Alonzo Clemens - Savant, Sculptor and Artist

Alonzo Clemons has been featured on 60 Minutes and this morning on CBS Sunday Morning. He's a savant who creates beautiful animal sculptures in 15 minutes or so. His personal successes extend beyond his art, for he has a rich and active lifestyle in Boulder. He lives in his own home with some assistance, and works part-time at the Boulder YMCA, in addition to his work as a sculptor. Seeking to inspire children's creativity, he demonstrates his sculpting at schools in the area and will do so for us as. He and his assistant, Nancy Mason will answer questions.

Brioche  |  Salad Bar  |  Vegetarian Black Bean Chili  |  Pulled Pork Served with a Choice of Dan's BBQ sauce or Mojo BBQ Sauce  |  Cheesy Grits  |  Creole Slaw  |  Smoked Black Beans  |  Dessert




May 17 - John Sullivan, President-Elect - What Now?
May 24 - Dark for Labor Day
May 31 - Frank Alexander - Affordable Housing in Boulder


Rotary Comes Home- Sign-Up Fast!

On June 22, you will have the chance to attend one of of the following five Rotary Comes Home Dinners.  The cost is $40 per person.  Seats are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.  If you would like to attend, please email Anne-Marie Reader at and indicate your top three dinners in order of preference.
* Bill Anderson hosting a Sous Vide Spectacular Dinner
* Rich and Ruth Irvin hosting a Cuban Dinner
* Kitty deKieffer, Jere and Bruce Mock hosting a Turfs and Surfs Up Dinner
* Diana Sherry hosting a Provencal Picnic
* Krista Marks & Brent Milne will be hosting an "East Meets West" dinner at her home in the Mountains (20 minutes up Flagstaff Road)

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Attend a suicide prevention training in May. Check out the schedule by clicking on the image below.

If you're looking for more ways to contribute to mental health in May, you can also attend the next upcoming lecture, Older Adults and Mental Health: Concerns, Challenges, and Future Directions.

On Monday, May 13 at 6:30 pm at the JCC, Boulder Rotary's own Dr. Valerie Lipitz, internist with Internal Medicine of Boulder, will join Richard Williams, a therapist at Mental Health Partners, to talk about the mental health challenges faced by many older adults and how BCH and MHP are addressing these needs. This is the fourth and last of this spring's free lectures provided by BRC, Boulder Community Health, Mental Health Partners and Boulder Valley Rotary Club. Preregister at

Rotation Day 2019 will be held on June 7th, and club members can chose to visit one of 8 fascinating locations, including:

- Fiske Planetarium
- Boulder County District Attorney's Office
- Avalon Grow Facility
- Mindful Works
- Emergency Family Assistance Administration
- Boulder County Jail
- Reality Garage
- Shelby Car Museum

This is a great opportunity to get to know your community, to learn more about your fellow Rotarians, and to have a lot of fun. You may sign up manually during our May 3rd meeting, or watch for the electronic sign-up form to be published in the RIB soon.

Be sure to let us know your preferences soon so you can have the best chance get your top choice.



Who Deserves an Award? Nominations for Awards Being Accepted Now

The awards committee would like your help in recognizing members from our club. Each year we accept nominations from the club for the different awards that are given. The awards committee will gather the nominations and make final decisions. Please reach out to Marty Evans ( or Jean Schloesslin ( either via Email or in person, with your nominations. Thank you!
Boulder Rotary Club “Club” Awards
Rotarian of the Year Award: Awarded to a Rotarian who made a significant impact upon the Boulder Rotary Club during the year.
Humanitarian Award: Awarded to a Rotarian who has demonstrated a selfless devotion to serving others.
Service Above Self Award: Awarded to a Rotarian who was instrumental in implementing a significant project that improved the quality of life on one or more individuals or the community.
Theme Award (2018-19 “Be An Inspiration”): Awarded to a Rotarian who best exemplifies the current year’s Rotary International theme.
Quiet Hero: This award is presented both to BRC members and members of the Boulder and Rotary communities at large in recognition of actions or service which is or has been behind the scenes or otherwise out of the general public’s eye.
Lifetime Achievement Award: This is not an annual award. The Awards Committee may provide this award after consultation with the Club President and Board. It is given in recognition of long, devoted and effective service to our club.
Quick Start: This award is provided in recognition of a member, or members, for starting a new idea, project or event.
President’s Discretionary Award: This award enables the club president to recognize a member, or members, for providing Service Above Self not recognized elsewhere.

Roots Members - Join Friday Lunch!

May 10th, this Friday, is the second Friday of the month and the day Roots members join the BRC Friday meeting. This week we do not have a prior planned meeting. Please check in with me or Bill Sebastian and join our table if you'd like!




May 8 - Larry Drees
May 13 - Marilynne Tarrall

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.

New Member Introduction


Alan Hurst

Alan was born in East Chicago, Indiana and went to college at the University of Wisconsin. He got his law degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
After building and selling a business in the Chicago area, he moved to Florida in 1989. After moving, he created a new business, Sol Inc., which creates and sells commercial grade solar street and security outdoor lighting. Sol is the world’s largest supplier of commercial grade solar street and security lighting with sales in more than 60 countries, worldwide. (16 of those countries are in Africa.) He is still working as a solar "ambassador for a French solar company, Sunna Design.
In 2018, Alan moved to Boulder, Colorado to enjoy new pursuits of hiking and biking and volunteer work with Jewish Family Services and Community Food Share.
Alan is the father of six children, and grandfather of ten wonderful young people.

Alan has jumped into the Preserve Planet Earth Committee and has already been to Red Badge. We're so glad you have joined BRC Alan!
Any comments may be sent to the Boulder Rotary Club administrator at:

Rotarian Ray Hauser's Memorial

Boulder Rotarian Ray Hauser has died.

Ray was a long time member of BRC, inducted on September 25, 1970.  He was a scientist and had several patents and was involved in a number of small start up companies over the years. 

He loved music and singing.  For many years he was the chair of the Boulder Rotary Music Committee and lead the singing at each Friday meeting.  He also sang in barbershop groups and was a long time member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder.

Ray's Memorial will be on Saturday, May 11th, at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th Street, Boulder in the Chapel.



Jonathan Bartsch, CDR Associates - Resolving Contentious Issues through Collaborative Problem Solving 


Jonathan Bartsch is the CEO of Collaborative Decision Resources (CDR), a company that works with agencies, organizations, groups and individuals to resolve big issues like political disagreements, or social or natural resource issues. CDR specializes in collaborative decision making and consensus building locally, nationally and even internationally. CDR has trained thousands of mediators, negotiators and facilitators at their facility in Boulder.  

Jonathan’s background is in international affairs, international aid and international development. He’s studied and lived in Israel and the West Bank and it was there that he became very interested in conflict. In particular the type of conflict that he describes as, “us vs them.” That led to going back to school for his Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation. He was very interested in how individuals, groups and even societies can resolve conflict without violence. All of his studies, experiences and interests led him to CDR. CDR was founded in Denver in the basement nursery room of one of the founders some 40 years ago and moved to Boulder about 30 years ago.

CDR is a non-profit and they provide mediation, facilitation and stakeholder engagement for environmental and community conflicts.

CDR has a different focus now than it did when it was started. The first disputes they dealt with were barking dog issues. They evolved from disputes that were among individuals into dealing with complex multi-party disputes and then into groups, organizations, agencies and international disputes. Part of that transformation was the desire to have greater impact. The founders’ goal was to support the field of dispute resolution in addition to supporting their own mediators and facilitators.

The evolution of CDR continues as they focus not just on the transformation of current conflict. Now they are looking at ways apply the collaborative problem solving process to disputes that may occur as part of large scale infrastructure development, land use projects and water projects, for example.

Jonathan gave a few examples of the work CDR does. Recently, Jonathan was in Zimbabwe to work with their Land Commission to deal with land and property disputes. Why Zimbabwe? Jonathan explained that one reason post-conflict areas slide back into war is unresolved property disputes which can involve competition over natural resources and dealing with the complexity of governance of those property issues. People who cannot access their ancestral properties because of war, or cannot farm their land to provide for their families tend to be much more likely to support militant groups advocating for change.

In areas affected by war and population displacement, title to property can be exceptionally difficult to resolve. For example, if a group of people leave their homes because of war, many will go to another area, and some will settle on land that may belong to other people. Those people may have been displaced themselves. Much of the title information in areas affected by war are on paper, not necessarily digitally stored and if the title office is destroyed, it is a serious obstacle for those who need to prove their title to the land.

CDR has been working on conflict resolution systems for places like Sri Lanka which has been recovering from a 30 year long war. Part of their reconciliation and rebuilding plan includes the need to address land disputes. The property dispute issue had to be dealt with on their national plan level because the local institutions like their courts were not equipped to deal with the number of disputes nor the complexity of the issues. The systems that CDR has been developing for Sri Lanka are the model for Jonathan’s work in Zimbabwe.

One of the tools that CDR developed is called the Triangle of Satisfaction.

This tool is used in areas where there are land disputes like Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. It allows the country to set up a process outside their legal institutions that deals specifically with land issues.

In this model, there are procedural interests, psychological interests and substantive interests. Procedural interests can include things like transparency of process, credible data, and the structure of the process. Jonathan says he thinks of procedural process by keeping in mind that, “people support a world that they helped to participate in.”

Psychological interests have to do with how people feel in the process. Were they heard? Did they feel like they were taken seriously? Did they feel respected?

And the substantive side of the triangle in land disputes is about the outcome; where is the house going to be on the property? Where can you farm?

CDR’s interest based process is a different approach to land disputes in countries recovering from war. Most often the focus has been on the legal rights of individuals within the country’s court system. By shifting the focus to interests, individuals and communities are able to dig into what matters most for the people involved rather than focusing on what someone can prove through their legal institutions. The focus on legal institutions as a way to solve this type of problem can snarl courts for years, cost individuals huge amounts of money and leave the poorest people out of the process entirely.  

CDR also deals with water policy disputes. Jonathan gave the example of their work in Idaho with the Eastern Snake Plain Aquafer (ESPA.) The ESPA is an area in Idaho that has different types of water users and different ways the water is accessed. It’s about 10,800 square miles in an area of Idaho that produces more than 20% of Idaho’s goods and services. The Snake river runs through this area and there is an aquifer below it. The aquifer is recharged through the groundwater. The area has been using more water for things like farming and other businesses and the aquifer has not been recharging to the levels it had in the past which means users have been losing access to water.

There have been three previous attempts to resolve the matter. Jonathan said that in one attempt, the Governor of Idaho said, “we’re going to the woodshed and banging heads till we get an agreement!” That approach did not work. Another attempt was made by a former federal prosecutor that brought a small number of key water using parties to the table to negotiate around usage, conservation and incentives. There were too few parties at that table for the plan to work. The Idaho Legislature also got involved and decided to develop a collaborative management plan. That was better because it brought significantly more parties to the table and was much more comprehensive in terms of the specifics like who would pay for it. CDR helped the Legislature in this process.

Jonathan explained that in Idaho, CDR brought insight into conflict dynamics in the collaborative problem solving model. Jonathan said that before you can get to looking at collaborative problem solving through an interest model, you have to work through some of the thorny existing issues that the conflict has generated so far. That’s where the conflict “wheel” comes in. CDR has to deal with these relational conflicts first.

Like any conflict, one of the primary areas of conflict is “relationship problems.” Things like a history of negative interactions, competing with each other in the legislature or court rooms, sabotaging of operations in the ESPA, created an environment where people did not trust each other at all.  

Another area of conflict that was particular to the ESPA – data challenges. Issues around measurement, impact, connection of the river to the aquifer were all points of contention. Jonathan called that particular challenge, “the law of competing PhDs.”

When you have such a large group of people and institutions, you have lots of areas of conflict around values and structural constraints. All of these were present in the ESPA dispute.

Jonathan said that when you have disputes at this level, there are conflict dynamics in each of these “spokes.” So much so that some have called it the “wagon wheel of despair!”

As part of the process- this conflict dynamics wheel tool helps the parties plan to deal with the conflicts from all these areas so that the final agreement will be more effective for more people.

Closer to home, Jonathan has worked to solve problems with Highway 36 planning and development as well as working with Broomfield to work through their planning for oil and gas land use development. One issue that is close to Jonathan’s heart now is an inter-agency working group that is working on “Navigating Ecological Transformation.” It’s a concept that tries to plan for and deal with ecosystems that are rapidly transforming. For example, the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska is moving from a spruce forest into a savanna grasslands as a result of land usage, development and climate change. He’s working with a group of federal land managers to determine how they feel about the change to the land and not just resist the change but figure out how to manage the change.

Jonathan wanted BRC to know that the work he does with CDR is in line with the work that Rotary is doing in the world and can be an excellent tool to help facilitate change in all our areas of focus.

Collaborative Decision Resources (CDR) is Jonathan’s organization and you can find out more by visiting their website, click HERE.
If you missed Jonathan’s fast paced, fact filled program, you can see it all by clicking HERE- that will take you to the YouTube video of the program. And if you want to see all the fun of the Friday meeting you can see that too by clicking HERE.

 You can also click on the TV below to check out BRC's program archive. 


Looking to attend a satellite meeting or curious about what social events are going on? Check out our events page to get all the details.



The Yellow Submarine is your place to submit announcements and club happening for the RIB.

Click the submarine, fill out the form as completely as possible, and your submission will be included. All submissions must be in by midnight on Saturday for inclusion in the following Tuesday's edition.


Click the mic, fill out the form, and let the program committee know about the ideas you have for upcoming BRC programs.
Meetings on Fridays at noon
Boulder JCC
6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder

View in your browser

The Cyber RIB is the official journal of activities for the Rotary Club of Boulder, Colorado U.S.A., chartered on April 1, 1919 as the 455th Rotary Club in the world. The RIB is edited by Cassidy Murphy and Chad Stamm and sends current club information to members and interested parties. Heartfelt thanks to our late distinguished editors Bob Bradfield and Ted Manning, as well as Ron Secrist, Laura Smith, Diana Sherry, and Sue Deans.
Copyright © *|2018|* *|Boulder Rotary Club|*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 17635
Boulder, CO 80308

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp