2020-21 RI Theme
Until further notice: all meetings are through Zoom
Our Meetings
When: Thursday at 6:45 am 
Where: The Marriott
Location: 350 E. Horsetooth Road
Fort Collins, CO  80525 USA
Mail address:
PO Box 272728 Ft Collins, CO 80527
Peter Boukaert, Owner, Purpose Brewing (former bre
Apr 22, 2021 7:00 AM
A History of Beer in Colorado
Tom Cochran
May 06, 2021 7:00 AM
Club Assembly
CSU President Joyce McConnell
May 27, 2021 7:00 AM
Update on CSU
Tim Cochran
Jun 03, 2021 7:00 AM
Club Assembly
Tim Cohran and Sara Murphy
Jul 01, 2021 7:00 AM
Club Assembly
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President - Elect Nominee
Past President
Foundation Chair
Director - International Services
Director - Membership Services
Director - Vocational Service
PolioPlus Chair
Peach Sales-Dictionary project-Co-chair
Director - Community Service
Director - Youth Services
Peach Sales-Dictionary Co-chair
Scholarship Chair-College Program
Director - Public Relations
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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keep-timnath-clean-latham-pkwy-cleanup-tickets-148265113947?aff=erelexpmlt
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: https://language-is-a-superpower.com/
The Breakfast Club is proud to present the first annual Field of Honor® flag display.

A field of 500 American flags with an attached medallion that honors a hero. The display will be set up near the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall over Memorial Day Weekend, 2021.  Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary is selling medallions to those who wish to honor one or more heroes in their lives and Event Sponsorships to businesses and organizations who also wish to honor a hero and gain recognition for their support of the Field of Honor.

Heroes include veterans, living or deceased, active military, first responders, frontline workers and personal heroes. Each hero’s medallion will be proudly displayed on a flag at the field of flags. This unique event is the perfect opportunity for all of us to remember and honor our many heroes. The public is invited to stroll through the impressive field of 500 American flags during this free event.

Memorial Day Weekend, 2021: Friday, May 28, 10 am, until Monday, May 31, 2 pm.

Veteran’s Plaza, Spring Canyon Park, 2626 W Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Individuals can honor their heroes by purchasing medallions for $50.00 each at rotaryfcbreakfast.org. You can also become an Event Sponsor for $250.00 at rotaryfcbreakfast.org. Event Sponsors will receive recognition in media and at the event as well as one medallion to honor a hero. Individuals and Event Sponsors can pick up their medallions at the Field of Honor event over Memorial Day weekend, or Rotary will mail medallions to individuals and Event Sponsors after the event. Rotary will retain the American flags for future Field of Honor events.

A majority of Field of Honor proceeds go to benefit Health4Heroes, a local non-profit that empowers Veterans and First Responders to take command of their health, reduce the impact of service, and increase longevity through community, connection and education. Proceeds will also go to Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Foundation to support local and international community service projects.

The 2021 Annual $10K Raffle Was a Great Success, thank you for all your support! 
The Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club will be held our $10,000 raffle on March 5, 2021.
All proceeds will support our People of Action projects.

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


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.
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.
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.
On September 19, 2019, the Rotary Clubs in Fort Collins donated $10,000 from the proceeds of the 2019 Peach Festival to the Boy's and Girl's Club in Fort Collins.
The 2019 Peach Sale for dictionaries was a huge success. Over 1300 boxes of peaches were sold on August 24 with an additional 400 boxes sold at the Fort Collins Peach Festival. Every 3 rd grade student, public, private and home schooled, will be receiving their dictionary in the next 2 months.
This was the 14th year of selling peaches to purchase dictionaries. Over all those years 22,500 students have received dictionaries within the Poudre School District boundary.
We thank all of our customer, both new and returning, that have made this a fabulous fund raising event.
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
The Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast along with the three other Fort Collins Rotary Clubs joined together on January 27 at Chippers Bowling Lanes to raise over $40K for Polio Plus at the Purple Pins for Bowling event.

Lane sponsors, food donations, club members, family and friends and high spirits worked together to make the day a huge success.
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.
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!
Website: crutches4africa.org
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.
Congratulations to Natalie Brown, Executive Director of Spirit Crossing Clubhouse in Fort Collins, for being awarded the Dr. Edward Gillette Vocational Service Award.  This annual award is presented in memory of Dr. Edward Gillette, a veterinarian who developed and directed the Comparative Oncology Unit at Colorado State University and was the Chairman of the Department of Radiological Health Sciences from 1989-1998. Dr. Gillette was also a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast.  Natalie was selected by club members in recognition of her vocational excellence and integrity as leader of Spirit Crossing Clubhouse for 18 years.   Natalie is a great part of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast .
Thanks to Fort Collins Rotary Clubs, all Fort Collins schools are getting Buddy Benches.  See info about Buddy Benches here. Pictured is the new Buddy Bench at Werner Elementary School. The engraving for Peggy Barnstorff is in memory of the school’s former Occupational Therapist who, after working for PSD for many years, passed away last year. She was the wife of fellow Rotarian Garth Barnstorff.
New Members!
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."
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.
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.
Our new member, Jeana “J” Burton, Editor and Publishing Consultant at Language Is A Superpower joined our club in September. She and her husband Matthew moved to Fort Collins in 2006 when she was accepted into the MFA (Master of Fine Arts, Fiction) program at CSU.
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.
Let’s welcome Mark Eversole, retired PSD principal, currently a new business owner of Sole Realty Services LLC.  They provide measuring and drawings of floor plans for residential and commercial realtors as well as photography and drone videos.Mark has lived in the Fort Collins area for 27 years.  He has “been happily married for 40 years to the love of my life Laura. We have three grown children, Mitchell, Lauren and Conner, a son-in-law Ryan and a grandson Wylie. Grand kids are the best!!”
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.
New member Brooke Corbel joins Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast!Our new member Brooke Corbel is Director of Development and Marketing at Arsenal Colorado- The Fort Collins Soccer Club.  She has lived in Fort Collins for five years and some of her hobbies include cooking, intramural sports, comedy, paddle boarding, brewery hopping, live music, board games, and movies.