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Get ready for our biggest fundraiser of the year with our kick-off at this Friday's Club meeting! Check out the Spikes page on our website or watch for details in the weeks ahead on how you can sponsor a team or register to play. What is Spikes for Tykes? Visit our Spikes for Tykes page to learn more!
As some of us celebrated Wisconsin’s win over North Carolina on Thursday in the Sweet 16, our Friday morning meeting featured a lot of red sweaters as the outside cold temps were in the 20’s and still well below normal. With all the talk of basketball and the NCAA Tournament, we were joined by representatives from the Milwaukee Bucks, Peter Feigin and Alex Lasry who were gave us updates on plans for the new arena and talked about the direction of the team.
Peter and Alex talked about the process of bringing together local and statewide stakeholders and governmental agencies to work through the financing of the new arena while building a higher profile throughout the state. They also stressed the importance of building a team and an organization for the future so that in 5 years, they’re competing for a championship.
Part of their talk touched on the long-term impact of not-having a new downtown arena and an NBA franchise in Milwaukee, and the resulting loss of jobs and income for businesses who benefit from having the Bucks in town; not to mention the national awareness that the team brings to the city. Peter and Alex made it clear that they, along with owner Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, are committed to turning the franchise around and making the Bucks a winner again.

Next week, our club has its Spikes for Tykes kick-off event. This our 28th Annual Volleyball Spiketacular with members raising funds that benefit a number of local and global organizations. Watch for details in the weeks ahead and for more information, visit our Spikes for Tykes page on our website.
Club Member Gordy Miller and his wife Jerri hosted a Bunco game at their home on March 22 and the event was a big success.
Joining them were 20 other Rotarians and their guests who enjoyed some spirited dice rolling, lots of tasty food and good conversation. Prizes were awarded to the players with the most points and most number of Bunco’s. Thanks to Gordy and Jerri for hosting and to everyone who took part.
Our Friday meeting last week was highlighted by several reports from two recent teams that visited Common Hope in Antigua, Guatemala for outreach efforts. (See the story below for details on the ERC trip). Our Elmbrook Rotary Club recently returned from their fourth trip to Guatemala and was instrumental in helping the Brookfield Congregational Church (BCC) send a team for the first time in late January 2015. Between the BCC and ERC, almost 50 people have experienced the work of Common Hope on the ground. The video clip above helps give an idea of the invaluable work they are doing. If you are interested in making the trip to Guatemala next year or having your organization field a team, please contact Club President Tom Curl.
The Elmbrook Rotary Club Vision Team for 2015 returned from Antigua, Guatemala on Sunday, March 1 after a week of service with Common Hope, Inc., a St. Paul, MN based Non-Profit organization which has spent the last 30 years improving lives with education, healthcare, housing, and social services.
Joining Elmbrook Rotary Club President Tom Curl and Vice President Mark Zalewski were their wives Lynda and Evonne respectively, along with team members Jan and Darcy Constable, Past Rotary District 6270 Governor Ted Gurzynski, current District Assistant Governor Sandy Bosin, and representing the Port Washington Rotary Club, Ruth Lansing, a veteran of two prior trips, and Bob Henckle.
Local families in Antigua become engaged by agreeing to keep their children in school and through hard work and “sweat equity” by taking part in various projects. Unfortunately, the typical outcome for many of the children in the area is to become an “economic unit”, as families put them to work in the fields from the time they are five or six years old, with very few kids not getting more than a third grade education. This sad cycle repeats itself to where many of the children have the same kind of life their parents have had with little hope for a better life.  Fortunately, with the support of Common Hope, a child has a very good chance of making it through sixth grade and beyond to high school. Since they’re beginning, over 1,000 kids have graduated from high school as a result of the Common Hope programs.
The Elmbrook Rotary Club team, like more than 20 other teams that participate each year, spent a week building a simple home, working with kids in the classrooms of several of the Common Hope Partner Public Schools, distributing books, supplies, and sporting goods, much of it donated to the team from friends and local businesses and transported as excess luggage. They also provided welcome support for many social work visits, with team members being a required “witness”, allowing social work staff to make double the amount of calls they make during a typical week. In addition, and as part of a community effort in conjunction with the Antigua Rotary Club, filtration equipment was provided for many families who have no dependable supply of safe water.
The house that was built by the team, is for a family who have earned it through many hours of working with Common Hope at their facilities, and in the schools that partner with Common Hope, in the kitchens and in the maintenance departments. The house is “panelized” at the central work yard and transported to the site which may be owned or leased by the family who will live in the house. There is a tile or poured floor and two rooms, a total of approximately 250 square feet, and some functions are already in place outside the walls, such as communal bathrooms and cooking facilities.  For the people who don’t own the land, the houses are easily disassembled and moved to another site if the need arises, including the tiled flooring.
Since 2011, Elmbrook Rotary Club has sent  5 Teams including the “Advance Team” that did the initial legwork for our efforts.  Over 35 members including their friends and family members have traveled to Guatemala, with many making the trip more than once. Each person do so at their own expense which includes airfare and room and board while in Antigua. A small part of the trip also includes some sightseeing while enjoying the local culture of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage City boasting a long, interesting, and important history in  Central America. A number of participants have extended their stay beyond the weeklong program, in order to see more of Guatemala’s amazing sights and attractions, including the Mayan ruins at Tikal, Lake Atitlan, and the giant Mayan market held in Chichicastenango.
Another very important aspect of the Common Hope program is the opportunity for Elmbrook Rotary Club members and their friends to sponsor a specific student directly, with visits to the family home and written communication throughout the year.  The sponsorship helps tie in a family affiliation throughout the year while making school attendance possible for the children who don’t have to spend every day contributing economically to the support of the family.  This past November, Elmbrook Rotarian and Sergeant-at-Arms, Linda Edelstein traveled to Guatemala to help Esvin Hernandez, a young man who the Club has sponsored over the past several years, as he celebrated his graduation from high school with his family.  Recenty, the club has taken on another student who will graduate in November of 2015, and the intent is to help students get through the last year or two where the risk of having to drop out of school is high.
While this is a problem, it’s not issue with sponsored students and in all, Elmbrook Rotarians are helping 22 kids stay in school!
Sandy Bosen – our current DG had such a good experience on the trip that she personally donated $1000 to the ERC Foundation to be used to help one of our members – who may not otherwise be able to make a Vision Team trip
A very nice gesture
For anyone who is interested in learning more about this program or any of Elmbrook Rotary Club’s International programs, including outreach efforts in India, Vietnam, and Ecuador, you are invited to contact Club President Tom Curl at
ImageWe held our semi-annual Food Drive over the past several weeks which was coordinated by Dr. Thom Arndt of the Community Service Committee. The event benefits the Waukesha Food Panty and is held in both March and during the summer in June and July. The drive this year was ran so that it would be completed to take advantage “Match Day” sponsored by The Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
One of the primary focuses of the Elmbrook Rotary Club is community involvement, and as most of us are aware, food is a basic need throughout many of our communities and not just around the world. Another focus of the Club is youth, and 1/3 of the people served by the food pantry are children.
Prior to the drop off date, Rotarians were reminded of the event, and encouraged to collect non-perishable foods to donate. In addition, the Club sets aside $500 to match the first $500 members donate. On the drop off dates, Thom, along with Community Service Committee members Mike Schmeling and Arne Landsverk, collected the items and cash donations. After the collection Arne dropped off the food at the Waukesha Food Pantry on Friday March 13th.
In addition to collecting two laundry baskets full of food, Elmbrook Rotarians donated a whopping $1,029, easily exceeding the match of $500 for a total of $1,529.  This will be donated through the Match Day website to receive an additional “proportional” match.
Thanks to everyone involved in this important program and for your generous donations.
Mike Schmeling
Chairperson - Community Service Committee
Elmbrook Rotary

ImageOn March 2, eleven Elmbrook Rotarian's and their spouses were part of over 30 participants who took part in Read Across America Day at the Capitol West Academy School on 88th Street in Milwaukee. The Read Across America Day event celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday and focuses on creating a love of learning. The message to kids is: reading is important, and fun!

Each participant read two Dr. Seuss books to groups of elementary students. After the reading sessions, the students who participated in the reading along with the entire student body, gathered in the school's auditorium to hear the second grade students sing several songs in addition to hearing the eighth graders recite the school's pledge in a fast, upbeat tempo.
Joining in the day’s event was Milwaukee Bucks Executive Vice President of Community Affairs, John Steinmiller, who addressed the students after the performances.  His presentation focused on the importance of reading each and every day and touched on all the fun and interesting things you can learn just by simply opening up a book and reading.
Thanks to everyone who attended or took part including Elmbrook Rotary Club members, CWA Board members and guests.
As we looked forward to the warmest day of the year today – the snow is melting and Spring can’t be far behind. That prospect has Club Member, and resident lawn care expert, Mark Thurner rubbing his hands with delight at the prospect of numerous green and growing lawns.
Our speaker this morning was ERC Member and  Brookfield Mayor, Steve Ponto. Steve gave us updates on a number of exciting projects under development along the Bluemound Road commercial corridor. He touched on plans for development of Brookfield Square, Plaza 173, in addition to the former WTMJ and Ruby Farms Property. 
In Brookfield Square – the largest taxpayer in Waukesha County, new retail development is slated for the former Sears location and west of Boston Store. Plaza 173 – on the corner of Bluemound and Calhoun is targeted for a makeover to include a Fresh Tyme organic grocery – the first in Wisconsin. And the former WTMJ and Ruby Farms property will be designated a TIF development area with retail, office and potentially a hotel and conference center on the drawing boards. Exciting developments to keep Brookfield at the forefront in a growing and competitive economic marketplace.
This morning we also conducted some Club Business with updates from the Foundation Committee Chairman Kevin Roche, and future Foundation Committee Chairman, Charley Shirley who took a few minutes to remind everyone of the many ways to contribute to both the Rotary International Foundation, and our own Elmbrook Rotary Foundation.
Through Spikes for Tykes, direct gifts or remembering the ERC Foundation in your estate, every member can contribute to the good work we do as a Club.   
Rotary International also has a number of ways members can participate. And these funds ultimately become available to us and other Clubs for major projects. The most common ways to give are Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) encourages us to give $100 annually, with special recognition for our Club if we all participate.
Paul Harris Fellowships recognize Rotarians who have given $1000 over time - and Elmbrook helps by paying the last $200 to get you there. Become a Sustaining Member by giving $25 or $50 every quarter, and you can get to a Paul Harris Fellowship in no time. And it’s all Tax Deductible!
Next week we have a combined program with our recent Vision Team to Guatemala and Club Members, Linda Wickstrom and Kate Bloomberg - another former Brookfield Mayor, as they report on their recent Vision Team experiences.