Presiding: Nicole Hauser
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving:
Inspiration: Larry Struempf
Professor’s Quote:
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests:
Exchange Students: Irene Sottile
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA:
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: John Bard
Foundation Drawing:
O’Dwyers Drawing:
  • John Bard and Jerry Devin awarded 5 awards for students going to UW next year at $500 each.
  • Nicole Hauser reminded the club that we will be meeting at Washington Park at the large picnic shelter near the Sheridan and Thornburgh intersection on July 2. We will limit to 2 people per table, so please bring your own chair. Members are asked to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. There will be no lunch served.
Rotarian of the Week: Tim Eisenhauer nominated Nicole Hauser for her leadership over the last year; Nicole Hauser nominated John Bard and Jerry Devin for working on the award committee.  
Program: Year-Long Exchange, Irene Sottile
Introduction: Caitlin White
Irene Sottile is from Milan, Italy. She gave the club a brief history of her country. Italy has beautiful landscape. It has one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Europe. It is known for Florence and Venice.
Milan is located in the northern part of Italy. It is one of the biggest and richest cities and known for its technology and fashion. The city is very old but also quite modern. It has the largest cathedral in Italy. Milan was not always part of Italy until it was conquered by Napolean in 1796.
Italy is known for Leonardo da Vinci. He lived in Milan, and, in addition to being an artist, was an inventor, scientist, and engineer. Da Vinci invented a way to control water in canals in Italy.
Michelangelo never visited Milan, but two of his works reside there.
Irene has a mom, dad, and twin sister.
During her time here, she went to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole with the other exchange students. She learned to ski. She experienced snow for the first time here.
Irene went to her first football and hockey games, saw her first newborn baby, and went to homecoming. She went camping and rode a four-wheeler. She enjoyed celebrating Halloween.
Irene visited Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. She went to the Dinosaur National Monument, the white sands area, caverns, and Guadalupe Mountains State Park.
Her favorite thing about exchange was being placed in Wyoming. It changed the way she thinks of America. She also enjoyed being able to see the stars.
School in Laramie is very different. In Italy you choose what type of high school to go to from many types. She is in an art high school in Milan. Tests are primarily oral, and you take the same classes each year. In Italy, high school classes include art history and philosophy. In Milan, for school she would have six hours of drawing per week and six hours of sculpting.
Irene leaves August 1, but she hopes to be able to return to Wyoming for college. She hopes to attend community college first and then attend UW. She is interested in history and a master’s in speech pathology.
Irene came to America with clear ideas of how it was here. Her eyes were opened during the experience. She learned to be on her own and build her confidence. She also learned a lot about interacting with others.
Response: Nicole Hauser
Congratulations to Jerrica Becken and her husband on their new baby girl!
  • Birthdays: Terry Roark (June 11); Mario Rampulla (June 12); George Gill (June 13); Anita McLaughlin (June 17); and Jerrica Becken (June 26).
  • Rotary Anniversaries: Abbey Hagerman (6 years); Jaime Stine (6 years); Pam Dunnuck (14 years); Bill Hiser (15 years); John Vandel (15 years); Jan Lawrence (22 years); Ron Van Ekeren (35 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    
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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