Presiding: Caitlin White
Professor’s Quote: George Gill
 
Humor: Todd Pearson
 
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan and Ron Van Ekeren
 
Introduction of Guests: Amanda Given
 
Guests:  Murray Schroeder introduced his daughter, Sally.
 
Junior Rotarians: Ragan Smith and Ben Taboga
 
Foundation Drawing: Paul Heimer won $10 with 24 cards in the deck.
 
O’Dwyers Drawing: Craig Cook won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyer’s.
 
Announcements:
  • Noel Welch is collecting cash for Christmas Families.
  • Annette Mello reminded everyone to sign up for the Christmas party on Dec. 7.
  • Emily Parsons told the club that the Interact Club is kicking off a warm winter item drive. Ask Emily for more details on drop off locations.
Rotarians of the Week:  Tim Eisenhauer nominated Steve Morgan, Jaime Stine, Ollie Walter, Jim Wilkinson, Jubal Yennie, and Caitlin White for attending the visioning meeting. Caitlin White nominated Steve Morgan, George Gill, and Joe Steiner for attending social hour and Beth Jones for coordinating. Steve Morgan nominated Tim Eisenhauer for all the hard work he put in making the visioning session happen.
 
Rotarian of the Month: John Bard
 
Songs: Jan Lawrence -  Air Force Song, Anchors Aweigh, Caissons Go Rolling Along, Marine’s Hymn
 
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
 
Introduction of Program: Tom Mangan
 
Dale Sternbergen with the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce spoke to the club about the Ground Based Strategic Defense project.
Dale said that the GBSD is the largest economic project in the state by the funding needed. It is main impact will be in southeast Wyoming, and it is a military project.
 
F.E. Warren Air Force Base is one of three bases in the U.S. that maintain and make ready 150 missiles.
 
The current system used, Minuteman 3, was created in 1970.
 
In 2010, Dale and a team started to look at what it would take to strengthen the deterrent position. From there, a website called Global Zero Truth was created. It went viral with the number one hit being from Russia.
 
The GBSD is an entire rebuild of the missile system in the U.S. The cost will be $93.1 billion.
 
For Wyoming contractors, that means big money with about $4-$6 million being spent here.
 
The project is looking for contractors and business involvement. Work needed includes: concrete, heat/air, porter potties, IT, catering, lodging and more. The service side of the project will be huge.
 
The number one problem that has come up with the project is the lack of education in STEM in Wyoming and the lack of college graduates who remain in Wyoming. Dale noted there is some work to do in this area, so outside contractors are able to make the project work for the future.
 
Dale mentioned that Wyoming is in the bottom 10 percent in the country for states in terms of number of college graduates. UW could double in size, and it would still not be in the top 10 percent in the nation.
 
Responding for the Club:  Tim Snowbarger
 
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!
 
Spoke Editor: Tony Hoch, 307-760-9386 or tony.hoch@lrcd.net
 
Upcoming Events:
Rotary Christmas Party – Friday, December 7, O’Dwyers
                5:30-6:30pm – Cocktail Hour
                6:30pm – Dinner
Come for live music, good conversation and door prizes!
 
 
Reminder:
Rotary Reads could use a few more volunteers from members. Talk to Caitlin White or John Freeman if interested. Deadline to sign up is  Dec. 13.
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