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Our Club Distributed $24,350 in Youth Awards and $240,000 in College Scholarships to Local High School Students in May 2014

2014 Youth Awards

45th Annual Rotary Youth Awards Program on May 14, 2014

On May 14, the Rotary Club of Madison honored 46 Madison high school students who received Rotary certificates and cash awards totaling $24,350 to recognize their scholastic achievements and contributions to the Madison community.  Awards were made in the following categories:

The $600 Rotary Senior Academic Achievement Awards for top scholarship were presented to Katie Alley from Memorial High School; Emmett Geisler from La Follette High School; Catherine Paulson from West High School; Megan Schomaker from Edgewood High School;  and Cora Wiese Moore fromEast High School.

Receiving $1,400 awards for their participation in Community Service Projects were Teresa Baymon from East High School; Adrian Conner from East High School; Alyssa Diaczun from Memorial High School; Desirae Fisher from East High School; Benjamin Gellman from Memorial High School; and Mathias Lemos Castillo at West High School.

Six sophomores receive the 12th annual $200 Wilson Sophomore Academic Improvement Awards for outstanding improvement in academic progress while in high school: Justin Collins from West High School; Sonam Dolma from Memorial High School; Shalita Hood from Shabazz City High School; Dakotah Kane from Edgewood High School; Ryan Lee from East High School; and Steven Mey from La Follette High School.

Junior Academic Improvement Awards were given to the following students in the amount of $200: Jamaine Butler from Memorial High School; Jack L’Heureux from Edgewood High School; Cortez McCree from La Follette High School; Arely Olguin from East High School; Noah Oswald from Shabazz City High School; and Era Zeka  from West High School.

Six students received $400 awards for Senior Academic Improvement while in high school: Sheniqua Bumpers from West High School; Nathan Graham from East High School; Dominic Hillestad from Shabazz City High School; Nicholas Kanoff from Edgewood High School; Tatiana Segura from La Follette High School; and Jonathan Tapia-Carrillo from Memorial High School

Samuel Shovers from Memorial High School received the $500 Fay J. Meade Community Service Award for use in furthering his education.

Five students received Outstanding Senior Awards for academic achievement, leadership and community service: Jeremy Gartland from Memorial High School; Nathaniel Graham from Edgewood High School; Shoshaunah Jacob from West High School; Khaleah Monger from La Follette High School; and Isabella Newman from East High School.

For their role in the selection process, the following students received $130 University Book Store gift certificates and were honored for serving as Community Service Award Judges: Abbigail Cotter from La Follette High School; Anna Fallon from Edgewood High School; Connor Gregorich-Trevor from Memorial High School; Raphaella Hurd from West High School; and Brennan Murphy from East High School.

Five students were selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, and their $200 participation cost was provided by our Madison Rotary Foundation: Ari Davis from West High School; Henry Gaylord from East High School; Julia LaBonte from Edgewood High School; Naomi Makesa from Memorial High School; and Robin Mwai from La Follette High School.

Congratulations to each of these students, and we wish them well in all their future endeavors!

Our thanks to Youth Awards Committee Chair Scott Strong and the following program presenters: Moses Altsech, Richard Entenmann, Kathryne McGowan, Elaine Mischler, Stacy Nemeth, Katie Ryan, Jessica Schock, Tim Stadelman and Nancy Young.   We also thank John Bonsett-Veal for serving as photographer.


Annual Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship Program

The Madison Rotary Foundation has awarded college scholarships totaling $240,000 to 23 graduates from Madison area high schools, and we honored the students, along with their guests, at our May 28 luncheon.

Students who received these scholarships are listed by donor:

Nathan F. Brand Scholar: Austin Coppernoll
Frederic Brandenberg Scholar: Shamell Long-Homesly
Harry L. French Scholars: Gregorio Abrajan, Victoria Cooper, Laura Her, Lilian Kenitz, Hloua Vang
Perry & Virginia Henderson Scholar: Eleazar Wawa
Louis Hirsig Scholar: Samuel Park
Thomas Leonard Scholar: Ayla Hammill
Irving & Dorothy Levy Family Scholars: Iffat Bhuiyan, McKenna Crossen, Anna Grassy, Irene Katana, Mathias Lemos Castillo, Jo-Nathan Wesley, Shaneice White
Andrew McBeath Scholars: Tenzin Chonzin, Marie Nofodji
Regina M. Millner Scholar: Brett Stratton
Synergy Scholar: Gabriel Gugielmina
Mike & Patty Wilson Scholar: Dale Blassingame
Worzala Family Scholar: Caroline Liu

Our Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee annually selects students from each high school in accordance with the wishes of the donors.  The chosen applicants are students with high academic standing and with character and leadership ability who have made contributions to their schools and communities and have financial need.

DSC_0001This year’s group of scholars had the benefit of hearing from a past recipient, Amadou Fofana (pictured at left), who received an Andrew McBeath scholarship in 2008.

The Rotary Club of Madison and the Madison Rotary Foundation wish to thank the members of the Scholarship Committee for their hard work in selecting this year’s recipients: Bob Shumaker (chair), Robyn Kitson, Regina Millner, Tom Popp,Ellie Schatz, Wes Sparkman, Cheryl Weston and David Worzala.  We also thank Rotarians who will be serving as mentors to these scholars during their upcoming college years.

We appreciate the efforts of our photographer John Bonsett-Veal who provided us with a group photo of this year’s recipients.

As always, the awards program is a motivation for all Rotarians to provide financial resources for the Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship Program.

Our congratulations to the 23 students receiving this year’s scholarships and best wishes for success in their college careers!


Club Member Perry Henderson Receives RI Avenues of Service Citation

–Introduced by Mary Rouse on February 26, 2014

Perry Henderson Award

Club President Renee Moe pictured with Perry Henderson

Each year, our club selects one member to be recognized with Rotary International’s Avenues of Service Citation.  Recipients are selected for their volunteer efforts carried out within all five avenues of service which are club, community, international, youth and vocational service.  I am pleased to introduce Perry Henderson as this year’s recipient. Here is some background on him and his impressive Rotary service.

Perry Henderson joined Rotary in 1981 and has maintained 100% attendance since 1984.  That means he marks 30 years of perfect attendance this year!  He has served on a variety of club committees, including the Orientation and Classification Committees. He has been involved in planning our annual Rotary Ethics Symposium, and has assisted with our club’s Strategic Planning process. Not only was he our president from 1997-98, but also has served on our Club Board of Directors.  His service goes way beyond our Club through district committees and events for the past 15 years. And, I think he likes titles because he became Governor Perry of Rotary District 6250 in 2002-03. However, behind any title he holds, you can always know there is great substance and hard work.

District Governor Perry Henderson (center) pictured with Rotary Youth Exchange Students during 2002-03 Rotary year.

District Governor Perry Henderson (center) pictured with Rotary Youth Exchange Students during 2002-03 Rotary year.

Perry and his wife, Virginia, who is also an active and outstanding member of our club, have established a scholarship fund within our Madison Rotary Foundation to provide college scholarship assistance to graduating seniors in the Madison area who have financial need.  They have also been generous supporters of The Rotary International Foundation.  Perry and Virginia stepped forward in 2006 to provide a $10,000 matching grant to encourage member gifts to the Polio Eradication Campaign effort.

Perry and Virginia Henderson pictured here during our club's centennial celebration at the Capitol Theatre in February 2013

Perry and Virginia Henderson pictured here during our club’s centennial celebration at the Capitol Theatre in February 2013

Perry and Virginia have been recognized with our club’s Senior Service Award.  Perry has received our club’s Joseph G. Werner Meritorious Service Award.  Today, we are pleased to add another award category to Perry’s Rotary resume – the Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation.

Let me also remind you that Dr. Henderson was an outstanding faculty member in our UW-Madison Medical School who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology with special emphasis on high risk pregnancies and premature infants His practice and research has contributed to advancing this field.  And, in case you did not know, he has musical talent as a singer and piano player. He knows how to have a good time.

Perry Henderson RI Service Award 2

President Renee Moe presents Perry with the Rotary International Avenues of Services Citation

Perry, you are a beloved member of our community and admired by all. You live the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, and we are pleased to recognize you with this year’s Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation.  Congratulations!

Hope Through Service

Rotary provides many opportunities for local and international service.  Meaningful community service is born out of a passion for humanity.  As Rotarians, we must never take our position to serve for granted.  The world needs individuals that are willing to give a helping hand and keep burning issues of civil injustice, business and economic development and environmental concerns at the forefront.  Through weekly luncheons and fellowships with members of the business, civic and academic fields we are in a position to make a difference and change lives for the better.  There is hope for our community as long as caring individuals are willing to serve.

Throughout my term on the Board of Directors and as Club President, I have worked to spark our interest in public affairs that will motivate us to produce positive change for the community we serve.  It has been an honor to serve as President of the Rotary Club of Madison.  I look forward to an effective and prosperous new century for our club and a wonderful fresh beginning from our highly competent and visionary President Renee Moe.

Yours In Service, Wes Sparkman, Club President, 2012-13

Highlights from Rotary SummerPalooza June 8, 2013


It was a picture perfect day for our club’s inaugural SummerPalooza event on the Capitol Square!  There was music and entertainment outside of the Madison Children’s Museum and free admission to the museum throughout the day.  A parade started at noon and looped around the Capitol Square.


We had 39 Rotary volunteers and 20 BMO Harris Bank volunteers who helped out during the event.  There were 16 community grant organizations and 14 other groups that participated in our parade.  The Madison Children’s Museum welcomed 3,187 guests inside the museum which is a record number for the museum.


It is estimated that the event drew 4,000 attendees, 300 parade participants, and there were about 2,000 additional people watching the parade on the square.



It was a success on many levels, and we thank Steve Goldberg for chairing the planning committee within our club, and thanks also to all of our volunteers.


Our thanks to the following sponsors for making the event possible:  BMO Harris, MGE Foundation and UW Health & Unity Health Insurance. 


Rotary Holiday Spirit Spread throughout our Community!

During the month of December 2012, many of our fellow Rotarians took time to make someone’s Holiday just a little bit better.

Bell Ringing 2012 3   Bell Ringing 2012 4  Bell Ringing 2012 5  Bell Ringing 2012 1

There were a number of opportunities to provide service, and we caught a number of them in action.  Some members rang Bells to raise funds for the Salvation Army.  Pictured above from left: Donna Beestman, Ellie Schatz, Christine Beatty, Joe Silverberg and Nan Zimdars

Toy Depot 2012 Photo 1  Toy Depot 2012 Photo 2

Others chose to sort donated food with the Share Your Holidays Food Campaign for Second Harvest Foodbank.  We also distributed toys at the Empty Stocking Club Toy Depot at the Alliant Energy Center, where over 11,000 children in our community received a gift.  Pictured above from left: Lew Harned and Tom Lucas.

Road Home Party 2012 2And our Annual Holiday Giving Tree was able to provide 60 gifts to children at local organizations.  And Santa Jim Ruhly and Elves Cheryl DeMars and Ted Waldbillig visited and shared a meal at The Road Home, an organization dedicated to helping families with children that are homeless.   Our club has received thank you notes from children at The Road Home shelter, and we are sharing a few here so you know the children appreciated the gifts.



Thanks to everyone who volunteered as well as the Community Projects Committee (and our Rotary office staff) who helped organize these activities!

These are just a few more examples of how our Club and its members provide direct Community Service to those who could use a little help.

— submitted by Tim Stadelman, Community Projects Committee Chair