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“The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of a Booming Economy” panelists Carl Koelbel (Koelbel Urban Homes), Amy Ford (CDOT chief of Advanced Mobility), Bill Bishop (HealthONE’s VP of consultant & employer strategies and president & CEO South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Bob Golden. Southeast Denver member Kim DeCoste moderated the panel.
Banner at Hyatt DTC welcomes Rotary members and guests.
District Governor Abbas Rajabi, his wife Sami and the large District 5450 Conference Committee welcomed Rotarians in the area for a weekend of packed workshops, panels (including Rotary for the Young at Heart for the coming generations), exhibits, speakers, awards and entertainment. Saturday’s festivities featured Harvard-educated Dan Richie as a keynote with the topic “Bringing Consensus to a Country That’s Divided.” His distinguished career includes serving as president of the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, chairman and CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and he was the 16th chancellor of the University of Denver. Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria was a featured speaker Sunday. He is the superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. He directs a four-year regimen of military training, academics, athletic and character development programs leading to a B.S. degree and a commission as second lieutenant.
Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self” was evident in the numerous awards presented.
Rotary International Awards: Gail Lehrmann (Parker Rotary Club) nominated for Citation for Meritorious Service. Carolyn Schraeder (Denver Mile High Rotary Club) nominated for TRF Distinguished Service Award.
District 5450 Governor Elect Sandy Mortensen (Summit County).
Governor’s Discretionary Awards: Larry Bass (Aurora Southeast), Tom Beiging (Denver Southeast), Karen Loeb (Denver Southeast), Beverly Mendel (Carbon Valley).
Significant Contributions to those in Need: Doug Andrews (Denver Southeast), Bob Ashley (Summit County) Melly Kinnard, Kent Bozarth, Cyrus Rajabi and Jim Johnston (Denver Rotary Club).
District Service Award of Excellence: Mary Jane Ewing (Boulder Flatirons), William A. “Bill” Downes (Mountain Foothills), Peter Ewing (Boulder), and Dan Himelspach (Denver Mile High).
Membership Development Initiatives: Debi Bush (Denver Cherry Creek).
Volunteer for Community Service Award: Nancy Gooding (non-Rotarian) largest single donation to Polio Plus in this district.
Four Way Test Award: Bill Manning (Evergreen Rotary Club).
Paul Harris Award of Excellence: 2017 Denver Tech Center Rotary Club (will receive plaque from last year). 2018 South Jeffco Rotary Club (will receive Paul Harris bust for current year).
Rotarian of the Year: John Hughes of Abbas Rajabi’s home club (Denver Southeast).” He has really made a difference in Rotary in Denver,” said Rajabi. “He is the co-chair of the 2018 District Celebration, a quite performer with even temperament and amazing at organizing teams and people. He has been my mentor and friend, helped in the State of the State and set the tone right for the mental health symposium.”
Author, comedian, sports journalist and Renaissance Man – Sam Adams, who hails from Cleveland, Ohio (with plenty of references), was the Saturday evening headliner and master of ceremonies. He joked that his act with the district governor could be called Abbas & Costello. National Acappella Champions – The 17th Avenue Allstars entertained with tunes from the 50s to the present.
District Governor Nominee is Curt Harris (Rotary Club of Evergreen).
Tom Beiging, Denver Southeast and conference co-chair with keynote speaker Dan Ritchie.
Award- winner Larry Bass from Aurora Southeast with District Governor Abbas Rajabi
The Polio exhibit at the 2018 District Conference depicts one of Rotary’s missions which is to eradicate the disease. The local Gooding Family has contributed the largest single donation in the district.
Entertainer Sam Adams, Rotarian of the Year John Hughes and 5450 District Governor Abbas Rajabi
The Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Hon. Lennox Linton was visiting disaster relief contributors in the metro area to thank them for assisting the 750 square km Caribbean nation following the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria last September.
The category five storm, the worst in Caribbean history, left over 50 people dead, more than 20 thousand homes damaged and triggered a sharp rise in the national poverty level from 25.7 to 36.2 percent, according to the Dominica Government’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).
The list of post Maria donors from the Mile High City include Project Cure, Mel Tewahade CEO of Infinity Wealth Management Inc., Dr. Roy Mondesire, owner of Romonics (a Boulder company), Toys for God’s Kids and members of the Denver Lions Club, who teamed up in collaboration with the Washington D.C. based Rebuild Dominica to get a variety of relief items, medical supplies and toys into Dominica.
Linton says on behalf of the people of Dominica “it is a great honor to thank the Denver donors for their generosity and exemplary humanitarian spirit.” He believed his meetings last week with the new friends of Dominica have created an excellent platform for development cooperation in agriculture, tourism, world class medical care and disaster preparedness planning.
In a luncheon engagement with the Denver Lion’s Club Tuesday, the Dominica parliamentarian invited community leaders to “vacation on the nature island and to take advantage of the numerous investment opportunities available” in the areas of climate resilient construction, communication technology, health care and financial services.
Linton also meet with Rep. Mike Coffman over the Memorial Day weekend.
Michael James, Terrie Fontenot and Stephen Edmonds
BY GLORY WEISBERG
Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons opened the door to her Highlands Ranch home May 10 and we were thankful that she had valet parking for the slew of new members who gathered for the Voice of America (VOA) Guild Membership Brunch.
When many newbies turn out in force you know a guild has a great future ahead of it. It’s not easy to draw a new generation of supporters ready to take the helm and join existing members. They came out in force.
Jo Dutton was a founding member of the VOA Guild and at 94 she’s still active! There was pure joy in her face, seeing longtime friends. Jo was with her darling daughter, Andrea Dutton Frieson and fellow founding member Betty Kuhl who is also a past guild president.
Leticia Dyson was enjoying the vast selection of brunch goodies, including more types of fruit than some local grocery stores have and it was the work of Footers Catering. Chatting with friends was guild president Terrie Fontenot, mingling with Carol James and VOA president and CEO, Dianna Kunz.
Kathryn Kaiser, Jo Dutton and daughter Andrea Frieson
Among new guild members at the brunch were Juanita Chacon, Patricia Roche, Dr. Michelle White, corporate board member Michelle Dorman, Carolyn Newcomer (and yes, that is her real name), and Western Fantasy steering committee member, Stephen Edmonds.
Adding to the fun chatter were newbies Soraya Clopton, Betty Ellis, Amy Oden, Hanna Pronto, Juana Walls, Wendy Weil, Hanna Pronto, Sherrie Somers, Francesca Galiz and others.
The Volunteers of America can provide shelter for over 300 women and their children, homeless single women and homeless female veterans and feeds and clothes thousands of homeless vets every year in Denver.
That’s just part of what the Volunteers of America does and for more information call 303-297-0408.
Hostess Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Leticia Dyson and Sandee Walling
S. Robert August is presented his Founders Award early by IDA Founder, President & CEO Wayne Connell and master of ceremonies Phoenix Jackson (9News and Young Professional Gala Chair)
NBC’s The Voice Season 6 crooner Biff Gore will entertain when Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) holds it annual Awards Gala Oct. 19 at Denver Marriott South. Be the Voice is the meaningful theme for a Motown style evening that will honor six more award recipients. Robert August, NAHB Senior Life Director, Founder & President North Star Synergies received his Founders Award at a recent reception held at Vehicle Vault.
Based in Parker – IDA’s mission is to encourage, educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe so they will be invisible no more!
Ambassador of Soul, Biff Gore from NBC’s The Voice Season 6 will entertain at the gala.
Arlene Mohler Johnson, who will be presented with the Volunteer Award, beside a 1957 T-Bird – the kind of auto she once owned.
Wish Prom Maya and dad dancing
With prom season in full swing, photos of beautifully dressed teenagers stepping out of limos or hamming it up on the dance floor are a familiar sight. However, seeing a 10-year-old crowned as Prom Queen and her dad bestowed with the title of Prom King is a rarity. Prom Queen Maya and her extended family were the guests of honor at the second annual Wish Prom April 27. Held at the Glenmoor Country Club, the prom was hosted by the Young Professionals Group of Make-A-Wish Colorado.
More than 150 guests attended the recent Wish Prom. They enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and dancing to live music provided by Moment’s Notice. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Prom Court, which included Maya’s mother, stepmother, sister and stepfather in addition to Maya and her father. In keeping with the Under the Sea theme, the prom queen was awarded a Nemo stuffed animal along with her sash and crown. Maya, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant, also learned that her wish to go to Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii was about to come true.
Wish Prom: Under the Sea raised nearly $19,000 for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Drew Callahan, chair of the Young Professionals Group, was pleased with the turnout at the prom, stating, “We had twice as many people attend this year’s prom than last year and raised a significant amount of money to provide wishes to children diagnosed with critical illnesses.” He continued, “It’s truly inspiring to see the joy that lights up a child’s face when his or her wish is revealed.” The Young Professionals Group is comprised of individuals under the age of 40 who share a philanthropic spirit toward serving children. The group’s next event will be the 14th annual Kickball Tournament at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sept. 29.
Wish Prom Maya with Nemo
The Koelbel’s display a July 28, 1981, Denver Post clipping on their attending the zoo “Safari Party” while single as Miss Sherri Slack and Walter Koelbel Jr. Wedding bells soon after, and their daughters wedding coming this summer July 28.
BY BOB SWEENEY
The Cherry Hills residence of Buz and Sherri Koelbel was the site of the Do at the Zoo kickoff patron party May 19. Board members, patrons, sponsors and zoo fans and friends enjoyed scrumptious hors d’oeuvres from Del Friscos.
Denver Zoo foundation president Sherri Koelbel thanked Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for being this year’s presenting sponsor and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP as this year’s VIP reception and lounge sponsor.
This year’s event is being chaired by Rob and Jen Kaufmann and is scheduled for June 21, with tickets on sale now.
Newly elected Denver Zoo president Rob Kaufmann, with the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm, spoke briefly about the success and posterity of the famed Denver Zoo.
Kaufmann related that in 2017, 1,150 schools and 95,000 students participated in zoo educational programs. The animal care staff services over 4,000 animals at the zoo.
Sherri Koelbel, snake handler Holly Houser, and RTD Chairman Doug Tisdale coddle with the giant reptile.
He said, “The Denver Zoo has served a record of 2.2 million visitors in 2017, the highest in the zoo’s 121-year history.”
Kaufmann expressed thanks to two premier sponsors, KM Concessions, Haselden Construction, and Arrow Electronics and contributing sponsors: Wagner Equipment, Townsend, CoBiz Financial, SRC Energy, Sprint Press and Seattle Fish Company.
He related that for the second straight year the event will be a “culinary showcase” featuring food from Denver’s finest restaurants and the region’s best beer, wine and spirits along with live entertainment. He related that Del Frisco’s will be back for a second year as the VIP caterer and was the evening kickoff patron party caterer.
Tickets information: denverzoo.org/datzvip.
Del Frisco general manager Scott McKenzie and Johanna Blyth, sales and events oversaw the scrumptious patron party delectable.
Denny O’Malley, CEO of the zoo, and keeper Holly Houser holding “Thai” the black rough-necked monitor lizard found in Southeast Asia.
Craig Fleishman and Bobbi Rankin watch red tail hawk handler “Katie” hold the beautiful bird.
Mort Marks and Dr. Richard Kelley, seated, with, silent auction co-chairs Barb Reece and Julie Reece, Cancer League of Colorado President Gary Reece, standing.
BY JUDY CARLSON
WEALTH MANAGEMENT CONTRIBUTOR
An evening of splendor greeted guests as they arrived at the Cancer League of Colorado’s 2018 Hope Ball held at the Hyatt Regency DTC on May 12.
The theme, “Dedicated to the Ones We Love,” was accomplished through the beautiful tribute to Sue Miller, 2018 Champion of Hope Award recipient. Sue was a model, author, wife, mother, nurse, political candidate, cancer survivor and Cancer League member. Sue touched many lives.
The secondary theme, “…and ALL THAT JAZZ” was wonderfully represented by an original oil by renowned artist Eva Makk. The painting, donated by Makk, was one of many items presented in the live auction.
Hundreds of items were part of the ball’s silent auction, as well as eight live auction items and one raffle item. They ranged from an original dress from local designer Hannah Payne to a puppy, to exquisite earrings and a ring, to a 2018 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4×4 donated by the Moreland family.
The evening’s event successfully helped the Cancer League move closer to its 2017-2018 goal to reach $1.2 million in donations.
The evening was hosted by Ed Greene, KOA radio host. Gary Corbett was the auctioneer and Jerry Barnett and Moments Notice provided music for dancing.
Photos by Wealth Management Contributor Judy Carlson
Kennedi White, Terri Fisher, Louise Richardson, puppy auctioned off, Nicole Gampp, Linda Christie-Horn
Jan Hammond andTerri Fisher
Three generations of Marks ladies, Edie Marks, Alexandra Gruitch, Elise Marks-Gruitch, Lori Marks-Connors
Event Co-Chairs and their husbands, Kori and Randy White, Kathleen and Stu Bennett
Angela Lieurance andSharon Magness Blake
“Steps to the Top” by co-chairs Brooks Luby and Sue Miller family and friends.
Kate Robbins of Greenwood Village, who has been a longtime data entry volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association was recognized recently by Amelia Schafer, interim executive director of the Colorado chapter.
There is no way to adequately thank the more than 1,000 Coloradans who volunteer each year to keep the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association running smoothly, but several of them received special recognition recently for their contributions to the organization that was considered above and beyond the usual.
“We have so many outstanding volunteers that it is challenging to single out just a few,” said Amelia Schafer, interim executive director of the Colorado chapter. “But it is important to let these amazing people know how important they are to our mission, and how much we value their contributions.”
Volunteers outnumber full-time employees of the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association more than 20 to 1, and volunteers are intimately involved in almost every aspect of the eight-office chapter, from delivery of programs and leadership of support groups to event coordination and responding to callers on the association’s helpline.
“Without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, there is no way that we could aspire to provide service to all of the Coloradans – 71,000 living with dementia and the quarter of a million volunteer caregivers – who rely on us for the services we provide at no charge,” said Schafer. “These volunteers are heroes for all they do.”
According to statistics collected by the Colorado Chapter, the average tenure of Colorado Alzheimer’s Association volunteers is 7.5 years, and more than 91 percent rate their experience as “very satisfied” or “satisfied.”
Many of the volunteers are engaged in more than one activity at the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, 42 percent are involved in two or more areas.
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