Posted by Sarah Williams-Berg on Jul 08, 2019
Students Honored for 30 Years
Scholarship coordinator Lyle Neeb noted that the scholarship program is in its 30th year. He is handing the reins to Rotarian Brion Collins. Neeb received a well-earned standing ovation for his inspiring work with the program.
Oconomowoc Rotary Student Scholarship Awarded
Pictured from left, Neeb, Verhagen, Panella and Rotary Foundation President Paula Jacobs.
True Grit - Counselor Susan Verhagen said that OHS senior Marissa Panella has a kind and unassuming personality, cheerful demeanor and possesses great “grit” when facing obstacles. “Your kindness, caring and courage is an inspiration to all those around you.” Panella will pursue an early childhood education degree from WCTC in the fall. Rotary honors students throughout the year, providing funding for continuing education. Pictured from left, Neeb, Verhagen, Panella and Rotary Foundation President Paula Jacobs.
Grief Journaling Evolves into Supportive Book
Zastrow Authors on Grief - More than 25 years ago, the Oconomowoc community lost a high school student when he took his own life. Gavin Zastrow, (shown above) a friend of the student and a junior at OHS at the time, was encouraged by a teacher to write about it. A year later, Zastrow completed a book called "A Marshland of His Own," which focused on the mourning and mending Zastrow experienced. Zastrow pursued agents but to no avail. Zastrow discovered Orange Hat Publishing in Waukesha and is now selling the book at Books & Company, on Amazon and carries a box of books in his car. Hundreds of grief stricken families and students have contacted him, applauding him for writing the book and encouraging others to express their sense of loss. “The book is about the tragic ways we experience death, how to deal with it and how to attempt to move on,” he said. “It isn’t about me. It's about the message out there that needs to be shared with other people so they can heal. 
 Kevin presented a fantastic video of our 2019 Parade produced by his friend Mike Menefee. Obviously professionally produced, the video was a rousing and inspiring snapshot of parade entries, preparations, happy spectators, unit drivers, musicians and others enjoying Rotary's annual Independence Day Parade. We'll be posting and sharing a link to the video soon. Watch this bulletin, your email and/or club website for the link when it's ready!
Catering Conundrum
Saz’s Catering has told Pres. Kevin that they can no longer provide plates and silverware, that disposable fare would have to be served. Kevin asked for club solutions before Aug. 1. Find another caterer? Keep the venue? Accept disposable plates and plastic utensils?
  • Rotary Bingo July 22 at Shorehaven.
  • Rotary Potluck at the Pavilion at Shorehaven lakefront Monday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Short boat rides will be available. RSVP to Dave Breckenfelder that you’ll be participating with an appetizer to pass. Dave & Sue Breckenfelder (
  • Rotary at Fowler Park Aug. 19 with Scouts providing the program and cookout.