|At our last meeting!||Posted by Sarah Williams-Berg||on Apr 21, 2016||
National Honor Society Students Honored
Students honored Monday included, from left: Rotarian coordinator Becky Hammer, Maxwell Roth, awarded $1,200, and Timothy Schick, Luke Schwerer and Gabrielle Rohrer, awarded $700 each. Judy Schmitz is pictured at right. Missing from photo, Rebecca Hoehn, also awarded $700.
Oconomowoc Rotary honored more than 90 Oconomowoc High School National Honor Society members Monday at a special luncheon at Olympia Resort. Initially launched by the late Rotarian Chuck Herro, Rotary honors NHS students annually with a luncheon, special guest speaker, and recognition through the James W. Schmitz Math and Science Awards. To date, Rotary has awarded more than $80,000 toward those earning top rankings in math and science courses.
OHS graduate, world traveler, international journalist and author Ethan Casey described how travels had changed his perspective, and how he originally felt “out of place” in Oconomowoc. “And then I thought maybe being poorly adjusted was a good thing.” He said he also felt “out of place” in Haiti, Nepal, inner city Detroit, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, England and South Africa. “No one else can tell you how to acquire your own experiences.”
Calling each NHS student “intelligent and self-directed,” Casey challenged students to overcome the commonplace, break through personal barriers, expand horizons and embrace the unexpected. Each student also received two of Casey’s books Monday.
Judy Schmitz spoke on behalf of her husband Jim, who started the Math and Science award program decades before to recognize those students excelling in math and science.
|Polio Immunization and West Africa Project Fair Trip for Rotarians - November 2015||Posted||on Aug 27, 2015||
A recent letter to our new President, Mike Herro that he wished shared with Oconomowoc Rotary Members & friends:
Dear Rotary Club President:
Congratulations on the beginning of a new and hopefully successful year of Rotary Service as a Club President. I sincerely hope it is a wonderfully productive and satisfying experience for you.
The purpose of this correspondence is to announce an upcoming trip to Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa in November 2015 to participate in a polio immunization exercise, attend the 10th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project. Attached is detailed trip information. Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians in your club as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled in the next week or two.
Trip Dates: November 10 – 19, 2015
Travel to: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
Per Person Price: $1,779, double occupancy
Program includes: Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.
In November 2015, North American Rotarians will travel to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for a life changing experience. Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant? These trips have a profound effect upon the individual. For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.
The experiences you have stay with you forever. You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change. Small children come up to you to say thank you. Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life. You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes. It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.
The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa. Your involvement, or your club’s involvement, in this Fair would not only provide an opportunity for project support, it would also help your members to grow and to understand the benefits of being a Rotarian. Involvement in Rotary gives the ordinary Rotarian extraordinary opportunities to do things that they could never do anywhere else. This trip is just such an experience.
Even if you are unable to join us this year, please feel free to announce this program in your club over the next month, get it on websites, and get it in newsletters. Encourage your members to participate – help them to Be a Gift to the World.
Let us know if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you soon.
Bradford R. Howard
Rotary International Director,
Zones 25-26, 2015-2017
|Don't Forget About Soles for Jesus||Posted by Wilson Perry||on Feb 14, 2013||
Everyone is reminded about the Soles For Jesus program which Dave Perry has opted to captain:
Bring those shoes from the back of the closet to Rotary meeting this Monday, February 18 or next Monday, February 25. We will have our box there to collect them for delivery to Africa thorough Soles for Jesus.
We are looking for shoes with some good wear left in them from infant sizes up to size 12.
|Annual Rotary NHS Luncheon to be held Apr 29||Posted by TJ Rinaldi||on Jan 21, 2013||
Thank you to Doug Beck who has graciously begun preparations for our annual luncheon with Oconomowoc High School's National Honor Society. Awards will be given and guest speakers will attend. More information will present in the coming weeks, but be sure to plan for the normal Monday, April 29 meeting to be held in a special location at Olympia and all Rotarians are stongly encouraged to make extra effort in attending.
We estimate 105 students and a few more guests spaced out through 15 tables; Rotarians are instructed to spread out over all tables so that there is a good mix of everyone. In the past this particular event has been one of the most emotionally rewarding meetings we have as we see young people become inspired by speakers.....and of course by the suspense of scholarship announcements!
|Annual NHS Luncheon to be held April 29||Posted by Douglas Beck||on Jan 21, 2013||
Thank you to Doug Beck who has captained preparations for our annual luncheon with Oconomowoc High School's National Honor Society. Awards will be given and guest speakers preside.
Oconomowoc graduate, Oconomowoc resident, and US Navy Vice Admiral Dirk Debbink will join us as the keynote speaker.
Be sure to plan for the normal Monday, April 29 meeting to be held in the Westlake Room at Olympia. All Rotarians are strongly encouraged to make extra effort in attending.We estimate 105 students and a few more guests spaced out through 15 tables; Rotarians are instructed to spread out over all tables so that there is a good mix of everyone. In the past this particular event has been one of the most emotionally rewarding meetings we have as we see young people become inspired by speakers.....and of course by the suspense of scholarship announcements!
|Local brew master earns top honors, set to appear at Brewfest 2012||Posted by TJ Rinaldi||on Jan 25, 2012||
Pretty soon a new business is opening in Oconomowoc. The news is, though, that Sweet Mullets Brewery & Pub has already started making a name for itself. Mark Duchow, resident Brew Master, recently took top honors over 34 other established brews at the 2012 Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest in Madison. This is significant, as Mark has not yet even opened his facility on Industrial Road on Oconomowoc's west side. Where can you get his wonderful award-winning barley pop, then? You can't. That is, not until February 11, 2012, when Mark's selections appear yet again at Brewfest sponsored by Oconomowoc Rotary!
|Security and Integrity of Your Data||Posted by Brian Watson||on Jul 19, 2011||
Our ClubRunner based website secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.
Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.
|Improved integrated eBulletin (newsletter)||Posted by Richard Ornberg||on Jul 19, 2011||
ClubRunner makes it easy to publish our weekly newsletter, and is sent to all members and friends of the club. The newsletter or eBulletin, is individualized for each member.
|Welcome to the Oconomowoc Rotary Club!||Posted||on Jul 19, 2011||
A brief welcome message from our 2011-12 President.
|Tom J. Snyder 1929 - 2014||Posted by Rick Ornberg||
Tom Snyder (85) Oconomowoc died peacefully at UW Madison Hospital from complications of heart surgery.
Born to John P and Lillian Snyder, Tom spent most of his life living in Oconomowoc, the city he loved.
Tom graduated from Oconomowoc High School. He attended Marquette University for two years, and then graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1951. He served as pilot in the U.S. Navy.
After his service, he worked for a medical supply company in Maine until returning to Oconomowoc to take over the family business, Snyder’s Fine Clothes of Oconomowoc.
He was president of the National Junior Men's Wear Association in the U.S. and traveled extensively. He was instrumental developing inventory management programs for retailers before there were computers.
He retired in 1996 and devoted his time to family, friends, philanthropy and his community.
Snyder was a lifelong member of St. Jerome Parish, a founding member of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, a past president of the Oconomowoc Rotary Club where he was responsible for bringing the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to Oconomowoc, past president of the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce, One of the founders of Festival of the Arts, Citizen of the Year, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a board member at Mount Mary, a board member of the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, and a member of the Young Bachelors Club (who didn’t need to be young or bachelors).
He was extremely close to his brothers John Jr and Pat and traveled the world with his adored sister Anne. People marveled at how brothers and sisters were also such close friends.
Tom leaves behind a community who loved him dearly including his brother Pat (Luly) Snyder, Sister–in- law Joan (David) Hughes, his longtime companion Ramon Aguirre who was both friend and family to him and his dear friend, Maureen Stapleton. Anne & Coley Griffin and John Snyder Jr. preceded him in death.
He had 14 nieces and nephews who he called his own. He was devastated when 4 of them Kevin Griffin, Pat Griffin, Mike Griffin and Joe Snyder left this world before him. A friend and peer to all of them, he rejoiced in their accomplishments, held celebrations in their honor, and introduced them to philanthropy and volunteerism. He could be seen loading them all in a car when they were young (before seat belts were required) for a late night movie or more recently, bar hopping on a bus with them for his 85th birthday. When Tom said “Cousins Party”, the cousins came! He will be greatly missed and wonderfully and gratefully remembered by Mary Pat (Tom ) Cook, John III (Susan) Snyder, Jim Snyder, Jerry (Berrin) Snyder, Bob (Gwen) Snyder, Mary (Stuart) Carlson, Megan (Mike) Welsh, Sue (Jeff) Moroski, Amy (Rick Russell) Michael (Stacey)Snyder, Lin Griffin and Tammy Snyder.
He also leaves behind a generation of great and great -great nieces and nephews who loved and respected him.
He was generous beyond reason and fun beyond comparison. He was wise and worldly yet grounded in his roots. He will be deeply missed and forever cherished. The twinkle in his eye has been extinguished but the glow will remain in our hearts forever.
“My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night;
Visitation for Tom will be at St Jerome Parish, Oconomowoc 3:00- 7:00 pm Thursday. Funeral Mass will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. with burial and a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Oconomowoc Area Foundation, Oconomowoc Public Education Fund, St. Jerome Parish and the Hagerty Museum. www.schmidtandbartelt.com
|New President's Letter 2014-2015||Posted by Rick Ornberg||
I can’t tell you how proud I am to be given the opportunity to represent the Rotary club of Oconomowoc as President. I must admit the responsibility is daunting because our club is over 90 years old and has a history of super achievements, we even chartered the Hartland Rotary club several years ago.
The Rotary Clubs Worldwide have achieved so many wonderful things over the years that It is hard for me to believe there is a membership decline, mostly here in America.
What that means to me is that potential members do not have enough information to take the next step. Well here are a couple good reasons to join:
Yours In Rotary,
|2013-2014 Presidents' Letter||
2013-2014 Oconomowoc Rotary President
As I begin my year as President of the Oconomowoc Rotary Club, I am grateful for the opportunity to help our club meet the challenge of Rotary International's theme for 2013-14 which is "Engage Rotary, Change Lives"
Whether you are interested in becoming a Rotarian or have been a Rotarian for years, your rotary service can change lives. It is up to each one of us to make this one of the greatest years we have experienced in Rotary.
Rotary International president, Ron D. Burton reminds us of why we volunteer. He says, “Rotary lets us reach higher, do more and be a part of something larger than ourselves. No matter how much we give to Rotary, we get more in return.”
Locally, you can help high school students reach for their dreams with scholarships or help the entire community celebrate freedom through our Independence Day Parade. Around the world, we’ve reduced disease and death by providing clean water in Malawi, and together, 1,218,269 Rotarians have nearly eradicated polio and its devastating effects.
If you would like to engage in these or many other meaningful projects, be our guest for lunch at Noon on Mondays at Olympia.
Who knows? One of the lives you change may be your own.
|Rotary Pheasant Hunt needs raffle items||Posted by Michael Court||
The annual Rotary Pheasant Hunt will be held this year at Milford Hills Country Club in lieu of our general meeting on Monday, March 18. We are pleased to announce that 38th Assembly District representative Joel Kleefisch will be present not only to talk on current wildlife legislation but also to hunt with us!
Raffle items are needed and can be donated by contacting TJ Rinaldi.
Registration for hunting and/or 5-stand is done by downloading the proper sheet (click) and returning to Mike Court.
If you are a Rotarian coming for our meeting only, please respond to your event invite which is emailed to you.
Direct registration questions to Mike Court. Rotarians please note this is a regular club meeting held offsite at Milford Hill Hunt Club. Click here for directions. The day's schedule is as follows:
**Raffle, drinks, and appetizers to follow**
Fee is $180 per person which includes 12 birds on a field, 5-stand, lunch, and some refreshments afterwards. Chinese raffle and silent auction items will be offered! Stay tuned for more updates through this website and also facebook (click).
|Rotary Donates $5000 to Polio Plus||
Oconomowoc Rotary Donates $5000 to Polio PlusThe Oconomowoc Rotary Club and its Foundation split the revenue from it's most recent successful Brewfest event between local foundation donations and community support and Rotary's international campaign to eradicate Polio worldwide.
Oconomowoc Rotarians presented a check for $5,000 to the Polio Plus campaign Monday. "Until it's done, it's not done," said BrewFest Chairman Megan Welsh. Rotary International has raised $200 million to date to fight the disease. Its main objective? To clearly END Polio, reaching complete and total Polio eradication.
From left, Rotary President Rick Ornberg, Brewfest Committee members Helen Forster, Bob Duffy, Brewfest Chairman Megan Welsh, Rick Eckert and Mike Herro.
|Highway 16 Cleanup "Triumph"||Posted by Richard Ornberg||
Boy Scout Troop 12 and Oconomowoc Rotary teamed up to pick up litter on Highway 16 West recently as part of its community service partnership. Rotarian Highway Project leader John Rodell dressed up the occasion in bringing donuts, bags and vests in his 1963 TR4 Triumph. Scouts and Rotarians perform highway cleanup duties spring and fall, and remind motorists to be good environmental stewards in not littering.
In back, from left: Highway crew Kevin Passon, Michael Court, Sean Jacobs, Stacey Cibulka, John Kyle, Dr. Jack Hutter, John Rodell
Middle: Carrie Passon and Paula Jacobs
In front: Ethan Dagenais, Nicole and Brad Jacobs and Garrin DeJong
|Oconomowoc Rotary Pheasant Hunt supporting YMCA Miracle Field||Posted by TJ Rinaldi||
The annual Oconomowoc Rotary Pheasant Hunt is set for Monday, March 26, 2012. This will also be a regular lunch meeting for club members starting at 12:30. Meeting place and hunting is to take place at Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek. Please read on for all details.
|Changing if the Guard Club Gathering June 25th 6:00PM at Life Enrichment Center/LHO||Posted by Randy Otto||
Ocononmowoc Rotary's Changing of the Guard Gathering Chef Al Kraemer's Heavy hors d Ouvres ^ Wine & Beer Pairing Featuring Local Ingredients, Superb Wines & Local Beer Selections Celebrate Rick Ornberg's Rotary Year and welcome Randy Otto as Oconomowoc Rotary's 2012-2013 President Admission for Members & Spouses is FREE. "Rule of 80" members $10.00. Other guests, $23.00. Register online or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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|Our new website||Posted by Kirby Watson||
Our new website will help us manage our activities and communications in a safe and secure manner.