Greenfield

 

Hales Corners

 

 

Muskego

WHITNALL PARK ROTARY CLUB 
Serving Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, & Muskego
(greater Milwaukee)
since 1975

 Home of District 6270 Governor 2013-2014

 
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Welcome to our Club!

Whitnall Park

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Klemmer's Banquet Center
10401 West Oklahoma
Greenfield, WI  53227
United States
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On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the weekly meeting of Whitnall Park Rotary was held at the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee. Club members in attendance were treated to a tour of the 70-room facility in addition to receiving a briefing on the facility. WPRC provided a donation of $250 to the charity.
 
                  
 
Since they opened its doors in 1984, the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee has been keeping families close by providing more than 40,000 family stays. These families come from 569 Wisconsin communities, all 50 states, and many countries around the world whose children are receiving medical care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin or other area hospitals. In 2016 the charity provided nearly 2,000 family stays. It offers a place to call home at little or no cost so that families can stay together. Many families try to contribute what they can—even if it’s the suggested $20 a night donation. In reality, the cost is almost $90 per night. No one is ever turned away for their inability to pay.
Whitnall Park Rotary Club has donated $250 to assist Colin Bennett in funding his project in partial fulfillment of BSA Eagle Scout requirements. Pictured to the left of Colin is Roger Clark, WPRC President, and to his right is Scott Schenke, also a WPRC member and long-time BSA supporter. Colin's project is the building of  sturdy cedar picnic tables for Schoetz Park in Hales Corners.
 
 
 
On October 7 members of Whitnall Park Rotary Club, family members, and friends built 480 stock boxes at the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force for use by senior citizens and others. WPRC participants included:  (l. to r.) Jerry & Lisa Johnson, Scott & Kathleen Weyda, Dan & Ruth Christianson, Jack Bennett, Rob Petri, and the Petri daughters with family friends.
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
           
   
 
Jeff Reed, the District 6270 District Governor for 2017-2018, visited Whitnall Park Rotary on Tuesday, August 22. He provided an excellent briefing of the theme and goals of Rotary International for this Rotary Year and activities in District 6270. He also met with the WPRC Board of Directors prior to the regular luncheon meeting. Thanks, DG Reed, for visiting us, informing us, and encouraging us!
 
 
DG Jeff Reed (r) is pictured next to WPRC President Roger Clark.
 
On Tuesday, August 15, Life Scout Julian Destin-Cagle provided a briefing to Whitnall Park Rotary concerning his Eagle Scout Project. Entitled "Buddy Benches for Whitnall Elementary Schools," the project intends to provide a safe place for students to gather and support one another. Constructed by Belson Outdoors, the "Buddy Bench" is a simple way to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Julian hopes to place at least one bench on the playground of each elementary school in the Whitnall School District. The project has a price tag of $3,000. Whitnall Park Rotary contributed $250 toward the efforts of this aspiring Eagle Scout.
2016-2017 Global Grant Scholar Jason Gehrke and his family returned from Strasbourg, France, in early July. He completed his research at the University of Strasbourg for his dissertation at Marquette University and will soon submit it in anticipation of his Ph.D. During 2017-18 he has a one-year teaching contract in theology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. You can read about their adventures via the family blog:  http://nostravitademens.blogspot.fr. Nostra vita demens is Latin for "Our Crazy (Mad) Life." You can also read about his year in France in his professional blog, which has a distinctively "Rotary feel" to it:  https://rotaryscholar6270.wordpress.com
 
 
 
Jason Gehrke in front of the University of Strasbourg
 
2016 WPRC Scholarship winner Logan Hansen joined the club for lunch on Tuesday, July 18. He provided an update on his first year in college at George Mason in Fairfax, VA, where he earned a 4.00 in his first two semesters.
 
 
Logan is a graduate of Martin Luther H.S. in Greendale and plans to major in Economics at George Mason. The club presented him with a $500 check, the follow-up award in addition to his $2,000 scholarship last year. Way to go, Logan, and best of luck!
On the evening of June 6, the recipients of the 2017 Whitnall Park Rotary Club scholarship program were recognized in a dinner at Klemmer's Banquet Center. Parents of the winners and representatives from the respective schools were also in attendance. View the embedded slide show to learn about these outstanding high school graduates and their future plans.
 
Sarah Fierek, a member of the station management of 88Nine Radio in Milwaukee, briefed Whitnall Park Rotary Club on May 30 about the mission and community activities of 88Nine.
 
88Nine describes itself in this way:  "We love Milwaukee. Our city isn’t perfect. What city is? But we believe in Milwaukee – as it is today, and in its potential to become even better. And that’s why Radio Milwaukee exists. To be a catalyst for creating a better, more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee. We champion Milwaukee – our music, arts and culture, neighborhoods and community organizations. We celebrate diversity and encourage community engagement. We aspire to be a force that breaks down barriers and brings people together. We pursue our mission on the air, online and in the community."
 
The following YouTube videos provide a glimpse of the variety of community services that are provided by 88Nine, which is definitely more than just a radio station.
Members of Whitnall Park Rotary worked the concessions stand at a Wheelchair Basketball event on February 10-12 at Whitnall High School. The WPRC efforts and $500 contribution produced a matching $500 grant from the Modern Woodmen of America organization. The charities went to the Wheelchair Bucks Basketball team. Gil Frenn, WPRC Community Services Director, and Roger Clark, WPRC President-Elect, presented the check to the Wheelchair Bucks. The three-day event featured some of the premier wheelchair basketball teams and players in the U.S.A.
 
 
 
Whitnall Park Rotary Club experienced another successful craft fair on Saturday, April 1.  Some 977 attendees enjoyed the items of nearly 125 crafters.
 
Thanks to retired Hales Corners Police Chief Kent Bieganski for his many photos of the event.
 
Click on the image below to enjoy a slide show of the nearly 100 images captured by Chief Bieganski.
 
Rotarians and family members gathered on a sunny April 21st afternoon to prepare food boxes for senior citizens and others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WPRC participants included:  Rob Petri (+ daughters and friends), Julie Petri, Dan & Ruth Christianson, Bob & Kay Nolan, Jack Bennett, Scott Schenke, Roger Clark, Tom Weiss, Scott Weyda, Erica Weiss, Paul Sackmann, and Judy Weiss.
 
Rotarian Larry Myers, together with his son Christoph, were in Odessa, Ukraine, for three weeks in January-February 2017. On the evening of January 26 they visited the Rotary Club of Odessa. The Odessa Rotarians provided gracious hospitality, a warm welcome, and their club flag to Rotarian Myers. The visit again demonstrates the worldwide membership of Rotary and the friendships that are possible when we make the effort.
Whitnall Park Rotary's Global Grant #1528826 is nearing completion. The water purification plant was successfully installed in June 2016. The Vocational Training Team visited Wisconsin in October 2016 and was trained by Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin. Back in India, the VTT provided a one-day seminar for parents of developmentally disabled children in November 2016. And, finally, the solar-powered electricity project was begun in early March 2017, with an anticipated completion date by the end of the month.
 
 
 
On Saturday, September 10, seven members of Whitnall Park Rotary Club assisted Habitat for Humanity at a home project in the 3200 block of Milwaukee. Renovation of the home is being sponsored by Thrivent Financial. Rob Petri, WPRC member and Thrivent Financial Advisor, organized and coordinated the day of work, which consisted of cleaning, taping, and priming. Way to go, WPRC, in demonstrating "service before self"!
 
 
 
Front Row:  Rob Petri & Roger Clark
Back Row:  Dan Weber, Scott Schenke,
Jack Bennett, Scott Weyda, & Larry Myers
The WPRC 2016-2017 Officers and Board of Directors were inducted and introduced at the June 28th Changing of the Guard dinner.
 
L. to R.:  Roger Clark, President Elect; Luke Baryenbruch, International Service;
Gilbert Frenn, Community Service; Dan Christianson, Club Service;
Bob Nolan, Treasurer; Terri Delke, Secretary; and Scott Weyda, President.
[Paul Sackmann, Vocational Service, was unable to attend.]
 
Incoming President Weyda  announced the following goals for the coming year:
  • Engage members in a wider variety and more numerous service opportunities.
  • Continue efforts to grow membership.
  • Begin anew the club visioning process.
  • Examine the club's By-laws.
  • Continue to have fun meetings and activities.
  • Practice "servant leadership."
Whitnall Park Rotary Club looks forward to the leadership of these individuals!
Shirley Walczak
 
Debra Movroydis
 
Dan Christianson
Larry Myers
 
 
Four individuals were honored with Paul Harris Fellow awards by Whitnall Park Rotary Club on Tuesday evening, June 28, 2016.
 
The Whitnall Park Rotary Club awards a Paul Harris Fellow award to 
  • club members to recognize work and service done for the club and/ or service to the community; and 
  • community members for the volume of service to the community.
The 2016 awardees are:
  • Shirley Walczak, Director of Boerner Botanical Gardens, for her assistance in enabling the Rotary Circle project.
  • Debra Movroydis, for her leadership in enabling social media for the club.
  • Dan Christianson, his third Paul Harris Fellow award, for leadership in guiding the club toward greater Rotary education & involvement; and
  • Larry Myers, also his third Paul Harris Fellow award, for leadership in enabling two TRF Global Grants ("Project Happy Home" in India and a GG Scholarship for Jason Gehrke).
Bob Nolan, Treasurer of WPRC and Chair of the Paul Harris Award Committee, presented the recognition to each recipient. Congratulations, and thanks, to all!
The Whitnall Park Rotary Club's dream of an ADA-accessible pathway in Boerner Botanical Gardens became a reality on Tuesday, July 28, when the project was dedicated. Milwaukee County dignitaries, Boerrne administrative leaders, and WPRC project coordinators assisted in the ribbon cutting on this joyful occasion. View the photos of the event here.
 
 
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Speakers
Club Assembly
Nov 21, 2017
Audra Brenner
Nov 28, 2017
Northwestern Mutual
Kathleen O'Laughlin
Dec 05, 2017
Green Goat Products
Kathleen O'Laughlin
Dec 05, 2017
Green Goat Products
Christmas party
Dec 12, 2017
Schenke & Clark
Dec 19, 2017
Classification talk
NO MEETING
Dec 26, 2017
Jerry Johnson Presents
Jan 02, 2018
Drury presents
Jan 09, 2018
 
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