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Mequon, WI 53092
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Posted from the District 6270 website.

As we sit back and ponder the journey we have embarked on in Rotary, we create moments to look back and connect the dots. Well, it is time again to shape the future of Rotary through club and district resolutions. The Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each Fall to vote on proposed resolutions and urgent enactments. A resolution addresses a concern for the entire Rotary world and not a local or administrative issue. Conversely, an urgent enactment is a change to the constitutional documents, proposed by the RI Board, that the Board has determined cannot wait until the next Council on Legislation.

Delegates from each Rotary district cast votes on proposals presented by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Council. Resolutions that receive approval are subsequently reviewed by either the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees. Swiftly approved enactments alter the constitutional documents and become effective one month following the transmission of the Council on Resolutions report.

So, why is this information important? This presents a chance for you to influence the global operations of Rotary. Clubs and districts can propose resolutions for review at the upcoming COR next Fall, with a submission deadline of June 30.

Curious about the resolutions deliberated upon last fall? You can access them online at https://my.rotary.org/en/council/cor/vote. These results will be available on the page until the commencement of the next COR.

For further inquiries, feel free to reach out to PDG Rick Debe, who currently serves as our district's representative.

February 2024
The Guatemala Medical Resource Partnership (GMRP) is a project of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Clubs, started in 2005 by Doug Hansen, formerly of Washington Island, WI and his Rotary Club members. January of 2024 was the 20th year of our work there. The mission serves the rural population around Oliveros, Guatemala, an extremely poor area in the southeastern part of Guatemala, near the Pacific Ocean and the border with El Salvador. Each year around 600-800 people registered for care at our 4 1/2-day clinic. Our clinic is often the only medical care they receive during the year.
Doug and his wife Pam had gone to Guatemala to visit their son Brian, who was in the Peace Corps there. They were so very touched by the people’s poverty, that they came home determined to do something about it. It took Doug and his Rotary Club members a whole year of research, and the finding of Enrique Gandara (Kico), the Guatemalan Rotary member working in Madison WI who was key in putting the plans together to bring their hopes to fruition. It is his ranch the team stays at. And his workers who help set up the clinic and feed us. His contacts help us get through customs down there with minimal hassle, and he arranges the in-country transportation and protection we have.
After the first mission, a team of T-M Rotarians went back to Oliveros and updated and rewired the school electrical system. Another team went back and hooked up a water tower to the existing well that now serves a large part of the area. The water is chlorinated and fluoridated, providing safe drinking water and improving dental health. Water does not go to individual homes, but is within walking distance for people to fill jugs.
Currently, every January, a team of about 40 people, consisting of medical providers, dentists, dental assistants, interpreters, optometrists, nurses and general volunteers-who all personally pay over $1,300 each for their own airfare, bus transportation in Guatemala, and room and board-travel to Guatemala. At times we have a nutritionist to help with education. We did not sent a team in 2021-2023 due to Covid problems, but supported our Continuing Care program.
The clinic is held in a local elementary school which doesn’t hold classes for the week we are there. Our examining tables, dental chairs and other equipment are stored in a donated semi-trailer.
Trying to make this a partnership, local parents and teens help us haul the equipment into the school to set up, and also to put it all away. Local volunteers help with registration and escorting patients to the right areas. Other volunteers are a Guatemalan psychologist who generally joins us, and at times a Guatemalan ob/gyn and his assistant are with us for 2 days. We’ve also had Guatemalan dentists join us as well. Students of English help serve as interpreters.
In 2014, we began our Continuing Care program. For several years we had been looking for a way to serve people who needed various surgeries and care after we left, --for cataracts, hernias, orthopedic problems, cancer, etc. This part of our program has been truly life-changing for the patients involved! We have continued to provide this through covid years.
In 2014 we found Floridalma Quintanilla (Flory), a Guatemalan woman who works at a hospital for the poor in Antigua and knows her way around the medical system in the country. Since then, she has organized our approximately 145 yearly follow-up patients and their care, shepherding them through the bus ride to the hospital, 3 hours away from their town, and through all the necessary trips and tests that lead to surgery.
The operations are provided free of charge by teams of rotating international surgeons, we pay the hospital surgical fee.
Flory is a genius at getting other services donated or at a reduced price—ambulance rides to the hospital by the local fire department, prosthetic devices for our amputees by another mission, half price fees from the hospital, free chemo treatments for a needy mother, wheel chairs and much more. She also asks patients to help pay for part of their tests and treatment, as she feels they are able.
Still, we need to pay her salary ($400 a month), hospital fees, doctor consults, lab tests, MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, prescriptions, Covid tests and transportation for the patients. We often have to pay for dental work, since some teeth are so badly infected that there would be a risk to do surgery without repairing them.
Our budget is about $15,000 for the week-long clinic and $50,000 or more for the Continuing Care program.
We are always looking for medical personnel, dentists, optometrists and interpreters to join our team.
Please visit our web site http://gmrp.org to get a better idea of our project -- to view a short video, see photos of the mission, read short articles about the people served, and see quotes from our team members. You may also donate online or send checks to T-M Rotary-GMRP, PO Box 182, Washington Island, WI 544246
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Congratulations to President Jenne Hohn, recipient of her first Paul Harris Award. The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905. A world of goodwill and better understanding comes closer to reality today because Jenne has made a substantial gift to The Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition may be presented. In being named a Paul Harris Fellow, she joins a remarkable company of people throughout the world, all recognized for their commitment to Service Above Self to benefit local and international communities. We congratulate you Jenne, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace.
 
 
Our speaker on March 5 is James Marshall. James founded Spectrum Investment Advisors located in Mequon, WI in 1995—he currently resides as the chairmen, ambassador, and partner. He has dedicated much of his free time to his community, as James is the Chairman of Mequon/Thiensville Chamber of Commerce Past Presidents, and the current President of OED—Ozaukee County Economic Development. James has a deep appreciation for Warren Buffett’s success and moral code—as he has applied much of Buffett’s advice to his own life. Having lived through the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold War, James has witnessed the valor that the U.S. military men and women hold. He is a proud American who acknowledges the amount of bravery that backs every U.S. citizen’s success. 
 
After four years, James and his son Jonathan along with Katy Pavon finished the book, The American Tailwind. They launched the book in November 2023 with a 2-day book launch at Foxtown Station in Mequon, inviting the community to celebrate the history of the American resilience. The book launch theme was veteran focused with a “Berkshire Hathaway Conference” flare. Spectrum sold dilly bars for local veteran organizations, toasted with coca cola, passed out poppys from the American Legion, with the grandson of General George Patton (Pat Waters) as the special guest speaker during the program.
 
This year kicked off The American Tailwind Media Tour, including a January 2024 appearance on WTMJ’s, the Morning Blend show!
 
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club raised $5188 for Family Sharing during their recent holiday drive. The fund raising team led by Sandy Custer beat Jenne Hohn’s team by raising $3538 to Hohn’s $1650. Angelica Niemann was in charge of the drive. Pictured from left to right: Sandy Custer, Julie Hoover from Family Sharing, Angelica Niemann, and Jenne Hohn.
 
On Tuesday, February 20th, our featured speaker is Tim Van Vooren, Sports Director from Fox 6 Milwaukee.
 
Tim Van Vooren

 

I have been at FOX6 since September 1990 and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Growing up in West Bend, I never would have believed that I would get the chance to cover events such as Super Bowls and Final Fours and Major League playoff games and NASCAR events as a Milwaukee sportscaster.

In between, there have been so many feature stories with folks who excel far from the spotlight.

With continually evolving technology, there are more and more exciting ways to share those stories.

This job is never the same from day to day, which is one of the reasons it is so much fun.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your viewing experience.

Posted from the District 6270 website:
 

As we reflect on the journey of Rotary International, it is remarkable to think that just 35 years ago, representatives from across the Rotary world gathered in Singapore for a pivotal meeting at the Council on Legislation. This meeting marked a significant moment in Rotary's history, as it came on the heels of the 1987 US Supreme Court decision declaring that women could no longer be excluded from membership. The winds of change were blowing, and the Rotary landscape was about to transform.

The Council on Legislation (COL) delegates convened on January 23, 1989, and a historic decision was made. They voted to eliminate the RI Constitution requirement limiting Rotary Club membership to men. By January 26, 1989, the doors were allowed to swing open. Women would be welcomed into Rotary clubs around the world. The echo of this decision would resonate for decades, shaping the trajectory of Rotary in ways unimaginable at the time.

One individual who foresaw the importance of adapting to a changing world was Past Rotary International President Frank J. Devlyn. In addressing his fellow delegates, he emphasized the vast differences between the world of 1989 and the world of Rotary's inception in 1905. His words laid the foundation for a new era in Rotary that embraced inclusivity and recognized the need to evolve with the times.

The decision to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide was not a spontaneous event but the result of decades-long efforts by dedicated men and women from every corner of the Rotary world. Previous Council meetings had seen close votes on the matter, highlighting the ongoing struggle for change.

The response to this groundbreaking decision was nothing short of overwhelming. By June 1990, the number of female Rotarians had soared to over 20,000. Fast forward to July 2010, and women's membership worldwide reached 195,000, constituting about 16% of Rotarians. In July 2020, that number surpassed 277,000, making up approximately 23% of Rotary's global membership.

Rotary's commitment to creating an environment where everyone is included and allowed to have a sense of belonging has become a top priority. The organization recognizes that its capacity to make a lasting impact and expand its reach is magnified when diverse voices unite. Rotary celebrates and welcomes the contributions of individuals from all backgrounds, irrespective of age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The journey of women in Rotary is not just about membership numbers. It is about active participation and leadership. Women have increasingly taken on roles that contribute to their communities and assumed leadership positions within Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote remains a watershed moment, symbolizing Rotary's commitment to progress and inclusivity.

As we look back at the evolution of Rotary over these 35 years, it is evident that change is not just inevitable. Change is essential. The story of women in Rotary serves as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of an organization that continues to grow and diversify. The spirit of Rotary lies not only in its rich history. The spirit exists in its ability to embrace change, guided by the belief that a Rotary Club should reflect the communities it serves. In the words of Frank Devlyn at the 1989 COL, "Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world." Let us continue to celebrate the spirit of Rotary, where change is embraced as a catalyst for a brighter future.

Rotary members Matt Joynt, Andrew Nerbun, and Van Mobley led the State of the Community address on Wednesday, February 7.
 
 
Pictured (L) to (R) are Chamber Vice President Ron Knaus, Superintendent Dr. Matt Joynt, Mayor Andy Nerbun, Chamber President Bob Adams, and Thiensville Village President Van Mobley.
Past-president Maureen O'Leary-Guth, President (and Friends of the Domes Board Member) Jenne Hohn, and President-nominee Peter Gohsman recently attended An Elegant Auction in support of the Milwaukee Domes.
 

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At TriCon, you will hear Rotarians from all over the globe share their stories, see how other Rotarians accomplish their goals, brainstorm with individuals, make new friends and have tons of fun in the process! That is the beauty of Rotary and the power of three districts coming together for a weekend. 

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United States

Rotary clubs in the ski resort towns of Park City, Utah, and Breckenridge, Colorado, have a friendly rivalry for the longest “shot ski” — a ski affixed to shot glasses that people raise together to down whiskey at the same time. In October, the Rotary Club of Park City Sunrise recaptured the crown as 1,363 people lined a street to drink rye whiskey (or apple cider) in unison from hundreds of shot skis held end to end. The event raised more than $43,000 for grants to assist community organizations, club member Connie Nelson says. She concedes that she and fellow club member Mike Luers were inspired by the Colorado club during a “reconnaissance” tour of successful winter resorts. “Their main street was closed for a festival. I looked at Mike and he looked at me and we said, ‘We can beat that,’” she says. The festive affair is “branding for our Rotary club,” Nelson adds. “We not only sell out but we have people on a waiting list to try to get on the line. It’s not just to sample the alcohol. It’s about the getting together, the unique community sharing.”

Honduras

Nearly 40 percent of adolescents are not in secondary school in Honduras, where educational achievement scores are low. The Rotary clubs of Tegucigalpa Sur and Peterborough, Ontario, teamed up to address the issue. In 2018 the clubs, which have collaborated on projects before, constructed a teacher training center in the municipality of Lepaterique and supplied books and other learning materials. Most recently, the clubs partnered with a nonprofit organization and the country’s Ministry of Education to provide literacy training to primary school teachers. “Sixteen-hour workshops are being held on a rotating basis with 160 teachers” representing 62 schools, says Marie Press, a member of the Peterborough club. “The feedback has been incredibly positive.”

Today's inspiration came from the in-person version of Peterson Apfelbach. It was inspiring to see him!
 
 
With an update from Ellen: 
Peterson was at our meeting today. He told his story as his Inspiration and thanked everyone who sent texts, cards, and emails or called. He described his chemo fatigue and how he is fighting to get his strength back.
 
The moral of his story is: put out good into the community. You never know when or how it may return to help you.
 
2024 Candlelight Walk-In-The-Woods Rotary Park
 
The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club and the City of Mequon are excited to partner again for the fourth year, offering a Candlelight “Walk-In-The-Woods” at Pukaite Woods in Rotary Park.  
 
The event will take place on Saturday, February 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The event is free to the public.  The public restrooms will be open, and volunteers from the Rotary Club will serve hot cocoa and cider with bonfire stations positioned throughout the park.  This year will feature a “Winter Beer Garden.”  The 1840 Brewing Company will have a beer truck on site with beverages for purchase.  Bring your furry friend, as dogs on leashes are welcome! 
 
Learn more about how you can assist with the environmental sustainability of the woods at the event.
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It is our pleasure to welcome you all to TriCon24, which will be held from the 18th to the 20th of April 2024. This conference promises to be a spectacular event that will bring together Rotary members from all corners of our three districts; 6220, 6250, and 6270.

Conference Agenda

Here's a quick summary.

  • Thursday - The Foundation Dinner at The Automotive Gallery
  • Friday Morning - TriCon24 Conference kicks-off with Annual District Meetings
  • Friday Afternoon through Saturday - Workshops, House of Friendship, Polio Silent Auction
  • Activities - Lambeau Field Tours, Pounding the Pavement 4 Polio, Dine Around, Question-Persuade-Refer Workshop, and more.
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Speakers
James Marshall
Mar 05, 2024 12:00 PM
The American Tailwind
Caitlin Steinberg-Executive Director
Mar 12, 2024 12:00 PM
Operation Green Faces
Jenny Strom & Lisamarie Arnold
Mar 19, 2024 12:00 PM
REDgen
Jenne Hohn
Mar 26, 2024 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Annette Myers-CEO
Apr 02, 2024 12:00 PM
Myers Music
Patrick Nettesheim-Co Founder
Apr 09, 2024 12:00 PM
Guitars for Vets
Stars & Stripes Honor Flight
Apr 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Amy Luft/Special Activity
Dr. Matt Joynt
Apr 23, 2024 12:00 PM
MTSD Annual Update
Jenne Hohn
Apr 30, 2024 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Dr. Shekar Kurpad, MD. PhD
May 07, 2024 12:00 PM
Wisconsin Institute of NeuroScience
Omar Shaikh
May 14, 2024 12:00 PM
Dining & Development of Milwaukee
Jenne Hohn
May 21, 2024
Business Meeting
No Meeting
May 28, 2024 12:00 PM
Jeramey Janeene
Jun 18, 2024 12:00 PM
Urban Milwaukee
Changing of the Guard
Jun 25, 2024 5:00 PM
Changing of the Guard
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Prayer/Inspiration
March 5th
Rosing, John
 
March 12th
Witte-Dycus, Nancy
 
March 19th
Von Rueden, Anthony
 
Greeter
March 5th
Hillman, Herbert
 
March 12th
Marshall, James
 
March 19th
Gannon, Daniel
 
Pledge
March 5th
Robertson, Dianne
 
March 12th
Landisch-Hansen, Colleen
 
March 19th
Lysaught, James
 
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