Celebrating Teachers of the Year

For the past 25 years the Rotary Club of Fort Collins has honored a Teacher of the Month. The Breakfast Rotary Club and the Foothills Club soon joined in the process and the three clubs today are providing this program.

Each year each participating club selects from among its Teacher of the Month honorees one special  teacher who is designated its Teacher of the Year. Choosing from among so many talented professionals is difficult.

For a time the three clubs regarded the program as a contest among the three and awarded one teacher the title of Teacher of the Year. The Poudre School District was given the difficult and unwelcome task of choosing among the three to select only one of them to be Teacher of the Year. Thanks to the efforts of Garth McCann and others, this contest was abolished and we now have three teachers of the year and nobody goes home disappointed.

Today we shall hear from Brenda Hernandez, a second grade teacher at Irish Elementary, nominated by the Fort Collins Foothills club; Gabby Wymore, who teaches history at Blevins Middle School; and Jennifer Martinez, who teaches music at Bacon Elementary School. Dr. Sandra Smyser will also provide some remarks.

A special Oktoberfest meal has been catered for us. Our Drake Center room will be crowded, so Rotarians are urged to proceed quickly through the buffet lines.
Satellite Update

Satellite Members met on Wednesday, October 3rd at Lirano's Wine Bar.  Jennifer Brooks gave her Classification Talk.  Jennifer Brooks, Kerrie Luginbill and Kelly Kettler were all awarded their Blue Badges. 

There was a discussion on ways the Satellite Members could support causes already being worked on by members and agreement that one of the November Satellite programs would include training for the Four Way Test in schools so that Satellite Members could be involved in that activity this year.  The next meeting is Wednesday, October 17th at 5:30pm at New Belgium Brewery, and will include a facility tour and tasting.

Hope After Loss of a Child

Last week RCFC heard from Betsy Strafach, CEO and cofounder of 3Hopeful Hearts, a service for parents and others who have experienced  the loss of a child.  Three Northern Colorado women (two of whom had lost a child) came together in 2008 and formed this organization under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Wolfelt (Ft Collins resident and pioneer in grief management). Starting under the wing of PVH, they became their own nonprofit in 2012. They self-describe as  grief companions, and work closely with counselors, first responders, UC Health and funeral services.

Their clients range from  parents with a miscarriage to the elderly parent dealing with the loss of an adult child.
Through support groups, candlelight vigils, infant portraits and remembrance walks they "come along side" parents, potentially changing their trajectory from the day of loss through their future of lifetime grief. A video of a few of their clients helped us appreciate their life altering intervention.
They sound like angels to me.
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 Rotary Investment Fellowship will meet immediately after the regular Rotary meeting on Wednesday, October 17.  Our topic: How Will the 2018 Elections Affect our Investments?  All are welcome.
Donna Chapel asked for a show of hands of those who would host a home fellowship dinner.  If interested, tell Donna.
Henry Weisser urged members to arrive a bit early for the Teachers of the Year meeting next week.  He indicated we were having German food.
See Sally Lee if you need King Soopers cards.
B.J. From Rotaract asked us to bring canned food (or money) for the Cans Around the Oval event at CSU.

Don Eversole urged us all to consider supporting the FoCo Cafe in their long term financial needs.  Drop in from time to time.
John Roberts announced the new Global Village Museum exhibit—“Living Aloha”.  He also listed upcoming programs related to the exhibit.  Finally, he announced a fund raiser at the FC Country Club.  Silent and live auctions plus entertainment are planned.
Hold the Date:  RCFC Holiday Party Wednesday, December 19, 5:30 PM at Drake Center.
Melanie Chamberlain announced that all but four of the RCFC Centennial Memorial book written by John Matsushima have been sold.  See Melanie quickly to get yours.    
Bill Schaffter urges participation in Fort Collins Read Aloud.  For information, go to

Ralph Smith has 2019 calendars available for $14, $5 of which comes to the club.  He presented a check for $120 to the club from last year's sales.

Henry Weisser urged members to enroll in OSHER, CSU's life-long learner classes, and left catalogs at the front desk.

Dave Stewart will be traveling to Mexico in November, and urged members to consider a visit to the orphanage we have helped.  See him 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
Colorado Water Conservation Board, Becky Mitchell
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 31, 2018
Veterans Day
Nov 07, 2018
The Rotary Foundation, Robin Steele
Nov 14, 2018
All-RCFC Holiday Party - Drake Center
Dec 19, 2018 5:30 PM
Photo Albums
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
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12-6-2017 Regular Program
12-13-17 Christmas Party
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