Hearts and Horses - the Science beyond the Magic
On February 6, Diane Foley will present Hearts and Horses.   No information or photo was received regarding Diane.  
According to their website, Hearts & Horses is a Loveland-based therapeutic riding program, incorporated January 27, 1997 by a small group of volunteers.   Why Horses?  The natural gait (movement) of the horse stimulates human walking movement in a manner that cannot be replicated mechanically. While riding, participants must constantly make postural adjustments to maintain their balance, which in turn increases their overall balance, orientation and body awareness.  Other benefits include improved muscle tone, posture, range of motion, flexibility, social skills and emotional well being.  In addition, horses provide a non-judgmental relationship, accepting individuals for who they are regardless of physical, emotional or social abilities.
Horses help special riders achieve things that most of us take for granted (such as walking or feeling good about ourselves) every day.
RCFC 5-peats Bell-Ringing Trophy
Isaias Braga presented the Salvation Army Bellringing trophy to RCFC for the fifth year running.  RCFC collected $1326, compared to just over $900 for the nearest competitor.  Martin Nelson and Bill Schaffer were thanked for their leadership in this year’s effort.
Purple Pins for Polio, January 27, 2019
The January 26th, the Quad club (plus Rotaract) Purple Pins for Polio event raised over $30,000 total.  RCFC's portion was over $9000, providing vaccines for more than 45,000 children.  A very successful event.  Johnny was the champ, again!  Thanks, organizers: Ruth Lutes and Sharyn Salman!
Poudre Fire Authority - Tom DeMint

Wednesday January 30, Chief Tom DeMint presented the Poudre Fire Authority (PFA) to RCFC.  The fire chief discussed the history, the size of the jurisdiction, the budget, governance, number of calls, community risk reduction, the quest for continuous improvement and more.  

The PFA was formed in 1981 through an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Fort Collins and the Poudre Valley Fire Protection District (PVFPD).  This consolidation was implemented to provide a more prompt and effective response to fires and emergencies in the 235 square mile area served by the PFA.  

In 1982, PFA responded to a little less than 3000 calls for service.  In 2019, PFA will respond to 25,000 calls for service.  While PFA responds to all fire emergencies, fire is only a small part of the emergency needs.  Today medical emergencies make up approximately 70% of PFA’s emergency response, and PFA is responsible for maintaining the contract between the community and the regional ambulance provider, UCHealth.  According to DeMint the fire authority responds to medical emergencies because they are typically close, are first on the scene, and can provide emergency medical assistance while waiting for an ambulance.  Chief DeMint provided a very interesting and informative presentation, and RCFC thanks all first responders for their service to our community.  

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 membership application of Meghana Bhatnager has been approved by the Board of Directors.  She met successfully with a Membership Committee representative and is sponsored by Mara Johnson.  Meghana is a commercial banker for Adams Bank & Trust.   Any comments regarding Meghana's membership should be directed in writing to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, or her sponsor by February 13, 2019, one week after this notification appears in the February 6, 2019 print Rotogear. 

John Roberts announced the Global Village Museum‘s new exhibit, “Russia in Retrospect”, opening Friday, February 1.  Six special programs are scheduled during the 3-5 month run.

STEM committee will meet Wednesday, February 6, at 11:15.

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

Rotaract's annual Breakfast Bingo is coming Feb 16th from 9 am to 12 pm at the Northside Aztlan Center.  They are raising money for Africa Pads, an organization working to empower and support women in Malawi Africa. Tickets are $30. To buy tickets, donate to Africa Pads, or donate to the event (anything monetary or items for silent auction) please contact

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.

Dick Dunn is not doing well.  Don Eversoll asked that we keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

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Kelly Kessler fell and broke a hip.  He is in Room 201 at Centre Rehab.

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 reminded 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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Feb 20, 2019
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