Weekly Program Notes:
May 23 Program: The 2018 Farm Bill

May 23rd, Club member Kirvin Knox was introduced by Dave Stewart.  Mr. Knox informed us that no bill had been passed yet so he addressed what may likely be in the bill with some additional color of various aspects that impact the content of the bill.  He informed us that there has been much analysis of the bill along with a heavy lobbying effort in support of the bill’s passage.  The bill is deemed a national security issue to ensure there is an adequate food supply.  The Farm Bill is the primary vehicle used to address issues around food adequacy in our country.

The first food bill was the Agricultural Adjustment Act passed in 1933 and it contained provisions to pay farmers for not growing food crops.  Some of the more interesting commodity food price comparisons from 1949 to 2017 are:  Corn, from $1.24/bushel to $3.36/bushel; cotton from $28.60/hundred weight to $67.40; milk from $.82/gallon to $3.23 and wheat from $1.88/bushel to $4.60.  The point was made that global commodity markets impact our prices and government subsidies kick in when the price goes below the cost of production.

The bill will likely have 10 sections called Titles. The various titles address biofuels, conservation, wildlife habitat, NAFTA, food stamps, credit (the Farm Credit System), rural development, forestry and horticulture.  We import half of our food in America from overseas and 42 million Americans are “food insecure”, meaning their household incomes are insufficient to feed their families.

Centennial Trivia: Who Did We Miss?
Four members were listed in last week's Rotogear as District Rotarian of the Year.  Which RCFC Member (2017) was left out of that list?  Hint: Think Flowers.  
DG Bill Emsley Presents Rotarian of the Year Award
Wednesday, May 16 District Governor Bill Emsley, his wife Tracey, and Sudeep from Nepal, visited RCFC and re-presented Bill Timpson with the District 5440 Rotarian of the Year honor.  DG Emsley praised Timpson for his leadership in Peace and Reconciliation worldwide, and his initiatives within and through Rotary to bring peace.  Sudeep presented a banner from his club to President Jeanne Fangman.   
Teacher of the Month - Christine Sanchez
Henry Weisser introduced Matt Marietta, principal of Timnath school, who, in turn, introduced Christine Sanchez as Teacher of the Month.  Christine has been an educator for 23 years, three of them at Timnath.  Her specialty is teaching English as a Second Language.  She even works during the summer with “emerging bilinguals” with what seems to be tireless passion.  Sanchez noted that PSD students speak 56 different languages, and more than 2000 students are involved in emerging bilingual learning.   
The Answer - 2017 District 5440 RoY
Double Jeopardy Answer:  District 5440 2017 Rotarian of the Year; Assistant District Governor; Past President 2004-05; Fund Raising Committee; Birthdays Committee Chair; Fellowship Committee Chair; Rotary PETs and RLI Instructor; District Polio Chair 2012-present; District Awards Committee!  The Question?  "Who is  Judy Boggs?"  Congratulations, and Thanks, Judy!
May 16 Program: Fraud, Scams, Humbug and BS

Harry Weisner introduced our very own Bob Meroney, who gave us a very thorough description of trickery, the history and if there is any way to avoid scams.  Scams date back to the early 300 B.C., using insurance fraud for boats not returning to Athens with goods – Bottomry.

In 2017 there were 16.7 million reports of fraud, identity theft or other means of deception.  70% of frauds are done with the telephone.  The largest group duped by this means range in ages 20-29, but those over 70, only duped 18%, but with higher dollar amounts.

There are several means of deception, the Top 10 are:  Imposters, Telephone, Prizes & promises of lottery winnings, Shop @ Home schemes, Internet, Foreign Money promises, Travel & Timeshare, Business or Job Opportunities, Advance payment for Credit, and Health Care.  Several examples of these frauds were shared by Bob, including the Grandparent Scam, of the grandchild calling and needing money immediately to avoid trouble.

What can you do to eliminate vulnerability?  Sorry, nothing.  Be alert, be cautious.  And don’t give out information to anyone that you may have concerns about.  Always hang up and call your own contacts for whoever has just called you or emailed you.

President Elect Steve Laine Kicks off Annual Funding Drive
President-Elect Steve Laine announced the start of RCFC's annual Financial Commitment Drive, noting that "We have always been generous with our time and talent.  It’s time think about what you can do in the ‘treasure’ department for next year".  Steve set a goal to increase support for Community Grants, Scholarships and all of the things RCFC does to impact people and our community by 10% this year.  Financial Commitment forms are due to Assistant Treasurer Bonnie Titley no later than May 9.
Satellite Announces BBBrews
The RCFC Satellite is hosting their 3rd Annual fundraiser, BBBrew for Hope, a Kansas City BBQ Sanctioned Competition featuring unlimited competition BBQ, beer from Horse & Dragon Brewery and live music. This event is raises money for ChildSafe Colorado, CSU Ag Adventures and our own Rotary Club's International Projects & Grants Committee. 
In the past 2 years BBBrews has raised just under $17,000!!   Access Sponsorship Levels Here > Tickets Can Be Purchased Here 
BBBrews attendees tend to be mid-career and retired professionals with local ties and a heart for philanthropy.   Only 350 tickets will be sold! ​  
Tickets are $40.00 per person and include: one complimentary local craft beer, unlimited BBQ to be prepared by the BBQ competitors and the opportunity to vote for the people’s choice.  Click here to watch us on KDVR last year promoting the event
WHEN: July 28th • 2pm – 5pm
WHERE: B.W. Pickett Equine Center (CSU Equine Center)
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 last TIPS training session is Saturday, June 23, 9:00 AM to Noon at 1st Bank off of Mountain and College Avenue.  Please ask neighbors, family, friends, co-workers - everyone willing!  The Peach Fest will happily pay for all who commit to Volunteer August 18, but you must show up, or be charged the $40 fee (free if you show up). You must be TIPS certified to serve alcohol at the Peach Festival.  See Harry Mueller for details and to sign up.  

Rob Marschke announced that applications for community grants were now available.

Chuck Ulfers presented banners from Texas clubs he recently visited, where he lives part of the year.

Glenn Schmidt urged everyone to be present for Changing of the Guard next week where present and future officers will be honored.

The Board of Directors will meet at Jeanne Fangman’s home on June 26 from 3:30-5 p.m.

Jud Harper emphasized that the Legacy Fund has met its primary goal of $1 million dollars.  He urged members who have contributed to check the list of donors that will be included in the Centennial Dinner program to be sure it is complete.


Sally Lee asked for volunteers to lead inspirations in coming months.

Bill Timpson reported that Tony Frank and Rick Miranda had recently contributed CSU dollars toward peace initiatives.  This opens the gate for potential matching funds in the future.

Sally Lee announced King Soopers now requires checks for reloading more than $100.  Credit cards no longer taken.  Our club earned $250 this month.

If you haven't already..., President Elect Steve Laine urges members to get commitment forms in so a reliable budget for next year can be developed.

Satellite Member Jennifer Brooks asked for sponsors for the BBBrews event on July 28.    Sponsors get four tickets.

Sally Lee will be presenting a series on Women is Science.  Her first program was on a female mathematician.

Marty Bachman reminded all to report special occasions/events/illness that the Care and Recognition Committee should acknowledge.  Call Marty, Judy Boggs, or President Jeanne.
Lee Jeffrey read to 1st graders and had a ball.  More volunteers are needed.  Contact Lee or Rob Marschke. 

President Jeanne urged members to engage Rotary through RCFC Committees.  The Rotogear, Membership, New Member Orientation, and Welcome Desk all need volunteers.  
Melanie Chamberlain appealed to members to look for any historical materials they might have squirreled away at home and bring them to her or Bonnie for use in creating Centennial Year displays.
Save the Date: Lynne Baker, one of three co-chairs of the Centennial Committee, reports that much is being planned for our Centennial Year.  Culmination will be a dinner on August 1, 2018, at in the Stadium Club in the new CSU stadium.  
Upcoming Events
Rotary International Convention - Toronto, Canada
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018
Semester At Sea - Loren Crabtree
Jun 27, 2018
Happy Indepencence Day - NO ROTARY MEETING
Jul 04, 2018
Project Cure - Melissa Espositi
Jul 11, 2018
Centennial Celebration Dinner at CSU Stadium
Aug 01, 2018
Photo Albums
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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