May 2016
Meeting Responsibilities
Rowe, Bruce
Locke, Andrew
Pearson, Jessica
Lind, Stanley
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Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee Country Club
10823 North River Road
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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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 

Changing of the Guard is planned for Tuesday, June 21st at the River Club.

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!



Good Speakers and Good Friends Assemble

at Elkhart Lake

Charlie Krebs, Lakeland College Professor, demonstrates "The Art of Small Talk" after the conference luncheon on May 14th.

Karen White, Disitrict Governor; Karl Hertz, Past District Governor; Julie Craig, District Governor-Elect; and Ellen MacFarlane, President-Elect of T-M Rotary

Conference participants listen to George Garrett speaking on Membership Engagement-Increasing Volunteerism Today (and beyond).  Garrett explained the differences in the 4 demographics found in most clubs.

2016 Rotary Exchange students from District 6270 standing in front of the flags from their respective countries.



A Rotary Friendship Exchange is announced for 2017 with  District 3201 in Kerala, India.    (See
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:
Please email the following Rotarians for more information or to reserve your spots.  
John H. Henderson and Mark Felsheim   - District 6270 Friendship Exchange Chairs         or


The Rotary Foundation has been identified by CNBC as one of the top 10 charities changing the world in 2015. Part of the article on states, “They're big and global, with budgets exceeding $100 million and net assets of at least $65 million. Yet these 10 charities manage to do exceptional work throughout the country and overseas, all while maintaining stellar financial management and transparency.” 
Karl Hertz, former District Governor, and Ellen MacFarlane, President-Elect, are delegates to the District conference May 14th.  They discussed the District budget and received input from club members at the May 10th meeting.

Megan Borland, Director of Vocational Service, presented the final 2015-16 Student of the Month Award to Elizabeth Tucker on May 10th as President Pam Koch looks on. Lizzie was awarded for her commitment to the Service Club of Milwaukee, where she serves as President of the Junior Board.  Lizzie is the Homestead High School Ski Team and Diving Team Captain.  She also devotes her time to a reading program for local elementary schools, she is part of the social responsibility team, Link Crew, Relay 4 Life team captain and a three year Merit Award recipient.  Lizzie will be studying education with a minor in business at the University of Nebraska in the upcoming fall. 
The Scholarship Committee will now review all the honorees and determine who will receive the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Scholarship.  Megan will present the 2016 scholarship to the lucky winner at the Homestead Honor Ceremony.  Best of luck to all the student of the month honorees from this year!

Megan Borland Presents Student of the Month Award

Megan Borland, Director of Vocational Services, presents the Student of the Month Award to the daughter of Rotarian Bruce Rowe.  Allison will travel to the University of Iowa in the fall to study engineering.  An accomplished dancer, she was also the president of the Interact Club at Homestead High School for two years.  This year she concentrated on applying her dance skills to the high school musical, activities at church, and playing volleyball.  Allison received the Presidential Scholarship from the University of Iowa, one of only 32 students to receive this prestigious scholarship.

Pedaling with a Purpose

Cykling uden alder's Profile Photo
What better way for local Lasata campus seniors to feel the wind in their hair and the ability to relive an age-old but youthful experience than through a rickshaw ride powered by local community partners!  
Sponsorship opportunities are available to assist in the cost of bike helmets, ice cream/coffee gift certificates, and reflector jackets.  Seniors are already asking when the rides will be available.
Avid cyclist John Smith shared the new "Cycling Without Age" program at Lasata Senior Campus.  Two bikes designed and manufactured to meet the physical needs of senior passengers have already been purchased.  Local community "pilots" will volunteer their pedal skills as they share giggles and smiles with seniors, pedaling around the campus and into the community for ice cream or coffee.  
Beth Carstens, Apartment Manager for Lasata Heights, the independent portion of the Lasata campus, answered questions.  A local Thiensville bike shop owner has offered their skills to provide maintenance on the bikes.
For more information, and /or to donate (it's tax deductible) -- contact Beth Carstens at  


Kudos to the ten T-M Rotarians and two family members who conquered Adopt-A Highway on Saturday, April 15th!  It was a perfect sunny day for fun, friends, and community service.  

The first wave of Rotarian volunteers were eager to clean up trash and debris on Cedarburg Road.

Rob Holtz and Bill Hart didn't waste any time getting to work.

Stan Smith and Rob Kos with almost full trash bags.

Dan Gannon and Tim Carr hard at work.

    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

Led by President-elect Ellen MacFarlane, the members of the T-M Rotary Club started the process of setting goals for 2016-17 in the areas of membership, service projects, and member engagement.  
Annually Rotary requests that  local presidents set goals in a number of areas.  That process is now completed electronically.  
This year club members were asked for their input prior to the writing of goals for the club.  Five of the six service projects will continue, but a different fundraiser for Polio Plus will be considered.  If you were unable to be at the meeting, contact Ellen via email so your voice can be heard.  

Teasel is a non-native very invasive plant.  Help the Interact Club from Homestead on April 23rd at Oriole Lane School (12850 N. Oriole Lane--north side of Highland Road) from 10 am to 2 pm.  Make Oriole Lane Teasel-free and learn how to remove this invasive plant from your own neighborhood.  Teasel grows in tall, barbed stalks, blooming with purple and white thistle flowers in summer.  It depletes the land of nutrients and crowds out native plants, disrupts ecosystems, diminishes native plant diversity, and destroys food and habitats for birds and wildlife.  
DRESS RIGHT FOR THE CONDITIONS.  Bring work gloves because teasel is thorny!  Wear protective, water-proof footwear and outer wear in keeping with the weather.  Bring garden pruners or loppers if you have any.
Celebrate Earth-week and connect with young, prospective future-Rotarians.  See you there!


Connection with Rotary History

Mercedes Fisher, current member of T-M Rotary, and a former Group Study Exchange member to Denmark and Germany, recently discovered that her connection to Rotary goes way back.
Photo of the four members of the first and original Rotary Club;  From left: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris. Between 1905 and 1912. Courtesy of Rotary International.
Can you see the family resemblance?
Mercedes' great-great grandfather was Gustavus Loehr.  That is history that goes back to 1905!


T-M Rotarians Honor Homestead NHS Inductees and their Families

Rotarians have honored NHS inductees since the mid-1960s.

Rotarian Stan Smith serves parents coffee as they arrive for the ceremony.

President Koch confers with Mr. Scott Heibler, National Honor Society Advisor, about the program for the evening.

President Pam Koch welcomes the inductees and their parents and emphasizes Rotary's commitment to education and service.

May 31, 2016
Jeffrey Wenzler
Living A Pivotal Life
Jun 07, 2016
Julie Craig
Understanding the District Budget
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
Changing of the Guard
Presentation of Awards
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Vocational Service
Past President
Exec. Sec. Tres.
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