Teasel Take Out

Sponsored by the Mequon-Theinsville Sunrise Rotary Club, the Homestead High School Interact Club co-hosted its second annual Teasel Take-Out Event!

The club engaged over 40 volunteers and local neighbors, further raising awareness to the negative impacts of non-native, invasive teasel. This is a community based effort to control the species from invading important natural areas, diminishing native plant diversity, and degrading landscape views.

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust also supported the effort by providing management advice and volunteer support.

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Dick Larson is inducted at this morning’s club meeting. Pictured from left: Terry Schacht Assistant District Governor & club member, Lucia Francis - President, Alice Sedgwick - Sponsor and Dick Larson. (Photo Bob Blazich)
This morning’s speaker featured Mathilde our Rotary Exchange Student from Denmark. (Photo Bob Blazich)

WaterFire Providence was proud to host a Basin Lighting for The Rotary International Conference 2017! This beautiful event illuminated the heart of the city of providence and brought joy to thousands who came to witness the spectacle! Thank you Rotary International for making this event possible!

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

By Ty Schmidt,

CEDARBURG - A fresh face will take the stage at Gathering on the Green on Saturday, July 15.

“We’re trying something new this year, bringing in a teen pop sensation that we hope helps draw younger people and families to our event,” said Gathering on the Green Executive Director Rob Kos.

The organization announced on May 11 that the Saturday night headliner at their summer concert event will be Grammy Award winning pop star Daya.

Best known for her platinum plus singles “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” “Hideaway” and “Words,” Daya won “Best Dance Recording” at the 2017 Grammy Awards, as well as a handful of other awards at the American Music Awards and MTV Music Awards.

Sr. Patricia Rogers, Executive Director of the Dominican Center for Women was our guest speaker at this morning’s meeting.

The Dominican Center works with Amani residents and partners to build a better future.

The Dominican Center for Women (DCW) was founded in 1995 by Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sister Ann Halloran, OP and Sister Anne-Marie Doyle, OP as an urban ministry program.Their vision was to develop a holistic approach to education and women's programs in the Amani neighborhood.

Sinsinawa Dominicans believe that the heart of ministry is relationships. DCW realizes this by involving residents in decision-making and acting upon their concerns and preferences. DCW programs have expanded beyond basic skills, to include GED preparation, financial literacy, home repairs, health and safety.

In 2012, the Dominican Center was designated the lead community anchor for the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP). BNCP is part of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative to 1) address poverty and the underlying critical and interlocking issues of education, employment, housing, health and safety in distressed neighborhoods; and 2) design and implement a resident led revitalization plan.

Today, the Dominican Center serves as a community anchor organization and provides a platform for the development of a community organization comprised of Amani residents who work together to solve problems affecting neighborhood well-being.

The Dominican Center has a long history of collaborating with COA-Goldin Center, Hephatha Lutheran Church, Safe and Sound and District 5 of the Milwaukee Police Department.

By Erik S. Hanley

MEQUON - 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.

According to a release from the Mequon-Thiensville School District sent minutes after the approval, Means' service to MTSD will end June 30 with his appointment as superintendent of CCSD, based in Athens, beginning in July. With such a fast turnaround, Means said the transition has already started now that things have been solidified.

“I cannot imagine a more ideal incoming superintendent for the Clarke County School District and the Athens community," said CCSD Board President Charles Worthy in the release.

By Nikki Kallio

While many people would like to think that slavery was a tragedy of the past, the truth is that it still exists today, with up to 46 million people enslaved worldwide.

The Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) has a strategy for fighting this horrible problem, working at the local level. 

“It’s this Rotarian attitude – you give them a problem and instead of throwing their hands up in dismay, they start chipping away at it piece by piece,” says Carol Hart Metzker, a member of the action group. “Maybe slavery won’t be solved in my lifetime, but in two more years, we’re going to have a whole hamlet free.”

In a village in northeastern India, the action group is tackling the problem of debt bondage. With the help of 13 clubs, a district grant through the Rotary Club of Binghamton, New York, USA, and other sources, the action group is providing $36,000 toward the work of Schools4Freedom, a project of the organization Voices4Freedom. Schools4Freedom works with local partner organization Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS) to battle debt bondage. 

Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with our female exchange student, involving her in family, community, and cultural activities.

Do you, or someone you know, have an interest in becoming a host family for the 2017-18 school year? The ideal candidate is someone who lives in Mequon or Thiensville, since the exchange student will be attending Homestead High School. Being on the bus line is convenient! She will need to have a room of her own, and meals need to be provided.

We are looking for 3 host families. The commitment is a period of 3 months per family (flexible).

Please direct all inquiries to our Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, Jennifer Sutherland, at 262-387-8840 or by email at jsutherland@newcastleplace.com.

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