Posted by Shellie Peterson
It's that time of year again!  Rotarians get to deliver the dictionaries to the 3rd grade students at the Elementary School!  As usual their excitement is palatable and the noise level in those classrooms is deafening.  There are conversations wondering how relevant these books are in these days of google and cell phones.  I wanted to share something one of our members shared with me.
"My son received his kids dictionary this week and totally love it.  He's been repeatedly reading through it and telling me things he's reading about, and coming up with ideas and looking them up in it.  Showing me about all the Presidents and more.  Just a really cool and great idea to gift the kids an actual book in this day and age of many tablets and screens...thanks..."
Third Grade Dictionaries  Shellie Peterson 2018-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Art Benzel did a great deal of research to familiarize himself with the depth of the Rotary Foundation.  One of the things he said that really hit home with me is that we get so focused on our local community and our efforts here that it is easy to forget that Rotary is an international organization doing great things in the world.
Art gave us some history of the beginnings of the foundation when Rotary President, Arch Klumph, proposed an endowment for doing good in 1928 with a $26.50 donation.  Today we have many opportunities to participate in this work through the Annual Shares Fund and the Polio Plus efforts and our own Donor Advised Fund.  All three avenues are recognized with Paul Harris Fellowship award points.
David Smith then took the microphone to show us around the My Rotary website and how to make a donation directly to the Annual Share or Polio Plus programs.   The Annual Share Fund is important because after being invested for three years, one-half of those funds come back into our District and becomes available for District Grants.   Contributions to global efforts are best accomplished through the Pagosa Rotary Donor Advised Fund for efforts like this most recent one David is spearheading in Niger for science education in high schools there.  As David has told us before, the World Health Organization defines extreme poverty as the 1.2 billion people that live on less than one dollar per day.  Niger is a very poor country and by enhancing science education we can provide a means for young people to have a much better future.
Lastly, for those who have a particular thing they are passionate about, you can contribute to an Area of Focus through the Rotary Foundation.  There is no return to our District 5470 for dollars directed that way though.
The Rotary Foundation Shellie Peterson 2018-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
Birthdays abounded with Betty celebrating both Nick and Art in fine style!
What seemed like endless amounts of meetings and events were reviewed, most of them past by now with these couple of exceptions.  Wednesday, November 14th at 5:00 is a Business After Hours gathering at the Lantern Dancer.  The Lantern Dancer is a generous sponsor of Rotary and donated a lovely necklace and earrings set for the silent auction at the Barn Dance.  Please come out and have a beverage and appetizers for just $8.
Another event that is still coming is presentations of the Teacher Mini Grants.  Tuesday at 6:00 pm at the Middle School Library we will award to two teachers and again on Thursday at 10:00 am at the Pagosa Peak Open School we will award two more!  More about that next week, but if you are free and would like to attend either one of those presentations please do so.
Wednesday at 11:00 am is a gathering at Justus Ministries in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness week.  We are also invited to attend that event.
News & Happenings Shellie Peterson 2018-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Theodor led off with a discussion of Denmark, a land one-sixth the size of Colorado, having a maximum land altitude of 563 ft., 443 islands, 6000 power-generating windmills, Viking heritage, free health-care and education, and even salaries for students to attend college.  (Imagine: young people don’t need to start life staring at a mountain of debt!)
His father is a farmer, with a big house (the whole Rotary club could stay there, Betty exclaimed), and 1000 acres producing wheat, barley, rye and supporting 2000 pigs – pork is a Danish staple, Theo explained.  Of course, he acknowledged a national fondness for pastry too (“Danish, you know.”)  
Denmark is known for Lego, Maresk shipping containers, Carlsberg Beer, and Hans Christian Andersen, Theo reported, while displaying photos of all, Andersen being represented by the Littlest Mermaid statute in Copenhagen Harbor.  The city of Copenhagen is ancient, with many buildings of great antiquity.  Denmark has a King, the current leader of a Royal Family that has held the Danish throne since 1665.
Danes have a distinctive sense of humor, Theo said, providing an exapmple: “Are you finished?  No, I’m Danish!”  They make fun of one another, he added.
He has two brothers and one sister, and a large extended family overall.  He gets “lots of presents at Christmas,” Theo said, perhaps demonstrating the Danish penchant for poking fun, even at one’s self.
Theo said he enjoys skiing, skeet shooting, hunting for birds, deer and elk, and helping with the work on the farm.
Catalina then took the microphone to talk about Chile.
Theo Bolokke and Cata Acuilera Jim Garrett 2018-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The invocation was a reading from the extraordinary book of essays by 20th Century naturalist, Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac.  The chosen excerpt reminded of the awesome splendor of our surroundings in the mountains of the Southwest.
Sharon Crump then lead the group in singing “God Bless America,” in honor of the impending Election Day.
Meeting visitors of note included District Governor-elect, David Wood, of Salida, a cheerful man who suggested Rotarians should join him in regularly displaying their Rotary pins on their garments.
Carrie Weiss then kicked off the Holidays with an announcement of the annual Salvation Army “Bell Ringing” campaign.  Rotary will wield the bells and man the pot at City Market for a total of 10 days this year, Carrie announced, and began circulation of the sign-up sheet for volunteers to choose their slots.  Unexpectedly, Carrie sprinkled her announcement with a series of “Y’alls.”  Do Christmas bells remind Y’uns guys of Dixie?  (All right, it’s a Pittsburgh equivalent.  As soon as I heard the Y’alls, I’m thinking, Y’uns.)
The vast majority of the benefits of the bell-ringing campaign are enjoyed locally, Carrie stressed.  Adding tangible emphasis to the point, Larry McClintock reported that Rotary had just received a $1000 check from the Salvation Army, to support the Feed our Children project.
Providing an update on another Rotary project that benefits local children, Jo Ann Laird reported that the Free Dictionary Distribution to Elementary School 3rd Graders would occur this year next Thursday, which will be November 8, in the afternoon following the Rotary meeting.
Reporting on the Polio Plus campaign, President Shellie Peterson advised that $510.28 had been collected in cash by volunteers from members of the public outside City Market on October 24.  She advised that donations by check to the Rotary Foundation can be delivered between now and year’s end to Larry.  Shellie said the goal is total local contributions of $3500, and with checks already received, added that we are about half-way there.
Shellie also announced that the Rotary Holiday Party will be on December 13 this year.  As it happens, Rotary is also serving a Loaves and Fishes lunch that day, she added.
Betty Switzer then took the floor, gesturing with bubble-wand and hefting her newly-renamed “Thanksgiving Pumpkin,” (formerly her Halloween Pumpkin, but recycling of plastics is a good thing). 
First Betty disclosed the welcome news that only a single $1 fine had been assessed for “pin default” this week.  I assume that was good news to Governor-elect Wood, but he was too busy tucking into lunch to comment. 
Then Betty turned to Sunshine/Showers.
First up was Dave Richardson, whose Sunshine was “I’m eating!” (Or was that a protest of Betty’s interruption?  The entrees did look quite appetizing, and Dave was following the example of the Governor-elect.)  Then Dave Cammack took the floor.  He was far more garrulous than Dave R; Dave C reported that his son got a job as a game warden and built a house; he added that the Cammack family bagged two bull elks this year.  (Dave’s cup, evidently, “runneth over.”)  Kim Moore extolled the “best Barn Dance ever,” and celebrated her most recent exotic trip, to Tibet, where she discovered the delights of Yak Yogurt.  (Ah ha, there’s an idea for next year’s Barn Dance.  Then Kim can enjoy exotica without missing the Dance.)  Codie Wilson reported that the girls and boys cross-country teams both qualified for the state championship meet.  And your intrepid scribe set down his pen for a moment to rejoice in the planting of 15 aspen trees with the aid of a team of generous neighbors.  Betty concluded by announcing that Y’all was the word of the day.  (Some time, I want Y’uns to be the word of the day.  Then we can all by “Y’nzers.”)
Shellie then turned off the bubble machine, and added two more announcements: that the second installment of the Rotary Leadership Institute would soon be held in Bayfield (the installments are independent, she explained, so interested Rotarians will benefit from attending even if they were not able to make the first installment), and that there will be no meeting on November 22, which is Thanksgiving Day this year.
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
November is foundation month – The ROTARY FOUNDATION

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.


For more than 100 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation upon which our values and tradition stand. The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service express our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.


We direct our efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies


At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Rotary Foundation Month Shellie Peterson 2018-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon
Rotary Appreciated your Support on World Polio Day
By Sam Pittmon
Two weeks ago, the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs asked for your help to raise funds on World Polio Day October 24. We are pleased to report that we raised over $500.00 to support our efforts to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. All money raised will be forwarded to our International Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Committee where The Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation will match $2 dollars for every $1 donated. So, what that means is that your donations will grow to $1500.00. All those funds are then forwarded to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative whose goal is to stop the spread of the polio virus and rid the world of polio disease.
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs appreciates the generosity of the Pagosa community in supporting this fund raiser and all other Rotary sponsored activities. We extend a special thank you to City Market Shopping Center manager and staff for allowing us to solicit donations at their front door.  
To learn more about the global efforts to eradicate polio and to donate to the cause go to
World Polio Day Sam Pittmon 2018-11-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon
Invocation: Jeff Switzer
Apache Blessing
May the sun bring you new energy by day
May the moon softly restore you by night
May the rain wash away your worries
May the breeze blow new strength into your being
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life
Pledge of allegiance: Jeff Switzer
Song: “The More We Get Together”
Silent Auction: Greg and Donna Wynn set up a silent auction of beverage item left over from the Barn Dance. Members were asked to bid on those items.
Meg Wempe gave us all a quick lesson on how to protect ourselves from “coodies”.  The fist bump rather than the hand shake.
Visiting Rotarians: Elaine and Jim Mckinney from Los Cruces, NM. They each always sit at different table when visiting other Rotary clubs. They were welcomed and appeared to enjoy their visit as they stayed long after the meeting was over.
Guess of Rotarians: Cindy Galabota introduced her mother Diane who is visiting from Green Bay, Wisconsin who is celebrating she 75th birthday, her friend Jill of Pagosa Springs and friend Jena from Tucson, AZ.
Jan Pitcher introduced her guest Oralee who was our Rotary club’s third exchange student from Normandy, France 25 years ago. She brought along her twin daughters.  She spoke and lauded her exchange student opportunity as changing her life. Because of that experience, she has traveled to many other countries including China, Malaysia and all over Europe, Russia and Asia working as a chemical engineer. She noted the changes in Pagosa from what she remembers. She will be visiting with members of her host family while in the US.
Announcements: John Richardson informed us that Lassie Olin’s sister from Arizona passed recently and that a sympathy card is being circulated. Joann Laird added that Lassie’s mother died earlier this year and another sister died last year.
Larry McClintock gave an assessment of the financial report from the Barn Dance. He stated that we did better than last year. Ticket sales were $3465.00 this year compared to last year $2565.00. Auction items were $4090.00 compared to $3180.00 last year. The beverage bar collected $1667.00.  He estimated a net income of 15,600.00 for that event. There was raucous applause and cheers from our members.
Jeannie Bissell the chairperson for the Barn Dance expresses gratitude for everyone’s support and stated that she learned a lot from the experience and hope that we can continue to up the ante each succeeding year.
Neil Johnson talked about the World Polio Day Fund raiser that our club sponsored yesterday a City Market grocery store entrance. He applauded the “group of heroes” that signed up and rang the bell for donation. He thanked Carrie Weiss for providing the Salvation Army Kettles, and Art Benzel for displaying his Polio Plus t-shirt, Greg and Donna Wynn for the cow bells from the Barn Dance. He then tried to auction off a jacket left at the event that turned out to be Art Benzel’s. He then told of the receipts that included 165 wadded-up one-dollar bills that took him “hours” to sort. There was about $500.00 in cash and two checks collected (the final count will be reported later). He told of one elderly lady that donated $50 as she told the story of her experience with polio as a child.
Bill Hubbard announced the Loaves and Fishes Banquet being held on December 2 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church for all who have participated. You should contact Bill to sign-up if you would like to attend.
President Shellie reminded members that it is not too late to donated by check to TRF Polio Fund if you have not already donated. Our goal this year is to raise $3500.00 total including the money collected at City Market.
Sunshine and Showers: Betty Switzer granted a sunshine to Granton Bartz (not present) for not knowing that the cowbell should only be rang after a donation was put in the red kettle at Polio Plus event. He rang that bell for the entire hour he was there. He was having such a good time that she didn’t have the heart to tell him to quit.
Georgette Baumgartner gave a sunshine for those Rotarians that showed up in support of the grand opening of her new business. Sandra Houston also celebrated that she and her husband are getting a new puppy.
Meg Wempe recognized this morning that the fire restriction signs are still up at the library and is pleased that there were no real fires in the Pagosa area. She also is happy for the recent snow up at Wolfe Creek Ski Area.
Jeff Switzer shared a shower for friends that many of us know. Garry and Cathy Stevenson is grieving the passing of his mother recently.
Sue Whalen is happy to be in Archuleta county where the roads are not nearly as bad as they are in south eastern Colorado when it rains. She was unable to travel to work today because the roads were not driveable.
Dianne Bower commented on the great talent of Dennis Elkins at Thingamajig Theatre who is the playwright and producer of the recent play “Box”. She called it the best play ever. She appreciates that we are so fortunate to have such wonderful theater shows in Pagosa.
Betty Switzer praised John Richardson’s tenth year anniversary as a Pagosa Springs Rotarian. He apparently donated $10 to Rotary for each of those years.
Betty then showed appreciation to Jeannie Bissell for becoming a pro at organizing and executing the Barn Dance. Jeannie apparently is also a pro at mopping the bathroom floor after the barn Dance and has a thumb blister as proof.
Bill Hubbard was excited to announce that recently his Notary Commission was renewed by the Secretary of State of Colorado and that we Rotarians can now get free notary from him.
Exchange Students Updates: Theo had an uneventful week at school last week but over the weekend he traveled to Telluride for two soccer games that his team loss. He then noted that his host family went along, and he got to tour the area and enjoy the scenery. Kata stated that she went to Durango during the weekend and enjoyed the movie “The Hate U Give” that was “really” good. Her host family dad celebrated his birthday yesterday and that was fun.
Cindi Galabota was our special speaker last week.
Cindy Galabota talked to us about her life story. She started off by saying that she was a bit nervous, but this recorder did not notice. She stated, “I don’t think that I have had a very exciting life”. She was born outside of Chicago, IL. She has a brother that is an archeologist who discovered a picture in a family box of her great-great grandfather. He also found the exact same picture at a museum in Chicago that showed that this grandfather was one of the men that help settle the city of Chicago.
Cindi grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Her dad was a priest. Her mother was a school teacher. She has two older brothers. The oldest is Mike who is the archeologist. Mike is the director of archeology at the University of Michigan and the curator of the archeology Museum at the University. He travels the world during the summers including places like Albania.  Her younger brother is Chris and he is a teacher and lives in China. He teaches high school mathematics and is a running coach. He also runs marathons all over including the Great Wall of China. He has two kids. He has traveled all over the world.
Cindi’s family has a cabin in northern Wisconsin that was purchased in 1926 by her grand parents and says that there are several cabins on the compound that are owned by different family members. Cindi spent a lot of summers at the cabins and now visits frequently to enjoy the beauty. It is near Lac de Flambeau which is also near Minocqua, WI. She learned how and became a good water skier while there.
She went to Ohio Wesleyan College and graduated in 1987 with a degree in environmental studies and zoology. She worked at The Columbus Zoo in Ohio and got to work with the famous zoologist Jack Hanna. She got a chance to train animals and work with birds of prey, macaws, parrots and snakes. She then moved to Chicago where she got a job at the Lincoln Park Zoo which is one of the last free zoos. She worked with the education department and enjoyed going in to work early in the mornings to see the animals at play.
She talked about one of the defining “moments” of her life was when her father died of colon cancer. She was 22 y/o and he was 54. He was her best friend and they were very close. She misses not being able to call and talk to him. It’s sad that he never got to meet her kids.
Cindi met her husband Scott in Chicago shortly after her father died. He is from Madison, WI. They “hit it off” quickly and were soon married. Scott is a 6th grade teacher and cares a lot about his students “making sure that they get what they need”. He is a “really good father” for their 2 kids Donavan who is 12 y/o and Karina is 7 y/o. She is proud to say that her kids are best friends. He is kind and thoughtful with his little sister and she admires her big brother. Karina is an aspiring actress who acted in the local production of “Annie”.
Cindi talked about another sad event in her family which was the death of her brother Mike’s son named Liam that took his own life at 14 y/o. No one new that he was troubled and couldn’t understand why even though Mike and he were very close. Cindi drilled the point that parent should talk to their kids about suicide because most kids won’t talk about it but learn about it from social media.
Cindi and her husband have been in Pagosa for 14 years. She initially worked for Habitat for Humanity and joked that she thought that organization had something to do with the Humane
Society. After Habitat she went to work with the Chamber of Commerce but found out that Chamber job took all her time and left little time for family.
She then went to work at Southwest Bank as a lender for three years. She then realized that she missed working for a non-profit organization and left to take a non-profit job with Pagosa Public Library earlier this year. She says that she “loves to work there”.
Lastly, she talked about her love for sports. As a child she took gymnastics and got to travel the US competing and when 11y/o she took first place in the hoop routine and tied for first place in all around. She played softball in high school and rugby in college. Now she does CrossFit workouts.
She ended her talk with “I am happy to be in Pagosa”
Club Raffle: Greg Wynn had the lucky ticket, but he was not present to pull the lucky card. His fill-in pulled a “dud” 10 of hearts.
News & Happenings Sam Pittmon 2018-11-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
In addition to the 4th Annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance sponsors listed below, the Rotary Club of Pagosa would like to thank the band, County Thunder.  Clay Campbell, Dennis Kleckner, Greg Guitar and Josh Devoti had everyone on their feet and having a great time!  We thank all of those that came out and danced and bid on auction items in support of scholarships for graduating high school seniors and all the work that Rotary does in our community.  Our gratitude goes out to Jake Montroy, Michael Branch and Mark Crane who all gave their time and talent for our first ever ‘live’ auction.  Finally, we would like to thank the Pagosa SUN and KWUF Radio for their endless support with media coverage of Rotary events throughout the year. 
Title Sponsor
TBK Bank
Platinum Sponsor
Pagosa SUN
Gold Sponsors
Gary Morris  - Mountain Spirit Ranch
Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate - Lantern Dancer
Kim Moore - Exit Realty
Silver Sponsors
First Southwest Bank - Rose-Walker LLP
Terry's Ace Hardware & Home Supply
Precision Autobody - Jeannie Bissell
Choke Cherry Tree - Queen Bee
The Buck Stops Here
Bronze Sponsors
Garry and Cathy Stevenson - Davis Engineering
La Plata Electric Association - Happy Trails
Scott Strategic Investments
Morehart Murphy Regional Auto Center
General Sponsors
Durango Dermatology & Surgery
Foot Prints - Wolf Creek Ski Area
Sandra Houston - Lassie Olin
Ski & Bow Rack - Elite Recycling
Pat Love & Associates - Funky Trunk
Hair by Kandi - Refurbish Pagosa
Pagosa Chiropractic - Alley House
Bonnie Blue BBQ - Tractor Supply
Chavolo's Restaurant - Smoken Moe's
Two Chicks and a Hippy - Carrie Weiss
Pagosa Brewing and Grill - La Taqueria
Home Again - Katherine Foster
Café Colorado - Kip's Grill
Dietz Market
How About That Barn Dance!! Shellie Peterson 2018-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Without a reporter last week, I can only recall a few of the announcements and other activities of the meeting, but we did wish Happy Birthday to several ladies from our group.  Cindi Galabota, Donna Wynn and Jeannie Bissell all got to wear funny hats and get sung to.  As always, Betty did a great job with this assignment, even though it appears our data is not always exactly correct.  If you notice an error, let me know and I will get it fixed! Or you can log on to Clubrunner, go to the Membership Tab, Membership List and click the letter of your last name.  You can change anything or make any additions to your profile.
News and Happenings Shellie Peterson 2018-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Investing in science education in Niger is really an economic development effort.  As in Senegal, there will be a partner club in country and David will be traveling there to instruct the instructors for four high schools.  With funds from other clubs, the District and Rotary International any dollars we can contribute are leveraged into many more.  This is an exciting opportunity to make a huge difference in a large number of young people's lives as they will be better prepared to get good paying jobs and take care of their families.  So - the second 'ask' of the day, checks should be made payable to Pagosa Springs Rotary Donor Advised Fund, again, be sure your name is easily identifiable as contributions to the DAF also are awarded Paul Harris Recognition Points.
David Smith Invites Us to Join the Niger Project Shellie Peterson 2018-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
World Polio Day is this Wednesday, October 24th, and the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs will be ringing those bells to solicit donations.  For every dollar Rotary raises toward the total eradication of polio, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match it with two dollars!  So, Neal's challenge to each of us was to make it $34 so that with the match the contribution instantly turns into $100.
Stop by the City Market Shopping Complex this Wednesday and put your check in the red bucket.  Be sure your name can be identified on the check so that Larry McClintock will be able to get Paul Harris Fellowship points awarded.
Neal Johnson Shares Upcoming World Polio Day Events Shellie Peterson 2018-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Carol (Ci Ci) Stuart kicked the proceedings off with the invocation: “As we Rotary members and guests gather here today, we pray we are ever mindful of opportunities to give service to our fellow citizens and community.  Always keeping in mind the enduring values of life, we exert our efforts in those areas upon which our future generations can build with confidence.  Let us continue to strive to make this a better and more harmonious world.”
Sharon Crump then daringly defied the elements by leading us in a merry rendition of the old classic “Let it Snow.”  (I enthusiastically joined in, belting out the chorus; we do all revel in our beautiful winters.  But there are limits: I didn’t see very much defiance of the elements as traffic was crawling over Wolf Creek Pass at 20 mph in the swirling, mid-morning snow Wednesday; there was instead an abundance of white-knuckled respect on display, and no doubt many sighs of relief were heaved as snow-free South Fork came into view.  The snow was heavy all the way from Treasure Falls to well past the summit.  On the drive to Salida that day, only Wolf Creek had real snow.  So there you have it – the “most snow” boasts substantiated!)
Announcements ensued.  To begin, Lisa Scott provided some information to supplement the presentation she and school board member Brooks Lindner had made at a Rotary meeting a few weeks back regarding the proposal for a mill levy override to benefit Archuleta School District to be decided by voters this fall: First, Lisa clarified that the measure will generate a consistent $1.7 million new revenue for the schools each year of its seven-year life, rather than vary with property appreciation.  Second, she clarified that the revenue would be used in part for teacher and staff salaries, but would not result in salary increases for District senior management including Superintendent Linda Reed.
Madame President Shellie Peterson then reminded all to bring in donations of Halloween candy being collected by Rotary to help the families of the Pagosa Springs Mesa Heights neighborhood cope with the annual influx of an eager hoarde of “trick or treaters” it experiences.
Shellie then turned to World Polio Day, coming on Wednesday October 24, when Rotary will again be manning a pot at City Market to collect donations from members of the public.  She reminded us that the goal of Polio Day is eradication of the scourge of the disease world-wide, and donations collected by Rotary Clubs will be matched by the Gates Foundation, 2 to 1, with a total goal of raising $450 million over three years.
In addition, Shellie reported on the recent District Conference, and with the help of Livia Lynch indulged in Club bragging rights earned by prizes awarded to us at the Conference.
First, Shellie reported that we had been recognized with a Presidential Citation, bestowed annually on only ten clubs in the District, based on criteria such as level of community activities and membership growth.  She noted that our 6000 plus hours of community service (valued at a modest $25/hr.) and cash donations to community causes were worth over $200,000 during the last year.
Shellie then asked Livia to describe the really big award received by the Club, the DD Monroe prize, for which we received a handsome banner to display for one year.  The Monroe award is given to one club a year, based on the quality of its community activities.  Livia provided a rundown of many strong services our club provides to the community, like the backpack program, Loaves and Fishes, and the exchange program, which with others earned the award.  Generally, Livia proclaimed, the Monroe award simply is recognition “this is an amazing club.”
Exchange students Theodor Bonlokke and Kata Acuilera also reported on activities they attended at the District Conference with their peers from communities throughout the District.  Theodor took the lead in describing the group’s activities during the weekend, including a scavenger hunt in the Cripple Creek community, and a visit to a near-by gold mine.  When Kata had her turn, she reported that Theodor had covered everything, except their enjoyment of the pizza.
Information concerning the October 20 Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance then became the focus of attention.  Betty Switzer repeated an earlier appeal for set-up and clean-up volunteers.  John Richardson reported that tickets were moving, but were still readily available for additional celebrants to don their finest and fanciest and join the festivities.  Treasurer Larry McClintock called for Rotarians to beat the bushes for sponsors, who in addition to the satisfaction of supporting their community will receive recognition at the Dance and year-long publicity.  And Jo Bridges reported there will a selection of choice items for the silent auction.  (A source who has requested anonymity because he, she or it was not authorized to speak publicly, has informed your reporter that one will be an Alley House gift certificate.)
Betty then took plastic pumpkin in hand, and reported on the just-instituted, pin-lacking members $1 fine program, which she said had yielded proceeds of $9.25 (Betty – you let someone off for a quarter????), and a harvest of lame excuses (the dog ate it, and it’s in my other car, an adult variant of the old homework alibi, “I forgot it at home”).
At this point, Lassie Olin and Kriss Campbell began crying “Help, Help,” over spilled water (no doubt it would have been milk had there been any).  It’s not clear to this reporter whether the glass knocked over at their table was a clever diversionary maneuver to avoid further details from Betty on the lame excuses (Betty had just outed Meg Wempe on the bit about the car), an expression of sympathy for the poor victims of Hurricane Michael, or simply an accident.  But it is clear that Betty’s report was abruptly terminated by the commotion.  Perhaps a team of crack investigators should be assembled.  But don’t ask Saudi Arabia for guidance: that likely would produce a team of crack obfuscators. (“Oh absolutely not, he left, for sure.  And we’re going to investigate, you bet.”)
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Mr. Vihel represented a volunteer group supporting the ballot initiative proposed by Archuleta County to increase local sales tax by 0.1% for a term of 15 years, in order to raise $19.7 million for construction of a jail and a new Sheriff’s Office. (County officials are prohibited under Colorado law from advocating for the ballot initiative.)  
Our speaker explained the history: Colorado law requires that each county maintain its own jail.  Archuleta county had operated a 34-bed jail downtown in compliance with the law, until a severe storm in 2015 flooded the facility, immediately causing uninhabitable conditions for inmates, but also damaging the foundation.  Due to the issues with the foundation, Mr. Vihel stated, costs to repair the building would be prohibitive, and the available space is not large enough to meet present and future needs in any event. 
(Note: Mr. Vihel did not mention, but your reporter is aware from familiarity with the jail issue dating from his tenure at the Pagosa Springs Sun, that replacement of the jail because of its clear inadequacies had been under active discussion for many years prior to the 2015 flood.  Also, readers may remember that the Sheriff’s Office had been housed in recent years adjacent to the jail; it remained in its space in the building even after the flood until approximately a year ago, when conditions in the building degenerated to the point of being unhealthful, causing employees to fall ill.  The Sheriff’s office thereupon relocated to the Emergency Operations Center on Piedra Road near the County Airport.  Likewise relocating from the old building at about the same time were the Archuleta County Courts, which now operate in the La Plata County Courthouse.  Future accommodations for the Court system will not be resolved by the pending ballot question.)
Richard Vihel, Citizens for a New Jail Jim Garrett 2018-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs was proud to be the recipient of two very prestigious awards for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year.  At the Rotary District 5470 conference in Cripple Creek they were awarded the Presidential Citation Award.  This award is to recognize Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in their communities by achieving goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.  The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs met and exceeded all of the goals it set and was recognized with this award.
The second award that was received was the D. D. Monroe Award.  This award is made annually by the District Governor to recognize the BEST Club in the District. While recognizing a Club as the best Club of the year, it also pays tribute to D. D. Monroe for his many contributions to Rotary.  This is the highest award given by Rotary District 5470 to recognize truly vibrant Clubs.  Much of the criteria for this award builds upon the foundation of the Presidential Citation and adds additional criteria for measurable improvement over the previous year.  It is highly competitive with only 1 out of 56 Rotary clubs in District 5470 being recognized.
President Kim Moore, the Club Board of Directors and all of the members of the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs are to be congratulated for all of their efforts to serve in the community of Pagosa Springs and the world!
Livia Cloman Lynch Announces the D.D. Monroe Award Jim Garrett 2018-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
This Saturday, October 20, from 7 to 11, you will want to be at the Archuleta County Extension Building for the 4th Annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance!  Get out your best country outfit because there will be some competition this year!  There will be prizes for the Best Dressed Cowboy and the Best Dressed Cowgirl.  WAIT! There are even more surprises!  There will be a live auction early in the evening with several very fun and exciting items including spending a day fly fishing with Gary Morris, country music artist, at his Mountain Spirit Ranch on the Navajo River.  This exciting opportunity can be arranged directly with Mr. Morris for sometime after July when the river conditions are perfect for fly fishing.  Other live auction items include a beautiful necklace and earring set donated by Lantern Dancer and a new black cowboy hat autographed by Clint Black which has been donated by Garry and Cathy Stevenson. In the silent auction there are more items as well including lift tickets from Wolf Creek Ski Area and ski rental certificates from the Ski and Bow Rack, just in time for that fresh snow. 
4th Annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Shellie Peterson 2018-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
We had many fine experiences at the District 5470 District Conference, but the Rotary Youth Exchange Flag Ceremony always touches my heart!  So many exceptional young people getting to know about our country and making friendships that will last a lifetime!  Theo and Chata were fine ambassadors and carried their flags of Denmark and Chili well and with great pride.
Youth Exchange Flag Ceremony at District Conference Shellie Peterson 2018-10-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Better be getting ready!!!  It's going to be the best party in town, next Saturday night!!  
Ticket sales are due into John and Helen Richardson by MONDAY, October 15th, or you will be charged for the tickets you have in your possession.  No one wants a ticket to go unsold!  Get them turned in if you have not sold them so that some of our "Super Sales" folks can do their stuff!  Besides, it's not a party unless there is a full house and we have important WORK TO DO HERE!  We are raising funds for our scholarship students! and all the other work we do in this community every day.  More folks attending, more folks learn about Rotary, more folks buy cocktails, more folks bid on silent and live auction items.  It is all important.  
Speaking of important, how are your sponsorship commitments coming?  We need these in by Monday as well.  There is time required to get to the printer for the large poster acknowledgement of our very important sponsors for this event.
Jewels & Jeans Barn Dance  Shellie Peterson 2018-10-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The Mayor began by providing some personal history.  He has lived in Pagosa Springs since 1973, he said, and since 1977 has been serving the town as a volunteer or employee.  (Don did not say, but many of those years were spent as a member of the Pagosa Springs Police Department, including a lengthy tenure as Chief.). He identified his personal priorities in life as God, family and serving Pagosa Springs. 
The Mayor expressed the hope that all members of the community also love Pagosa Springs, observing it is a family, and we do best when we work together.  No one has all the answers, or even all the questions, he said, so we need to break down divisions, follow the Golden Rule to treat others as we would like for ourselves, and recall that the only thing we will “carry into eternity is our relationships.” 
We must “care about each other,” he observed.  And, he suggested, “commit yourself” to something bigger.  With mutual caring, shared work and commitment, “Pagosa Springs will be off the charts,” the Mayor predicted.
Speaking of other key figures in the Town government, Don extolled the collegiality of the Town Council.  The Mayor is one of seven members of counsel, who presides over meetings but does not possess any superior powers, being entitled like the other members to one vote in deciding issues presented. 
The current Town Manager is Andrea Phillips, who took over the job upon the retirement last year of Greg Schulte.  The former Manager left “big shoes to fill,” said the Mayor, but Ms. Phillips has been great, and everything the Town could have hoped for.  She may even one day surpass Schulte’s legacy, he observed.
With regard to the Archuleta County Board of Commissioners, the Mayor said the Town and County have a very good relationship.  Council and the Commissioners meet once monthly in a joint work session, and in recent years have cooperated closely on identifying and seeking to foster progress on three community priorities: Early Childhood Development, Affordable Housing, and Broadband Internet Service.  The mayor commented that the Town and County could do even better than they have in working together, but overall the relationship is very positive.
With regard to the three community priorities, in response to an inquiry what could be done to improve slowness in the rate of achieving progress, the Mayor commented that we don’t have a king and democracy takes time.  But, he suggested consistent with his initial theme, we can achieve more progress by coming together with a shared commitment to finding solutions.
Don Volger, Mayor of Pagosa Springs Jim Garrett 2018-10-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The meeting began with Kim Moore presiding in the absence of President Shellie Petersen while attending the District Conference at Cripple Creek.
The invocation was delivered by Meg Wempe, consisting of a compilation of observations suggesting the richness of human experience and aspirations.  A few of the many thoughts included were: “Share the extraordinary experience of being alive,” “Let us celebrate our shared humanness,” “Let us work together for a better year.”
Sharon Crump then took the microphone to lead the group in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” in honor of the Colorado Rockies.
Meeting visitors of note included John Duvall, visiting with Larry McClintock.
Jann Pitcher thanked the many who turned out for the Great Put Hill Pickup.  Among the trash collected were several items that bespoke of more than mere litter, perhaps indeed of life gone wrong in one way or another: Larry found a Harley Davidson watch, Jo Ann Laird found a piece of a Chevrolet grill, and Dave Campbell found shoes, socks and a T-shirt. 
So my suggestion is that we should have a contest for the best sentence explaining the loss of these items, such as: “On a hot day, the Chevrolet being driven by a man in a t-shirt collided with a pick-up carrying a water tank which ruptured in the collision, causing the hot and frustrated Chevrolet driver to leap out of his car and strip down to cool off in the cascading shower, but the pick-up driver, hot and bothered on his own, alighted from the truck to exact justice, leading to a hasty retreat by the Chevrolet driver leaving sections of the vehicle and all his belongings but pants  by the roadside.”  Lame, I admit, but that’s the idea.
Jann followed her description of the mayhem on Put Hill (no wait, that’s my idea, not hers) to report glad tidings regarding Barry Wheeless, whom she said had received a “get out of jail card:” i.e. been released from the hospital following four surgeries, the insertion of a rod in his forearm to repair the original broken bone, and a bout of double-peneumonia that landed him in intensive care for several days.
Lisa Scott reported that exchange students Cata and Theodor (plus a few others based in nearby communities) were attending a Rotary camp at Cripple Creek, with the help of Kenny Rogers of Pagosa Mountain Rotary.  Lisa added that Pagosa outgoing exchangers Savannah and Lauren were doing well overseas, despite a little difficulty for the former with her host family requiring a little attention.
Betty Switzer then made an appeal for Barn Dance volunteers, noting especially that strong backs were needed for set-up and clean-up.  In addition, she noted that two more volunteers to occupy seats of power as entrance door ticket-takers were needed.
Larry reported that sponsorships for the Dance were coming in, but solicited continued efforts to recruit more. 
Kim Moore asked Rotarians to contribute candy for Halloween, needed in a town neighborhood that traditionally is swamped by trick-or-treaters.
Betty then returned to the floor for Sunshine/Showers, with bubble machine in hand.  She began with an announcement advising that starting October 11, $1 fines would be imposed for attending meetings without proper attire, i.e. anything as long as a Rotary pin is attached (Betty did not specify where the point of attachment should be).   Betty then suffered a brief memory lapse, saying the other thing she wanted to say was “something,” before quickly recovering by adding that the fine money and S/S donations will benefit the Scholarship fund. 
Ci Ci Stewart then offered a “sunshine” by observing, “It rained.”  (Two for the price of one, suggested a voice from the crowd.)
Lassie Olin thanked Rotarians participating in the backpack program, observing that the program was off to a good start with 15 students signed up already.
Jeff Switzer then offered a sunshine with the observation that a grandson had pledged to a fraternity at the University of Arkansas.
A final sunshine was offered by Kim, recounting her enjoyment with husband Walt of taking care of their granddaughters for several days while daughter and son-in-law were off on R ‘n R.   One of the features was a youth soccer game, at which an apparently pointed reminder was imparted by one of the granddaughters that one-time coach, current grandpa Walt’s role was “to cheer.”  (Probably a reminder others may have merited on occasion.)
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-10-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
World Polio Day
24 October
One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio.
Join with the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs on World Polio Day to donate to  We will be ringing the red kettle bells and taking donations for this important humanitarian work at the City Market Shopping Center from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM!  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match $2 for every $1 donated.
The 6th annual World Polio Day event will take place at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The livestream begins at 18:30 Philadelphia time (UTC -4). Find out how you can take part in World Polio Day, and watch last year's livestream program featuring global health experts and celebrities sharing our progress on the road to polio eradication.  Find out how on
By the time the world is certified polio-free, Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort will exceed US$2.2 billion, including US$985 million in matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary’s contribution to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988 accounts for nearly 14% of all contributions through June 2017 and represents approximately 42% of private sector contributions.  Rotary is the leading non-governmental voluntary organization contributor to the GPEI.
World Polio Day Shellie Peterson 2018-10-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon
Art presented to us a very thoughtful invocation that was inspired by the Beatitudes of Matthews Gospel. It goes as follows:
What is wisdom?
Having experience, knowledge, good judgement marked by deep understanding and keen discernment.
Who is wise?
People who show concern for others based on wisdom.
What makes a Great Leader?
It starts by truthfully valuing other people. By demonstrating your appreciation to all concerned. By celebrating success. By holding hands with failures.
What did I learn by thinking through this little exercise? That all of us are of value to Rotary and to each other.
And then to paraphrase this in the style of the Four Way Test: I believe this.
  1. To be true
  2. To be non-judgmental
  3. That we are building goodwill and better friendships
  4. That by using wisdom we are being beneficial to all concerned
Pledge of allegiance: Livia Lynch
Visiting Rotarians: Kenny Rogers form Pagosa Mountain Rotary. He was selling beer mugs with a coupon for free beer at Pagosa Brewery. This was a fund raiser on behalf of his Rotary Club.
Exchange student reports:
Theodor Bonlokke continues to enjoy school and that his soccer team has lost all the games that have been played. He is living with the Farrah family.
Cata Acuilera continues to enjoy school and that she will be participating in cross country track meet this weekend. Her host family is the Raymond family and she gets a kick out of their son Paul as he tries to speak Spanish to her.
Announcements: President Shellie announced that District Rotary Conference will be held next week. She will be attending and encouraged other members to attend as well. She extended a welcome back to Donna and Greg Wynn, Bill Darling and Terri House. Shellie reminded all to continue recording volunteer service hours stating that compared to last year we are 124 hours short for the year. She also reminded all to request a leave of absence from the membership chairperson if you will be gone out of town for more than a couple weeks. Sadly, she told us that John Duvall has resigned from our club.
Jan Pitcher announced that there will be trash pick-up on Putt Hill this Saturday. Participants are told to meet at Pagosa elementary school at 8:00 AM and be prepared with gloves, hats sunglasses and sun screen. Be on the look out for interesting finds to report at the next meeting. There may be a prize for the most interesting or unusual find.
Helen Richardson reminded members that she was taking money for Barn Dance tickets and requested that any tickets not sold should be turned in as soon as possible.
Jeannie Bissell appealed to all members to sign up for duty to help at the Barn Dance though she feels that all is going well.
Sam  Pittmon made an announcement about the up coming Rotary Polio Plus Day schedule for October 24. Our rotary club will for the second year sponsor a fund raiser on that day at the City Market Grocery store. We will be ringing the bell for donations similarly to Salvation Army at Christmas. Last year we raised over $3000.00 dollars and would like to best that total this year. A sign-up sheet will be passed so that everyone has an opportunity to volunteer as a bell ringer. You may also donate funds directly to our club by check. Neal Johnson and I will be having a presentation on Polio Plus on October 18th.
Jo Bridges solicited volunteers to sign-up to help with Feed Our Children Backpack program. There are three opportunities to help and they are stuffing backpacks, transporting them to the school and lastly giving the backpacks to the kids at the school. The first delivery will be October 5th. Jo also made known that there is a need for additional certified “raffle masters”. Certification can be easily obtained online.
Sunshine and Showers
Betty Switzer our Sargent of Arms cheerfully reminder us that today is Thursday. She then reminded members that cell phones are going off and that there is a fine for the guilty person unless the call is for Rotary Business. She suggested that fines of quarters and dollars is better than nickel and dimes. Let this be a warning. While discussing fines she stated that Rotary members not wearing a Rotary pin can be fined, too!
Jan Pitcher shared a sunshine that her two granddaughter’s volleyball team recently beat Bayfield for the first time in 11 years.
David Campbell shared that he and Kriss travel to Lake City last week not knowing that the group that he was with had plans to climb the fourteener Handies Mountain. Guided by Donna Wynn they were successful.  Donna Wynn congratulated Dave and Kriss for their feat.
Betty Switzer voiced a “Thank you” to Terri House for her support through publishing Rotary News in the Pagosa Sun.
Georgette Baumgardner announced new Barn Dance sponsors Davis Engineering and Exit Reality.
News & Happenings  Sam Pittmon 2018-10-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon
Art Benzel presented a discussion aimed at an easy way to sell tickets and get sponsors for our Barn Dance. First you must know the location, date, who is providing the food and the name of the band that will be playing. You will need to know that any checks made out should go to Pagosa Rotary CAF.
Art then suggested the best approach to gain sponsors. If you know the person you are more likely to get their support. You should exhibit honesty by looking eye to eye to the person. You should read the sponsor letter to them and make a point to tell that all moneys raised stays locally. Georgette added that money raised is used to make a significant difference in many children's lives through the scholarship, dictionary programs and other projects. You should make sure to let the sponsors know that their business logo will be included on our bulletin page and website and that when someone clicks on their logo it takes them directly to their business website.
Art Benzel - Approaching Sponsors Sam Pittmon 2018-10-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Finding Rotarians out working in our community is certainly not a rare event!  This particular morning was the opportunity to clean up trash along both sides of Highway 160 from the Elementary School to Piedra Road. 
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs is one of more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.  The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians and they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.  Visit to learn more.
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.  
Rotarians At Work Shellie Peterson 2018-10-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon
Codie presented an overview of Pagosa Outreach Connection which is a loosely organized group of some 15-20 business and churches in Pagosa Springs whose objective is to provide financial support to a certain niche in Archuleta county. Since 2004 this organization has been helping individuals and families who live from pay check to pay check and are not eligible for assistance from other sources. Pagosa Outreach provides emergency assistance as needed. Members meet once per week to review applications and then decide who gets assistance and how much. Usually assistance is provided for rent, utilities, medical expenses and vehicle repair. Checks are written out to the business that is owed money by the applicant. The applicant is not given money directly. The recipients of aid are screened by the Department of Human Services locally or they are referred by our local veterans’ organization.
Our Rotary Club has donated approximately $4000.00 dollars yearly ($1000.00 per quarter) to this organization that regularly donates more that $30,000.00 each year to needy families and individuals. Codie has been our club liaison to Pagosa Outreach for several years and Livia Lynch applauded her dedication to this project.
Codie Wilson, Pagosa Outreach Connection  Sam Pittmon 2018-09-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The meeting began with an invocation delivered by Cindi Galabota, which she described as a “prayer/poem.”   The piece called upon listeners, in artful language, to recall the many affirmative characteristics of life, and encouraged grateful observance.
Jessie Formwalt then took the microphone to lead the group in singing a chorus or two of the old favorite, “Home on the Range.”
Meeting visitors of note included our newly arrived exchange students, Cata Acuilera, from Chile, and Theodor Bonlokke, from Denmark.  Not sure, but I think they like the food served up at Pagosa Brewing.   
Also present was Ashley Wilson of victim advocacy group Rise Above Violence, who invited all to attend the annual fund-raiser, Art Above Violence, in which local artists practicing in forms ranging from painting, sculpture and music to dance, tell the stories of victims through their chosen medium.  The event is this Saturday, September 29, beginning 6 pm at the Pagosa Springs Art Center with an auction of art works, followed by a show of performance art at 7:30.
Jann Pitcher then announced the annual Put Hill cleanup on September 29, and solicited volunteers.
Sandra Houston, Nick Tallent and Larry McClintock next reported on attendance at the recent Rotary Leadership Institute, which was held in nearby Bayfield.  Sandra described the event as “very impressive,” saying it really hit home what we’re here for.  She noted the emphasis in Rotary participation on three qualities: service, creativity/engagement, and “fun!”  Leadership is not a formula, she suggested, and different personal styles can succeed in engaging others.
The date for the Barn Dance this year will be October 20, Jeannie Bissell announced.  Tickets were distributed, and a sigh-up sheet for volunteers was circulated.  “It’s going to be fun!” Jeannie exclaimed, and announced beer would be only 25 cents a bottle!  (Just kidding.  But suppose . . . )
Georgette Baumgartner touted the sale of sponsorships, a substantial source of revenue from the Dance.   She solicited leads to good prospects, and pointed out that sponsors receive complimentary tickets.  Jeannie suggested that sponsors be encouraged to use the tickets, noting they were sure to enjoy the 25 cent beers  (no, no, no; your reporter is running amuck in flights of fancy!)
President Shellie Peterson encouraged Rotarians to attend the District Conference at Cripple Creek, at a Casino (there you have it, fun! Just like Sandra said.).  The Conference will be October 4 – 6.   And Shellie also pointed out that our club is looking for new Board members, and suggested interested persons should contact the Nominating Committee.
Betty Switzer then took the floor for the much anticipated announcement of this month’s birthdays.  Our two joyous celebrants were Lisa Scott and Janelle Syverson, who basked in the warm glow of a Happy Birthday serenade.  Then wedding anniversaries were announced: Bob Eggleston (5 years), Jann Pitcher (48) and Jessie Formwalt (54 years and counting).  Jann’s 31st anniversary as a member of Rotary was also noted, with the observation that she had been the local first woman to join.  (And now look, quoth Betty!).  Also observing Rotary anniversaries were Terri House, Lassie Olin, Bob Eggleston, Jo Ann Laird, and David Smith.
Betty followed the celebration of anniversaries with an announcement there would not be time this week for Sunshine and Showers, but relented in the face of widespread protest.  Among the items then shared were Sharon Cope’s disclosure of a recent ordeal with a breast cancer diagnosis, leading to surgeries, but recently also to bright sunshine in the form of a clear scan of lymph nodes. 
Bill Darling also spoke of suffering recent health problems, but told of a silver lining in the gloom of hospitalization: while in a Denver hospital, he and wife Margaret had a visitor who stayed a week, a one-time exchange student from Venezuela, Ate, whom they had hosted years before.  “What goes around, comes around,” Bill commented. 
And continuing a theme, Dave Richardson gave a health update on Barry Wheeless, whose difficulties continue with a case of double-pneumonia that has landed him in intensive care.  Barry would greatly appreciate sunny greetings from Pagosans, Dave suggested.
Shellie (denying the suggestion that she was “having a cow” over the delay), then reasserted order and called upon our speakers.
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-09-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
School Board member Brooks Lindner, with the help of Lisa Scott, was present to discuss the November ballot question that would authorize a so-call “mill levy override,” that seeks to provide new funding for local schools from real estate tax proceeds.
Brooks explained that the additional revenue that would take effect for the 2019-2020 school year if the override is approved, and would be used by the schools for three purposes: salaries, school resource officers (essentially police officers permanently assigned to each of the local schools to provide security), and support of full-day kindergarten. 
Brooks and Lisa pointed out that teacher salaries in our school district are low.  The starting salary for a new, recent graduate teacher in Pagosa is approximately $34,000, and even a teacher with 20 years experience and a Master’s Degree is paid only approximately $56,000.   These salaries are not competitive, they said, even as compared to neighboring districts that already benefit from mill-levy overrides. 
This competitive shortcoming is increasingly critical, they told Rotarians, because there is currently a worsening, national teacher shortage due to declining enrollments in teacher education college curricula.  Our community simply cannot compete for quality teachers at the existing salary levels. 
The override that would be permitted by passage of the ballot question has a seven-year “sunset clause,” Brooks said.
Livia Lynch then asked for more specific information on how the money would be used, noting that she is aware that a position for a science teacher recently drew only one, poorly-qualified applicant, possibly due to high levels of demand for talent in non-educational technical fields; would raises be across the board, or selective she inquired. 
Brooks responded that the School Board would make the decision on specific allocations of the new funds if and when the measure passes.
John Richardson followed with a question whether the potential new money might be used to increase administrator salaries as well as teacher salaries, specifically referring the School Superintendent Linda Reed.  Brooks repeated that the Board would make that decision when appropriate, but added that Ms. Reed’s salary is squarely in the “middle” of the range for superintendents, and in the Board’s view she is highly able and diligent.  He also said that the District’s administrative staff is “bare bones,” at present.
Bill Darling observed that many local voters are seniors, who no longer have children in schools, and asked what the School Board’s response would be to such voters’ concerns that they would realize no benefit from approval of the override?
Brooks suggested in reply that education is a collective social obligation, and even if voters here do not have family members in the local schools, they may have grandchildren in schools in other communities.  Would they want voters in those communities, he asked, to be indifferent to the quality of their grandchildren’s education? 
Brooks also suggested that, more broadly, the quality of life in a community is greatly influenced by the quality of its schools in many ways, including the simple reality that it can be an important factor in attracting new residents with needful abilities.  Would those senior voters be indifferent, he asked rhetorically, to the quality of health care available to them in the community?  And, he added in a final point, one result of is that by attracting new residents, good schools lead to increasing property values.
School District Jnt 50 Mill Levy Override Jim Garrett 2018-09-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
A Note from Bill Hubbard...
We served 249 meals last Thursday, just one less than the week before.
Emily Jones, the lady in the kitchen who was preparing the meal is possibly going to be the new L&F cook.  She has a good bit of experience and started work on the meal right away.  L&F is going to give her another "interview" when she prepares a meal next week.  I presume we will hear after that.  I was pleased with what she did, her cooking knowledge, and her work ethic so my opinion is that she will be a good choice.  I passed my opinion on to L&F.
Thank you again for your help.
Loaves & Fishes Shellie Peterson 2018-09-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary International
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.
Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

How Rotary makes help happen

We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages.

Rotary members make amazing things happen, like:

Opening schools: In Afghanistan, Rotary members opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.

Teaching adults to read: Rotary members in the United States partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.

New teaching methods: The SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.

Making schools healthy: Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education.

When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one.

Rotary Club member



Basic Education and Literacy Month Rotary International 2018-09-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon
Will entertained us for 25 minutes with discussion and photos of his travels with wife Kristi to France and northern Europe this summer. He initially related some history of his family heritage. His paternal grand father may have been related to Pocahontas and his grandmother was from northern Italy and was an importer of silk from Milan, Italy. A maternal grandfather was from the Netherlands and was a minister who died in a ship wreck in the 1600’s.
He stated that he was born in Cambridge , MA and believes that he was conceived when his parents were honeymooning in France. Therefore, he has a personal connection to France. Kristi apparently also has a strong connection to France as well through her studies of art and history of France. They visited several history museums and art galleries and several photos were shared with our audience including van Gogh paintings. Will also circulated several books to compliment the pictures.  They attended a French Baroque Musical performance at a church built in the 1700s. He showed a photo of the church and the soccer game that was being played adjacent to the church simultaneously.
Will stated that they visited other famous landmarks including the Louvre Museum known as the world’s largest art museum, the Pantheon, the Eiffel tower and Musee d’Orsay.
They were able to ride the highspeed train (TGV) that travels at speeds of 320 km/hr across France and  Europe.  Will got a chance to do some glacial skiing in the Italian Alps after traveling to Italy through the tunnel by the TGV from France to Italy.
He ended his talk with a brief mention of the Milankovitch cycle which is a cyclical movement related to the earth’s orbit around the sun that determines when the earth plunges into a glacial period and when it thaws out of one. According to Milankovitch’s theory, Will predicts that the earth will be in another ice age in 23000 years if I heard that right. Now that’s something we should be worried about!
Will Spears - Travel to France and Northern Europe Sam Pittmon 2018-09-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Pittmon
Invocation by Art Benzel:
  1. The average human life is relatively short
  2. You will only ever live the life you have created for yourself
  3. Being busy does not mean being productive
  4. Some sort of failure always occurs before success
  5. Thinking and doing are two different things
  6. You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive
  7. Some people are simply the wrong match for you
  8. Its not other people’s job to love you, it’s yours
  9. What you own is not who you are
  10. Everything changes, every second
Song led by Sue Walan: America the Beautiful
Exchange Students Remarks
Cata Acuilera reported that attending school in Pagosa Springs is “different”. She has decided to participate in the sport of Cross Country.  Theodor Bonlokke reports that school is “very nice” and that he is participating in sport of soccer.  They both will be going to Durango this weekend to visit with other Rotary exchange students in the region.
Visiting Rotarians: none        Guest of Rotarian: none
Carrie Weiss made known the Salvation Army Bell ringing schedule for this fall. Bell ringing will begin November 24 and end December 24. Rotarians previously did bell ringing on the weekend for five weeks. She warned that Rotarians may be needed to do some bell ringing during the weekdays. Sign-up sheets will be circulated soon. She will also be requesting volunteers to do kettle deliver, set-up, take down and collection deposits. Other volunteers may be need to serve as Bell Guards that are responsible for filling in for volunteer bell ringers that sign up but is unable show up.
Bill Hubbard thanks those who showed up to help with Loaves and Fishes last week for a job well done. He made known that he is not a fan of “pink paper”.
Jo Bridges announced the passing of a previous Pagosa Rotarian Jerry LaQuey and she circulated a sympathy card.
Jan Pitcher announced that another trash pick-up activity is scheduled for September 29. A sign-up sheet will be circulated.
Kim Moore announced that our 4th Annual Barn Dance scheduled for October 20th  from 7 pm to 11pm at Archuleta County Extension Building. Tickets will be $15.00/person and $25.00 for two. There will be silent auctions and 3 live auctions.  Our newly inducted Rotarian Jeannie Bissell has graciously volunteered to be the Chairperson for this event.
Carrie Weiss announced sadly that our honored club president Shellie Peterson’s mother-in law passed away recently. A sympathy cart was circulated for all to sign.
Georgette Baumgardner announced that her father in law Gary Morris has volunteered to perform a musical concert on behalf of Rotary at Pagosa Springs High School with proceeds to support youth programs at the school. The date and time have not been determined.
Jonnae Benzel spoke on behalf of our Rotary Membership Committee in encouraging all members to actively recruit new members for our club and don’t think that it’s only the Membership committee’s responsibility.
President Shellie the discussed the Why and the How of Rotary with emphasis on our values and what makes Rotary different. We then recited the Four Way Test.
Sunshine and Showers:
Betty Switzer made her jubilant return with bubbles after being away for three weeks.
Sunshine: Cici and Bruce Stuart revealed that we get off easy with a dollar sunshines compared to $25.00 they had to pay out at a club in Grass Valley, California.
Sunshine: Kim Moore welcomed the return of Betty and Jeff Switzer and Granton Bartz and her son’s 23 birthday. Shower: She announced the loss of Shellie’s mother in law.
Sunshine: Warren Brown praised the Pagosa School Board approval for an Resource Officer Patrol at the schools 5 days per week to improve safety for students. He also gleefully added that his wife
won the 50/50 raffle at a recent Colorado Rookies baseball game that netted $5000.
Sunshine: David Cammack reported that his son will soon get his master’s degree and maybe a job in Gunnison, CO.
Sunshine: Jeff and Betty Switzer announced that they enjoyed a wonderful 13 day cruise recently that originated in Montreal, Canada. There were 9 ports of call on the way to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They showered the unlucky consequences of putting your car keys in your checked luggage on a return flight to Durango especially when your luggage does not arrive when you do. As expected, that story was worthy of many laughs.
The weekly raffle ticket sales were $44.00 and the total pot for the raffle was up to $81.00. Melanie Garrett’s ticket was drawn but Luck failed her as she pulled the six of hearts.
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Congratulations to Larry McClintock, Sandra Houston and Nick Tallent!  All three Rotarians attended the Rotary Leadership Institute (Part 1) in Bayfield last weekend.  Part 2 of this training is scheduled again in Bayfield on November 17, 2018, at the Pine River Public Library.  You can still sign up for Part 2 even if you missed Part 1.  Which I am very glad about as I was one that had to miss Part 1! Registration and breakfast burritos will begin at 8:30 with class beginning at 9 am.  There will be a light lunch and session will conclude at 4:45 pm. 
Here is a sample of the materials covered during Part 1:
For those interested in learning about the world of Rotary and its benefits.
Leadership – Insights:
As a Rotarian, I am, by definition, a leader. We will explore the characteristics of leadership, motivational techniques, and leadership styles. How do I best lead?. 
My Rotary:
I am part of a worldwide organization of like-minded people. We will take time to understand the purpose and structure of Rotary.
Ethics – Vocational Service:
As a Rotarian I am ethical. I recognize and promote ethics in others, and I seek opportunities to serve others through my vocation.
Our Foundation:
Learn about the basic goals and programs of our Foundation.
Engaging Members:
I make my club and Rotary stronger by my active participation. Engaged club members have fun, make friends, and effectively serve.
Service Projects: – I am a vital part of a worldwide organization of business, professional and community leaders meeting needs in communities. I can build, run and promote service. 
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Note: your reporter was detained at work and arrived late, regretfully missing the Invocation and song.  Accordingly, neither is covered in this report, which commences with the introductions of the new incoming exchange students for this school year.
Lisa Scott introduced Rotary to new exchange students Kata Acuilera, from Chile, and Theodor Bonlokke, from Denmark.  Both rose from their seats briefly to tell us their home-towns: Kata is from Santiago, and Theodor, from a community one hour from Denmark.  While our visitors’ brief “hellos” left all curious, no doubt we will hear more from them in the coming weeks.
Then the new exchange students got to hear from three of their soon-to-be fellow Pagosa Springs High School students, as they and Rotarians were treated to a presentation from this summer’s local Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) attendees.  (A fourth local attendee was last-year’s Exchange Student, Laura Delgado, who had departed with her indefatigable cheerfulness for Brazil prior to last week’s  meeting).
According to the Rotary District 5470 website RYLA page, the program was started in Australia in 1959 in anticipation of a visit by a member of the British royal family.  It was adopted as a club activity by Rotary International in 1971.  Our District’s version is for 10th and 11th grade students, though the international program is available for a much broader range of ages, 14-30.
The program this year was held June 22-25 at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs.  A description of the program provided to its participants described it as a “Leadership Retreat,” in which they had been invited to participate, “because Rotarians in your community have identified you as a student with leadership potential.”
The description continued, “The RYLA Retreat Weekend is an intensive leadership training program. The teaching staff will lead a program on recognizing your personal leadership strengths, practicing your skills in leadership, and will teach practical skills in how to lead a meeting, event, or organization. There will be both discussion-based activities as well as physical group challenges such as games and ropes courses over the weekend.”  
Consistent with usage in RYLA’s birthplace, Australia, the word “Award” in the name is synonymous with “scholarship,” reflecting the Club’s sponsorship of attendance.   This year’s local awardees/attendees Emma Happ, Nolan Kay and Piedra Goff, were introduced by Roberta Tolan, our RYLA chairperson.
Their presentation began with recognition of the absent Laura, who, Nolan said, ”Had a pretty dang good time” at the retreat.  He added they had not known Laura well beforehand, but they all “clicked,” from the beginning of the weekend.  And that seemed pretty representative of the experience: Emma, Piedra and Nolan all commented at various points in their presentation about their enjoyment of the opportunities for making new friends the Retreat provided.
They described a fun and challenge filled, educational, long weekend involving games, team-based events including trying physical adventures and service projects, social activities ranging from movies to a dance, presentations from experienced leaders, and debate-like exercises in communication skills daring them to resolve moral issues and defend their solutions.
Participants were divided into groups for the duration of the retreat and throughout the activities.  At first, Nolan recalled, members of his team “butted heads because everyone wanted to be the leader.”  That impeded performance he observed, citing his team’s difficulties with the “low ropes” exercise, but, he added, the group “got past that,” and then achieved exciting success through good teamwork.
Echoing Nolan, Piedra commented that the camp taught that followers are just as important to success as leaders.  “There are two ways of spreading light,” she observed.  “Be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  And similarly, she learned that rather than insisting your own view is correct, the path to moving ahead demands finding a way to “meet in the middle.”
Plus Emma noted the support that can be drawn from a team to achieve what appears too difficult.  She being very afraid to go on the high ropes course with her team, but then the pride she ultimately took in having joined them to accomplish it.  Through the various activities the team became “very close,” she said, having fun meeting challenges together.
At the other end of the spectrum of activities during the weekend, Nolan described being confronted with hypothetical moral dilemmas, such as which opposing choice to protect one of two deserving individuals from grievous harm would one make in a sudden emergency, similar to the dilemma presented in the movie classic, “Sophie’s Choice.”  One “learns a lot . . .  [from needing] to defend your views,” he said.  “It’s harder than it seems.”
All three of our RYLA attendees said they would encourage other students to participate in future retreats.  Emma said others should go, because they will “learn a lot.”  Nolan agreed: it helped make him “a new person,” he observed.  And Piedra summed the experience up nicely, by saying it taught “new perspectives.”  
At the end of the presentation, the students were asked, how they would define leadership? 
Their answers had much in common.  Emma responded, a leader “includes as many others” as possible.  Nolan said leadership involves working with others for “common goals.”  And Piedra concluded it means “bringing people together.”
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Larry said that by generally accepted lore, his family is related to Kit Carson.  The McClintock roots go back to Tennessee, he told us, where Leroy Carson, a relative born in 1820 is locally remembered as one of the “Immortal 600,” members of a Civil War regiment captured and misused as prisoners. 
But his branch of the family moved west, and Larry grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico, which he pointed out had been where Teddy Roosevelt recruited many “Rough Riders” for the Spanish-American War.  The city for years was the site of Rough Rider reunions, he added.
Larry recalled the early years of his youth when vestiges of the “Gilded Age” of railroad barons and industrialists remained in Las Vegas, which in 1879 had become a major junction of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.  Among the features described by Larry were vast castle-like mansions, and ponds from which the railroad harvested winter ice for cooling. 
One of the mansions over time had become a monastery, and Larry described the monks out and about in the town in their cassocks, even including when they joined in playing winter ice-hockey games.
After graduating from high school, Larry went to college, but soon dropped out to join the US Army.  With a flair for languages, Larry was sent to the Defense Language Institute on the California coast near Monterey, where he said he went through an intensive course of instruction in German, while living in what (according to his description) must have seemed a near-perpetual fog bank.  Then he was sent for training in radio intercept technology at a base in Texas, before being posted in June 1970 to a listening station near the town of Gartow on the Elbe River, then the border between West and East Germany.
Larry described border incidents during his period in Gartow, including a pair of East German border guards who escaped by crawling across the river on the winter ice, and announced “We surrender,” at a Chateau then being used to house US Military.  The escapees were welcomed with a few drinks, Larry recalled.
Larry was in Germany for four years, during which he was married to a German woman.  But when he left the service, she did not return with him to the US.
Larry then attended New Mexico State, got a degree, and became a CPA.  He met wife Margaret, also a CPA, and both practiced in Albuquerque for many years, before they moved to Pagosa.
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Kenny Rogers of (now) Pagosa Evening Rotary, and our local Assistant Area Governor,  introduced District 5470 Governor, Chris Peterson, of Carbondale.  Chris had spent an enjoyable social hour organized by Shellie with numerous Rotarians the prior evening at Pagosa Brewing, and was thus already known to several of the group.  But for the benefit of all, Kenny noted that Chris owns and operates hardware stores, and for recreation (when he can find time from keeping so many balls in the air with all his business and Rotary obligations), plays golf and does nature photography.      
Chris began his talk by recalling that before he joined Rotary, he dreaded public speaking.  But a friend encouraged him to join, and since he pretty much already knew all the members in his local chapter, he took the plunge thinking it would be a nice way to see his friends.  But, the next thing he knew, he was called upon to stand up, and introduce himself to the club. 
Well, he recalled, he didn’t die from the experience, and so he progressively increased his participation in Rotary activities, becoming addicted, he said, to speaking, even before large groups.  So when a friend suggested he might be a good District Governor, he decided to apply.  
Chris then pointed out that before the group had assembled, he had placed pairs of large nuts and bolts on the tables throughout the room.  (After all, he is a hardware man.  Your faithful reporter, himself being irresistibly drawn to nuts and bolts and such like objects, would likely have been busy fiddling with same at the time, but for being occupied instead scribbling notes.) 
Chris explained his curious handiwork by saying that Rotary could be analogized to the Eifel Tower.  It’s a giant structure, he observed, but only stands erect as a monument known world-wide because of the innumerable nuts and bolts that hold it together.  So too, he said, Rotary depends on its members to hold it together and support its globe-spanning activities.
Chris pointed out that Rotary is dedicated to service, which he broke into four categories: Community Service, Youth Service, Vocational Service and International Service.  Beneficial services of these types, especially when undertaken in partnership with other groups and through use of global grants, he said, brings distinction to local clubs.  And, he observed, “You guys do amazing stuff.”
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The meeting began with a poetic invocation from Art Benzel, a celebration of our corner of the world, originally from the pen of former Pagosa resident Mark McNown, as follows:  
Summers in Pagosa are so fine
Been coming here since ’89,
The mountains and rivers are pure
Seems like all that ails will cure.
The air is fresh, the sky is clear,
The deer and elk have no fear.
Hiking in the wilderness is a gift,
It’s like singing a song and playing a perfect riff.
Let’s all enjoy this special location;
Treat every day like an eternal vacation.
President Shellie Peterson followed with several announcements, including a renewed pitch for the “Club-runner” App for download on cell phones, that provides contact data on all members at your fingertips.  Shellie noted that after the App was made available a week earlier, there had been a spike in usage, and offered assistance to anyone who not been present or had issues with the download.
In addition, she reminded the group of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute in Bayfield, to be held Saturday September 18 from 9 am to 4 pm.  She encouraged attendance by all. 
Lassie Olin then announced the Backpack program, resuming soon with the new school year, had received a large donation of Spaghetti-O’s packages for back-pack stuffing, and thus help was needed collecting the bounty from the Methodist Church.  She solicited volunteers for the effort, to be made on August 28.
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District Governor Cocktail Reception Shellie Peterson 2018-08-29 06:00:00Z 0
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Sharee Grazda was present at the Meeting to tell us about the annual 9 Health Fair.  (The Fair takes its name from the Denver TV station that sponsors it.)  The Fair has been held in Pagosa for nearly 40 years, and is now conducted at 100 sites throughout Colorado.  It provides various low-cost health screening measures such as kits to help detect colon cancer and blood chemistry tests that can turn up issues like pre-diabetes and high cholesterol.
The Fair was held earlier this year at Pagosa Springs High School, and drew 440 participants served by 150 volunteers.  Sharee was present at the meeting to recruit volunteers for next year’s Fair, to help with coordination of supplies and administration of screening procedures.  Medical experience is not required.  The Fair is to be held April 27, 2019, 7 – 11 am at the High School, she said.  Visit the 9 Health Fair website for more information and let Shellie know if you are interested in participating in this effort!
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The meeting began with Cindi Galabota’s invocation, a re-telling of the story of Jerry, a highly committed positive-thinker.  The story originated with Francie Baltazar-Schwartz, and was retold by Cindy in full.  It is partially set forth here.   
The story begins by demonstrating that Jerry had a magnetic personality.  In the restaurant business, when he moved from one restaurant to another, staff followed him.  He was a natural motivator, always encouraging others to look for the positive side.  But, he was asked, “You can’t be a positive person all of the time.  How do you do it?”
Jerry replied with his assessment that “Life is all about choices.  When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.  You choose how you react to situations.  You choose how people will affect your mood.  . . . The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.”  And, he said, “I choose the positive side of life.”
Years later, Jerry was shot by robbers when preparing to open his restaurant, but survived despite grievous injuries.  What was that terrible experience like, he was asked?  “When they wheeled me into the emergency room,” he replied, “I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses. . .  I read, he’s a dead man.”  Then a nurse asked whether he had any allergies.  “Yes,” he declared emphatically as he could manage, “I’m allergic to bullets!”  After their laughter subsided, he added, “I’m choosing to live.  Operate on me as if I’m alive, not dead.”  And the ER staff set to with a will, did great work, and Jerry pulled through.
Of the conversation with Jerry, Baltazar-Schwartz wrote, “I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.  Attitude after all, is everything.”  
Thank you, Cindi.
Jessie Formwalt then led the meeting in singing the classic Woodie Guthrie song, This Land is Your Land.  Guthrie wrote the anthem in 1940, likely as a protest against inequality (“This land was made for you and me.”)  It included a complaint against a “high wall” marked “private property.”  Later versions often omitted the verse with that line.  The song was recorded by several popular performers in the 1960’s, and during his ill-fated run for the presidency in 1968 its adoption as our national anthem was proposed by Robert F. Kennedy.  But regardless of one’s politics, the song’s invocation of this land’s blessings has universal appeal to Americans, and it has been called one of the most beautiful songs ever written by no less an authority than Bruce Springsteen.  In 2002, it was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
President Shellie Peterson then announced that Rotary District Governor Chris Peterson will be visiting us next week.  He will speak at the Thursday meeting, but on Wednesday evening August 22, Shellie is hoping to host a cocktail party in his honor in the back room at Pagosa Brewing at 5:45 pm.  Shellie said the guest list has “choice spots available for qualified candidates,” and invited all Rotarians to attend, noting that the party is contingent on reasonable attendance.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Shellie by Tuesday.
Shellie also reported that the Rotary beer sales at early August’s Archuleta County Fair had been successful, netting a profit of $5200 to be shared by Rotary and the Fair Board.
Bill Hubbard circulated a sign-up roster for Loaves and Fishes on September 6.  Not present to sign-up?  Don’t despair – help is always welcomed by Bill.
Nick Talent touted the currently available Pagosa Adventure raffle tickets being offered by the Tourism Board and the Chamber of Commerce.  Some pretty nice prizes are being offered, including a Polaris Rzr All-Terrain Vehicle and other recreational equipment.  Nick said the drawing would be 7 pm Saturday September 15, so visit the Chamber of Commerce at the Visitor Information Center soon, to get in on the action.  In addition to the Visitor’s Center, tickets are available at The HUB, Pagosa Mountain Sports, Ski & Bow Rack, and online at the Chamber of Commerce Website.  Tickets are available for $5 each, or at a bargain price of 7 for $20.
[After the meeting concluded, Dave Richardson asked that two news items regarding Rotarians be added to the Bulletin.  First, he reported that Barry Wheeless would be having his fourth surgery on his arm the next day (last Friday), and hoped to be home in Pagosa on Sunday.  Dave suggested that Barry would welcome email and other greetings.  Next, he noted that long time Rotarian Jack Threet, who had moved back to Houston, had recently celebrated a 90th Birthday, and suggested Birthday wishes would be welcome from Jack’s and wife Katie’s (only age 92) friends back in Pagosa.]
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Ralph opened his presentations with an explanation of what had brought him to take on the mission of the organization, Who We Play For, and his ability to tell the heart-breaking story without faltering suggests that like Cindi Galabota’s Jerry (see meeting summary), he is a man blessed with extraordinary ability to see the positive and choose to live life fully.
Briefly, Ralph’s son, a gifted athlete, stricken by an undisclosed cardiac defect, collapsed on a Florida high school playing field in 2007 when only a sophomore, and died days later.
Who We Play For is an organization dedicated to providing cardiac screening to students by administering electro-cardio grams (EKG), which are read by volunteer cardiologists.  The tests are not administered during routine medical exams such as might be performed by a primary care physician or other health care provider.
Ralph was introduced to the organization by several of his son’s friends, who formed a group following his death they named Play for Rafe, vowing to keep his memory strong.  The group committed itself to equipping all youth sports facilities in Florida with Automatic Emergency Defibrilators, and also successfully won passage just last year of a Florida law requiring high schools to offer CPR classes.
Eventually Play for Rafe merged with Who We Play For, and after moving here in 2010, Ralph became a mainstay of the organization in Pagosa.  The organization to date has arranged for cardiac screening of 100,000 students nationally, in seven states.  72 students have been found in the screenings to have problems needing immediate attention, Ralph told us.  He recalled a girl who was found to have the same issue as his son, and remembered her thanks to him, “for saving my life.”
The Archuleta School District is now on board with the program, Ralph told us.  The first student screening was provided at Pagosa Springs High School this past January, he said.  Three students were found to have medium risk problems, triggering suggestions that they seek attention within a few months.  He said students receive one of three grades based on the screening: low risk, medium risk (about 2.5% are so graded), and high risk (about 0.5% receive this grade) which requires immediate medical attention.
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Undersheriff Hamilton opened with her concern with misinformation that circulated on social media about the situation with Archuleta County sheriff office and detention facility. They are now on a campaign to inform the public of what is needed and the plans for the future including a new ballot initiative this November 6. She admitted that the ballot initiative last year was preceded by a “miserable campaign” and that was why it failed to gain public support. This year they have created pamphlets and leaflets with questions and answers to inform voters of the reasons why a new Sheriff Office and detention facility is needed.
Among the main reason that a new jail is needed is the fact that the present jail was closed in April 2015 due to flooding and the detection of toxic gases such as hydrogen sulfide and methane and mold in the building. This has required that the sheriff’s office be moved to a different location and that arrested persons and prisoners be transferred to another jail facility. Most have been transferred to La Plata County jail and a few to Alamosa.  Since 2015, La Plata county has been paid over 1 million dollars to house Archuleta county prisoners. It cost $54.00/inmate/day. Add to that the cost of overtime pay to Archuleta county deputies and transportation cost that includes vehicle maintenance and fuel.
She talked about the reasons why we need a jail in Archuleta County referring to Colorado Revised Statute 17-26-101 that states: There shall be maintained in each county in this state, at expense of the county, a county jail for the detention, safekeeping and confinement of persons and prisoners lawfully committed. Nothing in this article shall be construed to compel the erection of jails in counties having a population of less than 2000 or when the county owns a jail erected in any other place in the county.
She went on to say that there has been a significant increase in the number of people arrested in Archuleta County and has been steadily increasing since 2000. In the past year more than 600 arrests have been made. There have been 10 homicides in 8 years including 4 this year. There have been 14 attempted murders since 2010. The point is that there have been more crime and more serious crimes in Archuleta county during the past 8-10 years and this trend is expected to continue due to several factors including the passage of Amendment 64 (marijuana legalization), the increase in transient population, more vehicular traffic, increase in home and business burglaries, the increase in the number of illegal growers of marijuana as well as increased crimes related to other drugs and alcohol.
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Plan on joining us on a day trip to Bayfield!!  Saturday, September 8th!!  
Course 1 The Rotarian 
For those interested in learning about the world of Rotary and its benefits. 
Leadership – Insights: As a Rotarian, I am, by definition, a leader. We will explore the characteristics of leadership, motivational techniques, and leadership styles. How do I best lead?. 
My Rotary: I am part of a worldwide organization of like-minded people. We will take time to understand the purpose and structure of Rotary. 
Ethics – Vocational Service: As a Rotarian I am ethical. I recognize and promote ethics in others, and I seek opportunities to serve others through my vocation.
Our Foundation: Learn about the basic goals and programs of our Foundation. 
Engaging Members: I make my club and Rotary stronger by my active participation. Engaged club members have fun, make friends, and effectively serve. 
Service Projects: – I am a vital part of a worldwide organization of business, professional and community leaders meeting needs in communities. I can build, run and promote service.
We will begin at 9 am and finish by 4:15 pm.  The cost is $40 for all materials, lunch, and snacks. We will meet at the Bayfield Public Library in their conference room and plan to eat lunch outside in their courtyard.
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Pledge of Allegiance:  Our speaker Tanya Hamilton

Invocation: Pat Love offered an inspirational quote by  a famous Persian poet Rumi: “The wound is where the light enters you”.

Song led by Betty Switzer: You are my sunshine

Visiting Rotarian: Ken Rogers of Pagosa  Mountain  Rotary. He announced that with the help of several of our Rotary members serving drinks at the county fair they sold 2100 drinks for a total of $8200.00.

 Guest of Rotarian: Roberta Tolan introduced her husband, David Karan of Pagosa Springs.

Betty Switzer: Colton Castro who is one of our 2018 Scholarship recipients. Colton presented to our club a thank you card and in it he wrote “I want to thank you all for choosing me to be a scholarship recipient and I ‘m excited to show all of you my college experience. It will be an honor to represent The Rotary at Colorado State. I will do my best to return home and attend a meeting so I can update all of you on how I am doing. Again, thank you for your time and kindness. GO RAMS!! Sincerely, Colton Castro

Announcements: President Shellie passed out three sign-up sheets for members to pick their preferred committee involvement.  She encouraged Rotary Members to attend Chamber After Hours event at Motel SoCo on August 22.

Joe Bridges announced the death of Tony’s Father . Tony is the owner of Pagosa Brewing that host our weekly meetings.

Kim Moore gave us an update on Bill Darling’s struggle with cancer. He apparently is in remission but his immune system is compromised so he is unable to be out in public for several months.  Kim also gave notice that Joe Donavan’s family sent a card of appreciation for the Rotary video that was sent after his passing.
Jeff Switzer request the need for additional help with meeting set/up.
Betty Switzer then celebrated August Birthdays of eight Rotarians including the four present: Greg Booher, Linda Verrips, Mike Vanover and last but not least herself with the “Happy Birthday” song. 

Betty then announced the Rotary Club of Pagosa membership Anniversaries of  Bill Darling and Dave Richardson at 13, Mike Beckel at 5 years, Neal Johnson at 2 year and Greg /Donna Wynn at 1 year. She then reminded us all of another infamous anniversary: The passing of Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977 and there was a collective moan or was it a groan.

Sunshine and Showers: Codie Wilson suggested that Todd Pitcher had recently undergone stem cell therapy instead of knee surgery. Sue Walan was happy to be back after being away for several months. Pat Love showered Betty and Jeff Switzer for participating in a couples question and answers study and invited other couples to participate in the study. Livia Lynch shared sunshine for a recent successful “farewell to college tuition” vacation to Italy and Greece with her two adult children.

President Shellie recognized our waiter Carlos for service well done.

Rotary Raffle ticket winner this week was Bob Eggleston who failed to pull the ace of spades.
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Pat Love kicked the proceedings off with a “Zen” invocation: “When faced with two choices, choose one.  You’ll know!”
Kim Moore then led the meeting in singing, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” 
Madame President Shellie Peterson then acknowledged the presence at the meeting of Barry Wheeless, after he and Treva moved away.  Typically bandaged up, Barry had a daunting list of health issues to deal with and more to come.  Betty Switzer vigorously solemnized the occasion with a celebratory cascade of bubbles, after she coaxed the  bubble machine to life with a stern shaking.  I was good to see Barry – at least the wheels didn’t fall off!  (Sometimes it seemed as if that was the only thing left.) 
Also recognized was the return after a period of absence of Jo Ann Laird.  Jo Ann, apparently (and thankfully), only had other fish to fry in recent weeks.
Next, Shellie bestowed Paul Harris awards, recognizing donations to Rotary causes, on Jo Ann (her fifth) and Neal Johnson.  Neal stepped up to accept his award without regard to the large bandage on his forehead, proving it’s hard to keep a good man down.
Shellie then passed along a message of appreciation for the 4th of July Parade from the Pagosa Springs High School Class of 1978, which celebrated its 40th reunion with a ride in the Parade on a flatbed truck featuring unrestrained dancing to period music (the Twist? No, that was 10 years earlier.  Disco???  Who can say; it all blends together for me now as rhythmic thrashing about, indulged in only in fantasies of days long ago.)
Shellie also announced the Friends of the Library Community Book Sale, to be conducted Saturday August 11 from 9 am to 2 pm at Centerpoint Church.  Also on sale will be CDs and DVDs.  Proceeds will benefit the Library.
Announcements were concluded with news of two upcoming Rotary events, a meeting of Rotary International Leadership training on September 8, a mere hop, skip and a jump away in Bayfield, and the Rotary District Conference in Cripple Creek, Colorado on October 4 – 6 (lots of interesting speakers, but if your interest should happen to wane, no problem: the venue is a casino.)
To help keep everyone occupied while awaiting these events, Shellie circulated a list of Rotary Committees, urging every member to join three.  (The list worked its way slowly through the room, as Rotarians evidently took Shelly’s request to heart, and only reached my table at the meeting’s end.   Fortunately, my task was lessened, because my name was already attached to something called the Public Relations Committee.  With baited breath I await discovery of what that is (perhaps it was described at a meeting I missed), but regardless of the details, fear not, I stand ready to pull my oar to achieve its mission.) 
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Lisa Scott, our own international Rotary Youth Exchange maestro, took the floor.  She provided a brief update on the short-term summer exchange, reporting that Jack Foster is now in Italy visiting Mario Rizzo, and that Lousie Mequignon-Lariviere recently returned to France after a wonderful stay with in Pagosa with Sarah Ross.
Lisa also reported that two inbound exchange students for the 2018-19 school year will be here this month, one from Denmark the other from Chile.  We will make their acquaintance soon, she reminded.
Lisa then turned to her principle topic for the day, the two Pagosa students outbound for a year’s exchange: Lauren Roland, ticketed for Denmark, and Savannah Vasquez, bound for Romania.  After Lisa’s introductions, the two girls took a few minutes to tell Rotarians about themselves.
Savannah went first.  She spent the earliest years of her life in Cape Coral, Florida, and moved to Colorado in 2015.  She relishes the fact that with the clear air here, one can see great distances, as much as 100 miles from a good vantage point, she said.  Local site-seeing, and the 4th of July Parade are other big highlights cited by Savannah.  At the High School, she likes the option to take a variety of electives, and enjoys participating in cheerleading, especially the camaraderie.  And she said, the Proms are great, with everybody having a lot of fun.
Lauren, the daughter of a retired US Airforce Master Sergeant, also spent the early part of her life far from Pagosa Springs, moving back and forth between Tucson, Arizona and Germany, as her father’s post of duty changed.  With lots of experience of life in different parts of the world, and the associations she enjoyed with families from other NATO member countries, Lauren said she loves to travel.  When her father retired, she recalled, her family first moved to Missouri before settling in Colorado.  Moving here was a good choice, she said, for which she is thankful.  Here her family especially loves camping, and hanging out together (including the dogs, Lauren promptly added).
Lauren’s parents were in the audience, and when she finished her talk, expressed their thanks to Rotary for making it possible for Lauren to have the opportunity to participate in the exchange program.
Lisa then thanked Lauren and Savannah.  She told both they have “grown so much” already in the past year, and predicted they will be “great ambassadors.”
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Speaker: Rotary Pakistan Project Beneficiary Mujtaba Haider
Internationalist extraordinaire and Rotary Foundation advocate Dave Smith introduced our speaker, Mujtaba Haider, and a guest, Anum Saba. 
Dave explained he first met Mujtaba, who was then a member of a group called Pakistan Wilderness, in 2004 in connection with a program then ongoing in a remote area of Pakistan.  At the time, Dave added subsequently, Pagosa Rotary wasn’t well versed on interactions with the Rotary Foundation, and he credits Dick Bond with conceiving the plan to gain the Foundation’s support for Pakistani relief projects, and leading the initial effort to raise matching funds. 
Dave said that Mujtaba has been active at least since they first met in efforts to bring the benefits of modernization to rural, mountainous Pakistan.  This summer, Dave reported, Mujtaba and Anum had come to the United States to attend a course at Harvard University, and had then come to Pagosa for a visit before returning.
Taking the microphone, Mujtaba told us the area of Pakistan where he works is not only remote, mountainous and poor, it is nearly inaccessible with no modern transportation (imagine the days a century and more ago of ox carts and Ellwood pass), no electricity, and no high schools.  The population is widely malnourished, without an adequate food supply, and has no access to health care.
But he told us his credo is “always dream for the best.”  And so, Mujtaba recalled, in response to a request to Rotary, finally a happy day came when a four-wheel drive truck was delivered to provide the infrastructure of what had til then been only a dream, a mobile medical clinic to carry health care to the area’s population.
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Pledge: Kriss Campbell
Invocation: Pat Love quote from Oscar Wilde: Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Song: Kim Moore- Working on the Railroad
Visiting Rotarians:  Dick Bond  from Albuquerque and Don LeFeuvre from St Martin and Sidney British Columbia Canada
Announcement: Kim Moore mentioned that Joe Donovan’s wife sent a note of appreciation for the memorial video.
Sunshine and Showers: After Kim’s pinch hit last week for Betty she showed appreciation by stating:  Betty bubbles sounds better than Kim Bubbles.
Sunshine: Betty and Jeff were happy with their grandson’s soccer team win at nationals.
Dave Richardson had two showers and one sunshine.
Shower: 1. Barry Wheelers: He is back in the hospital with a cellulitis and arm fracture. He is needing more surgery on the left arm and have hardware replaced in his left shoulder. He plans to visit our club in the near future.
Shower: 2. Dave’s wife Janet is with her brother in Indiana who is dying and apparently has had test showing marijuana and amphetamine in his blood. A mystery to say the least.
Sunshine:  Seeds of Learning benefit, Dancing with the Pagosa Stars was such a great event! 
President Shellie discussed Being an Inspiration and rebuilding our Rotary Club’s committee structure and highlighted several committees and some of the members leading them.
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Lisa Peters introduced the concept of the economic impact of early childhood education referring to the fact that Seeds makes it possible for parents to be able to maintain a job without worrying about child care. Child care is a top priority of Pagosa's town and county administration. Working parents can drop their kids off at Seeds on the way to work and pick them up on the way home.
She stated that there are about 600 kids in Pagosa that are between the ages  30 months to five years old and these are the ages of the kids served by Seeds. She explained how important early childhood education is for these kids and pointed out that a child’s brain is 85% developed by the age of 5. It’s been shown that kids that don’t have early childhood education fall behind.
A study of 40 year old adults find that those with early childhood education have economic advantages like a reduced cost to society, lower incarceration rates and there is a 7-13% return on investment.
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Lisa Scott introduced some very-special guests, the pairs of students participating locally in Rotary’s short-term, summer exchange program.
Codie’s granddaughter Sarah Ross is paired for the program with Louise Mequignon-Lariviere, from St. Martin les Tatinghem, France (north of Paris).  Jack Foster, a junior at the High School, is paired with Mario Rizzo, from Catania, Italy (on the east coast of Sicily).
Sarah started the exchange program with a month visiting Louise’s family beginning June 11.  Both girls then returned to Pagosa for Louise’s month visiting the Ross family.
Mario began by visiting the Foster family, starting here in late June.  The two boys will fly back to Italy this week, for Jack’s visit with Mario’s family.
Louise told us she participated in gymnastics.  During her short stay here up to the time of the meeting, she noted having enjoyed Mexican food.  In France, she cited crepes as a common food.
Sarah said her visit to France was very busy, and she enjoyed staying with Louise’s family, all of whom spoke English, except for the youngest of her two sisters.  She loved the crepes, the bread, the pastry, and (perhaps a little) the wine with meals.  She noted also the difference in eating habits, with essentially five small meals daily.  In addition, she commented that the ability of teenagers in the US to drive earlier than in France, gave them more independence.
Jack described Mario’s visit as “a blast.”  They had done a lot of hiking and water sports, and had a lot of fun, he said.  But perhaps the best part was enjoying the opportunity to see Pagosa through the eyes of someone new.
Mario explained that in Italy he lives close to the sea, but also to mountains (Mt. Etna, an active but currently quiet volcano rises on the outskirts of Catania.). He reported he loves to ski in the winter, on slopes with a view of the Mediterranean.  Lasagna is a favorite Sicilian dish, but, he added, pizza too.  Asked about differences he had observed, with a grin he said the drivers in Italy, “are a bit crazy.”
At the conclusion of their comments, Lisa gave our two charming young visitors Pagosa Rotary banners to take home with them, to the accompaniment of loud applause from the meeting.  Then Lisa, herself, received a round of applause, in heartfelt recognition from Rotarians for her outstanding efforts to make the local student exchange program a resounding success.
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Speaker: Shellie Peterson on Rotary’s new theme, “Be the Inspiration.”
“The charge Rotary International has given us this year” is to Be the Inspiration, Shellie announced. 
To inspire others to achieve something beyond the scope of their normal aspirations may be the extreme challenge of life, she explained, and success starts with getting inspired oneself.   Inspiration cannot be achieved passivity, she reminded, but by actions of power to influence.
Consider the problems afflicting us and people around the world, such as health, education and the environment, and what can be done to help.  Then, think “I can and I will” help, Shellie counselled, and “Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.” 
As examples of the necessary frame of mind, Shellie provided some thought patterns contrasting hesitancy to embrace inspiration with the pathway to its realization:
  • Not “I have never been a chairperson,” but “I would love the challenge.”
  • Not “I am too busy,” but “I want to make a difference.”
  • Not “I won’t be good at leading,” but “I have skills and can lead.”
  • Not “No one will be interested in what I say,” but “I have an interesting and unique background to share.”
“Rotarians don’t wake up to spend the day being ordinary,” Shellie observed, “and no one in this room is ordinary.” 
“Do one thing every day,” she challenged, “that scares you.”  Because, as Maya Angelou said,  “Courage is the most important virtue.”
Shellie concluded by quoting Pablo Picasso, with a thought having true inspirational force both advocating and exemplifying the core of Rotary’s new theme.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift,” the great artist said.  “The purpose of life is to give it away.”
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The meeting began with an invocation by Art Benzel featuring a simple observation on the power of attitude: “A person can alter his life by altering his attitude!”
New President Shellie Peterson then started her term in office by looking back at last year’s accomplishments, noting that during 2017-18 Rotary members had tallied 6080 hours of labor contributed to community projects.  If the value of labor be estimated at $25/hr., Shellie said, that’s equivalent to $152,000 worth of effort.  Added to the $51,000 cash funding provided by members to Rotary’s numerous projects, she concluded the total value of Rotary’s contributions to the community during the year was over $200,000.
Shellie also separately looked ahead to the upcoming year, as the speaker for the main presentation during the meeting, focused on the year’s new Rotary theme, “Be the Inspiration.”
In addition to the collective pat on the back for the club from Shellie, Pagosa Rotary’s success measured by a very different yardstick was recognized also during the meeting by a visitor from a Rotary chapter in Arizona.   Frank, whose last name and community your reporter missed, said our club was the “most friendly” he knew of.
Dave Campbell followed by introducing a new member, Helen Richardson, for brief remarks.  Helen described herself as feeling like the luckiest possible person, due to three signal events during her life: finding her partner, finding her career, and finding “the most beautiful place,” Pagosa.  Many a smile of recognition could be observed in the room as Helen concluded.
Newly anointed past-President (perhaps the highest honor enjoyed by a Rotarian) Kim Moore then took the floor to pinch-hit for Betty Switzer with Sunshine and Showers. 
Even without the aid of Betty’s inexhaustible bubble machine, Kim herself began by verbally bubbling over with happiness from the recent visit of her granddaughters.  Among other adventures, she recalled the youngsters had been thrilled to help with the festivities at the late-June Installation dinner.  (This observer noted their Herculean efforts during the event to exhaust the bubble machine had not succeeded, but they certainly did delight in the attempt, circling the room repeatedly, launching clouds of bubbles floating madly and copiously every-which-way.)
Sam Pittmon similarly rejoiced at the recent visit of his 9 year-old grandson.
Codie Wilson then picked up the theme, by noting with pride her grandchildren who were joining Rotary for lunch at the meeting.  One of them, Sarah Ross, a Pagosa Springs High School senior next year and a short-term exchange student this summer, later participated in the meeting, as described below.
Dan McPherson joined in by celebrating the christening of his great-grandson.
Finally, Shellie expressed appreciation of the success of the 4th of July Parade.  As one modest demonstration of the magical power of the Parade, Shellie noted she had heard that at least one of the several participating pop bands had picked up a lot of business due to their participation.  (Let’s hope another Parade participant, the Fire Protection District, didn’t pick up a lot of business, too.)
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What???  Our new Madam President, Shellie Peterson, missed her debut???  Stage fright???  Forgetfulness???  (That would be like a certain well-known figure forgetting his Twitter handle.).  No, explained Dave Richardson, it’s only that family obligations prevented Shellie’s presence.  So, we just need to be patient.
Dave presided in Shellie’s stead, as comfortable as old shoes.  No doubt the lengthy email of remainders from our absent leader -- displayed by our expert pinch-hitter in the form of a document approximately four feet in length (maybe Twitter’s limit to 140 characters is a good thing) – was more than enough guidance for him to find his way through his assignment with aplomb.  Who can even imagine the chaos that might otherwise have ensued?
Cindy Galabota started the festivities with a quote from a poem by Langston Hughes, to welcome the return of lifegiving, fire-quenching monsoon rains, our substitute this year for the spring rains that the poet celebrated, in his “In Time of Silver Rain” (the full poem is reprinted here, thanks to the internet):
In time of silver rain
The earth puts forth new life again,
Green grasses grow
And flowers lift their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads
Of Life,
Of Life,
Of life!
In time of silver rain
The butterflies lift silken wings
To catch a rainbow cry,
And trees put forth new leaves to sing
In joy beneath the sky
As down the roadway
Passing boys and girls
Go singing, too,
In time of silver rain When spring
And life
Are new.
Next stepping forward was Kenny Rogers, of Pagosa (morning) Mountain Rotary, in attendance to express appreciation for those who have signed up to help out at the Beer Garden during the Archuleta County Fair.  Kenny didn’t say, but from the absence of any appeal for more volunteers, one infers that the Beer Garden is already fully staffed, a month in advance – probably due to the excellent fringe benefits offered.  (To those who succumbed to temptation, please remember: don’t drink and drive!  But, if you do, there’s a good lawyer in town . . .)
Checking his email list, Dave then chimed in with more thanks, going through the lengthy list of Rotarians under the leadership of John Shepard who helped with the Fourth of July Parade (another smash hit for Rotary and Pagosa).
Betty “Bubbles” Switzer then was called to the podium for birthday announcements and Sunshine/Showers.  Elated at being called upon after a long hiatus, Betty circled the room with her bubble machine like a priest with holy water, showering her special form of blessings on all and sundry present.
Getting then down to the business at hand, Betty turned first to birthdays, sharing the reminder (perhaps not needed by many of our group) that “All birthdays are important because they mean we’re still here.”  Absent natal anniversirants (made-up word alert: a combo of “anniversary” and “celebrants;” like it or lump it) included Dave Cammack, Bill Hubbard, and CiCi Stuart (poor CiCi, she and Bruce are spending the summer in California, the current US wildfire capital now that monsoon rains have arrived in Colorado – that’s jumping out of the frying pan into the fire, big time.).
Present anniverserants Sam Pittmon and Dave Richardson – made of sterner stuff apparently than their absent fellow July entrants – enjoyed the memorable pleasure of donning gaily colored party hats and being serenaded by a heavenly-voiced choir (remember: beauty is in the ear of the beholder) of enthusiastic Rotarians.  (That was a smile of delight on Sam’s face, undoubtedly, despite his observation regarding the hat – uttered with an envious glance at the delightful blue chapeau gracing Dave’s noggin – that pink is not his best color.  Next year, Sam, Dave will let you have the blue, I’m sure.  After all, pink IS his color.)
Then it was time for wedding anniversaries, with the prize going to John Richardson and wife Helen at 50.  Any big plans? queried Betty.  Not one to disclose secrets, “I wouldn’t tell you if I did,” quoth John.
Finally, anniversaries as Rotary members were observed.  Notable were Livia Lynch at 18 and Sharon Crump at 14 years.  (There was one individual with a measly one-year anniversary, but with the license of authorship, I’ve just created a new rule: you don’t get mentioned in the Bulletin before arriving at double figures, at least not this week.)
Next, as Betty’s bubble machine demonstrated remarkable endurance, it was on to Sunshine and Showers.  As in Pagosa generally, sunshine abounded, and showers were no more than intermittent.
Warren Brown was first out of the gate, noting a pleasurable experience spending time with disabled vets (including his son), a successful Special Olympics, and the good news of his promotion to Lieutenant in the Sheriff’s Department.
Neal Johnson followed with the observation that he had recently returned from an excellent trip to Togo, evidently despite some misadventures at the hands of Air France.  (We’ve all got those stories, but Air France does make it more exotic.)
Not content to be lionized for a mere 50 years of marriage, John Richardson topped himself with the story of his return to Indiana for his 60th High School Reunion.   (Count ‘em people, that’s 1958!)
Roberta Tolan shared the good news of husband David’s effective chemo treatment, yielding full remission of his cancer.
And John Shepard rejoiced in a successful parade, and Archuleta County’s achievement after much labor over many weeks (in which John, as Planning Director, was deeply involved) of enacting Short Term Rental Regulations.  The process of crafting the new regulations was controversial, John explained, with many strongly-held opposing viewpoints, but was nonetheless accomplished with courtesy and respect, qualities that often seem to be shamefully absent at higher levels of government in these times.
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Dave Smith took the floor with a two-fold mission: to beat the drums to find a new chairperson for our chapter of the Rotary Foundation, and to introduce Pagosa Rotary’s latest international project, which will undertake to strengthen high school science instruction in the central African, Saharan nation Niger, which lies south of Algeria and Libya.  The new project seems to be essentially a clone of the Senegal project that has been underway for a few years, with very similar objectives and means.
The local Rotary Foundation chairperson position has been open for a couple of years, David reported.  He projected a job description on the screen, which filled every available inch with an avalanche of small-font characters, completely illegible to the audience. 
With his characteristic, mischievous grin, David explained the slide was printed in such small font on a crowed page because he didn’t want us to see it, and quickly jumped to the next slide before potential candidates could be intimidated.  The new slide, he said, summarized the essence of the position in three short words: “communication, organization, encouragement.”
Communication, he continued, with Rotary International to provide a two-way flow of information between it and our club; organization, to stimulate local involvement in Rotary Foundation activities via a local committee; and encouragement, to move us collectively forward to new and better contributions to the mission of the Rotary Foundation to fund humanitarian activities.
Dave digressed briefly with a description of Rotary as a combination of elements like a three-legged stool: local clubs numbering 35,000 with 1.2 million members all over the world, Rotary International, which herds the cats clubs into a semblance of organizational structure, and Rotary Foundation, which provides funding to help support humanitarian projects on the District level and globally, such as the Senegal Project.
With a simple pitch like that, Dave, you’ll find someone to be Foundation chairperson in no time at all.
The Rotary Foundation and International Service Jim Garrett 2018-07-18 06:00:00Z 0
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I know that many of these pictures and others have been circulating in social media sites, and many of you have seen them.  We do have folks though that subscribe to our bulletin that may not have so I can't help but share some here!
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Mason Blakemore, Case Harris and Cole Cayard, Pagosa Springs High School Student, won the state finals to move onto nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.  They needed some help gathering up the funds to get them to this competition and the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs helped them along the way.
Now we have learned that these three young men placed 8th out of 33 teams nationwide!  Congratulations on a great job.  The following is a link to an album of pictures from their week in Louisville.
Crime Scene Investigators at Nationals Shellie Peterson 2018-07-12 06:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotary Wranglers and Volunteers,  WE STILL NEED HELP - Contact me if you are available!
Thank you for being a part of this great community event!  Here are some last minute thoughts and instructions.
  •         Please come to the High School parking lot to get your orange safety vest and check in at 9:00 AM - Keep your vest afterwards and bring it to the next Rotary meeting.
  •         Please use only Hot Springs Blvd to Apache Street or 6th Street to Apache Street to travel to the High School.  5th Street will be under construction and will be closed.  Use only 6th Street or Hot Spring Blvd to 6th Street to access the High School parking lot.   8th street is the parade final staging area and will be one-way going toward Highway 160.  DUE NOT ATTEMPT to travel 8th Street toward the High School!
  •         Please be at your assigned station by 9:30.  Our main duty is SAFETY.  There is a lot of congestion in that half hour before the parade and you can be very important in helping with crosswalk traffic and keeping folks from setting up their chairs and such too far into the roadway
  •         Throwing items or spraying water is strictly prohibited
  •         Children should not go out toward the floats, or horses.  Someone walking with a float may hand out goodies by coming to the side of the highway
  •         Make sure the floats keep up with the next float to avoid big gaps in the parade.  If an entrant is falling behind, diplomatically encourage the driver to keep up with the next float.  It’s a long walk for the animals and participants.  Stopping on hot asphalt is not a good thing.
  •         If there is an emergency, call 911
  •         If you have a question, call John Shepard 903-4006 or Shellie Peterson 507-0500
4th of July Parade Update July 2 Shellie Peterson 2018-07-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Dear Parade Participants,
Thank you for being a part of this great community event! Here are some last minute thoughts and instructions.
 Please come to the High School parking lot to check in at 8:30 AM. All entries must unload and register at this site. Horse trailers; please use graveled area adjacent to the school parking lot.
 Please use only Hot Springs Blvd to Apache Street or 6th Street to Apache Street to travel to the High School. 5th Street will be closed for construction. 6th Street has been improved and will provide direct access to the lower end of the High School Parking lot. 8th street is the parade final staging area and will be one-way going toward Highway 160. DO NOT TRY TO ACCESS THE HIGH SCHOOL FROM 8TH STREET.
 All non-parade vehicles should be left in the high school parking lot. Final staging will be along 8th Street. Your parade number will be printed on 8th Street on the north-bound side of the street. Please do not block driveways or side streets and do not allow your livestock or people onto the neighbors’ yards
 The parade will begin at 8th Street and Highway 160 promptly at 10 am. The parade route will continue through town on Highway 160 and end at 2nd Street. Do NOT STOP at 2nd Street to unload people, it causes a big backup problem for all the floats behind you! Unload your participants at the High School parking lot. At 2nd Street, please turn right and then right again onto Hermosa. Continue on Hermosa and turn left onto Hot Springs Blvd. Follow Hot Springs Blvd to Apache Street and turn right. Follow Apache Street to the high school entrance at 6th Street.
 All parade floats and vehicles must be removed from the High School parking lot by 2 pm.
 Throwing items or spraying water is strictly prohibited
 Children should not go out toward the floats, or horses. Someone walking with a float may hand out goodies by coming to the side of the highway where the children and parade watchers are
 Make sure to keep up with the next float to avoid big gaps in the parade. It’s long walk for the animals and participants. Stopping on hot asphalt is not a good thing.
 If there is an emergency, call 911
 If you have a question, call John Shepard 903-4006 or Shellie Peterson 507-0500
Parade Participants UPDATE Shellie Peterson 2018-06-29 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you for being a part of this great community event!  Here are some last minute thoughts and instructions.
·         Please come to the High School parking lot to check in at 9:00 AM.  All entries must unload and register at this site.  Horse trailers, please use graveled area adjacent to the school parking lot.
·         Please use only Hot Springs Blvd to Apache Street or 6th Street to Apache Street to travel to the High School.  5th Street will be under construction and may be rough so use caution.  If your float cannot safely use 5th Street  to enter the High School Parking lot, then turn south on 8th from Apache at the main entrance to the High School parking lot.   8th street is the parade final staging area and will be one-way going toward Highway 160
·        All non-parade vehicles should be left in the high school parking lot.  Final staging will be along 8th Street.  Your parade number will be printed on 8th Street on the north-bound side of the street.  Please do not block driveways or side streets and do not allow your livestock or people onto the neighbors’ yards
·        The parade will begin at 8th Street and Highway 160 promptly at 10 am.  The parade route will continue through town on Highway 160 and end at 2nd Street.   Do NOT STOP at 2nd Street to unload people, it causes a big backup problem for all the floats behind you!  Unload your participants at the High School parking lot.   At 2nd Street, please turn right and then right again onto Hermosa.  Continue on Hermosa and turn left onto Hot Springs Blvd.  Follow Hot Springs Blvd to Apache Street and turn right.  Follow Apache Street to the high school entrance at 5th or 8th Street. 
·         All parade floats and vehicles must be removed from the High School parking lot by 2 pm. 
·         Throwing items or spraying water is strictly prohibited
·         Children should not go out toward the floats, or horses.  Someone walking with a float may hand out goodies by coming to the side of the highway where the children and parade watchers are
·         Make sure to keep up with the next float to avoid big gaps in the parade.  It’s  long walk for the animals and participants.  Stopping on hot asphalt is not a good thing.
·         If there is an emergency, call 911
·         If you have a question, call John Shepard 903-4006 or Shellie Peterson 507-0500
Parade Participant Instructions Shellie Peterson 2018-06-28 06:00:00Z 0
The meeting began with an invocation by Art Benzel featuring the simple observation, “The world is full of nice people.  If you can’t find one, be one!”
The normal Pledge of Allegiance followed, but was there a song after that???? 
Your humble reporter is embarrassed to admit he can’t recall a song, and his notes in this instance are of no help.  (Heartfelt apologies to whomever led.)  Probably, your reporter was distracted by one of the many sign-up sheets/reports being circulated (tasks rendered, upcoming Loves and Fishes service on Thursday June 21, Fourth of July Parade duty, etc., etc.)  At times like the hectic opening moments of last week’s meeting, the mysterious absence of your reporter’s youthful brain capable of retaining multiple concurrent thoughts, is deeply lamented.
Guests to the meeting were then welcomed – principal among them being several friends of Brazilian exchange student Laura Delgado, to help observe the rapidly-approaching end of her visit to our corner of heaven.  So many friends there were, your reporter is unable to list them, because his stumbling pen couldn’t keep pace with the introductions.  (In this case, he cannot lament the absent youthful brain, and is left as explanation only with the deplorable state of the remaining senior brain.) 
Announcements ensued, including the aforementioned Loaves and Fishes lunch this week, and the Fourth of July Parade, coming up in only two weeks.  It was pointed out that due to Loaves and Fishes, and next week’s Installation Dinner (more below), there will not be another meeting prior to the Parade. 
President Kim Moore noted that with the community being under stress from drought, the San Juan National Forest is closed, and fireworks will be prohibited, so the Parade will be the primary attraction for the Holiday.  “Let’s make it the best ever,” she exhorted.
John Shepard added that with the focus on the Parade, and the Pagosa Springs Police short-handed, there will be a maximum need for volunteers for traffic control, as well as other tasks.  He urged all Rotarians to volunteer to help in some capacity, with he noted, the numerous open slots filling all of a two-page sign-up roster.  John added that volunteers will be equipped with safety vests prior to the Parade, and should assemble at the High School Parking lot before the event.
Art Benzel then reported that there will be a short, free concert of patriotic songs, titled “Let Freedom Ring,” performed by a group of community musicians (60 members strong, Art added) at 7:30 pm the evening of July 3d, at the Methodist Church on Lewis Street.  All are welcome, he said.
President Kim followed by reminding all of the annual Installation Dinner, set for Thursday June 28 at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners clubhouse, with a Happy Hour at 5:30 and dinner catered by the Buck Stops Here at 6 pm.  The event will, of course, mark the ascension of Shelly Peterson to the Rotary Presidency.  (It’s funny how Kim repeats announcements of the event so often, always with what appears to be a look of restrained glee.)
The meeting was then enlivened by an appearance of two cast members from Thingamajig Theater’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which opened on June 15 and will run on various dates this summer as part of the Theater’s repertory of five shows. 
The cast members, Charlie Tingen and Heather McCall, sang an engaging duet from the show, that sets the stage for the story that follows.  As residents of Pagosa have come to expect of Thingamajig’s productions, the quality of performing was magnificent.  The two talented guests whetted keen appetites among Rotarians for more delights surely to be enjoyed by attending the full performance of “Legally Blonde,” and undoubtedly the other shows as well.
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Posted by John Shepard
PAGOSA SPRINGS—The Rotary 4th of July Parade will be held on Wed. July 4th, 2018, starting at 10am.  Local residents and visitors from across the Rocky Mountains gather in downtown Pagosa Springs each year to share in the festivities.
Applications for the parade and general information are now available at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce and from the Pagosa Sun online,  Free entries come in four categories:  Youth Group, Non-Profit/Service, Individual/Family, and Commercial.  The Parade Committee encourages all entrants to decorate their floats in red, white and blue celebrating our nation’s Independence Day.
Staging begins at 8:30am on 7/04, at the Pagosa Springs High School Parking Lot.  Applications are due Friday, June 30th.  For more information, contact Rotary Parade co-chairs Shellie Peterson ( or John Shepard ( ).
4th of July Parade - Coming up Soon! John Shepard 2018-06-21 06:00:00Z 0
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Delightfully pleasant and charming, as always, Laura entertained one and all with recollections and observations from her year among us.
Many of her comments were inspired by her host families, and her gratitude for their kindnesses.  It would take “hours” to pay fitting tribute to their generosity, Laura observed.  Suffice to say that the lack of time for such details notwithstanding, her appreciation was plain.  To note just one aspect, Laura observed she is an only child, so she was delighted for the experience of sharing her life with siblings while staying with two of her host families.  And with another family, she enjoyed, as well, a different new experience: puppies.
Laura commented that before coming to the US, she had seen American high schools depicted in movies and TV shows.  The depictions turned out to be pretty much true to life, she said!
Her most difficult class at Pagosa Springs High School was global sciences, especially as she had difficulty understanding the teacher at first.  (However, she must have overcome the difficulty – Lisa Scott, head of Rotary’s Exchange Program, later disclosed that Laura had earned straight-A grades during the year.)
Laura noted some of the differences between schools in the US and Brazil.   Among others, she mentioned that in Brazil, the students don’t change rooms throughout the day, and multiple grades share the same rooms.
But the differences that seemingly left the biggest impressions on Laura were the school dances in the US, which are absent from Brazilian school life, and high school sports programs, which have no parallel in Brazil. 
In particular, Laura said she played soccer with the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates, and loved it.  She had never had the opportunity before.  When asked what she would tell her friends upon her return about living for a year in the US, Laura said “playing soccer,” an astonishing observation to this reporter, knowing that soccer aficionados uniformly count Brazil as one of the premiere countries for the game in the world.
The most surprising thing about life in the US to Laura, she said, was the ability to drive a car before age 18, so that students did not need to depend always on parents for transportation.
Among memorable new things she learned, were fishing, and making chocolate chip cookies.  (While cookies are evidently a delicacy unknown in her country, Laura showed that Brazilians are still fully capable of making tasty treats, even if not exactly cookies, by distributing to all a delicious confection she had made for the occasion.)
Her favorite American food?  “Hamburgers,” Laura exclaimed.
Laura said she really loved Colorado and Pagosa Springs.  “You’re always doing things outside,” she commented. “It’s awesome!”
Laura Delgato's Final Presentation to Rotary Jim Garrett 2018-06-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
San Juan Squadron set to open the Independence Day Parade!!
For the 12th consecutive year, the San Juan Squadron, Pagosa’s own formation flying team will open the Independence Day Parade.  The Squadron will make three passes, each in a different formation, over downtown Pagosa Springs.  The first pass will be at exactly 10:00 AM as the parade begins its trek through downtown.  It is highly recommended that you make your way to downtown early to pick your best vantage point for viewing the fly overs.  The Lead aircraft will be flown by Craig Taylor of Pagosa Springs.
Prepare to be impressed by these pilots and their abilities with these beautiful airplanes!
Solo Aircraft:
  1. John Vander Horck;  Van’s RV12 white with blue trim
  2. Doug Dellmore; Carbon Cub yellow with silver wings.
Formation Aircraft (the exact position of each aircraft is yet to be determined):
  1. Craig Taylor; Van’s RV8 silver and red.  Flight Lead
  2. Dave Peart; Van’s RV 14 Red and Black
  3. Michael Arbuthnot; GlassAir III White
  4. Skip Thomas Van’s; RV4 White and Red
  5. Tim Gallagher; Van’s RV4 White and Blue
  6. Travis Reese; Van’s RV4 Black and Silver
The Formation passes will be:
  1. Diamond with two in trail (Like a kite)
  2. Double “V” formation
  3. Arrowhead (five aircraft in a “V” with one in trail as a stinger)
From the Arrowhead, we will perform a fleur de leis  break, with the left side aircraft turning sharply to the left, the right two aircraft turning sharply right, and lead and stinger go straight ahead
Pagosa Springs' Amazing 4th of July Parade Shellie Peterson 2018-06-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Smith
Niger is a land-locked West African country that is twice the size of Texas. About 80% of Niger lies in the Sahara Desert. In 2015, the United Nations ranked Niger 187 of 188 countries in human development.
Approximately 70% of its population cannot read. Yet, within the capital city, Niamey, there are high schools where students study biology, chemistry, physics and English. These students will likely play a major role in future economic development in Niger. The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs is working with the Gaweye Rotary Club of Niamey to improve education in two high schools in Niamey.
The Gaweye Rotary Club of Niamey is a well-established, highly active club. Great folks to work with!
Funds from a District Grant were used to buy 3 computers and 2 digital projectors that will be used by the science teachers. These funds were also used to buy voltmeters and other supplies used for teaching physics. I spent a week in Niamey where I met with school officials, taught 2 short teacher training workshops, and developed plans for a global grant that will substantially expand our efforts to improve education in these two high schools.
Supporting Education in Niger David Smith 2018-06-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Aman began the presentation with comments of appreciation for the very nice time he and his fellow Kyrgyz had enjoyed, and the opportunity to learn about tourism they had been afforded.  The Pagosa Springs area is very similar to Kyrgyzstan, he said, so the lessons they will take home are strongly applicable.
A video of tourist venues and activities was played, confirming the similarities pointed out by Aman, including mountainous terrain, bodies of water, forests with evergreens and aspens,  traditional lifestyles, horses, twisty roads, skiing, hiking, water sports – and hot springs.
Aman provided a brief summary of the country’s history, noting the population of 6 million is nearly ¾ Kyrgyz, who originally lived as nomads.  He called it a cross-roads of culture, noting that since the heydays of the Silk Road as a major route for world trade, Kyrgyzstan has attracted peoples from Chinese to Russians to Muslims.  The country, he said has been ruled by different empires, most recently the former USSR, before it became independent in 1991.  It is relatively small, being roughly equivalent in area to the state of Nebraska.  It has quite tall mountains, with several peaks over 24,000 feet.
One of the major events in Kyrgyzstan, Aman said, is the “Nomad Games,” that involve skills celebrating the country’s nomadic heritage.  Surprisingly, he recalled that Americans have competed in the games, including a team of Peace Corps volunteers, as well as a team of cowboys – the latter presumably in a competition involving horsemanship.  (In a private conversation with your reporter, Aman commented on the presence in Pagosa Springs of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship company, reflecting the importance of horses in Kyrgyz history.)
Aman reported that the US Agency for International Development is heavily engaged in encouraging the growth of tourism in Kyrgyzstan through its Business Growth Initiative.  Four regional Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) have been formed to lead the effort.  DMOs, he said, bring together stakeholders to provide marketing, facilities development, event sponsorship and web site presentations.   
The DMO in Karakol, where Aman lives, was formed in 2015.  The city is in the eastern section of Kyrgyzstan.  He reported that many tourists presently visit from Europe and Israel.  In a familiar-sounding note, Aman added that one objective of the DMO is to increase visitors’ length of stay, by expanding the array of activities available for their enjoyment.
Beksultan spoke next.  He is from Osh, a City in southwestern Krygyzstan, where he is the executive director of the regional DMO.  He agreed with Aman on the strong similarities between Pagosa and their homeland, and commented that after his visit he is “really motivated to get home to work on development of tourism.”
Aman Zhanserkeev, Beksultan Abdisalamov, and Begimai Mukasheva Jim Garrett 2018-06-14 06:00:00Z 0
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President Kim Moore called the meeting to order, and began with an invocation from Mother Teresa, reckoning life as a myriad of qualities calling for positive responses.  Without recreating the full list, the last four were as follows: “Life is a tragedy, confront it.  Life is an adventure, dare it.  Life is luck, make it.  Life is life, fight for it.”
The song “America the Beautiful” followed, led by Pat Love.
Then special visitors were introduced by Kim and Dave Smith, the guests in Pagosa Springs from Kyrgyzstan, sponsored by the Open World Program Nazira Makenova, from the village of Jyrgalan, Aman Zhanserkeev, from the city of Karakol, Begimai Mukasheva, from the south shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, Beksultan Abdisalamov, from city of Osh, Talantbek Toksonbaev, from Osh, Zeinep Isakova, from Bishkek, the capital city and Alyona Vladova, who hails from the United States but held the position of language translator for the group.
Also visiting the meeting was local resident Al Myatt, who chronicled the entire visitors stay in photographs.  During the meeting, Aman, Beksultan and Begimai provided Rotarians an introduction to their home country (as summarized elsewhere in this report).
Kim reminded Rotarians that a picnic for the visitors was to be held that evening in the Town’s Yamaguchi Park, and all were invited to attend.
Kim then issued a call for volunteers to be stationed at San Juan National Forest trailheads, to warn hikers that fire restrictions had been put into effect forbidding open burning in the Forest, in reaction to the high fire danger resulting from our protracted spell of dry weather. 
(Your reporter understands, however, that due to continuing extreme conditions in the region, the open burning ban has been replaced by an outright, complete closure of the Forrest to the general public, effective Tuesday, June 12.  Please consult news outlets for more details.)
This year’s July Fourth Parade Grand Marshal was then announced by John Shepard, Teri House, Rotarian, and owner, publisher and editor of the Pagosa Springs Sun.  John discouraged any and all Terri teasing over the honor, which he attributed primarily to the public service rendered by the Sun, and your reporter is happy to attest the honor is well deserved.
The meeting was then reminded of two upcoming events, a memorial get-together honoring Joe Donovan at Pagosa Brewing Company, the evening of June 14, and the annual Installation Banquet scheduled for Thursday evening, June 28, at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association clubhouse with catering by the Buck Stops Here.  Tickets for the Banquet are $25 each including dinner, beverages, and the opportunity to help honor (or commiserate with) Shellie Peterson as she takes on the mantle of Rotary President.
Attention then turned to Betty’s Birthdays, the festive monthly observation, presided over by Betty Switzer, of the gradual maturation of Rotarians – not getting older, getting better – who (in this instance) first began in various unspecified years to experience the qualities of life listed by Mother Teresa during the selfsame month of June. 
The distinguished honorees were Dave Cammack, Kim Moore, Dave Smith, Codie Wilson, Larry McClintock and Jann Pitcher.  In honor of Kim’s fascination with kazoos, the birthday band tooted out a grating rendition “Happy Birthday,” while all meeting attendees sang along lustily.  Eyes were possibly wet with tears (of laughter?), but your reporter was busily scribbling and is unable to say.
Betty then turned to announcement of anniversaries.  Marriages celebrated in order of longevity (for some reason, wedding anniversaries unlike birthdays are commonly numbered in announcements by years; is the difference in habit perhaps a product of admiration typified by Mother Teresa’s admonition from the invocation, “Life is a challenge, meet it?”), included Betty’s own marriage to Jeff Switzer (55 years), Art and Jonnae Benzel (53 years), Dave and Chris Campbell (48 years), Kim and Walt Moor (46 years) and Dave and Mary Cammack, 37 years.
Dave Campbell then took the podium, to welcome a new member, Jeanie Bissell, from Alabama.  Jeanie was sponsored by Greg and Donna Wynn.
Finally, Dave Richardson WON THE LOTTERY (brother John pulled the winning envelope – now, there’s a stand-in to admire).  Dave graciously donated his $324 winnings to Laura Delgado, our exchange student whose stay in Pagosa is drawing to a close, and whose return to home in Brazil approaching.  Laura will share with Rotary memories of her year in Pagosa during the June 14 meeting.
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-06-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Shepard
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release 6/11/18
Contact:  John Shepard, 970.903.4006
PAGOSA SPRINGS—The Rotary 4th of July Parade will be held on Wed. July 4th, 2018, starting at 10am.  Applications and general information are now available at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce and from the Pagosa Sun online, .
Free entries come in four categories:  Youth Group, Non-Profit/Service, Individual/Family, and Commercial.  The Parade Committee encourages all entrants to decorate their floats in red, white and blue celebrating our nation’s Independence Day.
Staging begins at 8:30am on 7/04, at the Pagosa Springs High School Parking Lot (use 5th Street by the park, not 8th Street).  As in years past, candy can only be handed out by those walking in the parade when they get past the Clock Tower, so the kids stay safe and out of harm’s way.
Applications are due Friday, June 30th.  For more information, contact Rotary Parade co-chairs Shellie Peterson ( or John Shepard ( ).
4th of July Parade Press Release 6/11/18 John Shepard 2018-06-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Rotarians Meg (the Library Director) and Cindy (the Development and Community Relations Manager) gave us the low-down on the seemingly endless variety of services provided to the Community by our magnificent Library (the little Library that could).
Meg summarized: “We have something for everyone,” illustrating her proposition by mentioning the outdoors backpacks the Library has available on a first come, first serve basis, containing state park passes and outdoor gear. 
Distributed to further illustrate the proposition was the Library’s Adult Schedule of Activities for the month of June.  (Meg and Cindy pointed out that he Library also has monthly calendars of activities for children and teens, but they didn’t bring copies because of the demographics of our particular group.  Wait a minute . . . did they call us OLD?)  The Adult Calendar alone well made their point, as it included at least 24 individual entries sprinkled liberally through most weekdays during the month, ranging from classes on computers, to Spanish, to fly fishing, to adult education, and other activities ranging from a free Legal Clinic, to book clubs, to a music club.
All of the Library’s activities for the different age groups, Meg advised, are fully included in the Community Calendar published weekly in the Pagosa Springs Sun.  (The Community Calendar typically lists activities and events at least three weeks in advance.  It is printed in the tabloid section of the Sun, that is included in the paper for sale, but is also circulated throughout the community by mail, free of charge.) Activities are also described during twice-weekly spots on KWUF radio.
Meg Wempe and Cindi Galabota - What's Offered at the Library Jim Garrett 2018-06-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Rather than the normal invocation, President Kim Moore began the meeting with a prayer pf thanksgiving for our beautiful weather, the myriad blessings of Pagosa, and the energy and effort of Rotarians to make ours a better world. 
John Duvall followed by leading a lusty rendition of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”
Turning to business, Kim reminded all of the Installation Dinner on June 28, at which president-in-waiting Shellie Peterson will ascend to the seat of power.  The dinner will be at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse.  Tickets are $25, and include drinks and dinner.
In addition, Kim announced there will be a celebration of the memory of the late Joe Donovan on Thursday June 14, 5:30 pm at Pagosa Brewing Co.
John Shepard then announced nominees for Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July Parade: Terri House, Jason Cox, Mark and Wanda Crane and Patty Tillerson.
Rotary scholarship winner Kyle Garcia then stepped forward to express thanks for the award.  Kyle, who had been unable to attend the prior meeting when other winners accepted their scholarships, said he would be attending the University of Utah, to study business management.
Rotary’s newest members, Georgette Baumgardner, Alan Roth, and Saundra Houston, were then welcomed into the fold by President Kim.
Following this announcement of our increasing numbers, Larry McClintock disclosed that Rotary will also be increasing dues to $60/quarter.  Better buy a new abacus Larry, to keep track of all the revenue.
Brazilian exchange student Laura Delgado then reported that the next day (June 1st) would be her last day of school at Pagosa Springs High School.  She added it seemed as if the first day was only yesterday, she had so much fun.  Laura said she will be in town for another month, and will be attending the Rotary Youth Leadership camp.
In the absence of Maestro Betty “Bubbles” Switzer, there was only a single Sunshine/Shower: the spontaneous lament of Nick Tallent of a new street light installed outside his home, showering him with light pollution.  “No stars,” exclaimed Nick.
Celebrating New Members Jim Garrett 2018-06-07 06:00:00Z 0
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Mike, a South Africa-born Australian, introduced to the US and Pagosa country through Ironman competitions, and now on track to become a US citizen next year, is a dauntless Indiana Jones type with an accent but without the hat.  As Director of Emergency Operations (a component of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department), Mike says he is on duty 24/7/365, at the beck and call of annoying beeps from Archuleta County Dispatch.
Two of the major responsibilities of Emergency Operations are Search and Rescue and Wildland fire fighting throughout the unincorporated areas of Archuleta County (but also including parts of Hinsdale and Mineral Counties due to the remoteness of their emergency responders.)
In dealing with wildfire, Mike said that all fires start small, and early response is key.  Pursuant to emergency operations agreements, up to 14 agencies cooperate as needed in responding to fires in the area. 
To help reduce fire danger, restrictions on risky activities are invoked in stages based on 10 criteria.  Currently, Mike said Stage One restrictions are in effect, banning open burning throughout the county.  (When allowed, open burning always requires issuance of a permit by the Pagosa Fire Protection District, Mike reported).  He added that Stage Two restrictions are imminent, noting that conditions in the County are trending similar to the major drought year of 2002, when the substantial Missionary Ridge fire burned in the region.
Mike pointed out that Archuleta County has a “reverse 911 system,” which has the capability of calling local residents’ phones to warn of potential disasters and convey evacuation orders.  He pointed out that the Archuleta County website has a page via which property owners can register phones outside the area and cell phones to receive notices.
Mike reported that Search and Rescue was founded in 1995.  He noted that it is useful if a person in need of assistance can be contacted by cell phone (the higher the altitude of your problem, the better the cell phone receptions, he noted), because often the reports received by Search and Rescue through emergency dispatch have garbled or incorrect details (a victim described by dispatch as small may turn out huge when the rescue team arrives, and foreknowledge of such details enables better planning of needed steps).
Mike emphasized that response by Search and Rescue is cost-free – in any incident, no charges apply until the ambulance or life-flite helicopter receives the victim, much like a traffic accident.  So, he implored, don’t make a problem worse by deciding against reporting a developing incident immediately, because of fear about the cost.
One illustration of the herculean effort that can be rendered by Search and Rescue when needed was provided by Mike in response to a question about the “most exciting” rescue performed by Emergency Operations.  Mike described an incident involving a man on horseback, whose mount lost its footing on a mountain trail and tumbled several hundred yards down a steep slope.  The horse was killed by the fall, but the rider – described as a very large man – survived with severe injuries.  Fortunately, others in his group were able to reach the victim and keep him warm in the cooling temperatures of late day, while others summoned help. 
After the Search and Rescue team arrived, members carried the man on a litter up the slope, and then to a level area where they sheltered overnight.  In the morning, the victim was airlifted off the mountain by a Blackhawk helicopter dispatched by the National Guard.
Mike Le Roux, Director of Emergency Operations Jim Garrett 2018-05-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Art Benzel began with an invocation explaining the difference between “like” and “love.”  According to the teachings of Buddha, Art recounted, when you like a flower, you pick it.  But when you love it, you water it.  One who understands this, Buddha said, understands life.
Pat Love then led the meeting in singing “America the Beautiful.”   (Let’s hope someone follows Buddha’s formulation, and sends this corner of beautiful America some water.)
After the introduction of guests, including Sheriff Rich Valdez, Mr. R was revealed as none other than Bill Hubbard.  But only a paltry $2 was collected – Bill is evidently too gregarious to produce much revenue as Mr. R.  Next time, Bill, do your best for Rotary’s beneficiaries: suppress your instincts, sit in the corner, and frown.
Warren Brown then announced that the Special Olympics the prior weekend had been a big success, raising over $5000. 
Shellie Petersen followed with a solicitation for more volunteers for the Open World event, during which a group from Kyrgyzstan, the central Asian country astride the ancient “Silk Road” trade route, will visit Pagosa Springs for lessons on attracting tourists to remote locations.  The visitors will be among us for several days of visiting local attractions beginning this coming weekend, and Rotarians are being recruited to help host the activities.
[Note: I’m pretty sure that Krygyzstan is indeed a central Asian country, though I have been proven geographically dyslexic, by twice mis-identifying Senegal in writing for these pages as an East African country despite knowing that it sits on the Atlantic coast of West Africa (it’s simple really: when facing north, west is on the left).  Sorry, David.  My best defense was once memorably summed up by Ben Franklin: “Haste makes waste.”)
John Shepard then took the floor to solicit nominations for Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July Parade.  Voting to select the august dignitary (or is that July dignitary) will occur during the meeting of May 31.  John also dropped enticing hints of the possibility that much cherished opportunities for volunteers to help the Parade go off smoothly may soon be offered to a select multitude.  The exalted position of “go-fer” is rumored to be up for grabs.
Exchange Student Laura Delgado then expressed appreciation for the birthday greetings extended to her by Rotarians last week, and noted that she had gone rafting out of Salida to help celebrate the happy event.  Turning to past exploits during the year, Laura noted that she still had jellies for sale – but as of last week, only four were left.  Bring your money this week, in the hope that the train didn’t leave you stranded at the station. 
Lisa Scott then announced that next year there will be two “inbound” exchange students in Pagosa, one from Denmark, the other from Chile.  Likewise, she said, two Pagosa students will be “outbound,” one to Denmark and one to Romania.   In addition, Lisa announced that next school year Pagosa will have two pairs of “short-term” exchange students: two local students will trade places for two weeks with students from France and Italy.  (By this time next year, I suspect we may have enough jelly on our hands to open a jelly donut bakery.  Sounds like a great fund raising idea – you can’t beat a good jelly donut for pure enjoyment.)
Betty Switzer and her trusty bubble machine then presided over sunshine and showers.  Neal Johnson was first up, offering $2 for the microphone to tell the tale of his granddaughter’s recent eventful day: she graduated from college with a degree in aeronautical engineering, was announced as the top graduate in her field, accepted her boyfriend’s proposal of marriage on the stage after her degree was bestowed, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Airforce (by Neal, a former officer in the US Navy.)  He was only able to give $2 for his sunshine announcement, Neal said, because that’s all he had left.
Among several others who contributed, Dave Richardson reported also that he helped a grandchild celebrate a big event: he attended the wedding of his grandson, whom he said, cried (the bride did not, he observed).  “It will be that way for many years,” Dave quipped.  He also reported that Barry had rebroken his arm and needed another in a seemingly endless round of surgeries.  Nonetheless, Dave reported, Barry is recovering well.  Betty offered a shower of bubbles for Barry.
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-05-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Art Benzell began with an invocation of appreciation for the world around us: plants, wildlife, air, and water.  People often take these simple elements of life for granted, but “you can’t eat money,” Art concluded.
As if closely choreographed, Sharon Crump followed Art’s tribute to nature by leading the meeting in a song celebrating its enjoyment, “The Happy Wanderer.”
Guests were then greeted, including Jim Byrne and Odilia Dauzacker, a couple who own and operate Elkwood Manner, a bed and breakfast south of town on US 84.  In part, they joined the meeting to help Rotary observe Brazilian exchange student Laura Delgado’s birthday, in particular because Odilia had herself been an exchange student from Brazil in 1976, spending the year in Ohio. 
(Odilia did not sing the lament, “I went back to Ohio, but my family was gone.  I stood on the back porch – there was nobody home.  I was stunned and amazed . . . My pretty countryside had been paved . . . the farms of Ohio had been replaced by shopping malls. . .   Where’d you go O-hi-o. “ Singing that was the Pretenders, channeling Art.)
Also visiting Rotary for the meeting was Savanah Vasquez, an outbound exchange student next year, heading for Romania (the land of Count Dracula, but that’s only a myth, no worries, Savanah).
Rotary’s May birthday celebrants were then called to the dais by Betty Switzer for the monthly Betty’s Birthdays feature.  John Shepard, Livia Lynch, Melanie Garrett, and our aforementioned exchange student, Laura Delgado were festooned with celebratory headgear and then serenaded with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday,” which they received with “thank yous,” and the traditional embarrassed grins (except for Laura, whose genuine grin confirmed that she still actually welcomes birthdays).
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-05-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
We celebrated our very own Brazilian Exchange Student!  We have been so blessed to have this young women in our community this year!  Hopefully, her Rotary Exchange year will have impacted her future and her life's journey forever.  Service above Self, will become her moto, and soon she will become a  future Rotarian.
ALL our exchange students could use your support!  They are all trying to raise funds and are willing to work to do so!  Here are their numbers!  Remember, get it done NOW and support our students.  Soon they all leave on their epic journeys and we won't have the opportunity again!
Laura               970-507-1629
Sahvanna        239-560-3432
Lauren             573-944-3004
So, need some more 'muscular' type of help?  We have pledged to our CSI students that we would put them to work too!  It seems to me their date to leave on their journey is June 25th, still plenty of time to get lots of work done!
Mason Blakemore      970-394-0657
Cole Cayard                 972-977-3369
Case Harris                  817-944-5835 
three Pagosa students comprising a “CSI” team which is headed for a competition in Louisville, Kentucky: Mason Blakemore, Cole Cayard and Case Harris.  (For those who don’t watch TV and haven’t spent a lifetime in law enforcement, CSI is an abbreviation for crime scene investigation – an activity simply called “evidence collection” in a more prosaic day, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and yours truly prowled the halls of justice as a callow youth). 
The Pagosa team is participating in a contest sponsored by SkillsUSA, an organization which describes itself on its website as “a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.”  The crime scene investigation competition is one of many that will be staged by the organization this summer in Louisville, for teams engaged in a wide variety of occupational fields, from advertising design to welding. 
The three-student team of aspiring law enforcement professionals is seeking to raise funds to attend the event in late June.  It needs $6000 from donations combined with the anticipated proceeds of its able-bodied members’ labor, offered to community residents for yard work, to reach the goal.  President Kim Moore announced Rotary has pledged $500 to help.
Laura's Birthday Celebration Jim Garrett 2018-05-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrentt
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is proud to announce those individuals receiving 2018 Rotary Scholarships totaling $28,000.
Colton Castro---Colton plans to attend Colorado State University to major in Pre-med.
Hailey Rose—Hailey will also attend Colorado State University majoring in Zoology.
Keanan Anderson-- Keanan will attend the University of Denver majoring in both business administration and computer science.
Kyle Garcia –-Kyle will attend the University of Utah and plans to study business.
Kayla Nasralla—Kayla plans to attend Seattle Pacific University majoring in Business Administration.
Zoee Strohecker—Zoee  will be attending Brigham Young University and plans to major in Occupational Therapy.
Kimberly Armendariz– Kimberly plans to attend Santa Fe Community College and pursue nursing.
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club congratulates the outstanding class of 2018 and wishes each of them success in their future endeavors.
Since 1983, the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club has awarded a total of $441,000 in scholarships to 169 local high school graduates. The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club would like to thank the Pagosa Springs community for their continued support of Rotary events and fundraisers that have made our local scholarships possible again this year. Additionally, the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club was pleased to receive a Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative matching grant this year.

In another schools-related topic, Kim announced that grants made by Rotary to Archuleta School District teachers for supplies and materials needed for classroom projects had benefited over 1600 students.  If I can still do my numbers (learned also when dinosaurs roamed the earth) the cost for that was less that $1 per student –  that’s leveraging your money!
Celebrating our 2018 Scholarship Recipients Jim Garrentt 2018-05-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Speakers: Rotary’s David Smith and Kim (Vanna White) Moore
Our intrepid international voyageurs took the dais to regale the meeting with tales of their travels during last March through Senegal, the sub-Saharan east African nation that David has lent his heart and mind to for the past four years in connection with a Rotary Global Grant project.
David, a former University of Nebraska chemistry professor who is retired from the vocation of educating, but has never lost his enthusiasm for the avocation of teaching, explained that the project was initiated several years ago with the concept of aiding science education in a poor, peaceful and Islamic country (in the hope of making a contribution to world understanding simultaneously with science education). Senegal was selected, as reported in a previous edition of the Bulletin, in part due to the commitment of its government to a policy ensuring that within 25 years, 75% of its high school students will be receiving at least some education in science before graduation.
The project has now been operated annually for four years; and David reported that total funding of $230,000 has been devoted to it during that period, not including the participants’ self-funded travel expenses.   Of that sum, 70% has been provided by the Rotary Foundation, he said.
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The dynamic Juliette, a product of London, England and resident of Pagosa Springs, possesses a wealth of diverse experience ranging from a teenaged stint as a Playboy Bunny, to airplane pilot and “master flight instructor,” to Emmy winner, and horsewoman.   But it’s the little-known syndrome of “compassion fatigue,” which she describes as common to many as an overlooked part of the daily routine of those helping care for others, that consumes her.
Discovery of the syndrome Juliette attributed to Dr. Charles Figley, whom she said recognized that care-givers for victims of post-traumatic stress disorder often began to display the symptoms of their patients.  In essence, it seems, the stress of giving care to those chronically afflicted wears away at the lives of the compassionate, to the point they are correspondingly diminished and impaired too.
She gave an example from her own life: having become so immersed in the care of her aged mother that from her home in the US, she took on responsibilities as broad as even ordering her mother’s groceries to be delivered from the neighborhood store in London.  Her mother became dependent on Juliette’s constant support, and harped on complaints of perceived abandonment frequently even threatening suicide, to the point, she said that “it sucked the life out of me.”
Anyone, Juliette suggested, who takes on the care of an elderly parent, a special needs child, a chronically ill or substance abusing family member, can find themselves completely absorbed in the life of the needy subject.  It “can be a killer,” she said, if the assumed responsibility reaches the magnitude that it leads to disregard of self.  According to the World Health Organization, she recounted, depression is a major health issue in the United States, claiming more victims than heart disease.
Care-givers need to know how to “just say no,” she suggested, lest they lose touch with themselves, become indifferent to their own interests, and bottle up frustration to the point that it may erupt in episodes like “road rage.”  While few would be likely to describe themselves as the most important thing in their own life, and eyebrows would be raised if one did, nonetheless, it may be a fact – if you aren’t healthy yourself, Juliette asked, what good can you be for others?
So what can revitalize one from compassion fatigue and produce compassion renewal?  By all means, Juliette suggested, give help to others, but include something for yourself too in your life.  Take on interests and challenges that inspire you, even if they may seem daunting – such as she did in deciding at 45 to learn to fly, and then advancing to a high level in flight instruction.  (Referring to the Destination Imagination team, that had taken on the big goal of raising $7000 in 11 days, Julliette said, “You remind me of me. . . .  You’ll make it.”)
And, how can you help if you recognize compassion fatigue in others, she asked?  It requires discretion she suggested: don’t just challenge with comments like, “you don’t look well,” but think of the right approach.  Perhaps invite the diminished friend to join in some socializing or a favorite activity, and be persistent to the point of emphasizing his or her participation has importance to you.  Plant the seed, she said.  And if necessary, trick ‘em.  
Juliette Watt, "Compassion Fatigue" Jim Garrett 2018-05-16 06:00:00Z 0
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After hearing from our visitors, President Kim Moore moved on with thanks for the efforts of  those who pitched in with the Kentucky Derby Gala the previous weekend.  The event was the “best ever,” she said.  While Kim disclosed that the tentative figures indicate that the total funds raised may have fallen slightly behind last year, she noted that was at least in part a reflection of higher costs.
Brazilian exchange student Laura Delgado reported she had actually attended the Derby in person the prior weekend in Kentucky.  Laura added that she would be continuing her busy schedule of immersion into the American cultural experience with a trip to Denver the following weekend, to participate in an event with the Pagosa Springs High School chorus.  And, she cheered on the High School baseball nine, whom she reported advanced this year to the state playoffs.  Alas, the Lady Pirates soccer team, of which Laura is a member, did not enjoy equal success having finished the season just short of qualifying for the playoffs. 
Betty Switzer, bless her heart, had the forthought to bring roses to our President and thank her for her extraordinary efforts on behalf of the Kentucky Derby Fundraiser.
Kentucky Derby Early Wrap Up Report  Jim Garrett 2018-05-16 06:00:00Z 0
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Cindi Galabota began the meeting with an invocation in the form of a riddle: what is the thing that touches every aspect of your life, and based on the characteristics she enumerated, is essentially the bane of your existence or your salvation?  The answer?  Your attitude.
The sing-along was led again this week by Jesse Formwalt in honor, she noted, of the return of the American citizen North Korean prisoners, “America the Beautiful.” 
Guests in attendance during the meeting included Alan Roth of Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, who has been present several times recently, and a travelling Rotarian from Huxley, Texas, Dianne Payne.  Dianne related her Rotary chapter has but 12 members, so she was greatly impressed by the meeting turnout in Pagosa.
John Shepard then took the floor to solicit nominations for 4th of July Parade Grand Marshall.  Nominations should be made this month, he said.
Then Art Benzell contributed information that all youngsters 18 and under would be treated to free breakfast and lunch this summer at the Ross Aragon Community Center, downtown on Hot Springs Boulevard.  The meals will be available Monday-Friday 8:30 to 9:30 am and 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, from June 4 through August 17 (except the July 4th Holiday).
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The Pagosa Springs High School Destination Imagination Team members with their coach, teacher Becky Thompson were in attendance.  The team is entered in a global competition to occur at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tn., and is seeking to raise funds for the travel expenses.  Needed by May 21st was an additional $7000, they said.
According to its website, “Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.”  Entrants in the competition are from countries around the world.  Teams compete in eight categories ranging from scientific demonstrations to improvisational performance.
The team in attendance at the meeting is entered in the Fine Arts Challenge Category, for which the members explained they will do a musical skit addressing the weighty subject of suicide.  Coach Thompson told us that Pagosa has an impressive history of participation in the Destination Imagination program, and noted as an example that three of the six regional teams entered in the global competition this year are from the High School.
The 'proverbial hat' was passed to support these students in their endeavor.  
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In attendance during the meeting were Al Pfister, the President of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP), the not-for-profit organization building high-tech, all-season grow domes for public benefit along the banks of the San Juan River in Pagosa’s Centennial Park, downtown, and Cameron Parker, the landscaper designing the grounds surrounding the domes.  (Cameron earlier made a presentation on the project during a Rotary meeting last winter).
President Kim Moore called Al and Cameron to the podium together with Rotary member and GGP board member Roberta Tolan, to present a check to fund plantings and benches for the Centennial Park entrance-way, a Rotary “signature” project adopted by our board at Roberta’s suggestion following Cameron’s earlier presentation.
Rotary's Signature Project - Rotary Park Jim Garrett 2018-05-10 06:00:00Z 0
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.  

The History of Paul Harris Recognition Shellie Peterson 2018-05-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Pat Love began the meeting with a pithy invocation from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.”  (Hmm . . . if a picture is worth 1000 words, that may be eight words worth a picture.)
The sing-along led by Jesse Formwalt was an old standby, “You Are My Sunshine.”  Being that it is a favorite, your reporter gave reign to his investigative instincts, and learned on the internet that the song was penned in the 1930’s, perhaps by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell – although the attribution is disputed.  Davis, a country singer, recorded the song in 1940 and became closely identified with it.  Later, he also became Governor of Louisiana, and his connection to the song was cemented in history when it was named Louisiana State Song by an act of the state Legislature.  As always, history is written by the victors.
Versions of “You Are My Sunshine” have been recorded by a vast array of performers, ranging from Gene Autry, to Lawrence Welk, to Ike and Tina Turner, to Ray Charles, to Mose Allison, to Brian Wilson, to Carly Simon, and (back to its country roots) Johnny Cash.
But well worthy of reporting is that during the meeting, new members Ci Ci and Bruce Stuart were welcomed into Rotary, with Dave Campbell presiding. 
The energetic Ci Ci is originally from Michigan, and has enjoyed diverse experiences in restaurant management, teaching, as a court-appointed youth advocate, and as a docent at Northstar House, a cultural arts center in a historic gold-mining area of the Sierras, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.  The more stolid Bruce grew up in California, but went to college in Nebraska in search of an environment more conducive to studies than that in the Golden State.  He has worked as a business consultant and owned a manufacturing concern.
The meeting concluded with presentations to numerous Rotarians of Paul Harris awards, given to members who have made cumulative donations to The Rotary Foundation of $1000.  The Foundation helps advance world understanding and peace through support of worthy projects to improve health, sanitation, access to water and education the world over, and enjoys the distinction of being recognized by website Charity Navigator as an organization that exceptionally uses 100% of funds donated for projects.
Rotarians recognized as “outstanding givers” included Art Benzel, John Richardson, Jo Bridges, Sharon Crump, Bob Eggleston, Jo Ann Laird, Don McKeehan, Kim Moore, Shellie Peterson, Jann Pitcher, Dave Richardson, Carrie Weiss, Codie Wilson, and Neal Johnson. Jo’s award was her second, as was Codie’s.  Shellie, Jann and Carrie each received the award a third time.  Dave’s was his eighth award – a handsome, elegantly decorated Rotary pin.
Also receiving the award posthumously was Dick Babillis.  Bonnie Masters accepted on Dick’s behalf, commenting that she knew the Rotary Foundation had been “near and dear” to his heart.
Larry McClintock advised all at the meeting that gifts may be made by checks made out to The Rotary Foundation, or on the website.  He added that gifts counted for the Paul Harris award accumulate over time.  Recognition is thus within the reach of all.
News and Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-05-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Our Club had the pleasure of participating, with Jason and Shelly from the Borde Rio, in our first Chamber Business After Hours event!  What a fun evening that was!  The turn out was really good as was the food and libations.  It provided an opportunity to tell more folks about our two Rotary Clubs and what they are doing in the community.
There was a raffle drawing for tickets to the Kentucky Derby as well.  Two lucky couples will be attending as our guests!  Speaking of the Kentucky Derby....BE SURE TO BRING YOUR TICKET MONEY TO THE MEETING ON THURSDAY!!  AS WELL AS ANY UNSOLD TICKETS!!
Chamber Business After Hours Shellie Peterson 2018-05-03 06:00:00Z 0
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Before moving to Pagosa Springs, Dr. Webb worked as the Medical Director of Patient Safety and Quality for the Willis-Knighton Health System. In her previous leadership role, she focused on improvements to the quality of patient care and as a key liaison between administrators and physicians.

Dr. Webb served as PSMC, CMO prior to becoming the CEO. Her focus and commitment are to provide quality, compassionate care for all community 

She and her husband were vacationing in the area in 2010 and ended up buying a house.  Her Husband, Bill Web MD made the move to Pagosa first.  Rhonda followed him here after about a year and a half during which she was taking care of her mother.  She summarized the Medical Centers surprising growth over the past 10 years right up to the most current addition of being able to provide chemotherapy treatments.

The Medical Center employees about 270 people in our community.

Dr. Rhonda Webb Shellie Peterson 2018-05-03 06:00:00Z 0
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District 5470 Conference was held in Pueblo Colorado last weekend.  Kim Moore and Shellie Peterson along with Laura Delgato, and our out-bound exchange students all attended.  The students had great fun catching up with the other exchange kids and going on a trip to the Royal Gorge.  Doug Secrist was also in attendance from the Pagosa Mountain Rotary Club.
There were Roundtable Discussions regarding RYE, Rotaract, Membership, RYLA, Grants and Scholarships as well as a very motivational key note speaker, Mike Forney, the Zone Regional Public Image Coordinator.
Our very own Laura Delgato did a fine job in the Flag Ceremony.  It was quite impressive to see so many fine young people from so many different countries!  These ambassadors are learning about other cultures and sharing theirs.  They are learning how to promote peace and understanding in our world.
District 5470 Conference Shellie Peterson 2018-04-29 06:00:00Z 0
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President Kim Moore presided with an admirably firm hand on the gong, bringing a previously turbulent mob of gabbing Rotarians to instant order. 
Art Bezel then kicked the proceedings off with an invocation inspired by the annual rite of mystical numbers and heartfelt oaths (at least in your humble scribe’s experience), known as “tax season.”  Quoth Art (accepting “nevermore,” the gloom of the Raven):
Some days are better, some days are worse,
Look for the blessing instead of the curse.
Be positive, stay strong, and get enough rest;
You can’t do it all, but you can do your best.
Sharon Crump immediately further rejected gloom, by leading Rotarians in giving voice to “You Are My Sunshine.”
Following Sharon’s rousing musical interlude, guests including Alan Roth, PLPOA Manager, were warmly welcomed.
Kim began the week’s announcements by reporting that Kentucky Derby Party sponsorships were mounting up, but more are needed.  Advertising, she pointed out, was soon to begin (the first radio ads being scheduled for Monday, April 23), and encouraged Rotarians to beat the bushes to hustle more sponsors to the starting gate.
In addition, Kim informed the meeting that Rotary, a member of the Pagosa Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the Chamber’s monthly After Hours social at the original Riff Raff, downtown, at 5 pm Wednesday April 25.  Kim encouraged all to attend.  Your reporter can attest that attendees enjoy a warm and congenial gathering, featuring good conversation with interesting neighbors, tantalizing nibbles, and (possibly) beverages of a character that inspire the caution, Don’t Drink and Drive.
Kim also advised that in June, a group of visitors from Kyrgyzstan will be in Pagosa to learn about our methods of cultivating tourism, which they intend to carry back to their homeland to help nurture tourism there.  Kim said that host families are needed for the seven visitors during their stay from June 1-9, and solicited volunteers.  Those interested in helping with this international cultural exchange should contact her, or Dave Smith, she said.  (Imagine: you too can be a worthy part of culture.  Your college classmates, or at least mine, would never believe it, but it’s an opportunity to rub their faces in it!)
Finally, Kim advised that the Rotary project for a garden in the Town’s Centennial Park, the site of the (one present, three future) Geothermal Greenhouses, has received approval.
Roberta Tolan then wrestled the microphone from Kim (or would have, if there had been a microphone) to remind the group that nominees for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards needed to be submitted by Monday, April 23.  The program, for high school students who are potential leaders, offers a weekend of leadership training to participants in Glenwood Springs.
Exchange student Laura Delgado then reported that she had a fun trip to Hawaii, and continues to raise funds to pay the cost (Laura had a supply of tasty jellies on display for purchase by Rotarians with sweet tooths, generous spirits, or both).  In addition, Laura will be attending two proms this spring, one in Pagosa, and one with a friend in Westcliffe.  (See – as Laura demonstrates, this cultural exchange thing can be a pretty good gig!)
Betty Switzer then took center stage to announce April birthdays, equipped in the absence of kazoos with an exotic, automatic bubble-maker acquired by Kim at Disney World.  Jo Bridges, John Richardson and Will Spears were honored.  Jo and John, it turns out, share the same birth date, April 4.  Jo was so moved (not sure whether by John’s birthday or her own) that she donated a dollar for each year to the Rotary Scholarship fund.  Actually, it was her own birthday that triggered her gift, but as a gentleman (please keep the laughter to a dull roar) your scribe can’t reveal the amount.
Also noted by Betty was Granton Bartz’s 17th wedding anniversary.  The honoree confessed that he and everybody else in his family had forgotten the date, bur reported the day was well spent anyhow, watching the Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates soccer team triumph 1-0 in an “awesome” game at Cortez.
Sunshine and Showers ensued, including Jann Pitcher’s recollection of a comment by former First Lady Barbara Bush that “everyone has something to give,” Roberta’s  report that her husband has but one lymphoma treatment remaining, and her acquisition of a new dog, Dave Cammack’s “shout out” to Lisa Scott for finding two prom dresses for Laura, Sam Pittmon’s happiness at being back in Pagosa after lengthy travels, Betty’s remark that “bubbles make you happy,” and your reporter’s mention of a visit to an old buddy in Cleveland. 
Your reporter’s contribution somehow elicited a negative retort from John Richardson, a self-proclaimed former Cleveland resident of 32-years vintage, trashing the reporter’s Pittsburgh past.  Perhaps it was the reporter’s reference to Pittsburghers’ unkind characterization of Cleveland as the “mistake by the lake.”  For the record, your reporter acknowledges that any justification for that characterization is long gone: the present-day Cleveland is the equal of Paris.  (Oh-oh, now I’m gonna have Parisians on my back.)
Announcements and Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-04-26 06:00:00Z 0
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The final portion of the meeting, usually featuring a speaker, was devoted to a “travel-rama” consisting of stories by Rotarians of notable travels.  The interesting recollections shared were too many for complete recapitulation here, but included were
  • Linda Verrips’ misadventures with Amtrack, in which in mid-journey the train left her stranded in Grand Junction with no money or identification, but a friendly travel agent came to the rescue by helping her contact American Express, purchase an airplane ticket to Denver, and get to the train station in Denver to catch up with the train;
  • Dave Smith’s hiking expedition with his grandson in the remote wilds of the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming.Dave had some stunning photos of the landscape, plus a photo appearing by “mistake” of Kim cooling with a can of Coke (“the Pause that Refreshes,” evidently) – Dave, Coke would pay big money for the rights to that photo -- during their recent journey in Senegal;
  • Jann Pitcher’s recollection of a trip long ago to “surprise” a boyfriend travelling in Europe, something she advised “you should never do,” which resulted in an extended and fruitless vigil at the local post office in Nice, France, but still had a happy ending when Jann consoled herself with a trip to Aspen upon arriving “Back in the USA,” where she met Todd;
  • Betty and Jeff Switzer’s recent trip to Texas to help celebrate their grandson’s attainment of Eagle Scout status, and receipt of Eagle Scout Grandparent pins,
  • Sharon Crump’s description of a chaotic motorhome trip to New Orleans with multiple stops including one for a Jimmy Buffet concert in Houston by her and several Pagosa women including Kim, which featured fun, near-catastrophes, minor injuries, and a traffic stop on the way home in which Kim saved the day by surprising the officer with a courteous offer of lunch;
  • Cindy Galabota’s story of a hot-air balloon ride during travels in Turkey, which ended in a dramatic landing in which the partially toppled passenger basket (with passengers aboard) was dragged 100 yards by the wind and partially deflated balloon;
  • Roberta Tolan’s canoe trip on the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument, where she was suddenly taken ill in the middle of the night and carried to safety by a robust Park Ranger, a former Navy Seal; and
  • Your reporter’s recollection of an out-board motorboat excursion with his sister in Grand Teton National Park as youngsters, which was interrupted by a wild storm, producing parental fears (eventually disproven) of drownings.
Travel-Rama Jim Garrett 2018-04-26 06:00:00Z 0
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The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club and the Mountain Rotary Club have been involved in this community service project for more years than I can remember!  It is an important effort and it takes an enormous amount of willing volunteer hours to make this event happen each year.  

Your health is important, and there is so much you can learn. Come to the High School on April 28th from 7 to 11:00 a.m. You can take advantage of minimal cost blood test panel for $35, add on more extensive tests, have vision and breast screenings, attend educational programs, and meet health professionals.  Lifesaving tests and assessments are a great way to ward off potential problems.

In addition to our administrative volunteer efforts, there is a team of dedicated medical professionals available at the 9Health Fair to perform the blood screening tests, to answer questions and provide other free screenings.  This year we have an amazing team assembled for you to take advantage of conveniently, in one location!  Come, visit with your neighbors, and 'make the rounds' through all the various educational and information tables, blood pressure check and screenings.

April 28th, 7:00 to 11:00 Pagosa Springs High School

9Health Fair is Coming to Town Shellie Peterson 2018-04-19 06:00:00Z 0

Announcements and Happenings

Jann Pitcher presided in the absence of globe-trotting President Kim Moore (from sub-Saharan Africa, to Disney World, to the Artic – pretty impressive!  National Geographic wants to talk to you, Kim.)

Jan began by offering an invocation from the words of Thichh Nhat Hanh, according to Wikipedia, a Vietnamese-born Buddhist monk and peace activist, who now lives in France.

In a passage entitled “Empathy,” Hahn said “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce.  You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water or less sun. . . .

“Yet if we have problems with our friends and family we blame the other person.  But if we know how to take care of them they will grow well like the lettuce.  Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade, using reason and argument.

“That is my experience.  No blame, no argument, just understanding.  If you understand and you know that you understand you can love and the situation will change.”

Sharon Crump followed this thoughtful philosophy of life by leading the meeting in a song more exuberant than thoughtful, which nevertheless oddly shared Hahn’s emphasis on the springtime renewal of life (growth of lettuce), by leading the meeting in a chorus of the seasonal anthem, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”  (So I wonder: do the Rockies need more water, like the rest of us in Colorado?)

Jann then resumed the microphone, with a brief history of the Rotary Four-Way test, which she said was created in the early days of organization by Herbert Taylor, who wanted guidelines to help revitalize his then-failing business.  Jann followed her history lesson by challenging Will Spears to recite the test from memory.  Will met the challenge with the confidence of a veteran slugger hammering a hanging curve out of the ball park, reciting it without a hitch.  (Neither fertilizer nor water needed.)

Dave Commack then offered a report on the activities of Brazilian exchange student Laura Delgado.  Laura was absent for the meeting, Dave explained, because she was playing soccer with the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates, who were then travelling to an away game that afternoon.  Dave reported also that Laura had a “fantastic” trip to Hawaii, but still needed to raise an additional $300 to cover the cost.  More jelly will be on sale, Dave predicted.

The announcement of the annual Put Hill clean-up followed, this year to be on May 12.  A volunteer sigh-up sheet was circulated.

Pat Love then invited Rotarians to join her and Melanie Garrett, co-chairs of the Kentucky Derby Gala Decorating Committee, for a session on 5 pm Monday April 9 in the Pagosa Brewing conference room.  On the agenda?  Fun and easy-peasy: cutting bolts of fabric for decorations into usable lengths.  Pat said refreshments for participants will be “on me.”

Sunshine and Showers followed, with Dave Commack holding forth as chief goad and exclusive banker in the absence of Betty Switzer.  (Not sure if Betty may have been in the Artic Circle as well as Kim.)

Among other contributions, Pat Love reported she’d been travelling “coast to coast,” and was glad to be back in the friendly environs of Pagosa.  John Richardson acknowledged a generous gift by Patty Tillerson to the Rotary Foundation, made in memory of late husband and much-missed Rotary Songmeister, Bob.  And Jann described the Easter-Egg Hunt for her grandchildren, featuring a decoy “Golden Egg,” filled not with treats, but broccoli combined with exhortations to keep looking for the real thing.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK – April 5, 2018 Meeting Summary Jim Garrett 2018-04-08 06:00:00Z 0
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Marcie began her talk by noting her gratitude for the Rotary Scholarship granted last Spring to her daughter, Haley, now a freshman at Colorado State.  (Haley was known to this reporter while a student at Pagosa Springs High School as an ace soccer player and mainstay of the excellent Lady Pirates team.  She was also known for a variety of other impressive qualities including academic achievement and vocal ability.)

Marcie explained that Aspire is the only pre-natal care center in Pagosa.  Formerly known as Thrive (until another organization asserted ownership of the name), Aspire last year served 300 clients, she said.  Its clients received 3280 free services.

Whether under its new name or former name, Marcie explained the organization provides an array of services related to birth and parenthood: medical help, testing, transportation, nutritional support, supplies, clothing, education, encouragement, and support for parents both expecting and caring for new children.  Aspire is even the only supplier in Archuleta County for infant car seats. 

Generally, Aspire’s mission – to help parents be “the best Moms and Pops they can be” – is exemplary of its name, Marcie added.  The long term outcome it seeks, she said, is for healthy babies who “thrive physically, emotionally and socially.”

In 2017, she recounted, there were 112 births in Archuleta County, and Aspire administered tests to 94 of the mothers.  So, Marcie noted with a certain pride, through the ultrasound tests the organization administers at 20 weeks of pregnancy, “we get to see the newest Pagosans.”  

Of the new mothers helped by Aspire, she added, 40 percent are single.  And 40 percent of all of its clients have incomes of less than $15,000/year.  Nine percent are high school students.

SPEAKER: Marcie Mitchell, Aspire Executive Director Jim Garrett 2018-04-08 06:00:00Z 0
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                   Welcoming new member Warren Brown
In the absence of President and World Traveler Kim Moore, Shellie Peterson presided over the meeting with a steady hand on the tiller.   (However, Shellie’s hand on the gong to convene the meeting was somewhat gentle, needing a series of whacks to attract attention.  That may need a little work, Shellie.)
The invocation was delivered by Sheri Booher, who introduced it as a simple illustration of simple truths. 
Sheri told the story of a professor who distributed a surprise test to his class.  When the instruction to begin was announced, the students were shocked to find the test included only a single sheet of paper, in the middle of which a black spot prominently appeared.  A further instruction was given: write about what you see. 
When time was up, the papers were collected.  Then the professor read aloud to the class what they all had written they saw, consisting uniformly of descriptions of the spot: its location on the page, dimensions, shape, darkness, etc. 
When done reading, the professor spoke to the class.  “You all focused on the single black spot,” he said, “None wrote about the much larger white page. 
“People often overlook the whole and dwell on the small,” he continued.  “Life is a blessing.  Don’t focus on the dark spots and overlook the good.”
Jesse Formwalt then led the group in song.  Digging deep into her bag of tricks, Jesse came up with a highly appropriate number, “Springtime in the Rockies.”
Among the guests were Cindy Galabota’s Mom, from Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Considering the climate in Green Bay, especially this year, and the bright sunshine nudging Pagosa’s temperature to the edge of 60 degrees last week, no doubt our visitor brought with her a powerful appreciation of springtime in the Rockies.
Shellie Peterson then announced the arrival of another harbinger of Spring: posters for the Kentucky Derby Party, and asked Rotarians to solicit local businesses to post them in shop windows.  Shellie tasked all in addition to solicit businesses for sponsorships critical to the Party’s fund-raising effort, pointing out there are several recognized sponsorship levels which include tickets (worth $45 each). 
A “Bronze” sponsorship ($300 or more) yields two tickets, and a “Title” sponsorship ($3000 and up) eight, with additional levels between.  A general sponsorship (under $300) does not include tickets.   For more information, contact Shellie, or Treasurer Larry McCliintock.
Later, as the meeting concluded, members’ Kentucky Derby Party tickets were distributed.
Smoothly shifting gears to address a later event, Shellie also asked Rotarians to think about nominees to be this year’s Grand Marshal for the Pagosa Springs Fourth of July Parade.  The parade is renowned throughout the Four Corners as the “Parade that keeps on Marchin’,” but the Grand Marshal gets to sit in a comfortable car, an honor, indeed, on a hot, sunny July 4th.
Other announcements were that Rotary’s Annual Put Hill cleanup is coming, and volunteers are needed, and the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership’s Environmental Film Festival will be held on April 13-14.
Neal Johnson then took the floor to welcome new (returned) Rotary member Warren Brown, of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office.  Warren pronounced himself delighted to be back in the fold, attributing his recent separation from the Club to the heavy burdens of his job, now somewhat abated.
Betty Switzer then presided over a burgeoning session of “Sunshine and Showers,” with many contributors.  As your reporter lacked a good view of the Pagosa Brewing Company dining room during the meeting, he unfortunately has meager ability here to provide any significant summary of the always intriguing personal observations and reports that comprise S/S. 
But it can be reported that John Shepard announced he has been appointed Communications Director of the American Planning Association Small Town and Rural Division.  (John moonlights as the Planning Director of Archuleta County.).  Plus, another job-related announcement came from Meg Wempe (who moonlights as Sisson Library Director), who reported that our own Cindy Galabota will be joining the Library as its Development Officer.
And also, in observation of her role presiding over the week’s Rotary meeting, Shellie contributed as a “Sunshine” announcement, the observation that she was confident she would cease shaking at least by 2 pm.   But Betty was quick to top Shellie, pointing out with magnificent good humor, “I always shake.”
News & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-04-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Susan explained that Chimney Rock is a National Monument, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation issued by Barak Obama (issued when the US Senate failed to act after approval of the upgrade of its former status as an Archeological Site, unopposed, in the House of Representatives.)  But it is administered by the US Forest Service, not the National Park Service, as it is surrounded by San Juan National Forest. 
Despite its formal recognition as a Monument, no federal funds are allocated to Chimney Rock to sponsor visitor activities.  That substantial task is handled by the legion of CRIA volunteers, like Susan.
Every day during the May 15 to September 30 season, Susan said, CRIA members guide tours for visitors, over two trails: a paved, lower trail (“Great Kiva Trail”) that winds approximately a third of a mile through several pit houses, excavated and not, and a large, fully excavated kiva, and a dirt, upper trail (“Pueblo Trail”), that passes unexcavated pit houses, and ends at an excavated, impressive great house of several rooms, sitting at an altitude equivalent to the base of the rock towers, but well short of them (two thirds of a mile round trip, with a modest climb).  Susan explained that the towers themselves are protected as a peregrine falcon nesting site, and are not safe for walkers in any event.
The lower trail is handicap accessible, and is also self-guiding.
Susan Yalom, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association Jim Garrett 2018-04-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
BOTH your trusty reporter, Jim Garrett and his lovely wife Melanie are off on a little trip, as am I and Ken.  It is unusual that one or the other of us is not available to cover the extremely interesting and utterly important functions of the weekly Rotary meeting, none-the- less, it is so.  
So do good work,  Sell Kentucky Derby Tickets, Approach New Sponsors, and go forth an serve in our absence.  We all look forward to joining you next week.
News & Happenings Shellie Peterson 2018-04-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
The weekly meeting convened for the first time at Pagosa Brewing & Grill, which provided comfortable space in its main dining room.  While future meetings may be moved into the restaurant’s conference room, undergoing renovation at the time of the meeting, our new hosts made Rotary feel right at home.
The meeting opened with an invocation delivered by Art Benzel, in observance of the arrival of Spring, from the writings of inspirational author Doe Zantamata:
 "Some days are better, some days are worse, look for the blessing instead of the curse.  Be positive, stay strong and get enough rest, you can’t do it all, but you can do your best".
Perhaps also thinking of Spring and the opportunities it brings for walks in Pagosa’s forests and mountains, Sharon Crump then followed by leading the meeting in the singing of “The Happy Wanderer.”  Sharon thoughtfully supplied copies of the joyous lyrics, to help those who have forgotten the days of summer camp and campfire sing-alongs.
With the inspiration of the song ringing in our ears, Sharon might easily have led the meeting into the woods for a brisk walk, but the moment passed without an exodus. Rotarians were rewarded then for their diligent adherence to their seats by a brief report from President Kim Moore on her two weeks in Senegal.  (Dave Smith remains in Africa spreading the gospel of science for two more weeks.)
Kim reported that the sub-Saharan country has “lots of sand, lots of goats and baobab trees.”  According to the website Aduna,, the baoba is a prehistoric species which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to the African savannah where the climate is extremely dry and arid, it is a symbol of life and positivity in a landscape where little else can thrive.  Over time, the Baobab has adapted to its environment. It is a succulent, which means that during the rainy season it absorbs and stores water in its vast trunk, enabling it to produce a nutrient-dense fruit in the dry season when all around is dry and arid. This is how it became known as "The Tree of Life".  Baobab trees grow in 32 African countries. They can live for up to 5,000 years, reach up to 30 metres high and up to an enormous 50 metres in circumference. Baobab trees can provide shelter, food and water for animals and humans, which is why many savannah communities have made their homes near Baobab trees.
Kim described the high schools she visited to attend English language classes as crowded, but staffed by wonderful, well-educated and dedicated teachers, and attended by “fabulous” students, more than half of whom, she reported, hope to attend university after graduating.
Kim also commented that Senegalese women were beautifully and colorfully dressed, promising at a later meeting to show off an addition to her own wardrobe acquired during her trip as an example.   And, she reported that Senegal was a land of “hugs and kisses,” as the French-speaking population follows the European custom of exchanging greetings with an embrace and a kiss on each cheek.
Shellie Petersen followed with an announcement that 9Health Fair is in need of volunteers.  The medical screening event will be staged this year at Pagosa Springs High School on April 29, 7 to 11 am, and will offer a choice of 15 tests important for early detection of various diseases and health issues.  The website for more information is  Please call Shellie or Jenelle to volunteer!
A call for nominees of local eighth to eleventh grade students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference was then issued by Roberta Tolan.  Anyone who knows of a student in that range with good leadership potential, should nominate the candidate by March 30, she said.
Exchange student Laura Delgado then reported that she would be appearing in the High School spring play, and invited Rotarians to attend.  She also reported that fund raising for her trip to Hawaii still had a little ways to go, but her departure plans were set.
Betty Switzer then briefly donned an Easter Bunny mask to announce a long list of March birthdays.  But the mask was promptly removed because, Betty explained, to see through the eyeholes she needed to tilt her head downward, producing an unsightly “double chin,” or so she claimed.  Observers defended the mask, but Betty promptly overrode all objections and proceeded to announce the month’s honorees.  Only Betty’s own Jeff Switzer and Kris Campbell were present to accept the meeting’s accolades, and be serenaded with a rousing “Happy Birthday.”  Kris was also heard to ask, where are the presents? 
Betty then transitioned to “Sunshine and Showers,” producing many tidbits of information ranging from a warning against American Airlines’ offering in event of aircraft mechanical problems of a voucher for a night’s stay in the Quality Inn of Arlington, Texas, to Kim’s display of a “Rotary Banner,” presented to her in St. Louis, Senegal by the local Rotary Club which hosted the visit by their American colleagues.
But the most interesting bit was from Art Benzel, who reported that his wife had been selected to serve on a jury in a local homicide case, that had to be tried in Durango due to the ongoing and unresolved problems of the Archuleta County Courthouse.  Art reported that with the travel time to get to Durango daily, his wife had devoted 9 days of 12 hours each to her jury service, with deliberations on a verdict not then yet completed.
Announcements & Happenings Jim Garrett 2018-03-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
Our speakers provided an update on changes at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center, plus some insight into possible future developments.
Jesse Hensley is the Medical Center’s Marketing Director.  He reported that in the space opened up by the construction of the new clinic completed last year, the Medical Center has now opened a new Oncology Center.  And, he said, it is currently planning to expand its radiology department to provide 3-D mammography, and is already accommodating as well doctors with an expanded range of specialties, who are sharing the limited space on a rotating basis.
But, he added, with the completion of the Oncology Center and the addition of other new services, the Center’s presently available space is already fully utilized.  Thus, its MRI unit continues to be housed in a trailer, outside the building.  Despite that, he said, it is the best unit in terms of imaging performance available in the Four Corners Area.
However, Jesse emphasized, despite its present lack of unused capacity, the Center is evaluating what additional expansion might be appropriate to meet needs in the community.  As an example, he mentioned, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Jesse Hensley & Roy Tinguely M.D. Pagosa Medical Center Jim Garrett 2018-03-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
On March 4, Pagosa Springs resident and Rotary Member Dave Smith embarked for the fourth consecutive year on a muti-week mission to the sub-Saharan, west African nation, Senegal, where he and another Rotarian from Canyon City, Colorado will help spread the gospel of science education.
Dave, formerly a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska, and at heart a dedicated teacher, is an example of Pagosa Springs’ remarkable cadre of skilled retirees, who may have dropped work-a-day cares, but have chosen to continue instead to employ their expertise in labors of love.  Dave explains that several years back, he decided to find an outlet for his love of science and teaching in a country where he could do the most good, by proposing a Rotary program to aid education in a poor, Islamic country.
Senegal, a poor, arid, but stable country with a mostly Sunni population of 25 million on the Atlantic Ocean Coast of West Africa, emerged as the candidate, in major part because the national government was already on board with the importance of science education.   The Senegalese government, having realized that experience shows a direct relationship between science education in local schools and an emerging nation’s economic development, had adopted a national policy that by 2025, 75 percent of its high school students were to be enrolled in science courses.
Dave’s project was to be designed to improve science instruction techniques in Senegalese high schools, so it was a good match with the need and thus attracted support from the International Rotary Foundation, which provides grants to help sponsor volunteer projects the world over.
With support of the Foundation, the Senegalese Project has an annual budget of $60,000, based on the combined contributions of the sponsoring Rotary Clubs in Pagosa Spirngs, Canyon City, and Aspen, which are multiplied by matching funds from the Rotary Foundation at a 3 to 1 ratio.
All funds devoted to Rotary Foundation supported projects are provided by donations by Rotary members, which are distinct from the local fund raising activities of Rotary Clubs. 
For instance, in Pagosa Springs, all funds raised by the local club from the annual Barn Dance and Kentucky Derby Party and other activities, are used solely for local purposes, such as college scholarships and other support provided for schools of the Archuleta School District.
On this year’s Senegal trip, Dave will initially be accompanied by local Rotarian Kim Moore, plus two Rotarians from Canyon City.  Dave and all other Rotarians pay for their own travel expenses.
The group of four will visit two urban and two rural high schools in northern Senegal, where they will attend English classes over a period of two weeks.
Dave explains that the Senegalese indigenous language is Wolof, although the official language in French.  Students at the high school level have already learned French, and many start taking English when they reach high school.  So the visitors will be able to converse with class members during their visits, he says, and help the students develop increased comfort with the language. 
In addition, Rotarians will be carrying with them a large cache of used books, generally at the junior high reading level, collected by local Rotarians Lassie Olin, Ronnie Doctor and Marianne DeVooght.  The books will distributed by the visitors to the Senegalese classes to help start an English reading library expected to be useful for years to come.
Read the entire story on our website
It's One World: Rotary Aiding Students in Senegal Jim Garrett 2018-03-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Robin Young reminded us that with our dry conditions, it was not too soon to be thinking about creating or maintaining a defensible space around our homes.  Fire can spread in several ways, either by direct contact, radiant heat or flying embers.  Any fuel source in close proximity to your home could be a fire hazard.  With such low snow conditions, take a look around your property and think about how you could increase that defensible space by clearing away dead tree branches, pine needles or other combustibles that could be a danger on your property.
Other things that are best done well ahead of a fire event include making plans about how to evacuate, where to meet and whom to contact away from your property to get in touch with family members.  These things need to be established but also practiced so that in emergency even young children would know exactly how to proceed to safety.
Robin also mentioned planning for your pets and animals.  Making arrangements with your neighbors, how to transport large animals and being sure you have all the needed equipment at the ready in the event of a need to evacuate.  Remember our first responders can only do so much; it takes everyone doing their part in being prepared for an emergency.  We thank Robin for her time and look forward to a more detailed presentation to come.
Robin Young, CSU Director, Speaks about Fire Mitigation Shellie Peterson 2018-03-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Garrett
On March 4, Pagosa Springs resident and Rotary Member Dave Smith embarked for the fourth consecutive year on a muti-week mission to the sub-Saharan, west African nation, Senegal, where he and another Rotarian from Canyon City, Colorado will help spread the gospel of science education.
Dave, formerly a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska, and at heart a dedicated teacher, is an example of Pagosa Springs’ remarkable cadre of skilled retirees, who may have dropped work-a-day cares, but have chosen to continue instead to employ their expertise in labors of love.  Dave explains that several years back, he decided to find an outlet for his love of science and teaching in a country where he could do the most good, by proposing a Rotary program to aid education in a poor, Islamic country.
Senegal, a poor, arid, but stable country with a mostly Sunni population of 25 million on the Atlantic Ocean Coast of West Africa, emerged as the candidate, in major part because the national government was already on board with the importance of science education.   The Senegalese government, having realized that experience shows a direct relationship between science education in local schools and an emerging nation’s economic development, had adopted a national policy that by 2025, 75 percent of its high school students were to be enrolled in science courses.
Dave’s project was to be designed to improve science instruction techniques in Senegalese high schools, so it was a good match with the need and thus attracted support from the International Rotary Foundation, which provides grants to help sponsor volunteer projects the world over.
With support of the Foundation, the Senegalese Project has an annual budget of $60,000, based on the combined contributions of the sponsoring Rotary Clubs in Pagosa Spirngs, Canyon City, and Aspen, which are multiplied by matching funds from the Rotary Foundation at a 3 to 1 ratio.
It's One World: Pagosa Springs Rotary Aiding Students in Senegal Jim Garrett 2018-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie Peterson
Livia Cloman Lynch directed the meeting in President Kim's absence.  One of her tasks was to thank Jason, Shelly and our ever patient server, Stephen, for all their hospitality!  This was our last meeting at Borde Rio as they are 'transforming' their brand and in the midst of a remodel project!  They have been so accommodating and gracious, it is hard to find words to express our gratitude!
This week Thursday, March 15, 2018, we will be cooking and serving for Loaves & Fishes!  If you had not yet contacted Bill Hubbard to sign up to serve, please do so.  This event that Rotary leads once each quarter is the absolute of selfless service.  There are no funds to be raised, there is no cause to promote; other than of course, to help prepare a meal and serve our neighbors and our community.
The next Thursday, March 22, 2018, President Kim will have returned and be able to lead us in the first meeting of our new meeting location; Pagosa Brewing and Grill.  Owner Tony, Julie and Porter Simmons have welcomed our Club as well as Pagosa Mountain Rotary Club.
In other news and announcements:
  • John Duvall and his better half are off on an extended travel to exotic locations
  • Keep Greg Booher's mother (and Greg) in your thoughts as they travel to see if a surgery will help her condition.  Their ultimate goal is to have her well enough to move here to the Bee Hive so that they can be more active in her life
  • David and Kriss Campbell will also be off on a travel to celebrate Kriss's birthday!  Happy Birthday Kriss!
Rotary Thanks Borde Rio Shellie Peterson 2018-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shellie
WASH in Schools Target Challenge
Clean water, better sanitation, teacher training, and hygiene education in schools can improve the health and education of children by creating a cycle of opportunity: improved education, increased school attendance, and improved academic performance.
What is the WASH in Schools Target Challenge?
The WASH in Schools Target Challenge is a pilot program created to motivate Rotary clubs to develop sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene (collectively referred to as WASH), and education projects using the expertise and resources available through two of Rotary’s areas of focus: basic education and literacy and water and sanitation.
The program will focus on measuring the impact that WASH and basic education and literacy initiatives have on school attendance. Rotary and UNICEF will recognize Rotary clubs and schools whose WASH in Schools projects achieve the benchmarks outlined below.
During the pilot phase, the program will run through July 2020 in five countries, all chosen for their strong, active involvement in school sanitation efforts: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.
March is Water & Sanitation Month Shellie 2018-02-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Constance D'Angelis

OVERWEIGHT? Hurts your health - Take Charge 

73.7%  of Americans are overweight or obese.That is more than 2 in 3 adults. A startling statistic! I will refer to this statistical information as the “overweight syndrome” in this article. 

This overweight syndrome is known to cause or promote: 

• High blood pressure (Hypertension)

• High bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and low good cholesterol

• Diabetes

• Coronary heart disease

• Stroke

• Gallbladder disease

• Osteoarthritis

• Sleep apnea and breathing problems

• Cancers such as breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, uterine and liver

• Mental illness: clinical depression, anxiety, and others

• Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

Heart disease and stroke are the the first and third most common causes of death. Cancer is the second leading cause of death of Americans.

Diabetes contributes to these statistics, and about 80 percent with diabetes are overweight. (CDC - Centers for Disease Control data)

The medical costs are over $150 Billion per year. That’s Billion with a “B”

The annual nationwide productive losses of overweight absenteeism are about $10 billion ($200 per individual)

Many overweight Americans don't know they could change their lives if they attained a healthy weight. 

Don’t be one of the Americans who don’t know.  Come to the Health Fair on April 28th from 7 - 11 a.m. at the High School.

SAVE THE DATE! 9Health Fair Constance D'Angelis 2018-02-25 07:00:00Z 0
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
Posted by Jim Garrett
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
Posted by Jim Garrett
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
Posted by Shellie Peterson
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
Posted by Jim Garrett
           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.
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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
News & Announcements 2017-04-06 06:00:00Z 0
  • 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
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-03-31 06:00:00Z 0
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
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-03-23 06:00:00Z 0
  • 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
News & Announcements Shellie Peterson 2017-03-16 06:00:00Z 0
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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  • 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.

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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
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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
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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.


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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!
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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
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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.
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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.
Leo Witschurke arrives from Berlin, Germany   2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
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