North Shore Rotary Newsletter

By Cary Silverstein

August 10, 2014

Upcoming Speakers and Events

Jim Broomfield will be a guest at our Monday meeting to report back on his attendance at World Affairs Seminar.  His attendance as a Delegate was sponsored by Jim Flint.

Our speaker for the August 18th meeting will be Nathan Smallwood of the Schlitz Audubon in Bayside. Nathan is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Our guest speaker was Jorge Franco from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He spoke about their new skill training program they introduced this year for welding training. Their first class of retrained workers graduated on Friday, August 8th. These workers have the potential to earn upwards of $42,000 a year. Edward Panelli the Global Managing Director from Miller Electric a major supporter of this program assisted Jorge in the presentation. This program will be expanded in order to fill the expected 40,000 openings in the manufacturing sector in the next ten years.


Jorge Franco brought a number of guests to our meeting on August 4th. They were Ed Panelli, Global Managing Director, Automotive Segment ITW Welding, and Dr. Hector Rodriguez Associate Director - Green Bay Area, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of WI, Areli Estrada, Public Relations & Outreach Specialist, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of WI and Jose Araujo, Senior Associate Director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of WI.

Membership Month

August is Rotary membership month. During Membership Month, we encourage all members to celebrate their clubs, their members, and the good work they do in their communities. There are many ways for our club to get involved during Membership Month:

  • At club meetings, view RI President Gary Huang’s Membership Video Message to remind members how important membership is to maintaining a strong and active club.
  • Connect with Rotary’s Facebook page and change your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the I’m a Proud Member graphic to show off your membership to friends, family members, and colleagues in your social networks.
  • Post photos of your club doing good in your community to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreRotary.
  • Register for the August 13th webinar Membership: It’s Now or Never, the first of our Membership Matters Webinar series.

History Tidbits

We are continuing to feature “History Tidbits” as we approach our sixty year anniversary in March of 2015. We will be discussing the formation of a 60th Anniversary Committee at our board meeting. John German has agreed to be our master of ceremonies for this event.

In 1958, Jack Rorisch became the Club President. In July of that years the membership reached forty-three members. Tom Simota was the first person from our Club to represent the Club at an International Convention. In September of 1958 our Club helped inaugurate the Mitchell Field Club and attended their “Charter Party”. In January 1959 a joint meeting of all Milwaukee Clubs was held at the Pfister Hotel in honor of Rotary International President Clifford Randall from the Milwaukee Club.


This year’s Lobsterfest is on September 13th at Shelly’s in Mequon. Sponsorships are available any level. Through our annual Lobsterfest, our club and the Mequon Thiensville club raise the funds we need to support all our volunteer community service projects, humanitarian services and our annual Cause to Fund.  Tickets are available through Cary Silverstein and Thomas McCutcheon is handling the auction items. 

Rotary Youth Exchange

Do you and your family have room in your heart and space in your house for an Exchange Student? Three Host families are needed to sign up NOW, each to welcome and house Rotary’s incoming exchange student arriving from Thailand in August 2014.    Each Host Family will serve for only about four months between August 2014 and July 2015. If you are interested, please contact Terry Machut.