April 2017
Meeting Responsibilities
Huffman, Greg
Jacobs, Robert
Witte-Dycus, Nancy
Bern, Holly
Koch, Pamela
Kos, Robert
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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Image result for Rotary Vice President Jennifer JonesVice-president Jennifer Jones has been traveling the world to energize Rotarians and to help market Rotary.  Now you have the opportunity to join her in a project this week.
Join with fellow Rotarians at Whitnall Park this Wednesday, April 19th from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM  at Boerner Botanical Gardens of Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Dr, Hales Corners, WI      53130    
This is a Rotary in Action project to help with the clean-up of the gardens, so bring workshoes, gloves, sunscreen, etc.

- See more at: http://whitnallparkrotary.org/event/boerner-gardens-project-with-ri-s-jennifer-jones/#sthash.Q3dbV1XH.dpuf
Tina Moller Sorensen and Angela Mourao Sa Vitorino from Brazil at a networking break, Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention meeting.

1. Meet the most inspiring people in the world

Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention every year. This is your unique opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and share stories about your club’s current and future projects.

2. Strengthen your club and your passion for Rotary

The general sessions and breakout sessions offer countless ways to help you get the most from your Rotary membership and make your club stronger. In the House of Friendship, you’ll find new ideas, learn best practices, and share project successes — it’s where the Rotary world comes together!

3. Join The Rotary Foundation celebration

The culmination of a yearlong celebration of the Foundation’s centennial takes place in the city where it all began. Join the festivities at The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Birthday Party. Attend a book signing and meet the author of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.” See all the activities we have planned.

4. Explore the American South

Bask in the sun on the Atlantic and Gulf shores. Test your game at some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. Experience the magic of Florida’s Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.

Explore the natural wonders of the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg. Sample the sophisticated charms of New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston. Learn more

5. Enjoy special tours and events offered by the Host Organization Committee

Watch for more information about special activities like Restaurant Night, Host Hospitality Night, and a screening of "Gone With the Wind" at the historic Fox Theatre. Visit the Host Organization Committee site to find more activities.

Road Clean-up April 8th

Saturday, April 8, dawned bright and sunny and a return to warm weather.  Kudos to the crew that cleaned up Cedarburg Road of winter trash and accumulated debris.  Special commendations and the prize for the day go to Rob Holtz for a possum road kill pick up.  That is what "Service above Self" is all about
Bruce Rowe and daughter Julia
Rob Holtz and Dan Gannon

Todd Davis and Tim Carr

Rob Kos and Jim Lysaught

Mark your calendars now for June 2-3, 2017


Everyone was sent an email with an attached brochure detailing the activities of the 2017 District Conference.  

The fun starts on Friday, June 2nd, with Billy Riggs, who has been described as a comedian and a magician.  Learn how to become a frontline service provider. Two sessions of breakout sessions follow this rousing start to the day.  Lunch on Friday is a clever story by a Rotary  Youth Exchange student from Brazil.  Tours and golfing round out the rest of Friday afternoon.  For dinner, you can join a group of young professionals for a white cheddar mashed potato bar and expansive salad bar before learning from a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar who served as a military advisor in Kabul, Afghanistan and taught in Germany and Palestine.

Start your Saturday with a run/walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo to benefit "End Polio Now". Lunch speaker Sammy Rangel will provide an update on Vocational Challenges in WI and his key involvement in The Forgiveness Project.  Lunch is followed by the Annual Meeting at 1:30 p.m. and afternoon breakouts.  The conference will end with an evening of giving and receiving with an international flair.

Early registration (by May 1) is $135 for the entire conference.  Registration after May 1st is $155. 

Registration is now open on the District 6270 website.  https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=ba8f74c4-1e74-43a2-976f-cf78d7db23bc

If you cannot spare two days, register for one day or just come and stroll through the exhibits.  You won't regret learning more about Rotary.


Join Southeastern Wisconsin and North Chicago Rotarians for this battle of the titans, celebrate our military servants from Wisconsin & Illinois Veteran Medical Care Centers and promote "Service Above Self" with pride!

Tailgate Party and Game

July 29th

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Stadium, Milwaukee

Tailgate Party starts at 3:10 p.m.; Game Time is at 6:10 p.m.


Our tailgate party will be a full spread catered by Saz's with live entertainment featuring MELLENCOUGAR staged on a large grid (with tent!) in the general parking section (Ueker/Yount Parking Area). 

Our terraced reserved seats provide an excellent field and main score board view!

Ticket Prices (includes tailgate party and game ticket (does not include parking):

Individual tickets purchased after April 1st ... $85.00

Individual tickets purchased after June 1st ... $95.00

Order tickets either online at www.rotaryroadtrip.com (small service fee will be applied) or with a check/credit via  order form.

Call/email Christine Spresser (262-780-1886/c3spresser@gmail.com) with questions. 

52 Years of Honoring Service and ScholarshipImage result for homestead high school crest

Once again the T-M Rotary Club provided a dessert buffet as Rotarians served coffee and water to the parents, special invited guests, and the students selected for induction into the National Honor Society at Homestead High School on Monday, March 20th.  
After a brief history lesson about the beginnings of Rotary, President MacFarlane outlined a few of Rotary's projects (globally and locally) before asking everyone in attendance to recite the Rotary 4-Way Test.  
Rotarians moved swiftly following the ceremony to clean up the room.  Herb Hillman moved so fast it was hard to get a photo of him!
The Board of Directors met on Monday, March 20th and approved the recommendations made by the Community Action Council (CAC).  Congratulations to the following:
Shelter Box USA
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Boy Scout Troop 852
Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership
Friends of Jonathan Clark House
Gathering on the Green STEAM
National Honor Society Homestead High School
Student of the Month Scholarship
United Way of Ozaukee County
Mequon-Thiensville Gateway Project

Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley will address the World Affairs Seminar (WAS) Monday, June 26, 2017 at Carroll University. 

Rotarians are invited to attend at no cost, but need to let the WAS Staff know their intentions.

This year's theme "Education and Social Justice" reflects two of Rotary International's six key priorities:

Supporting Education 
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

Promoting Peace 
Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.  
WAS is a Rotary Youth Program of District 6270 that has touched the lives of over 27,000 students since its inception in 1977.  This is the second year in a row that the Rotary International President Elect has opened the WAS Seminar.

The theme of Riseley's year in office is "Making a Difference."  His term will focus on  building a diverse, equitable membership committed to making the world better.  We are excited to have Mr. Riseley share his inspirational message with the delegates to the 2017 World Affairs Seminar. 
Celebrate with Bill Gates and Rotarians from around the world as we commemorate 100 years of Doing Good in the World. If you haven't yet made a plan to attend the Rotary Convention in Atlanta 10-14 June, RI hopes you'll register today to take advantage of the discount that ends 31 March.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will congratulate attendees on the centennial of The Rotary Foundation and the progress we've made together toward ending polio. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a key partner that works alongside Rotary in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership that has driven the incidence of polio down by 99.9, percent from more than 350,000 cases annually in 1988 to fewer than a few dozen cases in 2016.

As a past convention attendee, you won't want to miss this special, once-in-a-lifetime convention. Make it even more special, and bring a friend!  Register by 31 March to take advantage of the preregistration discount.

P.S. Arrive a day early and join RI President John F. Germ for the Presidential Peace Conference on 9-10 June. You'll hear from Bernice A. King, CEO of the King Center and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Network and attend sessions that explore Rotary's commitment to peace.
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According to Christy Daniels (photo above), "Americans eat 100 acres of pizza each day."  Downtown Pizza may be the best kept secret in town for getting your pizza fix.  They opened in December at 227 S. Main Street in Thiensville without a lot of fanfare, but the response has been very positive.  Downtown Pizza utilizes quality ingredients, and the pizzas are made fresh to order.  They make their own crust and the cheese is grated by hand every day.  They plan to have a Grand Opening sometime this summer.  In the meantime, watch for the Dancing Tomato out front.  Be sure and say hello, as he is a special needs student that loves what he does.  They want to be active in the community and are looking to hire high school students or college students from the area.  
The Thiensville location currently carries a selection of premium ice creams from Milwaukee’s Purple Door, Sassy Cow and Cedar Crest, but soon they hope to make their own ice cream.  The menu includes chicken wings, salads, and pasta dishes, craft beers, and wine in addition to pizzas.  The new location also allows for the expansion of their fledgling catering business, Catering Craftsmen. This area of the business isn’t limited to Downtown Pizza’s Italian- influenced menu.  You can see their menu at: downtownpizza.net
A rendering of the new Thiensville branch.
Port Washington State Bank is a family owned bank that has served Ozaukee County since 1899.  According to James Schowalter(shown above), "While the Thiensville and western Mequon market is now served by several regional bank offices, it was determined through market research and local outreach that the area would benefit from the services and involvement of a truly independent community bank.  Port Washington State Bank already numbers many households and businesses as customers in the area and intends to build on and expand those and new relationships with this office."  
The bank has $540 million in assets and 115 people are employed.  The new branch (pictured above) will open in May.  Not only did they improve a blighted property located at Main and Spring Street, they are establishing a scholarship at Homestead High School.  

TM Rotary Recognizes Stephanie Metzendorf

Mark Metzendorf, Stephanie Metzendorf, and Donna Metzendorf are pictured with Rotarian Megan Borland.
Stephanie Metzendorf was honored as our Student of the Month on Tuesday, March 7th.  Stephanie was accompanied by her parents, Mark & Donna Metzendorf of Mequon. 
Stephanie is a senior at Homestead High School, where she is the President of Reading Buddies, a program that pairs high school students with elementary schools to read with younger students.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and SHIFT (Students Helping Impact Foster Teens).  Stephanie is the Captain of the cross country team and volunteers as a Big Sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  She has also volunteered her time at Gathering on the Green, among several other organizations.
Stephanie plans to pursue a degree in education.  She has narrowed her college choices to the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Missouri, and Indiana University and is still finalizing her decision on which school she will attend this fall.
Stephanie, we thank you for your “Service Above Self!


Mark your calendars for June 1 - June 3, 2017 - You WILL NOT want to miss this year's amazing activities and speakers.  Early bird registration will begin on March 16 and run through May 1st.  

In addition to four breakout sessions, ranging in topics from Millennials to creating an impactful public image, there will be fellowship opportunities at locations highlighting some of Milwaukee's favorite restaurants.  Also, on Friday afternoon there will several bus tours, including everything Milwaukee - Golfing, Harley Davidson Plant/Museum, St. Josaphat Basilica, a Brewery tour and more.  Since March is Water and Sanitation Month, I would be remiss in not mentioning that one of these tours is a trip to the UWM Great Lakes Water Institute and School of Freshwater Science.

We have fascinating keynote speakers, fabulous meals,  and a special Milwaukee County Zoo Run/Walk for the entire family scheduled for Saturday morning.

Many of these activities have a sign-up limit - so don't delay your registration.  A brochure describing this entire District Conference will be available on our website in the "Site Pages" section early next week.   A registration link will also be posted and activated on March 16th.  We are excited to have all of you join us - mark your calendar today.

T-M Rotary Highlights Van Mobley in the News Graphic. 

Did you spot this last Tuesday?  This is the first of many ads that will appear in the News Graphic in the coming months to promote our club's public image.

News Graphics Article - Rotary Seeks Student of the Month Scholarship Applicants

Wayne Breitbarth, author of The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search, explained that LinkedIn is a database of business professionals -- the new frontier for employers looking for employees.
Using a combination of humor and questions, Breitbarth pointed out  that your LinkedIn profile is as important, if not more important, that your resume' if you are in the market for a new position.  So why not indicate that you are a Rotarian?  Use key words to make your profile shine and set yourself apart from the competition. 

Rotarians Review the Membership Action Plan and Plan Next Steps

         Vertz, Kos, Robertson, Witte
    Lind, Hart, Carr, Smith
Witte-Dycus, Hillman, Kreiner, Jacobs, Custer
     O'Connor, Weston, Koch
  Davis, Holtz, Rowe, Hertz, Bonaparte
District Governor Julie Craig with more than forty president-elects of Rotary clubs from Neenah to Kenosha along the Hwy 41 corridor, not to mention Jeffrey Reed, District 6270 Governor-elect, and  assorted AGs. What a fantastic crew.  Can you find T-M Rotary's President-elect?  Hint:  check the back row.
Counterclockwise:  Rob Kos, Stan Smith, Ellen MacFarlane, Tim Vertz, Sandy Custer, Dan Gannon, Rob Holtz, Jim Lysaught, and Karl Hertz.   The photo on the left doesn't represent all the Rotarians present at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  The photo was taken by Rotarian Tim Carr.  Van Mobley was one of the featured speakers; Dianne Robertson, Jim Ott, Wilma Bonaparte, and Larry Kreiner were seated at other tables.  

Happy 98th Birthday, Doc!

On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.  Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.
Read about each of the first four Rotarians below, and about Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the "fifth Rotarian."  
Rotary’s founder, Harris, was born in Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was raised by his paternal grandparents in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. He was Rotary president from 1910 to 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947. 
Loehr, a mining engineer, was born on 18 October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, never holding office at the club or international level. But that first Rotary meeting was held in his office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918.
A Rotarian for only a few years, Shorey served as recording secretary during the club’s first year. He was born in Maine in August 1862 and died in March 1944.
Schiele, a coal dealer, served as the Chicago club’s first president in 1905 and Rotary International’s third treasurer in 1945. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in June 1870, Schiele attended Terre Haute Business College and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was president of the Schiele Coal Company from 1902 until his retirement in 1939. He and Harris became lifelong friends and lived near each other on the South Side of Chicago. Schiele died on 17 December 1945 and is buried near Harris at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its second meeting. He was treasurer of the Chicago club during its first year, president from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from 1912 to 1913. He is known for having introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., printed the first issue of The National Rotarian and the first Rotary songbook. He died on 23 October 1959, an honorary member of seven clubs in addition to his home club, the Rotary Club of Chicago.
Rotary has always had a very special relationship with the United Nations. Both organizations share similar philosophies about peace through better understanding. On Sunday 5 March Unitarian Church (UCN) welcomes UU Director at the UN Bruce Knotts. 
Human rights advocate Bruce Knotts will present a lecture titled “United Nations Work on Global Issues in a Time of Increasing Nationalism” at UCN on Sunday, 5 March, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  The presentation is free and open to the public, although reservations are recommended due to limited space. Reservations may be made by calling the church office at 262-375-3890. UCN is at 13800 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.
Megan Borland, Director of Vocational Service, reminds members that March 20th is our night to once again serve National Honor Society inductees and their parents.  This year marks 52 years of service.
Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Small Cafeteria at Homestead High School for supper and a short meeting prior to donning our aprons.  This will replace the regular Tuesday meeting that week.
Plans for the "All My Friends" Playground that will be located at Centennial Park in the Village of Grafton
Dianne Dyer and Donna Howarth of Living Life with Autism, a local 501(c)(3), outline plans for an all-inclusive, fully accessible play area that will be funded completely through sponsors and donations and no taxpayer money.  They are 1/3 of the way towards their goal of $375,000.  The park was planned with input from local therapists, including the most recent developments in technology to stimulate and encourage learning through play.  
For more information about the park and a casino night planned for April 1st, go to allmyfriendsplayground.org 
Pam Koch & Ellen MacFarlane
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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