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Midtown Arts Center (Lunch)
Fort Collins, CO 80525
For the first time, the full and complete story of the B-17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable detail. Shot Down was created from the vast number of letters and journals of Howard Snyder; diaries of men and women on the ground who rescued, sheltered and hid the crew; and interviews conducted by historians. Centered around the 306th Bomb Group in Thurleigh, England, it is informative, insightful and captivating. For most, 70 years is a long time ago. World War II fades in importance as each year goes by. Shot Down moves history out of the footnotes into reality, keeping the stories of real people alive as they experience being shot down. You are there, almost holding your breath as Lt. Snyder gets his crew out of his B-17 when bailing out over Nazi occupied Europe.
As happens only once a year, Last Week's Program was all there was to Last Week's Meeting. Rotarian Bill West MC'd "Out With The Old, In With The New" as outgoing President Stacy Plemmons was replaced by Glenn Schmidt.
Stacy started with a brief summary of what happened during his term, noting membership changes, increased Community and Vocational grants, and more scholarships and new projects. STEM and RYLA also increased, as did the New West Fest. After noting all the Rotarians we had lost, he offered sincere thanks for our help.
COO/Managing Partner, Markley Motors - Board of Directors 2013-16, Membership Director, Programs Committee, Gene’s Granddaughter
Judy Lane - Associate Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University. Rotary: Joined RCFC 2012, Board of Directors 2014-15, Rotary Foundation Chair, Foundation Grants Chair
Broker Associate/Partner, The Group Inc.
Joined Rotary 2011, Sergeant At Arms, Music Committee
Associate Professor of Marketing, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Joined Rotary 2011
Business Research, Filene Research Institute
Joined Rotary 2010, Finance Committee, Community Grants, 4 Way Test Programs, Investment Fellowship Chair, History Fellowship, Highway Clean Up
This Wednesday, Rotarians have will hear about the most promising non-pharmacological, non-invasive, and cost-effective method of health promotion – regular exercise - when Dr. Manfred Diehl, CSU Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Director of the Center on Aging in the College of Applied Human Sciences. reports on his research into the question; “How can we motivate middle-aged and older adults to become more physically active to promote their own healthy and successful aging?” Dr. Diehl will be introduced by Dr. Bob Simmons.
Past President Bill West began his Introduction of Rotarian Johnny Matsushima by thanking him for providing the luncheon beef, then noted his role in modernizing our beef production, as well as that of China and Japan, for which he has received numerous awards. Johnny then began by showing pictures of a 2800-pound heifer and a 3000-pound steer and described the simultaneous origins of cattle and humans during the 3000 BC period.
She then showed pictures of other exchange students and noted that the United States has financially supported Taiwan which now has its first female president. It's important, she said, "To show that I care," then she sang a song from a musical that she had performed in. She then added that she loved New York and that her favorite novel was The Great Gatsby.
In general, Yi-Shin concluded, her exchange experience had defined what life can be. Feeling humble, she's reading a lot and looking forward to the future. Stating that she wants to come back here for college, she read a poem that was displayed on the screen and said "Thank you so much" to Rotary. Then came the great surprise. With an orchestral backup, she sang an extended operatic aria. Her soprano voice was complex and lovely, and quite an indication of how talented an exchange student could really be.