North Shore Rotary Newsletter / September 29, 2014

By

Cary Silverstein

Upcoming Speakers and Events

This week we have a “Rotary on The Move” to Goodwill Industries at 6055 North 91st in Milwaukee. Park on the south west side and use the corporate entrance, not the store. Goodwill is providing us with lunch and a tour of their sheltered workshops. Club members are encouraged to bring a donation of gently used clothing or household goods. The meeting will begin at noon and end by 1:30PM.

County Executive, Chris Abele

This week our speaker was County Executive, Chris Abele. This was his fourth appearance at our club. Chris was impressed with our club and its volunteer ethic and the fact our club really cares about our community. He stated that he wished our politicians and public servants measured themselves against the Rotary Four Way Test.

This year Chris Abele is presenting his fourth budget since becoming our County Executive. He has made tough decisions and increased the efficiencies and productivity within the County Government resulting in a deficit of $14 million dollars, down from a projected $67 million dollar shortfall. He explained that there are forty-one different business lines within the County. He has hired leaders who believe “public service is an honorable thing” and desire to get involved and make it better. He referred to the latest PBS special on the Roosevelts that used examples of how they made tough decisions and take on tough positions.

The County Executive used the House of Correction as an example on how they have taken on tough situations and made them better for the County and the inmates. They made major changes after taking over the responsibility from the Sheriff's Department. They now have a print shop and a recycling program. The inmates have achieved 31,000 days of work on County projects which has resulted in reduced sentences for the inmates. They have also introduced job skill training.

Chris also addressed the sale of County property to private interests for development which would produce increased tax revenues and reduce the expense on maintaining those properties. Examples he used were the Downtown Bus Barn and the McDonnell Park garage. NML will take over the garage’s maintenance and liabilities, while the Bus Barn is being sold to a developer to build a retail and luxury apartment complex.  

Guests

Our guests this week included past Rotary presidents, Bob Huber and Tom Brown. Dedra Walls and daughter Devin attended as guests. Brandon Conway, Communications Director of Milwaukee County attended as did six members of the local media. 

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.

During the 1964-1965 year, Kenneth W. Graves was the club president. Kenneth Graves represented the club at the International Convention in Atlantic City in May. The club membership grew to 58.

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 field house.