Greenfield

 

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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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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.

 
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.
 
WPRC 2018-2019 President Larry Myers was honored by the Sae HanYang Rotary Club of Seoul, Korea, at their 32nd Anniversary Dinner & Charity Auction on Monday evening, December 10. He was presented with a photo volume entitled Hanok ("The Korean House"), co-authored by Nani Park, the spouse of the club's President Elect, Thomas Park. She also autographed the volume for Rotarian Myers. Included in the volume are photos of the home of Bo-Seon Yun, 2nd President of the Republic of Korea. The home is currently occupied by Mr. Sang-Koo Yun, his son who is a charter member of the club and currently serving as a Trustee (2018-2022) for The Rotary Foundation. The gift was purchased by Sae-Jin Lee, 2018-2019 President of the Sae HanYang Rotary, as a part of the charity auction at the anniversary dinner. He presented the special gift to Rotarian Myers to take back to the USA with him.
 

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!

Laura Bray, Vice President of College Advancement and External Communications for Milwaukee Area Technical College, addressed the Whitnall Park Rotary Club on December 11 to share the transformative work that MATC is doing in the community. She directs the MATC Foundation and leads the college’s Communications and Events Department. She also oversees MATC’s Office of Workforce Solutions, which provides customized training for area businesses, and the Office of Grants Development. Laura shared the college priorities, programs, and opportunities.
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.
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!
 
"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!
 
Members of the newly formed WPRC Satellite Club of Muskego participated in the first annual "Jingle on Janesville" on Saturday, November 24. Purpose of the event was to highlight the businesses and service organizations of the city. 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. Contact the club president, Dr. Kelly Thompson (kelly.thompson@muskegonorway.org), to express your interest in this new satellite and to receive information on dates, times, & locations of all activities.
 
 
Vincent Rocco "mans" the display table for the
WPRC Satellite Club of Muskego After Hours
at Jingle on Janesvile
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.

WPRC President Larry Myers continues to engage Rotary in the Republic of Korea. He and his son Christoph, who is visiting him for three weeks, assisted in two service projects during the week of the U.S. National Day of Thanksgiving. On Monday, November 19, they assisted the Rotary Club of Seoul in feeding 400+ homeless in downtown Seoul. On Tuesday, November 20, they assisted the Sae HanYang Rotary Club, Seoul, in unloading 500+ Chinese cabbages and 200+ Korean radishes (in preparation for making kimchi) at the Ganghwado Urimaul in Incheon, a residential training and employment program for the developmentally disabled. On the evening of that same day they participated in the gala 91st Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Seoul. The Rotary Club of Seoul is an English-speaking club founded in 1927 that is the oldest Rotary club in Korea.
2018-2019 WPRC President Larry Myers, who is deployed to South Korea for three months, continues to make connections with Rotary in the Republic of Korea. On November 12 he attended the luncheon and program of the Rotary Club of Sae HanYang, Seoul. Club President Lee Sei-Jin and President Myers effected the traditional flag exchange on behalf of their respective clubs. Rotary is an international fellowship in which ready-made friends are available wherever one travels or works.
 
 
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!"
 
 
 
 
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 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."
 
 
 
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
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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