Rotary Club of Jackson Hole
We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Snow King Resort
400 E. Snow King Ave.Grand RoomJackson Hole, WY 83001United States
The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole Foundation has as its mission "To support the advancement of education by providing scholarships to students and educators in our community while aiding other charitable needs of individuals and organizations as deemed appropriate."
This year the Foundation awarded $60,000 to 36 students, awards that ranged from $1000 to $4,500. Each year about 120 worthy students apply. The students will use this Rotary Foundation money to attend colleges like Wyoming, Oklahoma, Columbia, Northwestern, Brigham Young, Colorado School of Mines, Duke, North Carolina, Hawaii, Miami, Gonzaga and Montana State.
Click Here to DONATE to the Rotary Scholarship Fund though Rotary Wine Fest
The student's interests range from sports to dance, from being a doctor to being a chef, from robots to music, from Up With People to helping the needy at St John’s Hospital. And many of the 36 students were straight A students for 4 years. Importantly, scholarships are also awarded to students who have demonstrated a “turnaround” in their lives to include school, family and attitude. Vocational training focused is also recognized and scholarships are available for students choosing those opportunities as well.
We have a very excited Thai female exchange student who will be arriving in Jackson Hole in August. We require two families, one in the fall and one in the spring, in order to place this student. Without host family commitments, we will lose our opportunity to host this wonderful student! Our community is one of generosity and good deeds and it would be a shame to deny a Rotary International student an experience here because there is not a single family in Jackson Hole who can share their home with an exchange student.
Hosting an exchange student is an extremely rewarding experience. The stories from previous host families speak of life long friendships, cultural learning for their children, and perhaps most importantly a friend to visit in their home country in future years! For more information about becoming an exchange student, visit the following website and click the link to "A Guide For Host Families" pdf.
Rotary Youth Exchange Program - Rotary International
Our exchange student from Thailand has been studying English for years. She does not require a guest house, guest room or special treatment. She does need a safe place to come home to, a bed to sleep in - even if it means sharing a room, three meals a day - whether she makes herself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for lunch or whether you supply her with lunch money, and a way to get to school - school bus, start bus, or bike. There does not need to be high school students in the home - you may have small children, grown children or no children. Please call Jason Snider today (413-5123) to volunteer your family as Rotary's newest host family. If you decide not to become a host family, please encourage your neighbors and friends to get involved. Rotary International has given us an extension until May 1st to find two families for this student - one for the fall and one for the spring. If we cannot guarantee her placements by May 1st, she will not be able to participate in the Rotary Exchange Program starting in August. Please consider participating in this rewarding experience. You will not be disappointed.
Jason SniderRotary Youth Exchange Coordinator307-413-5123
Jackson Hole Rotary Club members Mike Blazek and Clare Payne-Simmons completed the Rotary Leadership Institute on April 13, 2013. The Institute provides in-depth discussion of the functions of Rotary, the five paths of service, and a background on The Rotary Foundation. Graduates have the information available to be organized and efficient leaders of Rotary projects, Rotary meetings, and Rotary clubs. Congratulations to Clare and Mike. Please thank them for their continued dedication to understanding the World of Rotary and its great role in world philanthropy. (My apology to Mike Blazek for not including him in the announcement Apr 16. – KLS).
Lorenzo Martani, Cremona Italy, is Jackson Hole Rotary Club’s current RYE student.
The Jackson Hole Rotary Youth Exchange program welcomes applications from local high school students interested in studying abroad for an academic year. Jackson Hole Rotary makes living arrangements for the qualified students and underwrites most of the expenses.
Recent RYE student Lorenzo Martani tells us, “Jackson Hole needs the RYE program because, although we’re a sophisticated community, we’re still quite isolated. Many of the students I go to high school with here aren’t familiar with European countries. Also, I liked the fact that I could get to know people from all over this Rotary District.”
The Jackson Hole Rotary recognizes and thanks two local families for bringing this student into their homes. Lorenzo was first welcomed by the Roald and Audrey Hagen Family and, most recently by Kevin and Shelly Olson and their children.
When asked what he liked best about being here, as might be expected Lorenzo said, “…fantastic skiing and I learned you can make friends anywhere and I can be an adult and independent.”
If you or a student you know may be interested in applying for the Jackson Hole Rotary Youth Exchange program or are interested in hosting an RYE student please contact Jason Snyder.
The Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program, which began in 1972, has become one of the most respected exchange programs in the world. Each year more than 7000 students from over 80 countries participate in the program.
The strength of the program lies in its international network of thousands of Rotary volunteers who donate their time and resources to help improve their local communities and our international community. The RYE program provides an opportunity for outstanding students from all walks of life to study abroad for an academic year, with the local Rotary Club underwriting most of the costs. Only exceptional students, who are qualified, are invited to represent Rotary as Youth Exchange students.
-Lorenzo loves to cook and has made fabulous dinners for his fellow high school and fellow exchange students and host families.
He is 18 yrs old, has a 16 yr old brother who is going to Japan on a Rotary exchange.
His family ties are very strong.
He first learned English from watching movies and listening to music.
He accomplished his goal in English proficiency when he woke one morning to find he had been dreaming in English.
His mother is a retired bank director and his father is an entrepreneur.
Through our Rotary District he’s interacted with students from Germany, Scandinavia, Brazil, France, Belgium, Mexico, Australia, Thailand and India.
“Europe is about knowing other places. I like bringing that awareness to America.”
Many thanks to Paul Volgelheim for the Rwanda Project update. Many times I have heard of the Rwanda project, but I have never really fully understood what was involved. Many thanks to Matt Ostick, Trevor Stevenson and Paul Volgelheim for their hard work and dedication to this World changing project . Paul described the project as the foundation forgiveness of the atrocities of genocide that occurred in Rwanda many decades ago. A seventy eight acre site has been purchased as “The Center for Secret of Peace”. This site is currently hosting thousands of people in the process of finding forgiveness and giving forgiveness. There are many phases of development for this project, with the first phase of the project dedicated to water and sanitation. Through various charitable giving and matching grants a portion of the funds have been raised to go toward the sanitation phase of the project. Additional money will have to be raised before drilling water wells and starting the necessary infrastructure to complete this phase of development. Paul described many miraculous stories of forgiveness that have already occurred on this site.
Thank you to Ray Bishop for his presentation about the Jackson Hole Airport at the March 26 Rotary lunch meeting. We are truly lucky to have such a significant facility and extensive commercial service to our community.
Did you know that Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is the largest airport in Wyoming? We enjoy more commercial passenger service than all other Wyoming airports combined. Jackson Hole Airport is the first airport in the the US to have its flight path moved to reduce noise. The current noise footprint is smaller than it has been in at least 3 decades, even though we enjoy far more commercial arrivals and departures than we did in the 1980s.
Jackson Hole Airport is also much safer than it was even just 2 years ago with new lighting down the center of the runway, and a glycol mitigation area to capture the de-icing liquids used to keep planes safe.
The Paul Harris dinner was Saturday night. Any one who attended please feel free to send me a note on how it went. email@example.com
Notes from lunch on March 5th:
Volunteers needed for Wine Fest; Please talk to Tim Harland for positions.
A Piano is also needed.
If any one runs in to Jerry Blahn don't forget to thank him for hosting last weeks ski day.
Trevor Stevenson is travelling to Rwanda to work on the Rotary project.
Matt announced that his son is improving.
Jason Schnider was awarded the Rotarian of the month for his work with the exchange program. He helped with twenty six students, which sounded like a daunting task. Well done!!
Abby Smith was awarded student of the month for her academics and volunteer work with Jackson Hole Therapeutic Ridding. She plans on attending nursing school next year.
The Jackson Hole Rotary Lunch Club and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce are pleased to invite the community to a special legislative program on Tuesday, March 12 from 12:00-1:00pm at Snow King Resort. This event will replace Business Including Lunch this quarter.
The 2013 Wyoming legislative general session adjourned on February 27. Local legislators will participate in a panel discussion addressing the bills that passed and failed along with issues that affect Teton County.
Local legislators scheduled to attend include:
Senator Leland Christensen
Representative Keith Gingery
Representative Marti Halverson
Representative Ruth Ann Petroff
RSVP to Rachel Reich, Events Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 307.733.3316x109. Chamber Members may click here to RSVP and prepay via ChamberMaster. Please bring questions or submit them in advance with your RSVP. Lunch costs $20.
Please join us in the Grand Room at Snow King Resort on November 20th for a program presented by Chris Deming title "Trust for Public Land" - Upper Hoback drilling leases.
The Jackson Hole Rotary Lunch Club presented its monthly awards Tuesday, recognizing as Rotarian of the Month a local restaurant owner who donated Thanksgiving dinner to scores of residents and visitors and two outstanding Teton County high school students.
Recovery from Super Storm Sandy is underway throughout the Northeast Corridor. Among the hardest hit areas are communities in New York and New Jersey. We have been in touch with the Rotary District Governors in that area over the past several days to determine how we can help. They have urged us to direct financial contributions to the Rotary District 7490 Walter D. Head Foundation which will, in turn, distribute funds to community disaster relief and rebuilding projects in the six Rotary districts in the New York-New Jersey area. You can find more information about their disaster relief plans at http://nynjrotary.org/disaster-relief
The District 5440 Executive Committee has approved a direct contribution of $1,000 to the disaster relief effort and set up $5,000 in funds to match contributions from clubs and members in our district. To qualify for matching contributions please write out your checks to the Rotary District 7490 Walter D. Head Foundation, and mail them to:
District Treasurer Joni Kumor 5120 E. 17th Casper, WY 82601.
The Jackson Hole Rotary lunch club named Jackson Hole Fire/EMS as its citizen of the month for October. Also recognized at the club’s weekly meeting on November 6 were high school students of the month Morgan Comey and Shannon Darby, as well as Rotarian of the Month Ed Liebzeit.
At our November 13th Rotary Club meeting, the Jackson Hole Robotics team will be presenting a demonstration of their work and their program for competitions throughout the country. They will also discuss a project they are working on for NASA.
Please join us in the Grand Room at Snow King Resort (at noon) for this exciting program.
Tuesday, October 16:
Town Council: Philip Cameron, Jim Genzer, Hailey Morton, Jim Stanford
Mayor: Mark Barron, Jim Fulmer
Tuesday, October 23:
County Commission: Barbara Allen (R), Claire Fuller (D), Paul Perry (R), Melissa Turley (D)
Each session will begin with brief introductions followed by questions from our moderators. Please email your questions in advance to Michael Sillman, email@example.com. Please invite any guests whom may be interested in joining you to these important Rotary meetings.
The 2012 renewal of the Rotary Snake River Cup is scheduled for Friday, October 5, at the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club with tee times beginning at 12:40 p.m.
This year teams of golfers from both Rotary Clubs in Idaho Falls, the Rotary Club of Driggs, and all three Rotary Clubs in Jackson are invited. Each invited Rotary Club may enter as many as 10 Roto-golfers (or as few as one golfer). Each team member must be a member in good standing of the Rotary Club on whose team the member plays, and it is recommended that each golfer posses a valid USGA handicap index because most of the points awarded are based upon net scores rather than gross scores. (Any Rotarian may participate on a “space available” basis.)
Participating Rotary Clubs earn points based on how a golfer scores relative to other golfers, first low gross receiving more points than second low gross, first low net receiving more points than second low net, and so on, with more points for low net than for low gross. The Snake River Cup will be awarded following play to the Rotary Club that earns the most points, the Cup to be displayed at the weekly meetings of the winning Club until the Cup is safely returned to the next renewal of the Snake River Cup event.
Green fees, including cart and practice facility, are only $40.00 per golfer, a significant discount, courtesy of the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club, and are payable to JHG&TC prior to play. (Members of JHG&TC will pay only a “cart fee” of $20.00.) The requested entry fee donation for each participant is $25.00, to be contributed to the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole Foundation. The entry fee donations will be divided among the charitable foundations of the Clubs as follows. If two Clubs compete: Winner – 65%; Runner-up – 35%; if three Clubs compete: Winner – 45%; Runner-up – 30%; Third place – 25%; if four or more Clubs compete: Winner – 40%; Runner-up – 30%; Third place – 20%; Fourth place – 10%.
Please contact C. David Clauss, 307.733.1191, for registration information.
The Snake River Cup was established in 1996 by the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls and the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole for the purpose of fostering good will and friendship.
The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce will host the 4th Annual Global Economic Forum, offering a global perspective on the local economy, Tuesday, September 4 from 12:00-1:30pm at Snow King Resort. The featured panelists have world-class experience and every Rotarian is encouraged to invite interested guests to participate in this important program.Featured Panelists:
• Robert Grady - Managing Director Cheyenne Capital Fund and served in the White House from 1989-1993 as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and as executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
• Ken Lay - Senior Managing Director for The Rock Creek Group in Washington with responsibility for emerging markets investment. He formerly served as World Bank Treasurer.
• Wes Lucas - CEO of Sirva Logistica the largest moving/logistics company in the world. He owns North American Van Lines, Allied Van Lines, etc.
• Mark Gordon - Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's head office Board of Directors in 2009. He is a rancher, businessman and owner of Merlin Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming.
This will be the fourth annual global economic forum presented by the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. The panelists will look back to provide perspective on earlier predictions. Other topics will include the Middle East, the national debt, and the fate of the Euro. This Rotary Program is scheduled to last 30 minutes longer than our regular Rotary meetings. Please plan accordingly.
Hosting an Exchange Student is a great way to learn about another culture, make friends from another country, and expand one’s horizons. It is also a less expensive and less intimidating alternative to sending your own children abroad, while still providing an opportunity to learn about the world. It is a rewarding way for you and your family to contribute to your community, your country, and the world!
The Jackson Hole Rotary Club's Youth Exchange Committee is seeking a host family for one of our exchange students here in Jackson. Our male student from Italy is in need of a host family from September until January and January until June. He is a competitive downhill skier and is very excited to be placed here in Jackson Hole for the school year. The ideal family would have children in the home, (of any age), and would live in Jackson where he would have access to the start bus or other transportation. Families do not need to have extra bedrooms or provide the student with money. They do need to be willing to open their home to a student who is here to learn about America. If you are interested, please contact Mary MacLeod Bess at 699-1098 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, contact Jason Snider by email at email@example.com.
Two years ago Rotary International embarked on another major fund raising drive for the eradication of polio. A challenge was made by the Gates Foundation that if Rotary International could raise $200 million by June 30, 2012, the Gates Foundation would match the $200 million. By the end of January 2012, Rotary International had raised the $200 million which matched the challenge six months ahead of the agreed date. The Gates Foundation,, and Bill Gates Sr in person, delivered the matching funds to Rotary International and then placed another $50 million donation from the Gates Foundation on top.
There are results on the work against polio. India has not had a new case of polio in over a year. There are now only three countries remaining with reports of new cases of polio.