Volume IV, Issue 8   February 22, 2018  Editor: Dan Johns
(most Olympian's have) Legs, Legs, Legs
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Our speaker this week was Greg Lewis, a sportscaster and 50 year RF Valley resident. He has been a ski patrol, ski instructor, and ski racer; he was asked to be a commentator on a ski race years ago. He has turned that start into a career as one of the longest standing sportscasters in the business. He has covered every winter sport at 5 winter games, interviewing every gold medalist along the way. The most recent games in Korea have over 2400 hours of tv coverage, nearly 3000 athletes, 89 commentators, 127 miles of cables, and 2000 employees at a cost of nearly 10 billion dollars. With a history of back room wheeling and dealing, and a backdrop of runaway nationalism, the Olympics still provide an atmosphere of respect, tolerance, understanding and sharing the best of our athletes own attributes and attitudes. 
Guests: Celia and Rally Dupps, Linda Chi,  Edwin "Win" Connolly (son of Mike Connolly
Rotarians Go for the Gold!
The Rotary Club of Aspen is a Gold Level Sponsor of an upcoming ACES event at the Wheeler, The Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Actually, four out of five Gold Level sponsors are owned or managed by Rotarians! (Patagonia Snowmass, Aspen Sports, Aspen Daily News, and Rotary)
Ten lucky Rotarians can serve as ambassadors and attend for free, contact Christina King to reserve your place.
This special evening will showcase short films that both inform and inspire attendees to take action. This all-ages event will include a cash bar, gear giveaways, and more. Thursday, March 15, 7:00 PM, Wheeler Opera House.
Volunteer for Capstones
Linda Chi invited Rotarians to volunteer as mentors with the Capstones Project. Capstones is a new program for high school students to direct their own authentic learning experience while working with a mentor and building real-world, transferrable skills.  All seniors at Roaring Fork High School are required to complete a Capstone project. Linda's community service team at Roaring Fork Leadership is helping promote Capstones. Contact Linda or RFL for more information.
Shining Stars Dinner - March 4
Susan Gomes thanked Rotarians for their early sign-ups to bring salads and deserts to the dinner which Rotary prepares for the Shining Stars participants at Buttermilk. Please plan to attend on Sunday, March 4.
Upcoming Speakers
"Gold Medal" March Speaker Lineup
March 1: Chris Lane, CEO, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
March 8: Ron Schiller, Founding Partner, Aspen Leadership Group
March 15: Tim Jackson, President/CEO, Colorado Automobile Dealers Association
March 22: Dr. Jason Stoneback,  Director, the Limb Restoration Program and the Orthopedic Trauma Program at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Member News
Homeless Shelter Gets More Happy $$ 
Happy Bucks to benefit the Aspen homeless shelter
Heidi H was happy for the Olympics and to have Greg Lewis be our speaker,
Ashton H was happy to stay up late to see the women win gold in hockey and happy for Shaun H and everyone involved in Aspen Junior Hockey,
Shaun H was happy for the same things as Ashton,
Maurice E was happy to promote his son Jackson's new album,
Kathy K was happy for the Olympics and happy to have survived the hockey game at the Vancouver    Olympics and for the anniversary of son Chris's Olympic medal (!!!),
Todd B was happy for the upcoming Wild and Scenic Film Fest and for Nordic gold medals,
Jon K was happy to be half way to his goal of skiing Highland Bowl 100 times,
Steve S was happy to have attended the Miracle on Ice when the US team beat the Soviets in hockey,
Skip B was happy to have spent a magical weekend skiing with his 7 grandkids.
Board Retreat Goes Into Overtime
On Thursday, February 22, your Rotary Board and several committee chairs participated in an eight hour! strategic retreat. Expert facilitator Peter Waanders guided the wide-ranging conversations to a clear vision, goals, and objectives for our Rotary Club. Stand by for a full report from President Scott.
In attendance were President Scott Russell, and President-Elect Sam Johnston. Also Justin Barrow, Chris Bendon, Deborah Breen, , Tom Clark, Maurice Emmer,  Heidi Hoffmann, Jon Kelly, Rob Ittner, Jason Taets, and Steve Wickes. 
Special thanks to Craig Melville for hosting the "regulation time" at the Mt. Chalet, and Rob Ittner for hosting the "overtime periods" at The Cooking School of Aspen. 
Committee News
Help Wanted
Rotary Youth Exchange needs a Committee Chair. This is a key position - without which we cannot host inbound exchange students next year! Please consider "up-ing your Rotary game" by being our RYE Chair Person., Contact Maurice Emmer.
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