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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women - Now What?

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women - Now What?
January 4, 2023
Wyoming State Senator Affie Ellis
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women - Now What?

Indigenous women make up a significant portion of the missing and murdered cases in the United States.  In some places, the murder rate is ten times higher than the national average for women living on Indian reservations.  In recent years, advocacy groups have raised awareness about the epidemic, leaving many to ask what can be done to reduce such violence.  This presentation will provide an overview of the legal history of criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country and an update on current policy changes at the tribal, state and federal levels to address violence against native women.

Affie Ellis (Navajo) is a State Senator representing Wyoming’s 8th District in Cheyenne. She serves as the Chairman of the Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee, the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and the Chairman of the Select Committee on Tribal Relations. Ellis is the Senate Co-Chairman of the bi-partisan Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus, which organizes an annual Leap Into Leadership conference to encourage women to run for office.

Professionally, Ellis is a Shareholder with the law firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, and practices in the areas of natural resources, energy, environment, and federal Indian law.

New Member Introduced
Our newest Rotarian, Dana Lampert was introduced to the club by her sponsor Mick Finnegan.
Dana was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and grew up in the wilderness with the Boy Scouts of America as a Venture Scout.
She moved to Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management.
She is currently the Catering Manager at Little America.
She got married at the end of October, Dana has a dog named Poe, a cat named Forrest and a bearded dragon named Rosie.
Please welcome Dana Lampert to our Club.
Rotarian of the Week
Our Rotarian of the week is a “car guy.” He was born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana. His father was a manager at a grocery store and his mother was a bookkeeper at a local car dealership. She is still living in the same house in Warsaw at age 91.
His first job was washing cars at age 14 for 85 cents per hour. He was promoted to the parts department at age 16, where his gift for numbers was recognized. He graduated from high school in Warsaw in 1975, with a class of about 385. While continuing to work for the dealership he went to night school for two years to study accounting. He built a career in the car business doing every job (except comptroller), while moving from Warsaw to Ft. Wayne, IN, Fort Collins and Casper, WY. He bought into his first dealership in Casper.
Bob Womack was introduced to Rotary in Casper by Hardy Ratcliff. Mr. Ratcliff suggested that Bob needed to undertake civic engagement. Bob took the Rotary message of “Service Above Self” to heart.
Bob came to Cheyenne 24 years ago when he bought the Spradley Barr dealership. His work in the car business enmeshed him in every aspect of the community. He supported many organizations and non-profits in Cheyenne and is recognized as one of the leading businessmen in Wyoming.
Bob is married to his high school sweetheart Karen. They have two children, Rachel who lives in San Jose, CA, and Robert. Robert and his wife Radhika both work in the film industry and live in Burbank, CA.
Bob and Karen love to travel. Bob has been to every state in the Country, except North Dakota. They have traveled extensively in Europe, and they visit London twice a year. Bob has gone on several Rotary humanitarian trips to Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. In Nicaragua he was helping an organization that deals with the “children of the dump.” These are kids who live in the town dump and subsist on what others throw away.
Bob also went to Ghana, Africa with John and Lori Millin (now Garrison) to help perform eye surgeries. Bob’s most profound memory is the surgery done on a 29-year-old blind man whose eyesight was restored. Bob recognizes that it takes an organization as large and compassionate as Rotary to help bring about significant progress. Bob is a proud financial supporter of Rotary.
Bob continues to enjoy the camaraderie and diversity of our Rotary Club, particularly with the vibrant presence of the young women and men who have joined.  
Bob recently sold the dealership to Ken Garff, and he is looking forward to being able to spend more time traveling and working with Rotary. You will find him, when he and Karen are not traveling, at his homes in Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona.
Please join me in honoring our Rotarian of the Week, Bob Womack.
January Birthdays
January    3    Sharon Fain
                       Heather Foster
January    8    Lily Sharp
January   12   Britney Tennant
January   13   David Bartlett
                       Mary Guthrie
                       Brent Lathrop
January   14   Al Johnson
January   20   Kathy Emmons
January   23   Mary Schwem
January   24   Janet Lewis
January   29   Bob Womak
January   30   Taida Baldwin
January   31   David Cook
                       Ron Hammel
Years of Rotary Service
56    Years    Larry Atwell
41    Years    Larry Meuli
36    Years    Jerry Crader
29    Years    Rosalyn Baker
27    Years    Scott Larson
                     Mary Guthrie
17    Years    Chad Craig
16    Years    Ann Nelson
15    Years    Randy Bruns
10    Years    Dirk Miller
Application for Membership
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Jean Chrostoski has applied for membership in our club.  She is employed as a Chancellor for the Cheyenne Catholic Diocese.  Jean is sponsored by Lori Garrison and was a member of the Torrington Rotary Club from 2013 - 2019.
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