July 2016
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Borland, Megan
Buechel, Valerie
Naggs, Karle
O'Connor, David
Von Rueden, Anthony
Sommersberger, Greg
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Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Rotary Park
3900 W. Highland Road
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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T-M Rotary Celebrated the 25th Anniversary in Style

Pam Koch, Sandy Custer, and Dan Gannon hang the sign "Thank you for visiting our park" on the tent for T-M Rotary's celebration.

Dan Gannon and Sandy Custer pound in the posts while Pam Koch readies one of the large photos depicting T-M Rotary's various activities.

Wilma Bonaparte gives a thumbs up to the food and adult beverages.

Rotarians know how to have a good time on a summer evening.



Tim Vertz, Rob Holtz, and Todd Davis sample the pulled pork and the shredded turkey.

Ann Holtz, Katie Davis, Todd Davis, and Rob Holtz compare notes on the Huey Lewis concert from Friday night.


Sandy Custer on stage, explaining the beginning of Rotary Park and the role played by other organizations in the community.

Megan Borland took a moment to try out the gear worn by Mequon firefighters.  Looking good!

It seems like just yesterday that Malu traveled from Brazil to begin her one year stay as a Rotary Exchange Student in the Thiensville-Mequon community.  She brightened the lives of three families, made many new friends at Homestead, and tried new experiences, like skiing.  Although she is sad to leave, she is ready to return to her home country with a blazer so covered in pins she may not make it through airport security.  Malu, we enjoyed having you here, and we hope you will return for another visit.  Tenha uma viagem segura!  (Have a safe trip.)
Picture of the District 6270 Exchange Students.  Malu is in the back row, second from the left.

Julie Craig makes a point as she uses anecdotes from her personal past to illustrate the spirit of Rotary.  She shared what it was like being a Mom to an exchange student from Japan and how she grew as an individual through Rotary.     
District Governor Julie Craig pins a Paul Harris Fellow pin on Sandy Custer as President MacFarlane looks on.  This is the fourth Paul Harris for Sandy.

"Response to the 25th Anniversary of Rotary Park has been good", reports Past President Pam Koch, "but we still have room for more!  Rotary Park is a jewel in the Mequon community.  Help us celebrate this silver anniversary! "    Pam will have tickets and parking passes available at the July 12th meeting at Rotary Park.  
The $25 per person fee includes admittance to Gathering on the Green on July 16th, parking pass, and a menu of:  pulled pork, turkey & gravy, assorted rolls, veggies, fruit tray, chips, cookies, and assorted beverages.  T-M Rotary has two tents with chairs at the top of the hill, next to the main entrance, guaranteeing an excellent view.  Kids from Wisconsin start at 5:30 p.m. and the Starliner Bank with Jenny Thiel start at 7:45 p.m.  Musical fireworks round out an evening of wonderful entertainment.


Fun, Food, and a Fantastic Summer Evening at the Ballpark  

We should never leave early!  The Chinooks were winning 9-1 at the end of the 7th inning.  

Then it went downhill and they lost 10-9.

Baseball is a family affair for the Huffman family. Gregg, his two sons, his daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren enjoyed the Chinooks outing at Concordia.



Rotarians enjoyed a perfect summer evening; lots of burgers, brats, beverages, and burgers; and plenty of fellowship on the Leinenkugel deck at Concordia.





Sandy Custer and Tim Carr congratulate Andy Locke.  Andy's daughter sang the Star Spangled Banner to open the game.  She was excellent!

President-elect Bill Hart enjoys the game with Mike Day, a colleague from Columbia-St. Mary's.
T-M Rotary welcomed Andrew Sandler, the new EMS Coordinator for Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital.  He was a combat and flight medic in the Army which involved a tour in Iraq.  
In his new role, he is responsible for the implementation of the new EMD dispatch system that went live with Cedarburg and Mequon on June 21st of this year.   With the new system in place, the dispatcher can provide assistance over the phone, giving directions to the caller to start CPR in the case of a heart attack, while at the same time dispatching proper emergency personnel .  Software will track where landline calls originate.  

Stan Smith awards John Rosing the Service Above Self award at the July 5th meeting of the club.  In spite of travelling nearly every week for work, John organized community volunteers to rehab the inside and paint the outside of the Hoerchner farmstead, allowing the elderly matriarch to continue to live in the home in which she was born.  This summer John added an above ground garden to Meta's delight.  Congratulations, John!

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Grillmaster Karle Naggs is assisted by Sandy Custer and Herb Hillman as they finished cooking ultra thick pork chops.  Kudos to the entire cooking crew for a job well done!

Dean Johnson regaled the members with tales of his life as a photographer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 35 years.

President Pam Koch thanked the club for a successful year.





On Saturday July 16th, we will be celebrating the 25th year of Rotary Park by celebrating at the largest event in the park....Gathering on the Green.  We have two private tents at the top of the hill with the best view of the show, beautiful park and the infamous fireworks.  Cost is $25 per person and includes food, drinks, and admission to the event.  Watch for your invite.  Make plans now to join in the celebration.

Photo Highlights from Changing of the Guard:

As Roger Kirgues looks on, Stan Smith congratulates Rob Holtz,  the Honorary Paul Harris recipient.

Rotarian of the Year, Sandy Custer, takes a moment to encourage members to attend the Chinooks Baseball Game on July 7th and the 25th Anniversary of Rotary Park on July 16th.

Dan Gannon speaks to the group after receiving the Service Above Self award at Changing of the Guard.

A surprised Megan Borland, Director of Vocational Service, accepts the Community Service Award from Roger Kirgues.  Megan was recognized for her continuing work with the Student of the Month Program and the annual Scholarship award for an outstanding high school student.


Ellen MacFarlane installs the new Board of Directors for 2016-17.

Outgoing President, Pam Koch, reviews her year as president with a slide show of all the activities and accomplishments.

Stan Smith awards Bob Jacobs a pin for 57 years of perfect attendance as Jim Lysaught looks on.

Pam Koch installed Ellen MacFarlane as the new president and passed the gavel.


T-M Rotarians Roasted Corn and Distributed Ice Cream

Saturday, June 25th was a glorious, sunny day with a cool breeze in Thiensville Village Park as our members once again pitched in and assisted Family Fun Before the 4th.

Karle Naggs begins the roasting process by loading up the roaster with tender sweet corn.

Dan Gannon, Robert Jacobs, Sandy Custer, and Herb Hillman distribute free ice cream following the parade.

Mike Stack (former member), Stan Lind, Stan Smith, George Witte, Nancy Witte-Dycus, Herb Hillman and Bill Hart hard at work selling roasted corn.

President Pam Koch and her daughter, Jessica, are hard at work while Van Mobley and friends supervise from the chairs.

Summertime,and the livin' is easy!  Sandy Custer and the summer cooking crews are gearing up for our first meeting in Rotary Park beginning June 28th.  Karle Naggs and Sandy checked out the grill, and the pork chops are marinating.  See you there!

President Pam Koch awarded Ellen MacFarlane with her third Paul Harris Fellow pin.  Koch encouraged members to make a donation before the end of the Rotary Year (June 30), and Ellen pointed out that members can automatically deduct an amount each month.  Let's help Pam meet her goal for The Rotary Foundation.  If you haven't made a donation yet of at least $62.00, please do so before the deadline of June 30.



The MATC Promise Program was initiated in September of 2015 and funded entirely through private donations.  T-M Rotary donated funds generated through our Fall Into Comedy fundraiser.


Dr. Vicki , President of of MATC, explains the qualifications required for the MATC Promise program.  MATC will pay the tuition and fees, after federal and state financial aid has been applied, for four consecutive semesters (up to 15 credits each semester).









High energy and a love of Rotary were clearly evident as Julie Craig, District Governor-Elect, spoke to the club.  Craig explained to members that the increase in Disitrict dues was based upon focus group input and strategic planning that took place over the past year.  New software has already been purchased to enable the District to hold training sessions and webinars online.  This step into the future will decrease the face time currently used on weekends for District meetings and trainings.  Clubs can apply for a grant of up to $2,500 in matching funds to improve the image of Rotary in the community.   Check out Rollin with Rotary on facebook and view our Zone Director, Jennifer Jones, in action.  April of 2017 Rollin with Rotary will be in our District, so watch for details next spring.

    Take me out to the ball game!   
Thursday, July 7th
Food! --all the stadium food you can eat, plus 2 drinks
Wisconsin Woodchucks vs. Lakeshore Chinooks 
Fun!  Friends!
                   $35 per ticket
  Game time 6:35 pm
Gates open at 5:30 pm
                    Contact Sandy Custer for tickets


Private event at U.S.Bank's celebration of 50 years in the Mequon community.  Thiensville-Mequon Rotary was invited to present how we help improve the community.  

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's display table, featuring members engaged in community service and having fun at the Lakeshore Chinooks Baseball game.

President-Elect MacFarlane speaks to a community member about
membershp in the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club.



The Pivotal Life: A Compass for Discovering Purpose, Passion and Perspective

Members listened as Jeff Wenzler discussed the tragic personal circumstances that led to his search for finding purpose in life.  As Executive Director of Pivotal Directions, Wenzler provides service trips to students, helping the less fortunate and learning about servant-driven leadership.  His passion was evident as he talked about the people he encountered in Guatemala, living in the dump.


During his presentation, Wenzler wore the Paul Harris Fellow pin bestowed by the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club several years ago.

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 

The traditional May meeting when our Rotary Exchange Student talks about home and his/her experience here is always bittersweet.  It seems like it was just yesterday when Maria Luisa de Silva arrived from Brazil and told us we could call her Malu.  Whew!  Her year was filled with trips to exotic locations like Hawaii and Florida along with classes, the opportunity to try snowboaording, and the mundane homework.  You were always a delight, and we wish you God Speed, Malu!

The culmination of a year of living in the United States.  Malu and the other exchange students from around the world pose at the District Conference.

Malu and one of our Student of the Month winners.

Malu with her second host family.  Her "brother" was selected as Student of the Month

Malu shared a presentation about her home country with members of the club.  We learned there is always a reason to party!



A Rotary Friendship Exchange is announced for 2017 with  District 3201 in Kerala, India.    (See https://www.keralatourism.org)
We are seeking about 12 people (including spouse or significant other) for this exchange.
Tentative dates are for the India team to come to Wisconsin in June of 2017 and for our group to go to India in late November or early December of 2017.
Further information about this program is listed under "Site Pages - Friendship Exchange" on the district website: rotary6270.org
Please email the following Rotarians for more information or to reserve your spots.  
John H. Henderson and Mark Felsheim   - District 6270 Friendship Exchange Chairs

jeanjohnh@gmail.com         or          felsheim@matc.edu


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Rotary Club of Thiensville-Mequon
Established August 13, 1937
The Rotary Club of Mequon-Thiensville Meets Every Tuesday at 12pm at the Ozaukee Country Club
10823 North River Road - Mequon, WI 53092