Dark for Labor Day

But we still have some Labor Day entertainment...

Enjoy your end-of-summer cookouts!




September 6 - Christopher A. Lowry, Ph.D - The Gut-Brain Connection
September 13 - Dark for Colorado Day of Caring

Attend the Next Red Badge Breakfast!

Come learn about vocational service opportunities at the next Red Badge Breakfast, to be held on Thursday, September 5th, from 7:15 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Where? Red Badgers eat breakfast in The Buff.

Sign Up for the 25th Annual
Day of Caring

September 13, 2019
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.

Rotary Zone 26/27 Institute in Denver - You are Invited!

Did you know that the 2019 Zone Institute is open to ALL Rotarians? That means YOU are invited to the Rotary Institute in Denver, the first Institute of our newly configured Zone 26/27!
Thursday, Sept 5, 2019 through brunch on Sunday, Sept 8th
Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel

Join fellow Rotarians in a series of Professional Development Seminars: Creating Events with Impact, Public Speaking, Being an Effective Trainer, Creating Images that Tell a Story.

How do I register? On our District 5450 Zone website.

Boulder Valley Rotary Club Invites BRC to the Boulder Valley Beer Fest

September 7th, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
More than 20 breweries
Tickets:  $30 (advance)
              $35 (day of event)

You can get more information at:


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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Rotary Social Potluck at Fraiser Meadows
HillTop Room on Sunday, September 8

Fraiser Meadows
HillTop Room
350 Ponca Place, Boulder

Sunday, September 8th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please join hosts Dorothy Rupert and Anne-Marie Reader at a Boulder Rotary Club Social Event on Sunday, September 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fraiser Meadows HillTop Room.

HillTop is a 3,000 sq. foot room and the only space on the 5th floor of Frasier, creating a “penthouse” feel with sweeping west-facing views of the Flatirons from its wall of windows. Guests are welcome to join you. Please bring a bottle of wine (or other preferred beverage) or a plate of hors d'oeuvres to share.

You are welcome to check out the newly remodeled Fraiser complex while you are there.

RSVP to Anne-Marie at

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...




A Nice Note from a Past Scholarship Recipient



"Dear Boulder Rotary,
Thank you for this amazing opportunity you've given me by choosing me as a recipient for the scholarship. I'm truly excited to be able to attend CSU as a representative of the Boulder Rotary and I'm truly honored. Thanks so much!
Yours in Service,
Preston Bran Brantmeyer"

Brad Wiesley shared this note from Preston Brantmeyer, who just finished his freshman year at CSU.  He was one of our 2018-2019 scholarship recipients. 




August 27 - Wendell Walker and Kyle Heckman
August 28 - Sharon Nehls
August 29 - Lenna Kottke
August 30 - LeeAnn Marshall

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.

Want to Go to the Rockies Game?

BRC has a block of tickets to a Rockies vs Cardinals game on Sept. 11.  If you would like one, or a few, FREE tickets, please let Judy Herreid know by Sept 6 at

Member Transition from Red Badge to Blue Badge

Nancy Billica

Nancy has lived in Boulder since 1993 where, together with husband Brian Vickers, she has engaged in work, community life, raising two daughters, and enjoying life. While her work keeps her focused on issues of politics and public policy, she is drawn to a wide variety of interests in the great outdoors and in human cultural activities. 
Nancy is a member of the Political Science faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder where she teaches courses in environmental policy and American politics.  She also coordinates the department’s internship program connecting students with opportunities in politics and policy making in Colorado as well as in DC.  While she has great fun regularly trying to untangle the messy, contentious world of politics, working with students as they figure out where they belong in this world is equally rewarding.  In addition to teaching, Nancy has a long history of collaborating with nonprofit organizations focused on environmental, human rights, public health and other issues. 
Nancy grew up in southern California.  She was an exchange student to Japan for one year right out of high school, then headed to UC Berkeley for her undergraduate studies where she met Brian.  Together they launched into a series of adventures, including moving via bicycle from San Francisco to Washington, DC, working in the US Senate as a research assistant for several years, then heading to graduate school before landing in Boulder.  While travel has always been of interest, these days Nancy and Brian tend to focus their itineraries on tracking down their daughters along with other family and friends across the globe. (This summer they found their daughters in Africa.)

Nancy has jumped in to BRC with the World Community Service Committee, Preserve Planet Earth Committee and the Program Committee. Thanks for joining Boulder Rotary Nancy, we're so glad you're a member!

Brian Vickers

In 2017, Brian Vickers founded Renewable Projects LLC, combining his desire to work for a more sustainable world with his passion for project leadership. Renewable Projects plans and implements project management systems to enable project managers to consistently deliver improved project results.  Prior to founding Renewable Projects, Brian worked in the environmental services and renewable energy construction fields.
When he is not working, Brian enjoys spending time with his family and friends, volunteering in his community, and exploring new places.  Brian grew up in California and met his wife Nancy Billica at UC Berkeley. After living several places around the US, Brian and Nancy moved to Boulder in 1993.  Together, they have shared and continue to share in many adventures, including raising two daughters, Rebecca and Melinda, who are now pursuing their own adventures. Rebecca lives in New Zealand with her Kiwi husband. Melinda is serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia.
Brian has volunteered and continues to volunteer with a number of organizations. He served on the City of Boulder Environmental Advisory Board, built trails and restored riparian areas with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, and collected water samples from South Boulder Creek for the City of Boulder Stream Team program. Currently he serves as a board member for Grid Alternatives supporting energy access for all and volunteers as a project manager and disaster action team supervisor with the Red Cross.

Since joining Boulder Rotary Club, Brian has been involved with the Preserve Planet Earth Committee, the World Community Service Committee, the Tuesday Hiking Group and has already sponsored a new member. Thanks so much for joining Boulder Rotary Brian

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Coker

Let's congratulate Boulder Rotarian, President and CEO of YMCA of Northern Colorado, Chris Coker. Chris just graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Services from Cappella University in Minneapolis. He attended his graduation this last weekend in Minneapolis. Good job Dr. Coker!

Carol Lynch Memorial

Boulder Rotarian Carol Lynch died at her home this summer on June 22nd. Her memorial will be held Saturday, September 7th, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Johns Episcopal Church,1419 Pine Street,

You can read her obituary by clicking HERE.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carol B. Lynch Graduate Fellowship Fund at the University of Colorado, Boulder. You can learn more about the Fellowship fund by clicking HERE.



Erika Randall
Why Watching Modern Dance
Is So Hard:
10 Tips to Make it Easier

Erika Randall, Associate Professor of Dance, Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at CU, spoke to BRC on Friday about modern dance.

Professor Randall began by asking, “what’s a hinge?” Then gave us definitions from the dictionary and from choreography instruction videos.

Bringing it all together, Professor Randall showed a clip from “So You Think You Can Danc” Season 3, Episode 15, in which dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, illustrate the hinge, to the music of “Sinner Man.” The dancer leaps into his performance and Professor Randall had the audience shout out “HINGE!” every time he used it in his performance. (Think you can spot them all? Check out the clip, click HERE. )
Professor Randall pointed out that the clip was, in fact, modern dance. It wasn’t difficult to watch, it was fun. She went on to say that modern dance is not all Alvin Ailey Company and even that clip can bring up questions like, “what’s with all the running?”

Professor Randall made a “running” montage for BRC, explaining the many different iterations of “running” in modern dance.
Some of the running moves you might see in modern dance? They include; a Cunningham run (dancer’s heads are kept at the same level); Twyla Tharpe’s running- more post modern running- more like a jog; a more general post modern run (the dancers look as if they just showed up from the gym); Taylor runs have upper body movements that look like more classical dance but the dancers are still just running.  Why do they run? Dancers may be searching for something, looking- maybe here, maybe there- search, search, search. Professor Randall illustrated nearly all the running moves, pointing out their distinctions.
Professor Randall circled back to the question of modern dance- why is it hard to watch? There are lots of reasons it may be more difficult to watch than other dance forms. One reason may be “us,” the audience. She explained that often, as an audience member, we may ask ourselves, “couldn’t this dance say more about me? Why don’t I like this?” Going further, Professor Randall says we should ask ourselves, “Is modern dance hard to watch or are we hardly watching?”
Professor Randall thinks of Jeanette Winterson’s book, Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery, when asking herself about art and dance. She said that in an essay, Winterson asked herself, “have I ever spent an hour alone with a painting?” Professor Randall asks us to substitute “dance” for painting. The essay explains that Winterson had not contemplated paintings and when she ran up against art she did not like, she realized, “the paintings were perfectly at ease. It was I that was uncomfortable.” Professor Randall’s favorite part about Winterson’s essay is that when a person says that they do not like a piece of art, or a piece of music or a dance, it is saying more about that person, than what they are seeing. Winterson asks readers, if you go to a foreign city, do you expect to suddenly speak the language? Professor Randall likens this experience to how an audience may want to watch modern dance, to better understand it, before making the final judgement about whether the person “likes” it or not.
Professor Randall spoke about dance that thrills her, giving the example of the Batsheva Dance Company’s production of “Minus 16,” with choreography by Ohad Naharin. Showing the clip, she explains how the dancers build tension along with the music. They express exhaustion in a way the audience understands. (To see the clip, click HERE- the specific scene starts 55 seconds into the performance.) Next spring, you can see more of the choreographer Ohad Naharin’s work in CU Presents, Artist Series performed by Hubbard Street Dance Company. (Click HERE to find out more.)
Another example of work that inspires Professor Randall- choreographer Crystal Pite, who has the company name Kidd Pivot. Crystal Pite focuses the audience’s attention in a very cinematic way. Professor Randall explained that Pite uses props, setting, light and music along with the dancers to create a surreal world the audience inhabits with the dancers which allows them to understand their bodies better. To see and example of Crystal Pite’s “Dark Matter” piece, click HERE.
Here are Professor Randall’s tips to watch modern dance for a better experience.
Tip 1: Before going to the performance, get into a “dreamy” state of mind. That may mean having a drink before the performance. NOT to get distracted, not to get drunk, but to defuse intense focus.

Tip 2: Pretend you made the piece. This is to change your frame of reference. Instead of saying to yourself, “anyone could make that!” Ask yourself, “why did I make that?”

Tip 3: Read more poetry. (The kind with strong metaphor!)

Tip 4: Take notes. After the performance, see if you can write three good sentences about the performance that answer these three questions- what did I actually see? A statement about the piece. (Not “I didn’t like that.” But something about the piece such as, “I felt tired after seeing the dancers running and loping throughout the performance.”) And the third- what metaphor can I use to describe the performance?

Tip 5: Try to physically represent one thing you saw. Professor Randall said “physicalizing” one thing you saw. Even if you just image it.

Tip 6: Watch one dancer. Follow that dancer’s journey.

Tip 7: Read some history. It gives a back drop for why the piece may be important.

Tip 8: “What would Erika say about it?” Or if you want something more personal, “what would your child say about it?”

Tip 9: Watch the micro dancers all around you. This is going on all the time, in every setting as people move and interact and do their work. All of it is dance.

Tip 10: Forget all the other tips! Professor Randall says, “you’ll be fine!” Keep your heart open.
You can find out more about Erika Randall at her CU web page by clicking HERE.
CU Presents Artist Series that features 2-3 dance performances per season. Find out more by clicking HERE. Erika is available for a variety of dance-related presentations and can be reached at
If you missed Erika’s program at BRC, you missed a program that was part performance, part poetry, fast paced, full of movement and video examples. It’s not nearly as fun to read as to see and hear. You can watch it on BRC’s YouTube channel by clicking HERE.
Want to find out all that’s happening at BRC? Watch last week’s meeting 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 opinions of, policy or position of the Boulder Rotary Club and its members. 


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