Welcome Future Milwaukee Leadership Fellows

For the last 11 years, RCM has offered a fellowship to a Future Milwaukee graduate, chosen by the Community Leadership and Development (CLD) committee. The fellowship is for a 2.5-year membership in the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, with the expectation that the fellow will participate as a full Rotary member – attending lunches, participating on committees, volunteering – and continue as a Rotarian after the fellowship ends. The goal is to foster an active relationship between Future Milwaukee and Rotary.


This year CLD conducted interviews with four very strong  applicants and elected to offer two Fellowships. We welcome our new Future Milwaukee Fellows to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.


Antonio Avery has been in education for over 25 years; specifically within the Milwaukee Public School District as a passionate and dedicated special education teacher. Antonio is currently the Director of Programs for Junior Achievement; he oversees programming  for several school districts throughout the metro Milwaukee area supporting financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Antonio has been the recipient of numerous community service awards. He recently completed the Marquette University Future Leadership Program and is currently pursuing his graduate degree. Married with four children, Antonio is most proud of being their number one educator and role model!


Charles Alexander Birts’ fundraising work has opened doors for him and allowed him to advocate for making a difference in the lives of Milwaukee's central city youth.  He joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in 2012 after stints working in the Parliment of South Africa and U.S. Senate. During the past 3 years, Charles has been very successful in helping to secure grant awards in government and private funding for the Clubs. Charles enjoys playing basketball at the Milwaukee Athletic Club and graduated from Marquette University in 2010.