April 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
April 24
Muchin Young, Rachel
May 1
Naggs, Karle
May 8
O'Connor, David
April 24
Koch, Pamela
May 1
Kos, Robert
May 8
Lind, Stanley
April 24
Witte, George
May 1
Witte-Dycus, Nancy
May 8
Azinger, Samuel
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
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Shawn Kison, General Manager for the Lakeshore Chinooks spoke to our Rotary Club at Tuesday's meeting.  Shawn is a Cedarburg high school graduate, with a degree from La Cross college, Majoring in Sports Management. This is Shawn's first year as General Manager for the Lakeshore Chinooks.  In the 7 seasons of Chinooks baseball, they have provided countless opportunities to front office interns who have gone on to work in all levels of many major sports.  They have additionally hosted many players with professional ambitions, including between 50 and 60 players who have been drafted my major league teams, and 4 players who made it to The Show in 2017, including Andrew Stevenson, who debuted for the Washington Nationals, Zack Granite who debuted for the Minnesota Twins, Brian Anderson who debuted for the Miami Marlins, and Harrison Bader who has already made a name for himself being a thorn in the side of the Milwaukee Brewers since debuting for the St. Louis Cardinals. 
The players are brought in from all over the country, as well as a significant portion of local players.  The players look to prove they are able to handle a major league schedule by playing 72 games in 76 days, in hopes of gaining the recognition of  Major League scouts who attend each game.  The Chinooks take pride in treating their players and opposing players like professionals, by providing the local amenities from local restaurants and hotels.  Chinooks players often stay with host families, in which they are always looking for volunteers.   
Single ticket sales will first be made available to the public on April 28, when their leading sponsor, Port Washington State Bank, will be hosting an event at its Thiensville location.  
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club will also be holding our annual outing to take in a Chinooks game at Kapco Park on August 9, 2018.  We hope to see you there. 
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to fill the Board positions of Club Service Director and Youth Services Director.  For information about the positions, please visit the District website at rotary6720.org. 
For additional information or to volunteer, please talk to Club President Tim Vertz. 
On Friday, April 13, we had a geriatric clean up crew of Smith, Naggs, Gannon, Lysaught, and Custer.
On Saturday, April 14, we had a crew of young bucks:  Rosing, Kos, Azinger (plus two really young bucks)
and Custer (yes, I know he's no young buck).  Rotarians were true to form. The weather was miserable,
especially on Saturday morning, yet all participants were smiling, positive with absolutely no whining.


Melissa Schneyder, the woman without a title, from U.S. Bank spoke to our Rotary Club on Tuesday on how U.S. Bank is playing an active role in our community and communities across the country.  The U.S. Bank foundation gives back around $24 million every year, including $5.5 million in Wisconsin, to local charitable organizations.  U.S. bank encourages it's employees to volunteer their time to serve our communities, by offering incentives and making contributions to organizations their employees support.  When it comes to deciding what organizations to support, an employee's commitment to the organization is number one.
U.S. Bank has additionally used its position in the community to help connect entrepreneurs with non-profits that can assist with starting a business when conventional lending is not an option.  It has taken the initiative to lobby in Madison to pass bills encouraging schools to teach financial literacy, and has gone so far as to go to Washington to help determine how banks could be used to identify and stop human trafficking.  
Not only is the Milwaukee North Sunrise Club offering to deliver a dozen roses for just $15, but it is also for a good cause (benefiting the scholarship fund).  Talk to Greg Sommersberger for details or an order form. Orders should be placed no later than May 1st, with checks made out to Milwaukee North Sunrise Club.  
Sandy Custer is looking for volunteers to fill five additional weeks as head chef when we meet at Rotary Park this summer. Ellen added that it is a great experience and opportunity to work closely with other Rotarians, and the regular team members are always there to assist and give guidance. 
Sandy is also looking for a head count for those who will be participating in the street cleanup on Saturday April 14, at 9:00 am. We will meet at kwik Trip on the corner of Donges Bay and Green Bay roads, rain, snow, or shine (hopefully shine).   
Speak to Sandy if you would like to volunteer for either or both. 


Rotarian Maureen O'Leary presented a thumbnail sketch to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  Maureen is an attorney and shareholder at Willms, S.C., a law firm in Thiensville with expertise in the practice areas of Estate Planning, Business Law, Tax Law, and Elder Law.  Maureen grew up in Brookfield Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate degree at Carroll College. She then attended Marquette University Law School prior to joining Willms, S.C. after graduation in 2008, where she became a partner in 2014.  
Maureen told the miraculous story of the birth of her daughter Jacqueline, who was born at 23 weeks weighing around one pound.  After being told by every doctor that her daughter would not survive or would have significant disabilities, Maureen and her husband Jeremy continued to have faith. Two and a half years later, Jacqueline is a healthy toddler with no signs of disability or delay.  Maureen shared photo albums from the hospital to put into perspective how small a one pound baby really is, and the true miracle that is her family. Maureen additionally shared that she and her husband are expecting again in October.       
Whatever your tradition, be it Easter or Passover or some other celebration, we wish you warm weather, plenty of sunlight, love, light, and peace.
March 10th was Bill Hart's last meeting as Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club president.  Although we will miss Bill, we wish him well in his new position with Ascension!
The vote on March 10 was unanimous for Tim Vertz to take his position as president of the T-M Rotary Club 3 months early.  Welcome, Tim!

50+ Years of National Honor Society Tradition Continues

Rotarians continued the tradition of honoring National Honor Society inductees and their parents begun back in the '60s.  George Witte was honored for his role in organizing the event for many years.  
Time to don aprons and get to work.
(right) Past president MacFarlane welcomed participants and explained Rotary's role in the Thiensville-Mequon communities.
Lysaught reaches to pour water for guests
Custer, Mobley, Lysaught, Rowe, Hage,  Gannon, Carr, Smith, Hillman, Davis listen to speakers
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.
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
Club Executives & Directors
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Vocational Service
Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Exec. Sec. Tres.

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