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Rotary Foundation
This Wednesday, at our Zoom meeting at noon, fellow Rotarian Andrew Stewart will lead the program, following his introduction by John Trone.  Andrew is serving this year as our club’s Rotary Foundation Chair and plans to refresh us as far as the important facts about the Rotary Foundation, its achievements, and goals. The Foundation, begun in 1917, is given Charity Navigator’s highest rating for charitable organizations, and devotes 91% of its funds on program grants and operations. During the months of October and November the Foundation Committee is hosting a Foundation Drive to increase contributions from last year, and to increase the number of people contributing at any level. READ MORE...
Investment Fellowship
This week on zoom, following our noon meeting, we welcome Bill West, who will be our guest speaker/leader on the subject of Northern Colorado Real Estate.
District Governor Elect - Lee Varra-Nelson 
This Wednesday, during our evening meeting at NOCO Distillery, we welcome District Governor Elect Lee Varra-Nelson, who will give us an update on happenings around our Rotary District, and answer questions about the future.  Our District is made up of almost 3,000 Rotarians from 53 clubs in Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Nebraska, and Idaho. Please also join our District 5440 Facebook Group to hear news from other Rotarians and clubs.
RECAP: Nov. 10th: War Preparedness—is it Necessary?
Last week Bill Kennedy shared a timely presentation - War Preparedness-is it Necessary?  Timely as part of our Veterans Day celebration and, timely because last week our speaker made the argument that “possibly all wars are unnecessary”. So, what are the arguments in favor of War Preparedness?  1) It is a Constitutional mandate.  2) What is the reality in our world?  “We must look at the world as it is, not as we wish it was”...   READ MORE...


Volunteer Opportunity - Scouts
Merit Badge University (MBU), which will be held virtually on the mornings of January 8th and 15th, gives Scouts, ages 11-17 the opportunity to earn merit badges on a wide range of topics. Fort Collins Rotarians have supported MBU since its creation in 1990. Please reach out to Randy Kurtz for information on how you can be involved.
Holiday Party - RSVP Now!
Please join us at our Rotary Club of Fort Collins Holiday Party. 
Share the gift of time with us while enjoying an outstanding evening of fellowship with your Rotarian friends. Invitations are available to all club members and 1 guest.
The event will be Sunday, December 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Fort Collins Country Club.

Attire: festive, holiday, whatever you feel comfortable in – Santa Claus and elf costumes are allowed
Cost: $50 per person (this includes 1 alcoholic beverage if desired - Cash bar is available for additional beverages)
Menu: Country Club employees will be serving buffet style – there will be a fish or beef option (vegetarian diets can be accommodated with advanced notice)
Note: all country club employees facilitating our event will be COVID vaccinated.
Entertainment: There will be live cello music during cocktail hour; dinner entertainment planned but not finalized; and door prizes.
Special thanks to the  fellowship and fun committee as well as the club board of directors for planning and presenting such a nice evening. 
Please RSVP now on Eventbrite or contact Sue Wagner for alternative ways to register.
Member Update
John Matsushima has been doing pretty well, slowly recovering from recent illness. He was not quite feeling up to par to go to Rotary in person last week but did view the meeting via zoom. Hopefully he will be able to attend the next meeting in person.
Rotary License Plate
Please join the effort to obtain a Colorado Rotary License plate! We want to expand the awareness of Rotary across the state of Colorado. Your signature on the digital petition will allow this prototype to be approved by our legislature in January or February. Please sign petition now.  
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.
Upcoming Events
Noon Meeting (Zoom Only)
Nov 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Investment Fellowship
Nov 17, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Evening Meeting
NOCO Distillery
Nov 17, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Markley Honda
Nov 18, 2021
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Noon Meeting (Lincoln Center)
Lincoln Center
Nov 24, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Science and Engineering Fellowship
Lincoln Center
Nov 24, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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President's Message
John Trone
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We had a great program last week at noon, honoring our veteran's one day before Veteran's Day.  Thanks to everyone for making this and all our meetings successful: from Harry and greeters; Jack and Ross - front desk; Dawn and Sergeant-at-Arms; Kathy and the setup/cleanup volunteers; Colin, Chuck & Larry - hybrid meeting; Dave/Stacy & Noon Program Committee; Kip/Bob - Cadets of the Month; Kathy & Community Grants Committee; our fellowship leaders; our inspirational speakers and everyone else that keeps things going; it takes a team. Thanks!
This week at noon for Rotary Foundation Month on zoom, we will hear updates on some of our various projects, both local and around the world. Please attend and see how your donations are having an impact here in Fort Collins and around the world.  At our evening meeting, our District Governor Elect, Lee Vara-Nelson, will be our special guest, a great opportunity to learn what is going on around our district.
Lastly, if you have not yet signed up for the holiday party, please RSVP now; you will not want to miss this fun annual event.
Yours in Rotary Service,
          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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