October 2016
Meeting Responsibilities
Kirgues, Roger
Koch, Pamela
Kos, Robert
Vertz, Tim
Sommersberger, Greg
Smith, Stanford
O'Connor, David
Ott, Jim
Pearson, Jessica
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
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Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee Country Club
10823 N River Rd,
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio

 On 24 October, join Rotary International for the fourth annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They will be streaming live from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world.  They will be joined by celebrities and experts to share our progress on the road to polio eradication.  
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 26 confirmed as of Sept. 19, 2016.  To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, experts say $1.5 billion is urgently needed. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.   


Mark Your Calendar for November 9th

Plan now to attend Rotary One Summit on November 9th at MATC in Mequon--6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Food is provided.  Our goal is to have 10 members attend.  If you cannot attend due to a schedule conflict, there will be sessions in Waukesha and Oak Creek as well, but this session is right in our backyard.  Let's have a strong showing!
Rotary One Summit is a new format that all Rotarians are asked to attend. The first hour is a round table learning format with tables having different topics, followed by breakout sessions.  This is a golden opportunity to learn more about Rotary. 


What is Good Character?

Robert Beezat shared the key to a more productive and effective organization at our meeting last week.  He suggested that if you improve your character you can: make better decisions; get more done; have it done better; and enjoy your work more. He started by having members think of the characteristics of a bad boss and then a good boss. According to Henri Fayol,  "In making decisions, the moral character (of the decision-maker) determines the quality of the decisions."  Our character derives from our knowledge, beliefs, emotions, relationships, and role models.  Relating his ideas to the Rotary 4-way test, he admonished members to apply the 4-way test to our everyday lives. For help in improving your character, get the BABU app.  (Be a Better You)
Go to http://www.characterbasedmanagement.net if you want to learn more.


Everybody Had Fun!


Larry Kreiner warms up the audience.


Ann and Rob Holtz check out the silent auction.


Finals of Heads or Tails


Mark Schiff draws the winning ticket.

Be sure to mark your calendars for what will be an unforgettable day, World Polio Day. It will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and will be available for viewing  at:

The school-based Rufus King High School Interact-Key Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mequon Milwaukee Afterhours, was officially organized with Rotary International on February 23, 2016. They are pleased to invite you to their formal chartering event. The Bader foundation has generously offered full sponsorship and event hosting.
All Rotarians interested in attending this momentous event please RSVP directly to Therease Thompson at tthompson@corelogic.com by October 31, 2016.
Event:              King Interact-Key Club Chartering Ceremony
Date & Time:   Tuesday, November 15th, 2016  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue:             Bader Philanthropies
Address:          233 N. Water Street, 4th Floor Milwaukee, WI 53202  


More Than Just Badges

Dave Petersen from Rockwell International updated the club regarding the robotics program included in the activities for Cub Scout Pack 3852.  The robotics program begins with elementary-age students and is available into high school.  Scouts learn how to solve a problem in a specified length of time, using limited available materials.  
Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 3852 typically qualify for regional and
then state competitions.
Erika McGinley, one of the leaders of Cub Scout Pack #3852, provided an overview of the history and the current organization. 
Both speakers thanked our Rotary Club for chartering the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts.

Thank you to the Rotarians that have generously donated checks to Polio Plus thus far.  We are halfway to our goal!  Remember to bring your check made out to The Rotary Foundation, with Polio Plus written on the memo line, to the meeting this week.  
Let's do this!

Kola Alayande, DGN, asked five questions of the members present at our last meeting.  If selected, T-M Rotary would be one of five clubs in District 6270 to receive assistance working on membership in the coming year.  Members discussed the questions at their tables and then one member reported out on why we should be selected for this special project.  What are our strengths?  What are our weaknesses?  What have we tried in the past to increase our membership?  What will we do if we are not selected?
Thank you for participating in this important survey of our club members.  Thank you, Kola, for meeting with our club.


As we all think about pitching in to help with Holly’s local initiative for Polio Plus, we might reflect briefly on our club’s long history joining RI in this fight and seeing how the battle has creatively developed. Originally, our club had an event where we made a noticeable contribution far beyond the current annual effort. RI originally thought we could do it pretty much alone; it turned into something with many more players such as the Gates Foundation.  Now, our most recent Rotarian magazine has told of efforts in villages to have local women give inoculations to in part overcome local fear and misinformation. Rotary has never lost focus; we must try to do the same because we remember it is all about the children.

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Carole Stuebe, Executive Director of Portal, Inc., explains Portal, Inc. was created in 1965 by parents who wanted their 10 children to learn basic skills such as cooking and cleaning.  Portal, Inc.now serves more than 200 individuals in need of developmental accommodations.

Mary Survis matches individuals' abilities to the job in which they belong, rather than being stymied by a job description that eliminates them due to required physical abilities or skills.  In fact, job descriptions are the bane of Mary's existence!  They service working-age individuals ages 18-60.


Carole Stuebe gets reacquainted with Tim Carr.  Carole used to work with Kathleen, Tim's spouse.

Mary asked us to have an open mind and to keep her apprised of any potential jobs for clients of Portal, Inc.  She provided us with several examples, such as a young man who loved cars and wanted to be a mechanic.  He knew all about a company and its products, but the job description included lifting a weight of 50 pounds and driving a truck-skills he was unable to perform due to cerebral palsy. Those requirements would have eliminated him from the job.  Using networking, Mary convinced the company to meet the individual and repost the job without those two requirements.  That young man is now a productive and valuable employee of the company.  



Bring Your Check for Polio Plus

Our Rotary Exchange student from Denmark helped International Director, Holly Bern, in collecting checks for Polio Plus.  They will be back this Tuesday, so remember to bring your checkbook.  Donations to Polio Plus count toward your total for Paul Harris Recognition.  Make your check out to: The Rotary Foundation and write Polio Plus in the Memo line.  If every member wrote a check for just $25, we would reach our goal for the year.  


Ozaukee Economic Development Assists All Area Businesses

T-M Rotarian Roger Kirgues introduces Kathleen Schilling from Ozaukee Economic Development.  Roger serves on the Board of Economic Development in Ozaukee County. 

Kathleen Schilling works directly with businesses to find property and financial assistance, retain jobs, and connect them with the community.

Wilma Bonaparte, Vice-president of MATC North Campus, with Kathleen Schilling.  OED partners with MATC to provide courses for county businesses.

Ozaukee Economic Development completed 6 projects in the past 12 months with an impact of 600 new jobs.  Contact Kathleen at Ozaukeebusiness.org 


We heard at our last meeting that polio has raised its ugly head once again in Nigeria after two years with no new cases.  Rotary sprang into action, but these new cases are but the tip of the iceberg.  This new outbreak is a harsh reminder that we can never stop fighting this nefarious virus.  If you can write a check, now is a good time.   Holly Bern is looking for your checks made out to "Rotary Foundation" at the meeting this Tuesday.  Write Polio Plus in the memo line.  Give as much as you can to help protect the world's children.


The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.
The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.
In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.

Tim Vertz Explained Everything Last Week
Our own Tim Vertz explained the best practices of digital advertising, including search engine organic (SEO), retargeting, and conversion marketing, to name just a few.  Most people go online, probably to Google or some other search engine when they have a question.  Does it surprise you to know that adults spend 25 hours per month online?  
Advertisers know that and want to get your attention.  Advertising is all about repetition and brand recognition (retargeting), so they want to get their ads in places where people spend the most time.  You know those little ads that pop up when you are online?  Tim explained that is not a random action.  Websites use a competitive bidding process for the top four spots on their sites.  Advertisers pay to have their ads pop up at various times, a form of advertising called "pay per click."  They pay every time someone clicks on their ad.  PPCs can cost anywhere from one penny to over one hundred dollars for PPCs.  The award for most expensive ads online goes to personal injury attorneys.  You will have to ask someone at the meeting what that amount is.  Ask Tim about conversion marking the next time you see him.  

Our very own Tim Vertz, of Vertz Marketing, will update club members on the latest and greatest ways to share the story of your business on Tuesday, September 6th.  This is sure to be interesting and important information--one you won't want to miss!

  • District Bookkeeper Wanted -- The District leadership is seeking someone who would be interested in working with the current District Treasurer in learning the roles and duties of a District Bookkeeper.  Check the District website for details.  http://rotary6270.org   
  • The 2017 District Directories have arrived!  Please find the most updated information on the district website (site pages - lower right hand corner)
  • Candidate Proposals Needed for DG 2019-20 -- Candidates for District Governor 2019-2020 are to be nominated by Rotary Clubs in District 6270 and have the support of their home Rotary Club.  All proposals are due by October 15th.
  • District Fall Meeting Scheduled for October 20th -- Plan now to attend the Fall Meeting for our part of the District at MATC in Mequon from 6 - 8 p.m.  DG Julie Craig wants 25% of our club to be present.



Representative David Bowen points out that corrections has been protected from severe budget cuts.

Representative Bowen, President MacFarlane, and Representative Ott


Representative David Bowen and Jonathan Dye.  Jonathan, a member of the After Hours Club, was cited by Rep. Bowen as one of several successful start-up businesses in Milwaukee.


Members listen as Rep. Bowen shares statistics supporting his premise that Milwaukee and the entire state suffer from a brain drain.



According to a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an emergency polio vaccination campaign has begun in Nigeria.  The World Health Organization and Rotary sprang into action after two toddlers were diagnosed with the disease last month.  According to Tunji Funsho a doctor who is the head of Rotary's polio eradication drive, those two cases may be just the tip of the iceberg as more cases are expected to surface.  



Have You Donated an Item to the Silent Auction Yet?

2015_Flyer.pngPast President Pam Koch reminded members that our annual fundraiser, Fall into Comedy, is just around the corner.  We have just 46 days before the big event!  She asked members to make a commitment, and our members stepped up -- volunteering to purchase a table or help with the silent auction, or help with set-up and clean-up.  Thank you to all the volunteers!

Two former Rotary Youth Exchange students, Tia and Lindsey, helped to welcome our RYE student for the 2016-2017 year.


Welcome Back, Tia and Lindsey!

Club Members had the pleasure of welcoming back two former Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) students, Tia from Findland and Lindsey from Taiwan.  Both girls updated the club on what they have been up to since they returned to their home countries.

Tia Renlund thanks club members for her wonderful experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange student 6 years ago.


Lindsey Liad says, "I wouldn't be who I am today without the experience of being a RYE....I am more open-minded."

Tia and Lindsey took in a Brewers game while they were in town.



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The fall cleanup of the highway and the Riverwalk will take place on November 19th.  
Mark your calendars now to join this hardy group of Rotarians at Work.  It isn't hard, you will have fun, and it will make our community a better place to live.  
See you there!
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary will NOT meet on the following dates:
October 11th
November 22nd
December 27th                          
January 3rd
April 11th              
May 30th

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Rotary Club of Thiensville-Mequon
Established August 13, 1937
The Rotary Club of Mequon-Thiensville Meets Every Tuesday at 12pm at the Ozaukee Country Club
10823 North River Road - Mequon, WI 53092