Elmbrook Rotary Club News

Elmbrook Rotary members and guests participated in the annual "Walk for Hope," supporting Common Hope's programs in Guatemala, on Saturday, June 5.

We walk because less than 20% of kids graduate from high school in Guatemala. We walk to support education for students living in poverty, so that they can graduate and help end generational poverty for their family. We walk for the kids just starting school, where they will likely hold a book for the first time. We walk so that families have access to quality health care. We walk to help young people dream, grow, and succeed.

Now more than ever, all of us appreciate the Power of Healthcare, Community, and Hope. Let's walk the Extra Mile to fight poverty with diplomas!

Each $1,200 we raise will sponsor a student and their family for one year. Approximately $3,000 was raised on Saturday morning, June 5. One week still remains to lend your support. Support our team by going to our fundraising/registration page (click here).

See a handful of photos from the June 5th event by clicking here.

The June 2021 edition of the Elm Grove News - Independent is available by clicking here.
A major article on the June 5th ERC "Walk for Hope" is located on p. 7. The June 2021 ERC meetings (with program speaker information) are listed in the "Calendar of Events" on p. 5.
Do support our local newspaper!

June is designated as Rotary Fellowships Month. Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotary partners, and Rotaractors who share a common recreational interest or vocation. This month is recognition of the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world, and enhance the experience of Rotary that belonging to a Rotary Fellowship enables.

Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when a group of Rotarians with an interest in Esperanto joined together. In 1947, Rotarians organized a group of boating enthusiasts, which became the Yachting Fellowship. This joining together to share common interests and activities gained attention and operated over the years under various names—World Fellowship Activities; International Vocational Contact Groups; Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowships; and finally, Rotary Fellowships.

Fellowship activities vary widely. Some groups come together around hobbies or special interests. Others are based on common vocations. Some Fellowships are purely social while others use their fellowship for service projects. Each Fellowship must maintain a membership base representing at least three (3) countries. Each Fellowship elects at least three officers to oversee the group’s operations. Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication amongst their members and to maintain regular communication with Rotary International.

There are currently over 91 Rotary Fellowships. Members of Elmbrook Rotary are currently active in the Beer, Cycling, and Shooting Sport Fellowships. To find more information, go to:


“Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth high price.” - Rotary Founder Paul Harris

Barry Nelson James, Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) member since 1984, died on Tuesday, May 25. He was 87 years old.
A memorial service occurred at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home, Brookfield, WI, on Wednesday, June 2. The full "Tribute" (obituary) on the funeral home's web site can be read by clicking here.
Barry was an avid, devoted Rotarian whose own maternal grandfather, Canadian John Nelson, served as Rotary International President during 1933-34. Barry himself served terms on Rotary International District 6270's District Grant Committee and Global Grant Committee. In the local club he served as ERC President during 1990-91. He also initiated "Diane's Dictionaries," one of ERC's many projects which was named after his first wife. Information about this charitable effort can be read by clicking here. He was also the Primary Contact (driving agent) for ERC's Global Grant initiative for an e-learning project in India during 2014-15.
ERC President Tom Hochuli remembers about him, "Barry was generally the first person to arrive at our meetings each week and during this past pandemic year has been in attendance for the majority of meetings on Zoom." Indeed, he will be missed.
The Elmbrook Rotary Club's Board of Directors has acted to rename the ERC annual golf outing to the "Barry James Memorial Golf Outing" and to designate any proceeds from the outing for use by the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation. As the official "Tribute" notes, "It never mattered what his score was as long as he got the round in within 2 ½ hours."
Requiescat in pace!
If desired, memorials can be given (by family request) either to "Elmbrook Rotary Club" or to "Living Hope Presbyterian Church."
The Rotary Western Great Lakes District Conference successfully held its first virtual conference during May 1-6.  To help Rotarians to be inspired, to become engaged, and to be change makers, the Conference Committee has provided:
  • 5.5 hours of General Sessions
  • 11.7 hour of Breakouts covering Membership, Engaging Youth & Young Adults, Leadership, and Fundraising
  • 3 hours of House of Friendship
RWGLDC is pleased to announce the launch of its YouTube channel with Rotary International President Holger Knaack's Opening Remarks, https://youtu.be/KhrDqGJs3uQ, Past District Governor Bill Gormont’s Magic of Rotary, https://youtu.be/Sz8DVgHlqWA, and more.
This new channel enables you to share a video of how you were inspired.  Perhaps there was a breakout session held at the same time as the one you attended. You have the opportunity to see what you missed and grow in Rotary.  By subscribing to the Rotary Western Great Lakes District Conference YouTube channel, you will be alerted as more conference videos are posted in the coming days. 
So, please subscribe today by going to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVqm9kQe93t0dNv88Hcx4g and pressing the red SUBSCRIBE button.
ERC President Tom Hochuli presented scholarships to the following students from Brookfield East (on May 19) and Brookfield Central (May 25):
Brookfield East:
Christian Stiyer—4-year scholarship to attend Ohio University and pursue degrees in Wildlife Biology and Film Production.
Brookfield Central:
Hannah Heun—4-year scholarship to pursue a nursing degree at Saint Louis University.
Seth Olski—2-year scholarship to attend UW Milwaukee in pursuit of an Associate Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science (or Pre-Physical Therapy).
Congratulations and best wishes
to these aspiring post-secondary scholars!
"You'll be back!" We've been saying that for many months now. However, in July it's finally coming true for the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC)!
In-person meetings will resume on Friday, July 9.  Meetings  will also be available via Zoom. ERC is investigating technology that will provide optimum video and audio performance for those attending via Zoom.
The desire is to have the majority of members attending in person although Zoom will be available for those who require it and for remote program speakers when appropriate. The Board will evaluate the success of this arrangement in January 2022.
There will not be a meeting on Friday, July 2, due to the Independence Day holiday weekend.
Changing of the Guard will consist of a more casual event and will be held on Wednesday, June 30, at Mitchell Park in Brookfield from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Dinner will be catered by Bunzel's. Club members are asked to bring their own alcoholic beverages and chairs. Immediate Past President Mike Schmeling will be sending out the club event invitation in the coming weeks.
The annual Elmbrook Rotary Club’s fundraising campaign kicked off on Friday, April 2. Or, perhaps we should say “moved into the starting gate.”
ERC has returned to a horse racing theme for 2021.  But no horse race can start until we have owners register their horse and jockeys to mount their charges!  Owner Tom Curl had already claimed Galloping Ghosts as his team name.  Here are a few other suggestions
Lame Excuses
Lumbering Laggards
Baroquen Downs (say it out loud, you music lovers)
It will be a short two-month season with mid-season competitions.  Our race announcer, Zippy Zalewski, has set the race line-up.  Here are the major horse races and dates:
Apple Blossom Handicap – April 17, 2021
Kentucky Derby – May 1, 2021
Preakness Stakes – May 15, 2021
Belmont Stakes – June 5, 2021
A team can win one or all of the races. The next race starts the clock over and is another chance to win.  But we’ll also keep a running total for each team to have an overall winner.  Thus, there are four (4) chances to win – plus the overall winning team.  There will be awards for each of the race stages and, of course, the final crown to the champion.
Now it is all up to ERC members to get into the starting gate!
Rotary District 6270 has welcomed a new satellite club in Fond du Lac. New clubs make it possible for current members, past members, and new members of Rotary to create more opportunity for service in their community and in the world. A special thanks to Barb Senn and the Board of Directors of the Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club for spearheading this effort. It is wonderful to see how Rotary can renew itself and adjust to new times and circumstances. The new club is currently meeting virtually once a month but is looking to change to hybrid meetings in the coming months. With ten (10) active members, the club is set for growth.
A satellite club offers current members of a club the opportunity to meet a changing schedule or circumstance, past members to rejoin Rotary, and new members to join at a time and place that fit their work hours or family schedule better.
A few comments from club members to illustrate some of the many reasons for clubs to offer an alternative to a traditional Rotary experience:
    “We used to be Interact members and wanted to rejoin the Rotary World, but a morning club did not make that possible.”
    “We now spend several months out of state and the time difference makes it difficult to participate in a morning meeting.”
    “I am commuting to work at 7:00 AM and an afterhours club makes it possible to join Rotary.” 

Congratulations to Fond du Lac Afterhours. Four growing, active Satellite Clubs are now part of Rotary District 6270.

The planned 11th trip to Guatemala did not happen in 2021 because of the global pandemic. However, we were able to receive and utilize a District Grant which enabled the new Resource Center at the Common Hope school in Guatemala. We did not get to participate on site, but we did manage to help kick off this new program involving distance learning and counseling with 10 new tablet computers.

We are now planning on traveling next February, with fly to/from dates of February 6 and 13. As in the past, we are taking names of those interested to establish a priority list in case you wish to join us. So far, we have three ERC members and spouses expressing interest, and our team should be 12 to 17 in size.

Obviously, there is no guarantee that the trip will happen, since it depends on a variety of factors relative to COVID-19 issues. Common Hope is very conservative in its reopening strategies. Even if Guatemala is “open," Common Hope may decide that it is not possible to host teams. On the other hand, they are optimistic, as we all should try to be.

We need to have an expression of interest by June 20. In August we will need to “sharpen the saw” and get more definitive commitments. We hope by then to have a clearer view of the future.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Erik Moeser,  an International Committee member, or any previously involved ERC members.

Elmbrook Rotary Club is not yet "formally" meeting in person, nor does it intend to change the venue for its normal meeting space. However, some members have been meeting in-person with very limited numbers. ERC Director Jackson Bubolz is leading the effort.
The small group gathers on Friday mornings at the Sendik's Food Market at The Corners of Brookfield. Address is 20222 Lower, Union Street. The market has a roomy mezzanine area which accommodates a small group. Face masks and social distancing are utilized. The kiosk (lower level) offers coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea, and baked goods (or anything else in the grocery store) for purchase.
Please arrive no later than 7:00 a.m. on Friday mornings to make your purchases and to socialize. Sendik's does not open its doors until 7:00 a.m., and the online Zoom meeting begins at 7:00 a.m. For purposes of the ERC weekly Zoom meeting, you need to bring along a smart phone, laptop, or tablet. The hope is to maintain safe practices as we defeat the menacing coronavirus, yet interact live once again. Come check it out!
The May 2021 edition of Elm Grove News - Independent is accessible by clicking here or on the image below.
 ERC's monthly meetings in May are listed in the "Calendar of Events" on p. 5. A major story, written by ERC member Erik Moeser and concerning the use of monies received this year from a District Grant, appears on p. 6. Copies are also available for pick up at the Elm Grove & Brookfield libraries, Sendik's & Ace hardware in Elm Grove, etc.
The photo depicts Linda Garcia (center) and her parents when they joined former Brookfield Mayor Kate Bloomberg and her daughter Amy Sandlass in Antigua, Guatemala, a few years ago to celebrate Linda’s high school graduation at the Common Hope school. Linda’s concentration was Business Administration, one of a handful of specialties open to high school students, as studies are heavily “trade” oriented.  
Happy reading!

Rotary Million Dollar Journey Reaches its Goal… and Continues

After reaching a $1,000,000 fundraising goal early, Rotary International Districts 6220 & 6270 extended the goal deadline and dollar amount to support the Rotary Foundation during trying times.
A joint effort between the Wisconsin & Michigan Rotarians of districts 6220 and 6270 to raise $1,000,000 for the Rotary Foundation by October, 2020, reached its goal four months early. With that success, and with even greater need, the districts will continue the journey by raising more funds. The campaign ends on June 30, 2021
A bit over one year ago, on the recommendation of Rotary International District Governors Steve Handrick and Steen Sanderhoff, their respective districts embarked on a path to collectively raise one million dollars of new gifts to the Rotary Foundation; a Million Dollar Journey. With many generous gifts – each in excess of $10,000 – from both districts, the goal was reached early, in July of 2020.
During World Immunization Week, April 24-30, Elmbrook Rotary joined with Rotary International and the other 150+ Wisconsin Rotary clubs to help combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation by spreading the facts about why #VaccinesWork.
With decades of experience fighting polio, Rotary has played, and will continue to play, a key role in informing people about the power and effectiveness of vaccines. As COVID-19 vaccines become more available, Rotary members are using our experience in fighting polio to help communities with their vaccination education and organization efforts. Today, because we and our partners have worked so hard, wild poliovirus remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet to eradicate it there, and to prevent a resurgence in other parts of the world, we must continue to build trust in vaccines.
Rotary International has produced a new two-minute video, "Rotary Inspires Leaders in Global Health." In it, global health leaders like U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, and World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus talk about what Rotary has achieved in the fight to end polio.
Click here or on the URL above, or on the image below to access and view the video.
Together, we can be just a starting place in helping our local community members to understand the value of vaccinations for themselves and their community.
Emily Tucker, RI Regional Membership Officer (RMO) for Zones 25B & 29, has provided a monthly newsletter (the RMO April Membership Update) that contains several most interesting and helpful documents.
In this month’s newsletter, she shares a resource on club models and membership types, stories from Rotaractors who have become Rotarians, an update on membership leads, and our District 6270 membership progress to goal reports.

Elmbrook Rotary Club was not able to send a team of members, along with “friends and family,” to Guatemala this past February as it has done since 2012 because of COVID-19 issues. Instead, the club applied for a District Grant from Rotary International District 6270, representing 54 clubs in southeastern Wisconsin, to provide help for 7th grade students who are at risk of dropping out of school (now particularly difficult to deal with due to the pandemic).

Elmbrook Rotary was able to provide ten (10) LG tablets, loaded with software and internet capability, to a new “Resource Center” in a remote village. The center was designed in cooperation with Common Hope, an NGO based in the World Heritage City of Antigua. Common Hope promotes literacy and school attendance through work in housing, health, nutrition, and social services. The tablets are being used to enable contactless interventions, enabling staff to encourage students to remain in school. The technology enables working with the families to improve their circumstances and to make decisions, without the risk of in-person visits. Once the family decisions are made, the tablets can then be provided to another student, and so forth.

The issue is, and has been, economic in nature. A school-age child can be seen as an “asset” in third world areas in a country like Guatemala, being forced to work in fields to increase the family income. That leads to a cycle of poverty, which Common Hope tries to break by its efforts. Since Common Hope’s inception in Guatemala, those efforts have resulted in more than 3,000 high school graduates. The average level of school completion is roughly five years, and illiteracy in some remotely indigenous villages can be 60% or more.

For more information on how you can help, contact Elmbrook Rotarian Erik Moeser.

On Friday, April 16, 2021, the members of Elmbrook Rotary Club were privileged to be entertained, informed, and delighted by Lande Grindle, one of the broadcasters for the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
Lane shared with the club his own background that led him to his dream job, broadcasting for the Brewers and working side-by-side with the legendary Bob Uecker, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
The Zoom recording of Mr. Grindle's presentation can be accessed by clicking on the image above or by clicking here. He predicted that the St. Louis Cardinals would be the Brewers' end-of-season competitor this year but that the Brewers would prevail.
Go, Brewers, Go!

The Elmbrook Rotary Club and Foundation have been honored to support the Veterans in Focus Photography Group at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center since its inception in 2017.

The idea for the photography group came from visits that Courtney Zeller, HUD VASH Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist, had with veterans in their homes. Since many veterans had challenges finding stable housing in the past, Courtney took note that their living environments were “relatively stark."   A photography group class could potentially enable Veterans to experience the health benefits of camaraderie and self-exploration while additionally creating personal framed photographs to display at their home.

Veterans in Focus has been very successful and has evolved over the past five years, with two sessions offered annually in the spring and in the fall.  Together with three talented community volunteers, the veterans learn the technical skills of using the camera and photography along with skills that can be applied to improve their mental health. Then they explore various places in the community to practice their skills.  Some of these places have included the Milwaukee Lakefront, the Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center, the Water Tower, and the Harley Davidson Museum, to name a few.  Each session is concluded with a  photography exhibit open to the public for the veterans to display and share their work. The past community venues which have offered their sites for exhibits have included The Wilson Center, Northwestern Mutual, Carroll University, Milwaukee County Library-Central Branch, and the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.

The exhibits are accompanied by an online slideshow which proved to be especially helpful in 2020 due to the pandemic. The most recent slide show, dated October 14, 2020, can be viewed online at  www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAbD6RAKq6g . The 10 minute slideshow demonstrates the stunning photographs taken by the Veterans during the  Fall 2020 session, and takes one to the rich venues visited, including the Sculpture Gardens, Havenwoods State Forest, Mitchell Domes, 3 Bridges Park, MKE Urban Stables, and the War Memorial! One of these photographs (taken during the fall session by Jeffry Peterson) is exhibited in this article.  

The following quote is from a veteran who was a participant in the fall session which encapsulates the benefits of the program:  “I gained inner growth, patience, and more awareness of my surroundings.” Another surprising outcome of the program has been that two of the past veteran participants are pursuing a future interest photography and are taking college education courses in photography related fields of study. 

If you or your company would like to learn more about the Veterans in Focus photography program, please contact Courtney Zeller (Courtney.zeller@va.gov).
The Civic Music Association, Milwaukee, is one of many charitable organizations that are sponsored by the Mini-Grant program of the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) and the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation (ERF).
The CMA was founded in 1918. It has served many hundreds of young musicians and music educators over the years through educational experiences, scholarship programs, performance opportunities, and award recognition. In recent years, the emphasis has increased on private music lessons based on financial need and other factors. Elmbrook Rotary Foundation donations have in the past been recognition of that effort.
Civic Music’s Board of Directors is made up of musicians, MPS music teachers and community leaders. CMA has maintained an association with MYSO (Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra) and the Steinway Society of Milwaukee. It has had to re-invent itself in the past year, and on-line lessons and recitals have been substituted for live participation due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Some programs have been pushed back pending the return of normal health considerations, which all hope for in the not-too-distant future.
Serenity Inns addresses an unmet community need for residential treatment for men who are recovering from addiction and who have no insurance or funds to pay for treatment. The organization provides support for mind, body and spirit. 
Their goal is to provide the men with the support and accountability they need to rebuild their lives and to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. The need for this program is demonstrated by statistics attesting to the rising rate of opioid addiction along with an ever-present and growing waiting list.
All of the men served by Serenity Inns are battling addictions. They are typically between the ages of 18 and 55; they have an addiction to heroin/opiates, cocaine, or alcohol; and they are without the ability to pay for treatment. They must complete detox before arriving at Serenity Inns due to the possible medical complications that detox entails. Nearly 100% of the men served at Serenity Inns have a history of incarceration.
Serenity Inns’ main program is the residential Recovery Program, which is supplemented by the Alumni House independent living program (see photo) and the Outpatient Program. Together the programs served approximately 100 people annually.
For the second year in a row, Serenity Inns recently was awarded “Best in Milwaukee” by the Shepherd Express in the Alcohol & Drug Rehab Center category.
Elmbrook Rotary Club and the ERC Foundation are pleased to support Serenity Inns through our Mini-Grant program.

Through grants from The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians improve access to essential medical services for mothers and their children. These efforts are aimed at reducing the number of children under age five who die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation – a figure that is currently estimated at 7 million.

According to another estimate, more than 80 percent of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to reproductive health services and trained health care workers. Rotarians provide education, immunizations, birthing kits, and mobile health clinics to support these causes. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.

Elmbrook Rotary Club is the international partner for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant that has provided pediatric and neonatal ventilators for Andean Health & Development's (AHD’s) locally-staffed teaching hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.

Encourage your friends , relatives, neighbors, and business associates to join Rotary and support maternal and child health.

The April 2021 edition of the Elm Grove News - Independent carries a major article on Rotary International (RI) District 6270's announcement of the selection of Alaina Eckert, Sussex, WI, as its Global Grant Scholarship applicant for 2021-2022. Ms. Eckert was referred to the D-6270 selection committee by Elmbrook Rotary Club leadership. Click here or on the image below to access the article.
Ms. Eckert is a graduate of Sussex Hamilton H.S. and of The University of Wisconsin—Madison. She has already begun a dual degree, Master of Science/Master of International Nature Conservation, in a cooperative program of the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany, and Lincoln University in Lincoln, New Zealand. Since her Area of Focus is "Environment," the Global Grant will be one of the first in this newest emphasis of Rotary International, which takes effect on July 1, 2021.
The practical approach of Ms. Eckert's study program is to preserve the integrity of nature, in combination with the assessment of risk management and conservation strategy, and offers an invaluable experience in the education of international conservation. The four-semester program offers new perspectives to maintaining biodiversity and ecosystems that allow local communities to be resilient to future ecological changes, maintain economic stability and growth, use adaptive conservation management strategies for both the betterment of the community and the ecosystem, and preserve critical ecological systems. Thus, Ms. Eckert’s program of studies aligns closely with RI’s newest Area of Focus, the "Environment."
The amount of the Global Grant Scholarship is U.S. $30,000. RI District 6270 is providing $16,667 of that amount, and The Rotary Foundation is matching it at an 80% level with another $13,333. The Rotary Foundation, RI districts, and Rotary clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for graduate study through the Global Grant Scholarship program. Information about Rotary’s other scholarship programs can be accessed at:  https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/scholarships.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has announced additional changes to its Global Grants program. The first major change occurred last year when TRF decided that World fund resources will be used to match only District Designated Fund (DDF) contributions, and the match remained at 100%. This change was because, due to COVID-19 distributions, TRF fully expended the Global Grant budget.
The most recent change takes effect on July 1, 2021, and includes the following:
1. DDF contributions transferred to Polio Plus will be matched at 50% (instead of 100%)
2. The World Fund match of DDF will be reduced from 100% to 80% when being used for Global Grants.
3. 5% of the current year’s Annual fund-SHARE contributions will be taken equally from the World Fund and DDF to help fund operating expenses. (i.e., for every $100 contribution, $5 will go to operating expenses, $47.50 to DDF, and $47.50 to the World Fund).
4. The ability to roll over unused DDF will be limited to five years. The first DDF rollover redirection will take place on 1 July 2026. Currently there is $48.8 million DDF being carried by various districts throughout the world, and TRF desires to put those monies to work. [NOTE:  RI District 6270, in which Elmbrook Rotary is located, does NOT carry over large amounts of DDF from one year to the next. Rather, a rollover occurs only when the amount is already designated for a particular purpose.]
The Elmbrook Rotary Club's International Committee has elected to  support a unique collaboration between Jhoole in India and Womanspace in Rockford, IL.
Jhoole is a nonprofit ethical fashion social enterprise based in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India. Founded by Hannah Warren, a past Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and President Elect for the Rockford Rotary Club, Jhoole employs women to help them gain economic independence, invest in education and break the cycle of poverty in their community. Jhoole focuses on empowering women both financially, through employment and vocational training, and as individuals, through community programming in literacy, mindfulness, health, and creative arts.
In a new collaboration, Jhoole has partnered with Womanspace, a unique nonprofit organization in Rockford, IL, that focuses on empowering women to become creative, confident, impactful leaders. A group of artists from Jhoole and Womanspace have cross-pollinated ideas and techniques to design an athleisurewear collection that will be manufactured, hand-dyed and block-printed by Jhoole. The collection is available for purchase here.
Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) was both educated and entertained by a world-renowned economist, Dr. Mark Skousen, in its weekly Zoom virtual meeting on Friday, March 12.
Mark Skousen, Ph. D., editor of Forecasts & Strategies, is a nationally known investment expert, economist, university professor, and author of more than 25 books. In July 2018 Dr Skousen was awarded the inaugural Triple Crown in Economics for his work in economic theory, history, and education, and has been identified as one of the 20 most influential living economists.
In his presentation to ERC, Dr. Skousen challenged members to solve some of the world's most interesting puzzles and paradoxes in economics and finances. Keeping the audience completely engaged, he won more than a few "converts" to his economic theories. A PDF copy of his presentation slides can be accessed here.
A limited number of Dr. Skousen's book, The Maxims of Wall Street, were made available on the ERC's online auction site, and proceeds were given to The FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County. Additional copies are available for purchase on Amazon.com. Access by clicking here or on the image above.
Elmbrook Rotary's Puzzle Palooza online auction netted $10,000 in support of The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County.
The online auction had over 200 items, including some new puzzles and puzzle company gift cards. The $10,000 was raised through bidding on gently-used puzzles and cash contributions (both matched dollar for dollar with a grant from the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation).
Karen Tredwell, Executive Director of The FOOD Pantry, reports that pantry usage was 30% higher in April, May, & June of 2020 compared to 2019, and increased usage has remained comparable this year. The FOOD Pantry is currently serving about 6,000 individuals per month throughout the entire Waukesha County area. A "digital check" was presented to Director Tredwell in ERC's Zoom meeting on Friday, March 5. The paper check was sent via USPS.
The FOOD Pantry intends to utilize the funds received from Elmbrook Rotary for the new mobile unit at Elmbrook School District's Burleigh Elementary School. A major article in the March 2021 edition (see p. 7) of Elm Grove News - Independent features the fundraiser. Click here or on the image above to access a PDF copy of the EGNI edition.
Even before celebrating Elmbrook Rotary's successful receipt of a $98,000 Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation (TRF), ERC member Jim Dunn continued his ongoing support of Andean Health & Development (AHD) by participating in its annual group bike ride in September 2021.
Because of the global pandemic, this annual fundraiser became "virtual" this year. Some 143 cyclists in 17 different states and four different countries participated. Generosity from 369 donors resulted in net contributions of $634,935 from the annual fundraiser.
Be sure to read the article (p. 6) in the February 2021 edition of Elm Grove News - Independent about ERC's Global Grant from TRF. Click here to access.
And, do join ERC's weekly meeting on Friday, February 19, when Dr. David Gaus (AHD Founder & CEO) will be the featured speaker.
In 2020 Elm Grove Fire Chief (Retired) William Selzer was named as the "Business Person of the Year" by Elmbrook Rotary in recognition of his 47 years of service. He recently provided the photo below, displaying the ERC recognition plaque alongside other memorabilia in his home office.
In addition, Chief Selzer sent a letter of gratitude intended for the entire club membership. Click here to read his letter, which also contains fire prevention tips that can be profitably put to use by all of us.
Congratulations again to Fire Chief (Retired) Bill Selzer!
Ana V. Ramirez is the 8th student at the Common Hope School in Guatemala who has been sponsored by the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation.
Ana's family income is U.S. $364/month, and the six-member family lives in a small concrete-block home (10 meters by 10 meters). They obtain water and electricity from neighbors and must use an outhouse for a bathroom.
Ana is an 11th Grade student, enrolled in Marketing and Advertising Certification. Her anticipated graduation date is November 2022. Since 2014, six members of Elmbrook Rotary Club (accompanied by four family members) have made the trip to Guatemala for the graduation exercises, a weekend-long celebration with, and support for, our sponsored student and her/his family. Any club member can volunteer to represent the club. Contact Erik Moeser if interested.
On December 28 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) was notified that The Rotary Foundation has paid out $47,300 from its World Fund in support of Global Grant 2099786, "Pediatric Ventilators Santo Domingo Ecuador." The amount includes $11,000 of District Designated Funds (DFF) from Rotary District 6270.
The Rotary Club of Troy, MI, and RI District 6380, (an international district that comprises parts of southeastern Michigan and also Canada) hosted an online presentation and Q&A on January 6 with John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary. The program is most informative and provides Hewko's perspective on "The Future of Rotary." Enjoy the embedded YouTube video, or click here to access if trying to view from the Elmbrook Rotary Club's weekly eBulletin.
The Elmbrook Rotary Foundation (ERF) Board of Directors has approved the following mini-grants for international projects:
  • Common Hope Student Sponsorship—$1,200
  • Common Hope Vision Team Support—$2,500
  • India E-Learning—$4,800
  • Friends for Health in Haiti—$2,500
  • Marquette Univ. Engineers without Borders (EWB) in Guatemala—$3,500
  • Giraffe Children's Charity—$1,100
The "Annual Meeting" of both the Elmbrook Rotary Club and the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation occurred on Friday, December 3.
Part of this online gathering included the election of new leaders for both the club and the foundation.
Elected to the Board of Directors for both organizations for a three-year term (Class of 2024) were Jeanne Allen and Bonnie Bertram. Past President Paul Langer was also elected to the Board of Directors for a one-year term (Class of 2022). Their tenure of office takes effect on July 1, 2021.
ERC member Tom Steinbach was elected to serve as Sergeant-at-Arms, beginning on July 1, 2021, and succeeding to Secretary, Vice-President, & President in succeeding years.
Congratulations to all, and thanks for being willing to serve!
ERC's historic, first-ever, ONLINE SILENT AUCTION experienced awesome, smashing results!  A total of $11,299 was raised (bids, $8,824; donations, $1,475; & auction sponsorship, $1,000).
Combined with the annual "Spikes for Tykes" fundraiser results, this amount has already enabled ERC committees to authorize nearly $30,000 through the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation to support the charitable activities of 17 different organizations. Fantastic!
Thanks to all for your participation!  Please contact anyone on the committee with any follow-up questions.
Online Silent Auction Committee:
Kevin Roche, Chair; Tom Hochuli, Honorary Member; Kathy Becker; Bonnie Bertram; Kate Bloomberg; Mike Groth; Jackie Radomski.
Because of COVID-19, sponsors of graduating students at the Common Hope School in Guatemala were not able to attend graduation events in person. However, the Common Hope organization arranged for two Zoom events in order to connect sponsors with their graduating students. Sergio Cuc C(Z)elada, who has been sponsored by the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation, was among the graduates.
Sergio hopes to attend a university in order to study Agriculture or Civil Engineering. Click here to read letters of gratitude from both Common Hope and from Sergio himself.
On November 1, Common Hope also debuted its "Salute to Hope," a video that explains and celebrates its work in Guatemala. Click on the image below to access the video, available on YouTube.

Share Hope this Holiday

This holiday season, please consider sharing hope with students and families in Guatemala. You can shop the Special Edition Gift Catalog in support of Covid-19 Crisis Response, send a note to someone in Guatemala to let them know you’re thinking of them, or order the NEW limited edition Holiday Boxes in the Common Hope Holiday Shop!  Click here or on the image below to shop and order. Thank you for helping to deliver hope this holiday!

The World Health Organization (WHO) on August 25. 2020, announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is an historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
[Click on the photo above to read the full story.]
Now that the African region is free of wild poliovirus, five of WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are free of the disease. Polio caused by the wild virus is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan (the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region).
In its virtual meeting (via Zoom) on Friday, August 14, 2020, Elmbrook Rotary Club announced the recipient of its "Business Person of the Year" award. The 2020 awardee is William ("Bill") Selzer, retired Fire Chief of the Village of Elm Grove Fire Department. [Click on the image above to view a video of the award presentation.]
Retired Chief Selzer provided 47 years of service to the Village of Elm Grove in its Fire Department. 31 of those years were as Fire Chief.
Interim Fire Chief David Kastenholz shared the following comments:  "Bill was a respected leader in the fire service; his innovation and leadership skills were as strong as anyone I have ever worked with in the fire service or the corporate world. Bill understood how to treat the people he worked with. When things went well and there was praise to be given, he always made sure the department received it. Bill never needed nor did he want to be in the lime-light. Bill had a collaborative attitude; he knew we would always be a better department if we interacted with the other departments within the Village as well as our neighboring departments. Joint training and sharing of resources occurred while Bill was Chief. Bill was responsible for modernizing our apparatus and equipment. If we felt there was a piece of equipment that would help us do our job in a safer and more efficient manner, Bill was on-board.  Bill's command presence was unflappable! No matter what was going, Bill remained cool, calm, and collected! That presence gave all of us the opportunity to do our jobs to the best of our ability."
Elmbrook Rotary Club also announced that it has named an annual two-year scholarship the "Elmbrook Rotary Bill Selzer First Responder Scholarship." This scholarship will be reserved for, and given to, selected students who desire to pursue a career as a first responder.
Congratulations to Fire Chief (Retired) Selzer! We salute you, and thank you for your service!
Holger Knaack, member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum-Lauenburg-Möln, Germany, is Rotary International President for 2020-2021.
A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor. He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and was co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.
Rotary Opens Opportunities is the theme chosen by President Knaack for 2020-2021. At the International Assembly in San Diego in January 2020, he had the following to say about his theme: "So as you can see, Rotary is not just a club that you join. It is an invitation to endless opportunities. It opens opportunities to serve in a project as big and historic as End Polio Now and also in a small community project, where you just plant a tree. And it opens opportunities for you to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core valuesAs Rotarians, we are very blessed to take on leadership roles at this wonderful moment for our organization. Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere. Therefore, the theme for our year is: Rotary Opens Opportunities."
On Friday, May 22, ERC member and TRF (The Rotary Foundation) rep for the club, Tom Curl, provided a motivational report to Elmbrook Rotary Club that encouraged support of TRF.
Usually, when "Foundation" is mentioned, ERC members think of the Elmbrook Rotary Club Foundation, which annually provides approximately $70,000 to charitable organizations both nationally and internationally.  Click here or on the image below to read about the ERC Foundation work during the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.
However, Tom's emphasis was on The Rotary Foundation globally and how to donate. A handful of other ERC members provided testimonies of how they have made commitments to TRF through personal wills, family estate trusts, IRA distributions, and outright gifts. Emphasis was also given to the "Million Dollar Journey" of RI District 6270. Joining the meeting was Nancy Rhodes, a Past District Governor of District 6270 and current Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor for Zone 29.
ERC members who shared their stories nearly unanimously made mention of ERC's own international efforts at the Common Hope school in Guatemala and credited that involvement as an incentive for their own commitments to The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation spends charitable contributions on multiple programs - from the eradication of polio, to scholarships, vocational training teams, Rotary Peace Centers, and humanitarian projects. The funds are used for programs and projects Rotarians feel passionate about. With a four-star rating by Charity Navigator for ten years in a row and over 1.2 million Rotarians overseeing the funds at a grassroots level, you have all the confidence in the world that your funds through Rotary are in amazing hands doing amazing work here and abroad.
You can read stories and see the details
of The Rotary Foundation’s financials
in the most recent Annual Report on rotary.org
It is now possible for members of Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) to make online payments and donations both to ERC and to the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation (ERF).
Two separate commercial merchant accounts have been activated which intend to keep transactions separated between ERC and ERF.
To make payments to ERC, simply follow the link provided in one's individual club account (and quarterly statements). A surcharge of 5% is billed to one's club account when utilizing a credit card or debit card.
To make donations or payments to ERF, simply click the "Donate" or "Donate Now" button that can be found on multiple pages on the ERC web site. Or, one can click the URL link that will be provided in ERF invoices to club members. Please ensure that donations or payments intended for the ERF account are not made to the ERC account. The opposite is also true. And, please remember that not all payments to the Foundation [a 501(c)(3) entity] are tax-deductible. IRS rules and policies must be followed.
Finally, one can always use the old-fashioned (and least expensive) way of payment/donation with an individual check or bank check via "Bill Pay" at one's bank.
Members of the 2019 Guatemala Vision Team stand in front of the house they built in February along with the Ventura family who will be living there!
Our Meeting Location
Whether you're a visiting Rotarian or someone interested in finding out what Rotary's all about, please feel free to join us on Friday Mornings. You'll receive a hearty welcome - plus a whole lot more! Our meetings are held at The Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove.

ImageWHEN: Elmbrook Rotary Club is a breakfast club that meets every Friday from 7:00-8:00 AM
WHERE:  Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, WI. 1800 Highland Road
COST: $16 Breakfast
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About Elmbrook Rotary
Elmbrook Rotary Club was founded by 26 Brookfield and Elm Grove, Wisconsin, USA business leaders to promote fellowship as a foundation for community service, ethical ideals and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. Elmbrook Rotary Club is also proud to sponsor The Brookfield East High School Interact Club, a service oriented group of high school students. Our mailing address is: Elmbrook Rotary, P.O. Box 1014, Brookfield WI 53008-1014.
ERC Peace Initiative
Elmbrook Rotary Club has embarked upon a "Peace Building Project."
Announced and previewed on Friday, October 18, the project will stretch over multiple years as the club and its membership engage in peace building in Milwaukee.
View the embedded video from the Rotary Action Group for Peace. If not viewable, follow the URL linked to "Rotary: Peace Is . . ."
For a detailed look at ERC's peace initiative, view the PDF entitled "ERC Peace Building Project." Above all, stay tuned and become involved as the project unfolds.
2021 Spikes for Tykes
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Elmbrook Rotary Club’s 34th annual Spikes for Tykes volleyball event/fundraiser has been transformed into a 3k walk which will allow for continued social distancing. The walk will be followed by a casual Picnic Celebration after the fundraising has been completed.
The theme for this year centers on horse racing. Club membership has been divided into ten racing teams, each competing in four individual races for individual race purses and for an overall crown.
The ERC Spikes Derby League officials have announced that each member of a winning team for each of the four seasonal races will receive 100 points towards a future Paul Harris Fellow award! This will first apply to the initial race on Saturday, April 17—the Apple Blossom Derby—and to each race thereafter. Purse payouts will not be available until after the current ERF 50% match offer expires. Thus, race winnings to apply toward Paul Harris recognition will be available beginning January 1, 2022.
Click on the document titles below to access major information for this year’s fundraiser:
Sponsorship Opportunity Form
Sponsorship Appeal Letter
2019-2020 ERF Charitable Contributions
Racing Teams, Owners, & Team Members
Rotary 2020-2021 Theme
ERC Calendar
June 2021
2020 Business Person of the Year

The Elmbrook Rotary Club is pleased to announce that its 2020 Business Person of the Year award recipient is Village of Elm Grove Retired Fire Chief William ("Bill") Selzer.

[Click on the photo to view the presentation.]

Chief Selzer served for 47 years with the Elm Grove Fire Department, 31 of those years as Fire Chief. He retired, effective June 1, 2020; however, his legacy will last for much longer. Interim Fire Chief David Kastenholz commented, "Bill's command presence was unflappable! No matter what was going on, Bill remained cool, calm, and collected! That presence gave all of us the opportunity to do our jobs to the best of our ability."

Under committee chair Ralph Gould, the Elmbrook Rotary Club annually presents its "Business Person of the Year" award to an individual who has displayed unique entrepreneurial skills and abilities in the community.

Elmbrook Rotary Club also announced that it has named an annual two-year scholarship the "Elmbrook Rotary Bill Selzer First Responder Scholarship ," intended to motivate and financially support students who wish to become first responders.

Congratulations, Chief Selzer! Thanks for your service!

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In Recognition . . .
The Elmbrook Rotary Club and Foundation are pleased to recognize the following individuals.
Foundation Director Emeritus:
     William Isbister (deceased)
Club Honorary Members:
    Tom Ehrsam, Jane Koons, & Renato Westby
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