January 9, 2018

January Theme: Vocational Service - Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.  Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to: Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation; Recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
In environment, RI President calls for planting a tree for each member by Earth Day on April 22, 2018 and for our future as an organization to improve our gender balance and lower the average age of our members.  2017-18 RI President is Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia.  2017-2018 District Governor is Jeff Reed of Fond du Lac.
  1. (Bob G.)  Pledge of Allegiance; Prayer led by Kim H; 4way Test
  1. (Bob G.) Thank you. Today’s Greeter is Brian J.; Pictures Bob G.; Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Bridgett Klein (Director of Pupil Services, TR School District); Tanya Pautz (TRHS teacher)
Guests: Jr. Rotarians, Christin Mikeal (January FIRST MEETING) – career aspirations include becoming a veteran and a veterinarian (in that order).
  1. (Bob G.) Correspondence: multiple acknowledgments for financial support – Haiti Dental Project; TREP and CASA
  1. (Lauretta K-O.)  Adopt a Family for Christmas - deemed a success financially and emotionally.  Thanks to those members that stepped up to adopt a family member, shopping, wrapping and giving!
  1.  (Bob G.) Salvation Army Bell Ringing THANKS Tom F., Jim L., Colleen I., Jeff Z., Lauretta K-O., Tim W., Betty B., Brian J., Bob Gahl.  The Christmas music provided (recorded and live) seemed to stimulate giving!
  2. (Bob G.)  We are participating in the 1st Annual Car on Ice event. Tickets are priced at $10 with $3 going to the selling club.  The car placement is awaiting the formation of sufficient ice!  We need another polar vortex!
  3. (Bob G./Brian J.) GMRP mission THIS WEEK, January 11 to January 17 or to January 20, 2018.  Well wishes extended to Bob G for his safe travels…Brenda G will officiate the next meeting.  Thank you!
  1. (Bob G.) Input from December Board Meeting. A motion was made by Jim L and seconded by Tom F to approve $1000 from club coffers to support The Haven.  This will match another $1000 donation from our Club’s Foundation.  Motion carried.  Next Board Meeting January 24, 2018
  2. (Bob G.) Ideas for recipient of Annual Dinner funds. Not too early to begin solicitation of auction items. At our January 16, 2018 meeting, Adam Wachowski will talk about Ball Park Lighting as one possibility.
  1. (Bob G.) Idea for 5th Tuesday Social January 30th – Rick and Colleen Inman will host this gathering.  A sign up sheet will be passed over the next few weeks (or on-line).
  1. (Bob G.) Polar Express update – from the 230 pairs of pajamas to the 42 hours of club time donated to the $3000 District Grant, our club contributed much to this successful event that raised over $22,000 in support of CASA.
  2. (Bob G.) Next Meeting: January 16, 2018, Adam Wachowski- Ball Park Lighting. Greeter is Lauretta K-O.
  1. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Brian J.  facilitated and passed the buck to Steve R.
  2. (Bob G.) Rose Sale update – the totals are in with the club netting a $1400 profit from this important fundraiser.
  3.  (Bob G.) World Affairs Seminar – plans are underway for the 2018 event with the theme “Social Justice” selected.  Our club can support up to three students with recruiting to be aimed more at the parents of students.  This week long program has proven to be life-changing for many of the past participants.
  1.  (Bob G.) Program: Tim W. to introduce Bridgett Klein (Director of Pupil Services, TR School District) and Tanya Pautz (TRHS teacher) – presented Employment First Program supported in part by a recent $2000 grant.
Employment First (EF) has been an active national movement for over a decade. EF works for the development of policy and practice that makes integrated employment the number one priority for all individuals with disabilities. EF advocates for states to adopt formal laws and policies that result in a significant increase in the number of individuals with disabilities in integrated employment. Currently 46 states are active in the EF movement and 32 have taken formal, statewide policy action.
EF is not just a philosophy, it is results focused. EF strives to achieve the following priorities:
  • Measurable increases in employment within the general workforce, earning minimum wage or higher with benefits.
  • Greater opportunities to pursue self-employment and the development of
  • Employment as the first and preferred option when exploring goals and a life path.
  • Employment within the general workforce, regardless of the severity of disability and
    assistance required.
  • Work experiences that are typical of other teenagers and young adults.
  • Employers actively recruiting, valuing, and including people with disabilities as an
    integral part of their workforce.
  • Increased incomes, financial assets, and economic wealth.
  • Greater opportunities to advance in careers, by recognizing and taking full advantage of
    individual strengths and talents.
  • Sufficient funding so that quality services and supports are available as needed for long term
    employment success.
  • Re-evaluating, on a regular basis, people’s decisions not to work and providing
    services for them to learn about integrated employment safely and with support.
Studies have demonstrated that high school age paid work experience is a key predictor of success in obtaining jobs after high school!  More business partners are needed locally.
  1. Last verse of America.
Coming Up: Check for possible inclusion in weekly agenda
            January 11-1/17 or 1/20, 2018 GMRP mission dates
Mobile app (ClubRunner) for iPhone and Android.
January 24, 2018 Board Meeting
January 2018, District Friendship Exchange to India
January 2018 Water Filters for Haiti - Ken Schumann Hartland Lake Country Rotary Club
January 2018, Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership ( 
March 2-4, 2018 (Fri-Sun) PETS, Itasca IL
April 8, 2018 (Sun) TR Rotary Fund Raising Dinner (April 1, 2018 is Easter.)
April 22, 2018 (Sun) Earth Day- Tree planting goal
May 4-6, 2018 (Fri-Sun) Tri-Con District Conference, Wilderness Hotel, Wisconsin Dells
June 23-27, 2018 (Sat-Wed) RI Convention, Toronto Canada
2017-2018 Board Members:
                President: Robert Gahl
                Secretary: Colleen Inman
                Treasurer: Jeff Zimmerlee
                Past President: Colleen Inman, Brenda Georgenson
                Members at large: Tim Schroeder, Betty Bittner, Jeff Zimmerlee
Club Organization-Program Chairs:
Marketing- Michael Dittmer & Brenda Geogenson
New Members- Kim Henning
Community Projects- Fundraising- Betsy Benz & Tim Schroeder
Youth- Dennis Swetlik
International- Jeff Zimmerlee
                Membership: Increase by 2 (23 to 25 members) - Engagement: Increase by 17 (23 to 40 participations)
Communication:  Increase by 2 (4 to 6 socials) - Public Relations: Increase by 4 (2 to 4 media stories)
Have as much legal fun as possible
Plant at least 25 trees
Increase membership by 2
More sophisticated jokes
August social celebrating the beginning of summer in TR
Grant for 2017-2018
Add benefactor to Rotary Foundation
Look for dollars from outside TR
Create an alumni chair
Formalize club archivist
Joint venture with MTWC clubs
Encourage members to join fellowships
Think about starting fellowships of our college alumni
Investigate Rotary associate/shared/partial memberships
Encourage frequent visits to the RI website
Did I say have fun?
Continue 5th Tuesday socials