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July 24
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July 28
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July 31
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August 21
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August 24
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August 28
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August 31
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July 12
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July 15
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Carol Washcovick
July 4
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32 years
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July 1, 2006
9 years
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July 1, 2013
2 years
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July 8, 2011
4 years
Thom Arndt
July 12, 2013
2 years
Jeanne Allen
July 15, 1987
28 years
Marie Owens
July 30, 2010
5 years
Casimir Laska
August 1, 1993
22 years
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August 5, 2011
4 years
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August 22, 2003
12 years
Jim Finn
August 27, 1993
22 years
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August 29, 2014
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The Club Service (a.k.a Social) Committee started off the new Rotary year with a summer cookout, thanks to Past-President, Tom Curl and his wife Lynda who hosted the event on July 11 at their home on Nagawicka Lake. Over 30 members attended and enjoyed an evening of sharing stories and taking boat rides – some were even brave enough to even go tubing!
Mark your calendar for our annual Capitol West Academy School Supplies Drive happening at our weekly meetings on August 7 and 14! This will be our seventh year of helping students that don't have the means to purchase their own school supplies.
School Supplies
  • Large glue sticks
  • #2 pencils
  • Pocket folders of various colors
  • Boxes of crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Three ring binders 1-1/2"
  • Trifold boards for projects
Classroom Supplies
  • Large boxes of tissues
  • Clorox wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Dry erase markers
  • Backpacks
  • Gently used or new backpacks.
Without basic school supplies, many students choose not to go to school. Please help support this terrific school by bringing any of the supplies listed above to our Club meetings on August 7 or August 14. Our generosity also helps teachers defray the cost of purchasing some of these classroom supplies on their own. The items we donate are controlled by Donna Weber, and given to students of need prior to the start of the school year and as these students run out of them.
Thank you in advance for your support of these kids!

Only 3 weeks left to buy or sell Raffle Tickets for a chance to WIN tickets to a Green Bay home game during the 2015 season! Club President Mark Zalewski is urging everyone to do their part in selling tickets to reach our goal of $5,000. GO FOR THE GREEN & GOLD runs through August 14th and donations will benefit our Club Literacy Programs. Contact Gary Zwirlein at for tickets or more information.
The Packer season isn’t too far off and this is a great way for our club to raise additional funds that will benefit Elmbrook Rotary Literacy Programs including Diane’s Dictionaries, our programs at Capitol West Academy and more! Information and tickets will be available at our Friday morning meetings in July and early August.

Selling tickets is easy!
See the attached flyer with information and for sharing with your friends, family, neighbors and business associates. We’ll also be looking to sell tickets at the Brookfield Farmer’s Market and local retailers over the next six weeks. Bob Long has even offered to attend our outreach efforts and show off his Super Bowl Ring while sharing stories about "The Packer Glory Years" and helping to sell tickets!

Sell as many as you can!

Tickets are $10 each with 3 tickets for $25, 10 tickets for $50, and 25 tickets for $100. Winners will be drawn at our meeting on August 14th, with 1 winner or 2 tickets for each of the 10 home games this season. Winners will be notified and posted on online at our website.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 after costs so let’s all GO FOR THE GREEN & GOLD this summer! Watch for updates at our upcoming meetings and you have any questions, please contact Gary Zwirlein at or Steve Stocker at
At our Friday meeting on July 10, Club President Mark Zalewski and his wife Evonne gave a wonderful presentation on their recent trip to South America which included their attending the 105th Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The following is a a list of highlights from this spectacular event.

Over 12,000 Rotarians from over 100 countries participated in the fellowship of the Convention highlighting the themes of outgoing RI President C.K. “Gary” Wang to “Light Up Rotary”, and incoming RI President, Ravi Ravindran to “Be a Gift to the World”
The attendees also experienced a flavor of Brazilian culture with special presentations by the Sao Paulo Symphony, the Phoenix Fire Dancers, and a Carnival Festival and Parade
The overriding theme of the Convention was  “Engagement”. Rotarians were urged to seek opportunities to make the world a better place and find common solutions that can be sustainable. There should b eless focus on meetings and attendance and more emphasis on involvement, inclusion, peacemaking and diversity. Rotarians were encouraged to seek out and address the needs in their communities - locally and worldwide.   
Keynote speakers included:
  • Dr. Oscar Arias,  - Former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Laureate in 1987 for his efforts to end the civil wars devastating Central America.
  • Rosalía Arteaga Serrano, - Former president of the Republic of Equador and President of the Advisory Board of FIDAL Foundation dedicated to improve the quality of education, and the consolidation of democracy in Ecuador and Latin America
  • Steven Killelea  - Founder of Integrated Research Ltd., The Charitable Foundation and Institute for Economics and Peace
  • Katia Dantas - Latin America and the Caribbean policy director, International Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Dr. Hamid Jafari, - Director of Global Polio Eradication Operations and Research at World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the progress made on eliminating  Polio. With India now polio free and Africa seeing no new cases for 10 months, only Pakistan and Afghanistan remain in the fight against this disease.
And the power of local Rotarians impacting their communities was highlighted at the Plenary Sessions and the smaller Workshops and Breakouts
  • Lucia Gomez Garcia - a ten-year-old volunteer leader from Argentina speaking about volunteerism – “Never too young to change the world.”   
  • Thais Ferreira and Sabine Vergamini, - Instructors at Rio Branco School for the Deaf. which is supported by the Rotary Club of Sao Paulo
  • Beth Murphy - filmmaker, journalist and founder of Principle Pictures, introduced her documentary film  “What Tomorrow Brings”  about Massachusetts Rotarian and Afghan native Razia Jan, founder of Ray of Hope Foundation and the Zabuli Education Center School for girls in rural Afghanistan
Highlighted among the hundreds of Project exhibits in The House of Friendship were -
  • A “Feed the Hungry” Project - Where Rotarians could volunteer to pack boxes of meals to be distributed to food pantries in the Sao Paulo area. Over 10,000 meals were packed on the first day
  • Rotary Peace Centers - In an effort to educate tomorrow’s peacemakers and diplomats, up to 100 Rotary Peace Center fellows are sponsored each year to study in areas related to peace and conflict resolution at one of six partner universities around the world.
  • Rotarians Against Malaria - According to the World Health Organization, insecticide-treated bednets are the most cost effective way to prevent malaria. Buy-a-Net has protected and treated approximately 500,000 people from malaria.
  • Project Peanut Butter - Works with local farmers in Africa to produce a high-calorie, fortified peanut butter-like paste, called Chiponde. Project Peanut Butter annually manufactures between 1,000 and 1,250 tons of Chiponde in its own facilities in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Mali and most recently, the Philippines, and helping to alleviate hunger in Haiti, Somalia, and the other countries in the Horn of Africa.
  • H2OpenDoors - a Rotary project that raises funds to provide clean drinking water to communities in Thailand and the Philippines. Each year, the organization picks a different location and partners with local Rotary clubs to raise funds to buy and install water purification units where they are needed the most.
  • Rotary India Literacy Mission: T-E-A-C-H Program - Through improved school infrastructure and hygiene, teacher training and modern technology, child development support and more, Mission T-E-A-C-H aims to help every child in India go to school. The program also provides adult literacy and skill development training
  • ShelterBox -  Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief, has responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering emergency humanitarian aid to communities in need. Highly trained ShelterBox response teams distribute aid on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs. ShelterBox aid is tailored to victims’ needs according to each disaster, but typically includes a disaster relief tent, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and children’s activity pack.   
Thanks to Mark and Evonne for representing Elmbrook Rotary at this years convention and sharing highlights from their trip. The 2016 Convention will be May 27 – June 1 in Seoul, Korea.
Several months ago, one of our newer members - John Washcovick gave his classification talk at a Friday meeting and the following is his write-up. John was a member of the Wauwatosa Rotary Club before moving to Elm Grove and joining Elmbrook.
I grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Wauwatosa East High School in 1982. I then went to UW-Milwaukee and graduated in 1986 with a BA in Communications. My college education was paid for with the money earned operating a painting business during my college summers. Shortly after college, I married Carol Moritz on July 4, 1987. We have two children; Emily, born December 3, 1989, and Joseph, born July 8, 1992. For fun I enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, running, reading, golfing and spending time with my family.

My professional career has been in sales, marketing and operations. I spent my first 3 years after college selling for a local family owned business; Tews Company. I then spent the next 22 years working in pharmaceuticals. I held sales, sales management, marketing, operations and director level position over my 22 year career with four companies. During this time I was involved with two start-up pharmaceutical companies, which gave me the confidence to join two partners and start a payroll service company called Payroll Control Systems in 2010. Running my own business is rewarding and filled with challenges every day. The biggest challenge is finding good employees to support our growth and expansion. As one of the partners, my primary responsibility is to bring on new clients and drive profits for PCS.

I joined Rotary in the fall of 2010 right after starting PCS out of my home in Wauwatosa. The service to others and networking opportunities drew me to Rotary. My business partner, and founder of PCS, Joe Reilly, has been a Rotarian for over 20 years and encouraged me to join as we were just getting the business started. I enjoy the active fund raising and getting to know others with an interest in serving the community and beyond.
It was almost three years in the planning, but Elmbrook Rotary’s first ever Rotary Global Grant application was approved in May 2015. The grant to fund an E-learning Program in 60 schools in D-2980 in Tamil Nadu State in India was sanctioned by the Rotary Foundation and the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The total amount of the award is $81,345. Applicants were Rotary India District 2980 as the Primary Host Sponsor and Elmbrook Rotary Club as the Primary International Sponsor.
What are Global Grants?
Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the following activities. Six Areas of Focus, under Rotary International’s new grants model, was launched worldwide on July 1, 2013.  Global grants must:
  • Be an international partnership between a Rotary club or district in the country where the activity takes place and a Rotary club or district outside of that country
  • Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
  • Include measurable goals that are demonstrated through progress reports
  • Align with one of Rotary’s six areas of focus
  • Respond to real community needs
  • Include active participation from both Rotarians and community members
  • Have a minimum budget of US$30,000
  • Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants Terms and Conditions  
Our Connection with India
Since 2008-2009, our club’s International Service Committee has developed a relationship with an Elementary School and Boarding Home in Yercaud, Tamil Nadu State in Southeast India.  Most of the students are from tribal communities in the Shevaroy and Kalrayan Hills. The school is one of 96 schools of the Arcot Lutheran Church School Project.  Dr. Jane Koons of Minneapolis serves as a consultant to the ALC School Project.  As a long-time friend of Dr. Dave Engle and his wife Jensy, she was the initiator of our relationship with the Yercaud School starting in 2007.  
Elmbrook Rotary’s  Grants to the Yercaud School

Our first grant of $1500 to the Yercaud School was awarded in the 2008-2009 Rotary year. The grant was for library books and other educational resources. In 2009-2010 the Elmbrook Rotary International Service Committee, under Chair Tom Pyne, was charged with focusing on a few projects for the long term. The committee voted to make the Yercaud School one of just four international projects, where resources would be committed through 2017.  From 2010 to 2014, over $16,000 was contributed to the school in Yercaud to fund various projects such as new classrooms, a shower/toilet block, a new kitchen/dining hall, and a multi-purpose classrooms training center. The Yercaud Rotary Club, under the leadership of President Ajit Singh, was a strong partner of the school providing essentials such as uniforms, sleep wear, sandals, school supplies, sweaters and blankets (it’s cold in Yercaud) and food. Since most of the students come from tribal villages, the school is also a boarding home and nurtures and cares for students seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Rotary D-2980 in India Becomes Involved
Through President Ajit Singh, Dr. Koons was introduced to the leadership of Rotary D-2980. Her first connection was with Past District Governor (PDG) Asoka.  He became very interested in the school and the overall ALC School Project. He brought to the school his vision and perspectives from service as a board member for the nationwide Rotary India Literacy Mission. Conversations were subsequently conducted with Dr. Koons and District Governor Balasubramaniam (2014-2015), PDG Asoka (2011-2012) and Dr. R. Selvarangam, Chair of D-2980 Foundation Committee.  From those conversations emerged a proposal for Elmbrook Rotary to partner in a global grant application with D-2980. When PDG Asoka was visiting family in the USA, an invitation was extended to him to visit our club.   Barry James and his wife Thelma graciously agreed to host Mr. Asoka and his wife during their stay in Brookfield in the summer of 2014.
Rotary India D-2980 Issues Invitation to Elmbrook Rotary
On August 1, 2014 PDG Asoka presented a proposal to Elmbrook Rotary membership and invited the Club to be the Primary International Sponsor of the proposed Global Grant application for E-Learning for underserved schools. Mr. Asoka told our club that D-2980 would commit $25,000 DDF to the project that would earn a 100% match from TRF. Elmbrook Rotarians were inspired by Rotary India’s commitment to promoting education and literacy targeting the most underprivileged schools in their district.  Our Club International Committee subsequently voted to be the Primary International Sponsor. 
On August 8, 2014 Tom Pyne, Barry James and Doug Jacobson, on behalf of the International Committee, submitted an application to our District 6270 Global Grants Subcommittee requesting $10,000 DDF, which would earn a 100% from TRF.  On August 20th we were notified that our request had been approved. Our Elmbrook Rotary Foundation board subsequently approved an additional commitment of $7,500 in cash that would be eligible for a 50% match by TRF.  By September 2014, we had available $81,345 based upon the financial commitments of all parties, including the Rotary matching funds. 
The Global Grant application to The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Foundation (India) was drafted by Dr. Selvarangam, Chair of D-2980 Foundation Committee, who committed an extraordinary amount of time to complete the documentation. 20 Memos of Understanding from the school districts, for example, were required for the application. Significant efforts towards background research for the grant were provided by Elmbrook Rotary.
Rotarians in consultation with local school officials selected 60 schools in D-2980 for the E-Learning Project. 17 are ALC School Project Schools, including Yercaud Elementary School.
Funds for the E-Learning Project are now in a special Global Grant 1527030 Bank Account in India.   After months of tireless effort in both Wisconsin and India, things are moving quickly for implementation.  The first introduction to the E-Learning Program will take place this week for the 17 ALC Schools.  Thousands of students in India over the life of the project will be lifted up because of the efforts of Elmbrook Rotary and D-2980 in South India.
This is a major achievement and milestone for Elmbrook Rotary. Thanks to everyone on the International Committee for all of their hard work and persistence in making this happen. Elmbrook Rotarians, we are truly members of a global community!
The last three weeks have seen a busy stretch for Elmbrook Rotary as we ended one Rotary year and began another along with celebrating activities on July 4th. First, on June 25th we had our annual Changing of the Guard where we celebrated our achievements from the past year and swore in of our new Officers and Directors. We also thanked outgoing Club President Tom Curl for his dedicated year of service as he was recognized with the Rotary Presidential Citation – one of only three given within the District.
Changing of the Guard also saw additional funds raised through our Silent Auction which was run this year by Linda Wickstrom. A total of $5,456 was raised from donations and when combined with the amount that was raised from Spikes for Tikes, put our overall total for 2014 fundraising at $51,746. Thanks to Linda for all her efforts and to everyone who donated items! 
Then on July 4th, our new Club President, Mark Zalewski rode in the Brookfield 4th of July Parade while Club Members John and Jeanne Allen were overseeing the annual 4th of July Fun Run in Elm Grove Village Park that we’ve sponsored for years. At the same time, Thom Arndt and a group of volunteers were setting up the concession stand, grills for serving food and beverages that lasted throughout the day until after the Fireworks.
Our Rotary year is off to a BANG so thanks to everyone who took part or helped out with these activities over the past month.