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Kudos to everyone who participated in this year's Rotary Show! And a huge debt of gratitude to Laura Westerling for directing, and to Mark Westerling for his aiding and abetting Laura! It was lots of fun to work on the show with club members, and many of their children and spouses. We raised almost $40,000! Fantastic job! To see many of the photos taken by Dewey Vanderhoff on Friday, February 10, click on the "Rotary Show 2017" link on the left in the Photo Album section. If you'd like to see all the photos (there are 427), call Jan Eldredge (307-250-8126) to reserve the disk.
Dave Treick, Kai, Ted Gerber
Our 2016-17 Youth Exchange Student, Kajetan Sroczyǹski, better known as Kai, arrived in August from Chorzow, Poland. He was hosted first by Marc and Jodie Thompson, then moved to Sarah and Bob Call’s home in December. In March, he’ll be hosted by Jen and Jim Talich.
Upon entering Cody High School, Kai quickly joined the Varsity Tennis Team, was named to the All-State Tennis Team, and won 2nd place in the State Doubles tournament. Kai played snare drum in the CHS Marching Band, and attended homecoming. He is an outstanding skier, is a member of the CHS ski team, and is currently 5th in the State! Many thanks to Jim Landers for Kai’s ski pass. Kai has many friends at the high school and is learning to play the guitar. Kai has one sister who is 23 years old.
Our out-going Youth Exchange Student is Ted Gerber. He’ll be traveling to Sweden next August.
In recognition of their spearheading and raising funds for the new accessible playground at Mentock Park, the Rotary Club of Cody received a "Community Hero" Award from the City of Cody at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 6. Present to receive the award from Mayor Nancy Tia Brown were Rick Manchester, Ashlee Lundvall, Charlotte Carlson, Jan Eldredge, Bruce Eldredge and James Klessens.
Amanda Stevens checks inventory received for the Happy Feet Program. There will be many smiling faces when lucky students receive their new shoes.
Many thanks to Amanda, her committee, and the generous sponsors of this program.
Congratulations to our 2016 Wine Raffle Winners!
- First Place - Jan Wilber
- Second Place - Mark Westerling
- Third Place - Nancy Ledgerwood
Many thanks to those members who contributed wine and/or dollars for the raffle.
We truly appreciate everyone who gave time on Friday and Saturday to help
set up, sell tickets and take down!
Stephen Kirkman presented our pennant to Rotary Club of Denver President John Cheetham.
On Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, Cody Rotary Club members Jim Lander, Bruce and Jan Eldredge, Mark Crump, Allen Swenson, and Ken Markert with son Neil, toiled for hours to remove the old, worn play equipment at Mentock Park. (Check the Mentock Park Photo Album for more photos)
On Saturday, October 29, we need 8-12 people to complete preparing the playground to receive the new equipment.
Plan to start around 8:30 a.m. and leave as your schedule allows.
Don't forget to complete a City volunteer sheet from Jim or Ashlee.
Richard Tambor, member of Jackson Hole Supper Rotary Club, holds the winning ticket for our painting raffle. Congratulations, Richard!
“First Color of Fall” by Don Dernovich
Oil, 18” x 24” (in gilt frame, 26” x 32”)
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...