Matthew Hoppal

Matthew Hoppal joined our Rotary Club as a way “to get involved, give back to the community and meet folks.” Matt is First Vice President at MidFirst Bank.  He was born in Fort Collins and lived in Denver and Los Angeles but in the past 6 months has returned ‘home.’ Matt’s hobbies include golf, tennis and music. He looks forward to getting involved. A warm welcome to our very active and high energy club Matt!
Matthew Hoppal Marge Mercurio 2021-10-10 06:00:00Z 0

October 7, 2021 Newsletter

Inspiration: Patty Cantrell quoted John Muir and how his words relate to Rotarians. 

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." I feel, as a Rotarian, I receive far more than any service I may provide. 

"When I try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." Our service has an impact far beyond what we see in front of us. 

Diversity Quote: 

"In order to live in the kind of world you want, you have to help build it!" – Unknown


Kimberly Schilke-Pinkney – Applicant for membership


Heather Gossel: Heather received a promotion and will be relocating to the east coast. Today is Heather's last meeting. We all sang Happy Birthday since it was also her Birthday. We wish her the best of luck with her new adventure.

John Carroll: The Ed Gillette Vocational Service Award nomination forms are on the tables. Complete the form below and return it to John Carroll

Catherine Varra-Nelson: She is leaving us for a month and needs someone to fill in for her. Would you please let Catherine know if you can help out? 

Jim McCambridge: This year's Larimer County United Way's Make a Difference Day for volunteers is October 16-23. Jim would like to provide opportunities for us to select projects as a group. 

Option 1: October 23, 2021, A Little Help's Service Saturday! Caring for our older adult neighbors by volunteering to help with seasonal yard and home chores. 

Option 2: October 19, 2021, Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs help updating the exterior appearance and increasing curb appeal.

You can go to to see a complete list of the projects where volunteers are needed. Look for the email from Jim with more details. 

Matt Kettler Foothill Gateway has a fundraiser, and Matt would like to put together an event basket. If you have items to donate or want to create your basket, please let Matt know.  

Susan Peterson: Rotary Club Shirts- Susan is working on procuring club shirts. However, supply chains in flux may need to order by specific criteria: Color, size, long sleeve, polos, or fleece vest. Susan will send out an email to the club with more details.  

Bob Williams: MOW- Need volunteers for November and December.

Susan Kirkpatrick: For those wanting to improve their photography skills, a class will be offered on October 30, at 9:30 at the Primrose Studio- Dr. Mark Jackson and other club members will be our instructors. Registration is restricted to 15 participants, so register now.

Diane Knight: Diane is organizing the meal train for Jan Campbell. She sent an email out to the club with more details. for more information

Sara Murphy: Next week, join us for a full buffet to welcome District Governor Shurie Scheel from Thermopolis, WY. Would you please wear your pins or shirt? Need pins? Catherine has lots and lots of pins.

Good news:

Robert Waltermire: Robert decided on a high shock fence to keep the bears out. Ouch!

Ann Griffith: Ann is taking a trip to visit family members during the peak season of fall.

Mike and Ann mentioned their son launched a video about how the Sea Star population impacts the Orca populations. Netflix is taking on the film: Project Sea Star.

Phil Murphy: Tailgate October 9, 2021, a Vietnamese-themed event. Must walk in if you don't have season tickets. Dogs are welcome

Phil is looking for a volunteer for next week's Food Bank event. Pill added that he and Sara will be grandparents. Congratulations to all. 

Sara Murphy: Funds collected from the Good News donations have added up, and we need to decide what should be done with the funds. Some suggesting: Polio, Shelter box, additional compensation for Ginger and Baker service staff

Diane Knight: is getting brave and getting out. She went to NY and spent a week in Florida alone with young kids and to Dallas for a reunion.

Joe McCarthy: 5 weeks travel around France and enjoyed the trip.


Meeting adjourned: Serve to change lives.

October 7, 2021 Newsletter Patricia Cantrell 2021-10-08 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

Wendy Lange

A warm welcome to Wendy Lange! Wendy joined Rotary “as a way to be involved with a group of service-minded folks who are committed to their community, state, country and world.”
Wendy Lange Marge Mercurio 2021-09-15 06:00:00Z 0

Peach & Pie Pickup

Saturday, August 28 from 7:30 am to 11:00 am at Timberline Church is the 2021 Peach and Pie pickup. All items must be taken as we do not have the ability to store peaches. 
We will also have a limited supply of extra boxes and pies. First come, first served.
If you are unable to pick up, please find someone to come and get your order.
Thanks to all for supporting our 3rd Grade Literacy Project.
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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.)



July 8, 2021 Newsletter Patricia Cantrell 2021-07-09 06:00:00Z 0


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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2021 $10K Raffle

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.
2021 $10K Raffle Philip Murphy 2021-01-10 07:00:00Z 0

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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Food Bank Turkey Donation Philip Murphy 2020-11-06 07:00:00Z 0
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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

Jeana Burton

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.
Jeana Burton Marge Mercurio 2020-09-09 06:00:00Z 0

Mark Eversole

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!!”
Mark Eversole Marge Mercurio 2020-08-28 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

Brooke Corbel

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.
Brooke Corbel 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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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.
Member Spotlight: Carrie Campbell Broughton Marge Mercurio 2019-10-31 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Member Spotlight: Lynn Matson Marge Mercurio 2019-10-22 06:00:00Z 0

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. 
October 10, 2019 Newsletter Lynn Matson 2019-10-11 06:00:00Z 0

Peach Festival Donation

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.
Peach Festival Donation Philip Murphy 2019-09-20 06:00:00Z 0

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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2019 $10K Raffle PJM 2019-02-19 07:00:00Z 0

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!
Be the Inspiration: The Gift of Mobility Marge 2018-09-12 06:00:00Z 0

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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Fort Collins Peach Festival Huge Success

Everywhere you looked, there they were, on the signs at the entrance, flapping in the breeze on large flags, large banners, and on thousands and thousands of cards. On August 24th, the four Fort Collins Rotary Clubs put on the third annual Fort Collins Peach Festival and a major emphasis this year was the promotion of Rotary. It was truly very difficult to miss our beloved Rotary symbol.
With phenomenal growth through the first two years, the four clubs, Fort Collins, Foothills, Breakfast, and After Work, came together to expand Rotary's presence at the festival this year. In addition to raising money for Rotary, Partners Mentoring Youth, and Project Self Sufficiency, a subcommittee was formed, headed by Fort Collins Rotary Club president, Lee Jeffrey, with the goal of showcasing Rotary.
Upon arrival at the Festival, attendees walked through a large, 12 foot high Rotary wheel (thanks Wilton Lyles). Once through, they were met by exuberant Rotarians handing out specially designed cards to be used when visiting the Rotary displays. By visiting all 3 Rotary booths, visitors were entered into hourly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses.
The three Rotary booths were dedicated to Polio Plus, Rotary youth programs, and local Rotary community service projects. Manned throughout the day, many visitors took the opportunity to learn about Rotary and many expressed interest in either attending a local Rotary meeting or learning more about what Rotary does in our community and throughout the world. Each visitor to a booth was presented with a card that provided a web link so they could get further information on the clubs and Rotary in general (
The booths were more than just “see what we are doing.” They were interactive. The Rotary Youth booth, used several RYLA and YRYLA activities, and, this in turn, brought in a lot of interest for Interact, youth exchange, and RYLA. A large crowd of young people and adults was at that booth all day long. In walking around the venue, many attendees were showing off their “purple pinkie” and expressed thanks to the volunteers who provided them with information that polio is still a feared disease, something that they were not aware of. Many also had their picture taken using the “we are this close” campaign.
The Fort Collins Peach Festival, in its third year, has its roots from the Breakfast Club’s annual peach sale for dictionaries. With the broad exposure for literacy in the community through the peach sale, the four clubs embarked on an opportunity to enhance the connection of peaches and Fort Collins Rotary. The festival starts with a 5K race with the winners in several categories receiving peach pies. A peach pancake breakfast then follows which has proved to be a big hit with many people in the community. Peach pies, peaches from Pallisade, peach jam and jellies, several peach flavored beers from 6 of the local microbrew companies, and other peach related items are available throughout the day. There is also lots of music, displays from local companies [pic of beetle] and sponsors, plenty of food, and many activities for families and children. A special thanks goes to Tanis Roeder, our event planner and member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins!
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Fort Collins Peach Festival

Fort Collins Peach Festival
Due to the peach crop failure of our vendor, the Breakfast Club is not selling peaches for dictionaries this year. Please see the information below on donating $10 to buy a dictionary to help our program or click on this link - Dictionary Donation.
The Fort Collins Peach Festival will have peaches for sale on August 24. To learn more, please click on this link - Fort Collins Peach Festival.
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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

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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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Rotarians Honored for Successful Peach Sale

Posted by Philip Murphy on Sep 12, 2012
The following Breakfast Rotarians were honored Thursday morning for their outstanding work on the 2012 Peach Sale. They are: Lee Varra-Nelson and Patrick Bols for their work on entering all the orders and preparing the reports for a successful delivery day; Jeff Haiston for his tireless efforts in making the delivery successful by bringing all the necessary equipment to off-load the peaches and to move them around the pick-up location, Jeff and the Green Light Cafe were also major sponsors of the event; and Bob Williams who promoted the peach sale through innovated thinking with bumper stickers and placards at the club meeting. Thanks to these dedicate folks, the Breakfast Club sold enough peaches to buy every third grader in the Poudre School District boundary, including private and home schooled children, a brand new hard bound dictionary.
Rotarians Honored for Successful Peach Sale Philip Murphy 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

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
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

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

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

 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
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Locks of Love Challenge

Posted by Philip Murphy on Feb 10, 2011

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: 

Locks of Love Challenge Philip Murphy 2011-02-10 17:10:06Z 0

Teacher of the Month Tyann Kuehnast

Posted by Philip Murphy on Feb 06, 2011

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! 

Teacher of the Month Tyann Kuehnast Philip Murphy 2011-02-06 13:14:57Z 0

Bonsai Specialist Donates to Rotary

Posted by Philip Murphy on Jan 30, 2011

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

 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
 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

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

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.

Club makes $8000 donation to Food Bank for Larimer County Philip Murphy 2010-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Breakfast Club Donates $1000 to Community Connections

Posted by Philip Murphy on Nov 10, 2010

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

Posted by Philip Murphy
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

Posted by Philip Murphy

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

Posted by Philip Murphy
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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