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October 2016

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Hales Corners




 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
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2016-2017 Global Grant Scholar Jason Gehrke and his family have been in Strasbourg, France, for four weeks. He is settling into his studies and research at the University of Strasbourg while his family members are settling into their routine of living in a foreign country. You can follow their adventures via the family blog: Nostra vita demens is Latin for "Our Crazy (Mad) Life." You can also follow his professional blog, which has a distinctively "Rotary feel" to it:
The Gehrke family onboard LH 433 enroute to Frankfurt/Main, Germany:
Jason, Maren, Theodore, Baby Klemet, Erika

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

Julie Craig, the 2016-2017 District Governor of Rotary District 6270, has begun a blog newsletter, which she hopes to keep up-to-date on a monthly basis. The first edition, August 2016, can be accessed at the District 6270 Web site.

The WPRC 2016-2017 Officers and Board of Directors were inducted and introduced at the June 28th Changing of the Guard dinner.
L. to R.:  Roger Clark, President Elect; Luke Baryenbruch, International Service;
Gilbert Frenn, Community Service; Dan Christianson, Club Service;
Bob Nolan, Treasurer; Terri Delke, Secretary; and Scott Weyda, President.
[Paul Sackmann, Vocational Service, was unable to attend.]
Incoming President Weyda  announced the following goals for the coming year:
  • Engage members in a wider variety and more numerous service opportunities.
  • Continue efforts to grow membership.
  • Begin anew the club visioning process.
  • Examine the club's By-laws.
  • Continue to have fun meetings and activities.
  • Practice "servant leadership."
Whitnall Park Rotary Club looks forward to the leadership of these individuals!

Shirley Walczak
Debra Movroydis
Dan Christianson
Larry Myers
Four individuals were honored with Paul Harris Fellow awards by Whitnall Park Rotary Club on Tuesday evening, June 28, 2016.
The Whitnall Park Rotary Club awards a Paul Harris Fellow award to 
  • club members to recognize work and service done for the club and/ or service to the community; and 
  • community members for the volume of service to the community.
The 2016 awardees are:
  • Shirley Walczak, Director of Boerner Botanical Gardens, for her assistance in enabling the Rotary Circle project.
  • Debra Movroydis, for her leadership in enabling social media for the club.
  • Dan Christianson, his third Paul Harris Fellow award, for leadership in guiding the club toward greater Rotary education & involvement; and
  • Larry Myers, also his third Paul Harris Fellow award, for leadership in enabling two TRF Global Grants ("Project Happy Home" in India and a GG Scholarship for Jason Gehrke).
Bob Nolan, Treasurer of WPRC and Chair of the Paul Harris Award Committee, presented the recognition to each recipient. Congratulations, and thanks, to all!


Welcome to our Rotary Club! 


Whitnall Park Rotary Scholarship Chairperson Paul Sackmann announced the five winners of the $2000 scholarships.  The club gives one graduate of each of the five high schools in the service area a scholarship.
The 2016 winners are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         MaryJo Kanelos (Muskego-Norway High School) attending UW - Waukesha
Julia Lucey-Arneberg (Whitnall High School) attending UW-Madison
Jennifer Slota (Greendale High School) attending Northwestern University
Logan Hansen (Martin Luther High School) attending George Mason University
Natalie Hoffmann (Greenfield High School) attending UW-Green Bay
The 2015 winners who will receive an additional $500 scholarship are                                                                                                                                                                 Austin Jenk - UW-Madison
Kelly Sandner - UW-Madison
Morgan Leissring - UW-Madison
Kortney Hunglemann-Skiba - UW-Madison
Mary Carolan - 


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 Club District 6270 is pleased to announce that Mr. Jason M. Gehrke has been awarded its 2016 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship (previously known as the Ambassadorial Scholarship).
As a Rotary scholar, Jason will join an international working group under the leadership of Prof. Rémi Gounelle, Strasbourg University, France. In Strasbourg, Jason will complete his dissertation focused on historical and religious foundations of human rights in politics. Jason intends to show how religious life and thought inform modern political societies to provide resources for peacemaking in global politics.
Jason is a Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Studies, Marquette University. His sponsor is Whitnall Park Rotary Club.
Congratulations also to the two global grant finalists: Anna Kasimatis, working with the World Bank in Rwanda, has been accepted to the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge for a master’s degree in philosophy in development studies to study poverty and human development. Anna is the first alternate. Thomas Wester, a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, has been accepted to the University of Oxford and to Kings College to pursue a master’s degree in complex systems modeling, focusing on epidemiology.
Rotary District 6270 selects and partially funds one graduate student to study abroad (in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus) every other year. This year’s global grant scholarship totals $30,000 and is funded using $15,000 District Designated Funds, which is matched by the Rotary International World Fund.
For more information about Rotary district 6270 scholarship opportunities see the link:

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.

Whitnall Park Rotarian Larry Myers explains the difference between District Grants and Global Grants and provides the details of a proposed Global Grant submitted to The Rotary Foundation. Local Rotary clubs in District 6270 and elsewhere are encouraged to support this project with their financial commitments.

Whitnall Park Rotary Club presented Paul Harris Fellow awards (pin and certificate) to three individuals at its anniversary banquet on July 7, 2015.
Ellen Hayward, Executive Director of Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, received the award for her work on the Rotary Circle and Pathway project.
Also honored were Glenn Lemmenes, recently retired club member, and James Thorsen, cheerleader and fundraiser. The awards were the second for Lemmenes and the third for Thorsen.
Congratulations, and thanks, to all!

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.

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)!



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."


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