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Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club

Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary

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We meet Tuesdays at 6:45 AM
Little America Hotel
2800 West Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY  82009
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Our Thankful Thursday event is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st.  It is not too early to start thinking about GREAT auction items!  Here are some ideas:
  • If you have season tickets to any of the following for a date that you will not be able to use, they would make great auction items!
    • Game Tickets (Rockies, Broncos, WY Cowboys)
    • Civic Center Show tickets
    • Candlelight Dinner Theater tickets
  • Trips – do you have airline miles that you are not going to be able to use?  Sometimes you can purchase tickets for other people using your miles and we could turn them into a vacation package.
    • Time Shares have been auctioned off in the past
  • Fishing Trip?  Do you know of an outfitter that would be willing to donate a trip OR provide one to us for a reduced cost?  We could auction it off with the idea that if it does not reach a specific $ amount, we won’t sell it.
  • Frontier Day Tickets?  Do you know someone on the committee who may be willing to give us tickets to auction off?
  • Spa Basket (anyone know a masseuse?)
  • Booze Basket
  • Tools
Just a few ideas!!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Randy for securing a 4 some for a round of golf at the Country Club for us!!!
A Shelter Box is a family-sized tent of sorts, made for living in following disasters, which are happening around our world with increasing frequency, says Carley Rando of Rotaract Cheyenne. She enlisted CSR's help in their ongoing project to purchase shelter boxes, each at $1,000, which serve as temporary housing here in the USA following the Houston, Texas flooding, in the Haiti disaster of a few years ago and much more.
    Rando says her club has done 24-hour camp outs at the Cheyenne depot in the past, but has now shifted to a "Passport" program in conjunction with all three Cheyenne Rotary Clubs. Local businesses are asked to sign up and offer discounts at their business to those holding a "Passport" which they purchase for $20.
   Her Rotaract club's goal is to raise ten thousand dollars through the program, which would purchase ten shelter boxes. For more information please email her at cheyennerotaract@gmail.com.
At our April 10th meeting, we had about 9 Rotarian’s and 4 guests.  Nice crowd and the presentation was wonderful.  

It was a great day to be a Rotarian.  In the house this a.m. we had a wonderful guest speaker, Dr. Ed Boenisch, two Rotaract visitors - Kacee and Megan and a guest Shaina Case brought by Kevin Guille. Always nice to add to the fun and smiles.

Kacee gave us an update of District Assembly held this past week-end.  Nice turn out and shared knowledge.  

Ed spoke about Compassion Cheyenne and explained the goals and mission of the newly formed group.  Everyone has a different idea of what compassion is and how it is incorporated in their lives.  We have an opportunity to spread compassion through kind words, random act of kindness, or taking a stand for someone less fortunate.  Cheyenne is just forming and paving a way to the Compassion Cheyenne.

Mark your calendars for July 14, 2018.  BIG CELEBRATION.  Rotaract is hosting a picnic and celebrating 10 years.  Congrats!!!
From the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, April 11, 2018---

During a family member’s long chemotherapy sessions, Cierra Hipzsky knew she could do something to help.

Her Rotary club, the Cheyenne Community Rotaract, had received a grant to spearhead a community project. Through her experiences at the Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center, Hipzsky pitched an idea she believed would embody the spirit of community service.

“I thought it would be nice to provide the cancer patients at the Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center with creature comforts,” she said. “Things that would help their mental state and make them comfortable during treatments.”

Meeting Brooke Zabka, clinical manager of Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center Oncology, Hematology and Infusion, Hipzsky learned that a strong support system dramatically increases a chemotherapy patient’s chance of success.

“Beating cancer through treatment is heavily weighted by (the patient’s) mental stability and mindset,” Zabka said. “Chemotherapy can be overwhelming for patients. It is all new, but giving them a little something to help them through lets them know the community stands with them.”

Hipzsky, with the assistance of her fellow Rotarians, decided to provide “chemo care packages” to each new patient at the cancer center, and the project was recently selected as a finalist for the Rotary International Outstanding Rotaract Project Award. It was one of 32 projects selected out of 470 nominations from 59 countries around the world.

“We were pretty speechless when we heard the news that we were finalists,” said Jera Schlotthauer, Cheyenne Community Rotaract member. “We have never been recognized for an award at this magnitude. I think it is a big win for the Cheyenne community to be recognized on the international platform.”

The group produced 180 bags filled with comfort items such as blankets, neck pillows, puzzles, coloring books, lotion and handwritten get-well cards. Members reached out to other local Rotary clubs to request their involvement, ultimately earning $6,000 for the bags through the Centennial Rotary Grant.

“The grant has to match funding for each additional club that participates,” Schlotthauer said. “So, the more clubs we got involved, the more money we were able to get out of the grant.”

Compilation of the packages took place during the Rotary Spring District Assembly’s first Interact assembly at Cheyenne’s Triumph High School, where Interact students and Rotary leaders joined in an assembly line to fill each bag.

The completed care packages were then delivered to Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center on a quarterly or as-needed basis.

“Working on this project actually inspired me to join the Rotary After Hours Club,” Zabka said. “I didn’t know what the club was until that point, and I found a really great community.”

Cheyenne Community Rotaract was established a decade ago by Laramie County Community College students interested in community involvement after graduation. The 15-member group brings together young professionals in Cheyenne.

Hipzsky hopes the project continues even after grant funds run dry, she said.

“I want to see that this project is sustainable,” she said. “The whole experience was so positive, and the need will always be there.”

A big club thank you for Jason and his presentation and conversation of where we will go under his leadership.  The club is being forced to look at some challenges with our changing population but it seems like we are willing to face it head on.

Jason has asked us to say not say we are Rotary members but that we are Rotarians..all involved Rotarians!

Jason shared a wonderful Ted Talk - "Start with Why" by Simon Sinek that they had viewed at PETS this year.  The main theme was centered around why others are different. You would think that we all think, act and communicate the same.  But that is not true.  Our club needs to be part of the Golden Circle with purpose, cause and beliefs.  We should be sharing with others,  why - why did we choose to join Rotary and stay in Rotary, how - how do we do what we do and finally what - what do we do as Rotarian’s.  We should start with answering WHY and head towards WHAT.  As a club we need to believe and buy in to what we do as a Sunrise Rotarian.

President Elect Jason spoke on several points for the upcoming year:

*Membership - he would like to try the 3 member scholarship idea.  Brenda has the application ready for distribution after it has been reviewed by the board.

*Involvement - Get all current members involved.  Encourage all members to be on a committee.  Have committee meetings and discussions.

*Meetings - Jason brought up a discussion about possibly meeting bi-monthly with the third week being a social or service event.  Additionally, try lowering dues and checking out other places to meet with lower meal fees and an option to only have coffee.

*Committees - He asked for volunteers to take over the speaker committee (maybe co-chairs) and we need a President Elect to follow Jason.

*Partnerships - Consider partnering with service organizations that members are already involved in.  We could make a difference for an organization by partnering with an already established relationship.  We need to find a passion. Additionally getting our Rotary name out in the community.  Stamp who we are and what we do.

*Financial Commitment - Keep club members informed that the club will and can pay for conference fees.

*4 Way Test - Our 4 Way Test should turn into a 5 way test with the last one being FUN.  Do service and social events with a smile.  Get to know other club members and enjoy a chat.

Although the conversation was great and energy flowed, time came to an end.  Jason will consider doing a survey as attendance was low.

   Nineteen members showed up at the March 28th, 2018 Club Assembly according to Club President Roxanne Ostlund, who kicked off the meeting with a balloon demo, suggesting the club might want to hire a balloon artist to entertain school children.
   Many ideas were kicked around at the meeting after Roxanne asked for ways club members thought it best to invest a $3,000 surplus in the club's funds. Past President Brenda Laird suggested giving three prospective members a one-year free membership with conditions (that they'd attend indoctrination sessions, meetings, etc.) in an effort to boost membership and hopefully get younger members. 
   Club member Mike Shonsey suggested buying a Shelter Box because he is working with the noon club on a World Community and Service Committee, several thoughts about maybe partnering with Rotaract on this as well.
   A sad farewell to long time member Jerry Crader, who is transferring back to the Noon Club now that he's retired, saying he doesn't want to get up early any more but would do anything for the Sunrise Club.
On March 13, the club had the pleasure of meeting Alejandra Carrasco, a Rotary Exchange student from Chile.  She is currently staying with Lucie Osborn, a past president of the noon Rotary club.  Alejandra spoke about the differences in living, education and families.  She will be attending college next year in Chile studying psychology.  What a joy she was to have in the room this a.m.  Lucy spoke of the joy her and her husband have sponsoring students and what she in return gets from sharing this experience.   Rotary touches so many lives and we are truly blessed to be Rotarians.
The coordinator of exchange students for the noon club, Steph Denning, sent this; "
I am the Youth Exchange Officer for Cheyenne Rotary Club.  I am writing to you to let you know we need families for our two students that will be coming for the next school year.  
We usually have a high school aged boy and girl from another country come and attend high school here.  I am looking for three families for each student for the next school year.  The most important to find right now is the first host family, as we will need their information so that they can obtain their student visa.  They usually arrive in mid-August and stay with the first family until Christmas, go to the next family until about Spring Break and then after Spring Break until they leave late June or early July.  That being said, we can work with the family's schedule as far as when they can host.  I am looking for first host families to commit by the end of April.  
Please pass the word on to people that you know that you think would be willing to host. The families don't have to be Rotarians and they don't necessarily have to have kids.  
Please contact me via email at step-on-e@hotmail.com or on my cell phone at 307-421-2553 if you are interested in hosting either of these students or know anybody who might be interested.  As another resource, there is also information on the Rotary District 5440 website that talks about expectations for both students and host families.
Please help Rotary continue to promote peace through understanding and consider helping out with this effort.   I look forward to hearing from you soon! "
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