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BRC History: Music and Piano

BRC History: Music and Piano

Recently we happened to sing at one of our meetings, something we don’t do as often as we once did. A visiting Rotarian, when introduced, said he enjoyed being at “a singing club.” Back in about 1999, our singing club was concerned about the lack of a decent piano....

BRC History: Red Badge Society

BRC History: Red Badge Society

Even Rotarians can be crotchety. In 1994 the RiB reported: “The problem is as old as Rotary itself. All of us tend to sit with the same folks week after week, leaving our new members spread around the distant fringes. It's kind of hard to get acquainted that way.” It...

Daily Camera Recognizes BRC’s 100th Anniversary

Daily Camera Recognizes BRC’s 100th Anniversary

A century ago, in February 1919, the "war to end all wars" finally was over. Soldiers were on their way home from overseas, and even the deadly influenza pandemic had subsided. Four of Boulder's leading businessmen looked to the future and decided to form the Boulder...

Boulder from the 1990s to Now

Boulder from the 1990s to Now

As the 1990s rolled in, Boulder was coming out of a stock market slump in the late 1980s.  But then-city manager Jim Piper told Rotarians the outlook for the city still seemed promising. He said, “expansion is occurring all over town, and the significant amount of...

BRC History: Past District Governors

BRC History: Past District Governors

Boulder Rotary has historically taken an important role in Rotary District 5450. Originally it included clubs in New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nebraska as well as Colorado. Eight distinguished Boulder Rotarians have served as District Governors. Three of them are here...

BRC History: Club Historians Part 2

BRC History: Club Historians Part 2

Although others helped out at times, the primary historians of Rotary’s second 50 years were three longtime and distinguished members: Laurie Paddock, Bob Bradfield, and Ted Manning. Laurie Paddock was the third generation of his family to lead the Daily Camera and...

BRC History: Meeting Places Part 2

BRC History: Meeting Places Part 2

During the 1960s and 1970s, the club was continually plagued by the lack of a permanent and adequate meeting place. Most often, members met in a large dining room at the Harvest House Hotel, now the Millennium Hotel on 28th Street, but frequently had to give up that...

BRC History: Banners and Make Ups

BRC History: Banners and Make Ups

In Rotary’s earlier days it was customary to keep close track of attendance. Many Rotarians achieved lengthy records – years! – of perfect attendance. If you weren’t able to attend your regular club meeting, you could visit another club anywhere in the world and get a...

BRC History: Kids Christmas Parties

BRC History: Kids Christmas Parties

In the 1990s, in addition to holiday festivities for the grownups, Boulder Rotary also held Christmas parties for the children and grandchildren of club members. The RiB reported in 1991, “Despite the fact that Boulder schools were not yet out for the vacation, there...

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