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12400 N Ville Du Parc Dr,
Mequon, WI 53092
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Our official Ozaukee Rotarians team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 28 at Veterans Park in Port Washington is now online and ready to join! Thanks in advance!
Rotary Friends,
It's time to rally the troops for an epic mission - the Walk to End Alzheimer's!
As you may know, Alzheimer's disease has impacted countless families, including many in our own community. This cruel condition robs individuals of their memories, their independence, and ultimately, their identity.
That's why, as the incoming MT Sunrise president, I've chosen Brain Health and Alzheimer's Awareness as our rallying cry for the year. And our first mission? The Walk to End Alzheimer's. This year’s walk is taking place on September 28th at Veterans’ Park in Port Washington.
Imagine the sense of hope we could bring to those affected by this devastating disease, simply by showing up and walking together as one unified force. That's the power we hold, and it starts by joining our Ozaukee Rotarians team: . 
This is no ordinary team - it's a county-wide force to be reckoned with, uniting all Rotary Clubs in Ozaukee for a common cause.
And our goal? A whopping $10,000 in fundraising! It's an ambitious target, but with our collective might from clubs all over the county, I know we can crush it. So sign up today, lace up your walking shoes, and get ready to spread the word far and wide. Share our page, rally your friends and family to donate, and let's show the world why Rotarians are called “People of Action!”
But the excitement doesn't stop there! We'll also need a dedicated crew of volunteers to ensure the Walk Day runs smoothly. I’ll be reaching out with more information on that later.
And if all this were not enough reason to join, did you know that Rotary is a National Team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s? We will be part of a nationwide alliance with our Ozaukee team.  
Rotarians, this is our chance to make a real difference in the lives of those touched by Alzheimer's. To show them that they're not alone, that we stand with them, and that we'll never stop fighting until we've found a cure.
Let's do this, Ozaukee Rotarians! For brain health, for Alzheimer's awareness, and because we are Rotarians!
Who's with me?
Carol Wessels
Incoming MT Sunrise President
Sign up here to fly a flag for your hero. Sponsored by our friends at the Rotary Club of Berlin, WI.
The O'Leary-Guth Law team participated in the Adult Literacy Center's recent Spelling Bee.
Russ and Nancy on their whirlwind European trip.
Jim and Jenny Counsellor are also in Europe. Jim is seeing signs of Rotary everywhere. Pictured is a monument in Valleta Malta. His stops have included: Rome, Malta, Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, 2 stops in Bulgaria and London before heading home. He is photographed with Jenny at the most beautiful cathedral he has ever seen.
Back home in America's Dairyland, Jenne attended Mollie B's Polka Party with Berlin Rotary President Kyle Camp.

Dr. Kurpad received his MD from Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India in 1991, and his PhD from Duke University (Durham, NC) in 1995. He completed an internship in general surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, in 1996, and a residency in neurosurgery at that same institution in 2001. Dr. Kurpad completed three clinical fellowships as follows: July-December 1998, Skull Base Surgery, University of Tennessee (Memphis); July-December 2000, Neuro-Oncology, University Hospitals of Cleveland; and January-June 2001, Spinal Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Kurpad has held appointments as Guest Scientist, Intramural Program, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health in July 2001; Guest Scientist, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, from August 2001-June 2002; and Invited Guest Faculty, University of Toronto School of Medicine, 2014. He was honored in 2015 by the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine with the Distinguished E. Harry Botterell Professorship in Neurosurgery.

Dr. Kurpad joined the faculty of MCW as Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, in January 2002. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and achieved the rank of Professor with Tenure in 2014. Dr. Kurpad has served as Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Neuroscience and Speech Pathology and Audiology at Marquette University since 2005, and as Adjunct Professor in MCW’s Department of Cell Biology, Neurology and Anatomy since 2007.

Dr. Kurpad specializes in the treatment of both spinal and cranial disorders. His clinical expertise lies in surgery for spinal trauma, tumors of the spine and spinal cord, degenerative disease of the spine, spinal deformities, skull base tumors, general neurosurgery, and minimally invasive methods for the treatment of spinal disorders. From 2002-2015, Dr. Kurpad served as Chief, Neurosurgery Service at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 2007. He is board certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Kurpad has extensive research experience in spinal cord injury and is internationally recognized in the field of imaging biomarkers for spinal cord injury and cervical myelopathy. As the recipient of the prestigious Van Wagenen fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Kurpad conducted cellular transplantation research for spinal cord injury at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He runs a laboratory at MCW with international collaborators for the study of spinal cord injury and has served as principal investigator on several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed grants. Dr. Kurpad has been continuously funded extramurally since 2006 and has secured nearly $6 million in total grant funding. He has previously had extramural funding from the VA, NIH, and private foundations for cell transplantation and imaging biomarker research for spinal cord injury totaling over $2 million. He played a key role in establishing a $1 million spinal cord injury endowment by the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation at MCW. He has active current extramural funding from the VA Research Service, Rick Hansen Foundation, and Craig Nielsen Foundation totaling over an additional $1.7 million. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is a study section reviewer for the VA Research Service. In March 2012, Dr. Kurpad filed a patent for algorithm sequence for human spinal cord diffusion tensor imaging.

Dr. Kurpad is a member of the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the Joint AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care. He serves as the Chair of the International Division of the CNS and has been a member of the Executive Committee of this organization since 2011, holding a number of leadership roles for the past six years. He also is a fellow of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons; honorary life member of the Neurological Society of India; and member of the North American Skull Base Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Neuroscience, and the American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons.

Dr. Kurpad has significant medical student and graduate student teaching experience, and has mentored many medical students, PhD students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Kurpad has published more than 140 articles, original papers, book chapters, and reviews, and has presented about 50 local, regional, national, and international lectures and workshops. His MCW committee memberships include the Clinical Competency Committee (Department of Neurosurgery), Practice Services and Operations Committee, Trauma Committee, Inpatient Advisory Council, Steering Committee for the Neuroscience Service Line (Froedtert Hospital), MCW/MCP Compensation Committee, Stem Cell Committee, Neuroscience Center Board, and the Institutional Financial Advisory Committee (MCW).

For more than 20 years, Omar Shaikh has been one of Milwaukee’s leading business owners and community leaders. Known for high standards and exceptional service in the hospitality business, Omar leads the modern and sophisticated award-winning steakhouse Carnevor. As a well-rounded restaurateur and business operator, Omar joined the team that redeveloped downtown Milwaukee’s iconic Grand Avenue property and spearheaded the efforts of opening the 3rd St. Market Hall, which has brought energy and activity to an area of the mall and the city that was dormant for years. The food hall has become the place to be with creative restaurant operators, fun activities and an energy that draws in residents from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Omar remains committed to helping revitalize the historic downtown landmark with a strong focus on transformation and creating new experiences west of the Milwaukee River. Outside of hospitality and development, he is also a partner in O & B Consulting, and Tuk Tuk Chicago, a short-distance electric cab service.
Omar Shaikh’s passion for moving Milwaukee forward can be seen through his extensive list of community involvement and his leadership in getting major projects accomplished.

He served as the Board Chair for VISIT Milwaukee for seven years and is one of the leading advocates for increasing tourism in southeastern Wisconsin. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Center District board of directors and was one of the community leaders who worked tirelessly with state and local officials to develop a financing mechanism to move forward the long-awaited $456 million expansion of the city’s convention center. The expansion will allow Milwaukee to compete against other major cities for conventions and meetings that will bring in millions of dollars for Milwaukee-area hotels, restaurants and retailers.

Omar was chairman of the Home Crew Coalition, a community group, which played a key role in 2023 in helping broker a bipartisan solution through state legislation signed by Gov. Tony Evers to ensure American Family Field has the resources it needs to remain one of the best ballparks in all of baseball and to keep major league baseball in Wisconsin through 2050.

In addition, Omar served on the host committee that worked directly in securing the 2024 Republican National Convention and is now working with business and community leaders to ensure the largest economic impact possible for southeastern Wisconsin businesses from the mega event, which will bring up to 50,000 visitors to Milwaukee in July 2024.

Omar is a strong collaborator with city, civic and business leadership across industries and is dedicated and passionate about connecting people and opportunities that support a prosperous, growing Milwaukee. He was recently named one of Milwaukee’s top 20 power brokers by the Milwaukee Business Journal. He strongly believes in giving back to the community and is chairman of the Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet, which has put together the ‘Three Days of Christmas’ initiative for the past several years to provide holiday meals and gifts for non-profit groups as well as the Do Good with Food program that raised over $41,000 to benefit Children’s Wisconsin.

Omar and his wife, Connie, have been leaders in raising money for the area’s nonprofits and community groups, serving as co-chairs for several record-breaking fundraisers, including the Harry & Rose Sampson Jewish Community Center’s KidShare and Sharp Literacy’s ‘A Novel Event.’ When Omar & Connie aren’t fundraising, they open their home to rescued dogs and puppies and are passionate about securing safe and loving homes for dogs through a foster care program.

This World Immunization Week, we’re grateful to Rotary Foundation supporters like you who help keep communities healthy. We know that vaccines work. Rotary members around the world use them to fight vaccine-preventable diseases such as malaria, COVID-19, HPV, and hepatitis. And we have been using them successfully for decades in our work to end polio.

Rotary and our partners have reduced the number of polio cases worldwide by more than 99.9% since 1988, with Rotary clubs and members everywhere amplifying their efforts to create a polio-free world, one initiative at a time. The future of polio eradication is surveillance to detect the virus, and wastewater-based epidemiology will be a key tool in those monitoring efforts. Before we can celebrate the end of polio, we must remain vigilant and continue our work to immunize up to 400 million children each year.

The success Rotary members have achieved in preventing and treating disease would not be possible without our partners — or without donors like you, Ellen. During World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, you can support these efforts by:
With your support, we can continue to keep communities healthy and strong by preventing and treating diseases. Together, let’s continue the fight against disease this World Immunization Week. 
Thank you to Angelica Niemann for coordinating thank you notes to our Veterans on the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight, our speaker Amy Luft, and our time welcoming the flight. What an extraordinarily moving experience. Special thanks to friend of Rotary, Tammy Natale, who provided thank you notes from her Friendship Ministries program. We are deeply grateful to those who served. Thank you Veterans!
Re-posted from the City of Mequon Weekly Bulletin
The Common Council recently held its Annual Organizational Meeting on Tuesday, April 16, to swear-in newly elected members, elect a Common Council President and approve various subcommittee and aldermanic assignments for the 2024-2025 legislative year. The meeting also included a proclamation honoring Kathleen Schneider (pictured above with Mayor Nerbun) for her seven years of diligent service in representing District 7. During her tenure, she was an instrumental leader in countless initiatives, including helping the City navigate the effects of a worldwide pandemic and overseeing a significant expansion of the City’s sanitary sewer system. Dr. Schneider was also a strong supporter of the consolidation of the City’s Fire & EMS services with the Village of Thiensville that not only resulted in cost savings for local taxpayers, but also resulted in improved service delivery to the public. Thank you Alderwoman Schneider!  

Re-posted from the District 6270 website

At the heart of Rotary's mission lies the pursuit of service and the commitment to fostering understanding and compassion within our communities. As we navigate the intricate tapestry of human experiences, we are reminded of the fragility of mental health and the profound impact it has on our lives.

At the 2023 Rotary International Assembly, RI President Gordon McInally courageously shared his journey, urging Rotary members worldwide to destigmatize conversations around mental health. His poignant narrative, punctuated by the loss of his brother to suicide, serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of open dialogue and support.

During my club visits, I shared my journey through mental health and wellness. There was a time when I, too, felt engulfed by despair, believing that suicide was the only escape from my struggles. Yet, through resilience and support, I emerged from the shadows, embracing a newfound sense of hope and purpose.

Recent statistics published by The New York Times shed light on the alarming rise in suicide rates across the United States. In the past 2 decades, suicide rates have risen about 35% with nearly 50,000 annually, while the rates in other wealthy countries have been dropping steeply and steadily. In the face of this sobering reality, Rotary members possess a unique opportunity to effect meaningful change. By fostering a culture of empathy and understanding, we can create safe spaces for individuals to share their struggles without fear of judgment.

As stewards of compassion and goodwill, we each play a vital role in Rotary's Mental Health and Wellness Initiative. Contrary to popular belief, one does not need to be a mental health professional to make a difference. Through simple acts of kindness and active listening, we can dismantle the barriers that prevent individuals from seeking help.

To support our collective efforts, Rotary International offers a comprehensive set of tools and resources aimed at raising awareness and promoting access to mental health care. I encourage you to explore the downloadable brochure provided, which outlines actionable steps for eliminating stigma and fostering resilience within our communities.

Additionally, I invite you to engage with the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiative, a valuable repository of toolkits, success stories, and other resources. Together, we can harness the power of collective action to drive positive change in the realm of mental health advocacy.

Looking ahead, TriCon 2024 presents a unique opportunity to deepen our understanding of suicide prevention through a special workshop titled, Question. Persuade. Refer. 3 Steps Anyone Can Learn to Help Prevent Suicide. Led by esteemed clinical therapist Sarah Danahy, this workshop aims to equip participants with the tools and knowledge needed to intervene effectively in times of crisis.

Let us heed the call to action and stand in solidarity with those grappling with mental health challenges. As members of Rotary, we possess the power to ignite hope, foster resilience, and save lives. Together, let us embark on this journey of compassion and healing, knowing that our collective efforts can truly make a difference.

Courtesy of Charley Hanney, Ozaukee County News Graphic

The Rotary Club of Thiensville-Mequon’s proposed all-inclusive playground for Rotary Park, if ultimately approved, would be the Zrst of many improvements at the park. Image courtesy of the Rotary Club of T-M

MEQUON — The Rotary Club of Thiensville-Mequon’s all-user playground adjacent to the south pavilion at Rotary Park, 4100 Highland Road, is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The city of Mequon’s Common Council last week unanimously approved a pre-development agreement for the playground, which would meet the needs of all people — not just children — with a wide range of abilities and ages.

"As a volunteer for multiple organizations that serve the IDD community, I am excited that a play area for all abilities, and all ages has been so well received," Club President Jenne Hohn told the News Graphic Sunday. "It is wonderful to see the enthusiastic support from local leadership. I am thrilled that we are going to have this resource in Mequon at one of our loveliest parks."

According to the current concept plan, the park would consist of a large center structure with ramps, slides and climbing opportunities, surrounded by swings, including a wheelchair swing, sliders, archways, mounds, exercise equipment and a variety of other playground equipment.

It would also feature internal paths, landscaping, benches and shaded rest areas, with its colors and design resembling the park’s existing landscape, the club wrote, and in addition, include a safe entranceway, perimeter barriers and improved paths leading to the playground.

Former Mayor John Wirth told the council that this playground, initially identified as a need in the 2019 master planning efforts, is just one of several improvements that the club hopes to make to the park moving forward.

"Hopefully this is the first phase in a number of improvements we’d like to make to the park ...," Wirth said. "People go to Gathering on the Green, there’s no great path to get between the two pavilions at the park and there’s a variety of other improvements we’d like to see. But this, our first phase, is to do a playground. It’s something Mequon sorely needs."

The council agreed, noting that the new playground would be a significant improvement given that the current one’s equipment is more than 25 years old.

"This is a really exciting project...," Alderman Brian Parrish added. "They’re (playgrounds) very expensive and it’s going to take a lot of private groups to fund these over time, so to just get this one underway is very important..." The club, which reiterated that it was not seeking final approval just yet from the council, plans to gain additional input from the community and various organizations representing intellectually and developmentally disabled people.

If it receives final approval, the playground is anticipated to open in early 2026.

May 2024
No Meeting
May 28, 2024 12:00 PM
No Meeting
Jun 04, 2024 12:00 PM
Pillars of the Community Award Luncheon Honoring Connie Pukaite
Patrick Nettesheim-Co Founder
Jun 11, 2024 12:00 PM
Guitars For Vets
Jeramey Janeene
Jun 18, 2024 12:00 PM
Urban Milwaukee
Changing of the Guard
Jun 25, 2024 5:00 PM
Changing of the Guard
No Meeting
Jul 02, 2024 12:00 PM
Family Night
Aug 13, 2024 5:30 PM
Rotary Park
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Rowe, Bruce
April 23rd
Kos, Robert
April 30th
Weston, Shelley
May 9th
Wirth, John
May 14th
Niemann, Angelica
April 16th
McLean, Donald
April 23rd
Shneyder, Melissa
April 30th
Shneyder, Melissa
May 9th
Lysaught, James
May 14th
Melbinger-Wagner, Julie
April 16th
Melbinger-Wagner, Julie
April 23rd
Hunzinger, Nicholas
April 30th
O'Leary-Guth, Maureen
May 9th
Rowe, Bruce
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Counsellor, James
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