Coming up at the Palisade Sunrise Rotary…

An invite from PSR President Scott Holzschuh


Happy Thursday!  Thought I’d get your reminder out early this week as Winefest comes upon us all and we get into our weekend mode.  Looks like the weather will hold up a bit for us and it should be a fantastic weekend.  Come on down to join in the beauty and splendor of the fall as we celebrate grapes and their many varieties artfully crafted, live music, and tasty treats.


It was great to hear from Clyde and Paulette Church Tuesday.  We are blessed to have such a passionate District Governor and Paulette matches Clyde’s commitment to Rotary and the true spirit of service above self.  If you’ve never seen the map of our district take a look at the below link.  They are putting a lot of miles on that truck this summer as they visit every single club in the district.  Clyde continues working on projects and reports from their various campsites, amazing guy…  It was terrific having them there to announce our three district matched grants as well.  The magic of Rotary will be evident to many as we turn our $2,250 into that $9,000 worth of outreach.  Thanks to all of you who make this possible with your continued support of our fund raising efforts and projects.



We have a special guest speaker lined up for this Tuesday that you won’t want to miss.  Tim Foster has been at the helm of Colorado Mesa University since March, 2004.  Over the past 10 years the school, which was founded in 1925 as a Junior College with 39 students has exploded into a University with over 9,300 students on 86 acres of ever expanding classrooms, student activity centers, and residence halls.  CMU is a crown jewel in the valley we live and work in.  Come hear about what’s going on and how Tim sees CMU’s expansion into agriculturally related programs and what he’s hoping for in the years ahead.  Feel free to wear the maroon, white, and gold!


With you in serving others above self as we make room for… just one more.






Welcome to Palisade Sunrise Rotary! We meet each week in beautiful Palisade at the wonderful Wine Country Inn. Would you like to join us? We always welcome guests and visiting Rotarians and feature great speakers, business news and fellowship.

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The Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club brings together like minded community leaders, men and women of all ages and diversities to foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, conduct humanitarian projects, and promote world understanding and peace through ethical standards and goodwill.

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What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. More than 1.2 million business and professional men and women make up the membership of these clubs. We give our time and effort to help others through service in our local communities. We also assist in projects throughout the world by supporting Rotary International, our parent organization.

Harvest Time for us Kiefer Pear People

What a beautiful weekend for harvesting our Kiefer Pears. What’s a Kiefer Pear you say? They are an old variety not commonly found these days. I think our trees are over 50 years old, but they are producing a lot of pears this year. I’m learning about pruning and thinning and due to that we have an abundance but they were smaller than we want and most likely best for juicing this year. Leslie and I spent the bulk of this weekend sorting out some nice sized “firsts”. Our first fall of harvesting ourselves. My arms and back are sore this morning, but it feels good to see the results of our efforts. I just need some lessons on pruning and thinning for next year. My arms and back will be happier!

What a great program last week by our own Brian Moffett. If you missed last week Brian did a fun low-tech, but thoroughly enjoyable, excellent overview of the state of our Interact club at Palisade High School. We had several of the student board members and their faculty advisor in attendance. Thanks to Brian, Craig, and Allyson for taking on this great outreach and for those of you who stepped up afterwards to offer tremendous support for this young group of leaders to assure they get their best foot forward with Interact T-shirts and ample pizza for all. We’re on a role with a focus on educational issues as Tim Foster, Brian Moffett and tomorrow Teresa Coons will be talking about the Math and Science Center progress. Teresa had been slatted earlier in the year but due to some confusion on that time slot she’s confirmed for tomorrow. Come hear about this exciting outreach to students from all ends of the valley, and the significant educational effort her team is making.

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We have a new "President Elect" and "Secretary" for the Sunrise Rotary Club... ...

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Fall is on us…

Have you smelled it? Do you feel it in the morning or after sunset? Yes fall is on us. It sounds like the high country may get some rain this weekend, but for those of you who have time, don’t miss a chance to go up and see the changing of the colors in all their glory. We live in an awesome place!

Last week was another outstanding program by Tim Foster. The plans that continue to unfold at CMU are visionary and inspiring to hear about. As Richard said, we are so proud of what CMU has accomplished. Personally, both my boys have met their significant others at CMU, both of whom happened to follow the RN program route after gaining their bachelors in various other programs. It truly is a top notch nursing school and university.

This week before our program we’ll be having a business meeting to nominate and elect a new PE and a Secretary for our club. We’ll vote on those nominations and begin to look to transitioning our new officers in the coming weeks into their roles. Thanks to Joan for her years of service as our club secretary. We are blessed to have had your talents and gifts in that capacity and I’m glad you will stay with us as a continuing contributing member. We have much work to do in the coming months and years and it’s great to have old and new hands pulling on the rope of progress together. Our program will be put on by our own Brian Moffett and some of the Palisade High School students who make up the Interact club as their club officers. Come to be inspired by these students and hear their passion for the future of this newly chartered club.

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The first dedicated paver stone on the Avalon Theatre’s rooftop terrace was unveiled on Friday.

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