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Weekly Program Notes:
November 22 Program:  Namibia:  A tour of the Region with Del Benson

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
Student(s) of the Month - November
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.
Teacher of the Month - November
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.
New Member Induction:  Harry Mueller
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!
Community Grant Awarded: The Growing Project
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.     
November 15 Program:  Wolf Robotics - Welding the World

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. 

 

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THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Announcements Editor: Bonnie Titley
The Board of Directors has approved the membership applications of George Haigh, Jesse Patton, & Ryan Lang.  All three have met successfully with a Membership Committee representative.   George is sponsored by John Farr and Charlie Peterson .  He is an investment manager.  Jesse is sponsored by Jon Land and is a commercial loan officer.  Ryan is sponsored by Kerrie Luginbill and is a personal fitness trainer.  
 
If there are any comments about either George, Jesse or Ryan as a new member, or to John, Charlie, Kerrie, or Jon -  they should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, in writing by December 20th, one week after this notification appears in the  December 13th, 2017 print Rotogear. 
 
President Jeanne urged all members, especially newer ones, to become active on a committee.  And she challenged all of us to actively engage another member.
 
Don Eversoll encouraged us to get “good feelings in our soul” by volunteering as a driver at the hospital.  They need volunteers.  See Don.
 
Glenn Schmidt explained that, because of our holiday meeting schedule, the election of new officers would be held in early January.  This is allowed in our By-laws.  Candidates will be announced on January 3 and the election held on Jan. 10.
 
Melanie Chamberlain appealed to members to look for any historical materials they might have squirreled away at home and bring them to her or Bonnie for use in creating Centennial Year displays.
 
Our thanks to Carl Maxey for the use of his warehouse to assemble our wreaths.  Even bigger thanks to helped to build the 100 wreaths in an hour and ten minutes.  Finally, a huge thank you to our three members who organized the whole event—Sue, Susie, and Judy.
 
PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS STILL VALID:
Garth McCann invited everyone to a regular Friday morning (8:30) coffee klatch at Whole Foods Porch.
 
Rob Marschke is looking for volunteers to read to primary children.  Talk to him if you are interested.

Sally Lee reminded everyone to use their King Soopers cards with Thanksgiving coming up.  See her if you need one!

Ralph Smith has produced a calendar of local photos.  He will contribute $5 of the total price of $14 to the club.
 
Youth Exchange Chair Dan Mackey announced the Rotary Short Term Summer Student Exchange Program (STEP), for summer 2018.  STEP is a family to family exchange program, meaning all student automatically have a host family on the other end, and families pay all program expenses.  See Dan if you have questions, or have a student that wants to apply.
 
A gift to the Legacy Fund is a great way to memorialize a birthday, anniversary, the birth of a child or grandchild, etc.  Each gift gets the Club closer to our goal of $1 Million by our centennial in August 2018.  The Legacy Fund supports local Rotary projects such as Community grants, scholarships, and civic projects.  Cash, appreciated property such as stock or planned gifts such as those in a will are all great ways to support the Legacy Fund. 
 
Marty Bachman asks that the Care and Recognition Committee needs everyone's help so as not to miss any special event or occasions that should be acknowledged.  Contact Marty, Melanie, or Jeanne with your information.
 
If you want to contribute to the District 5930 Disaster Relief Fund, contact Jeanne for the online link.

Lynne Baker, one of three co-chairs of the Centennial Committee, reports that much is 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.
 
 
 
 
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