The Ongoing Saga of the Roberts Ranch

This Wednesday Amy Brackenbury, an RCFC member with longstanding ties with the ranching community north of here, introduces our speaker, Zack Thode, the manager of the Evan and Catherine Roberts Ranch.  This 17,000 acre ranch had been in the continuous ownership of one family for 144 years.  In order to preserve the agricultural heritage of the ranch, arrangements were made for a conservation easement to protect it.

Following the deaths of Evan Roberts in 2002, and Catherine at the end of 2015, bitter controversies arose over the management of this property.  For those who have read James Galvin’s “The Meadows” a national bestseller about this area and its history, it will be of interest to hear what lies ahead for the Roberts Ranch.

STEM Grant to O'Dea Lego Robotics
February 13, a STEM grant for $420 was presented to the O’Dea LEGO Robotics program.  Debra Goodwin and a team of students accepted the award, commenting that the award would help replace worn out parts.  
New/Additional Paul Harris Fellows
The following Rotarians were recognized by Melanie Chamberlain for attaining  Paul Harris Fellow status:
Harry Mueller—his first
Chuck Rutenberg—+6
Robert Hoel—+6
Lee Jeffrey—+6
Robert Simmons—+3
Henry Weisser—+2
Peace Literacy

Last week we were privileged to hear a talk entitled “Peace Literacy” from Paul Chappell, author and international peace educator.  Our speaker shared his background leading to his interest in peace promotion.  He grew up in a multiracial family in Alabama and his youth and violent family environment lead him to develop  what he described as a “mass shooter rage”.  Nonetheless, he subsequently graduated from West Point and became a US Army Captain deployed to Iraq.  Along the way, he realized, absent from his education were  any tools to deal with his rage, trauma and alienation. (ie, peace education).

Through his personal experiences and research he learned that effective peace literacy required  an understanding of “the human condition”.  This requires a rethinking of our basic human needs, ie, turning Maslow’s hierarchy “upside down”. More basic than the physical needs are certain even more  basic needs common to all persons.  And, meeting those needs, are essential to, and enhance our success in meeting our physical needs.

Most basically we need- 1 Purpose and Meaning; 2 Belonging; 3 Self Worth; 4 Explanation (beware of incorrect explanation common in today’s politics)

Meeting these needs provide motivation and success to meet our physical needs and develop peace skills and peace competency.  Peace skills need to be taught.  Mutual respect for one another and for different cultures is required.  Listening and empathy are key.  Ft Collins Rotary Club’s newly formed Peace Fellowship is a local resource.

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 Sandra Munger.  Sandra was a librarian and Rotarian for 15 years in Canyon, Texas.  She is being sponsored by Jean Lamm.  Comments about Sandra as a new member should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, or to her sponsor in writing by February 27th 2019, one week after this notification appears in the February 20th, 2019 print Rotogear. 

The Investment Fellowship will meet immediately after the regular Wednesday meeting in the foyer or side room.  Topic: “Should Your Wealth Be Taxed?”  Everyone is welcome. 

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

Don Eversole reported that Dick Dunn is doing better and should be able to attend soon.

Ron Stoops reported that Fellow Rotarian Dennis Hogarth passed away in Indiana following a battle with Alzheimer’s.

Announcements Editor Bonnie Titley will be traveling February 23 through March 12.  Willing to fill in for Bonnie during her absence?  See Bonnie or Stacy Plemmons

Past Announcements still valid:

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

Michael Stradt announced a planned Fellowship Committee outing to see “Wicked” in Denver sometime before Memorial Day.  Interested, see Mike.

Rotaract is trying to establish a community club for those between school and Satellite age, sponsored by all four Rotary clubs.  Suggest names to Del Benson.

The Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins are sponsoring a Peace Initiative Speaker Series.  The first is a special presentation on race relations at CSU’s Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, April 9, from 6-8 p.m.  See Peace Committee members for details.  

Rob Marschke asked members to support the 2019 Peach Festival by becoming a  Sponsor.  Forms were distributed.

Don Eversoll asked interested members to join the newly established Peace Fellowship.  Remember—peace leads to solutions.

Sally Lee urged members to give King Soopers cards as gifts.  Talk to her if interested.

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.

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Insects for Orphans, Amy Franklin
Feb 27, 2019
The A8 Visa Program: Zak George
Mar 06, 2019
Colorado Auto Dealers Association: Tim Jackson
Mar 13, 2019
Around the World in 5 Months - John Roberts
Mar 20, 2019
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