10/24 Program: Fort Collins Global Village Museum: Fostering International Connections
Leisa Taylor, Outreach Director for the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures (GVM), delivered an interesting presentation about the history of the museum, its many past and present exhibits and thoughts about the future of the museum.  The museum is located at 200 Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins and is comprised of four galleries and a Museum Shop.
There are several of our club’s Rotarians who are on the Board of the GVM and, in fact, John Roberts was instrumental in the early years of the museum driven by his vision of a museum to house personal art owned by people in the local community.  The museum began as a folk art collection of Jeanne Nash’s in her basement, known as the Mundoville Museum.
The vision of the organization is to “strive to become an internationally renowned center for the celebration and presentation of world arts and cultures.”  Goals center around extending the human understanding of these elements of the arts through various exhibits of cultural pieces from around the world.  Regionally, GVM is recognized as an excellent vehicle to celebrate cultural diversity.  The museum is considered a first-class community educational opportunity.
Some of the the past exhibits Leisa told us about were the Splendor of Japan, the Wonders of West Africa, Miniature Art and various Doll displays from around the world.  Programs are many and include the Fort Collins Gallery Walk and, a local favorite, Story Time at the Museum.
An upcoming exhibit in the Main Gallery will be Nativities and Trees – Global Traditions which is back by popular demand.  It will run from November 3rd until January 20th.  The nativities will be representations of this “scene” as viewed by different cultures.  On November 11th, our club’s own Reverend Larry Kunter will be leading an excellent afternoon program entitled “Chronicle of the Crèche”
Also at the Museum you can see the Village Arts Wall which is dedicated to the Peace Corps that John Roberts was instrumental in the development of with contributions from his personal collection of pieces from his time volunteering with the Peace Corps.  You can also be entertained in the International Music Room, which contains various musical instruments from around the world.  This exhibit is popular with children as you can actually play and handle some of the exhibit’s instruments.  Other attractions are the Stewart Price Collection of Japanese and Asian Artifacts and the Hall Gallery which focuses on life in Istanbul.
All in all, a very good program that opened the club’s eyes to a local cultural opportunity that many of us were not aware of.  Leisa and her staff plan to continue to alternate new exhibits into the program lineup that will continue the theme of cultural diversity through viewing and experiencing items from around the world that help us locally better understand other cultures.
Last Week: To The Top: 2016 Climb of Alaska’s Denali

Donna Chapel introduced our October 11 speaker, her husband of over 40 years, Tom Chapel.  Tom kept the club attentive as he shared his experience of ascending Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) in Alaska.  Between May 27 and June 13, 2016, Tom and a team of 3 other Colorado climbers were flown in to the west buttress of Denali and trekked to 5 different subcamps along the way.  In order to survive the trek they each carried backpacks weighing over 60 pounds and pulled a sled with additional food and supplies as far as they could.  Once the sled could not navigate the climb they had to make “double carries”, going back and forth between camps to get gear up to their point of assent. The climbers, as Team Orion, ultimately reached the summit on the evening of June 10, returning to Denver on June 14.  Tom’s photographs captured the spectacular views, the dangerous terrain, and majesty of an amazing journey.


Last Week:  PSD Update, with Superintendent Sandra Smyser
Last Wednesday, PSD Superintendent and RCFC member, Dr. Sandra Smyser gave a short "State of our School System" update.  Saying she would discuss the questions most asked, she first discussed the status of the ongoing litigation holding up school buildings.  She then went onto the nature of, and factors affecting school funding, and the 'pendulum swing' back toward more technical-focused education preparing students for trades, vs. academic tracks focused on college preparation.  
Cadet of the Month
Jan Bertholf introduced Colonel USAF Kip Turain, Commander Detachment 90, Colorado State University, who introduced Cadet Erik Kaminen, a senior Mechanical Engineering student as our Cadet of the Month.  Afterwards he told Colonel Turain, “ I was extremely impressed by the Rotary Club…and a bit shocked at receiving the honor.”
Bob Meroney         Oct 04Randy Kurtz          Oct 05
Jean Griswold         Oct 06Bart Kingham       Oct 06
Ron Stoops             Oct 08Paul Birdsall         Oct 09
Amy Brackenbury  Oct 09Cindy DeGroot     Oct 17
Shelly Godkin         Oct 17Erin Moomey        Oct 19
Jaime Heveron       Oct 20Stacy Plemmons  Oct 23
Jenny Pickett           Oct 26Lynne Baker         Oct 27
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Our annual Holiday wreath fundraiser is on!  To order a wreath, see Sue Wagner or Susie Ewing, or sign up at the sign-in table.  Wreath building will be Monday, December 4, 5:30 at Maxey Companies.  Wreath pickup is Dec. 5-6 at the same location.  Wreath cost is $45 each – same size as last year.  
The RCFC Board Meeting has been moved to Nov. 30th, 3:30 to 5:00 pm.
Betty Brown will celebrate her 80th birthday at the MoA on December 9 at 5:16 p.m.  music will be provided.
Rob Marschke is looking for volunteers to read to primary children.  Talk to him if you are interested.

Jud Harper reminded members that Colorado Gives is Dec. 5.  Donations made to the Legacy Fund through CG are eligible for some matching monies from Colorado First.

Bill Schaffter announced Salvation Army bell ringing on Dec. 9 at Walmart Ann King Soopers on Timberline.  Signup sheets will be on tables the next two weeks.

Dan Mackey announced we would be hosting only a short-term youth exchange student this year, but would urge anyone who can to help underwrite a full-year student at Powell, Wyoming.  Talk to Dan if interested or able.

November is Rotary Foundation month.  Please wear any and/or all your PHF stuff during that month.  Pins, medallions, PHF Society pins or chevrons, etc. are hiding in your jewel chests.  Dig 'em out and wear 'em.  Medal up!
Sally Lee reminded everyone to use their King Soopers cards with Thanksgiving coming up.  See her if you need one!

RCFC is now part of the Colorado Gives Day December 5 effort which encourages individuals to support philanthropic causes through a web donation.  You can make a gift to the RCFC Legacy Fund by Googling Colorado Gives and entering Rotary Club of Fort Collins in to their web page.  That will take you to the spot where you enter any amount that you wish to donate.  To encourage donations, the Community First Foundation will match proportionally all gifts received up to a total of one million.  It’s an easy and a great way to underwrite our Club’s efforts in Northern Colorado.
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.
If you want to contribute to the District 5930 Disaster Relief Fund, contact Jeanne for the online link.

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.  Profits from sales of wreaths and flower baskets are helping to fund the activities.  She then announced that each member will be assessed $5 per quarter until our anniversary on the quarterly statement, as approved by our Board.
Upcoming Events
November 29: Fort Collins Symphony, Wes Kenney
Nov 29, 2017
12-6-17 Colorado Youth Alliance, Greg Knoll
Dec 06, 2017
Dec 13, 2017
12-20-17 Christmas Program, President Jeanne
Dec 20, 2017
Dec 27, 2017
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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