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Newsletter - Current Jul 17, 2019
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 Wausau Early Birds Rotary Newsletter


July 18, 2019



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue



                         Speaker                           Invocation                    Greeters                  

July 18              Greg Bardonner               Dick Jarvis                     France, Hagedorn & Havel

July 25              Gary Bezucha                  Sheryl Hemp

August 1           Nathan Birchler                Jennifer Havel               Hemp, Jarvis & Kinney

August 8           Group Work Day              Todd Hagedorn

August 15         Scott Brainard                  Gary France         

August 22         Jean Burgener                  JoAnn Draeger

August 29         No Meeting                          






Last week was a group work day. Jean Burgener and Jeff Mills presented a fundraising idea to the club – a Go Ahead Trip to Ireland.  Please see the separate email from Jean for specific details. 




Greg Bardonner has the program and has invited Pedro to give a presentation.



  • For August 15, Scott Brainard has the program and he has invited Dave Anderson to present on his recent trip to the Rotary International conference in Hamburg, Germany.

It is asked that members get their speaker information to Sheryl Hemp as soon as possible.


And…a reminder on speaker protocol…if you need to leave early, please introduce yourself to the speaker ahead of time and explain this to them.  Thanks!



  • Rebecca (Becky) Frisch – Director of Marathon County’s (Conservation, Planning & Zoning Department), also known as CPZ.  715-261-6000 or Rebecca.Frisch@co.marathon.wi.us
  • Richard Barrett, Executive Director of Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau (715) 355-8788 or rbarrett@visitwausau.com
  • Joel Rueber (297-8114) to speak regarding: Making Your Spring Break Count Double: Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity Destination opportunities.
  • Kalynn Pempek and Steve Goetsch to speak in May about the new Aspirus Family House
  • Paul Whitaker, a professor at UWSP/Marathon County would be able to speak about zoology, the bat population, plant and animal biology, ecology, environment, climate, invasive species or organic agriculture.  He can be reached at (715) 261-6284 or paul.whitaker@uwc.edu
  • After mid-September, Deb Traeder would help to arrange for Olivia Hill as a guest speaker.  She will be the new Executive Director of the Wausau Conservatory of Music. Deb can be reached at (715) 845-6279.  Extension 101



First Thursday of the Month - Gary France (Leader), Jim Warsaw, Patrick Kinney and Mary Weber


Second Thursday of the Month - Mike Schlichte (Leader), Gary Bezucha, Michael Loy and Greg Bardonner


Third Thursday of the Month - Nate Birchler (Leader), Jeff Zriny, Kyle Page, Aaron Mull and Kevin Sorenson


Fourth Thursday of the Month - Dick Jarvis (Leader), Pat Puyleart, Scott Brainard, Roger Utnehmer, Amy Wood and Tim Strasser


Fifth Thursday of the Month - Mary Weller (Leader), Rhonda Werner Schultz, Amy Wood and Beth Mueller


On call as needed basis - Jim Schulz, Randy Winter and Jean Burgener




July 30                   Our club attends a Woodchucks game

August 8                Board Meeting

Sept. 2                   Honor Flight

Sept. 21-22            Power Boat Races

Sept. 27-29            RYLA

Oct. 21                   Honor Flight

Jan. 10-12              Love is International

May 1-3, 2020        District Conference - Oshkosh




Our club bids a reluctant farewell to Ken Moberg, John Kelly and Cindy Mueller.  Thank you for your service and dedication to our club!



  • Tammy Szekeress – South Dakota – socks, pottery and hot sauce
  • Pastor Ray – Door County – spoon rack, salt/pepper shakers and sweet bourbon glaze

All are reminded to fill out a President’s Pantry form when bringing in an item.  This will help keep a record for the annual dinner auction.



  • Chad Sickler had his winning ticket picked. He then asked Wendy to pick a marble and she picked a black marble.  Better luck next time!


  • To Pat Kinney for the invocation.
  • To last year’s Rotary Exchange student Wendy for returning for a visit.
  • To our visitor Jack Hoogendyk.  He has applied for membership.


  • Our Rotary club has sponsored the following groups and programs: The PAF, Honor Flight, Boys and Girls Club, Center Stage, Samoset Council, Hope Pregnancy Center, Meals on Wheels, Literacy Program, High School Scholarships, Radio Control Program, Celebrate Girl Scouts Banquet, Literacy Program at DC Everest, International flags, the Chart family, Women in Action, “A Walk in Their Shoes”, Good News, DC Everest Graduation party, The Grand, My Team Triumph, Walk In My Shoes, Talent Shop, Marathon County Foster Care Program and the Forrest Goetsch Charity.
  • The club leadership baton was passed from President Jan Klosinski to Kalynn Pempek.  Thanks beyond thanks are in order to Jan for the amazing job she has done as President of our club for the last year!!
  • The 2019 Service Above Self was awarded to Todd Hagedorn.  Congratulations Todd!!
  • Thanks to Pastor Ray and committee for coordinating the recent fundraising raffle and for all of our members for selling tickets!!  Almost $7500 was raised for the club.  Raffle winners were picked including club members Tim Bodette and Kalynn Pempek.
  • Dan Schaut has an updated list of Paul Harris information – please see him for your status.
  • Ray Connor announces that the White family will be hosting our Rotary Exchange student Guillermo when he arrives in July.  The Strassers will host our second student Karl for half the year with the Connors taking the second half of his stay.  During Ray’s hosting duties, Jim Warsaw will temporarily become the RYE officer. 
  • For anyone looking to make up a club meeting you can go on-line at www.oneworldrotary.org   Per Ken Moberg, it is easy and takes a short amount of time.  Another way to make up a meeting is to go to the District 6220 web-site and click on “quick links” for on-line meetings.



Board meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month following our regular club meeting. All members are welcome to attend.




Please send any newsletter events, contact information changes, general information or ideas to Sheryl Hemp at wishemp@aol.com. Thanks!


Access the club web-site as managed by Rhonda Werner Schultz –www.wausauearlyrotary.org/   In addition, the district rotary web-site is ridistrict6220.org, the foundation web-site is rotary.org/foundation, and the general rotary site is rotary.org.