Club Meeting Information

We meet Friday mornings from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at Newcastle Place, 12600 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon WI 53092. Our next meeting is 7:00 AM on Friday (10/22).

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 week's program will feature our own Alice Sedgwick. Alice will be  presenting a World Polio Day - Global Update 2021. (Scroll down for bio)

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:

  • Jo Ann Vetter (10/22)
  • Bill Wandsnider (10/29)
  • Carol Wessels (11/5)
  • Shawn Whalen (11/12)

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

You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy. - Jane Marczewski 

A brilliant mind and a huge heart

Dave Jackson used his gifts to better Mequon and Thiensville

By Lisa Curtis - Special to the News Graphic

MEQUON — Let’s face it, the success of any community service group is largely driven by the commitment of its members. The citizen volunteers who spend their nights in meetings, while the rest of us unwind at home. The planners and the thinkers who toil over ideas big and small to improve the world around them.

David Jackson was one of those people who made Mequon and Thiensville better places to live. He did it through his involvement in a broad slate of nonprofits and ad hoc committees. He did it through his generosity. And he did it by just being one of the nicest guys one could meet.

“I don’t think I ever heard him say a bad thing about anybody,” said friend and fellow Rotarian Steve Lettau. “People like that are probably far and few between.”

Jackson died Oct. 4 at the age of 84.

“He had recently had multiple dinners with friends and family, lunches, and even enjoyed a Badger Game with a close friend and grandson. Still driving, still walking, and still using emojis on his phone, he was living life to the absolute best that he could,” his family wrote in his obituary.

Close friend Dave Romoser met Jackson when both were involved with the Community Conversation on the future of Mequon, Thiensville, the school district and the Chamber of Commerce.

They were two of 34 people appointed, Romoser said.

“That’s where I met Dave, and almost immediately said, ‘This is an exceptional human being,’” Romoser said.

In addition to his genuine interest and concern for people, Jackson’s acute listening skills and quiet, deliberative style made him a true asset to any organization or group. He was the last person to speak at a meeting, preferring to hear what others had to say first. And when he did speak, Jackson didn’t use many words.

But they were the right words, Romoser said.

Assistance to Afghan Refugees at Fort McCoy

In coordination with the Port Washington State Bank in Thiensville, the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, Mequon Rotary Noon Club, Mequon Thiensville Sunrise Rotary, and Cedarburg Grafton Rotary we will be participating in a clothing drive to assist the 12,000 Afghan Refugees at Fort McCoy. The refugees at Fort McCoy have tremendous and urgent needs, as most fled with only the clothes they were wearing. 


Afghan Refugee NEW Clothing Drive. New winter clothing, jackets, sweaters, blouses, shirts, pants, long skirts, shoes, socks, underwear, toiletries, for adults and children all sizes. Hijab and mens tunics are also needed!


Will take place on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Village Park in Thiensville located at 250 Elm Street. Please drop off new clothing only. If unavailable on October 23rd, please bring to our Friday morning club meetings and deliver to Bruce Carter. 

We need Rotary Volunteers from our club to cover shifts. 2-3 members per shift. Please let Bruce Carter know what shift you would like to cover ( Shifts are 10-1pm, 10-11am, 11-12pm, 12-1pm. 

Support World Polio Day

"When Rotary courageously stepped up to pursue the dream of a polio-free world, we knew our dream wouldn't be easy.  But since 1988, working with our partners, we've brought worldwide case counts down by 99.9 percent.  However, it's not over until it's over.  It will take courage.  We're going to keep up the funding and keep on the pressure until this fight is finished and no child ever again has to experience the devastating effects of polio.” – John Germ, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair 2021-22

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries: Pakistan & Afghanistan.

Rotary’s World-wide 2021-22 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is $150 Million – Including the Gates Foundation $2 to $1 Match.

For more information contact Alice Sedgwick at

Drug Take Back Day

This Saturday, stop by the Pharmacy Building on Concordia University’s Mequon Campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, and drop-off any unused/old/expired medication.

The Mequon Police Department is working in conjunction with Concordia University for the October 2021 Drug Take Back Initiative and this event will take place from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

A Rotary LOL Moment

Frank and Ernest by Thaves

Peace Corps volunteers and Rotary members find meaningful connections

Photo Caption: Hunt attending a chiefs’ meeting; he was given the name “Masilae” when he arrived on the island of Émaé. “‘Silae’ means ‘man who helps’ and ‘Ma’ means ‘chief,’ so technically I am a chief on the island,” he explains.

by Diana Schoberg

In December 2017, on his first night as a Peace Corps volunteer in the ancient North Macedonian city of Štip, Cal Mann was welcomed with a raucous party at a rustic cabin far outside of town. There was an abundance of food and drinks, and a boom box blared local music. As the party raged well past midnight, Mann watched, beer in hand. “I’m like, I can’t do this for two years, that’s for sure,” he recalls.

So you can understand his trepidation the next day when he found out a barbecue was in the works. Being a good sport and new to the city, he opted to go — a pivotal decision, it turns out. At the barbecue he struck up a conversation with a man named Zoran Kolev, who spoke English. As talk came around to Mann’s work as a Peace Corps volunteer, Kolev mentioned that there was a new service club in the city: the Rotary Club of Štip.

“He told me they had just started the club a few months before,” Mann says. “They didn’t really know what Rotary was, but someone had told them it was a good thing to do.” This was great news to Mann, who had been a Rotary member since 2004 (and who currently belongs to the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley).

“I was thrilled to have met someone involved in Rotary so I could tap into my experience there. And they were happy to have someone who knew what Rotary was.”

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Upcoming Speakers
Oct 29, 2021
International Peace Institute
International Peace Institute

Anna Sattler is the current Editorial Intern at the International Peace Institute (IPI), based in New York City. Her work at IPI includes the reviewing and editing of papers written by policy fellows, reporting on UN peacekeeping missions for the institute’s online periodical, the Global Observatory, providing data analysis support to policy fellows, and maintaining records on the impact of IPI publications, among other duties. 

Anna graduated from Cornell University in December 2020, receiving her B.A. in Government. She also minored in International Relations and German Area Studies. While at Cornell, she studied international affairs, comparative government, history, and foreign language. She speaks three languages (German, Polish, and Russian) and studied abroad in Kraków, Poland last spring.  

Anna plans to pursue a Master’s in international relations or international development. Eventually, she hopes to attend law school and specialize in international human rights law. 

In her free time, Anna enjoys baking, programming, playing pickleball, and Zooming with her friends. She currently lives in Cedarburg.

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