August 2016
Meeting Responsibilities
Gannon, Daniel
Hart, Bill
Robertson, Dianne
Rowe, Bruce
Hertz, Karl V.
Hart, Bill
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
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eBay is donating a portion of its sales from select Live Auctions to Rotary. Rotarians and their friends and families are encouraged to visit eBay Live Auctions each month to see what is available for real-time bidding from hundreds of auction houses.

Below is the list of upcoming eBay Live Auctions that will benefit Rotary. August includes exciting auctions featuring Elvis memorabilia, art from Montana and China, collectible coins, and jewelry. We encourage you to browse the catalog of items available for bid and to register for those auctions that are of interest to you. Remember: the more items sold, the more Rotary benefits!

888 Auctions
Fine Chinese Carvings, Ceramics & Bronzes
18 August 2016

Grand Southern Auctions
World Coins & Currency Auction
19 August 2016

Gulfstream Auction Gallery Inc.
Antiques, Diamonds & Estate Jewelry Auction
23 August 2016

If there are questions, please contact


Club Information

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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   Ozaukee Country Club, Here We Come!

It's that time of year when we return to the Ozaukee Country Club for our meetings.  See you there on Tuesday!



Like so many Rotary projects, eating in Rotary Park during the summer months doesn't just happen.  Somebody must order supplies like sodas, water, coffee, napkins, plates, etc. that the rest of us take for granted.  Somebody has to set the schedule, contact all the head chefs to ask them to volunteer their expertise.  Somebody has to maintain the equipment, reserve the Rotary Pavilion for our weekly meetings, publish the schedule, go to the park early each week to pull out the grill, and provide support for the weekly cooking crew.  Please join me in thanking two Rotarians, our somebodies, who go above and beyond so we can enjoy eating in Rotary Park. 
Gratitude and Appreciation
Awarded to
Sandy Custer & Karle Naggs
and their spouses
For outstanding maintenance of T-M Rotary’s equipment, setting up the schedules,
numerous meals in Rotary Park, and
support and assistance provided to all of the the Summer Cooking Crews.  
We couldn't do it without your patience and perseverance!



We Had a Fantastic Time!

Many thanks to the cooking crew that prepared and served almost 70 people at Family Night.  Special thanks go to Jean and Sandy Custer for all the time and hard work preparing side dishes!

Jack Wiese, Jim Lysaught, Nancy Wiese, Sharon Lysaught, Babs Smith, and Alice Naggs take a moment to socialize prior to dinner.  Thanks to Alice Naggs for the delicious fruit salad!


Gregg Sommersberger and his family enjoy the meal.  Greg's son didn't recognize Daddy in his Rotary apron and hat.

Members and their families gave Allison Rowe a standing ovation for being a third generation Paul Harris Fellow.


The bubble machine was a big hit with all the kids.


Bill Hart and Wilma Bonaparte are pleased with their meal.


If there was a prize for the biggest family in attendance, Greg Huffman would have won.

Karle and Alice Naggs, Herb Hillman, Bob and Marilyn Jacobs wave to the camera.

August 9th is our Family Night at Rotary Park
5:30 p.m.
See you in the park for our final outdoor meeting of the summer!


Joseph Regan, MD explains the newest advancements in the treatment of reflux disease.


Patrick Regan, MD (retired) congratulates his son, Joseph Regan MD, on his first outdoor presentation.




T-M Rotary shared the Rotary Pavilion with kids attending the Milwaukee Wave Soccer Camp at the August 2nd meeting.   The kids were quiet and even listened to our speaker.  Isn't it great to see our park being used as intended?  

Dr. Robert Jacobs gets ready to ride back home after the meeting.

A reminder from District Governor Julie Craig about the Emerging Leaders Training  
Important:  Application deadline is evening of August 8th.
For those of you that need a refresher, this is the Zone Institute Training in Cleveland, Ohio—they hold a special track for emerging leaders interested in becoming involved in Rotary at a higher level.  It will be all day Friday, September 30th, all day Saturday, October 1st Sunday and half day on Sunday.  The District will select 3 candidates and pay for their airfare or mileage, hotel and conference fee. 
It’s an excellent program with excellent speakers.  Contact President MacFarlane for a copy of the application.  Don't delay if you are interested!

What 44-year old woman decides to walk more than a half marathon a day for five weeks with her 80-year old father as a wingman?  Rotarian Andra Watkins, that's who!  Undaunted, this aspiring author set out to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace--a 10,000 year old road  that runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee without really thinking what that would mean.  Her original intent (to publicize her newly penned paranormal adventure novel) transformed as she trudged America's forgotten highway in pain and despair.  Humorous anecdotes about her dysfunctional family adventure underlie a more important message:  Don't wait too long to build a memory with your parents.  In her words, she turned "I wish I had" into "I'm glad I did."  
If you missed this endearing and animated speaker, you can read about her adventure with the highest bid at our Fall Into Comedy silent auction.   Thank you, Andra, for donating two of your books to our fundraiser!  

A very special thank you for all the support, participation and sponsors at the 2016 Rotary Road Trip to Miller Park! Looking forward to next year, and perhaps a better day for Cubs fans... or maybe not.  If you are interested in volunteering for the District Friendship Committee to help with the Miller Park Event (hopefully Rotary Day) in June 2017, give District Governor Julie Craig a call: 262-880-7050.


Welcome, Jim!

Past President Pam Koch inducted a new member, Jim Lysaught, at the weekly meeting on July 19th. Jim had a long career with Rockwell as an engineer, was involved with other business interests, and has been an active volunteer for a number of years  in the Thiensville-Mequon community.  He was president of Gathering on the Green for a number of terms and has been active since the beginning.  
He currently serves on the Park Board in Mequon.  Although he is now retired, he stays busy, through his church, assisting people in job searches.  He is married and his wife's name is Sharon.
Take a minute and introduce yourself to Jim at the next meeting.  


UPDATE:  Rotary Friendship Exchange

Two Rotary Friendship Exchanges are announced for 2017 with  District 3201 and District 2981 in southern India.    
We are seeking about 24 people (including spouse or significant other) for these exchanges.   There are about 10-12 open spots left .  Tentative dates are for the India teams to come to Wisconsin in late May and early June of 2017 and for our groups to go to India in late November or early December of 2017.
Please review the attachments for further information about this program and email the following for more information or to reserve your spots.  
This is a "first come/first serve" opportunity.
John H. Henderson and Mark Felsheim   - District 6270 Friendship Exchange Chairs

Thank you to the committee that put the celebration together!  Rotarians enjoyed fabulous food, adult beverages, and great entertainment.  We even had a chance to explain how Rotary Park came to fruition.  It was a perfect summer evening.


T-M Rotary Celebrated the 25th Anniversary in Style

Pam Koch, Sandy Custer, and Dan Gannon hang the sign "Thank you for visiting our park" on the tent for T-M Rotary's celebration.

Dan Gannon and Sandy Custer pound in the posts while Pam Koch readies one of the large photos depicting T-M Rotary's various activities.

Wilma Bonaparte gives a thumbs up to the food and adult beverages.

Rotarians know how to have a good time on a summer evening.



Tim Vertz, Rob Holtz, and Todd Davis sample the pulled pork and the shredded turkey.

Ann Holtz, Katie Davis, Todd Davis, and Rob Holtz compare notes on the Huey Lewis concert from Friday night.


Sandy Custer on stage, explaining the beginning of Rotary Park and the role played by other organizations in the community.

Megan Borland took a moment to try out the gear worn by Mequon firefighters.  Looking good!

It seems like just yesterday that Malu traveled from Brazil to begin her one year stay as a Rotary Exchange Student in the Thiensville-Mequon community.  She brightened the lives of three families, made many new friends at Homestead, and tried new experiences, like skiing.  Although she is sad to leave, she is ready to return to her home country with a blazer so covered in pins she may not make it through airport security.  Malu, we enjoyed having you here, and we hope you will return for another visit.  Tenha uma viagem segura!  (Have a safe trip.)
Picture of the District 6270 Exchange Students.  Malu is in the back row, second from the left.

Julie Craig makes a point as she uses anecdotes from her personal past to illustrate the spirit of Rotary.  She shared what it was like being a Mom to an exchange student from Japan and how she grew as an individual through Rotary.     
District Governor Julie Craig pins a Paul Harris Fellow pin on Sandy Custer as President MacFarlane looks on.  This is the fourth Paul Harris for Sandy.

"Response to the 25th Anniversary of Rotary Park has been good", reports Past President Pam Koch, "but we still have room for more!  Rotary Park is a jewel in the Mequon community.  Help us celebrate this silver anniversary! "    Pam will have tickets and parking passes available at the July 12th meeting at Rotary Park.  
The $25 per person fee includes admittance to Gathering on the Green on July 16th, parking pass, and a menu of:  pulled pork, turkey & gravy, assorted rolls, veggies, fruit tray, chips, cookies, and assorted beverages.  T-M Rotary has two tents with chairs at the top of the hill, next to the main entrance, guaranteeing an excellent view.  Kids from Wisconsin start at 5:30 p.m. and the Starliner Bank with Jenny Thiel start at 7:45 p.m.  Musical fireworks round out an evening of wonderful entertainment.


Fun, Food, and a Fantastic Summer Evening at the Ballpark  

We should never leave early!  The Chinooks were winning 9-1 at the end of the 7th inning.  

Then it went downhill and they lost 10-9.

Baseball is a family affair for the Huffman family. Gregg, his two sons, his daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren enjoyed the Chinooks outing at Concordia.



Rotarians enjoyed a perfect summer evening; lots of burgers, brats, beverages, and burgers; and plenty of fellowship on the Leinenkugel deck at Concordia.





Sandy Custer and Tim Carr congratulate Andy Locke.  Andy's daughter sang the Star Spangled Banner to open the game.  She was excellent!

President-elect Bill Hart enjoys the game with Mike Day, a colleague from Columbia-St. Mary's.
T-M Rotary welcomed Andrew Sandler, the new EMS Coordinator for Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital.  He was a combat and flight medic in the Army which involved a tour in Iraq.  
In his new role, he is responsible for the implementation of the new EMD dispatch system that went live with Cedarburg and Mequon on June 21st of this year.   With the new system in place, the dispatcher can provide assistance over the phone, giving directions to the caller to start CPR in the case of a heart attack, while at the same time dispatching proper emergency personnel .  Software will track where landline calls originate.  

Stan Smith awards John Rosing the Service Above Self award at the July 5th meeting of the club.  In spite of travelling nearly every week for work, John organized community volunteers to rehab the inside and paint the outside of the Hoerchner farmstead, allowing the elderly matriarch to continue to live in the home in which she was born.  This summer John added an above ground garden to Meta's delight.  Congratulations, John!

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Grillmaster Karle Naggs is assisted by Sandy Custer and Herb Hillman as they finished cooking ultra thick pork chops.  Kudos to the entire cooking crew for a job well done!

Dean Johnson regaled the members with tales of his life as a photographer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 35 years.

President Pam Koch thanked the club for a successful year.





On Saturday July 16th, we will be celebrating the 25th year of Rotary Park by celebrating at the largest event in the park....Gathering on the Green.  We have two private tents at the top of the hill with the best view of the show, beautiful park and the infamous fireworks.  Cost is $25 per person and includes food, drinks, and admission to the event.  Watch for your invite.  Make plans now to join in the celebration.

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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