Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
What a great start to the year!  We have two new members to welcome into the Club:  Humza Khan and Deb Herman.  Humza is new to Rotary, and Deb is a transfer from Madison South.  It's so exiting to see our club grow and thrive as we add members and the energy and ideas that they bring.  We are halfway to qualifying for the $1,000 new member grant from the district, so let's keep up the energy and get it! 
 
Our speaker this Sunday is Fibre Forward, a brand new (January 2019) Madison non-profit.  As an arts education charity, Fibre Forward's mission is to foster access to fiber arts for all.  They do this through providing fiber arts resources to the general public at no cost.  Entirely donation-driven, this fiber arts community effort inspires new fiber artists and connects member of our worldwide fiber arts community with access to free resources, instruction, supplies, and more.  I've been stitching and knitting since I was a little girl, so I'm really looking forward to hearing from these ladies about the work they are doing in our community.  
 
See you on Sunday,
 
Erin Luken
2019-2020 President
  
Upcoming Events
  
Saturday, August 3rd - Paint-a-thon with the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club
409 Rosa Rd, Madison, 8:00 am until the work is done
During the last 30 years, thousands of volunteers have worked together to paint more than 530 houses of low-to-moderate income residents in Dane County.  Paint-a-thon recipients are often area seniors, veterans, people with disabilities or health issues, and single-parent families who live in Dane County and own their homes.  Please let Brenda Weiss (bkweiss61@gmail.com) know if you are interested in joining.   https://www.projecthomewi.org/volunteerevents/paintathon.html
 
Saturday, August 3rd - Volunteer Event: Lussier Food Pantry
Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Rd, Madison, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Volunteer with us at the Lussier Community Education Center food pantry!  Four volunteers are needed to work from 11:45am until 1:00pm.  Sign up for shifts here or email us at madisonrotaryah@gmail.com. 
 
Sunday, August 4th  – Club Meeting: Fibre Forward
The Post at Park Hotel, 22 S Carroll St, Madison, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Join us this Sunday as Allison Markoski discusses the work that Fibre Forward does to make the fiber arts accessible to all!  As an arts education charity, Fibre Forward provides fiber arts resources to the general public at no cost.  Entirely donation-driven, this fiber arts community effort inspires new fiber artists and connects members of our worldwide fiber arts community with access to free resources, instruction, supplies, and more. 
 
Sunday, September 1st  – President's Social
1826 Chadbourne Ave, Madison, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a low-key mix and mingle social (in lieu of our usual meeting) tonight.  Keep an eye on your inbox for a link to fill out your Rotary Bingo sheet!
 
Sunday, September 8th  – Ironman Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin, all day
Sign up for a volunteer shift to help us earn a $500 grant.  There are many roles to fill, especially on the bike and run course.  For example, hang out in the shade on the run course on the Lakeshore Path, get rare on-field access in Camp Randall Stadium directing runners, or help apply fresh sunscreen on the athletes.  Plus, beer and raffle prizes at the volunteer dinner on September 9th.  Sign up here http://www.ironman.com/hr-hr/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/wisconsin/volunteer.aspx#axzz5u3na0JkT and be sure to write in "Rotary" when asked what group you are with.  
 
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