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Weekly Program Notes:
November 1 Program: Your Rotary Foundation At Work
November 1, The Rotary Foundation Committee chair Mike Sollenberger overviewed the Rotary Foundation, and introduced Robin Steele, Satellite member and Chair of our International Projects and Grants (IP&G) Committee, who updated members on RCFC's projects and grants over the last few years.  
 
Robin highlighted over 12 projects worth over $887,472 in 6 countries, plus 4 additional projects in-process, asking multiple RCFC members to speak regarding the projects.  For details or to get involved, please see Robin.   
 
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. To do this, Rotarians identify and address the greatest educational and humanitarian needs in the world, with an outreach greater than that of the United Nations.  Through  the expertise and efforts of Rotarians, the Foundation carries out effective and sustainable projects, in many cases where political agencies and religious groups cannot do so. In looking to the future, the Foundation considers projects within 6 areas of focus, involving both our local and international communities.  
 
Student of the Month - October
Rylee Bundy, senior at Rocky Mountain High School, was our student-of-the-month for October. She was introduced by J. D. Williams, an English teacher in his 9th year at Rocky.  Also attending was Rylee’s mother Lora Bundy, a middle school teacher in the Poudre School District who was twice awarded teacher-of-the-month by local Rotary Clubs.  Rylee is the current class president at Rocky,  She hopes to attend either CSU or the U of Wyoming next year.
Teacher of the Month - October
This month the Rotary Club of Fort Collins honored Melissa Boice, a teacher at Zach Elementary school, which is in the southwestern part of town. Her principal, Aisha Thomas, introduced her and pointed out the excellent teacher to student ratio at her school.
 
In a clear, precise, well received talk, Melissa explained her unique teaching responsibilities which enable her to give intense attention to students who need extra attention, particularly in honing reading skills. She also meets with other teachers in her school to facilitate her program of making vital personal connections with students. She often works one on one with a student needing extra attention.
Melissa came from a family of educators and attended Fort Collins public schools herself. While in her fourth year at PSD, she gained teaching experience in many places, from Rhode Island to the Middle East. She has learned the techniques that work with students and rejected those that do not.
She is enamored with the teaching profession because it allows her to keep on learning about people and cultures.
Grant Awarded to Raptor Program
Rob Marschke and Sally Lee awarded a Community Grant of $2750 to the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program to support their educational programs that will touch 200+ persons.  Accepting for the Raptor Program were Education Director Carin Avila and Executive Director Emeritus Judy Scherpalz.  RMRP conducts 150 environmental education programs in schools and community forums plus 40 public outreach exhibits each year.   RCFC's $2,750 grant will support the annual education budget including programs, travel, and equipment benefiting more than 200 people.
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.
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THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.

OLD ANNOUNCEMENTS STILL VALID:
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
 
12-13-17 NO MEETING - CHRISTMAS PARTY
Dec 13, 2017
 
12-20-17 Christmas Program, President Jeanne
Dec 20, 2017
 
12-27-17 NO MEETING, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Dec 27, 2017
 
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