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Oct 13, 2016 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

River Club of Mequon, WI
12400 N Ville Du Parc Dr,
Mequon, WI 53092

6:00 PM   Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar & raffles 

7:30 PM   Comedy provided by Mark Schiff 

Mark Schiff has been working a working comedian for over 30  years.  He is currently on tour with Jerry Seinfeld and just recently worked with Jay Leno. He has appeared many times on both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

Open seating - $50
Reserved Table for 10 - $600

Get together with friends and take advantage of sitting closer to the action.

Contact Ellen MacFarlane:



A new video celebrates Rotary International and its members, vowing that "There's no limit to what we can do."



James Davies - Executive Director and Caressa Givens - Community Engagement Coordinator from Bublr Bikes, a Milwaukee bike share program, were the speakers at our Friday meeting.

For more information on how this Milwaukee bike share program works, check out their website (Photo: Bob Blazich)



Our Community Services committee is planning to assist with food preparation/serving at the 7th annual Mel’s Pig Roast which will support the Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee County on Sept. 25 at Cedar’s in Cedarburg.

The time slot is 1:30-3:30pm. We are in need of 4-5 Rotary members who can commit to helping out.

Please email Jennifer at if interested.



Celebrate fall at the Jonathan Clark House
On the corner of Bonniwell & Cedarburg Roads in Mequon
Sunday, September 25, 11:00 – 4:00

Music by Lil’ Rev

Docent led house tours ● Creekside Valley Farm Pumpkin Wagon
Enjoy local food and refreshments ● Fun at the “Kid’s Tent”
Bring a few lawn chairs or a blanket ● No carry-ins, please

Parking on Bonniwell Road just west of Cedarburg Road
Handicap and drop off parking in JCH lot on Cedarburg Road
This is a dog friendly event

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:
Fromm Family Pet Food

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors:
Shaffer Development
Spectrum Investment Advisors
The Kubala Washatko Architects

For more information call 262-618-2051 or e-mail
Event Location:  13615 N. Cedarburg Road, Mequon




Rezoning for next phase of Mequon Town Center approved
By Erik S. Hanley

With residents divided over the issue and the possible threat of a lawsuit, the Mequon common council approved the rezoning of a portion of land for the second phase of the Town Center project.

The land, located adjacent to the Mequon Police Station off Mequon Road and on the opposite side of the railroad tracks as the current Town Center, was rezoned to Town Center with a planned unit development (PUD) and land use plan map. The 5-2 vote at the Sept. 13 common council meeting followed a public comment section with one resident, Rachel Kruse, mentioning the possibility of a lawsuit against the city and aldermen individually for "not doing their fiduciary responsibility" and suggesting the plan was done behind closed doors.

"We're not exactly sure what it's going to be, but we're changing zoning anyway," Kruse stated.

Resident Ruth Kantrowitz moved to Mequon because of the "small-town feel."  She, too, felt the project had been worked on behind closed doors, and suggested the city pause to find out what the residents really want.




“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” ~ Charles M. Schulz



By Luca Della Volta, Charter President of Rotary E-Club 2042 Italia and 2016-17 Service Projects Committee Chair.

I wanted to write about how much love and support Rotary is bringing to the areas of Italy devastated by the recent earthquake. But my words fail me, so I have to first write from the heart about what I have seen.

I feel as if death has entered me. My lungs inhale the dust of the earth. My feet walk amid debris. My hands touch stone that suddenly gave way, smashing hopes and dreams.

I trudge through streets where, a few days earlier, joyful children were walking with their grandparents, spending time during their summer vacation in the town where their parents grew up before moving on to start a family elsewhere.

Geraniums which once brought joy now are a sad reminder of a happy home that is no more. Outside, near the rubble-strewn lawn, is a crushed car, parked by the driver who returned home a few hours before the earthquake.

The faces of the people reflect pain and their skin bears the marks of devastation. Eyes roam about looking for something to bring peace of mind, but our thoughts are weighed down by those who are no longer here.

In the small village of Saletta, a family’s mailbox which used to hold letters from loved ones remains attached to a gate that now serves as a fragile barrier against trespassers. But you can still see inside the courtyard where among the debris sits a crushed car and two knotted sheets hanging from a window, sheets that helped two people escape to safety.



A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 240 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake's epicenter.

International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe. The response team will arrive Friday, 26 August, to assess the area's needs.

Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia, the affiliate organization in Genoa, will accompany the response team. Della Volta is working with the Rotary Club of Rieti in District 2080, the club closest to the earthquake-affected sites, and will meet with officials of the Italian Civil Protection Department, fire department, and Red Cross to coordinate efforts.

If families and individuals made homeless by the disaster need emergency shelter, ShelterBox will send tents and other equipment from its locations in Italy and other sites across Europe. Della Volta says the most urgent need is for tents and relief supplies for the hospital of Rieti, where most of the patients from the destroyed hospital in Amatrice were taken.

"I am truly heartbroken over what has happened," says Della Volta, charter president of the Rotary E-Club of 2042 Italia. "As Rotarians, we are always available to help people in need."



From the September 2016 issue of The Rotarian

You may be surprised to learn that in 1905, when Rotary began, it was not based on the idea of Service Above Self. Instead, the two main aims of the Chicago club were “the promotion of the business interests of its members” and “good fellowship and other desiderata ordinarily incident to Social Clubs.”

But for Paul Harris, that wasn’t enough. He wanted a club that would get involved in civic affairs and benefit the community. 

A prospective member, Chicago attorney Donald Carter, had been “struck by the selfish character of the organization,” according to Harris biographer Fred A. Carvin. The two conspired to introduce a Third Object of Rotary: “the advancement of the best interests of Chicago.” As Harris later remembered, “I concluded that the most practical method of introducing community service would be to find a worthy cause and then induce members to work for it.”

The club began by buying a horse for a farmer whose animal had died. Members also provided a newsboy with a suit of warm clothes. All along, Harris was planning bigger things, creating a committee to find civic projects for Rotary to participate in. The first issue it addressed was the lack of public restrooms downtown. There was only one choice at the time – a saloon. Once there, it was said, men could be tempted to take a drink or two. As for women, entering such an establishment was simply out of the question.

So Harris and his committee persuaded the Chicago City Council to fund public facilities to the tune of $20,000 (almost $500,000 today) in taxpayer money. And Chicago Rotarians got so much satisfaction out of seeing their work get results that “Service Above Self” became an operating principle, although it didn’t become one of our official mottoes until 1950.





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