Vietnam Vet, POW and Author, Richard Wideman

This week RCFC's annual program honoring veterans features Robert Wideman, now a Fort Collins resident, and author of Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of A Vietnam POW.  He will be introduced  by Dave Stewart.  Wideman's book relates our speaker’s thoughts and emotions from when his Navy A-4 Skyhawk, on his 134th flying mission, went down during a bombing run over North Vietnam on May 6, 1967, to his release six years later from a Hanoi prison.  Click here to join the meeting and presentation.

Megan Butler named AF October Cadet of the Month
Rotarians Warren Wilson and Kip Turain recently recognized Megan Butler as Cadet of the Month!  Megan is an Air Force ROTC senior cadet from Colorado Springs, CO.  She serves as the Vice Wing Commander at Detachment 90.  After graduating from CSU in May 2021 with a degree in Health and Exercise Science plus a Health Promotion Concentration she hopes to enter the AF as an Intelligence Officer.  Through the Health Promotion program, she is interning with UC Health and assisting with the COVID 19 vaccine research trials.  Congratulations Megan!
RCFC Celebrates Rural-Urban Connection
For our November 4, Zoom meeting, Dr. James Pritchett, Dean of the CSU College of Agricultural Science, updated us on the curriculum, enrollment, and teaching focus, as well as share concerns he sees in Colorado's agricultural industry.  He started by saying that he is asking the approximately 260 employees in the College to focus on the “brand”:  “Come to the Table”.  His view of that table is possibly a picnic table (everyone gathered around to maintain contacts), a negotiation table (different groups solving problems collegially), or a meeting-room table (groups sharing ideas).  Click here to view the meeting and presentation.  
President Del's Priorities and Plans
Wednesday July 1, 2020-21 President Del Benson outlined his background, priorities and thoughts for this coming year.  He touched on the challenges of declining noon membership and the resultant reduction in income and charitable pledges to support our service mission.  Del then outlined his priorities and a "U+2" Time, Talent and Treasure Challenge for every member:  
  • Bring in two new members
  • Double contributions to Rotary funding needs
  • Help on two funding initiatives
  • Give time to two additional service projects
  • Organize new projects and outcomes
  • Attend two more meetings every quarter
  • Combine categories engaging U+2 and have twice the fun and accomplishments
He closed his remarks with preliminary plans for a "Good and Lucky Non-Event Fundraiser" this fall.  Stay tuned for details...
Executives & Directors
President Elect, Club Accounting
Immediate Past President
Evening Meeting Chair, Membership and Programs
Executive Secretary, Policies and Procedures
Board Member, Community and Member Engagement
Board Member, Fundraising
Board Member, Youth Programs
Board Member, International Projects and Fundraising
Board Member, Professional Outrea
Board Member, Programs, Media Communications
The Legacy Fund Chair and Fundraising
Rotary International Foundation Chair and Fundraising
Editor: Bonnie Titley
Urgent/Current Announcements:
Stephen W. Smith, PhD  has been approved by the Board of Directors and oriented for membership. His sponsor is David Stewart. Smith is an agricultural, irrigation & water resources engineer, associated with Wade Water LLC consulting services, and operates Buena Vida Farm in Larimer County, featuring tree & vegetable production. His has irrigation engineering experience in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Far East and has acquired many recognitions and awards. His wife is MaryLou Smith.  Any objections to Smith's membership must be sent to his sponsor or the RCFC Secretary Kathy Nicol no later than November 18.  
The History Fellowship will meet immediately following this Wednesday's meeting, via the same Zoom link.   The topic is a review of when really big government was adopted: FDR and Mrs. Roosevelt 
Kathy Nicol announced that help is needed to fill 200 bags with toiletry items collected for Homeward Alliance.  We will meet on November 18th at Speed Pro, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Please register by clicking here Homeward Alliance. 
Member Applicant Kacie Mach announced that Ent Credit Union is partnering with the United Way of Larimer County for the local wildfire relief efforts. Ent is matching all donations made to the UWLC fire relief fund up to $50,000.  More Information at []
Older Announcements Still Relevant:
Bart Kingham is in special care and leaving Rotary.  Millie would appreciate if you reach out to Bart, at 900 Arbor Ave. #1 FC 80526
SAVE THE DATE. The Service Above Self Awards 2019-20 Celebration Event will be December 16th 2020 from Noon to 1pm via Zoom.  Past President and host Steve Laine is hoping for a "tremendous turn-out supporting and recognizing people who help make our Club, our Community and the World a better place to be and live."
The Boots and Coats program for low income Poudre Schools students has been funded with $1000 from RI District, $500 from RCFC Community Grants, and a discount from Jax. Thanks Jean Lamm and Kathy Nicol.
The Community Grants Committee is now accepting applications in the Health and Wellness category.  For full details see the RCFC website.  Grant deadline is November 20.
The Nominations Committee was announced in preparation for the December 2, 2020 election of future club officers.  Nominations are encouraged - please send to Chair Rob Marschke.  
The PR Committee is looking for volunteers to post Rotary happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  To volunteer contact John Trone.
First Pres church has indicated they are not comfortable hosting Rotary any time soon.  For now, all meetings will continue to be via Zoom. 
President Del asked that in this time of deep political divisions, Rotarians think and act with civility and peace towards the many perspectives.
The next Rotary Book Fellowship discussion is December 10, reviewing the book Doc by Mary Doria Russell.  Contact Dave Stewart for details.
Phyllis Abt is leading the revision/development of an RCFC Policies and Procedures manual.  Let her know if you have items to contribute.
General reminder of our Fellowships schedule.  All follow immediately after the Wednesday noon Zoom meeting, using the same login.  First Wednesday: Peace. Second Wednesday: History. Third Wednesday: Investments.  Fourth Wednesdays: Science.  
President Del noted that the board's current focus is on Committees, gaining clarity and structure to achieve RCFC's goals.  He reminded all that it is not necessary to be a formal member of a committee to make a contribution, and encouraged all to be engaged.  
President Del announced a 'one-stop' Finances email -  Del also reminded members that 'the buck stops here' and asked that any complaints or concerns also be directed to him.
Sally Lee reported King Soopers rebate of $468.00 that goes directly into our charitable budget.  If you haven’t signed up yet, see Sally.
Marty Bachman urged members to shop on Amazon Smile.  Rebates would be credited to our club at the rate of 0.5%.  Look for the Amazon logo on our website.
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
Noon Pgm: Rotary Foundation Celebration
Nov 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Investment Fellowship
Nov 18, 2020
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Evening Meeting
Nov 18, 2020
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Nov 19, 2020
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Science and Engineering Fellowship
Via Zoom or in Noon Meeting Room
Nov 25, 2020
Noon:Reviewing Election 2020: Dr. Bob Lawrence
Nov 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Noon Pgm: Storm Chaser
Dec 02, 2020 12:00 PM
Peace Builder Fellowship
Dec 02, 2020
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Evening Meeting
Dec 02, 2020
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Noon Pgm: Birthday Celebration TBA
Dec 09, 2020 12:00 PM
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Photo Albums
4-15-20 Zoom Meeting Photos
03-11-2020 Regular Meeting
02-26-2020 Meeting
02-19-2020 Meeting Photos
02-12-2020 Meeting Photos
02-05-2020 Meeting Pictures
1-29-2020 Regular Meeting
01-22-2020 Regular Meeting
01-15-2020 Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 Meeting
12-18-2019 Christmas Party
12-05-2019 Meeting
11 December 2019 Meeting
11-20-2019 Meeting
11-06-2019 Meeting
10-30-2019 Regular Meeting
09-25-2019 Meeting
10-19-2019 Eastside park Cleanup
Meeting 10-9-19
09-18-2019 Meeting
Sept 11, 2019 Meeting
09-04-2019 Steak Fry
08-28-2019 Regular Meeting
08-21-2019 Meeting
08-14-2019 Regular Meeting
08-07-2019 Meeting
07-31-2019 Meeting
07-24-2019 Regular Meeting
07-17-2019 Regular Meeting
07-10-2019 Meeting
07-03-2019 Meeting
06-26-2019 Regular Meeting
O6-19-2019 Meeting
6-12-19 Meeting
06/05/2019 Regular Meeting
05/29/2019 Regular Meeting
05-22-2019 Meeting
May 15, 2019 Meeting
May 8, 2019 Meeting
04-27-2019 Highway Cleanup
05-01-2019 Meeting
04=24-2019 Regular Meeting
04-17-2019 Service Above Self
April 10, 2019 Meeting
04-03-2019 Meeting
Mar-27-2019 Meeting
03-20-2019 Regular Meeting
03-13-2019 Regular Meeting
03-03-2019 Meeting
02-27-2019 Regular Meeting
2-13-2019 Meeting Photos
02-06-2019 Meeting
01-30-2099 Regular Meeting
1-23-18 Meeting Photos
01-16-2019 Meeting
1-9-2109 Meeting Pictures
01-02-2019 Meeting
12-19-18 Meeting Photos
12-5-2018 Regular Meeting
11-28-2018 Regular meeting
11-14-2018 Meeting
11-07-2018 Meeting
10-31-18 Meeting Photos
08-29-18 Steak Fry
10-24-2018 Regular Meeting
10-17-18 Meeting Photos
10-10-2018 Meeting
10-03-2018 Meeting
09-26-2018 Regular Meeting
09-19-2018 Meeting Photos
09-05-2018 Regular Meeting
8-29-18 Steak Fry
08-22-2018 Regular Meeting
08-18-2018 Peach Festival
08-08-2018 Regular Meeting
08-01-2018 Centennial Dinner
7-18-18 Meeting Photos
06-27-2018 Regular Meeting
6-20-18 Meeting Photos
2018-6-13 Meeting
May 30, 2018 Meeting
Meeting May 23, 2018
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
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