Posted on Dec 01, 2018
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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.
 
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Posted on Nov 10, 2018
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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).

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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."
 
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Posted on Nov 02, 2018
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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.
 
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Posted on Nov 02, 2018
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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!"
 
 
 
 
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Posted on Nov 01, 2018
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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.
 
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Posted on Oct 25, 2018
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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.
 
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Posted on Oct 23, 2018
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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!
 
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Posted on Oct 20, 2018
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Whitnall Park Rotary has assisted with China Lights at the Boerner Botanical Gardens since its successful first appearance several years ago. In fact, WPRC's Rotary Pathway & Circle in many ways made China Lights possible at Boerner. This year WPRC sponsored Display #23, a "Colored Fish" theme. Enjoy the photos (and a few others thrown into the mix). And, many thanks to those WPRC members who volunteered their time during the five weeks of the festival to assist as docents (guides).
 
     
 
 
     
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Posted on Oct 18, 2018
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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.
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Posted on Oct 18, 2018
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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.
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Posted on Oct 17, 2018
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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!!!

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Posted on Oct 17, 2018
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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
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Posted on Oct 13, 2018
 
 
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.
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Posted on Oct 04, 2018
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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.
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Posted on Sep 19, 2018
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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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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!
 
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Posted on Sep 18, 2018
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!
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Posted on Sep 16, 2018
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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.
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Posted on Sep 14, 2018
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You may be asking yourself – What is One Rotary Summit?

It is training, coordinated by our Rotary Zone 28-29 team, and facilitated by our own District 6270.  It is focused on the relationships among Public Image, The Rotary Foundation / Humanitarian Service, and Membership.  The objective is to solidify Rotary’s 2018-19 annual theme of Be the Inspiration and the new Rotary Public Image Campaign: People of Action.  About ½ of the time will be devoted to idea sharing and action development in small groups. Our goal is that people get to know other Rotarians from our District and share ideas that they can take back to their clubs to do the work of Rotary in an even better way to implement the theme and campaign.

(Some of you who have been Rotarians for many years may remember the Rotary Fall Seminars.  District 6270 has replaced Fall Seminar with One Rotary Summit.)

One Rotary Summit
Saturday, October 6
8:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton
18155 W. Bluemound Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045

Speak with PP Roger Clark or Director Gilbert Frenn, who attended a One Rotary Summit this summer, to learn more about this great opportunity to network and learn.

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Posted on Sep 11, 2018
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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!"
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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."
 
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Posted on Aug 22, 2018
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Bashir Easter will be the guest speaker at Whitnall Park Rotary Club on Tuesday, August 28. Mr. Easter is a native of Milwaukee, WI, with over 20 years of solid public and private sector work experience and training in the areas of diversity, public and nonprofit management, business management, supervision, leadership, organizational behavior and public speaking. As the current Dementia Care Specialist for Milwaukee County, he hit the ground running by working with staff and community partners to make a significant impact in helping to create a dementia-capable system and dementia-friendly community. Mr. Easter has begun the work to establish Milwaukee as a county that supports individuals with dementia and their caregivers. As mandated by the State of Wisconsin Dementia Redesign Plan, there are three main goals that guide Bashir’s work: 1) Create a dementia-capable Aging Resource Center; 2) Promote the development of dementia-friendly communities; and 3) Provide opportunities for people with dementia to remain in the least restrictive environments where they can thrive as contributing members of society for as long as possible. Bashir Easter has a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Management from Cardinal Stritch University. He is currently working on a Ph.D. program in Multidisciplinary Human Services and Public Administration at Capella University.
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Posted on Aug 20, 2018
 
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.
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Posted on Aug 16, 2018
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Author John Scott will be the guest speaker at the WPRC weekly luncheon on Tuesday, August 21. His far-reaching study gives a concise and coherent overview of the debates surrounding the analysis of social power. The concept of power is outlined, and its main dimensions are explored through consideration of various facets - command, pressure, constraint, discipline, protest, and interpersonal power. Join us for lunch at Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W Oklahoma Ave, at noon.
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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.
 
 
   
 
       
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Posted on Aug 10, 2018
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On Tuesday, August 14, the guest speaker at the Whitnall Park Rotary Club weekly luncheon will be Todd K. Michaels, Village Manager of Greendale, WI. The mission of the Village Manager's office is to exercise leadership in planning, coordinating, staffing, developing, and controlling the activities of all municipal functions to accomplish Village goals and policies as determined by the Village President and Board of Trustees. Mr. Michael's topic will be "What's Happening in Greendale." Join the club for lunch and this community update at noon on Tuesday, August 14. Whitnall Park Rotary meets at Klemmer Banquet Center on W. Oklahoma Ave.
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Posted on Jul 30, 2018
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Mary Ellen Malloy will be guest speaker at the Aug 7th lunch meeting.  Mary Ellen is a long-time volunteer at Katy’s Kloset and a member of the Board of Directors for Team Up.
 
Team Up With Families was formed in 1996 with the intent to sponsor a day camp, hold some family activities for kids with disabilities, and to create a year-round medical equipment lending library, named Katy’s Kloset.  All Team Up and Katy’s Kloset activities are carried out 100% by volunteers.
 
 
Katy’s Kloset began with moms who took their children at New Berlin Therapies, receiving speech, physical, and occupational therapy services.  These moms often exchanged equipment with others as their kids outgrew a piece of equipment.  When this group decided to form a non-profit, Katy’s Kloset became a reality. It became a place to donate equipment that is outgrown or no longer needed and to loan out to those who can benefit from having that equipment.  In the early years it was very small, and the founding group never imagined what it has become today.  In the beginning, it was only children’s equipment, but over the years Katy’s began accepting donations of adult equipment and loaning those items out as well. Currently, Katy’s Kloset loans out about 900 pieces of equipment each month to individuals in the community at no charge.  In addition, many supply items are donated and given to individuals who request them, such as incontinence supplies (Depends), wound care, gauze, ostomy supplies, respiratory items, etc.  About 25 volunteers help clients on open days, and several volunteers are at Katy’s Kloset nearly every day to process donated equipment and supplies to make them available to clients to borrow.  Katy’s Kloset currently rents three adjacent warehouse spaces to manage these large quantities of donated equipment and supplies.  As an all-volunteer organization, the main expenses are rent and utilities for the warehouse.
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Posted on Jul 15, 2018
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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!
 
   
 
   
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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.
 
 
 
 
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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!
 
    
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
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Posted on Jun 06, 2018
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
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Posted on May 13, 2018
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On Saturday, May 12, WPRC President Roger Clark and WPRC President-Elect Larry Myers represented the club in Hunger Task Force's 2018 "Stamp Out Hunger" effort. Together they provided 12 hours of volunteer service to the community. There were 18 volunteers and one Hunger Task Force staff person who unloaded, semi-sorted, and repacked the food donations into transport containers at the Franklin USPS location. U.S. Postal Service carriers annually contribute to this effort by picking up food from customers on their delivery routes. All food collected through Stamp Out Hunger is provided absolutely free of charge to families in need.
 
    
 
 
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Posted on May 02, 2018
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On April 24, 2018, more than 20 members of Whitnall Park Rotary Club enjoyed an off-site meeting and briefing at the Fisher House Wisconsin. The Milwaukee VA Fisher House is conveniently located on the Milwaukee VA Medical Center grounds and offers 16 bedroom suites of varying layouts to accommodate single travelers or larger families at no cost to them. Designed with the interactions of guests in mind, guests experience the feeling of being home with a shared common kitchen, laundry room, dining room, living room, family room and a large patio and yard. Families share meals together and support each other through their joys and sorrows.
 
Jennifer Kiefer, Fisher House Wisconsin Manager, provided an excellent briefing and tour of the facility. Fisher House Wisconsin will be the recipient of proceeds from the WPRC Hops & Vines Festival on July 15 at Three Cellars in Oak Creek. Stay tuned for more information on that event. [And, please continue reading this story to view photos from the off-site meeting.]
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Posted on May 02, 2018
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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!
 
    
 
  
 
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Posted on Apr 22, 2018
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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."
 
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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!
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Posted on Apr 13, 2018
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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.
 
   
 
   
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Posted on Mar 20, 2018
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On March 17 (St. Patrick's Day), 2018, scores of guests enjoyed another Spring Art & Craft fair at Whitnall H.S., sponsored by Whitnall Park Rotary. Door attendance count was 1,056.
 
Kent Bieganski, retired Hales Corners Police Chief and WPRC member, put his camera to work again and has provided some 90 photos of the event. Do enjoy by clicking on the image below to access the slide show.
 
 
WPRC President Roger Clark gives a smiling hug to two of the many volunteers who assisted at the Spring Art & Craft Fair.
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Posted on Mar 20, 2018
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!
 
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Posted on Mar 13, 2018
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Whitnall Park Rotary Club welcomes its March 2018 "Students of the Month," Reid Miller & Ryan Thiele. Both are seniors at Whitnall High School and will attend club luncheons throughout March, learning about "Service Above Self" in worldwide Rotary.
 
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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.
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Posted on Feb 13, 2018
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Honored as "Student of the Month" during February 2018 are Whitnall H.S. seniors Mackenzie Sutton and Julian Dentice-Cagle. The students attend the WPRC luncheon each week to learn about Rotary and are also given the opportunity to brief the club about their high school activities and future plans/goals. Congratulations!
 
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On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Captain Zachary Menden of the Hales Corners Fire Department received a check from Whitnall Park Rotary Club in the amount of $513. This was 50% of the monies raised in a gift auction at the WPRC Christmas Party on the previous Tuesday. WPRC President Roger Clark is pictured presenting the check to Capt Menden, who reported that the monies will be used to help support needy families who have recently sustained a catastrophe in their life.
 
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Posted on Dec 13, 2017
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On Tuesday evening, December 12, 2017, some 37 club members, family members, and friends gathered at the Country Squire in Muskego, WI, for the Annual WPRC Christmas Party. Part of this fun-filled annual event includes an auction for charity purposes. Each family unit brings a wrapped gift of at least $25 in value, which in turn is auctioned off to the highest bidder. This year's auction netted approximately $800, to be divided evenly between the Hales Corners Fire Department (to assist needy families) and "Muskego Feed" (a foods-packing project that assists hungry families). Santa Claus made an appearance to assist Jim Thorsen (pictured) and Jim Helminski in the fierce bidding competition.
 
 
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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.
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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.
 
WPRC Donates $250 for BSA Eagle Project 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
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.
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
           
   
 
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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.
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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.
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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.
 
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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.
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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.
 
 
 
WPRC Assists at Wheelchair Basketball Event Larry Myers 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
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Posted on Apr 06, 2017
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.
 
2017 Spring Craft Fair Photos Larry Myers 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 11, 2017
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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.
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Posted on Sep 26, 2016
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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
 
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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
WPRC & Habitat for Humanity Larry Myers 2016-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2015
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.
 
 
 
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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!

Rotary Knowledge Kent Bieganski 2015-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Myers on Dec 08, 2014
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Whitnall Park Rotary Club and guests are invited to "An Evening of Wine Tasting" at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 So. 68th St., in Franklin, WI, on Friday evening, January 29, 2016, 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit the WPRC's community projects.  Participants can sample wine selections by Consumer Beverage, light snacks, and desserts. Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $35 at the door. Register and purchase tickets online by clicking here. 

 

 

An Evening of Wine Tasting Larry Myers 2014-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
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The first meeting of every month is "First Tuesday" at Whitnall Park Rotary. Our members bring non-perishable food items to help stock area food pantries. The public can help by bringing their donations to our meeting at Klemmer’s Banquet Center at noon on "First Tuesday."

"First Tuesday" Food Collection Gilbert Frenn 2012-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
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   Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.
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The Rotary Walk/Circle Community Project at Boerner Botanical Gardens experienced groundbreaking on December 17, 2014, and was dedicated on July 28, 2015!

Our new project will impact thousands who may not otherwise be able to enjoy this beautiful and historic site due to walking difficulties.

The project consists of an ADA-accessible path leading from Boerner's Herb Garden to the Bog Walk.

Visit the photo albums (see window pane to the left) on this site to follow the progress of the construction.

Also, visit the WPRC Web page (Boerner Rotary Circle Project) on this site that is dedicated to this project.

And, don't forget to donate (for ongoing maintenance of the walk/circle)!

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