August 24, 2021
Editor: Samantha Johnston -
Want to see something in the newsletter? Think we should add a feature? Expect to see something that you don't see? Have a fun photo that you want to share? Step right up and submit what you've got. A failure to act only means that I'm left to my own devices in creating each week's newsletter and while I'd like to think I have lots of good ideas (and crack myself up in most every edition), the more the better with brains contributing each week.
In this issue...
  • Ducky Derby photos 2.0 (see what I did there)
  • Some lucky ducky won $381 in raffle proceeds (and still on the Ducky Derby theme)
  • One of our most engaged Rotarians was recently in the Limelight, too (you're about to know what I did here)
Upcoming Speakers
This Week - Thursday, Aug. 26
Malaria Partners International -
Drs. Bob Porter and Dan Pearlman

Bob Porter, MD and Dan Pearlman, MD, MBA, MPH represent the Rotary Club of Aspen well on the 2021 Malaria Partners International Board of Directors.

Our famous doctors participated in a 2019 trip to Zambia to meet with local Rotarians and global health partners to identify opportunities to work on a larger scale to provide greater impact in the malaria fight. 

What began as Dr. Porter's work with the Rotary Club of Federal Way in Washington has blossomed into a project with $6 million in contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rotary Foundation and World Vision USA.

Learn about their work and the larger Malaria Project International and show your support for the movers and shakers in our club as well as learn how YOUR contributions to The Rotary Foundation make a difference around the world.

Photo above: Aspen Rotary members met with the executive director of the Zambia Malaria Partners. From left are Don Wrigley, Aspen Rotary; Martha Lungu, Zambia Malaria Partners director; Dr. Dan Pearlman, Aspen Rotary; and Dr. Bob Porter, Aspen Rotary.

September 2: Michaela Idhammer, Aspen Youth Center.
Have a speaker idea? Know an incredible speaker? Contact Speaker Committee Chair Cindy Hirschfeld at
Pitkin County Library -Genevieve Smith
Genevieve Smith, Assistant Library Director shared a wealth of free resources available to Pitkin County Library card holders.
As an example, you can rent Legos if your grandchildren are coming for a visit and you don't happen to have any around. You can also read People magazine on your airline flight and book a librarian to help you better use the library.
To listen to Genevieve's entire presentation, click here:
And remember how I've been telling you that you can make up a meeting by watching online and sending a note to Lorraine? Well, I failed at least two and maybe all four elements of the Four Way Test starting with "Is It the Truth?" The truth is that you should send those to Nathalie Crick at
Winner, Winner ... Chicken Dinner
Nancy Mayer received her raffle winnings of $381 from two weeks ago.
Speaking of winning a chicken dinner, I always wondered where that saying came from. The internet tells me that the origin story of the term is disputed, but the most popular origin story is that a chicken dinner at a Las Vegas casino used to cost about $2, the same amount as a standard bet. So, if you won a bet, you won a chicken dinner.
I didn't Google it, but I'll bet in today's dollars in Aspen, she won just about enough for a chicken dinner ... not including drinks or tip!
Winning Chances
$5,000 - George Sells: Longtime owner of Omnibus Gallery located on the Hyman Mall. His ex-wife Casey owned Takah Sushi from start to finish! Ticket sold by Aspen Skating Club.

$1,000 - Paige Shapiro: Also known as Paige Nehasil, she is a Radiology Technologist at Aspen Valley Hospital. Ticket sold by Growing Years.

$500 - Bill Hegberg: Longtime local Realtor and developer. His wife Kathy has been a speaker at Rotary. She is the founder and Executive Director of FocusedKids. Many will remember her as the speaker with the hand puppets! Ticket sold by Ryder Davies, Aspen Valley Ski Club.
Many thanks to Steve Wickes for doing the research on our winners and Tom Clark and Stephanie Davis for their recon on who sold the winning tickets.
A Few More Photos of the Fun
Our own Katie Ralston introducing the performers on The Concert Truck, a traveling music experience presented by Aspen Music School and Festival (one of our favorite corporate members). Photo: Nancy Mayer.
Event emcee Vince Lahey and president Deborah Breen dancing to the pre-launch music. Photo: Nancy Mayer.
Stephanie Davis and Joe Zanin look pretty glamorous inflating balls at the pre-derby inflation and stickering party. Photo: Nancy Mayer.
Steve Wickes and Allison Ratajczak in the foreground and ... wait ... IS THAT Pete Strecker in the background? We've missed you, Pete.  Photo: Nancy Mayer.
Look for more photos on the website very soon -
Upcoming Events

August 27th - 29
2nd Annual Rifle Rotary Club & Rotary District 5470

Sporting Clay Shoot Invitational

Your $500 registration fee includes: 4 Team Members, 100 clays for each shooter, awards, Western BBQ Dinner (including beer or wine) and dancing, trophies and recognition for the winning teams.

Register by email at, or contact Julie at 970-361-1931.

September 10
District Governor Nominations Due

District 5470 takes the task of leadership succession very seriously.  Just as our club has new leadership each year, so does District 5470.  As you may know, the task is a little more complicated at the District level. To ensure time for the necessary training for this important role, Rotary International requires each district to identify a Governor Nominee by July 1st of each year. District 5470 Bylaws require the Rotarian to be named District 5470 Governor Nominee to be selected and approved by the clubs at the District Conference which will be held  in Denver, this September 24-26, 2021. This Rotarian, between election and June 30, 2022, will be given the designation District 5470 Governor Nominee Designate and will be the District 5470 Governor Nominee on July 1st, 2022.

If being a DG sounds interesting to you, please let Sam know and she can connect you with all of the information you ever wanted or needed.

Saturday, December 11
50th Anniversary Golden Gala
The Hotel Jerome
Black Tie Invited – 6:00 p.m.

Member News
Movin' on Up - Henning Rahm
Henning Rahm is now the Regional General Manager for both Limelight Hotel Aspen and Snowmass. He's kind of a big deal. In case you didn't know, Henning received his green card in 2005, which opened the door for him to pursue his dream of growing his hospitality career in the United States after graduating from school in Germany.
He became a U.S. Citizen in 2015.
If you don't know Henning well, you should know that he loves biking, hiking and spending time outdoors with his family. He's a wine guy, and says his favorite food to pair wine with is anything his wife cooks (smart husband).
If you know of  a major event in the lives of our Rotarians (births, deaths, professional accomplishments, personal accomplishments ... anything you think we should acknowledge in our Family of Rotary), please contact Susan Gomes,, Samantha Johnston, or Andrea Gurule,
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