Rotarians met 26 outstanding scholars at the June 1 luncheon. More than $388,000 will be awarded to the 2022 class of Madison Rotary Foundation scholars over the next four years.
Laura Peck, Chair, introduced the scholars; President Teresa Holmes presented each with a certificate.
Daniel Obi, 2017 French Scholar, gave a keynote. He shared how his Rotary scholarship and mentor relationship with Neal Fauerbach made a real difference helping him work towards becoming a Physician’s Assistant.
Roger Stauter was also inducted as a new member. His introduction included he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma. The meeting was sponsored by Jen Savino, KW2.
WI Sec. of Agriculture Randy Romanski gave Rotarians an overview of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and discussed the impact of agriculture on Wisconsin’s economy.
In addition to advising and providing financial support to farmers, DATCP regulates food safety, animal health, consumer protection laws and the meat packing industry. Agriculture is critical to our economy, with one in nine Wisconsinites employed in agriculture. Wisconsin is fourth in the world in cheese production.
Romanski’s presentation included a visit from Alice in Dairyland, who promotes Wisconsin agriculture products. He gave shoutouts to past Alices in attendance, including our own Carol Koby.
If you missed our Rotary meeting last week, you can watch the video here. (Our thanks to WisEye for videotaping our guest speaker last week and for allowing us to post it on our club’s YouTube channel.)
At our March 16th meeting, Scott Smith, Vice President of Business and Regulatory Strategy for Madison Gas and Electric, informed us of MGE’s performance and commitment to reliability, changes in productivity to accomplish Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 and how the company assists home owners, landlords and corporations in using power more efficiently.
Among items mentioned was that in 2020 MGE was ranked number one among all American power companies both in fewest and shortest outages; achieving first or second in both categories since 2015. The company also provides E-vehicle owners with off peak charging facilities in their homes.
On February 9, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Dr. James Schmidt spoke to the club about the impacts of COVID-19 on his campus and the UW System Colleges. Dr. Schmidt credited the power of partnerships in making the UW-Eau Claire campus one of the safest places to be during COVID. Throughout the pandemic, UW-Eau Claire focused heavily on following public health protocols, testing and encouraging vaccination. To date, they have had no classroom outbreaks/transmissions in any of their classrooms, nor any outbreaks in their residence halls. As they developed best practices, they took their learnings and solutions out into the community to extend the Wisconsin Idea.
On February 2, Robert Beezat spoke to the Club about Character Based Management, offering keys to more productive and effective organizations. Robert talked about the critical job of managers and the importance that strong character plays in being a good, effective manager. If you reflect back on great managers you’ve had in your life, you’ll likely reflect on those who had integrity – meaning their actions reflected their words. Robert reminded us that although no one can be perfect, we can all be better. He encourages leaders to continuously evaluate themselves and invest time in improving their managerial skills.