Category Archives: 5. Members

Where the Peace Corps and Rotary Meet

–submitted by Valerie Johnson; photo by Mike Engelberger

David GoozeAs Rotarians listened to David Gooze [pictured here (right) with Club President Tim Stadelman] at the November 26 meeting entertain them with stories of his Peace Corps experience in Togo– everything from sacrificing goats to navigating 40 languages or being startlingly awoken by calls to prayer from the mosque at 5:45AM – his real story quietly unfolded.

The real story was one of vision and collaboration as Peace Corps officials, with David’s involvement, and Rotary International leaders, with David’s parent’s involvement, finalized a four-year work in progress started by Peace Corps alumni in Denver.

To promote global development and volunteerism, Rotary and Peace Corps signed a letter of collaboration, agreeing to participate in pilot programs in the Philippines, Thailand and Togo.  Under the May 2014 agreement, Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers are encouraged to share resources and knowledge to boost the impact of development projects. Opportunities for collaboration include supporting community projects, training, networking and community education.

IMG_3527One of David’s major programs in Togo was to distribute more than 5,000 soccer balls to disadvantaged youth. He organized ‘More Than Just a Game’ sessions, which use soccer to teach children about malaria prevention. Before he brought these non-deflatable balls, children were using rolled up bags for soccer balls.  He also helped teach modern honey-production methods.

One of his greatest rewards was having a local leader, a woman Rotarian, tell him, “I want to learn how to be more worldly, work with my own people.  I can’t depend on Americans and others to do projects for my community in the future.”

While David said the word stewardship doesn’t translate well into their local language, that is exactly what she was referring to and what she was learning.  Gooze is a 2006 Oregon High School graduate and a 2010 Graduate of the University of Oregon.

Going Green & Second Century Fellowship Groups Mix It Up at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

October 22, 2014.
–submitted by Karen Kendrick-Hands

From left: Bob Miller, Joanna Burish, Dick & Nina Rieselbach and Nino Amato

From left: Bob Miller, Joanna Burish, Dick & Nina Rieselbach and Nino Amato

Twenty members  accepted President Tim’s challenge to commingle our two fellowships when we met to tour the Aldo Leopold Nature Center [ALNC]. We shared hefty snacks, and hot cider as we made new friends, networked and found common ground.

We were greeted by the announcement screen gently celebrating our club’s vote to help RI dialogue about climate change.  Rotarian Bob Miller welcomed us to the Center in his role as ALNC’s new Executive Director, as well as to Monona, in his role as Mayor.

Bob shared how ALNC came to be an oasis of wildness: prairie, wetland, woodlands, with nature program for kids, just off the beltway. Director of Community Engagement Sierra Munoz gave us a tour of the Climate Science Education Center where thousands come annually to learn about climate, weather and earth science using high-tech interactive features found nowhere else in the region.

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(Photo 1: from left: Philip Petrowski, Mike Kosolcharoen, Michelle McGrath, James Tye, Larry Hands & Paul Riehemann; Photo 2: from left: Ellsworth Brown, Becky Stienhoff’s Mom, Kris Ashe and ALNC’s Sierra Munoz; Photo 3: from left: Lee Schwartz, Rob Ringeisen, Nick Curran and Tim Stadelman)

We were all intrigued with the “Science on the Sphere,” – the only one in Wisconsin – on which we watched NASA film clips of global storm tracks, night lighting patterns, jet stream waves and so much more.

Great minds are already pondering holding a  “family friendly Rotary event” at this hidden treasure.

We more than fulfilled District Governor Dave Warren’s wish that we have 10% more fun!

“Rotary Bingo” at The Madison Club October 21, 2014

–summary & photos submitted by Jason Beren


On Tuesday, October 21, at our New Member Event, about 25 new and experienced Rotarians attended a coffee event at The Madison Club (Thanks to Mary Gaffney-Ward for the use of the great room).

The focal point of the event was a cutting edge networking activity known as “Rotary Bingo.”  Much like a scavenger hunt played with a bingo card, attendees had to work their way around the room to fill out their card with the names of the Rotarians who matched each square.

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Prior to the event, attendees completed a survey with questions such as:

  • What is something about yourself that’s unique and people might not know about you?
  • Where were you born?
  • Who were your Rotary Sponsors?
  • What high school activity, club, or sport did you participated in?
  • What unique event have you attended?
  • Have you ever done a unique Rotary make-up international or domestic?

Attendees learned that some of their fellow Downtown Rotarian’s have:

  • Been a ski bum for a winter
  • Spent two months deep in the Amazon jungle
  • Attended a cocktail party on Malcolm Forbes yacht
  • Did a Rotary make-up on Easter Island


Coach Andersen Addresses Rotary

–submitted by Linda Maremont; photo by Pete Christianson

From left: Club President Tim Stadelman, Coach Gary Andersen and Jason Beren

From left: Club President Tim Stadelman, Coach Gary Andersen and Jason Beren

UW Football Head Coach Gary Andersen was greeted warmly by a large audience to our August 13 meeting.  After a successful first season in 2013 (with a winning record of 9-4), Andersen and the players were thrilled to finally officially begin preparations for a season that will begin August 30 against LSU in Houston.  The team is wrapping up a 13-day stretch in which UW will practice every day.

Coach Andersen emphasized the youth of the team this season, but still intends to stay with the physical style of football for which Wisconsin is known.  Even though Andersen mentioned that he will be started more true freshmen than in previous years, he is confident that they are up for the challenge.  He believes that the biggest challenge facing them will not be the physical size difference that comes along with starting younger players but the experience in a competitive environment.  These players are lucky to be on the “good guy” side of the ball as Camp Randall has been recently ranked the most intimidating college stadium in the country by ESPN.  However when it comes time to travel to Texas to play LSU, the young players’ poise will truly be tested.  The coach spent a fair amount of time discussing how the team, more specifically the offensive and defensive lines, are developing. It is apparent that he knows what is most important and what needs to be emphasized for the Wisconsin run heavy style of play to be successful.

He has a deep love for his team that extends beyond just basic football.  Wisconsin has been and will continue to be one of the top ranked schools in terms of athlete academics.   Coach Andersen noted the team’s average GPA is nearing 3.0, which is impressive for a team at a top ranked university.  The fact that not a single player who graduated last year came back to ask for a position on Coach Andersen’s staff is a testament to how important academics are to the football program and the University as a whole.

Coach Andersen delivered an excellent speech that calmed some fears and excited the fans in the audience about the season to come.  When asked about how it feels to coach his son, Coach Andersen responded that he treats every player like his son–which earns him respect along with forming a bond of trust between him and his players.

Coach Andersen’s remarks gave testament to his passion for the game, his team and his excitement to be part of UW and Madison.  On Wisconsin!

We thank WisconsinEye for videotaping our meeting this week.  CLICK to watch the video.

Culinary Arts Low Country Shrimp Boil at Nakoma on August 5

–submitted by Patty Struck; photos by Stan Kitson, Gayle Langer & Rob Stroud

From left: Nakoma Chef Gabor, Mike Casey, Phil Levy and Patty Struck

From left: Nakoma Chef Gabor, Mike Casey, Phil Levy and Patty Struck

A group of 50 Rotarian foodies gathered along with their friends and significant others on a perfect summer evening at Nakoma Country Club for a Low Country Shrimp Boil organized by Rotarian Phil Levy on Tuesday, August 5.

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Photo 1: from left: Lynne Judd, Ken Yuska, Ginny Yuska & Mary Stroud; Photo 2: from left: Larry Bechler, Rob Stroud & Roth Judd; Photo 3: from left: Paul Hoffmann, Tom DeChant & Paul Gibler

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Following an hour of conversation, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, we enjoyed a cooking demo by Chef Gabor (above) within view of the fire pits on Nakoma’s new back patio. Chef Gabor explained the difference between the Cajun preparation which he was demonstrating and the New England preparation as he added herbs and spices, andouille, potatoes and shrimp to the pot. Following the cooking demo, we feasted on the shrimp and vegetables. The evening concluded with hot fudge sundaes and coffee.

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Photo 1: Jane & John Wegenke; Photo 2: Fred Kauffeld & Christine Beatty; Photo 3: Paul & Sharon Hoffmann with Jeff Levy

Many thanks to Phil Levy for organizing this delightful event!

A Bad Gift Reconsidered: Fun at Rotary

–article submitted by Ellie Schatz; photo by Ellsworth Brown

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(Pictured above are Rotary Board Members with District Governor Dave Warren. From left: Robyn Kitson, Dave Warren, Dora Zuniga and Tim Stadelman)

Last week, President Tim promised 10% more fun at Rotary and said we would hear more about this from District Governor Dave Warren.

So what is fun and how does it relate to Rotary? Do you consider Rotary fun?

I looked up “fun” in three dictionaries, starting with a classic Webster’s Unabridged. I didn’t think Webster’s first definition fit either Dave’s message or my experience of Rotary. “Fun: A practical joke: trick, hoax.” Dave had us laughing, and he described Janesville’s annual corn roast and mud volleyball tournament laughingly, but he in no way thinks of Rotary, his governorship, or Janesville’s fundraiser as a hoax. Try again.

“Fun: a source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure.” This first definition from American Heritage Dictionary is second in the Webster’s, and fits with Dave’s message. The first two definitions in my Random House dictionary give us these descriptors as well as adding mirth and playfulness. Dave clearly wants all Rotarians in District 6250 to enjoy their meetings, and his playfulness was evident as he quizzed us on Rotary trivia and offered Jolly Rancher candies as prizes for correct answers. We all learned the first president of Rotary was, not Paul Harris, but rather Silvester Schiele. No candy on that one; Rob Stroud knew the answer from hearing Dave’s speech before, so his answer didn’t count!

Fun for District Governor Warren goes much deeper than games and amusement. He takes great pleasure in Service Above Self.  He shared how the project, Kids Against Hunger has encouraged children in Nicaragua to attend school by ensuring that if they come they will be fed a nutritious meal. He reiterated how the Rotary International effort to eradicate polio is close to reaching its goal. Reflecting on success is fun.

Where does his title, the bad gift, fit into Governor Dave’s definition of Rotary fun? He says joining Rotary was a gift that he initially didn’t think he wanted. But he now appreciates it as the gift that keeps on giving. “Rotary is a gift to myself and to my family,” he declared, as he asked us to offer this gift to our spouses, grown children, friends, and neighbors.

Dave joins RI President Gary Huang in asking us to enjoy our Rotary service, share it with others (a good gift even for the busiest of the busy), and Light Up Rotary together.

Our thanks to District Governor Dave Warren for his presentation CLICK to view his first video newsletter.