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River Club of Mequon | September 15, 2018
Sponsored by Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club

Club Meeting Information

Our next meeting will be Friday (5/4) at Newcastle Place, 12600 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092.

Our program for Friday's meeting will be our own Lynn Streeter from Froedtert Health who will speak on the topic of Healthcare 2025: What now? What then?    

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:

  • Doug Hansen (5/4)
  • John Haut (5/11)
  • Will Jones (5/18)
  • Andrea Jorgensen (5/25)

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 - Doug Hansen

Born  and  raised  on Washington Island,Wis.Graduating  class at Washington Island High School - 14 students. Graduated U W-Milwaukee - B S - Social Work, UW -Oshkosh - Masters-Public Health Administration,

Family: Wife - Pam - 46 years of  marriage; three  adult sons,three grandchildren, six  brothers  and  sisters, 26 nieces and nephews

Associations: U S Army Reserves-ROTC Commission, 25  years of military service, retired Lieutenant Colonel, Thiensville – Mequon Rotary various committee and board  positions

Church committees and board  positions: Gideons International-various  leadership roles, Cubs and Boy Scouts, American Legion, Guatemala Medical Missions, Thiensville  Business Association, Mequon Thiensville Chamber of Commerce

Employment History:

  • Door County - Manager of Addiction Treatment Services - 1973 - 1976
  • Winnebago County - Coordinator - Chemical Dependency program - 1976 - 1983
  • Kettle Moraine Hospital - Vice President - Outpatient and Community Programs - 1983 - 1987
  • Rogers Memorial Hospital - Chief Operating  Officer - 1987 - 1990
  • Doug Hansen - State Farm Insurance Agency - 1990 - 2010
  • Doug Hansen And Associates  Insurance Agency - 2010 - 2018

Most Influential people in My Life: Grandparents and Parents

Most Memorable Rotary Memory: Team participation in the first Guatemala Medical mission - 27 mission volunteers

A Rotary LOL Moment

B.C. By Mastroianni and Hart

‘Survivorship is the goal’

Emerging cancer therapy shows promise at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

By Lauren Anderson - BizTimes

The symptoms started out as mild stomach issues for Appleton resident Bret Carroll.

But when Carroll, a healthy and active 45-year-old professional pilot, found a lump on his abdomen in 2011, it signaled an enlarged spleen.

“They went through a process of doing CAT scans and blood work,” Carroll said. “They started narrowing a diagnosis down, and they kept eliminating the more benign options.”

Then all options were eliminated but one: mantle cell lymphoma, a rare cancer of the immune system. Carroll reported immediately to his first chemotherapy treatment and was given a prognosis of about two years.

“There was a pamphlet they gave us and it specifically mentioned that mantle cell was incurable,” Carroll said. “So it struck even harder than a diagnosis of cancer.”

A father of three high school students, Carroll considered what he wouldn’t live to see.

“It seemed like there were a lot of things we were going to miss out on that we still wanted to do,” he said. “The thought of not being able to see them graduate, it was very tough.”

Because he was in otherwise good health, doctors advised Carroll to pursue the most aggressive treatments available, with the promise that others would become available over time.

The next few years brought the highs and lows of treatment – the hopes and letdown of chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, radiation therapy and a clinical trial of a new drug that ended up producing extremely negative side effects, including severe weight loss.

With each roadblock, Carroll held out hope for what doctors initially told him – that new treatment options were coming.

“With the ups and downs over the years, it was disappointing to have setbacks, but it wasn’t like the initial shock of being diagnosed,” he said. “Even though the treatments themselves were a hardship, there was something to keep me going.”

Thought of the Week

“Never mistake motion for action.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Want to learn more about the causes we support? Check out these videos:
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Upcoming Speakers
May 11, 2018
State of Wisconsin’s Overcrowded Prisons
State of Wisconsin’s Overcrowded Prisons

David Liners is the Executive Director for WISDOM, a Wisconsin network of faith-based organizations, part of the international Gamaliel Foundation.  WISDOM is a multi-issue, grassroots organization.  Though its roots are in the faith community (congregations belonging to 19 different religious traditions participate in WISDOM), WISDOM has broadened its participation in recent years.  A recent development has been the formation of EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing) and the increased leadership within the network of Native American communities.

David’s presentation will be an eye-opener for many about the State of Wisconsin’s current overcrowded Prisons. He’ll share startling facts on why they are overcrowded  and successful programs that other states have implemented to save costs and reduce mass incarceration. If you’ve seen “Milwaukee 53206” you may recall David describing these costly incarceration challenges we are experiencing here in Wisconsin. 

David holds a BA from Marquette University (Political Science and Theology), a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from St. Mary of the Lake University.

David and his wife, Julie Clark, live in Milwaukee, and they have two children in college.

May 18, 2018
The Child Advocacy Center for Ozaukee County
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