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Posted by Julieanne Gilchrist on Jul 29, 2014

Propspective Member:            Dates they will be Published:

Mike Connolly (Satellite)         7/29; 8/5; 8/12

Ron Lara                               7/29; 8/5; 8/12

Charlotte Jacobsen                 7/29; 8/5; 8/12



Mike Connolly:


I have a MBA from Amos Tuck/School at Dartmouth.  My career path started in commercial and investment banking and then transitioned to become a successful business and corporate development company executive for over 20 years.  Over the last three years, I changed my career to work up in Summit County full time, to financial and retirement planning with New York Life.

I have been active in several volunteer organizations both before and after I moved to Summit County six years ago.  Back east, I was a member of the Old Greenwich Volunteer Fire Dept. for 12 years and served as Treasurer of the OGFD Foundation.  I was also a member of the Board for the Martha’s Vineyard Farm Institute, a non-profit cooperative and children’s education facility.

Since moving to Breckenridge, I have become involved in Summit County Foster Parenting and Mountain Mentors, together with my wife Stacey.  My volunteer work as a Ranger Patroller for The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District led to my joining their Board a year ago.  As of six months ago, I am now the Treasurer of the FDRD Board.  Also, an active member of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber



Ron Lara:

Ron Lara is a 1968 graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  Following his graduation, he served as Assistant District Engineer for Humble Oil and Refining Company until 1969.  He then served in the United States Army from 1969 until 1971.  After his military service, Ron stayed in the Washington, D.C. area to begin his career in the financial services industry. In 1977 he became one of the first Certified Financial Planners in the Washington DC area.

In 1981 Ron, with his partner, founded Lara, May & Associates, an independent registered broker dealer and investment advisory firm.

In 2001 he opened his Summit County financial planning office of Lara, May & Associates

Ron’s numerous charitable affiliations have included memberships on the Board of Directors for the Fairfax Library Foundation, Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, and Joe Gibbs’ Youth for Tomorrow organization. A native of the Washington, DC area, Ron now spends most of his time in Summit County, Colorado. Ron is married with five children and seven grandchildren spanning across the U.S.  In his free time, Ron enjoys skiing, flying, fishing, tennis and attempting golf.



Charlotte Jacobsen

Charlotte vacationed in Summit County for over 20 years before moving to Dillon in 2013.  Her daughter, Tanya Shattuck and her son, Erik Jacobsen have lived in the area for years.  She has a 5 year old grandson, Aiden Jacobsen 

She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, lived in Georgia and Florida while growing up.  After college she lived at Cape Canaveral, Florida; Eleuthera, Bahamas; Wiesbaden, Germany; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

She earned a B.S. degree in finance from Florida State University and an M.A. in economics from Temple University.  She worked for General Dynamics at Cape Canaveral and was a professor in economics and business at Montgomery College in the D.C. area. 

Skiing is her favorite sport but she also enjoys biking, Yoga, Pilates and has recently been enjoying rowing and paddle boarding. She sailed for 30 years in the Chesapeake and also did some blue water sailing.  Her most ambitious sail was from Bermuda to Annapolis, Maryland.



Posted by Peggy Beeler on Jul 24, 2014


It is with great sadness that I announce the loss of one of our wonderful members.  Jim Beltzer worked with the literacy committee, was a Reading Buddy and assisted with several other fundraising events.  I never saw Jim without a smile on his face.  We will miss him dearly.  As I receive additional information I will pass it along. 

Posted by Diane Monaghan on Jul 17, 2014

Sign Up to help make our Festival in the Park a  Huge Success

Everyone who's anyone will be at the Dillon Town Park on Friday and Saturday, August 8th and 9th. Come to join the fun and stay to volunteer for a few hours.  Making Good Things Happen doesn't really just happen; it takes all of us participating.  On Monday evening at the satellite meeting or Tuesday morning, stop by the sign up table and visit with Stephanie, who will be happy to find you the perfect time slot and explain some of the new and different volunteer opportunities.  Of course, you are welcome to call or email her to reserve the best times and locations before they are snapped up.  Stephanie can be reached at 970-468-1317 or

Posted by Peggy Beeler on Jul 24, 2014

In October next year we will celebrate our club’s 40th birthday (which started with 12 members) and Maryanne will be planning a big celebration.    Currently, our club members of 114 continue to make our club successful.  Our goal by the end of this year is to have 120-122 members.  With the wisdom of each member we get new ideas for projects, events, sponsors, programs and fun Rotary family events.   

It is with great pleasure to announce that at our last meeting we had 5 prospective members!  Ron Lara, Ryan Hyland, Molly Smith, Brian Blankenmeister and  Charlotte Jacobson .   Please take a moment to introduce yourself to these folks and other visitors during our meetings. 

Our Board of Directors along with the Charitable Fund Board are finalizing next year’s budget and also looking at new fundraising ideas.   At an upcoming meeting I will be asking you to write down your ideas so that I can bring them to our next Board meeting.  So put on your thinking caps and let’s get creative.  See you Tuesday!

Posted by Diane Monaghan on Jul 24, 2014

Last Week at Rotary:

Maggie Ducayet shared some impressive news about installing 140 water filters in Honduras through the Summit in Honduras project. Some pictures are shared below so check them out.

Fred Menzer invited members of the community to come to the water treatment plant grand opening. More details can be found on

Last week’s speaker presented one side of the global warming story, this week Don Parsons provided some data on the other side, and Mary Anne Johnston shared that we will have another speaker on the topic in the future.

The car raffle is doing well, but we still need to get out and sell tickets. Jim Brook informed us that the average Rotarian needs to sell 65 tickets for us to get it done. While we have some super sellers (including Doug Berg and our frequent visitor Dick Nicholson- thanks for your efforts last week), it still takes a village to make this a success.

The Festival in the Park is approaching – sign up to volunteer with Stephanie Katz. If every Rotarian signs up for two shifts we can fill the open spots no problem. Think of it like a big party!

Marci and Woody Woodland got to remove their Red Badges this week! Congrats to the two of you, we are so glad to have you as part of our Club!

Paul Harris’s head was protected from the overhead lights by another international convention hat – this time from Bill Sanders from a Rotary International Conference 20 years ago in Taiwan. Bill shared some of his Naval Officer experience related to this hat, very impressive.

One of our visitors won the drawing (Brian?) but he didn’t pull the Ace of Spades.

Finally, Larry Stone introduced our speaker from the Small Business Development Center.

Posted by Thomas French on Jun 01, 2014

Rotarians and guests (up to 28 each week) are welcome to play 9 holes of golf most Mondays with tee times from 7:45 to 8:45 am, beginning June 9. Arrive early for breakfast. Reserve through Tom French (303-808-6717) no later than each prior Saturday, priority to earliest commitments. Cost $45 including high season (normally up to $90 for 9 holes). Step up to serve as Tom's assistant - here's your chance to finally start that dream career as a golf pro !


Posted by Jim Brook on Jul 24, 2014

The Satellite meetings are up and running, with a new changed location, effective at our next meeting on Monday August 4th from 5:30 - 6:45  pm. The location is the private room in the Backcountry Brewery, corner of Main St and Hwy 9 / Summit Blvd in Frisco. ​

These meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.  All Rotarians are welcome and we hope that you'll invite your friends and colleagues to check us out as well!  No advance notice needed, please just join us any time you can!  Any questions, please email Michele Knight,


If you would like to present your passion at one of our meetings, please reach out! 

Posted by Diane Monaghan on Jul 24, 2014


Posted by Diane Monaghan on Jul 24, 2014

Happy Club Anniversary 

Bill Sanders                           5 Years on August 4

Posted by Diane Monaghan on Jul 24, 2014

Please wish the following members a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Larry Stone                        July 30

Michael Kurth                    July 31​

Bob Ashley                        August 2

Posted by Julieanne Gilchrist on Jul 09, 2014

Every second Wednesday of the month, Rotarians have been gathering for Happy Hour from 5:00 to 6:30.  If you haven't checked it out, pencil it in and come by and socialize, on one or any of the following dates... SEE YOU THERE!  


Our next Happy Hours will be:

 August 13th  Vinnie’s – Frisco

September 10th Boatyard – Frisco


The Happy Hour Committee members are:  


Judy Irwin, Julieanne Gilchrist, David Matthews, Aleda Kresge, Diane  Monaghan, Lynn Myers and Ann Clement. Some of us will be at each of the Happy Hours to welcome everyone. If you would like to be on the Happy Hour Committee, please contact Judy Irwin and/or Julieanne Gilchrist.


Posted by Julieanne Gilchrist on Jul 12, 2014

We want to thank all of those sponsors who are identifying community leaders/business professionals and bringing them to our meetings.  Remember, a Prospective Member should attend 3 meetings before turning in their application, sponsor form, a short bio and $100 application fee to JULIEANNE GILCHRIST.  The application will then be presented to the Membership Committee for approval and then the Board of Directors.  Once approved their name and bio will be posted in our bulletin for 3 weeks.  If there are no questions about the Prospective Member the induction will be scheduled. 

If you would like to be a Mentor to a new member please see Ann Clement.  We encourage new members to interact with Prospective/New Members as much as possible.  One of the Red Badge requirements is to be a Greeter 3 times.  Because our club is growing and we are experiencing so many guests, greeters are so very important.  You don't have to be a new member to be a greeter.  It is just one more way of participating in Club Service.



Posted by Diane Monaghan on Jul 09, 2014


When you do business with a Corporate Partner, thank them for being a Rotary Sponsor!



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