Visiting and prospective Rotarians are always welcome. We hope to see you there! 

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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
River Club
12400 N Ville Du Parc
Mequon, WI 53092
United States of America
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It's official! The 2022 Changing of the Guard is in the books. Special thanks to Heather Mader for a wonderful year of Presidency. We welcome Attorney Maureen O'Leary-Guth as our new President. In addition to the highly coveted Sam Azinger Awards, the following awards were given out: the Distinguished Service Award to both Rob Holtz and Herb Hillman. Todd Davis was the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award. And Sam Azinger won the prestigious Honorary Paul Harris Award. Many congratulations to all of the award winners! Thanks to Brittany, Ellen, and Russ for the great photos. To see more photos from the event, click on the "Read more..." button below.
For 25 years I worked for 2 communities in Milwaukee County.  Unfortunately I did not have exposure to Rotary during those earlier years.
When I was hired by the Village of Thiensville, Rotarian Karl Hertz approached me to be a guest of his at the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club luncheon, held at Boder’s Restaurant.  That was the beginning of a wonderful experience of dedication, community projects and long lasting friendships.  The Rotary Riverwalk was of special importance to me.  The walkability of our communities brings people together and builds a sense of belonging.  This is the same feeling I get when visiting the new Gateway Feature.
I cherish all of the comradery at each and every meeting.  Rotary – what a great place to serve your community and build lifelong friendships.
A very special THANK YOU to Herb Hillman for organizing another wonderful corn roast at Saturday's Family Fun Before the 4th. Herb also coordinated the free ice cream giveaway - in it's 36th year! Thanks to all the Rotarians who helped serve ice cream and corn. 400 ears of corn sold out by 3:30 pm! It was a fabulous community event.
Posted on behalf of the Fundraising Committee
This is our Rotary Club's only fundraiser.  We encourage every member to commit to purchasing a minimum of 4 tickets.  Invite friends, family and business associates.  Our goal is to sell out with 200 attendees.  Our 10th Anniversary!
How you can get involved:  be a sponsor, attend the event, acquire an auction item(s), volunteer to help set up and or take down.  Plan to attend and enjoy a fun evening of socializing, dinner, and comedy while supporting all of the good Rotary does in our community and internationally.
Posted on behalf of Todd Davis
Sharing some Pictures from our recent WA Visit.
Many of you have met our daughters Abby and Kayla over the years at Family night, Abby now 26 years old and residing in WA married to Demetris Anderson and have a 3-year-old daughter Madison.
It is touching to see Rotary at work in other places of the country.   Future Rotarian Granddaughter Madison was always willing and excited to be in the pictures. 
The Summer Cooking Crew schedule is now complete.
If you are unable to make your assignment, please find someone else to substitute or change dates with.
Thanks to all the Head Chefs and Crew!
As the late, great Rotary Grill Master, Frank Bolz used to say:
“Happy Culinary Delight!”
Tuesday, July 12
Head Chef: Custer
Crew: Gannon, Kos, Naggs, Jeremy Guth
Tuesday, July 19
Head Chef: Mobley
Crew: Wirth, Joynt, Hohn, Vertz
Tuesday, July 26 – 85th Anniversary Party
Head Chef: Rosing
Crew: Smith, Hunzinger, Milshteyn, Seemuth
Tuesday, August 2
Head Chef: Mader
Crew: Azinger, Hunzinger, Borland, Davis, Briggs
Tuesday, August 9
Head Chef: Witte-Dycus
Crew: Witte-Dycus, Muchin Young, Ott, Kirgues
Tuesday, August 16
Head Chef(s): Hillman/Hohn – BENJI’S DELI
Crew: Lind, Lysaught, Holtz
Tuesday, August 23 – FAMILY NIGHT – 5 PM
Head Chef: Custer
Crew: Carr, Hohn, Gohsman, McLean
Tuesday, August 30
Head Chef: Rowe
Crew: Mader, MacFarlane, Huffman, Schneider
T-M Rotary hosts our Summer meetings at Mequon Rotary Park. We held our last indoor meeting until the Fall at River Club of Mequon where we have had great food and service. The River Club team has been terrific. Yesterday, we honored one employee in particular who stood out to our members - Xavier C.
Thank you Xavier C! You went above and beyond each week, and we appreciate your excellence. We are grateful to have such a wonderful venue to host our weekly meetings. Thank you Xavier, and the fantastic team at River Club of Mequon! We look forward to seeing you in September.
What is Rotary-Jim Ott
Until about 16 years ago my main interaction with Rotary was as an occasional speaker at an area club relating my experience as a meteorologist at Today’s TMJ 4.  I was always aware of the important service that Rotary clubs provided to their local communities, but my usual weekday work hours of 3am to noon made joining a club impractical.
That changed in 2006 when I was running for a seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly and Brian Monroe invited me to join the morning club.  I remained a member until 2012, when a member of the noon club asked if I would like to move to our club.  While both clubs have terrific members and do great work on the many projects they are involved in, it was the fact that I much more enjoy a meal at noon than at 7am that convinced me to move.
The weekly meetings are enjoyable, and we have had some tremendous speakers over the years.  That alone, and the camaraderie and friendship would make the Rotary experience well worthwhile.  But the main reason I remain a member of Rotary is to be a part of many wonderful projects that the club sponsors and supports both in our communities of Mequon and Thiensville and beyond.
Our motto of “Service above Self” is played out in so many ways, and impacts many lives, some in ways we will never know.
Family Fun Before the 4th is Saturday, June 25th. Corn roast shifts are as follows: 10 am - 1 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, and 4 pm - 7 pm. Herb will have a sign-up sheet at Tuesday's meeting. For those in the 10 am - 1 pm group, drivers must be in the "Parking Pass Lot" by 10 am at which time the parade route will be closed to vehicle traffic. Herb will have parking passes available for those volunteering. 
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We are assembling cooking crews for our Summer at Rotary Park. The following dates are still available for HEAD CHEF: August 9 and August 30. Cooking crews are needed for all dates. Nick will send a sign-up sheet around on Tuesday during our meeting.
Rotarians Heather Mader and Colleen Landisch-Hansen co-chaired the wonderful Thiensville Village Park Re-imagined on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Several Rotarians were seen in attendance. Dianne Robertson won the prize of the night - a cooking class with Hadley Shully. It was a fabulous event with much fun had by all in attendance! Proceeds from the event will be used to build the Thiensville Village Park Splash Pad.
Congratulations to Sandy Custer, awarded the great honor of Pillar of the Community by the Mequon Thiensville Community Foundation. Special thanks to Stan Smith and Tim Carr for their wonderful speeches honoring Sandy. It was a terrific event with nearly 300 attendees and four tables of Rotarians. We are very proud of Sandy, and grateful for all he does for the community of Mequon-Thiensville.
What is Rotary To Me?
By Maureen O’Leary-Guth
To me, Rotary is service, friendship and fun. Rotary is how I show my employees how our business can serve our community. Rotary is how I show my children how we can better our world. Anywhere Rotary gathers is a place I know I will always find a friend. Rotary connects me to the events in our local community. Rotary provides countless opportunities to serve in fun ways.  Our motto may be “Service Above Self”, but somehow, I myself have been enriched beyond measure through my time with Rotary.  
Rotary is a weekly meeting of community friends where share a meal and discuss community concerns common to the group.

Or just get together for a weekly good time.
Please join us for the August 4 Chinooks game at Kapco Park. Game time is 6:45 pm vs. the Wausau Woodchucks. Food and beverage is provided. It is also Mel's Charities Night at Kapco Park.
Tickets are $50 each. If you'd like to support Mel's Charities, tickets are $57 each and include a Mel's Charities bobblehead - $5 of the proceeds go to Mel's Charities.

What Rotary means to me.

I originally joined Rotary in 1972 in Appleton, WI.  My boss suggested I join Rotary because he wanted me to be involved in the community.  At that time many of the CEO’s & company presidents were members of Rotary and he felt I would also be available to answer questions about their electric service or concerns with Wisconsin Michigan Power Company

I became a member of T-M Rotary for the same reason.  But being retired now, Rotary gives me a way to maintain contact with friends, stay involved in the community & continue with the projects of Rotary.

Rotary has long been a part of our lives. When we owned a full-service advertising agency in Manitowoc, my husband Patrick was a member of the Manitowoc Noon Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow. I was a guest speaker at both his club and the Rotary Club of Manitowoc -- Sunrise discussing such topics as Library Services and Judaism. As a Rotary wife I attended at least one District Conference. I also enjoy doing the crossword puzzle in the Rotary magazine.
When it was announced that I was hired as the new director of the Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville, Karl Hertz reached out to tell me about Rotary, even before I started my new job. I am so pleased to be a Rotarian in my own right. It is rare that an organization is able to do good works both at home and throughout the world. It is an honor to be a part of an organization that values truth, fairness, goodwill, and friendship. 
Special thanks to our community for contributing to the Rotary Ukraine Emergency Medical Supply Donation Drive. Sandy Custer and Jenne Hohn drove the items to the UMANA Warehouse in Germantown for distribution. They were met by Cory from Patriot Transportation and a representative from the Milwaukee Rotary Club who are sorting all of the area donations before they get sent to Ukraine. Thank you Rachel Muchin Young, Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus. Due to the generosity of Rachel, Nancy, and Russ, we were able to collect donations at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. We are grateful to be part of such a generous community.
Fall Into Comedy 2022, October 13
We are very excited to have nationally renowned comedian Juston McKinney join us for our 10th Anniversary!  Coming from New Hampshire, Juston's featured appearances include multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tonight Show with Conan O'Brian, his own Comedy Central specials, and the TV hit show The King of Queens.  Juston's hilarious stand-up comedy at various New York legendary comedy venues led the New York Times to call him "Destined for stardom".  He has also appeared in several movies and consistently sells out theaters across the country. Please get your tickets early before they sell out and join us to welcome Juston!
Rotarians Colleen Landisch-Hansen, Heather Mader, Dianne Robertson, Rob Kos, and their helpers were spotted at the Thiensville Shred Event on Saturday, April 23.
Special thanks to Sandy Custer for heading up the crew of Rotarians that participated in Roadside Clean-up on Saturday! Additional thanks to Ellen MacFarlane, Tim Vertz, Todd Davis, Kathleen Schneider, John Rosing, Dan Gannon, Jim Lysaught, Jeff McClean (and his 2 helpers), and Tim Carr. 
Rotary International recently featured an article about the Ukraine emergency medical supply donations. We continue to collect these supplies in our community thanks to the generosity of members Rachel Muchin-Young and Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus who have set up donation boxes at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. The following was posted on (

Two cargo planes packed with tons of medical equipment have already been flown from Chicago, USA, to Ukraine where members helped to unload the supplies.


Rotary members in North America, Argentina, and Europe are collaborating with a U.S.-based association of Ukrainian health care workers and using their connections to collect and ship more than 100 tons of critical medical supplies to Ukraine.

Rotary is responding to the crisis
in Ukraine.

Two cargo planes packed with tourniquets, blood-clotting gauze, blood pressure equipment, and other items have already been flown from the city of Chicago in the United States to Europe, where members help unload the supplies and get them to Ukraine.

Rotary members in Ukraine, where Russia's military action has caused a humanitarian crisis, are in daily contact with hospitals to determine what supplies are needed most.

"It is Rotary doing what Rotary does best," says Pat Merryweather-Arges, a Rotary International director-elect and member of the Rotary Club of Naperville, Illinois, USA. "It networks, pulls people together, and gets the job done."

North American and Argentine Rotary clubs are combining their resources to purchase items from the list of needed supplies. They're also working with contacts at pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers to arrange donations. A hospital in Peoria, Illinois, sent an ambulance, and members in Maine, USA, secured a C-arm, a mobile imaging device that can be used to X-ray people for shrapnel.

Supplies are streaming into a warehouse operated by the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. And more are on the way. Rotary clubs in the U.S. states of Nebraska and Iowa are collecting supplies to fill several large cargo trucks that will drive hundreds of miles to the warehouse in Chicago.

Inside the warehouse, UMANA and Rotary volunteers organize, sort, and bundle the items before they are shipped. Several donors have made contributions that offset the cost of shipping.

"It's amazing what one Rotarian talking to another Rotarian can accomplish," says Marga Hewko, president of the Rotary Club of Chicago.

Hewko is the spouse of Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko, who is of Ukrainian descent and is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv. The Hewkos lived in Ukraine for five years during the 1990s.

Earlier this year, Marga Hewko and the Rotary Club of Chicago had been working with doctors in Chicago and Ukraine to establish a stem cell storage facility for cancer patients in the Ukrainian city of Lviv that would allow the cells to be stored longer and enable more complex research.

That initiative shifted to a new focus when the war began.

"We were reaching out to the Ukrainian community in Chicago to learn how we could help, and at the same time, we already knew these doctors," says Marga Hewko. "That is how I found out about UMANA."

It was an ideal match. UMANA, founded in 1950, promotes education through conferences and exchanges of doctors between the U.S. or Canada and Ukraine. After the war started, UMANA volunteers began sending medical aid to Ukraine and using their network of doctors and pharmaceutical companies to get supplies and equipment. Rotary clubs soon joined the project.

Marga Hewko, who is from Argentina, used her contacts there to bring Argentine clubs into the effort, and those members are also using their connections to obtain funds and equipment.

During a tour of the UMANA warehouse, Marga Hewko, Merryweather-Arges, and Jane Hopkins, the governor of District 6450 in Illinois, praised the efficiency and scale of the operation.

"UMANA is simply amazing," Merryweather-Arges says. "We opted to work with them because they are well connected to the Ukrainian community in Chicago and have worked to sort and pack nearly 400 pallets of supplies."

Members in Ukraine continue to develop the list of needed supplies. Olha Paliychuk, who is a surgeon, a member of the Rotary Club of Cherkasy, and a member of the Turkey-Ukraine intercountry committee, calls hospitals each night.

The delivery of the items to hospitals is coordinated by Paliychuk in Cherkasy; by Borys Bodnar, of the Rotary Club of Ukraine Unity Passport, in Lviv; and by Mykola Stebljanko, of the Rotary E-Club of Ukraine, in Odesa.

Marga Hewko says the actions of members in and outside of Ukraine demonstrate the power of Rotary's network.

"In the middle of the war, when some of the targets of the Russian army are hospitals, the fact that we have volunteers in Ukraine driving supplies across their country — if that is not Service Above Self, I don't know what is," she says.


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Thank you to all who donated to the Spring Giving Drive for the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. We raised $680 plus 3 boxes of diapers! Many thanks for your generosity and kindness.
My Rotary Experience:
It was early in my 20’s I learned about Rotary.  I was a waitress at a local restaurant and every month there was a group of men that met in my banquet room.  I often wondered what it was they were meeting about.  Many of them were business professionals. Business owners, executives, and prominent people within my community.  One day, I finally mustered up the courage to ask why they met there every month.  The gentleman proudly told me they meet for their Board meeting for Rotary.  That brought me to my next question, what is Rotary?  They explained the many projects and things they had done in the community over the many years, and touched on the international work they do as well.   I never knew!  I could see the changes taking place in my community but never knew who was behind it all!  I was very impressed and a bit taken back that in my small community, we have everyday people doing these amazing things on a global scale too!  I decided there and then, when I became a professional, I too would join Rotary.
My time came when I had the opportunity to open a brand new branch for Port Washington State Bank in Thiensville. I didn’t hesitate and I immediately joined the Thiensville-Mequon Noon Rotary in June of 2018.  I was welcomed with open arms and taken under the wings of Dianne Robertson, Shelley Weston, Karl Hertz, and Ellen MacFarlane.  Every week they introduced me to different members of the club.  Each person had an amazing story of what Rotary meant to them and why they were members.   Our Rotary is so involved in the community and it became more inspiring to see these people of action not only in our Rotary club every Tuesday but in many other organizations in the community as well.  
I couldn’t sit back and just eat lunch each week, I wanted to do more and help!  It didn’t take long, and I found myself assisting with the Fundraising committee and preparing for the Fall into Comedy event we do annually.  Joining this committee introduced me to even more members and deepened my relationships and friendships within the club.  I joined to make a difference and this committee gave me a more in-depth view of everything it takes to continue to be the successful club we are.
Over the next 3 years I was honored to become Secretary, Vice President and now President of our Club.  Joining the Board was yet another area that broadened my knowledge of what Rotary has to offer.       
If I’ve learned anything about Rotary it is that I have only just scratched the surface.  It truly is a Global Network of amazing people doing amazing things and there is really no end to what you can learn, who you can meet, and where you can go!
“The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood”- Paul Harris
Erika, Emma & Michael Spitz are pictured above (from left to right)
On Tuesday, April 5th, we recognized our most recent Student of the Month, Emma Spitz.  Emma was joined by her parents, Erika and Michael Spitz of Mequon.  Emma is a senior at Homestead High School and she was selected as Student of the Month for her volunteer work, community service and leadership within her school and community.  
Emma volunteers for her church and also serves the less fortunate by volunteering at a soup kitchen in Madison and St. Ben's Church in Milwaukee.  Emma is the captain of the swim and dive team and is also involved with costume design for the Homestead Theater Club.  She will be attending Winona State in Minnesota this fall and plans to major in elementary education.
Congratulations to Emma!

Carol Jean Lind

May 2, 1944 - April 9, 2022

(nee Hiddle)

Entered peacefully into Heaven Saturday, April 9, 2022, with her family by her side. Cherished wife of Stanley for 56 years. Loving mother of Brian, Tammy, Heather (Gregory) Wessel, and Christina (Timothy) Holmes. Proud Nana of Lena, Aria, and Jason. Also loved by sister Susan Hiddle and dear friend Shirley Hauri. Preceded in death by brother David Hiddle and parents Lloyd and Irma.

Born on May 2, 1944, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, she was proud to be the “Original Packer Fan” in the family. She moved to Paris, Illinois at a very young age and lived there until marrying Stanley and moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin before settling in Mequon, where they lived for more than 50 years.

In all that she did Carol lived out her faith in Jesus by deeply loving her family and friends. She lived a life of service teaching piano, teaching music at Heritage Christian School, and acting as a Community Bible Study teaching director for more than 25 years.

Carol was well known for her green thumb as she grew orchids, African Violets, and many varieties of hibiscus plants.  Her numerous gardens were meticulously maintained and groomed each spring and summer. She took great joy in spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren and loved to sit outside chatting while they played in the pool. She loved caring for her many pets and enjoyed watching the animals that visited her yard.

Carol will be greatly missed by many of her friends, family and pets.

Visitation at CrossWay NorthShore Church, 2500 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, on Friday, April 22, 2022, from 10:00 AM.- 12:00 PM. Celebration of Life  from 12:00 PM. – 1:00 PM.

Private family burial Pinelawn Memorial Park.

The creative work of Thiensville-Mequon Rotary's Nancy Witte-Dycus was featured at Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The annual event was back this year and included the artistry of 27 area floral designers. The designers are asked to create a piece that emulates a work of art from the museum. 
What Rotary Means to Me
As I was the wife of a very active Rotarian, I was active in Rotary even before I became a member. I helped by taking photos at events, editing and spellchecking the newsletter, working on layout, and putting labels on the finished product. Yes, in those days it was a monthly document sent through the mail. 
Ray believed very strongly that we should support Rotarians in the local community, so we did. He always arrived early to greet others and made sure everything was in place. The hour after the meeting was devoted to further discussions and problem-solving with members over coffee.  I was a little jealous as my job in other communities kept me too busy to volunteer in my home community.
I did what I could by opening our home to Rotary Exchange students.  We attended a number of District and International Conventions which broadened my understanding of Rotary even more.  We heard so many inspirational stories from all across the world.  Being a member of the Rotary Global History Fellowship provided historical perspective and even more international friends.  I built connections and relationships that remain to this day. I know I can go anywhere in the world and find a friend.
Rotary is so much more than lunch.  There is something electric about the synergy of coming together to solve a problem and improve our local community, not to mention the bonds of friendship built along the way.  No problem is too big when everyone brings their talents to the table. 
A very special thank you to Nancy and Russ Witte-Dycus and Rachel Muchin-Young. Donation boxes have been placed at their places of work, Fantasy Flowers, and the Frank L. Weyenberg Library. Please share that the boxes are available to donate emergency medical supplies. 
We are assisting in the collection of emergency medical supplies which will be shipped directly to Ukraine from Rotary International District 6450. We will have bins set out in the community the Frank L. Weyenberg Library and Fantasy Flowers. The following items are needed:
·         Bandages
·         Gauze
·         Neosporin or other topical creams
·         Warm socks - both adult and children's sizes
·         Female hygiene menstrual kits
·         Slings
·         Emergency kits
·         Combat action tourniquets
·         Israeli gauze compression bandages
·         14 gauze, at least 2 inch long 
·         Angiocatheter needles
·         Quickclot gauze
·         Chlorine tablets for clean water
·         Trauma clotting kits
Monetary donations can be made via the following links:
- The Disaster Response Fund through The Rotary Foundation (Priority will be given to Ukraine and nearby countries receiving refugees),
- District 6450 Collection for Medical Supply Funds (Please put "Ukraine Medical Supplies" in the comment or memo section),
The Club needs your help securing speakers. So think outside the box (a little) anf submit your suggestions to the VP.
With 3 games to go, it is finally possible to envision the potential results of what has been a truly Mad March in our TM Rotary March Madness Bracket Challenge.  Lets start with the good news, over $1,100 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation, and it's been a lot of fun. Now for the bad news, most of your brackets are completely out of contention (in fact, most were pretty much done after the first round). There are a few ways things could shake out, depending on the results of the final three games.
Duke and North Carolina will face off, and Villanova and Kansas will face off.  The winner of those two games will face each other in the National Championship.  
Our current front runner is Will (Megan's son, I think).  Will has Kansas as his pick, and if Kansas wins through, he will end with 1,210 points.  In that scenario, Maureen will be right behind him with 1,200.  However, Ellen has Kansas in the final against Duke, which means if Duke beats North Carolina and then Kansas beats Duke in the National Championship, Ellen will end with 1,330 points which will put her in first, bumping Will and Maureen to second and third.  However, if Kansas wins the Championship against North Carolina, she will only have 1,170 which should be good for third behind Will and Maureen.  Stan Lind also has Kansas, but it appears if Kansas does win, he is destined for 4th. Jeff and Stan Smith also have Kansas as their selection, however, it doesn't appear picking the winner will suffice to bring them back from their current ranks, 26th and 37th respectively. 
Duke is always a popular selection (in states where Duke didn't beat their home team last time the Badgers went to the National Championship).  Regardless, there's still a few Duke picks, and a Duke win would shake things up. Karl has Duke beating Kansas, which would put him at 1,300 points and a shoe in for first place (even if Villanova beats Kansas).  If Villanova beats Kansas and Duke wins it all, Stan Smith's currently ranked 44th bracket would boost up to 910 points, which would be good for second place.  However, if Kansas beats Villanova, and Duke wins it all, Ellen would come in second with 1,050 points, putting Stan in third.  
You might be wondering what would happen if Villanova takes home the Championship.  The apparent winner would be Stan Smith with 1,070 points. Nancy would have 1,040, which may be good enough for second, followed by her boo (that's a Millennial term meaning Russ in this instance) who would bump up from 30th place to third place with 980 points. 
Nobody thought North Carolina would make it this far... literally. None of the contending brackets have North Carolina in the Championship.  This means the winner would be determined based on who won the Kansas vs. Villanova game.  If it was Kansas, first place would be Will with 890 points, second place would be Maureen with 880 points, and third place would be Sam with 860 points.  If it was Villanova, first place would be Maureen's currently ranked 11th bracket with 760 points, Stan with 750 points would be in second place, and third place would be Karl with 740 points.    
Just a quick disclaimer.  These results are based on a review of 55 brackets, and it can be difficult to be certain the results outlined are correct (especially with the North Carolina vs. Villanova scenario, that one was a doozy). I certainly could have missed somethings, and if that's the case, I apologize in advance to whoever thought they won, but later found out there was an error. 
Our club strongly encourage all of its members to join one of our committees. If you are not currently on a committee, please let a board member know which of the following is of the most interest to you. 
My Rotary Experience: 
I was surprised to learn that after the death of Jack Wiese I became the longest active member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. Having spent many years since 1973, I noticed there were some major changes in the Rotary club, primarily  for the better. 
Many years ago, prior to becoming a Rotarian there used to be a Rotary corn roast held at Thiensville park which was attended by most of the residents of Mequon and Thiensville. Mequon was a city of about 10,000 at that time and it was a great event. 
After joining Rotary I felt that the dedication of many Rotarians was very important to the development of the community and myself. With this in mind at our 50th reunion in 1987 two of my Rotarian mentors, Loyal Wells and Doctor Elbe had a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary along with Sandy Custer. I am attaching a picture taken at the 50th anniversary of the local Rotary club. My two mentors included in the photo have since passed away as has have their wives and Sandy and his wife have been active Rotarians for a long period of time. 
This was my best recollection of Rotary in the earlier years and it has changed substantially.
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Spring Roadside Clean-up is Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 am.
Please meet in the Kwik Trip parking lot at 10360 N Cedarburg Rd, Mequon, WI 53092.
Celebrate Trails is being held the same day at the Mequon Public Market. For more information on volunteering for the Celebrate Trails event, please contact Jenne Hohn at
What does Rotary mean to me? It means that I am surrounded by so many wonderful people that truly exemplify what it means to live “Service Above Self!”  These aren’t just people that I get to see weekly over lunch (well I used to be able to!) or stand side by side volunteering with at local events, many of you have become some of my best friends. 
What Do The Colors And Symbols Of The Flag Of Ukraine Mean ...
We are assisting in the collection of emergency medical supplies which will be shipped directly to Ukraine from Rotary International District 6450. We will have bins set out in the community at PWSB, the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, and Fantasy Flowers. The following items are needed:
·         Bandages
·         Gauze
·         Neosporin or other topical creams
·         Warm socks - both adult and children's sizes
·         Female hygiene menstrual kits
·         Slings
·         Emergency kits
·         Combat action tourniquets
·         Israeli gauze compression bandages
·         14 gauze, at least 2 inch long 
·         Angiocatheter needles
·         Quickclot gauze
·         Chlorine tablets for clean water
·         Trauma clotting kits
Monetary donations can be made via the following links:
- The Disaster Response Fund through The Rotary Foundation (Priority will be given to Ukraine and nearby countries receiving refugees),
- District 6450 Collection for Medical Supply Funds (Please put "Ukraine Medical Supplies" in the comment or memo section),
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Our Spring Giving Drive continues until Tuesday, April 19. The Ozaukee Nonprofit Center is in need of diapers and formula. In particular, x-small diapers and x-large diapers. Checks can be made payable to the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. Thank you for your donations! For more information about the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center,,
Maureen O’Leary-Guth, our incoming President, and Jenne Hohn, President Nominee, attended PETS from March 4 - 6. Here they are pictured with District Governor-elect Mike Phillips. PETS has been an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow Rotarians. The weekend’s events also included officer training and inspirational speakers. What a great event!
When I first got involved with Gathering on the Green, Stan Smith and Pam Koch suggested that I should take a look at  Rotary as a way to become connected to the community. To be honest, I knew very little about Rotary. I asked, “What is Rotary? “. I was told that it is a service organization. I still wasn’t sure what that meant. I was invited to attend a meeting. I liked it. I kept attending. I attended for many weeks. Finally, it was communicated to me that I had had enough free lunches and it was time to join or not. I said yes.
Saying yes has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. The people that I’ve gotten to know and now consider to be friends, has been a gift. We are more than friends. We are fellow Rotarians. It is transendent. It bridges all divides.
The Four Way Test is powerful and beautiful. It is a simple and clear way to view life. It has changed the way that I live my life and the decisions I make. For that, and the relationships with my fellow Rotarians, I will always be grateful.
We look forward, with great anticipation, to honoring our own Sandy Custer. Sandy is being recognized with a Pillars of the Community award on Tuesday, June 7 at 11:30 am. Shelley Weston is managing ticket sales for club members. Checks can be made out to T-M Rotary. Further details forthcoming.
Congratulations Sandy!
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         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 2022
Upcoming Events
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Jul 05, 2022 12:00 PM
No Meeting (day after 4th of July)
Maureen O'Leary
Jul 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Kick off the summer with a Business Meeting
Mayor Andy Nerbun
Jul 19, 2022 12:00 PM
State of Mequon Update
85th Anniversary Party
Jul 26, 2022 12:00 PM
Celebrate our club’s 85th anniversary
Clintel Hasan
Aug 02, 2022 12:00 PM
Milwaukee Succeeds
David Christenson, Director of Partnerships
Aug 09, 2022 12:00 PM
Lakeshore Chinooks
Steve Shapson
Aug 16, 2022 12:00 PM
Steve's Bees
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Aug 23, 2022 5:00 PM
Family Night
Bob Tatterson, Ph.D
Aug 30, 2022 12:00 PM
XPonential Ventures LLC
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Sep 06, 2022 12:00 PM
Christopher Kowalkiewicz, MBA, BSN, RN
Sep 13, 2022 12:01 PM
Executive Director, Nursing & Clinical Operations Froedtert Community Hospitals
Samantha Graf
Sep 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Charter Steel
Maureen O'Leary
Sep 27, 2022 12:00 PM
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JD Smith, Head of Business Development
Oct 04, 2022 12:00 PM
Arch Solar
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Oct 11, 2022 12:00 PM
Fall Into Comedy
Oct 13, 2022 5:30 PM
Maureen O'Leary
Oct 25, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
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Nov 22, 2022 12:00 PM
Maureen O'Leary
Nov 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Van Mobley
Dec 13, 2022 12:00 PM
State of Thiensville
Holiday Concert
Dec 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Holiday Concert
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Dec 27, 2022 12:00 PM
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Sommersberger, Greg
July 19th
Vertz, Tim
July 26th
Wirth, John
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Vertz, Tim
July 19th
Wirth, John
July 26th
Witte-Dycus, Nancy
July 12th
Witte-Dycus, Russ
July 19th
Azinger, Samuel
July 26th
Borland, Megan
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