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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Rotary Park Pavilion - West Entrance
4100 Highland Road
Mequon, WI 53092
United States of America
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Our speaker on Tuesday, August 16 is Steve Shapson from Steve's Bees. Steve Shapson has been keeping bees for seven years.  As a member of the Mequon Nature Preserve Beekeeping Club he participates in club activities and attends monthly informational lectures and presentations. His Steve's Bee's Honey brand is sold at local stores and eateries in Mequon, Cedarburg, Brown Deer and Milwaukee. Steve's honey is served by several local restaurants and caterers. His clients include: Chef John Raymond of Two Chefs Tosa, Chef Andrew Wilson of Brandywine, Chef Adam Siegel of Lupi and Iris, Bacchus, Lake Park Bistro, and Discourse Coffee.
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On Tuesday, August 9, we welcome David Christensen. David is the Chinooks’ Director of Partnerships after serving as Ticket Operations & Sales Manager in 2021. The 2022 season is his third season and  year with the organization. David will oversee the team’s corporate partnerships and tickets sales plus ticket operations and ticket sales departments including managing the stadium box office. Most recently, Christensen worked for the Milwaukee Brewers. David interned with Chinooks ticket sales staff in 2019 and was named an intern of the year. He graduated from University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Born and raised in Germantown, David currently resides in Germantown.
Rotary Comment – Stan Smith
It is hard to think back to a time that Rotary was not a part of my life.  I was a member of two other Rotary Clubs before being accepted as a member of our T/M Rotary Club in 1978 when we moved to Mequon.  I appreciate the many friendships with T/M Rotary Club members and the opportunity to serve with them.
It is now a privilege to share my experience with younger members and to urge them to appreciate all that we are able to do for our community and beyond.  I especially enjoy taking out of town visitors and family on a tour of Mequon Rotary Park, Village Park in Thiensville, the Town Center Gateway, and the Rotary Riverwalk.  It is easy to see the positive impact our Rotary Club has had on our community.
It was a recent pleasure to help celebrate the 85th Anniversary of our Club and I am confident there are many great years ahead with new ideas and new leadership each year.

Our speaker on Tuesday, August 2 was Clintel Hasan from Milwaukee Succeeds. Clintel Hasan is co-founder of LiberatED Consulting, an anti-racist education consulting service dedicated to building the critical consciousness of educators and school leaders on topics of race, class, power and privilege. She is also the Strategic Initiatives Manager at Milwaukee Succeeds, working for educational equity in Milwaukee and leading their High School Success initiative, Youth Forward MKE and co-leading Milwaukee’s K12 Covid-19 Civic Response Team.

In her early career, Clintel worked as the Director of Leadership Development at Teach For America-Milwaukee. She provided teacher support aligned with culturally relevant pedagogy across the Milwaukee region, harnessed the power of TFA alumni in Wisconsin to advance educational equity, and led regional initiatives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

A Milwaukee native and proud homeowner and resident of the St. Joseph’s neighborhood, her passion for social justice developed early on while studying Sociology and Gender & Women Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later earning her Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University.

For further information you can contact Clintel at For more information about Milwaukee Succeeds,


We had a wonderful time celebrating the club's 85th birthday. Special thanks to our speakers: Stan Lind, Stan Smith, Sandy Custer, Ellen MacFarlane, Nancy Wiese, and Maureen O'Leary-Guth. Happy Birthday T-M Rotary!
Rotary gives me purpose.  It allows me to be a part of something bigger than what I know.  Rotary is a group of kind humans who will be there for me in my ups and downs;  a group of people who offer advice and support.  Rotary makes me feel connected to my community and makes my "circle" bigger than I could have ever imagined.  Rotary has given me an extended family that I will be forever grateful for.  
From the Fundraising Committee:
Save the date October 13th.  A great time awaits you and your guests at our 10th Anniversary Club Fundraiser - Fall Into Comedy. 
Our event is now on the Facebook page to share.  Please go to the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club page and share with your friends, and like our page if you haven’t already done so.
If you are wondering how you can get involved, please reach out to Todd Davis  262-236-8848, Heather Mader, or any of our Fundraising Committee members.  The names are listed on our website.
We can’t spell success without you.
Congratulations to Megan who received her pin to commemorate her Paul Harris Plus One. Sam received his official pin as the recipient of the Honorary Paul Harris Award.
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Our club strongly encourages all of its members to join one of our committees. If you are not currently on a committee, please let a board member know which of the following is of the most interest to you. You will find a list of committees with members attached below.
  1. International Service Committee - The international service committee promotes awareness of and engagement with our club’s international service activities.
  2. Vocational Service Committee - Vocational Service is how Rotary fosters and supports the ideals of service in the pursuit of all vocations.  Our club is particularly focused on collaborations supporting Homestead High School and its students.  
  3. Rotary Foundation Committee - The role of the club Rotary Foundation committee is to support the Foundation through program participation and financial contributions.  The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
  4. Fundraising Committee - The Fundraising Committee puts together our Fall into Comedy event and oversees other club fundraising efforts.   The funds raised by the Fundraising Committee support our club activities and allow us to support other great causes in our community and around the world. 
  5. Community Service Committee – The Community Service Committee implements our local community service like roadside cleanup, food drives, and any other needs in our local community. 
  6. Membership/Club Service Committee – The role of the Membership/Club Service Committee is membership development. Our club’s ability to serve the community, support The Rotary Foundation, and develop leaders is directly related to the size and strength of our club’s membership.
  7. Historian Committee – This is a new committee focused on preserving the great legacy and history of our Rotary club. 
  8. Potential Speaker Committee – The Vice President currently schedules all speakers for every meeting for a full year.  Help is always welcome.  Would you be interested in assisting the President-elect with finding speakers? 
We have a special guest joining us for our 85th Birthday Party on July 26. Nancy Wiese is going to join the esteemed list of speakers. She will share memories of Jack and his father - the very first President of T-M Rotary!  Please don't miss this special event featuring Nancy, Stan Lind, Ellen MacFarlane, Stan Smith, and Sandy Custer. It's going to be a wonderful day of celebration for our Club.
Special thanks to Tim Vertz for uploading an easy registration link for Fall Into Comedy. Go to the Special Events tab on our Home Page. It will take you to the Annual Fall Into Comedy page. Just click on the picture and it will take you right to the ticket order link.
Posted on behalf of the Fall Into Comedy Committee:
Fall into comedy update:
We are well on our way to planning a successful Fall Into Comedy Night for 2022 our 10thAnniversary.   Our major sponsors are in place already for this year.
Please see under events the 2022 Sponsorship and post card marketing materials for your use. These can be used to invite sponsorship and potential attendees via email.  We will also have printed versions of these materials available at our noon meetings until they are gone.  Since we printed a limited number please only take printed material if you know it will be used.
We will keep you updated on our progress
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE OCTOBER 13th, 2022.- Please plan to attend
It's official! The 2022 Changing of the Guard is in the books. Special thanks to Heather Mader for a wonderful year of Presidency. We welcome Attorney Maureen O'Leary-Guth as our new President. In addition to the highly coveted Sam Azinger Awards, the following awards were given out: the Distinguished Service Award to both Rob Holtz and Herb Hillman. Todd Davis was the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award. And Sam Azinger won the prestigious Honorary Paul Harris Award. Many congratulations to all of the award winners! Thanks to Brittany, Ellen, and Russ for the great photos. To see more photos from the event, click on the "Read more..." button below.
My Rotary experience extends back to 1981 as I began my career in hospital administration in La Crosse Wisconsin.  Fresh out of grad school and newly married at age 23, I was eager to grow into “adulthood.”  The hospital CEO who served as my mentor at the time was a member of the primordial downtown noon Rotary club and he encouraged me to join the newly-chartered morning Valley View Rotary club in town. There I found kinship with other young professionals as we shared similar life experiences of that age (buying our first car, home, lawn mower, having children, etc.) and began to appreciate what “service above self” really means in the context of doing big and small good deeds in a small-town community. Next, in 1989 Mimi and I with four kids in tow relocated to assume a hospital administration job located in the Fox Valley area of suburban Chicago where I immediately joined the Geneva noon Rotary Club. This Club was founded in 1919 with membership representing all branches of the community; business owners, farmers, not-for-profit leaders, school administrators, politicians, clergy, women(!), doctors, lawyers, etc.  The networking opportunities through that Club leading to deeper connection to this community, and great lunches(!), are the two things I remember most about this Rotary Club experience. 1993 found us moving once again, this time to work on the administrative team of the now-defunct St. Michael Hospital at 24th and Villard in Milwaukee.  My CEO at St. Mike’s was a member of the North Shore Rotary Club and was entirely supportive of having me join the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club.  Karl and Carol Hertz were our neighbors at that time and Karl sponsored my application to join the Club. I have so many warm memories of being welcomed into the Club by Club legends such as Loyal Wells, Mert Campbell, Wally Sommer Sr., Doc Witte, Frank Bolz, Dick McNabb, Ralph Huiras, Jack Wiese, Ned Kellner, Dick Berg, John Riley, and many others still living or now deceased. The Mequon Rotary Park had just been completed at this time and I recall (and am still embarrassed) that my name was added to the bronze plaque on the pavilion post even though I think my cash contribution at the time was a measly $25!  My career took another shift in 1996 when I transitioned to an entirely new role as a hospital consultant working for a small firm out of Boston.  It allowed me to continue to live in Thiensville – the best place on earth to live and raise a family – but required me to travel around the country about 42 of 52 weeks per year, usually to include Tuesdays which caused my attendance at Club meetings to suffer dramatically. Fortunately, the Club has accommodated this circumstance over the years and has always welcomed me warmly when I can attend noon meetings or be involved (as I strive to be) in our many civic service activities and fund raisers. 26 years later I am traveling less these days which has permitted my weekly attendance to rebound a bit, something I am very grateful for, I can assure you!  See you next week good friends!
For 25 years I worked for 2 communities in Milwaukee County.  Unfortunately I did not have exposure to Rotary during those earlier years.
When I was hired by the Village of Thiensville, Rotarian Karl Hertz approached me to be a guest of his at the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club luncheon, held at Boder’s Restaurant.  That was the beginning of a wonderful experience of dedication, community projects and long lasting friendships.  The Rotary Riverwalk was of special importance to me.  The walkability of our communities brings people together and builds a sense of belonging.  This is the same feeling I get when visiting the new Gateway Feature.
I cherish all of the comradery at each and every meeting.  Rotary – what a great place to serve your community and build lifelong friendships.
A very special THANK YOU to Herb Hillman for organizing another wonderful corn roast at Saturday's Family Fun Before the 4th. Herb also coordinated the free ice cream giveaway - in it's 36th year! Thanks to all the Rotarians who helped serve ice cream and corn. 400 ears of corn sold out by 3:30 pm! It was a fabulous community event.
Posted on behalf of the Fundraising Committee
This is our Rotary Club's only fundraiser.  We encourage every member to commit to purchasing a minimum of 4 tickets.  Invite friends, family and business associates.  Our goal is to sell out with 200 attendees.  Our 10th Anniversary!
How you can get involved:  be a sponsor, attend the event, acquire an auction item(s), volunteer to help set up and or take down.  Plan to attend and enjoy a fun evening of socializing, dinner, and comedy while supporting all of the good Rotary does in our community and internationally.
Posted on behalf of Todd Davis
Sharing some Pictures from our recent WA Visit.
Many of you have met our daughters Abby and Kayla over the years at Family night, Abby now 26 years old and residing in WA married to Demetris Anderson and have a 3-year-old daughter Madison.
It is touching to see Rotary at work in other places of the country.   Future Rotarian Granddaughter Madison was always willing and excited to be in the pictures. 
The Summer Cooking Crew schedule is now complete.
If you are unable to make your assignment, please find someone else to substitute or change dates with.
Thanks to all the Head Chefs and Crew!
As the late, great Rotary Grill Master, Frank Bolz used to say:
“Happy Culinary Delight!”
Tuesday, July 12
Head Chef: Custer
Crew: Gannon, Kos, Naggs, Jeremy Guth
Tuesday, July 19
Head Chef: Mobley
Crew: Wirth, Joynt, Hohn, Vertz
Tuesday, July 26 – 85th Anniversary Party
Head Chef: Rosing
Crew: Smith, Hunzinger, Milshteyn, Seemuth
Tuesday, August 2
Head Chef: Mader
Crew: Azinger, Hunzinger, Borland, Davis, Briggs
Tuesday, August 9
Head Chef: Witte-Dycus
Crew: Witte-Dycus, Muchin Young, Ott, Kirgues
Tuesday, August 16
Head Chef(s): Hillman/Hohn – BENJI’S DELI
Crew: Lind, Lysaught, Holtz
Tuesday, August 23 – FAMILY NIGHT – 5 PM
Head Chef: Custer
Crew: Carr, Hohn, Gohsman, McLean
Tuesday, August 30
Head Chef: Rowe
Crew: Mader, MacFarlane, Huffman, Schneider
T-M Rotary hosts our Summer meetings at Mequon Rotary Park. We held our last indoor meeting until the Fall at River Club of Mequon where we have had great food and service. The River Club team has been terrific. Yesterday, we honored one employee in particular who stood out to our members - Xavier C.
Thank you Xavier C! You went above and beyond each week, and we appreciate your excellence. We are grateful to have such a wonderful venue to host our weekly meetings. Thank you Xavier, and the fantastic team at River Club of Mequon! We look forward to seeing you in September.
What is Rotary-Jim Ott
Until about 16 years ago my main interaction with Rotary was as an occasional speaker at an area club relating my experience as a meteorologist at Today’s TMJ 4.  I was always aware of the important service that Rotary clubs provided to their local communities, but my usual weekday work hours of 3am to noon made joining a club impractical.
That changed in 2006 when I was running for a seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly and Brian Monroe invited me to join the morning club.  I remained a member until 2012, when a member of the noon club asked if I would like to move to our club.  While both clubs have terrific members and do great work on the many projects they are involved in, it was the fact that I much more enjoy a meal at noon than at 7am that convinced me to move.
The weekly meetings are enjoyable, and we have had some tremendous speakers over the years.  That alone, and the camaraderie and friendship would make the Rotary experience well worthwhile.  But the main reason I remain a member of Rotary is to be a part of many wonderful projects that the club sponsors and supports both in our communities of Mequon and Thiensville and beyond.
Our motto of “Service above Self” is played out in so many ways, and impacts many lives, some in ways we will never know.
Family Fun Before the 4th is Saturday, June 25th. Corn roast shifts are as follows: 10 am - 1 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, and 4 pm - 7 pm. Herb will have a sign-up sheet at Tuesday's meeting. For those in the 10 am - 1 pm group, drivers must be in the "Parking Pass Lot" by 10 am at which time the parade route will be closed to vehicle traffic. Herb will have parking passes available for those volunteering. 
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We are assembling cooking crews for our Summer at Rotary Park. The following dates are still available for HEAD CHEF: August 9 and August 30. Cooking crews are needed for all dates. Nick will send a sign-up sheet around on Tuesday during our meeting.
Rotarians Heather Mader and Colleen Landisch-Hansen co-chaired the wonderful Thiensville Village Park Re-imagined on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Several Rotarians were seen in attendance. Dianne Robertson won the prize of the night - a cooking class with Hadley Shully. It was a fabulous event with much fun had by all in attendance! Proceeds from the event will be used to build the Thiensville Village Park Splash Pad.
Congratulations to Sandy Custer, awarded the great honor of Pillar of the Community by the Mequon Thiensville Community Foundation. Special thanks to Stan Smith and Tim Carr for their wonderful speeches honoring Sandy. It was a terrific event with nearly 300 attendees and four tables of Rotarians. We are very proud of Sandy, and grateful for all he does for the community of Mequon-Thiensville.
What is Rotary To Me?
By Maureen O’Leary-Guth
To me, Rotary is service, friendship and fun. Rotary is how I show my employees how our business can serve our community. Rotary is how I show my children how we can better our world. Anywhere Rotary gathers is a place I know I will always find a friend. Rotary connects me to the events in our local community. Rotary provides countless opportunities to serve in fun ways.  Our motto may be “Service Above Self”, but somehow, I myself have been enriched beyond measure through my time with Rotary.  
Rotary is a weekly meeting of community friends where share a meal and discuss community concerns common to the group.

Or just get together for a weekly good time.
Please join us for the August 4 Chinooks game at Kapco Park. Game time is 6:35 pm vs. the Wausau Woodchucks. Food and beverage is provided. It is also Mel's Charities Night at Kapco Park.
Tickets are $50 each. If you'd like to support Mel's Charities, tickets are $57 each and include a Mel's Charities bobblehead - $5 of the proceeds go to Mel's Charities.

What Rotary means to me.

I originally joined Rotary in 1972 in Appleton, WI.  My boss suggested I join Rotary because he wanted me to be involved in the community.  At that time many of the CEO’s & company presidents were members of Rotary and he felt I would also be available to answer questions about their electric service or concerns with Wisconsin Michigan Power Company

I became a member of T-M Rotary for the same reason.  But being retired now, Rotary gives me a way to maintain contact with friends, stay involved in the community & continue with the projects of Rotary.

Rotary has long been a part of our lives. When we owned a full-service advertising agency in Manitowoc, my husband Patrick was a member of the Manitowoc Noon Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow. I was a guest speaker at both his club and the Rotary Club of Manitowoc -- Sunrise discussing such topics as Library Services and Judaism. As a Rotary wife I attended at least one District Conference. I also enjoy doing the crossword puzzle in the Rotary magazine.
When it was announced that I was hired as the new director of the Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville, Karl Hertz reached out to tell me about Rotary, even before I started my new job. I am so pleased to be a Rotarian in my own right. It is rare that an organization is able to do good works both at home and throughout the world. It is an honor to be a part of an organization that values truth, fairness, goodwill, and friendship. 
Special thanks to our community for contributing to the Rotary Ukraine Emergency Medical Supply Donation Drive. Sandy Custer and Jenne Hohn drove the items to the UMANA Warehouse in Germantown for distribution. They were met by Cory from Patriot Transportation and a representative from the Milwaukee Rotary Club who are sorting all of the area donations before they get sent to Ukraine. Thank you Rachel Muchin Young, Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus. Due to the generosity of Rachel, Nancy, and Russ, we were able to collect donations at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. We are grateful to be part of such a generous community.
Fall Into Comedy 2022, October 13
We are very excited to have nationally renowned comedian Juston McKinney join us for our 10th Anniversary!  Coming from New Hampshire, Juston's featured appearances include multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tonight Show with Conan O'Brian, his own Comedy Central specials, and the TV hit show The King of Queens.  Juston's hilarious stand-up comedy at various New York legendary comedy venues led the New York Times to call him "Destined for stardom".  He has also appeared in several movies and consistently sells out theaters across the country. Please get your tickets early before they sell out and join us to welcome Juston!
Rotarians Colleen Landisch-Hansen, Heather Mader, Dianne Robertson, Rob Kos, and their helpers were spotted at the Thiensville Shred Event on Saturday, April 23.
Special thanks to Sandy Custer for heading up the crew of Rotarians that participated in Roadside Clean-up on Saturday! Additional thanks to Ellen MacFarlane, Tim Vertz, Todd Davis, Kathleen Schneider, John Rosing, Dan Gannon, Jim Lysaught, Jeff McClean (and his 2 helpers), and Tim Carr. 
Rotary International recently featured an article about the Ukraine emergency medical supply donations. We continue to collect these supplies in our community thanks to the generosity of members Rachel Muchin-Young and Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus who have set up donation boxes at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. The following was posted on (

Two cargo planes packed with tons of medical equipment have already been flown from Chicago, USA, to Ukraine where members helped to unload the supplies.


Rotary members in North America, Argentina, and Europe are collaborating with a U.S.-based association of Ukrainian health care workers and using their connections to collect and ship more than 100 tons of critical medical supplies to Ukraine.

Rotary is responding to the crisis
in Ukraine.

Two cargo planes packed with tourniquets, blood-clotting gauze, blood pressure equipment, and other items have already been flown from the city of Chicago in the United States to Europe, where members help unload the supplies and get them to Ukraine.

Rotary members in Ukraine, where Russia's military action has caused a humanitarian crisis, are in daily contact with hospitals to determine what supplies are needed most.

"It is Rotary doing what Rotary does best," says Pat Merryweather-Arges, a Rotary International director-elect and member of the Rotary Club of Naperville, Illinois, USA. "It networks, pulls people together, and gets the job done."

North American and Argentine Rotary clubs are combining their resources to purchase items from the list of needed supplies. They're also working with contacts at pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers to arrange donations. A hospital in Peoria, Illinois, sent an ambulance, and members in Maine, USA, secured a C-arm, a mobile imaging device that can be used to X-ray people for shrapnel.

Supplies are streaming into a warehouse operated by the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. And more are on the way. Rotary clubs in the U.S. states of Nebraska and Iowa are collecting supplies to fill several large cargo trucks that will drive hundreds of miles to the warehouse in Chicago.

Inside the warehouse, UMANA and Rotary volunteers organize, sort, and bundle the items before they are shipped. Several donors have made contributions that offset the cost of shipping.

"It's amazing what one Rotarian talking to another Rotarian can accomplish," says Marga Hewko, president of the Rotary Club of Chicago.

Hewko is the spouse of Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko, who is of Ukrainian descent and is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv. The Hewkos lived in Ukraine for five years during the 1990s.

Earlier this year, Marga Hewko and the Rotary Club of Chicago had been working with doctors in Chicago and Ukraine to establish a stem cell storage facility for cancer patients in the Ukrainian city of Lviv that would allow the cells to be stored longer and enable more complex research.

That initiative shifted to a new focus when the war began.

"We were reaching out to the Ukrainian community in Chicago to learn how we could help, and at the same time, we already knew these doctors," says Marga Hewko. "That is how I found out about UMANA."

It was an ideal match. UMANA, founded in 1950, promotes education through conferences and exchanges of doctors between the U.S. or Canada and Ukraine. After the war started, UMANA volunteers began sending medical aid to Ukraine and using their network of doctors and pharmaceutical companies to get supplies and equipment. Rotary clubs soon joined the project.

Marga Hewko, who is from Argentina, used her contacts there to bring Argentine clubs into the effort, and those members are also using their connections to obtain funds and equipment.

During a tour of the UMANA warehouse, Marga Hewko, Merryweather-Arges, and Jane Hopkins, the governor of District 6450 in Illinois, praised the efficiency and scale of the operation.

"UMANA is simply amazing," Merryweather-Arges says. "We opted to work with them because they are well connected to the Ukrainian community in Chicago and have worked to sort and pack nearly 400 pallets of supplies."

Members in Ukraine continue to develop the list of needed supplies. Olha Paliychuk, who is a surgeon, a member of the Rotary Club of Cherkasy, and a member of the Turkey-Ukraine intercountry committee, calls hospitals each night.

The delivery of the items to hospitals is coordinated by Paliychuk in Cherkasy; by Borys Bodnar, of the Rotary Club of Ukraine Unity Passport, in Lviv; and by Mykola Stebljanko, of the Rotary E-Club of Ukraine, in Odesa.

Marga Hewko says the actions of members in and outside of Ukraine demonstrate the power of Rotary's network.

"In the middle of the war, when some of the targets of the Russian army are hospitals, the fact that we have volunteers in Ukraine driving supplies across their country — if that is not Service Above Self, I don't know what is," she says.


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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
August 2022
Upcoming Events
Steve Shapson
Aug 16, 2022 12:00 PM
Steve's Bees
Family Night
Aug 23, 2022 5:00 PM
Family Night
Bob Tatterson, Ph.D
Aug 30, 2022 12:00 PM
XPonential Ventures LLC
No Meeting (Day after Labor Day)
Sep 06, 2022 12:00 PM
Christopher Kowalkiewicz, MBA, BSN, RN
Sep 13, 2022 12:01 PM
Executive Director, Nursing & Clinical Operations Froedtert Community Hospitals
Samantha Graf
Sep 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Charter Steel
Maureen O'Leary
Sep 27, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
JD Smith, Head of Business Development
Oct 04, 2022 12:00 PM
Arch Solar
No Meeting - Fall Into Comedy Week
Oct 11, 2022 12:00 PM
Fall Into Comedy
Oct 13, 2022 5:30 PM
Roadside Cleanup
Oct 15, 2022 9:00 AM
Teresa Coronado, Outreach & Development Director
Oct 18, 2022 12:00 PM
Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
Maureen O'Leary
Oct 25, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Erin & Mark Davis
Nov 01, 2022 12:00 PM
Milwaukee Jazz Institute
Emily Gehrke, Owner
Nov 08, 2022 12:00 PM
Frenz Market
Corinne Guerin, MBA
Nov 15, 2022 12:00 PM
Sunrise Rotary President and CEO of Family Promise of Ozaukee County
No Meeting - Thanksgiving Week
Nov 22, 2022 12:00 PM
Maureen O'Leary
Nov 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Damian Buchman, Founder and Executive Director
Dec 06, 2022 12:00 PM
The Ability Center
Van Mobley
Dec 13, 2022 12:00 PM
State of Thiensville
Holiday Concert
Dec 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Holiday Concert
No Meeting - Christmas Week
Dec 27, 2022 12:00 PM
Robert Roden, President
Jan 10, 2023 12:00 PM
Ozaukee County Farm Bureau
Angelica Niemann, Miss Wisconsin, Marketing Dir.
Jan 17, 2023 12:00 PM
Spectrum Investment Advisors
Meeting Responsibilities
August 16th
Wirth, John
August 30rd
Borland, Megan
September 6th
Custer, Sandy
August 16th
MacFarlane, Ellen
August 30th
O'Leary-Guth, Maureen
September 6th
Hillman, Herbert
August 16th
Hertz, Karl V.
August 30th
McLean, Jeffrey
Naggs, Karle
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Thanks, shaking it up a bit.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary / Director
Public Relations / Marketing
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