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Rotary Ethics Symposium 2012



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High School Juniors Examined Hot Button Ethical Issues on February 17 at Rotary’s 12thAnnual Ethics Symposium

 –Submitted by Sharyn Alden

   When more than 200 students from 17 area high schools gathered at the Monona Terrace, they were part of history in the making. They were participating in Rotary’s 12th annual, nothing-quite-like ethical decision making symposium that provided interesting and compelling topics that tackled the big question, “What would you do in this situation?”

   As a volunteer at past Symposiums (PR Chair of this year’s event), I had not yet had the privilege of sitting in one of the roundtable discussions expertly guided by area leaders who had expertise in specific topics at hand. 

   Here are the 12 topics which students could select from. They had time during the morning’s event to attend three of the following sessions:

  • Ethics in Advertising led by Jim Armstrong, Advertising Executive, Good for Business
  • Ethics in Business led by Denis Collins, Professor of Business at Edgewood College
  • Ethics in Bullying/Cliques led by John Bonsett-Veal, Rotarian & 
    Optometrist, John Bonsett Veal, O.D.
  • Ethics in Dating/Friendships led by Amy Bellmore & Ting-Lan 
    MaDissertator, UW-Madison School of Education 
  • Ethics in Environment led by Paul Riehemann, Rotarian & Director, 
    Integrated Property Assessment System for WI Department of Revenue
  • Ethics in Health Care led by Bill Reay, Chief Pharmacy Officer & Senior 
    Director for Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
  • Ethics in Social and Internet Use led by Bryan Chan, Rotarian & President of Supranet Communications
  • Ethics in News Media led by Colin Benedict, News Director for WISC-TV
  • Ethics in Politics and Political Campaigns led by Andrea Kaminski
    Executive Director for WI League of Women Voters
  • Ethics in Racial Justice led by Norman Davis, Contract Compliance  
    for City of Madison
  • Ethics in Sports led by Scott Campbell, Rotarian & Dean, School of 
    Graduate &  Professional Studies for Edgewood College

   I decided to sit in on Ethics in Advertising guided by discussion group leader, Jim Armstrong, founder of Good for Business.

   The hypothetical case study involved a domestic violence shelter which was hosting an annual fundraiser event to raise desperately needed funds for its shelter.  The dilemma presented was this: a sponsor with deep pockets came forward, a liquor distributor who wanted to promote a new brew while also promoting the shelter’s fundraiser. But the high school students attending this session also learned that some studies have found alcohol is linked to domestic abuse between 80-90 percent of the time and that women are more likely (about 95 percent) to be victims.

   The primary ethical question that needed to be answered was this:  Should the domestic violence shelter accept the liquor company’s sponsorship?  The students broke into small groups to discuss the situation and apply the Five Approaches to ethical decision making discussed earlier that morning during the opening welcome presentation.

   My small group of five students quickly drew the conclusion that it would be hypocritical to take the sponsorship and might in fact deter other sponsors from contributing to the event once they learned of the alcohol distributor’s sponsorship. 

   The full group discussion followed and involved about 20 students who came to nearly the same decision with the vast majority in agreement with my group.

   Interestingly, Armstrong had kept track of how all three groups (ours was the last group of the morning) had previously voted. The first group that sat in on Ethics in Advertising that day had a completely different consensus than our group. Their majority voted to take the sponsorship while the second group of the morning resulted in a more mixed vote.

   What did I learn from this?  This one group discussion on one topic might be a good example of how we all look at decision making. Clearly, there is no one way of examining a topic and coming to the same conclusion.

   The votes of the numerous teens who attended these three Ethics in Advertising sessions proved just that.

   And that alone, is a compelling reason why the Rotary Club of Madison’s annual Ethics Symposium is an excellent resource for helping future leaders better prepare for ethical decision making.

Our thanks to Sharyn Alden for working with local media to cover our event:   Wisconsin State Journal Article dated March 12, 2012

 WISCTV Neil Heinen Editorial 

Small Group Discussion About Ethics in Sports


Rotary Tri-Quest FAQ

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Planning continues for our club’s Tri-Quest event scheduled for Sunday, May 20, at Bergamont in Oregon.  To help explain the day’s events, here are responses to some frequently asked questions:

   Can I just have my foursome play golf?  There is no option to just play golf unless you are part of a relay (corporate) team. In that case you are one person on a three person relay team, and you can play golf, while your teammates do either the run or the bike.

   Can I register my team all at once?  Yes– Go to Rotary Tri-Quest  and click on ‘Register Now’ and you will be able to register all of your team at once. We will need certain information about each team member including, birthdates, e-mail addresses, emergency contact persons, etc. At some point, we will need each of them to sign waivers. If your team is part of a corporate sponsorship, you should have received a coupon code.

   What happens between events?  Unlike traditional Tri-events, there is no advantage to transition times. After the run, you will have about 45 minutes to change your clothes, tune up your bike and refresh before the bike event. After the bike event, you will have about an hour to take a shower, eat lunch, practice golf. Bergamont is a wonderful facility and will be able to meet any needs.

   How tough are the run and bike courses?  There is some elevation throughout the bike event with some rolling hills. The run and bike will finish with an uphill. You can check out the course at the following links:

Bike: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/68424594

Run: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/71948018

   Can I use a cart when playing golf?  Unfortunately there is no cart option for golf. We do allow pull carts, and a cart will be available for you to get to your hole for a shotgun start.

   Are golf handicaps used?  There is no handicapping system being used for the golf.

   What is the format for the golf event?  For the relay event as well as for the individual one-person event, the one golfer plays stroke play with no handicap.  For the two-person event it is divided into three events: 6 holes of scramble, 6 holes of best ball and 6 holes of alternate shot. For the four-person event it is a scramble.

   What if I just want to make a contribution to the event?  Checks made payable to the Madison Rotary Foundation, a 501(C) 3, are fully deductible. If you are participating in the event, there would be some limitations according to the benefit received. All other checks should be made payable to the Rotary Club of Madison.

   Who does this benefit?  The Rotary Club of Madison through its foundation, the Madison Rotary Foundation, has established the Synergy Fund. This fund will provide 4 year college scholarships to disadvantaged youth in Dane County. We hope to raise $50,000 for this fund.

   I want to be on a team, but don’t have team members.  We have started a list of individuals who want to be on a relay team to help them find team members.  Simply email your name, sex, age, & event to info@rotarytri-quest.org.

   Will there be age brackets?  Because of the limited size of the event, we do not anticipate needing age categories unless one category is large enough to warrant it. There are male, female and co-ed divisions.

   I can’t participate, but want to help out.  There are many ways to help out, and we are currently looking for volunteers. Just e-mail us at info@rotarytri-quest.org, and we will certainly find a way to include you.

For more information visit:  http://tri-quest.rotarymadison.org/

Outstanding Fall Semesters at UW_Madison and Edgewood College Rotaract Clubs

Outstanding September meetings of Edgewood College and UW-Madison Rotaract Clubs, have set the stage for a great fall on our local campuses.

These informative and engaging meetings, are open to all Rotary Club members, and District officers, and we can all benefit from attending.

The meetings on the two campuses are slightly different in format, although both run from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

At Edgewood they generally have quite a bit to share about their volunteering activities before a 45-60 minute presentation from a professional from the community who challenges the audience to think differently about how they go to work. In September students and guests heard from an entrepreneur who had taken the risk of trying new ventures, she took the lessons from each as she drew a curtain over the past and moved confidently and more aware into her future, with plans not to repeat her past mistakes.

On UW- Campus  a short update on volunteering, is traditionally followed by a 10-15 minute presentation by an international student, who will share about the culture of their home country.  In September, Erman bought our friendship with Turkish Delight, which he passed around the group as he spoke. He definitely left the podium with many many new friends!  UW students were challenged to think a little less selfishly about their networking agenda in their professional presentation, and they very quickly realized that the more they serve, the more they will be served by the people in their lives.

With first class speakers, and students who lap up every drop of experience and wisdom we can share, these meeting should be unmissable.

Fall Schedule:-

UW-Madison – Grainger Hall

October 25th – Ralph Kauten, Biotech Entrepreneur, founder of Promega, PanVera, Mirus Bio and  Quintessence BioSciences.

November 15th – Ken Waysalik, International Business Consultant who works with US companies to expand their businesses into global markets.

December 6th – Tom Guerin , VP of Research & Development for Kerry Ingredients & Flavors, Americas, who travels the globe to ensure that products fit the markets they serve.

Edgewood College – Predolin Hall

October 19th – Carmen Porco, a member of our Rotary Club who will discuss community issues and answers in the works.

November 9th – Moses Altsech,  Rotarian and Edgewood College faculty will provide a workshop on creating a great resume.

November 30th – Annemarie Spitznagle, will share lessons learned in founding and operating Bloom Bake Shop in Middleton, WI.

The Rotary Club of Madison has 500+ members from business, academia, healthcare and public and community service. It is one of the ten largest Rotary International clubs in the world and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013. Rotary International is a service club with local and global reach. It’s 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries have 1.2 million members who meet weekly to develop friendships, learn, and work together to address important humanitarian needs.