The B.V.’er Rotary Club of Buena Vista, Colorado

The B.V.’er
Rotary Club of Buena Vista, Colorado
Meeting Duties November 12, 2014
Special thanks to Sarah for taking newsletter notes.
November 11 is Veteran’s Day. Please thank all our vets for their
service. See tribute below.
Inspiration: OPEN
Program: T.D. – Jonathon McDonnell – Executive Director of the Ark-Valley
Humane Society
Last Week’s Meeting:
1. Inspiration: Dave Cook - reminded us that all things are temporary but
relationships last forever. There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand
high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher. Henry Van Dyke
2. Program: Club Assembly – Led by TD
TD reminded us that it is our Club and if we don’t step up the club
may not go on.
We need to re-look and redirect where we are going for the rest of
TDs term.
We have 5 Club Meetings left before the end of the year.
Over the last few years it has always been the same people doing
the same projects/fundraisers
Octoberfest fell though because there was not enough time or enough
people stepping up to help, there will be a meeting in the bar section of
the Eddyline on 11/12 for the committee to decide how, when,
where…etc and will report to the club in December.
· Mission Dinners - Jeanette does not intend to stay with the Club,
she was the one that organized the Mission Dinners in the past (3rd
Friday of Mar, May, August, October). We need people to step up to
help organize the dinners, choose the menu…etc.
· 4th of July – Dan does not wish to be the Chair anymore, Bob
Martinez may be willing to help, will clarify when he returns on the
12th, we need people to step up and volunteer to help, we don’t want
to wait until the last minute, there are notes/procedures on how to
organize the event so we do not have to reinvent the wheel
· A reminder about Service above Self
· TD informed the club that we have no more fundraisers between
now and the end of the Rotary Year. We discussed the possibility of
the Yard Sale at Community Banks of Colorado sometime in the
spring. Darrin Blankenbeckler suggested a Lasagna Dinner in the all
purpose room of the High School during a home game. Darrin will
check on this.
· TD reminded us that we need to work on Programs and
Inspirations, there are many of them that are open. If anyone would
like to sign up for them, please email Ron Axel.
· TD spoke to the fact that we have less then ½ of the membership
attending weekly meetings. There are 24 club members and on
average we have 14 attend.
- Wes Duran – told the club that we have 3 scholarships that have not
funded yet. Darrin Blankenbeckler asked Wes to give him the names and
he will check with the winners.
TD – reminded the club that we need to pick the 2015-2016 officers by the
end of December
3. T.D. has Kim’s new address. I will publish it as soon as he shares it with me.
4. Trick or Treat Street went well, thank you to all who helps. Thanked
Mike, Dan, Dave, Steve and Jeannette. We handed out approximately 350
Juice Boxes, 6 Cases of Water and a lot of Hot Chocolate. Thank you to all.
5. Reminder that Jeannette’s still accepting wine, whiskey, sports tickets,
household items for the Employee Council at the Correctional Facility silent
auction. Deadline for 5. donations is 11/15
6. Larry passed around a sign up sheet for Rotary’s annual Salvation Army Bell
ringing at City Market on Saturday, December 6. Please step up and volunteer
some time. We have always been the largest fund raiser.
7. Bob and Sharon Martinez return to the high country November 11.
8. The Octobefest planning meeting will be on Wednesday, November 12
immediately after our regular meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.
9. Clarke Poos talked about the Habitat for Humanity ReStorative Arts
InsBREWation at the Eddyline @ South Main starting at 5pm on 11/5. Tickets are still available. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore collaborated
with members of the Chaffee Arts Council to showcase local artisans’ refurbished artwork hand-selected from the ReStore. You will be able to bid
on these unique pieces during a silent auction at the Dinner. Each artist
was asked to come to the ReStore and chose anything to then transform
into a piece of art.
10. Please consider making a Rotary Foundation donation. Our goal is to
average $200 per member this year. Contact Ron if you need help.
11. Please visit our recently updated web page. From the web page you can
access the member page. Linda would appreciate any feedback from the
membership. Our thanks to Linda for all of her work on the web site.
Board Meeting: The next Club Board meeting will be on Wednesday,
November 5, 2014 at 9:00 at the Colorado East Bank Board Room. All
members as well as the Board are invited to attend.
The future Board schedule is:
November 5, 2014
December 3, 2014
January 6, 2015
Upcoming Programs:
November 12 – T.D. – Jonathon McDonnell – Executive Director of the ArkValley Humane Society
November 19 – Mike Newell – Angie Jenson – Terra Firma Forestry
November 26 – NO MEETING
December 3 – T.D. – Michael Coleman – President ACA
December 10 – Peter Edis – Dr. Jonassen – Orthopedic Surgery
December 17 – Dolly Parton Book Program
Upcoming Inspirations:
November 12 – OPEN
November 19 – Steve Sherlock
December 3 – Wes Duran
December 10 – OPEN
December 17 – OPEN
December 24 – NO METTING
December 31 – NO MEETING
Announcements: If you have any announcements for the
club that you would like to add to the bulletin, please send
them to me.
Rotary Questions:
1. What was the total contributions to the TRF Annaul Fund last year?
2. What was the total contributions to Polio Plus?
3. What was the total TRF contrributions last year?
4. What was District 5470’s total Annaul Fund giving?
5. What was B.V. Rotary’s total TRF giving last year.?
Thought: Ben Franklin – Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy,
wealthy and wise. – Also, they have never seen the Letterman Show
Rotary After Hours Pot Luck Picnic
Monday November 17
Eddyline II
Brew HouseTour at 5:30
Member Guests
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. WHAT IS A VET?
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar,
a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin
holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort
of inner steel: the soul’s ally forged in the refinery of adversity Except in
parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no
badge or emblem.
You can’t tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet? He is the cop on the beat
who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure
the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose
overgrown fiat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic
scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing
every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn’t
come back AT ALL.
He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account
rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them
to watch each others backs.
He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a
prosthetic hand. He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and
medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb of the Unknowns, whose
presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the
memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them
on the battlefield or in the ocean’s bottomless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and
agonizingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all
day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered
some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who
sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing
more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest greatest nation
ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean
over and say “Thank You”.
That’s all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any
medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot ‘THANK YOU”. Remember November 11th is
Veterans Day
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to bum the flag.
Father Denis Edward O’Brien