WEEKLY BULLETIN, January 7, 2022
Bulletin Editor
Mary Dunn

Please check the assignments.

January 14, 2022   Matt Loch     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.

This Week's Hybrid Meeting - Friday, January 14, 2022

This Week's Program:
Election of officers for the upcoming Rotary year and then Selected members will talk for a few minutes on why they joined Rotary and why they find it rewarding
Our January 50th anniversary meeting is postponed until spring. 
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.
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
Join Date:
January 9: Cory Recknor, 24
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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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The Wisconsin Academic Decathlon

The Wisconsin Academic Decathlon 
The State Competition takes place 
Thursday-Friday, February 24-25, 2022
at the Wilderness Resort/Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells.
Our Club has participated – and for years funded the meal – for many years. It’s an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Here’s a link to the Volunteer section of their website.
Get involved in helping shape the next generation:  


My Last Bulletin

Your faithful editor will be passing on the Bulletin to Mary Cobb Dunn with this issue (given there are no Bulletins through the end of the year). I’ve enjoyed the work for the years I’ve done it (four?). MCD will doubtless improve the look (and possibly the humor) of the Bulletin. If you have events you want to promote to the Club as a whole, reach out to her. 

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.



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