THIS WEEK'S MEETING:
CU Head Football Coach, Mel Tucker - Here comes Coach Tucker
The University of Colorado Buffalo's new head football coach Mel Tucker will talk about his impressions of Colorado football before coming here, who was influential in bringing him to Boulder and his reception from Buffs fans. He'll also talk about his impression of the team and fans after spring practice as well as what characteristics we can expect from the program.
THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Bread & Butter | Salad Bar | Creamy Tomato Soup | Chicken Marsala | Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes | Steamed Broccoli | Football Cookies!
July 5 - Dark for Independence Day
July 12 - Installation of Officers, Awards and Fun
Join Rocky Margolis for the Dedication of the Margolis Family Campus at
Congregation Har HaShem Saturday
: Congregation Har HaShem
3950 Baseline Road
When: Saturday, June 29th
3:30- 6:00 p.m.
The event is free but you must register at: www.harhashem.org or click HERE.
Founded in 1965, Congregation Har HaShem has grown from thirty-five families sharing services and holidays in on another's homes into a thriving center of personal growth, Jewish learning and pratice, and a voice for social change. In 1967, fourty-two families got together with a vision to build the Boulder Jewish Fellowship. We have sadly lost many of these friends, may their memories be a blessing. They formed an incredible community over the years that taught generations of children, built a building that brought together a Jewish community in times of joy and sorrow, and inspired thousands to live Jewish lives iwth integrity and grace.
The Margolis Family was often in the center of these experiences. As builders of community, mentors to Jewish leaders, supporters of this synagogue and the wider Jewish community, Barbara, z'l, and Don played an important role. They raised their family here and their sons, Scott, Jeff and Gary, began their own Jewish journies in this very building.
As we dedicate this campus in honor of the Margolis Family, we celebrate our founders, our builders, our sustainers, and you... our community today.
Rabbi Fred Greene
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
Volunteer for Crayons to Calculators
Please join us for this year's Crayons to Calculators campaign. There are 4 times in July to volunteer for:
Tuesday July 9 from 10 to 12
Thursday July 11 from 1 to 3
Monday July 15 from 1 to 3
Wednesday July 17 from 10 to 12
Contact George Browning, Don James, or Larry Johnson at a Rotary meeting or send a note to Larry at email@example.com. Help us to pass the 11,000 total backpacks stuffed last year! Location information will be available prior to volunteer days.
Any Committee Chair Planning a Meeting at the JCC Friday, June 28th
Please contact President Mike Brady, firstname.lastname@example.org, to find an alternate room for your meeting. The JCC has events scheduled in the main room immediately before and after the Boulder Rotary Club meeting on Friday.
June 26 - Peter Ewing
June 27 - Alexia Parks and John Mozeliak
June 28 - Don James
June 30 - Jack Zwick
July 1 - Valerie Lipetz and Bruce Lindeke
Past President Don James is the only donor this week to the Birthday Scholarship Fund. Thank you, Don! There are just a few days left in June for the rest of you many June birthday celebrants to get your donations in. Thank you both for your generous 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.
Cindy Domenico is proposing Dr. Rob Anderson for membership in Boulder Rotary Club. This is the first 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: email@example.com.
Raymond "Ronny" Wells
Marty Coffin Evans introduced her friend and returning to Boulder Rotary Club as a new member, Ronny Wells, on Friday.
Ronny is Chairman of the Jacobs University Foundation of America, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University Bremen, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Rice University, and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Ronny received his Ph.D. degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and thereafter had a 35-year career as a mathematics professor at Rice University in Houston.
Ronny won the Fulbright and Guggenheim awards in addition to the U.S. Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is a Fellow of the AAAS and the American Mathematical Society.
In 1970-71 and in 1979-80 he was a Visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and he was a Visiting Professor at Brandeis, Göttingen, Paris, Oxford, Colorado, and Bremen.
Ronny was a co-founder in 1998 in Bremen of Jacobs University (originally known as International University Bremen) which welcomed its first students in 2001. In Boulder he is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Business Circle, President of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (for another week!), and a member of the Board of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ronny has been a member of Boulder Rotary Club in the past. He was part of the Study Abroad Committee and he is hoping to rejoin that effort. He and his wife love the mountains and they love to hike, bicycle and snowshoe. Welcome back Ronny, we're so glad you are a member of Boulder Rotary Club again!
Darla Schueth reintroduced BRC member Scott Hancock as he transitioned from Red Badge to Blue on Friday.
Scott is the Vice President of Sales at MiningStore,, a turn-key crypto currency miners, professional miner hosting and Bitcoin mining container. Previously, Scott founded Optimal IT Consulting, a technology hardware procurement consulting business in Boulder, where he focused on providing hardware procurement services to VARS and MSPs. During this time, he became a long-term source for hundreds of loyal clients. Prior to this, Scott held a variety of sales leadership roles at high-tech companies ranging from growing start-ups to mature-sized businesses.
Scott is a trusted partner to executive IT decision makers across large corporations to mid-sized enterprises. Throughout his career, he has generated more than $30 million in revenue in technology hardware sales, while managing a dozen sales executives.
Scott participates in several blockchain-focused conferences and professional development events each year – including The North American Bitcoin Conference and EthDenver. He holds a BA in political science from Christopher Newport University.
In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time with his daughter, snowboarding, playing golf, creating a more sustainable world as a member of Boulder Rotary Club, and keeping tabs on the Denver Broncos. Scott travels a great deal but if you have the opportunity, take a moment to get to know one of our newest members. Thanks for choosing Boulder Rotary Club Scott, we're so glad you're a member!
Helping Hands Award
Schwartz, President of the Brush Rotary Club, came to Boulder Rotary Club last Friday to present the Helping Hands Award to Boulder Rotary Club's Literacy Committee Reading Partners Program. This is the third time Boulder Rotary Club has won the award! (BRC us tied with Denver South East Rotary Club which has also won three times.) The award is a unique sculpture which travels to each winning club for the Rotary Year.
Reading Partners go to local elementary schools and read books to and with elementary school students. Reading Partners is one of Boulder Rotary Club's literacy projects. Many thanks to Helena for bringing this beautiful (and heavy) award to Boulder Rotary!
You can see all the District and Club awards for the Rotary Year 2018-19 by clicking HERE
Excellent By All Accounts
In gratitude for al
l her excellent work on behalf of the club, President Mike Brady wanted to recognize outgoing (onto a sabbatical) Club Treasurer Shannon Lemmon.
Auto-draft, monthly finance meetings and many day to day efforts to make Boulder Rotary Club function for members are due to the efforts of Shannon, who volunteers her time on top of being a full time international CPA. Many thanks to Shannon- we look forward to seeing you when you get back to Boulder!
Super Heroes of BRC
Much of the difficult work that makes Boulder Rotary a fun, dynamic and effective service organization is done behind the scenes by those who do not seek recognition for their efforts. For example, our club is at the JCC because Past President Bill Meyer championed the efforts to find a venue which would accommodate our growing membership. BRC's growing membership was championed relentlessly by Past President Marty Coffin Evans.
Bill and Marty also began the tradition of supporting future Boulder Rotary Club Presidents by meeting each month with the President Nominee, the President Elect and the President of Boulder Rotary to pass along hints and wisdom and to work through the many day to day challenges that come up for Boulder Rotary Club Presidents.
President Mike wanted to acknowledge the super hero-like dedication of Past Presidents Bill and Mary with special (personalized) Super Hero Pez Dispenser Awards.
Rotary Club has been recognized with seven awards in the 2018-19 Rotary Year. BRC did not, however, win District 5450's Public Relations Award. That honor went to the Summit County Rotary Club. (Congratulations Summit County!)
However, President Mike Brady wanted to recognize the outstanding effort of Boulder Rotary Club's Public Relations Committee, chaired by Boulder Rotarian, Lindsey Sachs. Over the last year, the PR Committee has increased BRC's presence in the Daily Camera, (including the epic Boulder Rotary Club newspaper insert) on line through social media, (Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, etc.) and by enabling BRC members to contribute to all these platforms.
Therefore, even though BRC was not recognized by the District, and this is Boulder, President Mike recognized that great PR work, done by volunteers is rare and special. Therefore he awarded the PR Committee the "Unicorn Award." The Unicorn Award Horn was accepted by Lindsey Sachs.
Colorado's Business and Professional Women Award BRC Member Theresa Szczurek their Lifetime Achievement Award
o's Business and Professional Women oorganization awarded Theresa Szczurek, Boulder Rotary Member, entrepreneur, business founder, author and The State of Colorado's Chief Information Officer, their Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations Theresa!
Julie Comerford, CU Assistant Professor in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences – Song of the Universe: Surprising Supermassive Black Holes
Julie spoke to Boulder Rotary Club on Friday, June 21st
, which was this year’s summer solstice.
Julie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Julie works on observing active galactic nuclei (“AGN”). What’s AGN? Lots of galaxies have a bright center, or nuclei. That bright nuclei can look brighter than the other light coming from the galaxy. The bright center is called the active galactic nuclei. She also studies the galaxy merger rate and its implications for gravitational waves produced by binary supermassive black holes, which is what she spoke about on Friday.
Julie began by explaining that what humans know about the universe has been based on what we see- light emanating from stars and galaxies. That was true until a few years ago when we began to “hear” the universe.
Why does Julie call her talk, “Song of the Universe?” It started with Albert Einstein and his Theory of General Relativity. Einstein’s theory was, at its heart, about gravity (and time but that’s another program.) Julie explained that the basic concept was that every object causes space to curve around it because of gravity.
She asked us to imagine space as the surface of a trampoline. The surface of the trampoline is flat, until a child stands on it. When the child stands on the trampoline, the surface curves around that child. Space, is like the trampoline and each of us is like that child standing on the trampoline, space is curving around us. Julie says we are all, just by existing, creating a divot in space.
A person, no matter how many desserts they may have gotten from the buffet line, makes a very tiny divot in space. To make a “serious dent in space,” Julie says you need something with an astronomical mass, something like “the Earth, or the Sun, or a black hole.”
Julie then asked us to image the child on the trampoline running around the trampoline in circles. The child will create wave
s in the trampoline. The same waves, she explained, happen in space when planets move. These waves are called gravitational waves. People make gravitational waves when they walk around or run or waive their arms around. If you want very interesting (but small) gravitational waves, you can’t get more interesting than these wavy armed things, according to Julie.
No matter how interesting the gravitational waves of the blow up, waving arm, smiling flailing guy you see in front of the car dealership are, those waves are still very, very, very small. If you want to see the largest gravitational waves you will need something with a lot of mass, moving very (very) fast. What fits that description? Julie told us that the biggest gravitational waves are produced by a pair of black holes orbiting each other. It is only something this big, moving this fast that can produce gravitational waves we could detect back here on Earth. When the gravitational waves
from the two orbiting black holes hit the Earth, they stretch and compress the Earth (making it wobble, just a bit, on a very small scale that is difficult to detect.)
This is what Einstein proposed in his General Theory of Relativity. Figuring out how to measure this wobble, created by gravitational waves has been a very difficult engineering problem. However, engineers built such a device called an interferometer. The interferometer has two equal length arms with detectors at the ends of the arms. At the middle of the device,
scientists can send light, in the form of a laser beam down each arm. Because the arms are exactly the same size, the light should take the exact same amount of time to reach each end. However, if a gravitational wave passes by, that wave should compress the length of one arm compared to the other, according to Julie. When scientists compare the time it takes for the laser to reach the end of the arms, the travel time will be slightly different because of the passing gravitational wave. Julie called this the “smoking gun” of gravitational wave signature.
So, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (“LIGO”) was built by the National Science Foundation and it’s operated by Caltech and MIT. They built one interferometer in Hanford, Washington and one in Livingston, Louisiana.
The arms of the LIGO interferometers are each 2.5 miles long. So, when a giant gravitational wave passes the arms of the interferometer, it changes the length of the arms by one ten thousandth of the size of a proton. Julie compares this engineering challenge to trying to measure the width of a human hair in the distance between the Earth and the nearest star, Proxima Centauri.
That’s why it was such a big deal that in September 2015, LIGO announced it had detected gravitational waves for the first time. The gravitational waves hit the Livingston LIGO, then a fraction of a second later, they hit the LIGO in Hanford. If you want to hear the sound of a gravitational waves, you’ll need to go to the video of the program. You can find it by clicking HERE
, and the recording of the gravitational waves can be found at approximately 8:30 minutes.
By looking at the shape of the waves, scientists determined that the waves were produced by a pair of black holes that orbited until they collided. The gravitational waves had to travel across the universe for a billion years to reach the Earth. When the waves were emitted from the black holes, the most complex form of life on Earth was algae.
For Julie, the magic of the sound of a gravitational wave required that the black holes were created, got close enough to orbit and emit gravitational waves, move toward the Earth and on Earth, the algae had to evolve in to complex organisms that had to evolve in to humans and humans had to figure out the General Theory of Relativity and then invent and build an interferometer precise enough to detect the waves and switch it on in time to catch these gravit
ational waves as they move across the Earth.
For Julie, gravitational waves are the biggest scientific discovery of her lifetime. She’s not alone. One of the LIGO operators, Corey Gray, commemorated the event with a tattoo.
The discovery of a way to hear gravitational waves is a leap of science that will allow scientists to explore the first few moments of the universe. The universe was opaque for the fist 400,000 years after the Big Bang- there was no light to observe. “Hearing” gravitational waves will allow Julie to dig deeper into the subject of her own research, the centers of galaxies. Using gravitational waves, Julie will be able to study the collisions of supermassive black holes which are at the center of galaxies.
For Julie’s research, she will need bigger interferometers. So big, in fact, that they will need to be built in space. In the next few decades, Julie expects that a space-based interferometer will be launched. It will include three spacecrafts, separated by one and a half million miles of space. These large interferometers will be able to detect the low pitch of supermassive black holes’ gravitational waves.
Julie said that with LIGO, humans were able to hear the first “notes” of the universe’s song. With space-based interferometers we’ll be able to hear new sounds- the sounds of the explosion of stars, the collision of supermassive black holes and the echoes of the Big Bang- or as Julie calls it, the Song of the Universe.
If you want to see Julie’s program, you can find it on YouTube by clicking HERE
. If you missed Friday's meeting or want to see it again, you can find it by clicking HERE
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