President's Message
Shellie Peterson
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The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is a diverse group of engaged individuals participating through friendship and camaraderie in opportunities to serve our community and other communities around the world.
Read to Your Bunnies
Sandra Houston, Regional Coordinator for the Three Rivers Foundation for Literacy, was our featured speaker last week.  Through Sandra's work and the resources she has available, over 3,000 books were provided to local families during the week of Halloween!  
Sandra challenged us in several ways during her presentation.  One challenge she presented was to look up Rosemary Wells.  From her biography, I found this: "I was a scrawny girl who grew up in the 1940's and 50's on the New Jersey shore. I was lucky. I had really good parents. My mother was a ballet dancer for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. My father, a playwright. They were intelligent and sensitive. They praised what I did well and didn't care much about what I didn't do well. I drew uncannily for a youngster. Every week my mother would choose the best drawing of the week and thumbtack it to the mantle piece. In this way I learned that some of my pictures were better than others and I strove to please."
Rosemary Wells also said, "Reading to your little one is just like putting gold coins in the bank. It will pay you back tenfold. Your daughter will learn, and imagine, and be strong in herself. Your son will thrive, and give your love back forever."
Sandra also suggested that we should read what inspires us and read to our little ones or those that we have an opportunity to influence with our time and talents.
So Read to your Bunny!  Children who read succeed!
News & Happenings
President Shellie welcomed all those present to the New Year with greetings from Jack & Katy Threet.  They are both doing well and send their best wishes from their home in Texas.  On a much sadder note, Jo Bridges announced that we had just received word that our long time friend Dick Bond had passed away on New Year's Day.  A card was circulated to send to Mary and his family.
We had a very special visitor, Athe Ocando was a guest of Bill Darling.  She was a Rotary Exchange Student in 1999-2000, coming from Venezuela.  Bill and Margaret Darling were one of her hosts during her school year at Valley High School in Albuquerque, NM.  She and the Darlings became very close, and they have remained a “family” since her exchange year.  Athe has come to Colorado several times to support Bill and Margaret as Bill has faced his medical issues.  During her current visit she brought along her husband David Lobo and their three beautiful children, two boys and one girl.  Athe has lived in the Miami area for approximately 13 years, and she has become an American citizen.  Athe came to Albuquerque through the efforts of Larry McClintock, who headed the exchange student committee for the Albuquerque Rotary Club.  Larry and Bill were neighbors in Albuquerque, and Larry was able to have the Darlings host Athe.  Larry’s son Benjamin walked Athe to high school almost every morning, a memory both reminisced about when Ben was able to visit with Athe at the Darling’s home before New Year’s.  It was a pleasure to have Athe at our club, and to see the impact that the Rotary Student Exchange program can have.
Betty was in fine form for Sunshine and Showers having rested up over the Holidays!  She enthusiastically encouraged us to share our New Year's resolutions!  There were several noteworthy thoughts such as to be more patient, but I believe Kriss Campbell probably had the best of all.  She shared something she had read recently;   The New Year lies before us like a trackless field of snow.  Be careful how you tread on it for every mark will show.  
Shellie offered a $20 sunshine to the Scholarship Fund celebrating her 20+ years of service at Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District.  Remember to not call or email her at work anymore - because you won't find her there! 
Carrie Weiss offered up thanks for the Holiday Party planners!  It really was a great deal of fun!  Thanks were offered to Bill Hubbard who once again did such a marvelous job at providing the food.  Betty even allowed that she had been a kermudgen over the snarky $20 comment and vowed to do better in 2019.
Shellie also made another very important announcement - Mike Vanover had been selected by the Nominating Committee to become our President Elect Nominee!  Mike has graciously accepted the position and we are very excited for him to lead us in 2020-2021 following Nick Tallent in 2019-2020!
Mike Vanover has a great deal of experience that he brings to our Club!  When he was with the Morgan City Rotary Club, Mike was the Co-Chair of the Youth Exchange Committee for District 6200.  He also served as President of that Club for one year and Vice-President for two years.  While on the Board of Directors, he served for a year in each of the areas of Club Service, Membership, International Services/Foundation, Club Programs, Publicity and Scholarships.  He also served as the Club Orientation Officer for 15 years.  While I am sure that Morgan City misses Mike, we are honored to have he and Renee as full-time Pagosans now.  I am looking forward to all that he brings to our Club.
While Bill Hubbard gave it a "Good Try", the elusive Ace of Spades still is in the envelope.  At least, that's what Carrie tells us anyway!
If you have not had the opportunity to listen to Pat Love speak - you are in for a treat next week!  Don't miss hearing about the biggest thing that NO ONE TALKS ABOUT!
The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

First The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

Second High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition
of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of
each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

Third The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal,
business, and community life;

Fourth The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and
peace through a world fellowship of business and professional
persons united in the ideal of service.

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster:

• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an
   opportunity to serve society

As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider
these suggestions:

• Talk about your profession in your club, and take time to
   learn about fellow members’ occupations.
• Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
• Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to
  behave ethically through your words and actions.
• Help young people achieve their career goals.
• Guide and encourage others in their professional

By undertaking these activities, you bring vocational service to life. Vocational service is the essence of Rotary
and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.
Bulletin Editor
Shellie Peterson
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Jan 17, 2019
Pitcher History
Jan 31, 2019
Report of this years' Bell Ringing efforts
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