November 3, 2022
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Jamie Terry
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Ron Van Ekeren
Professor’s Quote: George Gill
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests: Amanda Paul
Guests: Keith Downey introduced prospective member, Baillie Miller.
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA: Amanda Nilsson; Lily Meyer, Alex Lewis
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Amanda Nilsson won $10 with $111.50 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Kerry Greaser
  • This is Rotary Foundation month.
  • Committee meetings are starting. Let a board member know if you didn’t receive a committee email.
  • The social committee has been assigned planning a holiday party.
Rotarian of the Week: John Bard nominated Rollin Abernethy for taking care of the Junior Rotarians; Caitlin White nominated Jamie Terry for covering on the Spoke.
Songs: On Top of Old Smokey; Rocka My Soul
Program: Member Spotlight, Terry Roark
Introduction: Becky Maddox
Terry Roark’s education started in engineering. He always wanted to continue learning and wished he could continue in college forever, without having to pay tuition.
During his graduate studies, he decided to take literary and philosophy course. Roark decided to fill his minor requirement during his PHD program with a minor in philosophy.
Roark met his wife during his PHD days. Beverly was a computer programmer in the early days. The couple has been married 59+ years. They have a son, David, and two grandsons.
His first job after graduating was at Ohio State teaching, conducting research, and working with graduate students. After 10 years, the provost asked him to come on as associate provost of curriculum for one year.
After that one year, Roark was promoted to associate provost of instruction, before continuing to move into higher level positions.
In 1987, Roark became the UW president and moved to Wyoming. He described the first trip to Wyoming as very windy.
Accomplishments he was proud of during his presidency are:
  • Expanding Wyoming Public Radio to be statewide
  • Founding of the School of Energy and Natural Resources and the Institute
  • Founding of the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Reforming the UW Foundation with Pete Simpson
  • Moving the stock farm from the old prison to its current location
  • Building the controlled substance facility
Title 9 was passed while Roark was at UW. There were also numerous budget cuts to deal with. One spots team cut during his time was baseball.
Roark’s first 10 years in Rotary were as an honorary member. Then he became active, served as president, and on numerous committees. He also served as assistant district governor under two governors.
Roark serves on the local Foundation committee, the humor committee, and he started the highway cleanup committee.
He has lived here for 35+ years. During that time he has served on many boards and committees. He is a member of the hospital foundation and a hospital trustee. He sits on the Cathedral Home for Children board and on the UW Library Development committee.
Roark enjoys travel, music, photography, movies and history.
Response: Tim Sullivan
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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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White, 307-630-1965,