Date: March 12, 2011 “All the local Kiwanian news with a grain of Iodine”
The Kiwanis Club of Denver meets every Wednesday at 12:05PM at Maggiano’s in the
Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall in Denver
March 16, 2011 March Meetings
16th – Club Meeting
22nd – Board Meeting
PROGRAM: Doug Hock of Encana re "Natural Gas: Abundant, Affordable, 23rd – Club Meeting
Clean, Domestic" 30th – Club Meeting
March 23rd – Tam Baig will speak from experience on the volatility of
Afghanistan & Pakistan. March Birthdays
March 30th – Ron Lewis to speak to us about the Colorado Buffalo industry. 4 – Marie Rowen
April 6th – Julie Fletcher, the first woman Kiwanian and her experiences in
breaking that barrier. March Business Report
April 13th – Andres Diaz for the National Park Service on their responsibility Barry Gatz
to protect monuments under water such as the USS Arizona. March Greeters
April 20 – Rosalyn Reese of the Alzheimer Association 16th – Rod Brewer
May 4th – Art Jones will speak to us about the "Spiritual Project" on May 4th. 23rd – Theresa Rapstine
The project’s aim is to keep alive the American spirituals (as in music). 30th – Lori Hermanson
The club welcomed Harry Vogler who had returned from a Hawaiian
16th – Dennis Heaton
vacation. Dennis Heaton is recovering well from a successful surgery. Dennis 23rd – Mike Hubbard
is spending part of the day at work and the rest at home. He hopes to attend 30th –
next week’s meeting. There was no report on Gary Glasgow, another member
who underwent recent surgery. Jim McKenna asked if anyone would be Laughter of the Day
interested in a ski day, possibly a Friday. Most of the Club officers will not be 16th –
able to attend next week’s meeting. The meeting will be conducted by Dave
Webster, our new Governor –Elect candidate for the Rocky Mt. District. Dave March KODS
is mulling over what he’ll have to do for his upcoming campaign. Our next 16th – Barry Gatz
Club Board meeting will nominate Dave for this position. Final elections will
February Mtg/ Notes
occur at the District Conference in Colorado Springs in August. Junglemobile
16th – Dave Webster
training occurred March 8th at Children’s Hospital; five members attended.
Highlights of the March 9th Meeting
Program: KOD Tim Litherland introduced today’s speaker, John Greene, Review
Director of Rooms and Residences at the new Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. TBD
John is originally from Dublin, Ireland. Since 1993 John has worked at Four
Seasons properties in Chicago, San Diego and Jackson Hole. He’s a graduate
of Roosevelt University, Chicago, and a Swiss hotel management school. John is married with two children and
lives at Stapleton. John was accompanied by Dana Barry, Director of PR for the Denver and Vail Four Seasons.
The Four Seasons is an international lodging chain about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. All properties will
participate in the anniversary festivities. One event will feature the planting of more than 10 million trees. The Four
Seasons started in Toronto in 1961 as a motel/hotel property established by the Sharpe family. The family wanted to
provide an exceptional customer experience and tried to develop a marketing niche that employed this approach.
The Four Seasons eventually expanded to London and began to make its mark. There are currently 84 properties
world-wide. John has visited most of them, a benefit for company employees and the free lodging available to them.
Currently there are five or six new properties under development in the US. Asia is a growing market. In the next 3-
5 years there will be 30-40 new openings.
Four Seasons manages, but doesn’t own its properties. It’s privately held. Management agreements may extend up
to 50 years and take up to five years to develop. Management looks for opportunities to share some labor and
financial costs with affiliated properties. With the new Vail location, accounting, finance, IT, sales, marketing and
public relations are all shared. This set-up is a new concept for the Four Seasons and still under study.
The Four Seasons has a perception of being very high end, especially due to its New York and Los Angeles
locations. But Denver is different. The hotel’s Edge Restaurant delivers a good dining experience, and is targeted
for the Denver market, competitive with other locations. Its price points are similar to Shanahan’s and the Capitol
Grill. Hotel rates are as low as $195, with specials that include the second night free, plus special add-ons.
John gave a little history about the process to hire the hotel staff. Initially five top staff members arrived, about five
months before opening. This gave them time to hire a team. There were plenty of people to choose from, including
employees transferring from other Four Seasons properties. The Denver hotel has 40 managers and 220 employees.
Over two days, 2,200 individuals were interviewed to fill these positions. Employees were selected based on their
energy and personality. Experience counted less because everyone was trained in the Four Seasons style. John’s
biggest personal benefit has been the training and mentoring of his staff.
John oversees many of the property’s most visible activities: the front desk, housekeeping, the spa, reservations and
of course the residences. The structure has 102 residential units from floors 18 to 44. There are six units per floor on
the lower levels, fewer on the upper levels. John has gotten to know the group of core residents, now numbering 22.
For 12 of these it’s their primary residence.
50/50 Raffle: Dave Leahy won $15 in the raffle.
Happy Dollars: Barry Gatz donated $1 because he convinced Club member Jim Howell to donate to our
Foundation’s Fund Drive. Barry had also Skyped recently with Jack and Sue Kadlecek. Mark Hoskin donated $1 for
Barry Gatz’s success getting Sil-Ter-Har Motors to donate a car as a prize for our golf tournament. Mark’s East
High rugby team was victorious over Colorado Springs. Mark’s team plays Regis for the championship. Mark also
gave a “sad” dollar for the recent death of a rugby player in Ft. Collins due to an enlarged heart. Dick Hopper was
pleased to report he’s going to Maui next week, his new hearing aids are working well, and he is happy to have had
Skype communications with the Kadleceks. Dave Webster gave a happy dollar for his wife Janice’s recent knee and
hand surgeries, both successful.
Denver Kiwanis Foundation News
The Denver Kiwanis Foundation remembers the following past members and their families who have made
significant endowment contributions of $5000 or more: Luther (Tudor) Gump, Corval Diehl, Dr. Miles Markley,
Charles Schoelzel, Alexander Forsyth, and James Turner. Please remember the Denver Kiwanis Foundation in your
estate planning and charitable giving.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a
Kiwanis Club of Denver
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Denver, CO 80218