Club Meeting Information

When: We meet Friday mornings from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

Where: Our meeting this Friday (3/18) will be at the Mequon Public Market, 6300 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI 53092.

Program: This week's program will feature Rev. Susan B Vergeront & Cameron Swallow from Braver Angels.

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:

  • Mike Kim (3/25)
  • Dick Kinney (4/1)
  • Steve Lettau (4/8)
  • Dave Kliber (4/15)

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

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Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. - Steve Martin

Rotary’s network enables rapid humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees

By Rotary International

The crisis in Ukraine is having devastating consequences on civilians as families flee their homes. According to the United Nations, more than 2 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe, while about 1 million more people have been displaced within Ukraine.

Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.

Rotaract Europe

The European Rotaract Information Centre, a multidistrict information organization that serves Rotaractors all over Europe, created a United for Peace site that compiles information for refugees and volunteers.

  • The site offers information about free rail, bus, and air transportation available to refugees and lists details about what’s needed and how to help at specific national borders.
  • It also has fundraising details for hospitals in the western Ukraine city of Lviv, as well as for clubs that are helping in various places and for other organizations in the region.
  • The site lets Rotaractors coordinate shelter for refugees stranded at the border. Volunteer hosts can sign up through an online form and specify how many people they can house and for how long. Begun as an initiative to help fellow Rotary members leaving Ukraine, it’s now being used by Rotaract and Rotary members all over Europe to offer help.
  • A tool on the site links a demand for goods with available supplies. It was created within 48 hours after a team of 60 members from 10 countries met by videoconference about how to meet the most urgent needs.


Ukraine has 62 Rotary clubs and six satellite clubs with about 1,100 members, and 24 Rotaract clubs with more than 300 members.

  • District 2232 (Ukraine and Belarus) formed a committee to help people affected by the crisis. It has launched an appeal to Rotary members worldwide for funds to provide basic necessities.
  • The city of Lviv has had an influx of people displaced from other cities around Ukraine. The Rotary Club of Lviv International, working with local authorities and major hospitals, created an online spreadsheet of relief items that can be accessed by people who want to help. Members arrange for the donated items to be delivered to hospitals and coordinate storage with local warehouses.
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The Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour

Editors Note: Mark is providing details for a fundraiser that was discussed during last week's program.

My name is Mark Mundt, and I am a campaign development manager with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, working specifically on our Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour campaign.

The Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour is a two-day, 150-mile, fully supported cycling event that is open to riders of all ages and abilities. We also have a 25 mile route option for families and beginners. One of Wisconsin's most popular bike rides, the Scenic Shore is the largest locally organized and supported event for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. With 1,300 riders raising over $1 million each year we continue to be one of the premier charity cycling events in the Midwest.

On July 23-24, 2022, we will be celebrating our 30th annual ride and we’d love to get you involved in any way that we can. I would like to schedule a convenient date to hold a 30-minute Zoom call to discuss our event and how you could become involved by creating a ride team or volunteer recruitment. Please let me know if you have any time in the next week or so to schedule a meeting.

I hope you will join us as we celebrate riding the shore for a cure for 30 years.


M-T Senior Art League work on display in Mequon library

Conley Publishing Group

MEQUON — The Mequon-Thiensville Senior Art League has a new display of more than 50 paintings for its Spring Show in the atrium of the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

Painting mediums displayed include watercolor, acrylic, sketches, pen and ink, photography and some mixed mediums; many of the paintings are for sale.

Viewers will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite painting in the “People’s Choice Award” contest.

The show will be open during regular library hours through the end of April.

Nonprofits need to embrace strategies for success from the for-profit world

By Lisa Greer, Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, California, USA

“WE ARE NON-PROFIT. We are not a business!” As someone who has served as a board member, adviser, and donor for nonprofits, I’ve heard a version of this sentiment more times than I can count. At a meeting, it might be someone’s response while discussing a financial or organizational governance issue of the nonprofit. The statement often carries a whiff of disdain.

As someone who also has decades of business experience, I think it’s time to examine the abhorrence of the for-profit world that is sometimes voiced in the nonprofit one. While the distinction in virtue between nonprofits and many profit-making ventures is clear, the scornful “we are not a business” attitude is used by some as a rationale for sidestepping the practices, standards, and protocols that are part and parcel of any for-profit entity. This is where nonprofits get into trouble.

Nonprofits and traditional businesses are not diametrically opposite entities. The financial website says businesses can be “for-profit entities or they can be nonprofit organizations that operate to fulfill a charitable mission or further a social cause.”

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Matthew is an accomplished musician, spoken word poet, and street artist. His art has been featured in Carole Meekin’s “Positively Milwaukee” segment on Today’s TMJ4 News! He is the proud graduate of Xavier University’s Williams College of Business. A member of the Mequon/Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club in Mequon, WI. And, he and his wife are big supporters of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization.

In today’s culture, marriage is something you can walk away from and people barely flinch, but for those of us who want to stay married, we need encouragement and direction to stay in it. Join us as Matthew Wolak inspires us to STAY MARRIED!

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