20th Annual Vocational Fellowship Luncheon Day

Brent Lindell, Mike Franzen, Tim Muldowney & Gerry Ring at UW Foundation Luncheon

   On June 20, members and guests participated in our 20th Annual Vocational Fellowship Luncheon Day.  Instead of our regular meeting at the Inn on the Park, members enjoyed this opportunity to get to known one another better in a small group setting as they learned more about various members’ businesses.

Mike Knetter of UW Foundation with Rotarian Londa Dewey

   The idea behind this luncheon dates back to the founding of the organization in 1905 when Paul Harris met with three friends to discuss an idea that he was developing.  From this discussion came the concept of a business club to promote fellowship and, by rotating weekly meetings at their various places of business, become better acquainted with one another’s vocations.  This practice of rotating meeting is how Rotary got its name.

Ken Monteleone of Fromagination

We thank the following hosts for their hospitality last week:

  • BadgerBOTS Education Center (Maggie Peterman host)
  • Fromagination (Ken Monteleone host)
  • Madison Children’s Museum (Ruth Shelly host)
  • Mid-West Family Broadcasting (Ted Waldbillig host)
  • Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries (Joe Xanthopoulos host)
  • Placon Corporation (Tom Mohs host)
  • St. Mary’s Hospital (Frank Byrne host)
  • University of Wisconsin Foundation (Walt Keough host)
  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, The Morgridge Institute for
    Research & WARF (Steve Mixtacki, host)
  • Wisconsin Legislative Council (Terry Anderson host)


Ruth Shelly leads the tour at Madison Children’s Museum

John Bonsett-Veal and Lin Rohr

Cathy Durham

We extend a special thanks to Rico Goedjen, chair of our Vocational Opportunities Committee and his committee for organizing this year’s Fellowship Luncheon Day.

The luncheon held at the Wisconsin Legislative Council warranted the following comments from two of our members:

“We enjoyed a tasty lunch and a very interesting, informative overview of the nonpartisan LRB by Sen. Joan Ballweg of Markesan.  Afterwards,  the group was treated to a climb to the topmost reaches of the Capitol, at the foot of lady Forward.”   –Rick Kiley


Donna Beestman, Lynn Phelps and Philip Petrowski

“Terry–You literally took the site visit program to new heights. It was fantastic. Thank you for organizing this. I learned a lot from you and Joan and I will never look out my office window with the view of the Capitol the same way again. What a rare and wonderful treat to trot to the top (well, not exactly trot!)”
–Joan Collins

Paul Karch

Rick Kiley, John Faust and Nancy Young

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