Meeting Summary
Presiding: Caitlin White
Inspiration: Anita McLaughlin
Humor: Terry Roark
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan and Ron Van Ekeren
Introduction of Guests: Anita McLaughlin
Guests:  Nicole Nelson introduced Tony Ogden; Rollin Abernethy introduced the Junior Rotarians
Junior Rotarians: Jack Nyman and Aedian O’Conner
Foundation Drawing: Ollie Walter won $10 with 21 cards in the deck and $1250 in the pot
O’Dwyers Drawing: Jan Lawrence won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyer’s.
• President Caitlin announced that the board voted to give the following donations: $3000 to Downtown Clinic; $2000 to Developmental Preschool; $250 to Laramie Girls Softball.
• Noel Welch announced that our Christmas family is a family of 7 – 2 adults and 6 children and we raised $600 to buy them gifts.
• President Caitlin also announced that the Salvation Army is still looking for bell ringers.
Rotarians of the Week:  Todd Pearson nominated Jamie Terry and Larry Struempf nominated Klaus Hanson for 16 years of service on the Laramie City Council.  President Caitlin nominated Larry Struempf, Paul Irish and Annett Mello for putting on the Christmas Party.
Songs: Jan Lawrence – Happy Birthday to Paul Heimer and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
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
Rotary’s Avenues of Service
•              Community Service
•              Club Service
•              Vocational Service
•              International Service
•              New Generations
Program: Beth Cable, Program Coordinator, Foster Grandparents
Introduction of Program: Caitlin White
The Foster Grandparent Program began in 1965 as a national demonstration effort to show how low-income seniors have the maturity and experience to establish relationships with children having either exceptional or special needs.  By 1968, there was a total of 68 Foster Grandparent Projects funded in 40 states and in Puerto Rico, with 4,100 FGs helping more than 10,000 children.  By 2010, the FGP included 325 projects and 29,100 Foster Grandparents, who, together, made a difference in the lives of more than 250,000 children annually - while enriching their own lives through service.  The FGP operates through the National Senior Corps, which is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The Foster Grandparent Program of Southwestern Wyoming serves seven counties -  Albany, Carbon, Sweetwater, Uinta, Johnson, Sheridan and Lincoln - and currently has 35 Grandparents serving 120 children in classrooms, child development centers and other not-for-profit programs.  In Southwestern Wyoming, the Foster Grandparent Program operates under the umbrella of Action Resources International.
Volunteering for the Foster Grandparent Program enables limited income persons 55 years and older, to remain physically and mentally active as well as supplements their income with a tax-free stipend.  Volunteers serve children and teens who need one-on-one assistance by alleviating the academic, physical, mental, and or emotional problems of children and adolescents having special or exceptional needs.  Assistance may include tutoring, teaching remedial skills, motivating, listening, reading to and mentoring.  To be eligible to volunteer for the Foster Grandparent Program, a person must, among other things, meet established income guidelines, supply references, be able to serve 15-40 hours per week, be willing to accept supervision as required.
Responding for the Club: Rollin Abernethy
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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