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April 25, 2019



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue




                        Speaker                               Invocation                 Greeters

April 25            Rhonda Werner Schultz       Beth Mueller              Zriny, Anderson & Bardonner

May 2               Travis White                        Jeff Mills                     Bezucha, Birchler & Brainard

May 9               No Meeting (Prayer Breakfast)

May 16             Randy Winter                      Amy Mettlach             (Jarvis for Brainard on the 16th)      

May 23             Amy Wood                           Ann Lucas                           

May 30             No Meeting

June 6              Jeff Zriny                              Michael Loy                Burgener, Connor & Draeger

June 13            Team Work Day                   Karla Lodholz

June 20            Dave Anderson                    Jeff Lindell

June 27            Meeting at Challenge Statue






Mary Weller invited Jack Hoogendyk from the Hope Life Center.




Rhonda Werner Schultz has the program.



  • For May 16, Randy Winter has invited Mark MacDonald, owner of the Woodchucks who will share info on this year’s team, special events, economic impact of the team on Wausau, and more.
  • For May 2, Travis White has invited Doug Cheever General Manager of Wausau Country Club to talk about the history, current status, and future of the Wausau Country Club.

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
  • Richard Barrett, Executive Director of Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau (715) 355-8788 and
  • 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.
  • Vicki Resech. MCDEVCO, Inc. – to talk about the new co-working and idea sharing space being established April 1 along with program offerings for Marathon County Entrepreneurs. (contact Jim Warsaw for contact info)
  • 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



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, Kevin Sorenson and Cindy Mueller


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




May 2                    Board Meeting

May 9                    Prayer Breakfast – Immanuel Baptist Church

May 13                  Honor Flight

May 17-19             District Governor’s Conference -Wisconsin Dells

June 1-5                Rotary International Conference in Hamburg, Germany

June 13                 Prayer Breakfast

Sept. 21-22           Power Boat Races

Sept. 27-29           RYLA




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.




Tim Strasser had his winning ticket picked.  He chose to donate ½ of the day’s ticket sales ($35) to Pedro.



  • To Jeff Zriny for filling in for the invocation and bringing guest Molly Bennett. 


  • 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.
  • 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   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 Thanks!

Access the club web-site as managed by Rhonda Werner Schultz –   In addition, the district rotary web-site is, the foundation web-site is, and the general rotary site is