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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!

Recent Rotary Fellowship Events – Hitting the Open Road!

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Pictured above, the Motorcycle Fellowship Group is crossing the Wisconsin River on the Merrimac Ferry.

Our club’s Motorcycle Fellowship Group headed out on the open road on Sunday, July 27, for LaFarge, Wisconsin, and the Rockton Bar’s World Famous Chicken Feed. Located in the heart of the beautiful Kickapoo Valley, on scenic Hwy 131 between Ontario and La Farge, the Rockton Bar is a favorite destination for hungry and thirsty patrons, especially motorcyclists in Wisconsin. The group rode through the amazing countryside of the Driftless region and enjoyed a great meal of BBQ chicken and fixin’s with great conversations and a positive Rotary experience!  Thanks to Jeff Bartell for organizing this event.

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Our club’s Baseball Fellowship Group boarded a bus on Sunday, July 27, for Milwaukee to see the Brewers take on the New York Mets. Final score:  Mets 2, Brewers 0.

Highlights from 9th Annual Rotary Scholar-Mentor Picnic on July 13

–article submitted by Ellie Schatz; photos submitted by Noel Pearson and Ellie Schatz

On Sunday, July 13, nearly 80 Rotary scholars and mentors attended our 9th Annual Rotary Scholar-Mentor Picnic. The following photos don’t quite tell it all, but they give the flavor of a day filled with the excitement of shared goals and dreams, the bonding accomplished through conversation and caring, the comforts of an idyllic environment, good food, and people we are so lucky to have in our lives.


Upperclassman Patrick Mather shared the ropes of college with Austin Coppernoll, incoming freshman.


Club President Tim Stadelman heard of dreams and plans, like Sheikh Jammeh’s possibility of working and studying in the Galapagos Islands.


Cheryl Weston spent some quiet moments with Kiran Silwell as she prepares for her senior year.


Alan Rubio and Cristhian Hernandez talked about classes at Madison College (and soccer?).


Our hostess, Noel, never took a breather. When she wasn’t behind the scenes organizing food, chairs, etc., she was behind the camera capturing the fun and future that’s represented at her lakeside table. Thank you Noel and Dick Pearson.


Graduate scholar Chie Yang began a conversation about majors, graduation, graduate school and careers. Mentors reveled in hearing all the BIG ideas and plans.

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A picnic on the lake must include a boat or two?!  Brett Stratton helped Captain Dick bring the boat up for a very popular annual activity.  Seeing Madison from the lake adds new perspectives for many scholars.


New Rotarian Jason Hunt and scholar McKenna Crossen shared some get-acquainted time.

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The Kitchen Committee, as always, got a big heads up as do all the mentors for the delicious dishes, from chips and dips to cookies and pies. Terry Heinrichs, did you make that scrumptious raspberry pie yourself?

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It was a perfect day in a perfect setting. If this is “service above self,” we enjoyed living our Rotary motto.

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Photo Highlights from Annual Vocational Fellowship Luncheon Day on July 9

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At the Carey Fused Glass Studio, members created unique votive candle holders.  Photo 1: from left: Peggy Lescrenier, Rachel Krinsky and Ken Yuska; Photo 2: Dewey Bredeson

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Members and guests received a backstage tour at the Overture Center for the Arts.

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At Madison College, members and guestsreceived a tour of the new Health Education Building.  Pictured above from left: Bob Dinndorf and Dick & Nina Rieselbach.

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Members enjoyed lunch and a tour of the new UW Department Student Athlete Performance Center which was completed in January 2014.

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At St. Mary’s Hospital, members heard about better care at lower costs.  Photo 1: Frank Byrne; Photo 2: from left: Dave Ewanowski, Suzanne Qualia, Larry Zanoni, Pat Guttenberg and Ted Waldbillig; Photo 3: from left on the helipad: Cindy Herbst, Ted Wadbillig, Paul Karch, Larry Zanoni, Jon Lewis (VP of St. Mary’s Operations) and Dick Goldberg.

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At UW’s School of Human Ecology, members toured this sustainable facility which included 13,000 items in its textile collection.

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At Bruker AXS, members learned about cutting edge digital technology used by next generation scientists in a wide array of industries.

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Members and guests learned how rapidly the health industry is changing and what that means to palliative care at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care.

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And members enjoyed lunch and a tour of Webcrafters on July 9.  Photo 1: from left: Kip Frautschi, Nate Brand, Ellis Waller, Martha Casey, Brian Basken, Marci Henderson, Derrick Van Mell and Neil Fauerbach; Photo 2: Jac Garner (left) addresses the group.

We thank the following organizations and Rotary hosts:

  • Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care – Lynne Myers
  • Bruker AXS – Mark Stover
  • Carey Fused Glass – Denny Carey
  • Edgewood College – Scott Flanagan
  • Madison College – Bob Dinndorf, Carey Heyer, Kathleen Smith & Diane Walleser
  • Overture Center for the Arts – Ted DeDee
  • St. Mary’s Hospital – Frank Byrne
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Ralph Middlecamp
  • The Capital Times – Paul Fanlund
  • UW Athletic Department – Ben Fraser
  • UW-Madison School of Human Ecology – Majid Sarmadi
  • Webcrafters, Inc. – Kip Frautschi  

We extend a special thanks to Rico Goedjen, chair of our Vocational Opportunities Committee and his committee for organizing this year’s Vocational Fellowship Luncheon Day.  

Rotary Wine Fellowshippers Enjoy Another Great Event on June 24

–submitted by Mike Wilson

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The Wine Fellowship Group had a Bring Your Own (BYO) Event at Mike and Patty Wilson’s on Tuesday the 24th of June. There were 15 attendees, and each Rotarian brought a bottle of wine, their story to go with it and a snack to accompany it. Great fun was had by all!  I rated every bottle of wine as excellent (17.75-18.5/20 on my scale),for an extraordinary fleet of wines.

From left: Nona Hagen, Dan Dieck, Mike Casey & Carolyn Casey

From left: Nona Hagen, Dan Dieck, Mike Casey & Carolyn Casey

They started with three cold wines: a Santinori Assyrtiko to accompany a tapenade; an Alsatian Pinot Gris (Rotenberg from Domaine Zind-Humbrecht) with a Greek dip; and a Rose of Sangiovese from Amorosa (called Goia) with the winery being a large “Napa Castle” which was viewed from their parking lot on the successful Wine Fellowship tour of Napa exactly one year ago.  These were accompanied by feta and watermelon kebabs.

Next, two beautifully soft Pinot Noirs were tasted:  Acrobat from Oregon and Husch from the Anderson Valley.  Both were paired with great artisanal Wisconsin cheeses and a basket of cherries.  Just like the cold wines described above, these were excellent, and the tasting group was evenly divided in preference.

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(Photo 1: Mike & Mandy McKay; Photo 2: Juli & Keith Baumgartner; Photo 3: Patty Wilson & Cheryl Wittke)

Two “racy reds” were then tasted:  A Domaine de la Janesse Cotes Du Rhone with a colorful story of how it came to be selected (Dan Dieck’s son had sent a case from France) and an A Venge wine called Scouts Honor (a dog story, not Baden-Powell) California blend (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Syrah).  Once again, the tasting group liked both equally well.

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(Photo 1: Steve & Meryl Mixtacki; Photo 2: Meryl Mixtacki & Mike Wilson; Photo 3: Mary Barbieri & Beverly Simone)

Finally the hosts provided two very different ports.  A 1960 Warre’s Vintage Porto as a traditional base, and a 1947 “Royal Reserve” Mazuran “Port” from New Zealand. This previously unknown vineyard in Henderson , NZ, has been producing Port for years.  The initial winemaker was a descendant of the Dalmatian Kauri tree gum diggers that emigrated to New Zealand early on for just this purpose, but when the Kauri trees were significantly reduced (now a protected tree) they switched to other work.  Dalmatia is near where the original Zinfandel vines have been located, and these immigrants formed the basis of the early New Zealand wine industry.  Chocolate covered strawberries and other chocolates were the accompanying snack made by Hostess Patty.  Here the New Zealand port was the absolute winner.  The 67 year old Royal Reserve is the very first Mazuran port Mike tried some 40 years ago, and was released for the visit of the young Queen Elizabeth in her 1952 tour of New Zealand as part of the new monarchs tour of the antipodean british Commonwealth.  Perhaps the Mazuran was rated so well as the tasters were informed that it now sells for NZ$700.

Our thanks to Mike & Patty Wilson for hosting another great event!

Our thanks to Mike & Patty Wilson for hosting another great event!

A great time was had by one and all!

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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