Learn more about a few of our newest members
 
After more than a decade serving with the American Red Cross, the last 8 years as Executive Director here in Northern Colorado, I am now pursuing another passion that is dear to my heart; caring for elders and persons affected by disabilities.
My passion for caring for those in need started when I was a senior in high school. I took a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the local nursing home in my Home Town of Hood River Oregon.
 
 
 
Doug Burns was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He said that he knows what 25 degrees below zero is. After High School, he attended Iowa State University and received a BS degree in Business Administration in 1979. He started his career with Bouroughs Corporation in the Minneapolis area. He took a new job with Hewlett Packard in Minneapolis after research said that they were the best company to work for in the US and worked for HP in a number of sales and marketing positions. As each winter got a little colder, he looked for other opportunities and transferred to HP in Fort Collins in 1995 and again he was involved in several marketing positions. He said that he really enjoys our climate...
 
 
 
Bob Simmons was born in 1944 in Brooklyn to what he said was a non-eventful youthful period. None of his family was college educated, but his father emphasized getting educated. So Bob got a BS degree in Zoology from Houghton College in 1966, an MS degree from Michigan State in Anatomy and an MD from Wake Forest in 1972...
 
 
 
Stewart Fairburn was born and raised in the Air Force family. His father was a fighter pilot in World War II and in South East Asia. His mother was a registered nurse and nurse/stewardess. Stewart said that a lot of us comes from our family. When his father was transferred to Colorado, it was the eighth place he had lived in at the age of thirteen. Stewart said that he was lucky that he was able to attend all four years in the same High School in Colorado Springs. He graduated from the University of Colorado in Political Science and then graduated from Oklahoma University at Norman with a Masters in Public Administration. When Stewart married, they moved back to Colorado...
 
 
 
Kelso Kelly told us that he was born in Richmond VA in 1954, raised on a Black Angus Ranch in Aylett VS with four other siblings. His father was a farmer/country Doctor and mother a nurse. He said that growing up was fun, hunting, fishing, raising cattle and rotating corn and beans. He attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatam VA before starting pre-Med at William and Mary College...
 
 
 
Rajiv Mehta started his new member talk by saying that he was from Mumbai, India. He obtained a degree in engineering at Bombay University in 1973. He then started his career here in the United States by obtaining a M. S. Degree in Engineering at CSU, followed later by an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. After obtaining his Masters Degree, he taught in the CSU College of Business from 1977-1980...
 
 
 
Justie Nicol is from Holyoke, CO and the daughter-in-law of Kathy Nicol. Justie told us that she played four sports in High School, one of which was boys baseball, because they did not have enough girls for a softball team. She attended CSU and talked about working her way through in getting her Pre-Law degree, Bob Lawrence being her Pre-Law Advisor. Then she attended and graduated from DU Law school in 2007...
 
 
 
Dr. Sandra Smyser is the Superintendent of Schools for the Poudre School District. She has been a Rotarian in three previous communities prior to joining our club. She is married with three children and now a grandmother. She obtained a PhD in Special Education from the University of California Riverside in Special Education after her M. S. and B. S. degrees from Maryland and South Carolina Universities...
 
 
 
Martin Nelson gave his classification talk this week.  Martin said that it was good to be a Rotarian again, he was a member and president of the Creede, CO Rotary club in the mid 1980s. Martin thanked George Landsverk for reintroducing him to Rotary.
 
Martin was born in Wurtzburg, Germany in 1949 during the time his father was in Military Intelligence. He went to school in Braunau am Inn, Austria, Hitler’s home town. Due to his fathers military career, they moved a lot. He spent lots of years in Alaska and also in Utah. He lived in Alaska during the time of the 9.2 scale earthquake, which started his interest in Geology. He went to high school in El Paso, Texas and said that since there was a college in town, he would attend there, U. of Texas at El Paso. There Martin got both a B.S. and M.S. in Geology..
 
 
 
Chris Melson gave his classification talk this week. The following was his message to our club. "Thanks for letting me take a couple of minutes to tell you more about myself. I became a member of this club a couple of months ago, and I can already see how special this group of people is. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being so friendly and welcoming me to the club.
 
 
 
Quentin Robb, known as “Q”, gave his classification talk. Quentin is sponsored by his personal friend, Tom Peterson. He is a financial advisor with United Capital. Quentin thanked Tom Peterson and all members for making him feel extremely welcome as a new member. Before he started his own financial advising firm, he spent twenty years with firs like Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney...
 
 
 
Dave Everitt is a returning member of our club, having first joined in 1994. Dave said that his family moved to Fort Collins in 1953 when his father, Rotarian Bob Everitt, bought a lumber yard. He said his youth was filled with excess energy and mischief. He played all kinds of sports and graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1968. He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado, and went on to obtain a Masters of Theology Degree from Denver Seminary in addition to completing the Executive Program for Smaller Companies at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Dave spent 8 years working in the campus ministry at CU and other places...
 
 
 
Robert “Rob” Marschke gave his classification talk by stating that he is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where he attended High School.  He did spend one year of High School in Honolulu, Hawaii as an exchange student.  He graduated from the U. of Wisconsin with a major in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry.. Then he attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and graduated cum laude.  His internal medicine residency and medical oncology were completed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  For many years Dr. Marschke was a member of the medical staff of Mayo Clinic in Arizona where he held the position of Chairman of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology...
 
 
 
Maegan Batson gave her classification talk using the 4-Way test as the outline of her talk. Maegan is the Development Director at Respite Care and is sponsored by Susie Ewing.

Maegan said that she is from Mobile, Alabama and that she grew up as the oldest of five sisters and asked us to imagine her father’s therapy sessions. Her family relocated to Colorado a little over six years ago due to one of her sister’s medical needs. Maegan stayed behind while in nursing school and then moved here about five years ago. In the “Is it the truth” part of the 4-Way test,she said that she changed several things in her life when she moved here, like recycling and getting a different car...

 
 
 
Matt Fries started his classification talk with good news and bad news. The bad news was that he did not have an elaborate talk with PowerPoint, a prop, etc. The good news was that he has pared down his hour long talk to three minutes. Matt Fries told us that he was born in South Western Iowa. His family moved to Fort Collins in 1968. He attended Poudre School District and graduated from Fort Collins High School. Growing up, his family owned and operated a commercial printing company. He worked there for 20 years, eventually buying the business from his family. In 2000 he sold the printing business and later started document storage and shredding company, Smart Document Management, in partnership with Bob McCluskey. His wife Suzanne continues to operate the business...
 
 
 
Susan Gutowsky said that she has wanted to be a Rotarian for a long time because she loves what Rotary does for our community and for the school system. But, as a teacher, she could not attend noon meetings, but now in retirement from teaching, she is proud to join our club. Her sponsors are Laurie Klith and Judy Boggs.
 
 
 
Dan Klith gave his classification talk in a unusual and creative way; a way that he said would help us remember him, because we only remember about 20% of what we hear. He said that he was a second generation Rotarian, his mother Laurie also being a member of our club. To help us remember him, he said that there were four key things to remember about him and we were to repeat them after him. First his name is Dan. We repeated, Dan. Second he works for Liberty Mutual Insurance. Third, that he was married to his wife, Jennifer, and that he has three kids. And last that he has the greatest mother of all times, Laurie Klith...
 
 
 
Susan Larson, a native Californian from the Bay area, told us how a desire for community and service led her to her profession and to becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins.

Susan’s father was a Rotarian and took her to her first Rotary meeting as a child. Her mentor at California State University Chico was, and still is, an active Rotarian. Her B.A. degree is in Communication...

 
 
 
Robin Steele said that she was a 4th generation Coloradoan. She said that her father was from a cattle ranching family and her mother from a sheep family. Given this background, her parents are still married. Even though she has and is involved in many interests, she said that she would focus on two key aspects of her life, science and math (or STEM subjects) and her athletic pursuits...
 
 
 

Anthony Cisneros completed his undergraduate degree at Chadron State College and attended Law School at both the University of South Dakota as well as the University of Wyoming. After undergraduate school he served in the Army before Law School. His first job was in the Motor Cycle Safety Apparel business before he entered the Financial Services Industry in 2007 and joined Merrill Lynch in 2011. He focuses on creating strategies that prepare employers and their employees for retirement...

 
 
 

Susan Scratchley is a transfer from the Laramie, Wyoming Rotary Club where she helped write and support grants in Guatemala. She said that her passion is giving back to people. She told us about her 20 year career in Seattle where she held several corporate relations, development and marketing positions. One of those was with the Pacific Science Center. Then she moved to Laramie where she headed up development and marketing again at the American Heritage Center for the next five years...

 
 
 
At this week's meeting Tim Cochran told us a bit about himself.  Tim is the partner in a new brewery called the Horse & Dragon Brewing Company. Tim said that he is a son of the West and a citizen of the world. He was born in Arizona and raised in California and Oregon, and considers himself an Oregonian. He graduated from Stanford University, where he also met his wife, Carol. Since then they have moved ten time to five different countries , mainly following his jobs with two different companies, the first a San Francisco-based export marketing and distribution company and the second the Miller Brewing Company. He said that after opening a branch office for the Miller Brewing CO in Taipei, Taiwan, he moved to another foreign land, Milwaukee, Wisconsin....
 
 
 
President Lee Jeffrey told Bill Timpson that he has three minutes to do his classification talk. Bill responded that he was an academic and that they take at least three minutes to ask a question. Bill is a professor in the School of Education at CSU. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in American History from Harvard U in 1968, he went on to teach high school in inner city Cleveland in a tough time that included riots and the deaths of important citizens. There he got interested in how schools and education can help people and whole communities out of the traumas and move forward in positive and constructive ways. Due to that experience he moved on to completed a doctoral degree in educational psychology at the U. of Wisconsin that would help him in following and improving that type of issue...