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This past week former FBI agent and City of Fort Collins Master Naturalist, Brian Carroll presented the homesteading history of the Soapstone Prairie area.  According to Carroll, the first ‘homesteaders’ were Ice Age PaleoIndians more than 12,000 years ago.  More recently the Homestead Act of 1862 allowed settlers in good standing with the US Government to claim 160 acres for their own.  Carroll was introduced by his brother-in-law, RCFC Programs Co-Chair Dave Stewart.
Of the many who claimed land at Soapstone, Carroll asserts that only two succeeded.  The rest either abandoned their claim or sold it to others.  Life was harsh due to winds, dry-land conditions, and distance to any town or supplies.  When homesteaders left, neighbors often claimed windows, doors, or any other useful materials.  Later ranchers would destroy any remaining buildings to minimize any taxes.  
Today the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is bordered on the north by the Wyoming state line, and is home to a purebred American Bison herd.  
Carroll has also been actively involved with several Fort Collins Boards and Commissions, including twelve years as an active Volunteer with Fort Collins Natural Areas Program.  There he has focused on the relationship of human culture with the natural environment.  
This Wednesday, Fort Collins Museum of Art Executive Director Lisa Hatchadoorian, will give us a brief history, and share details of the museum’s current exhibit, the art of Nancy Judd.  The exhibit includes a glamorous dress made of crushed glass and salvaged upholstery fabric.  Programs Co-Chair Dave Stewart will introduce Hatchadoorian. 
Can a beautifully made garment also carry an environmental message? Artist Nancy Judd thinks so!  At first glance, her creations are stunning and dramatic, appearing as fine couture and refined garments. A closer look takes us deeper into her message. An elegant dress is constructed from drycleaner, grocery and newspaper plastic bags. Titled “The Jellyfish Dress”, it tells us to be mindful of marine life when discarding plastic as they can be fatal to sea creatures.  Why fashion? Judd loves the challenge of making cast-offs elegant and inspiring people to look differently at waste.
The Fort Collins Museum of Art was originally incorporated in 1983, and moved into its permanent home in the Old Post Office building in January 1991.  Built in 1911 for $89,000, the Old Post Office building is a three-story Second Renaissance Revival structure designed by James Knox Taylor, the US Treasury’s Supervising Architect. Described at the time as the “finest building in the city,” the Post Office building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Fort Collins local landmark.
Hatchadoorian received a B.A. in Art History and Music from the University of Virginia and an MA in Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art from Bard College. Her experience in arts administration, curating, public art projects and fundraising has ranged from the corporate to academic, municipal and non-profit venues. She has over a decade and a half of experience in curating, conceiving, and writing about contemporary art exhibitions and artists. She has been a visiting lecturer at Casper College, Casper, WY, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fort Collins, and has taught art appreciation at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.  Lisa was originally born and raised in Wilmington, DE and has lived in New York City, Charlottesville, VA, Wyoming, Illinois and Colorado. She and husband Steve Keim live in Fort Collins.
As you probably already know, this year’s Fort Collins Peach Festival will be on Saturday, August 19, in downtown Fort Collins, at Civic Center Park and Washington Park.  This is the eighth year of the festival that is growing each year.  It’s organized and put on by the four Rotary Clubs in Fort Collins.  Once again this year, the Rotary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) committee will receive funds as will each of the four clubs.  The funds raised continue to grow, so each club can help more worthy local and international projects.  In order to make this happen our club needs your help! 
We have 372 volunteer slots to fill.  To fill all the slots, almost all of the Fort Collins Rotarians must pitch in!!!  As we have in past years, we’re using Signup.com to facilitate registering.  Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com:http://signup.com/login/entry/11270077987548200117
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

1.       All the volunteer slots are all on August 19.
2.       Some of the positions are similar to past years, but many are different, so be sure to read the position description provided with each slot to make sure that you know you’re in for if you volunteer.
3.       Once you sign up, not only will you receive an email confirmation of your registration, you will receive a reminder of what your slots are two days before the Peach Festival!
4.       SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Gary Turner at geeturn@comcast.net or 970-217-1232 and he can sign you up manually.  However, if you don’t use your email address, you won’t receive any of the notifications from SignUp.com.
5.       You can sign up friends and family.   It's a fun day for all!  Everyone will receive a Peach Festival Volunteer t-shirt if they don't already have one! (It’s best if you use their email addresses so that they get the email notifications.)
Thanks in advance for your support this year!  Please register soon, as we only have a few weeks until the festival!!!!!
Tuesday, August 1 from 10-12 AM Brian Carroll will interpret about bison, homesteads, and early peoples living on Soapstone Natural Area (http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/finder/soapstone). Brian was our most recent Rotary Speaker about homestead days in the area. You should arrive by 9:45 with water, sunscreen, closed-toed shoes, and a lunch to eat after we finish.  About 1/4 mile is extent of the walk.  Let Del Benson know of your interest and total numbers in your party (delwin.benson@gmail.com, 227-8286, or sign in at Rotary).  If you want to carpool, meet no later than 8:30 behind Jax on North College Avenue. This is your Fellowship Committee at work connecting you with nature.  A total of 20 persons may be accommodated.
See the site link above for more detailed driving directions if you plan to self drive. Soapstone Prairie is 25 miles north of Fort Collins, allow about an hour travel time. From Fort Collins, take Hwy 1/ Terry Lake Road to County Road 15 north (towards Waverly). From CR 15, turn north onto Rawhide Flats Road and continue north to the entrance station. There are nine miles of gravel road that can be dusty, rough and bumpy. Please respect our neighbors and be safe by observing the speed limit.
The dates have been set for TIPS training for this year.  They are as follows:
  • Thursday July 20th 4:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 27th 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Both sessions will be held at First Bank on Mountain Ave & College Ave in the lower level conference room.
Just a reminder that if you have been trained in the past two years, you do not need to go through training this year.  All training is valid for three years.
I will pass around a sign-up sheet at next weeks Rotary meeting for those interested.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Chuck Rutenberg
Human history at Soapstone Prairie exceeds 12,000 years - from Ice Age PaleoIndians to at least a thousand years of American Indian groups, and more recently a century-plus of homesteaders, and cattle and sheep ranchers.  This Wednesday Fort Collins Natural Areas Master Naturalist, Brian Carroll, will review Soapstone’s homesteading history and its influence on our culture today.  Carroll will be introduced by his brother-in-law, RCFC Programs Co-Chair Dave Stewart.
The Homestead Act of 1862 has been described as one of the most important pieces of legislation in American History.  It had a profound effect on the nation and the west, and in particular Northern Colorado, as cattlemen, sheep ranchers, and farmers competed for the area’s last pieces of open range.  Ultimately the stockmen prevailed.  A look at Soapstone Prairie’s homesteading history gives a glimpse into the challenges and hardships homesteaders faced managing their “160 acres.”
Following a career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Brian Carroll and his family moved to Fort Collins in 1996 and established a Security Management services consulting company.  His last posting with the FBI was in Chicago, Illinois.  In retirement he continued to provide contract services to the FBI and U.S. State Department Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, providing instruction and guidance to foreign police officials for managing terrorist incidents.  
Carroll has also been actively involved with several Fort Collins Boards and Commissions, including twelve years as an active Volunteer with Fort Collins Natural Areas Program.  There he has focused on the relationship of human culture with the natural environment.  
Brian and his wife of almost fifty years, Vicki, have three daughters and four grandchildren who all live in Fort Collins.
Last week RCF’s torch of leadership was passed from outgoing President Glenn Schmidt to 2017-2018 President Jeanne Fangman.  Past President and Past District Governor Lynne Baker performed the induction for Jeanne and RCFC’s incoming board and officers.  Past President Stacy Plemmons hosted the ceremony, with light roasts from David Ames, Kirvin Knox and John Roberts.  
Your 2017-18 Board and Officers consists of the following:
President – Jeanne Fangman
President Elect – Steve Laine
Past President – Glenn Schmidt
Secretary – Rod Morrison
Treasurer – Renee Machovec
Directors – (2018) Tammie Niemann, Rob Marschke, (2019) Cindy DeGroot, Kathy Nicol, (2020) Kelso Kelly, Steve Vessey
Satellite Membership: Chair – Jon Land, Chair-Elect – Samantha Bair, Chair Elect Nominee Kerrie Luginbill
To close the ceremony, President Jeanne outlined her priorities for 2017-18, including creating more fellowship and fun in our meetings while continuing to focus on our service projects.  She also proposed a 5th question for our 4 Way Test – “Is it fun?”.  Finally, she plans to emphasize membership engagement, membership growth, financial stability and Rotary’s 100th year in Fort Collins, with a celebration planned for August 1, 2018.  
Bill Moellenhoff has ascended all Colorado fourteeners.  Bill also recognized John Reicht, who has completed all of the 54 Fourteeners in Colorado.  As a show of hands, it appeared that several of our Rotary members have summited at least one fourteener in their lifetime.
Bill entertained the club with his words of wisdom re Colorados’ 54 peaks at least fourteen thousand feet above sea level.  Bill’s affection for hiking to the heights began after “accidently” ascending Twin sisters at the age of 16, and the next day ascending Longs Peak.  By 1981, when he moved to Fort Collins, he had already completed 13 peaks.    
The keys to a successful summit hike are relatively simple; one must have a good level of aerobic conditioning, a good degree of knowledge of Colorado weather and common sense.  Proper clothing and footwear are essential.  Bill noted a few exceptions to this formula and explained terms associated with climbing or in some cases hiking at altitude.
He shared his thoughts on preparedness to safely make the journey to the top.  Entertaining the club with some interesting and humorous stories of several of his treks, he encouraged all who have not yet begun to hike the fourteeners to start with the “easiest” of them all, Mount Sherman.
Thank you Bill for an informative and entertaining presentation.
It is with great sadness that we give you word of the passing of another of our Rotarians, Tom Peterson.  Tom lost his valiant battle with brain cancer June 22nd.  His family mentioned that they would welcome posts on the Caring Bridge website and I have listed the Caring Bridge information below.  A memorial service will be planned later in the summer. 
There are several listings for Tom Peterson.  The one that was started March 03, 2015 is the correct one. 
Please join us in sending prayers and support to Tom's wife, Laura and their family.
A Memorial Service for Karen Schaffter is scheduled on Tuesday, June 27th, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 531 S. College, Fort Collins, CO, 80524. Please join me in sending prayers to Bill and his family. You can read more here.
Have you ever wanted to climb a “fourteener”?  This Wednesday our own ever-entertaining Bill “The Voice” Moellenhoff will share his passion for peaks and share experiences and tips for doing your own fourteener.  Bill will be introduced by Dr. Bob Meroney.  
Colorado has 54 peaks at least fourteen thousand feet above sea level.  Most are just hikes at altitude, not technical, requiring climbing gear and “protection pieces”, and have well-marked routes to the summit.  The keys to a successful summit hike are relatively simple; one must have a good level of aerobic conditioning, a good degree of knowledge of Colorado weather and common sense.  Proper clothing and footwear are essential.  Bill will note a few exceptions to this formula.
Bill Moellenhoff grew up in St. Louis, MO, graduated from the University of Missouri, and accidently climbed Longs Peak at age 16 for his first fourteener.  He recently retired as a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and joined RCFC in 1981, becoming club President 1991-92.  Bill has been honored by RCFC for “Five Avenues of Service” (2007-08), The Max Getts 4 Way Test award (along with wife Gentry, 2013-14), and was District Rotarian of the year in 2015.  He has been active in the District Youth Exchange program, and he and Gentry were sponsors of the yearly exchange student bus trip for 31 years.  Bill and Gentry completed all Colorado fourteeners in 1998.  
This past Wednesday, Past President Lee Jeffrey shared stories and photos from their travels in Melanesia, including the Papua New Guinea highlands, Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, Vanuatu and Fiji.
In the 16th century European explorers discovered and exploited many of these communities on the thousands of islands accessible by sea.  However, little was known about the PNG Highlands tribes until the early 20th century.
The primary focus of the talk was on the Wontok tribes of Papua New Guinea, which comes from the Pidgin term for “One Talk” and refers to the societies that developed when you could only depend on those who spoke your language for sustenance and protection.  According to Jeffries, Wontok men are the warriors and hunters, while women do the ‘domestic’ work and most of the farming.  In these communal societies, the practice of giving gifts, called Moka, assures more power to the gift-giver, especially if the receiver is unable to suitably reciprocate.  Most marriages are arranged, with the bride price being negotiated to compensate the bride’s family for loss of her services.  Historically their systems of justice was focused on restorative justice, although in recent years the use of retributive justice is growing.
The Enduring Legacy and Myths of America in World War II
Last Wednesday Dr. Henry Weisser examined the American role in WWII and the myths created and major achievements of American society both in the war itself, and as a result of the war.  According to Weisser:
WWII was the largest single event in history, involving nations on all continents except Antarctica
Estimates are that between 50 and 60 million died.  50 million would be equivalent to 16,667 World Trade Centers.  
The war lasted 2174 days, averaging 22,999 people dying each day.
WWII was the first time genocide was officially recognized as a crime against humanity.
The war involved massive state-sponsored terrorism through the bombing of citizen populations.  
For the first time, women and minorities were employed in previously all-male, all white jobs in the defense industry.
The full employment brought about by the war brought millions into the middle class, and created a massive industrial base, later leading to US economic dominance world-wide.
The GI bill caused a huge expansion of education, housing and business.
At least one Japanese bomb transported by balloon exploded near Timnath, scaring a number of cows, but causing no damage.  
As a result of pre-war conversations and agreements, the word “appeasement” became a very negative term.  
The US supplied 25% of all Allied troops during the war, and suffered 2% of all Allied deaths.  
Russia claims to have suffered 64% of all Allied deaths, including at least 1.2 million at Stalingrad, more than the US suffered during the entire war.  
Americans tend to believe WWII was a ‘good war’, because the enemy were evil oppressors.
According to Dr. Weisser, while the D-Day invasion was a magnificent achievement, the greatest amphibious invasion every carried out, the tide of the way had already turned and Germany in full retreat before the Russian army, the victors in the immense battles of Moscow, Stalingrad and Kursk.  At least 3 of 4 German casualties, perhaps even more, had occurred on the eastern front.
The US industrial machine did supply massive amounts of war material and support to Great Britain, Russia and other Allied nations fighting prior to the US’s entry after December 7, 1941, and 25% of all troops engaged in fighting the Axis nations thereafter to the end of the war.  
The US was the primary, though not solitary, fighting force in the Pacific theater, and came to dominate the Pacific rim thereafter.  
Weisser asserts that Hitler did not come to power by violence, since he was legally made chancellor in 1933.
Weisser’s final point: The us won the war bigtime: our enemies were crushed and over time viable democracies were established in Germany and Japan. We had a sense of unity, something so lacking today.
Last week, recently retired CSU Political Science Professor John Straayer reviewed TABOR’s impact on state and local budgets, governance and our economy overall.  He noted it took three times to pass TABOR, and the author, Douglass Bruce is now in jail.  A few of Dr. Straayer’s remarks:
  • TABOR castrated the fiscal authority of the legislature.  We now have a “5.5 million-person Finance Committee”.  
  • Causes more voting by citizens, even though they may not be well informed.  We are making more decisions by ballot.
    Terra Thiebaut, a Fort Collins High School business teacher was honored at our May 24 meeting.  Raised in a family engaged in business, Terra grew up expecting to pursue a business career. Nevertheless, she found that the most rewarding experiences of her eventual work in the real estate and pharmaceutical industries was mentoring and training new hires.  Ten years ago these experiences convinced her to seek a master’s degree in order to pursue a career in teaching.
    Terra has been extremely active as advisor to the business students’ DECA program, which involves them in their own real world business projects. Marketing leadership skills are honed in this organization. Terra has shepherded DECA students through local, state, national and international competitions. The DECA group also contributes many community service hours.
    Terra is also responsible for teaching a required sophomore course, Career and Financial Planning, which shows students various career options and such practical matters as writing a resume.
    At Fort Collins High School Terra is known for her strong work ethic, outgoing personality, and her strong professional grasp of the business curriculum. Clearly, she goes above and beyond to prepare her students for life after high school.
    Twenty-five years ago, Colorado voters approved a measure that restricts revenues for all levels of government (state, local, and schools).  Under TABOR, over the past 25 years the state has returned more than $2 billion to taxpayers; in 2016, refunds ranged between $14 and $37, with very low income residents receiving up to $217.  At the same time, Colorado is ranked 39th nationally in K-12 funding per pupil, 47th nationally in funding per million dollars of personal income, and our state’s infrastructure and roads are considered inadequate and unsafe.  
    This week, recently retired CSU Political Science Professor John Straayer will review TABOR’s impact on state and local budgets, governance and our economy overall.  He will be introduced by former colleague and RCFC Member, Dr. Bob Lawrence.  
    Thirty-seven years ago, Political Science Department Chair, John Straayer took over CSU’s fledgling Legislative Internship program. According to former intern and state Senator Cory Gardner, “Every Tuesday and Thursday, rain or snow, Dr. Straayer, a van or two, and an over-caffeinated, sleep-deprived, ambitious crew of college juniors and seniors would travel to Denver from Fort Collins, under the tutelage of Dr. Straayer, to learn the art of legislation.”  
    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared April 27, 2017, “John Straayer Day”, in honor of the recently retired professor.  The proclamation calls Straayer “one of the preeminent minds working in the area of local and state government, and his scholarship has advanced the body of knowledge in the field, bridged the divide between academics and policy, and served as an invaluable resource to several generations of scholars and practitioners.”  Besides Gardner, past interns include former Gov. Bill Ritter, state Sen. Matt Jones and state Sen. Dan Nordberg.
    Straayer received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1967 and has been at Colorado State ever since.  He was department chairman from 1972 to 1987 and served two terms as faculty representative on the Colorado State University Board of Governors.  His books include The Colorado General Assembly; State of Change: Colorado Politics in the Twenty-first Century; State and Local Politics; Introduction to American Politics; American State and Local Government; American Government; Policy and Non-Decisions; and The Politics of Neglect: The Environmental Crisis.  Chapters in State of Change include “The Colorado General Assembly: It Ain’t What It Used to Be” and “One Thing after Another: Layers of Policy and Colorado’s Fiscal Train Wreck.”
    Straayer has received the Colorado State University Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award, the Colorado State University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, five commendations from the Colorado General Assembly, was the 2011-2012 Colorado State University Liberal Arts John N. Stern Distinguished Professor and recipient of the 2015 Colorado State University Liberal Arts award for Distinction in Outreach.
    Professor Straayer has three children who, like him, have enjoyed the fruits of public higher education.  He is, hopefully, anticipating the same for his grandchildren and your off-springs as well.

    Feeding Food-Insecure PSD Students on Weekends

    Last week Rotarians learned that 18% of Poudre School District students live at or below the poverty line, and nationwide more than 40% of teachers say they bring “extra” food on Mondays, to alleviate the malnourishment students face on weekends.  After a nourishing meal, Dr. Dale Lake, McBackback Program board member shared a short video on the program, and answered questions.  PSD School Board Director Susan Gutowsky introduced Dr. Lake, noting his varied career.  
    Ten years ago Ann Randall (Assistant professor at CSU) and Gerry Lake (retired journal editor) recognized the problem faced by malnourished students, and started filling and delivering five bags of food to two PSD schools each Friday.  The word spread quickly, other schools began requesting food bags, and teachers volunteered to pick them up.  
    According to Dr. Lake, today, 50 volunteers fill more than 400 food bags each week, and deliver them to 38 PSD schools.  These bags provide more than 1200 students with weekend meals during the 35-week school year.  In 2016-17, they will deliver over 12,000 food bags, providing over 38,000 meals.  McBackpack is able to fill each bag for approximately $5 per bag.  
    When the volunteers are asked why they get up at six each Thursday and do this for 35 weeks a school year, they will typically respond: “when I sit down to Saturday dinner and know that more than 1200 kids are also eating in part, because of my contribution, I receive all the reward I need.”
    “Amahoro” is the Kirundi word for peace. Dr. Bill Timpson shared his vision of Amahoro for the Burundians in Ngozi. Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world. They have survived colonization and forty years of violence. Even with unrest in the surrounding areas, the region of Ngozi has remained peaceful. The Amahoro project is committed to educate the people of Ngozi by infusing peace studies with an emphasis on critical and creative thinking in universities as well as the public elementary and secondary school systems.
    With help of CSU, Rotary and the University of Ngozi (UNG), the Amahoro Project is focused in the pursuit of sustainable peace and development. The key projects and focus areas aimed achieve this goal are:
    • Build a new curriculum that emphasizes appropriate technology and participatory case-and project-based learning.
    • Infuse UNG’s existing disciplines: health, agriculture, communications, law, business, computer sciences – with new curricula that emphasizes content mastery and peace building.
    • Using sports equipment, build on what we know about cooperative learning to create multi-tribal teams and showcase the benefits of friendly competition for unlearning hatred and prejudice.
    • Rotary International and their commitment to Peace and Conflict Resolution, business and community leaders can be partnered with educators to infuse peace studies.
    • Promote community health through innovative education and social work.
    This project has been supported by Rotary. Robin Steele reported that our club contributed $50,000 towards this and other projects and thanks to the matching funds from RI and others, this has turned into a total support of $760,472.
    Who doesn’t love a trade show?  This Wednesday, May 10, President Elect Jeanne Fangman will host a Club Assembly in "Trade Show" format.  Each RCFC committee (Foundation, IP&G, Scholarships, Community Grants, etc) will have a table in the Drake Center ballroom and members are asked to come early and/or stay late and visit each committee.      
    RCFC’s service mission is accomplished through active, engaged committees and the individual effort that drives those committees.  Did you know RCFC has over 50 different committees and fellowships?  If you can’t find your passion in an RCFC committee, there will be a station to check your pulse.   
    The trade show starts at 11:00, and will extend after the program to as late as 2:00.   During the program portion, PE Jeanne will stress the importance of committees, discuss the trade show format, and ask members to open their hearts and wallets to these causes.
    Each committee will do one or more of the following:
    • Have a flyer or handout summarizing what each committee has been up to
    • Have a laptop computer with a running loop of inspiring pictures
    • Have a tri-fold poster with engaging examples and pictures of their projects
    • Show anything else the committees have in mind that would raise excitement and awareness of the committee's work  
    • Have members of the committee, or recipients of grants at the table to talk about their work and answer questions
    • Join us and see and learn more about the wonderful projects our club supports locally and internationally!
    See you on the 10th!
    On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, we celebrated Scholarship and Fellowship when the RCFC Scholarship Committee and this year’s scholarship winners helped to celebrate and declare our support for higher education.  As always, scholarships were funded through the RCFC Member generosity and the families of two former Rotarians.  The Morrison Memorial Scholarship was established by Mrs. June Ogden in memory of her father, James Morrison, who served as Director of Cooperative Extension at Colorado A & M.  The Richard W. Schump Memorial Scholarship was established by David and Liz Schump in memory of their son, Richard.  The scholarship is generously continued by the Schump family after the untimely death of David and Liz in 2011.  
    2017 Rotary Scholarship Winners:
    Amanda Burk – Poudre High – CSU – Chemical/Biological Engineering
    Jessica Block – Rocky Mountain High – CSU – Business/Art
    Rachel Holland – Rocky Mountain High – CSU – Kinesiology/Health & Exercise Science
    Zayne Hoyland – Fort Collins High –  CSU - Psychology
    Andrew Larson – Front Range Community College – FRCC – Pre-med/Biology
    Kim Pannell – Poudre High – CSU – Business Administration
    Ashley Schilling – Fossil Ridge High – CSU – Animal Science/Agricultural Education
    Sahand Setareh – Fossil Ridge High – CSU – Political Science/International Studies
    2017 James Morrison Memorial Scholarship
    Thany Dykson  - Fort Collins High – CSU- Wildlife Biology/Journalism
    2017 Richard W. Schump Memorial Scholarship
    Chloe Schaub – Poudre High – CSU – Wildlife Biology/Forestry/Sustainability
    This year your Rotary Scholarship Committee reviewed more than 60 applications, interviewed 15 students and selected 10 recipients based on need, scholarship, community service and leadership.  This required many dedicated hours from our Rotarians and PSD counseling staff.  The students exhibited great skills, talents, creativity, work ethic and service to our community.  According to the committee, each of our recipients is very deserving of our financial support.  Rotarians who participated in the selection and the planning of our celebration include Phyllis Abt, Del Benson, Betty Brown, Jean Griswold, Susan Gutowsky, Jud Harper, Judy Lane, Sally Lee, Rob Marschke, Bob Meroney, Ralph Smith, Robin Steele and Henry Weisser.
    This month the Rotary Club honored Julie Otto who is a reading specialist at Olander Elementary School. She told us of how she carries on small group reading interventions from kindergarten to the fifth grade. She devotes time and energy to working with students as they progress from learning to read to reading to learn. Julie finds her greatest reward in observing “the aha moments” when the reading light bulbs go on in the minds of students. She is also involved with a program to get books into the homes of low income families. Julie works in the school’s  Literacy Lab and seeks to promote a safe and caring environment for students as they take up reading challenges. Julie truly enjoys working the teachers and staff at Olander Elementary as a committed specialist in her vital field.
    For every blood donation we receive we can save up to three lives. While the actual draw only takes 5-8 minutes, before that, we do need work with you to complete some paperwork and do a quick vitals check to ensure your well-being and the safety of the recipient.  
    Again, thank you; the impact your donation has on the community is unmeasurable.  
    Be sure to:
    ·Bring a photo ID
    ·Eat a good meal; you burn 650 calories while donating.
    ·Hydrate the day before and the day of donation
    ·Share the link with others - the more the merrier J
    If you have any questions, please direct these to Charles Kaine, Blood Donor Recruiter.  His contact information is: 970-495-8987 or Charles.kaine@uchealth.org.
    Thank you, in advance, for all those who participate.
    The annual Rotary Flower Basket Sale is underway.  We will again have 12 inch hanging flower baskets and this year, they will be here in time for MOTHER'S DAY!!
    Cost:       $50 each
    When:    May 6 (Saturday) 9:00 - 2:00
    Where:   Maxey Manufacturing - 2220 East Lincoln Avenue
    Only two more weeks until they arrive so send your order NOW!
    This is a fundraiser for our Centennial Celebration next year so help us out AND take care of your Mother's Day gift.  Win-Win!
    Order form is attached to email from Sue Wagner or at sue.wagner@bankofcolorado.com
    Questions?   Call Sue Wagner (267-3653); Judy Boggs (493-3537); Susie Ewing (419-2323)
    Colorado’s Front Range forests supply drinking water to 70% of the state’s population, and are home to wildlife and communities.  As we’ve seen in recent years, the forested watersheds of Colorado’s Front Range are extremely vulnerable to fire, damaging water quantity and quality, wildlife, and communities.  This week RCFC Past President Melanie Chamberlain will introduce Landscape Ecologist Rob Addington and Director of Science John Sanderson from the Nature Conservancy, a charitable environmental organization, with a mission to "conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends."  
    The Nature Conservancy has identified 1.5 million acres of Front Range forests that are critical for healthy watersheds and wildlife habitat.  During this program, Rob and John will discuss how their work affects our lives, working collaboratively to facilitate forest restoration and improved land management on the Front Range
    The Nature Conservancy now impacts conservation in 69 countries, including all 50 states of the United States. The Conservancy has over one million members, and has protected more than 119,000,000 acres (48,000,000 ha) of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide. The Nature Conservancy also operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. The organization's assets total $6.71 billion as of 2015. The Nature Conservancy is the largest environmental nonprofit by assets and by revenue in the Americas.
    Rob Addington is a Landscape Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in Colorado.  He specializes in the restoration and management of fire-adapted forests, with emphasis on spatial planning as well as research and monitoring of forest restoration aimed at reducing hazardous fuels, promoting landscape resilience, and enhancing ecosystem services.  Rob has nearly 15 years of professional experience working in frequent-fire ecological systems, from longleaf pine ecosystems of the southeastern United States to ponderosa pine systems of the West.  Rob holds B.A. degrees in Biology and English from the University of Colorado and a M.S. degree in Plant Biology from the University of Georgia.  Rob and his family reside in Fort Collins, CO.
    John Sanderson is Director of Science for the Nature Conservancy of Colorado. John leads a staff of scientists who work on a range of conservation challenges, including determining how much water is enough for endangered fish in the Yampa River, measuring the effects of fires in Colorado’s Front Range forests, planning for sustainable grazing on hundreds of thousands of acres on the Great Plains, and adapting conservation strategies to a changing climate. After earning his BS in Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Botany from the University of Vermont, John got his start in Colorado in 1994 doing field inventory and conservation planning for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. He later earned his PhD. in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. John is currently celebrating his 10th year working for The Nature Conservancy.
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