Your quarterly review of the latest activities and more from the Rotary Club of Fort Collins.

Thank-you Rotarians! 

As we prepare for the new year, please take a moment to reflect on the last quarter of fellowship and service :)  Below is the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Fall Review for 2022.  The links to the quarterly reviews for the rest of 2022 are below also if you missed them or would like to check out again:

Rotarians in Action

Gardens on Spring Creek
We started October by volunteering at the Gardens on Spring Creek. Thanks to these painting Rotarians, the Dr.Seuss House and it’s fence were recently refreshed. Once again, it can now be enjoyed by all in the Children’s Garden at the Gardens at Spring Creek.  
Food Share for the Food Bank
These Rotarians spent a Saturday morning in October working at the Food Share program for the Food Bank. We sorted & stocked the produce area, repackaged onions, stocked bread & sweets, distributed meat & dairy products and recycled boxes.
Coats and Boots!
In November, we helped sort & distribute Coats & Boots to underserved students in local elementary schools.  The coats and boots were partially funded by a District  Grant.
CSU Food Pantry
These Rotarians worked in CSU’s food pantry.  They packaged canned and dry foods in boxes (placed on pallet to the left). About 30% of the CSU’s student population is food insecure. The shelves and tables were also cleaned and polished.
Food Share program of the Food Bank
Thanks to these Rotarians who spent a November Saturday morning working in the Food Share program of the Food Bank. We stocked fresh produce, distributed frozen meat & chicken, and helped the clients choose cheese, yogurt, milk and bread products.
Homeward Alliance's Winter Family Resource Fair
In December, several of our Rotarians volunteered at the Homeward Alliance’s Winter Family Resource Fair.  We helped distribute toiletries, hygiene items, and clothing to over 175 families.  This service effort reminds us that we need to “Be the Good” in our community.
$1,000 grant to SNAAP
Our Community Grants committee recently awarded a $1,000 grant to SNAAP under our Health and Wellness category.  SNAPP provides empowerment for teens to build relationships and strengthen their sense of self needed to navigate today’s culture and process their lives.  Our grant will support their programs to help vulnerable teens experiencing bulling, depression, anxiety and much more.  They will be able to broaden their outreach to include a more diverse and underserved population. 
Kelly Matsuda - Teacher of the Month (December 2022)
The December Teacher of the Month is Kelly Matsuda.  Kelly is a fourth grade teacher at Eyestone Elementary in Wellington. She has many years of exemplary service in the Poudre School District including sixth grade at Johnson Elementary.  She has been described as dedicated, enthusiastic, engaging, and a person who makes everyone around her better.
Rotary gives $3,000 to Avery Center
The Avery Center was recently awarded a Health and Wellness grant in the amount of $3,000.  They will use our grant to help support their digital outreach initiative to help current victims of commercial sex exploitation   They offer resources for independence & for victims to escape from their trafficker. 
Cadet of the Month (Dec 2022)
Cadet Megan Litchfield is the Rotary Cadet of the Month - December 2023! Megan is a junior majoring in Business Administration and hails from Olympia, Washington. While in high school Megan was an active Interact member for four years and received the Rotary Scholarship. She spoke highly of her positive and encouraging Rotary experience, and praised Rotary’s ‘giving back to the community’ and Service Before Self tenets. She still keeps in touch with Rotary members from Olympia! Megan is internalizing the Army ROTC program elements and Captain Chaka highlighted how she “invests in others”.  Upon graduation in 2024 she is interested in pursuing Active Duty service in the Transportation career field to focus on logistics. Congratulations and Rotary’s best wishes for success!!!
A Friend for You - $3,000 Grant
The Community grants committee recently awarded a Health and Welfare Program grant to “A Friend for You”.  Our $3,000 grant will help support underserved expectant mothers in Larimer County by providing them with unconditional personalized support through mentoring, tangible services,  and connection to community resources.  They help reduce isolation for low-income and marginalized expectant mothers.  Accepting our check is Lorraine Meyers, Executive Director.
Air Force Cadet of the Month (Nov 2022)
Cadet Isaac Mount is the Rotary Cadet of the Month - November 2022! Isaac is a junior majoring in Physical Science. During the Fall semester he is the Field Training Exercise (FTX) Commander, charged to posture the Detachment in Spring semester to focus on sophomore cadet preparation for their Summer 2023 training in Alabama. As such, he has excelled in planning for the Detachment’s big spring FTX. Most recently though, Isaac executed the cadet wing’s second wargaming event, spending many hours developing, practicing, and working with the CSU Wargaming Club to evolve wargaming in AF ROTC.  During Leadership Lab two weeks ago, the execution and learning resulting from this wargaming event was critical in meeting the cadet wing’s mission objectives. Isaac is a Fort Collins native and proudly represents Detachment 90. Upon graduation he has sights to be a meteorologist or missile officer, and considering eventually becoming a Chaplain. Congratulations and Rotary’s best wishes for success!!!
Teacher of the Month - Clarissa Hernandez
Clarissa Hernandez is the November, 2022 Teacher of the Month.  She has several years experience teaching fifth graders, and she currently teaches kindergarten students at Irish Elementary Escuela Bilingue.  Irish is a bilingual school, and Clarissa does all her work in two languages.  She is a respected leader in innovative, culturally responsive pedagogy for the diverse staff and students at Irish.
Volunteering for the Nappie Project
These Rotarians recently rewrapped 12,770 diapers (3 pallets) for the Nappie Project.  The Nappie Project was taken over by the Food Bank for Larimer in July, 2020.  The diapers are rewrapped into packages of 25 each.  They are distributed to families in need thru the Food Bank’s network.  
Grant Award to Teaching Tree
The Community Grants committee recently awarded an Education Program grant to Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center.  They will use our $3,150 grant to purchase Creative Curriculum Extended kits, books to support preschool studies and to provide scholarships for students to participate in yoga classes.   They have 12 classrooms serving children 6 weeks to 5 years old. 
Army Cadet of the Month (Oct 2022)
Cadet Cole Waskey is the Rotary Cadet of the Month - October 2022! Cole is a senior and will graduate in May 2023 with a major in International Studies. He hails from San Ramon, CA where he was a standout wrestler and toured Japan after graduation in a two-week goodwill wrestling event. He carried his talents to CSU and qualified for National wrestling. Outside being the Ram Battalion’s officer-in-charge for the nationwide Ranger Challenge he is the Battalion chief training evaluator. Cole rounds out his personal time with backpacking and maximizing outdoor time. He eagerly awaits his Army branch assignment in a few weeks and desires to go Infantry with an Intelligence focus on commission in May 2023. Congratulations and Rotary’s best wishes for success!!!
2022 Wesley Award - Laura Hogan
The Wesley Award is named in honor of Dr. Robert Wesley Titley, who served on the CSU faculty in Counseling Psychology for many years and who was a key figure in undergraduate advising and teaching graduate students college pedagogical skills.  The Award is given to a graduate student in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University. The recipients are first-generation graduate students on the Ph.D. track. The 2022 Wesley Award recipient was Laura Hogan. 


El Potrero Water Project
We recently traveled to Guatemala to continue work on a $50,000 Rotary Global Grant, that will bring clean water and better sanitation to the community of El Potrero.  Check out some pictures from the trip!

Social / Fundraiser Events

Rotary Classic Golf
In late September, we hosted our first hosting our Rotary Golf Classic ⛳️ to raise money for Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity!
Habitat Check Presentation
In December, we had the pleasure of presenting a check for $26,444 to Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity, the result of our Rotary Golf Classic tournament and fundraiser!
Holiday Party
Our annual holiday party was December 4 from 5:30-8:30 pm. at the Fort Collins Country Club. We had great fellowship, fantastic food, and wonderful entertainment.  

Welcome to our Newest Members

We are proud to welcome our newest members to our club and our global community of more than 1.4 million men and women dedicated to building a better world. We know they will make Rotary stronger by adding skills, experience, and enthusiasm to our club, and will help advance communities at home and on a global scale.
James Kieckhefer
I am originally from Mill Valley, California. I moved to Boulder, CO in August of 2014 to complete my undergraduate degree in psychology (minoring in religious studies) at Naropa University. I graduated in 2017. In May of 2019, I applied for an entry-level job at Colorado Parks & Wildlife as a gate attendant at Eldorado Canyon State Park in Boulder County. I wanted to take a job where I could be outside very day and be of service to my state and my community. Within two months, I received a promotion to park ranger trainee staying in that position until 2021.  READ MORE...
John Runkles
I came to Fort Collins to study Microbiology in 2000, fell in love with the community, and never left. I am married to my wife, Tasha, and we have four small children. My brother and I started our own real estate brokerage a few years ago: Urban Forest Realty. I enjoy trail running and mountain biking. We could not be happier living in Fort Collins. READ MORE...
Tiana Sexton
My name is Tiana and I have been living in Fort Collins off and on since 2009.  I currently  live with my husband Brent and our two kitties , Yoda and  Fluffy. I am a Registered Dietitian and I have a private practice called Tiana Sexton Nutrition where I specialize in helping  individuals with  digestive  disorders. I also work as a clinical dietitian at the three Banner hospitals located in Northern Colorado. In my free time I enjoy gardening and being outdoors ( hiking, camping, paddle boarding and skiing).  READ MORE...
Curran Dunne
My name is Curran Dunne, I am 23 years old. I currently work in the HVAC industry for Swan heating and cooling, a local company out of Loveland. Grew up in Beorne Tx and was raised by my father David Dunne and mother Lisa Dunne. I have currently one younger sibling Kiera Dunne. When I was 18 years old I went out and worked on a cod boat in Alaska. We sailed the bearing sea for 55 days straight(18hr on 6hrs off). I feel like this helped shaped me into the young man I am today. It tested my emotional and physical limits every day I was out on that boat. Recently moved to Colorado about three years ago, lived up in Estes for a year and a half before moving down the mountain.  READ MORE...

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