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BOARD MINUTES 4/20/21

Geneva Lake West Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2021

 
Location
Exemplar Financial Network, 630 Kenosha Street, Walworth, Wisconsin, 53184, the April 20, 2021, Rotary Board meeting of the Geneva Lake Rotary Club.
 
Opening
The regular meeting of the Geneva Lake West Rotary Club was called to order at 4:57 p.m. on April 20, 2021, in the Exemplar Financial Network office at 630 Kenosha Street, Walworth, Wisconsin, 53184, by Don Holst
 
Present
Heidi Alten, Don Vandello, Frank Breneisen, Don Holst, Mike Hinske, Rich Hildebrandt, Tom Beci, Phill Klamm.
 
Approval of Minutes
There was an approval of the agenda, and minutes were approved from the previous meeting.
 
Secretary Report
The Secretary Report was no new members. 
There was a member losses – Ceschi, Dougherty
 Member count current is 46;
No current requests for project funding. 
News to the Board is just an update of the Golf Outing ticketing.
 
Treasurer Report
Refer to the email that Don Vandello sent out on April 20, 2021.  It was approved via email. Income/Expense, Balance Sheet for period 4/19/21.      Accounts Receivable Review and recommendations.
Committee Reports:
Membership – Had a brief discussion about membership since we have had some recent resignations.  We brainstormed some ideas on how to create more interest in our Club and increase membership.  Some ideas were talking to people where we work, and ramp up Corporate Memberships.  Maybe a Linkedin Page?  
 
Foundation
 
Club administration
 
Service
Old business –
Corn Brat Update (Phill Klamm) - Phill Klamm to report on the corn and brat update. Phill spoke with Ed Heyer, and we will be doing the corn and brat at Devil's Lane Park. They spoke with Tom Connelly, and he took drone coverage photos of the park for them to begin preliminary planning of the event. The committee will review the layout. Emmanuel Lutheran would like to have an area where they can sell creampuffs. They are discussing with the police department the Devil's Lane shutdown as a part of the street for pedestrians, and that is being worked out. Signage, print, and social media is being worked on as far as promotion of the new site. The committee is also working on meal-ticket issues. Mike Hinske will begin to contact the volunteers. Mike Hinske will contact Art Larson regarding the t-shirts. Frank Berneisen mentioned that if tickets for the corn and brat are brought to the company that provides the dumpsters ahead of time, 10 tickets, they will donate the dumpsters, which could be a couple hundred dollar savings versus paying for them. Phill took that into consideration
Walworth PD AED Match Update (Don V.) - Walworth PD AED match update presented by Don Vandello. One contribution has been done, and Don will check to see if they still need the second one since there were photos posted of other AEDs purchased. Currently, we have $500 toward that match, and so he will check with Bob Rauland because, if we get to 800, we can get another one. He'll check with Bob to see if they still need the other donation
World Affairs Update (Don V.)- Grace with Williams Bay is approved and ready to start virtually, and she will come to the club probably in July of 2021 to present to the club how she attended and what she learned from the world affairs seminar.
Diploma Endorsement Update (Hinske) - Diploma endorsements scheduled for May 20, 2021, presented by Mike Hinske. I will send out an email reminding members that week that we're actually going to meet at Big Foot High School auditorium at 10:45 a.m. so the presentation can start promptly at 11 a.m., and Mike believes it should go to about 11:45 a.m. and then should end and to keep the abbey scheduled for 12:15 lunch. I will keep the abbey lunch at 12:15 but to just notify the members to be at the high school auditorium at 10:45 a.m
Golf Outing Update (Heidi) - Updates regarding the golf outing. A $500 advertising budget was approved for the golf outing to get information to the newspapers, so I can probably send the .jpg of the brochure to the various newspapers along with maybe a design with our Facebook account and our website for online registration with our website to various newspapers to see how many newspapers and various advertisements I can get for 500. All online ticketing is live on our website and facebook.  An email will be going out to all member, friends of rotary and prospective donors regarding the golf outing and looking for donations for the raffle and silent auction.  There will be raffle tickets and 50/50 sold at lunch before the golfers go out and when then when they return.  We will also be looking for Sponsors for the event too!  Toby has been working hard on getting all the other details worked out with the golf course and has secured the Kunes Car for the hole-in-on challenge.  Dixon Golf will be there too to work 2 of the holes with their items.  We received about $500 total from them last year.
 
 
 
New business
 
SASA Nominations (Don V.) Katie Smith is our 2021 Winner It will be presented at a lunch after July 1. Katie Smith is very pregnant, so Phill recommended maybe after she has her baby.
 Nancy Lehman, Maggie Gage can be candidates for future years.
Committee Structure (Holst) - We reviewed the committee structure that Don Holst provided and provided feedback on various committee members and maybe - Don suggested maybe adding people to certain committees so there's not just one person on certain committees and adding an additional person to trade off and delegate some responsibility to other people in the club that are not currently in committees. 
Officer Succession (All) - we will be handing the baton off to Don Holst in June from Jim Rauland, and then Phill is the vice president. Then Bill Rang would be the third - the second vice president. He indicated to Don Vandello that he will probably start attending board meetings in November when he's done at the Big Foot Country Club board. Don also mentioned that John and Don would like to eventually be off the board, and if we could, find replacements for the treasurer to take over board responsibilities and treasury reporting responsibilities. Mike Hinske mentioned that he would make mention of this to Mary Hinske for a potential club member once she retires in January of 2022.
District Governor Visit - District governor visit potentially in June of 2021. We're waiting for a response regarding his calendar
District Conference – May 1-3 and we are not doing sponsorships.
 
 
Youth Exchange - We used to have quite a bit of inbound foreign exchange or youth exchange students, but we really never had any outbound students. We don't have any planned at this time. We're not opposed to it, but I know it's been discussed in the past that sometimes the students now are a little overwhelmed with other things. We really haven't had a lot of requests at the schools for youth exchange programs, so maybe later with that.

 
 
Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 6:02 p.m. by Mike Hinske. The next general meeting will be at 5 p.m. on May 25, 2021, in the Exemplar Financial Network office at 630 Kenosha Street, Walworth, Wisconsin, 53184.
 
Minutes submitted by Heidi Alten 4/22/21
 
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Annual Dinner 4/29/21

Great Party, 28 in attendance, Big Foot Jazz Band was awesome.
 
Thanks Heidi for setting everything up.
 
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PROGRAM 4/15/21

Teacher recognition - Walworth Grade School, Fontana Grade School, BFHS
 
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Meeting Location and Frequency Don Vandello 2021-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

16th Annual Rotary Scholarship Golf Outing!

Posted on Mar 29, 2021
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Thursday Thursday May 27, 2021 11:00am Registration!
Geneva Lake West Rotary Club's 16th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing Fundraiser
"Committed to Service Above Self by helping local organizations. 
We are proud to host our Annual Golf Outing and Dinner to raise money for our Scholarship Endowment Fund
that will benefit students from Faith Christian High School, Williams Bay High School and Big Foot High Schools"
 
Questions about Sponsorship, Golfing or Donations - Contact: walworthfontanarotary@gmail.com
16th Annual Rotary Scholarship Golf Outing! Heidi L. Alten 2021-03-29 05:00:00Z 0 charity,fundraising,golf,rotary

ZOOM MEETING 3/4/2021

ZOOM MEETING 3/4/2021 12PM
 
  Presentation from new owners of Yerkes Observatory - Future Outlook
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ZOOM MEETING 2/4/21


 
Save the date! Thursday February 4th 12:00 - 1:00 via ZOOM.  A link will be sent closer to the date with information to join.
 
We look forward to getting together in person soon, however, until then we would like to touch base with our membership and update you on what the board had discussed in our January board meeting.  
 
We will have general discussion but would like to have the members who attend give a minute or two of how or what they have been doing. 
 
Some ideas to talk about...
Did you read something you would recommend?
Did you learn or was able to practice and new skill or hobby?
Did you start taking on online course?
Were you able to connect more with family?
 
We hope you can join us.  A link will be sent the day before the meeting with the information to join.
 
 
Thank you,
Heidi L. Alten, Secretary
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2021 Scholarships Available

2021 Rotary Scholarships are available!  Completed applications need to be submitted by March 19, 2021.  See 'Downloads' section for the application packet.
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Board Meeting Notes 1/19/2021

Geneva Lake West Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes

January 19, 2021

 
Location - ZOOM
Exemplar Financial Network, 630 Kenosha Street, Walworth, Wisconsin, 53184, the January 19, 2021, Rotary Board meeting of the Geneva Lake Rotary Club.
 
Opening
Opening is the regular meeting of the Geneva Lake West Rotary Club was called to order at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­5:03pm on January 19, 2021, in the Exemplar Financial Network office at 630 Kenosha Street, Walworth, Wisconsin, 53184, by James Reuland.
 
Present
T. Beci, H Alten, J. Reuland, Phill Klamm, D Holst, R. Hildebrandt, M Hinske, D. Vandello
 
Approval of Minutes
There was an approval of the agenda, the approval of minutes was approved from the previous meeting.
 
Secretary Report
The Secretary Report was no new members. 
Member losses – Mike Scholl 
Current Member Count 50 (48 Active, 2 Honorary)
 
Funding requests: Tom Beci recommendations – excess funds from Holiday Food Baskets to Spirit of Hope Men’s Shelter.  They are already listed in the budget and we can potentially increase this donation to them.  We can possibly match the $1500.  $1500 was approved to send this.
 
Smiles – Our horse Brenda needed to be retired.  So they are requesting that we sponsor a new pony.  This was approved and in the budget already
 
Treasurer Report
Refer to the email that Don Vandello sent out on January 18, 2021.  It was approved.
Mike Scholl outstanding bill and Bill White outstanding bill discussed.  Mike volunteered in a conversation with Don V. that he was sending a check in but we will see if that shows up.  Bill W. has been contacted via email and mail recently by Don V.
FFG check was sent out as indicated on the report per email approval.
Budget is approved by membership
 
 
 
Committee reports
Membership: There was some concern among current members that the emails from RI were sending a perceived message of “you need to be a better Rotarian”.  They were reassured that GLWRC is still we following our core beliefs and that we are still contributing to our community.   
 
Foundation:
Holiday Food Assistance balance – suggestion to earmark for school lunch assistance balances.  Don V. can set up an accrual account in our accounting for that balance and use it when the kids are back to school and the balances start to add up.
 
Club administration: no news to report
 
Service: no news to report
 
Old business
Future Meetings – In Person? ZOOM?
Decided ZOOM meetings until further notice: 1st meeting by Thursday February 4, 2021.
Program suggestion from Dave Collins may not work. 
Don Holst – programs scheduled via ZOOM vs. in person?
Other Ideas for Membership ZOOM Meetings:
– How was your Quarantine Vacation? 2 min time limit per member
 
 
 
New business
Annual Meeting – Possible Kick off of in person meetings in April (working on the date and time) at a nice location.  Social Evening.
  • Service above Self awards – Rasmussen
Golf Outing in May – Committee? Toby S. will be contacted and let him know to get started on the Golf Outing planning.  Contact Dixon Golf again, HA talk to Toby S.
 
Action items
Board Members: Gather ideas for the Annual Meeting that we can hopefully have in April.  Awards, Programs, Social evening.  Etc.  Email: Heidi at walworthfontanarotary@gmail.com
 
 
 
Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 5:52p.m. by James Reuland.  The next general meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday February 16, 2021 via ZOOM
Exemplar Financial Network office at 630 Kenosha Street, Walworth, Wisconsin, 53184.
 
Minutes submitted by Heidi Alten
Board Meeting Notes 1/19/2021 Don Vandello 2021-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Paying Rotary Bills Online

Pay your Bill online with Credit Card
 
Have your latest Statement handy.
Login to walworthfontanarotary.org (Login in name should be your email, enter your password)
     If you have forgotten your password contact Don Vandello (dhvandello@charter.net) to have it reset.
Clic on the "Member Area" at the upper right corner
Select "My Account Balance"
    Note: Your account balance will be zero, since we don't use Clubrunner's accounting system.
Enter the amount you wish to pay from your Statement.
Enter Credit Card information (#, Exp. Date, CCV)
You must enter something in the "comment section"  i.e Pay statement balance (date?)
Submit
You will receive an email confirmation, don't pay any attention to the negative balance which comes up after payment, we will adjust that.
 
Paying Rotary Bills Online Don Vandello 2020-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Locating documents on the Website

Steps for locating Club Documents (Financial Reports, Budgets, Forms, etc.)
 
Login to walworthfontanarotary.org (Login in name should be your email, enter your password)
     If you have forgotten your password contact Don Vandello (dhvandello@charter.net) to have it reset.
Clic on the "Member Area" at the upper right corner
Scroll down to "Organization" and Clic on "Documents"
Select the document you wish to review.
Locating documents on the Website Don Vandello 2020-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

 
Rotary is very close to completing a project begun in 1988 – the eradication of Polio worldwide.  There are only three countries left that are not yet polio free.  In support of World Polio Day, the Walworth Fontana Rotary Foundation (Geneva Lake West Rotary Club) is requesting your financial help in achieving this goal.  The Gates Foundation is matching donations 2 to 1, so every dollar is magnified.
 
Rotarian, Don Vandello, is heading this drive.  “ We originally intended to create a fundraising event to highlight this cause, but Covid-19 has interfered with any social gathering, so we are trying to go virtual with this request.  Both I and my wife are polio survivors from ages 9mos, and two years old.  We truly understand what this disease can do, are proud to be a part of an organization like Rotary, with the global reach to defeat polio once and for all.  I am asking all of my fellow Rotarians, friends, and family, to spread the word.  We will post this on our Website and on Facebook. If we can all share these posts on our social media, it would be a  great help.”
 
Donations can be made to:
 
Walworth Fontana Rotary Foundation
PO Box 368
Walworth, WI. 53184
 
Or on our website www.walworthfontanarotary.org, use the “Donate” button at the top of the home page.
 
Thanks in advance for your help.
World Polio Day Don Vandello 2020-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Freedom for Girls 2020

Freedom for Girls 2020 
You may or may not be aware of the Freedom for Girls program that is hosted by Pat and Steve Werner.  Steve is a long time Rotarian and he and his wife have been fundraising for this program for years.
 
I have attached the letter that they send out every year and also a link to their Facebook page where you can find more information about this important cause.
 
 
The Geneva Lake West Rotary Club makes an annual donation to this program but you can make your own donations to this organization, if you would like.  Donate HERE (send us an email that it is to be allocated to FFG)
 
We just wanted to share the information and let you know what other Rotarians are passionate about.
 
Thank you,
Heidi L. Alten, ​Secretary
Freedom for Girls 2020 Heidi Alten 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Past Speakers

Speaker 9/10/2020 at Big Foot Inn (Pam Carper)
      Boys and Girls Club
      
 
Speaker 9/24/2020 at The Abbey (Kim Bushey)
      County Clerk (election update)
      
Past Speakers Don Vandello 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Corn and Bratwurst Experience Boxes! Heidi Alten 2020-08-15 05:00:00Z 0 charity,family,fundraising,rotary

2020 Corn & Bratwurst Festival - CANCELED

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Geneva Lake West Rotary Club to cancels their August 1, 2020 Corn and Brat Festival

[Walworth, WI 4/25/2020] The Geneva Lake West Rotary Club has decided to cancel our 2020 Corn and Brat Festival.  “With the current state of affairs we saw too many obstacles to have a successful Corn and Brat Festival this year” stated a Geneva Lake West Rotary Club Board Member. 
2020 Corn & Bratwurst Festival - CANCELED Heidi L. Alten 2020-08-01 05:00:00Z 0 family,festival,kids,summer
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