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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 8/6.

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.

Our program this week will feature Debra Andraca - WI State Rep. 23rd District. (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:

  • Diana Raasch (8/6)
  • Dave Schlageter (8/13)
  • Alice Sedgwick (8/20)
  • Rene Settle-Robinson (8/27)

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

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. - Mark Twain

Reporting from Rotary on the Road

Photos by Bob Blazich, Narritave by Connie Pukaite 

A few impressive facts remembered from Sunrise Rotary's 'Road Trip' to Bill Wandsnider's Billy Goat Mulch production site on Saturday ...

Bill's huge monster tree-eating mulch-maker machine has a 1000 horse-power  motor  (for perspective, back-yard brush chippers have about 10 horse-power motors)

The monster, with big heavy metal teeth, easily gobbles three foot diameter tree stumps, and produces 270 yards of mulch per hour (that's a lot of typical-5-yard home deliveries!)

The monster machine produces a fine double- or triple-ground mulch, which is stored before delivery to customers in piles that heat up to 160 degrees, killing all weed seeds and other undesirable elements

Billy Goat Mulch is so fine, one inch is like 1,000 years of leaf decomposition - great for helping to improve Ozaukee County's clay soils and, it holds water, which in this year of drought, is nearly worth its weight in gold 

Thanks, Bill, for providing an eye-opening, fun and informative field trip for our Club meeting this past week. The opening stump speech was pretty good, too!

A Rotary LOL Moment

Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams

Rotary Music Festival

CEDARBURG - The 21st annual Rotary Music Festival, canceled last year because of Covid-19, will return to Cedarburg this summer on Sunday, Aug. 8. Seven (7) Midwestern drum and bugle corps will perform at the Cedarburg High School Athletic Field starting at 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club.

Participating drum & bugle corps include the Madison Scouts of Madison, WI, Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL, Phantom Regiment of Rockford, IL, Blue Stars of La Crosse, WI, Colts of Dubuque, IA, Colt Cadets of Dubuque, IA, and River City Rhythm of Anoka, MN. Three of the corps — the Cavaliers, the Blue Stars and the Phantom Regiment — ranked in the Top 12 in world championships in 2019. 

“This will not be a judged competition as in past years, but instead will be a showcase that will give hundreds of young musicians a chance to get out and perform in front of a crowd after a year-long hiatus,” said Layton Olsen, chairman of the Rotary Music Festival. “It will be a very colorful and entertaining evening.”

All seats are reserved so advanced tickets are encouraged to get the best seats in the stadium. Ticket prices range from $20 to $40.

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Rotary projects around the globe


In Ciudad Juárez, one woman’s work to protect children from street violence has blossomed into Soles de Anapra, a center serving some 80 young people. Since 2014, the Rotary Club of El Paso, Camino Real, Texas, had been donating goods to Lourdes Contreras for the after-school program she ran out of a small house.

In 2015, the club decided to find her a bigger, better space. With $25,000 donated by the 16 clubs in Ciudad Juárez and two partners in New Mexico — the Rotary clubs of Los Alamos and Silver City, frequent contributors and visitors to the center — and $10,000 raised from a 5K run sponsored by the Eaton Corporation, the club purchased a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in 2016 and went to work.

In April, the club completed a refurbishment of the building, carried out even as the pandemic temporarily halted the after-school program.

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Aug 20, 2021
TM Lions Club
TM Lions Club

In 1950, the Thiensville-Mequon Lions Club received its charter from Lions Club International.  Lions are the largest service organization in the world, with over 46,000 clubs and over 1.35 million members. The Lions motto is “We Serve”, with an emphasis on improving the quality of life for people with visual and hearing impairments and other special needs.  The Thiensville-Mequon Club has over 60 members, representing a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and occupations.  A common thread among all is the desire to donate back to the community and help those who are less fortunate.

The T-M Lions club serves in 2 ways: by doing local service projects, and by donating to a wide variety of charities.  Service projects include the semi-annual cleanup of a one mile stretch of Wauwatosa Road, screening grade school level students for eye exams, and helping the Leukemia-Lymphoma organization with parking for their annual Scenic Shore Bike Ride.  Charitable donations are made to numerous local charitable and community causes, as well as to Lions specific projects such as Leader Dogs for the Blind, Wisconsin Lions Camp and Eye Bank project,  just to name a few. Each year for the past 23 years, the T-M Lions have donated an average of $40,000. The donations are distributed to over 50 different organizations.

Monies for donations are generated from community fundraisers like Lionfest, Golf Outing, participation at the Taste of Mequon, and most recently Applefest. Administrative costs to run the club are paid by member dues.  All fundraiser labor is provided by club members, family, and other volunteers.  Therefore, 100% of the fundraiser proceeds are donated to charities.

The club meets twice a month, with board meetings held on the 1st Tuesday and general meetings on the 3rd Tuesday. 

Aug 27, 2021
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