Your periodic review of the latest activities and more from the Rotary Club of Fort Collins.

Thank-you Rotarians! 

It has been a wonderful fall season, with many opportunities for fellowship and service. 
Instead of the weekly Rotogear today, I wanted to take just a moment of your time to reflect on the last few months. Please enjoy the pictures and stories below of our fall in Rotary. Thank you all for your participation; it takes a team to make a successful club and we certainly have a great team.
Please share these stories of Rotary with fellow Rotarians and future Rotarians in-person and on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
With the holiday, we have no meetings this week, see you all on January 5th. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday! 
Yours in Rotary Service,
John Trone

Rotarians in Action

Rotary Foundation Drive
November was Rotary Foundation Month.  We had a double your impact drive with all Foundation donations matched.  With the match, we raised over $30,000 for the Rotary Foundation. We are thankful for donors like you, who make Doing Good in the World possible. Because of you, Rotary has supported people of action here in Fort Collins and around the globe who are improving lives through meaningful and sustainable projects. Thank you Andrew Stewart, our Rotary Foundation Chair, and our Rotary Foundation Committee.
Our next Rotary Foundation event will be Purple Pins for Polio, you can register to bowl or sponsor lane here now, or support the event by donating to End Polio Now!
Highway Cleanup
Since 1989, the Rotary Club of Fort Collins has adopted a 2 mile stretch of Mulberry Road, just west of Interstate 25. In October, Rotarians gather on a Saturday morning to clean up this stretch of road and to enjoy spending a few hours with fellow Rotarians on a community service project.

Pop Up Pantry - Food Bank

The Food Bank is hosting pop-up mobile food pantries throughout Larimer County. Club members volunteered in October at the mobile pantry, and then in November at the Food Bank. 
Rotary Thanks Health Care Workers
During a recent evening meeting, members created thank-you cards of encouragement for some our local health care workers who continue to be stressed with the continued pandemic.  The cards were attached to bags of snacks, and distributed to break rooms of the various service lines at PVH.
Teacher of the Month (December 2021)
Denny Bain of Poudre High School was honored as Teacher of the Month in December. Denny teaches U.S. Government and Economics classes.  He has implemented at Poudre  “No Backpack Day” for incoming students to ease them into the Poudre culture  and its sense of community.  He leads  a month long food drive in Northern Colorado called Feed our Families.  And his family runs a non-profit in Haiti called Love for Haiti.  His family includes two adopted children from Haiti.
Cadet of the Month (December 2021)
CSU Cadet Rosa Henson hails from Colorado Springs, is a junior studying Environmental Engineering and has sights set on graduating and commissioning in 2024. After graduating she hopes to be a pilot in the Air Force and is currently pursuing her private pilot license. Rosa is currently the Community Service Flight Commander this semester. In that capacity she has planned and executed major events such as a Veterans Day Ceremony and a Detachment ‘Dining Out’ social event hosting all members and their guests. She is also a resident's assistance for CSU Housing, plays seven different instruments and loves the outdoors.
Army Cadet of the Month (Nov 2021)
CSU junior Cadet Kennedy Canfield hails originally from Alabama but grew up in Montrose, CO. She is studying Chemistry with an emphasis in Forensics. She was selected from her peers by Army ROTC cadre for standing out during the semester while the ROTC program focuses on developing leadership using experiential learning model. Kennedy has exquisitely honed her leadership qualities and is an active class participant, freely sharing her experiences with others by routinely engaging in class with thoughtful discussion. She will graduate and commission in 2023.
Air Force Cadet of the Month (Oct 2021)
Senior Cadet Brandon Meyers hails from Colorado Springs and is a senior studying Business at Colorado State University. This semester he holds the Mission Support Group Commander, one of the top four positions in the Cadet Wing of 160 students. In that role he is responsible for all support and logistical matters associated with running the Detachment. He will commission in 2022 and desires to go into the Acquisition career field after graduation.
Northern Colorado Wildlife Center
Northern Colorado Wildlife Center was recently awarded a $1,000 community grant under our education program cycle.  They will use this grant to provide free family-friendly wildlife education classes to teach FC residents how to safely intervene when they find wildlife in distress or are experiencing a human-wildlife conflict on their property. Tallon Nightwalker, executive Director is accepting the check from Steve Schaefer.
Rotary Honors Markley Motors
On October 21st, 2021, we recognized Markley Motors for their contributions to Rotary and the community. The presentation of the Rotary Certificate of Appreciation is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. Today we have the honor and pleasure of recognizing Markley Motors. It is because of gifts like the one made in Markley Motor's honor that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace.
2021 Wesley Award
The Wesley Award is named in honor of Dr. Robert Wesley Titley, who served on the CSU faculty in Counseling Psychology for many years and who was a key figure in undergraduate advising and teaching graduate students college pedagogical skills.  The Award is given to a graduate student in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University. The recipients are first-generation graduate students on the Ph.D. track. The 2021 Wesley Award recipient was Kaitlyn Reed. 
Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain
 Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain was recently awarded a $3,500 Education Program grant.  They will use this grant to support JA’s K-12 financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs in the Poudre School district during the j2021-22 school year.  An emphasis will be placed on schools with Free & Reduced lunch percentage of 40% or higher.  JA was also presented with a Paul Harris Certificate of Appreciation.  The Rotary Club of Fort Collins believes that JA’s work exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.  We thank JA for demonstrating a commitment to helping persons in need here and around the world. 

International Rotary Global Grants

Handwashing stations project - Paraguay
135 wash stations will be installed with support from the Rotary Club Luque (Paraguay), Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast, our club, Rotary District 5440 and the Rotary Foundation. The initiative strengthens Hábitat para la Humanidad Paraguay actions for Paraguay in communities in Asunción and Luque.  Check out two recent articles about the upcoming project: Article in UltimaHora and article in tucronista. For more information, please contact Robin Steele or Mara Johnson of our International Projects & Grants Committee.

Social Events

Fall Picnic
Thank you Fellowship Committee for making the Fall Picnic happen!  Fossil Creek Park was a lovely location to gather and we enjoyed some great BBQ and other treats. Please check out some pictures from the picnic, wonderful event and great fellowship. 
Holiday Party - Fort Collins Country Club
Over one hundred Rotarians and guests attended our holiday party: great entertainment, delicious food and drink, and wonderful fellowship. We enjoyed live cello music, a commedian and some amazing prizes. 

 Check out some photos at this link 


Holiday Lunch Program
On Wednesday, our annual lunch Holiday program (thanks to the Fellowship Committee) began with a seasonal inspiration - the famous speech by Linus to Charlie Brown and others on the true meaning of Christmas from the 1965 animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Our guests today included children, grandchildren, and Santa Claus!  Check out some pictures of the festivities.  READ MORE...

Welcome to our Newest Members

Mike Melton
imageMike states that he is new to Fort Collins, but is not new to Rotary. Mike was a Rotarian for a brief period in about 2013, but demands of his career made it difficult to be a contributing member. His grandfather and his wife were Rotarians for over twenty years and his mother has been a Rotarian for almost thirty years. Mike believe in what Rotary stands for and that it is a great way to serve the community, while making friendships that can last a lifetime. READ MORE...
James Shumaker
Jim is a long-time Fort Collins resident, recently retired from his consulting firm working with paperboard packaging manufacturers after a long career with Teledyne WaterPik.  Jim has a long history of volunteering with different agencies in our community and is looking forward to more local and international volunteer opportunities.  Jim plans to primarily attend our noon meetings.
Mark Westerling
Mark is a corporate/investment banker with Wells Fargo bank.  He recently moved to Fort Collins from Cody, Wyoming, where he’s been a Rotarian for over 10 years and is a Paul Harris fellow.  Mark is looking forward to getting involved in his new community.  Mark plans to primarily attend our noon meeting.  
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