May 2017
Meeting Responsibilities
Kreiner, Lawrence
Custer, Sandy
Naggs, Karle
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Thiensville-Mequon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ozaukee Country Club
10823 N River Rd
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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Amazon Smile LogoAmazonSmile is a program that automatically donates a small portion of your purchase to your favorite charity.  Now, how small are we talking about?  0.50% of your purchase.  They key for AmazonSmile working is you have to shop through instead of just going to  The Smile site is just the same as the regular Amazon site, but just lives on a sub-domain.
If you are shopping online at Amazon anyway, go to  You get to choose the charity where the donation is made.  The Thiensville-Mequon Foundation is one of those non-profits.  
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.  The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. 
Dr. Rachel Loomans responds to a question from a Rotarian during her presentation last Tuesday.  
The most important message was to get scheduled early for a breast exam and get screened.  Men, too, are susceptible to breast cancer, but the examination is not a usual part of male check-ups.  
Dr. Loomans shared some interesting statistics.  Seventy-five percent (75%) of women diagnosed with breast cancer between the ages of 50-74 had no identifying risk factors (including family history).  Current guidelines set  age 40 as the suggested age for  women without identifying risk factors to schedule the first mammogram.  One in 69 women in their 40s will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. 
A 3D mammogram provides the radiologist with a more thorough image to detect cancer that would otherwise be undetectable with a 2D mammogram. The x-rays create 1-mm thick layers so the radiologist can page through the layers.  DBT, or digital breast tomeosynthesis, creates 15-30% fewer false-positives, and the breast cancer detection rates are 30% improved over 2D exams.  

Three Teams Entered the Field of Battle Thursday Night 

Team Badger Hawks

Tim Vertz, Bruce Rowe, Jean Custer, Stan Smith, Sandy Custer, and Laura Rowe


Team Ya-Yas

Janet Stirmel, Dianne Robertson, Shelley Weston, Larry Kreiner, Nancy Witte-Dycus, Russ Witte-Dycus, and Ellen MacFarlane (behind the camera)

Team Louisville Sluggers

Dennis & Lucia Francis (M-T Sunrise Rotary), Beth Reed, Megan Borland, Kevin Kelley, Greg Wessel, and Stan Lind

Larry was heard to say, "If I don't get this one right, I will eat this tablecloth!" Trash talking has consequences, Larry.  That's Nancy Witte-Dycus handing him a fork as Larry nibbles on the tablecloth.
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Congratulations to the Mequon-Milwaukee Afterhours Rotary Club on their 2nd Annual Global Fusion Fundraiser.  Jorjan Loos, Ellen MacFarlane, and Stan Smith were among our members who attended to support their event.
Presented by Rotary District 6270 in partnership with Rotary District 6550 at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.
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 WHEN: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 5:00–7:00PM
TICKETS: Tickets may be purchased online for $60 + fees.  Purchase online tickets here:

Please join us as we will have the honor of presenting the Inaugural Women in Rotary Award at this prestigious event!
Highlighting the event will be five guest speakers touching on specific topics with the goal of inspiring and helping women while on their journey in Rotary, and to help women become more involved in Rotary.  These speakers include: Charlotte Ahlberg, Dean Rohrs, Jennifer Scott, Nick Karyacich and Sylvia Whitlock.
After all of the presentations are complete the presenters will serve on a panel and will be open for your questions. 
For complete information, click here for a copy of the brochure
Has it been a year already?  Mathilde left Denmark August 16, 2016 to travel first to Copenhagen, then on to Frankfort, Chicago, and Milwaukee, until she finally arrived in Mequon to begin her year as our Rotary Youth Exchange student.  She outlined those activities that we take for granted, but were uniquely American through her Danish eyes—homecoming, American football, prom, traveling for spring break to Hilton Head, etc.  She patiently answered all our questions concerning similarities/differences in family life, education and transportation.
Vi ønsker dig held og lykke, Mathilde!  (We wish you luck, Mathilde!)
Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley will address the World Affairs Seminar (WAS) Monday, June26, 2017  at Carroll University. Rotarians are invited to attend at no cost, but need to let the WAS Staff know their intentions.  Details will be provided as soon as possible.  (Please note:  This will be a "listening session" only for Rotarians, as we want to give our student delegates ample opportunity for their q & a session.)

Rotarian Ellen MacFarlane, Susan Zacharias, Serena Zacharias and Rotarian Megan Borland


We honored our most recent Rotary Student of the Month, Serena Zacharias, on Tuesday, May 9th.  Serena is the daughter of Alex & Susan Zacharias and was accompanied by her mother this past Tuesday. 

Serena is finishing up her senior year at Homestead High School and will be pursuing a degree in bio-chem this fall at the University of Notre Dame. 
Serena is an active leader within the Rotary Interact Club at Homestead High School where she has organized various fundraisers to provide aide to her local community and residents of Guatemala. 
She is the President and Founder of Artistic Outreach, a program she established within hospitals and nursing homes where Homestead students perform music and create crafts and artwork for patients.  She is an accomplished violinist within the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and Vice President of Homestead’s National Honor Society.  Serena is also one of very few individuals of her age who have been licensed as a certified Emergency Medical Technician.
Serena, we are honored to recognize you as our Student of the Month and we thank you for your “Service Above Self!”
May 18th
River Club of Mequon
$20 per individual
 Cash Bar
Teams of five 
No Cell Phones Allowed!
As Club Trainer Pam Koch explained last week, one of the expectations of Rotary members is to donate to The Rotary Foundation every year, also known as EREY.  Rotary International suggests a $100.00 donation each year.  There is no minimum.  Donations to the Annual Fund SHARE, World Fund, the six areas of focus, and PolioPlus Fund are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
You can write a check and send it to Rotary International with your member number (The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693), but the easiest way to donate is to go online and use a credit or debit card.  Want to give and not have to think about it?  You can sign up for Rotary Direct and the amount you designate will be forwarded automatically each month.  Before you know it, you will have a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.
Be a Rotary super hero and help the T-M Rotary Club each our goal.  
District #6270 represented Rotary International at the 14th Annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition May 3-4, 2017 at MATC downtown. Pictured above: Mark Felsheim, president of Mitchell Field Rotary, Wilma Bonaparte and President MacFarlane, T-M Rotary, and Rob Bassett, Mitchell Field Rotary Club.  
Graduation is upon us for our exchange student Mathilde, and "Grad Greetings" are a tradition at Homestead.
Linda Walsh, host mother, would like to put something together for Mathilde.  If you are interested in adding your congratulations, please forward 1-2 sentences of congratulations and best wishes to Holly Bern no later than May 20th.  Linda will compile our thoughts and cover the cost to have the book prepared for Mathilde.  
Help make Mathilde's year here complete.
Club Trainer and Past President Pam Koch kept members on their toes as she asked, "Whad'Ya Know?"  last Tuesday.  Members with correct answers scored a chocolate Easter egg.  What is our club pedigree?  How many clubs in District #6270?  When were women invited to join Rotary?  What is the theme for this year?  Not sure?  
Ask Pam for details.  Sandy Custer and Karl Hertz scored a handful of those chocolate eggs, so ask them as well!
Join us for Trivia Night on May 18th.
Bruce Rowe announced Trivia Night is scheduled for May 18th.  That gives you just a few weeks to decide who you want on your team.  Questions will test your knowledge of literature, sports, art, pop culture etc. Note:  NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED!
A diverse team is your best bet to be able to claim the title.  Plan now to attend for an evening of fun and laughter!  
May 18th -- 7:00 p.m. at the River Club of Mequon.  There will be a cash bar and light appetizers. Twenty dollars will get you inside the door, but you have to bring the knowledge and the strategy.
Past president Pam Koch announced the name of the comedian for Fall Into Comedy scheduled for Thursday, October 12th.  
Wayne Cotter is a favorite of the talk shows, having appeared dozens of times with both David Letterman and Jay Leno.
Koch also asked members for donations to the silent auction, with an emphasis on personal experiences or high end items.
Sponsor forms are available from members of the committee.
         Head Chefs willing to
   Organize team of Rotarians       
     To cook delicious meal at
              Rotary Park
Contact Sandy Custer to Volunteer


Garrett Mitman is pictured here with his mother, Terry Mitman


Garrett Mitman was honored as our most recent Student of the Month on Tuesday, April 25th.  Garrett is the son of Terry & Doug Mitman of Mequon. 
Garrett is a senior at Homestead High School and was able to graduate early, after the 2nd trimester of his senior year, so that he could continue to pursue his passion of basketball and give back to a community in need on the small island of Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean.  Garrett is the president and founder of a non-profit organization, Island Hoops Project, where he has raised $76,000 (and counting) to renovate a basketball court for the Turks & Caicos community of Providenciales.  Garrett hopes to raise an additional $8,000 this spring to complete the project and finish the court with a set of bleachers and lighting.  You can learn more about Garrett’s project at
Garrett has played basketball for the Homestead Highlanders for the past 4 years and was named Team Captain his senior year.  He has also served as the Summer Camp Commissioner for Homestead’s Hoop Camp for grades 5-9 and has served as a referee for Slammers Basketball, a program for pre-K to grade 5.
Garrett will be attending Colgate University in upstate New York this fall.  He plans to study pre-med and will be playing basketball for the Colgate Raiders.
Garrett, we thank you for your “Service Above Self!”
President MacFarlane reviewed goals set by the club a year ago and compared where we are to previous years' results.  The club exceeded the goal for Polio Plus, and the membership strategic plan is in place, which is a plus.  Donations to the community increased for the fourth year in a row.  Community service projects continue to generate opportunities for service above self--over 325 volunteer hours so far this year.
What will you do to help the club meet or exceed the remaining goals?
How fitting that just a few days prior to Paul Harris' birthday, T-M Rotary welcomed another Paul Harris Fellow into the fold.  Greg Sommersberger received his first PHF from President MacFarlane on Tuesday, April 18th. In the photos below, Greg receives a certificate from Rotary International designating him as a Paul Harris Fellow for his contributions to The Rotary Foundation and a PHF pin. Congratulations, Greg!
Greg Sommersberger announced the deadline for getting him cash or a check for $15 for a dozen roses delivered to your home in the North Shore on May 12th for Mother's Day is this Tuesday.  Checks should be made payable to "North Shore Rotary." 
Questions?  Contact Greg Sommersberger for details.
Kurt Barikmo, Business Services Consultant in the Department of Workforce Development-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, makes a point during his presentation last Tuesday.  Barikmo serves as a point of contact for employers in the Milwaukee Seven County Region providing information regarding DWD-DVR Services, Fidelity Bonding, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and various grant opportunities available for Wisconsin employers.
Employment in Wisconsin is 5.2% higher than the national average.  Persons with disabilities comprise 20% of the population. Twenty million families have at least one member with a disability.  Most important, people with disabilities want to work and maintain their employment.  Barikmo outlined several programs that could be funded through the DWD-DVR, including relocation from another area or state, youth on-the-job training, internships, Fidelity Bonding, and Work Opportunity Tax Credits.    
Image result for Rotary Vice President Jennifer JonesVice-president Jennifer Jones has been traveling the world to energize Rotarians and to help market Rotary.  Now you have the opportunity to join her in a project this week.
Join with fellow Rotarians at Whitnall Park this Wednesday, April 19th from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM  at Boerner Botanical Gardens of Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Dr, Hales Corners, WI      53130    
This is a Rotary in Action project to help with the clean-up of the gardens, so bring workshoes, gloves, sunscreen, etc.

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Tina Moller Sorensen and Angela Mourao Sa Vitorino from Brazil at a networking break, Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention meeting.

1. Meet the most inspiring people in the world

Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention every year. This is your unique opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and share stories about your club’s current and future projects.

2. Strengthen your club and your passion for Rotary

The general sessions and breakout sessions offer countless ways to help you get the most from your Rotary membership and make your club stronger. In the House of Friendship, you’ll find new ideas, learn best practices, and share project successes — it’s where the Rotary world comes together!

3. Join The Rotary Foundation celebration

The culmination of a yearlong celebration of the Foundation’s centennial takes place in the city where it all began. Join the festivities at The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Birthday Party. Attend a book signing and meet the author of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.” See all the activities we have planned.

4. Explore the American South

Bask in the sun on the Atlantic and Gulf shores. Test your game at some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. Experience the magic of Florida’s Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.

Explore the natural wonders of the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg. Sample the sophisticated charms of New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston. Learn more

5. Enjoy special tours and events offered by the Host Organization Committee

Watch for more information about special activities like Restaurant Night, Host Hospitality Night, and a screening of "Gone With the Wind" at the historic Fox Theatre. Visit the Host Organization Committee site to find more activities.

Joe Kirgues
Jun 13, 2017
Co-Founder Managing Director, gener8tor Madison & Milwaukee
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