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Newsletter - Archive Aug 14, 2014
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Wausau Early Birds Rotary Newsletter


August 14, 2014



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue


                            Speaker                           Invocation                      Greeters

August 14            Mary Weber                     Tim Strasser                    Lindell, Lucas & Maas

August 21            Mary Weller                     Stephanie Smith

August 28            No Meeting (Dinner with District Governor Tom Berkedal on August 26th instead)

September 4        Rhonda Werner Schultz   Scott Slajus                     Mills, Moberg & Mueller

September 11      Travis White                     Bill Skarie

September  18     Alisa Wolf                         Mike Schlichte

September 25      Amy Wood                       Dan Schaut






The meeting was a club work day.  We decided to move forward with our egg donation project for another year and to form a task force to discuss this further. We also started to focus on our progress with the club’s strategic plan. 




Mary Weber has invited David Daniels of Colossal Fossils.



  • For August 21, Mary Weller has invited Linda Grilley to give an update on the Monk Gardens.

It is asked that members get their speaker information to Sheryl Hemp as soon as possible.

We will then be able to print a list of upcoming programs.


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 (Rhonda.strebel@thedacare.org)
  • Carrie Coffren at carriec@family-works.com would speak about foster care and the need for foster families
  • Dave Ross from the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services to talk about the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – contact Brittany Lewin at (608)266-6795


First Thursday of the Month: Gary France (Leader), Tom Brunner, Patrick Kinney, Mary Weber and Scott Slajus


Second Thursday of the Month: Ken Moberg (Leader), Mike Schlichte and Janna Hamann


Third Thursday of the Month: JoAnn Draeger (Leader), Tammy Szekeress, Jeff Zriny, Nate Birchler, Travis White and Rachel Rogness


Fourth Thursday of the Month: Dick Jarvis (Leader), Pat Puyleart, Ann Lucas, Tim Strasser and Pat Kemppainen


Fifth Thursday of the Month: Mary Weller (Leader), Rhonda Werner Schultz and Beth Mueller




August 26            Dinner with District Governor Tom Berkedal – 5:30 – Great Dane

Sept. 4                 Board Meeting

Sept. 8                 Honor Flight

Oct. 6                   Honor Flight

Nov. 1                  Music and Martinis



  •       Ray Connor – Door County – basket and candle
  •       Ray Connor – Minocqua – bowl
  •       Ali Wolf – Milwaukee – spices

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.




Ray Connor had his winning ticket picked.  He then picked a black marble.  Better luck next time!




Welcome to our newest club member Craig Kersemeier!




Ann Lucas was awarded the 2nd Service Above Self Award!  Congratulations to Ann!  A permanent plaque will now be displayed at every meeting listing our two winners so far – Pat Puyleart & Ann Lucas.


Dan Schaut awarded Beth Mueller with her 2nd level Paul Harris




Our new President, Randy Winter led the club in a discussion of club goals. He suggested the following goals for 2014-2015:


1)       Increase membership to 54

2)       Increase membership activity

3)       Review and rework strategic plan

4)       Quarterly club assemblies

5)       Create “Light Up” Rotary event with the noon club

6)       Have fun!



  • To Tammy Szekeress for the invocation.
  • To our visitor and potential member Troy Torgerson.


  • 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 and the Forrest Goetsch Charity.
  • Jean Burgener will head up the 2015 scholarship committee.
  • Reading to Go is collecting materials – please contact Jan Klosinski for more information on what is needed
  • Our Rotary exchange student for next year will be Nicholas from Estonia
  • 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.



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 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.?