Rotary History - Part Five Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Embracing Mental Health: A Call to Action for Rotary Members

Re-posted from the District 6270 website

At the heart of Rotary's mission lies the pursuit of service and the commitment to fostering understanding and compassion within our communities. As we navigate the intricate tapestry of human experiences, we are reminded of the fragility of mental health and the profound impact it has on our lives.

At the 2023 Rotary International Assembly, RI President Gordon McInally courageously shared his journey, urging Rotary members worldwide to destigmatize conversations around mental health. His poignant narrative, punctuated by the loss of his brother to suicide, serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of open dialogue and support.

During my club visits, I shared my journey through mental health and wellness. There was a time when I, too, felt engulfed by despair, believing that suicide was the only escape from my struggles. Yet, through resilience and support, I emerged from the shadows, embracing a newfound sense of hope and purpose.

Recent statistics published by The New York Times shed light on the alarming rise in suicide rates across the United States. In the past 2 decades, suicide rates have risen about 35% with nearly 50,000 annually, while the rates in other wealthy countries have been dropping steeply and steadily. In the face of this sobering reality, Rotary members possess a unique opportunity to effect meaningful change. By fostering a culture of empathy and understanding, we can create safe spaces for individuals to share their struggles without fear of judgment.

As stewards of compassion and goodwill, we each play a vital role in Rotary's Mental Health and Wellness Initiative. Contrary to popular belief, one does not need to be a mental health professional to make a difference. Through simple acts of kindness and active listening, we can dismantle the barriers that prevent individuals from seeking help.

To support our collective efforts, Rotary International offers a comprehensive set of tools and resources aimed at raising awareness and promoting access to mental health care. I encourage you to explore the downloadable brochure provided, which outlines actionable steps for eliminating stigma and fostering resilience within our communities.

Additionally, I invite you to engage with the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiative, a valuable repository of toolkits, success stories, and other resources. Together, we can harness the power of collective action to drive positive change in the realm of mental health advocacy.

Looking ahead, TriCon 2024 presents a unique opportunity to deepen our understanding of suicide prevention through a special workshop titled, Question. Persuade. Refer. 3 Steps Anyone Can Learn to Help Prevent Suicide. Led by esteemed clinical therapist Sarah Danahy, this workshop aims to equip participants with the tools and knowledge needed to intervene effectively in times of crisis.

Let us heed the call to action and stand in solidarity with those grappling with mental health challenges. As members of Rotary, we possess the power to ignite hope, foster resilience, and save lives. Together, let us embark on this journey of compassion and healing, knowing that our collective efforts can truly make a difference.

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Update on playground featured in News Graphic

Courtesy of Charley Hanney, Ozaukee County News Graphic
 
 

The Rotary Club of Thiensville-Mequon’s proposed all-inclusive playground for Rotary Park, if ultimately approved, would be the Zrst of many improvements at the park. Image courtesy of the Rotary Club of T-M

MEQUON — The Rotary Club of Thiensville-Mequon’s all-user playground adjacent to the south pavilion at Rotary Park, 4100 Highland Road, is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The city of Mequon’s Common Council last week unanimously approved a pre-development agreement for the playground, which would meet the needs of all people — not just children — with a wide range of abilities and ages.

"As a volunteer for multiple organizations that serve the IDD community, I am excited that a play area for all abilities, and all ages has been so well received," Club President Jenne Hohn told the News Graphic Sunday. "It is wonderful to see the enthusiastic support from local leadership. I am thrilled that we are going to have this resource in Mequon at one of our loveliest parks."

According to the current concept plan, the park would consist of a large center structure with ramps, slides and climbing opportunities, surrounded by swings, including a wheelchair swing, sliders, archways, mounds, exercise equipment and a variety of other playground equipment.

It would also feature internal paths, landscaping, benches and shaded rest areas, with its colors and design resembling the park’s existing landscape, the club wrote, and in addition, include a safe entranceway, perimeter barriers and improved paths leading to the playground.

Former Mayor John Wirth told the council that this playground, initially identified as a need in the 2019 master planning efforts, is just one of several improvements that the club hopes to make to the park moving forward.

"Hopefully this is the first phase in a number of improvements we’d like to make to the park ...," Wirth said. "People go to Gathering on the Green, there’s no great path to get between the two pavilions at the park and there’s a variety of other improvements we’d like to see. But this, our first phase, is to do a playground. It’s something Mequon sorely needs."

The council agreed, noting that the new playground would be a significant improvement given that the current one’s equipment is more than 25 years old.

"This is a really exciting project...," Alderman Brian Parrish added. "They’re (playgrounds) very expensive and it’s going to take a lot of private groups to fund these over time, so to just get this one underway is very important..." The club, which reiterated that it was not seeking final approval just yet from the council, plans to gain additional input from the community and various organizations representing intellectually and developmentally disabled people.

If it receives final approval, the playground is anticipated to open in early 2026.

Update on playground featured in News Graphic Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

May 23 Speaker - Dr. Matt Joynt

Superintendent

Matthew Joynt began teaching in public education in 1999. Prior to being appointed to the position of superintendent of schools in the Mequon-Thiensville School District in July 2017, he served as the assistant superintendent of educational services in the Mequon-Thiensville School District for four years. Dr. Joynt holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

He is a Wisconsin State Certified Teacher and has taught at the elementary level and served as an assistant principal and principal at high performing high schools in the Milwaukee area.

Matthew has extensive experience working to engage students, capitalizing on opportunities to embrace diversity, and facilitating change and continuous improvement efforts within organizations located in metropolitan areas. It is his goal to improve school performance, and Matthew has led school reform at elementary and secondary schools improving teaching and school culture to promote academic growth and help students embrace lifelong learning.

Professional Statement

My professional goal is to be a district administrator and instructional leader in a strong and effective public school district focused on student success. To achieve this goal I believe that my leadership must:

  • be driven through high expectations (goals and benchmarks) that are shared by all and monitored and assessed consistently.
  • include communication among students, staff, parents and community members that provides for a positive school environment and decision-making focused on student learning.
  • provide the means to make success a choice for all students and staff alike; then use accountability measures to ensure such success.
  • utilize evaluation of data sources and assessment of current practice to promote continuous improvement for students, staff, and the organization.
May 23 Speaker - Dr. Matt Joynt Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Amy Luft, April 16 Speaker

 
Amy Luft has a passion for working with veterans. Amy's work with veteran's stems from her desire to honor her late father, a WWIl Army veteran. Amy is a life-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is a Past President of her local unit ni Grafton, and currently serves as the State Vice President. Amy is also a member of the Ozaukee County VFW Auxiliary.
 
In addition, Amy is very active with Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Her involvement began as a volunteer guardian in April 2009. In October 2010 she joined the Board of Directors and was then appointed Vice President in 2013. In her role over the years, she served as Director for guardian training, assisted with Call Center, helped with flight logistics and worked closely with the medical team in organizing flights. Amy now serves as an ambassador for the program and to date, has completed 50 Honor Flights.
 
Amy works at Family Sharing of Ozaukee County as an Assistant Manager. In addition, she serves as a Trustee for the Village of Grafton where her and her husband, Todd, reside. They have two grown daughters and two grandsons, all who belong to the American Legion Family.
Amy Luft, April 16 Speaker Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary History, Part Four 2024-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rob Kos - Paul Harris PLUS TWO

 
Congratulations to Past-president Rob Kos, recipient of the Paul Harris PLUS TWO Award. The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905. A world of goodwill and better understanding comes closer to reality today because Rob has made a substantial gift to The Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition may be presented. In being named a Paul Harris Fellow, he joins a remarkable company of people throughout the world, all recognized for their commitment to Service Above Self to benefit local and international communities. We congratulate you Rob, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace.
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Weekly Photo Digest

Jenne, Nancy, and Russ visited the Milwaukee Domes last week. The Georgia O'Keefe exhibit is lovely.
 
 
Part of the CAC's 2024 Annual Funding was a donation to Mel's Charities for their annual Magical Moments Dance. Over 120 attendees attended the dance at Cedarburg High School. Jenne (Coach Jenne) is pictured here with members of her Special Olympics basketball team.
Weekly Photo Digest Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Carol Hertz Obituary

We send our deep condolences to Karl Hertz for the loss of his beloved wife, and our dear friend, Carol Hertz.
 
Carol Sue Hertz, 88, passed away April 5, 2024, in Thiensville, Wisconsin. She had an accomplished career as an educator and was a devoted wife and mother. Carol took great joy in her family, community service, reading, gardening, and spending time in Door County.
 
Carol was married 66 years to her husband Karl Hertz. She described him as “her partner in life.” She dearly loved their three children : Karen Hertz-Sumnicht (Steven), Michael Hertz (Dorothy Thomas) and Sarah Chance. Her deep affection also extended to her five grandchildren: Mary Casper, Anna Casper, Jake Casper (Richard Tijerina), Charles Hertz and Eleanor Hertz. Carol was the daughter of Clarence and Maude Gruber and was born in French Lick, Indiana in 1935.
 
Carol received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, her master’s degree from Butler University and a certificate of advanced studies from the University of Chicago. She started her long career teaching high school English in Indianapolis and ended her career as the K-12 curriculum director in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
 
There will be a visitation at Lumen Christi Church in Mequon on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 12:30pm until a short prayer service at 2pm. Carol will be remembered at a private family Mass in the chapel at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 

(Photo taken at the October 2022 District 6270 Foundation Dinner)
Carol Hertz Obituary Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
History of Rotary, Part Three Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Playground Featured in the News Graphic

MEQUON — The Mequon Park and Open Space Board tonight will consider a new all-user playground adjacent to the south pavilion at Rotary Park, 4100 Highland Road.

The Rotary Club of Thiensville-Mequon is presenting the plan.

If approved, the Rotary Club would plan, construct and donate the playground to the city of Mequon. The Rotary committee that is planning the playground is chaired by Club President Jenne Hohn and former Mequon Mayor John Wirth.

"An all-user playground, sometimes called an inclusive playground, is a play area with equipment and resources that meet the needs of all people — not just children — with a wide range of abilities and ages," Hohn explained. "It is an all accessible play area where users of all ages and all abilities will be able to play and thrive."

Such a park was initially identified as a need in the 2019 master planning efforts.

Designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios, the current concept plan consists of a large center structure with ramps, slides and climbing opportunities, surrounded by swings, including a wheelchair swing, sliders, archways, mounds, exercise equipment and a variety of other playground equipment. The playground would also feature internal paths, landscaping, benches and shaded rest areas, with its colors and design resembling the park’s existing landscape, the club wrote.

In addition, there would be a safe entranceway, perimeter barriers and improved paths leading to the playground.

“The lake and parking areas at Rotary Park can be tempting to kids and those with autism,” Hohn said. “We want this to be a safe experience for all guests of the park and enjoyable for guests’ parents, grandparents and caregivers.”

The club, which hopes to improve other facilities at the park, either with the playground or in future phases, said the project would not impact the nearby soccer fields. It plans to seek additional input from the community and various organizations that represent intellectual and developmentally disabled people.

Due to the scope of the project, the club anticipates the playground to open in early 2026.

“This will be another great project in our club’s 87 years of giving back to Mequon and Thiensville,” Hohn added.

According to the Mequon Park and Open Space Board’s agenda packet for today, the current playground at Rotary south was constructed in 1996, as several of the playground components were either donated or moved from other locations and are older than 1996.

It wasn’t until last summer when the club approved an initiative to move forward with planning documents for a proposed playground.

Playground Featured in the News Graphic Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations John Rosing - Thiensville Village President Jennifer Hohn 2024-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary History, Part Two

THE THIENSVILLE-MEQUON ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION
 
The origin of this fund takes us back to the late fifties (1958-60) during the presidencies of Rudy Peters and Ralph Huiras. Ralph had been initiated into the mysteries of corn roasting by Doc Elbe, and very quickly Ralph conceived a plan for a family picnic to be known as the Annual Corn Roast and Bratwurst Fry. Others joined in on the development of the fundraiser which would also serve as a community service project. The net profits from the picnic were to be used to finance Boy Scout programs and school scholarships, and in some cases the fund could be used for other community projects. These profits were kept in segregated funds and invested separately from the club’s operating fund. Over the years, successive Corn Roasts continued to generate profits and the segregated fund grew to the point that earnings were enough to finance the Scouts and the scholarships. The goal had been set to build the fund to $25,000.
 
By 1967 when Jack Wiese because president of T-M Rotary, the fund had grown to $13,000. The time seemed right to set up the fund in a more formal and legal format. Wiese appointed a committee to study the entire Scout-Scholarship Fund situation and come up with a recommendation to the club. The committee consisted of Merton Campbell, Chairman, Dr. T. D. Elbe, Clem Freitag, Ray Hintz, Ralph Huiras, Francis Meer, Russ Risley, and Harry Schmit. After several meetings the committee finished its job, with Ralph Huiras providing the legal expertise. In September 1967, the report was submitted to President Wiese, who then presented it to the Board of Directors for its perusal. The Board accepted the recommendations with a few minor changes, and shortly thereafter the THIENSVILLE-MEQUON ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION became a legal entity. The purpose was to provide scholarships to aid graduates of Homestead High School, to provide support to the Boy Scouts of America in the Thiensville-Mequon area, and to provide for emergency services connected exclusively with services to the communities of Thiensville and Mequon or to non-profit or charitable organizations within these communities. A Board of Trustees of five members of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club was to administer the fund, and the method of selecting the Board was specified. The first Board of Trustees consisted of Ralph Huiras, Harry Schmit, James Schmitz, Harold Viste and Jack Wiese (past president). In 1986 the FOUNDATION was reviewed again and some amendments were made, namely; (1) A modification was made in the selection of Trustees, with the treasurer to serve a five-year term; (2) An annual donation of $1000 was to be made to the Frank J. Weyenberg Library Foundation; and an annual donation of $1000 was to be made to the International Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Fellowship; this became known as an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship to be determined by the Club Board of Directors.
 
Shortly after T-M Rotary launched the Rotary Park project it was necessary to review the foundation again and amend it to cover the initial expenditure of $80,000 plus additional future expenditures toward this $2,500,000 project. Currently the fund is entitled the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Park Foundation, Inc. The foundation continues to be a vibrant force, as was it’s predecessors for the past 33 years, in meeting the service obligations and commitments of Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club as it serves our local communities.
 
TM Rotary History, Part Two Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

VA Campus Tour

A very special THANK YOU to Jim Counsellor for arranging a private tour of the VA Campus. We spent time with Dona Drew and Dr. Bret Berger along with other VA dignitaries. The Veterans Affairs committee from the Sunrise Club joined us. It was an extremely informative event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Student of the Month - Hailey Caes

Congratulations to our most recent Student of the Month, Hailey Case.  We honored her during our March 5th meeting at the River Club.  Both of Hailey’s parents, Michelle and Mark Case of Mequon, attended with her.  Hailey was selected for her commitment to serving her community and school through the Rotary Interact Club at Homestead High School and various volunteer opportunities at Rotary Park, the Mequon Nature Preserve and the Ozaukee Food Pantry.
 
She has also pursued her passion for art by leading the National Art Honors Society as the activities director and now co-president.  She also enjoys the slopes with Homestead’s Ski & Snowboarding Club.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, GEMS (Girls Exploring Math & Science) and has earned the Merit Award and High Honor Roll all 4 years, to name just a few of her accomplishments.
 
Hailey plans to study engineering this fall and, impressively, has been accepted to all of the schools she applied to and is deciding between University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue, and Minnesota.  Hailey, congratulations and thank you for your “Service Above Self”!
 
 
 
 
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2024 POTC Recipient, Connie Pukaite

Join us to honor the first female member of Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club, and former Mequon Mayor Connie Pukaite on Tuesday, June 4 at North Shore Country Club. 
 

 

The Mequon-Thiensville Community Foundation (MTCF) will hold its annual Pillars of the Community Award Luncheon on Tuesday, June 4th at 11:30 a.m. at North Shore Country Club. This year, the Foundation will honor Mequon resident and former mayor, Connie Pukaite.  “Connie’s passion for people and the environment shines through everything she does – in her past professions, her service to the city of Mequon, and her countless projects that have positively impacted our community and beyond. Connie truly exemplifies what it means to be a Pillar of the Community,” says MTCF President Lori Lorenz.

Connie moved to Mequon in 1966, having been raised on a farm in Massachusetts that was settled by her ancestors in 1725. Those early roots proved to be foundational to her love of woodlands, trees and all-things nature, driving a passion to preserve and maintain natural spaces for future generations to come.

Connie’s life of service is remarkable, with a mission to make the lives of those around her better than how she found them and to strive for service over self. However, her service to ourcommunity didn’t begin for several years after settling in Mequon. Instead, she immersed herself in work to advocate for those who couldn’t advocate for themselves: elevating the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities; helping draft legislation to establish special education in public schools; and fighting for affordable housing and neighborhood renewal in the Milwaukee Lindsey Heights inner city neighborhood.

Indeed, according to close friend and prior Pillars award recipient, Sandy Custer, “To say that Connie is a pillar of Mequon-Thiensville doesn’t begin to take into account the profound influence she has had beyond our community. To me, Connie is a Pillar of Ozaukee County, the city of Milwaukee, and the state of Wisconsin, all in one.”

Connie’s impact in our own community is indeed immense. She served as Alderman for eight years over three different terms; as Mayor and Chair of the Planning Commission for six years; as President of the Mequon Police and Fire Commission for three years; and held numerous leadership positions for the Sunrise Rotary Club over the past 15 years. In fact, Connie was the first woman elected to a top governmental position in Ozaukee County, and was the first female member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club when they asked her to join in the mid-1980’s!

During her many years of service, she made an indelible mark throughout the community.  Connie was instrumental in creating the first comprehensive land-use plan for Mequon; developing the Mequon Industrial Park and saving Garvey Woods; constructing the Mequon Police and Fire Station; developing the gateway feature that graces the entryway to the Town Center; and securing the site for the Spur 16 development, just to name a few!  

While mayor, she set the vision for Rotary Park, noting the need for a park large enough to bring the community together to celebrate and recreate – the first park of its kind in Mequon. And on her last day as mayor, the city honored Connie with an 18-acre parcel of land abutting the northern edge of Rotary Park and bearing her name: Pukaite Woods. For the past 16 years, she has been the chief steward of that land, clearing buckthorn, establishing a prairie meadow and oak savannah areas, and maintaining it for all to enjoy.

Joining the Sunrise Rotary Club in 2009 brought together two of Connie’s passions: love for the environment and a desire to serve. As chair of the Environmental Committee she organized the planting of hundreds of native redbud trees throughout the Town Center, tamarack trees along the Riverwalk, and oak trees in Pukaite Woods, providing a bounty of natural beauty throughout the community.

Ask anyone who knows Connie and the praise is effusive. According to Cindy Shaffer, long-time friend and owner of Shaffer Development, “Nearly two decades ago our paths crossed at Mequon Thiensville Sunrise Rotary, and since then, her unwavering dedication to service has left an indelible mark on all who know her. Connie’s commitment to bettering our environment and promoting the common good has been a guiding light for me, both personally and professionally. She embodies the essence of the Rotary motto—service above self—pouring her heart and soul into initiatives that uplift and enrich the lives of those around her. What sets Connie apart is not just her visible contributions, but the countless acts of kindness and generosity that often go unseen. In a world that often seems chaotic and divided, Connie stands as a beacon of hope, reminding us all of the transformative power of compassion and selflessness.”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that for the past dozen years Connie has been tirelessly advocating for the homeless in Ozaukee County and helped to co-found the first homeless shelter, Family Promise of Ozaukee County. Initially her efforts centered around partnering with local churches to provide shelter but soon realized the need was so much more. Fast forward 11 years later, and Family Promise opened its doors in early 2023 – the first free-standing shelter in Ozaukee County – with an emphasis on human dignity and seeking to determine the root cause of homelessness and preventing it in the first place.

Connie lives in Mequon and continues to work on several boards and committees, serving the people and the city that she loves. For Sponsorship Information or to register for this event, please visit our Pillars of the Community event page!

2024 POTC Recipient, Connie Pukaite Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Patrick Nettesheim - April 9 Speaker, Guitars for Vets

PATRICK NETTESHEIM, CO-FOUNDER GUITARS FOR VETS

Patrick is a music teacher, composer and performer.  In college, Patrick excelled in psychology and philosophy.  He considered a career in medicine but chose the path of the artist instead.  Music credits include many films and numerous bands in which he played guitar, bass and piano with styles covering rock, jazz, country, ambient and techno.  In 2007, Patrick co-founded Guitars for Vets (G4V) with his student and friend, Vietnam Era Marine, Dan Van Buskirk.  Since then, G4V has grown to more than 150 chapters throughout the USA.  He is credited with developing the G4V “four-way path” known as PAGE—Patience, Acceptance, Gratitude, Empathy.  The G4V community applies these principles in all aspects of operation as they strive to open “windows of serenity” with our military brothers and sisters that live with the challenges of PTSD.  Patrick continues to compose and perform music in his band, Kharma Shotgun.  His vision for the future is to offer the G4V program to all wounded Veterans throughout the USA and beyond.

Patrick Nettesheim - April 9 Speaker, Guitars for Vets Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Annette Meyer - April 2 Speaker

 
Annette Meyer is the founder of Annette Meyer Studios and Meyer Music Therapy Services.  Having established these businesses in 2001, both have expanded to service numerous counties in two states, bringing music and all its benefits to both adults and children alike.  Our clients all share the joy of music, and we use this as a means of achieving personalized goals designed around each individuals talents and skills.  
 
Working with a diverse range of clients, we work to cultivate and empower each one, as the key to motivation and success, by introducing possibilities utilizing their own strengths.  Having established small and large group programs, as well as working one-on-one, Annette is able to customize and deliver a positive, goal based experience, which benefits all participants.  
 
This commitment to music as a means of personal expression is the foundation of Annette’s approach and methods.  Music is a positive construct on so many levels, and whether listening, active playing, song writing or collaborating, everyone can experience the benefits on an intimate level.
Annette Meyer - April 2 Speaker Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

History of TM-Rotary, Part One

The first meeting of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club was held July 29, 1937, with the charter being officially presented on September 21, 1937. There were 20 original members.

From the very beginning the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club was alert to community needs and began immediately to support and initiate worthwhile community projects and programs. One of the earliest projects was sponsorship of the Boy Scout Program; and this support still continues in 1993, fifty-six years later. Other early projects were the County Apple Show and Smokey the Fire clown (a school program). During the World War II years, the club was involved with the sale of war bonds, clothing drives, and similar wartime activities. Many more projects have been initiated since those early years; and these are listed elsewhere in this program book. The most recent major project is the City of Mequon Rotary Park, a project officially launched on September 19, 1987, at the fiftieth anniversary ceremonies of the club. Thiensville-Mequon Rotary is working closely with the city of Mequon and initially presented a check for $50,0000.00 toward start up construction, with $30,000.00 in reserve for fundraising activities. Progress has continued in construction and fundraising. Ultimately, over $2,000,000.00 will need to be raised. The Thiensville-Mequon community has always been very supportive of Rotary's fundraising activities which finance numerous worthwhile community projects and programs; and we appreciate that and thank all of our local supporters. It is you who have helped finance the many activities of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club.
 
Membership in T-M Rotary represents a cross section of the business and Professional individuals in the community. Not only are they good friends, but they are united in a common commitment to serve others for the benefit of the community. This commitment to service has been a dynamic force which has made a solid impact upon our activities and community involvement. The T-M Rotary Club is very proud to be an integral part of the community.
 
 
History written in 1993 provided by Shelley Weston
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Dr. Bruce Rowe at the Thiensville Book Fair Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

March 19 Speakers - REDgen

Our speakers on Tuesday, March 19 are Lisamarie Arnold and Jenny Strom, MA, LPC.
 
Jenny Strom, Director, MA, LPC
 
Jenny is a psychotherapist and director of North Shore Center in Mequon. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families by creating a safe context from which change can occur. Jenny is devoted to helping clients navigate their way through difficult life issues, whatever those may be, in order to heal. 

She has worked with clients to make positive and long-lasting changes around issues such as: PTS D, Complex trauma histories, Anxiety, Depression, Mental health and substance abuse, Child sexual abuse, Self-injurious behavior, Family violence/conflict, Grief and loss, as well as emotional, behavioral and relational problems affecting children. 

She is intensively trained by the Linhan Institute in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and is a candidate for certification. She also has advanced training in Behavior Activation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP). Jenny serves on the board of REDgen and Ozaukee Family Services and cares deeply about their missions and their impact on the community.

 
Lisamarie Arnold is the executive director of REDgen. REDgen School is peer to peer resilience program designed to educate and empower student leaders to raise resiliency within their school community through connection, reflection and conversation. REDgen School uses the Roots of Resilience curriculum building the foundation for all youth to move from surviving into thriving, both in school and in their lives. Students and staff advisors meet weekly to explore the Roots of Resilience. REDgen School uses education and self reflection to inspire change within themselves and the wider school community.

March 19 Speakers - REDgen Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Bruce Rowe Featured at Book Fair

 
Frankie's Gift Shop is hosting a Book Fair on Sunday at Shully's Cuisine and Events. Our own Dr. Bruce Rowe is a featured author at the Fair. Dr. Rowe's book is entitled "Everything Under the Sun: A Family Doctor's Reflections on Life, Love, Loss and Renewed Hope in Medicine." We look forward to seeing you there.
Dr. Bruce Rowe Featured at Book Fair Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
2024 National Honor Society Banquet Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Sam Azinger - Paul Harris PLUS THREE

 
Rotarians associate the naming of a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person who has demonstrated a shared purpose and support for the educational and humanitarian objectives of The Rotary Foundation.
 
The recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905. A world of goodwill and better understanding comes closer to reality today because Sam Azinger has made a substantial donation to The Rotary Foundation and can be named as a Paul Harris Fellow – PLUS THREE. 
 
Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow is a tremendous accomplishment and honor. So much good begins with these gifts: wells are constructed, children are vaccinated against illness, senior citizens are afforded meals and services, children and adults are educated and given professional opportunities. This work is vital to the children, families, and communities who benefit. Only when people’s basic needs are met, can they pursue the larger elements of human life including conflict resolution, community building, and peace. Paul Harris Fellows, in a very tangible way, provide steppingstones to a more harmonious world.
 
Sam has repeatedly gone above and beyond in “doing good in the world.” Thank you, Sam, for using your time, talent, and treasure to enhance the lives of others. Your generosity means so much to so many. On behalf of the club, we thank you and welcome you to receive your new multiple Paul Harris pin. Please wear this with pride in honor of all the lives that you will reach through your generosity. Sam Azinger continues to put “Service above Self.” 
Sam Azinger - Paul Harris PLUS THREE Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday, March 12 Speaker - Operation Green Faces

Caitlin Steinberg

Our speaker on Tuesday, March 12 is Caitlin Steinberg.

I am a founder, executive director, and chief historian at Operation Green Faces (OGF), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the primary source history of the U.S. Navy UDT and SEALs, specifically from the formation of UDT through the Vietnam War. I have over six years of experience in leading a diverse team of contractors and volunteers, managing fundraising and grant writing, as well as cultivating relationships with key stakeholders and leaders within the Naval Special Operations community.

I am also an award-winning journalist and photographer, with a passion for covering breaking news and documenting stories of resilience and creativity. I received the SPJ James Julian Memorial Award in 2021 for my outstanding reporting, news writing, and podcast production during the 2020 political campaign season. My art pieces and photography have been featured by galleries in San Diego County, the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park, and multiple fine art wedding publications. Additionally, I have produced all of the documentary style oral history content created by Operation Green Faces using Ultra-HD 4k equipment formatted to fit any gallery or exhibit as well as appear in Documentaries and Films.

My mission is to create accessible, imaginative, and intimate experiences for museum visitors, artists, veterans, and students, by merging fine art, mental health services, public education, and oral history. I believe that by celebrating cultural heritage, creative expression, common human experiences, and public history, we can build more resilient communities and foster programs that educate, inspire, and heal.

To close, I am a proud member of the Society of American Archivists, the Oral History Association, and the American Association of State and Local History... I honored to work in this field for the rest of my life.
Tuesday, March 12 Speaker - Operation Green Faces Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Midwest PETS 2024

 
 
 
Our incoming President Tyler Briggs and incoming President-elect Peter Gohsman spent the weekend at Midwest PETS for Presidential training. They got to hang out with President Kyle Camp from the Berlin Wisconsin Rotary Club. Tyler will take his official role as President on Tuesday, June 25, 2024!
Midwest PETS 2024 Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox HERO Award

 
Our club is the recipient of the ShelterBox HERO Award. 
 
About ShelterBox In 2023, ShelterBox supported more than 325,000 people (approximately 65,000 households). It is our second biggest year, behind the 420,000 supported in 2022, in terms of people reached since ShelterBox began in 2000.
 
We supported thousands of people in Türkiye and Syria after earthquakes devastated the region. In Morocco, where a powerful earthquake had caused widespread damage in the Atlas Mountains, our teams worked with our partner Association Le Grand Atlas, and Rotary District 9010 to distribute emergency shelter aid to around 20 affected communities. 
East Africa has been victim to the worst drought in 40 years, causing millions of people to be displaced. We’ve supported thousands of people in Ethiopia this year providing essential household items, tarpaulins, and ropes for people who have been displaced. We also launched our first project in Somalia since 2011 and have so far been able to provide support for hundreds of people, with additional projects in the pipeline for 2024.
 
As the conflict in Ukraine approaches its third year, we are delivering our sixth project in the country supporting thousands more people with winter clothing, blankets, and stoves. We are continuing to support people affected by conflict in Syria with winterisation projects too, making sure people have thermal clothing, blankets, and tarpaulins to help make temporary shelters waterproof. 
 
In Cameroon, we’ve supported over 100,000 people who have had to flee their homes due to conflict, the climate crisis, and poverty. Our latest project in the country has supported over 63,000 people with shelter.
 
Here are two short videos to watch about ShelterBox:
 
 
 
ShelterBox HERO Award Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Reflecting Forward: Your Resolutions, Your Rotary Impact

Posted from the District 6270 website.

As we sit back and ponder the journey we have embarked on in Rotary, we create moments to look back and connect the dots. Well, it is time again to shape the future of Rotary through club and district resolutions. The Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each Fall to vote on proposed resolutions and urgent enactments. A resolution addresses a concern for the entire Rotary world and not a local or administrative issue. Conversely, an urgent enactment is a change to the constitutional documents, proposed by the RI Board, that the Board has determined cannot wait until the next Council on Legislation.

Delegates from each Rotary district cast votes on proposals presented by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Council. Resolutions that receive approval are subsequently reviewed by either the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees. Swiftly approved enactments alter the constitutional documents and become effective one month following the transmission of the Council on Resolutions report.

So, why is this information important? This presents a chance for you to influence the global operations of Rotary. Clubs and districts can propose resolutions for review at the upcoming COR next Fall, with a submission deadline of June 30.

Curious about the resolutions deliberated upon last fall? You can access them online at https://my.rotary.org/en/council/cor/vote. These results will be available on the page until the commencement of the next COR.

For further inquiries, feel free to reach out to PDG Rick Debe, who currently serves as our district's representative.

Reflecting Forward: Your Resolutions, Your Rotary Impact Jennifer Hohn 2024-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Veterans Affairs Committee Volunteer Opportunities Jennifer Hohn 2024-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Jenne Hohn - First Paul Harris

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Congratulations to President Jenne Hohn, recipient of her first Paul Harris Award. The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905. A world of goodwill and better understanding comes closer to reality today because Jenne has made a substantial gift to The Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition may be presented. In being named a Paul Harris Fellow, she joins a remarkable company of people throughout the world, all recognized for their commitment to Service Above Self to benefit local and international communities. We congratulate you Jenne, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace.
Jenne Hohn - First Paul Harris Russell P Witte-Dycus 2024-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

GMRP history

February 2024
The Guatemala Medical Resource Partnership (GMRP) is a project of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Clubs, started in 2005 by Doug Hansen, formerly of Washington Island, WI and his Rotary Club members. January of 2024 was the 20th year of our work there. The mission serves the rural population around Oliveros, Guatemala, an extremely poor area in the southeastern part of Guatemala, near the Pacific Ocean and the border with El Salvador. Each year around 600-800 people registered for care at our 4 1/2-day clinic. Our clinic is often the only medical care they receive during the year.
Doug and his wife Pam had gone to Guatemala to visit their son Brian, who was in the Peace Corps there. They were so very touched by the people’s poverty, that they came home determined to do something about it. It took Doug and his Rotary Club members a whole year of research, and the finding of Enrique Gandara (Kico), the Guatemalan Rotary member working in Madison WI who was key in putting the plans together to bring their hopes to fruition. It is his ranch the team stays at. And his workers who help set up the clinic and feed us. His contacts help us get through customs down there with minimal hassle, and he arranges the in-country transportation and protection we have.
After the first mission, a team of T-M Rotarians went back to Oliveros and updated and rewired the school electrical system. Another team went back and hooked up a water tower to the existing well that now serves a large part of the area. The water is chlorinated and fluoridated, providing safe drinking water and improving dental health. Water does not go to individual homes, but is within walking distance for people to fill jugs.
Currently, every January, a team of about 40 people, consisting of medical providers, dentists, dental assistants, interpreters, optometrists, nurses and general volunteers-who all personally pay over $1,300 each for their own airfare, bus transportation in Guatemala, and room and board-travel to Guatemala. At times we have a nutritionist to help with education. We did not sent a team in 2021-2023 due to Covid problems, but supported our Continuing Care program.
The clinic is held in a local elementary school which doesn’t hold classes for the week we are there. Our examining tables, dental chairs and other equipment are stored in a donated semi-trailer.
Trying to make this a partnership, local parents and teens help us haul the equipment into the school to set up, and also to put it all away. Local volunteers help with registration and escorting patients to the right areas. Other volunteers are a Guatemalan psychologist who generally joins us, and at times a Guatemalan ob/gyn and his assistant are with us for 2 days. We’ve also had Guatemalan dentists join us as well. Students of English help serve as interpreters.
In 2014, we began our Continuing Care program. For several years we had been looking for a way to serve people who needed various surgeries and care after we left, --for cataracts, hernias, orthopedic problems, cancer, etc. This part of our program has been truly life-changing for the patients involved! We have continued to provide this through covid years.
In 2014 we found Floridalma Quintanilla (Flory), a Guatemalan woman who works at a hospital for the poor in Antigua and knows her way around the medical system in the country. Since then, she has organized our approximately 145 yearly follow-up patients and their care, shepherding them through the bus ride to the hospital, 3 hours away from their town, and through all the necessary trips and tests that lead to surgery.
The operations are provided free of charge by teams of rotating international surgeons, we pay the hospital surgical fee.
Flory is a genius at getting other services donated or at a reduced price—ambulance rides to the hospital by the local fire department, prosthetic devices for our amputees by another mission, half price fees from the hospital, free chemo treatments for a needy mother, wheel chairs and much more. She also asks patients to help pay for part of their tests and treatment, as she feels they are able.
Still, we need to pay her salary ($400 a month), hospital fees, doctor consults, lab tests, MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, prescriptions, Covid tests and transportation for the patients. We often have to pay for dental work, since some teeth are so badly infected that there would be a risk to do surgery without repairing them.
Our budget is about $15,000 for the week-long clinic and $50,000 or more for the Continuing Care program.
We are always looking for medical personnel, dentists, optometrists and interpreters to join our team.
Please visit our web site http://gmrp.org to get a better idea of our project -- to view a short video, see photos of the mission, read short articles about the people served, and see quotes from our team members. You may also donate online or send checks to T-M Rotary-GMRP, PO Box 182, Washington Island, WI 544246
GMRP history Ellen MacFarlane 2024-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

James Marshall, The American Tailwind

 
 
Our speaker on March 5 is James Marshall. James founded Spectrum Investment Advisors located in Mequon, WI in 1995—he currently resides as the chairmen, ambassador, and partner. He has dedicated much of his free time to his community, as James is the Chairman of Mequon/Thiensville Chamber of Commerce Past Presidents, and the current President of OED—Ozaukee County Economic Development. James has a deep appreciation for Warren Buffett’s success and moral code—as he has applied much of Buffett’s advice to his own life. Having lived through the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold War, James has witnessed the valor that the U.S. military men and women hold. He is a proud American who acknowledges the amount of bravery that backs every U.S. citizen’s success. 
 
After four years, James and his son Jonathan along with Katy Pavon finished the book, The American Tailwind. They launched the book in November 2023 with a 2-day book launch at Foxtown Station in Mequon, inviting the community to celebrate the history of the American resilience. The book launch theme was veteran focused with a “Berkshire Hathaway Conference” flare. Spectrum sold dilly bars for local veteran organizations, toasted with coca cola, passed out poppys from the American Legion, with the grandson of General George Patton (Pat Waters) as the special guest speaker during the program.
 
This year kicked off The American Tailwind Media Tour, including a January 2024 appearance on WTMJ’s, the Morning Blend show!
 
James Marshall, The American Tailwind Jennifer Hohn 2024-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Save-the-date Roadside Clean-up, Saturday, April 27 2024-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Honor Flight Details

We will meet around 7:15 pm this Saturday at the MKE Airport. Plan to meet at the Mitchell Gallery. 
 
There are 2 flights, first one will come in about 7:45 pm. 
 
If you have any questions, please call me: 217-653-1216 (Angelica)
 
Honor Flight Details Angelica Niemann 2024-02-13 06:00:00Z 0

Presentation of the "Big Check" to Family Sharing

The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club raised $5188 for Family Sharing during their recent holiday drive. The fund raising team led by Sandy Custer beat Jenne Hohn’s team by raising $3538 to Hohn’s $1650. Angelica Niemann was in charge of the drive. Pictured from left to right: Sandy Custer, Julie Hoover from Family Sharing, Angelica Niemann, and Jenne Hohn.
 
Presentation of the "Big Check" to Family Sharing Jennifer Hohn 2024-02-13 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at the Milwaukee Domes Elegant Auction

Past-president Maureen O'Leary-Guth, President (and Friends of the Domes Board Member) Jenne Hohn, and President-nominee Peter Gohsman recently attended An Elegant Auction in support of the Milwaukee Domes.
 
Rotarians at the Milwaukee Domes Elegant Auction Jennifer Hohn 2024-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

February 20th Speaker - Tim Van Vooren

On Tuesday, February 20th, our featured speaker is Tim Van Vooren, Sports Director from Fox 6 Milwaukee.
 
Tim Van Vooren

 

I have been at FOX6 since September 1990 and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Growing up in West Bend, I never would have believed that I would get the chance to cover events such as Super Bowls and Final Fours and Major League playoff games and NASCAR events as a Milwaukee sportscaster.

In between, there have been so many feature stories with folks who excel far from the spotlight.

With continually evolving technology, there are more and more exciting ways to share those stories.

This job is never the same from day to day, which is one of the reasons it is so much fun.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your viewing experience.

February 20th Speaker - Tim Van Vooren Jennifer Hohn 2024-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Embracing Change: The Evolution of Rotary and the Inclusion of Women

Posted from the District 6270 website:
 

As we reflect on the journey of Rotary International, it is remarkable to think that just 35 years ago, representatives from across the Rotary world gathered in Singapore for a pivotal meeting at the Council on Legislation. This meeting marked a significant moment in Rotary's history, as it came on the heels of the 1987 US Supreme Court decision declaring that women could no longer be excluded from membership. The winds of change were blowing, and the Rotary landscape was about to transform.

The Council on Legislation (COL) delegates convened on January 23, 1989, and a historic decision was made. They voted to eliminate the RI Constitution requirement limiting Rotary Club membership to men. By January 26, 1989, the doors were allowed to swing open. Women would be welcomed into Rotary clubs around the world. The echo of this decision would resonate for decades, shaping the trajectory of Rotary in ways unimaginable at the time.

One individual who foresaw the importance of adapting to a changing world was Past Rotary International President Frank J. Devlyn. In addressing his fellow delegates, he emphasized the vast differences between the world of 1989 and the world of Rotary's inception in 1905. His words laid the foundation for a new era in Rotary that embraced inclusivity and recognized the need to evolve with the times.

The decision to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide was not a spontaneous event but the result of decades-long efforts by dedicated men and women from every corner of the Rotary world. Previous Council meetings had seen close votes on the matter, highlighting the ongoing struggle for change.

The response to this groundbreaking decision was nothing short of overwhelming. By June 1990, the number of female Rotarians had soared to over 20,000. Fast forward to July 2010, and women's membership worldwide reached 195,000, constituting about 16% of Rotarians. In July 2020, that number surpassed 277,000, making up approximately 23% of Rotary's global membership.

Rotary's commitment to creating an environment where everyone is included and allowed to have a sense of belonging has become a top priority. The organization recognizes that its capacity to make a lasting impact and expand its reach is magnified when diverse voices unite. Rotary celebrates and welcomes the contributions of individuals from all backgrounds, irrespective of age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The journey of women in Rotary is not just about membership numbers. It is about active participation and leadership. Women have increasingly taken on roles that contribute to their communities and assumed leadership positions within Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote remains a watershed moment, symbolizing Rotary's commitment to progress and inclusivity.

As we look back at the evolution of Rotary over these 35 years, it is evident that change is not just inevitable. Change is essential. The story of women in Rotary serves as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of an organization that continues to grow and diversify. The spirit of Rotary lies not only in its rich history. The spirit exists in its ability to embrace change, guided by the belief that a Rotary Club should reflect the communities it serves. In the words of Frank Devlyn at the 1989 COL, "Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world." Let us continue to celebrate the spirit of Rotary, where change is embraced as a catalyst for a brighter future.

Embracing Change: The Evolution of Rotary and the Inclusion of Women 2024-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

State of the Community Address

Rotary members Matt Joynt, Andrew Nerbun, and Van Mobley led the State of the Community address on Wednesday, February 7.
 
 
Pictured (L) to (R) are Chamber Vice President Ron Knaus, Superintendent Dr. Matt Joynt, Mayor Andy Nerbun, Chamber President Bob Adams, and Thiensville Village President Van Mobley.
State of the Community Address Jennifer Hohn 2024-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
History of GMRP Jennifer Hohn 2024-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Volunteering at Frost Fest Jennifer Hohn 2024-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Projects around the Globe

United States

Rotary clubs in the ski resort towns of Park City, Utah, and Breckenridge, Colorado, have a friendly rivalry for the longest “shot ski” — a ski affixed to shot glasses that people raise together to down whiskey at the same time. In October, the Rotary Club of Park City Sunrise recaptured the crown as 1,363 people lined a street to drink rye whiskey (or apple cider) in unison from hundreds of shot skis held end to end. The event raised more than $43,000 for grants to assist community organizations, club member Connie Nelson says. She concedes that she and fellow club member Mike Luers were inspired by the Colorado club during a “reconnaissance” tour of successful winter resorts. “Their main street was closed for a festival. I looked at Mike and he looked at me and we said, ‘We can beat that,’” she says. The festive affair is “branding for our Rotary club,” Nelson adds. “We not only sell out but we have people on a waiting list to try to get on the line. It’s not just to sample the alcohol. It’s about the getting together, the unique community sharing.”

Honduras

Nearly 40 percent of adolescents are not in secondary school in Honduras, where educational achievement scores are low. The Rotary clubs of Tegucigalpa Sur and Peterborough, Ontario, teamed up to address the issue. In 2018 the clubs, which have collaborated on projects before, constructed a teacher training center in the municipality of Lepaterique and supplied books and other learning materials. Most recently, the clubs partnered with a nonprofit organization and the country’s Ministry of Education to provide literacy training to primary school teachers. “Sixteen-hour workshops are being held on a rotating basis with 160 teachers” representing 62 schools, says Marie Press, a member of the Peterborough club. “The feedback has been incredibly positive.”

Rotary Projects around the Globe Brad Webber 2024-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

TriCon - Early Bird Special Ends February 15

TriCon offers an opportunity to gather together for a weekend to share ideas, learn from numerous speakers, connect with others from across the state, and yes, GET INSPIRED!

You know "WHY" you are a Rotarian, but brainstorming and learning new ways to answer the "HOW" can be transforming.

At TriCon, you will hear Rotarians from all over the globe share their stories, see how other Rotarians accomplish their goals, brainstorm with individuals, make new friends and have tons of fun in the process! That is the beauty of Rotary and the power of three districts coming together for a weekend. 

Visit our website at rotarywglconf.org to see what the weekend in Packer Country has to offer! Check out the details, and while you're at it, look in the upper right corner for that REGISTER NOW button and get yourself registered!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW & SAVE $47!

TriCon - Early Bird Special Ends February 15 Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

A Visit from Peterson Apfelbach

Today's inspiration came from the in-person version of Peterson Apfelbach. It was inspiring to see him!
 
 
With an update from Ellen: 
Peterson was at our meeting today. He told his story as his Inspiration and thanked everyone who sent texts, cards, and emails or called. He described his chemo fatigue and how he is fighting to get his strength back.
 
The moral of his story is: put out good into the community. You never know when or how it may return to help you.
A Visit from Peterson Apfelbach Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Candlelight Walk in Pukaite Woods, February 17

 
2024 Candlelight Walk-In-The-Woods Rotary Park
 
The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club and the City of Mequon are excited to partner again for the fourth year, offering a Candlelight “Walk-In-The-Woods” at Pukaite Woods in Rotary Park.  
 
The event will take place on Saturday, February 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The event is free to the public.  The public restrooms will be open, and volunteers from the Rotary Club will serve hot cocoa and cider with bonfire stations positioned throughout the park.  This year will feature a “Winter Beer Garden.”  The 1840 Brewing Company will have a beer truck on site with beverages for purchase.  Bring your furry friend, as dogs on leashes are welcome! 
 
Learn more about how you can assist with the environmental sustainability of the woods at the event.
Candlelight Walk in Pukaite Woods, February 17 Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary TriCon

TriCon24

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Join members of Rotary and Guests from Districts 6220, 6250 & 6270 at our annual 3‑district conference in Green Bay

It is our pleasure to welcome you all to TriCon24, which will be held from the 18th to the 20th of April 2024. This conference promises to be a spectacular event that will bring together Rotary members from all corners of our three districts; 6220, 6250, and 6270.

Conference Agenda

Here's a quick summary.

  • Thursday - The Foundation Dinner at The Automotive Gallery
  • Friday Morning - TriCon24 Conference kicks-off with Annual District Meetings
  • Friday Afternoon through Saturday - Workshops, House of Friendship, Polio Silent Auction
  • Activities - Lambeau Field Tours, Pounding the Pavement 4 Polio, Dine Around, Question-Persuade-Refer Workshop, and more.
Rotary TriCon Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Direct

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Did you know you can donate monthly to the Rotary Foundation through Rotary Direct? From donations as little as $5/month to whatever you'd like, it's very easy to do. Click here for directions on how to donate. For more information about the Rotary Foundation, click here.
Rotary Direct Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Mayor Nerbun Spends a Day at University School

Our own Mayor Nerbun recently visited the University School of Milwaukee. In his own words:
 
It was a busy but rewarding Friday! I started out my day at University School of Milwaukee where I explained what a mayor does to a group of preschoolers using the show “Paw Patrol” to learn about different jobs. They agreed I was more like Mayor Goodway than Mayor Humdinger, which I’ve been told is a good thing! We then held a preschool council meeting and voted on a matter of great importance. Should the class have Goldfish or Graham Crackers for snack time? (Goldfish for the win)
Their next project is learning about police officers, so since I had business at Mequon Police Department later in the day, I agreed to bring along “K9 Officer Chase” with me on my adventures and document what we did.
Then I was on to the PD to get an update on police related activity for the past few months and a ride along with Sgt. Ben Heinen to see first hand what our officers do every day. K9 Chase was along for the entire day and now has some good stories for his preschool class on Monday when I return him!
Thank you to University School and Mequon PD for making my day a great one!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mayor Nerbun Spends a Day at University School Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

January 23 Speaker - Kathleen Cady Schilling

Kathleen Cady Schilling is the Executive Director of Ozaukee Economic Development.  Kathleen has been with OED for over 15 years and has been involved in economic development for over 25 years.  Kathleen has previously worked for the City of Monroe in Michigan, Brookfield Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
 
January 23 Speaker - Kathleen Cady Schilling Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Polio Plus Update

To District 6270 Polio Plus Society Members:
 
As a member of the District 6270 PolioPlus Society, you get the good news first...
 
We ended the year 2023 with a total of 12 cases of wild poliovirus, with Afghanistan and Pakistan each experiencing only 6 cases.  Of course, this is 12 cases more than we would like to see, but it is an improvement from the 22 total cases in 2022.
 
The last recorded case in Afghanistan was September 4th, and in Pakistan it was on October 24th - ironically World Polio Day. How nice would it be to have that be the date of the last case on Earth!
 
Another bit of good news...as of December 31st our District has contributed 7.5% more to the PolioPlus Fund than at the same time in 2022.  Thanks to Rotarians such as yourselves, we are making a difference in ending polio. Our District's contribution for the first half of the Rotary Year is $57,498. 
 
Thanks for your contribution, and your ongoing commitment to a minimum annual donation of at least $100.  We had a great result from this year's World Polio Day fundraisers, and are planning even bigger things in the coming months. 
 
There will be two MAJOR workshops at the upcoming TRI-CON, an update on the Flight to End Polio and a presentation by Mike McGovern, head of Rotary's efforts to End Polio Now. There will also be an opportunity to join other Rotarians in a workshop to swap fundraising stories and ideas.  
 
Two fundraising events for PolioPlus will also be held at TRI-CON.  There will be a silent auction of gift baskets donated by clubs, featuring items from their service area, as well as a Pound the Pavement 4 Polio walk, which can be done anytime between now and April 20th.
 
TRI-CON details are available here
 
Again, many thanks for your support of the PolioPlus fundraising efforts.
 
Rob Bassett
Rotary Club of Mitchell Field (Milwaukee)
D6270 Chair - PolioPlus/End Polio Now
414-350-6090
Polio Plus Update Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

GMRP Project Update

A group of health care workers from Wisconsin has resumed post-pandemic care in Guatemala. They touched down last weekend. They are sending diary entries and photos. Attached is one of their latest updates and a photo of the group.
 
This medical relief mission is sponsored by Rotarians in Wisconsin. The project started with our club in 2003. In fact, our Board completely funded the first trip. Monies donated go through our local foundation. To get involved with this project, you can click here.
 
 
It's almost midnight and the “boys” are finally getting a chance to go to sleep.  It was a long day but they’ll have a chance to sleep later in the morning since we won’t go to the ranch until after Amy and Peter arrive.  The school is all clean.  Goyo is going to start moving stuff to the courtyard and possibly locals will help them to begin setting up.
GMRP Project Update Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Interfaith Caregivers BeST Program

Denise Loveridge from Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County was our speaker on Tuesday, January 16. They have a new pilot program and could use volunteer help. Click here or on the image below for more information:
 
Interfaith Caregivers BeST Program Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

An Elegant Night at the Domes

Join our President (and Friends of the Domes Board Member) for an elegant night at the Milwaukee Domes. Doors open at 5:30PM, with a cocktail hour featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a signature cocktail sponsored by Zilli Hospitality Group. Next, travel across the world, enjoying cuisine that is themed after each dome. Throughout the facility, enjoy fun opportunities to win prizes and bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences, all while enjoying our selection of live music. Finally, end the evening in the starlit greenhouse where you will be served dessert and coffee.
 
Click here to purchase a ticket!
 
An Elegant Night at the Domes Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Need Volunteers - Frost Fest

We need volunteers for Frost Fest 2024 at the War Memorial Center on Saturday, February 3. For further information, contact James Counsellor, jimjennycounsellor@gmail.com, (262) 573-6410‬.
 
 
Need Volunteers - Frost Fest Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

January 16 Speaker - Paul J. Schultz

On Tuesday, January 16 we welcome Paul J. Schultz
 
 
Paul J. Schultz was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin and at the age of five his family moved to Menomonee Falls.  Immediately after graduating High School, and following in his long family military history, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Flying Crew Chief aboard the KC-135/A Stratotanker. After five years on active duty, and visiting many foreign countries, Paul received an Honorable Discharge and went on to become a professional jet mechanic for Federal Express at their international hub located in South Korea. 
 
Upon returning to the United States several years later, Paul entered UW-Milwaukee and received his B.S. in Healthcare Administration. Over the next 25 years, he rose to the level of Administrator/Executive Director of large Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living organizations in the Southeastern region of Wisconsin. In early 2019 Paul was recruited to become the new Executive Director of Interfaith Caregivers replacing the retiring Director.

Paul enjoys gathering with friends and family, spending time on the water, and playing frisbee with his dog.  He is a U.S.A.F. combat veteran, and a life member of both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
January 16 Speaker - Paul J. Schultz Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-13 06:00:00Z 0

February 6 Speaker - AJ Bocchini

 
AJ Bocchini has been rescheduled to February 6 due to inclement weather.
 
From crashing wheelchairs to national championships, this is the story of how AJ Bocchini rolls through life.
 
Born two months early and weighing a mere 3 pounds 14 ounces, AJ was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age. His many adventures began when he was introduced to his first wheelchair. Raised in the small village of Kohler, Wisconsin, it was here that AJ’s love for sports developed and flourished as football and basketball manager for the high school programs.
 
He took his passion for basketball to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, earning his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and his master’s in athletic administration. AJ became the student manager for the men’s basketball team and was an integral part of two national championships.
 
As you read AJ’s humorous and insightful stories, hopefully you will be inspired and also challenged to overcome all that is before
 
After coaching stints at St. Catherines and Kohler High schools and then working for Fiserv (Milwaukee Bucks), AJ now resides in Mequon, bringing his energy to various teams and organizations:
 
  • Homestead High School: Assistant Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach 
  • Mel’s Charity’s of Ozaukee County
  • Daily Sports Show Podcast Cedarburg Library Radio
  • Chinooks Baseball: Concession Stand
  • Inspirational/Motivational Speaker to any/all schools/organizations and businesses. 
 
•       For more information on the book FINISH please check out:
•       Website:             ajbocchini.com
•       Facebook:          author aj bocchini
•       Instagram:          finishbyaj
•       Twitter:                @finishbyaj
•       Phone:                920-207-6773
February 6 Speaker - AJ Bocchini Jennifer Hohn 2024-01-13 06:00:00Z 0

Family Sharing Drive - Team Sandy Wins!

Congratulations to Team Sandy - winner of the Family Sharing Drive! 
 
The totals:
 
🥇 Team Sandy - $3538 🥇
🥈 Team Jenne -  $1650 🥈
 
🏆 TOTAL - $5188 🏆
 
A very special thank you to all who participated. In lieu of tailgate snacks, the River Club will be serving a tailgate-themed menu on Tuesday, January 9.
 
Family Sharing Drive - Team Sandy Wins! Jennifer Hohn 2023-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - December 10

Rotarians met at the Portlight Shelter to decorate a tree for Family Promise.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians at Winter Wonderland in Mequon
 
Weekly Photo Digest - December 10 Jennifer Hohn 2023-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - December 3

Mrs. Claus (Nancy Witte-Dycus) at the Thiensville Tree Lighting.
 
 
 
The American Tailwind Book Launch Party 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visiting parks with Gerber Leisure to learn more about inclusive playgrounds
 
 
Jenne and John presented information about our new project to the Sunrise Club
 
Weekly Photo Digest - December 3 Jennifer Hohn 2023-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

December 5 Speaker - Samantha Bear, Blossom IDD

Executive Director – Blossom IDD

Hi everyone, my name is Samantha Bear! I was born and raised in the North Shore of Milwaukee, Fox Point area, and went to a Nicolet High School. I had the pleasure of attending Marquette University my freshman year of college, then transferring to UW-Milwaukee where I received my B.A. in Cross-Categorical education for individuals with disabilities ages 12-21+. Along with that I received a special certification for Autism Spectrum Disorders. After working in MPS, living and teaching in Israel, and moving back stateside, I started my masters with Loyola University of Chicago. While working as the lead transition teacher for Menomonee Falls High School, I completed my M.A. in International Higher Education with a sub focus of disabilities in higher education globally. For four years I worked at Bethesda College at Concordia University WI; focusing in on enhancing independent living skills and community integration for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As of September 1, 2021, I have shifted from education to the non-profit sector working as the Executive Director of Blossom IDD and run the Cedarburg Mercantile; both of which support individuals with disabilities. Along with that, in August of 2023 I started my Doctorate in Education with a focus on Higher Education Teacher and Learning with my research topic centered around global best practices in transition for people with IDD. In my spare time I love to hang out with my buddy through the Best Buddies WI organization and do respite care for individuals in the community. I love to volunteer a ton with a local food pantry and serve on their board, work with individuals trapped in the street life due to homelessness or human trafficking, travel-as much as possible, and hang out with my cat and recently (2) adopted dogs at home in Bayview! Fun fact about me, I speak 6 languages!  

December 5 Speaker - Samantha Bear, Blossom IDD Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - November 26

Rotarians traveled the country to be with family and friends. (Please send us your photos!)
 
The Guth Family in Texas
 
 
Russ and Nancy on the East Coast
 
With old friends
 
With the younger set of grandbabies
 
Jenne and her mom Marlene in Washington State (Totten Inlet)
 
Weekly Photo Digest - November 26 Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

GMRP Donation Update from Barb O'Connell

Dear former and present team members.
Thanks to more of you spreading the word to your friends and clubs, we have had enough funds come in to pay for all the clinic costs- supplies, medicines, etc  and to cover our Continuing Care program through at least January,  I would estimate. 😍  Good news indeed!
 
*Now we need to build the Continuing Care fund to cover all of the patients that will be referred for followup care at our January clinic.
 
This will require donations both now and throughout the upcoming year, if we are to fulfill the promises we make to the patients we will see.
 
Please continue to spread the word about our mission this fall and winter and upcoming year.  
We have an amazing health care delivery system setup, with the people in Guatemala to run it. All that remains is for us to fund it.  🤩
 
Gratefully, Barb
 
More information about our GMRP Project can be found HERE.
GMRP Donation Update from Barb O'Connell Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Winter Wonderland, Sunday December 10 Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Andy and Van - Intergovernmental Cooperation Award

Congratulations to Andy Nerbun and Van Mobley - recipients of the 2023 Intergovernmental Cooperation Award.
 
On Wednesday, November 15, the Southern Ozaukee Fire & EMS Department (SOFD) and many City and Village Officials attended Wisconsin Policy Forum’s 31st Annual Salute to Local Government that was held at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. SOFD was awarded the Intergovernmental Cooperation Award for the merging of the Mequon and Thiensville Fire Departments that took place on January 1, 2023. Watch the video detailing highlights of the merger here.
 
Congratulations Andy and Van!
 
Andy and Van - Intergovernmental Cooperation Award Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - November 20

The Veterans Affairs Committee volunteered at MKE Urban Stables on Saturday on behalf of the SE Wisconsin Veterans Suicide Prevention Task Force. Activities included a Grooming Station, Donkey Kissing Booth, and Veterans resource information.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Several Rotarians attended the Chris Herren Talks presentation at the Cedarburg PAC. The event was hosted by our friends at Mel's Charities and co-sponsored by Rotary District 6270, Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport Club, Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club, and Port Washington-Saukville Rotary Club. Included in all of the great work Rotary does, our district has a Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention. Our District Governor, Don Griffing does great work- especially in regards to addiction and recovery.
 
 
 
Out-and-about at the Mequon Thiensville Community Foundation's Donor Reception
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russ and Nancy on their East Coast Adventure
 
 
 
Weekly Photo Digest - November 20 Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! (Remember, no meeting at the River Club on November 21!)
 
Hallmark Ecards Vintage GIF by Hallmark Gold Crown
Happy Thanksgiving Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Holiday Stress Relief Toolkit Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Family Sharing Drive - Thanksgiving Week Update

Thanks to Angelica for heading the Family Sharing Drive and dropping off the first round of checks! She delivered $2000 today and we are only half-way through the Drive! Remember, the Family Sharing Drive ends at our December 5 meeting.
 
 
Current Standings:
Team Sandy vs. Team Jenne 2023
 
TEAM SANDY: Apfelbach - McClean, Don
TOTAL = $1300
 
TEAM JENNE: McClean, Jeff - Witte-Dycus
TOTAL = $700
 
You may donate online by clicking HERE.
 
Click on the "I would like to dedicate this donation" and notate Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. 
Family Sharing Drive - Thanksgiving Week Update Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Deck the Halls at Family Promise

Join us for an in-person volunteer opportunity on Monday, December 4. We will be decorating a holiday tree at the new Family Promise location in Pt. Washington. Please bring small donation gift cards to share. (Kwik Trip, Culver's, Piggly Wiggly, Meijer, Walmart, etc.) A little goes a long way.
Deck the Halls at Family Promise Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - Clare Pepke

We honored our first Student of the Month, Clare Pepke, on November 6th.  Clare is a senior at Homestead High School and is the daughter of Kathleen & Michael Pepke of Mequon.  Clare was recognized for her community service and leadership within her school and our local community. 
 
One of Clare’s most impactful projects was a silent auction that she independently organized for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an organization that she is passionate about and sees a real need among our youth especially since COVID.  NAMI doesn’t have sufficient resources to help all of those in need, so she coordinated with local news networks, the local artist guild, and her art teachers to build support for the event.  She raised approximately $1,500 selling artwork at her event.
 
In addition to being passionate about artwork and supporting NAMI, Clare is also very involved in Homestead’s National Honor Society, she is the Vice President of the National Art Honors Society and is the Vice President of the Psychology Club.  She is also a recipient of the Scholastic Gold Key award for her artwork.
 
Clare, we are honored to recognize you as our Rotary Student of the Month.  Thank you for your “service above self” and setting such a great example among your peers!
Student of the Month - Clare Pepke Megan Borland 2023-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - November 13 Edition

Jenne, Maureen, and Jeremy attended the recent District 6270 Foundation Dinner in Hartford. Our Club received the End Polio Now - Countdown to History Appreciation Award. Thank you to our Club and the great work of Sam Azinger for this award! We met some wonderful friends in Rotary including Saki, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Japan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Several Rotarians enjoyed the Grand Re-opening of The Cheel
 
 
 
 
 
Weekly Photo Digest - November 13 Edition Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Eliz Greene - Holiday Stress Prevention Toolkit Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - November 6 Edition

Rotarians attended Thiensville's Appreciation Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 1st. Rotarian Colleen Landisch-Hansen presented Van Mobley recognition for 20 years of service and Dianne Robertson recognition for 25 years of service. Congratulations on serving the community!

 
 
 
 
 
Rotarian at Work captured by Ellen
 
 
Weekly Photo Digest - November 6 Edition Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday, November 7, Mel Stanton

 
On Tuesday, November 7 we feature Mel Stanton of Mel's Charities. We look forward to hearing an update about the Saukville Gateway project.
 
After growing up in Cleveland and Green Bay, Mel settled in Ozaukee County in the mid 1980s. This journey began when he encouraged a gathering of friends to help one family in need. From that simple act of charity, Mel’s Charities has grown into an organization that has raised over $2million to impact countless lives in Ozaukee County. Mel truly has a servant’s heart, guided by a strong faith, and driven with incredible energy to find new ways to impact people in our community.
“Our story is a true testament of what can be accomplished by having fun, not taking yourself too seriously and a huge dose of God’s grace. We keep impacting more lives every year…and we’re just getting started.”
Tuesday, November 7, Mel Stanton Jennifer Hohn 2023-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Family Sharing Drive 2023

Team Sandy vs. Team Jenne 2023
 
Our Family Sharing Drive kicks off on Wednesday, November 1 and ends at our December 5 meeting.
 
TEAM SANDY: Apfelbach - McClean, Don
 
TEAM JENNE: McClean, Jeff - Witte-Dycus
 
Julie Hoover will be in attendance at our October 31 meeting to let us know what Family Sharing needs are this year. However; she has let us know that cash is still best. You can donate here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E348783&id=6
 
Click on the "I would like to dedicate this donation" and notate Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. 
 
Donation History:
2020: $3149 (Team Sandy, $1395: Team Jenne, $1754)
2021: $5537 (Team Sandy, $2402: Team Jenne, $3135)
2022: $2135 (Team Sandy, $1350, Team Nick, $785)
 
Family Sharing Drive 2023 Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
MTCF Donor Reception - You're Invited! Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - October 30

The Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America held a 'walk of fame' to recognize 50 people who were Scouts in their youth over the past 50 years and used their Scouting background to do all kinds of wonderful, positive things for others. Tim Vertz was named as one of the 50. Stan Smith accepted the honor on behalf of his son Brad.
 
 
 
 
 
Thiensville Rotarians Trick-or-treating
 
 
 
 
 
The Roadside Clean-up Crew - with special thanks to Angelica for the treats! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weekly Photo Digest - October 30 Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member Billy Zlotocha Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

October 31 Speaker, Chad Bauman, Executive Director Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Chad Bauman
Now in his eleventh season at Milwaukee Rep, under Chad’s guidance the theater has grown significantly from a $9M to $14M+ organization. He’s completed two capital campaigns to remodel the Stackner Cabaret, build the endowment, launch the John D. Lewis New Play Development Program, create a new A Christmas Carol and deepen the theater’s community engagement programs. He is currently stewarding the $78M campaign to build the new Associated Bank Theater Center. Previously he was the Associate Executive Director at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where he was instrumental in opening the Mead Center for American Theater, a new 200,000 square feet performing arts complex. While at Arena, he worked on the Broadway transfers of Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize; Tony Award), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award), and Wishful Drinking starring Carrie Fisher. Bauman is a graduate of Harvard Business School with a Master of Fine Arts in producing from the CalArts.
October 31 Speaker, Chad Bauman, Executive Director Milwaukee Repertory Theater Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Members Don McLean and Sean Bailey Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - October 23

Jim Counsellor, featured speaker at the Metro Milwaukee Military Historians Event
 
 
 
 
Rotarians at the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber Celebrate Community Awards
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weekly Photo Digest - October 23 Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
Free Event for Veterans at MKE Urban Stables 2023-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Photo Digest - October 16 Edition

Joint meeting with MT Sunrise Rotary and the landscape architects about our upcoming exciting project
 
 
TM Rotarians hard at work setting up for Fall Into Comedy
 
 
 
Scenes from Fall Into Comedy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visit with the Sunrise Club
 
Weekly Photo Digest - October 16 Edition Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
The Chris Herren Story, November 15 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Weekly Photos and Reminder - No Noon Meeting This Week (October 10) Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Veterans Day at the Harley-Davidson Museum 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member Andy Nerbun! Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Russ Witte-Dycus - Paul Harris Plus Two

 
Congratulations to Board Member Russ Witte-Dycus, recipient of his Paul Harris Plus Two! The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905. A world of goodwill and better understanding comes closer to reality today because Russ has made a substantial gift to The Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition may be presented. In being named a Paul Harris Fellow, he joins a remarkable company of people throughout the world, all recognized for their commitment to Service Above Self to benefit local and international communities. We congratulate you Russ, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace.
Congratulations Russ Witte-Dycus - Paul Harris Plus Two Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Out-and-about, October 2 Edition

Celebrating Maureen O'Leary-Guth and O'Leary-Guth Law Firm as Ozaukee Economic Development's Small Business of the Year 2023
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Ozaukee County Rotary Mixer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nancy and Her Many Santas
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Out-and-about, October 2 Edition Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
The American Tailwind Book Launch Party Jennifer Hohn 2023-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Honoring Stan Lind, Funeral Information Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Out-and-about, September 25th Edition

Past President Maureen O'Leary-Guth receiving the 2023 Herbert J. Mueller Outstanding Professional Adviser of the Year Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
 
 
Rotarians at Mel's Charities Fun Run/Walk
 
 
 
 
 
Captain (President) Jenne sailing with Berlin Wisconsin Rotary Club President Kyle Camp
 
Rotarians Out-and-about, September 25th Edition Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Ted Kellner - September 26

We feature speaker Ted Kellner, CFA on Tuesday, September 26. He is the 2024 RNC Host Committee CEO. Mr. Kellner will discuss the economic impact of the upcoming RNC in Milwaukee.
 
A Chartered Financial Analyst with 50 years of investment experience, Ted is a retired founder and portfolio manager with Fiduciary Management Inc., an investment management firm established in 1980. The firm currently manages approximately $18 billion in assets, in pension and profit sharing trusts, Taft-Hartley and public funds, endowments, and personal trusts throughout the United States. Ted also founded and serves as Executive Chairman and Treasurer of Fiduciary Real Estate Develop- ment, Inc., also in Milwaukee, which owns and manages over $1.8 billion in multi-family residential units. Ted and his wife, Mary, reside in Mequon, Wisconsin and have three adult children and five grandchildren.

EDUCATION AND PAST EXPERIENCE

Mr. Kellner was born in Port Washington, Wisconsin on May 6, 1946; he graduated Grafton High School in 1964; earned his BBA in Finance, Investment and Banking at the University of Wisconsin School of Business in 1969; and participated in the Brittingham Scholar program at Oslo University in 1969. He served as Vice President and Research Analyst for Brittingham, Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware, from 1969-1973; and as Vice President of Milwaukee-based Nicholas Company, Inc., from 1973-1980.

Ted Kellner - September 26 Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Mixer - Please Register

The Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club is hosting the Ozaukee County Mixer on Thursday, September 28 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm at the Peter Wollner American Legion in Cedarburg. They need a head count for food. Even though this is a free event, they need to collect RSVP's. You can register here or by clicking on the photo below.
 
 
 
Mixer - Please Register Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Out-and-about - Send us your photos

Angelica and her boyfriend Zach joined Captain Jenne at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center for an evening sail. This experience will be a highly sought-after auction item at Fall Into Comedy! ⛵️
 
 
 
Rotarians Out-and-about - Send us your photos Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Project 22

Members of the Veterans Affairs Committee volunteered at the Project 22 event at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Sunday, September 17. The event was hosted by the Military and Veterans Resource Center at UWM. For more information about Project 22, click here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Project 22 Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Roadside Clean-up - Save-the-date Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Out and About - September 11 Edition Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
End of Summer Veterans Event Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Taste of Mequon - Visit our Friends in Rotary Jennifer Hohn 2023-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary HQ and Paul Harris Legacy Tour

 
You are invited to join us on a one-of-a-kind trip to Rotary Headquarters, the Paul Harris Home, and Mt. Hope Cemetery. We depart at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 3 and return by 6:30 PM. The trip is $125/person and includes lunch and snacks. Contact Jenne for a ticket order form. We are extending the invitation to TM Rotarians first. If the trip does not fill up, we will open registration to all Ozaukee County Rotary Clubs.
Rotary HQ and Paul Harris Legacy Tour Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Russ and Nancy! Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Family Night 2023

We had a wonderful time at Family Night 2023! Thanks to Chef Sandy and his cooking crew of Jean, Stan L, John R, Greg, Oliver, Shelley, Tim, and Jenne. Thanks to Ellen and Christine for the amazing appetizers. Ellen brought her magical desserts. Thanks to Russ for providing the speaker, music, and microphone. Thanks to Nancy for the tablecloths. We had award-winning brandy old-fashioneds provided by Tim V! What a fabulous night! Thanks to all who attended.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Family Night 2023 Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

TM Rotary at Mel’s Fun Run/Walk

We are building a TMR Team to participate in Mel’s Charities Fun Run/Walk. Contact Jenne to be a part of our team. The event takes place on Saturday, September 23 at 8:00 AM and includes a pancake breakfast.
 
 
 
TM Rotary at Mel’s Fun Run/Walk Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Ozaukee County Rotary Mixer - Register Now! Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Visit from DG Don Griffing and Assistant DG Terry Schacht Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Tyler Briggs - Paul Harris Plus One

 
Congratulations to President-elect Tyler Briggs - Paul Harris Plus One! The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905. A world of goodwill and better understanding comes closer to reality today because Tyler Briggs has made a substantial gift to The Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition may be presented. In being named a Paul Harris Fellow, Tyler joins a remarkable company of people throughout the world, all recognized for their commitment to Service Above Self to benefit local and international communities. We congratulate you Tyler, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace.
Congratulations Tyler Briggs - Paul Harris Plus One Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Milwaukee RNC CEO Ted Kellner - September 26 Speaker Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Ozaukee Rotary Mixer - Thursday September 28 2023-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

All Things Fall into Comedy

Fall into Comedy is just around the corner. See below for information about sponsorships and how to purchase tickets for this wonderful event.
 
 
 
 
All Things Fall into Comedy Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Out-and-about , August 14 Edition Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Need Volunteers, Sunday, September 17 - Project 22 Memorial Walk Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday, August 15 Speaker - District Governor Don Griffing

On Tuesday, August 15 our speaker will be District Governor Don Griffing. He will be accompanied by the assistant District Governor Terry Schacht.
 
 
Don Griffing is a project management and process improvement expert drawing up a 32-year career in Information Technology as a software developer. In 2002, he founded his own company focused on cloud-based applications. From jet engines to travel apps, and media to fleet maintenance, Don’s extensive experience enables him to identify problems and create solutions that better the people, causes, and communities he serves. 
 
Don received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering, and an M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Passionate about learning and teaching others, Don was an adjunct instructor and frequent presenter on technology. He previously volunteered with TEALS -- Microsoft Philanthropies program to help build and grow sustainable computer science programs in high schools across the US and British Columbia, Canada – and was a volunteer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin Mentor 2.0 program.
 
Don became a Rotarian in 2007 after years as a Rotary “Andy” in support of his wife, Marjorie, a Past Club President of the Rotary Club of St. Paul #10. Since 2007, Don has been an active Rotarian in four clubs and five districts serving in a variety of roles including Committee Chairs, Club President, District Technology Chair, and Assistant District Trainer. Don was an early adopter eClubs and is a leader in leveraging technology to keep Rotarians engaged to sustain the good work they do. 
 
Don and his wife Marj are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation. They live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with their two cats overlooking Lake Butte des Mort.
Tuesday, August 15 Speaker - District Governor Don Griffing Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Around the World Fund Raiser Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

August 8 Speaker - Mayor Andy Nerbun

Andrew Nerbun

Andrew Nerbun was elected as Mequon’s 12thmayor in April of 2022. He previously served as the Alderman for District 7 from April of 2012 to March of 2017 and Alderman for District 8 from April of 2017 to April of 2022. Andrew served on the Public Safety Committee and Public Works Committee.  Additionally, Andrew has been a Den Leader and Pinewood Derby Chair for Boy Scout Pack 3865, helped coach various youth sports groups and participated in the Mequon Community Conversation Task Force. 

Andrew currently works at Leonardo DRS, where he holds the position as Director of Mechanical Engineering. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University. 

August 8 Speaker - Mayor Andy Nerbun Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Out-and-about August 7 Edition

Thanks to Sandy for cleaning and organizing the cage at Rotary Park
 
 
Russ and Nancy Witte-Dycus at the State Fair (and representing Rotary)
 
 
John Rosing's cooking crew hard at work
 
Visitors from Walla Walla, WA
 
 
Rotarians spotted at The Deli on Crown
 
Sandy's granddaughters Emily and Caroline with Captain Jenne 
 
Jenne threw the first pitch at the Chinooks game in honor of her friend Ken Kuemmerlein and the scholarship Mel's Charities provides in his name
Rotarians Out-and-about August 7 Edition Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Taste of Mequon 2023 - Volunteer Sign-up

Taste of Mequon is quickly approaching and we need volunteers. The event is Saturday, September 9 from 12 PM - 9 PM. You can sign up here or click to sign up on the logo below.
 
Taste of Mequon 2023 - Volunteer Sign-up Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Music in the Garden - August 9 at the War Memorial

Presented by the Southeastern Wisconsin Veteran Suicide Prevention Taskforce
 
 

Veteran-centered music series wraps up second season

MLWAUKEE — A free, family-friendly outdoor music series in support of veterans will wrap up its second season on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Milwaukee’s lakefront.

“Music in the Garden” will be 6-8 p.m. at the War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, featuring music from the band Tonight Only.

Presented by the Southeastern Wisconsin Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force the series takes place in the newly renovated War Memorial Beer Garden, northeast of the War Memorial building.

Food and drinks from Kegel’s Inn will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink is allowed. Parking is free with a purchase from the beer garden.

In addition to music and refreshments, the event includes information and resources for veterans and their families.

“‘Music in the Garden’ continues to be a fun, casual venue for Veterans and their families to come together,” said Dona Drew, co-chairwoman of the Task Force. “Veterans have been connecting with other Veterans as well as with valuable resources available to them. And the music, food and drink have been excellent.”

Tonight Only features a mix of blues, classic rock and other favorites from the 1960s to the present.

Music in the Garden - August 9 at the War Memorial Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Todd Davis - Paul Harris Plus One

The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905. A world of goodwill and better understanding comes closer to reality today because Todd Davis has made a substantial gift to The Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition may be presented. In being named a Paul Harris Fellow, Todd joins a remarkable company of people throughout the world, all recognized for their commitment to Service Above Self to benefit local and international communities. We congratulate you Todd, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace.
 
Congratulations Todd Davis - Paul Harris Plus One Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Richard Busalacchi

Welcome to our newest member Richard Busalacchi! Richard is the MATC Regional Campus Executive Director. Richard will be joining the Vocational Service Committee. Welcome Richard!
 
Welcome New Member Richard Busalacchi Jennifer Hohn 2023-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Out-and-about - EAA Airventure 2023

T-M Rotarians at EAA Airventure 2023. Rumor has it Sandy was there too. Send us your photos! We'd love to feature your out-and-about adventures!
 
 
Russ Witte-Dycus from the cockpit in a formation with 11 other aircraft
 
 
John Rosing in front of a Cirrus plane
 
 
Jenne Hohn with Kyle Camp, President of the Rotary Club of New Berlin Wisconsin
Rotarians Out-and-about - EAA Airventure 2023 Jennifer Hohn 2023-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Heather Mader - Paul Harris Plus One

The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, the late Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905. A world of goodwill and better understanding comes closer to reality today because Heather Mader has made a substantial gift to The Rotary Foundation and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition may be presented. In being named a Paul Harris Fellow, Heather Mader joins a remarkable company of people throughout the world, all recognized for their commitment to Service Above Self to benefit local and international communities. We congratulate you Heather, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary’s common goals of world understanding and peace.

We also thank you for the terrific job you are doing with the Summer Chef Series!

Congratulations Heather Mader - Paul Harris Plus One Jennifer Hohn 2023-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
Business Meeting  Russell P Witte-Dycus 2023-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Gratitude from Balance

We received gratitude from Balance for our recent donation via Facebook:
 
Did you know that Session 1 of this year's Children's Summer Rec program had 26 volunteers?!
Thanks to a generous donation from Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club we were able to purchase t-shirts for all of our amazing volunteers. Without volunteers, this amazing camp for kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities would not be possible.
Volunteer shirts help make our volunteer buddies easy to spot in a crowd and help our kids stay safe at busy locations like the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Gratitude from Balance Jennifer Hohn 2023-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Park

Here's a sneak preview of Tuesday's meal at Rotary Park courtesy of Chef Sandy. See you there!
 
Rotary Park Jennifer Hohn 2023-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Be a Host - Rotary Open World Program Jennifer Hohn 2023-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Family Fun Before the 4th Jennifer Hohn 2023-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Veterans Events Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard 2023

We had a wonderful time at Changing of the Guard 2023. Congratulations to the new Board of Directors! We also honored Jim Counsellor with the Service Above Self Award and Jenne Hohn as Rotarian of the Year. The Honorary Paul Harris Award will be given at the first meeting in July.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Changing of the Guard 2023 Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member John Robinson

On Tuesday, June 13, we welcomed new member John Robinson. John is the General Manager of the River Club of Mequon. Welcome John!
 
 
Welcome New Member John Robinson Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Military & Veterans Family Day at Milwaukee County Zoo Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Events for Veterans Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Global Fusion

The Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport Rotary Club hosted their annual fund raiser on Saturday, June 10 - Global Fusion. The event featured amazing food, Hmong dancers, a silent auction, and a wonderful turnout of Rotary friends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, June 13 Speaker - Marty Brooks

Be Bold. Be Proud. Be Experienced-Obsessed. Those are words Marty Brooks, president and CEO of one of downtown Milwaukee’s premiere destinations, the Wisconsin Center District (WCD), lives by and encourages colleagues to make their own.

Brooks joined the WCD in 2018. The WCD is a quasi-governmental special purpose district established by the state in 1994 to own and operate three venues in downtown Milwaukee: the Wisconsin Center, Miller High Life Theatre, and UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The WCD employs 80 full-time staff, 250 part-time staff, and is governed by a 17-member board of directors.

Brooks is currently overseeing a $456 million WCD expansion expected to be completed in spring of 2024, ahead of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee in July 2024. The expansion will bring the exposition hall to 300,000 contiguous square feet, doubling its current size, and allowing the convention center to host two large events simultaneously.

With the expansion comes a heavy focus on inclusion. Brooks has committed to a comprehensive DEI plan that maximizes the local workforce by utilizing an array of diverse businesses and trade workers.

Prior to coming to Milwaukee, Brooks had developed a career path with expertise in television, sports and entertainment venue management. Brooks served as the senior vice president and general manager of America’s Center Complex in St. Louis. During his tenure, Brooks secured A-list artists to perform at The Dome at America’s Center including Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, Beyoncé and U2. He also booked the first professional soccer match to play on natural grass indoors. Prior to that, Brooks was hired as executive vice president and general manager for the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club. He oversaw a $79 million restoration of the Peabody Opera House adjacent to the Scottrade Center.

Brooks worked for Madison Square Garden for 22 years and held several positions in that time including senior vice president of programming and production for the MSG Network, president and executive producer of Miss Universe, and senior vice president and general manager of Madison Square Garden Connecticut where he oversaw the Hartford Civic Center, Rentschler Field and the business operations of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Rangers.

Brooks currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Westown Association and VISIT Milwaukee.

Tuesday, June 13 Speaker - Marty Brooks Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Flags for Heroes - Berlin Rotary Club Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Service Dog Days at the War Memorial - June 10 Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Time to Register! Changing of the Guard 2023 Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Andrew Petzold

We had a large group of Rotarians and friends in attendance at the Pillars of the Community Luncheon honoring our own Andrew Petzold. Congratulations Andrew!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Celebrating Andrew Petzold Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Bollywood Nights - Thiensville Park Re-imagined Event Jennifer Hohn 2023-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Invitation from Spectrum Investments Angelica Niemann 2023-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Music in the Garden at the War Memorial Center

SE WI Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force is excited to present Music in the Garden Music Series again this summer (formally known as Live on the Plaza) from 1800-2000.  The dates are as follows:
 
June 14th  Band: Driving Buddies
July 12 Band: Inner Ally
August 9 Band: Tonight Only
 
Please attend this fun event for the whole family! The concert is held at Milwaukee’s Premier Lakefront Beer Garden-Kegel’s Beer garden located at the War Memorial Center. We had a great turn out last year and expect another great summer event!
 
 
 
Music in the Garden at the War Memorial Center Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Global Fusion Event

Join our friends at the Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport Rotary Club for a Global Fusion Event. Click HERE for tickets.
 
Global Fusion Event Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Field of Flags Set-up

Thanks to all of the Rotarians and friends who set up the Field of Flags on Thursday, May 25. Photo credits to Ellen MacFarlane, Roger Kirgues, and Jenne Hohn.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Field of Flags Set-up Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

Newsletter Update

It takes a village to get the newsletter out! Thanks to Tim, Sam, and Jenne for stepping up while we continue to send healing thoughts and prayers to Russ. Look for the regular newsletter schedule to resume soon.
 
Heart GIF by RotaractMG 
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Create Hope in the World - the 2023-24 Rotary Logo Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Reminder - Field of Flags Ceremony, Monday May 29, 6:00 PM Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Andrew Petzold - Pillars of the Community

On Tuesday, June 6, Rotarian Andrew Petzold will be celebrated as a Pillar of the Community.
 
 
From the Mequon-Thiensville Community Foundation website: 

The Mequon Thiensville Community Foundation (MTCF) is thrilled to announce that Andrew Petzold, President and CEO of Concord Development Company, is this year’s recipient of the Pillar of the Community Award. “Andrew’s dedication and commitment to the growth and development of the Mequon-Thiensville community is nothing short of extraordinary,” says MTCF president Lori Lorenz. “The impact he has had exemplifies what it means to be a Pillar of our Community.”

Andrew first became actively involved in the community in the 1990’s, pushing for a vision and strategic direction for Mequon. He was particularly instrumental in encouraging financial and medical organizations to establish locations in Mequon to help differentiate it from neighboring suburbs. Since that time, he has transformed the local landscape, soliciting businesses from all sectors to take root while helping existing businesses expand and thrive.  

Jim Marshall, Chairman and Founder of Spectrum Investment Advisors, notes that Andrew was instrumental in finding the right parcel for his business and drove negotiations to purchase the one-acre site.  He credits Andrew with the success of Spectrum. “Without this location, we wouldn’t be the business we are today.” Asked to describe Andrew, Jim didn’t hesitate. “Vision. Quality. Making a difference.  Every one of his developments is an asset to the community. Mequon is lucky to have him.”

Similarly, Pastor Bob at Christ Church says Andrew was vital to their expansion, providing leadership and expertise throughout the process. “He expresses not only integrity and honesty, but more importantly, he embraces and lives out his faith by positively impacting the community. Andrew is a Christ follower who makes a difference.”  

Andrew’s love of community is also evidenced by his commitment to local service organizations. He was a member of both the Chamber of Commerce and Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club, serving as past president and chairing numerous committees for both organizations over the span of 18+ years. He also served on Mequon’s Economic Development Board, the Mequon Community Foundation and Ozaukee Economic Development. Indeed, the hats he has worn are too numerous to mention. However, what can’t be overlooked is Andrew’s selfless generosity. He is renowned for providing free consulting services, legal work, funding and technical assistance, all in an effort to enhance the community.

One highlight for Andrew was his role in bringing Kapco Park and the Chinooks to the Mequon lakefront. Part of the original ownership group, Andrew still takes great pride in knowing this unique community asset will provide joy and entertainment to families for generations to come. 

We can also thank Andrew for helping to bring a landmark project to downtown Milwaukee. In 2011, then-Governor Scott Walker appointed him to the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation (BCSEC) Board. As Vice-Chair, Andrew played a key role in successfully winding down operations at the Bradley Center while paving the way for the new Fiserv Forum. Although not a direct connection to Mequon-Thiensville, this new sports and entertainment arena has undoubtably elevated the city of Milwaukee, inspired tangential development, and is a benefit to us all.

Outside the real-estate and development world, Andrew can be found behind the wheel of a ski boat. When his daughter, Grace, decided to try water skiing a few years back, he had no idea her skill level would quickly rise to the national and world stage. Her passion prompted his involvement, and together they compete internationally — with dad in the driver’s seat, literally! They also host clinics and coach other water ski teams to help grow and give back to the sport they both love.

Andrew lives in Mequon with his wife, Wendy, of 30 years, and their goldendoodle, Annie. Together, they have two adult children.

To register for this event, please go to mcfgives.org/potc.

Celebrating Andrew Petzold - Pillars of the Community Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

May 23 Speaker - Vince Vitrano

On Tuesday, May 23, we welcomed Vince Vitrano. Vince is the host of Wisconsin's Morning News on Newsradio WTMJ.
 
 
Vince Vitrano is an Emmy award winning journalist and Host of Wisconsin’s Morning News, on Newsradio WTMJ in Milwaukee. Vince worked in television news as a producer, reporter and anchor for 26 years before moving to radio.
 
Vince’s work as a reporter and anchor have earned him numerous honors from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Associated Press and the Milwaukee Press Club, as well as a 2015 Chicago Midwest Regional Emmy. He twice won Digital and Online Personality of the year honors from WBA in 2018 and 2020. Vince lead the way in social media for the Milwaukee market, pioneering the use of Twitter and Facebook as journalistic tools.

In 2022, Vince was inducted into the Dennis H. Alldridge Hall of Fame, honoring those who’ve made a significant impact on the mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin. During his nine years on the Board of Directors, Vince served as Chairman, Chair-Elect, and Secretary of the Board. He also served on the Board of Directors for The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin. Vince continues his non-profit work in support of numerous causes, including the United Performing Arts Fund, for which he was awarded the Jack M. Burchill award recognizing, “significant contributions in the promotion of UPAF and the performing arts. Vince also proudly supports the MACC Fund, Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, First Stage, USO, The Milwaukee Public Museum, and Greendale High School where his children attend. 

Vince was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Wauwatosa, graduating from Tosa East High School. He has a degree in Communication from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Vince's wife, Nicole, is originally from Cedarburg. The two are proud parents Ella, Max, and Olivia. 
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Roadside Cleanup - thank you to those who participated Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring Nancy Witte-Dycus

Congratulations to member Nancy Witte-Dycus. Nancy was honored by Thiensville Village President Van Mobley with a Proclamation of Appreciation on Tuesday, May 2. The proclamation acknowledges Nancy's retirement as owner of Fantasy Flowers and recognizes her service to the community. Thank you Nancy!
 
Honoring Nancy Witte-Dycus Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

War Memorial Center Follow-up

Dan Buttery provided the following information as a way to learn more about the Milwaukee War Memorial Center:
 
If you have not done so, please sign up to receive our eNews via our website.  We cannot sign you up for privacy reasons, but we encourage you to sign up via this link: https://warmemorialcenter.org/newsletter/
 
At the bottom of the webpage, you will see our social media links.  You can connect via those various sources.
 
Information about architect Eero Saarinen can be found here: https://www.cia.gov/stories/story/eero-saarinen-a-place-in-architectural-history/
 
 
 
War Memorial Center Follow-up Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
FiC 2023 Sponsorship Angelica Niemann 2023-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Dona Drew, May 9 Speaker

On Tuesday, May 9 we welcome Dona Drew, LCSW, CSAC, ICS. Dona is the Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator at the Zablocki VA Medical Center.
 
 
Dona Drew is a Wisconsin Native. After high school, she enlisted in the US Marine Corps for 4 years. She worked as a Field Communication Operator while stationed with the 3rd FSSG at Camp Kinser in Okinawa, Japan. She was then attached to Marine Corps Headquarters at Henderson Hall in Washington DC where she worked at the Pentagon and Navy Annex. She was among the first Women Marines to be allowed to work in this MOS (Military Occupational Specialty).
 
After Dona was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, she received her Bachelor Degree in Social Work from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. After graduation, she returned to WI and started working for ProHealth Care while she obtained her Master degree in Social Work at UW Milwaukee in 2010. 
 
In 2013, she began her VA career as the lead social worker in the Women’s Program at the Domiciliary (6 week residential program). In February 2018, she was hired to create a new position of social worker/case manager in the outpatient Substance Use Clinic. In October 2020 Dona joined the Suicide Prevention Team. Currently, Dona is Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator at the Milwaukee Zablocki Medical Center. She is the co-chair of the Southeastern Wisconsin Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force and works closely with other partnerships in the Veteran community to end Veteran Suicide.  She is passionate about Suicide Prevention and believes that we all have play an important role in ending suicides in our community.
Dona Drew, May 9 Speaker Jennifer Hohn 2023-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
important request from Flory 050123 Ellen MacFarlane 2023-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Free Brewers Tickets for Veterans Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Flags at Forest Home - Volunteer Opportunity Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Daniel Buttery, Tuesday May 2

Our speaker on Tuesday, May 2 is Daniel Buttery, President and CEO of the War Memorial Center.
 
 
Daniel W. Buttery is a Wisconsin native, growing up in Rio, WI.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1994 with honors.
 
Dan first enlisted and then later commissioned as a US Army Engineer Officer in 1998, honored as OCS Class 39 President. He went on to become Company Commander of C-Company 724 Engineer Battalion in 2001.  Dan’s deployments included German (Overseas Deployment for Training) 1998, Chontales, Nicaragua (Peace Keeping for Southern Commanded, USSOUTHCOM) 2001 - 2002, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 2003 – 2004 and the Republic of Korea Joint Operations 2006.
 
Dan’s combat engineer company successfully conducted 300 missions in Iraq from May 2003 – April 2004, covering all corners of the country.  As a company commander, Dan was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for missions conducted in Iraq.  Injuries sustained in country eventually ended his military service.
 
From 2015-17, Dan served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs in Madison, WI, where he was responsible for advancing pro-Veteran legislation in the State of Wisconsin.  
 
Dan understands the sacrifices that members of the United States Armed Forces and their families give on a daily basis to maintain our freedom.  For that, he works to serve these individuals and the charitable organizations that best serve our Veterans.  Dan was the founder and now past President of the Board of Directors for Fisher House Wisconsin, Inc., a 100 percent volunteer appointment. 
 
Dan is the President / CEO of the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee, a position he took on in January, 2020.
Daniel Buttery, Tuesday May 2 Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
GMRP Photo Stories p 5-6, 2023-04-22 Ellen MacFarlane 2023-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Birthday Pickleball

Stan's daughter Carrie sent a fantastic action shot of Stan playing pickleball on his birthday. Happy Birthday Stan!
 
Birthday Pickleball Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Field of Flags Ceremony Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

President-elects of Ozaukee Meet

The Rotary President-elects of Ozaukee County have joined to collaborate, exchange ideas, and work to strengthen the reach of Rotary in our county. The next Mixer is in the works along with a county-wide Rotary project. Pictured from left: Dick Kinney, PE of M-T Sunrise Rotary, Joel Cencius, PE of Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport Club, Jenne Hohn, PE of T-M Rotary, Michael Herbrand, PE of Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary, and Nate Wille, PE of Port Washington-Saukville Rotary.
 
President-elects of Ozaukee Meet Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Spectrum Investment Advisors - Medicare Seminar Angelica Niemann 2023-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Roadside Clean-up May 6, 9:00 AM - Don't forget! 2023-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Apollo 11

The Apollo 11 astronauts had to fill out a customs form for their lunar samples.
Apollo 11 Russ Witte-Dycus 2023-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Sam's favorite Rotary picture Russ Witte-Dycus 2023-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Matt Joynt - Tuesday, April 18 Speaker

We feature member Dr. Matt Joynt, Superintendent of Schools in the M-T School District on Tuesday, April 18.
 
 
Matthew Joynt began teaching in public education at Wilson Elementary School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District (MTSD) in 1999. Prior to being appointed to the position of superintendent of schools in the Mequon-Thiensville School District in July 2017, he has also served in other positions in the school district including assistant principal at the high school and as the assistant superintendent of educational services. This year is his 24th year in education and his 19th as an employee of the MTSD. Dr. Joynt holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2019.

Matthew has extensive experience working to engage students, capitalizing on opportunities to embrace diversity, and facilitating change and continuous improvement efforts within educational organizations located in our metropolitan areas. It is his goal to improve school performance, ensuring high-quality teaching and a positive school culture that ensures academic growth and helps students embrace lifelong learning.
 
Dr. Matt Joynt - Tuesday, April 18 Speaker Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
Follow-up, My Wisconsin Backyard Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
WAMI Music Awards Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Operation Recon Nature Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
Celebrating Veterans in Recovery Event Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
Music in the Garden Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
You asked. Gordon McInally answered. RI 2023-04-07 05:00:00Z 0

My Wisconsin Backyard - Tuesday, April 11

On Tuesday, April 11 we feature Traci Neuman and Brian Ewig, producers of My Wisconsin Backyard. A link to the program can be found here
 

 

Traci’s backyard is Lake Michigan and spends as much of her time sailing on it as possible. She is also a year around cyclist, runner and still photographer. Her hope is to bring people together by introducing different opportunities to help everyone find their own outdoor passion. Her favorite part of the job is learning, sharing and making a difference in the community.

Traci grew up in Minnesota, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and has a Certification in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. 

Prior to joining Milwaukee PBS in 2014, she spent over twenty years working as a multimedia journalist, photographer and editor at news stations in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Brian Ewig is a multimedia producer for Milwaukee PBS, and can most often be found in his garden. He developed his love of the outdoors at a young age fishing on Lake Michigan with his grandfather. 

Brian grew up watching educational and outdoor programming on Milwaukee PBS, and feels grateful to be able to continue that same level of excellence in programming with the Telly award-winning web series My Wisconsin Backyard.

My Wisconsin Backyard - Tuesday, April 11 Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-07 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - Alexa Bremmer

Congratulations to our most recent student of the month, Alexa Bremmer.  We honored Alexa at our Tuesday meeting and she was accompanied by her parents, Patrick and Debbie Bremmer of Mequon.

Volunteering has been an important part of Alexa’s high school career.  She donates her time to Gigi’s Playhouse (a down syndrome achievement center), tutors and helps with the Turkey Trot and Christmas tree lot.  Alexa has also spent the last 2 years volunteering weekly at the Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon, prepping patients for various procedures.  She has also had the opportunity to shadow physicians in the operating room, which has further sparked her interest and passion to one day become a surgeon. 
 
Alexa will be studying bio-medical engineering this fall at either the University of Wisconsin-Madison or Georgia Tech.  Alexa, we thank you for your service above self!
 
 
Alexa is pictured above with her parents: 
Patrick, Alexa (Student of the Month) and Debbie Bremmer
Student of the Month - Alexa Bremmer Megan Borland 2023-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Angelica's Inspiration Angelica Niemann 2023-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Invitation to Prissy & PJ's Private Party Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Angelica's Inspirationa's inspiration Angelica Niemann 2023-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Kathleen Schneider - Guatemala Service Trip

 
The photo above is part of the family that received the home we built. 
 
 
The sign above reads: 
 
The Rotary club of Antigua Guatemala delivers the Cayetana Echeverría nursery school to the children of Antigua for their benefit and as a permanent desire for their improvement.
February 1987
 
It was nice to see evidence of the "home grown" Rotary club as well as evidence of involvement from other Rotary clubs from the U.S.
 
 
This is a photo of some of the teens I traveled with; several "Interacts" from the high school and a "Rotaract" who is in college.
 
 
There is an active volcano near to where we stayed; an eruption in 2018 killed more than 100 people.
 
 
The photo of me on the hillside was taken on visits with the social worker.  It shows some of the housing and how bags of dirt are used to create steps.
 
 
 
 
 A few construction photos. We also spent time organizing donations to the library and much more time organizing clothing donations by gender and size so they were more readily available to staff members.
 
 
 
 
 
Kathleen Schneider - Guatemala Service Trip Jennifer Hohn 2023-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Wisconsin Area Music Industry, April 4 Program

On Tuesday, April 4 we feature guests Jason Klagstad and Jesse Daily of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.
 
 
Capping a 30 year career in global event marketing & strategic planning (VP Production - GMR Marketing) & music instrument retail (multiple stores) combined with a 50 year run as a guitarist with 4 WAMIs and a Hall of Fame award, Jason now leads the WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Board as President. The organization’s new website speaks clearly to the direction WAMI has taken. https://wami.org/In addition, Jason is a Partner with Independent Studios (MKE premier post-production house) and Nariadyme Studios (recording studio) and a guitarist with the Elephonic, Semi-Twang, Bill Camplin, Plumb Loco, Sawyer Road & Post Turtles bands.
 
 
 
Jesse was born & Raised in Boise, Idaho and moved to MKE to attend MSOE. He started the CORE Consulting - Engineering Services Firm specializing in Recruitment, Product Design & Rapid Prototyping located in downtown Thiensville. He started the Thiensville Farmers Market in 2012, "the cheel" in 2014, "the baaree" in 2017 and the "Daily Taco & Cantina" in 2020. He is also a Board Member of WAMI & the Thiensville Business Association; Founder/Director/Volunteer – Thiensville Village Market and Founder/Director/Volunteer – Best Dam Blues Festival. Above all, he is a Proud Father & Husband!
Wisconsin Area Music Industry, April 4 Program Jennifer Hohn 2023-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - Nathan Moldavsky

Nathan Moldavsky was our most recent Student of the Month.  His parents, David & Sara Moldavsky, also attended our meeting while we honored Nathan for his service above self.  Nathan was selected for his commitment to serving his community and his school through his leadership and involvement with multiple service groups. 
 
Nathan has utilized his passion and love for music to help serve the disability community.  Nathan has been playing the piano since he was 6 years old.  His freshman year he started a non-profit program called “Piano for Change” to spread awareness of the benefits of music for individuals with disabilities.  He has organized multiple concerts and raised over $18,000 to fund programs for people with disabilities.  Nathan plans to double major in psychology and neuroscience this fall.  Nathan, we thank you for all that you do for your school and community!
 
Nathan is pictured above with his parents: 
David, Nathan (Student of the Month) and Sara Moldavsky
Student of the Month - Nathan Moldavsky 2023-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

realtor

Good presentation on commercial real estate by a fellow Rotarian, Tracy Johnson.
realtor 2023-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Realtor Russ Witte-Dycus 2023-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday, March 21, Sara Pashak

 
Our speaker on Tuesday, March 21 is Sara Pashak. Sara Pashak currently serves as the President of the Board and Meal Site Ambassador for the Ozaukee Food Alliance. She is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at UWM and resides in Port Washington with her husband, Don, and two awesome kids. She cannot imagine a life without service, though she wouldn't mind a nap.
Tuesday, March 21, Sara Pashak Jennifer Hohn 2023-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary is a proud sponsor of the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony at Homestead High School. President Maureen O'Leary-Guth gave the welcome address. 155 students were inducted into the society this year. Special thanks to Megan Borland for coordinating the event with the High School.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Jennifer Hohn 2023-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

March Madness for the Rotary Foundation

Sport Basketball GIF by Marquette Athletics
 
The time has come to participate in our annual TM Rotary March Madness non-Virtual Tournament. Everyone is encouraged to fill out as many brackets as they would like (5 recommended). Here's how it works.
 
The cost of entering is $20 per bracket.  The proceeds will all be donated to the Rotary International Foundation at the end of the tournament with the lesser of all funds raised and $1,000 donated in the name of the winner. The lesser of the remaining funds and $500 will be donated in the name of the first runner up, and the lesser of the remaining funds and $250 will be donated in the name of the second runner up.  
 
There are 3 ways to enter.
 
1. Click this link to create your bracket.  It will take you right to the website to login and create your brackets.
 
2. Print or download several copies of the attached bracket and manually fill them out. Email them to Sam (sazinger@olglawoffice.com) or drop them off at Sam's office (1251 W. Glen Oaks Lane, Mequon). Please do this as soon as possible, but not later than Wednesday evening. 
 
3.  Send Sam an email indicating you don't want to go through the hassle of filling out your own brackets, but want to participate.  Let him know how many brackets you'd like him to randomly select for you, and he'll roll the dice on your behalf. Please do this as soon as possible, but not later than Wednesday evening. 
 
A few extra things:
 
Please don't make Sam chase you down for money. You can write a check (payable to the Rotary Foundation), pay cash, or send money via Venmo to @Sam-Azinger. Money should be delivered by the end of the Tournament (but sooner would be preferred).
 
Feel free to share with your friends.
 
Even if you are not a member of the TM Rotary Club, you are welcome to participate.  If you win and are not a member of the Club, the funds will be donated by the Club and points will be issued toward an honorary Paul Harris (unless you would like to dedicate a member whom the proceeds should be donated on their behalf). We'll cross that bridge if/when we get there. What's important to remember is that the proceeds will be donated within the TM Rotary Club. #RetainTheSamAzingerTrophy!
 
Good Luck!
 
Sam
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Inclusive Playground Research

Rotarians spent a chilly Thursday afternoon viewing local inclusive playgrounds. The team of Jim Ott, Megan Borland, Sandy Custer, Kathleen Schneider, and Jenne Hohn met at Possibility Playground in Port Washington, All My Friends Playground in Grafton, and the All Children's Play Area in Menomonee Falls. Contact Jenne with the New Projects Committee if you are interested in participating in this project.
 
 
 
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MTC Chamber - State of the Community

Rotarians were out and about to hear members Thiensville Village President Van Mobley and Superintendent of Schools Matt Joynt at the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce State of the Community event. The event also featured Mayor Andrew Nerbun. The event was held at the Annex at Foxtown Brewery and sponsored by Concordia University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fireside Chat

 
Thanks to Maureen and her team at O'Leary-Guth Law Office for hosting our Fireside Chat. Ellen, Sandy, and Maureen gave a thorough history of Rotary and our club. It was an informative and engaging evening. Thanks to all who attended!
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Tuesday March 14, Tracy Johnson

 
On Tuesday, March 14 we feature speaker Tracy Johnson. Tracy has served as CEO of CARW  – the Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin since 2014.  She has more than 25 years of association management and non-profit experience and has held roles as executive director for TEMPO Milwaukee; director of public affairs for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; and director of communications for an association of plumbing and mechanical contractors. Tracy spent several years with a global manufacturer, Bradley Corporation, as well as a local advocacy group, Partners Advancing Values in Education (PAVE). She has served on a number of volunteer and professional boards and committees, and is very involved in community organizations including Ascension Wisconsin, Downtown Milwaukee Rotary Club, VISIT Milwaukee, Public Policy Forum, TDA – Transportation Development Association, and Mobilise. Tracy holds a public relations degree and an executive MBA with a focus on international business, both from Marquette University. She has been recognized by the Business Journal as a Forty Under 40, Woman of Influence” and Power Broker. Tracy is a West Allis native and enjoys running, golf, and watching Marquette and Bucks basketball.  In 2020, she completed the US Chamber of Commerce IOM (Institute of Organizational Management) program and went on to earn the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives.  Tracy also holds the RCE (REALTORS Certified Executive) designation from the National Association of REALTORS. In her community, Tracy serves as a member of the Mequon Economic Development Committee, Mequon Festivals Committee, and the Weyenberg Public Library Foundation Board. She is a frequent guest host and contributor on AM620 WTMJ.  Tracy lives in Mequon with her husband Jim and sons Zachary (12) and Charlie (9), who both attend Lumen Christi Catholic School.
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Nancy and Russ' Mississippi eagle trip to Ferryville.
Why/where is Ferryville? 15m north of Prairie Du Chen. An article in a magazine about Ferryville's annual Eagle Feast.
Result? 3.5 hour drive through Wisconsin's heartland and a huge amount of chilling. Side trip to Iowa for breakfast and more chilling.
 
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Scenes from 2023 PETS

Tyler and Jenne had an awesome time at Rotary PETS. From training with the District Governor to networking with the incoming Presidents of Ozaukee County, to meeting new friends from District 6270 and beyond, it was an incredible weekend. Incoming International President Gordon McInally presented on Friday, offering his vision for Rotary 2023-24. The theme for the upcoming Rotary year is "Create Hope in the World."  McInally's focus is mental health and well-being. The speech will soon be available and posted on our website. We look forward to the upcoming Rotary year!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, March 7, Teresa Coronado - Sailing!

 
On Tuesday, March 7 we welcome Teresa Coronado from the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. 
 
Teresa Coronado learned to sail scows on her grandfather's knee, and has been sailing all boats in all weathers ever since. She competed in the Race to Alaska in 2018, but has stuck to the Great Lakes for her racing adventures since then. Teresa is crew on Eclipse in the Milwaukee Bay Women’s Sailing Organization Monday-night racing series, and crew on Team Cattywampus in the MAST Friday night racing series. She currently sails a Sunfish, a Butterfly, and an old Capri 13 on Lake Michigan when she isn't chartering on Lake Superior or in the BVI. After joining the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and learning about keelboats, she began sailing the loveable Ensign, too.  Teresa’s certifications include: US Sailing Keelboat and US Sailing Keelboat Instructor certification; AED/CPR/First Aid Infant, Child, Adult, Red Cross certification; US Sailing Level 1 Instructor certification; US Sailing REACH instructor certification; US Sailing/US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Instructor. She also has a PhD in Early American Literature from the University of Oregon. Teresa currently serves as the Chair of the Lake Michigan Sail Race Federation Women’s Sailing committee, as a Board member of the Midwest Women’s Sailing Conference, and is the Outreach & Program Director of the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center.
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Rotary Means Business

Kola Alayande and Chuck Zamora led a Rotary Means Business event on Friday, February 24 at No Studios in Milwaukee. Group members promoted their businesses followed by a presentation on goal-setting led by internationally acclaimed speaker Zamora. No Studios is a unique community space founded by Academy Award winner and Wisconsin native John Ridley. Look for these events to be held every other month.
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Scholarship Opportunities

The Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport Club has scholarship opportunities available. Please spread the word!
 
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Rotary Fireside Chat, NEW DATE March 8TH

Join us at O'Leary-Guth Law Office for a Rotary Fireside Chat - RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER TO MARCH 8Th
 
From Membership Director Jeff McLean: The focus of this event is a fireside chat for new members, but we would love to have as many club members join as possible for a lively discussion about Rotary, our club and how to get involved. 
 
Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 
 
1251 W. Glen Oaks Lane, Mequon, WI 53092
 
White House Fireplace GIF by US National Archives
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February 28 - District Governor Mike Phillips

(Mike Phillips is pictured on the right)
 
2022-23 Rotary International District 6270 Governor Mike Phillips
Mike grew up in Chicago, attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where he lived from 1972- 1985, and has made West Bend his home since 1985. A Rotarian for over 15 years, Mike has served in numerous club and district positions, including president of West Bend Sunrise Rotary in 2013-14, and Assistant District Governor for Area D from 2017-2020. Outside of Rotary, Mike remains active in multiple businesses, enjoys spending time with his family and his dogs, and is a talented musician.
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Angelica Niemann - The Power of Persistence

Our speaker on Tuesday, February 14 is new member Angelica Niemann. 

Angelica Niemann is the inaugural Miss Wisconsin in the Miss Volunteer America Organization- an organization that empowers women through serving their communities. Angelica has worked for over a decade to accomplish her goal to compete at the national level. She represented Wisconsin last May where she earned the Interview Award making up 40% of the overall score. Angelica lives in the Mequon area and is the current Marketing Manager at Spectrum Investment Advisors.

Topic: The Power of Persistence

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Rotary Mixer, Authored by Brian Monroe

Oz Co Rotary Clubs-Imagine Rotary
 
On 25 January the 5 Ozaukee County clubs embraced this year’s theme “Imagine Rotary”, by coordinating the first of many “Rotary Mix & Mingle”events. This event was promoted and open to the public. Rotarians and guests had an opportunity to Meet-Network-Share Ideas. Each club president, or their representative shared some of their club’s recent projects and invited prospective and former members to visit a meeting, or future club event.
 
Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise member Cindy Shaffer was our host at her Spur 16 development’s Mequon Public Market and provided the 85+ guests with delicious small plates and beverages. Thiensville-Mequon Noon member PE Jenne Hohn was the cheerleader of this event and received press support and participation from many members of the other Oz Co Rotary clubs of Cedarburg- Grafton, Port Washington-Saukville, and Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport. 
 
Thanks to having this event listed on the D6270’s calendar we had guest appearances and announcements from DG Mike Phillips, Polio Society Chair Rob Bassett, Milwaukee RC’s International Chair Pat Cronin. There were also two members from the Elmbrook RC visiting to see how this type of Rotary networking event could be duplicated in their area. All in all, it was a very successful and enjoyable initial event and a great way for the Oz Co Rotary clubs to “Imagine Rotary”.
 
Brian Monroe
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Pukaite Woods Candlelight Walk, February 18

 
The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club and the City of Mequon are excited to again partner for the third year offering a Luminary “Walk-In-The-Woods” at Pukaite Woods in Rotary Park. The event will take place on Saturday, February 18 from 5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. The event is free to the public. The public restrooms will be open, and volunteers from the Rotary Club will be serving hot cocoa, cider, and coffee with bonfire stations positioned throughout the park. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.
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Feb 7 Speaker - Jordan Luhr, CEO of Balance

Jordan Luhr
Executive Director 
 
Our speaker on Tuesday, February 7 is Jordan Luhr. Jordan Luhr has over twenty years of experience in non-profit human services driven by a passion to serve. Most recently Jordan was Executive Director at a social services agency for older adults, helping them maintain dignity and self-respect through enrichment programs, case management and day programming for those with dementia. 
He also served as Vice President of Development and Public Relations at an agency providing youth with serious emotional, mental and behavioral health challenges, residential treatment, education, and outpatient services. Prior to committing to the non-profit sector, he had an extensive career in the corporate healthcare sector working in sales, marketing, and general management. 
Jordan’s experience is complemented by a Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University. Jordan is married to Renee and has five children and four grandchildren.
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Health Awareness Event

Our friends at the Mequon-Milwaukee Diversity Passport Rotary Club have invited us to attend their Health Awareness Event on Saturday, February 11 from 10 am - 12 pm. Bring your work-out gear! You can scan the QR code or click here to register.
 
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Scenes from the Rotary Mixer

Thanks to all who attended the first ever Ozaukee Rotary Mixer. We had 100 registrants and many requests to do the event quarterly! Sunrise Club member Cindy Shaffer was a fabulous host - thank you Cindy! Special thanks to our own Tim Vertz and the Vertz Marketing team for creating the flyer.
 
 
 
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January 17 Speaker - Congressman Glenn Grothman

* Reminder - we meet at Thiensville Village Hall on Tuesday, January 17 *
 
 
Our speaker on January 17 will be Thiensville native Congressman Glenn Grothman. 

Glenn Grothman is the congressman for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. Grothman is currently serving his fourth term in Congress, having first been elected in 2014. 

In the House of Representatives, Grothman serves on three committees, the House Committee on Education and Labor, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, and the House Committee on the Budget. Grothman's time in office has also been marked by his passionate advocacy for manufacturing, worker training, welfare reform, higher education reform, immigration reform, and pro-life causes. Grothman has also been recognized for his work to protect Medicare and Social Security by receiving the “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” award.

Before serving in Congress, Grothman served as the Assistant Majority Leader in the Wisconsin State Senate where he worked on economic growth legislation and tax reform. Prior to his election to the state senate, Grothman served as a representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly for 10 years. He was also a practicing attorney in the areas of estate planning and probate and worked as a tax preparer.

Grothman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He graduated from Homestead High School near his home town of Thiensville, Wisconsin.

Grothman, 67, lives in the Town of Greenbush in Sheboygan County.

 
 
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Bob Roden, VP Ozaukee County Farm Bureau

 
 
Our speaker on Tuesday, January 10 will be Bob Roden. 
 
Bob Roden has been a part of the agriculture industry his entire life. His farming begin on his family farm in Saukville. Being the second oldest of ten children, in 1981 he purchased his own farm in Saukville. When he started on his own, he had 25 cows. The farm was close to the Village of Saukville and had limited land to allow for any expansion, so in 1995 he and his wife purchased a farm in the Town of Trenton. When they moved in 1995, they had 90 cows. Over the years, the farm has expanded and currently they milk over 900 cows in a new 40-stall rotary parlor. 
 
In the 1980’s Bob experienced record high interest rates, as compared to recent years that were very low. He has seen some very tough times in the dairy industry, and also some of the best. He never gives up on being a farmer because he is passionate about it and truly enjoys the work. 
 
Bob and his wife, Cindy, have 5 adult children and 17 grandkids. They, along with their son and Bob’s brother, own Roden Echo Valley, LLC. Bob is currently the Vice President of the Ozaukee County Farm Bureau and finds value in being an active member in the community. 
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Bob Tatterson, PhD

 
Special thanks to our speaker Bob Tatterson, PhD, who spoke on Tuesday, January 3.
 
Bob is Founder and President of Xponential Ventures, a business and technology consulting firm and private investment vehicle. He was previously Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer at Sealed Air Corporation and Brady Corporation. Earlier he held research and technology executive leadership positions at GE Plastics and General Electric. Bob earned an MS and Phd in chemical engineering from University of Michigan and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University. Bob lives in Mequon with his wife Kathy and two children and serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory councils. As a hands-on volunteer community leader, and former volunteer firefighter, he makes an impact through service to education, the environment, the arts and sciences.
 
For more information about Bob and XPonential Ventures, click here.
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What Is Rotary, Herb Hillman

 
What is Rotary

I became a member in 1978 shortly after moving my office from downtown 
Milwaukee to Mequon. Was encouraged to join by a business associate,
George Colburn, who shortly thereafter earned the nick name "Chicken George"  after
serving the club under cooked chicken for lunch.

Didn't become very active until 1985, which was our club's 50th year and
the fund raising and building of Mequon's Rotary Park commenced.. I soon
realized and appreciated how much good a small group of people could do 
for their communities.

Have particularly enjoyed being involved for 25+- years with the Family Fun before
the 4th's annual July 4th celebration, and with the assistance of Rotary Club members
serving free ice cream and staffing the Corn Roast booth.

Have also enjoyed being involved with many of our clubs  community benefiting activities.
I recently had occasion to present to our club a Quote from Albert Einstein about life.
"I believe in one thing - that only a life lived for others is a life worth living."
Sounds like a good Rotary motto. 

Herb Hillman
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December 13 Speaker - Van Mobley, Village of Thiensville President

Van Mobley is Professor of History & Economics at Concordia University Wisconsin.  He earned a BA at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His Academic work focuses upon Economic Crises and the History of Economic Thought.  He has written on the South Sea Bubble,  Adam Smith, Henry Carey, and John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.  Van has appeared on news outlets like the BBC, France 24, CGTN (Chinese National Television), Swedish National Radio, and American National Public Radio, as well as innumerable appearances on local television and radio stations across the United States.  He has been quoted in leading national newspapers in Britain, France, and Japan, as well as the USA, and his op-eds have appeared in a variety of Wisconsin based publications.  In addition to his work in academia Van has filled a variety of roles in business and is currently serving his fourth term as the Thiensville Village President and is the chair of board of the newly created “Southern Ozaukee Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department”.  He lives in Thiensville with his wife Susan.  Susan and Van have two grown sons.
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New Members December 2022

Two new members of our wonderful organization.
Angelica Niemann, representing Spectrum Investment Advisors as their Marketing Manager.
AND
Jim Marshall as Ambassador.
 
Welcome Rotarians!
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December 20, Holiday Music

About our December 20 jazz guitarist Paul Silbergleit:
 

Paul Silbergleit is a Milwaukee-based jazz guitarist, composer, educator, and author. Straight-ahead in style, he bears the influence of figures such as Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, and Kenny Burrell.

​Paul has performed with a wide array of jazz luminaries such as Melvin Rhyne, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Tierney Sutton, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, and Jack McDuff, to name just a few. A member of area jazz supergroup We Six, he has also worked with notable institutions like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. His critically acclaimed albums, from the 1996 debut CD Silberglicity through the recently released January (with the stellar My New Attitude in between), have climbed onto the jazz airwaves and charts.

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In addition to his performance career, Paul is an active and experienced teacher and clinician, and the author or co-author of numerous widely-distributed instructional materials. He has taught at Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee) and was a longtime faculty member at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, as part of the celebrated jazz program that made its home there until 2019. His teaching experience ranges from elementary to Elderhostel, including private lessons in guitar and improvisation, ensemble coaching, and jazz history/appreciation. Following his contributions to Hal Leonard’s Guitar Lessons Goldmine book series as well as their Guitar Licks Goldmine DVDs, the publisher released his monumental 25 Great Jazz Guitar Solos in late 2015.

​Born in Milwaukee, but growing up mostly in Fargo, North Dakota, he became exposed to jazz when a junior high band director set him for lessons with the late Dr. James F. Condell, a psychology professor and well-studied guitarist who did not have current pop music on the agenda.

​Paul continued his studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, with excellent mentors such as the late Dr. Wendell Logan, guitarist Bob Ferrazza, and trumpeter Kenny Davis. Living in Milwaukee since graduation, he enjoyed the close-by influence of veteran players like saxophonist Berkeley Fudge, guitarist Manty Ellis, and the late great organist Melvin Rhyne, while coming into his own as a jazz artist and significant figure on the scene himself.

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Volunteer Opportunities with The Ability Center

I received the following follow-up information from The Ability Center re: volunteering. Opportunities are below. For more information and to sign up, click here.
 
Open Gym
Our adaptive Open Gym is reinventing the way people play. Disability or not, Open Gym invites you and your family to come play in a “Different Pair of Shoes.” As we like to say; “Not disABLED sports, wheelchair sports.” Join us for a fun-filled night of activities and games, from wheelchair basketball to sitting volleyball, goal ball to tennis, we adapt all kinds of sports and games.

Volunteers are needed to help unload the sports wheelchairs from the trailer, set chairs up, check participants in and then load the trailer. In between tasks, volunteers are encouraged to play together with family and friends.

Locations:
Whitman Middle School, 1110 W. Center Street, Milwaukee
Rite-Hite Family YMCA, 9250 N Green Bay Rd, Milwaukee
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay
Bruce Guadalupe Middle School, 920 South 9th Street, Milwaukee
 
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Red Arrow Park RampUp Event
We'll be serving hot chocolate and skating TOGETHER at Red Arrow Park. Volunteers can help with set-up, serving hot chocolate, helping participants check out ice sleds and get them onto the rink. Ice sleds offer another way to enjoy the ice when traditional skates aren't the right fit. This event is weather dependent. You can check for updates on our Facebook page or contact Cay Landowski.  
 
Note: In partnership with Milwaukee County Parks and The Ability Center, Red Arrow Park has free ice sled rental during the winter season. 
 
Event date:
February 18: 1:00-4:00pm (arrive for set-up 12:30pm) 
 
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In Spring, April 6-June 1, 2023 we'll have our 3v3 Basketball Program
 

Wheelchair Basketball – 3v3 League Play 

TAC’s 3v3 Wheelchair League is the first of its kind offering the chance for beginners and experienced players to PLAY TOGETHER – no disability required!

Volunteers are needed to help unload the sports wheelchairs from the trailer, set chairs up, check participants in, run the timer during scrimmages and then load chairs in the trailers after games. 

Where: Whitman Middle School, 11100 W. Center Street, Milwaukee

Thursdays

Shift 1: 5:00-7:30pm

Shift 2: 7:00-9:30pm

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What Is Rotary - Week 50, Dan Gannon

 
Twenty plus years ago Stan Smith approached me about joining Rotary.  The 4- Way test was consistent with my view of life and clinched my interest in joining.  Beyond the week to week comaraderie with friends, I enjoy getting aquatinted with a broad mix of people wanting to provide service to our community and our club. Being a Rotarian has opened doors to other organizations and groups involved in the community. Rotary provides numerous avenues to make a difference that are consistent with the 4 - Way test.
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Sam and the Big Check

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The Sunrise Club recently gifted the MT Trails Foundation $8350.00 from their annual fund raiser. Sam Azinger is the Vice President of the Foundation. Congratulations to the Foundation for this wonderful gift!
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What Is Rotary - Week 49, Todd Davis

 
After moving my office to Thiensville in 2003, I joined the Chamber of Commerce.   While attending a meeting I met Dianne Robertson, the Village of Thiensville Administrator at that time.  She invited me to attend a Rotary meeting.  When asked what Rotary was all about she replied “just attend the meeting and see what you think”.   What a recruiter.  
 
The T-M Rotary Club speakers, newsletter and events have kept me up to date on what’s happening in the community.   Looking back on nearly 20 years of membership in Rotary, I am proud to be a part of such a giving organization.  From the local food pantry, River Walk, Thiensville Village Park Re-imagined to worldwide humanitarian initiatives and many more, Rotary provides support.     
 
Serving on the board in club leadership positions has been an invaluable experience.   Giving back to my community and beyond through Rotary Membership, has paid so many dividends.   Not only have I gained valuable business contacts, I have enjoyed getting to know many of our members and am pleased to call them friends.    
 
The summer cookouts are something I have always looked forward to.  A casual environment and who wouldn’t enjoy the southern barbecue style beef brisket cookout, compliments of  Van to Ellen’s home baked goods along with many other fantastic lunches.   This year I and another Rotarian where personally invited to be on the coveted Van’s Cooking Crew.   Without hesitation we accepted however when the cooking crew schedule came out, we didn’t make the list.   The future Rotarian of the Year was bumped from the crew.  Fair to all concerned? A “miscommunication” I was told, it sure was.    The good news is, I was able to enjoy the fabulous lunch without having to do dishes!
 
Rotary has brought the bright light of service above self to my Family and I.  The feeling of helping the community and beyond without expecting something in return is priceless.
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Ali quote

 
"Service To Others Is The Rent You Pay For Your Room Here On Earth." -Muhammad Ali
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Winter Wonderland Holiday Music Schedule

Holiday Music Line-up:
3:30 – 4:30 PM, MTSD Elem/Middle School Orchestras
4:30 – 5:00 PM, Christ Alone Youth & Adult Choirs
5:00 – 5:30 PM, Lakeshore & Steffen Choirs
5:30 – 6:00 PM, Homestead High School Choir
 
 
 
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Winter Wonderland - A Message Posted on Facebook by Mayor Nerbun

Upcoming Event! Save the date

The 9th Annual Winter Wonderland will take place on Sunday, December 11 from 3:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. in front of City Hall on Cedarburg Road. Santa will arrive by a horse-drawn wagon and children can have their picture taken with him inside the Isham Day House. Judah the Maccabee will also be at the festival to have pictures taken in front of a giant Menorah. There will be numerous activities for children to take part in including ornament making, cookie decorating, wagon rides, and a Gingerbread Bounce House. Holiday music will be provided by the MTSD Elementary & Middle School Orchestra from 3:30 - 4:30 P.M., the Christ Alone Choirs from 4:30 - 5:00 P.M., the Lakeshore & Steffen Choirs from 5:00 - 5:30 P.M., and the Homestead H.S. Choir from 5:30 - 6:00 P.M. Mr. P's Grilled Cheese and Ruby Tap will be providing food and beverages.
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What Is Rotary - Week 47, Sandy Custer

 
I was never given a choice about joining Rotary.  My Father in Law was President at the time I finished my residency.  During my residency he had taken me to lunch  with George Witte to help get me interested in practicing in the area. They  said to me, "Of course you will join Rotary."  My response was, "of course".  As a new resident of the community I immediately enjoyed meeting and becoming friends with so many varied and interesting people.  It took a while to fully appreciate what being in a service club really meant and how being a small part could make a difference.   I enjoy the sense of community, the lunches, and the avenue for giving back.  People like Herb Hillman, Karl Hertz, Stan Smith, Tim Carr and Dan Gannon have been huge influences, mostly good.
What Is Rotary - Week 47, Sandy Custer Jennifer Hohn 2022-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Logging onto Club Runner Russ Witte-Dycus 2022-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Family Sharing - Online Donations Jennifer Hohn 2022-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You Cori Guerin of Family Promise

Our speaker on Tuesday, November 15 was Cori Guerin, CEO of Family Promise of Ozaukee County, Inc. The YouTube video link she referenced can be found here: https://youtu.be/c8ElkbE46Ao.
 
 
Cori is the newly appointed CEO of Family Promise of Ozaukee County and the current 2022/2023 President of the Mequon Thiensville Sunrise Rotary club.
Family Promise is currently building a static homeless shelter, known as the Portlight Shelter, at the corner of Sunset and LL in Port Washington.  The agency works with currently homeless individuals and families but spends a majority of their work helping people remain in their homes by providing access to rent assistance, section 8 vouchers and other forms of state and local assistance.  Family Promise also helps connect those in need to access to energy assistance, food share, job search assistance, credit repair, educational resources and many other resources available in the community.  Family Promise is making a difference in the lives of families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Ozaukee County.
Prior to taking on her leadership role at Family Promise, Cori worked as a Director of Donor Relations at Concordia University.  She worked with major donors, foundations, corporate partners and others to create a robust portfolio of fundraising experience.  While at Concordia she obtained her MBA with a concentration in Strategic Communications and Public Relations.  She is currently in pursuit of her CFRE certification and hopes to obtain it by the end of 2023.
Cori has been happily married to Brian Guerin for over 5 years and they are delighted to be the proud parents and step-parents of 8 children; 5 daughters and 3 sons, with the oldest son expecting their first grandchild in May.
Cori and Brian love to travel, be outdoors, exercise, bike, golf and hunt.  They also spend many volunteer hours working with the Riverwest Food Pantry, St. Ben’s, Family Promise, Globall Giving, LLS, the Alzheimer’s Association and the many service projects that both of their Rotary clubs are involved with.
Thank You Cori Guerin of Family Promise Jennifer Hohn 2022-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 46, Jim Counsellor

 
My Rotary journey is still a brief one with only two years of membership and various interruptions. I have yet to find the passion in the numerous opportunities that this organization offers.
That being said, I truly have come to appreciate the privilege of being part of this organization and being able to associate with people who have done so many great things for our communities.
I am constantly amazed at the dedication and years and even decades of commitment and services that our members give freely in time and effort.  
I am proud to be a Rotarian and feel that I am on the brink of being able to commit to a special initiative in which I can contribute.  I feel I have been blessed in my life and welcome the opportunity to give back to either those who have been less fortunate or those who are still searching for their purpose. 
What Is Rotary - Week 46, Jim Counsellor Jennifer Hohn 2022-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Sandy Custer Russ Witte-Dycus 2022-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteer for Winter Wonderland, Sunday December 11 Jennifer Hohn 2022-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
PTSD 2022 RIM Jennifer Hohn 2022-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
District 6270 Rotary Foundation Dinner Jennifer Hohn 2022-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 44, Tim Carr

 
My first experience with the T-M Rotary was years ago when I attended as a guest so many times, I felt obliged to join.
 
It was good decision.
 
1. I discovered the many valuable contributions the Rotary made to our community and Globally and wanted to be part of it.
 
2. I made many new friends from the terrific people who are the members.
 
3. Since I am responsible for all the wonderful deeds that Sandy Custer does, I feel it is my obligation to the club to continue prodding him on to keep doing what he does so fabulously.
 
4. The T-M Rotary (NoonClub ) is a true jewel in the T-M Community comprised of many outstanding  people and I am proud to be associated with them as a member.
What Is Rotary - Week 44, Tim Carr Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Postcards from the past RIM article

Postcards from Rotary’s archives show how members fulfilled and affirmed their meeting attendance while away from their home clubs. The family of J.G. Clapp, who served as secretary of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs, California, in the 1960s, donated some picturesque cards to Rotary International, including this one from 1968, when a member of the Palm Springs club visited the Rotary Club of Athens.

Postcards from the past RIM article Russell P Witte-Dycus 2022-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Winter Wonderland December 11 - Save the Date! Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Trick or treat for Polio Plus 2022 Russell P Witte-Dycus 2022-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Means Business Fellowship Russell P Witte-Dycus 2022-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 43, Tyler Briggs

I originally joined the Milwaukee Rotary years ago when I worked and lived downtown.  My career took me to Mequon and my wife and I moved to Cedarburg.  I actually took a few years off from Rotary after the move to the North Shore as I found it hard to make all of the meetings in downtown Milwaukee. I always had a desire to get involved in my new community and when long member Roger Kirgues brought me to a Rotary meeting, I instantly felt welcomed. I love the comradery the club has and have found it easy to feel connected due to the size of the club compared to others.  The long time members are great mentors and stewards for the newer members and continue to show the next generation what it truly means to be a Rotarian. I am honored to be part of this club and look forward to the many years ahead.
What Is Rotary - Week 43, Tyler Briggs Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Our Community 2022

Rotarians ruled the night at the M-T Chamber of Commerce night and awards ceremony.
The words Rotary and Rotarian rang through the hall repeatedly (Thankfully the board decided a drinking game was ill advised). 
 
Business of the Year,
O’Leary-Guth Law Office, S.C.
Citizen of the Year,
Ellen MacFarlane
Distinguished Service,
John Wirth
Next Generation Leadership,
Heather Mader
Celebrate Our Community 2022 Russell P Witte-Dycus 2022-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You Roadside Clean-up Crew!

Thanks to the group that participated in Roadside Clean-up: Sam and his sons, Sandy, Dan, Jenne, Jim L, Ellen, Jim O, Tim V, and John W. Sandy always manages the gathering of items needed for clean-up and we appreciate it! 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank You Roadside Clean-up Crew! Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Dia de los Muertos at the Milwaukee Domes

Looking for something fun to do for Halloween? Check out Dia de los Muertos at the Milwaukee Domes, Friday, October 28 from 6 pm - 9 pm. Tickets available here

Admission includes: 

  • Entrance into The Domes 
  • Mariachi Band 
  • Día de los Muertos Dancers
  • Crafts
  • Food and Art Vendors
  • Bilingual Storytime
Dia de los Muertos at the Milwaukee Domes 2022-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

Jeff Wenzler - Featured Speaker, Tuesday October 18

 
Jeff Wenzler is a motivational speaker, award-winning author of The Pivotal Life: A Compass for Discovering Purpose, Passion & Perspective, resilience mentor, international servant leadership organization founder and executive director, executive producer of 10 Dollar Perspective, humanitarian, wannabe photographer, avid hiker, dad, and international dog rescuer.
 
Jeff has degrees from Marquette University and Boston College. He resides here in Mequon when he is not at his 12x12 home in a Jamaican landfill community where he mentors single mothers and their children living in extreme poverty. More about Jeff can be found at www.JeffWenzler.com
 
Jeff Wenzler - Featured Speaker, Tuesday October 18 Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
No Lunch meeting this week Russell P Witte-Dycus 2022-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians in Germany 2022 Russell P Witte-Dycus 2022-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

October 4th Speaker JD Smith - Arch Solar

 
JD joined the Business Development team at Arch in 2020. JD Has a Bachelors from UW-Whitewater and a Master’s in Global Studies of the Middle East from Marquette.  JD Previously worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant for Marquette, Communications Manager for Kaitlin Woods, and Associate Director for CCS Fundraising.  What excites him most about working at Arch is the chance to be a part of a great change like renewable energy that is benefiting not just Wisconsin, but the whole world. His goal at Arch is to constantly push Arch to stay at the cutting edge of the solar industry in Wisconsin while keeping our ethics of service and craftsmanship at the forefront.

 

When not working JD loves reading, playing guitar, and watching international soccer. His favorite accomplishment is climbing the Zugspitze, the tallest mountain in Germany.

October 4th Speaker JD Smith - Arch Solar Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Tim Vertz

Ozaukee Economic Development presented Tim Vertz with the Business of the Year Award - Small Business Category on September 29. There was a large contingency of Rotarians in the crowd to celebrate Tim's achievement. Congratulations Tim!
 
 
 
Celebrating Tim Vertz Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Our Rotarians - Celebrate Our Community Awards

 
Message from Shelley Weston:
 
Join us at 5 pm on October 20th at Shully’s for the Mequon Thiensville Chamber Celebrate Our Community Event.  
 
Congratulations to our Rotarian honorees!
 
Business of the Year: O’Leary-Guth Law Office, S.C. (Maureen O’Leary & Sam Azinger)
 
Citizen of the Year: Ellen MacFarlane
 
Distinguished Service: John Wirth
 
Next Generation Leadership: Heather Mader
 
Please visit the Chamber website to register https://www.mtchamber.org/
 
They do not offer reserved tables and they do not offer table sponsorships. The Chamber wants us to go directly to their website to register individually.  Gina suggested you put T-M Rotary as your company or in the notes so we know how many club members are attending.  They will have tent name cards and each guest can sit where they like so we can pick seats near each other. They are using tables of 8. 
 
Feel free to contact the Chamber directly with any questions.  Gina’s email is info@mtchamber.org
Celebrate Our Rotarians - Celebrate Our Community Awards Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 40, Peterson Apfelbach

What is Rotary to me!

After I finished my undergraduate degree, I looked for opportunities to be of service to my community. As a new college graduate returning to my hometown, Rotary provided that opportunity and so much more.

Regarding service, I immediately felt connected to the many causes the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary club participates in and supports. These opportunities range from local garbage clean-up to fundraising/planning for large scale community projects. My favorite service opportunity for the community is volunteering at the corn stand during the Family Fun Before the Fourth celebration! Additionally, Rotary is very flexible in its expectation of what its members contribute. This allows community members from all stages of life to participate in a way they find meaningful.

In addition to the service opportunities, the community I built within the Rotary club has been incredibly rewarding. From the moment of my first visit, the members of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary club have been incredibly welcoming and in the 4 years since joining the club, that has not changed. I always feel that they are invested in how I am doing and want me to succeed. I look forward to opportunities in the future where I can be of greater service to my club and community.

What Is Rotary - Week 40, Peterson Apfelbach Jennifer Hohn 2022-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange 0922 Russell P Witte-Dycus 2022-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Out and About

Heather and Tyler met at the M-T Chamber Sporting Clays event while several Rotarians were spotted at the Sunrise Rotary Around the World fund raiser.
Rotarians Out and About Jennifer Hohn 2022-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 39, Russell Witte-Dycus

 
In 2002 I was at the Bristol Renaissance faire and wandered across the parking lot to say hi to a friend and there was a redhead with her and that is how I ended up in Wisconsin. Its been 19+ years and life is good. I have been a Rotary Andy all that time, sponging free lunches off of my wife and getting to know most of you and mourning the passing of more than a few. I started my own business, Rent A Preacher, in 1999 and that is why my Rotary designation of ‘Officiant’.
 
At Nancy’s urging I joined the Freemason Lodge in Port Washington in 2011, There are many parallels between the Masons and Rotary: we are both charity oriented and community minded, the Masons give about $3m a day to charities world-wide. The biggest difference is that the Masons are still strictly a fraternity, allowing only men to join. So why would I join Rotary when I have a ‘club’ already, when I could continue to get a free lunch? Because I want to do more in the community of Mequon/Thiensville than the Masons do. I was going to quote Groucho Marx but I do want to belong to an organization that would have me. Thank you for accepting me as a Rotarian. 
What Is Rotary - Week 39, Russell Witte-Dycus Jennifer Hohn 2022-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
World Traveling Rotarians Jennifer Hohn 2022-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary, John Wirth

 
I joined Thiensville-Mequon Rotary for two reasons, and it has exceeded my expectations.
 
First, I have been involved in Mequon, but I knew the opportunities I had would ultimately come to an end. I believe I have an obligation to give back. Rotary provides an established, nonpolitical structure for doing so. Throughout the year, there are many opportunities to get involved and, while participation is encouraged, members can do a little or a lot depending on time availability. Rotary, like so many of other our service clubs, does so much for our community. I wanted to be part of that and, although my schedule does not allow me to participate in everything, I am able to do some good. I hope to do more as my other obligations change.
 
Second, Rotary has filled a personal need. As my kids got older and school activities stopped dominating our schedule, there were fewer opportunities to get to know people well. Through other activities, I have gotten to know superficially many Mequon-Thiensville neighbors. Social media, although fun, does not replace personal interaction. Rotary has created real connections. By attending most weeks, I have gotten to know a bunch of truly good people of a variety of ages and backgrounds.
 
I am not much of a joiner. Too often, organizations become too political. Not only do members get stuck in the drama, but they get painted with the positions of the organization. Rotary is different. It does so much for our community without the stress of some other groups.
 
So long as I reside in this community and my schedule permits, I plan to be a member of Thiensville-Mequon Rotary. I encourage others to give it a try.
What Is Rotary, John Wirth Jennifer Hohn 2022-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 38, Nancy Witte-Dycus

 
What Rotary means to me.
So many things. Fraternity, friendship, charity, connections.
When I was invited to join TM Rotary, I was among the first women.
Not the top 5 but shortly after.  I remember how welcome I felt. Especially by the older members. Having lived through being the first women to take small engines in high school or join clubs where I clearly was not embraced. 
My 2nd nick name came from Pete Hiltgen. I shared my love of skiing with Jack Wiese, Dr Jacobs and Herb Hillman. I learned to grill from Frank Bolz and make a great silver bullet martini. Herb Hillman taught me about floating prime. 
By meeting every Tuesday, I was able to build strong friendships. Learn about faraway places and the comradery between Madison Graduate Sandy Custer verse Iowa’s Graduate Bruce Rowe.
Rotarians are the best people I know, raising money for worthy charities, making a difference in our community, providing money for clean water, humanitarian efforts, Polio plus.
Rotary is my extended family; I know that if I would ever need anything they are just a phone call away.
Nancy Witte-Dycus
P.S. I couldn’t list all my favorite people because you are all my favorite people one way or another.
What Is Rotary - Week 38, Nancy Witte-Dycus Jennifer Hohn 2022-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Out and About at Taste of Mequon 2022

We missed a photo opportunity with Todd Davis who was actively promoting Fall Into Comedy (thank you Todd!) but we spotted several other T-M Rotarians out and about at Taste of Mequon 2022 including Mequon Festivals Committee members Jenne Hohn and Christine McLean. We also got a chance to catch up with fellow Rotarians at the Mequon Milwaukee Diversity Passport Club! Thank you to members who volunteered to help make this such a wonderful community event. For tickets for Fall Into Comedy 2022, please click here!
Rotarians Out and About at Taste of Mequon 2022 Jennifer Hohn 2022-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

September 13 Speaker, Chris Kowalkiewicz, MBA, BSN, RN

Chris Kowalkiewicz, MBA, BSN, RN, Executive Director of Nursing & Clinical Operations, Froedtert Community Hospital

On September 13, we are proud to host speaker Chris Kowalkiewicz from Froedtert Community Hospital. 

Chris Kowalkiewicz began his healthcare career in 2000 as a nursing assistant at a nursing home in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He then moved to Milwaukee to continue his education in 2001. Chris received an associate degree in nursing from Milwaukee Area Technical College, a bachelor degree of science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and a master of business administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University.

Chris has worked in clinical and leadership positions in medical-surgical hospital units, radiation oncology, Gamma Knife, inpatient oncology, vascular access, urgent care, palliative care, pulmonary medicine, and primary care.

Chris has a passion for compassionate, patient-centered care, with a particular interest in process improvement and leadership in healthcare.

Chris is currently the Executive Director of Nursing & Clinical Operations for Froedtert Community Hospital. Froedtert Community Hospital has locations in Mequon, New Berlin, Oak Creek, and Pewaukee, providing emergency department and inpatient services in efficient, patient- centered, local hospital settings.

When not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his two boys, Ian and Eli, and their two dogs and two cats. Chris enjoys the outdoors and can often be found kayaking, hiking, fishing, boating, biking, snowboarding, or ice fishing near his home in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

September 13 Speaker, Chris Kowalkiewicz, MBA, BSN, RN Jennifer Hohn 2022-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 36, Shelley Weston

Membership in a Rotary club affords one the opportunity to serve others.  I joined the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary in 2003 to help improve the lives of others not just in my community but internationally.  I helped organize and implement GMRP (Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership) in 2005 that is still going strong to this day.  https://www.gmrp.org/
The team provides medical, dental, and vision services to people in the rural area of Oliveros, Guatemala.  I am also proud of the work our club does to improve the local community by building Rotary Park and the Riverwalk.  We help those in need locally with food and diaper collections throughout the year.  Rotary affords one the chance to build meaningful connections with like-minded civil servants and leaders.  We also partner with other service organizations and fellowship abounds.  Rotary International works to make the world a better place by providing clean drinking water, polio vaccinations, micro loans, shelter, scholarships, grants, and Youth Exchanges.  
What Is Rotary - Week 36, Shelley Weston Jennifer Hohn 2022-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Where do I find another member's phone # Russell P Witte-Dycus 2022-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Sailing Lake Michigan

Jenne took Maureen and her girls sailing last Friday at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. She would be happy to take anyone interested to learn more about sailing. All three of the crew took the tiller and did a wonderful job. We will learn more about the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center on October 18 when our featured speaker will be Teresa Coronado from the Sailing Center. Contact Jenne if you'd like to try sailing.
Sailing Lake Michigan Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Family Night 2022

Family Night was extra special this year. We had a wonderful event featuring amazing food, friends, music, a bounce house, bubbles, and corn hole. Gratitude goes to many including Nancy Witte-Dycus for providing tablecloths and photography, Ellen MacFarlane for her amazing desserts, Christine McClean for her delicious appetizers, Sandy Custer for his outstanding prime rib and beans, bubbles, and corn hole, Tyler Briggs for the bounce house, and let's not forget the crew who stepped in to help Chef Sandy. Team Sandy included Jenne Hohn, Megan Borland, Nick Hunzinger, Jeff McClean, Ellen MacFarlane, and Dianne Robertson. Let it be noted that Dianne did all of the dishwashing. Thanks to all for this terrific event!
Family Night 2022 Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 35 , Anthony Von Rueden

When I moved to Mequon I wanted to know more about the Mequon / Thiensville community. I thought Rotary would provide this opportunity with all the business individuals who were members. Rotary is a great organization to help the local community and learn more about community we are living in. Of course being Sargent of Arms also provides me a great opportunity to FINE the members.
What Is Rotary - Week 35 , Anthony Von Rueden Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rhythm and Brews, September  29, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Join us at an event to benefit the Mitchell Park Domes on Thursday, September 29 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Performing in the Show Dome as the headlining act at Rhythm & Brews is Milwaukee singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp. Tickets available by clicking here. Please note that tickets will not be sold at the door.
Rhythm and Brews, September 29, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Taste of Mequon 2022

Taste of Mequon 2022 is right around the corner (literally). See you there on Saturday, September 10 from 12 - 9. 
 
Band Schedule:
Fallback 12:30 - 2:30
Whiskeybelles 3:00 - 5:00
Orange Whips 6:00 - 9:00
 
Kid's activities from 12-6 including bounce houses and giant slides.
 
Taste of Mequon 2022 Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Save-the-date for Roadside Clean-up - Saturday October 15, 9:00 AM Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Next up - Steve's Bees

 
Our speaker on Tuesday, August 16 is Steve Shapson from Steve's Bees. Steve Shapson has been keeping bees for seven years.  As a member of the Mequon Nature Preserve Beekeeping Club he participates in club activities and attends monthly informational lectures and presentations. His Steve's Bee's Honey brand is sold at local stores and eateries in Mequon, Cedarburg, Brown Deer and Milwaukee. Steve's honey is served by several local restaurants and caterers. His clients include: Chef John Raymond of Two Chefs Tosa, Chef Andrew Wilson of Brandywine, Chef Adam Siegel of Lupi and Iris, Bacchus, Lake Park Bistro, and Discourse Coffee.
Next up - Steve's Bees Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Fun Times at the Chinooks Game Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Next up! David Christensen, Director of Partnerships, Chinooks Baseball Club

Lakeshore Chinooks Logo , Free Transparent Clipart - ClipartKey
On Tuesday, August 9, we welcome David Christensen. David is the Chinooks’ Director of Partnerships after serving as Ticket Operations & Sales Manager in 2021. The 2022 season is his third season and  year with the organization. David will oversee the team’s corporate partnerships and tickets sales plus ticket operations and ticket sales departments including managing the stadium box office. Most recently, Christensen worked for the Milwaukee Brewers. David interned with Chinooks ticket sales staff in 2019 and was named an intern of the year. He graduated from University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Born and raised in Germantown, David currently resides in Germantown.
Next up! David Christensen, Director of Partnerships, Chinooks Baseball Club Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 32, Stan Smith

Rotary Comment – Stan Smith
 
It is hard to think back to a time that Rotary was not a part of my life.  I was a member of two other Rotary Clubs before being accepted as a member of our T/M Rotary Club in 1978 when we moved to Mequon.  I appreciate the many friendships with T/M Rotary Club members and the opportunity to serve with them.
It is now a privilege to share my experience with younger members and to urge them to appreciate all that we are able to do for our community and beyond.  I especially enjoy taking out of town visitors and family on a tour of Mequon Rotary Park, Village Park in Thiensville, the Town Center Gateway, and the Rotary Riverwalk.  It is easy to see the positive impact our Rotary Club has had on our community.
It was a recent pleasure to help celebrate the 85th Anniversary of our Club and I am confident there are many great years ahead with new ideas and new leadership each year.
What Is Rotary - Week 32, Stan Smith Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

Clintel Hasan, Milwaukee Succeeds

Our speaker on Tuesday, August 2 was Clintel Hasan from Milwaukee Succeeds. Clintel Hasan is co-founder of LiberatED Consulting, an anti-racist education consulting service dedicated to building the critical consciousness of educators and school leaders on topics of race, class, power and privilege. She is also the Strategic Initiatives Manager at Milwaukee Succeeds, working for educational equity in Milwaukee and leading their High School Success initiative, Youth Forward MKE and co-leading Milwaukee’s K12 Covid-19 Civic Response Team.

In her early career, Clintel worked as the Director of Leadership Development at Teach For America-Milwaukee. She provided teacher support aligned with culturally relevant pedagogy across the Milwaukee region, harnessed the power of TFA alumni in Wisconsin to advance educational equity, and led regional initiatives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

A Milwaukee native and proud homeowner and resident of the St. Joseph’s neighborhood, her passion for social justice developed early on while studying Sociology and Gender & Women Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later earning her Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University.

For further information you can contact Clintel at chasan@milwaukeesucceeds.org. For more information about Milwaukee Succeeds, https://www.milwaukeesucceeds.org.

 

Clintel Hasan, Milwaukee Succeeds Jennifer Hohn 2022-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

Scenes from the 85th Birthday Party

We had a wonderful time celebrating the club's 85th birthday. Special thanks to our speakers: Stan Lind, Stan Smith, Sandy Custer, Ellen MacFarlane, Nancy Wiese, and Maureen O'Leary-Guth. Happy Birthday T-M Rotary!
Scenes from the 85th Birthday Party Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 31, Melissa Shneyder

Rotary gives me purpose.  It allows me to be a part of something bigger than what I know.  Rotary is a group of kind humans who will be there for me in my ups and downs;  a group of people who offer advice and support.  Rotary makes me feel connected to my community and makes my "circle" bigger than I could have ever imagined.  Rotary has given me an extended family that I will be forever grateful for.  
What Is Rotary - Week 31, Melissa Shneyder Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
What Is Rotary - Week 30, Kathleen Schneider Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Megan! (And Sam too)

Congratulations to Megan who received her pin to commemorate her Paul Harris Plus One. Sam received his official pin as the recipient of the Honorary Paul Harris Award.
Congratulations Megan! (And Sam too) Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

All About Committees

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Our club strongly encourages 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. You will find a list of committees with members attached below.
  1. International Service Committee - The international service committee promotes awareness of and engagement with our club’s international service activities.
  2. Vocational Service Committee - Vocational Service is how Rotary fosters and supports the ideals of service in the pursuit of all vocations.  Our club is particularly focused on collaborations supporting Homestead High School and its students.  
  3. Rotary Foundation Committee - The role of the club Rotary Foundation committee is to support the Foundation through program participation and financial contributions.  The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
  4. Fundraising Committee - The Fundraising Committee puts together our Fall into Comedy event and oversees other club fundraising efforts.   The funds raised by the Fundraising Committee support our club activities and allow us to support other great causes in our community and around the world. 
  5. Community Service Committee – The Community Service Committee implements our local community service like roadside cleanup, food drives, and any other needs in our local community. 
  6. Membership/Club Service Committee – The role of the Membership/Club Service Committee is membership development. Our club’s ability to serve the community, support The Rotary Foundation, and develop leaders is directly related to the size and strength of our club’s membership.
  7. Historian Committee – This is a new committee focused on preserving the great legacy and history of our Rotary club. 
  8. Potential Speaker Committee – The Vice President currently schedules all speakers for every meeting for a full year.  Help is always welcome.  Would you be interested in assisting the President-elect with finding speakers? 
All About Committees Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

85th Anniversary Meeting - Special Guest

We have a special guest joining us for our 85th Birthday Party on July 26. Nancy Wiese is going to join the esteemed list of speakers. She will share memories of Jack and his father - the very first President of T-M Rotary!  Please don't miss this special event featuring Nancy, Stan Lind, Ellen MacFarlane, Stan Smith, and Sandy Custer. It's going to be a wonderful day of celebration for our Club.
85th Anniversary Meeting - Special Guest Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rob Holtz - Service Above Self Award Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
2022 Gathering on the Green Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 28, John Rosing

My Rotary experience extends back to 1981 as I began my career in hospital administration in La Crosse Wisconsin.  Fresh out of grad school and newly married at age 23, I was eager to grow into “adulthood.”  The hospital CEO who served as my mentor at the time was a member of the primordial downtown noon Rotary club and he encouraged me to join the newly-chartered morning Valley View Rotary club in town. There I found kinship with other young professionals as we shared similar life experiences of that age (buying our first car, home, lawn mower, having children, etc.) and began to appreciate what “service above self” really means in the context of doing big and small good deeds in a small-town community. Next, in 1989 Mimi and I with four kids in tow relocated to assume a hospital administration job located in the Fox Valley area of suburban Chicago where I immediately joined the Geneva noon Rotary Club. This Club was founded in 1919 with membership representing all branches of the community; business owners, farmers, not-for-profit leaders, school administrators, politicians, clergy, women(!), doctors, lawyers, etc.  The networking opportunities through that Club leading to deeper connection to this community, and great lunches(!), are the two things I remember most about this Rotary Club experience. 1993 found us moving once again, this time to work on the administrative team of the now-defunct St. Michael Hospital at 24th and Villard in Milwaukee.  My CEO at St. Mike’s was a member of the North Shore Rotary Club and was entirely supportive of having me join the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club.  Karl and Carol Hertz were our neighbors at that time and Karl sponsored my application to join the Club. I have so many warm memories of being welcomed into the Club by Club legends such as Loyal Wells, Mert Campbell, Wally Sommer Sr., Doc Witte, Frank Bolz, Dick McNabb, Ralph Huiras, Jack Wiese, Ned Kellner, Dick Berg, John Riley, and many others still living or now deceased. The Mequon Rotary Park had just been completed at this time and I recall (and am still embarrassed) that my name was added to the bronze plaque on the pavilion post even though I think my cash contribution at the time was a measly $25!  My career took another shift in 1996 when I transitioned to an entirely new role as a hospital consultant working for a small firm out of Boston.  It allowed me to continue to live in Thiensville – the best place on earth to live and raise a family – but required me to travel around the country about 42 of 52 weeks per year, usually to include Tuesdays which caused my attendance at Club meetings to suffer dramatically. Fortunately, the Club has accommodated this circumstance over the years and has always welcomed me warmly when I can attend noon meetings or be involved (as I strive to be) in our many civic service activities and fund raisers. 26 years later I am traveling less these days which has permitted my weekly attendance to rebound a bit, something I am very grateful for, I can assure you!  See you next week good friends!
What Is Rotary - Week 28, John Rosing Jennifer Hohn 2022-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard 2022

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.
 
 
 
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2021-2022 - Year in Review Video Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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What Is Rotary - Week 27, Dianne Robertson

 
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.
What Is Rotary - Week 27, Dianne Robertson Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Family Fun Before the 4th Photos

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.
 
Family Fun Before the 4th Photos Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

Summer Cooking Crew Schedule

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
 
Summer Cooking Crew Schedule Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Discovering Rotary in Washington State

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. 
 
 
Discovering Rotary in Washington State Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Into Comedy - Save the Date!

Posted on behalf of the Fundraising Committee
 
SAVE THE DATE FOR FALL INTO COMEDY
 
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.
 
 
Fall Into Comedy - Save the Date! Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you Xavier and the River Club Team!

 
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.
Thank you Xavier and the River Club Team! Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome Brittany Renee Seemuth Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 25, Jim Ott

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.
What Is Rotary - Week 25, Jim Ott Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
We Need Your Photos - Changing of the Guard Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Taste of Mequon 2022 - Saturday, September 10 Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Summer Cooking Crews

Fast Food Burger GIF
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.
 
 
Summer Cooking Crews Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Family Fun Before the 4th - Corn Roast

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. 
Family Fun Before the 4th - Corn Roast Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Russ Witte-Dycus 2022-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Sandy, Pillars of the Community Award Luncheon

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.
Celebrating Sandy, Pillars of the Community Award Luncheon Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

Thiensville Village Park Re-imagined Gala 2022

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.
Thiensville Village Park Re-imagined Gala 2022 Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 24, Maureen O'Leary-Guth

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.  
What Is Rotary - Week 24, Maureen O'Leary-Guth Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Reminder, Tuesday June 7 Pillars of the Community Award Luncheon, Honoring Sandy Custer Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 23, Dave O'Connor

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.
What Is Rotary - Week 23, Dave O'Connor Jennifer Hohn 2022-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

August 4 Chinooks Game

Please join us for the August 4 Chinooks game at Kapco Park. Game time is 6:35 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.
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What Is Rotary - Week 22, Karle Naggs

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.

What Is Rotary - Week 22, Karle Naggs 2022-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 21, Rachel Muchin Young

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. 
What Is Rotary - Week 21, Rachel Muchin Young 2022-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Ukraine Emergency Medical Supply Donation Drive

 
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.
Ukraine Emergency Medical Supply Donation Drive Jennifer Hohn 2022-05-21 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Into Comedy 2022 - Sneak Preview!

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!
Fall Into Comedy 2022 - Sneak Preview! Jennifer Hohn 2022-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Roadside Clean-up Crew - Thank you!

 
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. 
Roadside Clean-up Crew - Thank you! Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Unite Across Continents to Collect and Deliver Medical Aid to Ukraine

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 Rotary.org (https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-clubs-unite-across-continents-collect-and-deliver-medical-aid-ukraine):
 
 

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.

by 

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.

15-Apr-2022

Rotary Clubs Unite Across Continents to Collect and Deliver Medical Aid to Ukraine Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Diaper Drive - Thank you!

Hallmark Ecards Thank You GIF by Hallmark Gold Crown
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.
Diaper Drive - Thank you! Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 16, Heather Mader

 
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
What Is Rotary - Week 16, Heather Mader Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

PolioPlus Society

Beginning in April 2022, Rotary District 6270 created the PolioPlus Society, a recognition award given to those Rotarians, and friends of Rotary,
who have pledged to give at least $100 annually to the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation, until such time as the wild poliovirus is no longer endemic in any country. 
The goal of this PolioPlus Society is to raise awareness and provide recognition for Rotary’s goal of eliminating the disease from the planet. 
We would like to invite you to consider and join the Rotary District 6270 PolioPlus Society by completing the pledge form here https://rotary6270.org/sitepage/polioplus-society
Recognition will include a certificate and a specially designed PolioPlus Society lapel pin.  Clubs with 100% PolioPlus Society members will also receive special recognition, and,
as always, each dollar pledged and donated to PolioPlus will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
 
Rob Bassett
     
Don Griffing (He/Him)
PolioPlus Society Chair
 
District Governor Nominee
Serve to Change Lives
Rotary District 6270 – rotary6270.org
PolioPlus Society Russ Witte-Dycus 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam, Carol Lind

 

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.

In Memoriam, Carol Lind Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month - Emma Spitz

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!
Student of the Month - Emma Spitz Megan Borland 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

MAM Art in Bloom Features Nancy Witte-Dycus

 
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. 
MAM Art in Bloom Features Nancy Witte-Dycus Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

What Is Rotary - Week 15, Ellen MacFarlane

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. 
What Is Rotary - Week 15, Ellen MacFarlane Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Donation Boxes - Ukraine Emergency Medical Relief Supplies

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), https://my.rotary.org/en/donate
 
 
- District 6450 Collection for Medical Supply Funds (Please put "Ukraine Medical Supplies" in the comment or memo section), https://rotary6450.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=305&club_id=931079&item_id=9520
Donation Boxes - Ukraine Emergency Medical Relief Supplies Jennifer Hohn 2022-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

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