December 2016
Meeting Responsibilities
Locke, Andrew
Lysaught, James
Pearson, Jessica
Ott, Jim
Smith, Stanford
Bern, Holly
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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Tuesday, December 6th is the absolute final day to contribute to our Annual Food Drive.  Team Captains Kirgues, Von Rueden, and Lind have been encouraging their members to donate food and/or non-perishable items for Family Sharing of Ozaukee County as they engage in a friendly competition to see who can have bragging rights for the next year.
Results as of the end of November are as follows:
Team Kirgues leads with a total of 663
Team Lind comes in second place with 487
Bringing up the rear is Team Von Rueden with 473
Checks should be made out to Family Sharing.  A form for credit card donations is available from Sandy Custer or by clicking here.
Alla Kadadha is the Wisconsin’s Rotary Global Grant Scholar of 2015. She has recently completed a masters degree in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies at King’s College London. During her studies she specialized in Middle Eastern conflicts including Palestine/Israel, Syria, and Iraq. Her research studies have focused on analyzing political transitions and economies throughout the region and how the two have played in driving conflicts in the Middle East. - See more at:
Join us for a special treat at our December 20th meeting.  Ryan Hart, son of Rotarian Bill Hart, will join us for a delightful celebration of holiday music, including a sing along of your favorite holiday music.  
If you have a special favorite you want included, give a note to Bill at Tuesday's meeting or email him, and your wish will be granted.  
Invite your spouse or significant other to join us as we celebrate Christmas and Chanukah.  We will need a number count for Ozaukee Country Club, so be ready to RSVP.
November is Rotary Foundation month, and two T-M Rotarians made that a reality by accepting a special Paul Harris Recognition during the month. 
In the photo on the left, Greg Huffman listens as President MacFarlane shares some facts about the Rotary Foundation.  Huffman told club members, "The Rotary Foundation is the most important contribution I make every year."  
Former DG Karl Hertz (photo on the right) receives congratulations after receiving his pin from just one of the many Rotarians he has sponsored.
Congratulations to Greg and Karl!
Dr. Patrick McGrath, licensed psychologist and Assistant VP at AMITA, and Clinical Director at the Center for Anxiety and OCD at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, asks club members, "If I said don't think about a pink elephant.  What would you think about?" Likewise, telling someone who suffers from PTSD to "Stop thinking about it" doesn't work.  Victims need to confront their fear of a memory.  Victims often turn to drugs/alcohol or isolate themselves from friends and family to avoid being reminded of the trauma they suffered.  
With the advent of improved armor, some veterans today return from war physically okay, but as a different person because of brain trauma from IEP explosions.  McGrath works to desensitize vets through a program of gradually engaging them in the emotionality of the memory.  

Ozaukee County Is Generally Safe

Attorney Stan Lind, Chief Judge of Ozaukee County--Paul Malloy, and Tim Carr
According to Judge Malloy, "Ozaukee County is known as risky among drug dealers as the place you don't want to get caught selling drugs because you will do time."  The judge spends about sixty-five percent of his time on criminal cases.  Heroin usage and opiate addiction is up.  Some users buy in Milwaukee and can't wait to inject before they return to the county.  When they are caught, they face withdrawal in the county jail.
The judge had some advice for club members:
  • Don't leave a purse in the car.
  • Zip up your purse while shopping in stores.
  • Don't carry a gun if you have been drinking, even if you have a permit.
  • Avoid legalizing marijuana as it is the entry way to drugs.
Court costs and keeping inmates in jail is getting more and more expensive.  In 2005 the expense of prisons exceeded the costs of the UW system.
On a more positive note, the judge also performs weddings and adoption proceedings.

From Shirtsleeves to Heavy Coats--Rotarians Clean Up the Road and the Riverwalk

Dubbed Team Wimps by Stan Smith, Custer readies Gannon, Naggs, Smith, Kos and MacFarlane (behind the camera)
Captain Wimp and his road gang cleaned the highway in a record 75 minutes in shirtsleeve weather.
Ott, MacFarlane, Lysaught, and Holtz on a windy and cold Saturday morning
Hawkeyes in the Snow--Bruce Rowe brought the entire family out to help with the Riverwalk clean-up
A message from District Governor Julie Craig:
In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100.  A century of changing lives, improving communities and serving humanity is so worth celebrating!!  November would be a great month to spend some time on Rotary International's website ( to find an activity that would fit your club's ability to make sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.
You won't want to miss the 2017 Rotary International Convention being held right in our backyard - Atlanta!  A special birthday party is being planned in honor of the Foundation's 100th birthday.  Register Here
T-M Rotarians participated in the One Rotary Summit held on November 9th at MATC Mequon Campus
If you have a prospective member in mind, invite them to lunch on Tuesday, November 8th.  Once again we will host a lunch for visiting young professionals from another country.  
Dr. Bruce Rowe pays his $50 bet to the foundation while wearing a Wisconsin Badger hat after his Iowa team lost to the Badgers.  

You Did It!

You focused on ending polio during the month of October and you put us over our goal for the year!  Thank you to everyone who donated time or greeted members at the door reminding them about Rotary's effort to eradicate polio.  
Congratulations for a job well done!

Successful First Week

This week was the first week of our annual Family Sharing food drive.  Bring canned goods, checks, or the credit card form to the meetings through the month of November.  The form is on the www. site on the left side.  If you bring a box or a bag of food, please put your name on the bag or include a note inside with your name.  That will help Sandy Custer make sure your team gets the credit.
Custer reported that he had $454 after week #1.  However, he didn't indicate which team pulled ahead.  Captains and teams are:
Team Kirgues:  Bern, Buechel, Davis, Hertz, Huffman, Koch, Locke, Mobley, Ott, Robertson, Smith, Weston, Rosing.
Team Lind:  Bonaparte,Carr, Gannon, Hillman, Jacobs, Kos, Lysaught, Naggs, Pearson, Rowe, Sommersberger, Wiese, Witte-Dycus.
Team Von Rueden:  Borland, Custer, Hart, Holtz, Johannes, Kreiner,MacFarlane, O'Connor, Petzold, Shneyder, Vertz, Witte

A Man and His Tesla

Tim Carr revealed many facts about his life during his thumbnail this week.  For instance, he and Karl Hertz attended the same elementary school in Indiana.  And, did you know he had a farm?
Then he held court out in the parking lot as members asked more questions about his Tesla.  This is his second car from the company.  He already has the third new one on order.
You've heard the date before.  You know you will have a good time at MATC from 6 PM - 8 PM, especially if you bring your Rotary buddies.  
The deadline to submit a list of those members who will attend One Rotary Summit is Wednesday, November 2nd.  How about it?  Will you attend?  You know you want to!  Food is provided and you just might learn something.
Don't delay!  Email Ellen at and say you will be there.


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Rotarians Discussed Ideas for Membership

Thank you to every Rotarian who generously gave to our End Polio now campaign during October, and thank you to those October greeters who greeted you at the door with a friendly reminder to "End Polio Now."  It isn't too late to donate to Rotary International's effort to eradicate polio.  For every dollar that you donate, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match your donation two-to-one.  In addition, your donation counts towards your Paul Harris as well. 
Let the competition begin!  
Our Community Service Committee announced the captains for this year's food drive.  Honored for their time consuming and costly commute to Rotary are:  Roger Kirgues, Stan Lind, and Tony Von Rueden.  Each Captain was assigned a group of Rotarians.  One point will be awarded for each item donated, or for one dollar donated.  Checks written to Ozaukee Family Sharing are tax deductible.  
When you bring your grocery items, make sure each can is up-to-date and not expired.   Think about what you would like to receive if you were struggling to put food on the table.  How often would you like baked beans?  Remember to put your name on your bag of items or include your name on a slip of paper inside the bag so your team can receive credit for your donation.

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 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:
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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