, Executive Director, and Emily Burke, Program Director of 4Core addressed Rotary last week about the project to bring solar power to the Socorro Senior Living Center.  Laurie told us more about the 4Core mission and values in the 5 county region, one of which was to promote responsible resource management.  Their first project involved a four year winterization project that impacted 628 families.   Another objective is to promote adoption of cleaner fuels and their grant program to install charging stations for electric vehicles.  Through acknowledgement from the EPA of the important work they have been doing, they received a $25,000 non-competitive grant to provide solar electric assistance to the Socorro Senior Living Center here in Pagosa Springs.  It will certainly be exciting to see this newest program move toward reducing electrical costs by between 4 and 5,000 for these Seniors.
Laurie Dickson, Executive Director, 4CORE Addresses Rotary Shellie Peterson 2017-06-01 06:00:00Z 0
Mary Jo Coulehan, Executive Director, Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, was our speaker last week. Mary Jo moved to Pagosa in 1994 and previously had made her career in the hospitality business with Marriott Hotels.  She started with that firm as a life-guard and left as General Manager. Mary Jo and her husband initially opened a bed and breakfast business here in Pagosa and after that spent the next 9 years at the Chamber of Commerce. Following two short years with Pagosa Verde, we are lucky enough to have her at the helm of the Chamber once again.  
She said something that I found very interesting; she said that her time away from the Chamber caused her to look at situations and challenges in a new light.  The Chamber is mostly known for the events that it manages and how those events draw visitors into town. Our local businesses all benefit from the sale of goods, services, lodging and meals that those visitors need while they are here.  Perhaps those folks even 'fall in love' with Pagosa as so many have and decide that this is where they want to have a vacation or retirement home.
One of the major changes the Chamber is considering is allowing businesses to have more choice over the amount of services and exposure they wish to take advantage of from the Chamber.  Rather than charging more in terms of membership dues based upon the number of employees, businesses will be able to tailor their costs of membership and the services they receive in exchange for that support.
Another focus the Chamber is following is working more closely with schools through the Job Fair and the upcoming Career Day.  They have heard from the businesses that the need is great for more work-force ready graduating seniors.  Not all graduates are college-bound and we need to provide the support they need to find good careers here in Pagosa and supply our businesses with much needed workers.
From the sounds of it, its going to be a very busy summer here in Pagosa country.  Ride the Rockies, the Bike Tour of Colorado, our two major music festivals, Colorfest, the list goes on and on.  For Rotary, one of the signature events is the 4th of July Parade which will be here before we know it!
Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events and News Shellie Peterson 2017-05-25 06:00:00Z 0
David Smith was our speaker last week.  Admiration was obvious in President John Duvall's voice as he introduced one of our own Rotarians having recently returned from his third year travels to Senegal.  David Smith and his wife Jean, spend a great deal of their time and treasure pursuing the goal of increasing economic growth through improved science education. 
Peter Jeshofnig, Professor Emeritus of Science at the Colorado Mountain College, states it this way, "Improved science instruction is expected to elevate the critical thinking skills of all students, and to contribute to the national wealth by increasing the science skills of the work force".   By working to increase the economic growth in these Muslim countries with very low Gross National Income, our efforts combat radical extremism. Mr. Smith illustrated this concept with a slide:
Part of the work that the Smith's due each year is to visit the schools that they conducted training sessions for the science teachers the previous year.  By doing this, they can measure the amount of actual good their efforts are creating for those teachers and therefore their students.  In the Saint Louis, their assessment exceeded all expectations!  Virtually, the cupboard of supplies they had provided the previous trip - were all used up.
Global Grant Project - Strengthening High School Science Education in Senegal Shellie Peterson 2017-05-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
This past Saturday, Rotarians and other volunteers from the community served 434 participants with vital health screening at the 9Health Fair.  It was quite the scene with numerous vision, spinal, nutrition, stress management and many other screenings being provided entirely free of cost by health professionals.  It takes a village to put on this event! 
9Health Fair Shellie Peterson 2017-05-04 06:00:00Z 0
Gail Harris, Senior Fellow George Washington Center for Cyber and Homeland Security was our speaker last week.  Upon her retirement from the Navy, Gail was the highest ranking female African American to ever serve. Gail was fascinating as a speaker and the National Security 'Hot Topics' she covered were certainly timely. She was recruited to National Security to lead a 'Ninja Warrior' type of intelligence agency.  In the cyber world, one unsettling point, and there were many, was that in 2014 forensics study of 1,000 organizations reveal 84% had computer systems infected with malware and few were even aware.  Even the leading anti-virus vendors now that "anti-virus approach is dead".  The average daily cyber events targeting US Northern Command: 48 million.
In other News:
  • We welcomed Mike Vanover and Sam Pittmon back from their extended travels as well as Phil Swingen, a guest of Art Benzel.  Phil and his wife are relatively new to Pagosa and his background is in broadcasting
  • Jo Bridges shared some of the good and the unknown facing the Feed Our Children Program. Sherpa Real Estate donates 15% of their profits to those in need.  The good news, they selected Rotary's Feed Our Children to receive $1,980! The unknown part is that the building where the magic of FOC happens is under contract for sale. That space has been generously donated for years and it is uncertain what the future might hold in that regard.  Be thinking of a fall-back location
  • Remember that Roberta Tolan's retirement celebration is May 10th! at the extension office 
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-04-27 06:00:00Z 0
If you don't have your tickets yet you better get them soon!  Contact any Rotarian or stop by Exit Realty or the Choke Cherry Tree to be able to participate in this event!  The items that have been donated for the 'experience' silent auction are amazing!  Some of the fabulous trips to choose from are:
  • Wyndham Vacation Ownership - 4 day Caribbean Cruise and 7 day trips to any Wyndham destination
  • Wilderness Journeys - 4-Wheel Drive excursion
  • Pagosa Rafting Outfitters - Full day river raft trip for 4
AND THERE IS MORE!  Come out and support all the good that Rotary does in this community!  There will be great food catered by The Buck Stops Here and Music by Bob Hemenger.  The mint juleps will be flowing.  And of course, don't forget about the betting.  75% of the betting money taken in will be returned to the winners!  25% will stay with Rotary to support college scholarships for graduating seniors and all of the other projects Rotary does in the community.
The Kentucky Derby is Almost here! Shellie Peterson 2017-04-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Smith
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs has received $108,554 from The Rotary Foundation to improve science education at the junior high and high school levels in Senegal. These funds are used to buy textbooks, supplies, and computers.

Senegal has its own science curriculum. Textbooks that align with this curriculum are published in Senegal. However, few rural schools have textbooks. Teachers often teach from their college notes. Rotary has provided over 1400 biology, chemistry and physics textbooks to three high schools in Senegal this year.

When the schools have no textbooks, the teachers draw pictures on the board and dictate lessons. Students copy and memorize the lessons. Although most of the science teachers have an adequate understanding of science theory, few have any practical experience. Physics teachers teach simple electronic circuits, but they have never seen resistors, diodes and capacitors. They have never used a voltmeter.

Teacher training is emphasized to insure that the impact of the program continues long after the end of the formal program. A Rotary training team, which includes Linda Carlson (Rotary Club of Canon City) and Jean and David Smith (Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs) travel to Senegal where they conduct teacher training workshops. This year, 60 teachers were trained to perform simple laboratory experiments that align with the Senegalese science curriculum. In addition, 21 high school science students were trained to present Science Day to nearly 300 sixth grade students.
Rotary Connects Pagosa to Distant Places David Smith 2017-04-22 06:00:00Z 0
If you don't have your tickets yet you better get them soon!  Contact any Rotarian or stop by Exit Realty or the Choke Cherry Tree to be able to participate in this event!  The items that have been donated for the 'experience' silent auction are amazing!  Some of the fabulous trips to choose from are:
  • Wyndham Vacation Ownership - 4 day Caribbean Cruise and 7 day trips to any Wyndham destination
  • Wilderness Journeys - 4-Wheel Drive excursion
  • Pagosa Rafting Outfitters - Full day river raft trip for 4
The Kentucky Derby is Almost Here! Shellie Peterson 2017-04-22 06:00:00Z 0
Bruce Whitehead, from the Southwestern Water Conservation District, addressed the Club.  The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) was created by the Colorado General Assembly in 1941 and is one of four Conservation Districts in the State.  The SWCD is celebrating its 75th year of being charged to protect, conserve, use and develop the water resources of the Southwestern basin for the welfare of the District.  Mr. Whitehead informed us that the snow-pack reached 128% of normal this year which is good news for water resources!  We also got a run-down on various water related issues that are working their way through the legislative process this year.
In other news:
  • We welcomed several visitors and old friends alike!  Jenelle Syverson, guest of Nick Tallent and John Shepard, guest of Neal Johnson.  Also back from long travels were members Bob and Dawn Eggleston and Jessie Formwalt!  Ramona Tschaar also returned from a short trip relaxing with her father in LaGrange, TX.  We are glad that all of you joined us.
  • Rod Proffitt and Kenny Rogers joined us from the Morning Club.  They were interested in hearing our speaker as well to tell us about the upcoming "Vets for Vets Fundraising effort" on May 27th at the Pagosa Springs Golf Course.  Gather your golf partners or find out how to support them in some way.  The Morning Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:00 am at Pagosa Brewery and the 1st & 3rd Wednesday at at Borde Rio at 6:00 pm.  We are welcome to visit any time.
  • Sharon Crump reported the the Environmental Film Festival sponsored by the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership was a real inspiration last week!
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-04-20 06:00:00Z 0

The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May every year.
It is the longest continually held sporting event in America, and it is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Often called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, the Kentucky Derby receives this nickname from the approximate length of time it takes the winner to run from the starting gate to the finish line. The Kentucky Derby is the first race within the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, where it is followed by the Preakness Stakes race and the Belmont Stakes race. 
2017 Kentucky Derby Shellie Peterson 2017-04-14 06:00:00Z 0
Jennifer Green, Director of the Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board and Larry Fisher, Chairman of the Board, were our guests last week.  Jennifer told us about an new beautification initiative to put flower planters on the pedestrian bridges in town!  Also they are looking for businesses to sponsor a 'bike planter' to further improve the visual impact Pagosa Springs has on our visitors.  With lodging tax collections up by almost $250,000 since 2009, Pagosa is certainly becoming a destination resort town!  
Jennifer also told us about some progress being made with the way finding & signage efforts in connection with the newly approved San Juan Overlook pavilion in the heart of downtown.  Should be a busy summer with all this going on!  For further information you can contact Jennifer at
In other News:  Sunetha Management is a new sponsor of the Kentucky Derby at a $500 contribution!!  Thank you Dan and Anita!!!
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-04-13 06:00:00Z 0
We heard from Randy Larson, Pagosa Fire Protection District Fire Chief, last week.  I was surprised to hear that folks that he speaks with are not always aware that we have a largely volunteer fire department!  Around 55 volunteers are in the pool of those ready to respond to fire emergency, to assist in disaster efforts and perform cold water rescue.  So far this year they have responded to 125 call and had 4 structure fires.  That is as many as the entire year last year.  There are 7 Fire Stations spread out around the 317 mile boundary of the PFPD.
In other news:
  • We had several guests last week.  Allen Domingo joined us from the Rio Grande Savings & Loan Bank, not only as a guest but as a Silver $500 dollar sponsor for the Kentucky Derby!
  • Jay Wilmon, the new owner of Old West Press. was there as a guest of Ramona and Jenelle Syverson joined us as Nick Tallent's guest
  • Kim announced other new 'experience auction' items; a round of golf at a prestigious course in Sedona & Wilderness Journeys river raft trip and 4-wheeler adventure
  • Sue Walan will be leaving for a job as the design-engineer for a new justice center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Good luck Sue!
  • Roberta Tolan announced her upcoming retirement from the Archuleta County Extension Service in May
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  • Wilderness Journeys has joined the ranks of  Rotary Sponsors for the Kentucky Derby with donations of TWO adventure trips  for the Experience Silent Auction.  They will also be donating the use of their buses to transport our guests from the parking area up to the Keyah Grande venue the day of the event!  The value of these in-kind contributions represents a $1,500 value!
  • More updates regarding the Kentucky Derby include details on the meal that will be provided by the Buck Stops Here!  Braised Short Ribs with Bourbon sauce will be served with a broccoli cheese vegetable dish, Caesar Salad and rolls.  It all sounds just wonderful and we need to thank the folks at the Buck Stops Here for doing all this at a discount which supports our fund raising purpose as well
  • Livia Cloman Lynch announced that she had just received word that the Club has been successful in obtaining the Colorado Opportunity Grant Scholarship!  This is HUGE NEWS! $24,000 dollars will be made available to match our fund-raising dollars to provide scholarships for in-state tuition for our graduating seniors.  Livia will do a presentation on all the details soon!
  • Speaking of Scholarships...the Scholarship Selection Committee has two openings!  These positions are for three year terms and consist of reviewing the applications provided by the students; selecting the most qualified applicants for in-person interviews and deciding as a committee how our available funds will be distributed.  It is a very exciting process and its amazing to get to know some of most talented and gifted Pagosa students.  Submit a short summary of why you would like to be selected to serve on this committee to Livia
  • Cindi Galabota reminded us that it is RYLA time!  That's Rotary Youth Leadership Academy and the deadline for applications is April 7th.  If you know a good candidate for this training that is a high school sophomore or junior, get an application from Cindi
  • Ramona Tschaar surprised us with news that her and Alex had sold the Old West Press!  A company that has similar businesses in Farmington and Durango have bought it and it looks like Ramona will get to have some more time on her hands.  They plan on staying in the area for the time being.
  • David Smith reminded us of the Investment Opportunity for Seeds of Learning.  Tickets are $100 and a maximum of 300 tickets will be sold.  The prize is $10,000!  Seeds has lost its funding from the Secure Rural Schools programs and needs to raise this money to help families that can't pay the full cost of tuition for their children to attend Seeds
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Allen Roth, General Manager of the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association addressed our group.  Mr. Roth filled us in on a number of interesting facts about PLPOA  - for instance, there are 27 different subdivisions, 6600 properties, covering 14,500 Acres with 900 of those acres designated as greenbelts!  The Association is approximately 60% built out with 78 homes being built in the last year alone!  About 7 miles of property are bordering the National Forest.
Allen Roth, General Manager of the PLPOA Shellie Peterson 2017-03-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Smith
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is proud to be supporting this Global Grant!
Progress Report: Water System in Terrabona, Nicaragua
April 27, 2017
Projection Description
This Water and Sanitation project will be divided into two tasks that will benefit four adjacent villages in Nicaragua:  San Andrés, Los Calpules, Las Joyas, and San Juan.  The San Andrés, Los Calpules and Las Joyas water task will be to construct an electric pump water system with a tap and meter for each home. The sanitation task will be to construct 25 double pit latrines in San Andrés, 20 in Las Joyas, 15 in Los Calpules, and 10 in San Juan. These four communities are found within a 5km radius of each other, allowing work to be done in parallel.
Small communities were selected because many Water and Sanitation projects are sited in urban areas. Therefore, smaller, isolated communities do not receive significant assistance. Although these communities are disconnected, they fit into an overall Water and Sanitation plan developed for the Terrabona municipality. These two projects are proposed because they best met the needs of these communities as identified and were proposed by the villagers themselves. 
Progress Report: Water System in Terrabona, Nicaragua David Smith 2017-03-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Smith
Rotary is Strong in Niamey, the capital of Niger
I just returned from a week in Niamey, the capital of Niger. There are 4 Rotary Clubs in Niamey, each with about 20 members. The list of projects these clubs have participated in is long and impressive. These projects include healthcare, education, water and sanitation, high-end agriculture and much more.
            Life in Niger is generally harsh. The country is the size of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona combined. About 80% lies in the middle of the Sahara Deseret where the annual rainfall is usually less than 1 inch. A narrow strip on the south western corner, which includes Niamey, may receive 20 inches of rain a year, but it all comes within 2-3 months. Of course temperatures are HOT. Niger is consistently ranked as one of the poorest countries in Africa by the UN Human Development Index. Yet Rotary is strong in Niamey!
            My host, Gaston Kaba, joined Rotary in 1988. While serving as president in 1993-1994, he inducted the first 3 women Rotarians in Niger. He has been involved with many international projects, which were sponsored by organizations in Germany, France, Canada, USA, Belgium and many other countries. Gaston studied at both UC Berkeley and SUNY Albany, so he speaks all forms of American. His father, Jean Kaba, was one of the original founders of Rotary in Niamey. During the great drought of 1969-1974, their Rotary club worked with 41 clubs in Europe to deliver 10 tons of medical supplies to those fleeing the expanding desert. They also created the Niamey Blood Bank and built a health center.
Rotary is Strong in Niamey David Smith 2017-03-28 06:00:00Z 0
Joe Lewandowski, Public Information Officer and Cathenne Brons, Education & Volunteer Coordinator addressed the Club about potential increases in resident hunting and fishing licenses.  This process will have to be approved through the legislature; however, if passed, it will be the first increase since 2005.    Non-resident license fees are tied to an inflation factor so they go up steadily with the consumer price index.  No taxes are received by the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife.  Their revenues are basically from the license fees, Excise Tax, GOCO lottery funds and grants.  It costs a lot of money to manage our wildlife and park resources in a sustainable manner for the future.  Things like helicopter flights to monitor big animal herd health and fish hatcheries where native trout are raised for stocking lakes and rivers  - it all cost money. Next time you go to buy a license to participate in our wilderness experiences, remember your fees are going toward the preservation and protection of these resources.
Colorado Dept of Parks & Wildlife Shellie Peterson 2017-03-23 06:00:00Z 0
  • We were delighted to have John Applegate and Joe Donovan join us for the meeting.  Both had been under the weather lately
  • Shellie Peterson announced that the Board of Directors had unanimously accepted Pat Love into membership - we look forward to an Induction Ceremony soon!
  • Nick Tallent's guest, Janelle Severson joined us again last week.  Janelle owns the Choke Cherry Tree and and she has generously donated the bourbon balls for the upcoming Kentucky Derby!  THANK YOU Janelle!  She will also be assisting with some of the other deserts for the event.
  • We had a sneak preview of the talented performers in Mary Poppins!  This presentation by the high School drama and theater department begins next week.  We should all plan on going for sure, just $10 tickets at the door
  • Jean and Dave Smith have arrived home safely from Senegal.  They will give a presentation early in May to tell us all about their efforts this past trip.  Also, Jean has raffle tickets available for a fund raiser for the Seeds of Learning Center.  The Center has lost some funding from the Secure Rural Schools resource and needs to raise some additional funds to operate.  The prize is $10,000 and the drawing will be on May 20th.  Tickets are $100 each and are available from Jean
  • Roberta Tolan mentioned that it was the time of year to collect applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)  If you know any sophomores or juniors in high school, this is a wonderful opportunity to encourage and develop their leadership skills!  Every year these kids come back to us and tell us what a meaningful experience it was for them
  • NEW SPONSORS announced for the Kentucky Derby were Wilderness Journeys and Wyndham Resorts!  Both will be providing trips for the experience silent auction,  Wilderness Journeys will also be providing the shuttle service from the parking area up to Keyah Grande
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  • Our Rotary Family is growing!  Jimmy Munozcano proudly announced the arrival of his son Leo, February 27th, weighing in at 5LB 13OZ.  Both Leo and Marianne are doing well and the other four kids are all 'in love' and happily helping to take care of their new brother
  • Nick Tallent brought Jeanelle Severson, the owner of the Choke Cherry Tree as his guest.  We were happy to welcome her to the meeting
  • Kim Moore reminded us of the upcoming District Roundup in Glenwood Springs April 20-22.  She will be attending and taking our exchange student Leo for his participation with the other exchange students.  Everyone is encouraged to check it out
  • Speaking of Leo, this past week he made the move to his third house family.  He is now living with the Garcias.  They have two sons, Kyle who is Leo's age and Tray who is 11.  Leo is going to be assisting the coaches of Tray's soccer team this spring
  • David Cammack made it successfully through a knee surgery this past week; however, it looks as though more extensive surgery may be necessary in the future.  Its tough getting older!
  • Nick Tallent reminds anyone that has not yet paid their pledge for the Penguin Plunge to do so! He needs to turn those funds in
  • News from John and Sandy Applegate indicates that John is mending well and they are doing some traveling
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Justin Ramsey, Manager of the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District addressed Rotary last week. Mr. Ramsey came to the District in May 2015 to fill the position of District Engineer. Previously he had been working as the Northern Regional Manager for Westland Resourses in Flagstaff, AZ.  Justin brings 20 years of water and wastewater design and engineering experience as well as a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Engineering and a Maters of Engineering in Civil Engineering - both from Norther Arizona University.  Mr. Ramsey was promoted to the District Manager position in January.
During his presentation he detailed the outcome of the project undertaken jointly by PAWSD and the Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District to build a wastewater conveyance line and two major lift stations to enable the VISTA Wastewater Treatment Plant to treat the Town's sewage. Thoughtful negotiations produced a successful project which began actually pumping in May of 2017 and now approximately 300,000 gallons are being treated daily at the VISTA facility.
Justin Ramsey, Manager of the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District Shellie Peterson 2017-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon on Mar 02, 2017
  • Member Joe Donovan surprised us with a visit. He told us of the eleven broken ribs that he sustained from a fall recently and the amount of discomfort that he endured but has improved significantly. He was accompanied by he oldest son Mike Donovan.

  • Dick Bond who was a recent member of our Rotary Club was in attendance. He informed us that he has joined Rio Rancho Rotary Club located in Albuquerque NM since moving there a couple months ago.

  • Several guess of Rotarians were present that included  Tom Darrigan and his wife Elsa, Rihanna Ray, John Shepherd who is visiting for the second time, and Loyette Steward.

  • Kim Moore returned after vacationing at Death Valley where the weather was not favorable. She also informed us that Kia Grande has been reserved for our Kentucky Derby Party scheduled for May 6, 2017 and everyone cheered loudly.
  • Leo our exchange student sported a new short haircut that his friend gave him. He reported that he went shopping at Farmington NM and it was fun.
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Posted by Sam Pittmon on Mar 02, 2017
  • Member Joe Donovan surprised us with a visit. He told us about his 11 broken ribs that he sustained from a fall recently and the amount of discomfort that he endured. He was accompanied by his oldest son Mike Donovan.
  • Dick Bond who was a recent member of our Rotory Club was in attendance. He informed us that he has joined Rio Rancho Rotary Club located in Albuquerque, NM since moving there a couple months ago.
  • Several guest of Rotarians were present that included Tom Darrigan and his wife Elsa, Rihanna Ray, John Shepherd who was visiting for the second time and Loyette Stewart.
  • Kim Moore returned after vacationing at Death Valley where she said the weather was not favorable. She informed us that Keyah Grande has been reserved for our Kentucky Derby Party scheduled for May 6, 2017 and everyone cheered loudly.
  • Leo our exchange student sported a new haircut that his friend gave him. He stated that he went shopping in 
    Farmington NM last weekend and it was fun.
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Posted by Sam Pittmon on Feb 23, 2017


  • We were happy to welcome Barry Wheeless back to our meeting after an extended absence following back surgery. He reported that he is improving and having less pain. He also gave the invocation to start the meeting.

  • Betty Switzer returned after several weeks of illness and she appeared to have fully recovered.

  • It was reported that our Rotary member Joe Donavan fell on the ice recently and broke several ribs. A get well card was signed by members in attendance.

  • We were informed that a previous member Minnie Lynch has been ill. A get well card was signed by members present. It was also noted that she was the third women to join Pagosa Springs Rotary Club.

  • John Applegate was reported to have been ill recently and spent a few days at Pine Ridge Care Center. He is apparently back at home recuperating. 

  • There were several guest in attendance including Rotarian Pat Love and her daughter Kathleen McFadden. Kathleen is visiting for the second time and is a potential new member candidate. Another new member candidate Chris Kohler was visiting for the third time along with his wife Jen Kohler and we welcomed them all.

  • Our exchange student Leo reported that he went skiing at Wolf Creek the past weekend and it was enjoyable. He was not to thrilled about the hamburger for lunch as he is accustom to having dessert type foods for lunch in Austria where he usually ski's.

News and Announcements Sam Pittmon 2017-02-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon
Our guess speaker was Bill Trimarco who is Archuleta County Coordinator for FireWise. He gave us an overview of the function of this organization. FireWise Southwest Colorado is a citizen based council created to promote wildfire preparedness, mitigation, and education. It is a non-profit that has been serving the five county region of southwest Colorado since 2003. FireWise works closely with a variety of partners including Colorado State Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Offices of Emergency Management and local Fire Protection Districts. The FireWise mission is to strive to keep lives, homes and property from being damaged by wildfires and provide education, planning and fire mitigation support to facilitate wildfire preparedness in our neighborhoods. Mr. Trimarco informed us of the Neighborhood Ambassadors program which is the backbone of the organization. These volunteer ambassadors serve as catalyst within their neighborhoods and encourage their neighbors to become aware, active and prepared for wild fires. Ambassadors receive training, support and ongoing education; access to wild fire information experts; and notice of grant opportunities. Anyone can sign up to become an ambassador at
FireWise SW colorado Sam Pittmon 2017-02-23 07:00:00Z 0
Studying & Managing Mule Deer
Adrian Archuleta from the Colorado Parks & Wildlife spoke to us at the Rotary Meeting last week.   The Colorado Parks & Wildlife is responsible to manage our renewable resources in a manner that benefits users who enjoy these public areas in a wide variety of ways. Mr. Archuleta was able to show us some interesting maps of the movement of mule deer in and around the Pagosa Springs area obtained through radio-collar deer captures.  During the capture process, helicopter pilots fly over herds, drop nets over does and fauns, land and collar the animals quickly before freeing them.  The faun collars are designed to drop off after six months, and the adult collars after a longer period.  The process has enabled biologists to track the deer and again insights into their migration.  While wildlife populations are cyclical, substantial growth in particular areas can impact these animals traditional migration patterns. These studies will be used in a number of ways to mitigate those impacts.
Adrian Archuleta - Colorado Parks & Wildlife Shellie Peterson 2017-02-16 07:00:00Z 0
News & Announcements:
  • We were all relieved that NICK TALLENT survived BOTH the Penguin Plunge and the SLEDZ on the REZ.  Not only did he survive; but he managed to raise over $500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado!  All the Winterfest activities were huge hits in Pagosa Springs including the mass Balloon Assention.  What a wonderful weekend and representation of our beautiful community!  Thanks and a shout out to the Young Professionals of Pagosa Springs for their organization and enthusiasm for making these events such a hit.
  • The first Sponsor of the 2017 Kentucky Derby has made the page in a big way with an enormous $3,000 donation!  EARS 2 U Hearing, Scott Erickson; Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Owner. These folks have been avid Rotary supporters for years and we thank them for being OUR FIRST for this fund-raising season!
  • Leo - our currently most beloved exchange student - reported that he personally scored 20 points as well as the winning free-throw at the last basketball game of the season! 
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  • In other news: we celebrated a couple of anniversaries - Dave Smith and his wife Jean have been married 50 years and Jimmy Munozcano and his wife have been married for 12!
  • Dave Richardson let us know that Barry is still really struggling with this last back surgery.  It is turning out to be much more difficult that what anyone had anticipated. Please give Barry and call to cheer him up!
  • Roberta Tolan was celebrating the purchase of a new teardrop camper and the fine art of backing those things up
  • Livia Cloman Lynch gave us an update about the Colorado Opportunities Grant.  She has obtained approval from the Board of County Commissioners and is moving forward with actually writing the grant itself! This is very exciting news and may well be a significant 'boost' to our graduating seniors in the upcoming years
  • Kim had really good news about our Holiday Party issue - The Alley House has been most gracious and is refunding some of the charges
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club Supports the Village Aid Project - Engineers Without Borders at Fort Lewis College
Megan Guerrero spoke to us last week about the Village Aid Project. This service group which is a part of Engineers without Borders, is doing some amazing work. The following is an excerpt from their website which you can access by clicking  We enjoyed Megan's enthusiasm and it was evident how much this work means to her and her fellow students.  The proverbial hat was passed and $212 was raised for their efforts.


Village Aid Project Shellie Peterson 2017-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
Mike Dreysprings, Chief Executive Officer of La Plata Electric Association was our speaker last week.  Mr. Dreyspring brought us up to date regarding some of the most important topics being addressed by their Board of Directors which include; deregulation, drone technology to better prepare linemen for repairs or outages, development of the smart grid, concerns over cyber security and preparing for electric cars.  Also discussed were the changes to the off-peak rate time schedule changes and information available by visiting the LPEA Smart Hub.  Mr. Dreyspring reminded us that we have three local representatives on the LPEA Board, Bob Lynch, Mike Alley and Bob Formwalt.  
  • It was another busy week for visitors to the Club - in addition to those attending to celebrate Leo's birthday, Neal Johnson brought John Shepard the Archuleta County Planner and Gertie Dixon joined us from the Morning Club.  We were also happy to have Tom & Ming Steen visit!
  • While this picture is not one of Nick Tallent it will give you an idea of just how cold this water is - Nick will be 'taking the plunge' again this year! This time he will go through the suffering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a very worthy cause indeed. Nick encourages us to show up to watch the sled race and enjoy all the festivities next weekend. Give Nick a call and make a pledge to encourage him in his efforts! 
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Rich Valdez, Archuleta County Sheriff, Tonya Hamilton, Under Sheriff, and Warren Brown, Sergeant, were our guests at last week's meeting.  It was fascinating to hear about how many responsibilities the Sheriff's Department have to handle.  From containing wild land fires; all civil processes, court security, transporting prisoners, patrolling for the health and safety of the community and search and rescue, there is quite the job to do.  In 2016 there were 17,032 calls for service in Archuleta County with the Sheriff's Department handling 50% of them.  There were 88 major crime cases were investigated resulting in 18 arrests as well. It struck me as very unfortunate that man-power, funding and talent are spent transporting prisoners due to the extent our own public facilities were allowed to degrade. 
  • It was a busy week for visitors!  Kris Kohler was a guest of Neal Johnson; Hank Slikker attended as a guest of Art Benzel, Alicia Summers had been invited by Cindi Galabota and Patty Tillerson was there with our dear member Bob Tillerson
  • Jo Bridges updated us that the Feed the Children program was running really smoothly with lots of support and cooperation from the school.  21 families are involved which serves 67 children in those homes.  Codie Wilson pointed out what a wonderful job Jo and Lassie had done with the Christmas Party for these children!  There were homemake cookies from Jo and gifts donated by Jann Pitcher
  • Roberta Tolan announced there will be a free Radon Awareness class on January 24th at 10:30 am.  See Roberta for more details
  • Also on January 24th a Safe Food Handling Course will be offered - Bill Hubbard has the information on that
  • Dave Smith gave us the rundown on the Science Fair at the Middle School.  There were 28 projects to judge and Rotarians, Dave Richardson, Gindi Galabota, Lisa Scott and himself were all involved with the process.  The cash prize awards were presented through Rotary with Dave contributing the funds.  The top placing students will take their projects on to regional competition
  • Leo reported that he certainly enjoyed the watching the Ducks ice hockey game in Phoenix! They had seats that allowed them to experience the impact as the players collided with the wall
  • Barry Wheeless is making good improvement from his ordeal with back surgery
  • Our thoughts go out to Loyette with her newly acquired broken ankle and male nurse
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March 31, 2017 is the last day for preregistration discount rate of $415!  So start making your plans now for the 100th year of the Rotary Foundation June 10-14, 2017.

Centennial event

Name badge from the 1917 Atlanta Convention


One hundred years ago, at the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed creating an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” From the first contribution of $26.50, the Foundation has grown significantly and has spent more than $3 billion on programs and projects.

Let’s celebrate in the city where it all began. We’ll look back proudly over a century of “doing good in the world” — and look ahead to the challenges Rotary will tackle in the century to come. Here are some of the events we have planned. Check back often to see what’s new.

Visit The Rotary Foundation Centennial site to learn more about the Foundation’s first 100 years.

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Vocational Service focuses on:
  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
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Posted by David Smith
Rotary Raises Farmers out of Poverty in Africa
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs is recognized locally for its many programs that support and enhance the quality of life in Pagosa Springs. Current projects include scholarships for advanced studies, organization of the 4th of July Parade, the Feed Our Children Program, providing dictionaries to 3rd grade students, and more.
            The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs is also helping to improve the quality of life in some of the poorest countries in the world. It has recently joined with Rotary Clubs in Carbondale, Aspen, with three Rotary Clubs in Canada and with a Rotary Club in Niger to carry out a project in Niger. The goal of this project is to lift subsistence farmers in Africa out of poverty by approaching farming as a business and not just a means of survival. This goal will be achieved by providing a solar powered irrigation system and educating women and children to view farming as a business. The project is being implemented in the village of Gueriguindi, Niger, which is 30 minutes outside the capital city of Niamey.
            Economic development in Niger has been slow. According to the UN Human Development Index statistics, Niger is the poorest country on earth. 70% of the country lies within the Sahara desert. Its 17 million citizens are primarily subsistence farmers, growing barely enough rain-fed crops to feed themselves. Drought conditions prevail in two years out of five. The general shortage of rain puts the food supply at constant risk. Farmers are trapped in a cycle of endless poverty. Feeling desperate to feed their families, they may try to migrate to Europe or they may join terrorists groups that offer hope and wages.
  Rotary program will provide a solar powered pump to supply water to the fields. At this time, the solar panels have been installed and the pump is expected to be delivered soon.
Rotary Raises Farmers out of Poverty in Africa David Smith 2016-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Cammack
I will soon begin engaging speakers for 2017 and I would appreciate your suggestions.  All you would need to do is give me a name or organization and a contact number for someone that you think the Club would enjoy or benefit from hearing speak.  I will take care of the rest!
Speakers Schedule for 2017 David Cammack 2016-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
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This Thursday, December 8th, Rotarians will again have the opportunity to serve in Pagosa Springs. Under the leadership of Rotarian Bill Hubbard, the best meal that some folks may have all week will be served.  More than just a free meal, this is also a chance to build relationships and learn about other areas that Rotary can make a difference in Pagosa Springs.  If you are not already signed up for this experience, you should be!  Contact Bill or just be there, willing to wash a dish or lend a hand.
Loaves & Fishes Shellie Peterson 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Keep on 'Ringing that Bell'! 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0

When John Duvall introduced Doug to speak at the last meeting, he used the term - renaissance man.  I have to admit I had not heard that term used to describe someone before so I looked it up!  When used as a noun, it is a man of the Renaissance who was knowledgeable, educated or proficient in a wide range of fields.  Which, now that I think about it, was exactly what John was saying as he continued his introduction of Doug as a mountain climber, actor, musician, author, biblical scholar and Rector of the Episcopal Church.
Doug updated us on his recent sabbatical trip from the Christ of the Desert Monastery in New Mexico to the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas Texas and on to two weeks in Greece.  Certainly an action filled trip for someone who was recovering from multiple pulmonary embolisms!  The good news, is that he is well rested, had fun and apparently ate very well too!  He also accomplished his research for his upcoming second book.
When talking of he and Sally's time in Greece, he said that the folks they encountered there were 'radically gracious'.  What a pleasure to hear that would 'radical' followed by something so sweet.  He said it was though they had been just waiting there for them to come visit!
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Posted by Jo Ann Laid
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Dictionary Give-Away was actually started from a shared dream between two Rotarians in another country.
In 2001 it became a Matching Grant project between India D3150 and five clubs in Southern Colorado, led by the Lamar Rotary club. Our club started our project in approximately 2005.
This community project is one of our most loved and appreciated, as every third grader in the Archuleta School District receives a dictionary. This is the only book they have in school that belongs to them and the only one they can take home. The dictionary changes formats about every three to four years but is always colorful and comprehensive.
Pagosa Springs Rotary Dictionary Give-Away Jo Ann Laid 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club supports the Salvation Army's efforts to meet needs in Archuleta County! Beginning November 26th and right on through the evening of Christmas Eve, you will find Rotarians and other volunteers ringing that classic red kettle bell!
Salvation Army Red Kettle Effort Shellie Peterson 2016-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, leveraging funds with the District 5470 and Rotary International, is pleased to announce the delivery of 48 special wheelchairs for children and adolescents in Argentina and the republic of Paraguay who have neurological disabilities that prevent their mobility.
Wheelchairs for Children & Adolescents in Argentina Sam Pittmon 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day 2016 highlights Rotary’s progress to end polio

Immunization efforts continue in Africa, where recent setbacks underscore the need for vigilance everywhere until polio is eradicated worldwide.  

Where are we in the fight to eradicate polio? What's left to do? And why does it cost so much? Rotary's World Polio Day event on 24 October will answer these questions and more.

World Polio Day 2016 Shellie Peterson 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Clubs support the Feed Our Children Program
There are many steps - and quite a few stairs - involved with the Pagosa Springs Rotary Feed Our Children Program!  From purchasing or collecting the 'kid-friendly' food to stocking the storage pantry and packing and transporting all those backpacks!  Even before all of those efforts are made, working closely with the teachers and parents are the foundational efforts to be sure these resources get to the children who will most benefit.
Would you like to be a part of these efforts?  You can volunteer your time or provide financial support by contacting Jo Bridges at  
Feed Our Children Backpack Program Shellie Peterson 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
David Smith, Chairman of the Early Care & Education Work Group addresses the Noon Rotary Club
David Smith, Chairman of the ECEWG gave the Noon Rotary Club an update on the progress to date in determining the needs here in the community.  Mr. Smith pointed out that most of the 'heavy-lifting' of gathering and summarizing the data had been accomplished by ECEWG's coordinator Jan Santopietro and committee members including Dee McPeek.  
Mr. Smith discussed a variety of studies done that all pointed to the fact that the readiness of children to enter into the school system impacts all of us regardless of whether or not we directly have children in that age group.  Numerous studies have determined that there is a substantial long-term benefit and 'return on investment' when considering the resulting savings to taxpayers.  School ready children, by their 40th year, represented a higher percentage of well paying jobs and reduced involvement with the legal system among many other positive factors.
The Committee's work thus far has identified 212 'slots' available for a projected 481 children whose parents have indicated that they could benefit from and would participate in affordable early child care and education if it were available in our community.   Their next tasks include developing possible solutions and proposing methods by which these solutions could be made a reality. 
A Report From David Smith, Chairman of the Early Care & Education Work Group to speak Shellie Peterson 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
David Smith, Chairman of the ECEWG will be addressing the Noon Rotary Club this week.  In 2015, the Archuleta County Commissioners and the Town Council of Pagosa Springs jointly agreed with the finding from the Rural Philanthropy Days that the lack of early childhood care and education was a major roadblock to the future development and vitality of Pagosa Springs.  The Early Care and Education Work Group (ECEWG) was created with the specific task of researching the needs and providing recommendation to the Town and County for potential solutions to these needs.  ECEWG's coordinator Jan Santopietro addressed the group's sponsors last week, but if you missed that presentation, This Thursday will be your opportunity to hear from David Smith, the group's Chairman, about their findings and recommendations to date.  You are welcome to join us at the Pagosa Springs Rotary meeting on Thursday, November 3rd, to hear this presentation about one of the most significant issues of the community.
David Smith, Chairman of the Early Care & Education Work Group to speak 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Betty & Jeff are off to Texas to visit family there but Betty wanted me to repeat a BIG THANK YOU for those who worked and were not there the day that she made her lengthy thank you delivery!  She adds a special thank you to Sharon Crump for keeping up with the ticket sales.  There were a total of 31 members who volunteered for over 225 hours of service!  We had 215 at the dance and sold all of our available tickets plus an additional 27 at the door.  There will be a full financial report when Betty returns and all the bills are received.
  • We welcomed Art Benzel's guest, Bob Robinson, a Tai Chi instructor who had 'found' Pagosa a couple of years ago
  • JoAnn Laird announced that the Dictionary Project is underway with a tentative date of November 17th for delivery!
  • Jo Bridges thanked all those who had recently responded to the giving opportunity of supporting the Feed Our Children.  There are 19 backpacks being prepared each week to provide kid-friendly food for 68 children
  • Carrie Weiss suggested that it may be time to think about Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army again ALREADY:-)  She will begin distributing sign up sheets early in November
  • Jimmy Munozcano announced that with his oldest son turning 11 and his youngest daughter turning 1 (and two in the middle) he and his wife Marianne are expecting another baby
  • Livia reported that Mamie Lynch is home from the hospital - having performed another amazing 'bounce back' she is famous for
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Neal Johnson told us some of his interesting background and history.  It seems that somehow, Neal started out in the small town of Artesia, New Mexico and ended up traveling the world.  Neal told us something else important too, besides about his fascinating career.  He told us that the experience he & Donette had of working under the leadership of Betty Switzer and our Rotary team during the production of the Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance caused Donette Wagner to be willing to take on the challenge of running for District Governor.  Donette said that the experience made her realize just how much FUN we have as Rotarians doing good for our community and that encouraged her to be ready for this challenge!
Neal told us something else too.  He said that in all his travels and dealing with Rotary Clubs during the time he was District Governor, he had never seen an International Committee run as well with as much outcome based results as the one Chaired by David Smith here in the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club.  We can feel proud to be associated with these efforts! 
Neal introduced us to his life work of addressing "Business as Mission".  An interesting concept of reaching out to areas in poverty to create jobs.  Those jobs them multiply to create economic development which means more than just a pay check but the self-esteem of having created that pay check.  He has published a book to that effect and now is a professor teaching business management part-time through online courses.  Other than that, Neal's careers include being a Bank President, a lawyer and serving in the military as a Judge Advocate General's Corp (JAG).  I believe we will be fortunate to have Neal on our Rotary team!
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The Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance was a huge success!  Thanks, in part, to the many generous  Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsors that contributed as well as many other Donors that donated items for the silent auction such as trips, hotel accommodations, food, wine and jewelry!  The silent auction alone raised over $1,000 for Pagosa Springs Rotary Club projects and programs here in Pagosa Springs!
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Leo Witschurke's Presentation on Germany Shellie Peterson 2016-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
The Pagosa Springs Rotary, along with generous contributions from the community, supports the Feed Our Children Backpack Program.  More than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program.  For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat.
Feed Our Children Shellie Peterson 2016-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance to benefit the Community
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club puts on one heck of a party!  And it's all for good causes.  Please come out and support these efforts October 15th!   Rotary uses the proceeds of these fund raising events right here in our community.  Last year, the Barn Dance netted $ 7,770.68 for the community.  Of the $26,750 raised by Pagosa Springs Rotary in 2015, over half of the money raised funded college and technical school scholarships for graduating seniors.  Other programs supported include Pagosa Outreach Connection, Rotary Youth Exchange, Dictionaries for the 3rd grade students, teacher mini-grants, Rotary Youth Leadership Academy and Loaves & Fishes.  Come out this Saturday evening!  You will have a great time and help us keep supporting the community!
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  • We welcomed Larry McClintock as a guest!  Larry has recently moved from ALBQ where he was involved with a Rotary Club there
  • Feed Our Children is going to start up on October 14th!  This is a huge effort that requires lots of volunteers each week in addition to all that Jo Bridges and Lassie Olin do to keep everything organized and stocked.  Call Jo or Lassie to reserve your preferred job and dates right away!  It will be fun to see how many children we can help this year!
  • Great News! A Affordable Storage has donated a storage unit for Rotary's use!  This support will enable the Club to use those funds for other purposes.  The bad news? it is smaller than the current space we have available but that just means its time to 'clean house.'  Jeff Switzer and Dave Campbell are heading this effort; please give them a call if you can be available to help!
  • Leo enjoyed his Inbound Exchange Student Orientation over in Durango.  Hopefully he is building relationships that will last a lifetime! His soccer team did experience a loss with him away though and we aren't quite sure that there were NO pretty girls at the Orientation!
  • Sandy and John Applegate apparently consumed all the lobster they could while in Maine and have returned home safely in time for a fall color tour
  • Codie Wilson shared good news about her grandson's performance in 4th grade soccer games.  One of 'our own' Nick Tallent is referee for these games.  It is hard to imagine a Rotarian putting in more time volunteering than what Nick does!
  • David Smith has extended his offer of rides in his fully restored Model A pickup truck!  Just $25 donation to the Donor Advised Fund (DAF) will buy you a tour in this beauty that now has a new paint job
  • There was a really strong response to the presentation made by Jimmy Munozcano, Livia Cloman Lynch and Jo Bridges last week!  Many pledges came in indicating Rotarians that want to be reminded quarterly about their other opportunities to contribute to the DAF and Feed Our Children
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Grab your hat folks!  The second annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance is just around the corner! 
Betty Switzer mentioned the other day, that working on the Scholarship Selection Committee had given her such a bigger realization of just how important this fund raiser is!  We only have two shots to raise the money to help in the Pagosa Springs community and they have to be wildly successful in order for us to do it!  If you have not been at meetings lately, you need to check in with Sharon Crump at Exit Realty to collect your tickets!  If you are a Rotarian, there are tickets with your name on them!  Whether you sell them or give them to co-workers, family or friends, clients they are your responsibility to the club.  Also, if you are a Rotarian, we need your help!  Contact Betty and see where there are still open opportunities for service and get on the list.
We had an interesting presentation last week from Jimmy Munozcano, Livia Cloman Lynch and Jo Bridges.  If you missed it, Shellie Peterson has extra copies.  Collectively, they explained the functions and funding of the Rotary Club, the Community Assistance Fund (CAF) and the Donor Advised Fund (DAF).  The proceeds from the Barn Dance will be used in the CAF to fund scholarships for graduating seniors; Pagosa Outreach Connection, Outgoing and Incoming Exchange Student programs, Teacher mini-grants, the third grade dictionaries, Rotary Youth Leadership Academy & Loaves & Fishes.
Ticket sales are just one avenue for raising funds from this event.  It is also critical that selling raffle tickets for the silent auction items bring in big bucks!  Jo Bridges and Lassie Olin work tirelessly at collecting exciting and interesting items for this auction year around!  It's also important that folks take advantage of the libations being offered and the food!  Bonny Blue BBQ will be selling BBQ plates for $15 and of that, they are donating $1 back to the fund raising efforts!  Think about all these things as we sell these tickets.  We need there to be community minded folks at this event who are willing to spend some money to support our efforts in the community - oh and have some fun too!  
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  • Bob Tillerson's 90th Birthday Party was a great event!  John Duvall read a lovely note from Patty thanking everyone that could attend and saying how much she and Bob enjoyed the event.  Their next lofty goal???? Their 100 year Birthdays!
  • Ramona Tschaar reported that the Morning Club is hosting a fund raising event on September 30th and October 1st to benefit Pagosa Seniors, Crime Stoppers and the Fire Department Auxiliary.  Traditional Octoberfest dinner will be served to live music.  Tickets are $25.  Let's remember to support our fellow Rotarians in their efforts!
  • Sharon Crump told us the Balloon Breakfast was a great hit!  The day was perfect and apparently the effort was successful for the Geothermal Greenhouse efforts
  • Jo Bridges was back safely from France where she indicated that the people were just delightful!  She also had one last award to bestow from the Installation Dinner - Linda Verrips was due for special recognition for her efforts creating the weekly bulletin!
  • We got to hear from Leo - who seemed very proud of his team winning their last two games!  The Inbound Orientation for Rotary Exchange Students is in Durango this weekend so he will get to meet some of his fellow student travelers!
  • We are all happy to see John Weiss without any walking apparatus at all - except his two feet!
  • Dave Richardson filled us in on Jack and Katy Threet.  Jack is doing very well and although Katy's health is a challenge they seem to like the retirement area where they are living 
  • Codie Wilson wanted to express her thankfulness for the great experience of working with the three fine RYLA participants and her partner in the efforts, Roberta Tolan
  • Barry Wheeless reported that he and Treva would be traveling to Sante Fe to meet up with a group of folks Barry has known since 1st grade!  You know, that's quite a while:-)
  • Bill Darling just might be a grandfather after all!  Seems his son & daughter-in-law set paying off the house as a pre-requisite to parenthood...and they have done it!
  • Neal Johnson was grateful for a visit from old friends from DC and Kim Moore heads out to son Scott's wedding in California
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Noah Gorman, Jade Hart & Emma Crowder - 2016 RYLA Scholarship Recipients
 The Club was delighted to get to meet and listen to the 2016 RYLA scholarship recipients.  Each year, the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club has sponsored two or three students from the high school or home school community to attend this life changing leadership training.  The event is held at the Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs each summer.  Rotarians Codie Wilson and Roberta Tolan coordinate getting applications out to the students, reviewing and scoring each of the submittals, interviewing the selected candidates and finally making the difficult selection.  Their goal being to extend this opportunity to students who will be most likely to benefit from the experience and make good use of what they learn.  Leadership skills such as communication, cooperation and trust are developed through games and various group activities - some of which are performed quite high off the ground!  It sounded like our three lucky students had a great experience!
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy Shellie Peterson 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
  • Dick Babillis announced that the amount of money generated for the American Cancer Society was up 10% from the previous year - $39,158!  Part of that amount was from the LPEA golf tournament where they designated Relay for Life as their non-profit recipient and which raised $12,000.  The combined Rotary Clubs received the honor of top team and the newest Rotary PIG!  Hopefully, Tony Simmons will find a way to display the PIGS at his new brew pub:-)
  • Sharon Crump handed out TICKETS for the Barn Dance.  If you were not at the meeting, be sure to give her a call and get yours collected so that you can get SELLING!  We need to do a bang-up job on this and get as many sold as possible and returned to Sharon for recording!
  • Nick Tallent told us a bit more about his trip to China.  He and his 'little' 27 year old bother took a trip to Beijing, China!  In a city of 25 million people they felt very safe - perhaps because they were physically so much bigger than everyone else.  He especially enjoyed the monastery where it was less noisy than in the city - eating bugs was another first, but the 95% humidity and temperatures was hard to take
  • Leo is quickly becoming a soccer star with scoring the winning goal in the last minutes of the Bayfield game!  The next opportunity to see Leo in home games come on October 11th at 4:00 pm; October 15th at 11:00 am and October 18th at 4:00 pm  Get these dates on your calendar and support Leo's experience here in Pagosa Springs.
  • Our Speakers from the Urban Track Trail and Team were inspiring as they told us about their goals for developing single track in the downtown area in a cooperative effort with the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta School District.  So many good reasons to support this effort from economic to building self-confidence in our youth to developing healthy life-style and a life-long hobby!  It will be interesting to support this group and their lofty dreams for the community.
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Leo Witschurke is 16 years old from Berlin, Germany. His father is an architect and his mother is a teacher.  He has an older sister, Luzie (19), who is in college in Germany.  He has joined the boys’ high school soccer team and has been practicing for the fall season.  Leo’s first host family is Anthony and Ronnie Doctor and their son Liam who is the same age as Leo and is also on the soccer team.  The Doctor’s also have a daughter, Devyn, who is in college in Washington.  Leo is smart, athletic and loves all sports and trying new things.  He has also coached a football (soccer) team of 8 year old boys which he loved.  He’s been to America twice and has travelled Europe with his family.
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District 5470 Governor Teresa Anson Report
August 2016
The Rotary Foundation Trustees met on 2 June 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. At this meeting the Trustees reviewed reports from four committees and recorded 35 decisions. The following are highlights of actions taken.
Fund Development Approved the "soft launch" of an endowment/major gifts adviser leadership team to serve as mentors to the endowment/major gifts advisers in 2016-17.
Programs The Trustees:
* approved a two-year renewal of the memorandum   of understanding with UNESCO-IHE
* approved Polio Plus grant funds to: World Health Organization African Region; World Health Organization Mediterranean Region; UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia; UNICEF/Lao People's Democratic Republic; World Health Organization Polio Research. Committee; Global Polio Eradication Initiative Independent Monitoring Board; UNICEF for surveillance support, operational support, social mobilization, technical assistance, research, and administrative activities.
* approved three level III global grants (grants over US$100,000); one for basic education and literacy in Guatemala and two for disease prevention and treatment in Nepal and India.
 * agreed to make an additional $3 million in World Fund available to cover an expected year-end surge in 2015-16 global grant applications.
* Finance The Trustees: approved the 2016-17 budget for revenues of US$346,919,000 and expenses of $279,742,000, including program awards of $230,052,000. The 2016-17 Trustees met in the afternoon of 2 June and among several administrative matters, adopted annual goals for 2017-18. The goals, which were also adopted by the 2016-17 RI Board at its "July" meeting and are a continuation of the priorities approved for 2016-17, are: 1) Support and Strengthen Clubs 2) Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service 3) Enhance Public Image and Awareness 4) Improve Financial Sustainability and Operation Effectiveness.
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This Thursday, September 1st, Rotarians will again have the opportunity to serve in Pagosa Springs.  There is still uncertainty about the Parish Hall or Methodist Church being the location due to remodeling efforts, but the event will occur, one side of the street or the other. Under the expert tollage of Bill Hubbard, the best meal that some folks may have all week will be served.  More than just a free meal, this is also a chance to build relationships and learn about other areas that Rotary can make a difference in Pagosa Springs.  If you are not already signed up for this experience, you should be!  Contact Bill or just be there, willing to wash a dish or lend a hand.
Loaves & Fishes Shellie Peterson 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
  • Collective thoughts were expressed as we passed a card for Doug Neel.  Doug is recovering from some serious medical conditions so remember him this week, give him a call and encouragement!
  • Monk Tarbell from Arvada as well as Kenny Rogers and Doug Secrist from the Mountain Morning Rotary Club were visiting
  • Rotarians must make great grandparents because both Greg & Sherrie Booher and Kim Moore had 5 year and 4 year birthdays to celebrate for there little ones
  • Livia's Bob Lynch was safely back in Pagosa after bicycling from the Boulder area where he dropped Mesa off to another year of college
  • David Cammack noted a memorable Monday of firsts for his family.  There were a bunch of first days on new and exciting career fronts!
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See ya in the Dirt!

Morgan Murri

Founder, GECKO

This remote and legendary classic Ultra brings runners together for two days in the pristine forest of the South San Juan Mountains around Pagosa Springs. 7,500’ of climbing, 10,000’ of elevation, bonfire party at the finish line and pancake awards breakfast combine to make this an authentic mountain ultra. With the Demons of Dust distances of 5k, 10k and half marathon, this event is now accessible to all runner abilities. Big climbs, high elevations, mountain vistas and plenty of single track through some of the region’s most spectacular wooded trail.

The Rotary 'cooks' and Seth, Nick's 'little' as a helper too!

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  • Tuffy & Jane Burton were visiting from Fair Oaks Ranch Rotary in Texas
  • Ahia, our out-bound exchange student was with us and shared her excitement about leaving for Sardenia Italy in just two more weeks!
  • Bill Hubbard reminded us about Loaves & Fishes coming up soon.  The remodeling continues at the Parish Hall but may be completed in time, more to come on that later.  You should watch for the sign-up sheet and do this!  Its quite fun and speaks well of Rotarians in service in Pagosa
  • Jo Bridges continues to recognize folks that had not attended the Installation Dinner and this week it was David Smith!  David was recognized for his UNWAVERING DEDICATION - Yes, UNWAVERING!  to bringing peace and understanding through service in Senegal and internationally
  • Jimmy Munozcano has sent out the quarterly DUES INVOICES by email.  If you did not receive yours, please get in touch with Jimmy or Shellie to check your email address on file.  Let's get these paid quickly!  We appreciate Jimmy's service, so let's make short work of this house-keeping chore!
  • Lassie Olin shared the sorrow of her sister's illness and death - the relief about her mother being able to remain in her current care facility - the joys of having kids and grand kids home in July and the fright of her son's auto accident.  That's an awful lot to go through in a short period of time.  Please keep her in your thoughts and hope for smoother times to come
  • Bill Darling was back, recovering from shoulder surgery...but to his dismay...he did not get a butt patch.  He can no longer tell butt patch jokes it seems
  • John & Carrie Weiss were disappointed in 3 more weeks before John can put weight on his foot.  Here is to hoping for a great outcome for those who wait - patiently
  • Livia reported that Bob and Mesa were heading back to college soon with Bob bicycling all the way home!  Seems he has not gotten enough exercise this summer irrigation a ranch in Tiffany:-)
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GECKO – Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors is a 501©(3) Not-for-Profit that evolved from outdoor adventures experienced by passionate ultra endurance athlete Morgan Murri, who founded the organization GECKO and it’s subsidiary Athletes@Altitude. The dynamic and passionate organization of staff and volunteers at GECKO raise funds to provide outdoor scholarships to teenagers, to the nation’s leading outdoor education providers. Funds are generated through sponsorships, donations, outdoor event promotions and races, motivational speaking, training camps and coaching. GECKO is providing the future stewards of our planet scholarships and motivation to get “unplugged, off the couch and outside!”
Rotary supports…GECKO!
Devil Mountain Ultra 50/50
50mile & 50k Ultras+ Demons of Dust 5k, 10k & 1/2 marathon (trails)
Join us for “One hell of a run!” — August 20th, 2016
**This is a Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series Event
6:30am : 50k and 50mile
8am : 1/2 marathon, 10k and 5k
830am: Kids free fun trail run
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  • Roberta Tolan reported on the very successful Archuleta County Fair.  Over 200 volunteers provided a smooth and memorable experience for the entire community!  Thank you Robert for your leadership of this wonderful event!
  • Congratulations to Steve and Kathy Lemons on the news that they are 'expecting' their first grandson.  I'll bet they are not excited at all:-)
  • Greg Booher encouraged us to take advantage of the slower August season to partake in the fabulous shows presented by the Thingamajig Theater.  Some generous fans of the Theater have made FREE tickets available to first time show goers!  Call Laura for details on this and plan on taking your summer visitors
  • Livia, Bob and Mesa Lynch were 'happy' about having received 7 rabies shots so far.  Well, maybe they are happier about only having 2 more to go!
  • Barry Wheeless was back with us again after a tangle with the tooth 'devil' and a successful family reunion.  Welcome Back!
  • Granton also returned from a family trip to Bulgaria and time on the beach in Greece.  He also made a generous $51 contribution for his 51st birthday.  Happy Birthday Granton and welcome home
  • Jessie Formwalt had good news because despite there being 47 other swine shown at the Archuleta County Fair, her grandsons managed to get there's sold and make a little money too boot
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WYNDHAM is sponsoring a fund raising event for the Upper San Juan Search & Rescue.  These fine men and women deserve the best equipment.
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club supports these efforts through providing volunteer effort toward this fund raising event!  Not everyone has the skills or physical ability to be a search and rescue volunteer.  But you can come out and support this important effort in our community by coming by the BIG BLUE & WHITE TENT on Tuesday, August 9th!  Have a beer, listen to music, participate in the raffle & silent auction.  Maybe you can meet some of the brave members of this amazing volunteer organization too!  
Rotary supports the Upper San Juan Search & Rescue Shellie Peterson 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
  • Carrie Weiss reported that Bill Hubbard was taking the Chairmanship of the Loaves & Fishes effort
  • Roberta Tolan updated us on the progress of the Archuleta County Fair, volunteers are signing up in record numbers but they still could use more
  • Betty Switzer reported on the first very successful meeting of the Barn Dance decorating committee!  They have no budget yet, but plenty of wine so  all is well
  • President John encouraged us to support the San Juan Marketplace for hosting us each week.  Its important to let them know how much we appreciate them!
  • He also gave a shout out to our famous Bob-Bob the drummer in a recent production of the Thingamajig Theater Company.  We are lucky to have this amazing talent in our community
  • Both John Weiss and Barry Wheeless continue to improve from opposite ends, the foot to the head
  • We welcomed Sam Pittmon back from a long road-trip through Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and more.  Welcome home Sam!
  • Happy Anniversary wishes went out to John and Helen Richardson
  • Lisa Scott announced that our incoming exchange student, Leo, will arrive in August and his first host family is Anthony and Ronny Doctor. 
News & Announcements July 28th Shellie Peterson 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
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One of the favorite things in Rotary is welcoming new members into service with us in the community.  Last week we welcomed Steve and Kathy Lemons into Rotary.  President Jo Bridges, and Membership Chairman Shellie Peterson stand with Greg and Sherrie Booher who sponsored and will be mentoring the Lemons in Rotary Service.
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GECKO - Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors Shellie Peterson 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Farewell to Alma Shellie Peterson 2016-05-30 00:00:00Z 0




What a great ukelele concert by many of the third-graders, led by Lisa Hartley; their playing and singing was great!

Thank you to the Rotary Morning Club for their generous contributions to this project.

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Pagosa Rotary Club Kentucky Derby will be held
Saturday, May 7
at Winslow on the Shire
2-6 p.m.
Live Music • Betting • Buffet • Cash Bar
Prizes for Men's and Women's Hat Contest
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Photo: Jean Smith discusses acid-base titrations with Senegalese teachers.
By David Smith
This week our Rotary team shifted from teaching science to 6th grade students to teaching high school science teachers how to use practical demonstrations in their biology, chemistry and physics classes. This effort supports a new directive from the Senegalese Department of Education to include more laboratory experience and demonstrations in the high school science classes. Senegal has set a goal to have 80% of its high school students enrolled in science classes by 2025.

Although laboratory experience and demonstrations have been part of the Senegalese science curriculum for many years, they were seldom performed, in part because the schools have little equipment and in part because the teachers themselves had little practical experience. Yet, most teachers have a college degree in their area of science, so they understand science theory very well.
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Pagosa Springs Rotary Club at work in Senegal 2016-04-04 00:00:00Z 0