The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12pm at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon. Visiting and prospective Rotarians are always welcome. We hope to see you there! 

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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee County Club
10823 North River Road
Mequon, WI 53092
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For our meeting this week we were joined by Erica Vitek. She is an Occupational Therapist with Aurora Hospitals specializing in the treatment and therapy of individuals suffering from the progressive neurological disease Parkinson’s.

The form of treatment she adheres to is the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, LSVT, named after its first patient. It is designed to create sustained improvement in speech and voice structures. The movements we do by auto-pilot such as speaking, walking, or getting up from a chair are the most impaired. This program tackles those problems head on by emphasizing very intentional motion. Therapists request the patient to think BIG MOVEMENT and LOUD VOCALS during their 1:1 sessions. The goal is to clear the space between how the patient is perceiving their own signals and how others are actually receiving them.

If you have any further questions, I encourage you to reach out to Erica using her email. She is one of the finest in her field and travels across the country instructing others in how to care for those who are suffering from Parkinson’s

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Jim Hahn started with KIDS MATTER in 2008 as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program volunteer. His professional background includes more than 25 years in nonprofit fundraising and administration. He served as a national award-winning officer of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and as a member of the Subject Matter Expert Corps charged with writing the international exam questions for the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential. While pursuing his English degree at West Virginia University, Jim joined Alpha Phi Omega National Service Organization in 1983. Having served at all levels of the organization including on their national board of directors and as the National Marketing Director, today he chairs their efforts to expand into Canada. His experience in nonprofit service has afforded him tenures in addressing homelessness, healthcare advocacy, small business development, literacy, local historic preservation, as well as victims of child abuse and neglect.

Working with kids matter has been a Passion project for Jim. He started as a volunteer with them 12 years ago has been brought into their staff recently. His major role right now is searching for volunteers to be Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA for short. their phrase for 2020 is to "change a kid's story." Court appointed special advocates are the voice looking out for the best interest of kids for safety and permanency as they enter and go through the process of the foster system. In some cases, the CASA may also be appointed the guardian ad litem for the child, but this does not always happen. Less than 50% of foster kids nation wide graduate from high school; however, in Milwuakee 100% of foster kids with a CASA have graduated.

There are several requirements for becoming a CASA. These include participation in a 30 hour training course to learn how to best evaluate, connect, and communicate with children and those involved in their lives. You must also be available to provide the court with your opinion at least every six months. The funding for the CASA program comes mostly from private donations although Kids Matter does receive funds from the state victim of crimes fund.

The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club honored our first Student of the Month, Jake Kallas, for the 2019-2020 school year.  Jake is a senior at Homestead High School and is the son of Bonnie and Perry Kallas of Thiensville.  He is an Eagle Scout, he has received the Merit Award all 3 years of high school, is a member of the National Honor Society, and a trumpet section leader for the Homestead Marching and Symphonic Band.
Jake has distinguished himself as someone who truly cares about giving back to his community.  He has participated in several volunteer projects including Gathering on the Green, Family Fun Before the Fourth, and Lionsfest.  Some of his most impactful projects include achieving his Eagle Scout Award.  Jake’s projects included building planter boxes for Lasata as well as collecting toiletries for a homeless shelter in Milwaukee.  Jake has also volunteered for the Riverwest Food Pantry Christmas gift program for the past 6 years, which involved collecting and wrapping gifts each Christmas.
Jake, we thank you for your “service above self” and all that you do for your community!
This week we had members of the Homestead Choir Perform form several holiday tunes for us. They were led by their director Jennifer Schwingle. Having them perform is always a tremendous pleasure for our club and we look forward to hearing from them again next year!
Full Program list:
Rise Up Shepherd and Follow
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Apple-Tree Wassail
All So Still
While By My Sheep
Deck the Hall
Silent Night
Joy to the World
Our speakers Julie and Kimberly were both here representing Family Sharing. Julie has been the Executive Director at Family Sharking for 4 years. Prior to joining Family Sharing, she was in the corporate world, most recently in technology consulting. She has a wide variety of experience from engineering, sale, and HR. She believes her skills are like a juggling act that is well suited for non-profit management.
Kimberly Joined the Family Sharing team in April. She is from Chicago, but relocated to Milwaukee about one year ago with her Fiancé. She has a background in non-profit fundraising and event planning for an international non-profit.
Family Sharing is a nonprofit organization that generates revenue through the resale of donations such as clothing, sports, equipment, and furniture. The sale of these donations provides $100k a year that goes toward keeping its food pantry open. For additional revenue, they also encourage donations of metals and textiles which con then be recycled.
This is the largest and oldest food pantry in Ozaukee County. In the month of September they served 481 households of varying size. Each household is allowed to come every other week and is provided with enough groceries to last the two weeks until their next visit. Their goal is to alleviate hunger in Ozaukee County with dignity and compassion. Because of this the visiting clients are eligible to pick and choose what food from the pantry they would like to take for themselves. The food pantry is always in need of more food donations; however, that is not the only thing they need. Many times people are in need of basic household and toiletry items. these are always greatly value and appreciated. Finally, they are more than welcoming to cash donations. Cash allows them to identify the goods they are short on and purchase them at cost from local grocery stores.
There are 15 employees and 115 volunteers on their roster that keep the resale store and food pantry functioning at a high level. Family Sharing is located just two minutes from downtown Grafton and is always welcoming to more help and donations.
A message from the walk Manager for Ozaukee County.
Your team, Rollin' with Rotary, won Ozaukee's Walk to End Alzheimer's category: Largest Company Team with 21 people as of 10/28/2019!!!

Thank you so much for all of your hard work! Our walk is a success because of the hard work you (and your team) put in every year.

The link to RSVP for the party (please invite your family, friends, and co-workers along!): Please see the flyer attached, for details.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or would like to schedule a follow-up phone call.

I have one request: do you have any pictures of your team (and some of just yourself) on walk day? The more pictures, the better! If you could have those to me by end of day tomorrow, that would be great!
District Govvernor Steen Sanderhoff, Ellen MacFarlane, former DG Karl Hertz, and Carol Hertz enjoyed talking at the District 6270 Foundation Dinner at the West Bend Country Club on Wednesday evening
Rotarians present at Tuesday's meeting gave generously to celebrate World Polio Day! $306 was raised by our Trick-or-Treater (Maureen's daughter, Jax). Peterson Apfelbach (pictured above), who warned us last week of the consequences of not giving, but still missed the meeting Tuesday, went from skin and bones to just bones. Peterson did, however, generously donate those bones (as well as a hat, tie, and name tag) to enlighten Rotarians on giving to Polio Plus to avoid the same fate as him.   
12 Rotarians, and 6 extras participated in Saturday's Roadside Cleanup. The 12 Rotarians and extras include those pictured below and Ellen MacFarlane. Photo's courtesy of Ellen MacFarlane... Would someone get her a selfie stick so she can be in some of the pictures too? 
George Witte was represented by Jess and her husband and their two sons at Saturday's roadside cleanup. It looks like the Rotarian way of life may be rubbing off onto her. Pictured with Sandy Custer, who is of course instrumental to this service project, as he is so many others. 
Carter Azinger puts a piece of trash gracefully into an open garbage bag held by Sam Azinger while Tim Carr looks on (note, this photo was posed before leaving), while Tyler Azinger looks for trash in the Kwik Trip lawn.
John Rosing and Tim Vertz show off their skills with full bags in hand and a clean roadside behind them.
Stan Smith sported a Rotary hat to assure anyone driving by at less than 50 MPH could identify the source of the good deeds (nobody slowed down, must have been all the Thiensvillians trying to escape Mequon as quickly as possible).
Mequon Mayor John Wirth and Alderwoman Kathleen Schneider are happy to take a break from their role of sitting behind a desk to keep Mequon beautiful, and instead participate in the laborious side of keeping their city beautiful. 
Jim Lysaught and Rob Kos enjoy the relaxing task of cleaning Green Bay Road where the speed limit is only 30 MPH. Rob Kos only identifiable as a result of being the only person brave enough to sport a Yankees hat in Wisconsin. 
Karle Naggs may have kept his boots clean, but he sacrificed his van's carpeting by picking up and dropping off the muddy trash collectors.  
Rotary’s theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. Here is a great opportunity to show the Noon and Sunrise Clubs collective support and make some special connections at the Ozaukee County NAACP Branch Freedom Fund Dinner at the Watermark at Shully’s on Friday 15 November.
The keynote speaker is Rotarian Thelma Sais. She has been recognized for her work in Milwaukee. Last year alone she was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal twice; first as recipient of the "Business Diversity Award" and again for "Lifetime Achievement Award". Brian Monroe has had the pleasure of hearing her speak and knows her through the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and highly recommends the opportunity to hear her speak. The emcee will be our AG Rayna Andrews.
The tables will be comfortably set for eight guests and Brian is hopeful that Rotarians will be able to fill a few tables.  For tickets and menu selections please click the Freedom Fund Eventbrite link. You’ll also be able to request seating with the Rotary tables.
Thanks for your consideration and hoping that you are able to join us. 
This post is requested by Brian Monroe of the Sunrise Club. 
Angela is now in her tenth year as the assistant dean for public service at Marquette Law School. Prior to Marquette she worked in private practice as an elder and disability law attorney. Angela came to the practice of law as a social worker- she worked for ten years with a domestic violence intervention agency in Portland, Oregon. During that time, she completed her law degree at Lewis & Clark Law School.
While in criminal law if you can not afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you this is not the case for many civil law matters. As such there are many low income individuals and families that are often not receiving the proper legal service or protection they may need. Legal Action of Wisconsin is an available service for these group to go to; however, they are only able to serve roughly half of the 25,000 eligible clients they evaluate each year. Marquette's Law School seeks to answer that call through its spirit of volunteerism and service. Every year they have a team of roughly 550 lawyers and students that are able to serve an additional 5,000 people with their legal needs with emphasis on housing, health, domestic violence, seniors, and veterans and military families. They do this from four brick and mortar locations and a mobile unit staged around the Milwaukee area.
For questions or availability to volunteer please reach out to
Angela F. Schultz, J.D.
Marquette Law School
Assistant Dean for Public Service

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the soon to open Foxtown Brewing in Mequon, the Mequon Thiensville Historical Society has been offered the opportunity to host a Soft Opening fundraiser.  The Foxtown Brewing building was constructed in 1857 as the Zimmermann & Opitz Brewery and has been carefully returned to its original purpose after many years of industrial use, warehousing, and vacancy.  


The details of the event are:


5 - 9 PM





A donation of $75 per person includes any two items from the Foxtown Brewing menu (appetizers, salads, boards, handhelds. and entrees) plus complimentary beer, coffee and coke products. 


Seating is limited.  Tickets will be available starting at 9 AM on Monday, October 21st, at the Port Washington State Bank locations in Mequon and Thiensville.  Please plan to pay by check made out to MTHS.  


I hope you will attend this wonderful event.  It will be a great opportunity to see the spectacular Foxtown building, enjoy a great meal along with specialty beers, and support your MT Historical Society.  


It promises to be a night to remember.

The Rollin' with Rotary Walk Team participated with over 450 walkers in the two mile Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 5. Pictured above were the most people who could be gathered at one time for a photo op, specifically, Bruce Rowe, Herb Hillman, Maureen O'Leary Guth (with 2 sisters, Alison O'Leary and Kristin O'Leary), Marilyn Jacobs, Ellen MacFarlane,  Sam Azinger (with Tyler and Carter). Not pictured includes Alice and Steve Sedgwick, Maureen's husband and daughters, Jeremy, Jacqueline, and Madelyn (featured in third photo), Sam's wife and daughter, Jessica and Reagan, and Cindy Shaffer. Others who may have been there but were not verified by photographic evidence or non-photographic memory include Bob Blazich, Andy Moss, Cara Seppi-Bern, and Doug Hansen. All walkers collectively lost 35 lbs. by the end of the walk. 
The Rotary Walk Team consisted of 20 registered walkers, and raised $1,030. Listed donors included Ellen MacFarlane, Bob Blazich, Brian Monroe, Bruce Rowe, Cara Seppi-Bern, Carol Wessels, Dan Gannon, Dave Kliber (in honor of Edward and Floramae Kliber), Herb Hillman, Jenne Hohn, Karl Hertz, Kathleen Schneider, Maureen O'Leary Guth, Sam Azinger and Sandy and Jean Custer.  If anyone is missed, I sincerely apologize. Truthfully I suspect someone isn't listed that I'd like to give a shout out to, but am more worried that I'd shout out to them and they'd have to correct me by stating that they didn't make a contribution.
Funds raised are used to support finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Once there is a cure, I presume there will no longer be a need to raise funds, so theoretically you could call this event the Walk to End the Walk to End Alzheimer's.  
Save the date for November 19th from 5:30-7:30 in which a celebration dinner and awards ceremony will be held at the River Room in Grafton. I suspect our team is due an award or two, such as for the Largest Team, and possibly the Rookie Team that raised the most funds. If you're interested in attending, RSVP at
What a great time to be a Rotarian. 
Ordinarily a very reliable news source in Ozaukee County, the News Graphic has joined the Fake News Club with their article in Tuesday's paper announcing new members of the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club.  Contrary to the caption of the photograph seen above, Maureen O'Leary has not abandoned the Noon Club to join the Sunrise Club.
In fact, Maureen had introduced the new member being inducted, Danila Danesi, to the Sunrise Club (since Danila's schedule wasn't fitting for the Noon Club), and was invited to attend the meeting in which Danila was being inducted into the Sunrise Club. What could be LIES, LIES, and more LIES, may also be accredited to a typographical error or slight misunderstanding. 
When questioned O'Leary said "Oh my goodness, what am I going to do when Tony sees this?" She went on to say "We have to get in front of this." When discussing how to go about getting in front of this it was best determined that a story for the Newsletter would suffice. "Maybe we can say 'Lies Lies Lies' and claim it's 'fake news.' We should make sure it is super sarcastic too so nobody actually thinks we don't like the News Graphic." 
Our Speakers:
Dr. Cal Tamanji, PHD;AICP. Professor of Economics/Social Science  Milwaukee Area Technical College,President of Ozaukee County NAACP Branch, Adviser of West Cameroon Community Association(WECAWI.)
Dr Zachary Nchinda, Phd Professor of History Milwaukee Area Technical College, Adviser of West Cameroon Community Association(WECAWI.) Last but not the least,
Mr George Azeh, MSc. Consulting Accountant. President of West Cameroon Community Association(WECAWI). We are all US citizens of Southern Camerron origin that have lost relatives in the ongoing French-backed genocide in Southern Cameroons(Ambazonia.) 
Cameroon was colonized by Germany In 1884 and remained under their control until their defeat in World War 1.
After the war, African colonies held by the defeated countries were split between France and England with 1/5 of Cameroon falling into English control and the other 4/5  were given to France. This amount of control was maintained until 1945 when the UN set rules and standards for the preparation of independence for the many colonies and territories in Africa.
The British style of rule allowed West Cameroon to establish its own common laws and customs; however, in East Cameroon, the French ruled directly with the  East Cameroonian government answered directly to Paris.
In 1961, the French colonies in Africa were presented with the opportunity to have complete independence, or become part of the French Union. When New Guinea requested complete independence, France made an example of them, freighting other colonies into joining the Union. Resulting in the formation of the Federal Republic of Cameroon.
In 1970 oil was discovered in West Cameroon, as a result, France pressured their East Cameroon state to move for a combined Cameroonian state so they would have access to the oil reserves.
This led to continued conflict between the western English speaking residents and the French backed East Cameroonian citizens.
Many professionals protested the many changes that were uninvited and unwelcome from the french speaking side of Cameroon and were labeled as terrorists for their perceived hate of Cameroon resulting in unfair treatment of many lawyers and teachers.
War has been raging for 3 years with 500,000 refugees fleeing to Nigeria, many eternally displaced. Many countries are hesitant to contribute and support the suffering members of English speaking Cameroon. 
Due to collusion between governments, there have been many difficulties shipping resources and supplies to the suffering refugees. Our guests highly encourage us to reach out to our government officials to stop the violence going on in English speaking Cameroon 
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         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
Members include representatives from many businesses:
The Sommersberger Group
The Carr Buttler Group
WE Wealth Management Group
January 2020
Ed Fallone
Jan 21, 2020
Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate
Nancy Yarbrough
Feb 04, 2020
Fresh Start Learning, Inc.
Tyler Briggs
Feb 11, 2020
New Member Thumbnail Sketch
Peterson Apfelbach
Feb 18, 2020
New Member Thumbnail Sketch
Matt Johnson
Mar 03, 2020
Marsy's Law
James Kieselburg
Mar 17, 2020
Executive Director MSOE Grohmann Museum
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
January 21
Kirgues, Roger
January 28
Koch, Pamela
February 4
Kos, Robert
January 21
Davis, Todd
January 28
Gannon, Daniel
February 4
Hertz, Karl V.
January 21
Sommersberger, Greg
January 28
Vertz, Tim
February 4
Von Rueden, Anthony
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Gateway Project
Fall Into Comedy
Exec. Secr. Tres.
The Rotary Foundation

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