From President Paul –
How is your Rotary year going? Are you getting the most out of your membership? Have you been able to work on a committee? Join in fellowship group activities? I hope so. If not, jump in! Not a week goes by that I don’t hear a member’s story about benefits they’ve received through contributing and participating – even just getting to know others at fellowship group events.
Feedback on weekly programs continues to be excellent. Dave Mollenhoff’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story was rightfully described as mesmerizing.
Please allow me to share a few updates on items from our strategic plan –
- Speed Rotary in August rocked. 110 out of 112 members that completed the survey said we should do it again. Many thanks to Deb Raupp and her committee. Look for a reprise in the spring.
- The new member event at the Chazen was a hit – almost 300 attended and feedback indicated all had a grand time. Thanks Petie Rudy, Virginia Bartelt and committees, and of course our hosts Mary Carr Lee and Russell Panczenko.
- Scott Haumersen and his committee are working on Rotary Tri-Quest to benefit Dane County Youth — our Run-Bike-Golf fundraiser on May 20, 2012. (Members Jason Beren, Susan Schmitz, and Carrie Wall & Jim Gilmore are pictured below.)
- Derrick Van Mell has taken on the task of compiling a list of activities that our club may discontinue. Please contact him with ideas.
- Laura Peck, Steve Goldberg, Wes Sparkman, Deb Archer, Linda Baldwin and their committees continue to lead projects related to our centennial in June 2013. These include Rotary Plaza by the Madison Children’s Museum, Family Fun Fair and the Centennial Celebration.
- And, many thanks to Rick Kiley, Paul Ranola and the Social Media Committee. They are managing this blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and instituted ConstantContact for emails to members. The emails are much more attractive, and we are gathering statistics on what is being looked at so we can adjust as needed.
How’s it going for me? Really well. What continues to amaze me is the spirit with which members embrace volunteer work for the community. Recently I was asked to recruit a few more members to help on a committee. The first five members said yes.
Committee and Fellowship group chairs – remember, there is a standing invitation for you to pen an article for this blog to let members know what you’re up to. Please remember to include a photo or three.
Wishing you and your family a festive holiday season! In service,
Paul RiehemannThe Rotary Club of Madison has 500 members from business, academia, healthcare and public and community service. It is one of the ten largest Rotary International clubs in the world and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013. Rotary International is a service club with local and global reach. It’s 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries have 1.2 million members who meet weekly to develop friendships, learn, and work together to address important humanitarian needs.