July 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
July 17
Rowe, Bruce
July 24
Smith, Stanford
July 31
Sommersberger, Greg
July 17
O'Connor, David
July 24
O'Leary, Maureen
July 31
Ott, Jim
July 17
Gannon, Daniel
July 24
Hertz, Karl V.
July 31
Hillman, Herbert
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Cooking Crew 7/17
Head Chef 7/17
Lysaught, James
Crew 7/17
Smith, Stanford
Crew 7/17
Kos, Robert
Crew 7/17
Shneyder, Melissa
Crew 7/17
Moran, Nicholas
Cooking Crew 7/24
Head Chef 7/24
Mobley, Van
Crew 7/24
Rowe, Bruce
Crew 7/24
Sommersberger, Greg
Crew 7/24
Bonaparte, Wilma
Crew 7/24
Petzold, Andrew
Cooking Crew 7/31
Head Chef 7/31
Hillman, Herbert
Crew 7/31
Jacobs, Robert
Crew 7/31
Kirgues, Roger
Crew 7/31
Pearson, Jessica
Crew 7/31
Mader, Heather
Cooking Crew 8/7
Head Chef 8/7
Azinger, Samuel
Crew 8/7
Hertz, Karl V.
Crew 8/7
MacFarlane, Ellen
Crew 8/7
Ott, Jim
Crew 8/7
Huffman, Greg
Cooking Crew 8/14
Head Chef 8/14
Robertson, Dianne
Crew 8/14
Von Rueden, Anthony
Crew 8/14
Wiese, John
Crew 8/14
Johannes, Richard
Cooking Crew 8/21 (evening)
Head Chef 8/21
Custer, Sandy
Crew 8/21
Naggs, Karle
Crew 8/21
Carr, Tim
Crew 8/21
Joynt, Matthew
Crew 8/21
Muchin Young, Rachel
Crew 8/21
Witte, George
Club Information

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Rotary Park
4100 Highland Rd
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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Rotary Club welcomes back Russell Brown, seen receiving his pin in the first image. Russell is pictured twice in the second image, first being being inducted into the Club, and second standing on a tractor in the photograph of Rotary Park first being built.  Russell attended Tuesday's meetings with his 3 grandchildren. It's great to have Russell back. 
I shop regularly on Amazon, and now have an excuse better than convenience and better prices.  If instead of logging in at amazon.com you log in at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a small percentage of the proceeds to a charity of your choice.  It's pretty simple to set up and, if everyone participates and tells their friends, has the potential to raise a great amount for our club foundation. 
Here's the steps:
1. Log in at smile.amazon.com or just google Amazon Smile.
2. On the "Your Account" drop down list search for "Your AmazonSmile" and click.
3. On the right hand side under "Your current charity" click "Change charity."
4. Search for "Thiensville Mequon Rotary" and select Thiensville Mequon Rotary Foundation, Inc. as your charity. 
5. Every time you make a purchase on Amazon, use the smile.amazon.com website and a percentage of certain purchase items will be donated to the Foundation.    
One of our newest Rotarians, Heather Mader gave a thumbnail presentation at Tuesday's meeting. It is always a pleasure to learn a little about our new members. We look forward to hearing from Nick in just a few weeks. 
Welcome to the Club, Heather and Nick.  Rotary is very excited to have Heather Mader and Nick Moran from Port Washington State Bank in Thiensville join the Club.  Be sure to introduce yourself if you have not done so already and show Heather and Nick a warm Rotarian welcome.   
Rotary would love to have a large presence at the Gateway Project Open House on Tuesday evening at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library. Hope to see you all there. 
24 Scouts and 8 adult leaders of Boy Scout troop 852 are at Camp Tesomas this week in Rhinelander. 
Thank you to Atty. Maureen O'Leary for presenting on the 2017 tax law changes and the impact the changes may have on charitable giving. Maureen highlighted the changes to the tax law, including the increased standard deduction and limits on the State and Local Tax deduction, and how less people may itemize their deductions (including charitable deductions) as a result.  Maureen additionally provided shared some strategies for maximizing tax deductions by using Qualified Charitable Distributions to satisfy IRA Required Minimum Distributions, or by "Bunching" to increase charitable giving in a single year and itemizing your deductions for that year, while taking the standard deduction for other years.  
Of course, no presentation from an attorney (or subsequent story written by an attorney) would be complete without the disclaimer that nothing in the presentation (or subsequent story about the presentation) should be construed as tax or legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.  You should consult your attorney and tax adviser regarding your personal situation.  If you missed the presentation but are interested in reading about it, please email me at sazinger@willmslaw and I would be happy to send you a copy of the Powerpoint.  
Congratulations to Chiara our Rotary Exchange Student on her graduation from Homestead High School. Pictured with Chiara are her host families. (Photo by Bob Blazich) (Copied from the Sunrise Club Page, permission pending).
1. If you're reading this before 9:00 AM and don't have plans, feel free to hop on over to Rotary Park to help Sandy get the park ready for our summer meetings. This shall also serve as a reminder that our meetings from June 26th until further notice will be held at Rotary Park.
2. Gathering on the Green is just around the corner.  Pam Koch will be sending out emails requesting you RSVP, but if you don't get the emails (and do get the bulletin) please feel free to talk to Pam. 
3. Rotary Chinooks Night will be Thursday, August 9, 2018 to see the Lakeshore Chinooks battle the Battle Creek Bombers. Tickets are $35.00 and include dinner and 2 drinks on the Leinenkugel's Dock.  RSVP to Dan Gannon if you would like to attend. dgannon@gmail.com or (262)327-2925. Ticket costs will be added to your Rotary Bill. 
4. Changing of the Guard will take place Tuesday at 5:30 PM at the Mequon American Legion.  There will be no regular afternoon meeting. Join Rotary in the evening to witness the passing of the Rotary Torch from current interim President Tim Vertz to President Elect, Tim Vertz.  
5. There will be no meeting on July 3rd in observation of our nation's independence.
6. No Newsletter went out on Memorial Day, May 28th, so I would like to take this opportunity to remember those who gave their lives for our country, and to thank those Rotarians who served: Sandy Custer, George Witte, Robert Jacobs, Dan Gannon, Stan Smith, Jack Wiese, Karle Naggs, Herb Hillman, and Jim Ott.  
I first met Karl Hertz about a year ago at one of my first Rotary meetings.  Karl was one of the first Rotarians to engage me in conversation, and I was quickly taken in by his charm. Writing an article for the T-M Rotary about a man with such great accomplishments whom I have only had the pleasure of knowing for one year will be a great challenge, in particular due to his background in education and his indubitable ability to identify plagiarism. That being said, here is a link to the JS Online article about Karl's recent Pillar of the Community Award. 
I will also encourage you to read the excellent article in the News Graphic written by Gary Achterberg from Thursday if you have not done so already, however I was unable to find a link.
Finally, the question I may be the only one asking, why does Karl not have a Wikipedia Page (yet)?
So, what would Karl's Wikipedia page say? It would certainly start with his history, his family including his beautiful wife Carol, his career from teaching to being the superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District, and his commitment to the community.  Karl served as President of T-M Rotary for the 1989-1990 year. He also served as Thiensville Village Trustee, Village President and Ozaukee County Supervisor (anyone would be welcome to add dates to this service on his Wikipedia page). Among other things, I do not think it would be a stretch to say Karl could do the best Christopher Walken impression. 
I think of Karl every time someone from outside of our community mentions they are "looking for a good school for their kids." Thanks in great part to Karl's contributions, we have some of the greatest public schools in the country. This in particular we cannot be grateful for enough.  
What is next for a man who has accomplished so much? I'm sure Karl is open to a conversation about his future plans, and is certainly approachable. I cannot think of a person more deserving of being taken out to lunch by anyone who wants to experience what it truly means to be a Rotarian. 
 Pillar of the Community Awards Luncheon
Honoring Karl Hertz
June 5, 2018, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship
Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 North Lake Shore Drive

This event is sold out, so if you did not inform Shelley Weston that you were coming, you are out of luck.  Name badges will be available.  We have reserved several tables for our club members who sent in their RSVP.

Congratulations to Rotarian Karl Hertz!


Congratulations to Sam Asinger and his family as they welcomed new baby Reagan to their family!  Sam and Reagan's big brothers looked very happy as they welcomed her to their family.

It's hard to believe, but a year has come and gone for our Rotary Exchange Student from Slovakia.  Celebrate with Chiara one last time on Thursday at her current host parents' home--Bob and Jan Blasich.  Chiara leaves for the 3-week Central States Rotary tour to the west coast the morning after the open house on Thursday, so this will be her only chance to wear her cap and gown.  She attends the Rotary World Affairs Seminar after she returns to Wisconsin.  Then she leaves to return home to Slovakia.  
Three Generations Celebrate "Student of the Month"
Carol Rosenberg (Katie's grandmother), Katie McCarthy (Student of the Month) and Lyn McCarthy (Katie's mother)
Katie McCarthy (Student of the Month) and Megan Borland (Rotarian)
We honored our final Student of the Month for the 2017 – 2018 school year, Katie McCarthy.  Three generations were present while we recognized Katie.  She was accompanied by her mom, Lyn McCarthy, and her grandmother, Carol Rosenberg.
Katie has spent the past 3 years volunteering as a summer camp counselor for Camp Phillip in Wautoma Wisconsin.  She also volunteered for 3 years as a counselor for Jesus Cares, a program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She is the co-founder and organizer for Homestead’s Soles 4 Souls shoe drive. 
She has participated as a Link Crew leader, a program that mentors freshman to successfully transition to high school, volunteered as a clinician for Glen Hills Middle School, a tutor for World Studies and Latin, and organized a local food pantry, among other volunteer projects. 
Katie has a passion for learning the Latin language and has held leadership positions on the Wisconsin State Latin Board, as well as the Homestead Latin Board.  Katie will be attending Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, this fall.  Katie, thank you for your “service above self” and we wish you the best as you start your college career!
Jim Lysaught & Rob Kos
Jul 17, 2018
Gathering on the Green
Business meeting
Jul 24, 2018
Nick Moran
Jul 31, 2018
New member thumbnail presentation
Family night
Aug 21, 2018
Business meeting
Aug 28, 2018
No meeting
Sep 04, 2018
Claire Essman
Sep 11, 2018
Special Olympics of Wisconsin
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