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Rochelle Pennington, Author and Speaker on the Edmund Fitzgerald
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: November 30 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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No other Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of three-story buildings. the Edmund Fitzgerald remains the largest shipwreck on the Great Lakes to this day.

Pennington delves into the various theories and opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to solve the mystery of what led to the demise of the 29-man crew.

Audience members will be led from the launch of the ship to its final radio broadcasts, and from the Fitz’s discovery on Superior’s bottom to the raising of artifacts from its watery grave.

Per speaker request, this program will NOT be livestreamed.

Michael Jahr, Senior Vice President at the Badger Institute
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Date & Time: November 23 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Today’s economic climate presents very real challenges for employers seeking reliable workers. Michael will discuss why consideration should be given to a group of employees who are often left out of the labor force but would greatly benefit from stable employment – those with a criminal record. Michael will discuss Wisconsin’s criminal justice system, who is being released from prison, the benefits of hiring individuals with a criminal record and share testimonials from employers already engaged in hiring people with criminal records.

Rick Barrett & Maryann Lazarski, Creators of the Documentary, “America’s Dairyland at the Crossroads”
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: November 16 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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There is no more quintessential image of Wisconsin than a red barn with a herd of cows grazing in a green field against a blue sky. The state’s dairy history is an essential part of the state’s culture and an economic engine that generates $45 billion a year, much of that sustaining Main Streets in rural Wisconsin. But it continues to be at risk. Why? That’s the question Milwaukee PBS producers examine in a new, hour-long documentary “America’s Dairyland at the Crossroads.” 

The numbers are staggering: Since 2000, Wisconsin has lost 71% of its dairy farms. Most of those were small to medium, multi-generation family operations.  We’re witnessing a tectonic shift in this industry. Dairy farmers are at the crossroads of adapting or calling it quits. And how does that impact communities and consumers?

The documentary is produced in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with support  from PBS Frontline and the Pulitzer Center. Milwaukee PBS Producer Maryann Lazarski and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel business reporter Rick Barrett will discuss their work that included a look at how COVID impacted dairy farmers as well as the production of this film.

Gregory Burek, M.D, and Erich Roush, PsyD of the Veterans Program at Aurora
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: November 9 @ 12:15 pm
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Gregory Burek, M.D. and Erich Roush, PsyD, both veterans, will address the mental health challenges facing vets today and what can be done to better serve them.

Leon Todd, Executive Director of the Fire and Police Commission
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Date & Time: November 2 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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UN Day- Mike Paddock, Senior Tech Advisor for United Nations Development Programme
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: October 26 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Rotary and the UN – Celebrating 75 years of International Service

Mike Paddock, RCM member and Senior Technical Advisor to the United Nations Development Program, will explore the history of Rotary and the United Nations, its current accomplishments and the global challenges that lay ahead in a COVID-19 recovery.

Damian Buchman & Franklin Cumberbatch, leaders of The Opportunity Center
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: October 19 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Damian Buchman, founder and Executive Director of The Ability Center and Franklin Cumberbatch, VP, Engagement at Bader Philanthropies will share how their passion for service to others and their lived experiences led them to create The Opportunity Center. The Opportunity Center is a place where everyone can find activities to improve their quality of life, regardless of their age, race, income, religion, gender, physical or cognitive ability. It is where every user will be inspired to create the best version of themselves. It is the country’s first combined community center and urban sports tourism center designed and programmed for ALL

Dr. Paul Roebber, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UWM
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: October 12 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Dr. Paul Roebber is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s (UWM) School of Freshwater Sciences. Dr. Roebber is the Founder and Director of Innovative Weather, an experiential learning program which trains undergraduate and graduate students in providing weather decision support services to community partners in the upper midwest. He is an Affiliate Faculty with the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute in Milwaukee. Since 2016, Dr. Roebber has been contributing to the National Weather Service’s Meteorological Development Laboratory data science efforts, which seek to improve weather forecast model information across all of North America, and he holds active grants with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Roebber holds advanced degrees in meteorology and physical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and McGill University. He has edited and published extensively in the scientific research literature, with 80 papers and book chapters in print, and is a co-author of a book published by MIT Press on Expert Forecasting (“Minding the Weather”). In support of this work, Roebber has won 43 grants from Federal and State agencies, as well as the private sector and the Government of Canada. He has directed 33 thesis students at the doctoral and masters level at UWM since 1994.

 

Peter Feigin, President of the Milwaukee Bucks
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: October 5 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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Start your day off with breakfast, bacon and Bucks basketball with Peter Feigin, President of the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, October 5th. Peter will share stories from the championship run that electrified Milwaukee and Wisconsin, and provide a look ahead to the 2021-22 season where your Milwaukee Bucks look to defend their title as NBA World Champions.

Don’t forget that starting  on Tuesday October 5th, Rotary will meet for breakfast the first Tuesday of every month instead of lunch. 

The buffet will open at 7:30 am, with the program starting at 8:00 am.

Captain Don Montoro, Sector Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard
Location: Memorial Hall
Date & Time: September 28 @ 11:45 am