Neanderthals Are Us!

This coming Wednesday, RCFC welcomes CSU professor Michelle A. Glantz, Ph.D., a paleoanthropologist whose work investigates where, when, and how Neandertals interacted with modern humans on the Ice Age landscapes of Central Asia.  Following an introduction by Bob Meroney, Dr. Glantz will explain how new genetic data have completely changed the way anthropologists understand the relationship between Neandertals and modern humans and the role the Neandertals played in our evolutionary history.  As a result, the question arises “Are the Neandertals really extinct if they are in us?”

Zoom Link to This Week's Noon Meeting
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LAST CHANCE Purple Pins is Sunday (electronic)
Last Chance - Purple Pins for Polio is this Sunday.  Please consider signing up!  
         WHEN:   Sunday January 31, 2020  2:00 – 4:00 PM 
         WHERE:   Online ZOOM Event 
To register, lick on this link before January 27: 
Nationally Known Speaker/Author to Speak
February 10, nationally acclaimed author Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, will visit RCFC, via Zoom.  In 1957, Beals, then 14 years old, was one of nine high school students chosen to integrate Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High.  Her experience is chronicled in her best-selling book, “Warriors Don’t Cry”.  For her work, she has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.  
The nine students quickly became known as “The Little Rock Nine,” for their bravery and perseverance in the face of death threats, personal harassment and the blocking of the school entrance by a mob incited by Governor Orval Faubus.   President Dwight Eisenhower sent in troops from the 101st Airborne to escort the students into and around the school.
Recovering from the Cameron Peak Fire
On January 20, Wayne Shepperd, a retired US Forest Service Research Forester , gave us an overview of the recent Cameron Peak Fire that lasted from August until December.  By burning some 326 square miles of forest in western Larimer County, the Cameron Peak fire became the largest wildfire in Colorado history.  Review the meeting and presentation recording by Clicking Here.  
Community Grants Health and Wellness Awards
Community Grants Chair Kathy Nicol announced two recent grants:
The Avery House received $4,000 to provide advocacy and support services on-location to victims of sex trafficking.  Services are performed through mobile response services in the Fort Collins area.
The Matthews House received $4,000 to support safe in-person case management, as well as virtual technology.  It will help low-income parents navigate the online educational needs of their children during PSD’s current hybrid learning model.
President Del's Priorities and Plans
During his first meeting as President, Del Benson outlined his priorities and thoughts for RY 2020-21.  He touched on the challenges of declining noon membership and the resultant reduction in income and charitable pledges to support our service mission.  Del then outlined his priorities and a "U+2" Time, Talent and Treasure Challenge for every member:  
  • Bring in two new members
  • Double contributions to Rotary funding needs
  • Help on two funding initiatives
  • Give time to two additional service projects
  • Organize new projects and outcomes
  • Attend two more meetings every quarter
  • Combine categories engaging U+2 and have twice the fun and accomplishments
He closed his remarks with preliminary plans for a "Good and Lucky Non-Event Fundraiser" that raised $79,000 for charitable causes so far. 
Now we need to work on the U+2 membership growth.  Del asks that we focus on membership recruitment, retention, and reactivation with objectives to include young and old, female and male, persons of color and other diversity, and persons of progressive interests to make Rotary better and more inclusive in our community and world.
Executives & Directors
President Elect, Club Accounting
Immediate Past President
Evening Meeting Chair, Membership and Programs
Executive Secretary, Policies and Procedures
Board Member, Community and Member Engagement
Board Member, Fundraising
Board Member, Youth Programs
Chair-elect Evening Club
Board Member, International Projects and Fundraising
Board Member, Professional Outrea
Board Member, Programs, Media Communications
The Legacy Fund Chair and Fundraising
Rotary International Foundation Chair and Fundraising
Urgent/Current Announcements: 
President Del Benson announced a $10,000 donation to the RCFC Legacy Fund from David Everitt and the Everitt family, in support of the Good and Lucky Non-Event!  This brings the total raised to $70,000, plus a $19,000 matching grant for the United Way Fire Relief fund!  Total raised was $89,000!!  Thank you Rotarians for your generous support of our community.
Marty Bachman and Sally Lee report that just 35 families shopping at King Soopers earned $524.87 last quarter - just for shopping!  That's a $525 donation that goes directly into our charitable budget.  If you haven’t signed up yet, see Sally or Marty.
Older Announcements Still Relevant:
In 2020 officials tallied more than 200 cases of wild polio and nearly 600 cases of the vaccine-derived form. Most of the vaccine-derived strains are in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but rogue strains are also turning up across much of sub-Saharan Africa, Yemen, Malaysia and the Philippines.  RCFC's Purple Pins for Polio Committee has set a goal of $3500 in donations this year, and are deciding how to participate while socially distanced.  Contact Sharyn Salmen for details.  
The next Rotary Book Fellowship discussion will be February 11, reviewing the book Warriors Don't Cry, by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, a memoir of her experience as one of the Little Rock Nine.  Dr. Beals will be our noon speaker on February 10.  Contact Dave Stewart for details.
Ralph Smith is still offering his annual photo calendar for $15.  Rotarian purchases generate a contribution to the Legacy Fund.  Contact or 970-214-2322.
First Pres church has indicated they are not comfortable hosting Rotary any time soon.  For now, all meetings will continue to be via Zoom. 
General reminder of our Fellowships schedule.  First Wednesday: Peace. Second Wednesday: History. Third Wednesday: Investments.  Fourth Wednesdays: Science.  All meet immediately following the Wednesday noon Zoom meeting, using the same login. 
President Del announced a 'one-stop' Finances email -  Del also reminded members that 'the buck stops here' and asked that any complaints or concerns also be directed to him.
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
Purple Pins for Polio Virtual Bowling
Jan 31, 2021
2:00 PM – 2:33 PM
Noon: NASA's Astronauts
Feb 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Peace Builder Fellowship
Feb 03, 2021
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Evening Meeting
Feb 03, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Warriors Don't Cry, with Author Dr. Melba Beals
Feb 10, 2021 12:00 PM
History Fellowship
Via Zoom or in Noon Meeting Room
Feb 10, 2021 1:30 PM
Rotary Club of FC, on Brand?, Dr. Rickey Frierson
Feb 17, 2021 12:00 PM
Investment Fellowship
Feb 17, 2021
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Evening Meeting
Feb 17, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Feb 18, 2021
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Photo Albums
4-15-20 Zoom Meeting Photos
03-11-2020 Regular Meeting
02-26-2020 Meeting
02-19-2020 Meeting Photos
02-12-2020 Meeting Photos
02-05-2020 Meeting Pictures
1-29-2020 Regular Meeting
01-22-2020 Regular Meeting
01-15-2020 Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 Meeting
12-18-2019 Christmas Party
12-05-2019 Meeting
11 December 2019 Meeting
11-20-2019 Meeting
11-06-2019 Meeting
10-30-2019 Regular Meeting
09-25-2019 Meeting
10-19-2019 Eastside park Cleanup
Meeting 10-9-19
09-18-2019 Meeting
Sept 11, 2019 Meeting
09-04-2019 Steak Fry
08-28-2019 Regular Meeting
08-21-2019 Meeting
08-14-2019 Regular Meeting
08-07-2019 Meeting
07-31-2019 Meeting
07-24-2019 Regular Meeting
07-17-2019 Regular Meeting
07-10-2019 Meeting
07-03-2019 Meeting
06-26-2019 Regular Meeting
O6-19-2019 Meeting
6-12-19 Meeting
06/05/2019 Regular Meeting
05/29/2019 Regular Meeting
05-22-2019 Meeting
May 15, 2019 Meeting
May 8, 2019 Meeting
04-27-2019 Highway Cleanup
05-01-2019 Meeting
04=24-2019 Regular Meeting
04-17-2019 Service Above Self
April 10, 2019 Meeting
04-03-2019 Meeting
Mar-27-2019 Meeting
03-20-2019 Regular Meeting
03-13-2019 Regular Meeting
03-03-2019 Meeting
02-27-2019 Regular Meeting
2-13-2019 Meeting Photos
02-06-2019 Meeting
01-30-2099 Regular Meeting
1-23-18 Meeting Photos
01-16-2019 Meeting
1-9-2109 Meeting Pictures
01-02-2019 Meeting
12-19-18 Meeting Photos
12-5-2018 Regular Meeting
11-28-2018 Regular meeting
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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