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 Wausau Early Bird Rotary Newsletter


October 26, 2017



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue




                              Speaker                          Invocation                    Greeters

October 26            Tim Bodette                    Ray Connor                   White, Winter & Wood

November 2          Chad Sickler                   Jay St. Clair                   Zriny, Bardonner & Bezucha

November 9          Jay St. Clair                    Chad Sickler

November 16        Tim Strasser                   Patti Shafto-Carlson

November 23        No Meeting (Thanksgiving)

November 30        No Meeting (Holiday Party on December 1st)

December 7          Roger Utnehmer             Jim Schulz                     Birchler, Bodette & Brainard

December 14        Patti Shafto-Carlson       Mike Schlichte






Jim Schulz invited Rick Reyer who spoke about WPR’s Centennial



Tim Bodette will lead a discussion about club fundraising options




  • For November 2nd, Chad Sickler has invited Kara Weiland, widow of Det. Jason Weiland, and founder of “Be Amazing” to speak
  • For November 9th, Jay St. Clair has invited Brian Grefe, Executive Director of Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA).
  • For November 16th, Tim Strasser has invited Dan Schaut to give an update on the Rotary International Foundation

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!




  • Beth Mueller’s daughter-in-law Courtney to speak about fundraising to build a new NCHC therapy pool. 

All members are encouraged to consider giving presentations about their own professions




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


Second Thursday of the Month: Mike Schlichte (Leader), Gary Bezucha, 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, 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




November 2          Board Meeting

December 1          Holiday party at the home of Bob and Mary Weller

Dec. 8-9                Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Sam’s Club

March 29               Club Social

May 31                  Club Social




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.




Randy Winter had the winning ticket.  He then picked a black marble.  Better luck next time. 




Welcome to our newest members Meredith Otte, Liz Parizo and Aaron Zitzelsberger.




Tim Bodette gave an initial report on our club’s recent fundraiser providing concessions at the Grand Prix of Wisconsin North American Powerboat Championship. His belief is that we probably made a profit of about $7500.  He thanks everyone for their efforts to make this first event a rousing success.  For those who volunteered they can submit for 2 make-up meetings for every hour volunteered.  We will continue to evaluate this event moving forward.  Thanks as well to Tim for his amazing leadership. 



  • To Roger Utnehmer for the recent invocation.
  • To Jan Klosinski for filling in as president for Tammy.
  • To Tim Strasser for arranging the recent highway clean-up.


  • 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.
  • Pat Puyleart announced that the 25th Anniversary project will be a donation to the library. A second part of the project is yet to be determined and may involve supporting mental health concerns in the community. The committee will continue to meet regarding this. 
  • 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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