Blood Bank Needs Blood!
Image result for garth englund blood center fort collinsService Opportunity:  The UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center has put out an urgent request for blood donors. There is a critical shortage because many public blood drives have been cancelled. Those interested in making a donation can call 970-495-8965 to schedule an appointment.
March 23 Week's News/Announcements
RCFC's Board of Directors meeting scheduled for 3:30 PM on Thursday, 3/26/20 will be an online Zoom meeting.  All RCFC members are welcome via Zoom meeting.  Rob will distribute details as finalized.  To minimize extraneous noise, all please "mute" your microphone, unless speaking.  
The Community Grants committee is now accepting applications under its 'Youth Program' category.  Application deadline is May 15, 5:00 p.m.  See Club website for additional information.
Image result for service to othersRCFC's Service Committee will be sending out a club-wide weekly update email through Chuck Rutenberg letting us know about service opportunities.  Please send any service opportunities to the committee at
The April 1 Evening Fellowship will meet on line.  Details to be distributed.  
In case you missed the announcements, the District Assemblies, District Conference, and Rotary International Conference to be held in Honolulu are all cancelled.  The Spring District Assembly will be held electronically.  
RCFC's Board of Directors has voted to cancel public club meetings until further notice.  This of course applies to Wednesday noon meetings at the Drake Centre, at least for the next two weeks: i.e. 3/18/20 and 3/25/20. We should be prepared for public meetings of our Rotary Club to remain canceled well into the near future, perhaps for many weeks.  
Call a Friend?
PE Del, Pres Rob and several more Rotarians have started randomly calling fellow Rotarians, just to check in, say Hi!, and see if anything is needed.  Research has shown most Rotarians join for the Service, but stay because of Fellowship.  For your own mental health, right now would be a good time to call family, friends and fellow Rotarians with no agenda other than to check in and keep the fellowship going.  Besides checking on their well-being, you may find an opportunity for service.  
Any interesting ideas to avoid isolation, or stories for publication would be welcome.  Please forward to the Rotogear Editor at  Or call me...
Rotogear Will Continue Publication
While our face-to-face meetings are on hold, electronic communications will continue.  The weekly Rotogear will continue publication as long as there is news to share.  Please send any announcements or articles for publication to the Rotogear editor, 
Recent exchanges of email messages suggest that we may have online "virtual" meetings for some club functions, e.g. Board of Directors meetings.  President Rob will provide updates about this as progress is made. 
RCFC Strategic Planning Session
On March 4, President Rob Marschke and President-Elect Del Benson led a follow-up to the December strategic planning feedback session.  Rob outlined the following developments and possibilities:
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Evening Meeting Chair
Assistant Treasurer
Executive Secretary
Foundation Chair
Board Member
Membership Chair
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
President Elect-Evening
Board Member
Board Member
Immediate Past President
Editor: Bonnie Titley
Urgent/Current Announcements:
Older Announcements Still Relevant:
The 3/28/20 Rotaract Breakfast Bingo has been canceled.  Ryan Trust, the Fort Collins Rotaract President, says that you may still donate to the beneficiary using this weblink
John Trone summarized the projects, club activities and committees where the evening group is active.  They are active across the board!
Kathy Hawkins announced we now have a credit card charge device.  Member charges and contributions can now be handled at our weekly meetings.
Ross lane asked for volunteers to work the front desk (when we return).  Please see Ross for details.  
Committee Chairs:  All Rotary committees should give Rob their budget needs for the rest of this Rotary year.  Committee budgets for the rest of this year are due to President Rob Marschke by April 4.  Forms to request budget for next year are due to PE Del Benson by April 1.  No form, no budget.

Bob Lawrence reported that Lucy Castro, our recent Ambassadorial Scholar, has established a Global Rotary Club in D.C. made up mostly of women under 45.

Lloyd Thomas announced that registration for RYLA was now open and encouraged 7th graders and high school Sophomores to sign up on
The Peach Festival Committee is soliciting sponsors and volunteers for the Peach Festival.  This year’s beneficiary is Habitat for Humanity.  Our representatives on the central committee are Mara Johnson, Rob Marschke, and Annette Geisleman.

The December 31, 2019 Club Financial Statements have been published on ClubRunner.  To access, sign in and then go into Member Area. Select My ClubRunner.  Below select Documents.  Scroll to area 7 and the Financials are there at the bottom.  If you don’t have ClubRunner account, please contact John Trone,

Martin Limbird announced the new theme for RI:  Rotary Opens Opportunity (chosen by the new president because it “sounds good in German”!).

Sally Lee reported King Soopers rebate of $532.00 that goes directly into our charitable budget.  If you haven’t signed up yet, see Sally.

Harry Mueller needs weekly Greeters - especially Red Badge members.  Please see Harry to sign up.  
Mara Johnson needs host families for our incoming youth exchange student (2020-21 school year).  She also thanked Club for the $4000 budget.
The Finance Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday, and the Board Meeting is the 4th Thursday each month.  Updated meeting logistics will be published before the next meeting.  All are invited.
Marty Bachman urged members to shop on Amazon Smile.  Rebates would be credited to our club at the rate of 0.5%.  Look for the Amazon logo on our website.
Marty Bachman requests fun fundraising ideas.  She also needs volunteers for her committee.

The Board Of Directors approved participation in the 2020 Peach Festival.  The beneficiary will be Habitat for Humanity.  President Rob summarized the discussion and outlined the factors to be watched closely.  Peach Festival financial report update will be emailed to members.
SPECIAL NOTE:  Kathy Hawkins cautioned members not to pay dues AND charities with a single checks.  For charities contributions to be tax-deductible, you must write a separate check.
President Rob announced that for those wishing to apply for the new "Noon Membership Without Meals" category, a form needs to be completed and submitted to the Membership Committee.  
PDG Mike Forney invited retired professionals to join SCORE (Senior Corps Of Retired Executives).  Volunteers work with small business personnel to enhance their business.  Counselors are needed in Ft. Collins.  If interested, contact Mike Forney.
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
Evening Meeting (Online)
Online - Zoom
Apr 01, 2020
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
District 5440 - Spring Assembly (Online)
Online Video Conference
Apr 04, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Finance Committee (Online)
Online (Zoom)
Apr 09, 2020
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
POSTPONED: Service Above Self Annual Celebration
Drake Centre
Apr 15, 2020 5:30 PM
Community Grants Application Deadline
May 15, 2020 Ends: 5:00 PM
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10-30-2019 Regular Meeting
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08-22-2018 Regular Meeting
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08-01-2018 Centennial Dinner
7-18-18 Meeting Photos
06-27-2018 Regular Meeting
6-20-18 Meeting Photos
2018-6-13 Meeting
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03-28-2018 Regular Meeting
03-21-2018 After Hours Meeting
March 7, 2018 Meeting
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02-14-2018 Meeting Photos
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