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The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole foundation has again awards 33 scholarships to graduating seniors in Jackson Hole.  The club foundation presented $172,500 worth of scholarships during the high school scholarship night.  The funds were raised at the Rotary Casino Night last November at The Wort Hotel. 
Congratulations to all the students and thanks to all the Rotarians for supporting this program.
The Fab Four are the newest Rotarians to join the Rotary Club of  Jackson Hole.  In recent history, the club has not had four new Rotarians in one month.  These great citizens of Jackson Hole have agreed to give some of their time to the opportunities and projects of Rotary.  To Burt, Chris, Shelby, and Stephanie, welcome to Rotary and your association with the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.
Burt Mills                    Teton Builders
Chris Keller                 Entrepreneur  
Shelby Read                Community Foundation
Stephanie Wells          Housing Trust of Jackson Hole
Enjoy Rotary!
From time to time our Rotary Club honors people in the community who exemplify the Rotary values of service above self with a Citizen of the Month award. On January 15th we recognized a group of citizens that were nominated in December 2018 for tackling an innovative and collaborative initiative to address one of the most compelling, and let’s face it, emotionally fraught issues of our day: the culture of sexual assault and harassment.
The Rotary Foundation announced their approval of an international project to fund a surgical bed and surgery lights for a rural hospital in Brazil.  Rotarian (PDG) Stuart Palmer is the International Representative on the $43,000 project.  His counterpart, Rotarian Gedson Bersanete of the Birigui Brazil, is the host representative.  The project demonstrates the teamwork of Rotarians and the necessity of the teamwork.  The funds were assembled from 11 different sources ($8,400 from Rotary clubs in Brazil, RCJH $3,150, $3,350 from our District 5440, $10,000 from District 4470, Brazil).  The Rotary Foundation then matched the assembled funds to the level of $18,875.
The project will be installed in a cancer surgical facility and serve patients from 15 surrounding rural communities.  Our Rotary Club of Jackson Hole International Committee is to be commended.
The marriage of The Wort Hotel and Rotary (Lunch) Club of Jackson Hole is a match made in heaven. Last night Jim Waldrop and his staff of 60+ organized the premiere event in Jackson.  The combination of great food, a steady flow of delicious libations, wonderful music, and camaraderie amongst RCJH members, townspeople and visitors, set in a quintessential Western milieu resulted in an incomparable experience. In addition to Jim and his staff, we all owe a debt of gratitude to our Honorary RCJH Member, Bill Baxter, for his incredible support!
The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole went ahead of the official October 24 observance of World Polio Day.  At its regular meeting on October 23, Rotarians and guests contributed cash, checks, and credit card contributions, which, combined with the accumulated Polio Plus donations by Rotarians in October resulted in $1798 dollars being sent to The Rotary Foundation and earmarked for Polio Eradication.  Year to date there have been 14 new cases of paralysis resulting from the Wild Polio Virus.  Last year there were 8 new cases at this time of the year and a total of 22 new cases for the year caused by the Wild Polio Virus.  We are close to the end of polio but not there yet.
The International Committee of Jackson Hole Rotary Club has found its stride.  Active projects include a Global Grant (part of the funding comes from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International) project with District 4470 in Brazil.  The project brings together about 10 Rotary Clubs to purchase an operating table and surgical lights for a hospital in Aracatuba, Brazil.  Our club will donate $1,000 plus another $2,000 from other sources here in Jackson.  The total cost of the project is $43,000. 
As an update on our clean water project in South Africa, the Jackson Hole Rotary Club has allocated $2,500 from the club's budget to support a personal effort by a Jacksonian to provide clean water to high school students in Grahamstown, South Africa.  This is the second phase of a project by a person of action that provided clean water after the local public water supply failed.  The International Committee is also studying the feasibility of a Global Grant project larger than $30,000 to expand the scope for clean water to other schools, orphanages and similar facilities. 
The club is on the move.
Rotary District Governor Chuck Rutenberg visited the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole today.  Governor Chuck presented a video that highlighted the extreme stress placed on individuals that are not literate.  Literacy is a key area of focus for Rotary International.  A second video was a clip from America Has Talent - showcasing an inspired couple with five adopted children as well as their own child.  The message was that you can help others and still reach for your own dreams and objectives
The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole hosted the ninth annual Global Economic Forum.  Moderator Ted Ladd assembled a panel of economic experts from industry, government, and financial institutions.  Joining the all star panel was Kristalina Georgieva, the current CEO of the World Bank.  The panel of Bob Grady, Kathy Kehr, Ken Lay, Wes Lucas, and Paul O'Brien looked into the future on the topics of world trade and the impact of barriers to trade, financial market liquidity, long term energy contracts, and the unraveling of international relations. 
This was another stellar year for the forum.
Rotarian Mike Blazek has moved from Jackson Hole.  Just before his departure, Mike made a major gift to the Jackson Hole Rotary Education Foundation.  Many thanks Mike for all you have accomplished through Rotary in Jackson Hole.  Fair winds!!  JHRC
The Jackson Hole Rotary Club assembled for dinner in June to roast outgoing President Hank and introduce incoming President Tony Paulus.  The Rotarians and guests heard from President Tony his vision for the future year.  Tony was short on the comments as he has the full program next Tuesday, July 3.  The attendfees had a great time and a meal prepared by student chefs from Jackson.  This may become a tradition (renewed).
Tuesday is the annual Luncheon for Literacy.  This is a core area of focus for Rotary and an important project in Jackson Hole.
Please attend our meeting on May 29 and show your support for literacy.  You will learn ways that you can support the advancement of literacy in Jackson.  We all benefit from a community that can communicate in speech and text.
This is a strong program supported by Rotary and run by Rotarians in Jackson.
Pizza is provided.
This year the Rotary Interact High School Club is hosting a 5K Color Run on June 2nd at the public high school. This non-competitive race encourages all ages to participate. A portion of the profits are being donated to One22, a nonprofit organization comprised of the Community Resource Center, Latino Resource Center, and El Puente. Make sure to sign up soon, there are only 150 slots!
Morgan Albertson Jouen of the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum presented a brief overview in pictures and words of Jackson Hole.  Humans have been in Jackson Hole for about 11,000 years.  Homesteading in JH depended on Federal legislation in 1862 (Homestead Act) and 1877 (Desert Land Act).  The Museum operates in three locations.  The Cissy Paterson Gallery in the Museum's Cashe Street location was enabled by a gift from Rotarian Joe Albright).  The musuem is partnering with public and private entities in Jackson Hole and continues to solicit beneficial partnerships.  The museum is looking to consolidate some of its operations and also to find a suitable strage location for up to 4000 SF of materials that are not on display.  Thank you Morgan and Rotarian Becky Kimmel for the presentation.
Jeff Ward of the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole Foundation announced the results of the annual scholarship program for High School Seniors.  The local Foundation awarded 38 scholarships with a total value of $190,000.  The scholars will be present at the June 5, 2018 noon meeting of the club at Snow King.
It’s that time of year when High School seniors are wrapping up writing scholarship applications. This year, for the first time, two outstanding students with be awarded a four-year, $20,000 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole. The scholarship will be disbursed in four $5,000 installments. The new scholarship was announced at the March 6th Rotary Club lunch meeting.
Santa Claus Fund was the recipient of our Citizen of the Month award for the great work they do supporting local families in need with holiday gifts. This is a very well-organized, volunteer-driven program that involves getting family wish lists to volunteer gift buyers, who in turn go to local stores that offer discounts to the Santa Claus Fund. Three Santa Claus Fund board members (L-R) Patty Krause, Liz Lockheart and Cadel Carrigan accepted the award which was presented by Rotarian and Santa Claus Fund volunteer Katie Murphy.
Rotarian John Daily combined has 25 years of law enforcement, two degrees in mechanical engineering, and years of teaching traffic accident investigation to create a fascinating program of film and discussion of vehicle crashes between trucks, buses, and automobiles.  He presented pictures of various staged crashes where the vehicles were equipped with instruments (and crash dummies) that measure the effects of the impacts.  The big take away is not to be involved in vehicle crashes, wear your seatbelt, and watch out for the other guy while you drive responsibly

Rotarian Kevin Olson presented a panel of three managers of local media: Joanna Love, Editor of Jackson Hole News&Guide; Bradly Boner, Chief Photographer JHN&G, and Adam Meyer, Associate Publisher, JHN&G and Jackson Hole Daily.  The panel responded to questions from Kevin and from the floor on subjects ranging from focus on community news, differentiation between community news and national news,  the significant separation of opinion from news reporting as presented in Jackson Hole, and the accountability of reporting on community news as compared to the blur in reporting of the national news media.  The changes in news reporting from print to digital was also covered (70% of readers surveyed every two years still want a print copy).  The panel also mentioned how to get involved by sending email to the editor or using the Jackson News&Guide webpage where a link in the footer of the site will send an email to the paper.  Rotary thanks Kevin and the professional media for a great program.

Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga was accepted as an Honorary Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Fr. Ubald was recognized for his life mission of promoting forgiveness and peace throughout Europe and his home region in Rwanda.
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