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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
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Join the Whitnall Park Rotary Club (WPRC) Foundation for an afternoon of beer & wine tasting at Three Cellars in Oak Creek, WI, on Sunday afternoon, July 15, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sample 18 different beers and 18 different wines.

The entire facility has been reserved for this event, which includes not just tasting but also light snacks, a silent auction, a cork pull, a 50-50 drawing, DJ music in the Rafters Room, and Greg Rogalinski singing the songs of Ol' Blue Eyes in the Sinatra Room (3:00-4:00 p.m.).

Proceeds will benefit the Fisher House Wisconsin and other community projects of the WPRC Foundation. Purchase tickets ($35 beforehand & $40 at the door) from any WPRC member in person or pay securely online by clicking here. The retail store will also be open for the event, and 10% of any purchases will be included in the proceeds.

Don't miss this fun-filled afternoon!

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
 
 

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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.
 
    
 
 
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.]
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 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.
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.
 
 
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.
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!
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
Crafters, customers, and Whitnall Park Rotary members enjoyed another highly successful craft fair on December 2, 2017, at Whitnall High School. The tally for customers donating at the entrance doors was 1,733. Thanks to all for making it happen! Want to see some photos of the event? Click on "Christmas Craft Fair 2017" in the left-hand column under "Photo Albums." Do enjoy! And, don't forget the Spring Craft Fair on March 17, 2018.
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.
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
           
   
 
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.
 
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.
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
 
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.
 
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.
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
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.
 
 
 
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
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.
 

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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