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Dr. Mark Markel, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, UW Madison
Date & Time: May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This program will be held on Zoom and streamed to YouTube here.


Veterinary Medicine and its Impact on Animal and Human Health and An Update on COVID-19

Veterinary medicine has long been critical to advancing breakthroughs in both animal and human health.  From novel advances in cancer treatment to breakthroughs in vaccine development, the UW School of Veterinary Medicine has long been a leader in investigating therapies and disease prevention strategies that benefit both animal and human health.  This presentation will focus on many of the intersections between the diagnosis and treatment of disease conditions of both animals and humans pioneered by faculty at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine.  A particular emphasis will be the school’s international leadership in infectious disease research and the current COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

David Villa, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, SWIB
Date & Time: May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This is a joint program with the Kellogg and Harvard Business School Alumni Clubs.

David Villa is the Executive Director of The State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). SWIB, created in 1951, is responsible for managing the assets of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), the State Investment Fund (SIF), and other state trust funds. As of December 31, 2019, SWIB managed more $128 billion in assets.

Armed Services Program
Date & Time: May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Join us for our annual Armed Services Program. This year, we are pleased to welcome Captain Michael Brasseur, Director of Naval Armaments Cooperation at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and Director of NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation & Coordination Cell (MUSIC2).

Austin Ramirez: President & CEO of Husco International
Date & Time: May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Covid19:  A view from the trenches


In the fall of 2018, Austin Ramirez spoke to Rotary about tariff policy and the increasing uncertainly facing international trade markets.  Today Husco is witnessing first-hand the havoc created  by the COVID-19 pandemic on manufacturing here and abroad.   How is he managing?


Austin Ramirez is the second-generation President and CEO of Husco International, a global engineering and manufacturing company. During his tenure as CEO, the company has grown more than 300% and been recognized as Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year.  In 2016 he moved to Washington, DC to serve one year as a White House Fellow on the National Economic Council of both the Trump and Obama administrations.

Tuesday Program: A Live Program with Sir Winston Churchill
Date & Time: April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Let Us Go Forward Together: An Inspiring Message of Endurance and Perseverance from a very special guest, Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday Program: Rotarian Richie Burke’s GoGedders Podcast
Date & Time: April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This program will be held via Zoom and streamed on YouTube.


Join us for a live GoGedders Podcast with Richie Burke.


Rotarian Richie Burke will interview six fellow Rotarian business owners about how COVID-19 has affected their companies.

The Rotarians include:

  • Jim Barry, President of The Barry Company
  • Todd Bentley, President of Bentley World Packaging
  • Mark Kannenberg, President of RBP Chemicals
  • Darren Miller, President of JM Construction
  • Michael Sheppard, Managing Partner of IronwoodDrive Financial Group
  • Julie Tolan EVP & Owner of Lauber Business Partners
Tuesday Program: Bill Berrien, CEO, Pindel Global Precision
Date & Time: April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This will be streamed via Zoom and on YouTube. 

After General Motors and Ventec Life Systems sought out the capability to construct 200,000 ventilators, they switched to U.S. providers for the components, since the coronavirus pandemic threatened international supply chains and forced speed an integral driver.

Pindel Global Precision of New Berlin quickly stepped up the challenge.  Pindel CEO Bill Berriens says that he expects that the international pandemic to hasten the change which was happening away from U.S. firms sourcing parts from Asian nations.  He sees rising automation and artificial intelligence changing the price advantage right back to the U.S. ”We have a health-care crisis that is also … the mother of innovative thinking and innovation.”

Tuesday Program: Rotarian Steve Zimmerman
Date & Time: April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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From Sustainability to Survivability: Managing Uncertainty Amid Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the nonprofit sector as it has all our lives.  The organizations we depend on to serve the most vulnerable, educate our youth, enrich our lives and build stronger communities are in jeopardy.  However, there are steps leaders can take to increase the likelihood of success amid these challenging times. This session will explain these principles, balancing the sense of urgency with feelings of empowerment, leaving nonprofit employees, board members, and volunteers with action steps to share with their favorite organizations to help them survive and, ultimately, thrive.

Rotarian Steven Zimmerman, CPA, MBA is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services, a Milwaukee-based national nonprofit management consulting firm, where he provides training and consulting in the areas of finance and strategy for community-based organizations, foundations and government agencies.  Steve is a co-author of two books on nonprofit sustainability published by Jossey-Bass, The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions with Jeanne Bell of CompassPoint and the best-selling book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability with Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka of CalNonprofits.  Steve’s writing has also appeared in The Nonprofit Quarterly, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and various BoardSource publications.  Steve’s extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as a Chief Financial Officer, Development Director and Associate Director at community-based nonprofits where he performed turnarounds resulting in increased financial sustainability and programmatic reach.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a BA from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Yale University.

Tuesday Speaker: Local Filmmaker Chip Duncan, Tolkien & Lewis
Date & Time: March 31 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
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“Tolkien & Lewis”


On a dreary September evening in 1931, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their friend and fellow scholar, Hugo Dyson, met for dinner in Lewis’s Magdalen College dormitory in Oxford, England.  More than eight hours later, Lewis emerged a changed man. His transformation from atheist to theist to Christian was based on the insights of Tolkien and Dyson as they engaged in deep conversation about mythology, reality, ritual, imagination and faith. Tolkien and Lewis went on to become two of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century. The outcome of the discussion and related ideas and insights appear in their fictional work and in many of their non-fiction essays.


This one-hour public television film digs into the topics that Tolkien and Lewis may have discussed on that September evening. Because Lewis likely argued against Tolkien and Dyson for much of the evening, the film engages scholars from various spiritual and academic viewpoints while challenging viewers to draw their own conclusions about the meaning of life and the role that mythology and imagination play in determining belief.


Just how local is a local filmmaker? Milwaukee’s Chip Duncan and his colleagues at The Duncan Entertainment Group are celebrating 35 years of international production with distribution outlets that include PBS, HBO, CBS, Lifetime, and Discovery – among others. The Duncan Entertainment team is responsible for more than forty long form productions created in over forty countries around the world.  Duncan is also a noted author and still photographer with recent publications that include the short story collection HALF A REASON TO DIE (Select Books, NYC, 2017) and the coffee table photography book INSPIRING CHANGE (2019). Duncan’s photographic work has been displayed at the Council on Foreign Relations (NYC), the O Street Museum (Washington DC), the World Peace Festival (Berlin), the Kenosha Public Museum, Milwaukee’s Charles Allis Museum, and is part of numerous private collections.  For more information, please visit

Tuesday Speaker: Rotarian Dr. Bob Gleeson
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: March 24 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
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Coronavirus, What do we know, where are we now, and where might we go? 


Coronavirus is suddenly upon us.  How did we get here?  What do we know for sure?  Where might we be headed?  How will this end?  And what can I do to protect my family and business?


Dr. Bob Gleeson has studied pandemics professionally for Northwestern Mutual and personally for 25 years.  He will share his learned insights and governmental guidelines for care.


This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club.