North Shore Rotary Newsletter / October 5, 2014

By

Cary Silverstein

Upcoming Speakers and Events

This week’s speaker is Professor Alex Stewart from Marquette University. He is a Professor of Management and holds the Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship.  He has been Program Chair of the Family Enterprise Research Conference, the Organization Science Winter Conference, and the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management.  He serves on the editorial boards of Family Business Review and Journal of Family Business Strategy.

Next week will be a Board meeting followed by a business meeting.

Rotary on the Move / Goodwill Industries

Seventeen club members attended this meeting at Goodwill Industries on North 91st street in Milwaukee and were served a southwestern style lunch. We toured three areas in the facility and saw Café 1919, the commercial laundry and the retail store location adjacent to the main office.

Dan Depies provided us an overview of the organization during lunch. In his comments he stated that Good will is “all about helping people and transforming lives through the power of work”. Goodwill in Wisconsin and Illinois helped 60,000 people improve their lives this year. During the Café tour the manager stated that they provide “a hand-up not a handout”. They train their staff on how to work and develop skill sets.

The commercial laundry provides services to Froedtert and Children’s hospitals. They also provide these services to the VA hospitals. They processed 14 million pounds of laundry last year. They work six days a week to meet their current demand. Most of their equipment is automated.

The retail store was located adjacent to the main building and has been a retail destination for this community for over forty-nine years. They will have sixty-two stores by the end of 2015. The average customer visits the store twice a month. Anything that cannot be sold will be recycled. Their slower months are January, February and March.

We also visited the Workforce Connection Center, which processes 125 people a day. They also host job fairs and assist with resume preparation and interviewing. At this time they have nine centers in Wisconsin and Illinois.       HR recruiters come to the Center to interview candidates on a regular basis. They placed 3000 people in 2014 through their centers.

Guests

Our guests this week were Vicki Holschuh, Senior Vice President, Goodwill Industries and Dan Depies Vice President Workplace & Program Development at Goodwill Industries.

History Tidbits

We are continuing to feature “History Tidbits” as we approach our sixty year anniversary in March of 2015. We will be discussing the formation of a 60th Anniversary Committee at our board meeting. John German has agreed to be our master of ceremonies for this event and has asked that the club’s past presidents consider joining the committee. We need additional volunteers to assist with the selecting of the venue and the planning of the anniversary party.

Our club sponsored a concert at Nicolet High School. The club also sponsored the first annual District Golf Tournament in June. The club held a Hawaiian Luau at the Saxony. The club president, Nicholas Cupery was the club’s delegate to the International Convention in Denver. The club membership jumped to 64.

Pancake Breakfast

Brian Guerin is already planning the annual Pancake Breakfast and will be asking for volunteers to assist in serving the food, maintaining the tables, getting sponsors and selling tickets. Before you know it we will be ringing bells at Bay Shore and serving pancakes at the Brown Deer fieldhouse.