May 2019
Meeting Responsibilities
May 21
Schneider, Kathleen
June 4
Shneyder, Melissa
June 11
Smith, Stanford
May 21
Mobley, Van
June 4
Moran, Nicholas
June 11
Muchin Young, Rachel
May 21
Hertz, Karl V.
June 4
Hillman, Herbert
June 11
Holtz, Rob
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Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee County Club
10823 N River Rd, Mequon, WI 53092
Mequon, WI  53092
United States of America
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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
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Student of the Month, Joshua Hodge, with Vocational Director, Megan Borland
Joshua Hodge (center) with parents, Doug Hodge and Wanda Hodge
On May 7, 2019, we honored our final student, Joshua Hodge, for the 2018-2019 Student of the Month program.  Joshua is a senior at Homestead High School and was accompanied by his parents, Doug Hodge and Wanda Hodge.
Joshua was selected as our Student of the Month for his dedicated volunteer and community service work.  Some of Joshua’s accomplishments include Champions, a program that promotes remaining alcohol and drug free to local middle school students.  He has also been very involved with serving his church as a lead Sunday school teacher for 4th and 5th graders.  He has also participated in mission trips as well as the church’s Vacation Bible School the past 4 years.  Joshua has been a member of Homestead’s choir for the past 4 years.  He has served as the co-captain for his volleyball team and a member of the Track and Field team. 
Joshua will be studying engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall.  Joshua, we thank you for your service above self and all that you do for your school and community.
Rotary is happy to have inducted new member, Tyler Briggs from RBC Wealth Management, to the club. We look forward to getting to know Tyler as a fellow Thienville-Mequon Rotarian! Tyler passed the first test of being a Rotarian by hardly flinching while sponsor Roger Kirgues placed his pin on his collar. 
Andrew Petzold with Concord Development Company joined the club for lunch on Tuesday. After two years with the club, Sam Azinger is happy to announce he has not met all of the members. Andrew may or may not have coordinated coming on a week that Tony was not present, but if he didn't, hopefully he was prepared for the fine of a century. 
Rotary Exchange Student Elisabeth is pictured (right) at a recent track event in which she plays on the Homestead JV Team. Host parent Todd Tischer, Ellen MacFarlane, and New Generations Director for the morning club, Dave Schlageter were all there cheering her on. 
Thank you to Erica Turner for speaking and sharing with the club at Tuesday's meeting. Erica is with the grassroots organization, Bridge the Divide. The Cedarburg based organization is a forum for discussion and action around racial reconciliation. The group seeks to identify instances of inequality, foster empathy and educate individuals to recognize their part in the problems and solutions.
Kirsten Coenen, Ron Johnson and Kate Hoffman spoke at Tuesday's meeting about what's happening with the Kettle Moraine YMCA. There are several locations associated with the Kettle Moriane YMCA, including the West Washington Branch in West Bend, the River Shores Branch in West Bend, and the Feith Family Ozaukee Branch in Port Washington/Saukville. They offer many great activities and are hoping to expand in the near future. Specifically, they highlighted their child care and other fun physical activities, such as the growing popular Pickle Ball.  Thanks to Kirsten, Ron and Kate for joining us and keeping us informed on what's happening with the YMCA. 
Thank you and congratulations to Matthew Patch, this month's Student of the Month Award recipient. It's always great to hear about the things that our youth are doing to better our communities, and it's always fun to have the student and parents join us, and even more so when they are friends and neighbors of Rotarians. Congratulations Matt.  
Riveredge Nature Center is southeastern Wisconsin's first independent nature center and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. Ted Neitzke first visited Riveredge in 1979 as a student in the Port Washington School District. That's when his love for nature and, particularly Riveredge, really began to blossom. Ted now serves as Riveredge's Board President and works hard to connect our communities to the outdoors through education and in their own backyards. Professionally, Ted is the Agency Administrator/CEO of CESA 6 with Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction. Riveredge is proud to have Ted as a passionate advocate supporting the organization's mission. 
There are lots of exciting things happening at Riveredge Nature Center, including the start of a charter school next fall, summer camps and other educational programs, and of course Frothy Forage on May 18, providing adults with an opportunity to drink in nature as god intended. They have been growing over the last several years, and have more than doubled their annual visitors from previous years. They are on track to have over 52,000 visitors in 2019 and hope you will be one of them. 
TM Rotary Club members interested in attending OED Outreach event on Wednesday May 1st, at Shully’s in Thiensville are more than welcome to attend but respectfully requested to please RSVP to the following:
Please RSVP to or 262.238.7730 on or before April 24th
Valet Parking Available
Tim Vertz and Son (sounds like a future company name)
Sam Azinger, Bruce Rowe and Sam's boys having a blast
Rob Holtz and Tim Carr full of smiles
Rob 'N Hood (Tim's other son, but I cannot help the play on words)
Dan Gannon and Kathleen Schneider not only swept the roadside for trash, but also mopped up as well, setting a record for most diligent roadside cleanup
TM Rotary Roadside Clean-up Crew met at 9 AM on Saturday morning and walked Cedarburg Road between Mequon Road and County Line. Not a single piece of trash was found, apparently due to the incredible job Dan Gannon must have done last Fall.
But really, Stan Smith and Sandy Custer (not pictured) along with a fine group of pictured Rotarians picked up 10 bags of trash and one Swiffer Wet Jet. The weather was cold, but the snow melted just long enough to get the job done before blanketing the ground once again. Thanks to everyone for participating. Not only is this event a great way to give back to the community, but it's also an opportunity to spend some quality time with fellow and future Rotarians and to instill values.  
"We believe our country is currently experiencing a uniquely 'teachable time' in its journey towards realizing its founding ideals of liberty and justice for all. We formed Nurturing Diversity Partners to advance and support that journey by using methods we’ve honed over many years to build bridges from our past to our future across racial/ethnic, urban/suburban/rural, generational, and other divides. We look forward to partnering with organizations and individuals who seek to join this journey and cross those bridges together." - Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson with Nurturing Diversity Partners spoke to our club at this weeks meeting. If you were expecting Mr. October, hopefully you were pleasantly surprised with the opportunity to instead learn about the history of segregation in Milwaukee, and discuss the obstacles and hurdles people of color have had to face in breaking the segregation.  There is still work to be done. 
Nurturing Diversity Partners is a program of Jackson-Kaplan Consulting LLC, providing education, training, and consulting services that foster diversity  inclusion, and equity within institutions and the greater society.  Reggie has served as the Head Griot (docent/oral historian) for America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) since 2002, during which time he has become a much sought-after public speaker, researcher and writer for regional and national media.  Reggie has has garnered numerous awards for his work creating and facilitating public history programs, workshops, and interracial dialogues. 
Thank you Reggie for taking the time to speak to our club, and for the important work you are doing in our community. 
Thank you to this weeks speaker, Deb Paschke, executive director of Camp Hometown Heroes. Camp Hometown Heroes is an organization which brings children together for a week of camp who all have something in common, in that they have lost a parent who served our country in the military.  The week of camp allows the campers an opportunity to not only have fun, but also to spend a week with other children who have experienced a similar loss.   
Rotary proudly welcomed new member Peterson Apfelbach as the newest member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. Peterson is a financial advisor with in the Thiensville Edward Jones office located near Fantasy Flowers. He is committed to our community having been raised in Mequon, and having a desire to give back. If you haven’t had the opportunity to introduce yourself yet, please do so. Welcome Peterson. 
Patrick Marchese
Jun 04, 2019
Chairman, City of Mequon’s Park/Open Space Board
Jenna Kashou
Jun 11, 2019
100 Things to do in Milwaukee before you die.
Patrick Marchese
Jun 25, 2019
Chairman, City of Mequon’s Park/Open Spaces Board
Jul 02, 2019
4th of July Week
Pam Johnson
Jul 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Voice Coach
Peterson Apfelbach
Jul 16, 2019
New Member Thumbnail Sketch
Tyler Briggs
Jul 30, 2019
New Member Thumbnail Sketch
Robert Beezat
Sep 10, 2019
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