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8th Annual State of the State Luncheon and Rotary District 5450 Wellness Initiative
Jim Goddard, who runs 9Health Fair and is Rotary Club of Denver President, with emcee Cheryl Preheim of 9News, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and current Rotary Club of Denver Southeast President Dr. James Stambaugh of Cody Dental Group
Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Mile High United Way’s President and CEO Christine Benero
The mantra this year is the same as 2014 – Rotary International partnering with other entities to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia mentioned that we may be the fittest state, but that doesn’t mean we’re the healthiest. Teen suicide is still high but there is progress in prescription drug abuse, as well as teen pregnancy and abortion has dropped. We enjoy the lowest inflation of health care cost in history. Containing costs and focusing on the preventative while working with the federal government will lead to a healthier state. Lt. Gov. Garcia also addressed the economic health of our state, calling it a “fiscal thicket,” the Constitution and amendments in conflict, asking for growth and shrinkage at the same time.
President of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Donna Lynne stated that education and health are so connected.
“We may be the skinniest state, but not the healthiest,” she said. “We may exercise, but not all have coverage. Expanded Medicaid in Colorado gave coverage to some that didn’t have it just months ago. Health care is on a lot of our minds. We must be proactive to be the healthiest state in the union. Patients need to be engaged in their own care.”
The Colorado Health Foundation puts out a report card on health care. That report for 2014 is due out on Feb. 5. In 2013 the card showed basically Bs and Cs as grades. In terms of quality healthcare, the U.S. ranks 37th in the world. We have disparities. The power of information is a big benefit as to how patients are doing. Telemedicine and online care helps control the rising costs. There is $100 million saved by emailing rather than a visit in person. More than 35 million were able to view their lab results online. Lynne also distributed a health care spending chart for the U.S. that amounts to $2.8 trillion per year and a clever list clarifying dozens of acronyms. OOP means out of pocket. QHP means qualified health plan. SBC means summary of benefits and coverage. EMR means electronic medical record.
There is room for healthier eating habits and a comprehensive Visual Guide to the Food Issue is offered in a mini-documentary from The Colorado Health Foundation by visiting: www.coloradohealth.org/journal. Also at the podium were Peter Ewing, Rotary District 5450 Governor; Phil Murphy, Rotary District 5440 Governor and Cheryl Radke, Co-Chair of the State of the State Luncheon.
Former District 5450 Governor and former Rotary Club of Denver Southeast President Mike Klingbiel, Colorado State Rep. District 47 (Pueblo) Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff with daughter Jorgi Ratzlaff and Dan Himelspach – Dispute Management, Inc. (Past District Governor of District 5450)
Assistant District Governor for Rotary International District 5450 Ross King, Your Castle Realtor Jan Top (Rotary Club of Denver Southeast member), Project C.U.R.E.’s President and CEO Doug Jackson with private wealth manager Bill Palmer, who will chair the Veteran’s Memorial Breakfast in April ( Rotary Club of Denver Southeast member) Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Retired educator/professor Earl Hasz (Littleton Sunrise Rotary member), his wife Mary Kay Hasz, Governor Elect for District 5450 (Highlands Ranch Rotary member), and Hugh Radke (Smoky Hill Rotary member)
Arapahoe County Treasurer Sue Sandstrom and Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Health-ONE’s VP of Marketing & Communications Dan Davidson
Mark R. Brown – Brown & Tedstrom, Inc.’s managing partner/founder, co-founder of The Brown Box Foundation, (Past President Rotary Club of Denver Southeast); Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s President Donna Lynne and John Hughes, immediate past president Rotary Club of Denver Southeast
Kendall and Geoff Bailey of The Bailey Company with Douglas County Commissioners Chair Jill Repella
Bill Daniels, the billionaire that helped make Denver the cable capital of the world, had many pearls of wisdom. Daniels Fund President and CEO Linda Childears, whose mission is to honor the intent and values of its founder, shared some of the history, vision and those words by which Bill Daniels lived. Childears was a banking consultant who met Daniels in 1987. He hired her quickly and her ride with the colorful character full of compassion, ethics and integrity was an exciting one.
“Adopting” Linda, when her father passed, he even became the screener for her suitors and escorted her down the aisle to be wed to Don Childears of whom he approved.
“Integrity defined the man and he was most proud of establishing Young Americans Bank (teaching financial literacy to youth),” Childears said.
Many remember his Cableland, the mansion that opened its doors for many charitable events. Another legacy is Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Linda Childears, Daniels Fund president and CEO, with Opportunity Coalition Founder Brian Watson and Kentwood Company Realtor Edie Marks
From a chapter of Daniels’s own words: “Live a life of meaning. Give just for the sake of giving. Believe in yourself. Understand the secrets of success (Contacts. Contacts. Contacts. Be visible and get involved. Always integrity. Perform. Perform. Perform).”
He had his own struggles and was for the underdog and giving a second chance. Before he passed in 2000, Daniels’s estate was passed to the Daniels Fund making it one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain Region. Under the fund, there are boundless opportunities for scholarships including non-traditional ones, such as returning military and first responders. Funding areas include: aging, alcoholism and substance abuse, amateur sports, disabilities, early childhood education, K-12 education with needed reform – charter schools and vouchers, ethics & integrity in education, youth development, homeless & disadvantaged. Above all – being No. 1 in everything with case studies at universities for competition. Childears’s favorite part of the job is visiting grantees. Her own legacy? Education and scholarships. For more information, visit www.DanielsFund.org.
“Bill Daniels embodies what it means to be a successful entrepreneur,” said Brian Watson, the entrepreneur himself and founder of Opportunity Coalition. OC is a nonprofit organization to help promote free enterprise and opportunity throughout Colorado by connecting and inspiring business and thought leaders from around the state. The group meets monthly at one of Watson’s Northstar Commercial buildings called the Innovation Pavilion – a business incubator for “youngsters” from middle school to those in their 80s.
Theta for a lifetime. These who have been Thetas for 50 years include: Donna Ryman (60 years), Sally Rock, Carol McGuire, Marleen Swanson and Courtney Price. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
As the end of every January, the 106-year-old Denver Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, as well as Thetas worldwide, commemorate and honor the four founders of the first Greek letter fraternity known among women. It is a time to pause to celebrate the history and future wrought by perseverance, independence and faith. Courageous, bright and beautiful Bette Locke was one of five women first admitted in 1867 to the formerly and typical of the time all-male Asbury College (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, Ind.
Mary Ellen Fitzsimonds, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation president, with Denver Area Panhellenic Delegates Leigh Plue and Martha Doughtie
During her sophomore year, a member of Phi Gamma Delta men’s Greek fraternity asked her to wear his badge – not as a member, but merely as a gesture of support. With her professor father’s encouragement, the bold Betty Locke decided to create her own Greek letter fraternity for women. Her vision was to continue to grow the organization to multiple campuses nurturing women for a lifetime – throughout college and as alumnae. It grew exponentially spreading east and west, north to south and was the first to establish a chapter in Canada. The concept was to benefit all women members with intellectual, community and personal excellence and leadership. Betty and her three other founders graduated with honors and served selflessly in their communities. Betty Locke Hamilton’s two daughters became members of the founding chapter.
Emcee Sydney Ayers, Theta Denver Alumnae Chapter President Jane Siekmeier and President-elect Valerie Lunka
The Denver Alumnae Chapter is one of the most active and has won numerous awards and highest honors at Grand Conventions.
Theta’s major philanthropies include support for Court Appointed Special Advocates, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation and Friendship Fund for Thetas in need. Theta awards more scholarship monies than any other men’s or women’s Greek group numbering in the millions. In addition, Theta’s Denver Alumnae Chapter also supports collegiate chapters in the state, represents hundreds of women in the metro area and is a member of Denver Area Panhellenic that represents 25 woman’s Greek letter fraternities with thousands of members.
International headquarters for Kappa Alpha Theta are in Indianapolis, Ind. For further information about the local Theta alums, visit www.denverthetas.org.
Allison Radcliffe receives Denver Alumnae Chapter’s Woman of the Year Award from previous winner Caren Stahmer.
Shannon Chandler Gross receives the Inspirational Theta Award from last year’s winner Sarah Hittner
This year’s Winnie Ingalls Scholarship Fund winner Carolyn Holce, a legacy from University of Colorado-Boulder, with the late Winnie’s daughter-in-law Barb Ingalls
Shares her expertise about spectrum of immigration, nationality law
Aurora Ogg brought an Asian contingent that surrounds the Arapahoe County Republicans chief: Adam You, True Nguyen, Jackie Wei, Joy Hoffman, Thiensa Nguyen, Ceasar Jha, Jeremy Chen and Jonathan Du
Featured speaker Ann Allott and her sister-in-law Andi Allott, Cherry Creek Republican Women president
Cherry Creek Republican Women started the new year of meetings with a hot topic – immigration. Members and guests heard from stellar-credentialed and nationally acclaimed attorney Ann Allott who has been in the immigration field for 35 years. Allott deals with what she calls the tragedy of immigration law every day of her life and cited a few U.S. Supreme Court decisions. She paralleled keeping up with the 1952 law with a woman’s dress size. In 1952, it was a size 10. Today, it is a size 80.
In the United States, there are four categories: U.S. citizens, those with lawful permanent residence, non-immigrant status (temporary) and the undocumented immigrants (shadow community) estimated at 11.5 million. In Colorado, the estimate of undocumented is 250,000.
Judges are overloaded with the three in downtown Denver, handling 6,000 cases each. Of note – President Obama has removed 11 million non-documented immigrants. And, there’s a new Custom and Immigration Services facility in Centennial near Arapahoe Road and South Revere Parkway.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement formed 18 years ago and now under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security, is the largest enforcement agency in the world.
“A few minor tweaks would make that system work better,” she said. “Other countries are modifying to catch the best talents.”
Several handouts included Immigration Law Issues and Readily Comprehensible Statutory Solutions in five categories. These are: “Professional” Nonimmigrant (Specialty Occupation) Category, “Temporary Worker” Nonimmigrant Category, Registry for Permanent Residence, Legalization Comparable to the 1986 Legalization Procedures and Specifying that the Annual Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Quota Count Only Workers and Not Spouses and Minor Children.
“Our society is aging,” said Allott. “There are not enough people to do the jobs in nursing homes and we need to up the seasonal worker jobs.”
There was a lively question and answer session that included questions from audience members who have legally adopted our country.
Arapahoe County Republican Party Chair Joy Hoffman and Vice Chair Jay Ledbetter
Chair of Arapahoe County Commissioners Nancy Sharpe and Barbara Piper, representative for U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner
Aldis Sides, former state Sen. Nancy Spence and Mary Wenke
Ann Altbrandt, Linda Fankboner and Marlene Siegel
“Check-in chicks” June Robinson in patriotic hat and Aleksandra Gopsill, wearing the Laura Bush button she acquired in Washington, D.C.
Doug Tisdale with his family at Pino’s – daughter Dr. Sara E. Tisdale holding her son Ian Douglas, son Doug “TheDoug” Tisdale, Jr., who is also a new member of the Cool Shooz, TheDoug’s fiancée Bethany Lillis, daughter Margaret P. Tisdale and her husband Marty Schettler
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Mayor Tisdale with restaurant owner Pino and Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon
Special friends and supporters of outgoing Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale gathered at locally owned Pino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria and Wine Bar, one of the businesses located on Old Hampden with a Cherry Hills Village address. The Italian Epiphany Celebration and Festival, as Tisdale named the evening, featured fabulous wine, appetizers, pizzas with dozens of toppings, salads and other Italian dishes. In addition to Tisdale’s sharing of his history while serving Cherry Hills Village as a member its council and mayor, he showed off the crystal gavel gift from the village.
Entertainment was provided by the exciting a capella singers called Cool Shooz. His newly engaged son Doug, Jr. known as “TheDoug” is a recent addition to the songsters.
He considers himself a regionalist and was passionate about being mayor. The multi-talented Mayor Tisdale, who is an attorney and not a man of few words, will be sharing his resources, expertise and energy with South Metro Denver Chamber as the executive vice president of Economic Development.
The Tisdale campaign team: Marianne McNeil, Rob McNeil, Terri Simmons and Stephanie Bender
Although they gave a delightful performance of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” in this group – it’s all about those shoes
LaFawn Biddle Day to last all year
At his last official proclamation presentation, Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale presented a sentimental one to LaFawn Biddle.
LaFawn Biddle, a renowned and powerful force in the philanthropic community, has dedicated her life to community service, improving the lives of thousands through her exemplary activities with dozens of nonprofit organizations. One of those includes serving as chairman of the Board at St. Mary’s Academy in Cherry Hills Village. She is also the co-founder of the Institute for Life & Care, whose mission is to strengthen those who serve others in our community and beyond and whose work has achieved great results throughout Colorado.
At a “champagne” toast gathering of board members, staff and supporters of ILC, Biddle was presented with the cleverly-worded proclamation that will extend the celebration of the 51st anniversary of her 39th birthday throughout 2015.
“Whereas her vision, spirit and service have deservedly earned a special place of admiration, affection and endearment in the hearts and minds of the residents of Cherry Hills Village,” was proclaimed. Mayor Tisdale, of course, reminded the audience that Cherry Hills Village was ranked the No. 1 Best Suburb of America in which to live by The Wall Street Journal and stated how proud he was to present the last proclamation of his term to Biddle.
Shera Eddy who organized the gathering, Cynthia Skari, guest of honor Martha Ezzard, Gail Karsian and Lydia Troxler pause by the Balistreri wine barrelsPhoto by Scottie Taylor Iverson
In town to visit family for the holidays, former Coloradoan-turned-Georgia winemaker Martha Ezzard was joined by friends for lunch, a tour and wine tasting at Balistreri Vineyards in north Denver. Ezzard with husband Dr. John Ezzard are co-owners of Tiger Mountain Vineyards in North Georgia and have won several prestigious awards for their wines. She also authored a book about the winemaking journey titled The Second Bud that won her 2014 Georgia Author of the Year.
“It’s all about the dirt,” quipped Martha over lunch who is also a hands-own grower who knows her grape vines personally.
She also brought a copy of her latest venture FIELD KITCHEN, which she wrote with Chef Jamie Allred who was inspired by farm fresh food from the northeast Georgia mountains. His belief is in local and sustainable growing and healthy eating. The book not only contains delectable recipes, but history of the local farms and gorgeous photography.
Denver Nugget Kenneth Faried enjoys the gala.
Teams of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment raise funds for KSE charities
Pepsi Center was the venue for 1,000 guests when Kroenke Sports and Entertainment presented its signature fundraiser for Kroenke Sports Charities. The charities support programs and services for children and families in Colorado such as Denver Public Schools Foundation, Special Olympics Colorado, Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation and many more. The coaches, players, mascots and dancers from all four teams – Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Rapids were on hand to host and celebrate. The unique evening featured live music by members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, photo stations, auction, plus food and libations from many of Denver’s finest restaurants.
Another popular annual Kroenke Sports and Entertainment event, the Avs Better Halves Brunch is slated for Sunday, March 1. For information, visit www.Coloradoavalanche.com or call 303-405-1166.
Colorado Rapids, who helped host, included Assistant Coach (Goalkeepers) Chris Sharpe, Senior Director of Broadcasting Richard Fleming and Captain Drew Moor
Mascots of Kroenke Sports’ teams were fun ambassadors for the gala – Edson (Rapids), Wooly (Colorado Mammoth), Bernie (Colorado Avalanche) and Rocky (Denver Nuggets)
Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov
Colorado Avalanche Head Coach (and former Avalanche star goaltender) Patrick Roy with President and Governor of the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets Josh Kroenke
Colorado Avalanche Forward Nathan MacKinnon stands with delightful Frank Sinatra impersonator Derek Evilsizor, who was a strolling crooner.Photos by Michael Martin
For whom this bell will toll – military and first responders
Co-founders of The Honor Bell Foundation Frank Griggs (board chair) and Louis Olivera (executive director) with Director of Communications Michelle Mallin, who planned and executed the unique fundraiserPhotos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The book Unbroken written by Laura Hillenbrand, who was honored by the local nonprofit Invisible Disabilities Association, was compelling. The Oscar-worthy movie Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, was compelling. The fact that a group of veterans want to pay a fitting tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives or served heroically in defense of our country or our communities is compelling.
According to Director of Communications Michelle Mallin, the film Unbroken was chosen as the fundraiser focus because it would appeal to the veteran and military support community. More importantly, Louis Zamparini’s story so exemplifies the honor and dignity that are the hallmarks of The Honor Bell Foundation’s mission. Mallin, who has a broad background in public relations and event planning, also has a father and stepfather who are both U.S. Army combat veterans. One has a Bronze Star and Purple Heart and the other is a decorated New York City police officer.
Honor Bell Foundation board members Jonathan Beegle and David Fennell (vice chair)
The book and the movie depict the remarkable life of U.S. Olympian and bombardier Louis Zamparini from Torrance, Calif., who was captured by the Japanese and endured horrendous torture. His body was broken, but his spirit was not. Eventually, he fulfilled his dream of being in the Olympics again. He walked in the parade at age 80. In Japan. Louis passed away in May 2014.
Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice deserve a final salute – a graveside tribute that resounds with tradition, dignity, honor and respect. The Honor Bell Foundation is a publicly funded, Colorado-based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to casting a 37”, 990 pound bronze bell to be solemnly tolled at the funerals of fallen heroes, veterans and first responders killed in the line of duty. The bell is scheduled for its first appearance on Memorial Day.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who is known as the “Veterans’ Veteran” was an appropriate speaker at the fundraiser.Photo courtesy of Collette Susman/ Rustic Knot Photography
Co-founders of The Honor Bell Foundation Frank Griggs and Louis Olivera recently appeared on Military Minutes giving insight into the passion behind the project. Both have extensive business backgrounds and are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.
Olivera reminded the audience that 1,500-1,800 veterans die in the U.S. every day and cannot always be provided with proper honors. Right here at our own Fort Logan, there are several services per day. There should be a minimum of a six-man detail but with cut backs, today there might be two active-duty participants, a volunteer firing and Taps not even played on a bugle.
The Honor Bell Foundation wants to help with proper acknowledgment and fill in those gaps. In addition, it aims to provide community education and veteran outreach. Major sponsors included Liberty Mutual Insurance for auto, home and life and BBVA Compass.
Just asking for a quote from Liberty Mutual – no obligation nets The Honor Bell Foundation a $10 donation from the company. If opening an account at BBVA Compass and mentioning The Honor Bell Foundation, a $50 donation is made to the foundation. The founders are requesting a massive “spread the word” campaign using all means possible, including social media and encouragement for veterans to become a part of the mission. For further information, visit www.HonorBell.org or cal 720-282-9182.
Honor Guards Doug Mix and Bob Dawes with the replica of the Honor Bell that will weigh half a ton
Jeremy Sellers and Melissa McCusker at major sponsor Liberty Mutual Insurance exhibit
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