Chris Barge, Community Foundation - Discover, Connect and Engage with our Neighbors in Boulder County

The Community Foundation’s latest Boulder County TRENDS Report addresses questions like: Who deserves to live here? What’s holding some of our students back, while others succeed? How can we best steward a healthy environment? Who’s not participating in our vibrant arts scene? How can we ensure that everyone feels safe and valued? Chris Barge of the Foundation will challenge us to work toward a more equitable Boulder County.

Bread Service  |  Salad Bar  |  Broccoli Cheddar Soup  |  Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce  |  Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes  |  Haricot Verts  |  Chef’s Choice Desserts




Dec 20 - Boulder Concert Chorale Holiday Program
Dec 27 - Dark for the Holidays

Red Badge Breakfast Date Change

In December, the Red Badge breakfast will be held on the second Thursday, December 12th. The topics for this month's agenda are related to club service.

Rotary Book Club meets Jan. 13

Boulder Rotary Book Club will meet Monday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Janet Beardsley's home, 5626 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. We will discuss  "An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago," by Alex Kotlowitz. Questions? Contact Sue Deans,, or Darla Schueth,

Saturday, February 8th, 2020
BRC Signature Event

Please mark your calendars for this year’s Signature Event on Saturday, February 8th starting at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa put on by our Foundation.  Tickets are $125 per person through December 31st so don’t be late!  (They will increase in price beginning January 1st.) 

Contact Nancy Chin Wagner at to purchase tickets.  We are encouraging you to invite your non Rotarian friends who would love to support a great cause and all tickets purchased include a tax deduction.
Sponsorships are available at several levels!  Please contact Christina Lui at for more information and to support this event.
For all other questions (including a great auction item donation) please contact Kitty deKieffer at  Thank you in advance for supporting our club so generously!

Share-a-Gift is collecting gifts for kids who may not have a Christmas present otherwise. Michelle Carpenter be at the BRC meeting on the 13th to collect toy donations.

If you want to learn more about Share-a-Gift, you can go to their website by clicking HERE.

BRC Holiday Happy Hour at Bacco on December 10

A full crew of enthusiastic BRC Rotarians gathered for Happy Hour at Bacco's today. You can see it was a fun time:


Thanks to NCW for the photo!


Remember Boulder Rotary In Your Year-End Giving!

The Boulder Rotary Club Foundation (BRCF) was founded in 1973 to support the good works of Boulder Rotary.  This year, the Foundation has contributed more than $175,000 to scholarships, Centennial projects, Youth Exchange, global grants, Imagination Library, disaster relief, CU Rotaract Honor Flight, and more. Member donations are the fuel to fund Boulder Rotary’s good works in the community and the world. As you make your year-end donations, please consider a donation to BRCF. Sustaining members contribute a minimum of $100 per year, and all donations count toward Steve Whitehead Fellowships. You can mail checks to BRCF, c/o Michael Weatherwax, 2995 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303-2318. Let’s keep the spirit of giving alive and well at Boulder Rotary!

Need Some New Light?

Trade-in your old incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs for LED bulbs that use 80% less energy and last 5 times longer. PPE committee will have light bulbs on hand and will give two LED bulbs for every old incandescent or fluorescent bulb brought to the meeting. Look for them at meetings in December.

Peace Building Action Group-
International Peace Garden Update

As part of its Centennial celebration on April 1, 2019, the Boulder Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation undertook an enhancement of the International Peace Garden, originally dedicated on October 6, 1990. 

The enhanced environment – Infinite Walk of Peace -promotes a culture of peace and environmental sustainability, cultivates personal emotional awareness, and builds bridges across communities.
Gordon Gamm has donated the kinetic Sculpture “Pilot and Navigator” by Colorado Artist Charles Sturrock  to the Boulder Rotary Club and the City of Boulder. The sculpture is part of the Infinite Walk of Peace honoring the Club’s Centennial Year (1919-2019).  

The City of Boulder requires "meaningful community feedback and input" as part of the the proposal process for the acceptance of the Peace Award and to install the "Pilot and Navigator" kinetic sculpture.  To give the City of Boulder that feedback, the Peace Building Action Group would like you to answer a 3 question survey for the City of Boulder by clicking HERE.     


From the World Community Service Committee

We need your help.
District Grant -CLEAN non-contaminated Water for Oglala Lakota Sioux.

Join our Boulder Rotary initiative and give CLEAN water now to the Oglala Lakota Sioux at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Let all of our Boulder Rotary members unite together in this holiday season of giving to solve this sad problem.

Together we can solve the terribly sad problem of uranium and arsenic water contamination that exists all over Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Your donation allows connecting homes to the main CLEAN water line. You are giving the gift of life to the Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge. 

We are solving a problem ​for Lakota people through Lakota people​.Our Boulder Rotary Club has joined with a local Platinum rated NGO, called “​Running Strong for American Indian Youth® which has operated successfully for decades. Co-founded byBilly Mills, ​Oglala Lakota (Sioux) born. Billy was raised on Pine Ridge Reservation​ and won the Olympic Gold medal in the 10,000 meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics​.​

Running Strong  ​has agreed to match up to $150,000 ​all funds and donations contributed by our Boulder Rotary Club. Please give now. ​ Personal and corporate donations​ are welcome​,​ and please note- all donations will also be matched by Running Strong.​


Checks should be made out to: ​Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, Memo line:  CLEAN water project,
Mail to​ Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, c/o Michael Weatherwax, 2995 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO
80303-2318. The Boulder Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
TO​ ​PLEDGE​ contact ​Grant Coordination: ​Alessandro Sachs​ - 

DID YOU KNOW about some of the challenges of the Oglala Lakota People?
Unemployment rate of 87%
8 Times USA rates of diabetes
5 Times USA rate of cervical cancer
2 Times USA rate of heart disease
8 Times USA rate of tuberculosis
4 Times USA rate of Teen suicides
3 Times USA rate of Infant Mortality Lowest Life Expectancy in USA
Source “Re-Member” Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Medicine Wheel
If you’d like to know more, we invite you  to watch the video:  “Uranium on the Great Plains”, Elder Charmaine White Face, go to the video  by clicking HERE.


Please don’t forget to use Amazon Smile to do your shopping!  By designating the Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, your shopping benefits us.  To designate BRCF, just go to and follow the instructions to add us as the beneficiary.  Questions?  Please contact Kitty L. deKieffer at
Thank you!




Dec 10 - Darryl Brown
Dec 11 - John Layman, Jean Bedell, Denis Nock
Dec 14 - Jessie Friedman, Juliette Harrington, Marty Coffin-Evans
Dec 16 - Andy Briscoe

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.

New Member Introduction


Jamie McCoppin

Jamie is originally from Illinois, but she's lived in Fort Collins since 1981 and recently moved to Broomfield. Jamie attended CSU for both her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and her graduate degree in Accountancy. She has been working in tax accounting for six years and practiced as a CPA for three.
Jamie fills her free time with art, baking, music, and any other creative outlet she can fit into her schedule. She also provides tax preparation and advice to any nonprofit organizations who are in need of services but cannot afford to pay. She was active in the Fort Collins nonprofit community, but would like to become involved with some organizations in Boulder and Broomfield. She's primarily worked with nonprofits that focus on foster children, abused and neglected animals, and performing arts. In her professional life, I have worked with memory care patients, the LGBT community and the developmentally disabled. She has done her best to become involved in every facet of her community.

Jamie's goal is to leave the world a better place than how she found it and she believes Boulder Rotary Club will provide the opportunity to do just that. Thanks for joining Boulder Rotary Club Jamie!



Terri Fiez, CU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation - CU Boulder:
Becoming the Innovation University

Terri Fiez is the University of Colorado’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation- in that position since 2015. (In fact, BRC’s Jim Williams was Chair of the Search Committee for her position.) She is a former professor and head of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oregon State University. She founded and was CEO of a solar electronics company. Fiez has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State as well.
You might think that an environment full of bright, motivated entrepreneurs, a highly educated workforce and a world class university, that innovation simply grows on its own. The truth is that for the University of Colorado, research and innovation are carefully and faithfully tended. When Terri Fiez joined the University of Colorado, her department was focused on research. They added innovation to work toward making CU into “the Innovation University.”
Fiez pointed out that CU is rated 38th globally for criteria including , science, engineering, arts and humanities. CU’s standing is part of CU’s push to meet the challenges of a modern world. CU Boulder has a vision statement. It is, “To be a leader in addressing the humanitarian, social and technological challenges of the twenty-first century.” And Fiez said that their strategic imperatives of “Lead. Innovate. Impact,” are informed by their values. They want to help “shape tomorrow’s leaders, be the top university for innovation and positively impact humanity.”
What makes Boulder (and CU) a contender in this race for innovation? According to Fiez, Boulder is the, “number one start up community.” Meaning that Boulder has the highest density start up community in the country. It is a great place to have a university committed to research and innovation.
Fiez’s department is also working with corporate partners. In terms of technology, Boulder has dozens of excellent corporate representation; Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Google, Amazon and Apple. CU also focuses on partnering with the many Federal Labs located in Boulder and throughout Colorado. Boulder has 17 Federal Labs and Colorado has 31.
Fiez said that CU Boulder has to work hard to keep up with all the needs of it’s students, professors and researchers. She pointed out that 5% of universities nationally are going out of business annually. High school graduation rates are going down and the students’ expectations are changing. Fiez said that one of the big characteristics of “generation Z” is that they like to customize everything. That customization includes their education.
How does CU unlock the entrepreneurial mindset of its students? Students want to have more than one professional path. Fiez said that students no longer think about being a chemical engineer for the rest of their lives. They may want to combine chemical engineering with media and movie making skills. That is just one way CU is helping students think like entrepreneurs. They have to give the students opportunities to be entrepreneurs.
To this end, Feiz’s department built a startup hub at the dorms in Williams Village. CU also has maker spaces and have a business connector that ties businesses and engineering programs. For the last 12 years CU has also been giving students a chance to take an idea and make it reality with the New Venture Challenge. Now, about 500 students will participate at the Boulder Theatre in the first week of April.
Students also have the opportunity to have a mentor. CU has about 150 network community mentors. These are business leaders who’ve reached out to the university and asked, “what can I do?”
One key issue Fiez’s department is working on is what she called, “the Valley of Death.” This is the gap between an idea and getting a product to market. Many great ideas or great products have languished or died in this part of the process. Much of the collaborations with Federal Laboratories, corporation and other universities is aimed at closing this gap.
Fiez pointed to many of the programs that are growing and showing the fruits of this attention to innovation and research. From Arctic exploration, research into pain, sleep, cannabis’ effects, to a thin film that blocks heat gain through windows, Fiez highlighted some of CU’s most recent partnerships in research and innovations. You can read more by clicking on the links below.  

MOSAiC: These are CU scientists drifting across the arctic.
National Snow and Ice Data Center,
CU's Natural Hazards Center,
The National Solar Observatory and the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope,
CU's Earth Lab

To see Terri Fiez's program- click HERE. To see the meeting- click HERE.

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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