The heart of Rotary is “Service Above Self”. The award, dating back to 1988, recognizes Rotarians or non-Rotarians who have made significant contributions to the betterment of life in our community. Sue Wagner a previous winner will introduced this years award winner.

The philanthropic and business commitments of this couple have had a significant impact on the Fort Collins area in the 60+ years since they arrived here. This has been a partnership in the best sense of the word, so when his name is associated with a contribution to the community, hers must also be assumed...


Lifelong philanthropists, their dedication to community has not gone unnoticed. They have the distinction of being named Honorary CSU Alumni in recognition of their roles as university advisors, friends and financial supporters. His community activities and awards also include: former President of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, founding Director of the Downtown Development Authority, former member of the Colorado State Board of Agriculture, former CSU Foundation Board Member and recipient of the CSU Charles A. Lory Public Services Award.

They were instrumental in the campaign to convert the old Lincoln Junior High School into a performing arts center for the city – the Lincoln Center. After completion, she served for several years on the Lincoln Center Advisory Board, and has been actively involved in numerous arts organizations through the years. She was a founder of the Pi Beta Phi sorority chapter at CSU.

They were among the founders of what has become the Northern Colorado Community Foundation. Their major contribution was instrumental in the creation of the Everitt Real Estate Center at Colorado State University.

The list of their contributions to our city and to Northern Colorado is lengthy but I fear I have now let the cat out of the bag, so please help me in recognizing the recipients of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Service Above Self” award – Bob and Joyce Everitt.