What do Rotary and Thanksgiving Day have in common?  Both are international!  Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, Germany, Japan, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia.  And contrary to our image of the first Thanksgiving being celebrated by the guys in funny hats and buckle shoes, days of thanksgiving and special religious services became important far earlier during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII and in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar.  Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a well-recorded 1619 event in Virginia and a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.
Dr. Brad Abrahamson - RCFC's Newest Member
November 18, Past President Jeanne Fangman inducted RCFC's newest member, Dr. Brad Abrahamson, co- sponsored by Stacy Plemmons, Dr. Jerry Smith and Dr. Rob Marschke.  Brad practices Sports Medicine and is the founder of Integrative Sports Medicine in Fort Collins.  He was joined for the induction by his wife Lara and his father, Roger Abrahamson.   Welcome Brad!
Rotary Foundation's 101st Year

Last week was our annual celebration of the Rotary Foundation.  Martin Limbird presented some facts and figures about the Foundation - $13.5 million dollars invested last year and a total of over 3 billion spent on projects over the past 101 years.  Eight club members were awarded their most recent Paul Harris Certificates and pins.

Robin Steele presented a video on the Rotary Foundation and we heard a brief history of this organization starting with the first donation of $26.50 in 1917.  The mission of the foundation is to support improvements in health,education and to eliminate poverty.  Robin (and other members) reviewed the variety of projects that FCRC has been/will be involved in during the period 2016-2019, including water projects, peace studies, economic projects, bioenergy production, disease and disability prevention and orphanage support.   Finally, we learned how projects start, get reviewed and and funded. An inspirational short video about our club's involvement closed the meeting.

New Paul Harris Fellows
November 14, Martin Limbird and Past President Jeanne Fangman presented Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates to 7 members, including Jean Lamm, Ross Lane, Judy Lane, Bill Timpson, Sandra Smyser, Mike Sollenberger and Kelso Kelly (recognized by Melanie Chamberlain).  Jeanne Fangman also presented a Paul Harris to her daughter, Beth Phillips.  
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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Past President Jeanne Fangman announces that the election of 2019-20 club officers will be held the second Wednesday in December.

Kathy Nicol had surgery on her shoulder.  She is doing well.
November 7, Bonnie Titley and the “Morocco Twelve” presented a check to President Steve for the Legacy Fund in the amount of $5500 representing the group rebate from their September trip.

Past Announcements still valid:
Save the Date:  RCFC's Christmas party is Sunday, December 9, at the Country Club, 5-8 p.m.  Cost:  $30.  Rides can be provided for anyone who doesn’t want to drive at night.  Giveaways planned.

Sally Lee announced we had received a check for $331 from King Soopers.  Anyone needing a card see Sally.
Ross Lane said that 4-Way Test season is looming.  Training for satellite members is planned and urged our newer members to attend also.  Date tbd.
Donna Chapel asked for a show of hands of those who would host a home fellowship dinner.  If interested, tell Donna.
Don Eversole urged us all to consider supporting the FoCo Cafe in their long term financial needs.  Drop in from time to time.
Bill Schaffter urges participation in Fort Collins Read Aloud.  For information, go to

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
Regional Economic Development, Troy McWhinney
Nov 28, 2018
Rotary Peacebuilding Conference, Dr. Bill Timpson
Dec 05, 2018
All-RCFC Holiday Party - Country Club
Dec 09, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Behavioral Biases and Investments, Dr Bajtelsmit
Dec 12, 2018
Photo Albums
11-14-2018 Meeting
11-07-2018 Meeting
10-31-18 Meeting Photos
08-29-18 Steak Fry
10-24-2018 Regular Meeting
10-17-18 Meeting Photos
10-10-2018 Meeting
10-03-2018 Meeting
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
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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