Club Meeting Information

Our meetings are 7:00 AM on Friday at Newcastle Place, 12600 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon, WI 53092. Our next meeting is 7/16.

Note: Masks are not required in our dining area, but we are asked to wear masks from the front door to the dining room and back.

This Friday we will be doing a club assembly where we break out into our areas of focus: Community Service, Environmental Stewardship, International Service, New Generations, Vocational Service and Club Service.  We will plan to split into groups for approximately 15 minutes to discuss plans for the upcoming year. If you as a committee chair are interested in moving forward with someone else in that role please let me know or feel free to encourage a new leader in your group Friday. - Matt Wolf

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 Peterman (7/15)
  • Connie Pukaite (7/23)
  • Diana Raasch (7/30)
  • Dave Schlageter (8/6)

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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Thought of the Week

We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. - Unknown

Member Spotlight - Steve Peterman

Darcy and I celebrated our 52 anniversary last week. We are blessed with 3 grown children, all in their 40's. Our daughter, Cheryl, is a nurse at St. Luke's Hospital and lives in Mequon. Our oldest son, Mark, has a construction company and lives in Cedarburg. Our youngest son, Scott, works at Cape Canaveral and lives in Merritt Island, Florida.

We are also blessed with 4 grandchildren. Abby, 13, and Luke, 11, live in Cedarburg. Stevie, 4, and Caroline, 1 1/2, live in Florida.

I grew up in Glendale and graduated from Nicolet High School. That is where I took my first architectural course and fell in love with architecture. I ended up working full time in the profession of architecture for over 50 years. During that time I worked as a draftsman for two different firms, as sole principal of my own firm and as a partner in two other firms. My partner and I sold our architectural firm at the end of 2016 which gave me the opportunity to finally retire.

We have lived in Mequon for 50 years and I have tried to stay active in our community during that time period. I am extremely proud to be a charter member of our great  Rotary Club. The past 30 years have gone by quickly. It is interesting to think back 30 years when a group of us got together to discuss the possibility of starting up a new Rotary Club. None of us in that room, except for one person from the noon club, knew anything about Rotary. We were on a big learning curve. And learn we did. Even though all of those other charter members are no longer with the club, they set the bar high. They were hard working professionals who quickly understood how Rotary could be so beneficial for our community and the world. Our club is as strong as it has ever been and is well respected in our community. Keep up the good work!

TM Noon Club Honors Connie Pukaite

From TM Rotary Newsletter

We'll start off on a serious note. Some of the greatest honors we have in Rotary are the annual awards, and this year did not disappoint. Connie Pukaite was invited under a guise that may or may not have violated the first part of the four way test, but the lie was necessary to preserve the surprise, which she most certainly was when she was awarded an Honorary Paul Harris Award.

Connie also did not disappoint when she spoke, which despite being completely surprised seemed like a rehearsed oration. If there's one thing that everyone could take away it is that what Rotary and Rotarians all over the world are doing is preserving and creating a future that most will not live to see. It's impossible to not feel inspired when Connie is in the house!

Congratulations Connie!!!

Matt's first meeting as Club President
A Rotary LOL Moment

Frank and Ernest by Thaves

Africa’s Agents of Change

The arrival of the first peace fellows at the new peace center in Kampala, Uganda, heralds the beginning of a new era for Rotary and the continent.

by Jeff Ruby Photography by Tobin Jones

In the last week of February, in Kampala, Uganda, 15 Rotary Peace Fellows gathered at Makerere University for the inaugural session of Rotary International’s new peace center. Among them, the peace center’s first cohort represented 11 countries and spoke, in addition to English, a dozen African languages, including Luganda, Swahili, and Zulu. “Coming from diverse backgrounds, and yet with a shared desire for peace in Africa, they are the epitome of unity in diversity,” said Anne Nkutu, a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala Naalya and the host area coordinator for the Makerere University peace center.

With an average age of 40 when they were admitted to the program, the fellows are not novice peacemakers. These are established professionals with a minimum of five years of experience in peace and development. They arrived at Makerere University — home to an established program in peace and conflict studies — already working on an initiative, or with an idea for one, that promotes peace or social change within their workplace or community. “The fellows are more interested in the practical side of peacebuilding,” said Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala, the director of the peace center. “They want to see how things are done, as opposed to our regular students, who are more interested in the theoretical aspects. So the fellows come off as, and indeed are, change agents.”

Rewind: The Borgen Project

Thank you again for the opportunity to speak last Friday to your organization! I have listed some links and information about the Borgen Project below, as well as instructions for calling and sending those crucial emails to Congress.

  • Our main website
  • Emailing congress. This is very easy and takes less than a minute to do! You can pick any option and then fill out the information to send an email to your congressional leaders.
  • Calling congress. Here is a simple guide for calling congressional leaders. Essentially, all you have to say is "Please protect the international affairs budget" when prompted.

Emailing and calling your elected representatives and voicing your support for these goals helps us bring these issues to the attention of our political decisionmakers. Thank you for your willingness to help! Also, if anyone from your organization has any further questions or comments, I can be reached any time at


Brian Hamilton

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Aug 06, 2021

I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, and an active community volunteer. I’ve worked for large international companies, political campaigns, trade associations and non-profit organizations. I've spent 17 years in our district working hard to make our neighborhoods better for our families, but I believe that things are headed in the wrong direction.

My career began in politics. After graduating from Syracuse University, I moved to Washington DC where I worked for the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group of large and small renewable energy companies. While working full-time I earned my master’s degree in political management at George Washington University. When my husband’s career moved us to Chicago, then Houston, and then finally Milwaukee, I was a press secretary on a Congressional re-election campaign, a communications director and lobbyist at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, and a Vice President at FleishmanHillard Public Relations.

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