NO NOON MEETING DECEMBER 13 - RCFC's Holiday Party starts at 5:30 at the Drake Center!
This Wednesday RCFC celebrates the holiday season with an evening party, starting with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 PM.  Dinner, starting at 6:30, will be catered by Vincent's, and we will be entertained by the Rocky Mountain High School Singers.  
After dinner, the Fellowship Committee has some fun Holiday activities planned, and there will be plenty of time for just enjoying fellow Rotarians and their guests.    
This year Santa is tied up with other duties, but she dropped off a number of presents for good Rotarian boys and girls.  The Fellowship Committee will turn those into door prizesThanks to Judy Boggs, Susie Ewing, Sue Wagner and the entire Fellowship Committee for planning a fun evening.  Look forward to seeing you all Wednesday!    
Mike Sollenberger recognized Jean Griswold for a Paul Harris Fellowship.  She is now PHF +3.  During the November 29 meeting, TRF Committee Chair Mike Sollenberger presented Susie Ewing (now +4) and Bob Hoel (now +5), with new Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates.  Thanks Rotarians!
Bill Schaffter introduced Lt. Col. Adam Jung who, in turn, introduced Jeffrey Irahata as our Cadet of the Month.  Jeffrey is a junior in Air Force ROTC, graduating in May 2019.  Jeffrey's parents are originally from El Salvador, but he grew up in Los Angeles.  After graduation he plans to attend pilot training and enjoy a career in the Air Force.  Jung is assistant professor in the Dept. of Aerospace Studies at CSU, and serves in the A.F. Reserves as a C-130 pilot assigned to the Guard Unit in Cheyenne WY.  
December 6, Gregg Knoll, Director of Operations for Colorado Youth Outdoors (“CYO”), reported on the mission, message, new partnerships, and changes in programming and outreach for CYO.  Two years ago RCFC awarded a $7000 District Matching Community Grant to CYO to purchase materials, then provided labor to help them build six picnic tables and repair two fishing docks. 
CYO works to develop good relationships among children and their parents and with others through traditional outdoor recreation.  CYO manages a 240 acre site east of I-25 on Kechter Road containing 12 fishing ponds, an 8500 square foot educational facility, an outdoor pavilion and many other amenities.  Among the many programs Knoll discussed were their 3-week 'ventures', run 4 to 5 times per year each involving 60 children and their parents; 4 summer 'Sportsman" camps; and partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Polaris Expeditionary School, Kinship Foster Youth programs and the NOCO Veterans Alliance.
Accompanied by his daughter, Shirley, Lannie Boyd was made the latest honorary member of our club.  Lannie has been a Rotarian since 1960 (57 Years!!), is a PHF+20 and Major Donor, past member of the Board of Directors, Chief Photographer and Chair of the Directory Committee, Website Committee Chair, Electronic and Print Rotogear editor, and on the Programs, 4 Way Test, and Group Study Exchange Committees.  Congratulations, and Thanks, Lannie!
STEM Committee Chair Tammie Niemann announced three grants to PSD schools.   Thanks to all who have worked on Peach Festival over the last few years we are touching lives through STEM!  Lopez Elementary received a grant for a Lego Maker Room, and Livermore Elementary a grant to purchase a Hot Wheels kit for physics experiments.  Both schools have sent videos which will be played December 6, time permitting.   According to Niemann, the committee also provided a grant to Tavelli elementary for a Tower Garden.  That grant was announced at Breakfast Club since STEM and the Peach Festival are both Quad Club activities.  
During the November 29 meeting, TRF Committee Chair Mike Sollenberger presented Susie Ewing (now +4) and Bob Hoel (now +5), with new Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates.  
November 29, RCFC was treated to a wonderful presentation from Mary A. Kopco, Executive Director, and Maestro Wes Kinney of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.  Mary discussed the history of the Symphony beginning in 1949 with Maestro Wilfred Schwartz to the present 68th season.  The Symphony is proud to be a partner with the Poudre School District and the community giving students an opportunity to learn more about music and the impact music has on our lives.
Maestro Kinney shared a detailed description of the performing artists coming to the symphony this upcoming season.  The Season of Diversity musical pieces that will be performed remind us that music is a universal language that unites us all. 
Everyone in attendance was treated to a performance of a cell phone concert, “you’ve been had”.  Demonstrating that even the symphony has a sense of humor!   Submitted by Dawn T-Baumgartner

Del Benson, a Professor and Extension Specialist for the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at CSU and a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins, gave an excellent presentation about Namibia, a country located in Africa.  Mr. Benson covered such aspects of Namibia as its desert, animals, peoples and opportunities and threats.
He stressed that in many parts of the world, it is difficult to get people to want wildlife in their communities whereas in places in the world like Namibia, it is commonplace and an accepted part of the environment.
Interestingly, Del also mentioned that his Rotary story and Africa are closely connected as he was the recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship when he was younger and that opportunity and experience kept Rotary near and dear to his heart.  He credits his long involvement with Rotary to the fellowship.  Del has also spoken at International Conferences in Africa and has made many friends there with which he stays in touch.
We saw many pictures that effectively “toured” us through Namibia.  There were pictures of the South Africa Tram, various Maps of Africa, tribal locations, a recap of languages, the Quiver Camp, ostriches, elephants, water buffalos, safaris, lions, sand dunes, the Welevitschia plant, oryx (known as the “clowns of the desert” due to their face color construction), southern fur seals, the Himba people and Sesrem Canyon.  The official language in Namibia is English.
Europeans came to Namibia in covered wagons to the Namib Desert which is the oldest desert in the world and was originally settled by bushmen.  In 1990, Namibia became an independent nation.  Its economy is based on agriculture, diamonds, uranium (5th largest producer in the world), tourism, hunting (helps manage the volume of animals) and manufacturing (mostly textiles and rugs).
Mr. Benson spent some time explaining the continuum of classification of geographies where animals are predominantly in a wild environment, semi-wild environment, semi-domestic environment and domestic environment.  He pointed out the concept of wildness nodes, where the animal environments range from captive to roaming free.  He believes it is more responsible to move animals toward their natural environment of the wild environment.  He has written a white paper recently in which he recommends a rating system for these environments.
Del closed with several vignettes of a tour of Windhoek (Namibia’s capital), the skeleton coast (named based on remnants of shipwrecks and whale bones), the fact that the Tropic of Capricorn runs through Namibia, a 70,000 hectare (very large area) where cheetahs roam free and locating lions on safari via tracking necklaces.  All in all, a wonderful presentation by one of our own!   Submitted by Kelso Kelly
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.     
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
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