Spotlight on the Good Works of the RCM Community Trust: World Affairs Seminar

In the final edition of the Centennial WAVES last month, we told the story of the RCM Community Trust, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. In the coming months, we’ll use this space to highlight the good works around our community made possible by the Trust, which is funded solely by the donations of members.


Ten deserving students from Milwaukee joined peers from over twenty nations at the 2013 World Affairs Seminar (WAS) June 15 - 21, 2013 at Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.  The students’ participation was sponsored by a contribution of $6,000 from the RCM Community Trust.


“Thank you and the entire Milwaukee Rotary for sponsoring my participation,” wrote scholarship Bridget Anshus, who attends Pius XI High School.  “WAS was one of the best experiences of my life…I learned so much about the role of women in different cultures, international law and more.”


Bridget had two favorite speakers.  “The first was Geneva Johnson who spoke from her personal experiences about racial inequity.  The other speaker was Sahar Maher El Issawi who talked about gender issues in the Middle East.”  She said all the speakers were informative and interesting.


The World Affairs Seminar was started in 1977.  The brainchild of Rotarian Dr. Dale Brock, the program now has over 27,000 alumni living all over the globe. Rotarians Bill Coleman, Steve Chevalier and Joe Caruso serve on the WAS board.


This year many changes were made, according to Tom Plantenberg, WAS Executive Director.  “Our new Academic Dean, Dr. David Howell of MSOE, relates beautifully with the student delegates.  His philosophy empowers every participant, including counselors and staff, to be both a student and a teacher.”


“We owe a debt of gratitude to RCM for making the participation of these ten students possible,” says Tom.  “The curiosity, academic excellence and enthusiasm of the attendees are truly impressive.  Each student adds to the quality of the experience.”


According to Bridget,  WAS says it right.  “We must seek Peace through Understanding.  The concept is so important, especially in these times of political and social divisiveness,” she wrote.  “As young leaders, it is our duty to share the message of WAS and to live by the experiences we gained.”


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