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September 2016
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Holtz, Rob
Vertz, Tim
Von Rueden, Anthony
Locke, Andrew
Lysaught, James
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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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Join us on Tuesday to hear Carole Stuebe and Mary Survis from Portal, Inc.  Portal, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) agency that has been in continuous operation serving adult citizens with developmental disabilities since 1965. Portal has a proud history of advocating for and supporting residents of Ozaukee County. Today, Portal serves more than 200 people with disabilities, providing the supports and experiences to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.


Bring Your Check for Polio Plus

Our Rotary Exchange student from Denmark helped International Director, Holly Bern, in collecting checks for Polio Plus.  They will be back this Tuesday, so remember to bring your checkbook.  Donations to Polio Plus count toward your total for Paul Harris Recognition.  Make your check out to: The Rotary Foundation and write Polio Plus in the Memo line.  If every member wrote a check for just $25, we would reach our goal for the year.  


Ozaukee Economic Development Assists All Area Businesses

T-M Rotarian Roger Kirgues introduces Kathleen Schilling from Ozaukee Economic Development.  Roger serves on the Board of Economic Development in Ozaukee County. 

Kathleen Schilling works directly with businesses to find property and financial assistance, retain jobs, and connect them with the community.

Wilma Bonaparte, Vice-president of MATC North Campus, with Kathleen Schilling.  OED partners with MATC to provide courses for county businesses.

Ozaukee Economic Development completed 6 projects in the past 12 months with an impact of 600 new jobs.  Contact Kathleen at 


We heard at our last meeting that polio has raised its ugly head once again in Nigeria after two years with no new cases.  Rotary sprang into action, but these new cases are but the tip of the iceberg.  This new outbreak is a harsh reminder that we can never stop fighting this nefarious virus.  If you can write a check, now is a good time.   Holly Bern is looking for your checks made out to "Rotary Foundation" at the meeting this Tuesday.  Write Polio Plus in the memo line.  Give as much as you can to help protect the world's children.


The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.
The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.
In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.

Tim Vertz Explained Everything Last Week
Our own Tim Vertz explained the best practices of digital advertising, including search engine organic (SEO), retargeting, and conversion marketing, to name just a few.  Most people go online, probably to Google or some other search engine when they have a question.  Does it surprise you to know that adults spend 25 hours per month online?  
Advertisers know that and want to get your attention.  Advertising is all about repetition and brand recognition (retargeting), so they want to get their ads in places where people spend the most time.  You know those little ads that pop up when you are online?  Tim explained that is not a random action.  Websites use a competitive bidding process for the top four spots on their sites.  Advertisers pay to have their ads pop up at various times, a form of advertising called "pay per click."  They pay every time someone clicks on their ad.  PPCs can cost anywhere from one penny to over one hundred dollars for PPCs.  The award for most expensive ads online goes to personal injury attorneys.  You will have to ask someone at the meeting what that amount is.  Ask Tim about conversion marking the next time you see him.  



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Rotary members, their families and friends can support Rotary’s work by bidding on antiques, artwork, jewelry, and collectibles through eBay Live Auctions events.  Each month, Rotary will promote on its social media outlets a set of upcoming Live Auctions events, and eBay, the world’s largest auction website, will donate a portion of all sale proceeds from those events to Rotary.
Live Auctions events enable buyers to participate in auctions across the United States — held at such auction houses as Sotheby’s, Swann, and Freeman’s — without leaving home. Under this proceeds-sharing agreement, only U.S. auction sales are eligible.



Our very own Tim Vertz, of Vertz Marketing, will update club members on the latest and greatest ways to share the story of your business on Tuesday, September 6th.  This is sure to be interesting and important information--one you won't want to miss!

  • District Bookkeeper Wanted -- The District leadership is seeking someone who would be interested in working with the current District Treasurer in learning the roles and duties of a District Bookkeeper.  Check the District website for details.   
  • The 2017 District Directories have arrived!  Please find the most updated information on the district website (site pages - lower right hand corner)
  • Candidate Proposals Needed for DG 2019-20 -- Candidates for District Governor 2019-2020 are to be nominated by Rotary Clubs in District 6270 and have the support of their home Rotary Club.  All proposals are due by October 15th.
  • District Fall Meeting Scheduled for October 20th -- Plan now to attend the Fall Meeting for our part of the District at MATC in Mequon from 6 - 8 p.m.  DG Julie Craig wants 25% of our club to be present.



Representative David Bowen points out that corrections has been protected from severe budget cuts.

Representative Bowen, President MacFarlane, and Representative Ott


Representative David Bowen and Jonathan Dye.  Jonathan, a member of the After Hours Club, was cited by Rep. Bowen as one of several successful start-up businesses in Milwaukee.


Members listen as Rep. Bowen shares statistics supporting his premise that Milwaukee and the entire state suffer from a brain drain.



According to a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an emergency polio vaccination campaign has begun in Nigeria.  The World Health Organization and Rotary sprang into action after two toddlers were diagnosed with the disease last month.  According to Tunji Funsho a doctor who is the head of Rotary's polio eradication drive, those two cases may be just the tip of the iceberg as more cases are expected to surface.  



Have You Donated an Item to the Silent Auction Yet?

2015_Flyer.pngPast President Pam Koch reminded members that our annual fundraiser, Fall into Comedy, is just around the corner.  We have just 46 days before the big event!  She asked members to make a commitment, and our members stepped up -- volunteering to purchase a table or help with the silent auction, or help with set-up and clean-up.  Thank you to all the volunteers!

Two former Rotary Youth Exchange students, Tia and Lindsey, helped to welcome our RYE student for the 2016-2017 year.


Welcome Back, Tia and Lindsey!

Club Members had the pleasure of welcoming back two former Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) students, Tia from Findland and Lindsey from Taiwan.  Both girls updated the club on what they have been up to since they returned to their home countries.

Tia Renlund thanks club members for her wonderful experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange student 6 years ago.


Lindsey Liad says, "I wouldn't be who I am today without the experience of being a RYE....I am more open-minded."

Tia and Lindsey took in a Brewers game while they were in town.




Like so many Rotary projects, eating in Rotary Park during the summer months doesn't just happen.  Somebody must order supplies like sodas, water, coffee, napkins, plates, etc. that the rest of us take for granted.  Somebody has to set the schedule, contact all the head chefs to ask them to volunteer their expertise.  Somebody has to maintain the equipment, reserve the Rotary Pavilion for our weekly meetings, publish the schedule, go to the park early each week to pull out the grill, and provide support for the weekly cooking crew.  Please join me in thanking two Rotarians, our somebodies, who go above and beyond so we can enjoy eating in Rotary Park. 
Gratitude and Appreciation
Awarded to
Sandy Custer & Karle Naggs
and their spouses
For outstanding maintenance of T-M Rotary’s equipment, setting up the schedules,
numerous meals in Rotary Park, and
support and assistance provided to all of the the Summer Cooking Crews.  
We couldn't do it without your patience and perseverance!



We Had a Fantastic Time!

Many thanks to the cooking crew that prepared and served almost 70 people at Family Night.  Special thanks go to Jean and Sandy Custer for all the time and hard work preparing side dishes!

Jack Wiese, Jim Lysaught, Nancy Wiese, Sharon Lysaught, Babs Smith, and Alice Naggs take a moment to socialize prior to dinner.  Thanks to Alice Naggs for the delicious fruit salad!


Gregg Sommersberger and his family enjoy the meal.  Greg's son didn't recognize Daddy in his Rotary apron and hat.

Members and their families gave Allison Rowe a standing ovation for being a third generation Paul Harris Fellow.


The bubble machine was a big hit with all the kids.


Bill Hart and Wilma Bonaparte are pleased with their meal.


If there was a prize for the biggest family in attendance, Greg Huffman would have won.

Karle and Alice Naggs, Herb Hillman, Bob and Marilyn Jacobs wave to the camera.


Joseph Regan, MD explains the newest advancements in the treatment of reflux disease.


Patrick Regan, MD (retired) congratulates his son, Joseph Regan MD, on his first outdoor presentation.




T-M Rotary shared the Rotary Pavilion with kids attending the Milwaukee Wave Soccer Camp at the August 2nd meeting.   The kids were quiet and even listened to our speaker.  Isn't it great to see our park being used as intended?  

Dr. Robert Jacobs gets ready to ride back home after the meeting.

What 44-year old woman decides to walk more than a half marathon a day for five weeks with her 80-year old father as a wingman?  Rotarian Andra Watkins, that's who!  Undaunted, this aspiring author set out to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace--a 10,000 year old road  that runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee without really thinking what that would mean.  Her original intent (to publicize her newly penned paranormal adventure novel) transformed as she trudged America's forgotten highway in pain and despair.  Humorous anecdotes about her dysfunctional family adventure underlie a more important message:  Don't wait too long to build a memory with your parents.  In her words, she turned "I wish I had" into "I'm glad I did."  
If you missed this endearing and animated speaker, you can read about her adventure with the highest bid at our Fall Into Comedy silent auction.   Thank you, Andra, for donating two of your books to our fundraiser!  


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A very special thank you for all the support, participation and sponsors at the 2016 Rotary Road Trip to Miller Park! Looking forward to next year, and perhaps a better day for Cubs fans... or maybe not.  If you are interested in volunteering for the District Friendship Committee to help with the Miller Park Event (hopefully Rotary Day) in June 2017, give District Governor Julie Craig a call: 262-880-7050.


Welcome, Jim!

Past President Pam Koch inducted a new member, Jim Lysaught, at the weekly meeting on July 19th. Jim had a long career with Rockwell as an engineer, was involved with other business interests, and has been an active volunteer for a number of years  in the Thiensville-Mequon community.  He was president of Gathering on the Green for a number of terms and has been active since the beginning.  
He currently serves on the Park Board in Mequon.  Although he is now retired, he stays busy, through his church, assisting people in job searches.  He is married and his wife's name is Sharon.
Take a minute and introduce yourself to Jim at the next meeting.  


UPDATE:  Rotary Friendship Exchange

Two Rotary Friendship Exchanges are announced for 2017 with  District 3201 and District 2981 in southern India.    
We are seeking about 24 people (including spouse or significant other) for these exchanges.   There are about 10-12 open spots left .  Tentative dates are for the India teams to come to Wisconsin in late May and early June of 2017 and for our groups to go to India in late November or early December of 2017.
Please review the attachments for further information about this program and email the following for more information or to reserve your spots.  
This is a "first come/first serve" opportunity.
John H. Henderson and Mark Felsheim   - District 6270 Friendship Exchange Chairs

Oct 04, 2016
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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