Thanksgiving Day, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
We walk on starry fields of white
   And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
   We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
   To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
   Of pleasures sweet and tender.
Thanksgiving Day, by Lydia Maria Child

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To grandfather's house we go;
       The horse knows the way
       To carry the sleigh
  Through the white and drifted snow.

November Teacher of the Month
This month RCFC honored a teacher from Rice Elementary School in Wellington, Sharilyn Zerbst.  This five year veteran at Rice is a specialist in intervention for gifted and talented students and also for disadvantaged students, such as those suffering from dislexia.  
Sharilyn was introduced by her assistant principal, Melissa Duve.  She presented a lengthy account of her career and how she seeks to teach every child in her care every day, urging them on to love, to inspire and to develop.  She believes that all students can learn and grow beyond their expectations.
In her capacity of an interventionist, Sharilyn must  develop close collaboration with her teaching colleagues, whom she greatly admires.  She is also the recipient of returned admiration from them.  Sharilyn speaks warmly of how much her colleagues have taught her.
November Student of the Month
Committee Chair John Vogt introduced Chris Savage, counselor at Fossil Ridge High, who listed some of the many activities engaged in by Cayden Crisanti, this month’s Student of the Month.  Cayden has applied to CSU, CU, and Penn State.
RCFC's Newest Member Inducted
November 20, Steve Laine inducted RCFC's newest member, Gloria Gleave.  Gloria is a retired former teacher (CSU), travels internationally extensively and is sponsored by Glen Schmidt and Robin Steele.  She will join the Evening group.
Paul Harris Fellow Major Donor Awarded
Lynne Baker recognized John Trone as a "Level 1" Rotary Foundation Major Donor.  Major Donors have given a one-time or cumulative gift of at last $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you, John!
The Brands: "NoCo's Newest Downtown"
On November 20, Ed Goodman, Chief Experience Officer of Spiral Experiences, LLC and a native of the Fort Collins area, introduced us to the current plans for development of a new destination “downtown”, currently called “The Brands”, for northeast Colorado.  It will be located near the Budweiser Events Center and, thus, centrally located between Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley.  It will be developed on both sides of I-25 to the east of the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport, toward Windsor.   
RCFC Officers/Directors Slate Announced
Wednesday, November 6, immediate Past President and Nominations Committee chair Steve Laine, announced RCFC's 2020/2021 slate of officer and director candidates.  Voting will be held December 4.  Additional nominees, with seconds (in writing) from five (5) RCFC members, must be delivered to PP Steve Laine by November 27.   
Listed below is the 2020/2021 slate of candidates.  For full bio's please see Steve's email.   
President -               Del Benson
President Elect -     Marty Bachman;  John Trone  (select one)
Secretary -               Kathy Nicol
Treasurer -              Kathy Hawkins
Immediate Past President - Steve Laine
Board Director Candidates - Steve Kane;  Lucinda Kerschensteiner;  Rajiv Mehta;  Larry Salmen  (select 2)
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Evening Meeting Chair
Assistant Treasurer
Executive Secretary
Foundation Chair
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Immediate Past President
Editor: Bonnie Titley
The returning membership application of Bob McCluskey has been approved by RCFC's Board of Directors.  Bob has spent his life in public service, is sponsored by Matt Fries, and joins the Evening Fellowship.  Any comments regarding Bob as new members should be directed to the club secretary, Cindy DeGroot, or to his sponsor in writing by December 11, 2019, one week after this notification appears in the December 4, print Rotogear.
Club Assembly will be held Dec. 4.  In addition to election of officers, we will have table discussions on strategic planning and honor a Cadet of the Month.
Susan Harrison presented a check for $161 to RCFC.  This was a portion of the proceeds from jewelry sales during her open house.
Mara Johnson needs host families for our incoming youth exchange student (2020-21 school year).  She also thanked Club for the $4000 budget.
Robin Steele asked members to bring two-liter plastic bottles to the Dec. 4 meeting.  These are needed for a District Grant recently received to furnish kits to schools studying climate change.
No Board of Directors meeting in December.  The Finance Committee now meets the 2nd Thursday, and the Board Meeting is the 4th Thursday each month.  Both meetings are from 3:30 to 5:00 in the Markley Motors Conference room.  All are invited.
Martin Limbird invited club members to join President-elect Del Benson and Jeannie in Honolulu June 6-10, 2020 for the Rotary International convention. Register on line at before December 15 when rates increase.
Marty Bachman urged members to shop on Amazon Smile.  Rebates would be credited to our club at the rate of 0.5%.  Look for the Amazon logo on our website.
Sign up for CHRISTMAS FELLOWSHIP evenings at Bonnie Titley’s home on either December 3 or 10, 5-7:30 p.m.  Sip wine or cider, munch cheese or other goodies, and enjoy holiday collections of various kinds.  No charge!
Sally Lee reported King Soopers rebate of $568.42.  If you haven’t signed up yet, see Sally.
Kathy Hawkins apologized for billings confusion.  She is working with the Accountants to get it resolved.  
Salvation Army Bell Ringing will be December 14th, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.  Volunteers needed for two-hour blocks.  Contact Bill Schaffter for questions or sign up online.
Marty Bachman renewed her request for fun fundraising ideas.  She also needs volunteers for her committee.

Bill Timpson welcomes members to join the Local Peace Initiative program planning committee.

Hold January 26 for Purple Pins for Polio.
Ralph Smith has 2020 calendars for sale for $15.  $5 comes back to the Legacy Fund.
The Board Of Directors approved participation in the 2020 Peach Festival.  The beneficiary will be Habitat for Humanity.  President Rob summarized the discussion and outlined the factors to be watched closely.  Peach Festival financial report update will be emailed to members.
Our club’s holiday party will be Dec. 18 at the Country Club.  Mark the date!
SPECIAL NOTE:  Kathy Hawkins cautioned members not to pay dues AND charities with a single checks.  For charities contributions to be tax-deductible, you must write a separate check.
President Rob announced that for those wishing to apply for the new "Noon Membership Without Meals" category, a form needs to be completed and submitted to the Membership Committee.  
Interested in being a volunteer driver at the hospital?  See Don Eversoll.
Club Secretaries Rod Morrison and Cindy DeGroot will work this coming year to update everyone’s ClubRunner profile.  See Cindy or Rod if you need help.  
Del Benson reported the Fellowship Committee encourages home fellowship evenings.  Talk to Del if you are interested.
PDG Mike Forney invited retired professionals to join SCORE (Senior Corps Of Retired Executives).  Volunteers work with small business personnel to enhance their business.  Counselors are needed in Ft. Collins.  If interested, contact Mike Forney.
Marty Bachman reminds all to report special occasions/events/illness that the Care and Recognition Committee should acknowledge.  Call Marty, Susan Brand, Melanie Chamberlain, or Jeanne Fangman.
Upcoming Events
RCFC Annual Club Assembly
Dec 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Communications Committee
Dec 04, 2019 4:45 PM
Evening Meeting
Big Fat Pastor
Dec 04, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Membership Committee
Drake Center
Dec 11, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Noon Program: Women of Turkey, Gamze Cadvar
Dec 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Finance Committee meeting
Markley Motors Honda Building
Dec 12, 2019 3:30 PM
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
Dec 14, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
RCFC Christmas Party - NO NOON MEETING
FC Country Club
Dec 18, 2019 5:30 PM
RCFC Christmas Party - Save the Date!
Fort Collins Country Club
Dec 18, 2019 5:30 PM
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays: No Rotary Meetings
Dec 25, 2019
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11-20-2019 Meeting
11-06-2019 Meeting
10-30-2019 Regular Meeting
09-25-2019 Meeting
10-19-2019 Eastside park Cleanup
Meeting 10-9-19
09-18-2019 Meeting
Sept 11, 2019 Meeting
09-04-2019 Steak Fry
08-28-2019 Regular Meeting
08-21-2019 Meeting
08-14-2019 Regular Meeting
08-07-2019 Meeting
07-31-2019 Meeting
07-24-2019 Regular Meeting
07-17-2019 Regular Meeting
07-10-2019 Meeting
07-03-2019 Meeting
06-26-2019 Regular Meeting
O6-19-2019 Meeting
6-12-19 Meeting
06/05/2019 Regular Meeting
05/29/2019 Regular Meeting
05-22-2019 Meeting
May 15, 2019 Meeting
May 8, 2019 Meeting
04-27-2019 Highway Cleanup
05-01-2019 Meeting
04=24-2019 Regular Meeting
04-17-2019 Service Above Self
April 10, 2019 Meeting
04-03-2019 Meeting
Mar-27-2019 Meeting
03-20-2019 Regular Meeting
03-13-2019 Regular Meeting
03-03-2019 Meeting
02-27-2019 Regular Meeting
2-13-2019 Meeting Photos
02-06-2019 Meeting
01-30-2099 Regular Meeting
1-23-18 Meeting Photos
01-16-2019 Meeting
1-9-2109 Meeting Pictures
01-02-2019 Meeting
12-19-18 Meeting Photos
12-5-2018 Regular Meeting
11-28-2018 Regular meeting
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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Stacy Plemmons
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