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

1st & 2nd Tue Whitnall @ 7am; 3rd Tue Bosch Tavern @ 5:30pm
Whitnall School District Community Room
5000 S. 116th Street
Greenfield, WI  53227
United States of America
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On Tuesday, June 4, the Whitnall Park Rotary Club will recognize and celebrate students at its annual Student Scholarship Banquet.  The club is providing 7 scholarships this year to high school students at Greendale, Greenfield, Martin Luther, Muskego (2), and Whitnall (2).  It is a two-year scholarship with $2,000 being award to each recipient in the first year.  Congratulations!
In response to the WPRC Board of Directors' recommended changes to the weekly meeting time and venue, the entire WPRC membership approved the proposed changes by a vote of 24-2. Currently, the membership of WPRC stands at 27. Thus, 96% of the WPRC membership participated in the decision.
 

Starting in January 2019, our weekly meeting format will move to the following approach:

  • Breakfast meeting to be held on the first Tuesday and second Tuesday of the month with a start time of 7:00 a.m. and end time of 8:00 a.m.  

  • After Hours social to be held the third Tuesday of the month with a start time of 5:30 p.m.

  • Board of Directors will meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month with a start time of 7:00 a.m.

  • If there is a fifth Tuesday of the month, some sort of hands-on project will occur .

Final details on meeting location(s), any changes in costs, etc., will be released in the next few weeks.

 
 
The Rotary Satellite Club of WPRC Muskego After Hours met on Thursday, December 13, and continues to plan its future and eventual chartering as a full Rotary club. Following are their plans for the early months of 2019.
  • We committed to partnering with the New Berlin Rotary Club for their Murder Mystery dinner on Saturday, Feb 23, 2019. If you are interested in playing a role, please contact Dr. Kelly Thompson (kelly.thompson@muskegonorway.org), President of the WPRC satellite club, or contact the New Berlin club representative directly (dianne@SendusAway.com).
  • We will further explore a partnership with Muskego Parks and Recreatopm department to support building a walking bridge near Lake Denoon. Connections are being made with the department to provide us with more details. If this is manageable for our club, we will look to raise funds (potentially through a Frisbee golf competition or run/walk event).
  • We will not be meeting in person on December 27. Rather, each member is asked to provide input and feedback on new or already discussed service projects via the Google Docs link provided to satellite club members.
The new satellite club is an after-hours club that meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month at the Muskego Circle, a community center hosted by Lakepoint Church. Location is S63W13694 W. Janesville Road.
Whitnall Park Rotary Club hosted its annual Christmas Art & Crafts Fair on December 1, 2018, at Whitnall High School. The event was a huge success with 1,958 guests offering a $3 entrance donation at the doors. More than 160 crafters displayed and sold their items to this huge crowd. WPRC members, their family members, and other recruits did an awesome job of team work and expended great effort to ensure success. Thanks to all, and congratulations, on a job excellently done! WPRC member Kent Bieganski (retired Chief of Police, Hales Corners) has provided some 60 photos from this great event. See the slide show by clicking here.
 

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!

 

Students and staff of the Happy Home, Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka, India, gather for a photo op to display gifts received in this Advent-Christmas season from sponsors in the Compassion International program. Happy Home was the recipient of a TRF Global Grant in the 2015-2017 time frame. Written by Whitnall Park Rotary Club, the international partner, the Global Grant included a water purification system, a solar panel electric power system, and Vocational Training Team staff development by Easter Seals of Southeastern Wisconsin.
 
On Friday, December 7, WPRC 2018-2019 President Larry Myers had the opportunity to attend the District Conference of District 3650 in Seoul, Korea. District 3650 follows the newer model of a one-day conference, and the gathering was attended by more than 500 Rotarians.
 
 
Members of the Sae HanYang Rotary Club of Seoul, together with their Rotaract Club members, gathered for a photo with District 3650 Conference dignitaries. Pictured next to WPRC President Larry Myers (to his right) are Yun Sang-Koo and his wife. Mr. Yun is a past Director of Rotary International (RI) and is currently a Trustee (2018-2022) of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). He also chaired the 2016 RI Convention in Seoul, Korea. To his right is Tom Thorfinnson, the RI President's representative at the District Conference. And, to Mr. Thorfinnson's right is Chang Sae-Ho (David), the current 2018-2019 District Governor.
 
Mr. Thorfinnson is a past Vice-President and Director of RI and is currently the RI Chief Strategy Officer. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Eden Prairie Noon (District 5950) in Minnesota. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and he has a law degree from the Marquette University Law School. As the RI Chief Strategy Officer, he shared critical information regarding the new vision and strategic plan for both RI and TRF. Click on "Read more" to read his prepared written remarks at the District 3650 Conference.
"Students of the Month" for November 2018 were Mary Jensik and Charley Riegg, both seniors at Whitnall High School. The Student of the Month program offers area high school seniors the opportunity to learn about Rotary and to share their own aspirations and pursuits. Congratulations, Mary & Charley, for being selected as Student of the Month!
 
Larry Myers, WPRC President for 2018-2019, continues his involvement in the clubs of District 3650 during his deployment to the Republic of Korea. On Monday, November 26, they visited the Sae HanYang Rotary Club of Seoul at an art gallery, which is managed by a club member, and enjoyed a Korean feast with club members at a nearby restaurant. They also enjoyed sitting across the dinner table from, and chatting with, a charter member of the club, Mr. Yun Sang-Koo, who is currently serving as a Trustee (2018-2022) for The Rotary Foundation. His father, Yun Bo-Seon, was the President (1960-62) of the Second Republic of Korea, between Rhee Syng-Man and Park Chung-Hee.
Visit with Sae HanYang Rotary Club of Seoul
 
WPRC President Larry Myers &
Son Christoph in front of private residence
of Yun Sang-Koo, TRF Trustee (2018-2022)

On Tuesday, November 27, representatives of SKYGEN International Foundation, presented a program to WPRC entitled, “Providing Vision to Change Futures” (Tanzania, Africa). Reps included Lisa Sweeney, Executive Director; Emanuel Kitoi, Project Coordinator; & Brett Bennett, Director of Vision.

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.

 
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!"
 
 
 
 
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
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.
 
 
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Speakers
Mike Pradel
Jul 16, 2019
morning meeting
Aug 06, 2019
meeting at WSD
Aug 13, 2019
meeting at Bosch
Aug 20, 2019
TBD at Bosch
Sep 17, 2019
Board meting
Sep 25, 2019
Thompson presents
Oct 01, 2019
J Weiss presents
Oct 08, 2019
Board meeting
Oct 23, 2019
Nolan presents
Nov 05, 2019
Sackmann presents
Nov 12, 2019
Bieganski presents
Nov 19, 2019
 
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