November 30, 2017 Spoke
Today’s Program:
Laramie Soup Kitchen, Ted Cramer
November 16, 2017
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Caitlin White
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan
Professor’s Quote: George Gill
Guests: Steve Morgan introduced Scott Butler.
Exchange Students: Izzy Bonner & Barb Furkova
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians:
Rotaract Students:  
Humor: Todd Pearson
Foundation Drawing: Steve Morgan won $10, with 50 cards in the deck.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Dan Furphy won a $20 gift card from ODwyer’s.
  • Noel Welch will be passing around donation cans for the Christmas family. Please contribute to the family of seven that our club is supporting this holiday season.
  • Tom Mangan gave an update on Don Brosz’s health. He’s not up to attending a meeting yet, but would appreciate visitors.
  • Caitlin White announced that Tim Eisenhauer will be in touch with those who volunteered to help as bell ringers for Salvation Army.
  • Ken Patel said goodbye to the club, as this will be his last meeting before heading to India for the winter. He will return in March.
  • Kerry Greaser reminded the club that Dine & Discover is coming up on Nov. 30. Volunteers are needed.
  • Larry Struempf provided information on the upcoming District conference in Estes Park, Colorado, in May. Contact him for additional details.
Rotary News: Tony Hoch
Introduction of Program: Doug Faus
Representatives Kayla, Jody, and Jacob from Ivinson Memorial Hospital’s Project SEARCH spoke to the club.
Project SEARCH is a 9-month training program that connects students with disabilities to local businesses, in order to gain real-world experience as the students near graduation.
The program allows students to intern at different places around Laramie for work site rotations and career exploration. 
Project SEARCH started in 1996 at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. Ivinson Memorial Hospital took on the project because it is a proven training model and an important program for the community. Project SEARCH has spread to 300 sites since its inception.
Each intern is employed for at least 16 hours per week in Laramie. In the hospital, departments such as materials management, dietary, and the IMH Foundation have provided work experience for interns. Jacob is one of the current interns.
The program also has a classroom component for interns. During the program, interns learn numerous skills such as, team building, self-advocacy, financial literacy, and health and wellness. 
The students practice job interviews and work on email and using technology.
Some of the benefits of the program include increased diversity in the workplace, increased reliability, improved staff morale, higher quality of work.
Project SEARCH is in need of business advisory and communication help. It is also looking for competitive, employment opportunities for interns.
Project SEARCH helps these students become more employable in the future.
Responding for the Club: Tom Mangan
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?
Upcoming District Events:
  • Rotary International President’s Dinner & PolioPlus Fundraiser – Jan. 6 in Denver
  • High Country Pets – March 2-4 in Denver
  • District Assembly – April 7 in Cheyenne
  • District 5440 Conference – May 3-5 in Estes Park
  • Rotary International Convention – June 23-27 in Toronto
Update on PolioPlus Contributions during club visits by District Governor:
  • District Governor Bill Emslie and wife, Tracey have raised $9,000 for PolioPlus during visits to clubs in the district over the past several months. The initial goal was to raise $5,000.
Thought of the Day: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that is behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us. –Robert Louis Stevenson
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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White