Weekly Program Notes:
May 16 Program: Fraud, Scams, Humbug and BS

Harry Weisner introduced our very own Bob Meroney, who gave us a very thorough description of trickery, the history and if there is any way to avoid scams.  Scams date back to the early 300 B.C., using insurance fraud for boats not returning to Athens with goods – Bottomry.

In 2017 there were 16.7 million reports of fraud, identity theft or other means of deception.  70% of frauds are done with the telephone.  The largest group duped by this means range in ages 20-29, but those over 70, only duped 18%, but with higher dollar amounts.

There are several means of deception, the Top 10 are:  Imposters, Telephone, Prizes & promises of lottery winnings, Shop @ Home schemes, Internet, Foreign Money promises, Travel & Timeshare, Business or Job Opportunities, Advance payment for Credit, and Health Care.  Several examples of these frauds were shared by Bob, including the Grandparent Scam, of the grandchild calling and needing money immediately to avoid trouble.

What can you do to eliminate vulnerability?  Sorry, nothing.  Be alert, be cautious.  And don’t give out information to anyone that you may have concerns about.  Always hang up and call your own contacts for whoever has just called you or emailed you.

Congratulations Bill Timpson:  District 5440 Rotarian of the Year!!
At the District Convention May 3-5 in Estes Park, Dr. William Timpson was awarded  the Rotarian of the Year award for his work in peace building and conflict resolution.  Dr. Timpson has worked extensively in Burundi on peace and reconciliation, has been awarded multiple Global Matching Grants, and has started a peace initiative in Fort Collins.  In recent years, District-wide Rotarian of the Year awards have been presented to Chuck Rutenberg, Phyllis Abt and Bill and Gentry Moellenhoff.  It was a proud moment for Bill and for our club.  
In addition, Satellite Chair Jon Land gave a well received presentation on why, as a young professional, he became a Rotarian.  RCFC also received the District Governor's Citation for meeting and exceeding goals, including membership, service and commitment.   Amy and Lars  Larson, along with Martin Limbird and Del Benson entertained the group with Western music.   Our club was truly well acknowledged!  
District Governor People of Action Awards
President Jeanne Fangman announced that fourteen RCFC Members were awarded the District Governor's "People of Action" citation at the recent District Conference. 
District recognition included RCFC members Justie Nicol, Kathy Nicol, Del Benson, Jeanne Fangman, Ross Lane, Judy Lane, Annette Geiselman, John Trone, Robin Steele, Stacy Plemmons, Kelso Kelly, Jack Vogt, Marty Bachman, and Martin Nelson.  
Satellite Announces BBBrews
The RCFC Satellite is hosting their 3rd Annual fundraiser, BBBrew for Hope, a Kansas City BBQ Sanctioned Competition featuring unlimited competition BBQ, beer from Horse & Dragon Brewery and live music. This event is raises money for ChildSafe Colorado, CSU Ag Adventures and our own Rotary Club's International Projects & Grants Committee. 
In the past 2 years BBBrews has raised just under $17,000!!   Access Sponsorship Levels Here > Tickets Can Be Purchased Here 
BBBrews attendees tend to be mid-career and retired professionals with local ties and a heart for philanthropy.   Only 350 tickets will be sold! ​  
Tickets are $40.00 per person and include: one complimentary local craft beer, unlimited BBQ to be prepared by the BBQ competitors and the opportunity to vote for the people’s choice.  Click here to watch us on KDVR last year promoting the event
WHEN: July 28th • 2pm – 5pm
WHERE: B.W. Pickett Equine Center (CSU Equine Center)
Program May  9: Encore Careers
Wednesday, May 9th, Coloradoan columnist Katy Piotrowski, presented "Encore Careers".     Starting with Bridges model of transitions, she talked about the three phases - Letting Go of the past; the Neutral Zone; and the New Beginnings.  She noted that the Neutral Zone, when things feel the most unstable and vulnerable, is also the most creative period.  She suggested journalling, considering your "super power", and 'experimenting' as helpful practices.
Piotrowski also listed many examples of people who have changed careers completely, from lawyer to call center employee, state official to entrepreneur, finance executive to craftsman, etc.  
President Elect Steve Laine Kicks off Annual Funding Drive
President-Elect Steve Laine announced the start of RCFC's annual Financial Commitment Drive, noting that "We have always been generous with our time and talent.  It’s time think about what you can do in the ‘treasure’ department for next year".  Steve set a goal to increase support for Community Grants, Scholarships and all of the things RCFC does to impact people and our community by 10% this year.  Financial Commitment forms are due to Assistant Treasurer Bonnie Titley no later than May 9.
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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The Board of Directors has approved the membership application of Debora Bernagozzi.  She has met successfully with a Membership Committee representative. Deborah is being sponsored by Martin Limbird and is primarily a video, photography, media and fiber artist.  

If there are any comments about Deborah as a new member, that should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, or to Martin Limbird in writing by May 30th, 2018, one week after this notification appears in the May 23rd, 2018 print Rotogear. 

Kelso Kelly still needs golfers to join his team for the Breakfast Club Golf tournament June 15.  Festivities include pre- and post-parties, a grand prize of a trip to Monterey, a reverse raffle, and a silent auction.  Players’ fees will be returned to their club.  Cost is $145.  

Harry Mueller needs volunteers to be TIPS trained on May 31 (6-9 PM) or June 23 (9-12 noon), and then Volunteer at the Peach Festival.  Also needed is use of a refrigerated van and more sponsorships.  

Sally Lee announced King Soopers now requires checks for reloading more than $100.  Credit cards no longer taken.  Our club earned $250 this month.

Volunteers are needed to help paint at La Familia (309 Hickory).  June 1 prep work, June 2 painting.

Richard Skaggs said “farewell” to the club.  After 12 years in Fort Collins, he is moving to Kansas to be near family.  He will cherish his club memories and will miss the Fellowship.

Ross Lane needs help for the Four-Way Test program at Weber seventh grade on May 29-30.  Sign up or he will call you!


RCFC Treasurer Kelso Kelly assured members that he and his team are working “happily” to straighten out our financials.  To divide responsibilities, Stacy will oversee member accounts billing and collections, and Kelso will oversee accounting, reporting and accounts payable. 

President Elect Steve Laine urges members to get commitment forms in so a reliable budget for next year can be developed.

Satellite Member Jennifer Brooks asked for sponsors for the BBBrews event on July 28.    Sponsors get four tickets.

Melanie Chamberlain urged all members to update their directory information for the Centennial edition.  If you want a new photo, contact Lee Jeffrey.  If you want an ad in the new directory, contact Bill West.

Jud Harper announced that the Legacy Fund is going to meet its $1 million goal!  But we don’t want to stop “plugging” and we hope to raise another $100K by August 1 to continue the legacy of our club.

Sally Lee will be presenting a series on Women is Science.  Her first program was on a female mathematician.

Marty Bachman reminded all to report special occasions/events/illness that the Care and Recognition Committee should acknowledge.  Call Marty, Judy Boggs, or President Jeanne.
Lee Jeffrey read to 1st graders and had a ball.  More volunteers are needed.  Contact Lee or Rob Marschke

President Jeanne urged members to engage Rotary through RCFC Committees.  The Rotogear, Membership, New Member Orientation, and Welcome Desk all need volunteers.  
Melanie Chamberlain appealed to members to look for any historical materials they might have squirreled away at home and bring them to her or Bonnie for use in creating Centennial Year displays.
Garth McCann changed the coffee klatch at Whole Foods Porch to Thursday, 8:30 AM.

Save the Date: Lynne Baker, one of three co-chairs of the Centennial Committee, reports that much is being planned for our Centennial Year.  Culmination will be a dinner on August 1, 2018, at in the Stadium Club in the new CSU stadium.  
Upcoming Events
Paul Harris Presentation - Lynn Baker
May 30, 2018
Bears Ears National Monument - Patty Limerick
Jun 06, 2018
Pathways Hospice - Nate Lamkin
Jun 13, 2018
Changing of the Guard - PP Glenn Schmidt
Jun 20, 2018
Rotary International Convention - Toronto, Canada
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018
Centennial Celebration Dinner at CSU Stadium
Aug 01, 2018
Photo Albums
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
Bulletin Editor
Stacy Plemmons
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Meeting Responsibilities
Legacy Foundation
Trustee and Secretary
Bachman, Marty
RYLA AND YRYLA Selection Committee
RYLA and YRYLA Selection Committee Member
Bachman, Marty
Recognition and Caring Committee
Committee Member
Bachman, Marty
2019 District Conference/Celebration
Bachman, Marty
History Club
Bachman, Marty
Peach Festival
Volunteer, TIPS Trained
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