News & Updates
News & Updates, February 27, 2019
The people have spoken – the third and fourth quarter donations that we raise through our happy & sad dollar updates at each meeting will be going to… the Kanifing, Gambia Library Project!  If you didn’t have the chance to attend our last meeting, Kaba & Jerreh, who are working on the project, shared their impactful plan to build a library in the underserved district of Kanifing. I am excited about the future partnerships that we can build with Madison’s sister city Kanifing, and I hope you consider joining us at an upcoming meeting to take part as well.
We have an abundance of exciting events coming up that I’ve outlined below.  Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the planning! If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to get involved, consider this your invitation.  We’d love to have more Rotarians and guests alike involved in our projects.
See you this weekend,
Chelsea Sheedy
2018-2019 President
Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 2nd  – Volunteer Event: Lussier Community Food Pantry
Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S Gammon Rd, Madison, 11:45 – 1:00pm
Volunteer with us at the Lussier Community Education Center food pantry! Sign up for shifts here or email us at if you would like to help out.
Sunday, March 3rd– Club Meeting:  Dane Arts Mural Arts
Brocach Irish Pub, 7 W. Main St, Madison, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) is a public art program that trains local artists to become community artists who use mural-making to beautify neighborhoods and make a difference in the lives of youth.  Join us as Emida Roller describes the work they do to empower artists and neighborhoods and the over 25 murals that they have created in our community so far!
Sunday, March 17th – Club Meeting:  Guatemala Vocational Training Program
The Rigby, 119 E Main St, Madison, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Nancy Comello will be sharing an upcoming Madison West Towne-Middleton grant project opportunity.  Their Rotary Global Grant will sponsor a Vocational Training Team of health professionals who will travel to Guatemala for one or two 2-week training trips in 2019 to train birth attendants/indigenous midwives in management of postpartum hemorrhage and newborn resuscitation in underserved areas of Guatemala! They are seeking additional partners, including any health professionals that we know or Rotarians in our club who may be interested in joining or supporting this project.
Sunday, March 31st  – 5th Sunday Club Brunch
Location TBD, Madison, 10:00am-11:00am
Join us for the second installment of our 5th Sunday club brunch series.  We are interested in hearing your ideas for which restaurants you’d like to try so bring your thoughts to our meeting on Sunday and stay tuned after that for the final pick!
Sunday, April 7th – Club Meeting:  Fair Opportunity Project
Brocach Irish Pub, 7 W. Main St, Madison, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Carole Trone will be sharing the work that The Fair Opportunity Project does to empower students with access to affordable college! Their initiatives include creating some of the highest-quality college application and financial aid guides and resource tools available, which they send to every public high school in America--for free!
Additional Events to check out below:
  • Saturday, April 20th: Sustainable Suds Brewery Circuit 3.0
  • Saturday, April 20th: YP Week Event: Madison Mixtape
  • Saturday, May 4th: Social Event: Forward Madison FC Game

You asked for it...Sustainable Suds Brewery Circuit is back for another tour!!!

This event will be the kickoff of YPWeek in Madison on April 20th at 1:00pm. It's time once again to embark on a journey full of suds and sophistication as we travel to and taste more of the multiple Madison breweries participating in sustainable practices with your hosts, Rotary Club of Madison After Hours & SWANA.

This is not your average brewery tour as you will be awe'd by the multiple facets and levels of sustainability of our Madison breweries. Learn how one brewery utilizes a composting program, and how another brewery focuses on energy reductions.

You will receive a free beer or mead at each location. Park near the Great Dane Downtown - there is a ramp connected to the Dane, or Block 89 Parking on Doty.

Please arrive at Great Dane downtown promptly at 1pm & check in with the group downstairs in the cellar. Great Dane will be providing us with beer samples and appetizers so we will have a great start before we hop on the bus!

Brewery/Distillery Line Up:

  • The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company
  • Bos Meadery
  • Giant Jones Brewery
  • Working Draft

Price for the tour is $20 before April 1st and then goes to $25. Includes 4 free drinks and loads of fun! Space is limited to 50 people and it will sell out so make sure you get your ticket!

Thank you to our major sponsor Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company!!

Sign up here:


Madison Mixtape
Save the date! #YPWeek Madison Mixtape at the Robinia Courtyard on April 26!
Hungry for some soccer? Forward Madison FC is Madison's first professional soccer team in their inaugural season in USL League One.  We'll be cheering them on in their second home match on May 4th vs. Toronto FC II at the historic Breese Stevens Field.  
Sign-up at an upcoming meeting or email us by Feb. 1 at if you'd like to RSVP. Tickets will be roughly $25.
Upcoming Events
LCEC - Food Pantry Shift
Lussier Community Education Center
Mar 02, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Meeting - Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA)
Brocach Irish Pub
Mar 03, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Meeting - Guatemala Vocational Team Training
The Rigby Pub
Mar 17, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Fifth Sunday - Club Brunch Social
Mar 31, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
LCEC - Food Pantry Shift
Lussier Community Education Center
Apr 06, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Meeting - Fair Opportunity Project
Brocach Irish Pub
Apr 07, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
YP Week Begins
Apr 19, 2019
7:00 AM – 7:30 AM
Sustainable Suds Brewery Circuit 3.0
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company
Apr 20, 2019
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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