The Casper Rotary Club
This week's meeting will be held:
Monday, January 22nd, 2018
at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center
800 N. Poplar
Casper, WY  82601
Tim Havasi
Kendra Ziler
Kimberly Mazza
Greg Brown, Chip Kobulnicky and Kali Nicholas Moon - The Science Initiative at UW
Rotary Club of Casper WY
Meeting Summary
President Richard Schwahn called the meeting to order promptly at 12:29, with the ring of the bell and welcomed everyone to today’s meeting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Inspiration, Pledge, 4-Way Test:
Michael Brown
Michael Brown and Sarah Szewczyk were our greeters today and Michael introduced the members who brought guests:
  • Visiting Rotarian Ardell Breed (Casper Reveille);
  • Susie McMurry introduced Tassma Powers (Nerd Energy);
  • Mary Lynne Shickich Introduced Kelly Weidenback (Healthcare);
  • Mike McIntosh introduced Velma Corson (Insight Resources International);
  • Dennis Jack introduced John Lee (Oil & Gas);
  • Sarah Szewczyk Introduced her husband Brent Szewczyk (oil & Gas);
  • Jim Ruble Introduced Monika Ratliff and Rob Ratliff (Sinclair);
  • Brian Deurloo introduced his daughter Vivi;
Mark Owens led us in singing “My Country Tis of Thee”
Sarah Szewczyk gave her classification talk today. Sarah is a Wyoming native and has lived in Casper since she was old enough to start walking. Sixteen years ago she met her husband and they have been together since. She has two daughters ages 8 and 10 and she loves spending time with them. She currently works as the Executive Assistant to the Administration at Mountain View Regional Hospital. Previously she worked for the County and City Governments with the last 6 years being at the Casper Municipal Court. She came to Rotary as she loves community service and has served in many other areas of community service. She thanked her sponsor Charles Schoenwolf for inviting her to be a member of Rotary.
President Richard Schwahn presented a Paul Harris Fellow plus 3 to Leo Riley today.
Family of Rotary:
  • Doug Mortimer spoke with Red Nickerson who sent his greetings to the members.
  • Brian Deurloo said that his daughter Vivi took first place at her biathlon competition this past weekend.
Rotarians of the Week:
  • President Richard Schwahn nominated Ronna Boril and Brad Diller for last week’s tour of KWHS.
  • Martha Rakestraw nominated the Rotary Ringers, those who helped with the bell ringing and donation collecting for the Salvation Army, Susan Griffith and Rotaract Students, Sarah Szewczyk and her two daughters Madison and Isabell, Errol Miller, Dave McNulty, Fred Feth, Phillip Giffin, Jim and Jimmy Ruble, Becky Byron, and Steve Loftin. They raised around $1500 with their bell ringing.
  • Mike Ward nominated Bill Schilling for becoming District 5440’s District Governor Nominee Designate. Bill Schilling stated that the last time we had a District Governor from our club was 1965-1966 and it was Kermit Brown.
  • President Schwahn announced that we had 3 members resign from the club, Brian Oliver, Donavan McComb, and Jeff Johnson.
  • Jim Porter announced that we are getting ready for the club centennial celebration and there was an email that went out from Lori. She will be sending it out again, they want to know what one thing would be that we would tell people about Rotary so please respond to the email so they can get ideas for the advertising.
  • President Schwahn announced that Saturday January 20th will be the Rotary Night at the Coyote Game, sponsored by the Reveille Club. Wear your Rotary shirts and come have some Rotary fellowship.
Program (Bretnee Tromble First Interstate Bank):
P.E. Dick Jay introduced our speaker Bretnee Tromble from First Interstate Bank. Bretnee presented to us about the economy of the State from last year and an outlook for this year. She had some great information that showed that the economy stabilized in 2017 which is a great thing as it allows for future planning and preparation for the upcoming year. Oil prices are up and the rig count is up to 26 rigs in the state. Coal lost 1,000 jobs but regained 330 as of July 2017. Sales Tax income increased since July which is a good indicator that things have stabilized some. Our unemployment rate dropped but it was mostly because of people moving out of the State. Tourism in the State Parks stayed about even which is a good thing as tourism is our second largest Industry in the State. Natrona County saw about a 2% decline in unemployment. Housing numbers show that average home price declined slightly, 3%, the total amount of homes sold is still ok and the month’s supply is actually not much more than the national average so the housing market is still fairly stable, new construction is down significantly though. Rental vacancy is at 12.4% for Natrona County and about 10% statewide but it depends on the price range, some of the higher priced rentals are showing higher vacancy rates. Energy prices are stabilizing over the past few months which allows for better ability to plan for the future and start to prepare for more drilling and extraction of the minerals. Gas lease revenue is up which should translate into more drilling for gas and oil. Natrona County population will probably not see an increase in population yet as the economies in our neighboring states are up which pulls people from Wyoming and keeps people from moving to Wyoming. The Fed is looking like they will raise interest rates this coming year. It will also be interesting to see how the new jobs and tax bill will affect the businesses in the State and hopefully they will invest more of the money saved into production and jobs for the state. Gas will continue to produce at a slow rate due to demand but coal we should see an increase in production. These increases are starting to show some increase in revenue for the state of about $130 million to $270 million. She was asked about the Agricultural industry and she said that she thinks that the agriculture market is staying about flat compared to last year but better than 2015.
President Richard Schwahn concluded the meeting at 1:21; letting us know that next week we are back at the Ramkota and we will be hearing from UW about the Science Initiative. The Following week we will be at the Parkway Plaza and will hear from our Club CPA’s about the new Job and Tax Bill and what those changes mean.
Rotary Reveal Q&A
Name: Jim Ruble
1) What book or books are you reading right now? "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein and The Grasshopper Trap by Patrick McManus."
2) What movie have you seen the greatest number of times? "The original Mad Max (1979)."
3) What do you do for a living AND what profession, other than your own, would you most like to participate in? "I'm the Manager of the Sinclair Casper Oil Refinery; I have worked in the refining industry for my entire career. I would love to go to school to become a Chef."
4) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? "Fresh Alaskan Salmon."
5) If you could have dinner with up to three people from history, who would they be? "Ronald Reagan, Thomas Edison and Huey P. Long."
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