Used Laptop Drive

The Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club is looking for used laptops in pretty good condition. If you are thinking of upgrading, why not donate your older laptop which will be cleaned up and made useful for students at Front Range Community College who are in need of one of these valuable devices to get the most out of their education.
For more information, click HERE.

Used Laptop Drive 2023-07-20 06:00:00Z 0

Area of Focus - Environment

Rendezvous Trail cleanup this morning in Fort Collins. We are there once a month to keep the 2 mile section as clean as we can for those enjoying the spectacular trails in Fort Collins. Identified many of the flowering plants along the trail due to the high level of rain we have experienced. Saw signs of elk moving through the area but they are long gone now in July. Thanks to all the folks who thanked us. Makes doing the work more rewarding.
Area of Focus - Environment Philip Murphy 2023-07-08 06:00:00Z 0
Peaches Helping Preschoolers Philip Murphy 2023-07-04 06:00:00Z 0

Steve James

Steve was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, SA where he gained an appreciation for how much of an impact helping others has on his sense of well-being.   
He was looking for a way to connect in Fort Collins while also doing something for his new community.   The Rotary Breakfast Club met both those needs. 
Steve and his wife, Teresa Runge, have two daughters – Elisa, a graduate of USC in Los Angeles who now works as a business consultant, and Catherine, who will graduate from USC in Columbia, SC and plans to go on to medical school. They are close and enjoy travelling/spending time together.
He is a civil engineer, specializing in water and wastewater projects including pumping, piping, and treatment. He loves the opportunity to help large and small municipalities solve tough problems and the opportunity to help mentor and build the careers of younger staff as the manager of the local office. 
Steve enjoys skiing, hiking, travelling internationally, art appreciation, forestry, and gardening. Since being in FoCo, he has been learning to play tennis and is gaining an appreciation for locally brewed beer! 
He is always open to new adventures.  He and Teresa intend to make Fort Collins their home and are excited to grow new friendships here
Steve James Philip Murphy 2023-07-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President 2023-2024

R. Gordon R. McInally

President 2023-24

Rotary Club of South Queensferry


R. Gordon R. McInally was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and at the University of Dundee, where he earned his graduate degree in dental surgery. He operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh until 2016. McInally was chair of the East of Scotland branch of the British Paedodontic Society and has held various academic positions. He has also served as a presbytery elder, chair of the Queensferry parish congregational board, and commissioner to the general assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Gordon joined Rotary in 1984 at age 26. A member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, he has served as president and vice president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served RI as a director and on several committees, most recently as an adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee.

Gordon says he looks forward to working with members to build new Rotary clubs and groups. "My vision is that Rotary should exist everywhere in a style to suit everyone who has the desire to be part of us and to help us do good in the world," he says.

He is a patron of the UK-based nonprofit Hope and Homes for Children and led a partnership between that organization and RIBI to support children in Rwanda who had been orphaned in the genocide there. He is a patron of Trade-Aid, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, England, that provides sustainable humanitarian aid to individuals, families, and businesses in the developing world. He is also an ambassador for Bipolar UK, a national mental health organization. In August 2022, he was made a laureate of the Sino Phil Asia International Peace Awards Foundation.

In his free time, Gordon enjoys rugby, good food and wine, and stick dressing, the traditional Scottish craft of making walking sticks.

Gordon describes The Rotary Foundation as "the engine that provides the energy to do Rotary service." He and his spouse, Heather, also a Rotarian, are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation, and members of the Bequest Society.

Gordon wishes to dedicate his presidency to making the world a better place for his granddaughters, Ivy and Florence, and all the children of the world, to live and thrive.

Rotary International President 2023-2024 2023-07-01 06:00:00Z 0

$1,000,000 in Donations

The Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast is celebrating that its generous members have contributed over $1,000,000 to The Rotary Foundation since the club’s founding in 1989!
The mission of The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
Donations to The Rotary Foundation result in life changing impacts:
  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.


$1,000,000 in Donations Philip Murphy 2023-05-18 06:00:00Z 0

Teacher of the Month May 2023

Andy Graham from Kinard Core Knowledge School is the teacher of the month for Rotary Club of FC- Breakfast. 

Andy shared is passion of teaching middle school age kids!

Teacher of the Month May 2023 Philip Murphy 2023-05-18 06:00:00Z 0

International Service Projects

The Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club has turned $28,000 into $400,000 to fund international projects around the world. The original $28,000 has come from individual members and generous community members and businesses supporting the Club's local fund raising events such as the $10K Raffle, Field of Honor, and Peach Sales. Additional funding from The Rotary Foundation and from Rotary District 5440 grew the $28,000 to $400,000.
International Service Projects Philip Murphy 2023-05-18 06:00:00Z 0

Deb Kelly

Deb Kelly joined Rotary to serve others and give back.  She admired Rotary from afar, but when she came to meetings, she saw that we are PEOPLE OF ACTION and wanted to be part of it!  

After being raised in MN, she moved to Fort Collins in 1987.  She was a single mom and raised her daughter, Amber, here. Amber is a graduate of Poudre School District, C.S.U and the U. of Michigan (degree in Social Work.)   Amber, her husband and two sons (10 and 7) live here.  Deb feels blessed to be in a community that is so family oriented.  

Deb also has a dad, stepmom, sister and brother in Alaska whom she usually visits annually.  

She is Vice President/Manager of Independent Financial Bank and has been a banker for 40 years!  Her resume includes a short stint as an EMT in Hawaii and Loveland. 

She loves to travel and saw the birth of a giraffe on a safari to Kenya and Tanzania. She loves the outdoors – hiking in the mountains or getting to the ocean.   And she tries to get some place warm every winter.   She enjoys movies and almost all major sports. 
Deb Kelly Philip Murphy 2023-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Fritz

Paul’s first impression of Rotary was that several men he grew up around and respected in Texas were Rotarians.    He joined Rotary because he wants to give back to our community and to be able to network with like-minded people. Married last April, he and wife Natalie are expecting their first child – a girl – in August!  She is a practicing attorney at CP2 and two dogs and two cats round out their family!

Paul is a a project manager for an IT Consulting Firm, Quisitive, a Premier Microsoft Partner that specializes in everything Microsoft.

He loves soccer (won the Texas State Championship his senior year).  Loves woodworking and traveling to experience new cultures and foods. He enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, running, and gardening. He recently picked up a new hobby, One Wheeling.

Paul is both a proud Aggie (from Texas A&M) and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served four years as an Airborne Battle Manager on the E-3 AWACS.

Paul Fritz  2023-05-05 06:00:00Z 0

2023 Field of Honor®

The Third Annual Field of Honor® (FOH) will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 26 to May 29 at Fort Collins' Spring Canyon Park on West Horesetooth Road. Medallions that honor your hero, including military veterans, first responders, or personal heroes are available to purchase and will hang on one of the 500 American flags that will make up the field. Order medallions:
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April 6, 2023 Impact Newsletter

Inspiration:  Ann Griffith--Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime...Mark Twain

IDEA Quote: Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -- John F. Kennedy
Upcoming Programs: please see the side panel for upcoming speakers and be sure to invite your friends!
    Next week is Chris Juergens: History of 10th Mountain Division

Rob Schmieden, Colorado native, CSU alum and guest of Vic Purdy
Deb Kelly

  • Joseph Vander Linde: 99 PSD applicants for our scholarship, deadline is April 15th.  Help needed for reading applications and ranking applicants
  • Connie Sheltren: Rotary Youth Exchange is looking for host families for upcoming exchange student.
  • Mark Campbell:  April 20th, 5:30 - 8:00,  is the celebration of our club's $1 million donation to Rotary Foundation.  It is at the Marriott on Horsetooth.  RSVP needed, cost is $20/person.
  • Gary Turner: Program committee is beginning to plan on next year's programs.  If interested the committee is open to new participants. 
  • The next Friday Food Bank work day is the 3rd Friday in April.
  • Michele Marquitz is preparing for her upcoming year as president.  Steve James s going to be the Next Generations chairperson.  Leighanne Alford is president elect. 
  • Mike Griffith and Teres Lambert:  Today is the kick off for the Field of Honor Memorial Day Weekend Event.  It will be held May 26-29 at the Spring Canyon Park.  We will be selling medallions ($50 each) to honor heroes and tiered business sponsorships are available as well.  The fund raising will take place between 4/13 to 5/15/23.  We will also be involving veteran owned businesses.  The goals are to raise $25,000 for service projects and non-profits that serve veterans and first responders, to build community and to raise awareness of Rotary.  The website will be available on 4/13. 
  • The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be present at the Veteran's Park next to our Field of Honor. 
 PROGRAM: John Hintzman's experience as Rotary Youth Exchange host family
  • They have hosted exchange students from Thailand, France and Costa Rica
  • Lucille was their first exchange student and was from Bordeaux, France. 
  • John shared experiences about hosting over the years.
  • John's family initiated their exchange students by taking them to the CSU/CU game shortly after arrival. 
  • They have enjoyed visits from their exchange students over the years. 
  • Lucille is now a Rotarian and live in Berlin, Germany. 
Gold Star Winners:
  • Mary Catherine Limbird
  • Bob Waltermire
  • Kristin Candella
  • Wilton Lyles
  • Joe McCarthy
April 6, 2023 Impact Newsletter Carrie Campbell Broughton 2023-04-10 06:00:00Z 0

Stephen Fowler

Stephen hails from Madison, NJ, spending time in Ohio and Indiana before he settled in Granville, Ohio for 20 years. There, he raised three children and met Barbara Wolfe. Together, they have five children ages 21 to 28. They relocated to Castle Rock, Colorado in early 2016 where he became a Certified Home Inspector and started Vista Home Inspections. On their 35-acre ranch, they raised horses, cattle, Paco-Vicuna, industrial hemp, and four dogs.

In June 2021, they moved to a 40-acre ranch in Fort Collins where Barb began a full-time faculty position at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Stephen is currently focused on building Dashboard Personal Workshop - a Boulder start-up woodworking tool manufacturer - into a thriving business.

Stephen holds a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the Indiana University as well as a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Kent State. Stpehen has worked for city, county, and state governments in economic development and environmental planning as well as non-profit organizations focused on downtown revitalization, housing, and economic opportunity. He was most recently an active member of the Rotary Club of Castle Rock and the Club Foundation.




Stephen Fowler Philip Murphy 2023-03-20 06:00:00Z 0

IDEA Committee

The IDEA Committee is responsible for the following on behalf of the Fort Collins Rotary Club Breakfast:
  • Raising awareness of diversity,
  • Supporting of diversity, inclusion, and belonging within the club and in the club’s interaction with the community,
  • Liaising with the other club committees.
To find out more, click here
IDEA Committee Joe McCarthy 2023-02-11 07:00:00Z 0 Belonging,Diversity,Inclusion,Relationships

2023 $10K RAFFLE

Are you "Feeling Lucky?"
Winning Ticket: 500
Thank you for supporting Rotary through the Love Our Community $10K Raffle!  
Rotarians are PEOPLE OF ACTION. Together, we build parks, award scholarships, develop youth leaders, support first responders and provide disaster relief, promote literacy, distribute food and have nearly eliminated polio worldwide.
2023 $10K RAFFLE Philip Murphy 2023-01-31 07:00:00Z 0

December 8, 2022 Impact

Inspiration:  Teres Lambert– a poem of encouragement about intentional living, serenity, and appreciation.
IDEA Quote:     “Roddenberry’s dreams, Star Trek’s dreams, help us to think through what it would be like to have a society of abundance, of logic and reason, and of inclusion.”  ~ Manu Saadia, Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek
Upcoming Programs: please see the side panel for upcoming speakers and be sure to invite your friends!
Holly Honn visited with her husband
Amanda Mancuso -- insurance broker as her second career
Austin Hensen is helping his dad with Secret Santa
Peter Bostwick is new to Fort Collins, moving back after 40 years
Kyle Stack (zoom)
Paul Fritz
Vocational Talk by Bill Honn
--Grew up in Tulsa, OK and went to KU.  He started his career as an architect in Dallas.  He moved to Beaver Creek, CO to help design and build 15 multimillion dollar homes there.  
--He met and married Holly Hunter in Beaver Creek. He designed several award winning homes. 
--Moved to Reston, VA  and then transitioned to project management for Plaza of the Patriots and later the prison that held Abraham Lincoln's assasin. 
--Moved to Zagreg, Croatia (during wartime) with his wife and 3 young boys.
--He served with the first free election in Bosnia.
--Real estate development in Washington, DC and then moved back to CO after 9/11
--Developed the Southwinds Lodge in Winter Park
--Married to his wife, Holly and have three boys in their 30s
-- Remodeled his home on Remington, added a VRBO in his garage and has an additional VRBO in Cheyenne
--Bill is currently a project manager for Sprague Roofing and Exteriors
Fran announced Tom Welsh is bringing cleaning supplies today for delivery to the Early Childhood Center
Tony Catania--Idea committee is working with Braver Angels on planning a workshop for how to how difficult conversations in our contentious times called "Bridging the Divide".  Online sign up is available and is limited to 60 spots. February 9 at Senior Center.
Secret Santa program--- Gifts will be delivered today to 106 kids and families.
Jill Layden-- Save the date for Thursday, March 9 for the 10K raffle.  
January 17th is the Progressive Dinner and invitation will come online.
Tim Cochran issued an invitation to his home for Christmas Day dinner and Star Wars marathon. 
Mark Campbell--needs RSVP for next week's Rotary Christmas Party at 7:30 am at Ginger and Baker (no Zoom option).  There will be music by Rocky Mountain High School and gifts for kids. 
Susan Peterson--Money can be donated to Kiev International Rotary Club in Ukraine through the foundation (tax deductible).  The deadline is by the end of 2022. Make check to Breakfast Rotary Club Foundation.
Phil Murphy--Monday from 1 to 4:30 pm, volunteer to stuff food bags for the holidays for kids and families.
Mark Eversole has been hospitalized after a motor vehicle accident and has resigned 
Vocational Service Committee Update
Ron Catterson, Natalie Brown
Looking for more members to join this committee
Encourages high ethical standards in business, encourages the worthiness of each vocation, use of occupation to serve the world, help to develop young leaders.
Leadership Development Team has been formed to develop workshops on life  and leadership skills such as ethics, conflict resolution, to name a few.
Next meeting is December 13th at 7:30pm at Horse and Dragon
Developing a database within Clubrunner on our club skills, hobbies and expertise.  All skills and talents count within and outside of our occupational skill sets. 
Kyle Stack is the Centennial High School principal.  Centennial High School is an alternative high school in Poudre School District.They have 155 students and go through a 6 week class, called Discovery class, to promote social and emotional health and establish the culture of the school.   They have a peer mediation program to help with support and conflict resolution. There is as scholarship that goes to several CHS students each year.  $3900 was awarded to several CHS students last year.  There is also an emergency fund for students with an acute need and 3 students were served last year by this fund.
Teacher of the Month to honor PSD teachers nominated by their administrators receive an honorarium to use for their classroom
Ed Gillette Vocational Service Award presentation:  
Krishna has lead trips to India in past years and received he Ed Gillette award in the past.  He was awarded the gift box that should have been given to him at the time of his receipt of this honor. Krishna also had words of support for Centennial High School. 
December 8, 2022 Impact Carrie Campbell Broughton 2022-12-11 07:00:00Z 0
Braver Angels Workshop Joe McCarthy 2022-11-22 07:00:00Z 0 Braver Angels,Bridging the Divide,Relationships,Rotary Fellowship

November 10, 2022 Impact Newsletter

Inspiration:  Carrie Campbell Broughton --Reflections around our rights and privileges to vote in a democracy with quotes from RBG and several past presidents and leaders

IDEA Quote:  Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.-- Helen Keller  

Upcoming Programs: please see the side panel for upcoming speakers and be sure to invite your friends!


⦁ Enrico Armani --exchange student living with Curt Bear, from NE Italy 

⦁ Amanda Mancuso -- insurance broker as her second career, Mountain Storm Insurance

⦁ Paul Fritz -- new applicant


New Members: Bob Melrose, long time Rotarian,  was officially inducted today by Joseph Vander Linde



⦁ Drew Leslie, CSU Trombone Choir director --He would like us to know the concert was postponed to Nov. 30th at 7:30 pm in Griffin Concert Hall at CSU. 

⦁ Andy Chaffin--Idea committee is working with Braver Angels on planning a workshop for how to have difficult conversations in our contentious times called "Bridging the Divide"

⦁ Secret Santa program--sign up for a family to purchase gifts for the kids of families in need.  Gary can arrange for personal shoppers if you are unable to do the shopping yourself. We have 109 families on the list.  There will be online sign-ups coming out.  Pickup is December 8th. 

⦁ Bob Waltermire--Next Tuesday is the next meeting of the International Service Committee at 7 pm at Horse and Dragon and on Zoom.

⦁ Curt Bear– reminds us about the Christmas Trees Lighting at 1st Presbyterian Church in Old Town on December 1st.  There are posters to hang.

⦁ Derek Godfrey-- Our club was in the news for the Laptops for College Students program.  He is looking for 3 people for hs committee to make this sustainable. 

⦁ Mike Forney's wife was injured from a fall and will be coming home from the hospital soon. 


Program:  The Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP)

Jeff Stahla, Northern Colorado Water

⦁ Northern Colorado Water Conservancy district provides water for our booming part of the state.  They provide raw water to be treated by cities and for irrigation for farms

⦁ Manages delivery of water, including portions of 8 counties

⦁ Horsetooth Reservoir is where the water is provided locally. 90% of the Poudre River is already designated for use/protection and the lower 7.5 miles was left open for future reservoir projects.

⦁ Poudre River has been designated as a wild and scenic river in Colorado since October 1986

⦁ NISP started applying for its permits in 2017 from Larimer county, state and federal government. The Federal ROD permit is under consideration and is expected soon. 

⦁ NISP has 15 participants funding the project. Construction on the Glade dam site is expected in 2026 and in 2028 for the Galeton dam site.  Dam and facilities design is in progress now.

⦁ Glade Reservoir will be slightly larger than Horsetooth Reservoir and will require a modification of highway 287.Seven miles of Highway 287 will be moved one ridge to the east and the new location will make the trip to Laramie about 2 miles shorter.

⦁ Galeton Reservoir will have a 45,600 acre-foot capacity with 30 miles of pipeline and will be used largely to deliver water to NE farms, trading water that would have been taken from Poudre River. 

⦁ NISP has been approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, CO Water Conservation Board.  1/3 of the yield must be sent through downtown Ft Collins. 

⦁ Building the Glade Reservoir Dam may begin in 2025-26 and will take 4 years to build the dam and 3 years to fill the reservoir.

A video about the Glade Reservoir project:


⦁ The 170,000 acre-foot Glade Reservoir and 45,600 acre-foot Galeton Reservoir would deliver 40,000 acre feet of water — 13 billion gallons a year — to 500,000 people.  - Greeley Tribune:

November 10, 2022 Impact Newsletter Carrie Campbell Broughton 2022-11-10 07:00:00Z 0

Teres Lambert

Teres Lambert, who was raised in northeast Kansas, has called Fort Collins/Windsor "home" for the past 10 years. Teres and her husband, John Krueger, moved to the area from Illinois so they could be closer to her daughter's family, which lives in Fort Collins, and help with Teres' special needs granddaughter. John commutes to his job in Denver. 
Now retired, Teres has lived in five states and Australia. Her professional career included writing about animal agriculture, working for marketing/public relations companies that specialized in animal agriculture and teaching journalism and public relations on the collegiate level. She is also the author of a book, published in 2020, that covers the first 50 years of Gelbvieh, a breed of cattle, in the United States. 
Teres was introduced to service before self as a 4-Her. "I was put on this earth to serve others, and I have the time and energy to do it, so why not do it," she states. To that point, in addition to being a member of Rotary, Teres is on the Board of Directors and President of Front Range Exceptional Equestrians, a Fort Collins-based non-profit that provides adaptive horsemanship classes for at-risk youth, first responders and individuals with special needs. 
In her spare time, Teres enjoys sailing, traveling and hanging with friends and family. She loves to play cards and games, drink red wine and soak up life's special moments.
Teres Lambert Philip Murphy 2022-10-26 06:00:00Z 0

Mike Forney

Past District Governor, Mike Forney.  Mike has been a member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and the Fort Collins Foothills Rotary Club, so he brings a wealth of Rotary knowledge and leadership experience to our club!
A general aviation pilot since 1962, Mike served for more than 20 years as a senior command pilot for the Angel Flight organization and as an on-call pilot for the Department of Homeland Security before selling his Cessna 182 and retiring his “wings” in 2017.  (more….)
While residing in Steamboat Springs he served on the boards of United Way, Main Street Steamboat Springs, Seminars at Steamboat and was appointed a member, and later chairman of the Yampa Valley Airport Commission.  He also became a volunteer business counselor for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SCORE program in 2005 and continues working with entrepreneurs which he now serves as a SCORE and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor in Northern Colorado. 
Mike has also been a children’s storyteller for 15 years.  He has continued to share his stories with fourth and fifth graders in the Poudre and Thompson school districts both in the classrooms and virtually.  His stories are also included on his YouTube channel Mike Forney Storyteller. 
He was District Governor for District 5440 in 2012-13 while a member of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.  Other Rotary activities (among many) include serving as a Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Australia, as a member of the Council on Legislation, as a Regional Public Image Coordinator and as the Chair of the Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute.
Mike Forney Philip Murphy 2022-10-26 06:00:00Z 0

September 8, 2022 Impact Newsletter

 Inspiration: Joe McCarthy inspired us all to become active listeners, highlighting some of the practices he has learned in his Toastmasters Dynamic Leadership Training. Active listening includes respecting another's point of view and demonstrating understanding and respect through clarifying questions such as, “help me understand...”, “what do you mean by...”, and then demonstrating understanding with statements such as, “I hear what you're saying”and “I see what you mean”. Joe encourages us that by engaging in active listening “we can change things around”.

IDEA Quote: We were all human until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us.” Unknown

Upcoming Programs: Please see the side panel for upcoming speakers and be sure to invite your friends.


  • Mary Catherine Limbird introduced her husband, Martin, as her guest.

  • Martin Limbird introduced Bob Melrose, from Stockton, CA.He and his wife just moved here to be close to grand kids. Bob' was a Rotarian there and wants to join here to start getting to know the community.

  • Amy Welsh, daughter of Tom and Linda, joined us via Zoom. She has moved back to the area.

  • Patrick Bols also joined us via zoom from his home in Maryland

  • Dr. Drew Leslie and the members of the Trombone Choir Ensemble: Joseph Raby, Brenna Hudson, Christian Heck, Dylan Perez, Bryce Medlyn, Brandon Graese, Andrew Hanze andShae Mitchell


  • Amy Welsh shared with us that her dad, Tom Welsh, has suffered a heart attack. He is resting and recuperating at MCR while he awaits bypass surgery. Thoughts and prayers for his health, the surgery and his family are appreciated. Please feel free to reach out to Amy and Tom through Andy Groeger. 
  • Steve James is officially a member of the Breakfast Club!

  • Stephen Fowler attended the meeting this morning with very good news regarding his cancer treatments!

  • From Joe McCarthy:

    • The Fort Collins DEI Fellowship welcomed SheriffAaron Appelhans (Albany County, Laramie WY) on August 17th, and he gave a very well received talk on professionalism. His talk was recorded by the 1918 club, and the link to watch the recording is: .

    • "A Towering Task: the Story of the Peace Corps" will be shown at the Lyric Theater on Monday September 19 at 6:00 PM.  You can see a preview of the documentary here.Apartnership between Peace Corps and Rotary International was instigated by a group in District 5450 and is in its seventh year.  The reason for the partnership is the areas of focus for both organizations is almost identical.  Both organizations highly value the partnership and are constantly looking to bring it to the club level.  Seeing this documentary will surely inspire you to connect with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the northern part of the state and to support your local citizens who will be serving in the Peace Corps in the coming years.

  • From Diane Knight

    • Paul and Diane Knight have two tickets for the Rams football game (against Sacramento State) on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.    If you’d like them, in exchange for a $50 donation to our Club’s Foundation, please email Diane at

    • Diane will be singing with the Loveland Choral Society next weekend (Sept. 17 and 18) at the Rialto Theater in Loveland.  The show will feature music and photos from the trip to chorus took this summer to Ireland and Scotland.  For tickets, go to The Rialto Theater (

  • Jill Layden invited interested members to the 10,000 Raffle Committee meeting on Monday at 5:30 at Horse and Dragon.

  • Connie Sheltren announced that recruiting has begun for Rotary Youth Exchange 2023-24 and that our club will be sponsoring a student. Please let any interested students, who will be 15-19 years old in August of 2023, know that applications are available and interviews will be the last week of September.


Program – CSU Trombone Choir Ensemble

  • Bob Williams introduced Dr. Drew Leslie, associate professor CSU. Dr. Leslie attended the University of Michigan (B.M.), Manhattan School Of Music (M.M.) and the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.) In addition to his passion for music education, Dr. Leslie is and has been very active in performances across the country. At CSU, Dr. Leslie serves as Associate Professor of Trombone and Undergraduate Coordinator in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.He leads a group of 16 trombonists in the Trombone Choir Ensemble, a subset of which played several beautiful pieces for our meeting this morning.

  • Trombone students from across campus, representing music majors, music minors and various other majors come together to rehearse and perform original music written and arranged for this type of ensemble. Unlike a traditional concert band or orchestra where the trombone often takes a background role, in trombone choir the students are required to cover all musical and technical roles which pushes their skills and musical maturity on the instrument. Dr. Leslie would love to hear from us at

  • We have the opportunity to enjoy The Trombone Choir again! The ensemble has a concert on Nov. 9th at 7:30 pm in Griffin Concert Hall in the University Center for the Arts building on the CSU campus. It is a free concert that will feature a wide variety of music, all written and arranged for trombone choir.


Until next week....DREAM BIG 

September 8, 2022 Impact Newsletter Wendy Lange 2022-09-09 06:00:00Z 0

3rd Grade Literacy Project

Thank You to All Who Supported the 3rd Grade Literacy Project!
It was a successful day at the Holiday Twin Drive-In theater for the 2022 Peach Delivery. Close to 800 boxes of delicious Palisade peaches were loaded into cars along with Ginger & Baker peach pies and jalapeño jam, and Savory Spice peach spice.
Following delivery members of the club were actively volunteering and selling more peaches at the Fort Collins Peach Festival.
3rd Grade Literacy Project Philip Murphy 2022-08-28 06:00:00Z 0

August 11, 2022 Newsletter

Inspiration:  Ann Griffith inspired us with the story of a 98 year old Rotarian from Japan (whose photo is on the cover of the latest Rotary magazine) who is doing tea services all over the world, sharing the message of peace, reconciliation and brotherhood.
IDEA Quote:   “Life puts rocks in your path – it’s up to you to decide if you want to build a bridge or a wall with them.”
Upcoming Programs: please see the side panel for upcoming speakers and be sure to invite your friends!
Needs Quick Response:  Can you work a shift from 1-3 this Saturday at one of the local breweries to sell peaches?   If so, please contact Michele Marquitz at 970-215-9449 and she’ll give you all of the details! 
  • Amy Welsh (Tom and Amy’s daughter)
  • Beth Maddox (Columbia, MO) – Amy’s cousin
  • Speaker – Robert Williams
Awards:  Sara Murphy recognized several people in the club:
  • Paul Harris Awards – for those who have contributed $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International:  Arun Murthy, nephew of Krishna (+1), Curt Bear (+1), Carrie Broughton (+2), Carrie Levy (+3), Michele Marquitz (+3), Tim Cochran (+3), Carol Morris (+3), Andy Groeger (+4), Ellen Brinks (+5), Joe McCarthy (+3-6), Lynn Matson (+8), Mark Campbell (+8)
  • End of Year Club Awards:
    • Rock Star – Tom Welsh for his support for the Early Childhood Development Program and fixing bicycles for underserved kids
    • Rotary Spirit – Gary Tuner for his championship of a project to build a community garden in Zimbabwe
    • Guiding Light – Kristin Candella for thoughtful and organized leadership of the 10K fundraiser and for her boundless energy and creativity
    • Most Active New Member Joseph Vander Linde (awarded at end of year party)
    • Charlie Peterson Service Above Self - Fran Lefler (awarded at end of year party)
    • Rotarian of the Year – Joe McCarthy (awarded at end of year party)
Annual Peach Sale for Literacy:
  • Mike Griffith – please use the link below to sign up to volunteer for the Peach Sale Delivery or for selling peaches at the Peach Festival!
  • Ann Griffith – please consider a $250 sponsorship of a classroom (proceeds will be split between the literacy project (40%) and our club Foundation (60%)).  If interested, please contact
  • Andy Chaffin – be intentional about “selling literacy” to everyone you know!   The proceeds from the peach sales will provide grants for teachers for their literacy efforts as well as fund some of our club projects; encourage a business owner to buy a box for their staff or to distribute to customers
  • You can provide the recipe below to friends who might be looking for something great to make with all of those peaches.   Courtesy of Martine Bols.
The Peach Festival
Program:   Robert Williams new Executive Director of the Larimer County Health District
  • A special tax district serving the northern 2/3 of Larimer County, established in 1960
  • The organization’s mission is to enhance the health of the community and has a five-member board
  • The Health District impacted 10,648 individuals in 2021 with a staff of 125
  • Budget is $14 million; of that, $10 million comes from taxation and remainder is from property and grants
  • The bad news is that depression and substance abuse are up for teens (partially a function of Covid) but the good news is that they like to connect and receive counseling virtually.
  • This is somewhat unique to Larimer County.   There are only a handful of these types of programs in Colorado and the country.
  • The Health District provides many programs and services.   For more information about all of these, use the link below to see the Power Point the speaker used:
Thanks to the program committee for bringing us this informative program.
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2022-23 Rotary International President Jennifer Jones

​​​​​​​Jennifer Jones, Rotary International’s first female president, is the perfect leader to spread the word about the good Rotary does in the world, and inspire its members to keep going.

Jones, 55, was born in Windsor, Ontario, and — save for a few post-college years working in the Turks and Caicos Islands and Manhattan — has lived there her whole life. The oldest of three children, she'd run lemonade stands to earn money to give to charity, and recalls organizing a carnival in her family's yard to benefit kids with muscular dystrophy. "Growing up, my parents had given us wings to do service in our community," she says. Today, her mom, dad, and one of her brothers and his wife are Rotarians. Her other brother created a painting that inspired Jones' presidential-theme ties and scarves.

Read more about RI President Jennifer using the following link:

2022-23 Rotary International President Jennifer Jones Philip Murphy 2022-07-02 06:00:00Z 0

Walt Grady

Our new member, Walt Grady, has lived in Fort Collins for 28 years. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA.  Prior to Fort Collins, he lived with Marti, his spouse/partner, and two children, on the coast of Maine for fourteen years. Walt says, “ I have been married to Marti since the bicentennial of our country.
Walt Grady Marge Mercurio 2022-04-18 06:00:00Z 0

2022 Field of Honor®

The second annual Field of Honor® Flag Display will be help over Memorial Day weekend, May 27 - 30, 2022 at Spring Canyon Park, 2626 West Horsetooth Road. For $50, you can honor your own personal hero which can include veterans, living or deceased, active military, first responders, frontline workers, medical workers, teachers, or other personal heroes. Each hero’s medallion will be proudly displayed on a flag at the Field of Honor®.
Please visit where you will find a link to purchase a medallion. You can pick up your medallion at the site anytime during the weekend. Sponsorships are also available from the same site.
500 American flags will be proudly displayed at the site.
Proceeds from the sale of the medallions will support Health4Heroes and the Fort Collins Rotary Club Foundation.
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$10K 2022 Raffle

The annual $10K "Love Our Community" Raffle was held February 14, 2022. Proceeds raised support our local and international People of Action Projects.
Congratulations to the $10K Winner for this year.
The entire Fort Collins Breakfast memberships wishes to express our greatest gratitude to all who bought tickets for this event. Past funds raised have gone on to support several local charities and to foster international understanding through projects for clean water and health.
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December 9, 2021 Newsletter

December 9, 2021
Inspiration:  Ann Griffith  
  • Maria Nara – Head of Early Childhood Center
  • Leighanne Alford – Prospective member
  • Carol Cochran – Guest of Tim Cochran
  • Ann Hutchison – President and CEO of Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
  • Bill Lamperes – former FCRBRC member
  • Austin Hensen – son of Andrew Hensen
  • Joyce Dickens - Filmographer
IDEA Quote:  “When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick up anything.”-- Alex Haley, writer
10K Raffle:   “Love our Community” drawing for $10,000 on Feb.14th.  If we each sell six $100 tickets, we can meet our goal of 500 tickets.   They will make great Christmas gifts – look for the website to go live very soon!
  • Tracy Mead – all are welcome and encouraged to join the Program committee; if interested, contact
  • Bob Williams look for sign up sheets for Meals on Wheels
  • Save the Date!  Feb. 6th – Purple Pins for Polio; a bowling event with the other Fort Collins Rotary clubs.  Details to come.
  • Jen Parker completed all of the requirements of the New Member Orientation – congrats, Jen!
Program:  Ann Hutchinson – CEO of Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce; after 18 years with the Chamber, she became CEO in January of 2021
  •  Work of the Chamber is about:
    • Helping to connect people to community resources (the “Front Door”)
    • Helping create leaders for the community – Leadership Fort Collins and Leadership Northern Colorado
    • Being a strong advocate for Business – tracking policy recommendations and how they will impact businesses
    • Being a place for businesses to connect
  • NoCo Prospers 1.0 Fundraising and investment campaign – raised $3.8 million for
    • Fixing N. I-25 - $500 million gap for work between Longmont and Berthoud
    • Supporting Talent development
      • Talent Portal
      • Trailing Spouse Program
      • Workplace Learning Alliance with all educational partners
    • Working on a Covid Recovery Plan, to include more economic marketing (building relationships with bigger companies)
    • Business Retention and Expansion – how to help these businesses after Covid
  •  NoCo Prospers 2.0 Raised $4 million to be used over next 5 years - will launch Jan. 1
    •  Economy
    • Talent
    • Business friendly environment
    • I-25 – transportation across the region – how to plan for and fund this, especially with crossroads like Hwy 34, 392 and 14)
  •  Questions:
    • What are we missing most in terms of talent?   C Suite talent and People of Color
    • Is the Regional Airport part of the plan?  Definitely – must take advantage of that as a hub for economic activity
    • What impact is money from Fed. Govt. having? First round made a big difference but over the next 6-8 months, we’ll have a reckoning; funding streams will allow us to take on issues that are business related, but social (i.e. like homelessness; transit)
    • Is there a Master Plan for I-25?  Yes, go to
    • Is retail dead?  No, but they need to modify their businesses
    • Metrics – have 1083 members, want 1200-1300
Thanks to the program committee for bringing us this great program!
December 9, 2021 Newsletter Diane Knight 2021-12-10 07:00:00Z 0

November 18, 2021 Newsletter

  • Inspiration, Pledge and Rotary 4 Way Test – Bob Waltermire
    • Bob recited Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, as it is the anniversary of the original delivery during the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. Read the address here.
  • Introduction of guests – Sargent at Arms Curt Bear
    • Today’s speaker: Alyssa Stephens
    • Leighanne Alford – Past Rotary president from Little Rock, guest of John Hintzman
  • History and dedication of the new Club flag
    • New flag: from Nan Brown
      • In her father’s honor, he was a long-time member of the Eastside Club of Colorado Springs – his membership taught Nan a lot about community service. Her father was a Marine Veteran – and lived his life with service to country, family and God. Semper Fi to Charlie Brown, the flag is dedicated in his honor.
    • New stand: Joe McCarthy created the flag stand.
      • Joe is a woodworker and was asked to create it to hold the donated flag. As a special reminder: don’t think that you are imposing on someone to do something they are good at – rather include them in the process so they can contribute talent.
  • Announcements
    • Secret Santa. We’ve secured helpers for 50 kids, 23 families. We still need assistance for 40 families/50 kids. Watch for a reminder Friday with link. Gary Turner or Andrew can pick up gifts Dec. 8. If you are able, we also need help gift buying on behalf of Rotarians who can’t go shopping themselves. Please let Andrew or Gary know if you can help with that!
    • Annual Christmas party is Thursday morning Dec. 16 normal meeting time – please RSVP by Dec. 6
    • Save the date: Jan. 18, 2022 for the progressive dinner in Downtown Fort Collins. It will be a full evening of fellowship and visiting three restaurants. Watch or more info soon!
    • Peach pies for sale! $40! Support 3rd grade literacy while eating something delicious. Contact Michele Marquitz for your pie, which she will deliver before Sunday afternoon.
    • Help a family this holiday season, donate a turkey to the Food Bank.  Contact Michele for more info and if they still need them at the time of the newsletter distribution.
    • Volunteer for the Meals on Wheels food delivery program. New volunteers have to participate in an onboarding process two weeks before your volunteer shift starts. Shifts are Wednesdays, 11 am. start, 3 people per week; we always need new volunteers. See Bob Williams for more information.
    • Vocational service committee meets the last Tuesday of the month on zoom at 7:30 a.m. Things they are working on: Teacher of the Month may return in 2022, and hopefully, Student of the Month. More committee members are welcome to help with this import work. Contact Nan Brown for more info.
    • Foundation Month reminder – International committee submitted a grant for a menstrual hygiene grant - $3,000 but is leveraging that with other clubs for a total of $50,000 request. Krishna will keep us posted.
    • From our After Work Rotary friends
      • Do your Holiday shopping online at our virtual, silent auction. Help RAW to improve elementary student's reading in Fort Collins, to rebuild schools in Nepal, and much more. Click here to register and buy and review all our current projects.
  • Today’s Program – Welcome Alyssa Stephens – City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Forum – Intro by Dave Haase
    • Neighborhood Services includes important work such as:
      • CSU/City Liaison
      • Neighborhood Development
      • Mediation/restorative justice
      • Connector department to other City departments/programs/resources
    • Growth in Fort Collins
      • 100,000 + people in LC over the next two decades
      • There are still spaces where building can and will happen
      • City Plan sets the vision/umbrella of how the city will grow
      • Zoning determines what kinds of development can happen in a neighborhood
    • Development review ensures new plans prioritize things such as look, feel, environmental resources, development is paying their own way that helps the city improve transportation infrastructure.
    • The City creates “the what” of what can be built, but not the specifics or mandates.
      • Neighborhood engagement and outreach are almost always needed for new development – so get involved and provide feedback as you know your neighborhood more than anyone.
    • Development review neighborhood meetings – in zoom for now. Provides sneak peeks of potential developments. They are required before development plans are submitted.
    • Master street plan exists, and developers are contributing to the funding bucket that then triggers improvements/enhancements to accommodate the new buildings/residents.
    • Housing needs are driving zoning changes – from commercial/industrial to residential – by the property owner. Many steps are involved, but it does happen. City can also update zoning to preserve certain kinds of residential areas, such as mobile home parks. They work with property owners on this process.
    • Learn more at:
November 18, 2021 Newsletter Claire Bouchard 2021-11-19 07:00:00Z 0

Brenda Simon

A warm welcome to our new member Brenda Simon. She is the CEO of Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital and Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital.Brenda joined Rotary because “I have been looking for a way to integrate into the community (Covid has definitely been a barrier.)
Brenda Simon Marge Mercurio 2021-10-26 06:00:00Z 0

Tony Catania

Tony Catania, Senior Finance Manager at Kaiser Permanente Health Plan joined our club in May, 2021. He has lived in the Fort Collins area for about a year.His hobbies include running, hiking, board games, podcasts, cross-country skiing and many others. Tony joined our Rotary club as a way to invest in the Fort Collins community, get to know people and focus on the world outside of work and home.
Tony Catania Marge Mercurio 2021-09-29 06:00:00Z 0

July 8, 2021 Newsletter

Zoom Meeting – July 8,  2021


Inspiration:  Ken Campbell - “Fruit of the Spirit” apostle Paul


Diversity Quote: “Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just wrong.” – Muhammad Ali



Brian Carroll – Speaker on Soapstone Prairie and Native American presence in Lindemeier
Ashley Krueger – Representative of Gardens on Spring Creek-thanking FCBR for their grant this past year. Presentation on the Gardens
Constance Sheltren – Rotarian from Carson City, Nevada. Constance is looking to join our club
Matt Hoppal – guest of Diane Knight – new local banker
Kristen Mast – Guest of Cindy Cloyd
Elizabeth Stevens – not introduced
  1. Andy Groeger- introduction of Ashley Krueger, City of Fort Collins Education Director

  • Community Service Beneficiary for Gardens on Spring Creek- Rotary Grant request Appreciates support from Rotary. Planning events for Gardens for All Access Program.
  • Library Card – Access with card
  • Free Memberships
  • Family Passes
  • Discounted Admission
  • Scholarships for educational programs
  • Program participation has increased this year.
  • Grant helps with Early Childhood Education PACT Night- Partnering with Poudre River Library District- 1 summer event August 11 and 1 winter during the Garden of Lights event.
  1. Catherine Varra-Nelson – July birthdays
Ken Campbell       July 8
Cait Nase              July 11
Gary Turner         July 12
Bob Waltermire   July 12
Dick Griffith         July 13
Harlan Meckelburg   July 14
Terry Podmore     July 16
Scott Sinclair        July 20
Phil Murphy         July 27
  1. John Hintzman – Program Committee stand-up meeting after club meeting
  2. John Carroll – The Annual Greens Fore Giving Golf Fundraiser event will be August 9, 2021- 40 players already signed up
  3. Ann Griffith - Next week’s speaker will be Author Lee Child: there will be a book signing for books purchased at Old Firehouse Books
  4. Bob Waltermire - International Service Meeting Special event-email coming with more details and links to RSVP
  5. Dave Hause - Peach Festival
  6. Michele Marquitz - Peach Sales are coming. Boxes of peaches and pies for sale. pick up date, August 28, 2021

Program: Lindernmeier Site

Program Introduction by Bob Williams:

Guest Speaker:  Brian Carroll – Volunteer Master Naturalist- Shared the history and significance of the Lindenmeier Site at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Beginning Quote:

 “This is a Very Sacred Place,” Quote from Ute Elder Clifford Duncan. Lindenmeier Site

The most famous cultural site at Soapstone Prairie is the Lindenmeier archeological site, a National Historic Landmark. Excavations in the 1930s by the Smithsonian and Colorado Museum of Natural History conclusively dated human habitation in North America to at least 10,000 years ago and gave new insight into the Folsom culture. Needles, beads and stone tools were found, making the Lindenmeier site the most extensive Folsom culture campsite yet found. Learn more about the excavations in this booklet about the excavations. Other human history at Soapstone Prairie includes possible Clovis complex sites, numerous stone rings, sheep camp rock cairns, ruins of historic homesteads, ranches and their associated buildings, the foundation of a schoolhouse, and roads and trails. Learn more at Fort Collins Natural Areas- Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. (Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, n.d.)



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Starting on August 5, 2021 the Breakfast Rotary Club will be meeting face-to-face at our new location.
Please join us at Ginger & Baker on 359 Linden Street near Old Town Fort Collins.
BACK TO FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS Philip Murphy 2021-07-03 06:00:00Z 0

April 8, 2021 Newsletter

Hybrid Meeting – April 8, 2021
Inspiration: Joe McCarthy
  • Wendy Lange
  • Kevin Bolin
  • Mike Griffith, Field Of Honor Team – Mike shared a moving video about the Field Of Honor project. He also advised club members to look out for an email explaining the Field of Honor project in detail, especially how to order a Medal of Honor. Brooke Cunningham showed club members how to share club posts about the project on Facebook and encouraged us to share them. 
  • Bob Williams, Meals on Wheels – Bob announced that there are still opportunities to volunteer with Meals On Wheels for May and June. For club members who want to volunteer but haven't yet volunteered, training is also available. 
  • David Haage, Peach Festival – David announced that the Rotary Peach Festival 2021 is definitely on for this year and encouraged club members to save the date 8/21/21. The Peach Festival will be held at The Holiday Twin drive-in this year, instead of the Hughes Stadium grounds, and will be in the afternoon and evening rather than starting early in the morning and running through the afternoon. 
  • Tim Cochran, New Member Announcement – Tim made a New Member Announcement #2 for prospective member Tony Catania.
  • Krishna Murthy - Krishna explained that Ellen Brinks' name had been accidentally omitted in an email sent out by Rotary International Committee Chair, John Trewartha, in which he described a project that Ellen Brinks works with in Zambia, which supports young women in building life skills. 
  • Lee Varra-Nelson, New Member Induction – Lee inducted two new members: Scott Sinclair and Joseph Vander Linde.
  • Joseph Van Der Linde, Call for Volunteers - Joseph announced that for those who live in Timnath, they are doing a cleanup of Latham Parkway this coming Sunday 1-3. Signups are at
Jen Parker introduced program presenter Mary Ericson, who is the Development Director for CASA of Larimer County
Mary Ericson described how CASA was originally founded by a juvenile court judge in Seattle who, concerned about making decisions about children with insufficient information, conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom.
CASA of Larimer County works in partnership with the National CASA program, and was one of the first CASA programs in Colorado. CASA of Larimer County supports children and families in Larimer County through two core programs; Court Appointed Special Advocates and Family Connections- Visitation and Exchange services.
Mary explained that there is a tremendous need for these services and subsequently a need to recruit new volunteers. 
She stated that there are more than 600 children annually who have open "dependence and neglect" cases and that CASA is currently only able to serve 54% of those cases. Therefore, CASA of Larimer County has set a goal to swear in 100 new volunteers in 2021; by April, they have succeeded in swearing in 44/100 and they hope that they might encourage members of Fort Collins Rotary Breakfast to consider becoming "CASA"s. 
As a CASA - which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate - you would meet weekly or biweekly with a child who is in foster care due to an issue of dependency or neglect within their family of origin. 
Depending on the age of the child, which can be from infancy to 17-18 years old, volunteer activities can range from playing with a baby to assess whether they're achieving development milestones as expected for their age, or helping a teen learn how to cook as they transition out of foster care to living on their own. CASAs write weekly reports about the child and advise family court judges about recommended next steps for a child.
Mary emphasized how vital the CASA volunteer is, as a stable, positive adult role model in the life of a child who can experience a lot of volatility in the months during which their case moves through the court and family services systems. 
President Tim Cochran asked club member Craig Campbell to share his experience with CASAs when he was a foster parent. Craig emphatically agreed with Mary that the CASA was essential to a child and the child's foster parents, helping them to understand what was really going on as the child's case moved through the system, and helping the foster parent to understand the child's experiences, behaviors, and needs for emotional support. 
Mary also emphasized that, because they seek to have CASAs who "represent the children they advocate for," they welcome volunteers of both male and female genders and have a real need for male volunteers currently. 
Because of Covid-19, some volunteer meetings with children and some volunteer supervised visitations of the child with family are virtual but some are still by necessity in person with the appropriate precautions taken to reduce the risk of infection.
To become a CASA, a club member would:
  • Fill out an application.
  • Go through a screening process.
  • Interview with staff.
  • Need to pass a background check.
  • Train to understand the trauma that children might experience, learn about the substance abuse their family members might experience, and learn about the court and family services systems.
Club members inquired how else the club might help CASA of Larimer County and Mary replied that they could use help with the following:
  • Small recurring donations to help them grow
  • Help with maintenance and administrative tasks at their Harmony House location
  • Help with raising community awareness of the program
For more information about how to volunteer or donate, visit the website for CASA of Larimer County:

Good News:
  • Jen Parker - Jen announced that both of her kids had graduated in a virtual, live-streamed ceremony from the Colorado State University oval. She made a "shout out" to the class of 2021 and all that they had endured on the way to graduation.
  • Craig Campbell - Craig announced that the Rotary International Trustees and Board of Directors had placed more emphasis on environmental concerns in the criteria to choose scholarship recipients and that both of the recipients of the scholarship this year were going into natural resource management and were concerned about water conservation and use in some fashion.
  • Ron Catterson - Ron's son, a graduation senior at Colorado State University accepted an internship in Durango and Ron and the family are looking forward to visiting him there.
  • David Haage - David is excited to say that he can soon visit his Mom, in person, in Nebraska!
  • John Hintzeman - John was happy to announce that Lucille, former exchange student from Bordeaux, France, is engaged and that his family is looking forward to attending the wedding in Florence Italy on August 14th. 
  • J Burton - J announced that she completed her certification program and is now officially a "Story Grid Certified Editor," and she shared her associated business website with the club:
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Brooke Cunningham

Our newest member, Brooke Cunningham, Philanthropy Manager for Neighbor to Neighbor, has lived in the Fort Collins area since 2014. Brooke wanted to join the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast “To help make a difference! I wanted a way to get more involved in the community but also wanted the fellowship that comes with a service organization."
Brooke Cunningham Marge Mercurio 2021-03-23 06:00:00Z 0

Becky de la Torre, MD

Some background information and insight into our newest member, Becky de la Torre, MD. 
What is your Job title and company: Physician and co-owner of Allura Skin, Laser and Wellness Clinic. 
I practiced in Lincoln, NE for 4 years before moving to Colorado. I practiced traditional medicine in Loveland until 2004 and then in Fort Collins from 2004-2008. I have owned a medical spa since 2004.
Becky de la Torre, MD Marge Mercurio 2021-03-11 07:00:00Z 0

February 18, 2021 Newsletter

     Catherine Varra-Nelson shared Mia Angelo's "Human Family" in honor of black history month.
  • Erin Hottenstien was invited by Brooke Corbel. 
  • Bill Wright was invited by John Hintzman
  • 10K Raffle Raffle
    • Prize Drawing winners for ticket sales this week were Cathy Miner & Becky Delatore
    • Over 300 tickets now sold
    • Be like "6 Ticket Jill"- email, text or call 6 people.  Post on social media & follow up!
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December 3, 2020 Newsletter

Club Assembly
Invocation: Lee Vera Nelson shared an inspiration on diversity & equality.
December Birthdays:
  • Kathy Miner December 5th
  • Natalie Brown December 9th
  • Jen Parker December 11th
  • John Trewartha December 18th
  • Cary Levy December 23rd
  • Ron Catterson December 30th 
New Member Talk: Jeana Burton shared her inspiring and heart warming story.....
Jeana is a writer and her husband is a home brewer.  Coincidentally she has met fellow Rotarians at Horse & Dragon and was inspired to join Rotary.
She loves reading which was shaped by her trips to the library as a young girl.
She has a BA of Art History and BA of English Literature and Master of ....sorry your humble note taker missed in what, but something amazing!  As well as being nominated for prestigious awards for writing.
Jeana shared it that it has been a circuitous road to writing.  She highly recommends Linda Barry's book "What it is" which brought the magic back to her writing.  
She has treasured journaling through the pandemic and is working on publishing works.
She is passionate about helping others overcome struggles to write.  
She is working on getting certified and becoming a freelance book editor.  
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Claire Bouchard

Claire Bouchard, Vice President of United Way of Larimer County is our newest member.  Previously she held positions as a national marketing director for SAFEbuilt; co-founder of Slate Communications, a Fort Collins-based marketing and creative firm; and Public Relations Coordinator for the City of Fort Collins.
Claire Bouchard Marge Mercurio 2020-09-17 06:00:00Z 0

Jen Parker

Our new member, Jen Parker, Executive Director, KRFC, 88.9 FM is a veteran marketer with extensive experiences in the multimedia industry working in both Europe and the U.S. for leading companies, such as such as Future Publishing, Ziff-Davis, Imagine Media, Raycom Media/NBC and iHeartmedia.
Jen Parker Marge Mercurio 2020-08-26 06:00:00Z 0

Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy new Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast memberMeet Joe McCarthy, owner of JDI Consulting, LLC (that stands for “Just Do It.”) He's ex-Hewlett Packard (like many others), and is now active in traffic safety/integrated crash analysis. Joe has lived in Fort Collins for 15 years and prior to that lived outside the US for almost 20 years, in France, Singapore, Egypt, and Dubai.
Joe McCarthy Marge Mercurio 2020-08-25 06:00:00Z 0
Updates from the Breakfast Rotary Club Philip Murphy 2020-08-11 06:00:00Z 0

2020 $10K Raffle


We had so much fun in 2020, jump here to buy tickets for 2021:

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Spotlight on Caitlin Nase

After growing up with multiple exchange students in her house, Cait moved from Maryland to attend Colorado State University where she received a bachelor’s in International Studies and a minor in German and Japanese. She works for DISH Network in Business Administration as an Inventory Specialist. Before that, she worked one of her passions as a landscaper.
Spotlight on Caitlin Nase Marge Mercurio 2020-01-29 07:00:00Z 0

Reading Program with Book Trust

Rotary District 5440 Governor Chris Woodruff and Karoline joined several Breakfast Club members for their monthly reading program at Laurel elementary School in Fort Collins. The students were thrilled to have a near "Santa" look alike reading with them. The reading program is a cooperative project between the Breakfast Club and the Book Trust organization.
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School is Cool Backpacks

Kathy Phifer from the CSU School is Cool Backpack Program presented an over view of their efforts to make sure that all students have the necessary material that they need to have a successful year regardless of their economic status. For the 2019-2020 school year, they gave out 2614 backpacks at 51 schools using the $51,000 donated to the program. Each backpack contains the appropriate material for the particular grade level. Each backpack contains anywhere from $75 to $150 worth of material, depending on the grade. With the help of the CSU Bookstore, each pack costs only $25 for the pack and material.
The program started in 1991, with 60 backpacks and 5 schools.
School is Cool Backpacks Philip Murphy 2020-01-02 07:00:00Z 0

Gifts Galore

Thirty five families and almost 100 children will have a bright and merry holiday season as the members of Breakfast Rotary came forward to supply presents. This gift giving program has been going on for many years in conjunction with the Poudre Head Start.
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Member Spotlight: Ron Catterson

Ron Catterson, our newest member was previously at the Rotary Club of Evergreen in Colorado. Ron has been a Rotarian since 2006 and has been active in the the RYLA program for years. He and his wife, D’Anna moved to Fort Collins in April 2019. Ron is a commercial real estate broker and his interests include mountain biking, skiing, fly-fishing, camping, hunting, experiencing live music and cheering on the Broncos.
Member Spotlight: Ron Catterson Marge Mercurio 2019-11-04 07:00:00Z 0

October 31, 2019 Newsletter

Jim Hightower- Thanked all for help with the dictionary sticker party.  Now it’s time to sign up for Dictionary Deliveries
Catherine – Requested that members upload a current photo on Club Runner so new members can get to know everyone
Susan Peterson- Seeking help with finding the entertainment for our Christmas program for the kids
Ola is looking to share fun activities with our Rotary Club, so reach out and call her.  She is also already starting to raise funds for the end of year bus trip and can babysit or do odd jobs. 
Don't forget the CSU Rotaract's Chili Cookoff Coming up!  Nov. 8 – 7-9 pm at Horse and Dragon – fund raiser for Book Trust. Support their club and vote for our own Cindy Cloyd’s chili!   Register at
International Service Committee Check Presentation-
               John Trewartha presented a check on behalf of the International Service Committee and Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary to Kate Norton of “Days for Girls International”
Their mission is to help women stay in school and get an education and women keep jobs by providing feminine hygiene products and kits. 
Updates on Shelter Box-
  • Cheyenne Community Rotaract put of a tent and raised funds of $700 from donations. 
  • Our Club received a letter of gratitude from Shelter Box four the clubs $1000 donation and a story of hope was provided from a recipient of a box in Paraguay
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Member Spotlight: Carrie Campbell Broughton

Dr. Carrie Campbell Broughton, joined the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast as a way to connect with other like-minded committed members and to spend time with her father, Ken Campbell. Carrie works as physician at Mountain View Family Medicine and Auburn Crest Hospice and has lived in Fort Collins for over 18 years.
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Member Spotlight: Lynn Matson

Lynn Matson, moved to Fort Collins in March 2019 and is one of our newest members. A longtime Rotarian, he was a member of the Rotary of Loveland Club since 2005. In Loveland, Lynn, was involved in the sponsorship section of the Loveland Rotary Rubber Duck Race among many other club projects.
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October 10, 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Lynn Matson
President Ann Bedient called the meeting to order at the Spirit Crossing Clubhouse at 7:18 am.
Inspiration: Ann Bedient
  • Ryan Trost – Rotaract
  • Carrie Campbell Broughton – Prospective Member
  • Ola Saganowska – Exchange Student from Poland
  • Second new member announcement for Carrie Broughton
  • Jim Dawdy had a stroke last weekend.
  • Jim McCambridge is looking for ideas for community service projects for “Make A Difference Day” on Oct 26.
  • Cindy Cloyd is looking for suggestions for publications that could run a story about her son’s Global Grant to create a movie “Lady Madonna”
  • Ryan Trost has tickets to sell for the Chili Cook Off fundraiser for the Book Trust at Horse and Dragon from 7-9:00 pm on November 8. 
  • Kathy Miner requested members to sign up for Meals on Wheels for November:
Program: Natalie Brown, Director of Spirit Crossing Clubhouse introduced Spirit Crossing Clubhouse members Trinity and Elana.
  • Since 1998, Spirit Crossing Clubhouse has helped adults work through their mental health recovery to become productive and significant contributors to Larimer County. Personal recovery and wellness goals may include:
    • Obtaining or maintaining employment
    • Pursuing an education (GED, college and masters degrees)
    • Building positive social relationships
    • Leading a productive, meaningful life
  •  Mission: Spirit Crossing Clubhouse supports adults with behavioral health disorders as they pursue their personal, social, financial and vocational goals.
  • Vision: We believe one’s wellness depends upon experiencing positive work opportunities, meaningful social relationships, having one’s skills and talents needed by others and promoting independence through community involvement. The Spirit Crossing community seeks to reduce stigma of mental illness through community education and outreach programs.
  • 70% of members live independently.
  • Work opportunities offered include; librarian, receptionist, clerical tasks, gardening, grounds maintenance and bookkeeping integrated into the community.
  • The annual cost for a person at Spirit Crossing Clubhouse is only $4400/year which is about 1/3 of the cost of alternative approaches for treating behavioral health disorders.
  • Medicaid is the primary source of revenue plus SummitStone, the State budget and private donations.
  • There are 330 accredited Spirit Crossing Clubhouse locations worldwide. 
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Greens Fore Giving Golf Fundraiser

Thanks to our sponsors 
Greens Fore Giving is an annual fundraising golf tournament put on by the Fort Collins Rotary Breakfast Club. Our event this year is on June 14th, 2019 at Colindale Golf course located in Fort Collins, CO.

Schedule of Events:

10:30am – Check-In

12:00pm– Shotgun Start – Box Lunches will be provided

5:00pm-7:30pm – Post tournament cocktail party (*open to all Rotarians – more details coming soon)

This years supported charities include: Fort Collins Habitat For HumanityFoundation Music School, Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club,Fort Collins Foothills Rotary ClubFort Collins After Work Rotary ClubFort Collins Downtown Club (1918 Club) Rotary Club.

Grand Door Prize

Getaway Trip to San Diego, CA

To register click HERE
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Secret Santa

Members of the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club once again will be making some local residents very happy this holiday season. Through the efforts of Rotarians Gary Turner and Andrew Hensen, the members of the club adopted over 40 families. Gifts were purchased and wrapped and will be handed out to over 100 children who might not have had a bright Christmas. The Club has been adopting families for many years and the numbers grow every year.
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Be the Inspiration: The Gift of Mobility

Dave Talbot, Sara Murphy, Marge Mercurio  - Crutches for Africa
Do you remember David Talbot from Crutches 4 Africa? He came to our club earlier in May as our program speaker – and a powerful program it was! 

It stirred a “movement.”  Remember lugging in all those walkers, crutches, ski and trekking poles, boots and wheelchairs to meetings so they could be collected and prepared for delivery?  We also approached other Rotary Clubs in Fort Collins and they added devices and encouragement to this collection.

Well, Monday August 27th was the delivery day!!!
The van was packed with approximately 100 crutches, 10 walkers, 3 wheelchairs, 50 canes/trekking & ski poles, 10 boots and one leg (guess who donated that?)  At breakneck speed, an hour and a half later, those mobility devises were combined with others from many, many different collection sources. 
Everything will be loaded into a 20-foot shipping container and sent to Africa this fall. These mobility devices will ultimately change the lives of so many people.
Thank you for your commitment TO ONCE AGAIN make the world a better place in the name of Rotary!
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Member Spotlight: Joan LaBelle

Joan LaBelle, the Executive Director at Disabled Resource Services joined our club this summer. She is from Flint, Michigan, where water is the main news.
Joan says, “My mom is from Montreal, born and raised and my aunts, uncles and cousins from the French-Canadian side are all still there or near there. My dad is from upstate New York and when he came to Michigan his brothers and sister almost all followed him. When my mom married my dad, they knew each other 3 months, she did not know English and learned it quickly moving to the states.
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Member Spotlight: Dave Doty

Dave Doty, one of our new members is Associate Director in the Office of Sponsored Programs at CSU. He lives in Fort Collins and was born in Spokane, WA into an Air Force family, hence, he has many hometowns. 
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Greens fore Giving Fundraiser

Thank you to all who participated in our Greens for Giving Golf Tournament.
Total amount raised: $27,000
Habitat for Humanity received $6,100 and the Foundation Music School received $3,300
Remaining funds will be used in support of Rotary projects here in Fort Collins and around the world.
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Member Spotlight: Vic Purdy

Vic Purdy, our newest club member retired after 35 years of teaching seventh grade English at Webber Middle School. He has lived in Windsor since 1990 but his hometown is Oklahoma City. Vic has been married to wife Laurie for 40 years! She recently retired from teaching reading in Windsor. His oldest daughter Allison is married and lives in Portland, OR. She is mother to Charlie. His oldest son, Matthew, has recently settled in Windsor and is pursuing a career in real estate.  His youngest son, Lucas, lives with his fiancée in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  
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Member Spotlight: Jill Layden

Our club welcomes Jill Layden as a new member. Jill is almost a Colorado native moving to Fort Collins when she was 2 years old and a CSU graduate. She is a chemist and works for Tolmar, Inc in Fort Collins. Jill’s spouse is Paul Layden and she had two children, Annie and Fisher. Jill was sponsored by Ann Bedient. 
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Evanston, WY Club Presents Their Global Grant Project in Guatemal

Julia Murray and Toni Bradford, both Past Assistant District Governor/ Past Rotary President from the Evanston, WY Club...

Posted by Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast on Thursday, October 29, 2015
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Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Donates Dictionaries

Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Donates Dictionaries
to 2,500 PSD Third Graders
Dictionaries Purchased with Proceeds from 12th Annual Peach Sale

Fort Collins, CO – October 20, 2015

Throughout October members of Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club are handing out colorful keepsake dictionaries to 2,500 third graders in the Poudre School District, including students in public, charter, private, mountain and home schools. Each year the Rotary Club selects a celebration school for the dictionary giveaway. This year’s celebration school is Bennett Elementary where PSD Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser will help distribute dictionaries at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th.

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Greens Fore Giving raises over $18,000 for Charities!

On June 18, The Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast hosted the 2nd annual Greens Fore Giving charity golf scramble at Collindale Golf Course. Financials have been posted and we are pleased to announce that more than $18,000 will benefit the following charities: Foundation Music School, Spirit Crossing, Book Trust, Centennial High School, Habitat for Humanity and Breakfast Rotary Foundation. The day concluded with a patio happy hour, golf ball drop and silent auction that raised $2,000. Our event wouldn’t have been made possible without the support of our title event sponsors: Charles Schwab, Warren Federal Credit Union, Commerce Mortgage, Domino’s Pizza, Northern Colorado Real Estate Brokers, ERA Herman Group, Ed Carroll Motor Company, Mathnasium, Waddell & Reed, Old Town Media, Home State Bank and Klick & Associates. Thank you to the 106 golfers who played and our wonderful team of volunteers.

Marci White, Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast.

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Hosts needed for Brazilian Rotarian Exchange Visit 9/22 to 9/24

District 5440 is hosting a Rotary Friendship Exchange team from September 9, 2015 through September 24, 2015.  The team starts in Billings MT and will wander through Wyoming to Scottsbluff Neb by September 20, 2015.  There are 3 married couples and 4 singles--a very professional group--Health Educator, Hotel Manager, Lawyer, Primary School Teacher, Travel Agent, and active in their respective Clubs.
We need 3 volunteer families from our Club.  If you can help out, cooperative arrangements among hosts will be made to meet the team half-way between Scottsbluff and Fort Collins on the 22nd.  That evening, you and your guest are expected to attend an event sponsored by the After Work Club.  Wednesday, the 23rd, is an open day, yet to be planned out.  Wednesday evening would be best spent one-on-one with your guest to capstone the experience.
Hopefully, we can get all to attend our Club's Thursday morning meeting.  Cooperative arrangements will again be worked out to get the team to Denver for departure that day.
Contact:  Mark Korb at or 266-5157, or
                  Raju Jairam at or 697-6244.
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Member Spotlight: Diane Knight

Diane has been a cheerleader, supporter, activist, counselor and friend over the past year.

As president, she has welcomed new members, speakers and guests. She has attended fundraisers, activities, events, and with each action set examples for us all to follow.
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Meet Phil Murphy

If you’re new to our club and to Rotary you may not know that Phil Murphy is the current Rotary District Governor.
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Meet Annie Compton

Annie Compton is a true blue Rotoracter. This past semester, she had early morning classes Mon – Wed and the one day of the week she could sleep in she attends at our meeting.
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Polio Plus in India

Posted on May 14, 2014
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Teacher of the Month

Posted on May 07, 2014
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Student of the Month

Posted on Apr 02, 2014
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Polio Video at Club Meeting

At our regular Thursday meeting, the club viewed the recent polio video that was produced in our own District, 5440. This video shows the effects that show up many, many years after a person has contracted the polio virus. Known as post polio syndrome, it can have debilitating effects on people as they age. It is extremely important that we never let our guard down in the effort to eradicate polio, especially knowing that many people in our country are no longer vaccinating their children leaving them susceptible to this virus.
To view the video, navigate to:

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World Polio Day October 24

Thursday October 24 is World Polio Day.

Emmy award-winning actor Archie Panjabi, one of Rotary’s ambassadors for polio eradication, will join a panel of experts on World Polio Day, 24 October, at a special Livestream presentation by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health on the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). The 90-minute event, World Polio Day: Making History, will be held before a live audience at 17:30 Chicago time (UTC-5) at the John Hughes Auditorium on Northwestern’s Chicago campus.

The event will bring together experts including Dr. Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization; Dennis Ogbe, polio survivor, Paralympian, and ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to promote child immunization; and Dr. Robert Murphy, professor of medicine-infectious diseases at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. The program will be archived for later viewing.

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Rotary International Unveils New Brand

The following is the new brand from Rotary International. While many people recognize the wheel as the Rotary symbol, for many it was difficult to see the word Rotary on the wheel. All future publications will now be using this new brand
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Terry Gebhardt Inducted Today

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jul 24, 2013


Terry Gebhardt was inducted today in the Breakfast Rotary Club. Charlie Morris will serve as his mentor.


Terry Gebhardt Inducted Today Philip Murphy 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

President Lee Kicks Off New Rotary Year

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jul 10, 2013

2013-2014 Breakfast Club President Lee Varra-Nelson kick off her year this morning at the Midtown Arts Center. She introduced her Board of Directors and thanked those who have fulfilled their term on the board. The International Service Committee reported on 2 Global Grants that are in the works to provide eye care and education in India, along with several District Grants that they are pursuing. President Lee also laid out several of her goals for the upcoming year including increased member involvement and more opportunities for volunteering within the community.

President Lee Kicks Off New Rotary Year Philip Murphy 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Begins New Year July 1

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jul 06, 2013

For three years, 100 districts have been testing Future Vision, a pilot of The Rotary Foundation’s new grant system, which was designed to increase Rotary’s effectiveness during the next century of service.

As the new Rotary year dawns, the future has begun. All districts begin using the simplified grant structure 1 July. Districts have already been completing the qualification process and qualifying their clubs. A number of clubs and districts have begun preparing and submitting grant applications.

There will be three types of grants: global, district, and packaged. You can learn about all three types, and get more details about the application process, on Rotary’s grant microsite .

Also on 1 July, new leaders will take office at the club, district, and international levels.

Ron D. Burton, of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, will become Rotary’s 103rd president and will encourage Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives . Read a profile of Burton from The Rotarian and download his convention speech.

Anne L. Matthews, a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East, South Carolina, USA, will become the first woman to serve as vice president. Matthews, a former director of South Carolina’s Department of Education, is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm.

Julie Phares begins year as District 5440's District Governor.

Rotary Begins New Year July 1 Philip Murphy 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
New Polio Video Released Philip Murphy 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Theme for 2013 - 2014 Announced

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 13, 2013

The Rotary theme for 2013-2014 has been announced by RI President-Elect Ron Burton today at the International Assembly in San Diego. The theme is "Engage Rotary, Change Lives.

To read more click on the following link: Rotary 2013-14 Theme

Rotary Theme for 2013 - 2014 Announced Philip Murphy 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

Grants to Local Organizations

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 09, 2013

The Breakfast Club gave out 2 more grants today to the following organizations:

The Homeless Prevention Initiative was given $900 to assist some of their clients to be able to pay their rent checks in order to avoid eviction. Sue Beckferkiss received the check. Additional information can be found at their web site:

The Education and Life Training Center, received $2000 for their Circles program, which is a campaign to end poverty. Tracy Mead accepted the check on behalf of ELTC. More information may be found at:

Grants to Local Organizations Philip Murphy 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

Club Program January 10

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 09, 2013

Today at Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary we had presentations by three local entrepreneurs. 


Mike Lindsey, from ThermaStrike, presented their active bed bug proof luggage. Using infrared heat technology, the luggage will kill bed bugs before you can bring them home, For more information, visit their web site at


Coleman Hogan, from Logimesh Technologies, displayed their intelligent wireless sensor system for use in the energy sector. The device monitors the status of engines and compressors, alerting the companies to malfunction issues prior to them becoming major breakdowns. More information can be found at:


Scott Deeter, from Ventria Bioscience, presented information of the company's effort to develop life saving medicines through cost-effective technologies that allow for more accessibility to people around the globe. More information can be found at: 

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Donation to FREE

Posted by Philip Murphy on Sep 12, 2012
Community Service Donation to FREE

The Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Charitable Foundation donated $500 to the Front Range Exceptional Equestrians (FREE) at there regular Thursday morning meeting. FREE is an organization that provides equine-assisted activities for people with special needs. The funds provided went to purchase additional helmets for FREE's clientele. To learn more about FREE go to there web site:
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Increased Giving to The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Philip Murphy on Aug 13, 2012

In 2011-12, the Foundation's unaudited and interim figures show that US$110.6 million was raised for the Annual Fund, the second-highest amount in the Foundation’s history. Annual Fund total giving saw a 3.72 percent increase from the previous year, as Rotarians continued their generous support of the Foundation.

Part of our success is owed to the 5,633 Rotary Direct participants who make recurring gifts to The Rotary Foundation on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.

Please consider joining Rotary Direct today and help the Foundation reach its 2012-13 Annual Fund goal of $120 million. And, as always, thank you for your generous support.

Increased Giving to The Rotary Foundation Philip Murphy 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

Book Trust Donation

Posted by Krishna Murthy on Apr 18, 2012
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THe Breakfast Club donated $1000 to the Book Trust to purchase books for delivery in Fort Collins. The Book Trust teams with Scholastic Book Clubs to provide children in grades K-6, who are living in poverty or low income households, the opportunity to choose and own books. To learn more about the Book Trust, visit their web site at
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Polio Eradication

Posted by Lee Varra-Nelson on Feb 14, 2012
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Nancy Tippin spoke to us about the Stop Kenya 37 which is part of STOP (Stop Transmission Of Polio) the global effort to eradicate Polio which is the larger worldwide health imitative.  Polio usually strikes children under the age of 5.  Significant strides have been made in the imitative, currently there are only four countries in the world reporting Polio cases, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria.  It’s been just over a year since India has reported a new case. 

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Crossroads Presentation

Posted by Lee Varra-Nelson on Feb 14, 2012
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Dave Dietrich presented a $5600 check to Vicki Lutz, executive director of Crossroads Safe House, as part of our ongoing support of Crossroads and their In-house library.  If you are interested in volunteering with Crossroads contact Joe Valente.   

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Words of Inspiration

Posted by Lee Varra-Nelson on Nov 16, 2011


District Governor Mary McCambridge and past District Governor Diane Knight spoke to our club members during the November 17th meeting about supporting the Rotary Foundation.  They shared their experiences of participating in International service projects in Asia and South America.  They also shared their passion to continue supporting International projects because the need for well equipped hospitals, clean water and staffed schools and many other basic life sustaining needs continues grow.  We are all encouraged during the holiday season and throughout the year to find ways to donate to the Rotary Foundation and engage in International Rotary projects. 

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Breakfast Club Helps Fund Medical Supplies

Posted by Philip Murphy on Feb 11, 2011
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 With $1000 from the Breakfast Club and help from other organizations, $350,000 worth of supplies made it to the hospital in Nigeria. The following is a message from past Breakfast Rotarian Father Frncis:

 The container arrived this morning from Port Harcourt. There was absoluteiy no problem.

Some members of my Rotary club came over and helped in outsuffing it.
We are so proud of it and very very excited about everything.
Larry, Bravo! George, thanks so much!
The tile work is not yet completed but we are very confident we will complete it in time , then we will pack our stuf in
God bless
Breakfast Club Helps Fund Medical Supplies Philip Murphy 2011-02-11 10:30:46Z 0

Locks of Love Challenge

Posted by Philip Murphy on Feb 10, 2011
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Rotarian Marc Teets has issued a challenge to all Breakfast Rotarians to participate in donating their hair to Locks of Love. 

The mission of Locks of Love is to:

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

To enter into the challenge contact Marc.

We will be posting photos and updates throughout the challenge. 

More information about Locks of Love can be found at: 

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Teacher of the Month Tyann Kuehnast

Posted by Philip Murphy on Feb 06, 2011
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Tyann Kuehnast from Fossil Ridge high School was honored as the February Teacher of the Month. Tyann is currently the Co-Director Coach for Forensics at Fossil Ridge. She has many years of experience as a Speech Therapist and in the Language Arts. She also has been very involved in developing and implementing cultural exchange trips for the students at Fossil Ridge. She has a long term involvement with Rotary through her use of the 4-Way Test in her speech classes.

Congratulations Tyann! 

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Bonsai Specialist Donates to Rotary

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 30, 2011
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Brian Brandley, Chief Scientific Officer for Bionimbus, is also a bonsai specialist in his spare time. He has been involved in the art of bonsai for many years and is always looking for new plant material. Rotarian Charlie Peterson opened up his property to Brian for collection of material and Brian agreed to turn over the profit from the bonsai material to the Breakfast Rotary Club Foundation. Thursday, January   27, Brian gave a check for $900 to the Club.

The funds will be utilized for flood relief in Australia through Rotary District 9630. We also invite others to donate to help the efforts to rebuild after the devastating floods.

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Water for Life provides clean drinking water for Haiti - A Foundation supported project

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 28, 2011
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 Roy Sheldrick and other members of the Rotary Club of Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, have spent 15 years helping to provide clean drinking water for 300,000 people in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti. A year after a massive earthquake crippled the country, followed by a deadly cholera outbreak, their work in the region is more important than ever.

Sheldrick and his wife, Norma, founded Water for Life after taking part in a service trip to Haiti with their church in 1996. The nonprofit organization, supported by the Ancaster club and District 7090 (parts of Canada and New York, USA), drills wells to provide clean and accessible water in Haiti.  To date, the project has raised more than US$1.5 million for  219 wells. It has also helped construct more than 350 latrines. 

Since 1998, the Ancaster club and its Haitian partners have been awarded Rotary Foundation humanitarian grants totaling $672,093 for well and latrine projects. The grants have helped the program become more sustainable.

"With the leveraged contributions from the Foundation, Water for Life has expanded to do more work for the communities, including teaching Haitians how to maintain the wells," says Sheldrick. "We trained plumbers and created all kinds of jobs. Water takes them out of poverty." 

Water for Life provides clean drinking water for Haiti - A Foundation supported project Philip Murphy 2011-01-28 13:16:19Z 0

Changemaker Award Announced

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 23, 2011

RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee will introduce a new recognition, the Changemaker Award, to accompany the Presidential Citation during the 2011-12 Rotary year. 

Banerjee, who said he will encourage Rotarians to focus on change, explained that the Changemaker Award will recognize Rotary clubs that make an extraordinary impact through their work in the 5 Avenues of Service.

To read more go to this link:

Changemaker Award Announced Philip Murphy 2011-01-23 12:13:09Z 0

RI President-Elect Announces 2011_2012 Theme

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 17, 2011
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 RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee will ask Rotarians toReach Within to Embrace Humanity during the 2011-12 Rotary year.

Banerjee unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2011 International Assembly, a training event for incoming district governors.He urged participants to harness their inner resolve and strength to achieve success in Rotary."In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves and within ourselves," Banerjee said.

RI President-Elect Announces 2011_2012 Theme Philip Murphy 2011-01-17 18:19:30Z 0

Honoring Bob

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 16, 2011
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Our Club had an opportunity to honor our departed friend and fellow Rotarian, Bob McNeil on Sunday January 16. Bob was only with our Club for a short perieod of time but we all knew Bob was going to be a wonderful Rotarian. Unfortuately, Bob's life here was cut short but as we heard yesterday, he possessed all those qualities that we as Rotarians hold dear to our hearts.

 We will miss you Bob but we will not forget you. 

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Club makes $8000 donation to Food Bank for Larimer County

Posted by Philip Murphy on Dec 02, 2010
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The Breakfast Club donated $8000 to help fund the Children's Backpack food program through the Food Bank for Larimer County. Since the Club's charter in 1989, children at risk has been an extremely high priority for members. Helping to support and expand the Backpack Program was a natural project for the Club.

The Backpack Program provides nutritious food for children in need to help then through the weekend when their are no other means of getting good, healthy food.

The $8000 grant was a combination of $4000 from the Breakfast Club and a $4000 Governor's Grant from Rotary District 5440. Club members Dave Dietrich and Wilton Lyles were instrumental in getting the District Grant approved.

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Breakfast Club Donates $1000 to Community Connections

Posted by Philip Murphy on Nov 10, 2010
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Communit Connections is designed to assist 18-21 year old students with significant learning needs in the Poudre School District transition from high school to adult living/post secondary education.

This program is designed to assist 18-21 year old students with significant learning needs in the Poudre School District transition from high school to adult living/post secondary education.

Breakfast Club Donates $1000 to Community Connections Philip Murphy 2010-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helps Plant Trees at Spring Canyon Park

Posted by Stephen Vertucci on Oct 08, 2010
Several Rotoract members and five members of the Breakfast Club helped replant trees donated by local nurseries to replace trees vandalized in Spring Canyon Park.  Steve Vertucci
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Josh Birks - July 25 Program

Posted by Philip Murphy

Josh Birks, City of Fort Collins' Economic Health Director, gave the program at the Breakfast Club this morning, Thursday July 25.

The role of the Economic Health in Fort Collins is to:

  • preserve quality of place and culture
  • provide economic opportunity
  • diversify tax base


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New Rotary Members

Posted by Philip Murphy

At the Thursday regular Breakfast Rotary meeting, three new members were inducted to the club.

Ann Bedient, Nicole Ellis and Jan McKenzie joined the club bringing the membership to 80 members.

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Meeting Change for week of March 25

Posted by Philip Murphy

The club will not be holding its regular meeting on Thursday March 28 at 7am. Instead, the club will be having an evening dinner meeting starting at 6 pm at the Midtown Arts Center. Several of the organizations who have been recipients of Breakfast Rotary Community Grants will be in attendance to talk with members on how they have utilized the funds in their organizations. In addition, the Community Service Committee, will be presenting an opportunity that will help increase the club's volunteer base.

The social hour starts at 6 with dinner served at 6:45 PM.

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Rotary's Birthday

Posted by Philip Murphy

Rotary International will celebrate its 108th birthday, Saturday February 23. From its humble beginnings in Chicago, 1905, Rotary has grown to organization spanning the globe with over 34,000 clubs. Rotarians around the world come together daily, to promote peach through service along with a never ending quest to eradicate polio.

To learn more about Rotary and its projects, navigate to Rotary International

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Breakfast Club Donates $2000

Posted by Philip Murphy


A $1000 check was given to The Book Trust on Thursday January 31, 2013. The Book Trust provides books for kids from low-income families—books that they choose themselves and that become their very own. The Breakfast Club supports the Book Trust not only through cash contributions but also by joining with the students once per month and reading with the children.


Another $1000 donation was made to the STEM program at Poudre School District. The Breakfast Club has joined with the Rotary Club of Fort Collins to help support this program. STEM, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education is a nationwide program to support students and teachers in bringing quality educational opportunities to schools. This donation will go to supporting this program in 3 local junior high schools in Fort Collins. 

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Rotary Celebrates India's First Polio Free Year

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Rotary club members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease.

Rotarians and state government leaders in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, vaccinate children against polio during a National Immunization Day in 2011. Photo courtesy of the India PolioPlus Committee

India’s last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. The country recorded 42 cases in 2010, and 741 in 2009.

A chief factor in India’s success has been the widespread use of the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is effective against both remaining types of the poliovirus. Another has been rigorous monitoring, which has helped reduce the number of children missed by health workers during National Immunization Days to less than 1 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rotary has been a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also a key supporter of the initiative. 

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Supporting the Annual Coloradoan Food Drive

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For the seventh year, Breakfast Club members are helping the Food Bank collect non-perishable food for the Annual Coloradoa Food Drive. Members spent 4 hours in 2 shifts at the King Soopers store on South College Avenue collecting hundreds of pounds of food.

Curt Palin, Breakfast Club liason for the Food Bak, organized theevent. Members will be back at the store on December 11.

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Vocational Service Award

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On July 8, Craig Campbell was awarded the Dr. Ed Gillette Vocational Service Award. Craig has been a long time leader in the insurance field and represents his industry with high ethical standards and a caring attitude towards customers and employees.
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Club Address

Posted by Jim Hightower
Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary PO Box 438 Fort Collins, CO 80522-0438
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