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 Wausau Early Bird Rotary Newsletter


June 29, 2017



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue



                           Speaker                      Invocation            Greeters

June 29              Meeting at the Kayak Statue

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

July 13               Club Assembly             Jean Burgener        Schlichte, Schaut & St. Clair

July 20               Michael Matuszak        Scott Brainard

July 27               Jeff Mills                       Tim Bodette

August 3            Ken Moberg                  Nathan Birchler       Strasser, Utnehmer & Warsaw






Jesse Maas invited Lowell Peterson, M.D from the Board of Curators of the WI State Historical Society to speak about the origins of WWII



We will have our annual meeting at the kayak statue.



  • For July 13, we will have a 25th anniversary project update as well as a 2017-18 fundraiser discussion/update.
  • For July 20, Michael Matuszak has invited Mari to give a presentation. Also speaking to the club that day will be District Governor Tina Hall 

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, 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




July 8                     Mari’s graduation party at the home of Travis White

July 13                   Board Meeting

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



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.




Gary France had the winning ticket.  He then picked a black marble.  Better luck next time. 




Welcome to our newest member Patti Shafto-Carlson who comes to our club as a transfer from the Marshfield Club. Farewell to Kevin Maloney.




  • To Ray Connor 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 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.
  • Jan Klosinski announced that the May attendance was 97%.
  • It was announced that Paula Priebe will be a Rotary outbound scholar to Costa Rica. She will be studying in a Master’s program in Peace and Conflict resolution.
  • JoAnn Draeger presented Ray Connor, Jan Klosinski and Jesse Maas with special pins for bringing in new members to our club.
  • 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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