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Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Mequon/Thiensville, WI 53092
United States of America
Home Page Stories
It was approximately 4:17 PM and 33 degrees on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 when the large circular Mequon-Thiensville logo arrived at the scene of the Gateway Promenade feature on the corner of Mequon Road and Cedarburg Road. The large structure is the final piece to the project, with the exception of the donor wall on the interior which is to be added this spring.
See, I told you it was approximately 4:17 PM and 33 degrees, but did you believe me?.. Probably. 
Shortly after the structure arrived the crew got to work. They quickly realized the small ladder would not suffice for the project and switched to the big guns.
By 8:15, this beauty was complete! Thank you to everyone who has put so much effort into this project. It is truly amazing seeing the hard work of Ratarians coming to fruition!
The Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center program to provide free marketing assistance to local businesses, and a learning opportunity for students is seeking 10 Ozaukee County Businesses.  If you have a business and are interested in participating in the Winter 2021 program, visit for more information or to apply. 
What a treat we had, as Rotarians Maureen O'Leary, Rob Kos, Heather Mader, and Bruce Rowe and the Rotary Band to be Named Later gave the exclusive release of some holiday favorites at Tuesday's virtual meeting!
Tim Vertz presents George with his last 2 digit birthday cake. 
George surrounded by friends at the celebration of his 100th birthday.
George surrounded by friends for his 101st birthday. 
Doc Witte has been a staple to our club for decades, and a staple to our world for over a century. Doc passed away on Sunday, October 25, just a few months before what would have been his 102nd birthday. He led an incredible life, which was recaptured at his 100th birthday celebration, and can be viewed at VIDEO OF DOC WITTE'S 100th BIRTHDAY! 
George's family will hold a private funeral on November 1, but we will celebrate his life with a weekly segment in our November meetings to allow people to tell their stories about George. Because our November meetings will be virtual, you will be responsible for preparing your own martini. Out of respect for George's caregivers, you are asked to "water it down a little."
Sandy Custer is making arrangements to have a donation made in George's memory on the Gateway Promenade.  He is looking to raise $500 and asks that anyone desiring to contribute make checks payable to the TM Rotary Foundation and include George Witte Gateway in the memo line. Donations should be given to Sandy Custer. 
Below is a link to the virtual meeting option starting Tuesday, October 6th. 
There is no password, but people joining will be vetted through a waiting room. If you're sitting in the waiting room, please be patient and we'll get to you soon. I'd rather you wait a few moments rather than deal with what our virtual participants had to deal with in week 1. 
You can also find this link at the website and clicking "Join Us Online" in the club information section. You will have to be logged in for that link to work. If you need your login information, it should be firstname.lastname.5716. Your password I can't help you with. See you then!
Topic: TM Rotary Club Weekly Hybrid Meetings
Time: Oct 6, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Tue, until Feb 2, 2021, 18 occurrence(s)
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: ROTARY
Dial in (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: 519411
Sam Azinger and John Rosing
As per is customary, the Board voted to cancel the meetings the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Accordingly, if you plan to attend on November 24, December 22, or December 29, you may find yourself very lonely, unless someone else also made the same mistake. 
Tuesday’s speaker 
New Rotarian, Russell Witte-Dycus was inducted into the club on Tuesday, pictured here with his sponsor Nancy Witte-Dycus President Sam Azinger, and all of the members who participated in our first hybrid meeting virtually (appearing at the bottom of Sam's shirt).  It was a joyous occasion, and the first ever induction that ended with "you may now kiss your sponsor."  New Applicant Nick Hunzinger looked on undoubtedly thinking "I'm glad I asked Maureen to be my sponsor, and not Sam." 
It's always fun getting to know a little more about our newer members. Jenne Hohn presented her thumbnail at Tuesday's meeting.  If there is anything that could make that cool (referring to temperature, or course) late September afternoon any cooler (referring to level of awesomeness, of course), it's Jenne.
Jenne told us about her story which has taken her all over the country, from Washington, California, New Mexico, Georgia, and ultimately Wisconsin.  You might be asking yourself what would cause her to settle in Wisconsin after all of those warm climates, and you'd be justified. Regardless of the reasons for choosing to settle here, we're happy and lucky to have her. Thanks Jenne for speaking to the club on Tuesday.   
It's time to have some fun! As you may know, the annual Fall Into Comedy fundraiser event has been canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19.  Although Fall Into Comedy is always a fun event that raises funds for the projects and organizations the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club supports, not holding the live event doesn't change the needs of our community, and the desire of our Rotary Club to continue its support. That being said, we are still holding the silent auction from October 13 through October 30th at 5pm. Check out the virtual silent auction fundraiser at: and don't forget to share on your favorite social media platforms. There's a link below. 
Home Page News
         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 2021
Jim Counslor
Jan 26, 2021
Kristin Gies
Feb 23, 2021
Mequon Nature Preserve
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
January 5
Lefko, Michael
January 12
Lind, Stanley
January 19
Lysaught, James
January 5
Hillman, Herbert
January 12
Hohn, Jennifer
January 19
Huffman, Greg
January 5
Wirth, John
January 12
Witte-Dycus, Nancy
January 19
Witte-Dycus, Russ
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary / Director
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
The Rotary Foundation

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