Meeting Information

Posted on Jul 29, 2021
Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, PO Box 620312, Middleton WI 53562

We meet at Serendipity Labs, 6th floor Johnson Bank Building, SOUTH TOWER, 525 Junction Road (right next to Panera Bread) We’re doing this on a month-to-month basis right now, but it may lead to a long-term arrangement.

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 mwt-mrotaryclub.org

 
Executives
PresidentConnie Fish
President ElectKathy Roberg
Secretary
Jack Ferreri
TreasurerMatt Loch
Club ServiceDean Ryerson & Rod Nilles
Community ServiceAbby Benbow & Todd Wigand
                    International ServicePaul Patenaude & Mary Cobb Dunn
Vocational ServiceRoxanne & Jim Emerick
 
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Live Meetings Are HERE with some ZOOM

Posted on Jul 29, 2021
The meeting place is Serendipity Labs, a co-working facility on the sixth floor of the Johnson Bank Building at 525 Junction Road (right next to Panera Bread). We’re in the SOUTH TOWER. Parking is easy and under cover. We’re doing this on a month-to-month basis right now, but it may lead to a long-term arrangement. The space will be ample. We’re going to do the first two in-person meetings without food, just to make sure we have the basic logistics in place. Feel free to bring something to eat on your own.
 
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.
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Today’s Hybrid Meeting:  July 30, 2021

Posted on Jul 29, 2021
Today’s Hybrid Meeting: 
July 30 --  Dr. Reba Luiken, will discuss the experiential learning and community involvement in the Allen Centennial Gardens on the UW campus. Reba has her Ph.D. in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, a B.S in Plant Biology and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota. Reba also brings experience in museums and public gardens from Longwood Gardens, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Landscape Arboretum where she worked in public programs.   
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:   
August 6 - Mary Ruth brings us a wonderful program from one of her horse-riding buddy's, Tim Lawhern. Tim is a retired Game (Conservation) Warden who will enlighten us on the do's and don't’s of Hunting, Firearms, Shooting Ranges, Fishing, Archery, Boating, Snowmobiling, ATV's UTV's and other cherished outdoor Wisconsin activities. Tim is an expert witness in court cases. His hobbies include: hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, gardening, woodworking, gunsmithing, horses, horse training, cooking, farming, working out, and especially helping others in personal development. Don't miss this one. 
 
Jim Olmsted has done a fine job getting us speakers for the last few years. But he needs your help moving forward. Reach out to Jim (jolmsted7562.gmail.com) with your ideas for potential future speakers. Who do you know (neighbor, friend, colleague) with something interesting they can talk to us about? Serious or amusing, earth-shaking or just quirky. Let Jim know.
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
Password: 589137
 
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Today’s Hybrid Meeting: July 30, 2021 2021-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Today's Hybrid Meeting, July 23, 2021

Posted on Jul 22, 2021
Today’s Hybrid Meeting: 
July 23 Speaker Mackenzie McBride, will talk about the Educational Program of the international Crane foundation. Don't miss this wonderful organization's involvement in the saving of the Whooping Crane and other endangered species.  
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:   
July 30   Dr. Reba Luiken, will discuss the experiential learning and community involvement in the Allen Centennial Gardens on the UW campus. Beba has her Ph. D in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, a B.S in Plant Biology, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota. Reba also brings experience in museums and public gardens from Longwood Gardens, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Landscape Arboretum where she worked in public programs. WOW!
 
The program is brought to us by Ed Fink. 
 
August 6 Mary Ruth brings us a wonderful program from one of her horse riding buddies, Tim Lawhern. Tim is a retired Game  (Conservation) Warden who will enlighten us on the do's and don'ts of Hunting, Firearms, Shooting Ranges, Fishing, Archery, Boating, Snowmobiling, ATV's UTV's and other cherished outdoor Wisconsin activities. Tim is an expert witness in court cases. His hobbies include: hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, gardening, woodworking, gunsmithing, horses, horse training, cooking, farming, working out, and especially helping others in personal development. don't miss this one. 
 
Jim Olmsted has done a fine job getting us speakers for the last few years. But he needs your help moving forward. Reach out to Jim (jolmsted7562.gmail.com) with your ideas for potential future speakers. Who do you know (neighbor, friend, colleague) with something interesting they can talk to us about? Serious or amusing, earth-shaking or just quirky. Let Jim know.
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
Password: 589137
 
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Today's Hybrid Meeting, July 23, 2021 2021-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing 2021 Fundraising Event 

Posted on Jul 15, 2021

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Thanks to each and every one of YOU, our COOLEST Rotary Club members, the Golf Outing 2021 Fundraising Event was a great success. A special thank you to Pleasant View Golf Course, Jeremy Cabalka, Golf Pro, and his great team. 
 
Committee Members:  
Vice-Chair Deb Dieter 
Golf Team Greg Blum, Doug Coerper 
Event Treasurer John Olsen 
Sponsors Roxanne Brazeau 
Silent Auction Ruth Domack, Jeannine Desautels, Abby Benbow, Leo Edelstein,  Deb Dieter 
Volunteers Mary Van Hout 
Promotion Denny Zitnak, Barry Pace 
Food Steve Aune 
Marketing Mary Cobb Dunn, Jim Emerick 
ShelterBox Rod Nilles, Todd Wiegand 
 
Because of each of you, we had:
100 Golfers 
38 Hole Sponsors + 3 In-kind sponsors 
72 Silent Auction Items 
20 Volunteers 
 
THANK YOU•THANK YOU•THANK YOU•THANK YOU•THANK YOU
 
We are still waiting on a few final invoices and payments. The net total income, to support all of our Club’s worthy projects and programs, will be available very soon.
It looks to be north of $27,000!!!!!
Mary Beth Growney Selene, General Chair

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Today's Hybrid Meeting: July 16, 2021

Posted on Jul 15, 2021
Dr. Louis Bernhardt is a retired Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who has been volunteering for the BSP Free Clinic for over 17 years. Our Rotary Club donates to this cause. He will update us on its amazing history and what  BSP is doing now.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:   
Jim Olmsted has done a fine job getting us speakers for the last few years. But he needs your help moving forward. Reach out to Jim (jolmsted7562.gmail.com) with your ideas for potential future speakers. Who do you know (neighbor, friend, colleague) with something interesting they can talk to us about? Serious or amusing, earth-shaking or just quirky. Let Jim know.
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
Password: 589137
 
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Today's Hybrid Meeting: July 16, 2021 2021-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WAS A GRAND SUCCESS

Posted on Jul 15, 2021
A BIG Thanks to the volunteers that participated in the July 10th Habitat Workday! John Benson, Habitat’s Construction site supervisor, did a splendid job in welcoming us and explaining the tasks he had for us.  He inspired us to test our limits and to appreciate our efforts to help the hard-working people who will soon own their own home. The volunteers left at the end of the day, tired, dirty, and with a sense of accomplishment.  Those fortunate volunteers were Matt and Sue Loch, Kevin Moran, Dean Ryerson, and Rod Nilles.
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Today’s Hybrid Meeting: 

Posted on Jul 08, 2021
LaMothe Lorimer, Director of Operation Hummingbird Environmental Center in Haiti will discuss this remarkable program for Haitians to grow their own food and resources to thrive and evolve into the future.  Our Rotary Club has proposed a district grant that will fund the purchase of materials for two Biodigester systems.  LaMothe has a law degree with emphasis on Environmental Law.  He has previously worked with Kathy Roberg and Paul Patenaude as an interpreter for their work in Haiti. We are excited to hear personally from LaMothe. Dr. Louis Bernhardt is a retired Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who has been volunteering for the BSP Free Clinic for over 17 years. Our Rotary Club donates to this cause. He will update us on its amazing history and what BSP is doing now.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:   
July 16 - Dr. Louis Bernhardt is a retired Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who has been volunteering for the BSP Free Clinic for over 17 years. Our Rotary Club donates to this cause. He will update us on its amazing history and what  BSP is doing now.  
 
Jim Olmsted has done a fine job getting us speakers for the last few years. But he needs your help moving forward. Reach out to Jim (jolmsted7562.gmail.com) with your ideas for potential future speakers. Who do you know (neighbor, friend, colleague) with something interesting they can talk to us about? Serious or amusing, earth-shaking or just quirky. Let Jim know.
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Today’s Hybrid Meeting: 2021-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

Today’s Hybrid Meeting: June 25, 2021

Posted on Jun 24, 2021
Today’s Hybrid Meeting: 
Steve Aune will recap his year as president and incoming president, Connie Fish, will highlight her ideas for her turn at the helm.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
July 2 – No Meeting … Fourth of July
 
July 9 -- Dr. Louis Bernhardt is a retired Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who has been volunteering for the BSP Free Clinic for over 17 years. Our Rotary Club donates to this cause. He will update us of its amazing history and what  BSP is doing now.
 
Jim Olmsted has done a fine job getting us speakers for the last few years. But he needs your help moving forward. Reach out to Jim (jolmsted7562.gmail.com) with your ideas for potential future speakers. Who do you know (neighbor, friend, colleague)with something interesting they can talk to us about? Serious or amusing, earth-shaking or just quirky. Let Jim know.
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Today’s Hybrid Meeting: June 25, 2021 2021-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Today’s Zoom Meeting: June 18, 2021

Posted on Jun 17, 2021
Today’s Zoom Meeting: 
Mike Gomoll will talk about the scourge of epilepsy. Epilepsy effects 1 person out of every 26. Wisconsin has 65,000 people who have epilepsy. That is more that
Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy combined, yet epilepsy remains a mystery to the general public and misunderstood by and large. Mike's mission is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against epilepsy. His topic is entitled "Joey's Song" who lost his life of this disease at the age of 5. This will likely be our first LIVE meeting post-COVID!
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
June 25 -- Steve Aune will recap his year as president and incoming president, Connie Fish, will highlight her ideas for her turn at the helm.
 
July 2 – No Meeting … Fourth of July
 
July 9 -- Dr. Louis Bernhardt is a retired Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who has been volunteering for the BSP Free Clinic for over 17 years. Our Rotary Club donates to this cause. He will update us of its amazing history and what  BSP is doing now.
 
Jim Olmsted has done a fine job getting us speakers for the last few years. But he needs your help moving forward. Reach out to Jim (jolmsted7562.gmail.com) with your ideas for potential future speakers. Who do you know (neighbor, friend, colleague)with something interesting they can talk to us about? Serious or amusing, earth-shaking or just quirky. Let Jim know.
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Today’s Zoom Meeting: June 18, 2021 2021-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Live Meetings Are HERE

Posted on Jun 17, 2021
The meeting place is Serendipity Labs, a co-working facility on the sixth floor of the Johnson Bank Building at 525 Junction Road (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. The space will be ample. We’re going to do the first two in-person meetings without food, just to make sure we have the basic logistics in place. Feel free to bring something to eat on your own.
 
 
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.
 
See Steve’s emails from last week about how these meetings will go mask-wise and how we’re dealing with unvaccinated issues.

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Golf Outing Silent Auction

Posted on Jun 10, 2021
 
June 21-28, 2021
 
The 2021 MWT-M Silent Auction begins June 21 at 3 pm and runs until June 28 at 8 pm. June 21 is only a week away! The committee has been busy creating displays and pictures for each item and uploading the pictures and descriptions for each item online. We have received enough donations to put 70 items in the auction this year!  Well done and thank you to each of you who have responded to our requests.  
 
You may go to the auction website (https://www.32auctions.com/MWTMRotaryFoundation2021) to view the auction items but you won’t be able to bid until 3 pm on June 21. If you have any positive comments or edits, please let Ruth Domack know at ruthdomack@gmail.com
 
Thank you in advance for your generosity – Your Silent Auction Committee: Abby Benbow, Deb Dieter, Jeannine Desautels, Ruth Domack, Leo Edelstein
 
Thank you to the following MWT-M generous Silent Auction donors:
 
Roxanne Brazeau                                             Annette Smith (Alaska Rotary)
Cory Recknor                                                    Jack Ferreri
Stuart Herro                                                      Ruth Domack
Greg Blum                                                         Steve Aune
Leo Edelstein                                                    Jim Olmsted
Kevin Moran                                                     Peder Moren
Mary Beth Growney-Selene                           Dennis Zitnak
Matt (and Sue) Loch                                        Mary Van Hout
Abby Benbow                                                    Jeannine Desautels
Doug Coerper                                                    Deb and  Ward Dieter
Rich Cooper                                                       John Olsen                                             
Mary Feldt                                                         Lizzy Gietman
Ed Fink                                                               Bill Mowbray
John Gerold                                                       Cherie Gon
 
My sincerest apologies if I left anyone off the above list. Let me know asap so I can correct it. 
             
 
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Today’s Zoom Meeting:

  Presentation of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club 2021

Posted on Jun 10, 2021
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
 
June 18 -- Mike Gomoll will talk about the scourge of epilepsy. Epilepsy affects 1 person out of every 26.
Wisconsin has 65,000 people who have epilepsy. That is more than Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, and Cerebral Palsy combined, yet epilepsy remains a mystery to the general public and misunderstood by and large. Mike's mission is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against epilepsy. His topic is entitled "Joey's Song" who lost his life of this disease at the age of 5. This will likely be our first LIVE meeting post-COVID!
 
June 25 -- Steve Aune will recap his year as president and incoming president, Connie Fish, will highlight her ideas for her turn at the helm.
 
July 2 – No Meeting … Fourth of July
 
July 9 -- Dr. Louis Bernhardt is a retired Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who has been volunteering for the BSP Free Clinic for over 17 years. Our Rotary Club donates to this cause. He will update us on its amazing history and what  BSP is doing now.
 
Jim Olmsted has done a fine job getting us speakers for the last few years. But he needs your help moving forward. Reach out to Jim (jolmsted7562.gmail.com) with your ideas for potential future speakers. Who do you know (neighbor, friend, colleague)with something interesting they can talk to us about? Serious or amusing, earth-shaking or just quirky. Let Jim know.
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
Password: 589137
 
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Live Meetings Are Coming June 18 (NOTE: NOT this week!)

Posted on Jun 10, 2021
At its meeting on Wednesday, the Board approved moving forward with live meetings effective June 18. The member survey showed the vast majority of members are eager to meet again. The meetings will combine a live, in-person element with the capability to join via Zoom. We’re working out the details and buying some equipment to make the process a smooth one. Kevin Moran and Dean Ryerson have been doing the heavy lifting on this, guided by an informational handout from Rotary International. 
 
The meeting place is Serendipity Labs, a co-working facility on the sixth floor of the Johnson Bank Building at 525 Junction Road (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. The space will be ample. We’re going to do the first two in-person meetings without food, just to make sure we have the basic logistics in place. Feel free to bring something to eat on your own.
 
 
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.
Live Meetings Are Coming June 18 (NOTE: NOT this week!) 2021-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Today’s Zoom Meeting: Presentation of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club

Posted on Jun 03, 2021
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
 
June 11 -- Our own Dennis Zitnak will present a program on SPAM--- that's right SPAM. Everybody makes fun of SPAM including Monte Python skits. Even the name SPAM has morphed into computer language meaning trash or junk. But SPAM was an essential food product for our US and Allied troops in World War II. The product was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. Hormel, who makes this canned pork meat concoction, has its headquarters in Austin, Minnesota (Dennis's hometown). Dennis even worked there while going through school. The narrator of our program today is employee Jeff Johnson who will tell us about the fascinating SPAM museum. 
 
June 18 -- Mike Gomoll will talk about the scourge of epilepsy. Epilepsy affects 1 person out of every 26.
Wisconsin has 65,000 people who have epilepsy. That is more than Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, and Cerebral Palsy combined, yet epilepsy remains a mystery to the general public and misunderstood by and large. Mike's mission is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against epilepsy. His topic is entitled "Joey's Song" who lost his life of this disease at the age of 5. This will likely be our first LIVE meeting post-COVID!
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
Password: 589137
 
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Today’s Zoom Meeting: Presentation of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club 2021-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Subject: Madison West Towne-Middleton Golf Outing 2021 Fundraising Event - June 28, 2021

Posted on Jun 03, 2021
Dear COOLEST Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotarians;
 
Now that we are in June, our Golf Event 2021 Fundraiser is just around the corner.  Our committee is so excited and hope you feel the same.  Please see the attached message for more information and great updates.
 
Let any of us know if you have questions or if you need any additional information.  Contact information for all committee members is included in the attachment.
 
Thank you all for your efforts to make this our best golf event ever.
 
Best Regards,
 
MB
 
Mary Beth Growney Selene
Madison West Towne Middleton Golf Outing 2021 Fundraising Event, General Chair
 
608-271-7979 (w)
608-444-2386 (c)
mbgrowneyselene@ryansigns.net 
Subject: Madison West Towne-Middleton Golf Outing 2021 Fundraising Event - June 28, 2021 2021-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Calling All Rotarians!

Posted on Jun 03, 2021
Our biggest fundraiser is on June 28th and there are still a few volunteer positions to be filled!  Please mark your calendar to be at Pleasant View and email Mary Van Hout right now to let her know you want to be a part of the action!!
 
WE NEED YOU!!       
 
ENJOY A GREAT DAY WITH ROTARY FRIENDS!!!
 
Contact Mary Van Hout at maryevanhout@gmail.com
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MWT-M Silent Auction – June 21-28, 2021

 
Our MWT-M Golf Outing Silent Auction will begin at 3 pm on Monday, June 21, and go until 8 pm on Monday, June 28. It will again be an online auction giving you and your friends ample opportunity to bid high and bid often. The online link is: https://www.32auctions.com/MWTMRotaryFoundation2021. 
 
The 2021 MWT-M Silent Auction begins June 21 at 3 pm and runs until June 28 at 8 pm. June 21 is only a few weeks away. However, it takes a lot of time for the committee to create displays and pictures for each item and enter the picture and description for each item online. We are, therefore, asking (begging really) that if you have pledged an auction item, that you get that item to Ruth Domack (608-444-6060) asap (or no later than June 11th if possible). If you have not pledged an item, please consider a $50 gas card or $50 gift card to your favorite grocery store (or the item you have in mind but not quite verbalized as yet).  
 
Thank you in advance for your generosity – Your Silent Auction Committee: Abby Benbow, Deb Dieter, Jeannine Desautels, Ruth Domack, Leo Edelstein
 
Thank you to the following MWT-M generous Silent Auction donors:
Roxanne Brazeau                                            Annette Smith (Alaska Rotary)
Cory Recknor                                                  Jack Ferreri
Stuart Herro                                                    Ruth Domack
Greg Blum                                                       Steve Aune
Leo Edelstein                                                  Jim Olmsted
Kevin Moran                                                   Peder Moren
Mary Beth Growney-Selene                         Dennis Zitnak
Matt (and Sue) Loch                                      Mary Van Hout
Abby Benbow                                                  Jeannine Desautels
Doug Coerper                                                  Deb (and Ward) Dieter
 
MWT-M Silent Auction – June 21-28, 2021 2021-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

NO MEETING THIS WEEK May 28, 2021

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
June 4 – Presentation of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club
 
June 11 -- Our own Dennis Zitnak will present a program on SPAM--- that's right SPAM. Everybody makes fun about SPAM including Monte Python skits. Even the name SPAM has morphed into computer language meaning trash or junk. But SPAM was an essential food product for our US and Allied troops in World War II. The product was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. Hormel, who makes this canned pork meat concoction, has its headquarters in Austin, Minnesota (Dennis's hometown). Dennis even worked there while going through school. The narrator of our program today is employee Jeff Johnson who will tell us about the fascinating SPAM museum. 
 
June 18 -- Mike Gomoll will talk about the scourge of epilepsy. Epilepsy affects 1 person out of every 26.
Wisconsin has 65,000 people who have epilepsy. That is more than Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, and Cerebral Palsy combined, yet epilepsy remains a mystery to the general public and misunderstood by and large. Mike's mission is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against epilepsy. His topic is entitled "Joey's Song" who lost his life of this disease at the age of 5. This will likely be our first LIVE meeting post-COVID!
 

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More About Middleton Good Neighbor Fest BINGO

Posted on May 20, 2021
Yes, Middleton’s Good Neighbor Fest is back along with Rotary Bingo!  That’s great news after a very long time of being cooped up.  We plan to run bingo throughout the festival that will be held August 27-29, 2021.  Make sure to mark your calendars and start talking up this community event.  Along with our fundraising, we have had a great opportunity to showcase Rotary to the Middleton market.
 
A highlight of the festival is entertainment.  This year attendees will be able to roam freely from all venues including the beer tents, entertainment stage and of course, BINGO!  
 
We are looking for any ideas to add some talent to fill a couple of spots (Friday 5-7 and Saturday 4-7).  Contact either Matt Loch or Kevin Moran with any suggestions.
More About Middleton Good Neighbor Fest BINGO 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. May 21, 2021

May 21 -- Michelle Grindle from Waste Management (WM) will tell us what her company does for our community, our country, and beyond. Find out what is trash and what is not trash and how this giant company makes recyclables into useful products. Ever wonder what happens to the garbage that you put out on the street, where it goes, and how you can help? You'll find out on May 21.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
May 28 – No Meeting. Memorial Day.
 
June 4 – Presentation of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club
 
June 11 -- Our own Dennis Zitnak will present a program on SPAM--- that's right SPAM. Everybody makes fun of SPAM including Monte Python skits. Even the name SPAM has morphed into computer language meaning trash or junk. But SPAM was an essential food product for our US and Allied troops in World War II. The product was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. Hormel, who makes this canned pork meat concoction, has its headquarters in Austin, Minnesota (Dennis's hometown). Dennis even worked there while going through school. The narrator of our program today is employee Jeff Johnson who will tell us about the fascinating SPAM museum. 
 
June 18 -- Mike Gomoll will talk about the scourge of epilepsy. Epilepsy affects 1 person out of every 26.
Wisconsin has 65,000 people who have epilepsy. That is more than Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, and Cerebral Palsy combined, yet epilepsy remains a mystery to the general public and misunderstood by and large. Mike's mission is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against epilepsy. His topic is entitled "Joey's Song" who lost his life of this disease at the age of 5. This will likely be our first LIVE meeting post-COVID!
 

JOIN ZOOM MEETING

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665622324?pwd=WjdNc1JFWmh3RVN3VHNjZ0xmMFZaZz09

Meeting ID: 665 622 324

Password: 589137

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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. May 21, 2021 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Live Meetings Are Coming June 18

Posted on May 20, 2021
At its meeting on Wednesday, the Board approved moving forward with live meetings effective June 18. The member survey showed the vast majority of members are eager to meet again. The meetings will combine a live, in-person element with the capability to join via Zoom. We’re working out the details and buying some equipment to make the process a smooth one. Kevin Moran and Dean Ryerson have been doing the heavy lifting on this, guided by an informational handout from Rotary International.
 
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). 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. Space will be ample, especially with Dane County due to relaxing its mask requirement on June 2. 
 
 
We’re working out the details on meals, but we’ll likely start out with box lunches, a la the Golf Outing. We’re talking to our caterer about that right now. 
 
We’ll have more details to come on parking, on food, on technology, and on any lingering COVID issues. The team in charge of this will be conducting mock meetings to fine-tune the operation. But the light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger and brighter. 
 
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Middleton Good Neighbor Fest BINGO Aug. 27-29, 2021

Yes, Middleton’s Good Neighbor Fest is back along with Rotary Bingo!  That’s great news after a very long time of being cooped up.  We plan to run bingo throughout the festival that will be held August 27-29, 2021.  Make sure to mark your calendars and start talking up this community event.  Along with our fundraising, we have had a great opportunity to showcase Rotary to the Middleton market.
 
A highlight of the festival is entertainment.  This year attendees will be able to roam freely from all venues including the beer tents, entertainment stage, and of course, BINGO!  Get ready for a wide variety of the best entertainment in the area including:
  • Friday night – The Jimmies
  • Saturday afternoon – Red Hot Horn Dogs
  • Saturday night – Love Monkeys
  • Sunday afternoon – Pacific Coast Highway
We are looking for any ideas to add some talent to fill a couple of spots (Friday, August 5-7 and Saturday, August 4-7).  Contact either Matt Loch or Kevin Moran with any suggestions.

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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. April 14, 2021

 
 

Posted on May 13, 2021
May 14, 2021 – Mary Beth will tell us about our largest annual charitable fund-raising event, The MWT-M Rotary Golf Outing. We set a record last year and maybe we can raise even more money this year. Everybody needs to chip in. Rounding up foursomes and sponsorships, as well as Silent Auction items will make this a success. Mary Beth will enlighten us.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
May 21 -- Michelle Grindle from Waste Management (WM) will tell us what her company does for our community, our country, and beyond. Find out what is trash and what is not trash and how this giant company makes recyclables into useful products. Ever wonder what happens to the garbage that you put out on the street, where it goes, and how you can help? You'll find out on May 21.
 
May 28 – No Meeting. Memorial Day.
 
June 4 – Presentation of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club
 
June 11 -- Our own Dennis Zitnak will present a program on SPAM--- that's right SPAM. Everybody makes fun of SPAM including Monte Python skits. Even the name SPAM has morphed into computer language meaning trash or junk. But SPAM was an essential food product for our US and Allied troops in World War II. The product was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. Hormel, who makes this canned pork meat concoction, has its headquarters in Austin, Minnesota (Dennis's hometown). Dennis even worked there while going through school. The narrator of our program today is employee Jeff Johnson who will tell us about the fascinating SPAM museum. 
 
June 18 -- Mike Gomoll will talk about the scourge of epilepsy. Epilepsy affects 1 person out of every 26. Wisconsin has 65,000 people who have epilepsy. That is more than Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, and Cerebral Palsy combined, yet epilepsy remains a mystery to the general public and misunderstood by and large. Mike's mission is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against epilepsy. His topic is entitled "Joey's Song" who lost his life of this disease at the age of 5.
 
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Save the Date Monday, June 28, 2021

Posted on Apr 29, 2021
As our Club's major fundraising event,  this is an all-in and FUN, event
Volunteer Opportunities include:
Recruiting golfers
  • Recruiting sponsors
  • Securing online silent auction items
Day of event:
  • Registration
  • Selling string
  • Selling mulligans
  • Selling 50-50 raffle tickets
  • Promoting Shelter Box (TBD)

 

 

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Bike Ride Event

Posted on Apr 29, 2021

Rotary riders,

Join our MWT-M Rotary Boys & Girls Club bike ride Saturday, July 17, 2021. I registered our team at www.bgcdc.org/move4bgc. To join the team, choose Rotary Club of Madison West Towne - Middleton, register for $35 before May 1, the price goes up after May 1. To skip the ride, but donate, choose to DONATE below "join a team." Choose amount. Below see "Would you like to credit this donation to a specific fundraiser or team?" Thanks, Leo 608 333-5731


 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. April 30, 2021

Posted on Apr 29, 2021
April 30 -- Many of you remember the Dane County Sanitarium/Asylum and Poor Farm located in Verona as you came in from Madison on Verona Road, but did Verona also have a Leper Colony? You'll find out when the president of the Verona Historical Society, Jesse Charles, presents the program.
 
 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

May 7 – Jacob Burks will tell us all about Wisconsin High School Rodeo Contests. Yes, a program where high school boys and girls compete in a real live sanctioned rodeo. These high schoolers compete in bucking bronco riding, calf roping contests, queen of the rodeo pageant, belt buckle prizes, parades, college scholarships and more. It's big. The Wisconsin rodeo has been held for many years in Richland Center. Don't miss this unique program that many of us didn't even know existed.

May 14 – Mary Beth will tell us about our largest annual charitable fund-raising event, The MWT-M Rotary Golf Outing. We set a record last year and maybe we can even raise more money this year. Everybody needs to chip in. Mary Beth and the committee will enlighten us.

May 21 -- Michelle Grindle from Waste Management (WM) will tell us what her company does for our community, our country and beyond. Find out what is trash and what is not trash and how this giant company makes recyclables into useful products. Ever wonder what happens to the garbage that you put out on the street, where it goes and how you can help? You'll find out on May 21.

May 28 – No Meeting. Memorial Day.

June 4 – Awarding of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club

June 11 -- Our own Dennis Zitnak will present a program on SPAM--- that's right SPAM. Everybody makes fun about SPAM including Monte Python skits. Even the name SPAM has morphed into computer language meaning trash or junk. But SPAM was an essential food product for our US and Allied troops in World War II. The product was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. Hormel, who makes this canned pork meat concoction, has its headquarters in Austin, Minnesota (Dennis's hometown). Dennis even worked there while going through school. The narrator of our program today is employee Jeff Johnson who will tell us about the fascinating SPAM museum.

June 18 -- Judy Levine from Madison Breakfast Rotary Group 7 Assistant Governor highly recommended this local speaker, Mike Gomoll who will talk about the scourge of epilepsy. Epilepsy affects 1 person out of every 26. Wisconsin has 65,000 people who have epilepsy. That is more that Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, and Cerebral Palsy combined, yet epilepsy remains a mystery to the general public and misunderstood by and large. Mike's mission is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against epilepsy. His topic is entitled "Joey's Song" who lost his life of this disease at the age of 5.

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Highway Cleanup is Scheduled for Thursday, May 20, 2021

 
We need volunteers for our Adopt-A-HWY project. Our section of HWY clean-up is the south right-of-way of the Beltline between Whitney Way and Gammon Road. This is approximately 1.3 miles long. It usually takes 2 hours to pick up the trash.
 
Volunteers are to meet at the Vitense's parking lot between 4 and 4;30 pm. Any latecomers will need to catch up with the crew on the right-of-way.
 
Transport cars will be parked at the Gammon Road end to ferry the crew back to Vitense. Yellow safety vests and trash bags will be provided bring good footwear and work gloves. Family members snd friends are welcome.
Contact Rod Nilles at rcnilles@chorus.net or 836-5562 to answer questions
 
To sign up for this exciting community project, email your Name, Phone, and Email address to Rod Nilles rcnilles@chorus.net
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Golf Outing Silent Auction

Our MWT-M Golf Outing is scheduled for June 28, 2021. However, the Silent Auction will begin at 3 pm on Monday, June 21, and go until 8 pm on Monday, June 28. It will again be an online auction giving you and your friends ample opportunity to bid high and bid often. The online link will be sent to everyone in a short while. The Silent Auction Committee is asking MWT-M members to donate to the auction. The success of the auction truly depends on your participation. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
 
GIFT CARDS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES!  Very popular and avoids any pain in thought or shopping! Last year we had gift cards to grocery stores, restaurants, jewelry stores, Target, Kohls, Nevada Bob’s. Other gift card ideas include REI, Madison Children’s Museum, Noah’s Ark, Brew Pubs, your favorite bakery or bakeries, movie theatres. Everyone enjoys state parks and a one-year membership is a low cost or the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. 
 
Thank you to those members who have stepped up already with their donations:
 
Roxanne Brazeau/BMO    4 Tickets to Overture’s “Come From Away”
Cory Recknor/Aprilaire    Air Purifier
Stuart Herro                       3 Foursome’s to Blackhawk Country Club
Doug Coerper                     Foursome to Lake Wisconsin Country Club plus 4 Fish Fry Dinners
Matt & Sue Loch                Florida Condo
Greg Blum                          Weekend Getaway in Wisconsin Dells
Peder Moren                      Food Fight Gift Cards
Leo Edelstein                     Wine from Total Wine
 
Thank you for your generous donations! The Silent Auction Committee: Abby Benbow, Deb Dieter, Jeannine Desautels, Ruth Domack, Leo Edelstein

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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. April 16, 2021

April 16 - Matthew Gross from the DNR will talk about Wisconsin's Elk Herd.

 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS
April 23No Meeting. District Conference.
 
April 30 -- Many of you remember the Dane County Sanitarium/Asylum and Poor Farm located in Verona as you came in from Madison on Verona Road, but did Verona also have a Leper Colony? You'll find out when the president of the Verona Historical Society, Jesse Charles, presents the program.  May 7 – Jacob Burks will tell us all about Wisconsin High School Rodeo Contests. Yes, a program where high school boys and girls compete in a real live sanctioned rodeo. These high schoolers compete in bucking bronco riding, calf roping contests, queen of the rodeo pageant, belt buckle prizes, parades, college scholarships, and more. It's big. The Wisconsin rodeo has been held for many years in Richland Center. Don't miss this unique program that many of us didn't even know existed.
 
May 14 – Mary Beth will tell us about our largest annual charitable fund-raising event, "The MWT-M Rotary Golf Outing. We set a record last year and maybe we can even raise more money this year.
Everybody needs to chip in. Mary Beth and the committee will enlighten us.
 
May 21 -- Michelle Grindle from Waste Management (WM) will tell us what her company does for our community, our country, and beyond. Find out what is trash and what is not trash and how this giant company makes recyclables into useful products. Ever wonder what happens to the garbage that you put out on the street, where it goes, and how you can help? You'll find out on May 21.
 
May 28No Meeting. Memorial Day.
 
June 4 – Awarding of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club
 
June 11 -- Our own Dennis Zitnak will present a program on SPAM--- that's right SPAM. Everybody makes fun of SPAM including Monte Python skits. Even the name SPAM has morphed into computer language meaning trash or junk. But SPAM was an essential food product for our US and Allied troops in World War II. The product was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. Hormel, who makes this canned pork meat concoction, has its headquarters in Austin, Minnesota (Dennis's hometown). Dennis even worked there while going through school. The narrator of our program today is employee Jeff Johnson who will tell us about the fascinating SPAM museum. 
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. March 26, 2021

Posted on Mar 27, 2021
March 26 – The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial. Speaker, Rob Gooze is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club and will discuss the science and objectives of a trial and the issues and perspectives of a real-life patient as Rob Gooze's wife, Mary, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
April 2 – Good Friday, no meeting
 
April 9 -- Juneau Alaskan Rotarian and ship captain of the "Gastineau Guiding", Annette Smith, will present us with breath taking under water scuba diving photography of ship wrecks and colorful marine life in Alaskan frigid waters. Annette also runs commercial fishing and charter fishing and whale watching ships in Sitka, Ketchikan and Juneau waters. Don't miss this one. 
 
April 16 -- Matthew Gross from the DNR will talk about Wisconsin's Elk Herd. 
 
April 23 – No Meeting. District Conference.
 
April 30 -- Many of you remember the Dane County Sanitarium/Asylum and Poor Farm located in Verona as you came in from Madison on Verona Road, but did Verona also have a Leper Colony? You'll find out when the president of the Verona Historical Society, Jesse Charles, presents  the program.  May 7 – Jacob Burks will tell us all about Wisconsin High School Rodeo Contests. Yes, a program where high school boys and girls compete in a real live sanctioned rodeo. These high schoolers compete in bucking bronco riding, calf roping contests, queen of the rodeo pageant, belt buckle prizes, parades, college scholarships and more. It's big. The Wisconsin rodeo has been held for many years in Richland Center. Don't miss this unique program that many of us didn't even know existed.
 
May 14 – Mary Beth will tell us about our largest annual charitable fund-raising event, "The MWT-M Rotary Golf Outing. We set a record last year and maybe we can even raise more money this year. Everybody needs to chip in. Mary Beth and the committee will enlighten us.
 
May 21 -- Michelle Grindle from Waste Management (WM) will tell us what her company does for our community, our country and beyond. Find out what is trash and what is not trash and how this giant company makes recyclables into useful products. Ever wonder what happens to the garbage that you put out on the street, where it goes and how you can help? You'll find out on May 21.
 
May 28 – No Meeting. Memorial Day.
 
June 4 – Awarding of High School Scholarships, funded by the Club
 
June 11 -- Our own Dennis Zitnak will present a program on SPAM--- that's right SPAM. Everybody makes fun about SPAM including Monte Python skits. Even the name SPAM has morphed into computer language meaning trash or junk. But SPAM was an essential food product for our US and Allied troops in World War II. The product was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. Hormel, who makes this canned pork meat concoction, has its headquarters in Austin, Minnesota (Dennis's hometown). Dennis even worked there while going through school. The narrator of our program today is employee Jeff Johnson who will tell us about the fascinating SPAM museum. 
 
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Notara Farm Driving Trial 2021 - July 3, 2021

Posted on Mar 25, 2021
This is a significant Club fundraiser and a carriage full of fun. 7732 Riverside Rd, Verona, WI 53593 with Training, Preliminary and Intermediate level divisions with an added Tandem Class this year!
 
Our show is a go! Judge Keith Angstadt from Massachusetts, our Technical Delegate Rebecca Jones Gutierrez from South Carolina and a learner judge this year Stephanie Van Den Hurk from Florida. 
 
We will have an expanded marathon track, great dressage and cones and fun for everyone. Volunteers have been Rotary club members from the “coolest” Rotary club in the world - Madison West Town Middleton Rotary Club along with horsey supporters and friends. 
 
Marathon course designer we hope to have Dr. Jennifer Thompson of Lodi, WI (USA National Advanced Level CDE Champion) back along with cones designer Leslye Sandberg of Paris, Kentucky. Nancy Nelson of Westfield, WI will be show secretary. We are honored to have these wonderful people support our show. 
Come compete, watch or volunteer. We guarantee a fun day!
 
Mary Ruth Marks, Organizer
608-513-7490
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. March 19, 2021

Posted on Mar 18, 2021
 
March 19, 2021 – Paul Harris Recognition Program
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
 
March 26 – The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial. Speaker, Rob Gooze is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club and will discuss the science and objectives of a trial and the issues and perspectives of a real-life patient as Rob Gooze's wife, Mary, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 
 
April 2 – Good Friday, no meeting
 
April 9 -- Juneau Alaskan Rotarian and ship captain of the "Gastineau Guiding", Annette Smith, will present us with breath-taking underwater scuba diving photography of shipwrecks and colorful marine life in Alaskan frigid waters. Annette also runs commercial fishing and charter fishing and whale watching ships in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau waters. Don't miss this one. 
 
April 16 -- Matthew Gross from the DNR will talk about Wisconsin's Elk Herd. 
 
April 23 – No Meeting. District Conference.
 
April 30 -- Many of you remember the Dane County Sanitarium/Asylum and Poor Farm located in Verona as you came in from Madison on Verona Road, but did Verona also have a Leper Colony? You'll find out when the president of the Verona Historical Society, Jesse Charles, presents this historical program. 
 
May 7 – Jacob Burks will tell us all about Wisconsin High School Rodeo Contests. Yes, a program where high school boys and girls compete in a real live sanctioned rodeo. These high schoolers compete in bucking bronco riding, calf roping contests, queen of the rodeo pageant, belt buckle prizes, parades, college scholarships, and more. It's big. The Wisconsin rodeo has been held for many years in Richland Center. Don't miss this unique program that many of us didn't even know existed.
 
May 14 –Mary Beth will tell us about our largest annual charitable fund-raising event, "The MWT-M Rotary Golf Outing. We set a record last year and maybe we can even raise more money this year. Everybody needs to chip in. Mary Beth and the committee will enlighten us.
 
May 21 -- Michelle Grindle from Waste Management (WM) will tell us what her company does for our community, our country, and beyond. Find out what is trash and what is not trash and how this giant company makes recyclables into useful products. Ever wonder what happens to the garbage that you put out on the street, where it goes, and how you can help? You'll find out on May 21.
 
May 28 – No Meeting. Memorial Day.
 
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. March 12, 2021

Posted on Mar 11, 2021
 
March 12, 2021 -- Five Members Each will tell us about themselves in five minutes or less. The stories are always interesting, inspiring, and informative.
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
 
March 19 – Paul Harris Recognition Program
 
March 26 – The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial. Speaker, Rob Gooze is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club and will discuss the science and objectives of a trial and the issues and perspectives of a real-life patient as Rob Gooze's wife, Mary, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 
 
April 2 – Good Friday, no meeting
 
April 9 -- Juneau Alaskan Rotarian and ship captain of the "Gastineau Guiding", Annette Smith, will present us with breath-taking underwater scuba diving photography of shipwrecks and colorful marine life in Alaskan frigid waters. Annette also runs commercial fishing and charter fishing and whale watching ships in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau waters. Don't miss this one. 
 
April 16 -- Matthew Gross from the DNR will talk about Wisconsin's Elk Herd. 
 
April 23 – No Meeting. District Conference.
 
April 30 -- Many of you remember the Dane County Sanitarium/Asylum and Poor Farm located in Verona as you came in from Madison on Verona Road, but did Verona also have a Leper Colony? You'll find out when the president of the Verona Historical Society, Jesse Charles, presents this historical program. 
 
May 7 – Open
 
May 14 – Open
 
May 21 -- Michelle Grindle from Waste Management (WM) will tell us what her company does for our community, our country, and beyond. Find out what is trash and what is not trash and how this giant company makes recyclables into useful products. Ever wonder what happens to the garbage that you put out on the street, where it goes, and how you can help? You'll find out on May 21.
 
May 28 – No Meeting. Memorial Day.
 
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. March 12, 2021 2021-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

An Idea to Help the Lussier Center, from John Gerold

Posted on Mar 11, 2021
We don't often write with breaking news, and with Congress poised to take action on coronavirus relief this week, we wanted to answer some of your questions right away.
 
Is Pledge My Check still active?
Yes! Since last spring you have shared more than $87,000 with 73 families from the LCEC and Centro Hispano. Dozens more are eligible. The impact of your contribution is real and important. 
 
May I redirect my new COVID relief check?
Yes! Here’s how it works:
 
Donate all or part of your check on the special Pledge My Check giving page.
Together the LCEC and Centro will randomly draw from among eligible families.
Together we’ll give those families the money with no limitations, just as it was given to us.
What if I'm not eligible for a relief check?
You are still welcome to give. Many Pledge My Check donors note that they aren't eligible for relief but want to make a direct impact in a family's life. Simply use the Pledge My Check giving page to direct your contribution this way.
 
As you know, there are still plenty of families for whom this kind of timely financial boost would make a very big difference. For some of us, this is a relatively painless way to live out our values. If this is not a way you can give, please know that all of the other ways you contribute to this community are deeply appreciated.
 
We will send more stories and photos from the Center early next week.
 
For now, THANK YOU!
 
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Former Member Dan Hake back in town

Posted on Mar 04, 2021
Dan left for sunny Florida a number of years ago but has returned to our sunny climes. He’s living in Middleton and will be joining one of our upcoming Zoom meetings.
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021 -- Geologist Eric Carson will tell the fascinating story of how the last glaciation in the Baraboo Hills came to be and formed a colossal glacial lake which created Devils Lake and caused a catastrophic flood as the glacier retreated. Ever wonder how those behemoth obelisk stones surrounding Devils Lake developed? You'll find out. Remember Eric met us at the Pope Farm and explained the geographic structure there.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
March 12 – 5 on 5
 
March 19 – Paul Harris Recognition Program
 
March 26 – The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial. Speaker, Rob Gooze is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club and will discuss the science and objectives of a trial and the issues and perspectives of a real-life patient as Rob Gooze's wife, Mary, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 
 
April 2 – Good Friday, no meeting
 
April 9 -- Juneau Alaskan Rotarian and ship captain of the "Gastineau Guiding", Annette Smith, will present us with breath-taking underwater scuba diving photography of shipwrecks and colorful marine life in Alaskan frigid waters. Annette also runs commercial fishing and charter fishing and whale watching ships in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau waters. Don't miss this one. 
 
April 16 -- Matthew Gross from the DNR will talk about Wisconsin's Elk Herd. 
 
April 23 – No Meeting. District Conference.
 
April 30 -- Many of you remember the Dane County Sanitarium/Asylum and Poor Farm located in Verona as you came in from Madison on Verona Road, but did Verona also have a Leper Colony? You'll find out when the president of the Verona Historical Society, Jesse Charles, presents this historical program. 
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. February 26, 2021

Posted on Feb 25, 2021
February 26, 2021 – Past International Director, Noel Trevaskis, topic ALL SERVICE CLUBS ARE LOSING MEMBERS INCLUDING ROTARY CLUBS. WHAT DO WE DO? Noel will discuss how we can be more dynamic and powerful than before. 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
March 5 -- Geologist Eric Carson will tell the fascinating story of how the last glaciation in the Baraboo Hills came to be and formed a colossal glacial lake which created Devils Lake and caused a catastrophic flood as the glacier retreated. Ever wonder how those behemoth obelisk stones surrounding Devils Lake developed? You'll find out. Remember Eric met us at the Pope Farm and explained the geographic structure there. 
 
March 12 – 5 on 5
 
March 19 – Paul Harris Recognition Program
 
March 26 – The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial. Speaker, Rob Gooze is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club will discuss the science and objectives of a trial and the issues and perspectives of a real-life patient as Rob Gooze's wife, Mary, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 
 
April 2 – Good Friday, no meeting
 
April 9 -- Juneau Alaskan Rotarian and ship captain of the "Gastineau Guiding", Annette Smith, will present us with breath-taking underwater scuba diving photography of shipwrecks and colorful marine life in Alaskan frigid waters. Annette also runs commercial fishing and charter fishing and whale watching ships in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau waters. Don't miss this one. 
 
April 16 -- Matthew Gross from the DNR will talk about Wisconsin's Elk Herd. 
 
April 23 – No Meeting. District Conference.
 
April 30 -- Many of you remember the Dane County Sanitarium/ Asylum and Poor Farm located in Verona as you came in from Madison on Verona Road, but did Verona also have a Leper Colony? You'll find out when the president of the Verona Historical Society, Jesse Charles, presents this historical pictorial PowerPoint program. 
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. February 26, 2021 2021-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Board Meetings Now at Noon

Posted on Feb 25, 2021
For decades, the Club’s Board Meetings have been held at 7 am on the third Tuesday of the month. Of course, since last spring, they’ve been virtual Zoom meetings. But El Presidente Steve Aune has led the push to move them to a friendlier time. So starting with April’s meeting, they’ll be held at noon on the third Wednesday of the month. If you’re not on the Board, you’re still welcome to stop in and see how the Club operates. Drop me an email and I’ll send you the link.
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New Member

Posted on Feb 25, 2021
Lizzie Gietman has joined our Club. She’s a realtor with Spencer Real Estate Group and is already getting herself involved in activities. Give her a Zoom wave at our next meeting.
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. February 19, 2021

Posted on Feb 18, 2021
February 19, 2021 – Gregory Renz, a Rotarian in Lake Mills will discuss his book "BENEATH THE FLAMES" in which he will tell of his experiences as a fireman in a small community, then moving to Milwaukee where he experienced a totally different and sometimes terrifying experiences.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
February 26 -- Past international director, Noel Trevaskis, topic ALL SERVICE CLUBS ARE LOSING
MEMBERS INCLUDING ROTARY CLUBS. WHAT DO WE DO? Noel will discuss how we can be more dynamic and powerful than before. 
 
March 5 -- Geologist Eric Carson will tell the fascinating story of how the last glaciation in the Baraboo Hills came to be and formed a colossal glacial lake which created Devils Lake and caused a catastrophic flood as the glacier retreated. Ever wonder how those behemoth obelisk stones surrounding Devils Lake developed? You'll find out. Remember Eric met us at the Pope Farm and explained the geographic structure there. 
 
March 12 – 5 on 5
 
March 19 – Paul Harris Recognition Program
 
March 26 – The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial. Speaker, Rob Gooze is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club will discuss the science and objectives of a trial and the issues and perspectives of a real-life patient as Rob Gooze's wife, Mary, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 
 
April 2 – Good Friday, no meeting
 
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Password: 589137
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. February 19, 2021 2021-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. February 12, 2021
 

Posted on Feb 11, 2021
February 12, 2021 – Pete Smerick will talk about his experiences working for the FBI In Washington DC at its headquarters. Pete currently lives in Gurley, Alabama and will present his program from there. His presentation is "Inside the Minds of Criminal Profilers."
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
February 19 -- Gregory Renz, a Rotarian in Lake Mills will discuss his book "BENEATH THE FLAMES" in which he will tell of his experiences as a fireman in a small community, then moving to Milwaukee where he experienced a totally different and sometimes terrifying experiences. 
 
February 26 -- Past international director, Noel Trevaskis, topic ALL SERVICE CLUBS ARE LOSING
MEMBERS INCLUDING ROTARY CLUBS. WHAT DO WE DO? Noel will discuss how we can be more dynamic and powerful than before. 
 
March 5 -- Geologist Eric Carson will tell the fascinating story of how the last glaciation in the Baraboo
Hills came to be and formed a colossal glacial lake which created Devils Lake and caused a catastrophic flood as the glacier retreated. Ever wonder how those behemoth obelisk stones surrounding Devils Lake developed? You'll find out. Remember Eric met us at the Pope Farm and explained the geographic structure there. 
 
March 12 – 5 on 5
 
March 19 – Paul Harris Recognition Program
 
March 26The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial. Speaker, Rob Gooze is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club will discuss the science and objectives of a trial and the issues and perspectives of a real-life patient as Rob Gooze's wife, Mary, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 
 
April 2 – Good Friday, no meeting
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. February 5, 2021

Posted on Feb 04, 2021
February 5, 2021 – Journalist, author, editor and columnist Doug Moe. Doug recently wrote a biography about Tommy Thompson, Kit Saunders-Nordeen and is currently collaborating with Fred Risser. Doug's topic will be Q & A, questions from us. Write your questions to Leo Edelstein in advance so that Leo can organize and read them to Doug. Don't miss this program and bring a guest.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
February 12 -- Pete Smerick will talk about his experiences working for the FBI In Washington DC at its headquarters. Pete currently lives in Gurley, Alabama and will present his program from there. His presentation is "Inside the Minds of Criminal Profilers".
 
February 19 -- Gregory Renz, a Rotarian in Lake Mills will discuss his book "BENEATH THE FLAMES" in which he will tell of his experiences as a fireman in a small community, then moving to Milwaukee where he experienced a totally different and sometimes terrifying experiences. 
 
February 26 -- Past international director, Noel Trevaskis, topic ALL SERVICE CLUBS ARE LOSING
MEMBERS INCLUDING ROTARY CLUBS. WHAT DO WE DO? Noel will discuss how we can be more dynamic and powerful than before. 
 
March 5 -- Geologist Eric Carson will tell the fascinating story of how the last glaciation in the Baraboo
Hills came to be and formed a colossal glacial lake which created Devils Lake and caused a catastrophic flood as the glacier retreated. Ever wonder how those behemoth obelisk stones surrounding Devils Lake developed? You'll find out. Remember Eric met us at the Pope Farm and explained the geographic structure there. 
 
March 12 – 5 on 5
 
March 19 – Open
 
March 26 – Open
 
April 2 -- The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial. Speaker, Rob Gooze is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club will discuss the science and objectives of a trial and the issues and perspectives of a real-life patient as Rob Gooze's wife, Mary, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. January 29, 2021

Posted on Jan 28, 2021
January 29, 2021 – Five on Five (or a lesser number). Members share a bit of themselves with us.
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
February 5 -- Journalist, author, editor, and columnist Doug Moe. Doug recently wrote a biography about Tommy Thompson, Kit Saunders-Nordeen and is currently collaborating with Fred Risser. Doug's topic will be Q & A, questions from us. Write your questions to Leo Edelstein in advance so that Leo can organize and read them to Doug. Don't miss this program and bring a guest. 
 
February 12 -- Pete Smerick will talk about his experiences working for the FBI In Washington DC at its headquarters. Pete currently lives in Gurley, Alabama and will present his program from there. His presentation is "Inside the Minds of Criminal Profilers".
 
February 19  -- Gregory Renz, a Rotarian in Lake Mills will discuss his book "BENEATH THE FLAMES" in which he will tell of his experiences as a fireman in a small community, then moving to Milwaukee where he experienced a totally different and sometimes terrifying experiences. 
 
February 26 -- Past international director, Noel Trevaskis, topic ALL SERVICE CLUBS ARE LOSING
MEMBERS INCLUDING ROTARY CLUBS. WHAT DO WE DO? Noel will discuss how we can be more dynamic and powerful than before.
 
March 6 -- Geologist Eric Carson will tell the fascinating story of how the last glaciation in the Baraboo Hills came to be and formed a colossal glacial lake which created Devils Lake and caused a catastrophic flood as the glacier retreated. Ever wonder how those behemoth obelisk stones surrounding Devils Lake developed? You'll find out. Remember Eric met us at the Pope Farm and explained the geographic structure there. 
 
March 12 – 5 on 5
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. January 29, 2021 2021-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Job Opening: Third Posting

Posted on Jan 28, 2021
I’ll be finishing up my fourth year as Club Secretary at the end of June. I’m willing to continue with the newsletter, but I’ll need a replacement for Secretary. The job will deliver to you immense power and the respect and fear of all members. Mostly a paperwork job … tracking attendance (once we escape COVID); prepping, attending and taking minutes at monthly Board meetings; and being the go-to person for inquiries of all sorts. It’s a great way to get engaged in the nitty-gritty of how the Club actually works. Salary negotiable, although non-existent. We won’t check references. If you’re at all interested, drop me an email and we can talk. I got a $15 Panera gift card for Christmas, and I’m willing to throw that in to sweeten the deal.
Job Opening: Third Posting 2021-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Selection

Posted on Jan 21, 2021
From Mary Van Hout … Our Club tradition is to recognize members with an honorary Paul Harris each year.
The recipients are chosen by those who have been honored by our Club in the past. Even in these unusual times, that tradition will continue!!
 
Please mark your calendar for February 5th at 11:30 AM for a virtual meeting to determine who will be honored. I will email meeting details closer to that date. There is some thought to having this recognition occur at our next evening dinner social, based on the success of our previous event. This would occur in March. Again, further details to follow!
 

 
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Job Opening: Second Posting

Posted by Jack Ferreri on Jan 21, 2021
I’ll be finishing up my fourth year as Club Secretary at the end of June. I’m willing to continue with the newsletter, but I’ll need a replacement for Secretary. The job will deliver to you immense power and the respect and fear of all members. Mostly a paperwork job … tracking attendance (once we escape COVID); prepping, attending and taking minutes at monthly Board meetings; and being the go-to person for inquiries of all sorts. It’s a great way to get engaged in the nitty-gritty of how the Club actually works. Salary negotiable, although non-existent. We won’t check references. If you’re at all interested, drop me an email and we can talk. I got a $15 Panera gift card for Christmas, and I’m willing to throw that in to sweeten the deal.
Job Opening: Second Posting Jack Ferreri 2021-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You to the Club from the UW Odyssey Project

Posted on Jan 21, 2021
Thank you so much for your generous gift of $1,000 to the multi-generational UW Odyssey Project. In the attached photo, you will see five of our beautiful alumni. Two have master’s degrees in social work from UW, one serves on the UW Board of Regents, one went from homelessness to a UW bachelor’s degree and business of her own, and one directs plays in Chicago. All five say their participation in Odyssey inspired their transformational journeys and encouraged their children to view themselves as college-bound as well. These five represent just a small sampling of the nearly 500 amazing graduates of our program. Gifts like yours truly do change lives. 
As we begin the 18th year of the award-winning UW Odyssey Project, we are filled with a mixture of sadness and excitement. We made the difficult decision to move the entire fall semester online for Odyssey, Odyssey Junior, Onward Odyssey, and Odyssey Beyond Bars, and this means we must work extra hard to get our low-income families the technology and resources they need to succeed. We are exploring creative ways to provide lively, engaging, and life-altering education online, but we sure miss the hugs and shared community meals!  
 
We know that Odyssey will continue to empower families to break a cycle of generational poverty by providing them with a free jumpstart course in the humanities, enrichment for their children, wraparound support, and continued course work following graduation. The pandemic has made it especially difficult for students already struggling to put food on the table, pay their bills, fight depression, and take care of their families. Since March, many have lost jobs, childcare, transportation options, and other basics. We continue to help our new students and alumni earn college credits through our Odyssey Project Fund while also using our Odyssey Family Fund for emergencies such as groceries, gas, household supplies, and medications. Facing centuries of racial and economic injustice, our students also need assistance with obtaining laptops and internet access. We are so grateful for your financial support, as it is needed now more than ever. 
 
Thank you again for your generous gift. Please let me know if you have ideas for me (individuals and organizations you know, for instance) as we seek new sources of funding for our future. Our website has programmatic updates, videos, student newsletters, and various ways to help us. Best wishes to you and your loved ones in staying safe during these troubling times. odyssey.wisc.edu 
 
Sincerely,
 
Emily Auerbach
Professor of English; Co-Director/Founder, UW Odyssey Project
 
Thank You to the Club from the UW Odyssey Project 2021-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Super Bowl Squares from Madison South Rotary

Posted on Jan 21, 2021
The cost for each square is $50. There are 100 total grid positions and I will randomly assign you a location. 60 spots currently taken.
You will be assigned one number from the AFC Team and one number from the NFC Team. The numbers will be drawn via randomgenerator.org once the entire grid is filled. I will create a ZOOM meeting for the number drawing. Tentatively I will plan on Friday, 2/5 around 2:00.
 
At the end of the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, and final score there will be a winner. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter will be $500. Final score will be $1000.
 
In order to win you must match up BOTH of your numbers in the ones column of the score.
  • Hypothetically let’s say the Chiefs and Packers are playing
  • If the score is 6-3 at the end of the first quarter with the Chiefs winning you would need 6 for
Chiefs and 3 for Packers to win o If the score at the end of the game is 35-28 with the Packers winning you would need 8 Chiefs and 5 for the Packers to win
 
50% of the money will go to Madison South Rotary Foundation with the other 50% going to the winners
Payment can be done a few different ways. If paying with the first 3 please note “Rotary Squares.” There is No Limit to how many squares one person/family can purchase:
  • You can Venmo @adam-peck-14
  • You can Paypal to apss14@yahoo.com. Use friends and family option o You can Zelle to apss14@yahoo.com. Last 4 of phone is 1200 if needed o You can mail Cash or Check to:
Adam Peck
6202 Canyon Parkway
McFarland, WI 53558
815 540 1200
 
If you are looking for a tax deduction still send the check payment to Adam Peck but fill the check out to MSRF. I will collect and pay out the winners and the club the week after the game.

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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, January 22, 2021

Posted on Jan 21, 2021
January 22, 2021 Presentation
Our own Jennie Humphrey from LSM Chiropractic will talk about healthy winter activities.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
January 29 -- 5 on 5
 
February 5 -- Journalist, author, editor, and columnist Doug Moe. Doug recently wrote a biography about Tommy Thompson, Kit Saunders-Nordeen and is currently collaborating with Fred Risser. Doug's topic will be Q & A, questions from us. Write your questions to Leo Edelstein in advance so that Leo can organize and read them to Doug. Don't miss this program and bring a guest. 
 
February 12 -- Pete Smerick will talk about his experiences working for the FBI In Washington DC at its headquarters. Pete currently lives in Gurley, Alabama, and will present his program from there. His presentation is "Inside the Minds of Criminal Profilers".
 
February 19  -- Gregory Renz, a Rotarian in Lake Mills will discuss his book "BENEATH THE FLAMES" in which he will tell of his experiences as a fireman in a small community, then moving to Milwaukee where he experienced totally different and sometimes terrifying experiences. 
 
February 26 -- Past international director, Noel Trevaskis, topic ALL SERVICE CLUBS ARE LOSING MEMBERS INCLUDING ROTARY CLUBS. WHAT DO WE DO? Noel will discuss how we can be more dynamic and powerful than before. 
 
March 6 -- Geologist Eric Carson will tell the fascinating story of how the last glaciation in the Baraboo Hills came to be and formed a colossal glacial lake which created Devils Lake and caused a catastrophic flood as the glacier retreated. Ever wonder how those behemoth obelisk stones surrounding Devils Lake developed? You'll find out. Remember Eric met us at the Pope Farm and explained the geographic structure there. 
 
March 12 – 5 on 5
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, January 22, 2021 2021-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

A Letter from Goodness in Nigeria

Posted on Jan 13, 2021
Hello my Favorite Americans!
 
Merry Late Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. 2020 was surely a crazy year but it did teach me to value lots of things; be it family, friends, pets, food, and even people I don’t know.
 
You are all people I value a lot and some days I just sit on my bed looking at pictures or reminiscing on my exchange year with a huge grin plastered on my face. I really do miss you all a lot. 
 
Well, update on my life: I have been having health issues for months now but I am taking medications now and it is getting better. I would always have stomach pains in which I would sometimes curl up and cry a lot. Lost lots of weight, cried about it a lot cuz I was getting skinnier each time, even has my bones sticking out at a point. It was terrible because people would always comment about it and some would say nasty stuffs which clearly made me feel worse. Stomach pains got worse also the weight loss hence had to leave college and take the first flight home.  Went to the hospital and turns out that I have peptic ulcer which is a sore in my stomach. Taking medication
and now I am getting better, it was crazy December for me cuz I was on a low bar in every aspect of my life. 
 
Good news is that I am now a junior in college, almost done and would soon bag that law degree. 
 
How are you doing?
 
How was Christmas and New Year? 
 
How are the state affairs? 
 
  Love, 
  Goodness
 

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Job Opening: First Posting

Posted on Jan 13, 2021
I’ll be finishing up my fourth year as Club Secretary at the end of June. I’m willing to continue with the newsletter, but I’ll need a replacement for Secretary. The job will deliver to you immense power and the respect and fear of all members. Mostly a paperwork job … tracking attendance (once we escape COVID); prepping, attending, and taking minutes at monthly Board meetings; and being the go-to person for inquiries of all sorts. It’s a great way to get engaged in the nitty-gritty of how the Club actually works. Salary negotiable, although non-existent. We won’t check references. If you’re at all interested, drop me an email and we can talk. I got a $15 Panera gift card for Christmas, and I’m willing to throw that in to sweeten the deal.
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week January 15, 2021

Posted on Jan 13, 2021
January 15 - Mike Strigel executive director of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona will talk about the success of that sanctuary which specializes in children's education of Wisconsin nature with numerous exhibits and walking trails. Some of you may remember that we had a road lunch there a few years back.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
 
January 22 -- Our own Jennie Humphrey from LSM Chiropractic will talk about healthy winter activities.
 
January 29 -- 5 on 5
 
February 5 -- Journalist, author, editor, and columnist Doug Moe. Doug recently wrote a biography about Tommy Thompson, Kit Saunders-Nordeen and is currently collaborating with Fred Risser. Doug's topic will be Q & A, questions from us. Write your questions to Leo Edelstein in advance so that Leo can organize and read them to Doug. Don't miss this program and bring a guest. 
 
February 12 -- Pete Smerick will talk about his experiences working for the FBI In Washington DC at its headquarters. Pete currently lives in Gurley, Alabama, and will present his program from there. His presentation is "Inside the Minds of Criminal Profilers".
 
February 19  -- Gregory Renz, a Rotarian in Lake Mills will discuss his book "BENEATH THE FLAMES" in which he will tell of his experiences as a fireman in a small community, then moving to Milwaukee where he experienced totally different and sometimes terrifying experiences. 
 
February 26 -- Past international director, Noel Trevaskis, topic ALL SERVICE CLUBS ARE LOSING
MEMBERS INCLUDING ROTARY CLUBS. WHAT DO WE DO? Noel will discuss how we can be more dynamic and powerful than before. 
 
March 6 -- Geologist Eric Carson will tell the fascinating story of how the last glaciation in the Baraboo
Hills came to be and formed a colossal glacial lake which created Devils Lake and caused a
catastrophic flood as the glacier retreated. Ever wonder how those behemoth obelisk stones surrounding Devils Lake developed? You'll find out. Remember Eric met us at the Pope Farm and explained the geographic structure there. 
 
March 12 – 5 on 5
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. December 18, 2020 

Posted on Dec 17, 2020
 
December 18th - Captain Tim Patton of the Madison Police Department will discuss current conditions and issues of our community. His topic is titled "Coffee with a Cop". Program brought to you from Ed Fink.
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
December 25th – No Meeting
 
January 1st – No Meeting
 
January 8th – Special Zoom Club Dinner!
 
January 15th -- Mike Strigel executive director of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona will talk about the success of that sanctuary which specializes in children's education of Wisconsin nature with numerous exhibits and walking trails. Some of you may remember that we had a road lunch there a few years back. 
 
January 22nd -- Our own Jennie Humphrey from LSM Chiropractic will talk about healthy winter activities.
 
January 29th -- 5 on 5
 
February 5th -- Journalist, author, editor and columnist Doug Moe. Doug recently wrote a biography about Tommy Thompson, Kit Saunders-Nordeen and is currently collaborating with Fred Risser. Doug's topic will be Q & A, questions from us. Write your questions to Leo Edelstein in advance so that Leo can organize and read them to Doug. Don't miss this program and bring a guest. 
 
February 12th -- Pete Smerick will talk about his experiences working for the FBI In Washington DC at it's headquarters. Pete currently lives in Gurley, Alabama and will present his program from there. 
 
 
JOIN ZOOM MEETING
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. December 18, 2020 2020-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Abby Benbow on Thea’s Table Volunteer Opportunity

Posted on Dec 17, 2020
Over the summer, Rotary partnered with Thea's Table, a local non-profit that provides food for families struggling with homelessness. We put together 30 emergency food bags, each of which provided 6 shelf stable meals (two days' worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to a local family of four. 120 tummies full and 720 meals! Since June, the need for these bags has tripled.  With COVID still in full force and evictions continuing to rise, there is now a waitlist of families who are looking for help as they struggle with food scarcity. 
 
As I sit here slurping my fresh coffee and wiping the egg and toast crumbs from my sweater, I know that I'm in a great position to help. If we all step up, we can provide a weekend's worth of food to another 30 families. The biggest task involved is gathering/purchasing all of the food because some are best purchased at Costco, Hy-Vee, Amazon.com, etc, depending on price and items available. I can share the food lists and previous receipts for whoever is interested in helping so that you are able to see where I purchased what and get a sense of the cost.  If each member wants to commit to providing one of the items needed in each of the food bags, I could pick up the items from your house or you could drop them off at my house, and then I would assemble the bags. The breakdown works out to be about $35-$40 per bag, but some of the individual items are a lot more costly than others.
 
Let me know your thoughts! I look forward to working with everyone, in a COVID-safe fashion, to make this happen again!
Abby Benbow on Thea’s Table Volunteer Opportunity 2020-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Barry Pace on The Beacon

Posted on Dec 17, 2020
The Beacon is located on E Washington Ave and provides daycare services for men, women, children, and families that are homeless. Services include a warm, safe building to spend the day, two meals daily, showers, healthcare referral information, a computer room, laundry services, books, TV and magazines, and job referral information. The Beacon does not offer sleeping quarters and “guests” need to depart the facility by 5 pm each day. The building is owned by Dane County and the center is operated by Catholic Charities.  Each day, about 150 homeless guests use the facility. My wife and I have volunteered there throughout 2019 and for the first 2 months of 2020, prior to COVID.  Typically, I would supervise and clean the showers, or do laundry service, or supervise the computer room.  
 
Sally, my wife, would be there 2 or 3 days weekly and devote her time to the family room and the children. It is quite eye-opening when you hear a 5 or 6-year-old say “mommy, where will we sleep tonight”. Heartbreaking, really, but it let us know that our time there was well spent. Because of COVID, we now purchase needed clothing items like socks or underwear and deliver them to The Beacon. Hopefully, post virus, we will be back there helping the homeless in our city.   
  
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Reserve the Evening of Friday, January 8, 2021

Posted on Dec 10, 2020
 
The Club Service committee has got something really special in the works … with a group meal over Zoom. We’re working with a restaurant or two to provide us meals and committee members will deliver them to you in the comfort of your own home at a set time. Spouses and significant others are invited. We’ll then meet on Zoom, dine together, and join in some special activities. We’re still in the planning stages and working out budget/charges, but reserve that date and expect an RSVP shortly.
 
We need another 4-5 members to help us deliver the food orders on Jan 8th. Help us out by contacting Kevin Moran at kevin.moran45@gmail.com
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For Your Reading Pleasure

Posted on Dec 10, 2020
With many us with some free time because of COVID, it’s a great time to catch up on some recreational reading. Our two has two reading groups. You can join one of them (Jeannine Desautels & Ruth Domack). The groups range widely in their reading, they DO conduct their meetings via Zoom during COVID. Consider joining up! But if you’re just looking for some books to read on your own, here are the books these two groups have read over the last 6-7 years. Enjoy!
 

Reading Group #1

Reading Group #2
Apeirogon, McCann
The Rainbow, Lawrence
The Giver of Stars, Moyes
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Simonson
Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens
Madame Fourcade's Secret War, Olson
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain
Citizens of London, Olson
The Nightingale, Hannah
Educated, Westover
The Great Bridge, McCullough
Empty Mansions, Dedman
Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Sullivan
The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
A Gentleman in Moscow, Towles
All Over But the Shoutin', Bragg
A Beautiful Place to Die, Nunn
News of the World, Jiles
In the Kingdom of Ice, Sides
In the Garden of the Beasts, Larson
Devil in the White City, Larson
The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson
Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
The Boy Who Harvested the Wind, Kamkwamba
They Are All My Family, Riordan
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Alexis
Just Mercy, Stevenson
The Light Between Oceans, Stedman
Admirable Evasions, Dalrymple
So Long, See You Tomorrow, Maxwell
The Sympathizer, Nguyen
The Boys in the Boat, Brown
Lila, Robinson
Madame Bovary, Flaubert  
No Ordinary Time, Kearns
Up from Slavery, Washington
Daughters of Mars, Keneally
The Sea Runners, Doig
Steve Jobs, Isaacson  
State Of Wonder, Patchett
Unbroken, Hillanbrand
Lost In Shangri-La, Zuckoff
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lackes, Skloot
Zeitown, Eggers
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, Hessler
Wait Till Next Year, Goodwin
In Sunlight and Shadow, Helprin
All The Light You Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
The Book Thief, Zusak
The River of Doubt, Mallard
The Nightingale, Hannah
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, McNeal
A Gentleman in Moscow, Towles
Destiny of a Republic, Millard
Born a Crime, Noah
Where the Crawdad Sings, Owens
Nothing to Envy, Demick
The Great Alone, Hannah
Little Fires Everywhere, Ng
Citizens of London, Olson
Educated, Westover
Unbroken, Hillenbrand
In the Garden of Beasts, Larson
Devil in the White City, Larson
All the Light You Cannot See, Doerr
Being Mortal, Gawande
So You Want to Talk About Race, Oluo
The Kitchen House, Grissom
Nothing to Envy, Demick
Underground Railroad, Whitehead
Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie
Moby Dick, Melville
The Invention of Wings, Kidd

 
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McAdow Miles Pledges

Posted on Dec 10, 2020
About a month ago, I sent emails to every individual who pledged to support the bicyclists with the exact amount pledged. We’re still awaiting checks from a number of people. You know who you are (and we know where you live!). Please send those checks tomorrow to Treasurer Rich Cooper at the mailing address at the end of this Bulletin.
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. December 11, 2020

Posted on Dec 10, 2020
 
December 11th -- Charles Hunt, a Rotarian from Denver, will tell us about the opportunities of Rotary Peace Corps volunteers. Rotary members don't have to be youngsters either, Charles volunteered when he was in his fifty's. Mary Dunn recommended this program and was a Peace Corp Volunteer herself. Don't miss this one. 
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
December 18th - Captain Tim Patton of the Madison Police Department will discuss current conditions and issues of our community. His topic is titled "Coffee with a Cop". Program brought to you from Ed Fink.
 
December 25th – No Meeting
 
January 1st – No Meeting
 
January 8th – Special Zoom Club Dinner!
 
January 22nd -- Our own Jennie Humphrey from LSM Chiropractic will talk about healthy winter activities.
 
January 29th -- 5 on 5
 
February 5th -- Journalist, author, editor and columnist Doug Moe. Doug recently wrote a biography about Tommy Thompson, Kit Saunders-Nordeen and is currently collaborating with Fred Risser. Doug's topic will be Q & A, questions from us. Write your questions to Leo Edelstein in advance so that Leo can organize and read them to Doug. Don't miss this program and bring a guest. 
 
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. December 11, 2020 2020-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. December 4, 2020

Posted on Dec 03, 2020
 
December 4th – Pippa Jarvis, the managing director of TLC (The Love of Christ), 
Children's Home located in South Africa. Topic Reweaving the social fabric... lessons from loving traumatized children.
 
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS: 

December 11th -- Charles Hunt, a Rotarian from Denver, will tell us about the opportunities of Rotary Peace Corps volunteers. Rotary members don't have to be youngsters either, Charles volunteered when he was in his fifty's. Mary Dunn recommended this program and was a Peace Corp Volunteer herself. Don't miss this one.  
 
December 18th -- TBD 
 
December 25th – No Meet 
 
January 1st – No Meet 
 
January 8th – Special Zoom Club Dinner! 
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. December 4, 2020 2020-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Reserve the Evening of Friday, January 8, 2020

Posted on Dec 03, 2020
The Club Service committee has got something really special in the works … with a group meal over Zoom. We’re working with a restaurant or two to provide us meals and committee members will deliver them to you in the comfort of your own home at a set time. Spouses and significant others are invited. We’ll then meet on Zoom, dine together, and join in some special activities. We’re still in the planning stages and working out budget/charges, but reserve that date and expect an RSVP shortly

 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. November 20, 2020

Posted on Nov 19, 2020
November 20th
Tricia Levenhagen, director of BSP clinic will discuss the activities of this clinic. BSP stands for Benevolent Specialist Physicians. It's like Doctors Without
Boarders except that it's local. Doctors donate their time (pro bono) for patients who have little or no income or insurance. Our club has donated money for this cause, so TUNE IN ! 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
 
December 4th -- Pippa Jarvis, the managing director of TLC (The Love of Christ), Children's Home located in South Africa. Topic Reweaving the social fabric... lessons from loving traumatized children. 
 
December 11th -- Charles Hunt, a Rotarian from Denver, will tell us about the opportunities of Rotary Peace Corps volunteers. Rotary members don't have to be youngsters either, Charles volunteered when he was in his fifty's. Mary Dunn recommended this program and was a Peace Corp Volunteer herself. Don't miss this one. 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. November 13, 2020

Posted on Nov 12, 2020
 
November 13th Lisa Peyton-Claire, CEO & President Foundation for Black Women's Wellness and Alia Stevenson, M.S. Chief Programs Officer will talk about Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Program.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
November 20th – Tricia Levenhagen, director of BSP clinic will discuss the activities of this clinic. BSP stands for Benevolent Specialist Physicians. It's like Doctors Without Borders except that it's local. Doctors donate their time (pro bono) for patients who have little or no income or insurance. Our club has donated money for this cause, so TUNE IN! 
 
November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
 
December 4th -- Pippa Jarvis, the managing director of TLC (The Love of Christ), Children's Home located in South Africa. Topic Reweaving the social fabric... lessons from loving traumatized children. 
 
December 11th -- Charles Hunt, a Rotarian from Denver, will tell us about the opportunities of Rotary Peace Corps volunteers. Rotary members don't have to be youngsters either, Charles volunteered when he was in his fifty's. Mary Dunn recommended this program and was a Peace Corps Volunteer herself. Don't miss this one. 
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. November 13, 2020 2020-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Adios, Kico 

Posted on Nov 12, 2020
Long-time member Kico Gandara will be moving home to Guatemala in the early spring and has requested to leave our Club and transfer to Club there. 
 
He’s been an Economic Development Consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. This job meant loads of travel, so he rarely made meetings. But his impact on many of our Latin American projects was substantial. He said in an email: “I will miss seeing you and the members of the club. I leave heartbroken but it is time to go back to my farms and take care of my business in Guatemala. We built a beautiful house that we haven’t enjoyed enough. I hope you will join the members of our Rotary Club in one of the trips for the Medical Mission and Scholarship Program.”       
 
He will be missed. For those older members who remember him and want to drop him a line, his email is enrique_gandara7805@msn.com 
Adios, Kico 2020-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, November 05, 2020

Posted on Nov 05, 2020
November 6th Past District Governor, Dean Dickinson, will talk about
"Why the Rotary Foundation."  
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
November 13th - Lisa Peyton-ClaireCEO & President and Alia Stevenson, M.S. Chief Programs Officer will talk about The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Program
 
November 20th – Tricia Levenhagen, director of BSP clinic will discuss the activities of this clinic. BSP stands for Benevolent Specialist Physicians. It's like Doctors Without Borders except that it's local. Doctors donate their time (pro bono) for patients who have little or no income or insurance. Our club has donated money for this cause, so TUNE IN! 
 
November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
 
December 4th -- Pippa Jarvis, the managing director of TLC (The Love of Christ), Children's Home located in South Africa. Topic Reweaving the social fabric... lessons from loving traumatized children. 
 
December 11th -- Charles Hunt, a Rotarian from Denver, will tell us about the opportunities for Rotary Peace Corps volunteers. Rotary members don't have to be youngsters either, Charles volunteered when he was in his fifty's. Mary Dunn recommended this program and was a Peace Corps Volunteer herself. Don't miss this one. 
 
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
 
Password: 589137
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, November 05, 2020 2020-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
Get Those McAdow Pledge Checks in the Mail! 2020-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. October 30, 2020

Posted on Oct 29, 2020
October 30th – Regular meeting, followed by breakout meetings of Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service Committees. Learn the details of what’s going on with the Club and see how you can become involved.
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
November 6th - Past District Governor, Dean Dickinson, will talk about "Why the Rotary Foundation". 
 
November 13th - Kathy Roberg will talk about The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Program
 
November 20th – Tricia Levenhagen, director of BSP clinic will discuss the activities of this clinic. BSP stands for Benevolent Specialist Physicians. It's like Doctors Without Borders except that it's local. Doctors donate their time (pro bono) for patients who have little or no income or insurance. Our club has donated money for this cause, so TUNE IN! 
 
November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
 
December 4th -- Pippa Jarvis, the managing director of TLC (The Love of Christ), Children's Home located in South Africa. Topic Reweaving the social fabric... lessons from loving traumatized children. 
 
December 11th -- Charles Hunt, a Rotarian from Denver, will tell us about the opportunities for Rotary Peace Corps volunteers. Rotary members don't have to be youngsters either, Charles volunteered when he was in his fifty's. Mary Dunn recommended this program and was a Peace Corps Volunteer herself. Don't miss this one. 
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. October 30, 2020 2020-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

NEW DEDUCTION

Posted on Oct 29, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March 2020, allows taxpayers who are taking the standard deduction (rather than itemizing deductions) to claim up to $300 in charitable deductions, to a 501(c)(3) charity (such as our Rotary Foundation).
 
NEW DEDUCTION 2020-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. October 23, 2020

Posted on Oct 23, 2020
October 23rd  - Jefferson Middle School Principal Susan Abplanalp and Assistant Principal Larry Love. Jefferson is one of our organizations that we support through our Vocational Service Committee. Please show your support and show up virtually on Friday. The link is below in this Bulletin. If you'd like some tech assistance, please reach out to me and I (Steve at SAUNE@amfam.com) will help out!
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
October 30th – Committee Work
 
November 6th - Past District Governor, Dean Dickinson, will talk about "Why the Rotary Foundation".
 
November 13th - Kathy Roberg will talk about The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Program
 
November 20th – Tricia Levenhagen, director of BSP clinic will discuss the activities of this clinic. BSP stands for Benevolent Specialist Physicians. It's like Doctors Without Boarders except that it's local. Doctors donate their time (pro bono) for patients who have little or no income or insurance. Our club has donated money for this cause, so TUNE IN ! 
 
November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. October 23, 2020 2020-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation WANTS YOU!

Posted by  John A. Gerold on Oct 22, 2020
If you are considering a gift to help out in these challenging times, consider a gift to the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation. Here are some facts that may help you decide the best way for you to give.
 
NEW DEDUCTION:
The Coronavirus Aid, relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March 2020, allows taxpayers who are taking the standard deduction (rather than itemizing deductions) to claim up to $300 in charitable deductions, to a 501(c)(3) charity (such as our Rotary Foundation).
 
FOR DONORS WHO ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS:
You can now give more to charity before reaching your adjusted gross income (AGI) limitation.  Formerly set at 60%, the limitation for cash contributions to charities has now been raised to 100% of an individual’s AGI for 2020. Any giving beyond this 100% limitation may be carried over and used in the next five years.  This provision, however, excludes giving any contributions made to established or maintain donor-advised funds (DAFs). This means that itemizing DAF donors who exhaust the 60% limit with cash contributions to their DAFs in 2020 could make any additional donations outside their DAF and have those donations qualify for a deduction (up until reaching the 100% limit).
 
As always, we urge you to consult with your financial or tax advisor to learn more about your options and the CARES act before making any giving decisions.
 
 John A. Gerold
 [The above information was taken from the Fall 2020 MOM’s newsletter.]
Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation WANTS YOU!  John A. Gerold 2020-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

First Woman Nominated, Rotary International President

Posted on Oct 21, 2020

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

First Woman Nominated, Rotary International President Ryan Hyland, Rotary International 2020-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Your Club Board Members

 
Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, PO Box 620312, Middleton WI 53562

We meet at Serendipity Labs, 6th floor Johnson Bank Building, SOUTH TOWER, 525 Junction Road (right next to Panera Bread) We’re doing this on a month-to-month basis right now, but it may lead to a long-term arrangement.

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 mwt-mrotaryclub.org

 
 
Your Club Board Members 2020-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, October 16, 2020

Posted on Oct 15, 2020
October 16th - Our own Rotary member Tony Burns will have his wife Lori present the intricacies and protocols and different ways of voting. Lori is the City Clerk of Middleton. A very timely topic.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

October 23rd - Jefferson Middle School Principal Susan Abplanalp and Assistant Principal Larry Love October 30th – Committee Work

November 6th - Past District Governor, Dean Dickinson, will talk about "Why the Rotary Foundation".

November 13th - Kathy Roberg will talk about The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Program

November 20th – Tricia Levenhagen, director of BSP clinic will discuss the activities of this clinic. BSP stands for Benevolent Specialist Physicians. It's like Doctors Without Borders except that it's local. Doctors donate their time (pro bono) for patients who have little or no income or insurance. Our club has donated money for this cause, so TUNE IN !

November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)

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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, October 16, 2020 2020-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, October 9, 2020

Posted on Oct 08, 2020
October 9th - Speaker Nancy Mistele will talk about the heartening prospect of "Bioprotect" safety and peace of mind in COVID Times.
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:
October 16th - Our own Rotary member Tony Burns will have his wife Lori present the intricacies and protocols and different ways of voting. Lori is the City Clerk of Middleton. A very timely topic.
October 23rd - Jefferson Middle School Principal Susan Abplanalp and Assistant Principal Larry Love October 30th – Committee Work
November 6th - Past District Governor, Dean Dickinson, will talk about "Why the Rotary Foundation". November 13th - Kathy Roberg will talk about The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Program
November 20th – Open
November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, October 9, 2020 2020-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Step Up and Become a Youth Protection Officer (YPO)

Posted on Oct 01, 2020
We need a new one. Here’s a writeup from past YPO Mick Faulhaber on the job. Give it some thought and consider volunteering.
 
Several years ago, I became our club’s YPO. During that time, I became closer to Rotary’s Youth Exchange program and, more importantly, to our inbound students from around the world. This afforded me the opportunity to visit the homes of the hosts’ families and to meet the people who so graciously offer their family life to another world culture. What a terrific international experience.
 
But now is the time for me to open this position to another club member to have this experience of a lifetime. It worked for me during my busy career as the time commitment was not that demanding: three home visits a year, a couple of social gatherings, an annual district training session, and a certification background check. It also kept me focused on the student’s wellbeing and ensuring that they were in a safe and rewarding environment.
 
Please think about this opportunity and open the door of service to Rotary’s and our club’s international avenue of service.
 
Go for it!
 
Your contact is Connie Fish (formerly Smith): cfish@ward-brodt.com
Step Up and Become a Youth Protection Officer (YPO) 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, October 2, 2020

Posted on Oct 01, 2020
September 18th - Tom Still, a business journalist for the WSJ and president of the Wisconsin Technology Council will talk about the teaming up of Epic, Promega and Exact Science Companies coronavirus testing system and combating Covid-19.
 
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September 18th - Program will be by Holland Kim Foelker a UW Madison engineering student. The title of her presentation is "Interact, Rotaract and Rotary in the Philippines." She has spoken at the district meeting and is a dynamic speaker.
 
 
October 9th - Speaker Nancy Mistele will talk about the heartening prospect of "Bioprotect" safety and peace of mind in COVID Times.
October 16th - Our own Rotary member Tony Burns will have his wife Lori present the intricacies and protocols and different ways of voting. Lori is the City Clerk of Middleton. A very timely topic.
October 23rd - Jefferson Middle School Principal Susan Abplanalp and Assistant Principal Larry Love
October 30th – Committee Work
November 6th - Past District Governor, Dean Dickinson, will talk about "Why the Rotary Foundation".
November 13th - Kathy Roberg will talk about The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Program
November 20th – Open
November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, October 2, 2020 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Stay Safe and Promote Rotary

Posted on Sep 24, 2020
ROTARY BRAND MASKS FOR SALE
Stylish and very useful Rotary brand masks are available now, in limited quantities. When they're gone, they're gone. $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00, including shipping. E-mail MB Growney Selene if you are interested at mbgrowneyselene@ryansigns.net. Payment instructions will be included in your package Thank you for your interest in good health and being Rotary proud!

Stay Safe and Promote Rotary 2020-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

Posted on Sep 24, 2020
October 2nd - Tom Still, a business journalist for the WSJ and president of the Wisconsin Technology Council will talk about the teaming up of Epic, Promega and Exact Science Companies coronavirus testing system and combating Covid-19.
 
October 9th - Speaker Nancy Mistele will talk about the heartening prospect of "Bioprotect" safety and peace of mind in COVID Times.
 
October 16th - Our own Rotary member Tony Burns will have his wife Lori present the intricacies and protocols and different ways of voting. Lori is the City Clerk of Middleton. A very timely topic.
 
October 23rd - Jefferson Middle School Principal Susan Abplanalp and Assistant Principal Larry Love October 30th – Committee Work
 
November 6th - Past District Governor, Dean Dickinson, will talk about "Why the Rotary Foundation". November 13th - Kathy Roberg will talk about The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness Program
 
November 20th – Open
 
November 27th – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
UPCOMING PROGRAMS: 2020-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. September 25, 2020

Posted on Sep 24, 2020
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September 18th - Program will be by Holland Kim Foelker a UW Madison engineering student. The title of her presentation is "Interact, Rotaract and Rotary in the Philippines." She has spoken at the district meeting and is a dynamic speaker.
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. September 25, 2020 2020-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Recruiting for Silent Auction 2021 Committee Members

Posted on Sep 17, 2020
Our silent auction committee had great success this year but in anticipation of an increased goal in 2021, we need a few more committee members to join us. Leo and Abby could use some help in getting out to the community’s shop owners for donations including more golf courses for foursomes and golf swag.
 
Ruth could use a couple of data entry people to help streamline the on-line auction set-up process. Deb and Jeannine need additional “creative types” to help create and wrap baskets and take pictures of the finished product.
 
Email your interest to any committee member. Thank you for your support!
 
Your Silent Auction Committee – Abby Benbow (abbybenbow@gmail.comm),
Deb Dieter (debragdieter@gmail.com),
Jeannine Desautels (jeanninembd@gmail.com),
Ruth Domack (ruthdomack@gmail.com),
Leo Edelstein (leothelip@hotmail.com)

Recruiting for Silent Auction 2021 Committee Members 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Golf Event Chair Mary Beth Growney-Selene and Team Deliver VictoryDespite COVID’s best efforts to derail our major fundraiser, we had a very successful outcome, 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

MWTWR Hits National Press

Posted on Sep 17, 2020
I know you NEVER imagined it would happen, but our Club merited mention in the Sept/Oct issue of Driving Digest in a nice article about our very own Mary Ruth Marks. Our volunteer work at her event at Notara Farms is mentioned. Congrats to our Steel Magnolia. For more insights into this unique equine sport, check out http://www.drivingdigest.com/about-us

MWTWR Hits National Press 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

UPCOMING PROGRAMS as of Sept 18, 2020

Posted on Sep 17, 2020
TODAY September 18th - Enis Ragland will talk about "100 Black Men," a men's civic organization and service club whose goal is to educate and empower African-American children and teens. There are 110 chapters in the US. Enis was the first president of Madison's chapter 25 years ago. Enis was also deputy mayor for several Madison mayors.
 
 
September 25th - Program will be by Holland Kim Foelker a UW Madison engineering student. The title of her presentation is "Interact, Rotaract and Rotary in the Philippines" She has spoken at the district meeting and is a dynamic speaker.
 
October 2nd - Tom Still, a business journalist for the WSJ and president of the Wisconsin Technology Council will talk about the teaming up of Epic, Promega and Exact Science Companies coronavirus testing system and combating Covid-19.
 
October 9th - Speaker Nancy Mistele will talk about the heartening prospect of "Bioprotect" safety and peace of mind in COVID Times.
 
October 16th - Our own Rotary member Tony Burns will have his wife Lori present the intricacies and protocols and different ways of voting. Lori is the City Clerk of Middleton. A very timely topic.
 
October 23rd - Jefferson Middle School Principal Susan Abplanalp and Assistant Principal Larry Love
UPCOMING PROGRAMS as of Sept 18, 2020 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. September 18, 2020 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Program Ideas

Posted on Sep 10, 2020

Jim Olmsted runs the speaker program. He’s provided us with a range of interesting speakers over the last few years, both flesh-and-blood and virtual. But Jim’s fertile mind could use some assistance in coming up with program topics and contacts. Who do you know that could present us with an interesting program … hobbies, company insights, sports, hunting, crazy collectors, you name it. The only exclusions are politics and speakers that just want to sell us something. Think about the people you know … neighbors, old/new friends, people at your office or social club. Do your ruminating and then send an email to Jim at jolmsted7562@gmail.com


 

Program Ideas 2020-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. September 11, 2020

Posted on Sep 10, 2020

FIVE BY FIVE … Four (which is almost five) members talk to us for 5-8 minutes apiece about their lives. These sessions never take place without all of us hearing surprising tidbits from member backgrounds. Tune in and enjoy. We’ll also hear an update on the results of our Rotary Golf Outing.

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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. September 11, 2020 2020-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

An Update from our Recent Inbound Student Goodness Otun

Posted on Sep 10, 2020
I know It has been a long time I have sent a mail, online school and adjusting to a pandemic has take up most of my time. So many months have passed by in a blur and 2020 keeps bringing in new surprises.
 
How are you doing? How are you adjusting to the pandemic? I miss you so much and there is no day I don’t look at my jacket/flag and think of you (my family) back in America.
 
My update on my life:
Done with online school for the semester, about to write my finals and after that, I will be a junior in college!! (So excited). My aunt died in April of stage 4 breast cancer and that took a big turn for my family and me because the death of a loved one is never forgotten, I think of her a lot cuz the littlest things remind of me of her. I am glad I got to spend part of her final weeks with her.
 
 I am officially 18!!! Though it was months back (May), pls if you wished me happy birthday on any social media platform apart from Instagram and Snapchat then I am so sorry because I have left all others. I am mostly reached on my mail, IG or Snapchat. [email is otun_goodness@yahoo.com]
 
I will keep saying this and I say this to people when the conversation pops up that I made the right decision on doing an exchange because I met wonderful people I can call family even though it was for a short year.
 
I love you and miss you so much and hope you take care of yourselves.
An Update from our Recent Inbound Student Goodness Otun 2020-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Board Zoom Meeting This Tuesday, Sept 15, at 7am 2020-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

McAdow Miles Team Continues to Rack up the Miles

Posted on Sep 10, 2020
Saturday’s ride was 18.6 miles through central and southern Madison with a large crew. Great weather, wonderful fellowship, and not much in the way of hills. If you have an inkling to join us for a ride before Mother Nature draws the curtain, contact Jack at jack46ferreri@gmail.com.

McAdow Miles Team Continues to Rack up the Miles 2020-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Posted on Sep 10, 2020
September 18th - Enis Ragland will talk about "100 Black Men". which is a men's civic organization and service club whose goal is to educate and empower African-American children and teens. There are 110 chapters in the US. Enis was the first president of Madison's chapter 25 years ago. Enis was also deputy mayor for several Madison mayors.
 
September 25th - Program will be by Holland Kim Foelker a UW Madison engineering student. The title of her presentation is "Interact, Rotaract and Rotary in the Philippines" She has spoken at the district meeting and is a dynamic speaker.
 
October 2nd - Tom Still, a business journalist for the WSJ and president of the Wisconsin Technology Council will talk about the teaming up of Epic, Promega and Exact Science Companies coronavirus testing system and combating Covid-19.
 
October 9th - Speaker Nancy Mistele will talk about the heartening prospect of "Bioprotect" safety and peace of mind in COVID Times.
 
October 16th - Our own Rotary member Tony Burns will have his wife Lori present the intricacies and protocols and different ways of voting. Lori is the City Clerk of Middleton. A very timely topic.
 
October 23rd - Jefferson Middle School Principal Susan Abplanalp and Assistant Principal Larry Love
UPCOMING PROGRAMS 2020-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat Work Day on Saturday, August 1

Posted on Aug 27, 2020
 
Pictured: Steve Aune, Dean Ryerson, Rod Nilles, & Mary Beth Growney-Selene. Others not in the picture: Andrew Aune and Josh Osing. Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 3818 Eliot Lane in Madison. Work accomplished: hung external sheeting and put up Tyvek vapor barrier.     
 
THANK YOU to all who helped with this Work Day.  It was a gratifying and fun “boots on the ground” event.
 
 
Rod Nilles reports on a successful effort:
 
Habitat Work Day on Saturday, August 1 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Program Ideas

Posted on Aug 27, 2020
Jim Olmsted runs the speaker program. He’s provided us with a range of interesting speakers over the last few years, both flesh-and-blood and virtual. But Jim’s fertile mind could use some assistance in coming up with program topics and contacts. Who do you know that could present us with an interesting program … hobbies, company insights, sports, hunting, crazy collectors, you name it. The only exclusions are politics and speakers that just want to sell us something. Think about the people you know … neighbors, old/new friends, people at your office or social club. Do your ruminating and then send an email to Jim at jolmsted7562@gmail.com 
Program Ideas 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing Success!

Posted on Aug 27, 2020
Looks like everything went well despite Mister COVID’s attempts to spoil the party. 103 golfers signed up, sponsorships were up, the Online Silent Auction was tremendous, and the team running the event even provided us with wonderful weather. Details to come. Thanks to all who participated!
Golf Outing Success! 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, August 28, 2020 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Golf Outing - Online Auction Items in Order of Appearance

Posted on Aug 13, 2020
The Online Auction link is 
 
It will be populated in the next few days.
  1. Aprilaire Room Air Purifier
  2. Marco Island Condo for One week
  3. Voyager Edge Bluetooth Headset
  4. Blackhawk Country Club Foursome with Carts
  5. 50” Toshiba Smart TV
  6. Case of Johnsonville Brats
  7. Collectible Golf Shadowbox and Nevada Bob’s $50 Gift Certificate
  8. Lake Wisconsin Country Club Foursome with Carts
  9. WI Dells Weekend Getaway
  10. Ice Cream maker and fixings
  11. Balvenie Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Bottle
  12. Blackhawk Country Club Foursome and Carts
  13. Samsung Jitterbug Cell Phone
  14. Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle and 5 gently used books
  15. Bike Accessories and $75 Gift Card to Budget Bicycle
  16. Hotel Red Gift Card for One Night Stay
  17. Margarita Mixings plus Appetizer Plates, Platter and Serving bowl
  18. Madison Themed Gift Basket with Metcalfe’s Gift Card and Food Fight Gift card
  19. Diamond Stud Earrings
  20. Nature basket for Back Yard Birding and 2 Bottles of Rose wine
  21. Laser Cut Topographical Map of Madison Lakes
  22. NAPPA Car Cleaning Kit plus $50 gas card and 2 oil changes
  23. Eno Vino Gift Certificate and Bottle of Wine
  24. Blackhawk County Club Foursome with Carts
  25. Basket of Alcohol-related Products
  26. Edelweiss Golf Course Foursome and American Family Swag Basket
  27. Pinot Grigio Magnum Bottle and $50 Food Fight gift card
  28. Gift Basket With Mary Kay Products
  29. Uncirculated Ben Franklin Silver Half Doller
  30. $250 Gift Certificate for Middleton Jewelers
  31. Patio Waterfall Fountain with Led Lights
  32. Complete Car Detailing plus $50 gas card and oil change
  33. Fishing Rod, Tackle Box, Net and $50 Food Fight Gift Card
  34. Uncirculated Liberty Silver Dollar
  35. Pleasant View Foursome with Carts
  36. Kids tent/ Canopy, Four-Way Test Soccer Ball and Princeton Club Gift Certificate
  37. Bloody Mary Mixings
  38. Aprilaire Air Purifier
  39. Date Night Gift Cards to Lake Wi Country Club Fish Fry, Food Fight and the Great Dane
  40. Two Picture Frames and $50 Food Fight Gift Card
  41. Baking Basket
  42. Target $100 Gift Card

 
 
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Online Auction Headed for Home Stretch!

Posted on Aug 13, 2020
Most of the auction donations have been delivered and the committee has been busy creating display baskets and photo shoots for the online auction. We currently have 42 auction displays. Thank you to everyone who has participated.
 
We are still in need of a few brave souls (I have 2 now, one in Chicago and one in Florida) to act as helpers for bidders during the auction from August 17 to 24. You just need to have your cell phone handy for questions via calls, texts, or emails.
 
We also need a few volunteers to help deliver the auction items to the winning bidders. This activity will be from August 25 – August 28. Please let Ruth know if you can help out (608-444-6060). Your Silent Auction Committee: Abby Benbow, Jeannine Desautels, Deb Dieter, Ruth Domack, Leo Edelstein
 
Thank You Your Donations!!
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Golf Outing Sponsorships … Thank You!

Posted on Aug 13, 2020
Anonymous
Badger Testing Services
Be A Gift To The World - Mary Van Hout
Bergstrom
Capitol Bank
Celerity Staffing Solutions
Charter Members - John Gerold
Cress Funeral & Cremation
Emergency Fire & Water Restoration
Hemb Insurance Group
LSM Chiropractic
Madison Top Company
Middleton Jewelers
Monona Bank
Moren InvestmentsBMO Harris Bank
Musser Capital Advisors
Paul's Neighborhood Grill
Select One Mortage
Service Above Self - Paul Patenaude
ServPro Dane West
Steve Aune & Associates - Golf Cart Sponsor
TDS
Waltz Sign Company
Yesbeck Delgado Group-Baird
 
In-kind Printing Sponsor                                          
American Family Insurance
 
Golf Cart Sponsor                                                        
Steve Aune & Associates - American Family Insurance
 
Beverage Cart Sponsor                                              
Guaranteed Rate
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Golf Outing Help Still Needed!

Posted on Aug 13, 2020
Our biggest annual fundraiser could still use your help!  Please consider signing up for a few hours to assist selling mulligans, raffle tickets, and string.  Or maybe the putting contest would be more fun for you to manage!  We are requiring distancing, masks and will provide gloves so we can stay safe.  Please contact Mary Van Hout at  maryevanhout@gmail.com to sign up to volunteer.  Thanks!!
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week, August 14, 2020 2020-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing Sponsorships … Thank You!

Posted on Aug 06, 2020
American Family Insurance - In-kind Printing Sponsor
Anonymous
Badger Testing Services
Be A Gift To The World - Mary Van Hout
Be Gift to the World
Bergstrom
BMO/Roxanne Brazeau
Capitol Bank
Celerity Staffing Solutions
Charter Members - John Gerold/Jerry McAdow
Cress Funeral & Cremation
Emergency Fire & Water Restoration
Hemb Insurance Group
LSM Chiropractic
Madison Top Company
Middleton Jewelers
Monona Bank
Moren Investments
Musser Capital Advisors
Paul's Neighborhood Grill
Select One Mortage
Service Above Self - Paul Patenaude
ServPro Dane West
TDS
Waltz Sign Company
Yesbeck Delgado Group-Baird
 
Golf Cart Sponsor
American Family Insurance - Steve Aune & Associates
 
In-Kind Printing
American Family Insurance
 
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Anticipating a Successful Silent Auction!

Posted on Aug 06, 2020
The 2020 Silent Auction Committee thanks you for your generosity and involvement. We have received over 50 auction items. Most of the items will be sold individually while some will be mixed in a basket display. We should have over 30 auction bid items. If your item/name does not appear below, please contact a member of the committee so the mistake can be corrected.
 
Our auction this year is intended to be “Covid friendly” and therefore on-line only. Anyone can bid from anywhere so please pass on the auction website when you get the registration information in the next week to 10 days after we load the auction items to the site. The auction will begin Monday, August 17 through Monday, August 24, 2020.
 
That said we need anyone from the club (or friend of club) who is willing to be a Help Desk “organizer”. The organizer is available via your smartphone to answer bidder questions during the entire auction period no matter the location of the organizer. An organizer can go to the site https://www.32auctions.com/MWT-MRotaryClubFoundation and review FAQ’s and become familiar with the site. If you are willing, please contact Ruth Domack, 608-444-6060 or ruthdomack@gmail.com.      
 
Thank you from your  Silent Auction Committee:
Abby Benbow (262-573-1479)
Jeannine Desautels (608-332-1410)
Deb Dieter (608-235-4030)
Ruth Domack (608-444-6060)
Leo Edelstein (608-3335731)
 
We have received most of your wonderful donations:
 
 
Foursome at Pleasant View Pleasant View
Weekend Getaway in The Dells  Greg Blum
Aprilaire Room Air Purifier Cory Recknor/Aprilaire
6 - $50 Food Fight Gift Cards Peder Moran
A two-bedroom condo in Florida  Matt Loch
Ice Cream Maker & Fixings Deb Dieter
Magnum Bottle of Pinot Grigio    Bob & Kathy Rounds/Deb Dieter
Zebco Fishing Rod, Tackle box & net Bob & Kathy Rounds/Deb Dieter
Lake WI Country Club & Friday Night Fish Fry Doug Coerper
Patio Water Fountain Ruth Domack
Hotel Red Certificate for One night Cherie Gon/Ruth Domack
Eno Vino $100 certificate & bottle of wine Cherie Gon/Ruth Domack
Margarita theme app plates & platterCherie Gon/Ruth Domack
50” Toshiba TV  Mary Beth Growney-Selene
3 Foursome certificates plus cart @ Blackhawk CC Stu Herro
Golf Basket & foursome to Edelweiss Steve Aune
$50 gift card to Nevada Bob’s Bill Hinckley
Car Care oil change certificates  Car Care/Leo Edelstein
Case of Johnsonville Brats Metcalfe’s Market at WT/Leo Edelstein
Basket of alcohol-related products Abby Benbow
Basket of local restaurant gift cards Charlie Wills Team/Abby Benbow
Bike stuff and gift cards  McAdow Miles Bike Group
5 “gently used books” Jim and Lisa Olmsted
Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon & Scotch  Jack Ferreri
6 oil change certificates  Don Miller Motors/Leo Edelstein
3.0 L Cabernet Sauvignon Steve’s Liquors/Leo Edelstein
3 $50 gas cards & 3 1mo Princeton Club  Mid-West Family Marketing/Leo Edelstein
Samsung Jitterbug phone & Bluetooth headset Madison Computer Works/Leo Edelstein
$250 gift card Middleton Jewelers/Leo Edelstein
Complete car detail Smart Motors/Leo Edelstein
$25 certificate  Great Dane/Leo Edelstein
Cash Donations Mary Feldt, Abby Benbow, John Gerold, John Olsen
Canvas Chair Wolff Kubly/Leo Edelstein
Bucket of auto cleaning items Napa Auto Parts/Leo Edelstein
2 Picture Frames Camelot Interiors/Leo Edelstein  
Golf case of collectibles University Coin & Jewelry/Leo Edelstein  
Uncirculated silver dollar and half dollar University Coin & Jewelry/Leo Edelstein
Diamond earrings University Coin & Jewelry/Leo Edelstein
Topographical Map of Madison Lakes Dennis Zitnak
Backyard Bird items & 2 bottles Rose Wine Mary Van Hout
Bloody Mary Mixings Heidi Courtney
2 oil changes CarX Muffler & Auto Repair/Leo Edelstein
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. July 31, 2020

Posted on Jul 30, 2020
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR CITY
From rural/agricultural origins, Middleton has become a thriving and vibrant  community that is a vital commercial and business center.
 
Lisa Quam from the Middleton Chamber will be our speaker
 
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week July 24, 2020

Posted on Jul 23, 2020
District Governor Bill Pritchard from LaCrosse After Hours Club will be speaking at our meeting. He stopped in (virtually, of course) at the Board Meeting on Tuesday morning at 7 am, and he’s someone with a dynamic message about the impact of Rotary.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        District Governor Bill Pritchard
 
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Golf Outing Silent Auction

Posted on Jul 23, 2020
The Golf Outing was a significant item at Tuesday’s Board Meeting. After discussion, we have decided to proceed with the event. President Steve Aune sent out an email earlier this week on precautions and background on our discussions. 
 
 
Our MWT-M Golf Outing is scheduled for August 24, 2020. The Silent Auction Committee asks all members to donate to the auction. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
  1. Anything sports related, especially golf.
  2. Dog Basket: treats, lighted leash, furminator brush, dental bones, dog toys, dog bed etc.
  3. Family Game Night: Jenga, Uno, deck of cards, Sorry, Battleship, Checkers, Scrabble etc.
  4. Small mini bottles of booze (committee will create the display)
  5. Martini Time: gin, martini utensils, martini glasses, serving tray, ice bucket
  6. Pasta Night: colander, various pastas, pasta sauce, bottles of wine  
  7. Moscow Mule Fixins: including Tito’s vodka, straws, copper cups, Meyers ginger Beer 8. Gently used books for the Isolation days/nights/weeks/ months. 
  8. Tackle box of fishing necessities for first-timers (youth as well as adults). We have the fishing rod but need the supplements.
Committee members will pick up your donations when ready. If you’d prefer to “sponsor” one of these suggestions but don’t have the time to shop, simply donate an amount to a committee member and the committee will do the shopping. (Suggested amount $50 minimum)
     If you’d prefer to “sponsor” one of these suggestions but don’t have the time to shop, simply donate an amount to a committee member and the committee will do the shopping. (Suggested amount $50 minimum)
 
Thank You for the Donations Already Pledged! The following members have pledged these donations:
Thank you from the Silent Auction Committee: Abby Benbow (262-573-1479)
Jeannine Desautels (608-332-1410)
Deb Dieter (608-235-4030)
Ruth Domack (608-444-6060)
Leo Edelstein (608-3335731)
 
Thank You for the Donations Already Pledged! The following members have pledged these donations:
4 Tickets to Overture                                       
Roxanne Brazeau/BMO
 Weekend Getaway in The Dells                      
Greg Blum
Aprilaire Room Air Filter                                
Cory Recknor/Aprilaire
Two bedroom condo in Florida                       
Matt Loch
Ice Cream Maker & Fixings                             
Deb Dieter
Magnum Bottle of Pinot Grigio from Terlato Vineyards
Bob & Kathy Rounds (friends of MWT-M)
Zebco Fishing (need tackle box etc)                
Bob & Kathy Rounds
Lake WI Country Club & Friday Night Fish 
Doug Coerper
Patio Heater with Cooler                                 
Ruth Domack
Hotel Red Certificate for One night                 
Cherie Gon
Eno Vino $100 certificate & bottle of wine     
Cherie Gon
Margarita theme app plates & platterCherie Gon
50” Toshiba TV    Mary Beth Growney-Selene
3 Foursome certificates plus cart @ Blackhawk CCStu Herro
Basket      Steve Aune

 
                                                                    
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We Need Your Help! – Habitat Workday

Posted on Jul 23, 2020

Rotary’s Habitat Work Day is a  week away and we need 3 more volunteers.

One of our Rotary projects that puts boots on the ground is coming up. On Saturday, August 1, our club is scheduled to work on a Habitat home in Fitchburg. Our goal is to have a crew of 8  volunteers for this event. As of now, we need 5 more volunteers. Please consider helping on this worthy Community Service Project.

Details: Saturday, August 1, from 8:15 to 3:30 at 4610 Unity Ln.  Fitchburg      We are to bring our own lunch and our face mask. Six foot social distancing and masks when appropriate. You may want to bring your own water bottle. They recommend frequent hand washing and will have provisions for washing. You will not be required to do anything that makes you feel unsafe or unhealthy.

Registration is on line:    https://habitatdane.volunteerhub.com/lp/westtowne/

 

The Dane Co. Habitat home ownership program has been very successful. There have been well over 200 families that have permanent housing in Dane Co. through Habitat for Humanity. Habitat will assign a trained supervisor to show us what needs to be done. What a great way to help our neighbors!  Please consider volunteering on Saturday, August 1. We are here to answer your questions.

  • Rod Nilles            rcnilles@chorus.net or 608 836-5562
  • Todd Wiegand   twiegs2@gmail.com or 608 213-8118  
 

 
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From John Gerold regarding Our Club’s Foundation

Posted by John A. Gerold on Jul 16, 2020
Members of the MWT-M Rotary Club:
 
Our Club is one of a few that has its own Rotary Foundation. This year with the pandemic, some of the fund raising activities have taken a hit which will affect our future donations to needing organizations, but there is a tax deductible way you can help the Foundation raise funds.
 
In response to the pandemic, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (‘CARES'), which has many tax relief provisions for individuals. One in particular for Rotarians in our Club to be aware of relates to Charitable contributions.
 
The following favorable rules apply to cash contributions made during 2020 to certain charities:
  • Individuals who do not itemize can claim an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 for such contributions;
  • Individuals who itemize can deduct such contributions up to 100% of adjusted gross income.  
So, if you are so inclined, a contribution to the MWT-M Rotary Foundation can be deductible at least up to the $300 limit. If you are one of those taxpayers who still can itemize deductions, then, of course, your deduction can be of any amount.
 
In any case, when you are thinking about making a charitable contribution, please keep the MWT-M Rotary Foundation in mind. Donations can be given to our Treasurer in person (when that can happen again) or checks can be mailed to: MWT-M Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 620312, Middleton, WI 53562.
 
John A. Gerold [P.S. This is NOT intended to be tax advice. It is only for informational purposes. Please consult with your tax advisor for specific advice.]

 
From John Gerold regarding Our Club’s Foundation John A. Gerold 2020-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

ANOTHER VIRTUAL MEETING VIA ZOOM THIS WEEK

Posted on Jul 16, 2020
This is gonna be a fun meeting! Mitch Henck and Joe Klein will present their mini version of current events. "Outside the Box."  Try to stump Mitch and Joe limiting questions about Milwaukee Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, Professional golf, college basketball, Badger Football, Badger basketball. Example; Who was in the starting lineup for the 1955 Milwaukee Braves; or what was the defensive line up for the 1966 Green Bay Packers; or who was the only college football player to win the Heisman trophy on a losing team. Stuff like that, but keep the sports questions limited to the above categories. Let’s make it fun during these trying times.
 
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Golf Outing Silent Auction

Posted on Jul 16, 2020
Our MWT-M Golf Outing is scheduled for August 24, 2020. The Silent Auction Committee asks all members to donate to the auction. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
  1. Anything sports-related, especially golf.
  2. Dog Basket: treats, lighted leash, Furminator brush, dental bones, dog toys, dog bed, etc.
  3. Family Game Night: Jenga, Uno, a deck of cards, Sorry, Battleship, Checkers, Scrabble, etc.
  4. Small mini bottles of booze (committee will create the display)
  5. Martini Time: gin, martini utensils, martini glasses, serving tray, ice bucket
  6. Pasta Night: colander, various kinds of pasta, pasta sauce, bottles of wine
  7. Moscow Mule Fixins: including Tito’s vodka, straws, copper cups, Meyers ginger Beer
  8. Gently used books for the Isolation days/nights/weeks/ months.
  9. Tackle box of fishing necessities for first-timers (youth as well as adults). We have the fishing rod but need the supplements.
Committee members will pick up your donations when ready. If you’d prefer to “sponsor” one of these suggestions but don’t have the time to shop, simply donate an amount to a committee member and the committee will do the shopping. (Suggested amount $50 minimum)
 
Thank you from the Silent Auction Committee: Abby Benbow (262-573-1479), Jeannine Desautels (608332-1410), Deb Dieter (608-235-4030), Ruth Domack (608-444-6060), Leo Edelstein (608-333-5731)
 
Thank You for the Donations Already Pledged!
The following members have pledged these donations:
4 Tickets to Overture  to “Come From Away”  Roxanne Brazeau/BMO
Weekend Getaway in The Dells Greg Blum
Aprilaire Room Air Filter       Cory Recknor/Aprilaire
Two bedroom condo in Florida Matt Loch
Ice Cream Maker & Fixings Deb Dieter
Magnum Bottle of Pinot Grigio from Terlato Vineyards
Bob & Kathy Rounds (friends of MWT-M)
Zebco Fishing (need tackle box etc)Bob & Kathy Rounds (friends of MWT-M)
Lake WI Country Club & Friday Night Fish FryDoug Coerper
Patio Heater with Cooler Ruth Domack
Hotel Red Certificate for One night  Cherie Gon
Eno Vino $100 Certificate & Bottle of Wine Cherie Gon
Margarita Theme Appetizer Plates & Platter Cherie Gon
50” Toshiba TV Mary Beth Growney-Selene
3 Foursome certificates plus cart @ Blackhawk CC
Stu Herro
Basket
Steve Aune
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More on the Golf Outing from Denny Zitnak

Posted on Jul 09, 2020
It is time to get our Golf Game On!!!! We are on schedule for our Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club's Annual Golf Outing 2020, scheduled for AUGUST 24 at Pleasant View Golf Course.
 
Attached you will find the 2020 REGISTRATION FORM and the 2020 PROMOTIONAL FLYER. Please share these forms with your golf enthusiast friends, colleagues, neighbors, and Rotarian friends in other Clubs. We also have plenty of hard copies of each document available for your use and event promotion. Please let me know if you would like to pick some up from my office at 3007 Perry Street (Monday-Thursday from 7 am - 4 pm).
 
New this year: Putting Contest (details to be shared at the course) and our 50/50 Raffles (before, during, and after golf – so everyone has three chances to win cash!)
Plan on:
  • a FUN Day
  • a Fun Event
  • Great Golf
  • Great Food
  • Great Friends
For more information go to www.mwt-mrotaryclub.org, or reach out to any of our committee members with questions or if you are willing to assist in any particular part of the event:
 
Golf Team: Greg Blum Greg@higadvisors.com, Doug Coerper dscoerper@gmail.com, and Terry Siebert terry.siebert@dalecarnegie.com
 
Volunteers: Mary Van Hout maryevanhout@gmail.com
 
Sponsorships: Roxanne Brazeau roxanne.brazeau@bmo.com
 
Silent Auction: Abby Benbow abbybenbow@gmail.com, Ruth Domack ruthdomack@gmail.com, Jeannine Desautels jeanninembd@gmail.com, and Leo Edelstein leothelip@hotmail.com
 
Marketing: Denny Zitnak dszitnak@gmail.com, Barry Pace bpace@bpaceconsult.com, and Mary Beth Growney Selene mbgrowneyselene@ryansigns.net
 
Middleton High School Interact Club: Todd Wiegand twiegs2@gmail.com
 
Food: Steve Aune SAUNE@amfam.com
 
The proceeds of the event support all of our Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club’s GREAT programs, projects, and partners. We are grateful for everyone’s active engagement in making this year’s annual fundraising golf outing the best it can possibly be.
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week

Posted on Jun 26, 2020
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Tomorrow’s program will feature the Changing of the Guard, as new President Steve Aune takes over from outgoing President Dawn Frank. Your new Board is:
President                                       Steve Aune
Incoming President                      Connie Smith
Treasurer                                      Rich Cooper
Secretary                                       Jack Ferreri
Previous President                        Dawn Frank
Club Service                                  Kevin Moran (2nd year) Dean Ryerson (1st year)
Community Service                      Barry Pace (2nd year) Abby Benbow (1st year)
Vocational Service                        Denny Zitnak (2nd year) Roxanne Brazeau (1st year)
International Service                    Ed Fink (2nd year) Kathy Roberg (1st year)
 
Thanks to members who have served the last two years on the Board. We appreciate their contribution.
Deb Dieter
Mary Ruth Marks Paul Patenaude Patrick Rees
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McAdow Miles Team

Posted on Jun 11, 2020
For years, led on by the powerful calves of Jerry McAdow, several riders have been bicycling together on Saturday mornings for exercise, for companionship, and for the sense of adventure. We’ve asked Club members to support our efforts by pledging dollars to our Club’s Foundation. It’s an important Club fundraiser. In the past, we’ve talked about cents per mile, but this year we’re going to simplify things by asking for pledges in the amount of $50, $100, or $250. Because several of our other fundraisers may be in some jeopardy because of the coronavirus, this is your chance to give a boost to the Foundation’s coffers. We’re gonna ride no matter what!
 
 
Contact person for this event is Jack Ferreri (jack46ferreri@gmail.com). Please take a look into your wallets and see what you can contribute to help support this event and our Club in general.      We’re doing our first group ride together this Saturday, June 13, 2020Please let me hear from you on pledges. We’ll send invoices out for your pledge at the end of the bicycling season, probably November. Help make this fundraiser a successful boost to our Foundation in this challenging time. Note next article on the loss of GNF Bingo.

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Rotary Public Service Announcement Campaign has launched in the U.S.

Posted on Jun 11, 2020
 
Keep an eye (and ear!) out for Rotary ads on TV, radio, and in print that show our members as People of Action. The campaign aims to build awareness and understanding of Rotary and highlight the commitment we have to make a difference in communities around the world. The PSA’s have received significant distribution already – with more than $2.6M in donated media value since the launch in March. Visit the People of Action Toolkits page on the Brand Center to view the materials that have been shared with media outlets nationwide.
 
To make sure your community is involved in the campaign, contact the PSA Directors at your local media outlets and ask them to take action by including our Rotary public service announcements in their programming.

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Rotary Virtual Convention

Posted on Jun 11, 2020
Most of you know by now that the annual Rotary International Convention has been cancelled because of the virus. But that doesn’t stop RI. Here’s info on the 2020 Rotary VIRTUAL Convention …
 
Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will link you with Rotary and Rotaract members from around the world. Sign up now for this free online event that takes place 20-26 June. Our first virtual convention is open to all Rotary members and participants.
 
Come together during general sessions to witness the power of Rotary connections. Learn new skills, explore thought-provoking topics, and discover inventive ways to engage and adapt at our breakout sessions.
 
Visit the convention’s event page on Facebook to connect with other members. And use the hashtag
#Rotary20 in your social media posts to share what you’re looking forward to at this year’s convention. Don’t forget to invite a friend from your club or share the convention with your Rotary family.
                                        SIGN UP                                       
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Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Bingo

Posted on Jun 11, 2020
The Middleton Good Neighbor Fest has been canceled this year because of COVID-19.
 
Not to be deterred, Bingo Czar is researching virtual bingo games as a fill-in possibility as a fundraiser for the Club. Stay tuned.
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Paying Meal Costs for a Good Cause

Posted on Jun 11, 2020
President Dawn Frank sent out an email to Club membership. I reprint it here.
 
The Club Board has approved the following proposal to be presented to the membership.
 
In an effort during the pandemic to support local business and help some people in need, we are asking members, on a voluntary basis, to be billed for their weekly lunches while we are meeting remotely. We would pay TnT Catering, which in turn would use the money to prepare and serve lunches to recipients who are in need. TnT would keep their normal profit and use the rest to prepare as many meals as funds would allow. We have not yet identified the entity that we would donate to, because we want to see if we would have enough participation to make this work. Rest assured it would be a worthy group in Middleton, possibly first responders. We would print flyers indicating that the Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary club is providing this service, which will give us some local recognition. We would continue this until we are able to gather again in person.
 
If you are willing to participate, please let Kevin Moran know via email ().  Thank you for your consideration.  
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week

Posted on Jun 11, 2020
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Tomorrow’s program will focus on committee sub-meetings. Incoming Pres Steve Aune has been supercharging committee chairs on making things happen, so it should be an informative get-together.
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Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week

Posted on Jun 05, 2020
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This week's program is brought to you by Todd Wiegand (twigs2@gmail.com).  Middleton High School (MHS) Interact Club leadership team will recap last year's events and will peek at next year’s plans. The main speakers will be Emery Engling and Guan Bibson.  
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week 2020-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Paying Meal Costs for a Good Cause

Posted by Dawn Frank on May 29, 2020
President Dawn Frank sent out an email to Club membership. I reprint it here.
 
The Club Board has approved the following proposal to be presented to the membership.
 
In an effort during the pandemic to support local business and help some people in need, we are asking members, on a voluntary basis, to be billed for their weekly lunches while we are meeting remotely. We would pay TnT Catering, which in turn would use the money to prepare and serve lunches to recipients who are in need.  TnT would keep their normal profit and use the rest to prepare as many meals as funds would allow.  We have not yet identified the entity that we would donate to, because we want to see if we would have enough participation to make this work. Rest assured it would be a worthy group in Middleton, possibly first responders.  We would print flyers indicating that the Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary club is providing this service, which will give us some local recognition.  We would continue this until we are able to gather again in person.
 
If you are willing to participate, please let Kevin Moran know via email (Kevin.moran45@gmail.com).  Thank you for your consideration. 
 
Paying Meal Costs for a Good Cause Dawn Frank 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

McAdow Miles Team

Posted on May 29, 2020
For years, led on by the powerful calves of Jerry McAdow, several riders have been bicycling together on Saturday mornings for exercise, for companionship, and for the sense of adventure. We’ve asked Club members to support our efforts by pledging dollars to the Rotary Foundation. It’s an important Club fundraiser. In the past, we’ve talked about cents per mile, but this year we’re going to simplify things by asking for pledges in the amount of $50, $100, or $250. Because several of our other fundraisers may be in some jeopardy because of the coronavirus, this is your chance to give a boost to the Foundation’s coffers. We’re gonna ride no matter what!
Contact person for this event is Jack Ferreri (jack46ferreri@gmail.com). Please take a look into your wallets and see what you can contribute to help support this event and our Club in general.
    
Riders generally include from left: Jack Ferreri, Jerry McAdow, John Olson, Peter Hoff, Mary Ruth Marks, Paul Patenaude, and Leo Edelstein (not present). We’d love to have more members join us, even occasionally. If you want to be included on our Team emails, send me an email. We hope to lay out routes and timing each week in advance of the Saturday ride date. Jerry and John are planning routes right now. You don’t have to be at a Tour de France level – some rides are simple, some more challenging. We wait for people who fall behind. We’ll provide regular updates on how we’re doing in the Bulletin.
    
Please let me hear from you on pledges. We’ll send invoices out for your pledge at the end of the bicycling season, probably November. Help make this fundraiser a successful boost to the Foundation in this challenging time.
McAdow Miles Team 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Posted on May 29, 2020
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. Looks like this will be the case for many weeks to come as we all deal with staying safe in light of COVID 19.  See email from either Steve Aune or Dawn Frank with details of Zoom sign-in.
 
Patrick Ready will discuss how to attract wild birds to your own backyard all year round.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Horse Driving Trials at NoTara Farm

Posted on May 20, 2020
 
Enjoy the elegance of vintage carriages or exact replicas. The beauty, harmony, rhythm,  and coordination of the horses, as the result of years of training, makes for a wonderful show for the entire family. Have some fun and at the same time support the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc. (a 501 C3 Charitable Organization). All proceeds from the 8th Annual Horse Driving Trials fund our local and international projects and programs.  •   Questions: text Mary Ruth 608-513-7490.
Horse Driving Trials at NoTara Farm Mary Dunn 2020-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Save This Date – Habitat Workday

Posted on May 15, 2020
The Habitat workday, which is normally done in the springtime, has been rescheduled for August 1.  Of course, this depends on having some or all of the Covid-19 restrictions lifted.  We will keep you informed and be requesting volunteers for this boots-on-the-ground event.  If you have any questions, please contact Todd Wiegand, twiegs2@gmail.com or Rod Nilles,  rcnilles@chorus.net
Save This Date – Habitat Workday 2020-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Bingo

 B-I-N-G-O

Posted on May 14, 2020
Organizers for the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest are planning to hold this year’s event August 28-30, 2020. Of course, things could change, but we are planning to host the bingo concession again this year. Last year was our first year back in quite a while. We raised over $2,000 and had a blast in the process. This year we will have a single perimeter fence, so attendees will be able to quaff their favorite beverage while playing bingo. We believe this will up the ante for our club!
 
Please mark your calendars to join us for fun and profit at the 2020 Middleton Good Neighbor
Fest! Volunteers make it work and you can B-1 (bingo humor). If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Moran, kevin.moran45@gmail.com or Matt Loch, matthewloch26@gmail.com.
Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Bingo B-I-N-G-O 2020-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary and COVID-19

Posted on May 14, 2020
Mary Beth Growney-Selene sends along the following stats to show Rotary’s involvement in COVID-19related efforts …

 
Rotary and COVID-19 Mary Beth Growney Selene 2020-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week.

Posted on May 14, 2020
Looks like this will be the case for many weeks to come as we all deal with staying safe in light of COVID 19.  Our program tomorrow will focus on the presentation of our high school scholarships. Denny Zitnak is pulling it all together.
 
Steve Aune has been ZoomMeister for our online meetings and he sends along the following:
 
Join Zoom Meeting via computer:
Please join us virtually this Friday at noon! Feel free to invite a friend or business colleague.
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID:
665 622 324
 
Password:
589137
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One tap mobile
+13126266799,,665622324#,,1#,589137# US (Chicago)
 
Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
Password: 589137

 
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week. 2020-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit

Posted on May 08, 2020
District Gov, Bill Pritchard will be visiting our club on July 24th either in person or virtually if we are still there. DG visits can be very inspirational as they share the dream with us.
District Governor Visit 2020-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Update on Guatemala Midwives Global Grant

Posted on May 01, 2020
We traveled to Guatemala in October 2019, providing education for midwives, doctors, and nurses. As you may remember, we were unable to give the equipment to the participants due to delays in funding from Rotary International. We had planned to return in May to do provide training and equipment, but this trip is now delayed until October 10-24, 2020. This trip will complete the global grant project. We are looking for health care providers to be part of our teaching team in October. We have 2 training days in Madison on Sept 26-27 at Meriter Hospital in order to help prepare the team. If you know of anyone who may be interested in being a part of our team or have questions, please email me at safebirthguatemala@gmail.com
 
 
Update on Guatemala Midwives Global Grant Nancy Comello 2020-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

McAdow Miles Team

Posted on May 01, 2020
For years, led on by the powerful calves of Jerry McAdow, several riders have been bicycling together on Saturday mornings for exercise, for companionship, and for the sense of adventure. We’ve asked Club members to support our efforts by pledging dollars to the Rotary Foundation. It’s an important Club fundraiser. In the past, we’ve talked about cents per mile, but this year we’re going to simplify things by asking for pledges in the amount of $50, $100, or $250. Because several of our other fundraisers may be in some jeopardy because of the coronavirus, this is your chance to give a boost to the Foundation’s coffers. We’re gonna ride no matter what!
Contact person for this event is Jack Ferreri (jack46ferreri@gmail.com). Please take a look into your wallets and see what you can contribute to help support this event and our Club in general.
    
Riders generally include Jerry McAdow, Leo Edelstein, John Olson, Paul Patenaude, Peter Hoff, Mary Ruth Marks, and Jack Ferreri. We’d love to have more members join us, even occasionally. If you want to be included on our Team emails, send me an email. We hope to lay out routes and timing each week in advance of the Saturday ride date. Jerry and John are planning routes right now. You don’t have to be at a Tour de France level – some rides are simple, some more challenging. We wait for people who fall behind. We’ll provide regular updates on how we’re doing in the Bulletin.
    
Please let me hear from you on pledges by NEXT Friday, May 8. We’ll send invoices out for your pledge at the end of the bicycling season, probably November. Help make this fundraiser a successful boost to the Foundation in this challenging time.
McAdow Miles Team 2020-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Outing New Date

Posted on Apr 24, 2020

Annual Rotary Golf Outing

 
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Team Tee Times will be assigned (not shotgun start)
Tee time assignments will be from 9:00 -11:00 am
(each team will be notified of their start times)
Limited to 104 Golfers
Live-Scoring App coming to you with your assigned Tee Times
 
Click on the poster for Golfer Registration Information,
Hole Sponsorship Information, Silent Auction Donations,
and more ...
 
 
Rotary Golf Outing New Date Mary Dunn 2020-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Outing New Date

Posted on Apr 24, 2020
Mary Beth Growney-Selene is our Golf Czar and has some HOT OFF THE PRESS info: 
  • August 24, 2020
  • Pleasant View Country Club
  • 9:30 Shotgun Start
  • Goal of 124 golfers
  • $125/golfer
  • Silent Auction, Raffle Prizes, games

REQUESTING 100% PARTICIPATING IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FOR OUR CLUB’S LARGEST FUNDRAISING EVENT (expect to be asked to help!)

MAKE SURE THIS NEW DATE IS ON YOUR CALENDAR!

Rotary Golf Outing New Date 2020-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

From Ruth Domack

Posted by Ruth Domack on Apr 24, 2020
Last week I completed my regimen of chemo treatments. It takes a while to sleep through the effects but I feel more energy each day and am truly on the road to recovery.
  
I want to thank all of you in helping me cope with this nightmare. Thank you for the many meals you provided, the cards sent, the visits to the hospital and at home and your phone calls, texts and emails.
  
I am going to try to attend our Friday virtual meetings when I can figure out audio for Zoom.    My endurance is about an hour tops but I’m ready to begin. I look forward to talking to all of you again and getting back to a new normal.
  
Thank you all for putting service above self. -Ruth Domack-
From Ruth Domack Ruth Domack 2020-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

How to join the Club ZOOM, meeting this week

Posted on Apr 17, 2020
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
 
Weekly:
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
Password: 589137
 
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,665622324#,,#,589137# US (Chicago)
 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
Password: 589137
How to join the Club ZOOM, meeting this week 2020-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week

Posted on Apr 17, 2020
Looks like this will be the case for many weeks to come as we all deal with staying safe in light of COVID 19.  This week’s meeting is an important one, in which we’ll break into committees via Zoom to cover the different Avenues of Service. Committee chairs have been preparing for this meeting, and they’re hoping you’ll be in attendance to learn what’s going on with your committee.
 
Steve Aune has been ZoomMeister for our online meetings and he sends along the following:
 
Topic: MWTM Rotary Meeting
Time: Apr 17, 2020, 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Fri, until May 8, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
  •         Apr 17, 2020 12:00 PM
  •         Apr 24, 2020 12:00 PM
  •         May 1, 2020 12:00 PM
  •         May 8, 2020 12:00 PM
Please see the following article for detailed instructions.
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week 2020-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Grant Request Submitted

Posted on Apr 10, 2020
President Dawn Frank, with Board review, has submitted a quick grant request for our Club to District 6250 to help out with a COVID-19 project related to scrub caps for the heads of medical personnel. It’s a real need. Dawn has reached out the After Hours Club and a Stoughton nursing contact. Caps would be manufactured by a local company, and we would be involved in delivering. Everything’s tentative right now. But thought you should know we’re trying to play a role in supporting the medical heroes on the front line. Stay tuned. 
Grant Request Submitted 2020-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Two New Member Applications

Posted on Apr 10, 2020
We’ve received two new membership applications and the Board has tentatively approved them, subject to their appearing the Bulletin for two consecutive weeks. 
  • Lisa Humphrey, Building Superintendent at Wisconsin Historical Society, also known as ‘Jennie’s Mom
  • Heidi Courtney, Manager Drug Testing Company​​​​​​​

 
Two New Member Applications 2020-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

An abbreviated Bulletin

Posted on Apr 10, 2020
An abbreviated Bulletin this week and for a few weeks to come.
 
Regular Club meetings won’t be taking place for several weeks because of the coronavirus.
 
Last week, 30 members met online through Zoom, where we went through an irregular regular meeting (pledge, 4-Way Test, and discussions of member favorite National Parks). 
 
THERE’S NO MEETING THIS WEEK BECAUSE OF GOOD FRIDAY/EASTER.
An abbreviated Bulletin 2020-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

What If Foundation Support

Posted on Apr 03, 2020
The Clubs Foundation Board of Directors resolved in March to offer support to the What If Foundation. Here’s a note from the Interim Director Catherine Lelong to fill us in on what they do in Haiti and the challenges they face ….
 
I hope you and your families are staying safe and calm during these challenging times. As we read about the
effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, I’m sure you have been wondering what the situation is for our friends in Haiti.
 
It has been reported this week that there are now 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, up from two last Thursday which came from travelers arriving from Europe. President Jovenel Moise declared a state of emergency, ordering schools, factories and places of worship to close, closing the border and imposing a curfew to prevent the spread of the virus. Many of us are feeling the fear and economic effects of similar orders in the United States and elsewhere, so you can only imagine how severe this situation is on the Haitian people. Most of the population was already struggling to survive in the current political and economic crisis, so this new reality threatens to be devastating. Inflation and violence have spiked once again, and food shortages are deepening across the country.
 
Na Rive’s Program Director, Lavarice Gaudin, has closed the Fr. Jeri School accordingly and in the week before closure, he implemented sanitation measures across the school, training students and staff on how to clean their hands and do so at frequent intervals during the day. In order to support students during the closedown, teachers are communicating with them via text messages to continue their studies as best they can. And thanks to your support and the staff’s persistence, the food program continues to provide critically needed meals. Since the school and community cafeterias are closed, nutritious hot meals are now packaged in takeout containers, so children and families queuing outside can just collect their meal and eat away from the crowds. The Food Pantry has also expanded its operations to deliver more parcels of food to those coming from afar so they can cook at home. All of this is done with respect for the safety of the kitchen staff and the meal recipients, who are required to wash their hands and maintain 6 feet of distance from one another.
 
Says Lavarice: “We were already in a crisis here. People were already hungry, so this is making life even more difficult for everyone. Our focus is to keep as many children and families as possible fed and safe. And in these circumstances, sanitation is almost as important. After seeing how well the handwashing stations worked at the school, we are now planning to distribute buckets and soap to families in the poorest and most abandoned neighborhoods to slow contagion of the virus. These are dark times, but our hope is strong, and we’ll continue to do what we can for these children day after day.”
 
Lavarice and Na Rive’s perseverance and resourcefulness has allowed them to act quickly and effectively in every crisis they have faced during the last 20 years — be it hurricanes, earthquakes, cholera or political upheaval. And thanks to the grace and generosity of donors like you, we are able to support them and make these programs a reality, maintaining sustenance, opportunity, and hope for the future.
In these unprecedented circumstances, we will reach out to you as often as we can with updates about the situation and the incredible, never-ending resilience of our partners.
 

What If Foundation Support 2020-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

An abbreviated Bulletin

Posted on Apr 03, 2020
An abbreviated Bulletin this week and for a few weeks to come.
 
Regular Club meetings won’t be taking place for several weeks because of the coronavirus.
 
Last week, some 29 members met online through Zoom, where we went through a shortened regular meeting (pledge, 4-Way Test, and discussions of the current situation). 
 
Please make a point of checking in to the meeting THIS week, where we’ll hear from members recounting some of their trips to National Parks. If you’ve had some noteworthy adventures in this area, feel free to chip in.
 
Click on this link to join in …
An abbreviated Bulletin 2020-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

INSTRUCTIONS for Virtual (ZOOM) MWT-M Rotary Club meeting 

Posted by Steve Aune on Mar 27, 2020
Here is the link for tutorial videos on ZOOM...

If you do not have a camera for video, no problem. Just join anyway via computer and listen in. You will still be able to see what is happening through your computer. We just won't be able to see you. 

No computer, no problem, you can also call in and listen in via your phone. Call-in info below. 

Steve Aune is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 
Topic: MWTM Rotary Meeting
Time: Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Fri, until May 8, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 3, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 10, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Apr 24, 2020 12:00 PM
May 1, 2020 12:00 PM
May 8, 2020 12:00 PM
 
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly:

Join Zoom Meeting click here:
Meeting ID: 665 622 324
Password: 589137 
 
To join via phone: 
 
One tap mobile +13126266799,,665622324# US (Chicago) 
 
Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782
US Meeting ID: 665 622 324
INSTRUCTIONS for Virtual (ZOOM) MWT-M Rotary Club meeting Steve Aune 2020-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Here’s part of Steve’s email to get you going …

Posted by Steve Aune on Mar 27, 2020
I trust you all are doing well, staying healthy, and finding new ways to entertain yourself and others in your home.  These are trying times for sure for most of us.
 
We are having our 2nd Virtual MWT-M Rotary Club meeting this Friday and I have scheduled out several more through May 8th.
 
See the following article for links and complete instructions for joining our meetings. Add it to your calendar if you'd like to.
 
We may continue to stream these live during our regular meetings once things are back to normal.
 
This week we have a presenter, John Locke, our District Chair for Membership.  He is going to share his thoughts on how to keep our membership growing.  Please try to attend, this should be very informational and we need to keep growing members if we are going to continue to do such great things.
 
If you do not have a camera for video, no problem.  Just join anyway via computer and listen in.  You will still be able to see what is happening through your computer.  We just won't be able to see you.
 
No computer, no problem, you can also call in and listen in via your phone. See the following article for complete instructions.  
 
Steve Aune is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
 
Calendar of Virtual MWT-M Rotary Club meetings
12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Fri, until May 8, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
        Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM
        Apr 3, 2020 12:00 PM
        Apr 10, 2020 12:00 PM
        Apr 17, 2020 12:00 PM
        Apr 24, 2020 12:00 PM
        May 1, 2020 12:00 PM
        May 8, 2020 12:00 PM
 
Here’s part of Steve’s email to get you going … Steve Aune 2020-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

An abbreviated Bulletin

Posted on Mar 27, 2020
An abbreviated Bulletin this week and for a few weeks to come.
 
Regular Club meetings won’t be taking place for several weeks because of the coronavirus.
 
Last week, some 20 members met online through Zoom, where we went through a shortened regular meeting (pledge, 4-Way Test, and discussions of the current situation). 
 
Please make a point of checking in to the meeting THIS week, where Rotary District Membership Chair John Locke will be talking about the state of the District.
 
Incoming President Steve Aune has been working behind the scenes to get us able to meet via Zoom. He’s sent out emails to all members on how to get an account, how to log in, and how to participate in the meeting. The Board encourages you to give this a try. It’s pretty simple, and it gives you the opportunity to stay in touch with your fellow members. Hope to see/hear you Friday at about noon.  
An abbreviated Bulletin 2020-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker: Madison Artist Jerry Butler

Posted on Mar 13, 2020
 
 
 
Madison Artist Jerry Butler spoke to us on painting murals with troubled and disadvantaged youth. Born in Mississippi, but a long-time Madison resident, Jerry started as an art teacher at Lincoln Middle School and eventually began working with young people at the Juvenile Detention Center. Takes on projects across the US. Lots of eye-catching murals around the country, four of them in Madison.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime
Last Week’s Speaker: Madison Artist Jerry Butler 2020-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Become a 2020-2021 Host Family!

Posted on Mar 13, 2020
Our Club is in need of one more host family for the 2020-2021 school year.  Your help recruiting a family within the Memorial High School district is greatly appreciated.  Please have the family contact 
Robert Dent
715-281-6656
 
Hosting an inbound exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home.  You do not have to be a Rotarian to participate in the Youth exchange program. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained.  Because Rotary’s goal is to give our inbound students a diverse cultural experience, families (or couples or even individuals) typically host a student for only a few months. The local Rotary Club covers the cost of school lunches, basic cell phone and a modest monthly stipend to the student for pocket cash.
Become a 2020-2021 Host Family! 2020-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Dinner with Friends … Last Call 2020-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Last Week’s Speaker: Mary Beth Growney-Selene - Golf Outing 2020-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
2020Golf Poster JEE 2020-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social

Posted on Feb 28, 2020
Congratulations to Deb Dieter for being recognized for her commitment to Serve Above Self.  
She helps make our Club successful in so many projects.  
    
Deb Dieter with her well-deserved Paul Harris Recognition
 
Terry Siebert outdid himself in keeping all of us thinking to answer the trivia questions.  There was lots of lively discussion as the teams vied to win the most points.  
 
  
Trivia fun
 
Trivia Contest winners
  
Many thanks to Mary Beth Growney-Selene, Jenny Humphreys, Mary Ruth Marks, Kevin Moran, Terry Siebert and Mary Van Hout for organizing the first-rate vent for the Coolest Rotary Club in the World!!
One of our two Birthday Boys appears just a bit more excited than the other!

Rotary Social 2020-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

CANOPOLY a New Club Project

Posted on Feb 28, 2020
Our Club will be sponsoring and participating in MOM’s 10th annual CANstruction food drive and fundraising event. This year the theme is ‘Canopoly’. We are partnering with the Middleton HS Interact Club to build a structure in the West Towne Mall on April 8. Food for the structure will be paid for at wholesale pricing by our Club and the MHS Interact Club will conduct a food drive to fill it up. 
 
Team structures will be on display through April 19. For more info, go to https://canstructionmadison.org/event/. 
 
If you want to be involved or donate food, contact Todd Wiegand, twiegs2@gmail.com.  MHS Interact Club website
 
CANOPOLY a New Club Project 2020-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  from Jim Olmsted and John A. Gerold

Posted on Feb 28, 2020
Thanks to those attending the Rotary Annual Social and Paul Harris Recognition Event, Saturday night at the Town of Verona, Town Hall, $121.05 was raised from the raffling of the two cherry pies, for the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation.  P.S.  Not sure how the extra nickel ended up there but we will take it.  
 
Also, thanks for the wonderful singing of “Happy Birthday” to both of us.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! from Jim Olmsted and John A. Gerold 2020-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker

Posted on Feb 28, 2020

Last Week’s Speaker: No Meeting: Club Social  

This Week’s Speaker: Mary Beth Growney-Selene on the Golf Outing


 
Last Week’s Speaker 2020-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Our Middleton High School Interact Club Delivers the Butterburgers! 2020-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker:

Ed Mani, Burkhalter Travel - European River

Cruises

Posted on Feb 14, 2020
Ed Mani, Burkhalter Travel on European River Cruises. We heard about the joys of cruising Europe’s river system, with stops at a range of cities in France, Germany, and Eastern Europe. Lots of time to relax, with a pace more relaxed aboard smaller ships, holding about 150. Member Terry Siebert has taken three of these cruises and was enthusiastic in his endorsement.  
 
This Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime
Last Week’s Speaker:Ed Mani, Burkhalter Travel - European RiverCruises 2020-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

2020-21 ROTARY THEME - ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES!

Posted on Feb 07, 2020
 
Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.
    
Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln,
Germany revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.
    
Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.
    
“We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” said Knaack.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
2020-21 ROTARY THEME - ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES! Bill Pritchard - District Governor Elect (from District 6250 e-newsletter) 2020-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speakers

Posted on Feb 07, 2020
Four Club Members Gave Us a Look at Their Lives –Derek Moehring, Abby Benbow, Steve Aune, & Dean Ryerson.
 
This Week’s Speaker: Ed Mani, Burkhalter Travel on European River Cruises
Last Week’s Speakers 2020-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
RI International Convention 2020 2020-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Club Social Date Set: Mark Your Calendar! 2020-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Support Our Middleton High School Interact Club!

Posted on Feb 07, 2020
Two things: 
  1. They are having a fundraiser at Culver's' on Parmenter in Middleton.  They carry the food to the tables, and Culvers donates proceeds to their club, which goes towards funding a drinking water well in Africa. All you have to do to help is go to Culvers and eat on February 12 between 4:00 and 8:00.
  2. Human Rights Week at Middleton High School begins Monday, February 3, 2020.  Our Interact Club will be presenting, along with their benefactor, Strides for Africa 9:15 - 9:50 on Monday. 
If you would like to attend, email me and I will get you passes.  

Support Our Middleton High School Interact Club! 2020-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work

Posted on Jan 31, 2020
Last Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime  
 
This Week’s Speaker: Five Club Members Give Us a Five-Minute Look
at Their Lives – Five for Five, er, Four for Four: tales of heart-pounding adventure, narrow escapes, epic romantic quests, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Speakers: Derek Moehring, Abby Benbow, Steve Aune, and Dean Ryerson.
Last Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon 

Posted on Jan 31, 2020
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE 
State Competition 
                  Thursday & Friday, March 12-13, 2020                          Glacier Canyon Conference Center    
                                               Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells                                   
 
Twenty top teams will compete at the 37th Annual WIAD State Competition held in Wisconsin Dells. 
Volunteers will receive e-mailed instructions prior to the event. 
Note:  All assignments take place in Wisconsin Dells* — except for Essay reading.   
Over 100 volunteers are needed  
 
Speech Judges:  15 Pairs of judges (30 total judges needed from 4:00—8:40 P.M. on March 12).   
Listen, critique and grade the students’ prepared and impromptu speeches.   A Judges’ Handbook is provided online, along with a brief, on-site orientation on the day of the event.   A background in public speaking or affiliation with Toastmasters is a plus.   Dinner included.    
   
Speech Timers:  Stationed in each speech room (15 needed from 4:00—8:40 P.M. on March 12).   Monitor and time each student’s speech.   Timer directions are provided online and a brief orientation takes place on the day of the event.   Comfort with a stopwatch is necessary.   Dinner included.   
 
Interview Judges:  15 Pairs of judges (30 total judges needed from 4:00—8:40 P.M. on March 12).    Jointly interview students; guidelines and sample questions are provided, in addition to an online Judges’ Handbook and a brief orientation on the day of the event.   A background in Human Resources is a plus.  Dinner included.    
 
Essay JudgesEssay rubric is outlined in the online Judges’ Handbook.   20 volunteers will read and critique essays written prior to the State Event — Judges will gather at CESA 7 in Green Bay (March 3, starting at 8:30AM).  English, or editing background preferred.  Refreshments provided.  
 
Test Proctors:  Six room monitors are responsible for distributing, collecting and monitoring the testing process at State from 12:30—3:30 P.M. on March 12 (Day 1 of two-day event), and 9:30—11:25 A.M.  
on March 13 (Day 2).   A proctor’s Orientation Handbook is provided; leadership skills necessary.   Lunch
included on Friday only.    
 
Super Quiz Volunteers:  10 assistants needed from 12:15—2:30 P.M. on March 13.  Varied assignments include:  score verifier, runners, ushers, etc. at the last event of the competition.  Lunch included.     
 
If interested in volunteering, please contact:
Janelle Bailey, State Director jbailey@cesa7.org 920-617-5617
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Basketball Slam Ticket Fundraiser

Posted on Jan 31, 2020
Tickets for our annual fundraiser “Basketball Slam” have arrived.  You can pick up a pack of 10 tickets at our weekly meeting.  Each membership ticket is sold for $10.00, the pack is $100.00. There are instruction sheets in each pack.
 
You check out a pack and then return the stubs with names written legibly on them and money to match each stub to Deb Dieter by March 20, 2020.
    
If you sell someone two tickets, they can get a free third ticket by registering online (do not give them one of your tickets!!)
    
How does someone win? There is a scratch-off area on each ticket.  Below that area are the codes for 4 NCAA basketball teams (see the back of the ticket for team names). The total score of your teams in all their games is the score for your card. The highest score wins $200; 2nd highest $100; 3rd highest $75.00; 4th highest $50; and the lowest score $75.
    
Checks should be made out to the Rotary Club of MWT-M Foundation.
    
Winners will be posted following the Championship game on April 9, 2020. Prizes will be emailed.
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Our Next Slate of Officer Candidates -- UPDATED

Posted on Jan 30, 2020
President-Elect Steve Aune has rounded up a superb list of officer candidates for the Club’s July 2020June 2021 Rotary Year …
  • President Steve Aune
  • President-Elect Connie Smith
  • Secretary Jack Ferreri
  • Treasurer Rich Cooper
  • Club Service Kevin Moran & new Dean Ryerson
  • International Ed Fink & new Kathy Roberg
  • Vocational Denny Zitnak & new Roxanne Brazeau
  • Community Service Barry Pace & new Abby Benbow
The Club will be voting on this slate shortly.


 
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Last Week’s Speaker: Luke Sprague - Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Posted on Jan 24, 2020
Luke is an Oral Historian with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. He told us of his work interviewing veterans about their experiences and turning those interviews into a resource for people to learn more about our nation’s wars. He detailed the process involved and spoke about how they need to keep an eye on the future in terms of technology and safeguarding these irreplaceable narratives. The Museum has 2,186 oral histories.
 

This Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime


 
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Become a 2020-2021 Host Family!

Posted on Jan 24, 2020
Our Club is in need of one more host family for the 2020-2021 school year.  Your help in recruiting a family within the Memorial High School district is greatly appreciated.  Please have the family contact Donna Brendemuehl, Youth Exchange Officer! dbrendemuehl@yahoo.com
 
Hosting an inbound exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home.  You do not have to be a Rotarian to participate in the RotaryYouth exchange program. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained.  Because Rotary’s goal is to give our inbound students a diverse cultural experience, families (or couples or even individuals) typically host a student for only a few months. The local Rotary Club covers the cost of school lunches, basic cell phone and a modest monthly stipend to the student for pocket money.
 
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Consider Joining a Club Reading Group

Posted on Jan 24, 2020
We have two active reading groups made up of Club members. One led by Jeannine Desautels, the other by Deb Dieter. The Current books for these groups are Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson and The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. The groups meet every other month at a member’s home, with appetizers and wine. It’s a great time to catch up on your reading and get to know another side of fellow Club members. Check these groups out … or start another one!
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Our Next Slate of Officer Candidates

Posted on Jan 24, 2020
President-Elect Steve Aune has rounded up a superb list of officer candidates for the Club’s July 2020June 2021 Rotary Year …
  • President Steve Aune
  • President-Elect Connie Smith
  • Secretary Jack Ferreri
  • Treasurer Rich Cooper
  • Club Service Kevin Moran & new Bill Mowbray
  • International Ed Fink & new Kathy Roberg
  • Vocational Deb Dieter & new Roxanne Brazeau
  • Community Service Barry Pace & new Abby Benbow
The Club will be voting on this slate shortly.
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Basketball Slam Ticket Fundraiser 

Posted on Jan 24, 2020
Tickets for our annual fundraiser “Basketball Slam” have arrived.  You can pick up a pack of 10 tickets at our weekly meeting.  Each membership ticket is sold for $10.00, the pack is $100.00. There are instruction sheets in each pack.
 
You check out a pack and then return the stubs with names written legibly on them and money to match each stub to Deb Dieter by March 20, 2020.
 
If you sell someone two tickets, they can get a free third ticket by registering online (do not give them one of your tickets!!)
 
How does someone win? There is a scratch-off area on each ticket.  Below that area are the codes for 4 NCAA basketball teams (see the back of the ticket for team names). The total score of your teams in all their games is the score for your card. The highest score wins $200; 2nd highest $100; 3rd highest $75.00; 4th highest $50; and the lowest score $75.
    
Checks should be made out to the Rotary Club of MWT-M Foundation.
    
Winners will be posted following the Championship game on April 9, 2020. Prizes will be emailed to the winners.
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Badge Directory Updated 

Posted on Jan 24, 2020

Be prepared to do a bit of badge hunting when you look for your badge at the meeting tomorrow. The Directory has been updated, and some badges have moved. All are in alphabetical order. 


 
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Our Members Help with a Clinic 

Posted on Jan 17, 2020
Paul Patenaude writes on Facebook: “We’ve just finished another successful medical/dental/optometry clinic. It’s wonderful to be able to help in this underserved part of the world. The fact that it’s been in the 90s when it’s snowing at home doesn’t hurt either!”
 
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RYLA Dates Set

Posted on Jan 17, 2020
May 17-19, 2020 at Camp Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells.
Established as a Rotary Structured Program in 1971, Rotary Youth Leadership  Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. The Rotary District 6250 RYLA program is a camp designed to build future leaders and Rotarians who exemplify the four-way test.
Who can attend?
  • Each year Rotary Clubs can sponsor students from local high schools to attend (it is strongly suggested sophomores be chosen, however, this is not a requirement)
  • Adult Rotarians are always welcome and needed to help facilitate the Conference (and to come to have fun!)  What is the cost?
  • The cost to attend the camp is:
  • $200 if complete paperwork is submitted by April 1, 2020, and is paid by the local Rotary Club.
  • $225 for any registrations with paperwork arriving after April 2, 2020 - April 17, 2020.
  • Please Note:  Due to club response and camp limits we will be at a maximum occupancy this year.  Availability will be on a first apply, first filled basis.  All paperwork must be submitted to guarantee a spot.   
  • Please note that transportation is the local Rotary Club’s responsibility.
Here’s a great RYLA video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dj9oJ_hN2Y  
Here’s a RYLA link on the District 6250 website: https://rotary6250.org/page/ryla
Our Club traditionally prepares lunch for the group and serves it on-site in the Dells.

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Last Week’s Speaker: Nancy Comello on our Guatemala Global Grant.

Posted on Jan 17, 2020
Nancy gave a great presentation on training Indigenous Midwives and Birth Attendants in rural Guatemala. The problems were many: poor infrastructure, lack of equipment, attendees who could not read, and the prevalence of local languages as opposed to Spanish. But the hands-on training was detailed and realistic. The hope is – by teaching teachers – to have them go back to their villagers, train more people, and drive down the high rates of infant and maternal mortality related to childbirth. Wonderful project. And we congratulate Jeannine on her plastic newborn!
 
This Week’s Speaker: Luke Sprague on Wisconsin Veterans Museum

 
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Club Social Date Set: Mark Your Calendar! 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Teams up with Toastmasters International

Posted on Jan 17, 2020
From RI President Mark Daniel Maloney
I am excited to share some good news: Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.     
 
Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members. I hope you will join us in supporting this alliance in your community. You can start by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club. Although the structure of club meetings is consistent, Toastmaster clubs are similar to Rotary clubs in that they each have their own personality. If you do not have a club in your area, you can watch a video to learn what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.
 
You can also invite members of Toastmasters to visit your club and learn more about Rotary. If you have a Toastmasters club in your area, consider meeting with its members to explore opportunities to collaborate or inviting a member of Toastmasters to participate in a service activity or speak at your club.
 
Toastmasters will create a leadership development program for Rotarians and Rotaractors. A structured, robust leadership and communication curriculum can help members develop practical skills that will serve them not only in Rotary leadership roles but in their professional and personal lives as well. Effective leadership skills can strengthen our clubs and increase our impact. We will provide updates about this program when we have more details.
 
Many of us joined Rotary to make a difference and connect with others in our communities. By working with Toastmasters, our members can discover new ways to network and learn from others, while finding even more value in their Rotary membership experience.
 
Learn more by reviewing these frequently asked questions. You can also send your questions and your stories about local collaboration efforts to toastmastersalliance@rotary.org.
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Another New Member Joins the Team – Welcome Jennifer Humphrey 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Last Week’s Program: Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers in Tudor costume 2019-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker:

Posted on Dec 20, 2019
Last Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime
This Week’s Singers: Stoughton HS Madrigal Singers (UPSTAIRS)
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Paul Harris Meeting Reminder

Posted on Dec 20, 2019
Mary Van Hout has called a meeting of all Paul Harris Fellows to join in selecting one or two new Fellows. We’ll meet at Zor at 1115, before the regular meeting. Mary adds: “The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton can look forward to the presentation of many more Paul Harris recognitions!  In our recent campaign for Giving Monday, 19 of our Club members donated $5,020!!  Matching points plus a bit more from our anonymous matching donor will soon be coming your way!  Your donations change lives!”
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Sardinia in Your Plans?

Posted on Dec 20, 2019
President Dawn Frank sent out the following letter to members last Sunday. We’re just reprinting it here to spur your consideration.
 
Dear Fellow Rotarian,
 
I am the President of the Rotary Club Cagliari, the capital city of Sardinia, the large Italian island located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. I kindly ask you for a minute of your time to describe an initiative that I think may interest you and the members of your Rotary Club, asking if you could kindly inform them by circulating this email.
 
RC Cagliari has already organized 13 editions of Archeotour, a tourist itinerary that has helped Rotarians from all over Italy to understand that Sardinia has much more to offer than just beach holidays. It is a tour that combines our beautiful natural environment and local culture to create and strengthen relationships of friendship in Rotary.
 
The extraordinary success of the previous editions of Archeotour have led us, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of our Club, to offer the 2020 tour to Rotarians outside Italy. We are therefore organizing an International Archeotour in English from 17 to 22 June 2020.
 
The tour will combine a high-level cultural experience with typical Sardinian cuisine and wines, and the chance to enjoy our unique landscapes in friendship with Rotarians from different countries of the world.
 
It will be an opportunity to set our marvelous coast-line alongside the Giants of Monte Prama, a series of monumental sculptures that are unique in the Mediterranean region: an opportunity to pass over a kind of virtual bridge spanning 4,000 years of history, from the Nuragic to the Punic-Phoenician and Roman civilizations, from the Romanesque to the industrial archaeology of the present day.
 
No less an important part of the Archeotour will be an introduction to the food and wine of Sardinia, with lunches and dinners in, particularly attractive settings.
We have been able to hold the cost of the tour at a very reasonable €1100.00 per person inclusive for all 5 days.
 
The Archeotour brochure is available here, with the complete program and all necessary information, supported by numerous interactive links. I would be grateful if you could read it and circulate it with this email to the members of your Club.
 
If you want to view the brochure on your smartphone, to maybe share it with your Club friends, you can also use this QR code:
The number of places on the tour, of course, is strictly limited to ensure that it runs smoothly for all participants. For this reason, if you or any of your members are interested, please contact our Club immediately at archeotour@rotarycagliari.org, or by calling one of our members on the numbers indicated in the brochure.
 
Reservations must be confirmed without delay and certainly no later than 30 January to guarantee hotel accommodation.
 
The booking form can be downloaded by.
 
 
 
A page is also available on the Club website at:
 
 
 
 
In the hope of being able to meet you in Sardinia, I thank you for your attention and send you warm greetings,
Francesco Danero, President 2019-20 R.C. Cagliari
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Rotary Golf Outing

Posted on Dec 13, 2019
Mary Beth Growney-Selene is our Golf Czar and has some HOT OFF THE PRESS info: 
  • June 29, 2020
  • Pleasant View Country Club
  • 9:30 Shotgun Start
  • Goal of 124 golfers
  • $125/golfer
  • Silence Auction, Raffle Prizes, game
REQUESTING 100% PARTICIPATING IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FOR OUR CLUB’S LARGEST FUNDRAISING EVENT (expect to be asked to help!)
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Raffle Gift Reminder

Posted on Dec 13, 2019
 
If it’s your birthday, you’re expected to bring a gift of some sort for the raffle.
Value of about $25 or so … wine, gift cards, books, etc.
The more entertaining and useful you make the gift, the more fun the raffle gets.
 
 
 
 

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Former Member Ray Holloway Has Passed

Posted on Dec 13, 2019
Raymond Vernie Holloway, 77, of Poncha Springs, CO, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, November 8, 2019, at his residence.       
Ray was born on February 16, 1942, in Panama City, Florida, to Vernie Madison and Zelda Gray Schell (Shelly) Holloway. 
 
He received the Eagle Scout Award and the American Spirit Honor Award in 1961.  During his military service with the Air Force from 1961-1965, Ray was a Morse Intercept Operator at a remote base outside of Istanbul, Turkey, and he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. 
 
Ray married Jane Esther Kiner on June 13, 1964, and he graduated from the UW-Madison, in 1967.
 
He was a Certified Financial Planner and loved helping his clients in Madison and the surrounding area until his retirement in 2016.  He also enjoyed serving the community through the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton D 6250.  His favorite activity was traveling around the world and exploring new cultures.  After retiring, Ray moved to Colorado to be near his daughters and grandchildren.   

 
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Former Member Bryce Fish Has Passed Away

Posted on Dec 13, 2019
 
Bryce was a Charter Member of our Club and played an active role in our activities. Older members will remember the Christmas Party for the Elderly which he spearheaded. In 1990, he moved to Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula to indulge in his love of sailing. And he joined the Rotary Club there shortly after he arrived. He passed away on November 26, 2019.
 
 
 
 

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Parking for Dec 13 Lussier Meeting

Posted on Dec 13, 2019
Member John Gerold shows off his Korea-era Army intelligence map-making skills below in guiding us to parking at Lussier on Gammon Road, just north of Jefferson Middle School.

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New Members Approved by the Board

Posted on Dec 13, 2019
In a Board email conference, a new member was provisionally approved for joining our Club. 
  • Jennifer Humphrey: Chiropractor, pending induction
  • Abby Benbow was inducted into the Club at our Dec 6 meeting
  • Relatedly, Carl Bolstad has moved to Honorary Member status
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This Week’s Speaker:Meeting at Lussier Community Center 2019-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

 

This Week’s Speaker

: Dick Wagner - We Were Here All Along

Posted on Nov 22, 2019
This Week’s Speaker: Dick Wagner on his book We Were Here All Along on early gay history
 
Last Week’s Speaker: Matt Blessing spoke on the Wisconsin Historical Society and the new preservation facility. Fascinating talk on the under-appreciated treasure right here in Madison. The State Archive Preservation Facility at 204 Thornton Street is 188,000 square feet and filled with wonders about the state and the nation. Overall the Society is considered one of the nation’s top historical institutions, drawing scholars and interested people from around the world. Their collections include hundreds of thousands of items … history, archeology, state interest, and national interest items. It’s a rich and engaging resource that we all own. Tours are available, as is lots of information. Email them at asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org or visit the website wisconsinhistory.org.
 
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Another New Member Approved by the Board

Posted on Nov 22, 2019
In a Board email conference, a second new member was provisionally approved for joining our Club. 
  • Abby Benbow: Real Estate, sponsored by Steve Aune, the second posting
  • Jennifer Humphrey: Chiropractor, first posting.
Several others are in the works.
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Bring Those Old Instruments to Rotary

Posted on Nov 22, 2019
Just a reminder that MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) is looking for your old, neglected, emotionally-starved musical instruments (no pianos) to recycle to kids that can’t afford their own instruments. Venture down to your basement or up into your attic, dig them out, dust them off and bring them to Friday’s meeting, where they’ll be collected
 
 
 

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Former Member Ray Holloway Has Passed

Posted on Nov 22, 2019
Raymond Vernie Holloway, 77, of Poncha Springs, CO, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, November 8, 2019, at his residence. 
 
Ray was born on February 16, 1942, in Panama City, Florida, to Vernie Madison and Zelda Gray Schell (Shelly) Holloway.  He received the Eagle Scout Award and the American Spirit Honor Award in 1961.  During his military service with the Air Force from 1961-1965, Ray was a Morse Intercept Operator at a remote base outside of Istanbul, Turkey, and he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado.  Ray married Jane Esther Kiner on June 13, 1964, and he graduated from the UW-Madison, in 1967.  
 
He was a Certified Financial Planner and loved helping his clients in Madison and the surrounding area until his retirement in 2016.  He also enjoyed serving the community through the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton D 6250.  His favorite activity was traveling around the world and exploring new cultures.  After retiring, Ray moved to Colorado to be near his daughters and grandchildren. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jane Kiner Holloway, and his granddaughter, Lila Jane Walters.  He is survived by his three daughters: Ginny Kay H (Clint) Mays of Cotopaxi, CO; Laura L Holloway of Salida, CO; and Wendy A (Chris) Walters of Poncha Springs, CO; and his four adopted children: Rafael D Cruz (Jenny) Holloway of Caloocan City, Philippines; Ferdenand Rey D. Cruz (Mara) Holloway of Middleton, WI; Grigorio Paulo D Cruz (Jerlyn) Holloway of Middleton, WI; Anna Kristina D. Cruz Holloway of Middleton, WI; and nine grandchildren. 
 
Two memorial services will be held to honor Raymond Holloway.  A Pot Luck/Open House of friends and family will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at his home in Poncha Springs, CO (10457 Mesa View Court) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  On Saturday, December 7th, 2019, a graveside service with Military Honors will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery at 1 Speedway Road in Madison, Wisconsin 53705, starting at noon.  Following the graveside service, will be a Celebration of Life at St. Thomas Aquinas Church located at 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53719, at 1:00 pm.  This celebration will include a light lunch and time for sharing memories and stories about our time with Ray. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jack’s Place Endowment, PO Box 1529, Vail, Colorado 81658; or online at https://donate.vailhealthfoundation.org/give/210210/#!/donation/checkout (Choose “Jack’s Place” in the drop-down menu for donation support and in the leave a comment section state: “Endowment”).
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Food Donations Needed for Lussier Pantry 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Some Background on Lussier Programs (for Dec 13 meeting there)

Posted on Nov 22, 2019
Paul Terranova is going to talk about the Lussier Framework.  The Lussier Framework is a visual representation of how the LCEC approaches our work. We ground our programming and interactions in the overlap between the five bases of research and practice that make up the Lussier Framework. Sometimes we think about them as lenses, as in “How does looking at this situation through a trauma-informed lens or a racial justice lens change our response?”
 
The development of the Lussier Framework came in response to two types of questions that we would often get. People frequently ask “How do you know you’re really having an impact?” In addition to the short-term evaluation that we are able to do internally, we look to well-developed foundations of research to guide us in what has been shown to be effective over the long term. They help us both look critically at what we are doing and push ourselves to deepen our knowledge and skillsets. The other question that repeatedly came up as we were hiring staff and developing partnerships and collaborations was “Does this person/organization/partner get us? Do we share enough values and approaches to work together well?” The Lussier Framework gives us a way to articulate what we are looking for and be clear with partners about the way we need to work together.
 
Below is a document about the Lussier Framework as well.  We will have a lunch similar to our offsite at Pope Farms so please sign up in advance so we can plan accordingly.  Hope to see you all there.  

 
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News on Ruth Domack

Posted on Nov 15, 2019
 
Ruth Domack's son texted Deb Dieter yesterday and Ruth wants to share her news. She is out of surgery (2:45 pm) she is cancer-free. Margins are clean, she did not need any blood transfusions during the procedure. She will be staying in the ICU overnight for observation, but then will be staying in the hospital for 10-12 days to undergo physical therapy before returning home. She is in room 5919 in the East Tower at St. Mary’s. Send cards instead of a visit. Check to make sure she’s still there before sending flowers.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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Information on Donating to the RI Foundation

Posted on Nov 15, 2019
                                       
Mary Beth Growney-Selene and visiting former District Governor Joe Rusky encourage us to consider donating to the Rotary Foundation for all the tremendous work it does around the world. December 3rd is Giving Day and Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary can help "Connect The World" by contributing to The Rotary Foundation that day.  Gifts of all sizes are meaningful and important to continue the incredible work of our Foundation. In addition to feeling proud of being a part of this important effort, a gift of Rotary sway awaits you at our meeting on December 6!  Plan now to be a part of Rotary Giving Day! Here’s a link that will tell you what you need to know: https://www.rotary.org/en/donate
 

 
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Another New Member Approved by the Board

Posted on Nov 15, 2019
In a Board email conference, a new member was provisionally approved for joining our Club. 
•    Abby Benbow: Real Estate, sponsored by Steve Aune Several others are in the works.
 
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Food Donations Needed for Lussier Pantry

Posted on Nov 15, 2019
The collection date is November 22 at the Club meeting. But if you have them tomorrow, bring them along. They want:
  • Hearty soups
  • Mac and cheese
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Spaghetti sauces
  • Healthy snacks
“We love items that are low sodium, whole grain, and items in real fruit juice as opposed to syrup.”
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This Week’s Speaker: Matt Blessing

Posted on Nov 15, 2019
This Week’s Speaker: Matt Blessing will talk about the State Historical Society and the preservation facility 
 
Last Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime
 
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This Week’s Speaker:

 Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime

Posted on Nov 08, 2019
 
 
Last Week’s Speaker: Tim Bolhuis from Pellitteri Waste Systems on the latest in waste management & recycling. Tim has been with the company for a long time and seen all the changes in the industry. Lots of artificial intelligence technology involved in the sorting of materials to keep the greatest amount out of the landfills. The company moved into shredding sensitive documents more than fifteen years ago, and into a residential curbside pickup as well. They now handle curbside pickup for more than 50,000 homes. Prices paid for materials are down in the industry right now, but the company continues to innovate. Some helpful steps we can take: 1) nothing smaller than a Post-it, 2) rinse things out, and 3) recycle plastic bags only in bulk (put a bunch of them into a single bag).
 
 
 

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Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

News on Ruth Domack

Posted on Nov 08, 2019
Ruth Domack's son texted Deb Dieter yesterday and Ruth wants me to share her news. She is out of surgery (2:45 pm) she is cancer-free. Margins are clean, she did not need any blood transfusions during the procedure. She will be staying in the ICU overnight for observation, but then will be staying in the hospital for 10-12 days to undergo physical therapy before returning home. She is in room 5919 in the East Tower at St. Mary’s. Send cards instead of a visit.
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District Grant to Support Oil Extraction Machines in Haiti

Posted on Nov 01, 2019
Paul Patenaude and new member Kathy Roberg received a $2,000 District Matching Grant in support of their effort behind the purchase of equipment to help Haitians convert local plant seeds into oil for domestic use, a project also supported by our Club.

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This Week’s Speaker: Tim Bolhuis - Pellitteri Waste Systems

Posted on Nov 01, 2019
Tim Bolhuis from Pellitteri Waste Systems on latest in waste management & recycling
 
Last Week’s Speaker: Joe Ruskey (our District Governor 2017-2018) on the importance of the Rotary International Foundation. Joe gave us an inspiration dose of how the RI Foundation (not to mention the District) can supercharge our efforts to support good causes. Rotary is the oldest and largest service club in the world, with 1,200,000 members in 200 countries. And that size gives us the ability to support many projects. 
 
Rotary helped with the Marshall Plan after WW2 and has established peace centers in six universities to help reduce violence between nations and peoples. PolioPlus started in 1979 in the Philippines, and it’s become the effort for which Rotary is best known. We’ve raised billions in our fight to eliminate polio, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and countries around the globe have contributed tens of billions more. We’re THIS close to ending polio on our planet.
 
This Week’s Speaker: Tim Bolhuis - Pellitteri Waste Systems 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Three New Members Approved by the Board

Posted on Oct 25, 2019
At the Board meeting last week, three members were approved for joining our Club. This is the first of two appearances in the Bulletin. Our plan is to induct them all at our October 11 meeting, assuming the scheduling stars align.
 
Noelle Augelli: Attorney
 
Kathleen Roberg: Nurse/Non-Profit Org
and
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Donald Tubesing: Publishing​​​​​​​

 
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Last Week’s Speaker: Lee Rasch - LeaderEthics Wisconsin

Posted on Oct 25, 2019
Lee Rasch of LeaderEthics Wisconsin spoke to us on the importance of our demanding ethical conduct and civility from our elected leaders. We’ve all seen a tremendous loss of trust in political leaders … fake news, refusal to answer questions honestly, constant bickering with opponents. LeaderEthics is a nonpartisan group that works to spread ethical awareness among the citizenry -- to include students – and candidates for office. We should expect our leaders to be truthful, transparent, unifying rather than dividing and dedicated to serving all constituencies. Leaderethicswi.org 
 
 
 
 
 
This Week’s Speaker: Joe Ruskey on the importance of the Rotary International Foundation 
Last Week’s Speaker: Lee Rasch - LeaderEthics Wisconsin 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day … and Beer

Posted on Oct 18, 2019
October 24, 2019, is World Polio Day and Madison area Rotary clubs are partnering with Great Dane Pubs in raising money for the Polio Plus Fund. The event is called Pints for Polio. On that day, Great Dane Pubs are donating $1 to Rotary's Polio Plus Fund for every pint of beer, crowler, growler and 6 pack of beer sold at pub locations. Every dollar donated will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As there are multiple Great Dane locations in Madison, we thought it would be fun to choose 1 location for our Club so we can enjoy social time with each other in addition to Rotarians from other clubs.  We would like to meet at the Great Dane Hilldale location at 5 pm.  I hope to see many of you there! Quaff one with your Rotarian pals to fight polio.

 
 
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Last Week’s Speaker: Rotary Friendship Exchanges

Posted on Oct 18, 2019
We heard about Rotary Friendship Exchanges from three of our members with a total of seven exchange adventures between them … Mary Van Hout, Dean Ryerson, and Jim Emerick. These exchanges expand the mind, build enduring friendships, offer a great life journey for a minimal investment. Upcoming destinations include Chile, Brazil, Russia and perhaps Israel. Contact any of the three world travelers for more information.
 
This Week’s Speaker: Lee Rasch from LaCrosse Rotary on the lack of civility among our elected officials.  
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Interact Club Looking for Some Help

Posted on Oct 18, 2019
 
The Middleton High School Interact Club, which we co-sponsor with Madison West, has grown significantly with new members who are looking for a joint volunteering service project with our Club. 
 
Please send any ideas to Todd Wiegand, twiegs2@gmail.com
 

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Jeannine in Guatemala Working with Midwives on Our Global Grant 2019-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker: Inbound Exchange

 Student Ludovica Giada Malinverni

Posted on Oct 11, 2019
Ludovica spoke to us about her considerable past travels and her interest in coming to the States for this year of study. She’s charming, fluent in English, and tells great stories. We look forward to hearing more from her as the year progresses.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime

Last Week’s Speaker: Inbound Exchange Student Ludovica Giada Malinverni 2019-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Outbound Student Fiona Miller in Turkey

Posted on Oct 11, 2019
She’s just starting on her adventures with meeting fellow students, connecting with other Rotary students … and an emergency appendectomy soon after her arrival. You just never know what’s going to happen on a Rotary Exchange!

 
 
 
 
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McAdow Milers Keep on Peddling 2019-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

Educating Guatamalan Birth Attendants

Educating Guatemalan Birth Attendants
 
Area of Focus:  Saving mothers and children
Host Sponsor:  Las Americas Rotary Club of Guatemala City, Guatemala
Proposed Budget: $84,609 for a Vocational Training Team in October, 2019
 
Background:
  • The neonatal mortality rate in Guatemala is 15 babies per 1000 live births.
  • Seventy-five percent of those babies die within their first 24 hours of life.
  • The maternal mortality rate is approximately 120 women per 100,000 live births.
  • The maternal mortality rate is 3 times higher among indigenous Mayan women.
Educating Guatamalan Birth Attendants Jim Emerick 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Board/Officer Vacancies

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
We have two vacancies in leadership positions for our Club. Please consider putting yourself forward for one of them. Contact either Dawn Frank or Steve Aune if you’re willing to pitch in.
  • Sundar Baladhandapani has had to leave the Board because of work pressures.
  • Ruth Domack was scheduled to be the incoming President-Elect starting July 1, 2020, but her health issues have forced her to step down from that position.
  • If you want to serve on a Nominating Committee, talk to Steve Aune.

 
 
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Senate Scholar Program vis John Gerold

Posted by John Gerold on Sep 27, 2019
Do you know any high school juniors or seniors interested in government? Then encourage them to sign up for the Senate Scholar Program, an elite program designed to challenge Wisconsin’s best students.  One student from each of the 33 Senate Districts may participate in the week-long program in Madison.
    
The Senate Scholar Program is an intensive week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate. Admission to the program is highly competitive and is limited to 33 academically exceptional high school juniors and seniors from around Wisconsin. Each Senate Scholar receives a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role in our democracy. 
 
Senate Scholars gain experience in such diverse areas as policy development, constituent relations, and processing legislation by working with Senators, legislative staff and University of Wisconsin faculty.     There are three sessions offered in 2020:
  • January 12-17
  • February 9-14
  • March 22-27
Applications are due November 8, 2019
Here’s a link with more information and the program application:
Senate Scholar Program vis John Gerold John Gerold 2019-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker: District Governor Edwin Bos

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
Last Week’s Speaker: District Governor Edwin Bos at a special three-Club meeting at Blackhawk Country Club
 
This Week’s Speaker: “We Love Healthy Air” by Lisa O’Conner of Aprilaire
 
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Foundation Expenditures 2019-2020

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
Approved by the Board at its meeting on August 20, 2019
 
2019-2020 Charitable Expenditures
Project
Ave
Rotarian
$
Jefferson MS 1 :Build GAGA Court
Voc
Dieter
       1,200
Jefferson MS 2: Wireless Gr Arts Tablets
Voc
Dieter
      2,400
Rotary HS Scholarship Program
Voc
Gon
      5,000
RYLA Meal Support
Voc
Van Hout
          500
RYLA Attendee Sponsorship
Voc
Van Hout
       1,000
UW Odyssey Project
Voc
Desautels
       1,500
WI Academic Decathlon
Voc
Faulhaber
       1,950
Middleton HS Interact Club
Voc
Wiegand
          500
Lussier 1: Buffett Scholars
Comm
Gerold
      5,000
Lussier 2: K-12 Initiative for Devel Success
Comm
Gerold
      3,000
Habitat for Humanity
Comm
Wiegand
          500
Food Pantries (4)
Comm
Brazeau
      4,000
ShelterBox
Intl
Welton
       1,000
Orphan Train 1: TLC, South Africa
Intl
Fink
      2,500
Orphan Train 2: Mooseheart
Intl
Fink
      2,500
Oliveros Scholarships
Intl
Desautels
      2,000
THVCR Oil Press
Intl
Patenaude
      2,000
GMRP
Intl
Desautels
      2,000
Guatemala Midwives
intl
Club
      5,000
Polio Plus
intl
Club
       1,500
Youth Exchange Inbound and Outbound
Intl
Brendemuehl
      5,285
Unapplied
 
 
 
Total
 
 
$  50,335

 
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