On February 21st, CSU expert Edward A. Hoover brings us up to date on the work in the field of prion diseases.  Dr. Hoover is the head of the Hoover Laboratory within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science at the university. He is responsible for the research effort under a number of National Institute of Health grants in his field, and for the advance education of students in his areas of expertise.
Prions can be likened to rogue versions of normal proteins found in our brain and lymph systems.  They are uniquely strange in biology for many reasons.  Prions are associated with neurologic disease in animals and humans.  The most common form of prion disease that affects humans is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease The most common name for such disease affecting deer and elk is Chronic Wasting Disease.  The UK has seen a relatively high incidence of mad cow disease, caused by eating infected meat, but that has declined in latter years.
In some animals (such as deer and elk) prions are transmitted like virus infections.  Prions in animals have one trait in common with the most common neurologic diseases of humans—they cause the misfolding, clumping, and accumulation of normal proteins.  For this reason, increasing our understanding of prions is important, not only for wildlife, but likely for us.
Bonnie Titley bestowed her 22nd and 23rd Paul Harris Fellows on Carter June Boeding and Cheryl Crandall.  Carter is Bonnie’s 2 year-old grand-goddaughter, and Cheryl is her niece.  

Our program speaker for February 14 was Amy Charity, an author and former professional bicycle racer. Noting that the most popular course at Yale University was on happiness, she delved into how people can achieve happiness through becoming the best version of themselves. The process requires starting on the other side of comfortable, where a new undertaking will be a significant challenge. For her it involved leaving a successful career in finance and becoming a bike racer in her thirties. Such ventures should start with very small steps. For her it was buying expensive racer’s socks. Step by step she mastered the sport and met the challenge and basked in happiness. The important aspects for everyone on such a pilgrimage, she maintains, is keeping personal integrity throughout, relying on people who have your back and not being afraid to reach out to experts in your chosen field. Questions about bike racing expenses following the talk revealed that dropping a successful career and taking up bike racing seems to be only an option for the those living an affluent life.   Edited by Henry Weisser

February 7, Glenn Schmidt inducted Larry and Sharyn Salmen as our newest members. 
Larry Salmen was a serial software entrepreneur, Founder and past President of InfoAmerica, Inc, and was CTO for Order and Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of NCR Corp, Atlanta, GA.  He was a member of RCFC from 1983-89, Breakfast Rotary from 1990 to today, and was Breakfast Rotary President 2000-01.  He is sponsored by Stacy Plemmons.  
Sharyn Salmen was Assistant Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer at Poudre Valley Hospital, has been very active as a community volunteer and is President of Salmen Healthcare Consulting.  She is sponsored by Jeanne Fangman.  Sharyn has always worked with Larry on Rotary activities, and decided she might just as well be a Rotarian too!
By way of saying Thanks to all RCFC Members for their generous support, RCFC Scholarships Chair Susan Gutowsky introduced Thany Dykson, one of last year’s scholarship winners, now a freshman at CSU.  Thany talked about her transition from Fort Collins High School to CSU, and how much she appreciated Rotary's financial support.  Perhaps as important as the cash, is the feeling of support our scholarship winners feel, being recognized and honored by Rotary.    
Former Army surgeon Bob Simmons introduced Capt. Brandon Schwartz, Army ROTC, who in turn introduced RCFC Cadet of the Month, Elena Scott.  Cadet Scott has passed both the male and female fitness requirements!   Scott talked about learning service throughout her life, but said she really understood it at RYLA two years ago.  She thanked Rotarians both for the CoM honor, and for the experience of RYLA.  
Last Wednesday, David Slivken, Executive Director of Poudre Valley Library, updated us on the winds of change affecting the Poudre Valley Public Library and assessed its future in the information age. Noting that the library district covered 1,800 miles and had millions of annual visits, he praised support from the Friends of the Library and the Poudre River Library Trust to make the  library capable of  meeting the needs of our times. Among those needs are new, high tech services drawing upon the internet’s huge information resources. Also important is  civic engagement through connecting with the  community in a variety of new ways.  One of the most important features is to keep universal access. In order to serve children whose parents might otherwise hesitate to have them take out materials, fines have been lifted. Director Slivken was quite clear in showing that the old model of the lending library is undergoing substantial transformation.
Glenn Schmidt inducted RCFC's newest Rotarian, Jesse Patton, a member of the Satellite Membership.  Jesse is a banker with Western States Bank in Fort Collins.  Membership Chair Carrie Baumgart presented Jesse's Red Badge.  His sponsor, Jon Land, was unable to attend. 
Scholarships Chair Susan Gutowsky introduced Rotary scholarship winner Zane Hoyland, who thanked all Rotarians for supporting his studies at CSU.  Without our scholarship, Zane felt he would not have been able to attend college.  Susan thanked all Rotarians for their generous support of RCFC Charities.
Did you know... Between 1991 (when our records start) and 2010, RCFC sponsored and completed over $2.1M of International Projects, including water and sanitation, health, education, information technology, economic development, a talipia and spice gardens project and too many more to mention.  With 34,000 clubs worldwide, Rotary has a major impact.  Watch this space for updated numbers.
Centennial Trivia: What was the first new club sponsored by RCFC?  (Answer elsewhere in this bulletin.)

Last Wednesday, President Jeanne Fangman organized RCFC's 1st Annual Talent Day!  Displays included blues guitar by straight-laced-banker Kelso Kelly, flute by Judy Lane, paintings by Amy Brackenbury and Susan Stewart, water color art by Taylor Hall, photo art by Chuck Rutenberg and and Don Eversoll, a collection of photos of wood cut echings by Bob Meroney, knitting by Jeanne Fangman, and a Rotary Shelter Box by David Addor, a visitor from Denver.  Forgive us if we missed anyone.  Ralph Smith presented his photography, calendars and notes cards, but like the cobbler's children, the photographer forgot to take his own photo...

Then Bonnie Titley lightened up the proceedings through some Rotary Trivia and word puzzles.  All in all, a great day of Rotary Fellowship and talent display.  President Jeanne promises more programs like this during our Centennial year.

What do Teddy Roosevelt and RCFC have in common?  Parks!  RCFC has been a driving force in our community, helping establish at least 4 parks in and around Fort Collins.  
Most are aware of the Children's Garden at the Gardens at Spring Creek, and the Martinez Farm at Martinez Park.  But were you also aware of Rotary's involvement in Inspiration Playground at Spring Creek Park?  
Centennial Trivia: Where is our first effort, Rotary Park, located?  Question 2: What were the dues, when RCFC was first chartered?  (Answer elsewhere in this bulletin.)
Scholarships Chair Susan Gutowsky introduced two of last year's RCFC Scholarship winners now attending CSU.  Rachel Holland and Sahand Setareh thanked RCFC for our generous support, and shared a few stories from their college experience.  Rachel is majoring in Health Sciences, and walked on to the CSU Swim and Diving Team, quickly becoming one of the top divers and recently being awarded a 50% scholarship.  She is the only freshman on the team to achieve a 4.0 GPA this past fall.  Susan thanked RCFC Members for supporting scholarships.  
Committee Chair Jack Vogt and Fort Collins High School Guidance Counselor Brent Fedor, introduced your January Student of the Month, Eleanor Glenn.  Eleanor is president of the FCHS Interact Club and be a Junior Counselor at YRYLA this summer.  This fall she will attend Cornell University, majoring in mechanical engineering (specializing in aerospace engineering) with a minor in computer science, and will run for Cornell's Cross Country team.  Eleanor commented that she will be applying her artistic interests to design.  The future looks very bright! 
Wednesday, January 24, Salvation Army Captain Isais Braga presented the Christmas Bell Ringing trophy to RCFC for their work collecting more than $1650 in donations.  RCFC has won the trophy 4 years running!  Accepting for the club was Martin Nelson, this year's campaign chair, who in turn recognized all who spent a Saturday ringing bells at King Soopers and Walmart.
RCFC Community Grants Co-Chairs Kathy Nicol and Rob Marschke presented a $3000 check to the Food Bank for Larimer County, enabling replacement of five major Community Kitchen implements.   Accepting the grant for the Food Bank were Sharlene Johnson, Grants Manager, and Heather Buoniconti, Chief Development Officer.  The Food Bank delivers 180,000 meals and snacks each year through 20 Kids Cafe locations, benefiting over 1,600 food-insecure Fort Collins children.
Dr. Bernard Birnbaum, MD, Associate Director of the PVH family Medicine Residency Program in Fort Collins for over 10 years, gave us an interesting review of the sad situation involving opioids and their impact on our local community.  For starters, across the country, 60,000 people died last year from opioid overdose.  Forty people annually die from opioid overdose in Larimer County.  The Department of Public Health tracks this disturbing data.  Dr. Birnbaum says that treatment with replacement opioids is very effective and is being used more and more by the medical community in an attempt to reverse this situation.  This tragedy is not restricted to any race, culture or age group.
The opioid drug comes from the opium plant and was used in the late 1800’s to calm "hysterical" women.  The primary opioids in use today are morphine, codeine and thebaine, among others.  Two synthetic versions of the drug are methadone and tramadol which are used extensively in pain management treatment.  There was an exponential rise in opioid use in the 1990’s due to increased prescribing by medical professionals related to pain management.  It is thought that this increase was due to a strategic push by pharmaceutical companies to deliver increasing profits to their shareholders.
The addiction that develops from overuse becomes a disease of the brain.  It is thought that sometimes this affliction develops due to adverse childhood experiences.  Access to treatment immediately is paramount and the drug Narcone is one of the most effective reversal agents.  Opioid overdose is the #1 cause of accidental death in Larimer County.  It is thought that improving communication between health care providers would go a long ways towards decreasing the level of inappropriate overprescribing.  Locally, law enforcement is working with the health department in an effort to assist with reducing instances of overuse.
Aspen Buys, senior at Centennial High School, was named the December Student of the Month.  Committee Chair Jack Vogt awarded Buys a certificate of achievement, and a gift certificate to Barnes and Nobels.  She was introduced by her school counselor, Kristen Hartman, and her mother was in attendance.  
January 10, 2018, RCFC Community Grants CoChairs Rob Marschke and Kathy Nicol announced a $3,000.00 Community Grant Award to Dementia Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado.  Receiving the check were Cyndy Luzinski, April Roberton and Andrea Scandrett.   Our $3,000.00 grant will purchase materials to recognize businesses participating in dementia training and will develop a “Dementia-Friendly Leaders                   recognition and training program.
January 17, RCFC Community Grants CoChairs Rob Marschke and Kathy Nicol, and Committee member Lucinda Kerschensteiner announced a $2500 grant to North Fort Collins Business Association Coats and Boots program.  Our $2,500.00 grant will support the purchase of discounted, new, high-quality winter coats and boots to benefit at least 42 children.                      
Congratulations to the winners of the Rotary Investment Fellowship’s hotly contested annual forecasting competition.  In January of 2017 Fellowship members submitted their end-of-year predictions for (1) the Dow Jones Industrial Average, (2) gold prices, (3) interest rate for 10-year treasury bonds, and (4) the price per barrel of oil.   Glenn Schmidt and Lee Jeffrey  tied for top honors in the overall contest and were named 2017 Supreme Grand Deluxe Champions.  Each received a $100 Grand (candy bar).  Martin Nelson received 3rd place honors, and Garth McCann came in 4th.

Dave Stewart introduced Stephanie Fancher-English as our guest speaker today.  Stephanie is an officer with the Loveland Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.  This is a family owned business that has been around for 65 years and has 75 employees.  Aggregate products include sand, crushed stone, rip rap, flag stone and boulders.  This is a mining operation, as Stephanie put it, “if it can’t be grown, it must be mined”.  She went on to discuss how aggregate mining is essential to the growth and development of communities from roads to building construction.  We see mining operations around in various stages just for the fact that it is more cost effective to mine for products where they are using them versus the huge expense of having to ship the products needed.  Stephanie finished her presentation with Loveland Ready Mix’s commitment to restoring mining sites back to useful pieces of land or even back to their pristine original conditions.  Stephanie did a great job and you can contact her at Loveland Ready Mix Concrete for any further information you may want.  Fancher-English spoke of the challenges to the mining industry, and to communities/homes near mines.

The RCFC Annual Meeting was held January 10, 2018, for the purpose of ratifying officers and selecting Director positions starting July 1, 2018.  The following were affirmed by the membership.  
  • President Elect - Steve Laine
  • President Elect Nominee - Rob Marschke (will serve as President, 2019-2020)
  • Past President - Jeanne Fangman
  • Secretary - Rod Morrison
  • Treasurer - Kelso Kelly
  • Assistant Treasurer - Bonnie Titley
  • Executive Secretary - Phyllis Abt
  • Directors Elected (will serve July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021)
  • Annette Geiselman
  • Robin Steele
  • Jean Lamm (will serve July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
  • Satellite Chairs:
    • 2017-18 - Jon Land
    • 2018-19 - Samantha Bair
    • 2019-20 - Kerrie Luginbill
Ray Tschillard,  Director and a founder of the Poudre Learning Center (“PLC”), presented the history and function of this non-profit educational entity, and its relationship to Rotary.  The PLC is located west of Greeley on the bike trail intersection with 83rd Street.  Ray is a Rotarian in Greeley, and has degrees in Earth Science from Simpson College and UNC. He has over 42 years of educational experience working with students of all age levels. He is active in developing and promoting a science curriculum that focuses on inquiry based methods for use at the Center.
The Center is within a 15 minute drive of 5 school districts, and served 32,000 students last year.  Recently the Center grew from 65 acres to over 190 acres through the donation of adjacent land.  Through such activities as nature walks, talks, slide programs and research help, the Center and its volunteers help visitors understand and appreciate both the natural and cultural history of this area of the Poudre River, as well as providing hands-on environmental experiences for participants of all ages. Last year, PLC worked with over 30,000 students, providing interdisciplinary education programs, complete with wheelchair accessible pathways and aquatic and hydrologic study areas.   The organization got its start when the Hall-Irwin Corporation completed gravel extraction in the area, and donated 65 acres of this prime Poudre River riparian land to the local community for environmental education.
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802 West Drake Road
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