Rotary District 5470
Southern Colorado From East to West
The Colorado Connector  September 2020
District Governor Chip Ecks
September is New Generations Month!
“The same emotions I felt for my family in the U.S. I felt for my family in Brazil. Yes, we were culturally different. But there was so much in common.” Todd Jenkins spent three months in Brazil learning how Brazilian university administrators work with students while pursuing his doctorate.
Fall is on the way!
Governors Club Visit Schedule!
Club Name Date of Visit Meeting Time
Week 1    
RC Salida 8/31/2020 12:00 PM
Gunnison 9/1/2020 12:00 PM
Buena Vista 9/2/2020 12:00 PM
RC Florence 9/3/2020 12:00 PM
Week 2    
RC Vail 9/9/2020 7:30 AM
RC Edwards 9/10/2020 7:45 AM
Western Eagle Valley 9/11/2020 7:45 AM
Week 3    
RC Alamosa 9/14/2020 12:00 PM
Monte Vista 9/15/2020 11:45 AM
Del Norte 9/16/2020 7:00 AM
Pine River Valley 9/16/2020 12:00 PM
Conejos County La Jara 9/17/2020 6:45 AM
Pagosa Springs 9/17/2020 11:59 AM
Pagosa Mountain 9/17/2020 5:30 PM
Week 4    
Wet Mountain Valley 9/21/2020 12:00 PM
Salida Sunrise 9/22/2020 7:30 AM
RC Crested Butte 9/23/2020 7:30 AM
Limon 9/24/2020 11:59 AM
Week 5    
Pueblo 43 9/28/2020 12:00 PM
Pueblo West 9/30/2020 7:00 AM
Burlington 9/30/2020 6:30 PM
RC Lamar 10/1/2020 12:00 PM
Save the Date! 
R.I. President Holger to provide the keynote address for a virtual event to be held on Sunday, November 1 at noon - Mountain Standard Time!  More to come!
Save the Date! 
District Assemblies! 
In Person, October 3rd in Pueblo, and October 24th via ZOOM! 
Contact Linda Avery for more information! 
Rifle Rotary Club Sporting Clay Invitational!
Our newest D5470 Global Grant Scholar Sarah Harper-Johnston wrote to us 3.5 years ago: “I am from Crested Butte and went on exchange to Denmark in 2011-12. I am graduating from the American University in Paris with a BA in Global Communications. As the Undergraduate Student Body President, I am writing my speech for the ceremony and therefore doing a lot of reflecting. My school has brought me from Iceland to Poland to India and now is bringing me to Kenya and Kyrgyzstan. This summer, I will be traveling around Eastern Europe collecting testimonies from refugees who are survivors of genocide and war crimes. I am also applying to the Peace Corps. Rotary started this adventure for me, and I don’t think it will ever stop. Rotary Youth Exchange changed my life in such an important way. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work you do with RYE. It is so important in this moment in history. Thank you for helping to change my life.” [Note: (Pictured here) Sarah served 2 years in the Peace Corps in Myanmar. She will study for a Master’s degree in Race, Ethnicity, and Conflict at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland this year.]
Russell Hampton
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A Note from the Governor

I am so humbled and honored to be your District Governor.  As I connect and speak with so many of our District’s leaders on a day to day basis, I am filled with pride and awe by the selfless service the Rotarians of our great District demonstrate to the communities of southern Colorado and the world.  In the first month of this Rotary year, we have already accomplished so much! 
In the past month we have completed a second round of District Support to Local Communities for COVID pandemic response.  This program through over 54 clubs in our district has provided over $84,000 to local organizations, projects and activities.  Rotarians from around the District have provided tens of thousands of articles of Personal Protect Gear (PPE) to homeless shelters and food 
banks, senior care centers and soup kitchens.  Rotarians have provided food for the disadvantaged, support to first responders and hospitals.
 It has been truly amazing to watch the spirit and resolute determination of our fellow Rotarians putting our service into action.  From cleaning roadways and parks, to sponsoring Rotary Scholars who seek to study how to bring peace in the world.
As we leave August and move into September, know I am so proud of each and everyone of you.  I am so humbled by your service, and I am so honored to begin my treks to each one your clubs throughout the state and to be your Governor.  Let us move into September with the idea that with and grace & grit, we are all Rotary Strong.  We are servant-leaders who take action and serve! See many of you in September!

A Note from the District Governor Elect!

DGE Becky Smith

Recently, we had a big hail storm in my home town of Bayfield.  The hail decimated my lovely plants and flowers in the back yard.
I don’t really like hail.  I just can’t see the purpose of it.  It’s cold and hard. It’s loud.  It destroys plants, flowers, trees and the hood of my car. 
I feel the same way about the COVID-19 Pandemic.  I just don’t see the bigger purpose of a pandemic and yet some good things in my life have come from it. I didn’t plan for the good things to happen, they just happened organically!  I’m grateful for the new relationships, the cleaner house and also for the time to complete a book writing effort I’ve been working on for two years.  So much of this would not have taken place if I’d kept my normal pace of life.
I think that our clubs may have received some benefits from the pandemic lockdown.  You might have to find them hiding behind some grouchy faces of the club members, but I do encourage you to take a new fresh look at your club.  Is it possible that virtual meetings might become an occasional part of your clubs future scheduling?  Were you able to reach out and include members who normally struggle to attend (due to work or transportation)?  Did new stars of leadership or techno wizards arise from all the grumbling about ZOOM, masks and hand sanitizer? 
I still won’t say that I’m grateful for hail or for the pandemic.  I am, however, very grateful for some of the surprising outcomes.  I never thought my flowers would look beautiful again and yet, they are as gorgeous as ever!  Their resilience is inspiring to me.
Perhaps your club has struggled a bit, too, but it may just find a layer of resilience within the members’ desire to be together again and to serve!
Watch out for Butterflies
Colorado Springs - The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs announces that this year's swarm of butterflies and dragonflies for the virtual 2020 FLIGHT Event and Auction will be on display at the "Grand Reveal"  from 5:00-7:30 p.m., on August 25, 2020 at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 South Tejon Street until September 26.
The Rotary Club and Grand Reveal sponsor Socially Exceptional invite you to enjoy delicious culinary delights for sale by the High-Grade Catering food truck as you browse this outstanding collection of art. This outdoors event is free and open to the public.  The event is spread out to accommodate appropriate social distancing.
New this year for the Reveal, we will have many of our gifted artists on-site selling their flight themed artwork.  A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the artwork during the Reveal will be donated to the Rotary’s Community Service Fund to support projects in School District 11 and other needs in our community.
The weatherproof butterflies and dragonflies, designed by local/regional artists, will be on display at the Museum until September 26.  They will then be auctioned during the evening virtual FLIGHT event on September 26.  The live stream FLIGHT begins at 6:00 p.m. with the Live Auction of Butterflies and Dragonflies.
Eight dragonflies will be up for live auction along with five large butterflies and twelve medium butterflies.  An additional 38 petite butterflies will be featured on an online auction beginning on September 12 up until 7:30 p.m. on the evening at the FLIGHT event. 
The petite butterflies will at the Pioneer Museum for the Grand Reveal and then migrate to the Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery at 122 E Kiowa St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 for display beginning August 26.  The gallery will have them set up in the windows for the public to view these butterflies.  Check the website for more information on the auction of these beautiful desk-top sized butterflies.
Rotary will donate a portion of the funds raised to School District 11 for their Arts and Science programs.  The money raised will also go to the Rotary Community Service Fund for much-needed projects in our local community.
Additionally, there is one large butterfly up for Raffle this year featuring "Dichotomy" by Al B. Johnson.  Purchase raffle tickets for $10, at Gasper Law Group, 128 South Tejon Street, #100, Colorado Springs, or from any Rotary Club of Colorado Springs member.  Also check the website for additional information.  The winner will be announced at the FLIGHT event.
Rotary is a worldwide service club whose motto is "Service Above Self."  FLIGHT, now in its 13th year, is an integral part of the Rotary Club's ability to serve the community.
"The COVID edition of our largest fundraiser is on the horizon.  We welcome everyone to our 2020 Reveal.  Despite the challenges, Rotarians rise to the occasion," Rodney Gullatte, President of the Colorado Springs Rotary Club, said. “We invite you to join us at the Reveal.  I want to thank the Pioneer Museum for partnering with us again this year and thank the citizens of Olympic City USA for their support of this event.”
For more information on how to sign up to participate in the silent auction and virtual event, including the live auction, as well as other information, including sizes, photos, and design write-ups of this year's entries, see
Telluride Celebrates 75 YEARS!
On Saturday, August 22nd, the Telluride Rotary Club celebrated its 75th anniversary in true Telluride style by hosting the highest off-road Rotary Club meeting in the Western Hemisphere. Twenty-three Telluride Rotary members and guests drove up to Imogene Pass, elevation 13,114’, with guides and vehicles provided by Telluride Outside. At the summit, club President Nancy Kerr welcomed everyone and presented a plaque of recognition given by Rotary District 5470 in honor of the club’s 75 years.

Telluride Rotarian William McKee, the club’s Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, gave remarks about Rotary’s history, the role of the Foundation, and the meaning of the Paul Harris Fellowship. He and Membership Chair Doug Avery then presented two Paul Harris Fellowship awards to club members Penne McKee and Sarah Lavender Smith for their service above self and their dedicated volunteer work for the club. Our group then descended from the summit to the Tomboy Mines for a picnic lunch - and a good time was had by all!

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