All Rotary Board, Committee and noon Membership meetings will only meet through Zoom Virtual Meeting format thru the end of January. This decision was made by the Board to protect members from the spike of Covid-19 cases in Laramie County and will be reviewed at each monthly Board Meeting.
To join a Membership meeting follow the Zoom meetings information below.
This Weeks Program

Cheyenne Regional Airport Update

Cheyenne Regional Airport Update
Jan 13, 2021
Tim Barth, C.M. Director of Aviation
Cheyenne Regional Airport Update


If you want to say, "Hi!" and catch up with each other before the meeting, please "join" the virtual meeting any time after 12:00.  You will be able to unmute yourself and connect for about fifteen minutes.  When you first join the meeting, you will be in a "waiting room" and we will let you in as soon as we can. At 12:15, we'll get the meeting started.  


  1. Just click on the link Rotary Club of Cheyenne - Weekly Zoom Meeting
  2. Or download the Zoom app from your App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (android) and create an account for future use. Then click the + Join button, and enter the Meeting ID:  890 5263 9939, password: 065537


  1. Call 1 346-248-7799
  2. Enter ID: 890 5263 9939#  password: 065537
Tribute to Leah Aylward
Leah with Hal Miller                                                Leah with David Willms
Leah Aylward, born November10, 1980, died by suicide December 30, 2020.  In the 2000’s Hal Miller connected with Leah – she was already a brilliant, accomplished young lady.  Working with Hal and me she became a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar spending a year in Costa Rica at EARTH University.  She came back to District 5440 and as part of her Ambassadorial Scholarship responsibilities visited all, or nearly all clubs in the District to share her experiences. 
She graduated from Harvard, Magna Cum Laude.  She contacted Hal and me about applying to be a Rotary World Peace Fellow.  We assisted her with her application, and she became the youngest World Peace Fellow, going to Queensland, Australia where she earned her Master’s degree and completed her PhD, all but the dissertation.
During this time, she spoke to our club and at District Conferences about her Fellowship experiences.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow and a wonderful promoter of Rotary.
Fellow Rotarian and Club member, David Willms assisted Butch and me when Leah lived with us for nine months in 2019.  He stayed with her so we could get a break and go out to dinner.  David wrote of Leah and I quote and paraphrase his words:

“Devastated. Heartbroken. Shaken. Somber. Despondent. Hollow. No words properly express the pain I've felt since learning of Leah's passing last week. As I and others grieve the loss of a remarkable person and friend, I cannot help but reflect on nearly 30 years of friendship."

I first met Leah in 1993, just shy of her 13th birthday and was immediately intimidated but wanted to find my way into her orbit. She was brilliant, musical, athletic, compassionate, driven, and so much more. She also had an uncanny ability to use her gifts to bring out the best in others. As fellow saxophonists, we quickly developed a spirited rivalry--challenging each other for parts and chair-positioning with our jazz ensemble and concert band. The rivalry quickly morphed into a deep friendship. Some of my fondest memories from the mid-1990s involved creating music with her, and being constantly awed with her command of the musical language at such a young age.

The friendship spilled into other areas: long hours studying together (mainly her teaching me), science competitions (she was a national champion there too), and rousing games of capture the flag in vacant fields. Regardless of where life took us, an enduring bond was built.

Leah graduated from high school and left to conquer the world. She excelled at Harvard, then spent time overseas in Australia, Costa Rica, and 21 other countries. We were not particularly close during this time, but exchanged occasional emails and phone calls. I remained awed by her intellectual curiosity and passion to make a difference in the world.

Several years ago, she moved to northern Colorado, and we reconnected. By this time, she had endured, and was continuing to endure, incomprehensible physical and mental trauma. She had an army of friends that gladly stood by her side supporting her as she fought with the bravery and tenacity with which she approached everything in her life.  This picture was taken about a year ago when I thought her incredible spirit might pull her through it all. Ultimately the pain was too significant to overcome for one of the most remarkable people I've ever known.

"Leah, my heart is heavy today, but I take solace in knowing that each of us you came into contact with is better for it, and that the world is a better place because you were in it. I remain in awe and intimidated by all that you are and were.  I pray you are pain free, reunited with Erin (her identical twin sister), and that you are both smiling brightly from the heavens. I will carry your memory and message with me for the remainder of my days. Thank you for being my friend.”
Many of us today thank Leah for touching our lives.  A service in celebration of her life will be conducted by the Highland UU Church of Fort Collins on January 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. Mountain time. The Zoom connection is  If you need phone connection information please contact
Croatian Earthquake
A devastating earthquake hit Croatia last week and Rotary District 1913 Croatia is asking for help from Rotarians around the world.  With information from RC Sisak and from the field, the crisis team from District 1913 is determining the best way to direct the aid to the stricken area.  We invite all friends, Rotarians, Rotaractors, Clubs and Districts to help Croatian Rotary relief efforts by donating to the following accounts:
Name: District 1913 Croatia
Address: Praska 2, 10000 Zagreb
IBAN: HRO623900011500149868
Description: Donation for earthquake victims
New Member Proposal
Carol Fischer
Dr. Carol Fischer MD, owner of Family Medicine at 1331 Prairie Ave. Carol is sponsored by Dr. Larry Meuli.
January Birthdays
2nd    Jared Black
3rd    Sharon Fain
         Heather Foster
8th    Mike McGee
         Lily Sharpe
         Gay Wookhouse
13th  David Bartlett
         Mary Guthrie
         Brent Lathrop
14th  Al Johnston
20th  Kathy Emmons
23rd  Mary Schwem
29th  Bob Womak
31st  Dave Cook
         Ron Hammel
Notable Years of Rotary Service
54 Years     Lawrence Atwell
39 Years     Larry Meuli
34 Years     Jerry Crader
27 Years     Rosalyn Baker
25 Years     Mary Guthrie
25 Years     Scott Larson
22 Years     Bob Womak
15 Years     Chad Craig
14 Years     Ann Nelson
13 Years     Randy Bruns
8   Years     Dirk Miller
2   Years     Megan Smith
Ford Bronco Sport Raffle

2021 FORD BRONCO SPORT Raffle Tickets - 1 for $50

Contact:Kevin Harris
Online Registration
Here's another reason to look forward to 2021! A chance to win a new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport or $20,000! See Cheyenne Rotary's Facebook page or visit Spradley Barr Motor for more info about this sporty 4x4 vehicle.  Buy your raffle tickets online here or from any Rotary Club of Cheyenne member. $50 each, or 3 for $100. To get the 3-ticket deal, click here.     Cheyenne Rotary Ford Bronco Raffle Tickets - 3 for $100
THANK YOU Spradley Barr for your generous donation of this new release from Ford! All proceeds will go to Cheyenne Rotary Club Foundation and add to the impact of Rotary's charitable work in Cheyenne. Help Cheyenne Rotary build the endowment to reach the $1million goal and ensure sustainable local community service indefinitely!
First Place Prize:    2021 Ford Bronco Sport or $20,000
Second Place:        $1,000
Third Place:            $500
Drawing on June 2, 2021.  Title, taxes, insurance extra.  All sales final.
To purchase raffle tickets by mailplease send a check by May 31, 2021, to:
Cheyenne Rotary Club Foundation
P.O.Box 511,
Cheyenne, WY 82003-0511
Include a note with the name, address and phone number that you would like included on each ticket, as well as the mailing address that you would like the tickets mailed back to.  For questions or to buy tickets over the phone, call  307-773-0355.
Per IRS, the cost of raffle tickets purchased from nonprofit entities is not deductible as a charitable contribution. 
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