Chartered in 1967, Madison South Rotary is a group of 70+ active, friendly professionals who value the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.” While contributing to Rotary International’s worldwide projects, we also provide scholarships to outstanding students and fund grants for local nonprofits.

Madison South Rotary meets Mondays for lunch 12:00 - 1:15 pm at Madison College Goodman South Campus, 2429 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 in room 205.  We also offer attendance via zoom.

We enjoy fellowship, networking, a delicious catered lunch ($15 per person), and informative, engaging presentations from location businesses and nonprofits. 

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Up-coming Speakers
No meeting - Memorial Day
May 30, 2022
The Luckiest Boy in the World
Jun 06, 2022
Madison South Rotary Foundation Annual Meeting
Jun 13, 2022
Meeting Recaps
A Feel Good Meeting and a highlight of our Rotary year was provided by Jon Callaway sharing the results of the rigorous selection process of the Scholarship Committee whose members include Paula Possin, Ginny Olson and Randy Sproule.  Jon explained the process from inviting counselors from all the Madison area schools to recommend students through to the painstaking review of each candidate.
 
This year 37 candidates were screened before the committee narrowed the list to the top ten plus five alternates. Alternates are selected to fill openings created when a student’s plans change.  Each of the ten students will receive a $1,000 scholarship ($500 per semester) for the first year and will be matched by Randy Sproule’s family for $1,000 in year two.
 
Jon reviewed the criteria for candidates which include outstanding academic performance, proven financial need, being the first in a family to attend college, and selecting Madison College as their institution of choice. Not one of the criteria is citizenship and one of the highly recommended selections would not have been on the list of finalists otherwise. 
 
A big thank you to the committee for all of their efforts to select ten outstanding students.
Carmel Capati and Steve Maurice - CMC

Refugees and immigration have been in the news because of the war in Ukraine, the US departure from Afghanistan, and the ongoing southern border issues.  Steve and Carmel shared the history of the Center, the range of services offered, interesting volunteer opportunities, and the profound complexities of the government's obstacles to aiding families in need.
 
Originally called St. Martin House, the Center has been open since 1946. The current building opened in 2002. Their focus on immigration started in 2009 and as an organization, they shifted their relationship from The Diocese to the Our Lady Queen of Peace parish. All denominations are served in the eleven counties of the Diocese. As Executive Director Steve explained when asked about their association with the church and the families they serve, “We don’t serve them because they are Catholic. We serve them because we are Catholic.”
 
Carmel, the lead attorney, shared revealing statics: the Center has helped people from more than 70 countries, she and her staff of one paralegal and an additional attorney have 600 open cases, and of 189 cases files only 133 have been approved.  Sadly 85% of the cases nationwide are not approved.  If you missed it, here is the video: https://youtu.be/XjpRo2IDHD0
 
Neighborhood House is Madison's first and oldest community center located in the Greenbush Neighborhood.
 
For over 105 years Neighborhood House has offered programs and services to all people and has a long and varied history.  They have also received grant funding from Madison South Rotary!  Director Laura Gundlach shared their long history and the work that they currently do.  And there are plenty of volunteer opportunities from assistance with building projects to collection of toiletries to mentoring youth. 
 
To watch the presentation, visit https://youtu.be/tCR_vTMotr4 
Dear elves, reindeer, cookie bakers, bingo callers, and party planners, put away your hats. Hang up your jingle bells. Store the bingo cards. 
 
Do put on your masks and share a sigh together. A positive COVID case has interrupted the 2021 festivities. Our St. Mary’s BINGO party is shelved for yet another year. Please hold good thoughts, and until the season comes around again here’s a quick story being shared throughout the Rotary District about our treasured tradition.
 
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It starts with one. One man, one mom, one Christmas, and one Rotary Club. The Madison South Rotary Club.
 
And how do families make a holiday special? With food, friends, a few very suspicious-looking reindeer, and a whole lotta fun. And what’s more fun than BINGO? BINGO with cash prizes!! Add food, lap blankets, trays of tasty holiday treats ... a Holiday tradition is born.
 
For more years than Lisa Gits can or wants to remember members of the club have chosen to bring a Bingo party to the residents of St. Mary’s Care Center. It originally was because one of the club member’s moms was there. When word spread, a little Santa magic with a generous dollop of Rotary fellowship and goodwill, more than a handful of elves of various sizes and shapes, a party with food and gifts materialized. The tradition goes back far enough that there are notorious tales. No one will share the one about Juanita in B4…but if you ask Ted See, he just might share a story or two.
Other than a little, or a lot, of Holiday Cheer, what does a senior citizen want? A little warmth. Cue RSVP and generous gifts of handcrafted lap quilts. Even a global pandemic will not stay the arrival of these personal warmth delivery devices.
 
Sometimes service is ambitious. Sometimes it’s playing BINGO on a December evening with some of our vintage community members. This is what the "Family of Rotary" is all about.
 
       
Madison South Rotary
P.O. Box 259672
Madison, WI 53725
 
2021-22 President: Erin West
(608) 770-0705 • ewest@gklaw.com
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About our Membership

As a medium sized club of 70+ active members, the Madison South Rotary club spans all ages and occupations.  
 

Active Fellowship Groups

Social connections are the biggest reason our members enjoy our club. Unlike committees, fellowship groups are organized by club members to promote social interaction and fun.
 

Our Brat Stand

Our fall Brat Stand across from UW Madison's Camp Randall Stadium is our primary fundraiser. The club then returns much needed financial assistance back to the community using a deliberate, thoughtful grant process each Spring.
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