Rotary Club of West Allis
Steve Daily
Apr 27, 2017
Chudnow Museum
Dave Bandomir
May 04, 2017
Mobile Integrated Healthcare / Pulse Point CPR ​
Lee Breese
May 11, 2017
Student Awards
Club Executives & Directors
Club President
Vice President
Sergeant at Arms
Past President
Rotary Club of West Allis Foundation Inc
President Steve Affeldt 
Vice President Wayne Tillmann 
Secretary Judy Shabman
Treasurer Sue Zwitter 
Don Charlier 
Sherry Saiki 
John Ash - ex officio

Hale Interact

Wednesday 7:10am


Contacts: Jim Mejchar

& Lisa Berman


Central Interact

Thursday 8:45am

Meet in the Main Office

Contacts: Jerry Falk


Dottke Interact

Tuesday 10:45am

Contacts:  Lee Breese, 

Cathy Manthei 

& Sue Zwitter


West Milwaukee EarlyAct 

Thurs, 1:30PM

Contacts: Steve Affeldt

Cathy Manthei

& Brenda Merschdorf, 





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Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

West Allis

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Columbus Hall
1800 South 92nd Street
West Allis, WI  53214-4254
United States
District Site
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Rotary Club of West Allis' Motto

Helping HandsImageOpen Hearts

Service above Self


At our meeting on March 9 we celebrated one of our local business owners who LIVES Rotary's 4 way test.


1. Is it the truth.

2. Is it fair to all concerned.

3. Will it build good will and better friendships.

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned.


Our 3rd annual award recipient was

River's Edge Catering

The speaker for our event was

John Scherer who spoke about the author

of the 4 way Test, Herb Taylor


On February 23rd, 2017 the West Allis Rotary Club Celebrated a birthday and one that is not seen very often. 

Happy 90th Birthday West Allis Rotary. 

This year Rotary International is also celebrating being in existence for 112 years. 



The West Allis Rotary Club is planning a trip to Peru!  - 10/7/17 to 10/16/17. 

If you are interested in joining this excursion, please contact Nancy Rhodes at  Flight reservations need to be confirmed soon, so don't delay


On December 14th 2016 our Rotary Club had it's Family Christmas Party with the Jolly old man in attendance


 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.

To help kick this movement of giving off our club invited Mary Beth Growney Selene to speak to us about her experiences in Rotary.  Mary Beth is on the board of trustees managing the business of the Rotary International Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that promotes world understanding through humanitarian service as well as educational and cultural exchanges. The Foundation ensures we can continue our efforts for generations to come.  
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.
Help the Rotary International Foundation celebrate it's
100th Birthday.

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 Aug 27/28 at Honey Creek Park in West Allis.

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

3-9 PM

8405 W. National Avenue

West Allis

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
Luther Gray, Director of ticket sales and patron services, spoke of the different packages for the Pops & Classical performances they have going into the 2016 season. They have a Friday Prelude series once a month- ' Meet the Artist Concert & Luncheon Series'.
  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. 
Over 90 entries in the 2015 West Allis Christmas Parade,
including one from the Rotary Club West Allis.

Frank Bevsek volunteered his vehicle, along with
Sherry Saiki, John Ash, Terese Beauchamp, Nancy Rhodes
and Don Drecktrah helped decorate out entry.
          Seniors’ Christmas PartyJay 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. 
Club Meeting November 12th, 2015
Steve Hook introduced Javiar and Ben, Interact students from West Allis Central,
presenting a program on their experiences at the 2015 World Affairs.
Ben was one of almost 300 high school students from all over the world representing
30 countries attending World Affairs held Carroll University, Waukesha WI
The 2015 theme of World Affairs was on 'Energy'.  Javiar shared the different experiences he had
with language and culture with the students from the various states and countries in attendance.
Tom Plantenberg , Executive Director, of  World Affairs was our guest on Thursday.
Seniors’ Christmas Party Jay W. will be asking Thursday, for help with the 12/19/15 annual event please sign up to help it is a great time. This is a great event, held for those who have no other opportunity to celebrate Christmas with family.                                                           Our Club Christmas Party is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, December 9; therefore there will be no meeting on Thursday, 12/10/15.  Come and enjoy the great show that Judy S. and her gang have put on for years.          
There will be a Christmas party on 12/15/15 at Dottke School for adults in surrounding Bethesda Group Homes, with crafts, games and fellowship.  Our club is encouraged to attend and help out.  Arrive after 11:15, entering at the main door.  Go to the second floor; there is an elevator.
Our Club Meeting on November 5th 2015 
Our interact students from all 3 schools came to visit.  The students from Hale and Dottke got up and spoke about themselves being this was their first visit to our club.  It is amazing what lies ahead for these young people.
District Governor, Karen White, made a visit to  present an End Polio Now certificate.  Fred Wittenberger, District Committee of Major Donors & Bequest Society, spoke on ways of giving to the Foundation.
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!     
We will be adding spice to Rotary and dollars to the RI FUND, as of this Thursday. We all are encouraged (by me) to sell a general purpose seasoning mix for the benefit of RI and our club.  The spice will be available for $7.00 per bottle.  Each person who buys a bottle, or sells it to someone else will get a credit of $5.25 to the RI Fund. This will help our club achieve the Every Rotarian Every Year goal.  

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.

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