The Madison WI Rotary News for June 1, 2018

 June 6 Rotary Meeting at Park Hotel
 Bob Babisch: Summerfest Celebrating 50 Years

Join us next Wednesday, June 6, at the Park Hotel, when guest speaker Bob Babisch will make a presentation about Summerfest’s 50th anniversary celebration coming up June 27 – July 8, 2018.

A 40-year veteran of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Bob manages a $12 million annual entertainment budget for Summerfest. In addition to leading the music production team during Summerfest, he oversees the music portion of events held on the grounds, BMO Harris Pavilion and the American Family Insurance Amphitheater throughout the summer season. Bob has close working relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms and has been a featured speaker at industry events such as the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA). He serves on the IEBA Board of Directors, and is a past recipient of the IEBA Festival Buyer of the Year award. He earned a BFA degree from UW-Milwaukee. When not booking music, you can find Bob either fly fishing or trying to play golf.

To plan for sufficient seating, members planning to bring guests are asked to contact the Rotary office with the number of guests you plan to bring by Tuesday noon ( or phone 255-9164).

 The Latinx Story: How They Came to Wisconsin

Professor Sergio González of Marquette University gave a lively and informative presentation chronicling the growth and importance of the Mexican population in Wisconsin, using his family as one example of how that evolution took place. Click to read this week’s review article. Our thanks to Sergio Gonzalez for his presentation and to Linn Roth for preparing this review article. We also thank WisconsinEye for videotaping our meeting this week. If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch the video here.

Rotary International Foundation Annual Campaign Update

Our second annual Rotary International Foundation campaign is underway with a goal of raising $50,000 by May 31. Note also the added incentive—we are once again able to provide matching points towards Paul Harris Fellow giving for gifts of $100 to $500. We have exceeded our goal of $50,000 with a total amount of $54,067! Special Note: Please do not use our club’s website PayPal buttons to make contributions to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Use the separate mailing you received to make a gift. Thank you.

 Gregg Tipple Receives Vocational Service Award
 Presented by Rich Leffler — May 30, 2018

Each year, our club recognizes six members for their service to our Rotary Club in one of the five avenues of service, which are club, community, international, vocational or youth service. Today, I am going to introduce you to our Rotary Club of Madison 2018 Vocational Service Award recipient.

Gregg Tipple is the owner of G-I Office Technologies. He joined our Rotary Club in 1984. Since joining, Gregg has made sure that our office staff is equipped with the right technologies to improve efficiencies in getting communications out to members. He has donated several different copier systems over the past 34 years as well as a fax machine, and he continues to serve on our club’s Information Technology and Office Support Committee to help provide guidance to the office about new technologies. Gregg has served on our Club Board of Directors, the Button Box Committee, and the Club Meeting Assistance Committee.

During our club’s Centennial year, Gregg reprinted at his own expense a booklet–“Madison, Wisconsin, the Four Lake City”–that was originally published by the precursor of the Madison Chamber of Commerce at just about the time this club was founded 105 years ago. That booklet captured to a remarkable degree what the City of Madison was like in the early 20th Century. Gregg provided every member of the club with a complimentary copy of the booklet.

For his volunteer service–and in particular in the vocational area–our Club Board of Directors has named Gregg as a Rotary Club of Madison Vocational Service Award recipient. With this recognition, President Donna presented him with a special certificate and a pin, and our Club has also made a $200 gift in Gregg’s name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Thank you for your continuing service, Gregg!

 Invitation to Join in Next Ghana Trip

Join fellow Rotary Club of Madison members in Ghana tentatively planned for February of 2019 for 10 to 12 days (dates TBD) to visit our club’s Change HERstory Rotary International Project. Learn about the culture, color and life in Ghana up close from Ghanaians. Attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, June 13, at 1:10 pm at the Park Hotel. Learn details about the trip, ask questions, and hear from Rotarians who traveled to the project site in February 2018. If you cannot attend the June 13 meeting but are interested in more details, advise the Rotary office at 608-255-9164 or

 May Rotary District Newsletter

The May edition of the Rotary District 6250 Newsletter, The District Dispatch, is now available. Click to read about happenings within our Rotary District.

On Saturday, June 9, the 6th Annual SummerPalooza will be held at Madison Children’s Museum. This event kicks off the summer season and brings families downtown to enjoy fun activities. There is free admission to the Madison Children’s Museum all day and free performances and activities outside the museum from 10am-2pm. A parade starts at noon, and organizations receiving funding by our Madison Rotary Foundation have been invited to be a part of the parade. SummerPalooza is being coordinated this year by Madison Children’s Museum with generous support from BMO Harris Bank. Our Rotary Club provides volunteers to help make the event a success. Consider volunteering with other Rotarians on June 9 – family members are welcome! Visit our club’s website at to find the sign-up form in the downloadable forms section.

 Madison Rotary Foundation Presents: Should I Write My Own Obituary? If Not Me,        Then Who Should Write It?

The I Will Society of The Madison Rotary Foundation and our club’s Transitions Fellowship Group invite you to hear from Rotarian Paul Fanlund, editor and publisher of The Capital Times, who will discuss: “Should I Write My Own Obituary? If Not Me, Then Who Should Write It?” Friday, June 15, from 10 – 11:30 am, at the Park Hotel. Coffee and rolls will be served. Because of space limitations, advance reservations needed. Please contact the Rotary office by June 5 at 255-9164 or to let us know that you plan to attend.

 Annual Vocational Fellowship Luncheon Day is June 20

This year’s Rotary Vocational Fellowship Luncheon Day will be held in place of our regular Rotary luncheon on Wednesday, June 20. Included in the May 18 Rotary News was the sign-up form which you needed to complete if you plan to attend one of the locations for that date. If you did not sign-up for one of the locations yet, contact the Rotary office to check on openings.

Rotary Night at Madison Mallard’s Game Aug. 11

Join with other area Rotary Clubs for a Madison Mallard’s Game on Saturday, August 11th, for Rotary Night at the Duck Pond when the Mallard’s take on the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders for a 6:05 pm game. Ticket options are: $10 for a reserved stadium seat and official Mallard’s hat; $20 for a reserved stadium seat and all you can eat ballpark food and soda; or $25 for a reserved stadium seat and all you can eat ballpark food and beer. Tailgate begins when gates open at 4:30pm and goes until the start of the game at 6:05pm. Contact the Rotary office at 255-9164 or to reserve your tickets.

 Members in the News

  • Madison Mayor Paul Soglin signed a proclamation declaring May 25th Ted DeDee Day in honor of his service at Overture and retirement. Congratulations, Ted!
  • Renee Moe was quoted in an article titled, “United Way of Dane County Awards $18.7 million to community causes.” WSJ 5/25
  • Bob Sorge was quoted in an article titled, “MCF makes $1.1M schools grant.” WSJ 5/18
  • Lindsay Wallace wrote a thank you letter in the Wisconsin State Journal for recent funding received by NAMI from the Attic Angel Association. 5/26

Happy Birthday to You!

  • June 3 — Nancy Ragland — Adm. Date: 03/01/1995 Cultural Institutions-Retired.
  • June 4 — Deb Archer — Adm. Date: 10/11/1995 Business & Convention Development. Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau Director 2007-09 PHF
  • June 5 — Lester Pines — Adm. Date: 08/08/2001 Law. Pines Bach LLP Sgt.-at-Arms 2003-04. PHF
  • June 5 — Linn Roth — Adm. Date: 11/04/2015 Science & Technology-Retired. Former member 1995-2001
  • June 8 — Lynette Fons– Adm. Date: 04/04/2018 Consulting. Lynette Fons, JD, CCEP
  • June 9 — Allen Arntsen — Adm. Date: 05/04/2016 Law. Foley & Lardner LLP Former member 2007-11
  • June 9 — Randy Banks — Adm. Date: 10/01/2008 Architecture. Strang, Inc.

 Weekly Statistics

Make-up Artists
Amato, Nino at Hong Kong, China 5/21 & Macau, China 5/28; Kundinger, Ingrid at Wautoma 5/23; Stein, Dan at East/Monona 5/15

Guest List – May 30, 2018
Ami Myrland of Moses Altsech, Susan & Jonathan Lipp of Tom Popp; Brenda Gonzalez, Celia Huerta, Yolanda Salazamar, Teresa Tellez, Fabiola Hamden & Nancy Salz of Sharyl Kato; Wensy Menendez of Juan Lopez; Mario Garcia Sierra of Maria Alvarez Stroud; Tara Grays of Ashley Powell & Rebecca Prochaska; Carrie Stahl & Cassie Krause of Rebecca Larson; Kurt Kober of Ashley Powell; Ken Kraus of Stu Levitan; Shiva Bidar-Sielaff of Oscar Mireles

Visiting Rotarian List – May 30, 2018
Janet Gray from Horizons

Attendance Record

Date Total Members Total Active Active Attending (incl. make-ups) Percentage
05/31/2017 479 366 307 (66) 83.88%
05/30/2018 503 383 298 (96) 77.81%

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