April 6, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
Darren Parkin
City of Laramie
(update on aquifer protection)
March 30, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Herb Manig
Inspiration: Greg Weisz
Professor’s Quote:
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Wayne Butler
Guests: .
Exchange Student: Isabelle Bonner
Visiting Rotarians: Billy Addelman, Assistant District Governor, Cheyenne
Junior Rotarians:  
Rotaract Students: Cameron Whiting
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Don Prehoda won $10; no joker drawn.
O’Dwyers Drawing: David Hansen won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyers.
Upcoming Programs:
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 – Kelly Neville, Tim Sullivan, Carson Hutchinson - Guatemala
May 18 – Tom Burman, US Athletic Director
May 25 – Mary Flanderka, policy advocate, Wyoming Outdoor Council (natural resource conservation & development)
  • Herb Manig noted ‘Thank You’s’ from World Languages Day for support and from LCCC for the Club’s endowed scholarship fund now totaling $19,125.
  • John Bard announced  Sarah Arulsamy, February’s Junior Rotarian, still needs to raise $500 for her trip to California to compete for honors at a DECA function .
  • George Gill displayed the book he co-authored on Easter Island and explained the evolution of his studies.
  • Rollin Abernethy invited Rotarians to participate in Dine & Discover this evening from 4:30-7:00 at LHS.
  • Annette Mello announced on behalf of Nicole Nelson that the Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at Ridley’s on Saturday.
  • Nick Hauser invited young children of Rotarians to visit his company’s ‘hands on’ lab at the Albany County Library parking lot on Saturday from 1:00-5:00 pm.
  • Tom Mangan reminded all of the upcoming MS Walk and  noted examples of monies that returned to the community and reported on a new drug that has been approved by the FDA which treats the primary progressive form of MS.
Rotarian of the Week: George Gill was nominated for his past work and the culmination in the book; Rollin Abernethy was nominated for his work with Dine & Discover; Kelly Neville was nominated for recognition in the Laramie Daily Boomerang article on her Guatemala trip.
Rotarian of the Month:  
Special Presentation: Jeff Dodds received an addition to his lapel pin recognizing 20 years as a Rotarian.
Introduction of Program: Kerry Greaser
    Dave Krause, head of UniWyo Federal Credit Union, shared some of his background in investments and financial institutions noting that he had only been in Laramie for 90 days. Married with 7 and 13-year –old daughters, he said he loves Laramie and the West.
    Started in 1959 with 9 employees the credit union now has 26,000 members being served in two locations…on Reynolds and on Grand. He estimated that UniWyo saved members $3.6 million in 2016.
     UniWyo’s commitment to the community is extensive with a long list of beneficiaries who have received money from the CU or donated time by employees.
     Krause noted that UniWyo has a 25% share of the banking market in Laramie, trailing First Interstate Bank which has a 30% share.
     UniWyo wants to grow, to adjust to changing regulations and to add products and services for its members.
     Half of the 18,000 jobs lost last year in Wyoming were in the energy field. The other 9,000 jobs were lost in businesses that averaged 30 employees,  creating a major problem in recovering those jobs.
     He shared statistics on the global level, on China’s economic challenges, the USA’s deficit spending and the increasing debt ($19.4 trillion). There was a notable change in attitudes about the markets between December and January.  The Feds increased rates by 0.25% and three more increases are anticipated in the balance of the year.
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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