This week's meeting, Friday, August 2nd, is at the Avalon: right across the street from the JCC at 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder. 

We'll be back at the JCC on Friday, August 9th.
 Eric  Cornell - Nobel Laureate 2001-
A Profoundly Important Imperfection

Fourteen billion years after the Big Bang,
what can we learn about original imperfection?

"Behold, we were shapen in asymmetry;
and in imperfection did the universe conceive us."

If it weren't for a seemingly tiny flaw, a ding on the near-perfection of the early universe, we humans wouldn't be around today. Can a dozen plucky Boulder twenty-somethings shed some light on the nature f that profoundly important nick?

bread service  |  salad bar  |    scallion whipped potatoes | cider glazed carrots |
herb grilled summer flank served with Balsamic steak sauce | creamy tomato basil soup |
cookies and bars




August 9 - Frank Alexander - Home Wanted: Tripling Affordable Housing, Building a Healthy Community
August 16 - Audrey DeBarros and Kathleen Bracke - Commuting Solutions and Go Boulder - Stuck in Traffic: Is it Our Future?
August 23 - Erika Randall - Chair CU Department of Theater & Dance - Why Watching Modern Dance Is So Hard: Hot Tips To Make It Easy
August 30 - Dark for Labor Day

Don't Miss August's Red Badge Breakfast

The August Red Badge Breakfast will be this Thursday, August 1st, at the Buff Restaurant, at 7:15 a.m.  Informative presentations will be provided on five of BRC's Community Service action groups! All members welcome!

The Buff Restaurant is at 2600 Canyon Blvd., Boulder.


BRC's 7th Annual Turning Wine Into Water Event, August 24th

Save the date for the Seventh Annual "Turning Wine into Water" event on Saturday, August 24, at 5:00 p.m. at the home of Anne-Marie and Scot Reader in the mountains of North Boulder.

The evening will feature wine and food pairings from seven countries as well as a live and silent auction. Tickets are $60 per person and are limited to the first 80 people who sign up. You are welcome to bring your friends to this fun social event.

Please email Anne-Marie Reader at if you would like to attend and indicate how many tickets you would like to be billed to your Club Account.

Medication Safe Disposal Task Force Meeting

August 2nd, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 11: 45 a.m. at the Avalon

BRC's initiative to combat the Opioid crisis is the Behavioral Wellness/PPE Task Force on Medication Safe Disposal (Take-back).

The task force will assemble at the JCC at 11AM to consider our priorities and the path forward following our pilot test of a flyer at several pharmacies. We will review research on safe disposal and FDA vs Colorado policy for opioid disposal. All interested Rotarians are invited.

Contact Gary Kahn with questions:

Questions we will be considering include:
1. What are the goals for the program? (Environmental vs Public Health vs Both)
2. What role can Rotary/BRC play?
3. Other Rotary partners?
4. What are the next steps?


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October 5, 2019- for the upcoming WASH symposium

"NextGen WASH: Investing in the next generation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Professionals".

Please contact Charlotte Roehm, WASH Symposium Co-Chair if you have questions. More to come...


Update from the Program Committee

Last year, Karl Kurtz was the incoming Chair of the Program Committee and then President Mike Brady charged Karl with the goal of meeting BRC's Strategic Vision Plan for our programs. It was a high bar to meet.

The mission: programs should TED Talk quality. What does that mean? That programs should be "...Short, carefully prepared [presentations] that... cover a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder..."

The Program Committee meets quarterly and before each meeting, the committee members are asked to evaluate the previous three months programs. Here are the evaluations by the Program Committee for the Rotary Year 2018-19:

Twelve of the 46 programs were rated at TED Talk level by Program Committee members. None were ranked poor, 33 were ranked good, 1 was ranked as fair.

The twelve programs ranked at the highest quality were:

The Program Committee has been working to maximize the time for the speaker by experamenting with introductions. This has included trying introductions with a biographical slide and a shorter introduction as well as a "no Introduction" model that President John has tried over the last 2 weeks.

The Program Committee needs and wants your ideas and feedback. All the programs come from our members ideas and connections. Karl wanted to thank all Program Committee members for their hard work and invite any who are interested to the next program meeting which will be October 3rd, at 4:00 p.m. at the Via Conference Room, in the Via Mobility facility at 2855 63rd St. in Boulder.




July 31 - Jancy Campbell
August 1 - Alan Hurst
August 2 - Maria Roditis
August 3 - TK Smith
August 3 - Gary Berg
August 5 - Glenn Lenzen

This week's donors to the BRC Birthday Scholarship Fund include Jere Mock, Tom Stiers, Chad Stamm, John Mozeliak and Lynn Johnson. Thanks to you all for marking another birthday with your donation supporting Boulder Valley students. You rock!

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.


Why Did You Join Rotary?

At last week's meeting, Past President Mike showed a video of BRC members telling their own story about why they joined Rotary. Short and moving, the video can be found by clicking HERE. Pass it on to friends!


Member Transitions: Red Badge to Blue


Susan Connelly

Sue Deans, re- introduced Susan to the Club on Friday.

Susan is a former BRC member and has returned to us after being away. Susan has lived in Boulder County since 1999, enjoying Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and now Gunbarrel. Susan started her career as a lawyer in Florida and Chicago representing local governments, nonprofits and various kinds of development interests. After thirteen years practicing law, she gravitated to a series of propositions that had a strong public or community focus, working as Community Development Director for the town of Vail, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago and VP of Community Design for McStain Neighborhoods.

Susan served as Executive Director of the nonprofit Colorado Chautauqua Association for twelve years, and then worked for the City of Boulder’s Community Vitality Department as Deputy Director and Acting Director.

Last October, she became the Director of Community Relations for Hieronymus Inc. and a director of the Hieronymous Foundation. (Some of you may have heard of Hieronymus Bosch, the 15th century painter and some of you may have heard of Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, the LAPD Detetive character created by Susan’s brother Michael in his bestselling books and Amazon Prime television series.) Susan and her husband Rich Smith enjoy movies, cooking and nature. In addition to returning to BRC, Susan is rejoining the board of the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center this year.

Susan has enjoyed reconnecting with her friends from BRC and making new friends with new members. She's joining the Red Badge Committee and the Program Committee.

Boulder Rotary Morns the Loss of E.M. "Butch" Hollister

Long time Boulder Rotarian, Butch Hollister died at home on July 24th.

Services for Butch will be on, Saturday, August 17th, at 10:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church, which is at 6739 S Boulder Rd, in Boulder.


George Russell is Performing at the
Boulder County Fair

Don't miss BRC's best Cowboy Poet, Singer, Comic & Songwriter, George Russell, when he performs at the Boulder County Fair! You can find him at the Big Stage in the Beer Garden, on August 7, 2019 between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Boulder County Fairgrounds are in Longmont, at 9595 Nelson Road

Click HERE for the link to the Boulder County Fairgrounds.
Here's a little about George and a sample of his poetry; click HERE.


Leslie Glustrom, Amy Oliver Cooke &
Peter Lilienthal -
Micro Grids and Energy Markets



Leslie Glustrom, Amy Oliver Cooke, and Peter Lilienthal, spoke to Boulder Rotary Club on Friday about micro grids -why they are being used, how they can change the current utility system and the benefits of making that change.
A micro grid is an electrical network which has a source of energy (usually something local and non-coal such as solar, wind or thermal) that is distributed in a localized area. Sometimes micro grids can be attached to a national grid but are able to function independently from that national grid system.
Amy Oliver Cooke and Leslie Glustrom may come from different life experiences and political beliefs, but when Leslie and Amy met at the Public Utilities Commission, they found they had in common, an interest in freedom, affordable power, a clean environment and energy development. And they felt, all of those interests are achievable and not mutually exclusive. Where do those ideas all come together? They come together in micro grids.
Amy said that micro grids appeal to a free market capitalist because it puts people in charge of their own power. Colorado, Amy says, is going more toward a system of allowing citizens to have power usage choice, although we do not have that right now. Right now, Colorado citizens must use the power providers authorized by the government. She pointed out that there is an economic cost to a transition like this.
Part of the cost of transition is associated with the larger issue of our national energy grids which need significant maintenance or replacement. Micro grids are a way to deal with that larger grid issue as well. Amy explained that micro grids might be the size of a city like Boulder or as small as a household or a collection of neighbors. For example, if Amy lived next door to a family that wanted to invest in solar power and she wanted to invest in batteries, they could decide to share- she stores the power they produce, and each household uses the power within that agreement.
Amy believes that we, citizens of Colorado, should have the freedom to make that type of agreement- to generate power within their own properties and the power to control what happens to it.
Amy said that her organization, the Independence Institute, wrote a series of articles about micro grids and it was written by authors under the age of 22. Why is that important? For younger people, the idea of peer- to- peer energy sharing is very natural. (You can read the series of articles from the Independence Institute by clicking HERE.)
Amy said that while wind and solar power components are decreasing in price, they still take up a lot of space. Therefore, if space (on land) is not available or we choose to use the land for different purposes, “it makes much more sense to be able to do this all in our own homes.” Additionally, this type of system makes attacking the energy grid at a state or national level, much more difficult. Centralized grids are a target.

Amy recommended the book, Five Days at Memorial Hospital: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. (more about the book HERE.) Amy said the book reports on what happened at Memorial Hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She said this book really illustrates the social cost of not having electricity.
Amy ended her portion of the program by reiterating that micro grids allow people to have the freedom to choose, it is an affordable power option, it is a cleaner environmental option and it’s a way to develop our resources responsibly.
Leslie Glustrom, CU Biochemist, Environmental Activist and wife to BRC’s own Merrill Glustrom, believes, as Amy Oliver Cooke, that markets should be opened for more innovation and more competition. Micro grids are one way to innovate and Leslie said Boulder is lucky to have one of the world’s experts on micro grids in our community- Peter Lilienthal. He spoke after Leslie, about what micro grids are.
Peter Lilienthal lives and works in Boulder and after working as Senior Economist for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, founded HOMER Energy. HOMER makes a system that optimizes micro grids and distributed energy systems.
He began by saying that the United State’s centralized power grid made sense when the power grid was being built and developed. At that time, it was only the big coal plants that could handle the energy needs of the communities they provided service for. As Peter said, because of economies of scale, “nobody builds a small coal plant.” The entire energy industry and grid was built on this centralized basis.
However, the technologies that are being developed now, are not inherently centralized, they are inherently modular. In fact, because of the new technologies around micro grids, most of the work Peter and his colleagues do is in poorer countries that do not have centralized power grids.
Peter outlined what he calls the “6 Ds of our energy future.” Those are: distributed, decentralized, democratized, diverse, digitized and decarbonized. Having already spoken about distributed, and Amy having spoken about democratized, he explored decentralized.
If a country or a region has a centralized industry, that means there is a centralized technology, which leads to a centralized economy, which leads to a centralized power structure.
Diversity is equally important for a robust system. Peter noted that solar is a big section of energy production but it is not the only section, there is wind, water, thermal and other technologies that allow a new system like micro grids to grow. He also said that digital, the fifth “D” in his analysis of our energy future, makes it possible for people and organizations to use a micro grid. And “decarbonized” is a strong motivation for many people to get involved in micro grid technology.
Peter went on to talk about the clean power evolution. He started with the idea of smart grids. Boulder, he said was supposed to be the “smart grid city.” Peter said that relying on large utilities is not an effective way to innovate toward a more diversified distributed energy delivery system. Utility companies have a job- deliver electricity to their customers. Utility companies work with the national electrical grid which Peter says is, “the largest and most complicated machine ever.” The utility companies have to service the grid, expand it, and monitor it, all within a very regulated and security sensitive environment. Peter said that it is much easier to be innovative when there is no underlying centralized system already in place.
Peter gave an example of what a modern micro grid looks like:

Why would people want micro grids? Peter says there are many reasons, but three of the strongest are; reliability, energy cost savings and reduced emissions.
Peter explained that his company helps communities, and organizations decide what type of alternative energy they may want to generate, (based on the site, the resources, and the access to technology) how the energy will be distributed. Peter says he’s worked all over the world with these micro grid systems and the technologies that make it possible.
Did you miss Friday’s meeting? Your faithful reporter did so I caught up by watching the program on Boulder Rotary Club’s YouTube channel. You can watch the program if you too missed the meeting, or want to pass it along to friends who might be interested in seeing this fascinating discussion of energy, environmental concerns and individual’s choices- just click HERE.
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