WEEKLY ROTOGEAR NEWSLETTER

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Your source for upcoming speakers, special events, and timely announcements from the Rotary Club of Fort Collins.

 

Programs

Beneficial to All Concerned: Rotary's Commitment to DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
This Wednesday, October 27, we meet in person at the Lincoln Center to learn more about Rotary International’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  In a cover letter from RI President Shekhar Mehta and RI President Elect Jennifer Jones (page 29, Rotary Magazine, October 2021), they say “Based on input from our DEI Task Force, Rotary International’s Board of Directors strengthened the DEI statement we adopted in 2019.  The result is a heightened commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion focused on celebrating everyone’s contributions, advancing equity, and creating an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued.” READ MORE...
 
If you are unable to attend at the Lincoln Center, please join us on Zoom.
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Science and Engineering Fellowship
The discussion this week will focus on the NSF funded project on the "aerobiome" - the microbes in the air that surrounds us. The fellowship will meet at the Lincoln Center following our Wednesday lunch meeting. Our special guest will be Angela Bosco-Lauth of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at CSU.
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RECAP: The President’s Update on CSU
Last week we were privileged to hear from President Joyce McConnell – the annual Colorado State Update.  When she asked, it was evident (by show of hands) that almost all present Rotary club members had  some personal connection with CSU.  We heard how the University weathered the COVID storm.  Dr McConnell gave credit to two cochairs – Mark Barber (emergency services) and Lori Lynn (head of CSU Health Network) for the University’s success in 2020 and beyond.. READ MORE...
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Nov. 3rd: Reducing and Eliminating the Human Health Threat of Militarism
For our November 3rd noon meeting on Zoom, our guest speaker will be David Swanson, who plans to develop and present a case for tackling militarism itself  as a major cause and threat of death and morbidity. He will be introduced by Bill Timpson. Our speaker means by “militarism” to include wars, war planning, basing of troops, weapons manufacture and testing, weapons dealing and stockpiling, and the threat of nuclear apocalypse.  Mr. Swanson has concluded that the suffering and death caused by the diversion of resources into militarism are greater  than that which resulted from all the wars and war preparations. READ MORE...
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Nov. 10th: War Preparedness—is it Necessary?
On Wednesday, November 10th, noon at the Lincoln Center, in a timely presentation for Veterans Day, Bill Kennedy, a retired USAF officer and military planner in the Pentagon, talks with us on national defense spending.  Our speaker reports that “Defending our nation and its citizens is one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government, so mandated in our constitution.  But such protection comes at great cost.  READ MORE...

Announcements

Carl Maxey
With great sadness, we report that we lost a fellow Rotarian this week.  Carl Maxey had been hospitalized and passed due to complications of COVID.  Carl has been an active member of our club since November of 2011. Carl recently spoke to the club about his business during our cornerstone stories series.  We will inform the club when arrangements are made for a memorial service.
 
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Highway Cleanup - October 30th!
Our Fall Rotary Highway Cleanup will be on Saturday October 30th, 2021 starting at 7:45am for coffee and donuts.  We will meet as usual at the Sundance Saloon on Highway 14 (Mulberry).  We need 15-20 volunteers to make it quick and easy.  All club members who are able are welcome especially those in the evening group.  It is a great community service and fellowship activity that we have done 3 time a year since 1989. Please contact Ron Stoops or Troy Tafoya for more information.
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RSVPs for Guest Lunches
For our noon Lincoln Center meetings, please pre-purchase guest lunches on Eventbrite.  Please also use Eventbrite to purchase lunches if you normally attend our evening meeting or in the noon beverage only category. The Club will now pay for a maximum of 3 meals for prospective members when invited by current member. Please email treasurer@fortcollinsrotary.org for Eventbrite code for free guest meal and directions on how to use.
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Upcoming Events
Noon Meeting (Lincoln Center)
Lincoln Center
Oct 27, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Science and Engineering Fellowship
Lincoln Center
Oct 27, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Highway Cleanup
Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon
Oct 30, 2021
7:45 AM – 10:00 AM
 
Noon Meeting (Zoom Only)
Zoom
Nov 03, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Peace Builder Fellowship (Zoom)
Nov 03, 2021
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
 
Evening Meeting
NOCO DISTILLERY
Nov 03, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
 
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President's Message
John Trone
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This week we discuss diversity,  equity, and inclusion (DEI) at our noon meeting on Wednesday at the Lincoln Center. Rotary has recently updated their DEI statement originally adopted in 2019. Hope you can join us for this important discussion.
 
At a recent evening meeting, Annette mentioned that health care workers were still stressed and asked if we could send some cards of encouragement.  Members stepped up: Rotary cards were printed; Rotarians purchased snacks to accompany cards; cards were filled out by members at meeting and finally  snacks and cards were distributed to break rooms at PVH.  Thanks to all! (a few pictures)
 
At our Board meeting Thursday, we recognized Markley Motors for their contributions to Rotary with a Certificate of Appreciation. We really appreciate the support!
 
For this month and for Foundation Month, you can double your impact, triple your points for the Rotary Foundation. Our Foundation Chair, Andrew Stewart, recently announced members have already committed over $12,000 to the Rotary Foundation this month so with a Club Member matching donation, we have raised over $24,000 for the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you all for your support of Rotary!  (More information on how you can participate
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
John
 
 
          TOGETHER, we see a world
where PEOPLE unite and take action
       to CREATE lasting
           CHANGE— across the globe,
             in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
Rotary International Vision Statement
 
 
 
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