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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Future Speakers
Apr 21 2014
George Justice Classification/Nicole Bjork
"Classification & Charitable Hops"
Apr 28 2014
Scholarship Award/ Sheriff Inspector Severson
"A Clear & Present Danger"
May 5 2014
Ethan Casey-Former Foreign Journalist
"Describing his year tour of the US and reflections on what’s taking place in America"
May 12 2014
OHS Scholarship Award
"Rotary's Local Impact in the lives on High School Students"
May 19 2014
Malawi Water Project Update
"The Ripple Effect of Oconomowoc Rotary Club in Africa"
Jun 2 2014
Katie Linn
"Taken 3--This can't be happening here? "
Jun 9 2014
OHS Scholarship Award
"Oconomowoc Rotary Finishing Strong"


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by Williams-Berg, Sarah




Oconomowoc Rotary honored 109 Oconomowoc High School National Honor Society members Monday at the annual luncheon at Olympia Resort. Rotarians and special guests recognized the junior and senior NHS members. National Honor Society president Joseph Thiel encouraged fellow students to ask, “How do I learn as a learner? How do I think as a learner?” “Do work hard. Do experiment in different fields. And work toward the successful life that you want.”
Guest speaker Dr. Steve Bialek of MSOE challenged students to “look for the patterns in your life.” From working in a junkyard in his youth, to television news, to pharmaceutical writing, to obtaining his Master’s and a PhD and now professor at MSOE, Bialek described “engineering confidence, “ and how engineers “believe they can do everything.” “That’s an admirable trait.”
Bialek stressed priority, not time management, and “exercising the peculiar.” “There’s great potential in the coming years…50 years from now you’ll be performing jobs that don’t even exist right now.”
Also at the luncheon, James W. Schmitz Math and Science Awards were awarded to Brittany Derynda, Ashley Dunton and Ashley Gavigan ($500), Zoe Quinette and Audrey Adler ($625), Christine Schlaug ($750), and winning the $1,000 scholarship was Curt Lemke. Judy Schmitz described her late husband’s passion for math and science instruction. Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the Schmitz Scholarship awards. Rotarians have dedicated more than $70,000 to date toward students leading math and science pursuits.
Rotary Foundation representative Bob Duffy said that the NHS banquet and Math and Science Awards are just one example of Rotarian’s dedication to “Service Above Self.” “Locally and globally, we are working to better our communities and our world.” Rotary president Paula Jacobs recognized students for their leadership, commitment and personal integrity. She commended Rotarian Chuck Herro for spearheading the NHS banquet 25 years prior.  “We are honored to recognize the students in this room, now, and for the future.”

Guest speaker Dr. Steve Bialek

Pictured from left, Math and Science Award winners Audrey Adler, Zoe Quinette, Brittany Derynda, Ashley Dunton, Ashley Gavigan, and Christine Schlaug, with award presenter Judy Schmitz and Rotarian Bob Duffy. Not pictured, Curt Lemke.

Rotary plays Bingo at Shorehaven Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. Bring spring to nursing home residents and say you’ll play!

Friday, May 16 – Rotary Vocational Fair at Nature Hill from 12:30 to 2:55 p.m.  
8th graders only – about 200 total. Six 15 minute sessions.So far we have the following presenters, both from Rotary, and the Nature Hill connections

  • Tim Muench - oasd chef
  • Rebecca Dix - Interior Designer (parent)
  • Pam Bloomer - Investigator for equal rights of employees (parent)
  • Steph Witte - OASD educational careers
  • Terry Reiland - loss prevention
  • City of Oconomowoc – Dennis, Brenda Barker suggested civil and electrical engineers to also participate if possible
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • First Bank Financial Centre
  • Y at Pabst Farms
  • Shorehaven
  • Podiatrist Dr. Jack Hutter
  • Optometrist Dr. David Bjork
  • Swendson/Fey Law Ltd.
  • Hallett Veterinary Clinic

May 3 – Join Dave Breckenfelder in the ProHealth LakeWalk beginning at Fowler Park and walk as part of a Rotary team
May 10 – Highway 16 Litter Pickup. Meet at Westmoor Plaza at 8 a.m. with the Boy Scouts!

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