Is Civility Still Alive in Larimer County Government?
This week’s program will bring the three Larimer County Commissioners, John Kefalas, Tom Donnelly, and Steve Johnson, to lunch with the RCFC.  The Commissioners will bring us up to date on the State of the Union, or at least the Larimer County portion of the Union.  Following introduction by Bill West, our commissioners will share their focus areas in county administration, some concerns, and (it is hoped) some success stories.  More about the LC Board of Commissioners can be found at
Be prepared to ask the commissioners to share their points of view about your own interests relating to county government. They are responsible for managing a 2019 budget of $542 million, including some $97 million for capital expenditures.  The Board has been in the news lately on important land use planning issues.  Not all of the matters the commissioners faced are free of controversy, so their take on the civility question should be interesting.
Jeptha Bernstein
Wednesday May 8, Past President Jeanne Fangman inducted RCFC's newest member, Jeptha Bernstein, sponsored by  Kathy Nicol.  Jeptha is an accomplished violinist, and the Founding Executive Director of non-profit Off the Hook Arts youth music program.  She has an extensive resume, having played with at least 10 different orchestras including the Metropolitan Museum Orchestra.  A brief bio can be found at 
Rotary Scholarships Awarded
May 8, RCFC’s Scholarship Committee Chair, Susan Gutowsky, awarded five scholarships to Poudre High School scholars.  Four of the five scholarships were sponsored individually by Rotarians.  Dr. Yung Hai Chen Memorial Scholarships (Ada Chen) were awarded to Kevin Bednar and Alyson Pillard; the Don Unger Scholarship was awarded to Siana Urdiali; the Plemmons Family Scholarship was awarded to Litzinia Calva Mendoza.   The Smyser Family (RCFC Member Sandra Smyser) also awarded 7 scholarships to Poudre students and Magnus Imber was awarded a RCFC Club Scholarship.  Congratulations scholarship winners!  Thanks Susan and the Scholarship Committee for selecting such worthy recipients!  Thanks Rotarian Sponsors! 
Northern Colorado Water Issues
Last week, Roy Otto, Greeley City Manager and Water Board Member spoke to FCRC about Northern Colorado Water Issues.  He reminded us how frequently we interact with water, noting  that water is NOCO’s most important resource and something we must keep in  our region; but also learn to manage collaboratively.
Historically, we had water wars (eg, Ft Collins vs Greeley) which led to our current water law.  The future of water in our region demands collaboration instead.  Current management involves multiple players not always working together-multiple municipal providers, agriculture ditch companies, conservation districts, multiple Poudre River diversions and multiple planned reservoirs( currently in the permitting phase).  Thus far, management and administration of all these players has been like “herding cats”
The mandate for future success is collaboration instead of the “mine, mine” mindset, (competition) and water wars.  The “buy and dry” approach is not acceptable because it removes this essential resource (water) for all time.  An example of past cooperation is the Colorado-Big Thompson Project but the western slope is not likely to share more of it’s water with the fast growing Front Range.
Future pathways to collaboration may (must?) involve shared infrastructure, common legislative and advocacy efforts, education of civilians, regional planning (and authority) as well as good partnerships with Agriculture providing alternatives to “buy and dry”.
Excellent questions from Rotarians added to the discussion.
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 Peace Fellowship will meet each month on the first Wednesday’s from now on.

TIPS training for Peach Festival  Wednesday, June 5, 5:30 - 8:30 PM -- First Bank Building, lower level (100 South College Ave. -- at corner of College and Mountain in downtown Fort Collins).   Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM -- First Bank Building, lower level (100 South College Ave. -- at corner of College and Mountain in downtown Fort Collins).
Rob Marschke announced a $1 dues increase for both district and RI.  He also indicated financial commitment forms will be available soon.  Members are urged to pay by check or ACH through their banks to avoid the club having to pay several thousand dollars a year in charges.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is June 7-8.  See President Steve for more information.
If you need help signing up for King Soopers loyalty card, see Sally Lee.

Bob Traynor of the Windsor club announced a golf tournament on June 19 at Pelican Lakes course.  Proceeds will support RYLA and YRYLA.

Ted Cluett announced there was more than $51,000 in Peach Festival sponsorship through April—already more than last year.  The Peach Committee asked for help in contacting remaining corporations on the list.  See Larry Salmen if you can help.
Henry Weisser reported that Alan Bennett has moved to Spring Creek facility.  He has some dementia, but would love visitors.
Bill Schaffer encouraged everyone to read the two articles about the Four-Way Test in the new ROTARIAN magazine.
Only a few spaces are left for the May 30 Fellowship to Denver for dinner and Wicked.  See or contact Mike Stradt.
Evening 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

Melanie Chamberlain announced the club now had its own storage facility.  Members harboring appropriate materials for our archives should contact Melanie or Bonnie.   If you loaned some archival material for our centennial displays and it has not been returned, please contact Bonnie Titley.  All materials are in storage to be inventoried.  Workers will watch for and return anything reported.

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, Susan Brand, Melanie Chamberlain, or Jeanne Fangman.

Upcoming Events
Comm Grants Youth Applications
Apr 01, 2019 - May 20, 2019
Noon Program: Front Range Community College Update
May 22, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
Markley Honda
May 23, 2019
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Noon Meeting Program: A Cancer Survivor's Story
May 29, 2019 12:00 PM
BREW (Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide)
Crooked Stave Taproom
May 30, 2019 4:00 PM
STEM Committee
Drake Center
Jun 05, 2019
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Noon Meeting - NASA & Space Exploration
Jun 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Evening Meeting (Formerly Satellite)
Red Truck Beer Company
Jun 05, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Membership Committee
Drake Center
Jun 12, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Public Relations Committee
Drake Center
Jun 12, 2019 11:45 AM
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