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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF ROTARY IN FORT COLLINS
August 8 Program: Lifting the Veil on "News"
Last week we were treated to the soothing and familiar radio voice of Neil Best, President and CEO of Community Radio for Northern Colorado, when he presented a topic on everyone's mind, "Fake News" and it's history in the US.  Perhaps there is comfort when we consider the problem is not new.  George Washington told Alexander Hamilton in 1796 he was leaving office primarily because of the effects of a hostile press. In the 18th century it was clear that reporting in the NY Sun was designed for the sole purpose of increasing circulation.  In the early 19th century the terms "yellow journalism" and subsequently "tabloid journalism" were needed to describe the current journalistic content.  Totally fabricated stories persist: fast forward to gunshots fired because of "the child slavery ring run by Hillary Clinton and associates out of a pizza shop", and we were reminded such misinformation can have "real world" consequences.
 
Locally, the fight for subscribers and survival lead to "yellow journalism" in the 1920's when the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News fought for reader share.  Next, Neil highlighted the importance of the economics of the news business and it's influence on what we hear and read.  Staff have been cut at most news outlets as the internet supplies information at lightning speed. News organizations debate whether readers are "citizens" or "consumers".  A pivotal change in our view of the validity of federal government supplied information took place during the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration.  Journalists could no longer take such information at face value and became more investigative.
 
We were given some tools to use to search through the "information" for the "knowledge". For example, we can check to see if the material has been edited. We can look for the "center" when we see extremes in reporting (think Fox vs MSNBC).  It behooves us all to do the work to find the facts and teach our children and grandchildren to navigate the morass of information that bombards us daily from so many sources.  Finally, in his only political comment, Neal stated "we (journalists) are not the enemies of the people".  The "newsroom" is most often staffed by dedicated honest people; some are giving their lives in this cause.
Peach Fest is THIS SATURDAY!!  Volunteers Needed
Rotary's annual Peach Festival is August 18 - don't miss out on the fun!  Volunteers still needed, urgently!  To sign up, go to http://signup.com/go/rbRPOoJ
 
Two Newest RCFC Members
During the Centennial Celebration August 1, new members Susan Brand and Allan Kirkpatrick were inducted.  Susan was a Nursing Manager, Fresenius Kidney Care, and is the spouse of Rotarian Harry Mueller.  They met while both were living in Saudi Arabia.  Allan is a returning member of RCFC, and CSU  Professor of Mechanical Engineering.    
Celebrating 100 Years of Service
On our 100th anniversary, RCFC celebrated 100 years of Service Above Self by welcoming over 200 guests to the Stadium Club at CSU.  Centennial co-chairs Lynne Baker, John Roberts and Jan Bertholf, President Steve Laine, Past President Jeanne Fangman, Mayor Wade Troxell,
CSURF President Kathleen Henry District Governor Chuck Rutenberg, RI Zone 27 Director Larry Dimmitt, Legacy Fund Trustees chair Jud Harper and the Diamond Raffle team, Susan Harrison, Cindy DeGroot, Carrie Baumgart and Bonnie Titley all contributed to make it a memorable evening. 
Special thanks to Horse and Dragon Brewery, CEO Tim Cochran and Jewelry Emporium owner Susan Harrison, as well as every member who contributed to the Celebration and the Legacy Fund for making this all possible.  
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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THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Peach Festival is THIS SATURDAY,.  Volunteers needed!!!  Approximately 40% of the slots are still open.  Sign up and sign up your spouse, children, grandchildren, etc.  Here’s the link to the website to volunteer:  http://signup.com/go/rbRPOoJ
 
The Board of Directors has approved the membership application of Jill Maasch.  She has met successfully with a Membership Committee representative, and is sponsored by Justie Nicol.  Jill is a senior account manager for Mantooth Marketing Company.  Any comments about Jill as a new member, should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison,  or to her sponsor in writing by August 22nd, 2018, one week after this notification appears in Rotogear. 
 
The Investment Fellowship will meet immediately after the regular Rotary meeting on August 15.  Topic: Are U.S. Investments Experiencing a “Sugar High”—Similar to when kids consume too much sugar?  Warning lights are blinking.  We will discuss this possibility, alternative scenarios, and how smart investors might adjust their portfolios.  Everyone is welcome. 
 
Johnny Matsushima Rotary Fellowship Steak Fry: August 29 (Wednesday)  5:30 p.m. at Martinez Farm Park-600 N. Sherwood.  Members Free; Guests, $15, Children 10 & under Free.  RSVP
 
PAST ANNOUNCEMENTS STILL VALID:

Ralph Smith has 2019 calendars for sale at $14.  $5 returns to RCFC projects.

John Matsushima’s Centennial History book is available for $25.  Call Melanie Chamberlain to reserve one.

The Centennial directory was distributed August 8 at our regular meeting.  See Melanie for your copy.

Charlie Peterson distributed forms to order peaches.  Pickup this year will be at Timberline Church on August 25.

 
Sally Lee announced King Soopers now requires credit card for reloading more than $100.  Checks no longer taken.  Our club earned $333 this month.

Marty Bachman reminded all to report special occasions/events/illness that the Care and Recognition Committee should acknowledge.  Call Marty, Melanie Chamberlain, or Jeanne Fangman.

 
Lee Jeffrey read to 1st graders and had a ball.  More volunteers are needed.  Contact Lee or Rob Marschke. 
Upcoming Events
Tax Law Changes; Sid Fasholtz
Aug 22, 2018
 
The Johnny Matsushima Centennial Steak Fry
Aug 29, 2018
 
Boy Scouts, John Coleman
Sep 05, 2018
 
W.D. Farr, Dan Tyler
Sep 12, 2018
 
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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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May 30, 2018 Meeting
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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
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