May 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
May 22
Ott, Jim
June 12
Pearson, Jessica
June 26
Robertson, Dianne
May 22
MacFarlane, Ellen
June 12
Mobley, Van
June 26
Muchin Young, Rachel
May 22
Borland, Megan
June 12
Carr, Tim
June 26
Custer, Sandy
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
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Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee Country Club
10823 N River Road
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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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!
Dr. Sem with Concordia business school provided Rotary with an update on the developments with the new Batterman School of Business.  The building will help support Concordia's already great business program which has worked with the Thiensville Business Association to provide priceless educational experiences to students and valuable marketing assistance to local businesses.  The project looks to expand in the coming years to assist both Mequon and Thiensville Businesses.  
President Tim Vertz announced Sandy Custer's  2017-2018 Paul Harris Award at Tuesday's Meeting (as seen in the first image). Tim then presented the Award to Sandy and shook his hand, followed by Sandy beginning to walk back to his seat (as seen in the second image). This is Sandy's 6th Paul Harris award, an accomplishment worth great applause.  Sandy should expect to receive his 10 Sam Azinger Awards in the near future as soon as the Board approves the Sam Azinger Award for $100 contributions.     
Dianne Robertson has proposed Rotary sponsor a table at the June 2nd Village Park Reimagined Gala in the Park event.  The tickets are $150 ($75 tax deductible) each, and Rotary will sponsor a table if enough people contact Dianne as soon as possible.  As indicated by the flyer, the event includes dinner, a silent and live auction, and music and dancing. I think it's safe to say that this party is going to be OFF THE HOOK!  
Boyscout Troop 852 Committee Chairperson Lisa Sanregret and Scoutmaster Tim Luettgen provided an update on the Troop at Tuesday's meeting.  
Lisa and Tim spoke of the significant role the Boy Scouts have had on the lives of boys and young men by instilling values of community, respect, and service by means of fun, volunteerism, advancement, and education.  Activities such as camping, street cleaning in the rain (which we can all relate), Eagle Projects, high adventure trips, community service projects, fundraisers, food collection, and Guest House food preparation help to develop the 48 current Scouts.
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary's support has been and continues to be greatly appreciated by the Troop.  Future needs that are currently foreseen include a need for Kayaks and Troop Tents.   
Fellow Rotarians,  Troop 852 will be conducting a Brat Fry, Bake Sale, and Car Wash fundraiser this Saturday at Piggly Wiggly in Mequon.   I think the brochure speaks for itself. Lets make it a point to show a strong Rotary presence and share this with our friends, family and neighbors. See you there!    
Library Director and fellow Rotarian Rachel Muchin Young spoke to the Club at Tuesday's meeting, placing her enthusiasm on full display. 
Thanks in great part to the contributions from our communities, the Frank L. Weyenberg Library provides many different resource media options, including books, magazines, newspapers, digital materials, CDs, DVDs, Books on Tape (more likely books on CD these days), puppets, and much more. The library is additionally funded by donations and most importantly fines and fees from procrastinators like me.  
Aside from the library's many resources, including the library staff itself, the library also offers access to internet, study rooms, a meeting room, many activities for all ages, and of course free air conditioning on hot summer days. The library has kept up with the times, and visitors should be encouraged to find that even in this digital age the library offers many tangible and intangible resources for every day pleasures. If you haven't visited the library lately, stop by and discover its many offerings.  The library is still free to anyone, excepting those of us who cannot keep track of due date.
Like me, you may be wondering if library fines are tax deductible.  To answer that question, no they are not.  Your better bet is to make a donation to the library and hope the charitable donation leads to a great relationship with library and hope (emphasis on "hope") that relationship will lead to the staff agreeing to waive your fines.  
Thank you to Rachel for speaking to the Club, her passion for the library, and her service to our community.   
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary is establishing records of current Rotarians and their past Military service. Below are the records we have currently. Can you please review and let Tim Vertz know if any changes need to be made or if we have missed anyone. We want to make sure we have all Military service records up to date for all of our wonderful Rotarians. Thanks!
Rotarian Name
Military Branch
Years Served
Sandy Custer
Air Force/Air National Guard
George Witte
Robert Jacobs
Dan Gannon
Army National Guard
Stan Smith
Jack Wiese
Karle Naggs
Navy/Naval Reserve
Herb Hillman
Army Air Corps
Jim Ott
I'm new at this, so I don't know know that I'm getting all of my facts right.  But here's how I understand the facts:
Our club goal for Foundation contributions from July 2017 to July 2018 is $5,500.
Our total contributions for the year is $3,550 (plus my measly $25.00 contribution today)
If I'm reading the reports correctly (which I acknowledge I may not be) the full $3,550 in contributions came from 5 members! Thank you to those 5!
I mentioned my measly contribution, because I would like to encourage a whole lot more measly contributions. It took me less than 2 minutes to make my contribution (it was easier than ordering a pizza).
So why can't we all take two minutes to make a small (medium or large) contribution?  Here's the link: If you need help, give me a call and I'll come over. 
While you're at it. Go ahead and make that a monthly, quarterly, or yearly contribution. Admittedly, this will add 4-6 seconds to the process, but will save you 2 minutes every month, quarter, or year, plus the headache of remembering.  Further, if everybody signs up for monthly, quarterly, or yearly contributions, I won't post stories like this all the time (which I reserve the right to do).
Together, we can blow this goal out of the water! 
As an aside, and without board authorization, I will personally give a pat on the back to anyone who makes a contribution before the end of June. 
Shawn Kison, General Manager for the Lakeshore Chinooks spoke to our Rotary Club at Tuesday's meeting.  Shawn is a Cedarburg high school graduate, with a degree from La Cross college, Majoring in Sports Management. This is Shawn's first year as General Manager for the Lakeshore Chinooks.  In the 7 seasons of Chinooks baseball, they have provided countless opportunities to front office interns who have gone on to work in all levels of many major sports.  They have additionally hosted many players with professional ambitions, including between 50 and 60 players who have been drafted my major league teams, and 4 players who made it to The Show in 2017, including Andrew Stevenson, who debuted for the Washington Nationals, Zack Granite who debuted for the Minnesota Twins, Brian Anderson who debuted for the Miami Marlins, and Harrison Bader who has already made a name for himself being a thorn in the side of the Milwaukee Brewers since debuting for the St. Louis Cardinals. 
The players are brought in from all over the country, as well as a significant portion of local players.  The players look to prove they are able to handle a major league schedule by playing 72 games in 76 days, in hopes of gaining the recognition of  Major League scouts who attend each game.  The Chinooks take pride in treating their players and opposing players like professionals, by providing the local amenities from local restaurants and hotels.  Chinooks players often stay with host families, in which they are always looking for volunteers.   
Single ticket sales will first be made available to the public on April 28, when their leading sponsor, Port Washington State Bank, will be hosting an event at its Thiensville location.  
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club will also be holding our annual outing to take in a Chinooks game at Kapco Park on August 9, 2018.  We hope to see you there. 
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to fill the Board positions of Club Service Director and Youth Services Director.  For information about the positions, please visit the District website at 
For additional information or to volunteer, please talk to Club President Tim Vertz. 
On Friday, April 13, we had a geriatric clean up crew of Smith, Naggs, Gannon, Lysaught, and Custer.
On Saturday, April 14, we had a crew of young bucks:  Rosing, Kos, Azinger (plus two really young bucks)
and Custer (yes, I know he's no young buck).  Rotarians were true to form. The weather was miserable,
especially on Saturday morning, yet all participants were smiling, positive with absolutely no whining.


Melissa Schneyder, the woman without a title, from U.S. Bank spoke to our Rotary Club on Tuesday on how U.S. Bank is playing an active role in our community and communities across the country.  The U.S. Bank foundation gives back around $24 million every year, including $5.5 million in Wisconsin, to local charitable organizations.  U.S. bank encourages it's employees to volunteer their time to serve our communities, by offering incentives and making contributions to organizations their employees support.  When it comes to deciding what organizations to support, an employee's commitment to the organization is number one.
U.S. Bank has additionally used its position in the community to help connect entrepreneurs with non-profits that can assist with starting a business when conventional lending is not an option.  It has taken the initiative to lobby in Madison to pass bills encouraging schools to teach financial literacy, and has gone so far as to go to Washington to help determine how banks could be used to identify and stop human trafficking.  
Not only is the Milwaukee North Sunrise Club offering to deliver a dozen roses for just $15, but it is also for a good cause (benefiting the scholarship fund).  Talk to Greg Sommersberger for details or an order form. Orders should be placed no later than May 1st, with checks made out to Milwaukee North Sunrise Club.  
Sandy Custer is looking for volunteers to fill five additional weeks as head chef when we meet at Rotary Park this summer. Ellen added that it is a great experience and opportunity to work closely with other Rotarians, and the regular team members are always there to assist and give guidance. 
Sandy is also looking for a head count for those who will be participating in the street cleanup on Saturday April 14, at 9:00 am. We will meet at kwik Trip on the corner of Donges Bay and Green Bay roads, rain, snow, or shine (hopefully shine).   
Speak to Sandy if you would like to volunteer for either or both. 
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May 29, 2018
Jun 05, 2018
Maureen O'Leary
Jun 12, 2018
Willms, S.C. - Tax Implications of Charitable Giving
Business Meeting
Jun 26, 2018
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