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BRC History: Birth of the RiB

BRC History: Birth of the RiB

As reported by John B. Schoolland in 1969 The RiB. It comes to you every week, and it stands for Rotary in Boulder. Or Rotary International Boulder. The translation varied occasionally through the years. The correct spelling is capital R, lowercase i, capital B. As...

BRC History: Rotary Babies

BRC History: Rotary Babies

One of our first female Rotarians was also our first Rotary mom. This was unusual enough that it was deemed worthy of a front-page story in the Daily Camera. Alice Seigal’s son Max was born Feb. 21, 1988, just a few months after Alice, a veterinarian, joined the club...

BRC History: Women Join Rotary

BRC History: Women Join Rotary

A Daily Camera story on July 13, 1987, was headlined,  “Service clubs admitting women.” The story said that Boulder service clubs were dropping bans against women members in the wake of  two United States Supreme Court decisions that call such bans discriminatory....

BRC History: Rotary Youth Exchange

BRC History: Rotary Youth Exchange

Boulder Rotary has hosted and sent abroad a long list of young people, and some older ones, through Rotary International programs such as youth exchange, Ambassadorial scholars, and Group Study Exchange. Our first youth exchange student, Patricia Heimann of Remagen,...

BRC History: Polio and the March of Dimes

BRC History: Polio and the March of Dimes

* Reported by Bob Bradfield Polio was a tragedy and a concern for millions of people, particularly after President Franklin D. Roosevelt fell victim to the disease. In the 1940s and 50s, the March of Dimes literally collected dimes to eradicate polio, many of them...

BRC History: Boulder from the 50s to the 70s

BRC History: Boulder from the 50s to the 70s

* Reported by John Schoolland Boulder did not “just happen,” said Schoolland. Its future was envisioned by its early leaders. Struck with the potential of the area, the climate, the beauty of the setting, the natural resources, they envisioned a community that would...

BRC History: The Historians

BRC History: The Historians

Much of the material you have been hearing in these vignettes about the early history of Boulder Rotary has come from reporting done by two men over the first 50 years of its existence. I’d like to tell you about them. Frederick O. “Rep” Repplier was the first....

BRC History: The World Wars

BRC History: The World Wars

* As reported by F.O. “Rep” Repplier in 1956 and John B. Schoolland in 1969. The First and Second World Wars had a great impact on the Club. As mentioned before, World War I had just ended when Boulder Rotary was founded. In 1920, a meeting on Nov. 12 was devoted to...

BRC History: Rotary Anns

BRC History: Rotary Anns

*  As reported by John B. Schoolland in 1969. It wasn’t until around 1987 that women were actually able to become Rotarians. Before that, the all-male clubs referred to their spouses as Rotary Anns. Get it? John B. Schoolland, writing in 1969, gushed, “Our Rotary Anns...

BRC History: Pride in Membership

BRC History: Pride in Membership

* As reported by F.O. “Rep” Repplier in 1956 and John B. Schoolland in 1969. This club has always been proud of our membership, with leaders in professional, business, and community activity. The club’s weekly programs have been of a caliber that many large city clubs...

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