January 2019
Meeting Responsibilities
January 22
Koch, Pamela
January 29
Kos, Robert
February 5
Lind, Stanley
January 22
Davis, Todd
January 29
Gannon, Daniel
February 5
Hertz, Karl V.
January 22
Rosing, John
January 29
Rowe, Bruce
February 5
Schneider, Kathleen
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 of America
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Thank you to Griselda Aldrete and Kim Schultz from the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) for speaking at our meeting on Tuesday and sharing some insight of what HPGM is doing to advance and inspire young high school and college age Hispanics in Milwaukee.  HPGM holds an annual GALA which will be held this year on May 11.  
Griselda Aldrete is the president and CEO of HPGM. Her primary responsibility is to work in coordination with the Board of Directors to develop and execute the vision and strategic plan for the organization. She has far-reaching experience in community leadership and outreach, financial oversight and managing day-to-day operations of complex organizations.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Law Studies and Spanish from Marquette University, a master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a law degree from Marquette University Law School. She is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Fellowship and the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program, and is a proud alumna of the Future Milwaukee Leadership Program at Marquette University. 
Aldrete has been recognized for and received a number of prominent awards for her community service and advancement of Hispanics, including Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 under 40 Award, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee's Philanthropic 5 Award, Marquette University College of Art and Sciences’ Young Alumna of the Year, Biz Times Milwaukee’s Regional Spirit Award, United States Delegate for the British American Project, Wisconsin’s “Top 48 most powerful Latinos” list, Major League Baseball’s SEAT 21 Award, National Football League/Green Bay Packers’ Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, Donald Driver Foundation’s Driven to Achieve Award and the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast’s Risk Taker Award.
Kim Schultz is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for HPGM. She is a graduate of UW-Madison and is also a proud alumna of Future Milwaukee Leadership Program at Marquette University.  She currently serves on the Wisconsin Humane Society Advisory Board, is the chair of the Racine Community Committee, and was elected in 2019 to the Class of Milwaukee's Emerging Women Leaders.
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary welcomed new member Colleen Landish-Hansen who is the incoming Administrator for the Village of Thiensville. She is shown above receiving her Rotary Pin from Dianne Robertson who is the current Village Administrator who plans to retire in early March. Dianne plans to continue her membership as a Rotarian, so not to worry, we will still see her at our meetings when she is not sailing the open seas and travelling the world. Colleen has agreed to abide by the 

Four-Way Test, which is the ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships to consider of the things we think, say or do 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? and 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Welcome Colleen, we look forward to a long Rotarian friendship.

This past week, we honored our 3rd selected Student of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year.  Joe Nelson, a senior at Homestead High School, was the selected winner and was honored during our club meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  Joe was accompanied by both of his parents, Eric and Lisa Nelson of Mequon.
Joe Nelson is certainly no stranger to taking action to help others within his community and school.  Joe has an impressive resume, filled with several community, church and school related volunteer activities, clubs, band, and leadership positions. 
One of Joe’s most significant service accomplishments is his involvement with the Best Buddies Club at Homestead.  Joe is now the president of this organization, leading 60 members, and has spent the last 3 years as a Peer Buddy.  Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to creating one-on-one friendships, employment and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Joe has been paired with the same buddy for all 3 years, an individual who has non-verbal autism.  Joe has learned how to communicate with his buddy, created a special friendship, and helped improve his peer’s social and communication skills.  Joe’s experience has developed a passion for caring for other people and ultimately, has prompted him to explore a career in the medical field.
Joe is a 4-year Merit Award recipient at Homestead, a member of the National Honor Society and represented Homestead at Badger Boys State.  He has participated in his church mission trips for the past 4 years, traveling to New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, San Francisco and Minneapolis to name a few.  Joe has also served as the percussion section leader for the past 3 years at Homestead.  He is involved in marching band, symphony orchestra and the jazz band.  He also plays the pit orchestra for the Homestead musicals.  He is the co-founder and co-president of Homestead’s Investment Club.
Joe is still in the process of deciding where he will attend college this fall, but does intend to study nursing.  Joe, we congratulate you on your accomplishments and thank you for all of your “service above self”.


UCN’s Social Justice Committee is happy to announce that they've secured the opportunity to present a screening of the movie “This is Home” after their service on Sunday, January 27. This movie brings warmth and communal spirit to the table as it follows the travails of four Syrian refugee families finding their collective feet in Baltimore over the course of eight months.


If you would like to attend please visit this Eventbrite link to reserve your tickets and to see a map for UCN. Please consider spreading the word by sharing this invitation with friends and family so that UCN can fill their sanctuary with others who want to learn more about the multitude of challenges many refugees have to overcome.


UCN will provide coffee and snacks and welcome guests at 11:15 am and then introduce and start the movie at 11:30 am. The screening will take until 1:00 pm. For those who would like to delve deeper into this social justice topic, we’ll be offering a Q&A and a discussion period afterwards.
First of all, let’s say thank you to Mel Stanton, Executive Director of Mel’s Charities, and Dick Phalen, President of the Board for visiting and speaking at our December 18, 2018 meeting.  
Mel and Dick gave some insight as to what Mel’s Charities does in Ozaukee County, including supporting people with special needs, memorial scholarships, and human services. The emphasis Mel's puts on all of this is on having fun. Mel’s has 6 annual fun events, the most notable being Mel’s Pig Roast in late summer. These events all help raise funds for these great causes. Mel’s has distributed over $1 million since 1999, with $168,000 in 2018 alone. The organization’s distributions have increased every year since its inception, and continued growth is expected.
The one question we’re all guilty of asking is “how much of my donation is going to overhead.” If we don’t ask it, we probably think it. Mel wants to be able to say 100%, but as the organization grows, so does the overhead expenses. That’s where the idea of the 300 FUNd Club came in. Mel’s is looking for 300 people to commit to donating $300 a year for three years, earmarked for supporting the organization and its overhead, which consists of nominal salaries and wages, rent for its office space located on Badger Circle in Grafton, and other general expenses. Additional amounts raised through the 300 FUNd are anticipated to be used to start an endowment to keep Mel’s Charities around for the long haul.
As of December 18, 2018, Mel's had 181 FUNd Team members, of which on 17 were from Mequon-Thiensville.  Since speaking at the meeting, at least 3 more Mequon-Thiensvillians have joined! Way to go Rotarians! Anyone (else) interested in joining the 300 FUNd Team can visit http://www.melscharities.org/300fundteam for more information or to join. Samuel Azinger will happily help make connections or answer questions if you're looking for more ways to contribute.  
3 teams, led by Captains Hillman, Wiese, and Jacobs, went head to head to head in a competition to see which team could donate more food and cash to Family Sharing this holiday season.  
Motivated by strong leadership, competitive nature, the promise that winning will get you to heaven, and mostly the desire to do good and right in the world, Rotarians gathered 2563 items this year, by far exceeding the totals from every other year (2470 in 2017), data for earlier years is unavailable, making this claim nearly impossible to refute.
We all know who the real winners are, but let’s get the breakdown for bragging rights purposes.  Team Hillman led the pack with 967 items donated, followed by team Wiese with 937 items, and team Jacobs with 656 items. 
Bottom line is that the winning team is the Thiensville Mequon Rotary Club with 82% participation, compared to 75% in 2017! Way to go team!
Pictured above:  Kimberly Hartlieb (Student of the Month) and Megan Borland (T-M Rotary Vocational Director)
Pictured above: Kimberly Hartlieb with her parents, Elizabeth and John Hartlieb
Congratulations to December, 2018's Student of the Month winner. 
Kimberly Hartlieb was honored as our December Student of the Month on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.  Kimberly is a senior at Homestead High School and was accompanied by both of her parents, John and Elizabeth Hartlieb of Mequon.
Kimberly is actively involved in several community and school organizations.  She has earned the Merit Award all 4 years of high school, she is a member of the National Honor Society and a Student Council Executive Board Member where she works with the student body to plan school-wide events and charity events.
Kimberly is the Head Leader for the Reading Buddies program.  This program involves pairing up with second graders at Wilson Elementary and reading with them on a weekly basis.  She also volunteers with Kids 4 Kids, which involves tutoring young students in the MPS school district.
One of Kimberly’s most recent volunteer activities involved leading a “5 Minute Fundraiser” at Homestead High School.  Students were given 5 minutes one morning in December to donate money in their classroom for the KAPCO toy drive.  They raised over $1,000 from students in this short 5 minute window and used those funds to buy toys for children.
Kimberly will be graduating this May and has already decided to attend the University of Iowa where she will study business.  Kimberly will be the 3rd generation in her family to attend Iowa, where both of her parents, her uncles and her grandmother are all Iowa alumni.
Kimberly, we thank you for your “Service Above Self” and all that you have done to make your school and community a better place!
The Club enjoyed the holiday entertainment of the Lou Menchaca Trio performing some holiday jazz at Tuesday's meeting.  The performance was kicked off with a wild rendition of a very famous Miles Davis hit, followed by many of everyone's favorite Christmas Carols.  It was wonderful to see so many guests, including the friends and family of many Rotarians.  As always, Lou kept the show PC (politically correct) and opted out of playing "Baby Its Cold Outside."  If only our friendly editor were so smart.  
The Rotary Club of Milwaukee hosted current RI President Barry Rassin on Tuesday 4 December. There were 23 D6270 clubs that sent one or more representatives to be part of this special event. The Mequon and Thiensville Rotary Clubs were represented by PDG Karl Hertz and Brian Monroe. President Rassin explained the design and call to action behind this year’s Rotary theme “Be the Inspiration”.
President Rassin shared updates with regards to the Polio Plus and many positive life changing projects funded by our dollars that we give to The Rotary Foundation. He also asked us to make sure that are clubs are relevant in order to keep our members engaged and to be attractive to younger leaders.
         It has been brought to our attention that many Rotarians are doing their end of year donation planning and that they would like more information about donating to the M-T Community Promenade project. As you know Rotary and Rotarians have been actively working on the Town Center and River Walk projects since 2002. As a capstone landmark for this area we have been active in the planning and now the fundraising for the Mequon-Thiensville Community Promenade on the north east corner of Mequon and Cedarburg Roads.
        First, prospective donors should know that both municipal governments – Village Board for Thiensville and City Council for Mequon – have collaborated to get this new landmark designed through a Joint Gateway Committee appointed in August 2017. And, the Village and City have pledged as many tax dollars as elected officials feel they can toward its construction. Collectively, the Village and City have committed $200,000 toward the total cost of design and construction.
        We know private fund raising is not an appropriate function of municipal governments; therefore, we are personally and collectively committed to raising $500,000 in private contributions to meet the total projected cost of $700,000. As a club, we have donated $15,000 already with more to come after the Community Action Council meets in December. $30,000 remaining from the efforts for the River Walk have been transferred to this project. It is our expectation that more will come in the next two years.
          The City has indicated willingness to authorize a construction contract to build the Promenade as soon as 75% or $375,000 of the private funds needed are pledged or in the bank.
        Our Promenade Landmark Campaign Committee, composed totally of volunteers, has kicked off a quiet campaign to secure commitments for as many lead gifts as possible by January. We hope the Council will be able to issue that contract in February in preparation for construction in Spring 2019.
         We are working independently, without the services of a professional fund-raiser so that funds raised will be used for construction, not fund raising.
         Before asking others, Campaign Committee members pledged their own donations. Since then, we have secured four (4) lead gifts of $25,000 or more thus far, plus ten (10) commitments at other levels totaling private dollars raised of $211,400 to date Nov 10, 2018. More has come in since then, but we don’t have the latest figures.
         Donations of $500 and up will be recognized on the donor wall. Pledges can be made to spread out a donation over three years. If you have an employer that will match your donation, please help us make that contact. Tax deductible donations are to the T-M Rotary Foundation, note to Promenade.
         In the past, Rotarians have amazed us with their generosity, many pledging over three years. Our goal is to have donations from everyone in the club, no pressure on amounts, but eager participation.
         Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested.
         Sandy Custer, Stan Smith, Dan Gannon, Tim Carr
While Rotarians enjoyed the November off from road clean-up, Dan Gannon and Sandy Custer were driving up and down Green Bay Road filling 3 bags of trash. Not pictured, Sandy Custer driving the warm car and reminding Dan to close the door every time he got out to pick up another piece of trash. Thanks Dan, we all owe you one. 
Pictured above:  Rob Kos (President-Elect), Lauren Grueninger (Student of the Month), Jill Grueninger (Lauren's Mother) and Megan Borland (Vocational Director)
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club honored our first Student of the Month, Lauren Grueninger, for the 2018-2019 school year.  Lauren is a senior at Homestead High School.  She is an honor student, she has received the Merit Award all 3 years of high school, and she is a member of the National Honor Society.  She represented Homestead at Badger Girls State this past summer and has participated in numerous clubs and activities at Homestead, including the Rotary Interact Club.
Lauren has distinguished herself as someone who has taken action to make a difference in the lives of others.  One of her most impactful service projects was for St. Hyacinth’s Food Pantry on the south side of Milwaukee.  She started volunteering as a greeter every Wednesday afternoon.  During the first week she was there she noticed the “free books” shelf had very few books available.  Reading and education are Lauren’s passions and she wanted to share that experience with the children at St. Hyacinth.  She started a book drive which expanded into collecting school supplies as well.  She collaborated with local businesses to hold a brat fry and a bake sale and collected $975.  She also established donation bins at her church and local schools to collect new and used books and school supplies.  Lauren collected over 2,500 books, 102 backpacks and a truckload of school supplies for the children at St. Hyacinth.  One of the most rewarding aspects of her service was distributing all of the supplies to the children.  Lauren shared a story with our club about one little boy who fell in love with a Batman backpack as she was distributing supplies.  She remembers him being overjoyed when she told him it was his to keep. 
Lauren, we thank you for your “service above self” and all that you do for your school and community!
Thank you to Katherine Adamek for speaking to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  Katherine provided vivid insights as to what it takes to win an Olympic Medalist. 
In 2010 Katherine won silver and bronze medals in short track speed skating at the Vancouver Olympic Games.  In 2013 she retired after 3 hip surgeries and years of rehab when she began coaching. She then got the desire to compete again, and from 2016 – 2018 she trained for the 2018 Winter Games. In a sport where 10ths of a second can have an enormous impact, Katherine just barely missed qualifying.
This led Katherine to recognize and focus on the importance of mental skill training.  Katherine now partners with Vision Pursue to teach Performance Mindset skills to high performing individuals and organizations.  Performance Mindset Coaching combines the latest research in Neuroscience and Sports Psychology. Clients develop Performance Mindset through ongoing instruction, daily practices, and practical application.

Rotary recently learned that scammers have created multiple email and social media accounts that impersonate RI President Barry Rassin, RI President-elect Mark Maloney, and General Secretary John Hewko. The social media accounts have been on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Some of these messages also reference Viber, another messaging platform.

These are not authentic Rotary communications. They are phishing and spoofing attempts to obtain money and personal information.

Rotary monitors for and responds to these attempts as part of an ongoing effort to keep member, program participant, and staff data safe. We also work with LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp to remove imposter accounts.

Neither President Rassin’s, President-elect Maloney's, nor General Secretary Hewko’s authentic accounts have been compromised.

Rotary members should continue to exercise caution:

  • Disregard any suspicious message that offers money, requests money, or asks for your personal information.
  • Avoid opening attachments or following links in suspicious messages.
  • Pay close attention to the details of the email address and signature block to verify the sender.

If you receive what you believe to be a suspicious message from the president, general secretary, or another Rotary leader, please forward it to Rotary’s chief information officer at fraudreport@rotary.org and then delete it immediately. Please also report any suspicious social media accounts to fraudreport@rotary.org.

Reggie Jackson
Jan 29, 2019
Nurturing Diversity Partners
Cecelia Gore
Feb 05, 2019
Executive Director, Brewer's Community Foundation
Amy Luft & war veteran
Feb 12, 2019
Honor Flight
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Mar 18, 2019 7:00 PM
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Director of Club Service
Director of International Service
Director of Community Service
Director of Vocational Service
Past President
Exec. Secr. Tres.
Rotary Foundation Chair

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