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Our Meetings
When: Thursday at 6:45 am 
Where: Ginger & Baker
Location: 359 Linden St
Fort Collins, CO  80524 USA
All Meetings are both Live and Zoom.
Mail address:
PO Box 272728 Ft Collins, CO 80527
Andy Groeger
Oct 06, 2022 7:00 AM
Club Assembly
Niko Medved
Oct 13, 2022 7:00 AM
CSU Men's Basketball
Brooke Cunningham
Oct 20, 2022 7:00 AM
Club Assembly - MOW/Food Bank
Oct 27, 2022 7:00 AM
Andy Groeger
Nov 03, 2022 7:00 AM
Club Assembly
Jeff Stahla
Nov 10, 2022 7:00 AM
Northern Water
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Chair
Past President
Director - International Services
Director - Membership Services
Fundraising Chair
Director - Community Service
Peach Festival
Director - Youth Services
10K Raffle co-chair
Director - Vocational Service
Peach Sales-3rd Grade Literacy

 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: https://youtu.be/tavZKwrucrQ .

    • "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 dkessel2@comcast.net

    • 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 (rialtotheatercenter.org)

  • 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.  https://www.facebook.com/fcbreakfastrotary/videos/594956242374515

  • 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 Drew.Leslie@colostate.edu.

  • 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 

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.

​​​​​​​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:

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 www.rotaryfcbreakfast.org 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.)
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.
Warm greetings to our newest Rotary member Joseph Vander Linde. In 2017, Joseph and wife Gina built a home in Timnath. In July 2020, their son Benjamin was born and joined the family along with dog Nova and their cat Kitten.
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, 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.