March 8, 2018 Spoke
Today’s Program:
Wyoming Water Development, Harry LaBonde
March 1, 2018
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Tim Eisenhauer
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan, Ron Van Ekeren & Mark Mader
Professor’s Quote: Ollie Walter
Guests: Todd Pearson introduced prospective member Jamie Terry; Anita McLaughlin introduced Ivan Gaetz.
Exchange Students: Barb Fukova
Visiting Rotarians: Kris & Eric Whitfield
Junior Rotarians:
Rotaract Students:
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Jaime Stine won $10, with 38 cards in the deck. Drawing is now $665.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Klaus Hanson won a $20 gift card from O’Dwyer’s.
Upcoming Programs:
  • March 15 - Albany County Fairground’s Foundation indoor arena project, Sharleen Castle
  • Jeff Dodds announced the club ski day. Sign ups will be going around soon for March 15 at noon at Snowy Range Ski Area.
  • Tim Eisenhauer reminded members that attended Rotary Leadership Institute to get their reimbursement requests in to Nicole Nelson.
  •  Tim Eisenhauer and Tom Mangan announced that the annual MS Walk in Laramie has been discontinued. However, Rotarians can still help support the cause by registering under the normal Rotary Walks team.
  • Tim Eisenhauer passed around a thank you from Project Graduation.
  • Tim Eisenhauer noted that the club has received an invitation to the event with anthropologist Kathy Reichs on April 10 at 6pm at the UW Conference Center. If anyone is interested in attending, let Tim know.
Rotarian of the Week: Don Brosz nominated Paul Heimer for receiving the Jim Cavalli Service to Others Award.
Introduction of Program: Tim Eisenhauer
Rotarian Bob Leonard presented on the Suicide Prevention Task Force. The Suicide Prevention Task Force is a cause the club supports each year.
Bob noted that the task force started up in 2014-2015 after there were five youth suicides in Laramie. The Laramie Kiwanis Club originally initiated the task force. Bob thanked the Rotarians that have helped with the task force: Larry Struempf, Jenny Eisenhauer, Dan Furphy, Doug Faus, and Jubal Yennie.
The task force created the suicide prevention hotline. The hotline is manned 24-hours a day. There are two phones, an initial and a backup. Union Wireless has supported the program through donations of phones.
After the hotline startup, the task force did additional research and decided to raise funds for the Sources of Strength program. The program initially started at Rock River High School and Laramie Junior High (now Laramie Middle School). UW and LCCC joined the program in summer/fall of 2016. Since then, the program has also expanded to Laramie High School and Whiting High School.
Representatives from UW, LCCC, Laramie High School, and Laramie Middle School also spoke.
Lena Newlin with UW noted how positive the program is, focusing on the ideas of hope, health, and strength. UW has incorporated the program into its Wellness Ambassador program.
Jacque Grimes with Laramie Middle School noted that Sources of Strength is the number one listed program. The program focuses on two areas of suicide prevention: resiliency and protective factors.
The school has expanded the program to all three grades and has 60 student trainers. One project LMS worked on was having teachers send postcards home to students. The school has sent over 1,000 postcards.
Bryan Lee and students from Laramie High School noted they are working on peers working to lead the program.  The school is working on more education related to positive mentorship.
LCCC students have held information sessions with faculty and focused on building adult and youth connections.
Laramie Suicide Prevention Hotline: 307-977-7777.
Responding for the Club: Paul Irish
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?
Special Announcement from John & Joyce Vandel: John & Joyce Vandel encouraged all members of the club to become part of the Paul Harris Society. They will match everyone’s monetary donation up to 500 points. Members should turn their donations in to Nicole Nelson.
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