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In 1988, then RCFC President Shelly Godkin, initiated a “Service Above Self” award recognizing Rotarians or non-Rotarians for exceptional service to our community.  The first recipient was Harvey G Johnson, a farmer, city council member and two-time mayor, who understood the value of water, serving 54 years on the Water Storage and Supply Company board.  RCFC still recognizes a Service Above Self recipient, but with the creation of 8 additional recognition awards the annual ceremony is now called “Service in Action”.  This Wednesday, April 19, will be RCFC’s 29th annual celebration of exceptional service to others.  Del Benson will be our MC.
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As is our custom, each of the awards will be presented by the previous year’s recipient.  In order of creation, the recognitions are:
  • RCFC’s longest running recognition, The Service-Above-Self award is given to both Rotarians and non-Rotarians who contribute significantly to the betterment of life in this community.  Last year’s recipients were Martin and Mary Catherine Limbird.
  • Created in 2001, The Five Avenues of Service award recognizes a Rotarian who has demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.  The first recipient was Donal D. Johnson.  Last year’s recipient was Bob Seymour.  Presenting for Bob will be Past President and past Rotarian of the Year, Susie Ewing.  
  • Created in 2003, The Spirit of Rotary Award is generally made to a newer member who has been extremely active in providing exemplary club service.  The 2003 recipient was Chuck Rutenberg.  Last year’s recipient was Rob Marschke.
  • Created in 2008, The Rotarian of the Year award recognizes a member for his or her all-around contributions to the success of the Club.  The first recipient was Claude Piche, and last year’s recipient was Dan Mackey.  Presenting for Dan will be Past President and past Spirit of Rotary recipient, Lee Jeffrey
  • Created in 2009, The Quiet Rotarian award recognizes a Rotarian whose diligent work epitomizes service to others without fanfare or desire for credit.  The first recipient was Sankaram Mantripragada, and last year’s recipient was Jean Griswold.
  • Created in 2011, The Max Getts Four–Way Test Award is given to a Rotarian or non-Rotarian who truly exemplifies the 4-Way test in all they do – especially their interaction with the youth in our community.  The first recipients were Judy and Forrest Boggs, and last year’s recipient was Del Benson.
  • Created in 2016, the Alan Ashbaugh Excellence Award recognized a person who exemplifies “Excellence” in Service Above Self, especially in his/her area of endeavor in our Club or in our Community.   Standing in for last year’s recipient, Alan Ashbaugh, will me Past President and past Rotarian of the Year, Melanie Chamberlain.   
  • New in 2017, the Bob Everett Rotaract Member of the Year recognizes a Rotaract Member for their contributions to Rotary, RCFC and our community through their work in the RCFC sponsored Rotaract Club  
  • New in 2017, the Bob Seymour Satellite Member of the Year recognizes a Satellite member for their contribution to Rotary, RCFC and our community through their work in the Satellite membership
Our program today will be presented by RCFC’s 2016-17 exchange student, Jeremias Theuerkauf, better known as Jere.  After being introduced by Rotary Youth Exchange chair Dan Mackey, Jere plans to talk about his life in Germany, and share some of his observations and experiences this past year in Fort Collins and at Fossil Ridge High School.  
Jere comes from the small town of Weimar, in the heart of Germany where he lives with his father (a Rotarian), his mother and his sister who is one year younger.  He was born March 31, 2000, and attended Humboldt Gymnasium (high school) in Weimar, where he will return after his Rotary Exchange Year.   Jere’s favorite subjects at Humboldt were physics, English and biology, and his command of English and inquisitive mind led his English teacher to be pleased when Jerry applied for the Rotary exchange.  He also took piano lessons at a Weimar music school. 
Prior to his exchange year, Jere had traveled extensively within Europe, including Spain, Austria, Ireland, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, France, Russia, Poland, but he never had left the European Union. For that reason, he wanted to do the Rotary Exchange Year overseas.   
Jere’s father owns a business with offices in both Weimar and Berlin, organizing conferences and cultural events especially for physicians.  His mother is a qualified teacher currently in administration, working with international students at the Bauhaus University, Weimar.  Through his father’s membership, Jerry took part in Rotary service projects and recreational activities, making him feel at home with RCFC’s activities.  While in Fort Collins, he has been hosted by Mitchell and Shannon Larson, John Roberts, and Theresa and Chris Martella.   We are pleased that he attended RCFC meetings regularly, giving many of our members a chance to get acquainted with him.
Jere will return to Germany on July 7, 2017.
A photographer by profession, Beth Bruno’s passion to end human trafficking was born as she sobbed through a movie - Born Into Brothels, a documentary about the children of prostitutes in Kolkata's (Calcutta, India’s) red light district.  She went on to found “A Face to Reframe”, a local non-profit committed to preventing human trafficking in Northern Colorado through arts, training, and community building.  Bruno will bring that passion to Rotary this Wednesday, after being introduced by David Everitt.  
Of those who understand what human trafficking means, most think of it as a problem "over there," not in a nice community like ours.  But any community only needs three things for trafficking to flourish: uneducated citizens, a vulnerable population, and viable perpetrators. We have all three, according to Bruno.
Bruno holds a BS in Social Policy from Northwestern University (Chicago) and an MA in International Community Development from Northwest University (Seattle).  After spending 10 years on staff with Cru, primarily in the Middle East, she and her husband spent 3 years in graduate school in Seattle and then relocated their family to Colorado. In 2010, after building a photography business with a heart to use it for social change, she launched A Face to Reframe.
She now serves as the Manager of Domestic Anti-Trafficking with the U COUNT Campaign, co-founder and facilitator of the Larimer County Anti-Trafficking Community Response Team, and is a partner in the First Offender Restoration Initiative, a diversion program for men soliciting sex.  She holds a certificate in Transformative Arts and Restorative Practices and is the co-author of “END: Engaging Men to End Sex Trafficking”. She regularly speaks, trains, and writes about ways in which we can stop human trafficking in our communities.
Our speaker April 5 was Beth Bruno, introduced by David Everitt.  Bruno’s passion to end human trafficking was born as she sobbed through a movie - Born Into Brothels, a documentary about the children of prostitutes in Kolkata's (Calcutta, India’s) red light district.  She went on to found “A Face to Reframe”, a local non-profit committed to preventing human trafficking in Northern Colorado through arts, training, and community building.
Beth is manager of the Domestic Anti-Trafficking with the U COUNT Campaign, co-founder and facilitator of the Larimer County Anti-Trafficking Community Response Team, and is a partner in the First Offender Restoration Initiative, a diversion program for men soliciting sex.  Beth’s program included the following key points.
Human Trafficking is whenever a person is compelled to work or perform sex acts through force, fraud, or coercion or (in the case of sex trafficking) the person is not yet 18.
It thrives in any community where there is 1) a vulnerable population, 2) a viable demand, and 3) an uninformed community.
In Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force leads the charge in recovering domestic minor sex trafficking victims. In 2016, they helped recover 123 youth under age 18 (average age 15, every ethnicity, 15 boys). Youth are the most vulnerable in our community.
FCPD has a demand reduction strategy, targeting buyers of sex and helping to surface traffickers through an online method. In their first operation, they saw 600 unique requests for "dates" from men in our area. These men are offered a diversion sentence (if they qualify), an 8 hour course in which they learn the realities of the sex industry in an effort to deter them from future behavior.
A Face to Reframe’s website is (www.afacetoreframe.org) has more information.
Last week our Teacher of the Month, Rebecca Wren, was drawn from Lincoln Middle School, in the north westernmost part of the city. Rebecca did not bother to dwell upon her accomplishments or her wishes for the Poudre School District. She concentrated on her own special teaching world and her overriding passion and commitment to students. By citing her work with one student who came from a tragic home life that impacted her performance, Rebecca pointed out how she learned to “meet kids where they are and work with them to find success.” Many of her students came with what she regarded as “baggage,” including parents who are ill, substance abuse and problems with the law. She regards thinking out of the box necessary to help students navigate adversity as fundamental to her role as a middle school science teacher. She thanked the Rotary club for making her feel that her work matters. She received an unprecedented standing ovation at the end of her talk.
According to a December 2015 NPR article, “In the three short years since the first scientific papers appeared about CRISPR-Cas9, the technique has been "spreading like wildfire," says Ramesh Akkina, a molecular immunologist at Colorado State University.”   This week CSU’s Vice President for Research, Dr. Alan S. Rudolph, will join us to share the state of CRISPR technology, and CSU’s involvement in the research.  
CRISPR allows scientists to edit genomes with unprecedented precision, efficiency, and flexibility and the potential to transform the field of biology and life in general.  More recently it has become available for anyone - An October 2016 Google search returned 4.4M hits, with the first 4 being ads for common/public use, one costing only $119.  The past few years have seen a flurry of CRISPR “firsts”, from creating monkeys with targeted mutations to preventing HIV infection in human cells.  Also being discussed are the ethical aspects, including the possibility of ‘designer babies’.  

Dr. Rudolph is a former member of senior executive service leading the US Biodefense, Biosecurity and Biotechnology programs at Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for biotechnology development. His experience spans basic research to advanced development in academia, government laboratories, and most recently in the nonprofit and private sectors. He has published more than 100 papers, 15 patents, and started two biotechnology companies in areas including molecular biophysics, lipid self-assembly, drug delivery, blood substitutes, medical imaging, tissue engineering, neuroscience, and diagnostics
According to a 2016 point-in- time survey, 290 people in Fort Collins were identified as homeless. Of those, 21 percent said they were staying outside, in unsheltered locations. Fort Collins has emergency shelter capacity of approximately 298 beds. This Wednesday, Rotarians will hear the January 2017 point-in- time survey results, when Michele Christensen, Director of Program Development at Housing Catalyst, and Zachary Penland, Program Manager for the Redtail Ponds Permanent Supportive Housing program will cover homelessness data, as well as causes and challenges.
Christensen and Penland will also share an overview of permanent supportive housing (PSH), considered a best practice solution. Redtail Ponds, developed and managed by Housing Catalyst, is Northern Colorado’s first Permanent Supportive Housing community, offering 60 apartments for people with disabilities who have experienced homelessness. Presenters will share their experience working with residents and how why this is a best practice to end homelessness.
Michele Christensen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado. She earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and has over 25 years’ experience working in child and family welfare and with homeless families. She joined Housing Catalyst in 2005, and is responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of quality of life programs and services. Michele was part of the Redtail Ponds development team and has researched best practices and supportive housing developments around the country. Michele interacts regularly with service delivery partners and negotiates agreements on service
delivery/designs and monitors contractual arrangements.
Zachary Penland has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota, and has worked as a case manager and therapist for those experiencing homelessness and mental health issues through SummitStone Health Partners. He was the Director of the Murphy Center for Hope, a one-stop homelessness resource center, and serves on numerous committees’ and boards focusing on addressing homelessness in our community and region. He moved to Fort Collins in 2001, and manages day to day operations at Redtail Ponds through a multi-disciplinary staff.
BizWest 2017 Northern Colorado Women of Distinction
April 12, 2017, 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Embassy Suites – Loveland
Join us to celebrate ten Northern Colorado women and an Outstanding Mentor for their achievements in business, philanthropic, and government organizations at BizWest’s 2017 Northern Colorado Women of Distinction breakfast event on April 12, 2017 at Embassy Suites, Loveland.
This year’s Honorees:
Rotarian - Sue Wagner, Banking and Finance
Mindy McCloughan, Business and Business Services
Sharon Clinebell, Higher Education
Michelle Scallon, Education
Carolyn Gattis, Exceptional Volunteer
Joni Friedman, Government, Energy and Utilities
Audrey Snyder, Health Care
Laurie Steele, Leading Lady of a Lifetime
Rhonda Welch, Nonprofit – Creative Industry
Rotarian - Amy Pezzani, Nonprofit – Human Services
Connie Dohn, Real Estate, Construction and Development
Gordon Thibedeau, Outstanding Mentor
Early Bird Tickets through 3/31: $39
Online Tickets 4/1-4/10: $49
Door Tickets: $59
Corporate Tables also available
-Reserved seating for 8
-Logo advertising on table placard
-Company name listed in event presentation
Contact Sandy Powell for more details: spowell@bizwest.com or 970-232-3144
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