Randy Butler - Lessons From The Road In Peacebuilding

Randy will share some of the essential lessons he's learned over the past 25 years of experience in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. He’ll also look at how members of Boulder Rotary promote peace as they pursue their interests and passions in Rotary service projects in the other five Areas of Focus.

Bread Service  |  Salad Bar  |  Red Curry Lentil Soup  |  BBQ Chicken and Dan's House-made Sauce  |  Mac and Cheese  |  Baked Beans  |  Classic Coleslaw  |  Dessert
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Feb 14 - CU Opera Theater Singers
Feb 21 - Phyllis Wise - A Colorado Initiative to Change the Health Care Dynamic from Treatment to Prevention
Feb 28 - TBD

See Saturday You at This Year's Signature Event!

Gold & Bold
Saturday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m.
The St. Julien Hotel and Spa
900 Walnut Street, Boulder

The event will include dinner, dancing, a Silent Auction, and a Paddle Raiser that will support Native American clean water projects (all proceeds benefit The Boulder Rotary Club Foundation). Dress is evening/cocktail attire. Don't forget. Guests may stay at the St. Julien for a reduced rate by mentioning The Boulder Rotary Club Foundation.  All questions should be directed to Kitty deKieffer (

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Rotary in Australia


In the last months Australia has been devastated by wild fire. Many of the fires have ended but twenty four people died, a billion animals have died, thousand of homes have been destroyed and more than 15.6 million acres of bush, forest and parks have been destroyed.

Rotary Australia’s World Community Service section is appealing for help to provide support for all those in need because of the fires. You can learn more or donate by clicking HERE to go to the Rotary Australia Disaster web site.

Please Adopt a Child for Imagination Library

Our annual tradition of encouraging BRC members to adopt a child for the Imagination Library continues again this year at our meetings on February 7th and 14th. Your sponsorship will ensure that the child will receive a high-quality gift book in the mail each month from now until the age of 5. Please look for the Literacy Committee members at the back of the room. The sponsorship of $30 per year covers the cost of all of the books, the shipping, and handling. Mile High United Way can bill you, you can write a check, charge to your credit card or contribute cash. Special thanks to Mile High United Way and the Dollywood Foundation, with whom we partner for this fabulous program. Please help our Club give these children the gift of reading!

FHS Interact Fundraiser

Jason Cui, Fairview High School Interact Treasurer, wants to raise money to support the FHS Interact projects. He set up a King Soopers Rewards Program for Community Service (via the BRC Foundation). When you shop, a percentage of what King Soopers earns from your payment will go to the FHS account. There is no extra cost to you and it will help fund the club. FHS Interact would be very grateful if you would participate!

Go to:

Process: Sign In/Create an Account, click on “Enroll Now” once signed in you can enroll and/or update your Community Rewards account by typing FHS Interact and click on the FHS Interact option (I just signed up and linked my card, it was so easy! Shoni Kahn, FHS Interact Advisor)

Where does the money go? As reported from the FHS Interact Media Team, during the fall semester, the FHS Interact Club focused on initiatives that benefited the homeless people in our community. They held service projects about once a month where they made sandwiches and blankets, which they passed out to homeless people around Boulder. They just held their first service project of the spring semester, where they made care packages for people in need. They're looking forward to doing even more good in 2020!

Note: The care packages were delivered to Voices for Children (Boulder county’s non-profit CASA). The packages contained a snack, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes, band-aids, and a special handwritten note. They will be placed in backpacks given to children in foster care. 




Feb 5 - Fred Bratman
Feb 6 - Mike Brady
Feb 7 - Len McCreary
Feb 8 - Mark Stern

Your birthday is a great time to share the joy by supporting the BRC Scholarship Program by making a gift of $1 for every one of your years, or more, during the month of your birthday. Put Birthday Scholarships on the memo line of your check and mail to Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, 2995 Baseline Road, Suite 310, Boulder, CO 80303-2318.

Robert ("Bob") V. Lord has Died

Bob was a very active member of Boulder Rotary Club from 1963 till 2014. He particularly liked working with scholarship programs.

We are sad to report that Bob died on January 27th and his memorial service will be in Wheatridge on February 21st. (Check this space for an update on time and place next week.)

We would love to include a picture of Bob- if you have one that you can share, please contact either Chad Stamm at or Cassidy at Thank you.

Program Recap:


Kathleen Mayer:
Program Director
Flight for Life Colorado

Flight For Life Colorado is the nation's first and one of the most accomplished, air medical transport programs. It provides critical care transport with five helicopters, three ambulances and three airplanes operating within a 120-mile radius of five Colorado operations bases and. Flight For Life® transports patients across several states in the Rocky Mountain Region and assists search and rescue agencies with specialized services, including aerial search support and their Avalanche Deployment Program.
Kathleen Mayer: Flight For Life Colorado.  A certified nurse, Mayer has been the Director of Flight for Life Colorado (FLC) since 1999. She spoke to Boulder Rotary Club on Friday about FLC and its history.

FLC went into service nearly 50 years ago in October of 1972. Remarkably, it was the very first civilian based helicopter program in the United States. Since it began, it has been the launch pad for over 300 similar programs around the country.

The picture at the right is of the first nurses and Dr. Boyd Bigelow, a pulmonologist from St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver. Dr. Bigelow recruited the nurses from the emergency room and from the pulmonology unit. Mayer said that while Dr. Bigelow was very proud of founding FLC, his real love, his real passion, was rural health care. FLC was the way to take emergency care to rural areas.

Dr. Bigelow was not the only star of the first FLC team- the nurses also went on to do amazing things as well; one went into the astronaut training program; one went into law enforcement; one went on to medical school; they all did amazing things. This is especially commendable because they faced a lot of push back about their roles in taking medicine to the streets. Mayer said the nurses were pushed out of ambulances, told to “go back to the hospitals,” and that they weren’t welcome doing emergency medicine through FLC.

The nurses even had to fight to wear white pants. At the time FLC was founded, nuns still ran a significant portion of St. Anthony and they thought the nurses should be in their hospital uniform- white dress, white hose, and white shoes. The white pants, seen in the picture, were a big compromise. Unsurprisingly, the white did not last long- Meyer said it lasted two weeks. After coming back from flights covered in mud, or dust and all the other stains that happen when treating people in the field. The nurses went on to change the color to navy blue. They also designed the new suits, and all the equipment they would carry and even the harnesses and other ways to carry the equipment.

Even the helicopter was special. You may see in the helicopter has the word “Olympic” on the tail. That’s because the owner had tricked it out for the 1976 Olympics which may have been held in Denver but ultimately the city turned it down. So the owner of the helicopter brought it to St. Anthony’s when he heard they were looking for one for their new flight medicine program.

The first mass casualty event FLC participated in was in 1976. That year, two gondolas collided and fell to the ground in Vail. FLC was able to land their planes and helicopters at the Vail airport/landing strip and transport the survivors to Denver hospitals.
The next big event they assisted with was July 31st, 1976. It was the biggest and deadliest natural disaster in Colorado’s history- killing 144 people and millions in damages, hundreds of homes were destroyed. It happened during a very busy time- people were camping in the woods, tourists were everywhere. There was no warning.

FLC worked continuously for 19 hours during the response. There was one helicopter that had a diver tied by a rope to the helicopter skid. FLC was able to rescue 85 people by evacuating them to Estes Park. It was the only civilian organization working to rescue people during that time.

FLC spent years responding to Colorado disasters; from 48 inches of snow dumped on Denver- cutting off communities and making getting to the hospital impossible for some (including women in labor); responding to a ski lift accident at Keystone during spring break- the wheel that pulls the lift was brand new but it fractured and sent a wave through lift line sending the lift chairs first to the ground then catapulting them back into the air. Skiers were dropped to the ground and injured throughout the lift line. There was only one fatality and many injured. In April 1999, FLC responded to the school shooting at Columbine High School as a secondary responder.

On September 11th, 2001, all flights were grounded after the plane attacks. FLC got a call from Bonifils Blood Center requesting blood to send to Manhattan. FLC was one of the only flights in that sky that day. And although the blood wasn’t ultimately used, the team was supported by air traffic all along the route.

FLC had its own tragedy on July 3rd, 2015 when one of their helicopters crashed on a helipad in Frisco, Colorado. The pilot, Patrick Mahaney died. Two flight nurses who were critically injured survived. FLC used this tragedy as an opportunity to help future teams by lobbying to pass legislation to require all newly manufactured helicopters to have crash resistant fuel systems. FLC has updated all of their helicopters with the new systems as well.

As of today, FLC has five helicopters; one in Lakewood, one in Durango, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and one in Frisco. FLC has three airplanes- based between Durango and Denver. They have several ambulances throughout Colorado. Last year, FLC completed 6,000 transports. They work extensively with search and rescue. They have a program to lift avalanche victims out, and also to transport search dogs and dog handlers to scenes.

Meyer left enough time to answer questions and there were many! If you want to learn more about Flight for Life Colorado you can see a great 10 minute documentary by “Behind the Wings” by clicking HERE.  
If you missed the program about Flight for Life Colorado, you can see the whole thing by clicking HERE.

And you can see the rest of the meeting by clicking HERE.  Boulder Rotary Club has it's own YouTube channel. Subscribe and never miss a meeting again!

You  can see our other programs and meetings in the BRC Program Archive. Click on the TV icon below, which will take you to the BRC Program Archive on our website. Please feel free to binge watch.

This article is a synopsis of the program presented to Boulder Rotary Club. The views and opinions expressed by the presenter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of, policy or position of the Boulder Rotary Club and its members. 


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