January 4, 2024
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Randi Downham
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Inspiration: George Gill
Professor’s Quote:
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Keith Rittle
Guests: Doug Faus introduced prospective member, Shannon Polk; Terry Moss introduced prospective member, Christin Covello.
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Hunter
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor:
Foundation Drawing: Jerry Gruber won $10 with over $400 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: George Gill
Announcements:
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Todd Pearson told the club they can sign up to help with youth exchange ski weekend. We have enough host families, but we could use chaperones and drivers.
Upcoming Programs:
  • Jan. 25: Project Cure, Dianna Fetter
  • Feb. 8: Judicial Selection Process in WY, Devon O’Connell
 
Rotarian of the Week: Tony Hoch nominated Tom Mangan for his work setting up the meeting each week.
 
Songs:
 
Program: Albany County Fairgrounds, Taylor Hayley
 
Introduction: Tony Hoch
 
Taylor Hayley has been the director of the fairgrounds since 2021. Albany County Fairgrounds are 90 percent funded by rentals and usage and 10 percent funded by the county mill. The majority of expenses are from facility utilities. They have 4 full-time staff.
 
The fairgrounds host about 400 events annually. This raises money, as well as QR codes for those using the overnight camping and stalling facilities. It has been doing more dual events, because it has enough facilities to host multiple events at one time. Many of the events are multi-day.
 
The fairgrounds applied for a grant for long range development planning based on its buildings and expanding. It is working to build new facilities, as the newest building is 20+ years old.
 
There are many issues with the barns, and a goal is to have an indoor covered arena and stalling barn.
 
For fair, Hayley has been working to increase participation and modernize. The Junior Livestock Sale brought in $845,845 last year. This is the highest grossing average in the state. Participants are steadily increasing with 2023 having 4,000 entries. There is a new fair book and many new events so more community members can enter and be involved, such as a meat smoking contest and gardening. They have also been working to increase premiums for entries. Each fair entry is 50 cents.
 
Albany County Fair was awarded second place for exhibit retention with 1,000+ entries, and third place for having a strategy for engaging participants.
 
Another project has been working with the EMA to create a county-wide animal evacuation plan. It is the first in Wyoming. It would help people know where all types of animals can be housed in the event of an emergency.
 
Work is being done to update the playground in stages and to add benches and picnic tables to the grounds. They are working on deferred maintenance across the grounds. A buried tank and new drainage system for sheep and swine wash racks is in progress.
 
The shooting area is popular and brought in $21,000 last year. The range arena is not used for a lot of events, but is popular with locals using it to ride. There are 26 stalls to board and most are full.
 
Hayley recently redesigned the fairgrounds logo.
 
Response:  Doug Faus
 
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    
  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.
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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White, 307-630-1965, cwhite@acplwy.org