One of our newer members, Gwen Condon, recently gave her Classification Talk at a Friday meeting. And while she’s new to Elmbrook Rotary, she’s been an active Rotarian for years with the Lake Country Rotary Club. Here’s a topline on her talk:
 
 
Gwen is originally from Milwaukee and now lives in Hartland, Wisconsin with her husband Ken. They met in Madison where she attended the University of Wisconsin, and her major was  Medical Genetics.  Ken is an Otolaryngologist. Together, they have four grown children, of which she is very proud.
 
Gwen’s work career is varied and includes having worked in medical research, as an income  tax preparer and a real estate broker.  She has also owned Garden Gate Nursery since 1994, which is a retail Garden and Landscape Center in Hartland. Currently, Gwen works for for MetLife, specializing in small business finance, succession planning and employee financial education.   
 
As mentioned, Gwen was a member of the Lake Country Rotary Club for over 10 years. During that time, she hosted 4 exchange students including several students from Germany and one from Spain for a 6 week exchange. Her 3 older children also reciprocated those exchanges. Gwne and her family then hosted Eloy Borges through the Lake Country Club for 1 year. Her family has traveled to Brazil twice to spend time with him and his family and it has been an incredible experience. He was with them 12 years ago and this past Christmas he was married.  Gwen and her husband were very touched when Eloy asked them to be one of his sponsors.    
 
Working in Milwaukee at MetLife, Gwen was no longer able to attend the noon meetings for the Lake Country club. While she really missed the friendships and involvement with the community, she decided to seek out a club that I could become involved in and in searching for a new club, the ERC website stood out from the pack according to Gwen, “It was very professional, current and displayed a  high level of community and international involvement.” 
 
Gwen closed by saying that she’s very fortunate to have joined our club. Likewise, we’re equally lucky to have someone join ERC who has such a rich history of community and international involvement.