Fort Collins Museum of Art’s ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd
This Wednesday, Fort Collins Museum of Art Executive Director Lisa Hatchadoorian, will give us a brief history, and share details of the museum’s current exhibit, the art of Nancy Judd.  The exhibit includes a glamorous dress made of crushed glass and salvaged upholstery fabric.  Programs Co-Chair Dave Stewart will introduce Hatchadoorian. 
Can a beautifully made garment also carry an environmental message? Artist Nancy Judd thinks so!  At first glance, her creations are stunning and dramatic, appearing as fine couture and refined garments. A closer look takes us deeper into her message. An elegant dress is constructed from drycleaner, grocery and newspaper plastic bags. Titled “The Jellyfish Dress”, it tells us to be mindful of marine life when discarding plastic as they can be fatal to sea creatures.  Why fashion? Judd loves the challenge of making cast-offs elegant and inspiring people to look differently at waste.
The Fort Collins Museum of Art was originally incorporated in 1983, and moved into its permanent home in the Old Post Office building in January 1991.  Built in 1911 for $89,000, the Old Post Office building is a three-story Second Renaissance Revival structure designed by James Knox Taylor, the US Treasury’s Supervising Architect. Described at the time as the “finest building in the city,” the Post Office building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Fort Collins local landmark.
Hatchadoorian received a B.A. in Art History and Music from the University of Virginia and an MA in Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art from Bard College. Her experience in arts administration, curating, public art projects and fundraising has ranged from the corporate to academic, municipal and non-profit venues. She has over a decade and a half of experience in curating, conceiving, and writing about contemporary art exhibitions and artists. She has been a visiting lecturer at Casper College, Casper, WY, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fort Collins, and has taught art appreciation at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.  Lisa was originally born and raised in Wilmington, DE and has lived in New York City, Charlottesville, VA, Wyoming, Illinois and Colorado. She and husband Steve Keim live in Fort Collins.
July 5 Program - Soapstone Prairie – Our Last Homesteaders  
This past week former FBI agent and City of Fort Collins Master Naturalist, Brian Carroll presented the homesteading history of the Soapstone Prairie area.  According to Carroll, the first ‘homesteaders’ were Ice Age PaleoIndians more than 12,000 years ago.  More recently the Homestead Act of 1862 allowed settlers in good standing with the US Government to claim 160 acres for their own.  Carroll was introduced by his brother-in-law, RCFC Programs Co-Chair Dave Stewart.
Of the many who claimed land at Soapstone, Carroll asserts that only two succeeded.  The rest either abandoned their claim or sold it to others.  Life was harsh due to winds, dry-land conditions, and distance to any town or supplies.  When homesteaders left, neighbors often claimed windows, doors, or any other useful materials.  Later ranchers would destroy any remaining buildings to minimize any taxes.  
Today the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is bordered on the north by the Wyoming state line, and is home to a purebred American Bison herd.  
Carroll has also been actively involved with several Fort Collins Boards and Commissions, including twelve years as an active Volunteer with Fort Collins Natural Areas Program.  There he has focused on the relationship of human culture with the natural environment.  
Volunteer! Peach Festival
As you probably already know, this year’s Fort Collins Peach Festival will be on Saturday, August 19, in downtown Fort Collins, at Civic Center Park and Washington Park.  This is the eighth year of the festival that is growing each year.  It’s organized and put on by the four Rotary Clubs in Fort Collins.  Once again this year, the Rotary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) committee will receive funds as will each of the four clubs.  The funds raised continue to grow, so each club can help more worthy local and international projects.  In order to make this happen our club needs your help! 
We have 372 volunteer slots to fill.  To fill all the slots, almost all of the Fort Collins Rotarians must pitch in!!!  As we have in past years, we’re using to facilitate registering.  Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

1.       All the volunteer slots are all on August 19.
2.       Some of the positions are similar to past years, but many are different, so be sure to read the position description provided with each slot to make sure that you know you’re in for if you volunteer.
3.       Once you sign up, not only will you receive an email confirmation of your registration, you will receive a reminder of what your slots are two days before the Peach Festival!
4. does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Gary Turner at or 970-217-1232 and he can sign you up manually.  However, if you don’t use your email address, you won’t receive any of the notifications from
5.       You can sign up friends and family.   It's a fun day for all!  Everyone will receive a Peach Festival Volunteer t-shirt if they don't already have one! (It’s best if you use their email addresses so that they get the email notifications.)
Thanks in advance for your support this year!  Please register soon, as we only have a few weeks until the festival!!!!!
Soapstone Natural Area
Tuesday, August 1 from 10-12 AM Brian Carroll will interpret about bison, homesteads, and early peoples living on Soapstone Natural Area ( Brian was our most recent Rotary Speaker about homestead days in the area. You should arrive by 9:45 with water, sunscreen, closed-toed shoes, and a lunch to eat after we finish.  About 1/4 mile is extent of the walk.  Let Del Benson know of your interest and total numbers in your party (, 227-8286, or sign in at Rotary).  If you want to carpool, meet no later than 8:30 behind Jax on North College Avenue. This is your Fellowship Committee at work connecting you with nature.  A total of 20 persons may be accommodated.
See the site link above for more detailed driving directions if you plan to self drive. Soapstone Prairie is 25 miles north of Fort Collins, allow about an hour travel time. From Fort Collins, take Hwy 1/ Terry Lake Road to County Road 15 north (towards Waverly). From CR 15, turn north onto Rawhide Flats Road and continue north to the entrance station. There are nine miles of gravel road that can be dusty, rough and bumpy. Please respect our neighbors and be safe by observing the speed limit.
Peach Festival TIPS Training
The dates have been set for TIPS training for this year.  They are as follows:
  • Thursday July 20th 4:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 27th 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Both sessions will be held at First Bank on Mountain Ave & College Ave in the lower level conference room.
Just a reminder that if you have been trained in the past two years, you do not need to go through training this year.  All training is valid for three years.
I will pass around a sign-up sheet at next weeks Rotary meeting for those interested.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Chuck Rutenberg
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The Investment Fellowship will meet immediately after the regular Rotary meeting on Wednesday, July 19.  Topic: “Open Forum: Investment Concerns and Opportunities.” Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Don Eversoll reported that Dick Dunn had a stint inserted, then had a heart attack, followed by surgery.  He is currently recovering at Columbine and should be back soon.
Tom Peterson, who joined Rotary in October 1988, will be remembered by family and friends on July 21 at 11a.m. At First United Methodist Church.
The Board of Directors will meet on July 27 at the Honda conference room.  All members are welcome to attend.
Randy Kurtz reported that Carl Maxey had his final chemo treatment, then underwent a successful bone marrow transplant.  Keep all our members in your thoughts and prayers.
Chuck reminded us that TIPS training is scheduled for July 20 and 27.
Lynne Baker, one of three co-chairs of the Centennial Committee, reported that much was being planned for our Centennial Year.  Culmination will be a dinner on August 1, 2018, at in the Stadium Club in the new CSU stadium.  Profits from sales of wreaths and flower baskets are helping to fund the activities.  She then announced that each member will be assessed $5 per quarter until our anniversary on the quarterly statement, as approved by our Board.
Andrew Stewart from the satellite club announced that tickets for the Sept. 23 beer and barbecue event are available.  The event will be held at the Equine Center.  A concert is scheduled for the day before.
Stacy Plemmons asked for a volunteer to back up Erin Mounsey with production of the Rotogear and website content.
Our club provides many thousands of hours of volunteer service in addition to annual giving to charitable projects. Our giving to charitable projects has not grown to keep up with inflation and growing community needs. The RCFC Legacy Fund has established as an endowment that will provide supplemental funds into the foreseeable future for humanitarian and educational programs in and around Fort Collins. Your contributions to the Legacy Fund are tax deductible and will assure “Service in Action Forever”.
Upcoming Events
Fort Collins Museum and Upcoming Exhibit
Jul 19, 2017
Insights from an Immigration Lawyer
Jul 26, 2017
Foothills Gateway
Aug 02, 2017
Dementia Friendly
Aug 09, 2017
Young Ryla Program
Aug 16, 2017
Peach Festival
Aug 19, 2017
BBBrew For Hope
Sep 23, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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6-7-2017 Meeting Photos
05-31-2017 Meeting Photos
Regular Meeting 5-24-2017
May 17 2017 Meeting Photos
5-3-2017 Meeting Photos
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