Our club’s strategic plan includes a goal which states, “Identify and focus on up to four areas of need toward which the Club will dedicate its service, attention, and financial resources to optimize impact and make plain our role in the community.” One project that our club continues which helps us achieve this goal is the annual Rotary Club of Madison Ethics Symposium.
This year, our planning committee, chaired by Dora Zuniga, worked closely with Edgewood College Prof. Denis Collins and Edgewood College Rotaract students to develop the day’s activities to help teach these high school juniors how to work through ethical dilemmas using a R-O-T-A-R-Y Six-step Framework. We also welcomed back the First Wave Group for our opening session, and the students gave high marks once again to this group. The First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at UW-Madison.
We’d like to thank the following 50 Rotarians who helped out during the day’s event: Steve Aune, Ken Axe, Brian Basken, Sean Baxter, Donna Beestman, John Bonsett-Veal, Scott Campbell, Sharon Chamberlain, Karen Christianson, Nelson Cummings, Dave Ellestad, Jed Engler, Neil Fauerbach, Jim Fitzpatrick, Rico Goedjen, Dick Goldberg, Cary Heyer, Donna Hurd, Steve Johannsen, Mary Kaminski, Paul Karch, Karen Kendrick-Hands, Robyn Kitson, Ranette Mauer, Kathryne McGowan, Gregg McManners, Renee Moe, Tim Muldowney, Dick Pearson, Laura Peck, Maggie Peterman, Marty Preizler, Melanie Ramey, Bill Reay, Mary Romolino, Joe Sensenbrenner, Bob Shumaker, Larry Smith, Bob Sorge, Wes Sparkman, Ross Squires, Tim Stadelman, Jim Taylor, Jeff Tews, Jerry Thain, Ellis Waller, Mike Wenzel, Marcia Whittington, Bill Zeinemann and Dora Zuniga (chair).
(Pictured above from left: First Wave Group from UW-Madison; General photo during Opening Session; Edgewood Rotaract Students: front row from left to right: Michelle Karn, Victoria Ortiz, Ashley Schoenoff, Abby Trollop, Chelsea Culver, Lauren Carpenter; back row from left to right: Ben Sheperd, Cory Kundert, Nick Walusayi, Aliou Traore, Bill DeVault)
In addition, our thanks go to Edgewood Prof. Denis Collins and Amy Gannon, along with the following Edgewood College Rotaract students: Lauren Carpenter, Chelsea Culver, Billy DeVault, Michelle Karn, Cory Kundert, Ashton Lareau, Victoria Oritz Sayago, Ashley Schoenoff, Ben Sheperd, Aliou Traore, Abby Trollop and Nick Walusayi.
From the evaluation forms completed by students at the end of the day, we heard some favorable comments. Here is a sampling:
– It was very inspiring and I appreciate it very much. It changed the way I think about these situations.
– This was a meaningful experience for me, and I will never forget it.
– I was surprised by how much fun it was. I thought the all of the discussions were very fun.
– This was a wonderful experience. I was open to so many new things.
– I loved the entire experience and cannot express that enough. The world needs more people who think this way.
– I really enjoyed it and met new people while learning about problems at my school that I wasn’t fully aware of.
– It was intriguing and brought me together with new people. I was a little confused and uncomfortable at the beginning, but it quickly got better. Thank you for the opportunity!
– Thank you for the event. I feel like it has made a positive difference for my ethical decision process.
– I think the sessions were effective and the student based discussion was key.
As 2013 Ethics Symposium Chair Dora Zuniga closed the event, she drew a name of one lucky winner from the audience for the iPod prize drawing, and Jeffrey Reinholz from Verona Area High School was pleased to be the recipient. Our thanks to Ranette Mauer and the Hilton Madison Hotel for donating this door prize.