WEEKLY BULLETIN January 6, 2023

Deadline for submissions is noon Monday. 
Please check the assignments.
6, 2023

John Olsen

Kevin Moran Bill Mowbray Dick Murray Jim Olmsted, Sr. Jack Ferreri
13, 2023

Dan Fose

Svein Morner Peter Overton Barry Pace Paul Patenaude Jack Ferreri
If you can’t make your assignment, reach out to someone else to fill it in for you.
No need to let the Secretary know of the switch.


Hybrid Meeting • January 6, 2023


December 30 - No Meeting - New Years Eve Weekend


January 6 - Getting to Know You Program Continued. This time Rick Schaller, Mike Wenkman, and Greg Armstrong will discuss their employment, their hobbies, their likes, their dislikes, their best and worst vacations and whatever they want to talk about. All in 10 minutes. We encourage you to join this program so that we may get to know each other better. YOU MAY BE NEXT.


January 13 - Dean Ryerson has a refugee from Afghanistan staying with him. His name is Zabihullah Sahibzada. Zabi will tell us of his living experiences in Afghanistan and the odyssey of his exodus to America. He has been approved by the United States Government for asylum. His topic is titled 'REFLECTIONS ON AFGHANISTAN'. Don't miss this first hand live report on this very troubled country. BRING A GUEST.
January 20 - Dr. David Fields, Associate Director of the center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison will talk of "Preventing another Pearl Harbor" An overview of the tensions between the US and Japan that led to WWII and comparing todays tensions between the US and China. Program by Ed Fink
January 27 - Kathy Roberg will help generate committees
February 3 - "GETTING TO KNOW YOU" program continued.  This time it's Deb Dieter, Jeannine Desautels and Denny Zitnak who will share their lives with us for 10 minutes each.
February 10 -  Kathy Roberg will have committee team leaders describe the implementation of the goals created in the January 27 meeting.
February 17 -  GOLF OUTING FUND RAISING EVENT FOR 2023.    WE NEED EVERYBODY TO ASSIST.    Mary Beth will enlighten us on our largest fund raiser of the year, The Madison West Middleton Rotary Golf Outing at Pleasant View Country Club in Middleton. To make it work, Mary Beth will tell us how you can do your part.
March 3  - Our own Jim Zirbel will present "Air Adventure in the Lagoon" A compelling story of the annual EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) in Oshkosh. It's the largest convention of its type in the world. Jim is a pilot and has been building an airplane from scratch for the last 10 years. He is an expert on pontoon planes which bring us back to the title of his presentation "Adventure in the Lagoon". Do NOT miss this one. 
January 4: Nate Hidden
January 17: Mary Van Hout
December 20: Jim Emerick
January 1: Mary Beth Growney Selene
January 6: Terry Siebert
Join Date:
December 22: Mary Van Hout, 33 years
January 1: Lenart Backstrom, 38
January 1: Robert Forbess, 55
January 1: Kevin Moran, 17
January 1: Richard Schaller, 57
January 1: James Zirbel, 24
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Provisionally Approved Membership

The Board has provisionally approved the membership of GAIL GROY, sponsored by Lorelle Micklitz. Gail's classification will be ATTORNEY.


NEW MEMBER INDUCTION on Jan 6, 2023 of Brandon Wedig - classification Chiropractor. 
SORRY TO SEE YOU GO:  Jeff Jaschinski Week of Dec 7 notified MWM Rotary “I have decided to resign from Rotary.  I have been unable to
attend for quite a while and do not see that changing.”
IN MEMORIAM:  There is a very detailed death notice for our member, Jerry Smith at this link 

FFBWW 2022 End of Year Grant Report

Community Health Worker Report
2022 Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary Grant
Black women and families continue to be disproportionately impacted by the global pandemic. While many in our community are shifting into their new normal, the pandemic continues to exacerbate the pre-existing economic and social inequities and struggles Black women and families face in meeting basic needs. Community Health Workers are the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness’ (FFBWW) front line workers serving as advocates and liaisons in securing vital health and community resources for the women and families we serve. Those in need request assistance through an online form or intake meeting with a FFBWW Community Health Worker (CHW). The CHW assesses the need and supports managing the crisis by leveraging internal and community resources.
The Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary in collaboration with the District Rotary 6250 provided funds to train and certify The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness Community Health Workers (from right to left Brandice, Nicki, Tisha). Since their certification, they have been busy supporting over 100 Black Women and families in Dane County with just-in-time emergency funding and navigation services for housing, food, transportation, or childcare crises. Assistance fell primarily into four social determinants of health (SDoH) categories; housing instability, utilities, transportation and food insecurity - outcomes of economic insecurity for our most vulnerable families here in Dane County. The average amount of financial assistance provided families was $720, representing approximately 50% of one month’s gross salary for the majority of the families we served. Households making less than $13,590 a year represented half of the clients we served, the majority were between the ages of 25-34 years of age, and supported households with 2 or more children.
The families we served were grateful for the assistance provided through our Community Health Workers:
“I have enjoyed my time working with the FFBWW CHW who supported my daughter and I. My CHW went above and beyond securing resources that met my family’s needs.” - BH
“The FFBWW helped me in so many ways. I am grateful for my CHW who helped me avoid eviction and transportation loss. I am truly blessed that I have a place to call for support, resources, education and motivation.” - AL
“I am beyond grateful for the CHW at the FFBWW! The CHW helped me and my family secure stable housing and advocated for me during a tough financial time in my family’s life.” JSH
We could not support families without the generous contributions from funders like you! Thanks to your training dollars, the Community Health Workers (CHW) have made an immediate positive impact in our community, filling gaps in services for Black Women and families in Dane County. In our next year we are looking to move more Black Women and families from surviving to thriving, and to maintain housing and food security while working on long term goals to avoid future crises. To accomplish this we have determined two areas of need:
  • Motivational Interviewing training funding - to distinguish signs of readiness in clients and to cultivate change talk. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Ed offers a 20 hour course. Total cost for our 3 Community Health Workers - $2100
  • Emergency Assistance funding - Each year, the Foundation deploys nearly $25,000 in limited emergency funds to hundreds of local Black Women and families facing eviction, food, and financial crises–while partnering with other agencies to meet their complex needs - Any contribution of money, gas cards or grocery cards.
Thank you for your generosity! We have appreciated our partnership, please consider continuing to support our Community Health Workers obtain the skills, training and resources they need to most effectively support Black Women and Families in Dane County!

The GIVE Project

The holiday upon with a weathery vengeance. I hope you all can spend some genial holiday time with those you love.
Let me remind you about the GIVE project ... perhaps the largest and most important project this Club has taken on in its history. Recall that we're earmarking $50,000-80,000 from our Foundation's holdings to be distributed to causes that YOU, the membership, want to support. I presented the program for the Committee several weeks ago and sent out supporting paperwork the next day. I've attached it again to this email. GIVE is meant to mark our Fiftieth Anniversary as a Club and to represent a special outreach on our part to a community that still recovering from the effects of COVID and the economy.
Your first step is simple. Fill out a one-page form outlining why you think some of those funds should go to a cause that means something to you. Look at the form and you'll see you don't need a lot of detail at this stage.
The GIVE Committee will review those initial submissions along with the Board, and those causes selected will go on to a next step, where we'll require a bit more detail. The handouts give you all the information you need. We've already received a number of submissions. You have until January 6 to send them to me at Please include GIVE in all caps in the subject line.
The members of the GIVE Committee are Ferreri, Fink, Feldt, Gerold, Overton, and Hayden. You can call/email any of us with questions.  
Can't think of a cause? Then talk to Rotary buddies for ideas. Or take a look at this list and see what raises your pulse.
  • Winter clothing
  • Interview clothing
  • Food needs (pantries?)
  • Hot meals
  • Housing needs
  • Healthcare needs
  • Vision needs
  • Elderly needs
  • School needs
  • EMS needs
  • Immigrant needs
  • Language needs
  • Literacy network
  • Library needs 
  • Daycare centers
  • madison
  • Environmental … water, nature trails
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Disability rights
  • Blindness and other impairments
  • Veterans 
  • Autism
  • Rape/pregnancy crisis
  • Runaways
  • Domestic abuse 
  • Urban League
  • Goodman Community Center
  • Centro Hispanics and other ethnic organizations
  • Habitat for humanity
  • Adoption help
Doubtless I've left many important causes off this list. Feel free to expand your thinking.
Enjoy the holidays. And think GIVE!


The Madison West Middleton Rotary Club’s Golf Outing is our single largest fundraising event of each year.  Planning for and executing a successful project such as this necessitates the entire membership’s involvement in one form or another.
The Golf Event Committee currently has an opening for the Volunteer Sub-committee Chair position.  This is a fun way to get to know the members of our Club as well as our participants.  Our previous Volunteer Chair is willing to mentor our new Chair.  Work included is as follows:
  • Prepare sign-up sheet for various volunteer opportunities (day of event)
  • Promote volunteer opportunities at weekly meetings and through our Club newsletter
  • Personal outreach to members
  • Coordinate volunteers the day of the event
  • Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to:
    • Registration at Event
    • Selling String Game, Mulligans (at registration time and throughout play)
    • Selling 50/50 Raffle Tickets (at registration time and throughout play)
    • Assist with Silent Auction set-up and final sales (TBD)
    • Assist as needed by other committees
  • Be present the entire day of the event
Please reach out to Golf Outing Event General Chair, Mary Beth Growney Selene at 608-271-7979 or if you are interested.  Thank you for your consideration.

2023 Golf Outing


REGISTRATION - will open soon!
Register as an INDIVIDUAL or a FOURSOME 
For everything you need to know contact 
Mary Beth Growney Selene
(608) 271-7979

For information about sponsorship opportunities
please contact
Roxanne Brazeau

SILENT AUCTION June 19, 2023
For more information contact
Deb Dieter
(608) 235-4030

Monthly Board Meetings

Our normal Board meeting is on the third Wednesday of the month at noon.
All members are welcome to attend to see how the Club operates. If you let the Secretary ( know ahead of time, he can send you an agenda. These days, we’re meeting at Kathy Roberg’s Presidential Cabana at (Harbor House Condominium) 802 Harbor House Drive (which is right off Watts Road).

Live Club Meetings are Here

The meeting place is Serendipity Labs, a co-working facility on the 6th floor of the Johnson Bank Building at 525 Junction Road Madison, WI 53717 (right next to Panera Bread). We’re in the SOUTH TOWER. Parking is easy and undercover. We’re doing this on a month-to-month basis right now, but it may lead to a long-term arrangement. 
For parking, follow the blue arrow on the map to underground parking. Go left once you enter the ramp. Parking is free; park in any unassigned spot. Go to the covered walkway to enter the building and grab the elevator to the sixth floor.


Meeting Information

Rotary Club of Madison West Middleton, PO Box 620312, Middleton WI 53562
We’re currently holding Hybrid/Zoom meetings during this COVID time. The Zoom link is above in this Bulletin. The in-person meeting site is the Johnson Bank building at 525 Junction Road. Park in the ramp to the east of the building, then go to the 6th floor to Serendipity Labs.
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Fridays at 12:12 PM

The meetings combine a live, in-person element with the capability to join via Zoom.

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FRIDAYS at 12:12 pm
Serendipity Labs,  Suite 6500  Johnson Bank Building              525 Junction Road          Madison, Wisconsin 53717
 Rotary Club of
        Madison West Middleton           
P.O. BOX 620312
Middleton • WI 53562 • USA
We are self-anointed
'Coolest Rotary Club in the World'
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