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September was a busy month to say the least. We had an exciting array of guest speakers at the club and held our largest fundraising event of the year. We started off the month with a visit from Congressman Glenn Grothmann. He provided a look into what is happening in Washington DC and answered many questions that club members had about some very important current issues. https://grothman.house.gov/
There was no meeting held the second week as we were in preparation for our Seafood Fest event on the 11th and 12th. The event was fantastic again. Cold weather and the threat of rain kept things a bit quieter than usual on Friday night but beautiful weather and the lure of Boogie and the Yoyoz brought a huge crowd. A great time was had by all!! http://www.seafoodfest.us
The following week we heard from Richard Entenmann about his work with Asset Builders and the upcoming Money Conference here in the Fox Cities area. Richard spends much of his time helping the "Average Joe" learn how to budget, manage, and responsibly take care of their finances. It is certainly a worthwhile venture and the conference in Appleton this November is worth a visit. http://www.assetbuilders.org/15App_Flyer.pdf
Scott Hurley, Internet Producer/Reporter for WLUK Fox 11, spoke to our club about the exciting and challenging shifts in the news business. They have seen social media and internet based news increase their dominance in the news market. It was a great discussion and he got to show off a bit for his "Uncle Jim", one of our esteemed members. http://fox11online.com/archive/scott-hurley
Rounding out the month today, we have Jean Long-Manteufel speaking to us about how her company can assist in the transition of moving our aging parents from their home to somewhere they can be safe and thrive. She is the CEO of A1 Moving and Storage and the Senior Move Manager for Long's Senior Transitions. With her and her company's help, we can help our parents through this difficult time and make it a positive and memorable experience. http://www.longmoving.com/seniortransitions.htm
Knowing and Loving - The Real Keys To Happiness
Robert Beezat, Author, came to our club Wednesday and spoke on his book Knowing and Loving - The Keys to Real Happiness and how the lessons in his book are at the core of "Service Above Self" and the "Four-Way Test". It was entertaining and he was a real pleasure to listen to. A number of members bought his book and there is no doubt our happy club will no be even happier. Thanks Robert for sharing your knowledge and insights on living a happy life. Check out his book on Amazon.
Last week, Dick Bergstrom accepted a check for $2400 towards the new Seton Catholic Middle School. We are so glad we were able to provide a small part towards the creation of a state-of-the-art facility for local kids. Thanks to all of you who attended our Seafood Fest event in 2014 for making it possible.
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Menasha Rotary President's Dinner
Last Thursday we held our Menasha Rotary President's dinner at Waverly Beach. Our outgoing President, Aaron Zemlock, gave a short speech highlighting the activities of our club for this past year and pinned two of our newest members. The reins were handed over to our incoming President, Vicki Lenz. Vicki is the Director of the Menasha Library and we are super excited to have her at the helm. Vicki outlined her ideas for our club for this upcoming year. As always, the food was fantastic and the fellowship was even better.
Next week the Rotary Clubs in the Fox Valley area will be participating in a Rotary Day awareness campaign. We are often asked, "What is Rotary?" and we thought the best way for people to see what we are about is to invite them to visit. So.....if you are curious and want to pop in, you can choose to attend one of the meetings listed below. Our clubs meet on different days at different times so you should be able to find one that is convenient for you. Lunch is $5 and the meetings last about an hour. Please RSVP to the email provided for the club you would like to attend. We look forward to seeing you next week!
The first speaker of the new year was Adrienne Palm, Director of Leadership, Pulse and Cultivate for Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. She did an amazing job outlining the various events and networking opportunities the Chamber is creating for young professionals in the area. It was exciting to learn that the events are going to branch out into Neenah, Menasha, and other surrounding communities as well as in Appleton. Check out Adrienne's YouTube video from December.
We were once again treated to an excellent performance by the St. Mary's choir students. As always, they mixed in a bit of traditional Christmas music with some non-traditional and very fun selections. We look forward to this every year and want to thank Mike Bailey and the students for providing an excellent show for our Christmas luncheon.
As the colder weather sets in it is nice to know that a warm and friendly place awaits on Wednesdays at noon. The good food, good friends, and fellowship at our Rotary meetings make for a great mid-week event. Today, I had the privilege of pinning two of our newer members, Doug Newhouse, President and Owner of Sure-Dry Basement Sytems, and Jonathon Dorn, CEO of the Human Assistance Resource Center in Menasha. Welcome gentlemen! Past-President Jim Rudd stepped into the Treasurer role for our club and received his new pin as well.
David Morton was recognized by the Rotary Foundation with a Paul Harris pin for his contributions supporting the missions of the foundation. The Rotary Foundation is fundamental in supporting the fight against polio through the Polio Plus campaign, supplying numerous grants to Rotary club and district projects, and supporting educational programs like ambassadorial scholarships and Rotary World Peace Scholarships. Thank you David!
Deborah Wetter, General Manager - Valley Transit, and Nikki Voelzke, Community Relations Specialist at City of Appleton - Valley Transit, spoke to our club about the substantial economic impact the Valley Transit bus system has in our community. A large portion of the riders are utilizing buses to get to and from work and/or to and from school. Well over a million rides are provided annually. The partenership they have formed with area communities and private sector business is unique and is a prime example of the cooperative spirit of community we enjoy here in the Fox Valley. Take a look at their website to see all of the services they provide. Hop on a bus and check it out!
Suzanne Brault-Pagel with United Way Fox Cities spoke to our club about her involvement with the Born Learning Trail projects in the community. A Born Learning Trail provides young children with an opportunity to get active, have fun and boost language and literacy skills. The "trail" features age-appropriate, simple-to-construct activities that can be set up outdoors or inside a building. There are currently trails in Pierce Park and Plamann Park in Appleton.
Local poet Karla Huston visited our noon luncheon last week and shared a bit about poetry and how the arts are or are not being supported in Wisconsin. She shared several of her poems with us as well and I can surely speak for the group that we enjoyed them thoroughly. Her poems provided some fantastic mental pictures as she read them and most were tied to simple everyday experiences or to something we in the Fox Cities are familiar with. We were thrilled to have her and welcome her back anytime. You can take a look at her website here: Karla Huston - Poet
Our President-Elect, Aaron Zemlock, attended the 2014 Midwest PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) in Itasca, IL this past weekend. A great time was had by all who attended. Rotary fellowship was alive and well. A special honor was being able to meet and speak with former Rotary International President, Ray Klinginsmith.
The Menasha Rotary Club got a first hand look at the progess being made on the design and upcoming building of the new Menasha High School.
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