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Newsletter - Current Nov 21, 2019
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 Wausau Early Birds Rotary Newsletter


November 21, 2019



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue




                            Speaker                        Invocation                    Greeters

November 21       Club Work Day             Amy Wood                     Mills, Mueller & Mull

November 28       No Meeting -Thanksgiving

December 5         No Meeting - Holiday party at Weller's

December 12       Sheryl Hemp                 Randy Winter                 Nevers, Otte & Page

December 19       Dick Jarvis                    Travis White

December 26       No Meeting – Holiday break           

January 2             Pat Kinney                    Rhonda Werner              Puyleart, Rebhahn &Reyer

January 9             Club Work Day             Bridget Wenman

January 16           Jan Klosinki                  Mary Weller

January 23           Jeff Lindell                    Mary Weber

January 30           No Meeting - 5th Thursday





  • Jack Hoogendyk invited Maria Nakhla from Operation Christmas Child. 


  • Today is a club workday. 



It is asked that members get their speaker in formation 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
  • Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D. of the River Valley Jazz Society to speak about the Jazz Society and about the jazz events planned for 2020. (847) 909-5946
  • Susan Weinschenk, PhD could also speak about Music and the Brain, or The Science of Creativity as she is an international speaker on brain and behavioral science (847) 909-5946
  • 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, Larissa Rebhahn and Aaron Mull


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




November             Reading to Go Month (Readers to pick up books)

Dec. 6                   Holiday party at the Weller home

Dec. 12                 Board Meeting

Dec. 12-13            Rotary bell ringing at Sam’s Club (see Dan Schaut to sign-up)

Jan. 10-12             Love is International

Feb 23                   President’s Dinner – Wausau Country Club – 5-8 pm

May 1-2, 2020       District Conference – Oshkosh



  • Greg Bardonner shared an overview of the 12-Days of Christmas fundraiser/progressive cash raffle event.   The goal is to make $5000.  With about 1000 tickets to sell, we are hoping that each member can sell about 18 tickets. The event will run from mid- October through December 6th.  Sponsorship levels are now up to $7500.   
  • Jeff Mills and Jean Burgener provided an update on the Week in Ireland Trip (March 29-April 4, 2020).  A full slate of 28 travelers has now been completed. 



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.




Jeff Mills had his winning ticket picked.



  • To Jeff Zriny for the invocation.


  • 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, the Forrest Goetsch Charity and the Marathon County Public Library Literacy Corner.
  • The service group has started the application for our club to host Rotary members from Uzbekistan next year.
  • Kalynn announced that we now have a Rotary sign board to use at events.
  • Our club will be sharing a booth with the noon club at the Chamber expo in the Spring.
  • 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.?