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 Wausau Early Birds Rotary Newsletter


June 21, 2018



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue




                           Speaker                         Invocation                      Greeters

June 21              Kevin Sorenson for         Pat Puyleart for               Lucas, Maas & Mills

                                John Kelly                     Gary France

June 28              Meeting at the Library (see Tammy’s email of June 19th)

July 5                  No Meeting (4th of July Holiday)

July 12                Pat Kinney                      JoAnn Draeger                Moses, Mueller & Mueller

July 19                Jan Klosinski                   Ray Connor

July 26                Jeff Lindell                       Jean Burgener

August 2             Michael Loy                     Scott Brainard                  Mull, Nevers & Otte

August 9             Ann Lucas                       Tim Bodette

August 16           Jesse Maas                     Nathan Birchler

August 23           Jeff Mills                          Gary Bezucha

August 30            Bob Moses                     Dave Anderson                                   





Sheryl Hemp invited Laura Yarie -the Justice System Coordinator for Marathon County.  She presented an update on the OWI court, Drug Court, Domestic Violence Court and other programs.  Thanks to Ann Lucas and Tammy Szekeress for greeting her and introducing her in Sheryl’s absence. 



  • Kevin Sorenson has arranged for a speaker – the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and Law Enforcement Museum of Valor.



  • For July 19, Jan Klosinski has invited Wendy to talk about her year in Wausau before she returns home.

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!




  • Patrice Pergolski to speak regarding the Girl Scouts.  JoAnn Draeger has her contact information.
  • The Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity - Connie Conrad (Roger Utnehmer has contact info)
  • Katie Normand to speak about a new non- profit here in Wausau -Adaptive Communities. This is a social activity center for adults with special needs.  Her number is (715)571-0040
  • Greg Cemke would speak on the Children’s Miracle Network’s “Christmas in July”.  His contact is (715) 370-1661 or
  • Rebecca (Becky) Frisch – Director of Marathon County’s (Conservation, Planning & Zoning Department), also known as CPZ.  715-261-6000 or
  • Christian Schock Director of Community Planning and Economic Development 715-261-6683
  • Richard Barrett, Executive Director of Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau (715) 355-8788 and
  • Darcie Howard – the Monk Garden Executive Director could speak on the capital campaign project for renovating Monk’s original home into office space, education space and intern housing along with the new educational programs they have begun.  She would be available this fall – contact her at 715-261-6264 or 715-680-9485



On June 3rd, the club held a backyard BBQ.  Many thanks to the Bodette, White, Szekeress and Hagedorn families for hosting.  All members were asked to sell 15 - $10 tickets each.  Raffle prizes were $1500, $750 and $250. 


We will also have a food stand at the powerboat races in September.  Tim asks for a volunteer to act as bartender for the event.  He will be organizing an “Old Fashioned” Christmas for November.




First Thursday of the Month: Gary France (Leader), Jim Warsaw, Patrick Kinney, Bob Moses 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, Kevin Sorenson and Cindy Mueller.

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, Jim Schulz and Jean Burgener




July 12                   Board Meeting

Sept. 10                 Honor Flight

Sept. 22-23            Powerboat races food stand

Oct. 8                     Honor Flight

Nov. 8                    Old Fashioned Event

May 9, 2019           Club Annual Meeting




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.






Welcome to our newest club member – Bob Moses!  We also say farewell to Dee Dunn and Aaron Zitzelsberger who have both moved out of the area.



  • To Steve Goetsch for the recent invocation.
  • To Jean Burgener for organizing our Rotary scholarship process!!
  • To John Kelly for keeping us up to date on District Rotary grants.  He announces that more money is available.  Do we as a club have ideas on other projects to fund?  We also see pictures about the books we donated to Ruva’s home area in South Africa.
  • To Dan Schaut for announcing our newest Paul Harris members:  3rd level – Scott Brainard and Dick Jarvis and new member – Nate Birchler. 


  • 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 is looking for someone to shadow him for the Love is International process moving forward.
  • Tammy Szekeress announced that the 25th Anniversary project- a donation to the library continues to proceed. John Kelly has secured a matching grant of $2500 so that we will be donating a total of $5000.  When the time comes, we will have a meeting or gathering at the library to commemorate this.  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. 
  • Tammy announces that she will be working with the noon club on the details of a potential “tree initiative” as suggested by the District Governor. 
  • Pastor Ray announces that our club now has 4 host families for next year.  We will be welcoming Pedro as our next exchange student.  Ray will also be looking for potential outbound students.
  • 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.  Another way to make up a meeting is to go to the District 6220 web-site and click on “quick links” for on-line meetings.



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