Club Meeting Information

Our next meeting will be Friday (5/11) at Newcastle Place, 12600 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092.

Our program for Friday's meeting will be David Liners, Executive Director of WISDOM who will speak on the state of Wisconsin’s overcrowded prisons. 

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:

  • John Haut (5/11)
  • Will Jones (5/18)
  • Andrea Jorgensen (5/25)
  • Brian Kendzor (6/1)

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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A Rotary LOL Moment

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

Member Spotlight - John Haut

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 16, 1947

Educated up to a BA Business Degree@ Wisconsin State University at Whitewater

Wanted to take over my father's business - W. Haut Specialty Co.

Worked my way up to an owner along with my brother.

Interests - Rotary, Friendship Force, outdoor activities, church, and family. Don't care much for team sports, books or movies.

Best business decision - to buy a larger shop, which I did twice, eventually reaching 4 times the size of the first shop.

Career accomplishment - Retiring from my first and only job.  I always enjoyed working with the people.

Most important lesson learned in business - don't bring your wife into the business.

Mentors - CIM- Council of Independent Managers

My father's advice was simple - At the end of the week, make a list of what you owe and one of how much you have coming in.

Favorite Rotary moment - LobsterFest and working with my fellow Rotarians. Success is satisfying.

Thought of the Week

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Check Out The Cool Events on Our Club Calendar
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Invitation to Honor TM Noon Rotarian Dr. Karl Hertz

The Mequon Community Foundation has their annual “Pillars of the Community” award luncheon on 5 June honoring our friend Dr. Karl Hertz. This will be held at Concordia’s Center for Environmental Stewardship building from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Karl was TM Noon’s president when their club sponsored MT Sunrise. Karl then later served as a District Governor for 6270.

Tickets are $50 until 18 May, but the event will sell out and it would be great if we could get enough MT members to reserve a table.

For more info click here.

Brian Monroe

Cindy Shaffer and Chuck Zamora supporting The Ronald McDonald House
No checks please! Better photos tell better stories

By Chris Offer, Rotary Club of Ladner, Delta, British Columbia, Canada (District 5040)

I was recently at a Rotary conference in Karachi, Pakistan. One session was a series of short presentations on club service projects. Most of the presentations were in Urdu, which I don’t speak. Fortunately, several speakers had very good slide presentations. I could understand the presentations. Photos of children at computer terminals with smiles or women at a clinic told me about the projects. I missed details but not the main ideas.

When photographs are used, they tell better Rotary stories. More photographs are being taken today than at any other time. Photos can show the impact of your club’s work, reach a wide audience outside of Rotary, and describe the lives we change.


When telling a Rotary story, you can express more with a photo that shows action. Show the children and people who benefit from Rotary service. Make photos of them involved in the project. Avoid photos that present a stereotype of Rotary or of people. Your photos should show the diversity of your club and your community.


A common Rotary photo is the “big check” presentation. I am sure every week in my local newspaper there is a charity big check photo. It is good to tell the community about the funds Rotary donates to other groups. But I think we can do it in a more exciting way.

Pictures on social media and the newspaper need to tell a story and be appealing to make you stop and read more. Posed people shaking hands over a big check presentation, smiling in front of a Rotary banner isn’t enough. The big check is focused on dollars, not on what those dollars do.

Step away from the oversize check photo and make your fundraising story more interesting. As the donor of money, Rotary can say thank you and recognise the effort made in more creative ways. If children are involved, present the check to them. Have people hold up the numbers to show the donation and involve the recipients of the funds not just the managers of the organization. Children holding a sign saying thank you or hanging upside down from a playground swing is more appealing than the cliché big check shot.

Be creative in the photos you use to show Rotary as People of Action.

Want to learn more about the causes we support? Check out these videos:
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Upcoming Speakers
May 18, 2018
The Child Advocacy Center for Ozaukee County
The Child Advocacy Center for Ozaukee County

Amanda R. Didier, MS, CSW - Executive Director at Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center

Ms. Didier has dedicated her career to serving children and families affected by abuse and neglect. Her roles in the past nineteen years have included group home worker, juvenile probation officer, social worker, Child Protective Services Initial Assessment worker, sexual reactive youth group facilitator, therapist, crisis counselor, and forensic interviewer. In her previous position as forensic interviewer at the Children’s Hospital of WI – Child Protection Center, she completed interviews for local, state, and federal investigators; facilitated peer reviews; mentored new interviewers; provided both expert and fact testimony; offered guest lectures and trainings at universities and for professional groups and agencies; and provided advocacy to children and families. Ms. Didier has completed over 3000 interviews and continues her commitment to advocating for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, and the unheard.

In her position as a Forensic Interviewing Specialist for Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington counties, Ms. Didier continues in her roles as an interviewer, advocate, and educator while spearheading development of the Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center.

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