Celebrating Service Above Self
Image result for service above selfNO NOON MEETING Wednesday.  Our April 17 meeting will start at 5:30 at the Drake Center. 
The heart of Rotary is “Service Above Self”, and while most members join Rotary for the service, each year we recognize those most active in service.  Rotary Club of Fort Collins honors both Rotarians and non-Rotarians who have made significant contributions to the Club, the community and the world.  As is our custom, each of the awards will be presented by last year’s recipient.
  • The Quiet Rotarian award was designed to recognize a Rotarian whose diligent work epitomizes service to others without fanfare or desire for credit.
  • The Five Avenues of Service award recognizes a Rotarian who has demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
  • The Spirit of Rotary Award is generally made to a newer member who has been extremely active in providing exemplary club service.
  • The Service Above Self award is given to both Rotarians and non-Rotarians who contribute significantly to the betterment of life in this community.
  • The Max Getts Four–Way Test Award is given to a Rotarian or non-Rotarian who truly exemplifies the four way test in all they do – especially their interaction with the youth in our community.
  • The Rotarian of the Year award recognizes a member for his or her all-around contributions to the success of the Club
  • ALAN ASHBAUGH EXCELLENCE AWARD recognizing a person who exemplifies “Excellence “ in Service Above Self, especially in his/her area of endeavor in our Club or in our Community. 
  • BOB SEYMOUR SATELLITE MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD recognizing a Satellite member for their contribution to Rotary, the Rotary Club of Fort Collins and our community through their work in Satellite membership.
  • BOB EVERITT ROTARACT MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD recognizing a Rotaract Member for their contribution to Rotaract, the Rotary Club of Fort Collins and our community through their work in the Rotary Club of Fort Collins sponsored  Rotaract Club. 
Please be there to help celebrate the heart of Rotary and your fellow Rotarians this Wednesday.  This is our 31st straight year of Service Awards celebration. 
RCFC's Newest Member: Kip Turian
April 10, Past President Jeanne Fangman inducted new member Kip Turain, sponsored by Bill Schaffter.  Kip recently retired as Commander of the US Air Force ROTC program at CSU.  Kip and wife Maria have two children, Cayla and Cristian.  Kip has a bachelor's degree in management, plus three masters degrees: HR Development; Military Operational Art and Science; and National Security Strategic Studies.  Welcome Kip Turain! 
Nine Years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Last week FCRC member, James Cooper, PhD shared his 9 year experience at King Fahd University (1998-2007).  King Fahd University was started in the 1960’s originally closely associated with Aramco (KFU of Petroleum and Minerals). It is now a public university administered under the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In some ways it looks like any university in the US (see web site) but it also differs in many ways.  Student body is male only.  The acceptance rate is 2% making it the most selective and best university in the Middle East.  The curriculum is limited to engineering, science and business.  Notably absent are the many liberal art majors expected at most US schools.  Most instruction is in English.
Students could be considered more like employees than customers. They are paid, housed and their attendance and performance closely watched. The first year is often a year of orientation with requirements to fulfill in English and math.  Nonetheless, for most students English is a second language making communication with a professor from the US potentially challenging.
Finally, Jim shared some personal reminiscences.  Exposure to the general culture was limited and consisted primarily of shopping and dining out.  Entertainment was hard to find.  (Soccer was popular but limited to males only).  Alcohol was prohibited but access to alcohol and entertainment was possible in private settings.  The last shared memory was Jim’s learning of the 9/11 disaster the night before his morning class and his need to process this in Saudi Arabia.
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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The Board of Directors has approved the membership application of Richard Fisher, sponsored by Jim Collinson .  Richard is a Meteorological Consultant and Organic Farmer.  Any comments about Richard as a new member should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, or to his sponsor in writing by April 24th, 2019, one week after this notification appears in the April 17th, print Rotogear.
Sally Lee said that those needing help getting the new King Soopers card to see her.  She plans to have a laptop with her on April 24.

Martin Nelson asked how many would be interested in touring the Engines Lab headed by Bryan Willson, last week’s speaker.

Ron Stoops announced a highway cleanup on Saturday, April 27 at 8 a.m.  Donuts will be served.  This is our first cleanup after construction completion.

Phyllis Abt needs to order new banners for the club's yearly change.  Members, by straw vote, chose to use our 100 Year design for the new ones.

Mike Stradt reported that Forrest Boggs was out of hospital and resting at home.  He is quite weak and has lost weight.

Only a few spaces are left for the May 30 Fellowship to Denver for dinner and Wicked.  See or contact Mike Stradt.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you loaned some archival material for our centennial displays and it has not been returned, pleas contact Bonnie Titley.  All materials are in storage to be inventoried.  Workers will watch for and return anything reported.
May Satellite Meetings: May 1st, Larino Wine Bar  3600 Mitchel Drive, Fort Collins  5:15-5:30 Purchase beverages/food; 5:30-6:30 Rotary Meeting
May 15th, 5:30-6:30 Larino Wine Bar 3600 Mitchel Drive, Fort Collins  5:15-5:30 Purchase beverages/food, 5:30-6:30 Rotary Meeting

Larry Salmen gave an update from the Peach Festival Committee.  They have identified 70 companies to contact for sponsorship.  Ted Cluett said their goal is $100K in sponsors.  Mara Johnson encouraged members to step up.

Foothills Rotary is planning a Corn Hole tournament April 27 and are looking for players and sponsors.  For details see

Melanie Chamberlain announced the club now had its own storage facility.  Members harboring appropriate materials for our archives should contact Melanie or Bonnie.

John Roberts announced the Global Village Museum‘s new exhibit, “Russia in Retrospect”.  Six special programs are scheduled during the 3-5 month run.

Michael Stradt announced a planned Fellowship Committee outing to see “Wicked” in Denver sometime before Memorial Day.  Interested, see Mike.

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, Melanie Chamberlain, or Jeanne Fangman.

Upcoming Events
Photography as a Second Career, George Theodore
Apr 24, 2019
April BREW (Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide)
Apr 25, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Highway 14 Clean Up
Apr 27, 2019 8:00 AM
Changes in Golf Rules, Warren Wilson
May 01, 2019
Evening Meeting (Satellite)
May 01, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Water Issues Northern Colorado, Roy Otto
May 08, 2019 12:00 PM
County Commissioners Panel
May 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Evening Meeting (Satellite)
May 15, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Evening Meeting (Satellite)
Red Truck Beer Company
Jun 05, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Evening Meeting (Satellite)
Red Truck Beer Company
Jun 19, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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April 10, 2019 Meeting
04-03-2019 Meeting
Mar-27-2019 Meeting
03-20-2019 Regular Meeting
03-13-2019 Regular Meeting
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02-27-2019 Regular Meeting
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02-06-2019 Meeting
01-30-2099 Regular Meeting
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10-24-2018 Regular Meeting
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09-26-2018 Regular Meeting
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