Posted by Mary Dunn on Oct 15, 2017
 
As bingo has become a go-to game for many seniors, researchers have also discovered that playing this game can have health benefits for the elderly. It can be an excellent way for them to promote their mental, emotional, and physical health.
 
Our own John Gerold (Bingo Czar) leads a group of volunteers to run bingo games at Oakwood Village – University Woods at 6 – 7:30 pm the third Thursday every month from October through May.
 
Sign up on the pass around sheet during Friday meetings.
 
John will send a reminder and logistical information to each volunteer ahead of each session. This activity also qualifies for a meeting make-up, if one is needed.  
 
If have any questions contact John Gerold at  jagerold39@gmail.com

Bingo at Oakwood Village - Sign Up at Weekly Meetings Mary Dunn 2017-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Oct 12, 2017
Everyone, please take photos and videos at the World Polio Day event at the State Capitol on Tuesday, October 24.
 
Just a few  ideas for photos and videos
  • Setting up for the event
  • Crowd shots from Capitol steps
  • Pinkie shots
  • Shots of posters
  • People walking with signs
  • The Capitol
Send/share them to/with me;
  • texts: 608-334-6916
  • email: mcobdun@gmail.com
  • instagram: mcobdun
  • Whatsapp: Mary Cobb Dunn
  • Facebook: Mc Dunn
Thank you.
 
Take Photos/Videos at World Polio Day Event Mary Dunn 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Oct 12, 2017
 

You can be one of the 37 pledgers that will help achieve the GOAL!

Don't wait, do it today.

Pledging is easy 

  1. click here 
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form
  3. Click SUBMIT.

A generous McAdow’s Miles for Rotary Team supporter has presented us with a Pledge Challenge. For each pledge made by a person who is not a member or a relative of a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, an anonymous sponsor will donate $25, up to a total of $1,000.

Your tax-deductible Pledge will help fund our Rotary Club's ongoing activities both in our local communities and internationally.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Paul Patenaude at 608-609-8034 or email at ppaten98@sbcglobal.net

Be One of the 37 Mary Dunn 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Club will meet in the lower level at Zor Shrine Temple on Friday, October 13.

 
Club Meeting 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Purple ink on the pinkie finger tells both volunteers and the child’s neighborhood that one more person is safe from the horror of polio.

It is more than a way to identify who has been immunized. It is a symbol of defiance against a crippling disease and a symbol of hope for a polio-free world. No one is safe until all are safe. End Polio Now. Polio has been reduced by 99%. We are closer than ever to ending this crippling disease forever. For as little as 60 cents, a child can be vaccinated against polio for life.

PAINT YOUR PINKIE PURPLE & JOIN US

WORLD POLIO DAY Awareness Event

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4 pm to 6 pm

Madison State Capitol Steps

Rotary District 6250 will host an event at the Madison Capitol from 4 pm to 6 pm. We will be meeting at the State Street side of the Capitol to create awareness of Rotary’s impact on the eradication of Polio. 


Rotary members in Wisconsin are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio – a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

Come join us! Contact Mary Van Hout at maryevanhout@gmail.com 

 
PAINT YOUR PINKIE PURPLE - OCTOBER 24 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Purple ink on the pinkie finger tells both volunteers and the child’s neighborhood that one more person is safe from the horror of polio.

It is more than a way to identify who has been immunized. It is a symbol of defiance against a crippling disease and a symbol of hope for a polio-free world. No one is safe until all are safe. End Polio Now. Polio has been reduced by 99%. We are closer than ever to ending this crippling disease forever. For as little as 60 cents, a child can be vaccinated against polio for life.

PAINT YOUR PINKIE PURPLE & JOIN US

WORLD POLIO DAY Awareness Event

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4 pm to 6 pm

Madison State Capitol Steps

Rotary District 6250 will host an event at the Madison Capitol from 4 pm to 6 pm. We will be meeting at the State Street side of the Capitol to create awareness of Rotary’s impact on the eradication of Polio. 


Rotary members in Wisconsin are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio – a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

Come join us! Contact Mary Van Hout at maryevanhout@gmail.com 

Paint YOUR Pinkie Purple & Walk With Us October 24 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by mcdunn on Oct 11, 2017

The weekly meeting Slide Show is now being produced by the One and Only/the Rock Star/PowerPoint® maven/Savior in Rotarian Clothing/ Ginny Jenkins.

Retroactively effective Friday, October 6, 2017.

This announcement was not published in last week’s Bulletin just in case she decided to quit after she saw what was involved.

 

Let’s hear big Hoo Rah Rah for Ginny! 

Meeting Slide Show mcdunn 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Oct 11, 2017

A speaker canceled and our intrepid Mary Cobb Dunn stepped in with an impromptu program on our Club website and on ClubRunner, the software program many Clubs use to manage operations.

Our Club website is www.mwt-mrotaryclub.org

When you access that link, you can look at past and upcoming speakers, find out about upcoming events, including fundraisers, view the weekly Bulletin, access greeter duty rosters, access forms for check requests and leave of absence requests and much more. You'll gain insight into the breadth of our activities.

On the bar above that page, you'll see a link for Member Area, which will log you into ClubRunner itself. This is the nerve center of Club operations ... attendance, Board documents, individual member information, dues information and much more.

Mary walked us through much of this, facing down a frankly rowdy crowd. Her knowledge of this material is critical to Club operation. Appreciate her.

Mary Cobb Dunn and ClubRunner Jack Ferreri 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Brown on Oct 08, 2017

Rotary Business Social Hour 

Free House

1902 Parmenter Street, Middleton

Thursday, October 26

4:30 - 6:30

Come hang out have a few beverages…

an opportunity to get out with the crew for a bit…

 

Club will not be paying for the beverages

 

A Rotary Social Event Brian Brown 2017-10-08 05:00:00Z 0
Middleton Chamber of Commerce Social at Capitol Bank Oktoberfest 2017-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 05, 2017
 
Shirley H. Smith
December 6, 1929
September 27, 2017
 

MIDDLETON—Shirley H. Smith, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at Agrace HospiceCare. She was born on Dec. 6, 1929, in Kenosha, the daughter of Edward and Mathilda (Dauenhauer) Kleist. She married Gerald “Jerry” Smith on Sept. 6, 1958, at St. James Catholic Church in Kenosha, Wis.

Funeral services will be held at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave., Middleton, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, with Father Brian Wilk and Monsignor Douglas Dushack presiding. Burial will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, and also at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.

Memorials in Shirley’s name may be made to St. Bernard Parish, P.O. Box 620187, Middleton, WI 53562-0187, or MOM (Middleton Outreach Ministry), 3502 Parmenter St., Middleton, WI 53562.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson West, Funeral & Cremation Care, 7435 University Ave. Middleton, WI (608) 831-6761

 
Shirley H. Smith 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Oct 05, 2017

This is our 7th year of the McAdow’s Miles for Rotary (reformed as McAdow’s Miles for Rotary Team). We have peddled over  10,200 miles and we have received pledges for $1,510 to date. Please support this very important fundraiser.

The Team’s combined mileage goal for this year was expected to be 10,000 miles.  Jerry and the Team are still riding and they have already exceeded their mileage goal but not their $5,000 goal!   Jerry himself has pledged $.05/mile for every mile he rides with no maximum amount Now the Team needs your pledge. 

Remember the Pledge Ride season ends at Midnight December 31, 2017!

Pledging is easy 

  1. click here 
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form
  3. Click SUBMIT.

A generous McAdow’s Miles for Rotary Team supporter has presented us with a Pledge Challenge. For each pledge made by a person who is not a member or a relative of a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, an anonymous sponsor will donate $25, up to a total of $1,000.

Your tax-deductible Pledge will help fund our Rotary Club's ongoing activities both in our local communities and internationally.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Paul Patenaude at 608-609-8034 or email at ppaten98@sbcglobal.net

 
You Too Can Pledge! Mary Dunn 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Oct 03, 2017
Above: Alicja taught a Polish dance to us.
 
Below: Alicia with her host parents, Michelle and Rob Ringeisen
Dan Fose and Connie Smith spoke on our Club and Rotary Youth Exchange. Students spend a school year abroad (or come here for a year), typically staying with three families. Our District sends and receives students to/from forty countries. It’s a great cultural experience for the student … language, lifestyle, general experience overseas … as well as a great relationship builder between countries. Dan and Connie made it abundantly clear that they need a new Youth Exchange Officer
(YEO) to replace Dan Fose, who’s done it for years.

Our inbound student this year is Alicja Kaznica from Poland. She gave an overview of Polish history, geography, and culture.


Help out Dan, Connie, and Alicja. Take Alicja to an event, provide her transportation to Rotary meetings, or invite her to dinner. Make an effort to show her who we are.
 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange Jack Ferreri 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter on Sep 29, 2017
Jefferson Middle School's Go to School Night is on Thursday, October 19th 6-7:30 pm.  It would be great if Rotary could be here again with information for parents.
 
Contact Deb Dieter at debragdieter@gmail.com 
 
Go to School Night Debra Dieter 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 29, 2017
This is our 7th year of the McAdow’s Miles for Rotary (reformed as McAdow’s Miles for Rotary Team). We have peddled over  10,200 miles and we have received pledges for $1,035 to date. Please support this very important fundraiser.
 
The Team’s combined mileage goal for this year was expected to be 10,000 miles.  Jerry and the Team are still riding and they have already exceeded their mileage goal but not their $5,000 goal!   Jerry himself has pledged $.05/mile for every mile he rides with no maximum amount now the Team needs your pledge. 
 
Remember the Pledge Ride season ends at Midnight December 31, 2017!
 
Pledging is easy 
  1. click here 
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form
  3. Click SUBMIT.

A generous McAdow’s Miles for Rotary Team supporter has presented us with a Pledge Challenge. For each pledge made by a person who is not a member or a relative of a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, an anonymous sponsor will donate $25, up to a total of $1,000.

 
Your tax-deductible Pledge will help fund our Rotary Club's ongoing activities both in our local communities and internationally.
 
You will be billed for your pledge in January 2018.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Paul Patenaude at
608-609-8034 or email at ppaten98@sbcglobal.net
 
McAdow's Miles for Rotary Team - Pledging is Easy 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter on Sep 28, 2017

We need more footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, Frisbees and double-dutch ropes for recess activities. 

If any Rotarians have these in their garage and they are not using them, Jefferson Middle School could give them a great home.

Contact Deb Dieter at debragdieter@gmail.com 

 
Playground Equipment Needed Debra Dieter 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Sep 26, 2017

Mike Edlinger told us about some unique uses for dogs. Taking the animals from shelters, the Working Dogs for Conservation train them for all sorts of unusual tasks: helping locate rare wild animals to protect them from poachers, assisting in identifying poachers in Zambia by uncovering ivory and weapons, monitoring population of animals in the wild through their scat, helping determine the impact of infrastructure projects on local animal populations, and spotting invasive plant colonies. Their sense of smell is extraordinary, they enjoy the work, and they avoid potential euthanization. The organization was founded and is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. Their highly-trained dogs have worked on five continents in dozens of projects.


 
Working Dogs for Conservation Jack Ferreri 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Starting in 2016 Jerry and a group of fellow cyclists formed McAdow’s Miles for Rotary Team! 

We in the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club are combining this great activity with an opportunity for you to make a per mile pledge for the year 2017 with the proceeds going to fund ongoing Rotary activities.The Team’s goal for this year is 10,000 miles and $5,000. Jerry himself has pledged $.05/mile for every mile he rides with no maximum amount. The more the Team bikes, by midnight December 31, 2017, the more support you can give to our Rotary Foundation.  We will keep you advised of the miles the McAdow’s Miles for Rotary Team accumulates in 2017 and the places they go (with pictures) at our website, mcadowmiles.org/ and our Facebook page, Facebook.com/McAdow’s MilesforRotary. 

4,000 MILES
TEAM MILAGE GOAL FOR
2017 PLEDGING SEASON!

Remember the Pledge Ride season ends at Midnight December 31, 2017!

 

  1. Pledge per mile for unlimited miles, or

  2. Pledge per mile with a maximum amount, or

  3. Pledge a fixed amount.

A generous McAdow’s Miles for Rotary Team supporter has presented us with a Pledge Challenge. For each pledge made by a person who is not a member or a relative of a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton an anonymous sponsor will donate $25, up to a total of $1,000.

Download the Official Pledge Form Click Here

EVERY MILE RIDDEN TRANSLATES INTO
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE FOUNDATION
 
McAdow's Miles for Rotary Team on the Move 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks from Jefferson Middle School PTO 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Sep 21, 2017

Wisconsin born and bred, Roxanne Brazeau has spent her entire working life in banking, starting while she was in college at the UW. An active marathoner, she’s also been married for twenty-two years. Her first child was an anxiety-producing very early delivery, but everything has worked out wonderfully. The Club’s tight relationship with Jefferson Middle School depends a lot on Roxanne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A career Minnesota pharmacist, Dennis Zitnak recently moved to Madison with his wife for six specific reasons: six grandkids. His wife had the intuitive idea to move to our town after a lifetime across the river in Minnesota, and Dennis feels it’s been a great decision. He’s an avid golfer and car buff. He’s also an active volunteer – St. Vincent de Paul and a charitable pharmacy,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barry Pace grew up in the projects in Newark in northern New Jersey. Stickball in the streets was a popular sport. He did well in school, and an earnest school counselor helped pay for college applications for him. He wound up with a Bachelor’s from Northwestern and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Worked in consulting, including an assignment to do some interviews in Madison; one interviewee became his wife. Moved to Madison from Northbrook two years ago.

 
Three for Three: Brazeau, Zitnak, & Pace Jack Ferreri 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeannine Desautels on Sep 20, 2017

to sign up for Dinner With Friends! Spend a fun evening with 3-4 couples from Rotary at someone's home for a potluck dinner and an evening of fellowship. 

List your: name, e-mail, and phone number.

If you are willing or care to host, please indicate that as well. 

Send the info to Jeanninembd@gmail.com or call 608-238-9273

 
Last Chance Jeannine Desautels 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
 
SEPTEMBER CONVENTION NEWS
We're excited that you're joining us in Toronto for the Rotary International Convention 23-27 June 2018. In this newsletter, you'll find information that will prepare you for the convention.
Book your hotel room now. Toronto is hosting a separate citywide event during the Rotary Convention that is raising demand and prices for hotels. To make sure you find a room at a rate that meets your needs, we encourage you to book your hotel through Experient as soon as possible.
Do you have an idea or project that you want to share with the Rotary world? Organize a breakout session at the Toronto Convention!
Breakout sessions can inspire attendees, helping them polish their leadership skills and giving them new ideas for projects, fundraising, strengthening membership, and more! Submit your proposal online by Sunday, 1 October 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact us at conventionbreakouts@rotary.org.
Resources and reference
For official convention information and updates, check riconvention.org
 
RI Convention - Latest News 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter on Sep 20, 2017
The AVID Classroom at Jefferson Middle School has speakers twice a month talking about and being interviewed by students about their careers.  I have the following Rotarians signed up and am looking for a few more volunteers for this fall.  There will be an additional opportunity in the Spring.
 
The classes meet from 9:30 to 11:30 on Friday's. Please check your calendars and volunteer by letting me know at debragdieter@gmail.com.
 
FRIDAYS  9:30 to 11:30 
October 6October 20November 3
 1. Denny Zitnak,      Pharmacy
 1. 1. Ruth Domack, Real Estate 
 2. 2. 2. Todd Wiegand, Pilot 
November 17December 1December 15
 1.  1. Dean Ryerson, Education 1. Jack Ferreri,   Advertising
 2. 2. Dereck Mehring, Banking 2.
 
The AVID Classroom Debra Dieter 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Sep 20, 2017
 

THIS SATURDAY is our biggest event of the year...can you help fill any of these spots?

  • Saturday, September 23rd - 7:30 - 11:30 am
    • 20 people needed
    • Finish line help
    • Hand out food/water
    • Course helpers
All shifts take place at Festival Park in Verona - 111 Lincoln St.

All volunteers will get FREE BREAKFAST thanks to our friends at Chick-Fil-A West Towne!
 
Go to tri4schools.org website, go to Get Involved, and select Family Mud Run.
 
You are a difference maker.
 
Thank you,  The Tri 4 Schools team
 
Can you help with our Family Mud Run? Jack Ferreri 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold on Sep 19, 2017

Several weeks ago we first published a notice about the help needed after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and surrounding states.  First, we suggested contributions are made would be given to the Red Cross.  Then District 6250 announced they were collecting funds for Hurricane Harvey relief through the Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust, so we added that to how you could give for hurricane relief.  Then along came Hurricane Irma and the aftermath of that is for even more relief.  As I write this, several additional Hurricanes are growing in force, with their direction of movement still not completely determined.

As Rotarians, we have a deep and lasting commitment to service.  The Board of Directors has decided to keep the collection of relief funds open for several more weeks.  The Board has also decided to contribute $500 for relief to the District 6250 Charitable Trust, with instructions for the Trustees to distribute the Hurricane relief funds, to Rotary Clubs, etc. in the affected areas as they see fit.

make your check payable to Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust and Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust.  Mark on the check notation line:  Hurricane Relief.  Mail your check to Jim Emerick, Treasurer, MWT-M Rotary Club, P.O. Box 620312, Middleton, WI 53562-0312, or hand deliver it at a Rotary meeting to Jim, the Assistant Treasurer for that meeting, or the Sargent-At-Arms Leo Edelstein, either of which will see the Treasurer gets the check. To contribute through Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary FoundationYou can make your check payable to the mail it to Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust, Attn: HHRF, 907 Martin Drive, Marshfield, WI 54449.

100% of your contribution will go to those that truly need it.  Contributions to either the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation or the Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust are fully tax deductible.

 
Update - Hurricane Relief Contribution John Gerold 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Nilles on Sep 18, 2017
 

Treasure hunting on our adopted stretch of the Beltline is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017.  Our adopted highway is the south right-of-way of the Beltline between Whitney Way and Gammon Road, about a 1.53 mile stretch, including on and off ramps.  This community service project is fun and it meets one of our 12 x 12 goals.

Here are important items to know:

  • Volunteers will meet in the Vitense Golfland, 5501 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI parking lot no later than 4:30 pm.
  • Trash pick-up begins across Schroeder Road in the Beltline’s south right-of-way and goes west to Gammon Road. It takes about two hours to complete the project.
  • Cars will be shuttled to the Gammon Road endpoint so we can ride back to Vitense Golfland.
  • Safety bibs and trash bags will be supplied.  Wear long pants, good shoes and bring gloves.
  • Rod Nilles will e-mail you at noon on Thursday if there is a cancellation due to weather.
  • E-mail me, Rod Nilles, if you need to cancel.  I plan to take attendance so I do not leave anyone behind.
  • How many phones will you find?
Questions or to sign-up contact: Rod Nilles (608)836-5562  rcnilles@chorus.net  

This is a great way to put SERVICE ABOVE SELF into action.  

 
Treasure Hunting on the Beltline Rod Nilles 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2017
Alicja (Al-Les-ya) Kaznica is from Bydgoszcz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian,  Poland.
 
Alicja is our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student and she was welcomed at our Club meeting last Friday.
 
 
L to R: Tony Burns, President, Connie Smith, Youth Exchange Officer, Alicja Kaznica, Rotary Youth Exchange Student, and Dan Fose, Youth Exchange Counselor.
 
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Visited 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Sundar Inducted September 15 & Chris Got a Blue Badge 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Nilles on Sep 18, 2017
 

The fall Rotary Highway Clean-up is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017.  Our adopted highway is the south right-of-way of the Beltline between Whitney Way and Gammon Road, about a 1.53 mile stretch, including on and off ramps.  This community service project is fun and it meets one of our 12 x 12 goals.

Here are important items to know:

  • Volunteers will meet in the Vitense Golfland, 5501 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI parking lot no later than 4:30 pm.
  • Trash pick-up begins across Schroeder Road in the Beltline’s south right-of-way and goes west to Gammon Road. It takes about two hours to complete the project.
  • Cars will be shuttled to the Gammon Road endpoint so we can ride back to Vitense Golfland.
  • Safety bibs and trash bags will be supplied.  Wear long pants, good shoes and bring gloves.
  • Rod Nilles will e-mail you at noon on Thursday if there is a cancellation due to weather.
  • E-mail me, Rod Nilles, if you need to cancel.  I plan to take attendance so I do not leave anyone behind.
Questions or to sign-up contact: Rod Nilles (608)836-5562  rcnilles@chorus.net  

This is a great way to put SERVICE ABOVE SELF into action.  

 
We adopted It. Now it's time to clean it. Rod Nilles 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
McAdow Mile's for Rotary Team 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Pabon, Outbound Co-ordinator on Sep 14, 2017

We are looking for new Rotary Youth Exchange Students for going abroad next year.  

 
Eligibility
Not YOUNGER than 15.5 on August 1, 2018
Not OLDER than 18.5 on August 1, 2018
A minimum of 2.75 GPA or student ranking in the top 50% of class
 
What is Rotary Youth Exchange?
Opportunity to learn a new culture and language
Opportunity to be an ambassador
Opportunity to make friends for a lifetime
It’s a year of adventure
Rotary District 6250, as part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program, sends and receives students to/from 40 countries:
 
Rotary District 6250, as part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program,
sends and receives students to/from 40 countries
  Australia  Greece  Paraguay
  Argentina  Hungary  Peru
  Belgium   India  Poland
  Brazil  Indonesia  Spain
  Chile  Italy    Sweden
  Croatia  Japan  Switzerland
  Denmark  South Korea  Taiwan
  Estonia   Latvia  Thailand
  Finland  Lithuania  Zambia
  France    Mexico  
  Germany  Norway  + many more
(List is subject to change)
 
The Application Process
  • STEP 1.              Talk with your parents and get their approval and support

  • STEP 2.              Complete the Preliminary Application Online

  • STEP 3.              You are contacted by a Rotary Representative

  • STEP 4.              You are connected with a Local Rotary Club which will sponsor you

  • STEP 5.              You and your family are interviewed by your local Rotary Club representative

  • STEP 6.              You are given the link to start the Full Application Online

  • STEP 7.              Make appointment for a physical with your doctor

  • STEP 8.              Make appointment for a checkup with your dentist

  • STEP 9.              Get a copy of your birth certificate.  It must be validated/issued on or AFTER JUNE 1

  • STEP 10.            Apply for a passport or renew your passport if it expires on or before December 31 the year you return

  • STEP 11.            Complete the Full Application Online

  • STEP 12.            Complete the Application Supplemental Documents (sent via email link)

  • STEP 13.            Attend the District Outbound Orientation Interviews (First Sunday of November)

  • STEP 14.            Acceptance or Rejection notification takes place 1-2 days after interviews

  • STEP 15.            Start Preparing for your exchange...(more details to come)

Steps are listed in preferred order but do not have to be completed exactly in the order listed above.
 
Please share with students/parents who would be interested.  More information can be found online.  
 
Toni Pabon
District Youth Exchange Information Coordinator & Registrar
Rotary Club of Sun Prairie
Dan Fose
Youth Exchange Counselor
Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton
(C) 608-772-2450
Connie Smith
Youth Exchange Officer
Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton
(C) 608-719-9411
Ann Oberle
Outbound Co-Coordinator
Rotary Club of Sun Prairie
Sarah Flanagan
Outbound/Rebound Parent Liaison
Rotary Club of Madison Breakfast
 
Looking for New Outbounds for 2018-19 School Year Toni Pabon, Outbound Co-ordinator 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Burns

You may recall our Club switched billing last year to members paying only for meals consumed from paying for all meals, whether you showed up or not. We monitored how this change was going to impact the Club budget. It turns out we were coming up a little short and were having to make up the difference from the existing club accounts. We trimmed down the budget to lessen the budget impact, but we're still not meeting budget requirements. 

Your Board is proposing an increase in Club dues for the July 2017 - June 2018 Rotary year. 

  • Rotary International fees increased from $79 to $83 this year.  
  • District 6250 dues remained the same at $40 annually.
  • Club dues are increasing to $133 from $117.

So your total annual dues will be $256 ($64 per quarter): $133 for the Club, $40 for the District, $83 for Rotary International. And you'll pay for your meals, of course. This will resolve the budget impact of switching how we account for meals. We know dues are a sensitive issue, but you are, after all, only paying for the meals you eat, not the ones you miss.

On October 20th we will have a Club Assembly where we'll review the budget for all members.

 

 

Dues Increase Tony Burns 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter
Wednesday night (September 13) 8 Rotary members helped serve food to a very large and nice gathering of the Jefferson Middle School Families and Students. The school staff prepared hot dogs, families donated cookies, potato salad, cheese and crackers, apples and chips. There was also popcorn. Our Club had a display table and engaged with teachers and parents throughout the evening. We all had a great time.
 
 
 
Annual Jefferson Middle School Community Cookout Debra Dieter 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack
2017-2018 Selections
 
November 14, 2017 –Anne Faulhaber’s Home
      “Mr. Churchhill’s Secretary” by Susan Elia McNeal
 
January 9, 2018 – Deb Dieter’s Home
      “The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard
 
March 13, 2018 – Ruth Domack’s Home
      “The Nightengale” by Kristin Hannah
 
May 15, 2018 – Anne Faulhaber’s Home
      “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
 
July 10, 2018 – Deb Dieter’s Home
      “Destiny of a Republic” by Candice Millard
 
All members (and spouses or significant others) of MWT-M Rotary Club are invited to join the 5 current members!
 
 
 
 
MWT-M Rotary Book Club #2 Ruth Domack 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Edelstein
Will Harris, Rotary World Peace Fellowship alumnus, enlightened us on Capital for Communities Fund (WCCN). Will studied in Nicaragua for two years while working on his masters degree in international relations and peace studies. He traveled Latin America interviewing bank presidents about micro-financing.

Upon returning to Madison, will got involved in a non-profit group started in 1984: Capital For Communities Fund. They find investors willing to make Latin America "micro finance" small business loans to someone who has nothing. This gives working poor people a chance to build a business. It's turned out to be a "panacea for poverty alleviation." 400 USA investors --- individuals, religious organizations and foundations --- give loans to women and men in six Latin American countries.

Many businesses are run out of the home, so a loan could buy new, energy efficient stove to bake more tortillas and eliminate smoke danger for the inhabitants.

Investors earn interest rates from zero to 4.25% and make a positive impact!
www.wccn.org
 

 
Capital for Communities Fund Leo Edelstein 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anne-Mette ('Anna') former Inbound youth Exchange Student
 
Greetings from Copenhagen!
 
Yes, indeed, I am the happy mother of little baby Storm. He was born August 20th and a happy and hungry little fella. Along with father Johannes and Storm's 3 'bonus siblings' (Johannes' kids from a previous marriage) we are all thrilled!! 
Little Baby Storm Anne-Mette ('Anna') former Inbound youth Exchange Student 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter
 
Jefferson Middle School Grand Re-opening and Family Fun Night is Wednesday, September 13. They would love 7-9 volunteers to help that evening from 5:00-7:00.
 
They would like people to help with the following:
  • Serving food (5)-hot dogs, chips, fruit, cookies, lemonade
  • Popcorn Machine (1 or 2)-make and serve popcorn from our machine
  • Extra (1 or 2)- just extra people on hand to help if needed.
Our club will also have a table (2) set up and be handing out Rotary pencils and flyers on our support for the school.
I NEED THE CLUB BANNER
 
Please let me know if you are able to help debragdieter@gmail.com.
 
 
 
Jefferson Middle School Grand Re-opening and Family Fun Night Debra Dieter 2017-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

 

Our District 6250 believes that a strong leadership succession plan helps keep our Clubs strong and vibrant and we encourage all Clubs to have succession plans. 
 
It is now time to work on the selection process for the 2020-2021 Rotary year District Governor year.  The nominated person must have been a Club President and be in good standing with the Club.
 
Please give serious thought to the Rotarians in your Club who you believe have the qualifications to lead our District and notify Nominating Committee Chair Mary Van Hout at  maryevanhout@gmail.com or 608 836 1603 before the end of September.  The committee can provide all details of the position and answer questions that may arise.  Working together, we can build a better District and stronger Clubs today and in the years to come!!

 

District Governor 2020-2021 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
Sundar Baladhandapani is now a member of our Club.
 
He is sponsored by Cory Recknor and his classification is Engineering-Professional. Effective today August 24, 2017.
 
Sundar, Greetings and welcome to the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton!
Greet Our New Member Jack Ferreri 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Van Hout

WHAT: Polio Awareness Day
WHEN:  October 24, 2017 - 4 pm to 6 pm
WHERE: Madison State Capitol Steps

 

Mark your calendar World Polio Awareness Day on October 24, 2017!  Rotary District 6250 will host an event at the Madison Capital from 4 pm to 6 pm. We will be meeting at the State Street side of the Capital to create awareness of Rotary’s impact on the eradication of Polio. 


Rotary members in Wisconsin are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

World Polio Day - October 24, 2017 Mary Van Hout 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Van Hout

WHAT: Polio Awareness Day March
WHEN:  October 24, 2017 - 4 pm to 6 pm
WHERE: Madison State Capitol Steps

Mark your calendar World Polio Awareness Day on October 24, 2017!  Rotary District 6250 will host an event at the Madison Capital from 4 pm to 6 pm. We will be meeting at the State Street side of the Capital to create awareness of Rotary’s impact on the eradication of Polio. 


Rotary members in Wisconsin are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

 

World Polio Day - March at Wisconsin State Capitol Mary Van Hout 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold
”Hurricane Harvey has devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana. And Rotarians have a deep and lasting commitment of service. At the September 8 meeting, we'll be asking members to write a check to help the victims of Harvey. The Club will aggregate the contributions, add some funds from the Club budget, and make a Harvey-delineated donation to the Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust. You've seen the visuals, you've read the stories. Help our Club on September 8 and 15 help those who are suffering.
 

Please note that in last week’s Bulletin, it was stated that funds collected would be donated to the American Red Cross. Subsequently, we have learned about the Rotary Clubs in the affected parts of Texas have started collecting funds also, for the relief efforts.  Funds designated for Harvey relief and collected by Rotary District 6250, will be sent to the Rotary District(s) heading the relief efforts in Texas and affected areas.  100% of your contribution will go to those that truly need it.  Contributions to the Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust are fully tax deductible.  If donating by check, please note on the Memo line “HHRF”.”

Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims John Gerold 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0

I know some of you were around when Anne-Mette, a young lady from Denmark, was our inbound Rotary Exchange Student from Denmark. She attended Madison Memorial High School. Per her FB page, she just gave birth to a baby. Being wrapped in a blue blanket and translated comments from a Danish friend of hers are clues enough, the little one is a boy. No name is given. Thought you would like to know.

Susan Titus added Anne-Mette and her partner have a baby named Storm.  Born Aug. 20th.  He is a big strong boy and the third grandchild for the family.

Rotary Exchange Youth Student from Denmark Ed Fink and Susan Titus 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0

 

Rotarians are people of action and our Rotary Foundation has always transformed your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  When you donate to our Rotary Foundation your gift makes a difference to those who need help the most.  More than 90% of funds donated go directly to supporting our chosen projects around the world. 
 
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of our Rotary Foundation, our District has set a goal of raising $1 million in new major contributions ($10,000 or more) and bequests.  For many Rotarians, a commitment of this magnitude may require some thoughtful consideration and planning, hence the “Journey” description. 
 
A bequest is simply a promise to leave a gift upon your or your and your partner’s passing.  Setting up a bequest is oftentimes done with the assistance of an attorney but signing up to be a part of our Bequest Society is as simple as filling out a short form.  Once your intention has been shared with our Rotary Foundation, you will be recognized with a personally engraved crystal display piece and a special pin and/or pendant.  Couples may be recognized jointly.  As of today, our district has 40 Bequest Society members.
 
A major gift can be made in one or multiple payments over the course of three years (with as few as 3 -$3,333.34 or as many as 36 - $277.78 installments).  For those wishing to take advantage of extended payments, a personalized pledge form would be drafted and upon making the initial payment, Major Donor status would be received.  Major Donor recognition includes a personally engraved crystal and a special pin and/or pendant.  Couples may be recognized jointly.  As of today, 68 of our district’s Rotarians have achieved Major Donor status.
 
In celebration of reaching our goal, an intimate dinner will be held for all who have made a new major gift or bequest or have increased an existing bequest by $10,000 or more.  This celebration will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Trappers Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells. Those who attend will be treated to an exclusive and intimate dinner including fellowship and a special keynote address by Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko.  This event is unlike any we’ve ever hosted.
 
For additional information on being a part of this historic effort, please contact District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair David Warren or Rotary Foundation Major Gifts Officer Rachel Greenhoe.  The time to take action is now.  Your gift can truly change or even save a life.   Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our Rotary foundation!

What's the Million Dollar Journey All About? 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Connie Smith

Here is some info on our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student.

Her name is Alicja (Al-Les-ya) Kaznica.  She is from Bydgoszcz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian  Poland.  She is 18 years old.  She is Catholic and does not like Cheese.  She has a 15 year old sister.  She arrived here late on August 29.  She will be attending James Madison Memorial High School instead of Middleton High School as previously stated in an earlier article.  Her first host family is Rob and Michelle Ringeisen, the second family is Stacey Burkart and Brad Nellis, and the 3rd family is Joanna and Scott Watson. 

We will learn about her along the way!

Alicja (Al-Les-ya) Kaznica our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student Connie Smith 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Clemens, District Friendship Exchange Chairman
The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians (including a spouse or significant other) the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
 
The primary goal of a Friendship Exchange is to build greater international understanding and goodwill. In addition, exchange participants can learn how their vocations are practiced in other parts of the world, observe new customs and cultures, and promote an appreciation of cultural diversity worldwide.
 
Rotary District 6250 
Friendship Exchange
Upcoming trip November 2017 Peru

 
David Clemens
District Friendship Exchange Chairman
 
Contact information
Email drdave@dellsdental.net
Cell phone 608-408-8941

 
What is Rotary Friendship Exchange? David Clemens, District Friendship Exchange Chairman 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by The Rotary Foundation

Rotarians empower teachers around the world by offering them essential resources and training through efforts like the Guatemala Literacy Project. The project has used global grants from The Rotary Foundation to support 190 schools in Guatemala, supplying them with thousands of books and 45 computer centers.

The Rotary Foundation also promotes education through scholarships, computer classes, and literacy programs for adults. 

You can make a difference in the lives of those who can’t read or who didn’t receive the education they need to live secure, productive lives. Help us improve learning in underserved communities by donating to The Rotary Foundation today.

 DONATE 

 
Did You Know That 122 Million Children Can't Read? The Rotary Foundation 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange provides the:
  • Opportunity to learn a new culture and language
  • Opportunity to be an ambassador
  • Opportunity to make friends for a lifetime
  • It’s a year of adventure
 
Rotary District 6250, as part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program, sends and receives students to/from 40 countries:
Australia
Greece
Paraguay
Argentina
Hungary
Peru
Belgium
India
Poland
Brazil
Indonesia
Spain
Chile
Italy
Sweden
Croatia
Japan
Switzerland
Denmark
South Korea
Taiwan
Estonia
Latvia
Thailand
Finland
Lithuania
Zambia
France
Mexico
+ many more
Germany
Norway
(List is subject to change)
What is Rotary Youth Exchange? 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri

We were treated to a stirring presentation by our DG on reasons why we should be proud to be Rotarians -- Rotary’s impact around the world, its partnerships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on PolioPlus, the UN’s reliance on Rotary advice, and RI’s ongoing commitment to match local Clubs’ grants to maximize impact. He encouraged us to tell the Rotary story to more people, to give our neighbors a chance to pay back the community. Too many people don’t know about Rotary. Our District is filled with potential Rotarians if they hear our story. He also told us of the TriCon 2018 Conference in the Dells May 4-6, 2018. There will also be a District Summit on Oct 7, 2017:

Rotarians are people of action and on Saturday, October 7 from 9 am – noon, you and your club’s leaders are invited to join members from across our district at our third annual One Rotary Summit.  This event will provide an opportunity to share and receive useful information relating to Public ImageMembershipFund Raising and our Rotary Foundation that may be exactly what your club needs to reinvigorate itself to become even more impactful within your community and throughout the world.

For more information please contact District Governor Elect, Bill Hoel at hoelb@centurytel.net  or the District office at rotarydistrict6250@morgandata.com or 608-204-9835

To Register Click Here

 
District Governor Joe Ruskey Jack Ferreri 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Fink

Mooseheart is prepared to host our Glenn Koepp Scholars from the 16th - 20th of October, at a time when they will be training a large class of new employees. I would suggest they then come to Madison, leaving here on or about the 1st of November.

Mooseheart is condensing what the visitors need to know, during a one week period, under a revised curriculum plan. I had proposed three visiting scholars to them. My first choice is a visitor from TLC in South Africa, the orphanage our club has been specifically assisting for the last few years as a "conductor" organization. Our other two, assuming they can free their schedules, would be two from Bulgaria. One of the Bulgarians would be our long-time intermediary Mariela, who would serve as a translator. We had invited two from Bulgaria previously, but had to cancel them a year ago because Mooseheart couldn't host our visitors. The trainer was having a baby.

When the folks are here, we will need housing and a show and tell schedule of places to visit. If anybody has an objection, please advise.

 
Orphan Train Project: Glen Koepp Scholars Ed Fink 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold

Hurricane Harvey has devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana. And Rotarians have a deep and lasting commitment of service. At the September 8 meeting, we'll be asking members to write a check to help the victims of Harvey. The Club will aggregate the contributions, add some funds from the Club budget, and make a Harvey-delineated donation to the American Red Cross. You've seen the visuals, you've read the stories. Help our Club on September 8 help those who are suffering.

 
Harvey Victims Need Our Help John Gerold 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold
 
On Friday, September 22, 2017, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM,  the Lussier Community Education Center is celebrating the first year of the launch of their radio station WWMV 95.5FM. There will be live music, great food, entertainment and more! ALL ARE WELCOME!  The Rotary Club supports the Center in different ways including this year donating $1,000 and getting a District Matching Grant of $1,000, for a total of $2,000.  The funds will be used to purchase remote broadcasting equipment and printing publicity brochures. It is our intent this year to get Rotarians involved with the radio operations and have some broadcasts involving Rotarians.
 
Lussier Community Education Center is located at 55 S. Gammon Road, Madison, next to Jefferson Middle School. WWMV-LP's on-air broadcasts will reach outward 10 miles in all directions.  Most of WWMV-LP's programs will also be posted online at wwmvlp.org.
 
Let's support the radio station and center by having a nice turn-out of Rotarians at the open house.  Come and see what your investment is doing.
 
 
Lussier “RADIO CELEBRATION” John Gerold 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Van Hout

Get ready for our 5th annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We will stream live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. Celebrities and global health experts will join us to share our progress on the road to polio eradication.

October 24 is World Polio Awareness Day and Rotary International is encouraging Rotarians and Clubs around the world to bring awareness to our efforts.
 
To this end, I am interested in organizing an awareness event on Tuesday, October 24 to add to the collective effort.  This event would simply be a gathering of Rotarians on the Capitol Square to help make the public aware of eradication efforts over the years by Rotary.  Area Clubs would be invited to show up, in Rotary clothes if possible, and march around the square to demonstrate our commitment to eradication.  This would take
place from approximately 4pm - 6pm.  
 
A permit from the Capitol Police is needed which I could procure.  Posters would be printed for Rotarians to carry with Rotary District 6250 providing the financing of this and other any other costs.  We would encourage this to be a time of hopefulness, pride in our accomplishment so far and the wonderful fellowship we enjoy when Rotarians gather.  We want to demonstrate to our community that we are truly people of action.
 
Thanks for any assistance you can provide, Mary Van Hout • maryevanhout@gmail.com
 

 

One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio Mary Van Hout 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn
L to R: Sue Halambeck, Deb Dieter, John Gerold, Tony BurnsSue Halambeck, District 6250, Grants Subcommittee Chair
 
Deb Dieter, John Gerold, and  Tony Burns received the District Grants presented to the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton by Sue Halambeck, Grants Subcommittee Chair at the August 18, 2017 club meeting. The Grants were awarded to further the educational advancement of  Thomas Jefferson Middle School students.
 
Club Receives District Grant Mary Dunn 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
Sundar Baladhandapani is now a member of our Club.
 
He is sponsored by Cory Recknor and his classification is Engineering-Professional. Effective today, Thursday, August 24, 2017. 
 
Sundar, Greetings and welcome to the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton!
 
 
 
Greet Our New Member Jack Ferreri 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter
We need your help at Jefferson Middle School on August. 28-29 to get teachers settled back into their rooms AND Sept. 5-6 for handing out maps to the new school and assisting with picture taking.  Please respond to Debragdieter@gmail.com if you are able to assist.   We will meet in the office on the Lussier side of the building.
 
Those Helping so far:
Moving Teachers
Monday, 8-28-17 • 10 to Noon
Hand Out Maps
Tuesday, 9-5-17 • 7:15 - 7:45 AM
Deb Dieter
Dean Ryerson
Connie Smith
Roxanne Brazeau
Ruth Domack (may have to transfer to PM)
1. Deb Dieter
2.
Monday, 8-28-17 • 1 to 3 pm
Moving Teachers
Hand Out Maps
Wednesday, 9-6-17• 7:15 - 7:45 AM
Mary Dunn
John Gerold
1.
2.
Tuesday, 8-28-17 • 10 to Noon
Moving Teachers
Help with student photos
Tuesday, 9-5-17 • 7:45-11:30 AM
Deb Dieter
Roxanne Brazeau
Jinny Jenkins
Mary Ruth Marks
1. 
2.
 
Help with student photos
Wednesday, 9-6-17 • 7:45-11:30 AM
 
1. Deb Dieter
2.

 
Jefferson Middle School Needs Your Help! Debra Dieter 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS

Rotary Fellowships consist of members who share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies, or professions. These groups help expand skills, foster vocational development, and enhance the Rotary experience by exploring interests while developing connections around the world.
 

OVERVIEW

  • Help participants make lasting friendships outside their own club, district, or country
  • Advance Rotary’s public image and identity
  • Serve as an incentive for joining Rotary and for maintaining active membership
 

ORGANIZATION

  • Function independently of Rotary International by establishing their own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure.
  • Are open to Rotarians, their family members, as well as participants and alumni of all Rotary and Foundation programs.

STARTING A NEW FELLOWSHIP

If your recreational or vocational interest isn’t represented by Rotary’s current Fellowships, contact rotaryfellowships@rotary.org for information about starting a new group.
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Visit www.rotary.org/fellowships for additional resources on Rotary Fellowships. Contact rotaryfellowships@rotary.org with questions
JOIN LEADERS: www.rotary.org/fellowships
 
Rotary Fellowships Ed Fink submitted from Rotary.org 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
These Rotarians were at Tri4Schools early Saturday morning in Middleton supporting our August 12 for 12 Event.
      They assisted with registration/packet pick-up, were transition area helpers, swim course help, bike course pointers, run course and finish line helpers.  Proceeds will provide support for health and wellness initiatives in the children’s schools.
L to R: Derek Moehring, Mary Beth Growney-Selene, Rockford Rotarian Elise Cadigan (friend of MBGS), Christine Disch, Jack Ferreri, Deb Dieter, Rich Cooper
 
 
The Middleton Kids Triathlon Jack Ferreri 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
Jesse Hieb is a documentary filmmaker who paddle-boarded all 430 miles of the Wisconsin River from its source in Lac Vieux Desert on the Wisconsin/Michigan UP border to its connection with the Mississippi at Wyalusing State Park. This effort was part of his documentary on the success the state has had in cleaning up the river. In the fifties and sixties, the Wisconsin River was horribly polluted, largely from the papermakers in the northeastern part of the state. Fourteen paper mills emptied into it, twenty-six dams blocked it, and forty-three municipalities discharged into it – all this makes the Wisconsin River the ‘hardest-working river in North America,’ but at a great cost. The EPA promulgated the Clean Water Act in 1970, and the paper industry chose to do the right thing and got on board with cleanup – partnering with state and local governments, environmental groups, and lovers of the river. Jesse’s story of its revitalization, his paddle trip (with GoPro, of course) down the river, and his meetings with colorful river folk all along the way is told in his documentary video, ‘Gone Paddling.’
Cleaning Up the Wisconsin River: A Success Story Jack Ferreri 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
Our Club has built a special relationship Jefferson MS (JMS) because of its nearby location, its challenges with a diverse student population, and the economic pressures on all schools to do more with less. Principal Kirkwood has led the school for three years, and the level of his commitment is revealed by his commute from Racine to Madison and back every school day … and on some weekends for special activities. The 507 students at JMS are 37% Caucasian, 25% Latino, 16% African-American, and 14% Asian, and 13% with special needs. Our Club has provided Chromebook computers, coats and hats in a clothing drive, and lots of hands-on help in school contests, mock interviews, and more. At our Aug 18 meeting, the Club presented Principal Kirkwood for a $10,000 check to further the educational advancement of Jefferson’s students.
Issac Kirkwood, Principal Jefferson Middle School Jack Ferreri 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Mowbray
Please let me know of any events or special situations in our fellow Rotarians' lives where a card, flowers, or a plant would be appropriate for their situation.
 
Contact Bill Mowbray
608-830-5809 
Friendship Committee Bill Mowbray 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Moehring
Please remember to donate a raffle "gift" on your birthday.  With a value of approximately $25 - $30, it is also  a fun way to support our club!
Birthday Raffle Donations Derek Moehring 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by from the Gone Paddling website
Connor Rowen and Jesse Hieb, the Producer/Director of Gone Paddling

Most people don't know much about the Wisconsin River. Why should they?  At only 430 miles long, it doesn’t stand out in most minds. However, it is the longest river in Wisconsin that stays completely in Wisconsin. With 26 dams, 14 paper mills, and 43 municipalities that dump into it, the Wisconsin River is known as the hardest working river in America. It also happens to have an inspiring history of revitalization.

As much as Wisconsin depends on its longest river,  just 40 years ago you couldn't swim in the river without getting sick. Contamination of the river resulted in widespread deformities of fish and other aquatic life. Residents knew from experience that eating a fish from the river would most certainly make you sick. Pictures of the river from this time period show so much sludge on the surface that animals were able to walk across it. The Wisconsin River at one time rivaled the Cuyahoga River which infamously caught fire in 1969.

Then in the 1970s something amazing happened. People started to work together. It didn't happen overnight. It took a lot of time, money, and compromise. Paper mills, energy companies and municipalities invested hundreds of millions of dollars to modernize following new environmental regulations, and it hurt. It hurt a lot. But before long, the money and time spent in taking care of their river turned into a profitable investment. The mills began reporting that the environmental regulations which forced them to modernize their business practices and reduce pollution had an unanticipated positive impact on their businesses. The mills were now able to operate year-round, which led to increased profits. In addition, in an effort to identify uses for their byproducts, new industries sprung up,  contributing to their bottom line and reducing their environmental footprint.

Although maintaining the water quality of the river remains a continual challenge, the river is winning. People care. Industry, government, and countless communities are working together because they recognize the value of a healthy source of freshwater. The Wisconsin River is now a cultural and economic treasure. The River provides more tourism dollars than ever before, and municipalities throughout the state are now investing millions into water-front development. We as a society focus on the immediate costs and struggle to consider the long-term impacts. But, in the case of the Wisconsin River, we overcame this challenge and can clearly see how the upfront costs have paid dividends.

 
 
Gone Paddling from the Gone Paddling website 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
What if? Foundation Mary Beth Growney Selene 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Rees

As of August 14 we had a total of seven members signed up to volunteer for the Tri4Schools event this Saturday the 19th. 

Tri 4 Schools is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Dane County that uses the sports of swimming, biking, and running as platforms to get kids active and fight childhood obesity. Their events and programs aim to teach children about setting and achieving goals, fitness, nutrition, sportsmanship and self-confidence. They aim to instill the basics of a healthy lifestyle in children ages 14 and under so they can make healthy choices that will benefit them throughout their lives.

What: The Middleton Kids Triathlon. You will be assisting with registration/packet pick-up, transition area helpers, swim course help, bike course pointers, run course help and finish line helpers.  Proceeds provide support for health and wellness initiatives in the children’s schools.

Saturday August 19th at the Bauman Aquatic Center, 2400 Park Lawn Place, Middleton, WI 53562

For more detailed information on the event, including directions and parking please follow this link: Middleton Kids Triathlon. 

Middleton Kids Triathlon Patrick Rees 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Dieter

Rotary Members, There is an opportunity to serve on August 28 or 29.  Jefferson Middle School is being remodeled and all teachers needed to move out over the summer.  They will be moving back in on August 28 and 29 and need our help. Please sign up for 10-noon or 1-3 pm shifts each day by clicking on Deb Dieters email address below:

 debragdieter@gmail.com.

Thank you for everything you do for Rotary.

 
You Can Help! Deb Dieter 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Edelstein
 
... in the persons of Ted DeDee, Beth Schuler and Lex Poppens from the Overture Center. Whatta lineup for 2017-2018: Rent and Les Miserables return, plus five other shows. MWTM-Rotary members now have a promo code (WESTROTARY) for online discounts on upcoming shows. The Overture Center is a magnet for Broadway shows, and has surpassed larger cities in this respect. It's drawing paying customers from throughout the Midwest and offers free kids' shows on select Saturdays. Special recognition among an 82-school competition for best 2017 musical goes to Middleton High School.
 
 
 
 
 

 

www.overture.org.

Broadway Came to Rotary August 4th Leo Edelstein 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
 
Great weather, great Rotary group, great fun!
Saturday, August 15, 2017 will be fondly remembered by all of the lucky participants.
 
Annual Canoe Trip - Sooo Much Fun! Mary Dunn 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jolene R. Bortz, Past President, Rotary Club of Oakland-Uptown

Announcing an upcoming trip to Accra, Ghana, West Africa in October 2017 to participate in a polio immunization exercise, attend the 12th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project.  Attached is detailed trip information.  Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians in your club as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled in the next week or two.

Trip Dates:                            October 03 – 12, 2017
Travel to:                              Accra, Ghana, West Africa
Per Person Price:                $1,689, double occupancy

Program includes:  Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.

In October 2017, North American Rotarians will travel to Accra, Ghana for a life changing experience.   Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.

The experiences you have stay with you forever.  You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change.  Small children come up to you to say thank you.  Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life.  You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes.  It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.  

The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa.  This committee needs your help, leadership and motivational skills, as Governor, to generate awareness, interest and action to support these projects.  Further, projects fairs are an expanding program, encourage by Rotary and The Rotary Foundation as an extraordinary opportunity for clubs to find viable, qualified humanitarian projects

The hope is that you, as a North American Governor, will inspire two or three Rotarians from your District to make this trip, attend the Fair, select one or two of the prequalified projects, and bring them back to your District.  Not only will your representatives be offering significant project support, but they will enjoy a profound “Rotary Moment.”  The Ghanaian Rotarians have prepared an extraordinary week of activities.

If possible, please announce this program in your District over the next month, post the attached on your website, include it in your newsletter, and ask your Rotarians to represent your District and take a trip of a lifetime.  Ideally, you should make the trip and ask them to join you!    Encourage your members to participate – help Rotary Make a Difference.

Let us know if you have any questions.   We hope to hear from you soon.

Jolene R. Bortz, Manager
Howard Tours

Past President, Rotary Club of Oakland-Uptown

516 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 834-2260 voice

(510) 834-1019 fax

JBortz@HowardTours.net

www.HowardTours.net

"We look forward to traveling with you"

 
West Africa Project Fair & Hands On Work Project Jolene R. Bortz, Past President, Rotary Club of Oakland-Uptown 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Olmsted

The first meeting in September will be at beautiful Pope Farm Conservancy Park7440 Old Sauk Road, rain or shine! Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, where three different watersheds come together. A 360 degree panoramic view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol and Madison’s west side can be seen to the east, the Black Earth Creek valley to the North, and the terminal moraine to the South and West.

 
September 1 Meeting to be at Pope Farms Conservancy Jim Olmsted 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Faulhaber
We need many volunteers over the 9 days (Saturday, August 12, thru Sunday August 20) of Sunflower Days! There are over 100 shifts to fill during this 9-day event. Please, please, please, we need your help!! The shifts are usually two hours in duration, and we will train you. Snacks and water will be provided. What better way to spend your time than in front of thousands of sunflowers! Come enjoy all the smiles with us!
Click here for more information & shift descriptions.
Volunteers Needed for Sunflower Days Mick Faulhaber 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Ted DeDee is Overture's President and CEO, he is also a local Madison Rotarian.
 
Tomorrow Ted will tell us about the Tommy Awards Program which celebrates the best in high school musicals. Verona High School recently was a recipient of an "Outstanding Musical"  award for their production of Into The Woods. He will also be briefly explaining a ticketing portal which we are giving your members.
 
Lex Poppens, Overture's VP of Marketing, has been working in the Arts since 1984. Beth Schuler, Overture's Groups and Corporate Sales Manager and loves to help bring in different groups and organizations to experience the magic of Overture, will also be joining us.
The Tommy Awards Program 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri

Fighting the hunger problem in southwestern Wisconsin, Second Harvest Foodbank (SHF) aggregates donated and purchased food and then distributes it to needy families through a large network of helping organizations. 87% of the food is donated and the organization also has relationships with fifty farmers to grow food. 

SHF handles more than a million food requests annually, and its food goes to children, the elderly and families throughout sixteen counties. Most families receiving this food supplement have someone who’s got a job, but they don’t earn enough to make it on their own. One in nine people right here in Dane County struggle with hunger, and one in six children deal with hunger regularly. Many of these families have to choose what to spend their money on … food, utilities, housing, gas, bills. This is where SHF helps. Fourteen million pounds of food passed through Second Harvest Foodbank last year.

 
Dan Stein, CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank Jack Ferreri 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn
 
This year’s canoeing event is this Saturday, August 5th. The departure will be from Blackhawk River Run on the Wisconsin River located at 10032 Hwy Y, Mazomanie. 
 
Have fun, bring kids, enjoy the sand bar picnic, take photos, don't be late!
 
Contact Jim Omlsted for details.
608-575-7562   jolmsted@charter.net
 
Canoeing This Saturday! Mary Dunn 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
President-elect Sam F. Owori is Mourned 2017-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2018 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
Van talked to us about the planning that goes into the future of the Middleton School District, given the growth on the west side of greater Madison. They’ll be expanding Middleton HS because they’re at capacity now. They’re also looking at 20 acres just east of Pope Farm Park, plans are still uncertain. Considering a cross-country ski training facility with trails and ski runs – writing grants right now. Also talked of need to redo the intersection of University Avenue and Parmenter Street. Current construction on University Avenue is going slowly – now in Phase 3 or 4. Lots happening. Van is a knowledgeable and amusing speaker. 
Van Nutt, Middleton Chamber of Commerce Jack Ferreri 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
This is the second of three bridges being built in Guatemala. It is being accomplished because of a global grant submitted by the RClub of Milwaukee. We are a participating club, I.e. $1000 of what must have been in excess of $50,000. 
 
Mary McCormick sent me a rendering of the plaque to be affixed. It listed us, along with others, as RC of West Towne-Middleton. I asked her, if not made or too much trouble, to change it to RC of Madison West Towne-Middleton.
 
In any event, this certainly appears to be money well spent. At some point, we might to have someone do a presentation on this. I would happily try to arrange for it. Also, this demonstrates cooperation between three Rotary districts.
Here are photos of the second bridge opening. Construction of the third bridge will start in August.
Mary McCormick, Executive Director, Rotary Club of Milwaukee.
 
Rio Lindo Inaugration Ed Fink 2017-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Van Nutt, Executive Director, Middleton Chamber of Commerce will be speaking at the July 21 meeting instead of Will Harris. Mr. Harris had another commitment arise suddenly. He will address our club later in the year.
News Flash! Matt Loch 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Rees
I’m excited to announce our next 12 X 12 Volunteer Opportunity supporting Tri 4 Schools.  The event details are all below and you will be receiving an official invitation via Eventbrite shortly.  If you do not receive the invitation or would prefer to RSVP via email please feel to do so by emailing me directly at patrick.rees@usbank.com.
 
Who:  Tri 4 Schools is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Dane County that uses the sports of swimming, biking, and running as platforms to get kids active and fight childhood obesity. Their events and programs aim to teach children about setting and achieving goals, fitness, nutrition, sportsmanship and self-confidence. They aim to instill the basics of a healthy lifestyle in children ages 14 and under so they can make healthy choices that will benefit them throughout their lives.
 
What: The Middleton Kids Triathlon. You will be assisting with registration/packet pick-up, transition area helpers, swim course help, bike course pointers, run course help and finish line helpers.  Proceeds provide support for health and wellness initiatives in the children’s schools.
 
Where:  Bauman Aquatic Center, 2400 Park Lawn Place, Middleton, WI 53562
 

When: Saturday, August 19th.  The first shift is from 6:30 am – 10:30 am and the second shift is from 7:30 am – 11:30 am.
 
For more detailed information on the event, including directions and parking please follow this link: Tri 4 Schools
 
12 x 12 • Middleton Kids Triathlon. Patrick Rees 2017-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Last Chance for Tickets!!!

The Rotary International portal will be closing on Thursday, July 27th at Midnight. Make sure you get your tickets to help support Rotary International on Sunday, 30th for their Night at the Madison Mallards Ballpark. Five dollars of every ticket sold will go back to Rotary International, and everyone who purchases a ticket that night will also receive a Madison Mallards branded hat.

To purchase tickets: Click Here!

Game Starts

4:05 pm, Sunday, July 30

at Warner Park, Madison

$15 admission includes your ticket for a reserved stadium seat and an official Mallards hat. $5 of every ticket sold will go back to Rotary International. The Madison Mallards will be giving away a Harry Potter Themed Bobblehead.

Important Details:
- To purchase tickets, Click Here!
- Tickets can be picked up at Will Call Windows
- Hats can be picked up at Fan Services located behind the Festival Foods Grill.

Last Chance for Tickets! John A. Locke 2017-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by District 6250 Website
 
District 6250 has an exciting new program ...
The District 6250 Board has agreed to allocate $5000 for these membership grants.  This is a new endeavor that, if successful, will help grow our clubs and expand our reach.

The first 5 clubs to recruit four or more new members between July 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018 will be eligible for a $1000 grant for these new members to use for a project of their own.  These members must remain for 4 months for the club to be eligible.  Once you have met this criteria, please contact one of our membership co-chairs. 

Their contact information is – 
Membership & Retention Co-Chair
Mark Broses
H: 715-720-6236
Membership & Retention Co-Chair
Kaylynn Stahlbaush
C: 503-888-7180   W: 715-839-4763 kaylynn.stahlbaush@gmail.com
$1,000 Membership Grant Program District 6250 Website 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Clemens, District Friendship Exchange Chair

We had a successful experience hosting 8 Rotarians in our district.  We had traveled to Gujarat, India in January, and they came to visit us late in May.  They enjoyed visiting Chicago, Dells, La Crosse area and Madison area.  Many homes were opened in our district, while our Rotarians hosted and showed them around. 

We are looking for persons interested in hosting a group of Rotarians from Peru.  It may be a small group, from 4-10 persons, arriving on Tuesday, August 15 and leaving on Thursday, August 31.  If you and your club would like to be a host for a day, a few days or more, let me know.  Please send an email to Dave Clemens, drdave@dellsdental.net, and let him know of your commitment.  You will be expected to pick them up from the previous club, provide a room, meals and entertainment, then make sure they make it to the next community on their itinerary.  It is great fun, which we want many clubs to enjoy.  Don't miss this chance to enjoy the fun of a Friendship Exchange.

Rotary Friendship Exchange News Dave Clemens, District Friendship Exchange Chair 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

4:05 pm, Sunday, July 30 at Warner Park, Madison

$15 admission includes your ticket for a reserved stadium seat and an official Mallards hat. $5 of every ticket sold will go back to Rotary International. The Madison Mallards will be giving away a Harry Potter Themed Bobblehead.

Important Details:
- To purchase tickets, Click Here!
- Tickets can be picked up at Will Call Windows
- Hats can be picked up at Fan Services located behind the Festival Foods Grill.

Rotary International Night at the Ballpark 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Brown

We will do a social event at Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub, 1262 John Q Hammons Drive, Madison, WI 53717.

Join us on the patio from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 3.

Come hang out have a few beverages… an opportunity to get out with the crew for a bit…

Questions???

Contact: Brian J. Brown   brian_J_brown@glic.com   608-662-8763

Club will not be paying for the beverages

 
Social Hour Brian Brown 2017-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
An area community center had started out in Wexford Ridge in the late seventies. Paul has been Director since 2000. The Lussier Center opened its facility in 2007, with funding from the city … and from our Club. 

The Center focuses on galvanizing the community to take care of its own needs. They’re not a social service agency … more than 4,000 community members volunteer at the Center over the course of a year. The Lussier Center enriches local people with summer camps, educational programs, after-school programs, community meals, Food Pantry, job clinic, computer lab, and much more. They connect with the trades to give young people job training. And their Buffett Scholars programs provides support to promising area kids through high school and into college. 


Paul Terranova Executive Director of Lussier Community Center Jack Ferreri 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 08, 2017

PARTICIPATE

WHAT: World Polio Day Awareness Event

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4 pm to 6 pm

WHERE: Madison State Capitol Steps

Rotary District 6250 will host an event at the Madison Capitol from 4 pm to 6 pm. We will be meeting at the State Street side of the Capitol to create awareness of Rotary’s impact on the eradication of Polio. 


Rotary members in Wisconsin are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio – a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

Come join us! Contact Mary Van Hout at maryevanhout@gmail.com 


 
What Can You Do to End Polio? 2017-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Welton
We would especially like to thank our Hole Sponsors
and the
Silent Auction and Raffle Prize Donors
The Hole Sponsors include the following
 
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
Wisconsin Bank & Trust
American Family Insurance
TDS Telecom
The Four Way Test - Carl Bolstad
Harbor Athletic Club
Capitol Bank
Service Above Self- Anonymous
LSM Chiropractic
DeWitt Ross & Stevens, SC Law Firm
The Yesbeck Delgado Group/Baird
Feldt Construction Co., Inc.
Baer Insurance Services
Musser Capital Advisors
Steve Aune Agency, Inc. - American Family Insurance
UBS Financial Services, Inc. – The Burish Group
Hemb Insurance Group
Moren Investments, LLC
Be A Gift To The World - Mary Van Hout
Meicher CPA’s
UW Provisions 
First Weber, Inc. - Ruth Domack
Welton Investment Real Estate, LLC
Mallatt’s Pharmacy
The Mug Club Growlers – Dean Ryerson
BMO Harris Bank
Charter Members- John Gerold, Jim Langdon, Jerry McAdow, Dick Meister
Dale Carnegie Training
Celerity Staffing
Larry S. Harris CLU & Associates
 
Charity Golf Outing Sponsors Kevin Welton 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Welton
  • 88 Golfers who signed up and paid $100.00 each, of which 18 were actual Club members.
  • 22 Foursomes, with 11 being mixed teams, 10 all men's teams, and 1 all women's team, netting a total of $8800.00.
  • 30 Hole Sponsorships acquired by the Club members, who paid $300.00 each an included a custom color logo signage on the course and mention in the program, netting another $8400.00.
  • 40 Silent Auction Packages that were bid on and won, netting some $3306.00.
  • 31 Club members provided the prizes, most contributing more than one. There were a total of 23 Raffle Prizes won where the tickets were chosen by a random pull by Rotary International Foundation Director Mary Beth Growney Selene. In addition to the sale of Mulligans, this portion of the outing netted some $1780.00.
  • A String Game was offered whereby a team could Count their missed putt by using the portion of the 3 feet of string by which they missed the putt. This netted another $780.00
  • 67% of the golfers purchased the Mulligans in the golfer package and another 49% purchased the string. approximately 21 members that worked the event as volunteers, acting to register the golfers, sell the golfer package and string game, set up the silent auction packages, set up the Shelter Box tent, collect the silent auction prize payments, and other various duties.
 
Members of the Golf Outing Planning Committee included John Olsen, Ruth Domack, Greg Blum, Steve Aune, and Brian Brown. The Chairman was Kevin Welton. All in all it was a beautiful day to golf and the total proceeds after all expenses are paid should be in the area of $17.000.00.
 
TDS foursome pose at the hole TDS sponsored at the Rotary
Charity Golf Outing at Pleasant View Golf Course.
Thank you for your support TDS!
Hole #1 at the MWT-M Rotary Charity Golf Outing.
Thank you Welton Investment Real Estate, LLC.
for your sponsorship.
Charity Golf Outing Recap Kevin Welton 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
I am organizing a Car Pool/Caravan for the Youth Exchange Students for their Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Conference in Grand Rapids Michigan.   Our district is sharing a bus with another district.  We need to transport our kids to Brookfield (near Milwaukee) to catch the bus.  I need 2-3 more drivers to help drive kids on Thursday July 13 and Sunday July 16.
 
Drivers will be given gas money (via check by the district).  Below is the tentative schedule on both days.  Drivers with vehicles that can fit 3+ students with luggage is recommended. 
Schedule & Locations
THURSDAY - PICK-UP 7/13
SUNDAY - RETURN 7 /16
TOMAH (Kwik Trip at I-94 exit 143) Across from Taco Bell 310 East McCoy Boulevard, Tomah, WI 54660
5:30 am
5:30 pm
PORTAGE (Petro Stopping Center exit 108A)
N5800 Kinney Road, Portage, WI 53901
6:35 am
4:15 pm
MADISON (PARK N RIDE - From 90, take exit 135 for US-151.  Then follow signs for US-151 N/Sun Prairie and merge onto US-151.  Then take exit 98B to merge onto American Pkwy.  Turn right on EASTPARK Blvd.) American Center Lot, 2 Eastpark Blvd, Madison, WI 53718 - next to Enterprise Rent-A-Car
7:15 am
3:10 pm
JOHNSON CREEK (McDonalds exit 267)
800 Linmar Lane Johnson Creek, WI 53094
7:55 am
2:40 pm
BROOKFIELD (Goerke's Corners Park & Ride – I-94 Exit 297) County Highway Y, Brookfield, WI 53045
8:30 am
2:10 pm
 
THURSDAY
  • TOMAH to PORTAGE to MADISON to JOHNSON CREEK to BROOKFIELD
    • 2-3 DRIVERS NEEDED
    • I need one more driver for Tomah to Madison Route
    • I need 2 more drivers for Madison to Brookfield
SUNDAY
  • BROOKFIELD to JOHNSON CREEK  to  MADISON to  PORTAGE to TOMAH
    • 2-3 DRIVERS NEEDED
    • I need one more driver for Tomah to Madison Route
    • I need 2 more drivers for Madison to Brookfield
Please let me know ASAP if you would be interested in helping. 
 
Cell Phone: 608-628-7306
Skype:  toni.pabon
Car Pool/Caravan for the Youth Exchange Students Toni Pabon, Information Coordinator/District Registrar 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold
Today’s speaker, Paul Terranova, Executive Director of the Lussier Community Education Center (LCEC), will be updating you on the activities at LCEC and may mention how the Club has been providing support over the years. Our support includes $9,000 to the Jane Burrows Buffet Scholars Program over the last two years, including a $1,500 Matching Grant from the District, and will include another $3,000 this fiscal year. In addition, we have contributed dollars and food to the Center’s Food Bank over the years.
 
This year we will also be providing $2,000 ($1,000 from the Club and $1,000 Matching Grant from the District) for Community On Air, the new FM radio station, call letters WWMV-LP at 95.5 FM. The funds will be used to purchase a remote broadcasting kit and for creating publicity materials.  In addition to myself, currently Leo Edelstein and John Olsen will be involved in learning about the station and helping out where we can.
 
The reason for putting this information in the Bulletin today is so when you are listening to Paul’s presentation, you can think about how you may help out at LCEC during the coming year.  We will be asking for volunteer tutors to help out the Buffet Scholars and other students and we may be looking for members to participate in the operation of the radio station, through such things as on air programs, where you may talk about careers, or other things of interest to young listeners. There are always opportunities to volunteer your services and knowledge at the Center. Thank you to all the Rotarians for what they have done for the Center in the past and what they will do in the future.
MWTM ROTARY Club Supports Lussier Community Education Center John Gerold 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Notara Farm 5th Annual Horse Driving Trial to Benefit Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Independence Day! 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Ruth Marks

  

Who: Volunteers We Need You - many of you have volunteered in the past and “thank you”, “thank you”.  We will pair up newbies with seasoned volunteers where possible.  No job to big or small.

What: Notara Farm Horse Driving Trial (HDT) The  proceeds from the event will benefit the MADISON WEST TOWNE-MIDDLETON ROTARY FOUNDATION INC.

WhenSaturday, July 1, 2017 (rain or shine)

Morning Shift: (7:30 - 12:30ish) Volunteers to be at the farm 7:30 a.m. Go to the tent and look for a sign for volunteers to get a volunteer ribbon for your shirt (gets you a yummy free lunch) and have a roll and coffee and get your assignment.. Dressage starts at 9:00 so everyone must be "in place" at that time.

Afternoon Shift: (12:00 - 4:30ish) Volunteer assignments made while enjoying lunch - Marathon starts at 1:30 so everyone must be "in place" at that time.

We will feed and hydrate you and guarantee fun whether rain or shine - please bring your own chair, sunscreen, rain gear (if needed) and good sense of humor - we provide the fun!

Where:  Gravel driveway just west of Mary Ruth Marks Notara Farm, 7732 Riverside Road, Verona, Wisconsin 53593. 

How:  Fun, fun whether rain or shine - - - be there or be square! and THANK YOU!!!!

Parking: All volunteers park to the west (behind) of the show tent (go left as you come in the gravel drive from Riverside Rd.  We will have signs. 

 

 
Notara Farms 2017 Horse Event Volunteers Mary Ruth Marks 2017-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Olmsted
 
This year’s canoeing event will be held on Saturday, August 5th. The departure will be from Blackhawk River Run on the Wisconsin River located at 10032 Hwy Y, Mazomanie. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 2
 
The cost per canoe is $35.00. This 9 mile run is fun and scenic. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided. Bring your own lunch and beverages (no glass please). We will pick out a nice sand bar for our picnic and swimming. Get there about 9:45 for payment, instructions and map. Departure is at 10:30 sharp. Arrival in Arena will be at 3:00 sharp. A bus will take us back to the parking lot in Mazomanie.
 
This is a great event for children, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Many of you look forward to this Rotary event every year. So far I have reserved 15 canoes. Let me know as soon as you can so that I can give Blackhawk the final tally.
 
If you have your own canoe the cost is $25.00.
 
Contact Jim Omlsted for details.
608-575-7562   jolmsted@charter.net
 
Annual Canoeing Event Jim Olmsted 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Beth Growney Selene

Rotary’s “Core Values” are FELLOWSHIP, LEADERSHIP, INTEGRITY, DIVERSITY and SERVICE.  As members of the “coolest” Rotary Club in the world, we have the opportunity, with and through our fellow Rotarians, to experience each of our core values at every weekly meeting and service activity.  We are so lucky!

Under the leadership of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, I am asking for your support of OUR Rotary Foundation.  This year, to mark the centennial celebration of TRF, and moving forward, we have asked each member to consider a gift of $1.00/day or $365 over the course of the year.  With that said, we are asking every member to give to their level of comfort.  No gift is too small or too large.  ALL donations are welcome and I promise you, will be used to change lives through our service, throughout the world.

I have attached a commitment form for your consideration and use as well as a Rotary Direct Form.  Now, here’s the catch.  The 2016-2017 Rotary year ends on June 30, 2017.  In order for your gift to be attributed to this Rotary year, I will need your contribution no later than June 29.  I will take care of all the paperwork and you will receive a tax receipt directly from TRF.  Or, you can make your contribution on-line – which I can assist you in getting set up. (I can help you with your member ID #; our Club is #2700.)

There is no doubt that, through the generosity of our members, our Club has had many great opportunities in which we have benefited from our gifts to The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of Rotary International is a unique model and one that I would like to briefly share with you as I ask for your support.  (I am not aware of any other Foundation that allows its contributors to direct a portion of their contributions in the manner of TRF.)

Every dollar that we contribute to The Foundation’s Annual Fund is invested for 3-years.  At the end of that 3-year period, the earnings on our contributions are used to pay the expenses of our Foundation staff and programs (none of our Rotary “dues” supports the administration of TRF).  50% of our contributions are returned to our Rotary District 6250 (we are one of 63 Clubs in the Southwestern Wisconsin District).  The remaining 50% is placed in The Foundation’s World Fund, which is managed by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.

Of the 50% our District receives, 1/2 is dedicated to District Grants which are used to match monies set aside by Clubs for local or small international service projects.  The main criteria of these grants is that they must have active  Rotarian involvement.  In the last several years, the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club has benefited from District Grants with several of our projects, most notably, last year’s $10,000 grant to provide 30 Chrome Books and Cart to Jefferson Middle School.

The remaining 1/2 of the money returned to our District is used for Global Grants in excess of $30,000 (total budget).  These are international projects which must provide sustainable service in one of Rotary’s Areas of Focus of:

Water & Sanitation

Maternal & Child Health

Disease Prevention & Control

Basic Education & Literacy

Economic & Community Development

Peace & Conflict Prevention & Resolution

Our Global Grants are not only “matched” by District 6250, they are also “matched” by The Rotary Foundation with the following formula/example (again, these grant budgets must be at least $30,000):

  Club contribution to Global Grant = 

 $10,000 (can be a collaboration of Clubs)

District Match =  $10,000
TRF  Matches Club Contribution =  .5:1  $  5,000

TRF Matches District Contribution = 

 1:1 $10,000 (this money comes from the  “World Fund” as mentioned above)

TOTAL PROJECT =  $35,000
 
Support OUR Rotary Foundation Mary Beth Growney Selene 2017-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
THE US Open Trophy with Kevin Welton Kevin Welton 2017-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack

Five tickets to the American Family Golf Championship at University Ridge this weekend will be auctioned off at our weekly meeting tomorrow, Friday, June 23.

Thought you might like a "heads up" to prepare to bid.

The tickets are compliments of Lucas Schell who turns 50 this week and celebrating in the Bahamas!

Proceeds go directly to the MWT-M Foundation.

 
Tickets for the American Family Golf Championship Ruth Domack 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
Cole Olmsted and Jack Powless at the June 16th meeting.
Cole Olmsted, grandpa Jim Olmsted, Kevin Welton, and Jack Powless.

Cole Olmsted from Middleton HS and Jack Powless from Edgewood HS spoke to us about the May 19-21 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp at Lake Lucerne in Neshkoro, WI. The event was a social gathering (of course), but it also focused on topics of importance – water conservation and helping those in poverty. RYLA is Rotary’s commitment to building leadership skills in energetic and committed young people. 150 young people and 25 staff and counselors filled the weekend with games, team-building activities, and getting to know people from around the state. The value of communication and working together was a keynote of the camp. These two young men were clearly touched and inspired by the weekend.

 
RYLA Enthusiasm Jack Ferreri 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri

First in the nation, Wisconsin public radio started in 1917 right on the UW campus at the foot of Bascom Hill. It aimed to spread the Wisconsin Idea and broad cultural awareness to farmers, to small towns, to all state citizens. Child programming later became another element. Starting with primitive vacuum tube technology, Wisconsin Public Radio eventually became three content networks -- the Ideas Network, the News and Classical Network, and the All Classical Network. WPR has also grown into 34 local stations, 7 regional studios, and a robust digital presence with five websites. Jack Mitchell developed the flagship program "All Things Considered" for National Public Radio (he was NPR’s first employee) before becoming the head of Wisconsin Public Radio, which he led for seventeen years. He now teaches at the UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

 
Jack Mitchell on Public Radio on Wisconsin Jack Ferreri 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack

A few more items have been donated from our generous members!

Thank you to:

Ginny Jenkins for the gift cards to Benvenuto's, Food Fight and the Potosi Beer Museum.

Kevin Welton for the golf bag and clubs.

Dennis Zitnak for the autographed picure of Steve Stricker.

Jack and Judy Ferreri for the garden consultation certificate along with a $100 certificate to the Flower Factory.

Mary Feldt for two horse back riding lessons (always a treat for the grandkids).

Steve Aune, the golf balls, tees and umbrella

Bill Mowbray, golf tees

Leo Edelstein for the 2 Club Level Milwaukee Brewer tickets.

If you can't think of anything to donate, pick up a Best buy gift card or Costco or REI or Nevada Bob's or Star Cinema or Sundance Movies at Hilldale or Sentry Foods or HyVee.

Please bring your donations Friday. We assemble the baskets on Wednesday, June 21.

Thank you for your donations and all you do for Rotary!!

 
More Items Donated - Thank You! Ruth Domack 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack

Hey MWT-M members - our biggest fund raiser is less than two weeks away and we still need donation items for the Silent Auction.

We could use some electronic items for the "techy". If you don't know what to get, let me know how much you are willing to spend and I will go to Best Buy. The latest gadget is a Nest Wifi Temperature Control for your home. It costs $250 so I'd need a few of you to donate toward it. Once installed, a home owner can control the temperature from his/her smartphone.

Other ideas and items are welcome. The committee will be sorting and assembling on Wednesday, June 21 so please bring your items to Friday's meeting or let me know how I can pick them up.

The proceeds from the silent auction help the many local and international projects that MWT-M supports. Please participate!

Last Call for Golf Outing Silent Auction Donations! Ruth Domack 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Welton
 

Photos from the June 4, 2017, picnic honoring and introducing the Rotary Friendship Exchange guests from Gujarat, India, District 3060.  

 

Left: Pictured are the Indian Team Leader Chandresh Makhila, Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar, and of course Mary Van Hout. 

 
Rotary Friendship Exchange Guests from Gujarat, India Kevin Welton 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Fose
Seewat Premmaprayoonwongsa, a/k/a Best, left for his home in Thailand early Thursday morning.

He had to return to start his military service obligation.

We had a very nice farewell gathering for him Tuesday evening at his 3rd Host Family’s home. He is pictured with his 3rd Host Mother at the Dane County airport.

Best was a wonderful Exchange Student and wanted to thank everyone for helping him have a very successful exchange year.

 

Seewat Premmaprayoonwongsa aka Best Dan Fose 2017-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Faulhaber
Pope Farm Conservancy is owned and operated by the Town of Middleton. The following is general info from the Sun Flower Days Logistics Meeting.  Last year, it was estimated 80,000 people visited the site, thus making it one of the premier summer attractions in the county. 
 
First and most importantly, due to May’s weather, the planting did not go as planned.  Thus, Sun Flower Days has been moved to begin Saturday, August 12, thru Sunday August 20.
 
For those who have done this before, there are some changes in procedures for sign-in, wavers, and responsibilities.  I see these all as very positive.  There must have been 15 supervisor volunteers at the meeting  plus a Town of Middleton Officer who gave good guidance to cover the anticipated crowds and traffic problems. 
 
The conservancy will be open from 8:00 am until shortly before sun set.  Volunteers are to arrive 15 minutes early for sign-in and instructions.  All these are relatively easy, working in 2 hours shifts except for 10-12:30.  There are 6 shift times.  ALSO, there will be shade, either natural by trees or portable tents at each parking assignment location  There will be 5 locations of them.  Water, sun screen, and “treats” will be provided for our volunteers.  Our volunteers need to be “animated” in their direction to direct parking.  We will also be soliciting memberships to the visitors by passing out PFC brochures as the cars exit the area.
 
Signups for parking volunteers will be done on-line.  

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/CSZEBnr
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. Anna Abbott (803) 608-0038

Please let me know if you have any problems or questions---I’m hoping this will be easy peasy!  Thanks a ton for all Y’All do for Pope Farm Conservancy!!!!!

Sun Flower Days Mick Faulhaber 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack
Box lunches cost $9 for those volunteers who would like to order a box lunch. Box lunches are available around 9:30am. The afternoon buffet offers enough food so any volunteer who works later in the day is welcome to the buffet at no additional cost.
We need volunteers! Please give a few hours of your time on Monday, June 26. Click Here to Sign Up!!
 
Volunteer Golf Outing Lunch Cost Ruth Domack 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Burns
We have scheduled another Happy Hour for June 22nd 4:30 - 6:30pm at Vitense Golfland, 5501 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI 53711.  Swing some clubs and enjoy Rotary Fellowship…Practice that swing prior to our Big Rotary Golf Outing.
 
Come hang out have a few beverages…Free Appetizers!
Club will not be paying for the beverages, just an opportunity to get out with  the crew for a bit…
 
Happy Hour Tony Burns 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack
 
First I want to thank the latest donations to the silent auction:
Cory Recknor and Aprilaire are donating a dehumidifier and the Recknor family is offering a donation.
Jim Olmsted is filling a cooler with meat from Knoche's.
Golf items are in from Dan Fose and Stu Herro and promised from Steve Aune and Tony Burns.
Leo Edelstein has been busy getting tickets to sport events as well as Vitense, Princeton Club and Bucky Books.
UW Football tickets from Mick Faulhaber.
A weekend getaway to the Dells from Greg Blum.
A UW jacket from Dawn Frank.
A bottle of Chivas Regal and J Henry Bourbon from Deb Dieter.
Golf for 4 plus cart at Lake Wisconsin Country Club from Doug Coerper.
Hotel Red certificate and Square 4 Wine Tasting from Cherie Gon.
The Flower Factory $100 Certificate from Jack Ferreri
 
For those of you who still need ideas, we need:
Coffee shop certificates (Yola's, Starbucks, Colectivo, etc)
Anything UW related (footballs, basketballs, decals, sunglasses, caps, t-shirts)
Ten Pin Alley certificates
Pet related items like vet clinic certificates, grooming, doggie day care
 
Do you have a certain skill and can offer a few hours? Something like cooking? handyman?
 
We still need golf stuff. Do you work for a corporation who could donate golf balls? tees? whatever?
 
Please bring your items to the Friday meeting. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you do for Rotary
 
 
Latest Donations for the Silent Auction Ruth Domack 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Rees
Thank you everyone for your support surrounding the establishment of a club blood drive with the Red Cross, however for a myriad of reasons we are currently thirteen donors short of the minimum required to reserve an event.  At this point I would like to ask that anyone who would like to be a donor who has not reached out to me please do so.  I would also like to add that anyone who would like to volunteer their friends, family, or co-workers is encouraged to and they will count towards our total.  If we don’t reach the minimum by the middle of next week I will work with the Red Cross to support one of their existing drives.
 
Contact Patrick Rees   patrick.rees@usbank.com   or   608.294.0123.
 
Blood Drive Patrick Rees 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
After a career including stints as State Representative and Dane County Clerk, Joe Parisi became County Executive in 2011. It was a remarkable climb for a high school dropout who didn’t think he was smart. But he got into a program, earned his GED, High School diploma, and through MATC and UW Madison earned a degree in Sociology.
 
He’s been motivated to help those with the same limited prospects he once faced. He’s been active in Operation Fresh Start, dealing with troubled kids. He also chaired the Corrections Committee while in the Assembly, taking the time to talk to inmates in the County Jail.
 
Half the County’s $600 million budget goes to Human Services. He hopes to expand Fresh Start, expand Affordable Housing, and develop a Youth Conservation Corps to maintain County parks and teach social and work skills to troubled youth.
 
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi Jack Ferreri 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter
This is our biggest most important fund raiser of the year and we need everyone to participate in some way.  Please let me know if you have not yet become involved and what you will be able to do for the club.  Here are the options:
1) Participate or find a foursome for golf. (June 26th at Pleasant View Golf Course) Click Here to Register
 
2) Sponsor a business or generic sign at one of the tee boxes ($300). Contact Kevin Welton  kkevinw1420@tds.net
 
3) Donate an item for the silent auction. Contact Ruth Domack ruthdomack@gmail.com
 
4) Volunteer the day of the event (8 am to set up silent auction, sell raffle tickets or 3 pm to help with silent auction payments). Click Here to Volunteer
 
Thank you for everything you do for the best Rotary Club in the World.
Golf Outing Participation Options for You Debra Dieter 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2018 - Glacier Canyon Lodge - Wisconsin Dells Heather Dyer 2017-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold, Bingo Czar
The last bingo session of the season was held in mid May. We are all done until we begin again in October. Thank you to the 27 volunteers, which included family members of a Rotarian. I would estimate our total volunteering hours at 54.
 
A Big Thank You for the Bingo Volunteers! John Gerold, Bingo Czar 2017-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Burns
Five Members Each Get Five Minutes
We will have not one but five speakers. Five of our colleagues will each tell us about them selves in five minutes or less.
Changing of the Guard
Thank the outgoing Board, swear in the New Board, swear in the New President
Incoming President  Tony Burns
Incoming President Elect  Matt Loch
Incoming Secretary   Jack Ferreri
Incoming Treasurer  Jim Emerick
June 23rd Meeting to be Jam Packed! Tony Burns 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Rees

 

I am currently working on putting together a club blood drive in partnership with the Red Cross as part of our 12X12 volunteer effort.   The Red Cross schedules their drives a minimum of two months in advance and requires a guaranteed turnout of at least 25 donors.  If you could please respond to this message with whether or not you would like to participate so that I can start a head count it would be greatly appreciated. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me directly 

patrick.rees@usbank.com or via phone at 608.294.0123

Planning a Club Blood Drive Patrick Rees 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
I ... told the Exec Committee that I could no longer chair the event.  However, I would be happy to work with a co-chair.  After some searching for a co-chair, the Board recently decided that without a co-chair, it was in the best interests of our Club to NOT have Oktoberfest this year.
 
I continue to have a very strong view that this is a viable event and by adding community partners, it will continue to grow and be a nice fund raiser for everyone involved.  I’m also very willing to chair the event again in the future.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any thoughts or questions.

Cory Recknor at cory.recknor@aprilaire.com  or        608-310-6105

 
No Oktoberfest 2017 Cory Recknor 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Golfer & Sponsor Registrations Thru May 31st John Olsen 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack

The Golf Outing Silent Auction will once again offer three trip packages courtesy of Philantopia.

Trip Package #1:  World Class Hilton Head Golf Getaway for Two: Retail Value $3,950 and Minimum Bid $3,600

     Includes a 3-night stay at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa,

     1 round of golf at The Palmetto Dunes per person,

     1 round of golf at the Port Royal Planter's Row Course per person

     1 round of golf at the Port Royal Barony Course per person

     All cart fees

     All taxes

Trip Package #2: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn for Two in Sonoma, CA: Retail Value $3,800 and Minimum Bid $2,600

     Includes a 4-night stay

     Daily breakfast, including gratuities and taxes

     $500 Resort Credit towards golf, spa or dining

     All room-related taxes and fees

Trip Package #3: Bahia Cabo, Luxury Boutique Hotel on the Sea of Cortez For Two, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Retail Value $2,950 and Minimum Bid $1,700

     5-night stay at the Bahia Cabo Hotel and Beach Club

     3 days of either 30-min wave runner rental, 1-hour Stand-Up Paddle board rental or Parasailing

     $100 Gift Certificate to the Esquina Bar and Restaurant

     Daily coffee and Pastries for Two

     Complimentary access to the Bahia Beach Club

The above packages do not include transportation to the locations.  Thank you.

(Everyone is invited to bid on one, or all of these packages. Not exclusive to the golfers.)

Golf Outing Silent Auction to Offer 3 Trip Packages! Ruth Domack 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Left to Right: Derek Moehring, Rani Raman, and Raj Raman exchange club banners.

They are visiting members of a Rotary Club in Chennai formerly known as Madras which  is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Southern India.

 
Visiting Rotarians Exchange Banners 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack

Thank you to Roxanne Brazeau (and BMO) for the Overture play tickets for the auction. Also, thanks to Greg Blum for his cabin weekend getaway.

For those of you who would like to contribute but need some ideas, here goes: Golfers love golf stuff. 

We could use boxes of golf balls, golf umbrellas, golf covers, golf coffee mugs, golf towels, golf tees, golf club umbrellas, golf hats, golf shoes, golf socks, golf market clips to put on hats, golf visors, golf gloves, golf shirts, golf jackets, golf sweatshirts, etc.

Of course, golfers love opportunities to golf at different courses and if the cart is included for a foursome - well, the golfers look like big spenders and they love that!

Hope that helps for ideas. I will publish more later in the week.

Ideas for Silent Auction Items Ruth Domack 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack

The board has approved another new member, Ginny Jenkins. Ginny's sponsor is Peder Moren.

Ginny is currently the Director of Human Resources for Food Fight Restaurant Group. Ginny attended Roosevelt University in Chicago with a major in political science. She has served in both legal and HR capacities since 1999 and is an active volunteer with Second Harvest, Atwood Fest Rep, REAP and also works for Barrymore.

 

 

The Board Has Approved Another New Member Ruth Domack 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Edelstein
 
Madison WI,  May 19, 2017 ---
Rotary largesse and lunch for nine local students on their way to college!
The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton's 2017 scholarship recipients/donors are:
Middleton High School
Emily Satterlund receives The Robert Jones Memorial $1000 Scholarship
Salimatou Diallo receives The
Robert Jones $500 Scholarship
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Madhu Gowda receives
The Richard & Ellen Meister
math sciences $1000 Scholarship
Daniel Fingerson receives The Richard Williams Memorial $1000 Scholarship
Wisconsin Heights
High School
Ann "Annie" Heathcote receives
The Richard Williams $500 Scholarship
Gwen Pyeatt receives The
Richard & Ellen Meister $1000 Scholarship
Edgewood
High School
Mia Landgraf receives The
Richard & Ellen Meister $500 Scholarship
Tsewang Dolkar receives The
John Byrne Memorial $1000 Scholarship
James Madison
Memorial High School
Mileydi Guzman receives The
John Byrne Memorial $500 Scholarship
Congratulations!
 
Youth Scholarship Winners 2071 Leo Edelstein 2017-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack
 
The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton Board of Directors has approved the membership application of Christine Disch at the May Board meeting held May 16, 2017. Chris is currently a nurse practitioner for the SSM Dean Medical Group. She had been a registered nurse at St Mary's since 2008 both at the hospital and medical center. Chris earned her BSN at the UW-Madison in 2005, MBA at Edgewood College in 2010 and MSN at Alverno College in 2015. In addition to her busy work schedule, Chris serves in the Community for the Guatemala Medical Resource Partnership, Road Home and Luke House.
Board Has Approved Application for Membership Ruth Domack 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeannine Desautels
 
The MWT-M Rotary Club annual Charity Golf Outing will be Monday, June 26, 2017 -
please sign up as a VOLUNTEER to help make this fundraiser a success. All ages welcome!
 
 
or you can contact Jeannine Desautels by email - jeanninembd@gmail.com or by phone - 608-332-1410.
 Please let me know if you cannot fill your spot.
Charity Golf Outing Volunteers Jeannine Desautels 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
 
Heading to France in August, Gary (from Memorial High School) used our Club as a testing ground for the Rotary talks she’ll be giving in France on her life in Wisconsin. They’ll be in French, of course, but she made accommodations for us and gave her talk in English.
 
She’ll be heading to Club #1660 Île de France Ouest, which includes the district immediately surrounding the capital, and the area to the west. There are 67 Clubs in the District. She doesn’t know much yet about her academics there or where she’ll be staying. She’ll be in France for for a year.
 
She spoke about her growing up – she’s an active young woman with lots on interests. Skiing is high on her agenda. She spoke about the state, which its farm background, its sport teams, and Madison and its famous Farmers Market. She’ll do us proud.
Gaby Palmer's Heading to France Jack Ferreri 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Moehring
 
 
Our Club was honored with a visit form Dick Meister on Friday April 28th.  Dick presented the club with a check for $250 for the Meister Meter Fundraiser, with the requirement that club members match the $250 with donations of no less than $250, or he would take his check back.  Dick also mentioned that he, “Made some minor changes to the Meister Meter this year.”
 
When pressed for the details of those changes, after the meeting on April 28th, Dick indicated that, “Certain quadratic equations and mathematical algorithms that have an underlying systemic value; however, minor or regressive those might be, were adjusted to compensate for outside variables of a less than dynamic nature.” Sources, unconfirmed, reported that the person interviewing Dick on this topic could only respond with, “How does it feel to be 91?” 
 
Club members were given two Friday to match Dick’s $250 donation (Friday April 28th and Friday May 5th).  As of 1:30 p.m. on Friday May 5th, the tally was as follows:
Donation From Dick Meister                                                   $250
Donations From Club Members                                              $651 and counting *
Total Funds Raised For Meister Meter Fundraiser             $901 and counting *              
Meister Meter Fundraiser Goal For FY 2016 – 2017           $1,000
 
*Several additional donations are still expected and a final tally will be given by Dean Ryerson, Treasurer once all donations have been received.  If you would like to make a donation, please contact Dean Ryerson dryerson@tds.net
 
Meister Meter Fundraiser Update Derek Moehring 2017-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
 
Saturday, April 29 was cool, overcast and windy on Equity Lane in Fitchburg. The weather did not deter the work crew headed up by Todd Weigand from framing and sheathing 3 houses.
 
 
Habitat for Humanity Dane County Work Day 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
 
Congratulations Paul from all of us in the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton for this well deserved recognition.
 
Paul Patenaude recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Contact:
Dean Ryerson  dryerson@tds.net
or
Rod Nilles  rcnilles@chorus.net
 

After several years of construction on our assigned Adopt-A-Highway segment, the South Beltline between Gammon Rd and Whitney Way, we are now cleared to once again clean-up the south side of that portion of the Beltline.  We need lots of volunteers.  Family members (16 years of age or older) and friends are welcome to join our club members for this activity. It's a great volunteer activity for high school students. We'll do our spring clean-up on Thursday afternoonMay 18, at 4:30 pm.  We'll meet at the Vitense Golf Course parking lot.  Please wear good shoes, long pants, and gloves.  Bags and safety vests will be provided.  We will have sign-up sheets to pass during our club meeting this coming Friday, May 5th.  However, if you can help and will not be at Friday's meeting please email Dean Ryerson dryerson@tds.net or Rod Nilles rcnilles@chorus.net to let us know.  We'll need your cellphone number in case we need to reach you.  Plan on a 2 hour activity.  Those who can are invited to share libation and food at Babe's following the clean-up.

Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up Day Ruth Domack 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Charity Golf Outing 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Van Hout
 

All the members and their families of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton are invited to a picnic at Mary Van Hout's home, 6812 Maywood Avenue, Middleton on 4 - 6:30 pm on Sunday, June 4th to meet and welcome our Rotarian Friendship Exchange guests from Gujarat, India.    

Bring a vegetarian dish of any sort or a dessert to share.

Please RSVP with the number of people in your group to: Mary Van Hout maryevanhout@gmail.com • 608-575-7566 or sign up at the meeting tomorrow

 

You will have an opportunity to build goodwill, be an ambassador for international friendship and have a crash course in the Indian culture without leaving Dane County in exchange for your efforts!!  This is the chance to connect internationally that you will not regret!

A Picnic to Meet & Greet RFE Guests Mary Van Hout 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter
MAD CITY CHALLENGE PACKET SET UP
Help with preparing leader packets, measuring and cutting rope and other duties to make sure group leaders have everything they need. Prior to June 1.
 
MAD CITY CHALLENGE GROUP LEADER Each leader is assigned a group of 5-6 kids. Kids are given a list of tasks to complete around Madison (primarily around UW Campus/State St.).
 
Group Leader's Responsibilities:
  • Make sure the kids stay in a safe environment. They are out in the city so bus stops and crossing streets, etc. The kids are required to be holding onto a 10' rope from the time they leave Jefferson until the time they return. They may let go while on the city bus and bathroom stops. If at any time a student lets go of the rope - the group leader cuts off 6" of rope.
  • Check off tasks as the kids complete them.  Leaders are not allowed to help their groups complete the tasks.  No giving directions, hints, etc. - kids are on their own.
First Group goes Thursday, June 1st, second group Friday, June 2nd. Day of event 7:30am-2:30pm. If possible we meet the day before the group goes to go over any questions. Typically after school  2:40 pm for maybe a half hour.
 
Just to be clear, a group leader will walk with the students for the entire day which can add up to about 5 miles. If keeping up with middle school kids is a challenge, the party and/or preparing material might be a better fit.
 
You can make a difference in our community - participate in this and other great volunteer opportunities at Jefferson Middle School. Just click in the link below to download the volunteer application form and take the first step.
 
PIZZA PARTY
Help set up and facilitate the party at Jefferson after the Mad City Challenge (MCC). On June 1 and/or 2 in the afternoon.
Jefferson Middle School Mad City Challenge Debra Dieter 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold
Dick Meister will be at Rotary this Friday to present the results of this year's MEISTER METER.
Please be ready to contribute to match Dick's challenge and then some.
Our Foundation set a goal of $1,000 for this year.
Lets "JUST DO IT!"
Meister Meter 2017 John Gerold 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
Michelle Reddington, BRAVA publisher, spoke to us about the history of the magazine and its revitalization. BRAVA grew out of ANEW Magazine, started in 2002 by Kristin Erickson. That BRAVA shut down in 2009, to be resurrected a few months later by Michelle and four others. Over time the magazine grew a fresh identity, with new departments, greater diversity, more controversial topics, and a dynamic outreach to the women of Madison. BRAVA made Thrive its signature message. BRAVA forged an emotional connection with its readers through a series of engaging events, which have proven enormously popular – The Madison Women’s Expo, Madison Kids Expo, Thrive workshops (career and otherwise), and BRAVA Night Out.
BRAVA Magazine: Don't Just Survive, Thrive! Jack Ferreri 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Van Hout
 
The lunch venue has changed for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award students to Lake Lucerne Camp near Neshkoro which is a little farther away but has a great kitchen facility available to us.  We have a budget of $600 to work with so I believe we can duplicate the spaghetti, salad and dessert we provided last year.
 
We will need four Nescos, please give your Nesco permission to particapate.
 
One or two more volunteers are needed to help out with transporting the food and serving it on Saturday, May 20.  A list will be passed around at the meeting so you and/or your Nesco can sign up, or you can contact Mary Van Hout  •  maryevanhout@gmail.com  •  608-575-7566
 
 
Lunch for RYLA Students - Help is Needed Mary Van Hout 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Van Hout
 
 
All the members and their families of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton are invited to a picnic at my home on 4 - 6:30 pm on Sunday, June 4th to meet our Rotarian guests from Gujarat, India.   
Bring a vegetarian dish of any sort or a dessert to share.
 
Mary Van Hout
6812 Maywood Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562
608-575-7566
 
Picnic for RFE from District 3060 Gutajar, India Mary Van Hout 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Van Hout
 
The primary goal of Rotary Friendship Exchange is to build greater international understanding and goodwill. In addition, exchange participants can learn how their vocations are practiced in other parts of the world, observe new customs and cultures, and promote an appreciation of cultural diversity worldwide.
 
Five Rotarians from District 6250 participated in a RFE  in February and were hosted by District 3060 in Gujarat, India. There will be 5 Indian couples visiting our area of the District, Sunday, June 4, through Wednesday, June 7. We need Rotarians to volunteer to house two of the couples. We also need volunteers to help drive them to the various venues we want them to see and experience. 
 
If you would like to participate contact Mary Van Hout at maryevanhout@gmail.com or 608-575-7566
 
Hosts for 2 Indian RFE Couples Needed Mary Van Hout 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Fink
 
Khensani
Concrete "fence"
Amy
Pippa Jarvis is the managing director of TLC Orphanage in South Africa. We have assisted them with the costs of educating two of their girls, Khensani and Amy, over the past few years. Last year, we also sent funds for the purchase of some security equipment, including fencing (needed because of attacks on staff and volunteers on their compound and just outside the facility). Attached please find a receipt for the $2500 we budgeted and a thank you letter. The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton is the Orphan Train conductor for this home.
 
Good morning Ed!
What a great big blessing to find that money cleared in our account. We have paid it straight to the schools and it has relieved a big headache :-)
Please find the receipt and the Letter of thanks to all at the Rotary foundation.
Thank you for being such a blessing in our lives and especially the lives of our children!
 
Kind Regards
 
Pippa Jarvis, Managing Director
Phone: 083 382 0603 • Fax: 086 504 2816 • Email: pippa@tlc.org.za
Thanks from TLC Orphanage Ed Fink 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Request for Project Support (Grant from the Club) Derek Moehring 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Habitat for Humanity can win $1000 John Gerold 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
 
The Annual Social was an opportunity for socialization and to celebrate the recognition of Peder Moren as a Paul Harris Fellow (see previous article).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Loch served as MC at the Social.
Derek Moehring reviewed the Clubs accomplishments
Annual Social 2017 and Paul Harris Recognition 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Oakwood Village Bingo Volunteers John Gerold 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
The Paul Harris Fellowship we're awarding tonight goes to someone who's unapologetically Old School. This person is a long-time member and has even been our Club President. Perfect attendance, well, that's part of being Old School.

He leads by example. When the Club uncovers a need in the community, this Rotarian's wallet is the first to open. And it's usually anonymous. This consistent service above self is why the Club is awarding this member yet another Paul Harris award. 

This Rotarian is an active member in leadership at Bethel Lutheran Church. And he's a military veteran as well. Old School.

His original real estate business grew like Topsy, along the way morphing -- to a large degree --  into a galactic culinary empire starting in 1994.

His forward-thinking management led Food Fight to go smoke-free before it was fashionable, offer vegetarian fare before it was popular, and treat restaurant staff fairly in salary benefits and equity opportunities before all other restaurants. Treating people fairly is Old School, isn't it?

He enlivens one of our Rotary book clubs with his insightful, albeit occasionally curmudgeonly, comments.

He takes pride in being one of the Clear Thinkers. I believe that to be a self-defined term.

And lastly, he's persistent when face to face with enormous challenges that would buckle the knees of less hardy souls ... like spending 20 years of lunches trying to turn me into a Republican.

Folks, our Paul Harris Award winner tonight is the pride of Wonewoc, Wisconsin, Peder Moren.

The Paul Harris Fellows wanted to make clear their simultaneous admiration and recognition of Peder's better half, Jeanne. She's been active in working with the Mental Health Center of Dane County's Survivors of Suicide Services for more than 25 years, to include authoring a book on the subject. Jeanne and Peder enjoy traveling together often. They have a large network of friends from their years in town. And they're both thoughtful, gentle, serious-minded people who make Madison a better place.

Paul Harris Fellowship Awarded at Annual Social Jack Ferreri 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold
 
The Habitat For Humanity Work Day is tomorrow, 8:15 am - 3:30 pm, Saturday, April 29th.  You should have received an email from Work Day Leader Tod Wiegand on how to sign up.
 
If you have any questions, contact Todd at twiegs2@gmail.com or 608-213-8118.
 
Habitat for Humanity Work Day John Gerold 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Wiegand
 
 
Our Habitat for Humanity work day is approaching fast, Saturday April 29, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  We need 8 workers, and we now have 7 workers, and we could use 1 or 2 alternates, just in case…
Please contact Todd Wiegand for more info or to sign up. twiegs2@gmail.com or 608-213-8118
 
Habitat for Humanity Update Todd Wiegand 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gerold
 
Four of the Buffett Scholars with their brand new Chromebooks.  “Thank you to the Madison West Towne-Middleton Foundation.
 
 
The Madison West Towne-Middleton Foundation has been a supporter of the Lussier Center’s Buffett Scholars program for the last two years.  In the first year we contributed $3,000 to the program and this year it has totaled $9,000, partially due to some luck on our part.  Originally, we were going to do another $3,000 from the Foundation and apply for a matching District Grant for $3,000.  We didn’t get the Grant, but the Foundation had some undesignated funds so we did our own match in affect and made the contribution of $6,000.  In January of this year the District announced they had funds available for Grant requests, so we applied for a matching Grant of $1,500, which we received.  Thus we were able to give the Scholars program an additional $3,000.
 
The $3,000 was used to purchase 12 new Chromebooks with cases and service plans for the current Buffett Scholars and the incoming Scholars who will be selected later this spring.
 
Here is what Paul Terranova, Executive Director of the Lussier Community Education Center has to say about the expected long term impacts of the project.
 
The Madison West Towne-Middleton Foundation has been a supporter of the Lussier Center’s Buffett Scholars program for the last two years.  In the first year we contributed $3,000 to the program and this year it has totaled $9,000, partially due to some luck on our part.  Originally, we were going to do another $3,000 from the Foundation and apply for a matching District Grant for $3,000.  We didn’t get the Grant, but the Foundation had some undesignated funds so we did our own match in affect and made the contribution of $6,000.  In January of this year the District announced they had funds available for Grant requests, so we applied for a matching Grant of $1,500, which we received.  Thus we were able to give the Scholars program an additional $3,000.
 
The $3,000 was used to purchase 12 new Chromebooks with cases and service plans for the current Buffett Scholars and the incoming Scholars who will be selected later this spring.
 
Here is what Paul Terranova, Executive Director of the Lussier Community Education Center has to say about the expected long term impacts of the project.
 
Buffett Scholars Awarded Chromebooks John Gerold 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Fink
What follows is a list of books read by the first organized Rotary Book Club associated with the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton. Current members are Mary Van Hout, Jeannine Desautels, Lynne Spielman, Dean Ryerson, Jim Emerick, Peder Moren, Jack Ferreri, Stuart Herro and Ed Fink. (List Compiled by Jeannine Desautels and Jack Ferreri, author names follow titles).
TITLEAUTHOR

A Beautiful Place to Die (Currently Reading)

News of the World

In the Kingdom of Ice

They Are All My Family

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 

Just Mercy

The Light Between Oceans

Admirable Evasions

So Long, See You Tomorrow

The Sympathizer

The Boys in the Boat

Lila

Madame Bovary

No Ordinary Time

Up from Slavery

The Sea Runners

Steve Jobs

State Of Wonder

Unbroken

Lost In Shangri-La

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lackes

In The Garden of The Beasts

Devil In The White City

The Warmth Of Other Suns

Grapes Of Wrath

The Boy Who Harvested The Wind

Zeitown

River Town: Two Years On The Yangtze

Admirable Evasions

So Long, See You Tomorrow

Wait Till Next Year

Daughters From Mars

In Sunlight And Shadow

All The Light You Cannot See

Malla Nunn (Currently Reading)

Jiles

Sides

Riordan

Alexis

Stevenson

Stedman

Dalyrmple

Maxwell

Nguyen

Brown

Lila, Robinson

Flaubert

Kearns Goodwin

An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington

Doig

Walter Isaacson

Ann Patchett

Laura Hillanbrand

Mitchell Zuckoff

Rebecca Skloot

Erik Larson

Erik Larson

Isabel Wilkerson

John Steinbeck

William Kamkwamba

Dave Eggers

Peter Hessler

Theodore Dalyrmple

William Maxwell Keepers

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Keneally

Helprin

Anthony Doerr

Rotary Book Club Ed Fink 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Fose
 

Exchange Student Hosting Opportunity

The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton is sponsoring a high-school aged girl from Poland.  She will arrive here in August, 2017 and is very excited to experience American culture.
 
Her host families need to live in or near the Memorial School District as she will be attending Memorial High School.  If you or someone you know may be interested in hosting her for 3-4 months, please contact us.
 
For more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pspgla9pyfg (an 11 minute video)
 
Hosting is a wonderful & life altering experience! 
Dan Fose   dfose@cressfuneralservice.com    (608) 772-2450
Connie Smith   csmith@ward-brodt.com   (608) 719-9411
 
Open Your World, Perspective, and Home Dan Fose 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Burns
 
We have been asked to anchor a volunteer event on April 22nd.
 
There is a video that will give you an idea as to what we will be doing as a volunteer, and we'd appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to view it before you arrive at our book processing center. 
 
We will review the instructions on how to pack the boxes and safety instructions when you arrive.
Here are a few more things that you might like to know before you arrive at the book processing center:
  1. All volunteers will be required to sign a liability release.  Volunteers under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  2. You will be standing on a concrete floor, so dress in comfortable shoes.  The facility is clean, but some boxes of books may be dusty.
  3. Wear layers.  The temperature can get down to 50 degrees, but is quite comfortable when you are working.
  4. Cold water, hot beverages and snacks will be provided.
  5. Volunteers will be sorting and packing used text books which have been donated by local schools, libraries, and individuals.  Any lifting of boxes is done by able-bodied people.  The boxes that they fill will then be put on pallets awaiting shipment to schools in developing countries where the books are made available to teachers and administrators at no cost.
  6. The location of the book processing center is 1849 Wright Street in the Madison College complex.  The building is shown on the attached map in the upper right and is marked “North Court Storage.” 
 
12 Rotary Volunteers x 12 Months for April Tony Burns 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Van Hout
Our Club has been fortunate to send students to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) for many years and we've enjoyed having those students come to our Club to share their experiences of personal growth, leadership abilities and friendship.

Now we have a chance to be directly involved!! Please mark your calendar for Saturday, May 20 to help provide lunch to the 120 students who will be at Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells for the weekend. We need Rotarians to help plan, purchase, transport and serve lunch. 
 
Please contact Mary Van Hout (maryevanhout@gmail.com) to sign up!!  Thank you!
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Mary Van Hout 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
 
Peter Blum spoke on this program for troubled youth (ages 16-18) that’s graduated over 3,000 young people since its inception in 1998. The thirty-eighth class started this past January. The voluntary program is open to high-school dropouts, habitual truants or those otherwise likely to end up in trouble without a serious intervention. Program enrollment is three-quarters male and one-quarter female.
 
Run in a ‘quasi-military’ style, the program has ‘cadets’ work through academics, physical fitness, job skills, community service, health and hygiene, responsible citizenship, leadership/followship, and life coping skills before they complete the 22-week program. They learn the importance of resiliency – the ability to bounce back from difficulties. After completion, cadets enter a 12-month post-residential phase that supports them in their positive progress.
 
Like many states, Wisconsin faces a tough dropout and truancy challenge … some 50,000 state kids fall into those categories. The financial and social impacts on Wisconsin are enormous. Based in Necedah, the program works on the grounds of Fort McCoy. It’s a national effort, with 75% of the cost provide by the federal government. Families and cadets pay nothing.
The Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy Jack Ferreri 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
TLC Orphanage Security Gates Ed Fink 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Molly M. Ritchie, State Director Wisconsin Academic Decathlon
 
 
United States Academic Decathlon
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
 National Competition
Thursday & Friday, April 20 & 21, 2017
Monona Terrace Convention Center
John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI
High school students from across the US, British Columbia, China and the UK will participate in the 36th Annual National Competition on April 20-21, 2017.
Volunteers will receive online instructions, an on-site orientation, a complimentary meal and an optional shuttle ride (from the Badger Bowl parking lot).
 
Speech Judges: a total of 60 speech judges (2 per station) are needed from approximately 12:45 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 20. The assignment includes listening, critiquing and grading of the students’ prepared and impromptu speeches.  This time block includes an on-site orientation and a meal. 
Speech Timers:  a total of 30 timers (1 per station) are needed from approximately 12:45 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 20.  The assignment involves timing the prepared and impromptu speeches.  This time block includes an on-site orientation and a meal. 
Interview Judges:  a total of 60 interview judges (2 per station) are needed from approximately 12:45 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 20. The assignment includes jointly interviewing the students; guidelines and sample questions are provided.  This time block includes an on-site orientation and a meal.  
 
Super Quiz Relay:  the public is invited to the Monona Terrace to attend the Jeopardy-like quiz show on Friday, April 21 from 2:00 - 4:30 P.M. in the Exhibit Hall.
I NEED YOUR HELP.
If everyone can recruit just one person, the slots will be filled!  I am at the half way mark with Interview judges, with not much time left.  Over 250 volunteers in all will be participating; 62 openings remain at the moment.
 
All available positions are for Thursday, April 20 from 12:45 - 7:00.  An optional free shuttle, to and from Monona Terrace, will be available from the Badger Bowl parking lot (sign up to follow soon) and you will be fed!  It will be fun!!
 
In the mean time, you may familiarize yourself with your Interview assignment by going to www.usad.org
  1. On the home page, scroll to National February packet; click on here.  
  2. Then  scroll down to and click on Helpful Information;
  3. lastly scroll down to and click on Interview Training Power Point.
Your help is much appreciated. 
Thank you, Molly M. Ritchie, State Director
Wisconsin Academic Decathlon
 mritchie@wiad.org  •  608.845.3544  •  www.WIAD.org  
Judges & Timers Needed at US Academic Decathlon Molly M. Ritchie, State Director Wisconsin Academic Decathlon 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Beth Growney Selene
 
Mick Faulhaber sent photographic proof of his makeup in Cooperstown, NY.
Mick Reports a Makeup Mary Beth Growney Selene 2017-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Welton

Be a Sponsor

Your Company can put its message in front of 144 of local influential participants.
Hole Sponsorship $300.00  
Sponsorship includes the display of a custom color logo sign at the Tee Box and listing in the Charity Golf Outing Program.

 
For more information about Sponsorship contact:
 
Kevin Welton
608-695-3308
kevinw1420@tds.net
 

Golfers

Golfers prepay $100.00 which includes 18 holes, cart, box lunch, and full cookout  
Foursomes prepay $400.00             
4 person Scramble Format
2 Putt maximum rule in effect
MULLIGANS may be used for any shot, with the exception of winning the closet to the hole contests on the Par 3's
12 TOTAL HOLE CONTESTS - (such as longest drive, longest putt, closest to the hole, straightest drive, etc.) $25.00 Pro Shop Certificate to each winner
$50.00 per golfer prize for 1st Place Teams for 3 categories Men's Team, Women's Team, Mixed Team
 

Come out to the Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton, Wisconsin, have some fun and at the same time support the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc. (a 501 3c Charitable Organization). All proceeds from the Charity Golf Outing go to fund our local and international charity projects.

 

For more details contact:  Kevin Welton   kevinw1420@tds.net

 

Register Online
Click Here
Register on Paper Form
Click to Download
Charity Golf Outing version 2017 Kevin Welton 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
 
If you are interested in funding a project, please contact me so we can discuss how to write the best grant.

Rotary Foundation Grants--for grants of $30,000 or more. There is no deadline for filing.  The grant must be sustainable and fall within 6 focus areas.  This also requires member involvement..  A request for money only will be denied.  It also requires an international partner Rotary Club.  The District will assign a mentor to help you write the grant. You must submit the grant to the Rotary Foundation.

You can email me at spielman@chorus.net or phone me at 608-850-5732.
Rotary Foundation Grants Lynne Spielman 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Welton

Be a Sponsor

Your Company can put its message in front of 144 of local influential participants.
Hole Sponsorship $300.00  
Sponsorship includes the display of a custom color logo sign at the Tee Box and listing in the Charity Golf Outing Program.

 
For more information about Sponsorship contact:
 
Kevin Welton
608-695-3308
kevinw1420@tds.net
 

Golfers

Golfers prepay $100.00 which includes 18 holes, cart, box lunch, and full cookout  
Foursomes prepay $400.00             
4 person Scramble Format
2 Putt maximum rule in effect
MULLIGANS may be used for any shot, with the exception of winning the closet to the hole contests on the Par 3's
12 TOTAL HOLE CONTESTS - (such as longest drive, longest putt, closest to the hole, straightest drive, etc.) $25.00 Pro Shop Certificate to each winner
$50.00 per golfer prize for 1st Place Teams for 3 categories Men's Team, Women's Team, Mixed Team
 

Have some fun and at the same time support the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc. (a 501 3c Charitable Organization). All proceeds from the Charity Golf Outing go to fund our local and international charity projects.

 

For more details contact:  Kevin Welton   kevinw1420@tds.net

 

Register Online
Click Here
Register on Paper Form
Click to Download and Print
Have fun Playing Golf & Support Great Causes Kevin Welton 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
 
It is time again to think about whether you want money from our Rotary Club, District 6250 or the Rotary International Foundation.  If you are interested in funding a project, please contact me so we can discuss how to write the best grant and to decide which grant application is appropriate.  An abbreviated description is as follows:
 
Money from Our Club--for grants of $5,000 or less.  The deadline was May 1st.
 
District 6250 Grants--for grants between $5,001 and $30,000.  The deadline is May 25th.  The grant must be sustainable and fall within 6 focus areas. This requires member involvement.  A request for money only will be denied.  You must submit he grant application to the District.
 
Rotary Foundation Grants--for grants of $30,000 or more.  There is no deadline for filing.  The grant must be sustainable and fall within 6 focus areas.  This also requires member involvement..  A request for money only will be denied.  It also requires an international partner Rotary Club.  The District will assign a mentor to help you write the grant. You must submit the grant to the Rotary Foundation.

You can email me at spielman@chorus.net or phone me at 608-850-5732.
 
Which Grant Application is Appropriate Lynne Spielman 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
“Helping You to Be Healthier and Enjoy Life More” was the mantra of Janet’s presentation on Friday. She spoke to us of the six dimensions of wellness: social, occupational, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional. Her consultancy on wellness is Blue Jewel Coaching. She had us do some physical exercises and answer group questions by moving about the room. She pointed out that happy, healthy employees are a way to generate high productivity. Workplace culture plays a big role in creating a flourishing wellness environment. And the contemporary workplace … and today’s younger workers … aren’t comfortable with a ‘one size fits all’ approach to dealing with employees.
 
Janet Nordorf on Workplace Wellness Jack Ferreri 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Fink
 
Jeaninne Desautels and Ed Fink at the Rotary Club of Svishtov, Bulgaria with Orphan Train Intermediary Mitko Nenkov .
The Rotary Club of Svishtov, Bulgaria with 3 members of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, Wisconsin.
 
Jeaninne Desautels in Bulgaria with orphanage boys.
Glenn Koepp, Ed Fink, and Jeaninne Desautels at Elhovo Orphanage in Bulgaria 2000.

Attached are some old pictures from a visit by an Orphan Train team to Bulgarian orphanages in 2000. Included in the pictures are Jeannine Desautels and Glenn Koepp. The big group picture is with the Rotary Club of Svishtov. This particular Rotary Club is considered a "conductor on the Orphan Train Project" and has been very instrumental in carrying out several projects involving children's homes in Bulgaria, often adding to whatever has been given by people from the United States. At the time of this visit, Jeannine and her husband Ed Desautels were living in Bulgaria, where the latter was teaching at the American University in Blagrovad.
 
In recent years, the Rotary Club of Svishtov and Orphan Train Intermediary Mitko Nenkov worked with us in implementing purchases made possible by donations from Svein Morner's Sustainable Engineering group to the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation. These gifts, made over several years, have made life better for the residents of children's homes at Ilakov Rut and Ovcha Mogila, as well as a transitional home.

 
Photos from Svishtov A Blast From the Past Ed Fink 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Fink
Mr. Fink,
Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience in Guatemala and thanks for making that experience possible. It was great to meet so many of the Rotary Club members. I love the pictures, too!
Thanks again,
Maha
Thank You from Maha Ed Fink 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Domack
Dennis Zitnak was approved as a new member at the March Board Meeting held on March 21, 2017. His sponsor is Barry Pace.
 
Dennis is a Minnesota licensed pharmacist with a forty-two year career in retail pharmacy as well as experience in hospital pharmacy. He earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota.
 
He currently serves as a Volunteer Staff Pharmacist at the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Dennis Zitnak Approved as New Member Ruth Domack 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Fose
 
Lucas Taglia, our Outbound student to Argentina, is pictured with his 2nd Host Family (far right).
“My exchange is going great. I just got settled in my second host family. I'd be delighted to come and tell the Club about my adventure! Thank you for sponsoring me!”
 
Rotary Youth Exchange Dan Fose 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
 
Our Club has had a long relationship with Mooseheart as a trusted, high-quality residential child care facility and trainer of orphanage workers. We’ve helped send Mooseheart staff overseas, and we’ve brought orphanage workers from overseas to the Mooseheart campus forty miles west of Chicago to learn the very successful Mooseheart Model.

Maha has been with Mooseheart since 2005. She spoke specifically of a recent trip of Mooseheart staff and group of like-minded volunteers from Heart to Heart Experiences (H2H), which is based in Madison. They traveled to Guatemala to put up several buildings, to do community outreach, and to run a vacation Bible school. And they shared the Mooseheart Model with orphanage workers there Amalia did a great job telling of the commitment of both Mooseheart and H2H, as well as explaining the chicken bus and highly recommending hot dogs with guacamole.
 
Maha McDiarmid of Mooseheart Jack Ferreri 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Derek Moehring, Club President introduces Lucas Schell.
Lucas Schell was officially inducted into the Rotary  Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton during the regular meeting on Friday, March 10, 2017.
He received his Rotary pin, his red name badge, and a packet of tasks to be accomplished. These tasks are designed to help new members understand the responsibilities of being a Rotarian, the enjoyment obtained as a Rotarian, and to earn the coveted blue name badge.
 
Lucas Schell receives a Rotary pin from Mick Faulhaber.
 
Lucas Schell Welcomed to Club Mary Dunn 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Save the Date The Great Rotary Oktoberfest 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Loch
Lucas Schell, our newest member has stepped up to lead our annual high school scholarship program, this is a high-profile program for the club. Thank you Lucas!
 
The program benefits 2 high school seniors each from Edgewood High School, Madison Memorial High School, Middleton High School and Wisconsin Heights High School.  We award a one-time $1,000 and $500 scholarship to a candidate for a 4-year and 2-year college, respectively.  In addition, Dick and Ellen Meister have funded another $1,000 scholarship for a HS senior pursuing a STEM field.
Lucas Schell to Head UpAnnual High School Scholarship Program Matt Loch 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
Operation Fresh Start (OFS) is working with disconnected young people (16-24) facing life challenges, especially youth of color, OFS gives them skills in electrical, woodwork, construction, and plumbing to prepare them for a career. They’re active in building affordable housing, working on conservation programs, and getting their GEDs. Healthcare is also a major area, as is work with Americorps.

OFS works with 200 young people a year. A 12-15 month Pathways Program gets them trained and motivated to get out into the workforce and start building their personal future. It’s proven to be a transformational process for people without a confidence-building record of success. So the impact is enormous. And the savings to the community is just as large. For Kids with no high school diploma by 21, the community expends a quarter million dollars over their lifetime keeping them afloat. Operation Fresh Start gets them self-supporting and gives them pride in being a productive member of the community.
 
Greg Markle on Operation Fresh Start Jack Ferreri 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Faulhaber

If you are volunteering with youth (one-on-one)?   Mentoring, Youth Exchange, RYLA, Academic Decathlon, High School Business Plans, Etc... You must have an annual background check completed. This only applies if you are working with youth one-on-one.  If you are in a group more than 2 people, you don't need a background check.

 CLICK HERE for details.  

 Contact Mick Faulhaber, Youth Protection Officer for our Club • mfaulhaber@ward-brodt.com • 608) 772-5747

Background Checks Mick Faulhaber 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Connie Smith
 
I am looking for drivers for Best (Rotary Youth Exchange student) to get him to and from school/Rotary meetings.  If you can help out with any of these dates please let me know ASAP.  I now have to inform the school as to when he will be leaving for the meetings and it is helpful to let them know who will be picking him up and bringing him back.  Thanks so much!
Contact: Connie Smith  CSmith@ward-brodt.com  •  608-661-8634
Drivers Needed for Our Youth Exchange Student,Best Connie Smith 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
You Thank! Wisconsin State Academic Decathlon Volunteers Mollie Ritchie, State Director 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
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Mary Van Hout and Mary Dunn were among the group of Club members in District 6250 that traveled to India Jan. 29 – Feb. 10, 2017 as part of a  Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 3060.  We were each hosted by two different Rotarian families, we spent one night on a train, and several nights in a hotel. More on that at some later time. We visited various club projects  and attended the District Conference in Surat.
Now it is our turn to host. Rotary District 6250 Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee has received information from Gujarat, India (western India) that Rotary District 3060 has six couples interested in traveling to our Rotary district for about 10 days in May/June of 2017 (exact dates TBA). Travelers pay their own airfare, first hotel night and perhaps any rental car fees. Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board, entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country. Our district is seeking four clubs to host our Rotarian guests in their homes during the ten-day visit in May/June 2017 (dates TBA).
Contact the David Clemens (District 6250 Rotary Friendship Exchange chairman) at 608-408-8941 or drdave@dellsdental.net for more details and/or you are interested in hosting some of the group members when they visit our district.
2 Marys Went to India from a post by Dave Clemens, District 6250 RFE Chairman 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri
 
 
The Wisconsin effort started in 2005, taking veterans to Washington DC to honor their service. There’s no charge for the veterans. Badger Honor Flights have honored more than 2,100 vets so far, with another 900 on the waiting list. 

A typical chartered flight has 90 vets and 70 guardians. There are currently four flights a year. They leave Madison at 7am for the flights to DC. Over the course of the day, they’re greeted by bands/choirs and cheering crowds, including active duty military. They visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, and Memorials from WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. They also enjoy a tour of the city, participation in a group photo, and a mail call with notes from relatives and family at home. This is part of a nationwide effort, with honor flights in 42 states. 

 
Badger Honor Flights by Steve Bartlett Jack Ferreri 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
 
My husband and I were missionaries in England with a Judeo Christian ministry before coming to work at Mooseheart Child City & School in 2005. Our youngest daughter just turned one and our oldest was two and half years old. We moved into a teenage boy's home called the Michigan Home. While working as a Family Teacher I was fortunate enough to be able to go to school and get my bachelor's degree in Human Services from Judson University and my master's degree in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University.
We worked as Family Teacher's from 2005 - 2016, when Dean accepted a job working for the Salvation Army as the Child Development Coordinator and I accepted the position as the Training Coordinator at Mooseheart. As the Training Coordinator my biggest responsibilities are to train all new Family Teachers in the Mooseheart Model of Care as well offering advanced training for veteran staff.
Maha McDiarmid to Speak March 17, 2017 Maha McDiarmid, Training Coordinator, Mooseheart Child City & School 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Clemens
The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians (including spouse or significant other) the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
The primary goal of a Friendship Exchange is to build greater international understanding and goodwill. In addition, exchange participants can learn how their vocations are practiced in other parts of the world, observe new customs and cultures, and promote an appreciation of cultural diversity worldwide.
David Clemens is District Friendship Exchange Chairman.
Email • drdave@dellsdental.net • 608-408-8941
Do You Have an Idea for a Rotary Friendship Exchange Dave Clemens 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
The Annual Social of the MWT-M Rotary Club will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Babes American Grill, 5614 Schroeder Road, Madison, Wisconsin.
 
 
Social Hour from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 pm 
7:30 to 9:00 pm
Celebrations
and
Paul Harris Recognitions
 
 
Annual Social Tomorrow Night!! 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
The Annual Social of the MWT-M Rotary Club will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Babes American Grill, 5614 Schroeder Road, Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Social Hour from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 pm 
7:30 to 9:00 pm
Celebrations
and
Paul Harris Recognitions
 
 
Annual Social 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
 
Please, click any place on the invitation make your reservations as soon as possible as payment must be received no later than March 29, 2017.
You may also make your reservation with Rod Nilles at the Club meeting on Friday, March 17th and 24th.
If you will not be at the Club meeting on Friday, contact Rod Nilles at (608) 836-5562 or by email at rcnilles@chorus.net
The Annual Social of the MWT-M Rotary Club will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Babes American Grill, 5614 Schroeder Road, Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Social Hour from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Entree Choices are:
Chicken Marsala $26.00
Beef Tips in Burgundy Sauce $28.00
Pesto Penne Pasta $25.00                                
A roll, vegetable, choice of starch, salad, brownie, and coffee are included. 
 
7:30 to 9:00 pm
Celebrations
and
Paul Harris Recognitions
 
 
Annual Social Saturday, April 8, 2017 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
 
Monday, June 26, 2017 at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton, Wisconsin. 

Golfers

    • Golfers pay $100.00 each
    • 18 holes with cart
    • 4 person Scramble Format
    • 2 Putt maximum rule in effect
    • MULLIGANS may be used for any shot, with the exception of winning the closet to the hole contests on the Par 3's
    • 12 TOTAL HOLE CONTESTS - (such as longest drive, longest putt, closest to the hole, straightest drive, etc.) $25.00 Pro Shop Certificate to each winner
    • $50.00 per golfer prize for 1st Place Teams for 3 categories Men's Team, Women's Team, Mixed Team

    For fun and fellowship and to raise money for the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc. (a 501 3c Charitable Organization) to support our annual projects.

    For more details contact:  Kevin Welton   •   kevinw1420@tds.net


     
    Annual Charity Golf Outing 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ruth Domack
    Derek announced that the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc will match dollar for dollar up to $1,000 all donations made by Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton members to the Claire Fung Memorial Fund. The Memorial Fund was created to support the young twin sons of Claire Fung, Bill Mowbray's daughter, who passed away suddenly a few weeks ago.
     
    Member donations to the Fund can be made in one of two ways:
    1. New Donations:  Bring cash or checks made payable to the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation  to any Club meeting in March and give the check to Derek Moehring, Dean Ryerson or Ruth Domack.
    2. Donations Already Made: Many Club members have already made a donation to the Memorial Fund via the website that was set up to accept donations on-line. If you made a donation using this website, please let Derek, Dean or Ruth know the amount of your donation and that amount will be counted toward the $1,000 match.,
    Derek Moehring  derek.moehring@capitolbank.com
    Dean Ryerson  dryerson@tds.net
    Ruth Domack  domackr@firstweber.com
     
    Thank you for your generosity, Ruth Domack, Secretary
    Claire Fung Memorial Fund Ruth Domack 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tony Burns
     
    Hey gang,

    Let’s just try it right??? 
     
    Rotary Business Social Hour at Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub  at 4:30-6:30pm on Thursday, March 23rd, at 1262 John Q. Hammons Drive, Madison, WI 53717…
    Come hang out have a few beverages…
    Club will not be paying for the beverages, just an opportunity to get out with
    the crew for a bit…
    Rotary Business Happy Hour at Sprecher’s Tony Burns 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Matt Loch
     
     
    Our annual high school scholarship program benefits 2 high school seniors each from Edgewood High School, Madison Memorial High School, Middleton High School and Wisconsin Heights High School.  We award a one-time $1,000 and $500 scholarship to a candidate for a 4-year and 2-year college, respectively.  In addition, Dick and Ellen Meister have funded another $1,000 scholarship for a HS senior pursuing a STEM field.

    Lucas Schell has agreed to lead this valuable, high-profile program for the club.  This is the time of year that the program gets rolling.  So, make this your year to make a difference!
    New Leader for Annual High School Scholarship Program Matt Loch 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Matt Loch
    Our annual high school scholarship program has been under the watchful eye of Susan Prest and Allen Sherwood for a number of years.  They have streamlined the process and documented the program.  It benefits 2 high school seniors each from Edgewood High School, Madison Memorial High School, Middleton High School and Wisconsin Heights High School.  We award a one-time $1,000 and $500 scholarship to a candidate for a 4-year and 2-year college, respectively.  In addition, Dick and Ellen Meister have funded another $1,000 scholarship for a HS senior pursuing a STEM field.

    We are looking for one or more persons to lead this valuable, high-profile program for the club.  This is the time of year that the program gets rolling.  So, make this your year to make a difference!
     
    Contact Matt Loch •  matthew.loch@tdsmetro.com or call 608-664-4444
    Annual High School Scholarship Program Matt Loch 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Lucas C. Schell was approved by the board at the  board February  meeting as a new member of our club in the Mortgage Banking Classification and Sponsored by Steve Aune..  The Branch Manager at Platinum Home Mortgage since 2011. Lucas was graduated in Business management from the University of Phoenix.

     
    Lucas C. Schell was Approved 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri
    I ran into Kevin Micklitz, Lorelle's husband, at a convenience store today. I worked with him a bit when I was still in advertising. I asked him about Lorelle. Recall she's had a history of health problems and recently had a stroke. He said she was not yet back to work and was in physical rehab. He said she was doing well. 
     
    Lorelle Micklitz Jack Ferreri 2017-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
    We had not one but five speakers at our Friday, February 17, 2017 meeting. Five of our colleagues were each scheduled to take five minutes to talk about themselves. The stories were interesting, inspiring, and informative.
    Left to right on the top Patrick Rees and Todd Weigard. Left to right on the bottom Mary Beth Growney Selene, Connie Smith, and Lynne Goldsmith.
    One Meeting - Five Speakers 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Derek Moehring
    Goal  Membership by June 30, 201769
    Actual  Membership Today July 6, 2017  •  42 (66%) Active Regular and 22 (34%) Active Excused64
    Goal  New Members Inducted in Fiscal Year 2016 – 201713
    Actual  New Members Inducted YTD in Fiscal Year 2016 – 20178
    Goal  Membership by June 30, 201870
    Goal  Membership by June 30, 201971 
     
    Membership Ticker Derek Moehring 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by John Gerold
     
    This is an early notice that we will be asking for volunteers to help with a Habitat For Humanity project on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
    One of our newer members Todd Wiegand  will be heading the project and details and a sign-up sheet will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date.
    Rotary Workday John Gerold 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynne Spielman
     
     
    Under the provisions of the Rotary Foundation’s program, club’s desiring to participate in the grant program must be certified.  Part of that certification process is attendance at a Rotary Grant Management Seminar (GMS). District 6250 will offer three Grant Management Seminars.
     
    There will be a training session for grant management in Madison on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. I have already signed up and hope to see several club members on March 23rd.
     
    If you plan on writing a grant with a total expenditure of over $5,000, I encourage you to register.  The grant is rather long, and I want you to enhance your ability to obtain a grant by knowing the process and knowing what can be funded. You can register by going to rotary6250.org.  The location will be sent to you.
     
    Usually a club can get one grant per Rotary year from the District.  If you have a grant request for $30,000 or more, this is submitted to the Rotary Foundation (the Foundation of Rotary International).  The District will assign you a mentor to write this grant.
     
    Grants will be due in May.  Please do not wait until the last minute or month to start.
    If you have any questions, please contact: Lynne Spielman, Club Grants Chair • spielman@chorus.net 608.850/5732. 
    Grant Management Seminars Lynne Spielman 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Molly Ritchie, WIAD State Director
    High school students from across the US, British Columbia, China, London, and Malaysia will participate in the 36th Annual National Competition on April 20-21, 2017.
    More than 200 volunteers are needed - Final schedule/times to be determined by April 1.
    • Speech Judges and Timers: 90 speech judges (3 per room) and 30 speech timers are needed from approximately *12:45 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 20.
    • Interview Judges: 90 interview judges (3 per station) are needed from approximately *12:45 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 20.
    • Test Proctors: 25 room monitors are needed for the distribution and collection of tests, as well as overseeing the testing process, from approximately *6:15 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. on Friday, April 21.
    National Competition
    Thursday & Friday, April 20 & 21, 2017
    Monona Terrace Convention Center
    John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI
    www.usad.org

    If interested in volunteering, contact:
    Molly Ritchie, WIAD State Director, National Host  •  mritchie@wiad.org   •   608-845-3544

    US Academic Decathlon 36th Annual National Competition Molly Ritchie, WIAD State Director 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Emerick
    She dreamed of being a world famous artist, but her Dad said "artists don't make any money."  So at the UW she majored in Interior Design instead.  She loved her classes but didn't want to be an interior designer (go figure).  But somehow through all the twists and turns of her career she managed to become a great marketer and an even greater Rotarian.
    Deb Dieter Jim Emerick 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri

    Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne spoke on the negative effects on disciplining children with physical punishment. Research shows it can lead to long-term problems, despite its normalcy in the past. A century’s worth of research reveals that kids physically punished will more probably punish their own kids in the same way. And they’re more likely suffer from impaired mental health (like serious anxiety and depression), not to mention a greater chance of becoming wife abusers, drug users, and involved with the criminal justice system.

    Born and bred in Madison, DA Ozanne has waged a serious campaign on this issue, including deferred prosecution when appropriate, broadcast advertising PSAs, establishment on No Hit Zones, Community Conversations, and a pair of focused conferences. Positive, non-violent parenting is simply better for the kids and society as a whole.


    DA Ozanne on Physical Punishment of KIds Jack Ferreri 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Connie Smith
    I am looking for drivers for Best (Rotary Youth Exchange student) to get him to and from school/Rotary meetings.  If you can help out with any of these dates please let me know ASAP.  I now have to inform the school as to when he will be leaving for the meetings and it is helpful to let them know who will be picking him up and bringing him back.  Thanks so much!
    THESE ARE THE DATES TO BE COVERED:
    • March 3
    • April 1
    Contact: Connie Smith  •  CSmith@ward-brodt.com  •  608-661-8634
     
    Drivers Needed for Best Connie Smith 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

    Her passion for pets has led her to found and lead both Shelter from the Storm Animal Rescue and Spay Me! Clinic. The Rescue operation finds adopted homes for animals in need as well as providing dental and wellness services; the Spay Me! Clinic gives people a place to go to spay their pets at a reasonable cost. Both entities are heavily involved in educating the public about animal welfare. There are some 7,600,000 animals entering shelters each year, and 3,000,000 of them wind up euthanized. So Allison’s groups find good homes for 400 animals a year and – since 2002 – have spayed 75,000 animals. Her deep concern for these animals was evident to all present.
     
    Allison Davies and Taking Care of Pets Jack Ferreri 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
    Current BYLAWS (Revised 2013) 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ruth Domack, Secretary
     
    This serves as Notice of a Special Meeting of the Members scheduled for February 24, 2017. This Special Meeting will be part of the scheduled Club Assembly.
     
    The Foundation Board of Directors has approved the attached recommended change to the Foundation By-Laws and has asked the President to call a Special Meeting of the members in order to vote on this recommended change to the Foundation's By-Laws. That Special Meeting will occur at 12:12pm (CST) on Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Zor Shrine in Madison, WI.
     
    At least 1/2 membership need to attend to make a quorum.
    Notice of a Special Meetingof the Members Ruth Domack, Secretary 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri
     
    Jim went with a team of ten in late fall of 2016 to District 3292 in Nepal. He and the group traveled around the country. They were treated like foreign royalty with elaborate meals, welcoming crowds, and local musicians. Nepal has 20 million people; many work outside the country (India and the Middle East) and send money back to their families.  Lots of poverty … manual labor is how things get done. Team attended an important conference on Literacy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Lots of funding needs in this remote, rugged country; they’re hoping for US Rotary help.
    Jim Emerick on Rotary Friendship Exchange to Nepal Jack Ferreri 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Debra Dieter
     
    Each ticket has 4 teams.  The total score of those teams throughout the tourney determines the winner.  
     
    There will be 12 prizes: highest score to 10th highest and 2 lowest scores.  So even if your teams bow out the first day, you still could be a winner.
     
    We will be making $7 per ticket sold! This year if you have tickets that are unsold, it will cost us $3.00 each!
     
    ALL STUBS MUST BE TURNED IN NO LATER THAN MARCH 3!  That's tomorrow!
    Thank you in advance for participating in this club fundraiser.
     
    Deb Dieter  •   608-235-4030
    Basketball Slam Debra Dieter 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Derek Moehring
     

    Our Clubs Annual Golf Outing will be Monday, June 26, 2017 at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton, Wisconsin. 

    WHY

    For fun and fellowship and to raise money for the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc. (a 501 3c Charitable Organization) to support our annual projects.

    For more details contact: 

    Kevin Welton     kevinw1429@tds.net

    Annual Charity Golf Outing Derek Moehring 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Rotary International Annual Conference 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Molly M. Ritchie, State Director WI Academic Decathlon
     
    Wednesday, February 23, 2017  is the preferred date to for reading/evaluating State essays at the First Weber Conference Room on Gammon Way, Madison, Wisconsin from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
    Please let me know if you are able to join us; I'm looking for 18 readers and have 10 thus far.
    Thank you,
    Molly M. Ritchie, State Director
    Wisconsin Academic Decathlon
    mritchie@wiad.org • 608.845.3544
    www.WIAD.org 
    @WIacadec
              
    Read State EssaysWednesday, February 23 Molly M. Ritchie, State Director WI Academic Decathlon 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Molly M. Ritchie, State Director WI Academic Decathlon
     
    Pardon my persistence.  Those of you that served last year as Interview Judges, Speech Judges, or Speech Timers at the WIAD State Competition in Wisconsin Dells.  Your help would be much appreciated again this year.   The date is Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 4:00 - 8:40 PM, at Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, the same location and time as last year.
    As of today, I am still seeking 14 interview judges, 6 speech judges, and 8 speech timers.
    I'd love to hear from you!
    Thanks,
    Molly M. Ritchie, State Director
    Wisconsin Academic Decathlon
    mritchie@wiad.org
    http://www.WIAD.org
    608.845.3544
    www.WIAD.org 
    @WIacadec
     
     
    Judge Interviews, Speeches,and Time Speeches Molly M. Ritchie, State Director WI Academic Decathlon 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
       
    Brian Brown was approved by the board at the January board meeting as a new member of our club. He will be inducted into the Club in approximately  2 weeks.
    He originally from Glendale, Wisconsin a suburb north of  Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was granted a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin where he majored in economics and finance.
    Brian has been employed in the financial services industry since 1988 and has been with Financial Design Group since 2002.
    "I work with businesses and individuals to help them achieve their financial goals and objectives.
    I help them have a more effective and more efficient financial plan.
    I have resources that allow me to work in all areas of the financial plan for the client."
    His interests are sports, business networking, and helping and communicating with people.
    Brian J. BrownApproved for Membership 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tony Burns
    It's that time of year! The lakes are freezing and Clean Lakes Alliance is looking for volunteers to help at their biggest event of 2017, Frozen Assets Festival and Fundraiser! Proceeds will help Clean Lakes Alliance fund initiatives to protect and improve the quality of our lakes.
     
    In 2016, 104 volunteers contributed over 460 hours of time to this event. Nearly 6,000 community members participated in the event and around $151,000 were netted for our lakes. They are incorporating more activities and events, including a fat tire race, snowshoe race, and ice-fishing derby into the Festival event in 2017. Without the help of volunteers such as you, this event would not be possible.
     
    Previous Frozen Assets volunteers say the event offers a great experience and a fun way to volunteer. They are looking for numerous volunteers, MORE than ever before (350 volunteer time slots available), to help during the day and/or evening. Volunteers will be invited to attend a short training session prior to the event to go over duties. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, and identifying clothing will be provided during the event.
     
    Click the link below to register to volunteer. You're invited to volunteer for as many or few time slots as you'd like. More details to follow.
    1) Go to http://signup.com/go/yUy9wm
    2) Review the options and dates listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
    3) Sign up for the time slot(s) during which you'd like to volunteerFeel free to pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested. We hope to see you there!
    Frozen Assets Festival
    Date: February 3rd - 5th, 2017
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
    Location: The Edgewater - 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703)
    Attractions: Snowmen, snowshoe run, fat bike race, ice fishing derby, ice skating, winter sports, interactive booths, an ice lab, etc.
     
    The Frozen Assets Festival provides a free family-friendly experience that promotes the unique ecological, social, and economic importance of the Yahara Watershed through daytime events and activities, and encourages all members of our community to get out and celebrate Madison’s frozen assets.
    Frozen Assets Fundraiser
    Date: Saturday, February 4th, 2017
    Time: 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. (with guest dinner before)
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703)
    Attractions: Unique decor, creative theme, and attendee fashion
     
    The Frozen Assets Fundraiser is a premier fundraiser, known for its creative themes, unique décor, and the fashion of attendees. More than a cocktail party, Frozen Assets highlights the status of our lakes as our community’s number one asset.
     
    Please keep me in the loop if you decide to volunteer, would like to see the support of the Greatest and Coolest Rotary Club in the World…enjoy the rest of your day.
    Tony Burns  •  tonyb@fairwaymc.com
     
    Please keep me in the loop if you decide to volunteer, would like to see the support of the Greatest and Coolest Rotary Club in the World…enjoy the rest of your day.
    Tony Burns  •  tonyb@fairwaymc.com
     
    FEBRUARY 12x12 EVENTVolunteer at the Frozen Assets Festival and the Frozen Assets Fundraiser Tony Burns 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Paul Patenaude
    McAdow Miles for Rotary Team is proud that we surpassed our goal of 10,000 miles in 2016.  We ended the year with 10,424 miles!
     
    If you have not yet fulfilled your pledge, give your check/cash to Dean Ryerson at a Club meeting. Thank you for your support.
     
    Make checks payable to:
    Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc.
    and send to:  P. O. Box 620312  •  Middleton, WI 53562
     
    McAdow Miles for Rotary Team Surpassed Goal! Paul Patenaude 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Leo Edelstein
     

     

    He bought 20 acres near Arena, WI, from his Uncle Louie.
    He decided to change careers from manufacturing engineer to brewer.
    He moved into a metal shed and a great beer was launched in 1999 by Tom Porter.
    In year one Lake Louie Brewery produced 106 barrels..."now we brew that much by Thursday every week."
    Tom drove the beer delivery truck for six years and says "it's the toughest job."
    Today, he has a special party just for the Lake Louie delivery men and women, to thank them.

    In 2012, Lake Louie beers became available Wisconsin-wide, through an agreement with the Miller Coors distributor.
    "I sneak my beer on the back of Miller Coors trucks."
    His biggest seller, with 40% of sales, is Warped Speed Scotch Ale ... and Rotarians enjoyed their  samples.
    New Lake Louie flavors coming out this year: "Chicken Dance" (a bold IPA with three ryes) and a French beer called "Midnight on the Bay." Tom plans to introduce 16 new flavors in 2017, down from 19 last year.

    Main reason for Lake Louie's success?  Tom insists "it's the water.  Fresh water is the key."

    Tom Porter - Lake Louie Brewing Leo Edelstein 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mick Faulhaber
    It’s that time of year again.
    Attached is the flyer, needs, and contact info for our volunteers.  It contains the dates and info.  Molly would like direct contact rather than our sign-up list and me getting that info to her.  It’s easier for our volunteers simply email her.  However, I would like to track our volunteers for my annual report to the board.  I’ll have these forms with me at the Club Meeting until the event and will make “face-to-face” appeals.  
     
    Note at the bottom, we have a 2nd opportunity for the Nationals in April.  We’ll want to start promoting those dates as well. 
     
    As far as I know, there will be a bus to the events on Thursday, March 2nd.  
     
    Of special note is the need for ESSAY JUDGES and that event is in Madison next month. 
     
    We need our club members to network with friends, spouses, relatives, etc. to fill the slots. 
     
    From: Molly Ritchie
    The State Volunteer recruitment flyer is attached.
    The first order of business is to secure 18 essay judges for reading, on a day to be determined during the week of February, 20.  As noted, that takes place here in Madison.  I'll survey past readers and get back to you with the specific date, hopefully in time to share at Friday's Rotary meeting.
    Molly M. Ritchie, State Director
    Wisconsin Academic Decathlon
    mritchie@wiad.org608.845.3544
    www.WIAD.org  
     @WIacadec
    2016-2017 Competition Dates
    State Competition - March 2-3, 2017 -- Wisconsin Dells
    National Competition - April 20-22, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin
    !!! National Competition 2017 -- Madison, WI
                                  
    Academic Decathlon State & National Volunteers Needed Mick Faulhaber 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by John Gerold
     
    F Market Logo 2015

    MadWest Winter Farmers’ Market a bustling hub of good friends and healthy food hosted indoors at the Lussier Community Education Center through a partnership with MadCity Bazaar and sponsorship support from the Willy Street Co-op. You’ll find fresh, organic produce such as potatoes, winter squash, carrots, broccoli, beets, cabbage, parsnips, salad greens, and more side-by-side with local cheeses, pasture-raised meats, eggs, jams and jellies, all-natural soaps, and wool.

    Quest Cards are accepted.

    SATURDAYJANUARY 28 • 8:00am to Noon • Lussier Education Center • 55 South Gammon Road, Madison

    Last Chance! MADWEST Winter Farmers' Market John Gerold 2017-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by John Gerold
    The Food Pantry, one of WRNC’s first programs and partnerships, has been running for more than 25 years. Donations from area individuals, congregations, community groups, and Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc provide food for families across Madison. The pantry provides an assortment of nutritionally balanced non-perishable food items to individuals and families up to 14 times a year (Wednesday, 7-8 pm • Saturday, 12-1 pm).
    The Lussier Food Pantry partners such as Community Action Coalition and Second Harvest Food Bank help provide food to hundreds of people each month. This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.
    The Food Pantry John Gerold 2017-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri
    Retired Madison Police Department Captain Joe Balles spoke to us about MCPD and its efforts to support the community policing mission of area public police departments. In his 32 ½ years with the Department, especially his early years in the Broadway/Simpson neighborhood, he saw the importance of engaging with the community. MCPD reaches out into neighborhoods to forge personal bonds between the police and the citizenry. In Madison, 20-30% of officers are in proactive policing roles in city neighborhoods. That includes generalized outreach of neighborhood officers (both on-duty and off-duty). the Foundation purchased and deployed a large outdoor movie screen for film showings for local families, rounded up hundreds of bicycles for local kids, holds picnics and dinners, and has created an Explorer Post.
     
    Madison Community Policing Foundation (MCPD) Jack Ferreri 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Debra Dieter
     
    Jefferson Middle School needs you to volunteer for their Fine Arts Night coming up on the 25th of January.
    If you can volunteer please click here to sign up and find out the many ways you can help!
     
    Jefferson Middle School Music Team needs your help making this night a great success. All shifts are for half the event, so sign up for a shift if you can help. This event is largely dependent on volunteer involvement!

    If you sign up for a shift, please make sure to show up at least 10 minutes early so you can check in, find your site, and solidify your volunteer responsibilities. There will be a volunteer check in table, where the specific responsibilities and room placements will be explained.

    Jefferson Middle School Fine Arts Night 2017 Debra Dieter 2017-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ed Fink, Orphan Train Project Chair
     
    As you will recall Maha McDiarmid, of Mooseheart, is in Guatemala teaching their positive model of care at the Madre Anna Vitello Orphanage. Her presence there is under the auspices of the Orphan Train Project, with funding by the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc. Maha is traveling with Heart to Heart Experiences, a Madison based 501 (c) (3), which is building houses and bunk beds for a community near the orphanage. Heart to Heart is also building bunk beds at the orphanage. Some of the bunk beds being constructed at the children's home were paid for with a donation to our Rotary Foundation and by Cheryl and Tom Retzlaff of Monona Grove.
     
    Of Maha McDiarmid, Mark Landgraf, of Heart to Heart, wrote to his wife Sue the following: "...Unbelievable. What a great person. Wait until you meet her and hear what they (Mooseheart) will try to accomplish..." In another message to his wife, Mark wrote:  "Please tell Ed that Maha is a blessing to the orphanage and Catholic Sisters. She is a gift."
     
    Members should check out the Facebook page for Heart to Heart Experiences.
    Thanks to our friends at Mooseheart for continuing to work with us. You also are a gift to the world.
     
    Maha McDiarmid, of Mooseheart, is in Guatemala Ed Fink, Orphan Train Project Chair 2017-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri
    Primma Prayoonwongsa (Best) is our 16-year-old inbound Rotary Exchange Student from the Chumpae Rotary Club in northeastern Thailand. He’s been with us since August, attending Middleton High School. His home high school -- Khon Kaen -- has 5,000 students. The city itself has 113,000 residents.
     
    His presentation focused on his homeland -- Thailand has a population of 67 million, largely Buddhist. The country has a distinctive culture in southeast Asia. Their long-reigning king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, passed away in October. He been on the throne 70 years.

    Best is a soccer player, a drummer, and someone who’s continually asked ‘How do you like Wisconsin winter?’ In a word, he doesn’t. This was his first time confronting snow and cold temperatures.
    The Best Show at Rotary Jack Ferreri 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Emerick
     
    When asked about her most embarrassing moment as a realtor she remembered the key incident.
     
    Once showing a house to a client she extracted the key from the key box hanging on the doorknob.  She confidently jabbed the key into the lock only to have it break off as she turned it.  Turning to the client she said "Gee they didn't teach what to do about this in realtor school."
     
    So what happened??  "We went round the house and in the unlocked backdoor.  Fortunately I only show country homes."
    What was your most embarrassing moment as a realtor? Jim Emerick 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ed Fink
     
    We recently received a donation for $250 from Cheryl and Tom Retzlaff, the suggested use being the Orphan Train Project. I work with Cheryl at Integrity Wealth Advisors. On Saturday, a group from Madison (Heart to Heart Experiences) will be going to Guatemala to build some houses in a community known as Sumpango (different place than the other Sumpango we know). They also will be building some bunk beds for an orphanage known as Madre Anna Vitello, which is located nearby. Your Rotary Club's own foundation, through the Orphan Train Project, is sending Maha McDiarmid of Mooseheart to teach their model of care at the Madre Anna Vitello Orphanage. Ms. McDiarmid will travel with the Heart to Heart group.
     
    I learned, through Mark Landgraf (Madison/Heart to Heart organizer), that the bunk beds they are building cost about $60 each for materials. The orphanage needs many, and funds available to Heart to Heart will only pay for about one dozen. If we use the $250, we can add approximately 4+ bunkbeds towards their needs.
     
    If you are okay with sending the $250 with Mark, it would be a big help in fulfilling a basic need for the children of Madre Anna Vitello Orphanage. By sending the money with Mark, we avoid bank charges at both ends, allowing more for beds.
    Orphan Train Project Receives Donation Ed Fink 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
     

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

    The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

    The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award was presented 2 May at the AFP’s annual conference.

    Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel accepted the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, Rotary's chief philanthropy officer, also attended the conference. The event drew more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

    “In our Centennial year, we are deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Association of Fundraising Professionals,” said Netzel.

    AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection.

    “With the generous support of our members and partners, we’ve taken on some of the toughest humanitarian challenges in the world, none more so than the devastating disease of polio,” said Netzel. “We will defeat polio, and it will be a landmark achievement for global public health.”

    The committee also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

    “This award helps to spread our belief that service to humankind truly changes our world, and for that reason, it is the greatest work of life,” said Netzel.

    Rotary News   15-Nov-2016    Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson

    Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016 2016-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
     

    Click on the poster and you will be taken

    to the Convention Registration Page.

     
    1. Meet the most inspiring people in the world
    Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention every year. This is your unique opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and share stories about your club’s current and future projects.
    2. Strengthen your club and your passion for Rotary
    The general sessions and breakout sessions offer countless ways to help you get the most from your Rotary membership and make your club stronger. In the House of Friendship, you’ll find new ideas, learn best practices, and share project successes — it’s where the Rotary world comes together!
    3. Join The Rotary Foundation celebration
    The culmination of a yearlong celebration of the Foundation’s centennial takes place in the city where it all began. Join the festivities at The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Birthday Party. Attend a book signing and meet the author of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.” See all the activities we have planned.
    4. Explore the American South
    Bask in the sun on the Atlantic and Gulf shores. Test your game at some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. Experience the magic of Florida’s Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.
    Explore the natural wonders of the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg. Sample the sophisticated charms of New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston. Learn more
    5. Enjoy special tours and events
    Watch for more information about special activities like Restaurant Night, Host Hospitality Night, and a screening of "Gone With the Wind" at the historic Fox Theatre. Visit the Host Organization Committee site to find more activities.
     
    Top 5 Reasons to Join Us at the Rotary International Convention June 10 - 14, 2017 2016-12-29 06:00:00Z 0

     

    The Wisconsin Academic Decathlon competition began with the Regional Essay and 6 of the judges were members of  the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton. This year’s curricular theme is WWII.  The students had 50 minutes to write an impromptu essay, based on one of two prompts, focusing on the novel Transit, by Anna Seghers.  This portion of the contest took place at the 50 qualifying high schools the week of December 12, 2016; the prompts were sent to each school and the decathletes’ writing was monitored by school personnel.  The essays are graded before the actual Regional Competition on January 6th. 

    Volunteers are needed for Regional Competition on Friday, January 6, 2017, State Competition on March 2 & 3, 2017, Super Quiz Relay on March 3, 2017.
    The Relay is the only event open to the public — $4 admission 12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Sandstone Ballroom, Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells.
     
    If interested in volunteering, contact: Molly Ritchie, WIAD State Director, National Host mritchie@wiad.org 608-845-3544.
     
    Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Regional Essay Judging 2016-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri

          

    Drs. Timothy Shaw, MD and Joe Eichenseher, MD spoke to us about the need to transform the way America handles healthcare. Our outcomes trail many counties (we rank 42nd in avoiding infant mortality), our costs are by far the highest, and healthcare eats up a disproportionate share of the national GDP (about 20% of the economy). The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 37th in healthcare. They see three options for revamping the system: socialized medicine (UK), non-profit insurance companies with negotiated fees for service, or a single-payer plan (a la Canada). PNHP has 20,000 docs nationally sparking a national conversation about serious reform of our system.
    Physicians for a National Healthcare Program (PNHP) Jack Ferreri 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
    Harry Ripp from the Madison East Monona Rotary Club delivered the cheese that many of our members ordered from him. The proceeds will fund academic scholarships awarded by his Rotary club.
    CHEESE FUNDRAISER 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri

    Epic Systems and the Technology of Healthcare

    Eric Helsher, VP of Client Success at Epic, spoke about the very measurable impact of digital technology on treating disease and covering its cost. He walked us through an overview of Data Integration, Decision Support, Care at Scale, and Return on Investment. Gathering huge amounts of data and extracting meaningful implications guide medical practice toward reliably better outcomes. Most hospitals are now fully digital, gathering information on all their cases. Epic and others aggregate this data and show others how to ‘replicate cool things.’ It’s about population health and the ability of hospitals to monitor the vitals on thousands of patients in many different sites automatically.  An exciting – and healthier -- future.
     
     
     
     
     
    Epic Systems and the Technology of Healthcare Jack Ferreri 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mary Van Hout
     
    Contact: Mary Van Hout,
    Past District Governor 2015-2016
    Rotary District 6250
     
    608-575-7566
    Our friends from Costa Rica are arriving on Saturday - to wonderful Wisconsin weather.  They wanted to see snow so it seems Santa is fulfilling their wish!
     

    I have nearly all the items Maria will need to help keep her warm but am still in need of warm boots, size 7.  Something like UGGs or other warm boots would be great. Also in need of warm wind or snow pants. Black. Size medium.

    Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you have these items or know someone who might have them. Steven and Maria arrive on Saturday and will be here for about 10 days.

    Any help you can provide is appreciated!!


     
    Costa Rican Visitors Need Winter Wear! Mary Van Hout 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Derek Moehring

     

    Harry Ripp from the Madison East Monona Rotary Club will be at our club meeting tomorrow, December 16th  to deliver the cheese that many of our members ordered from him.  Harry will need payment this Friday.  Make checks payable to Madison East Monona Rotary Club.

    If your ordered cheese and can not be at the meeting this Friday please contact Harry at hripp@frontier.com or 608-807-8616.  

     
    Say CHEESE! Derek Moehring 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Emerick
    Mary Feldt was quick to remember being asked to be Sergeant at Arms by then President Otto Cordero.  She was deathly afraid of public speaking but her respect of and encouragement from Otto won the day. The experience helped her overcome that fear and became one of her many, many Rotary high points. Among these are the Calgary International Convention, her Paul Harris award, Guatemala trips and bringing so many new members into our club.
    What was your worst moment as a Rotarian?? Jim Emerick 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri

    Dean McHugh

    District Governor

    Serving Western Wisconsin & Southeast Minnesota

    Based in Holman, WI, Governor McHugh has been riding the circuit of the District’s Clubs, spreading the message of Rotary Serving Humanity. His presentation was refreshingly PowerPoint-less. He made his points with three personal stories, the first about his introduction to service clubs through his Youth Exchange experience in Bogota in 1988, which led him to helping his local Rotary start up such a program years later. Secondly, he spoke of his passion for international water projects which started in Peru and benefited mightily from Foundation grants. And finally, he underscored membership as key to all Clubs. Dean invited a friend to Rotary, and that person soon became President of the Club and integral to their overseas projects. Share the gift of Rotary with someone else: you never know how great the impact will be.

    Visit from Governor of District 6250 Jack Ferreri 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Winter clothing will be collected at the Friday meetings - Collection containers will be at the back of the meeting room
    • Deadline
      •  December 16th (tomorrows meeting)
    • Where do we turn them in
      • winter clothing will be collected at the Friday meetings
      • there  will be collection containers at the Club Meetings
    • Sizes
      • Middle school age  -  5-8 graders
      • Clean new or gently used coats, hats, mittens, scarves and any big comfy sweatshirts that kids wear
      • We have outlets for any garments that Jefferson Middle School can not use
      • NO toddler or young kids sizes
    Lets make sure that the students at Jefferson Middle School are warm this winter!
    12 x 12 for December 2016 Coats, etc for Jefferson Middle School Tony Burns 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Debra Dieter
     
    Jefferson Middle School is looking for volunteers to speak with students about their careers and life path.
     
    Schools Make A Difference will be held on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 from 8:15 until 10:30 a.m. and speakers will be matched with a small group of students who have expressed an interest in their field.  They will have two rounds of this, so two "round table" sessions.
     
    During their talk, they will be invited by students to share about their work-what is challenging or rewarding about it? What training did they need?  How did they develop this interest?  What was school like for them and how have they grown over the years? Why might you recommend this career to young people?
     
    Please contact Deb Dieter (debragdieter@gmail.com or 608-235-4030) to sign up, let me know what your career is, so I can pass it along to the school.
     
    The following people already signed up:
    Jack Ferreri - Advertising
    Jeannine Deautels - Nursing
    John A Gerald - Accounting
    Barry Pace - Business
    Dean Ryerson - Teaching
    Speak with Students About Careers & Life Path Debra Dieter 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Friendship Committee Biil Mowbray 2016-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
     
    Our Schools Make A Difference event will be on Tuesday, December 13, from 8:15 - 10:30, and guests will be matched with a small group of students who have expressed an interest in their field. They will have two rounds of this, so two "round table" sessions. 
     
    During their talk, they will be invited by students to share about their work - what is challenging or rewarding about it? What training did they need? How did they develop this interest? What was school like for them and how have they grown over the years? Why might they recommend this career to young people? 
      
    Thank you for your help with getting the word out! 
     
    Best,
    Sky Chandler, MS, PPS
    School Counselor
    Jefferson Middle School
    (608) 663-647
     
    Schools Make a Difference - Speak With Students About Your Career Path Sky Chandler, MS, PPS 2016-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

    TLC Children's Home in South Africa

    Posted by Ed Fink
    The TLC Orphanage in South Africa is a children's home our club and the Orphan Train Project have supported for several years. ... Pippa, Thea's daughter, is now the director. We did contribute to the purchase of several security items last year, but obviously not all that was needed. I'm happy others have also stepped up to help.
     
    Dear EDWARD,

    Wow, what a week we've had. It seems a good time to launch our first official monthly newsletter, to share with you the crazy week that swung from the lowest lows to the highest highs.

    You may have heard by now of the horrible armed kidnapping of three of Thea's boys - it made the news and local media. You can read all about it here. The kidnapping happened less than a week after an armed robbery where Thea was assaulted. Mighty, Pippa's son had a recurrence of his ear tumour and needed surgery. We were scrambling to address security and pay debts. It was a very low, low.

    But the silver lining was there, waiting.

    A local radio DJ picked up on the story, and that's when our Christmas miracle happened. SOS ProtecSure, a local security company, came on board to give us an all-inclusive security system and 24/7 armed response and offers for help poured in from all corners. We know many of you stepped up to help us and we want to say, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! Our village is phenomenal, and you affirm our hope in the goodness of people every day.

    We are consolidating all our news into this new format and you can expect to receive one monthly email with all our news. Of course, you can see more frequent news on our social media channels.

    Please feel free to invite friends to sign up to this newsletter and follow the TLC journey. 

    Much love on the countdown to Christmas,

    Pippa
     
    TLC Childrens Home in South Africa Ed Fink 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Derek Moehring
    Each incoming Youth Exchange Student opens a checking account when they arrive in the U.S.  We have been using Capitol Bank for this service.  Each year when the new student comes into the bank with Dan to open their checking account, we take a picture.  
     
    Incoming Youth Exchange Student Best Derek Moehring 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jack Ferreri
     
    Roger Wolkoff spoke with us about ‘What happens when you are real’ in dealing with others. He spoke of the value of trust and accountability in communications, how to be aware of the right communications style for a given situation, and how to remain true to who you are. Vulnerability is not a weakness; it’s a strength that people appreciate. The more you convince people you’re trustworthy and authentic, the more loyalty you’ll command. No matter our occupation, it’s all about people and relationships. His talk was filled with enthusiasm and humor, with plenty of interactivity.
    All About Authenticity Jack Ferreri 2016-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dr. David Clemens
     
    Dear District 6250 Rotarians,
    We completed the Nepal visit one month ago.  It was a great experience, as I am sure the other participants would agree.  It is now time to prepare for future trips.  Here is an idea of what is being done.
    We already have an exchange arranged with the Philippines.  Edwin Bos, from Fort Atkinson, who traveled to Nepal, is coordinating the trip.  Our group will travel to the Philippines late January, early February.
    We have a confirmed trip to Gujarat, India.  They have a group of six couples who will come to our district in May or June.  We have a group from our district that will travel at the end of January, early February.  Cheryl Mader and I are co-arranging this trip at this time.  The specifics will not be created until we are sure we have a group of around 10 to make the trip.
    Mark Moody, who traveled to Nepal, has taken on the duty of starting arrangements for an exchange to Peru. I am not sure if it will be near Lima, or Cusco, or both, but keep your eyes open for a trip to and from Peru in the next year or so.
    I am trying to arrange an exchange with Iceland.  That will take some effort. It appears they have not participated in a Friendship Exchange before.  I will keep everyone informed as we build on these trips.
    Let me know if you are interested in traveling on any of these trips.  I really need your help getting the word out on these exchanges.  Please announce what you feel is appropriate to your clubs.   As parts of the trips take shape, they will show up on the district web page, district newsletter and district facebook page.
     
    Contact: Dr. David Clemens at Email: drdave@dellsdental.net • Phone: 608.257.2345
    Latest District 6250 Friendship Exchange Dr. David Clemens 2016-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

    Election of Directors & Officers For The 2017 – 2018 Board Of Directors

    Posted by Derek Moehring
    Below is the portion of the Club’s By-Laws that outlines the process of nominating and electing Directors to serve on the Board of Directors.  This years Nominating Committee, appointed by the existing Board of Directors, consisted of Derek Moehring, Tony Burns, Dean Ryerson and Ruth Domack.  This committee was tasked with recommending four nominees for the four open Director positions that would serve on the 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors.  This committee was also tasked with recommending individuals to serve as the Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer for fiscal year 2017 – 2018.  The Nominating Committee presented their recommendations to the Board of Directors on November 15, 2016.  The Board of Directors reviewed and accepted the committee’s recommendations as outlined below. 
    • Director: Club Service: Connie Smith (24 Month Term) *
    • Director: Community Service: Kevin Welton (24 Month Term) *
    • ​Director: International Service: Paul Patenaude (24 Month Term) *
    • Director: Vocational Service: Roxanne Brazeau (24 Month Term) *
    • Vice President: Matt Loch (12 Month Term) **
    • Secretary: Jack Ferreri(12 Month Term) **
    • Treasurer: Jim Emerick (12 Month Term) **
    • Sergeant-At-Arms:Leo Edelstein(12 Month Term) **
    *Term Ends June 30, 2019    
    **Term Ends June 30, 2018
     
    On December 16, 2016 (the date of our Club’s Annual Meeting), our Club membership will vote to elect four new Directors for the 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors.  Additional nominations will also be accepted through December 16, 2016 (including nominations presented at the Club meeting on December 16th prior to the vote). 
     
    Also serving on the 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors are the following existing Directors:
    • Director: Club Service: Dawn Frank (Term Ends June 30, 2018)
    • Director: Community Service: John Gerold (Term Ends June 30, 2018)
    • ​Director: International Service: Steve Aune (Term Ends June 30, 2018)
    • Directors: Vocational Service: Adam Schaller (Term Ends June 30, 2018

    Article I - Election of Directors and Officers

    Section 1 – At the annual meeting of this club, within one month prior to the meeting for election of officers, nominations shall be made for candidates for the Board of Directors.  A list of candidates for the Board of Directors shall be presented by a special nominating committee appointed by the Board of Directors and placed in a ballot and voted upon at the annual meeting. The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected for a term of twenty-four months commencing on July 1st following the election.
     
    Section 2 – The Board of Directors, consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President and 8 elected members, shall meet within one month after the annual meeting and shall elect from the membership a Vice president, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Sergeant-at-Arms.  The elected members shall serve in this capacity for one year, starting in July immediately following their election.  Each year’s duly elected Vice President shall be President the year next following, and the term of the President as a director shall be automatically extended as necessary to coincide with the term of the President.
     
    Section 3 – A vacancy on the Board of Directors or any office shall be filled by action of the remaining members of the Board.
     
    Section 4 – A vacancy in the position of any officer-elect or director-elect shall be filled by action of the remaining members of the Board of Directors.

    Article VI - Method of Voting

    The business of this club shall be transacted by voice vote or paper ballot, as determined in advance by the Board, except that the election of Directors shall be by paper ballot.
    Election: Directors & Officers For The 2017 – 2018 Board Of Directors Derek Moehring 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dan Fose

    Our current Outbound Exchange Students are both doing very well. Lucas Taglia is in Argentina. He wrote “I'm doing great here. I've already fallen in love with the people and culture here. I have a wonderful host family and school is going good. I just got back from the south trip, 22 days touring much of the sites Patagonia has to offer. Absolutely picturesque. A lot yet to look forward to.” Lucas sent along this picture (attached).

    James Ekman is also doing very well in India after getting through a typical homesick stretch. He loves his Host Family and has made many new friends; really enjoying himself.
    James Ekman's family will also be Best’s 3rd Host Family here.
    They both express great appreciation for the opportunity provided them by our Club.
    Messages from Outbound Exchange Students Dan Fose 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dan Fose

     
    Gaby Palmer, prospective Rotary Youth Exchange Student, and her parents Margie Palmer and Todd Palmer were the guests of Dan Fose for lunch on November 18, 2016 meeting. Dan is the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton Youth Exchange Officer.
     
    Prospective 2017-2018 outbound-student Dan Fose 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
                    The meetings will be at 11:15 am - 12:12 pm
     • Friday, January 13              • Friday, March 10         • Friday, May 12
    • Friday, February 10                                                       • Friday, June 9

    Develop business relationships and get a taste of leadership.
    Contact: Lynn Goldsmith  Lyndygold@gmail.com   or    Cherie Gon  cherie.gon@edwardjones.com
    Rotary Works! Meeting Schedule 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Last Rotary Works Meeting Lynne Goldsmith 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Dan Fose
     
     
    Seewat Premmaprayoonwongsa nick named Best is from Thailand and is our clubs inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
     
    Best moved to his 2nd family (Svein & Cindi Morner) just before Thanksgiving.
     
    Please include Best in weddings, baptisms, confirmations, bar/bat mitzvahs, funerals, athletic events, zoos, museums, birthday parties, etc.
     
    This is Best's first experience with snow and cold so let's all show him what fun winter can be. Take him with when you go ice skating, downhill/x country skiing, snow shoeing, animal tracking in the snow, etc.
    Include our Rotary Youth Exchange Student in your Family Events Dan Fose 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ruth Domack
    Todd Wiegand was approved for membership by the Board of Directors at the November meeting. His name will be published in the bulletin for 2 weeks and then can be inducted.
     
    Todd is a real estate investor and airline pilot. He is a University of Wisconsin graduate. He and his wife live in Middleton and his two daughters attend Middleton High School.
     
    Todd Wiegand was Approved Ruth Domack 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0