Club Information
Welcome to the Torrington Rotary Club!
Torrington

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Cottonwood Country Club
2101 W. 15th St
Torrington, WY 82240
United States of America
2021 Changing of the Gavel
NEWEST MEMBERS
Top: Shawn Burkhart Sponsored by Doug Chamberlin (represented by Ryan Kramer)
Next: Zach Miller Sponsored by Bob Taylor
Next: David Currie Sponsored by John Hansen
Next: Heidi Hostetler Sponsored by Lynda Baumgardner
Next: Zach Leininger Sponsored by Eric Boyer
 
Board of Directors
President
Past President
President Elect
Secretary
Rotary Scholarships

Torrington Rotary awards two $1000 non-traditional scholarships each year to EWC students,   

AND

a minimum of two $1000 traditional scholarships each year selected from Students of the Month. 

Torrington Rotary Walking Path
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Student of the Month Program
Torrington Rotary honors outstanding high school seniors through a Student of the Month Program. One or two students are selected each 
month throughout the school year. The student will have the opportunity to give a short talk about themselves and his/her plans for the future.
The applicant must be a high school senior from THS, Southeast, or Lingle-Ft. Laramie. The student and his/her parents /guardians will be invited to attend a Rotary meeting in the the month for which they are are chosen.
Rotary Dictionary Project
A long-term literacy project of the Torrington Rotary Club is the gift of dictionaries to all third graders in three counties:  Goshen, Platte, and Niobrara.  This includes twelve schools and homeschooled students as well.  Rotarians help present the dictionaries to the children when possible and receive wonderful thank you notes from them.  The dictionaries include the Longest Word in the English Language, state facts, presidents, and even a mini-atlas.  These are always a hit with the children.
Rotary Honors Students of the Month for Goshen County 
Students from left to right:  Kyland Fuller, Matthew Vanatta, Dally Wilkins, Bree Coxbill, Tyne Stokes, Grace Desmond.
Rotary honored Students of the Month for Goshen County at our December 6, 2021 meeting.  Each student addressed the club speaking of their current activities, accomplishments, and future plans, and was awarded a Student of the Month Certificate and a gift card.  Plus, each will be placed in a pool to be eligible for a future scholarship. 
Fund Raiser for Torrington Youth Alternatives
One goal of our club President, Brett Malm, is to support underpriviledged youth.  Club member, Wayne Gentry came up with the idea to have yard signs printed to honor and thank first responders.  Club member, and Torrington police chief, Matt Johnson jumped on board to promote the fund raiser.  The Yard signs are being sold for $20 each and ALL proceeds will be given to Torrington Youth Alternatives. 
Matt Johnson spoke at a special meeting regarding Youth Alternatives.  According to Johnson, there are five services which have the biggest impact on youth in the county: restorative justice, community service, homework club (academic engagement), mental health resources, and mentor programs. Johnson said mentoring might be the most critical aspects of the program. 
“As we look at some of these kiddos that are struggling, they have no idea what it looks like to function outside of addiction. They have no idea what it looks like to function with someone who cares about them 100% of the time and wants them to be successful,” Johnson said. “I really believe that if we can engage kids with community mentors that can hear about them and help them to be successful long-term… we hope that those relationships will carry on in the future.”
Rotary Serving the Local Community
Rotary President, Brett Malm and Rotary Secretary, Kim Evezich present a check for $5,000 to St. Joseph's Children's Home executive director, Ronda Meyer. 
St. Joseph's Children's Home is a private, non-profit psychiatric residential treatment facility for youth ages six through seventeen that has been providing quality services to youth and families since 1930.
Providing psychiatric residential services for up to 62 youth, St. Joseph's offers a complete Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program on its campus in Torrington, Wyoming.  Both secured and open living units are available, with 24-hour supervision, social skills training, psychotherapy, educational services and chemical dependency services provided by over 120 professional staff members.  St. Joseph's school is a year-round, fully accredited K-12 program.

The children referred to St. Joseph's exhibit a variety of serious concerns including physical and sexual abuse or parental neglect, depression and suicide attempts, oppositional behavior and defiance of authority, runaway and substance abuse problems, excessive fear and anger, aggressive or sexually inappropriate behavior, and involvement with the juvenile court system.  St. Joseph's exists to help residents identify challenges and develop the action plans necessary to assist in resolving problems.  Support for the transformation of our residents into productive adults flows from openness, honesty, encouragement and providing all the tools necessary for this to occur.
Torrington Rotary Club forms Interact Club

In May of 2021, Torrington Rotary formed an Interact Club led by Rotary member Michele Ogburn. 

Pictured from left to right: Michele Ogburn, State Representative Shelly Duncan,  ( Members> Jorey Asmus, Katie Watson, Aidyn Saucedo, Elle Tapia, Kirsten Tucker, Olivia Judkins, Rori Hankins-Masterson) State Senator Cheri Steinmetz. Members not pictured:Alyssa Albaugh, Tony Baringer, Tyler Bennick, Isabel Brott, Allison Brummell, MacKenzie Cole, Adria Derby Carleigh Dugger, Jacob Durrant, Alexis Flanagan, Reece Grubbs, Gabrielle Harris, David Hellus, Kieran Hull, Marissa Moorehouse, Lauren Orr, Hadley Pogue, Jose Prado, Michael Sandusky, McKenzie Schwartzkopf, Michael Tavares, Alyssa Wondercheck, and Jadyn Wunder,

Interact stands for International Action. Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single high school or from two or more high schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of - Developing leadership skills and personal integrity - Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others - Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work - Advancing international understanding and goodwill.

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.

Rotary Serving the Community
Torrington Rotary President Bob Taylor and board member L. W. Gentry present a check for #2000 to the Torrington Police Chief Matt Johnson to help purchase body armor for the police officers.
Rotary Serving the Community
Board members Wayne Gentry (right) and Jim Fitz (left) present a check to teacher Jennifer Brummell for $500 to help fund the Goshen County Schools After Prom Party. 
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