Oct. 20, 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: Hanna Eslinger
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA: Amanda Nilsson; Lily, Alexandra
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Humor: Terry Roark
Foundation Drawing: Doug Faus won $10.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Steve Gosar
  • Committee emails are out. You should have received at least two emails. Let a board member know if you didn’t receive any. Next steps will be assigning a chair for each committee.
  • Attendance in September was up slightly at 36.6 percent. We have 83 members, moving toward the goal of 90.
  • Aimee Binning has resigned, since she works in Cheyenne.
  • World Polio Day has a livestream. Let Jamie know if you want the link. You can also join the Polio Plus Society.
  • Caitlin White told the club that our outbound exchange student, Parker Jackson, is enjoying her exchange in Italy.
Rotarian of the Week: Tim Sullivan nominated Steve Gosar and Terry Roark for being on the ballot for the upcoming election; Jaime Terry nominated Evelyn Edson for her work on the United Way of Albany County campaign and Becky Maddox for taking on chairing the program committee.    
Rotarian of the Month: Rollin Abernethy
Program: Albany County School District #1, Dr. John Goldhardt
Introduction: Steve Gosar
Dr. Goldhardt has 34 years in education. He became superintendent last summer. Goldhardt noted that education is so vital, especially for the public interest.
He believes that leadership is an action not a position, and that different is not less. There are many different types and perspectives for education, and many students need different things in order to succeed. All students should receive equitable access to learning. With high expectations comes high support. He runs on an assumption of trust.
Goldhardt wants to see 100 percent of students graduate and for 100 percent of them to have the skills needed for adult life and continued education. Another goal is to have 100 percent of third graders reading at their grade level.
Goldhardt values mental health support for students, with hopes to lower suicide rates in youth. COVID. Has had a big impact on mental help, leading to a greater number of students that need more help.
He has been happy to see how deeply the community cares and wants ACSD#1 to do well and to improve. To do this, he is taking on an updated strategic plan.
Rotarians were asked what students need to have learned to succeed after graduation. Rotarians noted:
  • Basic learning
  • Problem solving
  • Positive community member
  • Think critically
  • Learn empathy
  • Life skills
  • Finances
  • Know they are valued
  • Responsible
  • Willingness to try
  • Accountable
  • Make decisions
  • Handle self-care
  • Embrace lifelong learning
  • Know who they are
Goldhardt wants students to be provided with guidance on their opportunities for post-secondary education and planning.
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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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White, 307-630-1965, cwhite@acplwy.org