Dark for the 4th of July

See You Next Week!




July 12 - Installation of Officers, Awards and Fun
July 19 - Mike Simpson, Apollo 11: Achievement and Waypoint
July 26 - Leslie Glustrom/Amy Oliver Cooke - Micro Grids and Opening Energy Markets to Innovation

Are You Ready to Read?

BRC's Book Club is to read and discuss books that explore subjects that relate to Rotary's areas of focus and Rotary's values.

The next meeting of the Boulder Rotary Book Club is scheduled for Monday, July 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Lenna Kottke has graciously offered to host and has selected It's Better Than It Looks, by Gregg Easterbrook, as the book.

Lenna's address is: 1067 Ravenwood Road, Boulder

As always we will have some happy hour snacks and liquid refreshments. Questions? Contact co-chairs Sue Deans,, or Darla Schueth,

Read more about It's Better Than It Looks by clicking HERE.

Next Happy Hour is on July 9 at the Rio

The next Rotary Happy Hour will be on Tuesday, July 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the recently remodeled Rio Grande Restaurant on the corner of Walnut and 11th. Come join us for some Marg's and tacos!


Love Rotary? Love to Hike? You Can Do Both!

Every Tuesday, Rotarians of every skill level get together to explore beautiful hiking trails all around Boulder. If you want to get involved contact Darla Schueth at, then you can be like Brian Vickers and Andy Meyer who went out last week!




A Century of Service

The Della Cava Family Medical Pavilion MIndfulness Path was opened and dedicated in June. Many BRC members and Boulder Community Health team members were there for breakfast, heart and Rotary. 





July 3 - Larry Parrish, Thomas Stiers & Charlotte Roehm
July 8 - Don Walford

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.

Membership Proposal

Rob Anderson

Cindy Domenico is proposing Dr. Rob Anderson for membership in Boulder Rotary Club. This is the second week of publication. 

Rob is the Superintendent of Boulder Valley School District. He is a passionate and dedicated educator with deep experience at every level of public education over the last two decades. As a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and an administrator, Rob has devoted his career to ensuring that every student gets the same kind of opportunity that allowed him to thrive.
In his most recent role as Deputy Superintendent of Academics in Fulton County, Georgia, Rob helped lead a district that has narrowed achievement gaps in the graduation rate, increased college and career readiness for students of all ages, improved ACT performance for four consecutive years, and expanded opportunities for Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment for all students.
Rob’s passion for public education is rooted in his own experience. Growing up in poverty in a small town in Florida, Rob saw firsthand the power of education to change lives. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Rob knew he wanted to give other students the support and opportunity his teachers gave him.
He started his career as a Title I math and science teacher in Orlando, Florida, rising through the ranks of the Orange County (FL) Public School system to eventually serve as a department chair, administrative dean, assistant principal, and principal. As principal at Lake Nona High School, Rob led the development of challenging, engaging programs that set all students up for success in higher education and the career of their choice. Among them: a Collegiate Academy that allowed students to have earned an Associates Degree when they graduated high school, a Health Career Pathway that provided students the ability to earn industry certification upon graduation, and an International Scholars program designed to prepare English Language learners for the rigors of college.
Rob was drawn to Boulder Valley School District by the shared commitment to the core values of equity and excellence. He looks forward to building on the hard work of Boulder Valley’s students, families, and educators to continue improving outcomes for all students while closing opportunity gaps. Rob, his wife Jessica, and their two children are excited to join the Boulder Valley community. 

Any comments may be sent to the Boulder Rotary Club administrator at:


Member Transition

Frank Deck

Darla Schueth reintroduced BRC member Frank Deck as he transitioned from Red Badge to Blue on Friday.

Frank was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, spending time on a ranch in a small town. He learned to ride horses work cattle and work the land. At 15 he moved from barrel racing to polo. By 17, his polo game brought recruitment offers from several schools. He ultimately chose CU Boulder.
At age 6, Frank started learning Karate. It has since turned into his career. Frank is a 5th degree blackbelt in three martial arts, he earned the titles Shihan and Sensei. He’s studied over 30 styles of martial arts including Dokkodo.
Dokkodo consists of Zen precepts. One of those precepts is, “never stray from the way.” Within this discipline, that precept is called “michi.” Frank explains that michi is the same for everything and everything has its own michi. With this principle in mind, Frank started, a group of consultants applying Zen to business and life coaching. Frank also started, a martial arts dojo.
While at CU Frank studied fine-arts photography, art history, business management and entrepreneurship. He graduated with three degrees. He’s been around the world as a photojournalist, documenting poverty in Uganda and the soft coup in the Republic of Georgia. You can find examples of his photography work at

A serial entrepreneur, Frank has worked in many fields including; real estate, firearms, art, restaurants, Native American smoke-shop/casino, manufacturing, race cars, aviation, and more. Frank lives in the mountains with his wife Katrina Jewell, a hydrogeologist and his dog Polaris. Polaris is a Perro de Presa Canario, a Roman war-dog that Frank found on the island of Tenerife and which he breeds. Frank envisions a future in politics where he can affect positive change and looks forward to donating his time to Rotary, just like his grandmother did.



BRC Wins District Sponsored Club Award-
Youth Services Award- From Smoky Hill Rotary Club

Past President of the Rotary Club of Smoky Hill, Talee Crowe and Al Horton came to  Boulder Rotary on Friday to present Boulder Rotary Club with the Youth Services Award for the Spelling Bee, Chaired by Norris Hermsmeyer.

Smoky Hill Rotary awards the Youth Services award to the club that completes the best project that benefits children.

You can see all the District and Club awards for the Rotary Year 2018-19 by clicking HERE.

Michael Weatherwax Awarded "Star of Rotary" by President Michael Brady

What do you do when you have a member who has contributed so much that he has already won the Lifetime Achievement, Rotarian of the Year, Service Above Self and District Sponsored Les Bevans Pacesetter (Club) Award? You make a new award to reflect the many contributions of someone who exemplifies all that Rotarians want to be- the Star of Rotary Award.

President Michael Brady awarded Michael Weatherwax the Star of Rotary Award on Friday describing the many contributions Michael Weatherwax has made to Boulder Rotary Club and to Rotary. A partial list includes; a member since 1988; served as Club Secretary and Treasurer for 10 years; was Boulder Rotary Club President 2010-11; he's a Major Donor- Level 4 (the highest in the Club); part of the Bequest Society; Founding Member of Club 1919; has served as Rotary Foundation Chair; member of the White Hat Society; has served as the BRCF Treasurer and Bookkeeper on top of his own job and has matched member contributions to allow our members to become Paul Harris Fellows for years and his ongoing example to all Boulder Rotarians.

Many thanks for all that you do Michael!


Rich Irvin Earns Boulder County Bar Association's Highest Honor

BRC member Rich Irvin was honored by the Boulder County Bar Association on June 6th. Rich was awarded the Ron Porter Award of Merit. The Bar Association describes the award as:
      "[T]he highest honor given to a member of the Boulder County Bar Association. It is presented to a Boulder County lawyer in recognition of their substantial dedication to the legal process: an unsung hero whose contributions may have gone unnoticed, but who personifies the very best in the profession. The Award of Merit was given out concurrently with the Ron Porter award until 2003 when the two awards were merged into the Ron Porter Award of Merit."

Read more about Rich's career and the award by at the CU Law School news site- click HERE. Congratulations Rich!

Member News


Update on Steve Walker

Our friend and BRC member, Steve Walker, was in the hospital after a tumor set off a seizure in his brain. He's back home again after having some treatment and recovery. He's able to receive emails now but not yet up to visitors. You can email him at

BRC Member Grant Couch Interviewed for
April 2019 Rotarian Magazine Article

How often do you hear an elected official say this about a citizens lobby group, they were, "the most effective and enjoyable group of people that I've dealt with since I've been on the Hill." Representative John Delaney from Maryland said that about Citizens' Climate Lobby. (CCL) CCL was founded by Rotarian Marshall Saunders.

Grant Couch is a member of CCL and co-founded a conservative caucus within the organization so that he and others can get more conservatives involved. The April edition of The Rotarian Magazine features an article about CCL called "Friendly Persuasion- Tackling a Contentious issue in rancorous times, the Citizens' Climate Lobby brings an even-handed approach to advocacy." (by Goeffrey Johnson) You can read the article by clicking HERE.

Grant was interviewed by the journalist Ashley Demma and you can see the interview by clicking HERE.

And if you want to know more about Citizens' Climate Lobby, take a look at their website at or you can click HERE.


Remembering Boulder Rotarians
That Died in Rotary Year 2018-19




CU's Head Football Coach, Mel Tucker -
Here Comes
Coach Tucker!

The 26th head coach of the University of Colorado Football was our guest on Friday, June 28th.  Coach Mel Tucker has been coaching since 1997, with a  focus on defense, as an interim head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, and coached 130 Division I-A football games with a record of 101-29.  This is his first season at CU, and he assured us that although his name is Mel Tucker, he’s not a country music singer.
As an undergraduate, he was part of Wisconsin Coach Alvarez’s first recruitment class, starting off at 1-10 his first season.  By his senior year, Wisconsin went to the Rose Bowl and won.  This gave him the opportunity to learn from Coach Alvarez on how to build a winning football program.
After graduating with a business degree, and substitute teaching for a few years, he joined the coaching staff at Michigan State, and went to on to a few other colleges including Miami of Ohio, Louisiana State University, and a National Championship with Ohio State University.
He then went moved over to the NFL, first joining his hometown team the Cleveland Browns, then Jacksonville Jaguars as a defensive coordinator, and then the Chicago Bears.  He was in the NFL for ten years, when his plan was always to be a head coach at the college level. 
He coached at Alabama, and then the University of Georgia.  He humorously shared that he told his sons that the University of Georgia was in Atlanta, when in fact it’s three hours away with traffic.  In his second year at Georgia, they played for the National Championship.
Last year Colorado came to his house to recruit him, the day after the SEC Championship game.  Five hours later, they’d negotiated the deal.  Coach Tucker said that if you want to have a great program, you have to have facilities and tradition.  With the $160 million dollars the University just put into the facilities, Colorado is amongst the best. 
When Athletic Director Rick George asked him “do you think we can win a National Championship?’, Coach Tucker’s response was “can you give me a reason we can’t?”.  Neither of them could come up with a reason.
When asked what has surprised him the most, his answer was that there are so many things about CU that outsiders simply don’t know.  It is an incredible school and program, and he’s been having a great time bragging about how awesome this place is.  CU has the 3rd rated class in Pac-12, Boulder is safe, with special air, and mountains.  He has 12 kids already committed for the 2020 class, and is currently recruiting like crazy.
Coach Tucker is not worried about Nebraska, with the game he most wants to win is against the University of Southern California since we are 0-12.  “Can’t you guys have stumbled into at least one win?  I mean ‘oh, wow, we accidentally won’”.
He is happy that ticket and merchandise sales are up, and now “we just need to win some games”.
He shared that his sons were supportive of the move to Colorado.  His older son is into film and graphics, and Colorado has great schools for that here.  His younger son is a lacrosse goalie, and lacrosse is huge here, so he can pursue his love of the game.
When asked about the strength of the CU team, Coach Tucker admitted CU is not as strong as he’d like, or as they need to be in his first year.  He is building a program, not walking into an award winning team right away.  He wants to win a National Championship, and he is building a team to win not just the Pac-12, but to win against the teams he knows CU would have to go up against.  Offense is a strong area, the offensive line needs to get a little bigger, defensive line is a little thin right now but has good depth, and he likes the quarterback.  Secondaries are probably CU’s weakest position.
When asked about protecting the players against head injuries, Coach Tucker shared that it’s been a huge topic going back to 2006 when he was in the NFL.  A concussion report came out, but it wasn’t conclusive, although the NFL had a directive to change the verbiage and technique of teaching tackling, hitting, and implemented a concussion protocol.  He is taking that knowledge he experienced in the NFL into his coaching at CU, applying best practices to his players.  Irritatingly, there is a perception that the NFL hasn’t released everything they know, so it builds some resentment and doubts, and the studies are ongoing.    Transitioning from being a football player to a normal member of society is difficult, so there is lots of work to do to ensure the players are successful for the rest of their lives.  Coach Tucker tells his players “Football is what you do, not what you are”
Summary by Michael “trying to still be relevant” Brady

Did you miss the program on Friday or maybe you'd like to see it again. You can do that! just click on the link HERE and you can see Coach Mel Tucker talk about football, coaching and Boulder.

And you can see the rest of the meeting by clicking HERE.
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