Posted by Steve Aune, Membership Chair on Dec 09, 2017

Purpose:

Feedback from numerous Rotary surveys and focus groups has repeatedly shown that prospective members and current younger Rotarians require flexibility in their Rotary Club membership. This program is structured to research alternatives and the resulting impact on membership trends and our club’s overall effectiveness.
 
The Business/Corporate Membership Program will allow a business or other organization to become a member of the Rotary Club Of Madison West Towne-Middleton (hereafter, “Club”), through an established membership approval process, and to appoint up to three (one Primary Member and up to two Designee Members) as the individuals attending Club meetings, serving on committees, voting on club matters and serving as club officers (Primary Member solely).
 

Designees:

Once there is a Primary Member, the Eligible Business may designate up to two Designees Members, each of whom shall be individuals employed by the Eligible Business.
 

Attendance:

The attendance requirement for any Eligible Business is the same as an Active Regular Member of the Club. The attendance requirement can be met by a combination of attendance from the Primary Member and the Designee Members.
 

Fees:

a. Initiation Fee: $125.00 *
b. Dues – Primary Member: Annual dues of $275.00 * which covers:
1) Rotary International Dues
2) District Dues;
3) The Rotarian Magazine;
4) Miscellaneous Rotary International Charges
c. Dues - Designee Members: Annual dues of $0.00 *
*This amount will be reviewed by the Board of Directors annually.
d. Meals: Primary Member and Designee Members: Both Primary and Designee Members will pay for a meal every time they attend a club meeting. The cost of their meals will be the same as the cost of a meal for a regular member of the club. The Eligible Business will be invoiced for all meals eaten by the Primary Member and the Designee Members.
What is Corporate Membership you ask. Steve Aune, Membership Chair 2017-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Ripp, Madison East Monona Rotary Club on Dec 08, 2017
I will deliver the gift boxes you ordered at the Friday, December 15, 2017, meeting in time for holiday gift giving. 
 
These gift boxes will make a great gift for friends, neighbors and even your postal delivery person.  Payment is due on delivery except for mail orders.
 
 
I want to thank you, and all those in your club who supported us for our cheese sales. 
 
Looking forward to seeing you
Harry Ripp  at hripp@frontier.com 
 
Cheese Delivery - December 15th Meeting Harry Ripp, Madison East Monona Rotary Club 2017-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Dec 07, 2017

 

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 more the Team bikes, by midnight December 31, 2017, the more support you can give to our Rotary Foundation.  

 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! Mary Dunn 2017-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
NOVEMBER RI CONVENTION NEWS 2017-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Dec 05, 2017
J.C. Dawkins spoke to us about his non-profit’s goal of empowering youth and using sports as a springboard to youthful personal development. The group is dedicated to serving the community, committed to comprehensive community development and strives to build thriving neighborhoods by creating opportunities for positive social and economic change.

He spoke to us of his time at the UW as a football player, taking part in the UW 1994 Rose Bowl victory. J.C. flirted with playing in the pros, worked as an NFL staff member for the Patriots, and did some school coaching. Eventually, he and his teammate/business partner Henry Searcy decided to get involved in helping kids more broadly and formed 360 Community Development Corporation. The group is active in five states, helping to teach life skills to young people.


 
360 Community Development Corporation Jack Ferreri 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Loch on Dec 05, 2017
I received this follow up email message from a former speaker, Mike Edlinger.  He talked about a program called Working Dogs for Conservation where they to use dogs to address the poaching issues in Africa.  He included a couple of beautiful videos of the work going on with the K9 unit in Tanzania (see URLs below).  This would be good to include in our bulletin.

https://singita.com/videos/singita-grumeti-fund-k9-unit-rescue-dogs-help-fight-poaching/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Canine%20Unit&utm_content=Canine%20Unit+CID_ae236cf3a3be9697be2fc8eb11933d82&utm_source=Email%20campaign%20CM

https://singita.com/videos/singita-grumeti-fund-k9-unit-story-four-rescue-dogs-supporting-anti-poaching-efforts-serengeti/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Canine%20Unit&utm_content=Canine%20Unit+CID_ae236cf3a3be9697be2fc8eb11933d82&utm_source=Email%20campaign%20CM
 
Working Dogs for Conservation Videos Matt Loch 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Just a very quick note to remind you that if you have any plans to register for the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, it will pay to do so before December 15.  After that date the registration cost rises by $75.  We are planning a party in Toronto for District 6250, and Toronto's a great city!  This may even be the occasion when we celebrate the last case of polio!   Register today.
RI Convention Registration Price Increase Bill Hoel, District 6250 Governor Elect 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Burns on Dec 05, 2017
 
Just wanted to let you know that the Board has been doing some financial heavy lifting to get the Club and Foundation books in top shape and clear up some past glitches. Treasurer Jim Emerick has been leading the charge. But the time demands on Jim have proven overwhelming, and he's decided to resign from the Treasurer position as of November 10th. We're close to bringing a new Treasurer to the Board, and several Board members (John Gerold, Derek Moehring, and Dawn Frank) have been pitching in to finish getting our finances where they need to be. We thank Jim for his service. In the meantime for all Treasurer related items please communicate with Dawn Frank.  Dawn can be reached by email at ddfrank@mac.com or by phone (608) 217-2105. 
 
We will keep you all posted as to when then new Treasurer takes over.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at your earliest.
 
Thank you for being a part of the Coolest Rotary Club in the World.
 
TREASURER Tony Burns 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matt Loch on Nov 30, 2017
I would like to thank the members of the nominating committee including Steve Aune, Tony Burns and Jack Ferreri for their help in developing this slate of candidates for the board members and officers for our club for the 2018-19 fiscal year:
 
Board Members
Past President 
President 
President-Elect 
Secretary 
Treasurer
Sergeant-At-Arms
 
 Tony Burns
 Matt Loch
 Dawn Frank
 Jack Ferreri
 No candidate, reviewing the position/responsibilities
 Bill Mowbray
 
Board Members for Avenues of Service 
Club Service
 
 
Community Service
 
 
International Service
 
 
Vocational  Service
 
 Connie Smith (Year 2)
 Mary Ruth Marks (Year 1)
 
 Kevin Welton (Year 2)
 Patrick Rees (Year 1)
 
 Paul Patenaude (Year 2)
 Deb Dieter (Year 1)
 
Roxanne Brazeau (Year 2)
 Ginny Jenkins (Year 1)  
 
The nominating committee wanted to make sure that the club members were aware of slate at least one week in advance.  Therefore, we will present this slate for approval by the membership at our regular weekly meeting on Friday, December 8, 2017.  If there are any questions, please contact Matt Loch.  Thanks!
Candidates for Board Members & Officers Matt Loch 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Connie Smith on Nov 30, 2017
Each year the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Program offers a trip that our youth exchange students have the opportunity to take.  They can choose either a West Coast or East Coast trip.  Alicja would like to go on the West Coast trip. 
 
Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Program promotes it to the students like this: 
"Are you ready for the West Coast of the US? Get ready for an awesome adventure on the United States West Coast!  During this trip, we’ll not only have the time of our lives at Disneyland and California Adventure Park but we will also ‘party like a rock star’ on the famous streets of Los Angeles.  We will visit Rodeo Drive, the Kodak Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
You won’t forget the secrets of Universal Studios, as well as the attractions at the unique Santa Monica Pier – landmark and famous location of world’s movie industry.  What about going to one of the world’s most visited destinations? Yep! We’ll indeed make a stop in San Francisco.  We will visit The Golden Gate Bridge and Chinatown on our tour.  Get ready for breathtaking views from the top of the Grand Canyon, outdoor activities at Yosemite Park and a fun tour of the San Diego Zoo – with over 4,000 animals to admire! So many tours to take, so many things to see and so many friends to make!
 
This trip was all designed for you, the Central States Rotary Exchange Student, who has always wanted to explore!  This tour is your chance to see some of the highlights of the West Coast of the United States!"
 
As you can see this is an exciting trip and a chance for Alicja to see more of the United States while she is here.  The prices for the trip are listed below and the $2,350 does not include her airfare or any spending money.
 
West Coast 2018 (June 9-23, 2018- $2,350 US airfare into Los Angeles not included)
East Coast 2018 (June 9-23, 2018 - $2,350 US airfare into Philadelphia not included)
 
Alicja's family can fund some of the trip yet leaves her short funding to go.  While we have some funds collected for her already, and Jeannine Desautels and Deb Dieter have graciously offered to help Alicja put together a fundraising dinner, she will still be short and we need your help.  Dan Fose has opened up a savings account for her to keep her donations separate from her regular monetary needs while she is here.  We already have $300 collected and thank those who have donated.
 
We thank you in advance for your support.  Your donation is greatly appreciated.  You can donate at the Friday meetings.  A collection envelope will be circulating to put your donation in.  You can also watch for information regarding the fundraising dinner and participate that way.
Alicja would like to go on the West Coast trip. Connie Smith 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Nov 30, 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 $1,910 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 - Update Mary Dunn 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Nov 30, 2017
 
Rotarians making a difference at
River Food Pantry Thanksgiving Celebration November 17, 2017
L to R: Tony Burns, Kevin Welton, Sundar Baladhandapani, Deb Dieter, Mary Dunn, the young Mr. Burns, Chris Disch, Charles McLimans, Connie Smith, and Steve, the River Food Pantry Thanksgiving Celebration volunteer busing crew. These representatives of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton presented a $1,000 donation in support of the River Food Pantry's support of our less fortunate neighbors.
River Food Pantry Received Donations of Time & Money Mary Dunn 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Brown on Nov 29, 2017
 
Social Hour at
 
 
 
We will do a social event at Delaney's Steak Seafood Wine in the bar area at 449 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53719. Join us in the bar area from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Thursday, December 14. Come hang out have a few beverages… an opportunity to get out with the crew for a bit.
 
Questions??? Contact: Brian J. Brown email: brian_J_brown@glic.com Phone: 608-662-8763
 
Club will not be paying for the beverages
Rotary Social Hour Brian Brown 2017-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
After the Friday meeting Kate Schachter met with a small group (Ed Fink, Jeannine Desautles, Dean Ryerson, Mary Van Hout, Deb Dieter, and Mary Dunn). She provided further details about partnering with the WASH project in Georgia and the Memorandum of Understanding between Peace Corps and RI on conducting joint projects worldwide. 
 
Partnering for Peace is an organization of Rotarians and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are working together to build partnerships to create sustainable projects around the world in order to promote peace. Partnering for Peace is a liaison organization helping to smooth the layers of communication between Peace Corps and RI so that projects can be implemented quickly.
WASH, Modern Bathrooms for Georgian Schools 2017-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Nov 23, 2017
 
 
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media
and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.
 
Pledging online is easy 
  1.  click here 
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form online
  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 support of 3 local food pantries. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Paul Patenaude at 608-609-8034 or email at ppaten98@sbcglobal.net
 
GIVING TUESDAY, November 28, 2017 Mary Dunn 2017-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Ripp on Nov 21, 2017
It was great attending your meeting last Friday.  What a lively group it was that day.  A real uplifting experience.  Thanks for all that your club does.
 
Help the Madison East Monona Rotary Club raise money for local high school scholarships. 
 
The deadline for ordering is December 1, 2017.
 
Gift boxes will be delivered on Friday, December 8, 2017, meeting in time for holiday gift giving.  These gift boxes make a great gift for friends, neighbors and even your postal delivery person.  Payment is due on delivery except for mail orders.
 
Assorted Gift Box $30
Aged Cheddar Sampler $30
8 oz each of 1-year  sharp and 2 year
aged cheddar, 8oz sharp cheese spread, 
7 oz summer sausage
8 oz. each of 1 year, 3
year  and  5 year cheddar
 
Order from Harry Ripp  at hripp@frontier.com 
Include your: 
Name
Email
Phone number 
Quantity of Assorted Gift Boxes for $30 each
Quantity of Aged Cheddar Samplers for $30 each
 OR
Order by phone: Harry Ripp at 608-837-2116          
Say Cheese & Donate to High School Scholarships Harry Ripp 2017-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Nov 20, 2017
As a member of the Returning Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison, Kate shared with us her experience in Ghana (2004-2007) and in Georgia of the former Soviet Union (2016-2017). We learned that the average age of Peace Corps volunteers is 28, with about 63% female. Currently, 7,400 serve as volunteers, with former volunteers numbering 230,000. In Ghana (the former Gold Coast), Kate worked with citrus tree farmers, as well as general management help for small businesses and microfinance organizations.
 
Georgia is a crossroads between Asia and Europe. They term themselves Kartvelians after an ancient indigenous tribe. Kate worked on clearing parts of a long hiking trail (3,000 km) linking the Caspian and Black Seas, as well as more general consulting on environmental issues like flood control and recycling.
 
Partnering for Peace is an organization of Rotarians and returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are working together to build partnerships to create sustainable projects locally and around the world in order to promote peace. Partnering for Peace and RI have a Memorandum of Understanding on conducting joint projects worldwide.
 
Kate Schachter on the Peace Corps Jack Ferreri 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Nov 16, 2017
Reading November 7, 2017Reading November 16, 2017
 
Pledging online is easy 
  1.   click here   
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form online
  3. Click SUBMIT
Don't like online pledging?
  1.   click here   
  2. Print the form 
  3. Fill it out and mail it in or Hand it in at a Club meeting
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
 
Is the Thermometer Broken? Mary Dunn 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Nov 16, 2017
Tony Burns, President inducted Alex Felland, November 3, 2017.Tony Burns, President inducted Dave Prentiss, November 10, 2017.
 
Congratulations gentlemen and we all welcome you both.
 
Our Club has Two New Members Mary Dunn 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2017
 
ROTARY AND PEACE CORPS PARTNERSHIP FACT SHEET
Peace Corps, an independent US federal agency, sends US citizens abroad to help tackle the most pressing needs around the world while promoting better international understanding of American culture and enhancing global awareness.  Peace Corps Volunteers live and work alongside the people they support for a period of two or more years and concentrate efforts to create sustainable change that lives long after their period of in-country service. Peace Corps currently has volunteers in more than 60 countries.
 
While in service, each Peace Corps Volunteer is tasked with addressing one of the following sectors:
  • Education
  • Health
  • Community Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Youth in Development
  • Agriculture
These sectors align closely with Rotary's areas of focus, which provide the framework for Rotary members work around the globe.
 
Why work with a Peace Corps Volunteer?
A Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) offers access to local contacts, community development insights, and funding possibilities within a particular community. Involving a PCV in your project will increase its reach, impact, and sustainability
 
Peace Corps volunteers work with nongovernmental organizations, host-country governments, and local community members to way identify and address local needs. PCVs can help you identify prospective beneficiaries and work with you to find the most make a community's needs. They also can also help oversee a project's implementation, assist with training, and help you make arrangements with community members to ensure a project’s sustainability.
 
Rotary and Rotaract club projects are strengthened when clubs in different countries form an international partnership. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers often maintain relationships with their host community, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers can help connect clubs at home in the U.S. to ones with which they worked while abroad. Such links can lead to international Rotary partnerships that provide resources for projects in the host country
 
How to work with a Peace Corps volunteer
Peace Corps Volunteers live in the community they are helping, and are eager to meet with others who are invested in improving in communities. To introduce Rotary to a Peace Corps Volunteer:
  • Invite the volunteer to a club meeting or Rotary event.
  • Invite the volunteer to visit a project your club has undertaken in your community
  • Invite the volunteer to make a presentation at a club meeting about his or her work and experiences in-country
  • Explore how the volunteer can serve as a cross-cultural liaison between the host cub and existing or potential club project partners in the US.
  • Ask the volunteers assistance translating documents and communications from English into the local language.
To identify collaboration opportunities, check Peace Corps' website for a list of counties where Peace Corps works, Even if a volunteer lives far from your club's area, he or she still may be able to assist with contacts in your region. Rotary Peace Corps Fact sheet (October 2015)
Contact mailto:rotaypartnership@peacecoms.gov to connect with Peace Corps post in your country.
 
How to create a Rotary Community Corps in collaboration with Peace Corps Volunteers
Rotary Community Corps (RCCs) are made up of people who are not Rotary members but who working partnership with Rotary clubs to improve their communities. Each RCC is sponsored by a Rotary club and acts as its partner in service.
 
Some RCCs are created for a specific project, while others tackle larger, entrenched problems on an ongoing basis. Each RCC sets its own goals based on its community's specific needs. As representatives of the community being served, RCC members bring enthusiasm, creativity, and sustainability to the projects they help design and implement. They offer community solutions for community challenges.
 
Work with the community's Peace Corps Volunteer to determine whether a new RCC should be established to undertake project and work to ensure a project‘s sustainability after the volunteer has returned home. Learn more about Rotary Community Corps
 
How to work with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), volunteers who've completed their service abroad and have returned to the U.S. often maintain strong relationships with their host communities and with the local Rotary or Rotaract clubs.
To introduce your club to a Return Peace Corps Volunteer:
  • Contact a Peace Corps Regional Recruitment Office to connect with the local RPCV alumni network in your region
  • Invite a returned volunteer to attend your club meeting or a Rotary event.
  • Invite a returned volunteer to make a presentation about his or her work abroad and, if applicable, about how he or she worked with in-country Rotary or Rotaract clubs.
  • Ask a returned volunteer to facilitate an introduction to the Rotary or Rotaract clubs with which he or she worked while abroad.
  • Invite a returned volunteer to use his or her community development expertise to assist your club with its projects 
Rotary and Peace Corps Partnership Fact Sheet 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Lee Craig, Wisconsin Chapter of Amigos de las Americas on Nov 16, 2017
Hello Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and friends,
 
I am working with the Wisconsin Chapter of Amigos de las Americas to coordinate the Youth Ambassadors program in Madison. We are looking for families who can host one or two youth or an adult mentor from Uruguay or Paraguay, Jan 31st to Feb 4th, 2018. Host families provide youth with a sleeping room, 3 meals, and transportation to their meeting site each day. It is an opportunity to share Wisconsin life with them and to learn about the culture and home communities of the youth and adult mentors.
 
Youth Ambassadors is funded through a grant from the US State Department. AMIGOS has been involved with the program for many years but this is the first time we will be hosting them in Madison. The youth will travel to San Francisco where they will spend 11 days, then to Madison for 6 days, and finally to Washington, D.C for 5 days. While here they will be learning about leadership and community service. When they return home they will work on a community service project in their home communities.
 
You can learn more about the program and apply to host here: https://amigosinternational.org/amigos-programs/youth-ambassadors/
 
You may also contact me for additional information: robincraig486@gmail.com
 
Thank you for considering!
Hosts for youth from AMIGOS DE LAS AMERICAS Robin Lee Craig, Wisconsin Chapter of Amigos de las Americas 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Nov 14, 2017
Emily Auerbach, Professor of English;
Director,  UW Odyssey Project
Colleen Johnson, Director of Development and Community Partnerships
 
Professor Emily Auerbach, along with Colleen Johnson talked about this two-semester program, which gives low-income adults an introduction to the humanities as a life-enriching experience. Many are overcoming the obstacles of single parenthood, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, incarceration, depression, and domestic abuse.
 
With its six UW credits, the program opens the door to higher education for people who never thought it possible. With several UW professors and many volunteers, the program handles thirty students at the time, turning them into a mutually-supportive family engaged in a mind-expanding journey through literature, history, philosophy, and the arts. An Odyssey Junior program handles younger people, and an Onward Odyssey program supports alumni. More than 400 individuals have been through the program over its fifteen-year history. The talk closed with a dramatic presentation of parts of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech by Odyssey graduate Tosumba Welch, who’s gone on to win a Best Actor Award from the Bartell Theater.
 
The UW Odyssey Project Jack Ferreri 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Auerbach Professor of English; Director, UW Odyssey Project on Nov 14, 2017

Thank you so much for inviting me to speak about the UW Odyssey Project at the West Towne Rotary Club. I am impressed with the wonderful work your Rotary group is doing and by the enthusiastic questions your members asked. I was glad I was able to bring with me Colleen Johnson (Director of Development and Community Partnerships) and Tosumba Welch, a graduate of our Class of 2013. Wasn’t his rendition of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech amazing? Thank you for including us in your lunch.

 Here are links to a cover story on our program and two inspiring videos—the short one we showed on Odyssey Junior (just a one-minute mother-daughter interview) and a 22-minute documentary that aired on the Big Ten Network. We only showed the first three minutes or so of this one, but many of your members seemed interested in viewing the full film and its coverage of my parents’ journey out of poverty. As I mentioned, it’s a bittersweet film for me, as my mother died just days before it aired on national TV. Here you go:

2017 Isthmus cover story on the Odyssey Project

1-minute Video of Aszhianna (Odyssey Adventurers Class of ’17 and ’18) interviewing her mother, Asha (Odyssey class of ’17) about the University of Wisconsin Odyssey Project

22-minute Odyssey Project documentary  This features my parents’ story of escaping poverty and shows students in class and at our graduation.

Please be in touch if you’d like to find out ways to become more involved with Odyssey, either as a group or individually.

thanks!

Emily

Emily Auerbach
Professor of English; Director,  UW Odyssey Project www.odyssey.wisc.edu
Co-host, University of the  Air, Wisconsin Public Radio www.wpr.org
21 N. Park St. Rm 7468, Madison, WI 53715
UW Odyssey Projecy Emily Auerbach Professor of English; Director, UW Odyssey Project 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Nov 09, 2017
 
Pledging online is easy 
  1. click here 
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form online
  3. Click SUBMIT
Don't like online pledging?
  1. click here 
  2. Print the form 
  3. Fill it out and mail it in or Hand it in at a Club meeting
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
$3,090 to Go Mary Dunn 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Warren, D-6250 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair on Nov 09, 2017
 
 
Is there a project your club would like to undertake sometime between February 1, 2018, and May 1, 2018?  Has your club already met the guidelines to apply for a district grant for the 2017-18 Rotary year?  If so, we have an opportunity for you!  Your District Grants Committee has over $15,000 of unused funds available to match your club’s contribution for an approved project.
 
The process for applying is exactly the same as it was this spring except the deadline for accepted applications for this winter review is January 5, 2018.  The application form can be found on our district’s website by following www.rotary6250.org > Foundation/Grants > Grants Information > District Grant Application 2017/2018 (Please be sure NOT to mistakenly select the 2018/2019 application!).  Simple instructions can be found on the application form.
 
If you’d like to apply, please do not wait until the last minute as applications submitted with errors will not be accepted.  Early applications allow the committee time to review and offer helpful suggestions prior to the deadline.   Keep in mind, the committee members are volunteers and may not be able to immediately review a last minute application.
 
If you have any questions, please direct them to either District Grant Committee Chair Sue Halambeck at smhalambeck54@gmail.com or District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair David Warren at dave@davesace.com.  Thanks for your interest and support of our Rotary Foundation!
 
District Grant Funds Available! David Warren, D-6250 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Nov 06, 2017
Sarah is the co-founder of the Greater Milwaukee Moms Mental Health Initiative. She spoke to us about the psychological impacts of childbirth on new mothers. She explained the spectrum of Perinatal Mood Anxiety Disorder, from Antepartum Anxiety to full-blown PTSD. Most women began their depression during pregnancy. Anxiety is more common than depression. These issues are much more frequent than is commonly recognized. Most psychiatric hospitalizations stem from postpartum issues with new mothers. One in seven women will experience some form of postpartum depression. Some even have ‘intrusive thoughts’ of harming their new baby. Much of this stems from the dramatic hormonal change that pregnancy and birth bring. And these mothers feel shame because mental health issues are judged harshly by our society. They feel they’re a ‘bad mom'. The medical community isn’t sure how to deal with this issue. Women facing it need to have peer support -- someone sympathetic to talk with. 
Sarah Ornst Bloomquist on Postpartum Depression and Its Impact on New Mothers Jack Ferreri 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jolene R. Bortz, Manager, Howard Tours on Nov 06, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarian:
 
We are announcing our trips to the Toronto Convention AND a trip to India to participate in the March 2018 Polio National Immunization Days (NID).  All the material can be accessed at our website:  www.HowardTours.net
 
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.
  • Travel to a Rotary Convention is a wonderful international exposure to our organization and Canada offers many unique opportunities for 2018.
  • Rotarians in India are preparing to fully transition to the injectable Polio vaccine soon.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India for non-medical volunteers to participate in polio NID activities. 
Both of these trips offer you and the Rotarians in your club an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime
 
If you have questions, please let us know.
Jolene R. Bortz, Manager                                       516 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610
Howard Tours                                                                                     (510) 834-2260 voice
JBortz@HowardTours.net                                                                     (510) 834-1019 fax
"We look forward to traveling with you"
Toronto Convention AND March 2018 Indian Polio National Immunization Days Jolene R. Bortz, Manager, Howard Tours 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Rees on Nov 02, 2017

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, November 17, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

2201 Darwin Rd
2201 Darwin Road
Madison, WI 53704

View Map

 

Event registration is by invitation only. Register with your email address to attend this event.

                                                    Click Here to  Attend Event                                                      

Join us in helping the River Food Pantry provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast to those who otherwise could not afford to enjoy one.   Last year alone the event provided over 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to Dane County families who are struggling to make ends meet.  The River Food Pantry needs assistance setting up, serving food, washing dishes, clearing plates, and facilitating this high volume event.  We only have space for 12 volunteers, so it will be first to respond, first on the list.   Anyone who responds after the list is full will be included as alternates just in case we have volunteers who end up unable to attend.  For questions please contact me directly at patrick.rees@usbank.com.

We hope you can make it!

Cheers,
MWT-M 12X12 Program and The River Food Pantry
TODAY! 12 x 12 Event for November Patrick Rees 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Nov 01, 2017
Top: Ed Fink, Director of the Orphan Train Project presented Glen Koepp Scholar Plaques to Mariela Savkova, Bulgaria, and Joanna Jones, South Africa.
L to R: Joanna Jones, Tony Burns, Club
President, and Mariela Sovkova
 
Joanna Jones from South Africa and Mariela Savkova from Bulgaria spoke to us about the situation of orphans in their countries. Both had come to the US under the auspices of the Orphan Train program for training at the renowned Mooseheart Child City & School an hour west of Chicago.
 
Joanna works at TLC (The Love of Christ Children's Home) south of Johannesburg. The orphan situation in SA is dire ... 3,000 children abandoned each month. The country is under great financial stress, with 33% unemployment. For the last 24 years, TLC has worked at improving the lot of some of these children, SA doesn't utilize foster care in placing orphans; TLC has placed 890 babies in loving families over the last 24 years. Our Club and the Orphan Train program has supported TLC's difficult and sometimes dangerous work for many years.
 
Mariela Savkova has served as the Orphan Train liaison for Bulgaria for over two decades. She's currently engaged in managing European Union funds targeted toward deinstitutionalizing Bulgaria's orphanage system. When she first became involved with the system ... when the Iron Curtain fell in 1989-90 ... it was a disaster. The 190 orphanages held 14,000 children, and they were underfunded and officially neglected, By February, most orphanages were closed, replaced by small family centers with a dozen kids in far better conditions.
 
The work of Joanna and Mariela is something our Club (led by the indefatigable Ed Fink) can be very proud of supporting for more than twenty years.
Speakers from Overseas - Orphans and Orphan Train Jack Ferreri 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Nov 01, 2017
Ed Fink, Director of the Orphan Train Project presented Glen Koepp Scholar Plaques to Mariela Savkova, Bulgaria, and Joanna Jones, South Africa.
L to R: Joanna Jones, Tony Burns, Club President, and Mariela Sovkova
Joanna Jones from South Africa and Mariela Savkova from Bulgaria spoke to us about the situation of orphans in their countries. Both had come to the US under the auspices of the Orphan Train program for training at the renowned Mooseheart Child City & School an hour west of Chicago.
 
Joanna works at TLC (The Love of Christ Children's Home) south of Johannesburg. The orphan situation in SA is dire ... 3,000 children abandoned each month. The country is under great financial stress, with 33% unemployment. For the last 24 years, TLC has worked at improving the lot of some of these children, SA doesn't utilize foster care in placing orphans; TLC has placed 890 babies in loving families over the last 24 years. Our Club and the Orphan Train program has supported TLC's difficult and sometimes dangerous work for many years.
 
Mariela Savkova has served as the Orphan Train liaison for Bulgaria for over two decades. She's currently engaged in managing European Union funds targeted toward deinstitutionalizing Bulgaria's orphanage system. When she first became involved with the system ... when the Iron Curtain fell in 1989-90 ... it was a disaster. The 190 orphanages held 14,000 children, and they were underfunded and officially neglected, By February, most orphanages were closed, replaced by small family centers with a dozen kids in far better conditions.
 
The work of Joanna and Mariela is something our Club (led by the indefatigable Ed Fink) can be very proud of supporting for more than twenty years.
Speakers from Overseas on Orphans and Orphan Train Jack Ferreri 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Dieter on Oct 26, 2017
One of our service projects for this Rotary year is a winter clothing drive for Jefferson Middle School. Since the weather has turned cold, it is time to hunt through your home or go to the store and purchase hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves suitable for middle school boys and girls.
 
Sizes:
Ladies sizes small, medium and large 
Men's sizes  small, medium, large and extra large 
 
Please bring your items to the rotary meetings over the next few weeks.  
 
I will drop them off as they come in.
 
Questions? Contact Deb Dieter  debragdieter@gmail.com
 
Winter Clothing Drive Debra Dieter 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Oct 26, 2017

Tell your friends and neighbors that their pledges are welcome!

Let's get this done!

Pledging online is easy 
  1. click here 
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form online
  3. Click SUBMIT.
Don't like online pledging?
  1. click here 
  2. Print the form 
  3. Fill it out and mail it in
 
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
 
Anyone Can Pledge Mary Dunn 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Schneider, Oregon Rotary Club on Oct 26, 2017
Rotary Leaders!  A wonderful event that I have attended for years!  See attachment. Bridget KruegerPresident, and her Club do a wonderful job in putting this event on each year.  Hope to see many of you there.  Zing her a note to make arrangements to get tickets!
 
  
 
Wine Tasting Fundraiser Derek Schneider, Oregon Rotary Club 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Oct 26, 2017
The Board has provisionally approved the membership of David Prentiss, sponsored by Steve Aune, with the Classification of Hotel Management.
 
 
David Prentiss Jack Ferreri 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 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. 

PAINT YOUR PINKIE PURPLE

Join Rotary Clubs all Over the World

in the Fight to End Polio

PLEASE DONATE NOW

Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your contribution will be tripled, getting us even closer to a polio-free world.

 
Give the Finger to Polio 2017-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 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. 

PAINT YOUR PINKIE PURPLE & JOIN US

WORLD POLIO DAY Awareness Event

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

Madison State Capitol State Street 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 

 
Give the Finger to Polio TODAY!!! 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Connie Smith on Oct 19, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Connie Smith
Youth Exchange Counselor
 

Since we are looking for a Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) for our club (did you know we were looking for one?) I thought it might stir up some conversation if anyone is interested to go to a training session in February.

The date has been set for the face-to-face youth exchange volunteer training.  This training is required for Youth Exchange Officers and Youth Exchange Counselors.  We also welcome other club members who are interested in working with Rotary Youth Exchange students including our Youth Protection Officers.  Please mark your calendars, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PMSaturday, February 17, 2018, at the CLARION HOTEL AND CONVENTION CENTER, 626 W Pine Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913.  

All aspects of youth exchange rules and regulations will be covered, however; we welcome your input on those topics that you would like to see covered during the training.  Please feel free to e-mail me, Brenda Weiss bkweiss61@gmail.com, with suggested topics. 

Registration information will be made available closer to the training date. 

 
We Are Looking for a YEO for Our Club Connie Smith 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leo Edelstein
 
10/13/17 --- M-WTM Rotarians welcomed sportswriter Andy Baggot!

Andy's been with the Wisconsin Athletic Communications office since 2015, providing coverage of the Badgers’ 23 teams for UWBadgers.com. He believes the current group of Badger coaches, men, and women, are the finest group he's seen at UW. 
 
A recognizable name for sports fans in Wisconsin, Baggot spent the previous 37 years writing for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison and building a reputation as a gifted storyteller.

 

In his latest role, Baggot serves as UWBadgers.com Insider and provides written coverage while also adding to the department’s growing video and new media efforts in an on-camera role. He can be found on Twitter at @AndyBaggot.


 
Sportswriter Andy Baggot Leo Edelstein 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Oct 19, 2017
 

 

Tell your friends and neighbors that their pledges are welcome!

Let's get this done!

Pledging online is easy 

  1. click here 
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form online
  3. Click SUBMIT.
Don't like online pledging?
  1. click here 
  2. Print the form 
  3. Fill it out and mail it in
 

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

All Pledges Are Welcome Mary Dunn 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention - 2018 Mary Dunn 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Oct 19, 2017
 

What are you waiting for?

Tell your friends and neighbors how they can help us reach the goal!

No Pledge is too large! No Pledge is too small!

Let's get this done!

Pledging online is easy 

  1. click here 
  2. Pledge Form will appear - fill out the form online
  3. Click SUBMIT.
Don't like online pledging?
  1. click here 
  2. Print the form 
  3. Fill it out and mail it in
 

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

What Are You Waiting For? Mary Dunn 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Ferreri on Oct 19, 2017

 

The Board of Directors has provisionally approved for membership Alex Felland, proposed by Ginny Jenkins, in the Classification of Restaurant Management. Once this notice appears in two Bulletins without any objection, he'll be a new member.

 
Alex Felland Jack Ferreri 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Fose and Connie Smith on Oct 16, 2017
Exchange Programs - Inbound & Outbound
  • One year coincides with school year
  • Students live with three families typically
  • Opportunity to learn a new culture and language, to be an ambassador & to make friends for a lifetime
  • It's a year of adventure
  • Rotary District 6250 sends and receives students to/from 40 countries
  • RYE plays an important role in world peace & understanding. Once you have experienced another culture, judgment of others & their culture diminishes
  • "If every 17 year old were a youth exchange student, we would have no wars." Karl-Wilhelm Stenhammer, RI Past President
Roles
  • Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) Focus on administration & finding/orienting host families
  • Youth Exchange Counselor (YEC) Focus on student's interaction with families, school & Club
  • Youth Protection Officer (YPO) Focus on student's wellbeing
Candidates For The Program
  • Not YOUNGER than 15.5 on August 1
  • Not OLDER than 18.5 on August 1
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA or student ranking in top 50% of class
Ways Club Members Can Help/Participate
  • Host a student
  • Transportation to meetings, events, etc.
  • Include student in your plans
  • Invite to dinner
Rotary Youth Exchange Dan Fose and Connie Smith 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Dunn on Oct 15, 2017
 
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 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 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 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
Posted by Ed Fink
After the Rotary meeting on Friday, please stay for the Orphan Train meeting to follow. We will plan for our "Glenn Koepp Scholars" time in Madison. Mariela Savkova, our long-time intermediary, from Vidin, Bulgaria and Joanna Jones from TLC Children's Home (for which we are an Orphan Train conductor) in South Africa will be arriving at Mooseheart on Sunday, October 14th. They will stay there for training, until Friday, October 20th. We will then bring them to Madison, where we will show them a variety of childcare and child services, also giving them an opportunity to speak to our Rotary Club and at other forums.

We will need Housing hosts, October 20 through October.

I think you will find these people fascinating. For Joanna, English is her native language. Mariela is fluent in English.
"Glenn Koepp Scholars" to Visit Madison Ed Fink 2017-09-24 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 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
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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ClubRunner Mobile: Your Club on the Go ClubRunner 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
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