February 2017
Meeting Responsibilities
Koch, Pamela
Kirgues, Roger
Vertz, Tim
Von Rueden, Anthony
Hart, Bill
Hillman, Herbert
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
Club Information

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Columbia-St. Mary's Ozaukee Hospital
13111 N Port Washington Rd
Conference Rooms 2 - 3
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.  Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.
Read about each of the first four Rotarians below, and about Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the "fifth Rotarian."  
Rotary’s founder, Harris, was born in Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was raised by his paternal grandparents in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. He was Rotary president from 1910 to 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947. 
Loehr, a mining engineer, was born on 18 October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, never holding office at the club or international level. But that first Rotary meeting was held in his office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918.
A Rotarian for only a few years, Shorey served as recording secretary during the club’s first year. He was born in Maine in August 1862 and died in March 1944.
Schiele, a coal dealer, served as the Chicago club’s first president in 1905 and Rotary International’s third treasurer in 1945. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in June 1870, Schiele attended Terre Haute Business College and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was president of the Schiele Coal Company from 1902 until his retirement in 1939. He and Harris became lifelong friends and lived near each other on the South Side of Chicago. Schiele died on 17 December 1945 and is buried near Harris at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its second meeting. He was treasurer of the Chicago club during its first year, president from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from 1912 to 1913. He is known for having introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., printed the first issue of The National Rotarian and the first Rotary songbook. He died on 23 October 1959, an honorary member of seven clubs in addition to his home club, the Rotary Club of Chicago.
Rotary has always had a very special relationship with the United Nations. Both organizations share similar philosophies about peace through better understanding. On Sunday 5 March Unitarian Church (UCN) welcomes UU Director at the UN Bruce Knotts. 
Human rights advocate Bruce Knotts will present a lecture titled “United Nations Work on Global Issues in a Time of Increasing Nationalism” at UCN on Sunday, 5 March, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  The presentation is free and open to the public, although reservations are recommended due to limited space. Reservations may be made by calling the church office at 262-375-3890. UCN is at 13800 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.
Megan Borland, Director of Vocational Service, reminds members that March 20th is our night to once again serve National Honor Society inductees and their parents.  This year marks 52 years of service.
Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Small Cafeteria at Homestead High School for supper and a short meeting prior to donning our aprons.  This will replace the regular Tuesday meeting that week.
Plans for the "All My Friends" Playground that will be located at Centennial Park in the Village of Grafton
Dianne Dyer and Donna Howarth of Living Life with Autism, a local 501(c)(3), outline plans for an all-inclusive, fully accessible play area that will be funded completely through sponsors and donations and no taxpayer money.  They are 1/3 of the way towards their goal of $375,000.  The park was planned with input from local therapists, including the most recent developments in technology to stimulate and encourage learning through play.  
For more information about the park and a casino night planned for April 1st, go to allmyfriendsplayground.org 
Tuesday's meeting is in Conference Rooms 2 - 3 on the ground level at Columbia-St. Mary's (Ascension) Hospital located at 13111 N. Port Washington Road (around the corner from the cafeteria).  If you want to park your own car, park in the north parking lot and enter through the Seton Medical Building.  Valet parking is available near the Emergency Room entrance.  Either way, allow additional time.
 Our speaker will be Dianne Dyer, Executive Director of Living Life with Autism, a nonprofit started in 2011. Dyer's 15-year-old daughter is autistic, and Dyer said that she was the inspiration for the nonprofit. The group's goal is to create opportunities for youths living with autism.

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Mathilde

Members paid attention to the economics in Denmark 
Mathilde explains the geography of Denmark
There are two times more pigs in Denmark than people
Host families and Holly Bern enjoy Mathilde's presentation
Mark Your Calendars for a change in meeting locations beginning with February 21st.
The Ozaukee Country Club will be closed February 21st through March 7th.  The club will be meeting in the lower level conference rooms at St. Mary's Ozaukee (Ascension) February 21st and 28th.  
Plan to meet in the Fire Training Room at the Thiensville Village Hall on March 7th.
Tim Vertz announced the first step in the Public Relations Action Plan generated by our grant from District 6270.  A series of ads in the News Graphic will feature achievements of T-M Rotarians and explain how interested people can join us. Watch for ads on these dates:

March 7, 14, 21
April 4, 18, 25
May 9, 23
June 6, 20
July 11, 25
August 8, 22
September 5, 19
October 10, 24
November 7, 21
December 5, 19

I'll Never Look at a Balloon the Same Way Again!

At least that's what Rob Holtz said.  Led by Tim Pflieger of the Door County Adventure Center, thirteen T-M Rotarians spent a portion of Saturday learning the seven functions of a collaborative team through a series of stories and exercises that focused on formation.  Two main questions were heard throughout the morning:  "What's in it for me?" and "How do I contribute?" The group engaged in a frank discussion and generated three lists: things we need to stop doing, things we need to continue doing, and things we need to start doing.  Then the real work of writing objectives for Internal and External Action Plans began.  Those documents will be shared with club members at the next business meeting.  If you want to know more about Saturday, look at the photos and ask those members who participated.  
At the end of the day our facilitator gave us his perception of us as a group:  "You are a community that is aligned and functional, and you have a healthiness of who you are."  
Dispatched to Ghana with a fellow British Rotarian to scout club service opportunities, Roger Frank hadn’t planned their visit to coincide with National Immunization Days. But the pair – Frank and Dr. Carl Hallam – jumped, unhesitating, into the thick of inoculations. Frank has built his own iron lung replica to teach a new generation about polio. Read more of the story.
Rotarian Rob Kos, Executive Director of Gathering on the Green, introduces Bob Babisch to the club.
Bob Babisch, Vice-president of Entertainment at Summerfest, explained that relationship building is key in the music business.  He recounted numerous stories: waiting over two hours with his new boss for Prince (who left before they got even one photo), George Carlin's arrest on stage for the seven words you can't say, and Paul McCartney and his 25 semis full of show paraphernalia, just to name a few.  No wonder Summerfest was rated one of the top 5 music festivals in the United States in 1973.  
Babisch shared historical photos of the grounds and pointed out changes made to update the grounds.  Summerfest must continually update styles, rebrand, and remodel so people keep coming back.  The overall goal is to have something for everyone.  Their greatest competition for musical acts is Europe. Summerfest is such a unique venue that they have managed to bring acts that usually fill stadiums.
Contracts used to contain riders requiring unusual items like ten pounds of M & Ms, with no brown ones.  Now everybody is macrobiotic. Supplying meals can mean feeding up to 150 or more crew members for top name shows.  
So how do they break even?  Sponsors are critical as well as ancillary items like beer and food.  The music festival runs 11 days with 11 stages and somewhere from 850,000 to 1,000,000 people coming through the gates.  He promised that another big name would be announced in the coming weeks.
Rotary International is asking the world to join their fight against polio. Learn why.
Rotary has released another $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio. Nearly half of the new funds, $16.15 million, will support emergency response campaigns in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, where four cases were detected last year after Nigeria had previously gone two years without a case.
While significant strides have been made against the paralyzing disease, with just 35 cases reported in 2016, polio remains a threat in hard-to-reach and underserved areas, and conflict zones. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, experts say $1.5 billion is needed.
Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion, including matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985. In 1988, Rotary became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was later joined by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 35 confirmed in 2016, and no cases in 2017. 
Andy Moss has been to Oliveros 7 times.  Here he highlights the mission statement and the originators of the partnership.
Karl Hertz, Andy Moss, and Dan Gannon share a laugh following Andy's presentation to the club.
What began as one man's idea became an on-going partnership in Guatemala.  The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Clubs established the Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership (GMRP) to help the people living in the Department of Santa Rosa, a remote area of the country, who did not have access to adequate health care. Every year, dedicated health care providers, interpreters, and other volunteers travel at their own expense to the small village of Oliveros in Santa Rosa to provide medical, dental, vision, nutrition, and pharmacy services to the local community in desperate need of such care.  The main occupation is agriculture, and the region remains largely undeveloped.  Dirt roads are the norm, and support from the government varies widely depending upon who is in power.  Dirty water was a major problem and a source of infections until the partnership dug clean wells and updated electricity to the school in Oliveros.
In 2012, it became apparent that many of the patients also required continuing care, mostly surgery, which, because of poverty, lack of transportation, and inability to negotiate the hospital system, they were unable to access. As a result, in 2014, GMRP established the Guatemala Continuing Care Project which provides these individuals and families with the care they require. With a gift of $200, one patient is able to obtain the surgery he or she needs. To learn more go to: http://gmrp.org/  
This year the team provided services to 850 people and reviewed at least 100 students' progress toward scholarships provided by the Oliveros Scholarship Fund.   The fund was established because students dropped out of school after grade due to the cost.  A donation of $160 provides a year of schooling for students in grades 6-12, while a donation of $1200 funds a year of university.
Just a reminder that the Fall Into Comedy Committee is in need of baskets for the upcoming silent auction.  If you have larger, sturdy  baskets that you don't need, please consider donating them to the committee.  Just bring them to the Tuesday meetings.
The committee will appreciate your donations.  Start thinking now about asking your contacts in the community to donate an item to the silent auction.
Congratulations to the new slate of officers for the 2017-18 Rotary year!
President -- Bill Hart
President-elect -- Tim Vertz
Secretary-Treasurer -- Rob Kos
Thanks to Sargent-at-arms Tony Von Rueden for conducting the election.
The Community Action Council (CAC), as well as the Membership, Community Service, and Fundraising committees, met last Tuesday to continue working on the goals and objectives for the year.  Thanks go to all members for sharing good ideas.  
February 11th    
Membership Project Training
Thiensville Board Room 
 8:00 am - 2:00 pm         
February 21st    
Meeting at Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital
Conference Room 
February 28th    
Meeting at Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital
Conference Room
March 7th            
Meeting at Thiensville Fire Training  Room
March 20th          Meeting Date Change! 
                             Meeting at Homestead High School
                             Small Cafeteria
                             6:00 pm  Dinner and Meeting
                             7:00 pm  Serve the National Honor Society 
2015_Flyer.pngThe Fall Into Comedy committee is gearing up for the 2017 event.  If you have extra baskets collecting dust in your basement (large enough to hold multiple items), the committee will put them to good use.  We have depleted our collective collections and need baskets for the upcoming silent auction.  Likewise, if you have Christmas/Chanukkah gifts that you won't use, please keep the committee in mind.  We promise we won't tell!
Join us 9-10 June for the Presidential Peace Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center. We’ll celebrate our work on the underlying causes of conflict and our successes in making peace a priority, while also looking ahead to opportunities to continue our commitment.

You can register for the conference on the rotary.org website.
The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17! Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide basic education — as well as the historic project dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide.

Learn more about the history of The Rotary Foundation http://centennial.rotary.org/en/history-rotary-foundation
RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley urged incoming district leaders to seek gender and age parity and protect the environment in announcing the 2017-18 presidential theme Rotary: Making a Difference at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
COPE Hotline - Help yourself to the caring connection  COPE Hotline is sponsoring a training for new volunteers on Saturday, Feb. 25th from 8am-1pm and Saturday, March 11th from 8am -1 pm. New volunteers must attend both sessions. COPE Hotline, which offers emotional support and crisis intervention to our callers, needs volunteer listeners. COPE fulfills its mission by providing a 24 hour hotline, a website, and outreach presentations and events. During the upcoming volunteer training, COPE staff end experts from the community will provide information and skills to new listeners in the areas of reflective listening, mental illness, suicide prevention and crisis intervention. In addition to two training sessions, eight hours of working with a veteran listener volunteer is required. After the completion of training, volunteers are asked to provide 2 - 4 hours per week of work as a listener. Flexible daytime and evening scheduling is available. Contact Miriam Stern, Volunteer Specialist at COPE for more information or to schedule an interview. 262-377-1477.
 Krista Bold, Sales and Retention Director, and Rhiannon McHugh, Membership, from the Rite-Hite Family YMCA
The YMCA originated as a faith-based organization that tried to meet the needs of the community.  Following a recent reorganization, the YMCA now focuses on: 1. swimming, 2. education of youth, and 3. fitness.  
Swimming is the number one priority because drowning is the second highest cause of accidental death.  In addition to the pools at the Rite-Hite, the YMCA runs programs at pools in Milwaukee County parks and at their summer camp, where they  teach 4-5 year olds to swim.  
The Milwaukee YMCA continues to operate two early education learning centers.  During their summer camp they include Fun Learning for Youth, or FLY, to decrease the drop in learning over the summer.
Fitness is more focused now that there is so much specialization and competition in the area.  The Rite-Hite YMCA partners with other Ys and companies to provide services in fitness.  They strive to be a leader in the Milwaukee area, adding classes in specialized exercise such as barre (ballet-based exercise) and yoga.  
Rite-Hite continues programs for seniors, such as Silver Sneakers, yoga in a chair, pickleball, swimming and water aerobics.  Over 3500 persons use the Rite-Hite facility each day.
Dear fellow Rotarians,
For many, Rotary.org is an introduction to the great work that you and your fellow club members do to improve lives around the world. It’s meant to create an emotional connection that inspires potential members, donors, and partners to get involved. The latest changes to the public pages of the website (which are the pages accessed prior to signing in to My Rotary) do that and more. Visit Rotary.org to see all the improvements. The next phase of this project begins soon, which is when we will begin working on updating My Rotary. Work has already begun on Rotary Club Central. Next Rotary year, we will begin working on the club and district administration pages.

How are initiatives and projects like this possible? One way we will continue to provide you with the tools and resources you need to tell Rotary’s story is through the upcoming dues increase. The 2016 Council on Legislation voted to increase per capita dues by $4 per year beginning in July 2017. 

One resource I hope you have been putting to good use is our membership leads program. This project directs prospective members to you to help grow your clubs. Since 2015, the membership leads program has grown by 400%. Each week, Rotary hears from 800 to 1,000 people from all over the world who have expressed an interest in joining.  

But in the last six months, only 34% of the membership leads were followed up on by districts and only 20% of those leads were assigned to clubs. In addition to a lost opportunity for qualified new members in Rotary clubs, leaving these inquiries unanswered could result in a negative public image for our organization. I encourage you all to check to see if your district has any outstanding leads. If you do, I urge you to follow up on them promptly.

As we enter 2017, my goal for all of you is that you look back on this Rotary year and have the satisfaction of knowing that there are people in the world whose lives have been made better because of work you were a part of. Thank you for all that you do—and continue to do—to help all of Rotary achieve that goal: Doing Good in the World, through Rotary Serving Humanity.
Judge Cynthia Davis explored three themes as she spoke to the club last Tuesday.  Faith--she felt called to serve in the district attorney's office. Empowerment--Empowering victims by supporting them and believing in them.  She empowers defendants with a punishment that helps them out of the problem.  Balance--Cynthia loves being a judge, but she also enjoys yoga and exercise.  She reflected on the importance of balance, being successful in your career, and happy in life.
Rotary International's entry in the 2017 Rose Parade.  They won the Princess Award.  The float emphasized the 100 years of doing good by the Rotary Foundation throughout the world.  The members carried suitcases with End Polio Now stickers.
Wayne Breitbarth
Mar 07, 2017
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James Schowalter & Daryl Kranich
Mar 14, 2017
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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