November 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
November 13
Hertz, Karl V.
November 27
Hillman, Herbert
December 4
Holtz, Rob
November 13
Witte, George
November 27
Witte-Dycus, Nancy
December 4
Azinger, Samuel
November 13
Moran, Nicholas
November 27
Muchin Young, Rachel
December 4
Naggs, Karle
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Club Information

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
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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 and then delete it immediately. Please also report any suspicious social media accounts to

     Noted Milwaukee historian, author and public television personality John Gurda will speak at the Mequon Nature Preserve Sunday, November 4, 2-3pm. The Mequon Nature Preserve is located at 8200 W. County Line Road, Mequon.
    The topic of Gurda’s presentation is “The Making of Milwaukee” and includes a variety of historic photos and stories. Copies of his book by the same name and others he’s written will be available for sale and personalized signing.
    This free event is sponsored by the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society and is open to the public.  This program is underwritten by Port Washington State Bank and members of the MT Historical Society.  No reservations are needed, and refreshments will be served. 
    Doors for this family-friendly presentation open at 1pm. The MT Historical Society’s Annual Meeting begins at 1:30, and John Gurda’s presentation starts at 2pm. 
    ​For further information, call Bob Blazich at 262-242-4653 or contact him by email at
If you want to celebrate success, and like robots, join the Homestead High School Robotics Team as they celebrate their accomplishments and display the awesomeness of what robots can do. 
Thank you to our speaker at Tuesday's meeting, Kurt Janavitz, Senior Vice President of Healthcare - Medical College of Wisconsin. Kurt Janavitz is a Fellow Rotarian with a Milwaukee Club, who spoke to our club about the incredible things that the Medical College of Wisconsin is doing in the field of medicine. MCW is an incredible organization responsible for many advances in medicine that are changing the future, by producing outcomes that nobody thought possible. The Medical College of Wisconsin is also responsible for having trained many of the doctors who currently practice in Wisconsin (I believe over 50%, but don't quote me on that). His presentation was truly inspiring.   
Don’t be fooled, I don’t speak german. Das ist sehr sauber is in fact the result of a google translation search for “that’s very clean.” I know what you’re thinking... isn’t ‘google’ a proper noun? The answer is, I don’t know, I rely on iPhone auto correct for this stuff. However, I did google it on Google, and was able to determine that when using it as a verb, it is not, whereas if referencing Google the company or Google the search engine, it is. The more you know. Thanks Siri!
Anyways, we were talking about the clean out... Just look at the flyer, it has everything you need to know.
Congratulations to Paul Harris recipients recognized at Tuesday's meeting. Ellen MacFarlane received her Paul Harris Fellow +4. Coincidentally, Ellen also designated some of her accumulated points to recognize Pam Koch with her first Paul Harris Award.  It was great to see one Rotarian recognize another for the hard work and dedication they have put into our club.  As an honorable mention, Sandy Custer was also awarded his PHF+6 a few weeks back while he was on vacation, however, Sandy requested not to be recognized in front of the Club... How's that working out for you Sandy? 
If anyone has any questions about transferring points or making contributions to the Rotary Foundation, please feel free to discuss with Sam Azinger. He can either offer guidance or might just take care of it for you.  
Thank you to our District Governor Kola Alayande and Assistant District Governor for visiting and presenting to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  The theme of discussions was Membership. How can we grow as a club? Key takeaways include that Rotary should consider itself as a service club as well as a networking opportunity to professionals (who are prepared to meet the criteria of being a Rotarian, I might add). Additionally, you never know who may wish to join Rotary if you don't invite them to join us for a meeting. 

The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce will be putting on the highly anticipated and well attended Community Awards Dinner on October 18, 2018 at the Watermark at Shully's.  Thiensville-Mequon Rotary President Tim Vertz will be recognized as Citizen of the Year.  This event is also highly attended by Rotarians. So much so that the card mailed out by the Chamber featured a small image of last years event, in which several Rotarians are clearly identifiable, including Dan Gannon, Sandy Custer, Herb Hillman, Tim Carr, Van Mobley, and Rob Holtz.  It also may be Karle Naggs behind Tim. Early registration discount is available until October 5. Hope to see you all there and on next years postcard. Here's a link to register and for more information:

The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize the 2018 "Celebrate Your Community" awards recipients. 
Business of the Year
the cheel

  Citizen of the Year
Tim Vertz

Next Generation Leadership
Tony Navarre
Distinguished Service
Connie Pukaite

Please join us to recognize the award recipients for their many contributions to our community.

2018 "Celebrate Your Community" Awards Dinner
Thursday, October 18th, 2018, from 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Watermark at Shully's
146 Green Bay Road, Thiensville 

5:00 pm  -  cash bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, silent auction
6:00 pm  -  gala dinner
awards presentation immediately following dinner

Madeline Jean Guth came into this world on Friday, September 14.  Madeline was born at 36 and a half weeks, weighing 6.5 lbs. and 18.5 inches.  Mom and baby are home and healthy.  Another generational reminder why Rotarians are needed to make this world a better place.  Congratulations to Maureen and Jeremy Guth.
Nick Moran from Port Washington State Bank in Thiensville gave a new member thumbnail presentation at Tuesday’s meeting. We always enjoy an opportunity to get to know our new members, and look forward to continuing to get to know them as fellow Rotarians.
A new chapter was written in the story of the hard working Rotarian.  Thank you to Russ Brown, Karle Naggs, Dan Gannon and Sandy Custer for putting in the elbow grease to touch up the Rotary Park sign seen above. 
"I got a new life, you would hardly recognize me, I'm so glad
How can a person like me care for you?
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
Life is demanding without understanding
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
No one's gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong
But where do you belong?"
Special Olympics Wisconsin Director of Development, Claire Essman and Coach/Member of Board of Directors, Ron Irwin spoke to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  
Ron told the story of how he came to be involved in Special Olympics Wisconsin.  It all started 16 years ago at the birth of his son, Max.  Max has Down syndrome, and the words spoken to Ron haunted him for years.  "He probably won't have much of a future." Any parent could imagine what it would do to hear those words spoken at such a joyous moment as bringing new life into this world.  Ron wasn't buying it, and neither is Max or Special Olympics Wisconsin.  In competing as a Special Olympics athlete, Max has had great success, has created great memories, and has found inclusion among fellow-athletes as well as within his school.  The future for Max is bright!
Special Olympics programs have provided enormous benefits to people with and without intellectual disabilities.  By providing an encouraging environment in which athletes can compete, socialize, and exercise, individuals with intellectual disabilities receive both emotional and physical health benefits.  Additionally, athletes are provided with free medical screenings which provide screenings for general fitness, podiatry, hearing, visions, dental hygiene, healthy lifestyle choices and sports physicals. Each year over 1,300 health screens are performed, and since 2001 Special Olympics Wisconsin has provided more than 5,700 prescription eyeglasses to those in need, free of charge. 
Special Olympics Wisconsin has additionally worked with schools to create Unified Sports programs.  Unified Sports programs allow individuals with intellectual disabilities to compete along with individuals without disabilities.  These programs have helped to create a better understanding and acceptance by students without intellectual disabilities.  For a group that generally faces stigma, discrimination, social isolation and injustice, the Unified Sports programs has had an incredible impact.  Of those with intellectual disabilities, 93% who participated reported a significant change to self-esteem and self-confidence.  Among those youth without intellectual disabilities, 91% reported significant change in their social skills.  These programs don't only help individuals with disabilities, but schools as a whole.  
Of the more than 10,000 individuals who have taken part of Special Olympics programs, still 13 of 14 individuals with intellectual disabilities have not.  Hopefully nobody with intellectual disabilities is still living in a world where they believe they don't have much of a future, but encouraging education and participation could provide for an inclusive future for all individuals with intellectual disabilities.  I'm certain that any financial contributions would also be appreciated and put to good use.  To quote one of our country's great [village] presidents, "Send us money and we will spend it wisely." Donations can be made by going to and clicking the Donate button. Volunteering opportunities or fundraising opportunities may also be available.  
Mark your calendars, tell your friends, ask how you can support, sponsor a table, come hungry, bring your checkbook and an extra $20 per person for a knee slapping, tail grabbing, head touching, auction bidding, item winning, dinner eating, friend meeting, network outing evening with the comedy stylings of Steve Mittleman. 
Fall into Comedy is Thiensville-Mequon Rotary's largest annual fundraiser and supports the club and its community projects such as the Mequon-Thiensville Gateway Promenade, the Student of the Month Scholarship Program, and many other projects that make being a Rotarian something we are all truly proud of.  
How can you support?  Here's a few suggestions: 1. buy a ticket, 2. tell your friends to buy tickets, 3. sponsor a table (includes 10 tickets), 4. donate an item for the silent auction (talk to Rob Kos or Pam Koch), 5. tell your friends to donate silent auction items, 6. tell your table of 10 to donate silent auction items, 7. bid on silent auction items, 8. tell your friends to bid on silent auction items, 9. tell your table of 10 to bid on auction items. 
On a serious note (there is no serious note, it's a comedy show). 
If you've been to Fall into Comedy in the past you know it's a great time.  If you have not, you should find out exactly how great of a time it is. Hope to see everyone there! 
Lou Menchaca Trio - "Holiday Jazz" & Jeffrey Reed
Dec 11, 2018
Holiday Jazz & Jeffrey Reed Rotary presentation
Tom "Mel" Stanton
Dec 18, 2018
Mel's Charities
No meeting
Dec 25, 2018
No meeting
Jan 01, 2019
Griselda Aldrete - President and CEO
Jan 15, 2019
Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
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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