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 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.
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.
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 shared 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.
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.
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.
County Executive Chris Abele spoke to Rotary about his vision and upcoming budget for Milwaukee County.
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.
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 discussed 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.
Chris Layden, Managing Director of Experis, part of ManpowerGroup, is an expert on the local job scene. He shared 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 presented the hiring forecast for the fourth quarter, offering a first look at year-end hiring expectations.