Governor Ralph Carr in the 21st Century
On October 3rd , Martin Limbird will introduce our speaker, Jim Wilkins, who will be channeling Ralph Carr, Governor of Colorado from 1939 to 1943.  Governor Carr was a politician we don't see much anymore: a person who foreswore financial contributions from those seeking political favor and who committed to following his moral compass.  For Carr, doing the "right thing" was to refuse to give in to the "Jap Fever" that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor resulting in American citizens of Japanese descent being discriminated against, stripped of their possessions and interned. He was a lone voice standing up against this injustice and lost re-election as a result. 

Jim Wilkins, a University of Colorado graduate and Denver Rotarian, is a retired real estate sales manager, now active in many community organizations.  He got to know author and investigative reporter Adam Schrager in 2008, soon after publication of his book, "The Principled Politician: The Story of Ralph Carr", and became interested in telling Carr’s story through the medium of first person portrayal.  Here to illuminate Gov. Carr’s story and to remind us that this era of fear and bigotry in American history must never be repeated, is Jim Wilkins.

Program 9/26: Integrative Medicine

On Wednesday, September 26, RCFC hosted Brad Abrahamson, MD, a physician at Integrative Sports Medicine LLC in Fort Collins.  He has published a book in Kindle format entitled “Inside Injury Diagnosis: 25 Transformative Cases in Sports Medicine.” 

First he summarized the problems of modern medical treatment - how medicine is sick care, not health care.  Many physicians match a drug to the symptoms.  Patients need simple affordable health care. He pointed out that private insurers deny 1 in 7 claims. Insurance company CEOs are paid very high salaries and then given bonuses for patient denials. The complexity of the system adds stress to patients, doctors, and staff.

Dr. Abrahamson suggested a new model, Integrative Medicine, in which patients and doctors are partners in the healing process. The doctor and patient consider all factors in finding the root cause of disease rather than just treating the disease.  In other words the treatment addresses the whole person. The doctor must be open to consider new paradigms based on good science.


Dr. Yung Hai Chen Memorial Scholarship Announced
President Steve Laine announced the establishment of two new scholarships, funded by Ada Chen.  The scholarships, named in honor of Ada's late husband, Dr. Yung Hai Chen, will provide yearly $3000 scholarships to CSU and $2000 scholarships to Front Range Community College.  Both scholarships are funded for 5 years by a generous gift of $30,000 from Ada.  Ada told an emotional story of coming to the USA and CSU, the many blessings she has received since, and recounted how much Yung Hai loved Rotary.  Ada received a standing ovation for her comments.  Thanks for your leadership and caring, Ada.  Editor's Note:  In a previous version of this story, Dr. Yung Hai Chen's name was misspelled.  We apologize for the error.
2018-19 District 5440 Theme:  Literacy
Nationwide, 65% of fourth graders are below proficient in reading.  Colorado and Wyoming are only slightly better.
This year's District 5440 theme is literacy.  What is the District doing about literacy? 
  • On October 6 a District Literacy Symposium will be held from 9-3 at the Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.
  • $15,000 has been set aside for Literacy Centennial grants of up to $1,000 each.
  • A competition will select the top three literacy projects in the district with prizes of additional grant funds for the winners.  
  • Successes will be celebrated at the Foundation Dinner in April, 2019.
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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Justie Nicol commented on the Committee "open house" before last week's meeting, noting that several committees, including the PR Committee are still looking for more members.
Melanie Chamberlain announced that all but four of the RCFC Centennial Memorial book written by John Matsushima have been sold.  See Melanie quickly to get yours.    
Don Eversoll encouraged members to visit and donate to the FC CO Café, a non-profit, pay-what-you-can café.  
District Governor Chuck Rutenberg announced a Literacy Symposium being held at LCCC in Cheyenne on October 6th from 9am - 3pm.  Cost is $30 for Rotarians and $20 for Rotaracters.
Bill Schaffter urges participation in Fort Collins Read Aloud.  For information, go to

Ralph Smith has 2019 calendars available for $14, $5 of which comes to the club.  He presented a check for $120 to the club from last year's sales.

Henry Weisser urged members to enroll in OSHER, CSU's life-long learner classes, and left catalogs at the front desk.

Dave Stewart will be traveling to Mexico in November, and urged members to consider a visit to the orphanage we have helped.  See him for details.

Sally Lee announced King Soopers now requires credit card for reloading more than $100.  Checks no longer taken.  Our club earned $358 this month.

Marty Bachman reminded all to report special occasions/events/illness that the Care and Recognition Committee should acknowledge.  Call Marty, Melanie Chamberlain, or Jeanne Fangman.

Upcoming Events
3 Hopeful Hearts, Betsy Strafach
Oct 10, 2018
Teachers of the Year
Oct 17, 2018
Colorado Water Conservation Board, Becky Mitchell
Oct 24, 2018
Photo Albums
09-26-2018 Regular Meeting
09-19-2018 Meeting Photos
09-05-2018 Regular Meeting
8-29-18 Steak Fry
08-22-2018 Regular Meeting
08-18-2018 Peach Festival
08-08-2018 Regular Meeting
08-01-2018 Centennial Dinner
7-18-18 Meeting Photos
06-27-2018 Regular Meeting
6-20-18 Meeting Photos
2018-6-13 Meeting
May 30, 2018 Meeting
Meeting May 23, 2018
05-09-2018 Regular Meeting
05-02-2018 Regular Meeting
04-25-2018 Regular Meeting
03-28-2018 Regular Meeting
03-21-2018 After Hours Meeting
March 7, 2018 Meeting
02-28-2018 Meeting
02-14-2018 Meeting Photos
01-31-2018 Regular Meeting
Regular meeting 01-24-2018
1/10/2018 Meeting
1-3-2018 Meeting Photos
Wreath Building 12-4-2017
12-6-2017 Regular Program
12-13-17 Christmas Party
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