With less than a week to go until our Annual SPIKES FOR TYKES Volleyball Spectacular on May 30th, we’re over two-thirds of the way to reaching our goal of raising $50,000! If you haven’t been in contact with potential sponsors, sponsored a team for yourself, or got a team together to play, now is the time to make it happen!
For every Elmbrook Rotarian, this is the most important event of the year because it raises the necessary funds to help the organizations and programs that we support. Make sure you’re doing your part by making calls or asking your friends, family, business associates, co-workers or anyone else you know to see if they can help. Use the information that was handed out or direct them to our website for more information at www.elmbrookrotary.org.
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far and for all those who have signed up to help out at the event. C’MON ELMBROOK ROTARIANS – Let’s meet our goal of 100% participation by members and setting a new record of raising $50,000!
On the Friday before Memorial Day, our morning speaker featured Dr. Timothy McMahon who is a Professor of History at Marquette University. Tim shared his vast knowledge of WWI in a talk entitled, "Catastrophic Catalyst - The Seeds of WWI."
Most of us know that the war was one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Tim noted that more than 16 million soldiers and civilians died as a result of the war but his talked pointed to the events that lead up to the war that lasted from 1914 to 1918 and the impact it had on future wars and even today.
This included major political changes, the redrawing of maps in Europe and Russia, and the forming of the League of Nations which aimed at preventing another similar conflict. Unfortunately, with weakened states, economic depression, and renewed European nationalism, it wasn’t enough to prevent the events that lead to World War II.
With only one week to go until our major fundraiser of the year, Spikes for Tykes, Barry James announced that we’re 3/4 way to our total goal of $50,000 and that amounts raised after May 30th and through the end of June still count toward our total. So for Elmbrook Rotarians, if you still haven’t gotten a sponsor or made a donation, now’s the time!
Next week, our speaker will be Dan Glomski of the accounting firm, Komisar, Brady & Co. who will give a talk on “What is Your Business Worth.”
At recent Friday meetings, two newer Club Members, Kate Bloomberg and Tom Hochuli gave their Classification Talks. Both have a long history of public service with Kate being a former Mayor of Brookfield and Tom being a board member of the Potawatomi Area Council Boy Scouts of America.
Kate Bloomberg Classification Talk
Most people are familiar with the more “recent” public life aspects of Kate's life including the invention of, and being owner of the company which was responsible for the development of “Shrinky Dinks.” The company was started in 1973 and she stayed with it until 1992. Others know her because of her long stint in public service where between 1982 and 1986 she served as Alderman with the City of Brookfield. This turned into a 16-year term of service as Mayor of the City before retiring in 2002. Kate loved the job and the all the terrific folks with whom she served including Employees, Aldermen, Mayors and Village Presidents of other communities.
She enjoyed the Village President of Elm Grove enough to marry Dr. Frank Urban in 1991 which brought the grand total of kids and step-kids to 11 along with 28 grandkids. Sadly, Frank or “Hank” as he was known, passed away in 2008.
The lesser know facts of Kate's life include being born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which makes her a UPer, and with no indoor plumbing until she was 16 makes me a true UPer! Kate attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where they did have indoor plumbing before moving to Massachusetts to teach and run a Children’s Summer Theater and Camp. She was married during this time and had 4 children who are now completely raised, on their own and producing a lot of grandkids.
Tom Hochuli Classification Talk
Originally from the New York Long Island area, Tom grew up with a sister and two brothers. After graduating from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, he worked for a few years in the Outdoor Advertising industry in New York before relocating to the Milwaukee area in 1983 to work for Clear Channel Outdoor.
Tom's wife Julie and he currently live in Brookfield and while he didn't have any children from his first marriage (also to a woman named Julie), he now enjoys being a grandparent to 9 grandchildren as a result to his current marriage and his wife who has three adult children.
Clear Channel is an outdoor advertising company operating worldwide and Tom serves as Import Sales Manager. He works on sales coming to the Milwaukee market from National and branch offices across the country.
As an active member of Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Brookfield and a board member of the Potawatomi Area Council Boy Scouts of America, He's participated in many service opportunities over the years.
Although he was asked by a few members over the past several years about joining, it wasn’t until recently that he felt ready to make the commitment to Rotary. Tom is pleased to be a new member and looks forward to the fellowship among members and the variety of opportunities to serve.
Welcome Kate and Tom – glad to have you both in the club!
Ron Jones has been leading Elmbrook Rotary’s scholarship efforts for years and recently announced that the recipients of this year's awards have been named after a thorough process over the past few months.
The recipients include Elisha Vang from Brookfield Central High School and Cathy Liu and Ellen Smogoleski from Brookfield East. They will be recognized at the Awards Night ceremonies on Wednesday, May 27th at Central and June 1 at East where President Tom Curl will be giving them their certificates.
Elisha will be attending WCTC, Cathy will be attending UW-Madison and Ellen will be attending UW-La Crosse beginning in the fall of 2015. The College scholarships are valued at $1,000 per year for four years and the Vocation scholarship is valued at $1,000 per year for two years.
THE SCHOLARSHIP REVIEW PROCESS
The process took three teams of club members to examine all 34 scholarship applications and interview the 6 finalist applicant Scholars.
Team 1 collated the applications with reference letters, made sure each application was complete, reviewed and scored each scholarship application to establish how active the scholar is with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as well as their work History and rated their Essay. This process narrowed the applications down to 20. Team 2 then reviewed and scored the Rotary Supplemental Essay questions and Reference Letters for the 20 remaining scholars. The team selected the six semi-finalists to be interviewed and selected one Vocational scholar. Finally, Team 3 interviewed the six semi-finalists and Team selected the final three college scholarship recipients. The teams consisted of the following Rotarians:
Ron and Barb Jones
Elmbrook Rotarians – mark your calendars for our annual Changing of the Guard Dinner and Silent Auction on June 25th at Western Racquet Club. Join in celebrating our successes from the past year and giving a rousing start to the new Rotary Year!
The event will be held on Thursday, June 25th beginning at 5:00 pm with dinner starting at 6:00 pm. The Silent Auction will once again feature a variety of items that'll appeal to everyone – from wine baskets and weekend getaways, to tickets for sporting events and a whole lot more. Remember that all amounts raised in the Silent Auction go towards our annual Spikes for Tykes fundraising so please take part and contact Linda Wickstrom if you have anything to donate for the auction.
The evening will also involve the installation of 2015-16 Club and Foundation Officers, the celebration of our new Paul Harris Fellows along with other recognitions and awards. The new International Theme for the upcoming 2015-2016 Rotary Year – proclaimed by Rotary President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is, “Be a Gift to the World." So don’t miss the Elmbrook Rotary Club’s premier social event of the year!
All Club Members and their guests are encouraged to attend the event which is paid for as part of your annual dues. Note that there is no charge to Club Members and a guest for the dinner however, there is a cash bar for cocktails. Watch for additional information on signing-up and dinner choices in the weeks ahead. And finally, as in the past, this event will take the place of our regular weekly meeting, so we will not meet on the following Friday morning, June 26th.
Our Speaker this morning was Dr David Gaus who is Founder of the Andean Health and Development. He was joined by Laura Dries who is Executive Director. Working with the rural indigenous populations of Ecuador, Andean Health is one of the international outreach programs sponsored by Elmbrook Rotary.
Our club has sponsored 2 medical residents over the past 4 years who have committed to serve the impoverished native villages with basic medical needs.Dave talked about his journey from a young graduate accountant, disenchanted with his prospects, who was encouraged to return to Medical School by then President of Notre Dame, Father Ted Hesburgh.
During his early work in Ecuador, he realized to be effective any program needed to be locally based and self-sustaining. The first clinic located in the village of Pedro Vincente Maldanado has now reached that point and Andean Health is beginning efforts to establish Hesburgh Hospital in the town of Santo Domingo. It was a very impressive story and just another example of Elmbrook Rotary’s commitment to improving the conditions of our Community both locally and internationally.
Next week, in our last program before Memorial Day, Dr Tim McMahon of Marquette University will talk about the tragic and preventable events that resulted in WWI – The War to End All Wars.
Thanks to everyone who took part in our Annual Book and Magazine Drive. Approximately 225 magazines went to the Brookfield Library. 164 soft covered appropriate books were delivered to the Waukesha County Jail. In addition, 389 books were dropped off at Literacy Services of Wisconsin and 94 children books went to Capital West Academy. Wisconsin.
Every spring, ERC members and friends donate books and magazines that are then sorted and delivered to the Brookfield Library, Literacy Services of Wisconsin, Capital West Academy and Waukesha County Jail. The library gets the magazines that are first affixed with a sticker noting that it came from Elmbrook Rotary. Soft covered books to the jail, hard covered to literacy services of Wisconsin, and CWA gets the children's books.
Again, thanks to everyone who donated and took part in delivering the materials to each location.
A group of a thirteen Elmbrook Rotarians and their guests gathered on May 13 at Bullwinkles Sports Bar in Brookfield as part of the ongoing effort by Chris Spresser and the Club Service Committee to have more social gatherings. Even the Prez and incoming Prez took part! Watch for upcoming details about the next event on June 11th at Nagawicka Lake.
Our Speaker this morning was Sportscaster, Lance Allen from TMJ TV4. He talked about his early days as a kid growing up in Rice Lake and how he was fortunate to be able to channel his love of sports into his dream career.
From his early days starting out at a Rhinelander TV station, as the Weatherman, he eventually shifting to the Sports Desk. A graduate of UW- Madison, Lance moved on the major TV market in the state where he anchors the Sports Department at WTMJ-TV and is also the Co-host of the Mike McCarthy Show – the weekly Packers talk show, and the weekly Preps Plus broadcast
Lance talked about the great year that Wisconsin sports has had. And how fortunate he personally has been to be at the center of some of Wisconsin Sports team’s greatest moments including Super Bowls, Rose Bowls and the NCAA Final Four. He also gave his outlook for the Packers, Bucks, and Brewers as we look towards the coming seasons. In all, Lance provided an enjoyable look inside the world of Wisconsin’s major sports teams.
Next week our speakers will be Laura Dries and Dr. David Gaus who is founder of Andean Health and Development which is one of Elmbrook Rotary’s major international initiatives.