Space Exploration: Going Where No Man Has Before
In a repeat of one of our most popular programs, on June 5th RCFC welcomes Lockheed Martin Space Engineering and Technology Principal Engineer and NASA Ambassador Jim Paradise.  Following an intro by Stacy Plemmons,  Jim will update us on recent discoveries and planned programs.  In 2010 and again in 2016 our speaker updated us on recent discoveries on Mars, the amazing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and other spectacular photos and discoveries.  This time we will hear about our return to the moon, a future voyage to Mars, a sample-and-return mission to asteroid Bennu and much more.
Jim Paradise leads the Engineering Leadership Development Programs for Lockheed Martin Space Systems.  A graduate of University of Colorado, he now lives in Lakewood.  Jim has worked in the area of Space Exploration for 37 years.  He has worked on the Space Shuttle, Atlas and Titan Launch Vehicles, Manned Maneuvering Unit, dozens of satellites, and most space probes launched in the past 30 years.  Jim grew up in rural Iowa and Nebraska, and was the first NASA Solar System Ambassador for the state of Colorado, visiting schools and other groups in that capacity for more than 18 years.  He has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering. 
New Member Talk: Kip Turian
May 29, Kip Turain gave his New Member (classification) talk with comic banter and photos.  Kip recently retired as Commander of the Air Force ROTC Wing at Colorado State and University of Northern Colorado and, like several officers before him, chose to stay here.  He compared the values he held in the Air Force to those espoused in the 4-Way Test.
Finding an Atom on a Needle in a Haystack
Last week we heard a truly amazing personal story (his cancer journey) from Dr Steve Kramer, retired Ft Collins dentist.  Also participating was his wife, Janey, and his Oncologist from Mongolia, Dr Aldar Bourinbayar.  The emphasis on Dr Kramer’s personal search for effective treatment is apparent in the title of his presentation-“Finding an Atom on a Needle in a Haystack”.
In February 2014, as he was retiring, Steve began to feel very ill, and was shortly thereafter diagnosed with a primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma).  This is a common disease in Mongolia and usually associated with chronic infections of the liver (hepatitis C and B) or cirrhosis. Steve had no identifiable predisposing conditions.
He first underwent a 60% resection of his liver. He next had surgery for a brain metastasis.  The response to treatment is monitored by a blood test (alpha fetoprotein) and CT imaging.  In spite of these surgeries and chemotherapy Steve was found to have recurrent extensive disease and was expected to survive no longer than 3-6 months. Future treatment (UC Health Oncology) had little to offer.
So, Steve and his supportive family began a search i.e., they “Googled it”.  They found a small published study from Mongolia that showed a remarkable treatment response  to an immunotherapy pill called V5.  Dr Aldar Bourinbayer had been studying this drug as a treatment for chronic viral hepatitis  and noticed that in some patients with Hepatocellular carcinoma and hepatitis the tumors were shrinking. He subsequently targeted this treatment to patients with this cancer (as well as others types) and published the results.
Steve travelled to Mongolia to meet Dr Bourinbayar . Steve has been taking this pill daily ever since -he has experienced no side effects and  imaging has showed resolution of tumor and his blood tumor marker has normalized.  His stated goals now are to ski with all his grandchildren (almost there) and get this drug approved by the FDA.  The later has been a frustrating process and  apparently  is a long way off.
There were many comments and questions after the talk. Dr Aldar Bourinbayar emphasized that only one in eight liver cancer  patients treated respond like Steve and this is not a panacea for all difficult-to-treat cancers.  Steve is a former member of Foothills Rotary and a talented sculptor and photographer. We are happy to have him with us and expect a followup talk in 5 years!
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 Susan Walker has been approved by the RCFC Board of Directors.  Susan is the Community Relations Representative for MacKenzie Place, and is sponsored by Bill West.  Any comments regarding Susan as a new member should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, or to her sponsor in writing by June 12, 2019, one week after this notification appears in the June 5, print Rotogear.
Kathy Hawkins asked if anyone knew Carol Ekey, whose Charities contribution needs to be credited properly.

Martin Nelson reported that 15 visited the CSU Engines and Energy Powerhouse.  He asked for suggestions from members for other places to tour.
Phyllis Abt displayed our new club banners, designed by JJ Bertholf.  They are available for members planning to attend other clubs while traveling.
Martin Limbird urged members to attend the Rotary International conference in Hawaii next year, June 6-10.  Register online June 1-5 and receive a discount for registration.
Volunteers for greeter coordinator and front desk duty are needed.
June 14 is the date for a golf tourney at Collindale to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  Details coming.
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.
Melanie Chamberlain announced the club now has 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 Timpson reported the Peace initiative is starting a book discussion group.  See Bill for details. 

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
Fellowship Committee
Jun 12, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Noon Program: International Project - India
Jun 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Intl Projects and Grants Committee
Drake Center
Jun 19, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Noon Mtg. Program: Habitat for Humanity Update
Jun 19, 2019 12:00 PM
Evening Meeting (Formerly Satellite)
Red Truck Beer Company
Jun 19, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Finance Committee
Markley Honda
Jun 20, 2019 3:30 PM
Noon Program: RCFC Changing of the Guard
Jun 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Markley Honda
Jun 27, 2019
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
STEM Committee
Drake Center
Jul 03, 2019
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Noon Program: American Revolution in Broad Context
Jul 03, 2019 12:00 PM
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05/29/2019 Regular Meeting
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May 15, 2019 Meeting
May 8, 2019 Meeting
04-27-2019 Highway Cleanup
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04=24-2019 Regular Meeting
04-17-2019 Service Above Self
April 10, 2019 Meeting
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Mar-27-2019 Meeting
03-20-2019 Regular Meeting
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01-30-2099 Regular Meeting
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12-5-2018 Regular Meeting
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10-31-18 Meeting Photos
08-29-18 Steak Fry
10-24-2018 Regular Meeting
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10-10-2018 Meeting
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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
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08-01-2018 Centennial Dinner
7-18-18 Meeting Photos
06-27-2018 Regular Meeting
6-20-18 Meeting Photos
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05-09-2018 Regular Meeting
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03-21-2018 After Hours Meeting
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02-14-2018 Meeting Photos
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