Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Did you know that November is Rotary Foundation Month? Our Rotary Foundation, which funds Polio Plus, Global Grants, District Grants, and Rotary Peace Centers, is at the heart of what we do. In honor of this being Rotary Foundation Month, the After Hours Club will be doing an extra special points and dollar matching through the end of the year. I hope you can made it to the meeting this Sunday to hear the details in person, but I will also be sending out the information on Monday. In the meantime, please take a minute to check out this compilation of figure from the past five years that illustrates the generosity of Rotarians around the world and the good work that we do together:  Rotary: A Foundation to Build On.
 
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I want to tell you how thankful I am to be part of such a great Rotary Club. The dedication that our members show through sharing their time, talents, and experience inspires me in the rest of my life. I'm especially thankful for the tremendous amount of support from the board - thank you Chelsea, Connor, Lori, Casey, and Travis for all that you do!
 
Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving!
See you on Sunday!
 
Erin Luken
2019-2020 President
  
Upcoming Events
 
Sunday, November 17th  – Club Meeting: Emily Tucker
The Post at Park Hotel, 22 S Carroll St, Madison, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Join us at the Post for a social at 6:30 pm, then stay for our meeting at 7:00 pm. Our speaker this week is Emily Tucker. Emily is the Regional Membership Officer at RI for the Central United States, part of Ontario, Canada, and Texas (Zones 29 and 25B) - and is based right here in Madison, WI! In this role, Emily works with the Rotary leaders at the zone, district, and club levels to develop and implement membership engagement and attraction strategies, inspire and foster energizing and inclusive club experiences, and promote and utilize our membership resources, reports, and tools. Prior to this role, Emily was an Officer on the Club and District Support team at the World Headquarters in Evanston for Zones 25-33 for three years. Emily is grateful for the opportunity to introduce herself to Madison-After Hours members, share the latest and greatest in larger membership development initiatives at RI, and answer any questions the club or visitors and guests may have. 
 
Friday, November 22nd - Service Event: The River Food Pantry
The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Rd, Madison, 3:45 - 7:45 pm
Help the food pantry at their Thanksgiving shopping session. A hot meal is provided for food pantry shoppers and volunteers. We have 6 volunteer spots reserved for members who have entered their names on the sign-up sheet. Many more volunteer spots are available. Please let Brad know if you are interested (608-469-9555). 
 
Friday, December 6th - Annual Holiday Party
1722 Monroe Street, Common Room, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
It's time for our annual holiday party! Join us as we celebrate our many achievements over the past year and toast to friends, both new and old. Let Chelsea know if you plan on bringing food or beverages to share. There is no cost to attend, but we hope you'll help us top off our donation of Happy/Sad Dollars that will be going to ImaBridge Africa. 
 
Saturday, December 7th - 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 11:45 am until 1:00 pm.  Sign up for shifts here or email us at madisonrotaryah@gmail.com. 
 
Sunday, December 15th  – Club Meeting: Marsy's Law
The Post at Park Hotel, 22 S Carroll St, Madison, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Join us for our last meeting of 2020! Our guest speaker tonight will be Nela Kalpic, a longtime advocate and survivor of domestic violence, to talk to us about Marsy's Law. Marsy's Law for Wisconsin is seeking to amend the Wisconsin State Constitution to strengthen victim's rights. They are a non-partisan organization, and are fortunate that their proposed amendment has successfully passed the Wisconsin State Legislature twice with strong bipartisan support. The constitutional amendment will now be voted upon in a statewide ballot referendum on the April 7, 2020 election. More information can be found at http://www.equalrightsforwi.com.
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