Your quarterly review of the latest activities and more from the Rotary Club of Fort Collins.

Thank-you Rotarians! 

It has been a great summer, with many opportunities for fellowship and service. Rotarians are such amazing people, always looking for the next opportunity for service, sometimes we don't stop to look at what we have done.
Please enjoy the pictures and stories below of our recent summer in Rotary. Thank you all for your participation; it takes a team to make a successful club and we certainly have a great team.

Rotarians in Action

Volunteering at Food Bank
Starting out the Summer, we continued to volunteer with the food bank.  We worked at the Food Bank’s Food Share location.  We worked in the re-pack room repacking and labelling a pallet of gnocchi.
We were back at the Food Bank in August.  Members helped stack grocery carts full of food and supplies and repackaged grapefruit.  You made a real difference in our community!
Volunteering at Mobile Pantry
Also in August, we helped out at the Pop-Up Pantry held at Poudre High School.  Thanks to our efforts, we served approximately 100 households in our community experiencing food insecurity. The Food Bank is hosting mobile food pantries throughout Larimer County. Anyone in need of food is welcome to attend. The Poudre High School mobile food pantry is “drive-through” where clients can receive a variety of pre-selected food items. 
Highway Cleanup
Thanks to these Rotarians who helped pick up trash along our section of Hwy 14/Mulberry.  Coffee & donuts were enjoyed by all!!
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Closing out the summer, these Rotarians worked at the Restore Store for Habitat for Humanity. We organized donated shower heads, furnace vents, tiles and lumber.
Habitat for Humanity Build
On the same day, other club members helped out on a Habitat build.
Air Force Cadet of the Month (Sep 2022)
Cadet Grace Weishaar is the Rotary Cadet of the Month - September 2022! Grace is an outstanding selection as the first cadet in six months to accept the Award in person at a Club meeting, due to Covid restrictions. Grace hails from Portland, OR, and is a senior majoring Biomedical Sciences with an impressive 3.8 GPA at CSU. She holds the Wing Vice Commander position (#2 position in the Detachment of 160+ cadets!) during the Fall Semester. Outside her studies and involvement with ROTC, Grace works with the Colorado State Health Network as a Nurse Aide and also finds time to work in an Organic Chemistry Lab. She shared that she feels blessed to be in Colorado and is “a big dog person.” So if you see her out and about, offer her a cup of coffee… as she is a huge fan of it, too! After graduating and commissioning in 2023 Grace will be entrusted with a part of our Nation’s nuclear capability at her fingertips as a Missile Officer. Congratulations and Rotary’s best wishes for success!!!
Larimer Court Support
Rotary volunteers recently helped Larimer Court Support distribute resource bags to their clients in their Problem Solving Courts.  Shown here are Geena Rupp & Kim Zappa.  They received a $2,500 Health & Wellness grant.


Poverty Reduction through Masonry Training
Thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Chiquimula and Burlington North who sponsored and implemented this 69K project.  60 villagers, 15 from each of 4 mountain villages in the Chiquimula region of Guatemala, will receive full training in the skills of construction, focussing on masonry, over 11 months. Each participant will also be provided with all the necessary tools for the masonry trade.

Our Fort Collins Club has worked in this area for many years and was happy to contribute financially to the project.
Rotary in Action: Global Village
This summer, the Hall Gallery exhibit highlighted community development projects by the Fort Collins Rotary Club (FCRC) in collaboration with Rotarians in Guatemala. The projects involve the Los Limones School in Gualan, Guatemala, a clean  water project in Quebrada Seca, and Dengue Fever prevention in the Gualan area. The exhibit is curated by members of the FCRC under the direction of  Rotarian Martin Limbird, also a long-time Museum Board member.

Social Events

Fellowship on the Lake
In July, we enjoyed a great social on the lake at the home of Larry and Sharyn. 
Cornhole League
We had two teams playing in the fall Cornhole league at The Exchange. A great time and great fellowship. Both teams ended the season with records of 4-1-1, tied for second place in the league.  Check out some pictures of the action!
Summer Picnic
We had a great summer picnic with close to one hundred members, friends and family attending.  Check out some pictures from the event.
Sweetwater Brewery Tour
During our September 7th evening meeting, Val Miller, Front of the House Manager, gave us a great tour and talk. Check out some of pictures from the tour.

Welcome to our Newest Members

Austin Gunsauls
I was born in Denver and have lived in Colorado my entire life with the exception of one year. I grew up in Franktown, CO, as the oldest of four kids. Where my parents still live today. I graduated from Ponderosa High School. I graduated from CSU with a Marketing degree in 2018 and decided to stay in Fort Collins. After working full time for Old Town Athletic Club for a few months out of school, I started working for Della Parola Capital Management. Initially, I was brought on for more of a Marketing role. However, the job served as an introduction to the field of Finance, where I’ve been ever since. I now work with Ryan Cosner and Cosner Financial Group here in Fort Collins after Ryan offered me a great opportunity to obtain my Securities Licenses and become a Financial Advisor.
(Austin pictured with sponsor Steve Schaefer)
Martha Apuan
My name is Martha Apuan.  I am married to Gene Apuan and we have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  I was born in El Paso, TX and I lived there until I was 21.  We have lived in Texas, Wyoming, Nevada, California, Idaho, Colorado and Japan.  We spent 2 years as missionaries in Japan from 2018-2020.  We enjoyed our time in Japan learning about the culture, traditions and the people.  My primary ministry became teaching English to preschoolers, elementary kids, and adults.  I always dreamed of being a teacher, so I was able to fulfill my dream. READ MORE...
(Martha pictured with sponsor Steve Laine and Past President John Trone)
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