June 8, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
Phil Roberts
June 1, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Herb Manig
Professor’s Quote: Terry Roark
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan
Guests: Lindy Johnson introduced her grandchildren Aurora and Wyatt Starks; Larry Struempf introduced his daughter Treasure Struepf and friend Tegan Ridel.
Exchange Student:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians: Lea Bergman
Rotaract Students: Jojo Coates
Humor: Paul Greaser & Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Nicole Nelson won $10 with 30 cards in the deck and $1,186 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Kermit Brown won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyers.
Upcoming Programs:
June 15 – Mary Katherine Scott, UW International Programs
June 22 - Baski Thygarjan, UW School of Pharmacy
June 29 – New President Induction
July 6 – Richelle Keinath, Albany Community Clinic
July 13 – Doung Keinath, US Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species Coordinator
July 20 – Trish Penny, Laramie School Gardens
July 27 – Scott Randolph, University of Redlands Business Historian
  • President Herb Manig read a thank you to the club from Dine & Discover.
Special Presentation: President Herb Manig presented Greg Weisz with his 20-year membership pin.
Jim Wilkinson celebrated a birthday with a donation to the club foundation.
Rotarian of the Week: Paul Irish nominated Drew Johnson for the Harlem Ambassadors event and for filling in for Herb Manig at meetings.
Introduction of Program: Greg Weisz
Debbie Ockers from the Ivinson Home for Ladies spoke to the club.
The idea for the Ivinson Home for Ladies is thought to have been first suggested by Mrs. Jane Ivinson, as she was deeply interested in the happiness of others.
Later, Edward Ivinson established the unique home in Laramie in memory of his wife. The purpose of the home was to provide a home-like atmosphere for women that find themselves alone later in life.
It is a secure and quiet residence with concrete walls, plaster over brick, and oak doors. The facility has a commercial kitchen, and three formal sit down meals are served every day.
The home also provides house keeping, a post office, laundry, a hairdresser and a library.
Ivinson Home for Ladies also has a large meeting room where it hosts PEO chapters in town. The room comfortably fits 25 and has a grand piano and an organ for musical events.
The Ivinson Home for Ladies has room for 22 inhabitants. There are current openings at the facility.
Interested parties do have to meet certain categories to qualify to live at the residence. Women must be age 65 or older. You do not need to be a single female, and you can still be working.
Residents may have a spouse living in a different facility. Each resident must have a responsible party in case of emergency.
Ivinson Home for Ladies is also a non-medical facility, so residents must fit into an independent living situation.
Pets are only allowed to visit and cannot live at the home.
Ockers told the club that the home’s endowment is healthy. Since the home is a non-profit organization, it cannot charge its residents to live there. Instead, the home has a suggested donation of $800/month for a small room and $1,200/month for a large room. This includes all utilities and activities, except for TV and phone.
Responding for the club: Jeff Dodds
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the Albany County Public Library’s Children’s Book Fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
Upcoming Events:
  • 2017 District 5440 Conference – June 1-3, Casper Events Center
  • Rotary Duck Race – July 29, talk to Tom Doser or Becky Maddox to sign up to volunteer to help with the duck race.
Rotary 4-way Test:
Of the things we think, say, or do
  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it Fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White