WEEKLY PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 15, RCFC inducted their newest member, Harry Mueller.  Both Harry and his sponsor, Jim Collinson are retired geologists.  Harry grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and received is PhD at the University Texas.  He previously worked worldwide for Exxon Mobile, and Aramco (Saudi Arabia).  His induction was attended by his wife, Susan.  Welcome Harry!
November 15, Committee Co-Chair Rob Marschke, presented The Growing Project's Executive Director,Dana Celine Guber, with a Community Grant for $1750.  Our grant will support the 2018 Nature Rides project, providing disadvantaged youths with an outdoor environment, after-school summer education.  Coordination with the Bike Co-op will provide bicycles and bicycle education to the children.   The grant will provide 26 children with watershed and local ecology education and occasional clean-up service days.   The Growing Project promotes a strong, diverse and just local food system through direct agricultural experiences, education, and advocacy.
 
The children will be exposed to natural areas and educated by City of Fort Collins experts about the health of the Poudre River.     

This week CSU professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist Del Benson, PhD, reports on the global effort to reverse the extinction trends in wildlife.  In this “Anthropocene Epoch”, the damage humanity has caused to many animal species calls for new ways to address the problem. Concerned citizens and professionals are looking to encourage individuals and business to invest in conservation of wildlife.

Del took part in the 2016 International Wildlife Ranching Symposium in Namibia, Africa, after he  organized a world congress on this matter in Estes Park in 2014.  He is on an international steering committee creating a constitution and operating procedures for a managing organization to lead the research and implementation in this area.  Del will soon publish a book chapter about private management programs in Europe, Africa, and the US. He published an award-winning book entitled “Wildlife Stewardship and Recreation on Private Lands” in 1999. 

The presentation combines a brief overview of private conservation programs with pictures of varied landscapes, wildlife, and people. In Namibia, old deserts, civilizations, and natural landscapes intersect with sparsely-populated modern human influences. As an enthusiast of land, animals and people existing in harmony, Del finds no more interesting places than those in Africa to pursue his work, combined with his interests in photography and recreation.

For November, RCFC honored two senior high students at Fossil Ridge High School:  Lindi Pojar and Eden Senay. They were introduced by Jen Smela, seven year school counselor at Fossil Ridge and by Amanda Jones, Dean of Students at Fossil Ridge.   Accompanying Lindi was her mother, Patressa Pojor.  Accompanying Eden was her mother Yodat Senay.  Each honoree received a framed certificate acknowledging their achievements and a $25 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble.
Our teacher of the month for November was Mary Barela, a veteran teacher from Preston Middle School, introduced  by her Principal, Kyle Healy.  After being introduced by Dr. Jerry Smith, Healy enthusiastically told us of Barela's special achievements.    
 
Mary is a long term veteran of the Poudre School District, having taught for 24 years in both elementary and middle schools, at Tavelli and Preston, respectively. As she pointed out in her clear, succinct talk, she feels valued in her work and never doubted that teaching was what she was destined to do.
 
 She taught elementary students for many years before realizing that she should be teaching middle school students as they progress through those often confusing early adolescent years. This is a teacher who openly loves her students and feels free to tell them so. She is delighted when she sees what she describes as students’ mental light bulbs going on.
 
In addition to being deeply concerned for her students, Mary is warmly supportive of her colleagues. She has been entrusted with the role of school representative for the Poudre Educational Association, meaning that she is liaison for all of the teachers at Preston Middle School. Mary is a strong advocate for public education and regards the chronic underfunding of education as an obstacle to greater achievement. 
 
We who interviewed Mary realized immediately that she is a capable, no nonsense teacher who is delighted with her work, an estimation enthusiastically seconded by her colleagues.

Last week our speaker was Kyle Taylor, a Colorado native and CSU graduate, who now works as an engineer at Wolf Robotics.  Wolf has 130 employees at their Fort Collins facility, and employees in Brazil and Mexico.  As part of its professional outreach, Wolf collaborates with CSU in an active intern program.

Kyle showed photos and described a number of robot-welder applications, including high heat, high pressure and corrosive environments, including under sea applications, where human welders could not operate.  The company’s innovations include heavy welding software, preheat (using a blowtorch) and temperature sensing, additive manufacturing (including metal 3D printing), advanced human machine interfaces and simplified welding power source controls.   Wolf Robotics is the successor to Heath Engineering, founded in 1944. 

 

After reading a long list of accomplishments, Bill Schaffter presented 36-year member Shelly Godkin with the designation, "Honorary", previously approved by the board.  
November 8, Donna Chapel, a Marine Mom, and Jenny Pickett, Director of  the CSU Adult Learner and Veteran Services Office, emceed our Veteran’s Day program honoring our Rotarians who have served in the military.   Donna first updated us on Veteran's Compass and the Finish Line Scholarship program, founded by Donna and Jenny, and supported by RCFC, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.  
 
After that report Jenny and Donna handed the mic to 12 RCFC veterans, who shared their personal history and experiences.  Veteran speakers included Richard Skaggs, Bill Schaffter, Harry Muller, Bob Simmons, Bob Lawrence, Eric Peterson, Warren Wilson, Kelly Kesler, Lee Jeffrey, Isaias Braga, Chuck Rutenberg and Jenny Pickett.  
November 1, The Rotary Foundation Committee chair Mike Sollenberger overviewed the Rotary Foundation, and introduced Robin Steele, Satellite member and Chair of our International Projects and Grants (IP&G) Committee, who updated members on RCFC's projects and grants over the last few years.  
 
Robin highlighted over 12 projects worth over $887,472 in 6 countries, plus 4 additional projects in-process, asking multiple RCFC members to speak regarding the projects.  For details or to get involved, please see Robin.   
 
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. To do this, Rotarians identify and address the greatest educational and humanitarian needs in the world, with an outreach greater than that of the United Nations.  Through  the expertise and efforts of Rotarians, the Foundation carries out effective and sustainable projects, in many cases where political agencies and religious groups cannot do so. In looking to the future, the Foundation considers projects within 6 areas of focus, involving both our local and international communities.  
 
Committee Chair Rob Marschke and Committee Member Bob Hoel  presented a check for $500 to the Larimer County Early Childhood Council.  Accepting the check was  Judy Seybold, Quality Support Coach, and Seth Kelley, Executive Director of BASE Camp.  Our grant supported 12 before- and after-school child care providers at an After School Zone Conference, a project to educate child care providers to reduce juvenile crimes, smoking, drinking ethanol, drug abuse, and other risky behaviors.
This month the Rotary Club of Fort Collins honored Melissa Boice, a teacher at Zach Elementary school, which is in the southwestern part of town. Her principal, Aisha Thomas, introduced her and pointed out the excellent teacher to student ratio at her school.
 
In a clear, precise, well received talk, Melissa explained her unique teaching responsibilities which enable her to give intense attention to students who need extra attention, particularly in honing reading skills. She also meets with other teachers in her school to facilitate her program of making vital personal connections with students. She often works one on one with a student needing extra attention.
Melissa came from a family of educators and attended Fort Collins public schools herself. While in her fourth year at PSD, she gained teaching experience in many places, from Rhode Island to the Middle East. She has learned the techniques that work with students and rejected those that do not.
She is enamored with the teaching profession because it allows her to keep on learning about people and cultures.
Rylee Bundy, senior at Rocky Mountain High School, was our student-of-the-month for October. She was introduced by J. D. Williams, an English teacher in his 9th year at Rocky.  Also attending was Rylee’s mother Lora Bundy, a middle school teacher in the Poudre School District who was twice awarded teacher-of-the-month by local Rotary Clubs.  Rylee is the current class president at Rocky,  She hopes to attend either CSU or the U of Wyoming next year.
Rob Marschke and Sally Lee awarded a Community Grant of $2750 to the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program to support their educational programs that will touch 200+ persons.  Accepting for the Raptor Program were Education Director Carin Avila and Executive Director Emeritus Judy Scherpalz.  RMRP conducts 150 environmental education programs in schools and community forums plus 40 public outreach exhibits each year.   RCFC's $2,750 grant will support the annual education budget including programs, travel, and equipment benefiting more than 200 people.
Leisa Taylor, Outreach Director for the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures (GVM), delivered an interesting presentation about the history of the museum, its many past and present exhibits and thoughts about the future of the museum.  The museum is located at 200 Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins and is comprised of four galleries and a Museum Shop.
 
There are several of our club’s Rotarians who are on the Board of the GVM and, in fact, John Roberts was instrumental in the early years of the museum driven by his vision of a museum to house personal art owned by people in the local community.  The museum began as a folk art collection of Jeanne Nash’s in her basement, known as the Mundoville Museum.
 
The vision of the organization is to “strive to become an internationally renowned center for the celebration and presentation of world arts and cultures.”  Goals center around extending the human understanding of these elements of the arts through various exhibits of cultural pieces from around the world.  Regionally, GVM is recognized as an excellent vehicle to celebrate cultural diversity.  The museum is considered a first-class community educational opportunity.
 
Some of the the past exhibits Leisa told us about were the Splendor of Japan, the Wonders of West Africa, Miniature Art and various Doll displays from around the world.  Programs are many and include the Fort Collins Gallery Walk and, a local favorite, Story Time at the Museum.
 
An upcoming exhibit in the Main Gallery will be Nativities and Trees – Global Traditions which is back by popular demand.  It will run from November 3rd until January 20th.  The nativities will be representations of this “scene” as viewed by different cultures.  On November 11th, our club’s own Reverend Larry Kunter will be leading an excellent afternoon program entitled “Chronicle of the Crèche”
 
Also at the Museum you can see the Village Arts Wall which is dedicated to the Peace Corps that John Roberts was instrumental in the development of with contributions from his personal collection of pieces from his time volunteering with the Peace Corps.  You can also be entertained in the International Music Room, which contains various musical instruments from around the world.  This exhibit is popular with children as you can actually play and handle some of the exhibit’s instruments.  Other attractions are the Stewart Price Collection of Japanese and Asian Artifacts and the Hall Gallery which focuses on life in Istanbul.
 
All in all, a very good program that opened the club’s eyes to a local cultural opportunity that many of us were not aware of.  Leisa and her staff plan to continue to alternate new exhibits into the program lineup that will continue the theme of cultural diversity through viewing and experiencing items from around the world that help us locally better understand other cultures.
Jan Bertholf introduced Colonel USAF Kip Turain, Commander Detachment 90, Colorado State University, who introduced Cadet Erik Kaminen, a senior Mechanical Engineering student as our Cadet of the Month.  Afterwards he told Colonel Turain, “ I was extremely impressed by the Rotary Club…and a bit shocked at receiving the honor.”
Bob Meroney         Oct 04Randy Kurtz          Oct 05
Jean Griswold         Oct 06Bart Kingham       Oct 06
Ron Stoops             Oct 08Paul Birdsall         Oct 09
Amy Brackenbury  Oct 09Cindy DeGroot     Oct 17
Shelly Godkin         Oct 17Erin Moomey        Oct 19
Jaime Heveron       Oct 20Stacy Plemmons  Oct 23
Jenny Pickett           Oct 26Lynne Baker         Oct 27
 
  
  
  
Last Wednesday, PSD Superintendent and RCFC member, Dr. Sandra Smyser gave a short "State of our School System" update.  Saying she would discuss the questions most asked, she first discussed the status of the ongoing litigation holding up school buildings.  She then went onto the nature of, and factors affecting school funding, and the 'pendulum swing' back toward more technical-focused education preparing students for trades, vs. academic tracks focused on college preparation.  
 

Donna Chapel introduced our October 11 speaker, her husband of over 40 years, Tom Chapel.  Tom kept the club attentive as he shared his experience of ascending Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) in Alaska.  Between May 27 and June 13, 2016, Tom and a team of 3 other Colorado climbers were flown in to the west buttress of Denali and trekked to 5 different subcamps along the way.  In order to survive the trek they each carried backpacks weighing over 60 pounds and pulled a sled with additional food and supplies as far as they could.  Once the sled could not navigate the climb they had to make “double carries”, going back and forth between camps to get gear up to their point of assent. The climbers, as Team Orion, ultimately reached the summit on the evening of June 10, returning to Denver on June 14.  Tom’s photographs captured the spectacular views, the dangerous terrain, and majesty of an amazing journey.

 

Last Wednesday, District Governor, Bill Emslie and Tracey, helped RCFC host the crew of the recently commissioned USS Colorado submarine, who shared their mission, responsibilities, and pride in serving on the Colorado.  Crewmen in attendance were LTjG Anthony Mathus (Radiological Control), ITS2 Nicholas Sylvia (IT Specialist) and ETN2 John Warren (Reactor Operator).  The last "USS Colorado" was a battleship (BB-45), commissioned in 1923.  Mayor Wade Troxell also attended and proclaimed October 11, USS Colorado Day.  

Last week a large crowd heard RCFC member and 14th president of Colorado State University, Dr. Anthony A. Frank, deliver his annual "State of the University" address.  After noting the many achievements of CSU (record enrollment and fund raising; high engagement and 'satisfaction' ratings etc.), Dr. Frank chose to spend most of his address on the sanctity of free speech, the problems of hate speech, and the role of  the university in developing personal responsibility.   

Noting that he is a fan of the current student generation, he observed they are willing to challenge the status quo, show empathy for others, and walk in other's shoes.  Frank recounted 3 disturbing instances of religious/racial intimidation since classes started, including the story of an Islamic student being verbally attacked by a community member, fellow bus riders getting between the young woman and her attacker, and getting off with and walking the young lady safely to her destination.  He then reminded us of what that young woman may have felt the next morning when she had to go back out into the community.  He commented that we musts have free speech to solve the big issues not solved so far, and asked "Is speech speech, if no one listens?"  Asking that we all listen more and talk less, he suggested we visibly stand with anyone targeted by hate speech, and teach by example.  

On September 20, the National Western Stock Show named Frank the "2018 Citizen of the West", an award that recognizes "those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals".  Dr. Frank joins fellow RCFC member Dr. Johnny Matsushima in this honor, placing RCFC in a unique category.    

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant research universities with nearly 35,000 students and more than $332 million in annual research activity. Since his appointment to the presidency in 2008, he has overseen a period of record fund-raising and enrollment, rising graduation rates, increased diversity, improved campus infrastructure, and unprecedented research support. He was named Chancellor of the Colorado State University System on June 1, 2015.
This past Wednesday, RCFC joined the Breakfast and Foothills Rotary Clubs to celebrate our annual PSD Teacher of the Year.  RCFC's Teacher of the Year for the 2016-17 school year was Becca Wren, Seventh Grade Science Teacher at Lincoln Middle School.  She received a standing ovation from RCFC when she spoke last year and a warm reception from the 100+ Rotarians and guests gathered.   
Becca was joined by her Principal and friends, plus a very special student, who Becca connected with as a 7th grader, struggling with life and school.  She spoke warmly of their initial (difficult) interaction, the student's accomplishments since, and friendship that developed.
 
In addition, Rotary Breakfast celebrated Jennifer McCoy, First Grade Teacher at Riffenburgh Elementary IB School , and Foothills Rotary celebrated Rhonda Ewan, Speech Language specialist at Shepardson  STEM Elementary School.

Last Wednesday, September 27, District 5440 Governor Bill Emslie, updated RCFC members on his priorities and thoughts for 2017-18, including background on the People of Action citation new this year.  DG Emslie encouraged all Rotarians to submit a nomination, for themselves, or others.  The citation calls for sharing one’s Rotary story or experience, and DG Emslie started his presentation by citing his own experience working in Nepal. 

Bill’s interests in international Rotary activities includes work on 40 projects in Nepal as well as projects in Haiti, Africa and India.  DG Emslie's wife Tracey shared developments in the Polio Eradication Program, reminding us how close we are the historical eradication of the disease.  Since 1979, Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. 

Emslie, a retired US Navy captain, and former CEO of Platte River Power Authority, has been a Rotarian since 1986.  He has been a strong supporter of the Youth Services programs, and has served as chair for RYLA, Young RYLA, and Summer Youth Exchange.  His outside community service now includes serving on the Big T (Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District) Board, and the Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts.
Native wildflower plantings support wild bee abundance and diversity in agricultural landscapes, according to a recent NIH study. Global trends in bee-dependent crops point toward increasing need to expand the use of wildflowers in the US.  Wildflower botanist and 10-year member of RCFC, Don Eversoll will present a slide program on COLORADO WILDFLOWERS, along with a story line about how his former company, BEAUTY BEYOND BELIEF, came to life.
 
Don has lectured extensively for 30 years in eight western states on the role of wildflowers and native plants in domestic gardens, in public parks, and on U.S. golf courses. He is trained in golf course design, and won an award for his work on Los Pinos Golf Course in 1989 for MOST POPULAR PUBLIC COURSE IN THE U.S.   He is also a frequent lecturer at CSU'S OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.  "SO YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?" will be his next presentation. Don is the author of "Secrets From My Grandma's Garden", and is working on a new book, "The Lonely Clock That Kept Losing Time".
 
Don is a former RCFC board member, the founder of our club's Investing Fellowship, and has been involved over the years in the Four-Way Test, Children's Garden, CSU Athletic Program, Peach Festival, Highway Cleanup, Merit Badge University, High School Exit Interviews, New West Music Festival, and Junior Achievement.   He and his wife Terri will celebrate their 50th anniversary in October.  They are the parents of Steve, Chris, and Katie.  A native of Kearney, and graduate of the University of Nebraska, Don is also a former president and chairman of the board of the Nebraska Business Communicators. He served as the Director of Public Relations for two large companies in Omaha prior to moving to the Fort in 1956.  He says he enjoys coming to Rotary because 'a lot of my heroes and role models are here'.
 
 
 
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