Oates takes stage in kickoff event at Homestead
By Ty Schmidt - Ozaukee Now
Mequon – It was a brisk Friday afternoon a few weeks before Christmas, but Mequon Superintendent Demond Means wasn’t listening to carols. Instead, the catchy lyrics of Daryl Hall and John Oates played prominently in the background when he answered the phone.“I’m getting in the spirit for what I know will be something pretty exciting for the community,” said Means, who described himself as a “big fan” of the dynamic duo.
Oates will be among the first to take the stage in the recently refurbished James Barr Performing Arts Center at Homestead High School in a formal kickoff of the new theater on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The idea to join efforts with Gathering on the Green was sparked by a conversation between Means and the organization’s executive director, Rob Kos, several months ago.
“The new space is incredible, and we really hope to partner with the school district on similar events in the future,” said Kos. “At 1,050 seats, the facility is able to accommodate a variety of productions in a larger, yet still intimate space.”
District Governor Julie Craig is pleased to announce that Steen Sanderhoff of the Rotary Club of Racine Founders has been selected as this district’s District Governor for the year 2019 - 2020.
Steen is now the District Governor Nominee Designate and will become District Governor Nominee July 1, 2017. In accordance with RI & district bylaws District Governor Julie Craig will certify this to RI.
My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already. - Dave Barry
By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff
OZAUKEE COUNTY The statewide release of Department of Public Instruction school report cards show the districts of southern Ozaukee County are exceeding expectations across the board.
The Cedarburg School District received a districtwide rating of 86.8, and Mequon-Thiensville School District received 86.5; both fall into the five-star significantly exceeds expectations category of 83 or above.
The Grafton School District received an overall score of 80.7, exceeds expectations. Each district and school receives a report card, including a total rating and four section ratings.
Grafton Superintendent Jeff Nelson said the district was pro! ud all five of their schools had exceeded expectations. Woodview Elementary School scored 91.4, "significantly exceeds expectations," and was ranked 20thin the state of the about 600 elementary schools that were rated, according to Superintendent Jeff Nelson.
The Volunteer Center of Ozaukee, a non-profit local organization, is hosting a holiday gift drive for families right here in our county. Last year, they were able to distribute gifts to 546 children (248 families). Our Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club is once again assisting their efforts with this year’s holiday giving project which gathers donations that can be utilized towards the cause. Below is an on-going list of client and organization needs.
Thank you in advance for considering the request for donating new, unused items for the sake of this local charitable organization. Please do not wrap any of the gifts. Together, we can help by taking away some of their stress during this holiday season. If you have any questions about this local organization or their work, please feel free to visit www.volunteerozaukee.org.
- Art supplies such as markers, colored pencils, paper, glue, scissors, etc.
- Diapers, bottles, pacifiers, blankets and other baby supplies
- Books for children of all ages
- Toys for children of all ages (puzzles, legos, dolls, board games, etc.)
- Winter hats, boots, mittens and scarves for children
- Stocking stuffers (nail polish, chapstick, stickers, bookmarks, hair ties, etc.)
- iTunes gift cards
- Earbuds, wallets & purses for teenagers
Additionally, we understand that it might be easier to make a cash donation. If you are interested in this option, please bring your monetary donation to one of our upcoming Friday meetings on or before December 9th. We will be happy to go out and purchase items that are of the greatest need to the Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County.
Please know that there is absolutely no obligation to participate in this holiday giving project. We are simply organizing and offering this opportunity for those who would like to be involved and give back to families in need throughout Ozaukee County this holiday season. Additionally, a tax deductible letter can be given to you after your donation is made (upon request).
Community Services Committee
You and your guest(s) are warmly invited to help us share and celebrate this special time of year at our annual Holiday party on Sunday, January 8th, at the American Legion Post at 6050 W. Mequon Road.
6:00 Cocktails/Social (w/cash bar), 7:00 Dinner, 8:00 Entertainment
The cost will be $25.00 per person. Please note that we will be invoicing for the event, so please chose an option;
- Best option – pay for your ticket(s) at one of the next meetings.
- Better option - mail to MT Rotary, 6079 W. Mequon Road, PMB 123 Mequon 53092.
- Good option - (with RSVP), payment at the door.
By Dr. Francis “Tusu” Tusubira, a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala-North, Uganda
How many times do we hear Rotary members say, “we have our project in Kireberebe Kisunkaana?”
Let us get one thing right when dealing with economic and community development. And I will call this lesson one: it is not YOUR project.
It is a community project that you are supporting. Along these lines, I thought sharing a few experiential lessons is not a bad idea.
Lesson two: A community where disease is a challenge will lose so much time being sick that they cannot focus usefully on any other initiative that will help them develop. You cannot address economic and community development if you have not addressed basic health.
John Weitzer - CFA SVP Wells Fargo was our featured speaker at this morning’s meeting. Topic, the global economic picture. (Photo: Bob Blazich)