Welcome! Our Rotary Club serves the Cedarburg and Grafton communities, located in central Ozaukee County.

We meet on Thursdays at 12:00 noon
June - August 
Summer Schedule - Meeting locations rotate weekly.
September through May
American Legion - Peter Wollner Post 288
W57N481 Hilbert Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012
 
Please check our Club Calendar to verify meeting locations and times.
Visiting Rotarians are welcome to join in at our meetings. If you have the chance, email our Secretary, Maggie Dobson with the day you plan to attend.
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24th Annual Rotary Music Festival (RMF)

Wednesday, July 3, 2024 @ 7:00 PM Sharp!
Cedarburg High School Athletic Field
All seats are reserved so advanced tickets are encouraged to get the best seats in the stadium. 

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Amazing talent! Annually, drum and bugle corps make the journey across the state, and the country, to perform here in our community. What a privilege to experience their showmanship.
 
Tickets for the 24th annual Rotary Music Festival are now on sale. The drum and bugle corps show will be held Wednesday, July 3, at the Cedarburg High School Athletic Field starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature performances by four world-class drum and bugle corps including the Madison Scouts of Madison, WI, Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL, Blue Stars of La Crosse, WI, and the Colts of Dubuque, IA. They will also be joined by the Colt Cadets of Dubuque, IA.
 
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All seats are reserved so advanced tickets are encouraged to get the best seats in the stadium.
Ticket prices range from $25 to $45 and can be ordered at dcitickets.showare.com.
All proceeds are used for student scholarships and grants to non-profit organizations.
 
 

Invest in your community through the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton.

Your investment of time, talent, and treasures for our community through the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton allows us to provide deserving students with scholarships to technical and vocational schools and supports our community's quality of life through the grants we give and the projects we're involved in.
 
To donate, click the "Donate Today" image or make your check payable to Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Foundation and mail to PO Box 194 Cedarburg, WI 53012. As a Wisconsin 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton. Donations are 100% tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Ref EIN 39-1446118.
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Beaming students and their proud families filled the house at Galiota’s Twelve21 on the evening of Wednesday 5/15/2024 for a reception honoring recipients of more than $40,000 in Rotary scholarships. Melissa Wraalstad, on behalf of the scholarship committee, called it a night we can all be proud of.
 
The committee reviewed a record number of applicants this year and selected the following:
The Lowell K. Levy Hard Work Scholarship in the amount of $6,000 was awarded to Braden Meyer of Grafton. He will be pursuing a degree in biology/conservation and hopes to eventually attain a master’s degree in ornithology. This scholarship recognizes a student who has put in an exceptional amount of hard work, service, and determination. As a Boy Scout, Braden earned 75 merit badges and attained the status of Eagle Scout. He was also the first from the Bay Lakes Council to be awarded the Scouting Distinguished Conservation Service Award.
Six (6) Technical Scholarships of $6,000 each were awarded to:
Jack Bannenberg of Cedarburg, who will be studying TV and field film production at Milwaukee Area Technical College;
Natalie Ernst of Grafton, who will be pursuing a career as a veterinary technician at Madison Area Technical College;
Brison Libka and Shawn Steltenpohl of Grafton, who will both be studying Automotive Service Technology at Fox Valley Technical College;
Chase Mueller of Grafton, who will be training to become an electrical line worker at the Southeast Lineman Training Center in Trenton, GA, and
Valkyrie Wolfgram of Cedarburg, who is planning to study Cosmetology at Paul Mitchell in Denver, CO.
 
Snap-On Tool toolset: Shawn was pleasantly surprised when President Mike Herbrand called him back up to the front and awarded him a toolset valued at $4,855 courtesy of the Wisconsin Automobile Dealer’s Association and Snap-On Tools.
 
Criteria considered for the above scholarships include effort and determination, promise and potential, and financial need.
 
Four (4) Technical Renewal Scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, were awarded to last year’s recipients William Courtright, Nadia Frohmader, Marleigh Knight and Aaron Bulgrim. A fifth renewal, Jordan Guerra, declined the scholarship after taking a pause from school to accept a dream job with Gymshark while pursuing a career as an athletic trainer.
“But I am so grateful for the education and opportunity that your other scholarship offered me,” Jordan wrote to the committee. “I wouldn’t be in such a great situation without your help.”
In addition to Melissa, the other members of the scholarship committee include Carol Alexander Coutts, John Hanson, Julie Hoover, and Chad Koehler. Well done!
 
Photo 1: Receiving Rotary scholarships were (front l-r) Valkyrie Wolfgram, Natalie Ernst and Jack Bannenberg; (back l-r) Brison Libka, Shawn Steltenpohl, Chase Mueller and Braden Meyer.  
Photo 2: Receiving Rotary renewal scholarships were Nadia Frohmader and William Courtright. Two other recipients, Aaron Bulgrim and Marleigh Knier, were unable to attend.
 
Cedarburg High School senior Anna Levy was recognized as the May Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton at its weekly lunch meeting on May 9 at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post.
In addition to being an excellent student, C.H.S. Principal Casey Bowe noted that Levy has logged 425 hours of documented community service during her high school career. “Anna’s compassion and care for others is evident in how she serves,” he said.
 
It’s not surprising that Levy embraces community service and volunteerism. It was her grandmother, Janet Levy, who started the community service program at C.H.S. back in the ‘90s and is her inspiration. “Thanks to her, community service is a huge part of the student culture at Cedarburg and it’s really cool to see so much excitement still around today,” Levy said in accepting her Rotary award.
 
Levy has volunteered at Riveredge Nature Center as a camp counselor, at the elementary and middle schools as part of the coding club to teach younger students about computer science and most recently as a reading tutor at Westlawn Elementary School. She also has volunteered many nights at Ozaukee Family Services during their free counseling sessions for struggling families.
 
This past year, she served as a board member on the community service leadership team which hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens, organized a holiday card drive which donated 800 handmade cards to local nursing homes and coordinated the Mel’s Magic Moment dinner dance for individuals with disabilities. She also has worked as a certified nursing assistant at a local nursing home as part of the Ozaukee Youth Apprenticeship program. Next year, she will attend Villanova University to pursue a degree in nursing.
 
The Rotary award is given monthly, alternating between Cedarburg and Grafton High Schools, to students who demonstrate hard work through school, employment or other activities. The students receive a $50 chamber gift check for their own use, and the Club makes a $50 donation to a charity of the student’s choice. Levy chose to donate her charitable award to Ozaukee Family Services.
 
Photo Caption: C.H.S. Principal Casey Bowe and Anna Levy as our May 2024 Student of the Month.
Our April student of the month Trevor Nauta, a senior at Grafton High School, was described by Superintendent Jeff Nelson as a great student and a leader in academics, athletics, and service at GHS and across the state. Trevor has an impressive list of high school accomplishments, most notably his involvement in the school’s LEO Club, which is the youth version of The Lions and focuses on service in the school and community. He has been the club president for 2 years and is currently serving as district Leo liaison. He was also instrumental in bringing the LEO program to the middle school and growing its membership from 20 to 75 students. 

Trevor also helped to collect around 500 toys in the Kids2Kids Toy Drive this past year as part of the Kapco Enterprises Student Leadership Team. Fueling his interest in government, he has participated in programs like Badgers Boys State, Ozaukee County Youth Government Day, and the Wisconsin State Senate Scholar program. 

Trevor said he plans to pursue a degree in Finance and Political Science at a 4-year university, yet to be decided.  “My goal,” he said, “is to remain actively engaged in my community and eventually serve in an elected office to give back to the place that has given me so much.” 

Trevor chose to donate his $50 Rotary award to the Grafton Education Foundation in support of the many teachers who have supported him. Click here to watch Trevor's presentation. 

Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Trevor Nauta, Grafton School District Superintendent and club member Jeff Nelson, and Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei.  Photo Credit: Gail Ostermann.
Mark Ziebell brings us this photo of Ozaukee Nonprofit Center director Martha Putnam, who was very appreciative of my last delivery from our March Madness Diaper Drive. Thanks to all who participated!
 
60 packages were collected in total!
Smart, talented, dedicated and driven. That’s how Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe described our March Student of the Month Mary Stroebel. “Her academic prowess is undeniable,” Casey said noting that she will graduate as the Salutatorian of her class with a grade point average of 4.61.  Wow!  Most of us didn’t know that grade points went that high. Plus, she has completed 100 hours of formal volunteer work.
 
Mary is an accomplished student-athlete soccer player and has been recognized as an All-State soccer player by the WIAA several times. She will continue playing soccer after graduation at Northwestern University, where she will be pursuing a degree in economics.
 
In accepting the Rotary award, Mary said that Cedarburg holds a very close place in her heart and one day she hopes to return here to raise a family just like her parents did 30 years earlier. “I consider myself to be a Bulldog through and through, and I know that this community is something that is not easy to replicate. I am extremely grateful to call it home,” Mary said.
 
Mary designated her $50 Rotary award go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ozaukee County. As the youngest of eight siblings, Mary said she hopes that this contribution can help give more area kids the kind of support that she received from her older siblings.
 
Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Mary Stroebel, and Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe. Photo credit Gail Ostermann & Zoom video credit, Cindy Petted.
Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Michael McNabb and Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei.Grafton High School senior Michael McNabb was recognized as the Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton at its weekly lunch meeting on Feb. 15 at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post.
 
Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei recognized McNabb for his significant accomplishments as a basketball player noting that he is the all-time leading scorer in Grafton High School history and has exceeded 2,000 career points. “In addition to basketball, Michael is an outstanding student leader at GHS, has challenged himself by taking rigorous coursework, and understands the importance of being a role model to future Black Hawks,” Mantei said.

The Rotary award is given monthly, alternating between Cedarburg and Grafton High Schools, to students who demonstrate hard work through school, employment or other activities. The Club makes a $50 donation to a charity of the student‘s choice. 

In accepting his award, McNabb said his ultimate goal is to inspire the next generation of young athletes to pursue their dreams and become the best version of themselves as athletes and people just as he was inspired by those before him. He credited his family, coaches and teammates for his success. Click here to watch Michael's acceptance speech. 

McNabb will be attending Northern Michigan University to play basketball. He designated his Rotary donation go to Mel’s Charities.

Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Michael McNabb and Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei.
Photo Credit: Gail Ostermann  
Our students of the month continue to amaze us! Casey introduced Cedarburg High School Senior Miles Trompeter as our January Student of the Month, calling him “an outstanding scholar with multiple talents, interests and a deep commitment to service above self.”
 
Miles has a remarkable 4.3 GPA while taking 10 college-level courses. He is a leader in the Robotics team (which will be presenting to our club on Feb. 8) and the Coding Club, where he has contributed to the CyberPatriot and Aerospace Jam teams (who presented their drone at a meeting last year.) He volunteers at local elementary schools teaching 5th graders how to code and complete fun tasks using small programmable robots. He is the trumpet section leader in the marching band, is lead trumpet in the Jazz Band, and No. 1 trumpet in the Symphonic Band. He earned his Eagle Scout status by building eight benches for the walking path behind Faith Lutheran Church.
 
While volunteering through Boy Scouts, he grew a deep connection with Family Sharing so Miles is donating his $50 Rotary award to them.
 
 
Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Miles Trompeter, and Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe. Photo credit Gail Ostermann & Zoom video credit, Cindy Petted.
Gail gave a shout out to Cindy for hosting a “Women in Rotary” social event at her home on Wednesday evening. Gail said, "During our discussion last night, I couldn’t help thinking what a strong group of women we are and how passionate we are about our community. What’s more, we can have a civil conversation while expressing differing opinions."
 
The purpose of our Women In Rotary Social is to provide a gathering place for women in our Club to build and deepen relationships. Relationship with each other personally and as service-minded female leaders in our community. Eight members of the club attended and enjoyed great food and lively conversation! Coincidentally, the gathering was held on the 35th anniversary of women being allowed to join Rotary! As our beloved Chimmy would say, “Thank God for women in Rotary.”
 
Photo Caption: l-r Cindy Petted, Minal Hahm, Maggie Dobson, Julie Hoover (back), Gail Ostermann, Melissa Wraalstad (back), Pat Thome, and Patty Hansen.
 
Grafton High School seniors Brogan Ringgold and Juhi Jha were recognized as the Students of the Month by the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Graton at its weekly lunch meeting on Dec. 14 at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post. “Both of these students were integral to the success of our “Every 15 Minutes” program conducted in October,” said Scott Mantei, Grafton High School principal. “This was a huge undertaking by these students demonstrating their strong leadership skills and commitment to the community.” “Every 15 Minutes” is a nationwide program designed to dramatically challenge students to think about the consequences of driving impaired or distracted. It involves the creation of a video and mock accident demonstration presented to students and the community at large. “We felt this was a natural connection to Rotary since they generously donated $3,000 to this project,” said Mantei. The video, available on youtube.com, has already received 14,000 views.
Ringgold is the senior class president and co-president of the student council. He is a student ambassador for the Grafton Education Foundation, participates in choir competitions, and is involved in Grassroots North Shore, a political action committee dedicated to voter education. He is also employed at Coco Tree Confectionery.
 
Jha is the president of HOSA, an organization for future health professionals, and is co-president of the student council. She is currently the lead volunteer trainer at Aurora Health Care as an Ozaukee Youth Apprentice.
 
The Rotary award is given monthly, alternating between Cedarburg and Grafton High Schools, to students who demonstrate hard work through school, employment, or other activities. The students receive a $50 chamber gift check for their own use, and a $50 donation is made in their name to a charity of their choice. Ringgold designated his donation go to “When We All Vote,” an organization that encourages citizens to vote. Jha chose the American Heart Association for her donation.
 
 
Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Students of the Month Juhi Jha and Brogan Ringgold, Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei, and Grafton School District Superintendent and club member Jeff Nelson. Photo and video credit, Cindy Petted.
 
 

Hat & Mitten Drive Up 250% from Last Year!! 

Jack and Rob are pleased to report that, according to their tally, the hat and mitten drive collected over 600 hats, gloves, socks, and scarves this year compared to 240 last year. Thank you to all of the MSO attendees and Club members who contributed. Your act of kindness makes the MSO concert not only the entertainment event of the season but also a successful clothing drive for Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge. (Jack & Rob are the grandsons of Rotarian & Past-President Mark Ziebell. Oh, and pup Murphy is also pictured. Aren't they adorable?!?!)
 
Casey Bowe introduced Cedarburg High School senior Madison Engebose as our November Rotary Student of the Month.
 
Madison has completed over 100 hours of community service while excelling academically with a 4.5 GPA. She has taken 16 college-level and 11 Advanced Placement courses. She has actively participated in many extra-curricular activities including Math Team, Coding Club, FBLA/DECA, and Golf, where she was recently recognized as First Team All Northshore Conference, Academic All-State, and MVP of the CHS golf team. Casey said that Madison’s golf coach describes her leadership as “unparalleled.” “She has been involved in every aspect of the team, from organizing locker tags to organizing team dinners,” Casey said.

In accepting her award, a $50 chamber gift card and a $50 donation to a charity of her choice, Madison said she plans to play golf in college and major in computer science. Her dream job would be working for the PGA someday.
 
Her charitable donation will go to Baskets of Hope, which provides toys for patients at Children’s Hospital.
 
Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Madison Engebose, and Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe. Photo credit, Cindy Petted.
Farm Pond Dock @ Riveredge Nature Center
Earlier this year the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton donated funds to Riveredge Nature Center for the installation of a new dock. The dock is designed for people of all abilities to access Farm Pond from beyond its shoreline.
 
On Saturday Oct 28, 2023, we had 14 volunteers performing the following tasks.
- assembling planking for the dock floor
- cutting back invasive species at the pond's shore
- maintenance of the boardwalk on the opposite side of the pond - pulling out boards and replacing them
- trail work at the pond shore - laying gravel on paths
 
Here our volunteers are pictured standing on the new dock.
Grafton Superintendent and fellow Rotarian Jeff Nelson introduced our Student of the Month, Grace Viesselmann, a senior from Grafton High School.
Grace’s impressive resume includes: Class treasurer, VP of Student Council, President of National Honor Society, Black Hawk Crew Member, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) member, and is an active athlete, playing volleyball, basketball, and track & field. Grace is currently enrolled in AP Calculus, AP Biology, and AP Economics and is planning on a major in biology/pre-pharmacy at either UW-Eau Claire or UW-Madison.

Grace has coordinated events supporting Family Sharing of Ozaukee County through her work at school and will donate her $50 to them. Congratulations Grace!
 
Pictured are GHS Principal Scott Mathei, Grace Viesselmann, and Grafton School District Superintendent & fellow Rotarian Jeff Nelson. Photo credit, Maggie Dobson
As our April 2023 Student of the Month, Henry Cain was introduced by CHS Principal Casey Bowe:
 
It is my honor to introduce you all to Mr. Henry Cain. Henry is currently a senior at Cedarburg High School. He has given back to the community through various service engagements with more than 120 documented hours. He is a leader amongst his peers, serving as a captain of his swimming and soccer teams. Henry was recognized for excellence in swimming as an All-American Honorable Mention and for his excellence in Service, Character, Scholarships, and Citizenship by the National Honor Society.

Henry Cain has sought a rigorous course load during his tenure at CHS, taking seven Advanced Placement courses and earning a remarkable 4.10 cumulative GPA in the process. Henry has deep ties to the community, and to our club as the son of fellow Rotarian Steve Cain and with three years of employment with the Olsen’s at the Piggly Wiggly in Cedarburg.

Henry consistently exemplifies what it means to be a Bulldog. Please welcome the Cedarburg High School Rotary Student of the Month, Mr. Henry Cain.
 
Pictured here are CHS Principal and fellow Rotarian Casey Bowe, Rotary Club President-Elect Mike Herbrand, Henry Cain, and Henry's proud Papa and fellow Rotarian, Steve Cain.  Photo credit, Gail Ostermann
Mark Z. reported that we have 15 bowlers signed up for the red pin bowling event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County for tomorrow, March 17. Our Club raised a total of $2915.00... Well Done!
As for teams... Drum roll … Mike Herbrand’s team donated the most!
 
<<< In our club, this is what winning looks like! Congratulations to Mike's team for raising the most funds.
Jeff Nelson, Rotarian and GSD Superintendent, introduced Kayla Dembiec as our March Student of the Month from Grafton High School. Kayla is the captain of the varsity dance team, vice president of the National Honor Society, coach of the middle school dance team, and a lifeguard. She is a student in AP Research and was the third-place state finisher of the American Legion Oratorical Contest. She said she had to write an eight to 10-minute speech on the United States Constitution, and then give that speech in front of an audience and panel of judges, completely memorized. Amazing! She plans to major in broadcast journalism. Kayla designated her $50 charitable donation from our club to Franciscan Peacemakers, which connects women survivors of sex trafficking to safe housing, meaningful work, and a healing network of support.
 
Pictured are L-R: Grafton School Superintendent Jeff Nelson, Student of the Month Katie Dembiec, and Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei.
Photo credit: Gail Ostermann.
 
Rotary International District 6270 is pleased to announce that Nicole McNevin of Neenah, Wisc., has received a prized Rotary Peace Fellowship (RPF) for 2023-2025. She has been accepted into the Master’s Course in Peace Studies, Public Policy and Public Research Program, at International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan.
 
The daughter of Mary & Richard McNevin of Neenah, Wisc., Nicole is a graduate of Neenah High School and Wheaton College, Ill. (2017) She speaks Japanese and is currently in the 4th year of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program where she teaches English and culture to students in low-income areas.  Read the full story here.
 
 
Unitarian Church North's Social Justice Committee invites you to learn more about this historic event that is not found in many history books or taught in most schools. This "free" in-person-only event is open to the public. Please consider this opportunity to watch "Descended From the Promised Land" The Legacy of Black Wall Street.
 
The short 22-minute film will be followed by a talkback discussion with two panelists, LaToya Bates (UCN's DRE) and Jeannie Carr. Please consider registering with this Eventbrite link.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Unitarian Church North 
   13800 North Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53097
Free and open to the public
 
For more information or questions please feel free to contact Brian Monroe, past RID6270 Dist Governer; 414-881-6901 or monroe.earthbound@gmail.com

In 1921, North Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the most prosperous Black community in America, was set ablaze, bombed, and looted during a racially motivated violent attack against the thriving Black community. Businesses, homes, and lives were lost, and Black Wall Street, as it was known, has never reclaimed its former glory. The Tulsa Race Massacre was only the first in a line of repeated targeted attacks on the progress of the Greenwood District and its residents.
 
Supporting Ukraine
 
Dear Friends,
We are writing with another update on our collective efforts to provide generators, power, and warmth to Ukrainian humanitarian facilities. Generous Rotarians, individuals, and Rotary Clubs across Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and beyond have raised over $130,000, surpassing our initial goal of $75,000.  Our partner, Friends of Be an Angel, has arranged to purchase more generators than originally planned.  1,700 generators have been acquired and two shipments containing 1,192 generators have arrived in Ukraine, with the remaining generators arriving within the next week. The total cost of the generators is $1,013,760 and, to date, commitments have been received for just under $828,630.  Donations are still being accepted, so please feel free to share our efforts with friends and neighbors.
 
The generators that have already arrived in Ukraine are being gratefully received, as shown in this video from a grateful teacher.
 
To stay up to date on this project and view more videos, please visit our webpage
 
Thank you for your generosity and partnership in supporting Ukraine.
Melissa Marschka