October 2017
Meeting Responsibilities
October 17th
Joynt, Matthew
October 24th
Kirgues, Roger
October 31st
Koch, Pamela
October 17th
Weston, Shelley
October 24th
Wiese, John
October 31st
Witte, George
October 17th
Mobley, Van
October 24th
Naggs, Karle
October 31st
Ott, Jim
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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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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)), https://my.rotary.org/en/document/economic-and-community-development-project-strategies .  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 www.rotary.org  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:  https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day
Plan and hold your own club’s World Polio Day event.  Register your event onhttps://www.endpolio.org/register-your-event .   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?  

Executive Director, Tina Schwantes and Board President, Matt Richmond join TM Rotary on 10/3

The Mequon Thiensville Chamber of Commerce has been serving thriving business community since 1980.  It was founded in 1980 with the “purpose of advancing commercial, industrial, agricultural educational and civic interests of this community and area.”  The organization started with 30 members and now has more than 460. The by-laws were adopted and elections took place at the first chamber meeting held on September 23, 1980 at the North Shore Country Club. 
Bill Reinhardt was named the Executive Vice President. Mr. Reinhardt was the chief administrative and executive officer and served on the Chamber Executive Committee. The Chamber office was housed in Bill Reinhardt’s home until his retirement in 1993. Other chamber office locations were 11512 N. Port Washington Road Mequon from 1993 – 1998; 250 S. Main Street, Thiensville from 1998 to 2012 and 6331 W. Mequon Road from July of 2012 until present.
Tina Schwantes has served as the Chamber's Executive Director for 8 years.  She has overseen incredible growth and robust activity during her tenure.  The pinnacle accomplishment during her tenure is the growth of the Chamber to over 460 members, making it the 8th largest Chamber in Southeastern Wisconsin.  There are 267 chambers in the State.
Tina shared with the Rotary Group that the chamber can be viewed as a resource to the community with four value components outlined in the acronym P.A.C.E.  The Chamber Promotes, Advocates, Connects and Educates.  Among the many benefits available to members are the ability to utilize the Chamber's website to promote your business through Hot Deals, Job Postings and Events.  The Chamber also includes complimentary announcements in the newsletter that is broadcast to all members.  The Chamber actively participates in Ribbon Cuttings to welcome new businesses to the community and connects businesses to one another through various networking events and opportunities.
Schwantes is passionate about the Chamber's commitment to small business.  She shared a time when the Chamber was made aware of a sign ordinance that negatively impacted business visibility.  The Chamber advocated for the small business community by serving an active role in conversations with the City and the sign ordinance was ultimately changed to benefit small business owners in the area.
The Chamber serves as a guide for tourism as well.  By many, the Chamber is considered a one-stop resource.  John McGivern will be airing a televised profile on the area and has reached out to the Chamber to serve as a guide for the community profile.  The airing of that profile will be screened at an event on March 22nd. 
Matt Richmond was recently appointed as President of the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber.  When discussing the significance of the Chamber and similar organizations, one thought came to mind, "If you're going to get involved, you have to get engaged."  Richmond explained the many different ways to become engaged with the Chamber, from monthly luncheons where members come together to network, to the annual golf outing and annual award dinner.
Richmond explained that the Chamber has a volunteer board.  A major difference between the MT Chamber and other similar organizations is that other Chambers receive funding from hotel tax revenue.  The MT Chamber does not.  As the Chamber's main sources of revenues are from membership dues and fundraisers, the involvement of the business community becomes vital to the viability of the Chamber.  The success of the Chamber is a true testament to the leadership team of Tina Schwantes and the Board, along with the engagement of the thriving business community.
Richmond was clear on the state of the Chamber and the objectives for the coming year: "We have achieved excellence and maintaining excellence is key.  We will be investing in infrastructure within the organization to support the growth in the business community."
Rotarians are considered Chamber members and have full membership access to events and directories.  All are encouraged to attend any and all events of interest.
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club welcomed Sarah Urban, Vice President of Information Technology with Charter Manufacturing.
Charter specializes in the manufacturing of steel, primarily cold rolled steel bars for use in the auto industry.  Charter Manufacturing generates $1 billion in revenues annually and they are located in the Menomonee River Valley in Milwaukee.  
Charter Manufacturing was founded in 1978 in Saukville, WI.  
Sarah lives in Germantown, WI and joined Charter primarily because of the excellent culture.  She is currently responsible for executing the technology strategy of the company. 
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club is proud to welcome Matthew Joynt, Superintendent of the Mequon Thiensville School District, as Rotary Member.
Joynt began his career with MTSD in 1999 as a Wilson Elementary teacher. He was also the assistant principal at Homestead High School before becoming principal of Shorewood High School. He returned to the district in 2013 to become the assistant superintendent of educational services.

Joynt has a master's of science degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and a bachelor's of science degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is working toward his Ph.D. in philosophy of educational administration from UWM with an expected graduation date of December 2018.

Joynt is also a member of the UW-Milwaukee Administrative Leadership Advisory Council, the Cardinal Stritch University School of Education Advisory Board and the Milwaukee School of Engineering School Administration MBA Program Advisory Board.

Joynt, his wife, Heidi, and their two children live in the community. Their youngest son will be joining his two older siblings when he begins the 4K program next school year.


Chris Korjenek shares renderings of the development of 17 acres of blighted land in Mequon.  The project would turn a $1 million parcel of land into a $50 million development.


Chris spoke about the development of the site at 6411 Mequon Road.  The development will include a brewery, beer hall, commercial space and luxury apartments.


Rendering of the planned Foxtown Brewery, which will anchor the site.  The site will include a beer-themed restaurant housed in a historic two-story building that was used as a brewery in the 1850s. The brewery would have lager cave tours, an outdoor beer garden and a public beer hall with a dance floor and banquet hall seating. 


Rendering of the site from another view.  Closer to the railroad tracks, a brewery and beer hall, which will be called Fox Yard Brewery, would be located in a renovated 13,000-square-foot building previously used as lumber barns and sheds. The microbrewery would feature beer hall seating, an outdoor beer garden pavilion in restored lumber sheds.

Tim Vertz introduced Dr. Bob Jacobs who was inducted into the club in 1958.  He is now working on 59 years of perfect attendance.  Dr. George Witte was inducted in 1947.  That is 70 years of Rotary membership.  Together they have 129 years in our club.
Dr. Jacobs shared historical highlights from when our club was formed, displayed old and new club flags, and spoke about make-ups in Denmark, Jerusalem, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Japan.  The dress code in foreign clubs is much more formal.  He walked us through the time when Rotary was a good old boys club and wives/girlfriends were called Rotary Anns.  It seems our club was once a hard-drinking club.  Some members would show up at 10:30 to meet in the bar prior to the meeting.  One past fundraiser included a community brat fry for many years.  They raffled off a car full of beer and a canoe full of beer.  In the beginning it was a stuffed moose head!  According to Bob, Sandy Custer sold 3 foot long red licorice.  In the 60s and 70s, the fundraiser was a Black Tie Dinner Dance and Auction.
Bob also recounted our history with the boy scouts from 1937.  The troop was disbanded after Pearl Harbor because most adult males had gone to war.  In 1947, the troop was reinstituted.
He encouraged the club to find a club historian so our history is not forgotten.
Chiara has been in the USA for over a week now.  She has completed her first few days at Homestead High School. She also attended the AFS welcome event, and has been to the noon Sunrise Rotary club meeting in Mequon. She spent the weekend in Green Lake, WI this weekend for an inbound Rotary student orientation.  Welcome, Chiara! We are all excited to learn about your journey!

The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA, merges features of brick-and-mortar clubs with e-clubs. 


The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain in Georgia, USA, was facing a common problem: The membership was aging, and the club struggled to attract younger members. “When you recruit, it ends up being people like you, people in the same neighborhoods and who do the same kinds of things,” notes immediate Past President Margie Kersey. “It’s a stretch for us to ask our older members to recruit people in their 40s.

As an alternate to the 2016 Council on Legislation, Kersey followed closely the discussion of changes to membership rules. “When I saw they had removed the barriers between e-clubs and regular clubs, I thought, we can be both.”

The district was encouraging her to embrace the e-club model, but the club didn’t want to lose the fellowship of in-person meetings. The solution was to become a hybrid, preserving in-person meetings but making them available online. The club launched online meetings in February.

“We use an online video conferencing service,” explains Kersey. “Many members had already used video conferencing for business, so they knew the software. And with a camera on the computer or on the person’s phone, they can see you and you can see them.” The first meeting had two online attendees, and the number has climbed steadily. Now six to eight people attend online in any given week.

This new model made membership more manageable for some current members. “We have a real estate agent in the club who is very busy,” Kersey says. “Before hybrid, the meeting was hard for her. Now she can attend from wherever she is, using her smartphone. So it’s increasing overall attendance.”

And the club is seeing clear indications that this model will draw new members as well. “We have eight potential members, and the hybrid model is part of the appeal.” One potential member is a restaurateur who can’t leave his business during the lunch rush. Attending virtually would let him keep an eye on the restaurant and still participate.

This new model may even prove useful for older members who are contemplating moving for retirement. “They can continue to be members in Stone Mountain, even if they move to Florida,” notes Kersey.

Remaking the club meant rewriting its bylaws from the ground up. “We had to rethink many things,” recalls Kersey. “We put in a requirement for 18 hours of service a year.” But they are flexible on how that requirement is fulfilled. “You could do service for a club near you”

She is convinced that Stone Mountain has found the way of the future. “I think most Rotary clubs will be hybrid eventually, with members attending in person and online.”

A tour of Rotary's 2018 convention city reveals one common thread: a welcoming spirit


We’re lost. My phone battery is low, so I don’t risk draining it to consult Google Maps. Instead, we duck inside a coffee shop and I pull out a paper map while my nine-year-old daughter orders a hot chocolate. The clerk smiles and asks where we are trying to go. On a small sheet of paper, she begins drawing a map of the area – complete with landmarks – so that I will know how to get to Kensington Market. It reminds me of the hand-drawn maps in a Rick Steves guidebook. I thank her, and as we leave, my daughter says, “Wow, they are so nice in Canada.”

It’s true. The people of Toronto gave us a warm reception on our visit to the city that will host the 2018 Rotary International Convention. Toronto has been shaped by immigrants, who have added new languages, customs, and foods while boosting the economy. Condo buildings are going up rapidly, and beyond downtown’s skyscrapers, Toronto is a sprawling network of neighborhoods: from ethnic enclaves such as Little Italy and Little India to Kensington Market with its bohemian cafés and Yorkville with its postcard-perfect Victorian houses. But despite its size, Toronto is safe and easy to navigate. The streets are clean. And the city’s 2.8 million residents – half of whom were born in other countries – speak more than 140 languages. The result is a cultural convergence that makes Toronto feel like home no matter where you’re from.

Once you touch down at Pearson International Airport, you can grab a taxi to the city for about $55, an Uber for $35, or the Union Pearson Express for $12 directly to Union Station near the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). The ride is 25 minutes; trains run every 15 minutes and offer free WiFi. If you fly Porter Air, you’ll land on the Toronto Islands, which are a short ferry ride from downtown (unless you opt to reach the city via the new pedestrian tunnel, which is full of moving walkways and escalators, making the total trip about six minutes). 

Hotels are abundant near the two convention venues: the MTCC and Air Canada Centre, which are within a 10-minute walk of each other. Just be sure to book early: Toronto is a convention magnet, and rooms fill up quickly in the warmer months. The MTCC and Air Canada Centre are close to Toronto’s Lake Ontario shore, where the Waterfront Trail is popular with cyclists and a boardwalk draws those who would rather stroll along the water’s edge. Boat tours offering views of the skyline or a cruise to the Toronto Islands leave from the Harbourfront Centre. But the main attraction is the CN Tower: Like the Space Needle in Seattle, it defines Toronto’s skyline. 

Opened in 1976, the tower was a product of necessity: New skyscrapers made it difficult for TV stations to broadcast their signals across the growing city. The tower was built to solve that problem, but it symbolized much more – it projected the strength of Canadian industry as the world’s tallest tower, a title it held for more than 30 years. 

As a tourist attraction, the CN was the first tower in North America to add a glass floor experience – a spine-tingling look straight down to the street 113 stories below. Signs reassure visitors that the glass is strong enough to hold “14 hippopotamuses,” yet I still had a hard time venturing onto it. But this is a spot that kids love. They skip, jump, and lie down to take selfies. 

When now-RI President Ian H.S. Riseley toured Toronto in May, he didn’t merely step out on the glass floor. He did the EdgeWalk: Imagine being fitted with a harness and strolling around the tower on a tiny ledge without a railing 1,168 feet above the ground. Sound terrifying? Exhilarating? Either way, a GoPro camera on your helmet captures it all so you can relive it later.

Back on the ground, another attraction is right next door. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada differs from other big-city aquariums in the number of hands-on experiences it offers. For CA$99, you can book a behind-the-scenes tour that includes donning a wetsuit to feed the resident stingrays, which clamor for your attention like a pack of enthusiastic Labrador retrievers. (Reservations are required.) A glass tunnel takes visitors through the largest tank. Everyone gets giddy when sharks glide overhead, and the tank also teems with yellowtail snapper, tarpon, an enormous goliath grouper, sea turtles, and impressive green sawfish. To quote my wide-eyed nine-year-old, “It’s like we’re in the ocean!”

Across the way, the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball at Rogers Centre. The stadium can accommodate nearly 50,000 fans and is known for its giant (patented) retractable roof that can be opened on nice days and closed to keep fans warm and dry during inclement weather. The venue also hosts concerts and other events.

St. Lawrence Market, a 20-minute walk down Front Street from the MTCC, topped the list when I asked locals to name their favorite lunch spots. National Geographic ranked it among the 10 best food markets in the world.

Inside, a patchwork of colorful stalls greets you, along with sign after sign for bacon. Peameal bacon, to be exact. This lean cut, from the pig’s back, is cured and then rolled in cornmeal. Sliced, grilled, and served in sandwiches, it’s the market’s signature item – even Barbra Streisand sent her assistant for a sandwich when she performed in Toronto.

Across from the clerks assembling the peameal bacon sandwiches at Carousel Bakery, Carnicero’s offers burritos and other Mexican fare. Nearby, Turkish delight is sold in bulk. Downstairs, Ukrainian pierogies are doled out next to trays of lasagna. Many of the same families have operated these stalls for generations, and the global fare they offer reminds you how diverse the population of Toronto is.

But the striking mix of cultures at St. Lawrence Market is just a regular part of life for Toronto’s residents. “The diversity in our city is something very special,” says Michele Guy, who co-chairs the Toronto Host Organization Committee with Michael Cooksey.

“You can come to the convention and feel like you’ve traveled the world,” Cooksey adds.

One of Guy’s favorite spots is Café la Gaffe on Baldwin Street, an off-the-beaten-path bistro with a French-inspired menu, exposed brick walls, and an indie playlist. Many visitors also eat and shop in nearby Kensington Market. Unlike St. Lawrence, Kensington Market is not an actual market, but a neighborhood. Waves of immigration have shaped and reshaped the area, which got its name in the 1920s when it was a primarily Jewish neighborhood and families sold goods from stands in front of their houses.

Today, it’s still an immigrant community, now mostly Chinese, and a hub for artists and activists. Good food can be found at Rasta Pasta, which blends Italian and Jamaican fare; at Amadeu’s, a Portuguese spot known for its grouper; and at Hibiscus, where the menu is vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic. Meat eaters will enjoy the Burgernator, where you can get burgers “fully loaded” with cheddar cheese, a fried egg, mushrooms, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato.

A one-of-a-kind place to dine and shop is the city’s Distillery Historic District, now an arts and entertainment mecca. The host committee is planning an evening of food and entertainment here for convention attendees; visit Rotary2018.org for details.

In 2003, the industrial complex that once housed the Gooderham and Worts distillery was redeveloped. Reminiscent of New York’s SoHo but more relaxed, it’s a pedestrian-only zone with 80 independent retailers that sell everything from home décor to jewelry. We stopped at Heel Boy, expecting a high-end pet boutique (it actually sells shoes), and Corktown Designs, which features modern jewelry by designers from around the world. For more shopping, Eaton Centre offers all the major retailers in a comfortable mall setting while Yorkville is an upscale neighborhood filled with high-end boutiques and chic restaurants. (The patio at One is great for people-watching.)

But the distillery district isn’t only for shopping. Its sometimes sordid past is worth exploring as well. Stop by Go Tours and book the “Booze, Death, and Cholera” tour to learn how Gooderham and Worts grew to become the world’s largest distillery (eventually merging with Hiram Walker Co.), controlling much of the U.S. market during Prohibition.

For more Toronto history, explore Casa Loma, the only full-size castle in North America. It was built by Sir Henry Pellatt in the early 1900s after he made his fortune bringing electricity to Canada: He was worth about $17 million in 1911 when construction began. His travels in Europe had inspired him to build a castle of his own, and many of the furnishings were imported. He commissioned a replica of Napoleon’s writing desk for his study. In his bedroom, he proudly displayed a tiger skin rug. 

Not all went as planned, however. Pellatt and his wife, Lady Mary, spent less than 15 years living lavishly at Casa Loma before his company lost its monopoly on electricity. Eventually, the Pellatts went into bankruptcy, auctioning off most of their possessions. The castle was converted into a hotel, which failed in 1929. In 1937, the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto took it over as a tourist attraction, operating it until recently. Cooksey of the host committee says Casa Loma is a must-see, so the committee is planning an evening for Rotarians to enjoy a symphony concert in Casa Loma’s gardens overlooking the city. 

Like many cities, Toronto has dozens of museums. Its largest is the Royal Ontario, a natural history museum whose exhibits range from dinosaurs to art and that attracts more than a million visitors a year. But down the street is a quieter, quirkier option – the Bata Shoe Museum. This isn’t just for people who love shoes. It’s a world history tour through the lens of footwear. Take, for example, the “chestnut crushing clog,” which looks menacing with its 2-inch spikes but is actually a 19th-century French tool for shelling chestnuts. A tiny pair of black leather shoes look as if they were worn by a child but were made in China for a woman with bound feet. Museum founder Sonja Bata also funded field research in the Canadian Arctic and other regions to document footwear made by indigenous people, such as boots with reindeer fur on the soles for traction. The collection also features its share of famous shoes – including glittering platform heels Elton John wore onstage in the 1970s. 

It’s impossible to leave Toronto without talking about hockey. Canada has produced some of the game’s best players, and the Hockey Hall of Fame is a shrine to the country’s sports heroes. When it opened in 1961, then-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker said, “There is nothing greater than hockey to bring about national unity.” The hall is a short walk from the MTCC and features interactive experiences such as a virtual shootout against computer-generated versions of famed goalies Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist, who try to block your puck. It’s also home to 18,000 square feet of hockey memorabilia – the largest collection in the world. 

In a city that embraces its identity as a melting pot of cultures, this stop is 100 percent Canadian. But in true Toronto style, all are welcome. 

Courtesy Rotary.Org


The Rotary Foundation and clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend.

Severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane, which made landfall on 25 August.

With an estimated damage of $190 billion, Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

“The power of Rotary is in the foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas.

Rotary districts located along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are collecting emergency relief funds and providing immediate aid to flood victims. 

“We know that a disaster of this magnitude will require our financial assistance for months into the future,” says District 5930 Governor Betty Ramirez-Lara. “Our disaster relief committee will provide support where we believe it can best be used.”

ShelterBox, an independent charity and Rotary’s project partner, is also providing support to families displaced by the storm. Hundreds of light privacy tents will be deployed to evacuation centers throughout Texas for families to use temporarily.

“Our normal tents and ShelterKits are not appropriate for the conditions families are experiencing in Texas,” says James Luxton, ShelterBox operations team leader. “The flooding is covering large swathes of land, and is set to rise even further in the coming days, making indoor shelter the best option.”

How to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund

By check

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

By credit card

Online at: https://www.your-fundaccount.com/rotary/HowToContribute.asp

Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

By wire transfer

To the account of: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
ABA number: 011002343 
For credit to: The Rotary Foundation
Account number: 943423732 

For Further Credit: TRF DAF 
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608

You must fax a copy of the wire authorization to +1-781-658-2497 to complete the transfer.

If you have questions about how you can help, contact relief@rotary.org.

Saul Newton, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, addressed the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club on August 29th as guest speaker.  Newton founded the WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce in 2015.  The Chamber has grown from a kickoff event with 10 people in attendance to a booming 150 member chamber and one of the most active chambers of commerce in the State of Wisconsin.
Founded on the principle of providing resources to Veterans in the business community and workforce, Newton shared intriguing numbers with the Club.  11% of all businesses in Wisconsin are owned by Veterans, approximately 65,000.   Veterans have historically been very entrepreneurial dating back to World War II.  49% of WWII veterans started their own businesses.  
Of late, the journey into business ownership for veterans has been anything but easy.  75% of small business startups fail within the first 10 years in operation.  The number is more staggering when it comes to veterans as 93% of veteran owned businesses fail within the first 10 years.  Enter the WI Veterans Chamber, whose main objective is to serve as a coordinator of small business and workforce readiness resources.  The Chamber aims to bring both veteran and civilian resources together.
The three main areas of focus for the Chamber are Business Ownership, Veteran Employment and Community Leadership & Development.  The Veteran population in Wisconsin is approximately 450,000 of America's finest, with an additional 150,000 brave men and women serving in the Reserves and National Guard.  
Newton, who himself is a combat veteran having served in Afghanistan, is galvanizing people who share his passion for providing veterans with the tools and resources required to aid in their success.  He has expanded the Chamber into Madison, WI this year and is laying the groundwork for additional expansion in the State.  
If you wish to become a member of the WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce, to serve as a sponsor or to simply donate to the organization, please visit https://wiveteranschamber.org/
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club welcomed its newest member, Dr. Ken Harris of Concordia University.  Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor with Concordia and serves as Program Director for the Masters of Science program in Organizational Leadership and Administration.  
Family, friendship, history and service were at the forefront at the August 22nd Family Night Event at Rotary Park.  Our Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club celebrated 80 years of service with excitement, laughter and memories during the annual event.
One hundred sugar maples, 2-3 foot whips, were planted west of Green Bay Road, north of Bonniwell Road, south of Pioneer Road in Mequon, WI as part of the process of reforestation of fallow farm land. Costs of the initiative were about $200.00.  TM Rotary President Bill Hart recognizes and thanks Sandy Custer for supporting the Rotary tree planting initiative.
Boy Scout Troop 852 (sponsored by our Rotary Club) had their 70th anniversary party at Rotary park. You’ll also notice that Dr. Jacobs joined the celebration as well (in black) and gave a brief history about the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary’s sponsorship of the Troop. 
Garrett Mitman was awarded the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's annual scholarship recipient.  Garrett is a 2017 graduate of Homestead High School and was able to graduate early, after the 2nd trimester of his senior year, so that he could continue to pursue his passion of basketball and give back to a community in need on the small island of Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean.  Garrett is the president and founder of a non-profit organization, Island Hoops Project, where he has raised $91,000 to renovate a basketball court for the Turks & Caicos community of Providenciales.   You can learn more about Garrett’s project at islandhoopsproject.org.
Garrett has played basketball for the Homestead Highlanders for the past 4 years and was named Team Captain his senior year.  He has also served as the Summer Camp Commissioner for Homestead’s Hoop Camp for grades 5-9 and has served as a referee for Slammers Basketball, a program for pre-K to grade 5.
Garrett will be attending Colgate University in upstate New York this fall.  He plans to study pre-med and will be playing basketball for the Colgate Raiders.
Garrett, we thank you for your “Service Above Self!”
Nick Robinson, Vice President of Business Banking with PNC Bank, delivered his thumbnail sketch on August 15.  Nick joined the TM Rotary club back in April.  Nick has been in the banking industry for 12 years.  He became a Bank Manager at the age of 18 with Tri City National Bank, spent 5 years in branch management roles with PyraMax Bank and has been at PNC Bank since 2012.  Nick currently serves as a resource and banking relationship manager to the small business community in the North Shore of Milwaukee, offering business banking, treasury management and lending services.
Nick volunteers with Make a Difference Wisconsin to teach financial literacy to high school juniors and seniors.  He is actively involved with the WI Veteran Chamber of Commerce, recently appointed to the leadership board and as chair of the membership committee. 
Nick grew up in South Milwaukee, WI.  He currently resides in Franklin, WI with his wife of 7 years, Jody, and their 5 year old son, Logan.  During his free time, Nick enjoys watching Packers football and following politics.
Are you an engaged, active member of your Rotary Club?  Do you participate regularly in service projects and enjoy your club’s social events?  Is your Rotary Network involving you in your community?
Why are you a Rotarian? The Why matters - Find your Why. What’s in it for you? People join Rotary for networking, service, our global reach, friendship, or working for peace.  Why are you a Rotarian?
Attracting members (finding people interested in joining us) and engaging members (getting them involved) are important.  But to get there, we have to “ask” prospects to join.  We have to help them be comfortable.  We have to help them become so passionate about Rotary, that they want to invite others to have the Rotary experience.
There are lots of Membership tools we can use as Rotarians and as Club Leaders.   The RI brochure, Introducing New Members to Rotary, can help when you make the ask. Maybe you and your club need to discuss your why.  Does your Rotary Club Membership Committee need to do a “Rotary Club Health Check”? Maybe you or your Membership Committee would like to engage in the Membership Best Practices Discussion Group on the RI website to share Membership ideas with others. 
We are inviting district Rotarians to participate in planning and organizing this year’s District Conference – TriCon 2018 Wisconsin.  Not only can you register for the conference today, you can be involved in making it happen – you don’t have to be a member of the “host club.”   If you are interested, send me an e-mail message jreed6270@gmail.com ; let me know how you want to help.    
My visits to clubs in our district – the “official” governor visits -- have yielded many active, engaged Rotarians.  Thanks to those I have visited for your hospitality and enthusiasm.  I look forward to seeing others soon.
Find your Why!
Jeff Reed
District 6270 Governor
Pam Koch and Todd Davis tend to the Rotary Grill (newly named "Frank") for the final cookout of the season.  The grill is new to the TM Rotary this season and has served the group very well during our summer cookouts in Rotary Park.
Reminder - Applications are being accepted for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year starting July 1, 2017.  
A qualified candidate is passionate about Rotary -  open to new ideas - interested in learning - organized - willing to practice Service Above Self -  has a good sense of humor - and loves to have fun !     The leadership training they will receive during the two years prior to assuming office will be valuable not only in their Rotary life, but in their business and professional life as well. 
Please think about all the wonderful past presidents in your club, ask them if they are ready for their next Rotary adventure,  and encourage them to apply for the position of District Governor.   Applications are being accepted until October 15, 2017.     Information and the application forms are on the district website. 
If you have any questions please contact PDG Karen White at lakewinds@msn.com or PDG Julie Craig (as of 07-01-17) at Julie@gjmllp.com.
Thank you.
Even with rain all day and the threat of rain in the evening, the game was still on giving us a beautiful evening for Rotarians, friends and family.  The Chinooks won 5 - 2 against the Kenosha Kingfish.  Our private deck was sold out thanks to Dan Gannon!  Thank you all who attended to help make this another wonderfully fun club social event!
Sandy Custer unveiled the new TM Rotary grill during the July 25th meeting at the Mequon Rotary Pavilion.  What better way to break in the new grill than to toss on some burgers and salmon patties?  The grill will be put to good use to bring the club together throughout the summer months.
Business Meeting
Oct 24, 2017
Secretary Dave Ross
Oct 31, 2017
Transportation Secretary for the State of Wisconsin
Julie Upstill
Nov 07, 2017
Public Health Educator - Washington & Ozaukee Public Health Department
Cindy Shaffer
Nov 14, 2017
Mequon Town Center Phase 2 - Spur 16
No Meeting This Week
Nov 21, 2017
Business Meeting
Nov 28, 2017
Joe Russell
Dec 05, 2017
Lincoln's Legacy - State Bar of Wisconsin
Bob Blazich
Dec 12, 2017
The Historic District of Thiensville & The Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society
No Meeting This Week
Dec 26, 2017
No Meeting This Week
Jan 02, 2018
Business Meeting
Jan 23, 2018
Business Meeting
Feb 27, 2018
Business Meeting
Mar 27, 2018
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Vocational Service
Past President
Exec. Sec. Tres.

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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