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Service Above Self

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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
River Club
12400 N Ville Du Parc
Mequon, WI 53092
United States of America
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Fall Into Comedy 2022, October 13
 
We are very excited to have nationally renowned comedian Juston McKinney join us for our 10th Anniversary!  Coming from New Hampshire, Juston's featured appearances include multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tonight Show with Conan O'Brian, his own Comedy Central specials, and the TV hit show The King of Queens.  Juston's hilarious stand-up comedy at various New York legendary comedy venues led the New York Times to call him "Destined for stardom".  He has also appeared in several movies and consistently sells out theaters across the country. Please get your tickets early before they sell out and join us to welcome Juston!
 
Rotarians Colleen Landisch-Hansen, Heather Mader, Dianne Robertson, Rob Kos, and their helpers were spotted at the Thiensville Shred Event on Saturday, April 23.
 
Special thanks to Sandy Custer for heading up the crew of Rotarians that participated in Roadside Clean-up on Saturday! Additional thanks to Ellen MacFarlane, Tim Vertz, Todd Davis, Kathleen Schneider, John Rosing, Dan Gannon, Jim Lysaught, Jeff McClean (and his 2 helpers), and Tim Carr. 
Rotary International recently featured an article about the Ukraine emergency medical supply donations. We continue to collect these supplies in our community thanks to the generosity of members Rachel Muchin-Young and Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus who have set up donation boxes at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. The following was posted on Rotary.org (https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-clubs-unite-across-continents-collect-and-deliver-medical-aid-ukraine):
 
 

Two cargo planes packed with tons of medical equipment have already been flown from Chicago, USA, to Ukraine where members helped to unload the supplies.

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Rotary members in North America, Argentina, and Europe are collaborating with a U.S.-based association of Ukrainian health care workers and using their connections to collect and ship more than 100 tons of critical medical supplies to Ukraine.

Rotary is responding to the crisis
in Ukraine.

Two cargo planes packed with tourniquets, blood-clotting gauze, blood pressure equipment, and other items have already been flown from the city of Chicago in the United States to Europe, where members help unload the supplies and get them to Ukraine.

Rotary members in Ukraine, where Russia's military action has caused a humanitarian crisis, are in daily contact with hospitals to determine what supplies are needed most.

"It is Rotary doing what Rotary does best," says Pat Merryweather-Arges, a Rotary International director-elect and member of the Rotary Club of Naperville, Illinois, USA. "It networks, pulls people together, and gets the job done."

North American and Argentine Rotary clubs are combining their resources to purchase items from the list of needed supplies. They're also working with contacts at pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers to arrange donations. A hospital in Peoria, Illinois, sent an ambulance, and members in Maine, USA, secured a C-arm, a mobile imaging device that can be used to X-ray people for shrapnel.

Supplies are streaming into a warehouse operated by the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. And more are on the way. Rotary clubs in the U.S. states of Nebraska and Iowa are collecting supplies to fill several large cargo trucks that will drive hundreds of miles to the warehouse in Chicago.

Inside the warehouse, UMANA and Rotary volunteers organize, sort, and bundle the items before they are shipped. Several donors have made contributions that offset the cost of shipping.

"It's amazing what one Rotarian talking to another Rotarian can accomplish," says Marga Hewko, president of the Rotary Club of Chicago.

Hewko is the spouse of Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko, who is of Ukrainian descent and is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv. The Hewkos lived in Ukraine for five years during the 1990s.

Earlier this year, Marga Hewko and the Rotary Club of Chicago had been working with doctors in Chicago and Ukraine to establish a stem cell storage facility for cancer patients in the Ukrainian city of Lviv that would allow the cells to be stored longer and enable more complex research.

That initiative shifted to a new focus when the war began.

"We were reaching out to the Ukrainian community in Chicago to learn how we could help, and at the same time, we already knew these doctors," says Marga Hewko. "That is how I found out about UMANA."

It was an ideal match. UMANA, founded in 1950, promotes education through conferences and exchanges of doctors between the U.S. or Canada and Ukraine. After the war started, UMANA volunteers began sending medical aid to Ukraine and using their network of doctors and pharmaceutical companies to get supplies and equipment. Rotary clubs soon joined the project.

Marga Hewko, who is from Argentina, used her contacts there to bring Argentine clubs into the effort, and those members are also using their connections to obtain funds and equipment.

During a tour of the UMANA warehouse, Marga Hewko, Merryweather-Arges, and Jane Hopkins, the governor of District 6450 in Illinois, praised the efficiency and scale of the operation.

"UMANA is simply amazing," Merryweather-Arges says. "We opted to work with them because they are well connected to the Ukrainian community in Chicago and have worked to sort and pack nearly 400 pallets of supplies."

Members in Ukraine continue to develop the list of needed supplies. Olha Paliychuk, who is a surgeon, a member of the Rotary Club of Cherkasy, and a member of the Turkey-Ukraine intercountry committee, calls hospitals each night.

The delivery of the items to hospitals is coordinated by Paliychuk in Cherkasy; by Borys Bodnar, of the Rotary Club of Ukraine Unity Passport, in Lviv; and by Mykola Stebljanko, of the Rotary E-Club of Ukraine, in Odesa.

Marga Hewko says the actions of members in and outside of Ukraine demonstrate the power of Rotary's network.

"In the middle of the war, when some of the targets of the Russian army are hospitals, the fact that we have volunteers in Ukraine driving supplies across their country — if that is not Service Above Self, I don't know what is," she says.

15-Apr-2022

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Thank you to all who donated to the Spring Giving Drive for the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. We raised $680 plus 3 boxes of diapers! Many thanks for your generosity and kindness.
 
My Rotary Experience:
 
It was early in my 20’s I learned about Rotary.  I was a waitress at a local restaurant and every month there was a group of men that met in my banquet room.  I often wondered what it was they were meeting about.  Many of them were business professionals. Business owners, executives, and prominent people within my community.  One day, I finally mustered up the courage to ask why they met there every month.  The gentleman proudly told me they meet for their Board meeting for Rotary.  That brought me to my next question, what is Rotary?  They explained the many projects and things they had done in the community over the many years, and touched on the international work they do as well.   I never knew!  I could see the changes taking place in my community but never knew who was behind it all!  I was very impressed and a bit taken back that in my small community, we have everyday people doing these amazing things on a global scale too!  I decided there and then, when I became a professional, I too would join Rotary.
My time came when I had the opportunity to open a brand new branch for Port Washington State Bank in Thiensville. I didn’t hesitate and I immediately joined the Thiensville-Mequon Noon Rotary in June of 2018.  I was welcomed with open arms and taken under the wings of Dianne Robertson, Shelley Weston, Karl Hertz, and Ellen MacFarlane.  Every week they introduced me to different members of the club.  Each person had an amazing story of what Rotary meant to them and why they were members.   Our Rotary is so involved in the community and it became more inspiring to see these people of action not only in our Rotary club every Tuesday but in many other organizations in the community as well.  
I couldn’t sit back and just eat lunch each week, I wanted to do more and help!  It didn’t take long, and I found myself assisting with the Fundraising committee and preparing for the Fall into Comedy event we do annually.  Joining this committee introduced me to even more members and deepened my relationships and friendships within the club.  I joined to make a difference and this committee gave me a more in-depth view of everything it takes to continue to be the successful club we are.
Over the next 3 years I was honored to become Secretary, Vice President and now President of our Club.  Joining the Board was yet another area that broadened my knowledge of what Rotary has to offer.       
If I’ve learned anything about Rotary it is that I have only just scratched the surface.  It truly is a Global Network of amazing people doing amazing things and there is really no end to what you can learn, who you can meet, and where you can go!
 
“The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood”- Paul Harris
Erika, Emma & Michael Spitz are pictured above (from left to right)
 
On Tuesday, April 5th, we recognized our most recent Student of the Month, Emma Spitz.  Emma was joined by her parents, Erika and Michael Spitz of Mequon.  Emma is a senior at Homestead High School and she was selected as Student of the Month for her volunteer work, community service and leadership within her school and community.  
 
Emma volunteers for her church and also serves the less fortunate by volunteering at a soup kitchen in Madison and St. Ben's Church in Milwaukee.  Emma is the captain of the swim and dive team and is also involved with costume design for the Homestead Theater Club.  She will be attending Winona State in Minnesota this fall and plans to major in elementary education.
 
Congratulations to Emma!
 

Carol Jean Lind

May 2, 1944 - April 9, 2022

(nee Hiddle)

Entered peacefully into Heaven Saturday, April 9, 2022, with her family by her side. Cherished wife of Stanley for 56 years. Loving mother of Brian, Tammy, Heather (Gregory) Wessel, and Christina (Timothy) Holmes. Proud Nana of Lena, Aria, and Jason. Also loved by sister Susan Hiddle and dear friend Shirley Hauri. Preceded in death by brother David Hiddle and parents Lloyd and Irma.

Born on May 2, 1944, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, she was proud to be the “Original Packer Fan” in the family. She moved to Paris, Illinois at a very young age and lived there until marrying Stanley and moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin before settling in Mequon, where they lived for more than 50 years.

In all that she did Carol lived out her faith in Jesus by deeply loving her family and friends. She lived a life of service teaching piano, teaching music at Heritage Christian School, and acting as a Community Bible Study teaching director for more than 25 years.

Carol was well known for her green thumb as she grew orchids, African Violets, and many varieties of hibiscus plants.  Her numerous gardens were meticulously maintained and groomed each spring and summer. She took great joy in spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren and loved to sit outside chatting while they played in the pool. She loved caring for her many pets and enjoyed watching the animals that visited her yard.

Carol will be greatly missed by many of her friends, family and pets.

Visitation at CrossWay NorthShore Church, 2500 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, on Friday, April 22, 2022, from 10:00 AM.- 12:00 PM. Celebration of Life  from 12:00 PM. – 1:00 PM.

Private family burial Pinelawn Memorial Park.

 
The creative work of Thiensville-Mequon Rotary's Nancy Witte-Dycus was featured at Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The annual event was back this year and included the artistry of 27 area floral designers. The designers are asked to create a piece that emulates a work of art from the museum. 
What Rotary Means to Me
As I was the wife of a very active Rotarian, I was active in Rotary even before I became a member. I helped by taking photos at events, editing and spellchecking the newsletter, working on layout, and putting labels on the finished product. Yes, in those days it was a monthly document sent through the mail. 
 
Ray believed very strongly that we should support Rotarians in the local community, so we did. He always arrived early to greet others and made sure everything was in place. The hour after the meeting was devoted to further discussions and problem-solving with members over coffee.  I was a little jealous as my job in other communities kept me too busy to volunteer in my home community.
 
I did what I could by opening our home to Rotary Exchange students.  We attended a number of District and International Conventions which broadened my understanding of Rotary even more.  We heard so many inspirational stories from all across the world.  Being a member of the Rotary Global History Fellowship provided historical perspective and even more international friends.  I built connections and relationships that remain to this day. I know I can go anywhere in the world and find a friend.
 
Rotary is so much more than lunch.  There is something electric about the synergy of coming together to solve a problem and improve our local community, not to mention the bonds of friendship built along the way.  No problem is too big when everyone brings their talents to the table. 
A very special thank you to Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus and Rachel Muchin-Young. Donation boxes have been placed at their places of work, Fantasy Flowers, and the Frank L. Weyenberg Library. Please share that the boxes are available to donate emergency medical supplies. 
 
 
We are assisting in the collection of emergency medical supplies which will be shipped directly to Ukraine from Rotary International District 6450. We will have bins set out in the community the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. The following items are needed:
 
·         Bandages
·         Gauze
·         Neosporin or other topical creams
·         Warm socks - both adult and children's sizes
·         Female hygiene menstrual kits
·         Slings
·         Emergency kits
·         Combat action tourniquets
·         Israeli gauze compression bandages
·         14 gauze, at least 2 inch long 
·         Angiocatheter needles
·         Quickclot gauze
·         Chlorine tablets for clean water
·         Trauma clotting kits
 
Monetary donations can be made via the following links:
 
- The Disaster Response Fund through The Rotary Foundation (Priority will be given to Ukraine and nearby countries receiving refugees), https://my.rotary.org/en/donate
 
 
- District 6450 Collection for Medical Supply Funds (Please put "Ukraine Medical Supplies" in the comment or memo section), https://rotary6450.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=305&club_id=931079&item_id=9520
The Club needs your help securing speakers. So think outside the box (a little) anf submit your suggestions to the VP.
With 3 games to go, it is finally possible to envision the potential results of what has been a truly Mad March in our TM Rotary March Madness Bracket Challenge.  Lets start with the good news, over $1,100 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation, and it's been a lot of fun. Now for the bad news, most of your brackets are completely out of contention (in fact, most were pretty much done after the first round). There are a few ways things could shake out, depending on the results of the final three games.
 
Duke and North Carolina will face off, and Villanova and Kansas will face off.  The winner of those two games will face each other in the National Championship.  
 
Our current front runner is Will (Megan's son, I think).  Will has Kansas as his pick, and if Kansas wins through, he will end with 1,210 points.  In that scenario, Maureen will be right behind him with 1,200.  However, Ellen has Kansas in the final against Duke, which means if Duke beats North Carolina and then Kansas beats Duke in the National Championship, Ellen will end with 1,330 points which will put her in first, bumping Will and Maureen to second and third.  However, if Kansas wins the Championship against North Carolina, she will only have 1,170 which should be good for third behind Will and Maureen.  Stan Lind also has Kansas, but it appears if Kansas does win, he is destined for 4th. Jeff and Stan Smith also have Kansas as their selection, however, it doesn't appear picking the winner will suffice to bring them back from their current ranks, 26th and 37th respectively. 
 
Duke is always a popular selection (in states where Duke didn't beat their home team last time the Badgers went to the National Championship).  Regardless, there's still a few Duke picks, and a Duke win would shake things up. Karl has Duke beating Kansas, which would put him at 1,300 points and a shoe in for first place (even if Villanova beats Kansas).  If Villanova beats Kansas and Duke wins it all, Stan Smith's currently ranked 44th bracket would boost up to 910 points, which would be good for second place.  However, if Kansas beats Villanova, and Duke wins it all, Ellen would come in second with 1,050 points, putting Stan in third.  
 
You might be wondering what would happen if Villanova takes home the Championship.  The apparent winner would be Stan Smith with 1,070 points. Nancy would have 1,040, which may be good enough for second, followed by her boo (that's a Millennial term meaning Russ in this instance) who would bump up from 30th place to third place with 980 points. 
 
Nobody thought North Carolina would make it this far... literally. None of the contending brackets have North Carolina in the Championship.  This means the winner would be determined based on who won the Kansas vs. Villanova game.  If it was Kansas, first place would be Will with 890 points, second place would be Maureen with 880 points, and third place would be Sam with 860 points.  If it was Villanova, first place would be Maureen's currently ranked 11th bracket with 760 points, Stan with 750 points would be in second place, and third place would be Karl with 740 points.    
 
Just a quick disclaimer.  These results are based on a review of 55 brackets, and it can be difficult to be certain the results outlined are correct (especially with the North Carolina vs. Villanova scenario, that one was a doozy). I certainly could have missed somethings, and if that's the case, I apologize in advance to whoever thought they won, but later found out there was an error. 
Our club strongly encourage all of its members to join one of our committees. If you are not currently on a committee, please let a board member know which of the following is of the most interest to you. 
My Rotary Experience: 
 
I was surprised to learn that after the death of Jack Wiese I became the longest active member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. Having spent many years since 1973, I noticed there were some major changes in the Rotary club, primarily  for the better. 
 
Many years ago, prior to becoming a Rotarian there used to be a Rotary corn roast held at Thiensville park which was attended by most of the residents of Mequon and Thiensville. Mequon was a city of about 10,000 at that time and it was a great event. 
 
After joining Rotary I felt that the dedication of many Rotarians was very important to the development of the community and myself. With this in mind at our 50th reunion in 1987 two of my Rotarian mentors, Loyal Wells and Doctor Elbe had a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary along with Sandy Custer. I am attaching a picture taken at the 50th anniversary of the local Rotary club. My two mentors included in the photo have since passed away as has have their wives and Sandy and his wife have been active Rotarians for a long period of time. 
 
This was my best recollection of Rotary in the earlier years and it has changed substantially.
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Spring Roadside Clean-up is Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 am.
Please meet in the Kwik Trip parking lot at 10360 N Cedarburg Rd, Mequon, WI 53092.
Celebrate Trails is being held the same day at the Mequon Public Market. For more information on volunteering for the Celebrate Trails event, please contact Jenne Hohn at jennehohndc@gmail.com.
What does Rotary mean to me? It means that I am surrounded by so many wonderful people that truly exemplify what it means to live “Service Above Self!”  These aren’t just people that I get to see weekly over lunch (well I used to be able to!) or stand side by side volunteering with at local events, many of you have become some of my best friends. 
What Do The Colors And Symbols Of The Flag Of Ukraine Mean ...
 
We are assisting in the collection of emergency medical supplies which will be shipped directly to Ukraine from Rotary International District 6450. We will have bins set out in the community at PWSB, the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, and Fantasy Flowers. The following items are needed:
 
·         Bandages
·         Gauze
·         Neosporin or other topical creams
·         Warm socks - both adult and children's sizes
·         Female hygiene menstrual kits
·         Slings
·         Emergency kits
·         Combat action tourniquets
·         Israeli gauze compression bandages
·         14 gauze, at least 2 inch long 
·         Angiocatheter needles
·         Quickclot gauze
·         Chlorine tablets for clean water
·         Trauma clotting kits
 
Monetary donations can be made via the following links:
 
- The Disaster Response Fund through The Rotary Foundation (Priority will be given to Ukraine and nearby countries receiving refugees), https://my.rotary.org/en/donate
 
 
- District 6450 Collection for Medical Supply Funds (Please put "Ukraine Medical Supplies" in the comment or memo section), https://rotary6450.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=305&club_id=931079&item_id=9520
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Reminder: 
Our Spring Giving Drive continues until Tuesday, April 19. The Ozaukee Nonprofit Center is in need of diapers and formula. In particular, x-small diapers and x-large diapers. Checks can be made payable to the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. Thank you for your donations! For more information about the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center, https://ozaukeenonprofitcenter.org/, https://ozaukeenonprofitcenter.org/
Maureen O’Leary-Guth, our incoming President, and Jenne Hohn, President Nominee, attended PETS from March 4 - 6. Here they are pictured with District Governor-elect Mike Phillips. PETS has been an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow Rotarians. The weekend’s events also included officer training and inspirational speakers. What a great event!
When I first got involved with Gathering on the Green, Stan Smith and Pam Koch suggested that I should take a look at  Rotary as a way to become connected to the community. To be honest, I knew very little about Rotary. I asked, “What is Rotary? “. I was told that it is a service organization. I still wasn’t sure what that meant. I was invited to attend a meeting. I liked it. I kept attending. I attended for many weeks. Finally, it was communicated to me that I had had enough free lunches and it was time to join or not. I said yes.
 
Saying yes has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. The people that I’ve gotten to know and now consider to be friends, has been a gift. We are more than friends. We are fellow Rotarians. It is transendent. It bridges all divides.
 
The Four Way Test is powerful and beautiful. It is a simple and clear way to view life. It has changed the way that I live my life and the decisions I make. For that, and the relationships with my fellow Rotarians, I will always be grateful.
We look forward, with great anticipation, to honoring our own Sandy Custer. Sandy is being recognized with a Pillars of the Community award on Tuesday, June 7 at 11:30 am. Shelley Weston is managing ticket sales for club members. Checks can be made out to T-M Rotary. Further details forthcoming.
 
Congratulations Sandy! https://www.mcfgives.org/potc/

What is Rotary to Me

When I moved into the Mequon business community taking on the position of GM at Elite Sports Club in 2009, I wanted a connection to the community. Stan Smith approached me about joining Rotary but I wasn’t sure what the organization was all about. As he and others were getting to know me through meetings I attended, I slowly got more involved. I felt I was valued as a new Rotarian in this club and did not feel pressured into getting more involved. Unfortunately, I didn’t get as involved as quickly as I should have. It took me at least a year to join a committee. This was on me as I thought I could have been much more proactive in participating. And in delaying my involvement, I feel I missed a whole year of meaningful interaction.

As I soon discovered, service above self is a grounding experience where other leaders in the community are right there with you doing what it takes to get our service jobs done. You get to know them in another way where you feel more personally connected to them. They become more than just a connection when you are shoulder to shoulder dedicating time to a worthy cause.

My time being part of our Fundraising Committee has been very rewarding. Through, sometimes what can be a stressful responsibility, our committee has bonded and come together to produce a fun and successful annual event to raise money each year for what our club needs to contribute to both Rotary International and our community. This committee is now my favorite part of my Rotary experience.

Getting involved in Rotary has made me more connected as well as humbled to know I have this wonderful community in my life that cares so much about helping others as well as about me.

No matter where I land, I feel blessed to have had all the wonderful experiences in Rotary along with lifelong friends and believe that Rotary will continue to be a part of my life.

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We are partnering with the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center this Spring for our Spring Giving Drive.  Their greatest need is diapers. They are also in need of baby formula. The diaper sizes they could use the most are: the smallest sizes, and the biggest sizes to include pull-ups.
 
If you prefer to write a check, please make the check payable to Ozaukee Nonprofit Center and bring to a Tuesday meeting. Jenne will deliver checks with the diapers/formula collected.
 
The final day for the Diaper Drive is Tuesday, April 19.
 
Thank you for your help!
Originally I became a Corporate Sponsored Wisconsin Energy Corporation ( WEC ) member of the TM Rotary Club during Greg Huffman’s Presidential year, in fact he was my sponsor. Luckily for me he became one of my mentors and in addition I’m proud to say my good friend;  ( He still reminds me of Duke Wayne).  Karle Naggs previously was the WEC Corporate member prior to his retirement, I’m very happy that now I too am also retired we both continue to be club members.   

During my Account Manager tenure at WEC I originally predominantly worked with Communities then later with Commercial & Industrial (C&I) business customers. I came to realize how important Community Stewardship will always be during both your work career and throughout your entire life. It provides an opportunity to develop life long friendships with talented, interesting, intelligent, caring giving loving individuals who want to make a positive difference and contribution in their community and around the world year after year! Unfortunately we lost another terrific Club Rotarian in Jack Wiese, he will forever be missed! I personally take comfort in the thought that the spirit of Rotary Jack and all those who have gone before him had is with us all every time we meet. I will always be a very proud member of the TM Rotary Club!

What is Rotary to me?

I first started working in the Mequon-Thiensville School District in the fall of 1999 when I was hired as an elementary teacher at Wilson Elementary School. In 2004, I was selected to serve as one of the two assistant principals at Homestead High School and it was at the annual National Honors Society Recognition Dinner that I made my first connection with the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. Donned in gold aprons with blue trim, I remember being introduced to the likes of Greg Huffman, Stan Smith, and Sandy Custer along with many other members that were volunteering to serve food to the students and families at the event. That year, I was also impressed to learn about the monthly recognition that the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club provided in partnership with the school district for high school students that included an opportunity to be honored at the end of the school year with a scholarship. When I was named the superintendent of schools in MTSD in 2017, I learned and found it quite impressive that the school board expected me to be a member of one of the local Rotary clubs. With the opportunity to select a club to join, I did not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Karl Hertz and requested consideration for the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. I know how influential Dr. Hertz has been in his work with Rotary and in that he is a mentor, a guide, and a friend, there was no other Rotary Club to consider.

In the Mequon-Thiensville School District, our mission is: Together, we ignite each student’s passion for learning, preparing for a life of infinite possibilities. Rotary clubs are a fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders that work together to promote lasting and positive change. Our school community includes all those who contribute in some way to the ecosystem of our children’s educational journey, and the TM Rotary Club is a valuable friend in that work. Rotary Clubs, including ours, support education for all children and that means the world to me. I am forever grateful to call myself a member of this club and for the opportunity to serve our community alongside my fellow Rotarians.
Our speaker on Tuesday, February 8 is Matthew Wolak, Additive Advisor for 3D Printing BDM
 
A brief synopsis from Matthew's Linkedin profile:
 
As my career has developed, and my understanding of manufacturing and its existing processes has grown deeper, I've learned that understanding a business' current environment is far more important than anything else. When it comes to 3D printing, it's not as much about what applications we can uncover - or the ROI we can deliver on a machine, but more about knowing what matters to the organization. Additive Manufacturing is about solving a business problem and you can't solve that problem without a business case. I help companies develop that business case and it's my job to find an application(s) that supports it. That is different from finding applications fitting for the technology because, quite frankly, anyone can find something to 3D print within their organization. The business case should make it clear that an investment in the platform you choose can deliver on the value of solving your business problem. 

How do we do that?

Most often, an additive manufacturing conversation is centered around an application or what the machine can do; its capabilities, it's build volume, its speed, and its material options. But what we've found is that is neither beneficial nor appropriate starting out. Before we can begin to evaluate the technology, we need to understand the needs of your business. Not just from a departmental standpoint, but from the zoomed out view of everything overall. Why does that matter? It matters because when your machinist has a backlog of 15-20 projects, or 100hrs, or 30 days - you need to know what that's worth. If one of those projects is worth $100,000 and the customer wants it yesterday - your ability to fill that order is worth $100,000. Lose 5 of those projects, and that just cost your company half a million dollars. Now, a 3D printer (or printers) becomes relevant. It is then, that we discover together, how additive manufacturing can help solve that problem.
All riding abilities are encouraged to participate.  
Along with a virtual option, four (4) fully-supported routes are planned; a 10-mile trail ride, and the 25, 45, and 65-mile scenic road rides.
Tune-up your bike and get your family and friends together for this fun-filled event!
Participants roll out at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 or 10:30 am from Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg WI.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Foundation's vocational & technical scholarship fund.
 
Open to the Public!
After-Ride Party | Cedar Creek Park  | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Food Trucks, Beer & Wine Garden, 50/50 Raffle, and music by DJ Rick Jules
We welcome Barb Fischer, Executive Director of Advocates of Ozaukee on Tuesday, February 1. 

With a commitment to safety, respect, and compassion for individuals and families, Advocates of Ozaukee works to end domestic and sexual violence through education, prevention, and intervention services.

  • Established in 1980 in response to the need of services for domestic violence in Ozaukee County, and in 1981 earned its 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
  • Reached full status as domestic abuse shelter in 1988 through implementation of the seven Mandates required by Wisconsin statute 46.95:
    • 24-hour crisis line
    • Temporary housing and food
    • Advocacy and counseling
    • Community education services
    • Arrangements for education of school-age children
    • Emergency transport to shelter
    • Referral and follow-up services
  • Formed countywide task force in April of 1995: Ozaukee Peace Initiative (OPI)
  • Employed personnel include a full-time Executive Director, Associate Director, Office Manager, Sexual Violence Services Director/Outreach Services Director. Part-time employees include Resource Development Manager, Client & Child Advocate, Volunteer Manager/Advocate, Shelter Manager, Associates, Relief Workers, and Support Group Facilitators.

Outreach Services

We have so many services - so much more than our brief "about" page describes (or could contain, for that matter). Besides having 24-hour crisis lines and client intake (housing, etc.), we actually do more outside of our doors than in.

Outreach Services Include:

  • Counseling & Education
  • Group for adults and children
  • Speaking to children, teens , adults
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Medical Advocacy and accompaniment
  • Safety Planning
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Advocacy Services within the Social Services system
  • Transportation assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Information and referrals
  • Children and teen counseling - one on one
  • Volunteer opportunities
For more information about Advocates of Ozaukee, please go to  https://www.advocatesofozaukee.com
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!
 
The Mequon / Thiensville Town Center Gateway
Presented by Authors: Sandy Custer and Stan Smith
 
In 1999, Mayor Christine Nuernberg appointed a Blue Ribbon Visioning Committee to make recommendations for the future of Mequon.  Part of this initiative was a city-wide survey sent out in 2001 including one question asking if residents supported the idea of establishing a joint town center with the Village of Thiensville.  It was a pleasant surprise that a clear majority was in favor of this initiative and a Town Center Committee was established.  It consisted of community leaders from both Mequon and Thiensville plus the M/T Chamber of Commerce.  This committee included Rotarians Bob Blazich, Van Mobley, Stan Smith, and Nancy Witte-Dycus with city and village support from other Rotarians: Mayor Christine Nuernberg, Village Administrator Dianne Robertson and Village President Karl Hertz.
 
The Rotary Riverwalk was one of the first Town Center initiatives and had additional Rotarian members in leadership roles including Sandy Custer, Chris Frommel, Herb Hillman, Greg Huffman, Roger Kirgues, Roger Reinemann, and Ted Weirather as well as donations from numerous Rotarians.
 
Over the years, as the Town Center was developed, it was determined that some sort of a Gateway feature would play a key role on the river at the intersection of Mequon and Cedarburg Roads. A committee was appointed, comprised of citizens and staff members of both communities to design and create the project.  After the design was approved, it was determined that fundraising and construction of the project would be simplified if it was led by the Thiensville/Mequon Rotary Foundation.  Rotarians Tim Carr, Dan Gannon, Stan Smith, Herb Hillman, Tim Vertz, Connie Pukaite, Steve Peterman and Sandy Custer were leaders in the effort.  Now completed, the project has been fully funded.
 
The Thiensville/Mequon Rotary Club was a leading donor, with large donations over the past three years.  Many members find their names on the donor wall.
Todd Davis captured some Rotarians out and about during the Thiensville Business Association’s Trick or Treat for the Community on Thursday, October 28.
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Speakers
Nicole Bulow
May 17, 2022 12:00 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Heather Mader
May 24, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
No Meeting (day after Memorial Day)
May 31, 2022 12:00 PM
No Meeting (day after Memorial Day)
MCF Pillars of the Community Luncheon
Jun 07, 2022 12:00 PM
Recognizing Sandy Custer
Christa Beall Diefenbach, Executive Director
Jun 14, 2022 12:00 PM
Mitchell Park Friends of the Domes
Alicia Bernards
Jun 21, 2022 12:00 PM
What to do First When a Loved One Dies?
EVENING Meeting: 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
No Meeting (day after 4th of July)
Maureen O'Leary
Jul 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Kick off the summer with a Business Meeting
TBD
Jul 19, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
85th Anniversary Party
Jul 27, 2022 12:00 PM
Celebrate our club’s 85th anniversary
Clintel Hasan
Aug 02, 2022 12:00 PM
Milwaukee Succeeds
Steve Shapson
Aug 16, 2022 12:00 PM
Steve's Bees
TBD
Aug 23, 2022 12:00 PM
TBD
Tentative: Family Night
Aug 30, 2022 6:00 PM
Tentative: Family Night
Fall Into Comedy
Oct 13, 2022 5:30 PM
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Thanks
 
Prayer/Inspiration
May 17th
Custer, Sandy
 
May 24th
Davis, Todd
 
May 31st
Gannon, Daniel
 
Greeter
May 17th
Schneider, Kathleen
 
May 24th
Shneyder, Melissa
 
May 31st
Smith, Stanford
 
Pledge
May 17th
Vertz, Tim
 
May 24th
Weston, Shelley
 
May 31st
Wirth, John
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
President Elect Nominee
Secretary
Executive Secretary / Director
Treasurer
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Membership
The Rotary Foundation

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