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Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Green Bay Monday, August 5, 2019

What happened at the meeting of Monday, August 05, 2019

We have several upcoming meetings of which there may be interest in participating. These are:

  • Monday, August 12, noon Regular club meeting. Steve Mastalir will discuss in broad strokes his vision for the club for the balance of his year. He will also have a presentation on Pirates of the Great Lakes. Arghhh.
  • Friday, August 16, 9:00 Your Board of Directors meets at the Brown County Library (Downtown) for their monthly meeting. Come find out what the board is discussing, fill a Red to Blue Badge requirement and learn more about your club. This is a great way to find out how the club operates.
  • Monday, August 19, noon We are anticipating the arrival of our Rotary Exchange student, Rasita (or as she refers to herself, Smile). Please be here to welcome her and hear a little about her homeland of Thailand and what she hopes to do while with us. She will be arriving in mid August and when we have that date/time, it will be forwarded to members so those that can, might greet her at arrival at the airport.
  • Tuesday, August 20, 7:30 AM The Membership committee meets at Copper State (corner of Dousman and Broadway) for their monthly planning meeting. If you are a part of this committee, would like to be, or have an idea to share, please consider meeting with them and enjoy a coup of coffee (if that’s your thing).

Good News

Our recipient for this quarter, as nominated by Russ Wood, is The Joseph Project. This organization helps people of need find work. It was started in Milwaukee and has since become statewide. At a recent presentation we learned how it operates in this area. Russ was impressed enough that when asked to name a recipient, he chose this one. Additionally, he is looking at lending them a hand in their training. A Rotarian is a Person of Action. Way to go Russ!! For additional details on the Joseph Project, follow this link http://someplacebetter.org/josephproject

Community Service Award

We have committed to a Vision Project and are looking for Volunteers. This project takes 2-4 hours, depending on the number of students at a location and involves walking students from the classroom to the testing area, and back. The schedule of volunteer needs for September is:

Monday, Sep 16, Tank Elementary, 814 S. Oakland Ave, 9:00 AM
Thursday, Sep 19, Wequiock Childrens Ctr, 3994 Wequiock Road, 9:00 AM

The GBAPS has a sign up sheet to coordinate volunteers. Sign up here

If this is your first volunteer with GBAPS you will need to have a background check completed. This protects your good name and the students. To begin that process, please click this link https://www.gbaps.org/our_community/volunteer

Did You Know?

In 2018 Rotary committed to raising $50 million for the fight to end polio. We achieved $50.8 million. For 2019, the amount is again $50 million. Your donation to the R/I Foundation makes this achievement possible. Thank You.

Year to Date, there are 56 cases of the WPV strain of polio, so the battle continues. Afghanistan and Pakistan are still the two hot spots. A second virus strain (cVDPV) also shows an increase from 2018, with 43 cases reported (15 YTD in 2018). This strain is most prevalent in the Democratic Republic of Congo (15 in 2019, 7 in 2018 YTD), and Nigeria (12, 2).

To learn more, go to http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/polio-now/this-week/

Our Presentation Our speaker this week was Mary Jane Herber. Mary Jane is a long time friend of the club. She spoke about Prohibition in Green Bay. Pre Prohibition there were nearly 130 saloons in Green Bay. Three years later there were no saloons, but nearly 90 Soda Shops. Undoubtedly many of these were “speak easy’s”. Following the repeal of Prohibition, drinking establishments (now called Taverns) numbered in excess of 100. Mary Jane related that so many locals were making their own “home brew” that there was always “drink” to be had, no matter what the rules were. The number of hometown breweries did decrease, from 5-6 pre Prohibition to just 2-3 after. In the past several years micro-breweries have become the rage and now we have 5-8 of them in Green Bay and untold private brewers in their homes. Once again, what is old is new.

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From a Friend

Last year we had Sebastian Bruun de Neergaard as an exchange student. If you recall, he would regularly attend our meeting and fill us in on his activities. More often than not he told us something in such a way to elicit a laugh from the membership. Sebastian has been back visiting friends and graced us with his presence this week. He again gave us a report on his activities, and, again, got the club to laugh at the way he told his story.

Thanks for being a Rotarian
Steve Mastalir, President

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