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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
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.
 
Glenn Schmidt announced formation of the Nominations Committee to select board candidates for 2018-21, and President-Elect Nominee who would serve as President 2019-20.  Please send any nominations to Glenn or President Jeanne.  
 
Ross Lane announced a 4 Way Test Program with the Front Range CC Nursing Program on Monday, October 30th, from 1:00 to 2:30. Ross will be contacting Rotarians to seek their participation, or call Ross to volunteer.
 
Don Eversoll again asked those who like driving golf carts and helping others, to volunteer to be a VIP Courtesy Cart driver for PVH/Colorado Health.  Only 2 hours per week and a smile are necessary.   
 
Kirvin Knox thanked all Rotarians who hosted CSU visitors during last week's State of the University program.
 
STEM Chair Tammie Niemann announced a grant, and presented a check for $1200, to Blevins Middle School to create an Arduino hands-on experiential learning program. 
 
Judy Boggs, Marty Bachman and Jerry Smith announced that October 24 is Worldwide End Polio Day, and thanked all Rotarians for getting polio down from 350,000 new cases in 1988, to 11 cases so far this year.
 
OLD ANNOUNCEMENTS STILL VALID:
Lucinda Kerschensteiner reminds us: "It's not too late to celebrate Oktoberfest! Join Uhambo USA for a FUNdraiser and everybody's favorite... beer!  Friday, October 27, 5 – 8 pm, Prost Tasting Room, Old Town Fort Collins (in alley behind Illegal Petes)
Ticket includes unlimited beer tasting and your own mug to take home at the end of the night!  Uhambo will do a short presentation about their work and Lucinda's recent visit to South Africa. Otherwise, the night will be easy going; time for socializing and enjoying Prost's beers!   Registration: $30/pp.  Questions: info@uhambousa.org  Please purchase your tickets in advance at: https://squareup.com/store/uhambo
 
FINANCIAL COMMITMENT FORMS ARE OVERDUE: 124 in, 16 remaining!  If you are one of the 16 remaining, please download the form and get it to President Jeanne Fangman or Finance Committee Chair Stacy Plemmons.  Rotary only works if all of us participate.  
 
The article appearing in the June 2017 issue of The Rotarian magazine, produced by the late, great Max Getts on our school-based 4-Way Test program, resulted in $1000 in program sales.  Thanks Max!  Many of the sales were to businesses, not just other Rotary clubs, indicating the program may be expanding into businesses.
 
November is Rotary Foundation month.  Please wear any and/or all your PHF stuff during that month.  Pins, medallions, PHF Society pins or chevrons, etc. are hiding in your jewel chests.  Dig 'em out and wear 'em.  Medal up!
 
Donna Chapel said the Fellowship Committee is considering having small dinners and asked who would be interested in hosting one.  Contact any member of that committee if you are interested.
 
Bill Moellenhoff, on behalf of those who are "hearing challenged", instructs all of us on the correct way to position a microphone when speaking into one.
 
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.

Del Benson is looking for other fishermen to establish a fishing Fellowship (before the snow flies).
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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Nov 01, 2017
 
Veteran's Day Program- Donna Chapel, Jenny Pickett
Nov 08, 2017
 
Wolfe Robotics, Welding the World - Kyle Taylor
Nov 15, 2017
 
Touring Africa, with Del Benson
Nov 29, 2017
 
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