2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients

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John Hanson introduced three of this year’s scholarship recipients:  Connor Sobczak, who will be attending MATC to pursue a career as an electrician, Lauren Rathke, who will be attending MATC to pursue a degree in photography, and Ella Day, who received the Lowell K. Levy Hard Work Scholarship and will be attending Creighton University with a double major in biology & Spanish. John noted that this year the club awarded five technical scholarships for $6,000 each, five renewal scholarships for $1,000 each, and the annual Lowell K. Levy Hard Work Scholarship for $6,000.
Pictured, left to right, are Ella Day, Lauren Rathke, and Connor Sobczak. Not pictured are Clayton Kleckner, Nathan Skebba, and Shane Wissing.
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22nd Annual Rotary Music Festival

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The 22st annual Rotary Music Festival returns to Cedarburg this summer on Sunday, July 3rd.  Four (4) amazing Midwestern drum and bugle corps will perform at the Cedarburg High School Alumni Field that evening. Performances by Madison Scouts, Blue Stars, River City Rhythm, and the Colt Cadets. Pre-show appearances by Wisconsin SoundSport Teams including the Green Beret and Sound of Sun Prairie. The event is hosted by the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club. All seats are reserved so advanced tickets are encouraged to get the best seats in the stadium.

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The passing of Robert "Chimmy" Chmielewski 2/17/2022

We mourn the loss of fellow Rotarian Bob “Chimmy” Chmielewski on Feb. 16. Chimmy was a member of our club for 41 years and served as president from 1987-88. He was a big supporter of Rotary’s student exchange program and hosted several students over the years. We will miss his big personality and his zest for life. His enthusiasm was contagious. We will see you on the other side our friend!
Chimmy was the man who always -  and we mean always -  saw and brought out the best in others. Chimmy was a wonderful friend and colleague and loved his family dearly. His vibrant personality was loved by all that knew him and he loved talking about MU or sharing stories about his Marquette Warriors days. His family wrote "The overwhelming outpouring of prayers, support and well wishes is a true testament to our amazing father and all the lives he has touched. He willl be missed more than words can express."
The celebration of Chimmy's wonderful life will be on February 25th. Feel free to wear your best blue and gold/MU gear if you so choose. Masks are strongly encouraged.
Friday 2/25/2022
  12:30 PM - Visitation
    3:00 PM - Mass
St. Francis Borgia North
   1375 Covered Bridge Road,    Cedarburg, WI 53012
A private family burial will be held on Saturday.
www. eernissefuneralhome.com
Gifts: Chimmy's family would like donations to be sent in his honor to the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Foundation. These funds will be used to support their Youth Exchange Program. Something the family has been active in for many years. Click on the image to
Click on the image to donate online on behalf of Chimmy or by check. Make checks 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 Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club. Donations are 100% tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Ref EIN 39-1446118.

Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

What are the benefits?  Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen
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Guatemalan Water Project

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In February 2022, the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary board of directors approved a $500 donation toward the Guatemalan Service Project, allowing the on-site volunteers to provide 5 families with filtered water.
The Mukwonago club announced in January, along with others they will deliver a minimum of #50 TivaWater filters to families in Chichicastenango, Guatemala March 5th - March 12th, 2022.  The Mukwonago club along with the Oconomowoc club have successfully done prior projects with the Guatemalan Service Projects, Inc a 501c3 non profit.
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Registration Is Open - 2022 Rotary Ride Cindy Petted 2022-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

2022 Rotary Ride Logo Contest Winner Announced

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Logo Contest Winner Announced
Annually, high school students from Cedarburg and Grafton school districts are invited to participate in a logo design contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton. In a blind review by the Rotary Ride Logo Contest committee, the design selected was created by Morgan Adams, a senior at Cedarburg High School.
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2022 Rotary Ride Logo Contest

Logo Contest for Rotary Ride
Open to High School Students
High school students from Cedarburg and Grafton are invited to participate in a logo design contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton.  The logo will be used to promote a bicycling event that will be hosted by the club on May 21 starting and ending at Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg.
All entries must be submitted by Jan. 12, 2022, to CindyPetted@gmail.com.
Click here for the complete set of guidelines for the 2022 logo contest.
Logo Design and Parameters: The theme this year is International Rotary’s cause, Protecting the Environment. The student's design should incorporate the event name: ROTARY RIDE - Cycling to Serve.  It should also include the Rotary International wheel logo.
The winning design, as selected by the Rotary Ride logo contest committee, will be used on posters, signs, the registration website, t-shirts, and in ads to promote the event. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 cash award and a photo opportunity that will be submitted to local media and posted on the club’s website.  All participants in the contest will receive a Confirmation of Volunteer Service letter for two hours of community service. 
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Rotary Gives $75,000 to All Children’s Playground

Rotary Gives $75,000 to All Children’s Playground
The Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary, represented by club president Mark Ziebell, far right, and grants chair Pat Thome, second from right, presented a check for $75,000 to members of the Friends of the Cedarburg Parks and Recreation including (from left) board members Steve Bicek and Krisie Mansell as well as Danny Friess, director of Cedarburg Parks, Recreation and Forestry.
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Rotary gives $1000 to Family Sharing

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The Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club gave $1000 to Family Sharing of Ozaukee County during their Empty Bowls event on Friday October 29, 2021.
Club vice president Mike Herbrand, seated left, presented a check for $1,000 to Julie Hoover, Director - Family Sharing (seated right). Other club members taking part in today's Empty Bowl fundraiser are (standing l-r) David Stern, Jeff Nelson, Jack Henke, secretary Minal Hahn, Carol Alexander Coutts, Cindy Petted, Dick Dieffenbach, Jim Pape, Chad Curran, Layton Olsen, past-president Linda Pierschalla, and Todd Bugnacki. (seated l-r) Kim & Brad Babcock, and Bob (Chimmy) Chmielewski.
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2021 Paul Harris Awards Ceremony

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The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have had contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Through the “Every Rotarian, Every Year” campaign, collectively our Club members contribute between $5,000 and $6,000 to Rotary International annually.

Paul Harris Awards were presented by Club President Mark Ziebell to the following:

First-time Paul Harris Awardees:  

  • Dean Fitting
  • Julie Hoover
  • Stephanie Hayes      

Second-time Paul Harris Awardees:

  • Ben Levy
  • Jim Dhein
  • Richard Dieffenbach
  • Nial Peterson
  • Terry Skebba
  • Mal Hepburn

Fourth-time Paul Harris Awardee:

  • John Hammes

Special Awards

For her outstanding work on our inaugural Rotary Ride, Mark awarded an honorary Paul Harris to Cindy Petted. Mark said that Cindy put in “superhuman effort” to make our ride run well.
In memory of one of our long-time members, Mark announced a Paul Harris Award for Jerry Aussprung, who passed away in 2020.  Mark noted that Jerry was a “tireless supporter of the cause of Rotary.”

Recognizing our Past President, Linda Pierschalla

Linda Pierschalla was presented a Paul Harris Award for her service as president of the club. Mark said: “The period from July 2020 to June 2021, the period of Linda’s Presidency of the Club, will be remembered as some of the most challenging times we as a Club and society altogether encountered.”
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Gail Ostermann honored with 2021 Ladies Who Lead Legacy Award

Presented by US Bank, the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce held it 4th annual Ladies Who Lead luncheon on Tue 9/21/2021. We are proud to share, our fellow Rotarian, Gail Ostermann, was recognized for her dedication and passion to serve the community by receiving the 2021 Ladies Who Lead Legacy Award!

A true example of Service Above Self.  Congratulations, Gail!

Christy Mertes, City of Cedarburg and previous Legacy Award Recipient, presented the award to Gail. Photo by VIP.

Here is the 2021 list of women in business honored this year:

Professional Services:  Kathleen Cady Schilling, Ozaukee Economic Development
Non-Profit:  Erica Turner, Bridge the Divide
Retail:  Anna Marie Armbruster, Armbruster Jewelers
Restaurant/Hospitality:  Alice Voigt, Rivoli Theater
Cedarburg Legacy Award:  Gail Ostermann, Retired Publisher, News Graphic & M Magazine, and Community Volunteer

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2021-2022 Rotary Board

The new board of directors for the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club officially began its duties in July for the 2021-2022 year. They include (seated l-r): Linda Pierschalla, past president; Minal Hahm. secretary: Mark Ziebell, president; Melissa Wraalstad, president-elect, and Mike Herbrand, vice president. (standing l-r): Cindy Petted, operations chair; Layton Olsen, fundraising chair; Ron Knaus, finance chair; Pat Thome, Rotary International and grants chair; Gail Ostermann, publicity chair, and Carol Alexander Coutts, executive secretary.
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Live Performance from Top Drum & Bugle Corps Teams

Our Fearless Leader:  President Mark Ziebell volunteering his time to sell Raffle Tickets during the 2021 Rotary Music Festival.
More than 1500 tickets were sold and over $2200 in raffle ticket sales. To complement the great performance of the Drum & Bugle Corps teams, the weather turned from rain to nearly perfect sky as the show began.
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Rotary Music Festival 2021

21st Annual Rotary Music Festival, Drum & Bugle Corps Show
The Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary is pleased to present the 21st annual Rotary Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021
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RMF 2021

The Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Presents …
The Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary is pleased to present the 21st annual Rotary Music Festival
Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021
7:30 p.m.
Cedarburg High School Athletic Field
W68 N611 Evergreen Blvd, Cedarburg, WI 53012
In partnership with Midwest Combine, the Rotary Music Festival
will feature the following corps:
Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
Colts – Dubuque, IA
Colt Cadets – Dubuque, IA
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL
River City Rhythm – Anoka, MN
Tickets are available now on the Drum Corps International website
Order tickets early to get the best seats in the stadium!
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Rotary Ride Recap

Lisa Werner, District 6270 Governor (2021/22); Mark Ziebell Cedarburg-Grafton Club Vice President; and Linda Pierschalla Cedarburg-Grafton Club President.
Photo courtesy of Cindy Petted.
For sun lovers, the inaugural Rotary Ride on Saturday, May 22, was a shining success. Hosted by the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club, more than 500 bicyclists registered to ride one of four routes throughout the scenic countryside of Ozaukee County. Afterward, cyclists and the public were entertained with music, a beer & wine garden, and a variety of delicious meals near the finish line in Cedarburg’s Cedar Creek Park.

We are happy to announce that the Rotary Club exceeded its fundra
    Rotary Ride Recap Cindy Petted 2021-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

    The Passing of Dan Davis

    Dan Davis ushering at the Rotary Music Festival in 2018. Photo provided by Gail Ostermann.

    Club President, Linda Pierschella, paid tribute to our fallen Rotarian Dan Davis, who passed away at the young age of 57 on May 14 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Dan was a member of our Rotary board as youth exchange chair and he and his wife, Beth, often volunteered at our fundraising events. Knowing Dan’s love for the outdoors through his work at Riveredge Nature Center, Linda shared these quotes by famed naturalist John Muir in Dan’s honor:

    “Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” 

    “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” 

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    The Passing Of David "Bones" Boyles

    David “Bones” Boyles was a bright light in our Rotary Club and we mourn his passing on Tuesday, April 27. A member of our club since 2002, Bones taught us the joy of giving, of music, and of laughter. We will miss you, our friend, but we know that you are leading us in song from Heaven. We will be watching the Orioles for you!!! 
    “Tip a Glass in My Honor” by Kelly Roper
    Tip a glass in my honor
    And perhaps pour a sip on my grave.
    It’s not so much the whiskey
    As your company I crave.
    Sing me one of our favorite tunes
    We used to join in at the pub.
    Remember me fondly as you sing,
    And I’ll remember you to God here above.
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    Rotary Chicks guests on The Jack Henke Show Cindy Petted 2021-04-16 05:00:00Z 0


    Jill Hepburn, back middle, representing the Rotary Ride’s lead sponsor, Ozaukee Bank’s Gift to the Future, is joined by her grandchildren Kylee and Aubree Hepburn. She encourages families to participate in the ride to support technical & vocational scholarships. Linda Pierschalla, foreground, is president of the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary.  Photo by Visual Image Photography
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    Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary presents $60,000 to Grafton School District

    Courtney Lutz, right, past president of the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club, presents a check for $60,000 to Grafton School Superintendent Jeff Nelson to benefit the district’s Enhancing Our Future campaign. The donation will be used for school athletic facility improvements.   Photo by Visual Image Photography 
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    Jerry Edquist and the Compass Rose/Rotary Wheel Cindy Petted 2021-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

    Print Presentation

    Bones (left) presents the framed print to Ed Downey, Service Officer at American Legion Peter Wollner Post 288 in Cedarburg. The painting is that of a lone soldier enjoying a coffee in the early morning hours before the 2019 Cedarburg Hometown Celebration parade in downtown Cedarburg.
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    2019-2020 Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Board

    Announcing the 2019-2020 Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Board Of Directors
    Top row: Patricia Thome, Grant Committee Chair; Layton Olsen, Fundraising Chair; Brian Collins, Membership Chair; Carol Alexander Coutts, Executive Secretary; Ron Knaus, Finance Chair;  and James Schowalter, Past-President. Bottom row: Mark Ziebell, Vice President; Dick Dieffenbach, Treasurer; Courtney Lutz, President;  Linda Pierschalla, President-Elect; Melissa Wraalstad, Secretary. Not shown: Gail Ostermann, Public Relations; and Paul Radtke, Operations.
    2019-2020 Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Board Cindy Petted 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0 2019-2020,Board of Directors,Courtney Lutz
    Cindy visits the Bentonville Satellite Rotary meeting Cindy Petted 2019-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
    Paul Harris Fellowship Awarded to Todd Bugnacki Cindy Petted 2019-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
    Weekly Meeting Notes May 23, 2019 Chris Smith 2019-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
    Making a Difference 2019-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Music Festival 2019 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

    Cedarburg Mayor's Enhancement Award 

    Club President James Schowalter (right), along with Rotary Band Shell Project Leaders Mike Groth (left) and Ryan Olsen (center) accepting the Cedarburg Mayor's 2018 Enhancement Award.
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    Club Tree Planting Service Project - Westlawn Woods 4/28/18 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
    Changing of the Guard 8/16/18 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
    MSO Holiday Concert Daniel Bodart 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
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    2017 Paul Harris Dinner

    Current President Dan Bodart awards Past President Brandon Goldbeck with a Paul Harris Fellow award, making him a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.  Current President Dan Bodart and his wife Jenny Bodart award a donation of $1,000 to the Joseph Project and its Founder, Pastor Jerome Smith.  
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    2017 Changing of the Guard

    Posted on Aug 17, 2017
    Past President Brandon Goldbeck being presented with an honorary gavel by President Dan Bodart at the Changing of the Guard celebration dinner.
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    Youth Exchange

    Our 2017-18 Outbound Youth Exchange student Macy Daley with Youth Exchange Committee Chair Dale Lythjohan and current Club President Dan Bodart.  Macy will be staying in Lima Peru for the next year and staying with 3 separate host families during her time there.
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    Tech Scholarship Awards Presentation May 17, 2017 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0