Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD - The integration imperative:
Advancing Mental Health -
One Practice, Program, and Policy at a Time

The future of health care is integrated. For decades, how we have addressed issues of mental health and addiction have been fragmented leading to some of the most challenging and frustrating times for families in need. Thankfully, the science has evolved to a place where strategic solutions can help provide more timely access to mental health care for countless. This presentation will lay out the problem of fragmentation, offer solutions for the future of mental health, and provide key policy recommendations for local, state, and federal policymakers.

*** Don't forget to stay behind for the Suicide Prevention Class immediately after or regular meeting. Details below.

Bread Service  |  Salad Bar  |  Vegan Ginger Carrot Soup  |  Whiskey Flank Steak  |  Mashed Red Potatoes  |  Sautéed Vegetables  |  Whoopie Pies
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Jan 31 - Kathleen Mayer - Program Director for Flight for Life Colorado
Feb 7 - Randy Butler - Everyone Can Be A Peace Builder, Especially Rotarians
Feb 14 - CU Opera Theater Singers

Help Stop a Tragedy Before It Happens


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Please register by clicking here.

Hope to See You at the Next Roots Meeting

Happy New Year! We look forward to our upcoming meeting January 28th at the Buff restaurant, 7:30am. 

We have two new volunteer opportunities coming up with the Spelling Bee February 29th and CASA (Court Appointed  Special Advovate) Light of Hope fund raiser. 

Join us to learn more and to share community work experiences and opportunities. Hope to see you there!


Saturday, February 8th, 2020
BRC Signature Event

Gold & Bold

You are invited to the Boulder Rotary Club’s 2020 Signature Event

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
Dinner options are Filet Mignon, Halibut, or Pumpkin Gnocchi
Tickets are $135 per person
Contact Nancy Chin Wagner for tickets ( (please specify your dinner selection).
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 (

Sponsorships are still available.



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.

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spelling Bee

Volunteers are needed for Boulder Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 29. Come help with registration and proctoring of the written exam. Contact Norris Hermsmeyer.




Jan 22 - Jim Williams
Jun 27 - Bill Burton

Congratulations to our first birthday scholarship donors of the new year - Allison "Pete" Palmer, Janet Beardsley and Cynda Collins Arsenault.  Thank you all for your generous support of students in Boulder. 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.

Proposed for Membership


Marcia Sprague

Marcia Sprague is being proposed for Boulder Rotary Club membership by Kathy Olivier. This is the first week of publication.

Marcia has had a rich and varied career. With a degree in Sociology, after college she joined the Peace Corps and taught community health and worked with local teachers to improve teaching methods in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The Peace Corps experience was a cultural exchange of a lifetime never to be forgotten!

Most of her life’s work has been in the non-profit world starting up and directing social service programs. Her most rewarding was helping to start a non-profit homeless resource center in 2008 and acting as the first Executive Director. This was a grass-roots start up as a response to a community need and is still a strong and active presence in the community today.

Marcia is also a professional workshop facilitator and has designed many workshops, including an Assertiveness Training for college students at Mt. Holyoke and Amherst Colleges.

Marcia currently works part-time as an independent contractor with Thistle, a Boulder non-profit dedicated to affordable housing. She is part of a national program to assist residents of mobile home parks in purchasing their parks to create a cooperative and own their land for the first time. 

Marcia lives in Longmont where she volunteers for the Longmont Community Justice Partnership program as a facilitator for Restorative Justice conferences. She has been an active member and leader in Toastmasters since 2002. Another favorite volunteer activity over the years has been writing newsletters for numerous organizations. She also loves to hike, bike, play games and cards, watch independent movies, play her fiddle, and throw boomerangs.

Member Transition: Red Badge to Blue


TC North

Mike Brady, sponsor and friend, re-introduced TC North to Boulder Rotary Club on Friday as he transitioned from Red Badge to Blue.
TC North, Ph.D., is co-author of the best-selling book on Amazon, “Fearless Leaders”. He is a high-performance EOS® Implementer, executive coach for entrepreneurs and sought-after international speaker who accelerates the success of individuals and organizations.
Early in his career Dr. North mentally coached 31 Olympic athletes, a few Olympic teams and a professional sports team and in the art of creating thoughts and emotions that maximize success.
In recent years, he helped two entrepreneurs go from frustration and flat revenues to become members of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the US.
He is a CEO coach for both Techstars Boulder and Techstars Sustainability in Partnership with the Nature Conservancy in Denver.
As a published scientist one of his studies has been designated a landmark study, because it created a new paradigm of our understanding of human emotion.
And, as a true Boulderite who loves to be physically fit and do weird things … he has roller-skied up Flagstaff mountain 100s of times (back in the 1980s) down it once and lived to tell the story.

TC is returning to Boulder Rotary after taking time to work on some of his other non-profit work. He was an active member of the Program Committee and Chaired the NewGen Rising Stars Mentoring Program. He's looking forward to working with RYLA and Preserve Planet Earth. We're so happy to have you back TC!

Program Recap:

Michael Caldarazzo:
Chief of Boulder Fire & Rescue
Dialing 911 Is No Longer Enough

Have you seen a fire truck in your neighborhood lately? Many people may not realize that our fire department is called out to medical 911 calls in addition to all their work in fire prevention, fire fighting and rescue services. In fact, medical response makes up most of Boulder Fire-Rescue services day to day. Right now, 80-90% of of Boulder-Fire Rescue calls have a patient needing assistance. Chief Caldarazzo spoke to Boulder Rotary Club on Friday about prioritizing “people first” as part of the 2019-2020 Boulder Fire-Rescue Master Plan update.
As a way to focus on the “people first” priority, Boulder Fire-Rescue will be working specifically on cardiac events (things that may stop a person’s heart- like a heart attack.) And digging down, the Chief and department, are looking not just at the response time to cardiac event call- but more specifically at working to make sure a person who experiences a cardiac event is able to get back to the life that person had before the 911 call.
Chief Caldarazzo showed a graph that is the basis for most medical response to cardiac events. The chart, (see below) graphs out different outcomes of a cardiac event, based on the timing of the response, when 911 is called. The graph assumes that someone has witnessed the event and medical services were called.

The chart makes it clear that the sooner treatment is administered, the less likely death or irreversible brain injury may happen.
Chief Caldarazzo noted that getting a person’s heart started within five minutes of the event greatly reduces the chance that irreversible brain damage will happen to the victim. And while Boulder Fire-Rescue is very good at their jobs and getting to people who call 911, they can only rarely get to people before that 5 minute mark. That means, if the person is going to have the chance to get their quality of life restored to a pre-event level, something else has to happen.
The American Heart Association developed a “Chain of Survival” guide when dealing with a cardiac event. According to the Chief, it is as relevant now as it was when they started educating the public about responding to cardiac events. The Chain of Survival is:
  1. Call 911
  2. Administer chest compressions; and/or
  3. Use a defibrillator; (this is a device that shocks the heart into starting)
  4. Get the person to a medical facility quickly
  5. Then get medical treatment long term
Chie Caldarazzo focuses on the first three links in the chain because they are the most likely to make a difference to the person experiencing the cardiac event, and the most likely to allow that person to avoid the brain damage (and damage to heart muscles) that make recovery most challenging. They are also where the medical responders need the public’s help.
Boulder-Fire Rescue’s response to a cardiac event falls into the fourth and fifth links in the Chain of Survival. The Chief explained that Boulder’s basic life support response times for 2018 (he doesn’t have all the numbers for 2019 yet) was 6 minutes, 13 seconds- 90% of the time. Boulder’s advanced life support response times for 2018 was 9 minutes and 41 seconds 90% of the time. Chie Caldarazzo thinks Boulder Fire-Rescue can do better. Basic life support response is an emergency medical technician (EMT) who can do chest compressions and operate a defibrillator and get an IV line started for a person before the advanced medical response starts. Advanced medical response can be someone who can give the victim medications before getting the person to the hospital. Referring back to the response time vs brain damage and death chart, Boulder Fire-Rescue response time is already beyond the 5 minute window where the least amount of brain damage occurs for the victim of a cardiac event.
The Chief believes that Boulder’s community must be part of the response to cardiac events to make the goal of minimal brain damage happen. He pointed out here that CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) no longer requires that people stop to breathe into the victim’s mouth. This was a major issue for giving CPR to victims in the past and the American Heart Association has determined that stopping heart compressions to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation did not help the victim. So, it is compression only. Boulder Fire-Rescue will be working with their emergency medical partners to make sure there are more classes available to people to learn compression only CPR and educating the community about the effectiveness of this response.
The other piece in the immediate response Chain of Survival is the defibrillator. Now, there are automated external defibrillator devices in most public buildings. They are very simple to use and guide people through the process using very simple instructions that are displayed on the device and as the device is used. And there are smart phone apps that can help direct people to the location of the defibrillators. One phone app that Chief Caldarazzo pointed out is called Pulse Point and it can be found in the Apple App Store (Apple Applications Store.) The main purpose of Pulse Point is to notify users if a cardiac event is reported and the user is within walking distance to the report, the user may be able to help the victim by finding a defibrillator or administering CPR. The app also gives users the option of tagging where defibrillator devices are on a map, if they are not already listed. (You can see PulsePoint by clicking HERE.)
Chief Caldarazzo said that it does not notify users in Boulder yet- but it does work in the Front Range and he is working on connecting to the system so it will work in Boulder too. This is especially important because at least 21% of out-of-hospital cardiac events happen in public spaces.
Chief Caldarazzo showed video stills from an incident on a tennis court in Boulder. It illustrated how important community action is to the life of a victim of a cardiac event. In the pictures, a man is standing on a tennis court, ready to hit. The Chief said that the man described being ready to play and all of the sudden, “it went black” and he was down on the ground, and “that was it.” The cardiac event took the man from standing to unresponsive on the ground in 9 seconds.
The person he was playing tennis with called 911 within seconds. Another person who saw the man fall got the defibrillator that was at the tennis courts and was able to start the man’s heart within 2 minutes of him falling to the ground. Emergency services responders (EMTs) did not arrive on scene until 10 minutes had passed. If he nothing had been done to help this man before the EMTs arrived, he probably would have died or had severe irreversible brain damage. Because of the quick response of the people who saw him have the cardiac event, he’s able to go back to life (and playing tennis again) without significant impact to his life.
Chief Caldarazzo shared the actual goal for the 2019-2020 Master Plan: “By 2025, BFR will increase the cardiac survival rate to 12 percent, beating the national average of 8 percent (measured by patients being discharged from hospital with no neural deficits.)
The Chief said that to achieve this goal, Boulder citizens have to be ready to respond to cardiac events and be willing to respond. Right now, he said, Boulder has 20-30 medical responders on call, through the City. If Boulder citizens were willing to join into this effort, at any given time the 20-30 responders could be 5000 people ready and able to respond to a victim in need.
Chief Calderazzo gave his contact information if Rotarians had questions. His email is:, and his phone number is 720-633-6433.
Chief Calderazzo took time to answer a very vigorous round of detailed questions by the Boulder Rotary audience. If you missed the program, or want to hear the Chief’s answers to the great questions asked by Boulder Rotarians, you can watch the program (or share it with friends) by clicking HERE.
President John asked Chief Caldarazzo the last question of the day; why are dalmatians are so associated with fire departments? The Chief said he’d actually done some research on that question and there are many possible answers. The Chief thought though, that the practical answer was probably a mix of honoring the traditions of fire houses in the past and the practical nature of fire fighting. He explained that the great red fire trucks used to be pulled by horses rather than big engines. Those horses needed space and the dogs would run alongside barking at people to get out of the way, keeping the horses in line and helping to keep the horses calm when around fire.

You can visit the Boulder Fire-Rescue website by clicking HERE.
Did you miss Friday's meeting? Just want to see it again? You can, just click HERE. Boulder Rotary Club has it's own YouTube channel. You can subscribe and never have to miss a meeting!

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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