The following story ran in the January 2016 edition of the Rotary District 5440 newsletter;
The Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club has been very busy! Our first service project of the Rotary year kicked off with the club collecting pillows and blankets for an organization called Holly’s Blankets that gives foster children a blanket and pillow of their own. We also spent an evening filling food bags for the Friday Food Bag project which gives food bags to low income students for the week-end.
Each one of these events was followed with a meal, conversation and a big dose of laughter thrown in. October 6, we welcomed District Governor Ken Small and his lovely wife, Joan, to our meeting. Before the meeting, DG rolled up his sleeve and took one for polio by getting his flu shot. One of our major fundraisers is led by Dr. Lakhman Gondalia who donates his time, talent and treasure to do flu shots for Polio Plus AND keeps the club healthy. The flu shot fundraiser netted $7425 last year.
Additionally, our club was honored to include in the meeting with DG Ken Small and Assistant Governor Billie Addleman a White Hat Award celebration which recognized Doc (Lakhman Gondalia) on his major contribution to the Rotary International Foundation. Each member donned a white hat and celebrated right along with our friend Doc. Did we sit down and wipe our brows after that, nope, we kept on going. We went to the VA on Veteran’s Day and handed out cookies and thank you’s to our veteran’s who are struggling. Their service is what has kept our countries freedom intact.
And, we have a pink pig initiative going where we are making a difference for an organization helping homeless high school students. Our fundraiser gave each Sunrise Rotarian a “pink pig” to collect money for “Change for a Cause!” Finally, we joined a new club in Cheyenne called the Gobbler Gang and gave a check for organizations around town to have turkeys to serve to those in need at Thanksgiving. We are proud to say our membership is growing and we are just hitting our stride for a strong year making sure others know that we too can be “A Gift for the World” in Cheyenne, WY.