Weekly Program Notes:
Feb 14 Program: Getting Uncomfortable, in the Best Way Possible

Our program speaker for February 14 was Amy Charity, an author and former professional bicycle racer. Noting that the most popular course at Yale University was on happiness, she delved into how people can achieve happiness through becoming the best version of themselves. The process requires starting on the other side of comfortable, where a new undertaking will be a significant challenge. For her it involved leaving a successful career in finance and becoming a bike racer in her thirties. Such ventures should start with very small steps. For her it was buying expensive racer’s socks. Step by step she mastered the sport and met the challenge and basked in happiness. The important aspects for everyone on such a pilgrimage, she maintains, is keeping personal integrity throughout, relying on people who have your back and not being afraid to reach out to experts in your chosen field. Questions about bike racing expenses following the talk revealed that dropping a successful career and taking up bike racing seems to be only an option for the those living an affluent life.   Edited by Henry Weisser

Welcome RCFC's Newest Members - Sharyn and Larry Salmen!
February 7, Glenn Schmidt inducted Larry and Sharyn Salmen as our newest members. 
Larry Salmen was a serial software entrepreneur, Founder and past President of InfoAmerica, Inc, and was CTO for Order and Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of NCR Corp, Atlanta, GA.  He was a member of RCFC from 1983-89, Breakfast Rotary from 1990 to today, and was Breakfast Rotary President 2000-01.  He is sponsored by Stacy Plemmons.  
Sharyn Salmen was Assistant Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer at Poudre Valley Hospital, has been very active as a community volunteer and is President of Salmen Healthcare Consulting.  She is sponsored by Jeanne Fangman.  Sharyn has always worked with Larry on Rotary activities, and decided she might just as well be a Rotarian too!
Rotary Scholarship Winner Says Thanks!
By way of saying Thanks to all RCFC Members for their generous support, RCFC Scholarships Chair Susan Gutowsky introduced Thany Dykson, one of last year’s scholarship winners, now a freshman at CSU.  Thany talked about her transition from Fort Collins High School to CSU, and how much she appreciated Rotary's financial support.  Perhaps as important as the cash, is the feeling of support our scholarship winners feel, being recognized and honored by Rotary.    
Trivia:  How much did the Christmas party for 1516 children cost in 1929?
February Cadet of the Month - Elena Scott
Former Army surgeon Bob Simmons introduced Capt. Brandon Schwartz, Army ROTC, who in turn introduced RCFC Cadet of the Month, Elena Scott.  Cadet Scott has passed both the male and female fitness requirements!   Scott talked about learning service throughout her life, but said she really understood it at RYLA two years ago.  She thanked Rotarians both for the CoM honor, and for the experience of RYLA.  
Last Week's Program - Poudre River Library Update, by Henry Weisser
Last Wednesday, David Slivken, Executive Director of Poudre Valley Library, updated us on the winds of change affecting the Poudre Valley Public Library and assessed its future in the information age. Noting that the library district covered 1,800 miles and had millions of annual visits, he praised support from the Friends of the Library and the Poudre River Library Trust to make the  library capable of  meeting the needs of our times. Among those needs are new, high tech services drawing upon the internet’s huge information resources. Also important is  civic engagement through connecting with the  community in a variety of new ways.  One of the most important features is to keep universal access. In order to serve children whose parents might otherwise hesitate to have them take out materials, fines have been lifted. Director Slivken was quite clear in showing that the old model of the lending library is undergoing substantial transformation.
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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The Rotary Investment Fellowship will meet immediately after the regular Rotary meeting on Wednesday, February 21.  Topics: “How to Invest in an Overpriced World” and “The Colorado PERA Funding Crisis.”  Everyone is welcome to attend. 
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.
Martin Nelson said the Fellowship Committee is thinking about arranging a weekend tour to the big computer center in Cheyenne.  He asked for a preliminary show of hands.
Kelso Kelly announced the Board Finance Committee is working to eliminate the “funky” kinks in recent invoices.  “We will clear it up.”
Answer:  $92.42 (which pushed the available funds of the club!)
The Board of Directors regular monthly meeting next Thursday, Feb. 22, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Markley Motor’s boardroom.  All are invited.

Harry Mueller reminded everyone that TIPS training was needed to serve alcohol at the Peach Festival and that sessions would be announced in upcoming months.  Then he told everyone three things he learned when he had a heart attack:  a) do not wait around; b) call 911, don’t try to get to the ER on your own; and c). Not all ERs are equal concerning equipment to treat heart attacks.
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

Phyllis Abt urged participation in Rotary After Hours on March 21.  Join the planning committee by contacting Phyllis.  

Henry Weisser has OSHER catalogs to give away.
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.

Ralph Smith has produced a calendar of local photos.  He will contribute $5 of the total price of $14 to the club.
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.  
Upcoming Events
Rural/Urban Day:Drivers of Change, James Pritchett
Feb 28, 2018
Senior Care, and Home Care - Wahlfeldt & Heilman
Mar 07, 2018
CASA and Harmony House - Annette Hoyt & Kalyn Law
Mar 14, 2018
Mar 21, 2018
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08-23-2017 Regular Meeting
08/09/2017 Regular Meeting
8-2-2017 Meeting Photos
07-26-17 Meeting Photos
06-14-2017 Regular Meeting
06-28-17 Meeting
07-05-2017 Meeting Pictures
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
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