March 30, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
Dave Kraus
 UniWyo Federal Credit Union
March 23, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Drew Johnson
Professor’s Quote:
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Wayne Butler
Guests: Nick Hauser introduced Chris Rucinski.
 RYLA Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians: Sarah Shinstine
Rotaract Students:
Humor: Wayne Butler
Foundation Drawing: Paul Irish won $10, with $722.50 in the jackpot and 39 cards from which to draw.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Kerry Greaser won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyers.
Upcoming Programs:
April 6 – Darren Parkin, City of Laramie (update on aquifer protection)
April 13 – Andrew Graham, WyoFile (distinguishing facts from fictions)
April 20 – Ken Chestek, American Promise (proposed constitutional amendment)
Apri 27 – Mark Gordon, Wyoming State Treasurer
May 4 – Andy Pannell & Lab School students (Project Citizen)
May 11 – Doug Faus, Ivinson Memorial Hospital (coming changes in healthcare)
May 18 – Tom Burman, US Athletic Director
May 25 – Mary Flanderka, policy advocate, Wyoming Outdoor Council (natural resource conservation & development)
  • John Bard announced  Sarah Arulsamy, Ferbruary’s Junior Rotarian, will be going to California to compete for honors at a DECA function at which she placed 4th in the nation last year. She needs to raise $500 and Bard asked that any members who wished to contribute see him after the meeting.
  • Kelly Neville acknowledged Tim Sullivan and Carson Hutchinson for their participation presented a club banner she received on the Guatemala trip.
  • Kerry Greaser reported that Dine & Discover would be from 5:30-7:00 pm next Thursday at LHS and invited Rotarians to participate.
  • Bob Leonard reported  that the Suicide Prevention training provided before Spring Break was successful and all schools in the city are now on board.
  • Anne Brande announced that the fund raising Downtown Scavenger Hunt on Saturday was open to all with prizes part of the incentive.
  • Drew Johnson announced that the meeting on the question of a Rotary Park would take place after today’s meeting.
Rotarian of the Week: Kelly Neville was nominated for her work on the recent Guatemala Rotary trip; Bob Leonard was nominated for his work with the Suicide Prevention Task Force; Nicole Hauser was nominated for being our Rotary Exchange Student Isabelle Bonner’s next host family.
Rotarian of the Month:  
Special Presentation: Chris Rucinski was inducted into the Club by acting president Johnson.
Introduction of Program: Doug Faus
    Guy Warpness, board member of Ivinson Memorial Hospital, spoke on transitioning of IMH to a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.  The process began a number of years ago when a committee was appointed to evaluate the benefits and  methodology of becoming a 501(c)(3).
    The rationale for change lies in changing industry dynamics.
Government-run healthcare is declining across the country and more county-run hospitals are failing financially. A 501(c)(3) entity can grow faster and more meaningfully than a district hospital and would have an increased ability to improve operations, recruit talent, manage assets and pursue potential partnerships.
    At this time the board is strong and cohesive and IMH would be making the transition from a position of strength. The Governance Structure Committee has recommended proceeding with the exploration with the following objectives in mind: improved quality of healthcare, improved financial position and improved community benefit. The board is looking for possible implementation in the 4th quarter of 2017.
    Responsibility for the organization would include a 501(c)(3) board of directors with accountability to a district board. Hospital leadership management would report to the CEO and the CEO and board committees would be accountable to the 501(c)(3) board.
    The Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity, would stay the same.
Responding for the club: Dave Hansen
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the Albany County Public Library’s Children’s Book Fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
Rotary 4-way Test:
Of the things we think, say, or do
  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it Fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
Rotary District 5440 conference:
June 1-3, 2017 in Casper
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