Photography as a Second Career

On April 24th, Rotarian George Theodore, a retired electrical engineer, talks about his second career.   Following his introduction by Ralph Smith, our fellow Rotarian will cover how he got started in photography and those who were instrumental in his development through the years.  George’s early work was urban themed, and done in black and white.  Then came the switch to color, then transparencies (slides), and finally digital.  Though still an amateur at heart, George found himself teaching photography and leading workshops and tours.  Those of us interested in the technology will hear George’s views on the differences between film and digital photography – the pros and cons of each -  and hear about our speaker’s experiments with infrared photography.

RCFC members can learn how to create more interest in a photograph by incorporating mood, excitement, and form.  Find out how to work with a two-dimensional surface to add depth or change shape - creating a third dimensional feel.  We will discover techniques to lead viewers through an image.  Lastly, George plans to touch on some reasonably priced aids (software) to help you process your images, and If time permits, we will see a brief slide show.  

George Theodore was raised in New York, and has a degree in Electrical Engineering.  His last position was CEO of a Minneapolis based firm of Architects and Engineers.  His projects included the Minneapolis Convention Center, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, Jerry West Arena for University of West Virginia, and multiple projects for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.  He was introduced to photography over 65 years ago and started teaching after retirement in 2003.  George formed “American Nature Photography Workshops” in 2011.

Celebrating Service Above Self
Last Wednesday, April 17th, we celebrated our 31st Service Above Self Awards with a record 122 people attending.  It was a fun event with  great music and food.  Awards were presented to celebrate individuals who have excelled at Service in Action during the past year.  Most of the awardees were introduced by the recipient of the same award in 2018.  The awards were presented by District Governor, Chuck Rutenberg. 
  *    Max Getts 4-Way Test Award - Dawn T-Baumgartner
  *    Five Avenues of Service Award - Ada Chen
  *    Spirit of Rotary Award - Justie D. Nicol
  *    Bob Everitt Rotaract Member of the Year Award - Adriana Graybeal
  *    Bob Seymour Satellite Member of the Year Award - Jon Land
  *    Quiet  Rotarian - Marty Bachman
  *    Alan Ashbaugh Excellence Award - Lucinda Kerschensteiner
  *    Service Above Self Award - Mayor Wade Troxell
  *    President's Citation - Kelso Kelly, Robin Steele & Henry Weisser
  *    Rotarian of the Year Award - Bonnie Titley
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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Sally Lee said that those needing help getting the new King Soopers card to see her.  She plans to have a laptop with her on April 24.

Martin Nelson asked how many would be interested in touring the Engines Lab headed by Bryan Willson..

Ron Stoops announced a highway cleanup on Saturday, April 27 at 8 a.m.  Donuts will be served.  This is our first cleanup after construction completion.

Phyllis Abt needs to order new banners for the club's yearly change.  Members, by straw vote, chose to use our 100 Year design for the new ones.

Only a few spaces are left for the May 30 Fellowship to Denver for dinner and Wicked.  See or contact Mike Stradt.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you loaned some archival material for our centennial displays and it has not been returned, pleas contact Bonnie Titley.  All materials are in storage to be inventoried.  Workers will watch for and return anything reported.
May Satellite Meetings: May 1st, Larino Wine Bar  3600 Mitchel Drive, Fort Collins  5:15-5:30 Purchase beverages/food; 5:30-6:30 Rotary Meeting
May 15th, 5:30-6:30 Larino Wine Bar 3600 Mitchel Drive, Fort Collins  5:15-5:30 Purchase beverages/food, 5:30-6:30 Rotary Meeting

Larry Salmen gave an update from the Peach Festival Committee.  They have identified 70 companies to contact for sponsorship.  Ted Cluett said their goal is $100K in sponsors.  Mara Johnson encouraged members to step up.

Foothills Rotary is planning a Corn Hole tournament April 27 and are looking for players and sponsors.  For details see

Melanie Chamberlain announced the club now had its own storage facility.  Members harboring appropriate materials for our archives should contact Melanie or Bonnie.

John Roberts announced the Global Village Museum‘s new exhibit, “Russia in Retrospect”.  Six special programs are scheduled during the 3-5 month run.

All members are encouraged to join the newly established Peace Fellowship.  Remember—peace leads to solutions.

Bill Schaffter urges participation in Fort Collins Read Aloud.  For information, go to

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

Upcoming Events
Comm Grants Youth Applications
Apr 01, 2019 - May 20, 2019
Changes in Golf Rules, Warren Wilson
May 01, 2019
STEM Committee
Drake Center
May 01, 2019
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
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Lirano Wine Bar
May 01, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Water Issues Northern Colorado, Roy Otto
May 08, 2019 12:00 PM
County Commissioners Panel
May 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Evening Meeting (Formerly Satellite)
Lirano Wine Bar
May 15, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Markley Honda
May 23, 2019
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
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Drake Center
Jun 05, 2019
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Evening Meeting (Formerly Satellite)
Red Truck Beer Company
Jun 05, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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04-17-2019 Service Above Self
April 10, 2019 Meeting
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Mar-27-2019 Meeting
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01-30-2099 Regular Meeting
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01-16-2019 Meeting
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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
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09-05-2018 Regular Meeting
8-29-18 Steak Fry
08-22-2018 Regular Meeting
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04-25-2018 Regular Meeting
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03-21-2018 After Hours Meeting
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01-31-2018 Regular Meeting
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