November 9, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
Land Purchase, Albany County Commissioner Terri Jones
November 2, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Tim Eisenhauer
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan
Professor’s Quote: John Vandel
Guests: Izzy Bonner introduced her father, Alex, and brothers, Taylor and Alex.
Exchange Students: Izzy Bonner & Barb Furkova
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians:
Rotaract Students:  
Humor: Herb Manig
Foundation Drawing: Todd Pearson won the jackpot worth more than $2,500!
O’Dwyers Drawing: Guest Adam Bonner won a $20 gift card from ODwyer’s.
Upcoming Programs:
Nov. 16 – Project SEARCH at IMH, Kayla Kukowski/Megan Fredrick
Nov. 30 – Laramie Soup Kitchen, Ted Cramer
  • Tim Eisenhauer reminded the club that on Jan. 6, 2018, there will be an RI President dinner and Polio Plus Fundraiser in Denver.
  • Tim Eisenhauer noted that members can still give to Hurricane Harvey support on the district website.
  • Tim Eisenhauer thanked the members who came to the Rotary tailgate last week. Governor Matt Mead and UW President Laurie Nichols were among the visitors.  
  • Tim Eisenhauer noted that Rotary will be helping with Salvation Army bell ringing from Nov. 20-December. Please sign up if you can help.
  • Tim Eisenhauer announced that the Laramie Sunrise club will host Black Tie Bingo on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Proceeds will benefit Climb Wyoming.
Rotarian of the Week: John Bard nominated David Hansen for his spirit and enthusiasm marching in the Homecoming parade; Paul Greaser nominated Nick Hauser for an article in The Laramie Boomerang; Kerry Greaser nominated Paul Irish for planning the tailgate; Paul Heimer nominated Todd Pearson for the drinks he will buy later with his jackpot winnings.
Special Presentation: Herb Manig, Klaus Hanson, and Gerry Meyer celebrated birthdays with donations to the club foundation.
Introduction of Program: John Vandel
Ron Hammel spoke about the Rotary Foundation. November is Rotary Foundation month. Ron’s role is to assist clubs in putting together grants and to advise on other Foundation matters.
Ron told the club 5 reasons why the Rotary Foundation is unique. Reason 1: RF projects are selected and implemented worldwide. Global grants in 2015-2016 totaled $70 million and district grants totaled $26 million. These grants are made possible by giving from Rotary members.
Reason 2: Charity Navigator has rated RF with 5 stars for ten years in a row. This makes it one of the best, and the Foundation uses very little of its funds for administrative costs.
Reason 3: RF makes lasting improvements in local communities. For example, $39,000 was spent on local Centennial grants last year.
Reason 4: RF has an established network of peace centers around the world and produces about 100 new Peace Fellows each year.
Reason 5:  RF mobilizes key partners to solve major world issues. For example, 1.2 billion was generated for polio in 2016-2017 through Rotary and its partners.
Eleven clubs in the district have taken part in international service projects. Our club sponsored a global grant. Thirty-five clubs participated in a Centennial grant project in 2016-2017.
The district has sponsored seven Peace Fellows in the last ten years.
The district wants to increase membership to the Paul Harris Society. These members give $1,000 every year to RF. There are 131 current members. The goal is to increase that number by 50 by the end of the calendar year. If you are one of the first 50 to sign up, you will get $100 back and will receive 1,000 Rotary recognition points that can be used to recognize another.
You can also be a sustaining member by donating at least $100 to the Foundation each year.
Responding for the Club: Tim Sullivan
Special Announcement from John Vandel: John Vandel encouraged all members of the club to become part of the Paul Harris Society. He will match everyone’s monetary donation up to 500 points. Members should turn their donations in to Nicole Nelson.
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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