Sept. 9, 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
Guests: Murray Schroeder introduced Deb Smith; Keith Downey introduced Ray McElwee.
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA: Amanda Nilsson
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Foundation Drawing: Ollie Walter won $10 with 5 cards left in the deck and $1,972.50 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Rollin Abernethy
  • Jamie Terry asked club members to check their emails and offer any suggestions on the revised bylaws.
  • Attendance was up in August at about 40 percent.
  • The board will soon have the results of the committees out. A reminder that service projects and fundraising will need extra help this year.
  • Club members have one week to speak to a board member if you have any comments on Ray McElwee’s application.
Rotarian of the Week: Murray Schroeder nominated Aimee Binning for all her work as program committee chair.    
Rotarian of the Month: Dave Hansen
Songs: I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do); I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
Program: Wyoming Public Radio, Bob Beck
Introduction: Christina Kuzmych
Bob Beck is retiring after 34 years with Wyoming Public Radio. He is the news director at WPR.
He came to Laramie in 1984. His first job involved working with Curt Gowdy. At WPR, he was the sole professional newscaster at the time.
Beck has covered the legislature in Wyoming for many years. During that time he was able to interview a lot of people including Al Simpson, Dick Cheney, and Malcolm Wallop. His has dealt with many different governors, but his favorite was Gov. Freudenthal.
Beck spoke about how Wyoming has changed politically. It used to be much more moderate and is now more conservative. He has also covered many booms and busts.
Some of his biggest stories were covering the Mark Hopkinson execution, the Jessica Dubroff plane tragedy, and the drunk driving incident that claimed the lives of eight UW athletes. Beck noted that his most memorable story was covering the Matthew Shepard slaying.
Beck also covered a lot of sports, even meeting Michael Jordan.
A few of his favorite stories were covering a UW choir teacher who was a champion weight lifter; a researcher putting spider silk into milk; and rodeo clowns for Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Technology in Wyoming has also changed tremendously when covering stories for the radio. Beck does have a Twitter where his handle is @ButterBob. He also recently did a podcast called The Widower. Beck was the co-creator of Open Spaces.
Beck taught broadcasting news at UW for over 20 years. He is proud of the students and interns that he has worked with. He is also proud of where the station is with its reporting and shows.
Beck is planning to move to New York after retirement. He also recently married. 
Response: Rebecca Miller
Fundraising Committee: Consider donating raffle tickets to the club pot. If a ticket in the club pot wins the jackpot, this money will go toward helping the club!
Did you know? It’s Civil Service Month for Rotary!
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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