May 2, 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: Dave Hansen
Visiting Rotarians: Lyman McDonald from Laramie Sunrise
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Mari
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Foundation Drawing: George Gill won $10 with $1,300+ in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Kerry Greaser
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Paul Montoya noted that the Taste of Laradise website and schedule will be available soon. Tickets in advance are $30 and tickets at the event are $35.
  • Dave Hansen reminded the club to participate in Read to Feed. We are still needing donations.
  • Lyman McDonald is looking for volunteers for the Sunrise Rotary jalapeno eating contest at Jubilee Days. He needs judges to help with 20 contestants. The day is July 11 at 5pm. Let him know if you can help.
  • Tim Eisenhauer told the club that three students have been selected for junior RYLA, and interviews for senior RYLA are happening soon.
  • Don’t forget the next Rotary social event is May 30.
Rotarian of the Week: Tim Eisenhauser nominated Eric Feuerstein and Dave Hansen for helping with RYLA interviews; Dave Hansen nominated Rob Jenkins for facilitating strategic planning.
Songs: Springtime in the Rockies
Program: Alzheimer’s Association of Wyoming, Robin McIntyre
Introduction: Kerry Greaser
Robin McIntyre is the community engagement officer. She has a long history with Alzheimer’s, as her family carries a genetic gene that makes them more suspectable to the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event is coming up in Laramie on September 21. This is a national event, and last year 260 Rotary groups had teams.
Alzheimer’s or dementia is one of the biggest fears as we age, but it is actually not a natural part of aging. Research has shown actionable things you can do to help reduce the possibility of the disease.
There is confusion about the term dementia. It is an umbrella term for many types of memory issues. It basically means any type of issue that inflicts on everyday life related to memory. Risks for dementia include age, genetics, cardiovascular factors, fewer years of formal education, and head injuries. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.
Healthy living for your brain and body is important. Treatments are starting to help with proper diagnosis and early detection. If you have any sort of memory concerns, see your doctor right away.
Exercise is essential for brain health and lowers cognitive decline. Getting enough sleep, not having head injuries, and not smoking can be important. Diet and nutrition are also important, as mid-life obesity increases your risk.
Even changes later in life can help. Cognitive activity can help, so you’re encouraged to read, do art, take on new skills, etc. Social interaction can also be important.
There are 10,000+ Wyoming living with Alzheimer’s. One out of three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or dementia. There are 16,000 unpaid care givers in Wyoming, equating to $386 million.
Response: Ken Patel
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!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Rotary District 5440 Conference: May 16-18 in Steamboat Springs, Registration closes April 30
  • Taste of Laradise: June 8 from 10am – 6pm in Downtown Laramie
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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