March 16, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program: Joe Sery, Tungsten Heavy Powder & Parts
March 9, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Herb Manig
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Don Brosz with help from Tom Mangan & Wayne Butler
Guests: Todd Pearson introduced prospective member J.J. Harrisl Kristen Peterson introduced prospective member Tom Ver Ploeg. 
RYLA Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Rotaract Students: Cameron Whiting
Professor’s Quote:
Humor: Wayne Butler
Foundation Drawing: George Gill won $10, with 38 cards in the deck and $664.50 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Paul Heimer won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyers.
Upcoming Programs:
March 23 – Guy Warpness, Ivinson Memorial Hospital
March 30 – Dave Krause, UniWyo Federal Credit Union
  • Herb Manig read a note from a duck race ticket purchaser. There was a mix-up with his check for tickets totally $25. He sent in a donation of $100 to the club to make up for the lost check.
  • Larry Struempf asked the club to consider a new Rotary Park plan. Renaming Optimist Park in West Laramie is not an option, but there is the possibility of naming the Imperial Heights park that is being constructed near the new high school Rotary Park. A vote from the membership will be needed before this project moves forward.
  • Keith Downey needs volunteers and donations for Relay for Life on April 21 and 22.
  • Tom Mangan told the club that the MS Walk will be April 15 this year. To sign up, members should visit and look up the team Rotary Walks.
Rotarian of the Week: Tim Sullivan nominated Kermit Brown for his appointment to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees and Phil Nicholas for being back following a liver transplant.
Rotarian of the Month: Becky Maddox
Special Presentation: Annette Mello gave a presentation on Club Runner, the club’s new website portal. Club Runner is more efficient and will give the club a better online presence. Annette will send out the PowerPoint presentation and other information to the club via email.
Introduction of Program: Dave Hansen
Tom Hudson, the head coach for Laramie High School Swimming spoke to the club. Hudson has coached swimming fro 27 years and has had 11 state championship teams at Laramie High School. He was the 2016 Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year.
Hudson gave a brief history of swimming at LHS. The girls swim team has been state champions 15 times since 1962. The boys swim team has been state champions 20 times since 1962 for a total of 35 championships.
Laramie High School has had many All American swimmers. To qualify, the swimmer must be in the top 100 swimmers in the event. Hudson told the club that one freshman female is on the way to being an All American.
This season, both the girls and boys swim team went 15:2.
Before the new facility at LHS was built, the swim teams held meets at the Laramie Rec Center and practiced at the old Laramie High School.
When the new facility was being built, Hudson assisted the architects in planning the pool area. The pool now has the capacity for state meets and is one of the best facilities in the country, especially for diving.
Hudson expects that the facility will hold 2-3 meets per year for swim clubs totaling 600 swimmers a meet.
LHS will be the host of state meets starting in 2018. The pool has 13 lanes. Ten lanes make up the championship pool and three lanes are for warm up and cool down.
The pool’s original bulkhead, which makes the pool a flex pool, was designed poorly. LHS is getting a new bulkhead. The new one will be stainless steel.
The pool also has a full video scoreboard. The scoreboard cost about $180,000. A portion of the scoreboard was provided by a grant for $64,000. The scoreboard is from Colorado Timing Systems. It’s enhanced equipment that can show awards ceremonies, life action, and leader boards. It is 17 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
Responding for the club: Kelly Wolfe
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the Albany County Public Library’s Children’s Book Fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
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?
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