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The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole held its first virtual Scholarship Luncheon today.  The on line program was attended by the scholarship winners, parents of students, Rotarians and special guests.  The Rotary club recognized 50 scholarship winners and awarded 44 scholarships including several four year grants.  Six of the scholars had received full scholarships from other sources but were included in the recognized list.
 
Long time Rotary scholarship supporter, Foster Freiss, awarded each recipient a separate "Pizza and Ice Cream" scholarship of $1,000 to each student. The moving slideshow or students also noted the school of choice - the schools span the country.  
 
Moderator Rotarian Jeff Ward noted that over $600,000 had b been raised in the last four years.  The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole Education Foundation is planning to increase the number of four year scholarships in the future.  The scholarship committee of Jeff Ward, Jim Waldrop, and Deidre Ashley invested over 199 hours in the interviews of the students via virtual means.  A clear demonstration of an effective application of current technology.
 
Many thanks are due to the students, school faculty, and our Scholarship Committee.
 
Well done!
 
 
Construction has begun on the water and sanitation improvements to Ntsika Secondary School.  The project is funded by significant contributions from the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole, Rotarians, other Rotary clubs, and matching grants from our Rotary District and by The Rotary Foundation.
The USD 109,000 project will restore bathrooms, water supply, and sewage removal from the school grounds.  Even though Grahamstown S.A. has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health restrictions, local Rotarians in Grahamstown awarded contracts and began construction within a month of the funds being delivered to the project account.  Several hundred students will benefit from reliable water supply and the sanitation systems.
The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole announced that the club’s educational foundation completed the review of nearly 100 scholarship applications, conducted 60 15-minute interviews via Zoom and ultimately awarded a total a record amount of $194,000 to 44 deserving students.
 
The recipients are graduating seniors from the high schools in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Many of the nation’s top colleges and universities are represented including several Ivy League schools, UW, Stanford, USC, Texas, ASU, CU, CSU, Oregon, NYU, MSU, UCSB, Cal Poly, Utah, BYU and many more. The level of the scholarship grants varied based on each individual student’s blend of financial need, academics, community service, work experience, extra-curricular activities and letters of recommendation. 
Please join with Rotarians for our program on the interntional projects in Grahamstown S.A. 
 
Gavin will speak about our Global Grant project, it's importance to the township community and our part in fundraising a significant portion of the $110,000+ school remodel project. 
 
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Zoom Meeting May 12 at noon
 
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Last year the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole continued a program to purchase a book for each 2nd Grade student in Teton County School District #1.  The books were distributed late in the school year with instruction that the book was the student’s and that the student could take the book home to keep.
 
This year, the Rotary Club proposed to continue to purchase books for the 2nd Grade students and to expand the program to purchase a book for each of the 3rd grade students.  School Superintendent (and Rotarian) Dr. Gillian Chapman has endorsed the program to encourage reading by the students through giving books to the students.
 
For many years Rotary District 5440 has strongly supported literacy throughout the district.  This year, D5440 provided the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole with a grant of $2,000 to cover the cost of the books for the 3rd grade.  The Rotary club will continue to pay for the books for the 2nd Graders. 
 
The books have been selected (including some titles in Spanish), purchased,  delivered to the book dealer in Jackson, and moved onward to the school district.   The books will delivered to the students by the end of next week.  There are 229 identified 3rd graders in line to get a book to read on their own.
 
April 11, 2020 - District Governor Chris Woodruff announced a donation by Rotary District 5440 to the Food Bank of the Rockies – for Wyoming, and to the food banks in Wells, Moffet,  and Routte Counties Colorado and Scotts Bluff Nebraska.  The District donated $28,000 from funds designated for service and from the district reserves.  Eleven thousand five hundred dollars was directed to food banks in Wyoming.  The funds were apportioned by the relative numbers of persons served in each food bank system.  The District has also request an additional $25,000 for food banks from The Rotary Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.
 
In Jackson, nineteen years ago the Jackson Cupboard was setup to distribute into the Jackson Hole Community the food gathered by the Boy Scouts of America's Scouting for Food—their fall food drive.  The Jackson Food Cupboard continues to serve the community from its room in the basement of St John’s Church.  The Jackson Rotary Lunch Club provided an initial $500 donation as seed money to get us started and to set up a food pantry.
Rotarians in Jackson Hole are heavily engaged in the mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you see them, please say thank-you to Michelle Webber (JPD), Matt Barr (TCS), Dr Paul Beaupre (CEO, St Johns Health), Julia Heemstra, RN (St Johns Wellness Center), and Rotary President
John Goettler, CFRE (President, St John Health Foundation).  Stay safe and stay healthy.
The Rotary Clubs of Birigui, Brazil and Jackson Hole, Wyoming came together to propose and fund a Rotary International project to buy medical equipment required to operate a neighborhood clinic in Birigui.  Birigui is a town outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The local government could fund the building but not the equipment for the walk-in clinic.
 
Rotarians (and Past District Governors) demonstrated the power of relationships and mutual goals by developing the concept of the project, supporting the preparation of the Grant Applications, developing the equipment list and budget estimate, and responding to questions from The Rotary Foundation.
Ntsika Secondary School in Grahamstown South Africa has graduated the leading students in the township.  This outstanding achievement by 700 students was accomplished in a facility with practically no working sanitation facilities, intermittent water supply of questionable quality, and a wetlands on the school grounds that received raw sewage from the school.
 
The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole joined with Rotary Clubs in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia to raise funds for an International Project in Grahamstown, South Africa. Rotarians were supported by generous donations from local citizens that caused the project to be fully funded.  Our funds are being combined with donations from the Rotary Club of Uttoxeter U.K., the Rotary Club of Grahamstown, the Rotary Districts of each club, and The Rotary Foundation, The estimated cost of the total project is USD 109,418.
In response to guidance from local governments and Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole will not be meeting at its usual time and place (Snow King, Tuesday, 11:45 am).  The suspension of the regular meeting will continue until the impact of novel virus is understood in our region.
 
The guidance from Rotary International is quoted in part below:
 

Club and district meetings

In the near term, Rotary International recommends that districts and Rotary and Rotaract clubs meet virtually, cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials. Please continue to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization and your national, regional, or local health authorities to protect your health and safety. If feasible, conduct meetings online or by phone.

Closely examine your personal circumstances, including any health issues, when you consider travel and participation in events.

Unquote.
 
All Rotarians are encouraged to follow the guidance of their health professional and recognized centers of expertise in public health.
 
President John
The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole convened for a great evening of conversation.  Case and Amy Morton, assisted by Hailey, Nate, and Sara, provided the setting at the Inn on the Creek.  To accompany the wonderful setting, the wine and food were great.  The evening proved that Rotary is not all work, projects, and lunches.  Thank-you Casey and Amy.
The Rotary Club of Jackson Hole held its fourth and most successful Casino Night which raises funds for scholarships for local students.  The Wort Hotel hosted the event in style and costume.  It was a great evening.  Jim Waldrop, Chair of the Casino Night Committee thanked the members of the committee, the many sponsors of the event, and the number of volunteers who helped in the execution of a great evening of fun and funds.  Jim reported that a record $280,000 was earned for scholarships for our area high school students.  An enlarged article on this successful evening will follow.  kls