Spring Flowers and Flyers

Pictures from the Spring Flowers and Flyers event: An Exploration of the Pukaite Woods event held at Rotary Park. Participants explored the spring wildflower and bird life and looked for clues to the events that have influenced the woods through time. Photos: Christine Bohn, Project Coordinator, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT).

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CEDARBURG - The smell of strawberry bratwurst will fill the air June 24-25 for the 32nd annual Cedarburg Strawberry Festival.

But why strawberries?

“Why not?” asked BJ Homayouni, executive director of Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc. She said the festival “has to do with what was available in the area in June.”

Homayouni said Cedar Creek Winery’s owner’s wife was an artist and they chose to start the wine and harvest festival to pull art and wine together. Down the line, they invited a local farmer who grew strawberries and the strawberry festival was born and has grown into the biggest in Cedarburg with around 100,000 visitors each year.

“Strawberries speak summer,” Homayouni said. “It’s the first big event in the area in summer. We don’t have blueberries around here, just strawberries.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 on Washington Avenue in historic downtown Cedarburg. Artwork ranging from paintings to jewelry, ceramics and woodwork will be available for purchase from hundreds of artists.

Dr. Demond Means is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation at Friday’s club meeting. Pictured from left: Demond Means, Lucia Francis club President. (Photo: Bob Blazich)

Mequon-Thiensville School District Superintendent Demond Means is heading to Georgia. The Clarke County School District unanimously approved a contract to hire Means as its superintendent at its May 4 school board meeting.

Gathering on the Green is a Mequon based organization that presents exceptional entertainment and advances youth education.

July 14: Gathering on the Green, Rotary Park, Mequon
Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald

July 15: Gathering on the Green, Rotary Park, Mequon
Daya with special guest Vocalight



This nomadic photographer has spent a career capturing the range of human experience

By Julie Bain from The Rotarian

Steve McCurry doesn’t run from danger. He steels his courage, calculates his risks, and plunges into it. He has seen things we couldn’t have imagined if we didn’t have the proof of his stunning photos: images captured with his camera inches from the weapons of mujahedeen insurgents fighting the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, or his camera held on top of his head while waist-deep in monsoon waters in India. He braved toxic black smoke while chronicling the burning oil fields in Kuwait, and after shooting the collapse of the twin towers from the roof of his Greenwich Village apartment building on 9/11, he raced as fast as he could toward who-knows-what at ground zero.

Despite the horrors he has seen, though, “Nothing has dented my faith in the human spirit or in unexpected human kindness,” he wrote in the foreword to his 2013 book Untold: The Stories behind the Photographs. That spirit is evident in the compelling images of daily life he has captured around the world, from Bangladesh to Yemen. He is especially famous for his revealing portraits. Those include the one that appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 and became one of the most famous photographs of all time: the Afghan refugee girl with the haunting green eyes.

His work in Afghanistan opened his eyes to the needs of children there, especially girls. That led him and his sister to create a nonprofit called ImagineAsia to help more of them. We asked McCurry to judge our 2017 photo contest, while sharing insights into his own fiercely independent journey as a photographer who sheds light on cultures around the world. Frequent contributor Julie Bain met with McCurry at his studio in New York City.

During an awards presentation on Friday 2 June at the D6270 Conference held at Potawatomi Chuck Zamora was recognized by DG Julie Craig with a PHF award as a show of gratitude for his presentation of “The Tools of Life” to 60 high school students.

These 60 students now are part of the 93,000+ alumni that Chuck has presented this program to over the years. I talked to some of the RYE students that attended the all day session on Friday and they thought that it was great and that they really learned some valuable information that they can immediately put use.

When Chuck got back to his seat he was beaming and said, “pretty cool”. I wholeheartedly agreed. Congratulations Chuck!

Brian Monroe

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Will Rogers

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