* As reported by F.O. “Rep” Repplier in 1956

The First World War had ended on Nov. 11, 1918, just a few months before Boulder Rotary was founded. A few members had recently returned from service in the war, while others were still away and in uniform. A “war tank” was scheduled to visit Boulder and the Rotary Club canceled its meeting that day.

At the University, a modest collection of nondescript buildings atop The Hill, the students and professors knew everyone else, at least by sight. The football team played regional schools on Gambill Field, where bleacher seats accommodated 6,000.

Pearl Street had been paved from 11th to 16th streets not long before. Before that you had dust in the summers, frozen ruts in winter, mud in spring. The old courthouse, which burned in 1932, squatted solidly on the present courthouse site, with the Elks Club and the Physicians Building nearby. Also close was the Boulderado, where the Rotarians met.