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Dec 18, 2014
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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The ERC Club Service Committee has had busy month starting with the Packer Party on November 23 to watch the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mo's Irish Pub in Wauwatosa. A total of 20 people showed up and while the majority of people were Packer fans, 2 were Patriots fans, and there were single fans of the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, and Denver Broncos. Everyone enjoyed getting together and watching the game despite how close the final score was!
Then on December 5, Club Members took part in volunteering at the German Holiday Market near the Brookfield City Hall. This was the second year in a row that we've supported the event by sponsoring the Hayride Wagon. Almost two dozen members took part throughout the afternoon.
With over 20 vendors and plenty of German touches, the event offered a number of traditional German performances before and after the tree lighting at 4:50 p.m., along with several indoor activities, including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The holiday market is another opportunity for cultural exchange as part of their association with Brookfield's sister city, Seligenstadt in Germany. In organizing the first holiday market two years ago, the Sister City Committee had help from United Donauschwaben, an organization of ethnic Germans living in Wisconsin, to model it closely after traditional German markets. In recent years, Officials from the Brookfield and Seligenstadt have taken part in an exchange program, as have local students. In addition to the food and crafts sold by vendors, Brookfield's Sister City Committee sold ornaments, and high school German clubs sold advent calendars and used German books.

And finally, Chris Spresser who is the Chairperson of the Club Service Committee, is opening her house for some holiday cheer TONIGHT, Thursday evening, December 18! You should've seen the announcements but if you haven't, it's starts at 5:00 pm. Feel free stop by anytime and celebrate the holidays along with other Club Members! 
Chris Spresser's Home is located at 720 Brinsmere Drive in Elm Grove. To get there and once you're in Elm Grove, drive one block west of SunnySlope and one block south of Watertown Plank Road then look for the brick house with a flag over the front door. Hope to see you there!
There were a lot of good feelings this morning, and some bleary eyes, following last night’s Christmas party for the boys at SaintA's. There were also plenty of Happy Fines congratulating the fine job of organization by Bonnie Bertram, Jan and Darcy Constable, Kevin Roche, Wally Smanski, Jeanne Allen, Kathy Becker, Greg Bonk, Dan Roads, Thom Arndt, and everyone else who helped out. Special thanks to Lind Edelstein for bringing the MYSO Steel Band to give our party a tropical Caribbean flair. Christmas is about sharing and it’s especially important to the young men at SaintA's who are going through some tough times too early in life. This is truly the Spirit of Rotary Present and is a rewarding experience for all who participate.
This morning's meeting theme centered on  “Change and New Ideas” with our speaker – Steve Spector of Sikich Accountants and Advisors who talked about changes in the insurance industry and marketplace.  With newer, more flexible products, integration of financial services across many professions, the industry has changed dramatically to meet the changing needs of people as they move through the stages of life.
The theme of "Change" was also noted by long time Club Member, Bill Isbister who found himself adrift when his smartphone crashed and he lost his entire calendar. When he sought out an older person who was manager of the phone store for help, yet couldn't provide any, Bill was ready to give up. That is until a young, "spikey-haired," 20-something associate took over and – zip zip – everything was OK, restored and back to normal. The lesson in the modern world is that all wisdom is not stored beneath a head of grey hair.
Finally, a "Change" was seen where, for the first time since he joined the club 7 years ago, Club President Tom Curl won our weekly raffle – amazingly, his winning number was 777!
Next week we will be visited by a few mystery guests as we celebrate out traditional ERC Christmas Breakfast. Be sure to be there to lend your voice to Christmas songs during this special celebration.
Elmbrook Rotary Youth Protection Committee Chairperson John Schesta recently talked at a Friday morning meeting to let members know that every year Rotary International asks clubs to renew and maintain their commitment to youth protection. This commitment grew out of the various sex abuse scandals that have occurred in recent years with other organizations and is similar to commitments that other youth-oriented groups have implemented.
According to John, the goal of the Youth Protection Committee is not only to meet Rotary’s expectations to protect youth, but also to educate and protect Rotarians from undo risk. The committee is looking for members that have an interest in such goals and service.

Current plans include:
  1. Developing an educational program for the members
  2. Maintaining compliance documentation for Rotary
  3. Serving as a resource for members on youth protection issues throughout the year.
If you're interested in helping with our efforts, please contact myself or Tom Pyne.
In addition, I would also like to thank a number a number of Club Members that have contributed to this effort. Tom Pyne took the initiative when this first became a focus for Rotary and became our first chairperson. Tom helped develop the framework for subsequent efforts. Dick Murray also served as a chairperson early on and before he moved out of the area. Sue Cerletty developed the spreadsheet that is used to document compliance. Jeanne Allen has contributed over time and Jan Constable, our tutoring coordinator, has done an outstanding job to follow through on tutors to maintain compliance. Lastly, thanks to all members that have completed the affidavits and behavioral expectation forms to adhere to Rotary goals.  
Thanks to everyone for all their efforts,
John Schesta
Youth Protection Committee Chairperson
Elmbrook Rotary
John F. Schesta, Ph.D.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-North Market
414-447-2906 Phone
Mike Schmeling, who is the current Chairperson of the Community Services Committee, recently announced the following recipients of Mini Grants after a thorough review by committee members and approval of the ERC Foundation Board. The Committee has awarded a total of $24,000 in various amounts to the following organizations:
  • Big Cheese Classic
  • Capitol West Academy Spelling Bee
  • Capitol West Academy Summer Program
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Civic Music Association
  • Eisenhower Center
  • Lakeshore State Park Education & Visitor’s Center Design
  • Literacy Services of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Youth Sympony Orchestra
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Waukesha
  • Pearls for Teen Girls
  • Potawatomi Area Council – Boy Scouts of America
  • SaintA’s Christmas Party
  • SET Ministry
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center
  • The Women’s Center of Waukesha
  • Waukesha Food Pantry Food Drives
These donations wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the success of our fundraising efforts with Spikes for Tykes, our club members who volunteer their time and the diligence of the Community Service Committee. Thanks to everyone involved in supporting these worthwhile organizations.
Michael Schmeling
Community Services Committee Chairperson
Elmbrook Rotary Club
At a recent Club Meeting, former Club President Mark Thurner announced that The Wisconsin Leaders of Tomorrow (WLT) – Elmbrook Chapter is seeking nominations for student leaders for the 2014-2015 competition. As many of you know, Mark along with other Elmbrook Rotarians currently serve on the WLT Board and many Club Members have taken part in this process over the years.  The deadline for nominations that need to be turned into school representatives is Friday, January 9, 2015.
WLT – Elmbrook Chapter is an affiliate of International Leadership Network (ILN) based in St. Louis, Missouri. International Leadership Network is a not-for-profit, 501(c) 3 organization established in 1990 and ILN’s mission states that it serves advocates for youth recognition, leadership education, and students at-risk.  The Elmbrook chapter focuses on leadership recognition for students in grade 11. WLT – Elmbrook Chapter is also a community organization that is endorsed by the schools in the community. They place a strong emphasis on student leadership and Board members are representatives from service organizations in the area, with liaison representation from private and public schools.

In seeking Nominations for 2014-2015, the criteria for student leader nominations is as follows. Keep in mind, this process is for current high school juniors and it is not an academic program. Please nominate a student leader in grade 11 who:
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Is an exemplary school citizen with a good record of school attendance.
  • Holds a position of leadership (in the school or community) to which he/she was elected by his/her peers  -or-  holds a position of leadership (in the school or community) to which he/she was appointed by an adult leader.
  • Attends private or public school in the Elmbrook community  -or-  Resides in the Elmbrook community and attends public or private school outside of the community or is home-schooled.
Students selected as Leaders of Tomorrow will be given the opportunity to participate in the following program requirements:
  • Develop a Leadership Resume.
  • Write a “Social Challenge” essay.
  • Participate in a formal interview with business leaders of the community.  
  • Be photographed for the Wisconsin Leaders of Tomorrow display.
  • Participate in a leadership workshop.
  • Attend the Wisconsin Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Program.
  • Compete for the opportunity to attend a national leadership workshop and other local awards.
You may nominate as many students as you feel meet the qualifications of a Leader of Tomorrow. If you have questions or someone in mind, please contact Mark Thurner for a nomination form at or visit Wisconsin Leaders of Tomorrow – Elmbrook Chapter online for more information. Again, the deadline for nominations turned into school representatives is Friday, January 9, 2015
Thanks for your support.
Mark Thurner 
Elmbrook Rotary Club
We held our Annual Club Meeting on December 5, 2015 and elected our newest Officers and Board members beginning with the 2015-2016 Rotary year. In his last official duty as Past President, Gary Zwirlein led the Nominating Committee which included Tom Curl, Mark Zalewski, Mike Hogan, Jan Constable, and Mark Thurner.
For the positions on the Elmbrook Rotary Club Board of Directors, we elected Thom Arndt and Dana Johnson to three-year terms in the Class of 2018 in addition to Mark Thurner to a one-year term as Director – Past President in the Class of 2016. Current Club Treasurer, Erik Moeser was also elected for a one-year term effective July 1, 2015. Kevin Roche was nominated and elected to a one-year term as Sergeant-at-Arms and Officer of the Club effective July 1, 2015.
For the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation, both Thom and Dana were elected to three-year terms in the Class of 2018 in addition to Mark Thurner to a one-year term as Director – Past President in the Class of 2016.  Current Foundation Treasurer, Bill Isbister was also elected for a one-year term effective July 1, 2015 as Officer of the Foundation Corporation.
Thanks to Gary and the entire Nominating Committee for their efforts and congratulations to our newest Board Members and Officers. We’re thankful for your leadership!

Past Club President Jan Constable recently gave his Classification at our Friday morning meeting. Jan is incredibly involved in so many of our programs and is a big advocate of literacy, having been instrumental in helping start-up our tutoring program at Capitol West Academy. If you didn't make the meeting when he spoke, here's Jan's bio and learn about his first experience with coming to a Rotary meeting. As you'll read and despite the situation, Jan was persistent and we're glad he still decided to join the club! Plus, who knew Jan was a talented Rugby player traveling to England, Ireland and Wales!!

I was raised in Milwaukee in what was a very diverse neighborhood. Growing up I was either in school or playing sports. As a child I played football without pads or a helmet, climbed trees without any safety devices; roller skated without knee and elbow pads and rode bikes without a helmet. Not quite sure how it happened but I somehow survived my early years without a major injury.

After attending high school I was heading to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to attend Business School when I put my education on hold and enlisted in the military. In 1965 the conflict in Viet Nam was escalating and I felt it was my duty to serve. Three years into my enlistment Darcy and I were married. We had been dating since we were sophomores in high school.  This past September Darcy and I celebrated our 46 year wedding anniversary.

After my military enlistment I took a short term employment position with Wisconsin Telephone, which was one of AT&T’s operating companies. Well, my short term employment lasted 37 years. I had a fantastic career at Wisconsin Telephone, and with all of our name changes, subsidiaries and mergers, Wisconsin Bell, Wisconsin Bell Communications, Ameritech Services Inc., Ameritech, Southwestern Bell Communications (SBC) and then back to AT&T. Working for such a large and diverse company offered me the opportunity to experience many positions without changing employers. In 1969 I started as a resident and business telephone installer. A couple years later I became a Public Branch Exchange installer.  Shortly thereafter I moved into a management position and have held positions in the both the regulated and non-regulated entities at the city, state and regional levels.  My leadership career spans marketing, sales, engineering, project management, center operations and installation and maintenance. My last position was that of Director of the Midwest Specialty Centers. I was responsible for six diverse centers, five of which covered the workload in the five Midwestern states and one which covered the five Midwestern states in addition to our territories in California and Nevada. At that time I also was responsible for Wisconsin’s Outside Plant Rehabilitation Engineering Department. During my career my employer was also nice enough to pay for my education. I have a BS in Business Management and a MS in Organizational Leadership and Quality.

My wife Darcy and I have two sons, Jeff and Tyler, who are both married and have graciously provided us with four fantastic grandchildren. Growing up the four of us where all involved in sports. My main sports were baseball, football and rugby. Rugby was the sport I enjoyed the most and I was fortunate to have played all over the Midwest, in addition to England, Ireland and Wales.

In 1989 a business peer asked if I was interested in looking into local service organization. I agreed to meet with him at a Rotary meeting the next week. I arrived at the agreed upon time, entered the meeting location and introduced myself to the Sergeant-At-Arms. Well, my peer didn’t attend that meeting or the next four that he agreed to meet me at. After the fourth meeting I thanked the Sergeant-At-Arms for putting up with me and told him I wouldn’t be returning the following week. With a smile he told me to continue coming as I had better attendance then some of the existing members. A couple days later I received a call from the club’s president asking me if I would like to join the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC). Saying yes was one of the better decisions I’ve made. I’m honored to be a part of such a great club. I have gone through the chairs and served as president in the 1997/1998 Rotary year. Service Above Self is a standard at the ERC. Whether it is at the local or international level the ERC assists many who truly need help.

Anyone observing ERC members in action would see that they do not look down on anyone, unless they are giving them a hand up.
Club Member Erik Moeser recently announced that we’re excited to let everyone know that Elmbrook Rotary will be sponsoring another new young person as part of our association with Common Hope and her name is Yenifer Paola Chacon Garcia!  Yenifer is taking the place of Esvin Hernandez, who graduated from high school this past month. As many of you know, our intrepid Sergeant-at-Arms, Linda Edelstein traveled to Guatemala to meet both Esvin and Yenifer recently and was able to take part in celebrating Esvin's accomplishment.
How great would it be to continue the tradition started by Linda, and by having an Elmbrook Rotarian travel to Guatemala next November to celebrate Yenifer’s graduation?!  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to really connect with her and her family and if this is something you’re interested, please contact Linda for more information.
Linda will be making a presentation soon to talk about her experience, and afterwards, there will likely be no shortage of people who are looking to participate. And if a trip doesn’t work, then consider taking part in sponsoring a child through Common Hope — adding  to the 22 already on our list! Of course, you can always travel with the Vision Team to Guatemala in February for a rewarding experience week of international service above self. For information on our Guatemala Vision Team, I can provide details or just talk with any one of over a dozen Club Members who've taken part in this life-changing trip.
For more information on Common Hope's celebration of 2014 High School Graduates visit

Erik Moeser
International Service Committee