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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Whitnall Park

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Klemmer's Banquet Center
10401 West Oklahoma
Greenfield, WI  53227
United States of America
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The Greenfield Fire Department (with WPRC member & Battalion Chief Dan Weber as host) will be the site of an off-site meeting on Tuesday, November 13. Address is 4333 S. 92nd Street in Greenfield.
 
WPRC President Larry W. Myers is again deployed overseas by his church body, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He is serving a pastoral vacancy at the English-speaking International Lutheran Church in Seoul, Korea, during October-December 2018. As usual, he is connecting with Rotarians and Rotary Clubs. On Saturday afternoon, November 3, he participated in the 5th Annual Kimchi Festival in downtown Seoul. There were some 2,000 participants on this day of the three-day festival. Among the participants were 600+ members of Rotary International District 3650, including not just Rotarians but also many Rotaracters and Interacters. See WPRC's Facebook page ("Whitnall Park Rotary Club") for additional photos. President Myers began his professional vocation as a missionary (1972-77) with the Korean-speaking Lutheran Church in Korea. He says that coming back to Korea after 42 years is "somewhat like coming home."
 

The answer will be given by each individual Rotarian at the weekly luncheon. Please, no sharing of the answer with others. Our goal is to have every Rotarian answer the question correctly by reading The Rotarian. You are on your honor. Don’t let us down!

WPRC’s satellite club in Muskego is off and running. Spearheaded by Dr. Kelly Thompson, Superintendent of the Muskego Norway School District, the satellite club meets periodically at the Muskego Circle, a community center hosted by Lakepoint Church. Location is S63W13694 W. Janesville Road. The minimum number 0f members to establish a satellite club has been met with ten member applications being submitted together with the official satellite club application. Within several weeks the "Rotary Satellite Club of Whitnall Park Muskego After Hours" will be "official." Members of the new club have been invited to join the sponsor club, Whitnall Park Rotary, at the annual Holiday Party on December 4. Contact Dr. Thompson (kelly.thompson@muskegonorway.org) to express your interest and to receive information on dates, times, & locations of meetings.
 
WPRC guest speaker for November 20 will be Nimke of All Hands Boatworks. All Hands Boatworks (AHB) inspires young people, especially those challenged by socio-economic and/or educational hurdles to develop skills, determination, and confidence to discover their talents.  Youth work together to build wooden boats, gain valuable work experiences, and row their boats on our rivers for recreation and education.  At AHB, it’s about building more than a boat. AHB is a member of the Teaching with Small Boats Alliance, a professional network of more than 60 organizations and programs in the United States and Canada. AHB is a certified Building to Teach educational provider. All Hands Boatworks, Inc., was founded in 2013.  AHB is a Wisconsin 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Join us for lunch at Klemmer's, 10401 W Oklahoma Ave (just west of I-894 Bypass), at noon and hear about this interesting service organization.
 

Lisa Sweeney, Executive Director, & Brett Bennett, Director of Vision, of SKYGEN International Foundation, present a program entitled, “Providing Vision to Change Futures” (Tanzania, Africa) on Tuesday, November 27.

SKYGEN International Foundation, Inc. brings the power of SKYGEN USA’s innovations in technology and digital capabilities to bear on a global issue, which is an overall lack of access to healthcare. Their vision is to find cost effective ways to improve healthcare in underserved parts of the world by using emerging technologies. The Foundation works to deliver life-changing healthcare benefits to those without them due to cost and/or lack of access to care and technology. Their current initiative is to help provide prescription eyeglasses to the people of Tanzania. Worldwide, it’s estimated that there are approximately 2.5 billion people who need glasses, but in developing countries like Tanzania, there’s a critical shortage of eye doctors. With eyeglasses and the ability to see clearly, the lives of adults and children can be transformed.

Join Whitnall Park Rotary as our guest (meal on us) for this interesting program on Tuesday, November 27. We meet at noon at Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10402 W. Oklahoma Ave (one block west of I-894 Bypass).

 
According to the National Council for Aging Care, volunteering has many benefits which the senior population may not realize. As most are likely to be retired, elderly people simply have more time on their hands than almost every other age demographic. Despite this, they don’t have the highest percentage of the population who volunteer—that belongs to those aged 35 to 54 who are also at the height of their working days.
 
Benefits of volunteering include social engagement, giving back to the community, physical engagement, and learning something new. All of these can actually extend one's life expectancy. Learn more about the benefits of volunteerism by accessing Aging in Place's "How to Volunteer as a Senior" (click here).
 
And, while you're at it, pop in at a Whitnall Park Rotary Club luncheon some Tuesday noon at Klemmer's Banquet Center and learn about all the great things that WPRC is doing for both local communities and the world at large through Rotary projects. "Be the Inspiration!"
 
 
 
 

 

 

Whitnall Park Rotary Club partnered with Culver’s of Hales Corners (corner of Hway 100 & Forest Home Ave) on Wednesday, October 24 (World Polio Day / “End Polio Now”) to raise money for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Culver’s contributed 10% of WPRC pre-tax purchases toward the effort. The total amount raised was $176.20 and will be sent to RI District 6270, which in turn will turn over all money raised in District 6270 to The Rotary Foundation to assist in polio eradication. Way to go, WPRC members and friends!!!

 
 
Cassandra Hathaway, rep from Kathy's House, provided an overview of the mission and vision of Kathy's House on Tuesday, November 6, at the weekly luncheon of Whitnall Park Rotary Club.
 
Kathy's House is a hospital guest house committed to providing affordable lodging and caring support in a "home away from home" environment for patients and their families who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care.
 
Kathy’s House is a caring place where guests can eat, sleep, and be with others when they want – or be alone when they need time, introspection, and quiet healing. The House provides a place where mutual support thrives, one of the great strengths of Kathy’s House
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A vital resource in the Milwaukee health care community, Kathy's House is the only hospital guest house in Milwaukee that serves patients of ALL ages and their caregivers and serves ALL the hospitals in Milwaukee. Any patient receiving outpatient treatment at a Milwaukee area hospital, along with their caregiver(s), is/are eligible to become a guest at Kathy’s House. Caregivers of patients in a Milwaukee area hospital are also eligible. The application process for a prospective guest starts with a referral from a Health Care Professional.
Brad Kulinski & Jessica Rohleder are WPRC's "Students of the Month" for October 2018. Both are seniors at Martin Luther H.S. They are attending the weekly meetings, learning about Rotary, and will provide an overview of their school activities and future plans. This Martin Luther H.S.'s first participation in the popular WPRC program, "Student of the Month." Martin Luther is one of five local high schools in the geographic area covered by Whitnall Park Rotary Club. Congratulations, Brad & Jessica!
 
 
Steve Wilson is a Physical Education Teacher at Whitnall Middle School and long-time coach of the Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks. He was guest speaker at Whitnall Park Rotary Club on October 30 and, together with a player, spoke about the team and wheelchair basketball in general.
Since its creation more than 18 years ago, the Wheelchair Bucks – who feature Wisconsin residents and are sponsored by the NBA team that shares their name – have become a force to be reckoned with. In their first season in the 20-team Championship Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), the Bucks went undefeated and won the championship. They've been mostly able to maintain that quality over time as well.
The meeting was held in the Community Board Room in the Whitnall School District offices. A delicious lunch, catered and served by transition students at Whitnall H.S., was greatly enjoyed by all in attendance.
 
 
Ciara McHugh, 2018-2020 Global Grant Scholar from Rotary District 6270, has begun her PhD. program at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She describes her program in her own words:  "Over the next few years, through the support of LINCS (Leverhulme Interdisiplinary Network for Cyber Security) and the Rotary Foundation's Global Grant Scholarship, I'll be exploring how police and communities interact around the world. I'm interested in looking at tensions between minority groups and police forces, and how we might rethink relationships between the two." Follow Ciara's progress and adventures via her blog:  https://ciarajmchugh.weebly.com
Whitnall Park Rotary Club hosts its annual Christmas Art & Crafts Fair on December 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Whitnall High School. The addition of the older gym expands this annual event to include 120+ displays. Enjoy shopping, eating breakfast and/or lunch in the cafeteria, and visiting with Santa Claus at this extremely popular opportunity in order to accomplish many of your holiday purchases.
 
 
 
WPRC members Gilbert Frenn and Robert Petri will provide Classification Talks at the weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, October 23. A "Classification Talk" is unique to Rotary in that it intends to provide information about a member's particular vocation and not primarily about her/his life story. Gil Frenn is a professional photographer and current Director for Club Service. Rob Petri is a financial advisor and WPRC President-Elect. Join us for lunch as our guest on Tuesday, October 23, at Klemmer's Banquet Center and learn about the vocations of these two WPRC members.
Global and District grants for Rotary District 6270 have been very successful in the past because they have involved local Rotary Club members. Our District is embarking on some larger Global Grants for water and sanitation projects around the world. Clubs in District 6270 are joining together to leverage and maximize our efforts. Past District Governor Rick Debe brought WPRC members up to date on Tuesday, October 16, regarding current projects and present the new partnership opportunities available. 
 
Specifically, he provided information about a new $100,000 TRF Global Grant initiative, the Chupoj Water Sanitation Project of Guatemala. The Milwaukee Rotary Club is the International Partner of this largest-every Global Grant in District 6270. The Vista Hermosa Club of Guatemala is the Host Partner, and Engineers without Borders USA is the Cooperating Organization. Needed are six local Rotary clubs in District 6270 to join this Global Grant initiative in providing $4,500-$5,000 each toward the effort.
 
The Whitnall Park Rotary Club, together with the WPRC Foundation, will give serious consideration to participating in this Global Grant. Participation in a water project is part of WPRC's strategic plan.
Whitnall Park Rotary Club engaged in its quarterly "Club Assembly" on Tuesday, October 9. "What's a Club Assembly?" is a frequently asked question. A "Club Assembly" provides an update to the local Rotary general membership. WPRC Officers and Directors provided a quick overview of what has happened and is happening in their area(s) of responsibility. Of particular interest was President Elect Rob Petri's overview of the results of a recent SurveyMonkey questionnaire addressed to WPRC members. The written results are available here (accessible only via sign-in). Also present were our Students of the Month, Jessica Rohleder & Brad Kulinski, from Martin Luther H.S. This month is Martin Luther High School's first participation in WPRC's "Student of the Month" program.
WPRC enjoyed hearing "the latest" news in Greenfield from Mayor Michael Neitzke, guest speaker at Whitnall Park Rotary Club on Tuesday, October 2. Mayor Neitzke is an honorary member of WPRC and provided an update on the city in addition to addressing the topic of zip codes. The "zip codes" issue is quite interesting and historic in nature. Because the Greenfield zip codes were originally assigned to the City of Milwaukee, the City of Greenfield does not show up in many data bases, making digital searches extremely difficult. Thanks, Mayor Neitzke, for a most informative update!
 
The WPRC "Student of the Month" program has begun for academic year 2018-2019. Present in September were Whitnall H.S. seniors Abbey Kenaston and Josiah Mispion. After visiting the club for 3-4 weeks and learning about Rotary, each student is given time to explain her/his academic and extracurricular endeavors, including plans for the future.
 
      
 
Congratulations, Abbey and Josiah!
 
Guest speaker at Whitnall Park Rotary Club on September 25 was Jeff Mullins, a Roman Catholic missionary with Congo Helping Hands. Congo Helping Hands is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that works in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. It is a non-profit Christian organization that works in partnership to improve the quality of life through human development in health, education, agriculture, and microeconomics. Jeff has been working with this organization for the last 12 years. He is from West Allis and attends Mary Queen of Heaven RC parish. Jeff’s primary mission is the Mpandeli Centers in the Kasai, a group of schools for the physically and mentally handicapped. Recently they have been providing emergency food for the war-torn areas of the Kasai. Jeff just recently returned after providing food for over 5,000 people. His briefing was very informative and corrected many misperceptions about the Congo.
Kola Alayande, Rotary District Governor for 2018-2019, visited Whitnall Park Rotary on Tuesday, September 18. He met with the Board of Directors at 11:15 a.m. and provided an inspiring briefing on Rotary District 6270 following our weekly luncheon at noon. He encouraged the club to find and emphasize the value of membership in recruiting new members and not be afraid to change. Present also for his presentation were ADG Jeannette Bell and PDG Nancy Rhodes.  "Be the Inspiration!"
9/11 - 17th Anniversary: To commemorate the anniversary, Paul Johnson, Heritage Funeral Homes, was guest speaker on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, and addressed the honoring and celebrating of first responders, fallen heroes, and veterans through proper funeral and/or memorial service preparations. Don't miss this opportunity to "never forget."
 
On Tuesday evening, June 5, members of Whitnall Park Rotary Club gathered at Carl's Catering for a festive meal and to recognize the recipients of its 2018 scholarships' programs.
 
Present and receiving a $2,000 WPRC Scholarship for use in higher education studies were the following:  Kelly Hanlon, Greendale H.S.; Cole Cerny, Greenfield H.S.; Alyssa Eggert, Martin Luther H.S.; and Alexandra Bussalacchi, Muskego H.S. Parents of each recipient were also present. Not present was Leena Meyers, Whitnall H.S., who was at Carnegie Hall in New York, chosen to display some of her artwork there. Each student will also receive an additional $500 in their second year of studies if they are still pursuing a higher education degree.
 
Two George P. Kaiser Scholarships were also presented. Mr. Kaiser, a long-time Whitnall Park Rotary Club member and long-time resident of Hales Corners, died in 2017. The Kaiser family established a scholarship program in his memory, distributed through the WPRC Foundation. Receiving the one-time scholarships of $2,000 and $1,500, respectively, were Alissa Herrmann, Whitnall H.S., and Kaitlyn Plautz, Whitnall H.S.
 
Congratulations to students and parents alike!
 
 
WPRC President Roger Clark
with the 2018 WPRC scholarship winners:
Cole Cerny, Alyssa Eggert, Kelly Hanlon, & Alexandra Busalacchi
 
WPRC President Roger Clark
with the George P. Kaiser scholarship winners:
Kaitlyn Plautz (l.) & Alissa Herrmann (r.)
 
 
Kelly Hanlon, Greendale H.S., & Parents
 
 
Cole Cerny, Greenfield H.S., & Parents
 
 
Alyssa Eggert, Martin Luther H.S., & Parents
 
 
Alexandra Busalacchi, Muskego H.S., & Mother
 
 
George P. Kaiser Scholarship Winners:
Kaitlyn Plautz, Whitnall H.S., & Father
Alissa Herrmann, Whitnall H.S., & Parents
 
George P. Kaiser Scholarship Winners Plautz & Herrmann
with members of the Kaiser Family
 
 
 
On February 20 Julie Craig, Rotary District 6270 Governor during 2016-2017, presented Whitnall Park Rotary Club with three awards for Rotary Year 2016-2017. The first recognized WPRC for 100% member participation in Rotary International Fund contributions. The second and third awards recognized WPRC for exceeding its goal contributions for both the Annual Fund and Polio Plus. 2016-2017 WPRC President Scott Weyda received the awards on behalf of the club.
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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Director Club Service
Director International Service
Director Community Service
Director Vocational Service
Director Youth Service
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Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Dan Weber
Nov 13, 2018
Off-Site Visit to Greenfield Fire Department
Bill Nimke, AHB
Nov 20, 2018
TBA
Lisa Sweeney & Brett Bennett
Nov 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Providing Vision to Change Futures (Tanzania, Africa)
WPRC Christmas Party
Dec 04, 2018
Lisa Olson
Dec 11, 2018
TBA
Dan Weber
Dec 18, 2018
Classification Talk
 
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