Presiding: Caitlin White
Inspiration: Esther McGann
Humor: Terry Roark
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan and Ron Van Ekeren
 
Introduction of Guests: Jamie Terry
Terry Roark introduced prospective member Jean Garrison.  Kermit Brown introduced visiting Rotarian and future District Governor Bill Schilling of Casper. John Bard introduced the Junior Rotarians
 
Visiting Rotarians: Bill Schilling
 
Junior Rotarians: Kellen Vasquez and Sidney Comer
 
Foundation Drawing: Steve Morgan won $10 with 14 cards in the deck and $1640 in the pot.
 
O’Dwyers Drawing: Christina Kuzmych won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyer’s.
 
Announcements:
• President Caitlin announced free tax preparation at the Public Library.
• President Caitlin also announced a Sunrise Rotary Social on 2/22.
• Rollin Abernethy announced that the next Dine and Discover is on 2/21 at the High School – setup will begin at 4:30.
• Bill Schilling announced that the 2021 District Conference will be held in Laramie.  Contact Bill if you would like to help plan it!
•Paul Heimer announced the United Way Donor Appreciation night on 2/7 at 6PM at First Interstate Bank.
 
Rotarians of the Week:  President Caitlin nominated Emily Parsons for taking over RYLA duties.
 
Songs: Jan Lawrence  
 
Special Presentations: Kerry Greaser made a donation to the Club Foundation in honor of his first grandchild – Congratulations Kerry!
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.
 
RLI seeks to provide quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in developing their Rotary participation and to those identified by Rotary Clubs as having a potential in club and community leadership.
 
The RLI will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on the evening of February 22 and the day of February 23 – talk to a club officer for mor information or look for the event on our FB page!
 
Program: Jack Mason UW Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
 
Introduction of Program: Kermit Brown
 
Jean Garrison, Director of the Center for Global Studies, and Special Assistant to the President for Engagement, kicked off the talk by noting that the IIE is the “front door” for UW to support workforce and economic development in the state.
 
She also introduced Peter Scott, the “Executive in Residence” at the IIE.
 
Mr. Mason stated the mission of the IIE, a university-wide effort, is “to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among UW students, faculty and staff, and across the state to diversify the economy and drive economic growth”.
He also noted that without startup companies there would not be job growth in the US. Entrepreneurs like to experiment, test, adapt, and are flexible – they see problems or challenges as opportunities. 
Only 13% of Fortune 500 companies that were operating 50 years ago are still here today, and those look very different.  “FANG” companies (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) were barely conceivable 15 years ago – companies must continually reinvent themselves as technology evolves.
 
Mason spoke of his goals to equip students for the 21st century, generate professionals with both depth and breadth of knowledge, promote economic growth and create jobs in Wyoming. 
What has UW and  IIE done so far?  Jack noted that there are 94 active tech companies in Albany County and 70 of those are associated with UW.  UW hosts the Fischer and Ellbogen Competitions for entrepreneurs in Wyoming, and UW is associated with economic development projects across the state.
 
Immediate actions for the IIE (which has only been in existence for a few months) include being a clearinghouse for resources like the Wyoming Technology Business Center, provide startup advice, begin a mentor network for new business developers, get the Innovation Center up and running and work with ENDOW.
 
Mason is also designing and “Entrepreneurship Curriculum” which can be tacked on to many other majors for training of non-business majors with good ideas.  He is also working on long term planning for the program.
 
Responding for the Club: Terry Roark
 
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the public library children’s book fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
 
Spoke Editor: Tony Hoch, 307-760-9386 or tony.hoch@lrcd.net
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