Day of Caring - No Meeting at the JCC

BRC is aiming for 100 Volunteers from Boulder Rotary Club! The Day of Caring is great for families and your employees or colleagues. If BRC can get 100 volunteers, we will get our own BRC, United Way Day of Caring t-shirt, different than all the other volunteers that day.

To fund our BRC t-shirt, there are 14 logo spaces available for $300 each. Two spaces have been sold and two companies have committed to send 7-10 volunteers!

Day of Caring 2018 was our largest Day of Caring yet: 1,200 volunteers were able to complete 70 projects in 4,400 Volunteer Hours, providing over $117,000 in value to the community in a single day! Over the past 25 years, day of Caring has contributed over 60,000 volunteer hours and almost $1.5 million in value to our community’s nonprofit organizations.


Roots joins the Friday lunch on the second Friday of each month, however in September that falls on the 13th which is the Day of Caring. Roots members are encouraged to sign up and help BRC reach the goal of 100 volunteers!

Sign up by filling out a volunteer registration at the Friday meeting or contact Michael McHale.

Learn more about the 25th Annual Day of Caring by clicking HERE.
BUT WAIT!!! There's More...

On September 13th at 12:15, following completion of Day of Caring service activity, interested Rotarians are invited to join Carrie Hessler-Radelet, former director of the Peace Corps and President and CEO Project Concern International (PCI), for lunch at Kathmandu II . Carrie worked with our own Jim Swaeby to forge an alliance between RI and the Peace Corps. She will share information about the Peace Corps/Rotary partnership, her current efforts, and the big issues impacting international development where Rotary can make a difference. We will share information about our our club's work in these areas and our Centennial projects.
Please RSVP by 9/11 to Gary Kahn

See above if you want to eat with fellow Rotarians.




Sept 13 - Dark for Colorado Day of Caring
Sept 20 - Sahanna Dharmapuri, Shift: Change the Way You See the World

International Day of Peace
Saturday, September 21st

Come support Boulder Rotary’s Peace Builders partnership with the Jaipur Literature Festival on a program in observance of the U.N. International Day of Peace, September 21st, 2019. At 4:30 p.m. at the Boulder Downtown Library, Rotary members will join the “We Shall Not Hate” session. (Learn more about the program by clicking HERE.) Boulder's Library is at 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.

After the "We Shall Not Hate" panel discussion with authors Izzeldin Abuelish & Michael Patrick McDonald, Rotary will lead a program on our commitment to building positive peace, the Centennial Peace Garden & Walk of Peace projects, and the publication of “4th Graders Talk About Peace” by students at Whittier Elementary. The winner of the Jim Swaeby Peace Award will also be announced.

The Festival asks that everyone coming for the day or last session register at (free registration bottom of page or $30 donation).

If you have questions, contact Randy Butler:

Join the Book Club for Their October Meeting

Boulder Rotary Book Club will meet Monday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the new home of Sue Deans near Union Station in downtown Denver. It is easily accessible from Boulder via the FF1 or FF2 buses. Contact Sue for the address and information. The book is “The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom,” by Helen Thorpe, which follows a class of English learners at Denver's South High School through a school year. It is a fascinating look at these young people, from many different countries and speaking different languages, where they came from and their adjustment to life in the United States. Snacks, wine, and drinks provided.

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Attend the WASH Symposium

Please join us at the Rotary District WASH Symposium on October 5, 2019. NextGen WASH Investing in the Next Generation of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Professional. Please contact Charlotte Roehm at for more information.



Mental Health Partners Reaches Key Milestone

Mental Health Partners (MHP) has reached the next milestone in its journey towards becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), the “gold standard” in the delivery of mental health and addiction recovery care. This summer, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) completed its review of MHP’s attestation submission and found sufficient evidence MHP is meeting the required criteria for the two-year, $4-milion dollar CCBHC expansion grant awarded to the organization last fall.  Mental Health Partners is the first mental health center in Colorado, and only 1 of 52 in the nation, to be awarded this prestigious grant and subsequent attestation!  To learn more about the implementation of this grant, as well as open positions, please visit:

CU Rotaract Club Schedule for Fall Semester

Here is the CU Rotaract Club meeting schedule for this semester: 
September 4
September 18
October 2
October 16
October 30
November 13
December 4

We meet in Benson Earth Sciences Bldg. room 185 at 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM on these dates. See Andy Meyer if you have any questions. Thank you.

Wine to Water

This year's Wine to Water event was a success! Anne Marie Reader reported more than $3400 raised for BRC. Many thanks to shuttle drivers Mike Brady, Deborah Kelly, and Brad Wiesley; Margie Sullivan and Nancy Chin Wagner who helped with check-in; Psyche Dunkhase who played cello, and Pam Hyink on the piano for the event; and Norma Portnoy who helped with clean up. And special thanks to all the members who participated as table captains- designing their own wine and food stations; John Sullivan, Jeani and Mark Schloesslin, Alessandro and Maria Sachs, Deidre Farrell, Kitty deKieffer, Valerie Lipetz and John Regur. Hazel's Beverage World donated all of the wine for the event. Many thanks to Hazel's!

Thanks to Nancy Chin Wagner for photos!


Hike Up Rotary Peak

This past weekend, several Rotarians hiked up Rotary Peak, and as part of the annual tradition, many of our district's inbound youth exchange students were invited to attend. Check out a video recap of the event here.




Sept 10 - Gail Mock and Stephanie Rudy
Sept 11 - Randy Butler and Lanny Pinchuk
Sept 12 - Carl Tinstman
Sept 13 - Jonathan Singer

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.

Member Transitions - Red to Blue Badge


Jessie Friedman

Jessie Friedman is a master’s level, licensed psychotherapist with 28 years of professional experience. She is an art and cultural historian with a master’s degree in art history and museum studies as well as a cultural event and conference producer. She works actively in the world of the arts, literature, cultural preservation, and in support of the translation of Tibetan Literature. Ms. Friedman is dedicated to the critical necessity of the arts and the dissemination of cultural knowledge, integral to human lives throughout all time and all cultures, serving to foster the best of humanity as well as comprehension of our world.
Ms. Friedman has successfully held many lead administrative roles since 1985 serving as the Director of Financial Aid at Naropa University for five years, and the Executive Director of a non-profit Tibetan Translation Literacy group for eight years. Presently, she works closely with the production company, Teamwork Arts, who founded and produce the world-renowned Jaipur Literature Festival, and attends the event annually in Jaipur, India, meeting with authors and with key staff. The Jaipur Literature Festival is the largest literature festival in the world and a free event providing access for all. Ms. Friedman conceived the idea of bringing the Jaipur Literature Festival to Colorado, contacting the producers and seeing this idea through to its realization. Ms. Friedman currently serves as the Executive Director of JLF Colorado, and 2019 will see the fifth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder, Colorado. This year's Jaipur Literature Festival is September 21st and 22nd at the Boulder Public Library. You can learn more by clicking HERE.

Jessie is collaborating with the BRC Peace Builders to celebrate International Peace Day during the JLF on September 21st. Jessie is also an active BRC Book Club participant and hopes to join the Program Committee as soon as time allows.

Jon Krupnick

Jon says he’s had great luck all his life; he was born on St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland in 1940, (the same birthday as Sam!) He’s a graduate of Lehigh University and Notre Dame Law School. And he is also lucky to be married to Sam Pottinger’s sister, Elaine and has been for some 54 years.

Jon and Elaine now spend half their year in Florida and half in Boulder. Jon, a personal injury attorney, opened a law firm in Ft. Lauderdale in 1974 which has become one of the most successful law firms in Florida.

Jon's written two books and is working on his third- you can see more about his book about Pan Am's historic flights by clicking HERE.

Jon and Elaine have three children, all married; Jack, an ER doctor, Mike, an architect and Laura, another doctor, working here in Boulder as an internist. Jon and Elaine have eleven grand-children. When their grand-children turn 10, they take that grand-child on an exotic trip (this can include fun things like zip lining with a 10 year old!)

Jon participated in the Tree Planting for the Centennial Peace Walk project and is enthusiastic about supporting Boulder Rotary Club.

Stan Black

Boulder Rotarian, Stan Black, died August 30th. In the last few months of his life Stan said, "God has blessed me enormously." He was a husband to Marge and father to Steve, Katie and Mike and grandfather to seven; Navy fighter pilot; (and continued to be a pilot until he was 70); a partner in the law firm Hutchinson, Black and Cook for 45 years; a philanthropist, and life long Rotarian. He was BRC's President in 1976-77 and District Governor  in 1985-86.

To learn more about Stan's remarkable life, you can read his obituary by clicking HERE.

Services for Stan will be held:

September 14, 2019
Cornerstone Community Church
1321 9th Ave., Greeley, Colorado 
11:00 A.M.

Per his wishes, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Stan's memory to one of the four ministries on which he served as board member: Mission Aviation Fellowship (, Biblica (, International Students Inc., ( and Avant Ministries ( directly online or in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80634. Please visit to send condolences to the family.



Chris Lowry, University of Colorado - 
The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Connection

Professor Chris Lowry is an Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology and Director of the University of Colorado’s Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Laboratory. He spoke at BRC on Friday about the connection between the gut and the brain and how humans’ microbiome controls it.  

What’s a microbiome? When Professor Lowry describes microbiome, he says it is essentially the trillions of microorganisms that are living in and on our bodies and some estimates suggest that there are more micro organism cells in and on our bodies than human cells. He said, “to really understand human biology, we need to start thinking of humans as ecosystems.”
Another important definition is “health.” Professor Lowry said that the World Health Organization’s 1948 definition still applies, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Professor Lowry outlined the two areas he wanted to address in his program: the link between mental health and the microbiome and potential prevention of mental health issues because of this research. Professor Lowry pointed out that the idea of “prevention” for mental health issues is not new. However, not many advances have been made. That search, the search for prevention of mental health disorders is the focus of Professor Lowry’s work.
Where do you start when looking for preventative strategies? Professor Lowry said that he looked at what risk factors there are for psychiatric disorders. Some of those factors are, genetic predisposition, environmental influences, and microbial inputs.
How could microbe inputs (or exposure) have anything to do with mental health? Professor Lowry started by explaining that when you get a cold, for example, you’ve been exposed to a bacteria and the body reacts with something called “sickness behavior.” Sickness behavior can include things like, feeling sluggish, having a fever and maybe having slower cognitive function. You might describe this type of interaction as causing inflammation in the body.
There are however other types of bacteria that do not cause that inflammatory response in the body. They in fact, are anti-inflammatory. These bacteria control or prevent inappropriate inflammation. Professor Lowry explained that if people are not exposed to these anti-inflammatory bacteria in our lives then we may be at risk for an exaggerated or inappropriate levels of inflammation. He called this exaggerated inflammation response, “a failure of immune regulation.” When this failure of the immune system happens, the immune system is unable to terminate inappropriate inflammation.

Professor Lowry said that we should be concerned about inflammation. Conditions related to inflammation have been dramatically increasing since the 1950’s. He said this type of condition includes things like type 1 diabetes, asthma, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
This relates to something called the “hygiene hypothesis.” This was proposed by Professor David Strachan of St. George’s University of London. Professor Strachan thought that infections acquired in early childhood may protect against development of allergic diseases. Part of his paper proposed that there was a greater chance that first-born children had allergies (as opposed to children lower in the birth order.) This allergy proposition shows as true when you look at allergy studies at a national level. First-born children have more allergies than younger children in the same family. Professor Strachan believed it was because those first-born children got sick which exposed the younger siblings to the sickness which built up their immune responses.
Professor Lowry said that scientists now think it is a little more nuanced than Professor Strachan’s original hypothesis. He said that environmental bacteria sources also play a pivotal role in how children develop a healthy immune response. So now, scientists believe that factors such as birth order and environmental exposure are important.
Professor Lowry illustrated this by showing the results of a study of three groups of people in Switzerland; Amish farmers (using very few modern farming practices or chemicals); Swiss farmers (using modern farming practices) and Swiss non-farmers. The Amish farmers had 5.25 asthma incidence; the Swiss farmers had 6.8% asthma incidence and the Swiss non-farmers had 11.2% of asthma incidence.
Bringing it back to the incidence of mental health, Professor Lowry showed another large study that showed the incidence of mood disorders followed a similar path as the asthma study- those who live in rural areas have lower over all incidences of mood disorders than people living in urban areas.
Professor Lowry and his team designed a study to test this idea that environmental factors, immune response and inflammation are affected by where people live. He and his team set up a study to look at 20 young healthy German men, average age of 24, that grew up on farms with farm animals in close proximity and compare them to 20 young healthy German men that grew up in cities of over one hundred thousand people and did not own pets.
In the experiment, they brought the young men into the lab and exposed them to the Trier social stress test. (“TSST”) Professor Lowry described this as, “one of the most stressful things that we can do to a human in a research laboratory that’s ethical.”
The TSST made the young men stand up and give a speech about their dream job in front of a camera and a group of scientists sitting in front of the young man (in white lab coats.) The scientists are trained not to smile or to give any type of positive feedback. And the young men know that they are being “evaluated.” This is designed to induce neuroendocrine stress response, a “fight-or-flight” response and also an immune stress response. That third part of the stress response- the immune response- includes inflammation and circulation of inflammatory agents through your body.
What Professor Lowry and his team found was that the young men who had grown up in cities, when exposed to this type of stress test had a massively exaggerated pro-inflammatory immune response compared to those young men that grew up on farms (in the first 15 years of their lives.) Professor Lowry said that the young men who grew up on farms reported that they were very stressed and anxious about the test and the young men who grew up in cities did not voice the same concerns. The results of test in their bodies was very different than what the young men told the research team.
Professor Lowry said that this study showed just one type of pro-inflammatory response in a controlled setting. Individuals who are exposed to stress for prolonged time periods may fail to recover and the body’s inflammatory immune response may increase over time. He believes there is a strong association between physical health and mental health, “particularly in the context of inflammation and particularly in the context of autoimmune disorders.”
Professor Lowry said that this study aligns with studies showing that people with post traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) have a much higher incidence of auto-immune disorders, (this includes disorders like inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, etc.) Professor Lowry said this suggests that people with a diagnosis of PTSD are not able to shut off inflammatory responses regardless of genetic predisposition.
Professor Lowry went on to say that his colleague, Graham Rook, identified beneficial bacteria that he called “old friends.” These old friends co-evolved with humans and mammals in a way that allows them to interact with human immune systems and induce anti-inflammatory responses. This type of bacteria prevent inappropriate inflammation. That means if you don’t have these “old friend” bacteria in your system, you have a higher risk of developing an inflammatory disease. This type of bacteria also can persist in people for long periods of time. (This is a trait that allows the bacteria to be “successful” in an evolutionary way.) They are also transmissible - people pass these bacteria to others. This is a symbiotic relationship- it is beneficial to both the bacteria and the human host.
After explaining this interaction, Professor Lowry said the goal then is to have a “healthy microbiome.” What does healthy mean? Professor Lowry said that “diversity” is a key to a healthy microbiome. He said to think about it like the way you think of the Amazonian rain forest. The Amazon has incredible diversity when you compare it to a wheat field. Keeping the wheat alive may mean adding fertilizer to the soil, adding minerals or controlling bugs by spraying insecticide. The rain forest gets along without these types of intervention. The Amazon is a healthy ecosystem compared to the wheat field.
How do you get a diverse microbiome? He said he took a picture of his breakfast and it includes lots of plants- more than 30 types! Why plants? He explained that a spinach plant has over 800 different types of bacteria living inside the plant (you can’t wash them off) because the bacteria in the plant is the plant’s microbiome. So you can get an incredibly diverse sample bacteria when you eat different types of plants.
Diverse is good! And plants are a good way to increase microbiome diversity in your body.
Professor Lowry ended by saying that more studies are focusing on meta-analysis of dietary intervention in mental health treatment. He said that some studies have shown replacing unhealthy diets with healthy foods has decreased depressive symptoms in patients. He believes this is an incredible opportunity for people with mental health disorders and he is continuing his work at the University of Colorado.
If you missed this week's program, you can see it by clicking HERE. And you can see the rest of the meeting by clicking HERE.
You can see 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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