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Marquette Law Professor Michael O'Hear
12/12/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us to hear Marquette Law Professor Michael O’ Hear, a nationally recognized authority on criminal punishment. Wisconsin’s prison population has been stuck at an historically high level for more than a decade, and now appears poised to reach new highs in the next year or two. Professor O’Hear’s presentation will explore the causes of mass incarceration in Wisconsin and consider whether current imprisonment levels might be reduced without harming public safety. Mass incarceration has been quite costly to Wisconsin in both fiscal and human terms, but several promising policy reforms might be considered to bring down the prison numbers and lessen the burdens on taxpayers and families.

Olympic Champion Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
12/05/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The Pettit National Ice Center is honored and delighted to host the 2018 US Olympic Long Track Speedskating Trials, January 2-7, 2018.  The Trials formally return to the Oval at the Pettit Center for the first time since 1998.  The timing is appropriately coincidental with the 25th Anniversary of the Center, which opened on December 31, 1992. Join Olympic Gold Medalist Bonnie Blair and Pettit Center Executive Director Randy Dean for a lively conversation about the upcoming trials, some Olympic reflections by Bonnie and some insights into the 2018 Trials and Winter Games.

 

Click here to view Bonnie Blair's PowerPoint.

 

Click here to view Andrew Warner's invocation.

Laura Crivello and Bodo Gajevic
11/28/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Assistant District Attorney Laura Crivello and Special Agent Bodo Gajevic will discuss the function and mission of the North Central HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) and the roles they play within this program.  ADA Crivello and Agent Gajevic will present a “visual journey” revealing information relative to the powerful addiction of heroin and the abuse and destruction that is presently occurring in Milwaukee County.  They will also discuss the current drug trends, operational changes for law enforcement, and gang violence focusing on how  drug trafficking organizations instill fear and use violence as a way to not only gain power but to also regulate heroin sales.

David Uihlein - Soldiers Home
11/21/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

More than 150 years ago, the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, a National Historic Landmark, was established as a place for Civil War soldiers to recuperate and transition back into society. Though many of the Soldiers Home buildings remain in use, some of the most important and historic – including the iconic Old Main – are unoccupied and rapidly deteriorating. However, thanks to a new redevelopment project, that is about to change. Join us as David Uihlein, of Uihlein/Wilson Architects, shares the vision for returning six historic buildings to their original purpose: the service veterans. Because every hero deserves a home.

 

Click here to view David Uihlein's PowerPoint.

Phillip Yun - North Korea
11/14/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

An expert on East Asian regional security issues, Philip Yun is the Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, a public foundation working to reduce nuclear threats and eliminate nuclear weapons. Mr. Yun was a presidential appointee at the US Department of State (1994-2001), serving as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He served as senior advisor to two US Coordinators for North Korea Policy and was part of the US delegation that traveled to North Korea with Secretary of State Madeline Albright in 2000. He will address growing concerns about and threats from North Korea, including the North’s nuclear and missile capability, their strategic motivations, and what the implications might be for South Korea, Japan and China. 

Jon Wile - The $1.2 billion Amazon Effect
11/07/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Jon Wile is vice president of content for American City Business Journals, which operates 43 business newspapers and websites across the United States, including the award-winning Milwaukee Business Journal. Wile oversaw a nine-month investigation by all of ACBJ’s newsrooms to document the systematic expansion of Amazon.com, from Class A office spaces in the nation's largest cities to former cornfields and barren industrial spaces long abandoned by industries of old. The company's growth, while massive in scope, has hinged on negotiations with local officials, deals with local real estate developers and tax breaks blessed by local municipalities in excess of $1.2 billion. The series of stories identified where this Seattle-based company's unrelenting expansion might be headed, including the massive competition underway for its second headquarters, and also the growing trend of requests for massive incentives by businesses looking to expand or move.

Phil Hale - FBI Special Agent
10/31/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Special Agent for the FBI Phil Hale will talk about domestic terrorism, focusing on the impact of social media.
 
At the speakers request this program will not be recorded, so do your best to get here!

UN Day - Steve Radelet
10/24/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations with Steven Radelet, an American economist working within the field of International Development at Georgetown University. While the headlines suggest that the world is falling apart, the news is not all bleak. In fact, we live at a time of the greatest progress among the global poor in human history. During the last 25 years there has been more progress than ever before in the world's poorest countries in reducing poverty, improving health, increasing incomes, expanding education, reducing conflict, and encouraging democracy. These gains provide huge new opportunities, but also great challenges for the world as a whole, and for the United States. The Great Surge tells the story of this unprecedented progress over the last two decades, why it happened --including the role of the United Nations and the contributions of Rotary International -- and whether it can continue into the future.

 

Click here to view his PowerPoint.

 

Click here to view Rotarian Janan Najeeb's invocation.

On The Table
10/17/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Tuesday, October 17th will be a significant day for Greater Milwaukee. On that day, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee will host an important part of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s “On the Table” effort to build new relationships, generate ideas and ignite action to benefit the future of our four-county region.  Our regular noon luncheon will be one of many “On the Table” activities held throughout that day and evening.  There will be no formal podium speaker; everyone will have a chance to participate in thought-provoking discussions at the tables.

Blair Williams - WiRED Properties
10/10/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Blair Williams, president of WiRED Properties, was hired by the Milwaukee Bucks as a consultant acting as Managing Director of Real Estate. WiRED is a real estate development and consulting firm specialized in all mixed-use development and community creation. The firm’s approach to community curation defines it. On behalf of the Bucks, Blair is quarterbacking the planning and development of the 4 1/2 city blocks surrounding the new Arena. He will be presenting WiRED’s approach to community creation and the Bucks vision for the Arena District.

 

Click here to view his PowerPoint.

Lincoln Avenue Stable Presentation
10/03/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The program for October 3 will be a further introduction and promotion of the Lincoln Avenue Stables.  Come through the north lower entrance from the parking lot and meet some of the MPD's Mounted Patrol horses (you might find people you know riding them!).  Listen to a round-up of how three objectives will be met once the Lincoln Avenue Stables are fully operational:  housing the MPD Mounted Patrol and providing Community Engagement Opportunities and Equine Assisted Therapy.  Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn will talk about the value of mounted patrols for public safety and community engagement and Rotarian Marianne Canter will talk explain Equine Assisted Therapy and how it helps children and adults with autism, mobility issues and PTSD.   Other MPD officials and Equine Assisted Therapy  experts will answer your questions.

John Torinus
09/26/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

While our national political leaders struggle mightily with health care reform, innovative leaders in the private sector, many of them in Wisconsin, have hammered out a new business model for the delivery of care. And they are saving money with the new model. They have pioneered four waves of reform:

 

  • Employer adoption of self-insurance to replace group insurance
  • Consumer-driven health plans that establish incentives and disincentives for smart behaviors.
  • Proactive primary care, often delivered on-site at the workplaces or near-site.
  • Value-based purchasing of treatments.

 

John Torinus has used his company, Serigraph Inc., as a beta site for these waves of reform. He contends that the striking results should inform the stymied attempts at reform in the nation’s capital.

Coby Skonord - Ideawake
09/19/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The emergence of crowdsourcing over the last 10 years has quickly changed the way that businesses innovate, raise capital, and engage their most valuable asset - employees.  Learn how open innovation, crowdfunding, and the larger movement of crowdsourcing are transforming the business landscape in the 21st Century, and how you can take advantage of this emerging trend. Coby Skonord, Founder & CEO of Ideawake, will share more details.

 

View his PowerPoint here.

William Towns - Benefit Chicago
09/12/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Benefit Chicago is a new collaboration that aims to mobilize $100 million for impact investments for nonprofits and social enterprises working throughout the Chicago region. Join us to hear their Executive Director William Towns discuss how Benefit Chicago helps businesses and nonprofits access the capital they need to innovate and grow. Dan Bader of Bader Philanthropies will also join us to provide local perspective on Impact Investing in Milwaukee.

Dennis Kois - Milwaukee Public Museum
09/05/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) President Dennis Kois as he shares why moving MPM--Wisconsin's most-visited museum--to a new state-of-the-art facility is being discussed as critical not only to saving our public treasures but to ensuring Milwaukee's future.  How do you even move a museum, and what would the new exhibits, experiences and building be like?

Reggie Moore - City of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention
08/29/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Milwaukee has been labeled as one of America’s top 50 of places to live, yet it has also been ranked the sixth most dangerous city. At a time when gun violence remains at epidemic levels nationwide, Milwaukee is pursuing innovative, community-driven approaches for violence prevention. Join Reggie Moore, director of the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention, to preview the six goals that will make up a citywide action plan, Milwaukee’s “Blueprint for Peace.” Find out why violence is a public health issue, and what you can do to support efforts to make Milwaukee a safer and stronger city.  

Steve Marcus - Marcus Corporation
08/22/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Steve Marcus will discuss the history of the Sculpture Milwaukee exhibition currently on display on Wisconsin Avenue from O'Donnell Park to Sixth St.  As the visionary behind the project, Steve will trace its history and discuss the challenges that needed to be addressed in the course of bringing this unique event to life. He will also describe its potential benefits for Milwaukee in general and specifically downtown and Wisconsin Ave. He will provide us with a virtual tour of the art and describe the organization that was developed to manage the program as well as lessons learned for the future. Steve Marcus is the CEO of The Marcus Corporation.

 

Please click this link to view his PowerPoint.

Senator Ron Johnson
08/15/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us to hear U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.

Dr. Nancy Zarse - Forensic Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
08/08/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Dr. Nancy Zarse is a licensed clinical psychologist and full professor in the Forensic Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She will present on the common elements of terrorism, suicide terrorism, and counterterrorism. The terror of terrorism lies in the unpredictable and uncontrollable gravity. She will discuss features of suicide terrorism and learn to differentiate suicide terrorism from suicide. At the speakers request this program will not be recorded, so do your best to get here!

Rob Henken - Public Policy Forum
08/01/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Public Policy Forum President Rob Henken will present his organization's recently-released report on the City of Milwaukee's revenue structure. The report – entitled On the Money? – finds sharp distinctions between Milwaukee and similar-sized cities when it comes to financing the workings of their city governments. That finding and a deeper review of four of Milwaukee's peers suggest that changes to the City's revenue structure should be considered to ensure better reliability, balance, and equity. Henken will present the Forum's modeling of different revenue frameworks and discuss what they would mean to taxpayers and City finances.

 

Click here to view his PowerPoint.

Erika Poethig - Urban Institute
07/25/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Erika Poethig, Director at the Urban Institute, will discuss the demographic and economic changes that affect future of the Great Lakes region including Milwaukee and Wisconsin. The discussion will center on how these dynamics affect Milwaukee residents’ ability to access ladders of opportunity, including education, workforce development, and the social safety net. The discussion will be forward looking, focusing on how Milwaukee can use policy levers to build on existing foundations and address challenges, including economic and racial segregation, in order to create growth and prosperity.
 

Michael Williamson - State of Wisconsin Investment Board
07/18/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The State of Wisconsin Investment Board invests over $108 billion- most of it for the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) which has over 620,000 members and is one of only two fully funded state pension plans in the country.  Their investments are extremely diverse and over the years this has included significant involvement with Wisconsin businesses ranging from small, family-owned companies to billion-dollar manufacturers shipping worldwide. Michael Williamson, SWIB’s Executive Director, will talk about why the WRS is a national leader, why there is a retirement crisis in this country and why investments in Wisconsin make sense for the pension plan members and the larger state economy.

 

View his PowerPoint here.

Changing of the Guard
07/11/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us to celebrate the end of Nancy Sennett's term as RCM President at our 2017 Toast! We will also welcome JoAnne Anton as our 2017-18 President. In honor of the occasion, we will have a bar open at 11:30 am.

NO ROTARY MEETING
07/04/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Michael Scott - Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
06/27/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Michael Scott is the director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing at the University of Arizona that produces and shares information about how police can effectively address specific public-safety problems. He was formerly a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School; chief of police in Lauderhill, Florida; special assistant to the chief of the St. Louis, Missouri, Metropolitan Police Department; director of administration of the Fort Pierce, Florida, Police Department; legal assistant to the police commissioner of the New York City Police Department; and a police officer in the Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department.

A Visit to Discovery World
06/20/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Discovery World - 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Rotarians will enjoy a Bartolotta lunch in the Pilot House and learn first-hand from fellow Rotarian and Discovery World CEO Joel Brennan about plans to develop a major addition and convert one of its theaters into new exhibit space as part of an $18 million improvement project at the museum on downtown Milwaukee's lakefront. And, of course, there will be time to explore the fascinating exhibits currently on display. You can park Discovery World or the War Memorial and stroll down the lakefront to Discovery World.

Chris Ott - American Civil Liberties Union
06/13/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Defending civil liberties isn’t only a matter of personal rights—it’s good for business. Companies and customers depend on strong digital privacy, without government interference. The Muslim travel ban threatened to separate valuable employees from their workplaces. Mass incarceration imposes a heavy burden on taxpayers. States that tax and regulate marijuana enjoy new revenue. The boycott in response to North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” cost the state more than $3 billion. Chris Ott, new executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, will discuss how dedication to liberty and justice can benefit the bottom line.

RCM Scholarship Program Presentation
06/06/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Although never formally identified as such, the Scholarship program has become one of RCM’s “big things”. Now as we begin interviewing applicants for our ninth scholarship year, it is fitting time to bring to the membership a brief account of progress. Eric Isbister, Chair of the Scholarship Committee since its inception, will review the program’s origin, how it is structured, and most importantly, how it has made a difference to many of Milwaukee’s college-bound students. You will come away with a heightened sense of pride in how the Club’s membership has been engaged in supporting, and sustaining, this Scholarship program.

Scott Detrow, NPR Political Reporter
05/30/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Scott Detrow is a Congressional reporter for National Public Radio (NPR). He also co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast. Scott joined NPR in 2015 to cover the presidential election. He focused on the Republican side of the 2016 race, spending time on the campaign trail with Donald Trump, and also reported on the election's technology and data angles. Join us to learn more about his experiences and current work.

Rotary Person of the Year - Bob Hillis
05/23/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us to celebrate our 2017 Rotary Person of the Year recipient, Bob Hillis of Direct Supply. Read more about Bob Hillis here.

Armed Forces Day - Captain Amy B. Cocanour
05/16/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us for our annual Armed Forces Day Celebration featuring Captain Amy B. Cocanour - U.S. Coast Guard Commanding Officer, Sector Lake Michigan.

 

John Gurda - History of Jewish Settlement in Milwaukee
05/09/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

John Gurda, one of our favorite speakers,  will share his knowledge of the history of Jewish Milwaukee.  He says that “rarely has such a small group had such a large impact on one American city. The Jews of Milwaukee constitute less than 2 percent of the metro area's population, but their influence extends far beyond mere numbers. Golda Meir grew up in Milwaukee. The iconic Settlement Cookbook originated in Milwaukee kitchens. The city's Jewish community produced figures as diverse as entertainer Gene Wilder, baseball commissioner Bud Selig, and clothing designer Florence Eiseman, as well as business giants ranging from Masterlock to Manpower.

UW Chancellors Mark Mone and Rebecca Blank
05/02/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Wisconsin is fortunate to have two of America’s top research universities that, together, drive the state’s innovation and fuel the economy. While each has a unique mission, UWM and UW-Madison work closely on several initiatives and projects that address societal issues, solve problems and accelerate invention. Meet Chancellor Mark Mone of UW-Milwaukee and Chancellor Rebecca Blank of UW-Madison, and learn more about what they’re working on, why it matters to all of us, and how they’re advocating for a state reinvestment in higher education.

 

View their PowerPoint here.

Rob Henken - The Last Miles Study
04/25/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum, will provide an overview of their recent study The Last Mile: Connecting workers to places of employment.  This research suggests that flexible forms of transit service – and perhaps new strategies linked to partnerships with ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber – could help address the region's elusive "last mile" problem, which can arise when fixed-route transit services stop short of bringing commuters all the way to their job sites. This will be followed by a panel discussion that includes Public Policy Forum Senior Researcher Joe Peterangelo, Waukesha County Board Chair Paul Decker, and Corey Zetts of Menomonee Valley Partners.

 

View their PowerPoint here.

Max Yela, Head of the Special Collections UWM Library
04/18/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The trajectory of intellectual history in the West has many influences. This presentation examines how the book as a technological device helped shape our cognitive responses to the world and to ourselves since the origin of books over 5,000 years ago. Using media theory as a lens, Max Yela, Head of Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an adjunct instructor in the UWM School of Information Studies, will demonstrate how changes in the technology of books over time both reinforced and altered ways of thinking in Western civilization.

Toni Griffin, MKE United
04/11/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The MKE United Greater Downtown Action Agenda (MKE United) is a comprehensive planning and civic engagement process that will create a shared vision and action agenda for Downtown Milwaukee and ten adjacent neighborhoods. Hear from MKE United lead consultant, Toni L. Griffin, as she shares the latest project updates, including an inclusive process to draft key "transformative directions and imperatives" that will be the foundation for creating the Greater Downtown Milwaukee plan.

Neal Pease, History of Baseball
04/04/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In the early years of the 20th century, before they had a big league team to cheer for, most Milwaukee baseball fans followed their favorite sport in the form of semiprofessional sandlot teams representing schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, or ethnic groups. The Kosciuszko Reds, the pride of the Polish-American South Side, were one of the best known and most successful of these squads. Neal Pease, who teaches a course on baseball in American history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will recreate the colorful story of the "Koskys" with PowerPoint illustrations.

Wayne Larrivee, Play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers
03/28/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Wayne Larrivee, the play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers over the Packers Radio Network, will speak at Rotary about his new book If These Walls Could Talk: Green Bay Packers: Stories from the Green Bay Packers Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box.

2020 Project Presentations
03/21/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In keeping with our legacy of initiating enduring projects in our community, RCM decided in Fall 2016 that the time is right for yet another significant contribution to the community. Nine proposals were submitted and they were narrowed down to five in January 2017. Join us to hear from the five proposal teams as they present their project to the club. Teams include a “Rotary Grows Program” to teach MPS students to grow food, Milwaukee Public Library Learning Commons, Supporting Communities through Greening Our Schools, creation of a Milwaukee Community Equestrian Center and preserving the Grand Theater by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. After the meeting each member will have the chance to “vote” on the projects via the weekly survey.

Governor Scott Walker
03/14/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Scott Walker is the 45th and current Governor of Wisconsin. First elected governor in the 2010 Wisconsin general election, he won a 2012 recall election and was reelected governor in the 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial election. Join us to hear him talk about his proposed 2017-19 budget.

Bob Cancalosi, GE Healthcare
03/07/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Bob Cancalosi, GE’s Director of Customer Leadership Education, is a dynamic speaker who has experience in leading companywide initiatives in cultural, coaching & leadership transformations including 8 years as the Chief Learning Officer for GE Healthcare.  At Rotary he will tell us why executive storytelling is an important skill for leaders to connect, inspire and develop their employees. His presentation contains 10 photographs which contain a very specific skill that leaders need to embody in order to empower their teams to achieve higher impact outcomes.

 

View his PowerPoint here.

Joe Kirgues, Co-Founder of gener8tor
02/28/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

As a co-founder of Gener8tor, a Milwaukee startup accelerator program, Joe Kirgues has helped dozens of new businesses refine their strategies, raise capital and connect with customers. Through his leadership in Wisconsin's entrepreneurial community, Gener8tor has become a nationally recognized program. Kirgues' personal involvement and advice to help startups succeed expresses his passion for growing businesses, as does his ability to educate investors and angel groups to consider supporting new startups in a new way.

Charlie Sykes
02/21/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Charlie Sykes, long time host of WTMJ Radio 620's Midday talk show, stepped down from his post at the end of the year. He is now a contributor to MSNBC and was recently named one of the hosts of  "Indivisible," a show on WNYC, public radio's flag ship station in New York City. Sykes is the author of eight books including A Nation of VictimsDumbing Down Our KidsProfScamThe Hollow Men, The End of Privacy50 Rules Kids Won't Learn In School,  A Nation of Moochers, and Fail U. He is editor-in-chief of RightWisconsin.com and also edits WI Interest, a magazine published by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. He is a former reporter for The Milwaukee Journal and former editor of Milwaukee Magazine. He is currently working a book titled, "How the Right Lost It's mind," which will be published later this year by St. Martin's Press. 

John Ridley - Black and White Facts
02/14/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Past President John Ridley, M.D. will share with the club facts on American History - What's New is Old (understanding where we are by looking back).

Katherine Cramer, Author of Politics of Resentment
02/07/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian David Haynes, Editorial Page Editor of the Journal Sentinel, will interview Katherine Cramer, author of The Politics of Resentment which shows that rural resentment—no less than partisanship, race, or class—plays a major role in dividing America against itself. Published in early 2016, Dr. Cramer explores an often overlooked reality: rural political consciousness and the resentment of the “liberal elite.” Rural voters are distrustful that politicians will respect the distinct values of their communities and allocate a fair share of resources.  One result is that the very people who stand to benefit from strong government services not only vote against the candidates who support those services but are vehemently against the very idea of big government. Although the book is a study of Wisconsin politics, this played out nationally in the 2016 presidential election.

Michael Knetter, UW Foundation
01/31/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Forecasting the economy for 2017 is no easy task, but Mike Knetter is up to the challenge!   This is his third appearance at Rotary and he remains one of our most popular speakers.  Mike joined the University of Wisconsin Foundation as president and chief executive officer in 2010 after eight years as dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. Prior to joining the UW, he was associate dean of the MBA program and professor of international economics in the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He also served as senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors for former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

 

View his PowerPoint here.

Mike Haas, Election Commission and Brian Bell, Ethics Commission
01/24/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In 2016 the Government Accountability Board was dismantled and replaced with two distinct commissions: the Wisconsin Ethics Commission and Wisconsin Elections Commission.  Steve Walters, Sr. Producer of WisconsinEye, will interview Mike Haas of the Election Commission and Brian Bell of the Ethics Commission to learn what this might mean for Wisconsin citizens. This program will be live streamed and is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club.

Rick Graber, President & CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
01/17/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rick Graber will discuss the history and mission of one of our community’s greatest assets, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Building a stronger Milwaukee always has been and always will be a core part of the Foundation’s mission.  Since 1986 after the sale of Allen Bradley to Rockwell, the Foundation has made over $300 million in grants to local organizations.  Rick will explore the unique philosophy and approach to Bradley’s grant-making and will discuss several local grantees who are making a real difference in our community every day.

Ruth Greenwood & Doug Poland
01/10/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Dave Haynes, editorial page editor of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will interview Attorney Doug Poland and Ruth Greenwood of the Campaign Legal Center.  In November a three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin struck down Wisconsin’s state assembly district map. With this decision, the Campaign Legal Center and a team of attorneys including Poland, Peter Earle, Michele Odorizzi and Nicholas Stephanopoulos successfully contended that a state legislative redistricting plan is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander for the first time in 30 years. The Court found the evidence of a large “efficiency gap” persuasive in determining that the state assembly plan would produce a large and durable gerrymander in favor of Republican voters throughout the 2010 decade. What is the efficiency gap standard? Will the decision hold up on appeal to the US Supreme Court? Poland, Greenwood and Haynes will help us understand.

Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum
01/03/17 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum presents their recent report: A Fork in the Road? The outlook for transportation infrastructure in the city and county of Milwaukee.  This  research finds that local streets, highways, bridges, and buses owned by the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County have substantial investment needs, and that those needs will be more difficult to meet as overall financial pressures limit the amount of borrowing both governments can pursue.

Holiday Luncheon - Performance by Florentine Opera
12/13/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon! Open bar will start at 11:30 am for extra conviviality, and our program will feature a performance by the Florentine Opera.

Marcelle Polednik, Milwaukee Art Museum Director
12/06/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Marcelle Polednik has served as the Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum since May 2016.  Prior to moving to Milwaukee, she was the Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville at the University of Florida. Marcelle is a specialist in contemporary art and earned her doctorate in art history from New York University in 2009. Marcelle will share her journey and vision for the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Marty Schreiber -- From Governor To Caregiver: Helping A Loved One With Alzheimer’s
11/29/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Marty Schreiber has held many prominent positions, including Governor of Wisconsin and Founder of a successful government affairs consulting firm. None of Marty's endeavors prepared him for the role as caregiver for his wife, Elaine, who is living with Alzheimer's disease. Marty will speak candidly about his journey as a caregiver and the need for all caregivers to seek out education and support to allow them to cope, learn and survive the heroics of caregiving.

Todd Teske, CEO, Briggs & Stratton
11/22/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Todd J. Teske, is the Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Briggs & Stratton Corporation.  He has served in various capacities during his 20 years at the company.  Prior to joining Briggs & Stratton, Todd worked at Arthur Andersen where he served various clients from small business to international conglomerates; lead and performed several merger investigations and was involved in many public equity and debt offerings. As a leader of a global company, Todd is extremely knowledgeable about conducting business internationally and the challenges companies are facing in today’s economic and regulatory environment.  He will speak about the role of innovation in a global market, challenges and successes of being a global company headquartered in Milwaukee.

Precious Lives Performance
11/15/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Precious Lives is a 100-part radio series about the impact of gun violence on young people in Milwaukee and what we can do to keep our communities safe. We are moving out of the studio and into businesses, civic organizations, and communities of faith to expand the conversation and discuss solutions. Brad Lichtenstein, President of 371 Productions, will host a live pop-up performance of Precious Lives featuring Khary Penebaker, Leatanya Dunn, and Damian Smith. Performers will share personal stories about gun violence and what they are doing to make a difference. 

Julie Craig, Rotary District Governor
11/08/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee is honored to welcome two of Rotary’s senior leaders: Jennifer Jones, Vice President of the Rotary International Board of Directors and our 2016-2017 District Governor, Julie Craig.  She is a current member of the Kenosha West Rotary Club and offers her time, talent and energy to support the many clubs in our area and District initiatives. Julie will share with us the initiatives and work on the District level. Jennifer Jones, an avid champion of the Rotary Foundation, will inspire us with stories of the Foundation.

How to Fix a Broken Police Department
11/01/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Between 1999 and 2014, Cincinnati saw a 69 percent reduction in police use-of-force incidents, a 42 percent reduction in citizen complaints and a 56 percent reduction in citizen injuries during encounters with police. Violent crimes dropped from a high of 4,137 in the year after the riots, to 2,352 last year.  Misdemeanor arrests dropped from 41,708 in 2000 to 17,913 last year.

 

How did they do it?  Attorney Al Gerhardstein, Past President of the Fraternal Order of Police and Cincinnati Police Officer Kathy Harrell and community organizer Iris Roley will be at Rotary to share the Cincinnati experience with a model of community problem-oriented policing or CPOP.  David Haynes, editorial page editor of the Journal Sentinel, will lead the conversation.

 

To read more about this, here is a link to an article from the Atlantic that provides some excellent background.   (“How to Fix a Broken Police Department”, The Atlantic, May 28, 2015.)

 

This is a joint-program with the Milwaukee Press Club.

UN Day Program- Carl Gershman
10/25/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations! Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, will present on the "State of Democracy around the World."

 

Ray Cross - President, UW System
10/18/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

UW System President Ray Cross will share 2020FWD, the strategic framework based upon listening sessions held throughout the state.  Nearly 5,000 citizens - including business leaders, students, families, faculty and staff, and community leaders - provided their input about what they need and want from UW institutions.  Two of the biggest concerns:  college affordability and developing the workforce of tomorrow.  Learn how 2020FWD initiatives will help address those issues.  The four key areas of focus in 2020FWD are: Educational Pipeline, University Experience, Community and Business Mobilization and Operational Excellence.

Blake Moret - CEO, Rockwell
10/11/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The IOT is transforming manufacturing, creating a competitiveness that will drive growth not only in manufacturing, but in the broader U.S economy.  Rockwell Automation – the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information -- is at the center of this transformation helping global manufacturers be more productive, sustainable and competitive.  However, there is a misconception among the next generation of talent that manufacturing is a gritty, low-tech industry, resulting in a significant workforce gap.  Milwaukee Public Schools and other schools around the world are working closely with the private sector to solve this problem through efforts to train and inspire students, teachers and parents about exciting careers in manufacturing.  Blake Moret, CEO of Rockwell Automation, will share details.
 

Chris Abele - State of the County
10/04/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

County Executive Chris Abele will present to Rotarians an executive summary of his proposed 2017 budget. Highlights of the budget presentation will include: investments in transit, parks, public safety, mental health reform, and infrastructure; debt reduction efforts; economic and workforce development initiatives; Bus Rapid Transit; and new revenues. As well, the county executive will discuss the County’s overall improved fiscal health. The county executive will take questions from Rotarians on the budget proposal. 

Anthony Anderson - Almost Sunrise
09/27/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

When Milwaukee-based veterans Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson returned home from Iraq, they didn't expect their debilitating battles with depression and anxiety to prove every bit as life-threatening as the war zones they left behind. In an effort to help mend the emotional scars and moral injury they've sustained, the two men set out on an extraordinary journey - a 2,700-mile trek on foot across America, starting off in Milwaukee and ending in California. With suicide rates among veterans at near-epidemic levels (a veteran commits suicide nearly every hour), Almost Sunrise is an inspiring and intimate portrait of two men who journey on behalf of the mental health of fellow veterans. Anthony Anderson will share his journey with our club.

Tom Smith - CEO, Mason Wells
09/20/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

As Executive Managing Director, of Mason Wells, Tom Smith is responsible for the day-to-day investment activities of the Mason Wells funds, including the management of new investment activities and the oversight of portfolio development efforts. Tom Smith’s presentation will provide details on the current economic environment for investments. This is a joint program with the Kellogg Alumni Association of WI.

Jenny Kehl - Water Policy, School of Freshwater Sciences
09/13/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial hall

The Great Lakes are one of our greatest natural assets; vast and vital, yet fragile. The presentation on by Jenny Kehl will focus on the environmental and economic benefits and stressors of the Great Lakes, then briefly conclude by connecting our local water issues to global water issues. Jenny Kehl is the Director of the Center for Water Policy and Associate Professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences.
 

Gary D'Amato - Journal Sentinel
09/06/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Gary D'Amato has been a sports reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 1990 and was promoted last October to columnist. He has covered 25 Masters golf tournaments, three Super Bowls and 10 Olympic Games, including the recently concluded Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro and hundreds of other major sports events. He will share his recent experiences and takeaways from the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
 

Kyle Cherek – Wisconsin Foodie Host
08/30/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

For first time in recorded history, Americans are spending more at bars and restaurants ($54,857 billion in 2015) than they are on groceries ($52,502 billion in 2015), and millennials are by all indications, leading the charge.  In 2012, New York Magazine published an article "When Did Young People Start Spending 25% of Their Paychecks on Pickled Lamb’s Tongues? Foodie-ism as youth culture".  For a city to attract, and retain some of the best and the brightest of millennial talent, it is now understood by CEO;s and recruiters alike that a city must have a vibrant culinary culture.  Kyle Cherek, a life-long Milwaukee resident and host of the twice Emmy-nominated Wisconsin Foodie on PBS moderates a panel of some of the key contributors and innovators to Milwaukee's current dinning representations.  

Meet a few of the Remarkable Young Professionals in Rotary Today
08/23/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

RCM is filled with the brightest business, professional and community leaders in the metro Milwaukee area. Join us to hear a few of the remarkable young professionals in our club discuss their professional journey and how Rotary has impacted their career. Panel of Speakers will include Charles BirtsDirector of Grants Administration of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee; Richie Burke, President of GoGeddit;Rachel Allen Larrivee, President/Owner of Props Unlimited;Edgar Lin, Attorney/Wisconsin Public Defender. Panel will be moderated by JoAnne Anton, Director of Herb Kohl Philanthropies.

Jonathan Jackson - Inside Look at Milwaukee Film Festival
08/16/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Artistic & Executive Director of Milwaukee Film, Jonathan Jackson, will provide an in-depth look at Milwaukee Film and its signature event, the Milwaukee Film Festival, which now ranks as a top ten film festival in the country. Get a sneak preview of the 2016 event that will feature 500+ events between September 22 - October 6 and learn about the growing business of filmmaking in Milwaukee.

Juli Kaufmann, President of Fix Development
08/09/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The story of Fix Development is about the belief, in the face of many industry naysayers, that commercial real estate projects with a triple bottom line- social, environmental and economic impacts- can be not only financially successful, but also generate the excitement and energy that attracts other entrepreneurs and revitalizes a community.  Juli Kaufmann will highlight her strategy for transforming our most disinvested neighborhoods by leveraging the power and capacity of regular citizens using the tools of co-development and crowd-funding. 

Vanessa Tobin - Catholic Relief Service
08/02/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Did you know that 2.6 billion people – half the developing world – lack even a simple ‘improved’ latrine and 1.1 billion people have no access to any type of improved drinking source of water? This has profound implications for health, education and economic stability around the world.  Vanessa Tobin, Senior Technical Adviser for Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Resources Development for Catholic Relief Services, will tell us what is being done to address this global scourge.

 

Click here to view her PowerPoint.

Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program.
07/26/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

From Donald Trump's announced candidacy for president to the vote for Brexit in Great Britain, politicians are tapping into deep-seated concerns about immigration in the US and abroad. This presentation from Doris Meissner will examine the facts and the fiction surrounding the 2016 election debates over the issues of immigration and what voters should know to assess what they are hearing.

Greater Milwaukee Foundation - Study on the Latino Population
07/19/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The population of Milwaukee would be shrinking if not for the growth of the Latino population, while Latino workers have accounted for all net growth in employment in the four-county area during the last 25 years. A new study commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation offers an unprecedented look at conditions in the Latino community and the trends that continue to shape the region. The study will permit greater understanding, among Milwaukee policymakers and residents alike, on the nature of the remarkable demographic and economic transformation underway here, and inform discussion about the implications of these trends for the future of the city and the region. Marcus White, Vice President of Civic Engagement, will provide insight into their work.

 

View his PowerPoint here.

Tom Shannon, President & CEO of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation.
07/12/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Like most people, Wisconsinite’s want their state to be a great place to live and work. Wisconsin as a state, ranks anywhere from 35th to dead last in job creation! Wisconsin possesses all the needed ingredients (intellectual property, research facilities, well educated workforce) to form these companies except for the needed financing through investment in these companies. The BrightStar Foundation was established 3 years ago to take deductible donor contributions and invest them in job creating early stage companies. In the 2.5 years of deploying money, the foundation has invested over $4 million into 29 individual companies with the intent of growing hundreds and then thousands of high paying jobs. Thomas Shannon,  President & CEO of BrightStar  will provide insight into their work.

Senator Ron Johnson
07/05/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Steve Walters, Senior Producer of WisconsinEye, returns to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee to interview Senator Ron Johnson. 
 

Toast of President Dan
06/28/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate the end of President Dan’s term as RCM President at our 2016 Toast! We will also welcome Nancy Sennett as our 2016-17 President. In honor of the occasion, we will have a bar open at 11:30 am.

John Burke, President, Trek Bikes
06/21/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Drawing on more than three decades of business experience, John Burke, president of Trek Bicycles, applies his independent thinking and no- nonsense approach to tackle the complex problems facing America with the release of his new book, 12 Simple Solutions to Save America. In his latest book, released on June 15th, Burke proposes concrete solutions to fix America’s problems and challenges Americans to lead the effort for needed changes. Dave Haynes, editorial page editor of the Journal Sentinel will explore these ideas in a lively conversation with John.

Nick Turkal, President & CEO of Aurora Health Care
06/14/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Aurora Health Care will invest $40 million in Marquette University's Athletic Performance Research Center the university is developing on its campus in partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks. Nick Turkal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Health Care, will share some details. 

Rotary Person of the Year
06/07/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us to celebrate 2016 Rotary Person of the Year Sr. Edna Lonergan, President of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. 

Mary Miss - American Artist and Designer
05/31/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Mary Miss is an artist and Founder of CALL / City as Living Laboratory. Mary Miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation art by articulating a vision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issues of our time. Her remarks will be about Watermarks, which proposes to transform the city of Milwaukee into an Atlas of Water, where a point by point mapping of water related topics occurs at the scale of the city. Starting in the Inner Harbor a constellation of markers can be identified by a series of verticals which will act like oversize ‘map pins’ to highlight pieces of the water story particular to the sites.  

Rob Henken and Joe Peterangelo - Milwaukee Residents Preference Program
05/24/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

As Milwaukee experiences an unprecedented surge in downtown development, it has an opportunity to translate that investment into substantial and meaningful jobs for low-income residents.  New research by the Public Policy Forum seeks to shed light on whether the City has the right policies and programs in place to do so.  Forum President Rob Henken and Senior Researcher Joe Peterangelo will present the research, which examines the performance of the City’s Residents Preference Program and explores best practices from other “targeted hiring” programs across the country and their potential applicability to Milwaukee.

Armed Forces Day - Michael Telzrow
05/17/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Michael Telzrow, Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, will present on "The Role of the Military in Wisconsin", and how the museum depicts Wisconsin's contributions through exhibits and interviews with veterans.  This is our Armed Forces Day program.

John Norquist
05/10/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

John Norquist is the former Mayor of Milwaukee and the retired president of Congress for New Urbanism. He will talk about Jane Jacobs, author of “Death and Life of Great American Cities", who would have been 100 on May 4th. He will talk about the effect she has had on the development, planning and revitalization of cities in the US and around the world. Jacobs was known for her powerful opposition to the urban renewal czar Robert Moses of New York City in his attempt to put a freeway through Washington Square Park.

Tim Grove and Mary Triggiano
05/03/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Understanding how trauma response influences behavior has the power to unlock all forms of human potential - from the world of child welfare and the court system to the world of corporate Milwaukee. This presentation will introduce members to this new science, focusing on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. They will also discuss what a trauma response looks like and what professionals across all walks of Milwaukee can do to create a Trauma Informed Community. Tim Grove is the Chief Clinical Officer at SaintA and Mary Triggiano is a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge.

 

View their PowerPoint here.

Mark Murphy - President and CEO, Green Bay Packers
04/26/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Mark Murphy is the current president and Chief Executive Officer for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. His talk will be about the business of the Packers.

 

Click here to view his PowerPoint.

Dr. McCrea
04/19/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Over the past two decades, the topic of concussion in sports as risen from total obscurity to the public spotlight.  Concerns about the short-term and long-term effects of concussion and repetitive head impact exposure now dominate the national narrative surrounding contact sports.  Major scientific advances have been achieved over the past decade that now inform evidence-based approaches to injury management and return to play after acute concussion.  Questions are emerging, however, about the potential long-range effects of repetitive concussion on neurologic health.  This presentation will provide an overview of the progress realized over the past two decades and future research directions to advance our understanding of concussion. Dr. Michael McCrea has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury. 

Pat Milligan - Mercer
04/12/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Pat Milligan's talk will cover the findings of Mercer’s newly released When Women Thrive research report, representing over 640 organizations from 42 countries, covering 3.2 million employees in which 1.3 million are women. This is the 2nd version of this report, and our platform has grown to be the largest of its kind and while we are experiencing a lot of progress, the reality is what organizations are doing is simply not enough.  Some key findings include that women continue to be underrepresented at all career levels, current hiring, promotion and retention rates are insufficient to create gender equality by 2025, and organizations are failing to build future female talent pipelines. The findings are consistent across all regions, proving this is a growing, global issue. The report offers tools and recommendations for organizations to take action to really move the needle. 

 

View her PowerPoint here.

Geneive Abdo - Atlantic Council
04/05/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The Arab uprisings began with seemingly secular cries for ousting dictatorships. But five years on, the initial unity with a state purpose has eroded into a sectarian conflict in some countries and all out war in others. The strife focuses upon this question: Who is a Muslim and who is an unbeliever? Non-state actors, in particular, who claim a monopoly on religious interpretation, are the key drivers of the conflict. The geopolitical rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia is also fueling the violence. Can there be a resolution or is the region doomed to violence for the foreseeable future?

 

Geneive Abdo  is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Abdo specializes in issues regarding modern Iran and political Islam. She published in April 2013 a monograph for Brookings, The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide

 

View her PowerPoint here.

County Executive Chris Abele and Senator Chris Larson
03/29/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club will present a Newsmaker Luncheon, featuring County Executive Chris Abele and State Senator Chris Larson. Both are candidates in the Milwaukee County Executive race. The candidates will be interviewed by Ernie Franzen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Marti Mikkleson of WUWM andSteve Chamraz of Today's TMJ4. The interview with Chris Abele will begin at 12:20 pm. The interview with Chris Larson will begin at 12:45 pm and will go to 1:10 pm.

County Executive Chris Abele
03/22/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Russ Feingold - Candidate for U.S. Senate
03/15/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Kevin Shafer, MMSD.
03/08/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Kevin Shafer will provide a presentation on the “MMSD 2015 Year in Review”.  He will talk about the environmental benefits and economic impact MMSD has on the region as well as discussing specific initiatives such as green infrastructure and the 30th Street Corridor.

Vicki Martin - President of Milwaukee Area Technical College
03/01/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Milwaukee Area Technical College President Dr. Vicki J. Martin will share an overview of the MATC Promise, a program that was introduced in September 2015 and will provide free tuition and fees to eligible high school graduates. The MATC Promise, funded entirely by private dollars raised by the MATC Foundation, is geared for low-income students who do not believe they can afford college. At a time when young people and our community needs MATC most, the MATC Promise develops a talent pipeline that benefits area residents and local business and industry. Dr. Martin will detail how the initiative was constructed, the services that are being developed to support the students' success, and how this program will help keep the greater Milwaukee talent pipeline filled with highly-qualified professionals.

 

View her PowerPoint here.

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho - 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General
02/23/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command will address the "The Military's Role in Global Health". This is a joint program with Froedtert Hospital, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and the center for International Health.

Mike McCabe - The Coming Makeover of American Politics
02/16/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Mike McCabe, founder and president of Blue Jean Nation and author of Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Makeover of American Politics, will talk about how the ranks of the politically homeless are growing in America, and what history shows will happen whenever that occurs. He will talk about the need to loosen and eventually break the grip of the professional political consulting industry that is lording over our democracy and create opportunities for people who don't practice politics for a living to participate meaningfully in the public arena. His message is about how to revive citizen-centered, people-powered politics and get people with a life outside of politics back in the driver's seat of our government.

Judge Derek Mosley
02/09/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Judge Derek Mosley, the Presiding Judge of the Milwaukee Municipal Court since 2004, has been working tirelessly for decades to improve the quality of life in Milwaukee’ s toughest neighborhoods.  He comes to Rotary to celebrate Black History Month and will share black history facts, both local and national---facts we should have learned in school in American History, but were not taught.

 

View his PowerPoint here.

David Stearns - The Milwaukee Brewers
02/02/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotary Club of Milwaukee and The Milwaukee Press Club will present a joint-program featuring David Stearns, the new general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers

Bruce Bittles - Robert W. Baird & Co.
01/26/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Bruce Bittles will focus on the principal movers of the equity markets in 2015. The discussion includes the outlook for the global economy and the domestic economy. Last year, stocks experienced the first episode of volatility in four years.  We will offer the odds of a repeat this year. The implications of the first rate hike by the Fed in nine years and the impact of further rate hikes will be discussed.  He will offer his views on inflation prospects. Finally, the Election will be front and center next year and we will outline the implications for investors. Mr. Bittles is the Chief Investment Strategist with Robert W. Baird & Co.

 

View his PowerPoint here.

International Trade
01/19/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Steve Walters, senior producer of WisconsinEye, returns to RCM to lead a panel discussion on international trade. Panelists include:  Damian Felton of the US Department of Commerce, Roxanne Baumann of the WI Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Jim Hunter, President of Dynamic Solutions.

Creative Placemaking Forum
01/12/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Creative placemaking is driven by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with national and local foundations looking for effective ways to create economic prosperity and cultural vibrancy within communities. Thanks to national funding and local effort, creative placemaking projects in Milwaukee – like the Beerline Trail Extension, the NEWaukee Night Market and the City of Milwaukee’s HOME GR/OWN – have garnered national recognition and attention. Hear from Greater Milwaukee Committee president Julia Taylor about creative placemaking as a whole and the GMC’s creative placemaking efforts, followed by a discussion with Riverworks Development Corporation’s Darryl Johnson and HOME GR/OWN’s Tim McCollow.

 

View the Creative Placemaking Forum PowerPoint here.

Alex Molinaroli - Johnson Controls
01/05/16 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

As chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls, Alex Molinaroli has enhanced the company’s position as a world-class multi-industrial with a diverse portfolio, strong brands and a plan to win. As the company transforms, Molinaroli is focused on playing to the company’s strengths and prioritizing strategies that deliver the most value to customers and shareholders to continue the success that has defined Johnson Controls for the past 130 years. At today's event, Alex will discuss the role the city of Milwaukee plays in attracting and retaining global businesses.

NO ROTARY MEETING
12/29/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

There will be no Rotary luncheon due to the holidays.

NO ROTARY MEETING
12/22/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

There will be no Rotary luncheon due to the holidays.

Holiday Luncheon
12/15/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate the end of the year with Rotary and the Milwaukee Rep Carolers!

Stopping the Perpetuation of Violence
12/08/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Violence begets violence. This is something we know intuitively…and we see it play out in our community every day.  Steve Walters, Senior Producer of WisconsinEye, will interview three Milwaukee leaders who are taking action to mitigate the perpetuation of violence:  Kent Lovern, Chief Deputy District Attorney;  Carmen Pitre, Executive Director and founder of the Sojourner Peace Center; and Tim Grove, Chief Clinical Officer at SaintA, a national leader in Trauma Informed Care.

Byron Franz - Cyber Crime
12/01/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Byron Franz is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and has worked national security investigations for over 16 years.  He currently serves as the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the FBI’s Milwaukee Division, where his job is to form partnerships with corporations, colleges, and universities to better protect intellectual property and trade secrets.  Special Agent Franz has a B.A. in International Relations and Russian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He will speak to Rotary on cyber crime.

 

Resources from Mr. Franz:

John Gurda - Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods
11/24/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Milwaukee historian and writer John Gurda will present on his book Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, recently published by Historic Milwaukee. Based on a popular series of posters published by the City of Milwaukee in the 1980s, the book features both historical chronicles and contemporary portraits of 37 neighborhoods that emerged before World War II, an ensemble that defines the historic heart of the city. The book also features 11 new neighborhood posters by artist Jan Kotowicz, who created the original series.

Julie Tolan - YMCA
11/17/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

As president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Julie Tolan has guided the Milwaukee Y through its recent bankruptcy and is working to reposition the organization for long-term success. Hear her perspective as she reflects on leading through this difficult chapter and the current challenges of achieving the Milwaukee Y’s bold new vision to build a healthier, stronger and safer Milwaukee where families of all incomes and backgrounds thrive.

 

View Ms. Tolan's slides here.
 

Pat Kressin - Lakefront Gateway Plaza
11/10/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The City, the County, and civic leaders are united in support of creating a world class public plaza on the land immediately west of Discovery World Museum. The Lakefront Gateway Plaza will add a beautiful, defining space to the downtown portion of Milwaukee’s lakefront.  It will incorporate energy, connections, and become a site that draws people and activity year-round – maximizing the significance of one of the greatest locations in our City. Following a year-long national competition, the City recently announced a group led by the engineering and consulting firm GRAEF will advance the design of the plaza.  Team leader Pat Kressin will join us to share the vision and outline the work ahead to complete the Lakefront Gateway Plaza.

 

Remembering Dickey Chappelle
11/03/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club, we'll explore the legacy of Dickey Chapelle, a combat photographer from Shorewood who was killed in Vietnam 50 years ago. Known for her fearlessness, Chapelle covered the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II, and traveled to Algeria, Panama, Lebanon, Hungary, Cuba and Vietnam on assignment for National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, National Observer and other publications. She was killed at the age of 47, and is believed to be the first female American correspondent to die on assignment. Chapelle was inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame in 2014. Program participants will include Maryann Lazarski, producer and director of a new Milwaukee Public Television documentary about Chapelle; writer John Garofolo, author of a new book/photo retrospective on Chapelle published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press; and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones, who has made has made eight trips to U.S. war zones to report on Wisconsin troops in service. 

 

Joe Cirincione - Iran Nuclear Agreement
10/27/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

The Pfister

Joe Cirincione has been a nuclear policy expert for over three decades. Over the last four years, as president of the global security foundation, Ploughshares Fund, he assembled a network of over 50 organizations and 200 individuals to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb and stop a new war in the Middle East. He will provide an insider’s view of the political fight over the recent nuclear accord with Iran, the policy debates and what we can expect as the deal goes into effect. Will this really stop an Iranian bomb and, if so, for how long?

 

The A.D. Robertson Fund of the United Nations is a special fund within the RCM Community Trust created by the family of past president Robbie Robertson to provide educational programming to Rotarians and the community about the humanitarian and peace building work of the United Nations. This program will honor the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

 

The program is also presented in conjunction with the Large Club Conference and will be held at the Pfister. The luncheon is not open to the public and we have reached the maximum capacity for the room, so no walk-ins will be accommodated.

Marcus White - Greater Milwaukee Foundation
10/20/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Marcus White, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Vice President of Community Partnerships,  will give us the highlights of the 2015 Vital Signs report, which provides a look at how our region is faring compared to 15 other metropolitan areas, many of them our economic competitors.  The report shows how we compare on items such as population growth, income, educational attainment, business development, exports, and dozens of other indicators of vitality.  This objective data allows policymakers, business leaders, and foundations to better understand our unique environment, the investment needed to build upon success, and the opportunities to strengthen areas of challenge.

Representatives Evan Goyke and Robert Hutton
10/13/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Important changes to our criminal justice system are currently underway in Wisconsin.  In the State Assembly, a bi-partisan effort to bring these reforms is being led by State Representatives Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) and Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee). Speaking on Wisconsin’s need for justice reform and focusing on ideas currently being debated in the State Legislature, Representatives Hutton and Goyke will provide a view of what may be in store for Wisconsin’s justice system.  Specific topics will include: returning some 17 year-old offenders to juvenile court; expanding expungement of non-violent records; Treatment, Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) programming; and enhancing victim’s rights. Rotarian Kent Lovern, Milwaukee County Chief Deputy District Attorney, will moderate the discussion. 

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
10/06/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

County Executive Chris Abele will speak to Rotary about his vision and upcoming budget for Milwaukee County.

Peter Feigin - New Arena
09/29/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The Milwaukee Common Council approved the new arena financing package on September 22nd. On the 29th we'll have a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club with a panel discussion on plans for moving forward, featuring:

  • Peter Feigin, President of the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Common Council President Michael Murphy
  • Cory Nettles, Managing Director of Generation Growth Capital

Thomas Weiss - "Good Enough" Global Governance Ain't Good Enough
09/22/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The 70th anniversary of the signing and entry into force of the UN Charter should call attention to the historical underpinnings of contemporary global governance. Unfortunately, today’s fashion of “good-enough” global governance abandons the strategy of constructing robust intergovernmental organizations; and it is dramatically inadequate to guarantee dignified human survival, especially because our forebears did much better. Insights from 1942 to 1945 remain valid for addressing 21st-century global challenges. But do we have the wit and will to do what is necessary without a global catastrophe? Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, will address why  “’Good Enough’ Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn
09/15/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn will share his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing Milwaukee. 

Michael Hostad - The Commons
09/08/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The Commons is a multi--university, cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education program designed to attract, educate and retain the brightest entrepreneurial and innovative students in southeast Wisconsin. In partnership with 22 colleges and universities, The Commons provides students a unique opportunity to form diverse teams and learn about entrepreneurship and innovation while gaining real-world experience solving complex business challenges - the very skills needed to form new companies, create new jobs, and fill talent gaps.  Not only will we learn about the program from co-founder Michael Hostad, but we also will hear how it has impacted two local businesses, Workshop Architects and Kohl’s.

 

See Mr. Hostad's slides here.

Brian Schupper - Scale Up Milwaukee
09/01/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Brian Schupper, Director of Policy for the Greater Milwaukee Committee, will talk about Scale Up Milwaukee, an action project focused upon developing the entrepreneurial capacity in Milwaukee by bringing together the policies, structures, programs and climate that foster entrepreneurship.  Brian will also bring Ugo Nwagbaraocha from Diamond Discs International up to the stage to talk a little about how Scale Up Milwaukee has impacted his business.

Dr. Howard Fuller - Making a Difference in Milwaukee
08/25/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Dr. Howard Fuller is a nationally known civil rights activist, academic and relentless advocate for education reform. His career includes many years in both public service and the field of education. Dr. Fuller is a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. Dr. Fuller’s long history and deep involvement in the pressing issues of race and income inequality that have continued to trouble Milwaukee give him a unique perspective on what the citizens of Milwaukee need to do to make a difference.

Hyeonseo Lee - North Korean Refugee
08/18/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul, South Korea. She will speak about her life in North Korea, her escape to China and struggle to bring her family to freedom. She has recently completed writing her memoir, The Girl With Seven Names, and over 5 million people have viewed her TED Talk sharing her story. Hyeonseo has given testimony about North Korean human rights in front of a special panel of the UN Security Council, and she speaks about North Korean human rights and North Korean refugee issues around the world. 

Rob Henken - Marijuana in Milwaukee
08/11/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian Rob Henken will present the Public Policy Forum's recent report on municipal marijuana policy. The report finds that few Milwaukeeans who are cited for first-time, small-scale marijuana possession spend time behind bars for failure to pay fines, though jail time for subsequent offenses is much more common. It also explores ways that other big cities have changed their marijuana laws, which offer a range of potential options for local policymakers. Henken also will discuss the Forum’s follow-up research, which is digging deeper into justice system data to provide greater insight into the impacts of Milwaukee's existing marijuana legal paradigm.

 

See Rob's slides here.

Joe Abraham - Entrepreneurial DNA
08/04/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

You are surrounded by people whose daily decisions impact results you are counting on. On the flip side, many are counting on the decisions you make in business...and life. Breakthrough research into understanding how our "inner entrepreneur" works sheds light on how we make decisions in business environments - and it has very little to do with our personality traits!  Joe Abraham, author and founder of BOSI Global, who has been featured twice on the TEDx stage, will present an insightful talk packed with real-life stories and case studies to lead you to a deeper understanding of your pre-wired tendencies in business - as well as a methodology of how to identify the entrepreneurial DNA of those surrounding you.

 

View Mr. Abraham's slides.

Katherine Gehl - The Impact of Political Discord on the Economy
07/28/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Katherine Gehl, fourth-generation President and CEO of Gehl Foods, will talk about U.S. competitiveness and the state of our democracy. Harvard Business School defines competitiveness as the co-existence of business success AND rising living standards for average Americans.  For the last several years, our businesses have been making record profits, but workers’ wages have not kept pace.  Business leaders from all sides of the political spectrum generally agree on the top policy priorities that will help reinvigorate American competitiveness: fix the debt and the tax code, enact comprehensive energy policy, invest in our infrastructure, and strengthen our K-12 education system. Despite widespread consensus on these issues, our political leaders haven't made any progress. Katherine will share her views on what needs to change.

 

View Ms. Gehl's slides here.

David Weissman, M.D. - Improving Care for the Seriously Ill
07/21/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Health care in the United States is in the midst of profound changes including a shift from fee-for-service to capitated care, consolidation of health care service providers, and increasing reliance on imperfect quality measures tied to reimbursement.  These changes are impacting the care of seriously ill and dying patients who consume an inordinate amount of health care resources.  In January 2015 The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin was formed to help advocate for improved care for the seriously ill through advocacy, education and systems change.  David E. Weissman, MD will describe efforts in Wisconsin to improve care for patients and families facing a serious illness.

 

View Dr. Weissman's slides here.

Dennis Kois - Milwaukee Public Museum
07/14/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Dennis Kois, CEO, Milwaukee Public Museum will present the program, "Fakes, Mummies and Mastodons: Do Museums Matter?" Museums like MPM are rapidly changing from sleepy keepers of cultural and scientific heritage to forums for energetic civic dialogue, incubators for STEM education and lifelong learning, and instigators of compelling and topical public programming. They have also proven to be quality-of-life bellwethers, and critical to the ability of cities to attract and retain a talented millennial workforce. Where did museums come from? Where are they going? And perhaps more to the point: in this digital age… do they even matter?

Doug Stahl - Rotary in Guatemala
07/07/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us for brief remarks by Rotary District 6270 Governor Karen White, followed by a program by Doug Stahl and members of the World Community Service Committee on our projects in Guatemala.

Toast of President John
06/30/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate the end of President John’s term as RCM president at our 2015 Toast!

Peggy Troy - Combating Violence Against Children
06/23/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In 2014, there were over 5,000 reports of violence and maltreatment against children in Wisconsin. While Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s role in treating victims is easily understood, what’s less known is the myriad of ways Children’s is working to combat this preventable epidemic directly in our communities.  Peggy Troy, CEO of Children’s, will share how their team is addressing the 90 percent of risk factors outside of the doctor’s office that affect a child’s health and well-being, and the role she believes the business community needs to play to ensure all kids have a chance at a healthy life. 


View Ms. Troy's slides here.

Muhummad Isa Sadlon - Your Muslim Neighbor
06/16/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The world muslim population of 1.6 billion (23% of world pop.) is forecast to grow to 30% of global population by 2050. What is the face of Islam in Milwaukee? Who are they? What are their values and is there a Muslim agenda? Former Milwaukee Rotary Club member Chris Goldsmith, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum retired from the Museum in 2002. He changed his name to Muhammad Isa Sadlon and four years later was the Executive Director CEO of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest Muslim organization. Chris (now known as Isa) will answer these questions and respond to any issues raised by attendees at the June 16 Rotary Program.

Timothy Stautberg - Journal Media Group
06/09/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

A panel of Milwaukee journalists will interview new Journal Media Group Chief Executive Officer Timothy Stautberg. Journal Media Group was launched April 1 after the merger of Journal Communications Inc. and the E.W. Scripps Co. Stautberg leads a group of newspapers in 13 markets around the country, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club.

Rotary Person of the Year - John Daniels
06/02/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us to celebrate 2015 Rotary Person of the Year: John Daniels, Chairman Emeritus of Quarles & Brady. Read more about Mr. Daniels in the June 2015 newsletter article.

Jason Mengel and Michael Belot - PGA Championship
05/26/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Hear about the 2015 PGA from Jason Mengel, PGA Championship Director, and Michael Belot, General Manager-Destination Kohler. More info coming soon.

Harry Kraemer - Values-Based Leadership
05/19/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Harry Kraemer, Kellogg Professor of Management and Strategy, will offer his life’s insights on Values-Based Leadership and how organizations can be transformed by “doing the right thing” while delivering outstanding and lasting results. Mr. Kraemer is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the U.S. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion NYSE global healthcare company. Mr. Kraemer is also the author of two bestselling leadership books. This is a joint meeting with the Kellogg Alumni Club of Wisconsin.

Armed Forces Day - VADM Dirk J. Debbink
05/12/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate Armed Forces Week with Rotary - and "Welcome Aboard the USS Milwaukee!" The Navy Band Great Lakes Wood Ensemble will entertain us prior to the luncheon. 2002 Miss Wisconsin Jayme Dawicki will open our program with the national athem, followed by the posting of the colors. Our luncheon presenter will be Vice Admiral Dirk J. Debbink, U.S. Navy Reserve (retired), former Chief of the Navy Reserve and current chairman of the USS Milwaukee Commissioning Committee. 

Dr. Mike Lovell - Marquette University
05/05/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Dr. Michael R. Lovell is the 24th president of Marquette University and the first lay president in the university’s 134-year history. At Marquette, he has blended initiatives emphasizing innovation, entrepreneurship, and community renewal and development. Internally he has focused on strengthening the university’s leadership team, and establishing and moving forward the new Strategic Innovation Fund. There is renewed attention on the university’s neighborhood through the Near West Side Partners. New possibilities are being explored for its academics, research and athletic teams, and its relationship with the Milwaukee Bucks through the development of the Athletic Performance and Research Center.

 

Download Dr. Lovell's slides here and view the video played during the program here.

James Zobel - Three Generations of MacArthurs in Milwaukee
04/28/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Internationally renowned scholar and MacArthur Memorial Museum Archivist James Zobel will present the stories of three generations of MacArthurs in Milwaukee. Arthur MacArthur was elected Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and later served as a Circuit Court Judge and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. His son, Arthur Jr., led the 24th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, and won the Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of Missionary Ridge. His son Douglas, also a Medal of Honor recipient, led American forces in WWI, WWII and Korea and concluded his career by transforming post-war Japan into a Western democracy.

Stan Stojkovic - Prisoner Re-Entry
04/21/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Stan Stojkovic, Dean and Professor of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, will talk about the topic of prisoner re-entry and the issues that must be addressed for it to be successful within communities. A particular emphasis will be on the re-entry needs of returning offenders and how an effective re-entry program can be initiated and maintained. The principles of effective prisoner re-entry will be examined, along with the role of multiple agencies in producing re-entry outcomes among offenders. The presentation will conclude with the major obstacles facing communities when starting a re-entry program. 

 

View Mr. Stojkovic's slides here.

Congressmen Tom Petri and Dave Obey
04/14/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Former Congressmen Tom Petri from Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District and Dave Obey from Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District will speak to Rotary as part of their Civic Participation Lecture Series on advocacy without partisanship and the state of the current political landscape. This lecture series is supported by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. 

John Franke
04/07/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian John Franke, Partner with Gass Weber Mullins, will speak on “The Price of Political Speech & Campaign Finance Regulation.” John will discuss current Wisconsin campaign finance law, its Constitutional uncertainties, and the difficulties we face in regulating spending in the political arena. John was appointed to the Government Accountability Board (GAB) in June of last year. The GAB is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Wisconsin’s Election and Campaign Finance laws. 

Darienne Driver - State of MPS
03/31/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Darienne Driver, Superintendent for Milwaukee Public Schools, will speak to Rotary about the state of MPS.
 

Kathleen Sebelius - Global Health
03/24/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Kathleen Sebelius, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, will speak on global health. This is a joint program with the Center for International Health as part of the Center’s Dr. John R. Petersen Annual Lectureship Series. We expect a capacity crowd of combined Rotarians and Center attendees, so will be unable to accomodate guests of Rotary members at this program.

Alan Perlstein - M-WERC
03/17/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Alan Perlstein, Executive Director of the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), will share M-WERC’s vision of making the Midwest the leading region in
the United States for the energy, power and control industries, known worldwide for its leading-edge research and technology development in these areas. M-WERC represents one of America’s largest clusters of energy, power and control companies and educational and research institutions. M-WERC acts as a catalyst for growth through technology innovation, advanced research, market development, information sharing, workforce development, and strategic collaboration.

Mayor Tom Barrett - State of the City
03/10/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Mayor Tom Barrett will share his thoughts on Milwaukee and its future one day after delivering his formal State of the City speech.  He will highlight economic development successes, the plans for Milwaukee's streetcar, and how the City is addressing its most vexing challenges.

Rob Henken - Milwaukee K-12 School System
03/03/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum, will discuss a pair of recently released Public Policy Forum reports on K-12 education in Milwaukee.  The first provides a broad overview of Milwaukee’s education landscape, showing overall characteristics in terms of schools, students, teachers, types of schools, demographics, and academic achievement, and breaking down the data among public, private, and charter schools.  The companion report shows how the current education landscape has changed in the past decade and how it compares with a group of “peer” cities.  Henken will summarize the key data findings and comment on policy implications for school improvement efforts in Milwaukee. 

 

View Rob's slides here.

UWM Chancellor Mark Mone
02/24/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Mark Mone, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will talk about the University’s current and expanding partnerships with area business and community groups. UWM has a rich history of these partnerships and was recently named among the nation’s top universities for community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation. UWM is Milwaukee’s university, and together with industry and others, it continues the tradition of making Milwaukee the place where problems are solved and ideas for the future are forged. The University’s School of Freshwater Sciences, School of Public Health, and Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa are uniquely positioned to help propel Milwaukee forward. Chancellor Mone also will discuss how UWM is working with the city, state and region on economic development, addressing the looming talent pipeline shortage, and the impact of the state budget on the UW System and UWM.

 

View the Chancellor's slides here.

Hannah Rosenthal - Religious Freedom and Anti-Semitism
02/17/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Hannah Rosenthal, CEO and president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has spent her career successfully advocating for Jewish causes. She has demonstrated an ability to build relationships within and between communities, creating unique connections with local, national and international influencers. With all that is going on in the world, especially what is happening in Europe , Hannah will discuss anti-Semitism.  She has recently been appointed to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and will talk about religious freedom at large. As an agent for change, Hannah was responsible for a significant new approach to combating anti-Semitism in her most recent position with the State Department, and successfully led CFW through its transition into an advocacy organization. She is leading the reorganization of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation following the agency’s strategic reimagining process.
 

Kurt Bauer & Steve Lyons - Right to Work
02/10/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Kurt Bauer of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Steve Lyons, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Contractor Coalition, will participate in a forum on "Right to Work" in Wisconsin. Moderated by Rotarian Dave Haynes of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club.

Clare Zempel - Economic Outlook
02/03/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Economist and investment strategist Clare Zempel will provide an economic outlook in a program titled, “Economic and Market Outlook 2015-2020: Opportunities and Risks.” Mr. Zempel was an economist for major national firms such as Robert W. Baird and U.S. Bank for more than 30 years and is now principal of Zempel Strategic. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

 

View Mr. Zempel's slides here.

View Mr. Zempel's February newsletter here.

Doug Hagerman - Authentic Conversations About Ethics in the Workplace
01/27/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Doug Hagerman, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Rockwell Automation, will talk about having authentic conversations about ethics in the workplace. When ethics and integrity become part of your culture, they are a differentiator and a competitive advantage.  Authentic conversations about ethics leave no room for doubt that the company and its leaders are serious about doing what is right.  To do this, make it personal, make it relevant, and make it a team sport.  Your organization will then be well on its way to creating a culture of integrity. Rockwell Automation has been named six times as “One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute.     In 2012, the national Better Business Bureau gave their highest honor -- The International Torch Award – to Rockwell Automation for advancing trust and integrity in the marketplace.   

 

View Mr. Hagerman's slides here.

Paul Brophy - Improving Milwaukee
01/20/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Paul C. Brophy, a city planning consultant who specializes in older industrial cities, has been working with city government, M7, and a consortium of foundations on economic growth strategies for the city and metro area and on ways of improving Milwaukee's neighborhoods.  One result of the work is that Mr. Brophy is bullish on the future of Milwaukee, despite the many challenges we face.  Mr. Brophy will present his views on Milwaukee from his national vantage point.

 

View Mr. Brophy's slides here.

Joe Sweeney - Changing Human Behavior
01/13/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Master networker Joe Sweeney has delivered hundreds of keynotes since the release of his New York Times best-selling book, Networking Is a Contact Sport. He heard a consistent refrain from CEOs, vice presidents, business people, and college graduates following his presentations: “Can you help move the needle at our company and improve performance on a consistent basis?” Joe’s latest book, Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free and Get Going in Your Business, Career and Life, is about changing human behavior. Joe will deliver some lessons from Moving the Needle designed to help define goals, focus efforts, and give you tools that will help you get clear, get free and get going in your professional and personal life.

Peter Feigin - Milwaukee Bucks
01/06/15 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

This joint meeting with the Milwaukee Press Club features new Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin, who will be interviewed by a panel of Milwaukee journalists.

NO ROTARY MEETING
12/30/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Happy Holidays!

NO ROTARY MEETING
12/23/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Luncheon
12/16/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon! An open bar hosted by President John will open at 11:30 am for extra conviviality. Our program will feature well-deserved recognition of a few members of our Rotary family and a performance by the Skylight Music Theatre.

Bruce Keyes - Vision for the Harbor District
12/09/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Nearly 100 years ago, civic leaders in Milwaukee began planning and implementing a transformation: the vibrant ecology that was the Milwaukee Estuary became an economic machine, Milwaukee's Inner Harbor.  A century later, only traces of either history remain. The estuary is now an EPA Area of Concern, and many industries have gone, leaving brownfields behind.Identified as a catalytic project in the City's Refresh Milwaukee Plan, the Harbor District is the subject of new efforts at revitalization. Bruce Keyes, Of Cousel with Foley & Lardner, will share the vision for transforming the Harbor District into an economically and ecologically working waterfront.

 

View Mr. Keyes' slides here.

Richard Davidson - Well-Being is a Skill
12/02/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Richard J. Davidson of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver a program titled “Well-being is a skill.” This talk will consider scientific evidence that suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivate habits of mind that will improve well-being.  These include happiness, resilience, compassion and emotional balance.  Each of these characteristics is instantiated in brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can shaped and modified by experience and training.  Mental training to cultivate well-being has profound implications for the workplace including its impact on leadership, creativity, employee health, productivity and collaboration.  

Matt Wisla - Doing Business in China
11/25/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Matthew Wisla spent nine years working in China helping American companies succeed in the world’s most challenging and dynamic market.  He will discuss what businesses large and small need to know in order to win in China today. Also, what it’s like for businesses operating in China and engaging with government bureaucrats, the Communist Party and a host of competitors and challenges. Mr. Wisla co-founded the Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations forum for the American Chamber of Commerce in China and later become the organization’s Vice President of Communications.  Previously he led the Corporate and Government Relations practice in China for the leading global consultancy Fleishman-Hillard.

Charles Franklin & Craig Gilbert - Election Analysis
11/18/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

After one of the most contentious, most expensive and closest gubernatorial races in the nation, join us for expert analysis of the campaign with pollster Charles Franklin of Marquette University Law School and "Wisconsin Voter" columnist Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as they break down who won and why and what is likely to come next. Wisconsin has been one of the most politically divided states in the nation, particularly in the Milwaukee metro area. Will this stark polarization continue? And if it does, what does it mean for citizens? What does it mean for our long tradition of good government?  Rotarian Dave Haynes, Editorial Page Editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will moderate. This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club. 

Timothy McMahon - Catastrophic Catalyst: The Great War and the Twentieth Century
11/11/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In honor of Veterans Day, Timothy G. McMahon, Associate Professor of History at Marquette University, will speak on "Catastrophic Catalyst: The Great War and the Twentieth Century." In the decades after the Great War (1914-1918), a common refrain was that the war had changed everything.  Certainly, when one considers the impact of the war—from the men lost to adaptations on the home fronts to the emergence of new states—observers could make a great case that the uncertainties with which we became familiar in the twentieth century were unleashed by events of those few years.  This talk will highlight three of of the most important, including new state rivalries, the implications of total war, and the unmet desires of people for stable homelands.

Steve Fronk - Local Homeland Security
11/04/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Steve Fronk is the Director of the Milwaukee Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as well as the point of contact (POC) for the Southeast Wisconsin Urban Area Security Initiative.  As such he manages and oversees collaborative efforts concerning disaster prevention, response and recovery in a 5 county region including Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties.  In his presentation to Rotary, Steve will give an overview of EMHS and what do they do, and talk about what individuals can do to take care of themselves and their families, as well as what businesses can do in order to stay in business when a disaster hits.

 

Review Mr. Fronk's slides here.

Ambassador Thomas McNamara - American Global Strategy
10/28/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The Cold War was a strategic success for the United States and its allies, but since 9/11 we have been challenged, not by global threats, but by multiple, regional instabilities, which collectively disrupt the global order and call into question the rule sets and institutions – largely the product of U.S. initiatives -- that have functioned for six decades. These challenges require a fundamental re-evaluation of American Global Strategy to confront the very different world of the 21st Century. Join us for a program by Ambassador Thomas McNamara, former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Ambassador to Colombia, Special Assistant to the President, Ambassador-at-Large and Senior Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor to The Secretary of State.  His postings overseas include Colombia, Soviet Union, Congo, and France.

 

Read Ambassador McNamara's remarks from the luncheon.

UN Day - Joe Cirincione of Ploughshares Fund
10/21/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

US and Iranian negotiators may be just weeks away from an historic agreement to contain and limit Iran's nuclear program.  But the region is now thrust into new wars and shifting alliances as ISIS militants pour out of a disintegrating Syria, laying claim to vast tracts of Iraq.  The United States finds itself in a de facto tactical alliance with Iran as Revolutionary Guard forces fight ISIS on the ground while US airpower strikes from above. Can ISIS be stopped? Will negotiators strike a deal before the November 24 deadline?  Can any deal truly prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb? Would a deal open the door to a broader U.S.-Iranian rapprochement?  Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary Jon Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, tracks this issues closely and will share his answers to these and other crucial questions.

 

The A.D. Robertson Fund of the United Nations is a special fund within the RCM Community Trust created by the family of past president Robbie Robertson to provide educational programming to Rotarians and the community about the humanitarian and peace building work of the United Nations. This program will honor the 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

 

Futher Reading:

Time is right for U.S.-Iran arms deal - Op ed by Joe Cirincione in the October 18th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Read Doves want nuke cuts back on agenda - Politico Pro article from October 16th

Dr. Steve Duncan - Impact of Stem Cells on Treating Disease
10/14/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Stem cells can now be easily made from any individual patient. We also now can turn these stem cells into most of the cell types that make up the body including nerve cells, heart cells, and liver cells. Although stem cells could offer an inexhaustible supply of ‘spare parts’ that could be used to repair damaged tissues, as is the case for diabetes and Parkinsons, a lot of work still needs to be done before stem cell transplants become routine. Stem cells, however, have other uses that can have immediate impact on treating disease. Dr. Steve Duncan, Marcus Professor of Human and Molecular Genetics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and director of MCW’s Program in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology, will explain how stem cells can mimic complex human diseases in the laboratory and offer a new way to identify drugs that can be used to treat disease in patients.

 

View Dr. Duncan's slides here.

Tim Sheehy - Entertainment & Cultural Needs Task Force
10/07/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

MMAC President Tim Sheehy will speak on the findings and potential outcomes of the Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force. Comprising 50 community leaders from Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, the task force was launched in late 2013 in response to two developments: the NBA announcement that the BMO Harris Bradley Center no longer meets league requirements and a Public Policy Forum report that found other signature regional assets  – most notably the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts -- are also at risk due to chronic capital shortfalls. 

 

View Mr. Sheehy's slides here.

County Executive Chris Abele
09/30/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

County Executive Chris Abele will speak to Rotary about his vision and upcoming budget for Milwaukee County. 

Frank Krejci - STRATTEC
09/23/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

STRATTEC was formed 20 years ago as an independent public company by being spun off of Briggs & Stratton.  Its 3200 employees just completed a record year of sales and profit sharing, now just a few years after its automotive customers were in bankruptcy.  President and CEO Frank Krejci will describe efforts to expand its products and global presence through a unique partnership called VAST.  In addition, STRATTEC is redefining its business for growth and diversification through initiatives like biometric security products and contract manufacturing of zinc die casting from its Milwaukee facility. 

 

View Mr. Krejci's slides here.

Mark Niehaus - Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
09/16/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

After fifteen years as principal trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Mark Niehaus was appointed President and Executive Director of the orchestra in 2012. This move from the stage to the executive suite was unprecedented in a major American orchestra and garnered national attention. Mark will discuss his transition from artist to administrator and address the future challenges for Wisconsin’s largest performing arts organization, as well as engage in a broader conversation about the important role the arts play in attracting creative, young urban talent. 

 

View Mr. Niehaus' slides here.

Chris Layden - Manpower Employment Outlook Survey
09/09/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Chris Layden, Managing Director of Experis, part of ManpowerGroup, is an expert on the local job scene. He will share what’s on the horizon for hiring in Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and the nation with an overview of the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. ManpowerGroup’s comprehensive quarterly forecast of employer hiring plans has been running for more than 50 years and is one of the most trusted surveys of employment activity in the world. Chris will present the hiring forecast for the fourth quarter, offering a first look at year-end hiring expectations. 

 

View Mr. Layden's slides here.

Congressman Paul Ryan
09/02/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

A panel of Milwaukee journalists will interview Congressman Paul Ryan on Tuesday, September 2nd in a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club. We expect a capacity crowd at this lunch, so Rotary guests must be registered by Thursday, August 28th. We will have space for 25 Rotary guests, with further guests placed on a waiting list.

Susan Happ - Democratic Candidate for Attorney General
08/26/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian Nancy Sennett, Partner at Foley & Lardner, will lead a conversation with Susan Happ, Democratic candidate for Attorney General.

Nick Turkal - New Statewide Health Care Partnership
08/19/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

As we know just from seeing the news every day, health care is undergoing rapid and fundamental change.  Provider organizations recognize that employers and consumers today are looking for high-quality, cost-effective and convenient care that meets their lifestyles. Delivering this basic value proposition in a time when resources are scarcer than ever and there is uncertainty about the regulatory environment would be a challenge for any enterprise.  Dr. Nick Turkal, CEO of Aurora Health Care, will discuss his views on meeting these challenges, specifically via partnerships like the new six system statewide strategic network announced on August 6.

Ian Abston & Corry Joe Biddle - Today's Millenials
08/12/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The future success of cities lie in the hands of the next generation of leaders, today's millenials.  The cities that will come out ahead will adjust their thinking to attract, retain, and empower these millenials.  To build a city for the next generation, it's important to understand the needs of millenials today, and the trends that will keep them here tomorrow.  Ian Abston, Founder of NEWaukee, and Corry Joe Biddle, Executive Director of FUEL Milwaukee, run organizations that help attract this talent to Milwaukee.  They will help us understand Milwaukee's need for talent, and how today's leaders can work together to keep them here.   

 

View Ian & Corry Joe's slides here.

Brad Schimel - Republican Candidate for Attorney General
08/05/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

RCM President Elect Dan Vliet will lead a conversation with the Republican candidate for Attorney General, Brad Schimel. Rotary will hold a conversation with the Democratic candidate in September.

Bill Burnett - Global Cities Initiative
07/29/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Bill Burnett, Director of the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) for the M7 region will talk about the impact this initiative will have on the region and how Rotary may play a key role in creating success for the people who live here. The fundamental GCI goal is to develop a globally fluent region, rich in international business capabilities, where global engagement informs our plans for economic growth.  By growing the international marketplace for our goods and services we seek to create a more robust and sustainable economy and thereby improve the lives of the people living in the M7 region.

 

View Mr. Burnett's slides here.

Reed Hall - Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
07/22/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Reed Hall, CEO and Secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), will present an overview of the history and operations of WEDC. He will outline WEDC’s areas of emphasis, areas of concern with the conversion from the former Department of Commerce, audits, and changes made at WEDC.  In addition, Mr. Hall will discuss: the vehicles available to assist Wisconsin businesses and communities and the jobs impacted; the recruitment of Amazon to Kenosha County; WEDC activities going forward; and changing perceptions of Wisconsin.

 

View Mr.Hall's slides here.

Gary Grunau - a Vision for Downtown Milwaukee
07/15/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Gary Grunau is a prolific and award-winning developer of the urban scene, instrumental in many of southeastern Wisconsin’s most innovative urban projects,  including the Wisconsin Center, Time Warner, Manpower’s World Headquarters, Schlitz Park, Discovery World, Milwaukee RiverWalk and the Hyatt Regency. Using Schlitz Park as an indicator of change, Gary will describe Milwaukee’s 30 year evolution, dissecting both successes and missed opportunities. Looking ahead, he will share his vision of projects that can propel Milwaukee forward or, in their absence, cause it to stagnate and slide. Gary is well known for sharing his opinion on current affairs so we can expect his entertaining insight on these projects. 

 

View Gary's slides here.

Teig Whaley-Smith - Park East
07/08/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Teig Whaley-Smith was appointed by County Executive Abele as the Economic Development Director in 2013.  Milwaukee County's Economic Development Department is responsible for the delivery of land and economic data, together with managing the County's significant Real Estate Portfolio, including Milwaukee County Grounds, the Park East and properties near the Lakefront.  Director Whaley-Smith will provide an overview of the role Milwaukee County plays in economic development and provide an update on the recently announced Park East RFP.

NO ROTARY MEETING
07/01/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

There will be no Rotary luncheon on July 1st.

Toast of President Kathie
06/24/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate the end of President Kathie’s term as RCM president at our 2014 Toast!

Marc Lasry - Milwaukee Bucks
06/23/14 7:15 AM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club will present a joint breakfast program featuring Marc Lasry, new co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, on Monday, June 23, from 7:15 to 9 am in the Memorial Hall at the War Memorial Center. Lasry will be interviewed by a panel of Milwaukee journalists at the breakfast. Lasry and business partner Wesley Edens recently acquired the Bucks from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl for $550 million. Lasry is the chairman, chief executive officer and a co-founder of Avenue Capital Group. Founded in 1995, Avenue is a global investment firm with over $13 billion of assets under management. Avenue maintains its headquarters in New York with offices in London, Luxembourg, Munich and throughout Asia.
 
Rotarians must register in advance for this special joint program, which is outside of our usual luncheons. The cost is $20 for Rotarians and guests; RSVP to Liz by June 18th. The fee will be added to your next Rotary invoice. 

Paul Upchurch - Wisconsin Center Expansion Study
06/17/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The expansion of the Wisconsin Center, along with the potential development of an entertainment district that connects it to a new arena, have been much discussed recently in the local media. Rotarian Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, will discuss the conclusions of the recent study commissioned by VISIT Milwaukee and the WCD that examined the Milwaukee market and the feasibility of expanding the Wisconsin Center. He will also discuss trends in new convention center expansions and why energizing the area around the Wisconsin Center is important to attracting more convention business.

Rotary Person of the Year
06/10/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us as we honor Nan Gardetto as the 2014 Rotary Person of the Year. Read more about Nan’s contributions to making Milwaukee a better place to live and work in a June newsletter article.

 

Read Nan's remarks here.

MacArthur Memorial Week - David Black
06/03/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

History scholar David Black will present on the alliance between Australian Socialist Prime Minister John Joseph Curtin and General Douglas MacArthur, which paved the way for the defeat of Japan to end World War II. Mr. Black is currently an advisor to the West Australian Parliament in Perth, West Australia. He taught Australian history and politics for over 30 years at Curtin University in Perth and is a historical consultant for the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library. This is the first of several programs presented by Mr. Black during MacArthur Memorial Week, June 3-7, 2014.

Tom Shriner - Wisconsin Supreme Court Reform
05/27/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Recently the Wisconsin Supreme Court has generated media attention focusing on its dysfunctional workings and the nastiness of its election campaigns, rather than its true judicial function. Tom Shriner, Partner at Foley & Lardner, will talk about a State Bar plan to address two serious problems currently harming the court: public perception that the desire to be re-elected undercuts judicial independence, and lack of collegiality. The Bar proposes to amend the state constitution to elect justices to 16-year terms (instead of 10) but limit them to a single term. Tom will tell us why the Bar believes this measure will help remedy these problems. 

 

Read the full Judicial Task Force Report.

Therese J. McGuire - Economic Incentives
05/20/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Economic incentives are a hot topic in recent headlines…but, do these initiatives really work for economic development? Is there a better play for state policymakers? Therese J. McGuire, Kellogg Professor of Management and Strategy, presents some fascinating insights about tax incentives and other approaches to economic development. Professor McGuire’s expertise includes state and local public finance, fiscal decentralization, property tax limitations, education finance, and regional economic development. She has written about and worked with numerous governments on state tax reform and on the impact of taxes on economic growth. In addition to her role as Professor of Management and Strategy at Kellogg, she serves as Director of the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research and Kellogg’s Real Estate Program, and will begin a three-year term as Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum and Teaching in summer 2014. This is a joint meeting with the Kellogg Alumni Club of Wisconsin.

 

View Prof. McGuire's slides here.

Armed Forces Day - Gary Kunich & Delon Powell
05/13/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate Armed Forces Week with Rotary. We will begin with music by the Navy Band Great Lakes and the posting of the colors. Our luncheon presenters are Gary Kunich, Public Affairs Officer for the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, and Delon Powell, an Iraq and Afghanistan outreach counselor for the Center.

Mary Burke, Democratic Candidate for Governor
05/06/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Past President Rick White, Vice President, Corporate Communication, We Energies, will lead a conversation with Mary Burke, Democratic candidate for governor. This is a joint meeting with the Milwaukee Press Club.

French Ambassador to the United States François Delattre
04/29/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Ambassador François Delattre will talk about France and its unique relationship with the US as illustrated by the success of the recent State visit of President Hollande. He will address the different challenges our two countries are facing together as friends, allies and partners – international crises, terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, climate change and promotion of economic growth. He will also stress the dynamism of our bilateral economic relationship and our growing cooperation in the fields of science, research and education. Last but not least, he will explain why a successful negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is so important for both the EU and the US.

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire - Women on Corporate Boards
04/22/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The percentage of women on corporate boards has been stuck at 16% for the last several years. Global and national factors now make this the best time to significantly increase that percentage. Independent research from trusted sources makes the business case for gender-balanced boards, which outperform companies with all-male boards on a host of measures. Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, president of Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search, will cover how women (and men) can become board-ready and how organizations like 2020 Women on Boards and Woman Corporate Directors are increasing awareness, along with what CEOs, institutional investors, and shareholders can do to support the addition of more women on corporate boards. This is a joint program with Milwaukee Women inc and TEMPO.

Susan Lloyd - Zilber Neighborhood Initiative
04/15/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Every business has its own language—and the business of philanthropy is no different. Rotarian Susan Lloyd, PhD, executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation, will talk about “strategic philanthropy.” She will explain how making an impact through charitable giving has more to do with strategy and risk-taking than gift size …that it’s more about what you know and how you know it, than about having all the answers…more about the connections and partnerships that unfold, than about knowing the right people. Using the Foundation’s strategy to improve the quality of community life as one example, Susan will discuss what’s worked, what hasn’t, what’s next, and why it’s important to the city’s future.

Allen L. Leverett, President of We Energies
04/08/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

We take electricity and the grid that delivers it to us for granted. But the electric grid is a complex machine with many moving parts…some of which are changing all the time. Allen Leverett, president of Wisconsin Energy Corp. and executive vice president of We Energies, will give us an overview of how the grid works, the role of renewable energy, and why it may be time to rethink how we value the grid.

 

View Mr. Leverett's slides here.

Rich Meeusen - Milwaukee Water Council
04/01/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

With a mission to advance Milwaukee's position as a world water center, Rich Meeusen will provide an overview of the work of The Water Council in economic, talent and technology development centered on water technology.  In particular, Mr. Meeusen will describe one of the Council’s most pioneering initiatives, the renovation of a seven-story warehouse in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood into a water research and business accelerator center.  The facility houses water research facilities for universities, existing water technology companies and emerging water entrepreneurs. This is a joint program with the Kellogg Alumni Club of Wisconsin. 

Common Council President Michael Murphy
03/25/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Michael Murphy, recently elected Common Council President following Willie Hines’ resignation, will talk about the opportunities and challenges facing the Milwaukee Common Council.

Rob Henken - Dedicated Funding Possibilities for Milwaukee's Cultural & Entertainment Assets
03/18/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum, will present the second phase of the Forum’s research on Milwaukee’s cultural and entertainment assets.  Phase II focuses on the distinct dedicated funding approaches employed by five metro areas to support their assets, and creates a series of  models that show how those approaches hypothetically could be applied in Milwaukee County.  In addition to describing the distinct funding approaches and sharing the results of the Forum’s modeling, Henken will discuss the pros and cons of different revenue mechanisms and how they would impact the local tax burden in Milwaukee.    

 

View Mr. Henken's slides here.

Alan Borsuk - Education in Milwaukee
03/11/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Alan Borsuk has been following and writing about the education scene in Milwaukee and beyond for about 20 years. He was an education reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel until 2009. Since then, as senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette Law School, he continues to write a Sunday column for the Journal Sentinel about education. Ina conversation with Dave Edwards, General Manager of WUWM , Alan will share observations on the departure of MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton, the future of MPS, accountability for schools of all kinds in Milwaukee, the Common Core controversies, and anything else members want to discuss. He will even attempt to correctly define what a charter school is.  

Dr. John Felmy - Domestic Energy Policies
03/04/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Dr. John Felmy, Chief Economist of the American Petroleum Institute, one the nation’s foremost experts on energy, the environment and economics, will discuss the effects of America’s domestic energy policies on our nation’s long-term economic prosperity.  Separating fact from fiction, Dr. Felmy addresses what has been reported by the media in recent years and highlights the latest research and data as it relates to safely extracting, producing and using energy derived from domestic sources. His presentation will also highlight the unique role of Wisconsin in our nation’s effort to become energy independent given the state’s abundance of silica sand used in the hydraulic fracturing process in places like Texas and North Dakota, as well as our manufacturing companies. 

Mark Clements - Milwaukee Rep
02/25/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In his 4th season as the Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Repertory theater, Mark Clements’ artistic choices have brought new vitality to the Rep’s 3 stages. Box
Office revenues have increased by 20%, and new patrons are walking through the doors to experience these exceptional productions. Simultaneously, the Rep’s Education Program has also expanded its oerings to serve 244 schools. Mark will share his artistic vision for e Rep and his desire to promote Milwaukee as an artistic destination.

Jay Timmons - Manufacturing in 2014 and Beyond
02/18/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Washington continues to disrupt manufacturers’ efforts to strengthen the economy and create jobs. But, beneath this uncertainty is pent-up optimism. Low-cost energy in the United States and improving economic conditions abroad are giving manufacturers hope that a lasting recovery is in reach—if only policymakers in Washington seize this opportunity to enact pro-growth policies. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons will discuss the unique opportunities and challenges facing the manufacturing economy and the solutions that will unleash manufacturers’ economic might in Wisconsin and nationwide. Timmons will focus on trade, energy, workforce and other key policies needed from Washington to improve manufacturing competitiveness in 2014 and beyond.

The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Visit www.nam.org.
 

Mike Paddock - Rotary Guatemala Project
02/11/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian Mike Paddock, Senior Program Manager at CH2M HILL, will talk about the partnership that Rotary and Engineers Without Borders have forged to engage in a significant Guatemala water project. This project is funded by the Philip W. Orth Family Fund, a fund within the RCM Community Trust, the JM Kohler Family Foundation, and a Rotary International global grant.

 

View Mike's slides here.

Dan Keegan & Dave Drent - Milwaukee Art Museum and War Memorial Center
02/04/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Dan Keegan, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Dave Drent, Executive Director of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, will share the renovation designs for their buildings.

 

See the renderings of planned improvements for the Milwaukee County War Memorial here.  Designs for the Milwaukee Art Museum reonnovations are still under consideration and therefore confidential.

Dick Campbell - Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic
01/28/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In 1914, the Endurance, a sailing ship under the command of Sir Ernest Shackleton, set sail for Antarctica. The objective of the expedition was to drop off a landing party at Vahsel Bay on the Weddell Sea, who would then attempt to cross the Antarctic Continent overland to the South Pole and then to the Ross Sea. In October, 1915, still 85 miles from the drop-off point, the ship was trapped in ice floes, then crushed and sank, leaving the crew stranded on the ice. For many months Shackleton and his 27 crewmen, drifting on ice floes, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world. Oshkosh Rotarian Dick Campbell, a long-time student of history, will share this magnificent story of leadership in time of crisis, and one of history’s greatest epics of survival. 

Mike Plant - the Sport of Speedskating
01/21/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The USOC, US Speedskating, international cycling, and major league baseball: Mike Plant has been a leader in all of those, and each would be a fascinating topic. Milwaukee has a singular legacy in speedskating on the former outdoor Olympic Oval, where Mike trained for the 1980 Winter Games, and, since 1992, in the Pettit Center. On the “eve” of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Mike will share his candid perspective on the sport of speedskating, his recruitment to be President of the US Speedskating Board, the role of the Pettit Center, plus his experience as US Chef de Mission for the 2010 Winter Games.

 

A December 28th article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles four Olympic hopefuls with Wisconsin ties - a timely read before our January speedskating program.

Rob Henken - Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Study
01/14/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum, will present his organization’s comprehensive analysis of the financial and physical needs of public and privately-owned arts, cultural, recreational, and entertainment institutions in Milwaukee County.  The report, which was released in mid-December, has received widespread media attention and is being used to inform the deliberations of a special task force that will be considering new strategies to support the region’s cultural and entertainment assets.  Rob’s presentation will summarize the study’s key findings and explain how those findings may impact specific funding approaches and governance structures the community may wish to consider.  

 

view Rob's slides here.

Mike Knetter - 2014 Economic Outlook
01/07/14 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Mike Knetter, President and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, will provide a short term and long term outlook for both the US and Wisconsin economies.  He will also identify the major risks to his forecast and some thoughts on the most helpful policy actions that could increase our standard of living nationally and locally.

 

View Mr. Knetter's slides here.

NO ROTARY MEETING
12/31/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Happy Holidays!

NO ROTARY MEETING
12/24/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Happy Holidays!

Rotary Holiday Luncheon
12/17/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon! Cash bar will open at 11:30 am for extra conviviality. We will honor Past President Bill Randall with a Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a performance by the Skylight Theater.

State Representative Sandy Pasch
12/10/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

President Kathie will lead a conversation with Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D - Shorewood) about efforts in the State Legislature to address complex mental health issues facing our state.  Having recently served as the Vice-Chair of a Speaker's Task Force on Mental Health, Representative Pasch will discuss the task force recommendations and current status of relevant legislation

Milwaukee Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux
12/03/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The City of Milwaukee’s top development official has focused a lot of his attention recently on the city’s downtown lakefront.  The neighborhood immediately around Milwaukee’s  War Memorial Center set for a major makeover – complete with new office buildings, a hotel/apartment high-rise, easier access to some of the waterfront’s most popular attractions, and a city/state plan to relocate freeway off ramps.  Commissioner Rocky Marcoux will provide a first-hand account outlining the project’s details and the collaboration that made it possible.

 

See Mr. Marcoux's slides here.

Mike Mervis & Kurt Chandler - Joe Zilber's Memoir
11/26/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

An extraordinary entrepreneur and one of America’s leading philanthropists, Joe Zilber started a small real estate company in 1949 which he built in to a thriving multi-million dollar real estate enterprise. After 60 years in business, Zilber turned his attention to philanthropy. Milwaukee Magazine editor Kurt Chandler held extensive interviews with Zilber before the developer's death in 2010, and on October 10th Marquette University Press published Zilber’s story of deals well done and of a life well lived in the memoir How I Built an Empire & Gave it Away. Rotarian Mike Mervis, who served for over 35 years as a special assistant to Mr. Zilber, recently retired as  vice president of Zilber Ltd and is a member of the Board of the Zilber Family Foundation, will lead a conversation with Chandler at Rotary on November 26th.

 

See Mike's program photo slides here.

Paula Kerger - Public Broadcasting System
11/19/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Paula A. Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with more than 350 member stations throughout the country. Ms. Kerger joined PBS as its sixth president and chief executive in March 2006. Since her arrival, Ms. Kerger has made particularly strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, high-quality content for education, diversity, and the use of new technology to bring public media into the lives of all Americans.

Paula Davis-Laack - Building Resilience in the Military
11/12/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Stress and resilience expert Paula Davis-Laack will speak about “Building Resilience in the Military” in honor of Veteran’s Day. When Davis-Laack’s grandfather fought in WWII, his life changed forever.  He fought on the beaches of Normandy and even though he earned a Purple Heart for his bravery, he struggled in the following decades as he tried to cope with all that he experienced.  Today’s soldiers now have additional tools at their disposal, a set of skills that build mental toughness and resilience. Davis-Laack will talk about what resilience is and her work with the military, discussing the many lessons she has learned in working with soldiers. 

 

Download Ms. Davis-Laack's slides here.

John Hammond - Milwaukee Bucks
11/05/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Bucks GM John Hammond will dish about what’s new for the Milwaukee Bucks  - 11 new players, all new coaches, and an exciting new season about to start.  

Dr. Steve Hargarten - Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue
10/29/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Gun violence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the United States is a major cause of death and disability.  It is the leading cause of death for young African-American males.
It is critically important that all sectors of civil society be actively engaged to address and reduce this disease burden This presentation will outline ways that we can work together towards the goals of reducing gun violence and making all of  our communities safe and healthy Using the public health model, Dr. Steve Hargarten of the Medical College of Wisconsin will present specific examples of how we can work towards building safer communities.

 

Download Dr. Hargarten's PowerPoint here.

Ambassador Joan Prince - UN Day
10/22/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian Joan Prince, Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement at UW-Milwaukee, will share her experiences as the senior advisor to the State Department, Ambassador and public delegate that represented the United States to the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations.  As the occupant of the US Chair during that Assembly, Joan will present an up close and personal lens of the work and impact of the United States Mission to the UN.  Special emphasis will also be placed on the work of Rotary International and the utilization of the Four-Way test in global decision making.

 

The A.D. Robertson Fund of the United Nations is a special fund within the RCM Community Trust created by the family of past president Robbie Robertson to provide educational programming to Rotarians and the community about the humanitarian and peace building work of the United Nations. This program will honor the 68th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

 

Download Dr. Prince's PowerPoint here.

Chip Duncan - the Legacy of Ronald Reagan's Presidency
10/15/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

After a generation of scholarly study, the long term legacy of Ronald Reagan’s presidency is taking shape.  Filmmaker Chip Duncan explores that legacy in a 3-part series now airing nationwide on public television.  "The Reagan Presidency" documentary includes interviews with notable scholars, policy makers and cabinet members featuring a broad spectrum of insights and political perspectives.  Duncan and his team offer new insights into Reagan's domestic and foreign policies, especially those related to the Cold War and decisions made in the Middle East.  Interview subjects include Condoleezza Rice, Paul Volcker, Sandra Day O'Connor, Walter Mondale, Douglas Brinkley, Reza Aslan and more.

John Schlifske, CEO of Northwestern Mutual
10/08/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

For many years, the focus on achieving business success has been told from a single point of view: how can a company or institution become great? But there’s another story beyond this story. When a company or institution reaches a position of excellence, where does it go from there? How does it remain at the top? Please join us October 8 as John Schlifske talks about some challenges of leading Northwestern Mutual to continue growing, from its own strong position, during times of economic change. In a more universal way, listen as Northwestern’s Chairman, President and CEO talks about “How Great Companies Can Remain Great.”          

County Executive Chris Abele
10/01/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will discuss his proposed 2014 budget as well as his overall vision for Milwaukee County.

Live @ the Arboretum
09/24/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum

Join us in celebrating the opening of the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum! 15 and 30 minute tours will be available before and after our picnic lunch & short celebratory program. Valet parking available and a shuttle from the War Memorial will be available upon request. More info coming soon!

Companies That Have Thrived For 100 Years or More
09/17/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us for a centennial conversation with Rotarian representatives of companies with a more than 100-year history - Tom Bentley (Bentley World Packaging), Nancy Sennett (Foley & Lardner) and Fritz Usinger (Fred Usinger, Inc). 

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn
09/10/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotarian David Haynes, Editorial Page Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will lead a conversation with Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn. This is a joint program of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Ken Leinbach - the Partnership that Built the Arboretum
09/03/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Ken Leinbach, Executive Director of the Urban Ecology Center, will talk about the soon-to-open Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum. 

Paul Jones - A.O. Smith and Milwaukee Water Council
08/27/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Paul Jones, Chairman and CEO of A.O. Smith and co-founder of the Milwaukee Water Council, will tell the story of how the Water Council came to be and a summary of its successes to date. He will also share the A. O. Smith story over the past 139 years and how the company has survived and thrived by using innovation to re-invent itself several times, transforming from a manufacturer of baby buggy parts to a leading global water technology company.

Rotary District 6270 Governor Dan Christianson
08/20/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotary District 6270 Governor Dan Christianson will discuss our Rotary district  and expand upon on the Rotary theme for this year.

Barbara Brown Lee - Milwaukee Art Museum Layton Collection
08/13/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

British-born businessman Frederick Layton decided to build an art gallery near Cathedral Square for his adopted city of Milwaukee. When the Layton Art Gallery opened in 1888, it laid the foundation for what would become the Milwaukee Art Museum. This year the Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates its founding and its years of growth and adventure through three anniversary exhibitions. Barbara Brown Lee, Chief Educator at the Milwaukee Art Museum, will discuss the Layton Collection at Rotary on August 13th.

 

View Barbara's slides here.

Tim Sheehy - Keep Milwaukee a Big League City
08/06/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Tim Sheehy, President of the MMAC, will discuss his group's work to help keep Milwaukee a big league city, including the need to address the future of the BMO HARRIS Bradley Center and the metro area's other cultural attractions. Last year, the MMAC spearheaded the Champions of the Community, an $18 million effort to provide a bridge to a new Downtown multipurpose entertainment facility, and now the MMAC has just formed a community task force to look at the issue of keeping Milwaukee as a top tier community and how a new facility fits into that vision. Tim will update our group on this important community effort.

 

View Mr. Sheehy's slides here.

Joe Sweeney - Networking is a Contact Sport
07/30/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Joe Sweeney is the New York Times Best Selling author of Networking Is a Contact Sport. Joe takes the anxiety out of networking by helping people understand that networking is really about giving, not getting. Over the course of his 30-year career Joe has served on 28 Boards of Directors, was President of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and has owned more than 12 companies—including the sports marketing agency Sports Marketing Group, which he founded when three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre signed on as the first client. Today, in addition to his work as an equity partner and investment banker with Corporate Financial Advisors, Joe travels the country as an author and speaker, sharing his experiences and teaching business owners, high-achieving professionals—and anyone who wants to realize that next, big, wild, audacious goal—his time-tested habits for create meaningful connections that will bring them success throughout their life.

 

Marcus White - "Vital Signs" Report
07/23/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

We often hear observations about our region’s strengths and challenges. Frequently, these observations are based on perception. Vital Signs: Benchmarking Metro Milwaukee
provides us with facts, a new, objective look at our region’s standing compared to 15 other regions. Whether our interests are primarily related to education, economic matters, or who we are as the people of southeastern Wisconsin, Vital Signs provides a comprehensive look at the quality of life in the region. This presentation by Marcus White, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Vice President of Community Partnerships, will examine highlights of the report and proposed “next steps” for our region and its leaders. 

 

View the Greater Milwaukee Foundation slides here.

Dr. Howard Jacob - "My DNA, Your DNA - What do you Want to Know?"
07/16/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In 2010 Dr. Howard Jacob led a team of researchers at the Medical College who used an innovative DNA sequencing technique to unravel the medical mystery of Nicholas Volker, a young boy whose life-threatening disease had baffled his doctors. Nicholas’ DNA was used to diagnose his disease and find a course of treatment, which has so far been successful.  Now three years later 22 more patients have been sequenced and their DNA analyzed. Dr. Jacob has had his DNA sequenced. With breast cancer in his family, does he carry the gene?  Do his daughters want to know? As the price drops, reading your DNA will be part of your medical care.  Are you ready?  Do you want this?  These questions and others will be discussed as part of Dr. Jacob’s presentation.

Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers
07/09/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Those working for the Criminal Justice System take risks every day, from the police officer on the street, to the Judge in Court, to the probation officer with the Department of Corrections. Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers believes these decisions are best made by incorporating sound professional judgment with the latest research on risk and needs assessment. Chief Judge Kremers will be talking about Milwaukee's collaborative efforts to use evidence based decision making in our Criminal Justice System.

 

Review Judge Kremers' PowerPoint slides here.

NO ROTARY MEETING
07/02/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Happy 4th of July!

Toast of President Rick
06/25/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate the end of President Rick’s term as RCM centennial president at our 2013 Toast!

 

Read the full program with rememberances by all our living Past Presidents here.

Lee Swindall and John Brandt - Wisconsin Economic Future Study
06/18/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Wisconsin has key industries driving its economy, and requires strategies to leverage growth. Lee Swindall, with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and John Brandt with the Manufacturing Performance Institute, will unveil the results of the Wisconsin Economic Future Study. The study compares changes in Wisconsin key industries to a report done in 2005. This study lays the groundwork for public and private strategies to improve the state’s performance by focusing on the driver industries that are the most competitive and have the greatest potential for national and global prominence.

Rotary Person of the Year - Steve Marcus
06/11/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us in celebrating the 2013 Rotary Person of the Year recipient, Steve Marcus. Read more about Mr. Marcus here.

Jerry Apps - Life with Polio
06/04/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrated rural historian and author Jerry Apps will share stories from his newest and most personal book “Limping through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir.” Jerry was hard-working 12-year-old farm kid when he contracted polio on winter. Though the disease crippled part of his body, Apps will share how polio strengthened him as well, fortifying his attitudes toward hard work and rural living, and setting him on the path to becoming a writer. Apps will also share some history of the polio epidemic in Wisconsin, which hit the Fox River Valley where Jerry lived particularly hard after World War II.

Matt Levatich - Harley-Davidson
05/28/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Matt Levatich has been on two wheels of some kind for most of his life. The dirt bikes of his youth have become Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the coolest bikes on any road, but especially in their hometown of Milwaukee. The President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Matt, a graduate of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management,  will share information on all things Harley-Davidson, including the company’s 110th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee this August. This is a joint program with the Kellogg Alumni Club of Wisconsin.

John Torinus - Stewardship of our Natural Resources in the State of Wisconsin
05/21/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

John Torinus will speak about stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources. He serves on the board of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and is a former Chair of the Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.  Mr. Torinus has served as business editor and columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as his hometown paper, The Daily News in West Bend, Wisconsin, where he served as editor and general manager for 11 years. For 20 years he was CEO of Wisconsin-based Serigraph Inc., a graphics parts manufacturer with ownership in ten plants in the U.S., Mexico, China and India. Read his recent blog post about stewardship here.

Armed Forces Day - Honor Flight
05/14/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Celebrate Armed Forces Week with Rotary on May 14th. We will begin with a music by 2002 Miss Wisconsin Jayme Dawicki and the posting of the colors. Our luncheon presenters are Joe Dean and Renee Riddle of the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight, an organization supported by the RCM Community Trust. Stars & Stripes Honor Flight flies WWII, Korean War and terminally ill veterans from other conflicts to Washington, DC to visit their memorials. The program will also include clips from the recent Honor Flight feature film.

Bob McGinn - Covering the Green Bay Packers
05/07/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Bob McGinn has been covering the Green Bay Packers for almost 30 years; first at the Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1984-1991 and now at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is author of The Ultimate Super Bowl Book, which has been called the definitive work on the game. Mr. McGinn will discuss his background, how he covers the team, and the most recent NFL draft. This is a joint meeting with the Milwaukee Press Club.

Mayor Tom Barrett - State of the City
04/30/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will reflect on the state of the City, including current threats and opportunities.

 

View the Mayor's PowerPoint slides here.

Richard Thieme - the "Milwaukee Malaise"
04/23/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In an op ed in the January 24th edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Richard Thieme wrote about the “Milwaukee Malaise.” Mr. Thieme, a resident of Milwaukee for 25 years, is an author and professional speaker focused on the deeper implications of technology, religion, and science for twenty-first century life.  He will expand upon the theory set forth in his op ed and discuss proactive responses.

Canadian Ambassador to the UN Guillermo Rishchynski
04/16/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Guillermo Rishchynski, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, will have a conversation with President Rick about the United Nations’ role in several of the current crises facing our world today. Ambassador Rishchynski has served abroad in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Amman, Melbourne, Jakarta, and Chicago. He was Ambassador to Colombia from 1999 to 2002; Ambassador to Brazil 2005-2007; and Ambassador to Mexico 2007 to 2011. In Ottawa, he has served the Department of External Affairs and International Trade as deputy director, Latin America and Caribbean Trade Division, and director, Team Canada Task Force. Guests and visiting Rotarians are welcome free of charge to this luncheon, courtesy of the A.D. Robertson Fund for the United Nations.

County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic - reforming Milwaukee Government
04/09/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board Marina Dimitrijevic will provide a different perspective on Rep. Sanfilippo’s bill aimed at reforming Milwaukee County Government.

Representative Joe Sanfelippo - Reforming Milwaukee County Government
04/02/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Until the time the county executive office was created around 1960, the county board was responsible for running the daily operations of county government. Recognizing the problems caused when there are "too many cooks in the kitchen" the Legislature created the executive form of county government. However, some people believe that they failed to clearly define the responsibilities between the board and the executive. Representative Joe Sanfelippo recently introduced a bill aimed at reforming Milwaukee County government by clearing up the ambiguous statutes, and will join us at Rotary to share his perspective.

UWM Chancellor Michael R. Lovell
03/26/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is dynamically growing in new and innovative ways that are not limited to its traditional home on Milwaukee’s East Side. The university’s expansion projects throughout the metro area, enrollment initiatives beyond the boundaries of Wisconsin and academic growth online all signal a new era for Wisconsin’s second-largest university. Michael R. Lovell, who became UWM’s eighth chancellor in 2011, will share the story of the university’s recent successes and plans for the future.

School Superintendents Panel - Effects of Act 10
03/19/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

It has now been two years since the adoption of Wisconsin Act 10. Now that the dust has cleared, what do we know about the law's financial and programmatic impacts on local governments and school districts? Has the strife that surrounded Act 10 subsided, and what are the lasting political ramifications. As part of our respective 100th anniversary celebrations, the Public Policy Forum and Milwaukee Rotary Club are jointly hosting a pair of back-to-back luncheons that will revisit and shed light on the impacts of Wisconsin Act 10.

 

On March 19th, we will learn how Act 10 has affected school district finances, administration and performance from a panel of local school superintendents: Dr. Kathleen Cooke, Hamilton School District; Dr. Deborah Kerr, Brown Deer School District; Dr. Demond Means, Mequon-Thiensville School District; Dr. Gregory Thornton, Milwaukee Public Schools. David Haynes, Editorial Page Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will moderate the discussion.

 

Due to space constraints, no guests will be allowed on March 19th.

Patrick Marley & Jason Stein - Two Years Later: Act 10
03/12/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

It has now been two years since the adoption of Wisconsin Act 10. Now that the dust has cleared, what do we know about the law's financial and programmatic impacts on local governments and school districts? Has the strife that surrounded Act 10 subsided, and what are the lasting political ramifications. As part of our respective 100th anniversary celebrations, the Public Policy Forum and Milwaukee Rotary Club are jointly hosting a pair of back-to-back luncheons that will revisit and shed light on the impacts of Wisconsin Act 10. 

 

On March 12th, we will receive a firsthand account of the Act 10 battle and reflections on its consequences from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel statehouse reporters Patrick Marley and Jason Stein, authors of a soon-to-be-released book entitled More than They Bargained For: Scott Walker, Unions and the Fight for Wisconsin. Forum President Rob Henken will moderate the discussion.

 

Due to space constraints, no guests will be allowed on March 12th.

ROTARY MEETING CANCELED
03/05/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Due to the weather forcast for 3/5, the Rotary luncheon has been CANCELLED. We will reschedule Richard Thieme's program on the “Milwaukee Malaise.”

John Disharoon - Caterpillar Global Mining
02/26/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Caterpillar Global Mining’s Vice President of Industry Relations, John Disharoon, will provide a historical perspective of the global leader and manufacturing icon as well as discuss the company’s community presence since the acquisition of Bucyrus International in July 2011. The company’s roots in Milwaukee date back to 1893, when it moved to Milwaukee from Bucyrus, Ohio. At that time, local officials were looking to expand the area’s manufacturing presence, so they offered both land and factory construction incentives to the company to encourage the move.  A constant throughout Bucyrus and Caterpillar’s history is our commitment to being proactive members of the communities where we live and operate by investing significant time and resources in promoting the health, welfare and economic stability of those communities.

 

Download Mr. Disharoon's slides here.

Scott Manley - Mining in Wisconsin
02/19/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Scott Manley, Vice President of Government Relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, will provide a different perspective on Wisconsin mining legislation. The WMC supports the mining bill for fostering job creation while upholding environmental protections.

Michael Wiggins, Jr. - Mining in Wisconsin
02/12/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Members of Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes continue to urge people to take action to stop a proposed iron mine as they describe how iron mining would irreversibly damage the waterways of northern Wisconsin and the Great Lakes. Chairman Michael Wiggins, Jr. of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is one of the most outspoken critics of iron ore mining.  The Bad River Tribe opposes the mining legislation introduced last year citing concerns including water quality and safety. Please join us as Chairman Wiggins shares his Tribe's concerns about the safety of our drinking water.

Dr. Nelson Neumann - Pastoral da Crianca and Social Innovation
02/05/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Dr. Nelson Neumann is the director of Pastoral da Crianca, a non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Brazil that is focused primarily on the healthcare and nutritional needs of mothers and children.  The Pastoral uses a sophisticated network of volunteers and community leaders to serve millions of poor families in Brazil and Latin America, and is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world.  Dr. Neumann will discuss the Pastoral as an example of social innovation.

 

View Dr. Neumann's slides here.

Bruce Bittles - Economic & Stock Market Outlook 2013
01/29/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Bruce Bittles, Chief Investment Strategist with Robert W. Baird & Co., will discuss the root causes of the turbulence the U.S. economy has experienced since the bursting of the housing bubble.  The focus will be on the likelihood of a slow growth economy continuing well past 2012.  Attention will be given to the impact on inflation, interest rates, stock market returns and Federal Reserve Policy going forward.  The discussion will also include relevant topics including the U.S. dollar and gold prices.  Finally, we will look at the impact on the U.S. equity markets and their influence on consumer confidence and GDP growth.

 

Download Mr. Bittles' slides here.

Dr. Michael Burke - "MATC's Second Century of Innovative Education"
01/22/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

MATC President Dr. Michael Burke will speak on the topic “MATC’s Second Century of Innovative Education.” As MATC moves into its second century, it has come a long way from its humble beginnings as “a continuation school for the forgotten children of Milwaukee.” Since 2011, MATC has developed eight new associate degrees, 15 new technical diplomas, and two dozen new certicate programs to meet the needs of an evolving workforce. Working with local employers, the college provides industry-certied skills to our local workforce so that we can maintain our economic competitiveness and promote innovation. From manufacturing and construction to sustainability and mobile applications development, MATC prepares its students for the world of technology.

Holly Mosher - Microcredit
01/15/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Documentary filmmaker Holly Mosher will share her inspiration and experience following the work of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus.  She will cover both how microcredit empowers women and provides opportunites and how Yunus has expanded his work to offer viable business solutions (which he coined social business) to other dire community needs including healthcare, education and energy needs.

David Zach - Designs on the Future
01/08/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Futurist David Zach will help launch 2013 by updating Milwaukee Rotarians on various fads, trends and principles related to: innovation, logistics, design, the Internet, distraction, automation, emerging professionals, cool gadgets, education, augmented reality, virtual reality and how attention has become the most valuable and scarce resource in the world.

NO MEETING
01/01/13 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Happy Holidays!

NO MEETING
12/25/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Luncheon
12/18/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Join us for our Holiday Luncheon featuring performances from the Skylight Music Theater. There will be a cash bar at 11:30 am.

Dr. Michael Burke - MATC's Second Century of Innovative Education
12/17/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

MATC President Dr. Michael Burke will speak on the topic “MATC’s Second Century of Innovative Education.” As MATC moves into its second century, it has come a long way from its humble beginnings as “a continuation school for the forgotten children of Milwaukee.”  Since 2011, MATC has developed eight new associate degrees, 15 new technical diplomas, and two dozen new certificate programs to meet the needs of an evolving workforce.  Working with local employers, the college provides industry-certified skills to our local workforce so that we can maintain our economic competitiveness and promote innovation.  From manufacturing and construction to sustainability and mobile applications development, MATC prepares its students for the world of technology.

District Governor Rick Debe
12/11/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Rotary District 6270 Governor Rick Debe will share a Rotary update with us. This luncheon is almost exactly 100 years from the date of Rotary’s very first orgainzational meeting, so we will be celebrating with a champagne toast!

 

Download Rick's PowerPoint here.

Congressman Mark Green - Global Leadership Coalition
12/04/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

U.S. foreign policy has always included a focus on human rights.  However, with the dramatic events unfolding in places like North Africa and the Middle East, the connection between human rights and our long term security interests has never been stronger.   With Human Rights Day approaching, Wisconsin’s own Mark Green, former congressman and ambassador to Tanzania, will talk about how our “smart power” tools can advance both the cause of human rights and our own national security and economic interests.  Mark is currently Sr. Director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club.

Magda Peck - UWM School of Public Health
11/27/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

In 2009, the University of Wisconsin decided to build the state’s first nationally accredited school of public health at UW-Milwaukee. The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health is preparing a new generation of skilled leaders for the public’s health and advancing relevant research whose findings can be translated into eective prevention programs and policies. What difference will it make in our work to prevent infant mortality, address the obesity epidemic, or increase access to quality health care? When we create conditions for everyone at every age and stage to have equal chances and fullest choices for being healthy, we are working for the ‘public’s health.’ It’s the smart and right thing to do for people, for communities, and for business. Dean Magda Peck will describe how a school of public health can contribute to this triple bottom line in Milwaukee and beyond.

 

Download Dean Peck's PowerPoint here.

Sue Black - Real Talk
11/20/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Sue Black turned the ship around – as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel succinctly stated – over her decade-long tenure as the Milwaukee County Parks Director. Sue noted in the Summer 2012 edition of the MMAC Milwaukee Commerce that, “parks are often times the fabric on which we paint local culture and weave the foundation of our communities.” Recognizing this truth, Sue served as a champion for the system, even gaining status as a national Gold Medal award-winner in 2007. Her passion in forging partnerships to both protect our cherished Emerald Necklace and advance Milwaukee’s economic well-being will continue to impact this community for years to come. Sue told us she prefers an interactive and candid discussion, so be prepared with questions for insightful conversation.

Tim Sullivan - Skills Gap
11/13/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

Tim Sullivan, former president and CEO of mining equipment giant Bucyrus International Inc. and current unpaid work force consultant to the state of Wisconsin, will discuss the consequences of Wisconsin's "skills gap." Over the next 30 years, Wisconsin’s senior population will double, while our working age population will increase less than 0.5%.  Like all states, Wisconsin faces a “skills gap,” or unemployed workers without necessary skills to fill available jobs.  Failing to address this challenge has already harmed our economic competitiveness.  Our changing demographics will enhance the challenge. Wisconsin is at a crossroads.  If we act now to reform education and workforce development, we can gain a skilled workforce that will boost our economic vitality and middle class.  If we fail to act, our economy will shrink, leaving Wisconsin in dire straits.

 

Dan McCarthy - Homelessness in Milwaukee
11/06/12 12:00 PM

Tuesday Speakers

Memorial Hall

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