What's New?
According to a 2016 point-in- time survey, 290 people in Fort Collins were identified as homeless. Of those, 21 percent said they were staying outside, in unsheltered locations. Fort Collins has emergency shelter capacity of approximately 298 beds. This Wednesday, Rotarians will hear the January 2017 point-in- time survey results, when Michele Christensen, Director of Program Development at Housing Catalyst, and Zachary Penland, Program Manager for the Redtail Ponds Permanent Supportive Housing program will cover homelessness data, as well as causes and challenges.
Christensen and Penland will also share an overview of permanent supportive housing (PSH), considered a best practice solution. Redtail Ponds, developed and managed by Housing Catalyst, is Northern Colorado’s first Permanent Supportive Housing community, offering 60 apartments for people with disabilities who have experienced homelessness. Presenters will share their experience working with residents and how why this is a best practice to end homelessness.
Michele Christensen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado. She earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and has over 25 years’ experience working in child and family welfare and with homeless families. She joined Housing Catalyst in 2005, and is responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of quality of life programs and services. Michele was part of the Redtail Ponds development team and has researched best practices and supportive housing developments around the country. Michele interacts regularly with service delivery partners and negotiates agreements on service
delivery/designs and monitors contractual arrangements.
Zachary Penland has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota, and has worked as a case manager and therapist for those experiencing homelessness and mental health issues through SummitStone Health Partners. He was the Director of the Murphy Center for Hope, a one-stop homelessness resource center, and serves on numerous committees’ and boards focusing on addressing homelessness in our community and region. He moved to Fort Collins in 2001, and manages day to day operations at Redtail Ponds through a multi-disciplinary staff.
BizWest 2017 Northern Colorado Women of Distinction
April 12, 2017, 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Embassy Suites – Loveland
Join us to celebrate ten Northern Colorado women and an Outstanding Mentor for their achievements in business, philanthropic, and government organizations at BizWest’s 2017 Northern Colorado Women of Distinction breakfast event on April 12, 2017 at Embassy Suites, Loveland.
This year’s Honorees:
Rotarian - Sue Wagner, Banking and Finance
Mindy McCloughan, Business and Business Services
Sharon Clinebell, Higher Education
Michelle Scallon, Education
Carolyn Gattis, Exceptional Volunteer
Joni Friedman, Government, Energy and Utilities
Audrey Snyder, Health Care
Laurie Steele, Leading Lady of a Lifetime
Rhonda Welch, Nonprofit – Creative Industry
Rotarian - Amy Pezzani, Nonprofit – Human Services
Connie Dohn, Real Estate, Construction and Development
Gordon Thibedeau, Outstanding Mentor
Early Bird Tickets through 3/31: $39
Online Tickets 4/1-4/10: $49
Door Tickets: $59
Corporate Tables also available
-Reserved seating for 8
-Logo advertising on table placard
-Company name listed in event presentation
Contact Sandy Powell for more details: spowell@bizwest.com or 970-232-3144
This week Rotarians hear from an experienced traveler, author, job seeker, and the subject of an upcoming TV show and movie, who seems unable to hold a job.  In seeking employment after college, Daniel Seddiqui managed to have 50 jobs in 50 states, and will share what he learned from that experience, especially about something dear to our hearts - vocational service.  Daniel will share how the exposure to different lines of work and people helped him find his purpose, how a majority of America’s workforce appear to dread the work they do, and ways leaders can address this problem.  
Daniel was as a nationally ranked collegiate athlete at the University of Oregon and USC, where he graduated with a degree in economics. He translated that experience into a career as an athletics coach, training Division 1 collegiate athletes, Olympians, and NFL Super Bowl Champions. Daniel enjoys staying competitive with long distance running, and he’s been invited to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games representing Afghanistan, from where his family fled and became refugees.
Daniel Seddiqui calls himself a real-life version of Where’s Waldo.  He has worked in the corn fields of Nebraska, on a lobster boat in Maine, as a weather forecaster in Ohio, as a football coach in Alabama, and as a marriage official for a Las Vegas wedding chapel.  His 50 Jobs in 50 States journey was created out of struggles to land a job after college, and his endeavor gained worldwide media attention, culminating in a book that has been translated into 12 languages.  Plans for a TV show and feature film are underway.  
In addition, Daniel has focused his research on the ways in which unemployment affects various communities and the social issues that stem from enduring job loss. Daniel has sought to implement new approaches to activism and public policy to address those societal problems firsthand, which he details in his upcoming book, Going the Extra Mile.
Based on his experience, Daniel founded Living the Map, a company that engages with the varying cultures and careers across the country through educational programs, outreach, and community-building.  Through Living the Map, Daniel has redefined the traditional internship experience by providing a platform for college students to experience 5 Jobs in 5 States in 5 Weeks.  Colleges across the country have implemented this credited program into their curriculum, which encourages students to explore the world around them and to make continuous discoveries to better themselves. 
This year, in an effort to heal division in America, Daniel will venture into a new authentic journey called the American Bucket List Challenge.  By exploring 50 cultural events and hobbies in 50 states and learning about the lives of others, Daniel’s cultural immersion will encourage people to get out of their bubble, broaden perspectives, and develop informed views.  
Daniel’s work has been featured in countless national and international media outlets, such as CNN, Fox News, NPR, Today Show, Associated Press, BBC, MSN, Yahoo!, C-SPAN, World News Tonight, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Weather Channel, TIME, Runner’s World, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine and Newsweek.  Daniel has earned his spot as a job seeking expert and cultural analyst. 
This August, Sculpture in the Park, the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the United States, will be celebrating its 34th anniversary in Loveland.  This week Rotarians hear from Kristi Elyce, Show Business Manager for the Loveland High Plains Arts Council, the host organization for Sculpture in the Park.  Kristi will highlight this year’s show and the role of the Loveland High Plains Arts Council, as well as The Benson Sculpture Garden, the park in Loveland that benefits from the show sales and that maintains a permanent sculpture display valued at over 4 million dollars.  Elyce will be introduced by Dr. Bob Meroney.  
According to their website, “The Loveland High Plains Arts Council (LHPAC), a private non-profit organization, was established in 1984 for the purpose of promoting sculptural arts for the cultural and economic benefit of the entire community. The organization is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by hundreds of extraordinary community volunteers. The main focus of LHPAC continues to be the organization and sponsorship of the annual Sculpture in the Park show and sale.”
Kristi Elyce has volunteered with Sculpture in the Park for many years.  She lives in Estes Park and served as the President of the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club in 2014-2015.  Kristi has an undergraduate and graduate degree from Colorado State University in Business/Human Resources, and has worked as a Human Resources Director for Penton Media (previously Duke Communications) in Loveland, New Hope Natural Media in Boulder, and Harmony Foundation in Estes Park.  She is a proud Colorado native and loves to hike, bicycle, travel and contribute to her Rotary club in Estes.  
Last week local historian Barbara Fleming presented extracts from her 2013 book titled “Legendary Locals of Fort Collins, from Arcadia Publishing.   The legends included early FC citizen Joe Alpert, actress Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind), Colonel William O. Collins, WWII pilot and CSU faculty Cortylynn Hotchkiss, notorious Pony Express agent and gunslinger Jack Slade, Annie the Rail Road Dog, nurse Clara Ray, Arapaho Chief Friday, Ervin and Nancy Deal (Big Thompson flood survivors), rodeo performer Jack Miller, mezo soprano Joy Davidson,  CSU professor Temple Grandin, Shorty Creed,  former FC Mayor Nancy Gray, and hostage Dr. Tom Sutherland. 
Barbara Fleming is a Fort Collins native who has long been interested in history even as she followed other career paths. She is a graduate of Fort Collins High School and Colorado State University and the daughter of two professors at the college.  She has been a journalist and teacher.  Now retired, she lives in Old Town (which, when she was growing up, was just “town”) and writes a weekly column on local history for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. She is the author or co-author of seven books, including a novel, and has a new book coming out, a collection of newspaper columns, next fall.
We are happy to announce that our Global Grant to build a water system for community of La Majada, Guatemala has been approved by the Rotary Foundation.
The community of La Majada has 275 houses, of which 150 do not have water piping.  Total population is 1,375.  The rest of the houses have piping, but no water supply due to issues with water source.  The residents of the village of La Majada currently live in unsanitary conditions, spending time and money on the hauling of water. This 54K project will bring clean water to the residents of La Majada. Work will begin once funds have been distributed; we will keep you posted on progress.

Thanks to our partners, the Rotary Foundation, Rotary District 5440<https://www.facebook.com/RotaryDistrict5440/>, Vivid Roots<https://www.facebook.com/vividroots/>, Cody Rotary<https://www.facebook.com/codywyrotary/>, Rotary Clubs of Modesto, Arlington Sunrise, North Platte Sunrise and Rotarios Chiquimula de la Sierra<https://www.facebook.com/cambioconjunto.crchiquimuladelasierra>.
Dr. John Matsushima received a special recognition from Rotary for 48 years of perfect attendance in Rotary. Dr. Matsushima has diligently attended club meetings throughout his world travels and always puts service above self in all his leadership and personal contributions. Thank you John!

Dr. Greg Dickinson, Chair and Professor, CSU Dept. of Communication Studies will discuss the origin, success, and evolution of the ACT Human Rights Film Festival at Colorado State University as a compelling and relevant expression of the 21st Century land grant mission. From the beginning, land grant universities wove together training and research in applied arts with world-class experiences in the liberal arts and sciences. Today, the liberal arts are central to how students, communities, and citizens experience the land grant mission. Drawing on a deep rhetorical tradition, the ACT Human Rights Film Festival uses the power of film to engage audiences in learning and understanding what it means to be human. The week-long festival seeks to connect and transform lives across a wide variety of human rights and social justice issues. 

Human rights film festivals occur around the world, from Geneva and Glasgow to Melbourne and Mumbai. They are galvanizing cultural events. Very few occur in the United States, and none in Colorado.The ACT Human Rights Film Festival is born out of expertise in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University in the area of media and visual culture. 

Human rights film festivals bring together, educate, and create a forum for dialogue among artists, filmmakers, citizens, scholars, advocates, and students on social justice issues of every kind. ACT will focus on the issues of LGBTQ rights, human trafficking, the fight for democracy, disability rights, homeless and more – issues which touch our community at a local and global scale.
Greg Dickinson is chair of the Department of Communication Studies. He is an award winning teacher and scholar. He has received the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and the CSU Alumni Best Teacher Award. He writes about ways the buildings and human landscapes engage viewers and users on questions values, beliefs, and action. He has published in numerous communication, cultural studies, and rhetoric journals on coffee shops, shopping malls, museums, and gentrified urban spaces. His book Suburban Dreams: Building and Imagining the Good Life was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2015, and he is completing a co-authored book on the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Along with Scott Diffrient, Carol Busch, and the Department of Communication Studies, he is the producer of the Act Human Rights Film Festival.
In 1964, RCFC honored our first Master Agriculturist, and each year we have celebrated those who help keep us food secure and provide stewardship of the land.  This year our program MC will be Rural Urban Committee member Lynne Baker, and our featured speaker will be National Western President and CEO, Paul Andrews, introduced by former Rural-Urban Committee chair, Jim Harper.  
To start our awards, Jim Harper will introduce the 2016-17 Rotary Rural/Urban Scholar: Shelbylynne Enke. Rotary Rural Urban Scholarships of $1000 are presented to Larimer County students who seek careers and advanced education in agriculture or a closely related field.  Shelbylynne Enke is a freshman CSU majoring in Animal Sciences and Agriculture Business.  
Rural Urban Committee Chair Amy Brackenbury will then introduce our Master Agriculturist, Jim Roberts. Roberts, is the third generation associated with the Plantorium in LaPorte.  Jim’s parents, Dean and Merilyn purchased the business in 1971, and today it consists of the 12-acre nursery, 20 greenhouses and 17 cold frames.  Other family members involved today are Jim’s wife Cindy, daughters Melanie and Sara, son Curtis and brother Dan.   During the high season, the Plantorium expands from 15 to 65 full time employees, allowing them to supply plants, baskets, veggie starters, perennials, shrubs and landscaping material from Colorado Springs to Casper, and from Sterling to Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs.  The Plantorium is a member of the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association and they are Certified Organic by the USDA.  They have also been active in the community, donating plants for community fundraisers.  
Our Service to Agriculture award this year goes to the National Western Stock Show, held each January in Denver.  Accepting the award for the National Western will be Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western.  RCFC awards Paul Harris Fellows to the Master Agriculturist and Service to Agriculture honorees.  
The National Western Stock Show, established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world.  As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the National Western also provides over 80 scholarships each year for students majoring in agriculture, including college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and veterinary medicine for practice in rural areas.
The National Western is held every January for 16 days, and attracts national attendance of 650,000 each year. The historic event strives to strengthen American agriculture through enrichment programs and youth education in livestock, equestrian, farming, ranching, animal awareness and appreciation. 
Our featured speaker, Paul Andrews, is a Colorado native that graduated from the University of Wyoming.  He assumed leadership of the Stock Show Association 5 years ago after working for Kroenke Sports where he was instrumental in building of the Pepsi Center.  Paul and the National Western Board have developed a Master Plan for new and expanded facilities for the National Western that includes a partnership with Colorado State, History Colorado and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The new plans will include a year around educational facility, a South Platte Riverfront Water Resource Center, CSU Center and world class livestock and facilities.
Fans of the Big Bang Theory, prepare!  This Wednesday, rocket scientist and Lockheed Martin Deputy Programs Manager Jim Paradise will give us an update on recent space exploration.  One of our most popular past programs, Jim spoke to our club in 2010 as a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, updating us on recent discoveries on Mars, and the amazing moons of Jupiter and Saturn.  This time perhaps he’ll explain the mysterious triple star system of KIC 2856960, being studied by the Kepler Space Observatory.  Jim will be introduced by one of his former professors and Past RCFC President, Stacy Plemmons.
In addition to being Deputy Programs Manager, Jim is responsible for the Engineering Leadership Development Programs at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.  He has worked in Space Exploration for 34 years, and been involved in engineering of the Space Shuttle, the Atlas and Titan Launch Vehicles, the Manned Maneuvering Unit, dozens of satellites, and most space probes launched in the past 30 years. 
Jim grew up in rural Iowa and Nebraska, graduating from high school in a class of 30.  He was the first NASA Solar System Ambassador for the state of Colorado, visiting schools and other groups in that capacity for more than 18 years.  He has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering, a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering. 
In 2013, the Big Thompson Canyon flooded, again.  Water managers tried to control the flood, diverting water to Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake and by holding back as much water as possible in Lake Estes.  But the nearly 8 inches in 48 hours in Estes Park, almost 13½ inches in a spot near Drake, scoured the canyon, destroying U.S. 34, and rolled east, picking up the swollen Little Thompson River near Milliken before joining the South Platte.
Wednesday, January 25, our guest speaker will be Past District Governor Julie Pharis, introduced by RCFC Foundation Committee Chair, Mike Sollenberger.  Julie lived in Estes Park Co for 33 years and will share her experience being a District Governor during the 2013 flood, and how she witnessed The Rotary Foundation’s work in her own backyard.
Meeting Information

Welcome to our Club!

Meetings: Wednesday Noon
Drake Center (Lunch)
802 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO  80526
United States
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Chair
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Executive Secretary
Immediate Past President
To get your announcement, any other news, or edits into the Rotogear or website please email complete information to editor.rcfc@gmail.com.
Thank You! 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Releases