Volume IV, Issue 15  April 12, 2018 Editor: Nathalie Crick
Preaching to the Choir
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Speaker: Bear Mathews
At 17, Bear already has a hefty resume: co-founder of The Tardigrade Group, Bear is a well versed entrepreneur, business advisor, and brother who specializes in short-term strategic growth.  Currently a Junior at Basalt High School, Bear has worked for several distinguished social networks, sits on more than four boards internationally, and is looking to serve on the Basalt Public Arts Commission come this May.  Featured in Mashable and other notable publications, he has catapulted himself to be a leading voice in the fields of entrepreneurship, education and news.  Bear shared how his mentor seeded his vocation by asking Bear where he saw himself in ten years and then asking him how his investment in Bear could make it happen. 
Bear stressed how important it is to give AND define the outcome we want to prevail. When we give, we are responsible for what is done with the assets we give. We need to be wholeheartedly committed to how our gift is used. We don't have to survive cancer or lose it all to find and live our passion. Let's give with passion and vision!
Bear is presently investigating if college is a good fit for him. He is exploring his options. If he goes to college, he is thinking along the lines of Political Science. 
Guests: Celia and Rally Dupps who are prospective members
We have a title Sponsor for Ducky Derby
John Sarpa announced that Haselden Construction will be the title sponsor for our upcoming Ducky Derby. They have been very generous in the past. When they were approached this year, they were pleasantly surprised with the exposure provided for sponsoring the Ducky Derby. Based in Denver, they are involved in a number of projects around the valley, including the Kimpton hotel on Durant! Engineering News Record listed Haselden among the Top 400 General Contractors nationally and among the Top 40 Regional Contractors.
3rd Annual Speech Competition
Wednesday, April 18 at Mountain Chalet. This contest is open to any valley student, from Aspen to Rifle. This has been a very successful  event as well as a valuable experience for the students.  
Please contact Robin at if you have any questions!
Shining Stars
 Susan Gomes pointed out that the 67 pediatric cancer warriors had an entourage of 500 volunteers and donors. Quite a number of mouths to feed and we did it!
Ducky Derby
Lorraine Ohanesian has the sponsorship forms. Also, the link is on the home page of our website.
Upcoming Speakers
You don't want to Skip Amy Behrhorst
April 19: Amy Behrhorst, Co-Chair of Brake The Cycle, supporting bicycle and water projects in Zambia. A highly respected Physician's Assistant at Aspen Valley Hospital; most well-known for being the daughter of Skip Behrhorst
April 26: TBA
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 3: Michelle Muething, Aspen Hope Center
May 10: Emily Supino, Aspen Strong 
May 17:   Lindsay May, Mind Springs Health
May 24: Jess Ewert, Lead With Love
May 31: Heather Russell, Bike to Health
Member News
Heidi Hoffmann was happy to report the completion of her first Triathlon of the year, in Galveston, TX. 
Robin Smith thanked Superintendent John Maloy for his help with the 3rd Speech Competition. Jeanette Darnauer welcomed long-term member Dylan Gibson.
Susan Gomes is excited about Ducky Derby and happy with the excellent Ducky Derby team, especially Lori Small, Jeanette Darnauer, John Sarpa and Todd Brewer to name a few!
Deborah Breen was thankful for a grateful patient diagnosed and treated at AVH who is hosting an event Thursday night. While this patient was treated for breast cancer, at the same time her husband was being treated for colon cancer.  She wants to give back and has made a nice contribution to bringing  new dense breast ultrasound technology to AVH to round out a full spectrum of women’s breast imaging services, and is challenging other women in our community to join her. 
Kathy Klug thanked the Scholarship committee for its discernment when selecting recipients. Steve Seyffert added that 23 Basalt students (out of 93) applied for scholarships. Rotary is giving close to $30,000! The awards will be announced on April 23rd at the Aspen District Theatre. 
And while Lori Small was excited about Spring, retiring skis for golf clubs and bikes, her husband Bill Small is looking forward to enjoying a great end of the ski season!
Norm Bacheldor thanked John Sarpa for finding the title sponsor!
Mike Kosdroski is happy to be back from a trip to the Pacific coast where he enjoyed a good dose of nature in all its glory, including his first pod of orcas!
After attending a recent Chamber lunch, Ruth Kruger encouraged us to get informed about the changes proposed for the airport.
Scott Russell thanked John Ward for coaching his son's Lacrosse team. He is thankful for seeing Dylan Gibson again!
The Board of Directors of our Rotary Club met Friday morning at the Mt. Chalet. Highlights of the two hour! meeting:
  • The Board requested that the Aspen Rotary Club Foundation clarify its mission and report back at the May Board meeting.
  • No new members were presented for approval by the Board, but there are more than ten in the pipeline! Deborah Breen is doing a masterful job of leading the Membership Committee. Ask her if you have any questions or ideas for prospective members.
  • The Board explored the idea creating a new committee which would encourage our members and our community to honor the "Four-Way Test."
  • After a long and thoughtful conversation, the Board voted to take a one-year sabbatical from the Rotary Youth Exchange program (For the school year 2018-19). Any existing commitments to the program will be honored.
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