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Last Week: State of the University with Dr. Tony Frank

Last week a large crowd heard RCFC member and 14th president of Colorado State University, Dr. Anthony A. Frank, deliver his annual "State of the University" address.  After noting the many achievements of CSU (record enrollment and fund raising; high engagement and 'satisfaction' ratings etc.), Dr. Frank chose to spend most of his address on the sanctity of free speech, the problems of hate speech, and the role of  the university in developing personal responsibility.   

Noting that he is a fan of the current student generation, he observed they are willing to challenge the status quo, show empathy for others, and walk in other's shoes.  Frank recounted 3 disturbing instances of religious/racial intimidation since classes started, including the story of an Islamic student being verbally attacked by a community member, fellow bus riders getting between the young woman and her attacker, and getting off with and walking the young lady safely to her destination.  He then reminded us of what that young woman may have felt the next morning when she had to go back out into the community.  He commented that we musts have free speech to solve the big issues not solved so far, and asked "Is speech speech, if no one listens?"  Asking that we all listen more and talk less, he suggested we visibly stand with anyone targeted by hate speech, and teach by example.  

On September 20, the National Western Stock Show named Frank the "2018 Citizen of the West", an award that recognizes "those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals".  Dr. Frank joins fellow RCFC member Dr. Johnny Matsushima in this honor, placing RCFC in a unique category.    

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant research universities with nearly 35,000 students and more than $332 million in annual research activity. Since his appointment to the presidency in 2008, he has overseen a period of record fund-raising and enrollment, rising graduation rates, increased diversity, improved campus infrastructure, and unprecedented research support. He was named Chancellor of the Colorado State University System on June 1, 2015.
Last Week: USS Colorado Crew Visits Rotary
Last Wednesday, District Governor, Bill Emslie and Tracey, helped RCFC host the crew of the recently commissioned USS Colorado submarine, who shared their mission, responsibilities, and pride in serving on the Colorado.  Crewmen in attendance were LTjG Anthony Mathus (Radiological Control), ITS2 Nicholas Sylvia (IT Specialist) and ETN2 John Warren (Reactor Operator).  The last "USS Colorado" was a battleship (BB-45), commissioned in 1923.  Mayor Wade Troxell also attended and proclaimed October 11, USS Colorado Day.  
ROTARY'S TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
This past Wednesday, RCFC joined the Breakfast and Foothills Rotary Clubs to celebrate our annual PSD Teacher of the Year.  RCFC's Teacher of the Year for the 2016-17 school year was Becca Wren, Seventh Grade Science Teacher at Lincoln Middle School.  She received a standing ovation from RCFC when she spoke last year and a warm reception from the 100+ Rotarians and guests gathered.   
Becca was joined by her Principal and friends, plus a very special student, who Becca connected with as a 7th grader, struggling with life and school.  She spoke warmly of their initial (difficult) interaction, the student's accomplishments since, and friendship that developed.
 
In addition, Rotary Breakfast celebrated Jennifer McCoy, First Grade Teacher at Riffenburgh Elementary IB School , and Foothills Rotary celebrated Rhonda Ewan, Speech Language specialist at Shepardson  STEM Elementary School.
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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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Dec 27, 2017
 
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