Category Archives: Annual Vocational Fellowship Luncheon Day

September 28: Know Madison: Annual Vocational Fellowship Day Highlights

Photo 1: Breese Stevens Field; Photo 2: Children’s Theater of Madison at MYARTS

Instead of our regular meeting at the Park Hotel, members enjoyed an opportunity to get to know one another better in small groups as they toured and learned about various Madison area businesses.

Photo 1: RISE Wisconsin; Photo 2: WI Historical Society

The idea behind this annual luncheon goes back to the founding of the organization in 1905 when Paul Harris met with three friends to discuss an idea that he had been 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 meetings is how Rotary got its name.

Photo 1: Holy Wisdom Monastery; Photo 2: Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

In this spirit, club members and guests visited one of eight sites this week.  Our Vocational Day Sub-Committee wishes to thank the following hosts: 

  • Mark Clear – Breese Stevens Field
  • Allen Ebert – Children’s Theater of Madison at MYARTS
  • Jason Ilstrup – Dane County Airport
  • Bob Dinndorf & Charles McLimans – Holy Wisdom Monastery
  • Michael Mucha – Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Scott Strong – RISE Wisconsin
  • Christian Overland – WI Historical Society
  • Terry Anderson – WI State Senate


Photo 1: Dane County Airport; Photo 2: WI State Senate

Some comments from club members:

“It was an amazing tour! A continuation of excellent programs this year!”

“The presentation and tour were instructive, well organized and fascinating! Good food too!”

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July 6 Fellowship Luncheon Highlights

On July 6, members and guests participated in our club’s 24th Annual Vocational Fellowship Luncheon Day.  Instead of our regular meeting at the Inn on the Park, members enjoyed this opportunity to get to know one another better in a small group setting as they learned more about various area businesses.  Here are some photo highlights from this year’s locations:


Member and guests gathered at the home of Denny Carey for a presentation on how fused glass is accomplished in a live glass studio.  Each guest built a unique decorative piece of glass.


Terry Anderson hosted members and guests with an overview of this year’s Legislative Council special study committees and the workings of the Council.  The luncheon concluded with an optional climb to the top of the capitol dome for a bird’s eye view of Dane County.


Jed Engeler arranged for members and guests to hear the stories of Wisconsin citizen-soliders from the Civil War to the present day at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.



John Sheehan of The American Center hosted members and guests and provided a program and tour the Sports Performance and Rehab Center.

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Bill White, former airport commissioner, provided an overview of the history, operations and  growth for the Dane County Airport which included a short behind-the-scenes tour of terminal, baggage and facilities operations.


Exact Sciences Corporation included Valerie Johnson as host were members and guests received an interactive presentation highlighting the challenge of colon cancer and guided tours of the lab.

Highlights from 2015 Fellowship Luncheon Day – July 8


Members gathered at The Capital Times on Fish Hatchery Road for a program about how the paper is building on their attributes to attract newer generations of readers.

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Rotarian Amy Supple, chief operating officer of  The Edgewater,  hosted  Downtown Rotarians  on a worthwhile and fun program and tour.  Participants were introduced to The Edgewater voyages hosted by Captain Patrick on The Cherokee an historic Motor Yacht built in 1924 for the Heinz family.  The Cherokee now calls The Edgewater pier its home.  They also enjoyed a luncheon in The Statehouse and toured  the recently renovated hotel facility including guestrooms, ballrooms,  spa and dining venues.

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Members enjoyed lunch at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology followed by a tour of the largest university textile collection in the United States with 13,000 objects.

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Rotarians gathered at J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. for lunch and  a presentation on highlights of the company’s 125-year history of significant projects in the Madison area.


Members enjoyed lunch and a presentation on “Resources for Aging Loved Ones” at Home Health United. The presentation focused on helping individuals balance their own lives with caregiving duties.


Members enjoyed lunch and a presentation followed by a brief tour of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery building along with information about recent activities of WARF.


The Wisconsin Historical Society welcomed our members for lunch and a tour of the Society’s limited portion of the three dimensional collections storage and library/archive collections from contemporary times to the sixteenth century.


Members enjoyed lunch at the YWCA Empowerment Center – location of our employment and transportation programs, restorative justice program and training space.  There was a brief presentation about the YWCA followed by participation in a mini-workshop and tour of the Center.

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Members enjoyed lunch at the Henry Vilas Zoo’s new Glacier Grille followed by a tour of the newest and largest expansion in zoo history, the Arctic Passage.