We meet at 
Serendipity Labs 
6th floor Johnson Bank Building 
525 Junction Road
Fridays at 12:12 PM
Parking is undercover. Nonmembers feel free to join us.


Upcoming Speakers
Epic Campus Tour
May 31, 2024 12:12 PM
Epic Campus Tour

Meet at Epic.

Katherine Rybak
Jun 07, 2024 12:12 PM
New Hearing Loss
Bill Smith
Jun 14, 2024 12:12 PM
Past Speakers
No meeting - Memorial Day
May 24, 2024 12:12 PM
David Canon
May 10, 2024 12:12 PM
US Political Waters

Speaker/Program Coordinator

To schedule programs and/or speakers, please contact:
Jim Olmsted
Supporting Safe Birth
Supporting Safe Birth assembled training teams that traveled to Guatemala to train birth attendants and equip them with supplies. Master Trainers were trained and equipped with mannequins and teaching materials. Trainers use two programs— Helping Mothers Survive and Helping Babies Survive—that were developed specifically for use in low-resource countries and have been used successfully since 2010.
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In 1989, a New York Magazine article by Eric Pooley, offered the phrase “if it bleeds, it leads.” Only on rare occasions do we read about the positive efforts made by the women and men in blue and how they quietly work to prevent human tragedy and the bloodshed which may accompany it. Madison Police Officer Mackenzie Cole, a member of the Madison Police Mental Health Unit, (MHU) is just one of those people. Officer Cole recently addressed members of The Rotary Club of Madison West Middleton. She told her personal story and the work of her unit.
Madison Police Officer Mackenzie Cole, a member of the Madison Police Mental Health Unit, (MHU)
Time to Resume our Team McAdow Bike Rides! The 2024 biking season is upon us. Weather permitting, we are planning to hold our first official Team McAdow bike ride this Saturday, April 6th. The forecast for Saturday is sunny all day, with temperatures in the 30’s in the morning and 40’s in the afternoon. Let’s meet at 1:30 PM at the Odana Hills Golf Course parking lot. Tentatively, we are planning to ride through the UW Arboretum to Olin Park and back on the Southwest Path – about 12 miles. Depending on who shows up, we may modify this plan.
Over decades, the Rotary Club of Madison West Middleton and its two predecessor clubs hosted many Rotary Youth Exchange Students and sponsored others to study abroad. Some of our members had long tenure as Youth Exchange Officers, including Mary Feldt, Connie Smith, Dan Fose, Susan Titus and this writer, to name a few. Unfortunately, this program is missing from our current portfolio of activities. We wish to bring it back, and seek new members willing to become involved, so we can offer the opportunity of Rotary Youth Exchange to more area high school students. Duties include finding potential outbounds from local high schools and families for those coming our way.
The Dean from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, Dean Mark Markel, was the guest speaker at the Madison West Middleton Rotary Club recently. He was very happy to tell us about the new hospital and research facility being built north of the current school’s current site. Construction of the North Building started in July 2021 at a cost of $180,000,000. The North Building will open in spring 2024. The existing veterinary school referred to as the South Building is being remodeled and completion on that will be early 2025.
Dean Mark Markel and Assistant Dean Kristi Thorson
Leslie Johnson, wife of UW Women’s Hockey Coach Mark Johnson, spoke to The Rotary Club of Madison West Middleton about the couple’s big plans for their lives now and at a time beyond hockey. Leslie and Mark are founders of Agape Ranch, whose Agape Ranch Foundation is a 501©3 organization, now in the midst of a capital campaign. The Mission Statement of the organization says it “exists to encourage children to experience the healing power of God’s love through animals, land and people. We will mentor the child and give hope to the family.”
Leslie Johnson of Agape Ranch


Established as a Rotary Structured Program in 1971, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. The Rotary District 6250 RYLA program is a camp designed to build future leaders and Rotarians who exemplify the four-way test. If you know a high school sophomore who would benefit from leadership training, please refer them to RYLA!! 

Applications have been sent to local schools and to our Interact Club at Middleton High School.

For many years we have enjoyed this vocational service experience and are so happy it is continuing!   
Contact Mary Van Hout to be a part of this project.
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
How long do exchanges last?
Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.
Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.
What are the costs?
Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money and any additional travel or tours
How can I apply?
Candidates are ages 15-19 and are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact the Madison West Middleton Youth Protection Officer to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves.
Oliveros Scholarships in Guatemala
Oliveros Scholarships in Guatemala provide funding for children to continue their education beyond 6th grade. Project is being run by Jeannine Desautels with The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton which is located in Rotary District 6250.