Rotary Chit Chat 4-20-2015

Program: Christina Converset and Kylie Dawley join us from Partners 2. Partners 2 is a not-for-profit student-driven task force focusing on drug and alcohol use and treatment. Partners 2 provides programming through mentoring and storytelling, allowing youth to help youth...


Rotary Chit Chat 4-20-2015

Opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test


Kylie Dawley and Christina Converset from Partners 2; Michael Clock from Community State Bank; Jim Little from MinuteMan Press; Colleen Benkendorf from United Way

Update from Rotary Round Up Committee: Keith P. and Ron K. will pursue securing larger live auction items and seek underwriting from individuals and businesses. Looking for communication support from Ed N. through profiling our Club Round Up and the positive changes achieved through past Round Up events. Dennis L. will circulate a sign up sheet for Rotarians.


Update from Chocolate Fest Committee: Jon S. reminds us that Saturday May 9 is a work day for clean up of the grounds. Meet at 6:30 am at the Pine Street Café or go directly to the grounds and meet at 7:30 for painting, fence installation, clean up. We will also help with tear down at the close of the festival, starting on Monday at 7:30 pm. As many Rotarians as possible will make for quick work. Ticket and booth information will be out soon. Bill S. announces that yard signs will be available at our next Monday meeting and at the following meetings. Please wear your Rotary shirt for our workdays. If you still need to purchase one please go to

Student guests:

Elizabeth Zampino from CCHS commutes from Glendale and is heavily involved in the school musical (just having closed out “Godspell”). She plans to attend St. Norbert’s College to study English with an eventual eye toward the editorial profession.

Ellie Venteicher from CCHS lives in Williams Bay. She is active in NHS and Varsity Tennis. The science of Meteorology is her passion and she is currently a Storm Spotter and a member of the American Meteorological Society. She plans to attend Valparaiso University to study Meteorology and already plans for a PhD in Research Meteorology. She’d like to refine the accuracy of weather forecasting in order to save lives and preserve property.

Noah Ehlen is a student at BHS, and his parents are Bill and Patty Ehlen (Patty is here today, working). He plays Soccer and Tennis, and plans to attend Gateway to study Welding.

Andrew Freming, from BHS, is a member of the Juggling Club, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and WBSD. He recently returned from a LaCrosse FBLA competition where his work (on cyber security) further qualified him for the next level of National FBLA competition. He plans to attend UW Madison to study computer science, and his parents are here today.

Proud Bucks:

Larry Anderson, for his Indiana grandson, who ran the 1600M in 4:27. He has decided to attend Bradley College in Peoria to study mechanical engineering.

Scott Hermann announces a new grandson is on the way; he also commends Karly Nadolski who was recognized by the VFW for her speech.

Ed Nadolski commends Scott Hermann for being selected as the VFW Citizen of the Year.

Kelly Islin’s daughter Amanda and Scott Hoffman’s wife are both having birthdays this week.

Judy Bratz announces a Spaghetti Dinner, silent auction, and dessert auction on Saturday night in support of the Hope Walk.



Christina Converset and Kylie Dawley join us from Partners 2. Partners 2 is a not-for-profit student-driven task force focusing on drug and alcohol use and treatment. Partners 2 provides programming through mentoring and storytelling, allowing youth to help youth. This year’s group includes 17 adult mentors and from 15 to 30 youth at any given time. This coalition is very valuable since underage drinking continues to be one of the most pervasive problems for our youth. Volunteering with the coalition also enables individual youth development. Christina tells us that for three out of the past five years, Burlington youth involved with Partners 2 have achieved statewide recognition for their work with this organization.

Kylie shared her personal story in order to explain how family alcohol addiction moved her initially to join Partners 2 and then motivated her to become a presenter/mentor in order to help others who may be living in similar situations. Kylie’s slides from today’s presentation by Kylie on the topic of Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention are available for viewing by clicking on this link: