Club Meeting Information

Our next regular meeting will be Friday (1/12) at Newcastle Place - 12600 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI  53092.

Our program for Friday's meeting will feature our own Chuck Zamora principal of  Zamora Group International who will be sharing some of his speaking experiences.

🎉 New Feature Added: I've added a list of our next 3 speakers to our weekly newsletter. The first speaker on the list will display a photo and bio if available. To check it out, scroll to bottom of this newsletter. Steve L

The greeter will provide either the thought, a Rotary minute, share a family moment or a cultural tradition ... anything they would like to start off the day positive.

Upcoming "It's your Rotary moment" assignees:

  • Steve Taylor (1/12)
  • Abby Thompson (1/19)
  • Jo Ann Vetter (1/26)
  • Ryan Walsh (2/2)

Note: If you are unable to to act as "It's your Rotary moment" assignee when scheduled please arrange for your replacement.

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Member Spotlight - Steve Taylor

My membership with the M-T Sunrise Rotary is almost at the one-year mark. I was asked to join when Peter Welch left Concordia and a new representative from campus was sought to join the club. I jumped at the chance, as both my father and stepfather were active members of Rotary, and I grew up knowing the organization's greatness.

I was born and raised in Midland, MI, graduating from Midland High (The Chemics) in 1994. A highlight from high school was playing on the state runner up football team in the fall of 1993. I then attended and graduated from Concordia with a B.A. in History in 1998 and a MS in Higher Education Administration in 2001. Currently I am a student in a Doctoral program in Education Administration with an anticipated graduation date of 2019.

Since graduating with my bachelor’s degree I have served at Concordia in many different capacities including Residence Hall Director, Director of Residence Life, Director of Financial Aid, and since July of 2015 the Vice President of Student Life. 

My wife Sonia and I live in West Bend with our 3 children, Nick (13), Hannah (12), and Josh (10). They are involved in many activities like sports that range from football and basketball to ice skating and horseback riding and some in between. They also participate in bands, choirs, clubs, and drama. People say we will miss all the running someday; we will see about that!

My hobbies and interests include traveling with my family and being outdoors. Some of our favorite trips include Disney, Yellowstone, and the UP. One of my favorite outdoor activities is fishing, which I am able to do often in local lakes.

A Rotary LOL Moment

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

George “the Waterman” Lewis, Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, FL

Chase your baseball dream

George “the Waterman” Lewis, Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, Fla. (Published in The Rotarian - January 2018)

When I was growing up, not many people thought about going to college. So in 1952, when I graduated from Rahway High School in New Jersey, I knew what I was going to do: sign a contract to play baseball. I had made the varsity team for the Rahway Indians my freshman year, and in my sophomore year we won three major New Jersey championships. I was All State my junior and senior year, and team captain in my senior year. I was feeling pretty good.

In those days there were no drafts, but scouts for the major league teams were going around and looking at high school players. I had become friendly with a scout for the Boston Red Sox, and I ended up signing with them. They sent me to upstate New York to play in the All Star College League. It was my first time ever on an airplane, and I found myself sitting next to another young guy. Like me, he was a catcher, and he had some impressive credentials. This worried me. He might get the starting job ahead of me. I thought, “How can I be on the bench? I’m the best baseball player in the world.” 

Things turned out differently than expected. In my first at-bat, I struck out on three pitches, and they sent me back home. I thought, “My life has ended.” I was practically crying.

Partnership with Mequon Nature Preserve to prevent development of Trinity Creek floodplain

By Don Behm - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The last unprotected reach of Trinity Creek close to its headwater springs in Mequon will be relieved of a recurring burden of soil and agricultural pollutants now that it has been acquired by the Mequon Nature Preserve.

To ensure the 6.38-acre property west of busy Wauwatosa Road is not developed in the future, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has proposed paying $50,000 to the nature preserve to create a permanent conservation easement on the property deed that prohibits subdivision and building construction.

Not to stop there, the easement would require restoration of native grasses and trees on the land.

The easement would allow one change to the landscape. The Mequon Nature Preserve could shift the flow of the creek through the roadside property out of a straightened agricultural drainage ditch and into a more natural, meandering channel, said David Grusznski, Milwaukee program manager for The Conservation Fund.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Our Guest Speaker

Rebecca Dallet - Milwaukee County Circuit Judge and candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court was our guest speaker this week.

Thought of the Week

“My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?” ~ Erma Bombeck

A Full House at Friday's Meeting
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Upcoming Speakers
Jan 19, 2018
The Entrepreneurial Mindset
The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Dr. Daniel Sem, Dean of Concordia’s Batterman School of Business will share some of what he knows about the “entrepreneurial mindset” and “learning business by doing it”.  He also may tell us about the projected new building for the School of Business at Concordia. 

Daniel S. Sem, Ph.D., MBA, is President and CEO of Bridge to Cures, Inc. and is also CEO and VP for Drug Development at AviMed Pharmaceuticals. Sem is also Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Director of Technology Transfer, and Director of the Master of Pharmaceutical/Chemical Product Development program at Concordia University Wisconsin, and serves on the editorial boards of PLoS One and the Marquette University Intellectual Property Law Review. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for BioForward, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of PhysioGenix.

Dr. Sem has 20 years of experience in drug discovery and development, and has over 50 papers and 10 issued patents on drug discovery and development techniques. He co-founded two drug discovery and development companies (Triad and AviMed). He served as VP for Biophysics at Triad Therapeutics, where he developed a platform technology for designing focused combinatorial libraries targeting kinases and dehydrogenases. He co-founded Triad Therapeutics based on technology he developed and patented, and he assisted in securing two rounds of venture financing, totaling over $40 million. Triad was voted one of the top 10 biotech startups in 2001 by Drug Discovery Today, and licensed kinase drug leads to Novartis for up to $60 million.

Dr. Sem received his B.S. in Chemistry from UW-Milwaukee, his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in Biochemistry and his MBA from Marquette University.


Jan 26, 2018
Learning and The Business Experience
Feb 02, 2018
Employment Opportunities for Students with Special Needs
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