WEEKLY PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

On January 17th, our guest speaker, Stephanie Fancher-English, outlines the sources and uses for construction materials in this area, addressing the current demands, and the mining and economic impacts of meeting those demands, in our community.  An officer of Loveland Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. (“LRM”), Stephanie also is active on the Colorado Stone Sand and Gravel Association (chairing the Land Use and Environmental Committee).  At LRM, she oversees Engineering and Permitting for their gravel mining operations and water augmentation requirements. 

With plants in Loveland, Johnstown, and Boulder, LRM has been a family owned business in the Front Range since 1955, …”committed to making contributions toward the communities it serves,  and promoting a healthy economy where the next generation will also want to live”. 

Stephanie has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix.  She serves on the Board for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the Loveland Utilities Commission, and is past chair of Loveland Planning Commission. 

Stephanie is married to Darryl English and they have 5 girls ages 18 through 26.  Activities include 4H, yoga, cycling, rodeo, gardening, and drinking wine.  Now that all 5 girls are in college and out of the house, Darryl hopes to add more fishing to Stephanie’s schedule.  

The RCFC Annual Meeting was held January 10, 2018, for the purpose of ratifying officers and selecting Director positions starting July 1, 2018.  The following were affirmed by the membership.  
  • President Elect - Steve Laine
  • President Elect Nominee - Rob Marschke (will serve as President, 2019-2020)
  • Past President - Jeanne Fangman
  • Secretary - Rod Morrison
  • Treasurer - Kelso Kelly
  • Assistant Treasurer - Bonnie Titley
  • Executive Secretary - Phyllis Abt
  • Directors Elected (will serve July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021)
  • Annette Geiselman
  • Robin Steele
  • Jean Lamm (will serve July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
  • Satellite Chairs:
    • 2017-18 - Jon Land
    • 2018-19 - Samantha Bair
    • 2019-20 - Kerrie Luginbill
TRF Chair Mike Sollenberger announced two new PHF awards.  Maggie Walsh was made Paul Harris Fellow by her father, Taylor Hall, and Dr. Robert Simmons received his first PHF.  
Ray Tschillard,  Director and a founder of the Poudre Learning Center (“PLC”), presented the history and function of this non-profit educational entity, and its relationship to Rotary.  The PLC is located west of Greeley on the bike trail intersection with 83rd Street.  Ray is a Rotarian in Greeley, and has degrees in Earth Science from Simpson College and UNC. He has over 42 years of educational experience working with students of all age levels. He is active in developing and promoting a science curriculum that focuses on inquiry based methods for use at the Center.
 
The Center is within a 15 minute drive of 5 school districts, and served 32,000 students last year.  Recently the Center grew from 65 acres to over 190 acres through the donation of adjacent land.  Through such activities as nature walks, talks, slide programs and research help, the Center and its volunteers help visitors understand and appreciate both the natural and cultural history of this area of the Poudre River, as well as providing hands-on environmental experiences for participants of all ages. Last year, PLC worked with over 30,000 students, providing interdisciplinary education programs, complete with wheelchair accessible pathways and aquatic and hydrologic study areas.   The organization got its start when the Hall-Irwin Corporation completed gravel extraction in the area, and donated 65 acres of this prime Poudre River riparian land to the local community for environmental education.

January 3, CSU Atmospheric Science professor Scott Denning joined us to discuss Climate Change.  According to Prof. Denning, climate change is 'Simple, Serious, and Solvable'.  He started with a simple model explaining 'sun energy in, minus sun energy out equals temperature change'.  He went on to explaining how the 3-atom bond of CO2 traps more energy than the simple 2-atom bonds of oxygen and nitrogen, the two primary elements in our atmosphere.  Humans add CO2 to the atmosphere by burning carbon-based fuels - primarily gas, oil and coal.  He reminded us that the basic science of climate change has been known since 1863, with only more details being learned over time.

Next he explained 'seriousness' by showing how a 10 F degree change would make Denver's climate closer to the Amarillo, Texas climate of today.   In answer to a question, he predicted that with no change in human behavior, the earth will warm by 10 F in the next 100 years.  

Last, explaining 'solvable', he noted that it took 1% of GDP to add indoor plumbing to all building, and reminded us of all the jobs created in the process.  A 1% of GDP investment will be required to move us from a carbon-burning energy economy to a renewable (sun and wind) energy economy.  In answer to a question, he stated that we should be investing more on nuclear energy research, but it's not likely to happen because of expense.    

 

This past week Claire Gilliland gave us her perspective, as a retired nurse and professor of nursing, on three new issues in health care: Sugar, Stem Cells, and Cell Phones.  Claire started off by calling sugar the “new tobacco”, because of its addictive nature, its negative effects on personal health, and because of disinformation campaigns by the sugar industry.  She cited soft drinks as perhaps the most dangerous and common source, but did note recent trends away from consumption due to sugar taxes, and efforts to limit advertising and sporting events sponsorships.  
 
Next Gilliland gave us good news around stem cells, noting a new ‘skin-gun’ that used stem cells to spray new skin onto burned areas, creating new skin within a few weeks.  Apparently the skin-gun uses stem cells from the foreskin, and may be capable of creating new kidneys, hearts, etc.. 
 
Third, Gilliland noted the huge growth in cell phone apps related to health and health care, from exercise apps to the ability to measure plasma levels, PH and blood sugar levels, HIV virus, sperm fertility, melanoma, malaria, and perhaps even mental health and cravings.  Perhaps cell phones will even be able to help with our epidemics of obesity and opioid usage. 
No meeting this week.  See you all January 3.
 
Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and a very Happy New Year, from your Rotogear Staff.
  • Bonnie Titley: Announcements Editor
  • Eric Peterson, Next Week's Program Announcement Editor
  • Dawn T-Baumgarter and Kelso Kelly: Last Week's Program write up Editors.
  • Lee Jeffrey, Ralph Smith, George Theodore and Chuck Rutenberg: Photographers
  • Terry Knight - Professional Documents Solutions: Print Rotogear Publisher 
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  • With Thanks to Erin Mounsey and Troy Tafoya for their technical support.  
In 1993, when I was the U.S. Peace Corps Country Director for Tunisia, a young Moroccan immigrant asked me (daily) for a job - any job.  Hamid Jad saw his future in learning English.  Giving in, I finally agreed to let him take care of my yard and German Shepherd dog.  Although a Muslim, he asked to borrow my bible to practice reading, and to join me weekly at an English-speaking church in Tunis.  Hamid loved singing carols, especially “Come Oh Come Emanuel” with its minor key and middle-eastern sound. 
 
As the 1993 outdoor Christmas Pageant, approached, Hamid volunteered to help construct and furnish the stable.  While entranced by the panoply of animals (sheep, goats, donkeys, cows, and 3 camels), Hamid asked, “Where are the chickens?” 
 
“There were no chickens,", I replied, "The Bible story does not mention chickens.”  
 
“Of course there were chickens,” replied Hamid, “The rooster crowed 3 times prior to Peter’s denial of Jesus!"
 
So Hamid took it upon himself to procure 3 chickens for the Pageant, and, with a long ladder, perched them on a beam just above the manager with a string tied to one leg just to make sure they stayed put.  During the Pageant, a light breeze ruffled their feathers causing the lady next to me to revel in the “3 owls!”
 
Near the climax of the Pageant, as the baby Jesus was being born and the 3 Kings descended their camels to offer gifts, a strong gust of wind blew one chicken off its perch.  Dangling by one leg, the bird was squawking and flapping its wings directly over the manager (not exactly the hovering of an angel from the heavenly host!)  Hamid quickly grabbed the long ladder, nonchalantly climbed up in front of the 3,500-person crowd, and replaced the errant chicken on its high perch. 
 
After the Pageant Hamid announced that in the spirit of the season, he was delivering the 3 chickens to 3 poor Muslim families for their Christmas dinners the next day.  Then on Christmas Day, Hamid visited the Tunis Souk (market), and purchased 10 tiny, fuzzy chicks (as might be found in Easter Baskets) and carefully placed them on my Christmas tree with the other ornaments. 
 
Several months later, Hamid and his now pregnant Tunisian girlfriend were married. At his father’s request from Casablanca, Morocco, I represented his family at the wedding, and when their little son was born, he was named “John Roberts Jad.”
 
Merry Christmas to all, and somewhere in Morocco, to John Roberts Jad.  baby chicken on a field of green grassImage result for squawking chicken

Our teacher of the Month for December was Jamie Quiros, a Spanish teacher at Rocky Mountain high school, hosted by Henry Weiser. After being introduced by her principal, Dr.Craig Woodall, Ms. Quiros  expounded upon her inspiration from students and colleagues and her deep commitment to teaching. 

Last week President, Jeanne Fangman did a quick summary of the first half-year's accomplishments and the half-year to come, and Larry Kunter hosted our Holiday Program on the joy of the season.  
 
The New Horizon Wind Ensemble, including Larry Kunter, played Christmas and holiday music and valiantly tried to get the audience to sing along.  The ensemble was directed by Kay Broughton and the performers are part of the New Horizon Band of Northern Colorado, which includes Judy Lane, Martin Limbird and Larry.   
 
In a very heated contest, Del Benson took home the prize for ugliest sweater, and the sweetest Granddaughter.  
Wednesday, December 13, RCFC celebrated the holiday season with an evening party, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, entertainment by the Rocky Mountain High School Singers, Christmas carol singing and plenty of door prizes.  Thanks to Judy, Sue, Susie and the entire Fellowship Committee for a wonderful evening. 
Mike Sollenberger recognized Jean Griswold for a Paul Harris Fellowship.  She is now PHF +3.  During the November 29 meeting, TRF Committee Chair Mike Sollenberger presented Susie Ewing (now +4) and Bob Hoel (now +5), with new Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates.  Thanks Rotarians!
Bill Schaffter introduced Lt. Col. Adam Jung who, in turn, introduced Jeffrey Irahata as our Cadet of the Month.  Jeffrey is a junior in Air Force ROTC, graduating in May 2019.  Jeffrey's parents are originally from El Salvador, but he grew up in Los Angeles.  After graduation he plans to attend pilot training and enjoy a career in the Air Force.  Jung is assistant professor in the Dept. of Aerospace Studies at CSU, and serves in the A.F. Reserves as a C-130 pilot assigned to the Guard Unit in Cheyenne WY.  
December 6, Gregg Knoll, Director of Operations for Colorado Youth Outdoors (“CYO”), reported on the mission, message, new partnerships, and changes in programming and outreach for CYO.  Two years ago RCFC awarded a $7000 District Matching Community Grant to CYO to purchase materials, then provided labor to help them build six picnic tables and repair two fishing docks. 
 
CYO works to develop good relationships among children and their parents and with others through traditional outdoor recreation.  CYO manages a 240 acre site east of I-25 on Kechter Road containing 12 fishing ponds, an 8500 square foot educational facility, an outdoor pavilion and many other amenities.  Among the many programs Knoll discussed were their 3-week 'ventures', run 4 to 5 times per year each involving 60 children and their parents; 4 summer 'Sportsman" camps; and partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Polaris Expeditionary School, Kinship Foster Youth programs and the NOCO Veterans Alliance.
 
 
Accompanied by his daughter, Shirley, Lannie Boyd was made the latest honorary member of our club.  Lannie has been a Rotarian since 1960 (57 Years!!), is a PHF+20 and Major Donor, past member of the Board of Directors, Chief Photographer and Chair of the Directory Committee, Website Committee Chair, Electronic and Print Rotogear editor, and on the Programs, 4 Way Test, and Group Study Exchange Committees.  Congratulations, and Thanks, Lannie!
STEM Committee Chair Tammie Niemann announced three grants to PSD schools.   Thanks to all who have worked on Peach Festival over the last few years we are touching lives through STEM!  Lopez Elementary received a grant for a Lego Maker Room, and Livermore Elementary a grant to purchase a Hot Wheels kit for physics experiments.  Both schools have sent videos which will be played December 6, time permitting.   According to Niemann, the committee also provided a grant to Tavelli elementary for a Tower Garden.  That grant was announced at Breakfast Club since STEM and the Peach Festival are both Quad Club activities.  
During the November 29 meeting, TRF Committee Chair Mike Sollenberger presented Susie Ewing (now +4) and Bob Hoel (now +5), with new Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates.  
November 29, RCFC was treated to a wonderful presentation from Mary A. Kopco, Executive Director, and Maestro Wes Kinney of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.  Mary discussed the history of the Symphony beginning in 1949 with Maestro Wilfred Schwartz to the present 68th season.  The Symphony is proud to be a partner with the Poudre School District and the community giving students an opportunity to learn more about music and the impact music has on our lives.
 
Maestro Kinney shared a detailed description of the performing artists coming to the symphony this upcoming season.  The Season of Diversity musical pieces that will be performed remind us that music is a universal language that unites us all. 
 
Everyone in attendance was treated to a performance of a cell phone concert, “you’ve been had”.  Demonstrating that even the symphony has a sense of humor!   Submitted by Dawn T-Baumgartner
 
 

Del Benson, a Professor and Extension Specialist for the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at CSU and a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins, gave an excellent presentation about Namibia, a country located in Africa.  Mr. Benson covered such aspects of Namibia as its desert, animals, peoples and opportunities and threats.
 
He stressed that in many parts of the world, it is difficult to get people to want wildlife in their communities whereas in places in the world like Namibia, it is commonplace and an accepted part of the environment.
 
Interestingly, Del also mentioned that his Rotary story and Africa are closely connected as he was the recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship when he was younger and that opportunity and experience kept Rotary near and dear to his heart.  He credits his long involvement with Rotary to the fellowship.  Del has also spoken at International Conferences in Africa and has made many friends there with which he stays in touch.
 
We saw many pictures that effectively “toured” us through Namibia.  There were pictures of the South Africa Tram, various Maps of Africa, tribal locations, a recap of languages, the Quiver Camp, ostriches, elephants, water buffalos, safaris, lions, sand dunes, the Welevitschia plant, oryx (known as the “clowns of the desert” due to their face color construction), southern fur seals, the Himba people and Sesrem Canyon.  The official language in Namibia is English.
 
Europeans came to Namibia in covered wagons to the Namib Desert which is the oldest desert in the world and was originally settled by bushmen.  In 1990, Namibia became an independent nation.  Its economy is based on agriculture, diamonds, uranium (5th largest producer in the world), tourism, hunting (helps manage the volume of animals) and manufacturing (mostly textiles and rugs).
 
Mr. Benson spent some time explaining the continuum of classification of geographies where animals are predominantly in a wild environment, semi-wild environment, semi-domestic environment and domestic environment.  He pointed out the concept of wildness nodes, where the animal environments range from captive to roaming free.  He believes it is more responsible to move animals toward their natural environment of the wild environment.  He has written a white paper recently in which he recommends a rating system for these environments.
 
Del closed with several vignettes of a tour of Windhoek (Namibia’s capital), the skeleton coast (named based on remnants of shipwrecks and whale bones), the fact that the Tropic of Capricorn runs through Namibia, a 70,000 hectare (very large area) where cheetahs roam free and locating lions on safari via tracking necklaces.  All in all, a wonderful presentation by one of our own!   Submitted by Kelso Kelly
November 15, RCFC inducted their newest member, Harry Mueller.  Both Harry and his sponsor, Jim Collinson are retired geologists.  Harry grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and received is PhD at the University Texas.  He previously worked worldwide for Exxon Mobile, and Aramco (Saudi Arabia).  His induction was attended by his wife, Susan.  Welcome Harry!
November 15, Committee Co-Chair Rob Marschke, presented The Growing Project's Executive Director,Dana Celine Guber, with a Community Grant for $1750.  Our grant will support the 2018 Nature Rides project, providing disadvantaged youths with an outdoor environment, after-school summer education.  Coordination with the Bike Co-op will provide bicycles and bicycle education to the children.   The grant will provide 26 children with watershed and local ecology education and occasional clean-up service days.   The Growing Project promotes a strong, diverse and just local food system through direct agricultural experiences, education, and advocacy.
 
The children will be exposed to natural areas and educated by City of Fort Collins experts about the health of the Poudre River.     
For November, RCFC honored two senior high students at Fossil Ridge High School:  Lindi Pojar and Eden Senay. They were introduced by Jen Smela, seven year school counselor at Fossil Ridge and by Amanda Jones, Dean of Students at Fossil Ridge.   Accompanying Lindi was her mother, Patressa Pojor.  Accompanying Eden was her mother Yodat Senay.  Each honoree received a framed certificate acknowledging their achievements and a $25 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble.
Our teacher of the month for November was Mary Barela, a veteran teacher from Preston Middle School, introduced  by her Principal, Kyle Healy.  After being introduced by Dr. Jerry Smith, Healy enthusiastically told us of Barela's special achievements.    
 
Mary is a long term veteran of the Poudre School District, having taught for 24 years in both elementary and middle schools, at Tavelli and Preston, respectively. As she pointed out in her clear, succinct talk, she feels valued in her work and never doubted that teaching was what she was destined to do.
 
 She taught elementary students for many years before realizing that she should be teaching middle school students as they progress through those often confusing early adolescent years. This is a teacher who openly loves her students and feels free to tell them so. She is delighted when she sees what she describes as students’ mental light bulbs going on.
 
In addition to being deeply concerned for her students, Mary is warmly supportive of her colleagues. She has been entrusted with the role of school representative for the Poudre Educational Association, meaning that she is liaison for all of the teachers at Preston Middle School. Mary is a strong advocate for public education and regards the chronic underfunding of education as an obstacle to greater achievement. 
 
We who interviewed Mary realized immediately that she is a capable, no nonsense teacher who is delighted with her work, an estimation enthusiastically seconded by her colleagues.

Last week our speaker was Kyle Taylor, a Colorado native and CSU graduate, who now works as an engineer at Wolf Robotics.  Wolf has 130 employees at their Fort Collins facility, and employees in Brazil and Mexico.  As part of its professional outreach, Wolf collaborates with CSU in an active intern program.

Kyle showed photos and described a number of robot-welder applications, including high heat, high pressure and corrosive environments, including under sea applications, where human welders could not operate.  The company’s innovations include heavy welding software, preheat (using a blowtorch) and temperature sensing, additive manufacturing (including metal 3D printing), advanced human machine interfaces and simplified welding power source controls.   Wolf Robotics is the successor to Heath Engineering, founded in 1944. 

 

After reading a long list of accomplishments, Bill Schaffter presented 36-year member Shelly Godkin with the designation, "Honorary", previously approved by the board.  
 
 
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802 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO  80526
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