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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!
Megan Borland, Vocational Services Director, awards the 2016 Rotary Scholarship to Allison Rowe at the Homestead High School Awards Program on May 23rd.
 
"Good evening, my name is Megan Borland and I am here on behalf of the Thiensville-Mequon rotary club to present our annual scholarship award.  This award is the culmination of our  “Student of the Month” program,  a program designed to recognize Homestead Students who are leaders within their community and school and have donated a significant amount of their time and effort to community service.
 
"In years past, we have awarded this individual with a $1,000 scholarship.  However, this year, in lieu of receiving the scholarship, our recipient will actually be donating that money back to the Rotary Foundation.  This generous gift will allow Rotary to continue to make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world.  So tonight, not only are we recognizing this individual with the “Student of the Month” award, but we will also be recognizing them as a “Paul Harris Fellow”.  

"Paul Harris is one of the founders of rotary and the “Paul Harris Fellow” recognition is given to those individuals that donate $1,000 to Rotary International.  This student will be one of the youngest Paul Harris fellows to receive this designation.  This student will join many other notable figures that have been named as Paul Harris fellows, such as Mother Theresa, President Jimmy Carter, and Russian President Boris Yeltsin, to name a few.
 
"This year’s Student of the Month Scholarship Award is an individual who truly exemplifies our club’s motto of “service above self”.  I am very excited to present this year’s award to Allison Rowe."  
 
Bruce Rowe, Laura Rowe, Allison Rowe, T-M Rotary President Pam Koch, and Megan Borland, Vocational Services Director 
 

December of 2004 saw the initiation of the T-M Rotary Student of the Month program.  The mission of this program is to honor students who have distinguished themselves on the basis of high scholarship, demonstrated service and volunteerism to their school, their community and their church.  The selected student and his/her parents are invited to a Rotary lunch meeting and honored with a framed Recognition Certificate.  Honored students may be eligible for a Rotary scholarship.

 

2015 Scholarship Recipient