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Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club: Join Us Tuesday mornings, 6:45 at Little America

Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary

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We meet Tuesdays at 6:45 AM
Little America Hotel & Resort
2800 West Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY  82009
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Welcome back to a new year, Rotarians! Last Tuesday (Jan. 8) we had a great meeting full of discussion and goals for the new year and a wrap up of Thankful Thursday’s fundraising.

Thankful Thursday was a huge success and several organizations will benefit from the hard work.  Unaccompanied Youth and Ruby’s Adaptive Dance will receive their checks soon.

Ideas for the new year include:  Sunrise Rotary’s own children book is being written by Justin and Roxanne, a suggested “Buddy Bench” for a school playground, Giving from the Heart, additional chemo bags, historical trail marker for the Goodnight and Loving Trail.  All projects to give back to the community through service.

Ending the meeting, Roxanne tempted us with prizes to complete an informational trivia test.  Justin won but we all learned....sneaky Roxanne.
Club President Roxanne Ostlund and her mother, Donna, put on a great party (again) at their home for the club Christmas party, attended by several club members and a few guests, who enjoyed Roxanne's special shrimp cocktail, Pat Colgan's smoked turkey and many other culinary delights, as well as great conversations between club members and guests.
A guest remarked that it was one of the "coziest" parties they'd attended this holiday season, partly because of Larry The Dog wandering between guests looking for a bite here and there, but mostly because of the festive holiday decorations gracing the home of Donna and Roxanne.
That they managed to do it without the assistance of Roxanne's husband Tom, away on his ministerial duties, was doubly evidence that home parties produce great fellowship and a warm sense of belonging among club members and those invited to take part.
Again many thanks to Roxanne and Donna!
Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary members once again served as "bell ringers" for the Salvation Army and once again outdid everyone by bringing in over $1,000.00!! Most of the donations were of the smaller variety, but three generous individuals donated 100-dollar bills. One bell-ringer said she was heartened by the number of people who donated during the day at King Soopers grocery store (and thanks to them for letting us ring bells in their sheltered doorway, though the weather was tolerable for the effort).
   The Salvation Army uses the money raised to feed and shelter the hungry in Cheyenne at this critical time of the year, the holidays when the plight of those less fortunate becomes highlighted.
   CSR Past President Brenda Laird coordinated the effort and thanks everyone who wore out their wrists ringing bells for this great effort!
Long-time member W.M. Stalcup, from his 'satellite club' home in Steamboat Springs, noticed in the "Rotarian" magazine that Wyoming is missing out on a worthwhile project so he emailed the club's president, Roxanne, the following;
    " article in the most recent (December, 2017) issue of The Rotarian, (The Great Western Trail) caught my eye. Article talks about Texas Rotarians taking on a project to mark The Great Western Trail which stretched 2,000 miles from Maramoros, Mexico to Val Marie, Sask, Canada & the adjoining six states (Nebraska, Colorado, South & North Dakota, Wyoming & Montana). It was used to drive cattle from 1874 - 1893 and, according to the article; more significant than the Chisholm Trail.
One sentence jumped off the page:  "So far, every state but Wyoming has dedicated at least one marker for the Great Western Trail."  
Texas is marked with 121 markers, Oklahoma - 60, Kansas - 14, Nebraska - 30, South Dakota - 6, etc., etc.
This isn't a matter of just raising funds for the marker(s). If you can believe the map, the trail passes just north of Cheyenne. Once "exact" location(s) are established and permission(s) granted, the project would entail sourcing the marker mold(s), pouring the concrete into the mold, let it cure a month, paint it, install the marker(s) and work the logistics of hosting either a formal dedication or a quieter ceremony."
Maybe a good project to partner with the Cheyenne noon club or another Wyoming or Nebraska Rotary Club?
Another project is probably the last thing your presidency needs Roxanne but I couldn't help but bring this to your attention and included Jerry in this email as I thought he might find this interesting as well. At the very least, the article itself is a good read! The article includes lots of contact resources, that, if there is any interest, I'd be willing to research, make some contacts, etc. 
Happy Holidays to each of you and Sunrise Rotary members.
Rotary District Governor Bill Emslie and his wife, Tracey, visited our club September 12, and wrote the following story in the district newsletter published in mid-Nov.;
   "We visited Little America, the site of our two District Training Assemblies, and where the Rotary Club of Cheyenne, Sunrise meets at 6:45 each Tuesday morning. This is a club that you cannot leave a meeting without having a good feeling about Rotary. 

Established on September 11, 2003, this club of about 29 members is a powerhouse of humanitarian service to the City of Cheyenne. President Roxanne Ostlund is an enthusiastic and positive leader who gets things done. During our visit, we learned the club raises funds with an annual auction and raffle. Some of the club activities and projects include Thankful Thursday, a program for high school students that do not have a place to live, reading to children, a Chile Bingo night, an Adaptive Dance for disabled adults and special needs children, a golf tournament and Giving from the Heart program that benefits those in need. 

In keeping with Rotary’s goal to in- crease humanitarian service, this club has adopted an elementary school in Cheyenne and will provide a multitude of help and support to the students and staff. As a contribution to our Polio Plus goal, the club not only gave generously from each member present, but acted during the meeting to donate proceeds from its weekly “pineapple fund” to the Polio Plus effort. 

Following the meeting, I met with board members President Roxanne Ostlund, Past President Brenda Laird, Foundation Chair Kevin Guille, Service Chair Larry Catalano, Past President & Club News Chair Phil Noble, Past President & Club Foundation Chair Earl King and Secretary Kathy Alexander. I was impressed with the range of service and giving this club makes to its community. Thank you, Rotary Club of Cheyenne, Sunrise, President Roxanne Ostlund, and all your members for helping to make Rotary a highly respected presence in your community.

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