The Madison Reading Project with Rowan Childs

Rowan Childs, founder and executive director of the Madison Reading Project joined the club to share her passion for the Madison Reading Project.  Since 2014 the Madison Reading Project has been on a mission to connect the Madison community with free books and literacy resources that ignite a love for reading and affirm and reflect the diversity of young readers.  The program has grown so fast that in 2022 the Madison Reading Project will give away over 100,000 books to children in Dane County.  The Madison Reading Project has programs like the Big Red Reading bus that moves around and delivers thousands of books to children across Dane County, holiday giving of books through the empty stocking club, the local partner for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as well as partnerships with local schools and their teachers.  If you missed it, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/eGnMaakLnu4
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The Rotary Foundation with Rob Gooze

Rob Gooze, Madison South Rotary member, provided an overall understanding of The Rotary Foundation and how it works.  Rob also shared his experiences as a recent inductee to the Arch Klumph Society (a high level of lifetime giving to Rotary International).  Rob’s wife Mary even shared her observations from the ceremony and how well she was treated by the Rotarians.  If you missed the presentation, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/sYNt4MP8CLM
The Rotary Foundation with Rob Gooze Dan Millmann 2022-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

Supper Clubs in Wisconsin - Terry Siebert

Terry Siebert, Rotarian from the Madison West Middleton Club and husband of our very own Kathy Siebert, shared his passion for Supper Clubs in Wisconsin.  Terry and Kathy have traveled all over Wisconsin dining in Supper Clubs listed in “Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience, by Ron Faiola.”  Terry shared stories about their favorite supper clubs, cocktails, salad bars, steaks and many other unique things they have encountered along the way.  It is also a great gathering spot for family and friends to relax and enjoy a great meal together. 
 
If you missed the presentation, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/-iYLkmClkbQ
Supper Clubs in Wisconsin - Terry Siebert Dan Millmann 2022-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Biotech in Wisconsin - Lisa Johnson, Bioforward CEO

Lisa Johnson, CEO of BioForward, shared with the club her background in the bio-tech industry and being a jack of all trades to help biotech startups succeed.  Lisa shared some history and statistics on the biotech industry in Wisconsin and the Midwest.  Lisa also told us about the current state of the biotech industry in Wisconsin and the challenges going forward.  If you want to learn more, BioForward publishes annually the “Wisconsin Biohealth Industry Landscape and Economic Impact Report”: https://www.bioforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/TEConomy-Wisconsin-BioForward-Report-webready.pdf  If you missed the presentation, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/pfkGQ0_86lI
 
Biotech in Wisconsin - Lisa Johnson, Bioforward CEO Dan Millmann 2022-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

World Series of Poker with Dan McGown

Posted on Nov 07, 2022
Dan McGown is a four-time participant in the World Series of Poker. This week, Dan shared the evolution of the World Series of Poker, including some of his experiences.  Dan also told us about the changes in strategy and the ins and outs of playing poker. 
 
If you missed it, here is the link to today's presentation:  https://youtu.be/rSdcnbnz-kE  
World Series of Poker with Dan McGown 2022-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Volunteering at One City Schools and Book Project

Posted on Oct 31, 2022
We did an in-meeting service project.  Each Rotarian took a couple of beginning to read books, added a Rotary sticker to the inside cover, inserted some fun Halloween stickers and wrote a short note to the child receiving the book.  We sent a box of 52 books back with Alice Erickson from One City Schools to distribute to the K-5 kindergarten class.
 
Alice Erickson, Volunteer Coordinator for One City Schools, shared with us some history about One City Schools including that the school is charted by the University of Wisconsin.  This charter allows children from all over Wisconsin to attend – and they do from as far away as Janesville.  One City Schools has an enrollment of over 500 children and a waiting list of 400 children.  Alice also shared her personal volunteer journey with One City Schools and the many volunteer opportunities that exist.  If you want to get on Alice’s volunteer list, you can reach her at volunteer@onecityschools.org.  If you missed today’s presentation, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/8_lpEl64PSU
Volunteering at One City Schools and Book Project Dan Millmann 2022-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Challenges of K-12 Education - Krista Flanagan and Dr. Leslie Bergstrom

Posted on Oct 24, 2022
Krista Flanagan, Oregon School Board President and Dr. Leslie Bergstrom, Oregon School Superintendent, shared with us the education challenges of K-12 education.  Krista and Leslie informed us about current funding trends, retention and attraction of teachers as well as mental health support as some of the key challenges facing all school districts in Wisconsin.  They also shared the more significant solutions applied to address these challenges. 
 
 
 
If you missed it, here is the link to today's presentation:  https://youtu.be/G_fOFKmRVMU
 
Challenges of K-12 Education - Krista Flanagan and Dr. Leslie Bergstrom Dan Millmann 2022-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Craig Culver - the "Culver's Story"

Posted on Oct 17, 2022
Craig Culver and the restaurant chain bearing his last name is truly a Wisconsin success story now spanning across 25 states. But it wasn't always that way. Hear Craig as he talks about the early years when there were too many doubts as to whether the little restaurant was going to survive to the fast growing franchise it is today. 
 
If you missed it, here is the link to Craig’s talk: https://youtu.be/5FvpJteoDKM
Craig Culver - the "Culver's Story" Dan Millmann 2022-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Kelsey Brennan - Life as an American Players Theatre Actor
 

Posted on Oct 10, 2022
Kelsey Brennan, a veteran actor with the American Players Theatre gave us some insights about what it is like to be an actor with the American Players Theatre (APT) in Spring Green.  APT puts on eight plays each summer/fall and actors like Kelsey learn parts for four plays.  Kelsey also told us about the professional division of APT that she leads in coaching business leaders on their presentation and mentoring skills.  There were many questions for Kelsey and APT Managing Director Sara Young. 
 
If you missed it, here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/HIXqA5kKMrU
Kelsey Brennan - Life as an American Players Theatre Actor  Dan Millmann 2022-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

September 26, 2022 – American Hockey League and Connections to the Madison Market
 

Today Mike Peck, VP of Marketing for the Rockford Icehogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) shared with the club insights into the AHL and its affiliation with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).  Many Icehog players have gone on to star in the NHL and win the Stanley Cup.  There are also mny former Badgers that have played and coached for the Icehogs.  If you missed it, here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/EBlZYboexbo
September 26, 2022 – American Hockey League and Connections to the Madison Market  Dan Millmann 2022-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

September 19, 2022 Final Five Voting

Sarah Eskrich, Executive Director of Democracy Foundation and a fellow Rotarian with the Downtown club, shared with the club the theory of the final five voting.  Final five voting is based on the concept of breaking partisan gridlock to save our democracy from the book “The Politics Industry” written by Katherine M. Gehl and Michael Porter.  Under final five election system, there is a single ballot primary with the top five candidates advancing to the final election.  In the final election, there is a ranked choice ballot to pick the winner.  Sarah shared that there is bi-partisan support for final five voting and a bill is in its initial stages with the Wisconsin legislature.   Sarah shared the state of Alaska just completed a special election using the final five system. 
 
If you missed it, here is the link to the presentation:  https://youtu.be/AeQGQjv7vZQ
September 19, 2022 Final Five Voting Dan Millmann 2022-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

September 12, 2022 - Jim Gilmore - What's New at American Family Children's Hospital

Today Jim Gilmore from the American Family Children’s Hospital shared with us all the great things happening at the hospital.  The hospital has comprehensive pediatric services and specialty care areas, special support services for patients and even a school for the children too sick to leave the hospital.  The hospital has four programs of distinction – cancer, heart, transplant and neurology and has been on the front lines of creating new treatments and advancing pediatric research.  If you missed it, here is the link to the presentation: https://youtu.be/RAZrC8VKpLU
September 12, 2022 - Jim Gilmore - What's New at American Family Children's Hospital Dan Millmann 2022-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

August 22, 2022 - Brat Stand Update

Brat Czarina Erin West shared with us some interesting history of the brat stands origins.  We also found out that this is the 50th anniversary of the Madison South Rotary’s brat stand.  Over these 50 years, the brat stand has netted over $1.2 million to fund grants given out by the clubs foundation.  What an amazing legacy.  The current brat stand year kicks off September 3rd with a 6:00 pm game.  There are also three 2:30 pm game starts, which sets up favorable conditions for a strong brat stand year.  Thank you Erin for your leadership this year!  If you missed Erin’s presentation, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/TSrn2HZInl4
August 22, 2022 - Brat Stand Update Dan Millmann 2022-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

August 15, 2022 - Ironman Wisconsin

Rotarian Jason Beren from the Downtown Madison Club shared his Ironman Wisconsin story that started as a participant back in 2004 that evolved into volunteering, to a volunteer leader, and then onto Ironman’s staff.   Volunteering with both Ironman and Rotary has enhanced Jason's personal and professional life.  Jason shared the different distances of triathlon, the investments in training that participants make, what’s required to put on a large event like this in our community, and the economic impact to the area.  5,000 volunteers are needed to help 4,200 participants achieve their goal of completing Ironman Wisconsin  If you missed it, here is the link: https://youtu.be/ljVHmO_9Iqo
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August 15, 2022 - Ironman Wisconsin Dan Millmann 2022-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

August 8, 2022 - Habitat for Humanity

Julie Mucilli from Habitat for Humanity joined us today to share insights on the U.S. Housing crisis, a brief history/facts on the organization and the ways Habitat is impacting the local community through advocacy and neighborhood restoration.  Habitat partners with qualifying families to secure affordable housing as well as many organizations and businesses in the community to support their mission.  There are also many volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups on projects and the Restore locations.  If you missed it, here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/j_nsd9oqnGE
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Climate Action Plan - Dane County

Today County Executive Joe Parisi and Director · Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change Kathy Kuntz shared with the club with an update on Dane County's Climate Action Plan.  The presentation covered water issues with our lakes and waterways, actions being taken to reduce the county's carbon footprint to net zero, leadership with other counties to replicated Dane County's success and many more ideas.  If you missed it, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/p4Gx59pNt8E
Climate Action Plan - Dane County Dan Millmann 2022-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

July 25, 2022 - What Makes an Estate Plan a Real Plan?

MSR Rotarian Steve Fine shared with us his expertise on estate planning.  If you missed it, here is the link to Steve's presentation: https://youtu.be/BgIu75ajsns
 
Also, a note from Steve: Many thanks for the opportunity of sharing with you my work and my passion. Both I and the company I represent, Legacy Assurance Plan, share the belief that regardless of the size of a person's estate, probate can and should be avoided. That a true plan requires knowledge of not only the beginning but who will be there in the middle and then the end, and what will be the cost. The legal document is only the beginning of complete estate planning.  If you'd like to learn more, the links below would be a good place to start:
Thanks Again, Steve
 
 
July 25, 2022 - What Makes an Estate Plan a Real Plan? Dan Millmann 2022-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
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July 11, 2022 - Impact of the New McKenzie Regional Workforce Center
 

John McKenzie, local real estate developer, and Stephanie Johnston, Assistant Vice President for Workforce Development, shared with the club the impact the new McKenzie Regional Workforce Center of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will have on Madison’s minority youth.  Some of the topics touched on by John included diversifying the workforce; the unique partnership between the Boys & Girls Club with the Madison Area Builders Association; interest in taking this program nationally using this model; partnering with the Harvard Business School, local schools (starting at 4K) and Habitat for Humanity; status of the fundraising.  Stephanie shared that all building trades – carpenters, electricians, HVAC and plumbers – will be taught at the new center.  The youth will build skills needed, have apprenticeships and finish off with a capstone project before they graduate from high school.  There is also a focus on building entrepreneurial skills so that students can someday own their own businesses and build generational wealth.  If you missed it, here is the link to the presentation: https://youtu.be/L6oQmsqJxTI
 
Below is a virtual walkthrough of the new building:
 
 
July 11, 2022 - Impact of the New McKenzie Regional Workforce Center  Dan Millmann 2022-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

6/27/22 – Club Assembly – How We Spend Our Brat Stand Proceeds
 

We had a lively discussion on how we have spent our brat stand proceeds, including presentations from the MSR Foundation, scholarships and international projects.  Thanks to all who participated and offered their thoughts.  If you have additional thoughts or comments, please email me at danmillmann@gmail.com.  The Club and MSR Foundation boards will create some action items from the collective thoughts shared at the club assembly. 
 
If you missed it, here is the link to the presentation: https://youtu.be/5pbZqk9Wxao
6/27/22 – Club Assembly – How We Spend Our Brat Stand Proceeds  Dan Millmann 2022-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

6/13/22 - MSR Foundation Annual Meeting

The Madison South Rotary Foundation board held its annual meeting as our program on June 13th.  The club elected two new members to the Madison South Rotary Foundation board - Steve Iliff and George Silverwood - congratulations Steve and George.  Joe Balles and Mike Dillis gave a brief summary of the Future Foundation Advisory Committee.  This committee's goal is to review options and strategies which could be implemented to both preserve and grow the Madison South Rotary Foundation corpus for future Madison South Rotarians.  A more in depth discussion of the boards long term strategic goals will be presented at a future Rotary meeting.
6/13/22 - MSR Foundation Annual Meeting Dan Millmann 2022-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

6/6/22 - The Luckiest Boy in the World

Dr. Pat McBride grew up in a middle-class family in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa.  His parents were both hard driving reporters for the Milwaukee papers (Journal for his dad and Sentinel for his mother).  Politics was an everyday topic in the McBride household and led to arguments between Pat's alcoholic parents.  What looked normal from the outside was a very dysfunctional family that included seven children.  Pat's big break was a 25 word essay contest he won to become a ball boy for the Milwaukee Brewers who were just moving to town.  He parlayed that job into adding the Milwaukee Bucks ball boy and the Packers ball boy jobs later that year.  He is the only kid in America to serve as the ball boy for three major professional sports teams.  Pat worked extremely hard in these jobs and he was well respected by his employers.  The managers and others in those organizations became mentors to him and helped him escape the dysfunctional household he grew up in.  Pat would go on to become a successful medical doctor and administrator at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where Pat would go on to mentor many future physicians.  
 
Pat shared with the club many stories - here are a few.  Pat's mother took Pat and several of his siblings on a trip to Washington D.C. to cover the Nixon presidential campaign.  Pat and his twin brother snuck out of the hotel room to see candidate Nixon start his speech with his famous "peace-sign" pose.  On Pat's first day as a ball boy for the Brewers, he shared his first encounter with a major league ball player - Mr. Cub Ernie Banks - who asked Pat to play catch with him (something Ernie never did with his own kids).  He also met the retired hall of famer Joe DiMaggio and had the courage to strike up a conversation and ask if it was true that he had a dozen roses put on Marilyn Monroe's grave each week.  After Joe responded yes, Pat stated that he hoped someday to love someone so much.  It worked - he got Joe's autograph.  If you missed it, here is the link to the presentation:  https://youtu.be/nDWuW5sHGYY
6/6/22 - The Luckiest Boy in the World Dan Millmann 2022-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

5/23/22 - Missionary Work in Honduras

Alice and David Anderman are both retired pastors with the United Church of Christ. Through the church they have extensive experience with overseas missions. Alice focused on two trips to Roatan, an island approximately 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras. The first trip, taken in 2012, was comprised of five women who were tasked with helping to carefully tear down a building housing a small church, move the disassembled components to a new rural site, and begin reassembling the building.  To the surprise of the local men the visiting women wrestled lumber, pulled out nails, loaded, transferred, and reassembled the bulk of the building on the first visit.
 
Two years later, 2014, a much larger group was able to return to Roatan, complete the church building and with the aid of volunteer healthcare professionals deliver medical services to the local people. Teens from a bilingual school who befriended the group in 2012 served as invaluable translators for the larger mission trip.  Key to the success of both trips was listening to the local people express their needs. By listening, Alice and her team avoided the trap of presuming, as outsiders, what should be done.
 
Alice and David shared photos from both trips. The images revealed the mix of men, women, and children all on hand to help, to feed, to play, and to learn.  Alice closed her remarks by sharing that the hands-on nature of such missions truly changes your life.  If you missed it, here is the link to the program: https://youtu.be/UgKzoFSUDrQ
5/23/22 - Missionary Work in Honduras Dan Millmann 2022-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

5/16/22 Annual Scholarship Program

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.
5/16/22 Annual Scholarship Program Dan Millmann 2022-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

5/2/22 - The Past and Present of Neighborhood House - Madison's First and Oldest Community Center

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 
5/2/22 - The Past and Present of Neighborhood House - Madison's First and Oldest Community Center Dan Millmann 2022-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

5/9/22 - Immigration Services at the Catholic Multicultural Center: Helping New-comers Become Neighbors

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
 
5/9/22 - Immigration Services at the Catholic Multicultural Center: Helping New-comers Become Neighbors Dan Millmann 2022-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

The Family of Rotary – Holiday Style

Posted by Lynn Perez-Hewitt
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.
 
       
The Family of Rotary – Holiday Style Lynn Perez-Hewitt 2021-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Why Rotarians Ride Bicycles

Posted by Lynn Perez-Hewitt
Some Rotarians ride bicycles for fun, some for their health, some to get to work, and some even ride for a cause. The cause that drew District 6250 leaders to their bikes on November 6th is the fight to eradicate polio.
 
From Chippewa Falls to Madison and Mt. Horeb riders came to Verona to mount their bicycles and stay in place. Because the goal is to get to a polio free world, and your bike doesn’t need to move to reach that goal. 
District Governor Karen Hebert arrived with her game face on, literally. She sported an End Polio Now tattoo on her cheek. Joining her in a matching tutu with flashing lights was DGN Dr. Michelle McGrath, who sported pigtails designed to bob in the breeze created by the whirring of bike wheels. 
 
Representing Madison South Rotary were District Polio Chair Randy Sproule and club Secretary Lee Ann Dillis, also wife of AG Mike Dillis the driving force behind the ride.

Rocket Bicycle with Madison South Rotary Club hosted the first annual District 6250 Ride to End Polio. Rocket Bicycle and SBR Endurance provided high-tech bike stands that transform moving bicycles into stationary bicycles, temporarily. Rain or shine Rotary would ride to end polio on November 6th.
 
The teams arrived by 8 AM to check out “the course” and calibrate their bikes to the sophisticated tracking equipment that would provide second by second feedback about speed, miles, and more.  Ahead of the riders, spanning nearly the full length of the wall, was a dynamic display of information projected in giant numbers. A graphic silhouette of hills (more than one) revealed which rider was leading and how the team was progressing as they raced to add miles as the minutes ticked up to the limit of 45. Only 45 minutes had been allocated for the ride this year. Pledges rode on each push of a pedal. 
 
And just as can happen on the open road, only ten minutes into the ride Lee Ann realized this just wasn't going to be her day. Like the athlete she is, she listened to her body and got off her bike. Never fear. The ride was not over for Team B.R.A.T. As she dismounted her bike, Lee Ann spied Club President Erin West, who had stopped in just to cheer on the team standing there watching. In the true spirit of a team player and without missing a beat, Erin shed her coat, handed off her coffee, and stepped onto Lee Ann’s bike. But the next 35 minutes were far from the biggest challenge for President Erin.  Lee Ann is of modest height and Erin towers over her. So the fit was awkward. Add to this size mismatch that Lee Ann had clip-in pedals which require clip-in shoes, of which Erin had none.  So pedaling on her toes for the next 35 minutes Erin West rode one for the team.
 
Riding on the open road nine cyclists from West Towne-Middleton met in Verona in the afternoon on November 6th and rode for 14 miles.  
And in the end what did the District 6250 Ride to End Polio achieve?
 
Team Tutu:         $12,534.00
Team B.R.A.T:   $13,053.00
Team M-WT:      $1,520
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Total:                   $27,107.00


With the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2:1 match, the event raised $81,321.00!

   
 
Why Rotarians Ride Bicycles Lynn Perez-Hewitt 2021-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Pints for Polio 2021

Posted by Tara Ingalls

In 2019, Madison South created and held our first Pints for Polio event on World Polio Day. It was hosted at all four Great Dane Brewing locations around Madison, WI. 

 
The concept was pretty simple ... for every pint, growler, and crawler sold from lunch through dinner, The Great Dane donated $1 which will then be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 

In just a few hours, $1,689 was raised and with the Gates Foundation match, that total rises to $5,067!

 
 
Afterward, when we were announcing the success of the event, the event branding went viral. Pints for Polio logos, T-shirt art, social media posts, and posters were sent to Rotary clubs around the world - literally from Australia to Europe! 
 
 
 
In 2020 we didn't hold the event due to COVID, but we came back in 2021 at a new location - Headquarters Bar in Grill in Oregon, WI
 
Guests enjoyed the Rams take on the 49ers that evening, and about 30 Rotarians from various clubs attended.
 

Though the event was much smaller in 2021, we still managed to raise $225 which was then matched to become a $675 donation to End Polio efforts.

Pints for Polio 2021 Tara Ingalls 2021-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Tom Lucas - He Led the Way

By Steve Busalacchi
 
My dad served in World War II during the Battle of the Bulge. He arrived in France two weeks after D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history.
 
“I never got my boots wet,” Dad told me, incredulous at the courage and determination of those who led the way. Among them was our good friend and Rotarian Tom Lucas, who died July 14, just two years shy of a century old.
 
As we all know, Tom was a paratrooper who dropped in to France as a teenager just days before D-Day. Miraculously, he survived wounds for which he was awarded five purple hearts.
 
Beyond his ability to survive the ravages of World War II combat and the Korean War, his ability to lead a successful, long life afterwards is equally amazing. I’ve always thought Tom’s way of dealing with the horrors of war was to confront them openly. Was there ever a day at Rotary when Tom did not mention something to do with his military service? Instead of bottling it all up, Tom chose another approach. He explained what it was like to anybody interested in learning. I certainly was.
 
Tom once brought his collection of war memorabilia and laid it all out on an open table. It was fitting enough for a Smithsonian exhibit. All kinds of stuff, including Nazi emblems, belt buckles and a black dagger. After the meeting, he told me about the knife.
 
“I always had that fastened to my ankle,” he explained, as he pulled up his pant leg. Then he hugged me from behind and proceeded to show me how he used it to survive hand-to-hand combat! That was Tom. No need to sugar coat it.
 
On the lighter side, who can forget the laughs and groans Tom would elicit when he began a happy dollar comment with, “I was in my basement and found…” There were the gold coins, the fishing rods, the newspapers, the this and the that. All were part of the fabric of a very long and successful life.
 
Ted and Jacci See, and I am sure other caring Madison South Rotarians, went out of their way to make sure Tom didn’t celebrate a birthday alone. They also provided the most beautiful cakes to mark the occasion. This was yet another form of service before self to help honor a Rotarian who could hardly have given more in service to his country.
 
Tom, your fellow Rotarians salute you, not just for your outstanding service, but for your friendship and service to the community over so many years.
 
My dad lived 88 years, a full decade less than Tom. But like Tom, Dad returned from the war and had an incredibly successful and happy life. I can’t help but think Tom Lucas and his courageous buddies who went in first, were the reason my dad and all those who followed, had a chance of surviving at all.
 
  
 
Tom Lucas - He Led the Way Stephen Busalacchi 2021-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

Madison South Rotary Foundation Annual Meeting

Posted on Jun 14, 2021
This week at MSR, we held the annual meeting of our very own Madison South Rotary Foundation (MSRF).  Joe Camilli, current President of MSRF called  the annual meeting to order and the members voted to approve the 2020 MSRF Annual Meeting Minutes.  Mike Dillis and Joe Ballas then presented the Annual Report, which was distributed to all members via email.  The MSRF Annual Report outlines the Future Foundation Advisory Committee and goals of the MSRF, financials and grants, future foundation corpus growth and the legacy society.  The members then voted to elect Firoz Khimani and Paula Possin as MSRF Board Members for 2022-2024 terms. 
 
 
Madison South Rotary Foundation Annual Meeting Erin West 2021-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

The Hippo Roller Project

Posted on Jun 07, 2021
This week we heard an incredible presentation by Luke Vorstermans, Founder of Roll a Hippo Foundation.
 
The hippo water roller was a flip in thinking. This innovative re-design of the wheelbarrow will transform the way over 1 billion women and children in the developing world collect and transport their daily household water.
 
Learn more at www.rollahippo.org
 
Download information on this project: www.1000survivalgardens.com/project.pdf
 
To watch the full presentation on YouTube, visit https://youtu.be/Ba-Jn7B8Di8
 
 
The Hippo Roller Project Tara Ingalls 2021-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Madison South Rotary Mini Golf Outing 6/6

Posted by Tara Ingalls on Jun 06, 2021
 
Join Madison South Rotarians for a fun afternoon “on the green!”

REGISTER ONLINE AT ww.RotaryMiniGolf.com >>

Schedule:  Check-in: 1:00 pm; Shotgun Start Group 1 at 1:30 pm;  Group 2 at 3:30 pm

Location:  Vitense Golfland’s “Wisconsin” Course (Indoor if there’s inclement weather)

Cost:
Individual: $20
Couple: $40
Foursome: $70 ($10 savings!)

All tickets include 18 holes of mini golf on Vitense’s Wisconsin Course, contest entry, door prizes, and a coupon for a free beverage or scoop of ice cream!  All Proceeds Benefit: Madison South Rotary Initiatives

Prizes Awarded for:

  • Best / Worst Overall Score
  • Best Foursome Group Costume
  • Most Creative Mask
  • Youngest / Oldest Golfer

Register today - we have limited spaces!

Madison South Rotary Mini Golf Outing 6/6 Tara Ingalls 2021-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Be the Boss of your Breast Cancer Screening

Posted on May 17, 2021
This week at MSR, professional speaker Leslie Ferris Yerger shared that breast cancer is now the number one cancer diagnosed in the world. In this informative presentation, we discovered interesting facts about breast cancer screening, find out why you may need to Ask, Learn, Insist, and Persist to get the breast cancer screening you deserve.
 
Below are links shared by our presenter:
 
MyDensityMatters website for more information and helpful downloads:
 
MyDensityMatters social media:
Be the Boss of your Breast Cancer Screening Tara Ingalls 2021-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Volunteers for Lake Monona 20K Water Station

Posted on May 01, 2021
Special shout out to Lisa Gits and her husband John, Tara Ingalls' Family, and Joe Camilli for volunteering at water station #1 at the Lake Monona 20K / 5K Saturday 5/1.
 
It was a great way to kick off a beautiful weekend!
 
Rotary Volunteers for Lake Monona 20K Water Station Tara Ingalls 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

How to Work Together When You Can Not Be Together

Posted on Apr 19, 2021
Today we heard a wonderful presentation by Shari Storm - "How to Work Together When You Can't Be Together"
 
Social distancing creates all sorts of stressors on working relationships. We learned a few tips we can use to ensure we interact with our co-workers, Rotary members, or anyone else, with grace and empathy. She explained how small changes in the way we communicate can have a long lasting impact on the connections we have have with the ones we value most.
 
Catch the replay on YouTube - https://youtu.be/sU0NqYSJYz0
 
 
How to Work Together When You Can Not Be Together Tara Ingalls 2021-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Peace building through economic empowerment

Posted on Apr 12, 2021
Rotary Peace Fellow Solomon Ochieng shared information this week on "Peace building through economic empowerment."
 
Youth and women's economic empowerment is one of the greatest needs in peace building, since youth are the perpetrators of violence, supporting them economically is an assured way to cohesion with 70% of youth being unemployed in Kenya, they have been the missing link in building peace.
 
Save Lives of Vulnerable Women and Girls in Kenya - Visit their Go Fund Me Page to make a Donation  >>
 
Peace building through economic empowerment Tara Ingalls 2021-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Madison South Rotary and the Oregon Interact Club Help Refurbish a School for Disabled Children in Guatamala

Posted by Lyn Kenney on Apr 11, 2021
A school in Alotenango, Guatemala (Ensename a Pescar) has been serving the needs of 50 severely handicapped children with a number of disabilities. Through the years, they have asked Rotarians for help in any number of areas. The government provides very little for them except a space for the school. In their original location, clubs from South Carolina were able to put in two businesses (for sustainability); provided needed medical equipment like wheelchairs and crutches; and most important, fund raised to help pay for a Physical Therapist.With her work over 4 years, 14 of 25 children were able to walk again.Then the government decided to take their school and tear it down for an office space. They were put in a very poor space where they could not hold school and had to store furniture on the roof. The furniture was destroyed by a volcano. Parents united and worked hard to get rid of the local mayor and voted in someone supportive of the school.
 
This is where Madison South Rotary comes into the picture. In meetings with the school and the UWARA Rotary Club of Guatemala City, we were asked for help in fixing up a new space provided by the local government. Several of us visited that space in January of 2020. The school was to double in size and staff were to take an additional 50 children with learning disabilities. They primarily needed paint, equipment, furniture and supplies for the added number of children. In addition, all desks needed to be replaced. Staff, parents and community members provided the labor.
 
A district grant for less than $10,000 in total, provided everything they needed to open. Unfortunately, this was right around the time Covid came along so everything was shut down and items could not be purchased right away. Normally, we would have brought a team of Rotarians down from our club and others interested that would have worked alongside the UWARA club Rotarians to join in the painting and decorating of the school. We were not able to do this, again due to Covid.
 
The UWARA club, under the leadership of Monica Davila and support from other Rotarians in her club, purchased all items at great prices, watching for sales and bargaining with vendors. Since the school was closed, they stored many items in their homes until the school was close to opening. They saved nearly $3,500, so we were able to go back to our district and request additional items that were needed. Once approved, we were able to use all of the grant and add needed Covid supplies. Take a look at the picture of the desk and attached chair that they were able to buy for $15 each (made in Guatemala). They have buying power because they purchase so many for other schools.
 
Some will ask, what if they get moved again? Well, the only thing that won’t go with them is the paint used in the school and the wood for building a railing on the stairs. We take that into consideration when funding a project. An additional plaque with the
 
Madison South Rotary and Oregon Interact Club will be added to the school wall when we are able to visit the school, hopefully in March of 2022.
 
 
  
 
 
Madison South Rotary and the Oregon Interact Club Help Refurbish a School for Disabled Children in Guatamala Lyn Kenney 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Genocide on the Tigray Tribe in Ethiopia Touches District 6250

Posted on Mar 23, 2021
This week at Madison South Rotary, Karen Dahl, Co-President of the Viroqua Area Rotary Club, presented with Danayt Raied on the on-going genocide on the Tigray Tribe in Ethiopia. 

Danayt, a former Rotaracter, is now studying at Alverno College, Milwaukee but is originally from Ethiopia where her parents still reside. Danayt and her family are part of the Tigray Tribe that is embroiled in the Ethiopian civil war.

View their presentation on YouTube >>

If you'd like to donate goods or dollars to help Danayt and her host family, please reach out to Karen below. Our Madison South Rotary Club will be donating $250 from Tara's president's purse to help assist with Danayt's college tuition and also the purchase of some personal items.

Karen Dahl
℅ Viroqua Area Rotary Club
P. O. Box 261
Viroqua, WI 54665
Email: kdahl@mwt.net
Phone:  608-632-0224

Genocide on the Tigray Tribe in Ethiopia Touches District 6250 Tara Ingalls 2021-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary International Foundation

Posted on Mar 15, 2021
Fellow Rotarians Rob Gooze and Cary Grunder presented to our club this week on The Rotary International Foundation.
 
 
Just to recap, there will be a matching program 1:1 for anything donated to The Rotary Foundation from February 24, 2021 until April 30, 2021, to help you obtain or reach the next Paul Harris Fellow level.
 
Donations can be to any Rotary Foundation fund but remember it is the Annual Fund that allows us to obtain all the various district and global grants.

Option A - Donate Online
Visit www.rotary.org
At the top, click on My Rotary, then sign in and THEN click on "Donate". If you don't sign in first, our club won't get credit.
Select "Annual Fund" and continue prompts to enter credit card info.
You will get an email confirmation. Forward a copy to Cary Grunder, cary.grunder@nm.com, so he can allocate the appropriate matching points
 
Option B  - Mail a Check
Check should be made payable to: The Rotary Foundation and mailed to
Madison South Rotary
PO Box 259672
Madison WI  53725
 
Any questions do not hesitate to contact usThank you for making a difference in the world!
 
Rob Gooze - rob@goozer.net
Cary Grunder - cary.grunder@nm.com
The Rotary International Foundation Tara Ingalls 2021-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Past Exchange Student Presentations Tara Ingalls 2021-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Ignite Your Life:  Making Room for More Pleasure

Posted on Mar 01, 2021
This week at Madison South Rotary, we heard the presentation "Ignite Your Life: Making Room for More Pleasure" by Christie Bemis, from Hot Pink University
 
She asked us to create a list of items under each of these four categories:
What do I want to be?
What do I want to do?
What do I want o have?
What do I want to feel?
 
Then, she described a way to create a hierarchy among the list to know where to focus your time and effort.
 
Below are ways to connect with Christie:
Ignite Your Life: Making Room for More Pleasure Tara Ingalls 2021-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Scoops 2021 Recap

Posted on Feb 26, 2021

Our Inaugural Rotary Scoops Event Was a Huge Success!

Due to the pandemic, Madison South Rotary was forced to cancel our Brat Stand fundraiser which funds our club’s many activities including our local nonprofit grant program, international projects, student scholarships, outstanding student program, and so much more.
 
To replace these funds, we decided to host a Human Sundae Fundraising Challenge. Eight Rotarians participated in the challenge - Tara Ingalls, Erin West, Jay Hinkens, Ted See, Aaron Frank, Kathy Sibert and Joe Balles - with the highest (Erin) and lowest fundraisers (Dan)  being crowned “winners.”
 
Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the event and to everyone who donated - we raised over $13,600 for our Foundation!
 
Photo Gallery: Visit Facebook >>
 
     
 

 
For more photos, visit Facebook >>
 
 
Rotary Scoops 2021 Recap Tara Ingalls 2021-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Estate Planning 101

Posted on Feb 22, 2021
This week's presenter was Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy, a shareholder and co-founder of Horn & Johnsen SC.
 
Here presentation entitled "Estate Planning 101" provided an overview of estate planning, including the basic estate planning documents everyone should have in place, regardless of your age or the size of your estate, along with a brief discussion about living trusts and when they should be considered.
 
Missed the meeting? Catch the replay on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-ZdwPZYTA7E
Estate Planning 101 Tara Ingalls 2021-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

3 Strategies to Improve your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Posted on Feb 15, 2021
This week, we heard a delightful presentation by Lisa Koenecke on "3 Strategies to Improve your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion"
 
She shared three techniques: Showing, Shifting and Shaping, that helped us identify and investigate unconscious bias, microaggressions and engagement.
 
Did you miss the meeting? Catch the replay on YouTube: https://youtu.be/28dhuqwljUg
3 Strategies to Improve your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tara Ingalls 2021-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
The Guatemala Community Center project Tara Ingalls 2021-02-08 08:00:00Z 0

The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial

Posted on Feb 01, 2021
Speaker: Rob Gooze
Topic: The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial

This program will discussed the science and objectives of clinical trials and also the issues and perspectives of a real life patient Mary Gooze, Rob's wife, who has just started on a clinical trial at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
 
Missed the Meeting? Catch the replay on YouTube >>

 
The Why, What, How, When of a Cancer Clinical Trial Tara Ingalls 2021-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Craft Beer Fellowship's Winter Warmer Event

Posted on Jan 30, 2021

Craft Beer Fellowship's Winter Warmer was so fun!

Thank you Lee Ann & Mike Dillis for hosting a “Winter Warmer” event last Saturday afternoon! ❄️🍺🔥
 
The weather was absolutely perfect to enjoy great conversation around a blazing bonfire, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and some frothy beverages. Thanks to the craft beer fellowship group for organizing this winter wonderland get together! 😀
 
Check out the MSR Facebook page to view photos from the event.
 
Craft Beer Fellowship's Winter Warmer Event Tara Ingalls 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

Posted on Jan 25, 2021

Speaker: Randy Romanski, Secretary-designee,  State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

The Secretary touched on the wide-spread role of the agency, which is described as a “Partnership with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by ​promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace.”

Catch the replay on YouTube >>

State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection Tara Ingalls 2021-01-25 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Scoops 2021 Fundraiser

Posted on Jan 18, 2021

It’s like the Ice Bucket Challenge and an Ice Cream Social had a baby!

For the month of February, our club will be hosting a fundraising event called Rotary Scoops to replace funds normally raised by our Brat Stand to support our Foundation's Grant program this spring.
 
These eight brave Rotarians have offered to be candidates for the event. The one with the highest fundraising total on 2/26 becomes a "Human Sundae."
 
Click below to visit their individual fundraising pages:
 
Aaron Frank
Tara Ingalls
Jay Hinkens
Kathy Siebert
Dan Millmann
Erin West
Ted See
Joe Balles
 

We're off to a great start with nearly $600 raised in less than 24 hours - visit www.RotaryScoops.com for more details and to donate!

Rotary Scoops 2021 Fundraiser Tara Ingalls 2021-01-18 08:00:00Z 0

Forensic Genealogy and the Rotary Four Way Test

This week we had such an interesting presentation by Melinde Byrne about Forensic Genealogy and the Rotary Four Way Test.
 
Is it the Truth?
Absolutely! Forensic Genealogy using DNA evidence has revolutionized crime solving, not just for cold cases, but also for deterring criminals who know they’ll get caught.
 
Is it Fair to All?
Yes, if you believe justice should be served in cases of violent crimes like kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder.
 
Forensic Genealogy and the Rotary Four Way Test Tara Ingalls 2021-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
About the Rotary Global Scholars Grant Program Tara Ingalls 2021-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Abbie Kruse from The Playing Field

Today we heard a wonderful presentation by Abbi Kruse from The Playing Field. The Playing Field has created a one-of-a-kind model for early care and education that breaks barriers faced by low-income families in accessing high quality programs.
 
Their School Family includes children impacted by homelessness alongside those from more advantaged families and has been recognized as a model for trauma sensitive practices.
 
Did you miss the meeting?  Catch the replay on YouTube >>
 
 
Abbie Kruse from The Playing Field Tara Ingalls 2020-12-28 08:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Board Members

Madison South Rotary Annual Member Meeting - December 28, 2020
 
Slate of nominees was shared for voting through Survey Monkey by Erin West, President-elect. Votes were tallied and below are the results: 
 
President-Elect: Dan Millmann
Treasurer: Jane Tereba
Secretary: Leanne Dillis
Sargent-at-Arms: Steve Fine
Board of Director at large: Adam Peck
Board of Director at large: Stephen Mundt
 
Congratulations to elected club leadership for 2021-2022!
Welcome New Board Members Tara Ingalls 2020-12-28 08:00:00Z 0

Neonatal Care: A Global Perspective

This week's presenter was Ryan Michael McAdams, Neonatology Division Chief at UW Madison
 
Neonatology is a subspecialty of pediatrics that consists of the medical care of newborn infants, especially premature and other critically ill newborns.
 
Dr. McAdams discussed neonatal care practices worldwide including the latest medical advances, current dilemmas, and future directions in neonatology.
 
 
 
Neonatal Care: A Global Perspective Tara Ingalls 2020-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
Delivering Engaging and Interactive Virtual Presentations Tara Ingalls 2020-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Aligning Personal and Professional Goals

This week we heard a delightful presentation by Laura Berkan Mael, CPO of Pareto's Talent. "Goals apply to all aspects of our lives. Most of us have professional goals – a sales quota, a monetary income achievement, a promotion – but we don’t have personal goals to define success and happiness once we reach those financial goals. If we don’t have balanced goals, you sacrifice your health or personal relationships in exchange for financial success. On the other hand, if we are happy, healthy, and feeling well, we tend to have an easier time achieving other goals."
 
Did you miss the meeting? Catch her presentation on YouTube >>
Aligning Personal and Professional Goals Tara Ingalls 2020-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Mindset Matters: Mantras for Moving Mountains

This week's speaker was Lisa Robb from Raining Glitter Coaching. Mindset is the foundation upon which we can build our hopes and dreams. How firm is your foundation?
 
In this inspirational program, Lisa shared lessons that will help you effectively establish a more positive mindset. She encouraged us to dream big, radical, impossible dreams and believe in them, too.
 
We learned about seven mindset mantras we could put to use right away!
 
 
 
Mindset Matters: Mantras for Moving Mountains Tara Ingalls 2020-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Guatemala Water and Sanitation Project

By Lyn Kenney

Chronic childhood malnutrition is a problem all over Guatemala. Almost 50% of children aged 5 and under are malnourished.  In the highland villages of Tecpan, however, the number is as high as 95%.
 
In 2019, Madison South Rotary wrote a Global Grant for a Water and Sanitation Project in two villages in the highlands of Tecpan, Guatemala. We partnered with ABPD (Association Behrhorst Partners for Development), the Antigua RC in Antigua, Guatemala, District 7750 in South Carolina and clubs in Florida and Maine. At the same time, Deb Walters from District 7790 (Maine and Quebec) wrote a Global Grant for Maternal and Child Health for one of the same villages plus one other that had been assessed to need this type of help. The “ask” comes from the village leaders themselves then a detailed assessment is done by ABPD.

 
Guatemala Water and Sanitation Project Lyn Kenney 2020-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Habitat for Humanity Dane County - Overview Tara Ingalls 2020-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Madison South Rotary Receives Citation from Rotary International

Congratulations to Madison South Rotary for recently receiving a 2019-2020 Rotary Citation from Rotary International! This citation was given in recognition of our Club's support of Rotary International's strategic priorities which focus on uniting people and taking action. A few examples of things we accomplished were having an active Membership Committee, being active in a polio fundraising event (Pints for Polio), hosting successful Club projects (Brat Stand & St. Mary's Bingo) and using social media (Facebook, Linkedin and YouTube) to help promote the good work of our Club to others in our community.
 
Kudos to all members of our Club who helped us achieve this recognition from RI! 🥳
 
Madison South Rotary Receives Citation from Rotary International Tara Ingalls 2020-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Economic and Investment Prospects During Extraordinary Times Tara Ingalls 2020-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

Nan McCreadie from Rotary International

This week we had the privilege of meeting Nan McCreadie from Rotary International. Nan joined Rotary in 1997 and became her club president in 2000-2001. She quickly thereafter became District Governor in 2005-2006. Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland was formed as an organization in 1910. Nan made history when she became the first female president in 2013. At that time, there were 53,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland.
 
She said, "If you don't prepare, you won't perform well. Flying by the seat of your pants is just not going to allow you to reach the standards you are capable of. Believe in preparation and high standards, and you will be amazing."
 
 
Nan McCreadie from Rotary International Tara Ingalls 2020-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

Protecting Yourself From Cyber Criminals

This week at Madison South Rotary, Kevin Peterson from Peterson Technology Group presented his top 10 precautions to protect you and your company from cyber threats.
 
He shared no nonsense, practical advice, and better armed us against cyber criminals including ...
 
  
 
... and so much more.  Catch the replay on Youtube >>
 
To take advantage of Kevin's offer to run a free "dark web" report, email him at  KPeterson@PetersonTechGroup.com or visit his company online at www.petersontechgroup.com
Protecting Yourself From Cyber Criminals Tara Ingalls 2020-11-02 08:00:00Z 0

Virtual Halloween Party a Great Success!

Our club's virtual Halloween party today was so fun! 🎃☠️👺
 
Special appearances by Mr. Incredible, Count Dracula, Maleficent, Don Taylor, and even Santa!
 
Congrats to our B-I-N-G-O winners Joe Balles, Jacci See, LeeAnn Dillis, and Kari Paterson. And, kudos to our costume winner Stephen Mundt and the 2020 "Dress your Brat" winners Mike & LeeAnn Dillis! Happy Halloween everyone!
 
Virtual Halloween Party a Great Success! Tara Ingalls 2020-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Women in Rotary - The Mouse that Roarded Tara Ingalls 2020-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Life Lessons with Tom Farley

Madison South Rotary was very pleased to welcome Tom Farley to our club meeting this week.
 
Tom shared "Life Lessons" he learned from sharing a bedroom with his brother, the late Chris Farley, including:
 
1. Finding your lane - being true to who you are instead of what others expect you to be
 
2. Connecting with your audience - learning what does and doesn't resonate with people
 
3. Embracing the ensemble - at some point every single person on your team is an integral part of your business. He advised, "Resist evaluating people solely on their talent. Evaluate people on how their skills can enhance the group and how their weaknesses (and we all have them) are diminished by this whole collective. Shifting to an 'ensemble mindset' creates several benefits. First, it's much easier to welcome new member because everyone feels important. They feel they matter, their presence is welcome and their voices will be heard. And, if/when someone does leave, a well tuned ensemble is far better positioned to seamlessly refresh."
 
So much great advice - thanks Tom!
 
Life Lessons with Tom Farley Tara Ingalls 2020-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Connecting: Harnessing the Power of People Tara Ingalls 2020-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

What's Travel Like Right Now?

This week at Madison South, we met Joanne Mani, Director of Business Travel at Burkhalter Travel. She discussed what business travelers in Wisconsin are experiencing amidst all the uncertainty of opening and closing borders and changing pandemic safety protocols.

 

Catch the replay on YouTube >>

 

What's Travel Like Right Now? Tara Ingalls 2020-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Masood Akhtar "We Are Many - United Against Hate

Masood Akhtar is the Founder/President of "We Are Many - United Against Hate"  Overpowering hate through engagement and education.  People are not born with hate.  They are taught to hate.  If they are taught to hate, we can easily teach them how to love.  But we need to realize that what makes America exceptional and has built our great nation is our policy of accepting all people, no matter their origin, color, or even political affiliation. Therefore, let's be proactive, strategic, non-partisan, and then act.  Silence is no longer an option.
 
Below are links provided by Masood after his presentation:
Catch the meeting replay on Youtube >>
Masood Akhtar "We Are Many - United Against Hate Tara Ingalls 2020-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Hearing Loss and Treatment Options

Jennifer Udulutch, AuD, an Audiologist at SSM-Dean Medical Group presented today on hearing loss - causes, treatment options and assistive listening device options. 
 
Really interesting presentation!
 
Catch the replay on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/CU51fLHuNcM
 
Hearing Loss and Treatment Options Tara Ingalls 2020-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Bill Pritchard Speaks at MSR

District Governor Bill Pritchard Speaks at MSR

Thank you Bill Pritchard for joining today's meeting and presenting to our membership.
 
You offered some really great insight into how we might grow our club during these uncertain times.
 
Congratulations Kathy Siebert as being recognized as our club's "YES Rotarian". Thanks for all you do to support our club and your fellow Rotarians.
District Governor Bill Pritchard Speaks at MSR Tara Ingalls 2020-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

Madison South Rotary's 2019-2020 Service Above Self Award Winner is Ginny Olson

Congratulations Ginny!

In 1989 the slogan “Service Above Self” was formally established as the principal motto of Rotary because it conveys the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service that defines our mission & purpose. Each year our Club awards a Paul Harris Fellow to a member who demonstrates their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents.
 
This year’s recipient, Ginny Olson, has been a Rotarian since 2011 and joined our club in 2015. She's held the following positions within our Club: Sergeant at Arms, Secretary, Member of the Board of Directors, Membership Committee Chair, Editor of the Newsletter and Member of the Foundation Board. 
Madison South Rotary's 2019-2020 Service Above Self Award Winner is Ginny Olson Tara Ingalls 2020-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Terry Payne, Investing in Cast Iron Cookware Tara Ingalls 2020-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

2019 MSR Grant Recipient: REACH-A-Child

Curt Fuszard, Executive Director
REACH-A-Child
™ is a Madison-based non-profit currently partnering with First Responders in many communities across Wisconsin. This effort involves the creation of REACH BAGs which are then delivered to the offices of the First Responders. Our organization aims to put smiles on the faces of children in crisis through the power of books. Whether the children are in the hospital, victims of domestic disturbance, or automobile accident or temporarily homeless, REACH-A-Child wants to help the first responders engage these children in a positive way.
 
2019 MSR Grant Recipient: REACH-A-Child Tara Ingalls 2020-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Urban Coyotes and Red Foxes in Madison

This week at Madison South Rotary ... We heard from David Drake, a Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist with the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison who presented on "Urban Coyotes and Red Foxes in Madison."
 
The UW Urban Canid Project has been studying coyotes and red foxes living in Madison since 2014.  His presentation shared the methods they use to research these fascinating animals and some of the unique results our project has discovered.
 
 
 
Urban Coyotes and Red Foxes in Madison Tara Ingalls 2020-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Grant Recipient: Rape Crisis Center

 
Speaker: Missy Mael, Senior Director of Education, Outreach, and Prevention

Serving Dane County since 1973, the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) provides services to survivors (and their family and friends) of all forms of sexual violence, including recent sexual assault, past sexual assault, incest (past or present), sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation. These services are provided free of charge and include crisis intervention and support via our 24-hour Helpline (608-251-7273), our Spanish language line La Línea (608-258-2567), short-term counseling, support groups, medical and legal advocacy and accompaniment, community education and outreach.

The Rape Crisis Center is a 2019 Madison South Rotary Grant Recipient.

2019 Grant Recipient: Rape Crisis Center Tara Ingalls 2020-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

MSR Rotarians Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Six Madison South Rotarians braved the heat to help Habitat for Humanity Dane County. Dan Millmann, Lauri Schwartz, Joe Camilli, Tara Ingalls, Steve Fine and Chris Dodge were definitely PEOPLE OF ACTION!
 
MSR Rotarians Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Tara Ingalls 2020-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Madison South Rotary's International Projects

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.
 
 
Madison South Rotary's International Projects Lyn Kenney 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Harry Hawkins III of Nehemiah Corp presents on A Practical Guide on Creating Inclusive Spaces 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
LAURA BUYAN-DENT MD PhD Associate Professor of Neurology at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, guest of our own Lyn Kenney, presents on movement disorders 2019-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
President Keith Lehnherr thanks Travis Currier for his presentation "One of Many--Diversity, Inclusion and Rapport in the Workplace" 2019-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
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We "will be sad for a long while, but always grateful for the special man Bill Mundt was--a good man."

Posted on Jan 16, 2017
Bill Mundt,  a dear Madison South Rotary member, passed away on January 15, 2017. The quote above by Randy Sproule reflects the feelings of all. We are the beneficiaries of Bill's efforts to develop the Brat Stand as a strong fundraiser, to set up transformational college scholarships, and to make this club special.  In large part because of Bill's commitment, Madison South Rotary can make a difference in our community.  
We "will be sad for a long while, but always grateful for the special man Bill Mundt was--a good man." 2017-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Bill Mundt exemplified "Service Above Self"

Posted on Jan 16, 2017
Longtime Madison South Rotarian Bill Mundt passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017.  He was fondly remembered at Monday's meeting.  President Aaron Frank quoted Rotary Founder Paul Harris. "Rotarians are very much more disposed toward action than words."  Bill was a man of few words and lots of action in service to others.  "Bill would want us to think today about things we did together to help others," fellow Rotarian and friend Randy Sproule said.  We are the beneficiaries of Bill's hard work to set up transformational college scholarships, to develop the Brat Stand as a strong fundraiser, and to make this club special.  Madison South Rotary has the ability to make a difference in the community because of Bill's hard work and commitment.  Randy spoke for all of us when he said, "I will be sad for a long while, but I will always be grateful for the special man that Bill was--a good man." (photo by Kathy Siebert)
Bill Mundt exemplified "Service Above Self" 2017-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Laura Dries speaks about Andean Health and Development  2016-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Togo Video Thank You Note. 2015-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Madison South Rotary and The Peace Corps in Togo partnership

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Last fall, Rob Gooze, a member of the Madison South Rotary club visited his son, David, who was serving in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa. Rob also met other Peace Corps volunteers and a Shea Flynn asked if our club could help her village by funding a latrine and hand washing station.The middle school is the only school in the community with no latrine. It services over 700 students and they have nowhere to use the bathroom other than the family fields behind the soccer field. Girls miss school during their menstrual cycle because they have no place to safely attend to feminine hygiene issues. Construction started this past May and was completed in July for less that $4,000 US. Thanks to Madison South Rotary and the Peace Corps, over 700 students now have proper school sanitary facilities.

Be sure to click on the story to see all the wonderful pictures.

Madison South Rotary and The Peace Corps in Togo partnership 2015-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
2015 Madison South Rotary Scholarship Recipients. 2015-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Reminder


23-February-2015 @ 12:15 pm
Meet at The Coliseum Bar (Upstairs)

 
Reminder drew 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Jorge Perez-Trejo Named Outstanding Student Steve Busalacchi 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Jessica Bales Named Outstanding Student

Posted by Steve Busalacchi on Feb 09, 2014
West High School's Jessica Bales earned Madison South Rotary's Outstanding Student award. She's pictured with her counselor, Andrew Stendahl, who said Jessica is not only a scholar (3.5 GPA), but an athlete and a volunteer. She enjoys gymnastics and helping out at the local food pantry. Jessica plans to pursue a nursing degree at Edgewood College.
Jessica Bales Named Outstanding Student Steve Busalacchi 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Brat Stand Victory Party Jan. 26, 2014

Posted by Steve Busalacchi on Jan 13, 2014
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Brat Stand Victory Party January 26, 2014
5100 Bar & Grill
 
Address: 5100 Erling Avenue, McFarland
 
Time: 5:00
 
Phone: 223-5100
Brat Stand Victory Party Jan. 26, 2014 Steve Busalacchi 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

New Officers Elected

Posted by Steve Busalacchi on Dec 08, 2013
On December 9, 2013, Madison South Rotary elected the following officers for its 2014/15 year:
 
    President-elect: Shawn Fischer
    Treasurer: Jay Hinkens (re-elected)
    Secretary: Paula Possin (re-elected)
    Sergeant at Arms: Judy Phillips
 
Board of Directors Seats:
 
Three at-large positions: John Callaway, Brent Benjamin and Chris Brady
 
Congratulations!
New Officers Elected Steve Busalacchi 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Noelle Yeazel Named Outstanding Student Steve Busalacchi 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Darby Lemkuil Named Outstanding Student Steve Busalacchi 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Listening Key to Superior Customer Service Steve Busalacchi 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

Nurturing Citizen Scholarship in Education

Posted by Steve Busalacchi on Aug 25, 2013
Madison is a great place to live because there are so many residents with advanced degrees, comprehensive skills and creative minds. One of them is Michelle Sharpswain, PhD, who is incorporating the power of community service in the curriculum for a new Madison-area high school, scheduled to open next year.
Nurturing Citizen Scholarship in Education Steve Busalacchi 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

A Modern Newsletter

Posted by Cary Grunder on Aug 18, 2013
We've come to a crossroads regarding our Madison South Rotary Newsletter and can no longer produce it in the way we have previously published. Instead, we will take advantage of the electronic Rotary program known as Club Runner, which easily integrates all of the key information Rotary Clubs must tally, as well as provides space for newsletter copy, upcoming events and announcements. We have been paying for this software for some time, but have not fully taken advantage of what it offers. It is my goal to do exactly that in the coming weeks and months, thanks to the help of Bob Vanden Burgt and others on our team.
 
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Svelte Peace Corps Volunteer Returns from Togo an Enlightened Man

Posted by Steve Busalacchi on Aug 18, 2013
    His adventure started in a tiny, impoverished village seven miles off the main road in Togo, West Africa, where constant drumming and random screams are the norm. David Gooze is 25 pounds lighter since becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in Kemeni, a two-thousand person community. Despite Togo's small population, they speak 40 different languages! French, however, is the official language.
Svelte Peace Corps Volunteer Returns from Togo an Enlightened Man Steve Busalacchi 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Making Giving Easy - Madison Community Foundation lends a hand Bob Vanden Burgt 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Making Giving Easy - Madison Community Foundation lends a hand Steve Busalacchi 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Before You Go

Posted by Steve Busalacchi on Jul 14, 2013
Grief counselor Cheri Milton speaks the power of gratitude. In her presentation before Madison South Rotary, Milton discussed why she chose to write, Before You Go: Lessons for a better life from those facing death.

"I never imagined how much they would give back to me," she said of her interactions with terminal patients.
Before You Go Steve Busalacchi 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Bob Vanden Burgt 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

President's Corner

Posted by Bob Vanden Burgt on Jul 04, 2010

If my math is correct, I believe we are entering the 45th year of our club’s existence.  Although I am very excited and honored to accept my responsibility as our 44th president, it only seems appropriate to pause for a moment to consider and acknowledge many of the components that make the Rotary Club of  Madison South Rotary a truly exceptional organization.

President's Corner Bob Vanden Burgt 2010-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Bob Vanden Burgt 2010-06-18 00:00:00Z 0