Weekly Program Notes:
Celebrating our Food: Rural Urban Day 2018


Our Rural Urban Speaker, CSU Ag Sciences Professor Dr. James Pritchett started off with the vision for the College of Agricultural Sciences:  Unquestioned global preeminence in Agri-Tech and Agri-Biome focusing on safety, security and sustainability of food and resource systems to enhance the well being of humans, plants and animals.  He then compared various agricultural metrics between the 1890s and 2016 for Colorado.  Examples were:  farm size was 134 acres in the 1890s and averages 938 acres today; there were 250,000 bushels of corn produced in Colorado in the 1890s and 160 million bushels produced today.  He pointed out that Colorado is a “corn deficit” state as we use more than we produce.
Dr. Pritchett showed us pictures of how the sizes of farm animals has changed (they are bigger) over the centuries.  He says this is partly due to genetics and improved feeding habits.  He pointed out that yields per acre have increased due to hybridization, especially for corn but that wheat yields about the same as historically, as their has been no hybridization for wheat.
How we harvest has changed from many laborers being involved in the various production and harvest activities to the use of a combine today.  This piece of farm equipment is named this because it ‘combined’ various previous aspects of harvesting farm crops.  He explained how technology has improved pruning practices to produce sweeter peaches, for instance.  We are also better at irrigating our crops……just the right amount at just the right time.

The 6 drivers of most of these changes were noted:  population growth, evolving preferences of consumers, more demanding food industry, pivotal technology, Ag policy and a changing climate which is causing us to plant 2 weeks earlier than we have historically.

Kelly Ross - February Teacher of the Month
Henry Weisser introduced Dr. Thomas Dodd, the 2017 United States Principal of the Year who introduced February's Teacher of the Month, Kelly Ross.  Mrs Ross teaches both French and German at Lesher IB middle school.   Her resume is full and impressive—21 years at Lesher, 12 summer trips to Europe with students, softball coach, scorekeeper at games, etc.  She truly CONNECTS with her students because of her PMA (positive mental attitude).  Mrs. Ross spoke very energetically and enthusiastically (and at length) about teaching and her students.  
Trivia:  What year did the Master Agriculturist program begin?
February 21 Program: Prions Diseases  by Dawn T-Baumgartner
Our speaker February 21, was Dr. Edward A. Hoover, head of the Hoover Laboratory, CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science.  Dr. Hoover has been researching  Prions disease, apparently caused by a "misfolding" of a normal protein,  since 1982.  Chronic Wasting Disease, the most recognized of the Prions, was first diagnosed in Colorado in 1967.  It is now found in over 24 states, 2 provinces in Canada, South Korea and Norway, predominately in deer and elk.  It has not been found to be transmitted to other species, such as humans through mere contact.  CSU's research facility has focused on chronic wasting disease and has made significant findings with much work yet to be done.  Dr. Hoover credits his students for driving his interest in his field and recognizes the importance of the next generation of doctors and scientists.
Rotary Club of Fort Collins was chartered August 1, 1918, and this year celebrates 100 Years of Rotary In Fort Collins.  
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A beautiful 4’ x 14’ Centennial Year Celebration Banner was unveiled. All four local clubs are listed.
The International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival Summer Piano Competition was announced by the organizer.  The festival will be held July 31-August 4, 2018 at Colorado State University.
Ray Chamberlain, husband of Melanie is home from the hospital.
Sally Lee said she would be presenting a series on Women is Science.  Her focus today was a female mathematician.
Last chance to sign up for Rotary After Hours social on March 21.  Please register at  
Jud Harper reported that the Legacy Fund is doing well, but still needs our support.  The more we accumulate, the more earned interest will support our community programs in perpetuity.  We will report the total on August 1, our centennial.  Donate whatever works for you—cash, stocks, etc.
Marty Bachman reminded all to report special occasions/events/illness that the Care and Recognition Committee should acknowledge.  Call Marty, Judy Boggs, or President Jeanne.
Satellite Member Lucinda Kerchensteiner asked us to announce a Rotary International Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Warmbaths, District 9400, South Africa.  Talk about a golf junket!  Ask Lucinda for details.  
Lee Jeffrey read to 1st graders and had a ball.  More volunteers are needed.  Contact Lee or Rob Marschke

President Jeanne urged members to engage Rotary through RCFC Committees.  The Rotogear, Membership, New Member Orientation, and Welcome Desk all need volunteers.  
John "Deep Thots" Roberts sends greetings from the Viking Sun.  He hopes all are following his blog
Don Eversoll encouraged us to get “good feelings in our soul” by volunteering as a driver at the hospital.  They need volunteers.  See Don.
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.
Garth McCann changed the coffee klatch at Whole Foods Porch to Thursday, 8:30 AM.

Save the Date: 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.  
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