March 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
March 13th
Kos, Robert
No Meeting March 20
March 27
Lind, Stanley
March 13th
Huffman, Greg
No Meeting March 20
March 27
Jacobs, Robert
March 13th
Sprenger, Todd
No Meeting March 20
March 27
Vertz, Tim
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Club Information

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee Country Club
10823 N River Road
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
Image result for Ozaukee Country ClubTuesday's meeting is back at the Ozaukee Country Club.   Join us to hear the latest from Mequon Mayor Abendroth and City Administrator Will Jones.  See you Tuesday!
Monday, March 19th -- National Honor Society Celebration 6-8 p.m.
Meet at Homestead High School for a lasagna dinner at 6 p.m.  
This service project replaces our regular Tuesday meeting scheduled for March 20th.
Ben Merens, Chief Storyteller of the Wisconsin BloodCenter of Wisconsin, shared stories about the important research being conducted at the Blood Center of Wisconsin.  The BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by providing life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise, not just in Milwaukee, but around the world.
Guests from Ascension addressed TM Rotary at Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee to discuss the risk factors and screening process for colorectal cancer, a disease with a lifetime risk of 1 in 21 people being diagnosed.
Colon and rectal cancers are referred to as colorectal cancer because they have many features in common.  Cancer can develop in any part of the colon or rectum.  The cancer typically develops slowly over a period of several years.  Before the cancer actually develops, there are usually precancerous growths, referred to as polyps.
Screening for colorectal cancer offers a powerful opportunity for prevention, early detection and successful treatment of the cancer.  While people cannot change their genetic makeup or family health history, many people can help reduce their risk of this type of cancer by following screening guidelines, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity levels and limiting intake of processed or red meats.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Wisconsin for males and females combined.  From '09-'13, an annual average of 950 residents died of the disease.  The cancer mortality rate for that period was 14.2 per 100,000 with a rate of 16.8 per 100,000 for males and 12.1 per 100,000 for females.  
Hereditary and medical risk factors include personal or family history, inherited genetic conditions, personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease), and Type 2 diabetes.  Modifiable risk factors include lack of exercise, a diet high in red or processed meat, obesity, long-term smoking, alcohol consumption and very low intake of fruits and vegetables.
The most common form of screening for colorectal cancer is a colonoscopy every 10 years for those over the age of 40, or as recommended by a doctor for anyone with a family history of the disease.  

Alexandra Buchanan was honored as our Student of the Month on Tuesday, December 19th.  Alex is the daughter of Sally and Chad Buchanan of Mequon.
Alex is a senior at Homestead High School, where she is actively involved in several sports, clubs and charitable organizations.  Volunteering has been an important part of her high school career.  She is a member of the Service Club of Milwaukee, an all-girls high school organization dedicated to providing community service to the greater Milwaukee area.  She has spent 200+ hours volunteering for this organization, with a specific dedication to Aurora Medical Center Grafton, Cedar Spring Health and Rehabilitation Center and the Wyenberg Library.  She created a special children’s reading program at the Wyenberg Library called “Reading with Reggie”, where she brings her certified therapy dog, Reggie, to help elementary age children become more confident while reading.  She recently completed her second year participating with the Link Crew, which is an organization comprised of upperclassmen who mentor incoming freshman to help make a smooth transition from middle school to Homestead High School. 
When Alex is not volunteering, you can find her in the pool, on the ice, or running down the field.  She was a member of Homestead’s varsity swim and dive team for three years.  She is also a captain and member of the Homestead girl’s hockey and lacrosse teams.
Alex narrowed her college choices to the University of Arizona, University of Missouri and Florida State University.  She plans to study nursing. 
Alex, we thank you for your “Service Above Self!”
Dr. Bruce addressed the TM Rotary Club about the flu. 
There are many strains of the flu virus and they continue to mutate.  People continue to come down with influenza year after year due to this.  The flu is highly contagious and it spreads easily.  Sneezing and coughing transmit droplets from the nose and mouth.  People can also get the flue through personal contact, such as handshakes or hugs, saliva, and by touching contaminated surfaces (doorknobs or faucets).
Symptoms of the flu are congestion, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, sore throat, fatigue and low fever.  Many of these symptoms are shared with the common cold.  The main differentiator is severity.  In addition to symptoms of the common cold, the flu is often accompanied by severe body aches and headaches.
The most opportune time to treat the flu is within the first 48 hours within which symptoms occur.  The flu is commonly treated with an antivirul medication, such as Tamiflu.  The flu shot is recommended as the CDC states that it was effective in preventing the flu in 59% of children who received the vaccine, and 36% of adults.  Individuals should not vaccinate if they have egg allergies or have had past allergic reactions to the flu vaccination.  The most common side effect of the flu shot is pain at the location of the shot.

TM Rotary member, Dan Gannon, was awarded with a Paul Harris as a result of his generosity to Rotary and his tireless service.  Gannon embodies "service above self," and we are honored to work alongside him.  Congratulations Dan!

"Serenity Inn teaches you to hold yourself accountable," Ellen Blathers, Executive Director

Established in 2001 by a group of Milwaukee central city residents and supporters, Serenity Inns, Inc. helps meet the overwhelming need in Milwaukee for quality transitional living programs for recovering persons.
In May of 2002, a condemned house at 2825 West Brown St was purchased, secured with resources from Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity.  Within 18 months, through the partnership with Habitat and the work of volunteers, the property was renovated and refurbished and a core staff was hired.  The staff included a program administrator/social services coordinator, an addictions counselor, and two house managers.  A working board of directors was formed with a goal of telling the Serenity Inns story and raising needed funds.  
After identifying that there are 1,000 homeless males in Milwaukee, and 80% of those homeless males are homeless due to addictions, Serenity Inn made the decision to only focus on male addicts in Milwaukee, as there are a number of exceptional resources for women, including META House.
The organization serves men with a true desire to recover.  The conditions for entry into a Serenity Inn program are that the men have no history of sexual assault or diagnosed bipolar disorders.  The organization has a zero tolerance policy for relapse, and inspects all individuals with random testing twice per week.    
There are three phases within the Serenity Inn program,  the Leadership Education Acceptance Program (LEAP); the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and the Independent Living Program (ILP).  Within the first phase, the goal is to assist the individual in understanding himself, and his addiction, in learning how to deal with that addiction and in developing a commitment to recovery.   Within phase 2, the individual spends 6 months becoming better managers of his financial resources, learning basic life skills and healthy ways to live an independent life in recovery.
The third and final phase is aimed at helping men make healthy and safe living arrangements.  This includes furnishing their apartment once they move out.  Serenity Inns provides follow-up services to graduates of the program.  The organization has established the "Alumni House" which is an option for graduates of the program.  The alumni house includes a number of fully furnished apartments for graduates.
There is currently a waiting list for men to join the program.  For those who cannot enter the program, an outpatient program was established.  The outpatient program helps to assist men in recovery, off-site.  
Jason, a counselor at Serenity Inn and the head of the outpatient program, shared his story of addiction.  He was a Milwaukee mailman,  battling an addiction.  His addiction reached the point where he was using while on the job.  He sought the help of Serenity Inn and now shares his story and bravery while supporting others.  
There were 3,000 overdoses in Milwaukee in 2017, 320 of those were fatal.  Those battling addictions are getting younger, the age ranges for those entering Serenity Inn's care is 18 - 40, the previous range was 30 to 55 just 5 years ago.  Many drug addictions in young people begin with abuse of painkillers.  "A pill costs $90, a bag of heroin is $5,"  Ellen Blathers shared.  She advised that we pay attention to the use of prescription drugs and seek help as soon as possible.  
Serenity Inn saves lives by addressing the thinking of addicts and helping those under its care transition into productive and fulfilling futures.
Kathleen Cady Schilling, Executive Director of the Ozaukee Economic Development Council, attended the January 30th TM Rotary meeting to share the great work of the OEDC.  
Established in 1989, the OEDC serves as a one stop shop for businesses looking to locate or expand in Ozaukee County.  The number one goal of the organization is to make the process easy and simple.  
The OEDC offers programs and services that meet targeted economic needs of the Ozaukee Community.  They serve as an information clearinghouse providing local information on financial options through local government or state programs.  They help to identify business and community needs.  Among the programs developed by the OEDC to meet business and community needs are: Workforce programs' educational programs; business planning programs; outreach programs and leadership programs.  
Utilizing an economic impact program designed by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, OEDC has actively been involved with 51 projects since 2007 that have created or retained jobs creating an impact of over $320,000,000.
For more information on the Ozaukee Economic Development Council, please visit

EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio and challenges the world to continue the fight to end the disease.

Rotary is giving $53.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in two of the three countries where polio remains endemic:

Afghanistan: $12.03 million
Pakistan: $19.31 million

Further funding will support efforts to keep 10 vulnerable countries polio-free:

Cameroon: $1.61 million
Central African Republic: $428,000
Chad: $2.33 million
The Democratic Republic of Congo: $6.48 million
Ethiopia: $1.82 million
Iraq: $2 million
Niger: $1.71 million
Somalia: $3.29 million
South Sudan: $835,300
Syria: $428,000

An additional $731,338 will fund research to be conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), and another $518,000 will go toward technical assistance in West and Central Africa.

While significant strides have been made against the disease, polio remains a threat in hard-to-reach and underserved areas and conflict zones. Despite a historically low case count, as long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and political commitment to eradication. 

Rotary has committed to raising $150 million over the next three years, which will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance. 

Rotary started its polio eradication program PolioPlus in 1985, and in 1988 became a partner in the GPEI, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation later became a partner. Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 22 confirmed cases in 2017 (as of 25 January). Rotary has contributed a total of more than $1.7 billion — including matching funds from the Gates Foundation — and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio. 

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit and for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images are available on the Rotary Media Center.


 Contact: Audrey Carl,, 847-866-3424


Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”

Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.

The members of the 2017-18 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International are Anne L. Matthews (chair), Rotary Club of Columbia East, South Carolina, USA; Ann-Britt Åsebol, Rotary Club of Falun-Kopparvågen, Sweden; Örsçelik Balkan, Rotary Club of Istanbul-Karaköy, Turkey; James Anthony Black, Rotary Club of Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland; John T. Blount, Rotary Club of Sebastopol, California, USA; Frank N. Goldberg, Rotary Club of Omaha-Suburban, Nebraska, USA; Antonio Hallage, Rotary Club of Curitiba-Leste, Paraná, Brazil; Jackson S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan; Holger Knaack, Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany; Masahiro Kuroda, Rotary Club of Hachinohe South, Aomori, Japan; Larry A. Lunsford, Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza, Missouri, USA; P.T. Prabhakar, Rotary Club of Madras Central, Tamil Nadu, India; M.K. Panduranga Setty, Rotary Club of Bangalore, Karnataka, India; Andy Smallwood, Rotary Club of Gulfway-Hobby Airport (Houston), Texas, USA; Norbert Turco, Rotary Club of Ajaccio, Corse, France; Yoshimasa Watanabe, Rotary Club of Kojima, Okayama, Japan; and Sangkoo Yun, Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang, Seoul, Korea.

To learn more about Barry Rassin, read this interview and vision statementoutlining his goals for Rotary.

Happy Rotary New Year!  By now, you have probably established your Rotary Goals for 2018.  Maybe it’s involvement in a new service project, a new fundraising idea for your club, joining a Rotary Fellowship or Action Group, or a plan to contribute to The Rotary Foundation.  Whatever it is - have a wonderful Rotary 2018. 
It is January - we are half way through the 2017-18 Rotary Year.  There has been much great activity.  As I review the District Calendar, I see are a number of activities around the District posted for January and February.  Of special note, I think, is the Human Trafficking Event on January 11 in Elkhorn.  If you want other Rotarians to know about an event your club is hosting, let our District Administrative Assistant Dana Kohlmeyer know so that she can post your event. 
My counterparts and I are in the final stages of preparation for travel to India in the Rotary Friendship Exchange.  All indications are that it will be an exciting adventure.  We will let you know what we see and learn.
Don’t forget to register for TriCon 2018 Wisconsin, our 3-district Annual Conference in the Wisconsin Dells, May 4 thru 6.
January is Vocational Service month in Rotary
Vocational Service has been a focus from the start of Rotary as noted by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman at the Presidential Celebration in 2003.  He asserted that “No matter how much we like to think that Paul Harris and his friends created Rotary for such noble ideas of humanitarian service, goodwill and world understanding — it just was not the case.  Rotary was started for business reasons and professional purposes.” Dochterman also reminded us that the Rotary Code of Business Ethics was adopted in 1916.    
Dochterman reported that Rotarians promote high ethical standards in their business and professional practice, and have developed a reputation for fairness.  When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their particular business or profession.  Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace.
One of Rotary’s five Avenues of Service, Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to:
•         aspire to high ethical standards in their  occupation;
•         recognize the worthiness of all useful  occupations, and;
•         contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
Two useful tools Rotarians have to assess these ethical standards are The Four-Way Test and The Rotary Code of Conduct.
What might your club do to support Vocational Service in terms of activities and projects?
•         Offer Tours of members’ businesses
•         Become involved in community career fairs and workshops
•         Mentor young people
•         Promote ethical behavior in business
•         Share information about your vocation with young people
•         Create a vocational award program
•         Conduct an essay or speech contest for students on the 4 way test or business ethics
For more information, see (from the 2014 RI Convention in Sydney) the presentation “Best Practices in Vocational Service”:
Best wishes for a wonderful Rotary January.
Jeff Reed
District Governor
Rotary International District 6270
"How many of you did not have food on Thanksgiving?  How many of you have gone without food this year?" Ellen McFarlane started her presentation on the Rotary Foundation and the significance of this season of giving.  
At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph propsed to set up an endowment for the purpose of doing good in the World.  In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.  In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children.  The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F "Daddy" Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.  When Rotary Founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to the Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial fund was created to build the foundation.
Evolution of Foundation Programs
In 1947, the Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.  In 1965-66, the programs Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of the Rotary Foundation, were all launched. 
1978 saw the introduction of the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants.  The first 3-H grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.  The PolioPlus program was launched in 1985 with the goal of eradicating Polio.
1987-88 brought about the very first peace forums, leading to the Rotary Peace Fellowships.  In 2013, new district, global and packaged grnts enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world's greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
Thiensville-Mequon Rotarians are highly encouraged to establish recurring or one-time donations to the Rotary Foundation via Rotary.Org.  Donations can be auto-deducted from one's bank account or credit card.  
Rotary Foundation's areas of focus include:  Promoting Peace; Fighting Disease; Providing Clean Water; Saving Mothers and Children; Supporting Education and Growing Local Economies.
Rotary is dedicated to fighting and preventing disease.  Disease Prevention and Treatment is one of Rotary’s Six Area of Focus.   Disease and illness results in pain and injury.  Prolonged severe illness may result in loss of employment and income.  It affects families.  It affects quality of life. 
Rotary and Rotarians are committed to helping people to live healthy lives.   Our signature project in this area is Polio Eradication.   But polio is not the only disease or aspect of healthy living on which Rotarians have expended energies.

One way in which Rotarians have elected to provide attention to an area of concern is through a Rotarian Action Group (RAG).  A Rotary Action Group (RAG) is a voluntary organization that functions independently of Rotary International.  Each RAG establishes its own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure.  RAGs are composed of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who are experts in a particular field.   Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects. 
There are more than a dozen Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) committed to disease prevention and treatment.   Here is a list of RAGs:   Here are eight of the many RAGs that address health issues:
·         Alzheimer's/Dementia RAG.  They provide information and support to Rotarians on dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Members use their knowledge, experience and leadership to fight Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
·         RAG for Blindness Prevention.  This RAG helps prevent blindness and promotes eye health and vision worldwide.
·         RAG of Dental Volunteers.  These volunteers provide humanitarian dental service throughout the world.
·         RAG for Diabetes.  This RAG provides has commitment to education, identification, and treatment of diabetes.  They are especially concerned about diabetes among children in developing countries.  They work with the International Diabetes Federation.
·         Rotarians for Hearing RAG.  These Rotarians promote hearing help for children and adults with hearing loss.
·         RAG on Mental Health Initiatives.  The mission of RAGMHI is to act as a worldwide resource for Rotarians in the field of mental health and mental illness to promote, protect, restore, and to help re-build the lost human capital to make a happier and healthier world.
·         RAG for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness.  These Rotarians work to make people aware of MS and improve the lives of People with MS.
·         Polio Survivors and Associates RAG.  These Rotarians are dedicated to permanently ending polio.  They focus on improving the health and well-being of polio survivors.
Do you have a passion in one of these areas?  Can you contribute you knowledge, skills and expertise to one of these RAGs?  Check it out today.  This is another way in which we can serve as Rotarians in the focused area of Disease Prevention and Treatment.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Jeff Reed
District Governor, RID 6270
The recent World Polio Day event was great.  The live stream from the Gates Foundation Headquarter was pretty special – many had an opportunity to view it.  Many clubs raised money for End Polio Now.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians and Club in District 6270 who provided support for World Polio Day. 
Books Connect
Building brain growth and bonding, one book at a time.
Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is building a library for our littlest community members.  In 2016 our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program helped 688 families and our Maternal and Child Health Program helped 215 families.
  • 95 % of the brain is formed in the first 6 years of life.
  • A child’s experiences irreversibly affects how the brain develops-for better or worse.
  • Positive parenting during early years creates a strong parent child bond that promote healthy brain development.
  • A book will be offered to each child at their initial visit with WIC or MCH visit. 
  • Each Nurse will have ability to assess child’s interaction with a book regarding developmental stages and bonding between parent and child.
  • Each book offered will allow discussion with parent on bonding and development.
  • If a parent doesn’t read, it allows discussion on how to story tell with a child.
  • Books can be offered in other languages, if English is not first language.
  • Allows discussion on how important it is to have books in the home.
What is needed?
  • Financial partnership to build and support our maternal and child health library.
  • Brand new books for each child/family at initial visit.
  • Gentle used books for our library.
  • Book Shelves.
  • Children’s furniture for reading.

Rotary members in Harvard, Illinois, USA, have teamed up with community groups to help alleviate hunger and bring the community together.

On a sunny morning in July, two dozen preschool children from Brown Bear Daycare inspect a bed of milkweed plants for monarch butterfly eggs, holding magnifying glasses to the underside of leaves in search of the tiny, off-white objects.

Curiosity stoked, the five-year-olds and their teachers move to the shade of a large tree to listen to a master gardener explain the role these butterflies play in gardens. The preschool class visits the community garden in Harvard, Illinois, USA, every Monday from spring to fall to learn about garden-related topics and even help out. 

“They get to taste the vegetables, some that they have never even seen. They get to experience what it is like to plant a garden from the planting to the picking to the eating,” says Sheila Henson, executive director of the day care center and a member of the Rotary Club of Harvard. “At the end of the summer, we have a parent night where the parents come and get to see the different things their children have been involved with.”

With the goals of alleviating hunger and educating the community, master gardeners from University of Illinois Extension planted the garden in 2001 on a half-acre parcel donated by the city and adjacent to the public library. Over the years, the master gardeners have enlisted the support of many businesses, organizations, and clubs, including the Rotary Club of Harvard, making the project a community-wide effort. 

As many as 250 needy families benefit from the 10,000 pounds of vegetables that are grown and donated every year to the local food pantry. The fresh produce serves as a safety net for many families. 

Roughly a quarter of the community’s 9,200 residents live below the federal poverty line, a result of the limited employment opportunities in small farm towns across Illinois. The already fragile economy was further affected by the closing of a Motorola  plant here in 2003 after only seven years of operation.

“In this community, the only way we can get by is by helping each other,” says Dave Decker, site director for the Harvard Community Food Pantry. “Everybody needs a little help now and then.”

The Rotary Club of Harvard took on the project seven years ago, looking for a way to address hunger and help the community. With only seven members, the club has had an impact far beyond its size, amplifying its efforts by working with the master gardeners and other groups.

“Harvard is definitely a better place because of the members of this club, and that is what keeps us going,” says Mike Morris, the club’s president. “It’s the expertise of the master gardeners, individuals in the community, farmers who help, and the education provided through the day care that makes this an amazing team effort.” 

The Rotary club has provided $400 to buy seeds and starter plants from a local nursery every year since 2011. It also purchased plastic drip irrigation tubing and fertilizer valves after a drought threatened the garden in 2012. This year, it provided a letter of support needed by the master gardeners to secure a $5,000 grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation for an organic compost mix that will add nutrients back to the soil and help keep weeds at bay.

Morris has made the garden his special focus and enlisted every member of the club to help with planting, weeding, and harvesting. Henson also recruited day care employees to volunteer. 

The garden needs everyone for planting, says Dale Nelmes, one of the master gardeners who volunteer every week.

“Many of us master gardeners are up there in years and can’t get down on our hands and knees like we used to,” he says. “I was so impressed with Rotary and Sheila, who brought all these young volunteers in. It was incredible how much we accomplished.”

The Harvard Rotarians also used a Rotary grant to buy a new freezer, which allows the food pantry to store vegetables longer. 

Last winter, Morris secured another Rotary grant  for $2,000, which, when combined with $5,000 from club funds, funded seven weeks of food deliveries from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. A mobile unit from the food bank set up at Brown Bear Daycare once a month from October to April, each time distributing 9,000 pounds of meat, vegetables, boxed goods, breads, and fruits.

Morris says growing up on a farm in northwestern Illinois played a big part in his interest in fighting hunger. 

“I know we can produce more than enough food to feed everybody in the country,” he says. “It’s just a matter of the logistics of getting it from the farm to their table.”

On a July morning, about 20 people – Rotarians, master gardeners, and community volunteers – are scattered among the 14 rows, each 125 feet long, pulling weeds and picking vegetables. The garden is behind schedule this year because of heavy rains, and today’s harvest is smaller than normal. At the food pantry, Nelmes weighs each crate: 9 pounds of broccoli, 6 pounds of kohlrabi, 8 pounds of peppers, and 22 pounds of zucchini. Later in the season, many more hands will be needed to harvest.

Reina Montes began volunteering at the garden after a back injury forced her to stop working temporarily and she had to go to the pantry to supplement her groceries. When she learned about the garden, she persuaded her daughter, Elizabeth Sanchez, to join her on Mondays to help plant, pick, and weed.

Montes moved to Harvard from Mexico City more than 20 years ago and fell in love with the smaller town. Her daughter now has two college-age daughters of her own, whom she hopes to teach the value of community service. 

“Thanks to the garden, we can feed people who can’t afford to buy fresh food at the supermarket,” says Sanchez. “I believe it is everybody’s responsibility to help the community. If our children see that there is unity, love, and support, they are going to do the same thing. We are leaving them a legacy.” 


When: Saturday, November 4th @ 9am to 10:30am
Where: Meet at gas station on the south east corner of Donges Bay and Cedarburg Roads
What to Bring:  Gloves and be appropriate clothing for the weather as we will be outside for 1 to 1 1/2 hours
Special Notes: Extra people are welcome as we can then send some individuals to the Riverwalk


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers and software giant Microsoft are teaming up to build a massive technology building called "Titletown Tech."

The goal is to boost economic expansion in the region through "world-class digital innovations and expertise." The Packers and Microsoft are evenly splitting the $10 million business investment, saying it's a match made in heaven.

"Just a tremendous opportunity for us, and when we saw the opportunity we jumped at it," says Packers President Mark Murphy.

"As we were talking about what we wanted to do, it took about 6 seconds to realize that Titletown was the perfect place for this match to come together," adds Microsoft President Brad Smith.

The two-story, 46,000-square foot facility will open a year from now in the Titletown District. It will house these ventures:

TitletownTech Accelerator will work with start-ups creating new digital products and services. They'll spend 18 weeks at the facility, working with advisers and mentors.

TiteltownTech Venture Capital Fund will invest money to launch new companies that participate in the Accelerator.

TitletownTech Labs is for established businesses. They will be able to send workers to TitletownTech for an 18-week program dedicated to new digital tech and services.

Both organizations say TitletownTech will help the region's emerging and existing businesses define and build new digital products, transform their operations through technology, and provide capital to launch new ventures.

"An opportunity to bring two world class organizations together that have great complementary strengths, but a common commitment to the community and help bring Titletown to a new dimension that adds this creative element and helps add to the role it will play as really a crown jewel and engine of economic growth for all of Northeast Wisconsin," says Smith, who is an Appleton native.

He adds that digital technology is the wave of the future in just about every industry, from agriculture to high-tech.

"It's emblematic of what we're seeing across the economy, the future of manufacturing involves digital technology, the paper industry has moved more to digital technology, for us to be able to work with the Packers and Titletown and really turn Titletown Tech into a centerpiece for the development of these technologies, is something we hope can ultimately reverberate with benefits across the economy," says Smith.

The Packers are banking on Titletown Tech to not only attract, but retain young college graduates in the area, a problem research shows Northeast Wisconsin faces.

"We think Titletown in general will be helpful in that regard, but this particularly, and if we're able to start some exciting young businesses that will be attractive to young professionals, it will be a huge help to us," says Murphy.

Microsoft is creating a TitletownTech Mentorship Program for its employees to serve as mentors in the Accelerator and Labs program..

The Packers say they plan to announce even more details on TitletownTech in the weeks to come.

State Supreme Court Justice candidate, Rebecca Dallet, joined the Thiensville Mequon Rotary Club as guest speaker on October 17th.  Dallet began her campaign in June vying for the seat that will be vacated by Justice Michael Gableman.  Gableman is completing is first and only term of 10 years and announced in June that he will not seek re-election.
Judge Rebecca Dallet, currently a Milwaukee County Judge, spent 11 years as a prosecutor before being elected to the Milwaukee County bench in 2008.  Dallet was re-elected to the bench in 2014.  Dallet grew up in Cleveland, OH and attended Ohio State University.  She received a full merit scholarship from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH.  
Dallet has 3 daughters and resides in Whitefish Bay, WI.
"I've never had the desire to do anything but serve, " Judge Dallet said to the group while reflecting on her career.  Dallet's shared that her background has centered around service.  She is a teacher of judges and serves on a number of committees.  She is an Associate Dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College, President of the Milwaukee Trial Judges Association and Secretary of the Association of Women Lawyers.
Dallet shared why she is running by emphasizing that she does not believe there is a place for partisanship on the highest court in the State.  "It's not about me, it's about you and it's about the law. You should not have to worry that I will insert my political opinions (in court decisions)."
Dallet believes that her criminal justice background, experience in trial courts as an attorney and a judge along with her experience in making tough decisions distinguishes her from opponents.  
Dallet is facing challenges from Judge Timothy Burns of Madison and Judge Michael Screnock of Sauk County.  The primary for the Spring 2018 election will be held on February 20, 2018.  The election will be held on April 3, 2018.
Six Ukranian delegates joined the Thiensville Mequon Rotary Club on October 17th.  The delegation is in the United States for a one week period as part of the US Congress Open World Program (  The six delegates are English teachers.
The photo above features (from left to right) Victoriia, Svitlana, Nataliia, Anna, TM Rotary President Bill Hart, Tatiana and Oleksandra.

Pakistan and Nigeria replace paper-based reporting with fast, accurate cellphone messaging


Mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the world’s largest public health initiative: the eradication of polio. 

As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy. 

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening the lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria, where a single text message could save a life. 

In Pakistan, Rotary has been working to replace traditional paper-based reporting of maternal and child health information, including polio immunization data, with mobile phone and e-monitoring technology. 

Community health workers across the nation have received more than 800 phones through a partnership with Rotary, the Pakistani government; Telenor, the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider; and Eycon, a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Organizers plan to distribute a total of 5,000 cellphones by the end of 2018. 

Health workers can use the phones to send data via text message to a central server. If they see a potential polio case, they can immediately alert officials at Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Center. They also can note any children who didn’t receive the vaccine or parental refusals – and record successful immunizations. In Pakistan, the polio eradication effort aims to reach the nation’s 35 million children under age five.

The result is a collection of real-time information that officials can easily monitor and assess, says Michel Thieren, regional emergency director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program. 

“Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in the polio eradication program,” says Thieren, who has directed polio-related initiatives for WHO in Pakistan. “The data we collect needs to have such a granular level of detail. With real-time information that can be recorded and transcribed immediately, you can increase accuracy and validity.

“This gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions we need to make operationally and tactically to eliminate polio,” Thieren says.

Beyond polio

Health workers also are using mobile phones to monitor a multitude of maternal and child health factors. 

Pakistan’s child mortality rate ranks among the highest in the world, according to UNICEF, with 81 deaths under age five per 1,000 live births. 

But mobile technology can help reduce those deaths, says Asher Ali, project manager for Rotary’s Pakistan PolioPlus Committee. 

“Our health workers, including community midwives, are tracking pregnant mothers,” Ali says. “When a child is born, they can input and maintain complete health records, not just for polio, but for other vaccines and basic health care and hygiene needs.”

They also can monitor infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and influenza-like illnesses, as well as child malnutrition and maternal health concerns. 

“If there is a problem with the baby or the mother, we can send information to the government health departments immediately, so they can solve the issue quickly and adjust their strategies,” Ali says. 

Cellphones also facilitate follow-up visits with families, because health workers can send appointment reminders over text message. 

Proliferation of phones

Mobile phone use worldwide has spiked recently, with about 7 billion subscribers globally, 89 percent of them in developing countries, says WHO. Even people living on less than $1 a day often have access to phones and text messaging, according to WHO. Cellphones are used more than any other technology in the developing world. 

Rotary and other nonprofit organizations are leveraging this fact to boost a variety of health initiatives. 

The Grameen Foundation conducts a “mobile midwife” program that sends daily texts and weekly voice mails to expectant mothers, offering advice during pregnancy and the first year of the child’s life. UNICEF provides similar support to mothers, with a focus on nutrition throughout pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life. 

Mobile phones also are helping in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. The British nonprofit Absolute Return for Kids uses text messages to remind patients about medications and upcoming appointments. 

The Ugandan health ministry’s mTrac program, a mobile text messaging data collection network run in conjunction with UNICEF and other organizations, has a broader focus. Nearly 30,000 workers at 3,700 health centers submit weekly reports through their phones and receive surveys, alerts, and other communications. Questions go out to health workers about medical supply levels, conditions in clinics, and other critical issues.

Members of the Rotaract Club of The Caduceus, India, collaborated with the Jana Swasthya Project in 2015 to screen more than 8,000 people for oral health conditions, hypertension, and diabetes during Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s largest Hindu festivals. The project established a digital disease-surveillance system to study epidemiological trends, replacing a paper-based data-tracking process and allowing officials to access live data with a few clicks. 

In 2016, after Nigeria saw its first polio cases in almost two years, Rotary and WHO officials rushed to replace traditional reporting with a cell-based system in the northern state of Borno, where the new cases were identified. The mobile phone initiative has since expanded to more than 11 states. 

“Traditional paper reporting was misleading our program. The information we were getting was not entirely accurate. This gave us the sense that we were doing better than we actually were,” says Boniface Igomu, program coordinator of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee. “With cellphones, we’re identifying problem areas quickly and acting accordingly.”

The country has yet to see a polio case this year. 

Nigeria is also using cell-based mapping technology to identify areas that polio immunization teams have missed. Health workers test stool samples from children arriving from remote areas and log reports of acute flaccid paralysis. This effort started in Borno but has expanded to three additional states, Igomu says. 

After more than 1,000 people died earlier this year in Nigeria from meningitis, the country used the same digital tools in emergency vaccination campaigns, he adds.

“Mobile technologies are the type of innovations that can fill in the gaps of our program and finally help us end polio for good,” Igomu says. “Their uses have never been more important than now.”

Economic & Community Development

World Polio Day

Greetings Rotarians!  During September, I visited many more fantastic clubs around District 6270 – clubs that are doing outstanding work both in their communities and abroad.  By the end of September, I have been to 46 clubs – only 8 more.    
     So, what are my general impressions? 
     Clubs are conducting many wonderful projects demonstrating Service Above Self.  Rotarians are Making a Difference in so many ways.  I have seen projects dealing with Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Water and Sanitation.  Clubs are working to support abuse victims, support educational achievement, promote literacy, improve medical and dental care, assist with disaster relief, do community beautification and promote cultural development.  Hopefully, you have seen pictures of some of these projects posted on our District 6270 Facebook page.  Rotarians, thank you for all that you do!
One of our goals for District 6270 this year is for at least half of the clubs in the district receive recognition in the form of a Rotary Citation.  But, to do that a club has to report goals on Rotary Club Central.  As of the end of September, some clubs have not completed posting of goals.  Here is the status:
Measure on Club Central
Actual (Clubs) Reporting 1Q-17
Membership Goals
54 (100%)
46 (85%)
Foundation Annual Fund Goals
54 (100%)
35 (65%)
Foundation Polio Plus Goals
54 (100%)
27 (50%)
Clubs with Service Goals
54 (100%)
26 (48%)
I encourage all clubs to post your goals on Rotary Club Central. 

October is Economic and Community Development Month in Rotary

One of six focus areas of Rotary and our Rotary Foundation, is to promote economic and community development.  We do this by providing training, supporting development of well-paying jobs, and providing access to finance.  Efforts vary from assisting people with equipment to vocational training.  We work to support local entrepreneurs and community leaders.
You can learn more by reviewing the RI booklet on Economic and Community Development Project Strategies (RI document 619-EN—(116)), .  You can review the Rotary Showcase to see what is being done around the world. And you can review the Economic and Community Development section on the  website.  
At the end of this message are examples of several projects in this focus area. 
October 24 is World Polio Day
Join Rotary’s 5th annual live streaming World Polio Day event on October 24th.  The event will be co-hosted and streamed live from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters in Seattle, WA.   Learn more at:
Plan and hold your own club’s World Polio Day event.  Register your event on .   Help raise awareness about polio and polio eradication.   Raise money for polio eradication.  This activity even supports your club’s work on a Rotary Citation. 


I am beginning to compile information for our District 6270 October Newsletter.  Feel free to send me information about the following:
·         Events.  If you have an event coming up in November or December - let me know.
·         Partnerships.  If you are seeking a partner for a service project (either in your area or abroad) - let me know.
·         Funding.  If you are seeking financial support for a project – let me know.
·         Accomplishments.  If you have recently completed a major service project or activity – let me know. 
As I have indicated in my visits to clubs, we do NOT do enough in letting others know about our activities, projects, and successes.  Help me let others know about your clubs successes.
Jeffrey G. Reed
District Governor
 “Rotary: Making a Difference” 2018
District 6270 Governor Jeff Reed joined TM Rotary as guest speaker during the Tuesday, October 10th Meeting.  
Reed shared that he first joined Rotary back in 2000 as a member of the Fond Du Lac morning club.  His father George was a Rotary President in Maryland.  Reed was always impressed by the cause of Rotary and the service above self mentality, he wanted to serve.
Governor Reed shared his impressive experiences in Irkutsk, Siberia.  Irkutsk is a city with a population of 800,000.  He was a part of the revolving micro-loan project where funds were utilized to improve lives of community members.  One example shared was of an Irkutsk woman who chose to use funds from the micro-loan project to rebuild her barn.
The Rotary theme this year is 'Making a Difference.'  Bill Gates kicked off the year with a 2 for 1 match to Rotary generated Polio Plus fundraising, which would bring the amount raised to $450 million.  Polio Plus has immunized 2.5 million children to date.  The impacts of Polio Plus funding have been dramatic, lowering the amount of Polio cases from thousands per day to 11 in total this year.  India has now been Polio free for 4 years.
Reed emphasized how important it is to continue raising funds for Polio Plus.  Polio could see a resurgence unless completely eradicated from the globe.  Based on transportation capabilities today, resurgences of polio could reach 200,000 cases in one year's time.  It remains incredibly important to continue the efforts to eradicate the disease.
Reed shared some history with the Club.  The foundation started in 1917 with leftover funds of $26.50 from the 1917 Rotary convention.  That fund has grown to more than $3.7 Billion in 100 years time.  
Reed challenged the TM Rotary Club to reflect on a question:  What is your Rotary value proposition?  
Megan Borland
Mar 19, 2018 6:00 PM
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Mar 20, 2018
Business Meeting
Mar 27, 2018
State Representative Jim Ott
Apr 03, 2018
State of Wisconsin Legislative Update
Melissa Shneyder
Apr 10, 2018
US Bank and Community Philanthropy
Shawn Kison - General Manager
Apr 17, 2018
Lakeshore Chinooks
Business Meeting
Apr 24, 2018
Rachel Muchin Young
May 01, 2018
Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville
Lisa Sanregret and Tim Luettgen
May 08, 2018
Boy Scout Troop 852
Dr. Daniel Sem - Concordia University Wisconsin
May 15, 2018
Update on Developments with the new Batterman School of Business
Megan Borland
May 21, 2018 7:00 PM
Student of the Month Scholarship Presentation @ Homestead High School
Business Meeting
May 22, 2018
No Meeting This Week
May 29, 2018
Jun 05, 2018
Maureen O'Leary
Jun 12, 2018
Willms, S.C. - Tax Implications of Charitable Giving
Business Meeting
Jun 26, 2018
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Vocational Service
Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Exec. Sec. Tres.

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.