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10/09/18Beverly MendelCarbon Valleyarc Thrift StoresLloyd Lewis, CEO and president      Contact/schedule with Liz Mullens



 Overview of arc Thrift Stores and programs including arc University, food drives, recyclables, employment of disabled individuals, partnerships with other Colorado non-profitsExcellent presentation
09/20/18Jim RohrerMountain FoothillsRecovering from a paralyzing motorcycle accidentJeff Deaver720 2315145Jeff.deaver@nafinc.comA motorcycle accident left Jeff paralyzed from the chest down. The story of his amazing recovery is told in an entertaining and inspiring way. This program will be very well received by your members.
08/19/18PDG Diane KnightFort Collins Breakfast (District 5440)Global Grant Nigerian Hospital ProjectCindy Cloyd970-481-3703


An ambitious project to send vital medical and surgical equipment to 8 rural hospitals in Nigeria, including hospitals near  Umuahia. These 8  rural hospitals serve a population of 6.75 million people.
08/07/18Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyOil and Natural Gas Resources in ColoradoNick Creadon720-929-6687nick.creadon@anadarko.comPresentation of use, aquisition, drilling, and reclamation of oil and natural gas in Colorado. Explanation of fracking process, including water, sand and chemicals used.Very informational
08/02/18Nancy GrantMountain FoothillsWhat’s wrong with our Political System and How We
Might Fix It
Jim Rohrer303-679-0144jim.rohrer2@gmail.comIt is nonpartisan, well thought out and received well
by our club.   
07/24/18Jenn AbramsCarbon ValleyUS Postal Inspection Service - Homeland SecurityShereen Simmer - Homeland Security Coordinator303-313-5392smsimmer@uspis.govOverview of how mail service onboard airplanes poses a threat and what is being doneVery informative
07/24/18Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyUS Postal Inspection ServiceRobert Barnett - Postal Inpspector303-313-5332rcbarnett@uspis.govOverview of threats and crimes via the US Postal service including a surge in drugs, dangerous packaging, mail fraud and scams. How to recognize dangerous packages, and what is being done.Excellent presentation
07/16/18Steve MastDenverColorado Young LeadersJennifer Landersjen@coloradoyoungleaders.orgAt Colorado Young Leaders we strive to raise up our youth to become problem-solvers, united in creating lasting change in their own lives, their communities, and throughout the world. This engaging presentation will explore how youth are uniquely positioned to be change makers, how service and adventure go hand in hand, and what truly successful youth leadership looks like. I have seen the program and can tell you that
it is a good program, but more importantly one, which Rotarians will come away from with an awareness of the strong similarities with Rotary’s youth goals!
05/31/18John HughesDenver SoutheastHealthcare topics, i.e., joint replacement, stroke
awareness, etc. 
Bill Bishop303-584-8181


Presenter at 2018 District Conference and member of Health One organization
05/19/18Merrill GlustromBoulderBipartisanship—Bridging the Political DivideGrant Couch303 601-0724grant@grantcouch.comGrant is a lifelong fiscal conservative who believes that when we have a societal challenge instead of drawing lines in the sand and yelling at the other side, we need to listen more and roll up our sleeves and get the job done. Grant’s talk focuses on ways to bridge the current political divide and engage citizens
in our democracy.  

Grant uses the currently divisive issue of climate change to make his points. He has worked behind the scenes to promote the Climate Solutions Caucus in the US House of Representatives which is now up to 74 members (37 Republicans and 37 Democrats) to address the issue in practical ways without increasing government regulation.  
04/24/18Larry HallGoldenFoothills Animal ShelterAmanda Plank720-407-5222 aplank@fas4pets.orgFAS is a tremendous resource for our cities and the county and therefor a relevant
topic for us all. The shelter is an Inter-Governmental Agency and has a
separate fund raising arm Friends of Foothills Animal Shelter (FFAS), which is
made up of volunteers
Very informative
04/17/18Jaime YrastorzaWheat RidgeVocational Training Team: Preventing Healthcare Associated InfectionsJaime Yrastorza303-349-3711mndyrz@yahoo.comThe Vocational Training Team between the US & Philippine peers -  underscored the hindrances that low- and middle-income healthcare facilities commonly must overcome.  Of great relevance to Rotarians is
their chronic underfunding status.  Rotarians do have an opportunity to partake in alleviating the deficit, thereby join in the program to prevent HAI and save lives. 
04/11/18Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyNorthern Colorado Crime StoppersCharles Pochcharles@nococrimestoppers.comLearn about this statewide program that has an amazing success rate in closing crimes, works with other law enforcement agencies around the world, has programs in schools and universities, and all tipsters remain anonymous.Very informative
04/06/18Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyPeaceful Schools Program - using the Rotary’s guiding principles (4-way test) to create safer, more
respectful, bully-free environments
Carole Baumbusch303-868-6244carolebaumbusch@gmail.comMore than one out of five school children (28%) reports being bullied. Children who experience
bullying are at increased risk of poor school performance, anxiety and depression which in turn can contribute to violence to oneself (suicide) or others. 

The Peaceful Schools Program (PSP) is dedicated to creating safer, more respectful, and bully-free environments for our children and youth. The program uses an adaptation of Rotary’s 4-way test along with educator-endorsed lesson plans to teach the concepts of expressing feelings, building community, resolving conflicts, and celebrating diversity. Adopted by 18 Rotary Clubs in District 5450 and implemented in more than 25 elementary schools in the greater Denver area, the program is positively impacting ore than 1500 elementary school children and hundreds of high school students. Learn more about this program and how it is making a difference for our children and youth.
04/04/18Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyWhen Old Dreams Fail, Start Creating New OnesPreethi Fernanco970-663-4316prefern44@gmail.comPreethi is the winner of Stphen King's Haven Foundaiton AWard, given to one author every year. Her talk is inspired by the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka where she is from. She flew back overnight to do aid work, and saw women picking up the broken bricks, one at a time, to start building 4 waals for a new home. There dreams were shattered - but now they were picking up the pieces, one by one, to re-build new dreams.Very impactful and though provoking presentation
03/26/18Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyHow Sports Can Teach Life Lessons to ChildrenKevin Skeens


kevin@tcfcares.orgSports can be used to teach life lessons and help children to navigate the challenges of today's
society.  Training the body, mind and spirit is the only way to achieve the kind of mental toughness that will help translate into life and business. See how selflessness and service are bringing out the best in kids both on and off of the court. 
03/26/18Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyHow Rotary Clubs & RI are Impacting Orphaned Children in MexicoKevin Skeens     The Children's Foundation


kevin@tcfcares.orgRotary Clubs and RI are making a huge impact in a one of a kind children's home in Manzanillo Mexico.  This global grant project is getting unprecedented results and turning out leaders in the community.  Education and the expressive arts play a huge role in the development of these children as they over come abuse, abandonment and poverty. Rotary is one of the main reason's this special project is impacting lives in such a positive way. 
03/26/18Sandy MortensenSummit CountyLiteracy Coalition of ColoradoDorothea Steinke 303-919-9242steinkedb@literacycolorado.orgThere are over 585,000 people aged 16+ in Colorado with no high school diploma. That number will most likely grow dramatically as the high school drop out rate in the state is 32% and a dismal and discouraging 54% in the city of Denver. We all have a vested interest in education that produces graduates that become productive citizens. Very interesting presentation
03/26/18Paul BauerUniversity HillsExpeditionary Learning SchoolsRobert Bernardin, Assistant Principal,
Annunciation K-8 School
303.295.2515robert.bernardin@annunciationk8.orgLearning Expeditions are long-term studies that connect classroom learning to real-world issues. Instead of studying chemistry from a textbook, students in EL schools work with experts and community groups to study the health of the water in our local river, then produce and present a report about their findings to a local foundation in order to educate the public. Through engagement in meaningful service-learning that is connected to their classroom expeditions, students expand the limits of their generosity and learn to be active participants in their community who use their learning to make a positive, productive difference in the lives of others, without expecting anything in return.Extremely well received and widely talked
about by Rotary members
03/15/18Ann TullDenver Mile HighColorado End of Life
Options Act

Art Strasburger M.D.


Art is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon who has a particular interest in medical ethics and has served on the Ethics Committee at Littleton Hospital for 15 years.  As a speaker for Compassion and Choices, he talks to both medically oriented and lay groups about the options available at the end of life.

He will discuss all of the options available at the end of life with special attention to the new "Colorado End of Life Options Act" (medical aid in dying) - what it entails, what are the requirements to qualify, how one can access this alternative.   Comparisons of the various options will be presented as well as a discussion of the importance of advance directives if time permits.
02/12/18Otis JacksonDenver StapletonAfrica Development PromiseMonica LaBiche Brown720-951-2014mbrown@africadevelopmentpromise.orgAt Africa Development Promise, we believe that collective action and enterprise are proven pathways
for empowering rural women achieve their economic goals. 

01/24/18Blair GiffordDenverGlobal Water Challenge competition Karen Failinger303-253-4106
kfailinger@globalhealthconnections.orgThe GWC was started by District 5450 in 2003 and has now served about 17,000 middle school students in the Denver area.  It is still directly associated with Rotary. 
01/11/18Milena GarciaFive Points Cultural DistrictIsraeli Palestinian
Conflict – Palestinian Perspective
Iman Jodeh Iman@meetthemiddleeast.orgIman lectures at DU about middle eastern conflicts. Her talk was about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian perspective.
01/11/18Milena GarciaFive Points Cultural DistrictEmergency Manager and Homeland Security Director for the City and County of DenverRyan Broughton Loa Esquilin-Garcia    Loaitza.Esquilin-Garcia@denvergov.orgRyan spoke about emergency preparedness. His goal is to spread the knowledge so everyone can be prepared. He is incredibly engaging and the topic is very timely! You will not be disappointed!

09/29/17Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyOvercoming Greed - White Collar CrimeMark Jackson720-739-0779markjacksonspeaker@gmail.comMark went to jail for 15 years for running a Ponzi scheme - swindling his own clients and succumbing to his own greed. Mark survived a flesh-eating disease while in prison, turned his life around, and has now helped countless inmates to achieve their GED. He speaks honestly about his experiences.Very interesting!
09/15/17Michelle GayeskiDenver Cherry CreekOvercoming Sex TraffickingJessa CrispUse the "Contact Us" link on the website


This is a topic that needs awareness in our community! It is HAPPENING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS! While it is a heavy topic, Jessa delivers her story with such poise and grace, that you leave inspired by the hope and courage of her soul.  Very inspiring
09/14/17Zig BerzinsHighlands RanchThe Role of the EPA in our Changing Govenmental EnvironmentDon Garretson, PhD(303) 518-1562 


Don, a fellow Rotarian, currently works for Xcel Energy as a pricing consultant for new product initiatives concerning conservation, renewable energy, intelligent electrical networks (“Smart Grid”) and distributed generation. He recently authored: “The Economic Implications of CO2 Emissions Management”, and “The Sustainable Production of Electricity – a Business Analysis”.  Don has served as a guest speaker on energy issues, and was one of the panelists on a recent Energy Forum conducted by the Colorado Independence Institute.
08/23/17Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyUp With People - a global education program that uses music and action to empower youthBeyah Rasool



Up with People oorganization shares many ideals as Rotary. They encourage youth to be positive agents of change. Beyah can speak on a variety of topics.Excellent
08/21/17Rob ClintonDenverUS Air Force Athletic ProgramJim  Knowlton, Athletic Director (AFA head coaches are also possibly available as
719-333-4008james.knowlton@usafa.eduMr. Knowlton speaks about the overall athletic program of the Air Force Academy, including specific sports, little known facts, and the latest developments in various sports contested at the academy.  His presentation style is very engaging—he used an audience quiz—to launch his talk.  This presentation is not just for sports fans, because he discusses broader aspects including the role of sports in the life of cadets.  Many changes in athletics and athletic facilities continue to take place at the academy and he discussed everything from branding and sports team results to operations at the stadium.Excellent
08/01/17Jim CluckLakewoodNFL Since 1970 - The Ultimate Visual and Historical NFL Standings ReferenceScott Perry720-331-5231scott@nflsince1970.comScott Perry is a historian on the National Football League. His focus is on the Denver Broncos. He spoke at the Lakewood Club this last Thursday and gave a history that was fantastic. It is amazing how much he has researched and stored away in his mind. www.nflsince1970.comFantastic!
08/01/17Jay CarpenderUniversity HillsLife In Motion: Stay Active For LifeDr. Arash Maslehati 720-3684-4643arash@s2spt.com 
Falls are the #1 cause of death and hospitalization for those over 65. Poor adherence to exercise and physical therapy is practiced by most people. Sarcopenia (loss of muscle tissue) is an orthopedic epidemic. As we age, when we lose muscle tissue, the space is usually
replaced by fat tissue. We look the same but the muscle isn't there.
Very interesting!
07/18/17Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyConscious CapitalismCarl Dierschow970-481-6412carl.dierschow@smallfish.usConscious Capitalism Colorado Chapter - businesses seeking a higher purpose, trying to balance the concerns of all stakeholders including customers, investors, suppliers, society and the environment. www.consciouscapitalismcolorado.org Excellent presenter and presentation
06/08/17Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyThe Stem Cell Revolution - Non Embryonic ResearchPatrick Gaines - Univ. of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus720-281-2100patrick.gaines@ucdenver.eduVery informative presentation on the research being done with non-embryonic stem cells. Explanation of how stem cells are developed and the diseases that can be treated.Excellent presenter and presentation
05/05/17Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyLockheed Martin Space Systems Alex Sweetmanalexander.sweetman@lmco.comAlex gave an overview of the programs that Lockheed Martin Space Systems is currently working on, and how they impact Colorado and the United States. Programs like the GOES-R weather satellite, GPSIII, and Juno are focus areas.Extremely interesting and educational
05/05/17Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyPosibilidad Nicaraguense - Possibilities in NicaraguaCharlie Janneycjanney8@gmail.comEducation support for girls in Nicaragua - Charlie (a member of Longmont Rotary) has sponsored girls for many years, giving them the opportunity to continue school and go on to University. Very interesting!
04/24/17Abbas RajabiDenver SoutheastChoice HumanitarianBrit Meyer303-570-8428bmeyer@choicehumanitarian.orgCHOICE Humanitarian is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been working to end extreme poverty for nearly 35 years in remote villages around the world. With native in-country staff, CHOICE is currently in 8 countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, and Vietnam. Our 5 key focus areas align very well with Rotary’s focus areas: health, education, environment, economic development, and cultural preservation/gender equity.
04/13/17Zig BerzinsHighlands RanchHabitat for Humanity's Deconstruction ProgramCorey Biechele303-741-1403Corey@habitatoutlet.orgCorey is the Deconstruction Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity in different capacities since 2008. He will be sharing a bit of information about Habitat for Humanity, its Deconstruction Program and how you can become involved.
02/23/17Zig Berzinshighlands RanchProject ReCycle - Bicycle RecyclingAlejandro (AJ) Stapleton844-776-7329aj@projectrecycle.orgA clearing house for donated bicycles which are in turn provided to needy children. Donate bikes are refurbished or completely dismantled and the parts reused to build bicycles.
11/21/16Barb GoettschCarbon ValleyUNAVCO - Geoscience research and educationBeth Bartel303-381-7512bartel@unavco.orgStudy of the earth’s sciences and GPS monitoring of hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, glaciers, regional droughts, etc. Presented in easy to understand language. Beth’s familiar with Rotary and spent a year in Spain as an Exchange Student.  I didn’t know this technology was possible much less headquartered in our own backyard in Gunbarrel. Very interesting!
08/15/16Dave CristDenver Tech CenterLingoHutKendal
720-373-6288kendal@k7n.comLingoHut is a free website which provides people all over the world the opportunity to learn
different languages. On the website a person can access approximately 12-14 languages, which can be learned from almost all languages around the globe. It has grown dramatically over the past year or so.
Polished, informative and inspiring
07/12/16Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyStep Up Leadership - Leadership and Communication StrategiesSteve Burns720-938-5008stepupleadership@gmail.comJohn Maxwell Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach to improve communication and leadership skills.
06/21/2016Rose ChamberlainThe Art of Getting Along with Anyone, Anytime, AnywhereTeena Barnett720-363-0097teena@teambuildingdynamics.comEffective communication Very interesting and helpful in building good relationships with co-workers and family
06/09/2016Steve BarochCastle Rock High NoonColorado Juvenile Defenders Center ProgramsElise LogemannSean Keefe - 303-825-2045sean@cjdc.orgDid you know that students in some school districts in Colorado can get a criminal record for minor violations such as being late to class? The Colorado Juvenile Defenders Center works on programs to reduce or correct these kinds of injustices.Excellent - Most Rotarians at the presentation were stunned by the topic.
06/06/2016Robert YoungbergLakewood Foothills‘Dana Crawford – 50 Years Saving the Soul of a
City ‘
Mike McPhee303-503-4889 mike@uppergulch.com      www.mikemcpheebooks.com/home.html         www.facebook.com/mikemcpheebooks/

In 1965, Dana Crawford, a stylish Ivy Leaguer
and Junior Leaguer, convinced a group of wealthy investors to buy a block of
wobbly buildings on Tack Kerouac's Skid Row, which she renovated into Larimer
Square. Fifty years later, it is still one of Denver's most popular
destinations. Dana's passion for preservation, for giving new economic life to
historic buildings, has become a catalyst throughout the city.
Washington Post, International Herald Tribune
and other print media; he has appeared on Nightline, Today, Good Morning
America, NPR, CNN and other broadcasts. He is in the Hall of Fame at the Denver
Press Club, the nation's oldest. He lives in Denver.
5/24/2016Linda BlackstoneHighlands Ranch SatellitePedaling 4 Parkinson’sGreg FiskeGregFiske@Pedaling4parkinsons.orgPedaling for Parkinson’s hosts an event each year in June at Lone Tree’s Sweetwater Park. The organization was founded by three ladies. The first ride was June 13, 2010. In pouring rain and 47 degrees, $271 was raised. There were a total of 19 cyclists. Five cyclists finished the event. The group continued to grow. It caught the attention of Michael J Fox donation in 2013. The Foundation came to the local group. The local group is now the number one fundraiser for Michael J Fox Foundation in Colorado and has risen to 31st nationwide. The local group raised $208,000 in 2015. This is a very good cause for the community and for those who suffer from Parkinson’s.
4/28/2016Peter CrouseBroomfield CrossingBessie's Hope - enhancing the lives of nursing home eldersLinda Holloway303-830-9037linda@bessieshope.orgThe organization enhances the lives of nursing home elders through their volunteer programs that engage youth groups, families, individuals, corporations and civic organizations. Nationally, sixty percent of nursing home elders receive NO personal visitors. At the other end of the age spectrum, the at-risk youth who participate with Bessie’s Hope from residential treatment centers for troubled teens and other programs benefit as much as the elders. Both age groups feel valued and needed by the other, and lives are transformed.
4/26/0216Dick SargentLakewood Foothills2016 State of Technology for Rotary Clubs Ben Allen303-670-5900 ben@allenit.comIn a nutshell, he was superb. I am not a high-tech guy, but he held our interest throughout.
4/20/2016Al HortonSmoky HillGrowing up in communist China, striving for education, coming to the U.S.Lily Tang Williams303-217-0265lily4liberty@earthlink.netBorn in the wild west of China, Sichuan province before the Cultural Revolution, raised with her two sibling brothers by her illiterate working-class parents, Lily grew up facing poor living conditions, food rationing, Communist indoctrination, political and social chaos under Mao's regime. Lily overcame incredible hardships yet managed to attend law school at Fudan University in Shanghi. She came to the U.S. obtained a masters degree from the University of Texas, Austin, in social work. Lily does not go into any "hard core" political issues or positions. She touches on a few issues that concern her about our current political scene, but does not preach or become derogatory or negative.
1/22/2016Susan AubinSmoky HillSummit Resilience Training - Best Methods for Patients with DementiaJill Lorentz303.999.1961 jill@summitresiliencetraining.comJill Lorentz, President of Summit Resilience Training, was our speaker today. Summit Resilience Training was created for families and professional caregivers who have family and/or patients with dementia and other associated diseases. Jill became involved and certified through the Mayo Clinic after her own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Jill says that there are over 400 professionals affiliated with patients of one kind of dementia or another who are untrained as to how to cope with these patients. Her courses are designed to help caregivers as well as individuals learn and utilize best methods to be able to interact with issues caused by the behaviors of dementia. She says this training also creates the processes that promote well-being and greater understanding for the caregiver and family members. Jill is familiar with the research group at the University of Colorado Health Science Center and lauds their work. Very informative
10/9/2015Christa Reich-MorrisDenver SoutheastWild Animal SanctuaryPat Craig, Executive Director303-536-0118information@wild-sanctuary.orgThe Wild Animal Sanctuary specializes in rescuing carnivores that were born in
captivity and were victims of human immoderation. In order to provide a life of dignity and contentment for rescued animals, the Sanctuary operates a 720 acre refuge located on the open plains of Colorado just 30 miles Northeast of Denver (in Keenesburg).

Very informative and at times gut wrentching.
9/8/2015Peter EwingBoulderCitizens Climate Lobby (CCL)David Klinelackbeard.kline@gmail.comA network of volunteers working to address the risks posed by climate change. Presentations are meant to spark thoughtful, nonpartisan discussion to include: how will climate change impact life and work, what solutions exist and what is the cost, what can front range citizens do to mitigate the potential impacts of climate change?Thoughtful and informative
7/10/2015Beverly MendelCarbon ValleyPost PolioTerry Francis908-285-3636 cell or 303-827-3221 homefrancister@earthlink.netVery informative presentation on Post Polio - the physical symptoms, diagnosis, frequency, and world-wide statistics.Excellent
3/12/2015Sue FoxDenverENCA Eco-Tourism and Organic Farm in the PhillipinesSherry Manning


ENCA is preparing to launch larger initiatives in the community including a community organic seed bank for farmers throughout the region and a service based travel program to ENCA Farm and the Philippines the Fall of 2016. 

10/31/2014Jim GoddardDenverCuriosity as a way to Prepare for ChangeAndre Van Hall720-339-4831


I challenge my audience to wake up their curiosity so they can instigate change, adapt and innovate. It is a timely, lighthearted message that could be a great icebreaker as we challenge Clubs to think differently in our structure, membership and process, to better attract and retain Members.

Andre has a great story, and he very
successfully weaves humor into his

8/22/2014Steve BarochCastle Rock High Noon RotaryProjectRecycleAJ Stapleton 303-523-8229


ProjectRecycle improve youth pride, responsibility, freedom, respect, and appreciation, through the simple vehicle of a bicycle while assisting in the battle against obesity and improving our environment. We do this by not only “giving” a bicycle, but by providing education on how to maintain it and how to use it safely. We seek to provide group rides/events, classes on maintenance, safety and more.  We are located in Douglas County Colorado, and serve those in need of a bike throughout Colorado and the entire front range.  We hold bike donation drives in Denver & the suburbs throughout the year, fix up the donated bicycles and get them into the hands of those less fortunate.
8/12/2014Luis HernandezBoulder ValleySt. Vrain River PreservationLauren Bond Kovsky



From Ted Bendelow of Mead Rotary:  "Lauren is a dynamic speaker. Her knowledge of the birds that inhabit the St. Vrain, including eagles and herons is extensive. Her knowledge and commitment were critical in the citizen effort that successfully stopped a gun range from being
established along the St. Vrain."
7/16/2014Paula ShaferEnglewoodTHE BIG BRAIN CLUB: changing the culture at schools so that learning and
being smart are COOL.
Dominic Testa 719-440-5330dominic@bigBrainClub.com He is doing great work and I’d love to get him connected to other Rotarians so he can speak at many clubs.  They have a web site BigBrainClub.com. 
4/14/2014Tom WolfDenver StapletonBrownfields: What you need to know to transact with confidenceRebecca L. Almon303-628-3606ralmon@irelandstapleton.comRedevelopment of Brownfield properties is a great way to revitalize blighted property and spark economic growth. Environmental lawyer, Rebecca L. Almon, helps corporate and real estate professionals, lenders, and businesses identify opportunities associated with acquiring environmentally distressed properties, as well as account for and address environmental liabilities in various transactions, including the impact of recent changes to the environmental site assessment guidelines (“Phase I’s”) and new vapor intrusion guidelines. Her presentation will provide guidance and best practices to employ prior to: executing or relying on a purchase or lease agreement, embarking on redevelopment projects or clean-ups, completing corporate mergers & acquisitions, acquisition, foreclosure or workouts, and generally evaluating potential transactions.
2/25/2014Darlene MastDenver10 Steps to Effective

Bruce DeBoskey



Bruce educated our
members about strategies that we can use to make meaningful philanthropic
changes on both personal and club levels.  Bruce was engaging, effective,
and compelling during his presentation.”   - Melinda Quiat, CEO,
Quiat Companies, LLC, Denver Rotary Club Member
1/28/2014Tom SrsichDenver WestDiscover
How to Die Young… At An Old Age!

Bentley, Esq.
303-388-8887George@BentleyBaths.comWe ALL suffer from “age-related” and degenerative health issues as we age. EVERYONE!  In a fun and humorous way, George will help your group discover the 4 Easy Secrets to living a vibrant life to 100 or beyond, and slow (OR reverse) the aging process. 
12/5/2013Tom SrsichDenver WestKiller BathroomsGeorge Bentley303-388-8887george@bentleybaths.comAn informative talk by serial entrepreneur and author on how to make your bathroom safer.
10/29/2013Dick SargentLakewood FoothillsLegal ShieldJim Lee303-988-22957jimlee@comcast.netJim is an independent associate for LegalShield, a pre-paid legal service.  Acknowledging there are a number of companies in his industry, he kept his comments on a high plain informing the audience that there was a thing called pre-paid legal, and why it is a service which others might wish to consider. He, of course, mentioned LegalShield, but quickly mentioned other companies which render the same service to ensure he wouldn’t appear to just be promoting himself.
5/24/2013Marshall TurnerLakewood FoothillsLocal American Indian HistoryMarshall Turner303-277-1971wmtbdt@MSN.comThis is a short history bringing the Indians up to occupation of reservations; what happen to them on the reservations; and their current status. There are multiple opportunities for Rotary service projects and I have some ideas and information.
3/15/2013Talee CroweSmoky HillAn American in BataanJerry W. Regan303-378-5252jerrywregan@comcast.net"An American in Bataan" the story of my wife's father in WWII.
2/8/2013Jim RohrerMountain FoothillsAging, Healthcare, and helping seniors “keep their simple joys”Jonnelle Leimbach 720-529-1211jleimback@adesteinhomecare.comThe belief that we need not be warehoused when we grow older. We should make our personal desires known to our kids and if we are the kids, find out what Mom & Dad really want. It was an “age-appropriate” topic and beautifully presented.
7/24/2012Larry McLaughlinDenver Tech CenterHabitat for Humanity - Deconstruction ProgramLarry McLaughlin303-741-1403 larrymclaughlin@juno.com Deconstruction is a free service offered by Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. We work with homeowners, businesses, contractors and developers to identify materials and appliances suitable for reuse or recycling. Our professional and trained team of volunteers carefully remove items from project sites for resale at our ReStores.
8/16/2012Karl Van EttenAurora FitzsimonsPalliative CareDr. Jean Kutner303-724-2240jean.kutner@ucdenver.edu I was worried about the club’s response to this speaker because it is an “end of life” topic. I shouldn’t have been. This topic is extremely valuable to anyone with a loved one who is near the end of his or her life and it’s something that we all should know about—that was the club’s response. Jean handles this topic very well. P.S. Jean starts her workday at 7:00 a.m., so she is available whenever a club is meeting.Very interesting and very good presenter
6/6/2012Carol CarperEvergreenA Kenyan Community Rises Out of PovertyCarol Carper303-895-5829ccarper1337@gmail.comThrough stories and audience participation Carol will share an inspiring successful Rotary project in a rural subsistence community of 10,000 people in Kenya. The people living there are now feeding themselves and they have begun to make MONEY to support themselves and their community. This development can be done anywhere in the world and Rotary can help make it happen.
2/1/2012Mike OldhamParkerRotary and the Peace CorpsMike Oldham303-660-9281meoldham@msn.comLearn about the Rotary and Peace Corp relationship and how your club can benefit in relation to its projects and potential future membership from this new relationship
1/25/2012Gene SpanarellaAuroraThe Linus Project - Blankets for ChildrenKaren Loucks Rinedol karen@workingforpeanuts.orgInforms the audience about The Linus Project, how it began more than 15 years ago and how it has grown into a non-profit with over 300 chapters in the U.S. . She does not solicit money or time. Excellent presenter!Excellent
11/18/2011AJ ArnettCastle PinesHomes for Our Troops-Building Homes for Severely Injured VetSarah Vanderhill720-732-5001svanderhill@comcast.net6 Douglas County, CO Rotary Clubs have joined together to work on local builds with Homes for Our Troops. The model is being created by the Douglas County Committee so Rotarians can get involved nationally for builds in their respective areas. Learn more about HFOT and the relationship Rotary has built with the organization including how Interact clubs can get involved with Kids for Our Troops.Not Rated
9/18/2011Robert ErichsenBroomfieldA Successful Initiative in Ouanaminthe, HaitiJohn Neill970-749-4698jcneill@comcast.netProvide academic and vocational education for children and adults. Also, provides health care for the people in the area and jump-start economic development projects.Not Rated
6/30/2011Karl Van EttenAurora FitzsimonsDevelopment projects in Central AmericaSebastian Africano sebastian@treeswaterpeople.orgDescribes his organization's work in Latin America, which focuses on the high efficiency stoves they have developed, nurturing small companies to provide them, reforestation, and the positive consequences for the people. Particularly valuable for a club that is interested in supporting an international projectNot Rated
6/9/2011Karl Van EttenAurora FitzsimonsAfrican-American SpiritualsArt Jones303-638-4978arthur.jones@du.eduArt's presentation received more applause than any other presentation I've seen since I've been in the club. Art is a professor at DU, a practicing psychologist, founder of The Spirituals Project, and an accomplished singer who provides vocal illustrations as part of his presentationNot Rated
5/31/2011Geoffrey WheelerBoulder ValleyOn Hitler's Mountain--Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi ChildhoodMs. Irmgard Hunt720-242-7734 This is a frank and honest personal story of a woman who grew up in Nazi Germany. She share's experiences and reflects on overcoming the stigma of Being German. She opens the door to a valuable insite into a generation of people that will soon be gone.Not Rated
5/19/2011Courtney LoehfelmLittleton SunriseHow to Network with Confidence and a Giving AttitudeJ. David Lampe303-550-8563david@websavvyrealestate.comVery useful and interesting information -- Great Presentation!Not Rated
5/19/2011Anne FeistBoulder FlatironOne Dr.'s Journey through Life, Career and Cancer SurvivalKr Dathy Fortune ladydoc74@aol.comDr Fortune is entertaining speaker with a great way of looking at life. Communicates very interesting experiences of career as a forensic doctor. She shows through faith and dertermination how she became a cancer survivor. Very inspirational!Not Rated
5/12/2011Wendell BryanLakewoodDream Like a ChampionDick Durrance970-945-5666 Dick has been an army combat photographer and a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine. He combines beautiful photography with stories and ideas aimed at transforming your dreams into accomplishments that can shape your destiny.Not Rated
5/4/2011Mike HayesWestminster 7:10American Red CrossJim Terrew303-722-7474jrettew@denver-redcross.orgA really informative presentation on the work of the ARC, both locally and internationally.Not Rated
4/22/2011Robert SatromParkerSecretariat's Meadow...Kate Tweedy720-984-8803kctweety@msn.comA great presentation by the daughter of the owner of this great race horse. Allow at least 30 minutes and longer if you have time.Not Rated
4/22/2011Robert SatromParker Rotary ClubSecretariat's Meadow, The Land, Family, LegendKate Tweedy303-730-7485720-984-8803 (C)A great presentation by the daughter of the owner of this great race horse. Allow at least 30 minutes and longer if you can.Not Rated
4/20/2011Mike HayesWestminster 7:10IditarodGeorge Stroberg, DVM303-469-7387vetgws@aol.comA most interesting presentation on the Idatarod Race in Alaska, with particular emphasis on the dogs that pull the sleds from the perspective of a veterinarian.Not Rated
2/14/2011Lloyd WaldronWinter ParkCO Long Term Care PartnershipLloyd Waldron303-819-4523lewaldron@hotmail.comExcellent, informative presentation on newly implemented State Long-Term Care Partnership Plan to benefit individuals and families.Not Rated
2/14/2011Robert ErichsenBroomfieldThey Call it Golf Because Life was TakenJohn Barnes303-917-0661orjkbinvestments@msn.comThis program is comical, motivational and inspirationalNot Rated
2/14/2011Robert ErichsenBroomfieldConscious CoffeeStephanie Palm Neves stephanie@sccoffee.orgProgram was very informative.Not Rated
2/14/2011Robert ErichsenBroomfieldLife's Hardships GoldenAdrienne Rosel720-289-8829adrienne_rosel@hotmail.comProgram is inspirational and informative.Not Rated
1/27/2011Patty BurnettEnglewoodImmigration ReformJuan Botero720-490-1425jbbotero@aol.comMr. Botero spoke about immigration reform and the basis for the constitution and current laws. It is an inflamatory topic, yet Mr. Botero presented his views in a respectful and articulate way. He has put a great deal of thought and work into his presentation and he seems to have come up with an interesting solution. He as spent much time interviewing both legal and illegal immigrants and has structured his proposal on the findings from these interviews. Feel free to call Mr. Botero to discuss his views to find out if this topic would be of interest to your club.Not Rated
1/25/2011Rolando CuadradoSummit CountyBusiness EthicsCorey Ciocchetti coreyciocchetti@gmail.comCorey is an excellent speaker. Energetic, funny and sincere. He is a professor of busniess ethics at DU and a featured speaker at RYLA and Young RYLA. He speaks equally well to Rotary clubs and schools.Not Rated
1/13/2011Kaye ReichNiwotQuality Foods for EveryoneChet Sisk708-240-4807chet@chetsisk.comEntertaining and informative presentation about breaking the cycle of homelessness. Chet & Whole Foods are working together to provide healthier food to Community Food Banks and Homeless Shelters.Not Rated
12/7/2010Geoffrey WheelerBoulder ValleySwitzerland Trail, Boulder COMichael O'Neill303-441-3116 This is a vivid presentation and colorful reflection on the railroad that served the Boulder Mt Area in the late 1800's. The presentation includes great maps and historical photos with matching recent images from the same locations. Micael makes this history come alive!Not Rated
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