May 4, 2023
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Murray Schroeder
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Professor’s Quote:
Ollie Walter
Foundation Flash: 
Introduction of Guests:
Amanda Nilsson
Guests: Anna Cramer and Neil Theobald
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Amanda
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Foundation Drawing:
Jaime Stine won $10 from the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Keith Downey
  • Bingo night at O’Dwyers is June 8. Money raised will go to the Suicide Prevention Task Force.
  • Caitlin White announced that our new exchange student will be Marianna from Brazil. We are still searching for host families.
  • Nominations for District Rotarian of the Year are open.
  • District Conference is June 8-10.
  • Tom Mangan announced that the MS Walk will be in Cheyenne on June 3. You can donate or participate on the team.
  • Board elections and a bylaws vote will be available soon.
Upcoming Programs:
  • May 18: State Engineer’s Office, Jeff Cowley
  • May 25: City of Laramie North Facility (Off-site Tour), Brooks Webb
  • June 1: CLIMB Wyoming, Katie Hogarty
  • June 8: Former Inbound Exchange Student, Hunaid Nagaria
Rotarian of the Week: Caitlin White nominated Todd and Stacey Pearson for hosting Amanda; Dave Hansen nominated Tony Hoch for his work on the program committee.
Special Presentations: Anna Cramer and Neil Theobald were inducted. Welcome Anna and Neil!
Songs: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Program: Hospital Renovation, Doug Faus and Karen Saunders
Introduction: Tom Mangan
Doug Faus and Karen Saunders talked to the club about the Ivinson Memorial Hospital ER services facilities renovation and expansion.
This is the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 40th anniversary. The IMH Foundation has helped on multiple hospital projects including: the cancer center, radiation therapy, updated lobby and cafeteria, the guest house, chemo and cellular therapy, 30 new patient rooms, a 9-chair dialysis center, three state-of-the-art operating rooms, 3-D mammography, a 64-slice CT scanner, a DaVinci surgical robot, and the offices for the Ivinson Medical Group.
The current ER is going to need many changes. This was noticed during COVID. The ER’s heating and ventilation needs work. The footprint will be roughly the same.
There will be a new ambulance garage. The old ambulance garage will be the new entrance into the ER for patients.
The new space will offer better flexibility for patients and have better lines of sight for staff. There will be two trauma areas.
The need for ER services has increased. There is also a lot of competition in Laramie from urgent care facilities. The capacity for visits is normally 10,000 each year. The ER is seeing 12,000-13,000 each year.
To keep wait times low, there will be an increase from 9-10 rooms up to 13. Seven rooms will remain open at all times during construction. The challenge will be continuing to keep it operational while remodeling.
The project is expected to take 14 months to complete. It will cost an estimated $14 million. IMH has received $3+ million from SLIB. The IMH Foundation will participate and is working to raise $4 million.
The donor tiers are:
  • Leadership - $250,000+
  • Major - $25,000 - $249,000
  • Community Base - $1 - $24,999
You can help by contributing funding or time to spread the word and find donors.  
Response: Joe Steiner
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!
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.