February 16, 2023
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Jamie Terry
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Ron Van Ekeren
Professor’s Quote: Jean Garrison
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Hanna Eslinger
Guests: Terry Roark introduced prospective member, Neil Theobald; Tom Wolfe introduced prospective member, Natalie White
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA:
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Terry Roark
Foundation Drawing: Don Prehoda won $10 from the jackpot drawing.
O’Dwyers Drawing: The Club!
  • February is Rotary peace building and conflict prevention month.
  • Christina Kuzmych announced a whiskey tasting on Feb. 25. Ask her for more details.
  • Tim Eisenhauer told the club that Young RYLA and RYLA applications are open for 7th graders and sophomores/juniors.
Upcoming Programs:
  • March 2: Laramie Police Chief, Brian Browne
  • March 9: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Laramie, Micah Goeglein
Rotarian of the Week: Tim Eisenhauer nominated RYLA alumnus, Kit Ng, for being accepted into medical school; Jamie Terry nominated Murray Schroeder for his work on the party.  
Songs: Let Me Call You Sweetheart; America The Beautiful
Program: Laramie High School, Bryon Lee
Introduction: Tony Hoch
Bryon Lee is a counselor at Laramie High School. He thanked the club for all its support for students and faculty.
LHS noticed that many students are struggling with their mental health following the pandemic and living in such a virtual world.
To combat this, LHS is working on visibility in action. This includes furthering relationship building with students and staff; collaborating and communicating; availability and visibility; following through and following up; equipping and educating, and having an intentional mindset.
Outside of students, faculty and staff have also been struggling. There is a large exodus from teaching, and there are far less applicants for teacher jobs.
Lee told the club how the $1,000 donation from Rotary was used to support LHS through its school clubs. One example of this is with the garden club. There were minimal students on the club, so the students used funding to buy ingredients for a salad bar. This attracted more students to the club’s meetings. Since then, there is much more involvement and about 25 kids.
LHS is also focusing on social emotional learning. One example of this is an inter-relational web activity for 9th grade health class. This web shows the connections for students. For some students, there is a lot of interconnections. For others, this activity allows LHS to see holes and find them places to connect.
LHS worked on a survey with 260 responses about the climate and culture at the high school. While the majority in the survey felt feelings of support from LHS, there was 11% that rated support a 1 or 2.
To work on this, LHS found club sponsors that aren’t normally in leadership roles and brought them together to engage and brainstorm.
This group created a survey with areas of support. The majority of students mainly find support from peers. Students were then set to do peer training on education and advocating for other students.
The high school will continue to involve students in professional development of staff. It is working to enhance more social emotional learning activities. There is also a greater focus on making staff more approachable.
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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