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Club Information

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
River Club
12400 N Ville Du Parc
Mequon, WI 53092
United States of America
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October 7, 2021 - Octoberfest fundraiser for GoG!
October 9, 2021 - Roadside Cleanup. Meet at Kwik Trip at 8:30AM.

October 14, 2021 - Fall Into Comedy
October 23, 2021 - Shred Event at Village Park. Rotary will also be collecting clothes, toys, and other items to support Afghan Refugees at Fort McCoy.
October 26, 2021 - Trick or Treat to End Polio. Bring some cash for the trick or treater, which will be donated to Polio Plus.
Brooks Griffin and The Power of YOUth
We are excited to host Brooks Griffin on Tuesday, September 28th. In this presentation, Brooks Griffin will inspire each participant to tap into their "YOU", so that they can improve their engagement with children, youth and families from marginalized communities. Brooks will share his personal stories of his growing up with mental health challenges, his journey as a youth organizer & Father Advocate, and addressing social & racial equity with his dream job at The 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks! 
Tuesday’s speaker, Bridget Robinson, is a director for Milwaukee’s Safe and Sound program, in which they work with neighborhoods, youth, and more. They work to inform and be a resource for people in Milwaukee. 
Bob, as their sponsor, pins on their  pins.
Greg Sommersberger was presented with a Paul Harris Award at Tuesday’s meeting. Greg was also presented with the much more prestigious Sam Azinger Award. Both were presented in consideration of generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation during the 2020-2021 year.
Jennifer Williams, Director of Unity in Hope School Systems, and Allen Ruppel, Founder, spoke to our club at Tuesday’s meeting. 
Unity in Hope School Systems was started in Pakistan to give non-Muslim children an opportunity to obtain a quality education not otherwise available to non-Muslim children. Unity in Hope starts with quality instruction, clean water, food, and end with providing children with a good education.
All of the money raised for the schools is managed by the Wisconsin 501(c)(3), and is used by the board to reimburse expenses. Money from the school stays in the community after being used to pay teachers salaries, food, improvements, buildings, maintenance and more. 
A dollar goes very far in these Islamabad, Pakistan slums. What costs MPS $16,000 per student can be obtained for $250 per student. Things such as a playground for the kids cost only $750. Just imagine the impact we could have. For more information, visit their website at or visit and follow them on Facebook at
Everyone is invited to the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club's Rotary Music Festival, which will be held at the Cedarburg High School's athletic field on August 8th at 7:30PM.  Tickets are available at
It was a pleasure for many members of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club, and the Mequon-Thiensville Rotary Club who attended the Cedarburg Grafton Rotary Club's meeting at Mequon Rotary Park on Thursday.  It was a great event in which everyone had the opportunity to get to know one another. Thank you to the Cedarburg Grafton Rotary Club for the invitation. 
Normally people have to bid and win in a silent auction to get their lips on Van Mobley’s famous smoked brisket, but thanks to Van, Matt, Jenne, and Stan, our club was treated to this delicious meal at Tuesday’s meeting. All that was missing was a Tim Vertz Famous Old Fashioned!
Ellen MacFarlane was awarded her Paul Harris+6 at Tuesday’s Rotary meeting. People like Ellen support the Foundation without being asked, and exceed the requests when they are asked. Thank you Ellen for your incredible caring and generosity!
After a year hiatus, cooking crews have returned, and as has become tradition, Sandy Custer started us off with pork chops the size of your head. Sandy's cooking crew is always amazing! We look forward to cooking crews for the rest of our summer meetings.
Our annual Changing of the Guard was a great success.  We successfully got rid of our 2020-21 leadership, and ushered in our 2021-22 leadership.  What more could you ask for. Keep reading and you'll find out. 
We'll start off on a serious note. Some of the greatest honors we have in Rotary are the annual awards, and this year did not disappoint. Connie Pukaite was invited under a guise that may or may not have violated the first part of the four way test, but the lie was necessary to preserve the surprise, which she most certainly was when she was awarded an Honorary Paul Harris Award. Above Connie is pictured receiving her PH+6!
Connie also did not disappoint when she spoke, which despite being completely surprised seemed like a rehearsed oration. If there's one thing that everyone could take away it is that what Rotary and Rotarians all over the world are doing is preserving and creating a future that most will not live to see.  It's impossible to not feel inspired when Connie is in the house!
Tim Vertz was also presented with an Honorary Paul Harris. Tim does so much for our community, including with his role in our club, his role as an Assistant District Governor, his role with the Chamber, and his initiative with the Concordia Business School. Stan Smith presented Tim with this honor, and we're all in agreement that Tim's achievements are truly deserving of this recognition. 
Jenne J.C. Hohn was honored with the Service Above Self Award. The club's gratitude for the role Jenne has stepped into and the incredible job she has done is very deserving of this award. Thank you Jenne for everything you have done to support our club and moving it toward the future. 
Finally, our Rotarian of the Year award was presented to Ellen MacFarlane, who is also an amazing person and integral part of our club. Ellen is always a Rotarian first and foremost, and fills in every gap in the club. Thank you Ellen for being amazing and for everything you do. You are an inspiration to us all!
With the first picture of Sam Azinger, we can be certain this story is about to stop being serious and start being just a little bit silly.  Pictured above, Club President, Heather Mader made it official that Sam Azinger is now a Past President, a title held by less than 100 people who have been members of the club. 
Heather Mader also surprised Sam with the Sam Azinger Award for Being Awesome, which Sam was truly honored to receive.  After all, it's the first time someone has named an award after Sam Azinger that was not Sam Azinger.  Speaking of, Sam Azinger also presented the Sam Azinger Awards to those who donated more than $100 to the Rotary Foundation in the Rotary year.  The Sam Azinger Awards were presented for the 3rd year in a row, and each year he has presented more and more awards.  This year there were 18 recipients, and frankly it took too long to pass them out, so that's probably the last year we'll see those. 
Before all of that serious stuff, Sam provided the Year in Review, and of course took the opportunity to present the not so serious awards, including presenting John Rosing with the First Place plaque for having the best bracket in the NCAA tournament for the benefit of the Rotary Foundation.  In first place John also received a Paul Harris award, but the plaque was definitely the highlight (not).
Maureen O'Leary was presented with the Rotary NCAA Tournament Runner Up Plaque which she hesitantly accepted, but will never be able to discard without Sam finding out.
Karl Hertz accepted his Second Runner Up plaque, which he must have thought was pretty cool, although it's kind of a rare occurrence when you can award Karl with something new. After all, he's achieved as much as most could dream of. 
Just some extra pictures of everyone gathered before the event. What a great group and a great time. Thanks to everyone for participating. 
Taste Mequon is happening on September 11, 2021! Please save-the-date for this wonderful event. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or participating as a vendor, please let Jenne Hohn know at or 707-337-3490.
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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
September 2021
Upcoming Events
September Student of the Month
Sep 28, 2021
Olivia Cagle
Brooks Griffin
Sep 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Milwaukee Bucks, Coordinator of Corporate Social Responsibility
"Sri" (Sridhar) Vasudev
Oct 05, 2021 12:00 PM
Fundraising Insights (20+ minutes)
No Meeting This Week
Oct 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Attend Fall Into Comedy Instead
Tom Jenz
Oct 19, 2021 12:00 PM
Central City Stories
Business Meeting
Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Dr. Matthew Joynt
Nov 02, 2021 12:00 PM
School District Update
Mayor John Wirth
Nov 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Mequon Update
Patrick Erdman
Nov 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Foxtown Brewery
No Meeting this Week
Nov 23, 2021 12:00 PM
Thanksgiving Week
Heather Mader
Nov 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Deborah Patel
Dec 07, 2021 12:00 PM
"Fair Maps", a non-partisan bill introduced in Madison
Holiday Musical Event
Dec 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Holiday Musical Event
No Meeting this Week
Dec 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Week of Christmas
No Meeting this Week
Dec 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Week of New Years
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
September 28th
Kirgues, Roger
October 5th
Koch, Pamela
October 19th
Kos, Robert
September 28th
Azinger, Samuel
October 5th
Borland, Megan
October 19th
Briggs, Tyler
September 28th
Sommersberger, Greg
October 5th
Vertz, Tim
October 19th
Weston, Shelley
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary / Director
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
The Rotary Foundation

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