All Rotarians are reminded that there will be no lunch meeting this Wednesday.   Instead we will gather that evening at 5:00 at the Drake Centre for a special social and "get to know Rotary" event.  Members must register themselves and any guests no later than Monday, March 19 so that we have enough food and drink. Please register at rcfcrotaryafterhours@eventbrite.com or for assistance contact Justie Nicol or Phyllis Abt, and provide the names and emails for those who will be attending.
Event objectives are to Share Rotary, recruit new Rotarians, and enjoy fellowship.  Event sponsors are Three Four Beers company, and Nicol Law Offices.  Three Four Beers is providing a new brew, and will be inviting naming suggestions. 
Who do you know that should be a Rotarian?  Bring them along! 

On March 14th, Annette Hoyt and Alli Hummer provided an excellent program on the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Larimer County.  This is a nationwide program that began with one judge and several friends.  The judge thought that juveniles in his court were falling through the cracks and wanted to have someone fight for them.  This is done through community volunteers.  A volunteer will likely spend 8 to 10 hours a month with a child but will know their wants and needs and explain to the court their side of the story.  The court system is geared to solve issues with the parents, but has traditionally had less focus on the needs of the children.  The Harmony House (next to the Intel Facility on Harmony) is a location for CASA and their advocates where the children and parents are allowed to be together under supervised observation.  There were lots of questions and the topic was well received.

Bill Schaffer introduced Captain Tonisha Byrd, AFROTC, who introduced Brennan Burke as Cadet of the Month.  Brennan, a sophomore at CSU studying vocal music and neuroscience, taking nursing classes at FRCC, is a member of the CSU AF Honor Guard and holds down two jobs.  She and her sister both chose Air Force, even though raised by Army parents.  Brennan is taking classes at Front Range because she plans to become a flight or surgical nurse.
Wednesday March 7, Sharyn Salmen presented her new member talk, highlighting her professional, personal, and family background, as well hobbies.  Sharyn is currently a Nursing & Healthcare Management Consultant with 40 years experience, and a Fort Collins Community Volunteer.  She received her BSN and MSN (in Nursing Leadership) from the University of MN-School of Nursing, and a MS in Healthcare Management/MBA from CU Denver's Business School, and served in Hospital- Critical Care and Med-Surg Nursing Leadership.   She is a Board member/Honorary Life Member of theFriends of the FC Symphony, and Past President/President-Fundraising.
Sharyn considers herself 100% Swedish, a native Minnesotan from Babbitt MN (population 3000), and a "semi- native"  of Ft. Collins for the last 41 years.  
Sharyn has been married to Larry for 43 years, and considers herself a “Rotary Ann”, for the past 34 years.  She and Larry have attended 4 RI conferences and were GSE Team Leaders to Australia in 2017.  They have 2 sons; Christopher (Cheryl) of Rancho Sante Fe, CA and Adam (Cortney) of Eccleston, UK,  and 4 grandchildren, Eva, Axel James, Ivan and Avery ranging from 8 years to 7 months.
IV. Hobbies: Music of all types; World Travel; Reading; Golf; walking; entertaining

Last Wednesday RCFC heard from two professionals in the field of elder care, Mimi Wahlfeldt, Marketing Director at Good Samaritan and Alan Heileman, Sales Advisor for Mackenzie Place. They were a dynamic duo, taking turns explaining their well illustrated program.  They pointed out how most people plan their lives up to and including retirement and then stop planning. The daunting task of sorting out what kinds of care might be needed and the costs of various kinds of care are too often left until a crisis arises. The range of services available vary from some extra help at home to full time nursing care.  They advised club members to know the difference between independent living, assisted living and nursing home care. They also advised us to explore some of the options available locally by visiting  potential sites in order  to experience the feeling they convey. Our speakers  included an account of the advantages of aging  at home and what might be done to assist with daily living. Everyone in the audience was charged to understand that they are either responsible for caring for parents, caring for themselves, or working with children to care for themselves. The resources and information available should be explored before a crisis occurs.

Rural Urban Chair Amy Brackenbury awarded this year's Rural Urban Scholarship to Lexie Miller, who will study Agriculture Science and Ag Business at CSU next fall.   Lexie thanked the committee and RCFC for their generous support.  
The RCFC Master Agriculturist for 2018 was awarded to George Seidel, farmer and CSU Agriculture professor for 47 years.  As a professor, his primary research was in plant physiology.  As a farmer, all of his land is covered with conservation easements to assure agriculture in perpetuity.
Committee Chair Jack Vogt introduced Joe Gawronski, Polaris Experiential Learning School Principal, who in turn introduced Liviya Harmon as RCFC Student of the Month.  Liviya thanked Rotarians for the honor, and plans to pursue elementary school teaching in college.   Besides the certificate of accomplishment, Chair Jack Vogt awarded Harmon a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Nobel.
Rural Urban Committee Chair Amy ("Does it All") Brackenbury named the FFA (Future Farmers of American) Foundation, as the the Service to Agriculture awardee for 2018.  Accepting the award for the FFA Foundation was Don Sorensen, CEO, who noted the good works supported by the Foundation.  


Our Rural Urban Speaker, CSU Ag Sciences Professor Dr. James Pritchett started off with the vision for the College of Agricultural Sciences:  Unquestioned global preeminence in Agri-Tech and Agri-Biome focusing on safety, security and sustainability of food and resource systems to enhance the well being of humans, plants and animals.  He then compared various agricultural metrics between the 1890s and 2016 for Colorado.  Examples were:  farm size was 134 acres in the 1890s and averages 938 acres today; there were 250,000 bushels of corn produced in Colorado in the 1890s and 160 million bushels produced today.  He pointed out that Colorado is a “corn deficit” state as we use more than we produce.
Dr. Pritchett showed us pictures of how the sizes of farm animals has changed (they are bigger) over the centuries.  He says this is partly due to genetics and improved feeding habits.  He pointed out that yields per acre have increased due to hybridization, especially for corn but that wheat yields about the same as historically, as their has been no hybridization for wheat.
How we harvest has changed from many laborers being involved in the various production and harvest activities to the use of a combine today.  This piece of farm equipment is named this because it ‘combined’ various previous aspects of harvesting farm crops.  He explained how technology has improved pruning practices to produce sweeter peaches, for instance.  We are also better at irrigating our crops……just the right amount at just the right time.

The 6 drivers of most of these changes were noted:  population growth, evolving preferences of consumers, more demanding food industry, pivotal technology, Ag policy and a changing climate which is causing us to plant 2 weeks earlier than we have historically.

Henry Weisser introduced Dr. Thomas Dodd, the 2017 United States Principal of the Year who introduced February's Teacher of the Month, Kelly Ross.  Mrs Ross teaches both French and German at Lesher IB middle school.   Her resume is full and impressive—21 years at Lesher, 12 summer trips to Europe with students, softball coach, scorekeeper at games, etc.  She truly CONNECTS with her students because of her PMA (positive mental attitude).  Mrs. Ross spoke very energetically and enthusiastically (and at length) about teaching and her students.  
Our speaker February 21, was Dr. Edward A. Hoover, head of the Hoover Laboratory, CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science.  Dr. Hoover has been researching  Prions disease, apparently caused by a "misfolding" of a normal protein,  since 1982.  Chronic Wasting Disease, the most recognized of the Prions, was first diagnosed in Colorado in 1967.  It is now found in over 24 states, 2 provinces in Canada, South Korea and Norway, predominately in deer and elk.  It has not been found to be transmitted to other species, such as humans through mere contact.  CSU's research facility has focused on chronic wasting disease and has made significant findings with much work yet to be done.  Dr. Hoover credits his students for driving his interest in his field and recognizes the importance of the next generation of doctors and scientists.
Bonnie Titley bestowed her 22nd and 23rd Paul Harris Fellows on Carter June Boeding and Cheryl Crandall.  Carter is Bonnie’s 2 year-old grand-goddaughter, and Cheryl is her niece.  

Our program speaker for February 14 was Amy Charity, an author and former professional bicycle racer. Noting that the most popular course at Yale University was on happiness, she delved into how people can achieve happiness through becoming the best version of themselves. The process requires starting on the other side of comfortable, where a new undertaking will be a significant challenge. For her it involved leaving a successful career in finance and becoming a bike racer in her thirties. Such ventures should start with very small steps. For her it was buying expensive racer’s socks. Step by step she mastered the sport and met the challenge and basked in happiness. The important aspects for everyone on such a pilgrimage, she maintains, is keeping personal integrity throughout, relying on people who have your back and not being afraid to reach out to experts in your chosen field. Questions about bike racing expenses following the talk revealed that dropping a successful career and taking up bike racing seems to be only an option for the those living an affluent life.   Edited by Henry Weisser

February 7, Glenn Schmidt inducted Larry and Sharyn Salmen as our newest members. 
Larry Salmen was a serial software entrepreneur, Founder and past President of InfoAmerica, Inc, and was CTO for Order and Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of NCR Corp, Atlanta, GA.  He was a member of RCFC from 1983-89, Breakfast Rotary from 1990 to today, and was Breakfast Rotary President 2000-01.  He is sponsored by Stacy Plemmons.  
Sharyn Salmen was Assistant Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer at Poudre Valley Hospital, has been very active as a community volunteer and is President of Salmen Healthcare Consulting.  She is sponsored by Jeanne Fangman.  Sharyn has always worked with Larry on Rotary activities, and decided she might just as well be a Rotarian too!
By way of saying Thanks to all RCFC Members for their generous support, RCFC Scholarships Chair Susan Gutowsky introduced Thany Dykson, one of last year’s scholarship winners, now a freshman at CSU.  Thany talked about her transition from Fort Collins High School to CSU, and how much she appreciated Rotary's financial support.  Perhaps as important as the cash, is the feeling of support our scholarship winners feel, being recognized and honored by Rotary.    
Former Army surgeon Bob Simmons introduced Capt. Brandon Schwartz, Army ROTC, who in turn introduced RCFC Cadet of the Month, Elena Scott.  Cadet Scott has passed both the male and female fitness requirements!   Scott talked about learning service throughout her life, but said she really understood it at RYLA two years ago.  She thanked Rotarians both for the CoM honor, and for the experience of RYLA.  
Last Wednesday, David Slivken, Executive Director of Poudre Valley Library, updated us on the winds of change affecting the Poudre Valley Public Library and assessed its future in the information age. Noting that the library district covered 1,800 miles and had millions of annual visits, he praised support from the Friends of the Library and the Poudre River Library Trust to make the  library capable of  meeting the needs of our times. Among those needs are new, high tech services drawing upon the internet’s huge information resources. Also important is  civic engagement through connecting with the  community in a variety of new ways.  One of the most important features is to keep universal access. In order to serve children whose parents might otherwise hesitate to have them take out materials, fines have been lifted. Director Slivken was quite clear in showing that the old model of the lending library is undergoing substantial transformation.
Glenn Schmidt inducted RCFC's newest Rotarian, Jesse Patton, a member of the Satellite Membership.  Jesse is a banker with Western States Bank in Fort Collins.  Membership Chair Carrie Baumgart presented Jesse's Red Badge.  His sponsor, Jon Land, was unable to attend. 
Scholarships Chair Susan Gutowsky introduced Rotary scholarship winner Zane Hoyland, who thanked all Rotarians for supporting his studies at CSU.  Without our scholarship, Zane felt he would not have been able to attend college.  Susan thanked all Rotarians for their generous support of RCFC Charities.
Did you know... Between 1991 (when our records start) and 2010, RCFC sponsored and completed over $2.1M of International Projects, including water and sanitation, health, education, information technology, economic development, a talipia and spice gardens project and too many more to mention.  With 34,000 clubs worldwide, Rotary has a major impact.  Watch this space for updated numbers.
Centennial Trivia: What was the first new club sponsored by RCFC?  (Answer elsewhere in this bulletin.)

Last Wednesday, President Jeanne Fangman organized RCFC's 1st Annual Talent Day!  Displays included blues guitar by straight-laced-banker Kelso Kelly, flute by Judy Lane, paintings by Amy Brackenbury and Susan Stewart, water color art by Taylor Hall, photo art by Chuck Rutenberg and and Don Eversoll, a collection of photos of wood cut echings by Bob Meroney, knitting by Jeanne Fangman, and a Rotary Shelter Box by David Addor, a visitor from Denver.  Forgive us if we missed anyone.  Ralph Smith presented his photography, calendars and notes cards, but like the cobbler's children, the photographer forgot to take his own photo...

Then Bonnie Titley lightened up the proceedings through some Rotary Trivia and word puzzles.  All in all, a great day of Rotary Fellowship and talent display.  President Jeanne promises more programs like this during our Centennial year.

Meeting Information

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Meetings: Wednesday Noon
Drake Center (Lunch)
802 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO  80526
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