WEEKLY BULLETIN, January 21, 2022
Bulletin Editor
Mary Dunn

Please check the assignments.

January 21, 2022         Jeannine Desautels 
If you can’t make your assignment, reach out to someone else to fill it in for you. No need to let the Secretary know of the switch.

Hybrid Meeting January 21, 2022

This Week's Program:
January 21 One of our two newest members, Kevin Hayden, will provide a program about St. John's Northwestern Academies. Joe Sevenz, Dean of Administration, will speak about the purpose of the academy which was built in 1884 on 110 acres of land in Delafield, Wis. Its goal is to prepare students for success in life by instilling solid work ethics, understanding the value of integrity and teamwork, the ability to think critically, communicate well and function on a diverse and ever-changing world.
Our January 50th anniversary meeting is postponed until spring. 
January 28 Author and publisher David Benjamin will talk about his craft. He is the winner of numerous literary awards and has written and published 12 books and over two thousand essays. One is called "Almost Killed by a Train of Thought.” Benjamin graduated from LaFollette High School and lives part-time in Madison and part-time in Paris. 
February 4 Dr. Daniel Dickinson, a psychologist at UW Clinics, will discuss sleep disorders.
February 11 Anne Goodwin will tell us how to relax and let go of everyday stress via her real-life experiences of a "getaway" place called "Come to the Lake." 
January 4: Nate Hedden
January 17: Mary Van Hout
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January 9: Cory Recknor, 24
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New Member Dana Monogue

Please take a moment to say hello to new member Dana Monogue. She joined the world’s coolest Rotary Club on January 19, 2022.

Ruth Domack Obituary

Fitchburg - Ruth Domack passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 12, 2022, at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg after a courageous battle with cancer.  Ruth was born on November 3, 1949 to Cecil and Harriet (Hogan) Phillips in Rockford, Illinois. Ruth is survived by her husband, Dennis and sons Paul (Jennifer), Brian (Alicia) and Tim (Caroline), grandsons Andrew, Jacob and Phillip and granddaughters Addison and Margaret. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Mike and Vic. Ruth graduated from Bishop Muldoon High, Rockford, in 1967, Edgewood College in 1971 and an EMBA from the University of Wisconsin in 2001. Ruth married Dennis Domack on June 19, 1971. 
Ruth’s 44-year professional career centered around real estate. She sold residential property, worked for Verex, a private mortgage insurance company, Heartland Properties, a Section 42 related company and Alliant Energy. For the last 10 years, Ruth sold residential property for First Weber with an emphasis on older adults. Ruth also felt volunteering was important. She stage managed the Edgefest Follies for 20 years followed by 10 years of light design and teaching stage management to the students of Edgewood High School. For the past 9 years Ruth volunteered weekly at the Fitchburg Senior Center and has been a member of the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club since 2008.  
In addition to her husband and sons, Ruth is survived by her brother Tom (Karen) Phillips, sisters Sue (Bob) Garland and Mary (Curt) Thorell, sister-in-law Mary Jane Phillips as well as several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Our Lady Queen of Peace School Endowment, Fitchburg Senior Center, Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, P.O Box 620312, Middleton, WI 53562. 
Ruth’s family would like to express eternal gratitude for the level of attention, comfort, and care that Ruth and family received while at Agrace Hospice Care in Madison.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 S. Owen Dr, Madison, with Msgr. Larry Bakke presiding. A visitation was held on Thursday at the church from 9:30 A.M. until time of Mass. 
Please note that the church requires a mask for all attendees due to COVID.
To view the guestbook, please visit:
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 
5701 Odana Road
To send flowers to Ruth's family, please visit our floral store.

Greeters Needed

Happy New Year!
We are in need of club greeters.  Please click on the link, find a day that you can serve the club by greeting members and guests, and sign up.  Thanks for all you do to serve our club, each other, and our community here and around the globe!


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Do you want to get the word out?
Do you need some volunteers?
Let the club know the who the what the when the where and the why.
Send a notice and/or an article and/or some photos to the Bulletin Editor at

Live Club Meetings are Here

The meeting place is Serendipity Labs, a co-working facility on the sixth floor of the Johnson Bank Building at 525 Junction Road Madison, WI 53717 (right next to Panera Bread). We’re in the SOUTH TOWER. Parking is easy and undercover. We’re doing this on a month-to-month basis right now, but it may lead to a long-term arrangement. 
Our meeting place is circled in red on this map. 6th floor. For parking, follow the blue arrow on the map to underground parking. Go left once you enter the ramp. Parking is free; park in any unassigned spot. Go to the covered walkway to enter the building and grab the elevator to the sixth floor.


New Social Club for Our Club Members

We are starting a new social club for our club members.  But wait it can be so much more than just a social club!  
Who is for: 
Knitters and Crocheters or other yarn enthusiasts!  If you’re a beginner, knitting clubs are a great place to learn things, discover tips and tricks and build your confidence.  They can be a space to meet like-minded knitters who will get excited with you when you’ve discovered a new yarn or worked your first cable. For seasoned knitting veterans knitting groups are a place to share your passion, show off your makes and you won’t be annoying anyone with the clicking of your needles! (Although we all know that’s a beautiful sound.)
What do we make:
Hats, scarves, socks, mittens, baby blankets, knitted knockers, or anything else we want!
What is the purpose: 
1- Knitting groups are a great way to meet new people or just to get to know others better.  Going to a place where you’ve all got something in common and can use the excuse of fiddling with a few stitches while you relax enough to get your chat on, is ideal.
2- A great way to serve our community!  We can donate the things we make to women’s shelters, homeless shelters, breast cancer patients, mental health patients, schools or any place that could benefit from the things we make.
3- Possible fundraising event.  We can sell the item we make to raise money for other worthwhile causes our club is involved in. 
How to participate: 
We could use an organizer to get this started.  I would be happy to jump into that role after June!
Any club member (family member) can join in making items.
You can donate yarn.
Find needs in the community that we could focus our projects and energies on.
Club Benefits:
Club Service-engaging members of our club to get involved in fun worthwhile events.
Community Service-create items that will benefit multiple members and organizations in our community
Vocational-teach kids in school, boys and girls clubs, and other like groups.
International-is there a need for items we can send to the orphanages or international programs we support?
Interest or comments to me at


Your Board met on Monday, Oct 25 to cover the usual business and to take a look at the way we're dealing with masks and Covid in general ... and how this has affected our Club. You all know attendance has been sorely impacted.
Starting with October 29 meeting:
  • All in-person attendees must be vaccinated and masked. We're not going to ask for proof of vaccination. We'll let the four-way test handle that.
  • Unvaccinated people attend via Zoom, & we genuinely wish they do so.
  • If you eat or drink at the meeting, you'll see two special tables set aside for you. Most of the room will be for people not eating or drinking, and they'll be wearing masks all the time. You'll have your mask off while eating/drinking, obviously, but put it back on when you're done. The meeting runner and Board members in attendance will lovingly poke members who've let their masks slip.
  • People at the microphone may remove their mask while they're there. No removal of masks when talking from the floor ... just go to the microphone and remove your mask.
  • Relatedly, we're aware that our usage of Zoom has been too often problematic. We know this is an issue and we're working on it.
The Board hopes this revised policy encourages more members to attend the meetings in person. We want the safest, healthiest environment for members to enjoy what they primarily come to the Club FOR: fellowship. We want to re-establish the importance of regular attendance in our members' lives. We can't do the good we do without engaged members. We think many have just gotten out of the habit of attending meetings regularly, especially in light of Covid. We want to change that. We NEED to change that.
We will review this policy regularly. We hope that Covid continues its downward trend. We'll follow Dane County on refining our mask policy. We have moved our Fiftieth Anniversary event from January to the spring in the hope that the Covid situation is better, and that we can hold part of the event outdoors.
Finally, please, please make a hearty effort to attend meetings in person. Venue directions are in the Bulletin. Your Club needs you. If you have questions about this new policy, please reach out to President-Elect Kathy Roberg ( )

Meeting Information

Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, PO Box 620312, Middleton WI 53562
We’re currently holding Hybrid/Zoom meetings during this COVID time. The Zoom link is above in this Bulletin. The in-person meeting site is the Johnson Bank building at 525 Junction Road. Park in the ramp to the east of the building, then go to the 6th floor to Serendipity Labs.
You can’t miss us.

Fridays at 12:12 PM

The meetings combine a live, in-person element with the capability to join via Zoom.

We are the self-anointed ‘Coolest Rotary Club in the World.’

Our website is

PresidentConnie Fish
President-ElectKathy Roberg
Jack Ferreri
TreasurerMatt Loch
Club ServiceDean Ryerson & Rod Nilles
Community ServiceAbby Benbow & Todd Wigand
                    International ServicePaul Patenaude & Mary Cobb Dunn
Vocational ServiceRoxanne Brazeau & Jim Emerick
We meet
FRIDAYS at 12:12 pm
Serendipity Labs,  Suite 6500  Johnson Bank Building              525 Junction Road          Madison, Wisconsin 53717
 Rotary Club of
        Madison West Towne-Middleton           
P.O. BOX 620312
Middleton • WI 53562 • USA
We are self-anointed
'Coolest Rotary Club in the World'
501(3) (c) Charitable  Organization  
Tax ID 51-0163955