What's New in the Auto Industry

This Wednesday, March 13th, our speaker is Tim Jackson, president/CEO of the Colorado Auto Dealers Association (CADA).  Jackson will be introduced by Markley Motors CEO Carrie Baumgart.  The association represents and serves 400 new car, truck, RV and motorcycle dealers across the state.  As the chief staff officer of CADA, Tim advocates for issues of importance to franchised new car dealers, business and the public’s Freedom to Drive and right to buy their vehicle of choice.  

CADA provides training and education, legislative and regulatory advocacy, member services and legal compliance support for Colorado’s new car dealers.  For the prior seven years, Tim served as state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), small business advocacy organization, with 600,000 members nationally.  

Tim has a personal goal to visit as many Rotary Clubs as possible in the US.  So far, Tim has made over 450 Rotary Club presentations, including those to 127 of Colorado’s 140+ Rotary Clubs, some as many as five times.  And Tim has presented what has proven to be a popular and exciting program to Rotary Clubs, in Long Beach, CA, Washington, DC and Kemmerer, Wyoming.  This week alone, Tim is presenting to four Rotary Clubs across Colorado.

Tim and his wife, Beverly, reside in Denver.  They have two grown children – a daughter, who is an attorney with FDIC, and a son, who is studying for a Ph.D in Economics at the University of Miami.

Tim is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a frequent speaker on business and auto industry issues.

March Cadet of the Month - Michael Berg
Bill Schaffter introduced US Air Force Captain Adam Niederhiser, who in turn introduced RCFC’s March Cadet of the Month, Michael Berg. Cadet Burg thanked his parents for instilling a service and hard worth ethic.
RCFC's Newest Blue Badge - Zak George

Zak George is RCFC’s newest Blue Badge member after including his New Member Talk into his presentation on H2-B visas.  George obtained a business management degree from CSU before working at Disney World and discovering landscaping, which he loved.  He started ZGL Company in 2005.  

“H2-B” - What is it and Why is it Important?

FCRC member, Zac George started with his New Member talk, detailing how after receiving a degree from CSU in Business Management he worked at Disneyworld, returned to Ft Collins, got into landscaping and opened his own business in 2005 (ZGL Co).

The remainder of the talk was about the H2-B visa and how it works in Northern Colorado.  First, George made clear two things the H2-B is not - an immigration program, or a cheap source of labor taking jobs from local workers.  The program started in 1987 with fewer than 100 visas issued, reached a high of 160,000 visas, and in 2019 has just 60,000 temporary visas, causing serious problems for seasonal companies such as ZGL Landscaping.  

The need exists because the civilian labor force participation is declining, and there are more jobs available (especially in places like NOCO) than resident workers to fill them.  The goal of the program is not to save money for employers but to create a stream of reliable, skilled (returning) seasonal workers.  Common areas of employment in Colorado include food services, hospitality, construction and landscaping.  Wages depend on location but are $15.75 per hour in NOCO.  Workers for Zac’s business come from Mexico where similar work would pay $10 per day.

Next, Zac detailed the extensive process to get the worker on the job: acceptance of the business into the program, the yearly visa application and assignment process, receiving a (WAC number) from UCIS in San Diego, then the recruitment, hiring, and transporting workers to the job.  Third parties are hired to process workers and transport them to Ft Collins from all over Mexico.  Often Mexican workers in the program recruit hardworking friends and family for future employment.  Challenges unique in our area include getting housing, cars and all the needs we have in this growth area.  Without this program, it is not clear how businesses like ZGL could operate.

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 Don Jorgensen.  Don is a recently retired orthodonist practice, and was previously a member of RCFC.  He is sponsored by Stacy Plemmons.  Comments about Don as a new member should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, or to his sponsor in writing by March 20, 2019, one week after this notification appears in the March 13, 2019 print Rotogear. 

Lloyd Thomas announced that the RYLA and YRYLA applications website for summer 2019 is now open.  Slots are available for both students and senior counselors.  RYLA Plus is available for physically challenged students. 

Melanie Chamberlain announced that the District 5440 Spring Assembly and Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held April 6 at the Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.  To register go to

The Rotary History Fellowship will meet next door or in the foyer immediately after the meeting. Our topic will be 'Reflections on the history of the American nomination process and the fate of third parties. Our favorite nominees for 2020 will also be discussed. Everyone and all opinions are always welcome.

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

The Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins are sponsoring a Peace Initiative Speaker Series.  The first is a special presentation at CSU’s Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, April 9, from 6-8 p.m.  Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students.  Contact Larry Salmen (RCFC) or J.J. Shaw (Breakfast Club) for tickets.

Jeanne Fangman announced that the April 17 meeting will be an evening meeting.  It is our annual Service Above Self Recognition event.  If you wish to nominate anyone for an award, please contact Jeanne by March 1.

Kathy Nicol announced that she is putting together a Rotary table at the Project Self-Sufficiency Luncheon to be held Tuesday, March 26th at the Embassy Suites, Loveland.  Please let Kathy know if you wish to be added to this Rotary table. or 970/215-1543

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.

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.

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

All members are encouraged 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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