Recap of February 7, 2017, Meeting
President Kevin Nichols welcomed all to the February 7, 2017, meeting of the Rotary Club of Golden at 7:15 am with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.  The 4-Way Test was postponed until the induction of new members.
  1. Dick Bailey:  Dick is the guest of Tom Niver and also a member of Calvary Church.  Dick is recently retired and looking to get more involved in his community.  He has a background in mechanical engineering (from CSU) and has had his own business.
  2. Megan MacHatton:  Megan is the person at First Bank in downtown Golden, opening  this June.  Has been a sponsor for 8 years for EIB.
  3. Wendy Renee:  Wendy is a guest of Rita Smith, and this is her third meeting.  She will receive an application.
  1. Pres. Kevin announced that last week Steve Jensen drew black marble.  Steve said that he would donate his winning to the Rotary Foundation.  He donated $200.50!  Thanks, Steve!
  2. Tom Hughes shared that there have been NO NEW CASES of polio around the world through the end of January. Tom reminded members that Golden Rotary is sponsoring a Mental Health First Aid workshop on Saturday, March 18 (8:30-4:30 pm).  See the flyer for details.
  3. George Mamalis reminded members of Thursday’s fundraiser “Wine & Chocolate Pairing.”  See the flyer.  Begins at 6 p.m., and “donations” are going to be set up as a silent auction.
  4. Allen Gregory announced that the Community Service Committee will meet immediately following the club meeting.  Looking to revitalize the committee and get really active!
  5. Jerry Lovejoy:  Jerry reminded folks that EIB needs more nominations in the “not for profit” category. Also a general reminder that EIB will meet this Thursday.
What do you call a snowman in summer?  Puddle!
  1. Eileen Schurmann was happy to see Simon Anderson on Facebook last night.  He is the President-Elect of his Rotaract Club in Denmark!
  2. Tom Hughes and his wife, Linda, just returned from a great trip to San Antonio with Rick and Kiki.  What a great city and they all had a wonderful time!
  3. George Mitchell reported on Mines basketball!   They were on a winning streak (11 straight wins) till they met up with the Regis University team last Saturday evening.  They lost the game by 5 points.  But they are still 18/4 for the season!
  4. Hassan Najjar reported on their Member Show opening.  They had 350 people who up last Thursday evening.  Lots of great artwork.  The Jefferson County School Show is now up.  Finally, Foothills Art Center is organizing a trip to Santa Fe in April.  Check out the Foothills Art Center website for details!
  5. Mic DeMin admitted to members that he continues to play “hooky’ish” with his kids.  They ski and he works!  This last go round, his daughter told him that she skied a double black diamond!  He is going skiing with her this weekend to check her out!  Last week Mic also spent some time working on his project (portable shelters for homeless vets ad women).  He showed all just what the portable “kit” looks like.  Interesting project, Mic!
  6. Jim Smith shared that he and Wendy attended an Optimists Club meeting.  As an honorary Optimist, Jim (and Wendy) share information and background about programs and activities that are happening through Golden Rotary.
Megan pulled George Mitchell’s number but George did not pull the right marble!  Got a Rotary “tote” bag as a consolation prize.
Today’s program was presented by Mike Foss about “The Warrior Bonfire Project.”  This is about supporting Purple Heart Veterans.  After all, pain shared is pain divided. Joy shared is joy multiplied.   Mike is a Retired Lt. Colonel and is very involved with helping homeless veterans.  Now, veterans by the numbers:
  1. Less than 1% of this Nation serves in the military.
  2. Veterans or active duty personnel commit 20% of all suicides in the U.S.
  3. 22% of our service men/woman take their lives every day.
  4. An additional 75 make failed attempts every day
  5. Since 9/11, 125,000 of our service personnel have been lost to suicide.
The purpose of the Warrior Bonfire Program (WBP) is to engage veterans in a healing way.  Typically, they take small groups (typically no more than 6) of Purple Heart recipients on a trip around the country to show them a good time.  In reality they give these Purple Heart veterans “their team back.”  When Mike retired from the Army, he chose “to leave” the team.  Most of the vets were told that they were no longer part of the team because they were wounded.
Through the WBP, the staff gives the Purple Heart veterans their “team,” a network, and a bond.  Through this experience, they begin a life long journey of healing.  Mike then began to share the stories of their trips and the effects and successes of the trips on the Purple Heart veterans. 
Mike closed with an observation that we, the citizens of the United States, asked these people to go into military service for us.  They fought, were wounded, and some died for us.  Some even committed suicide for us.  The least we can do is to do whatever we can to make those who are still with us feel the best that they can.  Give your time and treasure.
After fielding a number of questions by interested club members, President Kevin thanked Mike for his presentation and presented him with a certificate of appreciation, showing that funds are being donated in his name to support a student going to Outdoor Lab from Pleasant View Elementary.
Pat Madison thanked our visitors and reviewed the club announcements.  Pat then shared with members that next week we will have the privilege of District Governor Bill Downes with us to share his goals and insights with members.
President Kevin closed the meeting with a quote from the Diary of Ann Frank:  "No one has ever become poor by giving."