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Newsletter - Archive Sep 26, 2019
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 Wausau Early Birds Rotary Newsletter


September 26, 2019



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue


                              Speaker                              Invocation                     Greeters 

September 26       JoAnn Draeger                    Scott Brainard                 Klosinski, Lindell & Lodholz

October 3              RYLA Students                   Tim Bodette                     Loy, Lucas & Mettlach

October 10            Group Work Day                 Nate Birchler

October 17            Gary France                        Gary Bezucha

October 24            Todd Hagedorn                   Greg Bardonner

October 31            No Meeting

November 7          Jennifer Havel                     Dave Anderson                Mills, Mueller & Mull

November 14        Jack Hoogendyk                 Jeff Zriny

November 21        Sheryl Hemp                       Amy Wood

November 28        No Meeting -Thanksgiving                               






We had a group work day.




JoAnn Draeger has the program.   



  • For October 3, our RYLA students will be the program.  They are Megan Szekeress - D C Everest, Molly Schaefer -Wausau West and Elise Raschke -Newman.  Jean Burgener is still looking for a 4th student. 
  • For October 17, Gary France (with the suggestion of Dave Anderson) has invited students from DC Everest to talk about a project. 
  • For October 24, Todd Hagedorn has invited Dave Eisenreich from the Hunger Coalition.  He will update the club on our egg donations. 
  • Also on October 24: Rotary District 6220 Social hosted by District Governor Steven Handrick. This will be a fun opportunity to meet Rotarians from Antigo, Merrill, Stevens Point, Greater Portage County, and the Rotary Club of Wausau. 5:00 pm – Location TBD. Watch for more information from Pat Puyleart, Assistant District Governor, about signing up for this event.

It is asked that members get their speaker in formation 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!



  • Rebecca (Becky) Frisch – Director of Marathon County’s (Conservation, Planning & Zoning Department), also known as CPZ.  715-261-6000 or Rebecca.Frisch@co.marathon.wi.us
  • Richard Barrett, Executive Director of Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau (715) 355-8788 or rbarrett@visitwausau.com
  • Joel Rueber (297-8114) to speak regarding: Making Your Spring Break Count Double: Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity Destination opportunities.
  • Paul Whitaker, a professor at UWSP/Marathon County would be able to speak about zoology, the bat population, plant and animal biology, ecology, environment, climate, invasive species or organic agriculture.  He can be reached at (715) 261-6284 or paul.whitaker@uwc.edu
  • After mid-September, Deb Traeder would help to arrange for Olivia Hill as a guest speaker.  She will be the new Executive Director of the Wausau Conservatory of Music. Deb can be reached at (715) 845-6279.  Extension 101



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, Michael Loy and Greg Bardonner


Third Thursday of the Month - Nate Birchler (Leader), Jeff Zriny, Kyle Page, Larissa Rebhahn and Aaron Mull


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 - Jim Schulz, Randy Winter and Jean Burgener




Sept. 27-29           RYLA

Oct. 10                  Board Meeting

Oct. 19                  District Training Seminar – UWGB – 11-2

Oct. 21                  Honor Flight

Oct. 24                  Rotary District 6220 Social hosted by District Governor Steven Handrick.-       5:00pm. Location TBD

Jan. 10-12             Love is International

May 1-2, 2020       District Conference – Oshkosh



  • Greg Bardonner shared an overview of the 12-Days of Christmas fundraiser/progressive cash raffle event. The goal is to make $5000.  With about 1000 tickets to sell, the event will run from mid- October through December 6th.  We are currently looking for sponsors. 
  • Jeff Mills and Jean Burgener provided an update on the Week in Ireland Trip (March 29-April 4, 2020).  A full slate of 28 travelers has now been completed. 


  • Bridget Wenman – Texas – Magnolia journal and cup
  • Rhonda Werner Schultz – Door County – cherry flavored items

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 his winning ticket picked. He then picked a black marble.  Better luck next time.  



  • To Jean Burgener for the invocation.
  • To Tim Bodette and all volunteers who helped to make the recent powerboat races so successful.


  • 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, the Forrest Goetsch Charity and the Marathon County Public Library Literacy Corner.
  • Jean Burgener announces that we will be sending 4 students to the September RYLA conference.  She is currently looking to fill the fourth slot due to a recent resignation.
  • Our club will be sharing a booth with the noon club at the Chamber expo in the Spring.
  • For anyone looking to make up a club meeting you can go on-line at www.oneworldrotary.org   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 website and click on “quick links” for on-line meetings.



Board meetings will be held on the 2nd 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 wishemp@aol.com. Thanks!


Access the club web-site as managed by Rhonda Werner Schultz –www.wausauearlyrotary.org/   In addition, the district rotary web-site is ridistrict6220.org, the foundation web-site is rotary.org/foundation, and the general rotary site is rotary.org.??