Beer and Wine Tasting Mid-Winter Fundraiser Feb 11th, 2017

Beer and Wine Tasting
Mid-Winter Fundraiser

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Jefferson Area Business Center
222 Wisconsin Drive
Jefferson, Wisconsin

Ticket Prices
$35 in advance / $40 at the door
Price includes a sampling of Wine, Beer,
Cheese, Chocolate, and a variety of Appetizers

AND ENTRY INTO A DRAWING FOR $1000 CASH

You can also enjoy a 50/50 raffle and Auction Items

Tickets can be purchased at Badger Bank or Premier Bank Jefferson Offices or any Rotarian listed on the member list.

“Winter Nights, River Lights” Dec 3, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

The Rock River along Rotary Waterfront Park shines as never before with the advent of “Winter Nights, River Lights” decorations co-sponsored by the Jefferson Live Music Foundation and Jefferson Rotary Club.

The entire park is decorated with twinkle lights an some special hand painted decorations, making it a “Winter Wonderland”.

The lights were turned on Saturday (Dec 3) evening after the Jefferson community’s Holiday Parade of Lights, and already, several families were taking advantage of the opportunity to walk among the lighted trees and look out at the reflections on the water.

“The Jefferson Live Music Foundation and the Jefferson Rotary teamed up to get the project going and put the first lights in Rotary Park,” Joann Miller said.

First, supporters had to solicit community support, which they did through a community campaign seeking donations of $100 each.  Numerous businesses, organizations and community members came through to provide these sponsorship’s, ensuring that the coordinators could purchase lights and then keep them lighted throughout the holiday season.

–taken from an article written by Pam Wilson in the Daily Jefferson County Union.

The lights can be seen every night until January 1, 2017.

 

Concert in the Park – VIVO – End Polio Now Fundraiser July 7, 2016

Join the Jefferson Rotary club at the Concert in the Park on Thursday July 7, 2016 at 7:00pm.  Rotarians will be bartending and holding a 50/50 raffle to raise money for Rotary International’s continued fight to End Polio Now.  Tips are also appreciated and will be donated to End Polio Now.  The featured music that evening will be VIVO, a lively and contemporary jazz, pop bozza, samba music ensemble.

 

Valentine Vacation in Paradise – February 13th, 2016

Join the Jefferson Rotary Club for their fun Valentine fundraiser.  Enjoy a variety of beers, wines, tropical themed foods and music AND a chance to win a cruise or $2500 in cash, or one of several other great prizes.  We will also have a silent auction items for you to bid on and a 50/50 raffle.  For tickets or information contact Ellen at 414-322-1440 or ellenw1440@gmail.com.Valentines-2016-1e-8 5x11

Rotary Park and Bike Trail Cleanup October 17th, 2015

The Jefferson Rotary Club volunteers will be completing a service project by assisting the Master Gardeners by spreading mulch at Rotary Park in preparation for winter.  They will also be cleaning up the Glacial River Bike Trail along with the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club.  If you are interested in volunteering to help with this activity, please contact Ellen Waldmer at 414-322-1440.

Jefferson Rotary Club 80th Anniversary Celebration

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Join the Jefferson Rotary Club as they celebrate their 80th Anniversary. The celebration will take place on July 23rd at Rotary Park in Jefferson during the Concert in the Park that starts at 7pm.

We especially welcome Rotarians from other clubs, our Past Presidents, officers and former members as we take a trip down memory lane. The free concert that evening is Jazz Night featuring “Vivo”.

For more information contact ellenw1440@gmail.com.

Ron Michaelis honored for Service Above Self

Ron Michaelis was feted for his extraordinary community service and was named the Club’s annual Rotarian of the Year with the Club’s Service Above Self recognition at the awards banquet at Fairview tonight. In presenting the award, Joann Miller (incoming President – Elect) heralded Ron’s volunteerism, not only through Rotary, but via the Chamber, the Council for the Performing Arts, area schools and all aspects of the community. Standing O all ‘round for the well-deserved tribute.

Another standing ovation was showered on Pam (aka Lois Lane) Chickering-Wilson, our frequent luncheon guest and beat reporter for the Daily Jefferson County Union.   Presenting Pam with the Outstanding Achievement Award for a non-Rotarian, incoming Prez Steve Lewis noted that Pam not only displays all the characteristics of a quality Rotarian, but tirelessly serves the entire community with her ubiquitous camera, an ever-sharp pencil and a notepad that never seems to get full.

“Life isn’t about what you get, but what you give back,” said Past Prez Pat VandenBerg, who passed along this appreciation for all who helped him through his year with the bell and gavel. His thank you list included Bon Ton (food), FCCU (facilities) and the many members who worked to make his year at the helm a success. Past Prez Pat recounted the innovative 5th Wednesday social concept and expressed the expectation that that would become a long-standing Jefferson Rotary tradition. He was most proud of the club’s commitment to raise $80,000 to complete the Rotary Waterfront Park Pavilion.

Who’s perfect? Not many of us, but at least Past Prez Pat, Judge Joann, The Chamber Maid and Canoeist Lewis had perfect attendance last year.

Also recognized at last night’s banquet were Rotary Scholarship winners: Stephanie Redmond, Alyssa Infait, Marcie Garity, Alexa Wegner, and Celia Bisbach. All, except Alyssa, were able to attend with their parents. Good luck in college, ladies. Keep us posted on how you’re doing. Spoke Ed notes that there are no young men on this list and recalls that women have outnumbered men in college enrollment for more than a decade.

Steve Canoeist Lewis, our new prez, was on a roll tonight. He reported that the Family Fun Float (held last weekend) was enjoyed by nearly 130 floaters and grossed just short of $1000 – in fact, Steve contributed $42 Happy Bucks to round up the total to hit the magic mark.  The Canoeist, who is obviously expecting help from Judge Joann, has aggressive plans for the coming Rotary Year. In fact, he handed out program assignment calendars for every Club member. He challenged members to move forward on the pavilion funding, Breakfast with Santa, more scholarships and RYLA. He also challenged every member to become an annual supporter of the RI Foundation. The Canoeist closed with his now familiar refrain that “Rotary has the resources of a country and the heart of a mother.”

See you on July 11th. No meeting on July 4th.  Tickets for the Brat and Burger will be distributed.

Very unRotary-like thought of the week: Some people are like slinkies; not really good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs!

FORE! New golf course clubhouse coming soon

Guest speaker today was Jason Haas, manager of the Jefferson Golf Club.  Jason gave us an update on the golf course — most importantly, it is in great shape.  They hope to start construction of a new clubhouse in the coming weeks.  He indicated the clubhouse will be open year round and have a sports bar atmosphere with room to accommodate receptions, parties, etc.

The Jefferson Golf Club will also be having a July 3rd Five Person Scramble.  Anyone interested should contact Jason at the golf course:  920-674-2783.

Also on July 3rd the City is sponsoring the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at the Jefferson Golf Club.  There will be music and entertainment from 3 pm to 11 pm.  The food stand will be operated by the Jefferson Athletic Booster Club.  There will be a dunk tank and kid’s activities sponsored by the Council for Performing Arts. The beer tent will be open from 3 to 12 am.  The Variations will play from about 3-6 and the Rabid Aardvarks will play from about 7-11 with a break for the fireworks show.

Annual Banquet is right around the corner: Wednesday June 27 at Fairview Sports Bar’s Banquet Room.  Social gathering at 6:00, Dinner 6:45, Awards presentation at 7:30.  Please rsvp to Prez Pat asap.  No lunch meeting that day.

Family Fun Float is this Saturday.  Still looking for volunteers, especially with the sign-up and helping boaters out of the water.  Questions? Please contact Steve Canoeist Lewis.

Next Wednesday we will have the board meeting at 11:00 and Edwin Bos of the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club will be the speaker telling us about his Rotary experience in India.

Be forewarned, once the bandshell is completed at Rotary Waterfront Park there will be a clean-up day scheduled.

The more you drink, the better they sound, says Prez Pat, who paid a Happy Buck for concerts in the park tonight where the VanEskes will be playing.  Other Happy Bucks today included:

  • Shirley Dempsey for Ron Michaelis who came over and helped with the landscaping at Rotary Park.
  • Craig Carmichael-Stoner for daughter (and guest today) who is in town from Philly while Nancy is Up North.
  • Ron Michaelis who enjoyed landscaping with Shirley and has CPA tickets available for the CPA’s annual raffle.  This year tickets are a little cheaper when you bundle them.
  • Fine ‘em Moore who brought home the trophy for the Brothers Classic, an annual 36 hole family golf tournament. Tom won shooting a 90 and an 84.
  • Judge Joann who can’t wait for her fishing trip to Canada next week.
  • Canoeist Lewis who enjoying the weather and biking, and was happy about some black and yellow t-shirt he was wearing…and duly paid his fine right away.
  • The Chamber Maid paid a buck because Joann and Ron helped her up after a fall at Rotary Park clean-up. She’s also happy that the VanEske’s are playing at concerts in the park Wednesday night.
  • CPADel who is heading to Brazil with some flags for a Rotary exchange and happy to see the club still practicing good old-fashioned camaraderie.

Fines: T2 and Mr. Potter for extra deserts and the Canoeist for the UofIowa t-shirt.  Look out next week as the fine master is looking to fill Prez Pat’s quota for fines this year!

A Tip of the Hat to T2 for filling in during Spoke Ed’s absence and taking the Spoke notes this week.

Wise word of Rotary insight overheard at today’s meeting: If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem.

First $3000 sent to the Rotary Waterfront Pavilion fund

Today’s monthly business meeting featured the announcement that the first draw of $3,000 has been paid to Towne and Country Homes, an installment to be used for ordering arches and hardware for the band shell.

The $950 check from the RI Foundation for the cost-sharing on the Benin project arrived last week.

We raised $2,150 from the Character Ed calendar sales. Way to go, gang!

Valentines Day in Paradise raffle tickets are on sale. If you have money/tickets to turn in, bring ‘em to the Feb 1st meeting. Keep selling. We need to up the performance from last year. Most of our tickets were sold in the last week in 2011.

Three Student Rotarians said “so long.” All praised Rotary and are headed off to promising college exploits. Good luck, ladies.

Super Mike is happy that he’s has moved to temporary new headquarters in the old Care Wisconsin offices on Racine St. The move will probably last about 3 months while his new digs are under construction. Other Happy Bucks:

  • Canoeist Lewis isn’t taking a nap at home today. He also had an optimistic trade show outcome in Chicago last week.
  • Big Dave got a laugh when he tossed a newly-printed fiscal easing buck in the basket to salute the economic turnaround. Yeah, he really did!
  • Attny Tom’s wife has returned home from a long vacation. He’s happy to be rescued from kid care.
  • The Chamber Maid is delighted that Wayne Eihlenfeldt won the Citizen of the Year recognition at a highly successful Chamber Annual Banquet Monday night.

The Canoeist was also fined for being in town last week, but failing to show at Rotary. Shame!

  • T2, Mr. Potter and Big Dave were also hit with 2X desserts. Will then never learn?

Speakers needed for the two Top 10 banquet in May. If you have an idea or two, see Prez Pat.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. Don’t forget it!

Upcoming programs & activities:
February 1, Greg Sambs, Pork, more than just the other white meat

February 8, Fire Department Tour – lunch at the firehouse

February 12, Valentine’s Vacation Raffle

February 29, Fifth Wednesday Social

March 3, Alden Estates blood drive (8 a.m. ‘til 1:00 p.m.)

April 4, Women’s Issues in Afghanistan – from a soldier who’s been there

May 2, Top 10/Middle School

May 9, Top 10/High Schools

May 28, Rotary Waterfront Park Pavilion – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

May 30, Fifth Wednesday Social

June 8-9, District Conference

June 23, Rock River Family Fun Float @ Rotary Park

June 27, Annual Banquet

July 11-15, Jefferson County Fair

July 15, Cow Chip Challenge

August 20, Brat & Burger

August 29, Fifth Wednesday Social

October 31, Fifth Wednesday Social

Questions or comments? Contact President Pat Vandenberg 674-7020, or Spoke Editor Gary Myers, 674-6235.

Fighting domestic abuse takes county-wide coordination

The City and County are part of a growing state-wide initiative to combat domestic abuse, reported Jefferson’s City Attorney Ben Brantmeier, Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) member Kathy Cheek and PADA Director Liz Hanson, all of whom spoke at today’s meeting. They reported that 58 people were killed in 39 incidents state-wide in 2010. There were 480 domestic violence cases in Jefferson County that year. A large county-wide initiative is focusing on training and education within the justice system, policy changes that help fight domestic abuse, and community awareness of the abuse problem. In addition to criminal penalties, Jefferson’s City Council recently passed an ordinance allowing City Police to issue a ticket for a domestic violence call.

 

That’s a tough way to lose 15 pounds! Fair Park Paul is back today after a two-week bout with pneumonia and a liver infection. Good to see your smile again, Paul. Paul’s also happy about the 2012 County Fair line-up that includes big-name headliners and sea lions! Other Happy Bucks included:

  • Judge Joann on behalf of Canoeist Lewis and his successful trade show swing through Atlanta — positive marketplace vibes.
  • Fine ‘em Moore for his recent “man vacation” Up North.

We can always print more! Brochures for the Valentines Day in Paradise raffle were handed out today. Sell those tickets.

Rotary International just doubled the money by reaching its $200 million goal for Polio Plus, thus qualifying for the matching challenge grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Fines this week were levied against:

  • Double-dessert Dave,
  • A despondent football fan fine, Trucker Shirley, and
  • Late-for-lunch Loduca.

Cruel comment from a female Rotarian today who shall, mercifully, remain nameless: “Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut — and still think they’re sexy.”

Upcoming programs & activities:
February 8, Fire Department Tour – lunch at the firehouse

February 12, Valentine’s Vacation Raffle

February 29, Fifth Wednesday Social

April 4, Women’s Issues in Afghanistan – from a soldier who’s been there

May 2, Top 10/Middle School

May 9, Top 10/High Schools

May 28, Rotary Waterfront Park Pavilion – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

May 30, Fifth Wednesday Social

June 8-9, District Conference

June 23, Rock River Family Fun Float @ Rotary Park

June 27, Annual Banquet

July 11-15, Jefferson County Fair

July 15, Cow Chip Challenge

August 20, Brat & Burger

August 29, Fifth Wednesday Social

October 31, Fifth Wednesday Social

 

Questions or comments? Contact President Pat Vandenberg 674-7020, or Spoke Editor Gary Myers, 674-6235.