Club Meeting Information

Attention: Due to our Rotarian Alumni Reunion Event & Fundraiser (details) on 4/21 there will be no club meeting Friday (4/22).

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

Where: Our meeting this Friday (4/15) will be at the Mequon Public Market, 6300 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI 53092.

Program: This week's program will feature Mike Gies - Mequon Parks and Forestry Superintendent.

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:

  • Brian Monroe (4/15)
  • Kay Newell (4/29)
  • Dan O'Connor (5/6)
  • Dick Kinney (5/13)
  • Tom Martin (5/20)
  • Steve Peterman (5/27)
  • Connie Pukaite (6/3)

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

Visit our website at

In Memoriam - Beata Kim

Born to Eternal Life on April 7, 2022 at the age of 60 years.

Loving wife of Michael. Adored mother of Theresa (Roc) Bauman, Alec, Jacob and Mike. Cherished grandmother of Kivi Bauman.

Visitation Monday, April 25 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 10280 N. Pt. Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53092. Memorial Mass will be Tuesday, April 26 at 11:00am at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2750 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, WI 53092.

Thought of the Week

I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun. - Scott Adams

Member Spotlight - Brian Monroe

What projects are you working on? Nancy and I have a few projects that have been consuming us. We are selling one of our earlier developments after 26 years. It is bittersweet, but the timing is right. Our current focus is a remodeling and an addition project on our cabin in Michigan’s UP. Anyone who has tackled a project like this can relate. We are also packing up our apartment in Mequon and will be making Crystal Falls, MI our homebase.

Any upcoming trips? We are very fortunate and are often traveling somewhere with, or to see family. Just returned from our daughter’s home in Ontario and will be back again for our granddaughter’s Bat Mitzva in September. We’ll be on a family vacation in AZ in May and in CA in October celebrating our 40th anniversary.

What is currently playing on your car’s stereo? It depends on the time of day and length of the trip. Long drives are great for enjoying audible books. Sometimes I’ll need to finish a chapter before getting out of the car.

What is the last book that you have read? I recently finished “Industrial Strength Design, How Brook Stevens Shaped Our World”.  Great story about a hometown hero and the many WI companies he worked with and influenced. I’m in the middle of “The Book of Joy”, discussions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Both Brook Stevens and Desmond Tutu were polio victims. Thank goodness for the lifesaving work that Rotary has done to eliminate this crippling virus.

Get ready for World Immunization Week
Click image for details
TriCon 2022 Registration is Now Open!

Join Rotarians from Districts 6220, 6250 & 6270

April 29 - 30, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

The Rotary Western Great Lakes District Conference, intended for any Rotarian, not just leadership, is set for Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30, 2022.

Attendance will be in person at The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI. Attendees from Districts 6220, 6250 and 6270 will have the opportunity to gain useful skills that can be used in their Rotary club, and inspiration that will motivate them to embrace Rotary even more.

Internationally-known featured speakers will provide keen insights about their passion projects during the addresses on both days.


Less Power to You

By surrendering some control, philanthropists can do even more good

by Meg Massey and Ben Wrobel

When the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves launched in 2010, it attracted the attention of deep-pocketed donors due to its audacious, headline-grabbing goal of distributing 100 million clean-burning cookstoves to underprivileged households and rural villages around the globe. The New Yorker called the movement to design such appliances "the quest for a stove that can save the world."

But after 8 years and $75 million, it had become apparent that the alliance had fallen well short of its goals. It had built and distributed the stoves on schedule, but there was an unexpected hitch: People didn't want to use them. One woman told a journalist that the "clean" stove simply didn't cook food as she wanted it to; another thought it cooked too slowly.

This is an all-too-common story in philanthropy. An ambitious, well-meaning plan has one fatal flaw: The people at the center of the problem were not sufficiently consulted. However, a growing number of philanthropists are starting to do things differently, using a model called participatory grantmaking.

Participatory grantmaking is the process of shifting decision-making power over grantmaking to the very communities most affected by the grants. It's a structural fix to the broken power dynamics in traditional funding — a way to change philanthropy from closed, opaque, and expert-driven to open, transparent, and community-driven.

Keeping Them Warm

“On behalf of the International Institute of Wisconsin we thank you and the students for the blanket’s donation. Enclosed please find a thank you letter and a picture of some of the refugee kids that were able to receive one of the blankets.”

Homestead High School Interact Club members showed their commitment to serve again. They made and donated 11 blankets to the International Institute of Wisconsin. The blankets were given to newly arrived refugees.

The International Institute of Wisconsin continues to provide all individuals with vital services that assist them in becoming self-sufficient and productive members of the community.

A heartwarming thank you note was received from the International Institute of Wisconsin and in the picture above are some of the refugee children who received blankets. 

Lead by co-presidents Josie Campbell and Kassidy Hill, the Interact student members have completed several projects to help our communities. In addition to making and donating these blankets, they collected food, collaborated with another group of student in another food drive, made and distributed Christmas cards, made pet toys and volunteered in events sponsored by the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club.


A Rotary LOL Moment

Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams

A Lesson in Black History

We were happy to welcome Janette Braverman - President NAACP Ozaukee County as our featured speaker at last week's club meeting. Pictured from left: Brian Monroe, Mitch Braverman, Janette Braverman and Matt Wolf (Club President). Photo by Bob Blazich.

Online Version
Upcoming Speakers
Apr 29, 2022
Serenity Inns
Serenity Inns

Kenneth Ginlack is a mental health and substance use disorder therapist. He earned his undergraduate degree from Upper Iowa University in human services with an emphasis in social work. He earned his graduate degree from Loyola University in social work. He has worked in all levels of care including medically monitored patients, youth in out-of-home placement, and individuals in correctional settings. 

Prior to accepting the position of CEO and Executive Director of Serenity Inns, he served as the Director of Outpatient Programs for Milwaukee County Behavior Health Division (BHD), and as an ad-hoc instructor at the University of Wisconsin Continuing Education extension program. At UW-Milwaukee, Ken instructs professionals on best practices for clinical supervision. He is the President of the Board of Directors for Revive Youth and Family Services, a Board member for SALS Recovery Houses & Coaching, and previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Daystar Inc. Most recently, Ken was invited to become a member of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board. Mr. Ginlack is a recipient of the President’s Award at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) for his academic achievements and outstanding work in the community. At the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Wisconsin Annual Conference, Ken will be honored amongst his colleagues and receive the prestigious IRIS Award for Outstanding Mental Health Professional, for his dedication and commitment to promoting recovery and improving the treatment and quality of life for people affected by mental illness.

Ken is known for his many contributions and volunteerism to various non-profit agencies throughout Milwaukee. He is a master-level social worker and holds the following licensures in Wisconsin: licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), clinical substance abuse counselor (CSAC), and independent clinical supervisor (ICS).


May 13, 2022
View entire list
Please add to your safe sender list or address book.
To view our privacy policy, click here.
102-2060 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7