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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

  • From Joe McCarthy:

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

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

  • From Diane Knight

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

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

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

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


Program – CSU Trombone Choir Ensemble

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

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

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


Until next week....DREAM BIG