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.
Dr. Virginia Chan, Oncologist
Speaker: Dr. Virginia Chan, Oncologist, Pagosa Springs Medical Center/Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
            Dr. Chan, a native Indonesian, grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and came to Pagosa Springs recently by way of Connecticut and Grand Junction.  She explained that after nine years of living in the I-70 corridor, she began thinking about moving to a “mountain town,” and while pondering the possibility of life in Crested Butte, had an epiphany in the form of a well-timed recruiting ad from PSMC, and now “loves it here.”
            The new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders provides oncology and hematology services.  In addition to Dr. Chan, it is staffed by Dr. William Jordan, and assorted other professionals with relevant specialized skills and knowledge.
            Dr. Chan explained the Center delivers the latest in advanced treatment, citing immunotherapy, treatment designed to induce the human immune system to bring its power to bear in attacking diseased cells, with the aid of targeting techniques utilizing computer analysis to tailor the regimen to the individual patient. 
Although immunotherapy is a form of treatment that not all can tolerate, because of the potential for inflammation, it can be very effective, she said.  Because it is targeted, and thereby differs from what Dr. Chan described as the more generalized “nuclear bomb” of chemotherapy, it does not create the wide array of side effects that can be so difficult for patients.
            In response to questions from the audience, Dr. Chan acknowledged the challenge of keeping pace with rapidly advancing diagnostic and treatment technologies, but said that the relevant medical communities as a whole include many specialists who are generous with their time in consulting with fellow-professionals on new means of addressing issues in their fields. 
And, she added, the Medical Center has good, cooperative relationships with other regional facilities with advanced capabilities currently beyond local reach that may be needed by some patients.     
            Patients treated at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders include generally full-time local residents, and second-home owners.
Who We Play For
Attention parents of 8th graders. Pagosa Springs Middle School cares about your child's heart health, so we are partnering with Who We Play For to screen students with an electrocardiogram (ECG). This procedure can detect issues in the heart that can be missed in standard physicals. The BEST part is it is FREE!

All you have to do is fill out the form your child brings home and return it to the office. A qualified health professional will screen them next Friday, May 17th during PE or band class. Our goal is 100% participation! Thank you for your support. Your student will be bringing these forms home this week!
Every parent should take advantage of this important and potentially lifesaving screening!! The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs is proud to support this important effort for our Pagosa Springs athletes.  You can learn more at

This Is Our Story

The story of Who We Play For began November 30, 2007 on the goal line of a Cocoa Beach High School soccer field, where Rafe Maccarone went into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) following a warm-up routine before the beginning of practice. The next day, December 1, 2007 Rafe passed away, and we would later learn the condition that caused his cardiac arrest was called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Our community was rocked by the reality that a seemingly healthy, and active, 15 year old, who passed all his sports physicals, could die from heart disease while playing the sport he loved most.

An even more shocking reality we faced was that not only was Rafe’s condition detectable, and in fact the leading cause of SCA in sports, but there were also several countries that long ago recognized SCA in youth as the immense public health issue that it is and established screening protocols to identify these children at risk before they take the sports field. Those efforts abroad, in countries such as Italy, have reduced the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest by 89%.  This was a reality that our community refused to accept for our students, so in 2014 we established WWPF as a 501 c3 and began partnering with schools across the state of Florida, and 6 other states, to provide affordable ECG screenings for their students.  Our goal has always been to show the country that not only is it imperative, but it is also possible to deliver affordable ECG screenings to every child no matter their level of athletics, socio-economic status or geographical location.

To date, WWPF has screened over 100,000 people in over 300 communities across 7 states.  We have identified 76 individuals that needed some level of medical intervention, including heart transplants, and hundreds of others with abnormalities that can now be monitored.

The soul of WWPF has always been to represent the thousands of children each year, like Rafe, that suffer sudden cardiac arrest from detectable heart conditions, and the communities left to find a solution in the wake of these tragedies. Each community we have served, and will serve in the future, has been impacted by SCA in some way, and their stories help strengthen our mission to eliminate preventable sudden cardiac deaths in youth.

Thinking Outside of the Economic Box
Economic Outlook Luncheon

Brought to you by the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation

May 22nd 11:30am-1:30pm
At the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, 197 Navajo Trail Dr.

Guest Speaker: Jeff Kraft
Division Director, Business Funding & Initiatives-OEDIT
Tickets can be purchased online at

Local Economic Conditions & Demographics
State Programs and Funding Assistance
Future Initiatives: Hemp, Renewable Energy
Opportunity Zones 

The mission of the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County by creating jobs; encouraging new capital investment; and creating a business friendly community. In addition, the CDC will work closely with existing businesses in order to maximize their profitability and sustainability.

Learn how you can get involved by becoming a member

View information about the CDC Board of Directors

News & Happenings
Jeff Switzer got the meeting started by offering an Apache Blessing as the invocation:
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. 
Kim Moore followed by leading the singing of “You Are My Sunshine.”
Visitors included two who regularly share our bon homie: Frank Wylie of Sun Lakes, Arizona, and Kenny Rodgers of Pagosa Mountain Rotary. 
Frank travels with humor in his kit bag, as he displayed with the alleged news that Starbucks will be starting to sell alcoholic beverages, since it’s too difficult to sell a $4 cup of coffee to sober customers. 
Additionally. Frank reported the impressive news that his home club was sponsoring 23 (count ‘em!) RYLA campers this year.  (For context, Sun Lakes is a suburban Phoenix, Az. adult community with a population recorded in the 2010 census of approximately 14,000, located in Maricopa County, home to a population of over 4 million.)
Kenny discussed a local 4-H Club program for certification of 12 – 18 year-olds as baby sitters through a class being provided during the first week of June.  Kenny said 4-H is looking for donations to help youths of limited means meet tuition charges.
Pat Love then took possession of the microphone to solicit participation with the Casino Night Decorating Committee, which she said would meet Monday May 13 at 4 pm, in the event venue itself (looking for inspiration, don’t you know!), the PLPOA activities building.
The mike was next passed on to Bob Eggleston, who renewed the request for dealers to staff the various activities to be staged during the June 21 Casino Night event.  (Bob did not appear to be a candidate for participation with Pat on the Decorating Committee – the important thing is not décor, but “It’s gambling, you know,” quoth he.)
Remaining on topic, Jo Ann Laird called for a final volunteer (of four needed) to distribute Casino Night Posters throughout the town, and such was her magnetic appeal that she succeeded right on the spot!  Posters will go up May 23, Jo Ann said, and reported also that tickets will be available that day, and will then be distributed to Rotarians for flogging to friends, neighbors, assorted passers-by, and any others potential gamblers ingenuity can procure.
Breaking from the Casino Night pattern, Dave Smith then reported that remodeling for the Early Childhood Center is well underway.  (The construction of the Center is an outgrowth of the assessment of local need made by the Early Childhood Work Group, sponsored by the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.) 
The Center will be located in a building that housed a long-closed restaurant off Piedra Road near the airport.  Dave reported that plumbing and electrical inspections were recently passed, and the remodeling is now heading toward completion.  A Center opening in September or October is hoped for, Dave said.  The facility needs a Director, he added, asking for leads to qualified persons who might be interested.
President Shellie Peterson then reminded the meeting of the May 22 Development Luncheon, being hosted by the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corp. (CDC) at the Pagosa Springs Arts Council Building on Navajo Trails Drive (near 1st Southwest Bank).  Rotary projects will benefit from the event, set for 11:30 am on May 22, to include a catered lunch and a speaker from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Jeff Kraft.  Rotary will provide help with setup the day before, May 21 at 1pm. 
Tickets for the Luncheon are only $30 (plus a small processing fee).  Go to the CDC website, and click on the event link to buy tickets with a few strikes of your keyboard!  Contact the CDC through the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce at the Visitors Center, or Jim Garrett, (412) 508-1060, for more information.  Complimentary tickets will be provided by the CDC for eight Rotarians helping with event set-up and take-down.
Livia Lynch next reported that the Scholarship Committee had completed its work and selected 12 high school seniors to share in scholarships totaling $37,000.  The winners will be presented at the Rotary meeting next week, May 16, she said.
A reminder was also offered of Rotary’s annual Put Hill cleanup, to be orchestrated by Jann Pitcher with the aid of volunteers, on May 18, beginning at 8:00 am.
Betty Switzer then presided over a session of Sunshine and Showers, producing among other contributions:
  • Dave Campbell’s report of a trip with Chris to Moab in a party of 16, which yielded hiking, site-seeing and, by Dave’s report, rollicking dinners;
  • Larry McClintock’s weather report for St. George, Utah (80 degrees);
  • Shellie’s crossed fingers over the blossoming potential for the well-coordinated  sale of her present home with the purchase of a new one (on Antelope Avenue);
  • Kim’s surprising, fun encounter during a dreaded phone call for customer service answered at a call-center in Michigan, with a service agent in the person of a Senegalese immigrant, with whom she shared happy reminiscences of his native country;
  • CiCi Stuart’s discovery of the meaning of “Pagosa Time,” through her enforced six-weeks of delay in obtaining repair of a freezer; and
  • Pat Love’s congratulations to Betty on her successful implementation of a New Year’s resolution to “be kinder;” (Pat did not elaborate, so it is only a guess that the congratulations may have been triggered in part by a highly favorable review Betty gave of a new hair-do sported by Jo Ann Laird).
Exchange students Theo Bonlokke and Cata Acuilera then updated the meeting on their activities.  Theo reported he had an RBI triple for Pagosa Springs in a game at Monte Vista, and then even struck a mighty homer (“over the fence”) at the Pirates’ practice.  The varsity team hopes to “make states,” he reported.  Cata said she was recovering well from being sick, and would be accompanying the High School Choir to Denver for an event.  She demurred at an invitation to display her singing talents for the meeting, however, pointing out “in choir we have more people, so you’re not alone.”)
Turning to the Rotary lottery as the meeting ended, Lisa Scott announced the pot was up to $336.  Dave Campbell held the winning ticket (it took a while for Dave to discover the number was his, so many tics had he purchased).  Alas, Dave pulled a spade from the deck, but not the Ace.  Calls from the audience to give the poor man a second chance in view of his mammoth investment in tickets when unheeded by Lisa.
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