July 2016
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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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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.  More details to come.  Watch for your invite.

Highlights from last week's Changing of the Guard:
More than 40 Rotarians, spouses, family and friends attended a wonderful evening of celebration and excitement at the beautiful River Club of Mequon.  President Pam Koch passed the gavel to President Elect Ellen Macfarlane and wished her much success and joy in this upcoming year of leadership for the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club.  The annual awards ceremony included the following honors:
Honorary Paul Harris 
Rob Holtz
Rotarian of the Year Award
Sandy Custer
Service Above Self Award
Dan Gannon
Community Service Award
Megan Borland

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.

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


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 www.cnbc.com 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.

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.

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.  


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.

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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