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Photo Highlights and Video Clips from 2014 SummerPalooza

–submitted by Juli Aulik, Ellsworth Brown and Paul Riehemann

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It was picture perfect weather for our second annual SummerPalooza held on Saturday, June 14th on the Capitol Square.   We had 2007 people enjoy free admission to the Madison Children’s Museum and outside activities for children, including crafts, a bounce house and a dunk tank.  A parade around the Capitol Square started at noon, and we had 300 participants in the parade with 1000+ viewers.    Shown on the next page are photo highlights.  Our thanks to Steve Goldberg and Deb Gilpin for organizing this year’s event and to 45+ Rotary volunteers who helped make it another great event!

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From left: Steve Goldberg, Renee Moe, Deb Gilpin, Lester Pines, Regina Millner and Roberta Gassman

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Photo 1: Renee Moe with her children Nora and Nick; Photo 2: Tim Stadelman and Karen Kendrick-Hands

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From left: Deb Gilpin, James Tye, Michelle McGrath, Mike Kosolcharoen and Steve Goldberg

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(Photo 1: Tim Stadelman winding up for the pitch; Photos 2 & 3: Mike Kosolcharoen takes a dunk in the tank!)

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Dora Zuniga

Dora Zuniga


Dedication of Rotary Club of Madison Centennial Plaza on June 11

–submitted by Bob Dinndorf; photos by Valerie Johnson and Uriah Carpenter

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Led by members of the Hiking Fellowship Group, Rotary Club of Madison members trekked from Inn on the Park to the Rotary Club of Madison Centennial Plaza (corners of Hamilton & Mifflin Streets) to witness a special moment capping the first Rotary century and inaugurating the second century. Club members participated in the official dedication of the Rotary Club of Madison’s Centennial Plaza.  John Bonsett-Veal and Uriah Carpenter arranged a creative aerial photo of Rotarians fresh from their post-lunch constitutional. This indisputable visual evidence of Rotary pride was summarized by Mayor Paul Soglin who read a proclamation commemorating June 11, 2014, as a day to celebrate Rotary and one of Madison’s newest landmarks.

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(Photo 1: Steve Goldberg addresses the gathering; Photo 2: Deb Gilpin reads a poem; Photo 3: Rotarians peering into the sky for a group photo [below])

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Earlier at Inn on the Park, Steve Goldberg regaled the club with his now signature Palooza Pleaser, a song about the club’s summer spectacular. The 2014 SummerPalooza takes place Saturday, June 14 around Capitol Square and the Madison Children’s Museum.


Mayor Paul Sogilin reads the proclamation with Club President Renee Moe

Laura Peck, chair of the Plaza Project Committee, reviewed how the art installation developed. Deb Gilpin, Executive Director of the Madison Children’s Museum provided an introduction to the art piece, “Roads Diverge” which provides whimsical food for thought to plaza visitors. Deb expressed appreciation for the daily inspiration that the art provides. Finally, appreciation is extended again to Dave Ewanowski who chaired the initial 2008 Centennial Project Planning Committee and all Rotarians as well as friends of Rotarians who participated in celebration of the club’s 100 years past. Our brave march into the future continues.

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Note from a Visiting Rotarian on June 11, 2014:
“Thanx for the warm hospitality shown by your club’s Rotarians. Today’s visit to the Rotary Club of Madison will always remain a memorable day in my life.   I am fortunate enough to be able to witness the centennial plaza dedication event. Yours is indeed a vibrant and unique club in the world.  May your club achieve still greater heights in the  forthcoming years.”

Yours in Rotary, PP KISHOR OSWAL, Rotary Club of PUNE FAR EAST India

Club Member Perry Henderson Receives RI Avenues of Service Citation

–Introduced by Mary Rouse on February 26, 2014

Perry Henderson Award

Club President Renee Moe pictured with Perry Henderson

Each year, our club selects one member to be recognized with Rotary International’s Avenues of Service Citation.  Recipients are selected for their volunteer efforts carried out within all five avenues of service which are club, community, international, youth and vocational service.  I am pleased to introduce Perry Henderson as this year’s recipient. Here is some background on him and his impressive Rotary service.

Perry Henderson joined Rotary in 1981 and has maintained 100% attendance since 1984.  That means he marks 30 years of perfect attendance this year!  He has served on a variety of club committees, including the Orientation and Classification Committees. He has been involved in planning our annual Rotary Ethics Symposium, and has assisted with our club’s Strategic Planning process. Not only was he our president from 1997-98, but also has served on our Club Board of Directors.  His service goes way beyond our Club through district committees and events for the past 15 years. And, I think he likes titles because he became Governor Perry of Rotary District 6250 in 2002-03. However, behind any title he holds, you can always know there is great substance and hard work.

District Governor Perry Henderson (center) pictured with Rotary Youth Exchange Students during 2002-03 Rotary year.

District Governor Perry Henderson (center) pictured with Rotary Youth Exchange Students during 2002-03 Rotary year.

Perry and his wife, Virginia, who is also an active and outstanding member of our club, have established a scholarship fund within our Madison Rotary Foundation to provide college scholarship assistance to graduating seniors in the Madison area who have financial need.  They have also been generous supporters of The Rotary International Foundation.  Perry and Virginia stepped forward in 2006 to provide a $10,000 matching grant to encourage member gifts to the Polio Eradication Campaign effort.

Perry and Virginia Henderson pictured here during our club's centennial celebration at the Capitol Theatre in February 2013

Perry and Virginia Henderson pictured here during our club’s centennial celebration at the Capitol Theatre in February 2013

Perry and Virginia have been recognized with our club’s Senior Service Award.  Perry has received our club’s Joseph G. Werner Meritorious Service Award.  Today, we are pleased to add another award category to Perry’s Rotary resume – the Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation.

Let me also remind you that Dr. Henderson was an outstanding faculty member in our UW-Madison Medical School who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology with special emphasis on high risk pregnancies and premature infants His practice and research has contributed to advancing this field.  And, in case you did not know, he has musical talent as a singer and piano player. He knows how to have a good time.

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President Renee Moe presents Perry with the Rotary International Avenues of Services Citation

Perry, you are a beloved member of our community and admired by all. You live the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, and we are pleased to recognize you with this year’s Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation.  Congratulations!

Highlights from Rotary Centennial Birthday Party on September 25

Ann Neviaser admires the Paul Harris Birthday Cake

Ann Neviaser admires the Paul Harris Birthday Cake

Closing ceremonies for the Rotary Club of Madison’s (RCM) centennial year commenced as strolling centennial singers serenaded club members with greatest hits from the 1910s and ‘20s. The belated birthday party was called to order with a champagne toast. Dick Lovell led a rousing rendition of Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight, also performed at the club’s first meeting. A birthday card in the form of a mayoral proclamation was read. Steve Goldberg introduced historic guests with original lyrics sung to the tune of “Baby Face.” Special guests John and Mary Ann McKenna, along with Jerry and Ann Nickles were introduced as descendants of our club’s 1913 founding members.

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Living histories were presented by club members John and Kip Frautschi, two of the club’s four generations of Frautschi family members dating to 1917, described the call to service voiced by Emil Frautschi (president 1936-37). Rob Stroud and Susan Schmitz reflected on the multiple members of their families who informed their enthusiasm for Rotary. Rich Lynch reviewed the business offspring of John Findorff (member 1913) who spawned three generations of Rotarians along with a culture of Rotary participation that

Rich Leffler, Pat Jenkins & Linda Baldwin

Rich Leffler, Pat Jenkins & Linda Baldwin

continues today for Findorff Construction leaders. Kristin Euclide’s research revealed that many Madison Gas & Electric officers and board members follow in MG & E president John St. John’s footsteps to Rotary meetings. As 1914-16 club president, St. John is credited with focusing the RCM on service as the new club’s mission. Leslie Howard concluded by reviewing, connections between Rotary and the United Way of Dane County and Madison Community Foundation. Each of these nonprofit community pillars has attracted leading Madisonians to service. Leslie concluded with the words of former Rotarian Manfred Swarsensky: “The best way to honor the history of those who went before is to live our lives most fully.”

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The birthday bash was directed by Petie Rudy, Gail Selk and Kathleen Woit featuring a cast of talented volunteers who honored the past and looks forward to a bright future of Service Above Self.    

Mayoral & Common Council of Madison, Wisconsin Proclamation

Our thanks to our Centennial Singers; to each Rotarian presenter; to  Bob Dinndorf for this review article; and to John Bonsett-Veal and Valerie Johnson for photography.  

Celebrating 100 Years: A Look Back in Our Club’s History on Ethics Symposium

Rotary Club of Madison-Centennial LogoOur History Sub-Committee continues to take 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 Jerry Thain:

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The earlier centennial blog posts dealt primarily with events of the Club in its first 75 years. While such “look backs” provide perspective for today, one of the Club’s major events was developed within the last 15 years and remains an ongoing cornerstone of Club outreach. What is now the annual Rotary Ethics Symposium for high school juniors in Dane County was developed by Melanie Ramey and other Club members beginning in 1999. The first such event was held in October 2000, and there has been one every academic year since then. The first ones were held in October, and the Symposium was held on days when meetings of teachers provided a non-school day for the Symposium. Notably, the schools soon recognized the academic value of the program and allowed students to attend it in lieu of school so the Rotary Ethics Symposium in recent years has been held in February or March. The first program was at the Concourse Hotel; lately the Monona Terrace Convention Center has been the venue.

Ethan Ecklund-ParaThe Rotary Ethics Symposium has been constantly evolving and continues to evolve in its particulars even today. However, it has always involved intensive looks at specific ethical problems by the students and a great deal of preparation and participation by a large number of Rotarians, a few of whom have been involved in every program held to date. Instead of an opening address by a noted scholar or professional specializing in ethics, which was the pattern in the first years, the Symposium now begins with the staging of an ethical problem pertinent to high school students by the First Wave Drama & Music group of the UW-Madison followed by discussion of that and then, as always, breakout sessions of the students into smaller groups that each deal with an ethical issue before returning to a plenary lunch and opportunity for feedback.

DSC00257The Rotary Ethics Symposium, acting in conjunction with academic specialists in ethics such as the Santa Clara University Center for Ethical Studies, developed an R.O.T.A.R.Y. framework for studying ethical dilemmas and five widely utilized but differing approaches to decide them. The emphasis has always been on advising students that there often is no single “right” answer to an ethical question and that different approaches may yield different results, even though both or all may be considered an ethical solution to the problem.

The R.O.T.A.R.Y. framework, in brief, is as follows: Recognize an ethical issue; Obtain pertinent information; Test alternative approaches from the various ethical perspectives; Act consistently with your best judgment; Reflect on your decision; Yield to your ethical judgments.

The Rotary Ethics Symposium now involves not only the volunteer activities of many Club members but also of non-members engaged in analysis of ethical problems in business and the professions, as well as Rotaract participants. Although it seems certain that fine-tuning will continue each year in an effort to continue to improve the program, it clearly has been a success from the perspectives of both students and Rotarians since its inception. Consider the reports in Club newsletters about the initial ethics symposium in 2000 and about the most recent one on March 1, 2013, attended by 213 students from 19 Dane County high schools.

There is every reason to believe that the Symposium will be a signal activity of the Club in its second century of “service above self.”

Hope Through Service

Rotary provides many opportunities for local and international service.  Meaningful community service is born out of a passion for humanity.  As Rotarians, we must never take our position to serve for granted.  The world needs individuals that are willing to give a helping hand and keep burning issues of civil injustice, business and economic development and environmental concerns at the forefront.  Through weekly luncheons and fellowships with members of the business, civic and academic fields we are in a position to make a difference and change lives for the better.  There is hope for our community as long as caring individuals are willing to serve.

Throughout my term on the Board of Directors and as Club President, I have worked to spark our interest in public affairs that will motivate us to produce positive change for the community we serve.  It has been an honor to serve as President of the Rotary Club of Madison.  I look forward to an effective and prosperous new century for our club and a wonderful fresh beginning from our highly competent and visionary President Renee Moe.

Yours In Service, Wes Sparkman, Club President, 2012-13