–submitted by Founder Moses Altsech; photos by Brian Basken
Pictured above from left: Phyllis Lovrien, Jed Engeler, Annette Hellmer, Haley Saalsaa, Beth Prochaska & Lew Harned
The Lew Harned Society marked its 10th anniversary on September 18 with a special event hosted by Founder and Dear Leader Moses Altsech. Founded in 2007, the Scotch Whisky Fellowship was renamed in 2009 in honor of our great friend General Lew Harned, who has been there from the very first meeting. We enjoyed great homemade food (presumably prepared at the caterer’s home), and music by a barbershop quarter courtesy of Ken Yuska–which coincidentally included someone who had served with Lew in Operation Desert Storm.
All guests received a gift box of Quintessential single malt Scotch-filled chocolates. The selection of eight rare single malts included the Mackinlay, a Scotch salvaged from Sir Ernest Shackleton after the wreck of the Endurance, rediscovered in 2007, and faithfully recreated.
But as much as we like Scotch whisky, the Lew Harned Society is about much more than that. It’s about Lew: How great a guy do you have to be for your friends to name a group after you? It’s about friends: Our long-time regulars who are a standard staple, without whom we couldn’t imagine our gatherings, and new friends who want to join a group that’s fun and welcoming to all. At Rotary we often talk about member engagement–and this is what member engagement is made of. Goodwill, better friendships and Scotch. Our group has the best-looking Rotarians, its very own General who’s always in a festive mood, and enough Scotch to keep us alive two weeks past the end of Western civilization.
If you want to join our second decade, contact the Rotary office at once: Space is probably not limited, but why risk it?
–submitted by Wayne Glowac; photos by Gayle Langer
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
— MARK TWAIN
From left: Regina Millner, Lew Harned and Brian Fick
Overture Center hosted the most recent Scotch Whisky/Lew Harned Society Fellowship Group on December 15. Rotarians enjoyed the delightful company of each other while sampling exquisite Scotch Whisky selected by Ted DeDee.
Photo 1: Ken & Ginny Yuska; Photo 2: Dan Dieck, Herman Baumann, Brian Koch & Brian Basken; Photo 3: Jim Ruhly & Regina Millner
Pictured above from left: Dick Pearson, Kay Schwichtenberg, Herman Baumann & Steve Holzhauer
Over 40 Rotarians and guests enjoyed the hospitality of Dick & Noel Pearson who hosted the latest Scotch Whisky Lew Harned Society event on Monday, December 9. If you would like to be added to this fellowship group, contact the Rotary office, and you will be sure to receive upcoming invitations. The group meets on the second Monday of each month.
Photo 1: Peggy Lescrenier and Ted DeDee; Photo 2: Steve Musser, Dewey Bredeson & Sandy Maier; Photo 3: Dan Dieck, Nona Hage, Inez Brenner, Michael Brenner & Steve Holzhauer
–submitted by Ellis Waller, Chair of Lew Harned Society Fellowship Group
At the most recent Lew Harned Society Event, I was talking with Joy Rice about the many good things the Downtown Madison Rotary Club offers. We both agreed that the luncheon programs were superb, week after week. Upon giving further thought about why Rotary appeals to me it occurred to me that the Downtown Madison Rotary is an all-encompassing organization that provides a wide variety of opportunities for service, education, fellowship and leadership, all within one organization.
First, there are the luncheon programs that combine a balanced dose of food, information, programs and fellowship. Second, there are opportunities for leadership or just participation in any of the many committees and fellowship groups. Third, but not least, there are many opportunities for service. These range from simply writing a check, volunteering on a committee, or for an event like the Ethics Symposium, Triquest, or an international project.
Rotary members can pick and choose those activities that appeal to them. If one’s career limits free time, then one can opt to attend the Wednesday luncheons until time is available for additional areas of service. Very little is required of our members and one’s involvement can be adjusted accordingly. There is no need to be a member of multiple organizations, as it can all take place within Rotary.