Twenty (Rotarians and family combined) may visit the black-footed ferret breeding facility north of Fort Collins on Tuesday 31 January.  We meet to car pool at 9:00 AM promptly from McDonald's Restaurant parking lot near I:25 and Mulberry Avenue.  The duration will include around 2 hours of interpreted visit to see the critters and we plan to have lunch at Budweiser Brewery for reflections thereafter.  Please contact Del  Benson to reserve your spot to see the most endangered mammals in the US and learn about positive programs to reverse that trend.
For more information about the animals and site visit: Should be fun:
Del Benson,, or, and 970-227-8286 cell.   
Your gift will move the Legacy Fund closer to its $1 million goal by the Club’s 100th Anniversary and help sustain our Club’s charitable activities in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado.  If you have questions speak to Jud Harper.. 
Photo Albums
1-18-2017 Meeting Photos
1-4-2017 Meeting Photos
1-11-2017 Meeting Photos
HELP WANTED!  Apply within…
Positions open for two Rotogear Editors: (1) Announcements Editor, (2) Last Week’s Program write up Editor.
Requirements for both:      Willingness to volunteer, and some low level of writing ability.  English major unnecessary.  Humor helps.  Listening skills desirable.
  • Announcements Editor – (a) be a clearing house for announcements submitted by the membership.  (b) listen to announcements during each week’s meeting, and summarize as best you can what was announced.  (c) submit all of the above by Sunday each week to the electronic and print Rotogear editors.
  • Last Week’s Program Editor – (a) Listen to (or record if you have the equipment) each week’s program, and write up a paragraph or two summarizing the presentation and any relevant questions.  Presentation critique unnecessary.  (b) Submit a write up by Sunday each week to the electronic and print Rotogear Editors. 
Salary:                                 Multiples of the previous writer’s salary may be negotiated. 
Working Environment:        Great staff and opportunity to meet new friends
Fringe Benefits:                  Learn more about your Rotary Club, and fellow Rotarians     
Questions and to submit an application:  Contact either Stacy Plemmons or Erin Mounsey
Upcoming Events
RCFC Board Meeting
Markley Motors
Jan 26, 2017
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Purple Pins for Polio Event
Chipper's Lanes Horsetooth Center
Jan 29, 2017
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Bulletin Editor
Erin Mounsey
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kent Sutherland
January 4
Richard Skaggs
January 5
Bill West
January 6
Heidi Becksted
January 8
Tanis Roeder
January 12
Jim Cooper
January 14
Gene Markley
January 15
Todd Karl
January 19
Joe Carroll
January 24
Jeanne Fangman
January 27
Doug Burns
January 29
Frank Lutes
January 29
Bob Lawrence
January 30
Spouse Birthdays
Aloma Godkin
January 8
Katja Skaggs
January 27
Dan Mackey
Tammy Mackey
January 10
Steve Vessey
Debbie Vessey
January 18
Jerry Smith
Judy Smith
January 21
Join Date
Martin Limbird
January 1, 1984
33 years
Bob Powell
January 6, 1983
34 years
Bob Simmons
January 6, 2016
1 year
Kent Sutherland
January 11, 1995
22 years
Michael Lucas
January 12, 2011
6 years
Rob Marschke
January 12, 1987
30 years
John Raich
January 15, 1986
31 years
Lannie Boyd
January 15, 1960
57 years
Michael Stradt
January 31, 1998
19 years
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
The Glen Haven Flood and The Rotary Foundation
In 2013, the Big Thompson Canyon flooded, again.  Water managers tried to control the flood, diverting water to Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake and by holding back as much water as possible in Lake Estes.  But the nearly 8 inches in 48 hours in Estes Park, almost 13½ inches in a spot near Drake, scoured the canyon, destroying U.S. 34, and rolled east, picking up the swollen Little Thompson River near Milliken before joining the South Platte.
Wednesday, January 25, our guest speaker will be Past District Governor Julie Pharis, introduced by RCFC Foundation Committee Chair, Mike Sollenberger.  Julie lived in Estes Park Co for 33 years and will share her experience being a District Governor during the 2013 flood, and how she witnessed The Rotary Foundation’s work in her own backyard.
At the 1917 Rotary convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.”  In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation (TRF), and became a distinct entity within Rotary International.  
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.  From an initial contribution of $26.50 TRF has grown to more than $1billion.  TRF has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
Julie Phares has been a Rotarian since 1994 and has served as both Longs Peak Rotary Club and Estes Park Noon Rotary Club Presidents.   In 2003, and again in 2010 she was named "Rotarian of the Year, by these clubs.  In 2005 she was named District 5440 "Rotarian of the Year", and has served as the District Trainer, Assistant Governor, and helped organize the District Rotary Leadership Institution.  She has also served as the lead trainer for the High Country President Elects Training, held in Denver each year.  Her passion in Rotary is to share Rotary Foundation stories and she has traveled to Guatemala, Russia, and Australia to see your Rotary dollars at work.  She is spokesperson for the RI Global Grant awarded to the resident of Glen Haven impacted by the 2013 flood.  She now resides in Loveland, and is a member of the Loveland Rotary.  
Julie is a Paul Harris Fellow plus 5, and a member of the Paul Harris Society.
January 18th Presentation Recap
In what was a timely presentation, last week our own Dr. Lloyd Thomas demonstrated how we can see data or a single event in two or more ways.  He challenged us to approach our lives with open minds and open hearts, demonstrating how our perceptual worlds are formed by our physiology.  Using several 'tests' he suggested we can control our thoughts, our emotions and our responses, enabling our individual reality to maximize wellness.
Purple Pins For Polio!
You and I have a unique opportunity:  If you put up $1, Bill and Melinda Gates will put up $2 for a total of the $3.  We Rotarians are thinking bigger than this amount of course. 
If you sponsor a lane for $250, this will help us reach our goal.  I have made the donation to be a sponsor, and I cannot attend, so if you can't make it, just know you are helping to eradicate polio.  If you have questions, please let me know at 970-690-0505.
The four Rotary Clubs are collaborating to raise $20,000.  Then Bill and Melinda will add $40,000 for a grand total of $60,000 for an afternoon of bowling.  The event begins at !:30 this Sunday at Chipper's Lane on Horsetooth. 
We need bowlers.  For $50, you can have a team of five for two hours of bowling, or an individual bowler pays $20.  Kids under 16 or Rotaractors or Interactors pay only $10 to bowl.  Call on the grandkids to enter this worthy endeavor to help eradicate polio.
Call Susie Ewing to be a bowler at 970-690-6947.  You can sign up at Chippers, but it's better to sign up now to be sure to reserve a lane.
Breakfast Bingo Fundraiser
Join Rotaract for their third annual Breakfast Bingo fundraiser! Enjoy a pancake breakfast and games of bingo, with the chance to win great prizes!  Proceeds will go toward building classrooms for a pre-school in Mwandi, Zambia.
February 119-11am - Foothills Unitarian Church.  Rotaract has a goal of raising $5,822.30, enough to build one whole clasroom!!
Entry tickets $20 ($10 for students and children), drawing tickets $20 (for a chance to win a three-day stay at a cabin in Winter Park, a $750 value!)
Purchase tickets by filling out a purchase form at a Rotary meeting, or request one from Deliver forms and payment to Rotaract members, or mail c/o: Delwin Benson 114C Wagar, 1474 Campus Delivery, CSU, Fort Collins CO 80521

2017 District 5440 Membership Summit!
SAVE THE DATE & Plan to attend the 2017 District 5440 Membership Summit!
  • Event: Membership Summit
  • Date: Jan 28, 2017 at 08:30 AM - 02:00 PM
  • Fee: N/A
  • Location: Laramie County Community College
1400 E College Drive 
Cheyenne, WY 82007
United States
A Rotary Membership Cadre will facilitate this event.  All members of our District who are interested in brainstorming new ideas on how to recruit, retain and engage members in their club are invited to attend!  This is a FREE event but you do need to register on this site so we know how many to expect.
Check-in will begin at 8:30 am and the seminar will begin promptly at 9:00 am.  Lunch will be on your own during a short lunch break in the college cafeteria.
Thank you
For District 5440
Nancy Hobbs (Event Chair)
Upcoming Speakers
Jan 18, 2017
Metal Health in Mental Illness
Feb 01, 2017
Mars / NASA Space Exploration
Feb 08, 2017
Upgrading the CSU Library
Feb 15, 2017
Rural Urban Committee - National Western Stock Show
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Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Fort Collins
Meetings: Wednesday Noon
Drake Center (Lunch)
802 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO  80526
United States
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Next Meeting(s):
First February Satellite Meeting at Prost Brewing
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Second February Satellite Meeting at Prost Brewing
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
First March Satellite Meeting at Pateros Creek Brewing
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Second March Satellite Meeting at Pateros Creek Brewery
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
The Satellite meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm. The meeting locations vary, visit for upcoming meetings and locations.
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