May Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2024-05-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

New Member... Kurt Schley

Posted by William Selzer
 
On April 19th, President Chris Spresser inducted Kurt Schley into the fellowship of the Elmbrook Rotary club and Rotary International, serving throughout the world. Kurt, President of Elmbrook Hospital, was proposed by Steve Ponto for membership, who presented Kurt with the Rotary lapel pin.
“With the motto Service Above Self, the object of the club and all Rotary clubs is to encourage and foster this ideal as a basis of worthy enterprise.”
 
Welcome Kurt to the Embrook Rotary club!
New Member... Kurt Schley William Selzer 2024-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome... New Member Induction

Posted by William Selzer
 
On Friday April 5th, David Weinberg was inducted into the Elmbrook Rotary Club and Rotary International. President Chris Spresser requested Lucas Severson to present the Rotary pin, representing the ideals of Rotary to David.
Service Above Self, the Object of this club, and all Rotary Clubs, is to encourage and foster this ideal as a basis for worthy enterprise.”
Welcome David, to the Elmbrook Rotary Club!
Welcome... New Member Induction William Selzer 2024-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

"Every Student, All the Time, Every Time"

Posted by William Selzer
 
Dr. Mark Hansen, Elmbrook School Superintendent, presented his annual update to the club on the Elmbrook School District’s recent accomplishments and programs. Dr. Hansen has served the district since 2012 and has seen the system flourish and grow both academically and socially.  Recently, he received the State Superintendent of the Year Award for 2024… Congratulations Dr. Hansen!
The School District of Elmbrook’s “Mission is to educate and inspire every student to think, to learn, and to succeed… with the Vision and Core Values to inspire the work of our students, staff and community as we prepare all students for success”.
 “We have amazing results across the system.”
"Every Student, All the Time, Every Time" William Selzer 2024-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

2023 Common Hope Graduation Ceremony

Posted by William Selzer
 
Bill and Fe Pettersen along with Marie Owens and Todd Hill reported on the 2023 Graduation, of Elmbrook Rotary sponsored students. Bill and Fe have followed the educational journey of their student, Evelyn Roxana, from 7th grade to high school graduation. She graduated with special training to become a chef and is interning in a restaurant while working in a factory.
Over the years, Elmbrook Rotary has been involved in Guatemala by sponsoring students, building homes and providing other health and education related services on their annual pilgrimage with Common Hope.
2023 Common Hope Graduation Ceremony William Selzer 2024-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

"Developing a Space for Leisure and Play for All Abilities and Ages"

Posted by William Selzer
John Kelliher, Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry for the City of Brookfield gave a presentation on the Wirth Park Playground Renovation Project, planned for construction this spring.
Over the years the Park and Recreation Programs have grown, providing “Children and families spending time together… that is what relationship building is all about”. 
The City of Brookfield is excited to announce the Wirth Park Playground Renovation Project. The playground will be designed with inclusive features allowing all ages and abilities the opportunity to play and socialize together.
"Developing a Space for Leisure and Play for All Abilities and Ages" William Selzer 2024-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
April Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2024-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC
April Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2024-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC
Congratulations on Completing the Red Badge Program William Selzer 2024-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Project ADAM (Automatic Defibrillators in Adam's Memory)

Posted by William Selzer
Jodi Wenzel, Project Coordinator for the ADAM Project has practiced as a pediatric nurse at Childrens Wisconsin Hospital for 15 years. At the Friday meeting she shared her passion, knowledge of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and the evolution of the ADAM Project. 
In 1999, a 17-year-old athlete, Adam Lemel, collapsed by sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball. CPR was started and 911 called. At that time there were no AEDs available at the school, or a practice plan in place. EMS personnel arrived and were unable to revive Adam… he passed away on the court. As a result of the tragic loss of their son, Joe and Patty Lemel worked with Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin to develop Project ADAM (Automatic Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory). Lumel’s continuing to advocate for Project ADAM, keeping Adam’s memory alive and his legacy has prevented over 200 sudden cardiac deaths.
Project ADAM (Automatic Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) William Selzer 2024-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

7 Solar Eclipses Around the World - Erik Moeser

Posted by William Selzer
Rotarian Erik Moeser has traveled to Hawaii, Chili, Aruba, Zambia, Libya, Australia, and Tennessee to experience the totality of a solar eclipse. He shared his knowledge and passion for the heavens with the club at the Friday Sunrise Meeting. It all started in the late 50’s when his dad woke him up at 4am and went to the flood control dam to witness the passing of the Soviet Union Satellite… Sputnik.
 
On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse can be viewed across the northern hemisphere from Mazatlán, Mexico to Burlington, Vermont. Along this path, eclipse seekers will be able to enjoy a 4minute and 27 second show of solar eclipse totality. Up to the point of totality, the viewer must wear approved eye protection, and during the brief blackout, the protection should be removed to observe the umbra where the moon has completely blocked out the sun.
7 Solar Eclipses Around the World - Erik Moeser William Selzer 2024-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

March Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted on Mar 01, 2024
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in March.
 
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
― Charles Dicken
 
March Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2024-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

"A Place Where Always Something is Happening"

Posted by William Selzer
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On Friday February 23rd, the weekly Sunrise Meeting was hosted by our 30-year community partner, the Wellpoint Care Network. Rotarian Jack Nelson, a Wellpoint Board Member, introduced President and CEO Ann Leinfelder Grove, who has been with the organization for the past 34 years.  Ann welcomed the club members and thanked the group for their support and volunteerism through the years.
“We believe in the healing power of relationships and connections… it is what we are about.”
The three-core services Wellpoint provides are:
  • Mental Health Programming
  • Child and Family Wellbeing
  • Trauma informed Care Training
"A Place Where Always Something is Happening" William Selzer 2024-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Three Members have Completed the Red Badge Program Bill Selzer 2024-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

"It Is Up To Me, If It Is To Be" - 95th Street School Creed

Posted by Bill Selzer
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At the February 16th Sunrise Meeting, Sarah Pinto, Principal of the 95th Street (MPS) School shared the love of her school and thanked the ten Rotary Tutors for their dedication to her students.  Sarah has served in various positions within the MPS system since 2003. Prior to becoming the Principal at the 95Th St. School, she was the Vice Principal at the Starms Discovery Learning Center for 4 years. She has served as Principal for the past seven years with the philosophy that “all students can learn at high levels when given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, an encouraging school community, and support of the family”.
Principal Pinto thanked the Club for their generous donations of school and recess supplies for the kids. She also recognized the efforts and commitment of the 10 ERC Tutors. “Students working with our tutors are making academic gains in the areas of reading and math and making a positive impact on our school community.” 
"It Is Up To Me, If It Is To Be" - 95th Street School Creed Bill Selzer 2024-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
February Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2024-02-15 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

2025 Rotary Peace Fellowships
 

Posted on Feb 15, 2024
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2025 Rotary Peace Fellowships.
 
The application process will be open until 15 May 2024, and interested candidates can apply through the application webpage.

This year, The Rotary Foundation will award up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and up to 80 fellowships for professional development certificates at premier universities throughout the world — including the newest Rotary Peace Center in Istanbul.
 
Please see the attached announcement for details.
 
2025 Rotary Peace Fellowships  2024-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Brookfield East Interact Club Visit

Posted by Bill Selzer
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On February 9, 2024, 3 officers of Brookfield East's Rotary Interact Club visited the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC).

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of "Service Above Self.” The Brookfield East club organizes at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary clubs sponsor, mentor, and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills. The ERC's mentor is Rotarian Jack Hill. The club has grown from 10 members last year to 60 plus this year. Participating in the Club Fair and modifying the meeting times helped grow interest in joining the club.

Brookfield East Interact Club Visit Bill Selzer 2024-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

"I LOVE tutoring at the 95th St. School" - Jackie Thurner

Posted by Bill Selzer
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This article will highlight the history, stories, and impact of the tutoring program. Thank you, Jan Constable, and ERC Tutors past and present, for providing the history and sharing your recent experiences at the 95th Street School.

Program History:

 In 2008 Tony Consiglio was serving as President of the Elmbrook Rotary Club. As a new community service project, he asked club Rotarians to determine if there was a way to get club members involved in a literacy project. A small group was formed to act on his request. After several meetings the group decided to investigate three activities. The three activities were tutoring inmates at the Waukesha Huber Jail, tutoring at an elementary school, or starting our own after school student tutoring program. The group met with representatives of the Huber Jail and the Executive Director of the Capitol West Academy a Private Charter School located in Milwaukee. After additional discussion we decided on the Private Charter School. Meeting with the Executive Director of the school, we asked first that we be assigned to teachers that wanted tutors, second, that when tutoring in reading we also include comprehension and vocabulary. And third, that we tutor the students that are in the lowest 10% of the class.  ERC members and spouses tutored at the Capitol West Academy for 12 years. Each year 15 to 20 ERC tutors supported the school. In addition, each year the ERC held a school supplies drive for the school. During the 12 years, three ERC members served on the school’s Board of Directors.

"I LOVE tutoring at the 95th St. School" - Jackie Thurner Bill Selzer 2024-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

"To Curb the Evils of the Opioid Epidemic"

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Kevin Roche introduced two past work colleagues and friends for over forty years, George Moore, and Dick Niles, who are on a mission to reduce the adolescence death rate due to opioid overdosing. In recent years the addition of fentanyl laced opioids has created an Opioid Crisis. In Wisconsin over 100 adolescents have died of overdoses in the last 10 years, and a total of 1400 Wisconsinites between 2012 and 2022.
Goerge and Dick are founders of the Addiction Resource Council after the tragic loss of Geroge’s son, George IV. due to an accidental opioid overdose.
“Our son George Moore was 28 when he died from an accidental overdose in 2016. He died 3 days after leaving the inpatient facility. We were so proud of him and his enthusiasm and willingness to seek and continue treatment… to make positive life changes and start his road to recovery. Our world was shattered 3 days later.”
"To Curb the Evils of the Opioid Epidemic" Bill Selzer 2024-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Service Project at the Women's Center

Posted by Bill Selzer
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This past week 6 Rotarians prepped and paint two rooms as part of a refresh project at the Women’s Center in Waukesha. Thank you, Mike Hogan and Mark Zalewski for Tuesday’s prep, and Jan Constable, Mark Thurner, Paul Langer, Bill Selzer, Tom Curl and Jackson Bubolz for their cutting and rolling on Thursday.
Service Project at the Women's Center Bill Selzer 2024-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Three Classification Talks

Posted by Bill Selzer
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What is a new Rotary member Classification talk? The talk is usually given to the membership within the first six months after joining. It is an opportunity for our new members to share their life experiences and give the club a snapshot of who they are, what has been their vocation path and what drew them to the fellowship of Rotary.
Recently, Janie Jacobson, David Urban and John Scott shared their life journeys during their talks. Welcome to the club, we look forward to you being involved in our mission, “providing service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders”.
 
Thank you for sharing, your talks were great!
Three Classification Talks Bill Selzer 2024-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Three members of the Elmbrook Rotary receive recognition from President Elect Thomas Steinbach for their financial contributions to Rotary. Kevin Roach, Linda Edelstein and Jim Dunn were recognized and thanked for their continued support of the Rotary mission. Kevin provided four gifts in honor of his children and spouses, while Linda and Jim received their Plus 7 awards.
Congratulations, and thank you for your dedicated service and generosity.
Paul Harris Awards Bill Selzer 2024-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

"The Future of Elm Grove is Bright"

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Rotarian John Schindler introduced Elm Grove Village President Jim Koleski, at the Sun Rise morning meeting. Jim has served as an Elm Grove resident volunteer on the Building Board since 2017, as a Trustee since 2022 and was elected President in 2023 after the retirement of former President Neal Palmer. Jim recognized Neal’s many dedicated years of service to the Village. He also recognized the previous Board and new Village Staff members.  
 
“I would like to thank all the volunteers that support the Village serving on committees, supporting fund raising and investing their time and talents.”
He provided a quick review of past Village projects and focused on several ongoing and new ones.
"The Future of Elm Grove is Bright" Bill Selzer 2024-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Another Great Addition to Our Club

Posted by Bill Selzer
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A group of Elmbrook Rotarians braved this past Friday’s snowstorm to meet and greet our newest inductee while others joined the gathering on zoom. Lucas Severson and Mark Thurner sponsored Michael Asuncion for membership in the into the Elmbrook Rotary Club and Rotary international.
After his induction by President Spresser, Mark Thurner presented Michael with the Rotary Emblem pin.
As part of the Red Badge program, a mentor is assigned to the new members to assist and guide them through their first year of Rotary. Tony Consiglio will be Michael’s mentor and guide. Thank you, Tony, and welcome Michael.
Another Great Addition to Our Club Bill Selzer 2024-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Helping Underserved Children Get Ahead One Book at A Time

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Linda Irwin, Secretary of Book Ahead, shared with Elmbrook Rotary the mission and vision of this non-profit organization. The goal is to provide underserved children ages 0-5, in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties, with a book every month of the year, increasing early literacy and positive parent/child interactions. Reaching 3,500 kids with 10,500 books equates to “3 books in the hands of our littlest readers”.
Book Ahead has become Community partners with:
  • HeadStart MPS
  • HeadStart Waukesha County
  • WIC Waukesha County
  • Heavenly Babies
Helping Underserved Children Get Ahead One Book at A Time Bill Selzer 2024-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Recipient of the First Responder Scholarship... Maya Pagel

Posted by Bill Selzer
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In 2020, Rotarian Jack Nelson spearheaded, along with fellow Dan Roads, the creation of the Elmbrook Rotary First Responder Scholarship in recognition of retired Elm Grove Fire Chief William Selzer’s years of service. This scholarship provides a full-time student with $1000 towards tuition in Protective Services studies at a college level. The recipient is eligible for an additional $1000 for their second year of coursework.
At a recent meeting, Maya Pagel was awarded the scholarship by Jack Nelson and Bill Selzer. Congratulations Maya, and the best to you in your quest in becoming a fire service professional.
Recipient of the First Responder Scholarship... Maya Pagel Bill Selzer 2024-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

The Elmbrook Rotary Holiday Party!

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jan 02, 2024
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On Friday, December 22nd the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) partook in their annual holiday party, which is looked forward too all year round. 
 
As one can deduce from the pictures, this is a festive event that brings holiday dress, food, and several religious celebrations together to honor both American tradition and family traditions. 
 
Here is a link to a video: https://youtu.be/le7t2G-U26A
 
and read more to see more festive pictures from the event! 
The Elmbrook Rotary Holiday Party! Jackson Bubolz 2024-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

January Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted by Raul Arredondo
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in January.
 
 
"We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential." — Ellen Goodman
 
January Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2024-01-01 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Welcome Jean Guzzetta... Our Newest Member

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Recently Jean Guzzetta was inducted into Rotary International and the Elmbrook Rotary Club by President Chris Spresser and, received her Rotary pin from Rotarian Erik Moeser. Jean’s late husband Larry Winkelhake, who passed away this last October, was an Elmbrook member since 2017.
Jean continues her affiliation with the Potawatomi Area Scouting Council where she and Larry served for many years in various capacities within the Scouting family.
 
Jean, we look forward to having you being part of our organization, providing “Service Above Self”.
Welcome Jean Guzzetta... Our Newest Member Bill Selzer 2023-12-27 06:00:00Z 0

Playbook for strategic planning of Elmbrook Summer Fest 

Posted on Dec 19, 2023
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The fundraiser that happens the first week of June is Elmbrook Rotary Club's biggest event of the year. As we pivot toward a future attracting businesses, families, and kids to our event, we need to be well prepared. 
 
The event is less than 6 months away. Please click: Read More for details on how you can help make the event great! 
Playbook for strategic planning of Elmbrook Summer Fest 2023-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Virtual Reality for Training, Learning and Beyond

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Thomas Kauer, a Harvard Masters graduate in technology, innovation and education presented a program covering the benefits of using VR for training. He currently is a Digital Project Manager for Edward Jones.
The Virtual Reality (VR) industry is rapidly moving forward and expanding offerings in the markets of gaming, entertainment, training/learning, meeting collaboration, and design by seamlessly blending digital content with your physical space. VR changes the way you upskill/onboard/build capabilities with augmented reality.
In the education and business world, students and employees learn through augmented reality learning and training. They:
  • Are provided with new information through standard instruction.
  • Practice skills in a safe, virtual environment.
  • Perform tasks and apply knowledge on the job or in an academic setting while being immersed in a completely virtual world.
Employee experiences are improved through virtual reality training which increases engagement and drives efficiency, safety, and knowledge transfers, allowing the creation of rich content experiences regardless of the technical level of employee.
Virtual Reality for Training, Learning and Beyond Bill Selzer 2023-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Global Grant Scholarship Application Deadline

Posted on Dec 15, 2023
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International Rotary District 6270 is offering a Global Grant Scholarship for matriculation in the 2024-2025 academic year in the amount of USD $30,000. The scholarship is for overseas graduate study and must be closely related to one of Rotary’s Seven Areas of Focus. Application deadline is January 15, 2024. For detailed information, eligibility requirements, and the application form, please visit:  https://rotary6270.org/page/scholarship-global-grant-application
 
Global Grant Scholarship Application Deadline 2023-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

RPF Fellow Nicole McNevin Update

Posted on Dec 14, 2023
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Wisconsin native Nicole McNevin, an RI District 6270 endorsed Rotary Peace Fellow (RPF) at Tokyo's International Christian University, embodies dedication to peace and education. Her fully-funded Master's journey, supported by The Rotary Foundation (TRF), stems from four years of teaching English in rural Japan. Fluent in Japanese, she explores barriers hindering rural youth from studying abroad. Neenah Rotarian Betsy Rozelle's encouragement led her to the Rotary Peace Fellowship, in which Nicole pioneers research to broaden study-abroad access for underserved Japanese youth. Nicole's impactful speaking engagements across Japan, coupled with her plans to continue promoting educational exchange, showcase Rotary's transformative opportunities. View the recent interview/update with Nicole below or click here.
 
 
The 2025-2026 application cycle of Rotary Peace Fellowships begins in January. View the details of the RPF programs, and access the application process, at the following URL:  https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships
 
RPF Fellow Nicole McNevin Update 2023-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Tony Consiglio... TCD Award Recipient

Posted by Bill Selzer
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At the Friday Morning Sunrise Meeting, Rob Bassett, the RI District 6270 Gifting/Giving Subcommittee Chair and member of the Mitchell Field Rotary Club, recognized Tony Consiglio as a "Triple Crown" Rotary Foundation Donor. Tony has been a member of Rotary since 1997 and with the Elmbrook Rotary club since November of 2001. He has supported his local clubs and Rotary International through his generous donations, embodying the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, and participating in numerous service projects and events over the 26 past years.
Tony Consiglio... TCD Award Recipient Bill Selzer 2023-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Building a Better World... Engineers Without Borders

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Three Marquette engineering students, leaders of the Engineers Without Boarders chapter, presented a program highlighting recent projects in South America. The EWB chapter was founded in 2005 and is mentored by Dr. Mark Federle who has been with the program since 2008. Since its inception, 10 student-led projects to serve communities in Guatemala have been completed.
“Marquette University's Engineers Without Borders is building a better world through engineering projects to help communities meet their basic human needs. Throughout the academic year, student members become leaders to design sustainable infrastructure projects that are later implemented alongside the community to solve the world's most pressing challenges.” 
Building a Better World... Engineers Without Borders Bill Selzer 2023-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotary Make You Wanna say "Hay... Ho - Ho - Ho"

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Dec 05, 2023
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) has sponsored the German Holiday Market for many years, but 2023 was the first year with pleasant weather!
 
Dr. Thomas Steinbach, Kemal Yilmaz, & Chris Salani led the first shift of the Rotary's contribution, organizing the hayride, helping community members on and off, and directing traffic. 
 
   
 
Tony Consiglio, Jackson Bubolz, and Chris Salani again took over for the evening shift.
 
If you haven't been to the event, or it's been a few years, please put the first weekend of December on your calendar. The City does a tree lighting, has a warm tent with vendors, coffee, and popcorn, and there was even live Christmas music. 
 
Another event that Brookfield and our sister city Seligenstadt, Germany can both be proud of! 
Elmbrook Rotary Make You Wanna say "Hay... Ho - Ho - Ho" Jackson Bubolz 2023-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

With These Gifts… Paul Harris Rotary Foundation

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Recently, members of the Elmbrook Rotary Club were presented certificates in recognition of their financial contributions to Rotary International. “With these gifts Rotary can carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world.”
 
These programs improve living conditions, increase food production, and provide better education opportunities. With wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled new channels for the flow of international understanding and brighter hope for peace can be attained.
 
Harry Farchman received his 5th Paul Harris Award, while Dan Roads presented his wife Mary with her certificate.  
With These Gifts… Paul Harris Rotary Foundation Bill Selzer 2023-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Induction of a New Member

Posted by Bill Selzer
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Debbie Tietjen is not new to Rotary. She has served as a Rotarian in various clubs over the past 30 years.
 
Through the years she has travelled around the world involved in the Water for the World project, working with countries to improve sanitation globally.
“Service above Self, the object of this club, and all Rotary clubs, is to encourage and foster this ideal as a basis of worthy enterprise.”
 
The Elmbrook Rotary Club welcomes Debbie to the fellowship of Rotary International throughout the world, and to our club. 
Induction of a New Member Bill Selzer 2023-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
December Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-12-01 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Ukrainian Refugees Recognized by ERC Rotarian

Posted on Nov 23, 2023
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On Tuesday evening, November 21, 2023, the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North (Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, in RI District 5020) assisted ERC Rotarian Larry Myers in recognizing two Ukrainian refugees with Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) awards. Assistant Governor Ken Hammer of RI District 5020 made the presentations with the assistance of Nanaimo North President Bill Grace.
 
Nadiya Tykhovod
and Dr. Liudmyla Tykhovod
are presented with Paul Harris Fellow awards by RI District 5020
Assistant Governor Ken Hammer.
 
The new PHF recipients are Dr. Liudmyla Tykhovod and her daughter, Nadiya Tykhovod. Nadiya served as Myers' Russian-language translator and classroom assistant at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in Odesa, Ukraine, in 2018. Dr. Tykhovod spent a lifetime of service in the medical profession. The family lost everything when the Russian military occupied their home city of Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov. The family eventually found their way out of Ukraine, through Lithuania, to Vancouver Island in Canada under auspices of the CUAET (Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel). Read the story of this family and their community service in the PHF citations (by clicking here).
 
The entire Ukrainian family
celebrated the event.
L to R:  Dr. Liudmyla Tykhovod,
Nadiya Tykhovod,
daughter/sister Anya Dmytriienko,
and her sons
Vladyslav & Ivan
 
Rotarian Myers provided these two RPF award recognitions through use of his "Foundation Recognition Points." Foundation Recognition Points (sometimes just referred to as Points) are awarded to donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) through the Annual Fund/SHARE or PolioPlus or a Rotary Foundation grant. Donors receive one recognition point for every U.S. dollar contributed to these funds. Points can be transferred to other individuals to help them qualify as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) or multiple Paul Harris Fellow. To understand the nature, purpose, use, and transfer of Foundation Recognition Points, read the attached document.
Ukrainian Refugees Recognized by ERC Rotarian 2023-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

Named the Number One Suburb in Wisconsin…The City of Brookfield

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 14, 2023
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“Located in the heart of Southeastern Wisconsin, the City of Brookfield is a community of choice for families and businesses and a premier sustainable place to live, work, shop and play.”
 
Elmbrook Rotarian Steve Ponto, Mayor of the City of Brookfield gave the members an update on developments, projects, and city news at the Sunrise Meeting. In 1990, as a practicing corporate attorney, Steve moved to Brookfield with his family. From 1998-2010 he served as an Alderman and then President of the City Council. In 2010 he became Mayor and has since served three consecutive terms.
 
 What makes the City of Brookfield the great community that it is?
Named the Number One Suburb in Wisconsin…The City of Brookfield Bill Selzer 2023-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotary 2023 Businesspersons of the Year Dan and Christine Roehling

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 08, 2023
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Dan and Christine have co-founded two non-profit organizations. The first,  The Beat Goes On Foundation, is focused on children’s heart health (supporting heart transplants). They are also the architects of a successful, rapidly growing full-service design/build construction company, R-Five Construction in Brookfield. They are outstanding in their support and commitment to this community. 

Through their non-profit, they have raised well over $100,000 for...
Elmbrook Rotary 2023 Businesspersons of the Year Dan and Christine Roehling Bill Selzer 2023-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Recipients of the Paul Harris Award: Joann Gould and Walt Smanski


 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 08, 2023
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The Paul Harris award recognizes individuals who contribute or who have contributions made in their name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
 
 
Joann and Walt were presented Paul Harris Award certificates for contributions made by Ralph Gould and Wally Smanski.  Thank you, Ralph and Wally!
Recipients of the Paul Harris Award: Joann Gould and Walt Smanski  Bill Selzer 2023-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Shares His Life and Work Experiences
 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 08, 2023
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As part of the new member Red Badge Program, Jack Russell shared a few of his life experiences and professional background with the club. His goal is to become a contributing member providing, “Service to Others” and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of our organization.
 
Jack, it is great that you are part of our Rotary International family.
New Member Shares His Life and Work Experiences  Bill Selzer 2023-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now – Triathlon
 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 08, 2023
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On a Fall Saturday morning, 7 hearty souls gathered for our annual End Polio Now Triathlon. The ride consists of breakfast at Zisters restaurant in Elm Grove, a 10-mile ride from there to the V.A. on the Hank Aaron Trail, and back to O’ Donahue’s for lunch, beverages, and socializing. Additional members met the bikers for lunch… thank you for joining this event.
 
This ride was to raise funds for the Rotary Worldwide Mission to end polio. Since 1988 we have reduced Wild Polio cases from 350,000 to just 9 today. The goal is to completely eradicate it from planet earth.
 
Thank you Mark Zalewski for organizing and spearheading this outing and all those members who supported this great cause.
End Polio Now – Triathlon  Bill Selzer 2023-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

November Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted by Raul Arredondo on Nov 01, 2023
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in November.
 
"The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July." - Henry David Thoreau.
 
Happy Birthday! Wishing a wonderful year of good health, happiness, and success to our members:
 
  • Raul Arredondo
  • Donald Black
  • Jim Dunn
  • Fred Gettelman
  • Bill Selzer
  • Ted Wentzel
ERC also recognizes the following membership anniversaries:
  • Yusuf Quereshi, 2 year
  • Karyn Youso, 4 year
  • Andrew McCully, 8 years
  • Chris Spresser, 11 years
  • Linda Wickstrom, 28 years
November Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Raffle Winners Enjoy Lambeau Field Experience

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Oct 30, 2023
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On October 29, Elmbrook Rotarian Larry Myers and son Christoph enjoyed the results of winning a set of tickets in the annual Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) Green Bay Packers Raffle.
 
Their comments say it all:
 
"The pre-game and half-time performances by the University of Wisconsin Marching Band were phenomenal. Likewise inspiring was the National Anthem flyover by F-35 fighter jets assigned to the 62d Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ."
 
Noticably absent from their comments is anything about the playing performance of the Packers in the 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. They did note that, once the stadium was filled to capacity, there were as many if not more purple, white, and gold in the seats than there were Green and Gold. Perhaps other raffle ticket winners will bring home a win.
 
Most importantly, the proceeds from the annual raffle will be used to assist community-based charities in meeting their mission goals and objectives. Thanks to all who participated by purchasing and selling tickets!
Raffle Winners Enjoy Lambeau Field Experience Jackson Bubolz 2023-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

2023 Book Drive a BIG success 

Posted on Oct 30, 2023
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This year's Elmbrook Rotary Club's (ERC) magazine and book drive was a huge success.
 
Club members collected 88 magazines and 531 books. The magazines were donated to the Brookfield Library's free magazine rack. The books were donated to Literacy Services of Wisconsin (LSW), which is an adult literacy center located in Milwaukee. Their students will have the opportunity to select reading, recipe and decorating books to read, share with friends and family, and to start their own home libraries.
 
The picture shows part of the donated books along with staff from LSW and ERC's Ian Smith.
 
First Row - Madison Olig, LSW's Manager of Development & Volunteer Engagement - Holly McCoy, LSW's Executive Director. Second Row - Aaron Goyette, LSW's Associate Director - Chad Knezel, LSW's Director of Development and Volunteer Engagement - Dustin Slane, LSW's Director of Marketing and IT - Ian Smith, ERC's Community Service Committee Chairman.
2023 Book Drive a BIG success Jan Constable 2023-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary “Geared to Eradicate Addiction”
 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 24, 2023
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RAG AP – Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention was formed to address the nation’s addiction crisis.  President of the Union Grove Rotary Club, Dr. Ken Kurt a retired osteopathic physician and surgeon gave a presentation on the addiction epidemic our country faces today. He currently serves as the Chairman of Smart Recovery Action Group Addiction Prevention. The group is engaged in school education, medication and drug disposal, awareness, recovery, and treatment programs.
 
“Addiction is a disease; it is a behavior or physical need – not a moral problem.”
 
“Addiction is complicated.”
 
“Addiction is associated with dysfunctional reward pathways in the brain."
 
Repeated use of a drug...
Rotary “Geared to Eradicate Addiction”   Bill Selzer 2023-10-24 05:00:00Z 0


Volunteering with Cub Scout Pack 55

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 24, 2023
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After the Greenfield Ave. highway clean-up, several Rotarians join the project in progress at the Potawatomi Area Council Service Center.
 
Mulch was donated and spread around the Center’s surrounding area plantings. Downspout extensions were also added to improve drainage. The project ended with a great lunch provided by Troop 159 of hot dogs, brats, chips, and condiments rounded out the event.
 
Thank you, Scouts, Council Members and Rotarians, for your time and labor.
Volunteering with Cub Scout Pack 55 Bill Selzer 2023-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Wellpoint Care Network Community Gardens … an Invitation to the Community
 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 24, 2023
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As the 2023 growing season is coming to a close, the Wellpoint Team is already planning for 2024.
 
This past year, Welpoint Care Network officially opened its Community Garden for the summer. The vision is to transform our campus into a vibrant neighborhood anchor where children and families can thrive. The addition of the community garden space is another way we can “plant seeds” to grow together in connection and care.
 
“Gardening offers fresh food, beautiful flowers and an energy that builds a strong community and thriving citizens” says Ann Leinfelder Grove, President and CEO.
 
The goal is to create a space where everyone in the neighborhood has a chance to learn, grow and “experience these triumphs along side us”. Providing...
Wellpoint Care Network Community Gardens … an Invitation to the Community  Bill Selzer 2023-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome…. John Scott to the Elmbrook Rotary… Service above Self  Bill Selzer 2023-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians…. Thank you for Adopting Me!
 

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Dear Elmbrook Rotarians,
 
On Saturday October 21, 2023, 10 of you walked my right-of-way for Barker Rd. to Hwy 164, picking up discarded and unwanted items. You filled 10 bags making me the clean stretch of road I should be.
 
Thank you, Rotarians, Yours truly, Greenfield Avenue.
Rotarians…. Thank you for Adopting Me!  Bill Selzer 2023-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

An Exchange Between Municipalities and Schools

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 16, 2023
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In 2006, a team of organizers and supporters visited Seligenstadt Germany, City of Brookfield’s Sister City with the goal of establishing a student exchange program. City of Brookfield Mayor Kate Bloomberg (Elmbrook Rotary member), and Elmbrook Schools Superintendent Matt Gibson led the campaign along with other supporters.

Agreement in hand, a partnership was created that has given students...
An Exchange Between Municipalities and Schools Bill Selzer 2023-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
October Social This Tuesday: Camino West Allis Jackson Bubolz 2023-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

“I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag …”

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Cub Scout Pack 55 presented the colors to begin the Elmbrook Rotary Sunrise Meeting this past Friday, followed by a presentation by Paul Schwartz.
 
Paul is the Executive Director of the Potawatomi Area Scout USA Council; he shared the history and current challenges of scouting today. For the past 113 years, the twelve principals of the Scout Law; a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent have been the foundation of the program.
 

The Potawatomi Area Council is... 
“I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag …” Bill Selzer 2023-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! … It’s Erik’s Drone!

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 02, 2023
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Erik Moeser has enjoyed the world of photography since he was a young boy, when his parents gave him a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera. At the morning Sunrise Meeting, he shared his love of photography and adventures with drone videography of the City of Milwaukee and the lake front.
 
The views from the sky over Milwaukee were stunning and gave the members a different perspective of Milwaukee.
Erik, thank you for presenting and for your...
Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! … It’s Erik’s Drone! Bill Selzer 2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Janie Jacobson
 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 02, 2023
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Janie Jacobson, sponsored by Jeanne Allen, was inducted into Rotary by President Chris Spresser. The club welcomes Janie as she joins her husband Doug in fellowship. Doug has been a member for the past 12 years.
Welcome New Member Janie Jacobson  Bill Selzer 2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

October Birthdays & Anniversaries

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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in October.
 
 
"My beloved October has returned—with its brilliant colors, cool temperatures and sunny, cloudless, azure skies, and I must enjoy it before it escapes for another year." — Peggy Toney Horton, Somewhere in Heaven My Mother Is Smiling
 
October Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Growing Community Through Growing Gardens

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 26, 2023
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Rick Roszkowski from Bloom MKE was introduced by Ian Smith at the weekly meeting. Bloom MKE is a non-profit organization with the mission to “promote community enrichment for residents of low-income housing and public housing in Milwaukee. Rick and his wife Linda are using community gardens as resources for "Engagement, education, and relationship building”.
In 2012, the first community garden beds were constructed by the SET Ministry, an organization where Rick and his wife Lisa were volunteers. In 2016 they were honored as “Volunteers of the Year” by the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. A few years later, they...

Growing Community Through Growing Gardens Bill Selzer 2023-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

PolioPlus and Leadership Update

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 26, 2023
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Rob Bassett, the District 6270 PolioPlus Committee Chair, delivered an update to the Elmbrook Rotary Club in September. Rob thanked the members for being one of the district leaders, on a per capita basis, for contributions to PolioPlus and the Rotary Foundation. World Polio Day will be recognized on October 24th.

PolioPlus and Leadership Update Bill Selzer 2023-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

WellPoint Back To School Bash Sets Records! 

Posted by Rachel Frye on Sep 26, 2023
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WellPoint reports that their Second Annual Back-to-School Bash was a record-breaking success, with more than 2,000 children and families attending and more than 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies distributed!
 
Additionally, nearly 40 community partners were in attendance to provide invaluable resources.
 
Special thanks to the following partners for making this event possible: We EnergiesBrewers Community FoundationElks LodgeElmbrook Rotary ClubCafé CorazonLegacy Platform LLCMeijer, and Chosen.
 
Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope you have a successful school year and hope to see you again next summer!You can view more pictures of the event on our website Gallery Page.
 
 
 
 
WellPoint Back To School Bash Sets Records! Rachel Frye 2023-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

The Elm Grove Green Team and Sustainability

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 25, 2023
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Nicci Sternitsky and Deb Baesemann are members of the Elm Grove Sustainability Committee and Green Team. They shared their mission of preserving resources for future generations with the Elmbrook Rotary. In their presentation, they shared their vision and traction in assisting residents, businesses, and government in embracing best practices for sustainable living, business growth, and development.
 
How can the village residents and businesses reduce the 1,700 tons of trash/garbage collected each year through recycling and other sustainable means?

To understand the...
 

 
The Elm Grove Green Team and Sustainability Bill Selzer 2023-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

2024/ 2025 Global Grant Scholarships Available  

Posted on Sep 18, 2023
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Rotary International District 6270 is pleased to announce the availability of a Global Grant Scholarship for matriculation in the fall of 2024 or spring of 2025.
 
The amount of the scholarship is USD $30,000 and must be used for graduate school studies outside the United States. NOTE: Applicant cannot be a Rotarian or be related to a Rotarian but can be a member of Rotaract. To be eligible, applicant must be a resident in the geographical area of District 6270, or be a student at a college/university in the geographical area of District 6270, or have strong ties to Southeast Wisconsin (see District 6270 map). Experience (professional or volunteer) in the field of study is required. All fellowship/scholarship/stipend funding opportunities must relate to one of Rotary’s Seven Areas of Focus.
 
 
Deadlines are as follow:
 
September 1, 2023 – Application form available (online)
January 15, 2024 – Complete Application Deadline (submit via email only)
February 10, 2024 - In-Person or Zoom Interviews scheduled. An in-person interview is preferred.
February 19, 2024 – Successful Scholar Notified (for matriculation in 2024-2025 academic year.)
 
Click Here to access the “Scholarships” page on the RI D-6270 website for detailed information, the application form, and other supporting documents. Address any inquiries to Larry Myers, Chair of the D-6270 Scholarships Subcommittee (Email:scholarshipchair@rotary6270.org OR Larry Myers).
2024/ 2025 Global Grant Scholarships Available Larry Myers 2023-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Mini-Grant Final Reports Due

Posted on Sep 07, 2023
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It's that time of the year when a "Final Report" is due for each Mini-Grant awarded in 2022-2023. In fact, a new Mini-Grant cannot be awarded to an organization unless a Final Report has been received.
 
One of the first Final Reports already received came from the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI). Its "Bikes for Stripes" program was awarded a $3,000 Mini-Grant in 2022-2023 from the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation.
 
Debbie Buchanan, MHVI's leader and executive director, included the following in her Final Report:
 
"Thus far in 2023, 101 bikes have been distributed.  The program truly makes a difference. For example, we had a veteran scheduled for a job interview and reached out to us for transportation assistance.  His dilemma was that the job was located on a bus route, but the route ends 1 ½ miles before reaching his destination.  We were able to provide him with a reliable bicycle that he could take on the bus and then ride the rest of the way.  The veteran reported to staff that he was hired and is working full-time.  It will take him several months to save enough money to purchase a vehicle, but how grateful he was for the Bikes for Stripes Program – not only was he able to get to the interview, he got the job!"
 
 
 
  
 
A fillable PDF for the Mini-Grant "Final Report" can be accessed by clicking here.
Mini-Grant Final Reports Due Larry Myers 2023-09-07 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You, Harry Farchmin and Club Members

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 06, 2023
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The  Elmbrook Rotary Club recently received the Rotary 2022 -2023 Citation for "Helping Imagine Rotary in the Lives of People All Over the World”.
 
Chris Spresser shared that “this is the most significant award a club can receive”. The club “demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, with power and impact”.
 
Thank you, Harry, for your leadership this past year.
Thank You, Harry Farchmin and Club Members Bill Selzer 2023-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

More Paul Harris Pins Awarded

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 06, 2023
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Chris Spresser presented Greg with his Paul Harris Fellow Award pin.
 
The 2 blue sapphire stone pin signifies that Greg has reached the +2 level of seven for contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Congratulations Greg!
More Paul Harris Pins Awarded Bill Selzer 2023-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Raghav

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 06, 2023
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Raghav Patel is this year’s Elmbrook Rotary Youth Exchange Student. He recently traveled from India and was met at the airport by several club members.
 
Raghav gave the club a brief synopsis of his travels from India, meeting his great host family Karen and John Selkey, and his first adventure……a trip to Green Bay for a Packer preseason game. He will give the club weekly updates on his experiences at Brookfield Central and his life journeys this school year. 
 
If anyone has an outing, event, or experience they feel would add value to Raghav's time in Wisconsin, please reach out so the Elmbrook Rotary Club can help organize. 
Welcome Raghav Bill Selzer 2023-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Waukesha County Airport Flyover of ERC

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 06, 2023
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Kurt Stanich, Airport Manager of the Waukesha County Airport, provided the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) an excellent presentation. It began with the history of aviation dating back before the Wright Brothers December 17, 1903, flight at Kitty Hawk, as well as highlighting the development of aviation through the years, including the beginning and growth of the Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field located at 2525 Aviation Drive, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Did you know, the first flight in Wisconsin took place in Beloit on November 9th, 1909.

“Since its humble beginnings in 1935, the Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field has evolved into a state-of-the-art facility meeting the unique aviation needs of both enthusiasts and area businesses, while greatly contributing to the local economy.”...

Waukesha County Airport Flyover of ERC Bill Selzer 2023-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

September Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted on Sep 01, 2023
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in September.
 
 
"By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer." -Helen Hunt Jackson
 
September Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-09-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Improving Health and Wellbeing of College Students

Posted by Bill Selzer on Aug 30, 2023
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Bruce Korus has spent his career in numerous healthcare related positions, including hospital administration and physician group management. He joined the Elmbrook Rotary meeting to share his insight on the mental health crisis in colleges today and offer suggestions on how to “help your kids survive and thrive through their college years”.Today, anxiety is the most common challenge for students, with almost 1/3 of college students feeling so depressed that they...

Improving Health and Wellbeing of College Students Bill Selzer 2023-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Builds Peace One Young Person at a Time

Posted by Bill Selzer on Aug 24, 2023
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At the Friday breakfast meeting, Rotarian Ralph Gould introduced his grandson Alex Seaborg, a Rotary exchange student who spent 11 months in Hat Yai Thailand experiencing the culture, volunteering his time, and traveling.

After graduating from Middleton High School, Alex applied through Rotary District 6250 to participate in the student exchange program. His parents were part of similar exchange programs; Dad went to Japan and Mom to London. Their experiences inspired Alex to follow in their footsteps.The Rotary International student exchange program has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures. Currently, about 9,000 students are...

Rotary Youth Exchange Builds Peace One Young Person at a Time Bill Selzer 2023-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Nominations Sought for the 2023 Business Person of the Year Award

Posted by Ralph Gould on Aug 14, 2023
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Brookfield, WI – The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) is seeking nominations for its 7th annual Business Person of the Year Award. ERC will present the award to a majority owner and/or operating head of a successful for profit business or non-profit organization. Additionally, applicants must be living in and/or have a business located in the City/Town of Brookfield or Village of Elm Grove.

“ERC presents the Business Person of the Year Award to honor a strong local leader who has entrepreneurial skills and strategic vision,” said Award Program Co-Chair, Ralph Gould. “This award helps ERC shine a spotlight on a successful business owner or non-profit director who is making a difference in our community.” Prior winners include Lisabeth Passalis-Bain of the Elm Grove News-Independent, Mark Mirsberger, of Dana Investment Advisors, Jamie O’Donough, of O’Donough’s Irish Pub, Bill Selzer, retired Elm Grove Fire Chief, Phil Landry, Owner of C3E Geomatics, LLC and Neil Palmer, retired mayor of Elm Grove Village.

Award nominations will be accepted on-line only through Saturday, October 14, 2023 via the Elmbrook Rotary Club website:ElmbrookRotary.org A selection committee of ERC members and local government officials will review all nominations and select the award recepient. ERC members are not eligible for the award. The 2023 Business Person of the Year award winner will be honored Friday morning, October 27th at the Elmbrook Rotary Club meeting. ERC will also make a $200 donation to a charity specified by and in the name of the person who has nominated the award winner.

Established in 1983, the Elmbrook Rotary Club has been active in our community for 40 years. We are a part of Rotary International, founded in 1905. ERC is an energetic group of more that 80 individuals with a wide range of backgrounds, from business professionals to community leaders to those dedicated to public service. The Rotary International official motto is “Service above Self” and our Club slogan is “We rise & Shine” referencing our being the first breakfast club in our Rotary District 6270.

Nominations Sought for the 2023 Business Person of the Year Award Ralph Gould 2023-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Restoring Hope and Dignity… Hebron House

Posted by Bill Selzer on Aug 14, 2023
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Hebron House, the largest and oldest non-profit organization in Waukesha County, is celebrating 40 years of service to unhoused men, women, and children. The mission is restoring hope and dignity to those still facing a crisis of homelessness and not turn anyone away in need of immediate help or a long-term solution to housing. Hebron House provides two shelters and two affordable housing developments. The goal is to help 6-8 families per month find permanent housing.Kathleen Christianson Fischer, Executive Director and Addy Fahrenkrug, Fund Development Manager, addressed the Sunrise Meeting of the Elmbrook Rotary on August 4th. They reviewed the organizational goals, new programs, and services Hebron House provides to those in need of shelter, stable housing, or...

Restoring Hope and Dignity… Hebron House Bill Selzer 2023-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Another Habitat Build in the Books 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 31, 2023
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Although not an official Rotary event, 4 of the 6 members of the #ElevateWI Habitat build were current Elmbrook Rotary members.
 
Thank you to Paul Sawicki, Tom Curl, Jackson Bubolz and Kerri Richlen (who quite literally jumped in the morning of!). Thank you to everyone who donated a day of their time to building sustainable housing in Milwaukee.  
 
Apologies for the lapse of a group photo, but there are a few action shots around trimming drywall to the window opening, and learning more about Habitat during our lunch break: 
  
 
If you feel you've missed out on an opportunity, please let Jackson Bubolz know you'd be interested in being a part of a Habitat build. There are lots of projects this Fall and Winter that do not require ladders or lifting walls, so if there is demand from the club, we should be able to staff one or more builds in 2023. 
Another Habitat Build in the Books Jackson Bubolz 2023-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Heads in Beds... Mission of the Visit Brookfield Team

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jul 31, 2023
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Ann Marie Hess, Director of Sales, and Dustin Hicks from the City of Brookfield Travel and Tourism Visitor’s Bureau joined the July 28th Elmbrook Rotary Sunrise meeting to share the opportunities available to travelers, and the impact tourism has on the city.

Currently, the City of Brookfield makes up 40% of all tourism, spending, taxes, and employment of Waukesha County and 3% of State visitor spending. This equates to visitor spending of $308.8 million, employment from tourism of 4,076 and $33 million in tourism state and local taxes. During the months of June, July and August, the number of guests visiting Brookfield is greater than the City population of 41,000.

This not-for-profit organization is funded entirely by...

Heads in Beds... Mission of the Visit Brookfield Team Bill Selzer 2023-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Sandy Wysocki and Kerri Richlen

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jul 25, 2023
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What is a Classification Talk?

A Classification Talk is one component for a newly inducted member in the Red Badge Program. This program is part of the orientation process for becoming a member of the Elmbrook Rotary Club.
Red Badge has...

Welcome Sandy Wysocki and Kerri Richlen Bill Selzer 2023-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Spirit of Humanity Award

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jul 25, 2023
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On Friday July 21st, the Elmbrook Rotary Club received the Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) “Spirit of Humanity Award for Global Kindness in Support of the 2023 Turkish Earthquake and Service Above Self Representing the Very Best of Human Spirit”.
BTF, a volunteer organization, has delivered to date:

Spirit of Humanity Award Bill Selzer 2023-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotary Past Presidents

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 17, 2023
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Elmbrook Rotary Past Presidents:

Dennis Lawler 1983-1984

Peter Vanderpool 1984-1985

Rick Little 1985-1986

Chuck Steinbach 1986-1987

Don Wilson 1987-1988... 

Elmbrook Rotary Past Presidents Jackson Bubolz 2023-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Started with the Vision of One Man... Paul Harris

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jul 17, 2023
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After setting up his law practice in Chicago, Paul Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. He envisioned a place where professionals of diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. After years of service, Harris died on 27 January 1947 in Chicago at age 78 after a prolonged illness.

Continuing the legacy of the founder, the Paul Harris Fellow program was established in 1957 to show appreciation for financial contributions by members that support the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

“Rotary Foundation is the economic engine for the good work that we do in the district and around the world.” It is through consistent giving to the foundation that allows us to provide service locally and internationally. 

 

At Fridays Sun Rise meeting, 5 members of the Elmbrook Rotary Club were recognized by Don Griffing, the Rotary District 6270 Governor...

Rotary Started with the Vision of One Man... Paul Harris Bill Selzer 2023-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

World Affairs Seminar - Building Strong International Leaders for a Better Tomorrow

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jul 12, 2023
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On July 7, 2023, Francis Vogel, Executive Director of the World Affairs Seminar was accompanied by Ava Gomez, a Senior at Brookfield East, and her mother, to share highlights and experiences from the 2023 World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University in Waukesha. Francis reviewed how the seminar provides a unique forum for future international leaders to address urgent global issues. Student delegates from around the world gather to hear renown speakers, take interesting and fun field trips, and interact in challenging small group learning and projects. The academic approach of critical reflection, interactive learning, and hearing others’ opinions, in a delegate-centric environment allows delegates to develop their own ideas and strategies, and present and defend their ideas and approaches.

Beginning in 1977.... 

World Affairs Seminar - Building Strong International Leaders for a Better Tomorrow Bill Selzer 2023-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

4th of July Parade!

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 05, 2023
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On July 4th, 2023, our newly appointed President Chris Spresser rode the convertible down Calhoun wishing everyone a wonderful 4th of July. 
 
The weather was hot, the parade route was packed, and our 57lbs of candy made it almost to the end of the route. 
 
Chris was joined by Phyllis Blodgett, Paul Sawicki, Kemal & Visile Yilmaz, Tom Hochuli, & Jackson Bubolz and family. 
 
 
If you know anyone who wants more of this type of camaraderie and goodwill in their life, bring them to a meeting! We're always welcoming new members wanting to make a difference at home or far away. 
4th of July Parade! Jackson Bubolz 2023-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary & World Affairs 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 05, 2023
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On June 29, 2023, Jack Nelson, Harry Farchmin, John Allen, Doug Jacobson, & Jackson Bubolz took the World Affairs Seminar (WAS) up on their offer see a few presentations. 
 
The seminar is a 4 day event where students from all over Wisconsin, the United States, and the world come to learn about important world issues and how to have an impact on them. This year's topic was on Climate Change and Sustainability. Throughout the day, over 600 high school students will listen to world renowned thought leaders, do group research on a specific challenge, or what we did, hear our current Rotary International President Gordon McInally speak (pictured).
 
The Elmbrook Rotary Club sponsors...
Rotary & World Affairs Jackson Bubolz 2023-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard 2023 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 05, 2023
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On the last Wednesday of June, 2023, the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) met at the Elm Grove Woman's Club. As the club does the last Wednesday of every June, we celebrated the closing of the 2022/2023 Rotary year, and welcomed the 2023/2024 year. 
 
We heard from exiting President Harry Farchmin about our effectiveness in updating our club's bi-laws and addressing venue challenges throughout the year. Harry is proud to have moved our club forward as he served as our President. We also heard from our incoming President Chris Spresser and her intentions to focus on fun, mentorship, and having a club of Rotarians, not just people signed up for Rotary. 
 
We'd also like to welcome... 
Changing of the Guard 2023 Jackson Bubolz 2023-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

July Birthdays & Anniversaries

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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in July.
 
“I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicada lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder.” - Terri Guillemets
July Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-07-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

New Member Induction 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 26, 2023
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On our June 23 meeting, Elmbrook Rotary introduced another new member to our Club: Member Jack Russel. 

Jack is currently a commercial real estate agent with Judson Realty. He is married with a baby at home and another on the way...
New Member Induction Jackson Bubolz 2023-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

The Forgiveness Project – Helping Heal

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jun 26, 2023
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On Friday morning, Pardeep Kaleka shared his story of loss and “forgiveness after hate”. On August 5th, 2012, his religious community was attacked when a white supremacist opened fire on a crowd of worshippers, murdering 7 and wounding four. That day at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Pardeep lost his father in a terror attack.

The loss robbed his family of a loving father and husband who will “never come home”. In a quest to heal... 

The Forgiveness Project – Helping Heal Bill Selzer 2023-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

ERC 40th Anniversary Reunion

Posted on Jun 19, 2023
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Elmbrook Rotary Club will celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a Reunion of members on Friday, July 21. All members, past and present, and their guests were invited.
 
Venue is the Starry Nights Concert at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center's beautiful Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater. One of the most popular Wilson Center summertime traditions, all Starry Nights outdoor concerts are free and open to the public of all ages. Dress was casual attire. The music of the Rocking' Robins were featured on Friday, July 21.
 
ERC 40th Anniversary Reunion Linda Wickstrom 2023-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Helping the Wisconsin State Fair to Grow

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jun 19, 2023
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At the Friday Sunrise meeting, Anna Zack, Executive Director of the WI State Fairs Park Foundation, provided a history and overview of the Foundation’s activities, highlighting changes and projects underway at the Fairgrounds.

The Foundation’s Mission is to preserve and enhance the WI State Fair and help it to grow for generations to come! Through the support of:

Helping the Wisconsin State Fair to Grow Bill Selzer 2023-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Spikes Photo Share 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 12, 2023
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Final numbers for our 2023 Spikes Campaign are forthcoming. (donations accepted through 6/30/23) 
 
We do know we had great weather, we had guests who were there for reasons other than volleyball, and we had growth over last year. 
 
Here are a few pictures of the fun. If you have any you'd like to share with the PR team for upcoming events, please email to Jackson Bubolz.
 
                               
 
Spikes Photo Share Jackson Bubolz 2023-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

No One Leaves Home Unless Home is the Mouth of a Shark

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jun 12, 2023
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Larry Myers, Chair of the Rotary International District 6270's Scholarships Subcommittee, meets some of the most outstanding young people who are making a difference in the world. While introducing our speaker, Myers stated how amazed he is at what the recipients of Global Grant Scholarships are doing worldwide.

One of those outstanding recipients is Brigitte Potter, the District 6270 2023-2024 Rotary Global Scholar, and graduate from Brookfield East High School. At the Friday morning meeting, Brigitte presented her goals, dreams, and journey to becoming one that can make a difference in this world through peace building and conflict prevention.

She attended UWM and received an undergraduate degree in English Second Education with the thought of becoming a teacher. Her experiences since have provided clarity for her mission in life, drawing her in another direction. After UWM, Brigitte spent a semester abroad at the Universidad De Granada in Spain...

No One Leaves Home Unless Home is the Mouth of a Shark Bill Selzer 2023-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

We're Loving It! 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 12, 2023
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On Thursday, 8 June, a handful or Rotarians got together at the Ronald McDonald house to cook and serve a meal to the worn out families of patients at Milwaukee's Children's Hospital. 
 
Volunteers were:

Ian Smith – Coordinator and Cook

Thomas Steinbach – Shopping for Groceries

Emily Jones – Cook & Recipes

Paul Sawicki, Harry Farchmin, Dan Roads, Anne Klug - Cooks

                                                            

Participants report that it was fun, rewarding, and they are open to organizing another one. 

If this project looks interesting, please reach out to Ian Smith or any of the other participants. As with all of our projects, the more interest we have, the more effort we can direct toward that cause. 

We're Loving It! Jackson Bubolz 2023-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Veterans in Focus Request 

Posted by Bonnie Bertram on Jun 12, 2023
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As you can see, the Elmbrook Rotary Club has supported Veterans in Focus for quite some time. 
 
In addition to providing funds to purchase photography equipment and software, the Elmbrook Rotary has a tradition of donating the June edition of the Rotary magazine. 
 
One you have finished with the June 2023 edition of the Rotary magazine (which is the photography award edition), please bring it in so Veterans can expand photography creativity.
 
Here is a link to last year's photo submissions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8fdZ2VF5oI
 
Veterans in Focus Request Bonnie Bertram 2023-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Impactful Service Opportunity 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 06, 2023
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If you've ever enjoyed a breeze over the Elmbrook Rotary's newsletter or liked a Facebook post, that's thanks to the PR Team.
 
If you've needed to see who the speaker was the next meeting, or when the shoot clays event is, that can be found thanks to the PR Team.
 
If you've needed to find a link for Spikes, or a grant form, or wanted to share how to become a member... that's right... PR Team...

The PR Team makes a weekly impact on our members and is
Impactful Service Opportunity Jackson Bubolz 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

A Successful Spikes Event! 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 06, 2023
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What a Spikes event!
 
2023 was slated as the year to revitalize Spikes and find more ways to draw in both community members and community businesses.
 
With teams up 40% over last year and donation seeds being replanted, this event looks to yield fruit for years to come. 
 
 
We are still waiting for the final tally on 505/50 raffle, food & bev sales, and donations before totaling a final number for donations generated. More to come...
 
Rest assured, with the excitement of J.K. Lee, face painting, and a bounce house, this Spikes event is likely to only gain momentum in the "First Saturday of June's" ahead.
 
Thank you for everyone who donated time, talents, and treasure. This event takes a village, and hopefully we've positioned out club in a great space to serve more people the next 12 months.  
 
 
A Successful Spikes Event! Jackson Bubolz 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Bridge to Turkiye Fund  (BTF)

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jun 06, 2023
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The Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) has a culture of giving and civic involvement as a part of their heritage. It was founded in 2003 by a few like-minded Turkish Americans and Friends of Türkiye with the simple desire to Give-Back. Based in the Triangle region of North Carolina, BTF quickly grew all across the US with many regional grassroots Giving Circles, and today has individual donors and supporting communities in all parts of the globe.”

Emin Pamucak, President of the Bridge to Turkiye Fund, presented a program highlighting the great work this organization provides to Turkiye including the recent earthquake response and the Child Amputee program.

Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) Bill Selzer 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Our Vision: A Hope Squad in Every School

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jun 06, 2023
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Joining our Friday morning meeting, School Counselor Jason Lippold, Principal Andy Farley and School Psychologist Aimee Schneidewent from Brookfield East High School. They presented the Hope Squad, a school-based peer to peer suicide prevention program, with a mission to reduce youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. In its sixth year at East, the Squad is comprise of 50 students representing each grade.

Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as...

Our Vision: A Hope Squad in Every School Bill Selzer 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

June Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted by Raul Arredondo on Jun 01, 2023
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in June.
 
 
“And since all this loveliness cannot be Heaven, I know in my heart it is June.” – Abba Woolson
 
June Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-06-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Leadership Landed 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 30, 2023
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On May 27, our fearless new leader Chris Spresser landed in Melbourne, Australia. Over the next few days, she will take in dozens of Rotary presentations, meet hundreds of Rotarians from around the world, and hopefully bring back a few new ideas to keep our club moving forward. 
 
Here are a few more of the early pictures that have come from the other side of the world:
Leadership Landed Jackson Bubolz 2023-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Extra "Service" in the Memorial Day Parade

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 30, 2023
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May 29 is when Elmbrook's Memorial Day Parade took place in 2023. 
 
The parade, and the entire holiday, is meant to commemorate the brave women and men who have served our country. We specifically recognize those who gave everything, including their life, for our great country. In addition to marching bands and service professional like fire and safety professionals, the Elmbrook Rotarians were out in full force. 
Extra "Service" in the Memorial Day Parade Jackson Bubolz 2023-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

SPIKES 2023 on June 3!

Posted by Larry Myers on May 26, 2023
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SPIKES 2023 is Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at Mitchell Park in Brookfield.

SPIKES is a full-day event with the major focus on one-hour volleyball matches played for fun. Some 40 volleyball playing teams will be fielded by local businesses, high school sports teams and clubs, Scouts, faith-based youth groups, and groups of family & friends. SPIKES is also a team-building opportunity for your co-workers, staff, board members, etc.

Click here or on the image below to view a video summary of the day's purpose and activities.

Elmbrook Rotary Club members joyfully and willingly support this important day. Click here to view and hear their comments. 

 
SPIKES is free and open to the public. Click here for a map to the event location.

The event will include free family-friendly activities such as:

  • All-Day Bounce House
  • All-Day activities by J.K. Lee Waukesha
  • Face Painting
  • Deejay

Food & beverages will be available for purchase, served by Elmbrook Rotarians: 

  • Bakery in the morning
  • Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats & chips starting late morning
  • Soda & Raised Grain Beer throughout the day

Vendor Fair will showcase local community partners & businesses: 

  • Walk through the booths and talk with staff/volunteers from local organizations Elmbrook Rotary supports, thanks to funds raised at SPIKES.
  • SPIKES celebrates the impactful work these organizations make in our local community. Learn how to get involved and/or leverage their services. 
SPIKES 2023 on June 3! Larry Myers 2023-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction 

Posted by Bill Selzer on May 22, 2023
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The Elmbrook Rotary's May 19th Sunrise Meeting saw Sandy Wysocki, Executive Director of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, be inducted into membership of the Elmbrook Rotary.  Sandy is now part of our community of “Fellowship of Rotary around the world" with the ideal of “Service Above Self”.
 
New Member Induction Bill Selzer 2023-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Classification Talks 05.19.23

Posted by Bill Selzer on May 22, 2023
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We had a real treat at our May 19, 2023 Elmbrook Rotary Club breakfast meeting.
 
Two new members gave their Classification Talks, John Schindler and Michael Arndorfer. Both members were inducted into Rotary in February of this year.
 
John was sponsored by Jackson Bubolz and mentored by Jack Nelson, while Michael was sponsored by Julie Craig and mentored by Wally Smanski. John and Michael gave a brief life history and why they were drawn to and joined the Elmbrook Rotary.
 
We also were able to hear from Mike Schmeling, long time member and past president. Thank you all for sharing your journey.
 
 
What our members share about their career, families, and philanthropic interests help us to get to know each other better, yet that content isn't designed to share via a newsletter. If you're curious what motivates these folks to volunteer, network, and give, join us for a 7a meeting. We'd love to hear your classification talk someday :) 
Classification Talks 05.19.23 Bill Selzer 2023-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Donations for Wellpoint Garden Collected 

Posted by Bill Selzer on May 22, 2023
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Thank you all who were willing to part with your unwanted or unneeded tools for a great cause. Some Rotarians even purchased tools for the Wellpoint Community Garden Project. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by the gardeners.

The collection is on-going...
Donations for Wellpoint Garden Collected Bill Selzer 2023-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

$30,000 Global Grant Scholarship Awarded to Brigitte Potter

Posted by Larry Myers on May 16, 2023
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MILWAUKEE, WI—Rotary International District 6270 is awarding a Global Grant Scholarship in the amount of $30,000 to Brigitte N. Potter of Glendale, Wisc. The grant has been approved by The Rotary Foundation with an 80% match of District Designated Funds (DDF) provided by the district.

Ms. Potter will use the grant to obtain a Master of Science degree in International Migration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. She intends to focus on the issues surrounding refugees and forced migration. Her Rotary Area of Focus is “Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.”

Ms. Potter is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee and has studied abroad at the University of Granada in Spain. She has also worked in refugee camps in Greece and for a maternal health organization in Uganda. In Milwaukee she continues to volunteer among the refugee population. She states, “I’m eager to learn what can be done from a social and political perspective to prevent forced migration at its root and as a result keep people safe within their communities.”

Her graduate program is a 12-month program and will end in September 2024. She is married to Dan Scholz, also a Milwaukee native, whom she describes as “a wonderfully supportive husband."

Ms. Potter will be the featured speaker at Elmbrook Rotary on Friday, June 9. A breakfast buffet is served at 06:45 a.m.

$30,000 Global Grant Scholarship Awarded to Brigitte Potter Larry Myers 2023-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Daylighting of the Underwood Creek

Posted by Bill Selzer on May 16, 2023
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Rotarian John Schindler, Village of Elm Grove Trustee, shared with the Elmbrook Rotary Club his involvement in the Underwood Creek Daylighting Project. On 12 May he also discussed other duties and village related projects including the Chair of the Public Works Committee...

Daylighting of the Underwood Creek Bill Selzer 2023-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

A chilly night at Franklin Field

Posted by Mark Zalewski on May 16, 2023
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May 9th, 15 Rotarians and friends saw UWM squeak by Northwestern.  Final score 3 -2 on an eighth inning inside the park home run.  

The victory was sealed...
A chilly night at Franklin Field Mark Zalewski 2023-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Strike up the band!

Posted by Mark Zalewski on May 08, 2023
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Rotary is a multi-faceted group, and whom better to show that off than some of our longest tenured members?
 
Strike up the band! Mark Zalewski 2023-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Once a Resident, Always a Resident

Posted by Bill Selzer on May 08, 2023
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Senior Living Specialist Katrina Keene presented an overview and history of St. Camillus at the Friday weekly meeting. The order of St. Camillus (International body) has provided Covid, hurricane, and disaster relief to 22 countries as well as living communities in the United States.Locally, St. Camillus is a faith based, not for profit Life Plan Community. They offer 

Once a Resident, Always a Resident Bill Selzer 2023-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
May Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-05-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

We have a new Leader... or leaders emerging 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 01, 2023
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On April 28th, the Elmbrook Rotary Club held one of its most important meetings of the year. We talked about what's going well as we prepare for our largest fundraiser, Spikes, what needs attention, and activities still pending. 
 
With many Spikes event leaders out of town at a Rotary event in LaCrosse or elsewhere, one might be concerned with how our planning session would go. But fear not... 
We have a new Leader... or leaders emerging Jackson Bubolz 2023-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Friends for Health in Haiti 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Apr 24, 2023
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On April 21, 2023, the Elmbrook Rotary Club was reunited with Dr. Catherine Wolf of Friends for Health in Haiti.  The Elmbrook Rotary has partnered with Health for Haiti for several years, providing funds that continue to grow after the donation is spent. Thank you Phyllis Blodgett for the introduction to this organization. In our 2022 campaign, Elmbrook Rotary donated funds for beans, which once grown,
 
 
Friends for Health in Haiti Jackson Bubolz 2023-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Workplace Violence Prevention

Posted by Bill Selzer on Apr 17, 2023
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-We Train You -You Train Your Staff-

“Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) training provides the de-escalation techniques and behavior management strategies you need to create a culture of safety.”Matthew Wolak of CPI, the largest global workforce violence prevention training company with over 15 million trained, presented a program highlighting their programs, goals, statistics, and a few techniques on de-escalation.

Workplace Violence Prevention Bill Selzer 2023-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Places You Give Money to Want to Sponsor Spikes!

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Apr 14, 2023
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Our 2023 Spikes Sponsorship sign up is open!
 
Please let your employer, your friends who own businesses, and the businesses you frequent know that Rotary is NOW ACCEPTING SPONSORS! Various levels of sponsorship are available, together with benefits for each level. You are someone's favorite client, and they would love to sponsor your Rotary Club! 
 
Spikes is a great team-building, family-fun event that allows small businesses, neighborhoods, or any club to hang out in beautiful Mitchell Park.
 
There will be food and beverages served, live music, and of course the dog park and kids' park. With a bounce house, balloon animals, martial arts and face painting, the 2023 Spikes provides lots of reasons for any group to sponsor a team and join in the fun! 
 
Please encourage the businesses in your life to bring a team and create some community memories. 
 
Places You Give Money to Want to Sponsor Spikes! Jackson Bubolz 2023-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rocket Fuel for a great SPIKES!

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Apr 10, 2023
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SPIKES! is the Embrook Rotary Club's #1 fundraiser.
 
More than 1/2 of the funds we donate in a year will come from this single day event. (June 3 at Mitchell Park)
 
This is the event that raises money for ventilators for Andean Health and Development and to provide clean water in Guatemala. This is the way we support dozens and dozens of students at Well Point, and how we encourage hundreds locally through our relationships with Women's Center, Addiction treatment organizations, and Re-Entry programs. 
 
Just as the diagram depicts, a great SPIKES! starts with preparing to launch. If we aren't preparing and focusing energy now, in 8 weeks our SPIKES! will come out weak. 
 
Rocket Fuel for a great SPIKES! Jackson Bubolz 2023-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Pilots Flying to Serve the Needs of Humanity

Posted by Bill Selzer on Apr 10, 2023
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“The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians was formed in 1965, focusing on fellowship and service by providing volunteer pilots to help with medical related transports.”

Rotarian Mark Hanson updated the Elmbrook Rotary on the newly formed partnership between the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians and Air Care Alliance (ACA). In partnership they are providing private volunteer pilots in their own aircraft for medical and emergency missions, at no cost.

Pilots Flying to Serve the Needs of Humanity Bill Selzer 2023-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Grants Span Local to International Organizations

Posted by LINDA WICKSTROM on Apr 03, 2023
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Charitable grants distributed by the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation through FYE 6/30/22 are now categorized by service areas and alphabetized by organizations.
See the Contributions flyer to view Elmbrook Rotary's priority areas, from local to international causes.Click here to download Grant Contributions listing
Foundation Grants Span Local to International Organizations LINDA WICKSTROM 2023-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Analyze, Recommend, Implement and Review

Posted by Bill Selzer on Apr 03, 2023
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“Avoidance of pain and attainment of pleasure” can be realized by saving for today and planning for tomorrow with a protection strategy encompassing product solutions, wealth management and financial planning.

On March 31st, Michael Beinlich from the Wauwatosa Westpoint Financial Group Branch visited the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC).
Michael shared that Westpoint Financial believes in a culture of genuinely caring about people by working together in a welcoming and inspiring, inclusive valued way.

Analyze, Recommend, Implement and Review Bill Selzer 2023-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

April Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted on Apr 01, 2023
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in April.
 
 
"Winter’s done, and April’s in the skies. Earth, look up with laughter in your eyes!" – Charles G.D. Roberts.
 
April Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Ending the Silence on Mental Health Conditions

Posted by Bill Selzer on Mar 27, 2023
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Inspiring the Hope of Recovery

Mary Madden, Executive Director of NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, presented an overview of how NAMI serves individuals and families affected by mental health conditions.  At no cost, NAMI provides services to Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Jefferson County residents. Mary was accompanied by Angela Reilly Director of Development and Marketing.

Ending the Silence on Mental Health Conditions Bill Selzer 2023-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity - Bringing People Together to Build Homes, Communities, and Hope

Posted by Bill Selzer on Mar 20, 2023
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Caroline Martini is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Milwaukee Habitat construction sites. Since 1984, Habitat's small staff of 8, volunteers and new homeowners have built over 600 homes.  These homes create significant improvements for the immediate area. 

Milwaukee Habitat revitalizes entire neighborhoods, block by block, with the goal of decreasing crime, increasing community engagement, and creating a vibrant sustainable neighborhood “where everyone has a decent place to live”.

Offering a hand up versus a handout, Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable $600-$900 per month mortgage, that fosters housing longevity. 

Did you know that:

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity - Bringing People Together to Build Homes, Communities, and Hope Bill Selzer 2023-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
TONIGHT! MARCH 21st! Well Point Re-Introduction Jack Nelson 2023-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Fighting Poverty in Guatemala – One Vision Team at a Time

Posted by Bill Selzer on Mar 13, 2023
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Since 2011 the Embrook Rotary Club has sent 11 Vision Teams to Guatemala. They have partnered with Common Hope, whose mission is “Promoting hope and opportunity in Guatemala. Partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through education, healthcare, and housing”.

Did you know that:

Fighting Poverty in Guatemala – One Vision Team at a Time Bill Selzer 2023-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Compassionate Service with a Campaign for Community Connection

Posted by Bill Selzer on Mar 06, 2023
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On March 3, 2023 Ann Leinfelder Grove, President, and CEO of Wellpoint Care Network visited the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC). Leinfelder Grove reviewed the history, growth, and goals of Wellpoint Care Network, which serves 5,000 individuals daily in southeastern Wisconsin. Through the practice of Trauma Informed Care, the Wellpoint staff and volunteers help children and families thrive by restoring connections that promote equity, learning, healing, and wellness.

Compassionate Service with a Campaign for Community Connection Bill Selzer 2023-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
March Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Spikes Reboot

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Feb 27, 2023
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As the snow begins to thaw, members of Elmbrook Rotary Club look forward to an event that is reliable as day-light savings time... Spikes for Tikes!
 
As we've discussed in meetings, this year the club is re-doubling our efforts to bring in more sponsorships, more volleyball teams, and more members of our community attending the fun. Please mark 6/3/23 as a full day of fun and service at Mitchell Park in Brookfield.
 
Things we can start doing right now to ensure a great event:
 
 
Spikes Reboot Jackson Bubolz 2023-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Club Happenings 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Feb 20, 2023
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We've had a busy few weeks at the Elmbrook Rotary Club, initiating a new member and celebrating 3 Red Badge recipients. 
 
The Red Badge is recognition of new members completing their training to be a strong Rotarian. This involves joining a board meeting, being involved in a service project, and taking part in a Fireside chat, etc. etc. 
 
Club Happenings Jackson Bubolz 2023-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

Eras - Engage. Relate. Advocate. Support.

Posted by Bill Selzer on Feb 13, 2023
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Eras Development director Heather Uzowulu presented their available programing, including volunteer opportunities. She also shared best practices on preventing senior fraud and scams.

Eras - Engage. Relate. Advocate. Support. Bill Selzer 2023-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Updates! Guatemala & Common Hope Jackson Bubolz 2023-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

Classification talks 02.03.2023

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Feb 08, 2023
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One of the Elmbrook Rotary Club's favorite events are "classification talks". This is where members can share about their upbringing, their vocation, their families, hobbies, and aspirations. During classification talks, members get to know each other more intimately, which leads to stronger relationships and a more engaging member experience. 
 
Classification talks 02.03.2023 Jackson Bubolz 2023-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

February Birthdays & Anniversaries

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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in February.
 
 
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
February Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-02-01 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Openings on the PR team 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jan 30, 2023
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2023 is shaping up to be a memorable year for the Elmbrook Rotary Club.
 
We've resumed our annual service trip to Guatemala and refreshed SPIKES, our largest fundraiser. With all of that, plus all the other nice things we're doing in the community, the PR team needs reinforcements. The PR Team wants to do a great job sharing what the Elmbrook Rotary Club is doing to be part of the solution, and we could use some help telling the stories. 
 
Opportunities are:
Openings on the PR team Jackson Bubolz 2023-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

More Than a Place to Stay - Keeping Families Together

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jan 30, 2023
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This Winter, John Cormana presented to the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) an update on the growth, services and volunteer opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House. A volunteer since 2011, John shared stories of how volunteer services have provided families with comfort during challenging time in their lives. “We are just there to minimize the families worries.” John stated. 

The Ronald McDonald House provides a no cost, clean, & safe place to stay while their child receives treatment. Families receive lodging and meals when a child is in the hospital. This provides parents the ability to focus their full attention on their child. “Hope in healing is provided through strength and support from families, staff, and volunteers. By keeping families together, stories are shared, and memories are made”. Since 1984, over 50,000 families have benefitted from the Ronald McDonald House. 

More Than a Place to Stay - Keeping Families Together Bill Selzer 2023-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Money Smart, Life Smart, Breaking the Generation Cycle

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jan 23, 2023
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Brenda Campbell President and CEO of SecureFutures shared the vision, goals and volunteer opportunities for this non-profit organization. Secure Futures programs are “Building stronger communities by empowering teens with financial education, tools, and mentorship. An investment in teen financial capability is an investment in the future.” These programs focus on 11th and 12th grade students, and Brenda shared success stories and examples of how communities are stronger through these financial literacy programs.

Money Smart, Life Smart, Breaking the Generation Cycle Bill Selzer 2023-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

You're Never Far from Rotary! 

Posted by Mark Zalewski on Jan 23, 2023
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One of the Great things about Rotary is you are welcome to attend Rotary meetings all over the world!
 
Rotary has a Club Locater App that lists every Rotary club in the world, when and where they meet. 
 
Next time you travel, check out a Rotary Club in the area.  Call ahead if you can - but even if you just stop in - they will be welcoming. Here is a recap of memorable experiences I've gained:
You're Never Far from Rotary! Mark Zalewski 2023-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Adopt our Adopt-A-Highway Program 

Posted by Paul Langer on Jan 23, 2023
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Our club has big volunteer commitments like building homes in Guatemala, small commitments like collecting produce after the farmer's markets, and everything in between. This opportunity is much closer to the smaller end.
 
The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) is looking for (2) people willing to each organize (1) Adopt A Highway clean up a year. This project is ideal for the person who wants to contribute their time, but is not able to commit to an ongoing project with lots of meetings and follow up.
 
Adopt our Adopt-A-Highway Program Paul Langer 2023-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Comparing notes 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jan 18, 2023
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Did you know that a Rotary member is welcome at Rotary meeting in the world?
 
On January 17, 2023 Rotarians Paul Sawicki & Jackson Bubolz decided to follow up on the advise given by our district governor and check out another meeting. They visited the Milwaukee Rotary club, noticing many similarities and many differences. 
 
Comparing notes Jackson Bubolz 2023-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
A First Line of Defense in Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – Smoke and CO Alarms Bill Selzer 2023-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Every Student, Every Time, All the Time

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jan 18, 2023
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Elmbrook School Superintendent Dr. Mark Hansen presented a district update at the Elmbrook Rotary Club's 1/13/23 meeting. Dr. Hansen has served as Superintendent since 2012 and shared how the district has grown and prospered over the years.

“With an amazing staff, really engaged parents and thoughtful kids”, the district has been ranked in the top four in the state, based on student achievement and customer satisfaction.

Every Student, Every Time, All the Time Bill Selzer 2023-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Why is Rotary Growing in Ukraine During a War? 

Posted by Tom Gump & Mykola Stebljanko on Jan 09, 2023
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By Tom Gump, member of the RI Membership Growth committee and past governor of District 5950 (Minnesota, USA), and Mykola Stebljanko, public image coordinator in Zone 21A and past governor of District 2232 (Ukraine)

Membership has grown 23.5% in Ukraine since Russian forces invaded the country on 24 February 2022. The region, which comprises Rotary District 2232, has added four Rotary clubs and five satellite clubs. The reasons behind this growth hold important insights for any Rotary club interested in increasing its membership or any district looking to add clubs.

We conclude that no one joins a club, Rotary or otherwise, to sit around and do nothing. People join because they want to become engaged with a cause and do something real. Rotary matters and engaging our members in service opportunities that create lasting change matters.

 
Why is Rotary Growing in Ukraine During a War? Tom Gump & Mykola Stebljanko 2023-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Network with "Northern Rotarians"

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jan 09, 2023
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We continue to hear that Rotary isn't just about having breakfast while listening to a speaker. Some may conjecture that breakfast is the smallest piece to being a Rotarian. 
 
Our club has a social event lined up on January 25th where Lucas Severson will be delivering a late afternoon Trivia session. 

If trivia isn't your thing, or you want to take a drive after the last question is answered, there is an excellent opportunity to network with Rotarians who meet to the North of us. Rotarians will discuss projects they are excited about, items that aren't working quite yet, and everything in between. 
Network with "Northern Rotarians" Jackson Bubolz 2023-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Register Now for Rotary TriCon 2023

Posted on Jan 09, 2023
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Rotary International Districts 6220, 6250 and 6270, which span from Rotary clubs in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the majority of Wisconsin, are jointly holding an outstanding Rotary conference experience. The topics and goals would be difficult to accomplish with the resources of a single district, so don't miss out on this lively, educational, and fun-filled Rotarian experience.

Register Now for Rotary TriCon 2023 Larry Meyers 2023-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Snow Blower Injuries: The Invisible Danger

Posted by Bill Selzer on Jan 03, 2023
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Snow season is here, bringing the need to shovel or use a snowblower. There are more than 3000 snowblower injuries each year resulting in lost fingers, mangled hands, and injured wrists. These types of injuries are life-changing. 

Here are a few tips on how to avoid lacerations, the loss of fingers and broken bones:

 

Snow Blower Injuries: The Invisible Danger Bill Selzer 2023-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

January Birthdays & Anniversaries

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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in January.
 
 
"December is letting go, Of all the past year’s fails, And starting anew in January, As time again chases its tail." – Stewart Stafford
 
January Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2023-01-01 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC
Christmas Tree Safety Bill Selzer 2022-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Renovation and Remodel of the Western Racquet Club

Posted by Bill Selzer on Dec 19, 2022
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At the December 16, 2022 Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) meeting President Harry Farchman introduced Timon Corwin, General Manager of the Western Racquet Club.

Corwin shared the Western Racquet Club's (WRC) goal to update key areas within the club. The vision is to make the club a member destination where they can socialize, watch live events or enjoy the bar room, dinner, or relax by the fireplace. Upgrades of the dining room, boardroom, bathrooms, and lobby will give the club a new fresh inviting look. To keep the full-time staff employed, there will be various projects available, and opportunities and benefits for the members during the construction phase.

 

Renovation and Remodel of the Western Racquet Club Bill Selzer 2022-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotary Interact Club

Posted by Bill Selzer on Dec 19, 2022
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On December 12, 2022, 4 officers of Brookfield East's Rotary Interact Club visited the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC).

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of "Service Above Self.” The Brookfield East club organizes at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary clubs sponsor, mentor, and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills. The ERC's mentor is Rotarian Jack Hill.

Elmbrook Rotary Interact Club Bill Selzer 2022-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Special Coming 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Dec 15, 2022
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Each year, the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) puts on a Holiday special to celebrate traditions and the excitement at the end of year. 
 
Please join us for our last meeting at the Western Racquet Club this Friday (12.16), & check out the Holiday program at our temporary home, The Machine Shed in Pewaukee on 12/23. 
 
Our 12/23 Machine Shed meeting will offer great food, holiday fun, and the perfect way to close out the 2022 calendar year.
 
Please join us at 7a the 16th and the 23rd! 
Holiday Special Coming Jackson Bubolz 2022-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Pancake Partnership 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Dec 13, 2022
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2.5 weeks until the Pancake Breakfast! 
 
Our District Governor Mike Phillips encouraged our group to engage other service groups in the area. This event would be a great way to get things rolling. 
 
Please save the date for February 4th, and maybe invite your family or a friend to join you. The more interactions we have with other service groups, the more opportunities are bound to present themselves. 
 
Pancake Partnership Jackson Bubolz 2022-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

In Memory of Gordy Miller 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Dec 13, 2022
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Last week, Gordy Miller, 73, passed away. Gordon K. Miller (October 17, 1949  -  December 4, 2022) Obituary 
 
He had been our foundation treasurer and has been a very active member of our Club for 18 years. Please keep Jerri and Gordy's family and many close friends in your prayers.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations directly to the Arthritis Foundation at https://www.arthritis.org or the Elmbrook Humane Society at https://ebhs.org

We have some great pictures with Gordy from December meetings. 

 

 

In Memory of Gordy Miller Jackson Bubolz 2022-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotary Hayride

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Dec 13, 2022
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For years the Elm Brook Rotary Club (ERC) has sponsored the Hay Ride at the Brookfield German Holiday Market. The tradition continued another year as Rotarians braved the cold to staff the attraction and share with others what Rotary is all about. 
 
Do you know people that think standing in the cold for charity is a good deal?  Bring them to a Rotary volunteer event! 
Elmbrook Rotary Hayride Jackson Bubolz 2022-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Candy Cane Connection 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Dec 13, 2022
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On December 11, 2022, the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) at the Wellpoint Candy Cane Connection Event. 
 
                       
 
If you know people who have this kind of cheer, invite them to our next Rotary meeting! 
Candy Cane Connection Jackson Bubolz 2022-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Growing Rotary Through Service

Posted by Bill Selzer on Dec 13, 2022
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Mike Phillips, District Governor, and member of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club addressed the Elmbrook Rotary at the Friday Dec. 9th meeting. He reviewed his role as Governor and talked about the structure of Rotary, number of clubs word wide, the Rotary Presidents Theme “Imagine Rotary”, and the challenges of growth and retention.

In President Jennifer Jones's Imagine Rotary theme, she encourages: 

Growing Rotary Through Service Bill Selzer 2022-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Wellpoint Foster Family donation 

Posted by Jack Nelson on Dec 05, 2022
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Christmas is on for over 100 families at Wellpoint!
 
Students at Wellpoint can be candidates for very few presents or no gifts during the holidays. The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) donated both monies that were turned into toys, as well as bought and wrapped toys themselves. Each of the gifts matches a specific "wish" for a boy or a girl in our community. 
 
Wellpoint Foster Family donation Jack Nelson 2022-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
December Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-12-01 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Volunteers needed! 

Posted by Chris Salani on Nov 28, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club is proud to sponsor the Brookfield German Holiday market each year. There is community, tree lighting, and a hayride! 
 
We are currently looking for volunteers for the 3p-5p shift, and the 5p-6:30p slot. If interested, please reach out to Chris Salani at chriss289@gmail.com or: 262-442-3595. 
 
Thank you in advance for making the event memorable! 
Volunteers needed! Chris Salani 2022-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Polio Update 

Posted by Mark Zalewski on Nov 28, 2022
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What is that Polio Picture?  What will it take?
 
A little history - Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, progress towards eradicating polio was proceeding at a remarkable rate. During the 1940s and ’50s, when polio outbreaks were a common scourge of the summer months, the disease killed or paralysed more than half a million people worldwide each year – mostly children. The introduction of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) and, later, live attenuated oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) led to a dramatic reduction in the incidence of polio in higher-income countries during the 1960s and ’70s.
But it wasn’t until the 1980s that the battle against polio really commenced.
 
 
 
 
Polio Update Mark Zalewski 2022-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Season Safety Tips

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 21, 2022
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Before the Holiday festivities begin, there are a few fire facts and fire prevention suggestions from the National Fire Protection Agency:

Holiday Season Safety Tips Bill Selzer 2022-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Don't let their Stories get away! - The Stories Project

Posted by Bill Selzer
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At the 11/18/2022 Friday morning meeting, President Harry Farchmin introduced Toomas Mitt, founder of The Stories Project. The Stories Project began one year ago with the ultimate mission to "Honor and celebrate people’s stories and provide a video keepsake for their families”. The finished product is a way to share life stories with future generations.

The Philosophy: Everyone has a story to tell.

Don't let their Stories get away! - The Stories Project Bill Selzer 2022-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Our Local End Polio Now Ride

Posted by Mark Zalewski on Nov 21, 2022
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When we couldn't make the trip to Tucson for the End Polio Now Ride headline event, we decided to reprise last year's ERC Freeze Out Polio Ride on Saturday.   

It’s obvious not everyone in the Land of the Lambeau Field Frozen Tundra is a fan of cold weather (especially when it was in the 70's a week earlier.)  But 2 intrepid riders (thanks Greg) and 3 boosters (thanks Harry, Anne and Evonne) came out for the ride.  And few more (thanks Jim and John) showed up at the Post-Ride Festivities at O'Donoghue's.  Although the offer of a pint of Guinness may have helped.

But there's nothing frigid about the generosity of Elmbrook Rotarians, and our commitment to end polio worldwide.  We have raised nearly $5,000 this year with this event - and that gets matched 2 for 1 by the Gates Foundation.  So GREAT JOB and thanks to everyone who supported the effort. In the last 2 years its now close to $20,000!

Our Local End Polio Now Ride Mark Zalewski 2022-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Light News... 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Nov 14, 2022
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Seems like a light news week, doesn't it? 
 
The ERC Sunrise eBulletin is comprised of stories of completed service projects, updates on donations, recaps of weekly meetings, birthdays/ anniversaries, & some club related mischief. The website & newsletter have links to upcoming events, direct links to Rotary, and upcoming speakers.
 
The website and the eBulletin are as robust as what's shared with the PR team. If you have a completed project, upcoming involvement opportunity, or mischief, please send a short article and a picture and we'll get it in the Sunrise. 
 
A big THANK YOU to Bill Selzer for taking over weekly meeting recaps. His articles are delivering great recaps of our Friday meetings. Thanks to Chris Salani for always snapping the pictures. 
 
Please keep the PR team up to date with the positive projects you're working on, and we'll keep the Sunrise full. 
Light News... Jackson Bubolz 2022-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Waukesha County Park System – A Way to Enjoy All that Nature has to Offer

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 14, 2022
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Rotarian Mark Thurner introduced Steven Siodlarz and Emily Hiller from the Waukesha County Park System. Steven is a senior landscape architect who plans, designs, plus manages the construction and development of the System’s lands and facilities. The WCPS is a passive recreation nature-based system comprised of:

Waukesha County Park System – A Way to Enjoy All that Nature has to Offer Bill Selzer 2022-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

The Good, Bad and the Ugly – Lessons Learned

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 07, 2022
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On 11/4/2022, Linda Wickstrom, an Elmbrook Rotarian and Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Waukesha County Health and Human Services Department gave a presentation on the role of the Public Information Officer. As a member of the Incident Management Response Team (IMT) for Southeast Wisconsin, she described the need for a “Go Bag” that is kept in her car with the essentials needed to perform her duties. As a Team member, she may be deployed at any time, day, or night.

The Good, Bad and the Ugly – Lessons Learned Bill Selzer 2022-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotary Announces Business Person of the year 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Nov 07, 2022
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On November 9, 2022 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) announced Neil Palmer, President, Village of Elm Grove, as the recipient of the 6th annual Business Person of the Year Award. The program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of a successful Brookfield or Elm Grove individual.

Elmbrook Rotary Announces Business Person of the year Bill Selzer 2022-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

November Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted by Raul Arredondo on Nov 01, 2022
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in November.
 
 
“There is music in the meadows, in the air —
Autumn is here;
Skies are gray, but hearts are mellow…”
William Stanley Braithwaite
November Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC
Elmbrook Rotary 2022 Business Person of the Year – Elm Grove Village President Neal Palmer Bill Selzer 2022-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Partners In Hope Annual Fundraiser 

Posted by Lydia Miller on Oct 31, 2022
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Community Warehouse’s Partners In Hope, a faith-based prisoner re-entry program based in Milwaukee and one of Elmbrook Rotary’s mini-grant recipients this year, held their annual fundraiser at the beautiful Sharon Lynn Wilson Center on October 22.
Partners In Hope Annual Fundraiser Lydia Miller 2022-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social at C.C.'s Elbow Room

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Oct 25, 2022
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Rotary is about raising awareness of causes, donating time, and giving money. It's also about having fun. 
 
On October 19th the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) went out of a few drinks at C.C.'e Elbow Room in downtown Brookfield. Family stories were shared, business was discussed, and ideas for making the next Rotary project bigger and better were hatched. As you can, these Rotarians are too deep in thoughtful conversation to pose for a picture. 
 
Please mark your calendars for November 19th. A month after a great weekday social, we'll gather at Chris Spresser's renovated and reimagined home for an open house. Come anytime between 12-5p.
 
 
Rotary Social at C.C.'s Elbow Room Jackson Bubolz 2022-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Small commitment, huge harvest 

Posted by Mike Groth on Oct 25, 2022
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Trumpets are sounding - I’m happy to report with October 22nd's produce collection of 206 lbs of unsold produce, the Elmbrook Rotary has collected 3,068 lbs of excess produce so far this season!
 
The Salvation Army THANKS you for collecting food that’s cooked up meals for those in need as well as fresh items that are also added to the food pantry. Thank you!
 
The last farmer's market in Brookfield is 10/29 and we could use one more person for the final week of produce collection. The task is collecting remaining produce from vendors and transporting it to the Salvation Army. Please see Kevin Roche or Mike Groth if interested. 
Small commitment, huge harvest Mike Groth 2022-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Senior Taxi 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 25, 2022
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“Dedicated to Providing Safe, Reliable, and Affordable Transportation”

On 10/21/2022 guest Marj Koslowski, Board President, and Tom Slavinsky, Executive Director, of the ELMBROOK SENIOR TAXI visited the Elmbrook Rotary to talk about their service.

For the past twenty-nine years, the non-profit organization Elmbrook Senior Taxi has been serving seniors 62+ years old and adults with disabilities. Their mission is to “provide transportation to low income, elderly, and otherwise needy residents of City of Brookfield, Town of Brookfield, Village of Elm Grove and Village of Butler”.

Elmbrook Senior Taxi Bill Selzer 2022-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Connecting with our Rotary Roots 

Posted by Erik Moeser on Oct 25, 2022
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On a recent trip out East, Elmbrook Rotarian Bill Pettersen & wife Fe travelled to Wallingford, Vermont where they were able to visit the home town of Paul Harris. Paul was the founder of Rotary and said the values of his small town were the values he hoped to find in others. 
 
 
As you may know, Paul's "Rotary" club has grown into one of the largest service clubs in the world. 
Connecting with our Rotary Roots Erik Moeser 2022-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Milwaukee Symphony’s Beautiful New Home

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 17, 2022
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On October 14, 2022 Architect George Meyer visited the Elmbrook Rotary Club to talk art and architecture. 
 
Meyer practiced architecture for 35 years and retired in 2021 as CEO of Kahler Slater Architects. The firm has been involved in many key downtown revitalization projects, i.e. the Calatrava Art Museum, Milwaukee Museum, and Kimpton Journeyman Hotel.
 
 
Milwaukee Symphony’s Beautiful New Home Bill Selzer 2022-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotarians Clean Up Well 

Posted by Paul Langer on Oct 17, 2022
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Being a Rotarian means giving a little of ourselves back to our community.
 
Pictured on October 15, 2022 are Dean Johnson, President Harry Farchim, Scott Dryburgh, and Tom Curl in front of one of the signs touting Elmbrook Rotary's Sponsorship. They pictured are a few of the 9 Rotarian and one spouse team participating in our Adopt-A-Highway initiative. This is a recent initiative for the club, taking responsibility for a stretch of Greenfield Rd and keeping it looking great. 
 
If you feel like you'd like to be proactive around some of the "trashy" challenges in our society, check out a 7a meeting. The Elmbrook Rotary Club offers programming, volunteering, and donation opportunities year round round to keep Rotarians engaged in making the world an even better place to pass on to our children. 
 
 
Elmbrook Rotarians Clean Up Well Paul Langer 2022-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

Changing the way America Travels - Front Desk

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 10, 2022
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On October 7, 2022 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) was visited by Frontdesk CEO Jesse DePinto.

Frontdesk is a six-year-old Milwaukee based company offering an option to hotels, Vrbo’s and Airbnb’s.  Frontdesk provides fully furnished luxury apartments that are cost-effective, and 50%-100% larger than a average hotel room, including cooking and laundry amenities. The company is in 33 markets with 1,000 units inside 160 buildings. 

They are myopically focuses on urban downtown neighborhood settings, such as Milwaukee’s Third Ward.Jesse shared his company’s mission “to provide short term stays for modern dynamic living”, and a vision for “leading a cultural shift to a type of immersive lifestyle that defines modern travel”.

Changing the way America Travels - Front Desk Bill Selzer 2022-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Foundation & Club meeting 9.27.22 recap 

Posted by Harry Farchmin on Oct 03, 2022
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Board meetings are an opportunity for everyone to be a part of open dialogue addressing what types of projects our club pursues, how the club dues are spent, and where our donations end up. All new members are expected to attend a meeting within their first year, and veteran members who haven't been in a while are encouraged to drop in and keep things interesting. 
 
On September 27, 2022 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) & the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation (ERF) met. A few highlights were:
 
Elmbrook Foundation & Club meeting 9.27.22 recap Harry Farchmin 2022-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome back Veterans in Focus 

Posted by Bill Selzer on Oct 03, 2022
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On Friday, September 30, the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) welcomed the Veterans in Focus program and Bonnie Bertram introduced guest speaker Courtney Zeller, C.T.R.S. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Courtney has been a Specialist for 12 years with the Zablocki VA Hospital Health Care System. Accompanying her was US Army Iraq Veteran Lavella Green, a program participant, and Kris Hinrich a Milwaukee Rotary V.I.F.P. volunteer member.

As an outpatient health setting specialist, Courtney’s goal is to have a positive impact on veterans who have served our country, focusing on mental health, wellness, and maintaining a stable housing setting.

Welcome back Veterans in Focus Bill Selzer 2022-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Many donations harvested at the Brookfield Farmers Market 

Posted by Kevin Roche on Oct 03, 2022
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All Summer Rotarians have been taking turns cleaning up at the Brookfield Farmer's Market. What they are doing is collecting unsold produce late morning and delivering it to the Salvation Army.
 
On October 1, 2022 Kevin Roche (pictured with Market manager Bobbi Harvey) rounded up another 251 lbs of fruit and vegetables, bringing the total the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) has collected to 2,570 pounds... and counting... 
 
If this sounds like a nice way to get out in our community and help address food insecurity, please connect with Mike Groth to save your spot as one one of the last produce-donation collectors in  '22.
 
If you'd like to learn more about the ERC, please join us for a 7a meeting at the Western Racquet Club. 
Many donations harvested at the Brookfield Farmers Market  Kevin Roche 2022-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
October Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

ERC completes 3rd Habitat project in 2022

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Sep 28, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) made a decision in 2021 to actively search out opportunities to preform more "hands on" service work. One partnership that really took off was with Milwaukee's Habitat for Humanity. 
 
ERC completes 3rd Habitat project in 2022 Jackson Bubolz 2022-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

On Demand Club Runner Training

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Sep 27, 2022
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Ever wonder when the next Rotary volunteer event is? Check Club Runner
 
Curious who our speaker is next week? Check Club Runner
 
Want to invite a friend to the next Rotary social? Check Club Runner
 
If you aren't that familiar, please use this link to learn what's all available to you on Club Runner: https://elmbrookrotary.org/
 
On Demand Club Runner Training Jackson Bubolz 2022-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Sending or Hosting an Exchange Student? 

Posted by Mark Zalewski on Sep 26, 2022
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The Rotary Youth Exchange program is our flagship study abroad program for young people ages 15 – 18.
 
The experience begins the year before going to study abroad, with the application, selection and preparation processes. Students spend a year abroad integrating into a different culture, attending school, and learning new languages.
 
Have a child or grandchild wanting to go abroad? Considering hosting?
 
Join the info session: September 27 2022 7-8pm - Link 
 
 
 
Sending or Hosting an Exchange Student? Mark Zalewski 2022-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Updates From the District 6270 Website

Posted by Mark Zalewski on Sep 22, 2022
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Here are some updated from the District 6270 website https://rotary6270.org/ that you might enjoy: 

Info Session Scheduled for Rotary Youth Exchange

Our fall Virtual Information Night for the Rotary Youth Exchange program is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, September 27th. This is meant to be an info night for students who are interested in the program. Rotarians and others who would like to learn more about the program are welcome to attend as well. 

Please share with youth who may be interested in a study abroad experience, local high schools, newspapers, friends, and others. Please contact Kristine Bantz, Outbound RYE Coordinator with any questions.


 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwufuygqDksHdRRXwYCqng07uHi5651Wr47

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First Case of Polio in US in Nearly a Decade

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has been informed of a case of paralytic polio in an unvaccinated individual in Rockland County, New York, United States.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are coordinating with New York State health authorities on their investigation. Initial sequencing confirmed by CDC indicates that the case is type 2 VDPV.

Any form of poliovirus anywhere is a threat to children everywhere. It is critical that the GPEI Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026 is fully resourced and fully implemented everywhere, to ensure a world free of all forms of poliovirus can be achieved.

We are calling on every single Rotarian to take action and be a part of the fight to end polio, helping to raise $50 million per year for polio eradication.

New PolioPlus Society in Rotary District 6270

New PolioPlus Society in Rotary District 6270

Rotary District 6270 is excited to announce the start of the PolioPlus Society in our district.  This is a district program to recognize those Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends of Rotary, who have pledged to give at least $100 annually to the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation, until the wild poliovirus is no longer endemic around the world. The goal of this PolioPlus Society is to raise awareness and provide recognition for Rotary’s goal of eliminating the disease from the planet. 

We would like to invite you to consider and join the Rotary District 6270 PolioPlus Society by completing the pledge form on the PolioPlus Society page, https://rotary6270.org/sitepage/polioplus-society.  Members of the Rotary District 6270 PolioPlus Society will receive a certificate and a specially designed PolioPlus Society lapel pin.

Stay up to date with all things Rotary at: https://rotary6270.org/

Updates From the District 6270 Website Mark Zalewski 2022-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant Scholarship Opportunity

Posted by Larry Myers on Sep 21, 2022
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Rotary District 6270 is pleased to announce the availability of a Global Grant Scholarship for matriculation in the fall of 2023 or spring of 2024.
 
The amount of the scholarship is USD $30,000 and must be used for graduate school studies outside the United States. NOTE: Applicant cannot be a Rotarian or be related to a Rotarian but can be a member of Rotaract.  To be eligible, applicant must be a resident in the geographical area of District 6270, be a student at a college/university in the geographical area of District 6270, or have strong ties to Southeast Wisconsin (see District 6270 map).  Experience (professional or volunteer) in the field of study is required. All fellowship/scholarship/stipend funding opportunities must relate to one of Rotary’s Seven Areas of Focus.
 
Deadlines are as follow:
 
Global Grant Scholarship Opportunity Larry Myers 2022-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

Common Hope Partnership & Walk 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Sep 19, 2022
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On September 16th, 2022 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) was visited virtually by Krista Rivard of Common Hope. 
 
           
 
She shared with us that the ERC's donations go toward covid relief, daily living personal goods, and their school. The donations from club members cover the tuition of 20 students, who are all pictured above. When students graduate and begin in a profession, their wage is usually able to raise their family out of poverty. 
 
The Common Hope presentation was coordinated with the ERC's Common Hope walk which happened the following day (9/17) at Mitchell Park. The walk not only raises funds, but also raises awareness of ERC's annual trip to Guatemala which will happen February 5th-12th. If anyone is interested in joining the group of 9 Rotarians and spouses already enrolled, please talk with Erik Moser to learn more about the trip. 
 
If you think learning and contributing to international issues sounds interesting, check out a 7a Friday meeting. If you'd like to do more international volunteer work, the Elmbrook Rotary Club may be just what you are looking for. 
Common Hope Partnership & Walk Jackson Bubolz 2022-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Many Ways to Engage Rotary

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 19, 2022
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Rotary can look like a Friday morning breakfast meeting. It can be reading to children, building a home in Guatemala, or remembering to bring in your plastic bags or a few cans of food. 
 
Rotarians and their friends spent time on the 10th biking for a great cause: 
 
 
Please watch the website, check your newsletter, and talk to fellow Rotarians before meetings to find the best way for you to be involved with the Elm Brook Rotary Club! 
Many Ways to Engage Rotary Bill Selzer 2022-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat Opportunity in September! 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz
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Have you been envious over those well tanned and sculpted Rotarians talking about the great time they had laying flooring, painting, or prepping a home for it's presentation to a family? 
 
Fret not. When the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) asks... the Community Service Team answers. There is another opportunity to get involved, get a workout, and get an education around the housing challenges in Milwaukee. 
 
The Community Team has locked in September 22nd as our next Habitat Build! 
 
The task for the day will be framing. Our project will consist of raising, lining up, and tacking down pre-built walls of a new construction home. Participants must be comfortable lifting 25lbs throughout the day, and also be ok using a ladder to access the second story of a home.
 
The build will happen from 8a-3p and Habitat asks volunteers arrive promptly at 8a and stay for the day. 
 
If this sounds like a fun way to give back and get some exercise, please talk to Mike Groth or Jackson Bubolz ASAP. 
 
The plan is to staff the 6 person team with Rotarians, but if we aren't able to round out a team, we will need to reach outside the club to make it happen. (think prospective members...)
 
This group really does move mountains. Whether this event works for you or not, thank you for your contributions to the ERC and our surrounding community. 
 
Habitat Opportunity in September! Jackson Bubolz 2022-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Upending Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Sep 12, 2022
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On September 9, Tim Harrington & Anne Marie Pilot (virtual) form the Alzheimers Association stopped by the Machine Shed to share some news and updates around Alzheimer's disease. 
 
Tim shared that both of his parents lived with the disorder which got him active in both awareness and also fundraising to find a cure.
 
A few takeaways are:
  • Dementia is a "blanket term". As there are many kinds of cancer, there are different types of Dementia like Vascular Dementia and Lewy Body Dementia. 
  • The disorder affects the Hippocampus first, which is the region of the brain responsible for "higher thought"
  • There was a 16% increase in death by Alzheimer's during the pandemic, showing a strong correlation with socialization and keeping "sharp"
There wasn't a happy, uplifting end to the talk. There is still no "cure" for Alzheimer disease, yet on-going research provides potential hints to moving this disorder from incurable to treatable. Alz.org provides more information on research, fundraising, and stories of hope. 
Upending Alzheimer's Disease Jackson Bubolz 2022-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary "Cleans Up" at the Brookfield Farmer's Market

Posted by Mike Groth on Sep 12, 2022
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The  ERC likes to split our giving between time and treasure.
 
Since July 2nd, various Rotarians from our club have been volunteering each Saturday late morning to collect excess produce from vendors to donate to the Salvation Army.
 
Last Saturday Bill & Fe Petterson collected 251 pounds of produce bringing our 2022 summer (to-date) total to 2,137 pounds! This is a tremendous outcome that came about from a handful of people being creative around saving food, and putting in the effort to make it happen. 
 
Thank you to everyone who spent a Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market this Summer. We'll be back again in December for the Brookfield German Holiday Market. 
Rotary "Cleans Up" at the Brookfield Farmer's Market Mike Groth 2022-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Wellpoint Community Garden Grand Opening

Posted by Bill Selzer on Sep 09, 2022
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At 11:00am on August 16th, members of the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) attended a Community Garden Grand Opening Celebration, held at Wellpoint.
 
Program Director Starlet Hayes welcomed the attendees to the event and introduced staff members. Wellpoint President Ann Leinfelder Grove talked about the mission of Wellpoint and vision for the Community Gardens. She acknowledged the Community Garden Committee, Volunteer Staff , Elmbrook Rotary and those who have been instrumental in the garden project; Tony, Jodi and Zachery Consiglio for rototilling the garden plot and for their continued project support.
 
Jack Nelson, a key member of the Wellpoint Board of Directors and member of the garden planning team, received a beautiful piece of art created by children from the community representing the garden project. Jack addressed the attendees, explaining how the project has and continues to develop with the input from the team. He encouraged community members to share any ideas they have for the project.
 
                                 
 
The ceremony was concluded with the unveiling of the Community Garden sign and community children along with Jack and Ann ceremonially turning the first shovels and raking of the soil. Refreshments were served after the ceremony.
 
Wanting to be a larger part of your community? Consider joining the ERC for a 7a breakfast meeting and learning about this and other opportunities to literally and figuratively get our hands dirty serving others. 
Wellpoint Community Garden Grand Opening Bill Selzer 2022-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

2022 Packer Raffle Winners Drawn 

Posted on Sep 09, 2022
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The winners of the 2022 Packer Ticket Raffle have been drawn. 
 
Thank you everyone who  participated. This raffle raised thousands of dollars which will go directly back into the Elmbrook and surrounding communities via grants, donations, and raising awareness of great causes local and internationally. 
 
Winners of 2 tickets for each game are as follows:
 
               
Date   OpponentWinner   
18-Sep 
Bears
 Mark Zalewski
2-Oct
   Patriots   
Tom Michalski
16-Oct
   Jets   
Becky Kirchen
13-Nov
Cowboys
Ralph Gould
17-Nov
Titans
Dustin Schilz
19-Dec
Rams
 
Tim Nethery
1-Jan
Vikings
 
Ted Blum
8-JanLionsAlexa Zastrow
           
 
If you have not been contacted by a Rotary member or the Club itself, please reach out to David Irwin: dwi2020@outlook.com to solidify the pick up of your prize. 
2022 Packer Raffle Winners Drawn David Irwin 2022-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Nature in our backyard

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Sep 08, 2022
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On September 2, 2022 Eddee Daniel of A Wealth Of Nature visited the Elmbook Rotary Club (ERC) to share how this program is promoting the outdoors in our communities. 
 
Eddee is on a 2+ year project to capture pictures, write ups, and park information for all of the county and state parks, preserves and sanctuaries in South Eastern Wisconsin. He shared stories of exploring and talked at length about some of our more storied treasures like the Ice Age trail and Lapham's Peak. 
 
If you'd like to plan your next adventure in a S.E. Wisconsin park, please use this website to begin your research: https://awealthofnature.org/
 
If you'd like to spend more time with people wanting to keep S.E. Wisconsin a great place to live, join us for a 7a Friday breakfast meeting! 
Nature in our backyard Jackson Bubolz 2022-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

the passing of Chuck Steinbach

Posted by Harry Farchmin on Sep 08, 2022
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It is with a heavy heart that I'm writing that Chuck Steinbach, Charter and Honorary Member of the Elmbrook Rotary Club, passed away this week.  He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2021 and succumbed to the cancer August 28, 2022.
 
A gathering will be held at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin, on Friday, September 9, 2022, 4:00 PM – 6:45 PM. Sharing of Memories at 7:00 PM.
 
For more information visit the Krause Funeral Home website at https://www.krausefuneralhome.com/obituary/charles-w-steinbach/
 
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation, PO Box 1014, Brookfield, WI 53008-1014 or National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street Suite 006, Newton, MA 02458.
the passing of Chuck Steinbach Harry Farchmin 2022-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

Show Your Elmbrook Rotary Pride

Posted by Mark Zalewski on Sep 06, 2022
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Display your Elmbrook Rotary Pride on the golf course, in the office on Casual Friday, working with fellow Rotarians on a Project, at a Club meeting, or just around the neighborhood.  
 
We are now taking orders for Elmbrook Rotary Club Logo Wear - many colors and sizes to choose from:
  • Club Logo Cotton Twill shirts - Long and Short sleeve
  • Long and Short sleeve Polo/Golf Shirts
  • Baseball Caps - both Men's and Women's style - Blue only
 
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Shirts come in many colors and you can mix and match colors. Sizes up to 6X
Prices will depend on the quantity ordered and are expected to be between $33 and $37 each.
 
For more information see the below links to the Russell Hampton Web page.
Caps are Men or Women's style but come only in Blue and will be about $14
 
And display your Elmbrook Rotary Pride on the road - with a Elmbrook Rotary Club License Plate Frame
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Why drive around in your BMW or Lexus with a cheap plastic frame advertising for some sleazy car dealer, when you can impress your friends and display your "Rotary Pride" with a classy Elmbrook Rotary Club Frame?
 
The frame style will be as shown - but you can choose from a variety of color themes to compliment the look of your car. Cost will be about $25 The attached link below has more information.   
 
Questions - or to order any of these items - email Mark Zalewski with the number of items you wish to buy, with sizes & colors. 
We will be accumulating the orders over the next few weeks with a target order date of October 1.     
If you wish you can elect to be billed on your next Club dues invoice for your items.     
 
Your final cost will depend on the quantities of items we order as a Club - plus shipping and taxes which will be allocated among the orders. 
 
 
 
Show Your Elmbrook Rotary Pride Mark Zalewski 2022-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
September Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-09-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Thanks for stepping up!

Posted by Jackson Bubolz
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) is a vibrant group.
 
A big reason this club is so impactful is we are so active. Our meetings are well attended, our donations are notable, and we organize volunteer projects locally and internationally.
 
The reason we're able to do all of this so effectively is we have lots of different people leading and supporting different projects.
Mark Zalewski and Mike Hogan have taken lead on Spikes for Tykes for years. Gordy Miller, Paul Langer, John & Jeanne Allen are staples at board meetings and past presidents continue to serve in new capacities. The list of people who really put in time for the club is long, sorry I missed so many of you. 
 
It's important to note, the same folks can't do it all... forever.
 
A great example of getting more members involved is Steve Stocker running the raffle since inception, and diligently transitioning it. Larry Meyers has made a wonderful contribution to our club with an effective newsletter and website. When he started training me, I realized how much work he was putting in every week. I asked for help and had several people reach out. Thank you.
 
Special thank you to Emily Jones who has gracefully accepted the role of social media manager, and a few others have voiced interest in sharing what the ERC is up too. 
 
As we've seen so many people step up and into new roles, I wanted to take a moment to thank them. These commitments help to make our club fun, enriching, and a source for good. 
 
Thank you to our Club Chairs Mike Groth, Erik Moser, Tom Curl, & Jack Nelson.
 
If you don't have your hands in a project with the ERC, please get them dirty. You will enjoy your time with the club even more and you will have proof you're part of helping to make our world a better place. 
 
If you don't have a project you are active in, please ask a Club Chair what projects they have available. PR will be posting any upcoming activities we're notified of and posting pictures and recaps of events we're sent. 
 
Thank you to everyone for making the Elmbrook Rotary Club a great club to be a part of. 
Thanks for stepping up! Jackson Bubolz 2022-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

Bringing some Class to the ERC

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Aug 23, 2022
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On August 19, 2022 the Elm Grove Rotary (ERC) was introduced to the Carolyn Korona & Anne Harberg of the Elm Grove Lifelong Learning. 
 
Aging is a combination of staying active mentally, as well as social, physically and spiritually. The lifelong learners aim to provide opportunities to exercise many of those aspects at once.
 
The wide ranging class topics include everything from wildflowers to Nazi POW, home cooking to chair yoga, Antarctic expedition to Civil War nursing... here is the link to learn more and sign up for a discussion:
https://www.egs4ll.org/
 
Classes run October 3 - November 8 2022. $10/ class or $65 unlimited classes
Bringing some Class to the ERC Jackson Bubolz 2022-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotary August Social 

Posted by Chris Salini on Aug 19, 2022
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Each month the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) meets outside our traditional Friday morning meetings for fellowship in the community. On August 8, 2022, several Rotarians met at Greenfield park for stories, laughs, and refreshments. 
 
 
   
 
 
(one may notice, those who provide content get featured in our Club communications :))
 
 
Rotary is all about doing good in our world. At the same time, it's about what we do while we're doing good. Please check us out for a meeting of a social event! 
Elmbrook Rotary August Social Chris Salini 2022-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Bridge Builders Inc - Transforming Neighborhoods Block by Block 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Aug 17, 2022
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On August 12, 2022 the Elmbook Rotary Club (ERC) was visited by Kurt Owens of Bridge Buiders Inc. 
 
Kurt talked about the ground up approach Bridge Builders uses to empower the people of the communities they serve block by block vs. relying solely on governance. The ways they are empowering the communities they serve is by keeping good housing stock, leveraging the available workforce, dovetailing efforts with other non-profits, create full time neighbors, and revive community owned businesses. 
 
Their current project is raising funds to buy 20 homes and make them "Lighthouse" properties, or properties where a full time neighbor who is dedicated to the community lives. 
 
To learn more, please visit their website: https://bridgebuildersmke.org/ and to learn more about Rotary, please join us for a 7a meeting. 
Bridge Builders Inc - Transforming Neighborhoods Block by Block Jackson Bubolz 2022-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Adopt A Highway

Posted by Paul Langer on Aug 07, 2022
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On August 6, 2022 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) launched it's inaugural cleanup of Greenfield Avenue, (Hwy 59), between Barker Road and Hwy 164.

Paul Sawicki, Chris Salani, Phil Landry and son, Jeanne Allen, Paul Langer, John Allen Rick Chabot and Rick's son-in-law David. Bill Petterson behind the camera. They collected 5 bags of trash plus several larger objects. 

The next cleanup date will be in October. If you're interested in talking trash, please see Paul Langer. 

Adopt A Highway Paul Langer 2022-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Elmbrook Rotary Club Assembly

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Aug 07, 2022
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On August 5, 2022 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) held an assembly to reflect on how the club is upholding the 4 way test of what we think, and do. We looked for ways we can provide a better Rotary experience for everyone, and enjoy our own time with Rotary all the more.  
 
The common themes were finding more ways to get to know Rotarians, both in meetings and outside of them. We also had calls for better communication on upcoming service projects and working professional programing our presentations. 
 
Our breakout sessions allowed us to identify opportunities to grow as a club, as well as offer solutions to our concerns. 
 
Please stay tuned for meeting time and place where all ERC members are encouraged to help us Image a 2022-2023 Rotary year. Members will work though these and other items, and work to be intentional in making this Rotary year one to remember. 
 
Elmbrook Rotary Club Assembly Jackson Bubolz 2022-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Our Green Bay Packer Ticket Raffle Fundraiser is Back!

Posted by Steven Stocker on Aug 04, 2022

Looking for a chance to WIN tickets to a Green Bay home game during the 2022 season - and help needy organizations and causes at the same time? Club President Harry Farchmin is urging everyone to do their part in buying and selling Packer raffle tickets during our 7th Annual Green Bay Packer Raffle Ticket Fundraiser from now through September 9! Donations will go to the programs and organizations we support in Brookfield, Elm Grove, and around the world!
 
Our Green Bay Packer Ticket Raffle Fundraiser is Back! Steven Stocker 2022-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Sargent Shakedown Spotted

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Aug 02, 2022
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There's a new Sheriff, I mean, a new Sargent in town, and he means business.
 
On July 29, 2022, it appears Sargent at Arms Dave Engle delivered back to back to back to back fines to unsuspecting Rotarians. Some were the variety that we expect (late fines, pin fines) and some were blatant money grabs (like accusing and fining a member for not wearing their name badge... while that member wore their name badge...) Either way, another few dozen dollars were raised because we lacked some attention to detail. 
 
A note to newer members. The Sargent at Arms has special authority to hand out fines to members who are not keeping Rotary as crisp as it could be. Those fines could be for:
 
  • Forgetting to wear your Rotary pin
  • Not having a name badge on
  • Being late
  • Leaving early
  • Not completing a "full" happy table
This list is not inclusive, and some have been fined for something off the wall.
 
The spirit idea behind the fines is keeping everyone focused on taking pride in being a Rotarian, respecting the time of the other members, and maybe get Happy fines going if it's a slow start.  
 
Please keep an eye out for Sargent Shakedown... and wear your pin! 
 
Sargent Shakedown Spotted Jackson Bubolz 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

ERC Awards Scholarships

Posted by Dan Roads on Aug 02, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) is active in many different areas of our community. Sometimes there are projects at the Women’s Center we can help with. Other times Rotarians will commit to weekly volunteering and helping students with their literacy skills. Today’s report is on seeds (scholarships), that we hope will bloom into impactful careers.  The ERC awarded 3 scholarships to worthy recipients.
 
A $1000 scholarship paid each year for four years went to Sarah Astley from Brookfield Central High School who will attend UW- Stevens Point.A $1000 scholarship paid each year for four years went to Adriga Bhattacharyya from Brookfield East who will attend UW- Milwaukee.A $1000 scholarship paid each year for two years went to Charles Benjamin Fleming who will attend Waukesha County Technical College. This scholarship is specific to a student entering a two year program in a field that relates to a First Responder status. The scholarship is funded by Elmbrook Rotary Club to honor the 40+ years of service that retired Fire Chief William (Bill) Selzer gave to the Elmbrook Community.Dr. Thomas Arndt, President of the Elmbrook Rotary Club presented all three scholarships at the respective school’s Senior Honors Night at the end of the school year.
 
If getting involved with any area of our community is of interest, please reach out us via our website: https://elmbrookrotary.org/. Membership info is under the join tab.  
ERC Awards Scholarships Dan Roads 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

ERC Announces Total Charitable Contributions 2021 - 2022 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Aug 02, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) ended it's 2021-2022 fiscal year on June 30th, 2022. This was the completion of a year where we saw in- person meetings return, favorite projects and events renewed, and new service opportunities surface. This year has pulled our club together, and we had lots to celebrate. 
 
Service projects are a big part of what the ERC does each year. The other facet is the charitable contributions our members and community leaders make. These donations are raised by a mixture of fundraising events such as Spikes for Tykes, a silent auction, and our upcoming fundraiser, and the upcoming raffle for Packers tickets to home games in 2022. 
 
In 2021 - 2022 the ERC had one of the largest donation totals in recent memory. The $154,514.62 reflects both the efficacy of fundraising efforts, and also the size of the club's heart. The club often added several hundred more dollars to a donation when the "hat gots passed" to help out. 
 
 
The ERC is grateful for the  opportunity to strengthen those around us, both with service effort, and with intentional donation. 
 
If you are interested in connecting with our local Rotarians, getting involved in a service project, or donating to a cause that  is special to you, please connect with our membership chair John Allen at jallen@jallengroup.com. 
ERC Announces Total Charitable Contributions 2021 - 2022 Jackson Bubolz 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
August Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-08-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Discovering the Town of Brookfield 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 27, 2022
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On July 22, the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) welcomed Anna Antoine, Town of Brookfield Tourism Director.
 
Anna outlines the areas where City of Brookfield & Town of Brookfield meet, and let us know of the coming accommodations to the area. Wimmer Properties is extending their luxury apartments on the corner of Barker & Bluemound and on that same intersection a Tribute by Marriot will be completed by 2024.  
 
Ms. Antoine also updated us on upcoming events at the Corners like their food truck festival and Brooktoberfest.  
   
                       
 
If you would like to get the Town of Brookfield newsletter, click here
 
If you would like to learn all of this information first hand, please join us for a Friday morning meeting. 
Discovering the Town of Brookfield Jackson Bubolz 2022-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

Help Requested for 2022 Packer Raffle 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 20, 2022
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Service clubs are built around volunteering time in a community to strengthen it, and to donate funds to organizations, allowing them to do their work more effectively. 
 
This is an opportunity to partake in both aspects of service!
 
Our Saturday mornings 7:30a-12p, there is a Farmer's Market in Brookfield (16900 Gebhardt Rd, Brookfield, WI)
 

At that Farmers Market the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) will be both selling raffle tickets for the Packer's home games this season, as well as sharing what Rotary is, how we help our community, and how interested folks can get involved. 
 
Volunteering for this project allows the opportunity to grow our club and grow relationships inside our club, as well as collect proceeds from the raffle to continue supporting the 40+ organizations the ERC works with. 
 
David Irwin has stepped up to organize and oversee the raffle this year.
 
Please reach out to him with interest and questions. Mike Groth of the Community Service board and Steve Stocker, long time organizer of this event, are also available to answer questions, talk strategy, and share how fun this event is to be a part of! 
Help Requested for 2022 Packer Raffle Jackson Bubolz 2022-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Classification talks July 8, 2022

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 15, 2022
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Classification talks are among Rotarian's favorite meeting outlines. A member of the club shares a bit about their past, what drew them to Rotary, and what they are looking forward to accomplishing. On July 8 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) was fortunate to learn more about Julie Couden & Emily Jones. 
 
 
Julie grew up in New Berlin, traveled the world, and has circled back to where she started. She's always been inquisitive, and she's allowed that curiosity lead her the Wartburg College to pursue a degree in social work. Curiosity then led her to Africa to study health, water, and disease, and then to China to work in tech before landing in her newest adventure... sales. 
 
 
Emily Jones is used to having to think on the fly. As a mom, a teacher, and a black belt, she has to be ready for anything at all times. When she needed to be at work vs. in person for her talk, she flipped over to Zoom and didn't miss a step.
 
Emily studied Spanish abroad in Salamanca, Spain and loves teaching Spanish. She works at Tosa East as a Spanish teacher and enjoys volunteering locally with her church and Rotary, as well donating her time as far away as Costa Rica. A fun fact about Emily is she is the youngest of 11 siblings. 
Classification talks July 8, 2022 Jackson Bubolz 2022-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
Elm Grove Independent News July 2022 Jackson Bubolz 2022-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Addressing Anger with Serenity 

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On July 15, the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) welcomed Kenneth Ginlack, CEO of Serenity Inns of Milwaukee.
 
Ken shared that being in long term and active recovery himself, his experiences have allowed him to connect personally with the men at Serenity Inns. As he's counseled hundreds of recovering addicts, he's found that pain and anger are the triggers which lead most people to relapse. He's also noticed that so much of their anger and pain are tied to early childhood episodes of abuse. Although what happened can't be changed, the staff at Serenity Inns works to help the men to use different coping mechanisms to work though the hurt. 
 
The work Serenity Inns does is emotional and frustrating at times, but it is also leading people back to a productive life and a hopeful future. 
 
If you are interested in getting involved, the men's evening meal is completely dependent on donations. People will make a meal, come to the home and have dinner with the staff and men in recovery. If you are interested in learning more, please connect with them at: http://serenityinns.org/
Addressing Anger with Serenity Jackson Bubolz 2022-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Avalanche of Paul Harris Award Winners

Posted by Gordy Miller on Jul 05, 2022
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At its Changing of the Guard ceremony held on June 29, Elmbrook Rotary Club presented forty Paul Harris Fellowships. These Fellowships included four first-time Paul Harris fellows, five Fellowships presented as gifts from a Rotarian to a spouse, one Fellowship earned by a non-Rotarian and thirty additional Fellowships presented to Rotarians who were already Fellows.

The remarkable number of Fellowships awarded was due not only to the generosity of Club members but also to two limited-time Paul Harris matching programs which have since expired. Under the first matching program, the Club matched each donation of $500 to The Rotary Foundation with a transfer of 500 recognition points. Under the second program, the Club matched any gift made to The Rotary Foundation for polio prevention with an equal number of recognition points. The recognition points were provided by the Club itself and by members who have accumulated a large number of recognition points.

These matching programs generated a Paul Harris “buzz” among Club members and prompted many of them to make contributions they might not otherwise have made. The net result of the matching programs has been a substantial increase in contributions to The Rotary Foundation and more engagement by Club members.

To build upon past success and encourage more Paul Harris giving, the Club continues to offer two matching programs. For Rotarians who have not yet obtained a Paul Harris Fellowship, the Club will match a donation of $500 to The Rotary Foundation with a transfer of 500 recognition points. For those who are already Paul Harris fellows, the Club will contribute 200 recognition points for each donation of $800 to the Rotary Foundation.

Anyone who wants more information about the matching programs and anyone who would like to receive quarterly reminders about making regular Paul Harris contributions is encouraged to contract Foundation Treasurer Gordy Miller.

Avalanche of Paul Harris Award Winners Gordy Miller 2022-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

July Birthdays & Anniversaries

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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in July.
 
“July is hot afternoons and sultry nights and mornings when its joy just to be alive. July is a picnic and a red canoe and a sunburned neck and a softball game and ice tinkling in a tall glass. July is a blind date with summer.” – Hal Borland
 
July Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-07-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Ukrainian Relief updates

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 01, 2022
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At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship caused by the war in Ukraine. We’re using our deep networks and decades of experience to take swift action in the region.

How we are taking action: (click for video)

All donations to our Disaster Response Fund from 3 March to 30 April 2022 have been prioritized for use providing humanitarian aid to regions that are supporting Ukrainian refugees or other victims of the war.

Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world, we raised more than $15 million in contributions that are already helping provide people with essential items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing.

So far, 142 disaster response grants totaling $4.3 million have been awarded to support people affected by the war. The Rotary Foundation will continue to use the donations for humanitarian aid in and around Ukraine, and districts can apply for these grants until 31 December 2022.

Donations made to the Disaster Response Fund after 30 April will be available to all communities around the world that need assistance recovering from disasters.

Ukrainian Relief updates Jackson Bubolz 2022-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

2022-2023 Rotary President Jennifer Jones Takes Office 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 01, 2022
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On July 1, 2022, Rotary Clubs all over the world turned over leadership to the next round of leaders. The 2022 transition is especially notable as Rotary International President Jennifer Jones is the first woman to lead Rotary as President. 
 
In Jennifer's "Imagine" speech from January 2022, she channels John Lennon's famous declaration:
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"
 
She says it's a challenge to all of us to imagine, and also act. Rotarians have imagined a world without polio, a world with clean water, and a world with peace.
 
This Rotary year, imagine what big outcomes we'll realize in the future, from the seemingly small actions, done consistently. 
 
Best of fortunes to President Jennifer Jones, and all the new presidents in our 2022-2023 Rotary year!
 
 
2022-2023 Rotary President Jennifer Jones Takes Office Jackson Bubolz 2022-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

2022-2023 Changing of the Guard 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jul 01, 2022
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On June 29, 2022, the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) held it's annual celebration, the Changing of the Guards. This ceremony offers thanks and gratitude to the resigning president, and promotes current members to move up the leadership ranks. 
 
This year we celebrated Thom Arndt as he wrapped his 4 years of service, the last presiding as president. Thom's goals were to bring more hands-on projects to our club. That led to a highway clean up commitment, several Habitat for Humanity builds, and an in person Spikes event this Spring. Thank you Thom for your leadership.
 
Moving up through our leadership ranks, Harry Farchmin will serve as our president in the 2022/2023 Rotary campaign. Chris Spresser will be our Vice President, and Tom Steinbach will act as our Secretary. Joining the leadership seats this year is Dave Engel at Sargent-at-Arms. 
 
 
A big thank you also to Mark Zalewski and Gordy Miller for overseeing the responsibilities of club treasurer and foundation treasurer respectively. 
 
Rotary is a collection of people who understand that change starts with us. By following the 4 Way Test, we all work to build our community in the way that best fits our skills and interests. Please consider joining us for a breakfast meeting in our 2022-2023 Rotary year. 
2022-2023 Changing of the Guard Jackson Bubolz 2022-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Pop up Habitat Project 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 28, 2022
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On June 23, 2022 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) helped staff a Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity project. Rotarians Mark Zalewski and spouse Evonne Zalelewski joined Jackson Bubolz to round out a group of seven volunteers. They lifted pre-built walls to the second story of a new Habitat home and raised three walls on the second level.
 
Habitat for Humanity is an avenue to give time or treasure for aiding housing issues in Milwaukee. Housing is often the "lead domino" which causes many additional challenges for families such as education, crime, and employment. Habitat works to provide families with affordable housing to help stabilize their expenses for shelter and to stabilize neighborhoods by increasing home ownership.
 
Please connect with Jackson Bubolz if you are interested in taking part of a Habitat build this year. There is high demand for volunteers; so this is a unique way to be active, be involved, and also learn some construction skills! 
Pop up Habitat Project Jackson Bubolz 2022-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

An International Focus 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 28, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) welcomed two speakers with focus abroad to our June 24th breakfast meeting. 
 
Jennifer Demar of the NGO Guatemala Service Project shared the challenges the Guatemalans have confronted. Recognized as the "Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere," this developing country has daily challenges many Americans never contemplate. Examples are malnutrition, contaminated water, and lack of access to diapers and other hygiene resources. 
 
The Guatemala Service Project is helping to address these needs with awareness, the collection of donations, and helping anyone who wants to get more involved, do so. 
 
 
The second speaker was Rotarian Dick Debe, member of the Mukwonago Rotary Club and former District Governor of Rotary International District 6270. He shared how his club's involvement with Guatemala has led to even more involvement. The Mukwonago RotaryClub has sponsored projects and earned grants to deliver seeds and create farming programs. They've had chickens delivered to Guatemalan communities to create food, or revenue, or both. Rick has gotten the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) involved in clean water initiatives, getting water purification tools to remote communities so they can drink water with confidence. 
 
The ERC shares its focus among many local and several international organizations. ERC donates volunteer time, financial gifts, and insight to programs. The overarching intention is to be a catalyst for positive change. 
 
ERC is always welcoming new members and meets weekly on Fridays at 7:00 a.m. at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove. Let a member know if you're curious about joining. 
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Changing of the Guard and Silent Auction

Posted on Jun 22, 2022
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Elmbrook Rotary Club's (ERC) Changing of the Guard occurs on Wednesday evening, June 29, at the Mitchell Park Pavilion in Brookfield. The “Outdoors” will open at 5:00 p.m. for social time and activities that include a 50/50 raffle and a wine pull. This is a business casual event, and it is suggested that you bring folding chairs because seating could be limited. A buffet dinner will be served by Bunzel’s Catering, and seating will be on picnic benches surrounding the pavilion or on your own chairs. The program, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will be inside the pavilion that is air conditioned.
 
The online silent auction goes live at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 22, which is also when bidding begins. Lots of great items have been donated, and bidding is expected to be brisk! If you can’t wait to see the many awesome items, you can get a preview of them at https://www.32auctions.com/ElmSilAuct2022
 
To participate in the silent auction, click https://www.32auctions.com/ElmSilAuct2022 Before bidding, you will be asked to create an account which must include your email address. A phone number is optional. Check the "Help" section for details if you have any questions about the auction. Under the bidding section, you will see how the watch list works. At the end of the auction, bidders will receive a notification that has a link to an invoice. Before paying the amount due, please consider placing an Add-on amount to help defray the software costs that the club will incur. All funds will then be credited to the Elmbrook Rotary Club PayPal account. There is also a green "Donate" button on the home page for cash donations.
 
The auction will close at 10:00 p.m. on the evening of the Changing of the Guard (Wednesday, June 29).
 
As soon as payment is made, winning bidders may pick up items at the offices of Jackie Radomski from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday (except on holidays). Her address is Gordon J. Maier & Company LLP, 12778 W. North Avenue, Bldg A, in Brookfield. Please pick up the items won (and paid for) no later than Wednesday, July 13. If not picked up, the items will be considered forfeited and donated to a worthy organization.
 
Thank you and enjoy bidding. Proceeds will be allocated to the Elmbrook Rotary Club's Community, International, & Vocational Committees for the benefit of the many grants and programs that we support.
Changing of the Guard and Silent Auction Tom Hochuli 2022-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Shoot to Thrill 

Posted by Harry Farchmin on Jun 20, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Straight Shooters (RI District 6270) enjoyed a joint outing with the Madison Shooting Sports Fellowship (RI District 6250) on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at the Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek, WI.

While It turned out to be the hottest day the year so far, a great time was had by all in meeting new Rotarians and breaking clays over the scenic fields.

After a fun late-afternoon shooting participants learned more about each other in fellowship while enjoying beverages and a meal.

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Richard Barnhouse & WCTC

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 20, 2022
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On June 16, 2022, Dr. Richard Barnhouse came to the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) to share the foundation that Waukesha County Technical College WCTC has established as a powerful educational resource in our community and where he sees WCTC's future programming. 
 
Dr. Barnhouse spoke about the two-year applied science degrees offered by WCTC as well as their one-year technical degrees. He explained that nursing and protective services (fire, police, EMT) are still some of their most popular programs, but there are other programs such as cosmetology that are quietly growing . Dental hygienists are in very high demand, if one is looking for a carer, and there are are many open seats in those classrooms.
 
WCTC is used both by individuals in our community and by employers, who provide on-going training for their employees. Dr. Barnhouse insists that WCTC stands among the top two-year schools in the country, and he is excited to continue to build the programs which people in our county need. 
 
If you are interested in taking a class, the enrollment periods are now every four months since WCTC switched from the semester academic system. 
 
Rotary offers engaging speakers, fellowship, and opportunities to give back to our community. Please join us at a 7:00 a.m. Friday breakfast meeting at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove. 
Richard Barnhouse & WCTC Jackson Bubolz 2022-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Response Update for Ukraine

Posted on Jun 15, 2022
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With deep sadness, we feel the plight of Ukraine and its people.  When someone is suffering, we reach out to help. Rotary International, a service organization, is doing just that and is calling us to help those in need. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) moved quickly to provide grant funds for the relief effort in Ukraine and for those fleeing to other countries.
 
The Rotary Disaster Response Fund has received more than USD $15 million through June 8, 2022. Any contributions made after April 30 are being used by the Disaster Response Fund for disasters throughout the world and not just Ukraine.
 
The Elmbrook Rotary Foundation (ERF) Board of Directors agreed to match individual Rotarian contributions up to USD $15,000. In the past months our Elmbrook Rotary Foundation has sent more than $34,000 to The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund to support relief efforts in Ukraine and the Ukraine refugees. This includes member contributions and the full $15,000 ERF match.
 
Thank you so much to everyone that has donated! This is a great response, and we can all feel proud of our Elmbrook Rotary Club!
 
Thus far, some USD $3.3 million have been released through district grants to assist with relief efforts in Ukraine and with Ukrainian refugees. Soon after the Russian invasion began, Czech and Slovak Rotarians assisted in opening a train corridor to get much needed supplies into Ukraine. You can read about that ongoing effort by clicking here or on the photo below.
 
 
Numerous other examples exist. Rotarians and Rotaractors throughout the world are responding and acting. Read the stories here! ERC members who attended the RI Convention in Houston, TX, report that, in the Parade of Flags, the blue-and-yellow flag of Ukraine received a standing, thunderous ovation from the thousands of attendees. Help keep the tragedy of Ukraine front and center for both Rotary and the public in general. 
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A Look into the 2022 RI Convention 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 15, 2022
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News from the Rotary International Convention 
 
Fellow Elmbrook Rotarians Tom Curl, Harry Farchmin, Tom Hochuli, and their spouses attended the RI Convention in Houston, TX, taking in all of the sights, sounds, experiences, and relationships at the largest gathering of Rotarians in the world. 
 
Charlie Duke, retired astronaut (see story screenshot above), talked about the need for our communities to work together as space missions were compelled to do.
Tom Hochuli has shared pictures of events on opening day, including one of a Texan telling a very interesting story about (or to) his armadillo (see photo below).
 
                                        
 
This convention is held each year and is open to any interested Rotarian. Mate, next year's convention will be held in Melbourne Australia. 
A Look into the 2022 RI Convention Jackson Bubolz 2022-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks for Making "Spikes" a Success 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 08, 2022
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Prep and Tear down
 
No event can be a success without lots of working planning ahead of time and dedicated people on site early to prep and make sure the day gets started well.
 
 
We also needed volunteers willing to stay afterward to clean up, pack up, and keep going after everyone had their fun . . .
 
 
and last but not least... friends & neighbors to come celebrate a great Rotary year and a strong Spikes for Tykes event!
 
 
Thank you to all the Rotarians and their families for the effort that went into this year's event. It was great to be back among our members and our Elmbrook community!
 
Don't forget the online "Silent Auction," which begins on June 22, as part of the annual "Spikes for Tykes" fundraising effort.
 
Thanks for Making "Spikes" a Success Jackson Bubolz 2022-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

Spikes for Tykes 2022

Posted on Jun 07, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club's "Spikes for Tikes" annual fundraising drive experienced one of its culminating events on Saturday, June 4.
 
The June 4th in-person wrap-up was a volleyball event held at Mitchell Park in Brookfield. Approximately 20 teams from the community played an hour of volleyball and learned more about Rotary. Each playing team received six (6) long-sleeve commemorative T-shirts. A cash raffle added to the funds raised, and both food and drinks were available for purchase.
 
Enjoy the photos from the June 4th wrap-up, snapped by ERC member Erik Moeser, by clicking here.
 
"Spikes for Tikes" is the club's largest fundraising event and is the main way the club creates funds to donate into our community. If you wonder about where the money goes, check out this PDF which lists the 2020-2021 charitable donations of Elmbrook Rotary Club and its Foundation. It's impressive!
 
If your school, company, or place of worship missed the event this year, please reach out to one of the Elmbrook Rotarians. We'd love to get you involved in "Spikes '23" and also introduce you to the ways we're serving our community through Rotary. 
 
The fundraising effort continues through the club's "Changing of the Guard" event at the same location (Mitchell Field, Brookfield) on June 29. Connected with that event will also be a "Silent Auction," proceeds of which will be added to the "Spikes for Tykes" totals. The online portion of the "Silent Auction" will begin on June 22—lots of treasures, goodies, and experiences to win (for the right bid)!
Spikes for Tykes 2022 Jackson Bubolz 2022-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

ERC in EGNI June 2022 Edition

Posted on Jun 02, 2022
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The June 2022 edition of the Elm Grove News - Independent has been printed and distributed.
 
You'll find the ERC paid ad in the "Business Directory" on p. 3, the ERC Friday meetings information in the "Calendar of Events" on p. 5., and an article by Erik Moeser about Common Hope in Guatemala on p. 8.
 
Click here to access and read. Copies are also available for pick up at the Elm Grove and Brookfield libraries, Sendik's, Ace Hardware, etc.
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June Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted by Raul Arredondo on Jun 01, 2022
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in June.
 
 
“Far up in the deep blue sky, Great white clouds are floating by; All the world is dressed in green; Many happy birds are seen, Roses bright and sunshine clear Show that lovely June is here.” — F. G. Sanders
 
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Rotary Fellowships Month

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June is designated Rotary Fellowships Month to recognize the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar recreational and vocational interests, to promote increased participation in fellowships, and to increase understanding of this program.
 
What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining a Rotary Fellowship? Fellowship provides opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District, or country. There are many Fellowships that would be of interest to members, and they are detailed at https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/more-fellowships
 
A handful of Elmbrook Rotary Club members belong to various Rotary Fellowships. Examples include Beer Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide (BREW), Cycling to Serve, Shooting Sport Rotarians, and Surfers Unite. Just ask around, and you'll find a great deal of interest in the 100+ Rotary Fellowships.
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Purposeful Higher Ed - LAUNCH of Elmbrook 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Jun 01, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) has consistently focused on enhancing the opportunities of the students in our community. The LAUNCH program of Elmbrook has been a wonderful way to focus time and resources back into the high schools in our immediate school districts.
 
On 31 May, the ERC sponsored a large conference room block for the LAUNCH program's "Watch It Live" so their students could showcase what their semester's efforts had created. 
 
The LAUNCH program represents over 400 sophomores, juniors, and seniors from the Elmbrook and Wauwatosa School Districts. Student are grouped into interest "strands" such as global business, future teachers, business analytics, media solution, IT, engineering, healthcare solutions, manufacturing, and several other options. Student groups are paired up with mentors from related industries to receive insight and training from beyond the school's walls. Each mentor brings a real life "problem statement" from their business to the project. The student's job is to solve the problem through their own resources and rely on the mentor for guidance during challenges or confusion. 
 
Purposeful Higher Ed - LAUNCH of Elmbrook Jackson Bubolz 2022-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Building Media Relations 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 31, 2022
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On 27 May, Trish Nitschke of the Center for Business Communication Excellence met with the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) to share ideas on how to make one's brand more visible. Take-aways that can be used for business or personal branding are:
  • Build relationships with local news people. Share 3-5 stories each year with them
  • Make stories compelling and easy to understand, with visuals packaged ahead of time if possible 
  • Many mediums are available to leverage: 
    • Local news
    • Podcasts
    • Social media 
As the ERC continues to attract new members from all areas of our community, it was a treat to have Trish share top ideas around branding. Because these strategies are readily available for growing businesses and personal brands, there is carryover to how ERC can leverage these strategies to grow awareness of our club and increase the impact we make. 
 
Please consider bringing a friend to our next 7:00 a.m.  breakfast meeting to hear great speakers like Trish! 
Building Media Relations Jackson Bubolz 2022-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Memorial Day Social 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 31, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) loves to help out locally and internationally whenever we can. When not actively serving, many Rotarians enjoy kicking back and relaxing in our community. 
 
On 30 May, ERC members Jeanne & John Allen invited club members and their families to take in the Elm Grove Memorial Day parade from the comfort of their front yard. Food, drinks, and stories were enjoyed all morning and into the afternoon as friendships were deepened along with our appreciation for Rotary. Thank you for hosting, Allens! 
 
Social events, educational breakfast meetings, local volunteer events, and international service trips—Rotary offers something for anyone who wants to be better connected to those among whom we live. 
Memorial Day Social Jackson Bubolz 2022-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Friends for Health in Haiti Update 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 25, 2022
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On May 6 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) welcomed Dr. Catherine Wolfe, Founder, Executive Director, and Clinical Director for Friends for Health in Haiti. Dr. Wolfe shared how gang violence is intensifying challenges of the pandemic and recent earthquakes. Inflation is leading to hunger being increasingly prevalent. 
 
It's not all bad news though. Through programs like Friends for Health in Haiti, communities are able to get organized and work toward solutions. Leveraging repeatable farming techniques, having consistent education for children, and building solutions for clean drinking water and sanitary latrines are all ways Rotary clubs like ours can help boost the wellbeing of others. 
 
Other recent breakthroughs include installing solar panels at the hospital to deliver days of reliable power. Friends for Health in Haiti is also realizing the superior ability of cinderblock structures to weather storms and earthquakes vs. using rocks or tin materials. They are looking to implement stronger materials whenever possible. 
 
There are also opportunities within the ERC to have donations go further. $2,000 has been matched by an anonymous donor to help Friends for Health in Haiti, making a total USD $4,000+ that was raised to support the agricultural seed project of Friends for Health in Haiti. 
Friends for Health in Haiti Update Jackson Bubolz 2022-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

Highlights of Boards of Directors

Posted on May 25, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Foundation (ERC) Board of Directors and the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) Board of Directors met via Zoom on Tuesday, May 24.
 
Among the highlights of the two board meetings were the following:
  • ERF Treasurer Gordy Mueller announced that, as of May 24, more than $39,000 has been raised by the annual Spikes for Tykes fund-raising effort.
  • Approved a Mini-Grant of $1,300 to support the Partners in Hope program of Community Warehouse.
  • Authorized the inclusion of $3,000 in the 2022-2023 budget to support ERC member attendance at the annual TriCon (three-district conference). The maximum would be $250 per attendee, and other parameters will be determined/announced in future months. The next TriCon is scheduled for April 28-29, 2023, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Any ERC member is welcome to attend the meetings of the Board of Directors. Follow this website and the weekly ERC eBulletin for announcement of BoD meetings.
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The Women's Center & ERC Go Way Back 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 24, 2022
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Anyone who has spent time at Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) meetings knows well that the club has deep ties to The Women's Center (TWC). At our May 20th meeting, Jessie Trauth (the TWC Shelter and Housing Programs Director) shared the legacy that compliments our deep connection. 
 
Over the last 30 years, ERC has:
  • Donated over $250,000 to this single organization (making the ERC the largest service club donor in TWC's history)
  • Outfitted sleeping quarters in the shelter
  • Landscaped the campus
  • Painted the interior of property
  • Raised awareness of TWC's services
As Spikes of Tikes, ERC's largest fundraiser, approaches its conclusion, it is important to remind all Rotarians, friends of Rotary, and local businesses that none of the positive and impactful work the ERC does can happen without donations of both time and treasure. We're looking forward to great Spikes for Tikes' results in 2022 and opportunities to continue our work in the community, while hopefully adding an organization or two to support in the 2022/2023 Rotary year.
The Women's Center & ERC Go Way Back Jackson Bubolz 2022-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

New Members & Stories within the Elmbrook Rotary Club

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 17, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) had a meeting full of introductions on May 13, 2022. 
 
After visiting a few meetings, Emily Jones & William (Bill) Selzer both decided to join our club. Over the next few months they will hopefully make friends with many Rotarians, as well as better understand the ways they can be involved in local to international efforts. They will have a chance to choose an Avenue of Service that best fits their interests and share their classification talks with us later this year. 
 
Part two of our meeting was hearing classification talks from slightly more seasoned members. 
 
New Members & Stories within the Elmbrook Rotary Club Jackson Bubolz 2022-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Getting Kids Fit - Physically & Scholastically

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on May 03, 2022
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On April 29 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) was visited virtually by Marcellus Dawson of Fit Club MKE. 
 
Marcellus shared how their programming teaches children the rules and details of sports like baseball and golf, and to be added soon, soccer and yoga.
 
The players receive a baseball glove when they begin the program together with opportunities to study school and sports on campus. On top of sports training, Fit Club MKE also provides children's books for members to take home, building their literacy along with their home library.
 
Marcellus shared that the best part of the program is seeing kids come in with apprehension and uncertainty and leave knowing they can play a game well and be part of this sports and education club. 
 
Fit Club MKE is currently in a growth and transition stage, adding programming while also seeking out donations to build a new facility. They are wanting to bring these types of education / athletics / community engagement directly to the players' neighborhoods. The link above provides an opportunity to donate to this organization if so moved. 
 
Getting Kids Fit - Physically & Scholastically Jackson Bubolz 2022-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

New Hope School Guatemala Project

Posted by Erik Moeser on May 02, 2022
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         Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) has sent teams to Guatemala in February of every year since 2012 to work with Common Hope. Common Hope is a St. Paul-based NGO, offering housing, medical, social, and educational services.  In 2021 and 2022 the trips were cancelled due to the global pandemic. Because the clients whom Common Hope serves are largely unvaccinated, one way to continue helping has been remotely via Zoom and email.
 
         In 2021 Elmbrook Rotary (assisted by a grant from Rotary International District 6270) provided books, supplemental materials, desks, and supplies for students in the remote village of San Miguel Milpas Altas. The school was experiencing high failure rates. This year the aid was focused on the New Hope community near Guatemala CIty, founded 21 years ago by Common Hope after a disastrous mudslide. The school was built five years later. It was a from-the-ground-up effort to create a model to be emulated in other places over the ensuing years. Teachers were provided with six Dell PCs and peripheral equipment, replacing obsolete technology and enabling them to provide enhanced online learning experiences. This will continue until the Ministry of Education in Guatemala authorizes a return to in-person school attendance.
 
Elmbrook Rotary Club members will again travel to Guatemala in February of 2023 to catch up with onsite work related to the two remotely-provided projects, return to the usual home building, and participate in other program elements to aid families. Contact ERC member Erik Moeser for more information and for details on the February 2023 trip.
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Noche de Colores

Posted on May 02, 2022
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A BENEFIT
FOR COMMON HOPE

 

Friday, May 6, 2022
Saint Paul RiverCentre

Saint Paul, MN

Find Out More
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This year, Common Hope is welcoming more than 300 new families to their program. They have made the first step on the path to a brighter future. Many of these families have experienced significant challenges during the last two years. By partnering with Common Hope, they will have access to new opportunities and programs that will enable them to stay healthy, improve their living conditions, and create lasting change. Most importantly, they will be able to focus on their children’s education.

Noche de Colores, Common Hope's annual Night of Colores, is a showcase of the sights, sounds, and stories of Guatemala. You are invited to join the fun and celebrate from home! 
 
Hear from Executive Director Shari Blindt, watch this year's video premiere from Buck Holzemer and Patti Petrich, and enjoy a keynote speech from Lesbia Isabel Norling, former Common Hope social worker.

The evening program will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Let’s come together to be united in hope for families in need!

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May Is Youth Service Month

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Rotary International's structured programs for youth service are: Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE).
 
Rotaract, formerly a part of youth service, now enjoys an elevated status within Rotary International. Rotary’s Council on Legislation in 2019 formally approved the expansion of the definition of Rotary membership to include both Rotary and Rotaract.
 
In addition, RI District 6270 has its own special youth program, entitled "World Affairs Seminar." Held this year during June 18-24 at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisc., participants from more than 30 nations will address the topic of "Reimagining Global Health and Wellness." Check it out here.
 
The month of May is designated as “Youth Service Month” to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people.
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Blogging with Alaina Eckert

Posted on May 02, 2022
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Alaina Eckert is the current RI District 6270 Global Grant Scholar.
 
These days she is in Panama, doing her internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. After completing the internship, she still has a semester of study at Lincoln University New Zealand and a master's thesis to write. Alaina is the first Global Grant Scholar of The Rotary Foundation with the Environment as the Area of Focus.
 
She has created a website, which includes a weekly "blog." Follow her adventures at the following URL:  https://eckeala.wixsite.com/missadventures
 
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May Birthdays & Anniversaries

Posted on May 01, 2022
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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in May.
 
 
"You have to remember to be thankful. But in May, one simply can’t help being thankful that they are alive, if for nothing else.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
 
May Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-05-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

ERC Meeting Venue Changes

Posted on Apr 27, 2022
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The Western Racquet Club will replace its HVAC system in late April / early May. During the installation, the WRC Food and Beverage department will be shut down. Therefore, Elmbrook Rotary will engage in a Zoom-only format on the dates of April 22, April 29, & May 6.
 
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Bikes for Stripes

Posted on Apr 27, 2022
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Last year Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) embarked on sponsoring a new local endeavor by providing a Mini-Grant to the "Bikes for Stripes" program of the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI).
 
On Friday, April 25, the club received a briefing about this program by MHVI Executive Director Debbie Buchanan in its Zoom-only meeting (necessitated by installation of a new HVAC system at the Western Racquet Club). She was joined by West Allis Rotarian Dan Kasun, who coordinates the "Bikes for Stripes" effort.
 
Ms. Buchanan also shared the mission and purpose objectives of MHVI, and Dan Kasun not only described the details of "Bikes for Stripes" but also provided information on how to get involved. For example, the Rotary Club of West Allis will hold  a volunteer opportunity on May 7 to support the Bikes for Stripes program.
 
Check out the follow URLs to glean more information and to volunteer:
 
 
 
 
 
Bikes for Stripes 2022-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Millennial Action Plan (MAP)

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Apr 19, 2022
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Steven Olikara, Brookfield native & US Senate hopeful, spent time with the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC). He is a member of the Millennial Action Plan (MAP), and shared his love of music, politics, and his motivation to have our community and state work together for a better future. 
 
Steven shared how the political strategies of outrage culture, arms-race-style funding for campaigns, and demonization of opponents are poisoning our political climate. Steven sees Final 5 voting, listening to opposition with intent to understand, and resident-based government as today's biggest areas for opportunity. 
 
A musician himself, Olikara insists that to make good jazz, all musicians must play together, building off each other's strengths, and listening to what's happening around them. Time will tell if that strategy has a place in American government. 
Millennial Action Plan (MAP) Jackson Bubolz 2022-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

ERC Helps Build

Posted on Apr 13, 2022
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Habitat for Humanity is another example of how Elmbrook Rotary Club members give back to the community.
 
On Thursday, April 7, seven ERC Rotarians and one guest Rotarian joined a Habitat for Humanity team to build a new home located at 3466 N. 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI. 
 
This build entailed framing the home and moving prebuilt walls from ground level to the second story. The volunteers measured, raised, and secured walls on the second story. The home is now ready for trusses and a roof before work on the interior begins. 
 
                         
 
 
 
            
 
 
Thanks to ERC members Mark Thurner, Lucas Severson, Tom Curl, guest Rotarian Paul Turner, John & Pati Allen, Patti Allen Brickman, & Mike Groth for a job well done!
 
If you have interest in participating but haven't yet, please reach out to the ERC Community Service group so that they can determine interest in a third build in as many months. 
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Local Options for Assisted Living 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz
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On April 8 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) was visited by Shannon Angell, CEO, of St. Camillus. St. Camillus is one of the largest independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities in our area. 
 
She shared information about the new residence building, newly completed, as well as insights on amenities, package options, and pricing. 
 
Shannon is one of the dozens of local guests the ERC hosts each year to keep our members up-to-date on community progress, aware of planned changes, and understanding what service opportunities are available to our members. 
 
Please join us for a 7:00 a.m. meeting any Friday! 
Local Options for Assisted Living Jackson Bubolz 2022-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

April Is Maternal & Child Health Month

Posted on Apr 02, 2022
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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 was the international partner for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant that 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.

April Is Maternal & Child Health Month 2022-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
April Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Elmbrook Rotary Fieldtrip 

Posted by Jackson Bubolz on Mar 29, 2022
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Because the Western Racquet Club was under maintenance, the Elmbrook Rotary club visited the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts on Friday March 25. 
 
We heard about the upcoming theater season, including plans for Starry Nights, and we received a tour of the facility.
 
We also received a surprise! The Sharon Lynn Wilson Center wanted to make a special gesture to our club, a driving force in fund raising before, during, and after the Center's 1994 opening. They revealed a large inscription, "Elmbrook Rotary Fireside Lounge," appearing between the northern etched windows in the lobby and honoring the club's efforts in making the Center a reality. 
 
 
 
Upcoming "Starry Nights" events on the Center's outdoor grounds are sure to be a staple of our club's social events this summer. 
 
 
Elmbrook Rotary Fieldtrip Jackson Bubolz 2022-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Classification Talks 3.18.2022

Posted on Mar 20, 2022
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A recurring theme in the Elmbrook Rotary Club is how much we love classification talks. Rotarians love these presentations because we're able to hear a 5-10 minute talk from a member about their life.
 
We hear antidotes, ah ha moments, and some really funny stories. Our trio of presenters at the 3/18/22 meeting were a great example of why. 
 
Rick Chabot shared with us the differences in cost of commonly purchased items from the year he was born to share some of the change he's seen. He's been very involved in Boy Scouts and Rotary, and his advice from 32 years in Rotary is to visit other clubs and engage in international programs. 
 
David Irwin is a new member with a history of travel. He spent some time growing up in Europe and travels often for work. Business and the affairs of the world are a few of his leisure activities. He has two high schoolers at Brookfield East.
 
Yusuf Quereshi is another new member, and wanted to get involved with a service group because of the example his parents and grandparents set. Yusuf likes spending time at local parks all the way up to the National parks. He also really likes numbers and enjoys his role as an actuarial accountant. 
 
 
Classification Talks 3.18.2022 Jackson Bubolz 2022-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Wisconsin DOT I 94 East West/Team

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On March 11th the Elmbrook Rotary Club was joined by Bill Mohr & Mike Pyritz of the Wisconsin DOT I-94 East/West Team to learn more about upcoming improvements to a major interstate in our community.
 
The current I-94 interstate stretch has been in service consistently over the last 60 years and is in need of rehabilitation.
 
While traffic is being re-routed, the team will take this opportunity to also add an additional 2 or 4 lanes (1 or 2 eastbound, 1 or 2 westbound) and will be removing the 175 left handed exit and replacing with an off ramp on the right hand side of the road. This project completes the major I-94 restoration project, as it follows the completion of the Zoo and Marquette interchange. 
 
Summer in Milwaukee has always meant great weather and road construction. There are always short- term sacrifices, but Bill and Mike promise that these changes will create infrastructure we're happy with for decades. 
 
 
Wisconsin DOT I 94 East West/Team Jackson Bubolz 2022-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

The #KiaBoys of MKE

Posted on Mar 08, 2022
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Have you heard about all the break-ins related to the entry level models from 2016-2021 Hyundais and Kias?
 
At the March 4th  Rotary meeting, Detective Kelly of the MPD shared some insight.
 
Here’s the reconnaissance:
  • Broken back windows don’t set off the car alarm
  • Steering column has a “soft underbelly”
  • A USB can then start and stop the vehicle like an ignition key
  • Accumulating these offenses have become status symbols in our community (i.e. #KiaBoys handle)
What can be done?
 
An ounce of preventing is better than a pound of cure.
  • If you own a KIA or Hyundia in those manufacturer years - consider selling it
  • Lock your cars! These folks take these stolen cars to the suburbs to upgrade their score. Locked cars (of any brand) are a HUGE detractor to theft
  • Close your garage; close your blinds at night. Don’t be the easy target.
Our communities are overall safe. These are a few tips to help avoid big surprises.
The #KiaBoys of MKE 2022-03-08 06:00:00Z 0

2022 Book Drive

Posted by Jan Constable on Mar 08, 2022
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Elmbrook Rotary Club had a great response to its 2022 Book Drive and collected 276 reading books. The books were donated to Literacy Services of Wisconsin (LSW).

LSW is an adult literacy center located on the corner of Plankinton Avenue and Michigan Street in downtown Milwaukee. LSW will make the books available to their students for their reading pleasure. Any books not selected will be sold to a second-hand bookstore, with the funds raised going into LSW's operational account.

Mike Groth, Chairman of the Elmbrook Rotary Club's Community Service Committee, recently delivered  the books to LSW. The above photos shows (left to right):  Holly McCoy, LSW Executive Director; Dustin Slane, LSW Director of Marketing and IT; Mike Groth; and Chad Knezel, LSW Director  of Development & Volunteer Engagement.

Thank you, ERC Rotarians, for supporting the 2022 Book Drive

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Water and Sanitation Month

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In the Rotary world, we acknowledge a different theme for each month of the year. March happens to be "Water and Sanitation," which is one of Rotary's seven Areas of Focus. In addition, March 22nd is recognized as World Water Day.
 
When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
 
Rotarians don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.

Rotary International, through the combined actions of individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs, seeks to assure that all people have adequate access to clean and safe water. The Rotary theme for March, Water and Sanitation, asks us to focus on the life-changing improvements that we can make through these international projects to provide a more readily available and healthy supply of water to all people.
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Global Grant Final Report Approved

Posted on Mar 03, 2022
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In 2020, Elmbrook Rotary Club coordinated a Global Grant of nearly USD $98,000 from The Rotary Foundation. Entitled “Pediatric Ventilators Santo Domingo Ecuador,” the grant provided for the purchase of two pediatric ventilators and one neonatal ventilator for Andean Health & Development's (AHD’s) locally-staffed teaching hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.
 
The Final Report for this Global Grant was submitted to The Rotary Foundation on December 29, 2021. The report has received approval and congratulations from The Rotary Foundation. Click here to read the Fall Newsletter of Andean Health & Development or here to read the Winter Newsletter in order to see the difference being made.
 
Elmbrook Rotary can be both grateful and proud to have been a part of this very successful project which turned out to be more important than ever expected, especially in view of the worldwide CoViD-19 pandemic.
Global Grant Final Report Approved 2022-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

"That's the way we've always done it!"  

Posted on Mar 02, 2022
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The Elmbrook Rotary Club has always challenged that mentality. 
 
Proof: The club has re-imagined our weekly drawing. 
 
                             
 
Doing away with a format that had stagnated, the new approach has several welcome changes:
  • Both In-Person & Zoom attendees can participate.
  • Instead of a "progressive pot," each weekly winner will receive a $20+ gift card and an opportunity to patronize a local business.
  • Current donors are Brunch of Brookfield and First Watch of Brookfield, but that's just be beginning...
  • Please let Paul Langer or Mike Hogan know if there is a local business you think would want to have their name in front of Elmbrook Rotarians each week for the drawing.
All proceeds go toward our club's donations to Rotary International. 
 
Pick up your raffle tickets at the registration desk from the Sergeant-at-Arms (Dr. Thomas Steinbach) or with our Zoom host! 
"That's the way we've always done it!" 2022-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

March Birthdays & Anniversaries

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Please join the Elmbrook Rotary Club in celebrating our esteemed member Birthdays and Anniversaries in March.
 
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 
 
March Birthdays & Anniversaries Raul Arredondo 2022-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Birthday,ERC

Wild Polio Case Detected in Malawi

Posted on Feb 28, 2022
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As an imported case from Pakistan, this detection of type 1 wild poliovirus in Malawi does not affect the WHO African region’s wild polio-free certification status.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has confirmed a case of type 1 wild poliovirus (WPV1) in a child suffering from paralysis in Malawi. Analysis has shown the virus is genetically linked to WPV1 that had circulated in Pakistan’s Sindh province.

Detection of WPV1 outside the world’s two remaining endemic countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan is a serious concern and underscores the importance of prioritizing polio immunization activities in countries such as Malawi to prevent future instances of importation.

While the news from Malawi is disappointing, the polio program has seen importations from endemic countries to regions that have been certified wild polio-free in the past, and has moved quickly to successfully stop transmission of the virus in these areas. Now is the time for all parties — Rotary members, communities, government leaders, and global partners — to recommit to ending all forms of polio for good. Read Rotary's full statement.
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Rotary International Statement on Ukraine Conflict

Posted on Feb 28, 2022
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It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support, and peace to the region.

Rotary International
25-Feb-2022

Rotary International Statement on Ukraine Conflict 2022-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

ERC/ERF International Service Projects

Posted on Feb 16, 2022
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The International Service Committee of Elmbrook Rotary Club has recommended the following distribution of funds for international projects:
 
$1,200—Andean Health Development—supporting the physician residency training program at Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.
$1,280—Common Hope—sponsoring a Common Hope high school student (to be assigned, including funds for gifts as allowed by Common Hope policy and periodic food bags for the student's family) in Guatemala.
$1,200—Friends for Health in Haiti—supporting a new Agriculture Program which will purchase seeds for crops to provide a sustainable food source.
$1,200—Giraffe Children’s Charity—helping some of the poorest children in Nairobi, Kenya, receive an education, thereby continuing ERC sponsorship of two primary school age children per year through eighth grade.
$1,200—Caserio El Tesoro Water Project—helping purchase materials to capture and provide fresh water for El Tesoro, Guatemala, a community of about 324 people located one hour north of the municipality of San Martín Jilotepeque, department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. This is in connection with TRF Global Grant Application #2232182, in which the Marquette University Chapter, Engineers without Borders USA, is serving as a cooperating organization.
$1,100—Rotary Water Initiative—helping to deliver a minimum of 50 TivaWater filters to families in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. This is an international project of the Rotary Club of Mukwonago, Wisconsin.
ERC/ERF International Service Projects 2022-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

"My Faith" with Homer & Pip

Posted on Feb 12, 2022
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We may know Tom Pipines and Steve "The Homer" True as sports personalities and for many years competitors. They recently teamed up for a new video podcast where they explore an unexpected topic: their faith.
 
Tom Pipines is the former sports anchor for Fox 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steve True, better known as Steve "The Homer" True, is a long-time radio host for ESPN. Together, they have a podcast on YouTube called “My Faith with Homer & Pip.” On Friday, February 11, they visited Elmbrook Rotary Club to tell the story of their podcast.
 
 
They brought with them a young woman named "Cassie," who told her own faith story as an in-person example of how the podcast is done. Envisioned originally by Homer, the podcast intends to demonstrate how the faith story of every individual is unique. "Cassie" spoke of her journey, which includes six years in prison.
 
The sportscasters-now-podcasters love to motivate people to tell their stories which, in turn, motivate and encourage others. The podcasts, including archived material, can be viewed on YouTube. Simply navigate to YouTube and type in "My Faith with Homer and Pip."
"My Faith" with Homer & Pip 2022-02-12 06:00:00Z