June 6, 2024
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Terry Moss
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Professor’s Quote: George Gill
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Mari
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Terry Roark
Foundation Drawing: Shaun Bullock won $10 with $1,758 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Doug Faus
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Caitlin White told the club to be on the lookout for a host family starting in August for our next exchange student coming from Iceland. We really need to find a family ASAP!
  • Anna Cramer announced that the United Way of Albany County kick-off will be September 26 at Ivinson Memorial Hospital. This year’s campaign chairs will be a group of first responders.
  • Tom Mangan reported that the MS Walks went well. Our tea raised $2,275, an increase from last year.
  • Jan Lawrence announced that her daughter is bringing an opera troupe to the Cooper Center. This will be a micro-opera event on June 20 at 7pm.
  • Paul Montoya recently visited the Lander Rotary Club.
  • Kelly Neville thanked Paul Montoya, Shaun Bullock, and Terry Moss for helping with Taste of Laradise. We have $9.500 in sponsorships!
Upcoming Programs:
  • June 20: Lincoln Opera Project, Jan Lawrence
  • June 27: Home on the Range, Pam Brakken
Rotarian of the Week: Tom Mangan nominated Pam Dunnuck and Shaun Bullock for walking in the MS Walk; Paul Montoya nominated Shaun Bullock and Kelly Neville for Taste of Laradise; Keith Downey nominated Jerry and Irene Devin for celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary; Mari nominated Caitlin White for all her support during her exchange year.
Program: Rotary Youth Exchange, Mari Gomes Fernandes Aiex
Introduction: Caitlin white
Marianna arrived in Laramie in August 2023. She will head home on June 30, 2024. This was her last Rotary meeting before heading out on the West Coast bus trip.
Mari enjoyed skiing on the ski team at Snowy Range. She didn’t compete but enjoyed the experience.
She rode a horse at Dave Hansen’s and attended a few football games. At her first host family, she experienced Halloween and shooting. Mari was also on the tennis team.
Mari recently attended District Conference with the other exchange students. They worked on a service project and participated in a flag ceremony. Mari enjoyed Steamboat’s mountains and celebrated her birthday during conference.
Mari attended prom and made some good friends. With her second host family, she visited Denver. They went to the aquarium and attended sports games. Sports are more popular here than they are in Brazil. Her host family also took her to cut down a Christmas tree.
Mari went with her host family to Lander and Arizona. During her Lander trip, she rode a jackalope. She also attended a baseball spring training game in Arizona.
Mari went on an East Coast trip to New York, Pennsylvania, and DC. She enjoyed seeing the dinosaurs at the science museum and attending “The Notebook” for a Broadway show. She saw the Statute of Liberty and Central Park. Plus, the cherry blossoms were out.
Mari had a lot of fun at school. She tried many different classes that are not offered in Brazil, such as weights training, humor & satire, and mythology. It is very different than school in Brazil. She made many good memories, and would like to come back in the future.
Special thanks to Justin & Jennie Christenson and Abby Rux & Andrew Wesche for hosting Mari!
Response: Justin Christenson
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    
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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White, 307-630-1965, cwhite@acplwy.org