Presiding: Nicole Hauser
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan and Ron Van Ekeren
Professor’s Quote:
Introduction of Guests: Dave Hansen
Guests: Nick Hauser introduced Alexa Hauser.
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians: The Konrads
Junior Rotarians:
Rotaract Students:
Humor: Steve Morgan
Foundation Drawing: Tim Eisenhauer won $10 with $435.50 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Ken Patel
  • Nicole Hauser announced that the board approved $1,000 for Healthy Kids RX. The board also approved the purchase of a large laminated check for photo opportunities.
  • The Duck Race brought in over $20,000 and lowered expenses.
Upcoming Programs:
August 29 – Kim Middlestadt – Laramie Plains Civic Center
September 5 – Jan Daugaard – Red Cross
September 12 – Rob Godby
September 19 – Gerald Mattinson, UW Cowgirls Basketball
September 26 – Peter Parolin – UW Honors College
New Member Induction: Welcome new member Jean Garrison!
Rotarians of the Week: Todd Pearson nominated Nick Hauser for working to get Laramie High School softball approved. Nick Hauser nominated Jubal Yennie and all the other Rotarians that helped in the effort.
Rotarian of the Month: Becky Maddox
Songs: Down by the Riverside; Edelwiess
Program: Wyoming State Geologist, Erin Campbell
Introduction: Tony Hoch
Campbell provided a brief history of the Wyoming State Geological Survey. In 1877, the first Territorial Assayer position was created. In 1881, the Territorial Geologist position was created to promote mining. In 1890, the State Geologist position was created. In 1901, the Office of the State Geologist was created and helped to inspect mines. In 1933, the geological survey as we know it was created.
The department has an emphasis on metallic and nonmetallic resources, seeks to understand geology and fossils, provides reports, and examines physical features in the state.
Campbell noted that the WSGS is an advocate for the people of Wyoming on geology. It only answers to the people of Wyoming.
Programs include: oil and gas, coal, mineral resources, groundwater, geological mapping, and more. There is an online interactive map that the public can use for oil and gas information. The survey also provides reports on rock formations that are targets for development.
The state is strong in bentonite and trona. It also has a lot of critical mineral elements that are used in military applications, technology, and medical applications. These are sourced outside the US.
The department has been working on a groundwater study to find high amounts of saline water. This is water that can’t be used for other purposes, but can be used for fracking, which requires a high amount of water.
The geologic mapping identifies rock types at the surface and is used to figure out what is under the sub-surface. There area areas of the state that need new mapping to improve the map ratio detail. Only 20 percent of the state is mapped at 1:24,000 scale.
Campbell talked about a recent fossil find. A Eocene tapiromorph was found on a site from leased state land. This fossil was from a mammal and completely unheard of to be found in this type of area. The location, near Kemmerer, was once a lake. The fossil is on loan at the moment, but it will be back in the fall and on display.
The survey tracks geologic hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, and faults. One example of this was the recent Fort Laramie tunnel from 1917. There was a collapse at the surface over an irrigation tunnel. The water backed up and rerouted through the field and back to the North Platte River. This caused 400+ farms to not be receiving water for crops. The survey is looking into if there are possible geological reasons for the collapse.
Response: Paul Heimer
Celebrations: Premier Bone & Joint celebrated a ground breaking for its new building; the Albany County School District #1 Board approved softball to be added as a sport at Laramie High School.
District Assembly: Saturday, October 5 at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.
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?
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!
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