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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Mequon Rotary Park
4100 West Highland Road
Mequon, WI 53092
United States of America
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Greg Sommersberger was presented with a Paul Harris Award at Tuesday’s meeting. Greg was also presented with the much more prestigious Sam Azinger Award. Both were presented in consideration of generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation during the 2020-2021 year.
Jennifer Williams, Director of Unity in Hope School Systems, and Allen Ruppel, Founder, spoke to our club at Tuesday’s meeting. 
Unity in Hope School Systems was started in Pakistan to give non-Muslim children an opportunity to obtain a quality education not otherwise available to non-Muslim children. Unity in Hope starts with quality instruction, clean water, food, and end with providing children with a good education.
All of the money raised for the schools is managed by the Wisconsin 501(c)(3), and is used by the board to reimburse expenses. Money from the school stays in the community after being used to pay teachers salaries, food, improvements, buildings, maintenance and more. 
A dollar goes very far in these Islamabad, Pakistan slums. What costs MPS $16,000 per student can be obtained for $250 per student. Things such as a playground for the kids cost only $750. Just imagine the impact we could have. For more information, visit their website at or visit and follow them on Facebook at
Everyone is invited to the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club's Rotary Music Festival, which will be held at the Cedarburg High School's athletic field on August 8th at 7:30PM.  Tickets are available at
It was a pleasure for many members of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club, and the Mequon-Thiensville Rotary Club who attended the Cedarburg Grafton Rotary Club's meeting at Mequon Rotary Park on Thursday.  It was a great event in which everyone had the opportunity to get to know one another. Thank you to the Cedarburg Grafton Rotary Club for the invitation. 
Normally people have to bid and win in a silent auction to get their lips on Van Mobley’s famous smoked brisket, but thanks to Van, Matt, Jenne, and Stan, our club was treated to this delicious meal at Tuesday’s meeting. All that was missing was a Tim Vertz Famous Old Fashioned!
Ellen MacFarlane was awarded her Paul Harris+6 at Tuesday’s Rotary meeting. People like Ellen support the Foundation without being asked, and exceed the requests when they are asked. Thank you Ellen for your incredible caring and generosity!
After a year hiatus, cooking crews have returned, and as has become tradition, Sandy Custer started us off with pork chops the size of your head. Sandy's cooking crew is always amazing! We look forward to cooking crews for the rest of our summer meetings.
Our annual Changing of the Guard was a great success.  We successfully got rid of our 2020-21 leadership, and ushered in our 2021-22 leadership.  What more could you ask for. Keep reading and you'll find out. 
We'll start off on a serious note. Some of the greatest honors we have in Rotary are the annual awards, and this year did not disappoint. Connie Pukaite was invited under a guise that may or may not have violated the first part of the four way test, but the lie was necessary to preserve the surprise, which she most certainly was when she was awarded an Honorary Paul Harris Award. Above Connie is pictured receiving her PH+6!
Connie also did not disappoint when she spoke, which despite being completely surprised seemed like a rehearsed oration. If there's one thing that everyone could take away it is that what Rotary and Rotarians all over the world are doing is preserving and creating a future that most will not live to see.  It's impossible to not feel inspired when Connie is in the house!
Tim Vertz was also presented with an Honorary Paul Harris. Tim does so much for our community, including with his role in our club, his role as an Assistant District Governor, his role with the Chamber, and his initiative with the Concordia Business School. Stan Smith presented Tim with this honor, and we're all in agreement that Tim's achievements are truly deserving of this recognition. 
Jenne J.C. Hohn was honored with the Service Above Self Award. The club's gratitude for the role Jenne has stepped into and the incredible job she has done is very deserving of this award. Thank you Jenne for everything you have done to support our club and moving it toward the future. 
Finally, our Rotarian of the Year award was presented to Ellen MacFarlane, who is also an amazing person and integral part of our club. Ellen is always a Rotarian first and foremost, and fills in every gap in the club. Thank you Ellen for being amazing and for everything you do. You are an inspiration to us all!
With the first picture of Sam Azinger, we can be certain this story is about to stop being serious and start being just a little bit silly.  Pictured above, Club President, Heather Mader made it official that Sam Azinger is now a Past President, a title held by less than 100 people who have been members of the club. 
Heather Mader also surprised Sam with the Sam Azinger Award for Being Awesome, which Sam was truly honored to receive.  After all, it's the first time someone has named an award after Sam Azinger that was not Sam Azinger.  Speaking of, Sam Azinger also presented the Sam Azinger Awards to those who donated more than $100 to the Rotary Foundation in the Rotary year.  The Sam Azinger Awards were presented for the 3rd year in a row, and each year he has presented more and more awards.  This year there were 18 recipients, and frankly it took too long to pass them out, so that's probably the last year we'll see those. 
Before all of that serious stuff, Sam provided the Year in Review, and of course took the opportunity to present the not so serious awards, including presenting John Rosing with the First Place plaque for having the best bracket in the NCAA tournament for the benefit of the Rotary Foundation.  In first place John also received a Paul Harris award, but the plaque was definitely the highlight (not).
Maureen O'Leary was presented with the Rotary NCAA Tournament Runner Up Plaque which she hesitantly accepted, but will never be able to discard without Sam finding out.
Karl Hertz accepted his Second Runner Up plaque, which he must have thought was pretty cool, although it's kind of a rare occurrence when you can award Karl with something new. After all, he's achieved as much as most could dream of. 
Just some extra pictures of everyone gathered before the event. What a great group and a great time. Thanks to everyone for participating. 
Taste Mequon is happening on September 11, 2021! Please save-the-date for this wonderful event. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or participating as a vendor, please let Jenne Hohn know at or 707-337-3490.
Story quite literally stolen from Steve Lettau and the Sunrise Rotary Club! Best parking spot expected to be auctioned for record amount to be contributed to the Rotary Foundation at Changing of the Guard!
The club continued in its tradition of handing out free ice cream to kids (and a few adults too) after the parade and selling delicious roasted corn. Thanks to Herb Hillman for handling this project for all these years. Service Above Self. If there are no photos its because this story is being written prior to the event.
Mike Gies joined us to tell us about the Rotary Park pier needing to be replaced and indicated the Mequon Parks Board is looking to partner with the community to raise funds for the replacement pier.  Jim Lysaught can be contacted if you're interested in getting involved. The CAC should be prepared to consider this type of project when the time comes. 
Home Page News
         It has been brought to our attention that many Rotarians are doing their end of year donation planning and that they would like more information about donating to the M-T Community Promenade project. As you know Rotary and Rotarians have been actively working on the Town Center and River Walk projects since 2002. As a capstone landmark for this area we have been active in the planning and now the fundraising for the Mequon-Thiensville Community Promenade on the north east corner of Mequon and Cedarburg Roads.
        First, prospective donors should know that both municipal governments – Village Board for Thiensville and City Council for Mequon – have collaborated to get this new landmark designed through a Joint Gateway Committee appointed in August 2017. And, the Village and City have pledged as many tax dollars as elected officials feel they can toward its construction. Collectively, the Village and City have committed $200,000 toward the total cost of design and construction.
        We know private fund raising is not an appropriate function of municipal governments; therefore, we are personally and collectively committed to raising $500,000 in private contributions to meet the total projected cost of $700,000. As a club, we have donated $15,000 already with more to come after the Community Action Council meets in December. $30,000 remaining from the efforts for the River Walk have been transferred to this project. It is our expectation that more will come in the next two years.
          The City has indicated willingness to authorize a construction contract to build the Promenade as soon as 75% or $375,000 of the private funds needed are pledged or in the bank.
        Our Promenade Landmark Campaign Committee, composed totally of volunteers, has kicked off a quiet campaign to secure commitments for as many lead gifts as possible by January. We hope the Council will be able to issue that contract in February in preparation for construction in Spring 2019.
         We are working independently, without the services of a professional fund-raiser so that funds raised will be used for construction, not fund raising.
         Before asking others, Campaign Committee members pledged their own donations. Since then, we have secured four (4) lead gifts of $25,000 or more thus far, plus ten (10) commitments at other levels totaling private dollars raised of $211,400 to date Nov 10, 2018. More has come in since then, but we don’t have the latest figures.
         Donations of $500 and up will be recognized on the donor wall. Pledges can be made to spread out a donation over three years. If you have an employer that will match your donation, please help us make that contact. Tax deductible donations are to the T-M Rotary Foundation, note to Promenade.
         In the past, Rotarians have amazed us with their generosity, many pledging over three years. Our goal is to have donations from everyone in the club, no pressure on amounts, but eager participation.
         Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested.
         Sandy Custer, Stan Smith, Dan Gannon, Tim Carr
Members include representatives from many businesses:
The Sommersberger Group
The Carr Buttler Group
WE Wealth Management Group
July 2021
Upcoming Events
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Jul 27, 2021
Aug 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Bet-z and Nik
Aug 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Forward Please
Van Mobley
Aug 17, 2021 12:00 PM
Thiensville Village Update
Tabal Chocolate
Aug 24, 2021
Learn about (and taste) Tabal Chocolate
Family Night
Aug 31, 2021
Sep 07, 2021
Sep 14, 2021
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Business Meeting
Sep 28, 2021
Business Meeting
Oct 26, 2021
Meeting Responsibilities
If you cannot fulfill your responsibility, please make arrangements for someone else to take your place.
July 13
Briggs, Tyler
July 20
Carr, Tim
July 27th
Counsellor, James
July 13
Robertson, Dianne
July 20
Rosing, John
July 27th
Petzold, Andrew
July 13
Hillman, Herbert
July 20
Hohn, Jennifer
July 27th
Holtz, Rob
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary / Director
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
The Rotary Foundation

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