Leslie Glustrom & Amy Oliver Cooke

Amy Oliver Cooke is a wife, mother, unapologetic free market capitalist, and retired talk show host on the award winning Amy Oliver Show on News Talk 1310 KFKA . She is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.

Leslie Glustrom, a research biochemist at the University of Colorado, is a long-time environmentalist with laser focus on addressing the world wide challenge of climate change. She has worked tirelessly to transition our economy away from fossil fuels to alternative energy. Leslie is a wife, mother, and ardent hiker and cross country skier in the Colorado mountains so dear to her heart.

Bread Service  |  Salad Bar  |    a very nice main course | vegetables of some sort | a yummy dessert




August 2 - Eric  Cornell - Nobel Laureate 2001
August 9 - Frank Alexander - Home Wanted: Tripling Affordable Housing, Building a Healthy Community
August 16 - Audrey DeBarros and Kathleen Bracke - Commuting Solutions and Go Boulder - Stuck in Traffic: Is it Our Future?
August 23 - Erika Randall - Director CU Dance Program - Why Watching Modern Dance Is So Hard: Hot Tips To Make It Easy

BRC's 7th Annual Turning Wine Into Water Event, August 24th

Save the date for the Seventh Annual "Turning Wine into Water" event on Saturday, August 24, at 5:00 p.m. at the home of Anne-Marie and Scot Reader in the mountains of North Boulder.

The evening will feature wine and food pairings from seven countries as well as a live and silent auction. Tickets are $60 per person and are limited to the first 80 people who sign up. You are welcome to bring your friends to this fun social event.

Please email Anne-Marie Reader at if you would like to attend and indicate how many tickets you would like to be billed to your Club Account.


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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...


Medication Safe Disposal Task Force Meeting

August 2nd, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 11: 45 a.m. at the JCC

BRC's initiative to combat the Opioid crisis is the Behavioral Wellness/PPE Task Force on Medication Safe Disposal (Take-back).

The task force will assemble at the JCC at 11AM to consider our priorities and the path forward following our pilot test of a flyer at several pharmacies. We will review research on safe disposal and FDA vs Colorado policy for opioid disposal. All interested Rotarians are invited.

Contact Gary Kahn with questions:

Questions we will be considering include:
1. What are the goals for the program? (Environmental vs Public Health vs Both)
2. What role can Rotary/BRC play?
3. Other Rotary partners?
4. What are the next steps?




July 19 - Linda Nehls
July 24 - Norris Hermsmeyer
July 25 - Chet Winter
July 26 - Edie Hooton
July 27 - Chad Stamm

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.

Why Did You Join Rotary?

At last week's meeting, Past President Mike showed a video of BRC members telling their own story about why they joined Rotary. Short and moving, the video can be found by clicking HERE. Pass it on to friends!


Member Transitions: Red Badge to Blue


Fred Bratman

Fred Bratman has more than three decades of professional communications experience, with a specialization in message development.
Fred worked as a journalist at Time-Life, McGraw-Hill and Dow Jones. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Time Magazine and The Spectator of London. His stories covered a wide range of topics frombreaking general and financial news to profiles and book reviews. He has also written several non-fiction books for young readers as well as compiling The Reader’s Companion.
Fred has also led the communications activities for UJA-Federation of New York, a large philanthropic organization, where he developed and implemented communication programs- from print to video- aimed at educating and motivating their donor base.
Fred shifted his professional focus to specialize in financial communications first at Sard Verbinnen and later at Hyde Park Communications, working on mergers and acquisitions announcements, crisis management and investor relations. He was also a Director at Deutsch Bank’s investment bank in North America, leading its communication activities as the Bank aimed to broaden its geographic scope.
He joined United Rentals, an equipment rental company in 2007, to lead investor relations and communication programs. His initiatives to expand the institutional investor base received recognition from Institutional Investor, a leading business publication several times. He resigned as Senior Vice President in 2016 but continues to advise the company on communication and investor issues.
He graduated from City University of New York, London School of Economics as well as Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He was also a research fellow at Yale University’s School of Divinity.

Fred has been an active Red Badger, joined the Program and Membership Committees and participated in several of the Tuesday morning hikes with the Boulder Rotary Hiking Group. We're so glad you're a Boulder Rotarian Fred!


Randy Butler

Randy Butler helps individuals, businesses and governments resolve disputes by mediation; designs and facilitates dialogue and civic engagement processes to build understanding and collaboration across deep ethnic, social and political divides; and he trains activists and political leaders in transformative leadership for sustainable peace.

His work includes the Connecting Communities in the USA, and reconciliation and transformational leadership work in the Balkans and among activists and leaders in the Sudanese and South Sudanese Diaspora. He is CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Peace and Executive Producer and host of The Peacemakers Podcast. (This is an E Town production and you can find it in your Apple Podcast ap or any podcast search ap.)

Randy came to Boulder in 2016 to be closer to his daughter and her growing family and now his oldest daughter has moved here from France along with her family. In the last two months, Randy has acquired two new grandchildren for a total of seven here in Boulder.

Randy was the first Co-Chair and is now the Chair of Boulder Rotary's Peace Builder's Committee and is working at the District level with District 5450's Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee. Randy has also been active in the Centennial Year projects like the International Peace Garden Committee. Welcome again Randy!

New Member Proposal


LeeAnn Marshall

Darla Schueth is proposing LeeAnn Marshall for BRC membership. This is the second week of publication.

LeeAnn is excited to join Boulder Rotary Club.  She moved from Edwards, in the Vail Valley, at the beginning of the year. She and her boyfriend, Reid, live in Lafayette. She is part of the sales team at Husky Creative. Husky Creative is a powerful sign and graphics company, right here in Boulder.
Growing up, her family moved ten times before she graduated high school in Evergreen. That’s probably the reason she's not what you’d call shy!  She then moved to Snowbird, UT where she honed her powder skills in the 70’s! From there, she's lived all over the west, and as far away as St. Croix USVI, coming back to Colorado in 2010.
She loves the outdoors (who doesn’t?) She and Reid enjoy all that this area has to offer: hiking, biking, paddle boarding, rafting, and most of all skiing! She's learning more about the area but would love to be a part of Rotary again. As a member of the Edwards club, she loved the fellowship and ability to be a real part of the community. She enjoyed their annual river clean-up and selling ducks every year! 

She looks forward to being part of her new community and becoming a member of Boulder Rotary will be a great way to start!

Please direct any comments to

Member Award

On July 12th, most of the Boulder Rotary Awards were presented. However, on that day, the Service Above Self Award was not awarded because the recipient was traveling. Therefore, President John Sullivan presented the award to Alessandro Sachs, the 2018-19 Service Above Self Award winner. The award is for a Boulder Rotarian who was instrumental in implementing a significant project that improved the quality of life of one or more individuals or a community as a whole.

Alessandro has been a Rotarian for 17 years (2 years in BRC.) He's been an enthusiastic participant in every BRC service project. He was elected to the Boulder Rotary Board of Directors for the 2019-20 Rotary Year and has been a successful chair of the World Community Service Committee- one of the most technical and challenging of BRC's committees.


Carol B. Lynch: Memorial and Obituary

Boulder Rotarian, Carol Lynch, died at home on June 22, 2019, in Boulder. A life-long scientist, educator and university administrator, she was a mentor and an avid promoter of diversity and women in academia. Carol was a Boulder Rotarian since 1998.
Her obituary can be found by clicking HERE.
Her memorial service will be September 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street, Boulder.  


Is Your Name "Bill"? Did You Go to New Hampshire?

Someone recently filled out a form on the BRC website looking for someone she hiked with while in New Hampshire. Here is her request:

"I realize this is a strange question, but my boyfriend and I spent the day hiking in New Hampshire with a man named Bill who said he was in the Rotary Club in Boulder. He’s a retiree from GE and hikes all the time and is such a lovely man. I understand you can’t give us his information, but if it is possible, could you please give him my contact information? We’d love to send him a photo from our time together today. I appreciate the good work you all do!"

Contact Chad Stamm to get her email address.


Mike Simpson, International Institute of Space Commerce

Apollo 11: Achievement and Waypoint

Mike Simpson spoke to BRC on Friday, the day before the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Mike is the Managing Director of the International Institute of Space Science; the Executive Director Emeritus, of the Secure World Foundation; has previously served as president of: the International Space University, Utica College, and the American University in Paris. He’s been a Rotarian for 42 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
This year, the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon Landing, many commentators, historians, and witnesses have talked about how and when humanity’s quest to go to the moon began. Mike believes the story began not with the United States and the U.S.S.R., but with ancient Greece.

He described Anaxagoras’ theory that the moon was a rock, much as the Earth, and not a god. Poor Anaxagoras then spent the rest of his life exiled on a rock, (or an island) far from Athens for his assertions.
Mike took it even further back, tens of thousands of years, to a time when humans might have looked out on the night sky and thought of traveling to the glowing moon in a bright night sky.
The political origins of the drive to reach the moon are much more recent in humanity’s history. Politically, it began with Sputnik-1, in 1957. The U.S.S.R. successfully launched the first satellite into Earth’s orbit, thus proving to the United States that the Russians were, as Mike described, “a significant engineering power,” that was, “perfectly capable of inventing things on its own.” The message that the U.S.S.R. was technically capable of launching objects into Earth’s orbit came with a secondary concern- if they can use this rocket to launch satellites, they could also use it to reach the U.S. with bombs. For the U.S., it was important to meet the technical challenge for both science and strategy.
In the following years, candidate John F. Kennedy used the idea of a “missile gap” with the U.S.S.R. as part of his platform. After his election, on April 13, 1961, the U.S.S.R. put a person into space. This was a major scientific and engineering accomplishment. As with the success of the Sputnik program, this advancement was a military concern. Why? Bringing Yuri Gagarin back to the Earth meant that the U.S.S.R.’s scientists and engineers had built a heat shield system that protected him through reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. The same heat shields could just as easily protect a weapon through reentry.
On April 20th, 1961, President Kennedy sent a memo to the Vice President, who was also the head of the United States’ National Space Council, to find something that was dramatic and space related that the U.S. could “win.” President Kennedy asked, “Are we making maximum effort?”
President Kennedy’s inquiry was about public relations, but it was also about sending a message to the Soviets that the U.S. was technically capable of matching their capabilities.
Six days after President Kennedy’s memo, Vice President Johnson responded with his own memo stating that if the U.S. were willing to spend enough money, the U.S. would have a reasonable chance of beating the Soviets to land a human being on the moon and safely returning that human to the Earth.

A month later, President Kennedy delivered one of his most famous speeches to Congress proposing a project to land a person on the moon and bring that person back safely to Earth. Mike pointed out that when you listen to that speech, you can’t hear any applause. There was no applause. At that time, both parties were silent on President Kennedy’s proposition.

About fifteen months later, at Rice University, President Kennedy again proposed sending humans to the moon. The President was enthusiastic. He suggested that there were no conflicts in space, that it was an environment hostile to all humans and therefore, “There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind.” And to uproarious applause, President Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon! We choose to go to the moon!” And he said, we choose to go to the moon, as we have chosen to do other difficult things such as climbing the highest mountains, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” The President, much like every other person in the U.S., had no idea how hard it would be to get a human to the moon and back.
President Kennedy did not live to see the accomplishment of his ambitious challenge. However, seven years after President Kennedy’s speech at Rice University, the lunar module landed on the moon.
How difficult was it? The challenge was immense. Nearly half of the challenges presented to the scientists and engineers could not be tested before the mission was launched. There was no way to test how a lunar craft would operate in a vacuum. There was no way to know what the composition of the moon’s soil was or how it would react with vehicle, the mechanisms or the people aboard. Even the landing was impossible to predict. As Mike pointed out, the moon’s surface was not exactly what a pilot would hope for in a runway.

While the Apollo crew was on its way and landing on the moon, the Soviets had their own moon mission in progress. Launched three days before the Apollo 11 mission, the Luna 15 unmanned spacecraft reached the moon and began to orbit the moon. The Luna 15 mission was designed to bring lunar soil back to Earth. It failed and crashed into the moon. There was some cooperation between the two nations and missions in the sense that the Soviets were careful to keep the Luna 15 craft away from the Apollo 11 mission.
Mike described the reactions to the Apollo 11 mission. As one might expect, there was some pride, (or “chest pounding” as Mike described it) some hand wringing, worrying about a war in space, and some “irrational exuberance.”
(Within a year, the Soviets had a space laboratory in orbit.)
What happened after Apollo 11? The U.S. had six more missions to the moon- five of them landed on the moon and one took humans farther from the Earth than any one had ever gone before or since. The U.S.S.R. sent a craft to Venus and landed it. The mission sent back data from the surface of Venus which is around 700 degrees Fahrenheit. Voyager was sent out to take pictures and data readings of each of the solar system’s planets. The space shuttle took off 20 years after Gagarin’s mission and six years later the international space university was created. There have been several missions to Mars and the International Space Station was launched. We’ve sent a space craft to Jupiter’s moon Juno.
All of these subsequent missions to space show that, “space is practical.” Mike says that space missions navigate for us (GPS,) it keeps time for us, it is used for medical research, urban planning, helps predict the weather, plan humanitarian relief, allows for a host of communications and is now beginning a commercial space flight industry. One of the great accomplishments of recent space missions is cooperation and collaboration between nations. The Hubble Space Telescope is an example of cooperation between the U.S. and the European Union. The U.S. is no longer alone in space exploration.

Mike said that the Hubble Space Telescope is an example of a space technology that has expanded human’s perspective- beyond science, beyond engineering. The Hubble Telescope allows humans to see farther than they ever have before. Mike showed a Hubble photo of the Cat’s Eye Nebula, which is beautiful but is also evidence of a powerful explosion. It also proves that humans live in a very quiet neighborhood. The Milky Way is more of a Boulder than the universe’s New York City.

These outings into space continue to shape human’s perspective on themselves and the planet we all live on. As Mike says, this picture of the Earth’s atmosphere is a graphic illustration of “all that stands between us and the vacuum of space.”
Mike pointed out that space exploration inspires artists, but scientists have also used art (in the form of music) to help explain the heretofore inexplicable movement of a galaxy. You must see the video for that explanation. (check it out at 23:17)
The Apollo 11 moon landing was one part of a greater narrative in human development and understanding. Mike wished us all a happy 50th Anniversary of that accomplishment and hoped he gave us something to think about.
If you want to see how astrophysics meets music theory to explain the inexplicable, you can watch Mike’s program by clicking HERE.

 You can see the rest of President John's first meeting by clicking HERE.
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