Weekly Program Notes:
January 3 Program: Change is in the Air

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.    


2018-19 Board Elections
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
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Bob Hoel announces that the Investment Fellowship will meet immediately after the regular Rotary meeting on Wednesday, January 17.  Topic: “Our Annual Investment Forecasts”  Everyone is likely to be affected by investment performance in 2017, and everyone is welcome to attend.  Brilliance, expertise, and fabulous clairvoyance not required—it’s a fun discussion. 
Sally Lee reported a refund from King Soopers of $356.  She has one card left for someone without.
Henry Weisser has OSHER catalogs to give away.
Mike Stradt said the Fellowship Committee is working on an outing to Denver to see “Hamilton”.  Date is set for March 28.  Tickets go on sale January 22, 10:00 AM.  Each to purchase own tickets, then will join together for transportation if possible.  
President Jeanne urged members to become involved in club committees listing the Rotogear, Membership, New Member Orientation, and Welcome Desk as immediate possibilities.
Kerrie Luginbill announced RCFC Satellite membership are hosting a sponsor thank you party tonight, 6:30-8:00PM for all BBrew for Hope sponsors.  A small/intimate networking event with other sponsors, Rotarians and the donation recipients.  Horse & Dragon Brewery, 6:30-8:00 pm. Food and beer complimentary for sponsors!  There will be a check presentation and a brief sponsor Thank You.
Greetings from the great Pacific ocean, approaching Tahaiti. John Deep Thots Roberts sends 2018 New Year Greetings from the Viking Sun.  You are ALL missed so much, but I’ll try to keep up my spirits in absence. Hope you are all following the Blog Quite a few Rotarians on board....we are sharing the Rotary Handshake! Stay warm, Rotarians. Spring is but a few long months away
Don Eversoll encouraged us to get “good feelings in our soul” by volunteering as a driver at the hospital.  They need volunteers.  See Don.
Melanie Chamberlain appealed to members to look for any historical materials they might have squirreled away at home and bring them to her or Bonnie for use in creating Centennial Year displays.
Garth McCann changed the coffee klatch at Whole Foods Porch to Thursday, 8:30 AM.
Rob Marschke is looking for volunteers to read to primary children.  Talk to him if you are interested.

Ralph Smith has produced a calendar of local photos.  He will contribute $5 of the total price of $14 to the club.
Youth Exchange Chair Dan Mackey announced the Rotary Short Term Summer Student Exchange Program (STEP), for summer 2018.  STEP is a family to family exchange program, meaning all student automatically have a host family on the other end, and families pay all program expenses.  See Dan if you have questions, or have a student that wants to apply.
A gift to the Legacy Fund is a great way to memorialize a birthday, anniversary, the birth of a child or grandchild, etc.  Each gift gets the Club closer to our goal of $1 Million by our centennial in August 2018.  The Legacy Fund supports local Rotary projects such as Community grants, scholarships, and civic projects.  Cash, appreciated property such as stock or planned gifts such as those in a will are all great ways to support the Legacy Fund. 
Marty Bachman asks that the Care and Recognition Committee needs everyone's help so as not to miss any special event or occasions that should be acknowledged.  Contact Marty, Melanie, or Jeanne with your information.
Save the Date: Lynne Baker, one of three co-chairs of the Centennial Committee, reports that much is being planned for our Centennial Year.  Culmination will be a dinner on August 1, 2018, at in the Stadium Club in the new CSU stadium.  
Upcoming Events
The Opoid Epidemic - Dr. Bernard Birnbaum
Jan 24, 2018
Fellowship Program - President Jeanne Fangman
Jan 31, 2018
Poudre Library - David Slivkin
Feb 07, 2018
The Wrong Side of Comfortable - Amy Charity
Feb 14, 2018
Photo Albums
08-23-2017 Regular Meeting
08/09/2017 Regular Meeting
8-2-2017 Meeting Photos
07-26-17 Meeting Photos
06-14-2017 Regular Meeting
06-28-17 Meeting
07-05-2017 Meeting Pictures
6-7-2017 Meeting Photos
05-31-2017 Meeting Photos
Regular Meeting 5-24-2017
May 17 2017 Meeting Photos
5-3-2017 Meeting Photos
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