December 2018
Meeting Responsibilities
December 4
Holtz, Rob
December 11
Huffman, Greg
December 18
Jacobs, Robert
December 4
Azinger, Samuel
December 11
Bonaparte, Wilma
December 18
Borland, Megan
December 4
Naggs, Karle
December 11
O'Connor, David
December 18
O'Leary, Maureen
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Club Information

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee Country Club
10823 N River Rd
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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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
While Rotarians enjoyed the November off from road clean-up, Dan Gannon and Sandy Custer were driving up and down Green Bay Road filling 3 bags of trash. Not pictured, Sandy Custer driving the warm car and reminding Dan to close the door every time he got out to pick up another piece of trash. Thanks Dan, we all owe you one. 
Pictured above:  Rob Kos (President-Elect), Lauren Grueninger (Student of the Month), Jill Grueninger (Lauren's Mother) and Megan Borland (Vocational Director)
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club honored our first Student of the Month, Lauren Grueninger, for the 2018-2019 school year.  Lauren is a senior at Homestead High School.  She is an honor student, she has received the Merit Award all 3 years of high school, and she is a member of the National Honor Society.  She represented Homestead at Badger Girls State this past summer and has participated in numerous clubs and activities at Homestead, including the Rotary Interact Club.
Lauren has distinguished herself as someone who has taken action to make a difference in the lives of others.  One of her most impactful service projects was for St. Hyacinth’s Food Pantry on the south side of Milwaukee.  She started volunteering as a greeter every Wednesday afternoon.  During the first week she was there she noticed the “free books” shelf had very few books available.  Reading and education are Lauren’s passions and she wanted to share that experience with the children at St. Hyacinth.  She started a book drive which expanded into collecting school supplies as well.  She collaborated with local businesses to hold a brat fry and a bake sale and collected $975.  She also established donation bins at her church and local schools to collect new and used books and school supplies.  Lauren collected over 2,500 books, 102 backpacks and a truckload of school supplies for the children at St. Hyacinth.  One of the most rewarding aspects of her service was distributing all of the supplies to the children.  Lauren shared a story with our club about one little boy who fell in love with a Batman backpack as she was distributing supplies.  She remembers him being overjoyed when she told him it was his to keep. 
Lauren, we thank you for your “service above self” and all that you do for your school and community!
Thank you to Katherine Adamek for speaking to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  Katherine provided vivid insights as to what it takes to win an Olympic Medalist. 
In 2010 Katherine won silver and bronze medals in short track speed skating at the Vancouver Olympic Games.  In 2013 she retired after 3 hip surgeries and years of rehab when she began coaching. She then got the desire to compete again, and from 2016 – 2018 she trained for the 2018 Winter Games. In a sport where 10ths of a second can have an enormous impact, Katherine just barely missed qualifying.
This led Katherine to recognize and focus on the importance of mental skill training.  Katherine now partners with Vision Pursue to teach Performance Mindset skills to high performing individuals and organizations.  Performance Mindset Coaching combines the latest research in Neuroscience and Sports Psychology. Clients develop Performance Mindset through ongoing instruction, daily practices, and practical application.

Rotary recently learned that scammers have created multiple email and social media accounts that impersonate RI President Barry Rassin, RI President-elect Mark Maloney, and General Secretary John Hewko. The social media accounts have been on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Some of these messages also reference Viber, another messaging platform.

These are not authentic Rotary communications. They are phishing and spoofing attempts to obtain money and personal information.

Rotary monitors for and responds to these attempts as part of an ongoing effort to keep member, program participant, and staff data safe. We also work with LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp to remove imposter accounts.

Neither President Rassin’s, President-elect Maloney's, nor General Secretary Hewko’s authentic accounts have been compromised.

Rotary members should continue to exercise caution:

  • Disregard any suspicious message that offers money, requests money, or asks for your personal information.
  • Avoid opening attachments or following links in suspicious messages.
  • Pay close attention to the details of the email address and signature block to verify the sender.

If you receive what you believe to be a suspicious message from the president, general secretary, or another Rotary leader, please forward it to Rotary’s chief information officer at and then delete it immediately. Please also report any suspicious social media accounts to

     Noted Milwaukee historian, author and public television personality John Gurda will speak at the Mequon Nature Preserve Sunday, November 4, 2-3pm. The Mequon Nature Preserve is located at 8200 W. County Line Road, Mequon.
    The topic of Gurda’s presentation is “The Making of Milwaukee” and includes a variety of historic photos and stories. Copies of his book by the same name and others he’s written will be available for sale and personalized signing.
    This free event is sponsored by the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society and is open to the public.  This program is underwritten by Port Washington State Bank and members of the MT Historical Society.  No reservations are needed, and refreshments will be served. 
    Doors for this family-friendly presentation open at 1pm. The MT Historical Society’s Annual Meeting begins at 1:30, and John Gurda’s presentation starts at 2pm. 
    ​For further information, call Bob Blazich at 262-242-4653 or contact him by email at
If you want to celebrate success, and like robots, join the Homestead High School Robotics Team as they celebrate their accomplishments and display the awesomeness of what robots can do. 
Thank you to our speaker at Tuesday's meeting, Kurt Janavitz, Senior Vice President of Healthcare - Medical College of Wisconsin. Kurt Janavitz is a Fellow Rotarian with a Milwaukee Club, who spoke to our club about the incredible things that the Medical College of Wisconsin is doing in the field of medicine. MCW is an incredible organization responsible for many advances in medicine that are changing the future, by producing outcomes that nobody thought possible. The Medical College of Wisconsin is also responsible for having trained many of the doctors who currently practice in Wisconsin (I believe over 50%, but don't quote me on that). His presentation was truly inspiring.   
Don’t be fooled, I don’t speak german. Das ist sehr sauber is in fact the result of a google translation search for “that’s very clean.” I know what you’re thinking... isn’t ‘google’ a proper noun? The answer is, I don’t know, I rely on iPhone auto correct for this stuff. However, I did google it on Google, and was able to determine that when using it as a verb, it is not, whereas if referencing Google the company or Google the search engine, it is. The more you know. Thanks Siri!
Anyways, we were talking about the clean out... Just look at the flyer, it has everything you need to know.
Congratulations to Paul Harris recipients recognized at Tuesday's meeting. Ellen MacFarlane received her Paul Harris Fellow +4. Coincidentally, Ellen also designated some of her accumulated points to recognize Pam Koch with her first Paul Harris Award.  It was great to see one Rotarian recognize another for the hard work and dedication they have put into our club.  As an honorable mention, Sandy Custer was also awarded his PHF+6 a few weeks back while he was on vacation, however, Sandy requested not to be recognized in front of the Club... How's that working out for you Sandy? 
If anyone has any questions about transferring points or making contributions to the Rotary Foundation, please feel free to discuss with Sam Azinger. He can either offer guidance or might just take care of it for you.  
Thank you to our District Governor Kola Alayande and Assistant District Governor for visiting and presenting to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  The theme of discussions was Membership. How can we grow as a club? Key takeaways include that Rotary should consider itself as a service club as well as a networking opportunity to professionals (who are prepared to meet the criteria of being a Rotarian, I might add). Additionally, you never know who may wish to join Rotary if you don't invite them to join us for a meeting. 

The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce will be putting on the highly anticipated and well attended Community Awards Dinner on October 18, 2018 at the Watermark at Shully's.  Thiensville-Mequon Rotary President Tim Vertz will be recognized as Citizen of the Year.  This event is also highly attended by Rotarians. So much so that the card mailed out by the Chamber featured a small image of last years event, in which several Rotarians are clearly identifiable, including Dan Gannon, Sandy Custer, Herb Hillman, Tim Carr, Van Mobley, and Rob Holtz.  It also may be Karle Naggs behind Tim. Early registration discount is available until October 5. Hope to see you all there and on next years postcard. Here's a link to register and for more information:

The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize the 2018 "Celebrate Your Community" awards recipients. 
Business of the Year
the cheel

  Citizen of the Year
Tim Vertz

Next Generation Leadership
Tony Navarre
Distinguished Service
Connie Pukaite

Please join us to recognize the award recipients for their many contributions to our community.

2018 "Celebrate Your Community" Awards Dinner
Thursday, October 18th, 2018, from 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Watermark at Shully's
146 Green Bay Road, Thiensville 

5:00 pm  -  cash bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, silent auction
6:00 pm  -  gala dinner
awards presentation immediately following dinner

Madeline Jean Guth came into this world on Friday, September 14.  Madeline was born at 36 and a half weeks, weighing 6.5 lbs. and 18.5 inches.  Mom and baby are home and healthy.  Another generational reminder why Rotarians are needed to make this world a better place.  Congratulations to Maureen and Jeremy Guth.
Nick Moran from Port Washington State Bank in Thiensville gave a new member thumbnail presentation at Tuesday’s meeting. We always enjoy an opportunity to get to know our new members, and look forward to continuing to get to know them as fellow Rotarians.
Lou Menchaca Trio - "Holiday Jazz" & Jeffrey Reed
Dec 11, 2018
Holiday Jazz & Jeffrey Reed Rotary presentation
Tom "Mel" Stanton
Dec 18, 2018
Executive Director, Mel's Charities
No meeting
Dec 25, 2018
No meeting
Jan 01, 2019
Griselda Aldrete - President and CEO
Jan 15, 2019
Executive Director, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
Reggie Jackson
Jan 29, 2019
Nurturing Diversity Partners
Cecelia Gore
Feb 05, 2019
Executive Director, Brewer's Community Foundation
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Director of Club Service
Director of International Service
Director of Community Service
Director of Vocational Service
Past President
Exec. Secr. Tres.
Rotary Foundation Chair

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