August 2017
Meeting Responsibilities
August 8th
Gannon, Daniel
August 15
Hage, Kristine
August 8th
O'Connor, David
August 15
Ott, Jim
August 8th
Jacobs, Robert
August 15
Johannes, Richard
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
Rotary Park
4100 Highland Rd
Mequon, WI  53092
United States
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Even with rain all day and the threat of rain in the evening, the game was still on giving us a beautiful evening for Rotarians, friends and family.  The Chinooks won 5 - 2 against the Kenosha Kingfish.  Our private deck was sold out thanks to Dan Gannon!  Thank you all who attended to help make this another wonderfully fun club social event!
Sandy Custer unveiled the new TM Rotary grill during the July 25th meeting at the Mequon Rotary Pavilion.  What better way to break in the new grill than to toss on some burgers and salmon patties?  The grill will be put to good use to bring the club together throughout the summer months.
Kristine Hage and Larry Kreiner bring the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club to Festa Italiana for this year's festivities.  
Festa Italiana celebrated it's 40th Anniversary July 21-23 at Maier Festival Park.  The festival has grown to the largest Italian event of it's kind in America today.  It is only fitting to see members of the TM Rotary Club bringing to life the message of 'Service Above Self' as Festa Italiana would not be possible without the work of over 2,000 dedicated volunteers each year.  
MEQUON - A $50 million development featuring breweries, luxury apartments, single-family homes and retail and office spaces might be coming to the south end of Mequon's Town Center district.
The first phase of the Mequon Town Center, anchored by Cafe Hollander, was built two years ago at the northwest corner of Mequon and Cedarburg roads. Just west of there, across the railroad tracks, the second phase of the Mequon Town Center — known as Spur 16 — will feature retail, restaurants, apartments and townhomes.

MEQUON - Two patties, an extra slice of bun in the middle and secret sauce.

Many Milwaukee-area residents fondly remember Big Boy hamburgers. The last remaining Wisconsin Marc’s Big Boy restaurant closed its doors in 1995, but the famous burgers will soon be available again.

Ovation Sarah Chudnow, a Jewish faith-based senior living and care provider, is hosting a Big Boy Reunion on Wednesday, Aug. 9.



Jack was honored as our final Student of the Month on Tuesday, June 27th at Rotary Park during our first Rotary cookout of the summer.  Jack is the son of Mike and Wendi Sabinash of Thiensville. 
Jack is a very active member of his church, Crossroads Presbyterian in Mequon, where he has volunteered every year on the Work Crew for Vacation Bible School, tutored other students, stocked food pantries, volunteered at the annual church rummage sale, as well as participated in a mission trip to Jamaica. 
Jack has played soccer at Homestead all four years of high school and has also volunteered at soccer camps and booster club / fundraising events.  He has also been a member and leader of the Robotics team all four years of high school. 
Jack will be attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison this fall where he plans to study engineering. 
Congratulations to William and Jack and thank you for your “Service Above Self”!


William Clark was honored as our May Student of the Month on Tuesday, June 13th at the Ozaukee Country Club.  William is the son of David and Stephanie Clark, of Mequon and he was accompanied by his mother.
William was selected as our Student of the Month for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout for Troop 852, various community service projects for Scouts, his leadership as the President of the National Honor Society, and his club involvement at Homestead High School.  William has achieved several awards in Forensics competitions and has participated every year of high school on the Student Council, Math Team, Champions Program and St. Boniface Church Youth Group.  He also plays the cello and performs concerts twice a month at Lasata.
William is attending the University of Notre Dame this fall.  He plans to continue studying math, physics and Spanish as well as continue to play the cello.



Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on 13 July due to complications from surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.

“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”

Sam's term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.

“Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hardworking Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.”

Under Sam's leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. 

Sam saw in Rotary members "an incredible passion to make a difference," and wanted to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."

Sam was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.  He has also served as corporate secretary of the Central Bank of Uganda.

He served as member and chair of several boards including FAULU (U) Ltd., (now Opportunity Bank), the Uganda Heart Institute, the Centre for African Family Studies, Mulago Hospital Complex, Mukono Theological College, and the Kampala City Council.

Sam also was the vice chair of Hospice Africa Uganda, and board member and chair of the Audit Committee of PACE (Programme for Accessible Health, Communication, and Education) in Uganda.

“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world,” Riseley said. “We are establishing details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.” 

Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honor and will provide details soon.


If your Club is planning to apply for a Global Grant in the Rotary year 2017-18 this is VERY important. The Rotary Foundation requires, among other things, that two Club members participate in a Global Grant Management Seminar in the Rotary year the grant application is submitted. If your Club only participated with one member at the first seminar at District Conference, make sure a second member registers now!
WHEN:  Thursday, August 3rd 2017 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
WHERE: MPTC – West Bend
               2151 N. Main Street
               West Bend, WI 53090
To make sure we can accommodate all interested members, please RSVP to Global Grant Committee Chair Steen Sanderhoff at, if you plan to attend.


Greetings Rotarians!   I am honored to serve as your District Governor for 2017-18.  A bit about myself…  Born in Wisconsin, I moved away, and then returned in 1998.  I have worked both in industry (consulting and Xerox Corporation) and in higher education (professor of psychology, management and academic dean).  The Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club became home and a source of Rotary friends starting in 2000.  Travel and international service are passions, along with music, theatre, and gardening.  My wife Sylvia just retired after years as an institutional researcher and my son Daniel is starting his career as a naturopathic physician.  I look forward to working with you and your Club this year to provide service in our communities and around the world. 


One of TM Rotary's newest members, Kristine Hage shed some light on her life and career as the Thumbnail Speaker during the July 11th meeting.  Kristine began her career in 1973 with Wisconsin Gas Company as a Senior Records Technician.  She spent 27 years with the Company.  In 2000, Hage joined the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce as a Programs Coordinator.  In 2001, she was named Executive Director of the Chamber where she led the organization for 16 years, overseeing a growing chamber which now has more than 300 members.  In addition to her Chamber responsibilities, Hage took on additional responsibilities with Cedarburg Festivals.
In her current role with Concordia University in Mequon, Hage serves as Director of Donor Relations and is responsible for directing fundraising efforts and building strong relationships with the donor community.   
Personally,  Kristine and her husband George reside in Mequon, WI.  Hage is a proud mother of two and is thrilled to be a part of the TM Rotary Club.  Her goals are to add value from a fundraising perspective and also recruit new members to help the TM Rotary continue to fulfill its missions and objectives.
The U.S Navy Blue Angels were honored to meet a number of War Veterans, including Korean War Veteran and our very own TM Rotary Member, Lieutenant Commander Karle Naggs.
The skies over Milwaukee were extra blue over the weekend as the Blue Angels made their return to the City as headliners for the Milwaukee Air & Water Show.  The Angels took part in the 2005 and 2010 Air Shows, but, due to low ceilings in 2014, they could not perform for the hundreds of thousands lining the Lakefront in anticipation. 


Past President and current Sergeant at Arms, Tony Von Ruden, was presented by Dianne Robertson with a Service Above Self award on Tuesday, June 27th.  Tony's passion for giving back to the community and delivering exceptional service to others has not gone unnoticed!  Congratulations, Tony!

It is with great pride that we recognize Jack Sabinash of Homestead as the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's June Student of the Month.  Jack, who graduated from Homestead this year, will be attending UW-Madison to study engineering in the fall.  Jack is very active in the Crossroads organization, has served food at Hope House and is involved with Relay for Life. 
Jack is very active.  He enjoys LaCrosse, Softball, Robotics and is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS).
Pictured:  TM Rotary President Bill Hart, Past President Ellen McFarlane and Vocational Service Director Megan Borland


Current and Future Leader:  Karl Hertz spends time with Student of the Month, Jack Sabinash.  Lots of brain power in this photo!
Megan Borland introduces Jack Sabinash as Student of the Month
Jack Sabinash shares his story of hard work, community involvement and commitment to success.

First TM Rotary Cookout of the Summer


GRILLMASTERS! Head Chef Sandy Custer and the crew, including Dianne Robertson and Stan Lind hard at work on the grill.


Keeping the delicious chops warm!


Lunch is served!


Enjoyment for all!

$5,000 for Gathering on the Green Improvements

At the June 27th meeting in Rotary Park, Sandy Custer announced that the Rotary Foundation Board has donated $5,000 to Gathering on the Green to be used for stage and other improvements.

Kristine Hage and Nick Robinson Recognized for Corn Husking Skills


Knighted by Corn:  Past President Ellen McFarlane knights Kristine Hage and Nick Robinson for exemplary skills on display at the Fun Before the 4th event in Thiensville.

Ellen awards Kristine and Nick with golden corn awards.  Be careful, they are perishable!

Saul Newton
Aug 29, 2017
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
No Meeting This Week
Sep 05, 2017
Bob Jacobs & George Witte
Sep 12, 2017
The Good Ol' Days of Rotary
Foxtown Ventures - Mequon Town Center District
Sep 19, 2017
New Development in the Mequon Town Center
Sarah Urban
Sep 26, 2017
Charter Steel
Tina Schwantes & Matt Richmond
Oct 03, 2017
Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce Update
Jeff Reed - District Governor
Oct 10, 2017
Rotary District Update
Rebecca Dallet
Oct 17, 2017
Candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Business Meeting
Oct 24, 2017
Secretary Dave Ross
Oct 31, 2017
Transportation Secretary for the State of Wisconsin
Julie Upstill
Nov 07, 2017
Public Health Educator - Washington & Ozaukee Public Health Department
Cindy Shaffer
Nov 14, 2017
Mequon Town Center Phase 2 - Spur 16
No Meeting This Week
Nov 21, 2017
Business Meeting
Nov 28, 2017
No Meeting This Week
Dec 26, 2017
No Meeting This Week
Jan 02, 2018
Business Meeting
Jan 23, 2018
Home Page News
The Annual Fund Raising Committee has 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.
August 8th    Head Chef-Hillman Crew-Jacobs, Borland, Holtz, Huffman
August 15th  Head Chef-Koch Crew-Gannon,Lysaught, Kos, Davis
                     Head Chef-Custer Crew-Naggs, Carr, Vertz, Witte, Pearson, Wiese
August 29th   Back at Ozaukee Country Club
If you have a scheduling conflict: Make a trade and notify the head chefs.
As the late, great Rotary Grillmaster, Frank Bolz used to say:
"Happy Culinary Delight"
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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