FRCC: Successful Lives, Strong Futures
On May 22nd, Jean Runyon, Vice President of Front Range Community College, updates the RCFC on this vital educational institution in our fair city. Front Range Community College (FRCC) recently celebrated 50 years of enabling successful lives and strong futures for its students.  As Jean will report, “FRCC is recognized for a singular focus on student success, exceptional teaching, strong commitment to diverse learners and communities, and our effective business and community partnerships”.
After her introduction by Guy Kelley, Dr. Runyon will provide an overview of FRCC’s programs, economic impact (e.g., operations, construction, student, and alumni spending impact), and partnerships.  FRCC partners with Career and Technical Education advisory committees, the Northern Colorado Health Sector, public and four-year universities, Small Business Development Center, the Harmony Library, and Corporate Solutions.  An overview of FRCC’s new Health Care Careers Center, which will open in summer 2020, will also be provided.
Our speaker manages instruction, student affairs, and facilities operations at FRCC in Larimer County.  Prior to accepting the vice presidency at Front Range Community College in July 2015, Jean held academic and administrative positions at Ann Arundel Community College and the College of Southern Maryland.  She received her undergraduate education at Bloomsbury University, her MA from George Washington University, and her Ph.D. from North Central University.
RYLA Student Visits RCFC
RYLA Attendee Reese Abbott visited May 15 to say Thank You RCFC for sponsoring her at this year's Leadership Camp.  She read from her thank you note to the club.  
Civility IS Still Alive in Larimer County Government
On May 15, RCFC member Bill West moderated a discussion by the Larimer County Commissioners (John Kefalas, Tom Donnelly, and Steve Johnson) on a number of county government issues. 
What is the level of civility in county government? 
Kefalas: He gets great support in his learning curve as the newest member of the Commission.
Donnelly: There is no aisle to cross; they work together to decide on pragmatic choices. 
Johnson: The members don’t have to agree but do respect the diversity & differences of opinion.  Always do what is right. 
How are those attitudes filtering down to the departments in county government?
Johnson: The current strategic plan emphasizes collaboration between departments as well as collaboration with the community. 
Donnelly: They are also emphasizing collaboration between counties in both government and work force.  This recognizes that 50% of Fort Collins workers and 75% of Loveland workers leave town to work every day. 
What about the recently released property valuations and the computer program used? 
Donnelly: The commissioners hire the department heads and give them budgets, from which the heads do their business.  Valuation is different from tax assessed.  Various tax credits so may provide some relief for those with increased valuations. 
Johnson: The county must have valuations for some 150,000 properties plus equipment; valuations must rely on computer programs that follow State guidelines.  Of taxes collected, 75% goes elsewhere (e.g., the State); county wide, there has been a 17% rise in valuations; revenue is up 12.8% (approximately 6% per year). 
Kefalas: There have been some 5500 protests to date and there is still time to lodge a protest.  For many seniors (55+), there is the possibility of a senior discount.  Although valuations may be up, the actual mil levy applied will be adjusted in November to provide the income needed. 
What is the status of the Thornton pipeline issue? 
Kefalas: The issue is in litigation so comments must be limited. 
Johnson: Courts have historically shown deference to local governments. 
Donnelly: The county actively participates in a number of regional bodies. 
Kefalas: There is a current effort to update the master plan for watershed and natural resources and comments may be submitted to the end of May. 
What is happening with the money recently approved for a Mental Health Facility? 
Johnson: The $16 – 17 million per year will mostly be used initially to build a debt-free facility between Fort Collins and Loveland to be run by a provider (with a diverse advising group) who is expected to participate in the design.  Initially, some $1 million will be used to address suicide prevention ($400K), substance abuse ($400K), public education ($100K), and small grants ($100K). 
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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Larry Salmen reported that Alan Kirkpatrick had foot surgery.  He will likely be back in a week or two.

Bill Timpson reported the Peace initiative is starting a book discussion group.  See Bill for details.
There are three spots left for the trip to see “Wicked” May 30.  See Mike Stradt.
Don Eversoll reported that Dick Dunn is in the hospital.  He is on oxygen and had a blood transfusion.  Keep him in your prayers.
Jeanne Fangman asked for someone to help her with the badge scanner.
Judy Boggs said the Fellowship Committee will meet May 22 at 11a.m.  If you want to join that group, come to the meeting.
June 14 is the date for a golf tourney at Collindale to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  Details coming.
Reese Abbott wrote to thank the club for sponsoring her RYLA week.
TIPS training for Peach Festival  Wednesday, June 5, 5:30 - 8:30 PM -- First Bank Building, lower level (100 South College Ave. -- at corner of College and Mountain in downtown Fort Collins).   Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM -- First Bank Building, lower level (100 South College Ave. -- at corner of College and Mountain in downtown Fort Collins).
Rob Marschke announced a $1 dues increase for both district and RI.  He also indicated financial commitment forms will be available soon.  Members are urged to pay by check or ACH through their banks to avoid the club having to pay several thousand dollars a year in charges.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is June 7-8.  See President Steve for more information.
If you need help signing up for King Soopers loyalty card, see Sally Lee.

Bob Traynor of the Windsor club announced a golf tournament on June 19 at Pelican Lakes course.  Proceeds will support RYLA and YRYLA.

Ted Cluett announced there was more than $51,000 in Peach Festival sponsorship through April—already more than last year.  The Peach Committee asked for help in contacting remaining corporations on the list.  See Larry Salmen if you can help.
Henry Weisser reported that Alan Bennett has moved to Spring Creek facility.  He has some dementia, but would love visitors.
Bill Schaffer encouraged everyone to read the two articles about the Four-Way Test in the new ROTARIAN magazine.
Only a few spaces are left for the May 30 Fellowship to Denver for dinner and Wicked.  See or contact Mike Stradt.
Melanie Chamberlain announced the club now has its own storage facility.  Members harboring appropriate materials for our archives should contact Melanie or Bonnie.   If you loaned some archival material for our centennial displays and it has not been returned, please contact Bonnie Titley.  All materials are in storage to be inventoried.  Workers will watch for and return anything reported.

All members are encouraged to join the newly established Peace Fellowship.  Remember—peace leads to solutions.

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

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

Upcoming Events
Noon Meeting Program: A Cancer Survivor's Story
May 29, 2019 12:00 PM
BREW (Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide)
Crooked Stave Taproom
May 30, 2019 4:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Drake Center
Jun 05, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
STEM Committee
Drake Center
Jun 05, 2019
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Noon Meeting - NASA & Space Exploration
Jun 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Evening Meeting (Formerly Satellite)
TIPS Training - First Bank Building
Jun 05, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Public Relations Committee
Drake Center
Jun 12, 2019 11:45 AM
Intl Projects and Grants Committee
Drake Center
Jun 19, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Evening Meeting (Formerly Satellite)
Red Truck Beer Company
Jun 19, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Finance Committee
Markley Honda
Jun 20, 2019 3:30 PM
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