Fall Into Comedy 2022 - Sneak Preview!

Fall Into Comedy 2022, October 13
 
We are very excited to have nationally renowned comedian Juston McKinney join us for our 10th Anniversary!  Coming from New Hampshire, Juston's featured appearances include multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tonight Show with Conan O'Brian, his own Comedy Central specials, and the TV hit show The King of Queens.  Juston's hilarious stand-up comedy at various New York legendary comedy venues led the New York Times to call him "Destined for stardom".  He has also appeared in several movies and consistently sells out theaters across the country. Please get your tickets early before they sell out and join us to welcome Juston!
Fall Into Comedy 2022 - Sneak Preview! Jennifer Hohn 2022-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Shred Day at Thiensville Park

 
Rotarians Colleen Landisch-Hansen, Heather Mader, Dianne Robertson, Rob Kos, and their helpers were spotted at the Thiensville Shred Event on Saturday, April 23.
Shred Day at Thiensville Park Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Roadside Clean-up Crew - Thank you!

 
Special thanks to Sandy Custer for heading up the crew of Rotarians that participated in Roadside Clean-up on Saturday! Additional thanks to Ellen MacFarlane, Tim Vertz, Todd Davis, Kathleen Schneider, John Rosing, Dan Gannon, Jim Lysaught, Jeff McClean (and his 2 helpers), and Tim Carr. 
Roadside Clean-up Crew - Thank you! Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Unite Across Continents to Collect and Deliver Medical Aid to Ukraine

Rotary International recently featured an article about the Ukraine emergency medical supply donations. We continue to collect these supplies in our community thanks to the generosity of members Rachel Muchin-Young and Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus who have set up donation boxes at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. The following was posted on Rotary.org (https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-clubs-unite-across-continents-collect-and-deliver-medical-aid-ukraine):
 
 

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

by 

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

Rotary is responding to the crisis
in Ukraine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15-Apr-2022

Rotary Clubs Unite Across Continents to Collect and Deliver Medical Aid to Ukraine Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Diaper Drive - Thank you!

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Thank you to all who donated to the Spring Giving Drive for the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. We raised $680 plus 3 boxes of diapers! Many thanks for your generosity and kindness.
Diaper Drive - Thank you! Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 16, Heather Mader

 
My Rotary Experience:
 
It was early in my 20’s I learned about Rotary.  I was a waitress at a local restaurant and every month there was a group of men that met in my banquet room.  I often wondered what it was they were meeting about.  Many of them were business professionals. Business owners, executives, and prominent people within my community.  One day, I finally mustered up the courage to ask why they met there every month.  The gentleman proudly told me they meet for their Board meeting for Rotary.  That brought me to my next question, what is Rotary?  They explained the many projects and things they had done in the community over the many years, and touched on the international work they do as well.   I never knew!  I could see the changes taking place in my community but never knew who was behind it all!  I was very impressed and a bit taken back that in my small community, we have everyday people doing these amazing things on a global scale too!  I decided there and then, when I became a professional, I too would join Rotary.
My time came when I had the opportunity to open a brand new branch for Port Washington State Bank in Thiensville. I didn’t hesitate and I immediately joined the Thiensville-Mequon Noon Rotary in June of 2018.  I was welcomed with open arms and taken under the wings of Dianne Robertson, Shelley Weston, Karl Hertz, and Ellen MacFarlane.  Every week they introduced me to different members of the club.  Each person had an amazing story of what Rotary meant to them and why they were members.   Our Rotary is so involved in the community and it became more inspiring to see these people of action not only in our Rotary club every Tuesday but in many other organizations in the community as well.  
I couldn’t sit back and just eat lunch each week, I wanted to do more and help!  It didn’t take long, and I found myself assisting with the Fundraising committee and preparing for the Fall into Comedy event we do annually.  Joining this committee introduced me to even more members and deepened my relationships and friendships within the club.  I joined to make a difference and this committee gave me a more in-depth view of everything it takes to continue to be the successful club we are.
Over the next 3 years I was honored to become Secretary, Vice President and now President of our Club.  Joining the Board was yet another area that broadened my knowledge of what Rotary has to offer.       
If I’ve learned anything about Rotary it is that I have only just scratched the surface.  It truly is a Global Network of amazing people doing amazing things and there is really no end to what you can learn, who you can meet, and where you can go!
 
“The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood”- Paul Harris
What Is Rotary - Week 16, Heather Mader Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

PolioPlus Society

Beginning in April 2022, Rotary District 6270 created the PolioPlus Society, a recognition award given to those Rotarians, and friends of Rotary,
who have pledged to give at least $100 annually to the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation, until such time as the wild poliovirus is no longer endemic in any country. 
The goal of this PolioPlus Society is to raise awareness and provide recognition for Rotary’s goal of eliminating the disease from the planet. 
We would like to invite you to consider and join the Rotary District 6270 PolioPlus Society by completing the pledge form here https://rotary6270.org/sitepage/polioplus-society
Recognition will include a certificate and a specially designed PolioPlus Society lapel pin.  Clubs with 100% PolioPlus Society members will also receive special recognition, and,
as always, each dollar pledged and donated to PolioPlus will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
 
Rob Bassett
     
Don Griffing (He/Him)
PolioPlus Society Chair
 
District Governor Nominee
Serve to Change Lives
Rotary District 6270 – rotary6270.org
PolioPlus Society Russ Witte-Dycus 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam, Carol Lind

 

Carol Jean Lind

May 2, 1944 - April 9, 2022

(nee Hiddle)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Private family burial Pinelawn Memorial Park.

In Memoriam, Carol Lind Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - Emma Spitz

Erika, Emma & Michael Spitz are pictured above (from left to right)
 
On Tuesday, April 5th, we recognized our most recent Student of the Month, Emma Spitz.  Emma was joined by her parents, Erika and Michael Spitz of Mequon.  Emma is a senior at Homestead High School and she was selected as Student of the Month for her volunteer work, community service and leadership within her school and community.  
 
Emma volunteers for her church and also serves the less fortunate by volunteering at a soup kitchen in Madison and St. Ben's Church in Milwaukee.  Emma is the captain of the swim and dive team and is also involved with costume design for the Homestead Theater Club.  She will be attending Winona State in Minnesota this fall and plans to major in elementary education.
 
Congratulations to Emma!
Student of the Month - Emma Spitz Megan Borland 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

MAM Art in Bloom Features Nancy Witte-Dycus

 
The creative work of Thiensville-Mequon Rotary's Nancy Witte-Dycus was featured at Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The annual event was back this year and included the artistry of 27 area floral designers. The designers are asked to create a piece that emulates a work of art from the museum. 
MAM Art in Bloom Features Nancy Witte-Dycus Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 15, Ellen MacFarlane

What Rotary Means to Me
As I was the wife of a very active Rotarian, I was active in Rotary even before I became a member. I helped by taking photos at events, editing and spellchecking the newsletter, working on layout, and putting labels on the finished product. Yes, in those days it was a monthly document sent through the mail. 
 
Ray believed very strongly that we should support Rotarians in the local community, so we did. He always arrived early to greet others and made sure everything was in place. The hour after the meeting was devoted to further discussions and problem-solving with members over coffee.  I was a little jealous as my job in other communities kept me too busy to volunteer in my home community.
 
I did what I could by opening our home to Rotary Exchange students.  We attended a number of District and International Conventions which broadened my understanding of Rotary even more.  We heard so many inspirational stories from all across the world.  Being a member of the Rotary Global History Fellowship provided historical perspective and even more international friends.  I built connections and relationships that remain to this day. I know I can go anywhere in the world and find a friend.
 
Rotary is so much more than lunch.  There is something electric about the synergy of coming together to solve a problem and improve our local community, not to mention the bonds of friendship built along the way.  No problem is too big when everyone brings their talents to the table. 
What Is Rotary - Week 15, Ellen MacFarlane Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Donation Boxes - Ukraine Emergency Medical Relief Supplies

A very special thank you to Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus and Rachel Muchin-Young. Donation boxes have been placed at their places of work, Fantasy Flowers, and the Frank L. Weyenberg Library. Please share that the boxes are available to donate emergency medical supplies. 
 
 
We are assisting in the collection of emergency medical supplies which will be shipped directly to Ukraine from Rotary International District 6450. We will have bins set out in the community the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. The following items are needed:
 
·         Bandages
·         Gauze
·         Neosporin or other topical creams
·         Warm socks - both adult and children's sizes
·         Female hygiene menstrual kits
·         Slings
·         Emergency kits
·         Combat action tourniquets
·         Israeli gauze compression bandages
·         14 gauze, at least 2 inch long 
·         Angiocatheter needles
·         Quickclot gauze
·         Chlorine tablets for clean water
·         Trauma clotting kits
 
Monetary donations can be made via the following links:
 
- The Disaster Response Fund through The Rotary Foundation (Priority will be given to Ukraine and nearby countries receiving refugees), https://my.rotary.org/en/donate
 
 
- District 6450 Collection for Medical Supply Funds (Please put "Ukraine Medical Supplies" in the comment or memo section), https://rotary6450.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=305&club_id=931079&item_id=9520
Donation Boxes - Ukraine Emergency Medical Relief Supplies Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
golf humor Russ Witte-Dycus 2022-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Speaker Suggestions

The Club needs your help securing speakers. So think outside the box (a little) anf submit your suggestions to the VP.
Speaker Suggestions Russ Witte-Dycus 2022-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Committees part one

Our club strongly encourage all of its members to join one of our committees. If you are not currently on a committee, please let a board member know which of the following is of the most interest to you. 
Committees part one Maureen O'Leary-Guth 2022-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Scouts 03 2022 Russ Witte-Dycus 2022-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Bracket Challenge - It All Comes Down to This

Posted on Mar 27, 2022
With 3 games to go, it is finally possible to envision the potential results of what has been a truly Mad March in our TM Rotary March Madness Bracket Challenge.  Lets start with the good news, over $1,100 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation, and it's been a lot of fun. Now for the bad news, most of your brackets are completely out of contention (in fact, most were pretty much done after the first round). There are a few ways things could shake out, depending on the results of the final three games.
 
Duke and North Carolina will face off, and Villanova and Kansas will face off.  The winner of those two games will face each other in the National Championship.  
 
Our current front runner is Will (Megan's son, I think).  Will has Kansas as his pick, and if Kansas wins through, he will end with 1,210 points.  In that scenario, Maureen will be right behind him with 1,200.  However, Ellen has Kansas in the final against Duke, which means if Duke beats North Carolina and then Kansas beats Duke in the National Championship, Ellen will end with 1,330 points which will put her in first, bumping Will and Maureen to second and third.  However, if Kansas wins the Championship against North Carolina, she will only have 1,170 which should be good for third behind Will and Maureen.  Stan Lind also has Kansas, but it appears if Kansas does win, he is destined for 4th. Jeff and Stan Smith also have Kansas as their selection, however, it doesn't appear picking the winner will suffice to bring them back from their current ranks, 26th and 37th respectively. 
 
Duke is always a popular selection (in states where Duke didn't beat their home team last time the Badgers went to the National Championship).  Regardless, there's still a few Duke picks, and a Duke win would shake things up. Karl has Duke beating Kansas, which would put him at 1,300 points and a shoe in for first place (even if Villanova beats Kansas).  If Villanova beats Kansas and Duke wins it all, Stan Smith's currently ranked 44th bracket would boost up to 910 points, which would be good for second place.  However, if Kansas beats Villanova, and Duke wins it all, Ellen would come in second with 1,050 points, putting Stan in third.  
 
You might be wondering what would happen if Villanova takes home the Championship.  The apparent winner would be Stan Smith with 1,070 points. Nancy would have 1,040, which may be good enough for second, followed by her boo (that's a Millennial term meaning Russ in this instance) who would bump up from 30th place to third place with 980 points. 
 
Nobody thought North Carolina would make it this far... literally. None of the contending brackets have North Carolina in the Championship.  This means the winner would be determined based on who won the Kansas vs. Villanova game.  If it was Kansas, first place would be Will with 890 points, second place would be Maureen with 880 points, and third place would be Sam with 860 points.  If it was Villanova, first place would be Maureen's currently ranked 11th bracket with 760 points, Stan with 750 points would be in second place, and third place would be Karl with 740 points.    
 
Just a quick disclaimer.  These results are based on a review of 55 brackets, and it can be difficult to be certain the results outlined are correct (especially with the North Carolina vs. Villanova scenario, that one was a doozy). I certainly could have missed somethings, and if that's the case, I apologize in advance to whoever thought they won, but later found out there was an error. 
Bracket Challenge - It All Comes Down to This Samuel Azinger 2022-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 13, Stan Lind

Posted on Mar 25, 2022
My Rotary Experience: 
 
I was surprised to learn that after the death of Jack Wiese I became the longest active member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. Having spent many years since 1973, I noticed there were some major changes in the Rotary club, primarily  for the better. 
 
Many years ago, prior to becoming a Rotarian there used to be a Rotary corn roast held at Thiensville park which was attended by most of the residents of Mequon and Thiensville. Mequon was a city of about 10,000 at that time and it was a great event. 
 
After joining Rotary I felt that the dedication of many Rotarians was very important to the development of the community and myself. With this in mind at our 50th reunion in 1987 two of my Rotarian mentors, Loyal Wells and Doctor Elbe had a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary along with Sandy Custer. I am attaching a picture taken at the 50th anniversary of the local Rotary club. My two mentors included in the photo have since passed away as has have their wives and Sandy and his wife have been active Rotarians for a long period of time. 
 
This was my best recollection of Rotary in the earlier years and it has changed substantially.
What Is Rotary - Week 13, Stan Lind Jennifer Hohn 2022-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Spring Roadside Clean-up

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Spring Roadside Clean-up is Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 am.
Please meet in the Kwik Trip parking lot at 10360 N Cedarburg Rd, Mequon, WI 53092.
Celebrate Trails is being held the same day at the Mequon Public Market. For more information on volunteering for the Celebrate Trails event, please contact Jenne Hohn at jennehohndc@gmail.com.
Spring Roadside Clean-up 2022-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Last Chance! Spring Giving Drive - Diapers and Formula

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Reminder: 
Our Spring Giving Drive continues until Tuesday, April 19. The Ozaukee Nonprofit Center is in need of diapers and formula. In particular, x-small diapers and x-large diapers. Checks can be made payable to the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. Thank you for your donations! For more information about the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center, https://ozaukeenonprofitcenter.org/, https://ozaukeenonprofitcenter.org/
Last Chance! Spring Giving Drive - Diapers and Formula Jennifer Hohn 2022-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Ukraine Medical Supplies Donation Information

What Do The Colors And Symbols Of The Flag Of Ukraine Mean ...
 
We are assisting in the collection of emergency medical supplies which will be shipped directly to Ukraine from Rotary International District 6450. We will have bins set out in the community at PWSB, the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, and Fantasy Flowers. The following items are needed:
 
·         Bandages
·         Gauze
·         Neosporin or other topical creams
·         Warm socks - both adult and children's sizes
·         Female hygiene menstrual kits
·         Slings
·         Emergency kits
·         Combat action tourniquets
·         Israeli gauze compression bandages
·         14 gauze, at least 2 inch long 
·         Angiocatheter needles
·         Quickclot gauze
·         Chlorine tablets for clean water
·         Trauma clotting kits
 
Monetary donations can be made via the following links:
 
- The Disaster Response Fund through The Rotary Foundation (Priority will be given to Ukraine and nearby countries receiving refugees), https://my.rotary.org/en/donate
 
 
- District 6450 Collection for Medical Supply Funds (Please put "Ukraine Medical Supplies" in the comment or memo section), https://rotary6450.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=305&club_id=931079&item_id=9520
Ukraine Medical Supplies Donation Information Jennifer Hohn 2022-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

2022 Midwest PETS

Maureen O’Leary-Guth, our incoming President, and Jenne Hohn, President Nominee, attended PETS from March 4 - 6. Here they are pictured with District Governor-elect Mike Phillips. PETS has been an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow Rotarians. The weekend’s events also included officer training and inspirational speakers. What a great event!
2022 Midwest PETS Jennifer Hohn 2022-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 9, Rob Kos

When I first got involved with Gathering on the Green, Stan Smith and Pam Koch suggested that I should take a look at  Rotary as a way to become connected to the community. To be honest, I knew very little about Rotary. I asked, “What is Rotary? “. I was told that it is a service organization. I still wasn’t sure what that meant. I was invited to attend a meeting. I liked it. I kept attending. I attended for many weeks. Finally, it was communicated to me that I had had enough free lunches and it was time to join or not. I said yes.
 
Saying yes has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. The people that I’ve gotten to know and now consider to be friends, has been a gift. We are more than friends. We are fellow Rotarians. It is transendent. It bridges all divides.
 
The Four Way Test is powerful and beautiful. It is a simple and clear way to view life. It has changed the way that I live my life and the decisions I make. For that, and the relationships with my fellow Rotarians, I will always be grateful.
What Is Rotary - Week 9, Rob Kos Jennifer Hohn 2022-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Honoring Sandy Custer, Pillars of the Community

We look forward, with great anticipation, to honoring our own Sandy Custer. Sandy is being recognized with a Pillars of the Community award on Tuesday, June 7 at 11:30 am. Shelley Weston is managing ticket sales for club members. Checks can be made out to T-M Rotary. Further details forthcoming.
 
Congratulations Sandy! https://www.mcfgives.org/potc/
Honoring Sandy Custer, Pillars of the Community Jennifer Hohn 2022-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 8, Pam Koch

What is Rotary to Me

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

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

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

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

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

What Is Rotary - Week 8, Pam Koch Jennifer Hohn 2022-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

Spring Giving Drive - Diapers

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We are partnering with the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center this Spring for our Spring Giving Drive.  Their greatest need is diapers. They are also in need of baby formula. The diaper sizes they could use the most are: the smallest sizes, and the biggest sizes to include pull-ups.
 
If you prefer to write a check, please make the check payable to Ozaukee Nonprofit Center and bring to a Tuesday meeting. Jenne will deliver checks with the diapers/formula collected.
 
The final day for the Diaper Drive is Tuesday, April 19.
 
Thank you for your help!
Spring Giving Drive - Diapers Jennifer Hohn 2022-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Honoring Our Friend and Fellow Rotarian, Jack Wiese 2022-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 7, Roger Kirgues

Originally I became a Corporate Sponsored Wisconsin Energy Corporation ( WEC ) member of the TM Rotary Club during Greg Huffman’s Presidential year, in fact he was my sponsor. Luckily for me he became one of my mentors and in addition I’m proud to say my good friend;  ( He still reminds me of Duke Wayne).  Karle Naggs previously was the WEC Corporate member prior to his retirement, I’m very happy that now I too am also retired we both continue to be club members.   

During my Account Manager tenure at WEC I originally predominantly worked with Communities then later with Commercial & Industrial (C&I) business customers. I came to realize how important Community Stewardship will always be during both your work career and throughout your entire life. It provides an opportunity to develop life long friendships with talented, interesting, intelligent, caring giving loving individuals who want to make a positive difference and contribution in their community and around the world year after year! Unfortunately we lost another terrific Club Rotarian in Jack Wiese, he will forever be missed! I personally take comfort in the thought that the spirit of Rotary Jack and all those who have gone before him had is with us all every time we meet. I will always be a very proud member of the TM Rotary Club!
What Is Rotary - Week 7, Roger Kirgues 2022-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

What is Rotary - Week 6, Matt Joynt

What is Rotary to me?

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

In the Mequon-Thiensville School District, our mission is: Together, we ignite each student’s passion for learning, preparing for a life of infinite possibilities. Rotary clubs are a fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders that work together to promote lasting and positive change. Our school community includes all those who contribute in some way to the ecosystem of our children’s educational journey, and the TM Rotary Club is a valuable friend in that work. Rotary Clubs, including ours, support education for all children and that means the world to me. I am forever grateful to call myself a member of this club and for the opportunity to serve our community alongside my fellow Rotarians.
What is Rotary - Week 6, Matt Joynt 2022-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Next up! Matthew Wolak, Additive Advisor, 3D Printing BDM

Our speaker on Tuesday, February 8 is Matthew Wolak, Additive Advisor for 3D Printing BDM
 
A brief synopsis from Matthew's Linkedin profile:
 
As my career has developed, and my understanding of manufacturing and its existing processes has grown deeper, I've learned that understanding a business' current environment is far more important than anything else. When it comes to 3D printing, it's not as much about what applications we can uncover - or the ROI we can deliver on a machine, but more about knowing what matters to the organization. Additive Manufacturing is about solving a business problem and you can't solve that problem without a business case. I help companies develop that business case and it's my job to find an application(s) that supports it. That is different from finding applications fitting for the technology because, quite frankly, anyone can find something to 3D print within their organization. The business case should make it clear that an investment in the platform you choose can deliver on the value of solving your business problem. 

How do we do that?

Most often, an additive manufacturing conversation is centered around an application or what the machine can do; its capabilities, it's build volume, its speed, and its material options. But what we've found is that is neither beneficial nor appropriate starting out. Before we can begin to evaluate the technology, we need to understand the needs of your business. Not just from a departmental standpoint, but from the zoomed out view of everything overall. Why does that matter? It matters because when your machinist has a backlog of 15-20 projects, or 100hrs, or 30 days - you need to know what that's worth. If one of those projects is worth $100,000 and the customer wants it yesterday - your ability to fill that order is worth $100,000. Lose 5 of those projects, and that just cost your company half a million dollars. Now, a 3D printer (or printers) becomes relevant. It is then, that we discover together, how additive manufacturing can help solve that problem.
Next up! Matthew Wolak, Additive Advisor, 3D Printing BDM 2022-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Ride 2022

All riding abilities are encouraged to participate.  
Along with a virtual option, four (4) fully-supported routes are planned; a 10-mile trail ride, and the 25, 45, and 65-mile scenic road rides.
Tune-up your bike and get your family and friends together for this fun-filled event!
Participants roll out at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 or 10:30 am from Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg WI.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Foundation's vocational & technical scholarship fund.
 
Open to the Public!
After-Ride Party | Cedar Creek Park  | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Food Trucks, Beer & Wine Garden, 50/50 Raffle, and music by DJ Rick Jules
Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Ride 2022 Jennifer Hohn 2022-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Next up! Barb Fischer, Executive Director of Advocates of Ozaukee

We welcome Barb Fischer, Executive Director of Advocates of Ozaukee on Tuesday, February 1. 

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

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

Outreach Services

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

Outreach Services Include:

  • Counseling & Education
  • Group for adults and children
  • Speaking to children, teens , adults
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Medical Advocacy and accompaniment
  • Safety Planning
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Advocacy Services within the Social Services system
  • Transportation assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Information and referrals
  • Children and teen counseling - one on one
  • Volunteer opportunities
For more information about Advocates of Ozaukee, please go to  https://www.advocatesofozaukee.com
Next up! Barb Fischer, Executive Director of Advocates of Ozaukee Jennifer Hohn 2022-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 4, Nick Hunzinger

More than just a lunch.
 
In our post-pandemic, digitized, virtual age we find ourselves in, separation and isolation have become the new normal. It’s easy to become disillusioned with general state of things. My fellow Rotarians are a refreshing reminder of the good that inhabits our community. My involvement provides me the innate satisfaction that comes from doing good things with good people.  A stark confirmation of all the good within my community.
 
Oh yes, much more than just lunch ; -)
What Is Rotary - Week 4, Nick Hunzinger Jennifer Hohn 2022-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

What is Rotary - Week 3, Greg Huffman

January is always a great time for reflection.  Dwelling on my years of Rotary service I fondly recall as a teenager, my father dragging me to the old Brat Fry at Thiensville Park to direct traffic.  Spending hours in the summer sun with Gary Jacobs (Doc Jacobs son) while the Rotarians were having all the fun in the beer tent was a unique introduction to the club.  As a newly minted Rotation I’ll never forget how the greatest salesman on earth, John Riley, convinced me that Gathering on the Green was the most important project ever and needed my help, even though I had never been to a ballet or symphony event ever.  Having leaders like John Box and David O’Connor made chairing the Black Tie fundraisers a joy.  As did helping leaders like Ted Weirather, Roger Kirgues and Stan Smith spearhead the seemingly never-ending Centennial Riverwalk efforts.  And, even watching with pride as Ellen MacFarlane, Pam Koch and host of others thrive in developing Comedy Night.  Each of these challenges created connection.  Connections with fellow Rotarians, our community and the world at large.  I am blessed to have grown up in this zip code and to have lived here most of life.  Yet the challenges of leading a family business, or any business, can be isolating.  Rotary creates connections outside that circle and opportunities to help, give or share.  Business connections can be both demanding and fleeting while Rotary connections are patient and enduring.  I wish I could expound on the wonderful connections I’ve enjoyed with all the Rotarians I’ve met.  But, be assured, I look forward to forging the next generation of connections in the years to come.
 
What is Rotary - Week 3, Greg Huffman Jennifer Hohn 2022-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
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What Is Rotary - Week 2, Rob Holtz

Rotary, to me, has been very beneficial.  First, it has "expanded my world" through the varied speakers and meetings as presented on Tuesdays and the information provided about the needs of our community and internationally through Rotary International.  While serving as an officer of our Club, I also greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet other Rotarians at the RI Annual Convention in Illinois and to absorb the ideas shared by other club representatives. Secondly, serving and giving back to our community through our various service projects and fundraising events has been a great focus and benefit. Lastly, another important benefit has been the networking and development of friendships with our Club Rotarians and community leaders at our meetings and through our Fall into Comedy Committee.  
 
I originally joined the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club in 1987 (with Stan Smith being a sponsor) while commuting from downtown Milwaukee since I wanted to become more involved in our community.  Right away, I was able to work with other Rotarians and get involved in the Rotary projects which resulted in the culmination of Mequon's Rotary Park as well as the formation of Gathering on the Green and our own Rotary Foundation. Then, when I opened my own law practice in the area in 1996, I knew that I wanted to rejoin the Club and its activities.  I have appreciated being part of the Club for the past 25+ years and also want to thank our newer members who have contributed all of their experiences and talents in making our Club meetings very enjoyable.
What Is Rotary - Week 2, Rob Holtz Jennifer Hohn 2022-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week One, Jenne Hohn

My definition of Rotary and what it means to me is constantly evolving. Learning something new each week while spending time with people who have a shared vision of community service. On a more personal level, Rotary has opened up the world of service for me, while providing a wealth of friendship. I’m grateful to Maureen for recommending I join our club. Her friendship, support, and awareness have been monumentally influential in my life. I’m grateful to those who I have met that support my life goals as well. Sandy, Stan S., and Tim  have been huge proponents of my career. And then there’s pickleball. Thanks to Stan L. and Stan S. for introducing me to something I really enjoy. I’m grateful to all of you and the learning opportunities Rotary provides. T-M Rotary exemplifies kindness, tolerance, camaraderie, and offers a wonderful outlet to contribute and support our great community. How lucky we are to be Rotarians!
 
What Is Rotary - Week One, Jenne Hohn Jennifer Hohn 2022-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

What's Your Rotary? - Something New for 2022

We are trying something new for 2022! We'd love to have each and every one of your voices in the weekly newsletter. A photo would be a nice addition. 
 
Each week, we are asking one member to write a 2-3 sentence (or more, if you are so inclined) article about what Rotary means to you. We encourage you to keep it short - it may only be one sentence. We will start alphabetically with Hohn, since it was my idea (I being Jenne). Next up will be Rob Holtz.
 
How to submit: please email your submission to jennehohndc@gmail.com. If you'd like to send a favorite photo of yourself, please do. Jenne will remind you the week prior when it's your turn.
 
Thanks for taking part in this creative collaboration. 
What's Your Rotary? - Something New for 2022 Jennifer Hohn 2021-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Family Sharing Drive - Final Results

Team Jenne, with a sneak attack at the end, has won! Ultimately Family Sharing is the winner - thanks to all of you and your generosity. The grand total raised this year was $5537! Compared to last year's total of $3149, this is absolutely tremendous.
 
Final tallies are as follows:
 
Team Jenne 🏆: $3135.00
 
Team Sandy 🥈: $2402.00
 
Sending heaps of gratitude to all of you. You're wonderful and we are blessed to have such a special group of people in our Club. Wishing you the merriest of holidays and blessings for a wonderful New Year!
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Family Sharing Drive - Final Results Jennifer Hohn 2021-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Kids2Kids Christmas Wonderland Jennifer Hohn 2021-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Giving - the final stretch

Thank you for the generosity extended during this holiday season. Advocates of Ozaukee was thrilled to receive your generous donations of gift cards, a holiday tree, and ornaments. Special thanks to Karl Hertz who delivered the gifts.
 
As of Saturday, December 4, the Family Sharing Drive amounts to $3897.00! We have blown by our donation total from 2020 of $3149.00. Thank you all! Team standings are as follows:
 
Team Sandy: $2212.00
Team Jenne: $1685.00
 
The deadline to donate to the Family Sharing Drive is Tuesday, December 14. You can donate online at https://www.familysharingozaukee.org. Click on the pink "Contribute Now" button on the top right corner. Please notate TM Rotary when you make an online contribution.
 
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Holiday Giving - the final stretch Jennifer Hohn 2021-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

December 7 Meeting Preview – Fair Maps
 

Our speakers this week will include Deborah Patel, Deb Andraca, and Beth Bauer.  Deb Andraca represents part of Mequon and is the sponsor of the fair maps bill. 
The speakers plan to use the 4-way Rotary test as the outline for explaining the issues to all of us. Deb will help us look to the future with a legislative solution, Beth will discuss success stories elsewhere and encourage conversations among people with differing views, and then Deborah will close with a "possible action" recap, once again tied to the 4-way test.
December 7 Meeting Preview – Fair Maps  Jennifer Hohn 2021-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Giving - Thanksgiving Week Update

Ozaukee County Family Sharing Drive: We have raised $2956.00 overall so far! Remember, you can donate online at https://www.familysharingozaukee.org. Click on the pink "Contribute Now" button on the top right corner. Please notate TM Rotary when you make your online contribution. The contribution deadline for the Family Sharing Drive is Tuesday, December 14.
 
Our current totals are:
 
Team Sandy: $1687.00
Team Jenne: $1269.00
 
Please note that our Kapco K2K Wonderland Light Show date to volunteer is: SUNDAY, 12/5/21, 4 pm - 8 pm.
 
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
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Holiday Giving - Thanksgiving Week Update Jennifer Hohn 2021-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow to Russ and Nancy Witte-Dycus

Russ and Nancy Witte-Dycus were presented with a Paul Harris Fellow on Tuesday, November 16. Russ and Nancy were recognized for their contribution to  The Rotary Foundation and support of its humanitarian and educational programs. Their gift shows commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace. We thank them for their generosity.
Paul Harris Fellow to Russ and Nancy Witte-Dycus Jennifer Hohn 2021-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Family Giving 2021 Teams 12/7 update

Thank you for your continued holiday season generosity. Our Family Sharing Drive currently stands at $3356. We have surpassed our total 2020 donation of $3149! Regardless of the competition (Team Sandy: $2087, Team Jenne: $1269), your generous contributions are greatly appreciated.
 
Advocates of Ozaukee Donations: Small denomination gift cards are being accepted for Advocates of Ozaukee. We will include them when Karl Hertz delivers a tree and ornaments we are donating for their families to decorate. (Thank you Karl!)  The deadline for this is Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  Please give the gift cards to Shelley at the meeting.
 
The Family Sharing Drive continues until Tuesday, December 14. You can donate online at https://www.familysharingozaukee.org. Click on the pink "Contribute Now" button on the top right corner. Please notate TM Rotary when you make an online contribution. The contribution deadline for the Family Sharing Drive is Tuesday, December 14.
 
Please note that our Kapco K2K Wonderland Light Show date to volunteer is: SUNDAY, 12/5/21, 4 pm - 8 pm.
Family Giving 2021 Teams 12/7 update Russell Witte-Dycus 2021-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

A Taste of Foxtown

A Taste of Foxtown Event to benefit Gathering on the Green
Taste of Foxtown_Gathering on the Green
Details and ticket information available here: https://gatheringonthegreen.org/a-taste-of-foxtown/
A Taste of Foxtown Jennifer Hohn 2021-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Giving

Holiday Giving Opportunities
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Thank you for participating in our holiday giving. Our Family Sharing Drive has kicked off with a bang. We have raised $1256.00 so far! Remember, you can donate online at https://www.familysharingozaukee.org. Click on the pink "Contribute Now" button on the top right corner. In order to acknowledge the club, please type TM Rotary in the Tribute box. The deadline for the Family Sharing Giving Drive is Tuesday, December 14.
 
Our current totals are:
 
Team Jenne: $819.00
Team Sandy: $437.00
 
Please note that our Kapco K2K Wonderland Light Show date to volunteer is: SUNDAY, 12/5/21, 4 pm - 8 pm
 
Small denomination gift cards are being accepted for Advocates of Ozaukee. We will include them when Karl Hertz delivers a tree and ornaments we are donating for their families to decorate. (Thank you Karl!)  The deadline for this is Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
Holiday Giving Jennifer Hohn 2021-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

The Mequon/Thiensville Town Center Gateway

The Mequon / Thiensville Town Center Gateway
Presented by Authors: Sandy Custer and Stan Smith
 
In 1999, Mayor Christine Nuernberg appointed a Blue Ribbon Visioning Committee to make recommendations for the future of Mequon.  Part of this initiative was a city-wide survey sent out in 2001 including one question asking if residents supported the idea of establishing a joint town center with the Village of Thiensville.  It was a pleasant surprise that a clear majority was in favor of this initiative and a Town Center Committee was established.  It consisted of community leaders from both Mequon and Thiensville plus the M/T Chamber of Commerce.  This committee included Rotarians Bob Blazich, Van Mobley, Stan Smith, and Nancy Witte-Dycus with city and village support from other Rotarians: Mayor Christine Nuernberg, Village Administrator Dianne Robertson and Village President Karl Hertz.
 
The Rotary Riverwalk was one of the first Town Center initiatives and had additional Rotarian members in leadership roles including Sandy Custer, Chris Frommel, Herb Hillman, Greg Huffman, Roger Kirgues, Roger Reinemann, and Ted Weirather as well as donations from numerous Rotarians.
 
Over the years, as the Town Center was developed, it was determined that some sort of a Gateway feature would play a key role on the river at the intersection of Mequon and Cedarburg Roads. A committee was appointed, comprised of citizens and staff members of both communities to design and create the project.  After the design was approved, it was determined that fundraising and construction of the project would be simplified if it was led by the Thiensville/Mequon Rotary Foundation.  Rotarians Tim Carr, Dan Gannon, Stan Smith, Herb Hillman, Tim Vertz, Connie Pukaite, Steve Peterman and Sandy Custer were leaders in the effort.  Now completed, the project has been fully funded.
 
The Thiensville/Mequon Rotary Club was a leading donor, with large donations over the past three years.  Many members find their names on the donor wall.
The Mequon/Thiensville Town Center Gateway Sandy Custer and Stan Smith 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Into Comedy 2021

Rotarians and friends of Rotary were delighted to attend T-M Rotary’s annual Fall Into Comedy on Thursday, October 14. The event returned after a pause in 2020. This year’s event did not disappoint. 
 
 
Thiensville-Mequon Rotarians generously put together donations from local businesses and beyond to support the Silent Auction. From local goods to local experiences, the auction and raffles raised a healthy amount for the Club. We offer special thanks to all those who volunteered for the event - from set-up to take-down - we had a wonderful team!
 
 
Although comedian John DeBoer was billed as the star of the show, the spotlight was stolen by two lovely princesses - Jax and Mads Guth (aka Anna and Elise). The two princesses “Trick or Treated to End Polio,” and raised almost $700. These funds will support Rotary’s global initiative to end polio. The girls’ giggles were the highlight of the evening.
 
 
We wish to thank the event’s generous sponsors. The event sponsor was Sommer’s Automotive. The marketing sponsor was Port Washington State Bank. The entertainment sponsor was O’Leary-Guth Law Office. Food sponsors were: American Family Insurance/Todd Davis Agency, Sandy & Jean Custer, Gathering on the Green, Richard Johannes, DDS SC, Tim Carr, RBC Wealth Management, John & Mimi Rosing, Spur 16, and State Farm Insurance. Table sponsors were: American Family Insurance/Todd Davis Agency, C.J.’s Table, Baird - The Sommersberger Group, Sandy Custer & Dan Gannon, Ellen MacFarlane, MATC, O’Leary-Guth Law Office, Port Washington State Bank, Sommers Automotive Group, Stan Smith, and the T-M Rotary Noon Club. Patron sponsors included: Sandy Custer, Karl Hertz, Herb Hallman, CPA, Dianne Robertson, Robertson, Ryan & Associates, and Stan Smith. Our in-kind sponsors included The Washington House Inn and Dean Johnson, Photographer.
 
 
Many thanks to Rotarians, friends, and community members who came out for an evening of fun, festivities, and philanthropy. We are grateful for the support. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!
 
Fall Into Comedy 2021 Jennifer Hohn 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Trick or treating in Thiensville

Todd Davis captured some Rotarians out and about during the Thiensville Business Association’s Trick or Treat for the Community on Thursday, October 28.
 
Trick or treating in Thiensville Jennifer Hohn 2021-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Afghan Refugee Fort McCoy Donation Drive

The threat of cold on Saturday, Oct. 23rd did not deter the eager volunteers from our club, the Sunrise Rotary Club, and student volunteers from the High School, as we eagerly accepted clothing, toiletries, and money for the Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy. We had so many volunteers that four of our volunteers assisted with the shred event taking place at the same time in Thiensville Park. 
 
Connie Pukaite organized a group to inspect used clothing to make sure it was appropriate for winter in Wisconsin. As a result, Family Sharing benefited from 4-5 bags of slightly used clothing and Family Promise received three comforters. $200 cash was collected to supplement the donations. 
 
If you missed the event and still want to donate monetarily, you can go to the website for the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition: MMWConline.org. Click on the green button, pull down the menu and click on Afghan Refugee Relief Fund. It’s easy and you can print out a receipt. 
 
Thanks to all who assisted!
Afghan Refugee Fort McCoy Donation Drive Ellen MacFarlane 2021-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Thiensville Drug Drop and Shred Event/Fort McCoy Donations Jennifer Hohn 2021-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Adopt-a-highway Jennifer Hohn 2021-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Fall Into Comedy 2021 Jennifer Hohn 2021-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Oktoberfest, October 7 Jennifer Hohn 2021-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

Dates to Remember

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Sep 21, 2021
 
 
October 26, 2021 - Trick or Treat to End Polio. Bring some cash for the trick or treater, which will be donated to Polio Plus.
 
 
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September 28th Speaker - Milwaukee Bucks Social Responsibility/The INSPIRED Network

 
Brooks Griffin and The Power of YOUth
We are excited to host Brooks Griffin on Tuesday, September 28th. In this presentation, Brooks Griffin will inspire each participant to tap into their "YOU", so that they can improve their engagement with children, youth and families from marginalized communities. Brooks will share his personal stories of his growing up with mental health challenges, his journey as a youth organizer & Father Advocate, and addressing social & racial equity with his dream job at The 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks! 
September 28th Speaker - Milwaukee Bucks Social Responsibility/The INSPIRED Network Jennifer Hohn 2021-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

New Members

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Aug 03, 2021
Bob, as their sponsor, pins on their  pins.
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Bridget Robinson - Safe and Sound

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Aug 03, 2021
Tuesday’s speaker, Bridget Robinson, is a director for Milwaukee’s Safe and Sound program, in which they work with neighborhoods, youth, and more. They work to inform and be a resource for people in Milwaukee. 
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Jennifer Williams and Allen Ruppel - Unity in Hope School System

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 20, 2021
 
Jennifer Williams, Director of Unity in Hope School Systems, and Allen Ruppel, Founder, spoke to our club at Tuesday’s meeting. 
 
Unity in Hope School Systems was started in Pakistan to give non-Muslim children an opportunity to obtain a quality education not otherwise available to non-Muslim children. Unity in Hope starts with quality instruction, clean water, food, and end with providing children with a good education.
 
All of the money raised for the schools is managed by the Wisconsin 501(c)(3), and is used by the board to reimburse expenses. Money from the school stays in the community after being used to pay teachers salaries, food, improvements, buildings, maintenance and more. 
 
A dollar goes very far in these Islamabad, Pakistan slums. What costs MPS $16,000 per student can be obtained for $250 per student. Things such as a playground for the kids cost only $750. Just imagine the impact we could have. For more information, visit their website at https://unityinhopeschool.org/ or visit and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Unity-in-Hope-School-System-104097257784561.
Jennifer Williams and Allen Ruppel - Unity in Hope School System Samuel Azinger 2021-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Greg Sommersberger - Paul Harris 

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 20, 2021
 
Greg Sommersberger was presented with a Paul Harris Award at Tuesday’s meeting. Greg was also presented with the much more prestigious Sam Azinger Award. Both were presented in consideration of generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation during the 2020-2021 year.
Greg Sommersberger - Paul Harris Samuel Azinger 2021-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

The Rundown

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 15, 2021
Just some quick reminders of upcoming dates and events. 
 
August 12: Chinooks Outing! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from Jenne Hohn or Dan Gannon. 
 
August 29: Tiki Bar Sunday Funday day at the beach. Kettle Moraine Lake, Campbellsport (details to come). 
 
August 31: Family Night at the Park. Normal meeting will take place from 5-7 and family is invited. Time and date is subject to change since Sam doesn't remember with certainty that this is when Family Night will occur.  
 
September 11: Taste of Mequon
The Rundown Samuel Azinger 2021-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Meeting at Mequon Rotary Park

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 15, 2021
It was a pleasure for many members of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club, and the Mequon-Thiensville Rotary Club who attended the Cedarburg Grafton Rotary Club's meeting at Mequon Rotary Park on Thursday.  It was a great event in which everyone had the opportunity to get to know one another. Thank you to the Cedarburg Grafton Rotary Club for the invitation. 
Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Meeting at Mequon Rotary Park Samuel Azinger 2021-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Music Festival - August 8

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 15, 2021
 
Everyone is invited to the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club's Rotary Music Festival, which will be held at the Cedarburg High School's athletic field on August 8th at 7:30PM.  Tickets are available at www.dci.org
Rotary Music Festival - August 8 Samuel Azinger 2021-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris +6 awarded to Ellen MacFarlane

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 13, 2021
 
Ellen MacFarlane was awarded her Paul Harris+6 at Tuesday’s Rotary meeting. People like Ellen support the Foundation without being asked, and exceed the requests when they are asked. Thank you Ellen for your incredible caring and generosity!
Paul Harris +6 awarded to Ellen MacFarlane Samuel Azinger 2021-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you to Tuesday’s Cooking Crew

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 13, 2021
Normally people have to bid and win in a silent auction to get their lips on Van Mobley’s famous smoked brisket, but thanks to Van, Matt, Jenne, and Stan, our club was treated to this delicious meal at Tuesday’s meeting. All that was missing was a Tim Vertz Famous Old Fashioned!
Thank you to Tuesday’s Cooking Crew Samuel Azinger 2021-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

The Rundown - July 12, 2021

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 11, 2021
Just some quick reminders of upcoming dates and events. 
 
July 13: Normal Tuesday meeting at the Park.
 
July 15: Cedarburg Grafton Rotary Club will be holding its meeting at Rotary Park at Noon, and they've invited the two Mequon/Thiensville club members. I know I'll be there!
 
August 12: Chinooks Outing! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from Jenne Hohn. 
 
August 31: Family Night at the Park. Normal meeting will take place from 5-7 and family is invited. Time and date is subject to change since Sam doesn't remember with certainty that this is when Family Night will occur.  
The Rundown - July 12, 2021 Samuel Azinger 2021-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Cooking Crews are Back!

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 10, 2021
 
After a year hiatus, cooking crews have returned, and as has become tradition, Sandy Custer started us off with pork chops the size of your head. Sandy's cooking crew is always amazing! We look forward to cooking crews for the rest of our summer meetings.
Cooking Crews are Back! Samuel Azinger 2021-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard 2021

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 10, 2021
Our annual Changing of the Guard was a great success.  We successfully got rid of our 2020-21 leadership, and ushered in our 2021-22 leadership.  What more could you ask for. Keep reading and you'll find out. 
We'll start off on a serious note. Some of the greatest honors we have in Rotary are the annual awards, and this year did not disappoint. Connie Pukaite was invited under a guise that may or may not have violated the first part of the four way test, but the lie was necessary to preserve the surprise, which she most certainly was when she was awarded an Honorary Paul Harris Award. Above Connie is pictured receiving her PH+6!
 
Connie also did not disappoint when she spoke, which despite being completely surprised seemed like a rehearsed oration. If there's one thing that everyone could take away it is that what Rotary and Rotarians all over the world are doing is preserving and creating a future that most will not live to see.  It's impossible to not feel inspired when Connie is in the house!
 
Tim Vertz was also presented with an Honorary Paul Harris. Tim does so much for our community, including with his role in our club, his role as an Assistant District Governor, his role with the Chamber, and his initiative with the Concordia Business School. Stan Smith presented Tim with this honor, and we're all in agreement that Tim's achievements are truly deserving of this recognition. 
 
Jenne J.C. Hohn was honored with the Service Above Self Award. The club's gratitude for the role Jenne has stepped into and the incredible job she has done is very deserving of this award. Thank you Jenne for everything you have done to support our club and moving it toward the future. 
 
Finally, our Rotarian of the Year award was presented to Ellen MacFarlane, who is also an amazing person and integral part of our club. Ellen is always a Rotarian first and foremost, and fills in every gap in the club. Thank you Ellen for being amazing and for everything you do. You are an inspiration to us all!
 
With the first picture of Sam Azinger, we can be certain this story is about to stop being serious and start being just a little bit silly.  Pictured above, Club President, Heather Mader made it official that Sam Azinger is now a Past President, a title held by less than 100 people who have been members of the club. 
 
Heather Mader also surprised Sam with the Sam Azinger Award for Being Awesome, which Sam was truly honored to receive.  After all, it's the first time someone has named an award after Sam Azinger that was not Sam Azinger.  Speaking of, Sam Azinger also presented the Sam Azinger Awards to those who donated more than $100 to the Rotary Foundation in the Rotary year.  The Sam Azinger Awards were presented for the 3rd year in a row, and each year he has presented more and more awards.  This year there were 18 recipients, and frankly it took too long to pass them out, so that's probably the last year we'll see those. 
 
Before all of that serious stuff, Sam provided the Year in Review, and of course took the opportunity to present the not so serious awards, including presenting John Rosing with the First Place plaque for having the best bracket in the NCAA tournament for the benefit of the Rotary Foundation.  In first place John also received a Paul Harris award, but the plaque was definitely the highlight (not).
 
Maureen O'Leary was presented with the Rotary NCAA Tournament Runner Up Plaque which she hesitantly accepted, but will never be able to discard without Sam finding out.
 
Karl Hertz accepted his Second Runner Up plaque, which he must have thought was pretty cool, although it's kind of a rare occurrence when you can award Karl with something new. After all, he's achieved as much as most could dream of. 
 
Just some extra pictures of everyone gathered before the event. What a great group and a great time. Thanks to everyone for participating. 
Changing of the Guard 2021 Samuel Azinger 2021-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Taste of Mequon Coming September 11

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jul 05, 2021
Taste Mequon is happening on September 11, 2021! Please save-the-date for this wonderful event. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or participating as a vendor, please let Jenne Hohn know at jennehohndc@gmail.com or 707-337-3490.
Taste of Mequon Coming September 11 Samuel Azinger 2021-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

THE ROTARY PARK PARKING LOTS ARE NOW COMPLETED

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 24, 2021
Story quite literally stolen from Steve Lettau and the Sunrise Rotary Club! Best parking spot expected to be auctioned for record amount to be contributed to the Rotary Foundation at Changing of the Guard!
 
THE ROTARY PARK PARKING LOTS ARE NOW COMPLETED Samuel Azinger 2021-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Outdoor Oasis Grand Opening, and a Tremendous Thank You to the River Club

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 24, 2021
 
A reminder that this Thursday from 3:30-6:00PM the River Club will be holding its Outdoor Oasis Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting, featuring IHeart Radio live broadcast, and complimentary beer, wine and lite bites.
 
We'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the River Club of Mequon for their significant role in getting us together in person during the last year. The team at the River Club are true professionals who are interested in service to the community, which is what Rotary is all about. Thank you specifically Amber and Monique for all of their help and the time they both committed to hosting us. 
 
I'd add a specific shout out to Monique for her involvement in the community. Sometimes it's apparent when someone will be an active part and a leader in the community, and after seeing Monique three times in four days at various community events, I'm confident that she will be a valuable player in making Mequon and Thiensville great. 
 
On behalf of the TM Rotary Club, we are thrilled to have had this opportunity to get to know the River Club and its team, and we again express our sincere gratitude. 
Outdoor Oasis Grand Opening, and a Tremendous Thank You to the River Club Samuel Azinger 2021-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Ice Cream and Corn Roast at Fun Before the Fourth

Posted by Samuel Azinger
 
 
The club continued in its tradition of handing out free ice cream to kids (and a few adults too) after the parade and selling delicious roasted corn. Thanks to Herb Hillman for handling this project for all these years. Service Above Self. If there are no photos its because this story is being written prior to the event.
Ice Cream and Corn Roast at Fun Before the Fourth Samuel Azinger 2021-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Park Pond Pier Project

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 23, 2021
Mike Gies joined us to tell us about the Rotary Park pier needing to be replaced and indicated the Mequon Parks Board is looking to partner with the community to raise funds for the replacement pier.  Jim Lysaught can be contacted if you're interested in getting involved. The CAC should be prepared to consider this type of project when the time comes. 
Rotary Park Pond Pier Project Samuel Azinger 2021-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday’s Speaker Leila Wright - Miracle League and the YMCA

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 22, 2021

 
Tuesday’s speaker Laurie Wright with the YMCA joined us to tell us about the experience of health clubs and specifically the YMCA during COVID-19.  She also gave some very interesting insight to the Miracle League and all the great things happening with that program. 
 
The YMCA was happy to be able to reopen in May of 2020, and are proud of what they offer to the community, including objectives to achieve equality, partnerships, and service to those in need. The YMCA seeks to be a partner and resource for community parents, by creating pathways for success to kids during out of school time. They seek to build leadership, healthy living, belonging, and a sense of community.
 
The Miracle League believes everyone deserves the chance to play baseball. The league allows people of all ABILITIES play organized baseball. Players with diverse-ABILITIES dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases, just like their peers in standard baseball leagues. Learn more at www.miracleleaguemilwaukee.org. Volunteers are always needed. If you're interested in volunteering, you can do so at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4aaaaf2ba5f58-miracle3
 
If people are interested in having a Rotary Volunteer night, it's something a lot of members would enjoy, and would help boost those service hours for the Rotary Citation. However, we'd need someone to lead the charge. If you're interested in taking the lead please let Sam know (unless it's after June 29, then let Heather know).
 
Also, they will be hosting a golf fundraiser at the Bog on August 10.  If you're interested go to https://www.ymcamke.org/ymca-golf-outing-registration/!
Tuesday’s Speaker Leila Wright - Miracle League and the YMCA Samuel Azinger 2021-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

The Rundown - June 28, 2021

Posted by Samuel Azinger
The Rundown is being reintroduced to keep important dates and reminders in our weekly bulletin. 
 
June 29: Changing of the Guard will take place at the American Legion from 5-7PM. Join the Club in sending Sam Azinger off into the sunset and welcoming our new club president, Heather Mader, and her leadership team. If you haven't registered with Heather already, please do so ASAP. There will not be a lunch meeting on June 29. 
 
July 1: Keep the Sam Azinger Trophy with the Noon Club campaign will begin. 
 
July 6: Beginning of Summer meetings at Rotary Park. If you haven't signed up to be on a cooking crew, talk to Jenne Hohn or Jenne will assign you. 
 
August 12: Chinooks Outing! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from Jenne Hohn. 
 
August 24: Family Night at the Park. Normal meeting will take place from 5-7 and family is invited. Time and date is subject to change since Sam doesn't remember with certainty that this is when Family Night will occur.  
The Rundown - June 28, 2021 Samuel Azinger 2021-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Dianne - May Biggest Bragger Award Winner

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 18, 2021
 
Dianne Robertson bragged her age during a May meeting, and nobody bragged more than her $39, making Dianne the winner of the May Biggest Bragger Award! Congratulations Dianne!
 
And guess what! Tony made an appearance at Tuesday's meeting and got a round of applause! (I think it was an actual sincere round of applause, and not just from the TVR Fan Club.) Not to worry though, the boo birds started flying shortly after he took the mic, and he was chased off the podium when everyone started throwing tomatoes.   
Congratulations Dianne - May Biggest Bragger Award Winner Samuel Azinger 2021-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Shhhhhh, don’t tell the Sunrise Club

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 18, 2021
 
With weeks left before the end of the year, the Sunrise Club still hasn't made their annual last minute contribution to the Rotary Foundation to sweep the coveted Sam Azinger Trophy from the grasp of the Noon Club.  But when they do, they'll be shocked to find that it wasn't quite enough. In just a few minutes on Tuesday we got commitments and checks to meet our goal of raising $10,000 for the Rotary Foundation this year!  Thank you to everyone who has made contributions this year, in particular thank you to Maureen O'Leary, Heather Mader, Greg Sommersberger, and an anonymous donor for contributing $500 for Maureen's "pay it forward" offer.  Thanks also to another anonymous donor who made a $1,000 donation. 
 
It looks like there's a Rotary tattoo in store for Sam's summer! We are seeking volunteers for who will get the Rotary tattoo when we raise $10,000 again next year. If you'd like to nominate yourself or someone else, be sure to come to Changing of the Guard on June 29.  
Shhhhhh, don’t tell the Sunrise Club Samuel Azinger 2021-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday’s Speaker: Judge Paul Malloy

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jun 15, 2021

Ozaukee County Judge, Paul Malloy spoke to our club at Tuesday’s meeting, providing some insight into the county’s judicial system. His presentation included discussions about how the court handled its business during the COVID 19 pandemic, including how the jail dealt with people coming in and out of the jail. As a result of COVID, most people who were eligible for work release were sent home with electronic monitoring. Judge Malloy said the jail and courts handled the pandemic without issues, thanks to the hard work of the clerks and staff.
 
Going forward, it’s likely that more short court hearings will occur via zoom, as well as prisoner hearings. This saves a lot of expense, both for civil matters where attorneys are traveling, and criminal hearings for people who are incarcerated and would otherwise have to be transported by two deputies to the courthouse.
 
A big thank you from the club to Judge Malloy for the service you provide to our community, and for joining us and providing this interesting insight. 
 
Tuesday’s Speaker: Judge Paul Malloy Samuel Azinger 2021-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

An inside look into our Guatemala 

 

mission

The people we normally serve in Guatemala missed our medical mission this year. COVID hit Guatemala extremely hard. Our person on the ground, Flory, struggled with the virus and needed our help. Team members pitched in with donations to get her the medicine she needed to survive. Unfortunately, Flory lost her significant other to COVID while she was in the hospital battling the disease. 

Flory has been an important person on the team, negotiating with hospitals and driving people to and fro for medical appointments and needed surgeries. Although our club donated to this mission, additional help from individuals is always appreciated. Here is your chance to do good and help those less fortunate.
An inside look into our Guatemala   mission Ellen MacFarlane 2021-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

Hybrid Meetings to Resume May 18 at River Club of Mequon

We have seen the announcements that the club will meet virtually until further notice for what feels like far too long.  Further notice has arrived at last! The club's leadership is thrilled to announce the return of in-person/virtual hybrid meetings on May 18, 2021 which will take place at the River Club of Mequon and via Zoom. 
 
Masks are required. We are a club with a variety of many members who come from different backgrounds.  Not everyone has had the opportunity to be vaccinated fully yet, and of course there is debate as to pretty much everything surrounding COVID 19. We are working hard under the circumstances to keep the club inclusive and accessible to all, and as such are offering this hybrid meeting option for anyone not comfortable meeting in person and everyone not comfortable wearing a mask.  If you are a part of either of these groups, you are encouraged to attend the virtual meeting.
 
A common theme of Jeff Wagner and Steve Scaffidi asks the question "are we going to wear masks forever?" The answer for our club is most certainly no. However, for the time being, the answer is yes. The board has consistently watched the rates of infection in our zip codes, and it is clear that COVID 19 is still something that needs to be considered when meeting in large groups. The board will continue to evaluate and make decisions on an ongoing basis, but for the time being, we request that everyone be respectful of the decision. 
 
We will not hold a meeting on June 1st in observation of Memorial Day, and the meeting scheduled for June 29th has been moved to 5PM at the American Legion for our Changing of the Guard, which will undoubtedly be a roaring good time.  
 
The virtual meeting information can be found below. 
 
 
OR 
 
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: ROTARY
 
OR
 
Dial in (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: 519411
Hybrid Meetings to Resume May 18 at River Club of Mequon Samuel Azinger 2021-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Lost Loved One of Rotary's Past

Gerry Schmit's death at age 101 was published in Tuesday's News Graphic.  Gerry was married to Harry Schmit, a great Rotarian, and she was a great Rotary Ann, as we called our spouses back in the days when all Rotarians were men. We had a summer fundraising picnic in Thiensville Park, with pony rides, brats, beer and music. She was a great worker, always with a smile. Harry, owner of Schmit Ford before son Tom took  over, was one of the Rotarians that pushed for a Rotary Park project for several years before it eventually happened. He and Loyal Wells would drive around the area, talking to landowners looking for potential sites.
 
Sandy Custer
Lost Loved One of Rotary's Past Samuel Azinger 2021-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations March Madness Winners

The final results are in (actually, they were in several weeks ago, but hey, people are busy).  the top 3 results are as follows:
 
First Place: John Rosing
Runner Up: Maureen O'Leary
Second Runner Up: Karl Hertz
 
We raised $980 for the Rotary Foundation for this tournament which will be donated in the name of John Rosing.  Additionally, the board has authorized 500 club foundation points to be awarded to Maureen and 250 points to be awarded to Karl! An additional 20 points will be awarded to John Rosing because lets face it, 980 doesn't quite get the job done. Trophy ceremony to take place at Changing of the Guard. 
Congratulations March Madness Winners Samuel Azinger 2021-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

March 2021 Biggest Bragger - Nancy Witte-Dycus 

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Apr 07, 2021
Congratulations and thank you to Nancy Witte-Dycus for being the March 2021 Biggest Bragger. Nancy bragged for $101 during March meetings. All money raised for brags during virtual meetings  will be donated to the Rotary Foundation #tradesamazingerforthesamazingertrophy. In the words of Nancy “wow, it’s actually a real plaque.” Now it’s your turn. Are you the biggest bragger for April? Rest assured, that’s a real plaque too!
March 2021 Biggest Bragger - Nancy Witte-Dycus Samuel Azinger 2021-04-07 05:00:00Z 0

Are you the Biggest Bragger?

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Mar 18, 2021
Tony, if you're reading this, you are missed *clap* (maybe *clap clap*). 
 
Without Tony's presence at our virtual meetings *roaring applause* a vacuum was created in collecting people's money. Although there is truth to Aristotle's observation, that no true vacuums exist in nature because the difference in pressure results in an immediate force that acts to correct the equilibrium, there is also truth to Sandy Custer's observation that if there is a vacuum in the TM Rotary Club, Sam Azinger will fill it and probably include an award that contains Sam's name. 
 
Introducing the Biggest Bragger Award, presented by T. Samuel Azinger. When you brag in March, April, or May during our virtual meetings, you are asked to commit a dollar value to your brag. At the end of the month, you'll receive an email asking you to pay the amount you bragged during the month.  Brag dollars will be contributed to Rotary International Foundation #bringbackthetrophy in the name of the bragger. There are 3 plaques up for grabs, which will be presented to the Biggest Bragger for March, April, and May. Weekly status updates will not be provided.  If you want certifiable confirmation that you are the Biggest Bragger in the club, you'd better get bragging and putting substantial dollar amounts on your brags at our weekly virtual meetings! 
 
This message has been authorized by Sam Azinger, President of the Tony von Rueden Fan Club (the "TFC"), all rights reserved.  This message contains the views and opinions of the TFC and does not necessarily express the views and opinions of Tony von Rueden, his affiliates, heirs, agents, or assigns. Tony von Rueden is not responsible for the content of this story. 
Are you the Biggest Bragger? Samuel Azinger 2021-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

John Frantz and Molly Eldridge - Polarization in America

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Mar 09, 2021
 
Molly Eldridge is the director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences of Marquette, leading and developing their Civic Dialogues curriculum.  One facet of that curriculum is the understanding that education is a key means to reversing the polarization of America, especially with the recent developments.  John Frantz is supporting with class content and further outreach being the actual starter of the whole initiative of reversing polarization.
 
Americans are reporting a loss of confidence in government, news, and each other, which has led to an escalation of polarization in views.  Marquette University and John Frantz are working together to create education solutions to teach our children and ourselves how to understand, adapt to and begin to reverse polarization in a bipartisan way. 
 
Molly is leading the Civic Dialog Program at Marquette University in the college of arts and sciences.  The new Dean of the College Dr. Bostic was the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship which allowed her to study abroad in France and has opened the door for the program.  The program is designed to allow the exchange of ideas through civic dialogue, with the ability to share different points of view without to suppressing viewpoints. 
 
The program is designed around having a speaker series, having a civic dialogue leader in residence, and high-impact student experiences. The outcomes include encouraging the community to have meaningful civil dialogue, and establishing Marquette's leadership position as a faith-based advocate.  
 
The pilot program is looking for 2 years of funding to get the program off the ground.  If successful, they will look for an endowment to keep the program running.  If you're interested in additional information, contact Molly Eldridge at molly.eldridge@marquette.edu or (414) 288-4497.
John Frantz and Molly Eldridge - Polarization in America Samuel Azinger 2021-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Kristin Gies - Mequon Nature Preserve

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Feb 26, 2021
 
Tuesday's virtual meeting featured Kristin Gies as our guest presenter. Kristin is the Executive Director for the Mequon Nature Preserve, a great resource in Southwestern Mequon. 

Kristin received an AS in Landscape Horticulture from MATC; a BS in Botany from Concordia University; and a MS in Environmental Science from Concordia University, and since 2007, as the director of the Mequon Nature Preserve, Kristin is living her dream – giving back to the community she grew up in and a career that she is passionate about. With Kristin’s leadership, MNP offers a series of educational programs to students K5-college and have helped over 10,000 low income children annually experience the outdoors and learn about nature ‘up close and personal’ – free of charge. It is rewarding to be able to go into work every day knowing that you are helping children who have never experienced the world without concrete learn about nature and all its wonders.

Kristin is married to Michael Gies and has two children, Gavin and Adia.

There are a lot of exciting changes coming to the Mequon Nature Preserve, and everyone is encouraged to appreciate this gem in our city. 

Thank you to Kristin for joining us on Tuesday. It truly was a pleasure to have her great energy at our meeting. Feel free to check out their website.

Kristin Gies - Mequon Nature Preserve Samuel Azinger 2021-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

The Valentine's Day Love is Pouring Back into the Club

Posted by Samuel Azinger
 
A few letters have come in from recipients of our Valentine's Day Gift Cards program. Needless to say, being a part of this should give everyone some warm fuzzies​ (that's what my mom called that happy feeling you get on the inside, but I'm not sure if that's a real thing or just something my mom said). Anyways, enjoy. ​​​​​​
 
The following was sent to Mel at Mel's Charities:
 
Dear Tom,
 
This is just a quick note to tell you how grateful I am to receive the recent donation from the Thiensville- Mequon Rotary Club on behalf of Mel's Charities.  
 
I am not sure you would have any idea what a lifesaver receiving this was for my daughter and I, and so I wanted to share a personal story with you.  
 
These last few months have been financially challenging, this has been for a variety of reasons.  However, I am certain my situation is much better than many others right now, so I do not mean to complain in any way.  I just have had a bit of a rough "go of it" in recent months. 
 
To help alleviate some of the extra debt I took on in this last year, a few weeks ago I took on a part time independent contractor job doing grocery delivery on the weekends.  My daughter can accompany me, and we have fun with it.  She is building some great skills with it too, so it is a big win for us to have an opportunity to make a little extra money right now while working together.  It takes a while to get the hang of it though and so the earnings have been slow going, but I know they will get there soon.    
 
With that being said, we came home Sunday after a long weekend of doing grocery delivery.  I was exhausted and was nervously thinking to myself exactly how I was going to make it until the end of the week (payday).  I had used all my gas doing the grocery delivery and had a couple medical appointments for my daughter coming up during the week.  My bills were paid but I did not have much money left for groceries.  I was worried that I might have to ask someone for help and was not sure who to ask.  
 
I then went to sort through my mail expecting there to be a heap of medical bills, etc. to sort through.  You can imagine my shock when I came across the Valentine's card from you.  I could not believe it!  It truly felt like a prayer that I had not said out loud was answered. It was an absolute lifesaver at exactly the time I most needed it.   
 
I was so moved by the message in the card.  I really try to set a good example for my daughter regarding work ethic and instill in her a passion to work hard no matter the task.    
 
 I just wanted you to know how very much this gift helped us bridge the gap and keep going.  Thank you so very much!  My promise to you is that I will give every bit I can back to Mel's, and let people know what a positive impact Mel's Charities and Thiensville-Mequon Rotary makes in our community.  Thank you.   
 
-- 
Best,
[Name Removed for Privacy]
The Valentine's Day Love is Pouring Back into the Club Samuel Azinger 2021-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Introducing Closed Captioning for Zoom Meetings

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Feb 14, 2021
New features to Zoom meetings are being discovered as we learn to adapt to our new virtual world. I was very excited to discover a toggle to allow closed captioning of meetings is available. Closed captioning will be featured in our Zoom meetings going forward. We hope this will allow accessibility and better participation for those who are hard of hearing!  
Introducing Closed Captioning for Zoom Meetings Samuel Azinger 2021-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Candlelight Walk in the Woods

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Feb 14, 2021
 
The Sunrise Club's Environmental Sustainability Team has organized a Candlelight Walk-in-the-Woods for Saturday, February 20 from 5PM to 9PM through the Pukaite Woods at Rotary Park. Ice luminaria will be set along all the trails which will be lit with candles to make the walk just a little more magical in the dark of night. The trails are groomed and fire pits and hot beverages will be ready to go for what should be a magical event.
 
To keep everyone spread out, registration is requested at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c48acad2ea6fb6-candlelight.
 
They are also looking for volunteers if members of the Noon Club are interested. If you're interested in helping set up from 10AM-Noon or from 4PM-5PM, or if you'd like to prepare and serve hot beverages, contact Connie "the Woods" Pukaite. Her email will not be published, but email Sam if you'd like to connect with her. If you'd like to make some ice luminarias, here's how:
 
HOW TO MAKE ICE CANDLES:
  1. Fill a bucket with water to about 2 inches from the top  (easiest to handle a 3-gallon bucket, though 5 gallon buckets will work ... just heavier to move around)                                                                                   
  2. Set bucket outside, preferably north side of house out of the sunlight and elevated ... up on a trailer, lawn chair or table.  If you leave it on the ground, it may freeze solid on the bottom, which you don't want.   
  3. Leave it for about 20 hours to freeze … but watch so it doesn’t freeze solid
After 20 hours, bring it into a warm space for about 10 minutes so it will melt a bit around the inside of the bucket, then tip it upside down to get the luminary out ... do that outside, because there should be a liquid 'bowl' on the bottom of the frozen bucket, which will now become the top of the ice candle.  You will pour off the water, and that bowl will be the receptacle for the candle.
 
A problem some had making luminaria last week is an earlier instruction was to leave the bucket out for only 12 or so hours, and that was not enough.
Candlelight Walk in the Woods Samuel Azinger 2021-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

M-T Gateway Sign Erected

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jan 07, 2021
It was approximately 4:17 PM and 33 degrees on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 when the large circular Mequon-Thiensville logo arrived at the scene of the Gateway Promenade feature on the corner of Mequon Road and Cedarburg Road. The large structure is the final piece to the project, with the exception of the donor wall on the interior which is to be added this spring.
 
See, I told you it was approximately 4:17 PM and 33 degrees, but did you believe me?.. Probably. 
 
Shortly after the structure arrived the crew got to work. They quickly realized the small ladder would not suffice for the project and switched to the big guns.
 
By 8:15, this beauty was complete! Thank you to everyone who has put so much effort into this project. It is truly amazing seeing the hard work of Ratarians coming to fruition!
M-T Gateway Sign Erected Samuel Azinger 2021-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

Seeking Applications for 2021 Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Jan 04, 2021
The Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center program to provide free marketing assistance to local businesses, and a learning opportunity for students is seeking 10 Ozaukee County Businesses.  If you have a business and are interested in participating in the Winter 2021 program, visit https://vertzmarketing.com/concordia/ for more information or to apply. 
Seeking Applications for 2021 Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center Samuel Azinger 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

2020 Virtual Holiday Performance

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Dec 15, 2020
 
What a treat we had, as Rotarians Maureen O'Leary, Rob Kos, Heather Mader, and Bruce Rowe and the Rotary Band to be Named Later gave the exclusive release of some holiday favorites at Tuesday's virtual meeting!
2020 Virtual Holiday Performance Samuel Azinger 2020-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Virtual Club Meetings info

Posted by Samuel Azinger on Oct 29, 2020
 
The virtual meeting information can be found below. 
 
 
OR 
 
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: ROTARY
 
OR
 
Dial in (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 882 0844 8704
Passcode: 519411
 
We sincerely appreciate everyone's understanding. 
Virtual Club Meetings info 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
 
 
 
 
 
Roadside Cleanup Samuel Azinger 2020-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

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 www.TVRFanclub.com/safetyaroundthepromenade    
 
 
 
 
 
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

Trick-or-Treat

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
4142886823
Rotary Speaker: Angela Schultz Peterson Apfelbach 2019-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

FOXTOWN BREWING GALA
 

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:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30

5 - 9 PM

FOXTOWN BREWING

6411 WEST MEQUON ROAD

MEQUON, WISCONSIN

 

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 wteaozcelebration.eventbrite.com.
 
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

LIES LIES LIES - O'Leary Claims FAKE NEWS

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: https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2019/WI-Wisconsin?team_id=577872&pg=team&fr_id=12304.
 
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 https://www.facebook.com/ThiensvilleMequonRotaryClub 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.
Exercises
 
  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
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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 [] (https://www.goodmanbensman.com/). 
 
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 http://www.melscharities.org/300fundteam 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 fraudreport@rotary.org and then delete it immediately. Please also report any suspicious social media accounts to fraudreport@rotary.org.

17-Oct-2018
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 mthistory1839@gmail.com.
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: http://www.mtchamber.org/events/details/celebrate-your-community-2018-awards-dinner-8553

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

MEQUON THIENSVILLE
COMMUNITY PROMENADE
 
Purpose
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.
 
Design
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
 
Contact
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 http://www.specialolympicswisconsin.org 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
https://vertzmarketing.com/concordia

For more information about the Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center,
please contact:
Tim Vertz | timv@vertzmarketing.com | 414-379-1677
Dr. Daniel Sem | daniel.sem@cuw.edu | 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 amazon.com you log in at smile.amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com 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 smile.amazon.com 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. dgannon@gmail.com 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. 
 
https://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/northshore/news/mequon/2018/02/08/karl-hertz-honored-pillar-mequon-community/315962002/
 
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
1968-1991
George Witte
Army
1943-1946
Robert Jacobs
Army
1953-1955
Dan Gannon
Army National Guard
1967-1973
Stan Smith
Army
1958-1962
Jack Wiese
Army
1952-1954
Karle Naggs
Navy/Naval Reserve
1953-1975
Herb Hillman
Army Air Corps
1951-1955
Jim Ott
Army
1970-1973
 
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 rotary6720.org. 
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.
 
 
 
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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
orchestras.
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.
Elisabeth
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 www.TriCon2018.com .  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: info@wasrag.org.  For more details visit http://wasrag.org/page/resources-team

$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 info@wasrag.org. 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 info@wasrag.org 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 open.med, 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 open.med 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 open.med 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 open.med 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 open.med 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 jreed6270@gmail.com 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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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 https://tricon2018.eventgrid.com/ .  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:  https://www.rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org/
 
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.  https://my.rotary.org/en/document/rotary-peace-centers-program-guide-rotarians
·         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 www.rotary.org website.
·         Check the D6270 website at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50114/SitePage/scholarships
·         Applications are due by 31 May. 
·         To apply, contact Rotary District 6270 Scholarship Chair, Karen Plunkett 414-403-4878 or  scholarshipchair@rotary6270.org
                                            
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.  https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/office-president/presidential-conferences
·         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
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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
 
Menus:
 
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 ryechair@rotary6270.org 
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 ozaukeebusiness.org.
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 Rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images are available on the Rotary Media Center.

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 Contact: Audrey Carl, audrey.carl@rotary.org, 847-866-3424

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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

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.

Cedarburg

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. 

Mequon-Thiensville

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.

Greendale

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.

Shorewood

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

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 www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/s/wisconsin/. Check out the top schools in each state at www.businessinsider.com/best-school-district-every-us-state-2018-1.

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.

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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  scholarshipchair@rotary6270.org   
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

 http://www.commonhope.org/get-involved/join-a-vision-team/.

Team Leader:  Deborah Wente, Sheboygan Rotary Club

Contact:  Deborah Wente dgwente@outlook.com

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
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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

 http://www.commonhope.org/get-involved/join-a-vision-team/.

Team Leader:  Deborah Wente, Sheboygan Rotary Club

Contact:  Deborah Wente dgwente@outlook.com

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.
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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  scholarshipchair@rotary6270.org   
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:   https://my.rotary.org/en/rotarian-action-groups   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.  http://adrag.org/
·         RAG for Blindness Prevention.  This RAG helps prevent blindness and promotes eye health and vision worldwide.  http://www.rag4bp.org/
·         RAG of Dental Volunteers.  These volunteers provide humanitarian dental service throughout the world.   http://ragdv.com/
·         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.    http://ragdiabetes.org/
·         Rotarians for Hearing RAG.  These Rotarians promote hearing help for children and adults with hearing loss.  http://www.ifrahl.org/
·         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.  http://ragonmentalhealth.org/
·         RAG for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness.  These Rotarians work to make people aware of MS and improve the lives of People with MS.   https://rotary-ragmsa.org/
·         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.  http://www.rotarypoliosurvivors.com/
 
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
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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
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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.
Why?
  • 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.
 
 How?
  • 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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