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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Mequon/Thiensville, WI 53092
United States of America
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Ozaukee County Judge, Paul Malloy spoke to our club at Tuesday’s meeting, providing some insight into the county’s judicial system. His presentation included discussions about how the court handled its business during the COVID 19 pandemic, including how the jail dealt with people coming in and out of the jail. As a result of COVID, most people who were eligible for work release were sent home with electronic monitoring. Judge Malloy said the jail and courts handled the pandemic without issues, thanks to the hard work of the clerks and staff.
Going forward, it’s likely that more court events will occur via zoom for shorter hearings, as well as for prisoner hearings. This saves a lot of expense, both for civil matters where attorneys are traveling, and criminal hearings for people who are incarcerated and would otherwise have to be transported by two deputies to the court.

The people we normally serve in Guatemala missed our medical mission this year. COVID hit Guatemala extremely hard. Our person on the ground, Flory, struggled with the virus and needed our help. Team members pitched in with donations to get her the medicine she needed to survive. Unfortunately, Flory lost her significant other to COVID while she was in the hospital battling the disease. 

Flory has been an important person on the team, negotiating with hospitals and driving people to and fro for medical appointments and needed surgeries. Although our club donated to this mission, additional help from individuals is always appreciated. Here is your chance to do good and help those less fortunate.
Our club recently honored two of Homestead’s brightest students with the Student of the Month Award.  Please read the stories below about these future super stars.
Elizabeth Wilkerson:
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wilkerson was honored on 3/16/2021 as our March Student of the Month.  Lizzie joined our club meeting via Zoom, along with her grandmother, Mary Puccinelli of Rolling Meadows Illinois.  Lizzie is the daughter of James & Suzanna Wilkerson of Thiensville.
Lizzie is currently a senior at Homestead High School where she is very involved with a number of clubs and organizations.  She is the Co-President of the Drama Club, in which she has participated in throughout her high school career and was chosen as the Assistant Director / Stage Manager for Homestead’s winter musical both her junior and senior year.  She has acted as the Co-Secretary and Co-Publicist for the Drama Club and Secretary of the National Honor Society.  Lizzie spent her sophomore year as an exchange student in Marsala Italy. Her family has also hosted exchange students at their home in Thiensville.
Lizzie’s community service includes volunteering at Camp Minikani for the past 3 summers.  Camp Minikani has been a place near and dear to her heart and she has enjoyed giving back to an organization that is such an important part of her community. She has assisted with serving meals, directing parking and leading skills, such as archery.  She has also volunteered for the Optimist Club tree lot and various jobs within Homestead’s Theatre Department.
She is still considering which university she will attend this fall and will be choosing between Tulane, Northwestern, University of Minnesota, Columbia, University of Southern California and Northeastern.  She will pursue a degree in Political Science or International Relations with hopes to then pursue a degree in medicine.  Lizzie, we truly appreciate all you have done to support your school and community and we thank you for your “Service Above Self”.  Good luck to you!
Hannah Kennedy:
On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, we presented Hannah Kennedy with the February Student of the Month Award.  Hannah is the daughter of Matthew and Teresa Kennedy, of Mequon, and her mom was able to join her during our weekly Zoom meeting.
Hannah has been very involved with the AYUDA Club at Homestead for the past two years and is currently the President of AYUDA.  AYUDA is a club that works to aid those in the underprivileged Hispanic communities in Milwaukee and caters to her passions of helping those in need as well as utilizing her Spanish skills.  She has volunteered by tutoring and working with younger students and organizing food drives.  Hannah is also a leader of the sponsorship board for Relay for Life.
Hannah has distinguished herself as quite the journalist.  She is the Editor in Chief of Highlander Publications and oversees the yearbook, literary magazine, social media and online news site.  She also interns for the News Graphic.  Her talent in journalism has earned her the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Award and she was also selected as a finalist for the Wisconsin Journalist of the Year Award. 
Hannah will be attending the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism this fall.  Hannah, congratulations and we thank you for your “Service Above Self”.  Keep up the great work! 
The virtual meeting information can be found below. 
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: ROTARY
Dial in (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: 519411
We sincerely appreciate everyone's understanding. 
We have seen the announcements that the club will meet virtually until further notice for what feels like far too long.  Further notice has arrived at last! The club's leadership is thrilled to announce the return of in-person/virtual hybrid meetings on May 18, 2021 which will take place at the River Club of Mequon and via Zoom. 
Masks are required. We are a club with a variety of many members who come from different backgrounds.  Not everyone has had the opportunity to be vaccinated fully yet, and of course there is debate as to pretty much everything surrounding COVID 19. We are working hard under the circumstances to keep the club inclusive and accessible to all, and as such are offering this hybrid meeting option for anyone not comfortable meeting in person and everyone not comfortable wearing a mask.  If you are a part of either of these groups, you are encouraged to attend the virtual meeting.
A common theme of Jeff Wagner and Steve Scaffidi asks the question "are we going to wear masks forever?" The answer for our club is most certainly no. However, for the time being, the answer is yes. The board has consistently watched the rates of infection in our zip codes, and it is clear that COVID 19 is still something that needs to be considered when meeting in large groups. The board will continue to evaluate and make decisions on an ongoing basis, but for the time being, we request that everyone be respectful of the decision. 
We will not hold a meeting on June 1st in observation of Memorial Day, and the meeting scheduled for June 29th has been moved to 5PM at the American Legion for our Changing of the Guard, which will undoubtedly be a roaring good time.  
The virtual meeting information can be found below. 
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: ROTARY
Dial in (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: 519411
The final results are in (actually, they were in several weeks ago, but hey, people are busy).  the top 3 results are as follows:
First Place: John Rosing
Runner Up: Maureen O'Leary
Second Runner Up: Karl Hertz
We raised $980 for the Rotary Foundation for this tournament which will be donated in the name of John Rosing.  Additionally, the board has authorized 500 club foundation points to be awarded to Maureen and 250 points to be awarded to Karl! An additional 20 points will be awarded to John Rosing because lets face it, 980 doesn't quite get the job done. Trophy ceremony to take place at Changing of the Guard. 
Congratulations and thank you to Nancy Witte-Dycus for being the March 2021 Biggest Bragger. Nancy bragged for $101 during March meetings. All money raised for brags during virtual meetings  will be donated to the Rotary Foundation #tradesamazingerforthesamazingertrophy. In the words of Nancy “wow, it’s actually a real plaque.” Now it’s your turn. Are you the biggest bragger for April? Rest assured, that’s a real plaque too!
Gerry Schmit's death at age 101 was published in Tuesday's News Graphic.  Gerry was married to Harry Schmit, a great Rotarian, and she was a great Rotary Ann, as we called our spouses back in the days when all Rotarians were men. We had a summer fundraising picnic in Thiensville Park, with pony rides, brats, beer and music. She was a great worker, always with a smile. Harry, owner of Schmit Ford before son Tom took  over, was one of the Rotarians that pushed for a Rotary Park project for several years before it eventually happened. He and Loyal Wells would drive around the area, talking to landowners looking for potential sites.
Sandy Custer
Tony, if you're reading this, you are missed *clap* (maybe *clap clap*). 
Without Tony's presence at our virtual meetings *roaring applause* a vacuum was created in collecting people's money. Although there is truth to Aristotle's observation, that no true vacuums exist in nature because the difference in pressure results in an immediate force that acts to correct the equilibrium, there is also truth to Sandy Custer's observation that if there is a vacuum in the TM Rotary Club, Sam Azinger will fill it and probably include an award that contains Sam's name. 
Introducing the Biggest Bragger Award, presented by T. Samuel Azinger. When you brag in March, April, or May during our virtual meetings, you are asked to commit a dollar value to your brag. At the end of the month, you'll receive an email asking you to pay the amount you bragged during the month.  Brag dollars will be contributed to Rotary International Foundation #bringbackthetrophy in the name of the bragger. There are 3 plaques up for grabs, which will be presented to the Biggest Bragger for March, April, and May. Weekly status updates will not be provided.  If you want certifiable confirmation that you are the Biggest Bragger in the club, you'd better get bragging and putting substantial dollar amounts on your brags at our weekly virtual meetings! 
This message has been authorized by Sam Azinger, President of the Tony von Rueden Fan Club (the "TFC"), all rights reserved.  This message contains the views and opinions of the TFC and does not necessarily express the views and opinions of Tony von Rueden, his affiliates, heirs, agents, or assigns. Tony von Rueden is not responsible for the content of this story. 
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!
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. 
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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
June 2021
Paul Malloy
Jun 15, 2021
Ozaukee County Senior Judge
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
June 8th
Wiese, John
June 15th
Wirth, John
June 22nd
Witte-Dycus, Russell
June 8th
Vertz, Tim
June 15th
Witte-Dycus, Nancy
June 22nd
Borland, Megan
June 8th
Briggs, Tyler
June 15th
Carr, Tim
Custer, Sandy
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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