ERC Peace Initiative
Elmbrook Rotary Club has embarked upon a "Peace Building Project."
 
 
Announced and previewed on Friday, October 18, the project will stretch over multiple years as the club and its membership engage in peace building in Milwaukee.
 
View the embedded video from the Rotary Action Group for Peace. If not viewable, follow the URL linked to "Rotary: Peace Is . . ."
 
For a detailed look at ERC's peace initiative, view the PDF entitled "ERC Peace Building Project." Above all, stay tuned and become involved as the project unfolds.
 
Elmbrook Rotary Club News
For a number of years Elmbrook Rotary Club has financially sponsored a program entitled, "Veterans in Focus." The intent is to provide Veterans with the opportunity for self-exploration and self-discovery through photography-based interventions that promote personal healing, recovery, and overall health and wellbeing. Two sessions per year are offered.
 
The photo exhibit this year is at the Humphreys Memorial Chapel Narthex and is available for viewing during November 11-22.
 
 
A slide show is also available for viewing on YouTube. If unable to view below, simply navigate to the following URL:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=584a2BF87JE&feature=youtu.be. The background music is by Tim Clausen of Jazz Helping, and the photography venues this year include Brady Street, North Point Lighthouse and Sunrise, Jones Island, Tripoli Shrine, Pabst Mansion, and Harley Davidson Museum.
 
 
ERC Rotarians Mark Zalewski (& spouse Evonne) and Larry Winkelhake (& spouse Jean Guzetta) proudly represented the club at the November graduation ceremonies of Common Hope's New Hope School in Antigua, Guatemala. They report that there were 155 graduates. Some 80 financial sponsors were also present, including the Winkelhake's & Zalewski's.
 
The Zalewski's were privileged to celebrate with their sponsored graduate, Monica Esquival Rivera, whom they supported for six years. Pictured with Monica, in addition to Mark & Evonne Zalewski, are her proud mother and sister. Larry Winkelhake and his spouse Jean were also able to celebrate with their sponsored graduate, Carlos de Leon.
 
 
In addition to celebrating graduation with the students whom they have financially sponsored, the ERC Rotarians also report that they had a great visit with Sergio Cuc, the student being financially sponsored by ERC itself.  Sergio has successfully passed his exams and is on to his senior year in school.  His major is automotive technology, and he therefore greatly appreciated the gift of a Harley-Davidson T-shirt from the club.  The Zalewski's and Winkelhake's were joined by Sergio's mother, father, and abuela (grandmother).  Sergio is one of her 45 grandchildren.
 
 

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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in November.
 
 
“Don't wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!” - Charmaine J. Forde
The LAUNCH program at Elmbrook schools is still in need of mentors with business experience to assist students with their LAUNCH projects! Over 400 students and only 35 mentors to this point. LAUNCH is hoping to reach 70 mentors.
 
Please consider spending one hour, or one hour a week, for as many weeks as you feel comfortable with, helping the Students at LAUNCH as they develop their LAUNCH projects.
 
Click "Read more . . . " to discover the needs.
Mark and Evonne Zalewski, together with Larry Winkelhake and his wife Jean Guzetta, will represent Elmbrook Rotary Club in Antigua, Guatemala, at the high school graduation of their sponsored students (Monica Rivera & Carlos de Leon, respectively). They will also visit our own club student (Sergio Cuc), who is finishing 11th grade.
 
         
 
 
It is now possible for members of Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) to make online payments and donations both to ERC and to the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation (ERF).
 
Two separate commercial merchant accounts have been activated which intend to keep transactions separated between ERC and ERF.
 
To make payments to ERC, simply follow the link provided in one's individual club account (and quarterly statements). A surcharge of 5% is billed to one's club account when utilizing a credit card or debit card.
 
To make donations or payments to ERF, simply click the "Donate" or "Donate Now" button that can be found on multiple pages on the ERC web site. Or, one can click the URL link that will be provided in ERF invoices to club members. Please ensure that donations or payments intended for the ERF account are not made to the ERC account. The opposite is also true. And, please remember that not all payments to the Foundation [a 501(c)(3) entity] are tax-deductible. IRS rules and policies must be followed.
 
 
Finally, one can always use the old-fashioned (and least expensive) way of payment/donation with an individual check or bank check via "Bill Pay" at one's bank.
On Friday evening, August 23, Elmbrook Rotary welcomed its newest Rotary Youth Exchange student, Fuka Sunagawa, from Japan. Five ERC members, together with their families, welcomed Fuka as she arrived at Billy Michtell IAP.
 
   
  
   
 
 
The Jeffrey Griffin family is serving once again as host family for the first months of Fuka's junior year at Elmbrook Central H.S. In addition to father Jeff, the Griffin family includes spouse Sherrie and their adult children, Mackenzie and Patrick. This is the third Rotary Youth Exchange student whom they have hosted.
 
Fuka was immediately immersed in ERC activities when she and the Griffin family visited the Brookfield Farmers' Market the very next day and got to meet Packers legend Bob Long at the ERC tent. Fuka will be seen frequently at ERC breakfast meetings, beginning on Friday, August 30.
On Friday morning, October 11, Elmbrook Rotary conducted an off-site meeting in the Simulation Center at Froedtert & The Medical Center of Wisconsin.  Dr. Jon Gould, Chief, Division of General Surgery, and other staff members provided an overview and tour of the two-year-old Simulation Center.
 
 

 

Representatives from Kathy’s House visited the Elmbrook Rotary Club on Friday, September 13.
 
Staff volunteer rep Mona Theobald explained how Kathy’s House provides a true “home away from home” for patients and/or their caregivers. It is a caring place where guests can eat, sleep, and be with others when they want – or be alone when they need time, introspection, and quiet healing. The house provides a place where mutual support thrives, which is one of the great strengths of Kathy’s House.
 
Cindy Warner (Professional Executive Coaching, LLC) visited the Elmbrook Rotary Club on Friday, September 6, to discuss logic, emotion, and "horse sense." The full title of her presentation was "Emotional Intelligence and Character: Lessons in Leadership."
 
A Rotarian from Fond du Lac, she explained that our hearts create an emotional field that is 50x larger than our heads. She also shared that a horse's heart is 12x larger than a human heart; therefore, our equine friends understand emotional connections much quicker and better than we humans do. In fact, her own horse Echo often imitates her very movements and can sense her emotions. Applied to human relationships, this means that understanding and responding to emotions is just as important as is the intellect (mind).
 
     
 
Follow her Horse Wisdom blog to read more:  https://www.cwarnercoach.com/horse-wisdom-blog
 
And, visit Elmbrook Rotary any Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. (Western Racket Club in Elm Grove, WI) to hear more interesting presentations and learn more about Rotary.
The 2019 Green Bay Packer Ticket Raffle fundraiser ended on Friday, August 30, and the winners were selected at our morning meeting. ERC President Mike Schmelling drew the eight (8) winners. Five of the winners include ERC members or their relatives. Click on "Read more ..." to see the list of winners.
Susie Coakley, student at Pilgrim Park Middle School, visited Elmbrook Rotary on August 30 to thank the club for its support of the Magnum Bonum ("A Great Good") team of Destination Imagination.
 
The team was financially supported this past year by the ERC Foundation. The students were able to participate in the Global Finals of Destination Imagination and also accomplished several service projects.
 
See the embedded JPEG for a summary of their activities.
 
On Friday, August 30, Dr. Robert Hall provided an overview of the LAUNCH program in the Elmbrook School District. He is the Executive Director of this program opportunity that began in September 2017 for Elmbrook junior and senior high school students. The Wauwatosa School District high schools will also join the program in the current academic year. LAUNCH seeks to connect rigorous learning with real-world, hands-on projects provided by area business and industry. LAUNCH is built on the principles of profession-based learning, professional skills development, self-discovery and exploration, entrepreneurial mindsets, and responsiveness to the needs of students and businesses. The program now includes 400+ students and multiple strands. LAUNCH needs assistance from the business community for:  (1) sharing professional stories & experience; (2) providing project feedback for 75+ projects; and (3) offering mentorship to students. An appeal to ERC members will be forthcoming.
 
Dates are June 6-10, 2020. It is NOT too early to register! In fact, Rotary International advises registering as soon as possible to ensure a place. They anticipate having to close registration prior to the December 15th deadline for early registration. Register at riconvention.org.
 

The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your club on the go!

Completely free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like the ERC website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to to view the ERC member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to the ERC website, learn more about ERC upcoming events and speakers, view ERC meeting details, and track your attendance statistics—right from your smartphone or tablet! Download the ClubRunner Mobile App either from the App Store (for Apple products) or from Google Play (for Android devices).
A new Rotary year began on July 1. The Rotary International Presidential Theme for 2019-2020 is "Rotary Connects the World."
 
 
Mark Daniel Maloney (Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA) is RI President for 2019-2020 and believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience. “(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney says. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”
 
Rotarians in RI District 3350 (Thailand) have produced an interesting song & video that connects the 2019-2020 Presidential Theme with the work and impact of Rotary worldwide. Click here or on the image below to view and hear the production. It is only 3 min. 29 sec. in length.
 
 
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Members of the 2019 Guatemala Vision Team stand in front of the house they built in February along with the Ventura family who will be living there!
 
Our Meeting Location
Whether you're a visiting Rotarian or someone interested in finding out what Rotary's all about, please feel free to join us on Friday Mornings. You'll receive a hearty welcome - plus a whole lot more! Our meetings are held at The Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove.

ImageWHEN: Elmbrook Rotary Club is a breakfast club that meets every Friday from 7:00-8:00 AM
 
WHERE:  Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, WI. 1800 Highland Road
 
COST: $16 Breakfast
 
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About Elmbrook Rotary
Elmbrook Rotary Club was founded by 26 Brookfield and Elm Grove, Wisconsin, USA business leaders to promote fellowship as a foundation for community service, ethical ideals and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. Elmbrook Rotary Club is also proud to sponsor The Brookfield East High School Interact Club, a service oriented group of high school students. Our mailing address is: Elmbrook Rotary, P.O. Box 1014, Brookfield WI 53008-1014.
 
 
2019 Business Person of the Year Award

The Elmbrook Rotary Club announced on October 25 that its 2019 Business Person of the Year award recipient is Jamie O’Donoghue, owner of O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub in Elm Grove. The Rotary Award honors a strong local leader who has entrepreneurial skills and strategic vision.

Jamie O'Donoghue (center) is presented with the Elmbrook Rotary Club's 2019 Business Person of the Year Award from Selection Committee member Tom Michalski, Elm Grove Village Board Trustee, (L), and Ralph Gould, Award Program Chair and Elmbrook Rotarian (R)

“Jamie joins an impressive group of past Business Person of the Year award recipients:  Mark Mirsberger, CEO of Dana Investment Advisors, in 2018; and Lisabeth Passalis-Bain, Publisher of the Elm Grove News-Independent, in 2017,” said Award Program Chair Ralph Gould. “This annual award helps the Elmbrook Rotary Club recognize a successful business owner/operator in Brookfield or Elm Grove who demonstrates community responsibility.”

O’Donoghue has shown service-mindedness and significant community involvement through local sponsorships by O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub of the annual Elm Grove Memorial Day celebration with proceeds benefiting the American Legion’s Post 449, the Elm Grove Village Farmer’s Market, Elm Grove Oktoberfest, Children’s Hospital Toys for Christmas program, Irish Fest, Elm Grove Citizens’ Police Academy, Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS), and several area golf outings.

A committee of Elmbrook Rotarians and local government officials selected the award recipient.

 
Speakers
Rotary on the Move
Nov 15, 2019 7:00 AM
MLG Capital Visit (former location of Brennan's Cheese, Etc.)
Abbey Bornemeier - American Diabetes Association
Nov 22, 2019 7:00 AM
Type II Diabetes and You
NO MEETING
Nov 29, 2019
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Bob Glowacki
Dec 06, 2019
Economics Wisconsin
 
Rotary 2019-2020 Theme
 
 
Rotary Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do:
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Service Above Self
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Rotary's Four Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Service Above Self

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Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Service Above Self

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Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Service Above Self

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