Turning Service into Service

Our Veterans Day Celebration November 7th, will honor those who served and the families who further their cause.  Our county would not be where it is without those who serve their country.  And many Veterans are able to fill challenging roles because of the loving assistance received from their families. 

Military service often brings tremendous comradery and pride, along with a strong sense of community.  Veterans and their families understand the sacrifice this service requires.  They are property of the US Government for the length of their service.  From the missed birthdays, weddings and holiday celebrations to combat deployments, injuries or the ultimate sacrifice, they understand.  They know the heavy lifting that is done by the few who serve. 

For many Veterans, military service begins a life of service in other capacities.  Many family members see the hardships their own Veterans experience and look for ways to fill the gaps or help others like their spouse, son or daughter.  This year Committee Chair Donna Chapel will moderate a panel including those who continue to serve our community and our Veterans. 

Gordan Thibideau joined the Army in 1964 and went on to serve in Infantry, Artillery, Aviation and Special Forces units for over 28 years of active military service.  After retirement in 1992, Gordan became Executive Director of Partners of Larimer County, later serving as President and CEO for United Way of Larimer County for over 19 years.  Since his retirement in September 2017 he continues to volunteer for several community organizations.

James Hagerman joined the United States Marine Corps, proudly serving as an Aerial Navigator on KC-130 aircraft from 1991-1995.  During his service, James traveled all over the world, living in Japan for two years and getting to spend time on every continent except Antarctica.  He is currently a Broker Associate with C3 Real Estate Solutions, holding many specialization certifications.  He also contributes many hours to various charitable organizations. 

These Veterans are joined by Diane Bauer, a therapist in private practice in Fort Collins, working with individuals and couples.  In addition to being mother of CPT Justin Felix, currently deployed with the 758th Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan, Diane co-facilitates retreats with Be Safe, Love Mom, providing support to military moms facing the deployment of their sons and daughters. 

Our panel will help you better understand the proud and the few, as well as what service looks like from a loved one’s perspective:  why they serve and why they continue to serve. 

Myra Monfort - Honorary RCFC Member
Wednesday, October 31, RCFC honored long-time member, past Club President and District Governor (in Florida), Myra Monfort for her service.  Presenting her "Honorary" certificate was RCFC President Steve Laine. 
In her remarks, Myra noted that she was proud to be Jewish, and to present RCFC's Christmas Program, as she has done for years.  Her service to RCFC, our community and her support of Rural Urban Day, the Rotary Foundation, Programs and various other activities were noted and celebrated.  Thanks Myra!
RCFC's Skeletons

 On Wednesday, October 31, the Centennial Committee - Melanie Chamberlain and Bonnie Titley led a lively meeting, with long-time members sharing memories, and all playing word games for prizes. 

Best Costume was Marty Bachman; second best was John Roberts' sweatshirt.  Bill West had an abundance of memories, and got the hook!

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 Dr. Brad Abrahamson.  He has met successfully with a Membership Committee representative, and is sponsored by Stacy Plemmons.  Brad is a sports medicine doctor and CEO of his own practice.  Any comments regarding Brad as a new member should be directed to the club secretary, Rod Morrison, or to his sponsor in writing by November 15th, 2018, one week after this notification appears in the November 8th, 2018 print Rotogear.
Martin Limbird urged members to sign up as cookers or tasters for the upcoming Rotaract chili cook off to be held in November 9m from 7 to 9 PM, at Horse and Dragon Brewery.  Total tickets available are 12, plus 4 "Cookers".  Cost: $20.  Cookers invited to participate.  A reverse raffle is being held.

Tammie Niemann announced that STEM Committee would meet next Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 11:15.
Pres Steve announced any member interested in joining the Finance Committee, consider attending the next meeting, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at ANB Bank on South Timberline. The committee meets on third Thursdays monthly.
Judy Boggs announced a change of date for our Christmas party because DG Chuck Rutenberg visits our club on December 19.  New date for the party is Sunday, December 9, at the Country Club, 5-8 p.m.  Cost:  $30.  Rides can be provided for anyone who doesn’t want to drive at night.  Giveaways planned.

Past Announcements still valid:
Sally Lee announced we had received a check for $331 from King Soopers.  Anyone needing a card see Sally.
Ross Lane said that 4-Way Test season is looming.  Training for satellite members is planned and urged our newer members to attend also.  Date tbd.
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

Dave Stewart will be traveling to Queretaro, Mexico in November, and urged members to consider joining him for to visit the Santa Maria orphanage where RCFC has several projects.  See Dave for details.(  (

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
The Rotary Foundation, Robin Steele
Nov 14, 2018
NO Meeting - Thanksgiving
Nov 21, 2018
Regional Economic Development, Troy McWhinney
Nov 28, 2018
All-RCFC Holiday Party - Country Club
Dec 09, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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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
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06-27-2018 Regular Meeting
6-20-18 Meeting Photos
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May 30, 2018 Meeting
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05-09-2018 Regular Meeting
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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
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01-31-2018 Regular Meeting
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1/10/2018 Meeting
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