Posted by Sarah Williams-Berg on Nov 27, 2019

Above, from left: New member Al Buscemi, Club President Kevin Pehler

Al Buscemi described his history with Rotary and his commitment to serving. The retired banker invested 45 years in the industry and was invited to Rotary by longtime friend Phil Holland. He confessed to being a Bear and Cubs fan from northern Illinois, admitting his “lifelong disease” as an ardent supporter. The Nashotah resident and wife Betsy also counsel parents who have lost children. “We are good listeners,” he noted.
Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringing shifts still available for next Wednesday, Dec. 11. Please contact Pres. Kevin or Jackie Foti to sign up for this rewarding experience at Fleet Farm’s front entrance. Children and pets invited to join you in your shift.
Rotary will be in the Kiwanis Christmas Parade Saturday with lineup at 4:30 and parade start at 5 p.m. at Fowler Park, finishing at First Bank Financial Centre lot. Matt Zach will drive his truck at the parade end as Rotarians gather food and funds for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. Wear your glowing holiday gear, bring family members and call out to hundreds of street-lined spectators.
Kate Nielsen and Jackie Foti described social networking strategies and encouraged Rotarians to complete their bios and provide head shots. If you don’t have a head shot, they will be taken at Rotary. The team is promoting Rotary through Instagram and Facebook and encouraged members to submit photos of Rotarians in action. with all your service-related pics, with short descriptions. Thank you Kate and Jackie for your dedicated promotion.
The Independence Day Parade will be on the Fourth of July this year. Stay tuned for details.
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Santas in Oconomowoc, a Christmas Celebration and Pub Crawl takes place Saturday, December 14 beginning at the Thirsty Bird Saloon, 119 S. Main St., Oconomowoc. The evening begins at 4 p.m. with registration and drinks (Come early and get warmed up for the crawl). At 6 p.m. the walk takes participants to other downtown Oconomowoc establishments. Registration is $25 (Includes T-shirt, Santa hat, Santa beard and two drink coupons).
Participating downtown establishments will be offering drink and food specials for all Santas who are registered with this event. Register in advance to guarantee getting a t-shirt, hat and beard. Same day registration will be accepted. Register at All proceeds benefit the Oconomowoc Rotary Charitable Foundation.
Rotary holiday party is Monday, Dec. 16 starting at 5 p.m. with cash bar. Location: 1380 W. Wis. Ave, Lake Terrace Clubhouse on the Shorehaven campus. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. All are invited to bring a $20 silent auction prize to auction that evening, or $40 per couple. Food is also being collected for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. All rsvp’s should already be in.