January 17, 2023 Meeting Report

Karl Kuhn of Lakeland University gave an update on various programs there.

Welcome (Guests and Junior Rotarians)

Our Junior Rotarian this week was Cameron Sayeski.

Today's Program: Lakeland University

Karl Kuhn from Lakeland University provided an informative presentation that included information on dual enrollment for high school and college, the importance of a college degree in any subject to future employers, the value of year round enrollment, and their satellite campus in Japan.
Kuhn explained that completing college-level coursework in high school can improve a student's college prospects and save money. Dual Enrollment courses, which are taught by a combination of high school and university faculty, allow students to take college-level courses while still in high school and are accepted by most universities in the U.S.
Lakeland University Japan, or LUJ, was established as a branch campus of Lakeland University in Sheboygan, with the goal of attracting international students. In 1991, the Board of Trustees of Lakeland University approved the plan to open a two-year program in Tokyo, and by 1993, LUJ received accreditation to offer an Associate of Arts degree. Over the past 25 years, LUJ has grown and developed, with its "2 + 2" program allowing students to continue their education at the home campus in Wisconsin or other institutions worldwide. In 2021, LUJ became a four-year campus.
"Lakeland University" by Asher Heimermann is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Club Events and Service Opportunities

Some updates from this week's meeting:
  • Members were encouraged to meet Thursday Jan. 19 if interested in serving on the Annual Dinner Committee at 9:30 at Bank First.
  • Members unanimously elected Wendy Brandt to serve on the Board, filling Steve's vacancy.
  • Betty and Deborah are chairing the district grant committee for 2023.  Application due in May.  Please share any ideas for projects with them.
  • Colleen is sending around a list of businesses to contact for donations to the Annual Dinner.  She cautioned members to let her know who you are contacting to avoid these establishments receiving multiple requests.
  • Continue to share names of individuals who might want to attend the Annual Dinner.
  • Jeff provided a brief financial overview.

District Activities

Tricon is scheduled for April 28 & 29 in LaCrosse.  Rotarians are encouraged to attend.

Looking Ahead

  • Betty reminded volunteers that Sunday Supper is Feb 5.  Plan to work from 2-6pm.
  • Wendy is planning the 5th Tuesday event (January 31).  Stay tuned!
  • Easter Bags Apr 9. Get list of students from TREP about 2 months in advance. Lori is chairing this year.
  • Wendy and Michael are chairing the 100-year Celebration committee.  Ideas include contacting the historical society, exploring others in our district that have celebrated this event, hosting a picnic for the community, banners, and of course press releases.  
Next week's program chair is Colleen.