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Berlin Rotary Donates to Local Red Cross

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 02/27/2017) 

     Fire statistics in the United States show that there are an average of 2,500 deaths from fire annually.  One thousand times a day, fire departments throughout the United States are fighting a residential fire, which leaves over $7 billion dollars of damage.  In Wisconsin, 50 lives were lost last year due to residential fires.  Many of these could have been saved with adequate smoke detectors.

     Vicky Jenks, director of the local Red Cross, visited the Berlin Rotary general membership meeting recently, with the statistics, looking for funding for the Red Cross Local Disaster Relief and Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.  This is a national American Red Cross initiative.  But bringing this closer to home, Jenks and the local Red Cross has installed 108 smoke alarms in 45 homes.  This serves 145 people in Berlin, Princeton and Green Lake.  The goal is to reduce fire deaths across the US 25% by the year 2020.

     Recently, the Berlin Rotary Club donated $500 to the local chapter of the Red Cross toward the Local Disaster Relief and Home Preparedness Campaign.  This will help 4 individuals in the local area to get smoke alarms.

Pictured: Vicky Jenks from the local chapter of the American Red Cross and Jodie Olson, President of Berlin Rotary.

Vicky Jenks 

 

Krueger/Weisensel honored as Berlin Rotary's February-2017 Students of the Month

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 02/13/2017) 

     Audrey Krueger and William Weisensel were honored recently as the Students of the Month for February by the Berlin Rotary Club.  Picked by their teachers at Berlin High School for their community involvement and academic achievement, the Students of the Month are a unique group honored each school year.

     Audrey is the daughter of Terry and Maria Krueger.  During her high school years, Audrey participated on Student Council, served as class officers, was part of the All-State Women's Choir, served on the K.I.N.D. Committee and was named Miss Berlin 2016.  Audrey played volleyball, ran track and performed in the wind ensemble, jazz band, concert choir, and marching band.  This fall, she plans to attend a four-year college of her choice to concentrate on a law degree.  Her hobbies include listening to music and singing.

     William is the son of Timothy and Candice Weisensel.  During his high school years, William was named to the National Honor Society, participated in the Science Bowl and was a member of the third-place team in the Academic Decathlon.  William was also a member of the ski team and mountain bike club.  This fall William plans to attend UW-Madison for a pharmaceutical degree.  His hobbies include reading, biking and skiing.

Pictured:  1st Photo:  Audrey Krueger and her parents, Terry and Maria.

2nd Photo:  William Weisensel and his parents Timothy, Sr. and Candice.

 

Berlin Rotary Donates to WeatherBug Project

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 02/15/2017) 

     If you are a frequent viewer of WBAY TV 2 in Green Bay, you may have heard Berlin High School as a recent addition to the WeatherBug® network.  Berlin High School teacher Ben Sanderfoot spearheaded a donation drive to install a new WeatherBug® weather station at the school to replace the old, out-dated one. 

     Each WeatherBug® station costs between $7,000 and $18,355 for the equipment and installation.  As of early Spring 2017, Sanderfoot raised $3,000 and continued to look for more donations.  After presenting the idea to Berlin Rotary, the Club was more than willing to give a donation in the amount of $500 towards the drive.  In Sanderfoot's presentation, he explained how the WeatherBug® weather station would not only benefit Berlin, but the surrounding area and towns.

Pictured:  Berlin Rotary President, Jodie Olson and Berlin High School teach, Ben Sanderfoot.

 

World Affairs Student Guest at Berlin Rotary

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 02/27/2017) 

     Each year Carroll College hosts a program called World Affairs Seminar in which high school students from around the world gather to exchange cultures and attend workshops aimed at making the world a better place to live.

     The Berlin Rotary Club has been a long time sponsor of a Berlin High School student to attend the seminar.  BHS teacher Gary Knoke helps to seek out students who would excel in this type of interaction.  This year's attendee to the World Affairs Seminar was Charley Hutchinson, the daughter of Bill and Laura Hutchinson.

    The Seminar was held in June of 2016,  and hosted students from 20 different nations and 30 different states.  The topic the students had to work with was centered around water.  Being a lifeguard and working close to water every day in the summer months, Charley took water pretty much for granted.  One of the activities her group worked on was how to insure that the world would never have an issue of running out of fresh water.  Charley came away from the Seminar understanding how much of a leader one can be, and how willing one is to share ideas.

          Pictured:  Charley Hutchinson and her father, Bill.

 

Gimenez/Carlson honored as Berlin Rotary's January-2017 Students of the Month

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 01/09/2017) 

     Amanda Gimenez and Trevor Carlson were honored recently as the Students of the Month for January, 2017 by the Berlin Rotary club.  Picked by their teachers at Berlin High School for their community involvement and academic achievement, the Students of the Month are a unique group honored each year.

    Amanda is the daughter of Daniel and Grit Gimenez.  During her four years at Berlin High School, Amanda participated in the swim team, soccer, and the Girls Pink Soccer Club.  She has been a member of the Ski Club, National Honor Society, Mock Trial and the KIND Committee.  Amanda has participated in Band, Jazz Band, Choir and Badger State Girls.  She has volunteered through many church activities, including Bible Camp.  Amanda's hobbies include art, swimming, reading and the love of animals.  This fall she plans on attending UW-Madison to major in Animal Science, with a minor in German.  Her long term goal is to have a career working with animals.

     Trevor is the son of Terry and Kara Carlson.  During his four years at Berlin High School, Trevor has participated in Jazz Band, the Encore Ensemble and Show Choir.  He had the honor of singing at the solo and ensemble N.C.A.C.D.A. Honor's Choir in South Dakota.  He has spent many hours volunteering by caring for the elderly and working on the elementary garden at school.  He also spent time volunteering his lawn mowing skills for the school district.  Trevor's hobbies include snowboarding, playing guitar, listening to music and music production.  He plans on attending UW-Oshkosh this fall with a major in Music Production and Computer Science.  His long term goal is to become a Music Engineer or Mastering Engineer.

     Pictured:  Trevor Carlson and his parents and Amanda Gimenez with her mother and grandmother.

 

Hameister/Ottman honored as Berlin Rotary's December-2016 Students of the Month

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 12/12/2016) 

     Brianna Hameister and Clinton Ottman were honored recently as the Students of the Month for December-2016,  by the Berlin Rotary Club.  Picked by the teachers at Berlin High School for their community involvement and academic achievement, the Students of the Month are a unique group honored each school year.

    Brianna is the daughter of Glenn and Kim Hameister.  During her four years at Berlin High School, Brianna has been active in swim, dance, soccer, band, choir,  madrigals and show choir.  She has been named to the National Honor Society and has earned her academic and music letters.  Brianna volunteered most recently raking leaves for the elderly and helping with her school activities.  Her hobbies include music, playing the harp, travel and athletics.  Next fall Brianna is planning on attending St. Norbert's College in De Pere and on working toward a medical degree.  Her long term goal is to get involved with Pathology.

     Clinton is the son of John and Diane Ottman.  His scholastic accomplishments include lettering in music throughout high school, including jazz band and performing at Solo & Ensemble.  He has been part of the Academic Bowl and served as FFA President.  Clinton is currently applying to several colleges, including UW-Plattville and Michigan Technical University.  He would like to earn a degree in Environmental Engineering.  His hobbies include agriculture, four-wheeling and snowboarding.
 

Pictured:  1st photo: Brianne Hameister and her parents Glenn and Kim.

2nd photo: Clinton Ottman and his parents John and Diane.

Clinton Ottman

 

Rotarian Campbell Recalls the Battle of Midway

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 10/24/2016) 

     Fellow Rotarian (and Rotarian Favorite) history buff, Dick Campbell presented a program on the Battle of Midway to the members of the Berlin Rotary Club.  Recently at a recent general membership meeting, Dick Campbell, member of the Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Club, detailed the events that followed Pearl Harbor, and recalled the battle of this Pacific island.

    Campbell's presentation relived the battle for Rotarians present at the lecture, and detailed how the United States Navy outsmarted the Japanese Navy.

 Pictured L-R:  Dick Campbell with several books and artifacts detailing the Battle of Midway.

New Member Kyle Camp 

 

 

Sobieski/McGregor Honored as Berlin Rotary's November-2016 Students of the Month

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 10/10/2016) 

    Megan Sobieski and Kollin McGregor were honored as the Students of the Month for November, 2016 by the Berlin Rotary Club.  Picked by their teachers at Berlin High School for their community involvement and academic achievement, the Students of the Month are a unique group honored each school year.

    Megan is the daughter of Mike and Laura Sobieski.  During her years at Berlin High School, Megan served on the Student Council, was involved in F.F.A., Jazz Band, Show Choir, the school musical and worked on the Yearbook Staff.  She has been named to the National Honor Society and to the Superior Honor Roll.  She competed at state Solo and Ensemble with the Woodwinds Section and served as the F.F.A. Vice-President.  Her extra-curricular activities include working in the Soup Kitchen and Feeding America.  This fall, Megan plans on attending U.W. LaCrosse to major in Biology with a concentration in Biomedical.  Her hobbies include dance, reading, music, arts and crafts, and traveling. 

    Kollin is the son of Robert McGregor and Sara Podoll.  During his years at Berlin High School, Kollin was named to the National Honor Society and to the Superior Honor Roll.  He has participated in L.I.N.C. Crew, the Science Club, basketball and varsity soccer.  Kollin plans on attending a 4-year college, (yet to be determined),  to study Engineering.  His hobbies include outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, biking, caring and preserving natural resources for future generations.
   

   Pictured L-R:  Megan Sobieski and her parents; Kollin McGregor and his parents.

New Member Kyle Camp 

 

 

Kyle Camp: New Member of Berlin Rotary

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 09/26/2016) 

     The Berlin Rotary Club is pleased to accept its newest member, Kyle Camp. Kyle is a graduate of Berlin High School and works as the Administrative Receptionist at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Berlin. Many people run into Kyle when they first enter the bank and he helps with greeting the customers, answer their questions.

    Kyle is a 2006 graduate from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. He also furthered his education after graduation from Saint John’s University, by taking finance and economic courses at U.W.-Oshkosh.

    Kyle is just the beginning of a new wave of community leaders joining the Rotary Club. He recognizes that Berlin Rotary also gives back to the local area through charitable donations with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouting, Berlin park improvements, and local youth causes. In addition, the Berlin Rotary Club has chosen to be financially obligated to help Ripon’s Father Wally and his water project in Panama. Kyle wants to be part of that.
   
     The Berlin Rotary Club is embarking on rebranding itself to be the “club of choice” when it comes to people wanting to be involved. This is a fantastic opportunity for future community leaders, or simply those who would like to be involved with the community without having to invest a lot of spare time. Just one short hour-long meeting, once a week, can leave a life changing impression on youth, the community and around the world.

     Be part of the movement – become involved in Berlin Rotary. Come to the next general membership meeting at The Four Corners Restaurant on the corner of highways 49 & 21 next Monday.  PLEASE, BE OUR GUEST!

     Pictured L-R:  Berlin Rotary President Jodie Olson and new member Kyle Camp.

New Member Kyle Camp 

 

Renee McCann Talks Heart Attacks to Berlin Rotarians

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 09/26/2016) 

     Berlin Rotarian, Wayne Banaszak invited Cardiac Rehab Nurse Renee McAnn as a speaker to this week’s general membership meeting. McAnn spoke to the club about signs of a heart attack, with can include pressure on the chest and back, and numbness down the arms. Her program also included information about Atrial  Fibrillation and how to manage A-Fib, as well as information on recognizing the signs of a heart attack and stroke.    

    Guest speakers are just one on the benefits of being a Rotarian. Berlin Rotary also gives back to the local area through charitable donations with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouting, Berlin park improvements, and local youth causes. In addition, the Berlin Rotary Club has chosen to be financially obligated to help Ripon’s Father Wally and his water project in Panama.

     The Berlin Rotary Club is embarking on rebranding itself to be the “club of choice” when it comes to people wanting to be involved. This is a fantastic opportunity for future community leaders, or simply those who would like to be involved with the community without having to invest a lot of spare time. Just one short hour-long meeting, once a week, can leave a life changing impression on youth, the community and around the world.

     Be part of the movement – become involved in Berlin Rotary. Come to the next general membership meeting at The Four Corners Restaurant on the corner of highways 49 & 21 next Monday.  PLEASE, BE OUR GUEST!

     Pictured L-R:  Guest Speaker Renee McAnn (holding a model of the human heart) and Rotarian Wayne Banaszak.

Renee McAnn 

 

Assistant District Governor Elect Visits Rotary:  Talks Membership

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 09/19/2016) 

     Rotary International District 6270’s Assistant District Governor Elect made a visit to Berlin Rotary’s general membership meeting on Monday, September 19, 2016. Assistant Governor Elect Jeff Reed in person, along with District Governor Julie Craig, via conference call, talked about a new membership drive program they are introducing to Rotary District 6270. The District reaches from Milwaukee, north to Neenah, and West to Beaver Dam and includes over 50 Rotary clubs. Berlin Rotary Club was one of several in the District who volunteered to go through a vetting process in hopes to be chosen as one of five clubs to establish a new membership drive with the District’s help.

     The members of Berlin Rotary answered questions ranging from their future perception of members, to ways of approaching prospective new members. Berlin Rotary President Jodie Olson announced to the club at the September 26th general membership meeting, that the Berlin Rotary Club was one of five elected from District 6270 to be part of this new membership.

     This is the beginning of a new era for the club and a very exciting time. Berlin Rotary gives back to the local area through charitable donation with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouting, Berlin park improvements, and local youth causes. In addition, the Berlin Rotary Club has chosen to be financially obligated to help Ripon’s Father Wally and his water project in Panama.

     The Berlin Rotary Club is embarking on rebranding itself to be the “club of choice” when it comes to people wanting to be involved. This is a fantastic opportunity for future community leaders, or simply those who would like to be involved with the community without having to invest a lot of spare time. Just one short hour-long meeting, once a week, can leave a life changing impression on youth, the community and around the world.

     Be part of the movement – become involved in Berlin Rotary. Come to the next general membership meeting at The Four Corners Restaurant on the corner of highways 49 & 21 next Monday.  PLEASE, BE OUR GUEST!

     Pictured L-R:  Berlin Rotary President Jodie Olson, prospective new member Kyle Camp and Assistant Governor Elect Jeff Reed.

Deputy Sheriff Curt Olson 

 

Waushara Deputy Sheriff Rotary Guest Speaker

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 08/22/2016) 

     The Berlin Rotary Club invited Waushara County Deputy Sheriff Curt Olson as their guest for the general membership meeting on Monday, August 22nd.  Olson has had over 17 years experience as a Detective Sergeant and currently holds the Deputy Sheriff's position in the county of Waushara.

     During his speech, Olson made reference to the decrease of calls this past year, which sheds a positive light on the Sheriff's Department.  Total "911" call volume has been reduced by 2,115 calls from the previous year.  Traffic stops are down 2,059, and alarms for both businesses and home combined have been reduced by 84.  Most importantly, the Sheriff's Department booked 1,127 inmates into jail, which is trending downward by 75 bookings. 

     Pictured:  Waushara County Deputy Sheriff Curt Olson with his wife, Berlin Rotary President, Jodie Olson at a recent Rotary meeting.

Deputy Sheriff Curt Olson 

 

Berlin Rotary Inducts New President

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 07/25/2016) 

     The Berlin Rotary Club inducted the new President for 2016-17.  Member Jodie Olson receives the gavel from out-going President Victoria Hill at the general membership meeting at The Four Corners Restaurant, Highways 49 & 21.  Jodie will serve as President of the Berlin Rotary Club through June 30th, 2017.

     Pictured:  Berlin Rotary President Victoria Hill, passing the President's Gavel to Jodie Olson.

Victoria Hill and Jodie Olson 

 

Berlin Rotary Learns About 2016 Berlin Farmer's Market

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 05/16/2016) 

     The Berlin Rotary Club invited two volunteers to it's general membership meeting to speak about the Berlin Farmer's Market for the summer of 2016.  Guests, Jamie Lynn Kraft and Rachel Kruescher brought the members of the Berlin Rotary Club up to date on this year's market activities.

     The Farmer's Market will be held in Nathan Strong Park each Wednesday afternoon from 4:00pm to 7:30 pm.  Both Kraft and Kruescher have been working with the successful Oshkosh Farmer's Market for ideas and tips to bring a quality weekly event to Berlin.  The goal of this year's Berlin Farmer's Market is to promote organic shopping, exercise and good health.  Vendors must be state licensed and will include Grandma's Magic Potions, Uncle Malcom Fresh Produce, Dandelion Farms, Scoopers Ice Cream and many others.

     The Farmer's Market will also coincide with the traditional Music In The Park.  Jamie Lynn and Rachel also asked the Berlin Rotary Club to help with donations for the Porta-Pottys in the park during the summer. 

     Pictured:  Rachel Kruescher and Jamie Lynn Kraft of the Berlin Farmer's Market with Berlin Rotarian, Keith Yedinak.

 

 

 

Knowing and Loving Author Visits Berlin Rotary

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 05/09/2016) 

     Robert Beezat, the author of "Knowing And Loving" opened his presentation to the members of Berlin Rotary last Monday night with, "Bad news seems to heavily outweigh good news every day.  But go to a Rotary meeting!  You will hear good things being done by ordinary people every day."  Since he has written his book, Beezat has visited over 75 Rotary Clubs in Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Illinois. 

     A Chicago native, Beezat is a successful businessman, public official, and community leader whose life is devoted to working for social justice, peace, and the common good.  He has been engaged for over 50 years with business, social, political, and religious issues at the local, national, and international levels.  He has written the book because, as he puts it; "it's never too early or too late in life to be happy".

     Pictured:  Berlin Rotary President-Elect Jodie Olson with author Robert Beezat.

 

 

BHS Teacher & Advisor Involving Students In Trees for Tomorrow

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 04/25/2016) 

     Pat Arndt was the guest of Berlin Rotary's general membership meeting last Monday evening to present a program on Trees For Tomorrow.  Berlin School District is one of the many in Wisconsin that is involved with this organization.  With several forest preserves owned by the District, it makes sense to be involved with ongoing preservation of Wisconsin's natural resources.  Each year Pat is the advisor for students from B.H.S. who participate.

     In his program to Rotary, Arndt spoke of spending three days at the Trees For Tomorrow Natural Resources Camp in Eagle River, Wisconsin.  As in the past twenty five years, B.H.S. students shared the camp with students from West Salem High School and Shawano High School.  The students learned about the history of Trees For Tomorrow, birds of prey, identifying species of trees, forest management, sizing trees versus board-feet, animal tracking survival skills, and cross-country skiing, just to name a few. 

     Pictured:  Berlin High School Teacher and Advisor, Pat Arndt giving his Trees For Tomorrow presentation to the Berlin Rotary.

 

 

Rotarian Campbell Brings the Flight of the Wright Brothers to Life

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 03/14/2016) 

     Fellow Rotarian, Rotarian Favorite, history buff Dick Campbell presented a program on the Wright Brothers to the members of the Berlin Rotary Club.  Recently at a general membership meeting, Dick Campbell, member of the Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Club, presented the story of the Wright Brothers, from their birth in Dayton, Ohio to their failures and success at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

     Campbell's presentation detailed the Wright Brothers early business history in Dayton; of being publishers, printers and owners of a successful bicycle shop.  It included their discovery and invention of the three-axis control, pitch, roll and yaw, which is essential in all aviation flight.  He spoke about the several failures of their tries in flight at Kitty Hawk before they finally made history.

     The program was enjoyed by Rotarians, Student of the Month and her parents. 

     Pictured L to R:  Victoria Hill, Berlin Rotary President & Dick Campbell holding several books about the Wright Brothers. 

Dick Campbell

 

Mauel Spells Out New Tax Laws to Berlin Rotarians

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 02/15/2016) 

     Michael Starshak was the recent guest and gave the program at Berlin Rotary.  He spoke about the investment world, the economy and volatility of the market.  He also gave a report on Rotary's investments when it comes to the Rotary Foundation, which is the source of the Rotary Scholarships. 

     Since it's inception in 1960, the Rotary Foundation has given in excess of $100,000 in scholarship monies to Berlin High School students, furthering their education through a four-year college or two-year technical degree.

     Pictured L to R:  Victoria Hill, Berlin Rotary President & Michael Starshak, Investor 

Michael Starshak

 

Mauel Spells Out New Tax Laws to Berlin Rotarians

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 02/01/2016) 

     Peter Mauel, CPA and Berlin Rotarian was the guest speaker at the general membership meeting of the Rotary Club last Monday evening at the 4-Corners Restaurant, Auroraville.  Mauel started his address to the club speaking about two new tax laws this year; The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 and The Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.  Both bills contain a number of tax provisions,  in addition to various trade measures.

     Mauel spelled out the Child Tax Credit, Social Security Benefits, Medicare Part B Premiums and several other tax initiatives for this tax season.  Peter also gave club members year-end planning tips for next year and facilitated a Q & A session. 

Pictured: Berlin Rotary President Victoria Hill awarding Peter Mauel, CPA, Mauel Accounting, Berlin Rotarian, Past-Treasurer and Board Member, one of the highest honors in Rotary, The Paul Harris Fellow Award this past summer.

Peter Mauel

 

Local Beekeeper Presenter at Berlin Rotary

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 11/02/2015) 

     Jeff Champeau, beekeeper of a local honey farm out of Oakfield, and President of the East Central Wisconsin Beekeepers Association was a recent guest at Berlin Rotary.

     Champeau's presentation was on the lifespan of the honey bee, common maladies and myths, and he talked about the economics of honey in today's markets.  He brought in displays including equipment used in beekeeping, explained their functionality, and also discussed a bit on the differences between large honey bee farms and local small-production farms. 

Pictured: Jeff Champeau with equipment used for local beekeeping.

Beekeeping 01-11-16

 

Berlin Senior Director Guest of Rotary

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 12/07/2015) 

    Karen Neuman, Director of the Berlin Senior Center was the guest of Berlin Rotary this past Monday.  Karen brought the club members up to date of the activities held at the Berlin Senior Center.

    Neuman informed the club of the "Loan Out Assistant" program in which citizens, not just seniors, can loan out wheel chairs, walkers, canes, and other medical assistant devices.  A simple call to the Berlin Senior Center can reserve an apparatus for future use.  She also told the club members that the Senior Center is a great place to join in a game of Sheepshead or Cribbage every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and encourages people from around the community to come and play.

    The Berlin Senior Center also has award winning chefs on staff.  They serve well balanced meals every day and suggest a payment of just $4.00 per meal, or whatever you can afford.  Meals on Wheels for Green Lake County is also produced by the Berlin Senior Center.

    Citizens 55 years and older from around the area can become a member of the Berlin Senior Center and join in the fun and activities.  Karen also publicly thanked the Friends of the Senior Center Group for their generous donations with improvements made in and around the center.

Pictured L-R: Karen Neuman, Director of the Berlin Senior Citizens Center and Eric Cerbins, Berlin Rotary Club Treasurer.

Berlin Senior Director 12-15

 

 

Berlin Rotary Hears About Kids Free Fish Clinic

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 11/09//2015) 

    Rich Stadler was the guest speaker at a recent general membership membership meeting of the Berlin Wisconsin Rotary.  Stadler started a clinic in Oshkosh to teach kids how to fish.  The free clinic started at Plymouth Church in Oshkosh and then moved to Menomonee Park.  This Clinic was held this summer on the same weekend the DNR made available free fishing for adults.  The kids have to be accompanied by adults and all of them received a free rod and reel, along with very helpful instructions.  This past June 8th 125 kids took part. 

Pictured L-R: Berlin Rotary past President Kevin Brown and Rich Stadler from the Kids Free Fishing Clinic.   

Kides Free Fish Clinic

 

 

Berlin Rotary Builds Handicap Ramp

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 08/24/2015) 

    During the month of August, Berlin Rotary assisted the Boehning Family whose daughter Macy (who has lost part of her left leg to cancer), in building a handicap ramp and porch on their home.

    Workers on the project were Keith Yedinak, Jerry Bella, Wayne Banaszak and Victoria Hill. 

   Ramp and Porch 2015 3

Ramp and Porch 2015

 

Ramp and Porch 2015 2

 

 

 

Berlin Rotary Tours New Boys & Girls Club

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 08/10/2015) 

    In place of the standard general membership weekly meeting, the Berlin Rotary Club was given a tour of the new Tri-County Boys & Girls Club.  Members were lead on the tour by Ashley Bartol, Marketing & Development Coordinator for the club.

    The new Boys & Girls Club is divided into 2 sections, one for children ages 6 to 12 and the other for teens ages 13-17.  The pre-teen side requires the children to do homework while at the club.  They have access to a special work room, art room, tech lab, and several inside recreational games such as pool and air hockey.  The teen side is named "The Club" and gives teenagers a place to "hang out" rather than walking the streets and getting into trouble.  The teen side stays open until 10:00pm Friday nights to encourage the kids to stay off the streets. 

    In addition, the Boys & Girls Club was built with a full-size gymnasium floor, softball and soccer fields, as well as a garden.  Fruits and vegetables from the garden are used by the Club's chef and served in the cafeteria.  Each Friday the cafeteria turned into a movie theater.  The Boys & Girls Club is open to children from Green Lake, Waushara and Marquette counties.  Many of the Berlin School children are bussed to the club right after school.  The Club is open in the summer from 6:45 am to 5:30 pm, and during the school year from 3:00 pm to 8:30pm (10:00 Friday nights).  The Boys & Girls Club is one of Berlin's Rotary's community projects and is a recipient of many monetary gifts from the club. 

   Pictured: Current Berlin Rotary Members with Ashley Barton on the inside from entrance of the Boys and Girls Club.  More photos of the Boys and Girls Club are in our photo gallery.

Boys & Girls Club 2015

 

 

Mauel Receives Rotary's Highest Honor !

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 08/03/2015) 

    Monday's Rotary membership steak fry was not only filled with great camaraderie, good food and fun times, but the night was highlighted with a special recognition.  Berlin Rotarian Peter Mauel and his wife Terri not only hosted the event at their home in Berlin, but Peter was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow, one of Rotary's highest honors.

    Paul Harris is the founding father of Rotary International and in his name, any club or club member who displays Rotary International's theme "Service Above Self" and/or has donated $1,000 to Rotary International for world-wide fellowship efforts such as Polio relief and fresh water projects in third world countries will receive this rare, but prestigious award. 

   Peter Mauel not only has donated the $1,000 but has exhibited "Service Above Self" throughout the years by not only being a member and serving Berlin Rotary, but has acted as the club's Treasurer, Berlin Rotary Foundation President, President of Berlin Rotary, and served on the Board of Directors. 

   Pictured:  L-R: Current Berlin Rotary President Victoria Hill presenting Peter Mauel with a Paul Harris Fellow.

Peter Mauel

 

District Governor Visits;  Rotary Inducts 2015-16 President

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 07/06/2015) 

    It was a full agenda on July 6, 2015 at the general membership meeting of the Berlin Rotary Club.  The new District Governor was the guest speaker and Rotary inducted the new Rotary President for 2015-16.

   District 6270 Governor Karen White of the Plymouth Rotary Club presented her theme of "Give A Gift To The World".  Karen is asking every Rotarian in district 6270 to give a gift this year, whether it be a gift of time, talent or money.  She challenged Berlin Rotarians to look for a way they can give, where they can give, and how they can give.  Karen also gave a quick State of the District speech.  In it, she mentioned that Rotary District 6270, which consists of Southeast Wisconsin, has 54 Rotary clubs and 2,945 members.  The newest club that just chartered is the Mequon-Milwaukee After Hours Club.  Berlin Rotary has been in existence since 1924.

   The meeting concluded with the induction of Victoria Hill as the new President of Berlin Rotary for 2015-16.

Pictured:  L-R: District 6270 Governor Karen White and Berlin Rotary President Victoria Hill.

District Governor

Pictured:  L-R: Incoming President 2015-16 Victoria Hill Receiving the gavel from outgoing President 2013-15 Kevin Brown.

Gavel Passed 7-15

 

Berlin Rotary President Recognized

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 06/29/2015) 

    Berlin Rotary President Kevin Brown received recognition from the club for his year of service.  This was the second time Brown has served as the Club's leader.  Kevin owns and operates Red Barn Woodcrafts, Auroraville, and is a Berlin High School Alum.  He was presented a recognition plaque for his year of service by Rotarian Wayne Banaszak on behalf of the club.  President-Elect Victoria Hill took over the office of President on July 1st, 2015.

Pictured:  L-R: Rotarian Wayne Banaszak and Kevin Brown.

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Alaskan Highway: Topic at Berlin Rotary

 

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 06/08/2015) 

     Fellow Rotarian, Rotarian Favorite, history buff  Dick Campbell presented a program on building the Alaskan highway to the members of the Berlin Rotary Club.  Recently, at a general membership meeting, Dick Campbell, member of the Oshkosh Southwest Rotary Club, talked about the project that the United States military took on to build a supply route through the Yukon and into Alaska in order to supply the military base at Fairbanks.  Construction workers from across the lower 48 states took on the brutal winter temperature, the extreme heat and the bugs of summer to build the Alaskan Highway in a record amount of time.

     Dick Campbell has provided many historic programs to the Berlin Rotarians over the past years and is one of the more popular programs the members of the Rotary enjoy.  Campbell is a self-proclaimed historian whose programs are laced with Power Point presentations, history, and a touch of humor.

Pictured:  Dick Campbell, holding a copy of the Alaskan Milepost Magazine which can be purchased when driving the Alaskan Highway.  The magazine is filled with mile-to-mile interesting places to pull off and view the scenery.  Dick is standing alongside Kevin Brown, President of the Berlin Rotary Club.

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Friends of the Park Team With Berlin Rotary:

 

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 06/01/2015) 

It's been over a year since the Berlin Rotary Club donated the Grandfather Clock in Nathan Strong Park.  The wooden clock was built by Rotarian Jerry Bella for the club and was donated to the park. Part of the beautification around the clock foundation comes from countless hours of volunteer time from Friends of the Park.  Many of the relentless hours to keep the flower beautiful and the flower beds weeded were put in by Donna Schroeder and Phillis Bella.

     When the Rotary Club received word from the Berlin Parks and Recreation Department that the clock placement would be on the same site as the Friends of the Park's flower bed, the two clubs teamed up to combine one of the most unique and breathtaking sights in the park.

Pictured:  Donna Schroeder and Phillis Bella; working on the flower beds around the Rotary Grandfather Clock in Nathan Strong Park.

Students April 2015 

Sondalle/Miracle Honored -

 

Berlin Rotary's April Students of the Month

 

(Berlin, Green Lake County, 04/19/2015). 

Megan Sondalle and David Miracle were honored recently as the Students of the Month for April.  Picked by their teachers at Berlin High School for their community involvement and academic achievement, the Students of the Month are a unique group honored each school year.

     Megan is the daughter of Steven and Julie Sondalle and the third child this year to be picked as Student of the Month.  During her high school years, Megan has been named to the Superior Honor Roll every trimester (but one).  She has also been selected to the National Honor Society.  Her extra-curricular activities during high school consist of participating in volleyball (Captain) and track.  This fall Megan plans on attending UW-La Crosse working towards a career in elementary education.  Her hobbies include working out, reading and spending time with family and friends.  During her lifetime she would like to experience swimming with the dolphins and would like to travel to the 50th state of Hawaii.

     David is the son of Dan and Tami Miracle.  During his high school years David has earned two academic letters, ten varsity letters and three First Team all-conference.  He has been named to the High Honor Roll and Superior Honor Roll.  His extra-curricular activities consist of participating in two musicals, being a member of the L.I.N.C. Crew and Power Pals.  In addition, David participated in football (Captain), wrestling and baseball.  His plans are to attend Northland College in the fall for a career in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Fisheries Biology.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing and shooting trap.  During his lifetime David would like to be on an Elk hunt and travel to Alaska.

Pictured L-R: David Miracle with parents Dan and Tami Miracle; and Megan Sondalle with her parents Julie and Steve Sondalle.

Students April 2015