Contacts: Jim Mejchar
& Lisa Berman
Meet in the Main Office
Contacts: Jerry Falk
Contacts: Lee Breese,
Cathy Manthei &
All Saints Interact
Rotary Club of West Allis' Motto
Helping HandsOpen Hearts
Service above Self
On November 17th Rick Debe of Rotary Foundation Water Projects came to speak to our Rotary about reviewing Rotary’s changing focus – from polio to water projects. The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) was formed in 2007 by a group of Rotarians, recognized by Rotary International, and focused on WASH projects. Since then it has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices. WASRAG links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community – especially women, irrigation and agriculture, education and literacy and, ultimately, child mortality. Rick is deeply involved in Rotary International. He maintains many leadership positions within the Club and District levels. He has been married for 37 years and has three daughters. He is a private pilot, an avid outdoorsman, enjoys working with people and being involved in the community.
On November 10th Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive came to our club and spoke about his bringing a new form of Democratic leadership to Milwaukee County. As a social progressive, he is strengthening critical safety net services like mental health care and investing in economic development tools like the transit system, outcomes-based job training and job placement. He has focused his attention on making sure that County services are having a real impact on poverty. Abele’s approach to the office is one that takes into account fiscal responsibility and sustainability. Since taking office, County Executive Abele has steered clear of status quo politics, opting to spend his time and focus finding ways to provide and restore important, effective and efficient services to Milwaukee County residents. Chris is a proud Milwaukeean of more than 25 years. While he wasn’t born here, he likes to joke that he got here as soon as he could. He is honored his three daughters have Milwaukee on their birth certificates.
By making a special centennial gift beyond what you normally contribute, you are helping to launch our Foundation into its second century of service. And you’re empowering Rotary members to continue fighting disease, reducing poverty, providing clean water, promoting peace, and advancing economic development in communities all over the world. Only contributions received between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 will count toward this goal.
Mary Beth is founder and president of Ryan Signs Inc. She is a past member of the Rotary International Board of Directors and active participant with the What If? Foundation, which provides daily meals and education for children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A Rotarian since 1987, and a current member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, Mary Beth has served as RI president’s representative, Permanent Fund national adviser, Annual Programs Fund strategic adviser, task force and committee member, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, zone coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor. Mary Beth is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.
Our little free library, located at City Hall in West Allis, is FULL. Stop by, take a book, bring a book! I just parted with two of my favorites by Mitch Album. Run down and grab one!!!
Rotary club of West Allis participated in
Settlers Weekend is another way for the Rotary club of West Allis to promote the mission of Rotary.
The Settlers Weekend is kicked off with a parade.
The raising of the U S flag in front of the one room school house.
On July 11th 2016 The Rotary Club of West Allis had it's
Little Free Library launch at West Allis City Hall
The West Allis Rotary Club had a formal launching of our community project
of Free Little Libraries to be erected around the city.
The first library was erected in the court yard of
West Allis City Hall.
Mayor Dan Devine opened the ceremony by thanking the
Rotary Club of West Allis
for their efforts involved in this community project.
The signage of Rotary decals was done by Rotarian Mark Ellington of D. C. Ellington.
The plan is to erect an additional 12 libraries in the community as stated by Rotarian Lee Breese, chairman of the project
Rotarian Brenda Merschdorf checking out the brand new Little Library
Literacy is one of six Rotary International's areas of focus in the World
Rotary Picnic 2016
The West Allis Club picnic was held Thurs July 28th at New Berlin Park
Judy Shabman did a great job of organizing and setting up the picnic
with help from Jerry Falk, Nancy Rhodes, John Ash, and Don Drecktrah.
Each member was responsible of grilling their choice of chicken or meat.
Auction gifts were asked to be brought by each member to be auctioned off
and the monies go to the club's foundation.
John Ash was our auctioneer who did a superb job being assisted by Sherry Saiki.
The horse collar has become an ongoing club picnic joke which appears each year.
The club members never know which auction gift contains the hint that they have also received the traveling horse collar as well.
Join us for our Fundraiser
A Block Party
June 25th, 2016
8405 W. National Avenue
Come and enjoy the Music
At our last meeting of 2015 the West Allis Rotary Club gave out our first Joe Schmid Perfect attendance award to Harold Hoak. Joe Schmid was a long time member who had perfect attendance for 42 years. Harold Hoak received this award for having perfect attendance for 26 years. Making up meetings at other rotary clubs, on line and attending board meetings help anyone attain this award.
On Saturday December 19th the Rotary Club of West Allis had it's annual Seniors Christmas Party. This years party was chaired by Jay Wendelberger with many Members assisting to make the event go smoothly. We had around 60 seniors from the area chosen by Interfaith attending this festive event. We had wonderful food and entertainment and Santa made an appearance to the delight of the group.
At our meeting on December 17th the West Allis Hale Interact students, Daniel and Amy, were introduced. Our newest members are Brent Halfwassen(pictured) and his wife Kathleen. Brent was a member of the Amigos for 6 years. Our program was on the Zoo interchange Construction progress being made to date. Mark Klipstein, a transportation engineer, was our speaker and answered many of our question as to how this will effect our future commute.
Judy Shabman has organized the Club Christmas Party for the last 20 years. This was her last year, with Cathy Manthei taking over for 2016. Santa Claus makes an appearance which is a big hit among the little kids, including the big kids as well. Merry Christmas!
The Rotarians of the West Allis club helped the West Allis Central Interact students unload a van of a 1000 items of nonperishable items for the Homeless Vets. West Allis Central Interact and Dottke Interact along with the Rotary Club of West Allis collected food for this endeavor.
West Allis Central Interact Club raised a $1000 to purchase a Shelter Box. past District Governor Dan Christianson , presented a program on the history of the Shelter Box and showed us what is packed in each box.
Clubs Meeting December 3rd, 2015
Last meeting, Luther Gray came to talk to us about the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Being in our club helps keep you in touch with our great community.
Frank Bevsek volunteered his vehicle, along with
Seniors’ Christmas Party… Jay W. will be asking Thursday, for help with the 12/19/15 annual event. Put this later morning/early afternoon party on your schedule. This is a great event, held for those who have no other opportunity to celebrate Christmas with family.
Meeting at Aurora West Allis Medical Center on October 29th, 2015
Dr. Jeff Glaspy, MD - Chief of Emergency Services at Aurora West Allis Medical Center spoke to our club about Emergency Medicine Services at the hospital and the respective changes over the years. Thanks to Dr. Glasby and Aurora for hosting this special meeting.
Also, Jim M. came back to his first meeting in a while, after undergoing some very specialized medical care. Welcome back BUD!
At our meeting on October 22nd
Britt from Amigos Rotary Club was visiting our club
Tonnette and Dominic, Interact students, from West Allis Central and Hale were visiting the club for the first time.
Cleopatra, Disabilities Services coordinator, spoke on linking volunteer guardians to adults with disabilities
Diana, from the Legal Aid society of Milwaukee, spoke on what it takes to be a Volunteer Guardian and her experiences being a guardian herself.