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 of America
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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!

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 wants to bring members up to date on current projects and present the new partnership opportunities available. He will be guest speaker at Whitnall Park Rotary Club on Tuesday, October 16.
 
Our goal in Rotary is to be “People of Action.”  His presentation will help you find your part in this future initiative. Join us for lunch and the program!
 
 
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.
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.
 
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."
 
Hunger Task Force Stockbox Build: On Saturday morning, August 11, members and family guests of Whitnall Park Rotary Club again assisted Hunger Task Force. Hunger Task Force builds Stockboxes for local seniors in need. A Stockbox is a box of healthy foods that Hunger Task Force delivers to low-income seniors free of charge. Each box contains 16 nutritious items including milk, cereal, juice, beef stew, pasta, and vegetables. Each month nearly 9,000 boxes are delivered to seniors in Southeastern Wisconsin. On this particular Saturday morning the 25-person crew built 600 Stockboxes (15 pallets) in a period of three hours. WPRC participants were: Jack Bennett, Roger Clark, Larry Feinstein, Larry Myers (and son Christoph), Rob Petri (and daughters Ayla & Miya), Scott Schenke, Michelle Tate, Jim Thorsen (and spouse Sue), and Judy & Tom Weiss (and daughter Ellen). These individuals provided a total of 45 service hours. Stockbox building takes place at Hunger Task Force’s south warehouse at the former 440th Air Reserve Base.
 
 
   
 
       
 
On Thursday evening, August 9, WPRC members Roger Clark (Past President) and Gil Frenn (Director for Club Service) participated in a One Rotary Summit event. This event, the first of four scheduled for Rotary Year 2018-2019 in District 6270, occurred at MATC in Oak Creek. Among the purposes of One Rotary Summit are the exchange of ideas among local Rotary clubs and getting to know other club members and their clubs. Gil Frenn is pictured on the far left in the back row; Roger Clark is third from the left in the back row.
On Saturday, July 14, five members of Whitnall Park Rotary Club and four additional family member/guests, participated in "Rock the Block," an event organized by Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and financed by Thrivent Financial. The WPRC participants did landscaping and porch repairs for three houses, providing more than 40 hours of community service. WPRC members were Jack Bennett, Roger Clark, Larry Myers, Lisa Olson, & Rob Petri. This is the way to "Be the Inspiration!
 
   
 
   
Leena Meyers, WPRC scholarship winner at Whitnall H.S., was the focus of the parade unit sponsored by Whitnall Park Rotary on July 4. Leena will attend Lawrence University in the fall. In addition to driver Jim Helminski, six other members of the club (Jack Bennett, Roger Clark, Larry Myers, Robert Petri, and Judy & Tom Weiss) also walked with the unit in the parade, distributing Tootsie Rolls and flyers advertising the July 15th Hops & Vines Festival at the Three Cellars in Oak Creek, an event that will also help fund WPRC's college scholarships.
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, June 9, some 20 Rotarians and friends from five local clubs (Amigos de Milwaukee, Mitchell Field, New Berlin, West Allis, & Whitnall Park) assisted in the clean-up & maintenance of Mitchell Park behind the Domes in Milwaukee. Trash and debris were removed from throughout the park, and mulch was placed around all sides of the band stand. More than 75 service hours were expended on behalf of the community, which can now enjoy the beautiful premises during the Independence Day events on July 4 and throughout the year. WPRC participants were Roger Clark (who also cooked a picnic lunch), Larry Myers (& son Christoph), Scott Schenke, and Scott Weyda. Thrivent Financial provided the funds for the picnic lunch. Thanks to all! Happy Birthday, USA!
 
    
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
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
 
 
2017-18 Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley challenged all 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree before Earth Day 2018. Whitnall Park Rotary Club has been involved in numerous tree planting projects throughout this Rotary year. The most recent was a tree planting project in Muskego, WI, in which several WPRC member participated. Thanks for making the earth a better place to live!
 
    
 
  
 
Six WPRC members and their nine guests provided 45 volunteer hours of service in a Hunger Task Force packing project on Saturday, April 21. WPRC members included Lisa Olson, Rob Petri, Scott Schenke, Michelle Tate, and Judy & Tom Weiss. These members are active in demonstrating "Service Above Self."
 
 
WPRC Students of the Month for April-May 2018 are Alissa Herrmann (left) and Sarah Aaron (right). Both are seniors at Whitnall High School. By attending the WPRC weekly luncheon meetings on Tuesdays, they are learning about service in worldwide Rotary (1.2 million members in more than 200 countries). Congratulations to these aspiring students!
WPRC President-Elect Larry Myers is again teaching at the Lutheran seminary in Odessa, Ukraine, during the period of April 9-27. On Thursday evening, April 12, he again enjoyed an evening with the Rotary Club of Odessa - a small but energetic club full of compassion and service for the underprivileged. Flag exchange is a tradition among Rotary clubs worldwide. Three members of the Odessa club are officers in the Emergency Management office of Ukraine and were recently in Colorado for firefighter training. They visited with, and brought back a flag from, the Rotary Club of Parker, CO. P-E Myers likewise exchanged the flag of Whitnall Park Rotary Club.
 
   
 
   
Michelle Tate is the newest member of Whitnall Park Rotary Club. Together with her husband, she is the owner of Brew City Ballroom on Highway 100 in SW Milwaukee. Dan Christianson (l), former District 6270 Governor and WPRC member, inducted her into club membership on March 20 as her membership sponsor Scott Schenke (r) observed the ceremony. Welcome, Michelle!
 
 
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.
On April 29, 2015, Whitnall Park Rotary Club was recognized as the "2015 Organization of the Year" at the first-ever awards banquet by the Chamber of Commerce in Hales Corners.
 
The award recognizes the club's overall service contributions to the community. Especially noteworthy is its creation of a truly accessible walkway in Boerner Gardens, one that will not erode.  The project includes a non-erodible pathway to the bog walk bridge and a memory circle.
 
 
 
 
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Director Club Service
Director International Service
Director Community Service
Director Vocational Service
Director Youth Service
Past President
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Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
PDG Rick Debe
Oct 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Water & Sanitation Projects
Gil Frenn & Rob Petri
Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM
Classification Talks
Jim Thorsen
Oct 30, 2018 12:00 PM
TBA
Tom Weiss
Nov 06, 2018
Rep from Kathy's House
Dan Weber
Nov 13, 2018
Off-Site Visit to Greenfield Fire Department
Tim Dittloff
Nov 20, 2018
TBA
Michelle Tate
Nov 27, 2018
TBA
WPRC Christmas Party
Dec 04, 2018
Lisa Olson
Dec 11, 2018
TBA
Dan Weber
Dec 18, 2018
Classification Talk
 
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