December 21, 2023
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Randi Downham
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Professor’s Quote: Rollin Abernethy
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Holly Dyer
Guests: Doug Faus introduced prospective member, Shannon Polk;
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Hunter
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Natalie White
Foundation Drawing: Keith Downey won $10 with $398.50 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Club
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Rollin Abernethy told the club that the board decided to sponsor a global scholar from CSU.
  • Randi Downham announced that three applications have been approved for membership for Christin Covello, Shannon Polk, and John Freeman.
  • Board updates are: November attendance was up by 6%. All goals are going well.
  • Anna Cramer gave an update on the United Way of Albany County’s campaign. We would like 100% engagement from all Rotarians. We are at 45%. The campaign is at 60%. Rotarians have contributed more than$50,000 with more than $17,000 being matched by John Evans.
  • Todd Pearson told the club they can signup to help with youth exchange ski weekend.
  • Sign up for the holiday party on January 11 at 6pm at O’Dwyers. It is $40 a person.
Upcoming Programs:
Rotarian of the Week: Jean Garrison nominated the 43% of Rotarians that have donated to UWAC and Michelle Tilley for bell ringing for Salvation Army. Sarah Brown Mathews nominated John Evans for his contributions. Terry Moss nominated Sarah Brown Mathews for the trail dedication. Michelle Tilley nominated Murray Schroeder for his help with marketing. Murray Shroeder nominated Sarah Brown Mathews for her civil decorum at meetings.
Rotarian of the Month: Christina Kuzmych
Songs: Jingle Bells
Program: Laramie Animal Welfare Society, Amy Williamson
Introduction: Christina Kuzmych
The Laramie Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) evolved from the Laramie Animal Shelter. Part of their mission is to spay and neuter strays to make it easier for animals to adopt and to help with overbreeding.
There are an estimated 70 million homeless animals in the U.S., and about 30 million are cats.
LAWS was able to increase adoptions and help animals avoid being euthanized with the help of the late Herb and Sally Dieterich. LAWS has two paid staff, volunteers, and foster families.
It has a trap, neuter/spay, and release program for feral cats. Normally these are cats that were once domesticated. LAWS works to find homes for these cats at mousers in barns. The organization rounds up as many stray cats outside Laramie as possible.
LAWS works with the Laramie Animal Shelter on many large animal recoveries. It has high adoption numbers, especially for cats. They will also take pets back from adopters if needed. Fosters are the backbone that help keep pets and teach them manners.
LAWS has a once per month spay/neuter clinic for a $10 donation. This is especially important during kitten season.  
You can find their pets online. Foster families are provided with all costs to keep the pet, and LAWS does see senior pets.
Response:  Caitlin White
December Birthdays: Keith Downey, Doug Faus, and Tom Wolfe
Anniversaries: Rollin Abernethy (17 years) and Megan Goetz (20 years).
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    
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.
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