–submitted by Mary Borland; photos by Jason Beren
Several new members along with established members, gathered the morning of December 11 for networking and education. Jason Beren led the meeting.
Guest speaker Victoria Gammino, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, presented information about Rotary International Polio Plus and the impressive work that has been done to try to eradicate polio. There is still work to be done internationally, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, so our continued contributions to the Rotary International fund are very much appreciated.
Cheryl Rosen Weston presented information about the Madison Rotary Foundation and how our club is unique in having a Foundation. Many clubs are much smaller than ours and only contribute to the Rotary International Fund. Our dollars, donated to the Madison Rotary Foundation, go right into our local community to fund important causes. Roth Judd followed up Cheryl’s presentation with a wonderful visual chart that helps us all better understand where our monies flow, whether local or international.
Doug Dittmann provided information on the Community Grants Committee. Committee members make personal visits to prospective grant recipients and then share their findings with the rest of the committee to decide on specific funding to be provided. New members are encouraged to consider serving on this committee – you’ll learn a lot!
The next new member meeting is January 28 at 11:15am, prior to Rotary, and a plan will be started to roast President Tim! Don’t miss this one!
–submitted by Rich Lepping, Organizer of International Curling Event in Madison
Nineteen teams from Canada and the United States competed at the 60th Jubilee of the Rotary Can-Am Bonspiel on January 16 – 18. The international curling event concluded on Saturday with Rogers Ark, a team from Arkansas, taking first place for the United States and the Peterbough team winning for the Canadian side. These teams will go on to compete in the Rotary World competition in Aberdeen Scotland, March 27 – April 5.
Our Rotary Club of Madison President Renee Moe (pictured at left with Rich Lepping) welcomed the 125 guests Friday evening at Maple Bluff Country Club. She told of the number of members our Rotary club has and the events leading up to our 100th Birthday celebration. Also helping over the weekend were Rob Stroud, Dave Johnson, Gary Peterson, James Tye III and Tony Arneson. Tony’s daughter Olivia also volunteered her time to the project.
Madison Curling Club member Rich Lepping will be installed as the next President of the International Fellowship in Aberdeen, Scotland.
One of the many highlights of the banquet was a raffle held to support the Goodman Community Center. John Hayes of Goodman’s Jewelers donated a pair of stunning diamond earrings for this raffle with over $1,400.00 raised for the center.
Thanks to all for your time and support!
–submitted by Kathleen Woit; photos by Nancy Young
Pictured above back row from left: Gail Selk, Joan Collins, Carol Koby, Petie Rudy & Valerie Kazamias; front row from left: Nancy Young, Joy Rice & Kathleen Woit
Rotary members and guests gathered to ring in the Holiday Season at a festive party in Petie Rudy’s new condo. A buffet dinner and wine created a relaxed setting for conversation and candid photos. A delightful evening was had by all!
Photo 1: Joy Rice, Petie Rudy and Nancy Young gather near the Holiday tree.
Photo 2: Kip Frautschi, Petie Rudy and Kathleen Woit at the buffet table.
–submitted by Kay Schwichtenberg; photos by Kris Ashe
Buon Appetito! That is how Chef Andrew Wilson greeted 38 Rotarians and their guests on Tuesday evening, November 5 at the Madison Club. A tour of Italy through its cuisine was on tap for the evening.
Part of our tour allowed us some time in the kitchen with Chef Wilson. He demonstrated making pasta from scratch as well as some delicious fillings. The pasta was prepared with local eggs from a farm in McFarland, many with double yolks resulting in wonderfully rich tortellini.
From there we gathered in the dining room to begin the ‘official tour’ starting with a Sicilian first course of octopus, fennel and olives. The Emilia-Romagna region was next with a wonderful tortellini en brodo. The third course was a specialty from the Lombardy region, Osso bucco and polenta. And if we had not had quite enough with the wine flights and food, we finished the evening with a Piedmont specialty, Gianduja chocolate tart, sea salt caramel gelato and candied hazelnuts.
When we left for the evening everyone was saying– complimenti alla cuoca! Thank you to Culinary Arts Fellowship Group Chair Valerie Kazamias (pictured at left) for organizing this event for our group.