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The Jackson Hole Rotary Supper Club was conceived by Rod Everett and Francis Warziniack, both members of the Jackson Hole Rotary Lunch Club at the time. They wanted to create a new club that would meet for dinner and become the most social and fun club in the valley. The “Centennial Club” was chartered on Rotary International's 100th birthday, February 23, 2005, at a gala dinner at Snow King Center with keynote speaker US Senator Craig Thomas. The founding officers were Rod Everett, President; Francis Warziniack, President-Elect; Scott Daily, Secretary; and Glen Meyers, Treasurer. Other founding members included Bryan Elliott, Brad Gamble, Lela Gibson, Jim Green, Jake Hanson, Clay James, Brian Jones, Mary Martin, Patty McDonald, Harriet Minczeski, Paul Perry, Sandy Seitz, Richard Tambor, Rhett Thorburn, Jose Trujillo, Doyle Vaughan, Ellen Wilson, and Carolyn Warziniack.

Under President Rod's 18-month term from February 2005 through June 2006 (making him the longest serving president in the club's history), the club met every week for dinner, either at The Wort Hotel or various other restaurants around town. As it grew, club members started up a number of programs which have continued through the years. At the suggestion of Paul Perry, the club undertook its first Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraiser during the community's Fall Arts Festival, and raised over $10,000 in the first year. The club also voted to create a separate 501(c)3 Charitable Association to make charitable donations and grants to outside groups, and Sandy Seitz was elected as its first chairman. President Rod started the tradition of naming a “Rotarian of the Year” and bestowed the honor on Paul Perry. During President Rod's tenure, the club won a number of district Rotary awards, and finished up its inaugural year (and a half) with a memorable Triangle X float trip down the Snake River.

On July 1, 2006, Francis Warziniack assumed the club reins. During President Francis's term the club sponsored some 20 club members going to the RI International Convention in Salt Lake City. Many members also remember the famous Morton the Moose dinner at Triangle X Ranch, where they enjoyed dining on the famous moose that Francis had photographed for years before frequent club visitor Dave Bishop shot it. President Francis invited local investment expert Foster Friess to give the keynote speech at the club's 2nd Annual Paul Harris Dinner at Snow King, and Foster and Lynne Friess were so impressed by our club and the ideals of Rotary that they donated $25,000 to us, which we shared with the other valley clubs. The club also started up its tradition of supporting Raising Readers and the 3rd grade Dictionary Project, and Carolyn Warziniack assumed the chairmanship of the CA. President Francis concluded his year with a potluck picnic atop Snow King Mountain.

Next in the leadership line-up was Ellen Wilson, who ran the club from July 2007 through June 2008. During President Ellen's year the club switched its weekly meetings from Thursdays to Tuesdays, Kymber Everett served as Treasurer, and we partnered with the local Trailblazer Association to send seven high school girls from the local Interact Club to Cambodia. This was also the year that the Charitable Association sponsored its first Four-Way Test Essay Contest, challenging middle and high school students to write about the challenge of applying the Four Way Test to their own lives, with the winners receiving laptop computers. At the district conference in Cody the Supper Club again won a number of awards, including the Governor's Award, a special District 5440 PR award, and Best District web site Award. Wrapping up her term, President Ellen expressed particular appreciation to Scott Daily and Rich Tambor for all of the help that they provided during her year in office.

Paul Perry took over as club president in July 2008. During his time at the helm, Laurance Perry and Kevin Johnson led efforts to build a fabulous club float for use in local parades and other events. President Paul instituted the club practice of making a donation to the Teton Literacy Center in the name of each week's program speaker, and also the popular “Quiz Time” where he posed questions about Rotary and threw candy to the winner. Meanwhile Ed Packer became the chairman of the CA.  After a fun and productive year, this popular president fittingly hosted his retirement party under a big tent (and fierce thunderstorms) in Mike Yokel Park.

In July 2009, Sandy Seitz stepped up to the plate.  Under her leadership, Harriet Minczeski worked tirelessly with the Interact Club to raise funds for their memorable trip to Nepal to build a children's library in a village on Mt. Everest. The club also produced its new club brochure, and the Membership Committee went into overdrive to produce a net of five new members, earning the club the District's Award for Best Small Club Membership Growth. The club collected enough money to send five Shelter Boxes to Haiti, and Scott Daily undertook to rewrite the Charitable Association's bylaws. The club again earned a number of Rotary awards including the Governor's Award. President Sandy honored Patty McDonald as Rotarian of the Year, and concluded her presidency with a party in Jim Wunsch's backyard.

Perennial club secretary Scott Daily temporarily relinquished that role to assume the club's presidency in 2010-201. During President Scott's term, Rod Everett and Paul Perry led the push to create WinterFest, a winter festival designed to help boost the valley's winter economy. For its successful work on WinterFest, the club was honored with the prestigious RI President's Significant Achievement Award, which is only given to one club per district. In addition, the club re-started its monthly off-site meetings and organized its first charity Texas Hold'em tournament at The Wort Hotel. Rich Whalen took over as chairman of the Charitable Association. The Supper Club continued winning awards, including the District Governor's Citation and the Presidential Citation, while the Interact Club won the District Interact Citation. President Scott concluded his year with a barbeque at Dornan's.

Patty McDonald was elected president for 2011-2012.  The club immediately kicked into gear by hiring club member/event planner Sandra Horwitz to run the increasingly successful Wine Tasting and Silent/Live Auctions, netting a record $20,000. After seven years in the making, we finally produced a club banner thanks to Patti Green, and later undertook a Holiday Service Project at Habitat for Humanity. The 7th Annual Paul Harris Dinner was held jointly for the first time with the Breakfast and Lunch Clubs, with DG Mary McCambridge serving as keynote speaker and helping honor a record 14 Paul Harris Fellows from our club.  We also assembled our first official club history, started up a Rainy Day fund, and inaugurated a series of Rush Parties to attract new members, including a terrific Cinco de Mayo Fiesta aimed at young professionals.  Additionally, the club joined the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, and won the prestigious district Cecil Staver Award for best overall club communications.  The outgoing president finished her year with a party at the Stagecoach Bar, where she named Jim Wunsch as Rotarian of the Year.

So in the presidential year of July 1, 2012-13, financial manager Jim Wunsch focused his year on the funds donated:  over $10,000 to Rotary International Foundation; $4,100 to polio; Raising Readers, Dictionaries, Shelter Boxes, the Children's Museum reading corner, and the Elk Antler project.  New support was given to the JH High School and Journeys School robotics teams, a grant to a Honduras water filter project, more for the successful Trail Blazer projects in Cambodia, more support for the library in Nepal, and help for the Philippines typhoon disaster.  We had a build day at Habitat for Humanity houses in Teton Village, a beautiful Christmas party at the Four Seasons, and the ever growing Paul Harris banquet at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  The membership grew to 46 which resulted in the Ignite Award and District Governor's Citation for 2012-13.

Helen Bishop became president for 2013-14, commuting from her home 40 miles north. (She calculated her Rotary driving miles were over 8,500 for the year!  After returning from the RI International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, she participated once again in the 4th of July parade and began planning for the "Up with People" week the end of August.  Club member Hugh Soest promoted us into sponsoring the 96 members' performances, which helped promote our Club too!  Also at this time, she and Tote Turner undertook the planning of the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Sept. 8, which earned $17,500 for club projects, continuing the ongoing ones mentioned above and helping the No. Colo. flood victims in our District.  Helen garnered a matching District grant for supporting the education of new parents at the No. Arapaho reservation in Wyoming.  The $4,000 made possible the purchase of over 1,000 baby items as rewards for attending the parenting classes.  Larger dictionaries with over 1,000 were given to all county third graders, to much appreciation.  Another Christmas Party at The Four Seasons and a larger turnout for the Paul Harris dinner were memorable.  Two high school students were chosen for the RYLA camp in July (which they loved!).  Five members attended a District "Pay It Forward" dinner in Casper which promoted Foundation giving.  But the highlight of her year was earning the "Every Member, Every Year" award from Rotary International which is for every member contributing to the RI Foundation! for a total of $14,900.  During this presidential year, all three clubs in town agreed to an ad campaign (three weekly ads) promoting the service and good deeds the clubs give to the community.  Helen created the three ads for our club each month.  Cornelius Kinsey was bestowed with the Rotarian of the Year for the great weekly programs he organized.