The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12pm at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon. Visiting and prospective Rotarians are always welcome. We hope to see you there! 

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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee County Club
10823 North River Road
Mequon, WI  53092
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Angela is now in her tenth year as the assistant dean for public service at Marquette Law School. Prior to Marquette she worked in private practice as an elder and disability law attorney. Angela came to the practice of law as a social worker- she worked for ten years with a domestic violence intervention agency in Portland, Oregon. During that time, she completed her law degree at Lewis & Clark Law School.
While in criminal law if you can not afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you this is not the case for many civil law matters. As such there are many low income individuals and families that are often not receiving the proper legal service or protection they may need. Legal Action of Wisconsin is an available service for these group to go to; however, they are only able to serve roughly half of the 25,000 eligible clients they evaluate each year. Marquette's Law School seeks to answer that call through its spirit of volunteerism and service. Every year they have a team of roughly 550 lawyers and students that are able to serve an additional 5,000 people with their legal needs with emphasis on housing, health, domestic violence, seniors, and veterans and military families. They do this from four brick and mortar locations and a mobile unit staged around the Milwaukee area.
For questions or availability to volunteer please reach out to
Angela F. Schultz, J.D.
Marquette Law School
Assistant Dean for Public Service

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the soon to open Foxtown Brewing in Mequon, the Mequon Thiensville Historical Society has been offered the opportunity to host a Soft Opening fundraiser.  The Foxtown Brewing building was constructed in 1857 as the Zimmermann & Opitz Brewery and has been carefully returned to its original purpose after many years of industrial use, warehousing, and vacancy.  


The details of the event are:


5 - 9 PM





A donation of $75 per person includes any two items from the Foxtown Brewing menu (appetizers, salads, boards, handhelds. and entrees) plus complimentary beer, coffee and coke products. 


Seating is limited.  Tickets will be available starting at 9 AM on Monday, October 21st, at the Port Washington State Bank locations in Mequon and Thiensville.  Please plan to pay by check made out to MTHS.  


I hope you will attend this wonderful event.  It will be a great opportunity to see the spectacular Foxtown building, enjoy a great meal along with specialty beers, and support your MT Historical Society.  


It promises to be a night to remember.

The Rollin' with Rotary Walk Team participated with over 450 walkers in the two mile Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 5. Pictured above were the most people who could be gathered at one time for a photo op, specifically, Bruce Rowe, Herb Hillman, Maureen O'Leary Guth (with 2 sisters, Alison O'Leary and Kristin O'Leary), Marilyn Jacobs, Ellen MacFarlane,  Sam Azinger (with Tyler and Carter). Not pictured includes Alice and Steve Sedgwick, Maureen's husband and daughters, Jeremy, Jacqueline, and Madelyn (featured in third photo), Sam's wife and daughter, Jessica and Reagan, and Cindy Shaffer. Others who may have been there but were not verified by photographic evidence or non-photographic memory include Bob Blazich, Andy Moss, Cara Seppi-Bern, and Doug Hansen. All walkers collectively lost 35 lbs. by the end of the walk. 
The Rotary Walk Team consisted of 20 registered walkers, and raised $1,030. Listed donors included Ellen MacFarlane, Bob Blazich, Brian Monroe, Bruce Rowe, Cara Seppi-Bern, Carol Wessels, Dan Gannon, Dave Kliber (in honor of Edward and Floramae Kliber), Herb Hillman, Jenne Hohn, Karl Hertz, Kathleen Schneider, Maureen O'Leary Guth, Sam Azinger and Sandy and Jean Custer.  If anyone is missed, I sincerely apologize. Truthfully I suspect someone isn't listed that I'd like to give a shout out to, but am more worried that I'd shout out to them and they'd have to correct me by stating that they didn't make a contribution.
Funds raised are used to support finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Once there is a cure, I presume there will no longer be a need to raise funds, so theoretically you could call this event the Walk to End the Walk to End Alzheimer's.  
Save the date for November 19th from 5:30-7:30 in which a celebration dinner and awards ceremony will be held at the River Room in Grafton. I suspect our team is due an award or two, such as for the Largest Team, and possibly the Rookie Team that raised the most funds. If you're interested in attending, RSVP at
What a great time to be a Rotarian. 
Ordinarily a very reliable news source in Ozaukee County, the News Graphic has joined the Fake News Club with their article in Tuesday's paper announcing new members of the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club.  Contrary to the caption of the photograph seen above, Maureen O'Leary has not abandoned the Noon Club to join the Sunrise Club.
In fact, Maureen had introduced the new member being inducted, Danila Danesi, to the Sunrise Club (since Danila's schedule wasn't fitting for the Noon Club), and was invited to attend the meeting in which Danila was being inducted into the Sunrise Club. What could be LIES, LIES, and more LIES, may also be accredited to a typographical error or slight misunderstanding. 
When questioned O'Leary said "Oh my goodness, what am I going to do when Tony sees this?" She went on to say "We have to get in front of this." When discussing how to go about getting in front of this it was best determined that a story for the Newsletter would suffice. "Maybe we can say 'Lies Lies Lies' and claim it's 'fake news.' We should make sure it is super sarcastic too so nobody actually thinks we don't like the News Graphic." 
Thanks to all those who have signed up to walk with the Rollin' with Rotary Walk Team for the October 5, 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's, and to those who have made donations to the team.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to join the team to go for a walk through Port Washington at 10 am on Saturday, October 5 or to make a donation. To do either of these things click the following link:
As of September 19, there are 3 Rotarians who have signed up to walk (and 5 kids, some spouses and siblings), and we'd love to have a stronger Rotary presence. All that being said, we have received donations from Sandy Custer, Maureen O'Leary, Karl Hertz, Jenne Hohn, Herb Hillman, Dan Gannon, Brian Monroe, Sam Azinger, as well as a Facebook fundraiser and an anonymous donor (It's Ellen, sorry Ellen). Thank you to all who are participating. Sam or Ellen will accept cash or check donations at either of the next two meetings before the walk, if clicking the link above is too much work. We'd also love to have you participate! 
October 24: National Polio Day
December 10: Holiday party! bring your significant other! we will have the HHS choir in attendance
1. Information regarding Fall Into Comedy will be shared next week! Any photos or details you want to share please send in response to this bulletin!
2. Make yourself  available for October 26th roadside clean up!
3. October 24th is National Polio Day please consider making a donation to Polio Plus!
4. If you have plans to attend the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce event and would like to sit with other Rotarians make sure to indicate that on your RSVP!
Our Speakers:
Dr. Cal Tamanji, PHD;AICP. Professor of Economics/Social Science  Milwaukee Area Technical College,President of Ozaukee County NAACP Branch, Adviser of West Cameroon Community Association(WECAWI.)
Dr Zachary Nchinda, Phd Professor of History Milwaukee Area Technical College, Adviser of West Cameroon Community Association(WECAWI.) Last but not the least,
Mr George Azeh, MSc. Consulting Accountant. President of West Cameroon Community Association(WECAWI). We are all US citizens of Southern Camerron origin that have lost relatives in the ongoing French-backed genocide in Southern Cameroons(Ambazonia.) 
Cameroon was colonized by Germany In 1884 and remained under their control until their defeat in World War 1.
After the war, African colonies held by the defeated countries were split between France and England with 1/5 of Cameroon falling into English control and the other 4/5  were given to France. This amount of control was maintained until 1945 when the UN set rules and standards for the preparation of independence for the many colonies and territories in Africa.
The British style of rule allowed West Cameroon to establish its own common laws and customs; however, in East Cameroon, the French ruled directly with the  East Cameroonian government answered directly to Paris.
In 1961, the French colonies in Africa were presented with the opportunity to have complete independence, or become part of the French Union. When New Guinea requested complete independence, France made an example of them, freighting other colonies into joining the Union. Resulting in the formation of the Federal Republic of Cameroon.
In 1970 oil was discovered in West Cameroon, as a result, France pressured their East Cameroon state to move for a combined Cameroonian state so they would have access to the oil reserves.
This led to continued conflict between the western English speaking residents and the French backed East Cameroonian citizens.
Many professionals protested the many changes that were uninvited and unwelcome from the french speaking side of Cameroon and were labeled as terrorists for their perceived hate of Cameroon resulting in unfair treatment of many lawyers and teachers.
War has been raging for 3 years with 500,000 refugees fleeing to Nigeria, many eternally displaced. Many countries are hesitant to contribute and support the suffering members of English speaking Cameroon. 
Due to collusion between governments, there have been many difficulties shipping resources and supplies to the suffering refugees. Our guests highly encourage us to reach out to our government officials to stop the violence going on in English speaking Cameroon 
Many members of our Rotary Club attended Gathering on the Green Saturday July 13th! They had a great time listening to rockers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The close proximity of the tents for the sunrise and noon clubs provided great opportunities for the two great clubs to spend time bonding and getting to know one another at a deeper level.
At the first ever Gathering on the Green Battle of the Bands, our very own Heather Mader and her band Won first prize! I highly encourage everyone to visit our Facebook Page "Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club" so they can watch of Video of their award winning performance! You can quickly access the video by visiting this link Don't forget to like the page while you are visiting!
I'm happy to announce that we have met our goal for 2018-19 Rotary Foundation giving. Our goal was set for $4,000 and as a club we contributed $4,325.
Unfortunately, our goal for Polio Plus giving for 2018-19 was $1,500 and our club contributions were only $725.
Although combined we did not meet our total giving goal of $5,500, as you may recall, we have a friendly competition with the Sunrise Club to see which club could contribute more to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.  In the end, our club did contribute $100 more than the Sunrise Club, whose total contributions were $4,950 for the 2018-19 year! It looks like the Noon-Sunrise Foundation Giving trophy will be named after our Foundation Chair and will stay with the Noon Club for at least the next 12 months (and hopefully longer). 
Although our numbers are great in comparison to most clubs in the district, there are still a couple clubs in Ozaukee County that are outdoing us. Specifically, Cedarburg-Grafton contributed $5,664 in 2018-19 and Port Washington-Saukville contributed $6,125. 
Let's look forward to a great 2019-20 year of meeting our goals, and making sure that the Sam Azinger trophy stays with the Noon Club!
If you'd like assistance with setting up recurring monthly, quarterly, or yearly contributions to assure your Sam Azinger award for 2019-20, let Sam know and he'd be happy to assist. Otherwise, make out a check to the Rotary Foundation and give it to Sam at a meeting and he'll take care of the rest.   
During her time, Pam invited us into the world of fine speech and sustainable breathing technique! She highlighted that many of us have fallen into the terrible habit of vertical breathing. This style of breathing only utilizes the top portion of our lungs limiting our oxygen intake while simultaneously putting unnecessary stain on our shoulder and neck muscles. Sustainable and proper breathing involves full use of your diaphragm which allows your stomach to expand completely filling your lungs. When it comes to speech, there have been a number of quirks she has identified and helped her clients overcome through a variety of exercise to control tone, volume, and power.
Pam’s training and experience as a singer taught her how the vocal instrument works and how to make it more powerful. Her experience as a voiceover artist gave her insights into how different parts of the voice affect the listener in very specific ways.
Pam has held workshops for U.S. Attorneys, trainers with GE Healthcare, the local chapter of ATD, and the Women’s Business Council at SC Johnson. She also works with individual clients.
Below are a list of common exercises and a link to a Ted talk discussing proper breathing habits.
  1. Body position – stand, bend over at the waist, slow roll up, stacking the vertebrae and then pulling the string up through the top of the head.
  2. Head position – push head forward then bring back to position – look in the mirror to check there is no double chin
  3. Breathing – fill the belt around the waist, let the abdomen pop out
  4. High hoot to find the upper register – feel the vibration between your eyebrows and behind your eyes
  5. Upper middle register – breath through the nose then yawn  - feel the openness on the roof of your mouth and space behind your front teeth – feel the vibration in your cheekbones – say “hi” as a breathy Marilyn Monroe
  6. Middle register– tongue flat and low, tip touching the back of the bottom teeth –say Ahh, Ayy, Eee, Ooooh, Oooo . Fill the hand six inches in front of your mouth with air– show your teeth - feel the vibration behind your top teeth
  7. Lower register – say “huh” with lots of air  - feel the vibration in your breastbone
On June 18th, we gathered together at the American Legion Post 457 to celebrate our 2018-2019 Rotary year! During this time we were able to Thank Tim Vertz for his service as Club President as well as the board that served during his tenure to help him keep us in line. Following those recognitions, we took some time to honor a few Rotarians who stood out in the last year!
For the first time ever we had recipients of the Sam Azinger Award! This was bestowed upon Ellen MacFarlane, Greg Huffman, Jack Weise, John Wirth, Karl Hertz, Pam Koch, Rob Kos, Sam Azinger, Sandy Custer, Stan Smith, Tim Vertz, Tyler Briggs. All of these members donated $100 or more to the rotary foundation and/or Polio plus in the 2018-2019 year. If you were not in attendance at the Changing of the guard you can expect them this Tuesday at our first outdoor meeting.
Many were also honored for their years of perfect attendance.
Next, we honored Megan Borland with the Service Award!
Rotarian of the Year was presented to Sam Azinger and shared with his children!
 Finally, Greg Sommersberger was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow for which our club will donate $1,000 in his name to the Rotary Foundation! Following the applause and celebration, to our surprise, Sandy Custer took the microphone and gave out one more award. For her great service to our club, Diane Robertson was given an honorary Paul Harris award having $1,000 donated to the rotary foundation in her name as well!
Once the dust settled, Our New President  Rob Kos took time to introduce our new officers and directors for the 2019-2020 rotary year. Those officers and directors are pictured above from left to right as follows.
Pam Koch: Fall into Comedy
Megan Borland: Director of vocational Service
Peterson Apfelbach: Director of Club Service
Heather Mader: Secretary-Treasurer
Sam Azinger: President Elect
Rob Kos: President
Ellen MacFarlane: Director of International Service & Club Outreach
Sandy Custer: Director of Community Service
June 25- August 20: Meetings will be held at Rotary Park on Highland Rd. On August 20 we will have Family Night from 5 PM to 7 PM
July 13: We will have a tent at Gathering on the Green. Announcements for how and where to buy tickets will be announce at an upcoming meeting.
July 31: Chinooks Game at 5:30 PM. 
October 10: Fall Into Comedy. 
1. 2019 Summer Schedule has been distributed at meetings by Sandy Custer assigning head chef's and cooking crews for summer meetings. If you don't have your date on your calendar, get it on there. 
2. Congratulations to Dianne Robertson for being listed as the club's top member sponsor. She was doing this while she was working, imagine what she's capable of with free time! Way to go Dianne!
3. Thanks to Roger and the OED for the work that they are doing in Ozaukee County. We hope everyone had the opportunity to apply or nominate a business for the 2019 Business of the Year Awards!
4. We are looking for volunteers for the Fun B4 the Fourth corn roast and ice cream stand. Talk to Herb Hillman or Peterson Apfelbach if you are interested. 
5. Dan Gannon will be taking ticket orders for the Lakeshore Chinooks game on July 31. 
6. Rotary will be sponsoring a tent for Gathering on the Green on Saturday, July 13. Tickets are $100. Enhoy a beautiful evening outdoors listening to great music with a private tent, catering by Ferrante's. craft beer and wine, good friends and a fundraiser for our rotary foundation. Talk to Rob Kos for more information or see the flyer distributed at last weeks meeting.


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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
October 2019
Chris Zwygart
Oct 29, 2019
Vice President - Chief Legal Officer West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
John Wirth
Nov 05, 2019
New Member Thumbnail Sketch
Julie Hoover
Nov 12, 2019
Family Sharing
Beth Bauer
Nov 19, 2019
Author - Relationship Rights (and Wrongs)
Tyler Briggs
Dec 03, 2019
New Member Thumbnail Sketch
Musical Performance
Dec 10, 2019
No Meeting - Christmas
Dec 24, 2019
No Meeting - New Years
Dec 31, 2019
Peterson Apfelbach
Jan 07, 2020
New Member Thumbnail Sketch
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
October 15
Carr, Tim
October 22
Custer, Sandy
October 29
Davis, Todd
October 15
Von Rueden, Anthony
October 22
Weston, Shelley
October 29
Wiese, John
October 15
Naggs, Karle
October 22
O'Connor, David
October 29
O'Leary, Maureen
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Gateway Project
Fall Into Comedy
Exec. Secr. Tres.
The Rotary Foundation

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