In Person Meetings Cancelled for December

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 29, 2020
As a result of the increased burden of cases for the 53092 and 53097 zip codes, as well as even greater increases in surrounding communities, the Board has determined that it would be responsible to cancel all three scheduled in-person meetings for the 3 meetings in the month of December.
Our meetings will instead return to a fully virtual format. The virtual meeting information can be found below. 
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: ROTARY
Dial in (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: 519411
We sincerely appreciate everyone's understanding. \
In Person Meetings Cancelled for December Samuel Azinger 2020-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating the Life of Doctor George Witte

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 29, 2020
Tim Vertz presents George with his last 2 digit birthday cake. 
George surrounded by friends at the celebration of his 100th birthday.
George surrounded by friends for his 101st birthday. 
Doc Witte has been a staple to our club for decades, and a staple to our world for over a century. Doc passed away on Sunday, October 25, just a few months before what would have been his 102nd birthday. He led an incredible life, which was recaptured at his 100th birthday celebration, and can be viewed at VIDEO OF DOC WITTE'S 100th BIRTHDAY! 
George's family will hold a private funeral on November 1, but we will celebrate his life with a weekly segment in our November meetings to allow people to tell their stories about George. Because our November meetings will be virtual, you will be responsible for preparing your own martini. Out of respect for George's caregivers, you are asked to "water it down a little."
Sandy Custer is making arrangements to have a donation made in George's memory on the Gateway Promenade.  He is looking to raise $500 and asks that anyone desiring to contribute make checks payable to the TM Rotary Foundation and include George Witte Gateway in the memo line. Donations should be given to Sandy Custer. 
Celebrating the Life of Doctor George Witte Samuel Azinger 2020-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Trick-or-Treat to End Polio Samuel Azinger 2020-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Roadside Cleanup

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 20, 2020
Sam Azinger and John Rosing
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Holiday Season Meetings

Posted by Russell Witte-Dycus on Oct 20, 2020
As per is customary, the Board voted to cancel the meetings the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Accordingly, if you plan to attend on November 24, December 22, or December 29, you may find yourself very lonely, unless someone else also made the same mistake. 
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Kyle’s Corner

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 13, 2020
Tuesday’s speaker 
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Induction of New Member - Russell Witte-Dycus

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 12, 2020
New Rotarian, Russell Witte-Dycus was inducted into the club on Tuesday, pictured here with his sponsor Nancy Witte-Dycus President Sam Azinger, and all of the members who participated in our first hybrid meeting virtually (appearing at the bottom of Sam's shirt).  It was a joyous occasion, and the first ever induction that ended with "you may now kiss your sponsor."  New Applicant Nick Hunzinger looked on undoubtedly thinking "I'm glad I asked Maureen to be my sponsor, and not Sam." 
Induction of New Member - Russell Witte-Dycus Samuel Azinger 2020-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations - Platinum Rotary Citation Awarded to TM Rotary Club Samuel Azinger 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Thumbnail Presentation - Jenne Hohn

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 01, 2020
It's always fun getting to know a little more about our newer members. Jenne Hohn presented her thumbnail at Tuesday's meeting.  If there is anything that could make that cool (referring to temperature, or course) late September afternoon any cooler (referring to level of awesomeness, of course), it's Jenne.
Jenne told us about her story which has taken her all over the country, from Washington, California, New Mexico, Georgia, and ultimately Wisconsin.  You might be asking yourself what would cause her to settle in Wisconsin after all of those warm climates, and you'd be justified. Regardless of the reasons for choosing to settle here, we're happy and lucky to have her. Thanks Jenne for speaking to the club on Tuesday.   
Thumbnail Presentation - Jenne Hohn Samuel Azinger 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Save the Date - Roadside Clean-up

Posted by Samuel Azinger
Two times every year we have fun with a group of Rotarians coming together to beautify our community by cleaning up Green Bay Road from County Line to Mequon Road.
On October 17 at 9:00AM we will meet at Kwik Trip on the corner of Donges Bay and Green Bay Roads. Groups will be organized to walk the roadway and pick up trash along the side.  Many of us have become accustomed to this and know how much fun it is, including what is often an opportunity to engage with fellow Rotarians while doing good for our community. The event typically takes less than 1 hour. 
Save the Date - Roadside Clean-up Samuel Azinger 2020-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Looking For Bulletin Editor

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 18, 2020
A unique opportunity to be a part of the team that facilitates our club's efficacy has arrived. If you're interested in facilitating the weekly bulletin, your service would be greatly appreciated. One (or more) select member(s) will be able to put their own unique spin on the weekly newsletter and website stories, and have fun doing it. If you've got it in you, please email Sam Azinger.   
Looking For Bulletin Editor Samuel Azinger 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Hybrid Meetings Starting October 6 - Survey Response Should be Sent by September 21

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 18, 2020
As you may know, our final meeting at Rotary Park will be on Tuesday, September 29. Starting October 6th, we will convert to a hybrid meeting format. In person meetings will use the same format as is usual. Club members wishing to participate virtually can enter the Zoom Meeting at noon, and participate in the social aspects of the meeting with the virtual group. Virtual participants are encouraged to bring lunch and eat, drink and be merry with the other virtual participants. From 12:00 until 12:25, the computer linked to the meeting will be muted, and the computer will not be linked to the speakers for the in person meeting. 
At 12:25, the sound for the virtual participants will be linked into the in person meeting for the remainder of the meeting and virtual participants will be able to participate in club business, fulfill their meeting responsibilities (although we may give the greeter a pass), and be able to interact and ask questions of our speakers. Some technical difficulties are anticipated while we perfect this format, so we ask that everyone be patient. 
The Board has voted to extend the members' option to not be charged for meals if they know they will not be participating in the in-person meetings. If you are currently opting out of paying for meals, you do not need to do anything to continue to opt out unless you no longer wish to opt out. If you wish to opt out of paying for meals for this upcoming quarter, please contact Shelley directly no later than Monday, September 21. 
The venue for our meetings has not yet been finalized. In order to meet at Ozaukee Country Club, we must commit to paying for a minimum of 40 meals. We are currently very close to this quota, and are anticipating that we will not be able to maintain that venue. As such, we are in the process of arranging an alternate venue that will allow us to more accurately pay for the meals of members that are anticipated to actually be in attendance. There will be more information on venue coming in the next couple weeks once we have made a final decision. 
The Board has scheduled an additional meeting for Tuesday, September 22 to finalize arrangements. To assist in the decision, members were asked email their response to the following question no later than the end of the day on Monday, September 21.  If you have not done so yet, please email your response to Sam Azinger.
How will you participate in meetings from October 6 through the end of 2020?
1. I plan to attend all meetings in person.
2. I will attend a majority of meetings in person, but will attend some meetings virtually.
3. I will attend a majority of meetings virtually, but would like to attend some meetings in person.
4. I will not be attending meetings in person and will be attending all meetings virtually.
5. I'm too cool to respond to surveys, and I understand that by not responding to this survey I will be counted as planning to attend all meetings in person (no response necessary).
Hybrid Meetings Starting October 6 - Survey Response Should be Sent by September 21 Samuel Azinger 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

MTSD is in Good Hands - Confirmed by Tuesday’s Speaker, Dr. Matthew Joynt

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 18, 2020
Always classy, Rotarian and Superintendent of Mequon Thiensville School District, Dr. Matthew Joynt, spoke to the Club on Tuesday to give us an update on how MTSD is handling the current learning environment with the COVID 19 pandemic.  If nothing less, we all got out of Dr. Joynt's presentation that we can all be confident that our school district is in good hands, and we are lucky to have him leading our schools and as a member of our club. He has handled the differing opinions of thousands of school parents with tact, professionalism, and logic, to assure that the kids are able to have the best possible learning environment, although he did give the impression that he may feel some school parents could use a lesson in tact, professionalism, and logic themselves.   
MTSD is in Good Hands - Confirmed by Tuesday’s Speaker, Dr. Matthew Joynt Samuel Azinger 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members Barkha Daily and Lawrence Kreiner

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 01, 2020
Our club was delighted to induct new corporate membership for the cheel, including owner and chef, Barkha Daily, and designee Lawrence Kreiner.  As many know, Larry is a former member of our club, and we are delighted to have him back. We are also very excited to have Barkha as a part of our club, as her and her husband Jesse have been pivotal members of our community for some time. Barkha and Larry are pictured above with their sponsor, Maureen O'Leary. 
Welcome New Members Barkha Daily and Lawrence Kreiner Samuel Azinger 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Todd Rathe and Tom Stark - Cub Scout Pack 3852

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 01, 2020
In addition to a swarm of bees, Todd Rathe and Pastor Tom Stark joined and spoke to the club on September 1st about Cub Scout Troop 3852. The Troop is running into similar struggles as every other organization these days, including the lack of a space to meet, and the difficulty of fundraising. Members rose to the occasion with donations as well as substantial popcorn fundraiser purchases. During the meeting, Todd and Tom took $435 in popcorn orders, and $180 is donations. These will help fund events for the boys and girls of the troop, such as camping trips and other fun events designed to develop these young men and women. Thank you to everyone for their direct support of the Troop that our club sponsors.
Sam Azinger will facilitate the popcorn delivery to club members.  $105 of  the orders has not yet been paid, so if you have unpaid popcorn orders, please deliver money to Sam.
Todd Rathe and Tom Stark - Cub Scout Pack 3852 Samuel Azinger 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Hardly New Member Thumbnail Presentation - Kathleen Schneider

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Aug 25, 2020
Our speaker at Tuesday’s meeting was Kathleen Schneider, who gave us a new member thumbnail presentation, even though she’s been a member of our club for over 2 years. 
Kathleen is the Alderperson for the Mequon District 7, but wasn’t there to talk about Mequon. Instead Kathleen told us about her life, her experience, and what brought her to become a doctor.
There were a lot of things that brought Kathleen to where she is, including family, loss, and a day in an Air Force recruiting office. She followed her friends to the University of Eau Claire where she went for pre-med. She worked to pay for her education before starting Medical School at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she met her now husband. Kathleen returned to Wisconsin to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin during her residency after deciding she did want to be closer to her now husband. They will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.
Kathleen switched to become a medical director for hospice care after years of the chaos of emergency medicine to allow her more flexibility. 
Thank you to Kathleen for sharing her story with the club. It's always great to learn a little more about the people we have come to know as part of the Rotary family.  
Hardly New Member Thumbnail Presentation - Kathleen Schneider Samuel Azinger 2020-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Fall Into Comedy Cancelled

Posted by Rob Kos on Aug 20, 2020
Based on the recommendation from the Fundraising Committee, the Board of Directors has voted to postpone the Fall Into Comedy fundraising event from Oct. 15, 2020 to Oct. 14, 2021. This is due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.
As this is our largest fundraising event, we need to find a way to make up the loss of income in order to maintain our current level of financial commitments. These include the Gateway project, Student Scholarship as well as the numerous organizations we currently support. Based on the recommendation from the Fundraising Committee, the Board of Directors has agreed to assess each member $200 to be used towards this purpose. This, along with an online silent auction and tapping a bit of our reserve fund, should enable us to meet our commitments. This assessment will go out to the membership on September 1.
We thank you for your flexibility in these times.
2020 Fall Into Comedy Cancelled Rob Kos 2020-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Ron Knaus and Rob Kos discuss Thiensville Business Association

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Aug 20, 2020
Familiar faces Ron Knaus, President of the Thiensville Business Association, and Rob Kos, Executive Director, spoke to the club at Thursday's meeting about the history and current events of the Thiensville Business Association. The TBA is behind a lot of great events designed to draw people into Thiensville, including the Farmer's Market, Traveling Food Truck Tour, Village Wide Rummage Sale, Business to Business Trick-or-Treat, and the annual Tree Lighting.  They are also looking forward to a few new events which have been delayed until 2021, including the Best Dam Blues Festival which will be a 2 day music event at Village Park in September, and Nightmare on Elm Street, which will be held at Village Park after the 2021 Business to Business Trick or Treat.  
Ron Knaus and Rob Kos discuss Thiensville Business Association Samuel Azinger 2020-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Is a Virtual Satellite Club In Store?

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Aug 05, 2020
Paul Harris himself came to me in a dream the other night and said "Sam, I know people are struggling in all kinds of different ways these days, and maybe there's a way to utilize this 'internet' technology to engage more members." He added "the Four Way Test starts with asking yourself 'is it the truth,' but nothing says the answer has to be yes, as long as it passes the other three prongs and you don't try to play it off like it's the truth." For the record, this whole paragraph is complete BS. Early the very next morning at the gym, a sign from Paul Harris appeared to confirm what he had told me in my dream, which was quickly documented with photographic evidence.   
A Satellite Rotary Club is a part of the "Host" Club, and allows for a more flexible way to accommodate needs of Rotarians. A Satellite Club's members remain members of the Host Club, but would instead meet virtually, allowing members who have busy schedules, individuals who find financial requirements challenging, and of course in our present time, individuals with health concerns. I would like to sincerely give this idea some consideration, as it may be an attractive way for members to remain engaged, and a good way to attract new members who are passionate about Rotary ideals, but don't have the ability to regularly attend a lunch meeting in person. It would also give members a great way to stay informed and make up missed meetings. I'm looking for a few individuals who would be interested and willing to get this idea off the ground with me. If that's you, let's talk.
Is a Virtual Satellite Club In Store? Samuel Azinger 2020-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

The Gift that Rotarians Give - Speaker District Governor Craig Burnett 

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Aug 04, 2020
District Governor,Craig Burnett joined us and spoke to the club at our meeting on Tuesday.  Craig was very complimentary of our club, members, achievements, and more, leaving us all feeling very good about what we do in the community and the world, all while having a good time.  
Rotarians regularly give a gift to people around the world that we will never meet. Those gifts impact the direct recipient, but also others that we will never know, as those who receive the gifts impact others around them. Rotary is a family, which is one of the reasons it is has been so hard to be apart, but as Rotarians we all will come back to our Rotary family. There are millions of opportunities through Rotary, and each of us are encouraged to make the best of those opportunities, encourage those around us, and be the best that we can be.  
The Gift that Rotarians Give - Speaker District Governor Craig Burnett Samuel Azinger 2020-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Club Receive's Sam Azinger Trophy After Stunning 11th Hour Contributions

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 31, 2020
With a small tear in his eye, and a reluctance to release his grip on the Sam Azinger Trophy, the Noon Club President faithfully delivered the well deserved trophy to the Sunrise Rotary Club on Friday morning at their annual changing of the guard. With a cushy $4,000+ lead going into June, the Noon Club took a nap just before the finish line, and the Sunrise Club made substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation, putting them in the lead and taking home the coveted award. Sam Azinger vowed that the competition was on, and that the Trophy would be returning to the Noon Club in 2021. Let's not let him down on that promise.   
Sunrise Club Receive's Sam Azinger Trophy After Stunning 11th Hour Contributions Samuel Azinger 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Official Renderings of the Mequon-Thiensville Gateway Promenade

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 30, 2020
The Mequon-Thiensville Gateway Promenade is currently being constructed at the Northeast corner of the intersection of Mequon and Cedarburg Roads. In case you're wondering what the final product will look like, here are the "official" renderings. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has put in so much time and effort into making this a reality, and thank you to those who have donated. Disclaimer: Any captions should be taken purely for their comedic value, and not taken offense to. The opinions expressed herein are solely that of the Tony Von Reuden Fan Club. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club or its members (except those who are additionally members of the TVR Fan Club). The designations employed in this publication and the presentation of material herein do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club, Rotary International, the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Foundation, the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club, the City of Mequon, Village of Thiensville, Groth Design, or the Tony Von Reuden Fan Club.  
This promotional profile view shows that the Promenade will probably be a prominent procurement. It also appears to have a misconceived the color of the Milwaukee River, implying that it may in fact be safe to swim in. It also depicts the sidewalk having been moved well away from the street, reflecting the added safety feature. It should be noted that the last photo in this series may completely bring back all safety concerns.
The 10 people rendered in this East facing summer sunrise shot demonstrates the Promenade could be heavily patronized at 4:30 in the morning, shortly after the summer sun breaches the horizon, and that mopeds are making a comeback. 
Another early morning rendering shows a man in a tan suit gazing across the Promenade at two people.  He is clearly wondering "what ever happened to social distancing."
This shot shows the beautiful interior design of the Promenade and the recognition plaques to be included. This shot is additionally credited with being the most difficult to write a joke about. 
This rendering shows kids playing and having fun around the back of the Promenade. It is also acknowledged that a good joke regarding kids playing and having fun is hard to come up with.
Here, a father and son approach the Promenade practicing good social distancing. That or the father is attempting to lose his son, or simply forgot that his little legs cannot walk as fast. More likely that the father is just super excited to get up close to the Promenade that he doesn't want to wait for his kid who is "always lagging behind." 
Here we see the Promenade from the center of Cedarburg Road, South of Mequon Road.  Two individuals are crossing Cedarburg Road heading West, while several groups, including a large group with a stroller cross Mequon Road anxious to get a closer look at this incredible feature. Meanwhile, a truck is traveling through the intersection toward the family with their stroller. It's unclear which party is violating a traffic signal, but undoubted that someone is. Clearly people not paying attention to the road and signals with such an admirable structure on the Northeast corner will cause substantial dangers, and should be monitored very closely. Also note the traffic jam on North Cedarburg Road of additional gawkers. The Tony Von Reuden Fan Club (Membership Applications Available) is dedicated to building safety awareness to drivers and pedestrians when driving and walking near this beautiful structure. For more information visit    
Official Renderings of the Mequon-Thiensville Gateway Promenade Samuel Azinger 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Village Park Re-Imagined Update, Andy Lafond and Colleen Landish-Hansen

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 21, 2020
Representatives of the Village Park Reimagine project, Andy LaFond and Colleen Landish-Hansen, spoke to the club about the status of the Village Park Reimagined projects in Thiensville. 
Since 2016, over $300,000 has been raised to make improvements in the park. In recent years we have seen new playground equipment, the PWSB River Stage, new bathrooms, and more. We look forward to a new handicap accessible boat launch, fish ladder, a water feature, and much more.
All of this is in great part to donations from local organizations, including Rotary, as well as businesses and individuals.
Village Park Re-Imagined Update, Andy Lafond and Colleen Landish-Hansen Samuel Azinger 2020-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Dick Gruber - Former Goodyear Tire Business Consultant

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 14, 2020
As part of our leadership speaker series, today’s speaker was Dick Gruber. Dick is a former business consultant for Goodyear Tire. He is the father of 5 and grandfather of 9, and currently resides in Cedarburg. 
Dick spoke about the importance of customer service, both from the retail side to the wholesale side, and how it can extend to every aspect of business and relationships. He says it all starts with having a good conversation, which leads to a good relationship. He also pointed out the irony of having a customer service department. “If customer service is a department, what is everybody else doing?“
Of all the customers Dick had throughout his career, the most successful customers didn’t necessarily have an extensive education, or around the clock.  Instead, one particular customer made it a point to go work the counter so he had the opportunity to connect with his customers. Dick gave a great perspective on ways of providing customer service to advance any business.
Dick Gruber - Former Goodyear Tire Business Consultant Samuel Azinger 2020-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

Presentation of Peterson Apfelbach Award for Excellence in Attraction

Posted on Jul 07, 2020
The Peterson Apfelbach Award for Excellence in Attraction was presented to Sam Azinger for bringing the most prospective Rotarians to meetings in the 2019-2020 year.  What an honor to receive such a prestigious award named after the person who came up with the idea. 
Presentation of Peterson Apfelbach Award for Excellence in Attraction Samuel Azinger 2020-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Mel’s in the Village - Speakers Tom “Mel” Stanton and Dick Phalin

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 07, 2020

Mel’s Charities story can be heard time and time again, and still inspire. Mel’s goal of bringing Mel’s Charities to the southern end of Ozaukee County is coming to fruition in just a couple weeks away. On July 17 and 18, they will be hosting “Mel’s in the Village” where we can rock out on the river for Mel’s Charities.  Hope to see you there.
Mel’s in the Village - Speakers Tom “Mel” Stanton and Dick Phalin Samuel Azinger 2020-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Giving - Congratulations to the Sunrise Rotary Club

Posted by Samuel Azinger
A year of good honest competition has sprung a new home for the Sam Azinger Trophy for the 2020-2021 year. Although the Noon Club gave it their all, and raised $7,201.00, the Sunrise Club brought their A game in June to bring their total contributions to The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus to $7,599.50, making them the winners of the 2019-2020 head-to-head competition between the two clubs. 
As for the Noon Club, the $7,201.00 in contributions is at least a 10-year high, and something to be truly proud of. As for the Sam Azinger Trophy, it will be presented to the Sunrise Club the next opportunity possible. Rest assured, the Noon Club will be back with a vengeance in the 2020-2021 year to bring the Sam Azinger Trophy home. 
Rotary Foundation Giving - Congratulations to the Sunrise Rotary Club Samuel Azinger 2020-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Anyone Been to Village Park Lately?

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 03, 2020
Although an official meeting wasn’t called, several Rotarians had an impromptu meeting at Thiensville Village Park on a warm afternoon, which ultimately resulted in the presentation of the Rotarian of the Year award being given to John Rosing.

On a separate note, check out the newly carved stone around the Giving Tree. (Rotating this image seems to be outside of the scope of this author's capabilities, but feel free to turn your head 90 degrees to get the full effect.)
Anyone Been to Village Park Lately? Samuel Azinger 2020-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard June 30, 2020

Changing of the Guard this year was a truly special event, as we gathered together in person for the first time in several months. We thanked our 2019-2020 leadership, enjoyed a year in review presented by Rob Kos, gave out a ton of awards (both legitimate awards and the ones that Sam gave out), and introduced the 2020 Board of Directors:
Officers and Directors
President and Director:                              Samuel Azinger
President Elect and Director:                     Heather Mader
Secretary and Director:                              Maureen L. O’Leary
Director of Club Service:                           Kathleen Schneider
Director of Community Service:                Jennifer J.C. Hohn
Director of International Service:               Ellen MacFarlane
Director of Vocational Service:                  Megan Borland
Sam Azinger presents Rob Kos with First Place Trophy from the T-M Rotary Makeshift March Madness Bracket Challenge.
Sam Azinger Presents Sandy Custer with Runner-Up Trophy from the T-M Rotary Makeshift March Madness Bracket Challenge.
Sam Azinger prepares to present Rob Kos with Paul Harris Award.
Sandy Custer graciously poses after being presented with his Paul Harris +9 as Sam Azinger attempts to pose but cannot refrain from looking fondly upon Sandy in admiration.  
Our youngest Rotarian with the hardest name to spell, Peterson Apfelbach, graciously accepts Service Above Self Award.  Peterson will be off to UW Madison Law School in the fall. 
Pam Koch speaks after being presented with the Honorary Paul Harris Award. Pam's service to the Club and community are without match. 
John Rosing addresses the Club as this year's Rotarian of the Year!
 Tim and Joy Vertz pose for a picture with Greg Sommersberger as Peterson orders his first legal alcoholic beverage in the background. 
Several Rotarians and family members attempt to pose for a picture with everyone's eyes open before Rob and Dawn finally "totally nail it."
Sam Azinger claps for the recipient of some award that he probably made up and named after himself, followed by an inspiring speech resulting in everyone present being confident that this year is probably going to be the best year ever for the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club!   
Changing of the Guard June 30, 2020 Samuel Azinger 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard 2020

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 02, 2020
Changing of the Guard this year was a truly special event, as we gathered together in person for the first time in several months. We thanked our 2019-2020 leadership, enjoyed a year in review presented by Rob Kos, gave out a ton of awards (both legitimate awards and the ones that Sam gave out), and introduced the 2020 Board of Directors:
Officers and Directors
President and Director:                              Samuel Azinger
President Elect and Director:                     Heather Mader
Secretary and Director:                              Maureen L. O’Leary
Director of Club Service:                           Kathleen Schneider
Director of Community Service:                Jennifer J.C. Hohn
Director of International Service:               Ellen MacFarlane
Director of Vocational Service:                  Megan Borland
Sam Azinger presents Rob Kos with First Place Trophy from the T-M Rotary Makeshift March Madness Bracket Challenge.
Sam Azinger Presents Sandy Custer with Runner-Up Trophy from the T-M Rotary Makeshift March Madness Bracket Challenge.
Sam Azinger prepares to present Rob Kos with Paul Harris Award.
Sandy Custer graciously poses after being presented with his Paul Harris +9 as Sam Azinger attempts to pose but cannot refrain from looking fondly upon Sandy in admiration.  
Our youngest Rotarian with the hardest name to spell, Peterson Apfelbach, graciously accepts Service Above Self Award.  Peterson will be off to UW Madison Law School in the fall. 
 Tim and Joy Vertz pose for a picture with Greg Sommersberger as Peterson orders his first legal alcoholic beverage in the background. 
Several Rotarians and family members attempt to pose for a picture with everyone's eyes open before Rob and Dawn finally "totally nail it."
Sam Azinger claps for the recipient of some award that he probably made up and named after himself, followed by an inspiring speech resulting in everyone present being confident that this year is probably going to be the best year ever for the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club!   
Changing of the Guard 2020 Samuel Azinger 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Adam Carr - Future Milwaukee/Open Housing Marches

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 19, 2020
Our speaker this week was Adam Carr, who is the deputy editor for community engagement at Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Adam is a lifelong Milwaukeean, and co-chaired on March On Milwaukee 50th, which commemorated Milwaukee's Open Housing Marches. 
Adam shared the Milwaukee story through photographs. He also gives tours of Milwaukee, where he brings his tour guests on a ride through Milwaukee where he tries to bring them into contact with the community and community leaders.
Adam is a graduate of the program Future Milwaukee, which is a leadership development program in Milwaukee, and brought him into a contact with leaders of Milwaukee. Several Rotarians are currently working to develop an Ozaukee County Leadership program, which mirrors the objectives of Future Milwaukee. If you're interested in being involved, please reach out to Jenne Hohn, Maureen O'Leary, or Sam Azinger. 
Finally Adam presented on the history of the Milwaukee Open Housing Marches in the late 1960s, which were an important aspect of the Civil Rights movement of Milwaukee which drove the elimination of racial redlining and restrictive real estate covenants.  
Adam Carr - Future Milwaukee/Open Housing Marches Samuel Azinger 2020-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

GMRP in Need - How You Can Help

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 12, 2020
People in Guatemala are struggling and in need of food. If you want to send donations for food to help people in need in Guatemala, please send checks made out to the T-M Rotary Foundation - GMRP. Checks can be mailed to T-M Rotary-GMRP, PO Box 182, Washington Island, WI 54246. Any amount helps. 
GMRP is a project our club started back in 2003 and is still going strong. Continued support in these times of need are particularly appreciated. 
GMRP in Need - How You Can Help Samuel Azinger 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Veteran Track - Dr. Erich Roush and Dr. Gregory Burek

Posted by Samuel Azinger
Dr. Erich Roush and Dr. Gregory Burek spoke at our weekly Zoom meeting about the Veteran Track program they are developing and running through the Aurora Behavioral Health Center. Dr. Roush is a Psychologist who served active duty for 5 years starting in 2007, and has since served in the reserves.  Dr. Burek is a psychologist who served from the late 1990s to early 2000s.  They are working to get veterans the unique service that they need, and are attempting to make Milwaukee the most veteran friendly city in the country.
Their Mission Statement is "To guide veterans to become the best version of themselves by providing treatment within the veteran culture." 
Veteran Track - Dr. Erich Roush and Dr. Gregory Burek Samuel Azinger 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - Morgan Klug

The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club honored Morgan Klug as their final winner of the Student of the Month Award on Tuesday, 5/5/2020.  Morgan is a senior at Homestead High School and will be attending University of Wisconsin Milwaukee this fall and will major in Psychology.  Morgan aspires to attain a career in the non-profit sector upon graduating college.
Morgan was selected as the May Student of the Month for her community service and leadership among various clubs and organizations within her school and community.  Morgan is the Vice President of the Interact Club, a youth chapter of Rotary that focuses on community service within her school and community.  Some of the projects she lead included the annual Trick or Treat 4 Hunger supporting Ozaukee Family Sharing, book drives, and making blankets for local shelters.  She helped to raise over $1,000 by selling bracelets for a Guatemala service project.  Morgan was also recognized as a Student of the Year candidate in the Milwaukee Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for helping to raise $45,000 for the organization.
Morgan is a member of the Homestead National Honor Society and a Merit Award recipient for the past 3 years.  One of her passions is within the Speech / Forensics club at Homestead.  She is the president of the club and qualified for nationals and placed 6th in the state for speech. 
Morgan, we thank you for your “service above self” and all that you do for your service and community!
Student of the Month - Morgan Klug Megan Borland 2020-05-07 05:00:00Z 0 Student of the Month,homestead,morgan klug

Final Bracket Results and Winners

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 20, 2020
In a stunning turn of events, the Final 4 games were played on Facebook Live (that's not the stunning turn of events). Kansas outscored Duke on a buzzer beater to move onto the Championship Game. In the second game Maryland showed its dominance over Oregon and would also move on. After a stunning rendition of the National Anthem by Shaka Khan, Maryland played the game of their lives, but still fell short to the Makeshift NCAA Champions. 
For those of you who fill out brackets every year, you know that the last thing you do after you pick a champion is to predict the Championship Game score, which would serve as a tiebreaker. Being that (1) there wasn't going to be a score, and (2) I've never seen a tie before, I elected to skip this step, but here are the results:
          Rob Kos 1 Bracket had 1,150 points,
          Sandy Custer 1 Bracket has 1,150 points, tying for first place,
          Sam Azinger 1 Bracket came in 3rd place with 1,100 points, and
          Maureen O'Leary 4 Bracket came in a close 4th with 1,080 points. 
So what now? Is there such thing as a tie in the TM Rotary Makeshift March Madness Tournament? I think not. 
This Tuesday at our regularly scheduled meeting we will have a virtual match to determine the winner. Sandy and Rob will each be asked to select a final score and a score will be randomly generated between 140 and 200. Whoever selects the closer score will be crowned the winner.
Final Bracket Results and Winners Samuel Azinger 2020-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Official Bracket Standings and Final 4

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 10, 2020
The Final 4 is set for the TM Rotary March Madness Makeshift Tournament. Games took place on Facebook Live at 3:30 PM on Friday to narrow the pack from 16 teams to the last 4 standing. A path to victory remains for almost 20 Brackets, but only 2 Brackets still have their Championship Game selections still in tact. Top three Brackets will receive Trophies, and the Best bracket will have $760 donated to the Rotary Foundation in their name, and they will receive an additional 240 points toward a Paul Harris Award. Second place will receive 500 points towards and Paul Harris Award, and Third Place will receive 250 points towards a Paul Harris Award. If you otherwise have questions about giving to the Rotary Foundation or would like to make a contribution, please email Sam and he'll give you all the info you need. All points will be given by Sandy Custer (who repeatedly requests to not be recognized, but forgot in this instance). Unfortunately, the bottom three Bracket positions have already been determined. Fortunately, Maureen can claim (and Sam can verify) that someone else filled out those Brackets for her. 
Official Bracket Standings and Final 4 Samuel Azinger 2020-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Official Bracket and Standings Through Round of 32

Posted by Samuel Azinger
It was a wild Round of 64 and Round of 32 that took place the the T-M Rotary Club's Facebook page live at 3:30 last week Friday. As expected there were several upsets, including 15 seed Stephen F. Austin taking down Dayton in the first round. In the second round we saw 9 Seed LSU take down 1 seed Baylor and 2 seed Michigan State eliminated by 7 seed Colorado.
Many brackets are decimated, but many still stand strong. Brackets have been graded and standings through the Round of 32 can be found below. Although some brackets seem to be performing well, many have seen their Final 4, Championship game, and Champion's eliminated early, leaving them with few points possible. Be sure to tune in next week Friday at 3:30 to the T-M Rotary Facebook page for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games. It's guaranteed to be a good time!
Official Bracket and Standings Through Round of 32 Samuel Azinger 2020-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Speaker: Peterson Apfelbach

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
Our speaker this week was none other than our club's youngest member, Peterson Apfelbach! While he doesn't have as many years behind him, he still had plenty of great stories to tell!
Peterson has been a member of the Mequon-Thiensville community since he was three years old. He had the honor of receiving an education from the Mequon-Thiensville school district from K5-12th grade. During that time he was active on the tennis team, competed in chess tournaments, participated in curling bonspiels, and played clarinet in the band! During that time in the band, he taught himself how to play trumpet, a far more fun and flashy instrument! After a great adolesence, it was time to move on to something bigger, college.
While not his first choice, UW-Madison was always where he had been fated to attend. Even though a large portion of his time was dedicated to his studies in physics and economics, those were really just a side gig for his participation in the University of Wisconsin-Marching Band under the direction of Michael Leckrone. As a member of that band he got to travel all across the country performing for the best fans in the world at tailgates, sporting events, and numerous charity outings. 
Following his time at school, we find him where he is now, serving as a financial adviser for Edward Jones in the heart of Thiensville! When he isn't working, he would be happy to challenge you to a game of chess, or perhaps get back to his Ironman training to have a cleaner race than last time! We look forward to his continued contributions to the club and hope he doesn't get hit by another bus.
Rotary Speaker: Peterson Apfelbach Peterson Apfelbach 2020-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary, Gates Foundation extend funding match

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are renewing their partnership to end polio. Under the agreement, Rotary is committed to raising $50 million a year over the next three years, and each dollar will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation. The extended partnership will raise an additional $150 million for polio eradication every year for three years. Donate today and your contribution will be tripled.
Rotary, Gates Foundation extend funding match Peterson Apfelbach 2020-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s alliance with Toastmasters

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
Rotary International is working with Toastmasters to provide opportunities for our members to grow their networks, leadership and communication skills and increase their impact within the community. Learn more about Rotary’s alliance with Toastmasters International and how you and your club can get involved.
Rotary’s alliance with Toastmasters Peterson Apfelbach 2020-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month Jake Kallas

Posted by Megan Borland
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club honored our first Student of the Month, Jake Kallas, for the 2019-2020 school year.  Jake is a senior at Homestead High School and is the son of Bonnie and Perry Kallas of Thiensville.  He is an Eagle Scout, he has received the Merit Award all 3 years of high school, is a member of the National Honor Society, and a trumpet section leader for the Homestead Marching and Symphonic Band.
Jake has distinguished himself as someone who truly cares about giving back to his community.  He has participated in several volunteer projects including Gathering on the Green, Family Fun Before the Fourth, and Lionsfest.  Some of his most impactful projects include achieving his Eagle Scout Award.  Jake’s projects included building planter boxes for Lasata as well as collecting toiletries for a homeless shelter in Milwaukee.  Jake has also volunteered for the Riverwest Food Pantry Christmas gift program for the past 6 years, which involved collecting and wrapping gifts each Christmas.
Jake, we thank you for your “service above self” and all that you do for your community!
Student of the Month Jake Kallas Megan Borland 2020-01-07 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 31, 2019
Rotarians present at Tuesday's meeting gave generously to celebrate World Polio Day! $306 was raised by our Trick-or-Treater (Maureen's daughter, Jax). Peterson Apfelbach (pictured above), who warned us last week of the consequences of not giving, but still missed the meeting Tuesday, went from skin and bones to just bones. Peterson did, however, generously donate those bones (as well as a hat, tie, and name tag) to enlighten Rotarians on giving to Polio Plus to avoid the same fate as him.   
Trick-or-Treat Samuel Azinger 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

October, 2019 Roadside Cleanup

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 28, 2019
12 Rotarians, and 6 extras participated in Saturday's Roadside Cleanup. The 12 Rotarians and extras include those pictured below and Ellen MacFarlane. Photo's courtesy of Ellen MacFarlane... Would someone get her a selfie stick so she can be in some of the pictures too? 
George Witte was represented by Jess and her husband and their two sons at Saturday's roadside cleanup. It looks like the Rotarian way of life may be rubbing off onto her. Pictured with Sandy Custer, who is of course instrumental to this service project, as he is so many others. 
Carter Azinger puts a piece of trash gracefully into an open garbage bag held by Sam Azinger while Tim Carr looks on (note, this photo was posed before leaving), while Tyler Azinger looks for trash in the Kwik Trip lawn.
John Rosing and Tim Vertz show off their skills with full bags in hand and a clean roadside behind them.
Stan Smith sported a Rotary hat to assure anyone driving by at less than 50 MPH could identify the source of the good deeds (nobody slowed down, must have been all the Thiensvillians trying to escape Mequon as quickly as possible).
Mequon Mayor John Wirth and Alderwoman Kathleen Schneider are happy to take a break from their role of sitting behind a desk to keep Mequon beautiful, and instead participate in the laborious side of keeping their city beautiful. 
Jim Lysaught and Rob Kos enjoy the relaxing task of cleaning Green Bay Road where the speed limit is only 30 MPH. Rob Kos only identifiable as a result of being the only person brave enough to sport a Yankees hat in Wisconsin. 
Karle Naggs may have kept his boots clean, but he sacrificed his van's carpeting by picking up and dropping off the muddy trash collectors.  
October, 2019 Roadside Cleanup Samuel Azinger 2019-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Ozaukee County NAACP Branch Freedom Fund Dinner - Nov. 15

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 25, 2019
Rotary’s theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. Here is a great opportunity to show the Noon and Sunrise Clubs collective support and make some special connections at the Ozaukee County NAACP Branch Freedom Fund Dinner at the Watermark at Shully’s on Friday 15 November.
The keynote speaker is Rotarian Thelma Sais. She has been recognized for her work in Milwaukee. Last year alone she was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal twice; first as recipient of the "Business Diversity Award" and again for "Lifetime Achievement Award". Brian Monroe has had the pleasure of hearing her speak and knows her through the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and highly recommends the opportunity to hear her speak. The emcee will be our AG Rayna Andrews.
The tables will be comfortably set for eight guests and Brian is hopeful that Rotarians will be able to fill a few tables.  For tickets and menu selections please click the Freedom Fund Eventbrite link. You’ll also be able to request seating with the Rotary tables.
Thanks for your consideration and hoping that you are able to join us. 
This post is requested by Brian Monroe of the Sunrise Club. 
Ozaukee County NAACP Branch Freedom Fund Dinner - Nov. 15 Samuel Azinger 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Calendar of Upcoming Events and Dates!

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
June 30th: Changing of the guard 5pm at the American Legion in Mequon. I am looking forward to seeing those attending in person. A zoom meeting invitation should be following in your email soon if you are unable. Please register for this event via a link emailed to you my Sam!
July7- August 25: Meetings at Rotary Park Please inform us if you will not be attending these meetings! it will be important for us to have an accurate count when purchasing meals!
July 30: Rotary at the Lakeshore Chinooks game! $45 buys two drinks and all the brats and burgers you can stomach! (This event has officially been cancelled)
August 20: Ozaukee County Relay for Life event! (Cancelled)
October 15: Fall Into Comedy
Calendar of Upcoming Events and Dates! Peterson Apfelbach 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

The Rundown January 20

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
1. Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers. They had a great season, but ultimately came up short in the NFC Championship game losing to the San Francisco 49ers. Best of luck next year to the Green and Gold. 
The Rundown January 20 Peterson Apfelbach 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Speaker: Angela Schultz

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
Angela is now in her tenth year as the assistant dean for public service at Marquette Law School. Prior to Marquette she worked in private practice as an elder and disability law attorney. Angela came to the practice of law as a social worker- she worked for ten years with a domestic violence intervention agency in Portland, Oregon. During that time, she completed her law degree at Lewis & Clark Law School.
While in criminal law if you can not afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you this is not the case for many civil law matters. As such there are many low income individuals and families that are often not receiving the proper legal service or protection they may need. Legal Action of Wisconsin is an available service for these group to go to; however, they are only able to serve roughly half of the 25,000 eligible clients they evaluate each year. Marquette's Law School seeks to answer that call through its spirit of volunteerism and service. Every year they have a team of roughly 550 lawyers and students that are able to serve an additional 5,000 people with their legal needs with emphasis on housing, health, domestic violence, seniors, and veterans and military families. They do this from four brick and mortar locations and a mobile unit staged around the Milwaukee area.
For questions or availability to volunteer please reach out to
Angela F. Schultz, J.D.
Marquette Law School
Assistant Dean for Public Service
Rotary Speaker: Angela Schultz Peterson Apfelbach 2019-10-18 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Peterson Apfelbach

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the soon to open Foxtown Brewing in Mequon, the Mequon Thiensville Historical Society has been offered the opportunity to host a Soft Opening fundraiser.  The Foxtown Brewing building was constructed in 1857 as the Zimmermann & Opitz Brewery and has been carefully returned to its original purpose after many years of industrial use, warehousing, and vacancy.  


The details of the event are:


5 - 9 PM





A donation of $75 per person includes any two items from the Foxtown Brewing menu (appetizers, salads, boards, handhelds. and entrees) plus complimentary beer, coffee and coke products. 


Seating is limited.  Tickets will be available starting at 9 AM on Monday, October 21st, at the Port Washington State Bank locations in Mequon and Thiensville.  Please plan to pay by check made out to MTHS.  


I hope you will attend this wonderful event.  It will be a great opportunity to see the spectacular Foxtown building, enjoy a great meal along with specialty beers, and support your MT Historical Society.  


It promises to be a night to remember.

FOXTOWN BREWING GALA  Peterson Apfelbach 2019-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rollin' with Rotary Walk Team Participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer's

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 11, 2019
The Rollin' with Rotary Walk Team participated with over 450 walkers in the two mile Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 5. Pictured above were the most people who could be gathered at one time for a photo op, specifically, Bruce Rowe, Herb Hillman, Maureen O'Leary Guth (with 2 sisters, Alison O'Leary and Kristin O'Leary), Marilyn Jacobs, Ellen MacFarlane,  Sam Azinger (with Tyler and Carter). Not pictured includes Alice and Steve Sedgwick, Maureen's husband and daughters, Jeremy, Jacqueline, and Madelyn (featured in third photo), Sam's wife and daughter, Jessica and Reagan, and Cindy Shaffer. Others who may have been there but were not verified by photographic evidence or non-photographic memory include Bob Blazich, Andy Moss, Cara Seppi-Bern, and Doug Hansen. All walkers collectively lost 35 lbs. by the end of the walk. 
The Rotary Walk Team consisted of 20 registered walkers, and raised $1,030. Listed donors included Ellen MacFarlane, Bob Blazich, Brian Monroe, Bruce Rowe, Cara Seppi-Bern, Carol Wessels, Dan Gannon, Dave Kliber (in honor of Edward and Floramae Kliber), Herb Hillman, Jenne Hohn, Karl Hertz, Kathleen Schneider, Maureen O'Leary Guth, Sam Azinger and Sandy and Jean Custer.  If anyone is missed, I sincerely apologize. Truthfully I suspect someone isn't listed that I'd like to give a shout out to, but am more worried that I'd shout out to them and they'd have to correct me by stating that they didn't make a contribution.
Funds raised are used to support finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Once there is a cure, I presume there will no longer be a need to raise funds, so theoretically you could call this event the Walk to End the Walk to End Alzheimer's.  
Save the date for November 19th from 5:30-7:30 in which a celebration dinner and awards ceremony will be held at the River Room in Grafton. I suspect our team is due an award or two, such as for the Largest Team, and possibly the Rookie Team that raised the most funds. If you're interested in attending, RSVP at
What a great time to be a Rotarian. 
Rollin' with Rotary Walk Team Participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer's Samuel Azinger 2019-10-11 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 20, 2019
Ordinarily a very reliable news source in Ozaukee County, the News Graphic has joined the Fake News Club with their article in Tuesday's paper announcing new members of the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club.  Contrary to the caption of the photograph seen above, Maureen O'Leary has not abandoned the Noon Club to join the Sunrise Club.
In fact, Maureen had introduced the new member being inducted, Danila Danesi, to the Sunrise Club (since Danila's schedule wasn't fitting for the Noon Club), and was invited to attend the meeting in which Danila was being inducted into the Sunrise Club. What could be LIES, LIES, and more LIES, may also be accredited to a typographical error or slight misunderstanding. 
When questioned O'Leary said "Oh my goodness, what am I going to do when Tony sees this?" She went on to say "We have to get in front of this." When discussing how to go about getting in front of this it was best determined that a story for the Newsletter would suffice. "Maybe we can say 'Lies Lies Lies' and claim it's 'fake news.' We should make sure it is super sarcastic too so nobody actually thinks we don't like the News Graphic." 
LIES LIES LIES - O'Leary Claims FAKE NEWS Samuel Azinger 2019-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 19, 2019
Thanks to all those who have signed up to walk with the Rollin' with Rotary Walk Team for the October 5, 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's, and to those who have made donations to the team.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to join the team to go for a walk through Port Washington at 10 am on Saturday, October 5 or to make a donation. To do either of these things click the following link:
As of September 19, there are 3 Rotarians who have signed up to walk (and 5 kids, some spouses and siblings), and we'd love to have a stronger Rotary presence. All that being said, we have received donations from Sandy Custer, Maureen O'Leary, Karl Hertz, Jenne Hohn, Herb Hillman, Dan Gannon, Brian Monroe, Sam Azinger, as well as a Facebook fundraiser and an anonymous donor (It's Ellen, sorry Ellen). Thank you to all who are participating. Sam or Ellen will accept cash or check donations at either of the next two meetings before the walk, if clicking the link above is too much work. We'd also love to have you participate! 
Walk to End Alzheimer's Samuel Azinger 2019-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Heather Wins it All

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
At the first ever Gathering on the Green Battle of the Bands, our very own Heather Mader and her band Won first prize! I highly encourage everyone to visit our Facebook Page "Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club" so they can watch of Video of their award winning performance! You can quickly access the video by visiting this link Don't forget to like the page while you are visiting!
Heather Wins it All Peterson Apfelbach 2019-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Rotary Foundation Good News/Bad News

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 16, 2019
I'm happy to announce that we have met our goal for 2018-19 Rotary Foundation giving. Our goal was set for $4,000 and as a club we contributed $4,325.
Unfortunately, our goal for Polio Plus giving for 2018-19 was $1,500 and our club contributions were only $725.
Although combined we did not meet our total giving goal of $5,500, as you may recall, we have a friendly competition with the Sunrise Club to see which club could contribute more to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.  In the end, our club did contribute $100 more than the Sunrise Club, whose total contributions were $4,950 for the 2018-19 year! It looks like the Noon-Sunrise Foundation Giving trophy will be named after our Foundation Chair and will stay with the Noon Club for at least the next 12 months (and hopefully longer). 
Although our numbers are great in comparison to most clubs in the district, there are still a couple clubs in Ozaukee County that are outdoing us. Specifically, Cedarburg-Grafton contributed $5,664 in 2018-19 and Port Washington-Saukville contributed $6,125. 
Let's look forward to a great 2019-20 year of meeting our goals, and making sure that the Sam Azinger trophy stays with the Noon Club!
If you'd like assistance with setting up recurring monthly, quarterly, or yearly contributions to assure your Sam Azinger award for 2019-20, let Sam know and he'd be happy to assist. Otherwise, make out a check to the Rotary Foundation and give it to Sam at a meeting and he'll take care of the rest.   
2018-2019 Rotary Foundation Good News/Bad News Samuel Azinger 2019-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

Pam Johnson - How to Breathe

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
During her time, Pam invited us into the world of fine speech and sustainable breathing technique! She highlighted that many of us have fallen into the terrible habit of vertical breathing. This style of breathing only utilizes the top portion of our lungs limiting our oxygen intake while simultaneously putting unnecessary stain on our shoulder and neck muscles. Sustainable and proper breathing involves full use of your diaphragm which allows your stomach to expand completely filling your lungs. When it comes to speech, there have been a number of quirks she has identified and helped her clients overcome through a variety of exercise to control tone, volume, and power.
Pam’s training and experience as a singer taught her how the vocal instrument works and how to make it more powerful. Her experience as a voiceover artist gave her insights into how different parts of the voice affect the listener in very specific ways.
Pam has held workshops for U.S. Attorneys, trainers with GE Healthcare, the local chapter of ATD, and the Women’s Business Council at SC Johnson. She also works with individual clients.
Below are a list of common exercises and a link to a Ted talk discussing proper breathing habits.
  1. Body position – stand, bend over at the waist, slow roll up, stacking the vertebrae and then pulling the string up through the top of the head.
  2. Head position – push head forward then bring back to position – look in the mirror to check there is no double chin
  3. Breathing – fill the belt around the waist, let the abdomen pop out
  4. High hoot to find the upper register – feel the vibration between your eyebrows and behind your eyes
  5. Upper middle register – breath through the nose then yawn  - feel the openness on the roof of your mouth and space behind your front teeth – feel the vibration in your cheekbones – say “hi” as a breathy Marilyn Monroe
  6. Middle register– tongue flat and low, tip touching the back of the bottom teeth –say Ahh, Ayy, Eee, Ooooh, Oooo . Fill the hand six inches in front of your mouth with air– show your teeth - feel the vibration behind your top teeth
  7. Lower register – say “huh” with lots of air  - feel the vibration in your breastbone
Pam Johnson - How to Breathe Peterson Apfelbach 2019-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard 2019-2020

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
On June 18th, we gathered together at the American Legion Post 457 to celebrate our 2018-2019 Rotary year! During this time we were able to Thank Tim Vertz for his service as Club President as well as the board that served during his tenure to help him keep us in line. Following those recognitions, we took some time to honor a few Rotarians who stood out in the last year!
For the first time ever we had recipients of the Sam Azinger Award! This was bestowed upon Ellen MacFarlane, Greg Huffman, Jack Weise, John Wirth, Karl Hertz, Pam Koch, Rob Kos, Sam Azinger, Sandy Custer, Stan Smith, Tim Vertz, Tyler Briggs. All of these members donated $100 or more to the rotary foundation and/or Polio plus in the 2018-2019 year. If you were not in attendance at the Changing of the guard you can expect them this Tuesday at our first outdoor meeting.
Many were also honored for their years of perfect attendance.
Next, we honored Megan Borland with the Service Award!
Rotarian of the Year was presented to Sam Azinger and shared with his children!
 Finally, Greg Sommersberger was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow for which our club will donate $1,000 in his name to the Rotary Foundation! Following the applause and celebration, to our surprise, Sandy Custer took the microphone and gave out one more award. For her great service to our club, Diane Robertson was given an honorary Paul Harris award having $1,000 donated to the rotary foundation in her name as well!
Once the dust settled, Our New President  Rob Kos took time to introduce our new officers and directors for the 2019-2020 rotary year. Those officers and directors are pictured above from left to right as follows.
Pam Koch: Fall into Comedy
Megan Borland: Director of vocational Service
Peterson Apfelbach: Director of Club Service
Heather Mader: Secretary-Treasurer
Sam Azinger: President Elect
Rob Kos: President
Ellen MacFarlane: Director of International Service & Club Outreach
Sandy Custer: Director of Community Service
Changing of the Guard 2019-2020 Peterson Apfelbach 2019-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

The Rundown -  June 23rd, 2019

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
1. 2019 Summer Schedule has been distributed at meetings by Sandy Custer assigning head chef's and cooking crews for summer meetings. If you don't have your date on your calendar, get it on there. 
2. Congratulations to Dianne Robertson for being listed as the club's top member sponsor. She was doing this while she was working, imagine what she's capable of with free time! Way to go Dianne!
3. Thanks to Roger and the OED for the work that they are doing in Ozaukee County. We hope everyone had the opportunity to apply or nominate a business for the 2019 Business of the Year Awards!
4. We are looking for volunteers for the Fun B4 the Fourth corn roast and ice cream stand. Talk to Herb Hillman or Peterson Apfelbach if you are interested. 
5. Dan Gannon will be taking ticket orders for the Lakeshore Chinooks game on July 31. 
6. Rotary will be sponsoring a tent for Gathering on the Green on Saturday, July 13. Tickets are $100. Enhoy a beautiful evening outdoors listening to great music with a private tent, catering by Ferrante's. craft beer and wine, good friends and a fundraiser for our rotary foundation. Talk to Rob Kos for more information or see the flyer distributed at last weeks meeting.


The Rundown - June 23rd, 2019 Peterson Apfelbach 2019-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Showdown Between Noon and Sunrise

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 28, 2019
The esteemed Rotary Club Foundation Chair has taken the liberty of challenging the Sunrise Club to raise more money for the Rotary Foundation/Polio Plus before the end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  As of May 21, the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club ("the Good Guys") has contributed $4,100.00 total, nearing our ultimate goal of $5,500 between the Foundation and Polio Plus. The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club ("the Other Guys") has raised $4,075.00, trailing by a narrow margin.
The Other Guys are bringing the competition request to their Board for approval, but the Good Guys are just going with it, because the ultimate objective is to raise money for the Foundation and the reward is merely bragging rights. Posted below are instructions for making one time or regularly scheduled contributions online. Otherwise, a check made out to the Rotary Foundation can be given to Sam Azinger at a meeting (or dropped off at his office at 414 N. Main St. in Thiensville). If you would like assistance with online contributions or setting up automatic contributions, Sam would be more than happy to provide one-on-one assistance (your place or mine). 
Additionally, for the first $400 that is contributed this year, our new member, Tyler Briggs has agreed to contribute a matching amount. Needless to say, Sam will be very disappointed if we as a club do not take full advantage of this opportunity. 
Showdown Between Noon and Sunrise Samuel Azinger 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member, John Wirth

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 28, 2019
Welcome to the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club, new member, John Wirth.  John is the newly elected Mayor of the City of Mequon and an attorney with Mallery & Zimmerman.  Picture above receiving his Rotary Pin from Sponsor, Kathleen Schneider. John's membership was co-sponsored by Stan Smith (not pictured). We are very excited to have John join the club, and look forward to getting to know him as a fellow Rotarian. 
Welcome New Member, John Wirth Samuel Azinger 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

OMG - If Tony Only Knew!

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 09, 2019
Andrew Petzold with Concord Development Company joined the club for lunch on Tuesday. After two years with the club, Sam Azinger is happy to announce he has not met all of the members. Andrew may or may not have coordinated coming on a week that Tony was not present, but if he didn't, hopefully he was prepared for the fine of a century. 
OMG - If Tony Only Knew! Samuel Azinger 2019-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Speaker Erica Turner - Bridge the Divide

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 09, 2019
Thank you to Erica Turner for speaking and sharing with the club at Tuesday's meeting. Erica is with the grassroots organization, Bridge the Divide. The Cedarburg based organization is a forum for discussion and action around racial reconciliation. The group seeks to identify instances of inequality, foster empathy and educate individuals to recognize their part in the problems and solutions.
Rotary Speaker Erica Turner - Bridge the Divide Samuel Azinger 2019-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange Student Update

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 09, 2019
Rotary Exchange Student Elisabeth is pictured (right) at a recent track event in which she plays on the Homestead JV Team. Host parent Todd Tischer, Ellen MacFarlane, and New Generations Director for the morning club, Dave Schlageter were all there cheering her on. 
Rotary Exchange Student Update Samuel Azinger 2019-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month 

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 05, 2019
Thank you and congratulations to Matthew Patch, this month's Student of the Month Award recipient. It's always great to hear about the things that our youth are doing to better our communities, and it's always fun to have the student and parents join us, and even more so when they are friends and neighbors of Rotarians. Congratulations Matt.  
Student of the Month Samuel Azinger 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Representatives for the Kettle Moraine YMCA  

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 05, 2019
Kirsten Coenen, Ron Johnson and Kate Hoffman spoke at Tuesday's meeting about what's happening with the Kettle Moraine YMCA. There are several locations associated with the Kettle Moriane YMCA, including the West Washington Branch in West Bend, the River Shores Branch in West Bend, and the Feith Family Ozaukee Branch in Port Washington/Saukville. They offer many great activities and are hoping to expand in the near future. Specifically, they highlighted their child care and other fun physical activities, such as the growing popular Pickle Ball.  Thanks to Kirsten, Ron and Kate for joining us and keeping us informed on what's happening with the YMCA. 
Representatives for the Kettle Moraine YMCA Samuel Azinger 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
Concordia University and Vertz Marketing expand partnership Lisa Liljegren - Concordia University 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Roadside Clean-up Crew - Spring 2019

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 09, 2019
Tim Vertz and Son (sounds like a future company name)
Sam Azinger, Bruce Rowe and Sam's boys having a blast
Rob Holtz and Tim Carr full of smiles
Rob 'N Hood (Tim's other son, but I cannot help the play on words)
Dan Gannon and Kathleen Schneider not only swept the roadside for trash, but also mopped up as well, setting a record for most diligent roadside cleanup
TM Rotary Roadside Clean-up Crew met at 9 AM on Saturday morning and walked Cedarburg Road between Mequon Road and County Line. Not a single piece of trash was found, apparently due to the incredible job Dan Gannon must have done last Fall.
But really, Stan Smith and Sandy Custer (not pictured) along with a fine group of pictured Rotarians picked up 10 bags of trash and one Swiffer Wet Jet. The weather was cold, but the snow melted just long enough to get the job done before blanketing the ground once again. Thanks to everyone for participating. Not only is this event a great way to give back to the community, but it's also an opportunity to spend some quality time with fellow and future Rotarians and to instill values.  
Roadside Clean-up Crew - Spring 2019 Samuel Azinger 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Deb Paschke Speaks to Club About Camp Hometown Hero

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 08, 2019
Thank you to this weeks speaker, Deb Paschke, executive director of Camp Hometown Heroes. Camp Hometown Heroes is an organization which brings children together for a week of camp who all have something in common, in that they have lost a parent who served our country in the military.  The week of camp allows the campers an opportunity to not only have fun, but also to spend a week with other children who have experienced a similar loss.   
Deb Paschke Speaks to Club About Camp Hometown Hero Samuel Azinger 2019-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes New Member, Peterson Apfelbach

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 01, 2019
Rotary proudly welcomed new member Peterson Apfelbach as the newest member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. Peterson is a financial advisor with in the Thiensville Edward Jones office located near Fantasy Flowers. He is committed to our community having been raised in Mequon, and having a desire to give back. If you haven’t had the opportunity to introduce yourself yet, please do so. Welcome Peterson. 
Rotary Welcomes New Member, Peterson Apfelbach Samuel Azinger 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at National Honor Society - 2019

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Mar 21, 2019
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club met at Homestead High School this week to celebrate the National Honor Society inductees. Thanks to Rotarians who were able to attend, and to President-Elect, Rob Kos for delivering an inspirational speech highlighting the importance of involvement in the community. 
Rotary at National Honor Society - 2019 Samuel Azinger 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Happy 100th Birthday Doc. Witte

Posted on Feb 27, 2019
Picture of Rotary Club Birthday Celebration for Doc. Witte on February 26, 2019. George Witte pictured front and center wearing his finest suit with red tie. Also pictured from left, (don't get mad, I'm not looking up how to spell everyone's name) Rob Holtz, Tim Vertz, Sam Azinger, Heather Mader, Tony Von Rueden (top), Rachel Muchin Young, Jim Ott, Shelley Weston, Jim Lysaught, Ellen MacFarlane, Dan Gannon, Jack Wiese, Stan Smith, Kathleen Schneider, Dianne Robertson, Herb Hillman, Peterson Albelbach (top) Maureen O'Leary, Stan Lind, Megan Borland, Karl Hertz, Bruce Rowe, Nancy Witte-Dycus, Dave O'Connor, Russ Witte-Dycus, Colleen Landisch-Hansen, Greg Sommersberger, Roger Kirgues, and Tim Carr. Rotarian's not featured have 1 week to find and like this post on Facebook or the Tony Von Rueden Fan Club will make a certified recommendation to fine you $5 at the March 12 meeting. 
Happy Birthday Doctor George Witte! Abraham Lincoln once said "And in the end it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years."  By that definition, you have lived more than anyone in history. Happy Birthday, friend. 
Happy 100th Birthday Doc. Witte 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Calendar of Upcoming Events and Dates

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
June 25- August 20: Meetings will be held at Rotary Park on Highland Rd. On August 20 we will have Family Night from 5 PM to 7 PM
July 13: We will have a tent at Gathering on the Green. Announcements for how and where to buy tickets will be announce at an upcoming meeting.
July 31: Chinooks Game at 5:30 PM. 
October 10: Fall Into Comedy. 
Calendar of Upcoming Events and Dates Peterson Apfelbach 2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

With Great Sadness, Thiensville-Mequon Rotary has Lost Longest Serving Rotarian, Dr. Robert Jacobs

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Feb 18, 2019
Following is from the email sent to members from Club President, Tim Vertz, notifying of Dr. Jacob's passing. 
"It is with great sadness we let you know that one of our longest serving and honored Rotarians, Dr. Robert Jacobs, passed away peacefully [], Friday, February 15th. 
Dr. Jacobs has been a devoted member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary since 1958 and had 59 years of perfect attendance. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Jacobs spent his professional career as a podiatrist in Thiensville. 
Dr. Jacobs also served his life as the Rotary Chartered Organization Representative to help oversee our Cub Scout Pack 3852 and Boy Scout Troop 852 where he served in this capacity from the 1970’s until the recent past few years. 
Dr. Jacobs was certainly an avid traveler and he visited Rotary clubs all over the globe including Denmark, Jerusalem, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Japan. 
Our heartfelt prayers go out to his wife Marilyn and his entire family. 
Services for Dr. Jacobs will be held on Monday, February 18th at 11am at Goodman Bensman Funeral Home which is located at 4750 North Santa Monica Boulevard in Whitefish Bay. His full obituary should be listed on their website [] ( 
On a personal note, Dr. Jacobs has been a wonderful mentor to me in my years in Rotary and helped prepare me to help mentor and advise our Cub Scout Pack 3852 and Boy Scout Troop 852 who we sponsor. 
We all are incredibly appreciative of a well-lived life of service that Dr. Robert Jacobs gave to his community."
With Great Sadness, Thiensville-Mequon Rotary has Lost Longest Serving Rotarian, Dr. Robert Jacobs Samuel Azinger 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Club Welcomes New Member Colleen Landish-Hansen

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jan 16, 2019
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary welcomed new member Colleen Landish-Hansen who is the incoming Administrator for the Village of Thiensville. She is shown above receiving her Rotary Pin from Dianne Robertson who is the current Village Administrator who plans to retire in early March. Dianne plans to continue her membership as a Rotarian, so not to worry, we will still see her at our meetings when she is not sailing the open seas and travelling the world. Colleen has agreed to abide by the 

Four-Way Test, which is the ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships to consider of the things we think, say or do 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? and 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Welcome Colleen, we look forward to a long Rotarian friendship.

Club Welcomes New Member Colleen Landish-Hansen Samuel Azinger 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - January, 2019

Posted by Megan Borland on Jan 08, 2019
(Pictured Above:  Rotary Members Matthew Joynt and Megan Borland, Joe Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Eric Nelson)
(Pictured Above:  Joe Nelson, Student of the Month)
This past week, we honored our 3rd selected Student of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year.  Joe Nelson, a senior at Homestead High School, was the selected winner and was honored during our club meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  Joe was accompanied by both of his parents, Eric and Lisa Nelson of Mequon.
Joe Nelson is certainly no stranger to taking action to help others within his community and school.  Joe has an impressive resume, filled with several community, church and school related volunteer activities, clubs, band, and leadership positions. 
One of Joe’s most significant service accomplishments is his involvement with the Best Buddies Club at Homestead.  Joe is now the president of this organization, leading 60 members, and has spent the last 3 years as a Peer Buddy.  Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to creating one-on-one friendships, employment and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Joe has been paired with the same buddy for all 3 years, an individual who has non-verbal autism.  Joe has learned how to communicate with his buddy, created a special friendship, and helped improve his peer’s social and communication skills.  Joe’s experience has developed a passion for caring for other people and ultimately, has prompted him to explore a career in the medical field.
Joe is a 4-year Merit Award recipient at Homestead, a member of the National Honor Society and represented Homestead at Badger Boys State.  He has participated in his church mission trips for the past 4 years, traveling to New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, San Francisco and Minneapolis to name a few.  Joe has also served as the percussion section leader for the past 3 years at Homestead.  He is involved in marching band, symphony orchestra and the jazz band.  He also plays the pit orchestra for the Homestead musicals.  He is the co-founder and co-president of Homestead’s Investment Club.
Joe is still in the process of deciding where he will attend college this fall, but does intend to study nursing.  Joe, we congratulate you on your accomplishments and thank you for all of your “service above self”.
Student of the Month - January, 2019 Megan Borland 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Free Screening of “This is Home: A Refugee Story” Sunday January 27, 11:30am at Unitarian Church North


UCN’s Social Justice Committee is happy to announce that they've secured the opportunity to present a screening of the movie “This is Home” after their service on Sunday, January 27. This movie brings warmth and communal spirit to the table as it follows the travails of four Syrian refugee families finding their collective feet in Baltimore over the course of eight months.


If you would like to attend please visit this Eventbrite link to reserve your tickets and to see a map for UCN. Please consider spreading the word by sharing this invitation with friends and family so that UCN can fill their sanctuary with others who want to learn more about the multitude of challenges many refugees have to overcome.


UCN will provide coffee and snacks and welcome guests at 11:15 am and then introduce and start the movie at 11:30 am. The screening will take until 1:00 pm. For those who would like to delve deeper into this social justice topic, we’ll be offering a Q&A and a discussion period afterwards.
Free Screening of “This is Home: A Refugee Story” Sunday January 27, 11:30am at Unitarian Church North 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - December, 2018

Posted by Megan Borland
Pictured above:  Kimberly Hartlieb (Student of the Month) and Megan Borland (T-M Rotary Vocational Director)
Pictured above: Kimberly Hartlieb with her parents, Elizabeth and John Hartlieb
Congratulations to December, 2018's Student of the Month winner. 
Kimberly Hartlieb was honored as our December Student of the Month on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.  Kimberly is a senior at Homestead High School and was accompanied by both of her parents, John and Elizabeth Hartlieb of Mequon.
Kimberly is actively involved in several community and school organizations.  She has earned the Merit Award all 4 years of high school, she is a member of the National Honor Society and a Student Council Executive Board Member where she works with the student body to plan school-wide events and charity events.
Kimberly is the Head Leader for the Reading Buddies program.  This program involves pairing up with second graders at Wilson Elementary and reading with them on a weekly basis.  She also volunteers with Kids 4 Kids, which involves tutoring young students in the MPS school district.
One of Kimberly’s most recent volunteer activities involved leading a “5 Minute Fundraiser” at Homestead High School.  Students were given 5 minutes one morning in December to donate money in their classroom for the KAPCO toy drive.  They raised over $1,000 from students in this short 5 minute window and used those funds to buy toys for children.
Kimberly will be graduating this May and has already decided to attend the University of Iowa where she will study business.  Kimberly will be the 3rd generation in her family to attend Iowa, where both of her parents, her uncles and her grandmother are all Iowa alumni.
Kimberly, we thank you for your “Service Above Self” and all that you have done to make your school and community a better place!
Student of the Month - December, 2018 Megan Borland 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

To say “100% Goes to the Cause” - Here’s What You Can Do to help Mel’s Charities

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jan 06, 2019
First of all, let’s say thank you to Mel Stanton, Executive Director of Mel’s Charities, and Dick Phalen, President of the Board for visiting and speaking at our December 18, 2018 meeting.  
Mel and Dick gave some insight as to what Mel’s Charities does in Ozaukee County, including supporting people with special needs, memorial scholarships, and human services. The emphasis Mel's puts on all of this is on having fun. Mel’s has 6 annual fun events, the most notable being Mel’s Pig Roast in late summer. These events all help raise funds for these great causes. Mel’s has distributed over $1 million since 1999, with $168,000 in 2018 alone. The organization’s distributions have increased every year since its inception, and continued growth is expected.
The one question we’re all guilty of asking is “how much of my donation is going to overhead.” If we don’t ask it, we probably think it. Mel wants to be able to say 100%, but as the organization grows, so does the overhead expenses. That’s where the idea of the 300 FUNd Club came in. Mel’s is looking for 300 people to commit to donating $300 a year for three years, earmarked for supporting the organization and its overhead, which consists of nominal salaries and wages, rent for its office space located on Badger Circle in Grafton, and other general expenses. Additional amounts raised through the 300 FUNd are anticipated to be used to start an endowment to keep Mel’s Charities around for the long haul.
As of December 18, 2018, Mel's had 181 FUNd Team members, of which on 17 were from Mequon-Thiensville.  Since speaking at the meeting, at least 3 more Mequon-Thiensvillians have joined! Way to go Rotarians! Anyone (else) interested in joining the 300 FUNd Team can visit for more information or to join. Samuel Azinger will happily help make connections or answer questions if you're looking for more ways to contribute.  
To say “100% Goes to the Cause” - Here’s What You Can Do to help Mel’s Charities Samuel Azinger 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Results are in - and the Winners are... Those Family Sharing Helps!

3 teams, led by Captains Hillman, Wiese, and Jacobs, went head to head to head in a competition to see which team could donate more food and cash to Family Sharing this holiday season.  
Motivated by strong leadership, competitive nature, the promise that winning will get you to heaven, and mostly the desire to do good and right in the world, Rotarians gathered 2563 items this year, by far exceeding the totals from every other year (2470 in 2017), data for earlier years is unavailable, making this claim nearly impossible to refute.
We all know who the real winners are, but let’s get the breakdown for bragging rights purposes.  Team Hillman led the pack with 967 items donated, followed by team Wiese with 937 items, and team Jacobs with 656 items. 
Bottom line is that the winning team is the Thiensville Mequon Rotary Club with 82% participation, compared to 75% in 2017! Way to go team!
Results are in - and the Winners are... Those Family Sharing Helps! Samuel Azinger 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Lou Menchaca Trio Performs “Holiday Jazz” for Rotary Club

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Dec 11, 2018
The Club enjoyed the holiday entertainment of the Lou Menchaca Trio performing some holiday jazz at Tuesday's meeting.  The performance was kicked off with a wild rendition of a very famous Miles Davis hit, followed by many of everyone's favorite Christmas Carols.  It was wonderful to see so many guests, including the friends and family of many Rotarians.  As always, Lou kept the show PC (politically correct) and opted out of playing "Baby Its Cold Outside."  If only our friendly editor were so smart.  
Lou Menchaca Trio Performs “Holiday Jazz” for Rotary Club Samuel Azinger 2018-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Thiensville and Mequon Clubs Represented when RI President Barry Rassin Hosted by Rotary Club of Milwaukee

Posted on Dec 10, 2018
The Rotary Club of Milwaukee hosted current RI President Barry Rassin on Tuesday 4 December. There were 23 D6270 clubs that sent one or more representatives to be part of this special event. The Mequon and Thiensville Rotary Clubs were represented by PDG Karl Hertz and Brian Monroe. President Rassin explained the design and call to action behind this year’s Rotary theme “Be the Inspiration”.
President Rassin shared updates with regards to the Polio Plus and many positive life changing projects funded by our dollars that we give to The Rotary Foundation. He also asked us to make sure that are clubs are relevant in order to keep our members engaged and to be attractive to younger leaders.
Thiensville and Mequon Clubs Represented when RI President Barry Rassin Hosted by Rotary Club of Milwaukee 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

Giving to the Promenade

Posted by Samuel Azinger
         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
Giving to the Promenade Samuel Azinger 2018-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Roadside Clean-up Crew of One!

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Nov 30, 2018
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. 
Roadside Clean-up Crew of One! Samuel Azinger 2018-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - Lauren Grueninger

Posted by Megan Borland on Nov 27, 2018
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!
Student of the Month - Lauren Grueninger Megan Borland 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Katherine Adamek - 2010 Speed Skating Olympic Medalist

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Nov 15, 2018
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.
Katherine Adamek - 2010 Speed Skating Olympic Medalist  Samuel Azinger 2018-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Fake email and social media accounts target Rotary members in new scam

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

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

Fake email and social media accounts target Rotary members in new scam 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club President Tim Vertz recognized as Citizen of the Year by Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce Samuel Azinger 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

John Gurda to Speak in Mequon on November 4

Posted on Oct 23, 2018
     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
John Gurda to Speak in Mequon on November 4 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Das ist sehr sauber—Das Klein out: October 27

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 12, 2018
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.
Das ist sehr sauber—Das Klein out: October 27 Samuel Azinger 2018-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

Kurt Janavitz, Senior Vice President of Healthcare - Medical College of Wisconsin. 

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 12, 2018
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.   
Kurt Janavitz, Senior Vice President of Healthcare - Medical College of Wisconsin. Samuel Azinger 2018-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

Mequon-Thiensville Community Awards Dinner, October 18, 2018

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 28, 2018

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

Mequon-Thiensville Community Awards Dinner, October 18, 2018 Samuel Azinger 2018-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

Mequon-Thiensville Community Promenade

The area, known as the Town Center, is a mixed-use traditional neighborhood that represents the heart of our combined communities of Mequon and Thiensville, offering a walkable central destination for homes, restaurants, businesses, and local government services.  The Town Center promotes new growth, expansion and redevelopment opportunities along Mequon Road from the Milwaukee River to Wauwatosa Road and from Mequon Road north to Concord Road, spanning the communities of Mequon & Thiensville.
One of the original goals, dating back to 2002, was the selection of a design for a community feature at the northeast corner of Mequon Road and Cedarburg Road. In 2017, the Mequon-Thiensville Gateway Committee partnered with Groth Design Group of Cedarburg and Zebradog of Madison to select a design that now has the support of both the Mequon Common Council and Thiensville Village Board. 
The design, a community promenade, serves as identification of the point of arrival into a special and distinct neighborhood that is the center of the two communities. The promenade enhances the entry point to Town Center and Historic Main Street. It is a public feature meant to:
  • Announce arrival at a special place
  • Activate the riverfront
  • Serve as a public amenity
  • Promote history and art of the community
  • Celebrate the vitality and new growth to the heart of the communities.
Other aspects of this project include improving the pedestrian access and safety and signage for the businesses and amenities in the neighborhood district.
This project was designed with the objective of announcing an arrival, engaging the community and enhancing the experience of the district and park. Using traditional materials acknowledges the history of the area while the modern form signifies the successful changes happening in the neighborhood. The circular form is in response to the unique 360 degree character of the site. Additionally, the form provides visitors the ability to take a complete journey through the park, experiencing the site through different perspectives.
Adjusting some of the existing paths and landscaping elements and adding new treatments allows for a better pedestrian experience and increases safety on the corner. Using a combination of masonry walls and wood slats allows for additional separation from the street and further enhances the experience within the park. The new community space within the neighborhood creates a public use amenity and provides a vehicle for signage opportunities.
Committee Members
Connie Pukaite (Co-Chair)
David Lange (Co-Chair)
Colleen Krueger
Lee Symborski
Sandy Custer
Dave Hagemeier
John Mikkelson
Connie Pukaite or David Lange at:
Mequon-Thiensville Community Promenade Tim Vertz 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Paul Harris Recipients

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 26, 2018
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.  
Congratulations Paul Harris Recipients Samuel Azinger 2018-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor and Assistant District Governor Visit

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 26, 2018
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. 
District Governor and Assistant District Governor Visit Samuel Azinger 2018-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Maureen and Jeremy

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 18, 2018
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.
Congratulations Maureen and Jeremy Samuel Azinger 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Ode to Russ, Karle, Dan and Sandy, by Ace of Base

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 18, 2018
A new chapter was written in the story of the hard working Rotarian.  Thank you to Russ Brown, Karle Naggs, Dan Gannon and Sandy Custer for putting in the elbow grease to touch up the Rotary Park sign seen above. 
"I got a new life, you would hardly recognize me, I'm so glad
How can a person like me care for you?
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
Life is demanding without understanding
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
No one's gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong
But where do you belong?"
Ode to Russ, Karle, Dan and Sandy, by Ace of Base Samuel Azinger 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Claire Essman and Ron Irwin with Special Olympics Wisconsin

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 12, 2018
Special Olympics Wisconsin Director of Development, Claire Essman and Coach/Member of Board of Directors, Ron Irwin spoke to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  
Ron told the story of how he came to be involved in Special Olympics Wisconsin.  It all started 16 years ago at the birth of his son, Max.  Max has Down syndrome, and the words spoken to Ron haunted him for years.  "He probably won't have much of a future." Any parent could imagine what it would do to hear those words spoken at such a joyous moment as bringing new life into this world.  Ron wasn't buying it, and neither is Max or Special Olympics Wisconsin.  In competing as a Special Olympics athlete, Max has had great success, has created great memories, and has found inclusion among fellow-athletes as well as within his school.  The future for Max is bright!
Special Olympics programs have provided enormous benefits to people with and without intellectual disabilities.  By providing an encouraging environment in which athletes can compete, socialize, and exercise, individuals with intellectual disabilities receive both emotional and physical health benefits.  Additionally, athletes are provided with free medical screenings which provide screenings for general fitness, podiatry, hearing, visions, dental hygiene, healthy lifestyle choices and sports physicals. Each year over 1,300 health screens are performed, and since 2001 Special Olympics Wisconsin has provided more than 5,700 prescription eyeglasses to those in need, free of charge. 
Special Olympics Wisconsin has additionally worked with schools to create Unified Sports programs.  Unified Sports programs allow individuals with intellectual disabilities to compete along with individuals without disabilities.  These programs have helped to create a better understanding and acceptance by students without intellectual disabilities.  For a group that generally faces stigma, discrimination, social isolation and injustice, the Unified Sports programs has had an incredible impact.  Of those with intellectual disabilities, 93% who participated reported a significant change to self-esteem and self-confidence.  Among those youth without intellectual disabilities, 91% reported significant change in their social skills.  These programs don't only help individuals with disabilities, but schools as a whole.  
Of the more than 10,000 individuals who have taken part of Special Olympics programs, still 13 of 14 individuals with intellectual disabilities have not.  Hopefully nobody with intellectual disabilities is still living in a world where they believe they don't have much of a future, but encouraging education and participation could provide for an inclusive future for all individuals with intellectual disabilities.  I'm certain that any financial contributions would also be appreciated and put to good use.  To quote one of our country's great [village] presidents, "Send us money and we will spend it wisely." Donations can be made by going to and clicking the Donate button. Volunteering opportunities or fundraising opportunities may also be available.  
Claire Essman and Ron Irwin with Special Olympics Wisconsin Samuel Azinger 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Into Comedy 

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Aug 31, 2018
Mark your calendars, tell your friends, ask how you can support, sponsor a table, come hungry, bring your checkbook and an extra $20 per person for a knee slapping, tail grabbing, head touching, auction bidding, item winning, dinner eating, friend meeting, network outing evening with the comedy stylings of Steve Mittleman. 
Fall into Comedy is Thiensville-Mequon Rotary's largest annual fundraiser and supports the club and its community projects such as the Mequon-Thiensville Gateway Promenade, the Student of the Month Scholarship Program, and many other projects that make being a Rotarian something we are all truly proud of.  
How can you support?  Here's a few suggestions: 1. buy a ticket, 2. tell your friends to buy tickets, 3. sponsor a table (includes 10 tickets), 4. donate an item for the silent auction (talk to Rob Kos or Pam Koch), 5. tell your friends to donate silent auction items, 6. tell your table of 10 to donate silent auction items, 7. bid on silent auction items, 8. tell your friends to bid on silent auction items, 9. tell your table of 10 to bid on auction items. 
On a serious note (there is no serious note, it's a comedy show). 
If you've been to Fall into Comedy in the past you know it's a great time.  If you have not, you should find out exactly how great of a time it is. Hope to see everyone there! 
Fall Into Comedy Samuel Azinger 2018-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Photos From Tuesday's Family Night Event! Samuel Azinger 2018-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

AFS Foreign Exchange Student's Gather

Posted by Sam on Aug 25, 2018
Rotary sponsored exchange student Elisabeth Burschel joined the other Homestead exchange students for an AFS sponsored gathering this week. 
AFS Foreign Exchange Student's Gather Sam 2018-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business
Innovation Center at Concordia University to
Launch This Week!

Posted by Peterson Apfelbach
MEQUON, WI - Vertz Marketing and Concordia University Wisconsin are excited to announce the continuation of the Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Starting in the fall semester, there will be openings for up to 10 Mequon-Thiensville businesses to become a part of this innovative marketing and business mentoring program.

The Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center at Concordia University partners with select Mequon-Thiensville businesses to provide marketing and business development service to foster economic development in the region.

The Batterman School of Business at Concordia University Wisconsin, Vertz Marketing and Rotary International have combined their forces to share their business expertise with the Mequon-Thiensville Business Community. These entities will provide FREE digital marketing and business development planning to ten qualified area businesses each semester.
“We are proud to be a part in creating the Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center at Concordia University and help give back to our local community,” said Tim Vertz, founder and CEO of Vertz Marketing.
Young, growing businesses in the Mequon-Thiensville community are encouraged to apply for the fall 2019 program. Each business will be assigned up to three Concordia University student interns for the semester under the direction of Concordia University and Vertz Marketing.
Organizations including the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce, Thiensville Business Association, Thiensville-Mequon Rotary and Ozaukee Economic Development are signed on as business association sponsors to help recruit businesses to take part in the Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center program.
“This is a great service for up and coming businesses in the Mequon-Thiensville community. With all of the economic growth in Mequon-Thiensville and many new businesses coming to the area, the Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center is a great community service. We appreciate the commitment of Vertz Marketing and Concordia University Wisconsin in our community,” said Tina Schwantes, Executive Director of the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce.
Businesses can apply now for fall, 2019 programs at

For more information about the Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center,
please contact:
Tim Vertz | | 414-379-1677
Dr. Daniel Sem | | 262-243-2778
Vertz Marketing Rotary Small BusinessInnovation Center at Concordia University toLaunch This Week! Peterson Apfelbach 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Representative Ott Speaks to Club

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Aug 20, 2018
Rotarian and State Representative Jim Ott for spoke to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  Representative Ott gave a few of the highlights from the last years legislative session, including the Foxconn deal, the education bill, closing the loophole for ignition interlock requirements for drunk drivers, and the passing of a structured settlement law. 
Representative Ott serves as the Representative for the 23rd Assembly District and where he is the Chair for the Committee on Judiciary, co-Chair on the Law Revision Committee, and also sits on the Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, and Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs. Sporting an I Voted sticker, Jim Ott was unopposed in the August Primary and learned later Tuesday evening that he would be facing off in the General Election against Democrat Liz Sumner in November.
Speaking of November, Ott provided a very interesting history on the November elections, and how the partisan election came to take place on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November.     
Representative Ott Speaks to Club Samuel Azinger 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New(ish) Member, Russell Brown

Rotary Club welcomes back Russell Brown, seen receiving his pin in the first image. Russell is pictured twice in the second image, first being being inducted into the Club, and second standing on a tractor in the photograph of Rotary Park first being built.  Russell attended Tuesday's meetings with his 3 grandchildren. It's great to have Russell back. 
Welcome New(ish) Member, Russell Brown Samuel Azinger 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

Smile: You're on Amazon

I shop regularly on Amazon, and now have an excuse better than convenience and better prices.  If instead of logging in at you log in at, Amazon will donate a small percentage of the proceeds to a charity of your choice.  It's pretty simple to set up and, if everyone participates and tells their friends, has the potential to raise a great amount for our club foundation. 
Here's the steps:
1. Log in at or just google Amazon Smile.
2. On the "Your Account" drop down list search for "Your AmazonSmile" and click.
3. On the right hand side under "Your current charity" click "Change charity."
4. Search for "Thiensville Mequon Rotary" and select Thiensville Mequon Rotary Foundation, Inc. as your charity. 
5. Every time you make a purchase on Amazon, use the website and a percentage of certain purchase items will be donated to the Foundation.    
Smile: You're on Amazon Samuel Azinger 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

Heather Mader Gives Thumbnail Presentation

One of our newest Rotarians, Heather Mader gave a thumbnail presentation at Tuesday's meeting. It is always a pleasure to learn a little about our new members. We look forward to hearing from Nick in just a few weeks. 
Heather Mader Gives Thumbnail Presentation Samuel Azinger 2018-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Heather and Nick

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 02, 2018
Welcome to the Club, Heather and Nick.  Rotary is very excited to have Heather Mader and Nick Moran from Port Washington State Bank in Thiensville join the Club.  Be sure to introduce yourself if you have not done so already and show Heather and Nick a warm Rotarian welcome.   
Welcome Heather and Nick Samuel Azinger 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Gateway Project Open House Tuesday

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 25, 2018
Rotary would love to have a large presence at the Gateway Project Open House on Tuesday evening at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library. Hope to see you all there. 
Gateway Project Open House Tuesday Samuel Azinger 2018-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

Troop 852 Camping Trip

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 25, 2018
24 Scouts and 8 adult leaders of Boy Scout troop 852 are at Camp Tesomas this week in Rhinelander. 
Troop 852 Camping Trip Samuel Azinger 2018-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Ellen MacFarlane Honored with 5th Paul Harris Award Samuel Azinger 2018-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

Charitable Giving - A Tax Deduction is Just an Added Bonus

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 12, 2018
Thank you to Atty. Maureen O'Leary for presenting on the 2017 tax law changes and the impact the changes may have on charitable giving. Maureen highlighted the changes to the tax law, including the increased standard deduction and limits on the State and Local Tax deduction, and how less people may itemize their deductions (including charitable deductions) as a result.  Maureen additionally provided shared some strategies for maximizing tax deductions by using Qualified Charitable Distributions to satisfy IRA Required Minimum Distributions, or by "Bunching" to increase charitable giving in a single year and itemizing your deductions for that year, while taking the standard deduction for other years.  
Of course, no presentation from an attorney (or subsequent story written by an attorney) would be complete without the disclaimer that nothing in the presentation (or subsequent story about the presentation) should be construed as tax or legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.  You should consult your attorney and tax adviser regarding your personal situation.  If you missed the presentation but are interested in reading about it, please email me at sazinger@willmslaw and I would be happy to send you a copy of the Powerpoint.  
Charitable Giving - A Tax Deduction is Just an Added Bonus Samuel Azinger 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Chiara

Posted by Samuel Azinger (original by Steve Lettau) on Jun 12, 2018
Congratulations to Chiara our Rotary Exchange Student on her graduation from Homestead High School. Pictured with Chiara are her host families. (Photo by Bob Blazich) (Copied from the Sunrise Club Page, permission pending).
Congratulations Chiara Samuel Azinger (original by Steve Lettau) 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Lots to Talk About

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 12, 2018
1. If you're reading this before 9:00 AM and don't have plans, feel free to hop on over to Rotary Park to help Sandy get the park ready for our summer meetings. This shall also serve as a reminder that our meetings from June 26th until further notice will be held at Rotary Park.
2. Gathering on the Green is just around the corner.  Pam Koch will be sending out emails requesting you RSVP, but if you don't get the emails (and do get the bulletin) please feel free to talk to Pam. 
3. Rotary Chinooks Night will be Thursday, August 9, 2018 to see the Lakeshore Chinooks battle the Battle Creek Bombers. Tickets are $35.00 and include dinner and 2 drinks on the Leinenkugel's Dock.  RSVP to Dan Gannon if you would like to attend. or (262)327-2925. Ticket costs will be added to your Rotary Bill. 
4. Changing of the Guard will take place Tuesday at 5:30 PM at the Mequon American Legion.  There will be no regular afternoon meeting. Join Rotary in the evening to witness the passing of the Rotary Torch from current interim President Tim Vertz to President Elect, Tim Vertz.  
5. There will be no meeting on July 3rd in observation of our nation's independence.
6. No Newsletter went out on Memorial Day, May 28th, so I would like to take this opportunity to remember those who gave their lives for our country, and to thank those Rotarians who served: Sandy Custer, George Witte, Robert Jacobs, Dan Gannon, Stan Smith, Jack Wiese, Karle Naggs, Herb Hillman, and Jim Ott.  
Lots to Talk About Samuel Azinger 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Karl Hertz - Pillar of our Community

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 10, 2018
I first met Karl Hertz about a year ago at one of my first Rotary meetings.  Karl was one of the first Rotarians to engage me in conversation, and I was quickly taken in by his charm. Writing an article for the T-M Rotary about a man with such great accomplishments whom I have only had the pleasure of knowing for one year will be a great challenge, in particular due to his background in education and his indubitable ability to identify plagiarism. That being said, here is a link to the JS Online article about Karl's recent Pillar of the Community Award.
I will also encourage you to read the excellent article in the News Graphic written by Gary Achterberg from Thursday if you have not done so already, however I was unable to find a link.
Finally, the question I may be the only one asking, why does Karl not have a Wikipedia Page (yet)?
So, what would Karl's Wikipedia page say? It would certainly start with his history, his family including his beautiful wife Carol, his career from teaching to being the superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District, and his commitment to the community.  Karl served as President of T-M Rotary for the 1989-1990 year. He also served as Thiensville Village Trustee, Village President and Ozaukee County Supervisor (anyone would be welcome to add dates to this service on his Wikipedia page). Among other things, I do not think it would be a stretch to say Karl could do the best Christopher Walken impression. 
I think of Karl every time someone from outside of our community mentions they are "looking for a good school for their kids." Thanks in great part to Karl's contributions, we have some of the greatest public schools in the country. This in particular we cannot be grateful for enough.  
What is next for a man who has accomplished so much? I'm sure Karl is open to a conversation about his future plans, and is certainly approachable. I cannot think of a person more deserving of being taken out to lunch by anyone who wants to experience what it truly means to be a Rotarian. 
Karl Hertz - Pillar of our Community Samuel Azinger 2018-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Reminder!  Lunch on Tuesday is at Concordia


 Pillar of the Community Awards Luncheon
Honoring Karl Hertz
June 5, 2018, 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship
Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 North Lake Shore Drive

This event is sold out, so if you did not inform Shelley Weston that you were coming, you are out of luck.  Name badges will be available.  We have reserved several tables for our club members who sent in their RSVP.

Congratulations to Rotarian Karl Hertz!


Reminder! Lunch on Tuesday is at Concordia Ellen MacFarlane 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Family Grew Again

Congratulations to Sam Asinger and his family as they welcomed new baby Reagan to their family!  Sam and Reagan's big brothers looked very happy as they welcomed her to their family.

The Rotary Family Grew Again Ellen MacFarlane 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Chiara's Graduation--Time to Say Farewell

It's hard to believe, but a year has come and gone for our Rotary Exchange Student from Slovakia.  Celebrate with Chiara one last time on Thursday at her current host parents' home--Bob and Jan Blasich.  Chiara leaves for the 3-week Central States Rotary tour to the west coast the morning after the open house on Thursday, so this will be her only chance to wear her cap and gown.  She attends the Rotary World Affairs Seminar after she returns to Wisconsin.  Then she leaves to return home to Slovakia.  
Chiara's Graduation--Time to Say Farewell Ellen MacFarlane 2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Student of The Month - Katie McCarthy

Posted by Megan Borland on May 17, 2018
Three Generations Celebrate "Student of the Month"
Carol Rosenberg (Katie's grandmother), Katie McCarthy (Student of the Month) and Lyn McCarthy (Katie's mother)
Katie McCarthy (Student of the Month) and Megan Borland (Rotarian)
We honored our final Student of the Month for the 2017 – 2018 school year, Katie McCarthy.  Three generations were present while we recognized Katie.  She was accompanied by her mom, Lyn McCarthy, and her grandmother, Carol Rosenberg.
Katie has spent the past 3 years volunteering as a summer camp counselor for Camp Phillip in Wautoma Wisconsin.  She also volunteered for 3 years as a counselor for Jesus Cares, a program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She is the co-founder and organizer for Homestead’s Soles 4 Souls shoe drive. 
She has participated as a Link Crew leader, a program that mentors freshman to successfully transition to high school, volunteered as a clinician for Glen Hills Middle School, a tutor for World Studies and Latin, and organized a local food pantry, among other volunteer projects. 
Katie has a passion for learning the Latin language and has held leadership positions on the Wisconsin State Latin Board, as well as the Homestead Latin Board.  Katie will be attending Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, this fall.  Katie, thank you for your “service above self” and we wish you the best as you start your college career!
Student of The Month - Katie McCarthy Megan Borland 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Table at Gala in the Park: THIS PARTY WILL BE OFF THE HOOK!

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 17, 2018
Dianne Robertson has proposed Rotary sponsor a table at the June 2nd Village Park Reimagined Gala in the Park event.  The tickets are $150 ($75 tax deductible) each, and Rotary will sponsor a table if enough people contact Dianne as soon as possible.  As indicated by the flyer, the event includes dinner, a silent and live auction, and music and dancing. I think it's safe to say that this party is going to be OFF THE HOOK!  
Rotary Table at Gala in the Park: THIS PARTY WILL BE OFF THE HOOK! Samuel Azinger 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You Sandy:  Sandy Custer Awarded 6th Paul Harris!

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 17, 2018
President Tim Vertz announced Sandy Custer's  2017-2018 Paul Harris Award at Tuesday's Meeting (as seen in the first image). Tim then presented the Award to Sandy and shook his hand, followed by Sandy beginning to walk back to his seat (as seen in the second image). This is Sandy's 6th Paul Harris award, an accomplishment worth great applause.  Sandy should expect to receive his 10 Sam Azinger Awards in the near future as soon as the Board approves the Sam Azinger Award for $100 contributions.     
Thank You Sandy: Sandy Custer Awarded 6th Paul Harris! Samuel Azinger 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Sem Presents Developments on Concordia Business School

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 17, 2018
Dr. Sem with Concordia business school provided Rotary with an update on the developments with the new Batterman School of Business.  The building will help support Concordia's already great business program which has worked with the Thiensville Business Association to provide priceless educational experiences to students and valuable marketing assistance to local businesses.  The project looks to expand in the coming years to assist both Mequon and Thiensville Businesses.  
Dr. Sem Presents Developments on Concordia Business School Samuel Azinger 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Troop 852 Car Wash Fundraiser this Saturday

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 09, 2018
Fellow Rotarians,  Troop 852 will be conducting a Brat Fry, Bake Sale, and Car Wash fundraiser this Saturday at Piggly Wiggly in Mequon.   I think the brochure speaks for itself. Lets make it a point to show a strong Rotary presence and share this with our friends, family and neighbors. See you there!    
Troop 852 Car Wash Fundraiser this Saturday Samuel Azinger 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Library Director and Rotarian Rachel Muchin Young Sings Library Praises to Rotary Club

Posted by Samuel Azinger on May 03, 2018
Library Director and fellow Rotarian Rachel Muchin Young spoke to the Club at Tuesday's meeting, placing her enthusiasm on full display. 
Thanks in great part to the contributions from our communities, the Frank L. Weyenberg Library provides many different resource media options, including books, magazines, newspapers, digital materials, CDs, DVDs, Books on Tape (more likely books on CD these days), puppets, and much more. The library is additionally funded by donations and most importantly fines and fees from procrastinators like me.  
Aside from the library's many resources, including the library staff itself, the library also offers access to internet, study rooms, a meeting room, many activities for all ages, and of course free air conditioning on hot summer days. The library has kept up with the times, and visitors should be encouraged to find that even in this digital age the library offers many tangible and intangible resources for every day pleasures. If you haven't visited the library lately, stop by and discover its many offerings.  The library is still free to anyone, excepting those of us who cannot keep track of due date.
Like me, you may be wondering if library fines are tax deductible.  To answer that question, no they are not.  Your better bet is to make a donation to the library and hope the charitable donation leads to a great relationship with library and hope (emphasis on "hope") that relationship will lead to the staff agreeing to waive your fines.  
Thank you to Rachel for speaking to the Club, her passion for the library, and her service to our community.   
Library Director and Rotarian Rachel Muchin Young Sings Library Praises to Rotary Club Samuel Azinger 2018-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians with Military Service

Posted by Tim Vertz on May 03, 2018
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary is establishing records of current Rotarians and their past Military service. Below are the records we have currently. Can you please review and let Tim Vertz know if any changes need to be made or if we have missed anyone. We want to make sure we have all Military service records up to date for all of our wonderful Rotarians. Thanks!
Rotarian Name
Military Branch
Years Served
Sandy Custer
Air Force/Air National Guard
George Witte
Robert Jacobs
Dan Gannon
Army National Guard
Stan Smith
Jack Wiese
Karle Naggs
Navy/Naval Reserve
Herb Hillman
Army Air Corps
Jim Ott
Rotarians with Military Service Tim Vertz 2018-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Board Members Needed: Looking for Club Service Director and Youth Service Director.

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 17, 2018
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to fill the Board positions of Club Service Director and Youth Services Director.  For information about the positions, please visit the District website at 
For additional information or to volunteer, please talk to Club President Tim Vertz. 
Board Members Needed: Looking for Club Service Director and Youth Service Director. Samuel Azinger 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Root Root Root for the Home Team! 

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 17, 2018
Shawn Kison, General Manager for the Lakeshore Chinooks spoke to our Rotary Club at Tuesday's meeting.  Shawn is a Cedarburg high school graduate, with a degree from La Cross college, Majoring in Sports Management. This is Shawn's first year as General Manager for the Lakeshore Chinooks.  In the 7 seasons of Chinooks baseball, they have provided countless opportunities to front office interns who have gone on to work in all levels of many major sports.  They have additionally hosted many players with professional ambitions, including between 50 and 60 players who have been drafted my major league teams, and 4 players who made it to The Show in 2017, including Andrew Stevenson, who debuted for the Washington Nationals, Zack Granite who debuted for the Minnesota Twins, Brian Anderson who debuted for the Miami Marlins, and Harrison Bader who has already made a name for himself being a thorn in the side of the Milwaukee Brewers since debuting for the St. Louis Cardinals. 
The players are brought in from all over the country, as well as a significant portion of local players.  The players look to prove they are able to handle a major league schedule by playing 72 games in 76 days, in hopes of gaining the recognition of  Major League scouts who attend each game.  The Chinooks take pride in treating their players and opposing players like professionals, by providing the local amenities from local restaurants and hotels.  Chinooks players often stay with host families, in which they are always looking for volunteers.   
Single ticket sales will first be made available to the public on April 28, when their leading sponsor, Port Washington State Bank, will be hosting an event at its Thiensville location.  
The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club will also be holding our annual outing to take in a Chinooks game at Kapco Park on August 9, 2018.  We hope to see you there. 
Root Root Root for the Home Team! Samuel Azinger 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed: If you cannot cook, you can clean!

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 03, 2018
Sandy Custer is looking for volunteers to fill five additional weeks as head chef when we meet at Rotary Park this summer. Ellen added that it is a great experience and opportunity to work closely with other Rotarians, and the regular team members are always there to assist and give guidance. 
Sandy is also looking for a head count for those who will be participating in the street cleanup on Saturday April 14, at 9:00 am. We will meet at kwik Trip on the corner of Donges Bay and Green Bay roads, rain, snow, or shine (hopefully shine).   
Speak to Sandy if you would like to volunteer for either or both. 
Volunteers Needed: If you cannot cook, you can clean! Samuel Azinger 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Maureen O'Leary Delivers Heartwarming Thumbnail Presentation on the Miracle of Life

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 03, 2018


Rotarian Maureen O'Leary presented a thumbnail sketch to the Club at Tuesday's meeting.  Maureen is an attorney and shareholder at Willms, S.C., a law firm in Thiensville with expertise in the practice areas of Estate Planning, Business Law, Tax Law, and Elder Law.  Maureen grew up in Brookfield Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate degree at Carroll College. She then attended Marquette University Law School prior to joining Willms, S.C. after graduation in 2008, where she became a partner in 2014.  
Maureen told the miraculous story of the birth of her daughter Jacqueline, who was born at 23 weeks weighing around one pound.  After being told by every doctor that her daughter would not survive or would have significant disabilities, Maureen and her husband Jeremy continued to have faith. Two and a half years later, Jacqueline is a healthy toddler with no signs of disability or delay.  Maureen shared photo albums from the hospital to put into perspective how small a one pound baby really is, and the true miracle that is her family. Maureen additionally shared that she and her husband are expecting again in October.       
Rotarian Maureen O'Leary Delivers Heartwarming Thumbnail Presentation on the Miracle of Life Samuel Azinger 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Spring Greetings

Whatever your tradition, be it Easter or Passover or some other celebration, we wish you warm weather, plenty of sunlight, love, light, and peace.
Spring Greetings Ellen MacFarlane 2018-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Farewell and Welcome!

March 10th was Bill Hart's last meeting as Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club president.  Although we will miss Bill, we wish him well in his new position with Ascension!
The vote on March 10 was unanimous for Tim Vertz to take his position as president of the T-M Rotary Club 3 months early.  Welcome, Tim!
Farewell and Welcome! Ellen MacFarlane 2018-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work


50+ Years of National Honor Society Tradition Continues

Rotarians continued the tradition of honoring National Honor Society inductees and their parents begun back in the '60s.  George Witte was honored for his role in organizing the event for many years.  
Time to don aprons and get to work.
(right) Past president MacFarlane welcomed participants and explained Rotary's role in the Thiensville-Mequon communities.
Lysaught reaches to pour water for guests
Custer, Mobley, Lysaught, Rowe, Hage,  Gannon, Carr, Smith, Hillman, Davis listen to speakers
Rotarians at Work Ellen MacFarlane 2018-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Business Meeting  Samuel Azinger 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
TM Rotary Quote of the Week Nicholas Robinson 2018-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Letter to Potential Host Family - From German Exchange Student, Elisabeth

Dear Host Family,
My name is Elisabeth. Thank you very much that you give me the possibility to live in your family and to get to know the life in
your country.
I want to present myself to let you know who I am. I live in Bielefeld, a city of 320.000 inhabitants with a university. Here I live
with my parents and my little brother Johannes. Although he is nearly six years younger than me, we do a lot together like
playing Lego or Playmobil.We live in an apartment in our own house with a nice garden. I have my own room and my brother
has his own room too.
My parents both work, my father is a university professor and director of an institute for advanced studies that is in
Wolfenbüttel, in a distance of approx. 250 km. So during the week he stays there. When he is at home he continues working
in his studio. My mother is a teacher. She teaches three subjects, Italian, German and History at a school here in Bielefeld
Our house is in the middle of the city and in a distance of only 10 minutes on foot to my school. But when it is raining my
mother is so nice to take us to school by car.
I like sports, music and staying with friends. At the moment once a week I go to a tennis lesson and to a fencing club, but I
also made experiences in ballet and modern dance. Some weeks ago I have started with my friends a course of ballroom
dance which I like very much.
Beside sports music is my other favourite hobby. I have been playing violin for many years, and I am member of two
My school in Bielefeld is the only one which starts with Latin as a foreign language. With Latin, I also learn English, French
and ancient Greek. Other subjects in my school are German, history, politics, geography, religious instructions, chemistry,
biology, physics, art and music.
I am catholic. We are not very regularly in church but at feasts like Christmas or Eastern it is important for us to go.
I am not sure what I want to do in future. Last summer I did an internship at a hospital. I really liked it and now I think about to
study medicine in order to become a doctor. I like the idea of being doctor because you can help other people. Besides I also
did a training as a school medic and dispute conciliator and now I am member of these groups for my school.
There are not many things I do not like, but I really can not suffer people who are false, condescending and superficial. And I
really do not like spiders and I can not stay in one room with them.
I love travelling. With my family I travelled to New York, Boston, Paris and Roma but my favourite city is London. I am curious
to see new countries. In the holidays sometimes we go skiing and I love it.
A few weeks ago I did a two weeks exchange to Oxford with my school and I got the chance to make a first experience living
in another country.
If you ask about my characteristics I think I am happy, amenable and confident. I talk a lot, sometimes a little bit too much.
I hope you got a first impression of me.
Letter to Potential Host Family - From German Exchange Student, Elisabeth Jennifer Sutherland 2018-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

World Bank and Rotary International celebrate International Women’s Day

Posted by Ryan Hyland, Rotary.Org

Three Rotary women were recognized on 7 March at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA, for their commitment to improving lives through innovative humanitarian projects. 

The celebration, hosted by the World Bank Group Staff Association, and sponsored by Rotary International and investment firm Oppenheimer & Co., was one of many events held this week to mark International Women's Day, which is on 8 March each year. It highlighted the positive changes women make around the world. Annette Dixon, vice president of the World Bank for South Asia, moderated the event. 

Speaking to more than 300 people, with thousands watching the livestream, Dr. Geetha Jayaram, Marie-Irène Richmond Ahoua, and Danielle De La Fuente, all Rotarians,  told their stories and explained how their work helped poor women in India gain access to mental health care, vaccinate hundreds of thousands against polio in West Africa, and empower refugee children around the world. 

"These are women of action who are making a huge contribution to the world," Dixon said. "They have given a lot of themselves to their initiatives and are playing a leadership role for many women."

Jayaram, a member of the Rotary Club of Howard West, Maryland, USA, and a recipient of the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, told the audience that her mental health clinic has provided nearly 2,000 poor people, mostly women, each year with comprehensive care in more than 200 villages in southern India. 

The Maanasi Clinic, founded by Jayaram, has been recognized by the World Health Organization for its effort to advance mental health care in developing countries. Its services also focus on vision, hearing, geriatric care, and vocational rehabilitation. The clinic, which operates in partnership with St. John's Medical College, has received funding from the Rotary Club of Columbia, Maryland, and Rotary grants. In total, the clinic has reached nearly six million housholds since it began in 2002.

"I never expected I would feel so fulfilled and gratified by these women who have so little, who will welcome you in their home and share their most intimate details of their lives," Jayaram said. "That is a large gift to me and our workers."

Jayaram is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua, a member of the Rotary Club of Abidjan-Bietry, Côte d’Ivoire, served as Rotary’s PolioPlus chair for her country and now helps coordinate immunization activities in West Africa. She is an international communications consultant and worked as an outreach adviser for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire. 

Richmond-Ahoua was recognized by Bill Gates at the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta for her role in polio eradication and peace.  

"Volunteering has brought me much happiness, and some tears. It has allowed me to see the world through different lenses," Richmond-Ahoua said. "We must believe in what we are doing regardless of the challenges we will face."

She adds: "And my greatest reward? The smile of a mother after her childr has just been immunized." 

Danielle De La Fuente, a member of the Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional, California, USA, is co-founder of The Amal Alliance. The nonprofit group empowers refugee children around the world through social development and educational programs. She worked at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., where she fostered good relations across the Middle East South Asia.

De La Fuente told the audience that 65 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, 77 percent of whom are children. "Imagine a world where children have no dreams," De La Fuente said. "That is a reality I choose not to accept."

"The need for compassionate people has never been greater than now," she adds. "What is our future if our next generation is unable to dream? I call on all of you to take action and make a difference." 

Watch the event

World Bank and Rotary International celebrate International Women’s Day Ryan Hyland, Rotary.Org 2018-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

March is Water and Sanitation Month

Posted by District Governor, Jeff Reed

Greetings!  TriCon 2018 Wisconsin (our all-Wisconsin Rotary District Conference) is only two months away.  The deadline for reserving hotel rooms at The Wilderness at conference rates is April 3.  If you have not yet registered, do it NOW at .  If you have a noteworthy club service project – register for an exhibit in the House of Friendship.

Trees - don’t forget about them.  Spring is arriving soon.  District Tree Project coordinator Brian Monroe (Mequon Thiensville Sunrise Rotary) can help with questions, or contact your Urban Forester at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Remember, our goal is at least 1 tree planted for every District 6270 Rotarian.  Let’s plant trees
Water and Sanitation- What is the Problem and How Can Rotarians Help?
What is the problem?
According to the United Nations:
·         Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.  By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.
·         Water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and is projected to rise.
·         2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.
·         Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases.

We Want to Help!

WASRAG has assembled a group of professionals to assist Rotary Clubs with their WASH projects. The team have experience in needs assessment, planning, grant preparation, implementation and WASH training. Members of the Professional Resources Team are from many countries, experienced in working in developing countries and are fluent in a number of languages.

If you need help with a project send an email to:  For more details visit

$500 for WASH Projects

The WASRAG Board has established a WASRAG Fund to encourage Rotary clubs to undertake water and sanitation projects that are sustainable and well designed.

Before a Club submits their Global Grant application to The Rotary Foundation they should send it to the WASRAG Fund review board at WASRAG experts in water and sanitation programs will review the application and make suggestions to improve the quality of the project. Once the suggestions are incorporated into the final application, WASRAG will contribute $500 towards the project.


$500 Additional for WinS Projects

The world is fortunate to have Rotary Clubs like Box Hill Central, District 9810, in Australia that are so committed to giving every child the right to an education by providing clean water and sanitation to schools. The "We Can't Wait" NGO that was established by Mark Balla, with the support of the Box Hill Central Club, has agreed to support any WASH in Schools (WinS) project with $500 if it is approved by the WASRAG Fund review committee. That is $1,000 towards your water, sanitation and hygiene project in schools. Get planning. 


Send your Global Grant application to to apply for both WASRAG Fund and We Can't Wait grants.
March is Water and Sanitation Month District Governor, Jeff Reed 2018-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

Moving Back to OCC

Image result for Ozaukee Country ClubTuesday's meeting is back at the Ozaukee Country Club.   Join us to hear the latest from Mequon Mayor Abendroth and City Administrator Will Jones.  See you Tuesday!
Moving Back to OCC Ellen MacFarlane 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Miracles Happen

Ben Merens, Chief Storyteller of the Wisconsin BloodCenter of Wisconsin, shared stories about the important research being conducted at the Blood Center of Wisconsin.  The BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by providing life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise, not just in Milwaukee, but around the world.
Miracles Happen Ellen MacFarlane 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Mark Your Calendar for a Change of Meeting

Monday, March 19th -- National Honor Society Celebration 6-8 p.m.
Meet at Homestead High School for a lasagna dinner at 6 p.m.  
This service project replaces our regular Tuesday meeting scheduled for March 20th.
Mark Your Calendar for a Change of Meeting Ellen MacFarlane 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
TM Rotary Quote of the Week Nicholas Robinson 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
Happy 99th Birthday, George Witte!! Nicholas Robinson 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Nowhere to Turn

Posted by Rhea Wessel, Rotary.Org

As thousands of refugees streamed into Berlin, they strained the health care system. Rotarian and physician Pia Skarabis-Querfeld spent the last three years building a network of volunteer doctors to help those in need.


On the nightly news and around her city, Pia Skarabis-Querfeld saw the refugees arriving in Berlin after fleeing war, persecution, and poverty in their home countries.

Wanting to help, she gathered a bag of clothes to donate and headed to a nearby gym filled with refugees.

What began as a single act of charity eventually evolved into an all-encompassing volunteer project: Over the next three years, Skarabis-Querfeld would build and run a network that, at peak times, would include more than 100 volunteers helping thousands of refugees at community centers, tent camps, and other shelters across the city. 

Today, her nonprofit, Medizin Hilft  (Medicine Helps), continues to treat patients with nowhere else to turn.

That day she went to the gym was a few days before Christmas 2014. Skarabis-Querfeld had been busy with work and preparing for the holidays. She was looking forward to a much-needed break, and she thought clothes for the refugees would be a kind gesture befitting the spirit of the season. 

When she arrived at the gymnasium to drop off her donation, Skarabis-Querfeld found sick children, most of them untreated because hospitals in the area were overrun. Helpers were not allowed to give out pain relievers or cough syrup due to legal constraints. All they could do was send people to the emergency room if they looked extremely ill.

Seeing this, and knowing about the treacherous journeys the refugees had just made across land and sea, Skarabis-Querfeld, who is a medical doctor and Rotarian, returned that same afternoon with medical supplies and her husband, Uwe Querfeld, who is a professor of pediatrics and a Rotarian. 

The couple spent most of that holiday treating patients in the gymnasium. 

“The suffering of the people, their bitter fate, it wouldn’t let go of me,” says Skarabis-Querfeld.

‘You just don’t forget’

In 2015, the German ministry in charge of refugees received more than 1 million applications for asylum, straining the public health system. 

Germany was a popular destination during the mass migration of people from Syria and other countries with conflict, in part because Chancellor Angela Merkel embraced them. Unlike some other European leaders, Merkel said it was Germany’s responsibility to help, and she called on citizens to welcome those escaping hardship elsewhere. 

By 2017, the political winds had changed. Many Germans had become indifferent to or skeptical about the immigrants. The balance of power in Germany’s parliament shifted during the September election, and the country continues to grapple with the logistics and cost of helping refugees and their families.  

While the politics played out at the famed Riechstag building in the heart of Berlin, Skarabis-Querfeld and other volunteers were treating patients only a few kilometers away. 

“I had a young girl whose whole family was almost beaten to death because they were Christians,” says Skarabis-Querfeld, a member of the Rotary Club of Berlin-Tiergarten. “The girl began to have epilepsy after being beaten into a coma. I’m not used to seeing these kinds of scars and burns.” 

In another case, Skarabis-Querfeld treated a Syrian girl named Saida who had fever and bronchitis. When the examination was almost over, Skarabis-Querfeld noticed Saida was limping. She coaxed Saida to take off her shoes and saw both feet were infected. 

“I had seen a lot of children with small shoes on. Some had probably started walking in those shoes and worn them for one year,” Skarabis-Querfeld says.

“The soles of both feet were infected. These are things that you just don’t forget.” 

After she treated Saida with antibiotics, the girl from the war-torn country took an interest in helping at the clinic when the doctor was in. She would wait at the door half an hour before Skarabis-Querfeld arrived and delight in taking on small tasks, such as making copies. 

“Her biggest wish was to become a doctor,” Skarabis-Querfeld says. “I told her, ‘You’re a smart girl. You can do it.’”

Meeting the enormous need

In the weeks after Skarabis-Querfeld started treating patients in makeshift clinics, volunteers from every discipline began to show up looking to help the tens of thousands of refugees arriving in Berlin.

During the peak of the 2015 refugee influx, Medizin Hilft had more than 100 volunteers, and she was receiving dozens of emails a day with offers of help. In addition to providing immediate care, the nonprofit conducted immunization campaigns and helped immigrants navigate the German health care system.

“Many of our volunteers felt compelled to help because we’ve got it so good here, living in a democracy with access to health care. They felt it is their humanitarian duty,” Skarabis-Querfeld says. “It became clear that we would need whole new organizational structures … to cope with this completely new situation.” 

The Rotary Club of Berlin-Nordwas quick to support Skarabis-Querfeld’s nonprofit. National media took notice of her efforts. She estimated she was volunteering 20 hours a week in addition to working her regular job. Other Rotary clubs, including Rotary Club of Berlin-Tiergarten, joined the effort.

“I had moments when I thought, ‘I’m going to throw it all away, and then I’ll get my life back.’ But then my sense of responsibility kicked in again for this project that has grown so much and grown together,” she says. 

Treatment first

A steady stream of patients is treated at, a clinic funded by Medizin Hilftin the Zehlendorf neighborhood of southwest Berlin.

On a weekday in September, a Ghanaian woman named Anita visited the clinic, which consists of a few rented rooms in a naturally lit basement. Anita, a refugee, had come for pain and bleeding in her uterus, and the clinic was the only place she could turn to.

Anita lives under the radar in Berlin: unregistered, uninsured, and unable to pay for basic care. She has little chance of staying in Germany legally because Ghana is not on the government list of extremely dangerous countries.

Anita is among the roughly 15 percent of clinic patients who are either unregistered or homeless, says Dorothea Herlemann, the project coordinator.

Many patients are refugees living in temporary homes who have difficult medical problems, have not yet learned the German health care system, have no language support, or cannot find a doctor who will see them. 

Some have temporarily lost access to the health care system, usually because of paperwork problems.

“For us, it’s not important whether a refugee is registered or not. These are people who need help, and we help them. We also conduct information campaigns in their languages to help refugees learn how to use the regular health system. We are not trying to build up a parallel medical system here,” says Herlemann, whose staff position is made possible through a grant from Rotary.

Temporary home

Medizin Hilft works alongside Doctors of the World and other groups in refugee container villages.

At one such village in Ostpreussendamm in southwest Berlin, Medizin Hilft doctors see patients once a week. Meanwhile, other volunteers provide general support, helping residents to manage paperwork and begin building a life. 

The 280 residents at the Ostpreussendamm village come from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea, Somalia, Cameroun, Russia, and Togo. Many of them, including children, remain traumatized by what they experienced before fleeing to Germany.

Twenty-six-year-old Khalat Saleh is from Iraq’s Kurdistan region and uses a wheelchair. Wearing a black sweatshirt that says “Break the rules,” Saleh gives a friendly smile as he finishes a German language lesson conducted by volunteers. 

In broken German, Saleh, who has been granted political asylum, explains his daily struggle to wash and eat independently. Saleh has seen the Medizin Hilft volunteer doctors numerous times, and volunteers help him receive the care he needs. He hopes to eventually work with computers.

Karmen Ishaque is a 31-year-old Iraqi who fled religious persecution and has been approved to stay in Germany for three years. She was treated by Dr. Barbara Grube of the clinic for high blood pressure and borderline diabetes.

Ishaque lived in a camp in Zehlendorf for just a few months until she got her own room. It was a big step for Ishaque, who has been officially recognized as a refugee. 

She arrived in Germany at the beginning of 2015 and says she could imagine making her life here. She plans to get training to work as a kindergarten teacher. “I would like to marry, have kids, have a job,” she says.

Looking forward

Not every person who seeks refuge or a new life in Germany will get their affairs sorted as fast as Ishaque or have a real chance at integration. Many are being deported or asked to leave voluntarily. 

For Medizin Hilft, times have changed as well. 

“It’s much harder to attract volunteers now. On one hand, the political atmosphere changed, and on the other, news about refugees is not so front-and-center anymore,” said Dr. Laura Hatzler, who helps run the clinic.

For Hatzler, who was also part of the network from the beginning, helping Skarabis-Querfeld during those first days in the gymnasium, the work of Medizin Hilft is not finished, even if support and interest has dwindled. What keeps Hatzler going is the joy of taking action for something she believes in. 

“If you really have an idea in your mind, and you really want it, and you connect with people who have the same ideas or similar, you can really move something,” she says. 

“We have created something here that is very big and beautiful. And very needed.” 

A Rotary global grant of $160,000 will make it possible for Medizin Hilft to run the clinic and the information campaigns until March 2018. 

As Skarabis-Querfeld thinks about the ups and downs of the last three years, she worries about funding moving forward. She is also concerned about Germany’s massive task of integrating hundreds of thousands of immigrants into society and the economy.

“I am just as clueless as our politicians seem to be if you ask me where we will be in 10 years. No one can give us an answer,” she says. “But I still think about Saida, a special girl from Syria who wants to be a doctor, and I wonder what her future will look like.”

• Rhea Wessel is an American freelance writer based in Frankfurt, Germany

Nowhere to Turn Rhea Wessel, Rotary.Org 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 6270 - "Rotary: Making a Difference" Recognition Award

Posted by Rotary District 6270
Have you experienced a D6270 Rotarian doing outstanding work?  Have they gone above and beyond?  Have they made a real difference – in your club, in your community, in Rotary?  Are they a role model for other Rotarians?  This is your opportunity to call attention to someone who has Made a Difference.  Use this form to nominate a D6270 Rotarian that you have observed Making a Difference this year.
Who can nominate: Any Rotarian in D6270 - Club Presidents, Secretaries, Members of the D6270 Leadership Team (Board, AGs, Committee Chairs), or Rotary Club Members.
The “Rotary: Making A Difference” award will be presented to up to 10 District 6270 Rotarians, consistent with our 2017-18 Rotary Theme, at the Annual Meeting of the District, at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, on Friday, May 4. 
Deadline for Nominations is:  April 8, 2018. 
Nomination form is available at:  “Rotary: Making a Difference": Nomination Form
Please contact District Governor Jeff Reed at if you have any questions.
Rotary District 6270 - "Rotary: Making a Difference" Recognition Award Rotary District 6270 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary Student of the Month - February

Posted by Megan Borland
On Tuesday, February 13th, we honored our February Student of the Month, Chelsey Kim.  Chelsey is a resident of Mequon and is the daughter of Jake and Young Too Kim.  Chelsey also has two sisters.
Chelsey is a senior at Homestead High School where she is the co-president of the Rotary Interact Club, an organization for young people ages 12-18 that focuses on Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” by developing leadership skills through various school and community service projects.  Through Rotary Interact, one of the events that Chelsey led raised money to purchase over 100 books for St. Marcus in Milwaukee.  She shared a heartwarming story with our club describing the gratitude and emotion from these young children as they delivered the books to children, most of whom had never before owned a single book.  She also launched a new “Trick-or-Treat for Hunger” project which raised over 760 pounds of food for the Ozaukee Food Pantry.
For the past 4 years, Chelsey has played the violin for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She also plays violin for her church and several local nursing homes.  She is an active member of Best Buddies, the Spanish Club, Girls Exploring Math & Science and Forensics, among several other clubs.
As for college, she is planning to study Psychology and is still deciding between Rochester University, Emory University and University of Wisconsin – Madison. 
Chelsey, we thank you for your “Service Above Self” and all that you have done to make your school and community a better place!
TM Rotary Student of the Month - February Megan Borland 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
TM Rotary Quote of the Week Nicholas Robinson 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Guests Speak on Colorectal Cancer

Guests from Ascension addressed TM Rotary at Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee to discuss the risk factors and screening process for colorectal cancer, a disease with a lifetime risk of 1 in 21 people being diagnosed.
Colon and rectal cancers are referred to as colorectal cancer because they have many features in common.  Cancer can develop in any part of the colon or rectum.  The cancer typically develops slowly over a period of several years.  Before the cancer actually develops, there are usually precancerous growths, referred to as polyps.
Screening for colorectal cancer offers a powerful opportunity for prevention, early detection and successful treatment of the cancer.  While people cannot change their genetic makeup or family health history, many people can help reduce their risk of this type of cancer by following screening guidelines, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity levels and limiting intake of processed or red meats.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Wisconsin for males and females combined.  From '09-'13, an annual average of 950 residents died of the disease.  The cancer mortality rate for that period was 14.2 per 100,000 with a rate of 16.8 per 100,000 for males and 12.1 per 100,000 for females.  
Hereditary and medical risk factors include personal or family history, inherited genetic conditions, personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease), and Type 2 diabetes.  Modifiable risk factors include lack of exercise, a diet high in red or processed meat, obesity, long-term smoking, alcohol consumption and very low intake of fruits and vegetables.
The most common form of screening for colorectal cancer is a colonoscopy every 10 years for those over the age of 40, or as recommended by a doctor for anyone with a family history of the disease.  
Guests Speak on Colorectal Cancer Nicholas Robinson 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Bruce Rowe Discusses Flu Season

Dr. Bruce addressed the TM Rotary Club about the flu. 
There are many strains of the flu virus and they continue to mutate.  People continue to come down with influenza year after year due to this.  The flu is highly contagious and it spreads easily.  Sneezing and coughing transmit droplets from the nose and mouth.  People can also get the flue through personal contact, such as handshakes or hugs, saliva, and by touching contaminated surfaces (doorknobs or faucets).
Symptoms of the flu are congestion, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, sore throat, fatigue and low fever.  Many of these symptoms are shared with the common cold.  The main differentiator is severity.  In addition to symptoms of the common cold, the flu is often accompanied by severe body aches and headaches.
The most opportune time to treat the flu is within the first 48 hours within which symptoms occur.  The flu is commonly treated with an antivirul medication, such as Tamiflu.  The flu shot is recommended as the CDC states that it was effective in preventing the flu in 59% of children who received the vaccine, and 36% of adults.  Individuals should not vaccinate if they have egg allergies or have had past allergic reactions to the flu vaccination.  The most common side effect of the flu shot is pain at the location of the shot.
Dr. Bruce Rowe Discusses Flu Season Nicholas Robinson 2018-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

January Student of the Month: Alexandra Buchanan

Posted by Megan Borland

Alexandra Buchanan was honored as our Student of the Month on Tuesday, December 19th.  Alex is the daughter of Sally and Chad Buchanan of Mequon.
Alex is a senior at Homestead High School, where she is actively involved in several sports, clubs and charitable organizations.  Volunteering has been an important part of her high school career.  She is a member of the Service Club of Milwaukee, an all-girls high school organization dedicated to providing community service to the greater Milwaukee area.  She has spent 200+ hours volunteering for this organization, with a specific dedication to Aurora Medical Center Grafton, Cedar Spring Health and Rehabilitation Center and the Wyenberg Library.  She created a special children’s reading program at the Wyenberg Library called “Reading with Reggie”, where she brings her certified therapy dog, Reggie, to help elementary age children become more confident while reading.  She recently completed her second year participating with the Link Crew, which is an organization comprised of upperclassmen who mentor incoming freshman to help make a smooth transition from middle school to Homestead High School. 
When Alex is not volunteering, you can find her in the pool, on the ice, or running down the field.  She was a member of Homestead’s varsity swim and dive team for three years.  She is also a captain and member of the Homestead girl’s hockey and lacrosse teams.
Alex narrowed her college choices to the University of Arizona, University of Missouri and Florida State University.  She plans to study nursing. 
Alex, we thank you for your “Service Above Self!”
January Student of the Month: Alexandra Buchanan Megan Borland 2018-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
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TM Rotary Quote of the Week Nicholas Robinson 2018-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month

Posted by District Governor Jeff Reed
Greetings!  Our Rotary Friendship Exchange Teams are back from India.  It was a marvelous journey – 11 of us in southwest India (Kerala), and 11 of us in southeast India (Tamil Nadu).  We met wonderful people, observed amazing Rotary projects, ate wonderful food, and made many new friends.  It was also an eye-opening experience.
Welcome back to other Teams of Rotarians who have returned from January service trips.  Rotarians have returned from Wacuco, Panama, where they worked with Father Wally.  Rotarians have also returned from the Medical Resource Partnership trip to Santa Rosa, Guatemala.  Other Rotarians continue their work in Haiti on water projects and their Vision project.  Thank you all for your service. 
We are gearing up for TriCon 2018 Wisconsin – our Rotary District Conference – May 4 thru 6 in Wisconsin Dells.  Register today at .  If you have a noteworthy club service project – register to share it with an exhibit in the House of Friendship. 
Trees - don’t forget about them.  It is winter in Wisconsin now, but spring will be arriving soon… time for planting trees to support the environment.  In India, I visited a site where a club planted 1,500 trees.  Some clubs have already planted many trees.  If you have questions, contact our District Tree Project coordinator Brian Monroe (Mequon Thiensville Sunrise Rotary), or contact your Urban Forester at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Our goal is a minimum of 1 tree planted for every District 6270 Rotarian.  Plant trees
We continue our End Polio Now journey - the book on polio eradication has been closed for 2017.  A total of 22 new cases were reported in 2017 – 8 in Pakistan, and 14 in Afghanistan, with no new cases in Nigeria.  This is a reduction from 37 cases in 2016, and 74 cases in 2015. 
Next year’s Club officers are beginning to prepare with PETS Orientation on Feb. 3 in West Bend, and PETS on March 2 thru 4 in Itasca, IL.  Congratulation to all of our President-Elects. 
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
Why does Rotary place emphasis on peace and conflict resolution?
·         Violence and conflict are major challenges to daily life in many areas.  Millions of people are confronted with violence and conflict each year.  Of those killed in conflict, most are civilians and half are children.
·         Rotary does not accept this as a normal state.  Rotary provides training to address conflict by building understanding and providing the skills to resolve conflicts.
·         Rotarians are people of action who address the causes of conflict including factors such as poverty, lack of access to education, discrimination, unequal resource distribution.  We do this through service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships. 
·         Many Rotarians will remember the 2012-13 Theme of RI President Sakuji Tanaka was “Peace Through Service.”  Tanaka held peace forums in Berlin, Honolulu and Hiroshima.  Districts around the world (e.g., Derry-Londonderry and Vancouver) also held peace forums. 
·         There is a Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGP) working together for the purpose of advancing world peace and preventing wars.  More information is available at:
What do you know about Rotary’s six Peace Centers around the world? 
·         They are located at Chulalongkorn University, Duke University / University of North Carolina, International Christian University, University of Bradford, University of Queensland, and Uppsala University.
·         The mission of the Rotary Peace Centers is to promote world peace by educating and empowering peacebuilders through rigorous academic training, applied field experience, and global networking opportunities.
·         Each year, up to 100 people are selected to participate in programs at Rotary Peace Centers.
·         Since 2002-03, 1,177 fellows from more than 120 countries have participated in programs of the Peace Centers.
What about Peace Fellowships?
·         The 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship Application is available.
·         Look for Peace Fellowship information on the website.
·         Check the D6270 website at
·         Applications are due by 31 May. 
·         To apply, contact Rotary District 6270 Scholarship Chair, Karen Plunkett 414-403-4878 or
How much do you know about Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences?
·         RI President Ian Riseley will be conducting Peacebuilding Conferences in Vancouver, BC, Feb. 10; Beiruit, LE, Feb. 17; Coventry, UK, Feb. 24; Sydney, AU, March 18; Taranto, IT, Apr. 28; and Chicago, IL, June 2.
·         Each conference has a specific theme linking a focus of Rotary’s efforts to Rotary’s efforts on Peace and Conflict Resolution – e.g., the Sydney conference will address “Economic and Community Development and Peace.”
Jeff Reed
District Governor
Rotary International District 6270
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month District Governor Jeff Reed 2018-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

Dan Gannon Honored with Paul Harris Award

TM Rotary member, Dan Gannon, was awarded with a Paul Harris as a result of his generosity to Rotary and his tireless service.  Gannon embodies "service above self," and we are honored to work alongside him.  Congratulations Dan!
Dan Gannon Honored with Paul Harris Award Nicholas Robinson 2018-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Location: Feb 20th, Feb 27th and March 6th

Please note that the TM Rotary Meetings on 2/20; 2/27 and 3/6 will be held at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, Ozaukee:
13111 N Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI 53092
Garden Level, Rooms 2 & 3
Valet Parking Available
Rotary Club Menu 2/20/18
-Wedge Salad-
iceburg, bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, green onion, ranch dressing
-Brown Sugar Soy Glazed Salmon-
-Hand Carved Honey Mustard Ham-
-Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes-
-Broccoli w/ Toasted Almonds-
-Chocolate Banana & Caramel Apple Bread Puddings-
Rotary Club Menu 2/27/18
*Fruit and Cheese Plate*
canteloupe, red grapes, seasonal berries, cheddar, swiss and pepperjack cheeses 
*BBQ Mustard Beef Brisket*
*Bacon Wrapped Turkey w/ Béchamel*
*BYO Baked Potato Bar*
*Glazed Carrots w/ Dill*
*Vanilla/Chocolate and Caramel/Pecan Trifles*
Rotary Club Menu 3/6/18
> Antipasto Skewers <
pepperoni, salami, tomato, mozzarella, artichoke
> Balsamic Pork Loin <
> Chicken Francese <
> Mushroom Risotto <
> Rosemary Roasted Potatoes <
> Nutmeg Cauliflower <
> Sweet Butternut Squash <
> BYO Shaum Torte Bar <
Meeting Location: Feb 20th, Feb 27th and March 6th Nicholas Robinson 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Summer Youth Exchange Coordinator Needed

Posted by Rotary District 6270
Changes in our District (new By-Laws, Incorporation) allow us to re-initiate our D6270 Short-Term Youth Exchange Program.  But, we need someone with a passion for youth exchange to coordinate the program.  This job involves helping the students and clubs fill out the applications. Possibly contacting Rotarians in other countries to make connections via email. Keeping in contact with the student while they are overseas and when they return. We are partnering with a very experienced district - District 6250 from western Wisconsin - who will help get us up to speed with this program. You will be paid in hugs, smiles, and stories! If you are interested, contact Kelly Mundell, District 6270 RYE Chair at 
Summer Youth Exchange Coordinator Needed Rotary District 6270 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Kathleen Cady Schilling Addresses TM Rotary

Kathleen Cady Schilling, Executive Director of the Ozaukee Economic Development Council, attended the January 30th TM Rotary meeting to share the great work of the OEDC.  
Established in 1989, the OEDC serves as a one stop shop for businesses looking to locate or expand in Ozaukee County.  The number one goal of the organization is to make the process easy and simple.  
The OEDC offers programs and services that meet targeted economic needs of the Ozaukee Community.  They serve as an information clearinghouse providing local information on financial options through local government or state programs.  They help to identify business and community needs.  Among the programs developed by the OEDC to meet business and community needs are: Workforce programs' educational programs; business planning programs; outreach programs and leadership programs.  
Utilizing an economic impact program designed by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, OEDC has actively been involved with 51 projects since 2007 that have created or retained jobs creating an impact of over $320,000,000.
For more information on the Ozaukee Economic Development Council, please visit
Kathleen Cady Schilling Addresses TM Rotary Nicholas Robinson 2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio

Posted by Rotary.Org

EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio and challenges the world to continue the fight to end the disease.

Rotary is giving $53.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in two of the three countries where polio remains endemic:

Afghanistan: $12.03 million
Pakistan: $19.31 million

Further funding will support efforts to keep 10 vulnerable countries polio-free:

Cameroon: $1.61 million
Central African Republic: $428,000
Chad: $2.33 million
The Democratic Republic of Congo: $6.48 million
Ethiopia: $1.82 million
Iraq: $2 million
Niger: $1.71 million
Somalia: $3.29 million
South Sudan: $835,300
Syria: $428,000

An additional $731,338 will fund research to be conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), and another $518,000 will go toward technical assistance in West and Central Africa.

While significant strides have been made against the disease, polio remains a threat in hard-to-reach and underserved areas and conflict zones. Despite a historically low case count, as long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and political commitment to eradication. 

Rotary has committed to raising $150 million over the next three years, which will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance. 

Rotary started its polio eradication program PolioPlus in 1985, and in 1988 became a partner in the GPEI, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation later became a partner. Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 22 confirmed cases in 2017 (as of 25 January). Rotary has contributed a total of more than $1.7 billion — including matching funds from the Gates Foundation — and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio. 

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit and for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images are available on the Rotary Media Center.


 Contact: Audrey Carl,, 847-866-3424

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio Rotary.Org 2018-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary Inducts New Members

Welcome Mikayla Dhein and Todd Sprenger

The Thiensville Mequon Rotary Club welcomes two new members: Mikayla Dhein, Event Sales and Marketing Director of River Club of Mequon and Todd Sprenger, Operations Director of River Club of Mequon.  Rob Kos served as the sponsor and proudly distributed Rotary pins.  Welcom Todd and Mikayla!
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TM Rotary Quote of the Week Nicholas Robinson 2018-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Whitefish Bay School District Ranked #1 in the State

Posted by Alec Johnson, Now News Group

Being named the best school district in the state is an honor, and the Whitefish Bay School District has been named just that. 

Whitefish Bay was listed as the top school district in the state by Business Insider, as well as Niche, which researches schools and ranks them based on academics, teachers, college prep, clubs and activities and health and safety, 

From Business Insider, Whitefish Bay received an A+ in academics, teachers, administration, college prep, clubs and activities, and sports; an A in health and safety, and resources and facilities, a B in food and a B- in diversity.

According to Niche's profile on Whitefish Bay, the district has 3,084 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. Seventy-five percent of the district's students are at least proficient in reading and 72 percent are at least proficient in math, according to its state test scores.

"We believe this recognition is a reflection of our entire school community's collective commitment to ensure an exceptional learning experience for all," said Superintendent John Thomsen. "Our team members partner with families and mentor students in the pursuit of educational excellence. Fostering student 21st-century skills and addressing the whole child in a safe and supportive learning environment remains vital to our success. We remain committed to this mission."


Other Now News Group coverage area districts also made Niche's top 10 list, including Elmbrook, Cedarburg, Mequon-Thiensville, Greendale, Shorewood and Franklin. 


Elmbrook Schools came in second, receiving A+'s in the academics, teachers, clubs and activities, administration, food, college prep, health and safety, and sports categories. It received an A in resources and facilities and a B- in diversity to receive an overall A+ grade.

Elmbrook has 6,988 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 with a 15 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Its test scores show 74 percent of its students are at least proficient in reading, and that 71 percent of students are at least proficient in math.


The Cedarburg School District received a third-place ranking from Niche. It received A+'s in academics, teachers, college prep, health and safety, and sports. Clubs and activities, administration, and resources and facilities received an A; food an A- and diversity a C- for an overall grade of A+. 

Cedarburg has 3,001 students in pre-kindergarten through 12 with a 16 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Seventy-eight percent of its students are at least proficient in reading, and 70 percent of students are at least proficient in math, according to the district's test scores. 


With an overall grade of A+, the Mequon-Thiensville School District sits fourth in Niche's rankings. Helping it reach the high mark were A+ grades in academics, college prep and sports; along with A grades in teachers, clubs and activities, and health and safety. Along with an A- in resources and facilities, it received B's in administration and food and a C+ in diversity.

With 3,580 students in pre-kindergarten through 12, and a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1, the school has seen 76 percent of its students score at least proficient in reading, with 69 percent of its students score at least proficient in math.


The Greendale School District rounds out the top half of the top 10 in fifth, receiving an overall grade of A+. It scored four A+'s in the teachers, college prep, clubs and activities, and health and safety categories; an A in resources and facilities; an A- in sports and a B- in diversity.

Greendale has 2,636 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, and a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. State test scores for the district show that 72 percent of its students were at least proficient in reading and 64 percent were at least proficient in math.


The second-best district in the North Shore area, Shorewood ranked seventh statewide, and received an A+ overall grade. Shorewood's A+ grades were in teachers and college prep; A's in academics, administration, clubs and activities, and resources and facilities, along with A-'s in food, health and safety, sports and diversity.

With 2,118 students and a 15 to 1 student-teacher ratio, 66 percent of its students are at least proficient in reading and 63 percent at least proficient in math.


Franklin took the eighth spot in the top 10, and received an overall grade of an A. It received A+ marks in teachers and health and safety; A's in academics, college prep, clubs and activities, sports and food; an A- in resources and facilities, a B+ in administration and a B in diversity.

The district has 4,396 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 with a 17 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Seventy-one percent of its students are at least proficient in reading, and 65 percent of its students are at least proficient in math.

To see a complete list of the state rankings, visit Check out the top schools in each state at

Whitefish Bay School District Ranked #1 in the State Alec Johnson, Now News Group 2018-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Healing Scars of War

Posted by Iuliia Mendel


Beneath the emotional scars of living in a Ukrainian war zone, Mykyta Berlet flashes the same mischievousness of any other 12-year-old boy headed to camp.

He wants to laugh, play pranks and on the last night of camp “we will cover everyone with toothpaste,” he says excitedly.

Mykyta and 25 other Ukrainian youths headed to the resort town of Zakopane in the foothills of southern Poland are naturally focused on fun. But their two-week respite organized by Rotary members has a higher purpose: To help the children heal and cope with the trauma they may encounter when they go home.  

Each camper has a parent or sibling killed or injured in the fighting in Ukraine. Psychologists at camp will guide them along the way during an itinerary that mixes escape and therapy.

Olga Zmiyivska, a member of the Rotary Club of Kharkiv Multinational in Ukraine, has brought children to the camp for two years and has witnessed its impact.

“After the trip, they are more willing to make contact and open their hearts,” she said.

  1. War came into their homes

    Thousands have died and millions have been displaced by the fighting between pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine. 

    Growing up in the shadow of that nearly four-year conflict, most of the campers don’t remember a life without war. They tell unrealistic stories about battles and keep silent about real horrors. Some are guarded and hypervigilant. Others endure sleepless nights or nightmares. A few withdraw and emotionally shut down.

    In Zakopane, nestled in the scenic Tatra Mountains, Rotary members give the children a chance to heal in a peaceful setting. The children sleep in comfortable cabins along a pristine lake flanked by green, rolling hills.

    The program, called Vacation 2017 Zakopane: Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids, includes traditional camp activities and field trips along with support from mental health professionals. More than 100 children have attended over the past four years.

    This year’s campers visited a mountain village to learn about local traditions, toured historic Krakow, and saw the castles, salt mines and hot springs of southern Poland. The routine activities are simple but powerful.

    Yuriy Paschalin and Vlad Tsepun, both 12, became close friends after their fathers were killed by snipers. The field trips helped both boys start to relax and act like typical, curious children.

    “This program allows these kids to stay kids and to live children’s emotions,” said psychologist and art therapist Olha Hrytsenko.

    “They will observe and absorb another culture, attitude, and language, (and) will be able to compare and make conclusions about what is good and what is bad. It will help them to find themselves.”

    Breaking their silence

    When asked about their families, the children often talk about their parents, siblings, grandparents, and even their pets. Then the looks in their eyes change. Glints of childish fun disappear, along with any fussing or fidgeting. Instead, there is obvious pain behind their faces. And silence.

    Like many children, 11-year-old Dima Tkachuk doesn’t want to talk about his dad’s death. Talking about death makes it all too real.

    His father was killed in a military conflict zone; Dima’s mother also serves in the Ukrainian army and has been sent to the same area where Dima’s father was killed.

    Dima, though, shared a glimpse of the stress on his family. He explained that since their mother left to join the fighting, his 18-year-old brother has turned to smoking and drinking alcohol.  

    “Sometimes he does things that one cannot be proud of,” Dima said.

    The psychologists and camp staff know not to pressure the children to open up. Instead they build trust through group games, outdoor activities, art therapy, and individual counseling with psychologists.

    Children are more vulnerable to the psychological trauma of war, often causing them to withdraw, experts say. Re-establishing emotional connections is critical to healing. If left untreated, isolated children are more likely to experience domestic violence, addiction, and job loss later in life, research shows.

    When a breakthrough does come, therapists listen or just sit quietly as the tears flow.

    “It always takes time to survive loss. This time is needed to run the processes that we name ‘grief work,’ ” says Hrytsenko.

    “A person will always remember the loss of someone whom he or she loved. The task is not to forget but to find the essence of this loss and to learn how to be happy after this.”

    Dreams and beliefs

    At the Zakopane camp, Valerie Tkachuk, 12, from Dnipro, Ukraine, was slow to trust others. Her answers were often short and sharp.

    Her father was injured in combat while her pregnant mother was home caring for the family. Valerie shrank into herself, stopped communicating with peers, and started sleeping in her father’s sleeping bag on the balcony.

    “That year was the most difficult in my life,” Valerie said.

    She was asked to close her eyes and remember the most pleasant memory of camp in an effort to make her smile for a photo.

    Eyes closed, Valerie started crying and opened up in a way she had not previously at camp.

    “I am disturbed about my dad, as he is stressed for mom. And he is forbidden to have any stress, as he can have a heart attack,” Valerie said.

    Valerie dreams of following her father’s path and becoming a military officer. 

    Many children who grow up with war are drawn to the military. Their vulnerability, feelings of helplessness, and lack of trust make the strong image of a soldier appealing, experts say. 

    Dima is set on a career in the army. Sasha Kruglikov, 9, whose father was killed in the conflict, already views himself as a soldier. He likes wrestling and karate and said he wants to defend his country when he grows up.

    Creating a place to heal

    When the conflict in Ukraine began in early 2014, Rotary members stepped up to help.

    “We thought, why not organize vacations for kids whose childhood was affected by war,” says Ryszard Luczyn, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland.

    Barbara Pawlisz, of the Rotary Club of Sopot International in Poland, and Łuczyn got support from the Poland-Ukraine Intercountry Committee. Rotary’s Intercountry Committees are networks of Rotary clubs in at least two countries, and they often work together on service projects or to foster peace between the residents of countries in conflict. Rotary clubs in Belarus, Poland and Ukraine participate in the network.

    The Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids project started in 2014 with mixed results. The children, ages eight to 17, didn’t always get along. Their war trauma was recent, and communication between the age groups was difficult.

    The Rotary members recognized adjustments were necessary, but they were not deterred. 

    Since that initial effort, organizers narrowed the age range for campers to six to 12, and the number of Polish Rotary clubs that support the project has more than doubled to 83. 

    Rotary District 2231 in Poland raised money to pay the travel and lodging expenses of the children and their caretakers. The project has also drawn support from clubs in Sweden and Slovakia. Ukrainian clubs were involved in selecting participants from all areas of the country. 

    “It is always very difficult to find affected children in small towns and villages. So we appealed to all the Ukrainian Rotary clubs to help us,” says Anna Kaczmarczyk, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland. “Now we have children not only from large cities, but also from distant parts of the country.”

    Does it work?

    The changes in the children are obvious, Rotary members say.

    Kaczmarczyk is the first person to meet the children in Lviv, Ukraine, when they start their trip. They may be nervous, which can make them irritable and aggressive.

    But after the program, they are relaxed, smiling, filled with a new self-confidence.

    “We continue this program because we know how these children react, how they change, how they become more open to the world, and how they look at the world the way it should be for a child,” Kaczmarczyk says. “War takes from them their childhood. And they still have their children’s dreams.”

    After the children return home, they send letters and pictures about their camp experiences to program organizers and Rotary members.

    Children have drawn portraits, colorful scenes of nature, castles and the kings and queens who live in them, and dragons. Sometimes, they write letters about what they observed. One girl marveled at the clean streets and friendly people.

    Whether they are magical stories or practical observations, the children carry warm memories home with them.

    Kids who experience violence can be prone to violence themselves; this program shows them a different path.

    “After such traumas as car crash, natural disasters, [or] wars, people often go to two extremes: Either they stop being afraid of everything or they start being scared of everything. I think these children will belong to the first category,” psychologist Hrytsenko said.

Healing Scars of War Iuliia Mendel 2018-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Foxtown rezoning paves way for brewery, restaurants, housing at Mequon Town Center district

Posted by Jeff Rumage, Now News Group

MEQUON - The developers behind Foxtown received unanimous rezoning approval from the Mequon Common Council on Jan. 9 for their proposal to build a brewery, restaurants, 96 apartments and 21 single-family homes on the southern end of the Mequon Town Center district.

The developers plan to seek financial incentives from the city for costs associated with demolition, remediation and other issues related to the site's existing infrastructure.

The project is located in Town Center TIF District 3, which has allocated all of its authorized expenditures. Mequon officials would need to approve an amendment to the TIF before authorizing any financial incentives for Foxtown. City staff is evaluating the developer's estimated $50 million and the project's need for an incentive.

Foxtown would turn a $1 million parcel into an estimated $50 million town center community south of Mequon Road between the railroad tracks and Buntrock Avenue. 

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The anchor of Foxtown would be Foxtown Brewing Co., a beer-themed restaurant housed in a historic two-story building that was used as a brewery in the 1850s. 

The proposed Foxtown Brewing Co. would be housed in a historic two-story building that was used as a brewery in the 1850s. The building would have lager cave tours, an outdoor beer garden and a public beer hall with a dance floor and banquet hall seating.

 (Photo: Rinka Chung Architecture)

Next door would be a new two-story building with a restaurant and retail space on the ground floor topped by another restaurant and commercial office space on the second floor. 

Tucked back farther from Mequon Road, developer Bob Bach plans to build a three-story, 96-unit apartment building at the site of the former school bus transportation terminal.

Two three-story buildings would also be constructed, featuring retail and commercial space on the ground floor, commercial office space on the second floor and 11 extended-stay corporate residences on the third floor. Another 11,000-square-foot, two-story retail building is also shown in the plans.

Closer to the railroad tracks, a brewery and beer hall called Fox Yard Brewery would go into a renovated 13,000-square-foot building previously used as lumber barns and sheds. 

On the southeast corner of the site, the development team plans to build a pocket neighborhood with 21 single-family porch homes.

Although the project has received rezoning approval, there are still multiple city approvals needed going forward, including building and site plan approvals from the Mequon Plan Commission.

Foxtown rezoning paves way for brewery, restaurants, housing at Mequon Town Center district Jeff Rumage, Now News Group 2018-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
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Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president

Posted by Courtesy, Rotary.Org

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”

Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.

The members of the 2017-18 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International are Anne L. Matthews (chair), Rotary Club of Columbia East, South Carolina, USA; Ann-Britt Åsebol, Rotary Club of Falun-Kopparvågen, Sweden; Örsçelik Balkan, Rotary Club of Istanbul-Karaköy, Turkey; James Anthony Black, Rotary Club of Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland; John T. Blount, Rotary Club of Sebastopol, California, USA; Frank N. Goldberg, Rotary Club of Omaha-Suburban, Nebraska, USA; Antonio Hallage, Rotary Club of Curitiba-Leste, Paraná, Brazil; Jackson S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan; Holger Knaack, Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany; Masahiro Kuroda, Rotary Club of Hachinohe South, Aomori, Japan; Larry A. Lunsford, Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza, Missouri, USA; P.T. Prabhakar, Rotary Club of Madras Central, Tamil Nadu, India; M.K. Panduranga Setty, Rotary Club of Bangalore, Karnataka, India; Andy Smallwood, Rotary Club of Gulfway-Hobby Airport (Houston), Texas, USA; Norbert Turco, Rotary Club of Ajaccio, Corse, France; Yoshimasa Watanabe, Rotary Club of Kojima, Okayama, Japan; and Sangkoo Yun, Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang, Seoul, Korea.

To learn more about Barry Rassin, read this interview and vision statementoutlining his goals for Rotary.

Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president Courtesy, Rotary.Org 2018-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

District 6270 Offering $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship and Scholarly Stipends

Posted by D6270 Website
Rotary clubs of Southeastern Wisconsin (District 6270) will award one scholar a $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship (GGS) formerly known as a Rotary “Ambassadorial Scholarship” for matriculation Fall 2018. The purpose of the Global Grant Scholarship, a graduate-level study opportunity often outside the US, is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas, within one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.
Additionally, several Scholarly Stipends (SS) may be awarded throughout the year ($2-3000) to provide an opportunity for the applicant to:  travel to attend a conference to present an accepted paper, fund coursework, or fund a short-term volunteer opportunity, all within one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.
Applicants hold at least an undergraduate degree or anticipate graduation within the coming year. To be eligible applicant must be a resident in OR have strong ties to SE Wisconsin. Experience (professional or volunteer) in the field of study is required. Applicant cannot be a Rotarian or be related to a Rotarian but can be a member of Rotaract.
Application deadline for the Global Grant Scholarship is January 15, 2018; Interviews are Saturday, January 27, 2018 or February 3, 2018.  Scholarly Stipend applications are due and reviewed quarterly (February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15).  
To learn more about the scholarships’ criteria, process, eligibility, etc. go to the Rotary District 6270 Scholarship page OR contact Rotary District 6270 Scholarship Chair, Karen Plunkett 414-403-4878   
District 6270 Offering $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship and Scholarly Stipends D6270 Website 2018-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

Join a Vision Team
Service Trip to Common Hope
in Antigua, Guatemala
April 8 - 15, 2018

Posted by District 6270 Website
Join the team in Antiqua, Guatemala, for lots of history, lots of families in need but lots of Hope because of organizations like Common Hope, a Minnesota based organization that provides education, medical care, dental care and homes for families in need.  Our team leader is Deb Wente, a seasoned traveler who led a team of 13 in spring 2017 and it was an amazing blend of service and culture. There are still vacancies on the team.


More information regarding Vision Team trips can be found at

Team Leader:  Deborah Wente, Sheboygan Rotary Club

Contact:  Deborah Wente

Join a Vision TeamService Trip to Common Hopein Antigua, GuatemalaApril 8 - 15, 2018 District 6270 Website 2018-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

District 6270 Nominating Committee Announcement

Posted by D6270 Website

I am pleased to announce that the District 6270 Nominating Committee, co-chaired by PDG Karen White and PDG Julie Craig, has selected Craig Burnett to serve as our District Governor for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year.  Craig is a member of the Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Club.  He currently serves as Assistant Governor for Area B and served as club president during 2008-09.  Craig received his club’s Rotarian of the Year award in 2003.  The next steps in the process are to inform Rotary International of our District’s selection for their review and endorsement, and a positive vote of support at the District Annual Meeting. 


Jeffrey G. Reed

District Governor 2017-18, District 6270, Rotary International

District 6270 Nominating Committee Announcement D6270 Website 2018-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year! Nicholas Robinson 2018-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

The Power of Light

Posted by Kate Sieber, Rotary.Org

Rotary members from Durango, Colorado, USA, team with the Navajo Nation to bring solar lights to remote, off-the-grid homes on the country’s largest Native American reservation.

After decades of crafting squash-blossom necklaces, pendants, and bracelets, Jerry Domingo knew he would have to quit making jewelry, because he couldn’t see very well anymore. 

A sturdy Navajo grandfather, silversmith, and revivalist preacher, Domingo lives in a one-room house smaller than a single-car garage in the windswept sagebrush desert near Nageezi, New Mexico. 

His home is mere miles from the picturesque badlands Georgia O’Keefe painted and Dzilth Na-o Dithle, the sacred portal where the Navajo believe the first people came out of the earth. But it’s a long distance from all that the modern world seems to promise — grocery stores, jobs, medical care. Domingo’s home is new. It has unpainted walls, plywood floors, and a wood stove but no insulation or electricity. 

In a twist to his story, electric lines traverse the land just a few hundred yards from Domingo’s front door, but with all of the permissions and work required by the utility, it would cost more than $30,000 to connect to the power. 

Domingo, who has pewter hair and a broad, calm face, first started making jewelry in the 1970s, when he went to work in his uncle’s shop. Over the years, he honed his craft, and customers started to come to him to commission works. 

Now he sells his wares when he travels to preach all over the reservation. But with his failing eyesight, it has been getting harder to do the detailed work. After all, it takes a good four days to make a full squash-blossom necklace. 

At night, the glow of kerosene lamps is too dim. Even during the day, the home’s interior is full of shadows, making it difficult to tease, hammer, and solder metal into art. 

“When I do silverworking, I have to wait until the sun comes through the window,” said Domingo, wearing a thick Dallas Cowboys sweatshirt to insulate himself against the chill and large turquoise rings on his fingers, as he worked on a necklace more than a year ago. “I can’t really know what I’m doing when it’s dark in here. It would make a whole lot of difference just to not be in the dark.” 

Through a pastor at a local church, Domingo found out about a program through a Rotary club in Durango , Colorado, USA, that brings solar-powered lighting to remote homes on the Navajo reservation. 

A solar light is a simple thing: just a small panel the size of a baking sheet, which mounts onto a roof with a pole. A wire runs from the panel into the house, where up to three rechargeable lights hang from hooks on the ceiling. To turn on the lights, Domingo simply has to touch a button.

To use the light as a flashlight for going outside at night, he simply unhooks it. A fully charged lamp offers dim light for 75 hours or bright light for 7½ before needing to be recharged. 

But in this house, a light is more than a simple thing. It brings a world of possibility.

In the dark of The Checkerboard 

It’s not unusual for Navajo homes to lack electricity. 

The reservation, bigger than the state of West Virginia, sprawls across Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. It’s a harsh, beautiful land marked by extremes of temperature, sun, wind, and dryness. 

Many Navajo — Diné in their own language — have lived in these rural areas for generations, as the land is passed from grandmother to granddaughter.

Although they are blessed with big skies and desert vistas, these remote locations are often far from services and paved roads. 

According to a 2016 assessment, about 16,000 Navajo homes don’t have access to electricity. Nearly a third have no running water, and more than half lack kitchen and toilet facilities. 

In an area known as The Checkerboard, in northwestern New Mexico, it can be particularly challenging to gain access to utilities. 

As a result of legislation dating to the 1880s, the land was divided into 160-acre chunks and distributed among individual Native Americans in an attempt to encourage them to adopt Euro-American farming lifestyles. 

The remaining chunks became a patchwork of lands administered by federal, state, and other entities. Now, when a house is separated from utilities by these checkerboard-like lands, it can be difficult and expensive to secure the rights of way. 

Rotarian Joe Williams grew up in The Checkerboard in the 1960s, not far from where Jerry Domingo’s house now stands. The son of a natural-gas worker, he went to work in the oil-and-gas fields at age 14. But he still remembers riding the bus 48 miles to school and 48 miles back, one of the only white kids in a crowd of Navajo children. 

Williams now owns an industrial water-purification company in Aztec, New Mexico, and employs many Navajo people. He has been a member of the Durango Daybreak Rotary Club, about 35 miles north, since 1996. 

He always loved international service projects. In 2013, he traveled with a group to Nepal to trek along the Great Himalaya Trail and install solar lights in teahouses, which offer food, lodging, and other services to hikers. 

In such remote areas, under the shadows of the Annapurna and Everest mountains, it wasn’t surprising that residents didn’t have access to electricity. When the group returned, however, new member Nancy Lauro, a civil engineer in Durango, brought up a provocative question: Similar developing-nation conditions exist within a couple of hours by car. Why not serve our neighbors, the Navajo? 

“We can’t go very far south from Durango without driving through the Navajo Nation, and many Durango-area residents work or go to school with tribal members,” says Lauro, who joined Rotary after her daughters participated in the club’s Youth Exchange program. “Our International Committee had just come back from installing the solar lights in Nepal, and we all thought that it was a natural to bring it home.” 

The group planned a project that would bring solar lights to at-risk populations on the reservation, including elders over 70 years old and disabled tribal members. Soon after launching, the group asked Joe Williams to become the project leader. 

“I viewed this as a bookend project,” says Williams. “I started off as a kid out there, and there were no lights. I’ve lived my whole life and traveled everywhere, and I’ve come back 50 years later, and the same places have no lights. I said to myself, ‘This is my project.’”  

Williams has an air of gentleness about him and an indomitable wellspring of energy. He walks with the slight stoop and occasional uncertainty of Parkinson’s, which he staves off with determination. Last year alone, Williams coordinated 90 service trips to the reservation at his own expense. 

“To see a house go from kerosene to solar ... it’s life-changing,” he says. “No longer do they spend $20 a month on kerosene. No longer do they have a proclivity for upper respiratory infections because of the soot. It’s a hell of a thing.” 

Transformative power of light

One weekend in November, a group of Rotarians and international exchange students, part of the Mountains & Plains Rotary Youth Exchange, drove from their homes in southern Colorado across the state line and into northwest New Mexico. 

The wind was howling, kicking up sheets of dust, making the town of Shiprock look like a scene from an apocalyptic movie. But overhead, long spine-like clouds lay across a desert sky turning pink and purple with sunset. 

The group gathered to sleep on mats camping-style inside the Sanostee Chapter House, a branch of the tribal government. 

The next morning, two Navajo women volunteered to make the group breakfast, a crew of locals showed up to guide the teams, and Frank Smith, the Sanostee Chapter president, arrived to oversee the installations. Smith is responsible for the distribution of resources, maintaining infrastructure like roads and bridges and assisting the needy with housing and utilities in this sparsely populated and underserved area.

“You want to do your best to help your people, but there are always obstacles,” says Smith, who grew up here and prefers country life to working in one of the reservation’s population centers. 

One challenge is finding and encouraging groups like Rotary to bring assistance. “I’ve never really had anybody coming in with a specific purpose like Rotary has. I’ve tried a lot of things, going online, figuring out how to contact these groups or get donations. It’s hard to get that connection going .” 

Since Durango Daybreak started coming to Sanostee in 2012, volunteers have supplied more than 40 homes with solar power in this municipality. Along with a panel of community leaders, Smith, a jovial man who is quick to laugh and break out into Johnny Cash songs, has helped identify the households that would benefit most from the solar lights. He also shows installation crews to the houses, many of which do not have addresses and are miles from the nearest paved road. 

The beneficiaries are largely elders, the disabled, and other at-risk individuals and families. That day, the recipients included Albert and Joe James, brothers in their 80s who live in a one-room house with two twin beds and a woodstove way out at the end of a rugged dirt road in a solitary canyon. 

They’ve spent their entire lives in this spectacular enclave of rusty sandstone cliffs and big skies, herding their sheep. They speak to Frank Smith in Navajo, telling him that they’ll be able to play cards, work on artwork, and do puzzles with the new lights, passing the long dark hours of winter. 

They’ll also be able to use the flashlights to go the outhouse at night, a comforting prospect considering they’ve struggled with both a bear and a mountain lion that have started visiting regularly. 

Other beneficiaries that day included James Cambridge, an 89-year-old who lives alone in an ancient metal trailer supported by plywood. He’s a slim military veteran who loves to talk and joke.

When the light was installed, he was fascinated by its simplicity. Now, when he wakes up early in the morning, he doesn’t have to wait until it’s bright out to read. Miles north, a grandmother received a light that will help her young granddaughter, who dreams of becoming a doctor, do her schoolwork at night.

“The lights are a real plus for them,” says Smith. “They use them for basic necessities. They can stay up longer, play cards, read books. Their grandkids can do their homework.” Williams also notes that the lights provide more time in the evenings for elders to practice and pass on long-held traditions, such as weaving, to their families. 

The solar project also benefits those who offer their time and energy to participate. 

Over the past few years, volunteers from all over the country have enjoyed opportunities to sample regional cuisine at the chapter house, participate in a sweat lodge with a local medicine man, and learn about a vastly different culture. This weekend, the group visited a remote site with ancient rock carvings. 

“For me, the Navajo solar lights project was a life-changing experience,” says Akos Varga, an exchange student from Hungary. “I was very glad seeing the people's emotions when they first turned their solar lights on. Probably that was the best part !” 

“We loved it,” says Tami Duke, who came with her husband, son, and stepdaughter from Durango. “My son is only 12 years old, and our daughter is 14. It was a really impactful thing for them. There was a young girl whose grandmother received lights who said, ‘Wow, now I’ll be able to do my homework at night.’ Her parents weren’t nagging her to do her homework — she’s thrilled she can do it. It was really inspiring.” 

Tangible change

Joe Williams and the Durango Daybreak Rotary club hope the project continues to change lives on the reservation. They are working with the Navajo Nation to pursue grant funding for further solar units and to train crews of young Navajo tribal members as installation and repair technicians. So far, progress is slow, but the group is persistent.  

“That’s what the Navajo say: ‘We have time. If we don’t get to it today, we’ll get to it tomorrow,’” says Joe Williams. “We continue to make our installations every year, and we have great support, because people see the results. Already we’re getting requests to buy lights” from people who don’t have electricity but can potentially afford to buy the solar lights, which cost about $300 each. 

Jerry Domingo, the silversmith and preacher in Nageezi, New Mexico, has now enjoyed his lights for more than a year. It’s wintertime again, and the days are shrinking as the evenings grow long. 

Life out here is secluded and beautiful but can be punishing. In summer, temperatures top 100 degrees, and in winter they plummet below zero. With rain or snow, the roads become muddy and rutted. 

Domingo has his own personal challenges, too. A few years ago in September, his wife and two of his adult children died when a truck hit their vehicle on the highway that leads north to the closest town. 

Even though Domingo now lives by himself, he is usually not alone. His remaining children and grandchildren, friends, and neighbors cycle in and out of his home. 

Now, at night, he can tinker with his jewelry and read his Navajo-language Bible by the light of solar lamps as the wind roars outside and the dust rises into great plumes. 

“Now when it gets dark I can do my silversmithing,” he says, working on a squash-blossom necklace laid out on a vintage desk one recent afternoon. “Many of our people are in need of electricity or lighting of some kind. This is a good thing that you all have going.”

The Power of Light Kate Sieber, Rotary.Org 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
TM Rotary - Happy Holidays! Nicholas Robinson 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Guatemala Service Opportunity

Posted by Rotary 6270 Site

Join a Vision Team

Service Trip to Common Hope

in Antigua, Guatemala

April 8 - 15, 2018

Join the team in Antiqua, Guatemala, for lots of history, lots of families in need but lots of Hope because of organizations like Common Hope, a Minnesota based organization that provides education, medical care, dental care and homes for families in need.  Our team leader is Deb Wente, a seasoned traveler who led a team of 13 in spring 2017 and it was an amazing blend of service and culture. There are still vacancies on the team.


More information regarding Vision Team trips can be found at

Team Leader:  Deborah Wente, Sheboygan Rotary Club

Contact:  Deborah Wente

Guatemala Service Opportunity Rotary 6270 Site 2017-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Food Drive Update

Next week is last week of food drive. So far 24 members have donated to the drive.
Sam:   170 this week,  513 Total
Christine: 128 this week,  395 total
Maureen: 272 this week,    1077 total
Club total after 5 weeks,    1985
Over 50% of our club members have participated. 
December 19th is our last meeting this year, and the last meeting of the food drive. 
Thank you to all who have participated, let's hit the finish line with GUSTO!!!!
Food Drive Update Nicholas Robinson 2017-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary - 12/4 Important Notices

Posted by Nicholas Robinson
There is another group meeting at the Country Club on Tuesday, December 5th.  Please plan to arrive a little earlier than normal to allow yourself time to find a parking spot.
Please note, there will not be a newsletter sent next week, December 11th, as Nick Robinson will be out of town from December 5th through December 13th.
Lastly, please note that there will be no meeting on Tuesday, December 26th.
TM Rotary - 12/4 Important Notices Nicholas Robinson 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
TM Rotary Quote of the Week Nicholas Robinson 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

District 6270 Offering $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship and Scholarly Stipends

Posted by District 6270 Site
Rotary clubs of Southeastern Wisconsin (District 6270) will award one scholar a $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship (GGS) formerly known as a Rotary “Ambassadorial Scholarship” for matriculation Fall 2018. The purpose of the Global Grant Scholarship, a graduate-level study opportunity often outside the US, is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas, within one of Rotary’s six area of focus.
Additionally, several Scholarly Stipends (SS) may be awarded throughout the year ($2-3000) to provide an opportunity for the applicant to:  travel to attend a conference to present an accepted paper, fund coursework, or fund a short-term volunteer opportunity, all within one of Rotary’s six area of focus.
Applicants hold at least an undergraduate degree or anticipate graduation within the coming year. To be eligible applicant must be a resident in OR have strong ties to SE Wisconsin. Experience (professional or volunteer) in the field of study is required. Applicant can not be related to a Rotarian but can be a member of Rotaract.
Application deadline for the Global Grant Scholarship is January 15, 2018; Interviews are Saturday, January 27, 2081 or Feb. 3, 2018.  Scholarly Stipend applications are due and reviewed quarterly (January15, May 15, August 15, and November 15).  
To learn more about the scholarships’ criteria, process, eligibility, etc. go to the Rotary District 6270 Scholarship page OR contact Rotary District 6270 Scholarship Chair, Karen Plunkett 414-403-4878   
District 6270 Offering $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship and Scholarly Stipends District 6270 Site 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

December is Rotary Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

Posted by District Governor, Jeff Reed
Rotary is dedicated to fighting and preventing disease.  Disease Prevention and Treatment is one of Rotary’s Six Area of Focus.   Disease and illness results in pain and injury.  Prolonged severe illness may result in loss of employment and income.  It affects families.  It affects quality of life. 
Rotary and Rotarians are committed to helping people to live healthy lives.   Our signature project in this area is Polio Eradication.   But polio is not the only disease or aspect of healthy living on which Rotarians have expended energies.

One way in which Rotarians have elected to provide attention to an area of concern is through a Rotarian Action Group (RAG).  A Rotary Action Group (RAG) is a voluntary organization that functions independently of Rotary International.  Each RAG establishes its own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure.  RAGs are composed of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who are experts in a particular field.   Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects. 
There are more than a dozen Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) committed to disease prevention and treatment.   Here is a list of RAGs:   Here are eight of the many RAGs that address health issues:
·         Alzheimer's/Dementia RAG.  They provide information and support to Rotarians on dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Members use their knowledge, experience and leadership to fight Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
·         RAG for Blindness Prevention.  This RAG helps prevent blindness and promotes eye health and vision worldwide.
·         RAG of Dental Volunteers.  These volunteers provide humanitarian dental service throughout the world.
·         RAG for Diabetes.  This RAG provides has commitment to education, identification, and treatment of diabetes.  They are especially concerned about diabetes among children in developing countries.  They work with the International Diabetes Federation.
·         Rotarians for Hearing RAG.  These Rotarians promote hearing help for children and adults with hearing loss.
·         RAG on Mental Health Initiatives.  The mission of RAGMHI is to act as a worldwide resource for Rotarians in the field of mental health and mental illness to promote, protect, restore, and to help re-build the lost human capital to make a happier and healthier world.
·         RAG for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness.  These Rotarians work to make people aware of MS and improve the lives of People with MS.
·         Polio Survivors and Associates RAG.  These Rotarians are dedicated to permanently ending polio.  They focus on improving the health and well-being of polio survivors.
Do you have a passion in one of these areas?  Can you contribute you knowledge, skills and expertise to one of these RAGs?  Check it out today.  This is another way in which we can serve as Rotarians in the focused area of Disease Prevention and Treatment.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Jeff Reed
District Governor, RID 6270
December is Rotary Disease Prevention and Treatment Month District Governor, Jeff Reed 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
TM Rotary Food Drive:  November 28th Update Nicholas Robinson 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

A Season of Giving: The Rotary Foundation

"How many of you did not have food on Thanksgiving?  How many of you have gone without food this year?" Ellen McFarlane started her presentation on the Rotary Foundation and the significance of this season of giving.  
At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph propsed to set up an endowment for the purpose of doing good in the World.  In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.  In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children.  The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F "Daddy" Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.  When Rotary Founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to the Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial fund was created to build the foundation.
Evolution of Foundation Programs
In 1947, the Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.  In 1965-66, the programs Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of the Rotary Foundation, were all launched. 
1978 saw the introduction of the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants.  The first 3-H grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.  The PolioPlus program was launched in 1985 with the goal of eradicating Polio.
1987-88 brought about the very first peace forums, leading to the Rotary Peace Fellowships.  In 2013, new district, global and packaged grnts enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world's greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
Thiensville-Mequon Rotarians are highly encouraged to establish recurring or one-time donations to the Rotary Foundation via Rotary.Org.  Donations can be auto-deducted from one's bank account or credit card.  
Rotary Foundation's areas of focus include:  Promoting Peace; Fighting Disease; Providing Clean Water; Saving Mothers and Children; Supporting Education and Growing Local Economies.
A Season of Giving: The Rotary Foundation Nicholas Robinson 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Veteran's Day Quote 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Fall Into Comedy Recap and Survey

Posted by Pamela Koch
Thank you to all who attended our 5th Annual Fall Into Comedy Night!  Your participation and generous support of this fundraiser is so appreciated and helps fund all we are able to do for both the community and Polio funding during the year. 
A special thank you to all who helped make the evening really come together:
Ellen MacFarlane, Dianne Robertson, Rob Kos, Stan Smith, Todd  Davis, Rob Holtz, Jack Wiese, Shelley Weston, Jim Lysaught and Megan Borland. 
Greg Sommersberger for honoring a last minute request to lead Heads & Tails  
Boy Scout Troop 852
Photographer Dean Johnson - check out the photos
In order to improve year over year, we welcome feedback.  Please take the time to complete and share the survey below.
Fall Into Comedy Recap and Survey Pamela Koch 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Julie Upstill, Public Health Educator

Books Connect
Building brain growth and bonding, one book at a time.
Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is building a library for our littlest community members.  In 2016 our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program helped 688 families and our Maternal and Child Health Program helped 215 families.
  • 95 % of the brain is formed in the first 6 years of life.
  • A child’s experiences irreversibly affects how the brain develops-for better or worse.
  • Positive parenting during early years creates a strong parent child bond that promote healthy brain development.
  • A book will be offered to each child at their initial visit with WIC or MCH visit. 
  • Each Nurse will have ability to assess child’s interaction with a book regarding developmental stages and bonding between parent and child.
  • Each book offered will allow discussion with parent on bonding and development.
  • If a parent doesn’t read, it allows discussion on how to story tell with a child.
  • Books can be offered in other languages, if English is not first language.
  • Allows discussion on how important it is to have books in the home.
What is needed?
  • Financial partnership to build and support our maternal and child health library.
  • Brand new books for each child/family at initial visit.
  • Gentle used books for our library.
  • Book Shelves.
  • Children’s furniture for reading.
Guest Speaker Julie Upstill, Public Health Educator Nicholas Robinson 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Message for November 2017

Posted by District Governor Jeff Reed
The recent World Polio Day event was great.  The live stream from the Gates Foundation Headquarter was pretty special – many had an opportunity to view it.  Many clubs raised money for End Polio Now.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians and Club in District 6270 who provided support for World Polio Day. 
District Governor's Message for November 2017 District Governor Jeff Reed 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
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The Power of a Garden

Posted by Arnold R Grahl, Rotary.Org

Rotary members in Harvard, Illinois, USA, have teamed up with community groups to help alleviate hunger and bring the community together.

On a sunny morning in July, two dozen preschool children from Brown Bear Daycare inspect a bed of milkweed plants for monarch butterfly eggs, holding magnifying glasses to the underside of leaves in search of the tiny, off-white objects.

Curiosity stoked, the five-year-olds and their teachers move to the shade of a large tree to listen to a master gardener explain the role these butterflies play in gardens. The preschool class visits the community garden in Harvard, Illinois, USA, every Monday from spring to fall to learn about garden-related topics and even help out. 

“They get to taste the vegetables, some that they have never even seen. They get to experience what it is like to plant a garden from the planting to the picking to the eating,” says Sheila Henson, executive director of the day care center and a member of the Rotary Club of Harvard. “At the end of the summer, we have a parent night where the parents come and get to see the different things their children have been involved with.”

With the goals of alleviating hunger and educating the community, master gardeners from University of Illinois Extension planted the garden in 2001 on a half-acre parcel donated by the city and adjacent to the public library. Over the years, the master gardeners have enlisted the support of many businesses, organizations, and clubs, including the Rotary Club of Harvard, making the project a community-wide effort. 

As many as 250 needy families benefit from the 10,000 pounds of vegetables that are grown and donated every year to the local food pantry. The fresh produce serves as a safety net for many families. 

Roughly a quarter of the community’s 9,200 residents live below the federal poverty line, a result of the limited employment opportunities in small farm towns across Illinois. The already fragile economy was further affected by the closing of a Motorola  plant here in 2003 after only seven years of operation.

“In this community, the only way we can get by is by helping each other,” says Dave Decker, site director for the Harvard Community Food Pantry. “Everybody needs a little help now and then.”

The Rotary Club of Harvard took on the project seven years ago, looking for a way to address hunger and help the community. With only seven members, the club has had an impact far beyond its size, amplifying its efforts by working with the master gardeners and other groups.

“Harvard is definitely a better place because of the members of this club, and that is what keeps us going,” says Mike Morris, the club’s president. “It’s the expertise of the master gardeners, individuals in the community, farmers who help, and the education provided through the day care that makes this an amazing team effort.” 

The Rotary club has provided $400 to buy seeds and starter plants from a local nursery every year since 2011. It also purchased plastic drip irrigation tubing and fertilizer valves after a drought threatened the garden in 2012. This year, it provided a letter of support needed by the master gardeners to secure a $5,000 grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation for an organic compost mix that will add nutrients back to the soil and help keep weeds at bay.

Morris has made the garden his special focus and enlisted every member of the club to help with planting, weeding, and harvesting. Henson also recruited day care employees to volunteer. 

The garden needs everyone for planting, says Dale Nelmes, one of the master gardeners who volunteer every week.

“Many of us master gardeners are up there in years and can’t get down on our hands and knees like we used to,” he says. “I was so impressed with Rotary and Sheila, who brought all these young volunteers in. It was incredible how much we accomplished.”

The Harvard Rotarians also used a Rotary grant to buy a new freezer, which allows the food pantry to store vegetables longer. 

Last winter, Morris secured another Rotary grant  for $2,000, which, when combined with $5,000 from club funds, funded seven weeks of food deliveries from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. A mobile unit from the food bank set up at Brown Bear Daycare once a month from October to April, each time distributing 9,000 pounds of meat, vegetables, boxed goods, breads, and fruits.

Morris says growing up on a farm in northwestern Illinois played a big part in his interest in fighting hunger. 

“I know we can produce more than enough food to feed everybody in the country,” he says. “It’s just a matter of the logistics of getting it from the farm to their table.”

On a July morning, about 20 people – Rotarians, master gardeners, and community volunteers – are scattered among the 14 rows, each 125 feet long, pulling weeds and picking vegetables. The garden is behind schedule this year because of heavy rains, and today’s harvest is smaller than normal. At the food pantry, Nelmes weighs each crate: 9 pounds of broccoli, 6 pounds of kohlrabi, 8 pounds of peppers, and 22 pounds of zucchini. Later in the season, many more hands will be needed to harvest.

Reina Montes began volunteering at the garden after a back injury forced her to stop working temporarily and she had to go to the pantry to supplement her groceries. When she learned about the garden, she persuaded her daughter, Elizabeth Sanchez, to join her on Mondays to help plant, pick, and weed.

Montes moved to Harvard from Mexico City more than 20 years ago and fell in love with the smaller town. Her daughter now has two college-age daughters of her own, whom she hopes to teach the value of community service. 

“Thanks to the garden, we can feed people who can’t afford to buy fresh food at the supermarket,” says Sanchez. “I believe it is everybody’s responsibility to help the community. If our children see that there is unity, love, and support, they are going to do the same thing. We are leaving them a legacy.” 

The Power of a Garden Arnold R Grahl, Rotary.Org 2017-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Silicon Valley Comes to Titletown: Packers, Microsoft Announce $10M Tech Lab

Posted by Jeff Alexander, WBAY Green Bay


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers and software giant Microsoft are teaming up to build a massive technology building called "Titletown Tech."

The goal is to boost economic expansion in the region through "world-class digital innovations and expertise." The Packers and Microsoft are evenly splitting the $10 million business investment, saying it's a match made in heaven.

"Just a tremendous opportunity for us, and when we saw the opportunity we jumped at it," says Packers President Mark Murphy.

"As we were talking about what we wanted to do, it took about 6 seconds to realize that Titletown was the perfect place for this match to come together," adds Microsoft President Brad Smith.

The two-story, 46,000-square foot facility will open a year from now in the Titletown District. It will house these ventures:

TitletownTech Accelerator will work with start-ups creating new digital products and services. They'll spend 18 weeks at the facility, working with advisers and mentors.

TiteltownTech Venture Capital Fund will invest money to launch new companies that participate in the Accelerator.

TitletownTech Labs is for established businesses. They will be able to send workers to TitletownTech for an 18-week program dedicated to new digital tech and services.

Both organizations say TitletownTech will help the region's emerging and existing businesses define and build new digital products, transform their operations through technology, and provide capital to launch new ventures.

"An opportunity to bring two world class organizations together that have great complementary strengths, but a common commitment to the community and help bring Titletown to a new dimension that adds this creative element and helps add to the role it will play as really a crown jewel and engine of economic growth for all of Northeast Wisconsin," says Smith, who is an Appleton native.

He adds that digital technology is the wave of the future in just about every industry, from agriculture to high-tech.

"It's emblematic of what we're seeing across the economy, the future of manufacturing involves digital technology, the paper industry has moved more to digital technology, for us to be able to work with the Packers and Titletown and really turn Titletown Tech into a centerpiece for the development of these technologies, is something we hope can ultimately reverberate with benefits across the economy," says Smith.

The Packers are banking on Titletown Tech to not only attract, but retain young college graduates in the area, a problem research shows Northeast Wisconsin faces.

"We think Titletown in general will be helpful in that regard, but this particularly, and if we're able to start some exciting young businesses that will be attractive to young professionals, it will be a huge help to us," says Murphy.

Microsoft is creating a TitletownTech Mentorship Program for its employees to serve as mentors in the Accelerator and Labs program..

The Packers say they plan to announce even more details on TitletownTech in the weeks to come.

Silicon Valley Comes to Titletown: Packers, Microsoft Announce $10M Tech Lab Jeff Alexander, WBAY Green Bay 2017-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
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TM Rotary Highway Cleanup: Saturday, November 4, 2017


When: Saturday, November 4th @ 9am to 10:30am
Where: Meet at gas station on the south east corner of Donges Bay and Cedarburg Roads
What to Bring:  Gloves and be appropriate clothing for the weather as we will be outside for 1 to 1 1/2 hours
Special Notes: Extra people are welcome as we can then send some individuals to the Riverwalk
TM Rotary Highway Cleanup: Saturday, November 4, 2017 Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary Holiday Food Drive



2017 Rotary Holiday Food Drive


November 14 to November 19, 2017


Ozaukee County Family Sharing Food Pantry


After a lengthly process of sifting and winnowing this year’s captains are:

Sam Azinger

Kristine Hage     

Maureen O’Leary


One point for each item donated, or for each dollar donated. Checks written to Ozaukee County Family Sharing are tax deductible. Ten food items earn you a meeting make up.


Preferred items: cash, pancake mix/syrup, jellies/jams/honey, canned beef stew/hash, canned meats/tuna, stuffing, condiments, baked beans, canned fruits and vegetables, juice, coffee, hot chocolate, cooking oil, flour, sugar, cereal/oatmeal, peanut butter, healthy crackers and snacks, diapers (esp large), baby food, formula, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream razors, dish soap, cleaners, toilet paper, paper toweling, facial tissue, white vinegar, tooth paste and brushes.


Team Azinger: Bonaparte, Custer, Harris, Hillman, Jacobs, Kirgues, Lind, Mobley, Ott, Robertson, Rowe, Sommersberger, Weston, Witte-Dycus


Team Hage: Borland, Davis, Hart, Holtz, Johannes, Koch, Lysaught, Naggs, Pearson, Robinson, Shneyder, Vertz, Wiese


Team O’Leary: Carr, Gannon, Hertz, Huffman, Joynt, Kos, MacFarlane, O’Connor, Petzold, Rosing, Smith, Von Rueden, Witte


The winning team gets to enter the year 2018 with the chorus  of “It’s hard to be Humble” echoing in their minds, pridefully bragging to all who will listen (hopefully someone) that they are the champions.


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Cell Phones Power Disease Fight

Posted by Ryan Highland, Rotary.Org

Pakistan and Nigeria replace paper-based reporting with fast, accurate cellphone messaging


Mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the world’s largest public health initiative: the eradication of polio. 

As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy. 

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening the lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria, where a single text message could save a life. 

In Pakistan, Rotary has been working to replace traditional paper-based reporting of maternal and child health information, including polio immunization data, with mobile phone and e-monitoring technology. 

Community health workers across the nation have received more than 800 phones through a partnership with Rotary, the Pakistani government; Telenor, the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider; and Eycon, a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Organizers plan to distribute a total of 5,000 cellphones by the end of 2018. 

Health workers can use the phones to send data via text message to a central server. If they see a potential polio case, they can immediately alert officials at Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Center. They also can note any children who didn’t receive the vaccine or parental refusals – and record successful immunizations. In Pakistan, the polio eradication effort aims to reach the nation’s 35 million children under age five.

The result is a collection of real-time information that officials can easily monitor and assess, says Michel Thieren, regional emergency director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program. 

“Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in the polio eradication program,” says Thieren, who has directed polio-related initiatives for WHO in Pakistan. “The data we collect needs to have such a granular level of detail. With real-time information that can be recorded and transcribed immediately, you can increase accuracy and validity.

“This gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions we need to make operationally and tactically to eliminate polio,” Thieren says.

Beyond polio

Health workers also are using mobile phones to monitor a multitude of maternal and child health factors. 

Pakistan’s child mortality rate ranks among the highest in the world, according to UNICEF, with 81 deaths under age five per 1,000 live births. 

But mobile technology can help reduce those deaths, says Asher Ali, project manager for Rotary’s Pakistan PolioPlus Committee. 

“Our health workers, including community midwives, are tracking pregnant mothers,” Ali says. “When a child is born, they can input and maintain complete health records, not just for polio, but for other vaccines and basic health care and hygiene needs.”

They also can monitor infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and influenza-like illnesses, as well as child malnutrition and maternal health concerns. 

“If there is a problem with the baby or the mother, we can send information to the government health departments immediately, so they can solve the issue quickly and adjust their strategies,” Ali says. 

Cellphones also facilitate follow-up visits with families, because health workers can send appointment reminders over text message. 

Proliferation of phones

Mobile phone use worldwide has spiked recently, with about 7 billion subscribers globally, 89 percent of them in developing countries, says WHO. Even people living on less than $1 a day often have access to phones and text messaging, according to WHO. Cellphones are used more than any other technology in the developing world. 

Rotary and other nonprofit organizations are leveraging this fact to boost a variety of health initiatives. 

The Grameen Foundation conducts a “mobile midwife” program that sends daily texts and weekly voice mails to expectant mothers, offering advice during pregnancy and the first year of the child’s life. UNICEF provides similar support to mothers, with a focus on nutrition throughout pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life. 

Mobile phones also are helping in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. The British nonprofit Absolute Return for Kids uses text messages to remind patients about medications and upcoming appointments. 

The Ugandan health ministry’s mTrac program, a mobile text messaging data collection network run in conjunction with UNICEF and other organizations, has a broader focus. Nearly 30,000 workers at 3,700 health centers submit weekly reports through their phones and receive surveys, alerts, and other communications. Questions go out to health workers about medical supply levels, conditions in clinics, and other critical issues.

Members of the Rotaract Club of The Caduceus, India, collaborated with the Jana Swasthya Project in 2015 to screen more than 8,000 people for oral health conditions, hypertension, and diabetes during Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s largest Hindu festivals. The project established a digital disease-surveillance system to study epidemiological trends, replacing a paper-based data-tracking process and allowing officials to access live data with a few clicks. 

In 2016, after Nigeria saw its first polio cases in almost two years, Rotary and WHO officials rushed to replace traditional reporting with a cell-based system in the northern state of Borno, where the new cases were identified. The mobile phone initiative has since expanded to more than 11 states. 

“Traditional paper reporting was misleading our program. The information we were getting was not entirely accurate. This gave us the sense that we were doing better than we actually were,” says Boniface Igomu, program coordinator of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee. “With cellphones, we’re identifying problem areas quickly and acting accordingly.”

The country has yet to see a polio case this year. 

Nigeria is also using cell-based mapping technology to identify areas that polio immunization teams have missed. Health workers test stool samples from children arriving from remote areas and log reports of acute flaccid paralysis. This effort started in Borno but has expanded to three additional states, Igomu says. 

After more than 1,000 people died earlier this year in Nigeria from meningitis, the country used the same digital tools in emergency vaccination campaigns, he adds.

“Mobile technologies are the type of innovations that can fill in the gaps of our program and finally help us end polio for good,” Igomu says. “Their uses have never been more important than now.”

Cell Phones Power Disease Fight Ryan Highland, Rotary.Org 2017-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Ukranian Delegates Joins TM Rotary

Six Ukranian delegates joined the Thiensville Mequon Rotary Club on October 17th.  The delegation is in the United States for a one week period as part of the US Congress Open World Program (  The six delegates are English teachers.
The photo above features (from left to right) Victoriia, Svitlana, Nataliia, Anna, TM Rotary President Bill Hart, Tatiana and Oleksandra.
Ukranian Delegates Joins TM Rotary 2017-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Rebecca Dallet, WI Supreme Court Justice Candidate

State Supreme Court Justice candidate, Rebecca Dallet, joined the Thiensville Mequon Rotary Club as guest speaker on October 17th.  Dallet began her campaign in June vying for the seat that will be vacated by Justice Michael Gableman.  Gableman is completing is first and only term of 10 years and announced in June that he will not seek re-election.
Judge Rebecca Dallet, currently a Milwaukee County Judge, spent 11 years as a prosecutor before being elected to the Milwaukee County bench in 2008.  Dallet was re-elected to the bench in 2014.  Dallet grew up in Cleveland, OH and attended Ohio State University.  She received a full merit scholarship from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH.  
Dallet has 3 daughters and resides in Whitefish Bay, WI.
"I've never had the desire to do anything but serve, " Judge Dallet said to the group while reflecting on her career.  Dallet's shared that her background has centered around service.  She is a teacher of judges and serves on a number of committees.  She is an Associate Dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College, President of the Milwaukee Trial Judges Association and Secretary of the Association of Women Lawyers.
Dallet shared why she is running by emphasizing that she does not believe there is a place for partisanship on the highest court in the State.  "It's not about me, it's about you and it's about the law. You should not have to worry that I will insert my political opinions (in court decisions)."
Dallet believes that her criminal justice background, experience in trial courts as an attorney and a judge along with her experience in making tough decisions distinguishes her from opponents.  
Dallet is facing challenges from Judge Timothy Burns of Madison and Judge Michael Screnock of Sauk County.  The primary for the Spring 2018 election will be held on February 20, 2018.  The election will be held on April 3, 2018.
Guest Speaker Rebecca Dallet, WI Supreme Court Justice Candidate Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor’s Message for October 2017

Economic & Community Development

World Polio Day

Greetings Rotarians!  During September, I visited many more fantastic clubs around District 6270 – clubs that are doing outstanding work both in their communities and abroad.  By the end of September, I have been to 46 clubs – only 8 more.    
     So, what are my general impressions? 
     Clubs are conducting many wonderful projects demonstrating Service Above Self.  Rotarians are Making a Difference in so many ways.  I have seen projects dealing with Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Water and Sanitation.  Clubs are working to support abuse victims, support educational achievement, promote literacy, improve medical and dental care, assist with disaster relief, do community beautification and promote cultural development.  Hopefully, you have seen pictures of some of these projects posted on our District 6270 Facebook page.  Rotarians, thank you for all that you do!
One of our goals for District 6270 this year is for at least half of the clubs in the district receive recognition in the form of a Rotary Citation.  But, to do that a club has to report goals on Rotary Club Central.  As of the end of September, some clubs have not completed posting of goals.  Here is the status:
Measure on Club Central
Actual (Clubs) Reporting 1Q-17
Membership Goals
54 (100%)
46 (85%)
Foundation Annual Fund Goals
54 (100%)
35 (65%)
Foundation Polio Plus Goals
54 (100%)
27 (50%)
Clubs with Service Goals
54 (100%)
26 (48%)
I encourage all clubs to post your goals on Rotary Club Central. 

October is Economic and Community Development Month in Rotary

One of six focus areas of Rotary and our Rotary Foundation, is to promote economic and community development.  We do this by providing training, supporting development of well-paying jobs, and providing access to finance.  Efforts vary from assisting people with equipment to vocational training.  We work to support local entrepreneurs and community leaders.
You can learn more by reviewing the RI booklet on Economic and Community Development Project Strategies (RI document 619-EN—(116)), .  You can review the Rotary Showcase to see what is being done around the world. And you can review the Economic and Community Development section on the  website.  
At the end of this message are examples of several projects in this focus area. 
October 24 is World Polio Day
Join Rotary’s 5th annual live streaming World Polio Day event on October 24th.  The event will be co-hosted and streamed live from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters in Seattle, WA.   Learn more at:
Plan and hold your own club’s World Polio Day event.  Register your event on .   Help raise awareness about polio and polio eradication.   Raise money for polio eradication.  This activity even supports your club’s work on a Rotary Citation. 


I am beginning to compile information for our District 6270 October Newsletter.  Feel free to send me information about the following:
·         Events.  If you have an event coming up in November or December - let me know.
·         Partnerships.  If you are seeking a partner for a service project (either in your area or abroad) - let me know.
·         Funding.  If you are seeking financial support for a project – let me know.
·         Accomplishments.  If you have recently completed a major service project or activity – let me know. 
As I have indicated in my visits to clubs, we do NOT do enough in letting others know about our activities, projects, and successes.  Help me let others know about your clubs successes.
Jeffrey G. Reed
District Governor
 “Rotary: Making a Difference” 2018
District Governor’s Message for October 2017 District Governor Jeff Reed 2017-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Chiara Attends Homestead Homecoming


Exchange student, Chiara, attended Homestead's Homecoming.  She marched with AFS in the parade, and spoke with AFS at the pep rally in front of the entire school.
Chiara and fellow students attended dinner and the homecoming dance.
Chiara Attends Homestead Homecoming Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

District 6270 Governor Jeff Reed Addresses TM Rotary Club

District 6270 Governor Jeff Reed joined TM Rotary as guest speaker during the Tuesday, October 10th Meeting.  
Reed shared that he first joined Rotary back in 2000 as a member of the Fond Du Lac morning club.  His father George was a Rotary President in Maryland.  Reed was always impressed by the cause of Rotary and the service above self mentality, he wanted to serve.
Governor Reed shared his impressive experiences in Irkutsk, Siberia.  Irkutsk is a city with a population of 800,000.  He was a part of the revolving micro-loan project where funds were utilized to improve lives of community members.  One example shared was of an Irkutsk woman who chose to use funds from the micro-loan project to rebuild her barn.
The Rotary theme this year is 'Making a Difference.'  Bill Gates kicked off the year with a 2 for 1 match to Rotary generated Polio Plus fundraising, which would bring the amount raised to $450 million.  Polio Plus has immunized 2.5 million children to date.  The impacts of Polio Plus funding have been dramatic, lowering the amount of Polio cases from thousands per day to 11 in total this year.  India has now been Polio free for 4 years.
Reed emphasized how important it is to continue raising funds for Polio Plus.  Polio could see a resurgence unless completely eradicated from the globe.  Based on transportation capabilities today, resurgences of polio could reach 200,000 cases in one year's time.  It remains incredibly important to continue the efforts to eradicate the disease.
Reed shared some history with the Club.  The foundation started in 1917 with leftover funds of $26.50 from the 1917 Rotary convention.  That fund has grown to more than $3.7 Billion in 100 years time.  
Reed challenged the TM Rotary Club to reflect on a question:  What is your Rotary value proposition?  
District 6270 Governor Jeff Reed Addresses TM Rotary Club Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
TM Rotary Quote of the Week Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Mequon Thiensville Chamber: In Business for Your Business

Posted by Nicholas Robinson

Executive Director, Tina Schwantes and Board President, Matt Richmond join TM Rotary on 10/3

The Mequon Thiensville Chamber of Commerce has been serving thriving business community since 1980.  It was founded in 1980 with the “purpose of advancing commercial, industrial, agricultural educational and civic interests of this community and area.”  The organization started with 30 members and now has more than 460. The by-laws were adopted and elections took place at the first chamber meeting held on September 23, 1980 at the North Shore Country Club. 
Bill Reinhardt was named the Executive Vice President. Mr. Reinhardt was the chief administrative and executive officer and served on the Chamber Executive Committee. The Chamber office was housed in Bill Reinhardt’s home until his retirement in 1993. Other chamber office locations were 11512 N. Port Washington Road Mequon from 1993 – 1998; 250 S. Main Street, Thiensville from 1998 to 2012 and 6331 W. Mequon Road from July of 2012 until present.
Tina Schwantes has served as the Chamber's Executive Director for 8 years.  She has overseen incredible growth and robust activity during her tenure.  The pinnacle accomplishment during her tenure is the growth of the Chamber to over 460 members, making it the 8th largest Chamber in Southeastern Wisconsin.  There are 267 chambers in the State.
Tina shared with the Rotary Group that the chamber can be viewed as a resource to the community with four value components outlined in the acronym P.A.C.E.  The Chamber Promotes, Advocates, Connects and Educates.  Among the many benefits available to members are the ability to utilize the Chamber's website to promote your business through Hot Deals, Job Postings and Events.  The Chamber also includes complimentary announcements in the newsletter that is broadcast to all members.  The Chamber actively participates in Ribbon Cuttings to welcome new businesses to the community and connects businesses to one another through various networking events and opportunities.
Schwantes is passionate about the Chamber's commitment to small business.  She shared a time when the Chamber was made aware of a sign ordinance that negatively impacted business visibility.  The Chamber advocated for the small business community by serving an active role in conversations with the City and the sign ordinance was ultimately changed to benefit small business owners in the area.
The Chamber serves as a guide for tourism as well.  By many, the Chamber is considered a one-stop resource.  John McGivern will be airing a televised profile on the area and has reached out to the Chamber to serve as a guide for the community profile.  The airing of that profile will be screened at an event on March 22nd. 
Matt Richmond was recently appointed as President of the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber.  When discussing the significance of the Chamber and similar organizations, one thought came to mind, "If you're going to get involved, you have to get engaged."  Richmond explained the many different ways to become engaged with the Chamber, from monthly luncheons where members come together to network, to the annual golf outing and annual award dinner.
Richmond explained that the Chamber has a volunteer board.  A major difference between the MT Chamber and other similar organizations is that other Chambers receive funding from hotel tax revenue.  The MT Chamber does not.  As the Chamber's main sources of revenues are from membership dues and fundraisers, the involvement of the business community becomes vital to the viability of the Chamber.  The success of the Chamber is a true testament to the leadership team of Tina Schwantes and the Board, along with the engagement of the thriving business community.
Richmond was clear on the state of the Chamber and the objectives for the coming year: "We have achieved excellence and maintaining excellence is key.  We will be investing in infrastructure within the organization to support the growth in the business community."
Rotarians are considered Chamber members and have full membership access to events and directories.  All are encouraged to attend any and all events of interest.
Mequon Thiensville Chamber: In Business for Your Business Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Speaker: Chris Korjenek


Chris Korjenek shares renderings of the development of 17 acres of blighted land in Mequon.  The project would turn a $1 million parcel of land into a $50 million development.


Chris spoke about the development of the site at 6411 Mequon Road.  The development will include a brewery, beer hall, commercial space and luxury apartments.


Rendering of the planned Foxtown Brewery, which will anchor the site.  The site will include a beer-themed restaurant housed in a historic two-story building that was used as a brewery in the 1850s. The brewery would have lager cave tours, an outdoor beer garden and a public beer hall with a dance floor and banquet hall seating. 


Rendering of the site from another view.  Closer to the railroad tracks, a brewery and beer hall, which will be called Fox Yard Brewery, would be located in a renovated 13,000-square-foot building previously used as lumber barns and sheds. The microbrewery would feature beer hall seating, an outdoor beer garden pavilion in restored lumber sheds.

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A Message From Jennifer Sutherland: Host Families Needed - March 2018

Dear friends,

We are still in need of a host family for Chiara beginning in March. Please pass this message along to anyone you think might be interested.



Jennifer Sutherland


12600 N. Port Washington Road | Mequon WI 53092

p 262.387.8840 |

A Message From Jennifer Sutherland: Host Families Needed - March 2018 Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Message From Jamie Spotts - Family Sharing of Ozaukee County

Dear TM Rotarians:

You may or may not be aware that Family Sharing is renovating our food pantry.  We are doing this in order that we can continue to provide the best possible client experience by giving clients more personal interaction and connection.  The new layout will minimize wait times and help us move toward providing healthier options including more fruits and vegetables and less processed food. 


We just started work today and a need has arisen.  Our pantry shelving has not been moved in years and while we have it out we discovered that it could use some love and attention.  This is why I am reaching out to you.  We are looking for a handful of volunteers that would be able and willing to clean and paint these units.  Some need both cleaning and painting and others just need a deep cleaning.   


This project is flexible as to what time of day– however, we must have it completed by October 6th.   I am reaching out to you in hopes that you may have contacts in your respective areas of people just looking for a fun community project or some kids looking for community service hours.  The work can start asap. 


Please let me know if you think you may be able to help!


Jamie Spotts I Volunteer Manager

Family Sharing of Ozaukee County

P: (262) 377-0634 ext 185

Message From Jamie Spotts - Family Sharing of Ozaukee County Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Superintendent of Mequon Thiensville School District, Matt Joynt, Joins TM Rotary

The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club is proud to welcome Matthew Joynt, Superintendent of the Mequon Thiensville School District, as Rotary Member.
Joynt began his career with MTSD in 1999 as a Wilson Elementary teacher. He was also the assistant principal at Homestead High School before becoming principal of Shorewood High School. He returned to the district in 2013 to become the assistant superintendent of educational services.

Joynt has a master's of science degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and a bachelor's of science degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is working toward his Ph.D. in philosophy of educational administration from UWM with an expected graduation date of December 2018.

Joynt is also a member of the UW-Milwaukee Administrative Leadership Advisory Council, the Cardinal Stritch University School of Education Advisory Board and the Milwaukee School of Engineering School Administration MBA Program Advisory Board.

Joynt, his wife, Heidi, and their two children live in the community. Their youngest son will be joining his two older siblings when he begins the 4K program next school year.

Superintendent of Mequon Thiensville School District, Matt Joynt, Joins TM Rotary Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary Welcomes Sarah Urban of Charter Manufacturing

The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club welcomed Sarah Urban, Vice President of Information Technology with Charter Manufacturing.
Charter specializes in the manufacturing of steel, primarily cold rolled steel bars for use in the auto industry.  Charter Manufacturing generates $1 billion in revenues annually and they are located in the Menomonee River Valley in Milwaukee.  
Charter Manufacturing was founded in 1978 in Saukville, WI.  
Sarah lives in Germantown, WI and joined Charter primarily because of the excellent culture.  She is currently responsible for executing the technology strategy of the company. 
TM Rotary Welcomes Sarah Urban of Charter Manufacturing Nicholas Robinson 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
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A Place to Call Home

Posted by Vanessa Glavinskas, Rotary.Org

In the suburbs of Atlanta, Rotarians are filling a gap in social services to help struggling families get back on their feet.

By Photos and video by 


Beatrice’s story

In early 2006, Beatrice arrived home to find her husband in a rage. With bills and the mortgage adding up, the family was in danger of losing their house, and her husband had reached some kind of breaking point. “I’m not going to do this anymore,” he told her. “It’s all going to end.” 

Beatrice, who was pregnant with their second daughter, scooped up Maya, who was then 18 months old, to shield her from his anger. She had felt her husband’s fury before. Mostly he would yell, but sometimes he would punch a wall. Other times, he had pushed her or thrown something at her. 

With her family an ocean away in her native Kenya and a small child to care for, Beatrice felt she had few options. She was in the United States on a student visa, studying accounting. “But that day, I knew something had to give,” she says. “When you see that kind of rage in someone’s eyes, it’s very scary.” She had applied for a green card, and although the couple were just a week away from their interview, she couldn’t risk staying. “I thought, I may die waiting for that interview.” 

When he went to bed, she called a friend from church who knew about her situation. She whispered into the phone, “Pat, I’m scared for my life.” The women made plans to meet the next day. Beatrice held her daughter and waited for morning to come. 

Single and struggling

This was supposed to be a story about the working poor. But to write about the estimated 10 million Americans who work yet live below the poverty line, you encounter the same people again and again: single mothers like Beatrice. 

Nearly 40 percent of single mothers in the United States live in poverty.

The cost of child care eats up much of their take-home pay, so some move in with relatives or a boyfriend. Others are forced to rent substandard apartments in dangerous neighborhoods. Many minimum-wage workers don’t have health insurance through their employers and are one serious illness away from losing everything. In fact, that’s how Beatrice, who had started to rebuild her life after leaving John, became homeless: She got sick.

After three months in a shelter, Beatrice rented an apartment. She found an internship and was making $15 an hour. Life was difficult for the expectant mother with a toddler, a job, and night classes, but she made it work. Pat watched Maya while Beatrice was at school in the evenings. She continued to work on her degree so she wouldn’t lose her student visa. 

Ella suffered from severe sleep apnea and was in intensive care for a week. When she came home, she needed constant monitoring to make sure she didn’t stop breathing. No day care facility would accept the risk of caring for her, and Beatrice’s internship didn’t offer paid leave. 

“Now I’m in an apartment and I can’t work. I couldn’t pay for it,” she says. “In the meantime, I lost my friend Pat. She died of complications from the flu.” 

Luckily, other friends helped her find another job, and, with her church’s support, she was able to stay in her apartment. When Ella turned six months old, Beatrice started working again. But a month later, she felt a terrible pain in her side and passed out at the office. After emergency surgery for an ovarian cyst, Beatrice developed a blood clot that nearly killed her. Her new employer couldn’t wait for her to recover and replaced her. Once again Beatrice had no income, no insurance – and this time she had $115,000 in hospital bills. She lost the apartment. “That’s how I ended up at HomeStretch,” she says.

A new start

HomeStretch offers temporary housing for homeless families in the suburbs north of Atlanta. The organization’s units are situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in Roswell, a town with good schools HomeStretch offers temporary housing for homeless families in the suburbs north of Atlanta. The organization’s units are situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in Roswell, a town with good schools and parks filled with children. 

It’s not where you would expect to find a growing homelessness problem, but, between 2000 and 2011, the number of suburban poor in the Atlanta area grew by 159 percent. Today, the majority of Atlanta’s low-income families live outside the city. This has been happening across the United States as public housing reform and gentrification push low-income families to the suburbs, but it is particularly pronounced here. In fact, researchers at the Brookings Institution have called Atlanta the “epicenter of suburban poverty in America.” 

Atlanta’s suburbs are a difficult place to live if you’re poor. There’s little public transportation, affordable housing is limited, and most social service organizations are still based in the city. That’s where Rotary comes in. 

Where the suburban social safety net has holes, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta fills the gaps. For years, the club has been forming partnerships to bolster the work of social service agencies across north Fulton County. In 2001, the club began supporting HomeStretch, where Beatrice lived for three years. Alpharetta Rotarians also support an emergency housing complex for single mothers called the Drake House. “We develop substantial relationships with our partners,” explains club member Karen Nolan, noting that this makes it easier for the agencies to reach out to the club for help. Club members take on tasks large and small, from providing basics such as food and clothing to helping a family secure a car loan.  

The club also supports a food pantry at North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC).

Every weekday for more than 20 years, a Rotarian has made the trip to Fresh Market grocery store, picked up two or three carts of donated food, and taken it to the pantry. Every member of the club has volunteered to make the delivery. It’s the club’s longest-running service project.     

“I never have to worry they won’t show up,” says Melody Fortin, the pantry’s manager. 

Vonda Malbrough, a director at NFCC, says she can call on the club for just about anything: “This is a community of people who will go above and beyond,” she says. NFCC helps families across the county with many aspects of daily living, including food, clothing vouchers, and utility assistance. In the fall, Rotarians pitch in to help stuff backpacks for the children of the families who rely on NFCC’s assistance. 

Rotary at HomeStretch

At HomeStretch, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta supports one unit – helping pay the rent, furnishing and decorating the space, and providing food and toiletries. When Beatrice lived at HomeStretch, she saw how Rotarians helped in other ways too. Club members fixed up a little garden near her unit. They watched her daughters and other children while she attended a weekly life skills class, a mandatory part of the HomeStretch program. 

I built my whole company by finding diamonds in the rough. I find those employees to be fiercely loyal because they appreciate the opportunity.

Rotary Club of Roswell member and businessman who has hired people through HomeStretch

HomeStretch relies on a network of community volunteers, including Rotarians, to run its financial mentoring program. Sidney Browning, a financial planner and a member of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, mentored Sophelia, a single mother with a teenage son. He taught her the basics of budgeting and how to pay down debt, but soon realized she would continue to struggle without stable employment. 

Sophelia primarily found work through a temp agency but couldn’t meet her monthly expenses when her hours fluctuated. Browning thought of all the business owners he knew through Rotary and realized the club’s partnership with HomeStretch offered another opportunity: a source of screened candidates for Rotarian employers. 

Jim Coyle, a member of the Rotary Club of Roswell, hired Sophelia to work in data entry at his firm, which automates revenue processing for the health care industry. “I built my whole company by finding diamonds in the rough,” Coyle says. “I find those employees to be fiercely loyal because they appreciate the opportunity.” For her part, Sophelia was thrilled to have health benefits. “I couldn’t remember the last time I had insurance,” she says.


Past Alpharetta Club President Jason Binder, a 37-year-old with three young children, hopes to take the club’s partnerships a step further. “One thing we haven’t tackled is transportation,” says Binder, who also serves on the Alpharetta City Council. “Mass transit definitely needs to be improved around here. However, that takes years. I began to wonder what we could do as a Rotary club.” 

When he read about a successful microcredit program, Launch Detroit, in the September 2014 issue of The Rotarian, Binder solicited advice from its founder, Michigan Rotarian Larry Wright. 

After talking with Wright and consulting other Rotarians with financial backgrounds, Binder came up with a proposal – a low-interest car loan program for families at HomeStretch and the Drake House. “Most of the residents are credit risks, so we’re working to find a way that the Rotary club can buy off that risk,” explains Binder. “We provide funds upfront and buy down the interest rate.” The purchaser enjoys a lower interest rate and begins rebuilding her credit.  

“Many of our families do not own vehicles,” explains Kathy Swahn, executive director of the Drake House. “So we’re delighted to work with Jason to pilot a car loan program for our moms.” 

The club has provided seed money for the new program, which will be managed by a local credit union. Access to a car is incredibly important, especially in the suburbs. “This will open new opportunities for employment, more flexible schedules, less travel time, and better accessibility to child care,” adds Swahn.

Standing on her own

In 2010, Beatrice graduated from the HomeStretch program. In just three years, she had paid down most of her debt and restored her credit enough to qualify for a home through Habitat for Humanity. On her graduation day, Rotarians were there again – providing a meal after the ceremony and handing out bags full of items for her new home. 

Beatrice now owns a home built by Habitat for Humanity. Her girls enjoy the stability of a safe neighborhood with good schools. 


Today, Beatrice has a job as a senior accountant at an international school. She earned a master’s degree in public administration last year by taking night classes. Money is still tight and there’s little time for anything aside from work and raising her girls, but life is stable. 

When they moved into their Habitat house, Maya, then six, was relieved. “Now I can learn my address,” she said. “We don’t have to move anymore. ” While they were at HomeStretch, therapy funded by Medicaid helped Maya cope with constantly shifting living and day care arrangements.

“They carry those things with them,” Beatrice says. “They are in a safe place now, but I think there are remnants of those experiences and memories that will be with them throughout their lives.”

Beatrice now mentors another HomeStretch resident. “I hope she can learn from me,” she says. “I think it’s good to hear from someone who’s been through the program. I’m speaking from my own experience.”

When Beatrice tells her story, she attributes her success to her own hard work as well as the organizations and people who helped her. “There are very few social services in Alpharetta. They are almost a secret – no one even imagines there are Habitat homes here,” she says. But supporting social services in suburban areas is a key part of addressing homelessness, and Rotary clubs are positioned to help fill the gaps.  

“You have to let people have a chance, and one way you do that is by giving them a decent neighborhood,” Beatrice says. “Being here gave me something to aspire to. It made me realize I can give this to my girls. I can give them a good school district and a safe neighborhood. It boosts morale, integrates you into society – into a good, functional society. You feel like you matter – like you belong.” 

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September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

Posted by District Governor Jeff Reed
Greetings Rotarians!   To the Rotarians in the more than 30 clubs I visited in July and August - Thank You.  I have enjoyed meeting you.  I appreciate your hospitality – morning, noon or night.  It has been wonderful visiting your projects.  I am impressed with the many great things that Rotarians across our district are doing to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the community and around the world.   If you have followed my travels on our District Facebook site you have seen the evidence in pictures.  To those clubs I have yet to visit, I’m on my way – see you soon.  I want to see your projects also. 

Basic Education and Literacy

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month for Rotary.  This is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.  We all know how critical reading and writing are for success in life – for gaining information, communicating, making agreements, and so forth.  Enhancing Basic Education skills and Literacy are essential in reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.  Improvements can reduce maternal death, improve childhood survivability, and reduce poverty.  They can also enable success in business or a profession. 
Projects undertaken by a Rotary Club can address low adult literacy, returning youth to school, enhancing student performance, or supplementing limited school resources.  Listed below are examples of a number of projects in which clubs are engaged. 
Consider how your club is, or could be, MAKING A DIFFERENCE by supporting basic education and literacy in your community or somewhere else in the world.  
Jeff Reed, District Governor, D6270, RI


Clubs in District 6270 engage in a variety of projects supporting Basic Education and Literacy.  For example:

•      Rotary Dictionary Project.  This effort provides third grade students a personal dictionary of their own for use in elementary and middle school.  It is a path to supporting better reading, speech, and writing.   
•      Rotary Reader (e.g., Reading with Children).  Elementary school children who need special assistance and support are identified by the school and paired with an adult volunteer (Rotary Reader).  Each week of the school year, the adult spends one-on-one time with their special elementary school child.  Readers not only assist with reading, they provide mentoring and support for young learners. 
•      Rotary Birthday Books.  On their birthday, each child in an elementary school receives a book of their choosing.  The books are purchased by the Rotary Club and provided to the School Librarian / Media specialist who facilitates selection by the children.  
•      Reading Tutors.  Volunteer tutors read with students one-on-one or in small groups to improve reading skills.  
•      SPROUT.  Health care providers engage parents to support social, emotional and cognitive development in infants and young children through one-on-one contact and reading.
•      School Supplies.  Providing materials and supplies supports schools and classroom learning.  


Rotary International provides a variety of resources to assist clubs with projects.  For example, Basic Education and Literacy Project Strategies (RI document 618en). 
Literacy Rotary Action Group (LITRAG).  This is a world-wide network of Rotarians with a special interest in alleviating illiteracy, enhancing literacy teaching and learning globally, and helping to provide materials and equipment for literacy education.  Check out their website   


There are many Rotary projects around the world supporting basic education and literacy.  Here are a few examples, some of which were exhibited at the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta.
 Guatemala Literacy Project.  Rotary clubs in Guatemala and North America partner with a nonprofit organization, the Cooperative for Education, to provide textbooks for children.  They also support the Culture of Reading Program, and Computer Program.  
Books for Africa.  The project collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to students of all ages in Africa.  The goal is to end the book famine in Africa.   
Rotary India Literacy Mission.   The organization has a goal of Total Literacy and Quality Education.  Their comprehensive T-E-AC-H program fosters Teacher support, E-learning, Adult Literacy, Child Development and Happy Schools.  
    WASH in Schools.  This program provides information on water, sanitation and hygiene in the school setting.  It helps to improve school attendance and enhance health.  And it is fun for the children.  
Souns for Literacy LLC.  A letter-sound program, with touchable symbols.  Souns is an early literacy program the way children are introduced to the symbols of printed language.  The goal is to ensure basic literacy.  It is especially helpful for special needs children.  
Kapadia Education Foundation.  They support College Education in Developing Countries.  Direct financial assistance and guidance are provided to needy college students in developing countries, seeking to make a difference in their communities. 
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month District Governor Jeff Reed 2017-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

A History Lesson:  Dr. Bob Jacobs and Dr. George Witte

Tim Vertz introduced Dr. Bob Jacobs who was inducted into the club in 1958.  He is now working on 59 years of perfect attendance.  Dr. George Witte was inducted in 1947.  That is 70 years of Rotary membership.  Together they have 129 years in our club.
Dr. Jacobs shared historical highlights from when our club was formed, displayed old and new club flags, and spoke about make-ups in Denmark, Jerusalem, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Japan.  The dress code in foreign clubs is much more formal.  He walked us through the time when Rotary was a good old boys club and wives/girlfriends were called Rotary Anns.  It seems our club was once a hard-drinking club.  Some members would show up at 10:30 to meet in the bar prior to the meeting.  One past fundraiser included a community brat fry for many years.  They raffled off a car full of beer and a canoe full of beer.  In the beginning it was a stuffed moose head!  According to Bob, Sandy Custer sold 3 foot long red licorice.  In the 60s and 70s, the fundraiser was a Black Tie Dinner Dance and Auction.
Bob also recounted our history with the boy scouts from 1937.  The troop was disbanded after Pearl Harbor because most adult males had gone to war.  In 1947, the troop was reinstituted.
He encouraged the club to find a club historian so our history is not forgotten.
A History Lesson: Dr. Bob Jacobs and Dr. George Witte Nicholas Robinson 2017-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Club innovation: Hybrid club offers online options

Posted by Courtesy, The Rotarian Magazine

The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA, merges features of brick-and-mortar clubs with e-clubs. 


The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain in Georgia, USA, was facing a common problem: The membership was aging, and the club struggled to attract younger members. “When you recruit, it ends up being people like you, people in the same neighborhoods and who do the same kinds of things,” notes immediate Past President Margie Kersey. “It’s a stretch for us to ask our older members to recruit people in their 40s.

As an alternate to the 2016 Council on Legislation, Kersey followed closely the discussion of changes to membership rules. “When I saw they had removed the barriers between e-clubs and regular clubs, I thought, we can be both.”

The district was encouraging her to embrace the e-club model, but the club didn’t want to lose the fellowship of in-person meetings. The solution was to become a hybrid, preserving in-person meetings but making them available online. The club launched online meetings in February.

“We use an online video conferencing service,” explains Kersey. “Many members had already used video conferencing for business, so they knew the software. And with a camera on the computer or on the person’s phone, they can see you and you can see them.” The first meeting had two online attendees, and the number has climbed steadily. Now six to eight people attend online in any given week.

This new model made membership more manageable for some current members. “We have a real estate agent in the club who is very busy,” Kersey says. “Before hybrid, the meeting was hard for her. Now she can attend from wherever she is, using her smartphone. So it’s increasing overall attendance.”

And the club is seeing clear indications that this model will draw new members as well. “We have eight potential members, and the hybrid model is part of the appeal.” One potential member is a restaurateur who can’t leave his business during the lunch rush. Attending virtually would let him keep an eye on the restaurant and still participate.

This new model may even prove useful for older members who are contemplating moving for retirement. “They can continue to be members in Stone Mountain, even if they move to Florida,” notes Kersey.

Remaking the club meant rewriting its bylaws from the ground up. “We had to rethink many things,” recalls Kersey. “We put in a requirement for 18 hours of service a year.” But they are flexible on how that requirement is fulfilled. “You could do service for a club near you”

She is convinced that Stone Mountain has found the way of the future. “I think most Rotary clubs will be hybrid eventually, with members attending in person and online.”

Club innovation: Hybrid club offers online options Courtesy, The Rotarian Magazine 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Toronto, the Capital of Nice!

Posted by Vanessa Glavinskas, The Rotarian Magazine

A tour of Rotary's 2018 convention city reveals one common thread: a welcoming spirit


We’re lost. My phone battery is low, so I don’t risk draining it to consult Google Maps. Instead, we duck inside a coffee shop and I pull out a paper map while my nine-year-old daughter orders a hot chocolate. The clerk smiles and asks where we are trying to go. On a small sheet of paper, she begins drawing a map of the area – complete with landmarks – so that I will know how to get to Kensington Market. It reminds me of the hand-drawn maps in a Rick Steves guidebook. I thank her, and as we leave, my daughter says, “Wow, they are so nice in Canada.”

It’s true. The people of Toronto gave us a warm reception on our visit to the city that will host the 2018 Rotary International Convention. Toronto has been shaped by immigrants, who have added new languages, customs, and foods while boosting the economy. Condo buildings are going up rapidly, and beyond downtown’s skyscrapers, Toronto is a sprawling network of neighborhoods: from ethnic enclaves such as Little Italy and Little India to Kensington Market with its bohemian cafés and Yorkville with its postcard-perfect Victorian houses. But despite its size, Toronto is safe and easy to navigate. The streets are clean. And the city’s 2.8 million residents – half of whom were born in other countries – speak more than 140 languages. The result is a cultural convergence that makes Toronto feel like home no matter where you’re from.

Once you touch down at Pearson International Airport, you can grab a taxi to the city for about $55, an Uber for $35, or the Union Pearson Express for $12 directly to Union Station near the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). The ride is 25 minutes; trains run every 15 minutes and offer free WiFi. If you fly Porter Air, you’ll land on the Toronto Islands, which are a short ferry ride from downtown (unless you opt to reach the city via the new pedestrian tunnel, which is full of moving walkways and escalators, making the total trip about six minutes). 

Hotels are abundant near the two convention venues: the MTCC and Air Canada Centre, which are within a 10-minute walk of each other. Just be sure to book early: Toronto is a convention magnet, and rooms fill up quickly in the warmer months. The MTCC and Air Canada Centre are close to Toronto’s Lake Ontario shore, where the Waterfront Trail is popular with cyclists and a boardwalk draws those who would rather stroll along the water’s edge. Boat tours offering views of the skyline or a cruise to the Toronto Islands leave from the Harbourfront Centre. But the main attraction is the CN Tower: Like the Space Needle in Seattle, it defines Toronto’s skyline. 

Opened in 1976, the tower was a product of necessity: New skyscrapers made it difficult for TV stations to broadcast their signals across the growing city. The tower was built to solve that problem, but it symbolized much more – it projected the strength of Canadian industry as the world’s tallest tower, a title it held for more than 30 years. 

As a tourist attraction, the CN was the first tower in North America to add a glass floor experience – a spine-tingling look straight down to the street 113 stories below. Signs reassure visitors that the glass is strong enough to hold “14 hippopotamuses,” yet I still had a hard time venturing onto it. But this is a spot that kids love. They skip, jump, and lie down to take selfies. 

When now-RI President Ian H.S. Riseley toured Toronto in May, he didn’t merely step out on the glass floor. He did the EdgeWalk: Imagine being fitted with a harness and strolling around the tower on a tiny ledge without a railing 1,168 feet above the ground. Sound terrifying? Exhilarating? Either way, a GoPro camera on your helmet captures it all so you can relive it later.

Back on the ground, another attraction is right next door. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada differs from other big-city aquariums in the number of hands-on experiences it offers. For CA$99, you can book a behind-the-scenes tour that includes donning a wetsuit to feed the resident stingrays, which clamor for your attention like a pack of enthusiastic Labrador retrievers. (Reservations are required.) A glass tunnel takes visitors through the largest tank. Everyone gets giddy when sharks glide overhead, and the tank also teems with yellowtail snapper, tarpon, an enormous goliath grouper, sea turtles, and impressive green sawfish. To quote my wide-eyed nine-year-old, “It’s like we’re in the ocean!”

Across the way, the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball at Rogers Centre. The stadium can accommodate nearly 50,000 fans and is known for its giant (patented) retractable roof that can be opened on nice days and closed to keep fans warm and dry during inclement weather. The venue also hosts concerts and other events.

St. Lawrence Market, a 20-minute walk down Front Street from the MTCC, topped the list when I asked locals to name their favorite lunch spots. National Geographic ranked it among the 10 best food markets in the world.

Inside, a patchwork of colorful stalls greets you, along with sign after sign for bacon. Peameal bacon, to be exact. This lean cut, from the pig’s back, is cured and then rolled in cornmeal. Sliced, grilled, and served in sandwiches, it’s the market’s signature item – even Barbra Streisand sent her assistant for a sandwich when she performed in Toronto.

Across from the clerks assembling the peameal bacon sandwiches at Carousel Bakery, Carnicero’s offers burritos and other Mexican fare. Nearby, Turkish delight is sold in bulk. Downstairs, Ukrainian pierogies are doled out next to trays of lasagna. Many of the same families have operated these stalls for generations, and the global fare they offer reminds you how diverse the population of Toronto is.

But the striking mix of cultures at St. Lawrence Market is just a regular part of life for Toronto’s residents. “The diversity in our city is something very special,” says Michele Guy, who co-chairs the Toronto Host Organization Committee with Michael Cooksey.

“You can come to the convention and feel like you’ve traveled the world,” Cooksey adds.

One of Guy’s favorite spots is Café la Gaffe on Baldwin Street, an off-the-beaten-path bistro with a French-inspired menu, exposed brick walls, and an indie playlist. Many visitors also eat and shop in nearby Kensington Market. Unlike St. Lawrence, Kensington Market is not an actual market, but a neighborhood. Waves of immigration have shaped and reshaped the area, which got its name in the 1920s when it was a primarily Jewish neighborhood and families sold goods from stands in front of their houses.

Today, it’s still an immigrant community, now mostly Chinese, and a hub for artists and activists. Good food can be found at Rasta Pasta, which blends Italian and Jamaican fare; at Amadeu’s, a Portuguese spot known for its grouper; and at Hibiscus, where the menu is vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic. Meat eaters will enjoy the Burgernator, where you can get burgers “fully loaded” with cheddar cheese, a fried egg, mushrooms, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato.

A one-of-a-kind place to dine and shop is the city’s Distillery Historic District, now an arts and entertainment mecca. The host committee is planning an evening of food and entertainment here for convention attendees; visit for details.

In 2003, the industrial complex that once housed the Gooderham and Worts distillery was redeveloped. Reminiscent of New York’s SoHo but more relaxed, it’s a pedestrian-only zone with 80 independent retailers that sell everything from home décor to jewelry. We stopped at Heel Boy, expecting a high-end pet boutique (it actually sells shoes), and Corktown Designs, which features modern jewelry by designers from around the world. For more shopping, Eaton Centre offers all the major retailers in a comfortable mall setting while Yorkville is an upscale neighborhood filled with high-end boutiques and chic restaurants. (The patio at One is great for people-watching.)

But the distillery district isn’t only for shopping. Its sometimes sordid past is worth exploring as well. Stop by Go Tours and book the “Booze, Death, and Cholera” tour to learn how Gooderham and Worts grew to become the world’s largest distillery (eventually merging with Hiram Walker Co.), controlling much of the U.S. market during Prohibition.

For more Toronto history, explore Casa Loma, the only full-size castle in North America. It was built by Sir Henry Pellatt in the early 1900s after he made his fortune bringing electricity to Canada: He was worth about $17 million in 1911 when construction began. His travels in Europe had inspired him to build a castle of his own, and many of the furnishings were imported. He commissioned a replica of Napoleon’s writing desk for his study. In his bedroom, he proudly displayed a tiger skin rug. 

Not all went as planned, however. Pellatt and his wife, Lady Mary, spent less than 15 years living lavishly at Casa Loma before his company lost its monopoly on electricity. Eventually, the Pellatts went into bankruptcy, auctioning off most of their possessions. The castle was converted into a hotel, which failed in 1929. In 1937, the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto took it over as a tourist attraction, operating it until recently. Cooksey of the host committee says Casa Loma is a must-see, so the committee is planning an evening for Rotarians to enjoy a symphony concert in Casa Loma’s gardens overlooking the city. 

Like many cities, Toronto has dozens of museums. Its largest is the Royal Ontario, a natural history museum whose exhibits range from dinosaurs to art and that attracts more than a million visitors a year. But down the street is a quieter, quirkier option – the Bata Shoe Museum. This isn’t just for people who love shoes. It’s a world history tour through the lens of footwear. Take, for example, the “chestnut crushing clog,” which looks menacing with its 2-inch spikes but is actually a 19th-century French tool for shelling chestnuts. A tiny pair of black leather shoes look as if they were worn by a child but were made in China for a woman with bound feet. Museum founder Sonja Bata also funded field research in the Canadian Arctic and other regions to document footwear made by indigenous people, such as boots with reindeer fur on the soles for traction. The collection also features its share of famous shoes – including glittering platform heels Elton John wore onstage in the 1970s. 

It’s impossible to leave Toronto without talking about hockey. Canada has produced some of the game’s best players, and the Hockey Hall of Fame is a shrine to the country’s sports heroes. When it opened in 1961, then-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker said, “There is nothing greater than hockey to bring about national unity.” The hall is a short walk from the MTCC and features interactive experiences such as a virtual shootout against computer-generated versions of famed goalies Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist, who try to block your puck. It’s also home to 18,000 square feet of hockey memorabilia – the largest collection in the world. 

In a city that embraces its identity as a melting pot of cultures, this stop is 100 percent Canadian. But in true Toronto style, all are welcome. 

  Vanessa Glavinskas, The Rotarian Magazine 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange Student Update

Chiara has been in the USA for over a week now.  She has completed her first few days at Homestead High School. She also attended the AFS welcome event, and has been to the noon Sunrise Rotary club meeting in Mequon. She spent the weekend in Green Lake, WI this weekend for an inbound Rotary student orientation.  Welcome, Chiara! We are all excited to learn about your journey!
Rotary Exchange Student Update Nicholas Robinson 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary Joined By Saul Newton, WI Veterans Chamber Director

Saul Newton, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, addressed the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club on August 29th as guest speaker.  Newton founded the WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce in 2015.  The Chamber has grown from a kickoff event with 10 people in attendance to a booming 150 member chamber and one of the most active chambers of commerce in the State of Wisconsin.
Founded on the principle of providing resources to Veterans in the business community and workforce, Newton shared intriguing numbers with the Club.  11% of all businesses in Wisconsin are owned by Veterans, approximately 65,000.   Veterans have historically been very entrepreneurial dating back to World War II.  49% of WWII veterans started their own businesses.  
Of late, the journey into business ownership for veterans has been anything but easy.  75% of small business startups fail within the first 10 years in operation.  The number is more staggering when it comes to veterans as 93% of veteran owned businesses fail within the first 10 years.  Enter the WI Veterans Chamber, whose main objective is to serve as a coordinator of small business and workforce readiness resources.  The Chamber aims to bring both veteran and civilian resources together.
The three main areas of focus for the Chamber are Business Ownership, Veteran Employment and Community Leadership & Development.  The Veteran population in Wisconsin is approximately 450,000 of America's finest, with an additional 150,000 brave men and women serving in the Reserves and National Guard.  
Newton, who himself is a combat veteran having served in Afghanistan, is galvanizing people who share his passion for providing veterans with the tools and resources required to aid in their success.  He has expanded the Chamber into Madison, WI this year and is laying the groundwork for additional expansion in the State.  
If you wish to become a member of the WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce, to serve as a sponsor or to simply donate to the organization, please visit
TM Rotary Joined By Saul Newton, WI Veterans Chamber Director Nicholas Robinson 2017-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week Nicholas Robinson 2017-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims

Courtesy Rotary.Org


The Rotary Foundation and clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend.

Severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane, which made landfall on 25 August.

With an estimated damage of $190 billion, Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

“The power of Rotary is in the foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas.

Rotary districts located along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are collecting emergency relief funds and providing immediate aid to flood victims. 

“We know that a disaster of this magnitude will require our financial assistance for months into the future,” says District 5930 Governor Betty Ramirez-Lara. “Our disaster relief committee will provide support where we believe it can best be used.”

ShelterBox, an independent charity and Rotary’s project partner, is also providing support to families displaced by the storm. Hundreds of light privacy tents will be deployed to evacuation centers throughout Texas for families to use temporarily.

“Our normal tents and ShelterKits are not appropriate for the conditions families are experiencing in Texas,” says James Luxton, ShelterBox operations team leader. “The flooding is covering large swathes of land, and is set to rise even further in the coming days, making indoor shelter the best option.”

How to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund

By check

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

By credit card

Online at:

Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

By wire transfer

To the account of: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
ABA number: 011002343 
For credit to: The Rotary Foundation
Account number: 943423732 

For Further Credit: TRF DAF 
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608

You must fax a copy of the wire authorization to +1-781-658-2497 to complete the transfer.

If you have questions about how you can help, contact

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Welcome Dr. Ken Harris!

The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club welcomed its newest member, Dr. Ken Harris of Concordia University.  Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor with Concordia and serves as Program Director for the Masters of Science program in Organizational Leadership and Administration.  
Welcome Dr. Ken Harris! Nicholas Robinson 2017-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Celebrates 80 Years

Posted by Nicholas Robinson
Family, friendship, history and service were at the forefront at the August 22nd Family Night Event at Rotary Park.  Our Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club celebrated 80 years of service with excitement, laughter and memories during the annual event.
Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Celebrates 80 Years Nicholas Robinson 2017-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary Tree Planting Initiative

One hundred sugar maples, 2-3 foot whips, were planted west of Green Bay Road, north of Bonniwell Road, south of Pioneer Road in Mequon, WI as part of the process of reforestation of fallow farm land. Costs of the initiative were about $200.00.  TM Rotary President Bill Hart recognizes and thanks Sandy Custer for supporting the Rotary tree planting initiative.
TM Rotary Tree Planting Initiative Nicholas Robinson 2017-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Boy Scout Troop 852 Celebrates 70 Years

Boy Scout Troop 852 (sponsored by our Rotary Club) had their 70th anniversary party at Rotary park. You’ll also notice that Dr. Jacobs joined the celebration as well (in black) and gave a brief history about the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary’s sponsorship of the Troop. 
Boy Scout Troop 852 Celebrates 70 Years Nicholas Robinson 2017-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Chiara - Rotary Exchange Student Has Arrived 2017-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Garrett Mitman Awarded TM Rotary Scholarship

Garrett Mitman was awarded the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's annual scholarship recipient.  Garrett is a 2017 graduate of Homestead High School and was able to graduate early, after the 2nd trimester of his senior year, so that he could continue to pursue his passion of basketball and give back to a community in need on the small island of Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean.  Garrett is the president and founder of a non-profit organization, Island Hoops Project, where he has raised $91,000 to renovate a basketball court for the Turks & Caicos community of Providenciales.   You can learn more about Garrett’s project at
Garrett has played basketball for the Homestead Highlanders for the past 4 years and was named Team Captain his senior year.  He has also served as the Summer Camp Commissioner for Homestead’s Hoop Camp for grades 5-9 and has served as a referee for Slammers Basketball, a program for pre-K to grade 5.
Garrett will be attending Colgate University in upstate New York this fall.  He plans to study pre-med and will be playing basketball for the Colgate Raiders.
Garrett, we thank you for your “Service Above Self!”
Garrett Mitman Awarded TM Rotary Scholarship Nicholas Robinson 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Presence at Ice Cream Social Nicholas Robinson 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Final Cookout of the Season

Pam Koch and Todd Davis tend to the Rotary Grill (newly named "Frank") for the final cookout of the season.  The grill is new to the TM Rotary this season and has served the group very well during our summer cookouts in Rotary Park.
Final Cookout of the Season Nicholas Robinson 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

August is Membership Month - District Governor's Message

Posted by District Governor Jeff Reed
Are you an engaged, active member of your Rotary Club?  Do you participate regularly in service projects and enjoy your club’s social events?  Is your Rotary Network involving you in your community?
Why are you a Rotarian? The Why matters - Find your Why. What’s in it for you? People join Rotary for networking, service, our global reach, friendship, or working for peace.  Why are you a Rotarian?
Attracting members (finding people interested in joining us) and engaging members (getting them involved) are important.  But to get there, we have to “ask” prospects to join.  We have to help them be comfortable.  We have to help them become so passionate about Rotary, that they want to invite others to have the Rotary experience.
There are lots of Membership tools we can use as Rotarians and as Club Leaders.   The RI brochure, Introducing New Members to Rotary, can help when you make the ask. Maybe you and your club need to discuss your why.  Does your Rotary Club Membership Committee need to do a “Rotary Club Health Check”? Maybe you or your Membership Committee would like to engage in the Membership Best Practices Discussion Group on the RI website to share Membership ideas with others. 
We are inviting district Rotarians to participate in planning and organizing this year’s District Conference – TriCon 2018 Wisconsin.  Not only can you register for the conference today, you can be involved in making it happen – you don’t have to be a member of the “host club.”   If you are interested, send me an e-mail message ; let me know how you want to help.    
My visits to clubs in our district – the “official” governor visits -- have yielded many active, engaged Rotarians.  Thanks to those I have visited for your hospitality and enthusiasm.  I look forward to seeing others soon.
Find your Why!
Jeff Reed
District 6270 Governor
August is Membership Month - District Governor's Message District Governor Jeff Reed 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Looking for District 6270 Governor for 2020-2021

Posted by Rotary 6270 Website
Reminder - Applications are being accepted for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year starting July 1, 2017.  
A qualified candidate is passionate about Rotary -  open to new ideas - interested in learning - organized - willing to practice Service Above Self -  has a good sense of humor - and loves to have fun !     The leadership training they will receive during the two years prior to assuming office will be valuable not only in their Rotary life, but in their business and professional life as well. 
Please think about all the wonderful past presidents in your club, ask them if they are ready for their next Rotary adventure,  and encourage them to apply for the position of District Governor.   Applications are being accepted until October 15, 2017.     Information and the application forms are on the district website. 
If you have any questions please contact PDG Karen White at or PDG Julie Craig (as of 07-01-17) at
Thank you.
Looking for District 6270 Governor for 2020-2021 Rotary 6270 Website 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Nick Robinson of PNC Bank Delivers Thumbnail Sketch

Nick Robinson, Vice President of Business Banking with PNC Bank, delivered his thumbnail sketch on August 15.  Nick joined the TM Rotary club back in April.  Nick has been in the banking industry for 12 years.  He became a Bank Manager at the age of 18 with Tri City National Bank, spent 5 years in branch management roles with PyraMax Bank and has been at PNC Bank since 2012.  Nick currently serves as a resource and banking relationship manager to the small business community in the North Shore of Milwaukee, offering business banking, treasury management and lending services.
Nick volunteers with Make a Difference Wisconsin to teach financial literacy to high school juniors and seniors.  He is actively involved with the WI Veteran Chamber of Commerce, recently appointed to the leadership board and as chair of the membership committee. 
Nick grew up in South Milwaukee, WI.  He currently resides in Franklin, WI with his wife of 7 years, Jody, and their 5 year old son, Logan.  During his free time, Nick enjoys watching Packers football and following politics.
Nick Robinson of PNC Bank Delivers Thumbnail Sketch 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Chinooks Game Outing

Even with rain all day and the threat of rain in the evening, the game was still on giving us a beautiful evening for Rotarians, friends and family.  The Chinooks won 5 - 2 against the Kenosha Kingfish.  Our private deck was sold out thanks to Dan Gannon!  Thank you all who attended to help make this another wonderfully fun club social event!
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Former Exchange Student Fony Kusumadi in Chicago Nicholas Robinson 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Breweries, housing and retail pitched for third phase of Mequon Town Center

Posted by Jeff Rumage, Ozaukee Now
MEQUON - A $50 million development featuring breweries, luxury apartments, single-family homes and retail and office spaces might be coming to the south end of Mequon's Town Center district.
The first phase of the Mequon Town Center, anchored by Cafe Hollander, was built two years ago at the northwest corner of Mequon and Cedarburg roads. Just west of there, across the railroad tracks, the second phase of the Mequon Town Center — known as Spur 16 — will feature retail, restaurants, apartments and townhomes.
Breweries, housing and retail pitched for third phase of Mequon Town Center Jeff Rumage, Ozaukee Now 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Marc's Big Boy hamburgers to make a comeback at Mequon event

Posted by Jeff Rumage, Ozaukee Now

MEQUON - Two patties, an extra slice of bun in the middle and secret sauce.

Many Milwaukee-area residents fondly remember Big Boy hamburgers. The last remaining Wisconsin Marc’s Big Boy restaurant closed its doors in 1995, but the famous burgers will soon be available again.

Ovation Sarah Chudnow, a Jewish faith-based senior living and care provider, is hosting a Big Boy Reunion on Wednesday, Aug. 9.


Marc's Big Boy hamburgers to make a comeback at Mequon event Jeff Rumage, Ozaukee Now 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary Presence at Festa Italiana

Kristine Hage and Larry Kreiner bring the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club to Festa Italiana for this year's festivities.  
Festa Italiana celebrated it's 40th Anniversary July 21-23 at Maier Festival Park.  The festival has grown to the largest Italian event of it's kind in America today.  It is only fitting to see members of the TM Rotary Club bringing to life the message of 'Service Above Self' as Festa Italiana would not be possible without the work of over 2,000 dedicated volunteers each year.  
TM Rotary Presence at Festa Italiana Nicholas Robinson 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Move Over James Brown, Sandy's Got  A Brand New...Grill?

Sandy Custer unveiled the new TM Rotary grill during the July 25th meeting at the Mequon Rotary Pavilion.  What better way to break in the new grill than to toss on some burgers and salmon patties?  The grill will be put to good use to bring the club together throughout the summer months.
Move Over James Brown, Sandy's Got  A Brand New...Grill? Nicholas Robinson 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

June Student of the Month – Jack Sabinash

Posted by Megan Borland


Jack was honored as our final Student of the Month on Tuesday, June 27th at Rotary Park during our first Rotary cookout of the summer.  Jack is the son of Mike and Wendi Sabinash of Thiensville. 
Jack is a very active member of his church, Crossroads Presbyterian in Mequon, where he has volunteered every year on the Work Crew for Vacation Bible School, tutored other students, stocked food pantries, volunteered at the annual church rummage sale, as well as participated in a mission trip to Jamaica. 
Jack has played soccer at Homestead all four years of high school and has also volunteered at soccer camps and booster club / fundraising events.  He has also been a member and leader of the Robotics team all four years of high school. 
Jack will be attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison this fall where he plans to study engineering. 
Congratulations to William and Jack and thank you for your “Service Above Self”!
June Student of the Month – Jack Sabinash  Megan Borland 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

May Student of the Month – William Clark

Posted by Megan Borland


William Clark was honored as our May Student of the Month on Tuesday, June 13th at the Ozaukee Country Club.  William is the son of David and Stephanie Clark, of Mequon and he was accompanied by his mother.
William was selected as our Student of the Month for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout for Troop 852, various community service projects for Scouts, his leadership as the President of the National Honor Society, and his club involvement at Homestead High School.  William has achieved several awards in Forensics competitions and has participated every year of high school on the Student Council, Math Team, Champions Program and St. Boniface Church Youth Group.  He also plays the cello and performs concerts twice a month at Lasata.
William is attending the University of Notre Dame this fall.  He plans to continue studying math, physics and Spanish as well as continue to play the cello.
May Student of the Month – William Clark  Megan Borland 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Outgoing Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Worked to Eliminate Disparities

Posted by Jeff Rumage, Ozaukee Now

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MEQUON -  Outgoing Mequon-Thiensville School District Superintendent Demond Means was honored by his colleagues last week for his leadership in addressing the achievement gap.

Means announced last month that he accepted a position as the superintendent of the Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia. He will make the move to the south later this month.

Means, who also served on Concordia's Board of Regents from 2005 to 2011, serves as chair of the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium, which he co-founded. Concordia faculty member Elliot Moeser is the executive director of the CAGC.

Started in 2012, the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium seeks to embrace and change school practices, instructional methodologies and structures in schools in the Milwaukee area — where the nation’s highest instances of achievement gaps occur — in order to address the radically disproportionate academic achievement among diverse student groups, especially for students of color.

The consortium is made up of 26 public, private, charter and parochial schools and school systems. With Means' departure, the CAGC will now be chaired by Glendale-River Hills School District Superintendent Larry Smalley.

On Thursday, June 22 — Means’ final meeting of the CAGC — leaders from Concordia, the consortium and the state presented Means with three awards:

“Champion of Education,” from Concordia and its School of Education; “The CAGC Recognition Award for Service,” from the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium; and “Award of Recognition,” co-presented by State Superintendent of Education Tony Evers and Deputy State Superintendent Michael Thompson.

“We created this consortium to be a really safe place for educators to learn and grow together,” Means said on Thursday. “I’m so proud of the professional development opportunities that our work has made available to our teachers and students, and am confident that the consortium will continue to do so well into the future.”


Also in attendance at the meeting were more than two dozen administrators from participating CAGC schools. Prior to the awards presentation, the group discussed several initiatives that have occurred or are occurring this summer.

The efforts include multiple Equity Institutes, which are hosted at various participating CAGC schools and provide training and professional development on how to offer equitable learning opportunities to all students. Additionally, the CAGC will host a new teacher orientation on a similar theme to be held at Concordia in August. Last year’s orientation for new teachers drew 400 instructors.

One of the most notable efforts of the CAGC is its annual African American Male Initiative, a summertime initiative that encourages young men of color to succeed academically with the intent of pursuing higher education. During the four-day event, students stay overnight in the Concordia dorms and participate in learning and career development opportunities.

Last year’s AAMI event drew 94 youth, up 57 from the previous year’s inaugural effort. Moeser says he expects to have 180 youth attend this year’s event in July.

Means, who had worked under Moeser in the late 1990s as vice principal in the Nicolet School District, is an irreplaceable part of CAGC and its efforts, according to Moeser.

“He’s been an individual who has taken a stance on a topic that could be controversial for schools to admit,” Moeser says. “Demond stepped forward to be the spokesman for a cause that other leaders in southeast Wisconsin have rallied around, without fear of criticism in their communities. He has given public light to the achievement gap issue and has made honest and significant strides to address it. He will be sorely missed.”

Outgoing Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Worked to Eliminate Disparities Jeff Rumage, Ozaukee Now 2017-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies

Posted by Credit: Rotary.Org



Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on 13 July due to complications from surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.

“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”

Sam's term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.

“Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hardworking Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.”

Under Sam's leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. 

Sam saw in Rotary members "an incredible passion to make a difference," and wanted to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."

Sam was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.  He has also served as corporate secretary of the Central Bank of Uganda.

He served as member and chair of several boards including FAULU (U) Ltd., (now Opportunity Bank), the Uganda Heart Institute, the Centre for African Family Studies, Mulago Hospital Complex, Mukono Theological College, and the Kampala City Council.

Sam also was the vice chair of Hospice Africa Uganda, and board member and chair of the Audit Committee of PACE (Programme for Accessible Health, Communication, and Education) in Uganda.

“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world,” Riseley said. “We are establishing details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.” 

Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honor and will provide details soon.

Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies Credit: Rotary.Org 2017-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Attend the Global Grants Management Seminar 


If your Club is planning to apply for a Global Grant in the Rotary year 2017-18 this is VERY important. The Rotary Foundation requires, among other things, that two Club members participate in a Global Grant Management Seminar in the Rotary year the grant application is submitted. If your Club only participated with one member at the first seminar at District Conference, make sure a second member registers now!
WHEN:  Thursday, August 3rd 2017 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
WHERE: MPTC – West Bend
               2151 N. Main Street
               West Bend, WI 53090
To make sure we can accommodate all interested members, please RSVP to Global Grant Committee Chair Steen Sanderhoff at, if you plan to attend.
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Gathering on the Green 2017-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Blue Angels Return to Milwaukee - Meet Karle Naggs

The U.S Navy Blue Angels were honored to meet a number of War Veterans, including Korean War Veteran and our very own TM Rotary Member, Lieutenant Commander Karle Naggs.
The skies over Milwaukee were extra blue over the weekend as the Blue Angels made their return to the City as headliners for the Milwaukee Air & Water Show.  The Angels took part in the 2005 and 2010 Air Shows, but, due to low ceilings in 2014, they could not perform for the hundreds of thousands lining the Lakefront in anticipation. 
Blue Angels Return to Milwaukee - Meet Karle Naggs Nicholas Robinson 2017-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Updated District 6270 Organization Chart Nicholas Robinson 2017-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Message - July 2017


Greetings Rotarians!   I am honored to serve as your District Governor for 2017-18.  A bit about myself…  Born in Wisconsin, I moved away, and then returned in 1998.  I have worked both in industry (consulting and Xerox Corporation) and in higher education (professor of psychology, management and academic dean).  The Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club became home and a source of Rotary friends starting in 2000.  Travel and international service are passions, along with music, theatre, and gardening.  My wife Sylvia just retired after years as an institutional researcher and my son Daniel is starting his career as a naturopathic physician.  I look forward to working with you and your Club this year to provide service in our communities and around the world. 
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Meet Ian Riseley - Rotary's New President Hank Sartin 2017-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Boy Scout Troop 852 at Bear Paw Scout Camp 2017-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Gathering on the Green - Space Is Available! 2017-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Strength In Diversity Rotary International 2017-07-09 05:00:00Z 0

Tony Von Rueden Recognized with Coveted 'Service Above Self' Award


Past President and current Sergeant at Arms, Tony Von Ruden, was presented by Dianne Robertson with a Service Above Self award on Tuesday, June 27th.  Tony's passion for giving back to the community and delivering exceptional service to others has not gone unnoticed!  Congratulations, Tony!
Tony Von Rueden Recognized with Coveted 'Service Above Self' Award Nicholas Robinson 2017-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Corn Husking Awards

Kristine Hage and Nick Robinson Recognized for Corn Husking Skills


Knighted by Corn:  Past President Ellen McFarlane knights Kristine Hage and Nick Robinson for exemplary skills on display at the Fun Before the 4th event in Thiensville.

Ellen awards Kristine and Nick with golden corn awards.  Be careful, they are perishable!

Corn Husking Awards Nicholas Robinson 2017-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Looking for District 6270 Governor for 2020-2021 Nick Robinson, PNC Bank 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Sandy Custer Announces Rotary Foundation Board Donation

$5,000 for Gathering on the Green Improvements

At the June 27th meeting in Rotary Park, Sandy Custer announced that the Rotary Foundation Board has donated $5,000 to Gathering on the Green to be used for stage and other improvements.
Sandy Custer Announces Rotary Foundation Board Donation Nick Robinson, PNC Bank 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - Jack Sabinash

It is with great pride that we recognize Jack Sabinash of Homestead as the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's June Student of the Month.  Jack, who graduated from Homestead this year, will be attending UW-Madison to study engineering in the fall.  Jack is very active in the Crossroads organization, has served food at Hope House and is involved with Relay for Life. 
Jack is very active.  He enjoys LaCrosse, Softball, Robotics and is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS).
Pictured:  TM Rotary President Bill Hart, Past President Ellen McFarlane and Vocational Service Director Megan Borland


Current and Future Leader:  Karl Hertz spends time with Student of the Month, Jack Sabinash.  Lots of brain power in this photo!
Megan Borland introduces Jack Sabinash as Student of the Month
Jack Sabinash shares his story of hard work, community involvement and commitment to success.
Student of the Month - Jack Sabinash Nick Robinson, PNC Bank 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

First TM Rotary Cookout of the Summer

First TM Rotary Cookout of the Summer


GRILLMASTERS! Head Chef Sandy Custer and the crew, including Dianne Robertson and Stan Lind hard at work on the grill.


Keeping the delicious chops warm!


Lunch is served!


Enjoyment for all!

First TM Rotary Cookout of the Summer Nick Robinson, PNC Bank 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

A First for Fun Before the 4th Corn Roasting

Family Fun Before the FourthIn all the years of roasting corn for Fun Before the 4th, a roaster break-down has not been an issue...until this past Saturday.  Imagine the surprise of our volunteers when the first batch came out raw!  The first shift of volunteers had plenty of wait time while phone calls were made to the vendor.  In the meantime, the engineers pondered and tinkered with the roaster.  A borrowed 20-pound propane tank finally produced enough heat to get the process back on track to satisfy the people waiting for that delicious roasted treat.  The vendor switched roasters in the afternoon, and we were back in business.
Kudos to the third shift for staying almost an hour past the scheduled quit time to sell out the remaining roasted corn.  
Karle Naggs, Karl Hertz, Marilyn Jacobs, Herb Hillman, and Dan Gannon 


 Jim Lysaught at work  
Stan Lind and Van Mobley take a turn at the corn roaster.
Nicholas Robinson quickly learned the 2-swipe method of peeling ears of corn.  You've got to work quickly when customers are waiting.
A First for Fun Before the 4th Corn Roasting Ellen MacFarlane 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

79th Changing of the Guard

A Time to Celebrate 

Congratulations to this year's award winners:

Honorary Paul Harris - George Witte

Service Above Self- Jessica Pearson

Rotarian of the Year- Herb Hillman

58 Years of Perfect Attendance - Bob Jacobs


Bob Jacobs receives award from Dianne Robertson
Jessica Pearson receives Service Above Self Award



Bill Hart observes Dianne Robertson bestowing Rotarian of the Year Award to Herb Hillman


George Witte is surrounded by a standing ovation as he receives the Honorary Paul Harris Award from Dianne Robertson


79th Changing of the Guard Ellen MacFarlane 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians in the Community

It's been a busy week in our community.  First was the farewell to Dr. Demond Means and then the dedication of the Re-Imagined Thiensville Village Park Children's area.  Rotarians were well represented in both activities.  Saturday was Family Fun Before the 4th.  Passing out the free ice cream has become a Rotary tradition.
Rotarians in the Community Ellen MacFarlane 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Vi ønsker dig held og lykke, Mathilde!(We Wish You Good Luck) Ellen MacFarlane 2017-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Port Washington State Bank Hosted 3 Rotary Clubs Ellen MacFarlane 2017-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

"Build Something Bigger Than Yourself"

Believe... Ignite... Achieve

"Build something bigger than yourself," advised Roger Kirgues to his son, Joe, and that is just what he did when he and a friend created gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups.  The company takes the best and brightest and provides them the capital to create start-up companies.  
Three times a year they invest up to $140K in each of five startups who receive a concierge experience during their 12-week accelerator program. gener8tor supports the growth of these startups through their network of experienced mentors, technologists, corporate partners, angel investors and venture capitalists.
Fifty-four gener8tor alums have cumulatively raised more than $110M in follow-on financing. Of these 54 alums, 59% have raised more than $1M in follow-on financing or have been acquired.  
gener8tor invests in high-growth startups, including software, IT, web, SaaS, e-commerce and hardware. Accepted startups receive up to $140K and 12 weeks of mentorship-driven programming. gener8tor is a proud member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and is sponsored by American Family Insurance.
gener8tor is a GOLD-tier accelerator in the U.S. as ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.  They were recently ranked among the top 15 accelerator programs in the US.
"Build Something Bigger Than Yourself" Ellen MacFarlane 2017-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Representative Jim Ott Recognizes Stan Smith

Our very own Stan Smith was presented with legislative recognition for being named a Pillar of the Community by the Mequon Community Foundation.  Representative Jim Ott delivered the honor, signed by himself and Senator Alberta Darling.

Representative Jim Ott Recognizes Stan Smith Nicholas Robinson 2017-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
If You Want Something Done, Ask a Busy Man Ellen MacFarlane 2017-06-11 05:00:00Z 0