Chartered in 1967, Madison South Rotary is a group of active, friendly professionals who value the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.” While contributing to Rotary International’s world-wide projects, we strongly support Madison area students, organizations, and businesses. 

Our club meets weekly Mondays between 12:15-1:15pm
at the Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713

*** DUE TO COVID-19, our memebrs are meeting virtually via Zoom. Please contact our Program Chair Tara Ingalls at to be added to our meeting list. ***

About our Membership

As a medium sized club of 70+ members, the Madison South Rotary club spans all ages and occupations with active involvement of all members on our committees and projects. This diversity is the key to our success.  

Active Fellowship Groups

Social connections are the biggest reason our members remain in our club. Unlike committees, fellowship groups are organized by club members, for 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. Rotarians, their family, and friends volunteer in shifts to help set up, prepare or sell food/drinks at all home Badger football games. The club then returns much needed financial assistance back to the community using a deliberate, thoughtful grant process each Spring.
Last Week's Meeting Recap

Member Testimonials

“Madison South Rotary truly represents the motto “Service above Self” and I’m proud to be an on-going part of that tradition.”
- Captain Joe Balles, Past President, and Retired Officer of Madison Police Department
"Rotary allows me so many ways to support my community and give back. Working at our Brat Stand, our main fundraiser, is an absolute blast. I'm so glad I joined back in 2006!"
- Tara Ingalls, Owner, Tingalls Graphic Design and President-elect 2020-20201
"I love the size and friendly personality of the group. I was sold after the first meeting. I am really happy I joined!"
- Christopher J. Dodge, Attorney at Law
Up-coming Speakers
Recap of 2020 Grant Recipients & Vote for MSR Foundation Board
Jun 08, 2020
2019 MSR Grant Recipients
Jun 15, 2020
Why I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory
Jun 22, 2020
5th Monday - TBD - Off-site Meeting
Jun 29, 2020
Recap of Guatamala Trip
Jul 06, 2020
"A Spaniel’s Perspective on Pheasant Hunting”
Jul 13, 2020
Past Meeting Highlights
Madison South continues to meet via meeting applications.
Today's speaker was Kurt Stapleton founder of the Battle Cap Project.
Click on the link Last Week's Summary above to read details of Kurt's presentation and club announcements.

Madison South Rotary has been working on many different projects in Guatemala for the past 5 years.  Some of the team members have worked in Guatemala for 9 years.

Madison South Rotary did a district grant to provide classroom furniture for a new addition to Association Brazo Amorosos (Loving Arms), a school for disadvantaged indigenous children in San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala.  Loving Arms provides education as well as a variety of programs including health, water filters, stoves and income generating cooperatives to promote sustainability and self sufficiency.   The school serves kindergarten through 3rd (now 4th) grade.  Their goal is to add an additional grade each year so they eventually serve the total educational needs of the children through high school.  Parents are actively involved with the school.

January 27, 2020


Edwin Bos, our District Governor and Fort Atkinson Rotarian, was introduced by Tara Ingalls. 


There are 500 Rotary districts in the world and 60 clubs in our western Wisconsin district. This year’s theme is “Rotary Connects the World”. Edwin unfolded a four-year story to illustrate that theme beginning in the foothills of the Himalayas and ending in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. In a small town in Nepal that is a 3-hour drive over a muddy, single lane from the nearest city, a man started a Rotary Club that met on a rooftop, under the stars. He sent a message to the 1.3 million Rotarians around the world that their club would welcome anyone willing to make the trip to visit them. In October, 2016, a group of Rotarians made the journey to Nepal and then traveled each day 6-7 hours per day to the small town where income is less than $1 a day and back to the city. The hospitality was generous:  the visitors were treated to speeches, bands, dancing, and food for 3 days.

January 20, 2020


Will Green, executive director of Mentoring Positives, was introduced by President Elect Tara Ingalls. Mentoring Positives (MP) uses the same initials as Mr Green’s mother Muriel Pipkins who was 14 years old when Will was born. Ms Pipkins died at age 46. With his mother’s inspiration, Mr Green was able to avoid the pitfalls for youth growing up in Gary, Indiana— “America’s murder capitol”. Basketball was a way for him to be part of a group, stay out of trouble, get an education. With a degree in psychology, today Mr Green uses basketball as a hook to reach out to teens of the Madison’s eastside, northside, and the Darbo-Worthington community in which Mentoring Positives is located. He is also the girls’ basketball coach at LaFollette High School.

Aaron Frank presented a program on the joys of visiting national and state parks. Inspired by Steve Busalacchi’s presentation a few years ago, Aaron and Dawn took a Trek tour to Zion National Park last year. “It was the best vacation!” reported Aaron. Aaron had each table talk about memorable park trips and then share with the whole group. There were plenty of good memories and fun travel suggestions shared. 


To get your own printable US National Park checklist, go to


Find information on our Wisconsin State Parks at

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Brat Czar
Past President
Public Relations/Social Media
Board of Directors - At Large
Board of Directors - At Large
Board of Directors - At Large
Board of Directors - At Large
Board of Directors - At Large
Board of Directors - At Large
Foundation Chair
MSR Foundation Chair
Youth Exchange Officer
Rotary News Feed
Nature & Nurture

With help from a Rotary Foundation global grant, a group of women in rural Costa Rica are using ecotourism to enrich their families' futures.

Statement from Rotary International

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Meeting Make-ups
   Vitense Golfland W Beltline & Whitney Way
   5501 Schroeder Rd, Madison
   The Raddison Inn, 6617 Odana Rd, Madison
   10 Pin Alley 6285 Nesbitt Rd, Fitchburg
   Howard Johnson Hotel 
3941 E Washington Ave, Madison
   Leystra's Venture Restaurant
   200 Phillips Blvd, Sauk City
   Headquarters Bar & Restaurant
   101 Concord Dr, Oregon
   Inn on the Park Hotel, 22 S Carroll St, Madison
   DeForest Village Hall
120 S Stevenson St, DeForest
MT HOREB  12:00 PM 
   The Grumpy Troll upstairs
   105 S 2nd St, Mt Horeb
   Rex's Innkeeper Restaurant
   301 N Century Ave, Waunakee
  Zor Shrine Temple 575 Zor Shrine Pl, Madison 
   Blackhawk Country Club 
3606 Blackhawk Dr, Madison
   Brocach Irish Pub
7 W Main St, Madison