Presiding: Caitlin White
Professor’s Quotes: John Vandel
 
Humor: Todd Pearson
 
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan and Ron Van Ekeren
 
Introduction of Guests: Dave Krause
 
Guests:  John Bard introduced the Junior Rotarians
 
Junior Rotarians: Kit Ng and Ben Taboga
 
Visiting Rotarians: Victoria Ziton
 
Foundation Drawing: Jaime Stine won $10 with $1024.50 in the jackpot and 26 cards in the deck.
 
O’Dwyers Drawing: Annette Mello won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyer’s.
 
Announcements:
  • Kit Ng announced that Laramie Interact has re-formed and they are working with Emily Parsons on a winter coat project.
  • Rollin Abernethy announced Dine and Discover in collaboration with Food Bank of the Rockies.
  • Tim Eisenhauer reminded us of Club Visioning on November 9th and asked that everyone bring in their surveys to the next meeting.
  • John Vandel will again be matching members who want to earn Paul Harris Fellow status.
  • Noel Welch is collecting cash for Christmas Families.
  • John Freeman announced that Rotary Reads is again looking for readers – talk to him or Caitlin.
  • Ray McElwee announced that we have recruited an outbound exchange student for next school year and that we will need host families for an inbound student.
  • Caitlin White passed around library books bearing our seal, showing how our speakers are recognized.
 
Rotarians of the Week:  Nicole Hauser nominated Steve Gosar for coaching not one, but three kids’ basketball teams.
 
Special Presentations: Kit Ng received recognition for being a Junior Rotarian.
 
Upcoming Programs:
November 15 –Dale Steenbergen, Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce
November 22 – Thanksgiving, no meeting
November 29 – Bay Roberts/Kierra Peterson, One School at a Time
 
Songs – Jan Lawrence – Shine on Harvest Moon and Rotary Wheel
 
Program: Victoria Ziton, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies Victoria Ziton, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies
 
Introduction of Program: Tim Eisenhauer
 
The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is now centrally located in Casper after being in Cheyenne for 25 years.  With 13 staff and a new warehouse, they distribute food every year to over 70,000 people in all of Wyoming’s 23 counties.
They primarily deal high protein food, fresh fruits and veggies and dairy products.
The Food Bank is the hub in a distribution wheel that includes 247 partners in Wyoming.  In Albany County, partners include Interfaith Good Samaritan, Cathedral Home, and the Laramie Soup Kitchen.  Partners on the other side of the supply chain include businesses like Safeway, WalMart and Starbucks.  Programs we may be familiar with are Dine and Discover and school backpack programs. 
This is a very efficient program where $1 donated provides 4 meals, and 96 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to food distribution.  Donors include individuals, foundations, and corporations.
The Food Bank of the Rockies also recognizes that some communities with no infrastructure (like our soup kitchen) still have hungry people and they have therefore set up mobile food pantries.
On a regional scale the Food Bank is a part of Feeding America, with a hub in Denver, who directs trucks that need to find a use for produce and also sells or brokers food on a large scale.  They also partner with Food Bank of the Rockies out of Denver.
Overall, the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies has a budget of $2.5M annually and distributes 1.5 M pounds of food.  In Albany County alone, they distribute 460,000 pounds of food annually, which equates to 1019 meals/day.
 
Responding for the Club:  Sara Davis
 
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!
 
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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April 6, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
Darren Parkin
City of Laramie
(update on aquifer protection)
 
March 30, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Herb Manig
Inspiration: Greg Weisz
Professor’s Quote:
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Wayne Butler
Guests: .
Exchange Student: Isabelle Bonner
Visiting Rotarians: Billy Addelman, Assistant District Governor, Cheyenne
Junior Rotarians:  
Rotaract Students: Cameron Whiting
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Don Prehoda won $10; no joker drawn.
O’Dwyers Drawing: David Hansen won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyers.
 
Upcoming Programs:
April 13 – Andrew Graham, WyoFile (distinguishing facts from fictions)
April 20 – Ken Chestek, American Promise (proposed constitutional amendment)
Apri 27 – Mark Gordon, Wyoming State Treasurer
May 4 – Andy Pannell & Lab School students (Project Citizen)
May 11 – Kelly Neville, Tim Sullivan, Carson Hutchinson - Guatemala
May 18 – Tom Burman, US Athletic Director
May 25 – Mary Flanderka, policy advocate, Wyoming Outdoor Council (natural resource conservation & development)
 
Announcements:
  • Herb Manig noted ‘Thank You’s’ from World Languages Day for support and from LCCC for the Club’s endowed scholarship fund now totaling $19,125.
  • John Bard announced  Sarah Arulsamy, February’s Junior Rotarian, still needs to raise $500 for her trip to California to compete for honors at a DECA function .
  • George Gill displayed the book he co-authored on Easter Island and explained the evolution of his studies.
  • Rollin Abernethy invited Rotarians to participate in Dine & Discover this evening from 4:30-7:00 at LHS.
  • Annette Mello announced on behalf of Nicole Nelson that the Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at Ridley’s on Saturday.
  • Nick Hauser invited young children of Rotarians to visit his company’s ‘hands on’ lab at the Albany County Library parking lot on Saturday from 1:00-5:00 pm.
  • Tom Mangan reminded all of the upcoming MS Walk and  noted examples of monies that returned to the community and reported on a new drug that has been approved by the FDA which treats the primary progressive form of MS.
Rotarian of the Week: George Gill was nominated for his past work and the culmination in the book; Rollin Abernethy was nominated for his work with Dine & Discover; Kelly Neville was nominated for recognition in the Laramie Daily Boomerang article on her Guatemala trip.
 
Rotarian of the Month:  
 
Special Presentation: Jeff Dodds received an addition to his lapel pin recognizing 20 years as a Rotarian.
 
Introduction of Program: Kerry Greaser
 
    Dave Krause, head of UniWyo Federal Credit Union, shared some of his background in investments and financial institutions noting that he had only been in Laramie for 90 days. Married with 7 and 13-year –old daughters, he said he loves Laramie and the West.
    Started in 1959 with 9 employees the credit union now has 26,000 members being served in two locations…on Reynolds and on Grand. He estimated that UniWyo saved members $3.6 million in 2016.
     UniWyo’s commitment to the community is extensive with a long list of beneficiaries who have received money from the CU or donated time by employees.
     Krause noted that UniWyo has a 25% share of the banking market in Laramie, trailing First Interstate Bank which has a 30% share.
     UniWyo wants to grow, to adjust to changing regulations and to add products and services for its members.
     Half of the 18,000 jobs lost last year in Wyoming were in the energy field. The other 9,000 jobs were lost in businesses that averaged 30 employees,  creating a major problem in recovering those jobs.
     He shared statistics on the global level, on China’s economic challenges, the USA’s deficit spending and the increasing debt ($19.4 trillion). There was a notable change in attitudes about the markets between December and January.  The Feds increased rates by 0.25% and three more increases are anticipated in the balance of the year.
  
Responding for the club: Dave Hansen
 
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 to all concerned?
  • Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
 
Rotary District 5440 conference:
June 1-3, 2017 in Casper
 
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March 30, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
Dave Kraus
 UniWyo Federal Credit Union
 
March 23, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Drew Johnson
Inspiration:
Professor’s Quote:
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Wayne Butler
Guests: Nick Hauser introduced Chris Rucinski.
 RYLA Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians: Sarah Shinstine
Rotaract Students:
Humor: Wayne Butler
Foundation Drawing: Paul Irish won $10, with $722.50 in the jackpot and 39 cards from which to draw.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Kerry Greaser won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyers.
 
Upcoming Programs:
April 6 – Darren Parkin, City of Laramie (update on aquifer protection)
April 13 – Andrew Graham, WyoFile (distinguishing facts from fictions)
April 20 – Ken Chestek, American Promise (proposed constitutional amendment)
Apri 27 – Mark Gordon, Wyoming State Treasurer
May 4 – Andy Pannell & Lab School students (Project Citizen)
May 11 – Doug Faus, Ivinson Memorial Hospital (coming changes in healthcare)
May 18 – Tom Burman, US Athletic Director
May 25 – Mary Flanderka, policy advocate, Wyoming Outdoor Council (natural resource conservation & development)
 
Announcements:
  • John Bard announced  Sarah Arulsamy, Ferbruary’s Junior Rotarian, will be going to California to compete for honors at a DECA function at which she placed 4th in the nation last year. She needs to raise $500 and Bard asked that any members who wished to contribute see him after the meeting.
  • Kelly Neville acknowledged Tim Sullivan and Carson Hutchinson for their participation presented a club banner she received on the Guatemala trip.
  • Kerry Greaser reported that Dine & Discover would be from 5:30-7:00 pm next Thursday at LHS and invited Rotarians to participate.
  • Bob Leonard reported  that the Suicide Prevention training provided before Spring Break was successful and all schools in the city are now on board.
  • Anne Brande announced that the fund raising Downtown Scavenger Hunt on Saturday was open to all with prizes part of the incentive.
  • Drew Johnson announced that the meeting on the question of a Rotary Park would take place after today’s meeting.
 
Rotarian of the Week: Kelly Neville was nominated for her work on the recent Guatemala Rotary trip; Bob Leonard was nominated for his work with the Suicide Prevention Task Force; Nicole Hauser was nominated for being our Rotary Exchange Student Isabelle Bonner’s next host family.
 
Rotarian of the Month:  
 
Special Presentation: Chris Rucinski was inducted into the Club by acting president Johnson.
 
Introduction of Program: Doug Faus
 
    Guy Warpness, board member of Ivinson Memorial Hospital, spoke on transitioning of IMH to a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.  The process began a number of years ago when a committee was appointed to evaluate the benefits and  methodology of becoming a 501(c)(3).
    The rationale for change lies in changing industry dynamics.
Government-run healthcare is declining across the country and more county-run hospitals are failing financially. A 501(c)(3) entity can grow faster and more meaningfully than a district hospital and would have an increased ability to improve operations, recruit talent, manage assets and pursue potential partnerships.
    At this time the board is strong and cohesive and IMH would be making the transition from a position of strength. The Governance Structure Committee has recommended proceeding with the exploration with the following objectives in mind: improved quality of healthcare, improved financial position and improved community benefit. The board is looking for possible implementation in the 4th quarter of 2017.
    Responsibility for the organization would include a 501(c)(3) board of directors with accountability to a district board. Hospital leadership management would report to the CEO and the CEO and board committees would be accountable to the 501(c)(3) board.
    The Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity, would stay the same.
  
Responding for the club: Dave Hansen
 
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 to all concerned?
  • Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
 
Rotary District 5440 conference:
June 1-3, 2017 in Casper
 
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March 16, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program: Joe Sery, Tungsten Heavy Powder & Parts
 
March 9, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Herb Manig
Inspiration:
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
 
Announcements:
  • 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 walkmswyoming.org 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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Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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