Changemakers Rotary Club

President Message December 2023
“December is the time for remembering the past and reaching toward the future.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Hope, peace, and joy are sent your way as we enter this holiday season.  As we close out the calendar year, THANK YOU for all you are doing to create HOPE through Rotary; our world is a better place because of you. 
Exciting news – Sharon Bradish is our new President Elect!!!  Congratulations and a multitude of Thanks to Sharon.  Watch for another article from her.
Our club’s social hour will be Thursday, December 21st. Look for another article from Karen regarding the upcoming conversation and holiday objects. I hope to see you there.
Rotary International is focused on Mental Health this year.  In response, our district and NAMI Wisconsin will present Balancing Life Transitions in the Office & at Home, and provide suggestions on how to best navigate changes in your personal and professional life, wellness tips and tricks, statewide resources to utilize and other suggestions on wellness best practices. Mark your calendars:  January 16, 2024, 11:30 - 12:30 PM – Virtual.  More to come later.
PETS (President Elect Training) will be March 1-3, 2024 in Itasca, IL.  Seven districts will be represented at the conference.
Tri-Con, our Multi-District Conference, will be April 19-20, 2024, in Green Bay.
I am so grateful for all of you.  Together we can create hope in the world.

A message from Sharon Bradish, President-Elect

Hello to all of the members and friends of District 6250 Changemakers Rotary Club.  

I am a Rotarian because of experiencing the magic of Rotary through the District 6250 Friendship Exchange to Budapest in April, 2023.  I met the most incredible, enthusiastic, caring people from Rotary District 6250 and from four of the ten Rotary Clubs in Budapest.  Cheryl Mader and Cathy Statz represented Changemakers and I fell in love with this virtual club. Cheryl invited me to attend my first meeting in May and I became a member on July 1st.  I wanted to be a part of the Service Project Committee and to learn from Cheryl how to be a Rotarian.  Cheryl was an integral part of this club as Co-chair of the Service Project Committee, Treasurer, President-Elect, and Scheduler of monthly guest speakers.  I am sure that she contributed in other ways of which I am not aware.  

This club has so many talented dedicated members.  I had the opportunity to meet with Dwight Heaney and wrap up the service project for Family Health La Clínica. We will miss his experience, wisdom, and friendship and wish him well as he focuses on his health.  A BIG thank you to LeRoy Kemnitz for assuming  the treasurer duties after serving as president. We are looking for someone to be our next treasurer.  Valerie Wachuta has been leading us as president and also keeping us informed by serving as secretary and webmaster; truly a feat of multitasking.  Peter Groth has shown great skill in moderating our meetings,  keeping the Facebook account current, and doing the member spotlights as Public Relations/Social Media Chair. Thank you to Petra Roter for serving as Membership Chair and to Petra and  Karen Hebert for leading our Happy Hours.  We also recognize the contributions of Lisa McGrath.  We greatly miss Lisa and Cheryl and I would urge you to make a donation to our club in honor of their efforts.  

I would have preferred to wait a year before becoming president-elect and to learn more about Rotary and what it does. I hope that with your help and understanding I can make a difference and be a good leader.  I am looking forward to the Midwest President-Elect training in March.  6250 Changemakers, let’s make it a goal to invite new members.  Recruiting members to a virtual club has its unique challenges.  After all, we do not have a geographical identity, nor a legacy to maintain as we are a very new club. I have been looking at the webpages of other clubs in our district and see that they do projects where they physically come together to benefit their communities.  Is there something similar that a virtual club could do?  On the other hand, being virtual has its advantages.  We don’t have to find a meeting place or be concerned about what food we will eat.  We do have to challenge ourselves to get to know each other and to commit to attending meetings and social hours.  

Let’s make Changemakers 6250 a vibrant and relevant club and to continue our commitment to service.


Changemakers Social! December 21, 5:30 p.m.
At our December social we'll dive into a conversation about healthy giving. What are it's hallmarks? How do we correct errors of "too much" or "too little"? What roles do boundaries play?
(Also, bring a holiday decoration that reminds you of a story and tell us about it!)
The holiday season, this year's Rotary focus on mental health, a fresh year ahead, and our motto of Service Above Self inspire us to live fully and take action wisely. Join the conversation, grow, and help your fellow Rotarians grow along with you. There are even happier holidays ahead!
If you'd like to get your mind engaged before we gather, please read and consider these two articles.
See you December 21!
Yours in Fellowship and Service,

Karen Hebert
PDG "Serve to Change Lives"
District 6250
Empowered • Collaborative • Innovative
(715) 456-2900

December Meeting Recap
For those of you on vacation or otherwise unable to attend, here is a recap of our December club meeting.
We recited the four way test to remind us of our Rotary ethics of truth, fairness, goodwill, friendships and beneficial to all.
Anyone wishing to donate in Lisa McGrath's name, or Cheryl Mader's, can by going to the district foundation webpage


Changemakers was awarded for being the #2 per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation.



We are looking for members of Service committee, if you are interested, let anyone on the board know, or just show up.  Meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month at 5:00, and can be accessed from our website.

Sharon Bradish was elected our next club president.  Yay!!!  Thank you Sharon!!!  The president-elect training,  PETS, will be in Itaska Illinois on March 1 - 3.  

Tri-Con (our Multi-District Conference) - will be April 19-20, 2024 in Green Bay.

Karen will lead our next social, to be held the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m.  Look for another article explaining the December social and suggested advance reading/listening.  


Our 50/50 raffle winner was Peter.  Way to go Peter!


Next month's speaker will be our District President - Michelle McGrath.


We are looking at a new Service Project - Contributing to a Budapest School for Ukrainian Students.  They need to build a bigger school, and a club from Hungary is writing a global grant.  They are looking for money for supplies - smart boards etc. They have held a couple presentations regarding the project. We are discussing working with two other clubs in our district, and applying for a district grant.

The rest of the time was our holiday party.  We played Trivia, and Karen won, with nine out of ten correct.



Volunteer Opportunity LCEC Food Pantry
Title:  LCEC Food Pantry
When: Recurring - Second Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:30 
Where: 55 N. Gammon, Madison
Contact: Brad Matthiesen    608-469-9555
Description:  We should be there by 10:30 a.m., and our shift ends at 12:30 pm.  The food pantry is now providing in-person shopping.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you can make it, and I’ll confirm with you.  
Changemakers Rotary Club
Jan 05, 2024 8:00 AM
District 6250 Governor
Feb 02, 2024
How to break down political polarization
Mar 01, 2024
Ukrainian School Global Grant Iniative
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Upcoming Events
Happy Hour Social Time
Dec 21, 2023
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Service Project Committee
Dec 26, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Club Meeting
Jan 05, 2024
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Board Meeting
Jan 09, 2024
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour Social Time
Jan 18, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Service Project Committee
Jan 30, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Public Relations/Social Media
Club Service Chair
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