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Jackson Hole, WY  83001
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Jackson Hole Rotary lunch club recognizes Larry Pardee, Pete Karns at monthly awards meeting
Jackson, WY, Sept. 1 2015- The Jackson Hole Rotary lunch club named Larry Pardee, Town of Jackson director of public works, as its citizen of the month for September. Pete Karns was recognized as Rotarian of the Month.
Karns and Pardee were recognized for their dedication and successful efforts over many years to replace the four elk antler arches on the Town Square.  The project was completed this summer. Pete Karns took the lead for the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole in raising the funds to replace the arches and worked closely with Larry Pardee who handled the engineering and construction of the arches.
In accepting his award Pardee extended recognition to the entire Public Works department and said how much the Rotary motto of “Service above Self” resonated with him. “That’s what we try to do – we love serving this town,” he said.
Jackson town administrator and Rotarian Bob McLaurin presented the Citizen of the Month award, calling Pardee, “As fine a person and public servant as I have ever met.”
Jackson Hole Rotary lunch club includes approximately 180 members and meets weekly to discuss issues of importance locally, nationally and internationally. Rotarians strive to give back to the community through service projects and scholarships.
Left Image: Larry Pardee, Jackson director of public works, receiving his Citizen of the Month award (President Clare Payne-Symmons to his left)
Right Image: Pete Karns, receiving Rotarian of the Month from former mayor (and Rotarian) Mark Barron and President Elect Len Carlman.

For over 20 years the Rotary Lunch Club has organized the Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser in Jackson Hole.  This money is used to help meet the needs of friends and neighbors in the Jackson Hole Community.  When you donate to this Online Red Kettle, the money is used throughout the year to give a helping hand to those in need.
Long-time Salvation Army Board Member Leland Christianson has said about the Red Kettle Fundraiser, "Those dollars have changed lives, and it's inspiring to see the people that donate, from the small kids to the large and anonymous donors, every dollar makes a difference."   
Your gifts to this Online Red Kettl will change lives for the better, this Christmas season and all year long.  Will you help in meeting the needs of our friends and neighbors in the Jackson Hole Community by making a donation to this Online Red Kettle?
If you are looking for a meaningful way to give your time to the community this Holiday Season, you can volunteer for an hour or more by signing up as a Bell Ringer through the link on this website.

Your consideration and support of this effort is greatly appreciated!
Steve Kallin
Red Kettle Coordinator

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Bellevue Washington will be visiting Jackson Hole this week, and have arranged an opportunity to meet casually with the Rotary Clubs of Jackson Hole.  They have organized a no-host cocktails and appetizer gathering on Thursday, February 6, 6:00pm at the Lodge Bar at the Lodge at Jackson Hole.  They would love to have local Rotarians visit and socialize!




Here is a great opportunity to complete your (next) Paul Harris Fellowship before our annual Recognition Dinner on March 8th.  The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole (Lunch Club) will match your contribution to your Paul Harris Fellowship - 1 dollar for every 2 that you contribute (must be a minimum of $200 by the end) through the end of June.  If you complete your Paul Harris $1,000 by March 8, we will recognize you at the dinner!


Through the generosity of people like you, our work has made a difference in the lives of millions around the world. Your gift to The Rotary Foundation allows us to improve communities by promoting peace, preventing disease, bolstering economic development, and providing clean water and sanitation.  The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

 helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as  and . Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary .Image




Celebrate Rotary with the Jackson Hole Breakfast, Lunch and Supper Clubs and the Star Valley and Teton Valley Rotary Clubs.  The 9th Annual Paul Harris Dinner will be held on March 8, 2014 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  Our Keynote Speaker will be Barbara Redder, District Rotarian of the Year 2013, and District Governor Elect 2016-17.  Other special guests will join us.  A plated dinner by Rising Sage Cafe will be served, and entertainment will be provided by guitarist, Marco Solis.  The cost of the dinner is $50 per person.

Register online at (Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club) under the "Events" tab.  Contact Helen Bishop for more information; 307-259-0422, (subject line PH dinner).



This year's Jackson Hole Salvation Army Red Kettle Fundraiser was a resounding success thanks to the hundreds of hours donated by Bell Ringers like you! 

Total funds raised during the 2013 Salvation Army Red Kettle Fundraiser set a new record of over $25,000.  This includes funds from Bell Ringer Red Kettles at five locations, Counter Kettles at four retail stores and contributions sent directly to the Salvation Army. 

Did you know that Bell Ringers fill two important roles.  The Jackson Hole Unit of the Salvation Army does not solicit contributions.  The only advertising they use are the smiling faces of volunteer Bell Ringers at the Red Kettles.  So when Bell Ringers are standing at the Red Kettles, they are not only providing the community an opportunity to donate, they are also reminding others about this annual fundraiser.  Some who do not contribute at a Red Kettle will send a contribution directly to the Jackson Hole Salvation Army.    

100% of the funds raised this year will be used to meet local needs.   These funds will make a difference in the lives of many people in the Jackson Hole Area.   

Thanks to all who donated their time and willingness to brave freezing temperatures in order to make this fundraiser a success!  Rotarians have made a difference for our community!


Steve Kallin
Red Kettle Volunteer Coordinator



Happy New Year Rotarians!

For those of you interested in viewing the video I referenced in my invocation this week, you may do so below.  The new year is a wonderful time to reflect on all that we are thankful for, and to consider how we can pass on our good luck to those less fortunate.  Our motto at Rotary is "Service Above Self."  Like everything in Rotary, this motto is not limited to your club activities.  Just as with the Four Way Test, it is a guiding principle for your personal and professional lives as well.  This video embodies the message to "pay it forward" and provide opportunities for your family, friends, and those less fortunate than you.  

I encourage you to keep the Rotary motto "Service Above Self" in your daily thoughts during this new year.  Our Rotary Club does so much to provide opportunity within our community and abroad.  I look forward to contributing to many more great projects and causes with you this year.

John Morgan
President Elect



The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole is proud to host a new Rotary Youth Exchange student from Brazil this January!  A very special thank you goes out to our host family, Matt & Trish Fairbanks, who will be housing Stefani for the first 6 months of her visit to America.  This the first time in recent memory that our club has hosted a student from January to January, rather than the more typical June-to-June time frame.  I am sure Stefani is excited by the opportunity to spend a continuous summer in Grand Teton country.

Our Club is still looking for a family to host Stefani for the second half of her stay.  Our first thought is to consider a teacher who may have the summer off to show Stefani around the valley.  If you know of a teacher or someone else with some extra time to explore in the summer time, please contact Jason Snider ( or Mary Bess (

This winter we are also co-sponsoring a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Fort Collins, CO.  We will post more information about this student in a future bulletin.  Keep on the look out!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!Image




I was passing by the Town Square recently and noticed the Town crew stringing up the lights on the Antler Arches for winter.  It really got me excited for the winter season for the first time as I thought of the whole Town Square ablaze in holiday lights, and the JH Winter Wonderland ice skating pond adding an almost Norman Rockwell type of feeling to our downtown area.  We are so lucky to live somewhere with such great holiday spirit. It is no wonder that so many tourists choose Jackson Hole as their destination for winter fun. 

As many of you know, the Rotary Clubs of Jackson Hole were the original fundraising source to construct the famous Jackson Hole Antler Arches, and today the Rotary Clubs have taken the lead on replacing the Antler Arches as well.  We should all feel very proud to be responsible for such an iconic piece of the Jackson Hole experience.  Think about all of the millions of tourists who have taken their pictures underneath the antler arches, and how many pictures of the arches have graced the pages of magazines throughout the world promoting Jackson Hole.  Those images and memories are truly priceless.

We are still in the midst of fundraising to replace the forth and final arch on the square, and your support is needed.  For more information on how you can help save the historic Elk Antler Arches of Jackson Hole, contact Pete Karns at 307-732-7474. 



A couple of months ago Trevor Stevenson greatly increase his help with our water project in Rwanda and he unleashed a very sophisticated global perspective and a third world expertise. He spent three days of his Rwandan vacation—tracking down the President of the Butare Rotary Club and than visited our site in Changugu—about 3 hour drive from Butare.

Our International Committee was pretty amazed as Trevor brought back key contacts; a list of challenging questions and suggestions; and an encouraging report of site and the location for the Center for the Secret of Peace.

So how was Lander born and Jackson raised kid so ready to help on the world stage. Well we’ve come to learn, during the past decade, Trevor’s career has centered on the Amazon rainforest, where he worked in partnerships with government institutions, indigenous tribes and international non-governmental groups—perfect background for our work in Rwanda.

On behalf of our Club's executive committee, Trevor Stevenson has been recognized as our Rotarian of the Month.



Join Rotary in supporting literacy and education in Teton County!  The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole is proud to host the 18th annual Lunch for Literacy in conjunction with the Teton Literacy Center this coming Tuesday, June 11th, at 12 noon, at Snow King Resort.  The program will feature remarks from Wyoming First Lady, Carol Mead, and presentations from distinguished faculty of University of Wyoming, College of Education, Literacy Research Center and Clinic.  All proceeds from this event go directly to Teton Literacy Center.  Tickets are $20 per person, and are available at  For more information, please call 307-733-9242. 

Literacy and Education are two key areas of focus for Rotary International, and the Rotary Clubs of Jackson Hole are committed to many education goals in Teton County.

  • Rotary Readers promotes literacy for school children
  • Rotary Wine Fest funds scholarships for college bound students.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange facilitates cross-cultural education
  • Rotary Lunch for Literacy benefits Teton Literacy Center

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the Lunch for Literacy for making this program possible:  Rotary Club of Jackson Hole, Domino's Pizza, Great Harvest Bread, Team Clancy, Snow King Resort, Grand View Lodge, and High Country Linen.




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.



2 Host Families Needed to sign up by May 1st to house a student in August.

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 Snider
Rotary Youth Exchange Coordinator





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.

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, 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.

Maureen Murphy
Director of Special Events
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce 
Direct Line:  (307) 201-2302
PO Box 550 | 112 Center Street, Jackson, WY 83001


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

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.



Election Day is Approaching!  Do you know who you are going to vote for?

The Jackson Hole Rotary Lunch Club and The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present a series of election forums set for two Tuesdays this October. Please join us on October 16 and October 23 from 12:00-1:30pm for lunch, presentations, and Q&A at Snow King Resort.

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,  Please invite any guests whom may be interested in joining you to these important Rotary meetings.


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