Presenting Checks from our Golf Tournament Fundraiser 2024-07-12 06:00:00Z 0

Scott Coffin

Scott gave an insightful presentation on Understanding Addressing Impacts of Microplastics
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President Patricia 2024-06-25 06:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Kathy presented Brenda with roses for all the work she does on the golf tournament
Gold Sponsor: The Compass Wealth Group
1st Place Winners 
2nd Place Winners                     
3rd Place Winners
Proceeds from the tournament were given to Foster Grand Parents, Adaptive Tricycle Program and Sunrise Rotary Foundation.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Gold: The Compass Wealth Group, LLC
Prize: Kincheloe and Tonso Family Dentistry;  ANB Bank; Simon Construction
Hole: Sunrise Rotary Club; Kuzma Success Realty; First American Title; Wyoming Bank and Trust; Davis & Johnson Law Office, LLC; Brenda and Tony Laird; W.M. Stalcup; Joannides Family Foundation; Consolidated Electrical Distributors; Joe Kelly, Edward Jones; Daryl A. Hensel, CPA, LLC; Rotary Club of Cheyenne; Ace's Range; Dr. Lakhman Gondalia; Billie Addleman-Hirst Applegate PC; McDonald's; Lucie Osborn; Blue Federal Credit Union; Mechanical Systems Inc; Coldwell Banker TPE-Kelly Morgan; 911 Roofing Solutions; Gill Windows; TownSquare Title of Wyoming; Quality Brands of Cheyenne; Kevin Guille, Joy Rockwood-Raymond James; Steve and Cherrie Lovas
Golf Tournament Fundraiser 2024-06-14 06:00:00Z 0
Greenway Clean Up 2024-05-21 06:00:00Z 0
Great Donut Give Away 2024-03-26 06:00:00Z 0
Our Angel Tree for Magic City's Festival of Trees Fundraiser 2023-11-30 07:00:00Z 0

Casa Ventosa Rescue

Emma Stone & Kelly
Emma spoke to us about Casa Ventosa Rescue.  Casa Ventosa Rescue is a non-profit that rescues all-breeds of equines in need.  To learn more, visit
Casa Ventosa Rescue 2023-11-28 07:00:00Z 0

Jim Hess

Kelly and Jim Hess
Jim talked to us about the challenges and accomplishments he has faced since learning he has Parkinsons.
Jim Hess 2023-11-14 07:00:00Z 0

Cheyenne Water: Board of Public Utilities

Brad Brooks, Bryce Dorr, Sarah Bargsten from the Board of Public Utilities
They presented information about Cheyenne's water, where it comes from, how it's stored, how they forecast what we need in the future and our usage.  They also gave great tips for conserving our water usage.
Cheyenne Water: Board of Public Utilities 2023-10-10 06:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Award Recipient 2023-10-10 06:00:00Z 0
Karen Morgan, District Governor Nominee 2023-09-12 06:00:00Z 0
Donation to Foster Grandparents Program 2023-08-08 06:00:00Z 0
Melinda Fegler: Director Pollinators Prospering People 2023-08-08 06:00:00Z 0

Passing the Notebook

President Brenda Laird swearing in the New President Kelly Morgan
Cheering our new President on
Jim, Brenda, President Kelly, Doc, Dorothy, Kathy, Lori, Rita
Passing the Notebook 2023-06-27 06:00:00Z 0

20th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser

20th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser supporting the Foster Grandparent Program, Children's Museum of Cheyenne and Sunrise Rotary Foundation. This years event had 96 golfers that helped us raise a tournament record amount.
20th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser 2023-06-16 06:00:00Z 0
Greenway Clean Up 2023-05-25 06:00:00Z 0
After Hours Thankful Thursday Support 2023-03-30 06:00:00Z 0

Donuts Donuts Donuts

We delivered donuts and donut holes to businesses and friends.  Our way of spreading a smile on a Tuesday morning.
Donuts Donuts Donuts 2023-03-28 06:00:00Z 0
PEEPS: Parent Engagement & Educational Partnerships with Schools 2023-03-14 06:00:00Z 0

Mayor's  Council for People with Disabilities

Michelle Woerner: K9's for Mobility; Patti Riesland: Mayor's Council for People with Disabilities, Brenda Laird: Sunrise Rotary President, Carol Bernard: Mayor's Council for People with Disabilities; Councilman Pete Layborn.
Mayor's Council for People with Disabilities 2023-02-28 07:00:00Z 0

ARMFOLK Armenian Folk Ensemble

Rotary Children's Fund brought a teen Armenian Folk dancing group to Cheyenne.  LCCC Rotaract, Sunrise Rotary, Noon Rotary and After Hours Rotary contributed to funding the group for a presentation in Cheyenne.
ARMFOLK Armenian Folk Ensemble 2023-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Mayor Patrick Collins 2023-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
Ringing of the Bell for Salvation Army 2022-12-10 07:00:00Z 0
Tree of Angels: Festival of Trees 2022-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
Thankful Thursday Check Presentation 2022-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
Taylor Scott's Turkey Jam Concert & $500 raffle 2022-11-25 07:00:00Z 0
Taylor Scott's Turkey Jam 2022-11-25 07:00:00Z 0
Thankful Thursday Fundraiser 2022-11-17 07:00:00Z 0
Thankful Thursday Fundraiser 2022-11-17 07:00:00Z 0
The Crooked Cup Coffee Give Away 2022-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Justin Pendleton, CEO Boys & Girls Club 2022-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Joint Service Clubs Food Drive 2022-08-27 06:00:00Z 0
Donation From Golf Tournament: Foster Grandparent Program 2022-08-23 06:00:00Z 0
Back To School Backpack Bash 2022-08-13 06:00:00Z 0
DGE Steve Sehnert Visits 2022-08-09 06:00:00Z 0
Thank You Outgoing President Kathy Claywell 2022-06-28 06:00:00Z 0
2022 Golf Tournament Fundraiser 2022-06-17 06:00:00Z 0
2022 Golf Tournament Fundraiser 2022-06-17 06:00:00Z 0
WY Congressional Award Council/Congressional Medal: Sarah Compton 2022-05-24 06:00:00Z 0
Greenway Cleanup 2022-05-10 06:00:00Z 0
Alzheimer's Association WY Chapter 2022-04-26 06:00:00Z 0
High Plains Arboretum 2022-04-12 06:00:00Z 0
Capitol Bronze Project 2022-03-08 07:00:00Z 0
CASA: Andrew Corbine 2022-02-22 07:00:00Z 0
Cara Chambers, Director of the Division of Victim Services/Attorney General's Office 2022-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
Magic City: Amanda Peterson 2022-01-25 07:00:00Z 0
Bell Ringers for Salvation Army Red Kettle Collections 2021-12-04 07:00:00Z 0
ARC Donation 2021-11-23 07:00:00Z 0
Thankful Thursday Fundraiser Check Presentation 2021-11-09 07:00:00Z 0

Celebration of Foster Grandparents Organization and Doc Gondalia

Foster Grandparent representatives Mary Hartman and Janet Maxwell joined by President Kathy receiving our donation from the golf tournament fundraiser.  We have supported the Foster Grandparent organization for approximately 20 years.
President Kathy, Doc and Brenda.  We celebrated Doc Gondalia for receiving his 4th Rotarian White Hat Society Pin.  White Hat  Society recipients are a group of very giving individuals to the Rotary Foundation..  Doc believes being a Rotarian makes us all humanitarians and that we change the world.  Doc is an inspiration to all Rotarians.
Celebration of Foster Grandparents Organization and Doc Gondalia 2021-10-26 06:00:00Z 0
Charity Henning: ARC of Laramie County 2021-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
Polio Plus Wins At LCCC Volleyball Game 2021-10-08 06:00:00Z 0
Fall Greenway Cleanup 2021-10-05 06:00:00Z 0

Trevor Rutar: Kraken Bank

Trevor Rutar with Kraken Bank shared information about crypto currency.  Bridging Traditional Banking and Digital Banking.
Trevor Rutar: Kraken Bank 2021-09-28 06:00:00Z 0
Gunnar Skidmore Officially Welcomed to Club 2021-09-28 06:00:00Z 0
After Hours Rotary Club VA Produce Project 2021-09-25 06:00:00Z 0

Thankful Thursday Fund Raiser

Thankful Thursday Fundraiser for Sunrise Rotary Foundation, Paul Smith's Children's Village and Foster Closet.  A total of $15,795 was raised at this event.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success.
Thankful Thursday Fund Raiser 2021-09-23 06:00:00Z 0
DGE Lee Vara Nelson 2021-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

CRMC Foundation Donation

Our club donated $4,530 to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Foundation cancer center in honor of President Kathy Claywell.  This is the largest donation we have made to date. 
CRMC Foundation Donation 2021-08-27 06:00:00Z 0

Ambitious Diversities Back to School Supply Drive

The Back to School Supply Drive for Ambitious Diversities was a success, providing backpacks and school supplies for 116 kids. Thanks to Ambitious Diversities, the volunteers with our Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club and all who donated supplies.  Thank you to everyone that helped make this event a success.
Ambitious Diversities Back to School Supply Drive 2021-08-14 06:00:00Z 0
Eric Ruckle of 307 First 2021-08-10 06:00:00Z 0
Business Meeting 2021-07-13 06:00:00Z 0

Josh Schmidt

Josh Schmidt, Principal Architect and owner of Tobin and Associates spoke to us regarding his side venture of modifying Nerf Guns with 3D printing.  He showed us the power of thinking outside the box and online retail.
Josh Schmidt 2021-06-22 06:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament Fund Raiser

Annual Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament Fundraiser.  We had 88 golfers, 30 sponsors and raised money on our 50/50, Driver, Hit the Green and Mulligan games. The money raised will benefit Foster Grandparents, CRMC Cancer Boutique and our own foundation.   Thanks to everyone that helped make this event such a success.
Golf Tournament Fund Raiser 2021-06-18 06:00:00Z 0
Donna from CRMC Cancer Boutique 2021-06-08 06:00:00Z 0
Greenway Clean Up 2021-05-25 06:00:00Z 0
Noon Rotary Social Hour Fun 2021-05-13 06:00:00Z 0
Cheyenne's Housing Market: Barb Kuzma 2021-05-11 06:00:00Z 0
Regular Club Meeting with Speaker Dr Joe Schaffer-LCCC 2021-04-28 06:00:00Z 0
Andy Worshek:USS Cheyenne 2021-03-23 06:00:00Z 0
Safe House Donations Jim Coffin 2021-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
Mayor Pat Collins: Today's Speaker Brenda Laird 2021-03-09 07:00:00Z 0
LCCC Volleyball Spike Polio Night 2021-02-26 07:00:00Z 0
Two new members join the club! 2021-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
LCCC Athletic Director gives the club an update on the athletic program at LCCC . 2021-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
A great day to be a Rotarian! 2020-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
Make Your Own Way Brenda Laird 2020-09-22 06:00:00Z 0
Great Day to be a Rotarian Brenda Laird 2020-09-08 06:00:00Z 0
What a GREAT day to be a Rotarian! Brenda Laird 2020-08-25 06:00:00Z 0
Dr Douglas Frank speaks to the club about forecasting Covid Brenda Laird 2020-07-28 06:00:00Z 0
Great Day to be a Rotarian Brenda Laird 2020-07-14 06:00:00Z 0
Seventeen Years of Wonderful Memories Brenda Laird 2019-09-10 06:00:00Z 0
Why Air Service Is Important Brenda Laird 2019-08-27 06:00:00Z 0
Tuesday morning learning about the Ips Spruce Beetle Brenda Laird 2019-04-23 06:00:00Z 0
Tuesday morning learning about gun history in Wyoming 2019-04-11 06:00:00Z 0
Codee Augustin with the Wyoming Wildlife Federation speaks to the club about Wyoming Wildlife Federation and their work to conserve Wyoming's wildlife, habitat and outdoor opportunities Brenda Laird 2019-03-26 06:00:00Z 0
Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary members help with Friday Food Bags 2019-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
Tuesdays meeting with the Cheyenne Animal Shelter 2019-03-01 07:00:00Z 0

Forward Greater Cheyenne

A great Tuesday meeting learning about how some of the leaders in the Cheyenne Community are working together to move Cheyenne forward.
Forward Greater Cheyenne Brenda Laird 2019-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
Michelle Bolkovatz , Vice President of Public Relations with Blue Federal Credit Union speaks to the club about the planned campus at the historic Cole Shopping Center. Brenda Laird 2018-12-11 07:00:00Z 0
Tuesday Meeting talking with West Edge Collective Brenda Laird 2018-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
BEAST at the Tuesday morning meeting Brenda Laird 2018-09-25 06:00:00Z 0

Tuesday Meeting

Posted on Sep 11, 2018
Tina Worthman, director of Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, speaks to the club about the numerous events and happenings within the Botanic Gardens. 
Tuesday Meeting 2018-09-11 06:00:00Z 0
Randy Bruns and Cheyenne LEADS Brenda Laird 2018-08-28 06:00:00Z 0
2018-19 club officers sworn in Phil Noble 2018-07-10 06:00:00Z 0

Ruby's Adaptive Dance Presents to Club

Posted by Brenda Laird on Jul 02, 2018
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Heart moving day to be a Rotarian on Tuesday, June 19, as we huddled for Sunrise Rotary in the lounge at Little America we were treated to a wonderful guest speaker, Leslie O’Hashi, from Ruby’s BDT Adaptive Dance and Movement Program.  
Leslie touched our hearts with a video of the dancers and our own Kevin Guille speaking about how much dancing meant to his precious Ruby.  Parents, also in attendance, spoke about having their children in the dance program and how it has changed their lives.  They have become more confident, flexible and social to name a few bright spots.
Leslie thanked the Sunrise Rotary for their gift to help keep the children dancing and covering costs.  The clubs name is also highlighted on the Ruby’s BDT Adaptive Dance and Movement  brochure that his handed out.
When we sit back and ponder what a small club can do to change the lives of the Cheyenne community - we need to remember Ruby’s BDT Adaptive Dance and Movement Program.  We will continue to strive to make sure that we remember “service above self” brings smiles, joy and love.
Ruby's Adaptive Dance Presents to Club Brenda Laird 2018-07-02 06:00:00Z 0

Thankful Thursday Early Thoughts

Posted by Dorothy Jacobson on May 14, 2018
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!!!
Thankful Thursday Early Thoughts Dorothy Jacobson 2018-05-14 06:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Cheyenne & Shelterboxes

Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 24, 2018
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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
Rotaract Cheyenne & Shelterboxes Phil Noble 2018-04-24 06:00:00Z 0

Compassionate Cheyenne Is Just What CSR Has Been Doing

Posted by Brenda Laird on Apr 11, 2018
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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!!!
Compassionate Cheyenne Is Just What CSR Has Been Doing Brenda Laird 2018-04-11 06:00:00Z 0

Club president-elect outlines goals

Posted by Brenda Laird on Apr 05, 2018
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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.

Club president-elect outlines goals Brenda Laird 2018-04-05 06:00:00Z 0

Club Attendance Bounces Back!

Posted by Phil Noble on Mar 28, 2018
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   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.
Club Attendance Bounces Back! Phil Noble 2018-03-28 06:00:00Z 0

Club to tour Capitol reconstruction soon?

Posted by Brenda Laird on Mar 12, 2018
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Great day to be a Rotarian and joining in on the fun at the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club to enjoy a wonderful presentation by Michael Dixon.  Micheal is the architect overseeing the renovation of our beautiful state Capitol. The original building was built in 1888 and remodeling took place in 1890 and 1917.  What we learned in there are people from all trades joining in on the renovation from all over the United States.  He also told us of treasures found behind the walls and in the boards.  Thank you Lew Stubbs for recommending such an amazing speaker! Rotarian’s we rock!
Club member W.M. Stalcup says his wife had a tour of the capitol reconstruction recently and that the club could do the same for one of our meetings soon...stay tuned.

President Elect Jason Johnson will give us a presentation soon on his PETS experience and what is new in Rotary.
Club to tour Capitol reconstruction soon? Brenda Laird 2018-03-12 06:00:00Z 0

Retired General Warns Of Dark Money In Politics

Posted by Brenda Laird on Feb 27, 2018
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Sunrise Rotary did a rise and shine Feb. 27 a.m. with a great meeting at Little America.  In the house we had a friend to many, Retired Adj. General Chuck Wing.  Chuck spoke about the movement of Dark Money in Politics.  It was a subject that many of us have heard touched on in the news but Chuck brought facts, figures and stories of how big money is swaying the vote and corrupting the democratic system.  The movement in Wyoming under Wyoming Promise is moving towards getting Wyoming to become the 20th state to call for a 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution, to get dark money out of politics!  Our thanks to Chuck Wing for his service to our state and for staying active for the next generation.

Retired General Warns Of Dark Money In Politics Brenda Laird 2018-02-27 07:00:00Z 0

CSR Announcements

Posted by Phil Noble on Feb 19, 2018
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** PLEASE suggest new members to our membership chairs...Randy and
** The "Ice Barrel Challenge"...a fundraiser by our parent club,, is now on, and for tickets, ask Roxanne...they help us with all our fundraisers, so let's please help them...go to the web address above to find out how.
** please remember that speaker suggestions are welcomed at Jason is our speaker chair and appreciates any suggestions for speakers.
CSR Announcements Phil Noble 2018-02-19 07:00:00Z 0

Club update February 6th, 2018

Posted by Jason Johnson on Feb 12, 2018
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*Rotary 101 will take place on February 22nd, 2018 at Don Day’s office.
*The Noon Rotary is holding a Valentine’s Day lunch in which our club members are invited.
*Pay It Forward envelopes were handed out. President Ostlund shared her heart-warming story, as did one of our guests from the Boys & Girls Club, Rolinda Sample—a fellow Rotarian.
*Jerry Crader gave an update on the Good Night Loving Trail. He has proposed potentially putting some sort of marker at the Depot, but, surprisingly, the City doesn’t like the idea.
*We had Rolinda Sample, Duvale Brown, and Michael Martinez-Montano from the Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club for the second straight year. Michael is a sophomore at South High School with a 4.0. He is a part of FBLA, the Honors Society, and he plays soccer. He described struggling as a Mexican-American, but overcoming that. He envisions being a trauma surgeon for Doctors Without Borders.
Mr. Brown spoke of the club’s opening of the senior high program at LCCC. This new club will not be entitled the Boys & Girls Club, but rather “The Club.”
The Club is aimed at career based programs such as public speaking and “Healthy Habits.” The Club is trying to stray away from normal classroom activities because the members are already in a classroom before going to the Club, while still giving them an opportunity to reach their goals. 
Club update February 6th, 2018 Jason Johnson 2018-02-12 07:00:00Z 0

Last meeting in January features check giving

Posted by Brenda Laird on Feb 04, 2018
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Great attendance January 30th at Sunrise Rotary!  Nice to see some faces we have been missing.

Roxanne started the meeting with a thought provoking question sent to her by our own Phil Noble...”What makes you positive?”  Roxanne gave us her inspiring interpretation for positive karma which was “If there is hope!  Additionally, she said that “Rotary gives us a chance”  to bring hope to others.

A check for just over $4,000 was presented by the club to the Foster Grandparents Program.  Proceeds from the annual golf tournament.  The club received an update of what the program is up to and who is being helped.  Always inspiring.

Cranium Cup participants are being sought.  Please contact Roxanne if you would like to participate in this trivia contest put on by our parent club, the Rotary Club of Cheyenne.

"Gifts from the Heart" envelopes will be handed out at the February 6th meeting.
Last meeting in January features check giving Brenda Laird 2018-02-04 07:00:00Z 0

Club President Roxanne Gives Tax Advice on Chamber of Commerce Panel

Posted by Phil Noble on Feb 04, 2018
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CSR club president Roxanne Ostlund, a Certified Public Accountant in Cheyenne, was featured on a panel of professionals selected by the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce to comment on the changes to the tax laws passed last year in congress. The Chamber featured Roxanne on their Facebook page, saying "Roxanne gave the advice that you need to consult your tax professional and then consider estate planning with a legal professional because she shared, “The kids that always got along, won’t.” When considering these changes! Take that advice and run with it."
Sunrise Rotary Foundation chair Earl King, another CPA, was spotted in the audience at the event, no doubt soaking up the advice referred to above :-)
Congratulations to Roxanne for her continued public service to the people and business community of Cheyenne!
Club President Roxanne Gives Tax Advice on Chamber of Commerce Panel Phil Noble 2018-02-04 07:00:00Z 0

Club Starts New Year With Fun And Games, New Projects

Posted by Brenda Laird on Jan 15, 2018
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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 Starts New Year With Fun And Games, New Projects Brenda Laird 2018-01-15 07:00:00Z 0

Thanks to Roxanne, Donna for Great Club Christmas Party!

Posted by Phil Noble on Dec 18, 2017
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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!
Thanks to Roxanne, Donna for Great Club Christmas Party! Phil Noble 2017-12-18 07:00:00Z 0

CSR Members Bell Ring for Salvation Army

Posted by Phil Noble on Dec 11, 2017
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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!
CSR Members Bell Ring for Salvation Army Phil Noble 2017-12-11 07:00:00Z 0

W.M. suggests new project--board agrees

Posted by Phil Noble on Dec 04, 2017
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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.
W.M. suggests new project--board agrees Phil Noble 2017-12-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Gov. Lauds CSR In News Story

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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.

Rotary District Gov. Lauds CSR In News Story 2017-11-27 07:00:00Z 0

Club Halloween meeting

Posted by Brenda Laird on Oct 31, 2017
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Happy Halloween from Sunrise Rotary.  Our leader and friend welcomed us this morning dressed as T Rex. What a special spooky way to start our wonderful Rotarian day.

Today in the house we were also delighted to welcome Connie Sloan Cathcart and Catherine Villnave from United Way.  Our presentation was a decision on what they are doing to make our community stronger by lending a helping hand.  What we learned as well is that our donation to the United Way is stretched a long way and the need in the community was larger than their budget could help this year.  They had 1.7 million dollars in requests but were only able to fund 1.2.  

Bright news is the pilot project United Way is currently doing with two out of the 8 Title IV schools.  They are partnering with community organizations to provide Halloween costumes, flu shots, and family assistance to help build better attendance, school spirit and family unity.  We are blessed to have such a caring organization in town to have our backs where needed.
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CSR volunteer event cancelled

Posted by Justin Kallal on Oct 30, 2017
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The Monster Bash at Arp elementary originally scheduled for October 28th from noon to 5p.m. had several members sign up, but then the school cancelled the event due to pending surgeries on the part of some of their faculty members.
Coordinator Justin Kallal says he thanks all the Sunrise Rotary members who signed up for the event and notes there will be other opportunities to help our partner school, Arp Elementary, during this school year.
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CSR flu shot campaign/fundraiser ends, Doc Gondalia lauded

Posted by Brenda Laird on Oct 22, 2017
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Sunrise Rotary Club wrapped up their "Keep Cheyenne Healthy" campaign and fundraiser Oct. 20 by giving one last flu shot to an employee at Halladay Motors.  A big thank you to Doc Gondalia and his team of nurses who went around to local businesses and gave flu shots.  Over 200 flu shots were given and we are pleased to report there were no tears.  Proceeds from the campaign will go to our Polio Plus commitment and the Sunrise Rotary Foundation for continued help as needed locally and internationally.  We would also like to thank our local businesses that participated and provided their staff with an opportunity to have a flu shot and stay healthy.

We are a mighty club that is healthy and well!

CSR flu shot campaign/fundraiser ends, Doc Gondalia lauded Brenda Laird 2017-10-22 06:00:00Z 0

Thankful Thursday plus tickets raises over $14,000.00!!!

Posted by Phil Noble on Oct 02, 2017
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CSR members Dorothy Jacobson, Kathy Claywell and President Roxanne Ostlund led a team which conducted the most successful fundraiser the club has done in it's now 15-year history. The Thankful Thursday fundraiser Sept. 21st plus the raffle tickets sold surrounding the event raised over $14,000 for the "Unaccompanied Students Program," "Ruby's Adaptive Dance" program and our own club foundation, which will go to other youth projects.


Between the three of them, with a lot of help from other club members, they assembled over 60 auction items, ranging from bicycles to booze, donated by club members and businesses around town and sold over $4,000 worth of raffle tickets!

Bryan 'Alf' Grzegorczyk, the organizer of Thankful Thursday, was the auctioneer for the evening and steered the fundraising through a series of poker games, bottle giveaways, live auction and other events to keep the evening moving and to keep people in the room until the final prizes were drawn at 9:30 or so in the evening.

Roxanne and her mother, Donna, made several large pans of homemade enchiladas, which served as the main course of the dinner for the evening, and several people commented that they were among the best they'd eaten. Several club members pitched in to man the line, with club member Earl King's wife, June, being the server who stayed on her feet the longest.

It was an incredible evening, and one that will be remembered by many club members. If you missed it, there's always next year :-)



Thankful Thursday plus tickets raises over $14,000.00!!! Phil Noble 2017-10-02 06:00:00Z 0

District Gov's Wife: Rotary Needs Your Story

Posted by Phil Noble on Sep 13, 2017
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During his visit to CSR Sept. 12, District 5440 Governor Bill Emslie's wife, Tracey, who has been a journalist for 30 years, outlined the need for each of us to tell our Rotary story.
   "We are hard-wired to tell stories, and stories are how we pass along our culture to our children..." said Tracey, in emphasizing how important it is for each Rotarian to tell their "Rotary Story". 
   She noted it doesn't have to be long--in fact, sometimes the shorter the better. And, it's helpful to get someone to edit your story for you. If you don't know anyone to help you edit your Rotary story, feel free to send it to; and he'll do it for you. 
    Tracey shared her Rotary story briefly. At a Rotary meeting, she had the opportunity to see (and later touch) an "Iron Lung"--the massive devices that helped young polio victims breathe some fifty-plus years ago. On touching the hard, cold steel surface, Tracey said she could almost feel the bewilderment of a child as they lay in one of the tomb-like machines.
    The import of her story is that we as Rotarians are helping in one of the most important projects worldwide--the eradication of the dreaded disease known as polio.
    Now we just need to tell about it.
District Gov's Wife: Rotary Needs Your Story Phil Noble 2017-09-13 06:00:00Z 0

How one Rotary Club doubled its membership in a year

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By Fely R De Leon, past president Rotary Club of Hundred Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines

When I became president of my club, I shared a dream with some of the officers that the club could have a hundred members. But how? We had only 31 as of 1 July, 2016.

I faced challenges on two fronts. I had to make every meeting lively and enjoyable. And I had to make ours the club of choice for those who were looking for a worthy organization to join.

On the first front, I had to restructure our meetings from the usual drab, formal discussions to a fellowship where a member could really feel “at home.” Even new members could, in a relaxed manner, contribute to the free flow of ideas. Everyone was encouraged to present opinions on every issue. I gave responsibilities to every member, and even assigned project chairmanships to new ones. I tapped the expertise of the past presidents who gladly became advisers and confidantes.

Fellowship parties
Soon, the members started to feel the camaraderie and enjoyment of being a Rotarian. The last meeting of the month became our fellowship parties, hosted by the birthday celebrators for that particular month. Themes were selected and food and drinks were abundant. These fellowship parties became much-anticipated affairs, boosting morale for everyone.

As a result, it became easy for us to embark on big projects. We even partnered with the local government and other organizations on a lot of projects. Even Lions International became an ally.

I made sure that this change of strategy and the renewed vigor that followed were communicated to the public and even among clubs and Rotarians in District 3790 by way of social media and the local paper, as well as banners and streamers announcing our projects. I also made sure that public image was given much emphasis.

Attacking the second front had now become easier with the favourable image we had created from the first. It became a  natural task of each Rotarian to attract other members. More than twenty of our members brought in friends who also became motivated members.

We may not have achieved our goal of a hundred members. But we ended up with 80, making our club the biggest in our district.

How one Rotary Club doubled its membership in a year 2017-09-02 06:00:00Z 0

Past president touts Thankful Thursday event on Facebook

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We who are on Facebook should take advantage of that free publicity service to spread the word about our upcoming event in just over a month...Thankful Thursday, a powerful fundraiser for our club, just as PP Brenda Laird did over the weekend on Facebook with this post;

One of the proudest moments in my life was becoming a Rotarian. I have been one since 2004. The lives our small club has touched which includes local, regional and international is amazing. Sunrise Rotary Club makes a difference.....daily.

We are lucky to have been chosen as one of the participants in the Thankful Thursday's fundraising evenings. It will be on September 21, 2017 at AmVets. We will have fun, drinks and lots of baskets to start your Christmas shopping early. Mark your calendars and join us.

We are also doing raffle tickets for$20 (which the club receives every dime from the ticket sells) for a chance at a Dream Vacation or $10,000. Remember, every dime helps our club. We have chosen to highlight three causes this year - Unaccompanied Young Adults (students who find themselves homeless and in high school), Body Line Dance Theater Adaptive Dance to help disabled children with costumes and dance for balance, energy and self esteem and finally the Sunrise Rotary Foundation which helps as emergency needs arise.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please pm me and I will deliver. 

Thank you for considering a gift to help so many succeed.


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Club President: My Rotary Story (part of People of Action Goal)

Posted by Roxanne Ostlund on Aug 06, 2017
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One of my six goals is an idea from our District Governor--that Rotarians should be "People of Action" and we should all fill out a sheet containing ways to do that (see home page link). Part of that is to tell our own stories--how Rotary has impacted our daily lives. 
So, I'll tell you a recent story of mine. I was visiting a friend in the hospital who was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer for the first time, and he (a very large man) was raving about a bag he'd been given when he went into the hospital for cancer treatment. It contained things like a blanket, neck pillow, deck of cards, adult coloring book, colored pencils, candy, gum, Starbucks Coffee gift card, etc.
He is such a big ole teddy bear - probably 6'8", packing that bag around telling me everything that was in it . . . I had no idea it would mean so much . ..
Turns out this bag was donated by us (the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club) in a joint project with the Cheyenne Rotary Club, and every cancer patient gets one. 
I can't emphasize enough the joy this little bag brought to my friend and the tears I shed watching him go through it...priceless! That's my Rotary story for today. Where's yours?
Please send them to;, and our intrepid newsletter person will put them all in order...
Club President: My Rotary Story (part of People of Action Goal) Roxanne Ostlund 2017-08-06 06:00:00Z 0

Club donates to Past President's local college scholarship

Posted by Jerry Crader on Aug 06, 2017
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Members of the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club have donated a total of $1,680.00 to a scholarship fund set up in the name of our immediate past president, Brenda Laird. Club members felt that Brenda has given of her time (much of it), money (her husband surely doesn't want to know how much), great leadership skills (recognized by Rotary District 5440 as being one of the outstanding club presidents, so much so that they invited her to give presentations on "How To Run A Rotary Club" at district conference and at the regional Presidents-Elect Training Seminar in Denver) and by her natural grace and sense of humor.
Most past presidents of this club would tell you that it would be difficult to find someone who put more into the job in more ways than Brenda, so it was not hard to raise the money for this scholarship to, in a small way, honor someone who has done so much for our small club.
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New Club President outlines goals after swearing-in

Posted by Phil Noble on Jul 17, 2017
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2017-18 CSR President Roxanne Ostlund was sworn in along with what some joked looked like half the club members as officers and directors. Roxanne passed out a very ambitious six-point goal sheet for the year she hand-drew and annotated with funny characters.
   The goals are; 1)--grow the club by 3 new members, 2)--9 Paul Harris Awards! (Nine more out of a club of 29 people, 14 of which already have PHF awards!)…her reasoning is that as a club, we are only about $1500 away from signing up nine more people, given the PHF points we’ve already accumulated, 3)—Publish an inspirational children’s book, with the subject being something like; “You can be what you dream” and Mike Weiland and Justin Kallal are to help, since they already are doing work in that area…, 4)—start a Rotary Community Corporation supporting education (GED’s, corporate awards, training materials), 5)—A “Thankful Thursday” event, which will be held Sept. 21st and could be one of CSR’s major fundraisers and includes selling raffle tickets ($20 ea.—see Dorothy Jacobson) and donating items for the auction that night (Dorothy and Kathy Claywell are heading up the event) and, 6)—Every member a Rotary P.O.A. (People of Action), a District 5440 Governor’s People of Action Citation 2017-18, recognizing members who provide exemplary service by; *-bringing a prospective member to a club meeting or activity, [do three of these}: *-giving to the Foundation, *-Sharing your Rotary story, *-participating in a Rotary service project (like the Golf Tournament), [do one of these]: *-actively participate in Rotary by being on a committee or serving as an officer, *-Attend a Rotary district event, training, or ‘other’ event (which Roxanne will hold). You are encouraged to submit your own nomination for the citation, which can be found at, clicking on “resources for 2017-18 officers” then clicking “people of action citation” on the left side of that page. Please note you only have to qualify for three of the first four and only one of the last three to get the citation. 
  Stay tuned for updates.
New Club President outlines goals after swearing-in Phil Noble 2017-07-17 06:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary?

Posted by Phil Noble on Jul 05, 2017
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The incoming president of the Cheyenne Rotary Club, local weatherman Don Day, outlined some crucial points for us as Rotarians in his inaugural speech to that club, which included this advice; "On my recent trip to Atlanta for the International Convention, while taking my Uber ride to my hotel, my thirty-something driver asked why I was visiting Atlanta. “Attending the Rotary International Convention where there are over 40,000 folks coming in from around the world,” I said.
        She then said, “What is Rotary.”  Several others at the convention shared similar stories…..”What is Rotary”,  folks would say in cabs and on the train around Atlanta when they saw your Rotary name badge. It became readily apparent that Rotary and Rotarians are not doing an adequate job of ENGAGING their community, their friends and their family on what Rotary is and what Rotary does. 
       Rotarians need to make a better effort at sharing what we do for our community and the world. In the coming year I ask all of you to make an effort to ENGAGE your friends, coworkers and family members and tell them Rotary is and what Rotary does for the community and the world and how they can take part.  Wear your Rotary pin proudly at work, share a Rotary story or a picture from a Rotary event on social media.   A fellow Rotarian in Atlanta said, “If you want to join a big network, join Facebook, if you want to join a quality network join Rotary.”
What Is Rotary? Phil Noble 2017-07-05 06:00:00Z 0

Club meeting outlines Thankful Thursday Fundraiser, Others

Posted by Kevin Guille on Jun 30, 2017
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Past President Kevin Guille filled in at the club meeting June 27th and gives this report: "It was a great week once again for the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club. Our fearless, outgoing president was out of town, as was our incoming president. I had the privilege of taking the reins and stepping in to lead the meeting. Those in attendance were blessed to hear from Hall 
Sawyer on the migration of the mule deer in Western Wyoming. The technology utilized today allows researchers and the public to see the migratory herd’s 150 mile journey through Wyoming. Here is the link for those who are interested in watching
Bob Thompson was a visiting Rotarian from the Noon Rotary Club. He brought information regarding the annual Palisade Peach fundraiser. For $38.00 we receive a 19lb box of delicious, juicy, sweet, tree ripened peaches. Are you drooling yet? To order, go to We will also have order forms at all the meetings in July.
Rotarians Dorothy and Kathy gave further information on the Thankful Thursday fundraiser. There is an ongoing raffle where the winning ticket will receive $10,000 cash or a dream vacation. Each of the organizations participating in Thankful Thursday this year have the opportunity to sell raffle tickets for additional fundraising chances. There are only 5,000 tickets available as a first come first serve. Our first objective is to sell as many tickets as possible. Dorothy and Kathy will have further information and tickets to distribute at the next several meetings. 
Please try to attend Tuesday July 11, 2017 as this is the installation of officers and our opportunity to hear from our incoming president, Roxanne, regarding her goals and vision for the coming year. She is full of so much energy, song and passion for Rotary. We are certainly in for a treat.
The end of June officially marks the conclusion of Brenda Laird’s term as president of our mighty club. Although unplanned, Brenda yet again selflessly stepped into the role of president with the grace we all have come to know. Brenda, these last two years have been a pleasure to watch you lead our club to unimaginable heights. We accomplished much over the last two years of your leadership and our club is stronger because of your unending love for us and Rotary. We all sincerely thank you for your dedication and service.
As a reminder, there is no meeting next Tuesday as we all will be celebrating the 4th of July with our friends and family. I wish you a happy and safe holiday.
"I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true." Wendell Willkie
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Club meeting outlines Thankful Thursday Fundraiser, Others Kevin Guille 2017-06-30 06:00:00Z 0

CSR Golf Fundraiser, After-party, successes!

Posted by Phil Noble on Jun 26, 2017
Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club's Annual Golf Fundraiser at the Cheyenne Country Club June 23rd attracted 75 golfers and raised funds for the club's Foundation, the Foster Grandparent's Program and the LCCC Scholarship sponsored and funded by our members.
It was a beautiful day in Cheyenne, with cool temperatures but no rain as in past years and the teams reported having more fun interacting with each other than they did with the actual golf.
Club President and Golf Committee Chair Brenda Laird kicked off the day by remembering long-time volunteer and Cheyenne Rotary Club member (and Past President) Carol Rookstool, who passed away last year and was missed and remembered by everyone who played hole #13, where she had volunteered for so many years.
The total dollar amount raised by this year's tournament will be announced at the July 11th meeting, where our incoming 2017-18 club officers will be inducted..
Incoming club president (also Past President) Roxanne Ostlund and husband Tom (the chef) hosted the club at their home with some fabulous food and drink, along with great fellowship. Thanks to Tom and Roxanne!
Thanks to all who took part in this great event!
Club President Brenda and team
CSR Golf Fundraiser, After-party, successes! Phil Noble 2017-06-26 06:00:00Z 0

Healthcare in America: Right or Privilege?

Posted on Jun 19, 2017
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Wyoming Health Department Director Tom Forslund says the central question about health care in the U.S. is whether it is a “right of citizenship or a privilege of wealth. He told the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club June 13 systems “across the world” have determined it is basic right of citizenship.

    Of his department’s over one billion dollar budget, the largest in state government, the biggest chunk is for the Medicaid program, which he said people often think of as being for the poor. Actually, he said, “the number one cost of Medicaid services is support for the developmentally disabled, and next is nursing homes. The perception is out there that it’s just for a bunch of bums who just need to go out and get a job, but that’s not true,” Forslund said.

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Outgoing club president, Asst. District Gov. lauded

Posted on Jun 19, 2017
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Outgoing Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club President Brenda Laird, who served one year then stepped back in when Milward Simpson unexpectedly took a job in Lander, says outgoing Assistant District Governor Billie Addleman, PP of the Rotary Club of Cheyenne, “rocked our world” with his assistance to our club, in donating to various causes our club supported, and by just being present a lot of the time at club meetings. Billie, in fact, had a better attendance at our club meetings than some of our members.

   Billie, though, says the credit belongs to Brenda Laird. Our outgoing president, he says, is one of 15 club presidents he oversaw in his job for the Rotary District, and is the best of them all. “She’s held in high regard all across the district, and has been asked to speak several times on ‘How to Run A Rotary Club’,” Billie said.

   Billie’s comments drew applause from all the members present, acknowledging the incredible job done by our outgoing president.

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Outgoing President's message

Posted by brenda laird on Jun 07, 2017
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Dear Sunrise Rotarians:

6/5/17—Club President Brenda Laird’s outgoing speech: “With each presidency I began with great intentions of what can be accomplished by our small but mighty club.  At the end of my two terms I go back and review all that we did accomplish and this club absolutely WOWs me.

What did Sunrise Rotary do last year?

Five Fundraisers;

Flu Shots -   $7,820 to Polio Plus commitment and Foundation

Change for a Cause – Pink Pig Project – close to $2,000 for two years.  This money will go to the program to help homeless high school students.

Golf Tournament – $11,750

    $3,000 LCCC endowed scholarship (now totaling over $60,000.00, making CSR a major donor of LCCC)

    $2,937 Foster Grandparents Program

    $2,937 Sunrise Rotary Foundation

Giving Basket – Update coming 

Foster Kid’s Christmas Dinner – $21,000 in Foundation acct.



Centennial Grant – All Cheyenne clubs – 200 first day chemo bags

Salvation Army – table sponsor and bell ringing $1,200 (Most brought in from kettles this year in a one day tally)

Women’s Civic League – Food Emergency Pantry for NEEDS – we donated 100 jars of peanut butter and jelly with a joint effort of over 400.  

“Gobble Gang” - $200 provided by the club to help others in the community donate turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas to organizations that cook for the community.

Produce for Vet’s – collected left over vegetables for the VA and veterans at the Farmer’s Market.  This was a partnership with the After Hours Club.

End Polio Night at the Game – Worked with athletic director at LCCC and all clubs donated and many attended the game.  Raised $1,200 to help end polio.

Cranium Cup Team – Joined the Noon Club for their fundraising evening by sponsoring a table and joining in on the fun.

Peaches – Supported the Noon Club with their peach sales in August.

Back a Kid Breakfast – Supported Boys and Girls Club and attended their breakfast fundraiser – skipping our own meeting.

Friendship Playground – Joined with the Lion’s Club to help complete funding for the Friendship Playground.  We donated $500.

Friday Food Bag – Members teamed up and helped fill bags – we even got to spend the evening with W.M. as he was in town.

Inbound Exchange Student Dinner – Supported raffle to help students with their travel and we even had a winner.

Panhandling for Polio – Supported the Rotaract Club with taking up a donation at our meeting and donating the funds to go towards their sleep out  at the Depot.  $75 was collected and donated.

Christmas and Valentine’s celebrations – joined the Noon Club and celebrated with them.  Huge success!

Cheyenne Little Theater – Donated $500 in memory of little Ruby Guille.  

Lebhardt School – Donated  needed art supplies to an art teacher at Lebhardt.

LCCC Foundation – Donated $6,000 (includes match) to our scholarship at LCCC.  $63,435 is our current value.  We scholarship a male and female student each year.  

Junior RYLA - Sending 4 students to RYLA.  Amazing….we are training our future leaders.

Books – Donated over 20 books to local schools in honor of our guest speakers.  Thank you Justin Kallal for delivering them and placing pictures and text on Facebook.

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry - Donated a truck load of food collected at our meeting before Thanksgiving.  

“Giving from the Heart”– regional donations.  Even helped in Estes Park.

Other Accomplishments:

Toured the new Conservatory now under construction at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Cheyenne Public Safety Building.

Spent an evening at the Rotaract meeting, sharing ideas and mentoring.

Two "Breakfasts At Brenda’s" – Thank you Dorothy for the help.

Lapel Pens – Rotarian’s at Work – letting the community know who we are!  FB, Internet Site – Thank Phil for all of his hard work.

Missing Rotarian’s got a mailing each quarter of “what we are up to!”

Made District Newsletter twice.

We had 19 wonderful guest speakers.  Thank Jason for his hard work.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – just plain FUN.

Health Check Survey – still working on the recommendations but we found out we are working on making our club the best.

Doc received another amazing award.  

Voted in new officers for the Foundation.  Thank you Mike, Earl, Doc and Dorothy.


District Activities;

Several attend Fall Assembly this year and I presented.

I attended District Leadership Summit training.

I presented at PETS (Rotary's Presidents-Elect Training Seminar)

Doc attended the Centennial Dinner.

Several new members went to Rotary 101 presented by the Noon Club.

I presented the Inspiration at two Noon Rotary meetings.

Several attended Membership Matters Summit.

New Members:  Jamie Davis, Al Walcker

Challenges for next year:

    •    Membership – as always.  We have had 4 interested individuals and Randy and Brian are working on having them join us.

    •    Engagement – Continue with engaging members.  The more the merrier at meetings and projects.

Congrats to each and every one of our Sunrise Rotary Club members.  By showing up and engaging in the club we made a BIG difference in the community.  I was honored to serve as President for two years.  You are blessed to have a beautiful, talented, energized new president starting July 1.  I ask that you show Roxanne the same support you gave me….she is the most giving and kind-hearted woman I know.  Help her make this club even better – you do it by showing up, contributing to service/social/partnering projects.

Brenda Laird, 2016-17 Club President
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Just-retired Lt. Mark Munari of the Cheyenne Police Department has overseen the construction of the new Cheyenne Public Safety Center, a three-story, almost 100-thousand square foot facility in downtown Cheyenne, for several years now, from the planning phase over 7 years ago to its eventual completion last year.

Now retired, he was re-hired by the Police Chief to keep overseeing the building, which houses all Cheyenne Police Department and county dispatch operations, Cheyenne Fire and Rescue administration and the city’s Emergency Operations Center. He gave several CSR members an incredibly-informative tour on May 23.

The building, which once housed a succession of Cheyenne auto dealers, features exposed metal beams and brick pillars from the original 1920s structure, walls decorated with reclaimed wood, state-of-the-art technology and ergonomic workspaces.

The building also has a lot of unfinished space set aside for future growth.

Munari emphasized they are excited about the efficient layout of the new building compared to the old location on Capitol Avenue.


Wyoming State Parks Gears Up for Eclipse Visitors

Posted by Phil Noble on May 08, 2017
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Many people would be extremely nervous that hundreds of thousands of visitors are about to show up on your doorstep in a couple of months, but Wyoming State Parks Administrator Domenic Bravo seems to be taking it in stride. The once-in-a-lifetime eclipse August 17th will sweep across our state on a path from the west just north of Jackson, exiting the state just east of Guernsey. 

   Bravo told the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club May 9th several state parks are in the path of the eclipse including Guernsey state park about an hour and a half north of Cheyenne. Campsites in the park have been reserved for some time, he said, but they will try to accommodate "day visitors" as there is space.

   Bravo also outlined other events his agency is working on, including an outdoor recreation team that is working on many ideas relating to recreation in Wyoming that they are to present soon to Governor Mead. You can take a survey to give input at He also outlined plans for a bike race later this month at Curt Gowdy State Park west of Cheyenne.

   Bravo has headed Wyoming’s state parks for about ten years, and said the budget challenges keep increasing each year. He encouraged people to talk to their representatives about the importance of our parks and creative ways to fund them.

Wyoming State Parks Gears Up for Eclipse Visitors Phil Noble 2017-05-08 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by Brenda Laird on Apr 19, 2017
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The Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club's only major fundraiser of the year is coming up soon and needs your promote, to sponsor, to register as a golfer or volunteer to help at the event, June 23rd at the Cheyenne Country Club. You can do any of those by emailing and telling her what you'd like to do.
The golf fundraiser's documents are on the home page on the left side under 'download files' and list all the various sponsor opportunities and includes a form to fill out to register to golf. You can print these off from here and send them in.
Members of the golf committee you could contact are; Lakhman Gondalia, Brenda Laird, Kevin Guille, Tom Muhlbach, Pat Colgan, Kathy Claywell and Mike Weiland. 
CLUB GOLF FUNDRAISER NEEDS YOUR HELP Brenda Laird 2017-04-19 06:00:00Z 0

Club members, spouses join in to help Friday Food Bag

Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 17, 2017
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Several club members including W.M. Stalcup, who still contributes to the club but lives out of state, along with some spouses helped Friday Food Bag volunteers fill over 800 bags for distribution to kids who need help food-wise to get through their weekends.
     The club's "workday" included a social dinner after the event at Uncle Charlie's restaurant with several attending and enjoying each other's company.
     Since 2010, when the Friday Food Bag Foundation was officially established, the group has been feeding hungry children with a sack lunch on Fridays, to supplement their meals at the school.

Read More: The Friday Food Bag Foundation Partners' With Cheyenne To Help Feed Hungry Kids |
Club members, spouses join in to help Friday Food Bag Phil Noble 2017-04-17 06:00:00Z 0

Club member Justin Kallal delights in delivering books

Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 03, 2017
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For a few years, the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club's gift to its speakers at weekly meetings has been to donate a children's book in their honor to one of Cheyenne's many elementary schools, and someone has to travel to those schools and deliver the books in person. Member W.M. Stalcup did that for years until he moved away and now one of our youngest members, Justin Kallal, has taken over the job and is doing a superb job of promoting the club on social media as well as delivering the books.
   In the picture accompanying this article, Justin is delivering a book about Clifford the Dog to Hebert Elementary School's library, and obviously delights in the task.
   Thanks, Justin for your efforts and for helping the club gain more recognition at the same time!
Club member Justin Kallal delights in delivering books Phil Noble 2017-04-03 06:00:00Z 0

When someone asks "Why Join Rotary?" tell them...

When someone asks "What is Rotary," or when we talk with a person that we feel might make a good Rotarian, we very often explain that Rotary is a service organization and then talk about the projects that occur in our local or international community. One thing we often don't stress is what people get out of joining our great organization.
From my observations throughout my Rotary life, I believe there are three main items we receive when we join and become engaged within our club:

Personal growth
Professional development
Family values

Personal growth comes about through the opportunity of acquaintance. We meet people we might otherwise never would have come in contact with. Through these relationships, we learn what others do in their vocation, along with their hobbies and interests, and those interactions enrich our own life. That bond of friendship strengthens as we work alongside our fellow Rotarians to complete our mission of service. These relationships and networking opportunities expand even more when we attend district assemblies and conferences. Also, personal growth happens as a result of the programs and speakers that are a part of all Rotary meetings. Our knowledge of local and international issues increase, which we then use to share ideas with the intent of taking action.

There is no shortage of professional development when we are a member of Rotary. There are many opportunities to hone our leadership skills through the Rotary Leadership Institute program, District Assemblies, and the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS), or from simply observing others in Rotary. Leading a project allows us to learn about project management, salesmanship, fund raising, and volunteer management. Many of our fellow Rotation have those skills as part of their career but are always happy to mentor a fellow member in order to achieve success. One thing that is pretty universal with Rotarians  is that they never want anyone to fail.

There is an inherent value system that we get front Rotary based on our two tenets of our motto, Service Above Self, and our 4-Way Test. By accepting and trying to live up to these two things, others, including our families and people we associate with, see us as individuals who are walking the talk by doing things to make the world a better place. Our children learn by observation and what a better thing to teach them than the idea of paying it forward. That life lesson will hopefully manifest itself into an ever increasing population of people spreading peace and understanding around our world.

Many people give quite a bit in Rotary but we also get a lot in return. As we do our Rotary job by giving others hope, opportunities, and saving lives, we, as individuals, grow, learn, and share our values. These things are what fuel our Rotary Passion. These things are what future Rotary members can expect by saying "Yes" to an invitation to join.
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Posted by Brenda Laird on Feb 17, 2017
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Wait a minute …. why haven’t we heard from the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club lately?  What are they up to you might ask? 
Our journey this year is partnering with the Cheyenne community.  As a small club it isn’t always feasible to host all of our own events so instead we have partnered with other community organizations to make a bigger difference. 
Our partnering has led us to make new friends, learn more about the community and engage members who haven’t normally joined in, a win – win all the way around.
A few things we have done:
Cheyenne’s Farmer Market – Produce for Vet’s project.  Collected left over vegetables after the market to take to the local VA Hospital where Vet’s can pick up fresh vegetables for free.
Flu Shots for a Healthy Community – One member (Doc) donates his time and his nurse’s time to give shots at our club meeting and we partner with other businesses in town to keep their staff healthy.   The money pays our International Polio Plus commitment, assists with club projects AND we help Cheyenne citizens stay healthy through the winter and flu season.
Food Collection – The meeting before Thanksgiving we partnered with St. Joseph’s Food Pantry and took up a food collection.  It was amazing how much we collected from our small club. 
At Christmas, we spent an entire day ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at our local King Soopers.  We raised $1,200.00 that day standing at the kettle caroling, saying Merry Christmas and just enjoying each other’s company.
Finally, we partnered with the Department of Family Services and sponsored and organized the annual Foster Kid’s Dinner.  An estimated 200 kids attended with their Foster Parents to enjoy a Christmas meal and receive a gift from Santa.
We aren’t a big club but we have made a BIG difference the first half of our Rotarian year!  Join us in partnering with a local charity and helping with their fundraising efforts.  It truly  “good for all concerned.”


Posted on Feb 17, 2017
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(SHORTGO): Hoops (basketball) squads from Laramie County Community College (LCCC) will be on the court Wednesday, Feb. 22 battling Northeastern Junior College in Cheyenne, but a bigger battle will be fought off the court using proceeds from the contest.

The LCCC women begin the night's festivities with a 5 p.m. tip-off against Northeastern. LCCC's women are currently 8-16 this season, while Northeastern comes into the contest with a 7-17 mark. At 7 p.m. the LCCC men's basketball team (18-9 this season) hosts the 14-12 Northeastern Plainsmen.

Feb. 22 is End Polio Night at LCCC with ticket sales from the game being donated to Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign. Tickets for the game are just $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors. At halftime of the game LCCC’s Athletic Director, Scott Noble, will present a check from the evening's gate to the three Cheyenne Rotary Club Presidents.

Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to match 2 dollars for every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $35 million per year through 2018.

Rotary is a global humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary members are men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service. Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio.

To learn more about polio eradication, including how to participate in this historic effort, visit


Little America changes up breakfast menu

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In what is sure to be good news for club members tired of the same old "ham and eggs" breakfast at Little America, now comes word through President Brenda, who pushed for changes to the menu, that Little America will alternate breakfasts. 

"I have done alternating menus through August!  Alternating between scrambled eggs and ham, biscuits and gravy, and two eggs, bacon, hash browns," says Kellie Moser, 

Executive Meetings Manager, Little America
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New Member is Exec. Dir. of College America in Cheyenne

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Jaime Davis provides training and education seminars for businesses, individuals and education institutions, and is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and motivating others. She believes that education empowers people to improve their lives, and remains committed to providing a positive environment that allows for personal and professional growth and success. Jaime has worked in higher education for over 15 years, with experience in Admissions, Instruction, Career Services, and Administration.
Jaime holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and is pursuing her PhD in Leadership. She is a dynamic public speaker, and has spoken at the Empowering Women Conference, Women Ignite Idaho, and other leadership conferences.
Jaime grew up in Alaska, and began her career in Higher Education at a small Tribal College on the Arctic Ocean. She and her husband, Joshua, moved from Alaska to Idaho, where they lived for 9 years prior to relocating to Wyoming in 2014. Jaime enjoys music and the arts, and is a regular attendee of events at the Cheyenne Civic Center. In her spare time, Jaime can be found in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces for friends and family to enjoy!
Jaime serves on the Board for the Comea Shelter, Zonta Club of Cheyenne, and Frontier Human Resources Association; sits on the Steering Committee for Leadership Cheyenne, and Junior Leadership of Laramie County; and serves on the Police Civil Service Commission. Jaime is also active in her church and volunteers with music and women’s ministries. Prior to relocating to Wyoming, Jaime served on the Board for the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho, and was a member of Boise Young Professionals and Go Lead Idaho.
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Please take 5 min. to return survey to President Brenda

Posted by Phil Noble on Jan 22, 2017
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Club President Brenda Laird emailed a survey last week to all members in an attempt to get a better idea of some of the ways the club can be improved--please take a few minutes and look in your inbox and return it...thanks.
And, a few updates from the club;
Little America is adding a new breakfast menu option at the request of several members: Biscuits and Gravy...please let Brenda know your feelings about this...

We have a new member...Jaime Davis, Executive Director at College America, Cheyenne Campus. Brenda will ask her for a bio tomorrow and will take a few minutes at Breakfast at Brenda's to do a formal hello.

Our new District Governor for 2018/19 will be Chris Woodward from the Greeley Club.

We will join the noon club for lunch on the 15th of February for a Valentine Lunch.  Spouses invited.  The club will pay member but the spouse is $12.50.

Brenda is attending the Rotary Membership Conference at LCCC and will report back to the club.

Next week will be Breakfast at Brenda's and the focus will be survey results and speaker/service conversation.

Please take 5 min. to return survey to President Brenda Phil Noble 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Club gives almost $60,000.00 to Laramie Co. Community College

Posted by Brenda Laird on Jan 09, 2017
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Today was another great day to be a Rotarian.  In the house today we had Dr. Joe Schaffer, President of Laramie County Community College.  Dr. Schaffer spoke on the excitement happening all over campus and new programs that could be active next fall.  Even though budget woes are happening all over the state, LCCC no exception, enrollment is stable, partnering with the community and LCSD's continues, and expansion and changes will happen to to enrich a student's overall experience at LCCC.

The club presented Dr. Schaffer with a check for $3,000 to complete our matching commitment and wrapping up the golf tournament activities.  The $3,000 plus match brings our scholarship account close to $60,000 with funds helping a male and female student yearly with their education.  Congrats to the club for their hard work and commitment to the Cheyenne community.

Please complete your surveys so we can continue with our club health check up.

Club gives almost $60,000.00 to Laramie Co. Community College Brenda Laird 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary 101 session designed to teach

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Rotary 101 – for  ‘new’ Rotarians who have not yet had the opportunity to attend a Rotary 101 session or for any Rotarian wishing to know more about Rotary.  The next Rotary 101 session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Location – DayWeather, Inc., 4101 Evans Ave. (Old Control Tower at airport). Food and beverage will be provided.
It is a fun and informal meeting that will provide you with a board base of information about our Rotary Club, Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 
Thanks for being part of Rotary!
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Ice Melt Challenge Raises Rotary Funds

Posted by Phil Noble on Dec 31, 2016
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The 2017 Rotary Ice Melt Challenge has begun! Guess the date and time the 55 gallon barrel will fall through the ice. $5 for one guess, $20 for 5 five guesses. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 22nd. Barrel is on small pond on grounds of Little America.  Tickets will be made available at Rotary Meetings or contact: Don Day ( or Kim Withers (
•First place $750
•Second place $350
•Third place $50.
•2015 - Barrel fell through ice on March 11th
•2016 - Barrel fell through ice on February 28th
Ice Melt Challenge Raises Rotary Funds Phil Noble 2017-01-01 00:00:00Z 0

Club rings bells for Salvation Army Christmas

Posted by Brenda Laird on Dec 11, 2016
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Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club members rang bells for the Salvation Army last weekend in front of the King Soopers grocery store despite the cold weather.
   Bundled up, the entire Kevin Guille family even performed songs for the passersby to stimulate cash-giving. The video of the family singing is posed on both Kevin's and Brenda Laird's Facebook page, for those inclined to want even more entertainment for their holidays.
    A big THANK YOU was received from the Salvation Army.  Thank you to all who rang the bell, sang, played a violin or just showed up to put money in the kettle.  We raised $1211.44 for the Salvation Army on Saturday.
   The money raised by the club's efforts will go to the Cheyenne Salvation Army's program to make Christmas a brighter season for those less fortunate among us.
   Thanks to all who participated, only some of whom are pictured here....
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New project proposed by club president-elect

Posted by Brenda Laird on Dec 04, 2016
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It was a great but cold day to be a Rotarian at the Nov. 29 meeting, but 16 hearty Rotarian's journeyed out to enjoy a presentation by our very own Roxanne Ostlund.  Roxanne spoke about a new project that would be great to consider for the new year.  A mini community food pantry that would be placed for the needy to have access to food year round, not just during the holidays.  The project was just highlighted recently on the national news and our Sunrise Rotary Club could be a leader in the community stepping up to help.  Additionally, we were entertained by the R  O  T  A  R  Y song sung by Roxanne.  Indeed it was a great morning.

Please let Brenda know if you can help ring the bell for the Salvation Army on December 10 at King Soopers or if you will be attending Christmas lunch with the Noon Club on December 14.


New project proposed by club president-elect Brenda Laird 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Young speaker talks trash to club

Posted by Phil Noble on Nov 14, 2016
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The top ten things you can do to help our planet, according to CSR speaker, blogger Lauren Bowen, are;
  1. Bring your own shopping bag
  2. Shop at bulk stores or farmer's markets
  3. Make your own toothpaste (she makes hers with coconut oil, baking soda, peppermint oil & stevia powder...
  4. Pack your lunch at home using reusable containers
  5. Go paperless in your kitchen (no paper towels or tissues) 
  6. Go non-toxic with cleaning supplies--go natural
  7. Reuse coffee cups
  8. Invest in cloth produce bags
  9. Replace plastic items with compostable ware
 10. Start composting
Lauren has a website at which is loaded with ideas of how to "live lightly on the world, but brightly".
Thanks to Roxanne for the speaker suggestion!
Young speaker talks trash to club Phil Noble 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

CSR Holiday Schedule

Posted by Brenda Laird on Nov 14, 2016
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Mark your Calendar…
What’s Coming Up for Sunrise Rotary?
  • December 13th – No Meeting
  • December 14th – Christmas Lunch with Noon Rotary Club
11:30 a.m. – 1  p.m. – Little America
  • December 20th and December 27th –No meeting
Holiday Break
CSR Holiday Schedule Brenda Laird 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

Health and Wellness Subject of last club meeting

Posted on Nov 08, 2016
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Well the Sunrise Rotary Club rocked the house the a.m. of Nov. 8, election day in Wyoming and across the country. We had a room full of engaged Rotarian's ready to start the day - 23 strong.  A big thank you to ADG Billie Addleman and incoming ADG Danny Brownell for joining us.  Always good to have you in the early Rotary house.

Our inspiration today gave us hope for the future of America by exercising our right to vote and by showing our Rotarian spirit of kindness, service and compassion we can make changes for the future.  We also honored our Veteran's in the room and remembered all who have served for our freedom.

Larry Biggio gave a great presentation on how to stay healthy as we age.  We looked around the room at the younger Rotarian's hoping they were listening....for us.  Larry is an inspiration of how it works if you stay healthy as you age.

Thank you for showing up on Tuesday mornings and making a difference for the club and the community.  Have a great week and remember to thank a Veteran and those who currently serve in the armed forces this Friday.  They defend our right to freedom.

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13 Toured Botanic Gardens Conservatory Construction Nov. 1

Posted by Phil Noble on Nov 01, 2016
What a GREAT Day to be a Rotarian -

Thirteen Rotarian's and guests had a grand tour of the new addition to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.  Voters of Cheyenne gave a gift to the community by voting "yes" for the money to build the addition to the Botanic Gardens.  Shane Smith excited us with the news of what is yet to come and helped us visualize what the next year looks like with the gardens.

Shane also mentioned our gift to the Children's Garden and the fun that the local children and visitors to our community have had playing in the Sunrise Rotary sheep wagon.  I was so proud - every time I could see the wagon on the tour.  I knew our little club  makes big statements by committing and helping all over the community.

Next week we will have in the Rotary House - AG Billie Addleman and the newest the AG selection made by DGE Bill Emslie, Danny Brownell, who will take Billie's place in a few months.  We look forward to meeting Danny.

Have a great week.  November is here and the holidays will creep up on us.  
13 Toured Botanic Gardens Conservatory Construction Nov. 1 Phil Noble 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0

Club meeting explains club's budget

Posted by Brenda Laird on Oct 30, 2016
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The Sunrise Rotary Club tackled something at its "Breakfast At Brenda's" October 25 meeting that isn't really much fun but reviews.  I want to thank Roxanne Ostlund and Earl King for being so generous with their time to keep the books.  The conversation that took place was good for the new members to learn about why we did what we did many years ago and how we are moving forward and it reminded the senior members how planning for the future many years ago has made our club stronger today.

As President, I will step up and applaud every member of our small club for everything you do from organizing a service project or fundraiser to taking attendance and making sure it is entered correctly.  It certainly takes all hands on deck to make it work.  THANK YOU.....
Club meeting explains club's budget Brenda Laird 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Centennial Grant Approved

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District 5440 has granted the Rotary Club of Cheyenne, the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club, the Cheyenne After Hours Rotary Club and the Community Rotaract a Centennial Grant.  The project will be assembling chemo bags for those beginning chemotherapy.  Stay tuned for further details if you would like to help with this project.
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CSR Presents Check To Foster Grandparents Program

Posted by Kevin Guille on Oct 16, 2016
President Brenda presented Foster Grandparents of Laramie County a check for $2,700 at the Oct. 11 meeting. The lady on the far left is Nancy Snell. She volunteers with the foster grandparents and has been a foster grandma for a local 3rd grade class here in Cheyenne.
       She spoke about the importance of the foster grandparent program. Grandma Nancy as the kids call her had to leave her career as a nurse for health reasons. Because of the foster grandparent program, she has reason again to get up and face the day.
       She and others like her, both children and adults, is why we give our time and money to Rotary.
CSR Presents Check To Foster Grandparents Program Kevin Guille 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

CSR club president chosen to share our story with other presidents

Posted by Phil Noble on Oct 02, 2016
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Following CSR club president Brenda Laird's presentation to a breakout session of the Rotary District Assembly meeting at Little America this past weekend, a gentleman rose to comment that hers was one of the best presentations he'd heard anywhere and that he wanted her to share this club's story with presidents-elect from around the Rotary Zone next year at the President Elect Training conference in Denver! Quite an honor for her, and for our club, whose members have done an amazing list of projects over the past year!
Titled “Small changes - Big Results! Making your club unique!”– Fun approach to making your club unique. Small changes, some no one will even notice, will help make your club stronger. Put some new life back into your club by making it a unique experience for the entire club. PP Brenda Laird (Cheyenne Sunrise)" - her presentation listed what she and this club accomplished in the past year;
  • Began weekly president's message - connected more members with what's going on in the club...
  • Began diverse projects like "blankets for holly" (foster children) - had beer and Chinese food...a social and giving project.
  • Friday Food Bag stuffing - several members participated and enjoyed drinks and dinner at Uncle Charlie's afterwards for a social.
  • VA Hospital visit - took cookies - encouraged members to bring kids/spouses
  • Pink Pig Project: all club members took one and filled with change (one member had giant pig from earlier w/$300+) -money going to homeless high school students.
  • Flu Shot Project - Dr. Gondalia and his staff give shots and donate - have raised $48,000 over the last ten years. No commitment from club members - Doc and his staff do it all.
  • Breakfast at Brenda's: drew names and had winner designate where $100 should go (one of the club's designated charities)
  • Giving from the Heart - "Pay It Forward" project - members doubled $20 given by club and went out and gave something to others - engaged members in personal giving - Doc gave a client $40 to quit smoking (and she did) ... Kevin Guille was at a gas station and paid for a woman's gas...Kathy bought a homeless person a meal...Brenda gave to a family who had just suffered a great personal loss.
  • Social Media - boosted our golf tournament last year by doing an ad that cost $130 and attracted four new teams (worth $1300 or so to club's projects) 
  • Celebrations: Announcing birthdays, anniversaries, news of members. Engages new members by telling them more about older members.
  • Guest President: brought in presidents of Noon Club and Evening Club to our club, which exposes members to the other clubs so they can do make ups or just socialize. Brenda went to the Noon Club and sang a new song she'd just heard, creating much laughter.
  • Thanking Speakers: Brenda writes a hand written thank you note, plus we give a children's book to one of our school libraries in their name.
  • Have fun at meetings! -Rotary is business and should be fun, like putting on white hats at Doc's honoring meeting.
  • Produce For Vets - delivering excess produce from the Farmer's Market to the Veteran's Administration Hospital for veterans who need it.
  • Don't Sweat The Small Stuff: Some people in your club will complain about various things and though you have to pay attention to concerns, you have to take responsibility for your own actions. We lost a member over Little America not serving quickly enough, so Brenda addressed that.
  • Don't be afraid to share! We should all share what's going on in our lives, and that's what keeps us coming back to Rotary meetings. "Where Everyone Knows Your Name"
  • Corporate Memberships: sharing of memberships. 
  • And, she ended with this old maxim: "You need to thank people three times before they feel like they've been properly thanked."
CSR club president chosen to share our story with other presidents Phil Noble 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

Doc Gondalia Receives 2nd Major Donor Award

Posted by Phil Noble on Sep 28, 2016
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Rotary District Governor  Barbara Redder presented CSR member Dr. Lakhman Gondalia with his second Rotary Major Donor Award, signifying he has donated at least $20,000 to Rotary. Actually Doc, as he is fondly called by club members, has donated much, much more, including over $50,000 to the club's coffers through his Flu Shot Fundraiser over the last several years.
Lakhman has also donated to his own home town in India--among other things a library, built with his funds, for children there to access reading. His philanthropy has exceeded anything any other club member has done in the history of the club, and for this his fellow club members are grateful.
In accepting the award, Lakhman said it is really about Rotary's mission of global work to help others that motivates him to give. Assistant District Governor Billie Addleman also had a hand in presenting the award, which comes with a beautiful etched crystal desk stand.
Congratulations, Lakhman!
Doc Gondalia Receives 2nd Major Donor Award Phil Noble 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Club Members Volunteer for "Produce For Vets"

Posted by Phil Noble on Sep 28, 2016
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Steve Lovas, Brenda and Tony Laird, Kathy and Tim Claywell, Zach Alexander and Mike Weiland all volunteered on a Saturday to help in the effort to provide leftover produce from the Cheyenne Farmer's Market to the VA Center here for distribution to those who have served our country through military service.
Club Members Volunteer for "Produce For Vets" Phil Noble 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

CRMC Cancer Doc Says Shop Local, Challenge Your Doctor

Posted by Phil Noble on Sep 19, 2016
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Shop locally, both for healthcare and merchant goods, says Dr. Subashini Furman of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's Cancer Center, who earlier treated one of our members right here at home. He raved about the treatment he received within 10 minutes of his home and the customer service he received from Dr. Furman's staff. She also told the club everyone should "challenge their physician" and take charge of their own health. 
   One of our best presentations. In fact, President Brenda says it was the best presentation she's seen in her 12 years with the club. Thanks, Jerry Crader, for arranging this.
CRMC Cancer Doc Says Shop Local, Challenge Your Doctor Phil Noble 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

President Brenda Takes Over, Outlines Coming Months

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What a great day to be a Rotarian:
A big thank you to our Sunshine Rotarian’s for such a warm welcome to our two visiting Canadian Rotarian’s.  Bob told me it was nice to visit a club with such high energy and doing wonderful service for the community.  We had 23 on the very crisp morning and it was nice to see some missed faces in the crowd.
Several weeks ago I had asked Justin to bring back the “Book for Speakers” program that our friend W.M. Stalcup had graciously done for so long.  Justin agreed.  What I will ask is that each Rotarian brings two new hard bound pre-school through grade school level book to a meeting in September.  If each Rotarian does this we will have our book supplies for a little over a year.  If you don’t want to get a book but would like to just give a donation, please give it to Brenda and she will purchase the books for you.
Additionally, after several years of wonderful help and service Kevin has stepped down from the Service/Social Chair.  Thank you Kevin for all you did, your efforts never went unnoticed.  I asked Mike Wieland if he would be willing to assume the co-chair position and help me with service and social this year.  He graciously accepted.  Thank you Mike.
Our first service project will be helping Veteran’s on September 24, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  We will be assisting Produce for Veteran’s project by sorting and delivering leftover produce from the Farmer’s Market to Veterans.  Please meet at the VA at 2 p.m. 
Please take a few minutes to go into your ClubRunner account and update your information.  This would be so appreciated by Phil, Kathy and Brenda. Your username is your first and last name separated by a period and the password is csr, short for Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary.
Flu Shots are back.  October 11th will be shot day.  We are looking for help with the vials of serum. You can donate $20 and up to $170, the cost of a vial this year. Thank you to Pat, Larry, Jerry, Randy, Kevin and Brenda for stepping forward already.  This is one of our major fundraisers and we appreciate all help at any level.  The shots will be $30 and you can get your shot on the 11th or stop by Doc’s office.
October 1 is the District Assembly right here at Little America – we would love to have several from the club attend.  Please let Brenda know if you have any questions.
Our new by-laws state that we must have an annual meeting.  At this meeting we nominate officers for the upcoming year and vote for new officers for the Foundation Board.  Please let Brenda know if you are interested in serving.  We are in need of leadership volunteers.  October 11 is our annual meeting.
Congrats go out to Phil and Lynn for having their house selected as a stop on the Tour of Legends home tour this week-end.  $20 will give you the opportunity to see some incredible homes and have the opportunity to help restore the airport fountain built in 1930.
Another big congrats goes out to Earl and June King celebrating 47 years of marriage.  What a precious gift – 47 years with your best friend.  We  look forward to celebrating the big 50 in a couple of years.
Dates to Mark on your calendar:
September 24 –                   Service Project – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – VA
September 27 –                   DG Barb Redder and ADG Billie Addleman will be our program.  PLEASE consider joining us for the DG’s presentation.
October 1 -                             District Assembly – Little America 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
October 11-                           Flu Shots and Annual Meeting
October 25 -                          Breakfast at Brenda’s
President Brenda Takes Over, Outlines Coming Months 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

Former Club President Milward Simpson's last message...

Posted by Milward Simpson on Sep 01, 2016
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Our founder Paul Harris said this in Chicago, when describing the Rotary vision: To harness the great power of friendship to help do the world’s work. “Man has affinity for his fellowman, regardless of race, creed, or politics, and the greater the variety, the more the zest. All friendliness needs is a sporting chance; it will take care of itself in any company.” —
Of friendship, he also said,  “Friendship is a natural and willing servant….There is no reason…why the great power of friendship should not be harnessed to do its part in the world’s work.” — Report of the President, 1912 Rotary Convention, Duluth, Minnesota, USA
and finally, Paul Harris said of friendship: “Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built and tolerance is the element which holds it together.”
one of my favorite writes, Emerson, once wrote of friendship, 
"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when
he discovers that someone else believes in him and is
willing to trust him."
So, as I head off to new adventures I thank for you friendship and for trusting me with the work of speaker chair and then as President. I'll miss you all and will look forward to visiting you as time permits and will always cherish the opportunity to serve humanity by your side. 
Former Club President Milward Simpson's last message... Milward Simpson 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

President Brenda Laird's latest message....

Posted by Brenda Laird on Sep 01, 2016
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My fellow Rotarians: Some of you know, some have been gone over the summer and do not know but as of Aug. 30, the club accepted Milward's resignation as President and I was voted in to do the remaining 10 months of his term. We wish Milward well as he goes across the state to Lander on his next big career adventure. Milward has been a great Rotarian and certainly will be missed.  Since I am stepping in, I will need to hit the ground running and work on a calendar for the upcoming year. On September 13, I will be outlining to the club ideas for some of the goals for our Rotary calendar year. Last year we had such a successful year working on including service, social and new members. I hope the momentum carries through and we extend the Rotarian mission forward. What I ask of you as a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club is to engage and connect. Attendance is the key to the success of the club. Having you at the meeting is encouragement to new members when you visit at the table before the meeting begins or even a couple of dollars thrown into the giving basket as it is passed helps us meet our RYLA goals. Each of you makes our club the unique club it is and you each bring something special to the table. Additionally, Jason Johnson has worked very hard at getting excellent guest speakers to present on Tuesday morning. Having a room full of Rotarians makes a big difference. Additionally, please mark your calendar for the 27th of September. That is the date set to have District Governor Barb Redder and Assistant Governor Billie Addleman in the house for a visit. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet DG Barb, now is your chance. She is truly a delight and an inspiration. Additionally, there will be an district award given to one of our Sunrise Rotarians. Thank you for allowing me to be the President for Sunrise Rotary. It is an honor and privilege to serve. May each of you find that the Sunrise Rotary Club brings enrichment to your life through service and friendship.
President Brenda Laird's latest message.... Brenda Laird 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

New President Is Past President

Posted by Phil Noble on Aug 29, 2016
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The Club at its regular meeting Aug. 30th elected Past President Brenda Laird to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of current president Milward Simpson, who resigned to take a new job in Lander, Wyoming.
Brenda agreed to take over to give President Elect Roxanne Ostlund more time to prepare for her next presidency next year. "Brenda will continue the great job she started as last year's president, if the club selects her," said Milward Simpson.
"We all want to thank Milward for his service and willingness to step up, and regret that he has to make a professional move which takes him away from us, but we understand and wish him well," Brenda said.
Brenda's first meeting as this year's president will be Sept. 13th, following the Labor Day recess. There will be no meeting the day after Labor Day.
New President Is Past President Phil Noble 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

Everyone's job is member recruitment

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Membership development

1. Analyze results from past exit interviews to see what members cited as their reason for leaving the club. Often, you can immediately see a pattern to act upon.

2. If your club doesn't conduct exit interviews, consider contacting ex-members from the past few years to ask them for feedback on what they feel the club could've done better.
3. Make sure every member has some role to play. Every member in your club joined to become part of something big, and if they aren't being given a chance to make a contribution to the club, slowly but surely, their satisfaction level will begin to decline. Consider giving each member some sort of responsibility at every meeting (ex: introduce/thank speaker, contribute jokes of the week for the club newsletter, etc.). 

4. Focus on happiness: happy members are those that are motivated to do good for the club. There are many ways to keep members happy. Sometimes just being asked means a lot, so in your next meeting, have every member anonymously write changes that they would like to see in the club which would make them happy. Such a simple act shows your members that you care about their presence in the club.

Recruitment strategies

Even though your club may have an open door policy, many prospective members interested in joining still might be hesitant to come visit. The answer?
5. Promote your open door policy everywhere you can - on your website, social media and even at your meeting location (example, at the entrance of the building, near the elevators, staircase, etc.)
6. Put up flyers welcoming visitors pointing them to where you meet, time, etc. The more signs prospective members see, the more you've alleviated their fear of trying something new.

Countries like Germany, India, Africa have all seen an increase in membership due to the emphasis they've put on personal connections. Rotarians here have been urging family members to join and have even created new clubs that meet in the evenings and have lower fees for the children of all members. This makes it easier for parents to balance family life with club service. 

7. All of us know at least one person that might be a good fit for Rotary, whether that person be a colleague, family member or friend - all we have to do is ask.

8. Many Rotaractors tend to leave Rotary altogether. Team up with a local Rotaract club and speak more on the benefits of joining your club, so that you can create a smooth transition for them to join your club when they are ready.
Other ideas to try include:

9. Propose a 'trial' period - offer a 3 month membership plan where members can pay only for those months to get a better feel for what it means to be part of your club. This way, they don't have to worry about investing money/time for the entire year.
10. Create a club designation to recognize members that recruit the most members. Then for every 2 or 3 new members that join, the recruiter receives the special club designation title. Plus take advantage of Rotary's New Member Sponsor Program.
11. Host an open house and promote it via Facebook ads. You can set your own budget and reach a wider audience.
12. List the benefits of joining your club right on your site. Add a video showcasing the fun your members have so as to evoke a feeling of being part of a team.
13. Ask your guests and speakers to join your club, even if they choose to join as honorary members.
Most importantly, follow up with all of your prospective members. You can now add all your prospective members into your contacts list, so following up is easy. Send a personal note reminding them of their interest in the club and reinforce the benefits. At the end of the day, it's up to us to open the door to new members by asking people to join. What's your membership goal this year?
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Milward's weekly message: The Olympics Relates To Rotary

Posted by Milward Simpson on Aug 08, 2016
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Many of us are probably watching the 31st summer Olympic games.  I know I have. I just like to have it on to marvel at the amazing athleticism and competition on display.
According to the Olympic Charter: "Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life base on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
As you already know about me, I like looking for connections between things.
Well, One of the objects of Rotary is to "encourage and foster:"
       "The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service."
I was interested to read about a gathering in CO Springs just this past April where, and I quote,
"...more than 50 representatives from the Rotary Peace Centers and members of the U.S. Olympic Committee were treated to a surprise pre-dinner performance by the U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics team.
'They showcased their prowess in tumbling, the high bar, and the pommel horse. It was stunning!' says Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, who served as the emcee for the April event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Sponsored by The Rotary Foundation, 1972 Olympic decathlon competitor Barry King, and the Rotary Club of Fort Collins, Colorado, the event was aimed at promoting donor support for the Rotary Peace Centers Major Gifts Initiative.
Given their shared emphasis on fostering peace and goodwill, the two organizations have joined forces in the past. In fact, their relationship dates back at least to the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, when the Rotary Club of Los Angeles hosted members of the International Olympic Committee and Olympic athletes. 'Here the two great international organizations whose efforts are ever for peace met in international fellowship,' The Rotarian magazine noted in its October 1932 issue. And their vital work continues.
Under the Rotary Peace Centers program, up to 100 peace fellows pursue master's degree or professional development certificate in fields related to peace and security at one of the program's partner universities."
I think it's especially important for us as Rotarians to view the highly publicized challenges that Rio De Janero has contended with to host the Olympic games through the eyes of our special mission to serve humanity: 
The City and the Country of Brazil has suffered a great deal in recent years. They are in the midst of the worst recession in their history. We've all heard about the Zika outbreak; the water pollution; the high crime rate, high unemployment and inflation as well as the question that seems to beset many second world cities that host the games as to whether the country's investment may deepen its financial problems.  
Thankfully, we can be proud to belong to an organization that acts when it sees challenges such as those facing the people of Rio and that always looks for opportunities to find connections with organizations that share its ideals and its mission to serve.
As we go forward this week, let us be mindful of new challenges facing the people in our community of Cheyenne and look for new opportunities to serve.     -Milward Simpson, 2016-17 Club President
Milward's weekly message: The Olympics Relates To Rotary Milward Simpson 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0

Asst. District Gov. Billie Addleman Profiled in Newsletter

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(From the District 5440 newsletter): This segment is designed to introduce you to our hard working Assistant Governors. An “AG” must have served as club president and agree to serving a 3-year term to be qualified for this position.
      The role of an AG is the following:
• Provide support to the clubs in which they are assigned
• Provide support to the District Governor during their official club visit
• Assist incoming club presidents in entering goals in Rotary Club Central
Cheyenne and Laramie AG - Billie Addleman
Billie Addleman is the Assistant Governor for the Laramie and Cheyenne Rotary Clubs. 
Addleman is also a partner at the Cheyenne law firm of Hirst Applegate, LLP, where he practices civil litigation with a focus 
on professional liability, medical malpractice and licensing matters. Four members of the firm have served as Rotary Club President.
     Billie is a Past President of the Cheyenne Rotary Club and previously chaired the District Club Visioning Committee 
(with PDG Charlie Petersen) and co-chaired the 2014 District Conference (with his wife, Brandi Monger). 
     Outside of Rotary, he has served on numerous local and statewide organizations and boards, including the Wyoming 
Community Foundation, the Laramie County Community College Foundation and the Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic 
Gardens Foundation. He also serves on the University of Wyoming College of Law Advisory Board. 
     In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and traveling.
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CSR Golf Fundraiser Nets Over $8,000

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Our intrepid golf fundraiser committee led by Immediate Past President Brenda Laird and including Doc Gondalia, Pat Colgan, Kathy Claywell, Mike Weiland and Kevin Guille worked hard again this year and in spite of not having as many sponsors as in the past, pulled off another great fundraiser and netted $2,800 each for the Foster Grandparents Program, Sunrise Rotary Scholarship at LCCC and our CSR Foundation.
An incredible amount of work goes into this fundraiser so please consider signing up to help out for next year's event. will gladly sign you up and find the best spot for your talents to help all the charitable causes that benefit from this endeavor. Our thanks go out especially to last year's committee and we look forward to another great year in 2017!
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Volunteers needed for Mobile Children's Museum

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The Children's Museum of Cheyenne Mobile Museum needs volunteers this week. This is a traveling children's exhibit designed to enhance early childhood learning and development. The museum will be in Cheyenne for two weeks beginning Monday July 18, and we are looking for volunteers to help man the exhibit while it is in town. If you believe anyone in the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary club would be interested in this opportunity, feel free to contact me via email or phone. Thanks, Abigail Wilkins (307) 343-3233
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Black Dog Animal Rescue Saves Lives

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Cheyenneite Britney Wallesch saw a need in 2008 for a second chance for adoption of homeless pets statewide. Now eight years later, the Black Dog Animal Rescue program she founded has led to over 1500 successful pet adoptions. She told the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club she saw a need across the state of Wyoming for a coordinating center for animal adoptions.
   Britney cited the example of the lack of a program in Wheatland, just 70 miles north of Cheyenne, which houses stray pets in a small, windowless concrete block building where they are fed once a day and are euthanized routinely when not adopted. CSR’s Jason Johnson recently adopted a dog who had been at the Wheatland “pound” for two months, and said he finds his new pet “the sweetest, most loving dog you could imagine.”
   Britney said other places in the state have draconian city ordinances, as in Rock Springs, where it is decreed that when police pick up a stray it must be killed within three days if the owner is not found. She said she’s worked with the legislature in the past to change such laws and will continue working. 
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CSR Changes Leadership

Posted by Phil Noble on Jun 27, 2016
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Rotary Assistant District Governor Billie Addleman swore in 2016-17 CSR President Milward Simpson and lauded outgoing president Brenda Laird, saying to Milward, “you have big shoes to fill.” 
    Addleman said CSR has always been a “strong little club” but that under Brenda’s leadership over the past year, “it’s been an exceptional year” for CSR. “Nothing beats a Tuesday morning at your club seeing Brenda’s smile so early in the morning,” Addleman said.
   He said Brenda should write a book on how to be a successful club president, called “Becoming a Rotary Club President for Dummies” after the highly acclaimed series of “  ___ for Dummies”. Addleman added that everyone in the club should be proud of what’s been accomplished in the past year, noting “Cheyenne is a better community because of this club.”
   Taking over the gavel (or in this case a broken bell) Milward Simpson said he looks forward to continuing the successful path set by his predecessor and will further outline his goals later. He then said there would be no meeting next week because of the 4th of July holiday weekend, prompting Dr. Lakhman Gondalia to quip, “you’re really starting your year off right,” to much laughter.
CSR Changes Leadership Phil Noble 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

PP Brenda Laird recaps 2015-16 Sunrise Rotary Year

Posted by Brenda Laird on Jun 26, 2016
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I was honored to serve as Madam President for the Sunrise Rotary Club this year.  I was equally honored to be guided by inspirational words written each month by our international president.  Every month I was inspired after reading his words to try harder and work harder for the club.  I truly had nothing but smiles when I woke up on Tuesday mornings knowing that we would gather in friendship and service to make this world a much better place because we did show up.
This past year my personal life has been a challenge at times because for me change is extremely hard but I always felt at ease when Rotary came to mind.  It was a consistency for me.  A room full of supporting, caring people who would give you the shirt off their back if you asked.  I just want each and every one of you to know how much I appreciated the support and allowing me the opportunity to lead a group of amazing Rotarians.
PP Brenda Laird recaps 2015-16 Sunrise Rotary Year Brenda Laird 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0

CSR member Jason Johnson profiled in legal news

Posted on Jun 25, 2016
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Sunrise Rotary member Jason Johnson, an attorney, was recently profiled in the "Wyoming Lawyer" magazine. In the article, he said, "I volunteer at the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club. I believe in the causes the club promotes, and I enjoy being around the club members who are wonderful and caring people." Here's a condensed version of the article;

Basic bio: I am a Wyomingite through and through. I was born and raised in Cheyenne and I've been educated entirely in this great state I graduated from Cheyenne East High School then received an AA in pre-law and sociology from Laramie County Community College and a BA from the University of Wyoming in criminal justice. I received the most outstanding criminal justice award and most recently received my law degree from UW. While in law school I was fortunate to intern at the Cheyenne City attorney's office and the First Judicial District Court, where I gained valuable practical experience. I currently work at the Romsa Law Office PC where I have a general practice with a focus on personal injury, estate planning, civil litigation and workers compensation.  (more...)
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President's message for June 15, 2016

Posted by Brenda Laird on Jun 14, 2016
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Tuesday, June 14, was a great day to be a Rotarian.

We welcomed our newest member, Justin Kallal.  Tim Joannides brought him last week and Justin has decided to join in on our Tuesday morning fun.  Welcome Justin.

Our presenter Tuesday was Kari Eakins, Communications Director for the Department of Education.  She presented the five goals for the current administration (1) Increase accreditation scores (2) Increase involvement in career and vocational fields (3) Increase involvement with the Hathaway Fund (4) Increase 3rd grade reading proficiency (5) Increase on-line learning opportunities.  A room filled with Rotarian's were able to have an vision of education in Wyoming.

No meeting next week.  We will have a picnic at Roxanne's after the tournament.

Bring your full piggy's - our goal is $1,000.  We are at $650.  Please bring your piggy's on the 28th.

In conclusion:

Normally I don't share the inspiration in my update for the week but I will make an exception this week.  May your week be filled with happiness and blessed moments appreciating those who are in your life.  Brenda

Today as a Rotarian I stand up here wanting desperately to make sense of the tragic ending for so many precious lives in Orlando. I take in my heart so deeply what the families must be feeling and the heavy heart of so many across this nation.

In mass on Sunday Father said that we need to have the change begin with us!  I will ask each of you here today to bow your head and quietly say a prayer for the families that have lost someone and say a prayer for God to help each Rotarian to go out today and make a difference and be a piece of what change can and should look like.   Our country prides itself on freedom and the opportunity to be ourselves, true and courageous.  Stomp your foot and say enough!!

We,as Rotarian's, can and will make a difference, in time, but who we help and what we do is so very important today.  Healing will begin by the touch of your hand, a smile, an apology or maybe just a prayer today could make a small change right here.
President's message for June 15, 2016 Brenda Laird 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0

Newest CSR member transferred from Jackson Rotary club

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Justin Kallal was a member of the Jackson Hole Rotary Club when he practiced law there and now has moved to Cheyenne, joining the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club. His sponsor, club member Tim Joannides, says he has known the Kallal family for years and thinks Justin will be a great addition to our club. "Justin comes from a community-minded family and has a strong background of wanting to help others, which makes him a natural fit for Rotary," Joannides said.
"I alway enjoyed participating in Rotary in Jackson but it just did not work with my schedule," Justin says. "The Sunrise Rotary Club is a great group and it works with my schedule."
" I am a Cheyenne native who recently moved back to my home town.  I am a trial lawyer by trade.  I like to fish and hunt and play golf.  I look forward to becoming more involved in the Cheyenne community.  I have enjoyed reuniting with old friends and meeting new friends.  I have really enjoyed being welcomed back into the Cheyenne community," he said.
Please welcome Justin to the club at your earliest opportunity.
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Kari Eakins speaks on education

Posted by Phil Noble on Jun 13, 2016
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The Communications Director of the Wyoming Dept. of Education, Kari Eakins, filled in for her boss, State Superintendent Jillian Balow,  who was called to Washington, D.C. to testify to a congressional committee. Kari gave a very in-depth and comprehensive update of the state of education in Wyoming, answering tough questions from the Rotarians present at the end of her talk.
One of the many difficult issues to address in education, she said, is how Wyoming students compare to students elsewhere--in another state or across the globe--and the reason it is difficult is that people everywhere use different metrics to measure educational achievement. "I don't know any teachers who didn't get into the profession to help educate our kids," she said, "and that's the bottom line--how are our kids learning." 
There have been many measurements over the years in an attempt to improve education, she said, but for the last 13 years, until last year, congress could not decide on what those measurements should be. The latest iteration, she said, is named ESSA, and is another form of measurement.
Kari did an exemplary job filling in for her boss and deserves the thanks of the Sunrise Rotary Club for another excellent presentation.
Kari Eakins speaks on education Phil Noble 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0

Simply Another Great Day To Be A Rotarian

Posted by Brenda Laird on Jun 12, 2016
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It is simply another GREAT day to be a Rotarian.
I was delighted with the crowd we had a breakfast last Tuesday morning.  And we had some guests in the house as well.  Joining us this a.m. was a visiting Rotarian from Sierra Vista, AZ - Renee Humburg.  She was a Rotarian in Cheyenne in 1994 - a member of our noon club.  Additionally, we were joined by Justin Kallal, a friend of Tim Joannides.  Justin just moved back to the area and is a practicing lawyer.  
Kathy shared her "Giving from the Heart" story that made all of us choke back a few tears.  Remember to share ...
Thank you to Catherine Fuller who was our presenter last week from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Cheyenne organization.  This organization not only helps at risk students but any child needing a little extra adult guidance.  The currently have 37 matched children between the ages of 5 and 16, and they have 35 on the waiting list hoping to find matches.  The  biggest challenge for this organization is finding adult mentors.  If you have an extra hour a week to spend with a child, there is someone waiting to become your friend.  
We are coming down to the wire on the golf tournament.  PLEASE help .... sponsor a hole, find a sponsor for a hole, golf or encourage your friends to golf.  The club fundraiser helps so many good causes and we are down on teams and sponsors this year.  
June 14 we will have a great presentation by Jillian Balow, Wyoming Superintendent  of Public Instruction.  Please join us!
Have a great week Rotarian's.
Brenda Laird, 2015-16 Club President
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Posted by Phil Noble on May 23, 2016
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The Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club has won the Rotary District 5440 "Cecil Staver Award" for Best Club Communication efforts. The criteria was as follows; "Clubs will be judged on their website as well as any club bulletin either distributed via internet or printed...Club News, including future and past club programs, member’s activities, make-ups at other clubs, committee meetings, board meetings, election of new members, club assemblies, special actions, birthdays, biographies, etc. Rotary Promotion, including Rotary education, excerpts or comments from The Rotarian, Rotary development, or anything furthering the principles and ideals of Rotary. Originality, including both activities emanating from and within the club itself, and the presentations of those activities in the bulletin."
   Club 2015-16 President Brenda Laird applied for the award with the help of Editarian Phil Noble (who edits the newsletter and maintains the club's web site) and the award was accepted at the Jackson district conference meeting by club member Dr. Lakhman Gondalia, M.D.

New Cheyenne Botanic Gardens "Grand Conservatory" Truly Grand

Posted by Phil Noble on May 23, 2016
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Tina Worthman, Community Relations Manager at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, says the $12 million dollar Grand Conservatory now under construction will be a tourism magnet and will outshine facilities in cities many times the size of Cheyenne.
   "This is a grand facility and Cheyenne's taxpayers who funded it through the sixth-penny tax will see a great return on their dollar," she said, "as we will pay for part of its upkeep through activities like charging for holding weddings in the building."
    Taxpayers two years ago okayed a $16 million tax for the building and surrounding parking and landscaped areas. That amount includes $2 million for an ongoing maintenance fund and $2 million for road work around the building.
    "It should be finished in the fall...the October-November timeframe, but we probably won't have a grand opening till next Spring (2017)," she said. Club member Jerry Crader is on the CBG's "Friends of the Garden" board, and he described the new building as having great tourism potential as well. "It will be a grand space we can be very proud of," Crader said, "and I'm going to reserve a chair in a corner of one of those beautiful spaces to relax in."
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President's message May 23, 2016

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Last Tuesday was another great day to be a Rotarian.

Thank you to those who showed up and helped the Sunrise Rotary Club show support to the kids of Cheyenne and cheer for the efforts of the Boys and Girls Club.  There was a great presentation by Reggie Rivers, a retired Denver Bronco.  A few things he said while presenting were - Be Empowered to Act and Be Predictable by Showing up for the Team.  Something that all Rotarian's do by attending meetings and being accountable for helping the local community and supporting service projects.
Monday we will have a golf meeting at 5:30 p.m. - Uncle Charlie's.  All are invited.

I will see you Tuesday- have a great week and please say an extra prayer for Doc and all Rotarian's attending District Conference to have safe travels.

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Wyoming's tourism history, caring members, etc...

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What a great day to be a Cheyenne Sunrise Rotarian.

We had a wonderful fun filled meeting this a.m.  Lynn Birleffi was in the house giving a presentation on the past and present history of Wyoming tourism.  We are so blessed to have such great presenters that live right here in Cheyenne.  Lynn is married to our very own Phil Noble. Thank you Lynn.

Additionally we had Kacee Hansen from Rotaract talk about their shelter project event this week-end.  I encourage you to stop down at the Depot Plaza on Friday night after 5 p.m. or before 5 p.m. Saturday to cheer their sleep out on for a worthy cause.  Go down and support them...donations are also welcome and appreciated.  I remember the story of George McIlvaine and Assistant District Governor Billie Addleman doing this with Rotaract, sleeping out on a chilly night right on the sidewalk.  There may have been a call to Brandi for a care package delivery.  Ask Billie to tell you the story.  It is a smile and giggle waiting to happen.

Several members brought books for the Challenge Program in Guernsey.  Thank you, we had about 30 books. They have been dropped off at Jim's office for delivery.

The golf committee met yesterday.  Excitement is building for the tournament coming up on June 24.  Get involved in helping.  It  is our second fund raiser of the year.  We NEED everyone's help to make it a success.  The proceeds go to help fund our scholarship at LCCC for a male and female student, help with funding Foster Grandparent's, support Rotaract and help build a strong Sunrise Rotary Foundation.  Ask a business to sponsor a hole or gather a team to golf.  HELP is needed.  

No meeting May 17th.  Rotarian's are urged to attend the Back a Kid's Breakfast to support the local Boys and Girls Club right down the hall from our regular meeting room at the same time.

Finally - remember to go out and support the community this week through giving.  Many opportunities exist - May 13th - Day of Giving at the Kiwanis Community House, May 14th - Post Office food drive for local shelters and pantries.  May 13th - May 14th - Rotaract Shelter in Place Sleep Out - Depot Plaza Center.  Wear your Rotary pin and show that we support all organizations and make a difference together.

Have a great week.  

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May 3 meeting recap: President's notes

Posted by Brenda Laird
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What an AMAZING day to be a Rotarian, especially a Sunrise Rotarian.

We had a full house this a.m.  All the tables were filled.  Thank you to all who showed up for the meeting and a special thank you for all who welcomed our guests.

We had a wonderful presentation by Bill Sniffin with assistance by Pat Schmidt on Wyoming's history through pictures and 3 books written by Bill.  Bill donated a set of books to the club to be used as our silent auction donation for District Conference.

We had a guest in the house today as well - Catherine Fuller joined us as a prospective member.  Welcome Catherine.

RYLA interviews went well.  Thanks to the committee for all of their hard work.

Kevin gave his Gift from the Heart story.  He used his money to buy May Day baskets and help out the Rotaract club and brighten two special friends days.  Thanks Kevin.

No regular meeting on the 17th...instead, we will attend the Boys and Girls Club - Back a Kid's Breakfast down the hall at the same time.  Please let Phil or myself know if you will be attending.

Golf Tournament meeting 5:30 p.m. - Uncle Charlie's - Monday, May 9th.

Again, thank you for an great day.  Let's fill the tables again next week.
May 3 meeting recap: President's notes Brenda Laird 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

Please RSVP for Back A Kid Breakfast May 17

Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 24, 2016
Our Club Meeting May 17th will be moved down the hall to the Boys and Girls Club Back-A-Kid Breakfast, where the speaker will be former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers, a dynamic speaker (along with Boys and Girls Club speakers). Please RSVP if you can make it to;, as I will captain a table (or more than one if we can get that many).

Please RSVP for Back A Kid Breakfast May 17 Phil Noble 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

Brenda Laird Receives LCCC Lifetime Heritage Society Award

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Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club member W.M. Stalcup traveled from his home in Sedona, Arizona to help laud Brenda at an event hosted by LCCC on April 13. The accolades she received are summed up in this writing from the college:
    “As a lifelong Cheyenne resident, Brenda Laird has shown her love and commitment for Laramie County Community College. She has experienced all that LCCC has to offer, starting as a student, moving into a student-worker role and then into full time employment with LCCC.    Brenda shares this love and passion with everyone she encounters. During the 26 years she worked at LCCC, Brenda created lasting friendships with students, faculty and staff.
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Presidents notes for week of April 11, 2016

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Tuesday April 5, 2016 was another great day to be a Rotarian at the Sunrise Rotary Club.  Spring is just peeking at us and we are gearing up for our annual fundraiser golf tournament.  Everything we do, every dollar we raise is used to help others.  We are “Gifts to the World!”
It was a honor to have one of our fellow Rotarians, Mike Weiland, speak about his career in weather forecasting with the National Weather Service.  It was interesting to hear about how we measure rainfall and snowfall and why the measurements may not come out the same all over town.  Thank you Mike for sharing your knowledge with us.
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Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary has worked this year to be a "Gift To The World"

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From President Brenda's speech to the recipients of the National Honor Society; "...

Our goal this year was to immerse our club into the Cheyenne community and offer our hands through service.  We have collected blankets and pillows for the homeless, stuffed food bags, awarded two scholarships to local students, honored our veterans, administered flu shots, raised money to aid homeless high school students and "paid it forward" with random acts of kindness throughout the community.  


Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary has worked this year to be a "Gift To The World" Brenda Laird 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

We Are A Giving Club!!!

Posted by Brenda Laird on Mar 29, 2016
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What a Great Tuesday a.m. to be a Rotarian -
Welcome back Mr. Noble, we have missed you although you kept your duties up from afar.  This president is thankful that the storms keep missing our meetings by a day - whew.
Our own Mike Wieland was recently seen on the news walking with Magic City to bring awareness to hiring those with a disability.  Nice job Mike.  
President Brenda shared her "Giving From the Heart" story.  The Martinez family of Loveland, CO lost the father and two son's a year ago when a drunk driver hit their van as they were coming home from church a year ago.  Brenda's sister-in-law is a teacher at Loveland High and the school is doing a run/walk to help the family.  One son was just accepted into CSU.  Prayers for the family.
Several fundraisers are going in the other clubs - tickets for a new car, May Day Baskets, Cranium Cup - information will be shared on our site.
Are you interested in sharing your life with a student from another country?  Coming in the fall is a young lady from Argentina and a young man from France.  Please let Brenda know right away if you are interested.  Could be fun for all.
District Conference is coming up.  Milward and Doc will be attending.  If you are interested you need to sign up now before rooms are gone.
We are sorry to lose Jim Rose as a member.  He has been a true asset to our morning club.  We wish him well and hope that he can come back when time allows.
Finally - our guest speaker was just amazing.  Kelly Fenson-Hood presented on a project that she is involved with called Power of Hope, Kibera.  The mission of the organization is to help with proper hand sanitation which reduces the loss of lives.  It was a very powerful presentation!  Kelly is a hope for our future.  She is compassionate, hard working and filled with grace.  Our club took up a collection and Milward stepped up with a match, raising over $270. And, an anonymous donor stepped up with a pledge of $1,000!!  What a giving club we have!  I am satisfied that our club helped with a mission of hope.
We show up, we learn, we help.  I am thankful everyday for this club and those who fill the seats every Tuesday morning.  -Brenda
We Are A Giving Club!!! Brenda Laird 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0

President-Elect: Rotary Is Truly Amazing

Posted by Milward Simpson on Mar 27, 2016
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The Rotary President-Elect Training Seminar, PETS for short, I recently attended impressed on me once again how lucky we are to be Rotarians for a variety of reasons.
The annual seminar which includes our District 5440 as well as four other Districts comprising Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, most of Nebraska and part of Idaho provides comprehensive training for incoming Rotary President-Elects and President Elect Nominees. It's designed to help incoming Presidents get the most out their year. 
This year was not quite the "deer in the headlights" experience is was for me last year and I was thankful I was really able to focus in and enjoy the many activities, social events, workshops, keynote speeches, delicious meals and opportunities for fellowship with fellow Rotarians offered over the two day seminar. 
Of course, a lot of time was devoted to providing the "nuts and bolts" training that is so crucial given the complex multi-faceted organization we are, but my favorite thing about PETS is that it reminds you what an amazing, worldwide organization we are fortunate to belong to! Rotary is truly a family and there are so many ways clubs can connect and work together. It was inspiring to hear about the variety of creative events that take place in all of the separate clubs and to hear accounts of ambitious service projects helping improve people's lives in local communities as well as in countries all over the world. 
It also really brought home to me what an amazing effort we have collectively undertaken to defeat Polio. Of course, we haven't brought the disease to the precipice of eradication alone - worldwide governments and giants of philanthropy like Bill Gates have contributed massive amounts of funding but Rotary International is widely acknowledged as the organization that led the way and that the effort is most indebted to. I don't know about you, but this makes me very proud to be a Rotarian! 
Finally, we were very fortunate to be joined by incoming Rotary International President, John Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, TN, Mr. Germ has a warm, down-home sense of humor and humility which belies his seemingly endless resume of achievements that were rattled off during his introduction. His theme for the year is "Rotary Serving Humanity" and everyone I spoke with was inspired by his expansive vision for fulfilling Paul Harris' credo that serving humanity " the most worthwhile thing a person can do." 
I'd like to give a "shout out" to our excellent Assistant Governor, Billie Addelman and incoming District Governor Barb Redder for their leadership at the seminar and for their devotion to making our individual Cheyenne clubs successful. 
I assure you, fellow Sunrise Rotarians, at whatever point you are called to do your turn as President, the PETS experience will be one that will transform your sense of what it means to be a Rotarian!
President-Elect: Rotary Is Truly Amazing Milward Simpson 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

It Was A Great Spring Morning For A Rotary Club Meeting

Posted by Brenda Laird on Mar 27, 2016
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What a great SPRING morning to be a Rotarian.

President Brenda started the morning out with a reading from International President K.R. Ravindran.  He had a wonderful note in the March addition of the "Rotarian" about how we can all be like Mother Teresa and dig in, hands getting dirty doing the most important work in the world - helping others.  It is a great challenge during Easter week and the beginning of Spring, find a cause and help.

Guests in the house today were Kacee Hansen and Chanda Olson to tell us about Rotaract's  fundraiser of May Day Baskets.  If you are interested in purchasing a May Day Basket for a loved one, friend or a helpful neighbor - contact Kacee at 640-0530.

Mike Weiland asked if anyone would be interested in being a mentor for the clients of Wyoming Family Home Ownership Program.  Amazing program helping first time prospective home owners succeed.  Please call 514-5831 for more information.

District Conference is right around the corner.  May 19 -21 at Jackson Lake Lodge.  Milward and Doc are going.  Consider a great week-end exploring what a change Rotary can make in someone's life.

Cranium Cup is coming up.  Cranium Cup is a fund-raiser for the Noon Club.  The cost is $800 per team.  Kevin offered up his son Liam as a secret weapon for the event.  More discussion next week.

Milward gave a quick update on the PETS Conference held last week-end.   More will be discussed at the April 12th meeting.

Thank you's are often not given to those who show up on Tuesdays and making a difference.   I realize that getting out of the warm bed and driving across town is not appealing at times but once you get there and get to hear the wonderful news of what is going on in our club, our club members families and our local Cheyenne community - it makes it all worth it.  Please join us if you have been gone.  We do miss you!

Amy Gorbey, Managing Director of the Cheyenne Little Theatre gave a great report on what is old, new and coming.  The Cheyenne Little Theatre is truly an organization that the Cheyenne community should be proud of and should support.  Thank you Amy.

May each of you have a Happy Easter filled with family, faith and friends.  See you next Tuesday - let's fill the room.

It Was A Great Spring Morning For A Rotary Club Meeting Brenda Laird 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Kissin' The Blarney Stone, CSR-style

Posted by Brenda Laird on Mar 20, 2016
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This month's club social day was not a great day to be a Rotarian - it was an amazing day to be a Rotarian.

Last Tuesday night we gathered at Roxanne and Tom Ostlund's for a St. Patrick's Day celebration.  We had a wonderful time as the Ostlund's rank #1 as hosts.  I will not lie, there was a toast made to our Rotary club with a little Ireland's finest - it went down smooth and the toast shared how important these social events are and how they help us discover hidden treasures in each of us.  Again, thank you to the Ostlund's.  You have our hearts.

Milward gave a quick update from PETS but will share more with the whole group soon.

A few Rotarian's have had surgeries lately - keep them in your prayers for healing and blessings.

Remember to bring your pigs and to give generously to the giving basket for RYLA scholarships.

Join us at our regular meeting March 22 to get a full report the wonderful party.  Shenanigans .  yep.....
Kissin' The Blarney Stone, CSR-style Brenda Laird 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Legislators speak to CSR, other news...

Posted by Brenda Laird on Mar 06, 2016
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It was indeed a great day to be a Rotarian!

Last Tuesday we had a full house at Rotary!  A big thank you to all who attended to listen to a legislative update by Mary Throne, Ken Esquibel and Wayne Johnson.  It sounds like it was rough session with revenue from the state being down. As Rotarian's we are thankful for those who serve and try to make positive changes for the future of Wyoming.

Lucy Osborn, former Noon Club President, brought her exchange student.  She will soon be headed to Hawaii for a chance to catch some sun and sand.

A sign up sheet was passed for those who plan on attending the St. Patrick's party on the 15th - 5:30 - 7:30 Roxanne and Tom Ostlund's.  Please send Brenda a quick note if you were not in attendance Tuesday and would like to join in on the fun.

Little America had a cancelation so we will not be in the Hathaway Dining Room.  Mark your calendars!

Birthdays last week - Brenda - March 3, Earl - March 4, and Steve - March 5.

Have a great week - Go out and make a difference.
Legislators speak to CSR, other news... Brenda Laird 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0

Local paper features CSR Honorary Member Paula Egan-Wright

Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club Honorary Member Paula Egan-Wright's long struggle to help an orphanage in Haiti, which this club has supported financially in the past, is the subject of a feature news article in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, which points out that she has gone to super-human lengths to keep the small orphanage afloat. Please read this great article at 
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Club Update Feb. 22, 2016

Posted by Brenda Laird on Feb 21, 2016
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What a great day to be a Rotarian.  Tuesday morning, crisp February air and friends.  Can't thank of a better way to start a Rotarian Day.
We had no guest speaker Feb. 16 so it was a great time for 14 eager Rotarian's to talk about goals, achievements, our favorite President and favorite Presidential quotes.  Again a thank you to all who helped get the by-laws in order and passed.  We are planning ahead for an international project in the next year.  Exciting news...we haven't done one in a while.  
Doc has asked for those thinking of going to District in May to let him know - he is going and wants to join up and travel together.
A reminder to those who missed the last two weeks, come next week to get your envelope for "Giving From the Heart" month.  
Madam President is in hopes of breaking out of the winter blues and having a full house next week.  We miss you when you don't come.
Reminder for the week - don't just stand and speak the 4-Way Test - include it in your life and live it.
Club Update Feb. 22, 2016 Brenda Laird 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

Club update Feb. 15, 2016

Posted by Brenda Laird on Feb 14, 2016
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The club business meeting Feb. 8 was one of the best we have had this year!  We accomplished something that has been weighing on our minds for a long time and that would be WE VOTED ON AND PASSED OUR BY-LAWS - CLUB AND FOUNDATION!!!   I want to personally thank each member that had a part in getting this accomplished.  Between the club and foundation - many hours were spent on research, discussion, reading, rewriting and reading one last time.  It was truly and entire club effort.  Thank you!  We move forward on solid ground with a bright future.  This President cheers and applauds each of you.


This year Sunrise Rotary Club will be sponsoring 4 Junior RYLA participants.  I was blessed to go with our friend, George McIlvaine, several years ago to witness for myself the change that happens when our youth get together and become leaders against issues like bullying.  They are stepping out of RYLA with the sense that the future is theirs to capture and make strong.  Financially for a small club, 4 sponsorship is hard to cover but we have a goal and we will make it happen.  Again, entire club effort on this one.  Donations every week in the giving basket is what is making this goal obtainable.


We kicked off our "Giving from the Heart" month by handing out giving envelopes.  We encourage all club members to do a random act of kindness during the month of February.  If you missed the meeting this a.m. be sure to come next week and get your envelope.  We look forward to the stories in coming weeks of how you, as a Rotarian, you became a "Gift to the World!"


We have received information on the District Conference in Jackson, May 19-21 at the Jackson Lake Lodge.  It looks like it will be a wonderful time and filled with great break out sessions.  If you can, please plan to attend you won't be sorry.


The Noon Club is having the 2nd Annual Ice Melt challenge.  Our club will get a portion back of all tickets. The link is on our home page of our website.


This President is in her 8 month of leading this amazing club.  I look back from the beginning to now and I see many things I would have done different but I also see a club that has engaged and is working as a team to make this the best club yet.  I thank you and I appreciate all that each of you do to make a difference.  


Quote for the week - "The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Club update Feb. 15, 2016 Brenda Laird 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Ice Melt Challenge to benefit all Cheyenne Rotary Clubs 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

"When you travel for Rotary, you travel with a different sense of perspective..."

Posted by K.R. Ravindran on Feb 07, 2016
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From this month's Rotarian magazine..."When you travel for Rotary, you travel with a different sense of perspective and a different sense of purpose. There is an awareness of being part of something larger than yourself. When you board a plane or a train, or leave your home in the dark hours of early morning, you may be leaving for lands unknown--but at your destination, there will be no strangers. There will be Rotarians, waiting and welcoming. There will be work to do, something to learn, and perhaps something to teach." -Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran
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District Newsletter Features Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club

Posted by Brenda Laird on Jan 17, 2016
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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.
District Newsletter Features Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club Brenda Laird 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0

Past Club President Guille's family featured in Wyo Tribune-Eagle

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The club has kept up with the fast-growing family of Past President Kevin Guille as they have traveled to Russia and China to adopt special needs children with the help of our donations and many, many others.
Now, the family has been profiled in a great story in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle over the holidays, and you can read the story and see more pictures of the family at the end of the story. Congratulations, Kevin!
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Club President Brenda Retires From LCCC!

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2015-16 Club President Brenda Laird was treated to a retirement party attended by many club members at Laramie County Community College, where she has worked for 26 years. She is retiring in a few weeks, and says her time at LCCC has produced many memories, but that she's ready for another chapter in her life.
Everyone in the club thanks Brenda for her service to LCCC and to Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary, where among many other things she has spearheaded the annual golf fundraiser--an event which requires a great deal more work than it appears when one participates in the annual event.
Congratulations to Brenda and we all await the unfolding of the next chapter!
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CSR president's notes for Dec. 1, 2015

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It's a great day to be a Rotarian! Even greater based on what you, the members, have done over the past couple of weeks!
Welcome back from the break Rotarians.  It was nice to see everyone and a few missed friends showed up this a.m. as well.  Welcome back.

Brenda read the "Dear Fellow Rotarians" letter from the December Rotarian magazine as the inspiration.  Please consider reading the moving words by the Rotary International President.  His words are so filled with warmth and hope.   Additionally, he included a snap shot of the meaning of what our holiday season could be - one of being a gift instead of receiving one.

Foster Kids Dinner will be December 13th, 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.  On the 12th meet at DFS's back door at 10 a.m. if you would like to help fill the bags for the children.  A big thank you to Jim Hastings for organizing this wonderful event again this year.

The Rotary Christmas Party is fast approaching.  December 15, 6 pm. - 8 p.m  Warren Nagel Mansion - bring your family.  A special thank you to Carrie for organizing this Christmas gathering.

We made $460 from the raffle for Steamboat.  A single mother won the prize and enjoyed a 4 day week-end with her daughter.  She said it was a nice treat.  Thanks to all who bought or sold tickets.  The proceeds will be added to our Foundation and the scholarship account.

Finally, a special thank you to Mr. Howard for doing an Employee Volunteer Grant with RBC.  $500 will be added to the club Foundation.

I am so proud of our club!  All hands on deck and we are making a big difference.

CSR president's notes for Dec. 1, 2015 Brenda Laird 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Newest member Bill Lindstrom likes small groups

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Bill Lindstrom says he likes small groups, and that's part of what attracted him to Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club.  "The best part of belonging to a community is the rewards you accrue from contributing to the well-being of that community," Lindstrom says. " I have always enjoyed the 'public service' aspect of my careers in government and non-profit business . . and would appreciate the opportunity to direct that public service energy outside the workplace.  I also appreciate the intimacy of relationships in a smaller group like Sunrise Rotary.
Lindstrom is the Executive Director of Arts Cheyenne, which provides education, arts and cultural advocacy, consulting, technical assistance, and programming through the facilitation of collaborative community partnerships. He previously worked for the Wyoming Office of Tourism and other groups. 
Please help us welcome Bill Lindstrom to Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary.
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Club Celebrates Veterans With VA Visit

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(from President Brenda--11/10/15)--It was a great day to be a Rotarian!

I must tell you the first word that comes to mind that describes the Veteran's we met tonight (at the Cheyenne Veteran's Administration hospital)....HONOR.  I was reminded of all of the brave men and women who fought to keep us free.  Handing out cookies and thanking them tonight was just what my heart needed.  A special thank you goes out to the fellow Sunrise Rotarian's that went to the VA tonight and thanked all of those who deserve our appreciation for serving our country.

On a fun note.  When we got done with our special service project - Madam President led four scared men through the woods and out into the parking lot to head them safely home.  Oh my, there is a joke in there somewhere "5 Rotarian's lost in the woods!" Who ever invented the flashlight app should be given an award for saving us.  We seriously lost Milward!

This is my 4th month of my Presidency and I am still smiling.  I love this club....thanks for making this fun possible.

Hope you had a great Veteran's Day.

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Water Projects "For The Kids," says CSR Member Tom Muhlbach

Posted by Phil Noble on Nov 02, 2015
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CSR member Tom Muhlbach says he “does it for the kids,” and has traveled to Nicaragua six different times on well-drilling projects. He described the most recent of those trips to his fellow members at a meeting Nov. 3.


The heat was perhaps the most challenging aspect of the trip, he said, with temperatures often 100 or above with high humidity, something quite foreign to Wyomingites. But, when the well is finished and pumping clean water for a village full of kids, that’s when you know it’s worth it, he said.


Muhlbach’s church, First Presbyterian of Cheyenne, puts up the money for the trip, which can run about $27,000 total. 11 people went on the latest trip and stay for about a week while the project is conducted. They use an international water project group to find out where the need for such wells is greatest.


Before the well was drilled, children and adults in the area often drank from contaminated wells which had been polluted by animal waste, creating health problems for the local populace.


Muhlbach says he’d like to see CSR become involved in a similar water project, something President Brenda Laird said she would work toward making a reality, perhaps partnering with a club like Laramie Sunrise and getting grants from Rotary District 5440.

Water Projects "For The Kids," says CSR Member Tom Muhlbach Phil Noble 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

CSR Members Help "Circles Wyoming"

Posted by Phil Noble on Nov 02, 2015
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Circles Wyoming, a group which helps families get back on the path of self-sufficiency, benefitted recently by a dinner provided by Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club members.
CSR member Donna Anderson, Past President Roxanne Ostlund’s mother, provided the money for the dinner, which was cooked by Roxanne’s husband Tom. Past President Carrie Westling coordinated the dinner and several members helped; Mike Shonsey, Mike Weiland, Milward Simpson, Dorothy Jacobson, Jason Johnson and Jerry Crader.
Circles Wyoming helps those in poverty become self-sufficient through education and networking. The 15-week course is offered several times throughout the year in Cheyenne, Riverton and Casper. Each class typically has 15 to 20 participants.
To qualify, your income needs to be 200 percent of the local poverty level, you must be at least 18 years old, you must have stable housing and cannot be in a time of crisis.
Circles Wyoming also looks at criminal histories and interviews candidates for the program.
Others can volunteer as allies. Allies spend about four to 10 hours a month mentoring participants. Circles Wyoming tries to match allies to participants with similar goals or interests.
For more information, see or contact your local Circles chapter:
Cheyenne: Laurie Hessel, 307-634-3333
CSR Members Help "Circles Wyoming" Phil Noble 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Now That's A Piggy Bank!

Posted by Phil Noble on Oct 26, 2015
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One of CSR President Brenda Laird's projects is to collect coins from piggy banks she gave to each member, with the collected money going to various club projects. She gave out the small (3") plastic piggy banks at a meeting and asked each member to return them with their spare change when they could.
Meanwhile, club member Paul Howard had been collecting coins on his own in a very large ceramic piggy bank his wife, Beth, had been urging him to throw out for years. He decided it was time to donate the whole thing to the CSR effort, and brought it to the Oct. 27 meeting, prompting President Brenda to ask for help in carting the heavy object out.
Thanks to Paul and to all our members who give not only their spare change but their time and their talents to make our part of the world a better place.
Now That's A Piggy Bank! Phil Noble 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Newest Sunrise Rotary Member Retired Weatherman

Posted by Phil Noble on Oct 26, 2015
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Our newest member is retired after working for 34 years as a Meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Mike Weiland says he has “two great kids” and enjoys traveling to visit them. 


Like most Rotarians, he is involved in the Cheyenne community, serving on the board of the Cheyenne Greenway Foundation and volunteering for Cheyenne Frontier Days. In the past he was active with youth sports, mentoring for Special Friends and Parent-Teacher organizations, among others.


Mike says he likes to play tennis, travel and bike. Please help us welcome Mike to Sunrise Rotary!

Newest Sunrise Rotary Member Retired Weatherman Phil Noble 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Learn more about Rotary the easy way

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The Cheyenne Rotary Club is hosting a Rotary 101 session, a great informal way to learn more about Rotary, Thursday November 19 at 5:30 at the ANB bank downtown. Light refreshments and libations will be served. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to; Lori Schoene at
Rotary 101 is not only for newer members but for seasoned members as well, as we can all use a refresher as to all the great things that make up our community of Rotary.
Learn more about Rotary the easy way 2015-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Every Day's A Great Day To Be A Rotarian

Posted by Brenda Laird
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Great Day to Be a Rotarian -

I am not sure that it is easy to describe what a great feeling it is to stand at the podium and listen to conversations from around the room as members wait for the meeting to begin.  The friendship that is formed through these early morning meetings is incredible.  We are blessed through Rotary.

Our Sunrise Rotary family is growing.  We welcome Elliot Fox Tian Guille adopted by Kevin, Darcy and family.  Safe travels home our friends.  And,  Mike Weiland came back - yes, that is right he came back for another meeting and he proudly announced he is joining our morning team.  A big WOOT WOOT.

Bill Lindstrom, Executive Director, Arts Cheyenne came to speak with us about the cultural art scene in our town.  It is amazing how much goes on behind the scenes to bring a little art in all forms to us.  Take a look at what they are doing downtown and around the city.  Thank you for a great presentation and giving us an update on what is to come.  There is another big announcement coming to the club from our guest speaker.  Come join the meetings and find out what is up.

Rotary is a way to make a difference - go out and be a gift today!
New member Mike Weiland & Pres. Brenda Laird
Every Day's A Great Day To Be A Rotarian Brenda Laird 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

Casper Rotarian: Why We Fight Polio Worldwide

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The following guest editorial was printed in the Casper Star-Tribune newspaper Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 and is an examination of why Rotarians continue the fight against one of the world's most feared diseases, polio, on a worldwide basis. The author is the president of the Five Trails Rotary Club in Casper, and the article is here: 
Casper Rotarian: Why We Fight Polio Worldwide 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

Club Social Project: Friday Food Bag

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13 members of Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club helped fill hundreds of brown paper bags with 10 or so food items which will be delivered to schools around Cheyenne to help get low income kids through their weekend with a supplemental food bag.
The Friday Food Bag Foundation works with educators and social workers from both LCSD 1 and LCSD 2 to deliver bags of nutritious, non-perishable food each Friday while school is in session to children who otherwise might not eat well, or at all, during the weekends.
At the Element Church in north Cheyenne where the bags are filled is displayed a large check replica filled out to Friday Food Bag from the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Foundation for $8,000.00, an earlier contribution.
Club Social Project: Friday Food Bag 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0

Club President's notes for week of October 12, 2015

Posted by Brenda Laird on Oct 10, 2015
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Thank you to all of you who turned out for the visit from DG Ken Small and wife Joan.  It was nice to hear from the District Governor that we are doing some great things in our small club.

A few more inspirational moments from Tuesday. Doc received his white hat award.  I wish I had been a little more proactive to write down how many Rotarians have received this prestigious award.  I can tell you it is not many.  We are a club with unique club members where skills and talents are spread to make us successful.  Additionally, we started our flu shot fundraiser for Polio Plus.  Thank you Doc for heading this up and thank you to all who got flu shots.  We will be a healthy club.

And yes, this week we said good-bye to a dear Rotarian friend - George McIlvaine.  He will be missed!  At his Rosary Father Tom said that George lived the 4 Way Test but one of his redeeming factors was that he believed in - is it fair to all concerned and treat others as we wish to be treated.  As Rotarian's we can all do this in our daily lives.

No early meeting this week!  Meet at the Element Church at 5:15 and we will help fill Friday food bags.  Afterwards, we will go to Uncle Charlie's and have dinner - please invite your spouse/significant other to join us. We will pay for the member's dinner.  Please come and join our service/social evening.
Club President's notes for week of October 12, 2015 Brenda Laird 2015-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor: CSR A 'Great, Small Club'

Posted on Oct 05, 2015
Ken Small, Governor of Rotary District 5440, spoke Oct. 6, 2015 at the regular meeting of the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club at Little America. His district includes 54 Rotary clubs in Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Eastern Idaho and Western Nebraska.
                 The International Rotary theme for the year is Be a Gift to the World.  DG Ken focused on growing Rotary’s contributions to humanity. The theme is meant to put focus on all the projects that the Rotary  Club  of Cheyenne  accomplishes, both locally and internationally. Opportunities are plentiful for potential members, young and old, to help Rotary achieve its mission of “peace and understanding throughout the world,” and by bringing their passion to provide service.
“We shared some of our projects with the District Governor,” Brenda Laird, local club president said.  The Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club has projects at the Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club vegetable garden, Friday Food bag program, support of the Foster Grandparent's Program, and many other projects.
  Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.  Rotary clubs around the world, initiate projects that address critical issues such as conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy.

District Governor: CSR A 'Great, Small Club' 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

George McIlvaine 1939-2015

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George W. McIlvaine, 76, passed away Oct. 3 at Davis Hospice Center after the sudden onset of a neuro-degenerative disease. He was born July 21, 1939, in Gunnison, Colo., to Charles and Ruth McIlvaine.

The family moved to Saratoga when George was in the seventh grade. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1961 with a BS in Business. He was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation and served in Korea and at Fort Carson, Colo. He and Mary Gould, also of Saratoga, were married Feb. 17, l962. They enjoyed 53 years together and are the parents of Mark and Anne Marie and the grandparents of Emily and Jordan.

George was president of two banks - First National of Rawlins and Saratoga State Bank. The family moved to Cheyenne in 1986 and George became an investment adviser and financial planner. Rotary was a big part of his life. He was the District Rotarian of the Year in 2002-3 and the Cheyenne Rotarian of the Year in 2010. He served as district governor in 2006-7 and made three trips to Russia to assist with Rotary projects.

George was dedicated to serving Laramie County Community College. He loved walking around the campus and visiting. He served on the LCCC Board of Trustees and the LCCC Foundation.

George also served on numerous nonprofit boards. He enjoyed solving world problems with his "Brain Trust" lunch friends. He was a member of Young Men's Literary Club and was gathering information for a paper at the time of his death.

Memorials may be made to the Cheyenne Rotary Foundation or Laramie County Community College Foundation.

Vigil for the deceased will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral liturgy will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Both will be at Holy Trinity Church.
George McIlvaine 1939-2015 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0

Club President: Please attend Oct. 6 meeting if at all possible

Posted by Brenda Laird on Sep 29, 2015
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Another Great Day to Be a Rotarian -
I want to tell you that the Rotary House was rockin this a.m.  There were 20 club members, 3 guests from LCCC and 2 potential members all enjoying the outstanding presentation by Dr. Joe Schaffer, President of Laramie County Community College.
The Sunrise Rotary Club should be so proud to hear that Holly's Blankets was thrilled to receive the benefit of our September service project.  Thank you to all who participated.
Next week we need all Rotarian's in the house for DG Ken Small.  We will also have a chance to see a special member presentation that will warm your heart.  Assistant Governor Billie Addleman will also be joining us to help with the presentation and welcome Ken.  Before the meeting we will be doing flu shots, one of our October service projects. The breakfast will be buffet style so we should be able to enjoy the presentations.  I ask that the board stays after for a board meeting and conversation with Ken Small.  I am absolutely excited about next week and may have to take a couple of weeks off to rest.
I want everyone to know that I appreciate the support and the energy that we have going.  We are such an amazing club.
Great day to be a Rotarian indeed.   
Club President: Please attend Oct. 6 meeting if at all possible Brenda Laird 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

Club President's Notes for week of September 21-28, 2015

Posted by Brenda Laird on Sep 22, 2015
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What a great day to be a Rotarian.   Nine Rotarian’s and one beautiful guest, June, met at Kevin’s office to celebrate our first completed service project, a gift to Holly’s Blankets.  We were able to stuff Kevin’s car with pillows and blankets headed to give foster children something to call their own as they are placed in foster care.  It really was a great feeling to see all that had been donated since the first of September.  Thank you to each of you who donated and made this a successful service project.
Additionally, we had a great conversation over pizza and beer.  We have new ideas, energized Rotarian’s and a few prospective new members.   
A few dates to keep in mind –
                September 29 – Dr. Joe Schaffer, President of LCCC, will be speaking on what is happening at the college.
October 2 – District Assembly – Little America, Cheyenne.  As I said last week at our meeting, this is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary and make new friends.  Consider attending.
October 6 – DG Ken Small will be here.  Please come to the meeting.  It is our chance to show what a small but strong club looks like.  That day we will also be doing flu shots and a VERY special award will be given away to one of our members.
Make today special for someone close to you give them a gift of a kind word, a hug or a smile.
Brenda Laird
Director of Scholarships and Annual Giving
LCCC Foundation
1400 E. College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007
Club President's Notes for week of September 21-28, 2015 Brenda Laird 2015-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

CSR President's notes for September 15-21, 2015

Posted by Brenda Laird on Sep 15, 2015
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Another great day to be a Rotarian!

Even though our attendance dropped to just 15 at the Sept. 15 meeting, those of us in attendance who got up early and came to Rotary were blessed by viewing a stunning sunrise.  The attached picture was taken by a friend of mine, Mr. Ty Stockton, and he gave me permission to send it to you (prints available on his website.)  What Ty captured in a photo is what gift Rotarian's carry in their hearts.  A blast of color, a spectacular glimpse that changes quickly but will leave a lasting impact - that is why we do service projects and show up to listen to great speakers - to make sure we can leave a lasting impression in the lives of others.

Remember next week we will meet at Kevin's office at 4012 Laramie Street for pizza at 5:30 p.m. and presentation of blankets and pillows to Holly's Blankets.  It is not too late to donate!  Bring your pillow and blanket to the meeting next week.

This is our September service and social event.  Please feel free to bring your spouse or significant other - or even a  friend who may want to join Rotary.

October 6 is a big day for Sunrise Rotary.  Mr. Ken Small, District Governor will be joining us.  I would love to have a 100% attendance.  Additionally, we will have a very special presentation in our club.  One that many of you have not seen.  If that isn't enough, we will be doing flu shots that morning as well.

Carrie Westling has volunteered to organize the Christmas party.  If you would like to help Carrie, please give her a call.  Thank you Carrie for stepping up.

Finally, Carrie Hartmann, new Laramie County Librarian, gave a report on all that is exciting and new at the library.  Congratulations on the promotion Carrie and thank you for providing Cheyenne with a nationally ranked library in Cheyenne and Laramie County.

Go out and be a gift to the world my friends.

CSR President's notes for September 15-21, 2015 Brenda Laird 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

Just six hours of your time will make you a better Rotarian...

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The District 5440 Assembly will be held here in Cheyenne at Little America from 9-3 on Saturday, October 3.  If you are a first time attendee, the cost is $25.00.  For all retuning assembly goers the cost is $50.00
It is a good opportunity to learn more about our District and Rotary International.  You may register at the District website:
You do need to login with your username and password.  If you don’t know it or need assistance, please contact Phil Noble, 
Just six hours of your time will make you a better Rotarian... 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

President' notes, Flu Shots Announcement, etc.

Posted by Brenda Laird on Sep 03, 2015
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What a great day to be a Rotarian –
A big thank you to Supreme Court Justice Kate Fox for giving us an overview of the "Access To Justice" project.   Great program once again.
Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club E.D. Rolinda Sample joined us and gave us an update on our gift to the Boys and Girls Club – the garden.  She was excited to tell us the Master Gardner’s helped with the garden and the kids are harvesting the fresh vegetables.  Thanks for the update and joining us Rolinda.
Kevin announced the kick off of our September’s service project, Holly’s Blankets. As Rotarian’s we can give foster kids a gift - a cover of their own.  Bring pillows and blankets to a meeting before September 22.  You can also donate cash for this cause.
Doc announced flu shots will be on the October 6.  We will also be joined that day by District Governor Ken Small.  Nice way to show our District Governor how the Sunrise Rotary Club stays healthy and also provides a gift to the polio project.  If you would like to support the service project by buying a vial of serum – please contact Doc.  President Brenda raised her hand and will buy the first vial.  Thanks Doc!
Golf tournament results - $8,155.50 - $2,718.50 to our Sunrise Foundation, Foster Grandparents and our LCCC Scholarship.  Thank you to the golf tournament committee.
Sept. 8 will be a club assembly, where you can give input into your club's activities and direction. 
President’s thought for the week- As a Rotarian, be a gift to someone in your life.  Share a kind word or a compliment.
Happy Birthday Mr. Noble – September 12
Happy Anniversary Earl and June – 46 years, Milward and Amy – 25 years
Rotary Anniversary’s – Doc, Kevin, Paul, Roxanne, Ron – 13 years
President' notes, Flu Shots Announcement, etc. Brenda Laird 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Record number of members attend Aug. 25 meeting

Posted by Brenda Laird on Aug 26, 2015
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What a great day to be a Rotarian.  We had an amazing Rotarian gift join us Aug. 27.  Our friend W.M. Stalcup stopped by to say hello from Sedona, AZ along with 21 other members of the club, producing a record turnout in recent memory, over 2/3 of the club's membership!  Little America stepped it up and we had a chance to try ordering our breakfast off a short menu.  It was also great to hear the jingle of change in the basket.  One of our fundraisers happening every week – Change for a Cause.
       We had a birthday celebration today at Rotary.  John Keck from the National Park Service came and celebrated the 99th anniversary of the establishment of National Parks.  Attendance in Yellowstone was up 20% this summer and attendance at Devil’s Tower was up 10%.  Phil, Milward and John had something in common – all three were the Directors of the Dept. of State Parks and Cultural Resources. Thought from the President’s desk – get out and enjoy the beauty of what is in front of us.
Quote to inspire today – “Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly….lead the way!”
At our next meeting, Sept. 1, we have Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Kate M. Fox speaking on a justice project.  Come join in on the fun – and, please bring your spare change.
Record number of members attend Aug. 25 meeting Brenda Laird 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

The Early Bird Gets The Worm...(or quickest breakfast?)

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Little America is changing the way it delivers breakfast to the Sunrise Rotary Club. Members and guests will now order off the menu, so an early sit-down means an earlier breakfast. It is either Little America's way of trying to make our meetings better, or President Brenda's way of getting everyone there on-time...laugh
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August 18th meeting was extremely informative

Posted by Brenda Laird on Aug 18, 2015
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Dear Rotarians:
Great Day to Be a Rotarian!

Great meeting Aug.18!  We were joined by several guests who made getting up on a cold August morning (42 degrees) and heading to Rotary all worth it.

Thirteen club members were given the opportunity to meet and hear from Haley George who received one of the RYLA spots this year.  Haley makes our tomorrows seem so bright.  She brought a gift to all of us....her smile and energy.  Her parents, Nycole and Fred joined us as well.  Liam Guille - son of Kevin and Darcy Guille came and visited last week, again, we saw our future and smiled with pride.  Leaders are formed at RYLA and we got to see a glimpse the last two weeks of two future leaders.

Thank you Dale Strickland for joining us this a.m.  Dale is the President and Senior Ecologist with Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.  We learned about Bat White Nose disease and where the eagles nest.  Dale is a class act and having him join us this a.m. was a treat.  A big thanks to Milward for all of his hard work getting us such great guest speakers.
In passing the Pineapple, we collected $38 - thanks Doc for golfing great on Sunday and celebrating by giving $20.  Whooo Hooo.

Happy Birthday to Lew Stubbs and Jerry Crader.  Steve and Cheryl Lovas are celebrating 34 years, Carey and Sharon Anson 35 years and Roxanne and Tom Ostlund 15 years of wedded bliss - CONGRATS.

Rotary Celebrations for this month -
Jerry Crader 30 years!!
Jim Hasting 11 years
Carrie Westling 6 years

Great day to be a Rotarian.  Consider getting up and joining in on the fun next week.  Meetings are filled with surprises, giggles and the joy of helping others.

Don't forget to bring your spare change to the meeting each week.   -Brenda Laird
August 18th meeting was extremely informative Brenda Laird 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

New Member Kurt Borgaard Exemplifies Service Above Self

Posted on Aug 06, 2015
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   New CSR member Kurt Borgaard says he joined Rotary in part because he admired the service work that Rotary does. "I was particularly drawn in to the Rotary Club when my son Christian became interested in in the Rotary Youth Exchange. As well, Lakhman Gondolia has persistently persuaded me with his invitations to be a part of Rotary."
   Kurt lives in Cheyenne and has two sons. Jordan lives in Laramie and Christian is on Rotary Youth Exchange to Taiwan for the 2015-16 school year.
Kurt is currently the Lead Instructor for the Training Services Program at the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). As the Lead Instructor he is responsible for coordinating the New Employee and New Supervisor Orientations.  As well Kurt delivers various professional and leadership development courses through WYDOT University.  He had that position since December 2013.
   Kurt previously served as the Senior Pastor at First Christian Church in Cheyenne, serving that congregation from 1996-2013.
Kurt has served on the Executive Committee for the Central Rocky Mountain Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), on the Congregational Transformation Team and is a Certified Regional Leadership Coach. Prior to entering seminary, Kurt did training and workshops pertaining to personal communication and performance. As well he was a principal at an advertising agency, and was an on-air radio personality.
   Kurt holds a Master’s Degree in Theology (M.Div.) from the Iliff School of Theology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming, and an associate degree in music. He has done course work at Texas Christian University. Kurt a Certified Practitioner of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Step I™ and Step II™ Instruments, a Certified Leadership Coach (CCLC), as well as a Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
New Member Kurt Borgaard Exemplifies Service Above Self 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary club still fighting AIDS 25 years later

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NPR--After the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, much was made of how quickly the gay rights movement gained recognition. But maybe not quickly enough for some.

I thought back to just 25 years ago, when the response to the AIDS epidemic was so slow – largely because it primarily affected gay men – and how a Rotary Club stepped up to fill the vacuum.

It’s a story that unfolded in the town of Los Altos, California, in the documentary “The Los Altos Story.” (more at): 

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Message from the club president

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Dear Rotarians:

What an amazing day to be a Rotarian - that is how we started out our day and will in a few hours end it with - What an amazing day to be a Rotarian.

This a.m. 18 of us had an amazing opportunity to sit with 6 members of the U.S. Navy and have breakfast.  Listening to Navy Admiral Michael S. White speak about how our waters are protected was inspiring.

Opening the meeting today I made a special request of donations for a fellow Rotarian and his family - The Guile Family.  They have a urgent mission of bring a special little boy from China to join their family through adoption.  He has a heart problem that needs attended to as soon as possible.  Our Rotarian hearts were full this a.m. and many of you brought a special donation to honor and help the Guile family.  Thank you!  When I spoke with Kevin to tell him of your kindness - he was speechless and moved to tears.

My wish for each of you is that your day ends with as much kindness and compassion as you showed this a.m.  I pray that each of you, whether it was donating money or by offering your kind of prayer knows that as a small group we make a huge difference in the lives of others - just ask the Guile family.

Thank you.....
See you in two weeks my friends.  - Brenda Laird
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Note from the new President on golf fundraiser

Posted by Phil Noble on Jun 28, 2015
My friends in Sunrise Rotary:

If you would have asked me last night while I sat on my deck exhausted from the day why I am a Rotarian - I would have proudly stated "because of days like today!  The whole club came together to make a big difference for others!"

As always I would love to thank the golf committee for just making it all happen - Kathy, Doc, Pat and Kevin.  Thank you so much for all you do and the extra effort you always give.  To all of you who showed to golf, watched a hole, got a business to sponsor a hole or gave a donation to help make the final tally larger - thank you!  When an entire team shows up - you always WIN!

A special thanks to Tim Joannides and Halladay Motors for the "Hole in Sponsorship!"  Although no one won the beautiful car or the other items, we were encouraged to keep trying.

I wish we could capture the spirit from Friday and place it in the meeting room on Tuesday morning - there would be a glow shining out every window at Little America.

Again - a big thank you to the entire Sunrise Rotary Club.  If we have a chance to help, we always show up.
The Rotary Tournament Committee
Dr. Lakhman Gondalia                    Brenda Laird                           Kevin Guille
                               Pat Colgan                        Kathy Alexander                      
Note from the new President on golf fundraiser Phil Noble 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0

Past President Roxanne Ostlund Opens District Rotary Conference

Posted on Jun 20, 2015
For the second year in a row, our club past president Roxanne Ostlund has served as first day Master of Ceremonies for the Rotary District 5440 Annual Conference, this year held in Fort Collins. According to incoming club president Brenda Laird, Roxanne's performance was "smashing, as usual!" The writeup in the convention program had this to say about Roxanne;
"Roxanne Ostlund has over 28 years experience as a CPA firm partner with proactive tax planning and business coaching. She has taught courses as adjunct, delivered continuing education for CPA's throughout the U.S., edits and pilot tests professional education and has authored two books: The Money Diet and The Graduate--getting started on the right financial foot.

   Roxanne received her B.S. and MBA from the University of Wyoming with additional tax studies at the University of California-Berkeley. She is completing doctoral studies at Northcentral University. She is Past President of the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club."



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Cheyenne Rotaract Club has successful year

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Community Rotaract –  This year has been incredibly busy for the Cheyenne Community Rotaract Club! We closed out last year on a high note with the 2014 District Conference Glow Golf Tournament in Cheyenne to benefit End Polio Now. Everyone enjoyed it so much our club has chosen to make a glow golf tournament our club fundraiser - look for registration info for our August 14th tournament soon! In October, we held our annual Panhandling for Polio fundraiser, and between the two events we donated $4200 to End Polio Now. This year, our club was able to finally purchase our website domain again, and we have been working to get all of our content and information added to our shiny new website.
Our club's local project is to organize and deliver books every month for the Raising Readers in Wyoming program, that provides age-appropriate books to physicians to give at all well-child checks. Laramie County has the highest demand in the State, and the Community Rotaractors deliver 1500-2000 books every month! In September, we held our annual ShelterBox campout in the Depot Plaza and were able to donate $1000 to ShelterBox USA. In February, we invited a Rolinda Sample from the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne to present to the club about its new building and we presented a $2000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club to bring to a close one of our local projects. The Community Rotaractors also attended District Assemblies, volunteered at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum and the COMEA Shelter, won the Cranium Cup Spirit Award for the third time and attended social events with the Sunrise and After Hours clubs! The Community Rotaract has had an amazingly successful year, and we are so thankful to all of the Rotarians in Cheyenne for their generosity!
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Young, Accomplished Cheyenne Attorney Joins Club

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Jason Johnson was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He graduated from Cheyenne East High School in 2006. While in high school, he played basketball, football, and was a member of DECA. Jason graduated from Laramie County Community College with Associate Degrees in Sociology and Pre-Law. He then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Communication. He graduated summa cum laude and was named the most outstanding Criminal Justice student at the University of Wyoming in 2010. During his college years, he was the assistant manager at the Lincoln Movie Theater and the yard manager at Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply.
While in law school, he interned with the City Attorney’s office for the City of Cheyenne and in the Judge’s Chambers for the First Judicial District. In addition to his internships, he was a research assistant for former Wyoming College of Law Dean Steve Easton. He also wrote for the Wyoming Law Review and was published for his work entitled Sub-Dividing the Waters: The Need for an Adequate and Sustainable Water Supply in Exurban Subdivisions.
In his free time, Jason likes to hunt birds and big game. When it isn’t hunting season, you will find Jason fishing, camping, or sport shooting. In addition to doing various outdoor activities, Jason is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching football, basketball, and baseball. Please help us welcome Jason to Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club.
Young, Accomplished Cheyenne Attorney Joins Club 2015-05-29 00:00:00Z 0

Incoming President: "Please come to golf fundraiser even if you don't golf"

Incoming President Brenda Laird asks that all club members consider volunteering for the golf fundraiser June 26th at noon at the Cheyenne Country Club even if they don't golf. "We can use you as Greeters, Hole Watchers, and other positions even if you don't play--you could be helping out our only fundraiser of the year," she said.
The goal this year is to get 90 golfers to play, so if you know of someone who plays or could put a team of four players together, please contact one of the golf committee members listed on the story above. "Skill is also not a requirement for this tournament," Brenda said, "as we've had people play who played golf for the first time in their lives--we accommodate everyone."
She emphasized that golf sponsorships are the most pressing need right now. Hole sponsors pay $200 and get their name on a sign on the hole sponsored, receive recognition at the event and in the publicity we generate before and after the event. "It's a great fundraiser and very important to the three entities we raise money for--the Foster Grandparent's program, our own scholarship at Laramie County Community College and our own club foundation," Brenda said.
Incoming President: "Please come to golf fundraiser even if you don't golf" 2015-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Teaching Kids Financial Literacy is Cheyenne non-profit's goal

Funding The Future, a Cheyenne-based non-profit, has attracted media attention from the Wall Street Journal to the Denver Post and many others because of it's goal--to help break the cycle of poverty by teaching kids financial lessons through rock music. "Music makes the medicine go down," says Michele DeHoff, a bank VP who is on the non-profit's board. She is referring to the fact that to get kid's attention, you have to wrap the message in something like rock music.
That's where Funding the Future's Executive Director, Rita Pouppirt, comes in. She and her husband Rande, a local architect, discovered a rock band called "Gooding," named after its founder who Rita says is probably one of the top 20 guitarists in the world today. "They were fabulous," she says, "and we knew kids would be attracted to their music.
Attracted they were, and almost 20,000 kids thus far have been reached by the message through assemblies at their schools. The message of how to manage your finances is reinforced through materials the band and FTF leave with teachers, helping spread this critical message for kids. Funding is a constant concern for the group, and more information on sponsorships can be had by contacting Rita or Michele by going to
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CSR members meet with Rotaract

Posted on Apr 21, 2015
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"I'm optimistic about the future of Rotary after meeting with these young people," one Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary member said upon leaving the meeting April 21 in which CSR members shared ideas with young Rotaractors and vice versa. Six members of our club attended a Rotaract meeting at Sanfords downtown (they meet every other Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. and anyone is welcome). 
CSR members who attended the Rotary District Assembly meeting last weekend shared their thoughts of what they got out of the meeting and several Rotaract members who attended the same meeting shared theirs. After the meeting, CSR incoming president Brenda Laird suggested our club help some Rotaract members financially to attend the District Conference in June.
CSR member Milward Simpson suggested passing the "pineapple" from CSR members to donate to the Rotarct Club, which resulted in a cash donation of over $100. CSR member Dr. Lakhman Gondalia clarified for the young Rotarians the longstanding polio campaign by Rotary International and its importance, including the fact we must never stop immunizing for the virus.
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Membership is every Rotarian's responsibility

Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 19, 2015
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The Rotary District Assembly held in Cheyenne April 18 was attended by club Pres.-elect Brenda Laird, Secretary Kathy Alexander and PP Phil Noble along with 100 or so Rotarians from across the district. Membership was one of the main focuses of the conference and the main message was that, 1) Rotary is losing members like all clubs and 2) it is the responsibility of each Rotarian to help build their club by continually bringing in new members.
CSR has a membership committee headed by Randy Halfpop and Brian Eilers and you can feel free to contact them about their efforts and how you could help. They are working on a membership plan and hope to move the club forward by adding more new members in the near future.
One of the main points of the conference was that in order to start looking for new members, our own back yard so to speak is perhaps the first place to go--former club members. So if you know a former member who may have dropped for good reason but might be persuaded to return, please reach out to Randy and Brian for help.
Membership is every Rotarian's responsibility Phil Noble 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0

Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary club website can help members

Posted on Apr 12, 2015
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The club's website, built by a company called ClubRunner, which does websites for Rotary and other clubs worldwide, is a great reference source for members and can even help members get re-enthused about their club, says Past Pres. Phil Noble, who has run the website since its inception a few years ago. "It has resources to guide members to a better understanding of their own club and how it fits into the worldwide goals of Rotary international," he said.
Members can log in at with their first and last name separated by a period and a password supplied by, he said.
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DDA President: Cheyenne downtown poised for rebirth

Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 12, 2015
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Hans Seitz is bullish on downtown Cheyenne, and got that way by accident, he says. Seitz says he was walking in downtown near a former storefront of his grandfather's and decided to go in and ask if it was for lease. He was contemplating moving to Denver, as many young Cheyenne people do, but opted instead to follow in his grandfather and father's footsteps and made downtown Cheyenne his home, literally. Seitz, a former broadcaster for KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, moved out of state for a stint, and says he doesn't regret coming back to make Cheyenne his home once again. As president of the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority/Main Street, he has taken on the job of getting more business downtown, and is much like an old-fashioned evangelist in his fervent belief in his home territory. 
Seitz points to new owners at the Plains Hotel who have pledged a large investment into that historic property, a new hotel soon to be built adjacent to the Dinneen property, new restaurants including the Chop House, and many other signs the downtown area is re-emerging as a thriving part of the city. It's difficult not to become a believer along with him, given his enthusiasm. Cheyenne is lucky to have him in the position he's in.
DDA President: Cheyenne downtown poised for rebirth Phil Noble 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

New Member Tom Muhlbach has varied backbround

Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 05, 2015
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New Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club Member Tom Muhlbach grew up on a farm near Huntley Wyoming. After graduating from High School, he went into the US Navy for four years and served on a US Navy warship and at the Dam Neck Virginia anti aircraft warfare training center.
After leaving the Navy he attended the University of Wyoming and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science.
He worked for the State Department of Agriculture as a compliance officer and an investigator for 36 years. He also owned and operated a farm near Torrington.
Tom has taken four trips to Central America for living water international, where he drilled and repaired wells. He is currently planning a trip for October to Nicaragua.
Tom is currently retired and serves as a CASA--Court appointed special advocate for children , and as a special friend for Youth alternatives.
Tom has two children, Megan and Thomas. Please welcome Tom to the club by introducing yourself at one of the next meetings.
Past President Jerry Crader brought Tom into the club, and they are golfing partners, currently in training for the club golf tournament in June.
New Member Tom Muhlbach has varied backbround Phil Noble 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0

Help the club by referring conventions to Cheyenne

Posted by Phil Noble on Mar 30, 2015
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The CEO of Visit Cheyenne, the local tourism organization, says he will give the club $10.00 for each member who sends him an email with info about; 1-the last convention you attended and where it was, 2-the contact person if you know that, 3-Whether you serve on any boards or committees and which ones and whether you hold an office in that organization. He's looking of course to boost convention business to Cheyenne, and if you can help, it will add to the bottom line of the club.
His email address is;
Help the club by referring conventions to Cheyenne Phil Noble 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

Eva La - “How Rotary Youth Exchange Changed my Life.”

Posted by Chaundra Paice on Mar 14, 2015
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Eva La spoke with the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary group on March 3, 2015. Eva talked about her remarkable experience with the Rotary Youth Exchange and how it changed her life.
Eva’s family moved to Craig, Colorado, from abroad and became the only Asian family in Craig at the time. Eva learned English within three months of moving to Craig. Her family opened a Chinese restaurant in Craig and it helped Eva become more familiarized with the American culture. Eva and her sister adapted to American life so well that her family started referring to them as “Little Americans”.
When Eva La was in high school she got the opportunity to travel to Tapei, Taiwan, through the Rotary Youth Exchange. Eva said the Rotary Youth Exchange helped her learn more about her Asian heritage. She said the Rotary Youth Exchange not only helped her personally & culturally, but professionally as well – including giving her the chance to work with Apple and to help Apple open a new store location in China. She thanked Rotary for presenting her with her many opportunities through the Rotary Youth Exchange.
Eva La - “How Rotary Youth Exchange Changed my Life.” Chaundra Paice 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Speaker Randy Bruns, CEO, Cheyenne LEADS

Posted by Chaundra Paice on Feb 21, 2015
Speaker Randy Bruns, CEO of Cheyenne LEADS, brought Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary up to speed on efforts to attract new business to Cheyenne and the region.
According to Randy Bruns: 
Cheyenne leads was founded in 1986... the economy was in the tank and we had no one to help - Not State - Not Federal - Not local Government.  The business community said, "We have to do it ourselves."
Since 1986, our community has continued to support economic development. 
  • $7.1 Million from the business community
  • $2.1 Million from City and County Government
  • $5.9 Million from private donations (P&P - Progress and Prosperity)
Speaker Randy Bruns, CEO, Cheyenne LEADS Chaundra Paice 2015-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

Ice Melt Challenge

Posted on Jan 31, 2015
The Rotary Club of Cheyenne shared with Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary club the potential opportunities of participating in their Ice Melt Challenge.
Ice Melt Challenge
$1,000 1st Place
$500 2nd Place
Guess the day and time of when the 55-gallon barrel will drop through the ice!
1 Guess x $5                 5 Guesses x $20
Contest closes February 25th, 2015.  3rd Place prize is $50. Payment for guesses is non-deductible. It’s all for fun anyway. The Barrel is located on a really big pond in Laramie County.  For more information please contact Kim Withers, or Don Day,
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Dennis Ellis with Anadarko

Posted by Chaundra Paice on Jan 27, 2015
Dennis Ellis discussed Anadarko’s goals of giving back to the community with the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club on January 27th, 2015.  Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's mission is to deliver a competitive and sustainable rate of return to shareholders by exploring for, acquiring, and developing oil and natural gas resources vital to the world's health and welfare.
Anadarko is developing new ways to provide energy in a manner that preserves and protects Wyoming’s unique environment, habitat, and programs. They have contributed nearly $2 million to the University of Wyoming – matched dollar-for-dollar by the State of Wyoming – to further energy research and to benefit the state’s workforce.
To learn more about Anadarko, visit their website at
Dennis Ellis with Anadarko Chaundra Paice 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Local state legislators spoke at last rotary meeting Chaundra Paice 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0

Club says farewell to Andy Miller

Posted by Chaundra Paice on Jan 20, 2015
Best wishes to past president and active Rotarian, Andy Miller. Andy and his family are moving from Cheyenne to explore a new job opportunity.
Club says farewell to Andy Miller Chaundra Paice 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA Speakers encourage Rotarians to become Senior Counselors

Posted by Chaundra Paice on Jan 13, 2015
​RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. RYLArians also learn and practice the Rotary Four-Way Test.
RYLA Senior Counselor, Lucie Osborn, and Junior Counselor, Nic Chavez, spoke at the Sunrise Rotary group meeting on January 13th, 2015. They spoke about the benefits of RYLA and encouraged Rotarians to become Senior Counselors to support the young RYLArians.
Lucie Osborn volunteered a table of Rotarians to participate in a group/leadership building activity led by Nic Chavez.  The "volunteers" gained first-hand experience of what some RYLArians would be learning in the RYLA training program.  
The Rotarians shared a lot of laughs and were great sports during the activity.
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Foundation Board Discussion

Posted by Chaundra Paice on Jan 06, 2015
Our first meeting of the New Year was held on January 6th, 2015.  It was a business meeting where Rotary members discussed the responsibilities of our new foundation board.
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First meeting of the new year

Posted on Jan 04, 2015
Join us for the first meeting of the new year - Tuesday January 6th, 2015.  Meeting will be about the business of the club - with input from all.
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Gently used shoes needed for the Homeless

Posted by Chaundra Paice on Dec 13, 2014
The "Shoes for the Homeless" program is being put on by Anderson Podiatry Center and Associated Podiatrists.  They're looking for "gently used work shoes/boots or athletic shoes (children's or adults')".  They will give the shoes to the Comea Shelter to distribute to the homeless.  
Shoes will be collected between December 1st and 31st. Please bring your unneeded shoes to:
Anderson Podiatry Center
1950 Bluegrass Circle, Suite 100
Associated Podiatrists
2029 Bluegrass Circle, Suite 200.
Shoes needed for Children/Adults:
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Work Shoes/Boots
Thank you and happy holidays!
Gently used shoes needed for the Homeless Chaundra Paice 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

Club presents $2,800 check to Foster Grandparent Program

Posted by Chaundra Paice on Dec 12, 2014
The Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club holds an annual golf tournament in June.
"It is one of our major fundraisers." - Brenda Laird

The proceeds are divided evenly between three organizations – Foster Grandparents, Sunrise Rotary Foundation, and the Sunrise Rotary Centennial Scholarship.
"Organizations, individuals, and clubs around the city sponsor holes and this year we had 70 golfers!" - Brenda Laird

Kathy Alexander and Brenda Laird presented our $2,800 donation check to Judith Johnston of Foster Grandparents.
Club presents $2,800 check to Foster Grandparent Program Chaundra Paice 2014-12-13 00:00:00Z 0

Club says farewell to W.M. and Jan Stalcup

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Long time active member W.M. Stalcup, who came to Cheyenne over twenty years ago bringing Safecard Services, a 600-person employer from Florida, has moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He and his wife, Jan, who also participated in many club activities, will spend their summers at their home in Sedona, Arizona.
W.M. was a great supporter of the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club, donating time and money where he knew his efforts would be useful. His latest major participation was in a dam-building project in India earlier this year. W.M. gave a presentation on his experience to our club and later to the Cheyenne Rotary Club. W.M. and his wife will be returning for the club Christmas party Dec. 17 at the Nagel-Warren B&B. 
The club will sorely miss both W.M. and Jan Stalcup.

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Cheyenne Rotaract Has Drawing for Fundraiser

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The Cheyenne Community Rotaract Club will be having a drawing for an Xbox One that was donated to us.  We will have a max of 100 tickets sold and I will be keeping track of this so as soon as you get a ticket or however many sold PLEASE email them to me ASAP so that I can keep that record.  I also thought it would be easier to do the tear off at the bottom of the flyer for people rather than raffle tickets so that we can get this started now.  For example, I plan on emailing the flyer to everyone one in my office; if they reply with the they want to purchase a ticket I will add it to my spreadsheet (you can email me name and phone #) and then collect the money from them.  If you print some and sell them have the ticket purchaser keep the top half so they remember they bought some tickets and email me the info…hopefully this works pretty easy for us.

Tickets are $10 a piece or you can buy 6 tickets for $50.  We will hold the raffle at one of our meetings and will contact the winner the next day.  Please collect the money and get it to myself, Jera or Shawnna as soon as you can.  Thank you so much everyone for your help and let’s make this an awesome fundraiser for us!!!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns…

Thank you all for everything and I hope you’re staying warm!!!
Kirsten Malm,
Cheyenne Community Rotaract Club
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Chaundra Paice Sunrise Rotary's newest member

Posted by Phil Noble on Oct 27, 2014
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CSR President Carrie Westling brought into the club a computer/web specialist to help with the club's newsletter and volunteer in other areas of the club.
Chaundra Paice is a student, mother, and works part time in the office at the Children’s Discovery Center.  Chaundra expects to graduate from Laramie County Community College this December with her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Systems.   She maintains a 3.86 GPA at the community college
Chaundra has three beautiful children at home, two boys and a girl, ages 10, 8, and 7.   When she isn’t busy with her own homework, or working, she is busy taking care of her children or helping them with their homework. 
Chaundra joined Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary because she believes in our mission to help the children of our community and wants to be an active participant in our cause.
Please help make Chaundra welcome to the club by introducing yourself at the earliest opportunity. You can find out more about her by going to her website at:
Chaundra Paice Sunrise Rotary's newest member Phil Noble 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

Haiti Orphanage Project: Be Thinking About Christmas Gifts

Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club Honorary Member Paula Egan-Wright asked the club to consider helping her with Christmas presents for the 42 orphans she almost single-handedly supports at an orphanage in Haiti named after her mother. "It will take some creativity," she said, "due to the restrictions on shipping things to Haiti." She gave the example of uniforms she had earlier had made for the children which she eventually had to pack in her own luggage because she could not ship them.
Egan-Wright detailed to the club in a presentation Oct. 7 how she scrapes to raise $1,000 every two weeks to keep the orphanage running. She said she tried to talk the pastor who runs the orphanage into downsizing the number of kids there, but to no avail. She began her talk with a "huge thank-you" to the club for its donation of beds and mattresses for the orphanage. Club member Tim Joannides donated $700 and others led by W.M. Stalcup and Jerry Crader also donated to the project.
The uniforms and beds were two projects necessary to get a sort of accreditation from the Haitian government, she said. Another is a dispensary, which she's working on. "If you know any doctors I'd appreciate help," said Egan-Wright.
She can be reached at . 
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Young Cheyenne Attorney Joins Club

Posted by Phil Noble on Oct 01, 2014
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Assistant District Governor Billie Addleman suggested to one of his young law associates that she might look at the "morning" Rotary Club since she liked to start her day earlier. Billie brought Bridgette Gallagher to a Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club meeting and she liked what she saw. She is an associate at Hirst Applegate, where she has practiced law since 2013. Prior to joining Hirst Applegate, Bridgette was a law clerk in the Fifth Judicial District in Cody, Wyoming for the Honorable Steven Cranfill. Bridgette received her J.D. from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont. While at the College of Law Bridgette was an active member of the Moot Court Advisory Board and competed nationally in the Emory Civil Rights Competition. She was also the President of the Women's Law Group and was an executive board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Bridgette received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Currently, Bridgette's practice will include civil litigation, insurance defense, professional liability, employment law, oil & gas and energy law, and estate planning. Bridgette is an AmeriCorps Alumni. In her spare time she likes to hit the tennis courts and travel.
Young Cheyenne Attorney Joins Club Phil Noble 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0

Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary members participate in Community Service Day

Wyo. Tribune-Eagle 9/11/14- Several dozen members of three local Rotary clubs spent Wednesday afternoon on a mission to better the community.

They christened their first-ever "Rotary Service Day" here on Wednesday by helping the Parks and Recreation Department with several projects around town.

The day began at the Kiwanis Community House in Lions Park. There, Mayor Rick Kaysen delivered a proclamation in recognition of the event and thanked Rotarians for their help.

"It may not seem like the most glorious and wonderful thing to do, but it's a need," he said. "And you're stepping up and getting it done."

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Club gives money to Haiti orphanage and school for beds

(from the Wyoming Tribune=Eagle, Sept. 6, 2014--by W.M. Stalcup)--Five members of Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary recently presented a $3,300 check to Paula Egan-Wright for the Kay Leslie Orphanage and School in Haiti.

Egan-Wright, who teaches French at Cheyenne's East High, founded the orphanage and school after an earthquake in january 2010. It was named after her mother, Leslie Egan, a music teacher and lover of children, who died in 2011 and whose bequest made it possible for the school to start.

Today, Egan-Wright sends funds to support Kay Leslie monthly and raises this money by selling original watercolors, participating in silent auctions and dinners, and delivering Wyoming Tribune-Eagle newspapers via a delivery route.

The Sunrise Rotary Club originally focused on the need for a consistent quality water source at the orphanage, but because of its location not being permanent, turned to other needs. The club later decided to fund beds for the children after learning half did not have quality beds, thus the gift of mattresses, materials and labor to construct 20 beds.

Pictured are club members Tim Joannides, Jerry Crader, Brian Ellers, Andy Miller and W.M. Stalcup with Egan-Wright holding the check in the middle.

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Join Rotary In Community Service Day Sept. 10

On Wednesday, September 10th join us for COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY.  From 1:30 – 5:00 we have the opportunity to serve our community.  In coordination with the City of Cheyenne, three projects have been identified as follows:  Painting greenway tunnels, spreading wood chips at playgrounds and litter control on the greenway.  Choose the project you would like to volunteer for and enjoy an afternoon of Rotary fellowship and service.  All supplies will be provided.  For more details or to sign up contact President Carrie at
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Club presents $500 check to Carey Jr. High mentor program

Club President Carrie Westling and members Milward Simpson, PP Dorothy Jacobson and PP Phil Noble presented a check for $500 to Carey Jr. High School counselor Gina Johns and Principal Derek Nissen for Carey's "Ignition" program, a mentorship program which identifies leaders among the students and which has them mentor 4 or 5 other students. 
Johns said she is still looking for volunteers to speak at the school on leadership. That, she said, would help those mentors in their task of keeping their charges motivated.
"We're the luckiest people in the world," Johns said of her job, "we get to work with (young RYLA recipient) Jimmy and others like him every day." Johns was referring to one of the two RYLA students who had been sponsored by the club for the young leadership training camps in Colorado.
To reach Johns, please email her at

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Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club has donated $10,000 to help develop a fruit and vegetable garden at the new Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne and provided labor to start the garden.  “We’ll use the donated funds to design and purchase supplies for raised garden beds, grape vine trellises, an irrigation system and other supplies,” said Boys and Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Rolinda Sample. “The garden is a work in progress and will also include a garden shed, fruit trees, fencing and a quiet place to sit,” she said.
  During the recent district conference in Cheyenne, Rotary Exchange students and Rotarians got things started on the garden. Volunteers from Cheyenne Sunrise and Cheyenne Rotary Clubs continued work on the raised garden beds including a focal point in the garden – a large circular herb garden representing the Rotary Wheel.
  “We are committed to continued support of the Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne,” says Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary President Carrie Westling, “because youth is a focus of our club’s activities.” Westling says that focus came about a few years ago after the club underwent a “Visioning” process aided by Rotary District 5440 volunteers.
  “We’re going to provide even more money and time to the Boys and Girls Club as they work toward completion of their beautiful new complex in South Cheyenne,” Westling said.
  Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club welcomes inquiries at or on Facebook at


Posted by Phil Noble on Aug 03, 2014

A Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club Business meeting on July 28 produced several ideas for membership recruitment including one from immediate Past President Andy Miller, who suggested a direct mail campaign. "If it works for big business, why wouldn't it work for us?" Miller questioned. He noted that the club could target larger businesses who could afford the club's dues and might want their upper management involved in Rotary but didn't know how to go about it.

Others suggested it was as simple as going to a business and asking the targeted member (a member of management, etc.) to come to a meeting and we would buy them breakfast.

Here are some potential candidates to consider for membership:

  • Friends and family members
  • Business acquaintances
  • Professional colleagues
  • Younger community leaders who are already connected to Rotary through Rotaract, RYLA, peace fellowships, Youth Exchange, and other programs

Learn more in the .

CLUB HAS IDEAS FOR MEMBER RECRUITMENT Phil Noble 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Phil Noble on Jul 07, 2014
2014-2015 club president Carrie Westling was formally inducted by 2013-14 club president Andy Miller. Westling said she will be calling each member to get their input on what they think the club should be doing in the coming year. If you'd like to spare her a call, you can email her at and tell her what you think the club's direction should be, give input on what speakers you'd like to hear from, etc.
In his outgoing address to the club, Miller noted the club's efforts toward establishing a water project in Haiti, led by W.M. Stalcup and others. He also thanked the members who worked so hard on the golf fundraiser. Golf co-chair Brenda Laird said the recent tournament raised over $10,000.00, a portion of which will be doubled by the State of Wyoming through Laramie County Community College's Scholarship Program. Other recipients of the gold fundraiser proceeds are the Foster Grandparent's Program and our club foundation.
Sworn in to the board as new members were Kathy Alexander and Past President Paul Howard, who previously served and is coming back on the board. Outgoing board members recognized were Kevin Guille and Jerry Crader. Miller noted that Phil Noble will continue on the board.
Several members of the Noon Club were present at the meeting, including 2014-15 President Randy Ford. Noon Club Member Dale Strickland gave a presentation on a proposed Tanzanian water project, which would rebuild a primitive water system for a small town in Tanzania, which Dale and his wife Paula have visited several times. The ambitious project needs a total of just under $60,000 to complete, including District Grants and Global Grants. The Noon Club has put in $10,000 and CSR member W.M. Stalcup agreed to be our liaison on the project with their club.

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District Conference in Cheyenne "One of the best ever"

Posted by phil noble on Jun 21, 2014
"An opportunity for me to rejuvenate my Rotary spirit," -an RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) graduate ....
Following a high-energy opening complete with song by Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club Past President Roxanne Ostlund, District Governor Julie Phares told the over 400 Rotarians assembled that, “You can tell it’s going to be a fun conference” (based on Ostlund’s vaudeville-like opening where she wore headdresses and at one point had a stuffed monkey for a companion).
Not many Rotary conferences can boast a state’s governor as opening speaker, but this one did.
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As you are all aware this Friday, June 27, is one of our major fundraisers.  Once again this year, the committee has worked hard and brought in sponsors and golfers but we are really in need of help from the entire club to make this a successful event.

Currently, we are down $500 in sponsorships from last year.  If you know of a business or an individual who would like to sponsor a hole at $150, please ask them.  I can send you a sponsorship form.  Some of the club members split a hole which is fun to have names together sponsoring a hole.  

Additionally, we have 52 golfers signed up from our 70 last year.  Again, this is a Sunrise Rotary team effort and we need your help.  If you know a golfer or you are a golfer, please sign up.  It will be a great afternoon to relax and have fun.  All level of golfers are welcome and lunch is provided before the event.  The cost is $90 which includes lunch, golf and a cart.

Thank you for all of your help and encouragement.  The committee has a few days to pull this together and we could use your help.

Brenda    Kathy    Pat    Doc    Kevin    Andy    Carrie
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Posted by Phil Noble on Jun 09, 2014
Cheyenne Municipal Judge Ronn Jeffrey has worked with kids in Cheyenne for 43 years, and says what's changed over those years is that now people are not as engaged with their neighbor's kids as they once were. "When I was growing up (on Cheyenne's West Side) it didn't matter that you had single moms, because everyone in the neighborhood helped raise every kid in the neighborhood," Jeffrey told the club at its June 10 meeting, which was held at LCCC. 
Jeffrey said he had researched Rotary Clubs and what they do in preparing for speaking to the last Rotary District Conference which was held in Cheyenne. "You should have someone in your club focused on following and influencing legislation which affects kids, since that's your focus," he said. Jeffrey's remarks hit home for some members we talked to following the meeting.


Club member W.M. Stalcup didn't hesitate to volunteer for the worst job on a Rotary International work project in India recently. It was a dam-building project, and W.M. worked on the rock-breaking crew, the most strenuous job of all. Those who know him weren't surprised by this, however. W.M. has always volunteered for the toughest jobs, but manages to find humor in them as well.
For the trip to India, he took lots of balloons, so he could relate to the youngest of the population there. "I've never seen a kid anywhere who didn't like balloons, especially when you twist them into animal forms, and you don't need to know their language to get close to them," W.M. related in a talk to the club on May 26.
According to a description of the project, "We worked with our hands to build a Dam that will have a far reaching, long-term and sustainable impact on the welfare of an 
impoverished but colorful and vibrant community in the semi-desert that sprawls at the foot of the Aravali hills. The dam will help about 5 surrounding villages to increase their annual crop yield by 50 percent, by retaining the considerable amount of monsoon rain water that flows away every year."
And, if that wasn't enough, the "Rotary Dream Team" W.M. traveled with also participated in National Immunization Day, helping immunize the local population against polio. W.M. said most of the kids accepted the drops "like little birds feeding" but that some resisted with all their might.
Overall, he said, it was a "fabulous trip" and the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club thanks W.M. for his great service to Rotary and to the people of India.

Doc Gondalia Wins First CSR Community Service Award

Local Doctor receives new award from Sunrise Rotary

(Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Saturday, May 10, 2014)

The honor is meant to recognize locals who make exceptional contributions to the community and will be given out each quarter.

by James Chilton,

CHEYENNE--On Friday, local allergist Dr. Lakhman Gondalia was named the first recipient of a new award being given by the Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club.

Gondalia was presented with the Outstanding Community Member Award at his clinic on Yellowstone Road by Sunrise Rotary President Andy Miller.

Miller said the award was in recognition of Gondalia’s work in organizing local flu clinics over the past decade, as well as for raising more than $33,500 to help in Rotary’s mission to battle polio.

“A lot of money for the (flu shot) vials has been either raised through the club or donated through the clinic,” Miller said. “And then he will go out and do vaccinations on site at different businesses in town. The money raised through those vaccinations is then put toward our polio effort.”

Gondalia also raised money to build a school in India, and was able to obtain a matching grant through Rotary to fund a library at the school.

Miller noted that while the Outstanding Community Member Award isn’t meant for just Rotarians. Gondalia has been a member since 1991 and joined the Sunrise Rotary Club when it was formed in 2002.

Miller said the Sunrise Rotary board came up with the award this year as a means of recognizing locals who make exceptional contributions to the community. He said the club plans to give the award out each quarter.

Gondalia himself had only a short time to appreciate the award Friday, busy as he was with his patients.

When asked what the award meant to him, the doctor joked, “More work.”

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Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 19, 2014
The President  of Rotary International, Ron Burton, interviewed in the 'Rotarian' magazine, says increasing membership is simple in a way--just get members enthused about being Rotarians. Not quite that simple, eh? But, it really is simple if you think that all it takes is for each of us to go through our list of contacts, however we keep them, and make a goal of inviting just one person to just one meeting in the next six months. What do you say?


Posted by Phil Noble on Apr 06, 2014
Friday Evening “Beach Party” Features Children’s Village
The opening night party at this June’s Rotary District 5440 conference will be held at a location in Cheyenne that draws visitors from around the world.
The Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is a world-class attraction which focuses on sustainability of our finite resources. A large tent will house diners and serve as the entryway to the Village, which features waterfalls, secret gardens and much more.
Beach-themed casual clothing will be welcome at the event, says event chair and Past President Carol Rookstool, but any casual clothing will suffice. “We just want people to have fun and experience one of Cheyenne’s treasures, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and its Children’s Village,” Rookstool says.
The event will feature barbeque from one of Cheyenne’s best barbeque restaurants and peach cobbler will top off the dinner.
Hawaiian leis will be handed out to each guest, and Rotarians and their guests will be able to take side tours of the Botanic Gardens, which is in the beginning stages of a $12 million renovation.
Two Cheyenne Rotarians and their spouses were largely responsible for raising the money for the privately-funded Paul Smith Children’s Village, which saw donations from both of Cheyenne’s Rotary Clubs and their members.
Inside the Village, you will see a farmer’s windmill, hand powered pumps, walls constructed out of sustainable materials, Archimedes’ screw (an ancient method for hand pumping water, along with Indian Tipis, green roof dog house, active solar heating system in the classroom, birthday butterfly sunrise/sunset calculator, energy conserving materials in the greenhouse and more.
Please visit for a rundown on all the activities surrounding this year’s District Conference, and we’ll see you in Cheyenne June 19-21.
PARTY TO KICK OFF DISTRICT CONFERENCE Phil Noble 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0


President Andy Miller asked club members to consider bringing prospective members from their circle of business associates or friends to upcoming meetings as a way to help increase membership, given that the club has lost several members in recent weeks due to resignations and cleaning up the membership rolls. Long time member Jim Rose has resigned due to the pressures of his job, but on the other side the club welcomed back Terry Sanford, who has been traveling in South America.
o   We are approximately 100 days away from District Conference.  It will be here before you know it.  I have met with most of you about your committees and responsibilities and will continue to do so as we get closer.  All of the big items are in place and we are starting to work on the smaller details.  Our website is now online at and online registration is available.  Please be sure to register prior to April 15 to get the early bird rate of $150.  It goes up to $175 after that. 




Host visiting Rotarians during the June 19-21 Rotary District Conference
Be a “Home Hospitality” Host
Help host out-of-town Rotarians to dinner at your home through the “Home Hospitality” program the evening of June 19.
Home Hospitality is where Cheyenne Rotarians host four to six (or more, if you like) visiting Rotarians to dinner on June 19, 2014 from 5:30 pm. -8 p.m., the first evening of the Conference.  You are free to create the menu and atmosphere in your home.  If you prefer, you may host fellow Rotarians to one of Cheyenne’s local eateries.
Rotarians who have participated in previous Home Hospitality events say it is the perfect opportunity to meet Rotarians from other district clubs, learn about their activities and make lasting new friendships.
Cheyenne Sunrise Club Rotarians who have signed up to be Home Hospitality hosts are:
Phil Noble, Brenda Laird, Roxanne Ostlund, WM Stalcup.
Up to 125 visiting Rotarians are expected to register for Home Hospitality so more hosts are needed.  If you haven’t signed up yet and don’t want to miss out on a memorable and fun evening, contact Dana Metzke, 634-8045 or

Invitation to 2nd Annual Rotary Peace Summit in Casper

Last year, the Rotary community took a closer look at peace with Past Rotary International (RI) President, Sakuji Tanaka's theme, "Peace Through Service." District 5440 brought the topic of peace to the Rocky Mountains with the 1st Annual Peace Summit in Casper, WY. The 2nd Annual Peace Summit will take place on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at the Best Western Ramkota in Casper. Participants will attend presentations to learn how peace can be possible and peace projects that pave the way. Participants will use design thinking to solve barriers to peace. Past District Governor (2008-09), Stu Palmer will be the keynote speaker, sharing his experiences with the Jackson Hole Rotary Club’s involvement with The Center for the Secret of Peace in Rwanda, Central Africa. If you would like to attend, please email President Andy at 
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Noon Rotary Club's Polio Plus Committee Needs Your Help

To support Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign, the Rotary Club of Cheyenne is sponsoring a “Casual for a Cause” Day.  Cheyenne-area companies are invited to participate in “Casual for a Cause” Day onMonday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day! 
To participate, employers offer their employees an opportunity to wear casual clothes this one day, in exchange for a suggested $5 donation to Rotary.  In addition to being able to ‘dress down,’ employees will receive an “End Polio Now” sticker. 
For questions, or to sign up for “Casual for a Cause” Day, please send an email to

2.        2nd Annual e-RIDE-icate Polio Motorcycle Poker Run – Saturday, June 7

We are looking for sponsors, riders and volunteers for this event.  As soon as I have more information, I will forward it to you.  Could you ask your Club members to “Save the Date”?


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Rotarians—please reserve three days in June!
You’re invited to join other District 5440 Rotarians in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 19 -21, 2014, for District Conference.  The Conference will kick off Thursday evening with Home Hospitality.  Home Hospitality is a fun way to meet Rotarians from around the District.  Cheyenne Rotarians will welcome visiting Rotarians into their homes for fellowship over dinner.  This Rotary tradition creates new friendships, promotes fellowship and facilitates a wonderful exchange of ideas.   Unfortunately, the space is limited to the first 125 that sign up, first come first served.  Home Hospitality will be followed by an Ice Cream Social at Little America.  Registration is now available at


Posted by Kathy Alexander on Feb 09, 2014
The Southeast Wyoming Foster Grandparents program has long been a featured recipient of Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary's donations, mainly having to do with our yearly golf tournament, but this time we need your involvement. The good news is that it's for something you do everyday anyway--eat!! On Feb. 22 at Applebees restaurant on Del Range, you can donate seven bucks and help out the program, receiving a stack of pancakes and more in return!
For more information, please email me at
ENJOY A SHORT STACK FOR A TALL CAUSE! Kathy Alexander 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Club Member W.M. Stalcup volunteers for India Rotary Work Trip

Club Member W.M. Stalcup says he's very exited to be selected to go to India as part of a Rotary National Immunizaton Day project. In his words, "I had been keeping an eye out for a NID trip to India because in 2002ish I had signed on for a Rotary NID trip but, due to back surgery complications, I had to cancel that trip. Frankly, it seemed a bit crazy to just do a two day NID trip & not couple it with something else.

I leave on 2/11 for what they are calling The Rotary Dream Team – India 2014. This will be the 5th year that Rotarians have assembled to build a dam to help increase crop production in a semi-desert area by 50% in a state within India where the starvation level is the highest in all of India.

We will also lead a NID Rally to spread awareness and the following day participate in a NID day in immunizing hundreds of kids.

It won’t be all work: We will also visit the jungles of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the legendary Temples of Khajuraho.

More when I return the first week of March.


W. M.

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Ethics Scholarship Competition from Better Business Bureau

Good Day Fellow Rotarians,
It is my privilege to serve as this year’s Chairman of the Better Business Bureau and Rotary District’s 5440, 5450 and 5470 Ethics Scholarship.  The applicants’ are local high school juniors or seniors.  They have to do is write an essay on how they personally have applied the Four Way Test to a challenging event in their life. 
The winning essay from Our Cheyenne Rotary Club will receive a $2,000 Scholarship and the overall winning essay from Rotary District’s 5440, 5450 and 5470 Ethics Scholarship will receive a $5,000 scholarship. That is a potential winning of $7,000!
How many of you know a junior or senior?   Have them contact their guidance counselor for an application or they can go to the Better Business Bureau website : http // or contact myself at 307.757.5630 for an application.  All applications will need to be submitted by February 18th
Judy Nelson
- See more at:
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Important announcement from district

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Trip to Saratov, Russia.  Rotarians in our District are planning a trip to Russia in late April timeframe.  More information is included on the attachment regarding the scope of the trip, tentative dates and potential costs associated with the trip.  If interested contact Roger Schreiner;
Roger A. Schreiner
Phone (307) 635-2600
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Posted by Phil Noble on Jan 10, 2014
Rotary District 5440 Governor Julie Phares shared with the club her uplifting Rotary moment from a life changing Rotary Project in Guatemala.  
She also touched on the importance of contributing to the Rotary Foundation, noting that this was the first time all presidents within the district have contributed to the Foundation by Nov 1st.  
She is looking forward to having all members within the district make contributions so we can achieve 100% Every Rotarian Every Year.  
She complimented the club on our "Pay It Forward" project and mentioned that she enjoyed learning about what all of the district clubs are up to. 
DG Phares also shared an entertaining clip on the upcoming District Conference being held in Cheyenne in June.  
She stressed that being in Cheyenne, this will be our conference and encouraged all to attend..
DISTRICT GOVERNOR PHARES SPEAKS TO CLUB JAN. 7 Phil Noble 2014-01-11 00:00:00Z 0


The World Health Organization plans to announce on Monday that India has officially eliminated polio, one of the biggest public-health achievements of recent times, and one that could set the stage for stamping out the ancient scourge globally.

Public-health officials have been counting the days to the three-year anniversary of India's last recorded case, which allows the WHO to certify it as polio free.

Many long doubted that India could pull it off, given the country's size, poor sanitation and the enormous challenge of vaccinating millions of children, often in far-flung places and in the face of societal and religious resistance.

"India was by far the hardest place in the world to get rid of polio," said Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp. and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major financial donor in the global polio campaign. "It's quite phenomenal they did it."

Three more countries remain to be rid of polio; Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Officials say it will be extremely difficult to achieve eridacation in these countries.



Posted by Brenda Laird on Dec 11, 2013
Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Club Membership Committee Chair Jerry Crader has these tips on how to maintain membership -

* Help and engage on a committee
* Everything we do does not have to be a fundraiser
* Welcome and be friendly with new members.
* Greeter to welcome new members
* Wear badges!
* Reintroduce new members for at least a month.
* Have goals so members stay engaged

Where did members go?  Time, unhappy, financial reasons, table settings.  Location was discussed but considered not an issue.

Increase membership:
Commitment to bringing in a guest
Have a cocktail party at Garden
Include spouses more - February Valentine's Day event?



Posted on Dec 08, 2013
Emily Wood, the East High student who spoke to our group recently, has requested that we help her and some other East students in a project to gather supplies for Comea Shelter, toothpaste, waterbottles, soap, razors, etc., to fill backpacks to give to those who are homeless who come through Cheyenne this winter. President Andy canvassed the club members at the most recent meeting and it was agreed to help with the project.
Andy asked club members to bring supplies (or donate cash) at the club's Dec. 10th meeting for the project. For more information, please contact Andy.
Items Needed for Care Packs
Any number of any of these items will be greatly appreciated. Some items, marked with an asterisk, may be slightly used, as long as they are in good condition. We ask the rest of the items to be brand new, and in their original packaging, for the safety and health of the recipients.
Bars of Soap
Box of Granola Bars
Deodorant (For Both Men and Women)
Reusable Waterbottles
Socks (Various sizes)
Combs and Brushes
Gift cards to restaurants/grocery stores
First Aid Kits
Gloves (Various Sizes)*
Feminine Needs


Posted by Phil Noble on Nov 25, 2013

"My rotary moment involves my wife and me going to Florida earlier this year with our little dog. We were in our first day in our rented condo when the manager knocked on the door, telling us we couldn't keep our dog there. They later relented, but I thought I’d look around for another place. Where better than Rotary. The Destin rotary club meets the same time and day as our club, just a little later in the morning--7:15. I met a lady  realtor who invited us to one of their fundraisers, a crawfish boil, much like our milk can dinners, and later found us a much better condo, which we will begin renting at the end of this week.
--My wife has a quick rotary moment as well. When she was traveling after college--she spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in India--she was seated on a plane next to a man who was wearing a rotary pin. She told him her father was a Rotarian, which eventually led to Lynn and her traveling companion, another female student, visiting the man's home and even going water skiing with his family. It's a small rotary world, but one which connects you to every country on this globe.

ROTARY MOMENTS: Phil Noble's STORY Phil Noble 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

Club Pay It Forward Campaign stories

You are encouraged to share your "Pay It Forward" stories to add to these;
Mike Shonsey gave his $40 to the "Giving Closet," which provides clothes for those in financial straits and is connected to the Father Factor. He told the club this is the time to consider giving money or clothes as Winter deepens.
Roxanne Ostlund shared her $40.00 with a pregnant waitress who she overheard as struggling financially because her husband had just been laid off from his job. Roxanne says the woman was so grateful she started crying after receiving the gift.
As you remember, the campaign is all about handing them a card with a message from the club about "Pay It Forward" and $20 from the club (if you haven't received yours, see Brenda Laird) added to $20 from your own pocket. It's a small gesture but can have big consequences, as attested by those who have used it wisely.
Please share your stories by emailing them to;, and have a great Holiday Season!
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Posted by Phil Noble on Nov 14, 2013
The Chair of the Social Studies Dept. at East High School, Shane Atkinson, taught an innovative history class last year on Genocide. As part of the class, he and several students raised money and went on a trip to Germany. Student Emily Wood was one of the participants in the trip and told the club Nov. 12 how the trip had changed her view of the world. Asked how she felt entering a notorious Nazi death camp during their trip, Emily replied, "it doesn't seem real until you've been there."
One of the most important life lessons the students learned, she said, was that you should speak out whenever you see wrong in the world.
East High Graduate Lynn Birleffi, herself a History major (and wife of former club president Phil Noble) supported the trip and introduced Shane and Emily.
Past President Roxanne Ostlund told Emily she would make a great Rotary Peace Scholar, something Roxanne said she will look into.


Posted by Phil Noble on Nov 07, 2013
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Cheyenne Sunrise Rotary Honorary Member Paula Egan-Wright will paint a picture of your home and do cards suitable for Christmas giving simply for a donation to her orphanage project in Haiti. In her words,

   1) Last year, I opened this to Chamber Singers and got a great response. I will do a pen & ink/watercolor rendering for a home -- average size is about 16X20 framed . It makes a lovely gift and I will frame it. I will also reduce the picture to a simple B&W on a pretty paper with a  gentle bit of sparkle for the holidays  to make Christmas cards ( A2 invitation size with envelopes). Just need to know how many are needed.
Rather than setting a price, I'd rather folks just made a docation to Haiti :)

2) Kevin and his musical family and I are thinking about forming a little group and preparing some music, then entertaining for a spaghetti dinner and potentially a little silent auction.

3) I made a coloring book for the Haiti school for the kids, and I had it on display at the 17th Street Art Fair. When a volunteer at the Botanical Gardens saw it, she was enchanted, so I offered to do a coloring book for Paul Smith's Children's Village. I think a coloring book could be great for a lot of groups, and it would make a great xmas gift for the kids associated.