A lively crowd was on hand last week to get us going on this Arbor Day – a day to celebrate everything green. Also lighting up the room was our Club’s Marathon Man – Chris Salani who just back from a week in Scottsdale and sporting a snappy pair of Ferrari logo blue running shoes. They looked fast even sitting still!
We were joined by a number of guests including David Bonk – a visiting Rotarian from Winona MN who also happens to be the son of ERC member Greg Bonk. David took a few minutes to tell us about his recent stay in Salem, India teaching English in an elementary school there. Salem happens to be very near Yercaud, India, where our Club sponsors a school and where we have a major e-learning initiative with the local Rotary District. It really highlights the international reach of Rotary and we will look forward to opportunities to partner with Yarcaud and Winona for possible future programs in India.
Charlie Shirley introduced our Guest Speaker Heather Gerhke of the Elmbrook Humane Society who talked about the programs available from the Society. Humane treatment of all animals is the overriding philosophy – which includes a no-kill policy. The society works with residents looking for rescue pets as well as those with concern about wild animals and their welfare. 
Our next meeting will be at the Milwaukee Veterans Health Facility where we will learn of the many service available to our returning Veterans and have a tour of the facility. Other dates to remember: May 13th and 14th District 6270 Spring Conference at the Osthoff in Elkhart Lake. Sign up through the District Website at www.rotary6270.org. Our Club will pay for your registration fee, so we hope to see you there!