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 Wausau Early Bird Rotary Newsletter


February 16, 2017



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue



                           Speaker                       Invocation                   Greeters

February 16       Ray Connor                  Jesse Maas                  Lindell, Loy & Lucas

February 23       JoAnn Draeger              Ann Lucas

March 2             Dee Dunn                      Michael Loy                  Maas, Maloney & Matuszak           

March 9             No Meeting (President’s Pantry Dinner at Night)

March 16           Gary France                   Jeff Lindell

March 23           Steve Goetsch               Mary Jo Lechner

March 31           Todd Hagedorn              Jan Klosinski






Scott Brainard invited Sean Wright, executive director of the PAF, who discussed what's happening at the Grand and the fund-raising campaign for the PAF.




Pastor Ray has invited Mariaisabelle to speak about her home country!



  • For February 23, JoAnn Draeger has invited Chad Esker to talk about his upcoming Epic5 challenge.
  • For March 2, Dee Dunn has invited Jean Burgener to speak about the proposed active aging center called The Connections Place.

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!



  • Rhonda Strebel on the Rural Health Initiative ( (in the Spring)
  • Colin Hanson (A Walk in Their Shoes) at 715-560-8933
  • Pastor Ray regarding his mission trip to Cordova Alaska
  • Lowell Peterson, M.D from the Board of Curators of the WI State Historical Society to speak about the origins of WWII – contact Pat Puyleart for more information
  • Our club recently donated $100 to a student from Merrill who will be traveling to Nicaragua.  She sent the club a thank you note and volunteered to give a presentation upon her return.  Nate would have the details
  • Jim Harris to talk about the new Hmong museum in the Wausau Center Mall (715) 355-1309 (not available January-March)
  • Margie Hackbarth- Aspirus Senior Health Service Line Administrator to speak to on the topic of Advance Care Planning.  Contact Rick Nevers at (715) 847-2263
  • Melissa Lindemann – Director of the Penguin Project for the Central WI Children’s Theater (715) 842-4416
  • All members are encouraged to consider giving presentations about their own professions



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


Second Thursday of the Month: Ken Moberg (Leader), Mike Schlichte, Jesse Maas and Greg Bardonner


Third Thursday of the Month: Nate Birchler (Leader), Jeff Zriny, Kyle Page, Cindy Mueller and Michael Matuszak

Fourth Thursday of the Month: Dick Jarvis (Leader), Pat Puyleart, Ann Lucas, Scott Brainard, Roger Utnehmer and Tim Strasser


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


On call as needed basis: Aaron Mull, Dee Dunn, Mary Jo Lechner, Jim Schulz and Jean Burgener




March                    No Board Meeting

March 9                 President’s Dinner – Plaza Hotel

May 20                  District 6220 Conference – Green Bay

April 27                  Guest Day

June 10-14            Rotary International Convention – Atlanta

Summer                 Woodchucks game and social


  • Amy Wood – Dominican Republic – bracelet and earrings

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 Zriny had his winning ticket picked. He then picked a blue marble winning ½ the pot. 




We welcome Gary Bezucha and Kalynn Pempek to our club even as we bid farewell to Rachel Camlek.



  • To Kevin Maloney for the recent invocation.
  • To Rick Reyer for his third visit. He has now been approved 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 and the Forrest Goetsch Charity.
  • Per Jan Klosinski, our club attendance for January was 76%.
  • Cindy Mueller and Jim Schultz attended the Rotary Visioning Training last Saturday.
  • Pastor Ray has put out an urgent request for a host family for our Rotary student next school year.
  • 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.



Board meetings will be held on the 1st 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!


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