Boulder Chorale - Music for the Holiday Season

Enjoy some holiday music with Boulder Chorale! We hope you have an amazing holiday season in all you celebrate. See you in 2020!

Bread Service  |  Salad Bar  |  Vegan Ginger Carrot Soup  |  New York Strip with Balsamic Steak Sauce or Creamy Horseradish  |  Cheddar Scallion Mashers  |  Roasted Brussels Sprouts  |  Chef’s Choice Desserts




Dec 27 - Dark for the Holidays

Rotary Book Club meets Jan. 13

Boulder Rotary Book Club will meet Monday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Janet Beardsley's home, 5626 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. We will discuss  "An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago," by Alex Kotlowitz. Questions? Contact Sue Deans,, or Darla Schueth,

Saturday, February 8th, 2020
BRC Signature Event

Please mark your calendars for this year’s Signature Event on Saturday, February 8th starting at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa put on by our Foundation.  Tickets are $125 per person through December 31st so don’t be late!  (They will increase in price beginning January 1st.) 

Contact Nancy Chin Wagner at to purchase tickets.  We are encouraging you to invite your non Rotarian friends who would love to support a great cause and all tickets purchased include a tax deduction.
Sponsorships are available at several levels!  Please contact Christina Lui at for more information and to support this event.
For all other questions (including a great auction item donation) please contact Kitty deKieffer at  Thank you in advance for supporting our club so generously!

Help Stop a Tragedy Before It Happens


(Click the image above to download the full invitation.)

Ring in the New Year with a Red Badge 

Our next Red Badge breakfast is Thursday, January 9th at The Buff.  Our topic/theme will be Youth Service.  Come and enjoy some fellowship, quality presentations and opportunities to engage!


Remember Boulder Rotary In Your Year-End Giving!

The Boulder Rotary Club Foundation (BRCF) was founded in 1973 to support the good works of Boulder Rotary.  This year, the Foundation has contributed more than $175,000 to scholarships, Centennial projects, Youth Exchange, global grants, Imagination Library, disaster relief, CU Rotaract Honor Flight, and more. Member donations are the fuel to fund Boulder Rotary’s good works in the community and the world. As you make your year-end donations, please consider a donation to BRCF. Sustaining members contribute a minimum of $100 per year, and all donations count toward Steve Whitehead Fellowships. You can mail checks to BRCF, c/o Michael Weatherwax, 2995 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303-2318. Let’s keep the spirit of giving alive and well at Boulder Rotary!

Beautiful Morning for Red Badge

Last Thursday, Red Badge met at the Buff Restaurant after witnessing a beautiful sunrise! Don't miss another great Red Badge Meeting- the next meeting is on January 9th, 2020 at the Buff Restaurant, 2600 Canyon Blvd. at 7:30 a.m. - great breakfast, information and fun!

Thanks to Susan Connelly for the beautiful sunrise picture!

Need Some New Light?

Trade-in your old incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs for LED bulbs that use 80% less energy and last 5 times longer. PPE committee will have light bulbs on hand and will give two LED bulbs for every old incandescent or fluorescent bulb brought to the meeting. Look for them at meetings in December.

Don't Forget to "Smile" When You Shop This Holiday Season

Please don’t forget to use Amazon Smile to do your shopping!  By designating the Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, your shopping benefits us.  To designate BRCF, just go to and follow the instructions to add us as the beneficiary.  Questions?  Please contact Kitty L. deKieffer at  Thank you! 

From the World Community Service Committee

We need your help.
District Grant -CLEAN non-contaminated Water for Oglala Lakota Sioux.

Join our Boulder Rotary initiative and give CLEAN water now to the Oglala Lakota Sioux at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Let all of our Boulder Rotary members unite together in this holiday season of giving to solve this sad problem.

Together we can solve the terribly sad problem of uranium and arsenic water contamination that exists all over Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Your donation allows connecting homes to the main CLEAN water line. You are giving the gift of life to the Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge. 

We are solving a problem ​for Lakota people through Lakota people​.Our Boulder Rotary Club has joined with a local Platinum rated NGO, called “​Running Strong for American Indian Youth® which has operated successfully for decades. Co-founded byBilly Mills, ​Oglala Lakota (Sioux) born. Billy was raised on Pine Ridge Reservation​ and won the Olympic Gold medal in the 10,000 meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics​.​

Running Strong  ​has agreed to match up to $150,000 ​all funds and donations contributed by our Boulder Rotary Club. Please give now. ​ Personal and corporate donations​ are welcome​,​ and please note- all donations will also be matched by Running Strong.​


Checks should be made out to: ​Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, Memo line:  CLEAN water project,
Mail to​ Boulder Rotary Club Foundation, c/o Michael Weatherwax, 2995 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO
80303-2318. The Boulder Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
TO​ ​PLEDGE​ contact ​Grant Coordination: ​Alessandro Sachs​ - 

DID YOU KNOW about some of the challenges of the Oglala Lakota People?
Unemployment rate of 87%
8 Times USA rates of diabetes
5 Times USA rate of cervical cancer
2 Times USA rate of heart disease
8 Times USA rate of tuberculosis
4 Times USA rate of Teen suicides
3 Times USA rate of Infant Mortality Lowest Life Expectancy in USA
Source “Re-Member” Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Medicine Wheel
If you’d like to know more, we invite you  to watch the video:  “Uranium on the Great Plains”, Elder Charmaine White Face, go to the video  by clicking HERE.




Dec 21 - Anne-Marie Reader, Meagan D'Angelo & Frank Deck
Dec 23 - Pete Parkinson
Dec 26 - Linda Davidson & Ken Dubach
Dec 28 - David Driscoll & Andy Meyer
Dec 29 - Don Margolis

Due to a mix up in deposits between the Club and the Foundation we missed recognizing the following wonderful birthday donors in the month of their birthday - Carl Scott, President-Elect Sally Brown, Nancy Stocker, Dick Bedell, and Ruth Irvin. Last week's donors included Past President Darryl Brown and President John Sullivan. Thanks to you true Rotarians for your generosity in supporting our Birthday Scholarship program.

December must be a good month for Rotarian birthdays as Maryan Jaross, Past President Deborah Kelly, John Layman, Past President Marty Evans, Shoni Kahn, Linda Davidson, and Merrill Glustrum all celebrated their birthdays with donations to the Birthday Scholarship Fund. Thanks to you all for your generosity and support of Boulder Valley students.

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.

Don't Forget to Vote for Your Board of Directors Selections

At this week's meeting, attendees will vote for their selections for the Boulder Rotary Club Board of Directors. If you cannot attend this week's meeting, email your four selections to vanessa@boulderrotary.orgClick here to view the full slate of nominees. Thank you for all who volunteered to run.

Member Transitions- Red Badge to Blue


Mike Kercheval

Mike is the Executive Director of the Real Estate Center at the Leeds School of Business of the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to joining the Center, Mike was President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the world’s largest commercial real estate trade association.  Mike expanded the association’s professional education, advocacy, research and networking activities and doubled ICSC’s global membership.
Prior to ICSC, Mike spent thirteen years as a portfolio manager and real estate investment banker in New York, with Australia-based Lend Lease and its predecessor companies, the final three years working in Latin America as CEO of Lend Lease Latin American Realty Advisors.
Earlier in his career, Mike was a senior economist with Equitable Life Assurance, taught Urban Economics at Columbia University and worked as a staff economist on the Colorado Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Growth Management. 
Mike is currently treasurer of the International Board of Amigos de las Americas and serves on the boards of the CU President’s Leadership Class and Project REAP, a national minority-focused real estate education organization.  He was honored as Outstanding Association Executive by the New York Society of Association Executives and received the Lifetime Industry Achievement Award from MAPIC for his contributions to the European real estate industry.
A Colorado native and Boettcher Scholar, Mike holds a master’s degree and PhD (ADB) in economics from Columbia University and graduated with honors from the University of Colorado with a triple major in economics, political science and international affairs.
After almost 40 years in the New York City area, where they raised their two children (Adam, 22 and Jackie, 26), Mike and his wife, Dana, relocated to Boulder in 2016.

In addition to all the volunteer work Mike does, he's joined the Peace Builders Committee, Rotaract and the Membership Committee is actively lobbying for his time! Thanks for all your service Mike!

Margee Sullivan

At age 17, Margee had a rare neurologic reaction to a vaccine which attacked her spinal cord leaving her a paraplegic.
After 18 months of rehab she was able to walk again. Ready to explore, she left her crutches at home in Maryland and drove to Colorado seeking adventure. She is grateful for decades of extreme activities including hiking 14ers, downhill skiing, and cycling many thousands of miles. Currently her activities are less extreme, but she remains active and feels blessed for every day that includes taking steps.
A former software engineer, Margee worked developing radar systems for F-18 and A-7 military jets and testing the display systems at NORAD in Colorado Springs. Later, she worked in the computer networking field.  These days, she follows her passion for art and paints abstract landscapes inspired by her many long bike rides.  Margee has lived in Boulder 29 years and raised her three children here. She has volunteered for many organizations. She is particularly proud to have started the EXPAND “Bolder Shoulder” program which helped people with disabilities train for and complete the Bolder Boulder race. Margee has made time to work at the Registration Desk for BRC and the Caring Committee and volunteered at Wine2Water. Thanks for being a member Margee!



Chris Barge, Community Foundation
Discover, Connect and Engage With Our Neighbors in
Boulder County


The Community Foundation of Boulder County's vision statement is: "Community Foundation Boulder County is a community catalyst that inspires ideas and ignites action to improve the quality of life in Boulder County. We make informed decisions to respond to immediate needs and anticipate future challenges. Join us to make a difference. We accomplish more together than we do alone."Learn more about the CFBC by clicking HERE to go to their website.
Who deserves to live here?  What is holding some students back while others succeed?  How can we best steward a healthy environment?  Who is not participating in our vibrant arts scene? How can we ensure that everyone feels safe and valued in our Boulder Community.
These were just a few of the questions Chris Barge, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Community Foundation Boulder County, address last Friday.
The Community Foundation Boulder County has been around since 1991 and producing the annual Trends Report since the late 1990s.  It is a community indicator report divided into seven chapters, the first of which is demographics.
  • The median home price in Boulder is $1mm meaning that families are moving east and the median age is increasing.
  • The vast majority of Boulderites are from other states, while 80% of Latinos are from the state.
  • By 2050 the number of over 65 years olds living in Boulder County is expected to double.
  • 50% of the Latino population is under 25 whereas only 1/3rd of the population is under 25.
  • Record high High School graduations, and twice as many holding bachelor’s degrees here than across the country 63 vs. 32%.In Boulder there are more with advanced degrees than with Bachelor’s alone
  • Full day free kindergarten is now available in Colorado
  • Higher Education is not pursued equally by all, with a vast income difference between those without a high school diploma and those with some higher education
Public Health
  • Two years ago we had a high of 60,000 enrolled in public health insurance (Medicaid and CHIP+) and today it is 50,000
  • Employment in Boulder County is around 2%, which helps shift public support to private
  • Vaping has become a big problem, especially for our teens
  • Low vaccinations rates increase risk of measles and pertussis.We are below the “herd” rate for vaccination, which is necessary to keep the population as a whole immunized.
  • Increased focus by the community on mental health
Our Economy and Housing
  • 55% of Boulder residents rent, and it is becoming harder and hard to afford
  • For those who have existing homes, the housing appreciation has been very favorable
  • 3.5 jobs created for every new housing unit built over the past decade
  • Childcare costs $26,796 in Boulder vs. $15,060 in Pueblo for a year’s assistance
  • Publicly owned land (federal, state, county, and city) is 2/3rd of all acreage
  • Boulder Valley has a chronic ozone problem
  • Struggle between environmental preservation needs vs. the desire to enjoy the environment
  • Disputes with Denver Water and Xcel about Gross Reservoir, municipalization.
Arts and Culture
  • Increased push to make the arts affordable for artists
  • Increased Artists festivals
Civic Participation and Giving
  • When interviewed, Boulderites feel the community is most open to gay and lesbian populations and least open to minorities, immigrants, and seniors.
  • Chris reminded us that the 2020 census is coming up, and approximately $2,300 of federal funding is allocated for every Colorado resident.Community Foundation Boulder County has a new Census2020 Fund since the State of Colorado did not allocate requested funds to reach out for a census push.
He concluded with a the statistic that in Boulder County the charitable giving rate is 2.56%, well below the national average of 3.2%

If you missed Chris Barge's fact filled presentation, you can see it by clicking HERE. That will take you to the YouTube video of the program. And don't miss the rest of the meeting- you can see it by clicking HERE.

Many thanks to contributing writer, Mike Brady, for the program summary.

You can see our other programs and meetings in the BRC Program Archive. Click 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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