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 Wausau Early Bird Rotary Newsletter


June 1, 2017



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue


                     Speaker                             Invocation                  Greeters 

June 1           Jeff Lindell                          Gary France                Pempek, Reyer & Schulz

June 8            Michael Loy                        Dee Dunn

June15           Ann Lucas                          JoAnn Draeger

June 22          Jesse Maas                        Ray Connor

June 29          Meeting at the Kayak Statue

July 6             No Meeting (4th of July Holiday Week)

July 13           Kevin Maloney                    Jean Burgener            Schlichte, Schaut & St. Clair

July 20           Michael Matuszak               Scott Brainard

July 27           Jeff Mills                            Tim Bodette






Pat Puyleart introduced Captain Matt Barnes from the Wausau Police Department.  He then introduced Kristen Seidler and the new counseling program to be housed in the police department. 




Jeff Lindell has invited Melissa Lindemann – Director of the Penguin Project for the Central WI Children’s Theater.


In addition, the 25th anniversary committee will meet following the meeting.



  • For June 8, Michael Loy has invited the 25th anniversary committee to provide an update.
  • For June 15, Ann Lucas has invited the United Way to give us an update on the egg donation project.
  • For June 22, Jesse Maas has invited Lowell Peterson, M.D from the Board of Curators of the WI State Historical Society to speak about the origins of WWI

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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Todd Bohm to speak about the Wounded Warrior Project – contact Jeff Mills
  • 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



June 8                   Board Meeting

June 10-14             Rotary International Convention – Atlanta

June 22                  Night at a Woodchuck game

August 8                Wendy from Mexico arrives

September 11         Honor Flight

Sept 29- Oct 1        RYLA in Manitowish Waters (our club is sending two students)

October 9               Honor Flight

Summer                 Woodchucks game and social



  • Cindy Mueller – Wisconsin Dells – solar light

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.



Jean Burgener had the winning ticket for three weeks in a row.  She then picked a black marble losing out on an opportunity to win $400.  Better luck next time. 



  • To Steve Goetsch for the recent invocation. 
  • Thanks to Chad Sickler and his family for agreeing to host our female student - Wendy from Mexico starting in August.
  • To visitor Bridgett Wendman
  • To Tim Bodette for agreeing to chair the Music and Martini fundraiser.  He is now actively looking for volunteers to help him with this process. 


  • 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.
  • The committee for the 25th anniversary project continues to meet.  They will be reviewing a recent proposal received from the library.
  • It was announced that Paula Priebe will be a Rotary outbound scholar to Costa Rica.
  • Nate Birchler reported on his recent attendance at the regional Rotary convention. 
  • We are looking for nominations for the "Service Above Self Award".  Please send nomination to Nate, Tammy, or Amy by June 1st.
  • 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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