News & Updates
News & Updates, March 13, 2019
Hi all,
We have a great meeting planned for Sunday as a fellow Madison Rotarian will be joining us to share an opportunity to get involved in a project in Guatemala– check out the details below and don’t forget that we will be meeting at The Rigby, 119 E Main St, rather than our typical space at Brocach.  In honor of St. Patty’s Day, come sporting your favorite green attire
YP Week is quickly approaching and will run from April 19 – April 27. This is a week-longplatform for individuals to engage in our community through discovery, adventure, and meaningful conversations.  Check out the entire YP Week schedule here.
In addition to the many events our club is hosting in the coming months, some of our neighboring Rotary clubs also have exciting events planned that I wanted to pass along.  At the bottom of this newsletter I’ve included the flyers for the St. Patrick’s Day Cash Raffle, Bowling Against Hunger Tournament, and Food and Beer Pairing. All are sure to be great events that I’d encourage you to check out and support our fellow Rotarians!
See you this weekend,
Chelsea Sheedy
2018-2019 President
Upcoming Events
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.
Tuesday, March 19th– Service Event: The River Food Pantry
The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Rd, Madison, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Join us at the pantry to help shoppers pick up their groceries.  Food will be provided for volunteers. Email us at or sign up at our meeting if you would like to come (guests welcome!).
Sunday, March 31st – 5th Sunday Club Brunch at Great Dane
Great Dane Downtown, 123 E Doty St, Madison, 11:00am-12:00pm
Join us for the second installment of our 5th Sunday club brunch series!
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!

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
Come out and celebrate Madison's local Hip Hop culture at the Robinia Courtyard on April 26. We will have an evening of hip hop artists, spoken word, hip hop dance, poetry slam, and more!

Music Line Up:
eur band
A.N.T Da Hope Boy
More to come!

What’s really cool is you can submit your poetry to eur band in advance of the show and they will turn your poetry into a song! Go to and click on become a poet to submit your poem.

Sponsored by Compass Properties
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 at if you'd like to RSVP. Tickets will be roughly $25.
Cash Raffle - Rotary Club of Sun Prairie
Got Plans for St. Patrick’s Day?  Visit the Rotary Club of Sun Prairie at The Nitty Gritty – Sun Prairie in the bar area between 11 am – 7:00 pm on Sunday!  They are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $2,000! All funds raised will go to The Sun Prairie Rotary Foundation to support local projects.
Tickets will be available for sale on-site OR you can buy tickets online:  
Buy Tickets Online: CLICK HERE
They will send you a copy of your ticket(s) via email.  No Need to be Present to WIN!
Bowling Against Hunger
Get a team together to bowl against hunger on Saturday, March 23 at Ten Pin Alley!
Proceeds from this event will benefit Badger Prairie Needs Network and their efforts to fight poverty and end hunger locally.
Individuals can register for $30 and teams of four can register for $120. Payment can be made prior to the event online though Eventbrite or with cash/check at the event. Registration fee includes your bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and soft drinks. There will also be an assortment of raffle prizes.
Food & Beer Pairing Event with Madison Breakfast Rotary Club
Join the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club for their 9th Annual Food and Beer Pairing event to benefit Youth and Literacy projects.  The event will be at the popular Craftsman Table & Top in Middleton!  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event and they can be purchased at
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting - Guatemala Vocational Team Training
The Rigby Pub
Mar 17, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Service Event - The River Food Pantry
The River Food Pantry
Mar 19, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Fifth Sunday - Club Brunch Social at Great Dane
Great Dane Downtown
Mar 31, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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
Madison Breakfast Rotary - Food & Beer Pairing
craftsman table & top
Apr 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:30 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
Service Event - Second Harvest Foodbank
Apr 23, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Madison Mixtape
Robinia Courtyard
Apr 26, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Russell Hampton
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