Presiding: Nicole Hauser
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan and Ron Van Ekeren
Inspiration:
Professor’s Quote:  George Gill
Introduction of Guests: Emily Parsons
Guests: Randi Downham introduced Candace Pisciotti; Kelly Neville introduced her daughter, Grayce Heck; Tim Eisenhauer & Amerlia Kelson introduced Young RYLA/RYLA participants, Hollie Nelson, Avery Flannigan (Damon), and Gianna Rose (Lena).
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians:
Rotaract Students:
Humor: Terry Roark
Foundation Drawing: Kerry Greaser won $10 with $390.50 in the pot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Paul Heimer
 
Announcements:
• Becky Maddox announced she has tickets to see author, Craig Johnson at the Fish On Ranch in Centennial. The event is August 16 and tickets are $40.
• Nicole Hauser passed around a thank you from the Albany County Public Library Foundation.
• Nicole Hauser reminded everyone that the meeting on July 25 is at the art museum.
 
Rotarians of the Week: John Bard nominated Lena Rose for her exemplary singing, Paul Irish nominated Gary Negich for attending; Kerry Greaser nominated Steve Morgan for his unit being recognized at City Council; Nicole Hause nominated members who helped with Jubilee Days.
 
Songs: Jan Lawrence
 
Special Presentations: Amanda Givan has accepted the position of secretary and received her pin. Kerry Greaser celebrated a birthday with a donation to the club foundation. Annette Mello received a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Upcoming Programs:
August 1 – Brad Enzi Laramie Chamber Business Alliance
August 15 – Erin Campbell – State Geologist
August 22 – Jeff Lockwood – UW Creative Writing Program
August 29 – Melissa Danielle – Laramie Plains Civic Center
 
Program: County Attorney Peggy Trent
 
Introduction: Paul Heimer
County Attorney Peggy Trent reflected on her first term in office, noting positive growth on how Albany County is treating juveniles and the alternative approach to prosecution. Trent said 98 percent of these cases have been diverted out of court, with the help of community partners such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Cathedral Home for Children.
 
Albany County is the first in the state to have a juvenile drug court. Marijuana and vaping are on the rise; they are working to curtail this so there is not a movement to harder drugs.
 
As Trent moved to her second term, the county is working to be the first in the state to have an adult diversion program as well. For ages 18-25, there is a high spike in crime with many offenders being UW students. The attorney office is working to divert these adults to a 90-day program. Albany County has donated $30,000 for a startup position at the Department of Corrections for this. This is going to be implemented at the start of the school year.
 
There is a high percentage of mentally ill entering the corrections population, as well as a high population of drug users. There are 40 participants and growing for drug court. The main addictions are opioids and alcohol.
 
Trent addressed a few questions. She worries about the effects of legalizing marijuana, especially for children and young adults. The THC level continues to get higher, which can cause big problems for kids.
 
Trent spoke about the race imbalance in the prison system. She is aware of it, but in Albany County this isn’t tracked because of the low numbers.
Trent spoke about domestic violence and the special victims unit. The startling amount of these cases seems high lately, but Trent noted that these have always been there. The cases just were not being recognized or prosecuted. Albany County has a high amount of strangulations and domestic violence. It also has a high percentage of sexual assault. Stalking is huge. Albany County is working to train officers to see the signs of this and is working to bring attention to these issues.
 
Response: Caitlin White
 
To everyone that helped with the duck race!
 
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?
 
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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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White, 307-630-1965, cwhite@acplwy.org
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