THIS WEEK'S MEETING:
Audrey DeBarros and Kathleen Bracke - Commuting Solutions and Go Boulder - Stuck in Traffic: Is it Our Future?
Transportation funding for the Northwest metro corridor is critical to our region's future. Colorado voters did not support the 2018 statewide ballot measure to increase funding for transportation. What’s happened since and what are the options Boulder and the region are considering to address our transportation funding needs?
THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Bread Service | Salad Bar | Lentil Soup Provençale | Mediterranean Braised Pot Roast with Kalamata Olives, Preserved Lemon, Rosemary & Tomatoes | Couscous Pilaf | Peas & Carrots with Mint & Almonds | Dessert
- Erika Randall - Associate Professor of Dance Chair, Department of Theater & Dance, University of Colorado - Why Watching Modern Dance Is So Hard: Hot Tips To Make It Easy
August 30 - Dark for Labor Day
September 6 - Christopher A. Lowry, Ph.D - The Gut-Brain Connection
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
if you would like to attend and indicate how many tickets you would like to be billed to your Club Account.
Sign Up for the 25th Annual
September 13, 2019
Day of Caring
Contact: Michael McHale
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.
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
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. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Walk for Unity and Help Build Peace
Bob Stuenkel and Merrill Glustrom invite you to join the Boulder Walk for Unity, to help build a more tolerant, inclusive and respectful community. There will be live music, a Gospel Choir, prayer and poetry, interactive fun, and refreshments.
The Walk is Sunday, August 25, from 4-6pm. Meet at the Second Baptist Church at 5300 Baseline in Boulder.
ALL ARE WELCOME! COME JOIN US!
Do You Have a Nominee for the Jim Swaeby Peace Award?
You are invited to nominate a candidate for the Jim Swaeby Peace Award. The Award is presented by Boulder Rotary to recognize a person or persons for outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals of Rotary as expressed in the Fourth Object of Rotary: “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”
The award commemorates the contribution of Boulder Rotarian Jim Swaeby who gave of his time, talent, humor and passion to build a better world. Jim was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga and business man who contributed to the community and world in numerous ways. In ways unseen in most cases he carried out a life mission to "do an unexpected act of kindness or generosity for someone less privileged."
The Award includes an inscribed plaque, a monetary award from $250-$1,000, depending on budget, and an announcement of the Award to the community through the Rotary and the Boulder Daily Camera. (The monetary award will go to a nonprofit mutually agreed on by the recipient and the Peacebuilder Committee.)
Click here to submit your nominee.
Save the Date for the WASH Symposium
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...
August 17 - Jack Rummel
August 19 - Bob Leutwiler
Many thanks to this week's Birthday Scholarship donors, Sharon Nehls and Dennis Channer. The Birthday Scholarship Recipients wish you a very happy birthday. 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 Proposals
Sally Brown is proposing Jill Drury for BRC membership. This is the first week of publication.
Jill Drury is a retired Federal Government executive. She began her public service career as an Economist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After conducting economic analyses for military construction and base closure projects for more than a decade, she transferred to the Legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service. When the Department of Homeland Security was created, Jill was selected to be the Director of the International Students and Exchange Visitor Program. She subsequently moved to Brussels, Belgium, to be the first Transportation Security Liaison to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Before retiring, Jill was the Director for International Operations at Transportation Security Administration.
Jill has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. She is a passionate horse lover, ballet dancer and dog owner. She and her dog Bo, were recently certified with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Jill and her husband Stuart are currently working to develop a website called “Donations Make A Difference” to identify needed items and inspire global travelers to donate and make a difference locally.
Stuart (Stu) Drury
Sally Brown is proposing Stu Drury for BRC membership. This is the first week of publication.
Stu Drury is a retired federal civil servant and retired Arm Reserve Officer. When Stu was four, his father took a job as a civilian with the U.S. Arm in Europe. Stu attended Defense Department schools in Germany from kindergarten through twelfth grade. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Stu spent eleven years as an active duty Army officer, then became a reservist and Defense Department civilian.
He worked for the Arm in Europe before being transferred to the Pentagon where he met his wife Jill. After a brief stint with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service. Stu served on the Joint Staff, attended the National War College and worked at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. He also served as Deputy Director for NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Stu took early retirement in 2008 so he could accompany his wife Jill to Sydney, Australia, for her job with the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to an undergraduate degree from West Point, Stu has graduate degrees from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and from the National War College. He is a recovering runner, avid skier, occasional mountaineer, aspiring cyclist and enthusiastic reader.
Gary Kahn is proposing Jonathan Singer for BRC membership. This is the first week of publication.
Representative Jonathan Singer represents House District 11 for Longmont and Northern Boulder County. He is chairman of the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee.
Rep. Singer is a leading architect of the regulatory framework established for recreational marijuana, which was approved by the voters of Colorado in 2012, directing tens of millions of new marijuana tax revenue to mental health programs and schools.
Rep. Singer has spent his legislative career advocating for youth, elders, and people with disabilities. He helped revolutionize our child welfare system to ensure that children are safe and can maintain their family connections.
He has also been a champion for all Coloradans – many of them from his district – who lost property and livelihoods in the catastrophic Front Range floods of 2013.
Rep. Singer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Colorado State University.
He has been a volunteer in the community for most of his life in both Boulder and Longmont including before and after-school programs with the YMCA.
He met his wife, Allison, while volunteering at the Boulder Public Library when they were both in high school. They live in Longmont with their children, Gwendolyn and William.
Any comments regarding new member proposals may be sent to the Boulder Rotary Club Board of Directors by email to Vanessa@boulderrotary.org.
Edward 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
You can find Butch's obituary by clicking HERE
Tripling Affordable Housing,
Building a Healthy Community
The high cost of housing in Boulder County makes finding a home increasingly difficult, especially for working families and individuals, first-time home buyers, seniors, and others on fixed or limited income. High housing costs threaten our quality of life, the vitality of our workforce, our economic growth and diversity, and the wellbeing of our entire community. Today, working people in our community can no longer afford rent—let alone buy a home—in many of our cities and towns. Achieving success on the issue of affordable housing is only possible using multiple tools and a commitment to action by the public and private sectors, and by all those who live and work here.
On Friday, Frank Alexander, Director of the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS) spoke to BRC about affordable housing issues in Boulder.
Frank has been the Director of BCDHHS since January 2009. He led a comprehensive system redesign process for Boulder County’s housing and human services system, which has included forging strong local and state partnerships, promoting cross-disciplinary systems integration, and developing award-winning and creative housing and human services programs. He is also director of the Boulder County Housing Authority and is a past president of the Colorado Human Services Directors Association.
Frank describes Boulder County's access to affordable housing is the single most important issue impacting the long-term health and economic vitality of our county.
Housing needs to be available and achievable for people of all ages and stations of life because it is so closely tied to the health and well-being of a community. BCDHHS is looking at the next 50 years.
Right now, according to Frank, people in Boulder County are struggling with housing issues. As an example, more than 54% of Boulder County renters are cost burdened. “Cost burdened” means that renters are spending a significant percentage of their income on rent. In a survey of 25,000 renters, 10,000 were spending more than 30% of their income toward rent and 15,000 were spending more than 50% of their income toward rent.
Looking at hou
sing in general, approximately 52,000 Boulder County residents live in households where more than 50% of their income is spent on housing.
Affordable housing is an increasing challenge for people to come to Boulder County and find a home, and for people who have owned a home and want to remain in their homes after retirement. (Affordable housing, Frank explained, is- housing that is affordable, accessable and attainable for anyone, up to 120% of the area median income.)
BCDHHS has been working on a regional plan since 2016 to dramatically expand accessible attainable housing throughout Boulder County. The plan has five primary goals:
- Establish a Regional Goal
- Bolster Financial Resources
- Secure Land – Redevelopment Opportunities
- Preserve Affordability
- Consider the Regulatory Process
The first goal adopted by nine jurisdictions in Boulder county is to triple the affordable housing stock by 2035. Frank said that Boulder County has 6000 affordable homes now. The goal under the Regional Plan, is to add 12,000 more over a 15 year period. The plan is to acquire affordable housing in that time period, rehabilitate existing homes and build new homes.
Every community in Boulder County has agreed to look at what they can do to support this affordable housing effort. The process of putting a regional plan together started in 2016 when a consortium of Boulder County’s towns and cities authorized BCDHHS to do it. The plan was finalized in 2017 and since then, communities across the county
have committed to finding solutions. Frank said that they’ve seen significant progress. For example, Longmont has changed regulations for waivers on height and density bonuses as well as expedited development review for affordable housing. Louisville has focused on a transit oriented development plan that works with RTD. Boulder has been working on accessory dwelling units and working with the building code to get more clarity, predictability and easier process.
What has been accomplished since 2017? Frank shared just a few accomplishments. There have been 526 permanently affordable homes added, with 1,200 more in the process of being added. There has been $9 million of local funds invested towards affordable housing and $2.6 million federal funds.
One of Frank’s main goals is to change the conversation around the idea of “affordable housing.” He stresses that “housing” should not be excluded from fundamental community development ideas. It is as important as economic development, infrastructure, hospitals, healthcare, transportation corridors and schools.
Frank asked us to consider being an ambassador for the campaign for affordable, accessible housing. He is looking for individual stories about the need for affordable housing to share with others.
Learn more about the Boulder County Regional Housing Partnership by going to www.homewanted.org
You can learn more about Boulder's Housing and Human Services Division by clicking HERE
Want to share Frank Alexander's program with friends, or watch it on YouTube? You can do it by clicking HERE
Did you miss Friday's meeting? You can see it, share it or save it by clicking HERE
You also can see lots of our previous programs and meeting by clicking 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 policy or position of the Boulder Rotary Club.
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