August 18, 2022
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Randi Downham
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Ron Van Ekeren
Professor’s Quote: Jean Garrison
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Amanda Paul
Guests: Keith Downey introduced Ray McElwee and Bill Lyle
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians: Roger Beason
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA: Amanda Nilsson
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Kerry Greaser won $10 with 8 cards left in the deck and $1,620.50 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Murray Schroeder
  • Jamie Terry asked members to watch their email for bylaws vote and the committee survey.
  • Caitlin White reminded the club that we still need two host families.
Rotarian of the Week: Jaime Stine nominated Kerry Greaser and Jan Lawrence for letting Developmental Preschool staff attend CPR training at Basic Beginnings.
Program: Carbon Power & Light, Russell Waldner
Introduction: Rollin Abernethy
Russell Waldner is part of Carbon Power & Light, a cooperative where revenue is generated from the people the company serves.
The company has 6,570 total meters. It recently had an electric peak in February. It serves 3,000+ rural locations, 1,000+ seasonal locations, 50 irrigation locations, and several commercial locations.
At least 32 o the commercial location have high demand. The four largest meters use about 12 percent of the total energy from the company.
Its board members are elected by district, and there are three from each district.
Carbon Power is working on the 9H Energy solar farm. This is located at the end of Curtis Street. It is partnership between Rocky Mountain Power, the Tri-State Generation & Transmission, and UW.
The project is intended to be a hands-on education project for UW engineering students. The students helped with the structure and mounting designs. They also helped with the install.
This solar farm generates the amount of energy equivalent to hundreds of thousands of trees planted; 810,246 pounds of coal saved; over 1 million pounds of CO2 avoided, and over 1 million miles not driven.
Response: Tony Hoch
Did you know?
  • Rotary has 1.4 million members worldwide.
  • Approximately 47 million hours are volunteered each year in Rotary.
  • $333 million was awarded for global service initiatives in 2020-2021.
District 5440:
  • Our district is made up of around 3,000 Rotarians in 53 clubs.
  • Clubs are in Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Nebraska, and Idaho.
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?
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.
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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