Posted by Priscilla Thain on Oct 13, 2019
Amy Montoya and Betsy Nordstrom holding fans with their names drawn by Nako in calligraphy on October 7.
Nako, the club’s exchange student from Japan, told the club about her life in Japan and demonstrated her calligraphy. Nako, from Konto, which is near Tokyo, has a sister on an exchange in Canada and a brother who is a university student studying web design. Her father designs machines used by doctors and her mother works in personnel in a paint company. They have three dogs, a Beagle, a Chihuahua , and a Dachshund. Nako shared a video taken by her parents of her high school calligraphy performance dance where Nako and the students wrote calligraphy while on the dance floor.
Nako plays the trumpet in the high school marching band. Her favorite Japanese foods are Sushi, Udon noodles and Tempura and she told the group how to make Nabe. You put all your favorite food in a pot and boil it up.
Nako loves plays, karaoke, and dance and music performances as well as fishing, nature, and fruit picking. She had never been to the U.S. before. She wants to use English more and visit Chicago. Welcome to Nako. We are delighted you are here. Nako’s first host family is the Kurka family.
Nako, Her Calligraphy Dance and Demonstration Priscilla Thain 2019-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2019
Helen Baldwin‘s interest in Rotary travel began when she and husband Gordon arrived in Sri Lanka where Gordon visited a club in Colombo at the time of the Tieneman Square incident. Gordon came back with much international information. It was a great stimulus to say yes when Helen was asked to join Madison Breakfast Rotary.
Helen Baldwin, Traveler Extraordinaire to Rotary Overseas 2019-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Think Rotary Shop Locally Betsy Nordstrom 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Sep 22, 2019
Club members, host families, exchange students, and friends gathered at the Craftsman Table and Tap on September 18 to welcome the District Governor and Nako, from Japan, announce the Rotarian of the year, and celebrate Heather Dyer’s special birthday. DG Bos wants to make Rotary more engaging by involving family and friends, and more user friendly, by keeping things simple. He urges support of the October 24 Pints for Polio event, as the benefit dollars will be matched by Bill Gates. DG Bos is from Fort Atkinson where the next District Conference will be held. He and his family are currently hosting an exchange student from Napal.
District Governor Edwin Bos Inspires at Gala Club Party September 18 Priscilla Thain 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Sep 22, 2019
Bill and Eng Braun took Nako, from Japan and Ludovica, from Italy, apple picking at Eplegaarden Orchards. And with Eng, the girls made apple pies in Eng’s kitchen. Eng has arranged this cultural cooking experience with the new students for many years.
Making Apple Pies at Chez Brauns Priscilla Thain 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2019
President Betsy Nordstrom presented Priscilla Thain with a Paul Harris pin for her many years of service with Breakfast Rotary, especially doing the newsletter for 15 years.
Priscilla Thain, Rotarian of the Year Priscilla Thain 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 25, 2019
June Fries, Erin Hastey and Cheryl Mocadlo. June Fries received her red badge and Erin and Cheryl were presented with their blue badges on August 12.
June Fries was born and raised in the Milwaukee area and received a BS in Nursing from Marquette University. Over the span of her career, she has worked in hospitals, done contract work for the government and legal defense work with a law firm. June and her husband Rich, who have been married over 51 years, have lived in Alaska, Minnesota and Wisconsin. They have two sons, Tom and Matt, two granddaughters, Alexa and Avery, three step grandchildren and 1 and 8/9 th step great granddaughters. Her life has been good.
Welcome to New Member June Fries Priscilla Thain 2019-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 25, 2019
Eng and Bill Braun hosted a lovely summer party at their home on August 17, where club and family members, gathered with a pot luck brunch to say goodbye to Fe’ Semira, who is moving to Tennessee. Fe’, a CPA, was our wonderful treasurer for many years, keeping our accounts straight. She participated in many events such as the paint-a-thon, bookpacking , and fundraising and was very generous with her happy bucks, where she shared her family events with us and her Zumba classes where she was an instructor.
Fe’, you are the best and we wish you a happy life in Tennessee.
Farewell to Fe’ Semira Priscilla Thain 2019-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 25, 2019
Nako arrived in Madison on August 18. She was met at the airport by Amy Kurka, her host mother, Rich Vanden Boogen (the man who helped Nako get through the long overnight stay in the O’Hare airport), Amy Montoya, the club’s Youth Exchange Counselor, Isabel Montoya, Ludovica Malinverni (inbound Italian student whose host mother is Amy Montoya), and Thom Weiss.
Welcome to Nako from Japan Priscilla Thain 2019-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 11, 2019
Rafael & Erin Hastey, Erin’s father, sister, and mother met in Hamburg, Germany for the International Convention in June.
Erin Hastey, club president elect, met up with her family at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. Her father is a DG Elect in South Yuba County, CA and her sister is past club president of Sunrise Rotary in Yuba County, CA. Her sister is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Green Hills, Nashville, Tennessee, where she is studying.
Erin showed pictures of the convention, where she attended the plenary and breakout sessions and the flag ceremony. She plans to attend next year’s convention in Honolulu. We look forward to next year’s “President Erin.”
A Rotary Family Priscilla Thain 2019-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 11, 2019
Frances Parker, grew up as an army brat and lived in Germany and Korea. After graduating from Trinity College in Austin, Texas and receiving an MS in Pharmacy, she worked as a pharmacist and then a pharmacy affairs manager. She met her husband Doc in 1996 and they have a daughter Sidney. As a host mother, the hosting experiences shaped their lives and Frances is still in contact with former students. A volunteer with the American Red Cross and a healthy holistic coach, a goal is to be a speaker on healthy habits. Frances and Doc are currently hosting a student from Spain for the month. Frances calls herself a recovering perfectionist.
Getting to Know Frances Parker Priscilla Thain 2019-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 04, 2019
Club members, family, and friends joined the club to paint a one story house on Saturday, August 3. The event was sponsored by Project Home.
Among the August 3 painters were Kevin Frost, Bruce Harville, Thom Weiss, Judy and Vic Levine, Cheryl Mocadlo and Ted Storin, Brenda Weiss and Mike Kafka.
August 3rd PAINT-A-THON Priscilla Thain 2019-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
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The Perfect Harmony singers, one of the club’s foundation awardees, serenaded the club with “Seasons of Love” and “I’m Yours,” on June 24.
The Perfect Harmony Singers Priscilla Thain 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
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Breakfast Rotary Foundation President Bruce Harville announced a total of $3,950 in awards for 2019.
The organizations receiving awards and their special projects are as follows:
  • Rubin for Kids, support for Madison College for kids of prisoners, Randy Sproule
  • DAIS, gardening and nutrition in shelter, Alexis Cuozzo
  • Madison Outreach Ministry, oral health dental kits, Patricia Eldred
  • ReMitts, purchase fleece, proceeds go to 4 food pantries, Janet Tupy
  • 350 Madison, art project on climate change, Gail Nordheim
  • Food for Thought, emergency food kits for people living in cars and motels, Mary Lou Taylor
  • Books are Power, support for new library in Kenya, Gary Muldoon
  • Perfect Harmony, new rainbow ties and suspenders, Marge Sutinen
  • Luke’s Closet, socks and underwear for foster children. Kirsten Pedersen & Diane Reeber-Lin
  • Odyssey, support for newest literary project in a prison, Emily Auerbach
  • Books for the World, cost of shipping, Thom Weiss
Madison Breakfast Rotary Foundation Grants Awards on June 24. Priscilla Thain 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Reading Project Priscilla Thain 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jun 22, 2019
Helen Baldwin, Thom Weiss, Jerry Thain, Doug Nordstrom, Su, and Fe’ Semira among other club members, families and host families who gathered at the Nordstrom home on June 14 to bid farewell to Su, our 2018-19 Rotary exchange student form Turkey.
Nordstroms Host a Farewell party for Su, Exchange Student from Turkey Priscilla Thain 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jun 22, 2019
Emily Auerbach, Betsy Nordstrom and Judy Levine on June 10.
On June 10, Emily Auerbach, Project Director of the Odyssey Project, updated the club on this 6-credit English literature course which uses a family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
Odyssey was started by Jean Feracca of Wisconsin Public Radio. New this year, starting in the fall, will be Odyssey Beyond Bars for prisoners at Oakhill Correctional Institution. Odyssey has been given funding for this new program for 3 years.
The Odyssey Project Priscilla Thain 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jun 01, 2019
Jocelyn Sansing was inducted into Breakfast Rotary on June 6.  Jocelyn is the Director of the Middleton Public Library and has been working on the Books for the World project.Jocelyn Sansing was inducted into Breakfast Rotary on June 6.  Jocelyn is the Director of the Middleton Public Library and has been working on the Books for the World project.
Welcome to New Member Jocelyn Sansing Priscilla Thain 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jun 01, 2019
Daniel Ledin, former exchange student to Denmark, and his sister Emily, the club’s 201920 outbound student to Sweden.
Club members enjoyed a visit on May 20 from Emily and Daniel Ledin. Emily gave a presentation of her life in the U.S. for Rotarians in Sweden. Emily has many interests including the environment and politics. She participates in a mock government class at Middleton High School, where she is a sophomore. She wants to be a political scientist. A Girl Scout since kindergarten, Emily recently earned a high Girl Scout award, after serving 142 hours at a homeless shelter. Emily says she loves to do community service and has been involved in Camp Chosen in Minnesota. The camp was originally for Korean adoptees, but now is open to adoptees from other countries. At the camp, they have fun playing games like capture the flag and do team building.
Emily has three brothers and one sister, all adoptees from South Korea. Three siblings have gone on exchanges, including to Brazil and Denmark and two were yo-yos. They have a family tradition of dyeing Easter eggs and have dinners with Korean friends. Emily plans to add more about the Middleton area for her presentations in Sweden.

Daniel has finished his first year at UWMadison, majoring in Political Science, and he has an internship at the state Capitol.

Our best wishes to Daniel and Emily as they go off to great adventures.
The Ledins, A Rotary Exchange Family Priscilla Thain 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Bruce Harville, Program Chair, Betsy Nordstrom, President, with May 6 speaker Phil Hands, Editorial Cartoonist for the Wisconsin State Journal.
Phil Hands delighted the club with examples of his cartoons on May 6. Hands, who calls himself an opinion columnist who draws cartoons, has been on the editorial board of the Wisconsin State Journal since 2005. In addition to drawing the cartoons, he writes editorials and edits the letters to the editor.
Among the cartoons he showed were: The Edgewood Stadium as the most controversial issue in Madison; Tony Evers and the lame duck issue; the Badger Hollow Solar Farms destroying the environment; If we allowed gerrymandering in sports; Trump and Putin. Not all cartoons are satirical. A cartoon on May 6 showed Chewbacca with tears in his eyes at the news of the death of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca. Six cartoons are rejected a day because it is not funny or that’s not true. Hands draws the cartoons visually on paper with ink. Hands, a golfer, has a degree in Political Science from UWMadison.
Our thanks to Phil Hands for his wonderful, creative work and for his presentation to the club.
Phil Hands: Opinion Columnist Who Draws Cartoons Priscilla Thain 2019-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Special Olympics May 2019 Doug Nordstrom 2019-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Jim Zirbel, Beau Thomson, Jocelyn Sansing, Dir.Middleton Library, Thom Weiss, Carol & Bob Dombroski and Gary Muldoon, loyal workers and supporters for Books for the World, at the April 22 club meeting.
On April 22, Thom Weiss, manager of the club’s Books for the World, outlined the history and current status of the project.  The project began as a Texas – South Africa partnership between 2 District Governors in 2000. There are now 3 major collection sites in the U.S. The Wisconsin operation, the 2nd largest, began in 2005 when Carol and Bob Dombroski started collecting books from the public schools in their McFarland home basement. The project was taken over by the club and moved to several locations in Madison. Thom Weiss took over from the Dombroskis in 2014 and 12 truck loads of books were sent to Houston in 2015. Because of the trucking costs, a decision was made to back off and only accept books from schools and not libraries. Now they do accept books from the Middleton Library friends group and the Lakeview library that know exactly what we need and pack them.
Rotary Books for the World Update Priscilla Thain 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Betsy Nordstrom on Apr 21, 2019
Another successful fundraiser is in the rear view mirror and I am sighing a happy sigh! On April 10 with snowflakes threatening to pile up, I lowered my expectations. I reasoned with myself that if half the people who registered showed up, even if we had to pay for twice as many, it would still be a success. None of my worst fears were realized. We had a nice turnout and raised almost as much as last year’s event which was held on a lovely spring day with 20 more attendees.
Successful Club Fundraiser at Craftsman Table and Tap Betsy Nordstrom 2019-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Apr 14, 2019
Project Home, in its 41st year, has its 31st annual Paint-a-Thon coming up. In addition to painting houses, they do repairs, maintenance, and upgrades to houses all year long. Flood prevention is a specialty of Project Home. They work with a water and mold expert.

Ninety six percent of water in basements, Jason Hafeman told the club, is caused by poor control of roof and surface runoff, all of which is preventable. Clogged gutters, clogged or detached downspouts and or negative grade around foundations are normally the cause. A solution is to build up around the foundation with shredded top soil, with a visible slope away from the house. Downspout extensions should be 4 to 6 feet from the house. Steel gutter screens are also helpful.

Project Home, which does home energy audits, insulation and air sealing, home repairs and accessibility modifications, offers classes on home maintenance open to the public. Customer financing for Project Home repairs is offered by the Dane County Credit Union.

Our thanks to Jason Hafeman, Outreach Manager for Project Home for this important work in the community and for his presentation.
Most Basement Flooding is Preventable Priscilla Thain 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Betsy Nordstrom and Erin Hastey Pictured with Mark Daniel Maloney, President-Elect of Rotary International for 2019-20 Doug Nordstrom 2019-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome to New Members Amy Montoya and Joyce Crim Priscilla Thain 2019-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
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Sixty eight million people have fled their homes world wide and one half are kids, Susan Kierman told Breakfast Rotary on February 4. In FY 2018, the US admitted 21,000 refugees and 52 arrived in Madison, which is half of the year before. Their mission is to make a home in Madison. Open Doors for Refugees was founded in 2016. They currently have 350 plus volunteers. They are not associated with any faith based group, but work with Jewish Social Services and Lutheran Social Services.

Open Doors for Refugees supports their initial settlement by gathering donations of household items, setting up apartments, assisting with everyday tasks, helping with employment, offering cultural orientation and providing language assistance.
They also provide long term support so that refugees can succeed and integrate fully into the community. Public events are held to promote connections and cultural awareness, inclusion and to raise public awareness about the importance of refugees in increasing the richness and cultural diversity of our community.

ODFR is a non profit organization funded by individual contributions, grants, corporate gifts and fundraising events.

Our thanks to Susan Kierman for her wonderful work in our global community in the spirit of Rotary and for her presentation.
OPEN DOORS FOR REFUGEES Priscilla Thain 2019-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
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The Dyer’s daughter, Christopher and Heather Dyer (past president), Mike Kafka, and Fe’ Semira at the Holiday party.


Steve Rosenblum with Breakfast Rotary’s new secretary Stephenie Stetson at the Holiday party.


Rafael and Erin Hastey at the Holiday party.

Pictures from the Holiday Party Priscilla Thain 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
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Leslie Sager, January 21 speaker, in front of pictures of women in Kenya.

Leslie Sager, a professor at the School of Human Ecology, and a part time interior designer, has started and supported a number of ongoing projects in Tharaka Nithi, Kenya along with her students.  The Nyumbani Village, built 12 years ago, is Kenya’s sustainable HIV/AIDS community where children live in little houses with a grandmother.  Structures are made of interlocking blocks of soil and concrete. The Green Belt Movement empowers women to conserve the environment by planting trees and improve their livelihoods 

The Success One project, the Kiondo Project: Women have historically made their kiondo baskets with yarn and sisal.    Leslie helps sell their baskets and plans to put gutters and tanks on their roofs with the proceeds.

The Success Two project:  Leslie’s students came up with a plan to illuminate home for $2 each with LED solar batteries, so the women could farm during the day and read and create baskets at night and crochet.  

The Success Three project:  The students designed a double sided water vest for the women to transport water.

Our thanks to Leslie Sager for her work in Kenya in the spirit of Rotary and for her presentation.

Monday January 28th Meeting Canceled Due To Inclement Weather 2019-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jan 20, 2019
Membership chair Judy Levine with Bruce Harville, presenting new member Stefanie Freyberger with her badge on January 14.

Stefanie Freyberger, who was sponsored by Bruce Harville, works in the UW-Madison Office of Strategic Consulting. She is married to Joachim Freyberger and they have two children. Stefanie is interested in international service community service and Rotary Books for the World.
Welcome to New Member Stefanie Freyberger Priscilla Thain 2019-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
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Many thanks to Eng and Bill Braun for once again hosting a Madison Breakfast Rotary Holiday Party. Club members were joined by old friends, the Dombroskis and Daniel, our former exchange student from Denmark, with his mother and sister and host families.
GALA HOLIDAY PARTY AT BILL AND ENG BRAUN’S HOME JANUARY 12 Priscilla Thain 2019-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jan 13, 2019

On January 7, club members enjoyed an interesting and informative presentation from Steve Carpenter, retired Professor and retired Director of the UW-Madison Center for Limnology.  

If anyone wants to read the stories or see the videos and art from Yahara2070, they can find it all on the website:  The center’s blog has new stories each week about Wisconsin lakes, and a searchable archive of past stories:

Yahara Lakes, Past, Present and Future Priscilla Thain 2019-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Dec 17, 2018
Marje Murray, December 10 speaker from All of Us Wisconsin.
All of Us Wisconsin, launched in 2015, is an NIH Precision Medicine Initiative. Its mission is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all. It is an approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variables in lifestyle and environment. The plan is to deliver the largest biomedical data set ever that is easy, safe and free to access.

It attempts to change the faces of medical research. Up to now, most studies are done on white men. Now we must include underrepresented peoples, with at least 40% from underserved groups. The program will reflect the rich diversity of America. The approved protocol is to survey people, getting their physical measurements, blood pressure, BMI, heart rate, blood and urine samples.

This is an opportunity to fight disease, especially for the health of future generations and ensure that your own community is included in the studies.

Our thanks to Marje Murray for her work on the future of healthcare and for her presentation.
Precision Medicine: The Future of Healthcare Priscilla Thain 2018-12-17 06:00:00Z 0
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Tabatha Davis and Rebecca Alcock, November 26 speakers from UW Engineers Without Borders

Tabatha Davis and Rebecca Alcock have been involved with the Zapote Water project for four years.  They have been in Guatemala 5 times and recently spent 3 months there.  The first phase of the project has been completed.  It brought water from springs in the mountains to the community.  Previously the San Martin Water System was unreliable and overpriced.  The average wait for water was 2.8 days.  The second phase of the project, costing $51,885 would bring piping and taps to 100 families, a church and the school.  The Los Altos Rotary Club in Guatemala, which is 4 hours away, will handle the grant.  They will need $10,000 to get matching grants to get started.
Our thanks to Tabatha and Rebecca for their wonderful work in the world in the spirit of Rotary and for their presentation.
UW Engineers Without Borders: The Guatemala Zapote Water Project Priscilla Thain 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
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November 19 speaker Jason Ilstrup, President, Downtown Madison and Bruce Harville, Program chair.

Jason Ilstrup, President of Downtown Madison, Inc. , has a law degree from Minnesota,  and is the former general manager of Hotel Red.  Downtown Madison, Inc.  (DMI) is a not-for-profit, membership organization and the voice of the central city.  Formed more than 45 years ago, DMI advocates for the health and vitality of downtown Madison and exists because of and for its members.  Businesses, residents, non-profit organizations and local government agencies provide their expertise to help accomplish DMI’s mission and work on projects, initiatives and membership programs.
Downtown Madison extends from the Yahara River to Hotel Red.  The Central Business District Improvement is a sister organization.  More people are moving downtown, Jason said and retail space and the number of hotel rooms are growing.  Among the challenges are transportation, especially for the service sector, affordable housing, and the quality of life and safety.  The parking ramps are never full, he said.  DMI has seven standing committees working on these and other problems.   They look to other models in similar cities, such as Grand Rapids, Greenville, North Carolina, Austin, Texas, Pittsburgh, and Minneapolis.
Our thanks to Jason Ilstrup for his work caring for our central city and for his presentation.
The State of Downtown Madison Priscilla Thain 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
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Nov. 12 speakers Gail Nordheim and Stephanie Robinson, with Stephanie Stetson
350 Madison mobilizes people in our community to fight climate change. 350 Madison is dedicated to reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere to below the safe level of 350 parts per million (currently over 400). The group focuses on tar sands oil. They work to block the extraction, transport, and processing of dirty tar sands oil focusing on Wisconsin pipelines built by Enbridge, a Canadian corporation. They played a role in delaying Enbridge’s expansion of Line 61 in Wisconsin and are organizing landowners ahead of the anticipated effort to build a new Line 66 through Wisconsin.

Our thanks to Gail Nordheim and Stephanie Robinson for their environmental work and for their presentation.
350 Madison Climate Action Team Priscilla Thain 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Joan Tillett receiving her membership badge from Judy Levine on November 5. Joan has been a host mother to the club’s exchange students and a long time friend of the club.
New Member Joan Tillett 2018-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to Betsy and Doug Nordstrom, the hosts of the club’s fall fundraiser on October 26. Thanks also to the following club members and friends who worked at the event: Eng Braun, Fe’ Semira, Judy Levine, Bailey Lagman, Heather Dyer, Joan Tillett, Kevin Frost, Monica Tutte and Mike Kafka. Betsy and Doug opened their home for the café and the five vendors: Surroundings, Remitts, Totally Wired, Embellishments, and Norwex.

Betsy and Doug Nordstrom, hosts of the October club event.


Doug Nordstrom, Eng Braun, Monica Tutte, and Bailey Lagman in the kitchen preparing and serving lunch for the café.


The tasty and enticing bake sale table.


A shopper checking out the whimsical items for the home on the Totally Wired display.

Think Rotary, Shop Locally – A Huge Success 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

Club members enjoyed a visit from Ed Futa on October 22.  Ed was the past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.  Ed gave an inspiring talk that included Polio Plus, the energy in the local clubs, and the need to celebrate youth in Rotary.  Pictured above are Bailey Lagman, club president; Ed Futa; Su, exchange student from Turkey; and Bruce Harville, President of the Madison Breakfast Rotary Foundation

Ed Futa's Visit 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
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Thom Weiss, October 8 speaker Ellsworth Brown, and club president Bailey Lagman
Ellsworth Brown, retired Director of the historical Society, and past president of Downtown Rotary, was the guest speaker on October 8. Without a heritage, every generation starts over, Ellsworth said. History makes us laugh and cry. What we learn from history is America has always been in war with itself. We have always been a nation in rebellion. Adam Burr shot the Secretary of the Treasury Hamilton. In he Civil War, 620,000 died, In the 1800’s partisanship was at an all time high and the newspapers called themselves outwardly Democratic or Republican. The U.S. has had its problems in the past and we will get through the current times.
Our thanks to Ellsworth Brown for his visit and thoughtful presentation. He is a member of the National Board of American History of the Smithsonian. George Smithson donated the land for the Smithsonian which has warehouses all over the country.
Community is All About History Priscilla Thain 2018-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Club members were inspired by Tauri Robinson’s description on Oct. 1 of the programs at the Meadowood Community Center for youth and adults and the partnerships in events.  For adults; a food pantry, fitness classes, a job shop, and an open computer lab.  The youth programs serve K-12, including an after school program at Orchard Ridge for middle and high students with a recording studio “Meadowood Records.”  Among the Center’s partnerships is a MMSD Play and Learn program on Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 12 Noon.  Other partnerships are First Tee, Common Wealth Recreation, and Read Your Heart Out where volunteers read once a month to 4 to 6 kids.  They use books provided in advance from the library, which is located next door to the Meadowood Center.  In the summer, they have a program for K-5 which is free.  Tauri Robinson is a Madison native with a degree in Political Science from UW-Madison.  

Our thanks to Tauri for his wonderful work in the community and for his presentation.

Our Neighbor - The Meadowood Community Center Priscilla Thain 2018-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Think Rotary Shop Locally Betsy Nordstrom 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2018
Fe Cruz Semira received the Rotarian of the Year award at the September 18th reception at Craftsman Table & Tap.
Heather Dyer, 2017 recipient of the award, presented Fe with the award and a Paul Harris fellowship for her continuing work since 2005 as Treasurer of the club. 
Fe had previously been Rotarian of the Year in 2002.

In addition, club president Bailey Lagman thanked Eng Braun, the outgoing club secretary, for her many years of service.  Stephanie Stetson was welcomed as the incoming secretary, Erin Hastey to the Board of Directors. and Doug Nordstrom as the President Elect.  Club members enjoyed getting acquainted with our new incoming exchange student Su from Turkey 🇹🇷  

Rotarian of the Year Fe Cruz Semira Doug Nordstrom 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Sep 16, 2018

Visitor Sue Halambeck with August 27 speaker Emily Tucker and Judy Levine.

The club enjoyed a visit from Emily Tucker, RI Regional Membership Officer for Membership Development.  She was accompanied by Sue Halambeck District Governor Elect Nominee.  Emily discussed strategies and resources for attracting prospective members.  The club must define what is our value and how are we different.  Also are we flexible and affordable and do we have a balance between business and fun and have a chance to socialize? 

For tips on membership, contact or contact

Emily Tucker, RI Regional Membership Officer for Membership Development Priscilla Thain 2018-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 26, 2018
Club president Bailey Ebben with Ida Sobolik, Troy Kids’ Garden Manager, and Jill Carlson Groendyk, Farm to Early Care & Education Trainer, speakers on August 20.
Community GroundWorks is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food. Through hands-on-education, children and adults learn gardening, urban farming, healthful eating and to care for natural areas. Through environmental youth programs, a CSA farm, community gardens, public food forests, a statewide school gardens network, and more, Community GroundWorks serves diverse communities and schools across the region.
Serving Wisconsin Communities through the Land Priscilla Thain 2018-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Project Home Paint-a-Thon team including members of Madison Breakfast Rotary, NBA, Zendesk, and JP Cullen.
Madison Breakfast team members included Judy and Vic Levine, Bruce Harville, Mike Kafka, Stephanie Stetson and Steve Rosenblum, Bailey and Patrick Lagman.
Paint-a-Thon 2018 2018-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
At the July 16th meeting we had the pleasure of getting to know more about Erin Hastey & Stephanie Stetson.
Getting to Know Your Fellow Rotarian II 2018-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
Getting to Know Your Fellow Rotarian 2018-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
On June 27, Bruce Harville presented the Madison Breakfast Rotary Foundation awards for 2018 to seven worthy groups.
Judy Levine (subbing for Thom Weiss for Books for the World), Patricia Eldred, (Madison Outreach Ministry), Kathy Rothering (ReMitts), Randy Sproule (Rubin for Kids), Sheila Muehlenbruch (UW Health Pediatric Early Literacy Project), Gary Muldoon (Books Are Power), Emily Auerbach (Odyssey Junior), Bruce Harville, President of Breakfast Rotary Foundation at the awards ceremony on June 27.
Madison Breakfast Rotary Foundation Awards for 2018 2018-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on May 05, 2018

Mike Kafka, Ericka Braatz, Betsy Nordstrom and friend Darcy and the crew at the shot put event of the Special Olympics on May 4 at Oregon High School field.

Special Olympics – May 5 Priscilla Thain 2018-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Apr 25, 2018

Many thanks to Betsy Nordstrom who quickly arranged a fantastic evening at Craftsman Table and Tap after Sprecher’s suddenly closed.  Thanks also to the sponsors and donors of the raffle gifts and to all the club members who arranged for the raffle gifts and certificates and worked at the event.


April 25 Beer and Food Pairing Fundraiser at Craftsman Table and Tap Priscilla Thain 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Feb 25, 2018
On February 19, Bea delighted the club with pictures of her family and the beautiful country of Brazil. Bea lives with her mother and stepfather and younger brother. Bea’s older brother is 16 and lives with her Dad. Bea, who is interested in theater and ballet, particiated in a performance of the Nutcracker.
Brazil, the largest country in South America, is divided into seven counties, and Portuguese is spoken in all. The Brazilian money has coins, on which the blind can tell the value by the feel. Among the favorite foods are black beans with pork, Brazilian barbecue, and cheese bread.
The North County is the biggest region in Brazil and has a well known Festival. The North East is the birthplace of Brazil. The South East has the highest population including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The South is the major tourist attraction and has the highest standard of living, but is the coldest. Mato Grosso is the Midwest region. 63% of this area is preserved. Agribusiness is big, especially soybeans and corn, also fresh water fish, and beef, also diamonds. 59 indigenous tribes live in this state.
Bea’s family lives in Mato Grosso. She enjoys taking part in the dances in the city. A favorite candy is brigadeiros, which Bea passed around to club members.
Our thanks to Bea for her presentation and for spending her year with us in Wisconsin.
Bea’s Family and Beautiful Country of Brazil Priscilla Thain 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2018

We are excited that we have a new location for our 8th Food and Beer Pairing. Craftsman Table & Tap in Middleton will be our venue on Wednesday April 25 from 5-8 p.m.

Save the date and visit our site next week to buy tickets!

Beer and Food Pairing Fundraiser Update!! 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2018
Please plan to see our Rotary Youth Exchange student Bea in the Madison-area premiere of “Girls Like That”. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday through Saturday at the Middleton Performing Arts Center.
Due to strong language and mature themes, the show is recommended for youth ages 13 and above and their parents.
See the article below from today's Wisconsin State Journal for more info.
Middleton play focuses on gender in digital age Doug Nordstrom 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
THINK ROTARY, SHOP LOCALLY Betsy Nordstrom 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Erin Hastey and Kevin Frost, the newest members of Madison Breakfast Rotary 2017-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Sep 18, 2017
Aaron Bird Bear, September 18 speaker
On whose lands do we live?, Aaron Bird Bear, Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs at the UW-Madison School of Education, and the guest speaker on September 18 asked. Picnic Point was an oak savannah and marshland, when the Indians inhabited the area. Village sites dotted the lakeshore, now the lakeshore nature preserve.  Waaksikhomek, the word for the Indian Mounds,  means “Where the Man Lies.” Teejop means Four Lakes.  The Betling Goose figure can be seen on earth works on the campus near the Dejope residential hall. The hall features 11 of the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin and UW-Madison are 1.4% of the human story and 98.6% of our story occurred before US citizens occupied the land. The Menominee have been in Wisconsin forever, the HoChunk moved here. Aaron Bird works with Native American students on graduate retention.  Less than 400 native Indians study on campus.
Our thanks to Aaron Bird Bear for his fascinating presentation and for his wonderful work on the UW-Madison campus.
12,000 Years of the Humanity of Teejop are Etched on the UW-Madison Campus Priscilla Thain 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2017
Scholarship, truth, and cheese – the Wisconsin Idea is the intersection of the university and government using each to build up and support the other for the greater good. It sounds a lot like the four-way test. Thanks to Gwen Drury, the UW-Madison Speakers Bureau Coordinator for her talk on August 21.

Bruce Harville, August 21 speaker Gwen Drury, and Will Clifton.

Speaker Gwen Drury
The Wisconsin Idea Steve Schwerbel 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 14, 2017
On August 14, club members enjoyed a visit to the club of Stephan Elkins of Wisconsin Public Radio. She was accompanied by her husband, Roy Elkins.
Wisconsin invented public radio, Stephanie told the group.  Wisconsin in the 1920’s was agrarian and the first broadcast started with weather and prices for farming. In 1954, TV was born and WPT began to broadcast.  Classical music was the popular music of the day.
In 1967, the Public Broadcasting Act was passed.  It set aside money for public broadcasting, regulated by the government, for free, independent and accessible programming.
Today, WPR has 36 stations, 500,000 listeners per week and 52,000 members.  Today, Stephanie hosts “Morning Classics” on WPR from 9 to 11 am and has previously hosted “Simply Folk” and “The Midday.”  Chapter a Day is the longest running book reading program on air and Sesame Street is the most popular program.  WPR has a library of 35,000 CDs.  Wisconsin Public Radio was the start of the Wisconsin Idea.
Our thanks to Stephanie Elkins for her presentation and her wonderful voice and programming on WPR.
The 100th Anniversary of Wisconsin Public Radio Priscilla Thain 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 12, 2017
District Governor Joe Ruskey urged club members on August 7, to tell the story of Rotary, which has 1.2 million members in over 200 countries.  The Rotary Foundation is one of 5 foundations in the world where 95 cents on the dollar goes to programs.  In 1985, when the polio eradication effort was started, there were 350,000 cases of polio annually.  So far in 2017 we are down to only 8 cases.  Rotary has a masters program at the 6 top universities in the world, where peace and conflict resolution are taught.
Joe owned an IT firm in Chicago and joined Rotary when he moved to Prairie du Chien.  He met leaders of the community and became President of the Prairie du Chien Rotary club.  He then became Foundation Chair and then Assistant District Governor. He urged club members to attend the Tri-Conference at the Wilderness Resort on May 4-6 in 2018.
Pictured below are District Governor Joe Ruskey and his wife Tina along with Assistant District Governor John Locke and MBR Club President Heather Dyer.
Tell Your Story - Tell the Story of Rotary Priscilla Thain 2017-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
First Monday Evening Meeting -- July 10th 2017 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
On June 27, Bruce Harville, President of the MBR Foundation, announced this year’s awards. They are as follows:
Remitts: Janet Tupy. Remitts benefits local food pantries. Started in 2008, they make mittens from old sweaters, boiled to felt-like material. They raised $3900 the first year and $50,000 last year.
Rubin for Kids: Randy Sproule from Madison South Rotary. Rubin for Kids provides funds for scholarships for students with significant needs. The scholarships are for MATC programs, either general studies or technical programs. Students receive $1,000 each year for two years. All recipients are the first in their family to attend college.
Box of Balloons: Sarah Wells. Groups pack a birthday party box with cupcakes, gifts, and balloons to deliver to homes for parents to create a party. They plan to give 250 empty boxes this year for companies and individuals to fill.
Middleton Outreach Ministry: Patricia Eldres. They serve Middleton, Madison, and the Cross Plains area with food and provide small grants to help prevent evictions. The award will be used for a new, oral health project providing kids with an electric toothbrush, paste, and instruction. A dentist will give free exams.
Madison Ice Arena: Andrea Chafee. The organization owns and operates two ice arenas. One has been modified to meet requirements for adaptive skating. The funds will be used for replacement ice skates for the adaptive programs. Kids will be able to take the Learn to Skate program, Sled Hockey program or Special Hockey programs.
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County: Karen Gallagher. Founded in 1999, they serve 6,000 children in afterschool programs, including tutoring, recreation, and incentives and training to encourage college with the TOPS program. The awarded funds will go toward the summer program.
Books for the World: Thom Weiss. This year, four semi-loads of books were sent to Houston and more will be sent before the year’s end. Twenty Rotary clubs participated in various ways. They are happy to contribute books to local groups as they do now with MOM.
Madison Breakfast Rotary Foundation Awards 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2017
Rotary Club of Waunakee donates $700 to the Wisconsin Books for the World Project.  Bob Pulvermacher presents check to Thom Weiss.  Thank you Rotary Club of Waunakee!
A huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Waunakee! Thom Weiss 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

With your help, the story of thousands of books doesn’t have to end in a landfill. We’re aiming to give textbooks and library books a second life by sending them to kids overseas.

Wisconsin Books for the World supports global literacy and education by collecting used school and library books throughout the state and sending them to developing countries. Books for the World is coordinated by the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club.

This is the final week in our month-long campaign to raise $5,000, enough to ship two truckloads of books and give them a new home. We need your help to get across the finish line!

A $15 contribution is enough to ship 5 boxes of books, so each dollar counts. Please click below to donate!

Wisconsin Books for the World Fundraising Appeal to Environmentalists 2017-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

The Books for the World project provides Rotarians & the community an opportunity to connect for a cause.

Wisconsin Books for the World supports global literacy and education by collecting used school and library books throughout the state and sending them to developing countries. Books for the World is coordinated by the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club.

Since Books for the World began in 2000, Rotary clubs from across the country have shipped thousands of tons of used textbooks that would have otherwise been discarded to 25 countries in southern Africa, Central and South America, India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Now, we need your help. We’re so lucky to have local schools that have generously donated books and volunteers willing to prepare them to be shipped, but getting the books overseas is an expensive endeavor.

We are half way into our campaign to raise enough money to ship two truck-loads of books. We need your help to meet our goal of $5000.

A $15 contribution is enough to ship 5 boxes of books, so each dollar counts. Please click below to donate!

Wisconsin Books for the World Fundraising Appeal to Rotarians 2017-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Share your love of reading with budding book-lovers across the globe!

Wisconsin Books for the World supports global literacy and education by collecting used school and library books throughout the state and sending them to developing countries. Books for the World is coordinated by the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club.

If you have already donated, thank you very much. If you have not, please consider donating what you can.

Our goal is to reach $5000 so we can send two truck loads of books.

Click below to donate! A $15 contribution is enough to ship 5 boxes of books, so each dollar counts.


Wisconsin Books for the World Fundraising Appeal to Book Lovers 2017-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Not all kids go to schools that are able to provide the books they need to learn. Teachers in some areas don’t have the resources they need for their students, but thanks to the generosity of local educators who donate books, we have the power to help.
Wisconsin Books for the World supports global literacy and education by collecting used school and library books throughout the state and sending them to developing countries. Books for the World is coordinated by the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club.
Over the next 4 weeks, we have a goal to raise $5,000, the cost of shipping two truckloads of textbooks. Please click below to donate. Send a student the tools they need to promote the love of learning!
Wisconsin Books for the World Fundraising Appeal to Teachers and Educators 2017-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain
On February 20, Madison Breakfast Rotary held a Rotary Informational Party at 5:30 pm at Vitense Golfland.  Members, perspective members, and friends enjoyed a lively meeting.  President Thom Weiss, who is also the coordinator of the club’s Rotary Books for the World project, gave an inspiring talk about the many facets of Rotary.
Rotary Membership and Information Party at Vitense Priscilla Thain 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Franci, from Italy, Sari from Finland, and Daniel, 2017-18 outbound exchange student to Denmark.


The club enjoyed a visit on January 9 from Sari, our 2014-15 exchange student from Finland, Franci, our current exchange student from Italy, and Daniel, our 2017-18 outbound change student going to Denmark.

Sari, from Finland

Sari graduated from high school last spring and has started at the University of Helsinki, majoring in psychology.  Right after high school, she traveled to nine countries.  She currently lives with a friend from high school.

Franci from Italy

Franci went to Ohio with his host family Brenda and Thom Weiss for Christmas.  He practices basketball every day and has games three times a week.  He calls his family every Sunday morning.

Franci went on the hockey weekend with the exchange students.  It was the first time he had seen hockey.

Daniel, 20017-18 Outbound to Denmark

Daniel, an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Honor Society plays soccer.  As a senior in high school, he has been applying to colleges.  His older brother and sister each went on two exchanges.  He recently met a kid from Denmark and practices his Danish.  For his Eagle Scout project, he created a gravel pathway and garden in an Elementary School.

Our Wonderful Student Visitors 2017-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
On January 16, the club will vote on the following slate of officers being put forth by the Board of Directors:
President             Heather Dyer
President Elect    Bailey Ebben
Past President     Thom Weiss
Secretary            Eng Braun
Treasurer            Fe’ Semira
At Large            Bruce Harville
At Large            Mike Kafka
At Large            Sarah Flanagan
At Large            Betsy Nordstrom
MBR Officer Nominees for 2017-18 2017-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Hockey Weekend Doug Nordstrom 2017-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Betsy and Doug Nordstrom for opening their house for the Think Rotary Shop Locally fundraiser for our youth and literacy programs on December 2.  It was an elegant affair with the café lunch, and an incredible display of holiday goodies for sale.  Vendors  displayed jewelry, table ware, art work, and clothes throughout the house. Club members and friends helping out included Fe’ Semira, Eng Braun, Krissa Hinzman, Judy Levine, Thom Weiss, Monica Tuite, and many others.
Elegant December Fundraiser Party a Big Success Priscilla Thain 2016-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the MBR Exchange Student for 2016-17 -- Franci from Italy!! 2016-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Project Home Paint-a-Thon team including members of Madison Breakfast Rotary and Madison Horizons Rotary.
Madison Breakfast team members included Doug and Betsy Nordstrom, Bruce Harville, Stephanie and Steve Stetson, Judy and Vic Levine, and Steve Schwerbel.
Paint-a-Thon 2017 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Project Home Paint-a-Thon team including members of Madison Breakfast Rotary, Madison Rotary After Hours, and the Do Gooders.
Madison Breakfast team members included Doug and Betsy Nordstrom, Bruce Harville, Mike Kafka, AJ Ernst, and Fé Cruz Semira.
Paint-a-Thon 2016 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Farewell to Jasmine and Gaby 2016-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Club members Mike Kafka, Thom Weiss, Jasmine, and Betsy Nordstrom at the Special Olympics at Oregon High School field on May 7 2016-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain
Betsy Nordstrom announced that the Food and Beer Pairing fundraiser at Sprecher’s on April 7 raised $6500 for the club’s youth and literacy programs.  Thanks to all who contributed raffle gifts and worked on the event.  Judy Levine handled the raffle table and Steve Schwerbel the marketing.  Betsy Nordstrom spearheaded the event, Doug Nordstrom handled the event registration and money, and Krissa Hinzman coordinated the exchange students. Thom Weiss, Fe’ Semira, and Eng Braun also worked on the event as did many club members who took turns at the registration table.
Sprecher’s Event Raises $6500 for Club’s Youth & Literacy Programs Priscilla Thain 2016-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
6th Annual Madison Breakfast Rotary Benefit for Youth and Literacy Projects Betsy Nordstrom 2016-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain
Club members, friends and families enjoyed shopping, eating, and socializing at the February 5 event at the Nordstrom’s home to benefit the club’s youth related projects.
Quiche, soup, sandwiches and desserts with wine and beverages were served in the "café".  Embellishments, Darcy Sage Art, Handcrafted Wood, Totally Wired, Twinkle Little Star Glass, and Silpada Jewelry displayed their wares in an artistic fashion.
Many thanks to Doug and Betsy Nordstrom who opened their home for the event.  
Volunteers included:
Helen Baldwin                        Eng Braun
Bob & Carol Dombroski         AJ Ernst
Bailey Ebben                           Edith First
Bruce Harville                         Mike Kafka
Peggy Kelly                            Judy Levine
Rhea Myers                 Doug and Betsy Nordstrom
Fe’ Semira                               Monica Tuite
Thom Weiss
Rotarians from other clubs included Sean Fischer, Jacci See, and Jerry Thain.
Think Rotary, Shop Locally – A Fundraising Success Priscilla Thain 2016-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

On December 21, the club voted for the following officers effective July 1, 2016.

President:  Thom Weiss
President Elect:  Heather Dyer
Secretary:  Eng Braun
Treasurer:  Fe’ Semira
Board Member:  Mike Kafka
Board Member:  Bruce Harville
Board Member:  Lori Scroggs
Board Member Bailey Ebben
Sgt. At Arms:  Sara Flanagan
Past President:  AJ Ernst
Club Slate of Officers for 2016-17 Priscilla Thain 2015-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain
Photo by Bob Dombroski
On Saturday, November 14, nine Rotary clubs from Dane County helped sort and pack educational materials for the Rotary-supervised Books for the World program.
Over 50 Rotarians from the Madison Breakfast, After Hours, Waunakee, Madison East-Monona, Fitchburg-Verona, Reedsburg, DeForest, Sun Prairie, and West Towne-Middleton clubs packed more than 15 tons (9 pallets) of school and library books. The pallets of books will soon be shipped to Houston, Texas, and Rotarians there will load them into sea containers destined for schools in over 25 countries where students are taught in English. These resources, donated by schools and libraries across Wisconsin, will be used by students in these countries for an additional 5 to 8 years.
The Wisconsin Operation, which has been supervised by Madison Breakfast Rotary since 2005, is the second largest Books for the World processing site in the USA (Texas being the largest). Since the Wisconsin program began, the club has also shipped school desks (more than 1,000), classroom tables, and library shelves. The sea containers, which are purchased by the Houston-area Rotary clubs, remain with the schools to be converted to teaching space and health clinics. 
Click here to see photo album. 
November 14 Bookpacking Day Priscilla Thain 2015-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome to New Member Steve Schwerbel Priscilla Thain 2015-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
At the June 22 club meeting, Bruce Harville, president of the club’s foundation, announced this year’s five awards.  The recipients were Reach Out and Read, Books Are Power, Madison Ice. Inc.  Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Millennium Soccer Club and Books for the World.
Ruth Sias attended the meeting, representing Reach Out and Read; Gary Muldoon, represented Books Are Power. Jack Connelly accepted for the Millennium Soccer Club, and Bob and Carol Dombroski accepted for Books for the World, since Thom Weiss was away.
MBR Foundation Awards Six Grants 2015-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Acting Program Chair, Dean McHugh, reported that the Madison Breakfast Rotary ranks second among about 60 Rotary clubs in District 6250 for per capita giving.  Madison Breakfast members donated $3,520 topping the club goal by more than 176% with per capita giving of $153.  Congratulations to all of our members for exceeding this important goal and special thanks to our Rotary Foundation Chair, Helen Baldwin for an outstanding job.
MBR Is Second for District Giving to The Rotary Foundation Priscilla Thain 2015-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
RYLA students had a great time at camp this year!! Doug Nordstrom 2015-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Thom Weiss received an Outstanding Service Award from the Books for the World CEO Charlie Clemmons. The award was presented at the Summit IV in Houston, Texas on January 12 and recognizes Madison Breakfast Rotary's significant contribution to the success of this international literacy program.
Rotary Books for the World News Priscilla Thain 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
On December 15, club members unanimously approved the board's following slate of officers for July 1, 2015-16.......
President:                    AJ Ernst
President Elect            Thom Weiss
Secretary                     Eng Braun
Treasurer                     Fe’ Semira
Past President             Bob Dombroski
Youth Protection Officer  Ryea Myers
Board of Directors
2nd Year of 2-year term:  Lori Scroggs, Helen Baldwin
1st year of 2 year term: Bruce Harville, Mike Kafka
Club Slate of Officers for 2015-16 Priscilla Thain 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Nordstrom on Nov 21, 2014

A big thank you to Doug and Betsy Nordstrom for opening their home for the November 21 club fundraiser.  Thanks especially go to Monica Tuite, who prepared the food for the holiday café and members and friends who contributed items for the spectacular bake sale.
Thanks also to the vendors who donated 20 percent of their sales to the youth exchange and to the members and friends who purchased items from the vendors and the bake sale.  The vendors included Baginspirations, Embellishments, Partyville, Totally Wired and the holiday decorations by Surroundings.  
A Big Success Fun, Food and Shopping Douglas Nordstrom 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Books for the World Celebrates 2,000,000 Pounds of Books Priscilla Thain 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Sep 06, 2014

Doug Nordstrom was honored as Rotarian of the Year at the club gathering at Sprecher’s on Sunday, August 24 for his outstanding work as the club’s webmaster.  Doug has made the club’s website relevant, interesting, easy to navigate, and functional.  In the case of our club, the first thing visitors see when coming to our website is how engaged the club is – with the community (local and global) and in the projects we undertake, with the youth through our exchange programs, and with out partnerships with businesses and non-Rotarians, at the same time having fun through our fundraising and social activities.

Doug has served as president, president elect, and past president for our cub.  He has served on the executive board at least two extra years.  As a member of the fundraising committee, he handles the finances and much of the behind the scenes set up.    He also does a lot to keep the youth exchange running smoothly and is a generous financial donor to that program. 

Doug Nordstrom has been a Rotarian since July 1995 when he was a charter member of the Middleton Sunrise club.  He served as president of that club three times and was very involved with that club’s community events and their youth exchange program.  The club congratulates Doug Nordstrom and thanks him for his service.


Doug Nordstrom, MBR Rotarian of the Year Priscilla Thain 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Sep 06, 2014

Bruce Harville presented Priscilla Thain with a Certificate of Appreciation for her many years of service to the club.  Priscilla, a member for over 15 years and past president, has been the newsletter editor for many years.  She faithfully provides the club with the weekly newsletter as well as an inspiration message on Monday mornings.

Priscilla Thain Honored Priscilla Thain 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Betsy Nordstrom on Aug 16, 2014

Judy Levine, Betsy Nordstrom with Xaver and host family. 

Xaver from Austria will be hosted by Madison Breakfast Rotary for the 2014-15 year.


New RYE Student Arrives in Madison!! Betsy Nordstrom 2014-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 13, 2014

Club members and their families are  invited to gather at Sprecher’s on Sunday August 24 starting at 3 p.m., to welcome our incoming exchange student and new and old host families, celebrate the incoming and outgoing board of directors, and honor the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award.


Please invite friends who might be interested in joining the club.


Hosted appetizers and soft drinks provided.  Cash bar available.


Please RSVP to Betsy at or (608)695-7847.

Annual Summer Club Party at Sprecher’s, 3 pm on Sunday, August 24 Priscilla Thain 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 02, 2014

Club members gathered at the home of Thom and Brenda Weiss on Sunday August 3 for a cookout and birthday cake, to say farewell to Tomas, our exchange student from the Czech Republic from a couple of years ago.  Tomas visited Madison for a month and stayed with the Weisses.  Tomas had offered to do chores for club members and did some gardening with Helen Baldwin on Monday July 21and cooked an Asian dinner and a pie with Eng and Bill Braun on Sunday, July 27.  Club members were invited.

Tomas had spoken to the club on July 28 when he showed slides of Prague, where he has started at Medical School, right out of high school.  In the Czech Republic, he has joined Rotex, for former outbounds and also Roteract which supports an orphanage. and where they will start teaching English.


Farewell to Tomas from the Czech Republic Priscilla Thain 2014-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jul 13, 2014

Bruce Harville presented a red badge to Lori Scroggs as she was inducted into Madison Breakfast Rotary on July 14.


Welcome to New Member Lori Scroggs Priscilla Thain 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jun 30, 2014


The club thanks John Feller for an outstanding year as club president.  John started the year with a tour of the newly updated campus of the Madison College Truax campus by his firm J. H. Findorff and Sons.   He presided over excellent programs each week, service projects, fundraising events, an increase in membership, and the inbound and outbound exchange programs.  In particular, the club is appreciative that John and his firm J.H. Findorff and Sons supported our fundraising and social events.  Above all, we had great sociability and fun.  He passes the gavel to Bob Dombroski as the 2014-15 club president.

Changing of the Guard Priscilla Thain 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jun 22, 2014


Club grant recipients Carol & Bob Dombroski, Rotary Books for the World; Al Arnold of Reading Clinic; Tom Meyer, Aaron’s House; Emily Auerbach, the Odyssey Project; Heidi Hastings, Connect House, club foundation president Bruce Harville on June 23.

Madison Breakfast Rotary Foundation Grant Recipients Priscilla Thain 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Jun 08, 2014

Madison Breakfast Rotary teamed up with the After Hours Rotary for the August 2 Paint-a-thon, a program of Project Home.  Brenda Weiss coordinated the project where volunteers from both clubs painted the exterior home of a family on Toban Drive.  Hallman Lindsay Paint Company provided the paint and the Manna Café provided lunch for the painters.   Project Home paints 8 to 12 homes in Dane County every year.  


Paint-A-Thon August 2 Priscilla Thain 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Nordstrom on Apr 30, 2014

Club members, friends, Rotarians from area clubs, and area exchange students enjoyed a lively party at Sprecher’s on April 24.  They were offered beer and food parings, and root beer floats as they checked out the 20 raffle gifts displayed in the center of the room.  Among the raffle gifts were a Trek bicycle, jewelry, golf gift cards, and picnic foods to name a few.

Many thanks go to Betsy and Doug Nordstrom and their committee for all the work putting this event together.  A special thanks to the sponsors:  J.H. Findorff & Sons Inc., Jim and Melissa Sirianni, Future Foam, and Doug and Betsy Nordstrom.  Area exchange students took turns drawing the winning raffle tickets for each prize. Among the guests were Sari’s visiting parents and brother, Dean Ryerson, District Governor; Dave Warren, the District Governor Elect; and Mary Van Hoot the area Assistant DG and DG Elect-Elect.


Lively Club Fundraiser for Youth Exchange at Sprecher’s Douglas Nordstrom 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Nordstrom on Jan 18, 2014
Club members and guests, current and past host families, and even Junior, the English teacher Group Exchange member from Brazil, gathered to celebrate the holidays at the home of Eng and Bill Braun on Saturday, January 11.  Club members added to Eng’s wonderful appetizers to fill the table with holiday foods.  Members got to see Eng’s kitchen where she makes pies with the exchange students.

Our thanks to Eng and Bill Braun for their hospitality.  It was great to get together after such a long time away due to the holidays and the weather.

Eng and Bill Braun Host Holiday Party Douglas Nordstrom 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR $100 A YEAR Helen Baldwin 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Nordstrom on Dec 03, 2013

The Friends of the Libraries Semiannual Book Sale ended on October 19th wrapping up another hugely successful event with lots of interesting and sometimes rare books. (Did you see the line of people waiting on the first day? It’s like Black Friday for the Libraries!) Most of the books donated to the Friends are sold at the sale; but what about the books that aren’t chosen for a good home? What happens to them and where do they go?

Books from Wisconsin to the World Douglas Nordstrom 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Nordstrom on Nov 16, 2013

Madison Breakfast Rotary Club members decorating trees at UW Hospital.  Each year, Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics, Inc., offers Love Lights as a special way to honor and remember loved ones through the sale of blue and white lights that adorn trees outside the main entrances of UW Hospital and Clinics.


Love Lights Tree Decorating Douglas Nordstrom 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Future Foam Inc. Recognized for Contributions to Books for the World Priscilla Thain 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Awards to Brenda & Thom Weiss Priscilla Thain 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations! Bruce Harville – Rotarian of the Year Priscilla Thain 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 03, 2013
On July 27, club members participated in a Paint-A-Thon sponsored by Project Hope.  Members of the Madison After Hours club joined the group to paint a house on Waubesa Avenue in McFarland.
Club Members Paint a House in McFarland Priscilla Thain 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Nordstrom on Jul 20, 2013

Club Party at Sprecher’s on August 13

Club members and new and old friends are invited to gather at Sprecher’s on Saturday, August 13 from 5-7 pm, to welcome the incoming exchange student and new and old host families.

The gathering will be held outside (weather permitting) on the patio. Chips and Dips and hot pretzels will be provided by the club on each table. There will be wait service for people to order beverages.  Tuesday is also $8 burger night for those wishing to stay later. See Betsy Nordstrom for details.

MBR Club Party Douglas Nordstrom 2013-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Nordstrom on May 10, 2013

Pictured: Mike Kafka, Brenda and Thom Weiss, George Yelder, and Jackie Williams at the Special Olympics at Oregon High School on May 11.

Special Olympics at Oregon High School Douglas Nordstrom 2013-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Carol Dombroski on Oct 23, 2012

Madison Breakfast Rotary Club ships 16 pallets of books to schools in Afghanistan in cooperation with the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field

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Betsy Nordstrom -- Rotarian of the Year 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
MBR Rotary at Work Day -- Saturday April 28th Douglas Nordstrom 2012-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Tabatha Williams, Medical School Grad and Former RYE to Brazil Douglas Nordstrom 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Madison Breakfast Rotary Club’s Books for the World Program Celebrates Its Millionth Pound Milestone Yeang-Eng Braun 2012-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Books for the World Million Pound Celebration Monday January 30th Douglas Nordstrom 2012-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fundraising for Rotary Youth Exchange on Thursday January 26th Douglas Nordstrom 2012-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
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The Dombroskis Visit to Africa for Rotary Books for the World Douglas Nordstrom 2011-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Service Club Olympics July 25/26 Douglas Nordstrom 2011-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Paint-a-thon August 6 Douglas Nordstrom 2011-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by LeRoy Kemnitz on May 22, 2011
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ann Stanke, a former club president and a dear friend.
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Posted by LeRoy Kemnitz on May 08, 2011
The Reach a Child program provides 10-12 children’s books to police officers and first responders in
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Rotary Books for the World - March 2011 Robert Dombroski 2011-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by LeRoy Kemnitz on May 01, 2011

Malawi, a country about the size of Pennsylvania, is bordered by Mozambique, Zambia, and southern Africa.  It is home to 15.4 million people, 45% of whom are under 14.   One

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Posted by LeRoy Kemnitz on Jan 02, 2011
 The mission of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
The Rotary Foundation LeRoy Kemnitz 2011-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Matthew Garcia of the World Council of Credit Unions, WOCCU, told us of the work of this group. Douglas Nordstrom 0
Posted by Douglas Nordstrom
In April, Denny Caneff extended a greeting and the banner of Madison Breakfast Rotary to Armando Rojon, president of the Rotary Club of Ciudad Valles, Mexico. Armando's family was Jamie's host family. Jamie returned the favor last week with the flag of his host dad's club.
Rotary Youth Exchange a rewarding experience for the Caneff family Douglas Nordstrom 0
Roy Elkins, Board Chair, Madison Area Music Association, Douglas Nordstrom 0
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Peggy Zalucha, Rotarian from Mount Horeb, led of by describing the GSE program. She was the Rotarian team leader for the group who recently went to District 2790, Chibo Japan. We also welcomed guest Stephen Hittner of Wisconsin Rapids who was on that team.
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Matthew Bekkering head of Medical Dynamics Douglas Nordstrom 0
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Our own Bruce Harville spoke to the club on May 3, 2010. Bruce is on the board of Fair Wisconsin. This group promotes equal rights for gays, lesbians, and transsexual members of Wisconsin citizenry. His talk was a trial run of informational talks that would be informative, not controversial.
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Madison Public Library Remodeling Douglas Nordstrom 0
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Our speakers on Monday were Jim Gilmore, Development Planning Manager and Dr. Chris Green, Medical Director. They gave an overview of the hospital's facilities and capabilities as well as an overview of the hospital's history.
American Family Childrens Hospital Douglas Nordstrom 0
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On April 5, Tom Mickelson brought us a convincing description of the process and value of Club Visioning that is aiding Rotary clubs far and near.
Rotary Club Visioning Douglas Nordstrom 0
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Sara Krauskopf, Director of Outreach and Education with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, GLBRC, brought a fascinating story of the potential attraction and hurdles to making sustainable biofuels.
Potential for Sustainable Biofuels Douglas Nordstrom 0
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Susan Buzby, Outreach Specialist for Project Home, enlightened us about the scope of this non-profit agency's work.
Project Home Douglas Nordstrom 0
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Dennis Collins, a Professor of Business at Edgewood College Helen Baldwin 0
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