Human Trafficking

This Wednesday, Past District Governor Mike Forney will introduce Ms. Yolanda Schlabach, an expert on the underground criminal activity of human trafficking. According to the Department of Homeland Security, “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.  Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States.  It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.”

Yolanda, an RN, worked in Obstetrics and NICU.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University, and a Master’s degree in Human Services from Liberty University. She attended the University of Maryland, earning a Certificate in Working with Survivors of Violence, Trauma and Torture. Yolanda has served as a member of the Human Trafficking Coordinating Council for Delaware and a Co-Chair of the Victim Services sub-committee. She also has served as Executive Director of Zoë Ministries, Inc.  For the past few years, she has spent her time engaged in public awareness and professional education for the community to bring the reality of human trafficking to the forefront, formerly in Delaware and now in our area.

New RCFC Member - Kathy Hawkins
September 5, Past President Jeanne Fangman inducted RCFC newest member, Kathy Hawkins, sponsored by Kathy Nicol.  Hawkins is a retired Controller for the Fort Collins-Loveland Water District.  Welcome Kathy - Live long and serve well!
Community Grant: Pretty Brainy - $6000
Wednesday September 5, STEM and Community Grants combined to give a $6000 grant to Pretty Brainy, and female-focused STEM organization.  Accepting the check was CEO and Founder, Heidi Olinger, presented by STEM Chair Robin Steele.
Cadet of the Month - Colin Gahmnkos
The CSU Cadet of the Month for September, Colin Gahmnkos, was introduced by Captain Jon Parker, hosted by Warren Wilson.  Gahmnkos spoke of his goals, and thanked RCFC.  
BSA - The Evolution of Scouting

Last week John L Coleman, Jr., CEO of Boy Scouts of American, Long Peaks Council, spoke on the "Evolution of Scouting".  The audience included many former Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and one Eagle Scout.  Coleman was introduced by BSA LPC Development Director Dawn T-Baumgartner.  There are currently 2.3 million scouts including over 10,000 in our region.

The big news is the start of "Family Scouting", currently available in the Cub Scout age range (K-5) and starting next year, available to ages 11-18.  John addressed some of the misunderstandings regarding changes (eg, this is not a "co-ed" organization but separate and equal activities for both genders i.e., dens are all male or all female).  This new concept is apparently well-accepted as indicated by the number of girls and women signing up.  
A bit of BSA's history was shared. Rotary was congratulated for it's BSA support (Paul Harris was a highly decorated scout). The values and goals of scouting remain unchanged - character building, leadership skills, service to the community - to name a few. A recent focus has been to target recruitment to multicultural, underserved communities.  Scouting's focus on the outdoor experience for youth from all socioeconomic levels has become more important in this age of electronics.
Finally we saw pictures of the many  local Scouting facilities starting with Red Feather Scout Ranch (many of our members were familiar with this site).
The evolving organization will continue it's mission and teach values which remain as pertinent today as they did almost 108 years ago.
The question and answer time provided excellent expansion of today's presentation.
Dr. Yung Hai Chen Memorial Scholarship Announced
President Steve Laine announced the establishment of two new scholarships, funded by Ada Chen.  The scholarships, named in honor of Ada's late husband, Dr. Yung Hai Chen, will provide yearly $3000 scholarships to CSU and $2000 scholarships to Front Range Community College.  Both scholarships are funded for 5 years by a generous gift of $30,000 from Ada.  Ada told an emotional story of coming to the USA and CSU, the many blessings she has received since, and recounted how much Yung Hai loved Rotary.  Ada received a standing ovation for her comments.  Thanks for your leadership and caring, Ada.  Editor's Note:  In a previous version of this story, Dr. Yung Hai Chen's name was misspelled.  We apologize for the error.
2018-19 District 5440 Theme:  Literacy
Nationwide, 65% of fourth graders are below proficient in reading.  Colorado and Wyoming are only slightly better.
This year's District 5440 theme is literacy.  What is the District doing about literacy? 
  • On October 6 a District Literacy Symposium will be held from 9-3 at the Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.
  • $15,000 has been set aside for Literacy Centennial grants of up to $1,000 each.
  • A competition will select the top three literacy projects in the district with prizes of additional grant funds for the winners.  
  • Successes will be celebrated at the Foundation Dinner in April, 2019.
Contact Melanie Chamberlain for more details.  
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 Rotary History Fellowship will meet in the foyer immediately after the regular meeting. Our topic this week will be: 'Sports Issues: Questions about college athletics locally and nationally and what about taking a knee in the NFL?' All members and all opinions are always welcome at our fourteen year old fellowship.

Bill Schaffer urges participation in Fort Collins Read Aloud.  For information, go to

Ralph Smith has 2019 calendars available for $14, $5 of which comes to the club.  He presented a check for $120 to the club from last year's sales.

Don Eversole renewed his plea for volunteers to drive courtesy carts at the hospital.  See him for information.

Henry Weisser urged members to enroll in OSHER, CSU's life-long learner classes, and left catalogs at the front desk.

Melanie Chamberlain asked members to pick up directories and to buy Matsushima’s RCFC Centennial Memorial book for $25.

Dave Stewart will be traveling to Mexico in November, and urged members to consider a visit to the orphanage we have helped.  See him for details.

Sally Lee announced King Soopers now requires credit card for reloading more than $100.  Checks no longer taken.  Our club earned $358 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.

Upcoming Events
FC & the Malcolm Baldridge Award, Darin Attaberry
Sep 19, 2018
Functional and Integrative Medicine Approaches
Sep 26, 2018
Jim Wilkins as former Governor Ralph Carr
Oct 03, 2018
3 Hopeful Hearts, Betsy Strafach
Oct 10, 2018
Photo Albums
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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