March 7, 2024
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Randi Downham
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Professor’s Quote: George Gill
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Amanda Givan
Guests: Keith Downey introduced Jenny Palm; Dave Hansen introduced his wife, Shawnay; Terry Moss introduced Christin Covello; Christin Covello introduced two guests.
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Taylor
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Foundation Drawing: Tom Mangan won $10 with $700+ in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Eric Feuerstein
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Randi Downham told the club that Esther McGann has retired from the club. We will send her a card.
  • Tim Eisenhauer told the club that you are welcome to provide a $90 donation to the Platte River Veteran Flycasters to pay for a veteran to attend their fundraiser.
  • Terry Moss thanked everyone who came and helped with the recent social hour.
Upcoming Programs:
  • March 21: Hosting Restaurateur Guy Fieri, Kerri Smith with Alibi
Rotarian of the Week: Christin Covello nominated Terry Moss for assisting with a new pilot program for Volunteers of America; Terry Moss nominated Kelly Neville for her work trying to bring back Taste of Laradise; Randi Downham nominated Rotarians nominated for Laramie Chamber awards – Rebecca Miller, Raj Patel, and Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Special Presentation: Christin Covello was inducted into the club. Welcome Christin!
Songs: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Program: Forgotten Women of WWI, Marjorie Daly
Introduction: Don Prehoda
Marjorie Daly is a local author. Her presentation focused on forgotten women of World War I. She is passionate about telling stories about ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives.
Mara Makashvili was the daughter of a poet and granddaughter of an author. She lived in Georgia, in Eastern Europe on the silk road. Georgia was one of the first countries to grant women the right to vote.
Mara kept diaries during her life that are now used to teach women about equality. During her life, the Red Army invaded in 1921. She qualified as a relief sister on a Georgia Sanitary Train. These hospitals were on the front lines, and Mara did not survive.
Milunka Savic is the most decorated female combatant in history. In 1912, she went in her ill brother’s stead to serve in the Balkan War. She concealed her identity and was wounded five times before the military discovered she was a woman.
They let her continue to serve, and she was active in the first two Balkan Wars and in WWI. She was in an elite fighting force where she was known for her throwing ability and sixth sense for attack timing.
After the war, Milunka had one biological daughter and adopted three others as a single mother. She also helped 25 girls get an education and graduate from a trade school.
Irene Joliot-Curie was the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie. She was very educated and served as Marie’s lab assistant. During WWI, she trained 200 women x-ray technicians for the Petit Curies, mobile x-ray labs. She spent a lot of time on the front lines doing installs and training. After she returned to Paris, Irene received her PHD and met her husband. Together they have a Nobel Prize.
Marjorie has historical fiction books and does extensive research on different women and their extraordinary lives.
Response:  Sarah Brown Mathews
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    
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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