The Wednesday Noon meeting features a speaker, special presentation or event.  The Satellite Group meets at alternative times with changing meeting formats.  The Rotary Club of Fort Collins strives to have the best speakers ranging from community leaders in politics, business, government, education to community service. We cover a diverse range of topics, both highly educational and highly entertaining. We use the RITE formula while selecting speakers. (Relevant, Informative, Timely, and Entertaining) Here are a few of our past programs to give you an idea of the exciting range of presentations.

If you or your group are interested in presenting, please contact us at programs@rotarycluboffortcollins.org 

 
 

Calling himself "her old friend," Rotarian Dave Stewart introduced Meg Collins, now Vice-President of Public Affairs for Good Chemistry and former president or chair of numerous statewide associations. Meg began her talk on the effects and nature of Colorado's legalization of marijuana by noting that today's date, 4/20, was also the traditional code-word for the smoking of cannabis. Citing her position as head of the Cannabis Business Alliance, she stated that we have moved from the past to the present and praised Colorado for doing a wonderful job since 2013, especially in creating a 25 percent tax on recreational marijuana.

 
 
This Wednesday, Poudre Schools Superintendent and Rotarian Dr. Sandra Smyser will discuss how poverty affects our ability to educate future generations.  Dr. Smyser will be introduced by retired PSD Superintendent Don Unger.  Read More...
 
 
 
Will the Rockies win it all?  Which team will first establish Spring Training in Cuba?  Will anyone still take President Bill’s (free) season tickets by September?  Inquiring minds want to know!  This Wednesday, April 22, Tracy “ Write ‘em Cowboy” Ringolsby, veteran of 39 major leagues seasons will tell all, and do a few prognostications.  Our second favorite Cowboy – Warren Wilson, will do the introductions. 
 
Tracy Ringolsby has been a professional journalist for 47 years; focused on baseball for the past 39 years.  He’s just back from 5 weeks of spring training, soaking up sun, and preparing for the MLB Season.  Tracy last spoke at RCFC in spring 2010, and whether you are a Rockies fan or not, he is always well informed and entertaining...
 
 
 
Bad news, Boomers – we’re no longer #1.  According to a Pew Research Center Study released last December, the “Millennial” Generation will outsize “Boomers” as the largest living generation during 2015.  But the good news is, we can still learn how to connect with the generation born between 1980 and 2000, and our speaker this week, Alex Oesterle will help understand how.  Alex will be introduced by Programs Co-Chair Ralph Smith...
 
 
 
Located on the edge of “The Great American Desert”, careful water management is a challenge to Fort Collins’ growth, and climate change is expected to bring longer droughts, increased wildfire risk, and diminished water supplies.  In our continuing series on water, Wednesday, February 11, Dave Stewart will introduce Dr. Tzahi Cath, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, to discuss the research being done by ReNUWIt, a research collaboration with a goal to change the way we manage urban water...
 
 
 
Philip Murphy, Governor of Rotary District 5440, will speak Wednesday, November 19th at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins  at noon at the Midtown Arts Center, 3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins.   The international Rotary theme for the year is “Light Up Rotary.”  His district includes 54 Rotary clubs in Wyoming, Northwern Colorado, Eastern Idaho and Western Nebraska...
 
 
 
Today we are honored to host RCFC member and 14th president of Colorado State University, Dr. Anthony A. Frank, to deliver his annual “State of the University” address to Rotary and the community.  Tony will be introduced by Kirvin Knox, and will be joined by a number of CSU officials...
 
 
 
Motivated by what she saw as an increasingly dangerous US-USSR relationship, a young woman organized a delegation of mainstream professional Americans to go to the USSR, as “citizen investigators”. This was six years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. This Wednesday, October 8, Programs Committee Co-Chair Will Reynolds will introduce Rotarian Sharon Tennison, to share her Russian experiences, then and since..
 
 
 
“On a hot July day in 1924, amateur archaeologists Claude C. Coffin, his son A. Lynn Coffin, and friend C.K. Collins were exploring a deep arroyo cut into the red and white cliffs on William Lindenmeier’s ranch”, according to the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center.  Over the next year they discovered “34 strange, beautiful, leaf-shaped projectile points”.  But it wasn’t until a 1934-40 Smithsonian investigation, that Lindenmeier changed forever our understanding of human history in the Western Hemisphere...
 
 
 
Costco’s $20.89 average wage vs. Walmart Stores’ $12.67 has been well publicized.  But that cost differential has to be made up somewhere - how does Costco compete with the juggernaut Sam Walton built?  Wednesday, September 3, retired HP executive and part-time CSU Adjunct Professor Stacy Plemmons will examine the different business models through the lens of a 2007 business book, Firms of Endearment...
 
 
 
This Wednesday, July 23, Rotarians are in for a dose of agricultural policy, economic observations and political wit, as Dr. Bob Lawrence introduces long-time friend and Kansas State professor of Agricultural Economics, Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh. Having met politician from Alf Landon to George W. Bush, Dr. Flinchbaugh will share numerous recollections of the famous, and the infamous. (For those born after 1930, Alf Landon was Governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1937, and best known for having been defeated in a landslide by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1936 presidential election.)...
 
 
 
The West African country of Liberia suffered civil war almost continuously from 1989 to 2003.   Then, under the leadership of Leymah Gbowee, over 3000 Christian and Muslim women came together to help force a peace agreement and bring the country's first female president to power. 
 
Wednesday July 9, CSU Grad and Rotary Peace Scholar, Luci Storelli-Castro will share her 4-month experience providing legal education in post-war Liberia and touch on the political history, the civil war, and some of the challenges facing a post-conflict Liberia.  Luci will be introduced by her former Professor, our own Dr. Bob Lawrence...
 
 
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi.  Though Three Mile Island was significantly smaller, all three locations have become synonymous with nuclear events.  Wednesday, June 18, Ralph Smith will introduce CSU Assistant Professor of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Dr. Alex Brandt, to discuss the short and long-term radiological impacts observed and expected in the Fukushima area, and potential public health impacts in the United States.  He will also touch on Chernobyl, and the effects of nuclear weapons testing in the western US...
 
 
 

Unfortunately, our closest furry companions, dogs and cats, suffer from many of the same cancers as humans. According to one study, 45% of the dogs that reached 10 years of age or older died of cancer, and Cancer research with dogs has helped design clinical trials for human cancer therapy. Wednesday, June 11, Dr. Ralph Smith will introduce Professor of Surgical Oncology and Associate Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, Dr. Stephen Withrow, to update us on animal cancer research, and CSU’s role.

 
 
 
Enjoy the taste of home-grown tomatoes?  How about getting most of your own produce from that vacant lot nearby?  Or how about turning part of that huge lawn into an edible landscape?  Today, May 21, RCFC members revisit their agrarian roots, when Dave Stewart introduces Matthew "Quint" Redmond to present an urban agriculture future he calls Agriburbia®.   Agriburbia® expands on the life many of us remember when the family garden provided fresh vegetables right outside our door.  But the concept goes further, re-integrating commercial food production directly into new and existing communities while incorporating alternative energy, natural storm water management, and pedestrians to create a sustainable future...  
 
 
 

How many zeroes in a quadrillion? (Answer 15) Hopefully Rotarians will have some idea why that matters when University of Wyoming Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Dr. William A Gern gives us an update this Wednesday, April 23, on “Yellowstone”, the Wyoming supercomputer housed outside Cheyenne. Yellowstone can perform 1.6 quadrillion computer operations per second. Rotarian and Wyoming native Warren Wilson will introduce Dr. Gern...

 
 
 

How does a former Commissioner of Agriculture and College Dean wind up writing thrillers? We’ll find out Wednesday, April 16, when Kirvin Knox introduces his longtime friend, Dr. Steven Horn, who will talk about his books, what motivated him to write them and the stories behind the books...

 
 
 

We’ve heard of Bitcoin, but how does it work? Wednesday April 9, Rotarians will learn about this peer-to-peer payment system, when former Professor Bob Hoel introduces CSU Professor of Computer Information Systems, Stephen C. Hayne to part the clouds. Bitcoin is alternatively referred to as a virtual currency, electronic money, or a cryptocurrency because cryptography is used to control its creation and transfer...

 
 
 
Expected to be a rebuilding year, in 2013 the CSU Volleyball team was picked to finish 2nd in the conference. They forgot to read the expectations, winning 27 straight matches, finishing 28-2 for a .933 winning percentage - highest in program history. In addition, the team won their 5th consecutive Mountain West Championship, and made their 19th Straight trip to the NCAA Tournament...
 
 
 

So, a professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies walks into an Energy Institute. What happens next…? We’ll all find out March 26, when Ralph Smith introduces CSU’s Energy Institute Associate Director and research anthropologist Mac McGoldrick who will give us an update on the Institute and the new LEED Platinum Powerhouse...

 
 
 

It’s not your grandfather’s campus any more… According to the Coloradoan, “Colorado State University is amidst the greatest campus building boom in generations, with more than $800 million dollars’ worth of construction either complete, in progress or being planned.” Today Professor Bob Lawrence will introduce former student and CSU Vice President for University Operations, Amy Parsons, to give us an update...

 
 
 

Buy or receive a new digital weather station or clock radio recently, and not have to set the time? If so, we in the continental U.S. can thank Fort Collins-based WWVB, those blinking red light on the northeast horizon, for that atomically precise service. Today Dave Stewart will introduce Douglas Sutton, Engineering Tech for NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Radio Stations WWV and WWVB, who will calibrate us all on this amazing but little known resource in our back yard...