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Weekly Program Notes:
Program January 24th, 2018 Opioid Epidemic Threatens Colorado
Dr. Bernard Birnbaum, MD, Associate Director of the PVH family Medicine Residency Program in Fort Collins for over 10 years, gave us an interesting review of the sad situation involving opioids and their impact on our local community.  For starters, across the country, 60,000 people died last year from opioid overdose.  Forty people annually die from opioid overdose in Larimer County.  The Department of Public Health tracks this disturbing data.  Dr. Birnbaum says that treatment with replacement opioids is very effective and is being used more and more by the medical community in an attempt to reverse this situation.  This tragedy is not restricted to any race, culture or age group.
 
The opioid drug comes from the opium plant and was used in the late 1800’s to calm "hysterical" women.  The primary opioids in use today are morphine, codeine and thebaine, among others.  Two synthetic versions of the drug are methadone and tramadol which are used extensively in pain management treatment.  There was an exponential rise in opioid use in the 1990’s due to increased prescribing by medical professionals related to pain management.  It is thought that this increase was due to a strategic push by pharmaceutical companies to deliver increasing profits to their shareholders.
 
The addiction that develops from overuse becomes a disease of the brain.  It is thought that sometimes this affliction develops due to adverse childhood experiences.  Access to treatment immediately is paramount and the drug Narcone is one of the most effective reversal agents.  Opioid overdose is the #1 cause of accidental death in Larimer County.  It is thought that improving communication between health care providers would go a long ways towards decreasing the level of inappropriate overprescribing.  Locally, law enforcement is working with the health department in an effort to assist with reducing instances of overuse.
December Student of the Month
Aspen Buys, senior at Centennial High School, was named the December Student of the Month.  Committee Chair Jack Vogt awarded Buys a certificate of achievement, and a gift certificate to Barnes and Nobels.  She was introduced by her school counselor, Kristen Hartman, and her mother was in attendance.  
Two Community Grants Awarded
January 10, 2018, RCFC Community Grants CoChairs Rob Marschke and Kathy Nicol announced a $3,000.00 Community Grant Award to Dementia Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado.  Receiving the check were Cyndy Luzinski, April Roberton and Andrea Scandrett.   Our $3,000.00 grant will purchase materials to recognize businesses participating in dementia training and will develop a “Dementia-Friendly Leaders                   recognition and training program.
 
January 17, RCFC Community Grants CoChairs Rob Marschke and Kathy Nicol, and Committee member Lucinda Kerschensteiner announced a $2500 grant to North Fort Collins Business Association Coats and Boots program.  Our $2,500.00 grant will support the purchase of discounted, new, high-quality winter coats and boots to benefit at least 42 children.                      
Investment Champions
Congratulations to the winners of the Rotary Investment Fellowship’s hotly contested annual forecasting competition.  In January of 2017 Fellowship members submitted their end-of-year predictions for (1) the Dow Jones Industrial Average, (2) gold prices, (3) interest rate for 10-year treasury bonds, and (4) the price per barrel of oil.   Glenn Schmidt and Lee Jeffrey  tied for top honors in the overall contest and were named 2017 Supreme Grand Deluxe Champions.  Each received a $100 Grand (candy bar).  Martin Nelson received 3rd place honors, and Garth McCann came in 4th.
Paul Harris Fellows Announced
TRF Chair Mike Sollenberger announced the newest PHF award, handing Judy Boggs her PHF+3.
January 17 Program - Colorado Aggregate Industry:   Operations and Impacts

Dave Stewart introduced Stephanie Fancher-English as our guest speaker today.  Stephanie is an officer with the Loveland Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.  This is a family owned business that has been around for 65 years and has 75 employees.  Aggregate products include sand, crushed stone, rip rap, flag stone and boulders.  This is a mining operation, as Stephanie put it, “if it can’t be grown, it must be mined”.  She went on to discuss how aggregate mining is essential to the growth and development of communities from roads to building construction.  We see mining operations around in various stages just for the fact that it is more cost effective to mine for products where they are using them versus the huge expense of having to ship the products needed.  Stephanie finished her presentation with Loveland Ready Mix’s commitment to restoring mining sites back to useful pieces of land or even back to their pristine original conditions.  Stephanie did a great job and you can contact her at Loveland Ready Mix Concrete for any further information you may want.  Fancher-English spoke of the challenges to the mining industry, and to communities/homes near mines.

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THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Announcements Editor: Bonnie Titley
The Rotary Investment Fellowship will meet immediately after the regular Rotary meeting on Wednesday, February 21.  Topics: “How to Invest in an Overpriced World” and “The Colorado PERA Funding Crisis.”  Everyone is welcome to attend. 
 
Jud Harper reported that the Legacy Fund is doing well, but still needs our support.  The more we accumulate, the more earned interest will support our community programs in perpetuity.  We will report the total on August 1, our centennial.  Donate whatever works for you—cash, stocks, etc.
 
Marty Bachman reminded all to report special occasions/events/illness that the Care and Recognition Committee should acknowledge.  Call Marty, Judy Boggs, or President Jeanne.
 
Martin Nelson said the Fellowship Committee is thinking about arranging a weekend tour to the big computer center in Cheyenne.  He asked for a preliminary show of hands.
 
Kelso Kelly announced the Board Finance Committee is working to eliminate the “funky” kinks in recent invoices.  “We will clear it up.”
 
Answer:  $92.42 (which pushed the available funds of the club!)
 
The Board of Directors regular monthly meeting next Thursday, Feb. 22, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Markley Motor’s boardroom.  All are invited.


PAST ANNOUNCEMENTS STILL VALID:
Harry Mueller reminded everyone that TIPS training was needed to serve alcohol at the Peach Festival and that sessions would be announced in upcoming months.  Then he told everyone three things he learned when he had a heart attack:  a) do not wait around; b) call 911, don’t try to get to the ER on your own; and c). Not all ERs are equal concerning equipment to treat heart attacks.
 
Satellite Member Lucinda Kerchensteiner asked us to announce a Rotary International Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Warmbaths, District 9400, South Africa.  Talk about a golf junket!  Ask Lucinda for details.  
 
Lee Jeffrey read to 1st graders and had a ball.  More volunteers are needed.  Contact Lee or Rob Marschke

Phyllis Abt urged participation in Rotary After Hours on March 21, 5-7 pm.  Join the planning committee by contacting Phyllis.  

Henry Weisser has OSHER catalogs to give away.
 
President Jeanne urged members to engage Rotary through RCFC Committees.  The Rotogear, Membership, New Member Orientation, and Welcome Desk all need volunteers.  
 
John "Deep Thots" Roberts sends greetings from the Viking Sun.  He hopes all are following his blog johnkathleensadventure.wordpress.com
 
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.

Ralph Smith has produced a calendar of local photos.  He will contribute $5 of the total price of $14 to the club.
 
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
Rural/Urban Day:Drivers of Change, James Pritchett
Feb 28, 2018
 
Senior Care, and Home Care - Wahlfeldt & Heilman
Mar 07, 2018
 
CASA and Harmony House - Annette Hoyt & Kalyn Law
Mar 14, 2018
 
NO NOON MEETING - "ROTARY AFTER HOURS", 5-7 PM
Mar 21, 2018
 
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