September 1, 2022
Spoke Program: Laramie Police Department, Dale Stalder
August 25, 2022
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Jamie Terry
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Ron Van Ekeren
Professor’s Quote:
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Sarah Brown Mathews
Guests: Keith Downey introduced Ray McElwee
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA: Amanda Nilsson
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Tom Mangan won $10 with 7 cards left in the deck and $1,732 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Sarah Brown Mathews
  • Jamie Terry reminded members that the committee survey is out. Please respond soon.
  • Jamie Terry asked club members to check their emails in Club Runner. The bylaws vote it also out, and the club needs everyone to vote.  
  • Caitlin White reminded the club that we still need two host families.
  • Murray Schroeder has the fundraising committee up and running. Let him know if you’re willing to help.
Rotarian of the Week: Amanda Paul nominated Kelly Neville and Sarah Brown Mathews for helping at the check in table.  
Special Presentation: Kelly Neville celebrated a birthday with a donation to the club foundation.
Songs: Happy Birthday; Five Feet Two
Program: Wyoming Business Council, Josh Dorrell
Introduction: Murray Schroeder
Josh Dorrell told the club that the Wyoming Business Council is creating opportunities to thrive in a new way. The council has developed a new economic development framework to better impact the greater good.
Previously the organization has worked hard on the ground to assist with projects. This has pointed to a challenge on what the role of the WBC should be.
The organization is working to do more with policy and structure to better help across all communities.
The organization is working to build resiliency across communities. One way they are doing this is by supporting local economic development, working to make it easier for businesses to thrive.
Local economic development fluctuates widely across communities in Wyoming. Things that help locally with this is a regional team, a main street group, place making, community reviews, education, and infrastructure funding.
For education, the organization is working to establish an economic development program that is similar to Leadership Wyoming.
The council is taking a cautious approach to funding, looking to where smaller dollars can make a big impact.
For policy, the WBC is working on policies related to broadband and the Pathways to Prosperity program. For broadband, the WBC is using federal dollars to build greater connectivity across the state.
The Pathways to Prosperity program is a partnership with the Harvard Growth Lab. This is the first time Harvard has worked with a state versus a developing country. This is because Wyoming’s economic development is in many ways similar to a developing nation. This is going to unlock more potential across the state.
The WBC is investing in businesses using the state small business credit initiative. This is working to fill a gap for early-stage companies. This will be about $50 million to small businesses.
Response: John Bard
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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