Meeting Summary
Presiding: Tim Eisenhauer
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan, Ron Van Ekeren & Mark Mader
Professor’s Quote:  Rollin Abernethy
Guests: Tom Wolfe hosted Ryan Claxton
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians: Jason Scott
Rotaract Students:
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Tom Wolfe won $10 with $132 in the jackpot and 49 cards in the deck.
O’Dwyers Drawing: David Hansen won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyer’s.
Upcoming Programs:
  • May 31: Rotary Exchange Student, Barb Fukova
  • June 7: ENDOW, Jerimiah L. Rieman
  • Becky Maddox announced a few of the Duck Race prices so far. A list is in the Spoke. Tickets are due back from Rotarians on May 31. If you help with the Duck Race this year, you get a free t-shirt!
  • Tim Eisenhauer told the club that Bay Roberts from One School at a Time sent photos of the completed school project. Photos can be found on the Laramie Rotary Club Facebook page.
Special Presentation: Todd Pearson celebrated a birthday with a donation to the Club Foundation.
Rotarian of the Week: Christina Greenamyre nominated Tim Stamp for his efforts to help at WyoTech; Tim Eisenhauer nominated Amelia Kelso and John Bard for their help with the RYLA itnerviews.
Introduction of Program: Tony Hoch
Laura Viette with the UW Geological Museum spoke about Wyoming fossils, museums, and collections. Laura noted that fossils from Wyoming could be found all over the world. It is unlikely for a natural history museum to not have a Wyoming fossil. Wyoming has more fossils leave the state, than are brought in.
Wyoming has 3,000 fossils in its published collection. The non-published collection is much larger. Wyoming ranks third nationwide for all fossils, and it ranks first for vertebrate fossils. The state has the most of this type of fossils by more than 50 percent.
Wyoming has invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant fossils that span almost the complete record of time. Highlights include stromatolites from 2 billion years ago and small rodent-like mammals. Dinosaur fossils can be found in the Big Horn and Lusk areas, including marine reptiles.
Green river fish fossils are the most common in Wyoming. Wyoming also has the second oldest bee fossil, as well as hoofed mammal fossils that are most closely related to today’s horses and rhinos.
UW Geological Museum has more than 22,000 visitors each year. Over 6,000 of these visitors are students and children. Visitors come from over 40 countries and from every state.
It is the oldest museum at UW. The museum houses 80 percent mammal fossils, 10 percent fish fossils, 6 percent other fossils, and 4 percent bird fossils.
Responding for the Club: Ollie Walter
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!
Special Announcement from John & Joyce Vandel: John & Joyce Vandel encouraged all members of the club to become part of the Paul Harris Society. They will match everyone’s monetary donation up to 500 points through June.
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 concerned?
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