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
Another virtual meeting via Zoom this week 2020-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing Silent Auction

Posted on Jun 25, 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 pastas, pasta sauce, bottles of wine
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, Jeannine Desautels, Deb Dieter, Ruth Domack, Leo Edelstein
 
Thank You for the Donations Already Pledged!
 
4 Tickets to “Come From Away”                                 Roxanne Brazeau/BMO
Weekend Getaway in The Dells                                 Greg Blum
Aprilaire Dehumidifier                                               Cory Recknor and Aprilaire
Two-bedroom condo in Florida                                  Matt Loch
Ice Cream Maker & Fixings                                        Deb Dieter
Magnum Bottle of Pinot Grigio from                         Bob & Kathy Rounds (friends of MWT-M) Terlato Vineyards
Zebco Fishing (need tackle box etc)                           Bob & Kathy Rounds
Lake WI Country Club & Friday Night Fish             Doug Coerper
Patio Heater & Cooler                                                 Ruth Domack
Golf Outing Silent Auction 2020-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Save This Date – Habitat Workday 2020-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

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.

McAdow Miles Team 2020-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotary Public Service Announcement Campaign has launched in the U.S. 2020-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

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                                       
Rotary Virtual Convention 2020-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Bingo 2020-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

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.  
Paying Meal Costs for a Good Cause 2020-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

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.  
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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
 
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665 622 324
 
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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
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

Rotary Golf Outing New Date

Rotary Golf Outing New Date

 
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

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.  
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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.
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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!

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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


 
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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
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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.


 
Our Next Slate of Officer Candidates -- UPDATED 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

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


 
Last Week’s Speaker: Luke Sprague - Wisconsin Veterans Museum 2020-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
New Member Kathy Roberg Has a Good Cause … 2020-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

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.
 
Become a 2020-2021 Host Family! 2020-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Our Next Slate of Officer Candidates 2020-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

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!”
 
Our Members Help with a Clinic 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

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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Destinations Established for Our Outbound Students! 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

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

 
Last Week’s Speaker: Nancy Comello on our Guatemala Global Grant. 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
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.
 
This Week’s Speaker: Dick Wagner - We Were Here All Along 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

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.
 
Another New Member Approved by the Board 2019-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

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).
 
 
 

This Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
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.

District Grant to Support Oil Extraction Machines in Haiti 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

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!

 
 
 
 
Outbound Student Fiona Miller in Turkey 2019-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
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
 
Last Week’s Speaker: District Governor Edwin Bos 2019-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

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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Rotary Bingo at Oakwood Is Back for Another Year!

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

For over Forty (40) years our Rotary Club has provided entertainment on a monthly basis from October through May of each year by providing Bingo to the residents of Oakwood. Our new “Bingo Year” will begin on the third Thursday in October (October 17th) and continue each month on the third Thursday through May 2020. Bingo sessions run from 6:00 PM until approximately 7:30 PM and are held on the second floor, East Lounge, Hebron Oaks., at Oakwood, off of Mineral Point Road. 

Working Bingo is an easy way to do a “make-up”, it is fun, and it contributes to our Community Service obligations. Rotarians are notified several days before the event as a reminder and if there are any particular things one needs to know about the session. A Sign-up sheet will be passed around at our next few meetings for the first several sessions.  We will need at least four volunteers for each session.  You can also bring your children, spouse, significant other, or friend to help out. 

Thanks to all who have participated in the past and we look forward to your help again this year.
 
John Gerold, Rod Nilles, Bingo Coordinators  
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Netherlands Friendship Exchange Team Departs

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
Several Club members enjoyed spending time with the Exchange Team from the Netherlands … from giving them a place to sleep, to introducing them to the wonders of the Wisconsin Fish Fry at the Hilltop, to a drive through the Driftless Area to their next stop (via Prairie du Chien) in LaCrosse. Wonderful people and a great Rotary program.

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Rotary Youth Exchange

Exchange Programs - Inbound & Outbound
  • One year coincides with school year
  • Students live with three families typically
  • Opportunity to learn a new culture and language, to be an ambassador & to make friends for a lifetime
  • It's a year of adventure
  • Rotary District 6250 sends and receives students to/from 40 countries
  • RYE plays an important role in world peace & understanding. Once you have experienced another culture, judgment of others & their culture diminishes
"If every 17 year old were a youth exchange student, we would have no wars." Karl-Wilhelm Stenhammer, RI Past President
 
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Last Week’s Speaker:

Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime  

Posted on Sep 20, 2019

 

This Week’s Speaker: District Governor Edwin Bos. 

Edwin Bos has been a proud member of the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club since 2003. He has served on the Board of Directors, as Youth Exchange Officer, as the chair of several club construction projects, as Club
President in 2012-13 and as Assistant Governor from 2014-2017. Edwin is a graduate of Fort Atkinson
High School, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BSc Civil Engineering) and the Rotterdam School of Management (MBA). After graduation, he spent ten years working for a large Dutch construction company primarily in Amsterdam, Istanbul and the Caribbean. 
 
Edwin strongly supports Rotary’s many exchange programs in part because exchange programs have defined his own life. His Dutch immigrant parents came to Fort Atkinson under the auspices of a Farm Bureau exchange. After studying in Madison Edwin took part in an IAESTE work exchange to
Gothenburg, Sweden and, after studying in Rotterdam, participated in an AIESEC work exchange in Poznan, Poland where he met his wife Joanna. Since returning to Fort Atkinson they have hosted two inbound exchange students. 
  
Edwin has participated in several District 6250 Friendship Exchanges. He traveled to India with an RFE team led by PDG Dean Ryerson. While in India he met Dr. Anouke Arakal of the Pondicherry Beach Town Rotary Club and that connection led to a Rotary Global Grant, sponsored by the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club, which funded four dialysis machines in Pondicherry. He’s traveled to the Philippines with an RFE team led by Ms. Darla Leick of Marshfield Sunrise. That RFE led to a friendship with Rotarian Roger de Guzman of the Kalibo Rotary Club and a Rotary Global Grant, sponsored by the five clubs in Assistant
Governor group #8, for a pipeline that brought potable water to two spirited villages. He’s traveled to Nepal with an RFE team led by current District Friendship Exchange chair Dr. Dave Clemens and, most recently, he led an RFE team from his Assistant Governor group back to the Philippines to help dedicate their water pipeline project and to establish new Rotary friendships and contacts.   
 
Edwin and Joanna live in Fort Atkinson. Their oldest son, Harry, is attending the University of Alabama and is a member of the Rotaract Club there. Their youngest son, Ernest, is co-president of the High School Interact Club and is planning to attend Arizona State. Edwin is a past member of the Fort Atkinson School Board, a Paul Harris plus member, a sustaining member, and a Paul Harris Society member. He, his brother and their wives own and operate Bos Design Builders LLC in Fort Atkinson. In his spare time, he enjoys activities that involve spending time with friends, family, and anyone who enjoys a little gezelligheid. Something that he feels Rotary and Rotarians already have in spades!

 
Last Week’s Speaker:Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime 2019-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Friendship Exchange from Holland, September 19-25

Posted by Mary Van Hout on Sep 13, 2019
Rotary Friendship Exchange offers the best in international travel opportunities! If you are available from September 19 - 25, you could host a Rotarian traveler from The Netherlands and help introduce them to life in the Madison area.  Ten couples will spend some time in the Madison area and then head to the La Crosse area for another five days.  
We have a wonderful itinerary planned to highlight our part of Wisconsin and show it off! Please consider opening up your home to one of the couples for a few days.  You can provide them with a room and breakfast only or spend as much time with the whole group as you please.  We guarantee that the experience will enrich your life in ways that may surprise you!  Contact Mary Van Hout to be part of this RFE! maryevanhout@gmail.com or 608 836 1603.
 
And more …
 
Mary Van Hout, Dean Ryerson, and other Rotarians from our District participated in a Friendship Exchange to The Netherlands in late May.  Seven Rotarians from the Netherlands will visit the Madison area from September 19-25.  You are invited to join us as we welcome our guests and provide opportunities for them to experience life and culture in our area.  On Friday evening, September 20 at 6:00 pm we'll experience a traditional supper club fish fry at The Hilltop (between Cross Plains and Pine Bluff).  Let Dean Ryerson know if you would like to join us for this evening (dryerson@tds.net).  As Kevin Welton pointed out following our meeting last Friday, it will be "Dutch Treat!"
 
We will gather at Mary Van Hout's home in Middleton for a pot luck picnic on Sunday afternoon the 22nd at 5:30.  Again, if you want to join us let Mary know at  <maryevanhout@gmail.com>.  Bring a dish to pass, and preferably with some food in it! Looking forward to having club members join us for spirited conversations with our Dutch guests as Rotary "Connects the World".

Rotary Friendship Exchange from Holland, September 19-25 Mary Van Hout 2019-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker:

 UW Geologist Eric Carson on Geology of

 Madison & Black Earth Creek

Posted on Sep 13, 2019
UW Geologist Eric Carson on Geology of Madison & Black Earth Creek. We learned about the impact of the glaciers on Wisconsin and the unique topography of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. Eric covered hundreds of millions of years in a wind-buffeted meeting at the Pope Farm Conservancy.
 
This Week’s Speaker: Rotary at Work: Club Committee Worktime Farm Luncheon.  
Last Week’s Speaker: UW Geologist Eric Carson on Geology of Madison &amp; Black Earth Creek 2019-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
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Bingo Was Bang-Up

Posted on Sep 06, 2019
Bingo Czar is still working up numbers, but the string of bingo crews that worked a total of sixteen hours at the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival did a great time, made some new Rotary friends, and raised a bucket of money. Details to come. But here’s a picture of our Prez Dawn Frank looking all bingoish.
BREAKING REPORT FROM MATT:
Thanks to all of our club members and friends who made bingo a smashing success at the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest.  As a fundraiser, this was a winner--$2,025 net-net-net.  As an opportunity for fellowship, it was even better—33 club members participated along with family and friends.  As a chance to showcase our club in Middleton, it worked.  Our club was 20+ years removed from bingo and Good Neighbor Festival hasn’t had bingo in years. We heard those festival patrons wanted it back, but it was uncharted waters for us.  I am proud to say that everyone involved brought a positive attitude and made the event fun—thanks!
 
Our club should plan to return to GNF next year and plan to do better.  To make that happen we must gather all of your feedback and look for ways to improve our operation and thereby results.  I will be at this Friday’s meeting, September 6, at 11:45 and will stay later to hear your ideas for improvement.  You are also welcome to send me ideas at matthewloch26@gmail.com.

 
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Orphan Train Update

Posted on Sep 06, 2019
Ed Fink reports that our support efforts for the TLC Adopt-a-Cot effort in South Africa are paying off. Kids are growing up healthy and energetic. Some pix:

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This Week’s Speaker: Pope Farm Luncheon 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Friendship Exchange from Holland, 9/19-25

Posted on Sep 06, 2019
Rotary Friendship Exchange offers the best in international travel opportunities! If you are available from September 19 - 25, you could host a Rotarian traveler from The Netherlands and help introduce them to life in the Madison area.  Ten couples will spend some time in the Madison area and then head to the La Crosse area for another five days.
 
We have a wonderful itinerary planned to highlight our part of Wisconsin and show it off! Please consider opening up your home to one of the couples for a few days.  You can provide them with a room and breakfast only or spend as much time with the whole group as you please.  We guarantee that the experience will enrich your life in ways that may surprise you! 
 
Contact Mary Van Hout to be part of this RFE! maryevanhout@gmail.com or 608 836 1603

 
Rotary Friendship Exchange from Holland, 9/19-25 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Outbound Fionna Miller Enroute to Turkey … She’s There! 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Aid to the Bahamas

Posted on Sep 06, 2019
From the District Governor’s Newsletter:
The Rotary Foundation recently established a Rotary Disaster Relief Fund to which Rotary Districts impacted by a Disaster can apply for Funds.  This includes District 6250 should any of our communities or our region face a future Disaster.  If, during this Labor Day weekend, you were thinking about the people suffering through Hurricane Dorian consider a contribution to this Fund.  Please follow the link for more information and to make a donation https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund.
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Welcome Ludovica

               Our Newest Exchange Student Has Arrived
 
On August 8, Ludovica from Italy was greeted at Dane County airport by her host families and Youth Exchange Counselor Connie Smith and Youth Exchange Office Donna Brendmeuhl.
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Notes from Our Aug 2 working Meeting (thanks to Ed Fink)

Posted on Aug 16, 2019
Rather than a speaker at our August 2nd meeting, the club had breakout sessions, with members choosing to meet with their preferred Avenue of Service. We asked for reports from each Avenue and received them from the International and Community Avenues.
International: Dick Murray chaired the group, and projects discussed or mentioned included the Orphan Train Project, Oliveros Scholarship Fund, Global Grant for Midwifery, Approved District Grant for Thiottle Haiti (school for poorest of poor children), Rotary Youth Exchange, Feed My Lambs in Haiti, Medical Mission to Guatemala and Shelter Box. Dick indicated some project requests might have to be scaled back, though he seemed to think all might be funded. Connie told us our latest Rotary Exchange Student had arrived from Italy.  The group discussed possibilities for distributing some of these funds over the course of the year, rather than all at once. The delayed distribution for some of the projects seemed possible in certain cases. It was mentioned that our support of various international projects attracts and encourages outsiders to donate to them, through our club foundation. A visitor interested in Rotary, i.e. Attorney Noelle H. Long, sat in on the discussion.
Community: Barry Pace chaired the discussion and reported as follows:
Projects currently planned for funding
  • Buffet Scholars/Lussier
  • Food Pantries (Lussier, MOM, River, Grace Episcopal)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Summer School Scholarships at Lussier
Group comments mentioned the need to identify more projects, for funding and volunteering. Barry and Patrick will contact other organizations for purposes of identifying community needs in our area. These will include PorchLight, MOM, Lussier, Jefferson, Pope Farms and United Way. Other possibilities mentioned include the Kohl Fund, Evjue, MCF, Rotaract and the After Hours Club. 
Total Community Services Funding Projection - $12,000
Notes from Our Aug 2 working Meeting (thanks to Ed Fink) Ed Fink 2019-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

BINGO!

Posted on Aug 16, 2019
Bingo is back! After a several year hiatus, the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton is bringing Bingo back to the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival at Fireman’s Park next to the high school.
 
Bingo will be held from 6-9 PM on Friday, 1-4 PM and 6-9 PM on Saturday and 1-5 PM on Sunday. $1 per card, cash prizes!  Fast-paced, with 6 plus games per hour.  Must be 18, or have an adult present on the grounds.  Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton charitable programs.
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Become a Madison Area STAR (Specialized Training for Action in Rotary)

Posted on Aug 16, 2019
Especially for Rotarians of One Year or Less
Program #1 Rotary Basics: Wednesday Sept 11
5:30-6:00 Make Connections
6:00-7:00 Learn
  • Overview of this thing called Rotary
  • Discover how new Rotarians have already made an impact in their communities
  • ‘Seasoned’ Rotarians will answer your questions
Vitense Golfland, 5501 Schroeder Road Madison. Includes beverages, appetizers, prizes for new members of one year or less. Donations toward cost accepted.
 
RSVP/Advanced registration appreciated 
by September 1st to Linda Olsen, 608 235 6323, LKO@Lorenimhoff.com
Become a Madison Area STAR (Specialized Training for Action in Rotary) 2019-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Ludovica Has Arrived

Posted on Aug 16, 2019
Ludovica Giada Malinverni was greeted at Dane County Airport August 8th by her host families and Youth Exchange Counselor, Connie Smith; and Youth Exchange Officer, Donna Brendemuehl.
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Last Week’s Speaker: Bingo Trial Run

Posted on Aug 16, 2019
Last Week’s Speaker: Bingo Trial Run conducted by Bingo Czar Matt Loch.

This Week’s Speaker: Gary Cannalte on New Weather Technology  

 

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Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club At Work in the World

        Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club
                         At Work in the World
                    The Orphan Train Project
 
                             Children of TLC Orphanage, South Africa
 
What is the Orphan Train Project?
The Orphan Train Project is made possible by the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc.  It seeks to assist children living in foreign orphanages in a variety of ways, and has been doing so for twenty-two years.  Over the past two decades, more than fifty children’s homes, in ten different countries, have been helped. Some of the assistance has been for a number of years. However, help has sometimes been given once, with a single goal in mind.
 
Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club At Work in the World Jim Emerick 2019-08-12 05:00:00Z 0

Countdown to Bingo (from Bingo Czar Matt)

Posted on Aug 09, 2019
We are in very good shape to bring bingo back to Good Neighbor Fest in Middleton this year.  This community is a big part of our service area and we are excited to raise our image in Middleton.  Mark your calendars for our bingo sessions as follows:
  • Friday, August 23, 6-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 24, 1-4:00 p.m. and 6-9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 25, 1-5:00 p.m.
If you are volunteering for a session, get ready for some fun and fellowship.  If not, grab a seat at the table and get ready to make some money.  Make sure to encourage your friends and family to join us for bingo and many other fun things at GNF including:
  • Great food including a Friday Fish Fry, Saturday chicken dinner and a dessert tent
  • Fun for the kids with a midway, games, movies and lots of other activities
  • Live music all day long in the VFW and Youth Hockey tents
  • Art fair with vendors from around the area
  •  5K run on Saturday and Sunday’s parade
  • Of course, bingo, bingo, bingo…
What a great way to celebrate summer and promote Rotary in one of the nation’s great small cities.  See you there!
Countdown to Bingo (from Bingo Czar Matt) Matt Loch 2019-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Last Week’s Program: Club Committee Worktime 2019-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

Long-time Member Paul Butz Has Passed Away

Posted on Aug 02, 2019
MADISON—Paul John Butz passed away on July 29, 2019, at his home. Paul was loved and appreciated by all who knew him. He was a true gentleman with a kind soul and quick wit. 

Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, building, being outdoors, raising black labs, sitting on the porch up north, and spending time with family and friends. 

Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and dear friend. He is survived by Marilyn, his loving wife of 62 years; daughter, Linda (Russ) Denk; son, David (Susie) .

Butz; grandson, Paul (Erin) Zimbelman; granddaughter, Abby Zimbelman; and great-granddaughter, Elodie Zimbelman. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Segoe Rd., Madison, WI with memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. and lunch to follow.   
 
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hospice, or Doctors Without Borders in Paul’s name. 
 
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Last Week’s Program: Katie Hensel on Tri 4 Schools

Posted on Aug 02, 2019
Katie Hensel is changing the face of what Triathlons look like! She founded Tri 4 Schools in 2011 to promote active kids and healthy schools. This summer there's Tri 4 Schools triathlons in Waunakee, Sun Prairie, and Middleton. Ms. Hensel rushes in to help like an over-caffeinated Rotarian, a dynamo of goodness for creating healthier kids ages 3-14. Her kids say things like "Sportsmanship, don't be scared of what you can do. You can do it too!" 

Tri 4 Schools gives kids access to extracurricular sports, especially those who have few options at their schools. Triathlons and mud runs your child will love! www.tri4schools.org 

This Week’s Speaker: Club Committee Worktime


 
 
Last Week’s Program: Katie Hensel on Tri 4 Schools 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: Goodness on a Year in Her Life.

Posted on Jul 26, 2019
"I'm Goodness from Nigeria." 

Possibly the most flamboyant and confident exchange student we've welcomed recently, Goodness condensed her year in America into a lively half-hour! 

From when she learned at Lagos, Nigeria that's she's going to America, to her poignant thanks you's and I'm gonna miss you's at our July 19th lunch.      A few Goodness glimpses:   
  • "I ate cheese and I didn't even like cheese!" 
  • "I visited with five families and learned from each one." 
  • "I'm lucky I took this step out of my comfort zone. Not easy, culture shock, but you get along." 
  • "Become American-ized, I'm Wisconsin!" 
  • "All exchange kids learn from each other, I'm glad I did this!" 
  • Thank you.  You've met a Nigerian.  Very wonderful, I am so blessed I ended up in this club." 
We see dozens of Goodness photos with friends and families, accompanied by Rhianna's tearful "Farewell." 

This Week’s Speaker: Katie Hensel on Tri 4 Schools


 
 
Last Week’s Program: Goodness on a Year in Her Life. 2019-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Take Out Your Calendar

Posted on Jul 26, 2019
  • August 23-25. Middleton Good Neighbor Fest. MAJOR CLUB FUNDRAISER.

 
Take Out Your Calendar 2019-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Safe Births Jim Emerick 2019-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: David Wahlberg from Wisconsin State Journal - Preventing Fatal Falls

Posted on Jul 19, 2019
 
Wisconsin State-Journal health reporter David Wahlberg and Dane County Safe Community Task Force's Ruth Meyer enlighten us on how to prevent falling.  Why does Wisconsin have the highest percentage of falls for adults over 65?  Alcohol, binge drinking, higher aging population/demographics, and Wisconsin does a better job of reporting falls than other states.
 
If you've fallen once in the last 12 months, you're 50% more at risk for your next fall. Ms. Meyer teaches fall prevention classes, called "Stepping On," a 7-week workshop series.  Prevention: exercise, vision checkup, medication review, home safety. Tripping over dogs and cats happens a lot. Take Stepping On class reduces your risk of falling by 30%! Other prevention: Tai Chi, Ballroom Basics for Balance, leisure activities such as pickleball, tennis, biking. Be an advocate to prevent falls! 
                                                                     
 This Week’s Speaker: Goodness on a Year in Her Life! 
Last Week’s Program: David Wahlberg from Wisconsin State Journal - Preventing Fatal Falls 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Cory Recknor ‘a cancer-fighting ambassador’

Posted on Jul 19, 2019
This month’s issue of InBusiness features a lengthy article on member Cory Recknor’s role with the American Cancer Society in its Coaches vs. Cancer program. Important work!

Cory Recknor ‘a cancer-fighting ambassador’ 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Friendship Exchange Farewell to our Australian Rotary Guests

Posted on Jul 19, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 6:15 PM Evening Picnic hosted by Linda Olson, Mary Van Hout and Nancy Comello at Linda and Don’s home, 5796 County Road K, Waunakee, 53597 (intersection of Hwy K and Hwy M.
The house is not visible from the road. Look for the balloons).  Potluck for Madison-area Rotarians, bring: 
•       Last name beginning with A-J: salad 
•       Last name beginning with K-P: noodles or other carbs
•       Last name beginning with Q-Z: dessert 
•       Optional: bring own beverages and lawn games
  
 
Rotary Friendship Exchange Farewell to our Australian Rotary Guests 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Wartinbee Resigns from the Club

Posted on Jul 12, 2019
President Dawn Frank received the following letter from Jim:
It is with great regret that I need to inform you of my resignation from the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton. My decision is two-fold: predicated upon accepting additional personal and family time commitments and, with relocating to Lodi. Attending Club meetings and participating in project activities has significantly limited my ability to remain an active member. I appreciate your understanding. I have enjoyed my seventeen years with this special organization to all our members I have the great pleasure of knowing. I leave with fond memories and the wonderful works and activities we did, knowing together, we made Madison, Middleton and the greater world communities a better place. I will miss all of you and wish the Club continued success. Who knows I may just drop in to say hello to all of you at 12:12 pm some Friday in the future.
 
Jim Wartinbee Resigns from the Club 2019-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

The Latest from Goodness

Posted on Jul 12, 2019
Our Exchange student, Goodness Otun, has been keeping busy. She attended Concerts On The Square thanks to Jeannine Desautels. She also went to Circus World in Baraboo with her current host parents, Dan & Mary Fose and was treated to a fantastic horse & buggy ride and picnic, courtesy of Mary Ruth Marks. Goodness recaps her year in Wisconsin in a talk to our Club at the 7/19 meeting.
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Last Week’s Program (June 28): Joyce Bromley, Downtown Rotary

Posted on Jul 12, 2019
Joyce Bromley from Downtown Rotary Club spoke on Keeping Ghanaian female students in school every day by providing supplies and training to help with their menstrual needs.
 
This Week’s Speaker: David Wahlberg from Wisconsin State Journal on Preventing Fatal Falls 
Last Week’s Program (June 28): Joyce Bromley, Downtown Rotary 2019-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
RI-Scholarships JEE 2019-07-09 05:00:00Z 0

Update on TLC Adopt-a-Cot Program

Happy kids in Johannesburg, South Africa with the TLC program we help support through the Orphan Train
  • Adopt-A-Cot Fast Facts:
  • Adopt-A-Cot is TLC’s sustained giving program
  • Outstanding monthly costs are $16,200 to make up the required $24,600
  • This fully covers the costs to keep little tummies full, hands and hearts warm, eager minds educated and TLC running!

 
Update on TLC Adopt-a-Cot Program 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing a Success!

Posted by Kevin Welton
Kevin Welton reports on a successful Golf Event: Our annual Rotary Charity Golf Outing was held on Monday, June 17 at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton. We had a total of 96 golfers signed up to play 18 holes of golf on the Prairie and Woods Courses. There was a total of 27 Hole Sponsorships that had custom color logo signage on the course and listed in the program. A total of 35 Silent Auction packages were bid on by participants. We had 22 Raffle Prizes that tickets were sold for, and we also sold Mulligans for use on the course. There was a String Game that could be purchased that allowed golfers to count a missed Putt. A total of 18 Club members participated in the golfing, and there were 18 Club members that donated time as Volunteers. A box lunch was provided, then following the golf, a full cookout was enjoyed by everyone. Prizes were awarded for the 12 on course hole contests, and to the winners of the Teams with the lowest scores.
It was a beautiful day for golf, in the end the results produced a net income to our Foundation of $20,673.48. Thank you to all who participated in the event.

 
Golf Outing a Success! Kevin Welton 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard

Posted on Jun 28, 2019
Outgoing President Matt Loch’s presentation:
 
Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s Theme “Be the inspiration”
My Personal Theme: “Do good in the world… Do good in the community… Do good in myself
 
INTERNATIONAL
•    International Avenue of Service – focus on youth
o  Inbound exchange student - Goodness Otun
o  Commitment to fund inbound students through FY 2021-22
•    Heritage projects: Orphan Train, Polio Plus, Shelter Box & Feed My Lambs
•    A last-minute call to arms from Downtown Rotary for Ghana project
•    Tireless advocacy by Nancy for Guatemalan midwives’ project
o  District matching grant -$2K
o  Rotary Global Grant approaching $100K
•    Club member commitment to needs in Haiti & Guatemala
 
COMMUNITY
•    Area food banks & River Food event
•    Habitat for Humanity donation & workday
•    Highway clean up
•    High school focus: Middleton Interact, RYLA & scholarship recipients
•    Jefferson Middle School
o  Funding important needs
o  Boots on the ground & teacher luncheon
•    Lussier Community Education Center
 
FUNDRAISING
•    Glorious golf outing
•    A successful season of Basketball Slam
•    Hefty Horse Driving Trial proceeds
•    Marvelous McAdow Miles monies
•    Profitable Pigskin Payoff to offset Meister Meter
•    Neat new opportunity with Good Neighbor Fest bingo
•    We heard you: more focus on fun/fundraising from outside the club
 
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT SURVEY
•    Entertaining and engaging speakers
•    Secured a formal arrangement with Zor
•    Revamping our weekly club meeting set up
•    Developed presidential succession bench strength
o  Dawn Frank, Steve Aune & Ruth Domack
•    Recruited four first time board members –
o  Barry, Denny, Kevin & Sundar
 
YOUR BOARD
•    President, Dawn Frank
•    President-Elect, Steve Aune
•    Treasurer, Rich Cooper
•    Secretary, Jack Ferreri
•    Club Service – Mary Ruth Marks & Kevin Moran
o  Membership & Fund Raising
•    Community – Patrick Rees & Barry Pace
•    International – Dick Murray & Sundar Baladhandapani
•    Vocational – Deb Dieter & Denny Zitnak
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More Good News from Abroad

Posted on Jun 28, 2019
Our greenhouse Reconstruction Project Quetzeltenango in western Guatemala is progressing nicely. It will help the girls at Luis Amigo …
 
Dear Claudia Gonzaga, I hope that God bless your day.
 
I share with him, Mrs. Mary Van Hout and members of the Rotary Club thanks to the economic support given to the Home Luis Amigó, is the reconstruction achieved our greenhouse. Why we are happy and motivated in the cultivation of products that will be beneficial for girls who are sheltered in our home.
 
To know more details is attached to mail a written report on the results of Greenhouse Reconstruction Project has been carried out, also photographs of the process. Thanking your attention and collaboration, I remain sincerely: Sister Aura Marina Alvarez Luca.
More Good News from Abroad 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: Changing of the Guard

Posted on Jun 28, 2019
Last Week’s Program: Changing of the Guard … new Club Officers and Board members, plus a review of accomplishments in the past Rotary year. See article later in Bulletin.
 
This Week’s Speaker: Joyce Bromley on Everyday School Periods in Ghana with Downtown Rotary
Last Week’s Program: Changing of the Guard 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing a Success

Posted on Jun 21, 2019
Final numbers aren’t in, but preliminaries look very promising. This was our major fundraiser, and members and their golfing buddies turned out to support it. Numbers and pics next Bulletin. Thanks to Kevin Welton and his crew for all their work.
Golf Outing a Success 2019-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Bingo, Bingo, Bingo - Schedule

Posted on Jun 21, 2019
Our club will be bringing bingo back to the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest August 23-25, 2019.  This is part of some throwback features including a Friday fish fry and Sunday chicken dinner.  We will need volunteers for bingo sessions on Friday (evening), Saturday (afternoon & evening) and Sunday (afternoon).  Mark your calendars now, because Wisconsin summers fill up quickly. We have a small committee formed including Deb Dieter, Jack Ferreri, Dawn Frank, Kevin Moran, Rod Nilles, and Matt Loch.  We can use some more committee members and we are meeting this Friday after our club meeting.  C’mon, join the fun!  
  
Thank you to all who have volunteered for BINGO at Good Neighbor Fest so far.  Here is a list of 20 places we still need to fill: 
Saturday, August 24, 1-4 pm
Cashier (1)
Saturday, August 24, 6-9 pm
Bingo spinner (1) Treasurer (1)
Sunday, August 25, 10 am-1 p
Parade volunteers (2)
Sunday, August 25, 1-3 pm                  
Bingo caller (1)
 
Bingo spinner (1)
 
Treasurer (1)
 
Cashiers (4)
Sunday, August 25, 3-5 pm                  
Bingo caller (1)
 
Treasurer (1)
 
Cashiers (4)
Sunday, August 25, 6-8 pm                 
Grounds Crew (1)
Monday, August 26, 5-8 pm                                    
Grounds Crew (1)
 
You can email debragdieter@gmail.com to reserve your spot. 
DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE … ‘AW, SOMEONE ELSE WILL DO IT. BE THAT SOMEONE!
Bingo, Bingo, Bingo - Schedule 2019-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program:

Robin Shepard on History and Trends in the Wisconsin Brewing Industry

Posted on Jun 21, 2019
With a career that involved lots of driving the state, combined with a love of beer, Robin Shepherd became an effervescent expert on beers, especially those of the upper Midwest. Drawing on his penning a trio of books on the breweries and brewpub of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois, as well as regular beer articles in Madison’s Isthmus, he regaled us with tales from his deep knowledge of the beer culture of our region. The 1980s saw the emergence of craft and home brewing, ending the total dominance of the big national brewers. This trend has continued to accelerate. Wisconsin is home to about 175 brewers now, with perhaps 500 in the Great Lakes region as a whole. All beer comes from just a combination of water, hops, barley, and yeast, but the different techniques and flavors added to make for a wide palette of flavors. Lagers, ales, pilsners, bocks, stouts, sours, tarts, lambics – the variety appears to be endless. Wisconsinites approve: they manage to consume thirty-three gallons per person.  
This Week’s Speaker: Changing of the Guard – New Club Officers

 
Last Week’s Program:Robin Shepard on History and Trends in the Wisconsin Brewing Industry 2019-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

The Bike Boys

Posted on Jun 21, 2019
Your intrepid Bulletin Editor and Cub Reporter Ferreri tagged along with the McAdow Miles team last Saturday. Great time pedaling together, although your editor was clearly the slacker. Jerry McAdow, Paul Patenaude, Peter Hoff, and Leo Edelstein (behind the camera) made the ride south and west from our start point at Pacific Cycle on Hammersley Road. Jerry shared some of his road wisdom with the slacker. Wonderful time, beautiful weather, and 12 miles on the road. Great fun!

 
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Rotary Global Rewards

Posted by Mary Van Hout on Jun 21, 2019
Mary Van Hout spoke about this program at the last meeting and it created some buzz. Use your Amazon spending (and more) to help Rotary change the world. See further info in this screenshot. Use the URL on top to go to the original page. Thanks, Mary!
Rotary Global Rewards Mary Van Hout 2019-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Guatemala Literacy Project Seeking Volunteers

Posted on Jun 14, 2019
Matt Loch received the following letter and wanted to pass it along. It matches up well with our existing interest in Guatemala.
 
My name is John Hunt, and I am a past District Governor and member of the Rotary Club pf Ohio Pathways (D6600). Joe Berninger, founder of the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP), and I are organizing Rotary service trips to Guatemala and we are looking for interested Rotarians.
 
The GPL is the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district effort in the Rotary world not directed by Rotary International itself- the "gold standard" of Rotary projects, according to former RI President Ian Riseley. Over 600 Rotary clubs from 8 countries have participated in the GP: since its inception in 1996. GPL Textbook, Computer, Teacher Training, and Youth Development programs currently serve more than 50,000 impoverished children.
 
We need Rotarians to join the following service trips to Guatemala:
  • July 21 - 27, 2019
  • July 30 - August 4, 2019
  • November 14 - 17, 2019
  • February 1 - 9, 2019
  • February 18 - 23, 2019
  • July 12 - 18, 2020
  • July 21 - 26, 2020
These trips offer a variety of experiences: Some are longer or shorter; some more "hands-on" - and all of them give you the opportunity to be a meaningful part of Rotary's work fighting poverty in Guatemala. Please visit the Project's website for more details.
Could you share this opportunity with members of your club?
 
If you have any can email me at info@guatemalalitericy.org
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
John Hunt, PDG
Rotary Club of Ohio Pathways (D6600)
 
Joe Berninger
Guatemala Literacy Project (GPL)
Rotary Club of Ohio pathways (D6600)
 
Guatemala Literacy Project Seeking Volunteers 2019-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

The Adventures of our Goodness

Posted on Jun 14, 2019
Pool parties, birthdays, Clydesdales, the Arch at St. Louis, and the Lincoln Library in Springfield. Ah, summer.
 

 
 
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Spring Cleaning

Posted on Jun 14, 2019
Deb Dieter, Kevin Moran and Matt Loch will be going through our storage room at Zor Shrine after the meeting on June 21.  It is a large climate-controlled space that doesn’t cost additional money.  We plan to inventory what’s there and I am sure that we have acquired a number of items that are no longer needed.  If you have any Rotary club items at home, feel free to bring them to the club meeting. We’ll take them from you and free up valuable home storage space.  Contact Matt with any questions.
Spring Cleaning 2019-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s (actually the Previous Week’s) Program:

Posted on Jun 14, 2019

Last Week’s (actually the Previous Week’s) Program:

Matt Loch on our Bingo event at the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival

This Week’s Speaker: Robin Shepard on History and Trends in the Wisconsin Brewing Industry


 
Last Week’s (actually the Previous Week’s) Program: 2019-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

MWT-M Golf Outing Silent Auction Donation Request

Posted on May 31, 2019
Please join your fellow MWT-M club members and donate to our golf outing silent auction. We can make it easy – purchase a bottle of Rose (pronounced Ro-say) at Hy-Vee, Trader Joe’s Total Wine, pretty much anywhere. We want at least 12 bottles for our Rose All Day display. So far, we have 1 bottle. Or a 6pak/12pak of Micro Brew! Or buy a few lottery tickets – they are $1-2/each. You’ll have to buy them the Friday or Saturday before the outing. Just let Ruth know you’re going to buy them. Thank you. Your silent auction committee: Jeannine Desautels, Deb Dieter, Ruth Domack, Leo Edelstein, Cherie Gon, Mary Van Hout
MWT-M Golf Outing Silent Auction Donation Request 2019-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: High School Scholarship Awards

Posted on May 31, 2019
Cherie Gon presented our High School Scholarship Awards;
 
Scholarship Recipients 2019
 
Middleton High School
The Robert Jones Memorial $1000 Scholarship: Megan Chandler ***
The Robert Jones $500 Scholarship: Hope Marshall ***
 
Wisconsin Heights High School
The Richard Williams Memorial $1000 Scholarship: Jenna Wendt
The Richard Williams Memorial $500 Scholarship: Shravan Parman
 
Edgewood High School
The Richard and Ellen Meister $1000 Scholarship: Thomas Beyer ***
The Richard and Ellen Meister $500 Scholarship: Marcela Chavez ***
 
Madison Memorial High School
The John Byrne Memorial $1000 Scholarship: Harrison Glen
The John Byrne Memorial $500 Scholarship: Lamar Whigham
 
*** attended the luncheon
 
Leadership from the Middleton HS Interact Club discussed their new Club and plans for its future. The Interact Club is raising money to build a well in Nigeria. Their GoFundMe site is https://www.gofundme.com/MHSinteract.
From left to right:  Guyan Gibson, next year Co-Pres, Emery Engling, next year Co-Pres, Owen Engling, this year Pres and Founder of the Club,  Mathew Zander, next year Secretary Madison West Towner Middleton Rotary Club

This Week’s Speaker: Gary Cannalte was scheduled to be our speaker, but a family situation has forced him to cancel. Instead, we’ll be discussing books/reading that members find engrossing. Think about some books you’ve enjoyed.


 
Last Week’s Program: High School Scholarship Awards 2019-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Free Beer for Volunteers!

Posted by Meredith Shelton on May 31, 2019
Mary Cobb-Dunn’s daughter Meredith passes along this thirst-quenching opportunity … The Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Club is volunteering at Verona Hometown Days, selling beer tickets & collecting cover charges, this weekend on Friday and Saturday (the 31st and 1st). Normally we're able to fill our spots with our own club members, but we got the confirmation on dates and volunteer needs so late this year that many of our members had already committed to other plans. This has left us with a few spots that still need to be filled.  We still need people the following evening/night shifts:
  • Friday - 4:45 - 8:30
  • Saturday - 5:00 - 8:30
  • Saturday - 8:30 - 12:30
I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this SignUp Genius link  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4baca62ea1fd0-hometown on to your club members.
 
And yes, everyone (of legal drinking age, of course) volunteering gets a couple of free beers (and they typically have a few local craft beer options in addition to domestics).
 
If you have any questions, please let me know. If you have someone in your club who wants more information or has a question, please feel free to share my email with them and they can contact me directly.
Free Beer for Volunteers! Meredith Shelton 2019-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Speaker:

 Mike Knight on Aquafarming & Hemp

Posted on May 24, 2019
Mike Knight gave an entertaining talk on raising tilapia and specialty greens via aquaculture in Lodi, Wisconsin. Along the way, he recapped his colorful career in data analysis and how he’s applied those skills to his current project. Technical issues abound (for someone with zero farming experience), but understanding market demand and pricing proved to be key issues he learned along the way.
This Week’s Speaker: Cherie Gon presents our High School Scholarship Awards; Leadership from the Middleton HS Interact Club will discuss their new Club and plans for their future.

 
Last Week’s Speaker: Mike Knight on Aquafarming &amp; Hemp 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing Volunteers …

Posted on May 24, 2019
Jeannine Desautels is rounding up volunteers for the many jobs that need to be handled for this event. She passed around sign-up sheets the last couple of weeks, but be proactive and reach out to her and ask her how you can help. You can reach her at jeanninembd@gmail.com
 
Golf Outing Volunteers … 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Call for Service Project Ideas

Posted by Patrick Rees on May 24, 2019
We are looking for ideas for service projects that we can participate in.  If you have an organization you feel strongly about supporting and would like to explore an opportunity for a club service project, please contact Patrick Rees (patrick.rees@usbank.com ).    
 
Call for Service Project Ideas Patrick Rees 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup is Scheduled for Thursday, May 30

Posted on May 24, 2019
We need volunteers for our Adopt-A-HWY project.  Our section of HWY clean-up is the south right-a-way of the Beltline between Whitney Way and Gammon Road.  This is approximately 1.3 miles long.  It usually takes 3 hours to pick up the trash. Volunteers are to meet at the Vitense’s parking lot between 4 and 4:30. Any late-comers 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 and friends are welcome.  Children must be 14 years old and have adult supervision.
Contact Rod Nilles at rcnilles@chorus.net or 836-5562 to answer questions.
Highway Cleanup is Scheduled for Thursday, May 30 Rod Nilles 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Madison Public Schools Annual Luncheon

Posted on May 24, 2019
Mary Beth Growney-Selene, Deb Dieter, and Roxanne Brazeau attended on May 21st. Our work on behalf of Jefferson Middle School was a part of this great effort. We have authorized a pat on the back.

Madison Public Schools Annual Luncheon 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Revised Timeline in Foundation Budget Process, from President-Elect Dawn Frank

Posted by Dawn Frank on May 24, 2019
Historically, at this time of year, the board approves both a club budget and a foundation budget for the following year.  Some of the feedback we heard from the club survey and our small group discussions are that our foundation budget supports the same projects every year and that we should review our process.  We discussed this at our board meeting this past Tuesday and the board agreed to delay the approval of the foundation budget for a few months to allow us to develop criteria for approving funding requests.  As we have historically done, the current board will review and approve the club budget at our June board meeting.  
 
Once we have developed our criteria for approving funding requests, we will notify the club and allow additional time for members to submit funding requests.  If you have already submitted your funding requests, you do NOT need to submit it again; just recognize there will be a delay in receiving a response.  Also, we recognize that traditionally we actually fund many of the requests in July/August.  However, as we reviewed previously funded projects, we thought Jefferson Middle School was the only one that may have a time-sensitive need for funding that correlates with the beginning of the school year.  If there is another funding request that absolutely needs to be funded during this delayed time period, please let me know and the board will discuss how to address the issue.
Revised Timeline in Foundation Budget Process, from President-Elect Dawn Frank Dawn Frank 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: Kevin Frost, President of the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders

Posted on May 17, 2019
He spoke to us about his work in Guatemala, which includes managing a group of 100 UW engineering students with projects in the mountainous western part of the country … water projects in Pajuya, Azucenas, and Zapote as well as a bridge in Rio Lindo. They get the community involved and work with the community on determining the most pressing needs … often it’s wells and water distribution systems to provide clean water to villages. His video of engaged UW students on-site was inspirational. And it looked like they were having fun as well.

 
Last Week’s Program: Kevin Frost, President of the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders 2019-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Goodness on Stage

Posted on May 17, 2019
Our inbound student Goodness is performing in a comedy called "She Kills Monsters" at Memorial High School Thursday (tonight) through Saturday at 730. The tickets are $5.00. She was hoping some of the membership would come out to see her.
 
Goodness on Stage 2019-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Following up on our Club Survey, from President-Elect Dawn Frank

Posted by Dawn Frank on May 17, 2019
At our May 3rd club meeting we had small group discussions to gain more qualitative insight on the club survey results. As indicated earlier, our club survey results were overall very positive. Based on lower scores or consistent themes in the written comments, there were 4 areas that we chose for discussion: members not inviting people to join our club, the types and amount of fundraising our club does, the lack of community service projects, and our club’s pace of change.  Here are some themes from the survey and/or the small group discussions:
  • We have too many check writing “fundraisers”; we need another signature fundraiser like the golf outing. When our club was formed, it was to be about service, not just writing checks.
  • We want a better understanding of how we spend our fundraising dollars.  There is also some confusion about our club foundation and the Rotary Foundation.
  • We want more service projects; especially one that occurs on a monthly cadence and at night to meet the needs of people who can't get away during the day.
  • We don’t know how to ask people when inviting them to a club meeting; maybe a need for training/materials
Next step...I would like to review our existing committees, have every member sign up for a committee and leverage some of our club meetings for committee meetings.  I would like our committees to have goals they are working towards and all members engaged.  Several of our committees are committees of 1 and for those, I’d like to get other people to join the committee.  The thought process is that active committees will lead to more engaged club members, increased member retention and eventually more members joining our club.  In the near future, I will get a sign-up sheet for all of our members to choose a committee.  As for committee meetings, starting in July, I have asked our speaker committee to allow 1 meeting a month for committee meetings or other club topics we feel we need to have.  The monthly cadence may change to quarterly or something else but we will figure that out as we go; we just need to start and we can adjust as we feel necessary.  We will try some new ideas; some will be great and others may need to be modified.  Please keep providing your ideas/input within the committees and provide feedback along the way.  I am looking forward to seeing the progress we make in addressing the feedback from the club survey.

Following up on our Club Survey, from President-Elect Dawn Frank Dawn Frank 2019-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
MWTMers Helping out Habitat for Humanity 2019-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Bingo, Bingo, Bingo

Posted on May 10, 2019
Our club will be bringing bingo back to the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest August 23-25, 2019.  This is part of some throwback features including a Friday fish fry and Sunday chicken dinner.  We will need volunteers for bingo sessions on Friday (evening), Saturday (afternoon & evening) and Sunday (afternoon).  Mark your calendars now, because Wisconsin summers fill up quickly.  We have a small committee formed including Deb Dieter, Jack Ferreri, Dawn Frank, Kevin Moran, Rod Nilles, and Matt Loch.  We can use some more committee members and we are meeting this Friday after our club meeting.  C’mon, join the fun!  
 
Reach out to Deb Dieter to reserve your volunteer slot. You can email debragdieter@gmail.com to reserve your spot.  DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE … ‘AW, SOMEONE ELSE WILL DO IT.’ BE THAT SOMEONE!

 
 
Bingo, Bingo, Bingo 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

MWT-M Golf Outing Silent Auction Another Donation Request

Posted by Mary Van Hout on May 10, 2019
Wow! The donations and creativity are coming in! This year’s Silent Auction promises to be a Big Success thanks to you! Just received Deb Dieter’s Donation – UW Sunburst Chair!     
 
If you need ideas here’s one – how about sharing Madison’s cultural events? Tickets to the Overture Center, Symphony, Opera, Nutcracker Ballet, Children’s Theatre (CTM), Children’s Museum, American Players Theatre, Stoughton Opera House, Firehouse Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Madison Forward Theatre to name but a few. A big THANK YOU to Deb and the other MWT-M members who have already stepped up with 2019 donations.
 
Please remember, the golf outing and silent auction benefit the club’s Foundation and the requested projects in 2019-2020. Your participation is critical to our success.
Please join in!!! 
Your Silent Auction Committee: 
Jeannine Desautels, Deb Dieter, 
Ruth Domack, Leo Edelstein, 
Cherie Gon, Mary Van Hout 
 

 
MWT-M Golf Outing Silent Auction Another Donation Request Mary Van Hout 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed for District 6250 Conference

Posted on May 10, 2019
It’s in La Crosse this year on June 7 & 8. All Rotary club members are welcome to volunteer for an hour or two of service.  This is a great opportunity, especially for Rotarians who have never attended the conference.  It gives them a clear purpose and an easy way to connect, while they look around, learn and meet other members from around the district.
 
Jobs include:
•       Registration Desk - work with District staff, welcome Rotarians to La Crosse
•       Sergeant. at Arms for meals (glorified ticket taker)
•       Breakout session assistants - be the 'go-fer' if the speaker needs anything.
 
We need to fill 70+ slots, so there’s a role for everyone. Hope to see you at the conference! Volunteer at https://doodle.com/poll/tian4a5ms5acd2gx

 
Volunteers Needed for District 6250 Conference 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Join the McAdow Miles Bike Team

Posted on May 10, 2019
McAdow miles team is looking for more riders. We ride Saturday mornings at 8:30 for about 20 miles. It’s not a race. We meet at the parking lots listed.
May 11 Pacific Cycle, on Hammersley Road behind Home Depot.
May 18 Pacific cycle.
May 25 Marshal Park, Middleton.
June 1 Olin Turville, the lot by the boat launch.
 
Contact Paul Patenaude at ppaten98@gmail.com to join the pack.
 
Join the McAdow Miles Bike Team Paul Patenaude 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

June 9th - Tri 4 Schools Need Volunteers

Posted by Patrick Rees on May 10, 2019
Coming up on June 9th our club has an opportunity to raise money for a great cause while supporting a wonderful Madison event.  The IRONMAN organization in Madison is looking for volunteer Run Course Marshals to help keep athletes safe while they complete the race. If we provide 15 volunteers, we will be eligible for a grant from the IRONMAN organization, the proceeds of which will benefit Tri 4 Schools.  Tri 4 Schools is a non-profit that supports health and fitness initiatives in local schools.  Registration must be completed online and there are a variety of volunteer times and locations available.  To volunteer please follow the instructions below:
 Follow the registration link here.
  1. Scroll down to the Run Course Marshall opportunities and select your desired time and location.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and complete all the information fields. Make sure to include the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton as your volunteer organization.
  3. Scroll through the waiver, click the box to accept, enter your electronic signature and click ‘sign up to volunteer’.
  4. Email me at patrick.rees@usbank.com so that I can track how many volunteers we have.
Please note that each volunteer is committing to participate regardless of whether the club reaches our 15-volunteer goal.  Thank you for all your efforts. 
IMPORTANT DATES
Saturday, June 1st   
deadline for all IRONMAN Foundation Grant applications. You must have it submitted by this deadline to receive grant payment following the race. Not sure if you have completed it yet - send me an email and Amber and I will let you know.
Thursday, June 6thCaptain's meeting at Olin Park Pavilion. Time TBD, but likely around 6 PM. This is your chance to meet IRONMAN staff you will be working with, receive Captain's gear and credentials, receive gift cards to purchase snacks (aid stations) and ask questions
Friday, June 7th
DAY 1 of Athlete Check-in at Olin Park
Saturday, June 8th
DAY 2 of athlete check-in and mandatory bike check-in
Sunday, June 9thRACE DAY!!!!
Monday, June 10thVolunteer Party at Coliseum Bar, 5:30 PM - all volunteers welcome. We will serve refreshments and appetizers.... and raffle off some fun prizes!
 
Thank you again for all you do. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Contact: Patrick Rees at patrick.rees@usbank.com 
June 9th - Tri 4 Schools Need Volunteers Patrick Rees 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: Club Assembly

Last Week’s Program: Club Assembly, with breakout sessions on topics that emerged in the recent member survey.
 

This Week’s Speaker: Kevin Frost will talk to us about Guatemala, where our Club is deeply involved


 
Last Week’s Program: Club Assembly 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

MWTM Golf Outing Silent Auction Donation Request

Posted on May 03, 2019
The success of the Golf Outing Silent Auction is dependent on member donations or solicitations of businesses for almost any product. This week we’d like to suggest gift cards from a variety of businesses: Nevada Bob’s, restaurants, hotels, spas, bars, hair salons, barbershops, nail shops for manicures or pedicures, Best Buy, Knoche’s Meat Market, Trader Joe’s, Steve’s Liquors, Total Wine Store. We will accept gift cards that you purchase or gift cards are given to you by businesses.
 
 
Your Silent Auction Committee: Jeannine Desautels, Deb Dieter, Ruth Domack, Leo Edelstein, Cherie Gon, Mary Van Hout
MWTM Golf Outing Silent Auction Donation Request 2019-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Calling All Projects!

Posted by Matt Loch on May 03, 2019
We are starting to build the club and foundation budgets for the fiscal year 2019-2020. Like last year, we plan to approve next year’s budgets at the June board meeting. This is a request to get all your Request for Project Support forms completed and submitted to the appropriate Avenue of Service director as follows:
 
•       Community Service – Kevin Welton or Patrick Rees
•       International Service – Paul Patenaude or Steve Aune
•       Vocational Service – Roxanne Brazeau or Deb Dieter 
 
We will accept all such requests through May 15. That will provide time to evaluate your request, follow up as needed and develop a recommendation for each avenue of service. Just a reminder that we will need annual reports for all fiscal year 2018-2019 approved and funded projects.
 
Calling All Projects! Matt Loch 2019-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Following Up on the Member Survey …

Posted by Dawn Frank on May 03, 2019
A few weeks ago we asked you to complete a membership survey. Thank you for taking the time to provide your input. The survey results have been compiled and overall, the results are very positive. Now, for the next step. We would like to gain more qualitative input from our members on some specific survey questions. We are going to use the May 3rd club assembly meeting to have small group discussions. I will then work with our incoming board to establish goals for the upcoming year. Please make every effort to attend the May 3rd meeting as we want to hear from as many members as possible so we can make our club even better than it already is
 
Following Up on the Member Survey … Dawn Frank 2019-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: Jefferson Middle School

Posted on May 03, 2019
Members had a casual lunch meeting at JMS. Club member Andy ‘Waz’ Washicheck laid out our Club’s contributions to the school … $31,387 to date, including Chromebooks, backpacks, busses for school trips, band cases for instruments, staff books, school supplies, Mindstorm software, a 3D printer, and more. We’ve also helped out with a range of other contributions … clothing, personal items, playground equipment, and clothing. Our members volunteer their time and experience for more than a half-dozen activities at the school. Principal Kurth expressed her appreciation and her delight at seeing us there. We then received guided tours of the school with a half-dozen teachers and staff members. MWTM Rotary is making a difference at Jefferson!
 

This Week’s Speaker: Club Assembly, with breakout sessions on topics that emerged in the recent member survey.


 

Last Week’s Program: Jefferson Middle School 2019-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS NEEDED!

Posted by Mary Van Hout on Apr 26, 2019
Our Golf Outing will tee off on Monday, June 17 at Pleasant View Golf Course. Our Silent Auction is an important part of this fundraiser and we need your help. Each week, we will write about ideas for your donations, but your creativity is also encouraged.
 
This week we’d like to suggest donations that are “all things golf-related”: gloves, hats, ball markers, tees, balls, golf bags, clubs, golf towels, golf umbrellas, golf course foursomes, rain gear for golfers, golf shoes, golf socks, club covers, shirts, shorts, sunglasses. 
 
We also would like to create a “pyramid” of local brewery beers for a display. We need several donations of a 6-pack of local brew. The more variety the better!
 
We are seeking fun creative gifts and ideas. Do you cook? Paint? Handyman skills?     A big THANK YOU to our fellow MWT-M members who have already stepped up with 2019 donations:
 
Jack Ferreri                  
 
2 Penzey’s Boxed Spices
Doug Coerper               
 
Foursome + Cart + Fish Dinner – Lake WI CC
Cory Recknor & Aprilaire
 
Dehumidifier and Air Purifier
Matt Loch                    
 
1 week at Marco Island Condo
Roxanne Brazeau & BMO
 
4 tickets to Overture Broadway Musical “Anastasia”
Greg Blum                    
 
2-night Cabin in Dells
Mary Van Hout            
 
Quilt
Deb Dieter                    
 
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey And Old Fashioned glasses, muddler
Peder Moren 6 each $50 Gift Cards to Food Fight Restaurants

SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS NEEDED! Mary Van Hout 2019-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Dick Meister Memorial Service

Posted on Apr 26, 2019
We had a great member turnout (about 40) at the visitation and services at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and the luncheon following at Blackhawk Country Club. Beautiful service … and a solid show of support from our members. It meant a lot to Ellen Meister.
 
Dick Meister Memorial Service 2019-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Last Week’s Program: NO MEETING … Good Friday 2019-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Tri 4 Schools Need Volunteers

Posted on Apr 19, 2019
Lots of Spring and Summer Events coming up. Find something to volunteer at as a MWTM Rotarian. We’ve supported this program, both with funds and volunteers, for several years.
Spring Events
 
Summer Events
Fall Events
 
Honors Night
November, date TBD
 
Go to Website for details and volunteer sign-up: tri4schools.org

 
Tri 4 Schools Need Volunteers 2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Dick Meister Has Passed Away

Posted on Apr 19, 2019
Richard W. Meister passed away at Agrace HospiceCare on April 13, 2019. He was born April 11, 1926, in Black Earth, WI, son of Albert and Grace Lockwood Meister. He attended McPherson elementary one-room school grades 1-8 and graduated from Verona High School, 1944. Following high school graduation, he worked on the family farm until enlisting in the US Army on October 15, 1946, with assignments to Camp Lee, VA, Seattle WA, and Sapporo, Japan. During the overseas assignment, he served as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division. As a special military honor, he represented his regiment in the July 4, 1947 parade in Tokyo, with General Douglas McArthur as the reviewing officer. He also played on the regimental basketball team. 
 
Following military discharge, he earned BS and MS degrees - education, UW Madison, married Ellen Hefty, and received his Ph.D. - Educational Administration, UW- Madison, 1972. Dick taught school at Kewaskum, Deforest, and Madison Sherman and East Junior high schools. He served as an administrator at Madison Memorial High School, Jefferson Middle School, and West High School. Following retirement from Madison, he served as an interim Administrator / Principal at Kickapoo, Waupun, Richland Center, and La Follette High School.

Losing his father at six months of age, growing up on a farm, experiencing strong discipline during paratrooper training, and earning 3 university degrees while working full-time certainly impacted his exemplary work ethic which he shared with hundreds of high school students during his career. 

Dick's special interest in sports included being a successful basketball coach for 13 years, and officiating basketball/football/baseball for more than 35 years. He was an avid UW Basketball fan and a golfing member at Blackhawk Country Club. Another special interest was his affiliation with the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, being a charter member with perfect attendance for more than 35 years. He was honored as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for his involvement with several Rotary Club special projects: development of Pope Park on Old Sauk Rd, establishing fundraisers for the orphanages supported by Rotary and going to El Salvador and Guatemala several times to work at the orphanages. Dick enjoyed traveling to Idaho, Arizona, Europe, and Asia. He cherished his membership in the Catholic Church (Our Lady Queen of Peace), never having missed attending mass his entire life, except when aboard military ship going to Japan.

He is survived by his wife Ellen; brother-in-law Wayne Hefty; niece Rebecca Freitag; nephews Ron, Garry, Don, Tim and Rich Meister; and several great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Albert, mother Grace, brothers Eugene and Donald, and nephew Joseph.      
 
Memorial services will be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 401 S. Owen, Madison on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, with a visitation starting at 10:00 am, mass at 11:00 am with lunch and reception at Blackhawk Country Club to follow. Cemetery Services will take place at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in the township of Springdale. 

Memorials are suggested to the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton Foundation, PO BOX 620312, Middleton, WI 53562-0312 or the Meister Memorial Fund @Blackhawk Country Club, 3606 Blackhawk Drive, Madison, WI, 53705
Dick was a long-time member of our Club, with decades of involvement and charitable give.
.Let’s show a strong Club presence at his visitation and memorial service
Dick Meister Has Passed Away 2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks from the TLC in South Africa

Posted by Ed Fink on Apr 19, 2019
Thanks to all, especially Peder Moren, H.G.A. (Svein Morner's employer) and Svein for creating this fund to provide additional support for the Adopt-a-Cot program at TLC in South Africa. These folks are saving babies and finding "forever homes" for them. It seems like the babies keep coming and the financial strain is great. I would encourage you to get their newsletter.
 
Here's the Thank You from TRLC:
 
Dear friends at Madison-West Towne Rotary Foundation
 
We are so delighted to receive your generous donation to help us continue our life saving work. Thank you for partnering with us in this significant way as we try to build families for the abandoned and orphaned babies of our nation.
 
Your donation of $2607. 88 will go directly into our Adopt-A-Cot program which is our sustainable funding project helping with the work of rescue, relief and the rapid, responsible placement of infants into permanent families.
 
We were so blessed to have you supporting us, please be encouraged to follow our activities on Facebook or Instagram as we always share lovely pictures and stories to keep you connected with the wonderful work being done here. Bless you all, we wish you every success.
 
Kind regards
Poppa Jarvis
Managing Director
Thanks from the TLC in South Africa Ed Fink 2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks from the Oliveros Crew

Posted on Apr 19, 2019
The Oliveros Scholarship Fund is grateful to the members of Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club for your generous support of our "Soup's On" fundraiser. Because of you, we are able to provide nearly 20 scholarships to the kids of Oliveros.  Thank you for cooking and setting up and donating!  It means that the kids we serve have a better chance for a sunny tomorrow!!  You truly are the greatest Rotary Club in the world!!
Thanks from the Oliveros Crew Mary Van Hout 2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: Doug Fearing on Schools for Haiti

Posted on Apr 19, 2019
 
Headquartered in Tampa Bay, Schools for Haiti has ten schools with 1,850 students in Montrouis. Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere … and 85% of the education is done by charitable organizations. Brandon Williams, former Packer and NFL player has been actively involved. There’s a local gala for the organization on April 27th at the Madison Marriott West. For more details, go to schoolsforhaiti.com.  

 

This Week’s Speaker: NO MEETING … Good Friday


 
Last Week’s Program: Doug Fearing on Schools for Haiti 2019-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

And Speaking of the Golf Outing …

Posted by Jeannine Desautels on Apr 12, 2019
Jeannine Desautels is rounding up volunteers for the many jobs that need to be handled for this event. She passed around sign-up sheets the last couple of weeks, but be proactive and reach out to her and ask her how you can help. You can reach her at jeanninembd@gmail.com
And Speaking of the Golf Outing … Jeannine Desautels 2019-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Request for Silent Auction Donations for the Rotary Golf Outing

Posted by Cherie Gon on Apr 12, 2019
The Silent Auction Committee thanks you in advance for your donations to the Silent Auction.  We have noticed that in the past members may have struggled to come up with ideas for donations or felt that their donation would not be able to "go with anything" in a basket so we have come up with some additional donation ideas for those that want to donate but do not know what to donate.
  1. Do not worry about what your donation may "go with" in a basket.  That is the Silent Auction Committee's job and you don't have to worry about it! We are just grateful for your donation whatever that may be! 
  2. Local Beer Theme Basket:  Please bring 6-12 pack of bottles or cans of LOCAL beer.  We will auction it all off together so variety is key.  For example, it would be better to donate 3 different flavored 6 packs of New Glarus beer as opposed to 3 six-packs of 1 flavor like Spotted Cow.   Examples of local beer: Capital Brewery, Wisconsin Brewery, Karben4, One Barrel, New Glarus, Potosi, Next Door and many more.
  3. Rose all Day Theme Basket: Please bring a bottle(s) of Rose (not white zinfandel).  Every liquor store has a display of Rose set up already getting ready for summer.  If you want to donate more than one bottle please get a variety of different bottles so that we have more variety.  4.  Lottery Ticket Gift Basket:  Please bring in lottery ticket(s).  Again, variety is the key!  So purchase different tickets, denominations, games, etc.  Think of the potential value if all the tickets were winners! 
We cannot put these baskets together without your help!  We appreciate any and all donations and look forward to reaching the goal Kevin has set for us.  Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thanks, Cherie (Cherie.Gon@edwardjones.com)
 
Request for Silent Auction Donations for the Rotary Golf Outing Cherie Gon 2019-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Come Join Us for a Club Get-Together April 18

Posted on Apr 12, 2019
Spend some informal time with your Rotary pals (or get to know new ones) while relaxing at Vintage Brewing at Odana and Whitney. It starts at 4:30 pm and runs until whenever you’ve got to head home. Lots of fun conversations about non-Rotary topics … and it’s a relief from workplace stresses. Stop in and chill with us. Brian Brown is the organizer at Brian_J_Brown@glic.com

 
Come Join Us for a Club Get-Together April 18 2019-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: Brian Woodhouse with Update on MATC South Campus

Posted on Apr 12, 2019
Madison College offers over 140 programs on 9 campuses in 12 counties in south-central Wisconsin. They’ll be opening a new South Madison campus in early September near Park St. and Badger Road. It’s a lot more than trades at MC … they have a bustling Center for Entrepreneurship with an Entrepreneur in Residence. Top overall programs are nursing, IT, Police/Fire/EMT, and liberal arts transfer. Madison College has the most UW transfers of any school. And 90% of grads go right into jobs, 80% in Wisconsin.
 

This Week’s Speaker: Doug Fearing on Schools for Haiti


 
Last Week’s Program: Brian Woodhouse with Update on MATC South Campus 2019-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Marketing and Promotion of Golf Outing

Posted on Apr 12, 2019
The Golf Outing Planning Committee needs help with the marketing and promotion of the upcoming Golf Outing. We’re looking for a Club member to join in the capacity of marketing and promotion. The Committee will guide this member on the specific things they will be asked to accomplish, however having their own ideas and concepts will be encouraged. This is by far our Club’s largest fundraiser, and its success is critical to funding the great things we support. We don’t need a marketing guru … just someone (or two) with some energy and commitment to help out and work with us. Maybe you? Reach out to Kevin Welton at kevinw1420@tds.net.
Marketing and Promotion of Golf Outing Kevin Welton 2019-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat for Humanity Work Day, May 4

Posted by Todd Wiegand on Apr 12, 2019
 
Every year our Club helps build a home in the Madison area.  We need a total of 8 volunteers and are a few short. 
When:   Saturday, May 4, 8:15 to 3:30
Where:  Fitchburg, near Home Depot
What:    Some type of outside work.  
Experience needed:  No!  the less you have, the more you will learn!
If you want to help, contact Todd Wiegand at twiegs2@gmail.com.
Habitat for Humanity Work Day, May 4 Todd Wiegand 2019-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Host an Aussie!

Posted by Nancy Comello on Apr 05, 2019
An inbound Rotary Friendship Team from Australia will be visiting the Madison area in late July. We are co-hosting this with Madison Downtown Rotary. We’ll need accommodations for five couples and two singles. Hosts will pick up the 1 or 2 people at the agreed-upon place on Monday, July 22, provide overnight accommodations and breakfast, and transportation to the daily activities. Many hosts trade off days and attend the daily events with the guests if possible or drop them off with the group in the am, meet them for dinner, etc.
They’ll depart July 26.
Contact Nancy Comello at  ncomello@gmail.com.

 
Host an Aussie! Nancy Comello 2019-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

July 6 Notara Farms Fundraiser

Posted by Mary Ruth Marks on Apr 05, 2019
 
Who: Volunteers We Need You - many of you have volunteered in the past and “thank you”, “thank you.” We will pair up newbies with seasoned volunteers where possible.  No job to big or small.
 
What: Notara Farm Horse Driving Trial (HDT) The proceeds from the event will benefit the MADISON WEST TOWNE-MIDDLETON ROTARY FOUNDATION INC.
 
When: Saturday, July 6, 2019 (rain or shine)
Morning Shift: (7:30 - 12:30ish) Volunteers to be at the farm 7:30 a.m. Go to the tent and look for a sign for volunteers to get a volunteer ribbon for your shirt (gets you a
yummy free lunch) and have a roll and coffee and get your assignment. Dressage starts at
8:30 so everyone must be "in place" at that time. Please see the Chart below for Volunteer
Positions and Descriptions
Afternoon Shift: (12:00 - 4:30ish) Volunteer assignments made while enjoying lunch - Marathon starts at 1:30 so everyone must be "in place" at that time. Please see the Chart below for Volunteer Positions and Descriptions
We will feed and hydrate you and guarantee fun whether rain or shine - please bring your own
chair, sunscreen, rain gear (if needed) and good sense of humor - we provide the fun!
 
 
How: Fun, fun whether rain or shine - - - be there or be square! and THANK YOU!!!!
 
Parking: All volunteers park to the west (behind) of the show tent (go left as you come in the gravel drive from Riverside Road).  We will have signs. Contact: Mary Ruth Marks at 608-513-7490; maryruthmarks@gmail.com.
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WANTED:

 Silent Auction Items Needed!!

Posted on Apr 05, 2019
Our MWTM Golf Outing is June 17, and the Silent Auction promises to be another success! Please start bringing your donations to the Friday meeting and give them to Ruth Domack. Our committee is very talented in making great basket displays from various donations so don’t worry about ‘presentation.' Thanks to the following members and their generous donations to date:
Cory Recknor and AprilaireDehumidifier and Air Purifier
Matt Loch1 week in Marco Island Condo
Roxanne Brazeau and BMO Harris4 tickets to Overture Broadway Musical
Greg Blum2 nights in a cabin in the Dells
Mary Van HoutQuilt
Deb DieterBuffalo Trace Kentucky Burbon & Glasses
Peder MorenGift Cards to Food Fight Restaurants

 
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Cyclone Relief

Posted on Apr 05, 2019
Our District Governor Bill Hoel passes along this appeal from our ShelterBox friends:
  • Donate to: ShelterBox USA -Cyclone Idai
  • Donations can be made online: www.ShelterBoxUSA.org/Donate Choose cyclone IDAI from the ‘Designation’ menu.
  • By mail to ShelterBox USA, 7359 Merchant Court, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
  • Or by wire and/or ACH funds transfer by emailing  info@shelterboxusa.org
The crisis is bad, continued rain and rising floodwaters are expected to last a week or longer. Authorities are concerned about possible cholera outbreaks from dirty water.
 
Our response team met with the Rotary District 9210 Governor Hutchson “Hutch” Mthinda and Past District Governor Stallard Mpata, both from the Rotary Club of Lilongwe, on Friday evening to discuss plans.  The team is now in Chikwawa, one of the worst-hit districts of southern Malawi. They’ve visited families living in collective centers to understand how ShelterBox can help.
 
There are tens of thousands of families with nowhere to call home. Most of the families have lost all their possessions in the floods. Many of them are sheltering in schools, so children are missing out on their education. Conditions are crowded and cramped, putting people at increased risk of disease, violence, and even trafficking. Emergency shelter is desperately needed, to give families space and tools to recover in privacy. We expect support may include emergency ShelterKits so families can repair or create shelter, as well as water filters and mosquito nets so families can protect themselves from diseases.
 
Rotary District 9210 is the most affected, covering Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. District Governor Hutchson Mthinda is in close contact with ShelterBox and has been providing local updates. We have reached out to The Rotary Club of Limbe in southern Malawi, who supported a previous ShelterBox response to flooding in 2015.
 
We have been closely monitoring the impact of the flooding and cyclone across the whole region, which has also affected Rotary District 9400, which covers some of South Africa, Botswana and, crucially, Maputo in southern Mozambique. We are in regular contact with Past President Bruno Maximiano do Amaral of the Rotary club of Polana in Maputo, who has worked with our teams previously and is ready to offer assistance if required.
 
ShelterBox is ready to support families with emergency shelter and other essential items. With your support, we can help more people.
 
We’re working to reach communities as soon as we can, but the devastation slows everything down. Roads and bridges are washed away, communications are down, floodwaters stay high and continuous rain hits people with the misery of more flash floods. Families who’ve seen their homes swept away are building temporary shelters with the few materials they could salvage. The challenges are frustrating, but we’re doing everything we can to get to where we’re needed.
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Last Week’s Program: Kevin Welton on June 17 Golf Outing Fundraiser

Posted on Apr 05, 2019
Kevin Welton on June 17 Golf Outing Fundraiser. Kevin has done his customary masterful job in organizing the Golf Outing. See the next page for a poster of the event that will give you the information you need to promote it to family, friends, and co-workers. See the Club Facebook page for more information and shareable items. We need lots of volunteers to make this major fundraiser a success. Join in.
 

This Week’s Speaker: Brian Woodhouse with Update on MATC South Campus


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Adopt-a-Highway

Posted on Apr 05, 2019
Thursday, April 25.
  • Meet between 4 and 430 at the Vitense Golf Land parking lot -- 5501 Schroeder Rd
  • We’ll be cleaning the Beltline, South R/W (right of way), starting at Whitney Way and ending at Gammon Rd. The route is about 1.3 miles.
  • We’ll supply trash bags and yellow safety vests. Bring your own yellow top if you wish.
  • Wear good shoes for working over uneven ground. AND WORK GLOVES.
  • Weather cancellation: We will be watching the weather. If it looks bad the night before, we will email you to let you know if we plan to cancel the event.
  • We’ll have cars/vans will be parked at the west end of the clean-up route to bring us back to Vitense.
  • Family and friends are welcome. Young people must be over 16 and have adult supervision. Safety: Hwy traffic will be heavy and noisy, so stay focused, and stay in the grassy right of way. Don’t go on the gravel shoulder of the Hwy. Be safe!!
  • Highway honchos: Dean Ryerson (dryserson@tds.net) and Rod Nilles (rcnilles@chorus.net).
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WANTED:

Silent Auction Committee Members!!

Posted on Mar 22, 2019
The 2019 MWT-M Golf Outing is June 17th this year. We need committee members to help solicit donations and prepare the items for the auction. Currently, the committee consists of Jeannine Desautels, Deb Dieter, Ruth Domack, Cherie Gon, Leo Edelstein, and Mary Van Hout. Join the fun – we need you!!!! Let any of us know you’re interested and thank you for what you do for Rotary.
 

 
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Coming to Your Inbox Soon!

Posted on Mar 22, 2019

You will soon be receiving a survey via e-mail.  The intent of the survey is to get input from our members regarding the coolest club in the world.  Like all great things, there is always room for improvement.   We ask that you please take 5-10 minutes to respond to the 9-question survey.  The survey covers topics such as our club’s service projects, meetings, fundraisers, etc.  In addition, we would like to strongly encourage you to attend the May 3rd club assembly meeting where we will have small group discussions to gather more qualitative information on the survey topics.  Your input will then drive our leadership’s goals for the next couple of years.

WE WANT YOUR INPUT!!


 
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Last Week’s Program: Larry Graves on Veterans’ Benefits 2019-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week’s Program: Dr. Zorba Paster on Tuberculosis in Tibet

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

Dr. Zorba Paster on Tuberculosis in Tibet Worldwide, one billion people have TB. It kills more than twice as many people worldwide as malaria and cholera combined. It flourishes among poverty, overcrowding, and poor access to healthcare. The Tibetan diaspora, largely in India, has suffered mightily from tuberculosis. Because latent TB carriers show no symptoms, education is key. Dr. Paster, working with Johns Hopkins University and the Dalai Lama, has been involved in TB outreach among this population since the late sixties … to include training, screening, and medication, especially among monks, nuns, and children.

This Week’s Speaker: Larry Graves on Veterans’ Benefits


 
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Last Week’s Program: Lou Ann Novak on The Ice Age Trail

Posted on Mar 08, 2019
Last Week’s Program: Lou Ann Novak on The Ice Age Trail Enthusiasm, experience, and deep knowledge … that’s what Lou Ann brought to her presentation. She’s a 1,000-miler, having completed 1,000 miles of the 1,200 Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin over a number of years. Part wild area, part small-town main street, the trail tracks the edge of the last glaciation in the state 10,000 years ago. It runs from Potawatomi State Park near Sturgeon Bay in the west to St. Croix Falls. Sixty-two miles are in Dane County. The website is loaded with details:  www.iceagetrail.org/

Next Week’s Speaker: Dr. Zorba Paster on Tuberculosis in Tibet


 

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A New Paul Harris Fellow: Tony Burns

Posted on Mar 08, 2019
At our February, we welcomed a new Paul Harris Fellow … former Club President Tony Burns. He couldn’t make the Social, where Paul Harris Fellows are announced (something about wrestling, we understand), but here he is with his new honor.

 
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The Invocation List

Posted on Mar 08, 2019
We currently have only three members in the Club’s rotation to give the invocation. It would be good to have more. The invocation isn’t a prayer. It’s a thoughtful moment when the presenter gives us brief something that prompts us to think about life, about mankind, about our individual role in the world. Maybe it’s something you read or heard that’s touched you, that gave you a new perspective on things. Please consider joining the rotation. Send Jack an email.
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2019 Club Social

Posted on Mar 01, 2019
Our annual Club Social took place on the blustery night of Saturday, 2/23 at the Town of Verona Town Hall. With southern food catered by Liliana’s (with members contributing pies and cornbread), we had about 45 members and guests for a grand time. Mary Ruth Marks was the prime instigator, and the night concluded with a spirited round of a version of the classic What’s My Line? TV show from the fifties and sixties. With four or five guests of assorted obscure occupations or avocations, as well as two celeb mystery guests (Lenny Mattioli of American TV fame & WISC-TV’s Weather Guru Gary Cannalte), the evening was filled with high spirits.
 
It was also a night of announcing new Paul Harris Fellows. One recipient couldn’t make the social (and will be honored at an upcoming meeting), but the other was Paul Terranova,   Director of the Lussier Community Education Center. Our Club has been active in supporting the Center for years. Paul is only the second non-member Paul Harris Fellow in the history of the Club, and his tireless work on behalf of the LCEC Community makes the honor well-deserved. John Olsen made the presentation. 

 
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February 15th  Program: Randy Sproule from Downtown Rotary

Posted on Mar 01, 2019
Randy Sproule from Downtown Rotary talked to our Club about Rotary’s commitment to Polio Plus (since 1985) and just how close we’re getting to eliminating polio in the world. We’ve raised more than $1.5 billion to fight polio. Randy than played Jerry Apps’ Limping Through Life video about his life growing up in rural Wild Rose and contracting polio ion 1947 when he was 13 years old. It was a common scourge, especially of young people in those times after the war. He survived and flourished, despite the challenge.

 

Next Week’s Speaker: Tom Gross & Lou Ann Novak on The Ice Age Trail


 
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Sun Prairie Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Posted on Feb 15, 2019
Former member/President Toni Pabon sends along a tasty recommendation if you find yourself carb hunting the morning of February 24th
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Our Club Social is Right around the Corner: February 23rd

Posted on Feb 15, 2019
 
C'mon to our Annual Club Social on Saturday, Feb 23 at the new Verona Town Hall at 7669 County Highway PD. Conviviality starts at 630pm, with dinner at 7 and a program at 8. It's a Southern-style repast, pulled together by our own irrepressible Mary Ruth Marks.
 
You'll cruise a buffet line of Shrimp & Grits, Jambalaya, Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, and Beans & Rice, accompanied by southern-style cornbread. Drinks will be red and white wine, along with bottled beer. Dessert? Chess Pie (look it up!) and Banana Pudding. Entertainment will be the announcement of two new Paul Harris Fellows, as well as a What's My Line game show with glib Rotarian panelists, an electrifying MC, and a series of mystery guests. A night to remember, y'all.
 
We're running a little late this year because of relentless Russian hacking and a debilitating polar vortex, so we need your RSVP RIGHT AWAY.
 
Please respond to Treasurer John Olsen (johno.olsen@gmail.com) and let him know if you're coming and if you're a one or a two. 
 
The cost is $35 each. Please give John Olsen a check this Friday for your bill, or mail him a check at  
Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary
P. O. Box 620312 • Middleton
Wisconsin 53562-0312
 
 
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Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton

Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton
PO Box 620312, Middleton WI 53562
We meet Fridays 12:12 pm
downstairs at the 
Zor Shrine Temple
575 Zor Shrine Pl, Madison WI 53719
We are the self-anointed ‘Coolest Rotary Club in the World.’
Our website is
mwt-mrotaryclub.org
 
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Help Your Club out by Volunteering as an Assistant Treasurer

Posted by John Olsen on Feb 15, 2019
Our Club is looking for three more members to join our three current members who volunteer as Assistant Treasurers for our weekly meetings. The Assistant Treasurers take turns every six weeks staffing the registration table. The information recorded includes Attendance of Members, Visiting Rotarians and Guests, and Receipts of all Cash and Checks, including receipts brought from the Club’s Post Office Box each week. After the meeting, the Assistant Treasurer deposits the receipts to the Club and Foundation Bank Accounts at BMO Harris Bank. The reports from the meeting are then emailed to the Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, and Club Bookkeeper. 
 
The Assistant Treasurer is expected to make the bank deposits shortly after the meeting, and not later than the Tuesday following the Friday meeting. The reports and bank receipts need to be scanned so they can be emailed as noted above. The reports provided by the Assistant Treasurers each week serve as the source documents for much of the activity and finances of our Club and our Foundation. Timely and accurate reporting is essential to the successful and efficient operation of the Club.
 
If you would like to help with this very important function, please contact Treasurer John Olsen at johno.olsen@gmail.com  or 608-220-2826. He has a more detailed list of the duties that he can share with you to make sure you feel comfortable with the position. To get started, you would shadow John or one of the experienced Assistant Treasurers for one or two meetings, and you would always have others to contact if you need assistance. Also, if particular week conflicts with your schedule, it’s very easy to trade weeks with one of the other Assistant Treasurers.
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Last Week’s Program: Jesse Charles: Bringing Their Stones Home -- Restoring Gravestones to the Old Dane County Asylum and Poor Farm

Posted by Jack Ferreri on Feb 15, 2019
Jesse Charles: Bringing Their Stones Home -- Restoring Gravestones to the Old Dane County Asylum and Poor Farm. As President of the Verona Area Historical Society, our speaker has been engaged in a long-term project to uncover the history of a graveyard connected to the Verona Poor House on the southeast side of Verona, near the Farm and Fleet. Jesse shared with us his detective work, including talking to old-timers in the area who remembered the gravestones, which had since disappeared. He’s located some 70 of the total 370 stones and is gradually returning them to their original site with a commemorative plaque. Thought-providing program on history, mortality, and the perseverance needed to link the two.

Next Week’s Speaker: Randy Sproule with Jerry Apps’ Limping Through Life video about his life with polio


 

 
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Save the Date: Our Club Social is February 23rd

Posted on Feb 08, 2019
At the new Town of Verona Hall on Highway PD.
Cocktails and socializing at 6:30, Southern dinner at 7:00, program at 800. The cost is $35 per person.
You’ll receive an email on this with more details shortly.
 
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RYLA Dates for 2019: May 17-19 at Camp Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells

Posted on Feb 08, 2019
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.
 
If you know a high school sophomore who would benefit from leadership training, please refer them to RYLA!! Questions?
 
Contact Mary Van Hout at maryevanhout@gmail.com.

 
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Last Week’s Program: Jim Bachhuber on Stormwater

Posted on Feb 08, 2019
His expertise shines through as he explained the latest stormwater chaos we’ve been through. The ‘rain event’ of Aug 20-21 was a 1-in-a-thousand-year event for us – meaning it had less than .1% chance of happening. But it did. His charts and graphs showed the tremendous amount of water that fell on the west side (with just 3-4 inches on the isthmus). 6.68” of rain would be a once-a-century amount in a 24-hour period; in some spots, we had 10.56” in 12 hours. Almost all the rain fell into the Pheasant Branch Creek Watershed and then flowed into the lakes, very gradually. Lakeside homeowners suffered not from rain, but from the lake levels rising.

Next Week’s Speaker: Jessie Charles: Bringing Their Stones Home – Restoring Gravestones to the Old Dane County Asylum and Poor Farm


 
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New Bookkeeper, ACH Payments of Dues – from Treasurer John Olsen

Posted by John Olsen on Feb 08, 2019
This month our Club has engaged the services of a new bookkeeper, Sandy Gruber. Sandy will be assisting the Club Treasurer, initially with the recording of weekly deposits for both our Club and Foundation and also creating and sending quarterly dues invoices, using our QuickBooks Online software installed earlier this year. Later she will be picking up additional duties, including the reconciliation of the monthly bank accounts. The Treasurer will continue to issue checks, prepare the monthly financial reports, and attend meetings of the Board of Directors.
 
Sandy has served as the administrative office for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Risk Management Association for several years, an organization in which Derek Moehring has been active for many years. She also serves other Midwest chapters of the RMA. Sandy lives in rural Spring Green. We’re hoping she will be able to attend one of our Club meetings in the not-too-distant future, so you will have an opportunity to meet her. Our initial estimate is that Sandy will spend about ten hours per quarter supporting our Club. Her billing rate is $20 per hour, so the estimated cost will be about $800 per year.
 
Last quarter over 25 of our members paid their quarterly dues electronically using ACH (Automated Clearing House). The process is quick and easy, and there is no cost to either the Member or the Club. To make the payment, click on the “Review and Pay” box that shows up on the first page of the invoice email you receive and follow the instructions. The first time you use it, you will need to enter your checking account information – Routing Number and Account Number. You can then save that information, and you will not need to re-enter it the next time.
 
If you have any questions, please email or call Club Treasurer John Olsen – johno.olsen@gmail.com or 608-220-2826.

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Wisconsin Academic Decathlon

Posted on Feb 01, 2019
Our Club has supported this financially and with volunteers for many years. On Thursday and Friday, March 7-8, the 36th annual event takes place at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center at the Wilderness Resort in the Dells. They need Speech Judges, Speech Timers, & Interview Judges, all from 4:00-840pm on the 7th. A shuttle bus will depart Madison at 230pm (pickup location TBD) to take Madison volunteers to the Dells and back. Mick Faulhaber leads our Club’s efforts. It’s a great event and a lot of fun. And it helps young people. Contact Mick directly (mfaulhaber@ward-brodt.com). The State Director is Janet Bailey at 920-617-5617, jbailey@cesa7.org.
 
 

 
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Last Week’s Program: Susan Lampert Smith on Cancer Research

 
As the Media Relations Manager at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Susan spoke knowledgeably about cancer research and cancer stories. She’s spent years as a reporter for Madison Newspapers, and it showed in her ability to engage us in the subject. UWCCC is one of only five Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country. Paul Carbone, the founder, was famous for his work on breast cancer. His impact in the war on cancer is global. The center also studies extreme survivors – cancer patients who have long beat the odds on survival, sometimes for decades. Susan also made a strong case for the importance of animal trials, despite the controversy that sometimes surrounds them. She also spoke of Australia’s success in virtually eliminating the HPV virus. We learned about the CCC’s Precision Medicine Molecular Tumor Board, which brings world-class expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of cancers.
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Last Week’s Program: Peggy Halloran, The Road Home of Dane County

Posted on Jan 25, 2019
Peggy Halloran, The Road Home of Dane County. Their mantra is Every Child Deserves a Home. The Road Home (TRH) works to provide housing for families who are facing hard times. They work with many partners in our community to make this happen. They worked last year with 170 families with 400 children. Their goal is to avoid “shelters” and get these folks into HOMES. But the problem is large … the School District estimates 1,200 homeless students last year. Eighty percent of families have a female head of household. TRH helps with programs for Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Support Housing. A good cause working on a problem that suffers from a lack of visibility. 
 
 
 

Next Week’s Speaker: Susan Lampert Smith on Cancer Research


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Invitation to a Club Board Meeting

Posted on Jan 25, 2019
You know the feeling. It’s 7 am on the third Tuesday of the month. You’re just hanging around in your robe and slippers, thinking about the tedious day ahead. But wait! You could be going to an MWTM Rotary Board meeting at Capitol Bank on High Point Road at 7 am on the third Tuesday of the month. The meeting typically runs until 8:30 or 9:00. You’ll get a chance to see all the behind-the-scenes effort and commitment that go into helping our Club do all its good work. If you see your Rotary membership as a long-term commitment, you’ll learn a lot in a couple of hours. Give it a try.
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Special Lussier Community Dinner

Posted on Jan 18, 2019
This Friday from 530-700PM at the Lussier Community Education Center, 55 South Gammon. Enjoy live music and dance performances in honor of the 2nd anniversary of Many Voice, One Community radio broadcasting from the LCEC at 95.5FM. Our Club is a long-time partner with this valuable organization.
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On the Ground in Guatemala

Posted on Jan 18, 2019
Paul Patenaude reports that our team in Guatemala has had great success in conducting their health clinic. They’re there in support of our GMRP (Guatemala Medical Relief Program), which we’ve funded for years. Not to mention our serious on-the-ground commitment.
 
Paul: “We saw 750 people in 4 1/2 days. Jeannine worked in triage, Chris in medical of course, I worked in both pediatric and adult dental, and Mary and Dean were crowd control directing patients to the correct clinics. We also awarded 65 7-12th grade scholarships and 9 college scholarships.”
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Last Meeting's Program: Madison Newspaper Reporter Barry Adams

Posted on Jan 18, 2019
Madison Newspaper Reporter Barry Adams on Traveling the State. Barry writes the On Wisconsin for the Wisconsin State Journal (& Madison.com), and he regaled us with many stories of his adventures on the road. He’s covered flood impacts, prairie chickens, the Norwegian church formerly at Little Norway, out-of-way bars, the special culture of the state’s rivers, snowlessness, Camp Manitowish, retail calamities, and fishing, fishing, fishing. Lots of nice things to say about Madison’s lakes. He’s really writing about people, and he underscored how important photos are to make the personal connection. I estimate that half of our Club membership wants his job!
 
Next Week’s Speaker: Peggy Halloran on Housing Programs at Road Home Dane County.
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Middleton Good Neighbor Fest

Posted by Matt Loch on Jan 18, 2019
Hmmm … what do we have in common? We both have Middleton in our name.  This event has been going for 50 years plus and the proceeds go to Middleton area service clubs and other NPOs. In an effort to better promote Rotary in Middleton, Jack and I attended the Middleton GNF board of trustees meeting on Monday. We have participated in this event in the past and believe it’s time to jump back in. I am looking for volunteers to join Jack and me on a Rotary club committee for this interesting fundraising and promotional activity. Please contact one of us soon. The Fest will be Aug 23-25, 2019.

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Future District 6250 Governor 2021-2022

Posted on Jan 18, 2019
Bill Pritchard, of the Rotary Club of La Crosse - After Hours, has been selected as District Governor Nominee - Designate, to serve as Governor in Rotary Year 2021-2022. Bill has served District 6250 as Membership Chair and is currently Inbound Coordinator for the District Youth Exchange. Bill has also served as Assistant Zone Coordinator, and Inbound Coordinator for Central States Youth Exchange, which covers 17 districts. His nomination will be confirmed by vote at our Annual Meeting at the District Conference in La Crosse June 7 & 8.
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Guatemalan Midwives

Posted by Matt Loch on Jan 18, 2019
Nancy Comello has been the heart and soul of a project to provide midwife and birthing education to local Guatemalans. The goal is to reduce mortality and improve the lives of both mothers and children. She has been on a solo crusade with a lofty goal of raising over $80,000 through various sources. It is time to form a committee to support Nancy’s vision and make this effort a high-profile project for the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton. We can use help in grant writing, finance, project management, and promotion. Please contact me if interested.
 
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Red Badge No More

Posted by Matt Loch on Jan 18, 2019
The Red Badge program was developed many years ago to ensure that new members were made aware of our club’s leadership, operations, fundraising, projects, and charitable giving. We have modified the Red Badge program over the years and added a mentor program that we find more effective. At our January board meeting, we voted to end the Red Badge program and instead rely on the mentor program to onboard and support new members. As a result, all new members will immediately be given a blue badge. For those still slapping on a red badge on Fridays, you’ll be receiving a blue badge soon. On a side note, I personally set the record for the longest-tenured red badge and I didn’t want to lose that dubious distinction.
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New Presidential Email 2019-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

Calling All Projects: Undesignated Funds FINAL NOTICE!
 

 

Posted on Jan 11, 2019
At our November foundation board of directors meeting we reviewed our funding and commitments.  For fiscal year 2018-2019 we funded all approved projects and still had a total of $5,635 available.  In one instance we did not receive a district matching grant for Jefferson Middle School.  Further, we did not have approved projects to use all the community service funding.  Due to high demand all district matching grant funds have been committed already. In keeping with our mission, we would like to find a way to best utilize these undesignated funds.
 
We will accept applications for such undesignated funds no later than December 31,
2018.  If anyone from the club has a project that requires funding, they should complete the Undesignated Funds Request (available on Club Runner) and submit it to the appropriate Avenue of Service Chair as follows:
•    Community – Kevin Welton
•    International – Steve Aune
•    Vocational – Roxanne Brazeau
I attached the Undesignated Funding Request form to the email carrying this Bulletin. Funding requests will be reviewed by the chair, who will make final recommendations to the board of directors.  The board will review all recommended projects and vote to approve any such projects at the regularly scheduled board meeting on January 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the board decision shortly thereafter.  If you have any questions, contact Matt Loch at matthewloch26@gmail.com.
 
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Last Meeting’s Program: January 4, 2019

Posted on Jan 11, 2019
 
Dan Smith, Left, author of John Powless: A Life Well Played. John has had a long history related to Badger athletics, beyond being a world-class senior tennis player himself. He
coached Badger tennis and basketball and was a color commentator on it after he retired from coaching.
 
He got his start at the Frog Island Tennis Club. He was state high school tennis champ in Illinois in 1950-52, played at the US Open for the first time at age 18. He was a college tennis All-American at Murray State.
 
Over the years, he’s been ranked #1 in every five-year age category from 35 on up. He’s doubled with George HW Bush, played Santa with Lady Diana as Mrs. Santa and enjoyed a friendship with Bobby Knight and the late Al McGuire. Colorful guy, colorful speaker.
 
Next Meeting’s Speaker: Madison Newspaper Reporter Barry Adams on Traveling the State
 
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2019 Basketball Slam Fundraiser

Posted on Jan 11, 2019
Basketball Cards have arrived.  Your Board of Directors would like 100%
participation. One packet is $100.00.  A suggested buyout is $75.00.
 
Here is how it works: $10.00, buys a person one "membership card”.  If they buy two, they can get a third card free on the www.basketballsweeps.com/FREE  site.
 
Each card contains 4 NCAA Basketball teams below the scratch-off area. If you have a team that does not make the event, there will be a replacement team announced prior to the tournament.  These teams are your teams for the duration of the tournament. You total all of the scores of your 4 teams to find your total for the event.  The highest score wins $200.00, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $75.00, 4th place $50.00 and the lowest score wins $75.00.
 
Checks for winners will be distributed following the final game. There are 700 tickets available for sale. Ticket stubs must be retained and turned in with your money to Deb Dieter by March 22, 2019.
 
Deb Dieter runs this project. Questions, kudos, or gripes, email Deb at  debragdieter@gmail.com
 
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Last Week’s Speaker: Goodness from Nigeria

Friday’s speaker was our Rotary Exchange Student, Otun/Goodness from Nigeria. She is from Abeokuta, Ogun State, in the western part of the country. Goodness told us about her family, home country and schooling. Her presentation and response to audience questions revealed a confident young woman with a warm smile and an engaging sense of humor. Goodness, a 16-year-old sophomore at Madison Memorial High School, is living with her first host family, Jennifer and Jim Luedtke.
 
In Nigeria, Goodness attends a school with approximately 500 students, whereas her new school has about 2,000 pupils. The adjustment has been made easier by the many friendly smiles she encounters in Memorial’s hallways. Other than differences in school size and systems, she mentioned a couple of culinary differences. She can’t quite understand our fascination with “cheese, cheese, cheese!” If she should happen to cook for you, Goodness warned, we should expect the meal to be very spicy. Goodness told us about cooking for her host family and trying to tone down her own preference for tongue-searing dishes. Despite her more cautious approach, Goodness left host mother Jennifer gulping down lots of water. The funny story was accompanied by a mischievous smile, resulting in lots of chuckles from the audience.
 
Goodness is the fourth of six children. Her father is a past president of his club, and Goodness is a member of an Interact club.
 
Nigeria is made up of 36 states, and its national capital is Abuja. The commercial capital is Lagos State. The country has a coastline, where its southern border meets the Gulf of Guinea. Nigeria has numerous ethnic groups, but the largest three are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. Goodness is a member of the Yoruba. The nation’s religious practices are dominated by Christians and Islamists, with a scattering of numerous indigenous faiths.
 
As to current events, Goodness told us she planned to go to Homecoming, on the weekend, with a group of girls. She hopes to take the Rotary-sponsored trip to the eastern part of the United States at the conclusion of her stay. Lastly, Goodness announced she will be appearing in a play at Memorial. Stay tuned for date and time of her performance.
[Thanks to Ed Fink for writing this up.]

 
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Calling All Projects: Undesignated Funds 

Posted on Jan 04, 2019
 
 
At our November foundation board of directors meeting, we reviewed our funding and commitments.  For the fiscal year 2018-2019, we funded all approved projects and still had a total of $5,635 available.  In one instance we did not receive a district matching grant for Jefferson Middle School.  Further, we did not have approved projects to use all the community service funding.  Due to high demand all-district matching grant funds have been committed already.  In keeping with our mission, we would like to find a way to best utilize these undesignated funds.
 
We will accept applications for such undesignated funds no later than December 31, 2018.  If anyone from the club has a project that requires funding, they should complete the Undesignated Funds Request (available on Club Runner) and submit it to the appropriate Avenue of Service Chair as follows:
  • Community – Kevin Welton
  • International – Steve Aune
  • Vocational – Roxanne Brazeau

I attached the Undesignated Funding Request form to the email carrying the previous Bulletin. Funding requests will be reviewed by the chair, who will make final recommendations to the board of directors.  The board will review all recommended projects and vote to approve any such projects at the regularly scheduled board meeting on January 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the board decision shortly thereafter.  If you have any questions, contact Matt Loch at matthewloch26@gmail.com.

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Explore Rotary Fellowships

Posted on Jan 04, 2019
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Help on Anniversaries

Posted on Jan 04, 2019
Folks please pay a visit to ClubRunner and check that your anniversary and partner are listed in your entry. If you don’t know how to access ClubRunner, drop me an email.
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Pigskin Payoff Club Fundraiser

Posted on Dec 31, 2018
We have a replacement for the Meister Meter. Here's how the Pigskin Payoff works:
1) Members who opt in commit to paying $1 for each TD and $1 for each interception by the Badgers this season, not counting any Bowl games. Last year, they had 54 TDs and 22 interceptions.
2) Members who opt out pay $50.
3) Billing for both opt-ins and opt-outs will take place at the end of the season.
4) Just to Meister things up a bit ... when you sign up to participate, you get to make a guess on the total number of points scored by the Badgers in the regular season plus Big Ten. Last year, it was 473. Closest guess gets his/her contribution halved. 
5) Another Meisterization ... for each game the Badgers win by 20 points or more, participants bring in a non-perishable food item. We're not going to track participants on this ... we'll just guilt them a bit. But items will go to needy families. Last year the Badgers won 7 games by 20 points or more. These items will also be collected at the end of the year.
 
We had great signups last week, including a dozen or so members who opted to DOUBLE their pledge. The Pigskin Payoff crew will be making the rounds at this meeting to round up those who missed the last meeting.
 
Help us grow back the income we lost with the demise of the Meister Meter. Supply your own advanced mathematics!
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15,044 Miles!

Posted on Dec 06, 2018
As of Saturday, November 24, the McAdow Miles Bike team has ridden 15,044 miles. Thanks to the riders.

Jerry McAdow      Tony Burns
John Olson            Todd Weigand
Leo Edelstein        Paul Patenaude
Svein Morner        Peter Hoff
Mary Ruth Marks
 
There are some who will still ride through the end of the year but this is the figure we'll use to wrap up the fundraiser. If you've pledged and paid, thank you so much for your support!
• If you've pledged and have yet to pay -- now is your time!
• Don't be left behind.  
If you haven't pledged yet, you can still do it.  Help make the McAdow Miles Bike Team fundraiser a success.
 
Paul will send out donation receipt letters for tax purposes after the end of the year. If you have questions about your pledge status, contact Paul at  ppaten98@gmail.com.
 


 
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What is Rotary Friendship Exchange?

Posted by David Clemens, District Friendship Exchange Chairman on Sep 06, 2017
The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians (including a spouse or significant other) the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
 
The primary goal of a Friendship Exchange is to build greater international understanding and goodwill. In addition, exchange participants can learn how their vocations are practiced in other parts of the world, observe new customs and cultures, and promote an appreciation of cultural diversity worldwide.
 
Rotary District 6250 
Friendship Exchange
Upcoming trip November 2017 Peru

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

 
What is Rotary Friendship Exchange? David Clemens, District Friendship Exchange Chairman 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
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Update on Mary Ruth Marks

Posted by Mary Feldt on Dec 11, 2013
 
As you may have heard, Mary Ruth broke her leg last week, less than a month after her hip replacement. She was released from the hospital and has been transferred to a rehab center on Maple Grove Road. Please keep her in your thoughts as she recovers.
 
She's answering her phone and visitors are welcome!
 
 
 

 
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Board of Directors 2014-15

Posted by Toni Pabon on Nov 21, 2013
Friday, December 14, we will elect our new board of directors for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year. Below are the names we will vote on for the board.
 
President Jeannine Desautels Officer
Treasurer Derek Moehring Officer
Secretary Kris Evans Officer
Vice President Toni Pabon Officer
Past President Svein Morner Officer
Club Service Ruth Domack Director
Club Service Marie Udulutch Director
Community Service Lynne Spielman Director
Community Service Charlene Breunig Director
International Service Ed Fink Director
International Service Paul Patenaude Director
Vocational Service Tony Burns Director
Vocational Service Debra Dieter Director
Youth Protection Officer (YPO) Stuart Herro Other Club Position
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Welton Other Club Position
Membership Chair Jim Wartinbee Other Club Position
Public Relations Leo Edelstein Other Club Position
The Rotary Foundation Michael Price Other Club Position
Bulletin Editor Laurie Ellis-McLeod Other Club Position
 
Toni Pabon will be stepping down from the Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor for our club for 2014-15.  If you are interested in this position please contact Toni or Dan Fose.  We are looking for a female YEC for our club.
 

Board of Directors 2014-15 Toni Pabon 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Fund Raising Committee Ruth Domack 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Typhoon Haiyan Relief Mary Van Hout 2013-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Gary Huang, the President Elect of Rotary Internatio​nal, 2013-14

Posted by Toni Pabon on Jul 12, 2013

Please join in a Rotary District 6250 Lunch

with a Presentation by

Rotary International President Elect Gary Huang

on

July 17th at Noon

Inn on the Park

22 S Carroll St, Madison WI

 

Lunch cost is $20 which can be paid at the door. Please RSVP by July 10 to either Rotaryoffice@RotaryMadison.org or mary@vanhoutadvisory.com or call 608-833-8800.

** Do note that we must guarantee meals with the Inn on the Park so your RSVP will obligate payment.**

 

Driving and Parking Instructions:

Valet parking is available at $3 plus gratuity. Parking at the nearby Dane County Parking Ramp is available at $1.25 per hours. Quarters are needed!! 113 S Henry Street or enter on W Main St..

 

From North: Exit I 90/94 on Hwy 151/E Washington Avenue (Exit # 135A) Take E Washington Avenue all the way to Capitol Square. Turn right (one way) on to the Capitol Square. Follow the Square around to the Inn on the Park for valet parking. Or continue to S

Hamilton Street, turn right. In one block turn right onto W Main to the Dane County Parking Ramp.

 

From South/West: Exit I-90 or 151/12/18 onto Hwy 12/18 (Exit 142A). Exit 12/18 onto John Nolen Drive (Exit #263) Turn left onto Broom Street and right onto West Main Street to the Dane County Parking Ramp

From East: Follow I 94 straight into Madison (at I 90/94, follow Hwy 30, Exit #240) Exit Hwy 30 onto E Washington Avenue to Capitol Square. Turn right (one way) onto the Capitol Square. Follow the Square around to the Inn on the Park for valet parking. Or continue to S Hamilton Street, turn right. In one block turn right onto W Main to the Dane County Parking Ramp.


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Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton

The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton is passionate about serving others.  We are involved business and professional men and women, who enjoy good company and the opportunity to play an active role in the betterment of our local and global communities.  Although the club's weekly meetings are vitally important, they account for only a part of what it means to be a Rotarian.
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Today's meeting is cancelled

Posted by Michelle Havron

ROTARY MEETING CANCELED - Friday 12/21/2012

 

Due to the heavy snow fall and inability to park at Queen Anne’s the Rotary meeting for today has been canceled.

 

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