Independence Day 2017!
Soapstone Prairie – Our Last Homesteaders  
Human history at Soapstone Prairie exceeds 12,000 years - from Ice Age PaleoIndians to at least a thousand years of American Indian groups, and more recently a century-plus of homesteaders, and cattle and sheep ranchers.  This Wednesday Fort Collins Natural Areas Master Naturalist, Brian Carroll, will review Soapstone’s homesteading history and its influence on our culture today.  Carroll will be introduced by his brother-in-law, RCFC Programs Co-Chair Dave Stewart.
The Homestead Act of 1862 has been described as one of the most important pieces of legislation in American History.  It had a profound effect on the nation and the west, and in particular Northern Colorado, as cattlemen, sheep ranchers, and farmers competed for the area’s last pieces of open range.  Ultimately the stockmen prevailed.  A look at Soapstone Prairie’s homesteading history gives a glimpse into the challenges and hardships homesteaders faced managing their “160 acres.”
Following a career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Brian Carroll and his family moved to Fort Collins in 1996 and established a Security Management services consulting company.  His last posting with the FBI was in Chicago, Illinois.  In retirement he continued to provide contract services to the FBI and U.S. State Department Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, providing instruction and guidance to foreign police officials for managing terrorist incidents.  
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.  
Brian and his wife of almost fifty years, Vicki, have three daughters and four grandchildren who all live in Fort Collins.
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
Last Week - Out With The Old, In With The New
Last week RCF’s torch of leadership was passed from outgoing President Glenn Schmidt to 2017-2018 President Jeanne Fangman.  Past President and Past District Governor Lynne Baker performed the induction for Jeanne and RCFC’s incoming board and officers.  Past President Stacy Plemmons hosted the ceremony, with light roasts from David Ames, Kirvin Knox and John Roberts.  
Your 2017-18 Board and Officers consists of the following:
President – Jeanne Fangman
President Elect – Steve Laine
Past President – Glenn Schmidt
Secretary – Rod Morrison
Treasurer – Renee Machovec
Directors – (2018) Tammie Niemann, Rob Marschke, (2019) Cindy DeGroot, Kathy Nicol, (2020) Kelso Kelly, Steve Vessey
Satellite Membership: Chair – Jon Land, Chair-Elect – Samantha Bair, Chair Elect Nominee Kerrie Luginbill
To close the ceremony, President Jeanne outlined her priorities for 2017-18, including creating more fellowship and fun in our meetings while continuing to focus on our service projects.  She also proposed a 5th question for our 4 Way Test – “Is it fun?”.  Finally, she plans to emphasize membership engagement, membership growth, financial stability and Rotary’s 100th year in Fort Collins, with a celebration planned for August 1, 2018.  
Club Information
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Fort Collins
Meetings: Wednesday Noon
Drake Center (Lunch)
802 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO  80526
United States
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Erin Mounsey
Because of the Rotary picnic on July 12 the History Fellowship will meet on Wednesday, July 5. Our topic will be: 'Our English heritage and the American Revolution in historical perspective and how is this heritage faring in the United States today?' Everyone and every opinion are always welcome at these gatherings.

Sign up with Sally Lee for the July 10 tour of CSU's 3-D printing lab at noon.

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.

Don Eversoll thanked all Rotarians who attended Karen Schaffter's funeral.
Martin Nelson urged everyone to RSVP to Sue Wagner for the July 12 picnic at Colorado Youth Outdoors from 5:30 to 7:30.  NO NOON MEETING THAT DAY.
Steve Vessey became a grandfather!  He presented a check for $200.
Jerry Westbrook, Asst District Governor for our club, referred to an article in the new Rotarian magazine about our incoming RI President.  He emphasized the action of quantifying Rotary's contributions to your community.  He said, "You will be astonished!"  He did it for his Loveland club, using the Colorado rate of $25.97 for each volunteer hour, and got a result of more than $456,000!Sally 
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
Changing of the Guard
Jun 28, 2017
House of Soapstone
Jul 05, 2017
No Program Due To Rotary Picnic
Jul 12, 2017
Fort Collins Museum and Upcoming Exhibit
Jul 19, 2017
Insights from an Immigration Lawyer
Jul 26, 2017
Foothills Gateway
Aug 02, 2017
Peach Festival
Aug 19, 2017
Photo Albums
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
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Chair
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Executive Secretary
Immediate Past President
Russell Hampton
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