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Newsletter - Archive Jan 29, 2015
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 Wausau Early Bird Rotary Newsletter


January 29, 2015



Wausau Early Bird Rotary Challenge Statue



                             Speaker                       Invocation                     Greeters                                           


January 29           Janna Hamann            Mary Jo Lechner            Smith, Strasser & Szekeress

February 5           No Meeting (President’s Dinner on Saturday)

February 12         Jennifer Havel                   Jan Klosinski             Warsaw, Weber & Weller

February 19         Sheryl Hemp                      Pat Kinney

February 26         Dick Jarvis                         Craig Kersemeier

March 5               John Kelly                          Dick Jarvis                 Werner Schultz, White & Wolf

March 12             Craig Kersemeier              John Kelly

March 19             Patrick Kinney                   Sheryl Hemp

March 26             Nathan Birchler                 Jennifer Havel

                              (switch with Jan)






Last week was guest day.  Randy Winter and Jeff Zriny talked about the club history.




Janna Hamann has invited Gene Hellman to speak about a special holiday that is gaining popularity in America.



  • For February 12, Jennifer Havel has invited Brian Stenzenski-Williams from the Boys and Girls Club to talk about their new Franklin St. location.
  • For February 19, Sheryl Hemp will give an update on the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park enclosed shelter.  In addition, Vicki Baumann from Granite Peak will talk about the proposed expansion at the ski hill.

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)
  • 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
  • Local Sons of Norway Rib Fjell Lodge – contact Dave Berge at (715) 845-4807 or dgberge@charter.net
  • Laura Pearson and Margaret Donnelly from the Aspirus Hospice to talk about the We Care for Veterans program and overview of complementary therapies – contact Kalynn Pempek of the Aspirus Health Foundation (715)847-2478



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: Gretchen Brown (Leader), Jeff Zriny, Nate Birchler, Travis White and Rachel Rogness


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


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


On call as needed basis: Aaron Mull and Jean Burgener



January                Reading to Go Month

Feb. 7                   President’s Dinner –Wausau Country Club (5:30-cocktails; 6:30 – dinner)

Feb. 12                 Board Meeting

April 25                 Honor Flight

May 11                 Honor Flight

May 15-17           District Conference


  •   Ray Connor – Door County – Packer bowl
  •   Ray Connor – Idaho – butter dish

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 tickets picked.  He then picked a black marble. Better luck next time!




Our President, Randy Winter suggest 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 Jeff Lindell for the invocation.
  • To Pat Puyleart for coordinating the recent Love is International weekend


  • 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.
  • Dan Schaut presented a special new pin to Jean Burgener.  This pin will be awarded to club members who bring in new Rotarians.
  • 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?.