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

Club Information

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
River Club of Mequon
12400 North Ville Du Parc Drive
Mequon, WI 53092
United States of America
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Our friends at the Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport Rotary Club have invited us to attend their Health Awareness Event on Saturday, February 11 from 10 am - 12 pm. Bring your work-out gear! You can scan the QR code or click here to register.
Thanks to all who attended the first ever Ozaukee Rotary Mixer. We had 100 registrants and many requests to do the event quarterly! Sunrise Club member Cindy Shaffer was a fabulous host - thank you Cindy! Special thanks to our own Tim Vertz and the Vertz Marketing team for creating the flyer.
* Reminder - we meet at Thiensville Village Hall on Tuesday, January 17 *
Our speaker on January 17 will be Thiensville native Congressman Glenn Grothman. 

Glenn Grothman is the congressman for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. Grothman is currently serving his fourth term in Congress, having first been elected in 2014. 

In the House of Representatives, Grothman serves on three committees, the House Committee on Education and Labor, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, and the House Committee on the Budget. Grothman's time in office has also been marked by his passionate advocacy for manufacturing, worker training, welfare reform, higher education reform, immigration reform, and pro-life causes. Grothman has also been recognized for his work to protect Medicare and Social Security by receiving the “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” award.

Before serving in Congress, Grothman served as the Assistant Majority Leader in the Wisconsin State Senate where he worked on economic growth legislation and tax reform. Prior to his election to the state senate, Grothman served as a representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly for 10 years. He was also a practicing attorney in the areas of estate planning and probate and worked as a tax preparer.

Grothman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He graduated from Homestead High School near his home town of Thiensville, Wisconsin.

Grothman, 67, lives in the Town of Greenbush in Sheboygan County.

Our speaker on Tuesday, January 10 will be Bob Roden. 
Bob Roden has been a part of the agriculture industry his entire life. His farming begin on his family farm in Saukville. Being the second oldest of ten children, in 1981 he purchased his own farm in Saukville. When he started on his own, he had 25 cows. The farm was close to the Village of Saukville and had limited land to allow for any expansion, so in 1995 he and his wife purchased a farm in the Town of Trenton. When they moved in 1995, they had 90 cows. Over the years, the farm has expanded and currently they milk over 900 cows in a new 40-stall rotary parlor. 
In the 1980’s Bob experienced record high interest rates, as compared to recent years that were very low. He has seen some very tough times in the dairy industry, and also some of the best. He never gives up on being a farmer because he is passionate about it and truly enjoys the work. 
Bob and his wife, Cindy, have 5 adult children and 17 grandkids. They, along with their son and Bob’s brother, own Roden Echo Valley, LLC. Bob is currently the Vice President of the Ozaukee County Farm Bureau and finds value in being an active member in the community. 
Special thanks to our speaker Bob Tatterson, PhD, who spoke on Tuesday, January 3.
Bob is Founder and President of Xponential Ventures, a business and technology consulting firm and private investment vehicle. He was previously Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer at Sealed Air Corporation and Brady Corporation. Earlier he held research and technology executive leadership positions at GE Plastics and General Electric. Bob earned an MS and Phd in chemical engineering from University of Michigan and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University. Bob lives in Mequon with his wife Kathy and two children and serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory councils. As a hands-on volunteer community leader, and former volunteer firefighter, he makes an impact through service to education, the environment, the arts and sciences.
For more information about Bob and XPonential Ventures, click here.
What is Rotary

I became a member in 1978 shortly after moving my office from downtown 
Milwaukee to Mequon. Was encouraged to join by a business associate,
George Colburn, who shortly thereafter earned the nick name "Chicken George"  after
serving the club under cooked chicken for lunch.

Didn't become very active until 1985, which was our club's 50th year and
the fund raising and building of Mequon's Rotary Park commenced.. I soon
realized and appreciated how much good a small group of people could do 
for their communities.

Have particularly enjoyed being involved for 25+- years with the Family Fun before
the 4th's annual July 4th celebration, and with the assistance of Rotary Club members
serving free ice cream and staffing the Corn Roast booth.

Have also enjoyed being involved with many of our clubs  community benefiting activities.
I recently had occasion to present to our club a Quote from Albert Einstein about life.
"I believe in one thing - that only a life lived for others is a life worth living."
Sounds like a good Rotary motto. 

Herb Hillman
Van Mobley is Professor of History & Economics at Concordia University Wisconsin.  He earned a BA at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His Academic work focuses upon Economic Crises and the History of Economic Thought.  He has written on the South Sea Bubble,  Adam Smith, Henry Carey, and John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.  Van has appeared on news outlets like the BBC, France 24, CGTN (Chinese National Television), Swedish National Radio, and American National Public Radio, as well as innumerable appearances on local television and radio stations across the United States.  He has been quoted in leading national newspapers in Britain, France, and Japan, as well as the USA, and his op-eds have appeared in a variety of Wisconsin based publications.  In addition to his work in academia Van has filled a variety of roles in business and is currently serving his fourth term as the Thiensville Village President and is the chair of board of the newly created “Southern Ozaukee Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department”.  He lives in Thiensville with his wife Susan.  Susan and Van have two grown sons.
Two new members of our wonderful organization.
Angelica Niemann, representing Spectrum Investment Advisors as their Marketing Manager.
Jim Marshall as Ambassador.
Welcome Rotarians!
I received the following follow-up information from The Ability Center re: volunteering. Opportunities are below. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Open Gym
Our adaptive Open Gym is reinventing the way people play. Disability or not, Open Gym invites you and your family to come play in a “Different Pair of Shoes.” As we like to say; “Not disABLED sports, wheelchair sports.” Join us for a fun-filled night of activities and games, from wheelchair basketball to sitting volleyball, goal ball to tennis, we adapt all kinds of sports and games.

Volunteers are needed to help unload the sports wheelchairs from the trailer, set chairs up, check participants in and then load the trailer. In between tasks, volunteers are encouraged to play together with family and friends.

Whitman Middle School, 1110 W. Center Street, Milwaukee
Rite-Hite Family YMCA, 9250 N Green Bay Rd, Milwaukee
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay
Bruce Guadalupe Middle School, 920 South 9th Street, Milwaukee
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Red Arrow Park RampUp Event
We'll be serving hot chocolate and skating TOGETHER at Red Arrow Park. Volunteers can help with set-up, serving hot chocolate, helping participants check out ice sleds and get them onto the rink. Ice sleds offer another way to enjoy the ice when traditional skates aren't the right fit. This event is weather dependent. You can check for updates on our Facebook page or contact Cay Landowski.  
Note: In partnership with Milwaukee County Parks and The Ability Center, Red Arrow Park has free ice sled rental during the winter season. 
Event date:
February 18: 1:00-4:00pm (arrive for set-up 12:30pm) 
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In Spring, April 6-June 1, 2023 we'll have our 3v3 Basketball Program

Wheelchair Basketball – 3v3 League Play 

TAC’s 3v3 Wheelchair League is the first of its kind offering the chance for beginners and experienced players to PLAY TOGETHER – no disability required!

Volunteers are needed to help unload the sports wheelchairs from the trailer, set chairs up, check participants in, run the timer during scrimmages and then load chairs in the trailers after games. 

Where: Whitman Middle School, 11100 W. Center Street, Milwaukee


Shift 1: 5:00-7:30pm

Shift 2: 7:00-9:30pm

About our December 20 jazz guitarist Paul Silbergleit:

Paul Silbergleit is a Milwaukee-based jazz guitarist, composer, educator, and author. Straight-ahead in style, he bears the influence of figures such as Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, and Kenny Burrell.

​Paul has performed with a wide array of jazz luminaries such as Melvin Rhyne, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Tierney Sutton, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, and Jack McDuff, to name just a few. A member of area jazz supergroup We Six, he has also worked with notable institutions like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. His critically acclaimed albums, from the 1996 debut CD Silberglicity through the recently released January (with the stellar My New Attitude in between), have climbed onto the jazz airwaves and charts.

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In addition to his performance career, Paul is an active and experienced teacher and clinician, and the author or co-author of numerous widely-distributed instructional materials. He has taught at Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee) and was a longtime faculty member at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, as part of the celebrated jazz program that made its home there until 2019. His teaching experience ranges from elementary to Elderhostel, including private lessons in guitar and improvisation, ensemble coaching, and jazz history/appreciation. Following his contributions to Hal Leonard’s Guitar Lessons Goldmine book series as well as their Guitar Licks Goldmine DVDs, the publisher released his monumental 25 Great Jazz Guitar Solos in late 2015.

​Born in Milwaukee, but growing up mostly in Fargo, North Dakota, he became exposed to jazz when a junior high band director set him for lessons with the late Dr. James F. Condell, a psychology professor and well-studied guitarist who did not have current pop music on the agenda.

​Paul continued his studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, with excellent mentors such as the late Dr. Wendell Logan, guitarist Bob Ferrazza, and trumpeter Kenny Davis. Living in Milwaukee since graduation, he enjoyed the close-by influence of veteran players like saxophonist Berkeley Fudge, guitarist Manty Ellis, and the late great organist Melvin Rhyne, while coming into his own as a jazz artist and significant figure on the scene himself.

January 2023
Upcoming Events
Melissa Shneyder
Jan 31, 2023 12:00 PM
Gathering on the Green 2023 Update
Jordan Luhr, CEO/Executive Director
Feb 07, 2023 12:00 PM
Balance, Inc.
Angelica Niemann, Miss Wisconsin, Marketing Dir.
Feb 14, 2023 12:00 PM
Spectrum Investment Advisors
Maureen O'Leary-Guth
Feb 21, 2023 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Mike Phillips
Feb 28, 2023 12:00 PM
District Governor
Teresa Coronado, Outreach & Development Director
Mar 07, 2023 12:00 PM
Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
Tracy Johnson
Mar 14, 2023 12:00 PM
President and CEO of the Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin
Mark Gierach
Mar 21, 2023 12:00 PM
Executive Director, Saukville Community Food Pantry
Maureen O’Leary-Guth
Mar 28, 2023 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Traci Neuman and Brian Ewig, Producers
Apr 11, 2023 12:00 PM
PBS My Wisconsin Backyard
Matt Joynt, Superintendent of Schools
Apr 18, 2023 12:00 PM
Mequon-Thiensville School District
Business Meeting
Apr 25, 2023 12:00 PM
Maureen O'Leary-Guth
Daniel Buttery, President & CEO
May 02, 2023 12:00 PM
War Memorial Center
Vince Vitrano, Host: Wisconsin Morning News
May 23, 2023 12:00 PM
Good Karma Brands
No Meeting
May 30, 2023 12:00 PM
Maureen O'Leary-Guth
Jun 20, 2023 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Changing of the Guard
Jun 27, 2023 5:00 PM
Location TBD
No Meeting
Jul 04, 2023 12:00 PM
Meeting Responsibilities
January 24th
Hunzinger, Nicholas
February 7th
Robertson, Dianne
February 14th
Davis, Todd
January 24th
Muchin Young, Rachel
February 7th
Huffman, Greg
February 14th
Gohsman, Peter
January 24th
Hillman, Herbert
February 7th
Joynt, Matthew
February 14th
Carr, Tim
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary / Director
Public Relations / Marketing
International Service
Club Service
Vocational Service
Community Service
The Rotary Foundation

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