Even though it was the coldest morning of the year, there was plenty of warm fellowship at Friday's breakfast meeting. Nevertheless, a few of the less hearty members are taking off for warmer territory over the next few weeks as they head for Florida, Mexico and Bora Bora – Can you take us along?!
 
And our own Vision Team, which includes President Tom and Lynda Curl, VP Mark and Evonne Zalewski, and Jan and Darcy Constable, will be leaving for Antigua, Guatemala. They will spend a week working with our partners at Common Hope on literacy projects and home construction. We wish them and everyone safe travels.
 
 
 
Our speaker this morning was Ian Abston who is Executive Director of NEWaukee. Formed 6 years ago as an organization of young Milwaukee professionals with a mission to promote the “Brand” of Milwaukee, it has grown from 5 volunteers to over 200 volunteers and 5 paid staff. The goal is to make our city competitive with other vibrant growing areas of the country – such as Austin, Seattle or Minneapolis.
 
NEWaukee works closely with the area business community to attract and retain top young talent to the area by – Accentuating the Positive and Eliminating the Negative about our home town.
 
Creating and hosting exciting free social activities, with a total over 180 last year including the “Night Market” and Lake Shore Park and Bradford Beach Festival, NEWaukee highlights our town as a great place for young professionals to live, work, and raise a family. Those of us who've either grew up in the Milwaukee area, or have been here awhile, have always known it, and now we want everyone else to know it too.
 
Next week, Karen Treadwell from the Waukesha Food Pantry which is one of our Rotary supported organizations, will be our guest speaker.