THIS WEEK'S MEETING:
Erika Randall - Why Watching Modern Dance is so Hard: 10 Tips to Make it Easier
In this pithy, physical, and playful talk, Erika Randall unpacks dance moves like “the hinge,” explains the confounding history of running in concert dance, and alerts us to our biases when watching dancers in motion. This “how-to” presentation helps us better appreciate dance and previews CU's 2019-20 Theatre & Dance and Artist Series Seasons.
THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Bread Service | Salad Bar | Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder | Cuban Roasted Pork with Tomato Chutney | Roasted New Potatoes with Citrus Mojo | Sautéed Calabaza Vegetables | Dessert
- Dark for Labor Day
September 6 - Christopher A. Lowry, Ph.D - The Gut-Brain Connection
September 13 - Dark for Colorado Day of Caring
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
if you would like to attend and indicate how many tickets you would like to be billed to your Club Account.
Sign Up for the 25th Annual
September 13, 2019
Day of Caring
Contact: Michael McHale
BRC is aiming for 100 Volunteers from Boulder Rotary Club
! The Day of Caring is great for families and your employees or colleagues.
If BRC can get 100 volunteers, we will get our own BRC, United Way Day of Caring t-shirt, different than all the other volunteers that day.
To fund our BRC t-shirt, there are 14 logo spaces available for $300 each. Two spaces have been sold and two companies have committed to send 7-10 volunteers!
Day of Caring 2018 was our largest Day of Caring yet: 1,200 volunteers were able to complete 70 projects in 4,400 Volunteer Hours, providing over $117,000 in value to the community in a single day! Over the past 25 years, day of Caring has contributed over 60,000 volunteer hours and almost $1.5 million in value to our community’s nonprofit organizations.
Sign up by filling out a volunteer registration at the Friday meeting or contact Michael McHale.
Learn more about the 25th Annual Day of Caring by clicking HERE
Rotary Zone 26/27 Institute in Denver - You are Invited!
Did you know that the 2019 Zone Institute is open to ALL Rotarians? That means YOU are invited to the Rotary Institute in Denver, the first Institute of our newly configured Zone 26/27!
Thursday, Sept 5, 2019 through brunch on Sunday, Sept 8th
Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel
Join fellow Rotarians in a series of Professional Development Seminars: Creating Events with Impact, Public Speaking, Being an Effective Trainer, Creating Images that Tell a Story.
How do I register? On our District 5450 Zone website
Join the Book Club for Their October Meeting
Boulder Rotary Book Club will meet Monday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the new home of Sue Deans near Union Station in downtown Denver. It is easily accessible from Boulder via the FF1 or FF2 buses. Contact Sue for the address and information. The book is “The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom,” by Helen Thorpe, which follows a class of English learners at Denver's South High School through a school year. It is a fascinating look at these young people, from many different countries and speaking different languages, where they came from and their adjustment to life in the United States. Snacks, wine, and drinks provided. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Walk for Unity and Help Build Peace
Bob Stuenkel and Merrill Glustrom invite you to join the Boulder Walk for Unity, to help build a more tolerant, inclusive and respectful community. There will be live music, a Gospel Choir, prayer and poetry, interactive fun, and refreshments.
The Walk is Sunday, August 25, from 4-6pm. Meet at the Second Baptist Church at 5300 Baseline in Boulder.
ALL ARE WELCOME! COME JOIN US!
Rotary Social Potluck at Fraiser Meadows
HillTop Room on Sunday, September 8
350 Ponca Place, Boulder
Sunday, September 8th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please join hosts Dorothy Rupert and Anne-Marie Reader at a Boulder Rotary Club Social Event on Sunday, September 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fraiser Meadows HillTop Room.
HillTop is a 3,000 sq. foot room and the only space on the 5th floor of Frasier, creating a “penthouse” feel with sweeping west-facing views of the Flatirons from its wall of windows. Guests are welcome to join you. Please bring a bottle of wine (or other preferred beverage) or a plate of hors d'oeuvres to share.
You are welcome to check out the newly remodeled Fraiser complex while you are there.
RSVP to Anne-Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do You Have a Nominee for the Jim Swaeby Peace Award?
You are invited to nominate a candidate for the Jim Swaeby Peace Award. The Award is presented by Boulder Rotary to recognize a person or persons for outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals of Rotary as expressed in the Fourth Object of Rotary: “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”
The award commemorates the contribution of Boulder Rotarian Jim Swaeby who gave of his time, talent, humor and passion to build a better world. Jim was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga and business man who contributed to the community and world in numerous ways. In ways unseen in most cases he carried out a life mission to "do an unexpected act of kindness or generosity for someone less privileged."
The Award includes an inscribed plaque, a monetary award from $250-$1,000, depending on budget, and an announcement of the Award to the community through the Rotary and the Boulder Daily Camera. (The monetary award will go to a nonprofit mutually agreed on by the recipient and the Peacebuilder Committee.)
Click here to submit your nominee.
Save the Date for the WASH Symposium
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...
August 22 - Gary Kahn
August 23 - Michael Dougherty
August 26 - Nathan Womack
Many thanks to this week's Birthday Scholarship donors, Sharon Nehls and Dennis Channer. The Birthday Scholarship Recipients wish you a very happy birthday. 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 Introductions
Dr. Rob Anderson is the Superintendent of Boulder Valley School District. Rob 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. Welcome to Rotary Rob!
TC North returned to Boulder Rotary Club after taking time away to work. He was re-introduced to the club on Friday.
TC North, Ph.D. is co-author of the best-selling book on Amazon, “Fearless Leaders”. He is a high-performance EOS®
(Entrepreneurial Operating System) Implementer, executive coach for entrepreneurs and sought-after international speaker who accelerates the success of individuals and organizations.
Early in his career TC mentally coached 31 Olympic athletes, a few Olympic teams and a professional sports team and in the art of creating thoughts and emotions that maximize success.
In recent years, he helped two entrepreneurs go from frustration and flat revenues to become members of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the US.
He is a CEO coach for both Techstars Boulder and Techstars Sustainability in Partnership with the Nature Conservancy in Denver.
As a published scientist one of his studies has been designated a landmark study, because it created a new paradigm of our understanding of human emotion.
And, as a true Boulderite who loves to be physically fit and do weird things … he has roller-skied up
Flagstaff mountain 100s of times (back in the 1980s) down it once and lived to tell the story.
TC is passionate about Rotary and hopes to continue to work with Rotaract, RYLA and other projects that help young people achieve.
New Member Proposals
Sally Brown is proposing Jill Drury for BRC membership. This is the second week of publication.
Jill Drury is a retired Federal Government executive. She began her public service career as an Economist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After conducting economic analyses for military construction and base closure projects for more than a decade, she transferred to the Legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service. When the Department of Homeland Security was created, Jill was selected to be the Director of the International Students and Exchange Visitor Program. She subsequently moved to Brussels, Belgium, to be the first Transportation Security Liaison to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Before retiring, Jill was the Director for International Operations at Transportation Security Administration.
Jill has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. She is a passionate horse lover, ballet dancer and dog owner. She and her dog Bo, were recently certified with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Jill and her husband Stuart are currently working to develop a website called “Donations Make A Difference” to identify needed items and inspire global travelers to donate and make a difference locally.
Stuart (Stu) Drury
Sally Brown is proposing Stu Drury for BRC membership. This is the second week of publication.
Stu Drury is a retired federal civil servant and retired Arm Reserve Officer. When Stu was four, his father took a job as a civilian with the U.S. Arm in Europe. Stu attended Defense Department schools in Germany from kindergarten through twelfth grade. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Stu spent eleven years as an active duty Army officer, then became a reservist and Defense Department civilian.
He worked for the Arm in Europe before being transferred to the Pentagon where he met his wife Jill. After a brief stint with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service. Stu served on the Joint Staff, attended the National War College and worked at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. He also served as Deputy Director for NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Stu took early retirement in 2008 so he could accompany his wife Jill to Sydney, Australia, for her job with the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to an undergraduate degree from West Point, Stu has graduate degrees from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and from the National War College. He is a recovering runner, avid skier, occasional mountaineer, aspiring cyclist and enthusiastic reader.
Gary Kahn is proposing Jonathan Singer for BRC membership. This is the second week of publication.
Representative Jonathan Singer represents House District 11 for Longmont and Northern Boulder County. He is chairman of the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee.
Rep. Singer is a leading architect of the regulatory framework established for recreational marijuana, which was approved by the voters of Colorado in 2012, directing tens of millions of new marijuana tax revenue to mental health programs and schools.
Rep. Singer has spent his legislative career advocating for youth, elders, and people with disabilities. He helped revolutionize our child welfare system to ensure that children are safe and can maintain their family connections.
He has also been a champion for all Coloradans – many of them from his district – who lost property and livelihoods in the catastrophic Front Range floods of 2013.
Rep. Singer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Colorado State University.
He has been a volunteer in the community for most of his life in both Boulder and Longmont including before and after-school programs with the YMCA.
He met his wife, Allison, while volunteering at the Boulder Public Library when they were both in high school. They live in Longmont with their children, Gwendolyn and William.
Any comments regarding new member proposals may be sent to the Boulder Rotary Club Board of Directors by email to Vanessa@boulderrotary.org.
Audrey DeBarros & Kathleen Bracke:
Stuck in Traffic?
"Commuting Solutions and Go Boulder"
Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director of Commuting Solutions, began by explaining that Commuting Solutions formed as an organization in the 1990’s just as “grid-lock” was becoming an issue in the Boulder -Denver region. The organization was started to advocate transportation planning and funding for the region and to call attention to the transportation needs of citizens, businesses, chambers of commerce, CU and others, and to advocate to elected officials, planning bodies and federal and state funding entities. In addition to the U.S. 36 corridor development plan, Commuting Solutions was also fundamental in the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project, completed in 2017.
Currently, Commuting Solutions is looking at a rail project connecting Union Station, Denver to Westminster, Broomfield, Flatirons Mall, Louisville, Boulder and Longmont. It’s a long-term plan which will require $1.5 billion to construct, $20 million to operate annually and won’t be completed until 2042. In the near term, Commuting Solutions is looking at the transportation needs between Broomfield, Boulder and Longmont. A study they conducted in 2013 identified $3 billion in regional transportation needs. From that study, Commuting Solutions has worked on transportation projects like GO Boulder, EcoPass, a bicycle and greenway path system that has 80 street and highway underpasses for pedestrians and bicycles, the US 36 Flatiron Flyer Bus, express lanes and bikeway.
Funding is always an issue in any transportation planning endeavor and Audrey told BRC that Colorado is facing some steep challenges. Colorado’s population is increasing but gas tax revenue, (a tax used to fund transportation) is declining, Colorado’s Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) budget only covers maintenance at this time and traffic congestion continues to get worse.
More specifically, recent ballot initiatives to fund transportation needs, 110 and 109 were rejected by voters. Transportation was not a high priority for the Governor or State Legislature. Audrey said they were focused on other matters such as full-day kindergarten, health care and climate change. Colorado’s State Legislature did budget $800 million toward transportation. Audrey said this is important but is a long way from the $9 billion needed to keep up with Colorado’s transportation needs. Commuting Solutions continues to work to plan the regions needs even with the current issues finding funding for transportation improvements and projects.
Kathleen Baracke: Co Director for Transportation- City of Boulder, also spoke to BRC on Friday. she spoke about Boulder’s transportation needs.
Kathleen took a moment to tell BRC that she holds Rotary in her heart because when she was a teenager, she went to Japan and Germany on Rotary Exchange scholarships and it changed her life.
Kathleen wanted to acknowledge the long-term hard work that Boulder City along with the Transportation Advisory Board, community advocacy groups like Commuting Solutions and Boulder Transportation Connections, and RTD and CDOT. It highlights that transportation is something that requires planning from many viewpoints.
Kathleen tries to look at Boulder’s transportation challenge from the community perspective within a regional ecosystem. The community perspective includes Boulder’s residents who live and work in Boulder and the area- they have transportation needs for work, for health care, for education, for entertainment and daily needs. Regional considerations include things like; people traveling to Boulder for their jobs, for the University of Colorado, as tourists, as consumers, and those traveling through Boulder.
The City of Boulder has been working on a Transportation Master Plan. The current draft is out for consideration. (You can look at the City’s Transportation Master Plan at their website by clicking HERE
.) The plan focuses on street safety, regional travel, transportation demand management, funding and integration with sustainability initiatives.
The City of Boulder is also updating the Pedestrian Plan. Walking has been identified as Boulder’s primary mode of transportation so the City is working to increase access, mobility and safety.
Bicycles are another of Boulder’s transportation concerns. Kathleen said that while Boulder has many bike lanes, bike paths and access areas, parts of the cycling infrastructure is geared toward advanced cyclists. The City is working to make sure cycling is comfortable
for a broad range of cyclists encompassing a range of skills. As Kathleen said, they hope to make it comfortable for cyclists from, “eight to eighty” not just those who have a high level of skill.
Boulder is not just looking at current needs. The City is working to plan for advance mobility and mobility trends like – scooter rentals, car share programs, driverless cars, and others. This planning is not just in infrastructure, it is also about how new technology may help advance community goals. Community goals may include things like safety, neighborhood livability, economic vitality, air quality and climate initiatives.
Kathleen said Boulder has several pilot projects underway or close to being underway. Boulder is demonstrating and testing E-Scooters, they are talking with an automated transit company and looking at mobility on demand and curb management programs as well.
Kathleen spoke about Boulder’s transportation funding- the majority of which comes from dedicated sales tax revenue and some income from the gasoline tax.
Kathleen pointed out that the price of materials for transportation projects, road maintenance and road improvements has out-paced the tax revenue income. Right now, more and more of Boulder’s budget is being used for services such as road plowing, road maintenance and other services at today’s service needs and less money is available for increasing services, planning and improvements.
What does that funding issue look like day to day in Boulder? Maintenance projects are being deferred. Services often are not able to meet community expectations (pot holes are not filled in immediately or for some time) and long term goals are no longer attainable.
Right now, Boulder is looking at how to increase funding and best use the funding they have.
Kathleen shared Boulder’s Transportation Vision: “A safe, accessible and sustainable multi-modal transportation system that connects people with each other and where they want to go.” To get to that vision Boulder Transportation needs the input of people like Boulder Rotarians and Kathleen ended the program by inviting all to share their feedback. You can email Boulder’s Transportation Division by contacting Noreen Walsh at email@example.com
The speakers at Friday's meeting were:
: Executive Director Commuting Solutions
“Commuting Solutions is dedicated to delivering innovative transportation options that connect commuters to their workplaces, businesses to their employees, and residents to their communities. Through advocacy for infrastructure and transportation improvements, partnerships and education, we create progressive, flexible transportation solutions.” If you want to know more about Commuting Solutions, you can go to their website by clicking HERE
: Co Director for Transportation- City of Boulder
Kathleen Bracke is the Interim Co-Director of Public Works for Transportation. In this role, she oversees the city’s GO Boulder program, multimodal transportation planning, policy, programs, capital projects, financial management and budgeting, and is the liaison to Boulder’s Transportation Advisory Board and City Council.
Prior to working for the City of Boulder, Ms. Bracke was the Transportation Planning & Special Projects Director for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, for over 17 years. She has also worked for the Transportation department of the City of Anaheim in Southern California. Ms. Bracke has an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).”
If you want to learn more about Boulder’s Transportation Improvement Program, you can go to the website by clicking HERE
Interested in Boulder’s transportation future? Want to dig in? You can watch Friday’s program for all the details. Click HERE
to see Friday’s program.
And don’t miss the rest of BRC’s Friday meeting- you can watch it by clicking HERE
You also can see lots of our previous programs and meeting by clicking 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 policy or position of the Boulder Rotary Club.
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