February 1, 2024
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Randi Downham
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Professor’s Quote: George Gill
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Dave Hansen
Shannon Polk, Chrisin Covello, Chet Lockard introduced prospective member, Jason Jensen; Tim Eisenhauer introduced his dad, Howard.
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Jasmine, Sam
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Terry Roark
Foundation Drawing: Jaime Stine won $10 with over $545 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Eric Feuerstein
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Anna Cramer told the club that our United Way of Albany County 100% participation goal ended up at 70%.
  • Holly Dyer announced the smoke detector drive. The drive is going through the end of February.
  • Tim Eisenhauer noted that RYLA applications will be starting up soon.
Upcoming Programs:
  • Feb. 15: Local EPA Brownfield Projects, Christina Heigel Ayres & Associates
  • Feb. 29: ACRES Student Farms, Urszula Norton & Students
Rotarian of the Week: Anna Cramer nominated John Evans for donating the cost of a mammography machine to Laramie Reproductive Health.   
Songs: ‘Til We Meet Again; Vive Le Rotary
Program: Platte Rivers Veteran Flycasters, Maron Davis & Dan McCrakin
Introduction: Tim Eisenhauer
The Platte River Veteran Flycasters is part of a connected group of flycasters across Wyoming and Colorado. It was started by Dwayne Cook, a veteran and Cheyenne teacher.
The group of veterans build fly rods, learn to tie flies, and go fishing. They have fly rod building kits. Each new member starts by building a fly rod in the fall. Then, in the spring they learn to tie flies and then go fishing.
Marty Martinez helped the group get state-of-the-art equipment, through his role in veteran’s services at UW.
The group meets once a week on Thursday evenings at the old Game & Fish building in West Laramie. Veterans come from UW, LCCC, and WyoTech, as well as the community.
There are four goals: a fly rod, fly ties, fishing, and camaraderie. There are 600 veterans across Wyoming and Northern Colorado that are involved. It is open to all veterans.
WyoTech is a big supporter. There is a net group and several instructors. The group has helped members with PTSD, brain injuries, and other injuries. They help with issues and provide personal experiences.
Each person that goes through the program receives a fly rod, line, tools, and other goodies.
Their main fundraiser is a banquet at Little America in April 6. Tickets are $90 each or $1,250 for a table of eight.
Response:  Tim Sullivan
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!
January Birthdays: Craig Cook, Pam Dunnuck, Eric Feuerstein, Nicole Hauser, Kristen Peterson
Rotary Anniversaries: Shaun Bullock (1 year); Hanna Eslinger (4 years); Becky Maddox (9 years); John Evans (17 years); Rolf Peterson, Mario Rampulla, Loren Richards (18 years); Tim Stamp (24 years); Ron Van Ekeren (28 years); Phil Nicholas (40 years); Mark Mader (43 years).
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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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White, 307-630-1965, cwhite@acplwy.org