From the President's Corner

With excitement abounding, FRF embarks on a new and lively eight-week period of enticing classes. Please read carefully the menu of Class offerings that will possibly whet your appetite. The selection is varied, thought-provoking, and with originality par excellence. This spring, a variety of activities is being offered. Our successful Lunch and Learn Series is continuing at a rapid pace. The month of April will once again delight members with our grand and glorious Shakespearean event. All of the above cannot function and be for your enjoyment and learning experience if FRF did not have the cooperation and volunteers that comprise this organization. So, if you have an idea, a special interest, an overall desire to present a class, please feel free to volunteer and facilitate a class.


FRF has moved into the 21st Century and all class registration will be only on-line.

Please Be Advised

The class lottery system will stay in place as it has been in the past. FRF newly-enrolled members will get their first choice. A message to all-existing members: If you have registered for more than one class, you will be enrolled in those classes. Class size is at the discretion of the facilitator.

And now a word from one of our facilitators

Due to many members being “lotteried-out” of From Fiction to Film, Judith Eastman is offering the course once again in the spring semester – same texts, same films, same Judith. So, interested members have another chance to take the course.

Have an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience this semester.

Bill Fennone - President

From the President's Corner

With the New Year approaching, we bid a fond adieu to 2018. On behalf of your Front Range Forum Board, we wish you and yours a joyous holiday season and a fruitful new year.

This Winter Session offers a myriad of classes that should entice one and all. The selection is varied and should whet the appetite of the curious.

We have had a very successful 2018. Not only have we offered an outstanding variety of classes; but we have expanded our FRF Summer Program that has presented a variety of films on song and dance masters from past cinematic treasures – Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. FRF Reads has taken on new members who bring a renewed interest into subjects that are varied and challenging. FRF Goes to the Movies has offered tantalizing films that pique our curiosities. FRF Lunch and Learn was inaugurated to bring our members together for insightful discussions. FRF Guest speaking events open vistas to important issues of the day. FRF April Shakespeare Event presented varied scenes and clips (with merriment abounding!) appreciating the Bard’s works.

And so, we enter upon a new year. Relying on our past performances, FRF is vibrant and ready to meet the challenges of a new day.


Starting with the Spring 2019 Session, FRF will ONLY do on-line registration. Paper registration forms will no longer be available or used. However, you will still be able to get help registering at the Meet the Facilitators event at the beginning of each term.


A class lottery will take place for any class where the number of registrations exceeds the class size limitation set by the course facilitator. Question: What if I register early? Do I get my preference to a class or classes I wish to take? The answer is No. As long as you register during the enrollment period, you will be registered but not guaranteed a place for the class or classes of your choice. New members are automatically admitted to their first-choice class. Former facilitators with a valid voucher may exercise their right for automatic admission to their first-choice class.

Bill Fennone-President

From the President's Corner

On behalf of the FRF Board & the Curriculum Committee, we hope you had a most rewarding summer.

This fall 2018 season includes an array of classes and facilitators that should whet your appetite. We are offering eight mind-boggling classes that range from “soup to nuts” – as the saying goes. Peruse this website, make up your mind which class offers you the greatest opportunity for a learning experience, and then either register on line or attend the August 9th Meet the Facilitators (3:00 PM-4:00 PM) - thereby enrolling in one or more of these awe-inspiring classes.


FRF is starting a new and exciting program – Lunch & Learn. This series will be held on Wednesdays – beginning September 26, 2018. What a fantastic opportunity to not only hear the experiences and insights from an array of speakers but to meet individuals who are excited as you are to be part of the benefits from an outstanding organization as the Front Range Forum. Each Lunch & Learn meeting will be described under the 'Activities' tab on the top of the web page. Actually, you should periodically check the 'activities' tab to see all upcoming events from Front Range Forum at the Fort Collins Senior Center.

FRF is also excited to announce that the FRF, in conjunction with Cate Eckenrode, Senior Center’s field trip coordinator, will target trips for us. Cate will attend our Meet the Facilitators event to talk to you about the kind of trips you would enjoy. Make sure you say hello to her. This should be an invigorating and fruitful experience for our FRF members.

Well, that’s “Thirty” for now. Stay well; stay happy; stay safe.

Bill Fennone, President

From the President's Corner

It’s summer – almost – and here is the information on what activities and programs will be going on before the fall semester. FRF summer programs are usually activities requiring less commitment than our usual class format. For example, this summer’s movie musical series runs for six weeks and is drop in, so no registration is necessary. Look over the website to see the events happening this summer.
Front Range Forum holds its annual meeting in June, a business meeting that this year includes election of a new President. The highlight of the annual meeting is that it concludes with an ice cream social, so it’s worth sitting through the business stuff. The meeting will be held in the Twinberry Auditorium on June 5th from 1:30 PM until 3:30 PM.

Enjoy your summer, but remember that the Kick-off event for the Fall Classes will be held on August 2, 2018.

Linda Messersmith
Soon to be Past President

From the President's Corner

By now most of you know that Front Range Forum is an all-volunteer organization. There is a liaison staff person, Sue Shafer, from the Senior Center along with the ever helpful Senior Center staff who set up the rooms and provide coffee, but that is it. Pretty amazing that we can provide 24 classes a year, movies, Front Range Forum Reads and Presents events plus additional programs throughout the year. The dedication of our facilitators and board members is awesome. Which brings me to our current situation: Additional Volunteers Wanted. There are several slots that we need someone to volunteer to cover.

Front Range Forum Trips – We have typically provided 2    or 3 trips each year, frequently to a museum or special event in Denver. Jack Steele handled them, with Senior Center staff assistance, but Jack unfortunately had to step down. There are ideas in place and people to help, but we need someone who can take over this responsibility.

Nominating Committee – This year we need to elect a new President/ Chairman. We would like to have a FRF member not currently on the board to serve on this short-term committee.

Please call or email me if you are interested in either of these slots.

ANNOUNCEMENT: In just 3 years since web registration started, we have reached the point where about 80% of FRF registration now comes from the web site. This is a major accomplishment. Accordingly, we are planning to phase out paper registrations beginning with the Spring 2019 class session. There will always be computers available at the Meet the Facilitators event, so everyone will have the opportunity to register online.

This month's Special Thanks goes to Carl Wilmsen, who is the editor for the FRF Newsletters (4 times a year). For several years Carl has handled this task, which involves lots of work and plenty of frustration, with patience and competence. Thanks, Carl!

Linda Messersmith President

From the President’s Corner

It is getting close to Thanksgiving and the Front Range Forum owes its gratitude to several people who don’t often get recognized. So here goes:

Facilitators: We couldn’t operate without you! Your commitment of time and energy goes far beyond just class time. We can’t thank you enough!
Senior Center and Technical Staff: The cooperation of the Senior Center staff is a tremendous asset to FRF. Sometimes the equipment doesn’t sync, but it is not for lack of trying by staff members. We are a pretty demanding group and they serve us well.
Edie Held: An unsung hero for many years, she is responsible for the name tents that we use in every class. Edie and her husband Bernie are one of the earliest supporters of Front Range Forum and continue to participate as they can.
Gail McNeill: Gail is our resident refreshment coordinator. So next time you attend a Meet the Facilitators or other event for the entire membership, be sure to thank Gail, not only for the goodies, but also for making them so delectable!

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone,

Linda Messersmith President 

From the President's Corner

Hello everyone,

On a hot, hot day in July, I find it pleasant to be thinking ahead to fall. So I hope you will check out the Front Range Forum classes we have lined up for the fall session. As usual, there are a broad range of subjects offered.

The Meet the Facilitators Event on Thursday, August 3 (3 pm to 4pm) is when registration opens for fall classes. We encourage you to register at the event or on this website at

Also, there is a Forum Trip coming up during the fall. Remember that these trips have limited space and fill up very quickly, so if you are interested, plan to register early.

Also, check out our new noontime program for Tuesdays. Not strictly a class, but a wonderful opportunity to discuss an ever intriguing subject.

Enjoy the rest of the summer,
Linda Messersmith, President 

Front Range Forum Summer Events

From the President’s Corner

Hello all and welcome to the FRF Summer Events Program! As you know, we don’t offer classes in the summer, but over the last several years we have added summer activities. And this year we have so many activities scheduled that we needed a newsletter to cover them. So, watch your mailbox for the Summer issue of the Newsletter. Some activities require registration at the Senior Center Front Desk, but some are ongoing and you can just drop in as you please. And remember you should always check the FRF website for any last minute updates.

As a reminder, when guests arrive for any of our activities they need only to stop at the Front Desk and tell them which event they are attending.

Special thanks to the board members and other members who have taken on the extra tasks for this summer’s programs.

Linda Messersmith

From the President's Corner

With the winter classes well underway, Front Range Forum is looking ahead to Spring. We have a full slate of excellent classes scheduled. Check the details in the newsletter or on this website.

The Meet the Facilitators event will be held on February 9th from 3 to 4:00. Plan on attending to discuss the classes with the facilitators, register (if you have decided which class you want to take) and enjoy the yummy refreshments as you catch up with other members.

Just a reminder that you make a commitment when you register for a Front Range Forum class. We hope you will only sign up for a class when you have every intention of attending that class. When members sign up and then drop out before the class starts, it is very difficult and time consuming to sort this out. Please consider your commitments carefully – before you register for a class.

Linda Messersmith, President

From the President's Corner

This month I thought we should review the dynamics of the Front Range Forum Class Lottery. As you know, when registration for a class reaches the limit, the Front Range Forum Registrar conducts a lottery to determine who will be in the class. The limit is usually established by the facilitator, but a factor can also be the size and/or layout of the classroom. Here’s how the lottery works:

Once registration is closed the entire list of registrations for each class is reviewed by the registrar to determine whether the class is over-subscribed.

If it is, the decision is made to take the class into lottery.

The  first priority for inclusion in the class is NEW members to FRF. If this is someone’s very  first registration they go to the top of the list.

The second priority is facilitator vouchers. When someone facilitates a class they go on a voucher list. This means they can select a class to activate a voucher. If they choose to use one for this class, they will go on the list next.

Everyone else’s name goes into the lottery pot. Names are selected one by one until the class is  filled.

Facilitators receive a list of people registered for their class. They also receive names of those who did not get into the class, so facilitators can replace any dropouts from that list.

The  time of registration has no impact on the lottery process.

We expect people to register only for classes they plan to attend. It is unfair to facilitators and other FRF members if you sign up for more classes than you plan to go to and then drop one of them. This means people who really want to attend may not get in a class. It may also require facilitators to adjust their plans for the class.

Linda Messersmith, President