May 9, 2024
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Randi Downham
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Inspiration: Tom Wolfe
Professor’s Quote:
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Dave Hansen
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Mari, Ashlin, Sienna
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Terry Roark
Foundation Drawing: Keith Downey won $10 with $1,377 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Janet Lewis
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Tom Mangan reminded the club of the MS Walk on June 1 in Cheyenne. There is still time to donate.
  • Dave Hansen reminded the club to participate in Read to Feed. We are close to our goal of $2,500.
  • The club passed a card around to congratulate our former exchange student, Amanda, on her graduation.
  • Tim Eisenhauer told the club that students have been selected for RYLA. Thanks to Dave Hansen, Terry Roark, and Eric Feuerestein for their help!
  • Don’t forget the next Rotary social event is May 30.
Rotarian of the Week: George Gill nominated Murray Schroeder for leading the cleanup day; Caitlin White and Mari nominated Don Prehoda and Kerry Greaser for providing extra funding for the West Coast trip; Keith Downey nominated Dan Furphy for his retirement.
Songs: On Top of Old Smokey; Lil’ Liza Jane
Program: Red Cross of Wyoming, Janet Lewis
Introduction: Shaun Bullock
The Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering. It is not part of the federal government. In Wyoming, the Red Cross is supported by donors.
When there is a disaster, survivors turn to the Red Cross. Already this year, the U.S. has seen many tornadoes, and there are currently five major relief situations.
The Red Cross provides immediate shelter, basic needs, cleanup supplies, financial support, comfort items, and health and mental care. A case worker is assigned to survivors for at least a month following a disaster.
Every day in the U.S., 7 people die in a house fire. It is important to make escape plans, to teach about risk, and install smoke alarms. The Red Cross started the Sound the Alarm program in 2014. This program has made nearly 1 million home safer.
The Red Cross also provides CPR, emergency services, first aid, and aquatic training.
Emergency preparedness is incredibly important. You should build a support network, assess needs, develop plans, prep a communication plan, gather supplies, prepare documents, and make plans for self-care.
Often the disasters in our area include fires, tornadoes, and weather, such as blizzards or flooding. Often this also leads to power outages. Learn about Albany County’s response plans to be prepared.
The Red Cross is working on a program to provide more neighbor help. You should develop a 2-week stay-at-home plan and an evacuation plan. Know how to turn off your gas, electricity, and water. Establish a reconnection point. List emergency numbers on paper and and have copies of important documents.
Response: Terry Moss
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
Birthdays in May: Jamie Terry, John Evans, John Bard, Tim Stamp, Becky Maddox, Ron Van Ekeren, Randi Downham, Todd Pearson, Dustin Richards, Ollie Walter, Ken Patel, and Mari
Rotary Anniversaries in May: Natalie White (1 year), Neil Theobald (1 year), Tony Hoch (15 years), Terry Roark (25 years), Paul Greaser (38 years), Kerry Greaser (38 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    
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