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 Wausau Early Birds Rotary Newsletter


January 25, 2018



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue



                              Speaker                        Invocation                    Greeters

January 25            Travis White                  Liz Parizo                      Connor, Draeger & Dunn

February 1             Amy Wood                    Kyle Page                     Burgener, France &Goetsch

February 8             Aaron Zitzelsberger      Meredith Otte

February 15           Jeff Zriny                       Aaron Mull

February 22           Greg Bardonner            Cindy Mueller

March 1                  Gary Bezucha               Beth Mueller                 Hagedorn, Havel & Hemp

March 8                  Nathan Birchler             Jeff Mills

March 15                Tim Bodette                  Michael Matuszak

March 22                Scott Brainard               Jesse Maas

March 29                Jean Burgener               Ann Lucas                                                           






Randy Winter gave a behind the scenes look at the Sentry Tournament of Champions held in Maui. 



  • Travis White will be speaking about his industry (Complete Filtration Resources) with a focus on the production of Whey Protein Isolate.



  • For February 1st, Amy Wood has invited Tim Bodette to come and speak on club fundraising ideas.   

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!




  • Dr. Mike Schwei – the interim superintendent of schools for the Wausau School District would speak about recent changes with the Wausau School Foundation (715) 261-0505
  • Beth Mueller’s daughter- in- law Courtney to speak about fundraising to build an new NCHC therapy pool. 
  • Patrice Pergolski to speak regarding the Girl Scouts.  JoAnn Draeger has her contact information.

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: Mike Schlichte (Leader), Gary Bezucha, Jesse Maas, Michael Loy 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, 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: Aaron Mull, Dee Dunn, Mary Jo Lechner, Jim Schulz and Jean Burgener




January                 Reading to go Month

Feb. 1                    Board Meeting

Feb. 25                  President’s Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn

March 29               Club Social

April 23                  Honor Flight

May                        District Conference in the Dells

May 21                   Honor Flight

May 31                   Club Social

Sept. 10                  Honor Flight

Oct. 8                      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.



  • Randy Winter and Mary Weller had the winning ticket.  They then picked a black marble.  Better luck next time.



Welcome to our newest member Kevin Sorenson.



  • To Pat Puyleart for coordinating the recent Love is International event
  • To Kalynn Pempek for the recent invocation
  • To Pat Puyleart for presenting the club with a new lectern in honor of our 25th anniversary year and month. 


  • 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.
  • Tammy announces that Jean Burgener will again be heading up this year’s Rotary scholarship process.  Tammy is looking for additional members for a committee to look further at the scholarship process. 
  • Pat Puyleart is looking for someone to shadow him for the Love is International process moving forward.
  • Tammy is looking for a Vice President for next year.  She would like this person determined before a Rotary leadership conference scheduled for March. 
  • 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 (possibly donating to the MMT unit at NCHC).  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!


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