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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.

DSC_0030Past-President Juli Aulik (pictured here on right with Club President Renee Moe) opened and closed the program by encouraging club members to: “reflect on the thousands of RCM members who have made an impact locally and internationally” and to ask one another “what are we going to do next?”

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.  

Motorcycle Fellowship Group Trip to Anamosa, Iowa

–submitted by John Bonsett-Veal

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(Click here for the full 30-minute video posted on YouTube.)

On August 17 and 18, the Rotary Motorcycle Fellowship Group went on a two day, three state ride.  We started at The Pancake Café in Fitchburg for breakfast and coffee.  There were twelve of us (Jeff & Angela Bartell, John Bonsett-Veal, Dave Billing, Dave Boyer, Peggy Lescrenier, Peter Cavi & Amy Conover, Tom Solheim, Uriah Carpenter, Todd Weis and Jan Bonsett-Veal) on ten motorcycles and one “chase vehicle” driven by my wife, Jan.


We traveled over beautiful driftless region roads in southwest Wisconsin on our way to lunch at Zio Johno’s in Anamosa, Iowa, the home of the National Motorcycle Museum, which was amazing.  

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After more riding, we wound up at the Super8, in Savanna, Illinois.  That night, we all went out for a great meal to a “Motorcycle Enthusiast Bar” (Biker Bar) called Poopys.  

On Sunday, we stopped at Galena, Illinois, for a breakfast/brunch buffet at a restaurant in one of the local hotels in downtown Galena, after which we stopped at Hauge Log Church for sightseeing, a photo session, saying good-byes and thanking the organizers, Dave Billing and Dave Boyer.  Dave and Dave did a great job, and we had a wonderful time!



Celebrating 100 Years: A Look Back in our Club’s History on Member Classifications

Rotary Club of Madison-Centennial LogoAs we celebrate our 100th anniversary, our History Sub-Committee is taking 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 Carol Toussaint:

One thing I’ve learned from looking back to the beginnings of our Rotary Club is how the classifications have changed.  Here are few we don’t see today as documented in a book covering membership from the years 1913-28:

Adding Machines (Alfred Rowlands)
Barber Shops (John Runkel)
Bookbinder (Frederic Brandenburg)
Butter, Manufacturing (Rubert Steinhauer)
Charity Associations (Charles Wirt, Community Union)
China & Glassware (Robert Douglas)
Cigar, Tobacco (William Fisher)
Coal (Emil Frautschi)
Eggs, Distribution, Retail (Theodore Montague)
Eggs, Wholesale (William Power)
Farmer (John S. Donald, College of Agriculture, UW)
Furniture (Irving Frautschi)
Hardware, Distributing (George Britten)
Hardware, Retail (Louis Hirsig)
Hardware, Wholesale (Albert Strang)
Heavy Hardware (Theodore Wiedenbeck)
Insurance, Adjusting (Paul Rehhfeld)
Insurance Agency (Reuben Neckerman)
Fire Insurance (Arthur Schulkamp)
Fraternal Insurance (Stephen Oscar)
Physical Education (Glenn Thistelthwaite, football coach)
Public Defense Service (Joseph Barnes, U.S. Army)
Steam Railroads (James MacDonald)
Undertaking (Art Frautschi)
Underwear, Manufacturing (Lester Watrous)

The Classification Committees in these early years deserve credit for creativity in getting four members each into the Hardware and Insurance categories!

In the early years of Rotary, there could only be one active and one additional active member per classification.  Several years ago, however, our classification system was revamped to a much broader classification system, and we can now have up to 10 percent of our membership within each classification (see pages 47-53 of our membership roster for the current classification listing).

New Member Event at Top of the Park – Message: Follow Your Passion

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(Pictured above from left; Photo 1: Yigit Uctum, Cary Heyer & Michelle McGrath; Photo 2: Mike McKay & Herman Baumann; Photo 3: Wendy Wink & Yigit Uctum) 

From left: Rob Stoud, Terry Heinrichs & Jessica Schock

From left: Rob Stoud, Terry Heinrichs & Jessica Schock

What started off as handshakes and introductions budded into the start of many new friendships at the recent new member event on February 4, at the Top of the Park. President Wes Sparkman along with veteran Rotarians passed along the secret to having a successful Rotary experience; follow your passion. Making impact in the club and community will come from your ability to get involved with those causes that you feel most passionate about. A veteran Rotarian shared a story with a newcomer about the passion he and his family have had for hosting exchange students and the impact it has made in his life for both himself and his family. It’s these shared stories that can help to ignite another’s passion and make Rotary what Rotary is all about. Based on the size of the club, it may be impossible to meet everyone and share in their passion. But it’s exciting to think that after years of being a Rotarian, the passion can still be found simply in sharing a story.
                                                                               —submitted by Jessica Schock

Rotary District 6250 Annual Conference

Rotary District 6250 Annual Conference, June 8th & 9th in LaCrosse, WI

June 13, 2012 //
Submitted by Jacqui Sakowski
When I accepted President Paul’s invitation to car-pool to LaCrosse the environmentalist in me leapt at the chance.  I learned so much about Paul’s life – his family, his aspirations for the future, his perspective on Rotary as he approaches the passing of the pin. What a bonus!

We arrived for the Business Meeting where we got to vote on the budget and other operational issues, before attending a very fun and inspiring lunch. We were addressed by a remarkable woman – Rotary International’s first female corporate officer and cancer sufferer, who was clearly in poor health, but spoke with confidence, energy and passion about the origins of the Four Way Test.  She was to address us 4 more times before the conference ended. A display of resilience that we were all proud to witness!

Afternoon presentations on The Holocaust, the plight of children around the world and programs that help youth adopt and live by life-enhancing values made for a very informative and fast-paced afternoon. Inbound RYE students shared cultural insights about their country before supper. Our first Oktoberfest in June, was colorful and celebratory, as you can see …

It’s June 8th it must be Oktoberfeste!

Lots of connecting and re-connecting over dinner, made for lively breakfast meetings the next morning. After you dined with a District Governor clad in leiderhosen, it’s hard to stand on ceremony ever again! We celebrated gifts to the RI Foundation, and were in awe of the impact of RI dollars, and the creativity of clubs around the district who had doubled and quadrupled funds by leveraging Rotary and non-Rotary grants to expand their reach.

Mary Kessen shares the RI Foundation update.

Jerry Mcnellis tells us why Polio is one of the gifts of his life.

Rotary Club of Madison’s Honored Hero, Nelson Cummings

At lunch on Saturday we honored Rotarian’s, selected by their own clubs as Heroes. Here Nelson Cummings is greeted by Emily, a very bright RYE student who presented him with a certificate.

The afternoon flew by with programs on wellness, Rotaract, Interact and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – the future of Rotary and the world seems to be in great hands if the young people who addressed us are the measure.

The faces of Rotary’s future. Pauline, Charlotte and Emy.

At dinner John Hewko and Betsy Demaray spoke about the importance of documenting Rotary’s true impact in the world, before the conference concluded with the (slightly early) installation of Rob Stroud as 2012-2013 District Governor.

Rob took the pin and then the stage, from where he invited Rotarian’s to assemble in Madison on May 31st and June 1st next year to celebrate 100 years of Rotary Service and Fellowship in WI, at Monona Terrace.

Paul and I headed out of LaCrosse at about 9;15 p.m. As we compared experiences on the journey home we realized that we each had new friends, new appreciation for the works and opportunities of Rotary, and an invigorated Rotary spirit to bring to our best efforts in the coming months.  I am already excited for next year!

Speed Rotary – Rockstar Networking

Submitted by Rotarian Linda Baldwin

Who knows networking? Rotarians.  We displayed our prowess on May 30 with a fast round of Speed Rotary.

For the 2nd time this year, Rotarians spent five minutes each with five different Rotarians learning a little bit more about their lives.  Speed Rotary sped along, and those five-minute conversations seemed over in an instant. 

Overheard and tweeted…
“Old dogs can learn new tricks…when they are taught them by younger dogs.”

“Having your legacy go on after you are gone involves bringing in new blood.”

“Take your wife to your favorite places in the world before it’s too late.”    “LinkedIn has all these bells and whistles I could really use.”

“As a guest, I was totally impressed that Rotarians would take this time to get to know one another.”  
“Different generations talked today – someone asked me how old I was!”  

“People are job hunting….subtly.”  
“Caught up with some old friends.”  
“Made a return phone call in person.”  
“Met a techie who doesn’t tweet.”

Try it – tweeting that is, go to twitter.com, find #speedrotary and comment about today.  Then touch tweet.  

Rotarians – what an interesting bunch.

Mary Gaffney-Ward & Dora Zuniga