Weekly Program Notes:
Program May 2: Celebrating RCFC Scholarship

Last week Scholarships Committee Chair Susan Gutowsky MC'ed our celebration of higher education and this years' RCFC college scholarship winners. 

Scholarship Winners included:

Alaa Eldeiry – Fort Collins High School – CSU – Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
Lindsey Farber – Centennial High School – Front Range Community College - Nursing
Kate Fieseler – Poudre High School – CSU – Biochemistry/Chemistry
Christina Harris – Front Range Community College – Nursing
Christian Lopez – Centennial High School – Front Range Community College –Science/Math (Mechanical Engineering)
Diana Mantilla – Fossil Ridge High School – CSU - Biology
Linda Quintanilla – Front Range Community College – Nursing
Greta White – Rocky Mountain High School – CSU – Neuroscience
Malak Younis – Rocky Mountain High School – CSU - Business
Jen Siripachana - CSU - Biology 
Lexi Miller – Poudre High – CSU – Animal Science/Ag Business 
Our keynote speaker, Hayden Ahlbrandt, detailed his personal student journey as an illustration and source of encouragement to these soon-to-be college students.  Hayden is a PSD and CSU graduate and currently Degree Analyst and counselor at CSU.  His story started with his desire and journey to leave Ft Collins followed by his return to CSU; his frequent academic major changes and the lessons learned along the way. He emphasized the importance of his campus involvement and faculty guidance that often went beyond what might be expected to mentor a young man in his search.  He shared how he went from engineering student to history student to teacher to counselor.  The take home message was "listen, evaluate, learn who you are", always be yourself and be open to change.
Immediately following this talk, member Del Benson challenged the scholarship recipients to become Rotoract members.
RCFC's Newest Rotarian: Bob Bethke
April 28, RCFC inducted Bob Bethke as our newest Rotarian.   Bob has a math and computer science background, and attended Konstanz University on a Rotary Graduate Fellowship, where he met his wife, Michele, who was studying German.  Michele is British, and they have one son, Nathan.  
Chuck Ulfers - New Member Talk
On April 25, new Rotarian Chuck Ulfers shared his personal history with RCFC.   Raised in Loveland, he attended CSU and received a degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University.  He later received an MBA from Boise State University.
After graduation Chuck spent 36 years with Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, California, Boise, Idaho, and Boeblingen, Germany.  While at HP he worked in Finance, Marketing and Information Technology Management.  Chuck and his wife Chris moved to Fort Collins after he retired from HP in 2005.  After just one week of retirement, Chuck accepted a position with Oracle Corp. managing business processes in Oracle’s OnDemand Service.  He worked for Oracle for 7 years before retiring again and starting a consulting business. 
Chuck and Chris have 2 children and 6 grandchildren.  They split their time between Fort Collins and Frisco, Texas, where their daughter and her family live. 
Lisa Martin, April Teacher of the Month
Lisa Martin of Werner Elementary School was our April Teacher of the Month. She was introduced by her Principal, Hayden Camp, who pointed out that she was a veteran teacher of 35 years, 31 of them at Werner.  Lisa explained her passion for teaching in a compelling manner that held her Rotary audience. She regards her rewarding relationships with students, their families, and her colleagues as the top of her accomplishments. She maintained that being flexible and fun loving with her first graders enabled them to become motivated learners. Lisa has incorporated modern technology in her classroom, having students do such things as programming robots. Her dedication and her joy in teaching were clear for all to see.  Henry Weisser made the presentation.  
Rosie McClure - April Student of the Month
April Student of the Month, Rosie McClure of Poudre High School was presented with a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Nobel, by Committee Chair Jack Vogt.  Rosie was accompanied by her parents, Jan and Jeffrey McClure, and Poudre Counselor Kim Wilder.  Rosie shared her personal experience mentoring a Respite Care enrollee and noted her commitment to service by volunteering at Respite Care, and planning to be a Speech and Language Pathologist.
President Elect Steve Laine Kicks off Annual Funding Drive
President-Elect Steve Laine announced the start of RCFC's annual Financial Commitment Drive, noting that "We have always been generous with our time and talent.  It’s time think about what you can do in the ‘treasure’ department for next year".  Steve set a goal to increase support for Community Grants, Scholarships and all of the things RCFC does to impact people and our community by 10% this year.  Financial Commitment forms are due to Assistant Treasurer Bonnie Titley no later than May 9.
Dist Gov Promotes District Conference
District Governor Bill Emsley reminds Rotarians to sign up for the District Conference, May 3 to 5, in Estes Park.  Details of all events are on the District 5440 website  DG Bill promises interesting speakers and the opportunity to meet other Rotarians.  He also reminded us that Rotary's International Conference will be held this year in Toronto.  Travel time is about equal to Jackson Hole!
April 25 Program: Challenges in the NoCo Employment Market

Wednesday, April 25th,  Mike Kohler, Business Education Coordinator for the Larimer County Workforce Center, gave us an abbreviated, but interesting overview of Northern Colorado's employment market.  Noting that 50% of job requirements include post-secondary education, only 40% of applicants meet the requirement.  Today, only 16% of applicants have a college degree, yet 67% of the job posting require a degree.  He then encouraged employers to consider 'transferable skills', rather than demanding an exact match, suggesting job postings ask applicants to "Be able to demonstrate and prove skills...".  He also noted applicants challenges, including "soft skills" and 'work ethic'.  He also challenged leaders, noting that "Leadership is not about being in charge.  It is about taking charge of those in your care."  

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 Debora Bernagozzi.  She has met successfully with a Membership Committee representative. Deborah is being sponsored by Martin Limbird and is primarily a video, photography, media and fiber artist.  

If there are any comments about Deborah as a new member, that should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, or to Martin Limbird in writing by May 30th, 2018, one week after this notification appears in the May 23rd, 2018 print Rotogear. 

Kelso Kelly still needs golfers to join his team for the Breakfast Club Golf tournament June 15.  Festivities include pre- and post-parties, a grand prize of a trip to Monterey, a reverse raffle, and a silent auction.  Players’ fees will be returned to their club.  Cost is $145.  

Harry Mueller needs volunteers to be TIPS trained on May 31 (6-9 PM) or June 23 (9-12 noon), and then Volunteer at the Peach Festival.  Also needed is use of a refrigerated van and more sponsorships.  

Sally Lee announced King Soopers now requires checks for reloading more than $100.  Credit cards no longer taken.  Our club earned $250 this month.

Volunteers are needed to help paint at La Familia (309 Hickory).  June 1 prep work, June 2 painting.

Richard Skaggs said “farewell” to the club.  After 12 years in Fort Collins, he is moving to Kansas to be near family.  He will cherish his club memories and will miss the Fellowship.

Ross Lane needs help for the Four-Way Test program at Weber seventh grade on May 29-30.  Sign up or he will call you!


RCFC Treasurer Kelso Kelly assured members that he and his team are working “happily” to straighten out our financials.  To divide responsibilities, Stacy will oversee member accounts billing and collections, and Kelso will oversee accounting, reporting and accounts payable. 

President Elect Steve Laine urges members to get commitment forms in so a reliable budget for next year can be developed.

Satellite Member Jennifer Brooks asked for sponsors for the BBBrews event on July 28.    Sponsors get four tickets.

Melanie Chamberlain urged all members to update their directory information for the Centennial edition.  If you want a new photo, contact Lee Jeffrey.  If you want an ad in the new directory, contact Bill West.

Jud Harper announced that the Legacy Fund is going to meet its $1 million goal!  But we don’t want to stop “plugging” and we hope to raise another $100K by August 1 to continue the legacy of our club.

Sally Lee will be presenting a series on Women is Science.  Her first program was on a female mathematician.

Marty Bachman reminded all to report special occasions/events/illness that the Care and Recognition Committee should acknowledge.  Call Marty, Judy Boggs, or President Jeanne.
Lee Jeffrey read to 1st graders and had a ball.  More volunteers are needed.  Contact Lee or Rob Marschke

President Jeanne urged members to engage Rotary through RCFC Committees.  The Rotogear, Membership, New Member Orientation, and Welcome Desk all need volunteers.  
Melanie Chamberlain appealed to members to look for any historical materials they might have squirreled away at home and bring them to her or Bonnie for use in creating Centennial Year displays.
Garth McCann changed the coffee klatch at Whole Foods Porch to Thursday, 8:30 AM.

Save the Date: Lynne Baker, one of three co-chairs of the Centennial Committee, reports that much is being planned for our Centennial Year.  Culmination will be a dinner on August 1, 2018, at in the Stadium Club in the new CSU stadium.  
Upcoming Events
Paul Harris Presentation - Lynn Baker
May 30, 2018
Bears Ears National Monument - Patty Limerick
Jun 06, 2018
Pathways Hospice - Nate Lamkin
Jun 13, 2018
Changing of the Guard - PP Glenn Schmidt
Jun 20, 2018
Rotary International Convention - Toronto, Canada
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018
Centennial Celebration Dinner at CSU Stadium
Aug 01, 2018
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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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