From the President’s Corner

A Salute to all Front Range Forum Members!
New Members! We have had a lot of new people join the Forum. That’s great! All of you have fascinating backgrounds and can add a lot to our classes. We want to get to know you, make you feel at ease and part of the group. We’re glad to have you!

Old-timers! Not that we are that old. I would never say that! But being a member of the Front Range Forum for several years means that you have a participated in many classes. Each class has expanded your knowledge and what you can bring to a class. We’re glad to have you!

Note to All Members:
Don’t miss the Meet the Facilitators event on Feb. 11 at 2:30 at the Senior Center. You can talk to the facilitators of the Spring classes to find out what they planned. And there will be refreshments!

All registration questions should be directed to me this session. Sharon & Dwain Bloyer are out of the country for several weeks, so I’m their short term replacement.

Phone: 493-0707 or

Linda Messersmith, President

From the President's Corner

Fall classes are winding down and here is our new list of classes and other activities that will start the week of January 11th. As usual there is a great lineup of choices: literature, history, science and music classes.

Front Range Forum will once again be offering on-line registration for the winter classes through our website This session we will open registration on the website on October 27, when the newsletter begins distribution. Computers will again be available at the Meet the Facilitators Event on November 12th from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the Senior Center. This event is a great opportunity to meet the facilitators of the upcoming classes, share a social hour – refreshments provided! – with other Forum members, and complete your registration. Registration for winter classes will close on November 20th.

We are always on the lookout for class ideas and facilitators. Please share your ideas and suggestions with any Front Range Forum facilitator or board member. Better yet, offer to facilitate a class about your favorite subject. There are plenty of people to assist you in planning a class. And the best part is that you’ll find that as a facilitator, you will learn a lot more about your favorite subject. And it is fun!

Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday season, Linda Messersmith, President

From the President's Corner

It may be mid-summer, but Front Range Forum is now focused on the fall season ahead. We have some great, interesting classes, programs and trips scheduled for the fall, so check out the details in our newsletter and, of course, and on this website.

● Changes to Registration for Forum Classes: We will be introducing web registration at the Meet the Facilitators event on August 13. Board members will be available to walk you through the process there. And, while we encourage web registration, paper registration is still available.

● There have been some changes to responsibilities for some board functions. Thanks to Mary McClintock for her work as Registrar in the past few years. It is probably our most underappreciated and most demanding job. Mary is now our Secretary. Sidna Rachid is taking over the Facilitator Coordinator job from Sharon Bloyer, who survived the “Year of New Technology.” And, moving from the frying pan into the fire are Sharon & Dwain Bloyer, our new Registrars.

● Bob King has retired from the Forum Board after 20 years. Thanks to Bob for his dedication to the Forum, his sense of humor and for setting the record of the most classes taken in one session. I think it was five. Hats off to Bob!

The Forum’s Meet the Facilitators event is scheduled from 2:30 – 3:30 pm on August 13th at the Senior Center. See you there!

Linda Messersmith, President


A message to our members before summer break  -  wait! Front Range Forum doesn’t have a summer break! In fact this issue of our newsletter features several of our upcoming summer activities. We have TWO arts programs this year, a trip to Golden, a local tasting tour and Front Range Forum Reads. Read about them and register – they’ll be filled fast, I suspect. 

And then we have a regular program that will continue through the summer: Front Range Forum Goes to the Movies. The 2nd Wednesday of every month will feature a “Summer Movie” in the auditorium theater: 1:30 for popcorn, 2:00 for the movie. We will be showing special movies chosen for summertime enjoyment.  Announcements of the coming attractions will be made at the May 13th movie showing and at the annual meeting on June 17.

And our annual meeting is scheduled for June 17 at 1:30 in the auditorium theater. Special attraction: Mary Shelley performer …….. and ICE CREAM. Please join us – this is definitely not your deadly dull business meeting!

Enjoy our summer,
Linda Messersmith

From the President's Corner

We are well into winter with all the little extras that go along with the great skiing, sledding and hot cocoa, such as shoveling snow, skating on sidewalks and slip-sliding down the road. So it is appropriate to remind everyone of the Front Range Forum snow day policy. If the Poudre School District is under a snow closure, then Front Range Forum classes will not meet. Please check the radio, TV, or web to see if PSD is closed. Front Range Forum classes are tied to whether the Poudre School District holds classes, so do not call the Senior Center.

Now take a moment to look through our listing of upcoming SPRING activities. It will remind you that soon the days in Fort Collins will be getting longer and bulbs will be popping up with flowers close behind. Note the time change in the afternoon classes.

Our Meet the Spring Facilitators event is scheduled from 2:30 – 3:30 pm on Feb. 12th at the Senior Center. Don’t miss it! There is a great line-up of classes for you to explore with the facilitators, other members to meet up with and, of course, refreshments!

We have many interesting events on our schedule, so, check for the latest information. It is great to have a dedicated website and I encourage all of you to access it frequently.

  Linda Messersmith, President