Lander Wyoming
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Oxbow Restaurant
170 E Main St
Side Meeting Room
Lander, WY 82520
United States of America
Club Leadership
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Assistant Treasurer
Rotary Foundation Chair
Grants Chair
Club Administration Chair
Program Chair
Membership Chair
Service Projects Co-Chair
Service Projects Co-Chair
Here is what is happening in our club
Responding to a critical need of people in war-torn Ukraine, the Lander Rotary Club has sent 16 solar panels converted into cell phone chargers to various groups in Ukraine, and more will soon be on the way.
Recently, several Pathfinder High School students in Samuel Hartpence’s math class had a fun, impactful lesson, attaching converters to the solar panels and writing encouraging messages to the Ukrainians who will use the converted panels to charge their cell phones. Hartpence related that the students in his math class and his robotics club "love to tinker," and the project seemed like a great fit.  The chargers that the students worked on are being sent to a high school in Ukraine and already a pen pal relationship has started to develop!
Ken Schreuder, a retired engineer and member of the Lander Rotary Club, has spearheaded the project since its beginning in summer 2023.  Schreuder said that the solar panels can be turned into chargers that charge two to four cell phones in about two hours, just by adding a simple converter.  Ideally, used solar panels that have reached the end of their useful lives would be used for the project, but they have been hard to find, so new, smaller panels are being used.

“We’re doing this because the people in Ukraine rely on their cell phones for their lifeline,” Schreuder explained. “These allow them to charge their cell phones and not rely on the power grid, which is very unstable.”  With charged cell phones, the Ukrainians can receive important news and alerts, such as evacuation orders and air raid warnings, and stay in touch with friends and relatives who may be in dangerous areas.  Schreuder is hopeful that several converted panels can be shipped soon to a Rotarian Interact club in Lutsk, Ukraine, for use in a rehabilitation center.

Encouraging messages are written on the backs of the panels to let the people of Ukraine know that the American people support them.  “This is one way we can let them know that America has not forgotten them,” Schreuder said.  Schreuder also joins in on Zoom calls with Ukrainian Rotarians and others arranged by Andy Lenec, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine who lives in Colorado and started the panel conversions project last year.
The cost of attaching a voltage converter to a panel and shipping the panel to Ukraine is about $120.  Donations to support the project can be made to the Lander Rotary club at P.O. Box 502, Lander 82520 or electronically by connecting through the link in the following story. 
(Pictured: Encouraging messages and drawings are written and drawn on the backs of the solar panels.)
Here's your chance to donate money to support the Lander Rotary Club’s International Service projects in Rwanda (training nurses in remote areas to diagnose and treat strep throat to prevent rheumatic heart disease) and Ukraine (converting solar panels into cell phone chargers for Ukrainians impacted by the Russian invasion). You can contribute $25 to $300 via this Square link:  Various Rotary Foundation grants will be sought for these projects and other clubs and districts will be asked for support, but the projects also must have individual Rotarians supporting them if they are to succeed.  Please consider contributing today!

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:  

2023 Wild Polio Case Total 9 - Afghanistan 6, Pakistan 3

Pakistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this week. Three Wild Polio cases reported in 2023.  Twenty Wild Polio cases reported in 2022.   
Afghanistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  Six Wild Polio cases reported in 2023.  Two Wild Polio Cases reported in 2022. 
Five weeks since the last reported wild polio case!
Mailing Information:
P.O. Box 502
Lander, Wyoming  82520
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Natalie Korell
    December 5
  • Shelby Rohrbacher
    December 9
  • Mike Lilygren
    December 12
  • Janet Seeley
    December 16
  • Maria Kidner
    December 16
  • Perry Cook
    December 30
  • Missy White
    December 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Celeste Weigel
    December 2
  • Boo Lightner
    December 7
  • Lynn McRann
    Mike McRann
    December 29
  • John Brown
    Monica Olson
    December 30