November 10, 2022
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Jamie Terry
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Ron Van Ekeren
Professor’s Quote:
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Amanda Paul
Guests: Keith Downey introduced Shaun Bullock; Dave Hansen introduced Shawnay Hansen and Sherri Hogsett; Dave Krause introduced his daughter, Greenly; Amanda Nilsson introduced her volleyball coaches, Erin and Jill.
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA: Amanda Nilsson; Lily Meyer
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Steve Morgan
Foundation Drawing: Tim Sullivan won $10 with $152 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Kerry Greaser
  • Committee activity has started. Fundraising committee is also off to a good start.
  • Randi Downham announced that the city has put in a grant application for Rotary Park.
Rotarian of the Week: Loren Richards nominated Larry Struempf for his Rotary Park work; Murray Schroder nominated Keith Downey for continuing to bring new members into the club.
Rotarian of the Month: Becky Maddox
Special Presentation: Rollin Abernethy celebrated a birthday with a donation to the club foundation!
Songs: Happy Birthday; It’s a Small World
Program: Youth Exchange, Amanda Nilsson
Introduction: Todd Pearson
Amanda Nilsson is the club’s exchange student from Uppsala, Sweden. Sweden is not Switzerland. It does not produce Swiss watches, chocolate, or cheese.
Sweden has been a monarchy since 1200. There is a current king and queen, as well as many princes and princesses. Sweden has 10.25 million people. It is about the size of California and Vermont. Amanda’s city of Uppsala has 178,000 people. It is north of Stockholm.
Sweden’s main exports are machinery, equipment for mining, and chemicals. About 8 percent of Sweden exports come to the U.S. Popular Swedish companies include: Ikea, Spotify, Volvo, Saab, and H&M. Popular Swedes Alfred Nobel, Greta Thunberg, and Anders Celsius. It was also ground zero for heavy metal music.
Between 1850-1910, about 1.2 million Swedes emigrated to the U.S., which was about 25 percent of the country’s population at that time. In 1935, over 200,000 Swedes and first generation Swiss-Americans lived in Chicago.
Uppsala is known for being a location for the old Nordic religion. There was a large holy place there that was eventually destroyed by Christians. The old cathedral there was built on top of the Viking Hall of worship.
The city’s university is the second largest in Sweden with 40,000 students. It is the oldest Scandinavian university. Uppsala also houses the largest cathedral in Sweden.
Amanda lives with her mom, dad, and sister. Her parents are both geologists, or “rock doctors.”
Amanda does team gymnastics back home. Her high school is three years, and each student picks a track, instead of choosing classes. Amanda’s track is finance.
There are no sports in school, unless you attend a sports school, which Amanda does. When you graduate in Sweden, you wear white and receive a hat that displays your name and a stone in the color depicting your track.
Since arriving in the U.S., Amanda has been to many sporting events, gone to Yellowstone, enjoyed Homecoming, and completed service projects. She was a member of the sophomore undefeated volleyball team and is in FFA and 4-H.
Response: Caitlin White
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?
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.
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!
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