Meeting Summary
Presiding: Tim Eisenhauer
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan, Ron Van Ekeren & Mark Mader
Inspiration: Esther McGann
Professor’s Quote:
Guests: Tom Wolfe introduced Ryan Flacston
Exchange Students: Barb Fukova
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians: Emily Brande
Rotaract Students:
Humor: Tim Snowbarger
Foundation Drawing: Nicole Nelson won $10 with 52 cards in the deck.  
O’Dwyers Drawing: Paul Heimer won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyer’s.
  • Nicole Hauser told members that duck tickets are out. Rotarians have a deadline of June 1 to sell their tickets.
  • Murray Schroeder reminded members that Laramie Cleanup Day is May 5. Volunteers should gather at the WYDOT office on 287 at 9am.
  • Tim Eisenhauer asked members to fill out the People of Action citation. Completed forms should be returned to Tim.
  • Tim Eisenhauer told the club that all spots for Young RYLA and senior RYLA are filled.
  • Kris Whitfield announced that Big Brothers Big Sisters will have a Taco Tuesday fundraiser at Corona Village on May 8.
  • Tim Eisenhauer told the club he is going to survey the club with membership questions. This will happen electronically.
  • Tim Eisenhauer thanked the club for getting him photos to use for the promotional display.
Special Presentation: President Tim Eisenhauer presented Emily Brande with her Junior Rotarian certificate. Emily thanked the club for the opportunity. She has been involved with Rotary for many years. She attended Young RYLA and participated in the summer youth exchange, making a lifelong friend in France. Emily plans to attend UW where she will ski for the Nordic team and major in pre-med.
Rotarian of the Week: Megan Goetz nominated Tim Eisenhauer for his excellent communication with the club; Ken Patel nominated the duck race ticket committee.
Introduction of Program: Tim Eisenhauer
Rotary 5440 District Governor Bill Emslie spoke to the club about District Conference.
District Conference is May 3-5 in Estes Park, Colorado. The conference will be a celebration of members and clubs.
Highlights of the conference will include an ice cream social and reception on Thursday evening; western dinner and dance on Friday evening; and awards banquet on Saturday evening.
Rotarian Sudip Koirala from Nepal will present on club partnerships. Cornelia Weiss and other representatives will lead a panel on peace building.
Gov. Emslie noted that speaker Father Ubald should not be missed. Father Ubald is a priest from Rwanda. He is a Catholic priest. During the 1994 genocide, he escaped through the Congo on foot in the middle of the night. But 80 members of his family and 45,000 of his parishioners were exterminated. He has since returned to Rwanda where he focuses on healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Father Ubald started the Center for the Secret of Peace in Rwanda. Father Ubald speaks on Friday at the conference.
There will be a polio update, as well as 12 clubs from our District presenting on their projects. The conference will focus on fellowship and fun and what is happening at clubs within the District.
The youth exchange students will be at the conference to share their experience, as their year comes to an end.
Instead of numerous breakout sessions, everything will happen in one room in large sessions.
Gov. Emslie thanked the club for all its work during his time as governor. He hopes many Laramie Rotarians will be able to attend the conference.
Responding for the Club: Tim Eisenhauer
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 concerned?
Special Announcement from John & Joyce Vandel: John & Joyce Vandel encouraged all members of the club to become part of the Paul Harris Society. They will match everyone’s monetary donation up to 500 points through June.
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