With the new Rotary Year, President Mike Brady swore in the new President, John Sullivan and the new Boulder Rotary Board Members and BRC Officers.
The BRC elects eight members to the board in two year terms, staggered so that four members are elected at a time. This year, Willie Knierim, Jeane Lindeke, Charlotte Roehm and Alessandro Sachs (not present) were sworn in. BRC members, Merrill Glustrom, Pam Hyink, John Regur (not present) and Dan Sher completed their term as Board Members. Boulder Rotary Roots Co-Chair Bill Sebastian also completed his term on the Board as well as Boulder Rotary New Gen Co-Chair Crissy Bowen.
President Mike shared some of the Club’s and the outgoing Board’s accomplishments in BRC’s 100th
year. BRC revised the by-laws and created the first sexual harassment policy in the district; raised nearly $200 thousand for good works and over $50 thousand for the Rotary Foundation; gifted $100 thousand for water hydration stations, the International Peace Park and the Rotary Mindfulness Garden at the Boulder Community Health Campus; pledged nearly $20 thousand to global and district grants; decreased expenses and increased the ease with which members can meet their obligations; rallied to create a Boulder Rotary Club day at the City, County and State level; participated in the Colorado Day of Caring; bought and planted trees in a new partnership program with in the City of Boulder; won seven District 5450 Awards and welcomed 34 new members to BRC; put on 44 programs; had a George Garmany Bowtie Day; 1 birthday party; and an outstanding Century Gala! It’s been an amazing year!
New President, John Sullivan, Club Secretary, Kathy Olivier, Club Treasurer Brad Wiesley, and President Elect Sall
y Brown were also sworn in. As President John’s first act as President, he turned the meeting over to now Past President Mike Brady for the awards ceremony.
Past President Mike, Awards Co-Chair Jean Schloesslin and President John had a “red carpet” award ceremony, along with “the envelope” and a star (President Elect Sally) to escort the winners to their own post award red carpet reception.
Beginning with the Humanitarian Award
: awarded to a Rotarian who has demonstrated a selfless devotion to serving others. This year it was awarded to a Boulder Rotarian for 21 years, who initiated Rotaract’s annual support of the Honor Flight Program, who had been Rotarian of the Year in 2003-2004 and was awarded the RI Theme Award in 2013-14, and chair of the CU Rotaract Committee for the past 6 years- John Mozeliak
The next award was the RI Theme Award
: awarded to a Rotarian who best exemplifies the 2018-2019 Rotary theme, “Be the Inspiration.” This Boulder Rotarian has been a Rotarian for 3 years; is a BRC Board member, 2018-2020; is the unofficial club photographer; was the Co-Chair of the 2018 Signature Event and is known by the initials “NCW.” Nancy Chin-Wagner
Past President Mike went on to the Quiet Hero Award(s)
. Awarded to Boulder Rotarians in recognition of actions or service which is or has been behind the scenes or otherwise out of the eye of the general public. The first went to a Rotarian for 9 years, member of Tech, Program, Membership, WCSC and Chair of Sexual Harassment Response Team Committee, volunteer at every club event and RiB Newsletter co-editor with Chad Stamm, Cassidy Murphy
The second Quiet Hero Award
was given to a Boulder Rotarian of 6 years, long time memb
er of the Literacy, Journaling and Caring Committees, sponsored 4 new members in the past 3 years; newly elected to the BRC Board of Directors, chauffeur extraordinaire for any member needing transportation to meetings and events- Willie Knierim
The next award was the Quick Start Award
: recognizing a new member who hits the ground running and
makes an immediate, positive and significant impact on the club. This year’s winner has been a Rotarian since February of 2018, an active member of the Guest and Visitor Registration Committee; Chair of the Centennial Tree-Planting service project and club Secretary and member of the BRC Board of Directors since 2018- Kathy Olivier
Past President Mike then awarded the President’s Discretionary Awards. These awards are given in recognition of a special set of activities and circumstances.
The first Discretionary Award
went to a 12 year BRC member, who is part of too many committees to list, is the Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the Program Committee since 2017, sponsored 5 new members in the past year, 9 in the past 2 years and 15 during his tenure as a Boulder Rotarian- Gary Kahn
The second Discretionary Award
went to a Rotarian of 18 years; who served as President in the Rotary Year 2009-2010; who distinguished herself as the excellent MC of the Roarin’ Rotary 1919 Signature Event; and has been the Membership Chair for the past 3 years, shepherding the highest retention and growth of membership in years- Darla Schueth
The third Discretionary Award
went to a Rotarian for 2 years, a member of the BRC Board of Directors for the years 2019-2020; who won the Service Above Self Award in 2018; is the Co-Chair of the Centennial International Peace Park Initiative; served as the Red Badge Co-Chair in 2018-2019 and is the newest Membership Chair- Charlotte Roehm
The next award was the Lifetime Achievement Award
given in recognition of long, devoted and effective
service to Boulder Rotary. This award was given to a member with 27 years of Rotary membership, 15 in BRC; a past chair of Program Committee, Red Badge and others; Rotarian of the year in 2010-2011; and won the RI Theme Award in 2006-2007; and has excelled as the Centennial Year Club Historian- Sue Deans
The final award of the year was the Rotarian(s) of the Year
. This is awarded to a Rotarian who made a
significant impact upon the Boudler Rotary Club during the year. This award was given to Boulder Rotarians who have been members since 1986 and 2001 respectively, are past chairs of nearly every committee, have both been Presidents of the Club, have both won Rotarian of the Year awards in the past and were both Co-Chairs of the Centennial Committee- Jon and Lenna Kottke
Past President Mike then reflected back on his year as President of Boulder Rotary and shared a video of why Rotary is important to our members. You can find it by clicking HERE
President John then took the stage to start his term and remind BRC we had an amazing Centennial year and now we are looking to the future- to continue to excel and commit to service above self. Meeting adjourned!
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