Visiting and prospective Rotarians are always welcome. We hope to see you there! 

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
Home Page Stories
More than just a lunch.
 
In our post-pandemic, digitized, virtual age we find ourselves in, separation and isolation have become the new normal. It’s easy to become disillusioned with general state of things. My fellow Rotarians are a refreshing reminder of the good that inhabits our community. My involvement provides me the innate satisfaction that comes from doing good things with good people.  A stark confirmation of all the good within my community.
 
Oh yes, much more than just lunch ; -)
January is always a great time for reflection.  Dwelling on my years of Rotary service I fondly recall as a teenager, my father dragging me to the old Brat Fry at Thiensville Park to direct traffic.  Spending hours in the summer sun with Gary Jacobs (Doc Jacobs son) while the Rotarians were having all the fun in the beer tent was a unique introduction to the club.  As a newly minted Rotation I’ll never forget how the greatest salesman on earth, John Riley, convinced me that Gathering on the Green was the most important project ever and needed my help, even though I had never been to a ballet or symphony event ever.  Having leaders like John Box and David O’Connor made chairing the Black Tie fundraisers a joy.  As did helping leaders like Ted Weirather, Roger Kirgues and Stan Smith spearhead the seemingly never-ending Centennial Riverwalk efforts.  And, even watching with pride as Ellen MacFarlane, Pam Koch and host of others thrive in developing Comedy Night.  Each of these challenges created connection.  Connections with fellow Rotarians, our community and the world at large.  I am blessed to have grown up in this zip code and to have lived here most of life.  Yet the challenges of leading a family business, or any business, can be isolating.  Rotary creates connections outside that circle and opportunities to help, give or share.  Business connections can be both demanding and fleeting while Rotary connections are patient and enduring.  I wish I could expound on the wonderful connections I’ve enjoyed with all the Rotarians I’ve met.  But, be assured, I look forward to forging the next generation of connections in the years to come.
 
Rotary, to me, has been very beneficial.  First, it has "expanded my world" through the varied speakers and meetings as presented on Tuesdays and the information provided about the needs of our community and internationally through Rotary International.  While serving as an officer of our Club, I also greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet other Rotarians at the RI Annual Convention in Illinois and to absorb the ideas shared by other club representatives. Secondly, serving and giving back to our community through our various service projects and fundraising events has been a great focus and benefit. Lastly, another important benefit has been the networking and development of friendships with our Club Rotarians and community leaders at our meetings and through our Fall into Comedy Committee.  
 
I originally joined the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club in 1987 (with Stan Smith being a sponsor) while commuting from downtown Milwaukee since I wanted to become more involved in our community.  Right away, I was able to work with other Rotarians and get involved in the Rotary projects which resulted in the culmination of Mequon's Rotary Park as well as the formation of Gathering on the Green and our own Rotary Foundation. Then, when I opened my own law practice in the area in 1996, I knew that I wanted to rejoin the Club and its activities.  I have appreciated being part of the Club for the past 25+ years and also want to thank our newer members who have contributed all of their experiences and talents in making our Club meetings very enjoyable.
My definition of Rotary and what it means to me is constantly evolving. Learning something new each week while spending time with people who have a shared vision of community service. On a more personal level, Rotary has opened up the world of service for me, while providing a wealth of friendship. I’m grateful to Maureen for recommending I join our club. Her friendship, support, and awareness have been monumentally influential in my life. I’m grateful to those who I have met that support my life goals as well. Sandy, Stan S., and Tim  have been huge proponents of my career. And then there’s pickleball. Thanks to Stan L. and Stan S. for introducing me to something I really enjoy. I’m grateful to all of you and the learning opportunities Rotary provides. T-M Rotary exemplifies kindness, tolerance, camaraderie, and offers a wonderful outlet to contribute and support our great community. How lucky we are to be Rotarians!
 
Team Jenne, with a sneak attack at the end, has won! Ultimately Family Sharing is the winner - thanks to all of you and your generosity. The grand total raised this year was $5537! Compared to last year's total of $3149, this is absolutely tremendous.
 
Final tallies are as follows:
 
Team Jenne 🏆: $3135.00
 
Team Sandy 🥈: $2402.00
 
Sending heaps of gratitude to all of you. You're wonderful and we are blessed to have such a special group of people in our Club. Wishing you the merriest of holidays and blessings for a wonderful New Year!
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We are trying something new for 2022! We'd love to have each and every one of your voices in the weekly newsletter. A photo would be a nice addition. 
 
Each week, we are asking one member to write a 2-3 sentence (or more, if you are so inclined) article about what Rotary means to you. We encourage you to keep it short - it may only be one sentence. We will start alphabetically with Hohn, since it was my idea (I being Jenne). Next up will be Rob Holtz.
 
How to submit: please email your submission to jennehohndc@gmail.com. If you'd like to send a favorite photo of yourself, please do. Jenne will remind you the week prior when it's your turn.
 
Thanks for taking part in this creative collaboration. 
Thank you for the generosity extended during this holiday season. Advocates of Ozaukee was thrilled to receive your generous donations of gift cards, a holiday tree, and ornaments. Special thanks to Karl Hertz who delivered the gifts.
 
As of Saturday, December 4, the Family Sharing Drive amounts to $3897.00! We have blown by our donation total from 2020 of $3149.00. Thank you all! Team standings are as follows:
 
Team Sandy: $2212.00
Team Jenne: $1685.00
 
The deadline to donate to the Family Sharing Drive is Tuesday, December 14. You can donate online at https://www.familysharingozaukee.org. Click on the pink "Contribute Now" button on the top right corner. Please notate TM Rotary when you make an online contribution.
 
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Our speakers this week will include Deborah Patel, Deb Andraca, and Beth Bauer.  Deb Andraca represents part of Mequon and is the sponsor of the fair maps bill. 
The speakers plan to use the 4-way Rotary test as the outline for explaining the issues to all of us. Deb will help us look to the future with a legislative solution, Beth will discuss success stories elsewhere and encourage conversations among people with differing views, and then Deborah will close with a "possible action" recap, once again tied to the 4-way test.
Ozaukee County Family Sharing Drive: We have raised $2956.00 overall so far! Remember, you can donate online at https://www.familysharingozaukee.org. Click on the pink "Contribute Now" button on the top right corner. Please notate TM Rotary when you make your online contribution. The contribution deadline for the Family Sharing Drive is Tuesday, December 14.
 
Our current totals are:
 
Team Sandy: $1687.00
Team Jenne: $1269.00
 
Please note that our Kapco K2K Wonderland Light Show date to volunteer is: SUNDAY, 12/5/21, 4 pm - 8 pm.
 
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
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Russ and Nancy Witte-Dycus were presented with a Paul Harris Fellow on Tuesday, November 16. Russ and Nancy were recognized for their contribution to  The Rotary Foundation and support of its humanitarian and educational programs. Their gift shows commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace. We thank them for their generosity.
A Taste of Foxtown Event to benefit Gathering on the Green
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Details and ticket information available here: https://gatheringonthegreen.org/a-taste-of-foxtown/
Holiday Giving Opportunities
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Thank you for participating in our holiday giving. Our Family Sharing Drive has kicked off with a bang. We have raised $1256.00 so far! Remember, you can donate online at https://www.familysharingozaukee.org. Click on the pink "Contribute Now" button on the top right corner. In order to acknowledge the club, please type TM Rotary in the Tribute box. The deadline for the Family Sharing Giving Drive is Tuesday, December 14.
 
Our current totals are:
 
Team Jenne: $819.00
Team Sandy: $437.00
 
Please note that our Kapco K2K Wonderland Light Show date to volunteer is: SUNDAY, 12/5/21, 4 pm - 8 pm
 
Small denomination gift cards are being accepted for Advocates of Ozaukee. We will include them when Karl Hertz delivers a tree and ornaments we are donating for their families to decorate. (Thank you Karl!)  The deadline for this is Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
Rotarians and friends of Rotary were delighted to attend T-M Rotary’s annual Fall Into Comedy on Thursday, October 14. The event returned after a pause in 2020. This year’s event did not disappoint. 
 
 
Thiensville-Mequon Rotarians generously put together donations from local businesses and beyond to support the Silent Auction. From local goods to local experiences, the auction and raffles raised a healthy amount for the Club. We offer special thanks to all those who volunteered for the event - from set-up to take-down - we had a wonderful team!
 
 
Although comedian John DeBoer was billed as the star of the show, the spotlight was stolen by two lovely princesses - Jax and Mads Guth (aka Anna and Elise). The two princesses “Trick or Treated to End Polio,” and raised almost $700. These funds will support Rotary’s global initiative to end polio. The girls’ giggles were the highlight of the evening.
 
 
We wish to thank the event’s generous sponsors. The event sponsor was Sommer’s Automotive. The marketing sponsor was Port Washington State Bank. The entertainment sponsor was O’Leary-Guth Law Office. Food sponsors were: American Family Insurance/Todd Davis Agency, Sandy & Jean Custer, Gathering on the Green, Richard Johannes, DDS SC, Tim Carr, RBC Wealth Management, John & Mimi Rosing, Spur 16, and State Farm Insurance. Table sponsors were: American Family Insurance/Todd Davis Agency, C.J.’s Table, Baird - The Sommersberger Group, Sandy Custer & Dan Gannon, Ellen MacFarlane, MATC, O’Leary-Guth Law Office, Port Washington State Bank, Sommers Automotive Group, Stan Smith, and the T-M Rotary Noon Club. Patron sponsors included: Sandy Custer, Karl Hertz, Herb Hallman, CPA, Dianne Robertson, Robertson, Ryan & Associates, and Stan Smith. Our in-kind sponsors included The Washington House Inn and Dean Johnson, Photographer.
 
 
Many thanks to Rotarians, friends, and community members who came out for an evening of fun, festivities, and philanthropy. We are grateful for the support. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!
 
Home Page News
 
         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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Links
 
Speakers
Heather Mader
Jan 25, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Barb Fischer
Feb 01, 2022 12:00 PM
Advocates of Ozaukee
Matthew Wolak of GSC (Cedarburg)
Feb 08, 2022 12:00 PM
Learn About 3D Printing
Bob Blazich
Feb 15, 2022 12:00 PM
History Lesson
Heather Mader
Feb 22, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Jim Ott
Mar 01, 2022 12:00 PM
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Daylight Savings Time
Jeff McLean
Mar 08, 2022 12:00 PM
New Member Thumbnail Sketch
Karl Hertz
Mar 15, 2022 12:00 PM
School Building in Nicaragua
TBD
Mar 22, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
Heather Mader
Mar 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Katie Holtzen
Apr 05, 2022 12:00 PM
Learn about a New Mequon Business: Let's Bounce - North Shore!
TBD
Apr 12, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
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Apr 19, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
Heather Mader
Apr 26, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
TBD
May 03, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
TBD
May 10, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
TBD
May 17, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
Heather Mader
May 24, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
No Meeting (day after Memorial Day)
May 31, 2022 12:00 PM
MCF Pillars of the Community Luncheon
Jun 07, 2022 12:00 PM
Recognizing Sandy Custer
TBD
Jun 14, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
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Jun 21, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
Changing of the Guard
Jun 28, 2022 5:00 PM
Changing of the Guard
No Meeting (day after 4th of July)
Jul 05, 2022 12:00 PM
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Thanks
 
Prayer/Inspiration
January 11th
O'Leary-Guth, Maureen
 
January 18th
Ott, Jim
 
January 25th
Robertson, Dianne
 
Greeter
January 11th
Holtz, Rob
 
January 18th
Huffman, Greg
 
January 25th
Hunzinger, Nicholas
 
Pledge
January 11th
Kirgues, Roger
 
January 18th
Koch, Pam
 
January 25th
Kos, Robert
 
What Rotary means to me.
January 11th
Holtz, Rob
 
January 18th
Huffman, Greg
 
January 25th
Hunzinger, Nicholas
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Executive Secretary / Director
Treasurer
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Membership
The Rotary Foundation

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