Regional Economic Development/5 Generations in Larimer County

This Wednesday, Troy McWhinney and David Crowder join us to address the importance of regional economic development, and to reminisce about the extensive history of the McWhinney family in this area.  The history started with Troy’s great great grandfather, John Hahn, who homesteaded in this area and served as  one of the first Larimer County Commissioners.  Our speakers will relate highlights of the hundred-plus years this family have lived in this area, and share how the family company created Centerra in 2004.  This development is now one of the biggest economic drivers of Northern Colorado with 60 percent of shoppers coming from out of the area.

McWhinney, as this Colorado corporation is known, is based out of Loveland, with offices in Denver as well.  It was co-founded by Troy and his brother in 1991 to “Create exceptional places”. Toward this end the company has also recently developed the Elizabeth Hotel.  Troy and David will update the club on a number of projects the company has on tap in Fort Collins.  At McWhinney, Troy handles investor relations, strategic planning, operational systems and securing investment opportunities.  Troy has received entitlements for over 5,000 acres of Colorado land consisting of over 14,000 residential units and approximately 20 million square feet of commercial development at full buildout

David Crowder is the Director of Community Development and GM of Centerra. In that capacity, he manages and oversees the strategy, vision and the development of this 3,000-acre master-planned community. Before coming to McWhinney, David oversaw acquisitions and development for DMB Pacific Ventures in California.

Dr. Brad Abrahamson - RCFC's Newest Member
November 18, Past President Jeanne Fangman inducted RCFC's newest member, Dr. Brad Abrahamson, co- sponsored by Stacy Plemmons, Dr. Jerry Smith and Dr. Rob Marschke.  Brad practices Sports Medicine and is the founder of Integrative Sports Medicine in Fort Collins.  He was joined for the induction by his wife Lara and his father, Roger Abrahamson.   Welcome Brad!
Rotary Foundation's 101st Year

November 14, was our annual celebration of the Rotary Foundation.  Martin Limbird presented some facts and figures about the Foundation - $13.5 million dollars invested last year and a total of over 3 billion spent on projects over the past 101 years.  Eight club members were awarded their most recent Paul Harris Certificates and pins.

Robin Steele presented a video on the Rotary Foundation and we heard a brief history of this organization starting with the first donation of $26.50 in 1917.  The mission of the foundation is to support improvements in health,education and to eliminate poverty.  Robin (and other members) reviewed the variety of projects that FCRC has been/will be involved in during the period 2016-2019, including water projects, peace studies, economic projects, bioenergy production, disease and disability prevention and orphanage support.   Finally, we learned how projects start, get reviewed and and funded. An inspirational short video about our club's involvement closed the meeting.

New Paul Harris Fellows
November 14, Martin Limbird and Past President Jeanne Fangman presented Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates to 7 members, including Jean Lamm, Ross Lane, Judy Lane, Bill Timpson, Sandra Smyser, Mike Sollenberger and Kelso Kelly (recognized by Melanie Chamberlain).  Jeanne Fangman also presented a Paul Harris to her daughter, Beth Phillips.  
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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Save the Date:  RCFC's Christmas party is Sunday, December 9, at the Country Club, 5-8 p.m.  Cost:  $30.  Rides can be provided for anyone who doesn’t want to drive at night.  Giveaways planned.
Bill Shaffter and Martin Nelson are promoting our annual Rotary/Salvation Army bell ringing on December 15, from 10-4 at 3 locations.  They will start signing up members on the 28th.
Past President Jeanne Fangman announced that the election of 2019-20 club officers will be held the second Wednesday in December.

Community Grants committee will meet this Wednesday (11/28) at 1:30 to review our Health and Wellness grant applications.
Kathy Nicol had surgery on her shoulder.  She is doing well.
Past Announcements still valid:
November 7, Bonnie Titley and the “Morocco Twelve” presented a check to President Steve for the Legacy Fund in the amount of $5500 representing the group rebate from their September trip.

Sally Lee announced we had received a check for $331 from King Soopers.  Anyone needing a card see Sally.
Donna Chapel asked for a show of hands of those who would host a home fellowship dinner.  If interested, tell Donna.
Don Eversole urged us all to consider supporting the FoCo Cafe in their long term financial needs.  Drop in from time to time.
Bill Schaffter urges participation in Fort Collins Read Aloud.  For information, go to

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
Rotary's Peacebuilding Conf. - Dr. Bill Timpson
Dec 05, 2018
All-RCFC Holiday Party - Country Club
Dec 09, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Behavioral Biases and Investments, Dr Bajtelsmit
Dec 12, 2018
Photo Albums
11-14-2018 Meeting
11-07-2018 Meeting
10-31-18 Meeting Photos
08-29-18 Steak Fry
10-24-2018 Regular Meeting
10-17-18 Meeting Photos
10-10-2018 Meeting
10-03-2018 Meeting
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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