Equality under the law is a hallowed American principle. It is also a Jewish, Biblical precept with a spiritual dimension. Palestinians have always been shut out of positions of power in the State of Israel. A two-tier system is enforced through constant state violence. The result is that the capacity of Palestinians to contribute to society is much diminished. How does the treatment of Palestinians under Israel impact our constitutional rights here? What can we do over here to bring about change there? How can we participate in bringing forth a more expansive, inclusive world for the benefit of all. Rabbi Michael Davis of Chicago, IL will share more details. This is a joint program with the Islamic Society of Milwaukee.
Tuesday luncheons are not open to the public. Guests must be registered by a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee or be a Visiting Rotarian.
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and was the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as a Director. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation. In July 2018, The Bahamas Government recognized Barry as an Officer of The Order of Distinction. A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and as vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran. Rassin received Rotary’s highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.
Hershel “Woody” Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Mr. Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective”. Mr. Williams’ actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism were recognized on October 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House. Mr. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII, to wear the Medal of Honor.
Erin Richards, an education reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will talk about her latest project: a series of stories examining rampant student turnover in Milwaukee and at schools nationwide, and how churn is an under-discussed factor tied to lower test scores, fractured social ties, increased discipline issues and in general, a disrupted learning pipeline for many kids.
Rotarian and Editorial Page Editor David Haynes will discuss the extent of student turnover that we quantified in their reporting. He will also share some potential solutions.
The success and survival of Milwaukee lies in the rivers that meander through its streets and the great lake at its shore. The area’s earliest inhabitants recognized the value of an abundant, clean water supply for food and transportation. Settlers, shipbuilders, and city leaders used the same waters to travel greater distances, power million-dollar industries, and even have a bit of fun. Milwaukee historian and writer John Gurda will present on his book Milwaukee: A City Built on Water. This book expands on his popular Milwaukee Public Television documentary, relating the mucky history of the waters that gave Milwaukee life—and occasionally threatened the city through erosion, invasive species, and water-borne diseases.
Austin Ramirez, Husco International’s chief executive, said that recent and proposed tariff increases would immediately put Husco and other American manufacturers at a disadvantage to competitors abroad. The trade situation remains both ominous and volatile with no resolution in sight. How have the tariffs impacted Husco’s business? How is Husco dealing with the increasing uncertainly of international trade markets?
Austin Ramirez is the second-generation President and CEO of Husco International, a global engineering and manufacturing company. During his tenure as CEO, the company has grown more than 300% and been recognized as Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year. In 2016 he moved to Washington, DC to serve one year as a White House Fellow on the National Economic Council of both the Trump and Obama administrations.
Joe Cirincione, author, MSNBC contributor and president of the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund, is one of the country’s foremost experts on nuclear threats and nuclear policy. He will discuss the risk of nuclear war today, focused on three interrelated regional issues: war in the Middle East given mounting tensions between the US and Iran; war with North Korea should nascent negotiations fail; and nuclear war triggered by miscalculation or intent as nations rebuild their arsenals and create nuclear weapons they believe will be more usable in conflicts.