Rotary, a Month Before the New Year
Twas a month before the new year, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
And I was dreaming about Rotary and what we all share.
Rotarians were nestled all snug in their beds,
While celebrations of the past 100 years danced in their heads.
Wife Jeannie in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just fallen asleep for a long-needed nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
Visions of the next 100 years were approaching on new-fallen snow
With ideas and plans bright as mid-day to the Rotarians below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But even more supportive workers doing even greater service next year.
Our plans and our outcomes were lively and quick,
I knew in a moment that Rotary would stick.
More rapid than eagles the projects did come.
New members whistled, and shouted, and said “we want to do some!”
"Now Steve! Now, Robert! Now, Kelso and Rod!
Lead us into the new year with wisdom and laud!
Board members and committees you said “yes” when service called!
And so did other members who are appreciated by all!"
More wonderful projects…and programs…and ideas began zipping by.
I looked out and saw the 4-Way Test written in the sky.
We think, say, and do what is fair and the truth.
Building goodwill and better friendships is our foundational proof.
I finally awakened and saw you sitting here
Enjoying the holidays and our Rotary cheer.
May the next 100 years of vision be as clear as our sight.
Doing service with others……….and wishing you a good night.
By President Elect Nominee Del Benson
Teacher of the Month - Joanna Clark
Our Teacher of the Month for December was Joanna Clark, a seventh to ninth grade math teacher at Wellington Middle School.  She was introduced by Bill Peisner, a counselor at her school.  Joanna has been at Wellington Middle School since 2005.  A dedicated teacher, Joanna sees helping students to get over their fear of mathematics as her main goal.  She loves her subject and is particularly thrilled when her students gain success and come to enjoy math.  She is noted for never giving up on the possibilities for success for each and every student.  Overall, she is a key staff member at her school.  She is a grade level leader, the department head for mathematics, and a noted team leader.  She is always keen to support students whether it is serving as student government coordinator or supporting students in extracurricular projects, such as concerts, games or plays.  She enlightened our Rotary Club with a thoughtful, precise and succinct account of how she regards her career and its challenges. She also reminded many of us of Pi, 3.1416 and beyond to infinity.
Student of the Month 
Student of the Month Committee Chair Jack Vogt introduced the FCHS counselor (regretably we missed the name), who in turn introduced Aileen Gonzalez-Perez, RCFC's December Student of the Month.  Aileen will attend CU Boulder to continue her study of nursing.  Already a nursing aide in high school, Aileen volunteers at PVH and is engaged in a multitude of other community service activities.  Vogt also presented our Student of the Month with a gift certificate to Barnes and Nobel.  
Holiday Party Fun
District Governor Chuck Rutenberg Visits RCFC
Last week District 5540 Governor and RCFC Member Chuck Rutenberg, spoke to our club.  His extensive Rotary credentials were listed in last week’s Rotogear.  Hi talk focused on two subjects.
First, his long term interest in literacy.  The problem is extensive (35 million Americans may be functionally illiterate) and local (Aurora is in the top 3 US cities).  A brief but moving video illustrated the daily problems that life without literacy creates.  Finding and helping such adults can break the chain of illiteracy and is often the first step out of poverty.  Chuck and Rotary are involved in the cure.
The second topic was membership. Chuck has visited over 50 clubs and this is usually a significant part of the discussions. Membership at 1.2 million has been stable but not growing.  Fifty percent of members leave during their first 3 years.  Solutions include improving the value for members, talking about why we do things (and not just what we do) and tapping into the creativity of our newest members.  We watched an inspirational video about a contestant on Americas’ Got Talent.  In addition to great singing we learned about his growing adopted family-how to go from surviving to dreaming and how to make those in need become”star human beings”.  An excellent Q&A session provided some additional suggestions for improving the number & quality of Rotarians.
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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Purple Pins for Polio is scheduled for January 27 at Chippers Lanes.  Please consider being a lane or event sponsor.  The Gates Foundation will match all gifts to Polio Plus.

Randy Kurtz again asked for volunteers for Merit Badge University on January 5 and 12.

Martin Nelson thanked all who rang bells for the Salvation Army.

Dave Stewart will accept all donations for the Santa Maria orphanage/Hope For Children Foundation.  You can mail or give them to him directly.

Bill Timpson encouraged everyone to read the new Peace Newsletter.  The articles are varied and uplifting.

Anyone know where Betty Brown can find Muscatel or Old Charter bourbon?  Help!

Past Announcements still valid:

Henry Weisser urged members to pick up an OSHER catalog.  

Rob Marschke asked members to support the 2019 Peach Festival by becoming a  Sponsor.  Forms were distributed.

Don Eversole asked interested members to join the newly established Peace Fellowship.  Remember—peace leads to solutions.

Sally Lee urged members to give King Soopers cards as gifts.  Talk to her if interested.

Donna Chapel asked for a show of hands of those who would host a home fellowship dinner.  If interested, tell Donna.

Don Eversole urged us all to consider supporting the FoCo Cafe in their long term financial needs.  Drop in from time to time.
Bill Schaffter urges participation in Fort Collins Read Aloud.  For information, go to

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

Upcoming Events
Social Security Update - Tom Margenau
Jan 02, 2019
Changes in the Funeral Home Industry
Jan 09, 2019
State of the University - Tony Frank
Jan 16, 2019
Photo Albums
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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