April 11, 2024
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Randi Downham
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Inspiration: Natalie White
Professor’s Quote:
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Chet Lockard
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Ashlin, Sienna, Mari
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Foundation Drawing: Shaun Bullock won $10 with $1,000+ in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: John Bard
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Murray Schroeder announced that clean-up day is coming up. More info on dates and times to come.
  • Dave Hansen noted that Read to Feed is starting up. We need business sponsors to raise $2,500 for the schools.
  • Tim Eisenhauser asked members to help find eligible students for Sr RYLA. Applications are due April 30.
  • Kelly Neville announced that the District Conference service project is donating walking devices for the disabled in Africa. If you have anything to donate, please give to her or Chet Lockard.
  • Tom Mangan announced that the MS Walk is June 1 in Cheyenne. You can donate toward the Rotary team and sign up to walk. There is now a Laramie event as well on June 2 in Washington Park.
Rotarian of the Week: Tony Hoch nominated Murray Schroeder for finding a few upcoming programs.
Program: Amsterdam Study Abroad – Women & Children’s Health in Regards to the Dutch Health System, Rotary District 5440 Governor Grant Scholar, Emma Cook
Introduction: Rollin Abernethy
Emma Cook traveled to Amsterdam to explore the public health system. Emma is a junior in speech language pathology at UW. She spent most of January in Amsterdam.
The Dutch health system is a universal coverage system. Everyone is required to have/opt in to the health insurance. Citizens pay for their insurance, but the cost is regulated by the government.
Access to care if much different than in the state. General practice doctors are the first point of contact, so all citizens must have one. ER care is also available to everyone, regardless of insurance.
The insurance provides for many services, including dental care. For maternity care, mothers also receive comprehensive post-natal care. A nurse spends a week in the home with the family after the child is born.
Youth health care is preventative up to 18 with regular checkups and support for developmental needs. Teen pregnancy rates in the Netherlands are one of the lowest in the world. The system provides comprehensive sex education at a young age that focuses on consent, education, and healthy relationships.
The Dutch also set up strong community support networks. These include parent groups, breastfeeding cafes, and childcare support. City plans also revolve around ensuring that neighborhoods have access to fresh foods. There are many grocery stores to allow for this.
While abroad, Emma had the opportunity to go to many museums, such as the Anne Frank Museum, Van Gogh Museum, and the Hague. She went to the Rembrandt House and took in the local sights of architecture and churches. She enjoyed the bikes and houseboats. She visited Belgium and Paris as well. 
Response: Jaime Stine
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!
Rotary 4-way test
Of the things we think, say, or do:
•Is it the Truth?
•Is it Fair?
•Will it build Good Will and
  Better Friendships?
•Will it be Beneficial to All    
April Birthdays: Chad Witte, Megan Goetz, and Tim Sullivan
Rotary Anniversaries: Sarah Brown Mathews (2 years), Craig Cook (10 years), Doug Faus (10 years), Raj Patel (16 years), Dustin Richards (11 years), Ollie Walter (18 years), Caitlin White (10 years), Murray Schroeder (13 years), and Randi Downham (13 years).
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
•FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
•SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
•THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
•FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White, 307-630-1965, cwhite@acplwy.org