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Mequon, WI  53097
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MT Sunrise Rotary Vice President Cindy Shaffer (left) welcomes our newest member JoAnn Vetter (right).


Mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, July 21st for our annual meal-prep for Advocates and family cook-out at River Barn Park's Sommer Pavilion.

More information to follow!

Jennifer Sutherland



By Gordon Matthews, past governor of District 6920 (Georgia, USA), Rotary Club of Savannah East

A panel of three young members spelled out for us the issues that block young people from joining Rotary during our spring assembly a few years ago — scheduling, cost of dues, and rules.

I’ve been active in developing leaders in our community and have worked with our Group Study Exchange teams in the past, so I know the energy and potential in this “under 40” generation that we need to tap for Rotary. But I’ve also seen several Rotary clubs try to do this with limited results, because they stayed too close to the traditional model and dues structure.

Breaking the mold

To break that mold, I asked the son of a fellow member to gather a group of young people in the metro area of Savannah to explore the idea of starting a new club. I told them their are really just a few rules – to meet weekly, pay dues, and train a president-elect. The rest are just a lot of traditions. They were directed to develop a format that would meet their needs.



The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.

Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.

The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.

The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.

Representatives also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.

The $4 per year dues increase was based on a five-year financial forecast that predicted that if Rotary didn’t either raise dues or make drastic cuts, its reserves would dip below mandated levels by 2020. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20. The next council will establish the rate after that.

“We are at a moment in time when we must think beyond the status quo,” said RI Vice President Greg E. Podd. “We must think about our future.”

Podd said the dues increase will allow RI to improve My Rotary, develop resources so clubs can offer a better membership experience, simplify club and district reporting, improve website access for Rotaractors, and update systems to keep Rotary in compliance with changing global regulations.

Also because of this Council’s decisions:

  • A Council on Resolutions will meet annually online to consider resolutions — recommendations to the RI Board. Council members will be selected for three-year terms. They’ll participate in the Council on Resolutions for three years and the Council on Legislation in their final year only. The Council on Resolutions will free the Council on Legislation to concentrate on enactments — changes to Rotary’s governing documents. Proponents predict that the Council on Legislation can then be shortened by a day, saving $300,000.
  • Rotaractors will be allowed to become members of Rotary clubs while they are still in Rotaract. Proponents argued that too few Rotaractors (around 5 percent) join Rotary. Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to leave their Rotaract clubs before they have to, upon reaching age 30. It’s hoped that giving them more options will boost the numbers of qualified young leaders in Rotary.
  • The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated. The Council recognized that clubs have been meeting in a number of ways, and given this flexibility, the distinction was no longer meaningful. Clubs that have “e-club” in their names can keep it, however.
  • The reference to admission fees will be removed from the bylaws. Proponents argued that the mention of admission fees does not advance a modern image of Rotary.
  • A standing committee on membership was established, in recognition that membership is a top priority of the organization, and polio eradication was also reaffirmed to be a goal of the highest order.




By Rotary communications staff

How do you tell the story of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in comic-book form? That was the challenge that four Rotary staffers – Chris Brown, Brad Cowan, Kate Benzschawel and Stuart Cleland — faced in the summer of 2015. They needed an angle that would cover the major aspects of the GPEI’s work. But it had to be a story, not just a list of organizations and achievements.

Luckily, Kate had spotted “Polio Partners” in the September issue of The Rotarian, and suggested the team base the comic on the four pillars of the eradication effort – virus hunters, strategists, advocates and immunizers. “They could be super-heroes,” said someone. “And they protect kids,” said another. “They’re the Agents of GPEI!” added a third.

That’s how it started. Soon, Stuart and Chris had written a script. Chris, whose non-Rotary alter ego is the artist 360°, began creating characters and experimenting with color and style as a paneled comic. Brad converted Chris’s work into a motion-comic, spending hours along with Kate tweaking frames, adding music and sound effects, and incorporating notes from the PolioPlus team.

The result – The Agents of Polio Eradication. We hope you enjoy it. And share it with your friends!



On Saturday, JUNE 4, our M-T Sunrise Rotary partner, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, is planning a short workday to PLANT native tree seedlings and shrubs in Pukaite Woods.  We'll probably work up to four hours.  CAN YOU HELP FOR SOME OR ALL OF THOSE HOURS?

The new trees & shrubs will help crowd out re-growth of the buckthorn along the streambed from which OWLT volunteers (and Dave Schlageter) removed mature buckthorn through the fall and earlier this spring.

Please respond, and let me know if you (and any family or friends) can join us even for an hour or two on June 4, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.   We need to know what tools/equipment we'll need.

Connie Pukaite


F Minus by Tony Carrillo


Celebrate Memorial Day in the North Shore region
By Jeff Rumage

North Shore communities will honor the sacrifices made by our military veterans this Memorial Day weekend.

Here's how each community is celebrating.

Fox Point

The North Shore Rotary Club and Boy Scout Troop 391 are organizing a Memorial Day ceremony in Fox Point. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on the southeast corner of Port Washington and Bradley Road, heading east on Bradley Road until reaching a small triangular park space at the southwest corner of Lake Drive and Bradley Road. A ceremony will be held in the park at 10:30 a.m., and will include an invocation, pledge of allegiance, "The National Anthem," a keynote speaker, a flag ceremony, "Taps," the placement of a wreath and a closing prayer. The ceremony is expected to last 45 minutes.


Shorewood will host its 17th annual Memorial Day ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Atwater Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair.

The program includes patriotic music played by the Shorewood High School Band and members of the Shorewood High School Orchestra, an All Service Color Guard, bagpiper, Shorewood Intermediate School student speakers and soloist, local dignitaries, a rifle salute and "Taps."

The master of ceremonies is Mark Concannon from Concannon Communication. The keynote speaker is Lt. Eduardo M. Garza, Jr., retired, United States Naval Reserve. Garza is the director of veteran services for Concordia University of Wisconsin.

Immediately following the program, attendees are invited to a cookout at the North Shore American Legion Post #331, 4121 North Wilson Drive. Food and beverages are available at a nominal cost.


The city of Mequon and village of Thiensville are holding their annual Memorial Day parade and observance starting at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Howard J. Schroeder American Legion Post 547, the parade begins at Grace Lutheran Church in Thiensville and goes to the Mequon City Hall for observances. Lunch will also be offered at the new Post Clubhouse, 6050 W. Mequon Road, after the ceremony at Mequon City Hall along with a special observance at the post clubhouse.

Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay's second annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Armory Park, 1225 E. Henry Clay St.

The ceremony will be an opportunity for veterans to connect with one another and for the community to honor our country's fallen service members. The event will also give Whitefish Bay families a way to teach children the meaning behind Memorial Day and to witness traditional military customs. The 2015 program attracted nearly 300 Whitefish Bay residents and veterans, and was a meaningful tribute to those who gave their lives serving our country.

This year's keynote speaker will be Kevin Nicholson, a combat veteran with the United States Marine Corps who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nicholson was awarded the Bronze Star, cited by Task Force Commander as the "best Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Team Leader in Afghanistan" for work in leading a highly specialized 50-man team in responding to more than 100 IED detonations and discoveries over six months.



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