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Celebrating 100 Years: A Look Back in Our Club’s History During the Progressive Era

Rotary Club of Madison-Centennial LogoAs we celebrate our 100th anniversary, our History Sub-Committee is taking a look back in our club’s rich history and is sharing highlights from the past century.  This week’s message is shared by committee member Rich Leffler:

The Rotary Club of Chicago was founded in February 1905. The Rotary Club of Madison began in 1913. Both were products of the Progressive Era, a period marked by a terrible depression and war. Huge corporations and trusts came into existence. It was a time of brutal competition among businesses and business people. Labor and capital were locked in violent, bloody conflict. It saw an ever-increasing and rapid change from rural to urban America, the growth of cities in not-so-wholesome ways, leading to terrible living- and working conditions. It was also a time when people were searching for ways to control and channel all of these developments. Progressivism, which sought to use government to control these forces of change, and the Social Gospel, which sought to modify economic life and social conditions with the gentle influence of Christianity, had an important effect on Rotary.

The Social Gospel was “Built on the premise that social justice and Christianity were synonymous,” and it “emphasized the humanity of Christ, especially his concern for the poor and the destitute.” Advocates of the Social Gospel “called for major social reforms to achieve a more equitable, a more Christian society.”1

rosenberry 3An Address given by Madison Rotarian and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Marvin B. Rosenberry (left) in 1917, “The Spirit of Rotary in Business,” demonstrates the powerful effect of combining the Social Gospel with the imperative of Service, and it explains what Paul Harris meant when he said “Rotary’s supreme purpose is to serve.”2

You will notice in the Address that Justice Rosenberry was not a supporter of service by checkbook, which is the predominant way of service for our club today. But in 1922 he became one of the founders of that quintessential checkbook service, what is today the United Way of Dane County, and he was the first chair. The size of our Foundation at $8.5 million, our annual fund raising at $130,000, and our annual giving at $500,000 suggest that service, always important to our club, has become a passion. I think Justice Rosenberry would approve.
1. Lewis L. Gould, “Introduction,” The Progressive Era (Syracuse, 1974), p. 13.
2. Paul P. Harris, My Road to Rotary: The Story of a Boy, A Vermont Community and Rotary (Chicago, 1948), p. 253. I should also point out that while Justice Rosenberry’s ideas were obviously informed by the Social Gospel, he was not a Progressive. Actually, he was a “Stalwart” Republican, strongly opposed to the La Follette Progressive Republicans. In fact, La Follette referred to Rosenberry as “a rank reactionary,” which is clearly not true. See Ann Walsh Bradley, “Marvin B. Rosenberry: Unparalleled Breadth of Service,” Wisconsin Lawyer 76 (October 2003), online edition

Madison Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Drive – We Met Our Goal!

DSC_0113During our January 16 Rotary luncheon, Fund Drive Committee Chair Cathy Durham (left) was able to announce that we met our fund drive goal and, in fact, by the end of the meeting, we had exceeded it.  This was in thanks to several members who made contributions at the meeting.  In addition, we would like to thank Marv Levy who donated two courtside floor seats to the January 22 UW Men’s basketball game plus extras.  These tickets were auctioned off at the meeting, and this put us over our $130,000 goal.  Cathy thanked her committee members, those who donated prizes, and all of the members who contributed.  Here is a wrap-up report regarding our 2012-13 annual Fund Drive:

Total contributions and pledges were: $130,541.64 with 94% of members participating.  Our participation percentage this year was the highest it has been in the past 15 years.  Thank you to Cathy Durham and her Fund Drive Committee members: Frank Byrne, Mary Gaffney-Ward, Janet Gray, John Hayes, Patrick Marsden, Mark Moody, Lin Rohr and Carrie Wall on a job well done!

There were many wonderful prizes donated by club members.  Here is a listing of the prizes, donors and winners.  Our thanks to the donors and congratulations to the winners!

    UW Men’s Hockey Tickets donated by Kevin Hickman: Jon Nordenberg
    UW Men’s Hockey Tickets donated by Pete Christianson: Ted Ballweg & Steve Landry
    UW Men’s Basketball Tickets donated by Denny Carey: Virginia Bartelt
    Tickets for Globetrotters Game donated by Ted Ballweg: John Kanvik
    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace book donated by Dave Mollenhoff: Dewey Bredeson
    Madison: A History of the Formative Years book donated by Dave Mollenhoff: Beth Prochaska
    Gift Baskets donated by Scott Haumersen: Ted Ballweg & Denny Carey
    Wine Gift Basket donated by Tim Conroy: Peter Cavi
    MMoCA Gift Certificate donated by Steve Fleischman: Ralph Middlecamp
    Glass Bowl donated by Denny Carey: Nancy Welch
    Handmade Scarf donated by Nancy Welch: Ted Long
    Isthmus Beer & Cheese Festival donated by Linda Baldwin: Kevin Hoffman, Dave E. Johnson & Kit Nordeen
    Jersey Boys Tickets donated by Ted DeDee: Valerie Kazamias
    Rock of Ages Tickets donated by Ted DeDee: Mike Engelberger
    Rotary Centennial Stadium Blankets donated by Patrick Marsden: Fred Blancke, Joan Collins, Carol Koby, Dan Larson, Elaine Mischler Paul Riehemann & Carrie Wall
    Seiko Watches donated by John Hayes: Dawn Crim, Boris Frank, Jessica Schock & Tim Stadelman
    Wisdom from the Ancients books: Bryan Chan, Jim Christensen & Chris Henderson
    More Wisdom From the Ancients books: Mike Hoesly, Rachel Krinsky, Ted Waldbillig & Ellis Waller

While our fund drive officially ended on January 16, we will continue to accept gifts through the end of our fiscal year which is June 30, 2013.  Remember that we have the added convenience of PayPal which members can access via the homepage of our website at www.rotarymadison.org.

Thanks to all members who participated this year.  Our grant committees are hard at work reviewing application forms received this year.  We will hear more about the results of the committees’ work in March when the process is completed.

Giving before being asked

Dear fellow Rotarians,

At our board meeting the first Monday in October, Susan Schmitz, our fund drive leader this year, made her presentation about her plan for this year.  Directors and officers received at our places the donation card as an informational item.

We talked about the campaign, I made mention it would be good if we all donated at 100 percent as a board, and we moved on to other business.

Now Susan is a dynamic chair and your president is a passionate fundraiser but. . ..

I worked out a letter to the board and ok I’ve been sick and it took me a while but less than 10 days maybe and when Pat got it she said “don’t be surprised if you don’t see letters for some people.”

BECAUSE AS IT TURNS OUT 7/19 (or 36 some percent returned their donation as a result of a HAND OUT at a board meeting). I was stunned. Thank you.

I would like to think that I am an enlightened donor but I am not in that number.

Leadership is giving without being asked.  Service is giving without being asked.

I can assure you the club needs you.  I can assure myself if you are reading this you are already giving in some way.  My question to us all is what can/should/we would enjoy doing without being asked specifically.

Take it personally and see what you come up with.  It comes from the heart.  Seek that a bit.

Ok, yes and send your check :).  I will send mine.

Yours in giving, Juli

First days on the job

After my first day at the podium and 14 days on the job, my first thought is that I’m sorry you all missed my experimental blog post on another platform where I reflected on the last board meeting at which Dave presided and his term.  I have far more appreciation today than I did even a month ago for Dave’s legacy in terms of leadership, planning and a very steady hand on the wheel.  It’s not a simple task or a light one and Dave made it look easy.  As I started to demonstrate today, I will do my best to make it look extremely difficult.  Thank you Dave.

Learning to blog after crafting a certain style on Facebook (i.e. brief) causes me to be a bit more reflective in this format.  There are many things in the holding pen to write about but my primary reflection on today’s meeting is how well it captured my priorities as president.

*Engagement at the weekly meeting:  My goal is for us to leave with more energy than we came with.  There are many other ways to put that but whether it’s fun or intellectual engagement, I want you to leave with that feeling.  I unleashed the “departure greeters,” a title that needs improvement (“thanks for coming” greeters) on you without warning and apparently that needs some explanation next week but all it’s to the end of that goal.  Let me know how you’re doing. Please.

My objectives for engagement extend far beyond the weekly meeting and are an extension of Dave’s work — and that of many, many others — but the weekly meeting is my core focus under this header for today.

*Membership recruitment and retention:  Before today’s meeting, I attended the Membership Committee meeting.  Welcoming seven new members and getting to meet them in person today was very exciting.  Find them.  Befriend them.  But the bigger picture is that this is the lifeblood of our club.  I could give you a lot of numbers but in the end the numbers are about our success and commitment as members to believe so much in what we are doing that we invite colleagues to join us — and keep them.  Ok, but it also fundamentally affects our bottom line, our spirit, and try fooling around on LinkedIn, it is most fascinating.

*Annual fund:  I am most sorrowful that Stu was not at today’s meeting as we would have gained a nice donation to the Foundation. Susan Schmitz will chair the committee this year, and we are committed to a diverse campaign that builds the Foundation’s coffers.  I went to my first Foundation board meeting yesterday and the quality of the management of our funds, in terms of both giving and growing, is excellent.  The more you know, the more you will be inspired to give.  Or perhaps you shall be fined.

*Rotary Youth Exchange:  We enjoyed having an inbound and outbound student at the club today, both, ironically from/to Germany.  We are hosting a get-together on 7/21 (next Wed) before the meeting to talk about the easy ways we can all help this program and connect us with these great students.  Laura Davis and a small group of dedicated Rotarians have managed this program and we have the vision of expanding involvement to everything from taking a student to a Mallards game (“take me out to the ballgame”) to hosting.  Come if you can, email if you can’t.

*Planning and succession: This largely deals with eliminating the roast; however, I have made room for (1) charging Paul Riehemann with leading an ad hoc committee to create a new five year strategic plan, as the current one expires in April and (2) engaging with Paul (who is President Elect), Pat, and our committee chairs in conversations about how to ensure continuity of leadership while fostering change.  There will surely be more posts about that in the future.  We will also carry forward this year the legacy work of Bob Sorge’s strategic planning team (and the plan) and Dave’s leadership — with a lot of help from Derrick and others — to create a one year annual plan linked to the strategic plan.

While I share with you these priorities, I also know that I harbor — ok that’s a lie, have set sail to — a series of other things I Really Care About. You can’t make 126 or whatever appointments and not get engaged in the work of every committee.  I have fallen in love with the work of every one of them.  But I trust all of you to go forth and make Rotary, so I will focus as I’ve outlined above until I stray into your camp, camps I’ve camped in before (ethics symposium), or where the camp counselor has tackled the Wed meal with me (e.g. Laura Peck and Centennial committee).  Etc.

While there is so much that is exciting and attractive to work on, the great news is that you all make it happen while I look for the switch on the mic.

Yours in service above self, Juli